AI Based Conversational Interfaces Will Become a Substitute for Web Forms

first_imgAccording to Cisco, there would be 50 billion devices connected to the internet by 2020. If Cisco prediction is true, we will have an IoT revolution in a couple of years and we see shades of that already. Smart home, smart cities, and smart devices are no longer buzzwords; they have become a phenomenon which is reshaping our lives. A challenge that is hindering its wider adoption is the lack of support for visual interfaces. Lack of support means that developers will have to create a separate interface for IoT devices. The separate interface for IoT devices is where conversational interfaces can come into play. With voice-based interfaces, we can easily incorporate these devices into our environment. Buttery Smooth User Experience With conversational AI based interfaces, your users won’t have to learn how to use the interface first as is the case with traditional web forms. All your users have to do is to either speak or write, and the speaking AI interface-bot will respond back. Simply put, this speaking process minimizes the steep learning curve we use to associate with traditional web form — thus improving the user experience significantly. The users can achieve the desired results without much effort. Whether you want to use standalone applications or services or want to integrate a voice-based interface with a unified platform, you can easily do that thanks to cross-platform support. Cross-platform support means that you can use voice-based interfaces for a wide range of applications as well. The platform support streamlines the process by ensuring all your apps and services are compatible and works perfectly with voice-based interfaces. You don’t have to download separate applications to make it work. All you have to do is to connect the services you use with a chat interface, speak out commands, and you are good to go. Zubair Hassan Zubair Hassan Thanks to the advancement in voice technology, now users can personalize everything from the accent, tone, gender, and even the pace of speech. This personalized speaking pattern usage allows businesses to create a deeper personal connection with their user. By truly personalizing the experience, users start to think of devices as their close friend instead of a machine. With users demanding personalized experiences — you have no choice but to ditch the traditional web forms and jump on the voice-based interface bandwagon. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Realistic Feel Evolution of Design Zubair Hassan is a digital marketing expert . He loves to work for companies who need his skills in the marketing domain to market their product and make a mark for itself. He can offer you tools and strategies so that you can get in touch with your customers and able to communicate with them through all the popular social media platforms of your choice. Please contact him for further details as how he can assist you in your digital aspirations… How do you communicate with your friends and family? You convey your message via spoken words. Voice-based user interfaces take the same formula and makes it more interesting. By attaching a voice with technology, it makes the whole process more natural and realistic and less artificial. On the contrary, you cannot achieve the same feat with visual interfaces. Many businesses are switching from visual interfaces to voice-based interfaces to keep the interaction more realistic. The changing trend is here to stay and will continue at a faster pace in years to come. Most newer web design companies, such as Miami, delivers a realistic feel by harnessing the power of voice-based interfaces. User and Technology are Ready AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Voice-based interfaces have brought about a revolution in design. Conversational interfaces have changed the way we use to design products. Previously, interfaces were designed to support physical input and visual output. Now, UX designers have to design interfaces and experiences that support voice-based input.Having criteria based on the input will force companies to focus on aspects that have never been explored by UX designers. Such issues as creating anticipatory designs, giving voice-based suggestions by analyzing the context and prioritizing data, will all have to be addressed in the IoT playbook. Specialty issues will have to be addressed and will take the design industry in a new direction and will change everything.By taking advantage of the context of voice-based suggestions, UX designers will have to make it easy for users to understand what voice-based interaction systems can do for them. Similarly, UX designers will use context to create user flow for their anticipatory designs. Give your users the convenience to ask questions with voice-based interfaces instead of forcing them to fill out lengthy web forms. It seems that voice-based interfaces will replace everything — not just the traditional web forms. The good news for voice-based user interfaces is that both the users and technology is ready. This means that we won’t have to wait long to see these interfaces go mainstream. With more than 33% of global population having access to smart-phones and voice-based devices that supports voice-based interactions, we are not far away from seeing conversational interfaces take control. Users are already accustomed to interacting with chatbots on the website as more and more business use chatbot to deliver quick and satisfactory responses to user queries. We will see more new devices and applications that will accelerate the adoption of voice-based interfaces in the future. Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Personalized Experience The pace at which the web design industry has evolved and is continuing to evolve is mind-boggling. From static web pages laden with text to dynamic websites with all the bells and whistles attached to them, we have certainly come a long way. Introduction of new technologies leads to new web design trends. Some of these trends are here to stay while others evaporate into thin air. We will see how AI based conversational interfaces will become a substitute for web forms.One web design trend that has taken the web design industry by storm is the development of conversational interfaces. With more people using their voices to interact than using their fingers and voice-based gadgets going mainstream — it seems that AI-based conversational interfaces have a bright future.The conversational interface is all set to replace the web forms because it has many advantages over web forms that make the AI a better alternative.An AI interface helps you build trust and improves engagement while delivering more convenient and superior user experience. This type of consumer usage crosses platform integration, and the ability to adjust questions according to user needs puts it miles ahead of traditional web forms. Her is how conversational interfaces will replace web forms. Tags:#AI web design Related Posts Cross-Platform Support IoT Device Interactionslast_img read more

Expert Advice Series: Anxiety in Others

first_imgImagine you’re driving in the car on your way to drop the kids off at school. You stop at the red light and begin to list off all of the things that you’re working on and stressed about getting finished. You’re talking to yourself trying to work through a particularly stressful situation when the light turns green and you drive off…Your child is in the back listening to you.Does this sound familiar?  Question: Is your external dialogue encouraging anxiety in others?Advice: When we talk out loud to ourselves it is referred to as external dialogue. Brian Dixon, M.D., cautions parents and caregivers about processing out loud or expressing our internal dialogue as external dialogue in front of children or clients. Often times the child or client will take on the anxiety you are expressing and their stress will increase.Expert: Brian Dixon, M.D., Executive Director of Progressive Psychiatry, P.A. and Board Certified Child and Adolescent PsychiatristFor more advice from Dr. Dixon, watch and listen to his professional development training on ADHD, Anxiety, and Autism: Practical Approaches to Child Psychiatry to learn about practical ways parents and caregivers can help manage these disorders, while reconnecting with the fun of parenting._________________________________________________________________________Are you an external processor? Share with us your thoughts in the comment section. Have a question for our military caregiving team? Let us know! Stay tuned for more from our Expert Advice series.The new blog series provides monthly advice from subject matter experts on issues surrounding military caregiving for service providers and families. We take questions and concerns from military helping professionals and families and provide the necessary feedback from credible experts in the field of study. Whether you are a provider or a caregiver, what questions do you have? We want to hear from you.This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on June 10, 2016.last_img read more

Filmmaking’s Magic Words

first_imgAn effective set starts with the right language. Learn these industry terms to maximize your shoots.Cover image from The Way Back (Newmarket Films).“We’re losing the light!” Welcome to the time-honored, mad scramble of a shoot as the sun begins to set. We’ve all been there; some call it “magic hour” — though it rarely lasts that long. I call it “tragic hour” because it sometimes can be. If you’re going to pull off a successful shot or setup in this crucial time period, it will be because you anticipated problems and communicated key concepts to everyone clearly and concisely.Image from The Way Back (Newmarket Films).“Move the saddle bag upstage camera right!” “I’ll get the over — you get the 50-50.”“Jim, you take the big slider — Kate, you go hand held…” Once I give instructions on set, I get out of the way and observe quietly without micro-managing everyone. Needless interruptions can doom the entire effort, and everyone would rather work with a slightly flawed scene than an unfinished one — or worse. So I usually keep quiet once the building process begins.I rarely take time out on set for a photo, but in this case, our camera was ready and we had some time. This picture was taken in Morocco during production of The Way Back. I’m standing with my hand on the camera; Peter Weir watches patiently as the campfire set is being dressed. We’re preparing for a magic hour scene that will require five two-camera setups — fairly ambitious since we had less than twenty minutes to complete the work. The third camera came off the truck, so our DP Russell Boyd could shoot some inserts while we rolled on the scene.All cameras were wearing zoom lenses, so we wouldn’t lose any time to lens changes. We completed the scene with a little time to spare due to good planning, time management, and clear communication.I tell this story because there is no guarantee things will go smoothly. Technical glitches, issues with actors, and all sorts of potential problems might arise. Our job is to move quickly and efficiently so that we can bank a little time in case something does hit the fan. Believe me, you don’t want to be the reason that we’re not shooting. Always be on guard for the dreaded “Murphy’s Law.” What other terms have helped you out on set? Let us know in the comments. Saving Time on SetLearning stage directions and compositional terms is a great way to save time and demonstrate your hard-won experience. I respect people who have a command of technical vocabulary. These descriptive words take the place of a phrase or even a sentence. Over-explaining is frustrating, distracting and time-consuming — three very bad things.Half of the crew on The Way Back didn’t speak English — including my focus puller. Whenever time was an issue, I insisted that we had an AD standing by the camera who was fluent in English and Arabic. Ever the efficient filmmaker, Peter Weir would wisely simplify some of the setups for expediency’s sake.Regardless of your department, learn these basic terms and you’ll contribute to the efficiency of the production. Time saved equals more shots, and everyone wants more shots.last_img read more

4-month ordeal ends for Odisha elephant

first_imgAn elephant was on Monday relieved of four-month pain after a scooter tyre got stuck to its leg. Forest personnel tranquillised the tusker and removed the tyre. A team, comprising veterinarians from the Odisha University of Agriculture Technology and forest personnel, took one hour to cut the tyre. The pachyderm was cordoned off when it came near a water body inside the Subasini Reserve Forest, under the Athagarh Forest Division, in the afternoon and tranquillised.Earlier several attempts to remove the tyre proved futile as the jumbo used to react violently, said Arun Kumar Swain, Divisional Forest Officer of Athagarh.“Fortunately, the wound had not deteriorated. After administration of antibiotics, the elephant was set free,” he said.The elephant had been wandering in the Chandaka and Athagarh forest divisions for the past four months. The freak incident caught the attention of wildlife lovers, who launched a campaign seeking to relieve its pain.last_img read more

What A Shame

first_imgAs I write this, the Congress Party-led coalition government in New Delhi is finalizing a Common Minimum Programme with its allies. The CMP ostensibly will hreflect a negotiated policy agenda for the various coalition partners to follow during this administration’s tenure.While the country awaits the details, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s federal cabinet has been sworn in, and the old obscurantist fogeys of the Hindu fundamentalist Bharatiya Janata Party banished to a political vanaprastham. Secularism and youthful idealism, I’m told, are back in vogue.Then, why am I ashamed to be an Indian?Why, for that matter, should any liberal-minded patriotic Indian hang one’s head in acute embarrassment after a lawful regime change, particularly when it’s come riding on a popular vote? Why am I so despondent when the rest of my countrymen appear set to march to a jaunty new beat? The reasons are numerous. They come to me in the form of a collage of television images that have seared themselves in my mind over the last two weeks. If proof was ever needed that a moving picture can reveal – albeit inadvertently -t he subtext of a scene, here it was. As individual snapshots of history-in-the-making, the images continue to be painful. Together, they portend an even darker future for India.One had heard stories in the 70s and 80s about Congress partymen worming themselves into Indira Gandhi’s good books with appalling displays of sycophancy. Nothing, it turns out, has changed in the party culture – save for a new firang Queen Bee. For a full four live hours, television news channels showed scores – literally scores – of Congress men and women waiting impatiently in line at a party meet held in parliament, and then like one craven courtier after another, exhorting Sonia Gandhi to accept the prime ministerial post. It was sickening to watch some of them – otherwise suave and articulate – plead in the way drooling little chastened boys do before a stern recalcitrant mother.Their ploy worked. The more impassioned among them secured a cabinet berth a few days later. These included the smart-alecky Mani Shankar Aiyar (now Petroleum Minister) and Kapil Sibal (now Minister for Oceanography) who knew the market value of being early on the scene, and so rattled off their dramatic moist-eyed speeches even before the others could make a move toward the podium. Not to be outdone was the loudmouth Renuka Choudhary (now Tourism Minister) who has made a decent career in politics out of her indecent emotional displays. Between barely controlled sobs, Choudhary made it known to millions of TV viewers that she shared a special personal rapport with Madam Gandhi. On his part, Bollywood actor Sunil Dutt (now Sports Minister) thundered away.You’d have expected the newer generation to break the mold. The younger parliamentarians however fared no better. Scindia family scion Jyotiraditya even invoked his dead father Madhavrao’s Rajiv Gandhi connections in order to prove his party loyalty. After a point, it became mechanical and monotonous, like factory hands routinely punching muster cards prior to a work shift. But nobody would risk censure by stopping the charade.The only person who could have was Gandhi herself. And she didn’t. She was in no mood to abort her moment of incandescent glory. Put yourself in her shoes: A shy lower-middle-class Italian-born woman marries into India’s premier political family, plays dutiful bahu, wife and mother, becomes the object of national devotion and ends up (at the time of writing) playing cat-and-mouse with the country’s highest and most powerful office! No script-writer from Hollywood, Bollywood or Italywood could have conceived a more sweeping turn-of-events story.I am concerned also that the Congress victory in this election has probably swept Sonia’s foreign-born issue beyond the realm of political debate. I’m no apologist for the BJP, but I do have very serious problems with a foreigner deciding the fate of my country.For one thing, isn’t even a single person among the billion-plus Indians capable and deserving? For another, being a country’s chief executive is not a 10-to-5 expatriate’s job. It calls for a national commitment higher than any other political office. The prime minister has access to the most sensitive information about defense installations and nuclear arsenal, and can – at a pinch-be expected to wage war. Nothing personal against Sonia, but to appoint a foreigner as PM would negate the spirit of our entire freedom struggle. There is a lot to be said in favour of restricting the job eligibility to natives. But that’s better detailed in a debate of its own.It’s instructive though that even the United States of America – a land of immigrants, if ever there was one – won’t accept a foreign-born person as president. There was some talk of tinkering with this stipulation at the height of German-born Henry Kissinger’s popularity as secretary of state. And there’s even more talk of it since the California gubernatorial election last year, but it might take more than Arnold Schwarzenegger’s considerable muscular prowess to overturn that law.Even if we overlook the foreign-origin issue, what has Sonia Gandhi done to be India’s prime minister? Apart, that is, from helping produce two cute-looking potential candidates for the PM’s post? More seriously, does she have a record of selfless social service to justify her claim? India has not been averse to foreigners – Annie Besant fought against British imperialism in India and Mother Teresa worked tirelessly for Calcutta’s orphans. Both had their critics, but none of their detractors would doubt their altruism and social commitment.But Sonia’s public life has been narrowed by family concerns. She applied for and obtained Indian citizenship in 1983 – a decade and a half after her marriage to Rajiv – and her motivation reportedly centered more on safeguarding family rights to the Nehru property than anything else. Her decision to enter active politics coincided piquantly with the move by opposition parties to rake up the Bofors scam in which her husband was named.One need not go into great analytical depth to explain Sonia’s electoral success. My American-based cousin used to half-joke that even the Kennedy family poodle could win the Massachusetts seat in the American Senate. The same goes for members of the Gandhi-Nehru family and India’s Lok Sabha. But the Congress victory although far from outright, was in large part a negative vote against the BJP. Sonia’s decision to abdicate the PM’s throne was doubtless surprising. But it may have at least something to do with her reluctance to sully her hands in the “cesspool” (Amitabh Bachchan’s word, not mine) of coalition politics.Watching the TV reports of how the coalition was finally cobbled together was to watch a drama of palace intrigue at its most despicable. Leader after leader from small regional parties would demand top cabinet posts in closed-door meetings with the Congress, and then emerge in front of the cameras with a sage-like declaration that he had no aspirations to office.What option do the Indians have to this bunch of jokers? Another bunch of jokers called the BJP. They lost because they spinelessly tried to cater to everyone’s expectations: to the Hindu hardliners they waved the trident and the saffron flag, to the yuppies they posed as hi-tech junkies, and to the rest they coined the “development” slogan of bijli-sadak-paani. However retrograde their ideology, BJP and its progenitor Jan Sangh were renowned for their focus and discipline. With this election, the party has lost face and voter credibility.On TV, the two poster-girls of the BJP – Uma Bharti and Sushma Swaraj – were up to hijinks. Bharti, as Madhya Pradesh chief minister, chose to send her resignation to BJP president Venkaiah Naidu rather than the state governor. And Swaraj vowed on live television to shave off her head, eat roasted gram, and sleep on the floor as part of her nationwide campaign against Sonia Gandhi!Is there a broader message in the election results? Is the Indian polity now a two-party system masquerading as a multi-party democracy? In a way, the Indian electorate faces the same predicament as the American public. Both are now reduced to choosing between two options. For Americans, it’s always been Democrats versus Republicans. For Indians in the long run, it could be the Far Right versus the Pseudo-Left. India’s communist parties have joined the Congress-led coalition, but are playing coy about joining the government.Critics blast them for seeking power without responsibility. Sympathizers point to the ire of their cadres who fought the Congress party tooth-and-nail in the elections, and now find their leaders cozying up to the same Congressmen. It’s a strange phenomenon of being able to win an election, while being unable to enjoy its spoils. The lesson is clear: Form coalitions before not after an election.Do I see any ray of hope in this dark alley? I do. One of my heroes – Arun Bhatia – contested from Pune as an independent, and lost. Not unlike Ralph Nader in the 2000 presidential election, he represented a clean option to the vested interests of established political parties. A retired IAS officer, Bhatia fought a corrupt system throughout his career and was persecuted some by his own unscrupulous peers for his efforts. If people take a fancy for honest officials like Bhatia, who knows, political parties may have to make way for independents, and we may well have a revolution on our hands.Stranger things have happened. Related Itemslast_img read more

UAAP women’s basketball: NU picks up 93rd straight win, nears elims sweep

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Irebu saved her best for last with 13 points in the fourth period, including a pair of crucial baskets that kept the Lady Falcons at bay.NU regained its dominant form after having to survive a scare from second-running University of Santo Tomas on Wednesday where it held on for a 74-70 squeaker.Aquino was pleased to see his wards’ return to form.“I guess it’s more on mental toughness. You just have to stay focused on the things you have to do. Everyone should be helping out. It should be more of a team contribution,” said Aquino, whose squad shoots for an outright finals berth against a skidding University of the East side on Wednesday.The Lady Bulldogs had almost everyone on board again with Hayes, Surada and Rhena Itesi scoring 10 points apiece. Surada also grabbed 10 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Jack Animam added an all-around effort with eight points, 10 rebounds, three assists and three steals.Hazelle Yam topscored with 18 points while Jhaz Joson and Kat Guytingco scored 14 and 13, respectively for the also-ran Lady Eagles. This jewelry designer is also an architect Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hayes and Surada sparked NU’s breakaway in the middle quarters where the Lady Bulldogs stretched a two-point advantage into a commanding 58-41 lead heading into the final frame.“I’m just happy we can accomplish the feat again of having six straight 14-0s. It’s an accumulation of all the hard work that the girls have been doing. They deserve it, so now we have to be ready for the next steps,” said NU head coach Pat Aquino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceIn the second game, University of Santo Tomas locked up the No. 2 seed after scraping past Adamson, 57-53.Grace Irebu, the reigning MVP, powered the Tigresses (11-3) with 27 points and 20 rebounds. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentscenter_img Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical MOST READ NU Lady Bulldogs. UAAP PHOTOANTIPOLO—National University inched closer to another elimination round sweep after rolling past Ateneo, 76-59, in the UAAP Season 82 women’s basketball tournament Saturday at Ynares Center here.The Lady Bulldogs rose to 13-0 and picked up their 93rd straight win but not after bucking a slow start behind Kelli Hays and Angel Surada.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Becoming his own man Warriors adjusting to new ‘reality’, says Steve Kerr DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyerslast_img read more

It’s Katrina vs Iulia Vantur: We just can’t get our eyes off these two fitness buffs

first_imgWorking out the celebrity way is actually not that difficult, especially when you have their cool fitness videos and pictures for motivation.So, if Katrina Kaif’s sexy abs are slowly getting erased from your memory, here’s a recent picture of the actress with a Swiss ball that’ll bring all the attention back to her. Katrina’s trainer Yasmin Karachiwala uploaded a picture of the star hugging a Swiss ball in her studio, before the two could get on with an intense training session.But guess what? It’s not just Kat who’s giving you fitness motivation this week; it’s also Salman’s apparently ex-ladylove who’s slaying it with her killer workout moves.Also read: Celeb trainer Yasmin Karachiwala has prepared Katrina Kaif for the upcoming Mumbai Marathon You guessed it right–Iulia Vantur too has an inspiring new video up on her Instagram account where she can be seen doing a body balance workout at a gym.With one leg crossed over the other, Iulia is doing a Namaste pose while standing on only one leg and she manages to balance it all out beautifully. A fitness enthusiast, Vantur makes this workout look effortless because of which we’re in double minds–who’s rocking the fitness game this week?advertisementWe’re puzzled, how about you?last_img read more

Epic Greek Battle: Nick Kyrgios Edges Stefanos Tsitsipas in DC

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — Greek-Australian Nick Kyrgios hammed it up by delivering a repaired sneaker to his opponent, No. 1-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas. He celebrated one key shot with a shimmy. He marked the last point by shaking a fan’s hand.The Nick Kyrgios Experience was in full effect at the Citi Open on Saturday night — and he played quite well, too, hitting 19 aces, saving a match point and edging Tsitsipas 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7) in a semifinal about as even as can be and filled with all manner of memorable moments across its 2 hours, 7 minutes.How close was it? Each man took a total of 91 points. Each won 48 of his 58 first-serve points; each won 16 of his 33 second-serve points; each won 27 return points.“Nick, in my opinion, is underrated. I guess the rivalry between me and him — it looks bright,” Greek star Tsitsipas said. “I’m pretty sure we’re going to face each other plenty of times in the future.”Stefanos Tsitsipas, of Greece, returns the ball to Nick Kyrgios, of Australia, during a semifinal at the Citi Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)Said Kyrgios: “He fully deserved to win, as well.”The 52nd-ranked Kyrgios will seek his sixth ATP title Sunday, when he faces No. 3 seed Daniil Medvedev in the final.Medvedev advanced with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Peter Gojowczyk. That match was a snoozer compared with Kyrgios vs. Tsitsipas, which featured fantastic shotmaking by two creative players in their early 20s.The most GIF-worthy interlude came during a changeover early in the third set, when the shoe issues that have been plaguing Tsitsipas cropped up again, creating a comical scene.Tsitsipas says friction from the way he slides on hard courts leads to problems with his sneakers’ laces, which is why he has been changing footwear during matches. That bothered his quarterfinal foe, Benoit Paire, so much that Paire went and yanked off a shoe himself in a sort of protest.This time, a ball boy brought a problematic shoe to Tsitsipas’ father — who is also his coach — up in the stands for fixing. Kyrgios leaned on a screen at the back of the court, then decided to help things along by getting that sneaker from Dad and carrying it across the court to Tsitsipas. Kyrgios presented it on bended knee, with head bowed, as if to say, “Here, my lord.”Kyrgios smiled. Tsitsipas gave him a thumbs-up. Spectators reveled in it all.“I just wanted to speed the process up,” Kyrgios said later, adding: “By the way, Adidas sucks.”That’s when a tour PR person ended Kyrgios’ news conference.Kyrgios and Tsitsipas never had faced each other and, in the past, they’ve had their differences. But the duo played doubles together in Washington this week and apparently hit it off.Nick Kyrgios, left, of Australia, carries a bag containing a pair of shoes to Stefanos Tsitsipas, of Greece, during a break in play in a semifinal at the Citi Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)The concluding tiebreaker was a roller-coaster. Kyrgios led 5-1. Tsitsipas, who had his right thigh taped by a trainer after skidding to an awkward stop in the opening game, seized five consecutive points to lead 6-5 and hold a match point. Kyrgios erased that with a 132 mph service winner.On Kyrgios’ first match point of his own, at 7-6, he flubbed a slice forehand. Before the second, he spoke to a front-row spectator, as though seeking advice, closed out the victory with a big serve followed by a forehand winner, then raced back to shake the man’s hand.Kyrgios is most definitely a showman, someone who does the sorts of things few, if any, other tennis players do, for better or for worse.“Some people love him. Some people hate him. I believe we need people like him in the game,” Tsitsipas said. “Otherwise, everything becomes too serious. He’s fun.”Nick Kyrgios, bottom right, of Australia, celebrates with a spectator in the stands after defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas, of Greece, in a semifinal at the Citi Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)Earlier, American teens Coco Gauff and Caty McNally won their first pro tournament as a doubles team by beating the fourth-seeded duo of Maria Sanchez and Fanny Stollar 6-2, 6-2.“For both of us,” Gauff said, “it means a lot.”McNally’s impressive showing in Washington included a run to the semifinals in singles — but that’s where it ended in that event Saturday with a 7-6 (5), 6-2 loss to Camila Giorgi of Italy.In Sunday’s final, Giorgi will face Jessica Pegula, whose parents own the NFL’s Bills and NHL’s Sabres.___By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis WriterTweetPinShare2323 Shareslast_img read more

Moto G7 Power officially launched for Rs 13,990, India gets more RAM and storage

first_imgMoto G7 Power officially launched for Rs 13,990, India gets more RAM and storageThe G7 Power will be available for purchase for Rs 13,990. India will only get the Ceramic Black variant along with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage.advertisement Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiFebruary 15, 2019UPDATED: February 15, 2019 16:29 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe Moto G7 Power sports a 6.2-inch LCD display with HD+ resolution.The G7 Power will run on Android 9 Pie with Moto Experiences out-of-the-box.The Moto G7 Power grabs highlights with its 5000mAh battery.After being in the rumour mill for a while, Motorola India has finally made the G7 Power official. The handset goes on sale in India for Rs 13,990 and comes only in the Ceramic Black variant. The Indian variant also gets more RAM and storage than the international variant – 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The G7 Power will be available for purchase via offline retail channels as well as Flipkart.The Moto G7 Power is meant for those who value longer battery life over everything else. The phone sports a 5000mAh battery and comes equipped with a 15W TurboPower fast charging. The handset also features a modern 6.2-inch display with a notch on the top. And yes, there’s a fingerprint sensor sitting on the Moto logo.Moto G7 Power specificationsThe Moto G7 Power sports a 6.2-inch LCD display with HD+ resolution with a notch on top. It also sports a 12-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front camera and is powered by a Snapdragon 632 chipset. The Indian variant gets 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. As with previous Moto G series phones, the G7 Power will come with a nearly stock Android interface. The G7 Power will run on Android 9 Pie with Moto Experiences out-of-the-box.The Moto G7 Power grabs highlights with its 5000mAh battery. Motorola claims that the G7 Power will be able to deliver up to 60 hours of endurance at a time. Also, the G7 Power gets the 15W TurboPower fast charging as standard. Motorola claims that one can charge the battery for 9 hours of usage within 15 minutes.advertisementMoto G7 Power price and availabilityThe Moto G7 Power will go on sale in India at a price of Rs 13,999. The handset will only sell in one variant in India with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The Indian variant will only sell in the Ceramic Black variant.Moto G7 Power competitorsThe Moto G7 Power will compete with the likes of Redmi Note 6 Pro and Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2. The ZenFone Max Pro M2 also offers a big 5000mAh battery but comes with a more powerful Snapdragon 660 chipset with at least 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. Samsung’s Galaxy M20 also comes with an equally big 5000mAh battery and offers a more desirable waterdrop notch display and a dual camera setup. From Motorola’s own stable, the Moto One Power also offers a 5000mAh battery but is powered by a Snapdragon 636 chipset and gets the Android One treatment with the latest updates before any other device.ALSO READ | Moto G7 Power to go on sale from today: Price, Specifications and everything else you need to knowALSO READ | Exclusive: Moto G7 Power will sell at a market price of Rs 13,999 in IndiaALSO READ | Moto G7, G7 Plus, G7 Power and G7 Play unveiled, to start from Rs 19,000 approximatelyGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAmritanshu Mukherjee Tags :Follow MotorolaFollow MotoFollow Lenovolast_img read more

Played one of my worst matches on clay in 14 years: Nadal after Monte Carlo exit

first_imgPlayed one of my worst matches on clay in 14 years: Nadal after Monte Carlo exitFabio Fognini had beaten Rafael Nadal twice before on clay, and also once at the U.S. Open in five sets, but Saturday’s win in the Monte Carlo Masters semi-final was arguably the most impressive.advertisement Next Associated Press Monte CarloApril 21, 2019UPDATED: April 21, 2019 09:22 IST Rafa Nadal’s loss ended a series of 25 consecutive sets won on his favourite surface clay (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSFabio Fognini stunned defending champion Nadal 6-4, 6-2 in the semisIt was Fognini’s fourth career win against Nadal in 15 encountersNadal’s defeat ended his hopes of matching Roger Federer’s record of 50 Masters finalsFabio Fognini ended Rafael Nadal’s winning streak at the Monte Carlo Masters, stunning the defending champion 6-4, 6-2 Saturday to reach the final for the first time and hand Nadal his first defeat here since a loss to Novak Djokovic in the 2015 semifinals.Fognini had beaten Nadal twice before on clay, and also once at the U.S. Open in five sets, but this was arguably the most impressive.”I have the game to play against him,” the 13th-seeded Fognini said. “I had nothing to lose.”He wasn’t concerned if Nadal was out of form.”That’s not the question that I have to answer,” Fognini said. “I just say that I played an incredible match.”Still, the second-ranked Nadal called it “one of my worst matches in 14 years” and the 32-year-old Spaniard said it was “difficult to find an explanation” for capitulating on his favored clay-court surface.Yet the defeat could have been even more humiliating for Nadal, who had not lost a set here by 6-0 since the 2005 final – which he went on to win for the first of his record 11 titles.Fognini came so close to drubbing him in the second set. He served for the match at 5-0 and 40-0, but Nadal saved three match points, broke back and held.The crowd on their feet for @fabiofognaReply with your GIF reaction to that result pic.twitter.com/EPclbqsOT4ATP Tour (@ATP_Tour) April 20, 2019″I was lucky to win the two games,” said Nadal, who had not even lost a set here since conceding one in the second round against Britain’s Kyle Edmund in 2017. “I played one of my worst matches on clay in 14 years. It’s difficult to find any positives — I deserved to lose,” he added.advertisementServing again for the match at 5-2, Fognini hit a superb forehand down the line on his fourth match point. He next plays unseeded Serb Dusan Lajovic in their first-ever meeting, and one few would have predicted.Least of all Fognini.A for @RafaelNadal.Until next time #RolexMCMasters pic.twitter.com/uc0qgNmQZ6ATP Tour (@ATP_Tour) April 20, 2019He trailed by a set and 4-1 down during his first-round match against Andrey Rublev.”If you told me at the beginning of the week ‘See you on Sunday (for the final),’ I would laugh in your face,” Fognini said.The 48th-ranked Lajovic staged an impressive comeback of his own, meanwhile, rallying from 5-1 down to beat 10th-seeded Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-1.That match was a suitable appetizer to the higher drama which followed.Nadal had dropped his first three service games Friday in his quarterfinal against Guido Pella, and the early signs were not good this time.His first game against Fognini lasted 12 minutes, with Nadal saving four break points before conceding the first of six breaks of serve in the match.A moment @fabiofogna will never forget…: @TennisTV | #RolexMCMasters pic.twitter.com/l88hDmcuuLATP Tour (@ATP_Tour) April 20, 2019In his quarterfinal and semifinal combined, Nadal conceded 23 break-point chances.But whether Fognini, who previously lost 11 times to Nadal overall, could capitalize seemed uncertain.The 31-year-old Italian can lose his temper on court, and it got the better of him during the fourth game.With heavy winds swirling around the court, Fognini’s towel flew off his seat and landed on the clay during the first point. He complained to the umpire, perhaps to get the point replayed, and then angrily put the offending towel into his drinks box.Nadal broke him to love to lead 3-1, and Fognini got a warning for unsportsmanlike conduct.”The chair umpire made a bad call,” Fognini said. “He gave me a warning for nothing.”Fognini irate, Nadal serving for a 4-1 lead – another comfortable Nadal route to the final looked on.But Fognini broke back to 3-2 and then broke Nadal to love in the ninth game with some momentous shot-making.Momentum was on Fognini’s side, not to mention some luck.Serving for the set at 5-4 and 30-30, his shot hit the net and turned into a perfect drop shot.WHAT a way to finish the setCatch the second set of this epic SF showdown on @TennisTV pic.twitter.com/aZSZZ7bwilATP Tour (@ATP_Tour) April 20, 2019Fognini raised both arms in apology, and then superbly put away a volley at full stretch on the next point to clinch the set.He hit a delightful two-handed, backhand cross-court winner to break at the start of the second set.Nadal is usually the undisputed crowd favorite on the French Riviera, but shouts of “Fabio, Fabio, Fabio” rang out at the Monte Carlo Country Club.advertisementMany Italian fans likely made the short trip along the coast from nearby San Remo – where Fognini grew up.”It’s a big opportunity to them to come here and watch me play,” Fognini said. “I don’t know how many are coming tomorrow.”Still, he should have most of the support against Lajovic, who earlier won 10 straight games to lead 4-0 in the second set before Medvedev finally again held serve.It could have been an all-Serb semifinal but Medvedev knocked out the top-ranked Djokovic in Friday’s quarterfinals.There have only been three winners here since 2005: Nadal, Djokovic (2013 and ’15) and Stan Wawrinka (’14).A new name will be on the trophy on Sunday.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Rafael NadalFollow Fabio FogniniFollow Monte Carlo MastersFollow ATPFollow ATP Masterslast_img read more

Ashes: Stuart Broad sends Jofra Archer warning to Steve Smith ahead of return in Manchester

first_img India Today Web Desk ManchesterSeptember 3, 2019UPDATED: September 3, 2019 13:07 IST Ashes 2019: Jofra Archer vs Steve Smith all set to resume in Manchester (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSteve Smith set for return after missing 3rd Test Smith was hit on his neck by a Jofra Archer bouncerStuart Broad expects another fiery battle between Smith and Archer in ManchesterEngland fast bowler Stuart Broad said he is looking forward to another “tasty” battle between Steve Smith and Jofra Archer in the 4th Ashes Test, starting September 4 in Manchester.Stuart Broad expects no let up from highly-rated Jofra Archer and that the England fast bowler will be buzzing in captain Joe Root’s ears to get the ball whenever Steve Smith walks into bat at Old Trafford.The England pace spearhead’s comments come after Steve Smith was added in the 12-man squad for the 4th Ashes Test. With the series level at 1-1, Smith’s return is being seen as a massive boost to Australia and Broad’s comments has certainly added spice to the ongoing series.Notably, Steve Smith had to miss the 3rd Test in Headingley due to a delayed concussion after a Jofra Archer bouncer struck him on the neck. Smith needed medical attention but he carried with his first innings only to be ruled out of the 2nd innings.In Steve Smith’s absence, England went on to win the 3rd Test by 1 run after Ben Stokes helped the hosts complete a miraculous chase of 359 runs.”It was a really tasty bit of cricket at Lord’s. Smith was on 80, playing beautifully, and Jofra went from 84mph to 95mph. He was really charging in,” Stuart Broad said on the eve of the 4th Test.He added: “That sort of cricket is awesome to watch on the telly or from the stands but when you’re stood at mid-on, it’s pretty special. Hopefully we can have a battle like that again.”advertisementFeels like doctors are running out every 10 overs: Stuart BroadStuart Broad himself had been on the receiving end of a vicious bouncer from Varun Aaron in 2014. The England star suffered a broken nose and revealed he had nightmares after the blow to his face.Broad’s ability to play bouncers diminished after the blow but the England pacer expects no such psychological effects of the Jofra Archer’s bouncer on Steve Smith.”Smith has got a bit more skill than me with the bat so it probably won’t affect him. I don’t think I’ve ever played in a series where so many people have been hit in the head. It feels like the doctors are running out every 10 overs, doesn’t it? But that’s part of Test cricket,” Broad added.Australia have dropped Usman Khawaja to accommodate Marnus Labuschagne who shone after coming in as Test cricket’s first-ever concussion substitute in Leeds.Mitchell Starc, who missed the first 3 Tests, has also been added to the 12-man squad after the left-arm pacer’s impressive outing in the recently-concluded tour match against Derbyshire in Manchester.Also Read | Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami make India pace unit peerless in Test cricketAlso Read | India vs West Indies: Can feel for batsmen who face Jasprit Bumrah, says Virat KohliAlso Read | Dressing room feels calm when Hanuma Vihari is batting: Virat KohliAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Jofra ArcherFollow Steve SmithFollow Ashes 2019Follow Stuart BroadFollow England VS AustraliaFollow ManchesterFollow Varun Aaron Ashes: Stuart Broad sends Jofra Archer warning to Steve Smith ahead of return in ManchesterAshes 2019, England vs Australia: Steve Smith, who has recovered from concussion after blow to head from Jofra Archer bouncer, is all set to make the playing XI for the 4th Test, starting September 4 in Manchester.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

DEME Tries to Seize Vessel from LaNaval

first_imgzoom Belgian DEME group, specializing in dredging and marine engineering, has attempted to seize a vessel being built at the financially-troubled shipyard LaNaval.As confirmed to OW by the company’s spokesperson, DEME has hired sub-contractors to take control of the uncompleted cable laying and trenching vessel Living Stone after several delays in delivery by the Spanish yard.A team of people was sent to the yard in two tug boats and tried to board the ship. As informed, the subcontractors tried to unmoor the vessel and tow it to another location where it would be completed.The attempt was, however, thwarted by the shipyard’s workers at around midnight, September 20, who called to police to intervene in the matter.DEME is said to be in talks with the Spanish yard on the possible solution of the matter, but legal action against the cash-strapped shipbuilder has not been ruled out.The ship is being built by the yard for Tidewater, part of DEME Group, and needs around six more months to be completed.Living Stone, described by its owner as “the world’s most advanced” subsea cable installation and trenching vessel was launched at the Spanish shipyard on September 18, 2016.The vessel features a Dynamic Positioning 3 capability and dual fuel engines, with LNG being its prime fuel.The ship was supposed to be delivered in the second quarter of 2017 and head to its first project at the Merkur offshore wind farm in Germany, 45 km north of Borkum in the North Sea, for the installation of inter-array cables.Neither DEME nor LaNaval replied to World Maritime News with a comment on the matter.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Grants Support Seniors in Kings County

first_imgFunding was announced today, Sept. 8, for two organizations in Kings County that support seniors’ safety and create opportunities for seniors to be more active in their communities. MLA Keith Irving, on behalf of Leo Glavine, Minister of Seniors, announced grants for Kings Transit Authority and the Kings County Seniors’ Safety Society. “These grants enable our community-based organizations to identify and address issues of safety for our seniors,” said Mr. Irving. “I am pleased to see both Kings Transit and the Kings County Seniors’ Safety Society developing programs with this grant that strengthen and expand the services provided to seniors.” The Kings County Seniors’ Safety Society is receiving a $20,000 Senior Safety Grant for its Seniors’ Safety Program. The program works in partnership with local police services and other social service agencies to promote seniors’ safety and education, staying active, positive mental and physical health, independence and crime prevention. “With over one-fifth of the senior population in Nova Scotia living in Kings County, we fully appreciate this support from the Department of Seniors,” said Daisy Dwyer, president of Kings County Seniors’ Safety Society. “Enhancing seniors’ lives builds quality into the fabric of our society and that’s why we work so hard to keep citizens informed, independent and integrated within our communities while they age.” The Kings Transit Authority is receiving a $10,000 Age-Friendly Community Grant to help increase the use of public transit among older adults in rural areas. Funding goes towards co-ordinating activities and group outings to increase confidence and comfort with public transit. “Many seniors in our community have very active lifestyles that include community programs, shopping, social functions as well as volunteer and work commitments,” said Stephen Foster, general manager at Kings Transit. “This new initiative will provide seniors with education and training on the benefits of using public transportation.” Support from government helps these inclusive programs to improve accessibility for seniors and enables them to participate more fully in their communities.last_img read more

Libya court indicts Kadhafi aides on 2011 uprising charges

first_imgTRIPOLI – A Libyan court indicted around 30 senior Moamer Kadhafi aides, including the dictator’s son Seif al-Islam, on Thursday for a raft of alleged offences during the 2011 revolt, prosecutors said.“The court ordered they stand trial on the main charges against them dealing with the repression of the 2011 revolt,” prosecutors’ office spokesman Seddik al-Sour said after the hearing.“The trial date will be set by the Tripoli criminal court,” Sour told a press conference. The charges pressed against the accused include murder, kidnapping, complicity in incitement to rape, plunder, sabotage, embezzlement of public funds and acts harmful to national unity.Only a dozen of the accused appeared in court, said a lawyer who was present at the hearing, held under tight security at a Tripoli court and prison building.Sour said the law did not require that the defendants all be in court to hear the indictment.The fact that “some of the defendants would have needed exceptional security measures to appear prompted the court to decide to notify them of its decision after the hearing”.“But the presence of all the accused will be obligatory at the trial hearings before the criminal court,” Sour added.last_img read more

Alaska ski areas would get to serve booze bill proposes

JUNEAU, Alaska — A bill pending before the Alaska Legislature would allow the state’s ski areas to serve alcohol.The Juneau Empire reports that Eaglecrest Ski Area was poised to open a bar until the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board last fall rejected the Juneau ski area’s application.Ski and snowboard areas are not included in a provision of state law that outlines the recreational places or events where alcohol sales are permitted.Legislation proposed by the Republican Sen. Peter Micciche (mih-CHIK’-ee) would add ski and snowboard areas to the list.The bill is more broadly aimed at preserving the liquor license for the Alaska State Fair.Eaglecrest’s general manager says that if lawmakers approve the bill and it becomes law, the ski area could open a bar next winter.The Associated Press read more

Morocco Orders Closure of Desert Camps in Merzouga Local Protests Erupt

Rabat – The government is dismantling desert camps in the Erg Chebbi dunes of the Sahara, 40 kilometers from the city of Merzouga in eastern Morocco.The local government hired workers to help dismantle tourist camps in the Merzouga region, according to a Morocco World News source. The government allegedly tore down approximately 12 camps last weekend, and the told the rest to vacate the area or be forcibly removed.One luxury desert camp received notice that it must close but with no details of when or why, the owner told MWN. The camp has bookings until late 2020, which raises the question of what will happen to the guests who have booked or the camp owners with finances at stake. The camp owner argued that the camps do good for the area and Morocco as a whole. Her business, she said, had “viguroulsy (sic) promoted Morocco, and specially Merzouga.” She asserted her company had “spent over 3 million dirhams in developing the camp and promoting Morocco.”  Those who have most at stake if the desert camps are shut down are the locals. Thousands of tourists visit the desert camps each year to experience Saharan sand dunes and provide the main source of local employment. The camp owner MWN spoke to said they “source food locally and employ mostly local staff from the area,” which consists of a team of “42 workers, plus 3 other (sic) at the office.” Cameleers, food suppliers, and tour operators are also going to be affected.It is of no question that the desert camps help the area economically, so why are they being shut down? Although no official answer has been given yet, either to the media or camp owners, it may be for environmental or security reasons. Concerns have been raised regarding waste and sewage disposal and water usage by the dozens of desert camps in the area.Read also: Merzouga: A Beautiful City Faces Man-Made DisastersThere is allegedly no differentiation being made by the authorities between the camps that are registered and environmentally conscious and those that are unlicensed, “squatting” on the land and damaging the environment. Will all the camps in Erg Chebbi be given notice that they must close or do authorities have some kind of criteria to allow some camps to stay?The luxury camp owner told MWN that her camp is a “registered Moroccan company with proper documentation and paying high taxes each month to the Moroccan government. We have proper insurance to run the camp.” She continued, “We have adequate security procedures in place at the camp to ensure the safety of everyone.”The removal of the camps has received heavy backlash from the locals in Merzouga. On Monday, March 11, hundreds of locals protested the decision at a demonstration. The protesters waved Moroccan flags and carried banners, saying, “No to the unjust negative decisions” and “Together for dialogue for the legalization and organization of desert tourism camps.”Credit: Merzouga – مرزوكة FacebookThe National Union of Tourism and Transport also released a statement denouncing the actions of local authorities, saying the dismantlement of camps would hurt “our brothers, the professionals, and employers of the camps, and destroying their tents and will make a large number of the workers in the region unemployed.”The union again reaffirmed its support for those affected, saying, “We confirm as the National Union of Tourist Transport belonging to the General Union of Democratic Workers in Morocco that we will support them due to the damage that this method will cause.”Read Also: National Geographic Ranks Merzouga as 4th Best Destination for Health Tourism read more

How real estate agents are evolving to stay relevant in a hightech

TORONTO — The Internet and social media have made it easier than ever to shop for and sell a home, forcing real estate agents to offer more services in order to stay relevant.[np_storybar title=”Adventures in Mortgageland: Three Canadian tales of the house-buy in the modern age” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/personal-finance/mortgages-real-estate/adventures-in-mortgageland-three-tales-of-the-house-buy-in-the-modern-age”%5D Kids, even skateboarding, selfie-taking ones, do eventually grow up. Then they want to own a home. But it’s not as easy as it once was, a perfect storm of blazing hot real estate market and fewer or underpaid jobs.“The salaries don’t add up to being able to afford [a house],” says Jory Amar. “The crazy thing is, in [Toronto] right now, if you want a detached home in any sort of decent neighbourhood, you’re looking at anywhere between $750,000 to one million bucks,” he says.Continue reading. [/np_storybar]Realtors once served as gatekeepers of data, providing customers with access to exclusive information that helped them price their homes or determine the true value of the properties they were eyeing.But with reams of data now online and virtual tours available at the click of a mouse, the role of real estate agents has started to evolve, with more agents expanding their repertoires to include services like staging and professional photography.Pauline Aunger, president of the Canadian Real Estate Association, defends agents, saying they possess detailed knowledge of local markets.“The realtor’s value is interpreting the data,” says Aunger, who’s also a realtor based in Smiths Falls, Ont. “Though you can look at a snapshot of what the house next door sold for, you may not know what’s in that house.”Agents can also ensure that all of the necessary inspections have been conducted and regulations have been met.“You can almost equate it to doing your taxes on your own versus doing them with a professional,” says Toronto real estate agent Derek Ladouceur. “Yes, you save money doing it on your own, but there’s a good chance you might be audited because you skipped something.”Do real estate agents really make $1,000 an hour?Toronto’s rental market reborn as housing prices surge out of reach for manyLadouceur says clients can also benefit from agents’ expansive networks of contacts — from stagers and contractors who can help you polish up your home before it hits the market to other agents who will bring their clients in to have a look.Nonetheless, some homeowners are finding the costs of using an agent are simply too high as house prices in several Canadian cities soar higher — and so too do the commissions earned by realtors.Sellers typically pay six per cent of the sale price, with half going to their agent and the other half to the buyer’s agent. For a $1 million home — now the average price for a detached house in Toronto and Vancouver — that translates to $60,000 in fees.“I don’t think people need to pay that kind of money,” says Paul Rouillard, a realtor and the owner of discount brokerage Flatprice.ca.Although homeowners can’t list their properties themselves on the Multiple Listing Service, or MLS, a slew of discount brokerages can prepare the listing for a fraction of the cost charged by a full-service agent. At Flatprice.ca, realtors help home sellers list their properties on MLS for only $99.But others still prefer the convenience of using an agent.Pam Campbell and her husband recently sold their home and bought a new one, both in Acton, Ont., with the help of an agent. Between working full-time as an accountant, taking courses to upgrade her credentials and raising a six-year-old boy, Campbell says there’s “no way” she could have found the time to sell her home.“We would have had too much on our plate to try to do it,” she said. “I think it’s worth the commission that you pay.” read more

Kosovo top UN official sees progress in work on selfgovernment framework

Speaking at a press conference at UN Headquarters in New York, Hans Haekkerup, who heads the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), said that while it had not yet been possible to reach consensus on the Legal Framework for provisional self-government institutions in the province, there was agreement on “98 per cent” of the document. Efforts had been made to accommodate the concerns of the Kosovo Serbs, Mr. Haekkerup said, with amendments guaranteeing the rights of communities and mechanisms to solve problems when a community’s vital interests were at stake. While the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia has still not fully agreed, there will be “understanding and acceptance” of the document when it is put forward, Mr. Haekkerup noted.Since a few questions were also outstanding with Kosovo Albanians, it was UNMIK’s task “to strike a balance” while taking into account as far as possible the views of the different communities, Mr. Haekkerup said.Mr. Haekkerup, who spoke to the press after briefing the Security Council in closed consultations, said that there was broad support in the Council for moving ahead. Following Council approval, the final text of the Legal Framework will be promulgated and elections will be held this year. The upcoming visit of members of the Council to Kosovo could further the creation of self-government institutions, he said. During its consultations today, the Council also discussed the general security situation both in Kosovo and in the region, events in southern Serbia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and the need to give UNMIK the necessary capability to fight terrorism and organized crime, Mr. Haekkerup said. read more

Twitter premier message envoyé depuis lespace

first_imgTwitter : premier message envoyé depuis l’espaceL’astronaute Timothy J. Creamer, alias Astro TJ, a posté vendredi le tout premier message venu de l’espace à la communauté Twitter, en direct de la station spatiale internationale.”Salut Twitterverse! Nous sommes en direct depuis l’ISS voici le premier tweet de l’espace! 🙂 A bientôt, envoyez vos questions!”. Cette phrase pourtant simple a été rendue possible grâce à l’amélioration du système informatique de la station spatiale permettant une connexion personnelle des astronautes à internet. Auparavant, ces derniers devaient délivrer leur message par courrier électronique, c’est ensuite sur Terre qu’on se chargeait de les publier sur Twitter.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESADéjà plus de 25.000 personnes suivent cette discussion en ligne, ils apprennent par exemple que la station effectue 16 rotations par jour autour de la Terre, que les membres de l’équipage parlent l’anglais et le russe ou encore qu’ils se nourrissent d’aliments réhydratés. Les astronautes vont donc désormais pouvoir établir des communications privées de meilleure qualité durant leurs longues missions. Le 27 janvier 2010 à 10:56 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Sony Mobile HD Snap un caméscope doté du WiFi

first_imgSony Mobile HD Snap : un caméscope doté du Wi-FiSony devrait prochainement dévoiler le nouveau modèle de sa gamme de caméscopes Bloggie. Baptisé Mobile HD Snap, il aurait pour spécificité d’être équipé d’une connexion Wi-Fi, et aurait déjà été déposé devant la Federal Communications Commission (FCC), l’équivalent américain de l’ARCEP française.Mobile HD Snap (MHS-TS55), c’est le nom que devrait porter le prochain caméscope de poche Bloggie de Sony. Relayée par le site Cnet, l’information émane de la FCC, chargée de certifier et valider tous les périphériques émettant des ondes électromagnétiques et destinés au marché américain. À lire aussiSony lance sa nouvelle liseuse, le PRS-T2Publié sur Internet, un dossier déposé devant cette commission confirme l’arrivée prochaine d’un nouveau Bloggie, et révèle qu’il sera équipé d’une fonctionnalité inédite pour les caméscopes HD portables de Sony : une connectivité Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n. Grâce à cette connexion sans fil, on imagine que les utilisateurs du Mobile HD Snap pourront synchroniser le contenu de leur caméscope avec un ordinateur, ou même transférer directement des vidéos vers des réseaux sociaux comme Facebook. Peu de précisions sont fournies quant aux autres caractéristiques du prochain caméscope portable de Sony, si ce n’est que comme les derniers modèles de la gamme Bloggie, il sera doté d’une sortie HDMI. Alors que Cisco, l’un de ses principaux concurrents sur le marché des caméscopes de poche, a récemment décidé d’arrêter la productions de ses mini-caméras Flip, Sony parviendra-t-il à offrir à son Mobile HD Snap une place au milieu des smartphones ?Le 14 novembre 2011 à 09:05 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more