Tropical Depression Tomas moving slowly – Hurricane Watch still in effect

first_imgRelatedArchives Critical to Jamaica’s History Advertisements RelatedTropical Depression Tomas moving slowly – Hurricane Watch still in effect FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail A Hurricane Watch remains in effect for Jamaica as Tropical Depression Tomas is expected to re-strengthen today and tomorrow and then move close to the island. This means that hurricane conditions still pose a possible threat within 48 hours.At 7:00 a.m. the centre of Tropical Depression Tomas was located near Latitude 13.7 degrees North, Longitude 75.8 degrees West; about 490 km (300 miles) south of Morant Point, Jamaica or 660 km (410 miles) southwest of Port-au-Prince, Haiti.Tomas is now moving towards the west near 7 km/h (5 mph). A turn towards the northwest, north and then north-northeast is expected over the next 48 hours.Maximum sustained winds are near 55 km/h (35 mph), with higher gusts; however, re-strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours.Based on the current forecast track, Tropical Depression Tomas could begin to produce increased rainfall across Jamaica, starting with southern and eastern parishes, as early as this evening, increasing on Thursday and Friday as the system moves closer. Increases in wind speed will begin later in this cycle and could peak with near-hurricane force winds over eastern sections of the island on Friday.All small craft operators, including fishers from the cays and banks, should by now be in port and are urged to complete their necessary safety precautions without delay.The Meteorological Service continues to monitor the progress of this system, and all interests should pay special attention to further Releases.center_img Tropical Depression Tomas moving slowly – Hurricane Watch still in effect InformationNovember 3, 2010 RelatedTropical Depression Tomas moving slowly – Hurricane Watch still in effectlast_img read more

UK Charts: Physical game sales plunge 43%

first_imgUK Charts: Physical game sales plunge 43%Final Fantasy VII Remake tumbles to No.4Christopher DringHead of Games B2BWednesday 22nd April 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleGfKThe sales of boxed games in the UK dropped by 43% week-on-week as the lockdown situation continues.The boxed games market has seen a surge in sales over the previous four weeks, with 1.5 million games sold as a result of consumers buying up games to play during lockdown. Some of this has been driven by a sharp increase in console sales, with PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch all spiking in popularity, and many of these consoles were sold with software.However, that initial surge is showing signs of abating, with just over 200,000 games sold in the UK last week, compared with more than 350,000 the week before. Despite the drop, 200,000 is still ahead of how the market was performing before coronavirus restrictions were put in place (around 150,000 games were selling every week during February and early March). It’s also worth noting that there were no new releases last week, plus there have been stock shortages of Nintendo Switch consoles.Indeed, the stock shortages of Nintendo Switch can be seen in the performance of its games this week. Animal Crossing: New Horizons (No.2) is down 42% week-on-week, Mario Kart 8: Deluxe (No.7) is down 62%, and Luigi’s Mansion 3 (No.9) is down 9%.The one exception is Ring Fit Adventure. Nintendo’s sold out fitness game was available briefly via GAME, Amazon and ShopTo, and as a result it increased 12% in sales week-on-week and rises to No.10 (a small quantity of stock also arrived the week before). The best-selling game of the week was FIFA 20, which jumped from No.4 to No.1 despite a 25% drop in sales week-on-week.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games Last week’s big new release was Final Fantasy VII Remake, which suffered coronavirus-related distribution challenges and didn’t sell as many boxed copies as you might expect from a major Final Fantasy launch. Unfortunately, the situation hasn’t improved in its second week, with sales down 87% and the Square Enix title now sits at No.4. The only new game in the charts is Cooking Mama: Cookstar, which actually launched the week before but didn’t make the Top 40. The Switch game enters the charts at No.35.Here is the GfK Top Ten for the week ending April 18thLast WeekThis WeekTitle41FIFA 2032Animal Crossing: New Horizons23Call of Duty: Modern Warfare34Final Fantasy 7: Remake85Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order96Grand Theft Auto 557Mario Kart 8: Deluxe78Resident Evil 3169Luigi’s Mansion 31025Ring Fit AdventureCelebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesResident Evil: Village is the third biggest PS5 launch so far | UK Boxed ChartsBut physical sales down over previous Resident Evil gamesBy Christopher Dring YesterdayNier Replicant ver.1.22474487139 is No.1 in the UK | UK Boxed ChartsIt’s very quiet out thereBy Christopher Dring 15 days agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

The Rolling Stones Will Play Two Shows At Brooklyn’s Barclays Center

first_imgThe Rolling Stones are back!  According to Rolling Stone, the band will play two shows at Brooklyn’s brand new Barclays Center before the end of the year. According to Billboard, the band will also make an appearance at London’s O2 arena.  However, spokespersons for the Rolling Stones, have yet to confirm these dates.  This comes on the heels of Mick Jagger tweeting about playing with the band in their Paris studio, which leads L4LM to believe new a new album is in the works as well.  It has been confirmed that the band had rehearsed songs from their entire repertoire  in the New York area in April.last_img

SM East shortstop Robert Moore, not yet a junior, signs with Arkansas for college ball

first_imgRobert Moore announced this month he has committed to the University of Arkansas. Photo courtesy Robert Moore.Robert Moore has grown up around baseball.As the son of Royals General Manager Dayton Moore, he’s had the chance to see the game coached and played at the highest levels since he can remember. But it’s his own remarkable talent in the sport that’s made him a targeted recruit at just 16 years old.And earlier this month — before he has even started his junior year in high school at SM East — Moore committed to play at the University of Arkansas for college.A quick shortstop with a great glove and equally impressive bat, Moore started attracting NCAA recruiters as he entered his freshman year of high school.“It was a little overwhelming at first,” Moore said. “You kind of have to start thinking pretty early about the criteria of what you’re looking for and what the best situation for you will be.”He had narrowed his options down to five schools — Arkansas, Texas, Texas Christian, Auburn and Wichita State — before announcing his commitment to Arkansas July 16.“I wanted to be in a program where the coaching staff would be preparing you for success at the next level,” he said. “And it’s important that you like the place. You have to wake up there and go to school, and I loved Fayetteville.”The fact that his former Lancers teammate Zeb Vermillion is now pitching for Arkansas made the recruiting trip all the more welcoming.“It’s nice to know someone in the program,” he said. “Zeb came back to town last winter and got to tell me a little more about the program.”Of course, college is still two years away. And Moore says there’s lots of work to do to prepare. In addition to playing for the high school team in Prairie Village, he’s a member of USA Baseball’s national development team as well as the Royals Scout Team.“Those are programs where you get some hard, intense practice,” he said. “It’s great training.”last_img read more

FTC bans mortgage modification companies from taking up-front fees

first_imgAttorneys are exempt from the new provisions if certain conditions are met The Federal Trade Commission, echoing a recent Florida law, has adopted a rule requiring that companies offering to help homeowners avoid foreclosure may not collect any fees until the homeowner gets a written offer from the lender that the homeowner considers acceptable.The rule is intended to combat widespread fraud by mortgage modification companies, which have victimized many desperate homeowners seeking to forestall foreclosures. The Mortgage Assistance Relief Services (MARS) rule was announced November 19. It also won quick praise from ABA President Steve Zack, who noted that lawyers are not covered by the rule.“At a time when many Americans are struggling to pay their mortgages, peddlers of so-called mortgage relief services have taken hundreds of millions of dollars from homeowners without ever delivering results,” FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz said. “banning providers of these services from collecting fees until the customer is satisfied with the results, this rule will protect consumers from being victimized by these scams.”The rule prevents a company from collecting any fee from a consumer until the lender or loan servicer has made an offer that the consumer deems acceptable. Consumers must be informed they can reject the offer without any charge due to the loan modification company.Many companies, through their name or advertising, also have implied they are affiliated with the government, and the rule requires that they make clear that they are not associated with or endorsed by any government agency or any lender. Homeowners must also be told that the lender may refuse to change a loan or mortgage and that they could lose their home, and their credit rating could be damaged if they stop paying their mortgage.According to an FTC press release, “Companies also must explain in their communications to consumers that they can stop doing business with the company at any time, can accept or reject any offer the company obtains from the lender or servicer, and, if they reject the offer, they don’t have to pay the company’s fee. The companies also must disclose the amount of the fee.”Companies may not make claims about the likelihood of homeowners getting the result they want or claim how much can be saved by using their services. Companies must also be truthful about their refund policies, the availability of alternative relief services including non-profit ones, and may not tell borrowers to stop communicating with their lenders or loan servicers.As for attorneys, the release noted, “Attorneys are generally exempt from the rule if they meet three conditions: They are engaged in the practice of law; they are licensed in the state where the consumer or the dwelling is located; and they are complying with state laws and regulations governing attorney conduct. To be exempt from the advance fee ban, attorneys must meet a fourth requirement: They must place any fees they collect in a client trust account and abide by state laws and regulations covering such accounts.”ABA President Zack, in a press release, praised the FTC action, saying, “Lawyers already are subject to extensive state court regulations that impose stringent duties of competency, diligence, confidentiality, and undivided loyalty on lawyers and ensure that they provide the best possible legal representation to their clients. maintaining the existing state court regulatory environment and declining to impose an unnecessary new federal layer of regulation on most lawyers, the FTC has secured a lifeline for homeowners in danger of losing their homes.”The rule is similar to a Florida law passed by the Legislature in 2009, which became effective January 1, 2010. It required companies that offered help in modifying mortgages to be licensed by the state, and prohibited them from collecting any fee until they had successfully helped a borrower get a modification. It also exempted attorneys, as long as the assistance was an ancillary matter to the attorney’s representation of the client.The new rule becomes effective December 29, except for the advance fee prohibition which is effective January 31, 2011. FTC bans mortgage modification companies from taking up-front fees FTC bans mortgage modification companies from taking up-front fees December 15, 2010 Regular Newslast_img read more

How to prepare for the next financial crash

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