‘Zaha not the right option for Arsenal at £100m’

first_imgWilfried Zaha’s quality is not in doubt, but former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour is not convinced that he is the answer for Arsenal at £100 million ($127m).The Ivory Coast international has been heavily linked with a move to Emirates Stadium and the boyhood Arsenal fan is said to have pleaded with current club Crystal Palace to grant him a switch across London during the current transfer window.Unai Emery is, however, working with a limited transfer budget. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare He is having to get creative in his recruitment and the general consensus is that he does not have the funds to make a move for Zaha, with other areas of his squad considered to be in greater need of strengthening.Parlour told Sky Sports when quizzed on whether Arsenal should be approaching a talented 26-year-old: “He’d be a good signing but it depends on how much he is going to go for.“Reportedly £100m, which is a lot of money. It’s a lot of money to splash out on one player.“You might look at other positions needing strengthening as well.“Depending on the budget, we’ll have to wait and see. He’s certainly a very good player, real quality.”Wilfried Zaha Crystal Palace 2018-19Parlour is not the only former Arsenal star to have questioned the logic of Emery investing a sizeable chunk of his transfer kitty on Zaha.Ex-goalkeeper David Seaman feels the Palace star would be any unnecessary luxury in north London.He has reiterated that defensive additions should be prioritised this summer, with the Gunners already well-stocked for creative forwards.“There’s talk of Zaha coming in but that’s not really the position that we need, which is strange,” said Seaman.“I wouldn’t have thought [Wilf Zaha will be wearing the Arsenal shirt], I’d be very surprised if he did. I’d rather see a good defender wearing it!”Emery is in the market for reinforcements at the back.Sources close to a proposed €25 million (£23m/$29m) raid for Saint-Etienne defender Willian Saliba have revealed that transfer talks are open as Arsenal seek to beat arch-rivals Tottenham to the teenage centre-half.last_img read more

Nokia 2.2 now on sale in India: Price, specifications and how to buy

first_imgNokia 2.2 now on sale in India: Price, specifications and how to buyThe Nokia 2.2 price in India starts at Rs 6,999, which also makes it the most affordable Android One device in the market right now. It is now on sale in the country via Nokia’s online website and offline retail stores.advertisement Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiJune 11, 2019UPDATED: June 11, 2019 09:11 IST HIGHLIGHTSNokia 2.2 is now on sale in India via Nokia’s online store and offline retail stores.The Nokia 2.2 price in India starts at Rs 6,999 for the 2GB + 16GB variant.The Nokia 2.2 sports a waterdrop display, Google Assistant button and runs on Android Pie.The Nokia 2.2 is available for purchase in India starting today. The company launched its latest entry-level smartphone last week in the country to succeed last year’s Nokia 2.1. In terms of upgrades, the Nokia 2.2 brings a brand new design language along with updated hardware and software. In addition to sporting a waterdrop display and dedicated Google Assistant button, the Nokia 2.2 gets a faster processor and is now the first phone in the Nokia 2 series to be part of the Android One program.The Nokia 2.2 price in India starts at Rs 6,999 for the 2GB + 16GB variant, which also makes it the most affordable Android One device in the market right now. The 3GB + 32GB model is priced at Rs 7,999. One should note that these are introductory prices that will be offered until June 30. Starting July, the Nokia 2.2 will cost Rs 7,699 and Rs 8,699, respectively.HMD Global’s newest budget smartphone is now available on Nokia.com/phones and via offline retail stores across India starting today. The phone is also expected to be available on Flipkart, but we did not see it listed on the e-commerce platform at the time of writing this story.Jio subscribers purchasing the Nokia 2.2 will get instant cashback of Rs 2,200 along with 100GB additional data which will be applicable on recharges of Rs 198 and Rs 299. The cashback will be offered in the form of 44 coupons worth Rs 50 each.Nokia 2.2 specificationsIn terms of design, the Nokia 2.2 brings a brand new display to the Nokia 2 series. It sports a 5.71-inch HD+ waterdrop display with a 19:9 aspect ratio and 400 nits brightness. The plastic polycarbonate panel on the back can be removed and interchanged with a Xpress-On covers. The Nokia 2.2 will be available in Tungsten Black and Steel colours, while Xpress-On covers will be sold separately in Pink Sand, Green and Ice Blue colours.advertisement The other big addition to the design is the dedicated Google Assistant button in the side of the frame as seen previously on the Nokia 3.2 and Nokia 4.2. The button on the side of the frame will allow users to quickly launch the AI with a tap. Users will also be able to double tap the button to bring up relevant information for the day, or long press the button to make longer requests.The Nokia 2.2 is powered by a 2GHz MediaTek Helio A22 chipset paired with 2GB and 3GB of RAM along with 16GB and 32GB of internal storage, respectively. The handset support two SIM cards and a micoSD card slots that can be found under the removable back cover.The Nokia 2.2 sports a 13MP f/2.2 primary camera with an LED flash and a 5MP selfie camera housed under the teardrop notch. The Nokia 2.2 is also the first in the Nokia 2 series to support face unlock out of the box. The handset houses a 3,000mAh battery. Unlike the Nokia 2.1 which was an Android Go phone, the Nokia 2.2 is now an Android One device that runs on a full-fledged version of Android Pie.ALSO READ | Nokia 2.2 quick review: Budget Android One phone with a lot of AIALSO READ | Nokia 2.2 vs Nokia 2.1: What has changed?ALSO READ | Nokia 2.2 launched: Key specs, features, price in India and everything you need to knowGet 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 bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow HMD GlobalFollow Nokia 2.2last_img read more

The Right Scruff: Birchbox Celebrates Movember

first_imgNow that it is officially Movember we can talk about shaving and grooming all day, everyday.Birchbox is about to take your shave-game to the next level.“Birchbox” is a name you may have heard your girlfriend speak of – but they’ve opened their brand up to men’s grooming and the month of November is the perfect time to become acquainted with this company.The company launched in 2010 and redefines the retail process by offering consumers a personalized way to discover and purchase the best lifestyle and grooming products out there.Birchbox has over 800,000 members who enjoy new products each month and have access to expert editorial content to help them get the most out of product.In honor of Movember, Birchbox has created an exclusive set of beard essentials, available for the month of November only.Aptly named “The Right Scruff” – this box was inspired by the art that goes into grooming that unruly beard of yours.This set has everything you’ll need to manage your facial hair – from essential tools, like the perfect pair of scissors for trimming, to botanical oils and washes which will keep your stubble nicely conditioned.“The Right Scruff” box set will help you grow out your facial hair in style with the following products:Billy Jealousy Beard Wash – this stuff cleans and conditions with a rich blend of aloe, soy protein, and honey extract.Blackbird Beard Oil -this stuff will soften the toughest scruff. It will also make you smell refined with it’s bold and elegant scent made exclusively for Birchbox.Alfred Lane Vanguard Solid Cologne – because sometimes aftershave stings – a solid cologne is easier on the skin and you can still smell so fresh, so clean.Tweezerman G.E.A.R. Facial Hair Scissors – for stress-free shearing.Zeus Boar Bristle Beard Brush – made from boar bristles and natural beechwood, this brush will help you work out any troublesome kinks and tangles, turning even the wildest beard into something fit for society.To sign up for Birchbox Man, and to start taming and maintaining your beard, head on over to Birchbox Man. Editors’ Recommendations How to Shave With a Straight Razor Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits How to Grow and Maintain Stubble How Fast Does Facial Hair Grow? Tips for Growing a Beard Faster The Ultimate Guide on How to Shape a Beardlast_img read more

More GSAT Students Get Schools of Their Choice

first_imgSome 68 per cent of students, who sat the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) in March 2013, have been placed in the schools of their choice.“There is a welcome increase in the number of students who will be placed in a high school according to the preference that their parents and themselves have made, and a smaller number who are placed according to their location and proximity,” Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites has said.The Minister was speaking at a press briefing on June 18 at Gordon House, to release the results of the Grade Six Achievement Test.Rev. Thwaites further informed that a smaller proportion of the students were manually placed, as “none of their preferences can accommodate them, given their scores.”“This year more students will be placed at five-year high schools than ever before. Previously, there was a high proportion of those taking GSAT who were assigned to Junior High schools and to All Age schools and this year the percentage is significantly higher of those who will go to full high schools,” Mr. Thwaites said.Of the 42,268 students who sat the examination, 35,957 were placed in High Schools; 3,261 were placed in Technical schools; 1,769 were placed in Primary and Junior High; 40 in All Age schools; 18 in Special Schools and 105 in private institutions.The 2013 results for Social Studies (62.2 per cent) and Language Arts (63.1 per cent) show a marginal improvement over previous years. While the 2013 results for Mathematics (61.4 per cent), Science (63 per cent) and Communication Task (71.3 per cent ) show a slight decline, there have been steady improvements since 2009.Rev. Thwaites stressed that extreme care was taken to ensure that the 299 students who were affected by the misprint in the Mathematics paper were not at a disadvantage.He explained that in order to ensure fairness in the allocation of marks for the students affected, a well researched, robust and valid statistical method was used. He added that this was in keeping with the practice used by international examination bodies to treat with mishaps in examinations.“I want to indicate that the results hitherto described are still not good enough for us to become complacent. Slightly less than 40 per cent of our students are not at a level where they are going to be able to immediately engage fruitfully in the grade seven curriculum (and) that is of very great concern,” the Minister said.However, he added that there are significant changes that must take place in all levels of education, particularly in the areas of early preparation, so as to rectify the situation.A special intervention will be made for students who score grades below 50 per cent through a collaborative effort between the Ministry and the schools.The GSAT results will be made available to all Primary Schools on Thursday, June 20, 2013. Parents and students are also being reminded to accept their placements and make the best use of the opportunity that is provided in the schools that they are placed.The Grade Six Achievement Test was administered on March 21 and 22, 2013. The examination was conducted in over 1,000 schools and 43,546 students were eligible to sit the examination.Contact: Latonya Lintonlast_img read more

More Changes Coming for Report Cards

first_imgMore changes are coming to further improve how report cards are written as students, teachers and principals head back for another school year. Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey today, Aug. 29, announced changes that will take place over the next year to build on the work already being done by teachers to improve communication with families and students. Based on feedback from the report card survey and analysis by the Report Card Review Committee, the department is working with school boards on the following changes to report card templates: add a comment section to the learner profile for specialist teachers such as physical education and music for grades P-8 add a comment section to the learner profile for grades 7-12. The current template does not allow for a comment about student performance add percentage grades for grades 7 and 8 revise the Primary report card to add a learner profile, comment section and attendance, among other changes The department will also provide professional development to all principals to ensure they have a good understanding of the changes. Over the next year, the department will develop an assessment, evaluation and reporting policy to ensure report cards provide the right information on student performance. “Parents, students, teachers and principals made it clear they wanted changes and improvements to report cards and we are doing just that,” said Ms. Casey. “Students and parents can take comfort in knowing that report cards will provide more insight and information into student performance. Teachers and principals will know that they are encouraged to provide open and honest feedback to help the student continue to learn, both at school, and home.” Teachers and principals will continue to ensure report card comments are personal, identify students’ strengths and areas for improvement, and make suggestions to support student learning at home. In May, the minister asked all teachers and principals to immediately ensure comments on the June report cards were more personalized about individual student performance. “I want to thank the thousands of teachers who took the extra time to ensure comments were useful and helpful for students and parents,” said Ms. Casey. “Their efforts were greatly appreciated and I look forward to their continued co-operation as we move forward with even more changes to improve the way report cards are written.” The department will monitor changes to the report cards. It will meet with the Report Card Review Committee later this year to update progress and discuss whether more improvements are needed. In total, 5,811 students, parents, teachers and school administrators from across the province filled out the survey from March 19 to April 11. An overview of the survey results and more details on the improvements being made to report cards is available at www.ednet.ns.ca .last_img read more

CBI quizzes exKolkata top cop Rajeev Kumar

first_imgNew Delhi: Former Kolkata top-cop Rajeev Kumar, against whom the CBI has levelled serious allegation of evidence tampering in the Saradha case, was on Friday questioned by the Central Bureau of Investigation, but this time in connection with the Rose Valley chit fund scam. Kumar, who is currently the Additional Director General (CID) in the state, was summoned to appear before agency officials on Friday, in connection with the Rs 15,000 crore Rose Valley collective investment scam. Sources in the know here said that Kumar arrived at the agency’s offices in Bidhannagar around 2:00 pm and was questioned by investigators till 5:30 pm. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Kumar’s alleged role in the chit fund cases came to light, when earlier this year, CBI officials had arrived at his residence in Kolkata purportedly to take custody of him. In a dramatic turn of events, the Kolkata Police had detained the CBI officials after which Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee sat on a dharna, protesting the alleged overreach of the federal agency. Kumar had earlier been granted protection by the Calcutta High Court from any coercive action by the CBI against him in connection with the Saradha ponzi scam. Kumar had later been granted protection by the Calcutta HC from any coercive action by the CBI against him in connection with the Saradha ponzi scam. The former Police Commissioner has also filed an application before the HC, pleading for a similar kind of protection in connection with the Rose Valley chit fund case.last_img read more

Benkirane to present Tuesday before parliament phase results of government action

Rabat – The two houses of parliament will hold, next Tuesday, a joint plenary session during which the head of government Abdelilah Benkirane will present, at his initiative, the phase results of government action. This session, which will start at 10 p.m. at the lower house, will be held in conformity with article 101 of the constitution, said on Friday a statement by the two houses.

Moroccan Jihadist Arrested in Martinique

Paris – Moroccan Islamist jihadist Rachid Raffa was arrested Sunday night by the French police in the Caribbean island of Martinique, a police source said on Monday. Allegedly linked to senior officials of AQIM (Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb) and wanted for violating his house arrest, Raffa was wanted since July 27th for failing to comply with his house arrest in Morne-Rouge commune (Martinique).Born in 1976, Raffa was arrested in 2009 following an international arrest warrant issued by the Moroccan authorities for acts of terrorism. He was placed in custody pending extradition IN 2009 and placed under house arrest since May 15, 2014 in Morne Rouge by an administrative decision taken as part a ministerial deportation order. With MAP read more

Virginia county approves Amazon incentives despite protests

ARLINGTON, Va. — Protesters repeatedly shouted “shame” as a northern Virginia county board unanimously approved a $23 million incentives package for Amazon to build a new headquarters there.News outlets report the Arlington County Board’s 5-0 vote came after hours of heated public testimony Saturday. Supporters said Amazon’s plan to build a massive facility in Crystal City will lead to tens of thousands of good jobs. Opponents, however, said the tech giant doesn’t deserve public subsidies. They also said lower-income residents would be driven out.Protester Chris Otten yelled profanities during the meeting, prompting security personnel to physically remove him. Video shows Otten screaming as he was carried, saying he had a broken arm.Amazon last month abandoned its plan to also build a headquarters in New York City amid pushback from politicians and activists.The Associated Press read more

Hamilton asks for input on new downtown park design

The City of Hamilton is giving the public a chance to weigh in on proposed designs for a new park downtown.The working name for the project is the John Rebecca Park.It will be located in the city’s Beasley neighbourhood between Rebecca St. and King Willliam St. amd John St. and Catharine St.It’s currently the site of a parking lot and two businesses.City staff will be presenting a concept plan for the park at the Beasley Community Centre Tuesday night.The session is open between 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with the formal presentation scheduled for 7 p.m.Staff will be accepting resident feedback and will be available to answer questions.The master plan for the park was completed in 2012, as part of the review of the Downtown Secondary Plan.The city is now moving forward with designs in preparation for construction, which is slated to begin next year. read more

SKF introduces an online network developed to solve maintenance problems

first_imgSKF has launched the SKF Maintenance Network, a web site that enables maintenance professionals to connect with other maintenance experts globally and get their feedback on specific problems and find potential solutions. SKF says the “Maintenance Network is a unique, fun and rewarding way to solve problems. In today’s ever challenging business environment, increasing uptime in manufacturing operations can make the difference between staying competitive and struggling to survive. Consequently, maintenance departments play a crucial role in finding fast answers to equipment breakdowns and thereby minimising downtime.”“Every hour of downtime is costing a lot of money to the company and causes high stress levels. In many cases the fix is a partial solution that allows production to go on and the real problem is not tackled until the next maintenance shutdown. But then a more long lasting solution needs to be found, and it is here that the new SKF network service may be able to help.”The SKF Maintenance Network offers an incentive to the participation of solution providers by rewarding them with points. These points can be used to obtain various prizes at the network’s web store.The web site includes discussion rooms where people can discuss hot topics as well as specific problems and take advantage of the available expertise and solutions around one specific maintenance topic. SKF will regularly introduce different hot topics where maintenance experts can post their problems and/or help other peers. At the end of every such topic, top solution providers will be announced. The web site can be accessed at: www.mapro.skf.com/maintenancenetworklast_img read more

Man charged after ecstasy cocaine and €300000 in cash found in garda

first_imgUpdated 7:45pmA 55-YEAR-OLD man has been charged after drugs and cash were seized by gardaí during an organised raid yesterday.Small quantities of ecstasy and cocaine were discovered in an intelligence-led operation in the Kinsealy area of north Dublin.About €300,000 in cash was also recovered. It was made up of both Euro and Sterling currency.The suspect appeared before the Dublin District Court this evening.He has been remanded in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Court on Tuesday July 29.Earlier today, the annual report from An Garda Síochána revealed that €32 million worth of drugs were seized in 2013.Originally posted 2:44pm.Martin who? Callinan isn’t mentioned in opening of annual garda reportWhat was the street value of all the drugs seized by the Garda Drugs Unit last year?last_img read more

BendDesk Multitouch on a curved display

first_imgWhile multitouch on cellphones and tablets has taken off, using it on laptops and desktop machines especially never really got going. Is it because there is still a disconnect between the screen and the input devices due to the use of a mouse and keyboard? Maybe, and a few companies are trying to break that setup such as Acer with its Iconia laptop experiment.That’s a laptop solution, though. What about desktop touch interfaces? That’s where BendDesk comes in. It’s a research project being carried out by Malte Weiss, Simon Voelker, Jan Borchers from the Media Computing Group, and Christine Sutter from the Department of Work and Cognitive Psychology. It aims to replace the typical mouse, keyboard, and display setup with a single curved display.AdChoices广告BenDesk is described as follows:BendDesk is a multi-touch desk environment that seamlessly combines a vertical and a horizontal surface with a curve into one large interactive workspace. This workspace can be used to display any digital content like documents, photos, or videos. Multi-touch technology allows the user to interact with the entire surface using direct manipulation and multi-touch gestures. We took special care for ergonomics. Users can comfortably sit at the desk and place everyday objects on it. The BenDesk is constructed using two projectors, three cameras, and some IR-LED strips set into a desk. The user can sit as they normally would, but instead of having a mouse and keyboard the entire surface of the desk is interactive as you can see in the video.Read more at The Media Computing GroupMatthew’s OpinionI think there are a number of issues associated with switching to touchscreen input on a PC or laptop. The main one for me is the typing aspect. While tablets and cellphones involve typing, it’s not a major past time on the devices. They are setup for tap and drag interaction and content viewing. Working on a PC involves a lot of typing, which on a sheet of glass would get frustrating and probably painful after a period of time.What BendDesk seems to solve is the issue of interacting with a screen while sitting at a desk. Reaching over your keyboard to touch a screen does not feel natural. But having a single curved surface looks like it would work well. The whole desk is an interaction point which sits a lot better with me as a usable solution.I think BendDesk will remain a concept for the time being. If it can be produced cheaply then we may see it become an actual product, but the question is, would anyone want to use it instead of their keyboard and mouse?last_img read more

iPhone 5 casing poses for the camera

first_imgWe all know that Apple is going to be announcing an iPhone 5 before too long. There have been some images of components, but not many. Now we finally have a fair number of shots purporting to show the iPhone 5 from various angles.The phone leaked to KitGuru is instantly recognizable as an iPhone. It has the same flat metal band around the perimeter and all glass front. The back of this device matches what we saw in a previous leak. It seems to be split into three sections with either glass or metal in the middle section and strips of plastic at the top and bottom. This is probably to aid in wireless reception.Along the side is a SIM card slot, and opposite that the volume and silent mode buttons from the current version. Finally, on the bottom is the speaker/microphone array, and the new mini dock connector. There is also that bottom mounted headphone jack from past leaks.I will say that this definitely looks like an engineering sample. Ther edges are a little rough, and the button mountings look loose. It’s probably going to be cleaned up quite a bit before we see the device officially announced. According to KitGuru, the screen is larger than the iPhone 4S, but not much larger. We’ve been hearing 3.99-inches, so that’s entirely possible here.It seems like we’re seeing more leaks than usual for Apple products in this product cycle. There have been so many separate appearances of this design that I’d be very surprised if it didn’t end up being mostly accurate.via KitGurulast_img read more

Ochi Day national parades

first_imgGreece marked Ochi Day on October 28 with a national public holidays and major commemorative activities through Greece.The public holiday which commemorates Greece’s decision to defy the Axis powers and join World War II on the side of the Allies saw a major military parade in Thessaloniki and a series of student parades throughout Greece.Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou stressed in his message that the heroism of Greeks in 1940 was still a source of inspiration for younger generations in front of today’s challenges. “Being proud of our past, we believe in ourselves and we are united in a fight for a better future, a strengthened democracy and social justice,” the prime minister said.The military parade in Thessaloniki was attended by the Greek President Karolos Papoulias as well as the Defence Minister Evangelos Venizelos and the four nominees for the leadership of New Democracy, Dora Bakoyiannis, Antonis Samaras, Dimitris Avramopoulos and Panayiotis Psomiadis.The Greek Army, the Greek Navy, the Greek Air Force, the Greek Police, the Greek Fire Fighters and the Greek Coast Guard were all represented in the march.In Athens, as in every other municipality of Greece, the day was marked by parades of school children throughout the country. The parade which took place Syntagma Square was attended by Education, Lifelong Learning and Religions Minister Anna Diamantopoulou and had been preceded by a celebratory mass and the laying of wreaths at the Monument of the Unknown Soldier by Athens Mayor Nikitas Kaklamanis, other local government officials and representatives of the political parties.In statements immediately after the end of the parade in Thessaloniki, the Greek President, Karolos Papoulias referred to the present-day relevance of the messages of that time, the legacy of national resistance and the sacrifices of people that had laid down their lives to defend Greece’s freedom.“The struggle continues today on many levels for the defence of the country and its territorial integrity, for a better future, for better health, for better education, for a new social conscience, a sense of solidarity with the weak and persecuted, for the creation of a country that embraces all of us and especially the young people that live with the dream of a better life,” he said.National Defence Minister Evangelos Venizelos said the day was a reminder that “we must be united, responsible, optimistic and proud,” while stressing that this demanded a nationwide effort.“This is the effort the government is directing and it is in this effort that we invite all Greek men and women to participate, without any kind of political discrimination, in order to make our country stronger, more competitive and better for all of us,” he said.Main opposition New Democracy Parliamentary group secretary Yiannis Tragakis, who represented ND leader Costas Karamanlis, stressed that the “heart of Greece today beat in Macedonia, in Thessaloniki” and underlined ND’s pride in “our armed forces youth”.“Let us all take as our example the sacrifices of the heroes of 1940. Let us today all say no to terrorism, say a big no to corruption and a big yes to democratic processes, a big yes to transparency and a big yes to the unity of Greeks,” he added. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Bouris takes on the Big 4

first_img“Two goals in life – put a roof over your head and retire comfortably. Everyone in Australia is entitled to that, not just the privileged few,” says financial services impresario Mark Bouris, who is putting his money where his mouth is with a game-changing plan to offer cheaper mortgages. Yellow Brick Road – the company founded by Bouris in 2007 – this week teamed up with Macquarie Bank to take on the Australia’s Big 4 banks in the mortgage market. The move comes after Yellow Brick Road signed an Origination Agreement with Macquarie to develop branded banking and wealth management services. In a deal that could save mortgage holders hundreds of thousands of dollars, Macquarie will provide Bouris’ network of 140 outlets the financial clout to compete with the likes of Commonwealth Bank, Westpac, NAB and ANZ.“This venture is about bringing back choice, access and competition like there was in the 90’s,” Bouris told media in a statement. “Plenty of commentators, including politicians, talk about the need for competition, but there is only one way that is going to happen and that is Yellow Brick Road taking the initiative. This is a game-changer that will take the big four head on.” Yellow Brick Road’s immediate move was to offer a 1.15 per cent per annum discount off the base rate of 6.65 per cent for the first 12 months on residential home loan products. After that a further discount off the base rate of up to 0.86 per cent pa is guaranteed for the life of the loan. Yellow Brick Road says that the rate offered, unlike the banks’, is not restricted “to the chosen few”, and that all applicants will get a discounted rate irrespective of what position they hold in the world. With Macquarie’s backing, Bouris is now in a position to challenge the Big 4’s control of the mortgage industry and has attacked what he calls “preferential treatment to the privileged”. “Who makes that call? Who decides who should be favoured?” said Mr Bouris. “Yellow Brick Road isn’t playing favourites. Every Australian who successfully applies for this loan receives the discount.” “Lower mortgage rates give people the opportunity to save more, which will provide them with a better retirement in the future. That coupled with quality financial advice for all Australians, not just the privileged few, is our proposition. That’s what we’re about.” During the late 1990s and early 2000s Bouris first took on the major lenders by creating Wizard Home Loans which he later sold to GE Money for around $500 million. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Brown Snake Photobombs Alabama Girls BacktoSchool Picture

first_img“Lord, it was scary! I got two pictures and said ‘show your teeth please, baby!’ Then I saw the snake,” ShaneJoy Mills told WRBL. “I said ‘Brooke come here’ and she looked at me like I’m not done taking pics! So I said ‘Brooke get away from the tree now.’ I said it calmly, but I’m sure my face said it all.”The creepy photo, which was posted on Facebook, has received more than 100 shares so far. Facebook users were also freaked out by the back-to-school picture and commented on the snake’s hilarious appearance.“He may have wanted to become friends with her,” one Facebook user wrote.Another commented, “I would have left.”No one was hurt during Brooke’s photo shoot, including the sneaky reptile.This isn’t the first time a serpent decided to crash a human’s photoshoot: In July, a snake “photobombed” a woman’s selfie in Australia. The woman, who was walking around a massive lake, decided to take a photo of herself on the ground when she heard a rustling noise and noticed the reptile creeping up behind her. Once she realized that this “visitor” could bite her, she moved out of the way before it came close to her head.More on Geek.com:Watch: Reptile Sanctuary Discovers Snake Swallowing Its Own TailWatch: Woman Finds Snake in Gas Pump’s Screen at Kansas StationWoman Wakes Up to Find Snake ‘Lounging’ on Her Arm in Hotel Room Caught on Camera: Copperhead Snakes Mate on Bike TrailRare Two-Headed Timber Rattlesnake Spotted in New Jersey Stay on targetcenter_img A brown snake recently “photobombed” a seventh-grader’s back-to-school picture in Alabama and the big reptile was not afraid to strike a pose for the camera.On Thursday, Brooke Mills took her traditional “Summer’s Over” photo next to a tree in Auburn, Alabama, Fox News reported. When Brooke’s mom, ShaneJoy, asked her daughter to get ready for the picture, she noticed the snake slithering on the tree’s trunk and looking directly in Brooke’s direction,” AL.com noted.last_img read more

Councilwoman Barbara Bry on running for Mayor of San Diego

first_imgCouncilwoman Barbara Bry on running for Mayor of San Diego Posted: June 27, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 11:18 AM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Councilwoman Barbara Bry stopped by Good Morning San Diego to to discuss her campaign, state preemption of local planning, scooters, and STVRs. center_img June 27, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Driver flees car crash leaving injured passenger trapped

first_imgA driver who crashed into a tree Saturday night in north Clark County ran away from the scene leaving behind a seriously injured passenger trapped in the wreckage, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.The crash was reported about 8:30 p.m. on the 15000 block of Northeast Cedar Creek Road, just east of Pup Creek Road, said CCSO Sgt. Tony Barnes. Drivers who came across the scene reported seeing someone running east away from the crash scene, but they couldn’t tell if the person was a man or woman.The passenger, who appears to have suffered internal injuries and broken legs, is a man in his 20s. His identity was not released Saturday. It took crews from Fire District 10 and North Country EMS an hour using heavy extrication equipment to free him from the wreckage of the older-model Cadillac.The man had been wearing a seat belt. He was transported by LifeFlight to an area hospital.last_img read more