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Assembly President calls on China to support reform of financial institutions

“The enormous economic crisis that we face today threatens to tip millions, perhaps billions, of our people into poverty of catastrophic proportions,” General Assembly President Miguel D’Escoto told a gathering at the China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing.He told the meeting that over 150 participating States at the Financing for Development Conference in Doha at the end of last year had called for a high-level international conference to review the international financial and monetary architecture, including a possible expansion in the representation of institutions such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).The 192-member General Assembly has decided that its President, Mr. D’Escoto, should be responsible for organizing the conference to be held in June.He announced today that he had included Yu Yongding, the Director of the Institute of World Economics and Politics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, as a member of the commission of experts to assist UN Member States in identifying problems and recommending solutions that will be considered in the run up to the June conference.Joseph Stiglitz, who won the Nobel Prize for Economics in 2001 and is a former chief economist at the World Bank, will chair the Commission of Experts on Reforms of the International Monetary and Financial System, which will suggest steps that Member States can take to secure a more stable global economic order.“The coming June conference represents an historic opportunity for the G77 and China,” said Mr. D’Escoto.“A new system is possible that can truly facilitate the integration of the developing countries into global decision making and ensure that the interests and concerns of all counties are taken into account,” he added.The Assembly President noted that the transformation of China as an economic powerhouse has captivated the world, and that it has “demonstrated what wise management, forward planning and cooperation – particularly South-South cooperation – can do.” 25 February 2009The President of the General Assembly today appealed to China to support United Nations initiatives to transform international financial, economic, monetary and trade policies in response to the current global economic and financial crises. read more

Automotive recall fatigue

(Update)With 40 million auto recalls already this year, 2014 is set to be the biggest year ever. And it’s creating what some are calling recall fatigue.More and more drivers are suffering from recall fatigue. They are tired of hearing about recalls and because there have been so many, drivers don’t really think the latest one applies to them. But this is now leading to a startling number of owners not getting their vehicles fixed, which can have serious consequences.There has been a new vehicle recall every week in 2014 — and it’s only halfway through the year. But already the numbers are at an all time high.Phil Edmonston, consumer advocate: “Over 40 million vehicles recalled so far this year, which is more than all the vehicles recalled last year. So this is a record breaking year for recall campaigns.”Another startling statistic — one third of all recalled vehicles will not get repaired. Experts say consumers are suffering from recall fatigue. They’re simply tired of hearing about recalls and are actively ignoring the notices.It’s the manufacturer’s responsibility to notify the owner of a recall. Then the manufacturer and the dealer are jointly responsible for carrying out the repair work free of charge and in a timely manner. But some onus also lies on the owner.Phil Edmonston: “The person who’s selling you their car and you’re buying it used, that person has responsibility to tell you all that they know about the vehicle, if not, they have a certain liability for having failed to disclose certain important parts when you bought the vehicle. The other thing though is that you have a responsibility when buying a vehicle to find out, are there outstanding recall campaigns?”If a person fails to fix a recalled part, they could be held responsible for the damages in an accident. Madeleine Agro is making sure she avoids this: “My vehicle has been recalled and I’ve received a letter from General Motors and we are awaiting parts and it’s going to be as soon as possible.”And it’s easy for the consumer to be proactive. One way is going straight to the manufacturer’s website.Jeff Taylor is with Eccles Auto Service: “Type in your VIN number, vehicle insurance number, which is on the car, ownership, on your insurance, type that in and go from there.”It is the owner’s responsibility to contact the manufacturer to update their address in order to receive the latest notices about recalls. And, if you’re buying a used vehicle and you want to find out whether the repairs have been carried out, you can contact the nearest authorized dealer and they’ll use the VIN number to consult the manufacturer’s database. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange

by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 22, 2014 3:09 pm MDT TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,315.13, up 65.14 points):DHX Media Ltd. (TSX:DHX). Entertainment. Up seven cents, or 0.98 per cent, to $7.20 on 7.4 million shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Down five cents, or 1.72 per cent, to $2.86 on 7 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Plane and train builder. Down two cents, or 0.53 per cent, to $3.76 on 5.7 million shares.Mercator Minerals Ltd. (TSX:ML). Miner. Down 0.5 cents, or 11.11 per cent, to four cents on 4.7 million shares.Romarco Minerals Inc. (TSX:R). Miner. Unchanged at 90 cents on 4.2 million shares.HudBay Minerals Inc. (TSX:HBM). Miner. Up 30 cents, or 2.75 per cent, to $11.21 on 3.2 million shares.Toronto Venture Exchange (1,010.88, up 4.40 points):Pine Cliff Energy Ltd. (TSX:PNE). Oil and gas. Up eight cents, or 4.71 per cent, to $1.78 on 9.6 million shares.Mena Hydrocarbons Inc. (TSXV:MNH). Oil and gas. Down 0.5 cents, or 20 per cent, to two cents on 3.7 million shares.Companies reporting major news:PrairieSky Royalty Ltd. (TSX:PSK). Oil and gas. Up $1.86, or 4.87 per cent, to $40.04 on 265,086 shares. On Monday afternoon, PrairieSky posted its financial results for the period between its May 27 start up and June 30. During that period, it posted net earnings of $23.9 million, or 18 cents per share on an adjusted basis, and revenues of $37.2 million.Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX:RCI.B). Communication services. Up 28 cents, or 0.67 per cent, to $42.14 on 974,310 shares. Analysts lauded moves by new CEO Guy Laurence to shake up the stagnant company as Rogers confirmed that it has eliminated “several hundred middle management positions” as part of its corporate revitalization plan. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange read more

Buckeyes remain at No 2 in AP Poll update

Brutus points into the southern student section after the Buckeyes game against Rutgers on Oct.1. The Buckeyes won 58-0. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorThe Ohio State football team routed Rutgers 58-0 on Saturday and stayed put at second in Sunday’s update of the Associated Press Top 25 Poll. The team at the top remains Alabama after it beat SEC opponent Kentucky 34-6. Clemson, led by a five touchdown performance from quarterback Deshaun Watson, narrowly edged out now-No. 7 Louisville in Death Valley on Saturday night by a final score of 42-36. It resulted in the Tigers replacing the Cardinals as the No. 3 team.No. 4 Michigan was able to hand Wisconsin its first loss of the season, bumping the Badgers down to No. 11. Washington comes in as the new team at the No. 5 spot after stomping then-No. 7 Stanford 44-6.After a second consecutive loss to a Big Ten opponent, Michigan State has dropped out of the top 25, leaving only four teams in the Big Ten remaining. Nebraska beat the Illinois Fighting Illini resulting in the Cornhuskers moving up from No. 15 to No. 12.The Buckeyes received six first-place votes, second only to Alabama’s 53 votes. Clemson and Michigan each had one first-place vote. read more

AES Gener signs long term renewable power supply agreement with Lundins Candelaria

first_imgAES Gener and the Candelaria Mine Complex copper operation, controlled by the Canadian Lundin Mining Corporation, have signed a long-term renewable energy supply agreement. The new contract, worth 1,100 GWh/year, will be provided by AES Gener with renewable energies and conditions agreed for 18 years from 2023. The contract allows for the supply of electricity. It gives Minera Candelaria access to long-term renewable energy, while reducing costs and enabling the ongoing optimisation of its operations.AES General Managing Director, Ricardo Manuel Falú, said that this contract was an important step in the implementation of the company’s new strategy, which aimed to prolong long-term relationships with its customers and trading partners and to make Chile’s electricity supply more green and more sustainable. “The agreement with Minera Candelaria fits into the new business solution of Green Blend and Extend (Blextend) of AES Gener, which extends the existing contractual and commercial relations with our trading partners on the basis of a fully renewable and competitive electricity supply in line with our mission to improve life by accelerating a more secure and sustainable energy future,” said the General Manager of AES Gener.Falú adds that the contract also states that AES Gener will work with Minera Candelaria in optimising the consumption of electricity works, energy efficiency, energy storage, electromobility, self-generation and relief projects. Phillip Brumit, President of Minera Candelaria, said: “This strategic alliance with AES Gener is very relevant to the future of our operations, which ensures the provision of a vital input for our process. of production, with a marked footprint on sustainability and innovation.This is another step that will help us fulfil our mission of being a world-class mining company that contributes to the development and well-being of our workers, communities, the region of Atacama and Chile.”last_img read more

Verizon et Google travaillent ensemble pour concurrencer liPad

first_imgVerizon et Google travaillent ensemble pour concurrencer l’iPadÉtats-Unis – L’opérateur Verizon Wireless et le géant du net Google ont monté un partenariat afin de mettre au point une tablette numérique capable de concurrencer l’iPad d’Apple. L’opérateur téléphonique Verizon Wireless a annoncé hier qu’il travaillait de pair avec Google dans le cadre du développement d’une tablette numérique. Lowell McAdam, le directeur général de Verizon, a déclaré : “Nous regardons tout ce que Google a dans ses archives et que nous pourrions mettre dans une tablette pour une expérience formidable”.En tête de liste, le système d’exploitation Android mais Verizon a également choisi cet associé pour sa solidité. En effet, aux États-Unis, l’iPad est distribué par AT&T, lequel a un accord d’exclusivité avec Apple pour l’iPhone et pour les iPad Wi-Fi et 3G. Le 12 mai 2010 à 15:33 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Japon plus de 7 millions de personnes disent Au revoir lénergie nucléaire

first_imgJapon : plus de 7 millions de personnes disent “Au revoir l’énergie nucléaire”La pétition “Au revoir l’énergie nucléaire” qui a pour objectif de recueillir au moins 10 millions de signatures d’ici à la mi-juillet a déjà obtenu 7,23 millions de paraphes. C’est ce qu’ont annoncé à Tokyo les responsables de l’opération.Des militants anti-nucléaires japonais ont mis en place une pétition intitulée “Au revoir l’énergie nucléaire”. Une initiative qui vise à démontrer que 80% de la population japonaise aspire à se passer d’énergie nucléaire et que réaliser des économies d’énergies supplémentaires est encore possible. Soutenue par des personnalités telles que le prix Nobel de littérature Kenzaburo Oe, le compositeur et pianiste Ryuichi Sakamoto ou encore le journaliste dénonciateur de scandales Satoshi Kamata, la pétition formule diverses exigences.  À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Elle demande l’arrêt définitif et le démantèlement des 50 réacteurs actuellement stoppés, le gel des projets de construction, le renoncement aux surrégénérateurs, la mise en place d’une usine de retraitement et enfin l’accélération de la transition vers les énergies renouvelables. Cette pétition, ouverte aux étrangers, fait bien entendu suite à l’accident de Fukushima. “Depuis cette catastrophe, la nature alentour (prés, champs, forêts, rivières, mers) est polluée et de nombreuses personnes qui vivaient à proximité ont tout perdu”, insistent les militants qui dénoncent une énergie excessivement dangereuse et difficilement maîtrisable. Cités par l’AFP, ils soulignent également que “les répercussions ne se limitent pas aux environs de la centrale. On ignore les effets que cet accident aura sur diverses régions et personnes, particulièrement les enfants”. M. Oe a déclaré hier, lors d’une manifestation qui a rassemblé environ 2.300 personnes en plein Tokyo, que la “pétition possède une puissante force, nous allons continuer”. Et pour cause, sur les 10 millions de signatures attendues, la pétition en compterait déjà 7,23. Plusieurs autres événements anti-nucléaires sont ainsi programmés dans la capitale nippone dans les semaines à venir.Le 8 juin 2012 à 09:37 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

SIDA VIH virus transmission traitement test de quoi sagitil

first_imgSIDA / VIH : virus, transmission, traitement, test, de quoi s’agit-il ?Le virus de l’immunodéficience humaine, ou VIH, est un virus responsable du syndrome d’immunodéficience acquise (SIDA). Comment se transmet-il et comment le soigner ?Définition : qu’est ce que le VIH ?Le virus de l’immunodéficience humaine (VIH) est un virus pouvant causer la maladie appelée syndrome immunodéficience acquise (SIDA). Le VIH est un virus qui s’en prend au système immunitaire, autrement dit les défenses naturelles du corps contre la maladie. C’est pourquoi chez les personnes atteintes du sida, de simples infections anodines comme une grippe ou une bronchite peuvent s’aggraver et devenir très difficiles à traiter, pouvant aller jusqu’à entraîner la mort.La différence entre le VIH et les autres virus est que généralement les virus sont détruits par le système immunitaire. Or, le VIH atteint directement le système immunitaire et prend le contrôle des cellules T CD4. Ces cellules ont pour rôle de gérer la réponse immunitaire lorsqu’un virus se présente. Le VIH utilise ces mêmes cellules pour se répandre, en les endommageant et les détruisant. Le VIH s’attaque par conséquent directement au système immunitaire, dont le but est normalement de combattre les virus.Le VIH est encore aujourd’hui un problème majeur de santé publique. Plus de 34 millions de personnes sont mortes depuis son apparition chez l’homme dans les années 1980.   Transmission du VIHLe VIH se transmet uniquement par les liquides corporels : le sang, le sperme, les sécrétions vaginales, ainsi que le lait maternel. Ces liquides ne peuvent transmettre le virus uniquement lorsqu’ils sont en contact avec une muqueuse, c’est-à-dire une zone qui peut le laisser entrer dans l’organisme (muqueuse buccale, utérine…). Autrement dit, la peau ne laisse pas passer le VIH !Si le risque de transmission par des baisers, ou par l’utilisation de verres ou de couverts avec une personne contaminée n’existe pas, le VIH se transmet le plus souvent au cours d’activités sexuelles non protégées. Il était souvent transmis auparavant via l’échange de seringues chez les personnes utilisant des drogues injectables, mais ce facteur a été considérablement réduit grâce aux mesures visant à distribuer des seringues stériles afin d’éviter ce type d’échange.Symptômes : comment se présente le VIH ?Le tableau clinique de l’infection par le VIH évolue selon les différents stadesde la maladie. Au début, on parle de phase deprimo-infection, ou de première phase. Durant celle-ci, la personne infectée peut rester asymptomatique, ou bien peut développer des symptômes semblables à ceux de la grippe ou de la mononucléose. Les symptômes, qui peuvent persister d’une semaine à un mois puis disparaissent, sont : une fièvre, des maux de gorge, des maux de tête, des rougeurs sur la peau, une grande fatigue ainsi que des douleurs musculaires et articulaires.La deuxième phase, ou phase asymptomatique, est une période durant laquelle la personne séropositive ne présente pas de symptômes, même si le virus s’attaque au système immunitaire en silence.Enfin, la troisième phase, ou phase de SIDA, est une phase durant laquelle les symptômes apparaissent, car le système immunitaire est dépassé par le virus. Elle peut apparaître au bout de 2 à 15 ans après l’infection. Des symptômes peuvent alors devenir plus fréquents, persistants, et parfois chroniques. Ils comprennent, entre autres, une fièvre, des sueurs nocturnes, une perte de poids importante, un gonflement des ganglions, des diarrhées persistantes, des infections cutanées, un essoufflement… Cette phase provoque également l’apparition de certains cancers ou manifestations pathologiques graves. Dépistage : quand faire le test du VIH ?Le test de dépistage classique du VIH est réalisé à partir d’uneprise de sang. Il faut compter six semaines après une exposition au risque avant que la contamination ne soit détectable dans le sang. Il est donc inutile de faire un test avant ce délai. En effet, s’il est effectué trop tôt, il peut être négatif alors que la personne est porteuse du virus. L’obtention du résultat se fait ensuite entre trois semaines et un mois.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Il existe également un test de dépistage rapide à partir d’une goutte de sang prélevé au bout d’un doigt. Il permet d’obtenir un résultat fiable en quelques minutes mais nécessite un délai d’au moins trois mois après l’exposition au risque. Traitement : comment vivre avec le VIH ?Il n’existe aujourd’hui aucun traitement permettant de guérir du SIDA. Malgré l’absence de vaccin, il existe cependant des traitements adaptés permettant de bloquer la multiplication du VIH dans leur organisme et ainsi de garder un système immunitaire opérationnel.Ces traitements s’appellent trithérapie et multithérapie car ils combinent l’action de plusieurs molécules antirétrovirales. La trithérapie étant l’association de trois molécules anti-rétrovirales qui empêchent la multiplication du virus et permettent d’augmenter le nombre de globules blancs. À savoir que les antirétroviraux peuvent causer des effets secondaires indésirables à long terme, notamment diabète ou hypercholestérolémie dans 60 % des cas.Le 17 février 2016 à 12:20 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Man United owners have no plans to sell amid Saudi interest

first_imgThe Glazer family have no interest in selling Manchester United or even a stake in it for the near future, amid reports of a £4bn takeover bid from Saudi ArabiaThe Sunday Mirror had linked the Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, who is worth £850bn, with a stunning £4bn takeover of United over the weekend and suggested a formal meeting would take place in the next couple of weeks.This came after United’s share price skyrocketed over the past months that saw shares hit an all-time high on the New York Stock Exchange of $27.65 with Forbes valuing the club at around £3.2bn.This comes 13 years after the Glazer family completed their £790m takeover at Old Trafford, which left United heavily in debt afterwards.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.But the Guardian reports that United owners Joel and Avram Glazer have started no discussions nor do they have any real interest in selling the club.Had the Glazer family sold their shares of the 20-time English champions then they could have left with a massive profit of £2.2bn.United already have business interests in Saudi Arabia due to their partnership with the telecommunications firm Saudi Telecom.last_img read more

Man drives wrong way on I205 in suspected stolen car

first_imgPolice are looking for a man who drove an allegedly stolen Jeep Cherokee north on southbound Interstate 205 before abandoning the vehicle on the hillside and fleeing on foot Wednesday evening.Details were sketchy.Around 6 p.m. a dark green Jeep Cherokee with Oregon plates drove north on a southbound ramp to I-205 and continued driving north on the freeway, according to emergency radio traffic monitored by The Columbian.He abandoned the Jeep on the hillside and bailed out of the car at the Northeast 18th Street overpass, heading west on foot.The man supposedly has blond hair and was wearing a black jacket and carrying a red duffel bag at the time.Police set up a perimeter to the west of I-205 to try and catch him. They also alerted the local Walmart in case he tried to duck in there and blend in. Although police searched several yards, the man was still at large at The Columbian’s press time.last_img read more

Gig Harbor man accused of ducttaping dogs mouth shut

first_imgTACOMA — A Gig Harbor man accused of duct-taping the mouth of his son’s dog to stop the animal’s barking has been charged with felony animal cruelty.The News Tribune reports that 57-year-old Paul G. Sweeney pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Pierce County Superior Court and was released pending trial.Court records say a passer-by spotted the 2-year-old Doberman pinscher Monday in Sweeney’s backyard. The witness told police the animal’s muzzle was taped shut and the dog had tape around its front legs.Court papers say a responding sheriff’s deputy found the dog lying on the ground with duct tape “wrapped several times” around its muzzle.Animal control confiscated the dog. Court documents say the animal recovered well after some water and rest in a cool room.Paul Sweeney’s son, Zak Sweeney, owns the dog. He told the newspaper his father is a good man and the dog was fine.last_img read more

Macaus USowned operators to benefit from thawing of USChina trade tensions

first_img Load More 70% of Macau gaming market driven by 400,000 premium players: brokerage The temporary thawing of trade tensions between the United States and China is set to ease concerns surrounding Macau concession renewals and benefit the stocks of Macau’s three US-based concessionaires – Wynn, MGM and Las Vegas Sands (LVS).The potential positives of last week’s G20 Summit – which saw US President Donald Trump and China’s Xi Jinping agree to a 90-day trade truce ahead of further talks – were highlighted in a series of notes from investment bank Morgan Stanley on Monday predicting an improved outlook for the three IR operators. Osaka Governor planning to start operator recruitment process this year New Chief Executive vows to protect Macau’s gaming and tourism industry from harm RelatedPosts It follows recent stock price falls amid concerns that the looming US-China trade war could negatively impact their prospects of having their gaming licenses re-instated upon their looming expiry – MGM in 2020 followed by Wynn and LVS in 2022.“A thawing of the trade tensions between the US and China should alleviate some concerns around Macau concession renewals,” said Morgan Stanley’s Thomas Allen, Praveen Choudhary, Bradford Dalinka and Michael M DeLalio.“While the Macau concession language notes that the licenses must be re-tendered upon expiry, numerous conversations with Macau-focused lawyers, legislators and operators have suggested that the incumbents are best positioned to continue to operate, unless the Chinese/Macau governments decide otherwise.“Given what appears to be an improving trade relationship between US and China, we see a greater likelihood the concessions are renewed, at some cost.”Morgan Stanley noted that Wynn and LVS saw their largest ever quarterly declines in top 100 asset managers’ portfolio allocation in 3Q18, with LVS having US$9 billion of capital withdrawn by three asset managers and Wynn US$4 billion.“This group is primarily made up of long only investment funds that, based on our conversations, saw outsized risk of these companies losing their Macau concessions given the trade tensions between China and the US,” it said.Notably, Morgan Stanley maintains LVS as its preferred Macau stock.“We continue to recommend investors own LVS as the way to play the Macau structural growth story,” it said. “LVS is the mass market share leader in the market (at 30%, second highest has 18% share) driven by the greatest number of hotel rooms (12,000, next closest 4,000). Consensus in our view wrongly assumes LVS loses market share in Macau in 2019 while we believe the continued strength in mass market versus weakness in VIP/premium mass will lead to LVS holding share and driving EBITDA outperformance.“In addition, we see LVS as the front runner to win one of the three casino licenses in Japan, and see $3 to $7 of incremental present value from a Japan license.”The thawing of trade tensions aside, there are also other potential upsides on the horizon for Macau’s gaming stocks including better than expected November GGR growth of 8.5% on the back of strong grind mass as well as impressive numbers utilizing the recently opened Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge.Macau’s Public Security Force last week revealed that 800,000 visitors either entered or departed Macau via the bridge in the first month of operation, representing around 14% of total visitation – well above Morgan Stanley’s 500,000 estimate.last_img read more

Man gets 5 years in prison for global cell phone fraud scheme

first_img Post a comment The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. $999 The scheme focused on making international calls for free. Getty Images A Florida judge slapped a former state resident with a 65-month prison sentence Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to charges linked to a phone cloning ring.Braulio De la Cruz Vasquez, 54, was part of a “sophisticated global cell phone fraud scheme” that stole access to people’s accounts and fraudulently opened new ones using their personal information, the US Department of Justice said in a statement.He set up a “call site” in his West Palm Beach home and used the stolen data to re-program phones he controlled, the department said. From there, De la Cruz’s co-conspirators (four of whom have already been sentenced) would make international calls via the internet and he’d route them through the cloned phones — making the people whose information had been stolen foot the bills, according to the plea agreement.He admitted that his partners sent him around 2,158 numbers owned by US phone account holders between 2011 and 2013 and that he got tens of thousands of dollars from at least one Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) company for routing international calls, the DOJ noted.De la Cruz is a citizen of the Dominican Republic and was extradited from that country to face the charges. He was charged with three counts of fraud, two related to illegal telecom device use and one for identity theft. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Security Best Buy Comments I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. $520 at HP Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Sarah Tew/CNET Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Hacking,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $155 at Google Express See it $59 at eBay $60 at Best Buy Tags CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $299 at Amazon What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. The Cheapskate Sprint 0 $6 at Tidal See It Angela Lang/CNET $999 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Read Google Home Hub review Sarah Tew/CNET $999 $210 at Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET Read Lenovo Smart Clock review See It Turo See at Turocenter_img Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET Boost Mobile Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Chris Monroe/CNET Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Share your voice Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) See at Amazon Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) 7 $999 Read the Rylo camera preview See It Tags Share your voice Rylo Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Read the AirPods review Read DJI Osmo Action preview Apple iPhone XS Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Amazonlast_img read more

Microsoft considering sell back option for digital copies of Xbox game

first_imgWalk into most games retail stores today and used games will have as much, if not more shelf space than new stock. That’s because used game sales are big business for retailers, with profit margins typically higher than a new boxed copy sale, especially when you consider the same game can be sold multiple times over its lifetime.With the growing popularity of digital copies of games purchased directly from Sony/Microsoft/Nintendo, the used market is shrinking. However, it may make a comeback in the future for digital games, at least on Xbox.A leaked Xbox survey has revealed a question relating to a digital games sell back feature. Here’s the question in full:“If the console digital games store for the console you owned offered customers the option to “sell back” their digital games to the store for 10% of the purchase price in store credit, would you be interested in such an offer?”So what Microsoft is suggesting is any game you purchased directly on your Xbox as a digital copy could be sold back for 10% of the purchase price. If you bought a game for $60, you’d therefore get back $6 in credit to spend on something else. That’s not a lot of money, but it is $6 more than you can get now. If you own a lot of digital games, sell backs would soon add up and cover most of a new game purchase.Unless the console companies support a digital games sell back program it isn’t going to happen. Microsoft is clearly considering such a program as it’s clear that digital games will eventually become the norm whether we like it or not.I think if such a system were introduced, Microsoft would have to be more generous with the sell back pricing. For example, if you spent $60 on a game and wanted to sell it back within the first week, you should be getting 30-50% back, first month? 20% back, then 10% after that. You can’t really make the percentages higher because a lot of games can be completed easily within a month of intensive play. In fact, a sell back program with tiers like this could encourage developers to add more value to their games so you want to keep playing them for longer.last_img read more

Best of Last Week–First image of dark matter web why shoes come

first_img In news from space, a team with Southwest Research Institute discovered evidence for a habitable region within Saturn’s moon Enceladus—its ocean floor. Also, representatives for the Event Horizon Telescope project reported that the group had conducted a joint venture to piece together the first image of a black hole—the team includes astronomers manning a large network of telescopes around the globe, each of whom aimed their sights on a chosen black hole for five nights in a row.In other news, a team at MIT announced that they had developed a device that pulls water from dry air powered only by the sun—even at conditions with just 20 percent humidity. Also, a team at the University of Zurich found that brain stimulation could influence honest behavior—by applying a small jolt of electricity to the brain, the team found they could make volunteers play more honestly in a die-rolling experiment. And a team at UC Berkeley made headlines by developing a shoe-string theory explaining why shoelaces come untied. And a team at the Institute for Integrative Nanosciences in Germany tested sperm as a possible candidate for delivering cancer medications in female patients—by affixing little helmets onto their heads.And finally, if you are someone who suffers from an increased sense of anxiety, you may want to read a report from a team at the University of Illinois. They found a link between brain structure, anxiety and negative bias in healthy adults—they discovered that volunteers with a relatively small inferior frontal cortex were more likely to suffer from anxiety. (ScienceX)—It was another good week for physics as an international team of researchers discovered strange forces acting on nanoparticles, which were related to looking at the Casimir Effect using quantum field theory. Also, a trio of physicists from LSU in the U.S. and Universidad de Valencia in Spain reported on their discovery of hidden aspects of electrodynamics, which they claimed advanced Maxwell’s theory of electromagnetism. And a team at the University of Waterloo captured the first ‘image’ of a dark matter web that connects galaxies—a composite image depicting what the team believes is dark matter exerting a force between multiple galaxies, tying them together. © 2017 ScienceX Researchers capture first ‘image’ of a dark matter web that connects galaxies Dark matter filaments bridge the space between galaxies in this false colour map. The locations of bright galaxies are shown by the white regions and the presence of a dark matter filament bridging the galaxies is shown in red. Credit: S. Epps & M. Hudson / University of Waterloocenter_img Citation: Best of Last Week–First ‘image’ of dark matter web, why shoes come untied and a link between brain structure and anxiety (2017, April 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Apples New 6Digit Passcodes What Do They Mean for Your BYOD Policy

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Apple’s release of iOS 9 last month has done us all a tremendous public service: It’s brought mobile security into the spotlight for small businesses.Related: 11 Tips to Secure Mobile Devices and Client DataThis new and latest version of the operating system expands the iOS default pass-code lock setting from a four-digit to six-digit PIN. That’s an especially big plus for businesses with a “bring your own device” (BYOD) policy, allowing employees to work on their personal laptops, smartphones and tablets.A six-digit PIN, in essence, makes it dramatically more difficult for potential attackers to crack devices. By expanding the default length of a passcode by just two digits, the number of potential entry combinations increases from just 10,000 to one million.But beyond this welcome increase in protection for users of iPhones, the iOS9 move has prompted many businesses to begin questioning how they address mobile device security overall. New research from IBM Security found that a vast majority of businesses today don’t sufficiently secure their employees’ devices with even the most rudimentary of features.The findings reveal that among those businesses that currently enforce passcode use on employee mobile devices at all, 87 percent require only a numeric PIN. Of those companies, 79 percent mandate the bare minimum: a four-to-five-digit numeric passcode that takes just 18 minutes for sophisticated cybercriminals to crack, according to the iOS Hacker’s Handbook.A six-digital alphanumeric passcode, by comparison, might take the most skilled hacker up to 196 years to infiltrate.This minimalist attitude toward mobile security among most mobile users and their employers has continued despite the growing value of company records: The average cost of a lost or stolen record containing sensitive and confidential information increased this year to $154 — reflecting the rising threat from cybercriminals looking to capitalize on mobile as an attack vector.Apple’s move, however, could be the catalyst needed to bring mobile security into focus, especially for small businesses that simply cannot afford costly data breaches. Considering that the BYOD phenomenon has reached its prominence largely due to the simplicity, flexibility and convenience that mobile provides, it’s incredibly encouraging that as the security of devices evolves, the tech industry is making it simpler for users to better protect themselves, through such innovations as touch authentication.Making security strong yet simple is critical to an effective defense against cybercrime. A recent Ponemon Institute study found that many workers don’t understand the risk that an insecure mobile devices poses for their employers, prompting them to look for workarounds. Millennials, in particular — who by 2020 will make up approximately 50 percent of the U.S. workforce — have grown up in a world where technology is at their fingertips, and if extra steps for protection prove to be a hassle, millenials are going to reject them, or find a way to circumvent them.In fact, the younger generation’s comfort with mobile and social can lead them to take unnecessary risks, such as downloading new, unvetted apps, and connecting to hot spots. A recent survey found that 56 percent of millennials were fine with downloading apps without reading permissions. This is a scary realization, considering that IBM recently found that nearly 40 percent of companies that issue mobile applications for customers aren’t properly securing them. This leaves open tremendous windows of opportunities for hackers.Related: Mobile app security firm Wegilant raises $500K from Ravi Gururaj, other angel investorsApple’s latest security features are the first step on the path toward shutting down mobile attacks, but device-level security is only the start of the conversation. While the move to six digit passcodes will spur nearly 80 percent of companies to update their BYOD policies, it will also open the door for organizations — small businesses, especially — to begin thinking more deeply about how to best protect and manage data on mobile devices. This entails use across the entire transmission path: from device to network to application and beyond.The key to successful implementation will be to collaboratively develop employee-focused security policies that can account for the evolving mobile technology and threat landscape. To get started, here are three best practices to consider:Many employees don’t understand the risks of using unsecured mobile devices and apps, nor are they trained on mobile security in the workplace. Communicating this information is key.Regardless of their generation, industry or job, the vast majority of people want to balance ease of use with secure protection of their data. Require passcodes for employee mobile devices, but also ensure that they can employ easy-to-use technology, such as touch authentication (if available) which will keep devices secure without sacrificing convenience.Investigate ways to strengthen the security of data on mobile devices, and use technology to your benefit via tools that can scan apps, detect malicious apps/malware and then take action if needed.Overall, flexibility is key to accomplishing mobile security goals. Offering employees the freedom and flexibility they crave with their mobile usage should be a priority — as long as it’s done securely enough to help protect against the world’s increasingly large and dangerous networks of hackers. Related: Our Collective Mobile Security Blind Spot 5 min read October 13, 2015 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »last_img read more

Government pledges to speed up construction of San Carlos highway

first_imgResidents and business owners from Costa Rica’s northern zone met with President Luis Guillermo Solís Wednesday to ask him to move faster to build a new road to the region, a project they have been awaiting for more than 40 years.Solís promised in June that most of the 28-kilometer road, known as the San Carlos Highway, would be ready by the end of his term in 2018. The highway will connect the Alajuela cantons of San Ramón, in the Central Valley, and San Carlos, in the northern zone.Very little progress was made on the road during the past two administrations, however Public Works and Transport (MOPT) Minister Carlos Segnini said current estimates are to finish the northern stretch of the road by mid-2016 and the central segment by the end of 2017.Delays have mostly been due to the lengthy legal procedures required to expropriate private property along the route. Currently the government is in negotiations with the owners of 80 percent of the required properties. Negotiations are still pending with some 28 properties, Segnini said.On Wednesday afternoon Solís declared the project of public interest in order to expedite all remaining expropriations.The project’s timetable also suffered an eight-month delay this year due to a complaint for alleged environmental damage to a wetland. The complaint was filed by ruling Citizen Action Party lawmaker Javier Cambronero Arguedas.An Environmental Court dismissed the complaint in November after an on-site technical inspection did not find any damage caused by road construction.Segnini asked lawmakers and citizen groups to refrain from further delaying the project. “We hope there will not be any more citizens or lawmakers getting creative with similar complaints just to halt the project,” the minister said.MOPT’s main concern now is that technical studies for the construction of the southern stretch of the highway are delayed, and won’t be ready until May.“We currently don’t know whether we will be able to finish the southern stretch. We are not even sure if we will start work on it,” Segnini said.The northern region, and particularly the canton of San Carlos, is an area rich in ​​agriculture and livestock production. It also has several tourist destinations where hotels, restaurants and tour operators have developed successful businesses. Facebook Comments Related posts:New bridge planned for Costa Rica – Panama border Hablando paja: What if Jesus had been born in Costa Rica? Travel Alert: MOPT suspends daily closures on Route 32 Construction to begin soon to curb heavy traffic on Circunvalación beltwaylast_img read more

In South Africa killer of antiapartheid leader gets parole

first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A man convicted for the 1993 assassination of Chris Hani, a leading opponent of the white minority rule in South Africa at the time, was granted parole on Friday.Clive Derby-Lewis, who has cancer, was granted medical parole by Judge Selby Baqwa in a court in the South African capital, Pretoria, the justice ministry said.Derby-Lewis, now 79, has applied for parole several times in recent years. In January this year, Justice Minister Michael Masutha rejected Derby-Lewis’ application, saying he did not show any remorse. Comments   Share   Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img This time, the judge ruled in favor of parole instead of deferring the decision to the ministry because “time is of the essence,” said Mthunzi Mhaga, a justice ministry spokesman.Derby-Lewis could be released by next week, Mhaga said.More than 20 years ago, Derby Lewis and Polish immigrant Janusz Walus were sentenced to life in prison for the shooting of Hani. Hani was the leader of the South African Communist Party and head of the military wing of the African National Congress, the main anti-apartheid movement that became the ruling party in South Africa’s first all-race elections in 1994.Walus, who remains in jail, said after his arrest that he and Derby-Lewis, a proponent of white minority rule, hoped the assassination would plunge South Africa into chaos ahead of the elections. The murder sparked some rioting, but the elections proceeded.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Four benefits of having a wireless security system Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

Pan Pacific Melbourne officially launches

first_imgPan Pacific MelbournePan Pacific Melbourne officially launchesMelbourne unveils a fresh new look and an exceptional accommodation offering from one of Asia Pacific’s leading hotel groups.When Pan Pacific Hotels Group acquired its second Australian Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts property hotel – Pan Pacific Melbourne South Wharf– in July 2017, it did so with an ambitious plan to put its own stamp on the 8-year old hotel.Almost one year on, the hotel has officially launched following an extensive refurbishment – and it’s definitely been well worth the wait!Located on the banks of the Yarra, the property first opened its doors as the Hilton South Wharf Melbourne in 2009, coinciding with the launch of the new Convention Centre and Plenary Hall at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre, and the eight-year old building was due for a makeover.Pan Pacific Hotels Group engaged CHADA, one of the world’s leading interior design studios, to give the property a stylish – and very comprehensive, face-lift. Taking almost ten months to complete, the multimillion dollar refurbishment has totally transformed the hotel into a uniquely Pan Pacific experience. And the end result is nothing short of spectacular.The overall look and feel of the hotel’s interiors are now very much in keeping with its location at Melbourne’s iconic South Wharf. A dramatic departure from dark red hues of the original entrance, the ground floor lobby now offers up a serene, light filled expanse of whites and blues and greys, interspersed with spectacular artworks that pay homage to the South Wharf precinct’s maritime history.All the key touch points including the Main Lobby, Lobby Lounge and Reception have been extensively refreshed, with new carpets and finishes added throughout, a key consideration when developing the design brief according to Pan Pacific Melbourne’s General Manager, Craig Bonnor. “For us the guest arrival experience is crucial, because you can’t make a first impression twice, and there is no doubt the new lobby delivers a much more stylish, contemporary and inviting guest environment.”Upstairs, the exclusive Pacific Club Lounge on Level 4 with its panoramic city views, has also received an extensive facelift. Accommodating up to 120 people and available exclusively to Pacific Club guests, new furniture and finishes throughout the lounge and dining areas embrace traditional textures, delivered with a distinctly urban flare. The premium lounge offers up almost 370sqm of functional spaces tailored to the needs business and leisure travellers alike, with the new Small Zones compartments providing a clever alternative to the office or a café for meetings or just catching up – all of it underpinned by Pan Pacific’s signature gracious and dependable service.Pan Pacific Melbourne’s 396 spacious Guest Rooms have also been fitted out with an array of fresh new features designed specifically with guest comfort and functionality in mind. Rooms have been re-painted and re-carpeted in earthy tones. Other new additions also include chic desk lamps and sleek timber side tables, as well as contemporary armchairs and ottomans.Pan Pacific Melbourne is also the ideal base for exploring Melbourne. Located in a premium position in the heart of the city’s bustling South Wharf precinct, the hotel is close to some of the Melbourne’s most popular tourist attractions, as well as the City Centre, Southbank and Flinders Street Station, not to mention an array of numerous award-winning restaurants and unique retail offerings right on its doorstep.With direct access to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, the hotel is also the city’s premier venue for MICE travel, catering for everything from intimate gatherings to grand galas to major conferences, with state-of-the-art facilities spanning 400 sqm of flexible meeting and events space, supported by two premium dining outlets – Dock 37 Bar & Kitchen and Café Orr, and a 24-hour fitness centre.Says Bonnor, “We are incredibly excited to unveil the new look Pan Pacific Melbourne to our guests. Not only does this only mark a significant milestone for the hotel, more importantly, it will offer our guests a true Pan Pacific experience where every touchpoint is focused on easing life’s stresses in an otherwise fast-paced world and bringing back balance to travellers.”Visiting Australia to celebrate the official launch of Pan Pacific Melbourne and Pan Pacific Hotels Group’s global rebranding, CEO Lothar Nessmann couldn’t agree more.“This past year has seen the Pan Pacific Melbourne undergo a dramatic transformation. The result is an exceptional property that is perfectly in sync with Melbourne’s stylish and progressive personality. We are really excited to be able to deliver the city with an unparalleled accommodation experience that integrates warm people, intuitive design and thoughtful processes, and one which is fully reflective of PPHG’s ethos of sincerity, that we know will appeal to anyone contemplating leisure or business travel in Victoria’s capital.”While here, Nessmann also unveiled an exciting proposal for an expansive roof top bar atop the hotel’s 20th floor intended to make the most of the property’s spectacular and untrammelled views across the Melbourne skyline, which are currently awaiting final planning approval. A first for Melbourne, the proposed bar is sure to well and truly cement the property as one of the city’s iconic, must-visit destinations. Source = Pan Pacific Melbourne For more information about Pan Pacific Melbourne please visit: information about Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts generally, please visit: https://www.panpacific.comlast_img read more

Rumored Europe Relief Sends Up Shares for Lenders

first_imgRumored Europe Relief Sends Up Shares for Lenders in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing September 26, 2011 391 Views After a drought for good news, markets and mortgage lenders found reason to celebrate Monday with a late-day flood by investors to their stocks. Confidence-boosting measures by government officials led the charge by investors to lenders like “”Bank of America””: and “”JPMorgan Chase””:, with central bankers in Europe mustering up an aid package for debt-ridden countries.[IMAGE]In a helpful sign for the markets, European Union leaders may broaden the European Financial Stability Fund as a way to dig member-states Portugal, Italy, and Greece, among others, out a debt hole, according to “”CNN””: news service found investors rallying around Bank of America, “”Citigroup””:, JPMorgan, “”Goldman Sachs””:, and “”Wells Fargo””: At end of day, the Dow boasted a 272.38-point surge, the highest in recent days, with other indices following suit.JPMorgan leapt ahead the pack with a 2.06-percent jump in stocks, with shares for the lender closing at $31.65. [COLUMN_BREAK]Shares for Citigroup followed close behind, with prices per share wrapping up at $26.72, reflecting a 1.74-percent climb forward.For Wells Fargo, shares closed at $24.79 after a 4.64-percent gain on the Dow, while those for Goldman Sachs tied off at $99.14 after a 3.96-percent scale-up. Shares for Bank of America tied off at $6.60 following a 4.60-percent drive into green territory.CNN quoted “”Joseph Saluzzi””:, co-head of equity trading with “”Themis Trading””:, as saying, “”The plan is getting investors excited, but I question if this is sustainable. It’s just more hocus pocus and waving a magic wand without addressing the real issues.””The rally signals something positive for embattled Bank of America in particular. The mortgage giant continues to face a slew of suits from attorneys general, federal agencies, and homeowners over bad mortgage-backed securities it acquired in the Countrywide Financial Corp. purchase.Stocks and shares quivered in few ways over other news about Bank of America, which the “”_Wall Street Journal_””: found in talks to sell its correspondent mortgage unit to “”Fortress Investment Group LLC””:, a New York-based private-equity firm.According to the _Journal_, a unit belonging to Fortress, Texas-based Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc., continues to chug along with the still-brittle deal as it concludes due diligence.center_img Agents & Brokers Bank of America Citigroup Company News Investment Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers Shares Stocks Wells Fargo 2011-09-26 Ryan Schuette Sharelast_img read more