MH370 Crash expert certain on black boxes

first_img““You can then then swap out sonar system with imaging system, a camera system to go take pictures of the debris field so you can positively identify that it is aircraft wreckage or something else,” Captain Matthews said. Blue Fin did not discover any objects on its first mission, however, US Navy captain Mark Matthews said that the AUV will continue to measure the density of objects to see if anything is metallic, which could indicate plane wreckage. Australian search officials are concerned that a new AUV may be needed because Bluefin 21 cannot go beyond depths of 4.5km below sea level. Meanwhile, the Automated Under Water Vehicle (AUV) Blue Fin 21 is continuing to look for the wreckage in the depths of the Indian Ocean after its first data finding mission was aborted after six hours. Mr Mearns was previously awarded the Order of Australia in 2008 for helping find the wreckage of the historic ship HMAS Sydney and the wreckage of Air France flight 447 in the Atlantic Ocean. A crash expert is certain that the international search for the wreckage of doomed Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will be solved and the black boxes will be found.center_img “They have got four very, very good detections with the right spectrum of noise coming from them and it can’t be from anything else.” “While the government hasn’t announced that yet, if somebody asked me ‘technically do they have enough information to say that? My answer is unequivocally, yes,” Mr Mearns said. Once any human made objects are found, search command can reprogram Blue Fin 21 to gather high resolution images for further inspection. David Mearns, who is the director of Blue Water Recoveries believes the frequency of the ‘pings’ that Australia’s Ocean Shield boat detected can only be sonar from the MH370 black boxes, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.last_img read more

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Mortgage Roundup Rates Hover Near 3Year Lows Applications Rise

first_imgMortgage Roundup: Rates Hover Near 3-Year Lows, Applications Rise Freddie Mac MBA Mortgage Applications Mortgage Interest Rates 2016-04-21 Staff Writer Share Interest rates for home loans remained near 3-year lows this week, while coincidentally, mortgage applications experienced a jump. Are consumers finally taking advantage of historically low rates?Freddie Mac reported in its Primary Mortgage Market Survey that the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.59 percent this week with an average 0.6 point, just slightly up from last week’s rate of 3.58 percent. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.65 percent.Sean Becketti, Chief Economist at Freddie Mac said, “Volatility in financial markets subsided over the past week, allowing Treasury yields to stabilize. As a result, the 30-year mortgage rate was mostly flat, up only 1 basis point to 3.59 percent. The release of March’s existing-home sales report, which shows monthly growth at 5.1 percent, suggests homebuyers are taking advantage of low mortgage rates as the spring homebuying season gets underway.”The 15-year FRM averaged 2.85 percent this week with an average 0.5 point, down from last week when it averaged 2.86 percent, Freddie Mac reported. The 15-year FRM averaged 2.92 percent a year ago at this time. The 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 2.81 percent this week with an average 0.5 point, down from last week when it averaged 2.84 percent. It averaged 2.84 percent one year ago.Mortgage applications also experienced a jump this week, which means that consumers are taking advantage of low rates.The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) reported this week that mortgage applications increased 1.3 percent from one week earlier. The index increased 2 percent compared with the previous week on an unadjusted basis. Meanwhile, the refinance index rose 3 percent from the previous week. The seasonally adjusted purchase index fell 1 percent from one week earlier, and the unadjusted purchase index increased 1 percent and was 17 percent higher than the same week one year ago.Homebuyers overcame one of the housing market’s biggest obstacles—an imbalance in supply and demand— in March with a rebound in home sales.The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported that existing-home salesrose 5.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.33 million in March from a downwardly revised 5.07 million in February and 1.5 percent year-over-year.”Closings came back in force last month as a greater number of buyers – mostly in the Northeast and Midwest–overcame depressed inventory levels and steady price growth to close on a home,” said Lawrence Yun, NAR Chief Economist. “Buyer demand remains sturdy in most areas this spring and the mid-priced market is doing quite well. However, sales are softer both at the very low and very high ends of the market because of supply limitations and affordability pressures.”center_img April 21, 2016 562 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newslast_img read more

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Partnering to Fight Housing Inequality

first_img A recent partnership between Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia, Inc. (HOME) and Wells Fargo will supply the fight against the racial homeownership gap with $4 million dollars. The movement to increase the amount of African-American homeowners will be done through classes, programs, and events targeted to potential home buyers educating them on the dos and don’ts of of real estate. To read the rest of the story, click here. July 18, 2017 656 Views Share Partnering to Fight Housing Inequalitycenter_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Media, News Wells Fargo 2017-07-18 Brianna Gilpinlast_img

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It would mean a lot he said of getting the star

first_img“It would mean a lot,” he said of getting the start Monday night against the San Diego Chargers in Week 1. “It’s what they drafted me to do. I’m supposed to be playing linebacker; it’s cool to be actually playing that position now.”The 6-foot-0, 246-pound Minter racked up 130 total tackles in 2012 with LSU and chipped in four sacks, one interception and five passes defensed. The Cardinals obviously had some level of confidence in his abilities — otherwise, they would not have used the 45th overall pick in the draft to select him. Unfortunately, after what had been a very productive offseason, a left pectoral muscle injury suffered in the team’s first preseason game left him on the sideline for most of training camp and all but the final preseason contest, where in which he was able to shake off some of the rust. TEMPE, Ariz. — Kevin Minter played all of one defensive snap for the Arizona Cardinals in 2013. The second-round pick out of LSU did not see the field — not because of anything he did wrong, but because the team had a pair of middle linebackers in Karlos Dansby and Daryl Washington who never had to leave the field.Both are gone now, and after much anticipation, Minter will finally get his chance to do what he does best. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactcenter_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

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Jacobsens speed limit package clears transportation committee

first_img Categories: Featured news,News 02Feb Jacobsen’s speed limit package clears transportation committee The Michigan House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee today passed legislation that will create greater efficiency and safer roads by making common-sense adjustments to our state laws.“I’ve worked on this bi-partisan speed limits reform for over two years now and I’m very pleased with the great progress we’ve made. We did not cut any corners on this one and I am grateful to all who helped aid in its passage,” said Rep. Jacobsen, R-Oxford. “We did not rush this bill package through the committee process and I felt it was important to constantly work with Michigan State Police (MSP), Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and many other local authorities to ensure we had the best legislation possible. We were able to put together a fine package of legislation that will make certain safety is our top priority and increase the speed limit in areas where scientific data suggests. While this legislation specifically calls for raising speed limits on certain freeways to 75 mph, we included provisions that also allows for the studying of raising the speed limit to 80 mph in the future.”The bipartisan speed limits bill package includes State Representative Brad Jacobsen’s House Bills 4423-4424, Rep. Rick Outman’s HB 4425, Rep. John Kivela’s HB 4426 and Rep. Charles Smiley’s HB 4427. “We’ve allowed the ability to modify safe speed limit laws by following a simple formula that calculates protection, sustainability and technology to implement changes by utilizing engineering and safety studies and the 85th percentile,” Rep. Jacobsen said. “This is a fantastic combination of safety and common sense upgrades to our outdated speed limit laws.”HBs 4423-4427 now move to the House Floor for a full roll-call vote.######center_img Tags: #SB, HB4423-4, Jacobsen, Speed limits last_img read more

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Rep Victory helps advance funding for recreation projects statewide including Ottawa County

first_img Categories: News,Victory News State Rep. Roger Victory today advanced plans to add nearly $50 million to recreation projects in Michigan, including several in Ottawa County.Victory is a member of the House Appropriations Committee, which approved the plan and sent it to the House floor for further consideration.“We are blessed with natural treasures in Ottawa County and our entire state,” said Victory, of Hudsonville. “This plan will help finance improvements at some our top recreation spots so people can enjoy them well into the future.”Overall, the plan includes nearly $50 million for 131 recreational development and land acquisition projects across Michigan. The list of Ottawa County projects includes:Grand Haven: $300,000 for concession and restroom renovation at Sluka Field.Crockery Township: $300,000 for development of the North Bank Trail.Historic Ottawa Beach Waterfront: $291,000 for improvements.Ottawa Sand property: $4.2 million for a local acquisition project.Stearns Creek: $528,000 for a local acquisition project. 09May Rep. Victory helps advance funding for recreation projects statewide, including Ottawa Countycenter_img The funding is comprised of revenue from the lease of state land and designated on an annual basis in partnership with local governments for the projects.The legislation is Senate Bill 883.last_img read more

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The Bake Sale Thing Updated Kindergarten Teachers and the 147M House

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesMay 7, 2014; NPR, “The Two-Way”Next time we bemoan the state of education in this country, we might do well to remember this little comparative nugget that reveals, perhaps, how skewed the economy has become.On Wednesday, it was reported that a United States record had been set in the purchase of a one-family house in the Hamptons for $147 million. The buyer was one Barry Rosenstein, a hedge fund manager. This news comes one day after Vox reported that if you were to add up all of the salaries of all 157,800 Kindergarten teachers in the country ($8.3 billion), it would not add up to the compensation ($10.4 billion) of the four highest earning hedge fund guys.  Rosenstein is not, by the way, even in the top ten.—Ruth McCambridge ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

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Black Lives Matter Advocates Divided on Presidential Meeting

first_imgShare7TweetShareEmail7 SharesFebruary 18, 2016; The HillAislinn Pulley of Black Lives Matter Chicago respectfully declined to attend a meeting called by President Obama with Black civil rights leaders. The White House announced the meeting, which was to immediately precede a Black History Month reception, on Wednesday.At the website Truth-Out, Aislinn Pulley wrote, “I do not feel that a handshake with the president is the best way for me to honor Black History Month or the Black freedom fighters whose labor laid the groundwork for the historic moment we are living in.”Besides Pulley, the invitees included Campaign Zero co-founders DeRay Mckesson and Brittany Packnett, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), NAACP President Cornell William Brooks, the Rev. Al Sharpton, and National Bar Association President Benjamin Crump.A senior administration official said the agenda included criminal justice reform, community relationships with law enforcement, and Obama’s priorities in his final year in office.But Pulley thought the meeting was less than serious. “I respectfully declined the invitation to the White House to discuss criminal legal reform and to celebrate Black History Month,” Pulley wrote, adding that she assumed the meeting was intended to bring about a “genuine exchange on the matters facing millions of Black and Brown people in the United States.” However, what was on offer was “basically a photo opportunity and a 90-second sound bite for the president.”I could not, with any integrity, participate in such a sham that would only serve to legitimize the false narrative that the government is working to end police brutality and the institutional racism that fuels it.As noted, Brittany Packnett, also from Black Lives Matter, did attend, sitting on one side of the president while John Lewis sat on the other. Packnett served on the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.“We had a conversation that lasted over 90 minutes,” she told Time. “The president actually extended himself because he wanted to continue the conversation. We had a lot of opportunity to elevate various strategies that are happening on the ground as far as criminal justice reform, working on police violence, and systemic educational inequities.”Packnett made reference to the decentralization of the Black Lives Matter movement, which provides flexibility among those affiliated to use their voices in different ways.“We can utilize so many tactics. Protest is incredibly important. Policy is incredibly important,” Packnett said. “It was important that there were real protesters in the room today and that this White House has continued to engage with protestors and activists across the country.”Share7TweetShareEmail7 Shareslast_img read more

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US streaming and rental service Netflix has renewe

first_imgUS streaming and rental service Netflix has renewed its programming deal with US network ABC.The agreement, inked with ABC Television Group, allows Netflix to offer new and library shows from the network’s content arm, including every episode of Desperate Housewives, Grey’s Anatomy, Lost and Ugly Betty. It will also offer kids series from Disney Channel including Phineas and Ferb and Hannah Montana.New and upcoming series in the deal include ABC Family’s Switched at Birth. 
”The diverse but always excellent programming from the different channels and networks are favorites of our members and we are thrilled to broaden the scope and extend the terms or our relationship,” said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer, Netflix.last_img

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Digital technology company Rovi has appointed Thom

first_imgDigital technology company Rovi has appointed Thomas Carson as its new president and chief executive following the departure of Alfred Amoroso. Amoroso has been chief executive of the company since July 2005.Carson, who has worked at Rovi since May 2008 and has most recently been executive vice-president, worldwide sales and marketing, will start his new role immediately and will work with Amoroso during a transition period. Carson has also been added to the company’s board of directors. 
“The board of directors is confident that Tom Carson is the right person to lead the company,” said Andy Ludwick, chairman of the board of directors.last_img

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Norwegian pay TV service Canal Digital is making t

first_imgNorwegian pay TV service Canal Digital is making the Wimp music service more widely available to its customers.The service allows subs to access a deep library of music titles via their remote controls and is now available to customers with the new DVR set-top from ADB. Canal Digital also plans to launch a remote control application that can be downloaded from the App Store, which can also be used to control WiMP.last_img

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Sustained growth from Eutelsats video application

first_imgSustained growth from Eutelsat’s video applications business helped the satellite operator increase full year revenues by 4.6% to €1.2 billion. Revenues from Video Applications rose 5.8% to €832.2 million.Much of the growth came from Eutelsat’s satellites located at 7° West and 16° East. 7° West broadcast 534 channels at the end of June, up 45%, while 16° East broadcast 570 channels, up 23%.Announcing the results for the full year ending June 30, Eutelsat’s CEO Michael de Rosen said demand for transponder capacity remained strong. Eutelsat’s fleet fill rate stood at 75.6% at the end of June, compared to 79.2% a year earlier, reflecting the entry into service during the year of EUTELSAT 7 West A and EUTELSAT 16A, the redeployments of EUTELSAT 3C to 3°East from 7° West and EUTELSAT 48B to 48° East from 16° East, as well as the de­orbiting of EUTELSAT 4A.last_img read more

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US telco Verizon is moving ahead with plans to dev

first_imgUS telco Verizon is moving ahead with plans to develop Redbox Instant, its new UltraViolet-enabled service combining multiscreen digital delivery with physical media, according to Patricia Lynch, head of content strategy and acquisitions at the company.Warner Bros recently signed a deal to provide titles via video-on-demand and electronic sell-through for the service, a joint venture between Verizon and Coinstar-owned Redbox. Lynch, speaking at the OTTtv World Summit in London today, said that Verizon did not intend to integrate Redbox Instant with its existing FiOS service.“It will be sold separately, but FiOS has most of the programming already that’s in the JV,” she said.Lynch said that Verizon was a national company and had recognised there was a need to make a national offering that went beyond the limitations of the reach of its fibre network. It was difficult to take a line-up of programming on FiOS and launch it nationally, she said.Redbox, which had developed its own product, did not have the negotiating power with studios to break into the digital distribution world on its own and the tie-up with Verizon therefore made sense, she said.“We are de facto joining the DECE and UltraViolet,” said Lynch. Enabling the delivery of content on up to 12 devices via this service would open up new opportunities for Verizon, she said.Lynch said that Verizon had effectively “built its own version of the UltraViolet ecosystem” to develop its service, and would now migrate this to the larger UltraViolet universe.Lynch told attendees at the summit that Verizon was seeing growing success for marketing initiatives via Facebook in particular. She said however that she did not see Facebook as a significant competitive platform for digital distribution on its own, given that people increasingly accessed the service via mobile devices on the go rather than on large TV screens, which were still the preferred devices for viewing movies and other content.last_img read more

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Beldenowned broadcasting technology provider Mira

first_imgBelden-owned broadcasting technology provider Miranda Technologies has acquired UK-based captioning and subtitling specialist Softel.In addition to its Swift line of subtitling and captioning products, Softel supports interactive television and second screen applications via the MediaSphere suite of products, and MPEG ad insertion capabilities with its Oliver product. Softel also provides solutions for ancillary data processing, audio/video description and Teletext.“Captioning is a critical component of the playout chain, and one that is often difficult to manage,” said Marco Lopez, Miranda’s president.  “By introducing Softel’s technology into the Miranda portfolio and directly integrating it into our iTX solution, we’ll present broadcasters with further efficiencies, not only in the purchase process, but also during deployment and in post-sale support as well. Miranda will continue to support the full Softel solutions suite and honor all Softel partner agreements.”last_img read more

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ViaccessOrca will exhibit at ANGA COM on Stand H1

first_imgViaccess-Orca will exhibit at ANGA COM on Stand H18, Hall 10.2. Content security specialist Viaccess-Orca plans to highlight TV Everywhere and HbbTV solutions at ANGA COM.According to Viaccess-Orca, its TV Everywhere solution allows content service providers in broadcast and IP markets to deploy a multi-screen TV service that is consistent, secured and personalised to a viewer’s preferences, while its HbbTV solution is based on proven technologies and open standards to protect and deliver entertainment to multiple devices while ensuring full interoperability with third party value-added HbbTV services.Viaccess-Orca will also show its embedded CAS technology, which it says supports models including content redistribution management, card-less agent management and extended set-top box security capabilities and also supports personal-digital video recorder, preview per channel and parental control.The company will also showcase its ‘engagement’ solutions, DEEP and COMPASS, at ANGA COM.last_img read more

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DVR maker TiVo is integrating Opera software into

first_imgDVR maker TiVo is integrating Opera software into its recently-launched Roamio platform, in a move that it said would “enhance the power of web technologies” on TiVo devices.The deal will see TiVo incorporate the Opera TV Solution, enabling users to download HTML5 Apps covering areas such as business, entertainment, fashion and sports.The Opera Devices SDK will also allow developers to create new apps for the TiVo platform.“TiVo’s operator customers who are shipping TiVo devices based on the Roamio platform will be able to offer popular apps and content to their consumers through the Opera TV Store. This combination will prove powerful for Opera and TiVo who both have ambitions to empower the pay-TV operator market with over-the-top web content currently available on retail devices,” said TiVo.TiVo said it plans to deploy Opera’s HTML5-based TV app store by early next year and is planning to launch its own app store later this year.In 2012, Opera said that more than 25 million connected TVs and devices shipped with the Opera Devices SDK, and that the Opera TV Store has shipped on tens of millions of devices globally. TiVo said it has shipped more than 3.4 million devices in the United States through retailers and cable operators such as RCN and Suddenlink.last_img read more

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Local UK TV network STV Glasgow said that it has r

first_imgLocal UK TV network STV Glasgow said that it has reached an audience of 572,000 viewers in its first month on air.The Scottish station, which launched on June 2, said almost 30% of all viewers in its transmission area tuned in at least once during the month and the average viewer tuned in at least three times.Online, STV Glasgow claimed 50,000 live and catch-up streams on the STV Player. The station also said that by interacting with its audience on social media, it notched up an average of 700 tweets per day.“The audience figures from the first month reflect the multi-platform strategy of STV Glasgow with viewers tuning in to watch on TV but also via live streaming and catch-up. The channel is complemented by the STV Glasgow App which engages with consumers across the city,” said Bobby Hain, director of channels at STV.He added that that STV Glasgow’s performance so far was “in line with our expectations.”STV Glasgow is available on the Freeview, Sky and Virgin platforms, and its app can be downloaded on iOS and Android devices.UK broadcast regulator Ofcom awarded local digital-terrestrial TV licences for Glasgow and Edinburgh in Scotland in January 2013, with both networks backed by Scottish commercial broadcaster STV. The STV Glasgow launch was part of a wider rollout of local stations across the UK.last_img read more

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Telefónica Spain added 370000 pay TV subscribers

first_imgTelefónica Spain added 370,000 pay TV subscribers in the last quarter, up from 348,000 additions in the previous quarter. Net fibre additions in the quarter stood at 208,000 in the quarter, against 160,000 in the second quarter.Globally, Telefónica added 458,000 new TV customers in the quarter, up 41% year-on-year, and 265,000 new fibre customers. Partly as a result, it said, data traffic on fixed networks increased year-on-year more than 35%, and over 50% on mobile networks.Pay TV customers totalled 4.6 million across all markets at the end of September, up 35.1% year-on-year. This included 1.6 million Movistar TV customers in Spain, some 2.6 times the figure for September 2013 thanks, it said, the the success of its new convergent offer.last_img

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Belarus telecom provider Beltelecom has added two

first_imgBelarus telecom provider Beltelecom has added two new packages to its advanced TV platform line-up.The operator is offering packages from Russian broadcasters Amedia and NTV+ to its Smart Zala line-up. The Amedia package will include Amedia, Amedia 2, Amedia Premium and Amedia Hits, while the NTV+ Kino movie package will include  channels NTV Plus Nashe Kino, Kino, Kino 2 and Premiera.Both packages will be available in ‘trial mode’ free of charge until September 15.last_img

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Molotov the new French OTT service from former Ca

first_imgMolotov, the new French OTT service from former Canal+ boss Pierre Lescure, has signed a deal with LG that will make it available on LG Smart TVs.Users will be able to access the service via the LG webOS 2.0 platform from the beginning of 2016, with Molotov promising a “new, connected and fully customisable way to watch television”.Molotov offers users live TV access and a “catch-up” service from any device, and lets users bookmark and discover programmes.“Our partnership with LG is a significant step forward in achieving the vision of Molotov. Our goal is to reinvigorate the television viewer’s experience through distribution to connected devices,” said Molotov co-founder JeanDavid Blanc.Molotov was first launched in June and will initially be available in the French market, distributing more than 80 local and international channels.last_img read more

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