Explore ICON 4×4’s Stunning Vehicle Restorations

first_imgJust north of LA, in the unremarkable town of Chatsworth, Jonathan Ward and his team are slaving away on some of the most incredible vehicle restorations on the planet. What started as a bet between Ward and a university professor over the laws of supply and demand has turned into a four-year-long wait list of handmade customization projects across a range of classic cars and trucks. Ward graciously invited Digital Trends to peer inside his operation, take a spin in a few of his latest projects, and – in my case – share a steak salad.ICON 4×4 was created from a vision to re-master the Toyota FJ40. Jonathan and his wife Jamie had found success servicing and restoring Toyota Land Cruisers in the mid-90’s, capped off by a request from Akio Toyoda to build a prototype of the 2007 FJ Cruiser. The contemporary project prompted Ward to consider adding modern, high-end suspension, powertrain, and build materials to the FJ40. As clients flocked to Ward’s unique FJs, ICON expanded to include the BR (Bronco) and TR (Thriftmaster) resto-mods. In recent years, Ward’s obsession for vehicular excellence has introduced a broad range of custom projects that fall under the “Derelicts and Reformer” Series. ‘30s, ‘40s, and ‘50s era models from Lincoln, Buick, Dodge, Chevrolet, Willy’s, and other brands have entered Ward’s shop and left as spectacular one-offs.Inside the mind of a visionaryIn just a handful of hours, I became convinced that Ward’s success with TLC and ICON was nothing resembling luck – despite what he might say to the contrary. Rather, his ability to foresee market trends and his attention to detail laid the groundwork for a booming business, satisfied customers, and industry acclaim. Nike and Ford don’t partner with just anyone.While automakers are only just beginning to realize how far they can push extravagance in premium vehicles while still reeling in buyers, Ward has been putting form and function ahead of practicality and pricing for decades. “Some clients know exactly what they want, but others just want something different,” said Ward. “Different” is precisely how ICON approaches new projects.Ward doesn’t just obsess over the aesthetics and materials; he considers how powertrain and technology evolutions will impact owners over time. Instead of butchery a classic dashboard to include a new audio head unit, Ward’s team will create a hidden panel behind the dash or within the center console to maintain the original cabin look and feel. Similarly, ICON is in tune with maintenance complications and the transition towards alternative energy powertrains. “I want customers to be able to easily swap out an engine for the latest and greatest unit down the road,” he said. That means the wiring, mounting, and structural engineering are designed for modification – whether those changes come from ICON or not.It’s not just broad-stroke processes that set Ward apart; the subtle details of ICON vehicle construction communicate a focus on the end user and an unwillingness to settle for second-rate. Ward described his search for a center console that featured a hydraulic hinge, locking front compartment (that housed the infotainment system), and a machined surface without sharp edges. Instead of accepting that manufacturers wouldn’t incorporate his suggestions, Ward simply built his own. ICON’s power window system is another examples of Ward’s ingenuity. Instead of replacing roll-up handles with modern switches, he engineered the glass to power up or down by pulling or pushing the handle. Not only is the mechanism intuitive, it maintains the classic interior aesthetic. These are just two of literally hundreds of significant and subtle tweaks unique to Ward’s best-or-nothing philosophy.ICON design“Before I could drive, I was doing leatherwork, painting, and sculpting,” said Ward. “I’m a tactile person.” Nothing appears to have changed. Ward’s office, littered with automotive toys, posters, pictures, and models from all over the world, is also the designer’s innovation lab. Here, Ward fondles leather samples, ponders new vehicle designs, massages client visions, and works with his spotter network to find aging cars and trucks. Metal, wood, electrical, and every other hardware sample crosses Ward’s desk before finding its way into an ICON restoration. The finite details add up to over a year’s worth of work per project at a cost in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. “Sure, some people are going to run out and buy the latest Bentley and be perfectly happy, but others with patience and inspiration can have a tailor-made vehicle imbued their own personality,” said Ward.“Geeking out,” is how Ward describes ICON’s design principles. Without resource limitations, Ward’s team is able to apply a fine-tooth comb to every aspect of a vehicle. In terms of form, everything from hood latches, to body moldings, to door handles, to radio knobs, to gauges – everything has been texturized, measured, weighed, and material-upgraded to exacting standards. In the case of ICON’s BR, and TR vehicles, the updates are clear as day. Beautifully machined grilles, LED headlights, and high-displacement motors communicate significant investments.However, ICON’s more recent Derelict projects are a completely different story. Rusted, patina exteriors hide advanced suspension systems, intricate interior features, and high-end materials. ICON is so devoted to the barn-find look that mirrors and wheels are treated to extensive “faux-rust” procedures. “These cars either prompt smiles and thumbs-up, or are completely ignored,” said Ward. Only ICON’s signature lizard logo (and the roar of an LS3 V8) betrays the beater visage. As I walked through ICON’s facility, fawning over the stunning BR, my mind struggled to grasp that these Derelicts represented the same investment of time and resources. Perhaps I’m too vain, but even a secret as good as a sleeper Derelict doesn’t quite match the splendor of ICON’s other creations.ICON engineeringLike Rob Dickinson’s Singer Vehicle Design, ICON takes the whims of the affluent, pumps them with Ward’s vision, and produces the level of aesthetic grace and performance that accountant-leashed automakers could never mimic. To give you an idea of the sophistication behind a finished product, I’ll rattle off just a few of the more significant enhancements applied to the ICON BR.It all starts with the frame, which is overhauled with mandrel-bent mild steel and laser-cut accessory mounts. The structure is wider and more rigid than stock – the perfect foundation for heavy-duty off-roading hardware. An Atlas II transfer case (designed for on- and off-road performance) is mated with Dana 60 front/44 rear axles and optional ARB locking differentials. Add to that Fox Racing 2.5” Emulsion shocks (or optional Nitrogen-charged units), Eibach coils, and adjustable front and rear sway bars for a full 12.0-inches of wheel travel front and rear. Translation: this is one tall, rugged rig.Competent, durable hardware are met with equally impressive braking performance thanks to four-wheel Brembo brakes with boosted ABS and stainless steel lines. Steering precision comes courtesy of a PSC Stage Four box dialed in for mild power assistance and maximum road feel. Customers can choose BF Goodrich 285/70/R18 All-Terrain or Mud-Terrain tires to wrap around standard 18-inch cast aluminum wheels. Also included is a BULL BAR front bumper with integrated LED lights, a rear ICON design tow and tire carry bumper, and integrated storage lockers. Finally, at the heart of the beast is a fuel-injected alloy V8 producing 426 horsepower and 402 pound-feet of torque paired with a five-speed manual transmission or optional automatic.Off-road, the BR will match or out-maneuver the best contemporary models from Land Rover, Jeep, or Toyota, and draws a crowd the moment it returns to suburban streets. Not even the $200,000 Range Rover Autobiography can do both.ICON’s futureHaving garnered a reputation for building the most unique, capable, and striking 4×4’s available at any price, ICON is plotting its evolution. Reforming classic roadsters, coupes, and pickups are still within Ward’s wheelhouse, but the designer is dreaming up grander initiatives. Among his immediate prospects, Ward envisions an ICON edition of a mass production vehicle. Picture walking into your local Ford dealer and ordering an ICON-spec Explorer; sure it wouldn’t be quite the same science experiment as the current ICON models, but it beats a “King Ranch” special.Further down the road, Ward is plotting his own line of watches and furniture. Sketches and renderings of watch faces and bands line his office walls, suggesting Ward’s fantasies will soon be tangible. Then there’s the designer’s most ambitious dream yet: his own electric vehicle, built from scratch. Though sketches rarely translate directly to production, if the finished design looks anything like Ward’s renderings, the automotive world is in for a tremendous treat. 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Health Ministry Gets Help to Purchase Fogging Machines

first_imgThe United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), on February 6 handed over a cash grant for US$40,000 to the Ministry of Health’s vector control/dengue outbreak control and prevention programme. The money, which was handed over during a press briefing at the Ministry of Health, downtown Kingston, will be used to purchase 18 fogging machines and a drum of Malathion, one of the chemicals used in the fogging process to eliminate the adult mosquitoes.In his remarks, Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, expressed appreciation to the UNDP for the urgency in which the agency moved to assist with the dengue prevention and control programme after Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.“This has been a fruitful partnership which has enabled us to provide well needed services to the people of Jamaica in an effort to secure their health. We know we cannot go it alone and so we thank you for your profound understanding of the situation and the importance of reducing vector borne illnesses among our population,” Dr. Ferguson said.He added that the Ministry welcomes the partnership, which will result in better health outcomes for the people of Jamaica, especially amidst “this environment of declining budget”.In an effort to improve the vector control programme, the Ministry of Health has so far purchased 28 fogging machines at a cost of $5.2 million. The total expected to be purchased are 48 machines. The budget for the 48 machines is $9.02 million, made possible through the National Health Fund (NHF).For his part, UNDP Resident Representative, Arun Kashyap, said that while the new equipment will complement the efforts of the Ministry of Health at the national level, the epidemiology of mosquito-borne dengue suggests the need for an inclusive community approach that engages community leaders in sustainably managing potable water and ecological sanitation.“Communities will then be vigilant in keeping their surroundings hygienic, including ensuring adequate safeguards is in place to get rid of stagnant water, work with all stakeholders in the identification and management of water collection points and report early symptoms of infections to the relevant authority,” Mr. Kashyap said.He added that this should build community awareness and ownership of the national vision to eradicate incidences of dengue in Jamaica.Last year the Ministry of Health recorded more than 5,000 clinically suspected cases of dengue fever with 11confirmed deaths.last_img read more

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Gov’t Ready to Accept Proposals for Integrated Resorts

first_imgMinster of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, says there is no need for additional regulations before the Requests for Proposals (RFPs) are issued for the development of integrated resorts. He said that the regulations that have been promulgated “are all that is needed to issue the RFPs.” Dr. Phillips was speaking as he closed the 2013/2014 Budget debate on May 1 in the House of Representatives. The integrated resorts development, of which casino gaming will be one component, will provide a mix of tourism facilities, including but not limited to hotels, villas, and attractions, sporting facilities, service centres and shopping centres. The Finance Minister announced on April 18 that the Government will begin accepting bids for the construction of integrated resorts under the recently gazetted Casino Games Regulation 2012, as of June 1. The period for receipt of requests and completed applications will be from June 1 to September 30, 2013. The Casino Gaming Act was passed by both the Upper and Lower Houses of Parliament in 2010. Dr. Phillips said the approved integrated resort developments are the means by which the Government proposes to substantially grow the hotel sector with accompanying casinos, entertainment, banqueting and other facilities. He noted that the model, which the government is using, is based on that introduced by Singapore, which is inclusive of hotels, restaurants, shopping and convention space, with casinos, and has led to a “phenomenal growth in tourism”. The Minister said that Singapore now earns more from its casino floors than Las Vegas in the United States. Local regulations also require that the integrated resort development, when completed, will comprise one or more hotels, providinglast_img read more

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Industry Minister Calls on More Young People to Offer Innovative Ideas

first_imgStory Highlights Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, is calling on more youth in Jamaica to offer innovative ideas and creativity that will aid the nation with economic growth. “We want our young Jamaicans to unleash their entrepreneurial pursuits to create their own wealth.  Create your own wealth and wealth for our country by being your best selves,” he emphasised. “For example, at the Jamaica Emerging Manufacturers and Services Village, I saw three PhD graduates from the University of the West Indies who decided to put their knowledge to work and develop new and competitive nutraceutical products, utilising natural Jamaican materials,” Mr. Shaw said. Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, is calling on more youth in Jamaica to offer innovative ideas and creativity that will aid the nation with economic growth.Speaking at the Optimist Club of Kingston Meeting on Thursday (September 27), at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica in St. Andrew, the Minister said youth account for nearly half of the nation’s population, and in keeping with that, they are the ones being looked to for solutions that will provide the country with growth.“The statistics show that almost 50 per cent, half of the Jamaican population, is below the age of 25 years. It is my belief that our youth will have to look at the kind of innovation and creativity that is needed as the catalyst for the growth and expansion of our economy,” Mr. Shaw said.The Minister noted that one of his most memorable experiences since becoming Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, was witnessing the participation of talented and innovative young entrepreneurs at this year’s Expo Jamaica in April.“For example, at the Jamaica Emerging Manufacturers and Services Village, I saw three PhD graduates from the University of the West Indies who decided to put their knowledge to work and develop new and competitive nutraceutical products, utilising natural Jamaican materials,” Mr. Shaw said.“We also saw packaging innovations for the coffee industry, which will allow consumers to have a coffee percolator in a bag,” he added.The Minister said he also wants to see young people forgetting the get-rich-quick and scamming mentality, and not being motivated by notions of instant gratification.“We want our young Jamaicans to unleash their entrepreneurial pursuits to create their own wealth.  Create your own wealth and wealth for our country by being your best selves,” he emphasised.last_img read more

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Pirates Kidnap Eight Seafarers from German MPP Ship

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Op Atalanta/EUNAVFOR Armed pirates have abducted eight crew members from a German multipurpose (MPP) ship at the Douala Anchorage, Cameroon.On late August 14, 2019, the 2002-built ship MarMalaita was attacked by pirates, Hamburg-based shipping company MC-Schiffahrt confirmed.After boarding the vessel, pirates kidnapped eight out of the vessel’s twelve crew members.“We have assembled our emergency response team and are doing utmost to deal with the case, in cooperation with all relevant authorities and crew managers,” MC-Schiffahrt said in a statement.An investigation into the incident has been launched, IMB Piracy Reporting Centre separately said.The 10,600 dwt MarMalaita was built by Damen Yichang in China and flies the flag of Antigua & Barbuda, VesselsValue’s data shows.As of August 19, MarMalaita is still moored at the Douala Anchorage, according to the cargo ship’s AIS data provided by MarineTraffic.last_img read more

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Prospective Teachers Interviewed by School Boards

first_img Acadia University students hoping to become teachers will get a chance to discuss their career opportunities when the province’s school boards visit the university on Wednesday, Jan. 18. The early hiring job fair is one of five planned at four universities in Nova Scotia and one in New Brunswick. “Early hiring job fairs help to keep our best new teachers at home in Nova Scotia,” said Education Minister Jamie Muir. The boards are particularly interested in mathematics, physics, technology education and French teachers but note that other specialties may also be needed. “Teaching is such a rewarding career. You mean so much to so many,” said Kelli Ross, who graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University in 2005. She is now teaching with the Halifax Regional School Board. “If it had not been for the early hiring job fair, I would probably still be looking for a job,” added Ms. Ross. “I feel the students benefit too, from having a teacher who grew up in the area where they live. It helps them realize they have options for future employment in their home province.” “I love what I do. There is an amazing joy in seeing understanding dawn in someone’s eyes. I really enjoy passing on what I know about mathematics,” said Carolyn Benedict, who graduated from Saint Francis Xavier University last year. “Simply talking to the human resources people from the boards at job fairs reassures graduating teachers that positions are available,” explained Ms. Benedict, who is now teaching with the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board. “Great teachers can make an informed decision to stay and work in the province and, as a result, the quality of education in our schools is higher.” Additional career opportunities can arise later in the year and the school boards could continue hiring until September. As well, the boards will continue to recruit full-time teachers from their existing rosters of term and substitute teachers. While the job fairs focus on new graduates, opportunities exist for earlier and out-of-province graduates and they are encouraged to contact the school boards directly. Board contact information is available on the Department of Education website at www.ednet.ns.ca . At the job fairs, students also get a chance to meet the province’s registrar of teacher certification and representatives from the Nova Scotia Teachers Union, the Nova Scotia School Boards Association, and the Nova Scotia Teachers Plus Credit Union. EDUCATION–Prospective Teachers Interviewed by School Boardsat Acadialast_img read more

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Punjab Chief Minister accepts Sidhus resignation

first_imgChandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday accepted his Cabinet minister Navjot Sidhu’s resignation. The Chief Minister forwarded the resignation to Governor Punjab V.P. Singh Badnore for formal acceptance, an official in the Chief Minister’s Office told IANS. Sidhu, who had been at loggerheads with the Chief Minister, formally resigned on July 14 as Minister for Power and New and Renewable Energy Sources, the portfolio he had not taken charge of. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day Amarinder Singh has said that if Sidhu did not want to do his job, there was nothing that he could do about it. The Minister should have accepted his new portfolio instead of shunning work in the middle of the crucial paddy season, said the Chief Minister, reiterating that Sidhu was given a job, which he should have accepted and done. On June 6, Sidhu had been divested of the charge of Local Government and Tourism and Cultural Affairs portfolios and given Power and New and Renewable Energy Sources in a Cabinet reshuffle, the first after the Lok Sabha election results. Also Read – Don’t use ‘lynching’ to defame India: Bhagwat Barring four, there were changes in the portfolios of all the ministers as a result of the reallocation, which Amarinder Singh said, would help further streamline the governing system and bring more transparency and efficacy to various departments. However, Sidhu, who had been at loggerheads with the Chief Minister ever since his wife Navjot Kaur was denied a ticket for the Lok Sabha polls, refused to take charge of his new portfolios. On June 10, Sidhu met Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi and Ahmed Patel in New Delhi and told them that his department had been singled out and publicly blamed for the party’s Lok Sabha poll defeat. Patel was entrusted with the task of resolving the rift between the Amarinder Singh and Sidhu. The Chief Minister even met Patel during his visit to Delhi last month, but his office described the meeting as merely a “courtesy call”.last_img read more

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Bangladesh to host Zimbabwe despite ICC ban

first_imgDhaka: Bangladesh will host Zimbabwe for a tri-nations Twenty20 tournament in September despite the African nation being suspended by the game’s world body, an official of the Bangladesh Cricket Board said Thursday. The International Cricket Council (ICC) suspended Zimbabwe in July over a failure to keep the sport free from government interference, putting the country’s participation in multi-nation events in doubt. “We have been informed by the concerned officials that there is no bar on Zimbabwe playing in bilateral matches.cThey are only suspended from ICC events. This is why we included them in the series,” BCB spokesman Jalal Yunus told AFP. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Afghanistan are the third team in the tournament scheduled to be held from September 13 to 24. Bangladesh were originally scheduled to play a bilateral series against Afghanistan in September, but officials said Zimbabwe had been included in the series following a request from the strife-torn country. The tri-series will be preceded by Afghanistan’s maiden Test match against Bangladesh in Chittagong from September 5 to 9. Fixtures: Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterAug 30: Afghanistan arrive in Bangladesh Sept 1-2: Two-day practice match between Afghanistan XI and BCB XI in Chittagong Sept 5-9: First and only Test between Bangladesh and Afghanistan in Chittagong Sept 8: Zimbabwe arrive in Bangladesh Sept 11: T20 practice match between Zimbabwe XI and BCB XI in Fatullah Sept 13: Bangladesh v Zimbabwe tri-nation T20I in Dhaka Sept 14: Afghanistan v Zimbabwe tri-nation T20I in Dhaka Sept 15: Bangladesh v Afghanistan tri-nation T20I in Dhaka Sept 18: Bangladesh v Zimbabwe tri-nation T20I in Chittagong Sept 20: Afghanistan v Zimbabwe tri-nation T20I in Chittagong Sept 21: Bangladesh v Afghanistan tri-nation T20I in Chittagong Sept 24: Final of tri-nation T20I in Dhakalast_img read more

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Ill not be joining any political party Sanjay Dutt

first_imgMumbai: A day after Maharashtra’s ruling coalition partner Rashtriya Samaj Paksha (RSP) chief and state Minister Mahadev Jankar claimed that Sanjay Dutt would join his party on September 25, the Bollywood actor on Monday clarified he would not be joining any political party. “I will not be joining any political party. Mr. Jankar is a dear friend and brother of mine and I humbly wish him good luck for his future endeavours,” said Sanjay, who was fielded by Samajwadi Party as a Lok Sabha candidate from Lucknow in 2009. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka It all started when, at a recent event, a video clip of the actor was played, in which he had said: “I congratulate RSP National President Mahadev Jankar, my friend and my brother. If I would have been here, I would have come.” Following this, Jankar had claimed: “Just now you heard the bytes of big boss… big brother. Sanjay Dutt has given September 25 day to join (RSP).” However, Monday’s clarification by Sanjay Dutt puts an end to all speculations.last_img read more

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High taxes growing debt Newfoundland and Labrador forecasts more deficits

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Newfoundland and Labrador’s latest budget relies on high taxes and heavy borrowing, pinning hopes once again on offshore oil prospects to eventually help control soaring debt.The $8.4-billion spending plan revealed Tuesday also forecasts a $683 million deficit and a shakeup at the Crown corporation responsible for huge cost overruns at the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project.Expenses will slightly rise as net debt for the province of just 529,000 people is expected to hit a historic high at $15.5 billion.Finance Minister Tom Osborne said the profitable oil and gas sector will be hived off from Nalcor Energy, which oversees the delayed and over-budget Muskrat Falls development in Labrador. A new Crown corporation will focus solely on the oil sector off Newfoundland.“We want to make sure that this industry reaches its full potential,” Osborne said of the Nalcor changes. “The maximum number of jobs, the maximum spin off, the maximum number of industry players, the maximum amount of oil production and the maximum royalties to the people of this province.“We have a very, very strong future in the oil industry.”Osborne said there will still be demand for fossil fuels as the world increasingly shifts to renewable energy sources. He also said Newfoundland’s offshore sector, while a significant carbon emitter, is relatively clean when compared to the Alberta oilsands.Federally required plans for a provincial carbon tax will be introduced this spring, Osborne said.Muskrat Falls, once fully online in 2020, will mean the province is almost totally powered by renewable hydro energy.The 2018 budget also forecasts deficits in each of the next three fiscal years, returning to a modest surplus by 2023 if the price of oil hovers around US$74 a barrel.The province will spend almost $3.2 billion on health care this year — far higher per person than what’s spent elsewhere in Canada, as it aims to cut smoking rates and increase exercise.Osborne said the governing Liberals have made strides to get the province’s battered fiscal house in order since the oil-price slide in 2014. They’ve cut 759 public sector jobs in the last two years and will reduce more through attrition as about 5,000 workers are eligible to retire, he told a news conference.More radical reductions would “shock” an already fragile economy, he said.Cost-cutting efforts also include less discretionary spending, and working with management and unions to reduce overtime and sick leave.“Back at the peak of oil, we were 30 per cent reliant on (it) as a revenue source for the province,” Osborne said. “Through finding efficiencies, through diversifying the economy, we’re now 14 per cent reliant on oil.”If those revenues increase, they’ll be used to eliminate deficits and pay down debt, he added.The budget forecasts oil at an average price of US$63 per barrel in 2018-19 and 2019-20, based on forecasts from 11 analysts. Brent crude was trading early Tuesday at about US$70 a barrel.Richard Alexander, executive director of the Newfoundland and Labrador Employers’ Council, represents members who employ more than half the province’s private sector workers. The council has called on the government for years to bring expenses more in line with reduced revenues.Instead, it’s spending far beyond its means while taking yet another gamble on volatile oil values, Alexander said in an interview.“What happens if interest rates go up? What happens if there’s a recession in the global economy? What happens if the price of oil doesn’t go where they expect it to go?” he asked.“Plan B is, now we have to make expenditure reductions on top of having $15 billion in debt — and that’s a very risky plan.”Newfoundland and Labrador’s tax rates are among the highest in Canada, driving young families away as the unemployment rate rose more than a percentage point last year to almost 15 per cent.“It’s stifling growth in the economy,” Alexander said.Others worry that an oil-or-bust approach makes the province an environmental laggard.“We need to be looking at climate change,” said interim NDP Leader Lorraine Michael. “If we don’t get out of the mentality that our revenue is only going to be oil and gas, and start planning for a diversified economy, we’re going to be 10 years down the road in the same situation.”Follow @suebailey on Twitter.last_img read more

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Prince Harry Awards Digital Media Champions For Invictus Games

first_imgPrince Harry has made an impassioned plea for the nation to support his paralympic-style sporting championships for injured servicemen and women.Prince Harry poses for a group photograph during a visit to Bethnal Green AcademyCredit/Copyright: www.princehenryofwales.org/The Prince told a group of students who have become digital media champions for the Invictus Games that the event would be the “most amazing weekends of your lives”.He met more than 60 young people from six schools across east and central London during a visit to Bethnal Green Academy where they were being trained by Facebook in how to use social media to promote the sporting event being staged in the capital from September 10-14.When he stopped in one classroom to join the students learning how to take pictures, he praised their enthusiasm and said: “We’re very short on time, it’s going to happen; what are we – a month and a half away from the actual Games.“The more noise and the more enthusiasm you guys can get behind the Invictus Games, get your friends involved, buy some tickets, come down and scream and shout – I promise you, you will not regret it, it will be the most amazing weekend of your lives.”More than 400 wounded and sick servicemen and women from 14 nations – from countries like Canada, Iraq, Estonia and Italy – will take part in a variety of events from wheelchair rugby and athletics to power lifting during the Games being staged at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Lee Valley Athletics Centre.As digital media champions, the students will have the opportunity to report from sporting sites on all the action and atmosphere.During his visit to the academy Prince Harry stopped in a workshop being run by staff from Facebook and sat with the students listening to advice on how to make interesting posts.He told the group that his team would also be putting information on Facebook and Twitter.Organisers hope that the students will be able to use social media to generate interest in the Games.Speaking at the certificate presentation ceremony The Prince highlighted why he had decided to bring the concept of the Games from the United States, where a version has been staged for a number of years, to the UK.He said: “Some of these guys shouldn’t be alive but they are, they’ve put themselves back out there – they want to put a show on for you guys, for us, that’s the selfless commitment.“They don’t see this as anything else apart from ‘right we’re going to put on a show for the British public to say thank you’.”He added: “They want to say thank you to us whereas I’m trying to get us to say thank you to them.”Source:www.princehenryofwales.orglast_img read more

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Julia Roberts Honored At GLSEN Respect Awards

first_imgJulia Roberts and Derek Hough were honored at the GLSEN Respect Awards in Beverly Hills on Friday.Julia Roberts At GLSEN Respect AwardsThe GLSEN Respect Awards, introduced in 2004 and held annually in Los Angeles and New York, showcase the work of corporations, individuals, students and educators who have made a significant difference in the areas of diversity, inclusion and the Safe Schools movement, and who serve as exemplary role models.Derek Hough At GLSEN Respect AwardsAmong the guests on the night were NBC’s Robert Greenblatt (Chairman’s Award), Cliff Tang (Student Advocate of the Year). Additional guests included Sasha Alexander, Morena Baccarin, Brad Bessey, Kevin Brockman, Eliza Byard, Jessica Capshaw, Jessica Clark, Jason Collins, Cheyenne Jackson, Kathy Kloves, George Kotsiopoulos, Rose McGowan, Markus Molinari, Shemar Moore, Rob Morrow, Ryan Murphy, Kenny Ortega, Jim Parsons, Amy Poehler, Maggie Q, Greg Rikaart, Robbie Rogers, Elisabeth Rohm, Jonathan Schaech, Hal Sparks, Kirsten Vangsness, Sirdeaner & Dominique Walker, Kevin Williamson, and more.Jason Collins Talks At GLSEN Respect AwardsDanny Moder and Julia Roberts received the Humanitarian Award for their commitment to, and support of, numerous philanthropic endeavors and humanitarian causes, including GLSEN, UNICEF, Heal the Bay, Stand Up To Cancer, the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, and many others. They bring a sense of stewardship, responsibility and consciousness to their humanitarian efforts and serve as wonderful role models.Emmy Award-winning and New York Times Best-Selling author Derek Hough, choreographer and the only-five time dancing champion on the hit ABC series Dancing with the Stars, received this year’s Inspiration Award. Not afraid to use his craft to give voice to those less fortunate, Derek’s new book, Taking the Lead: Lessons From a Life in Motion, epitomizes GLSEN’s commitment to storytelling and serves as a testament to the power of a strong work ethic, dedication to one’s craft, and a spirit of perseverance. His bravery in speaking out against bullying through the lens of personal experience has positioned him as an invaluable advocate and ally for youth.last_img read more

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Unemployment rate inches higher in Latin America and Caribbean UN reports

2 October 2009The urban unemployment rate in Latin America and the Caribbean has climbed slightly to 8.5 per cent in the second quarter of 2009, with the United Nations forecasting that rate will stay constant through the end of the year. This marks a 1 per cent rise in unemployment from last year, which means that 2.5 million more people have joined the 18.4 million people out of work in the region, according to a bulletin published by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the International Labour Organization (ILO).The second quarter saw exports contract in response to sluggish demand on global markets, while remittances and foreign direct investment also plummeted due to the global financial turmoil, it said yesterday.“Since the end of 2008, the countries of the region had started to implement countercyclical policies – albeit with significant differences – in an effort to use public spending to counter flagging investment and consumer-spending levels and boost aggregate demand,” according to the bulletin, the second joint effort by the two UN agencies.Gross domestic product (GDP) has contracted nearly 2 per cent in the region so far this year, Labour-market trends observed in the first half-year, together with the forecast for a 1.9 per cent decline in regional GDP in 2009, suggest that the average annual rate of urban unemployment in the region will be close to 8.5 per cent.“Youth have paid a high cost for the crisis or economic slowdown, given that unemployment among youths has increased significantly,” the bulletin said.But it said that there are signs that the worst of the economic crisis has already been seen in mid-2009, with signs of recovery, including an end to production declines.“Public investment can undoubtedly be a powerful tool for creating jobs and boosting the economy in times of crisis,” ECLAC and ILO said, also calling for emergency employment programmes. Boosting public investment to spur job growth entails a lag, they said, underscoring the need for speeding up projects and execution of existing resources in the short term. read more

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WatchHow to get compensation for airline flight delays cancellations lost baggage and

MONTREAL — Airline passengers who use social media to vent their rage at being stuck on a tarmac for hours or waiting days for their luggage to arrive may get some apologetic words from the company, but are unlikely to recoup any money for their efforts.That’s because the percentage of Canadians who actually apply to airlines for compensation is in the single digits, something that Jacob Charbonneau hopes to change.The former airline employee is co-founder and CEO of Flight Claim, a Quebec-based company that has helped passengers reclaim $1.5 million in compensation for flight delays, cancellation, lost baggage and overbooking since starting less than two years ago.Charbonneau saw the service’s potential after helping a colleague fight an airline over a $900 claim.“I didn’t find that it was fair that people weren’t able to get the compensation only because they’re not aware of their rights or they’re not aware of how to get that compensation,” he said in an interview.There is plenty of untapped potential because less than five per cent of Canadian passengers bother to file claims for compensation, Charbonneau said.With Flight Claim, passengers complete an online form and leave the company to handle the rest.There’s no fee, but the company gets paid 25 per cent of the award if it is successful.A similar business model is used by a myriad of competitors that operate abroad under names such as Weclaim, Green Claim, Refund.me, EUclaim and Flightright.While airlines are getting better at managing their fleet, a five per cent annual growth of passengers is straining airports, airlines and air traffic controllers, resulting in more delays, cancellations, and the odds of getting bumped, according to Henrik Zillmer, founder of AirHelp, which offers a service similar to Flight Claim. It also takes a 25 per cent commission.Only 15 per cent of global passengers obtain compensation, leaving 85 per cent high and dry, he said.“It’s very much a secret that the airlines have kept from you that we are now trying to tell all air passengers,” he said from New York City.The company says it has helped more than 20,000 Canadians who stumbled upon the service even though it only formally launched in Canada last month.Customers can allow AirHelp to link with their email to automatically monitor if they are entitled to any compensation on flights they have taken.AirHelp sometimes steps in to sue airlines that reject refund applications knowing most passengers will give up and not attempt to force the situation by filing suit within the three-year expiry period, Zillmer said.Gabor Lukacs, founder of advocacy group Air Passenger Rights Canada, says he supports efforts to help passengers get the compensation they deserve, but he’s not confident that for-profit companies will bear the expense of helping the more challenging cases that would require litigation.“Not all companies are the same in the sense that many of them are just looking for the low hanging fruit,” said Lukacs, a mathematician who has gone to court and challenged regulator rulings in the defence of passengers.While online tools or apps can be useful, Lukacs warns passengers not to rely solely on their opinion.His group’s website offers free advice and has templates of letters that should be sent to airlines in the case of baggage claims. Its 7,000 members also offer advice based on their own experiences through its Facebook account.“We work as a community. It’s a non-profit network where we try to give people some guidance on what they’re next steps could be,” he said.Lukacs is also unconvinced that passengers will get more money from Ottawa’s proposed air passenger bill of rights because the yet-to-be-passed bill will relieve airlines from being obligated to pay compensation for maintenance issues that cause delays.“The Liberal government’s bill is going to double the amount of money passengers are not going to get.”Experts suggest that passengers who think they might be eligible for compensation keep documentation on expenses paid, ask for the reason for the flight delay or cancellation in writing, record interactions with airline staff, not accept food vouchers in lieu of claims and not trust advice from airline ground staff who are likely not familiar with the law.“In Europe, things are much easier,” Lukacs said.“But in Canada because you may be facing a high level of burden of proof, you should really document things … as meticulously as you can.” read more

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TSX opens lower on optimistic Chinese data lacklustre European data

TORONTO – The Toronto stock market added on more losses at the open, as traders digested a mixed outlook on global manufacturing in some of the world’s largest economies.The S&P/TSX composite index dropped 34.90 points to 15,094.10. The Canadian dollar was up 0.08 of a cent to 90.73 cents U.S.The latest figures from China came in better than expected, and eased some concerns that growth outlook for the world’s second-largest economy had stalled. The numbers showed that factory orders went up to 50.5 this month from 50.2 in August. Anything above 50 indicates an expansion.Analysts had expected the reading to fall for a second month, dragged down by the slumping Chinese property market. Last month’s purchasing managers’ index reading was a sharp fall from the 18-month high of 51.7 reached in July.But that optimism didn’t play out in Europe, where more signs indicate that the 18-country eurozone economy hasn’t found much renewed momentum, despite stimulus measures from the European Central Bank.U.S. markets fell into negative territory with the Dow Jones industrials down 54.55 points to 17,118.13. The Nasdaq dropped 19.01 points to 4,508.68 and the S&P 500 index lost 7.59 points to 1,986.70. TSX opens lower on optimistic Chinese data, lacklustre European data AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 23, 2014 7:45 am MDT read more

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Its now or never for Central African Republic UN warns urging more

The Head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Africa, Abdoulaye Dieye, began today a week-long visit to the Central African Republic (CAR), calling on international partners to intensify their support for the country’s ongoing transition process.“It’s now or never for partners who are willing to help CAR to break the cycle of violence and poverty,” said Mr. Dieye in a press release issued at the start of his visit. “Central Africans must engage on a path of dialogue to restore the rule of law, fight impunity, build stronger institutions and revive the economy to provide citizens with the livelihoods they need.”According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the crisis in CAR has led to the displacement of over 438,000 people within the country and forced more than 423,000 people to flee to Cameroon, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Republic of Congo. More than half of the country’s population, the equivalent of about 2.5 million people, are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, while more than 60 percent of the population continues to live in extreme poverty.The transitional Government has adopted a roadmap, giving priority to supporting the political dialogue, national reconciliation and the organization of elections, support for the process of restoring peace and security, community recovery and humanitarian assistance.During the visit, UNDP and its partners on the ground will reiterate their support for the Government as it vies to restore the authority of the State and advance the country’s reconciliation process. The discussions will also feed into a national reconciliation forum to be held in the capital, Bangui in March.It will also provide an opportunity to discuss with the authorities and other partners the organization of the upcoming elections and the redeployment of the administration across the country. UNDP has helped the Government to conduct a nationwide survey, mapping out specific needs for redeploying local administrations, infrastructure and services.As part of its efforts to safeguard core government services, UNDP also worked with the UN Peacebuilding Fund and the World Bank to resume the payment of salaries for civil servants.During his visit, Mr. Dieye will meet with the Government bodies responsible for overseeing the transition, including the Head of State, Catherine Samba-Panza, the Prime Minister, the President of the Transitional Parliament, and government ministers. He will also meet bilateral missions and the Head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), Babacar Gaye. read more

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Top Venezuelan bank Banescos chairman slams state takeover arrests

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedVenezuela hikes minimum wage by 50 percent as inflation soarsAugust 13, 2016In “latest news”U.S. slaps new sanctions on Venezuela, fugitive mayor defiantAugust 10, 2017In “Regional”Exiled Venezuelan supreme court ‘sentences’ Maduro over corruptionAugust 16, 2018In “Regional” A man walks out from a Banesco bank branch in Caracas, Venezuela May 4, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia RawlinsCARACAS (Reuters) – The chairman of Venezuela’s top bank Banesco on Friday condemned the arrest of 11 executives and a 90-day state takeover of the lender as locals thronged cash machines and sped up transfers to other institutions.In the biggest crackdown on the financial sector since late leftist leader Hugo Chavez, the government of his successor President Nicolas Maduro said on Thursday it was targeting Banesco for “attacks” against the OPEC country’s rapidly depreciating currency.Maduro may be seeking to please his socialist constituency ahead of a May 20 presidential election by taking a tough line on businesses, which he says are responsible for hyperinflation and chronic product shortages.But many Venezuelans now worry the government is seeking to gain control over remittances by Venezuelan emigrees, which generally end up being deposited in banks such as Banesco.“There are no financial reasons to justify an administrative intervention – not for one day, much less for 90,” wrote Banesco Chairman Juan Carlos Escotet in a letter posted on Twitter. “The key is to understand that the current problem is not caused by Banesco or any other financial institution.”Escotet, who lives in Spain, said he was in Venezuela after flying from Europe overnight in what he said would be a bid to free the 11 executives, who include Chief Executive Oscar Doval.In the letter, he urged Venezuelans not to withdraw their money. His plea seemed to be falling on deaf ears.In a dozen interviews, Banesco clients told Reuters they feared the government was expropriating the bank and that their money would disappear.“I’m taking cash out now. And I’ve been transferring to my other account, not at Banesco, just in case,” said Wilmer Sanchez, 47, who works as a security supervisor at a clinic, as he stood in a line of a dozen people.“This is malice. They’ve been wanting to take over Banesco for a while,” he said.The economic crisis prompted nearly a million Venezuelans to emigrate between 2015 and 2017, according to U.N. figures, as rising malnutrition and growing incidence of preventable diseases has left many believing they have no other choice.That has turned remittances into a crucial lifeline for those who stay behind, given that salaried professionals rarely make more than several dollars per month.“They keep impoverishing us, and now they’re messing with what our children send us from abroad to live,” said Mireya Gomez, 71, a homemaker, at a Banesco branch in the southern city of Puerto Ordaz. Gomez has a son in Germany.Escotet said in his letter that of the 900 accounts that the government had reported as having suspicious activities, most held less than the equivalent of $1,000.He suggested the move was meant to distract from an upcoming currency overhaul to remove 3 digits from prices and introduce a new set of bills – an effort economists say is unlikely to be completed by June as Maduro has promised.The takeover comes after last month’s shock arrests of two Venezuelan executives working for U.S. oil major Chevron Corp.Maduro has repeatedly balked at carrying out basic reforms that economists say would allow Venezuela’s economy to function again. Most agree that the most important measure is to lift exchange controls, which put state authorities at the center of legal foreign currency operations.Hyperinflation has turned the country’s once-powerful banks into warehouses of useless cash that are worth a total of only $40 million, according to a Reuters analysis of regulatory data. read more

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In search of a smarter nights rest at CES 2019

first_img CES Products All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 One thing you’re always bound to see at CES: hordes of groggy, exhausted journalists trudging through Las Vegas on very little sleep. Maybe that’s why the tech that focuses on getting a better night’s rest tends to jump out at us. And to be sure, we typically see a lot of it. Everybody sleeps, after all, and some people are willing to spend to sleep better. If it takes a little tech in addition to the blankets and bedding, why not? To that end, here’s a sampling of some of the sleep tech that jumped out at us this week at CES 2019. I can’t vouch for any of it, but I’ll gladly volunteer to test it out for as many hours as necessary. The more the better, I say. Sarah Tew/CNET ASTI ‘LectroFan Micro 2 White noise machines that texture the silence of a quiet bedroom can actually do wonders to help ease some people to sleep. There are plenty already on the market already, but one way to stand out is with a really good design. Enter the ‘LectroFan Micro 2, newly released from California-based company ASTI (Adaptive Sound Technologies). It’s a tiny little bedside speaker with a nifty top that twists upward into a vertical stance, directing any one of its 4 white noise, 5 fan noise or 2 ocean surf settings in your general direction. Unplug its Micro-USB power cable and it’ll run for up to 40 hours before needing a charge (make that 20 hours if you turn on its Bluetooth radio and connect it with your phone to play music or podcasts). The small size and clever pop-up design means that it won’t take up too much space on your nightstand, traits that make it a good portability pick, too. Preorders opened this week, with units expected to ship in February. The cost? $35 a piece. delos-darwin Sarah Tew/CNET Darwin by Delos Move beyond a simple white noise speaker and you’ll find all sorts of smart home tech that promises to help you sleep better — color-changing light bulbs that sync with your circadian rhythms, smart shades that automate the sunlight in your bedroom, connected climate control, you name it. Hardware like that is nothing new, but a company called Delos wants to help you put it all to work as easily and intelligently as possible. Its answer: an app called Darwin coming later this year that promises to quarterback your various smart home gadgets for the sake of a healthier home — and for the sake of a better night’s sleep. Basically, Darwin promises to automate all of your gadgets based on data gathered from medical research and in-house testing — automatic automation, if you will, and all of it informed by science. Delos claims that Darwin is already compatible with hundreds of different devices, with more expected to come on board by launch. Maybe that sounds like a solution for folks who are too lazy to program their fancy smart home gadgets themselves, but the idea of letting health experts have a say in your home’s automation without having to think too hard about it might be appealing to some. It’s an interesting pitch at the very least, and a name I’ll be keeping an eye on this year. img-1900 Chris Monroe/CNET Hupnos Another sleep issue that tech seeks to address at CES 2019: snoring. The most interesting solution we found? A sleep mask called Hupnos that fits over your eyes and your nose. If you’re snoring, it’ll use subtle, built-in vibrations to get you to adjust positions without waking you up. If that doesn’t work, it’ll tighten pressure on your nostrils to slow your exhales and help quiet the maelstrom coming from within. How does it know when you’re snoring? A companion app on your phone listens for the telltale sounds while you sleep. Hupnos is seeking its funding through Indiegogo, where you can currently request a unit for $120, an early bird discount from the suggested retail price of $179. As always, please note that CNET’s reporting on crowdfunding campaigns is not an endorsement of the project or its creators. Before contributing to any campaign, read the crowdfunding site’s policies — in this case, Indiegogo — to find out your rights (and refund policies, or the lack thereof) before and after a campaign ends. Share your voice Gadgets CES 2019: Every story so far: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES 2019 schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Post a comment 0 Tags 85 Photos CES 2019 Health and Wellnesslast_img read more

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Einstein letters on God fetch 210000

first_imgIsraeli illusionist and magician Uri Geller shows a letter from Nobel Prize-winning physicist Albert Einstein he bought during an auction at a Jerusalem auction house on June 20, 2017. AFPLetters written by Albert Einstein about God, Israel and physics fetched nearly $210,000 at a Jerusalem auction Tuesday, with the highest bid going to a missive about God’s creation of the world.Eight letters, written in English between 1951 and 1954 and signed by Einstein, were sold by Winners auction house which had initially estimated their combined value at between $31,000 and $46,000.The highest bid of $84,000 was for a letter to eminent physicist David Bohm.A letter from Nobel Prize-winning physicist Albert Einstein is seen at a Jerusalem auction house on June 20, 2017. AFPIn it Einstein wrote: “If God has created the world his primary worry was certainly not to make its understanding easy for us”.In another missive to Bohm, which sold for $50,400, Einstein discussed the link his colleague made between quantum theory and “relativistic field theory”.”I must confess that I am not able to guess how such unification could be achieved,” Einstein wrote.The typewritten letter includes an equation added in neat handwriting and the writer’s signature.Bohm, born in the United States to Jewish immigrant parents, had worked with Einstein at Princeton University before fleeing to Brazil after losing his post in Senator Joseph McCarthy’s anti-communist witch-hunts.A letter from Nobel Prize-winning physicist Albert Einstein is seen at a Jerusalem auction house on June 20, 2017.Israeli illusionist and magician Uri Geller bought a 1954 letter in which Einstein discusses the possibility of Bohm moving to Israel.”Israel is intellectually alive and interesting but has very narrow possibilities and to go there with the intention to leave on the first occasion would be regrettable,” wrote Einstein.Bohm took up a visiting professorship at Israel’s renowned Technion technological institute in 1955 and moved to England two years later.The auction house said the letters came from the estate of Bohm’s late widow.last_img read more

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DiscFree Xbox One in the Works Report

first_imgSpencer also affirmed that the company was working on what most would consider to be a “traditional” game console. Popular on Variety Microsoft is working on two new cost-cutting Xbox One consoles — one with a disc drive and one without — for next year, according to a report from Thurrott.The news comes the day after Variety first reported that Sony would not be attending next year’s E3, a move that could be tied to the company’s push toward its next-generation PlayStation.The two consoles sound like they’re being designed specifically with an eye toward reducing the cost of the Xbox One as the lifecycle of this generation of game systems start to come to an end. Thurrott reports that new consoles will likely cost less than $200. Creating a less expensive version of an existing game console is a common move for platform holders as a system nears the end of its current-gen life. Both the PlayStation and Xbox received cheaper versions last generation. “When I say console, I mean console the way you and I grew up playing consoles,” Spencer said. “It’s a device I play on a screen that has high-fidelity experiences, that’s highly immersive and is the way I play most of my games.Strategically, this is important to us. Our content partnerships are from consoles. The foundation of our great relationship with EA, Take-Two, Activision is the fact that we have a console and those companies do an amazing business on that console. We are a platform provider for that. When people hear Xbox they think about a console plugged into a TV. More and more I want to think about how I get access to what I want everywhere, but the center of the experience we have on the console is something we are committed to.”center_img Most interesting, though, is that one of the two systems won’t use a disc drive, instead relying on a hard drive and digital games. Launching alongside that, according to Thurrott, will be a “disc-to-digital” program that will allow gamers to turn in a physical disc in exchange for a digital download of the same game. While it’s not surprising that Microsoft is nosing around the idea of digital-only games, this is a smart way to conduct a referendum of sorts about gamers’ willingness to part with their discs, without running into the same sort of backlash and bad press that hit the company when it first announced a very different sort of Xbox One.Thurrott’s reporting fits in neatly with what Phil Spencer, Microsoft’s vice president who oversees gaming, told Variety at E3 earlier this year after announcing that the company was working on multiple Xbox game consoles. Specifically, he spoke of Microsoft’s aspirations to lower the barrier of entry for gaming on consoles and everywhere.“There are 2 billion people who play video games on the planet,” he said. “The business is over $150 billion and both numbers are growing by double digits.“Then talk about Microsoft, which is a huge company with huge aspirations and this is a business we are in with great leaders, great teams, great fans. I love the Xbox One team, they did an incredible job with that and we have a long-term commitment to the console space, but when you think about 2 billion people, we’re not going to sell 2 billion people a game console.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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