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AfterShokz OpenComm bone-conduction headset features a noise-canceling boom microphone » Gadget Flow

first_imgIf you want a headset that’s designed for communication, the AfterShokz OpenComm bone-conduction headset is it. This Bluetooth headset enables a DSP noise-canceling boom microphone that eliminates background noise when you’re talking in a loud environment. And the 7th-generation patented bone-conduction technology gives you high-quality audio anywhere. It also keeps you connected whether you’re on the road, at your desk, or at a job site. Moreover, you’ll love the open-ear design that provides all-day comfort. Also, with 16 hours of talk time on a single charge, you’ll be able to communicate all day long. Additionally, multifunction buttons allow for easy control so you won’t have to stop what you’re doing to operate the AfterShokz OpenComm. Finally, the IP55 water-resistance rating means this cool headset repels dust, sweat, and moisture for durability. You’ve never been able to communicate so well on a headset. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Vote on town hall now would be premature

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion In response to the Dec. 1 editorial, “Let voters vote on town hall,” the Duanesburg Town Board felt it necessary to clarify several points that were expressed.First and foremost, no final decision on a relocation of Town Hall has been, or will be made, until the residents that our board serves are fully informed and have an opportunity to provide input and express opinions.Secondly, regarding permitting the residents to vote, the board absolutely has no objection to this. However, it’s early in what will be a long process. It’s premature to have a vote on this potential action when the board doesn’t have a handle on the ultimate scope and costs. Once these details have been determined, the board will hold a public hearing and a walk-through of the property. There will be time for the residents to request a vote at a more appropriate time should it be desired. This board wouldn’t move ahead with something this impactful if it were against the wishes of a majority of the town’s residents.Thirdly, the editorial urged the board to enlist an engineer to fully scope a potential move. The board couldn’t agree more. That is why the board has already done this. We have met with our town’s engineering firm several times and will be meeting with them again this week. It’s precisely why a vote at this point doesn’t make sense.There are numerous reasons why the board unanimously agrees that this move deserves serious consideration. These details will be documented and presented to residents at a public hearing as soon as it is practical. The board can’t do this before it is prepared to provide answers to the many questions that our residents will want answered.Roger TidballDuanesburgThe writer it the town supervisor.More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusLocal movie theater operators react to green lightEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

Fidelity backtracks on investment research costs

first_imgFidelity International has changed its mind on its position on investment research fees and will now fully absorb the costs of external research.In a statement, the asset manager made clear it would no longer apply a research charge on any client account, irrespective of investment vehicle, client type or geographic location. Managers in the EU are required to unbundle research costs under MiFID II rules brought in last month.According to Paras Anand, chief investment officer for equities in Europe, the decision followed extensive discussions with clients and reflected Fidelity’s desire “to act continually in their best interests”.“A key part of our initial decision to implement the research payment account (RPA) was our desire to have a model that would treat all clients equally, whether they were captured by the MiFID II regulations or not,” he said. Source: Fidelity InternationalFidelity’s variable management fee model“The headline reduction in the baseline annual management fee of 0.10% for the VMF share classes, now combined with us absorbing external research costs, will make Fidelity an even more competitive and aligned proposition for clients,” Anand said.In the opinion of the asset manager, its VMF model offered a simple, transparent pricing formula, which would align the investment manager’s fee to investment performance.Fidelity indicated that the model was meant as an alternative to the flat rate charging structure dominating the industry, and to encourage investors to hold active strategies to account and assess performance over longer time horizons.Anand added that Fidelity had seen a “positive response and a strong level of engagement on the VMF model” from both existing and new clients.MiFID II, the review of the EU’s Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, aims to make the European market more transparent, efficient and safer.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Investment research: A new regime dawnsThe advent of the new MiFID II regulations is fundamentally changing the way asset managers relate to research From the January edition of IPE: The RPA method pays external providers from money collected through an explicit research charge levied on individual investment funds, alongside transaction commissions on equity trades.Anand said Fidelity’s revised approach “is aligned with our single global research platform which underpins all our equity strategies”.According to the CIO, the overwhelming industry consensus has been to not embrace the RPA model, which in turn meant that Fidelity’s clients, in most cases, would face “disproportionate operational and reporting consequences”, were it to retain this approach.“These client challenges and inefficiencies were not what we envisaged,” he said, “so we have decided to move to a Fidelity-funded research model effective from 3 January.”Last October Fidelity moved to introduce a variable management fee (VMF) model across its active equity funds.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#last_img read more

Ugly duckling no more after massive three-year renovation

first_imgThis is how 28 Loch Street, West End, looked when the couple bought it in March 2017.It was the location that first won over Danny Ngo and Tina Tran when they viewed 28 Loch Street, West End in 2017.Mr Ngo said it had good bones, with high ceilings, timber floors, VJ walls and plenty of period features. “It was a big project for us,” Mr Ngo said. “It was the location that we really wanted because my son was starting at Brisbane State High and that location is so nice and quiet and close to everything.” The front of 28 Loch Street, West End, after the renovation which has taken almost three years to perfect. A haven for outdoor entertainers.As they had never taken on a renovation of this size and scale before, the family hired architect Jeff Collins of JT Collins Architects, to ensure they could achieve exactly what they wanted with the project.“We were thinking we would do a small renovation and then move in,” Mr Ngo said.But the job became bigger than expected and although work started in late 2017, the renovation has only recently been completed with no part of the home left untouched. A third level was added out the back of the property. The new extension can be a stand-alone home, making it a dual living property.It started life as a two-level, four-bedroom house, although Mr Ngo said two of those bedrooms were too small to be used for that purpose. It has been transformed into a six-bedroom, five-bathroom, three-level home.“We pretty much only kept the old front half of the house and we demolished the back and built another level there, so it became three levels,” Mr Ngo said. Old elements were maintained at the front of the home. All modern grays in a new bathroom.“We have only just finished it. We were living in it a little bit, staying there every weekend, but our circumstances have now changed, which is why we are selling.”Mr Ngo said because it was renovated to be their permanent home, only the best finishes were used throughout, which is also why it exceeded their original budget.“In the beginning, I was trying to keep the budget low, something like about $600,000 but it cost a lot more,” he said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus8 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market8 hours ago Before renovation the living zone was spacious but dated. The freshened up living zone.“My favourite part of the home is around the kitchen and the deck; it is the most relaxed place when I sit there.”The lower level of the home can be used as a private two-bedroom, two-bathroom residence as it has a kitchen and laundry as well as an entertaining area.The middle level of the home is the renovated original part of the house. This has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. There is also an open plan living, dining and kitchen area plus a walk-in pantry, main laundry and extra powder room. MORE: Ten quirkiest houses in Queensland Phone bidder throws curve ball at auction Regional property the surprising winner out of COVID-19 Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 Both of the bedrooms on this level have direct access to the front deck.The upper level of the house has a parents’ retreat in addition to two bedrooms and a full bathroom as well as a deck.The house will be auctioned on Saturday, September 26, at 11.30am through David Sullivan of One Percent Property Sales. LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWSlast_img read more

Children like me need a voice in gay marriage debate: Column

first_imgUSA Today 27 April 2015My mother has been in a committed relationship with another woman for nearly 30 years. And I am the co-author of a Supreme Court amicus brief in favor of allowing states to affirm marriage as the union of one man and one woman in their laws.Given the fact that my mother and I enjoy a close, loving relationship, and I believe that every American — gay or straight — should be permitted to form consensual adult unions of their choosing, how could I take that position?Buried under a pile of tweets, blogs and articles that fixate on the religious-liberty side of this debate, you’ll find the often silent “rational basis” for heterosexual marriage. The other side of the debate is populated by those who cannot speak for, let alone organize, themselves: children.Historically, marriage laws have served to reinforce the relationship between parents and children, particularly, to attach fathers to their children. It takes a man and woman to make a child, and that happens to be the ideal settingfor the nurturing of the child. Thus, encouraging norms of permanence and exclusivity in heterosexual relationships, the place where babies are made, and promoting that association above other adult relationships is good policy in terms of the rights and well-being of children. read more

Reflections by Comrade Fidel: Stephen Harper’s Illusions

first_img Share Share Tweet Fidel Castro. Photo credit: globalresearch.caI think –and I do not intend to offend anyone- that this is how the Prime Minister of Canada is called. I deduced it from a statement published on “Holy Wednesday” by a spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry of that country. The United Nations Organization membership is made up by almost 200 States –allegedly independent States. They continuously change or are forced into change. Many of their representatives are honorable persons, friends of Cuba; but it is impossible to remember the specifics about each and every one of them.During the second half of the twentieth century, I had the privilege of living through years of intensive erudition and I realized that Canadians, located in the northernmost region of this hemisphere, were always respectful towards our country. They invested in areas of their interest and traded with Cuba, but they did not interfere in the internal affairs of our State.The revolutionary process that began on January 1st, 1959, did not introduce any measure that affected their interests, which were taken into account by the Revolution in maintaining normal and constructive relations with the authorities of that country where a significant effort was being made in the interest of its own development. Thus, they were not accomplices of the economic blockade, the war and the mercenary invasion that the United States launched against Cuba.In May of 1948, the year that witnessed the foundation of the OAS, an institution with a shameful history which did away with what little was left from the dreams of the Liberators of the Americas, Canada was from belonging to it. It kept that same status for more than 40 years, until 1990. Some of its leaders visited us. One of them was Pierre Elliott Trudeau, a brilliant and courageous politician who died prematurely. We attended his burial on behalf of Cuba.The OAS is supposed to be a regional organization made up by the sovereign States of this hemisphere. Such an assertion, like many others which are made everyday, involves a great number of lies. The least we can do is to be aware of them, if we are to preserve the spirit of struggle and our confidence on a more decent world.The OAS is supposed to be a pan-American organization. Any country in Europe, Africa, Asia or Oceania could not belong to the OAS just because it has a colony, as it is the case of France in Guadeloupe; or the Netherlands in Curaçao. But the British colonialism could not define the status of Canada and explain whether it was a colony, a republic or a kingdom.The Head of State of Canada is Queen Elizabeth II, although she vests her powers upon a Governor-General appointed by her. Therefore, we could ask whether the United Kingdom is also part of the OAS.Likewise, the Honorable Foreign Minister of Canada does not dare to say whether or not he supports Argentina in the thorny issue of the Malvinas Islands. He has only expressed beatific wishes for peace to prevail between the two countries. But Great Britain has there its biggest military base outside its territory in violation of Argentina’s sovereignty. It did not apologize for having sunk the ‘General Belgrano’ cruiser which was sailing outside the jurisdictional waters that they themselves established which led to the futile sacrifice of hundreds of youths who were doing their military service. We should ask Obama and Harper what stand they will take in the face of the fairest claim by Argentina to be given back the sovereignty over the islands so that it is no longer deprived of the energy and fishing resources it so much needs to develop the country.I was really amazed after I made a much deeper analysis of the activities carried out by Canadian transnationals in Latin America. I knew about the damage caused by the Yankees to the people of Canada. They forced the country to look for oil by extracting it from huge extensions of sand that are impregnated with that fluid, thus causing an irreparable damage to the environment of that beautiful and extensive country.The incredible damage was the one caused to millions of persons by the Canadian companies specialized in the mining of gold, precious metals and radioactive materials.An article published by the website Alainet a week ago, signed by an Engineer on Environmental Quality, which provides further details about an issue that has been identified innumerable times as one of the main scourges that affect millions of persons, stated that mining companies, 60 per cent of which are financed with Canadian capital, worked following the logic of maximum yield at a low cost and in a short time; and that these conditions turn out to be all the more advantageous if in the places where they are stationed, tax revenues are minimal and there are very few environmental and social commitments… According to the article, the mining laws in our countries […] do not include any obligation or methodology to control environmental or social impacts; the tax revenues that mining companies pay to the countries of the region are, as an average, no more than 1.5 per cent of the revenues received.The article adds that the social struggle against mining, particularly metal mining, has been growing as long as entire generations are becoming aware of the environmental and social impacts it causes.It states that Guatemala has put up an admirable resistance against mining projects, thanks to the indigenous populations’ awareness of the value of their territories and their natural resources, which they consider a priceless ancestral heritage. However, in the last 10 years, the consequences of that struggle have been felt in the assassination of 120 human rights’ activists and advocators.This article also describes the current situation in El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica, with figures that make us meditate very deeply about the seriousness and harshness of the ruthless pillaging that is being carried out against the natural resources of our countries, thus mortgaging the future of Latin Americans.The presence of Dilma Rousseff, who made a stopover in Washington while traveling back to her country, will serve to persuade Obama that although there are some who take great delight in making slushy speeches, Latin America is far from being a choir of countries begging for alms.The guayabera shirts to be worn by Obama in Cartagena has become one of the main issues covered by the news agencies: “Edgar Gómez […] has designed one for the US President, Barack Obama, who will be wearing it during the Summit of the Americas”, said the daughter of the designer, who added: “It is a white, sober guayabera, with a handiwork that is more striking that usual…”Immediately after that, the news agency added that the Caribbean shirt was first made by the banks of the Yayabo River in Cuba; that is why they were originally called yayaberas.The curious thing about this, dear readers, is that Cuba has been forbidden to attend that meeting, but not the guayaberas. Who could hold back from laughing? We must hurry up and tell Harper.Fidel Castro RuzApril 8, 2012, 8:24 p.m. 16 Views   no discussionscenter_img Sharing is caring! Share NewsPoliticsRegional Reflections by Comrade Fidel: Stephen Harper’s Illusions by: – April 10, 2012last_img read more

Ethel Ann Precht

first_imgEthel Ann Precht, of Brookville, was born on June 27, 1930 in Metamora, Indiana, the daughter of George and Ethel Abrams Roberts.  She married James M. Precht on July 31, 1948 at the Brookville United Methodist Church and he preceded her in death on September 14, 2011.  Ethel had been employed as a nurse’s aide at Elsie Dreyer Nursing Home and also worked at Jay Garment for 10 years.  She loved to mushroom hunt and hang out with her sister, Dixie. Ethel enjoyed flowers, eating breakfast with the gang at Fairbrook Manor, and singing at church on Sunday.  On Thursday, December 29, 2016, at the age of 86, she passed away at Fayette Regional Health System in Connersville.Those surviving who will honor Ethel’s memory include her children, Gerald “Bud” Precht of Brookville, Carol (Melvin) Westerman of Sunman, and Ron (Lee Anne) Precht of Laurel; grandchildren, Stephanie Miller, Kim Westerman, Chrystal Mattix and Aaron Precht; 6 great-grandchildren and 1 great, great-grandchild.  Also surviving are sisters, Betty Wilson and Dixie Miller, and one brother, Paul Roberts, all of Brookville.  Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by siblings, Mildred, Alvin, Donald, Dave, Ollie Mae, Dorothy and Fletcher.Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 from 12 noon till time of service at 1 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville.  Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery.Memorial donations may be directed to American Heart Association.  To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Ethel Ann Precht.last_img read more

Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says

first_imgRelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win EPL: Gunners gun for West Ham scalp EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero could miss the first two months of the 2020/2021 English Premier League season, manager Pep Guardiola said on Friday.Guardiola said this was because Aguero was yet to train with the club since suffering a knee injury in June. The Argentine was sidelined for the last 12 matches of Manchester City’s 2019/2020 campaign, including their two UEFA Champions League fixtures in August.Guardiola said the 32-year-old may not be fit until November.“We knew the injury was difficult,” Guardiola said.“He still hasn’t had one training session with us and Sergio is not a guy who regains his physical condition quickly.“He has been out for a long time. So, maybe in one or two months he will be ready.” Reuters/NAN.Tags: English Premier LeagueManchester CityPep GuardiolaSergio AgueroUEFA Champions Leaguelast_img read more

Cricket News India vs West Indies: Maiden call-up for Pant as India announce ODI squad

first_imgNew Delhi: Flamboyant wicket keeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has been successful in getting a maiden call-up to the Indian ODI circuit as the national selectors looked like making a way for a succession plan for the iconic World Cup-winning skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.Pant has 114 and 92 in his bag during his previous two Test appearances and has been a splendid white ball player who had replaced the Dinesh Karthik as MS Dhoni’s back-up.The hard-hitting southpaw is expected to be the missing piece of Men in Blue’s middle order jigsaw puzzle.“Yes, definitely but if need arises he will be the backup keeper,” said the chairman of selectors MSK Prasad, when asked if Pant will be playing purely as a batsman.ALSO READ: Can #MeToo bring an end to sexual misconducts and harassment?Indicating that Pant is the long-term investment after MS Dhoni, who remains the first choice keeper till the World Cup.“It is no brainer who is our No 1 wicketkeeper. In search of the second wicketkeeper, we have given opportunities to DK and right now we are giving an opportunity to Rishabh Pant. At an appropriate time, we will take a call as to who is the best among the two.”Prasad indicated that they have now zeroed in on a couple of names for the two middle-order slots.Another interesting inclusion was of Mohammed Shami, who last played an ODI in September last year. He will be looked at as a potential third seamer option.“I have been telling this for a quite some time that we are just 18 ODIs away from now before we play first game of the World Cup and so we need to figure out our fast bowlers and in this process, we have picked Shami,” said Prasad.Indian team for first 2 ODIs against West Indies: Virat Kohli (Capt), Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni (wk), Rishabh Pant, R Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohd Shami, Khaleel Ahmed, Shardul Thakur & KL Rahul. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

India confirm Champions Trophy participation .. squad to be selected today

first_imgBy Sudipto GangulyNEW DELHI,(Reuters)-India confirmed their participation in next month’s Champions Trophy in England and Wales on Sunday after initially delaying the announcement of their squad over a revenue sharing disagreement with cricket’s governing body.The dispute intensified when India failed to submit a squad for the one-day international tournament by an April 25 deadline after its cricket board (BCCI) was unable to stall a new income model being adopted by the International Cricket Council (ICC).“The Board unanimously authorised the acting honorary secretary of the BCCI to continue negotiations with the ICC in the best interest of the BCCI while keeping its legal options open,” the BCCI said after a special general meeting.“The BCCI… unanimously decided that the Indian cricket team will participate in the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy.“The all-India senior selection meeting will be held today, May 8, in New Delhi to pick the team.”At last month’s ICC meetings, the BCCI was outvoted 13-1 in its bid to halt the revised deal which considerably slashes India’s share from global events in the 2015-23 cycle.Unimpressed by the $293 million forecast, down from the $570 million it would have received under a 2014 arrangement, the BCCI responded by refusing to name a squad for the June 1-18 eight-team competition.Acting BCCI secretary Amitabh Choudhary will now continue to negotiate with the world governing body to get a bigger share of ICC revenues during the next eight-year cycle.“The ICC welcomes the unanimous decision from the BCCI special general meeting this morning to confirm the participation of defending champions India in next month’s Champions Trophy,” the ICC said in a statement to Reuters.“The hundreds of millions of cricket fans around the world just want to see good cricket and now we can all look forward to a superb event in England and Wales starting on 1 June.”The option to boycott the event by revoking the Members Participation Agreement (MPA) between the ICC and the BCCI had been gaining traction within the board prior to Sunday’s meeting despite a number of former players opposing any withdrawal.The four Supreme Court-appointed administrators (COA), who currently supervise BCCI operations, however, instructed the board to ensure the team continued their preparations to defend their title.The COA stepped in to try and end the dispute with the panel also meeting BCCI members on Saturday to remind them that a confrontational approach would not be in the board’s interests.“We wanted them to take a middle ground and strive for a negotiated outcome with the ICC,” a COA source told Reuters. “We are glad that we have achieved that and the team will play in the Champions Trophy.”The top eight sides in the world rankings compete in the Champions Trophy with India winning the last edition in 2013.last_img read more

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