Lionel Messi has been named as the new captain of Barcelona following Andres Iniesta’s departure from Camp Nou.The Argentina international, who already wears the armband for his country, takes over from Iniesta following his move to Vissel Kobe at the end of the 2017-18 campaign.Messi has skippered the Blaugrana on numerous occasions before having been the official vice-captain since 2015, but will now lead the Liga champions out on a permanent basis. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Sergio Busquets takes over as vice-captain while Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto have joined the four-man leadership team, with the quartet all having come through La Masia before graduating to the first-team.Messi will be hopeful of lifting his first trophy as captain on Sunday as Ernesto Valverde’s side take on Sevilla in the Spanish Supercopa.And with silverware having again evaded his grasp at international level during the World Cup, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner will be keen to be lifting more trophies over the next 12 months.Barca lost just one match on their way to winning La Liga last term, and kick off the new season against Alaves on August 18.The Catalan outfit also won the Copa del Rey last season, but Messi, in particular, was left disappointed as they crashed out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage to Roma.Valverde has moved to bolster his squad in a bid to secure more titles, with Malcom, Arthur, Clement Lenglet and Arturo Vidal all now forming part of the dressing room which Messi will be leading for the foreseeable future.
Continue Reading Previous Renesas: 32-bit RX65N MCUs achieve Amazon FreeRTOS qualificationNext Basler presents highlights from embedded portfolio at embedded world 2019 Clientron has unveiled its innovative R800 and Q800 for streamlined thin client applications. The innovative R800 and Q800 both feature a durable fanless design and a reliable embedded platform in an eco-friendly form factor compliant with Energy Star 6.1. They are built to support virtual desktop solutions and cloud computing applications, meeting the demands of today’s mainstream thin client market.Both R800 and Q800 are based on Intel Braswell Refresh delivering 15 years of product life and outstanding performance on less power consumption. The R800 features a solid aluminum chassis and comes with Intel Celeron N3160 quad-core processor offering high flexibility and performance, while the Q800 features an ultra-compact design powered by Intel Celeron N3060 dual-core processor for entry-level to mainstream thin client applications. The innovative designs promise excellent durability with capacitive-touch power buttons for switching on/off the systems without a mechanical part.To enable flexible expansion, the R800 offers 4K ultra-high-definition (UHD), supporting triple displays with two DisplayPorts and one HDMI port. In addition, the R800 features an innovative rotating ports-on-foot design with two built-in USB ports for expansion. Moreover, the R800 offers M.2 interfaces for optional WiFi modules, and it also supports optional PoE+ modules to provide up to 25W of power for the device. As a compact option, the Q800 offers 4K resolution dual displays with one DisplayPort and one HDMI port. The Q800 also supports the M.2 connector for system expansion. Both devices also support optional TPM 2.0 modules that are critical to providing a secure computing environment.Built to serve as virtual desktop solutions, the R800 and Q800 support multiple protocols including Citrix HDX, Microsoft RDP and VMware Horizon View to enhance multimedia streaming performance and expand desktop experience to cloud computing. The R800 and Q800 can run Linux, WES7, WES8, Win10 IoT operating systems to satisfy diverse needs. The R800 is a high-performance and flexible thin client which can be adopted for banking, multimedia and medical care solutions. The Q800 is a compact thin client solution suitable for office, school, and call center operations.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules
On Wednesday at a media availability day at Karsten Creek, offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich was asked about a variety of topics including his stable of quarterbacks and whether that offensive line of his was actually going to be better in 2016.“We know we made improvements in the spring,” said Yurcich of his line. “We have to continue on that path. There’s no other way than just to practice and practice tough. And make sure that we’re in good plays. At the end of the day it’s about coming off the ball, striking, being in good body position and finishing.”This is all very cliche, but it’s also very true. We’ve beaten that #narrative into the ground over the last eight months, but it really is probably what a 10-2 vs. 8-4 season could hinge on. It’s not that fun to talk about the big uglies up front despite their importance so let’s get on to some more interesting stuff … like, say, who in the world is going to back up Mason Rudolph?“I can tell you from our meetings over the summer that (Keondre Wudtee) is an intelligent football player,” Yurcich told the Tulsa World. “We knew that when we were recruiting him. He’s got tremendous upside when it comes to athleticism. Time is going to tell on Keondre. We’re excited to have him, just like we’re excited about every guy we signed this year. Hopefully, we’ll feel good about them three years from now.”That’s interesting. I don’t know which way to lean on that. Is he going to play?“[Any run-only QB like J.W. Walsh would] have to be awfully good to take Rudolph off the field,” Yurcich told the World.So we might as well talk about QB1 too.“The foot seemed to be a non-factor, and he says he feels great,” added Yurcich. “He’s throwing the ball extremely well. The biggest thing with him is just the mental aspect. He’s constantly in the office, he’s always watching film. He works with Zac Robinson on some throwing techniques, so he’s always looking for that next step. He has never thought that he’s arrived. He’s always looking to get better. That’s a quality that all great quarterbacks have to have. He’s a film rat, and he’s getting better with his football knowledge, from defensive identification, to protections, to what’s a good run, to what different looks we receive from the defense.”Never thought that he’s arrived. I like that. That’s what I want from QB1. September can’t get here soon enough. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Il est interdit de faire des feux de plein air à l’échelle de la province à compter d’aujourd’hui, 12 juillet. « Le temps chaud et sec a entraîné l’augmentation de l’indice de danger de feu au niveau élevé ou extrême partout dans la province, a dit Jim Rudderham, superviseur de la gestion des feux de forêt au ministère des Ressources naturelles. L’interdiction des feux de plein air réduit le risque de feux de forêt et les dommages potentiels aux maisons et aux biens. » L’interdiction de feux de plein air sera maintenue jusqu’à nouvel ordre. Des pluies abondantes seront nécessaires avant de lever l’interdiction. Il est donc interdit de faire des feux de plein air à moins de 305 mètres (1 000 pieds) d’une région boisée, y compris dans des appareils tels que les foyers extérieurs. Les municipalités peuvent imposer des restrictions supplémentaires sur les feux de plein air. Pour lire des questions et réponses à ce sujet, consultez le www.gov.ns.ca/natr/forestprotection/wildfire/burning-ban.asp (en anglais seulement).
More venture capital will be available to technology startup companies in Nova Scotia and the rest of Atlantic Canada with the creation of two private-sector venture capital funds. “Having a vibrant technology sector is an important part of our economic future and building a stronger province,” said Business Minister Geoff MacLellan. “Making more venture capital available to startups at various stages of their development will give entrepreneurs the support they need to build great companies, and create jobs across this province.” Government will invest $15 million in a new venture capital fund to help later stage startups continue to grow. Build Ventures has been selected to manage the fund, on the condition it will attract other investors. The targeted size for the new fund is $50 to $75 million. Government will also invest $10 million in a new private-sector venture capital fund for early stage companies. This approach was recommended to government by the selection committee responsible for evaluating responses to Innovacorp’s 2016 request for fund management proposals to oversee $25 million in venture capital funding. “Build Ventures already plays an essential role in developing Nova Scotia’s venture capital ecosystem, and moving forward it will be able to continue to provide follow-on capital for the most promising startups in Atlantic Canada,” said Gilles Duruflé, a selection committee member and consultant for venture capital and private equity funds and governments across Canada. “To ensure Nova Scotia’s startup community continues to grow, it is also important to bring a new private-sector-managed fund to the region to support early stage companies.” The selection committee will continue its work to establish the two funds, including determining the process for choosing the second fund’s manager.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Walmart is getting bruised in its battle with online leader Amazon.The world’s largest retailer on Tuesday reported a smaller-than-expected fourth-quarter profit as it wrestled with slower e-commerce sales during the busiest time of the year. The results underscore the company’s challenges in a fiercely competitive retail landscape.Its stock took a beating, falling 10.2 per cent to post its biggest single-day percentage drop in 30 years. Its decline was a big factor in a drop of 1 per cent by the Dow Jones industrial average.The fourth-quarter profit numbers overshadowed the discounter’s better-than-expected sales at its established stores and higher customer traffic as online services linked to its stores attract more shoppers.The company’s mixed results raise concerns its push to narrow the gap between itself and Amazon.com Inc. may be losing steam. This despite it making huge investments in both its digital business and its stores, where it has taken steps like lowering prices.Walmart’s e-commerce sales growth in its U.S. business slowed to 23 per cent during the fourth quarter, a sharp decline from 50 per cent in the third quarter. It noted last year’s results got a big boost from its acquisition of online retailer Jet.com.But it also acknowledged its own mistakes — a surge of TVs, toys and electronics into its warehouses during the peak periods of the holiday season crowded out more basic items. Still, Walmart finished the year with more than 40 per cent growth in online sales in the U.S., and it expects that online sales will be revived this year to hit that same pace.Walmart and other retailers are looking at new ways to compete in light of swiftly changing shopping habits. Albertsons Cos., the owner of Safeway and other grocery brands, announced Tuesday it is buying the drugstore chain Rite Aid.Walmart itself is building fewer big stores and focusing on investments in its online business while beefing up benefits for its workers.Since buying Jet.com for more than $3 billion a year and a half ago, Walmart has added online services, acquired brands like Bonobos and ModCloth and vastly expanded the number of items available online. Walmart is also getting ready to launch an overhauled website with a focus on fashion and home furnishings. It has teamed up with Lord & Taylor to create dedicated space on its site.Walmart has aggressively cut prices and plans to double the number of stores where groceries can be ordered online and picked up curbside this year to 2,000 locations.“We’re accelerating innovation in the business to make shopping faster and easier for our customers,” said Walmart CEO Doug McMillon,But Walmart has a long way to get even close to Amazon’s online dominance. Amazon.com Inc. has leveraged its $99-a-year Prime membership program into intense loyalty from customers, and it’s recently stepped into Walmart’s turf, no longer content with only online sales. After spending $14 billion to acquire Whole Foods last summer, Amazon just announced two-hour delivery from the grocery chain for its members.Walmart Inc., based in Bentonville, Arkansas, earned $2.17 billion, or 73 cents per share, in the three-month period ended Jan. 31. That compares with $3.76 billion, or $1.22 per share, in the year-earlier period.Excluding charges, Walmart earned $1.33 per share. The results fell short of Wall Street expectations. Analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research were calling for earnings of $1.36 per share.The world’s largest retailer posted revenue of $136.27 billion, exceeding the average analyst estimate of $135.04 billion.Revenue at stores opened at least a year rose 2.6 per cent at its namesake U.S. stores. That marked the 14th consecutive quarter of increases. Customer counts rose 1.6 per cent.At Walmart’s Sam’s Clubs, same-store sales rose 2.4 per cent in the fourth quarter. The company announced earlier this month that it was offering free shipping for premium members and simplifying its membership tiers.Last month, Sam’s Club began closing 63 U.S. clubs while turning a dozen of them into warehouses for digital sales, with the goal of speeding up deliveries.The company said Tuesday that its federal corporate tax rate for the current year will be between 24 and 26 per cent due to the new tax reform. Walmart’s previous tax rate was 32.5 per cent. Walmart’s Chief Financial Officer Brett Biggs said that it expects a cash benefit of $2 billion for the year.Its shares ended Tuesday down $10.67 to $94.11, its biggest single-day drop in percentage terms since Jan. 8, 1988._____AP Health writer Tom Murphy in Indianapolis contributed to this report._____Follow Anne D’Innocenzio: http://twitter.com/ADInnocenzio
Islamabad: Pakistan’s military has said for the first time that JF-17 Thunder combat aircraft developed jointly with China were used in retaliation to India’s pre-emptive strikes on a JeM terror camp in Balakot as it once again denied that US-made F-16 jets were involved in the attack.Referring to the aerial dogfight with the Indian Air Force jets after the February 14 Pulwama terror attack claimed by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), Pakistan Army spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor said the Indian jets violated the Pakistani airspace on February 26, dropping payloads without inflicting any casualties or damage to infrastructure. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The next day, Pakistan Air Force retaliated and downed a MiG-21 in an aerial combat and captured Indian pilot Abhinandan Varthaman, who was handed over to India later. “The aircraft which engaged those targets and fought them were JF-17. As regard to how to use F-16, in what context [they] were used or not – because at that point of time our entire Air Force was airborne – now it remains between Pakistan and the US to see how the MoUs regarding the use of F-16 have been adhered to or otherwise,” Ghafoor told Russian news agency Sputnik International. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KA day after Pakistan’s attempt to retaliate the IAF’s air strikes at the Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camp in Balakot, the Indian armed forces displayed parts of an AIM-120 AMRAAM (Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile) fired by an F-16, which fell in Indian territory. New Delhi had also underlined that electronic signatures captured by Indian radars had established the use of F-16 for the offensive. The US State Department announced that it was seeking more information from Pakistan on the potential use of American-made F-16 jets against India in violation of the end-user agreement. The Pakistani General noted that Islamabad was discussing the use of its JF-17 with the US citing “friendly relations” with Washington, stressing, however, that the country would use whatever it deemed necessary if it came to “legitimate self-defence.” PTI
“He was about to board a Kuwait Airlines’ plane to fly to Paris via Kuwait City,” he told Bernama, adding that investigations revealed the Sri Lankan man entered Thailand through Betong in Yala province, southern Thailand on September 13. According to the suspect , he bought the fake passport from an agent in Kuala Lumpur. A 45-year-old Sri Lankan man was arrested in the Suvarnabhumi Airport in Thailand for trying to board a flight to France using a fake Malaysian passport, the Bernama news agency reported.According to the airport’s immigration police commander Col Ploen Klinphayom, the incident happened when the man identified as Pirapu Tharmalingam was at the immigration counter at the international airport. “For Sri Lankan suspects, we found that they usually used Malaysian and Indian fake passports because of their similar facial features,” he said.Airport official made similar arrest several days ago involving a Sri Lankan man using a fake Indian passport, which prompted officials to heighten their surveillance. From Betong, the South Asian man whom the police confirmed was a first time traveller to Thailand with no previous criminal record, boarded a bus to Bangkok and lodged in a hotel in Sukhumvit area throughout his stay in Bangkok.Ploen said, throughout this year his men had managed to arrest 45 suspects mainly from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Iraq, Iran and other countries for possession of counterfeit passport.
The complex relationship between animals and humans will be the subject of a March 22 talk by acclaimed writer and broadcaster Erika Ritter.Ritter will visit Brock to discuss her latest book, The Dog By the Cradle, The Serpent Beneath: Some Paradoxes of Human-Animal Relationships. The title refers to the story of a devoted greyhound executed by his master for apparently attacking the man’s sleeping child. Only after he’s killed the dog does he find the dead body of a serpent beneath the infant’s overturned cradle.The book describes humanity’s love/hate relationship with animals, and how our treatment of them veers between empathy and cruelty. It was shortlisted for the Writers Trust Non-Fiction book prize in 2009.Ritter’s Brock appearance is sponsored by the Departments of Sociology and Political Science and the Social Justice and Equity Studies MA program.The book highlights striking contradictions, such as the fact that while we as a society spend millions of dollars on certain animals who we define as pets, we inflict hideous suffering on other animals who we define as food, said John Sorensen, Brock Sociology chair and author of the recently released book Ape. It also touches on the portrayal of animals in literature, views of animal activists, the inadequacies of Canada’s anti-cruelty laws and controversial breed-specific bans on dogs.“Critical Animal Studies is a new and rapidly growing academic field and Brock University is at the forefront of this field,” he said. “Anyone who’s interested in learning a bit more about some of these issues will find Erika Ritter’s talk very informative.”Ritter is a novelist, playwright, essayist and radio broadcaster. Her work includes the Chalmers-Award-winning play Automatic Pilot, the novel The Hidden Life of Humans and the essay collections Urban Sprawl, Ritter in Residence and The Great Big Book of Guys: Alphabetical Encounters with Men.The event is from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Sankey Chamber. Everyone is welcome.Quick link:• Erika Ritter• chapters.indigo.ca — The Dog By the Cradle, The Serpent Beneath
“CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS?! ABBY WAMBACH HAS SAVED THE USA’S LIFE IN THIS WORLD CUP,” announcer Ian Darke screamed in disbelief. But those who knew Wambach probably weren’t too surprised her dome had rescued the team. In the 2004 Olympic final — also against Brazil — a 24-year-old Wambach scored the game-winning goal in overtime — also with her head. Want some other crazy Wambach stats?According to ESPN’s Paul Carr, Wambach scored a goal every 99.3 minutes for the USWNT, the best rate of the 13 players with 40 or more goals;She holds the USWNT match record (in a six-way tie) for the most goals in a game (5);She also holds the USWNT career record for the most multiple-goal games (39);And the most yellow cards (23) — a result of her tenacity in her early days, and her flop-like tendencies in her later days.But snapshot statistics don’t do Wambach justice. For more than a decade, she dictated the style of American women’s soccer (for better or for worse). Wambach will play her last game for the USWNT on Dec. 16, but her legacy will live on in long balls and last-minute headers, a relic of the ’99-ers style of play that many are ready to retire … until the U.S. needs saving and Wambach won’t be there to header one home. With 184 international goals — the most of any soccer player in the world, male or female — Abby Wambach is going out on top. The 14-year veteran of the U.S. women’s national team (USWNT) announced her retirement today (after snapping a selfie with POTUS, no less), marking the end not just of her reign in women’s soccer but also the end of one of the most dominant careers in American sports.Not all great athletes have a single moment that encapsulates their career, but for me, Wambach does. Down 2-1 against Brazil in the 122nd minute of the 2011 Women’s World Cup quarterfinal, the game appeared all but over — a loss for the Americans would have meant the worst performance in a World Cup by any USWNT. A cross from Megan Rapinoe on the left side seemed hopeless, until you saw Wambach on the far right, floating above four Brazilian defenders and heading the ball in. At nearly 6 feet tall, Wambach was plain dominant in the air in the women’s game. She has scored 77 international goals with her Twitter-famous head. That means her head, by itself, is the seventh-most prolific scorer in USWNT history.But focusing only on her head ignores the 107 goals Wambach has scored with the rest of her body. Even minus the headers, Wambach has scored more goals internationally than all but one man.
Head coach Chris Holtmann talks to the Buckeyes during a timeout in the second half of the game against Michigan State at the Big Ten tournament on Mar. 14 in Chicago. Ohio State lost 77-70. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOhio State head coach Chris Holtmann has never lost in the Round of 64. Because of the Buckeyes’ 62-59 win against No. 6 Iowa State on Friday, that remains true, remaining 5-0 in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.But to move into the Sweet 16, the Buckeyes will have to go through No. 3 Houston for an attempt at its first Round of 32 win since 2013, something Holtmann has a less successful history in. In the four previous times Holtmann has led a team into the Round of 32, his teams have went 1-3.Projected StartersNo. 11 Ohio State (20-14)G — C.J. Jackson — Senior, 11.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.1 apgG — Keyshawn Woods — Redshirt senior, 8.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.4 apgG — Musa Jallow — Sophomore, 2.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 0.7 apgF — Andre Wesson — Junior, 8.7 rpg, 4.0 rpg, 1.8 apgF — Kaleb Wesson — Sophomore, 14.6 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.8 apgNo. 3 Houston (32-3)G — Corey Davis — Senior, 16.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.8 apgG — Galen Robinson — Senior, 7.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 4.9 apgG — Armoni Brooks — Junior, 13.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 0.9 apgF — Braeon Brady — Senior, 6.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 0.5 apgF — Fabian White —Sophomore, 6.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 0.7 apgThe Cougars come in winners of 32 of their 35 games this year, most recently defeating No. 14 Georgia State 84-55.Houston held the Panthers to 30 percent shooting while getting 27 points, seven rebounds and six assists from senior guard Corey Davis.Davis is the Cougars’ leading scorer, averaging 16.9 points per game, shooting 38.2 percent from 3 and a team-high 86.7 percent from the free-throw line.While Houston averages 77.8 points per game, No. 2 in the American Athletic Conference, its strength is on the defensive end.The Cougars allow 61.1 points per game, seventh-least in the NCAA, forcing opponents to 36.5 percent shooting from the field, the lowest in the nation.Teams shoot an NCAA-low 27.5 percent from 3 against Houston on the season.Another strength for Houston is on the boards, with its 1,442 rebounds ranking No. 3 in the NCAA.Against Georgia State, the Cougars outrebounded the Panthers 51-27.The rebounds come from a variety of pieces on the roster, with eight Houston players averaging two rebounds or more.According to KenPom, Houston ranks as the No. 12 team in the country, ranking No. 22 in offensive efficiency and No. 12 in defensive efficiency.The Buckeyes are No. 41 on KenPom, and are given a 32 percent chance to win on the analytics website.No. 11 Ohio State takes on No. 3 Houston in Tulsa, Oklahoma at 8:40 p.m. Sunday.
The driver was arrested – but Morgan’s web of lies began to unravel after she gave different accounts of the attack to friends. An innocent taxi driver was unable to provide financial support for his family after he was falsely accused of groping a female passenger, a court heard.The father of three spent six hours in custody and faced possible sex assault charges as part of the “devastating impact” of claims made by Claire Morgan.Morgan, 35, alleged she was sexually assaulted three days after she took a five-minute fare from the driver in Bridgend, south Wales in May last year.She lied the man had taken her to an adventure playground, grabbed her breast and put his hand down her underwear.The victim, a treasurer at his local mosque, was the sole source of income for his family but was forced to hand over his badge during a six-week investigation, the court heard. Police spent 60 hours investigating Morgan’s allegations as well as £450 on forensics.A judge said the man avoided charges because of “diligence” from investigators while CCTV also proved inconsistencies in her account.After reporting the fake offences, Morgan later set up a fake Facebook profile under the name Sarah Jenkins to answer a police appeal in which she claimed she witnessed the attack. She also made an anonymous call to Crimestoppers to provide further bogus details. Morgan’s clothes were taken for forensic examination but only her DNA were found on the items. She later admitted perverting the course of justice and was jailed for two-and-a-half years at Cardiff Crown court.Judge Eleri Rees said: “She went to remarkable lengths to bolster her account.The court heard Morgan had told lies in the past including that her daughter had left the Manchester Arena half an hour before the bomb went off and that her brother was killed by a drink driver.Cardiff Crown Court heard the mother of one suffers from a personality disorder.After the hearing, Detective Constable Steve Gunney said: “Her allegations also had a devastating impact on the man she accused. “I hope she uses her time in prison to reflect on the harm her lies have caused. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Review: ‘Gears 5’ Brings a Fresh Perspective to the FranchiseYes, Your Xbox Was Spying on You Sony’s PlayStation Now streaming service allows subscribers to play hundreds of games from the vast PlayStation library. As great as PS Now sounds on paper, its pricing has always left much to be desired. At $19.99 for one month and $44.99 for three months, it’s an expensive service — especially when you consider that you don’t get to keep any of the games. Thankfully, something better just came along.Microsoft has just announced Xbox Game Pass. For $9.99 a month, Xbox One owners will have access to 100 Xbox games. This isn’t a streaming service either. Users will be able to download full games onto their Xbox One. Also, every game on Xbox Game Pass and its add-ons can be purchased at a discount by subscribers. Like Netflix, new games will be cycled in and out.There will be titles from publishers such as 2K, 505 Games, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment, Capcom, Codemasters, Deep Silver, Focus Home Interactive, SEGA, SNK CORPORATION, THQ Nordic GmbH, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and of course, Microsoft Studios. Some of the specific games that will be available on Xbox Game Pass when it launches in Spring are Halo 5: Guardians, Payday 2, NBA 2K16 and SoulCalibur II.Starting today, Microsoft will test Xbox Game Pass with select members from the Xbox Insider Program in an Alpha Preview ring. These testers will have access to a small sample of titles. Xbox Live Gold members will get exclusive access to Xbox Game Pass before the program is launched.Right now, Xbox Game Pass is only available for the Xbox One. When PCGamesN contacted Microsoft about this, the company responded by saying: “The Xbox One and PC icons appear on the Xbox Game Pass description page because you can redeem on console, web, and PC. However, Xbox Game Pass is only available on Xbox One consoles.”Overall, this sounds like a great service for Xbox owners. If it is successful, perhaps Sony will rethink how PlayStation Now works. As things stand at the moment, Xbox Game Pass is superior to PlayStation Now. Stay on target
News https://twitter.com/DirtyProjectors/status/1123302000060289024 Dirty Projectors & Deerhunter Announce Co-Headlining North American Tour Facebook Twitter Email “We’re excited to announce a few new headline shows as well as a co-headline run with our friends @dirtyprojectors !” Deerhunter tweeted. Tickets will be available Friday at 10 a.m. For more information on tickets, visit the Bandsintown website. To Lift Up Young Writers, Dave Eggers Is Auctioning Autographed Setlists Dirty Projectors & Deerhunter Announce Joint Tour dirty-projectors-deerhunter-announce-co-headlining-north-american-tour Both bands will also have a string of solo datesJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Apr 30, 2019 – 3:47 pm Indie bands Dirty Projectors and Deerhunter have announced a co-headlining tour launching in July. The tour will kick off at Los Angeles’ Palladium on July 17, head to Portland, Ore., Atlanta, Washington and other cities, before hitting its last stop in Boston’s Paradise Rock Club on Sept. 13. Both bands will also have a string of solo dates.
Tags E-books Space Scott, Josh Frank and Dan. Sarah Tew/CNET Author Josh Frank has done the near impossible. He’s managed to resurrect a long-dormant film project and bring it to life as a new graphic novel. The film in question is Giraffes on Horseback Salad, originally planned as a collaboration between Spanish surrealist Salvador Dalí and the Marx Brothers. Working closely with Harpo, Dalí plotted out a movie about Groucho, Harpo, Chico (sorry, no Zeppo) and a mysterious “surrealist woman.” The extent of just how much work was done on the never-completed project has been a matter of speculation for years. CNET Book Club: Josh Frank on bringing the Marx Brothers and Salvador Dali together in his new graphic novel 0 Share your voice Your browser does not support the audio element. CNET Book Club Culture Subscribe: CNET RSS | iTunes | FeedBurner | Google Play | TuneIn | Stitcher See Giraffes on Horseback Salad at Amazon Quirk Books Enter music and movie writer Josh Frank, who has painstakingly chased down every piece he could find of Dalí’s outline and notes on the project, which were spread across different countries and collections. In our conversation, he explains how, along with artist Manuela Pertega and Tim Heidecker (of Tim and Eric fame), he knitted the outline into a graphic novel that manages to feel both like a Marx Brothers movie and a surreal Dalí project. About CNET Book ClubThe Book Club is hosted by a pair of self-proclaimed book experts: Dan Ackerman (author of the nonfiction video game history book The Tetris Effect), and Scott Stein, a playwright and screenwriter. We’ll be announcing our next Book Club selection soon, so send us your suggestions and keep an eye out for updates on Twitter at @danackerman and @jetscott. Previous episodesBorne by Jeff VanderMeerWalkaway by Cory DoctorowArtemis by Andy WeirDown the River Unto the Sea by Walter MosleyTen Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now by Jaron LanierCNET Book Club: Holiday 2018 gift guide specialTeam Human by Douglas RushkoffSubscribe to CNET Book Club: CNET RSS | iTunes | FeedBurner | Google Play | TuneIn | Stitcher Post a comment
Apple dominated the worldwide smartphone market in 2016 by grabbing over 80 percent of smartphone profits globally, according to latest data released by Strategy Analytics on Wednesday. What would be more soothing for Apple fans is to know that the iPhone-maker beat its archrival Samsung Mobile by a huge margin by making five times the profit of the South Korean tech giant last year.According to the numbers from Strategy Analytics reported by The Korea Herald, the global smartphone market is estimated to have made total operating profits of $53.7 billion in 2016, while as much as $44.9 billion of that amount belonged to Apple.Samsung Mobile, the world’s largest smartphone vendor by market share, posted operating profits of only $8.3 billion, which accounted for more than 14 percent of the global profits, according to Strategy Analytics.Although Samsung Mobile shipped more smartphones than Apple in 2016, it didn’t reflect in profits for the company which is still recovering from the recent Galaxy Note 7 crisis. Following reports of multiple explosions and fires due to faulty batteries, Samsung had to recall the Note 7 twice, and eventually cease production.Samsung Mobile itself reported that its fiscal 2016 operating income was 10.81 trillion KRW ($9.44 billion), which included sales of its tablets, PCs and other devices. Apple, on the other hand, reportedly posted total operating revenue of $60 billion for fiscal 2016.Although it’s unclear how Strategy Analytics arrived at its numbers, the huge difference between profits of the two companies is remarkable.What also helped Apple was the low profitability at Chinese smartphone companies, which are continuously producing cheaper handsets in massive numbers.China’s Hawaii posted an operating profit of $929 million last year, accounting for 1.6 percent of global profits. It was followed by OPPO and Vivo who took 1.5 percent and 1.3 percent of the global smartphone profits, respectively.
Mortgage loans are likely to make up for a very small portion of the loan losses under the Supervisory Severely Adverse Scenario of the Bank Stress Tests under the Dodd-Frank Act. Three of the nation’s largest banks—Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, and Wells Fargo—that released their stress test results on Friday showed that if things did indeed go south, credit card debts would rack up some of the biggest losses for them.Bank of America’s results revealed that of a total of $39.2 billion in losses from loans first lien mortgages as well as junior liens and domestic home equity lines of credit (HELOCs) would make up just $3.5 billion each. Credit card debts would make up for the largest chunk of losses at $11.7 billion, followed closely by commercial and industrial loans that would consist of losses worth $11.2 billion.The scenario at Wells Fargo was quite similar with first lien mortgages as well as domestic junior liens and HELOCs contributing only $3.1 billion and $2.1 billion to the total projected loan losses of $33.5 billion. At Wells Fargo, the domestic commercial real estate loans made up the largest chunk of losses at $8 billion, followed by credit card losses at $6.3 billion.Of the total loan losses of $42.5 billion projected at JPMorgan Chase under severely adverse scenarios, $2.2 billion and $1.5 billion would be contributed by losses from first lien and HELOCs respectively. Credit card losses made up for the biggest share at $22.3 billion, followed by commercial and industrial loans.The small amounts of losses in mortgages projected by these banks also signify a shift away from mortgage lending among the big lenders. According to recent data by the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, nonbanks (lenders who don’t take deposits) now originate 56 percent of all home loans. In fact, a recent report on CNN, citing the bureau’s data, said that the “biggest mortgage lender in the country isn’t a bank at all.” Quicken Loans, a nonbank, originated 27 percent more mortgage loans in 2017, than its nearest competitor, Wells Fargo. Bank of America Banks HELOCs JPMorgan Chase Lending loans mortgage Nonbanks Wells Fargo 2018-06-22 Radhika Ojha June 22, 2018 750 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination Stress Tests: How Will Mortgage Loans Impact Bank Losses? Share
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