Western Digital buying SanDisk in a cash-and-stock deal worth about $19 billion by The Associated Press Posted Oct 21, 2015 6:16 am MDT Last Updated Oct 21, 2015 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email IRVINE, Calif. – Western Digital, a maker of hard drives for businesses and personal computers, is buying SanDisk in a cash-and-stock deal worth about $19 billion as it looks to extend its reach in the storage industry.The buyout values SanDisk’s stock at about $86.50 per share, a 15 per cent premium to Tuesday’s closing price.Western Digital and flash-memory chip maker SanDisk said that they have complementary product lines, including hard disk drives, solid-state drives, cloud datacenter storage solutions and flash storage solutions.“The combined company will be ideally positioned to capture the growth opportunities created by the rapidly evolving storage industry,” Western Digital CEO Steve Milligan said in a written statement. Sanjay Mehrotra, president and CEO of SanDisk, is expected to join Western Digital’s board when the transaction closes.If a previously announced investment in Western Digital from Unisplendour closes prior to the acquisition, Western Digital will pay $85.10 per share in cash and 0.0176 shares of its stock for each Sandisk share. If not, the price will be $67.50 in cash and 0.2387 shares for each share of Milpitas, California-based SanDisk Corp.In September it was announced that Unisplendour, a division of China’s Tsinghua Holdings, was becoming a minority shareholder in Western Digital with a $3.78 billion investment.Milligan will serve as CEO of the combined business, which will keep its headquarters at Western Digital’s Irvine, California location.The boards of both companies have approved the deal, which is targeted to close in 2016’s third quarter. It still needs approval from SanDisk shareholders.The transaction is expected to add to adjusted earnings per share within a year of the deal’s closing. Pending the closing of the transaction, Western Digital expects to continue paying its quarterly dividend and plans to suspend its stock buyback program.Shares of Western Digital Corp. dropped more than 1 per cent in premarket trading Wednesday shortly before the market open. Shares of SanDisk gained more than 4 per cent. read more

“For hundreds of thousands of women, escaping their ruined homeland was only the first step in a journey of grinding hardship,” said António Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, whose office compiled the report, Woman Alone: The Fight for Survival by Syria’s Refugee Women.“It’s shameful,” Mr. Guterres added. “They are being humiliated for losing everything.” Forced to take responsibility for their families after their partners were killed, captured or otherwise separated, the women are caught in a “spiral of hardship, isolation and anxiety,” according to the authors. More than 145,000 Syrian refugee families are headed by women in those countries. “Syrian refugee women are the glue holding together a broken society,” said Angelina Jolie, UNHCR’s Special Envoy. “Their strength is extraordinary, but they are struggling alone. Their voices are an appeal for help and protection which cannot be ignored.”The report, based on the personal testimony of 135 women interviewed over three months in early 2014, found that 60 per cent of the women expressed feeling insecure, and one in three said they were too scared or overwhelmed to even leave their home. Nuha came to Cairo with her husband, but he was shot and killed while at work. “I don’t want to leave the house because of the sadness in my heart,” she told UNHCR. “We left death in Syria only to find it waiting for us here in Egypt.”Many women complained of regular verbal harassment – by taxi drivers, bus drivers, landlords, and service providers, as well as men in shops, at the market, on public transport and even at aid distributions.“I was living in dignity, but now no one respects me because I’m not with a man,” said Zahwa, who added that she was even harassed by refugees when collecting food coupons in Jordan.The harassment includes sexual and gender-based violence, and their children face mounting trauma and distress, according to the report. The top difficulty reported by the women is financial. As the sole breadwinners, most of the women are struggling to pay rent, and selling anything of value, including their wedding rings. Only one-fifth of the women have paying jobs, UNHCR found. Twenty per cent of the women reported support from relatives. Others said they relied on charity, such as staying for free in a mosque. Of the women interviewed, one-quarter received cash assistance from the UNHCR or other aid agency, with the majority of these women entirely dependent on the aid. This assistance is falling short of what is needed, the UN agency reported, calling “on donors to do more to help Syrian refugee women get back on their feet and earn enough money to live.”UNHCR also noted legal barriers from visa and other restrictions separating families from their husbands.There are currently 2.9 million Syrian refugees registered in the region, with numbers growing at a rate of 100,000 people every month, according to UNHCR. If trends continue, the total number of refugees is expected to reach 3.6 million by the end of the year. read more

CONGRESSIHF Decision about the host country of the Men’s World Championship 2019 will be made during the last day of IHF Congress 2013 in Doha, Qatar on October 28. Huge interest for organizing these kind of events made from handball “unforgettable experience” for all the fans in the hall, but also society in general and great impact on the image of host cities and countries.After Spain, Qatar 2015 and France 2017, some of these countries will get a chance to welcome handball world:GERMANY AND DENMARKJoined candidature of two countries with strong handball, but also financial background is maybe the serious offer for the delegates in Doha. Germany has already organized great event in 2007 with spectacular final day in “Lanxess Arena” in Cologne, while Denmark was the host nation 35 years ago – 1978, which was the year of the first German gold medal. The biggest minus for German organization was the refferes’ standard in the matches of the home team. Gold medal from 2007 was the start of new era in German handball with some great handball project as Berlin, Hamburg and Mannheim, but results of national team in the recent years stopped greater progress. Openning match and semi-finals in Germany and final day in Denmark. What do you think about that?SWEDENSweden organized successfully the World Championship 2011 and probably the chances to repeat that in only 8 years are small, but this Scandinavian country have all the resources for that.  Last event was well organized in beautiful halls as “Malmo Arena” with 14.000 spectators where the final match took place.NORWAYThe richest country in Europe organized Men’s EHF EURO 2008, but despite Scandinavian coldness in January, there were no too positive comments about the whole event. Although good level of living standard, Norway didn’t show a lot of big sports facilities and wasn’t to interested to organize big sports event. Hopefully that will be changed if they get a chance to organize World Championship.POLANDPolish handball revolution began in Germany 2007. Great results of the Polish NT, but also two big teams, Kielce and Wisla, made the handball popular in the country of 37.mil people. Handball infrastructure will be built for EHF EURO 2016, but Polish people want more…HUNGARY AND SLOVAKIATwo central European countries with strong handball background, especially Hungary, want to organize the biggest event in handball hierarchy. Budapest is the place for the final clash with the hall over 13.000 seats. Hungarians are the one of the most passionate nation for handball, both male of female. It could be interesting to see that….What do you think? Who has to be organizer of Men’s WCh 2019?Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment. ← Previous Story ALGERIA: Draw for African Championship 2014 Next Story → TITI TO MISS EHF EURO 2014? Omeyer next 3 months out! read more

The third very interesting second match of the VELUX EHF CL TOP 8 will be played in Skopje after Veszprem and Barcelona! German SG Flensburg packed only+2 goals against RK Vardar 24:22 (13:14) in front of 6.300 home fans in “Flens Arena”. It looked like that Ljubomir Vranjes’ team will celebrate convincing win after ten minutes without goal of Macedonians (21:20 – 24:20) from 45 to 55th minute, but at the end Vardar’s goalkeeper Petar Angelov ended fantastic evening with a few more saves which caused better result for his team.Macedonians played brave and smart handball during first 35 minutes. Playmaker Igor Karacic was unstopable until 16:14 (35th), when German defense become the decisive factor on the court with a lot of fast breaks and “first wave” goals by Mogesen, Glandorf and the others. Flensburg took the match in own hands, but that wasn’t enough to make some bigger advantage before the second match in Skopje next weekend…SG FLENSBURG – RK VARDAR 24:22 (13:14)Flens ArenaGledalaca – 6.300FLENSBURG: Andersson 5 saves, Rasmussen six saves, Eggert 5(2)/7, Glandorf 4/7, Svan Hansen 5/6, Mogesen 5/8, Nenadić 1/3, Weinhold 0/1, Gottfridson 2/3, Heinl 1/1VARDAR: Karačić 9(3)/15, Lazarov 1/4, Dibirov 3(1)/10, Toskić 3/3, Brumen 4/4, Pribak 1/2, Dujshebaev 1/5RESULTS: 3:1 (3.) 5:2 (6.) 6:3 (8.) 8:5 (12.) 8:8 (16.) 10:10 (18.) 12:12 (26.) 12:13 (28.) 13:15 (32.) 14:16 (35.) 18:17 (39.) 20:17 (41.) 20:19 (43.) 21:20 (46.) 23:20 (51.) 24:20 (54.) 24:21 (56.) 24:22 (57.)Man of the Match: Petar Angelov (Vardar)OTHER RESULTS:RHEIN NECKAR LOWEN – FC BARCELONA 38:31RK METALURG – THW KIEL 21:31PSG HANDBALL – MKB MVM VESZPREM 26:28 RK VardarSG Flensburg ← Previous Story VIDEO: Masterpiece by Uwe Gensheimer Next Story → Danish Play-Off semis: Aalborg VS Skjern, KIF KK against Holstebro read more

first_imgUKRAINE’S NEW WESTERN-BACKED leader agreed to dialogue with separatists not implicated in “murder and torture” as he laid out a peace plan that Russian President Vladimir Putin promised to back.Petro Poroshenko’s initiative follows his announcement on Friday of a week-long unilateral ceasefire in the government’s 10-week campaign against pro-Russian rebels that has claimed more than 375 lives and displaced tens of thousands.The hostilities raged on over the weekend despite Poroshenko’s order as government forces used mortar fire to repel waves of raids by militias in the eastern rustbelt who rejected the terms of his pact.“Both of my grandfathers were killed in World War II fighting the Nazis,” said a rebel named Andriy as he prepared ammunition for a heavy machinegun in his battle against what many separatists refer to as the “fascist” in power in Kiev today.“I will continue their fight,” the 31-year-old said. Ukraine’s border guards reported two raids by the rebels in the eastern Lugansk region early on Sunday that resulted in no casualties.The 48-year-old confectionery tycoon — elected on May 25 in snap polls called after months of deadly pro-EU protests toppled Kiev’s Kremlin-backed president in February — said that a peaceful settlement was “our plan A”.“But those who are planning to use peaceful negotiations only to buy time and regroup their forces must know that we have a detailed plan B. I am not going to speak of it now because I believe that our peaceful plan will work out,” he added in the 12-minute address.Putin on Sunday vowed to stand behind Poroshenko’s peace efforts as long as they led to “substantial dialogue” between the two sides.“Russia will certainly support these intentions. But at the end of the day, the most important thing is a political process,” Putin told reporters.“It is important for dialogue between all warring parties to originate on the basis of this peace plan,” Putin said in his most overt endorsement of the blueprint to date.- © AFP 2014Read: Russia orders troops to be on “full combat alert”last_img read more

first_imgEverton boss Maco Silva has allowed Kieran Dowell to join Sheffield United on loan for the rest of the season but said the club would fight to keep hold of Idrissa Gana Gueye even as Paris Saint-Germain targets him.When asked about the PSG interest on the defender, Silva said as was quoted in the Guardian.“I have heard nothing about that but Gana is an important player for our squad,” Silva said.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“We don’t want to lose him.”Silva doesn’t plan for a busy transfer window but prefers to conduct business in summer.“January is always a difficult market; sometimes you only need it if you have a bad injury or something special happens. The perfect decision would be one player to come and improve our squad but we have to be 100%, or at least 95%, sure that the signing would make an improvement,” Silva added.last_img read more

first_img(WSVN) – An online game that circulated on social media in anticipation to this weekend’s Royal Wedding could have put your personal accounts at risk of being hacked, according to tech experts.The “Royal Name Game” asked social media users to share their royal name – start with the title Lord/Lady, followed by the name of one of your grandparents, the name of your first pet and the street you grew up on.According to Fox 19, the widely shared post could pose a threat to anyone who participated.“If they’re asking you what could be security rated questions like ‘what’s your mother’s maiden name?’ Things that you would get asked that would allow you to perhaps reset a password, login to a system through some alternative approach, they could be taking that information and be attempting to hack into systems with that,” Fox 19 Tech Expert Dave Hatter said.Hatter also warned the public about websites asking for similar information. “They’re not just creating these things just for fun,” he said. “They have some kind of financial incentive otherwise they wouldn’t be wasting their time on it.”If you participated in the “Royal Name Game” it’s advised you change your password and check your privacy settings.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – The Miami-Dade Police Department held an event to reduce gun violence by taking guns off the streets.The community event at Gwen Cherry Park in Miami, Saturday, was part of the Computers for Guns exchange program. The guns were bought back by the Miami-Dade Police Department through a federal grant.New laptops, courtesy of Miami-Dade Police Department, were given to individuals who turned in a gun with no questions asked.The event also featured other activities, such as raffles, food and drinks.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgSingapore based low-cost airliner Tiger Asia has gone for an image makeover changing its name to ‘Tigerair’ along with a brand new logo.”We have initiated a series of changes since late last year, and this brand identity should be seen as a reinforcement of our commitment towards a better and bolder Tigerair,” said Koay Peng Yen, Group CEO of Tiger Airways Holdings, on the rebranding.The new look has the airliner dropping the ‘leaping tiger’ logo for a suave ‘Tigerair’ font with a blush of orange accents to give it a contemporary feel.According to the company, the “fresh and upbeat look” embodies its “brand personality of (being) warm, passionate and genuine.”Dr Seshan Ramaswami, associate professor of marketing education at Singapore Management University, said the new look is a welcome change from the older tiger leaping logo which he felt was “a little brash” and “in-your-face”.”(The new logo) signals a change from an aggressive emphasis on price alone to slowly developing other competitive advantages,” Dr Ramaswami was quoted saying by Asia One.Samir Dixit, managing director at Brand Finance, said the new logo is “an attempt to erase the past and start afresh.”Tigerair Managing director Ho Yuen Sang also revealed the airliner’s plans for expansion of its air base in Malaysia based on increasing passenger demands.”We are looking at Ipoh, Kuala Terengganu and Kota Kinabalu as the new destinations for Tigerair. Currently, Tigerair stops in Penang and Kuala Lumpur,” said Ho at the unveiling of the new look, reported The Star Online.The airliner also aims to increase the number of passengers by about 20 per cent by March 2014 and it has leased six A320 airbuses. Tigerair had carried 4.5 million passengers in 2012.The firm had recently sold 60 percent of its holdings in its Australian subsidy to Richard Branson’s Virgin Australia.last_img read more

first_imgIndian stock markets ended in the red Tuesday dragged by a fall in Asian equities on account of Japan’s central bank keeping prevailing negative interest rates unchanged after its meeting the same day. The S&P BSE Sensex slumped more than a percent to close at 24,551, down 253 points, while the 50-scrip NSE Nifty settled at 7,461, a loss of 78 points, or 1.04 percent. The biggest loser on the Sensex was Lupin which fell sharply in trade in response to the company informing the stock exchanges that the US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) has made nine observations after inspecting its Goa facility. The stock closed at Rs 1,726, down 7.59 percent from its previous close. Other stocks that pulled the Sensex down included HDFC, Dr Reddy’s Labs, Cipla, Sun Pharma and ITC. Gainers on the Sensex included State Bank of India, Tata Steel, Bharti Airtel and Axis Bank. The US Federal Reserve’s two-day meeting that begins Tuesday (March 15) would be a significant trigger for Indian stock markets on Wednesday. The Fed is expected to keep short-term interest rates on hold in view of global uncertainties, after having raised the benchmark rates from almost zero to 0.25-0.50 percent in December last year.The markets shrugged off retail inflation data released late Monday after market hours. Retail inflation was down to 5.18 percent in February from a 17-month high in the previous month.The easing of retail inflation is being seen as providing enough space for the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to cut the repo rate.”For the time being, a disciplined fiscal stance, larger than expected decline in IIP and a drop in CPI inflation have converged, and we continue to expect that the RBI will cut the policy repo rate by 25bp to 6.5% at its upcoming policy meeting (5 April),” HSBC Global Research said in a note.last_img read more

first_imgA woman casts her ballot during country`s general elections in Chegutu, Zimbabwe on 30 July. Photo: ReutersCounting began in Zimbabwe on Monday in the first election since the removal of former president Robert Mugabe, a watershed vote that could pull a pariah state back into the international fold and spark an economic revival.The election is a two-horse race between 75-year-old President Emmerson Mnangagwa, a long-time Mugabe ally, and 40-year-old Nelson Chamisa, a lawyer and pastor who is vying to become Zimbabwe’s youngest head of state.Mnangagwa is viewed as the frontrunner, though the latest opinion polls showed a tight race. There will be a runoff on 8 September if no candidate wins more than half the votes.Voting closed at 7:00 pm (1700 GMT). The official result has to be announced within five days but there will likely be an indication of the outcome on Tuesday.Zimbabwe’s electoral commission said voter turnout had averaged 75 per cent, higher than in the last vote in 2013.Zimbabweans are also electing 210 members of parliament and more than 9,000 councillors.The election winner faces the task of putting Zimbabwe back on track after 37 years of Mugabe rule tainted by corruption, mismanagement and diplomatic isolation that caused a crisis in a country that once had one of Africa’s most promising economies.A credible vote is essential if Zimbabwe is to exit painful sanctions and secure the donor funding and investment needed to stem chronic cash shortages.Chamisa said the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission was impeding voting in urban areas where he enjoys strong support but gave no evidence to back the claim.“The people’s will being negated & undetermined due to these deliberate and unnecessary delays,” he said in a tweet. The ZEC was not immediately available to comment. It has denied Chamisa’s previous allegations of bias.Reuters spoke to several international observers who said the voting process had been slow at some stations but it did not appear to them to be intentional.Chamisa said his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) would win if there was no “ballot mischief”, making it likely he will challenge the outcome if Mnangagwa prevails. A contested result is likely to lead to street protests and possible violence.EU chief observer Elmar Brok said many voters, particularly young women, left voting queues in frustration at long delays. The EU has not yet concluded how to judge the vote, he said.Dozens of people were killed ahead of a runoff in 2008 between Mugabe and MDC-founder Morgan Tsvangirai, who died of cancer in February.Mugabe, 94, led the war for independence and since 1980 has dominated the country’s politics. But since he stepped down under military pressure in November he has lived in obscurity.He emerged on the eve of the election to announce he would vote for the opposition, surprising Mnangagwa who accused him of striking a deal with Chamisa.“Democratic Space “Mugabe made no comment to reporters as he cast his ballot around lunchtime accompanied by his wife, Grace. A huge crowd gathered outside, some cheering, many booing.Mnangagwa, a former intelligence chief, denied Mugabe’s claim that the vote would not be free since it was being run by a “military government”.“I can assure you that this country is enjoying democratic space which has never been experienced before,” Mnangagwa told public television after voting.Mnangagwa, of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF), has been president since the military ousted Mugabe in a bloodless coup.Elections under Mugabe were often marred by intimidation, rigging and violence but the consensus is the build-up to this vote has been better than before, although Chamisa complained about a flawed voters’ roll and opaque ballot paper printing.“Victory is certain, the people have spoken,” Chamisa said after casting his ballot in Harare as a cheering crowd chanted: “President! President! The president is here!”“I have no doubt that by end of day today we should be very clear as to an emphatic voice for change.”Chamisa has attracted young and unemployed voters frustrated with nearly four decades of ZANU-PF rule.“I’ll vote for Chamisa because it is a vote for change, it is a vote for the youth. Tomorrow we will have a new president,” said Fabian Matsika, a security guard in Harare.Credibility“ZANU-PF is the only party that I have voted for,” said Elizabeth Kamhunga, 67, after casting her vote in Harare. “We may have made some mistakes but I think president Mnangagwa is the only person who has the interests of Zimbabwe at heart.”The European Union, the United States and the Commonwealth have sent observers.“It is exciting to see so many Zimbabweans casting ballots,” said former Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, co-leader of the National Democratic Institute’s observer mission.“However the public’s faith in the secrecy of the ballot is essential for the credibility of the process. We urge the authorities to do everything possible to ensure the secrecy of today’s vote.”Mnangagwa has made a big effort to win over foreign opinion; hosting Western ambassadors, courting investors and patching up relations with white commercial farmers who were violently evicted from their farms under Mugabe.last_img

first_img 00:00 /01:23 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Gage Skidmore/FlickrFormer Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaking with supporters at a “Get Out the Caucus” rally at Valley Southwoods Freshman High School in West Des Moines, Iowa. Taken on January 24, 2016.The Democratic National Convention has formally chosen Hillary Clinton as the party’s 2016 candidate for president.Divisions between Clinton supporters and those of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders continued to roil the Texas delegation into the second day of the convention. But Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, who is at the convention in Philadelphia, is convinced most of Sanders’ followers will support Clinton in November. Turner says the Democrats’ have come back from worse intraparty fights than this to win the White House. He points to the party’s 2008 convention in Denver.Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016“There were a lot of people who were committed to Hillary all the way to the convention,” Turner says, “and there were many people who said they were not going to support Barack Obama. I mean, they said it publicly, and at the time they said it, they meant it. But when people start kind of looking at all of the issues and who was in their best interest, people rallied behind President Barack Obama.”The mayor says he fully expects the 2008 dynamic will repeat itself, whatever Sanders supporters may think of Clinton personally.“I think that people recognize that there are important issues that are impacting children and families. The economy. Working-class people. The income inequality is very real. Criminal justice reform. Who will be appointing people to the United States Supreme Court. Those are big issues that supersede any one particular personality,” he says.Turner says he’s actually pleased to see Sanders voters, particularly younger ones, showing so much energy and passion. He says they’ve worked hard, and the party needs to respect their opinions. Listen Sharelast_img read more

first_imgA new gaming device has been revealed. No, it’s not another portable gaming console like the Nintendo DS or the Sony PSP, although it is indeed portable. The new gaming products that will be on everyone’s holiday list – both kids and adults alike – are called Sifteo cubes. This next-generation toy is actually made up of little blocks that players can move around and touch to one another to create patterns, solve puzzles, and build words.There’s both an educational aspect and a purely-entertainment aspect to the Sifteo cubes. The cubes use NFC sensors and 3-axis accelerometers to sense the presence of nearby cubes, as well as any movements you make. In order to conserve energy the communication between each block uses a unique wireless prototcol. It is very short range meaning it doesn’t require much power, but still allows the blocks to communicate without a wired connection being required. As for handling processing, that’s taken care of by an ARM Cortex M3 processor embedded in each block.The set comes with a charger dock and three cubes for $149, but you can buy additional cubes for $45 each and use as many as you want together. The Sifteo kit also comes with a USB dongle that you have to plug into your computer while using the cubes. The USB dongle interacts with the cubes and the free SiftRunner app that controls the games on your cubes, in other words, you can’t use the cubes unless next to your PC as they need the link.There’s a few games included, but you can also purchase more via download from the SiftRunner program for about $5 each. The cubes work as a sort of Sudoku–Tetris–Dominoes hybrid. They definitely will make use of your spatial reasoning, and the games will use key brain powers like word-finding, and pattern-matching. Sifteo also offers multi-player strategy games, and solo arcade games.The cubes can hold up to 4 hours of play on a single charge, and the included dock can charge up to six cubes at once. Each 1.5-inch-thick cube has a clickable, full color TFT LCD display along with a number of motion sensors.Check out the video below to see the cubes in action.Sifteo cubes first appeared in 2009 when MIT grad student David Merrill demonstrated an early version of them called Siftables during a TED talk. You can see that initial introduction below:Read more at Sifteo, via VentureBeatlast_img read more

first_imgStay on target Still playing Red Dead Redemption 2? New games are probably the furthest thing from your mind. However, as gripping as Rockstar’s cowboy simulator is, you may want to put it down momentarily and give some of November’s new games a shot.Like October, November sees its fair share of big releases. There’s something for every type of player, too. If you’re looking for an FPS, stealth, survival, or action-adventure fix, this month has you covered. If you need a break from Red Dead 2, you can’t go wrong with many of the titles dropping this month.Battlefield VPlatforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox OneRelease date: November 20With the buzz surrounding Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 fading, it’s time for that other big First Person Shooter to have its time in the sun. After a minor delay, Battlefield V is finally releasing this month. Players can expect series staples like tight shooting mechanics, destructible environments, and loads of vehicles to operate. Though battle royale won’t be present at launch, players will get a variety of engaging multiplayer modes such as Grand Operations. The game will also have a compelling narrative in the form of War Stories. These character-driven vignites spotlight lesser-known conflicts of World War II. Battlefield V looks to be the most well-rounded entry in the storied franchise.Pre-order Battlefield V on AmazonFallout 76Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox OneRelease date: November 14The multiplayer-focused Fallout 76 is one of the more interesting releases of the month. Fallout games usually center on a lone wandering trying to survive the post-apocalyptic wasteland. With the introduction of multiplayer, this sense of isolation will no doubt disappear. However, it does give Bethesda the chance to try something new with the popular series. Personally, I’m interested to see all of the bugs present in the game. Given the number of glitches found in a single player Fallout, a multiplayer-based title should contain a veritable gold mine of hilarious glitches.Pre-order Fallout 76 on AmazonHitman 2Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox OneRelease date: November 13Those in need of a stealth game fix need look no further than Hitman 2. As I wrote in my hands-on preview, the sheer amount of ways to take out targets is astounding. This of course gives the game an insane amount of replayability. The other great thing about this title is that it it not episodic, meaning you won’t have to wait months for a new chapter. I’m looking forward to not only playing Hitman 2, but seeing the various ways other players complete missions. Like Fallout 76, this game will be fun to watch on Twitch.Pre-order Hitman 2 on AmazonPokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu! and Let’s Go Eevee!Platform: Nintendo SwitchRelease date: November 16The Switch is finally getting proper a Pokémon game in the form of Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu! and Let’s Go Eevee!. While this is technically a remake of Pokémon Yellow, it is different enough to be its own experience. If you’re not familiar with the Pokémon video game franchise or want something to tide you over until the release of the main Pokémon game releasing next year(?), this title is for you. As a person who has never played a Pokémon title myself, I may give this to a try to see what all the fuss is about.Pre-order Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu! and Let’s Go Eevee! on AmazonSpyro Reignited TrilogyPlatforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox OneRelease date: November 13After suffering a last-minute delay in September, the Spyro Reignited Trilogy is finally releasing this month. As you may have guessed, this collection features remade versions of the first three Spyro the Dragon titles. While the games now have fancy new graphics, music, and voice work, they retain the same level designs and missions. Considering how Crash Bandicoot made a successful return with a similar collection, this Spyro anthology should do equally well among gamers who grew up playing these titles.Pre-order Spyro Reignited Trilogy on AmazonOverkill’s The Walking DeadPlatform: PCRelease date: November 6Those who miss the Left 4 Dead series may want to check out Overkill’s The Walking Dead. Like Valve’s infamous zombie-killing franchise, this game is all about teamwork and cooperation. If you try to go out on your own, you’re going to suffer a quick and brutal death. In addition to zombies, players must also fight other humans for resources. If the full game is anything like the demo I played during E3, this will be one of the year’s most tense shooters. At least it’ll be more fun than watching The Walking Dead TV series.Buy Overkill’s The Walking Dead on AmazonDarksiders IIIPlatforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox OneRelease date: November 27Darksiders was one of last generation’s most pleasant surprises so it’s great to see the franchise receive a third installment. This time, we get to play as Fury, who is one of the horsemen of the apocalypse. Players can expect the same Zelda-like gameplay and Joe Madureira artwork the franchise is known for. I’m a fan of these games so I hope Darksiders III pushes the series into the spotlight.Pre-order Darksiders III on AmazonThe Quiet ManPlatform: PC, PlayStation 4Release date: November 1One of November’s most unique games is Square-Enix’s The Quiet Man. This indie-minded title stars a deaf protagonist. As you can imagine, this opens up new and intriguing gameplay possibilities. At three hours in length, the game is long enough to provide a rewarding experience without overstaying its welcome. Fans of Square-Enix’s equally indie-minded Life is Strange series should definitely give The Quiet Man a shot.Buy The Quiet Man on AmazonA Whole Bunch of Nintendo Switch PortsThe Nintendo Switch is no stranger to ports of older games. In November, the portable console is getting a slew of different titles users can take on the go. These include current-gen games like Diablo III: Eternal Collection, Warframe, Civilization VI, and World of Final Fantasy Maxima. Titles like SNK 40th Anniversary Collection and Katamari Damacy Reroll provide the system with some classics to chew on. With so many titles, the days when The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was the only game worth owning on Switch are certainly a thing of the past. These titles will also do a great job of keeping users busy until Super Smash Bros. Ultimate releases next month.More on Geek.com:11 Games to Play When You’re Finished With ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’108 More Characters We Want Confirmed for ‘Super Smash Bros. 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first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Brought to you by PCWorld Register Now » 3 min read December 5, 2007 A few years back, when I replaced my aging Athlon XP-based home-built PC with a faster, quieter system, I stored the old one away presuming that someday I’d do something interesting with it. Microsoft’s Windows Home Server proved the perfect excuse to do just that. The end result is a highly useful, though sometimes frustratingly simplistic, addition to my home tech lineup.Windows Home Server is Microsoft’s first stab at a consumer server product that sits at the heart of your network where other PCs can access its content. Available now on hardware such as HP’s MediaSmart Home Server or as a $180 software package from system-builder sites such as Newegg, Windows Home Server lets you store and stream media files, back up multiple PCs, and connect remotely via the Web. Plus, Microsoft says that add-on features such as video recording and home automation are on the way from third-party vendors.Windows Home Server requires an ethernet connection between the server and the network (Microsoft deemed wireless networking too flaky). I installed a prerelease copy of the operating system in about 2 hours; the only snag I hit involved enabling the remote Web access features. My router turned out to be the problem, and one I wasn’t able to resolve with tech support. To connect client PCs to the server, you install a simple console application on each that also lets you tweak the server’s settings.Soon, I was streaming music, photos, and standard-definition video to my 802.11g-enabled notebook, flawlessly. I experienced some stutters with a high-def test video file, but that’s an 802.11g bandwidth issue. Everything streamed cleanly to my ethernet-connected Windows XP Pro PC and my Xbox 360. The 360 connection is great, as it allows me to access media where I most enjoy it: on my couch, in front of my HDTV.Windows Home Server also lets you back up the entire contents of each connected PC to the server’s hard drive, as a compressed file that it updates daily with only the changes that have occurred since the last backup. The backup feature is quite slick, and it illustrates the degree to which Microsoft has successfully simplified an often-complicated process. You can add more hard drives to the server, and even enable data duplication (essentially RAID 1 data mirroring). But the nitty-gritty settings for such features are largely inaccessible, hidden behind basic wizards and check boxes.Simplicity is great, but I think enthusiasts like me will want access to more knobs and switches. Microsoft might envision a home server in every house, but I’m not sure the average PC user would even know what to do with one (yet). After having lived with the server for a few weeks, though, I can’t imagine not having one–a clear sign that it’s filling a need in my geek household. Better yet, it let me pull my old workhorse PC out of retirement.last_img read more

first_imgPERSIAN GULFMajority Shiites on the tiny island nation of Bahrain, a vital U.S. ally and home to the U.S. Navy in the region, mounted a wave of protests alleging discrimination and disenfranchisement by the Sunni monarchy, which responded with two months of martial law. In March last year, Saudi Arabia, which feared the Shiite uprising was a proxy for spreading Iranian influence, led a Gulf military force into Bahrain that helped largely crush the protests, though they have continued sporadically. In all, at least 50 people have died. The conservative Sunni-led Gulf monarchies have largely prevented the eruption of protests. Saudi Arabia saw some demonstrations by its own Shiite minority, which it promptly put down, and the king sought to quell discontent with largesse.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) (AP) – Starting Wednesday, Egypt is holding its first free presidential election since it came under dictatorship 60 years ago. The winner will succeed Hosni Mubarak, one of four rulers toppled in the uprisings that began 18 months ago across the Middle East and became known as the Arab Spring. But replacing dictatorships with democracy is proving much harder. Here’s where things stand:TUNISIAThe first Arab country to throw off its ruler, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, in January 2011, Tunisia has also had the smoothest transition. Elections in October resulted in an interim coalition led by the election-winning Islamist Ennahda Party in a coalition with two liberal parties. Ennahda has taken a moderate track in this country that has a strong secular heritage, refraining from seeking to base the new constitution on Islamic law. But secular Tunisians worry that ultraconservative Islamists known as Salafis have grown more assertive. LIBYAProtests against Moammar Gadhafi, Libya’s strongman for more than 40 years, quickly turned into civil war. Much of the eastern half of the country threw off his rule early last year, and the ramshackle rebel army tried to march on the west. It took months of NATO airstrikes to open the way for rebels to take Tripoli, the capital. Gadhafi fled and two months later was caught and killed. The oil-rich North African nation has been mired in instability ever since. The rebel militias refuse to disarm and have carved out fiefdoms, sometimes taking brutal revenge against suspected regime supporters. The east has made moves to declare autonomy while the ruling National Transitional Council is largely ineffectual. A major test of the country’s chances for stability comes in national elections next month and an effort to write a constitution.YEMENIn power for 33 years, President Ali Abdullah Saleh clung to his post through a year of nationwide daily protests. Many allies abandoned him, major military units joined the opposition, and a bomb blast at his palace badly burned him. Finally, after balking three times at resigning, he bent to U.S. and Gulf pressure and agreed to step down in return for immunity from prosecution. He left office in February, his vice president was elected president unopposed, and a coalition of Salah’s party and the opposition took over. But Saleh’s son and nephew command elite military units and his loyalists remain in posts throughout the government. His opponents accuse him of using those levers to hamper the new government as it tries to deal with poverty and deep tribal divisions. Saleh’s replacement as president, Abed Rabbo Hadi, has stepped up cooperation with Washington in a major offensive against al-Qaida militants who seized control of parts of the south. Top Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Sponsored Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Comments   Share   center_img Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Check your body, save your life EGYPTSince Hosni Mubarak was toppled on Feb. 11, 2011, Egypt has been ruled by the military in a tumultuous transition. Protests against the generals have repeatedly turned into deadly clashes killing dozens. A series of military-installed interim governments have been largely ineffectual, hesitant to make significant decisions. Police, angered and humiliated during the anti-Mubarak uprising, have often refused to work, letting crime increase. With big money earners like tourism and foreign investment plunging, fueling unemployment, the government has burned through more than half its hard currency reserves to prop up the Egyptian pound. Islamists won the first post-Mubarak parliamentary election and stand a good chance of capturing the presidency. Divisions run deep, with some fearing the imposition of Islamic rule, and others that the military is angling to keep a grip on the country.SYRIAWhat began in January 2011 as a wave of peaceful protests against President Bashar Assad has turned into a bloodbath and near civil war, with well over 9,000 dead. Assad’s regime responded to the protests with gunfire and some opponents have taken up arms, joined by army defectors. The military has responded with all-out assaults on opposition areas, leaving heavy destruction in neighborhoods of some cities. The conflict has also taken on a worrying sectarian tone. The Sunni Muslim majority largely backs the opposition, while the Alawites and other minorities support Assad, himself an Alawite. There have been tit-for-tat killings and a string of suicide bombings against military buildings. 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first_img Case-Shiller CoreLogic Home Prices sales 2019-05-28 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News, Origination May 28, 2019 445 Views Housing Price Appreciation Continues to Slowcenter_img Home price gains have continued to slow, according to the latest S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller home price index (HPI). Nationally, home prices rose 3.7% year over year in March 2019, down from February’s 3.9% growth. The Index’s 20-City Composite posted a 2.7% year-over-year gain, down from 3.0% in the previous month.Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Tampa reported the highest year-over-year gains among the 20 cities. In March, Las Vegas led the way with an 8.2% year-over-year price increase, followed by Phoenix with a 6.1% increase, and Tampa with a 5.3% increase. Four of the 20 cities reported greater price increases in the year ending March 2019 versus the year ending February 2019.“Home price gains continue to slow,” says David M. Blitzer, Managing Director and Chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices. “The patterns seen in the last year or more continue: year over year price gains in most cities are consistently shrinking. Double-digit annual gains have vanished.”Danielle Hale, Chief Economist for realtor.com, also noted the slowdown from double-digit to single-digit gains.”Case Shiller prices increased from a year ago, but at a slower pace than we saw earlier in the year,” Hale said. “Data for March showed that prices increased between 2.3% and 3.9% with the 10- and 20-city indices posting slower growth than the nationwide index, consistent with our observations of more inventory growth and diminishing buyer demand in many major housing markets. The data also shows the growing gap between asking prices, which have largely maintained momentum, and sales prices which are clearly slowing.”Hale notes that the two hottest markets are out west, and the third hottest is in the south: Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Tampa.Dr. Ralph McLaughlin, Deputy Chief Economist and Executive of Research and Insights at CoreLogic, noted what the latest HPI’s data means for the housing market.“The U.S. housing market moderation has now lasted a year, driven by considerable slowing in the nation’s most expensive markets,” McLaughlin stated. “While the slowdown is most pronounced in these areas, all of the 20-city markets are slowing, suggesting the cooldown has broken from its confines in the West. However, with the 10-year treasury falling, we can expect mortgage rates to continue to decline this spring. This should help to take the cold edge off what has otherwise been a market slow to thaw from the winter months.” Sharelast_img read more

first_imgInterviews for a rector and vice rector of the Open University are scheduled to continue although the former president of its governing board Panos Razis has raised questions over the selection procedures, saying he may bring the matter before the House education committee.In a letter to the education minister and the President, Razis claimed the procedure discredits Cypriot academics, especially those who live and work on the island.“It is illegal not to invite all potential candidates,” he said on Tuesday. “The Cypriots were not invited though they have all the qualifications, they have served as rectors of other universities, been presidents of international organisations and done international scientific research and all are internationally famous. It is a lack of respect for those worthy people who should at least have been invited for an interview.”The head of the committee which was formed for the process, Open University professor Constantinos Christou has rejected the claim, saying that among the candidates is a person of Cypriot origin but Razis thinks this person was just added at the last moment for the purpose of showing he is lying.According to Razis, further proof there is something wrong with the process is that Christou gave him all the names of the candidates earlier on though these were selected by an external committee, which means he shouldn’t have known all of them and certainly shouldn’t have shared them with somebody else.“If this is not illegal, how is it possible?”, he asked.This is not all, he says, it is also suspicious that there are interviews now while the plan is to announce the rector this Friday. There is a process to be followed, which includes salary negotiations, the selection of a research programme for the chosen person and an official contract has to be drawn up, sent and signed. “Why the hurry? This has been fixed,” he said.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoMBA Degrees | Search AdsMBA Programs Online – See For YourselfMBA Degrees | Search AdsUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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