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Ford CFO Shanks retires former Snap CFO Stone to take over

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Ford Motor Co. says its chief financial officer, Bob Shanks, will retire in December, capping a 42-year career at the automaker.The Detroit company on Thursday said that Tim Stone will succeed Shanks as chief financial officer. Stone will come to Ford in April and takes over as CFO on June 1. Stone, 52, joins Ford after serving as the CFO of Snap Inc. and a 20-year stint at Amazon.com Inc.Ford also announced other executive appointments. Peter Fleet, president of International Markets Group, will retire and be succeeded by Mark Ovenden.Also, Stuart Rowley was named president, Ford of Europe, and Steven Armstrong was named chairman, Ford of Europe.Meanwhile, Birgit Behrendt, vice-president, joint ventures, alliances and commercial affairs, Ford of Europe, will retire.The Associated Press
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University students who posed on Kiralagala Stupa released

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The Buddhist Information Centre had lodged a Police complaint over the incident last month and the students were later arrested.The students had taken photos standing on the Kiralagala Stupa and then posted it on Facebook. (Colombo Gazette) Eight students of the South Eastern University who were arrested for posing and taking photographs on the Kiralagala Stupa have been fined and released.The students were fined Rs. 50,000 each and released.
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Nine members elected to UN human rights panel on civil and political

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Among those re-elected to the 18-person Human Rights Committee were Abdelfattah Amor of Tunisia, Nisuke Ando of Japan, Prafullachandra Bhagwati of India, Christine Chanet of France and Hipolito Slari Yrigoyen of Argentina.Meanwhile, Walter Kalin of Switzerland, Ruth Wedgewood of the United States, Roman Wieruszewski of Poland and Alfredo Castillero Hoyos of Panama were elected as new members, and Valery Kuchinsky of Ukraine was chosen as its Chairman.The Committee was established to monitor the implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and its related Protocols in the territory of States parties. The experts serve the Committee, which convenes three times a year in New York and in Geneva, in their personal capacity and are chosen based on their high moral character and recognized competence in human rights.Since the Committee last met, Eritrea had become party to the Covenant while Azerbaijan, Guatemala, Mali, Mexico and Yugoslavia had become parties to the treaty's First Optional Protocol, under which the Committee can receive and consider communications from individuals claiming that their human rights had been violated.In addition, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lithuania and Yugoslavia had become parties to the Covenant's Second Optional Protocol aiming at the abolition of the death penalty.
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TD Bank completes deal to buy Nordstroms creditcard portfolio

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by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 1, 2015 3:41 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 1, 2015 at 4:35 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TD Bank completes deal to buy Nordstrom's credit-card portfolio TORONTO – TD Bank said Thursday that is has completed its buyout of the Visa and private credit offerings of American retailer Nordstrom.The bank said the credit portofolio is worth around $2.2 billion.TD Bank will now be the issuer of all of Nordstrom’s branded credit cards, including its Visa cards, as part of a separate long-term agreement.Nordstrom will still be responsible for all customer-facing aspects of the credit cards.
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LeBrons Finals Record Isnt Really A Disappointment

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YEAROPPONENTCHANCE TO WIN VIDEO: LeBron’s supporting cast is playing better than Curry’s LeBron James62.3392-0.3 Source: ESPN’s Basketball Power Index LeBron James is in the NBA Finals for a sixth-consecutive season, and fairly or unfairly, his 2-4 record in the finals will be held up next to Michael Jordan’s 6-0 record and the marks set by other MVPs as evidence of some failing on his part. Jordan got his six, Bill Russell went 11-1, and Kobe Bryant managed a 5-2 record in the finals, but the count-the-rings argument breaks down for a simple reason: LeBron’s teams simply weren’t expected to win many of those series.In fact, LeBron never played for a team that entered the finals with more than a 2-in-3 chance of winning, according to ESPN’s BPI, and he had less than a 33 percent chance to win in three of his finals losses – with the Cleveland Cavaliers against the Spurs in 2007 and the Warriors in 2015, and with the Miami Heat against the Spurs in 2014. And in a few of those six seasons, it was a minor miracle that LeBron’s teams made the finals at all given the relative weakness of his supporting cast and team’s odds of advancing throughout the playoffs. 2013San Antonio Spurs66 2014San Antonio Spurs31 Magic Johnson94.0455+1.0 2016Golden State Warriors25 Wilt Chamberlain63.6612-1.6 Shaquille O’Neal63.6604+0.4 By that measure, LeBron’s teams have already made about 2.5 more finals appearances than would be expected given their pre-playoff BPI chances in 11 playoff appearances. But understandably, few are eager to praise one of the greatest players of all time for simply making the finals.This tension between crusty old ring count and more sober statistical outlooks is nothing new, but to reconcile the two we need a tool that goes back further than ESPN’s BPI. Elo ratings, a staple of FiveThirtyEight, are the perfect vehicle by which to investigate further.We pulled the Elo ratings for each team to make the NBA Finals before the series began, accounted for home-court advantage and projected each team’s pre-finals chance of winning. We then compared LeBron to other NBA MVPs who appeared in five or more finals – 10 other all-time greats meet this standard.So how does LeBron stack up?Even after accounting for the pre-finals expectations, it’s not surprising that LeBron’s finals record pales in comparison to Russell’s — 11 titles in 12 finals appearances from 1957 to 1969 — and Jordan’s. Even after accounting for dominance by Russell’s Celtics and Jordan’s Bulls, both players still won about two more titles than expected, given their team’s pre-finals chance to win. Bob Cousy75.5796+0.5 Larry Bird53.0613+0.0 Bill Russell128.672%11+2.4 MVP winners to appear in 5+ NBA Finals Michael Jordan64.0666+2.0 Kobe Bryant74.8695+0.2 Unlike Jordan, who entered the finals with at least a 65 percent chance to win four times, LeBron rarely played for a team that was a prohibitive finals favorite. Meanwhile, he is now about to enter his fifth Finals as an underdog, at least using Elo, something Jordan faced once in his career — when the Bulls had a 46 percent chance to beat the Jazz in 1998. When the Cavs lost last year’s finals with an injury-depleted roster, LeBron had one of the greatest statistical series by a player in NBA history. Not only was he the first player to lead both teams in points, rebounds and assists per game in an NBA Finals, but he nearly single-handedly won Games 2 and 3 for the Cavs.Nonetheless, LeBron and the Cavs again find themselves as big underdogs in this year’s finals. A loss will only continue the narrative of his flopping on the biggest stage, but accounting for his team’s pre-finals expectations, a fifth finals loss would only be about 0.6 more than he should have, given preseries expectations for all seven series.On the other hand, if the Cavs upset the Warriors – which would be the second-biggest upset by any MVP on this list — LeBron will actually have 0.4 more titles than expected, and his three titles in seven finals appearances would have been harder to achieve than Kobe’s five titles in the same number of trips. Or to translate that to sports cliché: LeBron would still have a losing record in the finals, but he’d have earned his rings the hard way. What may be surprising, however, is that LeBron’s teams have won about as many titles as expected (0.3 fewer than expected, to be exact) because his teams simply were not supposed to win many of those series. LeBron had by far the lowest expected series win percentage of any of the stars (39 percent), which is a result of the strength of his teams relative to that of the opponents he’s faced. This brings us to an important point: Because this is based on pre-finals projections, the impressiveness of those aforementioned miracle runs to the finals (such as the 2007 Cavaliers) doesn’t show up in the ledger. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar105.1516+0.9 2012Oklahoma City Thunder51 2011Dallas Mavericks63 2007San Antonio Spurs13% PLAYERFINALS APPEARANCESEXP. WINSEXP. WIN PERCENTAGEACTUAL WINSWINS ABOVE EXP. 2015Golden State Warriors28 LeBron James’s chances to win the NBA Finals Tim Duncan64.1685+0.9
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Rio working on massive coal expansion

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first_imgMacquarie Research says that Rio Tinto is looking to almost double its coal production in Queensland in the next eight years, taking advantage of planned improvements in rail and port infrastructure, according to Hubie van Dalsen, Managing Director of Rio’s coal unit. “Our aim is to lift our Queensland production from 21 Mt of thermal and coking coal last year to 40 Mt/y by 2015” he said on Friday. Construction work started on Friday at the $950 million Clermont mine in central Queensland, which is expected to produce ~12 Mt/y of thermal coal from 2012, replacing Rio’s nearby Blair Athol mine.last_img
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IWEA claims 30000 jobs could be created in wind energy sector by

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first_imgIn its policy paper, the IWEA recommends several approaches for embracing growth in the renewable energy sector, including the introduction of a Government policy to facilitate the achievement of 6GW of energy for export – claiming that 4GW of wind energy produced for the domestic market and 6GW for export could deliver up to 18,400 jobs by 2020.It also recommends that renewable energy divisions be created in IDA, Enterprise Ireland and Forfás in order to “fully unlock the jobs potential”, saying that if State agencies were to work in tandem with industry they could “attract turbine manufacturers to Ireland, as well as supplying turbines to projects here”. Following from, the IWEA says, an Irish base could then be used as a ‘launch-pad’ into the European onshore and UK offshore market – creating an additional 9,000-12,000 jobs, and bringing the potential jobs total up to 30,400 by 2020.It also recommends the development of a joint Irish-UK government policy, as the UK will reportedly require 18GW of wind energy before 2020. A policy to facilitate the achievement of a least 6GW of wind energy for export from Ireland could mean that the Irish economy could attract and manage an investment of more than €18 billion, it claimed.Added to these recommendations, the IWEA also said the Government should aim to set 2030 EU targets for wind and marine energy.The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan TD described the policy paper as “valuable” and added that Ireland was continuing to work to realise its renewable energy potential.“Creating an energy export-led country adds another layer of opportunity and this policy paper provides both industry and Government with a roadmap to achieving this. We cannot underestimate the benefits that wind energy could bring to local economies around Ireland,” he said.Read: ‘Leave the immersion on’: Your tips for saving energy… and money> THE NATIONAL BODY representing the wind energy sector in Ireland has called upon the Government to put a framework in place for wind energy – claiming the sector has the potential to create 30,000 jobs by 2020.The Irish Wind Energy Association today launched a new policy paper, which suggests specific ways for the Irish economy to benefit from renewable energy opportunities.Speaking at the opening of IWEA’s conference, Ireland’s Renewables – Answers for Ireland, Answers for Europe, CEO of IWEA Kenneth Matthews said that renewable energy exporting was “a significant national opportunity that needs to be seized”, saying it was important for Ireland to create new export-led growth.Matthews added:Ireland has the potential and resources to not only meet our own renewables targets but to assist other EU countries in meeting theirs. This could lead to significant job creation, R&D opportunities and greater investment. However, Ireland must be ready to seize the opportunity and IWEA’s recommendations aim to help Government ensure the framework is correct to realise this potential.last_img
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16 signs youre a sports fan from Cork

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first_imgCAN YOU NAME the full forward line from 1973? The sight of Nicky English still makes you nervous? You still try to squeeze into the ‘Pyjama Top’ Cork City jersey? You’re almost there. Here’s 16 more signs you’re a sports nut from Leeside. 16. You grew up hating/fearing the Meath footballersPic: INPHO/Billy SticklandCork’s Shay Fahy and Meath’s Joe Cassells at the centre of this 1989 fracas. The Royals were up there with The Undertaker and the cigire in many houses.15. And spending Sunday’s with Moses in The ShedPic: INPHO/Andrew PatonThere was always a big crowd to welcome Ryle Nugent to the Cross.14. You’ve got in an actual fight defending one Roy Maurice KeanePic: Julien Behal/PA Archive/Press Association ImagesAnd that was often with your brother.13. You ‘got in with a man’ through the turnstiles at Páirc Uí ChaoimhPic: INPHO/Donall FarmerSome of us still try this one, admittedly.12. You claim to have nut-megged Colin Healy out in Regional Park oncePic: Neal Simpson/EMPICS SportAnd remember that time you saved a Liam Miller penalty?11. You park your car in the same spot outside Thurles every summerPic: COX DEREK COX/PA Archive/Press Association ImagesBit of a tailback outside Horse and Jockey.10. You listen to the Big Red Bench But they never read your texts about the price of a burger at Pairc Uí Rinn.9. You used to watch the sports programme on Cork Multi Channel on a Monday nightPic: YouTube8. You’re on first name terms with Sonia, Denis or RoyPic: INPHO/Dan Sheridan‘Hi Sonia!’7. Friends from other counties find you obnoxious at timesPic: INPHO/Morgan TreacyNot like Cyril in the Sombrero obviously. But Cork fans have a certain… reputation, right?6. Case in point… You tell people from Clare that two All-Irelands in the 90s was no big deal; we had a fella won two in a fortnightPic: Tom Honan/Inpho‘Dowtcha Teddy, kid.’5. Also.. you like to tell Kilkenny people they can’t play footballWay to change the subject, hurling fans.4. You remember ringing the Echo’s phone-in poll to keep Billy Morgan in the jobPic: Inpho/Lorraine O’Sullivan3. You remember seeing Dave Barry and cork City on the BBC’s Sportsnight with Des LynamPic: YouTube2. You told one of Munster’s kiwis in Reardans, where he was going wrong at the breakdownPic: Reardans1. You know enough of De Banks to get by…What have we forgotten?And… which proud county is next? Let us know suggestions for your county by emailing adrian@thescore.ie or in the comment section below.Gibson unwilling to kiss and make up with TrapattoniSampras the Rabbit, Over 75s football and Ruud Gullit on a shed: here’s our 10 favourite Fr Ted sports momentslast_img
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Lack of hate crime legislation creates permission to hate in Irish society

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first_imgSpeaking at a panel ahead of the report’s launch, Jennifer Schweppe, co-director of the Hate and Hostility research group at the University of Limerick, noted that Ireland is coming under increased pressure to introduce laws making such abuse a crime.“Ireland is almost unique in western democracies in not having hate crime legislation.The absence of such legislation has led to a situation where we as a society have given a ‘permission to hate’.The report also highlights a mixed attitude towards reporting these crimes to gardaí. More than half said they had not for a range of reasons from fear to believing that nothing would be done.Speaking ahead of the report’s launch today, Garda Superintendent Karl Heller advised anyone who experiences transphobic abuse to contact a local Garda station, to a local LGBT liaison officer or to contact the National LGBT Liaison Officer.“Any crime against a member of the trans community is crime against wider society,” he said.The report recommends more training for gardaí and the PSNI, to introduce hate crime legislation, and for the “value of trans and LGB communities nationwide” to be realised.Read: Revised bill would allow people to legally change their gender at age 16 or 17 > A LACK OF hate crime legislation has given Irish society a “permission to hate”, researchers have said.The warning comes as Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) launches a new report documenting 32 incidents of violence or discrimination against transgender people in Ireland.The vast majority of these were verbal abuse or insults, but incidents of violence and sexual harassment were also recorded.“Went to Pride for the first time, and then I went to the village area at Merrion Square. There were outdoor separate toilets so I queued and went into one of the toilets,” one respondent said, “the door was repeatedly kicked and the toilet rocked violently by a woman calling out ‘gay man’, ‘tranny’.When I left there was lots of people there, no one said anything or did anything to help.A 43-year-old lesbian trans woman reported being threatened with a sledge hammer by their neighbour, while a 51-year-old female suffered from depression, paranoia, and insomnia following a separate attack.Read the full report here >last_img
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CES 2013 Quelles annonces lors de la prochaine grandmesse du hightech

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first_imgCES 2013 : Quelles annonces lors de la prochaine grand-messe du high-tech?Le Consumer Electronic Show 2013 s’apprête à ouvrir ses portes mais après 40 ans d'innovations, le salon peut-il encore surprendre ? Microsoft et Apple n'y seront pas, et Samsung compte mettre bien mettre ces absences à profit pour faire le show. Qu'attendre du constructeur coréen et des autres pour cet édition ?Alors que peu d'innovations ont été présentées ces derniers mois, le CES 2013 pourrait apporter son lot de surprises. La 3D est morte, vive la 4K et l'OLED ! Mais problème : la 4K manque cruellement de contenus (pas de lecteurs, pas de chaines...). La solution trouvée par les éditeurs, de multiplier le nombre de pixels afin de convenir à l'affichage reste transitoire, et son rendu laisse quelque peu perplexe, surtout si l'écran est regardé de loin. L'OLED, lui, expose sa qualité dès le premier coup d'œil... L'OLED, c'est quoi ?Une image d'une netteté incroyable, avec un contraste tout aussi stupéfiant et immédiat à l'œil. L'OLED saura tout de suite se faire remarquer. Il s'agit du même principe que le LED équipant les dalles actuelles, sauf que l'OLED est électroluminescent et ne nécessite pas de rétro-éclairage. Du coup, "l'enfeuillage" de composants pour un écran plat est moindre, ce qui le fait automatiquement mincir. Pour mettre en avant cette technologie, Samsung promet d'ailleurs de présenter un écran transparent (voir photo) l'utilisant avec une diagonale de 55 pouces...De quoi faire le show, donc ! Mais les écrans OLED de grandes tailles ne seront pas les seules surprises de ce CES. Dans le domaine de l'affichage, LG présentera un projecteur Laser ne nécessitant pas de mise au point, et Nvidia jouera les gamer avec Shield, une console avec système d'exploitation Android se présentant sous la forme d'une manette disposant d'un écran tactile 5 pouces intégré.Nvidia lancera le Tegra 4 Le spécialiste des cartes graphiques ne fait d'ailleurs pas les choses au hasard, et si la console shield représente sa première introduction, en tant que constructeur, dans le domaine du jeu vidéo, il s'agit surtout de faire valoir sa nouvelle architecture Tegra 4, qui succède, assez logiquement au Tegra 3. Le Tegra 3, c'est une architecture pour dispositifs mobile miniaturisée intégrant, de façon minuscule, les composants classiques de l'informatique comme le processeur central, la carte graphique ou la mémoire vive.Véritable star de l'été dernier, cette architecture a fait les beaux jours de nombreux smartphones et tablettes, leur permettant d'afficher des applications et des jeux en 3D avec une fluidité exemplaire pour l'époque. Aujourd'hui, NVidia récidive avec, ce que le constructeur nomme comme l'ensemble mobile le plus rapide du monde : 10 fois plus rapide, intégrant un processeur central 4 cœurs, un ensemble de 72 processeurs graphique ou encore la prise en charge de la 4G LTE...Une prouesse de miniaturisation ! Objets connectés : l'explosion À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?2012 n'était que l'apéritif...2013 sera le plat de résistance pour les objets connectés ! Ampoules intelligentes et autres balances Wifi seront présentées au salon avec une plus grande envergure pour un quotidien plus malin, et un suivi plus optimisé de la santé, du bien-être de l'utilisateur ou de la sécurité de son domicile. Côté multimédia, là aussi, la prise en charge des réseaux se généralisera, et après un Galaxy Caméra mêlant fonctionnalités de smartphones et d'appareil photo numérique, Samsung introduira par exemple le NX-300, un appareil mono-objectif à haute sensibilité (ISO 10-25600), doté d'un capteur de 20 Mpixels, pouvant se connecter aux réseaux sociaux et capturer images et vidéos en 2D ou en 3D.Un produit qui devrait rencontrer du succès lors de ce CES 2013 de Las Vegas qui s'annonce finalement très riche. Le 7 janvier 2013 à 15:28 • Maxime Lambertlast_img
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New date again – August 12 – for Building height increase meeting

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first_img Related Items:pnp, town hall meeting, twelve storey Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech  11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’ TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 27 Jul 2015 – The town hall meeting to discuss the serious proposal for an increase of construction height from seven to twelve stories is changed again… the new date is now given as August 12, 2015. This morning we announced that the date was to be next week Wednesday… but government has pushed the discussion with the public back one more week. The PNP Administration appears to be pro the increase explaining they believe the resort development will bring economic benefits directly and indirectly. In a statement to reveal the new date of August 12, it was explained: “This move by the government will bring the much-needed increase in bed count to support the projected upsurge in airlifts to meet the demand of year on year rise in tourism arrivals.” Others are against the idea of going to greater height density in the Leeward area, which will likely set a precedent for other developments in the country. Twelve storeys or 140 feet is proposed. Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unitelast_img
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Poll Inslee has slight lead all ballot measures ahead

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first_imgOLYMPIA — A new poll released Thursday shows an exceptionally close race between Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna in the final stretch of a campaign that’s considered to be one of the most competitive gubernatorial contests in the nation.The KCTS 9 Washington poll showed Inslee with a 47.9 percent to 44.7 percent lead over McKenna among registered voters, with 7.5 percent undecided. Among likely voters, Inslee and McKenna are nearly even, with Inslee holding just a 47.1 percent to 46.3 percent advantage over McKenna, with 6.6 percent undecided. In both camps, the numbers are within the margin of error, showing that the race continues to be very close.“The governor’s race is just an absolute tossup right now,” said Matt Barreto, director of the poll. “This makes it really interesting.”The telephone survey was conducted Oct. 1-16, sampling a total of 782 registered voters across the state, 644 of whom were considered likely voters. The margin of error for all voters is 3.5 percent; for likely voters, 3.9 percent.The poll, conducted by the University of Washington, also found voters supporting four ballot measures dealing with gay marriage, legalizing marijuana, approving charter schools and limiting taxes.Referendum 74 asks voters to either approve or reject a gay marriage law that was passed by the Legislature earlier this year. That law is on hold pending next month’s vote. The poll showed that 56.3 percent of registered voters back gay marriage in the state, compared to 35.6 percent who oppose it, with 6.1 percent undecided. Among likely voters, support decreased to 54.1 percent, with 38.4 percent saying they would vote against the measure, and 5.7 percent undecided.last_img
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Week In Review 17111

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first_imgTuesday 1/8Audio PlayerTuesday-0108.mp3VmTuesday-0108.mp300:00RPdBluecrest Requests Changes To Oil Spill Response Plan, Micciche Introduces Bill To Close “Schneider Loopholes”, Nikiski Incorporation Submits Draft Amended Petition To LBC Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The KSRM News Department compiled some of the top stories from this past week. Friday 1/11Audio PlayerJennifer-0111.mp3VmJennifer-0111.mp300:00RPdAGDC President Dismissed From Corporation, KPEDD Launches 2019 Workforce Development Plan, Vote Postponed On School Zone Cellphone Ban, Anchorage Senator Filed Legislation To Roll Back 2013 Oil Tax Credit Monday 1/7Audio PlayerMonday-0107.mp3VmMonday-0107.mp300:00RPdLocal Boundary Commission Begins Work With Soldotna On Annexation, The Kenai Peninsula Winter Sport You Didn’t Know Existed- Ice Racing, Moose Wanders Into Alaska Hospital, U-Haul Purchases Former Lowe’s Building In Kenaicenter_img Thursday 1/10Audio PlayerThrusday-0110.mp3VmThrusday-0110.mp300:00RPdENSTAR Offering Assistance For Federal Employees Impacted By Government Shutdown, Project Homeless Connect Offers Basic Care And Comfort To The Kenai, Alaska Salt Co. Harvested By Hand From The Sea, ASAP: Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline Wednesday 1/9Audio PlayerThursday-0109.mp3VmThursday-0109.mp300:00RPd4.7 Earthquake Reported Near Tustumena Lake, Legislation Filed To Impose A Deadline To Test Rape Kits, Time To Nominate The 2019 BP Teacher of Excellence, AK LNG Advisory Committee Provide A Project Updatelast_img
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Prevention Magazine Grows a Digital Network

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first_imgPrevention magazine‘s new digital advertising network of niche health sites, dubbed the Healthy Living Group, is now in full swing since its May launch, with about 12 million monthly unique visiting the 35 sites in the network. The digital network is also now ranked 11th in the health category, according to comScore.The network acts as a natural extension of the publication’s print and digital properties, enabling the title’s advertising partners to have an expanded reach."On the magazine side we’ve got an incredibly large audience," says Michael Kuntz, the associate publisher of Prevention, which is owned by Rodale. The publication has a circulation of about 2.8 million monthly readers and the total audience is 10 million. Prevention.com’s most recent three-month comScore average is 2.6 million unique visitors each month and 28 million page views."On the digital side of things, and I think this is a challenge most magazine Web sites grapple with-you get the audience to a point where you kind of plateau. Magazine Web sites are not like a news site, they’re not like a sports or finance site where someone is going there every single day," he says. "For us to really bring the kind of scale that our advertising partners on the digital side are looking for, we felt the best way to do that would be to find like-minded Prevention type users on other properties that we felt reflected who we are as a brand editorially." The sites in the network cover topics like fitness, weight loss, food and nutrition, beauty and women’s health conditions. EmpowHER, the Biggest Loser Club and Women’s Health Base are among the sites in the network vertical.The audience demographics for the network falls in line with that of the magazine-the goal is to reach women aged 35-54, though several of the sites target different interests of these women depending on the property. The Biggest Loser Club site would be targeted to someone trying to organize a weight-loss regiment while EmpowHER is more of a community site that evolves around health topics that effect all women.Kuntz says the decision to create the network was not just a way to increase prospective and please current advertisers but to enhance content syndication. The other sites in the network will feature Prevention articles, videos and tools."We really want to create a more circular relationship with these sites," he says. "Not only are we syndicating our content but in some cases we’re ingesting content from our partners on Prevention, if you go to the homepage you’ll see headlines from EmpowHER.com."Prevention editorial teams create a schedule of content every month that will be shared, it is sent to the network partners to be implemented on the satellite sites. Each site uploads different pieces and strategically places the content based on the editorial direction of the other 35 network sites. A third party vendor streamlines the process "seamlessly," as Kuntz says.Features from the magazine, though not all stories, are shared across the sites. A great deal of the content on Prevention.com is created specifically for the Web platform to keep readers engaged with the print publication.One strategy the magazine feels strongly about is trying to build advertising packages around content categories that are on the partner sites. For example, if it were October, which is breast cancer awareness month, the group would feature stories on the topic. At the same time, if an advertiser was trying to push a diabetes related product, network sites would also recieve diabetes related articles during October. "It’s really a two-pronged approach of aligning the ads with the edit," he says.Prevention represents the sites from an advertising standpoint since most are smaller nice sites that don’t have an internal sales force and rely on traditional ad networks. Kuntz says the idea to expand into a Healthy Living Group digital network was considered for a bit beforehand but took shape when several of the sites approached the magazine to collaborate, he adds that it organically came to the fore as the demand from outside sites increased. There are no plans as of now to expand the network to the 16 international editions of Prevention."When we look at Healthy Living Group as a whole we’re breaking it out into all of the various channels, the same way if you go to the homepage of Prevention.com you’ll see health, weight-loss, nutrition and beauty," Kuntz says. Beauty has become a growing vertical for title, particularly age defying beauty."Sites want to work with us, they want to partner with Prevention and Rodale," he says. "They know we are really the authoritative voice in the health and wellness space." More on this topic People On The Move | 2.6.13 Time Inc. 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Watch Lil Waynes New Loyalty Music Video And Studio Skate Session

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first_img Twitter Have You Seen Lil Wayne's "Loyalty" Music Video? watch-lil-waynes-new-loyalty-music-video-and-studio-skate-session NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 14, 2015 – 4:23 pm Lil Wayne Wins Best Rap Album With Wayne's forthcoming LP, Tha Carter V, still tied up in the rapper's public legal battles with Universal Music Group and Cash Money Records, this EP is serving as a tasty morsel for hungry fans dying to hear more of that new-new from Lil Tunechi.Chance The Rapper, Vic Mensa Give Chicago Blessings At Lollapalooza Homecoming Facebook News Watch Lil Wayne's New "Loyalty" Music Video And Studio Skate Session Email The GRAMMY winner skates his in-studio mini ramp before dropping bars on latest videoBrian HaackGRAMMYs Aug 7, 2017 - 4:20 pm GRAMMY.comLil Wayne has dropped a new video for his recent posse cut with Gudda Gudda and HoodyBaby today.The beat goes hard, and the five-time GRAMMY winner can be seen skating the mini ramp he has installed in his studio while Gudda Gudda and HoodyBaby drop their bars.The new track video is supplementary to Wayne's new EP release In Tune We Trust, which features three new collabs and a freestyle on the instrumental from Playboy Carti's "Magnolia."last_img
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Has Samsung killed the Bluray disc

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first_img Comments Units 31 Photos Mentioned Above Amazon Fire $76 Apple Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors 2018 Preview • Amazon introduces world's first reasonable $50 tablet (hands-on) Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Review • Amazon Fire review: Is this $50 tablet any good? We tell you why it is and isn't. 4.2m News • Apple Music is now available on Amazon Fire TV • 5.6m Share your voice 2016 2017 Going out at No. 1"Samsung will no longer introduce new (1080p) Blu-ray or 4K Blu-ray player models in the US market," a Samsung spokesperson told me last week. When I inquired further as to why, the only response was: "We will continue to sell through existing inventory."Samsung's move comes almost 12 months after Oppo discontinued its entire AV line, including its well-received Blu-ray players. While Oppo was a relatively niche brand, Samsung has been the leader in Blu-ray player sales for the past three years. Last year, Samsung had 37 percent of units sold, followed by Sony at 31 percent and LG at 13 percent, according to data from market research firm NPD Group.In addition, Samsung has four of Amazon's 10 best-selling Blu-ray players including an unnamed refurbished model as number one, with the other slots filled by Sony players. LG doesn't appear until no. 12.Blu-ray down, streaming upIt will surprise nobody that overall sales of Blu-ray players are on the decline (see the chart below, per NPD). In 2018 there were almost 1.5 million fewer Blu-ray players sold than the two years before. See it CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Best 4K Blu-rays reading • Samsung kills Blu-ray players. Blame streaming, smart TVs and Apple Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? $35 Selling price Blu-ray player sales 4.8m $81 In comparison, the number of streaming media players in people's homes has grown significantly. NPD doesn't capture unit sales of all streaming players, but it did give us the total installed base of streamers for the last four years, based on customer survey data. The number of players doubled from 33.3 million in November 2015 to 67.8 million in November 2018. Margins are typically low in a Blu-ray player, and they involve more moving parts than a streamer, as well as costing significantly more. The least-expensive 4K Blu-ray players cost around $100, while Rokus start at $30. Then, of course, there's the ubiquity and ease of streaming movies and TV shows instead of dealing with discs."Samsung's exit is likely a combination of all (these) things....declining sales with little outlook for ASP (average selling price) increases, leading to lower margins," said Stephen Baker, vice president of industry analysis at NPD Group. "The market's increase in streaming and (Samsung's) imminent integration of both AirPlay and iTunes into its TV streaming platform directly mitigates the need for a player."Apple and Samsung, together on TVsAt CES 2019, Apple announced a partnership with Samsung allowing users to access the iTunes store on the company's televisions. It's the first non-Apple device, apart from a PC, that will do this. Rivals Sony, LG and Vizio will also allow Apple users to broadcast from iPhones to TVs using AirPlay 2, but only Samsung TVs get access to an actual iTunes app.Samsung and other Blu-ray players have apps for Netflix, Hulu and other major steaming services, but a dedicated Roku or Amazon Fire Stick is more frequently updated and can access many, many more apps. Most of the big traditional electronics brands rely on their smart TVs to deliver onboard streaming services. "Samsung's brand imperative to offer all the devices in the Home Theater stack is just declining for them as their TV, which is really their strength, becomes more capable," Baker said.002-samsung-oled-8k-98-inch-tvSamsung's 98-inch Q900 QLED TV offers 8K resolution Sarah Tew/CNET From 1080p to 8K, from HDR10 to HLG, video standards are constantly evolving, and it's the televisions themselves that are leading the charge. Set-top hardware can get stuck in the past, and Samsung's last 4K Blu-ray player (released in 2018) doesn't support Dolby Vision. Reflecting this combination of constant flux and competition from streaming, only two companies announced new Blu-ray players at CES 2019 -- Panasonic and Sony. It's arguable that 4K Blu-ray came in two years too late. The enthusiast-friendly benefits of the format -- 4K resolution, HDR (and Samsung's variant HDR10+) and Dolby Atmos audio -- are now available on streaming platforms. Yes, Blu-ray's higher video bit-rate distinguishes it from streaming content, but with many titles it's tough to see the benefit, and 4K HDR streaming can look spectacular. And of course, most people are happy to sacrifice the utmost video quality for convenience and the breadth of content. Where Samsung goes, others followAs the most popular manufacturer of both televisions and Blu-ray players when Samsung makes a move like this the industry takes notice. For example, Samsung was the first company to discontinue 3D televisions, and its competitors followed in quick succession. But Blu-ray isn't necessarily finished yet, as Samsung's exit from Blu-ray will likely be a boon for the company's competitors."There are just a couple of brands left, and I suspect they will benefit in the short term from Samsung's decision and then reevaluate the value of the market for them longer-term," Baker said.ubp-x800-cw-largeThe Sony X800M2 is only one of two 4K Blu-ray players announced for 2019 Sony Like Samsung, Sony hasn't had a new 1080p player for since 2017, but the company is hopeful about the X800M2 4K player it announced at CES 2019. "Sony Electronics continues to see very solid demand for our 4K Blu-ray player lineup from customers that feel this format delivers the best 4K home-theater viewing experience", a Sony Electronics spokesperson told CNET.However, the company understands that customers want the convenience of streaming and will continue to evaluate the market."Consumers want options when it comes to enjoying video content, whether it's sourced from recorded media, video-on-demand services, or broadcast television. And as our customer's needs evolve, Sony will continue to provide them the flexibility to enjoy high-quality video content", he said. LG, which didn't announce any new Blu-ray players at CES, did not respond to CNET's request for comment.Discs will take awhile to die 04-4k-ultra-hd-blu-ray Sarah Tew/CNET When was the last time you watched a Blu-ray or a DVD? While I use them for testing AV products I haven't watched a physical disc at home in at least a year. There's always that buzzy streaming show that I want to see instead. Yet I still have all my discs at home, both Blu-ray and CDs, and they aren't going anywhere.Comebacks are not unheard of, as vinyl records and even cassettes have famously enjoyed a resurgence in the past few years. Vinyl didn't go away though -- in that 30-year period after the introduction of digital discs, vinyl continued to be sold, even if it was niche. Even now, vinyl is still outsold by CDs.In the same way it's unlikely that physical video media will go away immediately. Videophiles looking for the best possible picture quality will probably continue to favor 4K Blu-ray. However, Samsung leaving the market illustrates that -- like vinyl -- the days of Blu-ray being a mainstream format are likely done. Streaming is too pervasive, affordable and convenient. Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here's how to clean it Amazon Fire See All $79 25 Samsung's new streaming partnership with Apple could have helped kill off Blu-ray players CNET Samsung announced last week that it was no longer producing new 1080p or 4K Blu-ray players. If you're looking for the canary in the video-disc coal mine, it doesn't get any bigger than this.Whether it's the latest artist or the hip new show on Netflix, streaming media is the norm today, and owning a streaming movie is more convenient than ever, thanks to digital copies and services like Movies Anywhere. One result is that the popularity of cheap media streamers like Roku and Amazon Fire TV are on the rise, while Blu-ray player sales are declining.But people still continue to buy disc players, and 4K Blu-ray delivers best audio and video quality you can buy in home video -- without the need for a fast Internet connection. Samsung made the first 4K Blu-ray player, the UDB-K8500, and still makes plenty of high-end TVs, so as a Blu-ray player reviewer, its exit came as a surprise to me. Some experts say that Samsung's new partnership with Apple had an influence on the decision. But I can't help but wonder how long the Blu-ray format can survive without the Big S.  Tags Blu-ray Players Media Streamers Oppo Amazon Google LG Panasonic Roku Samsung Sony Vizio Applelast_img
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We are on your side PUBG tells players after 10 arrests in

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first_img Watch: PM Modi's PUBG Game comment makes everyone laugh at 'Pariksha Pe Charcha 2.0' IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:05/1:27Loaded: 0%0:05Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:22?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, 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. COPY LINKAD Loading ... Closecenter_img PUBG Mobile's roaring success in India has met several obstacles, but the latest one serves a huge blow on the face of the popular battle-royale game. Rajkot City Police booked 10 individuals under IPC Section 188 for violating the notification issued by Police Commissioner for playing PUBG Mobile despite a ban in place.PUBG Mobile players were warned of serious consequences for violating a ban in four Gujarat cities, including Rajkot, Surat, Gir Somnath and Bhavnagar. The 10 arrests that were made this week is in line with the official order by the police, but 6 of them have already been granted bail. While a trail is in order for the accused, the commissioner clarified that they merely "booked" the individuals rather than arresting them.The heavy-handed approach against PUBG Mobile has raised several questions on the freedom to practice one's own will in the country. But the game has attracted a lot of flak for being the reason behind gaming addiction, mental health imbalance, divorces and even suicides. Following severe criticisms, PUBG Mobile assured that it will foster a healthy and balanced in-game environment by rolling out new features and enhancements.The latest arrests certainly cast a dark shadow on the game and hinder PUBG's growth in India. In order to contain the situation, PUBG Mobile released a statement that is reassuring players as well as promising an effective solution to get on the good side of the legal authorities. PUBG Mobile ban in IndiaIBTimes India"We were thus surprised to learn that local authorities in a few cities have decided to impose a ban on playing our game. We are working to understand the legal basis of such bans, and hope we can have a constructive dialogue with relevant authorities to explain our objectives and that they withdraw the prohibition. To PUBG MOBILE players, we want to assure you that we are on your side and we will try our best to find a reasonable solution," PUBG Mobile said in an email statement.In addition to that, PUBG Mobile reaffirmed its stand on the game's core purpose to entertain its players and advised players that it should be enjoyed in a responsible manner. The developers are also looking at limiting play time for under-aged players. PUBG Mobile lands in troubleIBTimes India/Sami Khan"PUBG MOBILE is a game. It is meant merely for entertainment and should be enjoyed in a healthy and responsible manner. In consonance with our endeavour to continue promoting responsible gaming experience, we are working on the introduction of a healthy gameplay system in India to promote balanced, responsible gaming, including limiting play time for under-aged players," PUBG Mobile added.last_img
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Tamil Nadu honour killing Couple hacked to death womans father arrested

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first_imgRepresentational Image.IANSIn a case of suspected honour killing, a young couple was found hacked to death at their one-bedroom flat in Tamil Nadu's Thoothukudi district on Thursday morning. The woman was three months pregnant.The victims, Solairajan and his wife A Petchiammal aka Jothi, both aged 24, had met at their workplace and fell in love. This union was supported by Solairajan's parents, who helped them get married. However, Jothi's parents opposed the marriage since they were from different caste, reported The News Minute.Thoothukudi police have arrested Jothi's father on a complaint filed by the woman's family. It is being claimed that he was threatening the couple since they got married."Her father and other men came and threatened us and warned us of violence for the marriage. We went to the police station and complained. They were then warned, so the matter subsided. But now the two of them are gone for no reason," said Karpagam, Muthumari's sister.While Solairajan belonged to the Parayar community, Jothi belonged to the Pallar community. They come under the Scheduled Caste category.  The duo lived in a one-bedroom apartment. On the morning of July 3, Solairajan's mother Muthumari found them hacked to death in the bedroom."When she went inside, they were both lying in a pool of blood. Their heads were hanging off their necks and Jothi's wrists were cut. The worst part is, she (Jothi) was three months pregnant," Karpagam was quoted as saying by TNM.She lamented how someone could do this to a pregnant woman and added that the entire family was very fond of Jothi. She went on to say that Solairajan was a very hard worker and was the force that held the family together after his father's death.last_img
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Wallpaper Engine review

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first_imgWallpaper Engine review by Martin Brinkmann on March 10, 2017 in Software - Last Update: May 22, 2018 - 6 commentsWallpaper Engine is an early access application on Steam that enables you to create, display, and share customer static and animated wallpapers.I stumbled upon Wallpaper Engine while browsing the top sellers on Steam. The app was listed there next to games, and that got me interested as it takes quite a bit of sales to be featured there.First of all, Wallpaper Engine is not free. It is available for $3.99 as an early access title. The application works really well for early access software, and all core functionality is already there.The app ships with wallpapers, and support for the Steam workshop. There you find thousands of wallpapers created by users of the app. The majority of those are free, while some are available for a price.Wallpaper EngineI decided to embed a video above and not a screenshot, as it highlights better what Wallpaper Engine is capable of.Once you have purchased the app on Steam and installed it, you can start it up right away. The app walks you through a couple of settings first that define wallpaper quality, startup, and the interface language among other things.The interface of Wallpaper Engine is divided into two main parts when it comes to browsing and selecting wallpapers.Installed lists all wallpapers that are installed already. The app ships with 13 wallpapers, and any that you install manually is listed there as well.Workshop lists all wallpapers that are available on the application's Steam workshop page.Preview any wallpaper by selecting it. This opens a larger preview of it, and several properties that you may adjust. This includes, usually, the playback rate, and colors.You may use the remove wallpaper, ok and cancel buttons to apply or remove wallpapers from the desktop background again.Animated wallpapers on the desktop are not nothing new, Microsoft introduced the feature as one of the few extras for Windows Vista Ultimate, and programs like VLC or Desktop Movie support it as well.One core difference to that is that Wallpaper Engine supports more than just playing an animation, usually in form of a video. It supports 2D, 3D, HTML5, JavaScript, WebGL, application, and video wallpapers.The teaser trailer embedded above highlights some of that. It shows a wallpaper that visualizes the music that is playing on the system, a wallpaper with game elements, and other forms of direct interaction with the wallpaper.You can check out all available wallpapers on the apps' Steam Workshop page.The app supports multi-monitor environments, and different aspect ratios and resolutions. Also worth noting is that it won't modify any system files for its functionality.It will pause wallpapers automatically when games are played on Steam, and you may run any app or game in parallel with the software as well.Performance depends largely on the selected wallpaper and type. It should be clear what application and website wallpapers will use more resources than lighter 2D or video based wallpapers that don't support interaction with the wallpaper.You may switch between different quality levels in the settings, and modify a lot of quality related settings there manually as well.The app uses a surprisingly low amount of RAM. It used about 11 Megabytes of RAM when I loaded an animated wallpaper called universe, and 12 Megabytes when I loaded the one called Techno. The interactive game wallpaper Sheep on the other hand required more than 60 Megabytes of RAM.Wallpapers remain open only for as long as the Wallpaper Engine software runs. When you close it, the wallpaper is closed with it.Wallpaper creationYou may create wallpapers using the software, and may upload them to the Steam workshop as well once you are done. Right-click on the application's icon in the system tray area to get started, and select create wallpaper.A welcome prompt asks you to pick the type of wallpaper that you want to create. Available at the time of writing are scene wallpapers, video wallpapers, web wallpapers, and application wallpapers.Scene wallpapers -- Import 2D or 3D images / models.Video wallpapers -- Load a video file that you want to use as the wallpaper. It is looped automatically.Web wallpapers -- Based on HTML, JavaScript and WebGL.Application wallpapers -- Run an application, e.g. a game, as the wallpaper.The first two wallpaper options are the easiest, provided that you don't plan on loading 3D models. Tutorials are provided that help you understand advanced creation topics, for instance the use of HTML5 and JavaScript to create web wallpapers.Closing WordsWallpaper Engine is a fantastic application for users and creators alike. As a user, you get to choose between thousands of wallpaper images, many of them animated or interactive. You can also create basic wallpapers quickly using the built-in editor.Creators with knowledge of the required scripting and programming languages can create interactive wallpapers using the same built-in tools.Summary12345 Author Rating4 based on 9 votes Software Name Wallpaper EngineOperating System WindowsSoftware Category MultimediaPrice USD 3.99Landing Page http://store.steampowered.com/app/431960/ Advertisementlast_img
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