US builders began work on fewer houses in November, though 2012 likely to show big gains AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Dec 19, 2012 10:25 am MDT WASHINGTON – U.S. builders broke ground on fewer houses in November after starting work in October at the fastest pace in four years. Superstorm Sandy likely slowed starts in the Northeast.The Commerce Department said Wednesday that builders began construction of homes at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 861,000. That was 3 per cent less than October’s annual rate of 888,000, the fastest since July 2008.Still, the decline follows months of strong gains. Housing starts remain on track for their best year in four years, and the housing market overall appears to be sustaining its recovery.An encouraging sign was that applications for building permits, a sign of future construction, rose to 899,000 in November, the most since July 2008.“Growth in housing starts was extremely strong in the prior three months … so some giveback is not a concern at this point,” said Robert Kavcic, an economist at BMO Capital Markets.Housing starts fell 5.2 per cent in the Northeast from October to November. Starts in the West fell 19.2 per cent. Over the past year, housing starts have declined nearly 26 per cent in the Northeast, the only region to record a year-over-year drop.The overall slide in construction in November was due to single-family homes. Builders began work on 4.1 per cent fewer single-family homes than in October. By contrast, construction of apartment buildings, which tends to fluctuate sharply, rose 1.4 per cent in November, driven by higher rents.Housing starts were 21.6 per cent higher last month than in November 2011. Housing starts are far above the annual rate of 478,000 touched in April 2009, the recession low. They’re still well short of the roughly 1.5 million annual rate consistent with a healthy market.But numerous signs suggest that the housing market is picking up. Builder confidence rose in December for a seventh straight month to the highest level in more than 6 1/2 years, according to a survey released Tuesday by the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo.The index of builder sentiment rose two points to 47, the highest since 2006. Builders are more optimistic, in particular, about current sales and buyer traffic, the survey found.Readings below 50 still signal negative sentiment about the housing market. But the index has been rising since October 2011, when it was 17.More people are looking for a new house or apartment, encouraged by modest job gains, a gradually improving economy and mortgage rates near record-low levels. At the same time, fewer homes are available for sale. The low supply is helping lift prices.Sales of previously occupied homes rose 2.1 per cent in October. New-home sales fell slightly that month, slowed by steep declines in the Northeast from Superstorm Sandy. But they were still 17 per cent higher that month than in the same month a year ago.Sandy struck the East Coast on Oct. 29, disrupting businesses and cutting off power to 8 million homes in 10 states.Though new homes represent less than 20 per cent of the housing sales market, they have an outsize impact on the economy. Each home built creates an average of three jobs for a year and generates about $90,000 in tax revenue, according to data from the homebuilders association.
Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Motor Codes, the government-backed self-regulatory body for garages, is moving to cut car buyer complaints with a consultation on the development of a code of practice.The average amount that Office of Fair Trading research says is spent by motorists on rectifying faults with newly purchased used cars is £425. Motor Codes, the operator of a code of practice for UK garages, is now developing a used car code to combat this problem, identify responsible businesses and boost car-buyer confidence.Designed to let customers know exactly what to expect from a retailer, the used car sales code will set out a step-by-step customer service charter, covering all aspects of a car purchase, from advertising to aftersales. Its content is currently the subject of an industry-wide debate, with used car retailers, manufacturers, Trading Standards and the media mapping out the most effective content. Motor Codes is also urging car buyers to voice their concerns and have their say about what standards retailers should commit to.“Despite the vast majority of used car retailers upholding the very best service standards and there being clear regulations in place, figures from the OFT tell us that consumers are nervous about buying used cars,” said Chris Mason, Motor Codes Managing Director. “This needn’t be the case. Garages across the whole of the UK back the principles of our Service and Repair Code, backed by our independent advice service. Motorists can already make an informed choice on where to take their car for a service. With the used car code, they’ll be able to choose with confidence where to spend their hard-earned cash when it comes to replacing their car.”With over 6,000 garages committed to its existing customer service guidelines, Motor Codes aims to offer peace of mind to motorists throughout all dealings with their garage or car dealer.Visitors to its website can use an online garage finder and are presented with a list of local garages, complete with ratings and comments from existing customers clearly visible.“Motor Codes offers a network of safe haven garages,” added Mr Mason. “When the used car code is adopted, this will complete our offering to motorists. In all their dealings with garages or car retailers we want people to be reassured that they can find a business they can trust. This way, we can make an impact on reducing those complaint figures and make car ownership a much more hassle-free experience.”Initial consultation on the used car sales code commenced this week, with public opinion due to be sought later in the year.Motorists wanting to search for garages signed up to the existing Service and Repair Code should visit www.motorcodes.co.uk.
A ‘bed-blocking’patient has been left waiting more than three and a half years to be discharged from hospital despite being declared fit to leave. The patient, who has not been named, and who suffers from a “serious mental health condition” plus a learning disability and physical health problems, has now been in a hospital bed for 1,338 days.Welsh cabinet secretary for health, Vaughan Gething, sent the figures to Conservative Assembly member Darren Millar after he called for details on the longest number of bed days lost by individual patients experiencing delayed transfers of care. No patient should have to wait almost four years to be discharged from hospitalDarren Millar 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. In the letter, Mr Gething lists the longest delays experienced by individual patients at each of Wales’s seven health boards, as of January 2017, and reveals that along with the Hywel Dda University Health Board patient who has been waiting for three-and-a-half years, two other patients in the country have been stuck in hospital beds for more than a year-and-a-half each.Mr Millar described the delays as “truly scandalous” and said it was clear that a more integrated approach between the Welsh NHS and other care providers was long overdue.He said: “No patient should have to wait almost four years to be discharged from hospital.”While bed blocking is extremely costly for the NHS in Wales, the real cost is the quality of life of patients for whom it affects.” The letter goes on to say that it is anticipated that the health board’s clinical team anticipates being able to discharge them “in about six months”.Mr Gething wrote: “We have recently been advised that using a bespoke commissioning approach, the health board has secured a provider who is able to meet all of the patient’s complex needs, subject to some structural alterations to their premises.”Two other health boards, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board (ABMU) (589 days) and Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (583 days) were caring for patients who had been waiting more than a year to be discharged, according to the letter.Commenting on the letter, a spokesman for the Welsh Government said the figures must be seen in context.He said: “Delayed transfers of care are at their lowest level for 12 years.”This is an exceptional achievement, especially when considered against the backdrop of increasing demand on services as our population ages.”The patients referred to in this correspondence had complex needs associated with mental health conditions and required highly specialist – often bespoke – services to be put in place. None were occupying acute hospital beds.”Mr Gething also wrote that the February census period had shown a reduction in delayed transfers of care for the fourth successive month.The Labour AM said: “We continue to have lower totals than were previously seen in Wales … this position has been achieved despite additional pressures the NHS in Wales faces through the winter months and against a backdrop of increasing demand for both health and social care services as our population ages.”Welsh Conservative shadow health secretary Angela Burns AM said the “shocking” figures were “a further indictment of the Welsh Labour Government’s failure to process patients through hospitals and into community care within an acceptable timescale”.Joe Teape, director of operations for Hywel Dda University Health Board, said: “We are unable to discuss individual patient cases, however we continue to work hard to reduce delayed transfers of care and have good relationships with our local authority and third-sector partners in providing care in the community as and when appropriate.” Patients are being left on hospital wards when they could be cared for in the communityCredit:Peter Byrne /PA A spokesman for ABMU Health Board said the 589-day delay was due to waiting for adaptations to the patient’s home to be completed.He said: “ABMU Health board, working closely with local authority and other partners, strives to discharge patients from hospital as soon as they are well enough to leave, either to their own homes or to the next stage of their care.”However, our overriding priority is to ensure patients are discharged into a safe environment.”For some patients this means they will require additional support arrangements to be put in place, which can include home adaptations requiring to be carried out prior to discharge.”Cardiff and Vale University Health Board was contacted for comment.For each health board the number of bed days lost as a result of an individual patient experiencing delayed transfer of care as of January 2017 were as follows:Hywel Dda University Health Board: 1,338Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board: 589Cardiff and Vale University Health Board: 583Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board: 330Powys Teaching Health Board: 218Aneurin Bevan University Health Board: 162Cwm Taf University Health Board: 135
Savvy computer users are often suspicious about links, and rightly so. Clicking the wrong one could cause malicious code to execute, which could do anything from infecting your computer with malware to, apparently, wiping your phone data completely. At the Ekoparty security conference, researcher Ravi Borganokar demonstrated how a single line of HTML code could be used to run a factory reset or even clear the SIM card on certain Samsung phones. All it requires is for the user to click a link, scan a QR code, or read an NFC tag, and once it starts the user can’t back out.The exploit uses Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) codes, which are normally dialed into GSM phones to register them, perform diagnostics, or otherwise communicate with cell network servers. The exploit cleverly embeds a remote wipe USSD code into a web page so that it immediately loads into a phone’s dialer. On some Samsung phones running TouchWiz, the device will then automatically dial the code and start the process. Susceptible models include the Galaxy Beam and Galaxy S2. Though apparently the issue was patched on some models and the AT&T Galaxy S3, for example, is not vulnerable.Samsung is currently looking into the issue further, and details are still coming out about which devices are affected. For the time being, however, it appears that only Samsung phones running TouchWiz are susceptible (so not the Galaxy Nexus or any device running stock Android), and only if the malicious URL is loaded in the stock browser, rather than Chrome. The current fix for the issue is to disable automatic site loading in QR and NFC readers, and be careful about clicking potentially dodgy links.Android enthusiasts generally dislike TouchWiz and other manufacturer modifications to the OS because they get in the way of a pure Android experience. But this exploit highlights a more serious problem with Android’s openness: another layer of software means more potential for security holes.via Slashgear
Pizza is enjoyed by the millions, yet it isn’t only savored in bars and restaurants. Foodies now have another hotspot to appreciate this cheesy Italian dish: The Museum of Pizza.Located in Brooklyn, New York, this exhibit-meets-Instagram playground gives visitors a glimpse of the past, present, and future of pizza via artwork. From psychedelic pies to abstract slices, The Museum of Pizza doesn’t come short on culinary admiration. As a creation of Nameless Network, a Brooklyn-based youth media network, The Museum of Pizza aims to celebrate pizza culture and explain why pizza is a game-changer when it comes to comfort food.Ready to feast your eyes on all things pizza? Read on to learn about The Museum of Pizza, which will be open until Nov. 18, and why it’s worth a trip for your social media feed.Pizza in the Past“History of Pizza” (Photo Credit: Genevieve Scarano)Your first stop at The Museum of Pizza is a cinema room, where you’ll get the 411 on pizza’s historical facts. Dubbed “History of Pizza,” this interactive movie exhibit provides background information on Italy’s cuisine roots, key pizza ingredients, and how delivery boxes rose in popularity during the ’40s and ’50s. Fun fact: According to The Museum of Pizza, approximately three billion pizzas are sold in the U.S. each year. That’s a lot of ooey, gooey, and cheesy effort.Trippy Parlor“Psychedelic Pizza Parlor” print (Photo Credit: Genevieve Scarano)A plate isn’t the only place for your delicious pie. Pizza culture is the next must-see exhibit on the tour, and artists including Sarah Bahbah and Jeremy Couillard, are serving up slices in many art forms. Take in a pizza box collage or trippy graphic pizza print at the exhibit, “Psychedelic Pizza Parlor.” Considering there are so many paintings, prints, and plushy variations of pizza, you’ll want to carve out at least 10 minutes to see the meal in the most beautiful, colorful, and wacky forms.Pizza box art (Photo Credit: Genevieve Scarano)A Slice of Instagram Heaven“Pizza Beach” (Photo Credit: Genevieve Scarano)Behind the glass? Not here. Visitors get to take part in the “cheesy” fun at The Museum of Pizza with interactive 3-D art exhibits that highlight the famous dish.Hit up “Pizza Beach,” by Adam Green, to soak in the sun, enjoy the water, and get lost in a pizza paradise. Or, if you’re dying to see the fusion of beauty and pizza, come see “Say Cheese” by Shawna X, where there are sculptures of a pizza compact, pizza lipstick, and toe nail art designs. The best part? It’s all open for the ‘gram, just in case you wanted to snap some shots of your pizza-perfect atmosphere.“Say Cheese” by Shawna X (Photo Credit: Genevieve ScaranoIn-the-Box Predictions“Welcome to the future/Dark side of Moon” by Gazoo (Photo Credit: Genevieve Scarano)We dabbled in pizza’s past and present, but we’re even more curious about its future. Even though technology will continue to increase, pizza isn’t going anywhere. It will still be in different forms, whether it’s a classic margherita style or a deep dish pie, and consumed by the masses worldwide. As “Welcome to the future/Dark side of Moon” by Gazoo suggests, “The Future is Pizza.” It could be 2018 or 3018, and pizza will still be a top meal pick for generations to come.More on Geek.com:National Pizza Month: Feast Your Eyes on the 10 Weirdest Pizza FlavorsAstronauts: They’re Just Like Us! Rocketeer Orders Pizza on Return to EarthDomino’s Japan Introduces the Decadent Ultra-Topping Pizza Stay on target PewDiePie Pulls $50,000 Pledge to Anti-Hate Group After Fan BacklashPolice Arrest Dutch YouTubers for Trespassing Area 51 Site
UK court orders extradition of Vijay Mallya Apparently stung by high profile flight from the country of several economic offenders, premier crime investigative agency Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has issued a lookout circular (LOC) against top banker Chanda Kochhar, who is being probed over alleged fraud during her tenure as the chief executive officer and managing director of ICICI Bank.Apart from Chanda Kochhar, the lookout notices also include her husband Deepak Kochhar, and Videocon Group’s Venugopal Dhoot. The development comes weeks after Enforcement Directorate (ED) registered a criminal case against them for alleged money laundering, according to media reports.The CBI and the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had taken opposition flak over the flight aboard of several top businessmen including liquor baron Vijay Mallya and diamond merchants Mehul Choksi and Nirav Modi. Facing the general election in a matter of weeks, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government can ill-afford to face another embarrassing flight in a high profile economic offence investigation.The CBI last year issued lookout circulars at all airports against Deepak Kochhar and Dhoot last year. The Economics Times reports this is the first time LOC has been issued against Chanda Kochhar.”LOCs were filed after the FIR and are mandatory in cases where such economic offences are alleged. In recent times, keeping an eye on travel plans is a top concern for regulators,” the newspaper quoted an official as saying.ED registered a criminal case for alleged money laundering against the Kochhars, Dhoot, and others, to probe alleged irregularities and corrupt practices in sanctioning a Rs 1,875-crore loan to the corporate group.ED filed an Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR) under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, taking into account a CBI complaint filed last month. An ECIR is the ED’s equivalent of a police first information report (FIR). Finance Minister Arun Jaitley with Chanda Kochhar, managing director and chief executive officer of ICICI Bank at the inauguration of 100 Digital Villages in New Delhi on May 2, 2017.IANSThe agency is probing the possibility of amassing tainted assets from any kickbacks the loan deal might have generated. The ED is expected to summon the accused named in the ECIR soon, according to reports.Allegations of conflict of interest against the CEO first arose in October 2016 following the ICICI Bank’s sanctioning of a loan to the Videocon Group. The allegation was that though Kochhar’s husband had alleged beneficial business dealings with Videocon managing director Venugopal Dhoot, yet the bank CEO continued to function on the credit committee that sanctioned the loan in 2012.An ICICI Bank inquiry found that Kochhar violated the bank’s code of conduct and its board decided to treat her October resignation – tendered while she was on leave – as a termination. Kochhar said she was “utterly disappointed, hurt and shocked” by the decision. Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/0:39Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:37?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis 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. COPY LINKAD Loading …
Bungie’s next big title, the first-person shooter space-themed pseudo MMO Destiny, is due out in one week on September 9. If you participated in the beta or watched livestreams but still need something to satiate your caped space warrior hunger, Bungie has something that should hold you over until next week. Using Google’s Street View technology, Bungie has built Destiny Planet View, allowing you to explore various game worlds using the familiar Street View medium.Planet View gives you an audio tour of the game’s locales, providing trivia and tidbits about the game’s lore mixed in with real facts about the corresponding real-life planets.Using the Planet Viewer, you can explore Mars, Venus, and the Moon as they appear in Destiny. The accompanying narration explains why, for instance, Venus is rife with jungles as opposed to a barren space rock like the real-life analog. Mars is still a desert, though it’s occupied by a military faction, while the Moon is occupied by an ancient evil, which will hopefully turn out less cliché in the game than it sounds in summary.When exploring, you can click on game-related objects in the environment to receive more info, such as vehicles, items, and even Easter eggs. It’s obviously not as expansive as a regular Street View experience, and Bungie didn’t throw the whole game into the engine so as to not ruin anything. It’s basically a glorified advertisement, but it’s much better than a standard commercial or pre-roll video ad on YouTube.
What is the correlation between the TV show Happy Days and the popular expression “Jumping the Shark”? Happy Days premiered on television on January 15, 1974. Within a few weeks, kids were at school giving Fonzie’s (Henry Winkler) “two-thumbs up” sign to everyone about everything, and for a while, it seemed like every other sound out of kids’ mouths was the character’s trademark “Ayyyyyy!”. Happy Days was wildly popular – until it “Jumped the Shark”. Yes, Happy Days is the origin of that saying. Publicity photo of Fonzie (Henry Winkler) and Richie (Ron Howard) from Happy Days.Some of the other characters in the show rubbed off on the kids too, or at least their trademark sayings. Much like “Bazinga!” from The Big Bang Theory when it first aired in 2007, people (meaning adults and children) told each other to “sit on it” when they wanted to tell them off – mostly it was joking.Sometimes people said “You’re a real Potsie”, after the character played by Anson Williams, but that was kind of rare. Some older boys, who wanted their peers to think they had gotten somewhere with a girl, would take after the character Richie Cunningham’s (Ron Howard) singing the first lines from Fats Domino’s 50s hit Blueberry Hill – “I found my thrill on Blueberry Hill…”Photo from the premiere episode of the television program Happy Days. Richie (Ron Howard) is on a date with a pretty classmate (Kathy O’Dare) his friend, Potsie (Anson Williams), pushed him into asking for.High schools held “sock hops,” again in imitation of the show, and some girls would occasionally put their hair in a ponytail, wear their boyfriend’s varsity jacket and borrow some of their mom or grandma’s old poodle skirts. When Fonzie’s one great love Pinky Tuscadero (of course, with her “gang”, the Pinkettes) was introduced, some girls in school began to snap the fingers on both hands in the way the character did on TV – thankfully, Pinky was only on three shows.The show was one of the biggest hits of the 1970s, and for the first few years of its run, it, along with the ground-breaking series All in the Family, dominated the Nielsen ratings. Beyond the 50s theme, the show did delve into some current issues, but not too deeply. However it did include some interesting and poignant moments when Richie’s father or mother would teach him, or his sister Joanie about growing up.Publicity photo from Happy Days. Pictured are Richie (Ron Howard) and Fonzie (Henry Winkler) at Fonzie’s apartment over the Cunningham’s garage. The episode deals with Fonzie’s destroyed motorcycle.One of the trademarks of the show was that Fonzie, the “greaser”, would not allow himself to be called “chicken”. Early in the show, we learned that he liked to jump motorcycles (which neatly played off the popularity of the sport because at the time, daredevil motorcycle jumper Evel Knievel was planning to jump the Snake River Canyon in his steam-powered Skycycle X-2. In the episode, which is a two-parter, Fonzie breaks his leg trying to set a new record but comes back after much doubt to do it successfully.Fast forward a couple of years later, and we have Fonzie in California with the Cunningham family and friends. He was recruited by a Hollywood scout to be in the movies and goes to LA, taking his adopted family with him. While there, his leather jacket and jeans on the beach draw the attention of a California golden-boy who calls himself “The California Kid”. Fast forward a bit and the Kid has challenged Fonzie to a water-skiing duel. Part of the reason for this was that Winkler (whose character was so popular he could make “suggestions” to the storyline) wanted to show off his water-skiing skills – at which he was quite good.Publicity photo from Happy Days. Pictured are Fonzie (Henry Winkler), John Anthony Bailey, and Richie (Ron Howard), in “Fonzie’s Office” (the men’s room) at Arnold’s drive-in. The episode deals with Fonzie’s new friend and intolerance. When parents learned that Fonzie’s friend, Billy “Sticks” Downey, would be a guest at Richie’s party, they wouldn’t let their teens attend it.The key to all of this is that the jump isn’t going to be for distance, or over buoys, but over…a TIGER SHARK!!!”, and boy, was that played up in the time that people were still scared about Jaws. Much later, Ron Howard was talking about the show on a podcast, and related how he and Donnie Most (who played “Ralph Malph”) were looking over the script for the show. Most asked Howard: “What do you think of the script?”, to which Howard replied, sort of resignedly, “people like the show – it’s hard to argue with number one.” Then Most looked up and said, “He’s jumping a shark now?”Related Video:And with that, a phrase was born, though it would take a few years for someone to come up with it on his own to describe the exact time when anything (especially a TV show) had lurched from success into decline. A student named Jon Hein and his roommate, Sean Connolly were whiling away the hours one day in 1985, when they remembered Happy Days and how it got worse from the moment that Fonzie literally jumped the shark. Hein later wrote two books about the “jumping the shark” moments of TV shows, movies series’ and more, and the phrase became part of the lexicon.Publicity photo from Happy Days. Pictured are Potsie (Anson Williams), Richie (Ron Howard), Fonzie (Henry Winkler) and Ralph Malph (Donny Most) at Arnold’s drvie-in. The episode deals with Fonzie’s attempt to set a record by leaping over 14 garbage cans with his motorcycle.Lately, another phrase found its place next to “jumping the shark”, and that’s “nuke the fridge” from the last installment of the Indiana Jones series, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, when the hero climbs into a fridge and survives an atomic blast. Critics blasted the moment.Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls. Photo by John Griffiths CC BY-SA 2.0As for us viewers in 1977, I don’t know what we were thinking. Actually, I was 14 and I do kind of remember being suckered. Making it worse, Fonzie was wearing his leather jacket while water-skiing. The end of the first segment left you hanging while you watched documentary clips of a tiger shark with ominous Jaws type music. “Is Fonzie gonna make it??” I know, in talking to my friends, that we all knew that he was going to – as if ABC was going to have its most beloved character eaten!Related Article: Why are Grumps called ‘Party Poopers’?But there was part of all of us that thought that would’ve been kind of cool, especially when the show kept going and going. It ran too long, until 1984, and it’s ratings were never the same after Fonzie was caught “jumping the shark”.
Fisherman on a boat off the Miami coast were enjoying a day on the water as they reeled in what looked like a nice sized shark. It turns out the shark was just bait for another massive bull shark that popped up out of nowhere to rip the catch.The stunned, tailless shark continued to thrash around as it spewed blood in the water to signal any other would be shark cannibals in the water. Merely a flesh wound.Sometimes you eat the shark, sometimes the shark eats you. This looks like Woj circling the LeBron James decision scoop.
A fully operational Apple computer that company co-founder Steve Jobs sold out of his parents’ garage in 1976 for $600 will hit the auction block in December, where it is expected to fetch more than half a million dollars, Christie’s said on Monday.The so-called Ricketts Apple-1 Personal Computer, named after its original owner Charles Ricketts and being sold on Dec. 11, is the only known surviving Apple-1 documented as having been sold directly by Jobs, then just 21, to an individual from the Los Altos, California family home, Christie’s said.”It all started with the Apple-1 and with this particular machine,” said Andrew McVinish, Christie’s director of decorative arts.”When you see a child playing with an iPad or iPhone, not too many people know that it all started with the Apple-1,” he added. “So to be able to own a machine that started the digital revolution is a very powerful attraction.”The computer is being sold by Robert Luther, a Virginia collector who bought it in 2004 at a police auction of storage locker goods without knowing all the details of its history.”I knew it had been sold from the garage of Steve Jobs in July of 1976, because I had the buyer’s canceled check,” Luther wrote on a kickstarter page soliciting funding for a book on the machine’s history.”My computer had been purchased directly from Jobs, and based on the buyers address on the check, he lived four miles from Jobs.”In 1999, the Ricketts Apple-1 was acquired by Bruce Waldack, an entrepreneur who had just sold his company, DigitalNation. Waldack eventually lost his fortune, left the country and died in 2007. The Ricketts Apple-1 was auctioned at a self-storage facility in Virginia, where Luther purchased it.An Apple-1 expert serviced and started the computer, running the standard original software program, Microsoft BASIC, and an original Apple-1 Star Trek game to test it out, Christie’s said.The computer will be sold with the canceled check from the original garage purchase on July 27, 1976 made out to Apple Computer by Charles Ricketts for $600, which Ricketts later labeled as “Purchased July 1976 from Steve Jobs in his parents’ garage in Los Altos”.A second canceled check for $193 from Aug. 5, 1976 is labeled “Software NA Programmed by Steve Jobs August 1976.” The checks were used as evidence for the city of Los Altos to designate the Jobs family home on Crist Drive for eligibility for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.Last month, the Henry Ford organization paid $905,000 at auction for one of the few remaining Apple-1 computers, which was more than twice the pre-sale estimate.Fewer than 50 original Apple-1s are believed to be in existence of the few hundred originally produced.(Editing by Patricia Reaney, Bernard Orr) Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global This story originally appeared on Reuters 3 min read November 3, 2014 Register Now »
Cancun, Q.R. — International travel figures have increased this year for Cancun and Riviera Maya with Houston, Chicago and Toronto leading the way.Marisol Vanegas, Secretary of Tourism of Quintana Roo, announced that in the first four months of 2018, figures from the General Directorate of Civil Aviation reported an increase in international and domestic passengers.He says the United States, Canada, Argentina, the United Kingdom and Brazil continue to be the main markets for international tourists for the region. He added that for the US market, the total number of passengers from Houston increased 3.8 percent with an increase of 1.9 percent from Chicago.The Toronto-Cancun route, he noted, saw the largest increase of 14.5 percent in passenger volume.According to a statement, the recent US Department of State Travel Advisory update issued by the US government says that as of July 16, the state of Quintana Roo maintains a Level 2 travel alert, the same level as other popular destinations including Berlin, London and Paris.According to the US update, although crime rates saw an increase since 2016, they say it is targeted toward criminal organizations adding, “There are no restrictions for US government employees traveling to Quintana Roo, which includes tourist areas such as Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Tulum and the Riviera Maya.” The summer vacation season for Cancun and Riviera Maya is in full swing with millions of students out of school and families hitting the beach for their summer vacation. The summer tourist season, which includes both national and international visitors, will continue until September.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
Cancun, Q.R. — A video from a business in Cancun details three men arriving to demand extortion money from a small hotel.The video captured the extortion demand last week. It shows three men arriving to the small hotel lobby with two guarding the entrance and one approaching the manager. The hotel, which is located on José López Portillo Avenue, was one of 28 businesses asked for extortion money since January of this year.In this particular case, the man approaching the hotel manager shows him a gun and demands money in the name of the Cartel of Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG).According to information provided by the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System, 28 extortion reports have been made before the Attorney General’s Office since January.Hernán Cordero Galindo, president of the civil association Ángel Ciudadano, said that they are aware of two businesses closing down over the past three months due to the demand of extortion payments.One of them was a private language school, while the other, a store. He says that in these cases, the businesses were receiving threats about the collection of “floor rights” adding that it is a common issue businesses owners deal with.The highest reported cases of extortion for businesses occurred between March and June of this year.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
Malaysia Airlines Malaysia Airlines has this morning released the following statement regarding the incident last night aboard flight MH128 from Melbourne to KL:MH128, which had departed Melbourne Airport at 11.11 pm and was scheduled to arrive Kuala Lumpur at 5.28am on 1 June, made a turn back to Melbourne after the operating Captain was alerted by a cabin crew member of a passenger attempting to enter the cockpit.Malaysia Airlines would like to stress that at no point was the aircraft ‘hijacked’. MH128 safely landed in Melbourne airport at 11.41pm.Following the incident on MH128, the disruptive passenger has been apprehended by airport security. Malaysia Airlines together with the Australian authorities will be investigating the incident. Safety and security are of utmost priority to Malaysia Airlines. The airline wishes to apologise for the inconvenience caused. Passengers have safely disembarked the aircraft and will be screened by Australian authorities. Affected passengers will be accommodated at hotels. They will be offered travel on the next available flight or on other carriers.
by Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press Posted Dec 21, 2018 7:26 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Aug. 28, 2016 file photo, Beyonce Knowles arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden, in New York. There’s no more juice in Beyonce’s lemonade jar: The singer did not release new music though two albums featuring old Beyonce songs hit streaming services Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) There’s no more juice in Beyonce’s lemonade jar: The singer did not release new music though two albums featuring old Beyonce songs hit streaming services Thursday.Under the name Queen Carter, the albums “Have Your Way” and “Back Up, Rewind” appeared on Spotify and Apple Music, featuring demos, previously released songs and unreleased tracks by Beyonce. Hours later, they were removed.The 10-track “Have Your Way” included songs like “After All Is Said and Done,” Beyonce’s duet with Marc Nelson from the “Best Man” soundtrack, released in 1999; “Hollywood,” a song with Jay-Z from his 2006 album, “Kingdom Come”; and “Hey Goldmember” from the soundtrack for 2002’s “Austin Powers in Goldmember,” which starred Beyonce. It also featured “Crazy Feelings,” the singer’s collaboration with Missy Elliott from the rapper’s sophomore album, 1999’s “Da Real World”; and “Fever,” a cover of the ’50’s hit used in an ad for Beyonce’s perfume and for the soundtrack for “The Fighting Temptations,” another film Beyonce appeared in.“Back Up, Rewind,” featured 11 tracks including “Keep Giving Your Love to Me,” from the “Bad Boys II” soundtrack, released in 2003, and “What It’s Gonna Be,” a Beyonce bonus track from 2003.The stand-alone song, “Control,” also appeared on streaming services.Representatives for Beyonce, Apple Music and Spotify didn’t immediately return emails seeking comment.Beyonce’s last three albums were released in surprise form: her self-titled album came out in 2013; “Lemonade” followed in 2016; and “Everything is Love,” her collaborative album with Jay-Z where the couple is billed as The Carters, was released earlier this year.R&B singer SZA on Thursday addressed an album of her older demos that recently hit streaming services under the name Sister Solana (her real name is Solana Rowe). SZA called the project “random scratches from 2015” and explained that the songs are “def not new new!”Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press Hold up, Beyonce did not release new music
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