Condominium market still a lot better than normal in Vancouver suburbs

first_imgVANCOUVER — A tempting bright-red advertisement for a new condo development in a Vancouver suburb circulated online this fall, sparking excitement from first-time homebuyers and concern among long-standing real estate observers.The developers of The Landing, a 78-unit complex in Langley, were offering to pay the mortgages for a year of the first 20 buyers and give remaining buyers a $10,000 discount.It looked like a sign of the times: had provincial and federal government measures to cool the market been too successful? Were developers stuck with a glut of inventory as sales and prices dropped off a cliff?Not really, according to the marketer behind the promotion.“The way we run our sales programs is we run basically a different promotion almost every week. I’ve been working in suburban markets for a long time and honestly, what I’m seeing right now is it’s not even at a normal market. It’s still a lot better,” said Trevor Street, CEO of the Partners Marketing Group.“What’s normal for me is having four or five other sites that are active, that are open, that buyers can go to and shop around. I remember a time marketing developments when I ran out of registers to call in our database and started cold-calling rental buildings.”That was back in 2013 or 2014, he said, before Vancouver’s real estate market exploded and a ripple effect moved through its suburbs and the rest of British Columbia. By 2016, Street definitely didn’t have to run any promotions — he even told developers not to bother building sales centres.The Fraser Valley, east of Metro Vancouver, has long been considered a more affordable haven for first-time homebuyers.After prices and sales climbed across the Lower Mainland in 2015 and 2016, the B.C. and federal governments stepped in to attempt to cool the market. In the past nine months, sales have slowed and prices have curbed their meteoric rise. But while the market is softening, it’s not over-correcting, just returning to a more normal state after a wild few years, experts say.Street said he realized about six months ago that suburban developers needed to bring back promotions to entice buyers. But while amateur investors are sitting out, professional investors are jumping on board, he said.“They’re coming in right now and it’s a feeding frenzy,” he said. “These guys know this isn’t going to last. These downturns last nine months to a year, and we’re already nine months into it.”The average price of an apartment in the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board coverage area, which includes Surrey, White Rock, Langley and other communities, was $383,204 last month, still up from $359,053 in November 2017. In the same month in 2014, it was $200,952.As for detached housing, the average price was $1,017,754 last month, up from $1,011,787 in November 2017 and considerably higher than $653,426 in November 2014.The real estate board prefers to use a “benchmark” price, which adjusts for the high and low ends of the markets, and that figure was $976,200 for a detached house last month and $422,500 for an apartment.The market started really heating up in the beginning of 2015, said board president John Barbisan.Barbisan said he uses the sales-to-active-listings ratio, referring to the number of sales compared to active listings, as a thermometer. In a balanced market, the ratio sits around 18 per cent, meaning almost two in 10 homes are selling. The higher the ratio gets, the more advantage to the seller, and in 2016 it was 60 per cent, he said.Things began to cool in the spring of this year, he said, and now the sales-to-active-listings ratio is 14 per cent.“It was like a tap turned off,” he said. “It’s as if all the buyers got together in a hall one night and decided nobody’s going to make an offer anymore.”The federal mortgage stress test initiated in January appears to be a major factor, he said. The stress test requires mortgage-seekers to prove they would be able to make payments even if interest rates rose substantially, reducing borrowing power by as much as 20 per cent.“That has to come out somewhere. They’re either buying cheaper homes or they’re not making the offers they would be,” he said.Provincial government measures, including a 0.5 per cent speculation tax on secondary homes left vacant and a 20 per cent foreign buyers tax, have had a “negligible” effect compared with the stress test, Barbisan said.But he said he’s “not at all” concerned about the slowdown, noting that he has spoken with mortgage brokers who say relatively similar numbers of people are still coming to get pre-approved. People still want to buy homes, but they may not be finding what they’re looking for or are waiting for prices to decrease further, he said.“I’m not sure what they’re waiting for, but when you want to buy a home you’re only putting it off for so long,” he said.Barbisan added he hasn’t heard of anyone being underwater on their mortgage, as prices have still risen so much that owners have a fair bit of equity in their homes.Steve Saretsky, a Vancouver real estate agent, said the market across the region is going through a downturn but it’s not “major,” and it’s to be expected after the run-ups of the past few years.“Any time you have that kind of growth, eventually it’s going to swing the other way,” he said. “Has it gone too far? I think a lot of people who are complaining about housing affordability would probably tell you it hasn’t gone far enough.”Government policies have helped move the pendulum, but it was more or less inevitable, and global housing markets are also slowing down, Saretsky said. People are quick to criticize the stress test and new provincial taxes while forgetting how easy regulators have gone on the housing market for years, he added.“Everyone in the world talks about how indebted Canadian households are. There’s no question that it’s definitely been a pretty lenient borrowing spree over the last 15, 20 years,” he said. “Now, all of a sudden everybody’s upset because the punch bowl’s been taken away. But parties don’t go on forever.”He acknowledged that it’s hard on real estate agents because sales volumes are down and they’re making less money.“But, again, I think we’ve had it pretty good for a number of years.”Laura Kane, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

SHARE Inc Celebrates 65 Years of Philanthropy with Annual Boomtown Gala Honoring

first_imgSHARE Inc. announced today that their annual Boomtown Gala will be headlined by The Righteous Brothers with additional performances by Martha and the Vandellas, Louis Van Amstel of “Dancing with the Stars” and the SHARE ladies.This year’s honoree is Loreen Arbus, President of The Loreen Arbus Foundation and disability rights activist, philanthropist, producer, writer and author. The event’s MC, a SHARE legacy, will be Natalie Lander (ABC’s The Middle) – the daughter of famed actors David Lander and Kathy Fields and granddaughter of Hollywood agent Freddie Fields and actress Polly Bergen. The event will be held on May 20th 2018 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.“Boomtown is celebrating 65 years of phenomenal work on behalf of our community and we could not be more proud. This year’s event will invoke old Hollywood glamour as we remember our founding members and the hardworking women who have helped make SHARE the organization it is today,” said Corinna Fields, President of SHARE, Inc.Loreen Arbus will be receiving the Shining Spirit Award for her tireless work to help those marginalized in our community, specifically through The Loreen Arbus Foundation, which provides scientific and medical research for those with disabilities, supports racial and gender minorities, and is active in environmental causes. Arbus is an industry trailblazer who earned the distinction of being the first woman to head programming for a U.S. network – a feat she accomplished twice– both at Showtime and Lifetime networks.“I am honored to be recognized by the amazing women of SHARE Inc.,” said honoree Loreen Arbus. “Their mission is in very close alignment with my own in terms of helping children who are marginalized as is their long support of children with developmental disabilities and other special challenges.”This year’s star-studded event will include a red carpet, dressy Western attire, dinner, a live and silent auction, performances and more. The production team behind Boomtown includes Anita Mann of Anita Mann Productions, a five-time Emmy Award Winning Choreographer; Christine Wallace, Producer/First Vice President of the Boomtown Gala and former professional dancer/choreographer of stage and screen; and Executive Producer, Gary Smith, former producer of The Tony Awards and “The Judy Garland Show.”Celebrity attendees and honorees in recent years have included Jamie Lee Curtis, Bruce Willis, Sharon Stone, Sherry Lansing, Glorya Kaufman and more. Throughout SHARE’s illustrious history, famous supporters and performers have included Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, John Wayne, Sammy Davis Jr., Jennifer Holliday, Lucille Ball, Ronald Reagan, Johnny Carson, Dean Martin, Bob Hope, John Ritter, and K.D. Lang, to name a few.Find out more about the event here.last_img read more

US repatriates two Algerian Guantanamo detainees

first_imgWASHINGTON – Two Algerian detainees at the US prison camp in Guantanamo Bay have been repatriated, the Defense Department said Thursday, despite protest from the prisoners who feared persecution.“The Department of Defense announced on December 5 the transfer of Djamel Saiid Ali Ameziane and Bensayah Belkecem from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to the Government of Algeria,” after a review “which examined a number of factors, including security issues,” a statement said.“The United States coordinated with the Government of Algeria to ensure these transfers took place with appropriate security and humane treatment assurances,” it added. The transfers are part of President Barack Obama’s ongoing, but much delayed, efforts to meet his vow to shutter the US detention center in Cuba, where more than 160 “war on terror” suspects still linger nearly 12 years after it was opened.But Bensayah and Ameziane were fighting the transfer to Algeria, the only country authorized by US law to accept its nationals detained at Guantanamo, according to lawyer Robert Kirsch, who represents Bensayah.Ameziane, who lived in Austria and Canada, had asked to return to America’s northern neighbor since president George W. Bush’s administration cleared him for release in 2007.“Djamel fears persecution in Algeria and does not want to return there,” his lawyer, Wells Dixon told AFP via e-mail last week. “He would like to be resettled in Europe or Canada, where he has viable resettlement opportunities.”Bensayah was demanding to be returned to Bosnia, where he was arrested in 2002 and where his wife and daughters live.“He fears for his personal safety,” Bensayah’s attorney had written to the State Department.“Mr Bensayah believes Muslim extremists will expect him to sympathize with them, only because he was held at Guantanamo. He fears that they will attack or perhaps kill him when they learn he does not support them.”The Pentagon told AFP last week: “We carefully ensure that every transfer we carry out is consistent with the US government’s humane treatment policy and standards.”“The United States takes seriously all credible claims of mistreatment and fears of persecution and carefully evaluates them in advance of any decision to transfer a detainee,” spokesman Todd Breasseale had saidlast_img read more

DR of Congo group of Rwandan rebel excombatants identified by UN mission

The UN team established that the majority of the ex-combatants from the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) convalescing in Lumumbashi were between the ages of 22 and 30, and had gunshot wounds, MONUC said.The operation is part of the preliminary phase of the disarmament, demobilization, repatriation, reinstallation and reintegration (DDRRR) of armed groups, as specified in the Lusaka Ceasefire accords and UN Security Council resolutions.One such operation was recently completed in Kamina and another one will be conducted in the capital, Kinshasa. read more

Peace deal holds in South Sudan but humanitarian funding ultimately unsustainable says

UN Photo/Loey FelipeDavid Shearer, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan and Head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), briefs the Security Council. Mr. Shearer acknowledged, however, that the peace process faces several challenges. In Central Equatoria region, for example, forces that have not joined the peace process continue to fight government soldiers, with reports of lootings, civilian deaths and continuing sexual assaults.Ensuring that perpetrators of sexual violence are brought to justice is a vital part of the reconciliation, said Mr. Shearer, and UNMISS is working with the Government to build up the capacity of the justice system to deal with these crimes, operating a mobile court system by flying prosecutors and judges out to hotspots, and opening a new UN-supported special court to try crimes of sexual and gender-based violence, he noted.Maintaining the momentum of the peace process is another significant challenge, said the UN Special Representative, with the agreed timetable well behind schedule, and several fundamental issues still to be resolved. These include the definition of regional boundaries, the formation of a unified armed force, and the completion of a new constitution.Humanitarian aid still a lifeline for thousandsAlthough South Sudan has seen relatively stability for some five months, the population is still facing high levels of food insecurity, and an absence of health and education services.Mr. Shearer pointed out that the aid received by South Sudan in 2018 – some $1 billion – is more than twice the country’s state budget, a situation he described as unsustainable: “It is a reality that South Sudan’s leaders often forget – or take for granted – that their country is supported by taxpayers around the world.”It is a reality that South Sudan s leaders often forget – or take for granted – that their country is supported by taxpayers around the world David Shearer, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for South SudanThe UN envoy added that UNMISS and other agencies are focusing on building up the resilience of communities in more stable regions of the country, in order to promote a shift away from reliance on aid.Mr. Shearer warned that there are just two months to go until a transitional government – which will include representatives of the main opposition – is scheduled to take office, and that a failed peace process could herald a return to violence: “The cost of failure is unthinkable. So, while responsibility lies primarily with the parties to the conflict, it also is beholden on us all to ensure that we move forward together to make this agreement a reality for the sake of the people of South Sudan.” Mr Shearer outlined four notable changes in the country since the signing of the accord. Firstly, opposition politicians are now moving freely around the capital, Juba, and taking part in negotiations to cement the fragile peace deal.The top envoy who also heads the UN Mission, UNMISS, also described a “palpable” enthusiasm for peace amongst the participants of around 70 different peace-related forums involving representatives of the Government and main opposition figures, many of which have been facilitated by the mission.The third positive outcome is a significant drop in political violence, meaning that “many people are alive today who might not have been without the agreement signed,” said Mr. Shearer. Finally, he told Council members, South Sudanese are, for the first time, expressing a willingness to return home. Some 135,000 of the estimated 2.3 million refugees in the country have already made the move. read more

Ohio State womens lacrosse set to open Big Ten play against rival

Senior defender Taylor Donahue (left) streaks up the field during a game against Niagra on March 1 in Columbus. OSU won, 15-2.Credit: Leah Alexander / Lantern photographerAfter women’s rowing was added to the Big Ten in 1999, it took 14 years for another women’s sport to officially join the conference. That changed in June 2013 as the Big Ten announced that women’s lacrosse would be joining the conference as the 28th official sport.Almost two years later, Michigan, Penn State, Rutgers, Maryland, Northwestern and Ohio State are set to open the first Big Ten women’s lacrosse season this weekend.After playing in the American Lacrosse Conference throughout her career, OSU senior attackman Jackie Cifarelli said she is honored to be playing in the Big Ten.“It’s awesome. Being a Buckeye, just knowing you’re in the Big Ten, going against some of the best schools in the country, it’s exciting,” Cifarelli said. “Having the Big Ten logo on our jerseys now, it’s an honor.”Fittingly, the No. 14 Buckeyes (8-2, 0-0) are set to take on Big Ten rival, the Michigan Wolverines (5-4, 0-0), in their first game competing in the conference. Last year, the Buckeyes played the Wolverines for the first time in the program’s history and won, 18-3. But despite that blowout victory, coach Alexis Venechanos said she won’t overlook Michigan this year.“They are a more improved team and they play a physical brand of lacrosse, so we are excited to match that and use that to our advantage,” Venechanos said. “I think you just kind of throw away the records and throw away all the numbers when you play such a rivalry game.”The Buckeyes had high expectations entering the season after appearing in the NCAA tournament last year for first time since 2003. OSU started its 2015 season 8-2, but suffered losses to No. 15 Stanford and No. 19 Notre Dame. OSU has yet to showcase its true potential, Venechanos said. “We talked about playing a fearless brand of lacrosse. We haven’t played our best lacrosse yet, but we’ve had a great week of practice. And if we just continue to be aggressive and be fearless, we can be successful,” she said. The Buckeyes have the some key individual pieces in place, but Cifarelli said success comes from the whole team working together to play the full game. “Our team is so dynamic, so just being able to play the full 60 minutes, just finishing every game and finishing every goal,” Cifarelli said. “We are so fast, our midfielders are always working so hard down the field, but I think now just practicing and knowing when to slow it down, we can limit our turnovers and win the games.”Venechanos said the Buckeyes’ first Big Ten game presents an opportunity to improve after losing to Notre Dame on Saturday.“Every time we step on to the field we want to be better. We are excited to always leave a mark. Our program has continued to get better and we are excited for these opportunities,” she said.The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on the Wolverines on Friday at 5 p.m. and Hofstra on Sunday at noon. read more

How are we letting trained jihadis back into the UK without knowing

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid take Sadiq Khan to task about why the security authorities do not appear to know where jihadis returning to the UK are located.Speaking on Good Morning Britain on Tuesday, the Mayor of London lends some blame to diminished police funding. He also says he’s too busy to get involved in a Twitter spat with US president Donald Trump.last_img read more

Army urged to do more after female veterans tell of sex assaults

Instead, they discovered 52 out of 100 women questions said they had been sexually assaulted while serving. Forward Assist, an organisation based in the North East of England, conducted a series of interviews with 100 female veterans expecting to find the greatest challenge they faced in civilian life was overcoming post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following recent conflicts. An Armed Services veterans’ charity is urging the Government to do more to protect female soldiers after a survey found more than half of women who had served in the RAF, Army or Navy were sexually assaulted. Meanwhile, 26 women claimed they had been physically assaulted, 66 said they were bullied and 49 of them admitted… read more

Manchester City midfielder David Silva set for City record

first_imgManchester City midfielder David Silva is set to break a club record during Monday’s Premier League game at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers, according to FourFourTwo.The Spanish playmaker will make his 267th Premier League appearance for the Citizens, surpassing the club record previously held by Joe Hart.City boss Pep Guardiola has also picked Gabriel Jesus in attack after the striker returned to form with a four-goal haul in the team’s 9-0 drubbing of Burton Albion in the EFL Cup semi-final first leg.Sergio Aguero, who has been suffering from illness, starts on the bench alongside Kevin De Bruyne, who’s easing his way into full fitness after playing only six league games so far this season.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…With Benjamin Mendy still out injured, Danilo starts at left-back with John Stones and Aymeric Laporte as the centre-backs and Kyle Walker on the right.Wolves manager Nuno Espirito-Santo makes two changes to the team that beat Liverpool 2-1 in the FA Cup, with Rui Patricio back between the sticks and Matt Doherty restored to the right-wing back position.last_img read more

Holiday Helping Risotto with Langostino

first_img(WSVN) – 7News Holiday Helping is back! In this edition Robbin Simmons is joined by her husband, Paolo and their children, Sienna and Alessio.Your donation will help Feeding South Florida feed hungry families right here in Miami-Dade and Broward.Click above to donate!Did you try this recipe out? Tell us what you think.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Newsweek Parents First Half Income Plummets

first_imgWPC attributed the first half declines in the magazine publishing division to an 18 percent decrease in advertising revenue and lower rates due to a reduction in rate base from 3.1 million to 2.6 million.In March, more than 110 staffers accepted what WPC called a “voluntary retirement program,” which had been offered to 150 employees. At Newsweek, the buyout expense was $29.2 million—$24.6 million recorded in the first quarter and $4.6 million in the second. Publisher PromotedIn other Newsweek news, Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel and Girlfriend Getaways magazines publisher Nancy Telliho has been promoted to president of Newsweek Budget Travel, Inc., the company announced today. She served as publisher of Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel since October 2000.Telliho replaces Newsweek Budget Travel CEO Harold Shain, who is to retire from at the end of the year. Her appointment as president is effective immediately. The Washington Post Company—parent of Newsweek magazine—today reported first half 2008 net income of $36.5 million, plummeting 73 percent from $133.2 million during the same period in 2007. Revenue, however, was $2.1 billion, up 7 percent from the same period last year.WPC posted a net loss of $2.7 million for the second quarter 2008, compared to a net income of $68.8 million during the same period last year. Results for the second quarter included a $87.4 million charge related to the early retirement program offered at the WPC corporate, the Washington Post newspaper and at Newsweek.The magazine publishing division posted $116.1 million in revenue, down 14 percent from $134.7 million during the first half of 2007. Second quarter 2008 revenue was $62.7 million, a decrease of 15 percent from $73.4 million during the same period last year. The division posted an operating loss of $36 million for the first half, down from an operating income of $6.9 during the same period last year. It reported a $3.7 operating loss for the second quarter, down from an income of $12.9 during the same period last year.last_img read more

Kayzo NGHTMRE Added To 2018 OMFG NYE Lineup

first_imgRing in the New Year with two days of electronic/dance music from some of the biggest names in the genreRenée FabianGRAMMYs Oct 31, 2017 – 5:06 pm If you want to ring in the New Year in style by showing off your hottest dance moves, LED’s OMFG NYE in San Diego is the place to be.This year’s two-day fest will feature your favorite DJs, including headliners Tiësto and Zedd, with Dillon Francis, Illenium, Kayzo, NGHTMRE, GRAVES, and more to help get your year off to an energized start.OMFG NYE 2018 will be held Dec. 30 and 31 in San Diego’s Valley View Casino Center. Ticket are on sale now.DJ Mag Reveals Their Top 100 DJs List For 2017 Facebook News Kayzo, NGHTMRE Added To 2018 OMFG NYE Lineup kayzo-nghtmre-added-2018-omfg-nye-lineup Email Kayzo, NGHTMRE Added To 2018 OMFG NYE Lineup Twitter last_img read more

2020 Cadillac CT5 brings rightsized luxury to New York

first_img New York Auto Show 2019 Cadillac Originally published April 16. 2018 Cadillac CT6 Plug-In: Drive softly and carry a big battery 3:59 The CT5, as well as the smaller CT4 sedan due later this year, is supposed to be better aligned with luxury-sedan market segments. Where previously the ATS and CTS didn’t necessarily match up with rivals directly — and the CT6, CTS and XTS overlapped quite a lot — Cadillac hopes its new sedan lineup will fit into neater boxes. The CT5 will rival cars like the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class, while the CT4 will be a bit smaller and compete with the likes of the Audi A3 and Mercedes A-Class.The 2020 CT5 is shorter in length than the CTS but has a wheelbase nearly 1.5 inches longer. That gives the car fantastic proportions with very short overhangs at each end. It’s quite the looker in person, whether in Premium Luxury guise (shown in burgundy) or the Sport trim (pictured in gray).”Frankly, this is one of the vehicles that I’ve been waiting to show you,” said Cadillac executive director for global design Andrew Smith. “I really wanted this vehicle to feel light, agile.”Enlarge ImageThe inside of the CT5 can be equipped with wood, leather, carbon fiber and lots of technology. Cadillac Compared to the creased ATS, the CT5 has a somewhat tamer look, with few ridges on the sheet metal; Smith describes the look as “big, clean surfaces with punctuated details.” The wide and low nose features a huge interpretation of Cadillac’s usual grille design, while LED daytime running lights extend from the lower bumper, into the headlights, and onto the front fender. The door handles are electrically actuated by touching a button on the inside of the fixed handle.With quite a sloping roofline that plunges toward the trunklid, the CT5 almost has a fastback look in profile. One odd detail is the piece on the C-pillar that’s meant to look like a quarter window but is actually a black trim panel. Still, it helps round out the car’s daylight opening nicely.Out back, look for Y-shaped signature elements in the taillights and a trunklid that has an integrated spoiler. You’ll also spot Cadillac’s new torque-based powertrain badges, for instance “550T.” Sport models are distinguished by a unique grille treatment, blacked-out exterior trim and different interior pieces like Magnesium paddle shifters, alloy pedals, carbon fiber and available two-tone leather seats.2020 Cadillac CT5Enlarge ImageThe sloping roofline hurts rear-seat headroom. Cadillac It’s inside the cabin that the CT5 represents the biggest step forward from the ATS and CTS, with a fresher design packed with genuine, great-feeling wood, leather and metal. “If it looks like it, it should be it,” Smith said of the interior materials.There’s a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment display atop the dash, which can also be controlled by a rotary controller on the center console or a tiny knob below the screen, next to the volume knob. Available connectivity tech includes two USB Type C ports and one Type A port, wireless phone charging and a Wi-Fi hotspot. An angled holder in the console called the “Phone Shrine” has a pass-through for a cable so you can plug in your phone for Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.The back seat has a good amount of leg- and kneeroom, but the sloped roofline means my head touches the headliner when I sit up straight. The lower seat cushion is quite short, and the outboard seat bolsters are angled, which will likely be uncomfortable for broader passengers. Trunk cargo capacity rings in at 11.9 cubic feet.2020 Cadillac CT5Enlarge ImageCadillac’s Super Cruise semi-autonomous system will be available as an option. Cadillac Available features include a huge suite of active-safety features, a 360-degree camera system, standard remote start, heated and cooled seats, Bose audio systems and a sunroof. Active noise cancellation and acoustic glass are standard to keep noise out, while a system called “engine sound enhancement” pumps in extra noises to give drivers a sense of the car’s engines at work.The headlining technology is, of course, Super Cruise. Cadillac’s partially automated driver-assist feature can handle steering, accelerating and braking in certain situations on premapped highways; it debuted on the CT6 but will soon roll out to more Cadillac models. Cadillac says Super Cruise will be offered on some CT5 trim levels from calendar-year 2020.Beneath the sheet metal, the Cadillac CT5 rides on a version of General Motors’ Alpha platform, which endowed the ATS, CTS and Chevrolet Camaro with great driving dynamics. Cadillac name-checks high-end parts in the car’s chassis: ZF Modular Valve System dampers, a Bosch rack-mounted electric-power steering system and optional Brembo brakes. Aluminum is used for the front doors, hood and some chassis components to help achieve a 50:50 weight balance. An electric brake booster allows for varied levels of brake-pedal effort depending on driving mode.2020 Cadillac CT5 SportEnlarge ImageSport models get different design touches but a largely similar chassis setup to the CT5 Luxury models. Cadillac Powertrain choices comprise a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, good for 237 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, and a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 boasting 335 hp and 400 lb-ft. Both engines are mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission and feature cylinder deactivation tech to save fuel. Both rear- and all-wheel-drive configurations are available. The 2.0-liter is the first GM four-cylinder with cylinder deactivation, and it uses a sliding camshaft that physically moves side-to-side to swap between high-lift, low-lift and cylinder-off lobes.The CT5’s Sport trim levels will not have significantly different suspension tuning compared to the Luxury models, representatives said, and no summer-tire options are offered. But Cadillac hints that future V Series performance models could be on the way down the road.The 2020 Cadillac CT5 looks appealing both inside and out, with fresher design and a better feature set than the ATS and CTS. Experience with those cars, as well as the current Camaro, also suggests that any car riding on the Alpha platform should be quite good to drive, too. With all that in mind, we’re looking forward to getting behind the wheel at some point before the CT5 goes on sale this fall. New York Auto Show 2019 More From Roadshow Share your voice reading • 2020 Cadillac CT5 brings right-sized luxury to New York 50 Photos May 29 • 2020 Ford Escape: Everything there is to know Apr 19 • Acura MDX PMC Edition is a hand-assembled SUV in brilliant red paint Tags Apr 19 • Check out the gory details in Honda’s IIHS crash-tested HR-V • 2020 Cadillac CT5 is a right-sized, sporty luxury sedan 2019 Cadillac Escalade review: Large, luxurious and long in the tooth See All 2020 Cadillac XT6 first drive: Sometimes ‘more’ is more While the New York Auto Show has largely been home to new crossover debuts, Cadillac brought the heat with a brand-new sedan. It’s the 2020 CT5 — the replacement for the CTS — and it’s better positioned to take on the likes of the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4.”They’re part of our Cadillac DNA,” he said at a preview event in Detroit last week. “There are a lot of customers who do look for sedans.” Sedans Luxury cars Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment Cadillac 0 Apr 19 • Volkswagen’s US CEO says around $25,000 would be a smart price for a small pickup 2020 Cadillac CT5 brings a new look for the brand’s sedans to New Yorklast_img read more

Quest for more RBI dividends Has Modi govt shot itself by firing

first_imgPeople walk past the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) head office in Mumbai. Garg’s early exit could adversely affect the government’s battle for a larger piece of the RBI cash reserves pie.Reuters FileSubhash Chandra Garg’s move to seek early retirement after being shifted out as finance and economic affairs secretary to the power ministry has hit an early resolution of the government’s ongoing tussle with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for more dividend payments. The exit of Garg, who has sought voluntary retirement, is likely to further delay the report of the Jalan panel, headed by former RBI governor Bimal Jalan. The panel was formed to define an economic capital framework for the RBI based on which the central bank would transfer its surplus reserves to the government. RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das appointed the panel following pressure from former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who had a running battle with Das’ predecessor Urjit Patel over the surplus.Garg, who was on the panel in his capacity as economic affairs secretary, was the most vocal advocate for reducing the cash reserves that the RBI maintains for monetary correction during financial emergencies. Setting a lower turnover-to-reserve ratio would free up more cash for transfer to the government. Reports suggest that the Jalan panel has recommended the transfer of a larger share of reserves to the government than until now, Garg had been pushing for an even larger allocation. Garg reportedly refused to sign the report of the panel chaired by Jalan and co-chaired by Rakesh Mohan, a former RBI deputy governor. Now that Garg has sought early retirement after being posted as power secretary, an obvious demotion to a top bureaucrat, the panel has sought RBI’s advice on how to proceed with the report. “The committee is facing a peculiar situation. Garg did not agree to the committee’s findings and did not sign the report in its concluding meeting,” a report in the Business Standard citing unidentified sources says. “He told the panel that he will take up the matter separately with the RBI’s central board, leading to a stalemate,” the source said. Reserve Bank of India governor Shaktikanta Das, then economic affairs secretary, with Arun Jaitley, then finance minister. The RBI is awaiting a key report from the Jalan panel on the economic capital framework.IANSThe Rajasthan cadre IAS officer was appointed finance secretary in March, during the last few days of the previous tenure of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government. Garg’s relegation is the most high-profile reshuffle of the bureaucracy by Nirmala Sitharaman after succeeding Jaitley as finance minister.The Jalan panel met on July 18 to finalise the report, but Garg stood his ground and made clear his intention to add a dissent note. The report citing an unidentified panel member said some of the committee members met on Thursday and put the ball in the RBI’s court to find a way forward. It says the two options of the committee are: Submit the report without Garg’s signature or induct the new economic affairs secretary, Atanu Chakraborty, who took charge on Thursday, into the panel and hold further meetings to finalise the report.The committee is apparently running out of time as the RBI’s central board meeting is scheduled for August 16, when the regulator will finalise its balance sheet and decide upon the dividend transfers to the government. There are suggestions that the failure to appoint a replacement of Garg will delay the panel’s report to the RBI and make it impossible for the board to consider it in this meeting.last_img read more

Khaleda denied justice BNP

first_imgMirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. File photoThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Monday alleged that its chairperson Khaleda Zia was denied justice by the Supreme Court and its order staying her bail till 8 May has reflected the government’s desire.In his reaction after the SC order keeping Khaleda’s bail suspended, BNP general secretary Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said democracy and state have come to the edge of ruining.”We’ve been denied justice by the Supreme Court, which was the symbol of hope and the last resort of people,” he said.”We’re saying with anger that the Supreme Court’s order (on Khaleda’s bail) has reflected the government’s will,” the BNP leader was quoted by UNB as saying.He said, “Khaleda Zia and we have been denied justice by the country’s apex court.”Mirza Fakhrul gave the party’s official reactions about two hours after the SC order on Khaleda’s bail, at a press conference at the BNP’s Naya Palton central office.In the morning, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court ordered keeping BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s bail stayed till 8 May in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case in which she was sentenced to five years’ jail by a lower court.Mirza Fakhrul alleged that the government is obstructing the legal process very consciously to prolong Khaleda’s stay in jail.On 8 February, the Dhaka Special Court-5 of Md Akhtaruzzaman convicted the former prime minister and BNP chairperson and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. She was then sent to old central jail at Nazimuddin Road in the city.last_img read more

Tunisian migrant smugglers profit from security vacuum

first_imgPhoto: AFPDays after dozens of migrants died in a shipwreck off the coast of Tunisia, Ibrahim remains undeterred from his “really profitable business” of people-smuggling in the country’s Kerkennah archipelago.Sixty-six bodies have so far been recovered since an overcrowded boat sank after departing from the Kerkennah Islands over the weekend.The consensus among the 68 survivors is that more than 180 people were crammed on board, prompting the International Organization for Migration to give a death toll of at least 112.Residents of the islands off the coast of Sfax province had already seen tragedy in October when 46 migrants drowned after their boat was struck by a naval vessel.Over the past two years locals have seen their home transformed into a departure point for people hoping to reach Europe.The trade benefits from a lack of security on the islands, according to Ibrahim, who acts as an intermediary between migrants and the main smugglers.”The absence of police encourages the departures towards Italy,” he told AFP, declining to give his real name.The 30-year-old said his involvement makes him “easy money”, earning 500 dinars (around 165 euros) per passenger.Wearing flip-flops and a cap shadowing his thin face, he explains that his customers usually gather at al-Jorf — the same point from where migrants departed on Saturday before being shipwrecked.Survivors said the boat was more than double its capacity and sank after three hours at sea.- ‘Security vacuum’ -Khalifa Chibani, an interior ministry spokesman, said smugglers have benefited from a “security vacuum” in the area.Since the start of the year, nearly 6,000 migrants have been identified trying to cross from Tunisia to Europe, 2,064 from Kerkennah, he added.Chibani said the number of police was considerably reduced following social unrest in 2016, in which security facilities were set on fire by demonstrators.The protests were part of a months-long labour dispute with British energy firm Petrofac, the area’s main employer.Migrants departing from the islands are mostly let go if they are stopped and questioned by authorities, a senior security official told AFP on condition of anonymity.”(They) know that if they are arrested in the Sfax or Kerkennah area, they will quickly be released,” the official lamented.Conscious of the problems, prime minister Youssef Chahed visited Kerkennah on Tuesday.Ahead of his trip, he called for greater efforts to dismantle “as quickly as possible” the “criminal networks that profit from these young people looking to emigrate and putting their lives in danger”.On Wednesday the prime minister’s office announced the sacking of interior minister Lotfi Brahem, without giving a reason for his dismissal.The government has also fired 10 officials responsible for security in Sfax and Kerkennah, accusing them of negligence over the shipwreck.For Mohamed Salah, a retired school teacher from Kerkennah, increasing the security presence is essential to avoid further deaths.”For as long as there aren’t enough police officers and security measures, more tragedies will happen on our island,” he said.- ‘The living dead’ -Outside the morgue of the Habib Bourguiba University Hospital in Sfax, tearful families waited with coffins to collect the bodies of their loved ones.Fareh Khalifa, from Hamma in southern Tunisia, was waiting for news of his missing son Riadh.”The authorities want to leave our children to die! Young people have no more hope here! They are lost!” he shouted.Kais, a pale-looking youth from Mahdia in southern Tunisia, was looking for his 17-year-old brother Zoubeir. After an hour, a nurse called him to identify “the body of a young teenager”.Close by, a survivor with a bandaged leg lost his temper.”There is no different between me and the dead. I am the living dead. I have no present and no future!”My country offers me nothing… I want to leave no matter what!”Declining to give his name, the 25-year-old said he held onto a plank and pushed through floating bodies to survive.He was in the water for four hours before being rescued, but despite the ordeal he remains determined to reach Europe.”The next time, I will succeed! I won’t stay in Tunisia,” he said.last_img read more

Dropmix is the Crown Jewel of HarmonixHasbro Music Games

first_imgStay on target For too long the definition of “Game of the Year” has been unfairly narrow. How boring is it to see every website shower the same stale AAA games with praise at the end of each holiday season? So at Geek.com we’re doing what we can to put a stop to this in Game of the Year, a new column celebrating worthy alternative picks for the year’s greatest game regardless of genre, platform, year of release, or even quality. Here, any game can be Game of the Year!There was a point in middle school where I went from wanting to perform music to wanting to write and manipulate it. I got into MIDI music software and vague DJ aspirations. There’s a different kind of creative joy that comes from combining and remixing existing sounds, of hearing new art emerge from the old.That’s a tough joy to replicate in video games. Making music that sounds good is really hard. It takes a lot of memorizing math and scales and all kinds of patterns, to say nothing of artistic taste. Give the player too much freedom, and they just make noise like in Wii Music. Meanwhile, rhythm games like Rock Band and Guitar Hero were huge hits but those are about following music, not leading it. Activision’s wonderful DJ Hero experiment in my opinion actually came the closest to letting players experience the joy of the expressive improvised mash-up.Until now.Harmonix has spent like two decades mastering the art of the music game. But ever since the plastic instrument boom they created and thrived on went bust, they’ve needed a new hit. Backed into a corner, they’ve now partnered with Hasbro to create Dropmix, a new product that combines music games with Skylanders-esque toys to life ideas. The result is weird, risky, and perhaps the greatest music game I’ve ever played. It’s a legitimate Game of the Year contender.With the base Dropmix you get the physical deck and 60 starter cards for $99. Looking like something out of hip-hop Yu-Gi-Oh, the battery-powered deck (unfortunately lacking in AC charging) lights up as you place cards on it and pairs via Bluetooth to a mobile device with the free Dropmix app. There’s even a handy slot to place your phone/tablet. From there you can start up one of Dropmix’s multiple game modes.Freestyle is the purest expression of Dropmix’s creative brilliance. Each card (featuring lovely original abstract art like some kind of musical tarot deck) represents a loop of a certain part of a specific song. Different colors stand for different parts like bass or percussion. You can then play up to five of these cards at once and listen as they are seamlessly blended together into an original dope mix.Want to combine the bass line from Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” with the vocals of “It’s Tricky” by Run D.M.C? Why stop there? Throw in the horns from Cake’s “Short Skirt/Long Jacket” and the drums from “Barbra Streisand” by Duck Sauce. The first card you play sets the tempo and pitch. But certain powerful cards that can function as all parts of the song tend to reset things. Disturbed’s “Down with the Sickness” can’t help but loudly announce its presence with some Neil Cicierega-approved grunts. You can stack the RFID cards on top of the each other and the card on top always takes command.Colors on the deck help guide you toward making better mixes but you can really do whatever you want, and it’s incredible. It’s unreal how well the software knows when to drop in the new tracks. Outside of creating a cacophony of shouting with multiple vocal cards, it’s difficult to make something that sounds truly bad. I got chills when “Bring Me to Life” segued right into a hot Ricky Martin beat. It sounds like a magic (iPod) trick and so wonderfully captures the experimental beauty of being a rave DJ. You could honestly put on a killer club set using this tool, provide an exciting surprising soundtrack at your next party or drug adventure.Dropmix also does a fantastic job at educating you about the artistry that goes into a song’s component parts. It’s like the Song Exploder podcast. Some sounds can overpower others, and building the right balance trains your ears to appreciate the unique flavor of each audio ingredient. The subtle bass horns of Charm Syndicate’s “All Frazzled” can really make a mix much more dramatic. Meanwhile, if you quickly need to inject some energy, thrown down “Bangarang” by Skrillex.That said, because all of these samples are compressed inside one somewhat large mobile app, the sound quality isn’t fantastic. You can save custom mixes and listen to them later without even using the physical deck but even as a non-audiophile I was a little disappointed with the results.Dropmix also cunningly uses of the collectible card game format/business model. The base game comes with a healthy amount of cards, but I’m already itching to buy expansion packs either centered around certain genres and artists or even just full of random new tunes. Harmonix flexed its Hasbro muscles and showed off a limited PAX card featuring the Transformers theme song (why not “The Touch?”). But literally every song ever would be a great addition. Daft Punk! Freezepop! Chance the Rapper! Chaos Chaos ft. Justin Roiland! I would pay a significant amount of money for a single foil card featuring “All Star” by Smash Mouth with custom Shrek art.You’ll notice I haven’t mentioned Dropmix’s other modes at all. They’re not bad. In Clash mode individuals or teams compete against each other to dominate the board using cards and modifiers of certain colors and strength. Meanwhile, Party mode has players keeping the crowd happy by taking requests like a real DJ.These other modes are nice for people who’d like some more structure as an excuse to keep playing, and they can help you discover new great mixes you may have never considered. But given the option, I would always just rather just play Freestyle. Dropmix is at its absolute best when it’s being the greatest artistic musical toy, not game, technology has ever produced. Sorry, Instrument 1.I’m obsessed with Dropmix. I want to buy every expansion pack. I’m constantly showing it off to people in the office. I want to bring it to parties and family gatherings. I love seeing other people’s musical taste come through in their mixes. I’d love to see real musicians mess around with it. I made me wish I listened to more contemporary pop songs so I could recognize more of the cards (even if it’s also a low-key indictment of how all pop music basically sounds the same). I create instrumental mixes, plug in my headphones, and use Dropmix as personal editing music. I’m listening to it right now. I love Dropmix and I can’t wait for everyone else to love it once it drops September 24.In 2009, The New York Times published a review of Harmonix’s The Beatles: Rock Band that might be the most hyperbolic piece of video game criticism ever written. “The Beatles: Rock Band is nothing less than a cultural watershed, one that may prove only slightly less influential than the band’s famous appearance on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ in 1964.” Sure. But with Dropmix, Harmonix has made something, a Game of the Year, actually worthy of that level of praise. Its success would be an artistic, musical win for all of us. It sings.Check back next week to read about the next Game of the Year! Review: ‘Fantasy Strike’ Is A Fighting Game That Understands…Game of the Year: Jordan Minor’s Best Video Games of 2018 last_img read more

Quantum Computing is poised to take a quantum leap with industries and

first_img“We’re really just, I would say, six months out from having quantum computers that will outperform classical computers in some capacity”. — Joseph Emerson, Quantum Benchmark CEO There are very few people who would say that their life hasn’t been changed by the computers. But, there are certain tasks that even a computer isn’t capable of solving efficiently and that’s where Quantum Computers come into the picture. They are incredibly powerful machines that process information at a subatomic level. Quantum Computing leverages the logic and principles of Quantum Mechanics. Quantum computers operate one million times faster than any other device that you’re currently using. They are a whole different breed of machines that promise to revolutionize computing. How Quantum computers differ from traditional computers? To start with, let’s look at how these computers look like. Unlike your mobile or desktop computing devices, Quantum Computers will never be able to fit in your pocket and you cannot station these at desks. At least, for the next few years. Also, these are fragile computers that look like vacuum cells or tubes with a bunch of lasers shining into them, and the whole apparatus must be kept in temperatures near to absolute zero at all times. IBM Research Secondly, we look at the underlying mechanics of how they each compute. Quantum Computing is different from classic digital computing in the sense that classical computing requires data to be encoded into binary digits (bits), each of which is always present in one of the two definite states (0 or 1). Whereas, in Quantum Computing, data units called Quantum bits or qubits can be present in more than one state at a time, called, “superpositions” of states. Two particles can also exhibit “entanglement,” where changing of one state may instantaneously affect the other. Thirdly, let’s look at what make up these machines i.e., their hardware and software components. A regular computer’s hardware includes components such as a CPU, monitor, and routers for communicating across the computer network. The software includes systems programs and different protocols that run on top of the seven layers namely physical layer, a data-link layer, network layer, transport layer, session layer, presentation layer and the application layer. Now, Quantum computer also consists of hardware and software components. There are Ion traps, semiconductors, vacuum cells, Josephson junction and wire loops on the hardware side. The software and protocol that lies within a Quantum Computer are divided into five different layers namely physical layer, virtual, Quantum Error Correction ( QEC) layer, logical layer, and application layer. Layered Quantum Computer architecture Quantum Computing: A rapidly growing field Quantum Computing is special and is advancing on a large scale. According to a new market research report by marketsandmarkets, the Quantum Computing Market will be worth 495.3 Million USD by 2023. Also, as per ABI research, total revenue generated from quantum computing services will exceed $15 billion by 2028. Also, Matthew Brisse, research VP at Gartner states, “Quantum computing is heavily hyped and evolving at different rates, but it should not be ignored”. Now, there isn’t any certainty from the Quantum Computing world about when it will make the shift from scientific discoveries to applications for the average user, but, there are different areas, like pharmaceuticals, Machine Learning, Security, etc, that are leveraging the potential of Quantum Computing. Apart from these industries, even countries are getting their feet dirty in the field of Quantum Computing, lately, by joining the “Quantum arms race” ( the race for excelling in Quantum Technology). How is the tech industry driving Quantum Computing forward? Both big tech giants like IBM, Google, Microsoft and startups like Rigetti, D-wave and Quantum Benchmark are slowly, but steadily, bringing the Quantum Computing Era a step closer to us. Big Tech’s big bets on Quantum computing IBM established a landmark in the quantum computing world back in November 2017 when it announced its first powerful quantum computer that can handle 50 qubits. The company is also working on making its 20-qubit system available through its cloud computing platform. It is collaborating with startups such as Quantum Benchmark, Zapata Computing, 1Qbit, etc to further accelerate Quantum Computing. Google also announced Bristlecone, the largest 72 qubit quantum computer, earlier this year, which promises to provide a testbed for research into scalability and error rates of qubit technology. Google along with IBM plans to commercialize its quantum computing technologies in the next few years. Microsoft is also working on Quantum Computing with plans to build a topological quantum computer. This is an effort to bring a practical quantum computer quicker for commercial use. It also introduced a language called Q#  ( Q Sharp ), last year, along with tools to help coders develop software for quantum computers “We want to solve today’s unsolvable problems and we have an opportunity with a unique, differentiated technology to do that,” mentioned Todd HolmDahl, Corporate VP of Microsoft Quantum. Startups leading the quantum computing revolution – Quantum Valley, anyone? Apart from these major tech giants, startups are also stepping up their Quantum Computing game. D-Wave Systems Inc., a Canadian company, was the first one to sell a quantum computer named D-wave one, back in 2011, even though the usefulness of this computer is limited.  These quantum computers are based on adiabatic quantum computation and have been sold to government agencies, aerospace, and cybersecurity vendors. Earlier this year, D-Wave Systems announced that it has completed testing a working prototype of its next-generation processor, as well as the installation of a D-Wave 2000Q system for a customer. Another startup worth mentioning is San Francisco based Rigetti computing, which is racing against Google, Microsoft, IBM, and Intel to build Quantum Computing projects. Rigetti has raised nearly $70 million for development of quantum computers. According to Chad Rigetti, CEO at Rigetti, “This is going to be a very large industry—every major organization in the world will have to have a strategy for how to use this technology”. Lastly, Quantum Benchmark, another Canadian startup, is collaborating with Google to support the development of quantum computing. Quantum Benchmark’s True-Q technology has been integrated with Cirq, Google’s latest open-source quantum computing framework. Looking at the efforts these companies are putting in to boost the growth of Quantum computing, it’s hard to say who will win the quantum race. But one thing is clear, just as Silicon Valley drove product innovation and software adoption during the early days of computing, having many businesses work together and compete with each other, may not be a bad idea for quantum computing. How are countries preparing for the Quantum arms race? Though Quantum Computing hasn’t yet made its way to the consumer market, it’s remarkable progress in research and it’s infinite potential have now caught the attention of nations worldwide. China, the U.S and other great powers, are now joining the Quantum arms race. But, why are these governments so serious about investing in the research and development of Quantum Computing? The answer is simple: Quantum computing will be a huge competitive advantage to the government that finds breakthroughs with their Quantum technology-based innovation as it will be able to cripple militaries, topples the global economy as well as yields spectacular and quick solutions to complex problems. It further has the power to revolutionize everything in today’s world from cellular communications and navigations to sensors and imaging. China continues to leap ahead in the quantum race China has been consistently investing billions of dollars in the field of Quantum Computing. From building its first form of Quantum Computer, back in 2017, to coming out with world’s first unhackable “quantum satellite” in 2016, China is a clearly killing it when it comes to Quantum Computing. Last year, the Chinese government has also funded $10 billion for the construction of the world’s biggest quantum research facility planned to open in 2020. The country plans to develop quantum computers and performs quantum metrology to support the military and national defense efforts. The U.S is pushing hard to win the race Americans are also trying to top up their game and win the Quantum arms race. For instance, the Pentagon is working on applying quantum computing in the future to the U.S. military. They plan to establish highly secure and encrypted communications for satellites along with ensuring accurate navigation that does not need GPS signals. In fact, Congress has proposed $800 million funding to Pentagon’s quantum projects for the next five years. Similarly, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is interested in exploring Quantum Computing to improve the general computing performance as well as artificial intelligence and machine learning systems. Other than that, the U.S. government spends about $200 million per year on quantum research. The UK is stepping up its game The United Kingdom is also not far behind in the Quantum arms race. It has a $400 million program underway for quantum-based sensing and timing. European Union is also planning to invest worth $1 billion spread over 10 years for projects involving scientific research and development of devices for sensing, communication, simulation, and computing. Other great powers such as Canada, Australia, and Israel are also acquainting themselves with the exciting world of Quantum Computing. These governments are confident that whoever makes it first, gets an upper hand for life. The Quantum Computing revolution has begun Quantum Computing has the power to lead revolutionary breakthroughs even though, Quantum computers that can outperform regular computers are not there yet. Also, this is quite a complex technology which a lot of people find hard to understand as the rules of the quantum world different drastically from those of the physical world. While all progress made is constrained to research labs at the moment, it has a lot of potentials, given the intense development, and investments that are going into Quantum Computing from governments and large corporations across the globe. It’s likely that we’ll be able to see the working prototypes of Quantum computers emerge soon. With the Quantum revolution here, the possibilities that lie ahead are limitless. Perhaps we could crack the big bang theory finally!? Or maybe quantum computing powered by AI will just speed up the arrival of singularity. Read Next Google AI releases Cirq and Open Fermion-Cirq to boost Quantum computation PyCon US 2018 Highlights: Quantum computing, blockchains, and serverless rule!last_img read more

NEW YORK NY – Billy Bush said it was indeed Don

first_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Billy Bush said it was indeed Donald Trump’s voice captured on a 2005 “Access Hollywood” tape talking about fame enabling him to grope and try to have sex with women.“Of course he said it,” the former “Access Hollywood” and “Today” show personality said in an op-ed published Sunday in The New York Times.The video shows Trump, who was the star of “The Apprentice,” riding on an “Access Hollywood” bus with then-host Bush. At one point, Trump describes trying to have sex with a married woman. He also brags about women letting him kiss and grab them because he is famous.“When you’re a star, they let you do it,” Trump says. “You can do anything.”“Along with Donald Trump and me, there were seven other guys present on the bus at the time, and every single one of us assumed we were listening to a crass standup act. He was performing. Surely, we thought, none of this was real. We now know better,” Bush said in the op-ed.In an appearance taped Monday for CBS’ “Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” Bush addressed the president: “That is your voice. I was there, you were there, that’s your voice on the tape.”The recording of the lewd conversation between Bush and Trump emerged during the 2016 presidential campaign. Trump later said he never did any of the actions described on the tape, and dismissed his words as locker room talk.In the waning days of the presidential election, more than a dozen women came forward to say that Trump had sexually assaulted or harassed them over the years. He denied it.But Bush said he believes the women, and he felt the need to write the piece following reports that Trump had privately suggested that the “Access Hollywood” tape was not authentic.“I can only imagine how it has reopened the wounds of the women who came forward with their stories about him, and did not receive enough attention,” Bush said. “This country is currently trying to reconcile itself to years of power abuse and sexual misconduct. Its leader is wantonly poking the bear.”On Colbert’s show, Bush added: “Enough’s enough. Stop playing around with people’s lives.”Bush, who had recently been hired as co-host of the “Today” show, lost his job following the release of the tape. He wrote in the Times op-ed that he has since gone through a lot of soul searching.“None of us were guilty of knowingly enabling our future president,” he said. “But all of us were guilty of sacrificing a bit of ourselves in the name of success.” by The Associated Press Posted Dec 3, 2017 8:36 pm PDT Last Updated Dec 5, 2017 at 5:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Billy Bush says Trump ‘Access Hollywood’ tape is reallast_img read more

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