Grave mistakes Tax agency cuts number of fatal file errors

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal tax collector is less and less seeing dead people where there aren’t any.Figures recently tabled in Parliament show that 319 people were erroneously declared dead by the Canada Revenue Agency between Jan. 1, 2016 and Dec. 31, 2017, which actually marked a 39 per cent decline from the preceding two-year period.A spokeswoman for the agency says the agency incorrectly thought 524 people were dead between 2014 and 2015.The 319 people who were wrongly marked dead in the last two years represented 0.06 per cent of all the deaths reported to the CRA.The figures for the first few months of 2018 won’t be available until August.The details are contained in an answer the CRA provided to a written question from Conservative MP Alupa Clarke, who wanted to know how many times the agency had mistakenly marked someone as dead and the effects this had on benefit payments.Provinces and territories are responsible for collecting information about deaths and they pass on details to Service Canada, which notifies the CRA to stop payments to the deceased and start payments to surviving partners.The CRA says it also uses information on tax filings and from taxpayers to update its records, but even that backup isn’t foolproof.“Despite safeguards to ensure accuracy of its files, occasionally information it receives is incorrect or misinterpreted,” the agency wrote in its response to a written question.The majority of errors in the last two years were made when someone filed a return on behalf of a deceased and provided the wrong social insurance number, such as the one for the surviving spouse, which then causes that person to be coded as dead, the CRA said.Federal and provincial governments have been working on an overhaul of the death notification system to focus on electronic collection and sharing of information.A consultants’ report from October 2016 called the lack of digital services “the greatest constraint” facing governments that need timely registration and notification of a death.Hiccups in the notification process lead to mistakes in benefits payments, by either paying benefits to someone who hasn’t qualified for them, or stopping payments to someone who may need them.On average, it took 45 days before the CRA restarted benefit payments once the agency learned someone it thought dead was actually still quite alive.Faster payments were provided to anyone “experiencing financial hardship,” the agency told parliamentarians.last_img read more

Man killed by polar bear in Nunavut

first_imgPeople in town of Arviat wait for Gibbons body to arrive from Sentry Island. (Gordy Kidlapik, Twitter)Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsA 31-year-old man was fatally mauled by a polar bear while protecting his children alongside Hudson Bay, according to his family.Aaron Grant Gibbons of Arviat died on the evening of July 3 after an outing to Sentry Island, 10 kilometres outside the community in the southern Arctic.Gibbons’ uncle, Gordy Kidlapik, said his nephew laid down his life for his kids.“My qangiaq (nephew in Inuktitut) died a hero today. The bear surprised him and his children, so he put himself between them and the bear to let them escape,” Kidlapik posted on Twitter.Kidlapik said it was heartbreaking to hear Gibbons’ children cry for help over the CB radio in their boat – a critical form of communication in the territory.He posted a photo of people waiting on the shore in Arviat for Gibbons’ body to arrive home.To hear irngutaq – his young daughter having to call on CB radio and crying to her grandmother, my aik, immediately after the mauling…we were very helpless. To hear my aik calling out to my qangiaq, asking if he’s okay…very heart breaking. His body was brought in at 11:15— Gordy Kidlapik (@Irngutaq) July 4, 2018Sentry Island is a popular place for people to go fishing, hunting and collecting birds’ eggs. It’s also a busy place where bears cross to head farther north.Police said Gibbons was pronounced dead at the scene.“The polar bear was put down by another adult as other individuals were on the island nearby,” Arviat RCMP said in a release.“Our condolences are extended to the family [at this] very difficult time.”A grieving Kidlapik lashed out at outfitters in nearby Churchill, Man., who market access to polar bears to tourists from around the world.‏”@churchillwild making a wild dangerous bear accustomed to getting close to humans without deterrent,” he tweeted.“It could have been one of these bears that killed my qangiaq.”last_img read more

Focus back on IPL after World Cup selection

first_imgKolkata: Drafted into India’s World Cup squad as a back-up skipper, Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Dinesh Karthik feels the focus will be back on IPL now that the selectors have picked the 15-man team for the showpiece event. Speculations were rife that Karthik’s World Cup dreams are over after the selectors dropped him for the five-match ODI series at home against Australia — India’s last assignment before the World Cup. The MSK Prasad-led selection panel had named Rishabh Pant in the squad for the Australia series, thus hinting that the youngster might be making the cut for the World Cup instead of Karthik. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhBut with his vast experience, the Tamil Nadu glovesman pipped Pant in the 15-member squad for the World Cup last Monday. “Now that the team has been picked all those have been part of team have been announced, I think the focus back on IPL. I think everything is back on track,” Karthik told reporters on the eve of their IPL clash against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Eden Gardens. “All the players are looking forward to a clean slate of games and some good cricket being played in the next few rounds. It’s a fabulous tournament to be a part of, every franchisee is giving everything they have to you, so lift that coveted trophy.” Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterAfter starting their campaign on a smooth note, KKR slipped out of number two position and now find themselves at number six after a string of three defeats in a row. Bottom-placed RCB, on the other hand, will face a do-or-die scenario and Karthik doesn’t want to take the Virat Kohli-led side lightly. “RCB are a very good team and we’re all aware of it. I think every game is going to be important in this space of the tournament and taking one game at a time and giving the best that we can,” he said. On Kohli and AB de Villiers presence, he said: “They two are world class players we are very aware of that I think you know, they get going they are hard to stop.”last_img read more

Girlguiding and Google launch badge to get more girls into coding

first_img 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. Girlguiding needs to evolve to suit the needs of the people who are joining it.Alice Pinney, 18 In one exercise girls will “programme” an imaginary robot by giving it instructions on how to move around a paper grid and carry out tasks such as tidying. Girlguiding ambassador Alice Pinney, 18, said the programme would show girls there was more to tech than selfies and social media. “When we talk about technology that jump from technology to social media is instant because that’s what people use their phones all the time, but computers are there to take science to a new level – technology is far more than this reductionist approach of social media. “There is definitely a lack of representation of girls in things like coding. I applied for a computer science course and there were 40 people there and three girls.”It is just that girls aren’t being exposed to as much these female STEM role models which means that the field isn’t seen as accessible for them.”Technology should be as important as outdoor adventure in the Guiding movement, she added. “The two things are very very different – adventure gives girls the opportunity to develop themselves and learn more about themselves, being confident within themselves is a really positive thing, whereas technology is a massive part of society which underpins practically everything we do, and it’s really important that girls learn the skills that they need whether they want to enter that world of work prepared, or something which may not be in the STEM sector but just about everything requires technology. Girlguiding’s traditional image has been focused on crafts, camping and outdoor adventure. But its newest badge is set to be rather more futuristic. The 100-year old organisation has launched a new digital badge alongside Google in a drive to get more girls to learn to code and go to work in the technology sector. The new programme will include a challenge for Brownies which will allow them to design a robot, learn about algorithms and how computers work. A separate digital design badge for Rangers, who are aged between 14 and 18, will also be launched in the summer. The Brownies programme, set to be available to 200,000 girls, does not actually involve any computers but allows girls to learn about algorithms and how they work in computer programmes and robots.  “Society has evolved – we’re not the same society we were when Girlguiding started 100 or so years ago, so if Girlguiding didn’t move on, people wouldn’t go, people would lose interest. “Girlguiding needs to evolve to suit the needs of the people who are joining it.”Google engineer Nicole McWilliams who worked on designing the programme, said: “We want to explore areas which are a bit scary and demystifying these into everyday tasks, so they are a bit more accessible.”We want to encourage girls that coding is fun and challenging and something they can explore as a future career.”We want to help girls think more positively about technology. Part of the pack was to engage girls more in the creative side of technology versus the consumption. The world is going more digital and the creative side is an important element of it.”The changes are part of an overhaul of Girlguiding’s entire programme which is due to be launched in July. One other badge was announced earlier this year, an aviation badge for Brownies.  The Brownies programme, set to be available to 200,000 girls, does not actually involve any computers but allows girls to learn about algorithms and how they work in computer programmes and robots.   Credit:Girlguiding UK The Brownies programme, set to be available to 200,000 girls, does not actually involve any computers but allows girls to learn about algorithms and how they work in computer programmes and robots.   last_img read more

Sony sued over PSN cant sue us clause

first_imgFollowing the huge security breach of the PlayStation Network, Sony realized that not only did it require better security for PSN, it also needed to protect itself as a company from millions of gamers potentially suing it in the future. The solution: add a new clause to the PSN terms of service that had gamers agree never to sue the company.It was such a clever and sneaky workaround both EA and Microsoft decided to do the same thing. It meant if anything goes wrong with your Sony or Microsoft online services, there’s not much you can do about it. The same is true for EA’s Origin service.While it may seem like a great solution to an otherwise potentially very expensive problem, not all gamers are happy to accept these new terms. You can opt out of the don’t sue clause, but there was limited time to do so (30 days from the time you agreed), and Sony didn’t exactly advertise this had been added to their terms and conditions.So guess what has happened? A class action lawsuit has been filed against Sony for unfair business practices relating to the introduction of this clause. The lawsuit represents anyone who owned a PS3 before the don’t sue clause was introduced, and accuses Sony of forcing gamers to make a choice between giving up their rights or losing access to the online gaming network they are entitled to.Sony has yet to make comment on the lawsuit, but it does pose a problem for them. If successful, it means the clause has to be removed. It would also mean both Microsoft and EA would likely have to change their terms too or risk facing similar action.via GameSpotlast_img read more

Demand for variable rate mortgages climbing

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Demand for variable rate home loans surged three per cent to an eleven month high in July, according to the latest data from brokerage Mortgage Choice. Western Australia was the only state to go against the grain and report a drop in variable rate demand, which fell to 81 per cent from 86 per cent the month before. Variable rate uptake across the remaining states was a rise of 3.75 percentage points as speculation of another rate cut in coming months lingers. Source: The Adviserlast_img read more

Bacterial Appendages Are Here to Freak You Out

first_imgStay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Researchers have documented the first cases of bacterial appendages.Indiana University scientists recorded images of the limbs called pili—more than 10,000 times thinner than human hair—as they stretch out to catch DNA.Move over, Hereditary: There’s a new horror story in town.This observation, detailed in the journal Nature Microbiology, is a “key step” in the process bacteria use to rapidly evolve new traits, including antibiotic resistance.“Horizontal gene transfer is an important way that antibiotic resistance moves between bacterial species, but the process has never been observed before, since the structures involved are so incredibly small,” according to senior author Ankur Dalia, an assistant professor in the IU Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Biology.“It’s important to understand this process, since the more we understand about how bacteria share DNA, the better our chances are of thwarting it,” he added.Though aware of pili’s role in DNA uptake, scientists have not found direct evidence of how they work—until now.Dalie & Co. used a new method to “paint” the pili of Vibrio cholerae, the microbe that causes cholera (an infection of the small intestine), and DNA with special glowing dyes.The coloring agents helped reveal that pili act as microscopic “harpooners,” casting their line through pores in the cell’s wall to “spear” and “reel in” a stray piece of DNA.“It’s like threading a needle,” IU Ph.D. student Courtney Ellison, first author of the study, said in a statement. “The size of the hole in the outer membrane is almost the exact width of a DNA helix bent in half, which is likely what is coming across.“If there weren’t a pilus to guide it, the chance the DNA would hit the pore at just the right angle to pass into the cell is basically zero,” she explained.Moving forward, the team will study how pili “hook” DNA at just the right spot. They also hope to apply their novel labeling method to study other functions of pili.“These are really versatile appendages,” Dalia said. “This method invented at IU is really opening up our basic understanding about a whole range of bacterial functions.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

More witnesses needed in Five Cays killing of Filipino

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 29 Dec 2015 – Police say they want and need more witnesses to piece together the killing on Sunday night at the Bryant Cox apartment complex in Five Cays. A 46 year old man of the Philippines was pronounced dead at 9:32pm on December 27 after some kind of confrontation. No identity of the man is released as yet by Police, who say they want to be sure the family is well informed first. There is still no clarity either on what kind of injuries the 46 year old, who reportedly worked for Bishop Bryant Cox, received but the hospital yesterday confirmed that both men who were rushed to the Cheshire Hall Medical Center had multiple wounds. The second man is a 38 year old also employed with Pastor Cox and who was initially said to be in critical condition. The hospital confirmed multiple wounds but that the victim was released after being treated; it was not stated whether the injury was caused by knife or gun by the authorities. Both weapons are named in some accounts to Magnetic Media. A police press statement says they appreciate the cooperation so far in the probe, but that investigations are ongoing and more information is welcomed. Magnetic Media learned of the incident at Bryant Cox apartments around 9pm on Sunday. Filipino killing still a mystery; hospital confirms multiple wounds Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Karen Delancy, former Cabinet Minister in Michael Misick regime takes the witness stand in SIPT trials Related Items:bryant cox, filipino, witness Home invasion leaves one Filipino dead; another hospitalizedlast_img read more

Imperial Beach Scripps Institution collaborate to tackle sealevel rise

first_img KUSI Newsroom, IMPERIAL BEACH (KUSI) – The City of Imperial Beach and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography will announce the details Wednesday of the city’s plan for dealing with rising sea levels.An April 2017 report by the California Ocean Protection Council found that sea levels in La Jolla could rise between two and 10 feet by the end of the century. The OPC report tracked similar sea-level rises in Crescent City and San Francisco.Because of this potential for rising sea levels if the effects of climate change are not soon curtailed, the City of Imperial Beach plans to upgrade its flood alert capabilities. UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography has partnered with the city to design a flood alert system unique to Imperial Beach.Scripps and the City of Imperial Beach will install off-shore wave buoys, a tide gauge and a number of pressure sensors that collect data on oceanic characteristics like wave height and water levels. The collaboration is made possible by a $250,000 donation by the David C. Copley Foundation, according to the city.Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina and Mark Merrifield, director of Scripps’ Center for Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation, will announce the program and partnership at a news conference Wednesday morning. Imperial Beach, Scripps Institution collaborate to tackle sea-level rise Posted: November 14, 2018 KUSI Newsroom November 14, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

VIDEO Watch 6th 7th Grade Choruss Winter Concert

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Middle School’s 6th and 7th grade chorus held its Winter Concert on Tuesday, December 5, 2018 in the Wilmington High School Auditorium.Tthe Wilmingtones — the middle school’s acapella group — also performed.Wilmington Community Television was on hand to cover the concert. Watch it below:—Video Playerhttps://objects-us-east-1.dream.io/wilmington/b/e/3/e/b/3/be3eb3d6-08d6-4fed-b85f-5fb4c613af551544030248.869%2B48812947.912%40castus4-wilmington%2B15440335081544032349204996.vod.720p.20181204_Winter%20Concerts%202018_6th-7th%20Chorus-Wilmingtones.mp4Media error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not foundmejs.download-file: https://objects-us-east-1.dream.io/wilmington/b/e/3/e/b/3/be3eb3d6-08d6-4fed-b85f-5fb4c613af551544030248.869%2B48812947.912%40castus4-wilmington%2B15440335081544032349204996.vod.720p.20181204_Winter%20Concerts%202018_6th-7th%20Chorus-Wilmingtones.mp4?_=100:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: Watch 2019 Wilmington Spring Chorus FestivalIn “Videos”VIDEO: Watch 6th & 7th Grade Chorus’s Winter ConcertIn “Videos”VIDEO: Watch 6th & 7th Grade Chorus’s Winter ConcertIn “Videos”last_img read more

Additional federal gun charges brought on man charged with 2016 killing of

first_imgA man already facing a murder charge in state court for shooting a Fairbanks Police officer, has been additionally charged with federal crimes.Listen nowThirty-year-old Anthony Jenkins Alexie of Fairbanks, accused of shooting Sgt. Allen Brandt in October 2016, has been indicted on federal gun charges related to the crime. US Attorney for the District of Alaska, Bryan Schroder announced the new charges Tuesday morning, during a press conference at Fairbanks Police Department.”One count of using a firearm during a crime of violence, one count of stealing a firearm and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm,” Schroder said.The additional charges are related to Jenkins having a previous felony DUI conviction, and his alleged stealing of Sgt. Brandt’s service weapon, and patrol vehicle, after the shooting.”The charge of using a firearm during a crime of violence, as we charged it in this case, is a maximum sentence of life imprisonment,” Schroder said.The other federal charges could bring more time, all additional to the 99-year sentence Jenkins Alexie faces if convicted of first degree murder in state court.Brandt was shot on a downtown street while responding to a call, public service Fairbanks Police Chief Eric Jewkes noted in thanking state and federal authorities for their work on the case.”Clearly, the officers are out there are doing a very hard job, putting a lot on the line and doing a lot for this community,” Jewkes said. “And so, as Sgt. Brandt said at one time, we need your support. I think this a perfect example of that support that we need.”Jenkins Alexie was recorded on dash cam video from Brandt’s patrol vehicle, and subsequently confessed to the shooting, describing it as an act of vengeance for police killings of relatives and friends.Sergeant Brandt died two weeks after the shooting from complications during surgery to remove shrapnel from one of his eyes.Jenkins Alexie’s murder trial in state court is scheduled to begin September 10th.last_img read more

Fervour marks Rathyatra celebrations at Ramagundam

first_imgRamagundam: Soumendra Das, GM (Maintenance & FM) donning the traditional costumes of a king, performing the ‘Cherapahanra’, the ceremonial sweeping of the chariot with golden broom to begin the yatra amidst chanting of ‘Jay Jagannath’ by devotees and to the accompaniment of music from Mridang, cymbals, conches and Kolattam in Ramagundam on Thursday. Sri Jagannatha Ratha Yatra is celebrated in Ramagundam township and a large number of devotees pulled the chariot along the ring-roadlast_img read more

Oil prices tumble 5 percent after producers fail to coordinate output

first_imgOil prices tumbled 5 percent early on Monday after a meeting by major producers in Qatar fell apart the day before, leaving the world awash with unwanted fuel.International benchmark Brent crude futures were trading at $40.86 per barrel at 0029 GMT, down 5.2 percent since their last settlement.U.S. crude futures were down 5.7 percent at $38.06 a barrel.Some 18 oil exporting nations, including non-OPEC Russia, had gathered in the Qatari capital of Doha for what was expected to be the rubber-stamping of a deal to stabilise output at January levels until October 2016.But the deal fell apart after Saudi Arabia demanded that Iran join in despite calls on Riyadh to save the agreement and help prop up crude prices.”The failure is negative from the psychological point of view. It shows the inability of all sides to cooperate,” said Gary Ross, the founder and executive chairman at New York-based consultancy PIRA.The development will revive industry fears that major producers are embarking again on a battle for market share in a world already awash with unwanted oil, especially after Riyadh threatened to raise output steeply if no freeze deal were reached.Barclays said in a note to clients that “the much-awaited meeting exposed the political rift between Saudi Arabia and Iran, and ultimately doomed the agreement.”As a result Brent would likely average $36 per barrel during the second quarter of this year as a global glut continued unabated, it said.”This meeting and its outcome should have built confidence that the oil market re-balancing was close at hand, as well as building a circle of trust among producers for possible future cooperation and coordinated action. In this regard, the meeting was a complete failure,” Barclays added.”The failure of the talks gives the market another clear indication (similar to the failed December 2015 OPEC meeting) that OPEC’s relevance in this market environment has faded, and its ability to coordinate with members outside the group is equally difficult.”Oil prices have fallen by as much as 70 percent since mid-2014 as producers have pumped 1 to 2 million barrels of crude every day in excess of demand, leaving storage tanks around the world filled to the rims with unsold fuel.Beyond the failed deal, however, there were signs of a tightening market due to an oil worker strike in Kuwait which may have cut its production from 2.85 million barrels per day (bpd) to just 1.1 million bpd.In the United States, oil services company Baker Hughes Inc said on Friday that drillers had cut their rigs to fresh 2009 lows as the industry suffers from low prices.last_img read more

With wrist slit and plastic bag wrapped around face Kolkata girl found

first_imgThe horrifying incident has sent shockwaves through Kolkata.Reuters | RepresentationalIn one of the most spine-chilling incidents of what appears to be a case of murder/suicide, a student was found in the school toilet with her wrist slashed and a plastic bag wrapped around her face in a prominent girl’s school in South Kolkata. The horrifying incident has sent shockwaves through the city.The girl, reportedly a class 10 topper, was taken to a nearby hospital but was pronounced dead. The authorities of the school in Ranikuthi area informed the police about the incident that happened on Friday (June 21).According to reports, senior police officials have visited the school and have recovered a three-page suicide note from near the girl’s body. About the content of the recovered notes, an officer said that the girl was under some stress and that she could not sleep properly in the last three months. “We have spoken to her parents but they are also under such a trauma that we have limited our questioning,” the officer stated.The girl went to the toilet at around 1:40 pm and people started looking for her when she did not return to the class. The girl was found motionless and bleeding in the school washroom. The girl may have put the plastic bag on her head to stop her screams from being heard, reports NDTV.The deceased was under pressure as she reportedly wanted to get through the Indian Statistical Institute.A police official said there are some marks of self-inflicting hesitating injuries on the girl’s left wrist. However, doctors said those are not responsible for her death.An investigation is underway and the girl’s body has been sent for post mortem.All possible options are being explored by the homicide team of the Kolkata Police who have refused to call it ‘a case of suicide’. CCTV footages have also been recovered from the school.The school authorities refused to pass any comment on the matter. Is Crime On The Rise In America? Closelast_img read more

One killed as police van collides with microbus

first_imgPolice van. File photoA man was killed and three other injured in a head-on collision between a police van and a microbus in Baraigram upazila of Natore on Wednesday morning.The accident took place on the Bonpara-Hatikumrul highway of Mohishbhanga in the upazila.According to Baraigram Bonpara highway police, additional police super of Baraigram circle Harun Ar Rashid was busy patrolling the highway in a government van. The van collided with the microbus at Mahishbhanga on the way to Baraigram.The driver of the microbus Shahjahan Ali, 32, was killed on the spot while Harun Ar Rashid along with his bodyguard Ibrahim Hossain and police van driver Mobarak Hossain sustained injuries.Initially, the wounded were taken to Amena Hospital in Bonpara. Later, they were shifted to Natore Sadar Hospital.It was raining when the accident took place, Bonpara highway police station sub-inspector Mahfuzur Rahman said adding that “the microbus driver might have been drowsy while driving.”The body of the deceased was recovered and sent to highway police station. Shahjahan was from Munshiganj.Read more: Over 25,000 killed on roads in 3 yearslast_img read more

Super Bowl Season Is a Prime Time for TV Buyers

first_imgJanuary 29, 2014 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » Whichever team you’re rooting for (or even if you’re just watching for the ads), the Super Bowl has become a great excuse to go shopping for a new TV.Prices really do drop ahead of the Big Game. Big screens run 5 to 10 percent cheaper during the week leading up to the Super Bowl than they are in the three months before and after, said Ben Arnold, executive director and industry analyst for The NPD Group.”The overall price of TVs typically doesn’t drop,” he said. “A lot of the market is 32 inch and below, and that’s not really a Super Bowl experience.”Part of the discounting is a play to keep inventory moving. TV prices have continued declining at a rate of 8 to 10 percent each year as the technologies get cheaper and new low-priced players move into the market, said Arnold. And this is the time of year when many drops occur, weeks after manufacturers announce their latest and greatest at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.There is some maneuvering to attract sports fans, too. Consumer Electronics Association surveys have found that almost a quarter of TV buyers get a new set specifically for the Super Bowl, said spokesman Jim Barry. The Winter Olympics, which start in less than two weeks, also spur sales. “That might be a driver for some folks,” he said.Experts say fans in the market for a new set tend to fall into two camps: those who want a big deal on a big screen and those who are thinking of the purchase as an investment for the next five years or so of viewing.Those in the big-screens, big-deals camp are likely to find plenty of sales to compare. The most competitive prices used to be on 42-inch sets; these days, many of the big discounts are on those measuring 50 inches and bigger. “We’re also seeing beHtter prices on higher quality models than you’d see on Black Friday,” said Brent Shelton, a spokesman for deal site FatWallet.com. Amazon has 40 percent off a 55-inch Samsung LED with 3-D and Web connectivity; Best Buy has 25 percent off a 60-inch Sharp LED.Shoppers on the hunt for more of an investment set will still find price breaks. Even some cutting-edge ultrahigh-definition set (also called 4K technology) are on sale. At Best Buy, a 55-inch LG LED 4K set with 3-D and Web connectivity is 14 percent off, at $3,000.But buying may be a bit premature for most shoppers. There’s not much 4K content yet to justify the premium. “The prices on those, you’re probably not going to see many less than $3,000, although this is an industry that eats its young,” Barry said. “You’re going to see those prices start to come down.”A more solid bet: Consider trading up to a “smart” TV that connects to the Internet and, in some cases, your smartphone or tablet. “We’re starting to see that’s a more sought-after feature,” said Arnold. Sets often run $100 or so higher than comparable models without that capability.The smart TV advantage: Users can access content from the Web and their devices right on the set, as well as sync devices to pull up content related to what’s on screen (such as football stats). Some apps also let smart-set owners stream video to their tablet (for crucial snack runs to the kitchen) or set up a virtual gathering (with fans who live elsewhere), said Barry.If you’re in the market for a tablet, some retailers are bundling them with smart TVs. Through Feb. 8, for example, Amazon is offering a free Galaxy Tab 3 (regularly $300) with the purchase of one of nine select Samsung smart TV models. The sets, which start at sale prices of $1,098, are already discounted 35 percent or better.Sports fans may also want to hunt for a high refresh rate, which better captures on-screen motion, said Arnold. “It provides a little more realistic experience,” he said. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 4 min read This story originally appeared on CNBClast_img read more

Intels 10th gen 10nm Ice Lake processor offers AI apps new graphics

first_imgAfter a long wait, Intel has officially launched its first 10th generation core processors, code-named ‘Ice Lake’. The first batch contains 11 highly integrated 10nm processors which showcases high-performance artificial intelligence ( AI) features and is designed for sleek 2 in 1s and laptops. The ‘Ice Lake’ processors are manufactured on Intel’s 10nm processor and consist of the 14nm chipset in the same carrier. It includes two or four Sunny Cove cores along with Intel’s Gen 11 Graphics processing unit (GPU). The 10nm measure of the processor indicates the size of the transistors used. The 10 nanometer miniscule length also shows the power of the transistor as it is considered that smaller the transistor, better is its power consumption. Read More: Intel unveils the first 3D Logic Chip packaging technology, ‘Foveros’, powering its new 10nm chips, ‘Sunny Cove’ Chris Walker, Intel corporate vice president and general manager of Mobility Client Platforms in the Client Computing Group says that “With broad-scale AI for the first time on PCs, an all-new graphics architecture, best-in-class Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) and Thunderbolt 3 – all integrated onto the SoC, thanks to Intel’s 10nm process technology and architecture design – we’re opening the door to an entirely new range of experiences and innovations for the laptop.” Intel was supposed to ship the 10nm processors, way back in 2016. Intel CEO Bob Swan says that the delay was due to the “company’s overly aggressive strategy for moving to its next node.” Intel has also introduced a new processor number naming structure for the 10th generation ‘Ice Lake’ processors which indicates the generation and the level of graphics performance of the processor. Image source: Intel What’s new in the 10th generation Intel core processors? Intelligent performance The 10th generation core processors are the first purpose-built processors for AI on laptops and 2 in 1s. They are built for modern AI-infused applications and contains many features such as: Intel Deep Learning Boost, used for specifically boosting flexibility to run complex AI workloads. It has a dedicated instruction set that accelerates neural networks on the CPU for maximum responsiveness. Up to 1 teraflop of GPU engine compute for sustained high-throughput inference applications Intel’s Gaussian & Neural Accelerator (GNA) provides an exclusive engine for background workloads such as voice processing and noise prevention at ultra-low power, for utmost battery life. New graphics With the Iris Plus graphics, the 10th generation core processors imparts double graphic performance in 1080p and higher-level content creation in 4K video editing, application of video filters and high-resolution photo processing. This is the first time that Intel’s Graphics processing unit (GPU) will support VESA’s Adaptive Sync* display standard. It enables a smoother gaming experience across games like Dirt Rally 2.0* and Fortnite*. According to Intel, this is the industry’s first integrated GPU to incorporate variable rate shading for better rendering performance, as it uses the Gen11 graphics architecture. The 10th generation core processors supports the BT.2020* specification, hence it is possible to view a 4K HDR video in a billion colors. Best connectivity With improved board integration, PC manufacturers can innovate on form factor for sleeker designs with Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) connectivity and up to four Thunderbolt 3 ports. Intel claims this is the “fastest and most versatile USB-C connector available.” In the first batch of 11 ‘Ice Lake’ processors, there are 6 Ice Lake U series and 5 Ice Lake Y series processors. Given below is the complete Ice Lake processors list. Image Source: Intel Intel has revealed that laptops with the 10th generation core processors can be expected in the holiday season this year. The post also states that they will soon release additional products in the 10th generation Intel core mobile processor family due to increased needs in computing. The upcoming processors will “deliver increased productivity and performance scaling for demanding, multithreaded workloads.” Users love the new 10th generation core processor features and are especially excited about the Gen 11 graphics. Many users are also expecting to see the new processors in the upcoming Mac notebooks. Head over to the Intel newsroom page for more details. Read Next Apple advanced talks with Intel to buy its smartphone modem chip business for $1 billion, reports WSJ Why Intel is betting on BFLOAT16 to be a game changer for deep learning training? Hint: Range trumps Precision. Intel’s new brain inspired neuromorphic AI chip contains 8 million neurons, processes data 1K times fasterlast_img read more

Businessmans son faces attempted murder charges

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Banks to help out Home Affairs

first_imgFrom April this year, those qualifying for SA ID books will be able to apply for their Smart ID Cards at the Home Affairs kiosks in their nearest bank, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said today.The Minister said this would be a pilot project and at first, only FNB and Standard Bank have signed a deal with the Department of Home Affairs for the pilot project.Nedbank is also interested and Minister Gigaba hopes Absa will also join up soon.Let’s hope this helps end the long queues at Home Affairs in Ladysmith. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img read more

Steve Addazio 7 on 7 drills are a joke

first_imgWhat I’m about to say should come to no surprise to coaches who have dedicated their coaching careers to the offensive line: Steve Addazio, a longtime offensive line coach himself, believes that 7 on 7 drills are an absolute joke.The topic came up on WNML-FM SportsPage when Addazio was asked about the youth and inexperience on his team heading into this fall. He noted that talent can be something easy to see right off the bat, but consistency is something that takes a little longer to assess, especially when talking about the quarterback position.“When you talk about the quarterback position, that’s a whole separate entity because there is the talent, and then there is the intangibles that, to me, matter more than the talent.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix “You don’t know how people really perform until you put them in those pressure situations, so I equate it to 7 on 7. To me, the 7 on 7 drill in football is kind of a joke. The quarterbacks are throwing, there is no threat of being sacked, or being hit, and there’s really not a heavy contact threat in the back end.”“So, it’s a drill that has value for a certain reason, but it’s not real. It’s not real football. I equate that to preseason camp, and to spring ball. It’s not real. You’re not in the heat of the battle and you’re not on national TV in front of 70, 80, or 90,000 people with the pressure on you.”“There are some guys, that have that competitive excellence, that when their number is called, they’re at the top of their game. There are other guys where pressure plays havoc on them, and those are the guys that you won’t really know about until it’s the heat of the season.”Addazio went on to explain that he doesn’t believe in “gamers,” or guys that have bad practice habits that can just turn it on when the lights come on during game day, but does believe that there are guys practice well, that you may not be aware of possessing the competitive excellent trait until he’s actually in the heat of the battle.When it comes to 7 on 7’s,  Addazio is simply saying what everyone else is thinking. Is it realistic? Absolutely not. But does it have a purpose and place in today’s game? Absolutely.Listen to Addazio’s full interview below.Audio Playerhttp://footballscoop.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Boston_College_Preview-1435589741.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more