FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – As we begin to enter the Fall season, bears are starting to prepare for hibernation and the B.C. Conservation Officer Services would like to remind British Columbians of bear safety tips.Since the bears are entering hibernation, Conservation Officer, Nicole Caithness, says the bears will be foraging for food 20 hours a day in order to rack up the high amount of calories needed for hibernation.Caithness says it is important that all residents do their part to prevent attracting bears by securing all commercial and residential attractants, such as garbage disposal bins. According to Caithness, Officers will be conducting audits across the province to ensure that communities are in compliance.Failure to comply risks being issued a Dangerous Wildlife Protection Order or a $230.00 fine.More bear safety tips can be found at bearsmart.com.
The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has called for a more realistic and balanced approach to CO2 emissions policy after yesterday’s vote by the European Parliament’s Environment (ENVI) Committee.“Policy makers should not lose sight of the fact that Europe and its automobile industry play a leading role in the global challenge to reduce CO2 emissions,” stated Ivan Hodac, Secretary General of ACEA.Europe’s auto industry already delivers vehicles with the highest environmental and safety standards in the world. Furthermore, the existing European CO2 emissions targets for 2015 and those proposed for 2020 are the most stringent worldwide, far more challenging than those in the US, China or Japan.Unfortunately, sales and jobs in the sector have been declining for more than six years. “This year has also got off to a worrying start, as our most recent new car registration figures show that the first quarter of 2013 is the worst first quarter on record,” went on Mr Hodac.“In this difficult economic context – and given the fact that the regulatory pressure in Europe is already far higher than in our major competitor regions – the outcome of the ENVI Committee vote sends a worrying signal for the future of the industry in Europe.” The risk is of increased manufacturing costs in Europe, creating a competitive disadvantage for the region. “In effect, the ENVI proposals would jeopardise the industry’s ability to retain its technological and environmental lead.”Among the issues of particular concern to the auto industry is the setting of long-term targets. “By setting unrealistic and politically-motivated long-term targets without a scientific basis, MEPs have taken a dangerous short-cut,” Mr Hodac concluded. “They are also disregarding commitments made to the industry in the Commission’s CARS 2020 Action plan regarding ‘smarter regulation’ based on sound impact assessments.”ACEA also called for more effective ‘super-credits’, which are incentives for investing in innovative clean technologies. Such incentive schemes are being used far more strongly in other world regions, such as USA, China and Japan. “Again, why should Europe operate in a vacuum?” questioned Hodac.ACEA urged member states and the European Parliament as a whole to adopt a more balanced and realistic approach to this issue which has huge implications for one of Europe’s most strategically important industries.Click through to see the 2013 SMMT New Car CO2 Report.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
AUCKLAND, New Zealand — Canadian teen Bianca Andreescu was at a loss for words after her second stunning tennis upset in as many days.Less than 24 hours after knocking off world No. 3 Caroline Wozniacki, the 18-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., downed the legendary Venus Williams 6-7 (1), 6-1, 6-3 in a quarterfinal on Friday at the ASB Classic.“I believe that anything is possible and tonight I think I did the impossible,” Andreescu, who had to win three qualifying matches just to get into the tournament, said in an on-court interview after the match.“I don’t even know what to say. It’s just such an amazing feeling.”Ranked No. 152 in the world, Andreescu beat the top-seeded and former world No. 1 Wozniacki on Thursday before taking out No. 38 Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam champion and also a former world No. 1.“It feels like a double dream,” Andreescu said. “I’m really just speechless. I don’t know if this is a dream, if one of you can pinch me please. Honestly, I’ve worked really hard for this moment. I’m just really grateful.”Andreescu won 11 straight games against the sixth-seeded Williams after losing the first set and falling behind a break at 1-0 in the second set.Andreescu broke right back in a four-deuce second game to begin her roll.“I was like ‘What is going on. I just broke her five times in a row,’” Andreescu said. “She’s one of the best servers in the game. Today she didn’t serve as well as other matches I’ve seen her play. But I took control of that. It was honestly a gift, maybe like a late Christmas present.”After going up 5-0 in the third and final set, Andreescu let Williams back in the match. She admitted she was tense.“I got really tight at 5-0,” Andreescu said. “I’m like ‘I’m one game away from winning this’ but then she started raising her level and I kind of stepped back. At 5-3, I’m like ‘OK screw this. I’m just going to go for everything’ and that’s what I did and it worked. Maybe I should just do that every point.”Andreescu said she purposely stayed off social media after the Wozniacki match, though added she might take a peek following the triumph over Williams.“You have to start somewhere and I guess this is my awakening moment, maybe,” she said. “I’m just really happy and hopefully I continue like this for the rest of the season, for the rest of my career.””I don’t even know what to say!”Just enjoy it, @bandreescu_ !@ASB_Classic pic.twitter.com/kpITnD3TGZ— WTA (@WTA) January 4, 2019Meanwhile, Germany’s Julia Goerges came back from a set down on Friday to beat Eugenie Bouchard of Westmount, Que., for a spot in the tournament semifinals.The 14th-ranked Goerges downed the 87th-ranked Canadian 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (6).Goerges is seeded No. 2 and was last year’s champion. She fired seven aces to take the two-hour-28-minute marathon.The US$250,000 WTA Tour event is a warmup for the Australian Open.Andreescu will have to attempt to qualify for the first Grand Slam of the season next week because her ranking does not get her in the main draw.
Senior defender Hunter Robertson (6) passes the ball upfield during the OSU vs. Penn State game on Tuesday. Credit: Ris Twigg | Assistant Photo EditorThe Ohio State men’s soccer team (7-9-1) concluded its 2017 regular season with a loss as it fell 2-0 to Wisconsin (8-4-4) Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.The Buckeyes have now lost eight straight games after beginning the season 7-1-1 and setting the school record for consecutive opponent shutouts earlier in the season.The Buckeyes got off to a bad start when freshman defender Will Hirschman received a red card in the 18th minute, forcing Ohio State to play a man down for the remainder of the game. “The early red card really ruined the game for our team,” head coach John Bluem said. “I don’t think it was a deserved red card, so I’m very disappointed. I feel badly for our team because I think we were prepared to play a good game today but that early red card ruined it for us.”With only 10 players, Ohio State struggled to maintain control of the ball. This led to the first score of the game when Wisconsin senior midfielder Mike Catalano buried the shot on the opposite post from 10 yards out in the 30th minute. He was assisted on by senior midfielder/forward Chris Mueller.The Badgers led in first half shots 7-3, but the Buckeyes took four corner kicks, compared to Wisconsin’s two corner kicks. But the early red card took its toll on the Buckeyes.The next goal came only 31 seconds into the second half as Catalano got back into the action when he sent a cross to senior forward Tom Barlow who fed an open Mueller for an easy eight-yard score. “I thought we fought pretty well for the first half,” senior defender Hunter Robertson said. “I definitely thought we were going to get a goal and tie the game up but unfortunately, we gave up a pretty bad goal to start the second half and it killed our energy. From there it was cold.”Playing the majority of the game a man down, the Buckeyes lacked the ability to push through a full Badger team and was unable to put a score on the board.The team’s starting goalie to begin the season, sophomore Parker Siegfried, who missed the past two games due to injury, returned in the 63rd minute to replace Xavier Kennedy, who fell to 0-4-0 on the season.With the regular season concluded, the Buckeyes will wait to hear when and where they play next Sunday evening when the seeding for the Big Ten Tournament is announced.“The good thing about the conference tournament is it gives you a second chance,” Bluem said.“Obviously, we’ve had a disappointing end to the regular season, but now we have postseason play. If we can raise the standard of our game and if we can get some belief back in ourselves, then we’ll still have a chance at being successful this season. A second season is what’s happening and I hope our guys take that opportunity.”
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 Foundation noted that Britain’s 1.9 million black, Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi employees are experiencing an annual pay penalty (pay gaps that control for workers’ characteristics) of £3.2bn.The ONS data shows that almost all BAME groups face significant pay penalties, with the exception of UK-born Chinese workers. It also shows that UK-born ethnic minorities face far smaller pay penalties than those born overseas.Kathleen Henehan, policy analyst at the Resolution Foundation, a think tank which aims to improve the standard of living for low and middle-income families, added: “Black and ethnic minority workers have made huge strides over recent decades in terms of educational attainment and rising employment.“But despite this, almost all BAME groups continue to face significant pay gaps, compared to white workers. What’s more, these pay penalties hold even after accounting for workers’ qualifications, experience and the types of jobs they do.“Having made significant progress on shining a light on gender pay gaps within firms though equal pay audits, the government should now extend this to look at pay gaps for BAME workers too.” Chinese and Indian workers in the UK outearn their white British counterparts by almost £10,000 a year, the first government ethnic pay gap data has revealed.Figures compiled by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) spanning from 2012 to 2018 found that Chinese and Indian workers consistently had the highest median hourly pay of any ethnic group.The statistics showed that Chinese workers earned an average of £15.75 an hour in 2018. This was closely followed by Indian workers who earned an hourly average of £13.47. In contrast, white British workers earned an average of £12.03. Based on these employees working 40-hour weeks for 52 weeks a year, the result is that Chinese workers could earn almost £10,000 a year (with an annual salary of around £33,000) more than their white British counterparts (who would earn around £25,000). Meanwhile Indian workers would earn around £28,000 a year based on the annual salary calculation. Meanwhile the ONS found that the highest median hourly pay of other ethnic groups were as follows: Mixed or Multiple ethnic groups (£12.33), White other (£11.33), any other Asian group (£11.50), Black, African, Carribean or Black British (£10.92), Pakistani (£10.00), Other ethnic group (£10.92) and Bangladeshi (£9.60). Mr Rahman said: “The figures are interesting. Whilst the data reveals that Chinese and Indians are doing well, the reality is that class and race still appear to be obstacles to progression within the workplace because other BAME groups, in particular, the Bangladeshis, Pakistanis and black employees earn less than their white counterparts. “It is difficult to say with any certainty but it is likely that both Chinese and Indian workers in the sample are graduates and have excelled within the education system, in comparison to other groups. One would need to analyse the data to assess social mobility and progression within the workplace.“Training on diversity at work and ethnicity pay gap reporting for large institutions should hopefully help tackle the obvious pay inequality and disparity. This would be consistent with the gender pay gap reporting obligations, which were introduced to tackle pay inequality on the basis of gender.”The ONS report, entitled Ethnicity pay gaps in Great Britain: 2018, presents the first analysis of ethnicity pay gaps using newly reweighted earnings data from the Annual Population Survey.Almost all black and ethnic minority (BAME) groups of workers face significant pay penalties in the workforce, despite huge labour market progress in recent decades, the Resolution Foundation, a think tank which aims to improve the standard of living for low and middle-income families, said in response to the latest ONS data. Jahad Rahman, an employment lawyer and partner at Rahman Lowe Solicitors, said that the figures reveals that Chinese and Indian workers are most likely to have excelled within the education system and, as a result, earn higher wages after graduating. However experts also added that BAME groups of workers face significant pay penalties in the workforce. The new data supports the think tank’s recent research, which found that BAME workers face significant pay gaps, which continue to hold even after accounting for workers’ characteristics, such as their skills, experience, age and the types of jobs they do.
SGS has announced that its laboratory in Ankara, Turkey has been officially recognised by the International Accreditation Service (IAS) for meeting the requirements of the ISO/IEC 17025 standard for specific registered tests for the minerals industry. Conformance to ISO/IEC 17025 demonstrates technical competency for a defined scope of tests and the operation of a laboratory quality management system. The company stated: “This successful achievement is evidence of SGS’s commitment to confidently deliver the best possible results to its clients.”The Ankara laboratory is strategically located to service the growing needs of the minerals industry in Turkey, Western Asia and Eastern Europe. It is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment to provide unparalleled analytical services including AAS, ICP-AES, fire assay, BLEG, carbon and sulphur by LECO, classical titration and a full suite of wet chemistry methods for exploration, mine development and commercial trade. The laboratory has the capacity for over 1,000 samples per day. “Its professional staff maintain high standards of quality and procedural excellence to ensure accurate, repeatable and timely data. The laboratory forms a key part of SGS’s unmatched global network of laboratories and functions as a gateway to other SGS services.”
By Cliodhna Russell Mar 23rd 2017, 11:19 AM Share8 Tweet Email2 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/3302306 Thursday 23 Mar 2017, 11:19 AM Cork set to get new €25 million office space that will accommodate 450 new jobs The project would also sustain 125 construction jobs. Image: jakuzaa Image: jakuzaa 21 Comments 9,885 Views Short URL A NEW OFFICE block which will accommodate 450 new jobs is planned for Cork city’s historical business district, the South Mall.Subject to receiving viable planning permission, construction will begin immediately and work towards a completion date of late Summer 2018.JCD Group, the Cork based property development company, are lodging a planning application for a €25 million new office development today.The five storey office building which includes 85 and 86 South Mall also extends to include two additional sites to the North which will border Crane Lane, Phoenix Street and Smith Street with the main entrance lobby onto the South Mall.Minister Simon Coveney said, “This is a very positive new development in the city centre providing new office accommodation to enable Cork to compete on both a national and international level for Foreign Direct Investment. Source: jakuzaaThe JCD Group are also behind major recent Cork developments such as One Albert Quay, The Capitol and City Gate in Mahon.A JCD spokesperson said, “If Cork is going to continue to compete internationally for FDI, it is critical that there is a steady pipeline of Grade A office space available.”The spokesman added that in addition to the 450 city centre jobs that will be accommodated once the project is completed, the project would also sustain 125 construction jobs throughout the build.It’s understood that the tenant line-up should be announced shortly.Read: ’6.6% unemployment – that’s my performance’: Mary Mitchell O’Connor hits back at critics>
British couple Simon and Jenny Phillips sold off everything to move into their luxury home in Cyprus in Armou, in the Paphos district, and live their dream of happy days under the Mediterranean sun. Instead, the earth opened up beneath them and reduced parts of their home to rubble. Now the couple and their teen daughters, who once enjoyed a large swimming pool and ocean views, are in ‘a cross between a building site and a warzone’ as their £200,000 home continues to slide downhill.It took less than two years for the house to be destroyed after a rainy winter triggered landslides underneath it and caused large craters and a dangerous drop to form. Apart from the landholes, the garage tilted to 12 degrees.READ MORE: A house in GreeceThe family is now suing the Cypriot government for signing off on the doomed development. They say that the government should not have allowed JNM 4U, the developers, to build on the clay-based site in 2004 as an independent engineering report later found the soil to be problematic. The report indicated that the government was aware of the area’s ‘geological problems’ and still allowed developers to build without taking precautions to stabilise the area.In 2014, the home was deemed ‘unfit for habitation’ but the family continue to live there though the other British families that bought homes there have already left. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee is raising the curtain on what promises to be high drama – a hearing in which senators will listen to a woman accuse Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her, then weigh his denial.At stake is President Donald Trump’s second nomination to the high court.Kavanaugh’s confirmation seemed assured until a California college professor, Christine Blasey Ford, accused the appeals court judge of attempting to rape her when they were high school teenagers. Kavanaugh has denied any sexual misconduct then or in college at Yale, though more women alleging sexual misconduct have come forward.Kavanaugh defended himself this week in a TV interview. The hearing set to begin Thursday morning will be the first time the country sees and hears from Ford.With a dramatic day of testimony looming, protesters are gathering around the U.S. Capitol building.Organizers behind the Women’s March plan a “direct action” Thursday morning in the Hart Senate Office Building in support of Ford.Elsewhere, a coalition of conservative women’s groups is planning an “I stand with Brett” rally near the Russell Senate Office Building.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, February 9, 2017 – It was 23 year old Benjamin Anderson who was shot and killed on Ida Street on Tuesday morning around 7am and while Police say they do not have a concrete motive for the murder, they told media the man is a ‘prolific offender’. It was told to CID that a male shot Anderson who was standing in the front of his home. That suspect pulled up, got out of his vehicle, fatally shot Anderson, hoped back into his car and drove off. Investigators reported to media that the lifestyle of Benjamin Anderson is taking them in many directions, but they are determined to find a clear path to his killer.This was the 20th murder for the country; it is said that murder is up 87%.#magneticmedianews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Related Items:#magneticmedianews Recommended for you Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
A Clackamas County sheriff’s patrol sergeant who lives in Vancouver pleaded not guilty Tuesday to assaulting his 22-year-old stepson.Steven P. Hyson, 46, was arraigned on charges of second-degree assault domestic violence for allegedly slamming his stepson’s head into a wall during an argument May 1. Hyson also was charged with fourth-degree assault for allegedly shoving his wife, Lora Hyson, and third-degree malicious mischief for allegedly causing property damage at the family’s home.Trial was set for Aug. 8.Authorities said Hyson’s 22-year-old stepson, Austin Brown-Oliver, said the conflict arose when he questioned Hyson about why he wasn’t intervening when Hyson’s 12-year-old son was yelling at Hyson’s wife.This led to an argument between Hyson and his stepson on the front porch of the home. Hyson reportedly ripped the stepson’s T-shirt and tried to provoke him to fight by saying “Go ahead and hit me” and “Are you a tough guy?” according to court documents.Brown-Oliver told investigators that as he attempted to walk away, Hyson grabbed him by the head and shoulder and spun him into the side of the house, according to the probable cause affidavit signed by sheriff’s Detective Todd Barsness.Hyson’s wife called 911, and Brown-Oliver was treated at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center for a broken cheek bone. Hyson turned himself in to Clark County sheriff’s deputies May 3.
SEATTLE — Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who was wounded three years ago in Tucson, is speaking in Seattle on Wednesday as part of a cross-country tour to promote gun control.She’s appearing at a panel discussion on reducing gun violence against women. Organizers say it will focus on background checks for gun buyers.Gifford’s nine-state tour started more than a week ago in Maine where she advocated tougher laws to protect women from stalkers and domestic violence.Her gun-control advocacy group, Americans for Responsible Solutions, calls guns and domestic violence “a lethal mix.” It says abuse victims are five times more likely to be killed if the aggressor has access to a gun.
“Because now, these little pigeons, he breaks the eggs and everything. It’s animal abuse,” said Nelson. “The way he took the pigeons was very rough.”The subject’s exit was even harder. He is seen scaling the ladder and then tumbling over the fence and falling onto the ground.The religious store had beefed up security after being burglarized in May. Police arrested two people in connection to the incident, but the owners haven’t recovered what was stolen.The owners said the burglary is especially painful because it took place right before the holidays.If you have any information on either of these burglaries, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – The owners of a South Florida business are reeling, one day after, they said, a burglar broke into their religious store and took off with a cage filled with pricey pigeons.For the second time in less than a year, Mae and Nelson Hernandez, the owners of El Viejo Lazaro Botanica in Miami, find themselves cleaning up after a crook.“People are crazy. People know I have security cameras,” said Nelson. “People know I put the wires. More security, and these people don’t care.”But the barbed wire and security cameras did not deter the subject from breaking into the business, located at 5800 W. Flagler St., Friday night.Just a few hours after the shop had closed up for the night, the footage shows the perpetrator, wearing a bucket over his head and a trash bag over his shoulders, as he jumped over the fence and made his way inside.“I don’t know what’s going here in Miami,” said Mae. “People don’t have respect for anything.”Minutes later, the thief is seen walking off with a cage filled with pigeons that, the owners said, are worth thousands of dollars.
Read Ecobee SmartThermostat with Voice Control review Related links Share your voice Ecobee SmartThermostat Best app Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) Chris Monroe/CNET $220 at Amazon Best value The Ecobee SmartThermostat has a built-in Alexa speaker. Ask the speaker for the temperature, current weather forecast, to tell you a joke — and to adjust the air conditioning of your smart thermostat, all without needing a separate Alexa speaker. This Wi-Fi programmable thermostat also offers integration with Google Assistant and Siri, so if you have a Google-Assistant-enabled smart speaker or a HomePod, you can control it with Google Assistant and Siri commands. Now playing: Watch this: $121 at Amazon 12 smart thermostats to regulate your home’s temp The Honeywell Lyric T5 costs $150. I know that isn’t exactly affordable. But it’s a solid price tag for a Wi-Fi thermostat. Many models, including the Nest Learning Thermostat and the Ecobee4, cost $249. This makes the T5 a great “budget” option that works with Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri (via Apple HomeKit). Read Ecobee SmartThermostat with Voice Control review Chris Monroe/CNET Read Ecobee SmartThermostat with Voice Control review To accompany these modern features, a lot of connected thermostats boast innovative designs. From a rounded shape to a responsive touchscreen, today’s thermostats look different than they used to. Let’s explore the available options model-by-model. We’ll highlight what makes each model stand out from the rest and ultimately pick an overall winner of the best smart thermostat from the pack. Here’s a list of smart thermostats we’ve tested recently: Ecobee3 LiteEcobee SmartThermostatEmerson Sensi Emerson Sensi Touch Honeywell Lyric Honeywell Lyric T5 Johnson Controls GLAS Lux Geo Lux Kono Nest Learning Thermostat Nest Thermostat EThe products discussed here are independently chosen by our editors after hands-on evaluation and testing. CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site. $199 at Amazon Ecobee SmartThermostat Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected Chris Monroe/CNET Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house Read Honeywell Lyric T5 Wi-Fi Thermostat review $220 at Amazon Best design 1:21 23 Smart Thermostats Honeywell Lyric T5 The best smart home security cameras of 2019 The best video doorbells available The best dehumidifiers you can install yourself CNET Smart Home 13 Photos Chris Monroe/CNET $220 at Amazon Nest Learning Thermostat I hold that the $249 Nest Learning Thermostat is still the best-looking smart thermostat out there. Its rounded design harkens back to old-school thermostats, but it has a modern look that fits in with nearly any home decor. The $169 Nest Thermostat E looks nice too, but it has more plastic components that aren’t as appealing as the Learning Thermostat’s stainless steel. Testing a thermostat Let’s talk about testing. Smart thermostats start with the installation. Installations can vary widely from thermostat to thermostat and HVAC system to HVAC system, but there are some basic steps required for installing these devices. As always, consult a professional installer if you have any questions about the setup process. Here are the general steps: Turn off power to your thermostat at the circuit breaker Remove the old thermostat Install the thermostat’s baseplate with the included screws Attach the wires to the wire terminals Snap on the faceplateTurn on power at the circuit breakerWas the thermostat especially difficult to install? If so, why? Certain models require a C-wire, for example, which can complicate the installation if you don’t have one. Not sure what a C-wire is? Start here. From there, I move on to the app. Every smart thermostat has one. I download the app and create an account if I don’t already have one. Then I configure the thermostat following the steps in the app. This usually means connecting to the local Wi-Fi network, giving your thermostat a name like “Hallway” or “Bedroom” and then you can start using your thermostat. The Ecobee mobile app is straightforward and easy to install and navigate. That sounds simple enough, but so many apps make it tough to find the specific setting or feature you’re looking for. Not so with Ecobee’s smartphone app. And that’s important because the mobile app is one of the main ways to interact with your Wi-Fi thermostat when you aren’t standing directly in front of it (aside from using a voice command). Best overall How well does the app work? Is it easy to navigate to the thermostat settings you need? Is it simple to create a schedule or enable geofencing? This factors into the thermostat’s usability score, along with how simple the thermostat hardware itself is to control manually. I also test smart home integration, especially voice-enabled systems you can access through voice assistants like Alexa, Google Assistant or Siri. Most connected thermostats have compatibility with at least one voice assistant and some, like the Ecobee3 Lite and Ecobee SmartThermostat, work with all three. Do the voice commands flow naturally, like they would in an actual conversation? Did the thermostat actually adjust the temperature — heating and cooling — according to your commands? All of these things determine a smart thermostat’s overall score and how likely I am to recommend it. The best facial recognition cameras: And how we test them The best video doorbells: And which one’s right for you Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Honeywell Nest Google Assistant Alexa Amazon Voice recognition Google Siri Apple Apple HomeKit Ecobee The Ecobee SmartThermostat is my favorite pick for best smart thermostat available today. Yes, it’s expensive at $249, but it has the performance and features to back it up — especially if you want to talk to Alexa without having to buy an Amazon Echo. If you don’t want or need an Alexa speaker, the $169 Ecobee3 Lite Wi-Fi thermostat is also a great option. Read Nest Learning Thermostat Third Generation review Ecobee’s new thermostat is part Alexa speaker reading • The best smart thermostats of 2019 Smart thermostats do more than automate a fixed heating and cooling schedule. These app-enabled smart home devices make it possible to adjust your thermostat whether you’re on the couch, at the grocery store or on vacation — anywhere your smartphone is connected to a cellular or a Wi-Fi network. Many of these devices also work with Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri now too, giving you yet another way to adjust your thermostat settings without having to stand directly in front of it. Some smart thermostat systems also use smart features like a motion sensor to determine if you’re home or away and automatically change the temperature — both heating and cooling — for you. Other systems rely on a geofencing radius — once you get a certain distance from your home, they switch to away mode and then back to home mode when you return. • Aug 30 • iRobot Roomba S9 Plus vs. Neato Botvac D7 Connected Ecobee CNET Smart Home Comments Tags Tyler Lizenby/CNET See All Best voice control
MRPS national president Manda Krishna Madiga met union minister for state affairs Kishan Reddy on Sunday and asked to intensify the SC classification. Later speaking to media, he said that the SC social class will become strong if the classification is done. “Even the Mala people have recognised the same,” Manda said. The Madiga Reservation Porata Samithi (MRPS) president also said that he believes in the BJP government which is positive towards SC classification.
Sony released its mid-gen PlayStation 4 Pro console yesterday. Though technically still a PS4, the Pro features a more powerful GPU and an overclocked CPU that allows it to display games at 4K resolution and at higher frame rates. Though not a wholly necessary system for those who own a PS4, it is a nice upgrade for the die-hard PlayStation enthusiasts, and of course, those who have not yet purchased a PS4.While the PS4 Pro has a great deal of games that have been patched to take advantage of its hardware, most of them simply upscale to 4K. Very few “PlayStation 4 Pro enhanced” titles make use of the much-talked about checkerboard rendering technique that makes images look nearly indistinguishable from true 4K. Yes, all PS4 Pro enhanced games display at High Dynamic Range (HDR), but beyond that, they are basically just regular PS4 games.So what games make the most of the PlayStation 4 Pro? Below, we’ve listed the games that fully take advantage of the PS4 Pro’s more powerful hardware. There may not be a lot of games on this list, but these are the ones that will justify the money spent on a PS4 Pro and a 4K television.inFAMOUS: Second Son/First LightinFAMOUS: Second Son was one of the early “must-buy” games for the PS4. Its DLC add-on, First Light, was also great. If you’re into superhero narratives then both of these titles will be right up your alley. Like the other games on this list, inFAMOUS: Second Son and First Light take advantage of the PS4 Pro by delivering a solid 4K/60fps experience which makes them look even more stunning than they originally did.The Last of Us: RemasteredThe Last of Us is one of the most celebrated games released during the last five years and is also one of the best games for the PlayStation 4 Pro. Players can choose to play this at native 4K/30fps or at 1800p/60fps (upscaled to 2160 via checkerboard rendering). No matter which resolution one chooses, they will be treated to a game with some of the best graphics around; not to mention one of the most compelling stories in all of gaming.Middle-Earth: Shadow of MordorShadow of Mordor was one of the first gems of the current console generation thanks to its innovative Nemesis System which made each playthrough of the game different for every person. On the PS4 Pro, the game features 4K resolution as well as a super-sampled 1080p mode. Despite being one of the better games of the current gen, there are still many who never played it. Having Shadow of Mordor on PS4 Pro is a great way to introduce it to those who missed out the first time.NBA 2K17NBA 2K17 is already a fantastic game on the standard PS4 but on the PS4 Pro things get taken to a whole other level. While most current-gen games on PS4 Pro are simply upscaled to 4K, 2K17 is not only running at a native 4K, but also at a silky smooth 60fps. The game looks so good on the PS4 Pro it wouldn’t be surprising if you thought you were watching a real basketball game. Even those who aren’t necessarily sports fans may want to pick this up just to show off what the PS4 Pro is capable of to friends.Rise of the Tomb RaiderRise of the Tomb Raider is the poster child for what games should strive to be like on the PS4 Pro. The game can be played at 4K/30fps, 1080p/60fps, or 1080/30fps (with enhanced environmental effects). Aside from giving players graphical options, Rise of Tomb Raider is simply a brilliant game that every PlayStation 4 Pro owner needs to have in their collection.The PlayStation 4 Pro is now available for $399. ‘Days Gone’ Is the Next Big PlayStation Franchise‘Spider-Man: The Heist’ DLC is a Fancy Feast Stay on target
© 2019 Science X Network More information: Peter Schwardmann et al. Deception and self-deception, Nature Human Behaviour (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41562-019-0666-7 Researchers find breathing-in before doing a task might make you better at doing it Scientists who study human behavior have found through various studies that most people tend to overrate their own abilities or characteristics. Most people think they are smarter than they actually are, for example. And most people seem to think they are better drivers than all the others on the road. But why is this? In this new effort, Schwardmann and van der Weele sought to find out if there might be an advantage to being overconfident—to that end, they carried out a two-stage experiment designed to reveal possible advantages.In the first part of the experiment, a group of volunteers was given an intelligence test; half were told that they would receive €15 if they could convince other people that they did very well on the test. After taking the test, all of the volunteers were given their results and asked to convince other people that they had done well. Unbeknownst to the volunteers, not all were given their actual scores by the researchers. Some were given results that were higher, while others received a lower score. The researchers then studied the behavior of the volunteers as they tried to convince mock employers that they had scored high on the test.The researchers report that those volunteers who were told they scored well on the test reported higher confidence to the researchers than those who were told they scored badly. That was the first result. The second part of the study was designed to find out if overconfidence gave people an advantage when dealing with other people. This involved studying the behavior of the volunteers as they attempted to persuade a mock employer that they had done well on the test. The researchers report that those who were told they scored high on the test, whether they actually had or not, were better able to convince the employer that they had—an example of an advantage for overconfidence Credit: CC0 Public Domain Journal information: Nature Human Behaviour A pair of researchers, one from the University of Munich, the other the University of Amsterdam has found that people may behave with overconfidence as a means to persuade or deceive other people. In their paper published in the journal Nature Human Behavior, Peter Schwardmann and Joël van der Weele describe a two-stage experiment they carried out with volunteers and what they found. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Study: People may use overconfidence to persuade or deceive others (2019, July 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-07-people-overconfidence.html Explore further
Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. Bitcoin mining, the process of creating new units of the cryptocurrency, is notoriously a huge energy-suck. One estimate puts its carbon footprint on par with the electricity consumption of more than 159 countries combined.But the inefficiency of minting new units of the blockchain-based digital currency is only one complaint that skeptics of its utility have flagged. In a new report, the Switzerland-based Bank of International Settlements (BIS), a self-described “bank for central banks,” calls the technology “a poor substitute for the solid institutional backing of money” due to regulatory concerns, its fluctuating value and other reasons.Among the critiques that the BIS explores is the sheer computing power it takes not only to mine cryptocurrencies, but also to process transactions with them. Because records of all cryptocurrency transactions are stored on a decentralized ledger rather than by central bank, that ledger could become unsustainably large very quickly, the BIS hypothesizes.Related: New Research Shows Bitcoin’s Meteoric Rise Was a Scam“To process the number of digital retail transactions currently handled by selected national retail payment systems, even under optimistic assumptions,” the report states, “the size of the ledger would swell well beyond the storage capacity of a typical smartphone in a matter of days, beyond that of a typical personal computer in a matter of weeks and beyond that of servers in a matter of months.”Further, the authors of the BIS report explain that the amount of computing power to process transactions will surge — and could spell the downfall of the internet on a global scale, the researchers warn.“Only supercomputers could keep up with verification of the incoming transactions,” the report states. “The associated communication volumes could bring the internet to a halt, as millions of users exchanged files on the order of magnitude of a terabyte.”Then there’s the issue of “congestion,” as the BIS describes. For one, new blocks on the blockchain (groups of transaction records) “can only be added at pre-specified intervals,” the way the technology is set up and based on computing limitations. So, when the system gets maxed out, they form a queue and transaction fees mount.In a video released alongside the report, Hyun Song Shin, the BIS’ head of research, explained that someone buying a $2 coffee with bitcoin hypothetically could get hit with a $57 transaction fee (which was bitcoin’s transaction fee during the high-demand period of December 2017).In other words, the more that people use bitcoin as money, the more difficult it will be to use. This is a catch-22 compared to how a centralized currency functions, according to the BIS: “the more people use it, the stronger the incentive to use it.”Related: 15 Crazy and Surprising Ways People Are Using BlockchainAll of this should be read with the understanding that the BIS, being an organization that represents central banks, has a vested interest in the centralized banking system remaining the status quo.It’s not all doom and gloom, though: The BIS report doesn’t rule out the potential for the “underlying technology” of cryptocurrencies (read: blockchain), just the currencies themselves. The report proposes that the tech might come in handy for the “simplification of administrative processes related to complex financial transactions, such as trade finance.” Listen Now 3 min read How Success Happens June 18, 2018
Black Friday deals are in full throttle and if you ever wanted to experience the best of what Android has to offer, then you should definitely not wait to check out these deals present on Amazon for both Nexus 5X and Nexus 6.Nexus 5X Available For $299 While Nexus 6 Is Available For $199 – Unbelievable Right?If you visit Amazon right now then you will pleased to know that you can experience a pure Android experience by purchasing a Nexus smartphone right at absolute savings. Unfortunately, Nexus 6P is not going to be a part of the sales, but you will be able to experience a lot of firepower by purchasing either Nexus 5X or Nexus 6. Jumping straight to these deals, Nexus 5X, which is the latest handset unveiled thanks to the collaboration of LG and Google, carries a price of $299 for the 16GB version.In addition, if you ever wanted to purchase a Nexus 5X with a much higher capacity, then you can do so by purchasing the 32GB version for the smartphone for a price of $349.99. If the price is too steep for your budget, then there is always the purchase of Nexus 6 to look forward to. While the device was initially priced ludicrously, the phone is now available to purchase for $199 for the 32GB model. Just like Nexus 5X, if you wanted to purchase a higher capacity model, then the 64GB model of the smartphone is available for $259.99.Now which Nexus handset will be the better purchase? With Android Marshmallow bringing several performance improvements, it will quite difficult to tell which smartphone is the better buy. However, if you have an inclination to purchase a smartphone that features a gargantuan sized screen, then there is no better option that the 6 inch Nexus 6. However, if you want slightly better processing performance, then Nexus 5X is definitely the way to go and you will also be able to capture far better quality images on this handset compared to the previous generation version. Share Tweet Submit You have less than 24 hours to confirm your purchase, after which the smartphones will obviously go back to their original retail prices. As for the deals, what did you think about them? Let us know your thoughts.
Related posts:6 things you should know about Sunday’s elections in Costa Rica Costa Rica’s elections tribunal blames the Super Bowl for low voter turnout abroad Ticos living abroad can now register online to vote in 2018 Supreme Elections Tribunal begins manual recount of presidential votes Nearly eight out of 10 Costa Ricans registered to vote abroad in Sunday’s presidential elections decided to stay home. This is the first time Ticos could vote from other countries, and the turnout was less than stellar.According to the Supreme Elections Tribunal (TSE) , only 22 percent of 12,600 registered expat voters – 2,772 – went to the polls.Those who did preferred Citizen Action Party candidate Luis Guillermo Solís by a wide margin. With 90 percent of the votes tallied, Solís won 42 percent of the expat vote, while National Liberation Party candidate Johnny Araya won 27 percent.The Broad Front Party’s José María Villalta came in third with 14.8 percent, followed by Libertarian Movement Party candidate Otto Guevara, with 9 percent.TSE spokesman Hugo Picado noted that the numbers are not yet official. For voters in the U.S. and Canada, TSE officials will study if adverse weather affected abstention rates.In Sunday’s elections, Ticos were allowed to vote for presidential candidates – but not legislative candidates – in 52 consulates located in 42 countries. Facebook Comments