TOKYO — Japanese automaker Honda Motor Co. reported a 71 per cent decline in its fiscal third quarter profit as air-bag recalls and flat vehicle sales offset gains from cost cuts.Tokyo-based Honda reported Friday that its October-December profit was 168 billion yen ($1.5 billion), down from 570.3 billion yen a year earlier. Quarterly sales were unchanged at 3.9 trillion yen ($36 billion).Honda suffered in recent years from a massive global recall of Takata air bags.The maker of the Accord sedan and Asimo robot said it is facing various class action lawsuits in the U.S. related to the air bags.Honda said its settlements for April-December totalled 53.8 billion yen ($493 million). It warned it expects more of such expenses.The Associated Press
Hondas profit drop on air bag recall expenses flat sales
Zimbabwes orphans to benefit from UNbacked cash grant programme
Donors have mobilized $45 million of the $75 million needed for the Child Protection Fund for the next three years, but the gap needs to be filled to ensure full national coverage of the programme, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said in a news release.“Protecting children from poverty, harm and abuse begins with reducing their vulnerabilities; cash transfers are one of the critical components that will contribute to the realization of children’s rights,” UNICEF’s representative Peter Salama said of the initiative, which was launched yesterday.The national action plan, led by the Zimbabwean ministry of labour and social services, combines action to help families cope with risks and shocks through three main interventions: cash transfers to the poorest families; basic educational aid; and protection services for child survivors of abuse, violence and exploitation.It aims to reach more than 80,000 households. With the support from non-governmental organizations (NGOs), at least 25,000 children will benefit from access to quality child protection services.Child-headed and grandparent-headed households, and those with large numbers of dependents and with chronically ill people or persons living with disabilities, will be cushioned with social cash transfers of up to $25 per month to enable families to meet immediate needs for food and health care. HIV is a significant contributor to household poverty and child vulnerability in Zimbabwe, resulting in youngsters lacking access to adequate basic social services and being increasingly exposed to violence, abuse and exploitation, UNICEF noted.There are over a million orphans in Zimbabwe and only 527,000 of these currently have access to external support. Traditional family and community mechanisms to support orphans have been under considerable financial strain resulting in more children facing difficulties accessing health care, education and other basic amenities.The international donor community involved comprises the Netherlands, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the European Commission. 28 September 2011Tens of thousands of Zimbabwean orphans and otherwise vulnerable children will benefit from cash transfers, educational aid and protection services under a new Government programme launched in partnership with the United Nations and international donors.
LTTE was able to acquire weapons with ease
He noted that with the eradication of terrorism, efforts are being taken to make a fresh analysis on small arms and light weapons particularly in the areas that were unlawfully occupied by terrorists. He also said that action is being envisaged to take steps nationwide to recover illicit weaponry and ammunition. The LTTE was able to acquire weapons from overseas with ease during the war, Charge d’Affaires of the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations Major General Shavendra Silva has said.Silva told a UN Conference on preventing, combating and eradicating the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons, that in the post conflict phase, Sri Lanka is beginning to uncover not only the extensive overseas networks that have facilitated the illicit transfer of small arms and light weapons but also the extensive arsenal that terrorists had been able to acquire. “The massive stockpile of weapons which were recovered from the terrorists during and following the end of the conflict bears testimony to the ease with which terrorists could procure such weapons globally and reiterates the urgent need to eliminate this illicit trade,” Sri Lanka’s Permanent Mission to the UN quoted Major General Shavendra Silva as saying. “Sri Lanka is a country which has experienced, first hand, the destruction that can be caused by the illicit trade in such weapons. For a period of nearly 30 years, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) a terrorist outfit, which unlawfully occupied areas in the North and East of Sri Lanka, made ample use of the easy access to small arms and light weapons globally to procure and use such weapons with lethal repercussions on a democratically elected Government and its people,” he said.
UNbacked report warns of food emergency in Somalia
Several years of below normal rainfall have adversely affected pastoralists in the two areas, leading to the deaths of 20 to 80 per cent of their livestock and loss of income from sales of milk and meat, according to the report from the UN-EU Food Security Assessment Unit and the US Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Famine Early Warning Systems Network.While local incomes have been falling, the cost of trucking water to the area has risen, according to the report.Some 10 per cent of the population, or 89,100 people, in the districts are in a humanitarian crisis, while another 113,900 are suffering from a severe decline in their livelihoods. The situation is worst on the Sool Plateau in the north, where 64,000 people are in a food emergency, the report says.
Ohio State head diving club coach placed on administrative leave
John Appleman, the head coach of Ohio State’s Diving Club, was placed on administrative leave Friday after the class-action lawsuit was filed accusing fellow Ohio State Diving Club coach William Bohonyi of sexual abuse of a former athlete. Ohio State confirmed Appleman’s suspension with USA Diving and that he was placed on administrative leave by the university. On July 12, Appleman was suspended of his membership with USA Diving for undisclosed reasons. USA Diving released the following statement: “Providing a safe environment for USA Diving members is our top priority. USA Diving currently has suspended members and we are unable to comment further on this matter. USA Diving cannot comment on any action The Ohio State University may have taken.” Appleman was announced as the next diving coach at the University of Arizona on June 5, but Arizona rescinded his offer of employment once he was suspended by USA Diving. Appleman was mentioned by name in the class-action lawsuit filed against Bohonyi. The lawsuit stated that he learned of the sexual abuse while at the Senior Nationals competition in Knoxville, Tennessee, in August 2014. But the athlete, 17, was sent home while Bohonyi stayed at the event. The OSU Police investigation of Bohonyi was reopened on Jan. 30, 2018 after the university was contacted by the former diving club athlete. Appleman could not be reached for comment.
Has Corries Jack Webster fallen victim to a superbug
“It is likely that AMR will play a progressively greater part in the mortality burden of sepsis,” said Dr Daniels. With prompt diagnosis, sepsis can usually be treated but NHS watchdogs recently warned that patients are continuing to die of sepsis in the UK as medical staff are not always able to spot the signs. “Not everyone with sepsis can be saved: but with heightened awareness and a reliable response by the healthcare system we estimate at least 14,000 more lives [in the UK] will be saved every year,” said Dr Daniels. Protect yourself and your family by learning more about Global Health Security Data from the UK and the US shows that cases of sepsis have increased by between eight and 13 per cent each year over the last decade. Dr Daniels says this is partly due to improved detection – particularly in the elderly and newborns. But resistance to drugs may also be playing a role in the increase in the numbers of cases, although this is not easy to quantify. 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. The condition kills six million people worldwide each year, including up to two million children under five in poorer countries. Sepsis is also a major health issue in the UK, affecting 250,000 people and killing 44,000 every year: more than the combined death toll from breast, bowel and prostate cancer. Normally the body’s immune system is able to fight infections but sometimes – for reasons doctors do not yet understand – the body attacks itself. If sepsis is not quickly diagnosed and treated, patients can develop organ failure and may end up having limbs amputated, as is the situation with aspiring footballer Jack on Corrie. Broad-spectrum antibiotics, which work against a wide range of bugs, are usually the first line of treatment against sepsis, before the bacteria causing the sepsis is identified and more specific antibiotics are given.But, cases of sepsis are increasingly becoming harder to treat as bugs develop antimicrobial resistance.“The real threat of antimicrobial resistance is on the rise, and with E. coli accounting for around 40 per cent of cases of sepsis and more than 40 per cent of E. coli being resistant to first-line antibiotics, we cannot downplay the importance of the AMR agenda,” said Dr Daniels. Viewers of long-running ITV soap Coronation Street will see one of the show’s youngest characters struck down with a life-threatening infection of the blood.In Monday’s episode, seven-year old Jack Webster – son of car mechanic and unlikely Lothario Kevin – is taken to hospital after a seemingly innocuous cut to his knee while playing football. He quickly develops sepsis, which leaves him fighting for his life.In Wednesday’s episode it is revealed that aspiring footballer Jack is failing to respond to the antibiotics used to treat him and his father hears the heartbreaking news that his son’s foot will have to be amputated. It is likely that AMR will play a progressively greater part in the mortality burden of sepsisDr Ron Daniels The Sepsis Trust, which worked with the soap on the storyline, is delighted that the show’s millions of viewers will learn more about the condition.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Dr Ron Daniels, chief executive of the trust, says: “This is by far the broadest reach we could hope for on television and the longevity of the story running throughout the summer means sepsis will be cemented in viewers’ minds for years to come. Lives will be saved!”Sepsis – or blood poisoning – is the immune system’s overreaction to an infection or injury. It can develop following seemingly harmless cuts or insect bites and illnesses such as urinary tract infections and stomach bugs.
Over 7000 complete local property tax returns
JUST OVER 7,000 homeowners have completed their returns for the local property tax according to figures released by the Revenue Commissioners last night.In total, the Revenue said that 5,567 electronic returns have been received as of yesterday with 1,436 submitting paper returns bringing to 7,003 the total number of returns that have been made to the Revenue in the two weeks since it began issuing letters.In total Revenue says it has issued 714,470 local property tax letters to households across the country.There have been 11,687 calls to its helpline with Revenue clarifying in response to a large number of queries that it had no role in relation to designating which properties are exempt from the tax because they are located in unfinished housing estates.There have been over 688,500 hits on the valuation guidance website since it went live over a week ago. Revenue did not specify if ‘hits’ referred to page views or unique visitors.Revenue also said in a statement last night that its estimate in the letters it is sending to homeowners is only relevant where a person does not complete and file their return.“You don’t appeal the Revenue Estimate – you simply displace it by completing the return with your own estimate,” a statement said.“This means that you self-assess the value of your property, complete the return, select a payment option and send it to Revenue. There is nothing to appeal.”It also said that people should not ignore the letter as it will pursue collection of the estimate and has recommended that homeowners consult with its valuation guidance as well as guides available on Daft.ie, MyHome.ie and the Property Price Register.“All you have to do is engage honestly and reasonably with the self assessment process,” the statement said.Read: Property tax exemptions now available onlineWeek one: 579 people pay the property tax in its first week
Turn your Bitcoins into Amazon gift cards in one step
You might have heard of Bitcoins, the digital P2P currency unbound from the constraints of governments and stock markets. It sounds like a cool scifi idea, but what are you supposed to do with Bitcoins? Until now the answer was “not a whole lot,” but a new service gives Bitcoins users an easy way to cash out by trading the currency for Amazon gift cards.Bitcoin was created in 2009 in the wake of the global financial collapse. It doesn’t operate like traditional currencies — there is no central bank that oversees Bitcoin. Bitcoin transactions are managed by the distributed computing resources of so-called miners. Miners can generate new Bitcoins at a set rate that will be continuously ratcheted down. As such, the supply of Bitcoins is fundamentally limited. No stock market trickery can magically generate more of them.So let’s say you’ve generated or, more likely, bought some Bitcoins. Most shops and websites aren’t set up to accept Bitcoin payments, but AmazonBitcoins offers an interesting option. All you have to do is sign up for a free account and ship some of your Bitcoins over. In return you’ll get a $25 Amazon gift card.Each account gets a unique address to which the payment should be sent. This address is a long string of letters and numbers, so you’ll want to copy it exactly. For each 0.573 Bitcoins sent (as of this writing), you’ll get an Amazon gift card emailed to you. The transaction takes about an hour to complete.0.573 might not sound like a lot, but each whole Bitcoin is worth somewhere in the neighborhood of $46. So when you do the math, you’re not really paying a premium for the Amazon bucks. The folks behind this site are clearly expecting the value of Bitcoin to continue going up. Risky, considering it’s been a rough ride for Bitcoin so far. Still, through all the ups and downs, it’s only getting more popular.
Watch Thor Ragnarok For Free Thanks to VUDU
Stay on target Tom Holland Responds to Disney-Sony Spider-Man Feud‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… We, at Geek, LOVED Thor: Ragnarok. Before I went to see the film, I made sure to check out our very own MovieBob for his review. It comes highly recommended to get the hottest take on the latest take of our favorite Asgardians and the loveliest giant green guy on the planet (I just really love Hulk, okay?).That being said (and after you read/watch), you may want to check out what VUDU has up its sleeves for the digital release of Thor: Ragnarok. VUDU is assembling Marvel fans watch, chat and conquer an awesome #VuduViewingParty. VUDU would love for fans to participate in their upcoming viewing party of Thor: Ragnarok that will be fun, enjoyable and downright marvelous (HEH).This Friday, February 23rd, VUDU will be hosting a live viewing of Thor: Ragnarok with all the true believers. This comes just before the DVD/Blu-Ray release of Thor: Ragnarok, but don’t worry, VUDU has got you covered. You can pre-order the digital on VUDU now just in time for the screening. Once you do that, you can sync your screening up to the live event. Hundreds of fans will be participating in trivia, banter, live chats and reactions and so much more.via VUDUIf you aren’t familiar with VUDU, I can give you the details pretty fast. On VUDU, you can watch movies and TV shows, anywhere and anytime and on any device that you regularly use. Vudu allows you to watch them digitally before the Blu-Ray/DVD comes out and before Netflix has it. Vudu isn’t a subscription service or offers contracts. You just pay for the movie you want, it’s uploaded to your library, and you start watching. Easy, right? They also offer a TON of free films that you can watch anytime. Now, let’s get back to the good stuff.During the screening, there will also be a giveaway with insane prizes that a Thor fan can only dream of getting. These prizes include a PS4 bundle, a replica of Thor’s hammer, Thor action figures, a Thor comic signed by Stan Lee, a 4K TV and, something I wouldn’t mind trying for, autographed movie posters.via VUDUIf you’d love to join in on the dopest event to jump start your weekend, you can RSVP on VUDU here. Follow @vudufans on twitter and follow the tag #VuduViewingParty for contest info, live tweets, and trivia. You can find more information on their hosting page for the screening and more about VUDU on their website.Here are today’s codes for your viewing pleasure:V̶R̶G̶K̶V̶T̶F̶M̶X̶H̶C̶F̶6̶Z̶H̶A̶V̶R̶G̶K̶T̶U̶F̶K̶Z̶H̶E̶F̶9̶S̶C̶K̶V̶R̶G̶K̶W̶S̶H̶R̶Y̶G̶H̶G̶8̶T̶G̶L̶V̶R̶G̶K̶Y̶U̶G̶M̶X̶E̶B̶E̶7̶Y̶T̶B̶VRGKXUFKXGCFQWTBVRGKSSENXEFGPYWCVRGKUVEKZEAHRVUMVRGKZSFRYEAERSXKVRGKZVFPXEEH8WBC
Saturday downtown Fire in the Belly
Forget the heat. Move as fast as you can. Lives are at stake.You don approximately 50 pounds of firefighting gear, from boots, helmet and face mask to oxygen tank and ax. You connect a hose to a nearby hydrant, rush to the other end of the hose and start connecting extensions. You might have to force your way through a metal door. Then, your final task is to drag a 185-pound dummy — an incapacitated victim of fire — all the way out of harm’s way.Those were the basics of the firefighter challenge at Fire in the Park, a showcase and friendly competition among local firefighters that’s aimed at educating the public, as well as raising money for Share, the charity that houses and feeds the homeless and hungry. The event was held Saturday in Esther Short Park; it’s sponsored every year by Vancouver Firefighters local union 452.Also benefiting Share, and probably garnering far more attention due to its complete capture of Main Street from Fourth Plain on down, was Cruisin’ the Gut. That’s an annual classic-car-lovers festival that has grown from a modest outing to a total downtown road hog.Back to basics was the unsung theme of the sixth annual Fire in the Park, according to organizer Matt Thierfelder, a Vancouver firefighter. This year’s focus was entirely upon the life-and-death business of firefighting — the skills and strength that firefighters need to have, as well as a few things the public ought to know.That’s why Vancouver fire Capt. Cody Robinett had gathered a gaggle of young children around him for a review of basics such as: What phone number do you call when there’s an emergency? (The kids had that one cold, and they corrected Robinett when he said, “Right! 1, 2, 3!”) Where is the very center of your chest? (That was easy.)
Fort Lauderdale business catches fire in shopping plaza
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Firefighters were called upon to battle flames at a South Florida business.Firefighters responded to a shopping plaza in Fort Lauderdale to get the flames under control.They were able to put them out. No one was hurt.The plaza is near Powerline Road and Commercial Boulevard.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Wilmington Man Wins 100000 MassCash Prize At Wilmington Convenience Store
WILMINGTON, MA — On Tuesday, July 31, Wilmington resident Nimit Nguansiri purchased a winning $100,000 MassCash Lottery ticket at The Corner Store in Wilmington (296 Shawsheen Avenue). The winning numbers were 9, 11, 13, 21 and 29. To play MassCash, individuals must pick five numbers of out 35 numbers. The odds of winning MassCash are 1 in 324,632.Nimit NguansiriLike 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?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedMassachusetts Lottery Eyeing Wilmington As Location For New Regional OfficeIn “Business”Mega Millions Ticket Sold in Wilmington Wins $1 Million PrizeIn “Community”WINNING STREAK IN WILMINGTON? ANOTHER Wilmington Resident Wins $1 Million On Scratch TicketIn “Business”
Big win for India Maldives may scrap plan to build observatory with
Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:15Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:14?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 … In a big win of securing India’s maritime concerns in the Indian ocean, the Maldives-China agreement to build an observatory in the Indian Ocean is most likely to be scrapped following the exit of President Abdulla Yameen’s pro-China regime.Titled “Protocol on Establishment of Joint Ocean Observation Station”, the 2017 agreement that allows China to build an observatory in the Makunudhoo region and threatens India’s strategic national security interests, is “not on the table”, sources told TOI.Former Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar had raised India’s concerns with then Maldivian envoy Ahmed Mohamed. The envoy officials had dismissed the concerns and stated that China planned to build an observatory for meteorological purposes, not military. Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and India’s Prime Minister Narendra ModiReutersThe latest development takes place after Prime Minister Narendra Modi was awarded the highest state honour to foreign dignitaries by President Mohamed Solih on June 9.In the recent visit, PM Modi while referring to Male’s external debts to China had said that India’s role in the partnership is meant to ’empower’ and not ‘weaken countries by increasing dependency” on the country.It was reported then that the Maldives was planning to withdraw itself from the free trade pact with China. It was also stated that India had offered a $1.4 billion financial aid to the Maldives, reported Reuters. India’s role in the Indian Ocean had been, according to analysts, severely criticised as “self-inflicted strategic myopia” in the past. It was only after PM Modi visited the Seychelles first time in 34 years and Sri Lanka in 28 years in 2015 that India found itself addressing its presence in the strategic Indian ocean. However, in the Indian Ocean region tour, PM Modi had not visited the Maldives which was then under the presidency of Abdulla Yameen.Analysts had inferred that India was a bit too late in its expansion as China had made its presence well known in the region long back. By 2018, China’s influence in Sri Lanka, Maldives and Bangladesh had spread significantly.The situation between India and Maldives had deteriorated to such an extent that the government under Yameen asked India to remove its gifted helicopters and crew from the country and even “banned” Indian workers from entering the country.The biggest concern for India in terms of its maritime security has been the increasing maritime expansion of China in the region since the People’s Liberation Army Navy entered the Indian Ocean and China announced its fully functional naval base in Djibouti in 2017. Big win for India: Maldives may scrap plan to build observatory with China’s help
What Happens When Humans Start Reading — and Altering — Their Own
00:00 /02:24 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /14:37 Listen X X What happens when a machine begins to read its own instruction manual? No, we’re not talking about Skynet (from the Terminator films) but rather humanity’s rapidly increasing understanding of its genome – the code that makes us who were are.Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, cancer researcher and author.We’ve mapped it and identified genes that lead to certain disorders. So, could we someday just turn some of those genes off and on? Or decide how tall we want our kids to be – before they’re born?Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee says those questions are becoming more reality than science fiction as of late. He’s a cancer researcher and the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, which became a PBS documentary by the same name. His most recent book, The Gene: An Intimate History, is about the amazing world of genetics.Last year, Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty talked with him onstage in front of an audience at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church during an event for Brazos Bookstore.In that conversation, Dr. Mukherjee talked about the ethical concerns raised by our growing understanding of genetics. But first, he explained the vast complexity of the human genome.MORE: Dr. Mukherjee Reads an Excerpt from “The Gene” Share Houston Public MediaDr. Siddhartha Mukherjee onstage with Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church on May 3, 2017.MORE: Dr. Mukherjee On Houston’s Role in Studying Cancer and Genetics Listen Deborah FeingoldDr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, cancer researcher and author. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /03:59
Nvidia limits game bundles to video card model
Nvidia limits game bundles to video card model by Martin Brinkmann on February 03, 2017 in Games – 11 commentsWhen you buy a video card for gamers, it is often the case that you get a game or multiple games along with it.These games are provided as codes that you need to enter on Nvidia’s website to download and install the games on the PC on popular platforms such as Steam, uPlay or Origin. So, basically, you enter the code on Nvidia’s website to get the “real” keys that you can then use to register the game on one of the gaming platforms.Games included in video card game bundles are usually the latest blockbusters.Up until now, all you needed was that code to get the game to activate just fine on the system. While many customers did activate those games probably, some decided to sell the game codes instead.This makes sense from a customer perspective as you could make some money back if you are not interested in a particular game, or already own it.Nvidia limits game bundles to video card modelNvidia decided to limit the practice by tying (some) game promotions to the video card model they were offered with.This means that the code won’t be useful anymore to others unless they own the same video card model.The first game bundles featuring the change is the “Prepare to Battle” bundle. The games For Honor and Ghost Recon Wildlands are tied to the purchase of the GeForce GTX 1070 or GTX 1080 video card.GeForce ExperienceAnother thing that is new is that you cannot redeem the code on the Nvidia website, but need to use the company’s GeForce Experience software for that.GeForce Experience is part of the Nvidia video card driver bundle. The latest version makes registration mandatory, and Telemetry is also collected.This additional requirement is problematic for users who don’t want GeForce Experience on their system. The only option that I see is that they install the software, register an account, enter the promo code for the game, get the game linked to their gaming account, and uninstall GeForce Experience afterwards.GeForce Experience checks the video card, and allows activation only if the right card is connected to the PC. Without GeForce Experience, there is no way of activating the game anymore on the PC.Game coupon codes offered as part of a qualifying GPU or PC purchase are intended for use by the purchaser. As part of the coupon redemption process, NVIDIA uses GeForce Experience to perform a hardware verification step to ensure the coupon code is redeemed on the system with the qualifying GPUArs Technica got confirmation from Nvidia that only the video card model, and not its serial number, is checked in the GeForce Experience software.This means that it is still possible to sell the code, but the range of potential buyers is severely limited as they need to have access to the same video card to activate the game on their end.Another thing that is different is that you don’t get a key anymore for manual activation on third-party game portals like Steam. The system has been designed instead to directly link to the game platform through GeForce Experience. Basically, what is happening is, that the game is added to the account you select during the activation phase.The game is linked to the account from then on out. You can switch video cards or entire systems later on, and still play those games on them.Nvidia released instructions for redeeming games through GeForce Experience on the company website.Closing WordsThe new limitation makes it difficult to sell game promo codes that come with video cards. It sounds as this is a new option for Nvidia and the game maker to limit the reselling of promo codes for games, but not mandatory for all video card bundles that will come out in the future.Now You: What’s your opinion on the new limitation?SummaryArticle NameNvidia limits game bundles to video card modelDescriptionNvidia wants to stop the reselling of game promo codes. The company will tie game promos to the video card model and GeForce Experience.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
Hotelscom apps downloads milestone
Source = ETB News: P.T. With the launch of the Kindle Fire app, hotels.com is now available across most all mobile devices, including iOS for iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone and more broadly through development partnerships with companies such as Samsung and Ford. The app also allows users to access their Welcome Rewards account and store payment information. “Our strategy is to innovate and mould our apps for different devices and operating systems, so our customers get the best experience… we don’t believe in a one size fits all way of working and this launch demonstrates that,” Hotels.com spokesperson Alison Couper said. Surrounding the launch of its newest mobile application, Hotels.com has revealed that its suite of apps have been downloaded more than 25 million times globally. Hotels.com has unveiled its new app, specifically built for Kindle Fire, enabling customers using the device to search and book hotel accommodation, review reservations and read customer reviews.
Melbourne Convention Bureau appoints new US director
Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) recently appointed Maria Rivera as the new director of business development for North America.This role aims to position Melbourne as one of the world’s premier business events destinations, with Myriad Marketing’s Washington DC office working to keep Melbourne in the top spot in the North American market.Maria Rivera joins Myriad from Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau where her she covered the bureau’s north eastern region and included identifying and delivering prospective clients in all market segments.MCB’s chief executive officer, Karen Bolinger has said that Maria’s strong association with the North American market means she is well placed to undertake the her new role effectively.“The North American association and incentive market is a key focus for MCB and Maria’s experience will be invaluable in strengthening relationships with meeting managers from across the country . She will help us go to the next level,” Ms Bolinger said.Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s chief executive Peter King, also welcomed Ms Rivera to the team, acknowledging her experience and expertise.“It’s great to have someone of Maria’s calibre join the team at MCB, Maria will have a very important role to play in terms of ensuring that Melbourne and MCEC is front of mind for the North America market,” Mr King said.Source = ETB News: Lewis Wiseman
NAHB Criticizes MortgageFee Raise in Payroll Tax
NAHB Criticizes Mortgage-Fee Raise in Payroll Tax Agents & Brokers Investors Lenders & Servicers National Association of Home Builders Processing Service Providers 2011-12-12 Ryan Schuette At least one key trade group opposes plans by some lawmakers to introduce a raise for mortgage fees in a payroll tax extension.[IMAGE]The “”National Association of Home Builders””:http://www.nahb.org/default.aspx (NAHB) released a statement Monday in opposition to the mortgage-fee raise.””Congress is essentially proposing to raise taxes on millions of potential home buyers in order to pay for a payroll tax cut and other non-housing legislative initiatives,”” NAHB chairman Bob Nielsen said in a statement. Lawmakers are busy cobbling together a payroll tax plan this [COLUMN_BREAK]week that would extend current rates for employees and their employers.””_Bloomberg News_””:http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-12-12/democratic-payroll-tax-position-hardens-ahead-of-deadline.html reports that Democrats continue to line up against Republican efforts to pass the payroll tax extension with other elements, including changes to unemployment compensation and the removal of impediments to a Canadian oil pipeline.Nielsen highlighted the role that guarantee fees for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac may play in protections against credit-related losses, suggesting that these could harm the “”safety and soundness”” of housing finance in the United States.””With the housing market struggling to regain its footing, such a short-sighted move would be extremely counterproductive and threaten the fragile economic recovery,”” he added.””Just as we are beginning to see modest signs of improvement in scattered housing markets across the nation where employment is gaining and consumer confidence is rising, Congress is tampering with g-fees and needlessly raising the cost of buying a home,”” Nielsen said. “”This will jeopardize the tenuous rebound and is the last thing this economy needs.”” Share December 12, 2011 432 Views in Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing
Our View Banks have to pay big bucks for good bosses
Strong disapproval was evident in the way some newspapers presented the report by the European Banking Authority (EBA) about the remuneration of top bankers in Cyprus.“Nine banking golden boys in Cyprus are paid the annual total of €15,402,172, of which €12,596,114 was annually paid as salary and the remaining €2,806,058 was variable income (bonuses),” Phileleftheros reported. It added that the total annual income of five bank executives was €8.76 million.The Akel mouthpiece, Haravghi, understandably was more disapproving, reporting that ‘in Cyprus of workers on low wages and benefits, there are nine bankers with average annual pay of €1.7 million each’.It also noted that, according to the EBA, the number of big bankers in Cyprus has doubled, as has their remuneration. For the communists of Akel such big pay packages are obscene because they promote inequality and exemplify one of the worst aspects of capitalism.They do not consider bank executives to be workers even though the latter are paid a monthly salary, albeit a very big one, and could be sacked any time if their work is not satisfactory. Yet bank executives are in the job market just like any worker, the only difference being that there are much fewer of the former, especially with a good track record, therefore they are paid big salaries. Like most prices in a market economy, the wages of bank executives are determined by supply and demand, in contrast to the wages further down the bank hierarchy, which are determined by the union.That top bank executives are now being paid big money for their services is because things have changed in the sector and the boards no longer promote people from within the bank, as was the practice in the past. Boards want bankers with a proven track record and experience gleaned from working at banks abroad and they are prepared to pay big bucks for this. Could the newspapers begrudge the Bank of Cyprus’ CEO John Hourican his big fat salary, considering how he brought in foreign investors, stabilised the bank and listed it on the London Stock Exchange?The bank may have recorded huge losses in 2017 because of provisions for bad debts, but would a smaller pay package for Hourican have made the slightest bit of difference? If he was not there, the losses could have been much bigger. At the Cooperative Central Bank, in contrast, a man of limited banking experience and no track record was appointed CEO and he failed to turn the bank round. Should he be praised because he was probably earning less than a fifth of Hourican’s annual salary?It is no coincidence that the disparaging term ‘golden boys’ is invariably used by the union bosses, who, like the communists, do not value excellence or high-calibre workers, because they champion mediocrity and do not want a salary to reflect a worker’s contribution to the business.You May LikeReport Globe8 Cutest Exotic Dog BreedsReport GlobeUndo22DailyShe Delivered 7 Babies – Here’s What They Look Like 20 Years Later22DailyUndoJobs in USA | Search AdsJobs in USA for Indian Might Pay More Than You ThinkJobs in USA | Search AdsUndo Verstappen wins crazy German Grand PrixUndoHeroes’ welcome for Israeli teens after woman detained for false rape claim (Update 2)UndoMayors lobbying president to prevent local govt mergersUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
Turkey will react to Exxons drilling Ozersay says
Turkey will react to the drilling later this year by US energy giants ExxonMobil, even if there are ongoing Cyprus talks, Turkish Cypriot ‘foreign minister’ Kudret Ozersay said in the second part of his interview with Phileleftheros published on Monday.Ozersay said there were areas of Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone claimed by Ankara, both on its own behalf and on behalf of Turkish Cypriots. Turkey would also proceed with its own drilling in areas it lays claim to that have been licensed out by the Cyprus government.The Turkish vessel Fatih is due to drill in the Eastern Mediterranean on October 29.Exxon is to drill later this year in block 10, which until now has not been claimed by Ankara. Turkey’s claims on the island’s EEZ partly overlap with Cyprus’ blocks 1, 4, 6 and 7. Ankara also supports the north’s claims on blocks 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 12 and 13, including within few kilometres from the Aphrodite gas field in block12.However, Ozersay argued that a section of block 10 is located in an area where Turkish Cypriots also have rights, he said, and their plans would not be affected by any ongoing talks. The leaders are due to meet on Friday but negotiations have not officially resumed.“I have heard hundreds of times the Greek Cypriots declare that their energy plans will continue. So will ours,” said Ozersay.In the first part of the interview published on Sunday, Ozersay revealed he was involved in a round of contacts with Greek Cypriot politicians to discuss the Cyprus issue ‘outside the box’.You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola