Fairfax Financial sells Singapore insurance business for US16 billion

TORONTO — Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. is selling its stake in Singaporean insurer First Capital Insurance Ltd. for US$1.6 billion as part of a broader partnership agreement that will ensure the Canadian insurance and investment company receives 25 per cent of the subsidiary’s profits.The Toronto-based firm (TSX:FFH) said on a conference call Thursday that the all-cash deal to sell its 97.7 per cent stake in the business to Japan’s Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co. is part of a “strategic alliance” with MSI, under which the companies will pursue global partnership opportunities.Fairfax shares jumped following the announcement. The stock’s Thursday closing price was up $30.32, or five per cent, to $636.62.The sales agreement gives Fairfax potential to gain exposure in other regions of the world. Canadian insurance companies such as Sun Life (TSX:SLF) and Manulife have targeted Asia for growth as burgeoning middle classes in the region mean increased demand for protections and benefits that insurers offer.“This partnership with MSI is truly a game changer for Fairfax, a real win-win opportunity with a long-term, like-minded partner,” CEO Prem Watsa told shareholders on a conference call.Watsa also said the agreement with MSI gives Fairfax a foothold in Japan. A partnership with a local company will help Fairfax become more diverse and appeal to the growing numbers of affluent people in Asia, said Dylan Gordon of Idea Couture, a firm that helps companies adapt to changes in the market.“It’s trying to figure out how do we change who we are and how we operate to be more diverse and global in what we can offer people … and that takes partnerships,” Gordon said, explaining that on-the-ground knowledge is crucial.Norma Nielson, co-chair of insurance at the University of Calgary, said Asia is particularly attractive to businesses because of high population numbers in the region.“As you acquire middle-class lifestyle you tend to acquire mortgages and cars, and you need life insurance and car insurance and house insurance,” she said.“If there are a billion people in China it’s kind of hard to ignore that as a reasonable market to work on.”Fairfax said the sale of First Capital will net US$900 million of after-tax profit, or US$33 per share. The company will take a 25 per cent quota share, and it expects its ongoing vested interest in First Capital’s existing and future business will see significant returns.“If First Capital writes $100 million worth of business, we’ll take a quota share of 25 per cent which will be $25 million, and that $25 million will be going into one of our companies,” Watsa explained.“You’ll get 25 per cent of the earnings and you’ll get 25 per cent of the growth. That made it a very unusual and attractive transaction.”Watsa praised the deal, saying First Capital is the “undisputed leader” in Singapore. The company provides a wide range of insurance products, including home, accident, travel and car insurance, as well as coverage for theft, industrial, civil engineering projects and marine cargo businesses.Fairfax estimates First Capital will grow from $400 million in gross premiums today to over $1 billion over time. The insurer’s current CEO Ramaswamy Athappan will continue as head of the Singaporean provider as well as in his role a chairman of Fairfax Asia.The deal is expected to close late this year or early next year.Fairfax is primarily invested in North American property and casualty insurance businesses but has diversified to other regions and industries. It has operations in growing markets such as Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, South Africa and Brazil. read more

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General Motors names Scott Bell as president of Canadian division

OSHAWA, Ont. — General Motors says it has named Scott Bell as its new president and managing director for GM Canada as the current president moves on to a new role at the company.Bell steps into the role of president from his position as vice president of sales, service and marketing for GM Canada.The automaker says current president Travis Hester will move to the newly formed position of global vice president of customer experience.It says the transition will begin immediately.Hester had been in the role since April 2018, leading the division though a major cutback in operations at the company’s Oshawa plant.The plant, originally slated for effective closure this year at a loss of some 2,600 unionized jobs, will instead be converted into a parts operation that will save about 300 of those jobs.The Canadian Press read more

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At World BankIMF meeting UN urges global commitment to broad antipoverty fight

The UN called for follow-up to pledges made earlier this year at the International Conference on Financing for Development in Monterrey, Mexico, to improve the quantity of development assistance, and the quality of its delivery and deployment.The global community “has not yet developed a sufficient set of international frameworks, principles or policies for the world financial system to successfully mediate a stable, effective and adequate transfer of real resources to developing countries,” Oscar de Rojas, UN Executive Coordinator for Financing for Development, said in the statement to the Bretton Woods Development Committee.Follow-up on the Monterrey Consensus on financing for development was the primary agenda item of today’s annual meeting of the Development Committee. The Monterrey Conference, convened by the UN with the joint participation of the Bank, the IMF and the World Trade Organization, stressed the need for coordinated action on the interrelated issues of aid, trade, debt, investment, improvement of national financial environments and international monetary, trading and financial systems. read more

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In Ukraine Ban pledges UN support amid debilitating conflict in countrys eastern

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon chats with locals on the streets in Kiev. UN Photo ‹ ›“I know that there had been some setbacks and failures, but the United Nations is the most legitimate organization in the international community to preserve peace, freedom, human dignity, and human rights,” he said. Mr. Ban also recalled that Ukraine is a founding member of the UN and in its 24 years of independence, the eastern European nation has provided peacekeepers to many places in the world. Also today, Mr. Ban met with Ukraine’s Prime Minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, to discuss the way forward for resolving the conflict based on the Minsk agreements and Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.The Secretary-General and the Prime Minister also discussed the critical reforms currently undertaken by the Government. Mr. Ban underscored that the UN remains deeply committed to supporting the people and Ukraine in their quest toward a more transparent, inclusive and results-oriented political and democratic culture.“I am standing with you,” he said. “As we recall the huge price of victory over fascism, we renew our solemn promise that the sacrifice of the fallen will not be in vain,” Mr. Ban said at a Kiev press encounter for 70th Anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe. “I am saddened that I come to Ukraine amidst a debilitating conflict in the east, where nearly 7,000 [lives] have been lost, along with so much destruction of your society,” the Secretary-General added, pledging that the UN will continue to stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine. The UN chief was joined by Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko. Yesterday Mr. Ban was in Poland where he also attended events commemorating the end of the Second World War in Europe. Mr. Ban heads to Russia tomorrow for a weekend of events as well. “I am here to reaffirm my support for a peaceful resolution of the conflict, in a manner upholding Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence,” Mr. Ban said.It is out of the tragedy of World War II that the United Nations emerged as a common resolve of the international community to come together and, as the Charter pledges, to “save succeeding generations from the scourge of war,” the Secretary-General reminded. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk of Ukraine in Kiev. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at a press encounter with President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine. UN Photo Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Kiev. UN Photo read more

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Hate waking up Heres how to become a morning person

first_imgRepublished with permission from Greatist.comLET’S FACE IT: Morning people have an advantage, and while the night owls are still hitting snooze, the early birds are making things happen all across the globe. But no one is doomed to a lifetime of groggy mornings. Greatist put together the world’s best guide to helping make the switch to morning glory.(Problems seeing the infographic? Click here to open it in a new window)Young women don’t notice weight gain, study says > Over the hill: Have you passed peak performance? >last_img read more

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Cork shoreline comes in fifth place after worldwide search

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3050834 Share786 Tweet Email1 Thursday 27 Oct 2016, 10:41 PM Cork shoreline comes in fifth place after worldwide search The southwest coast beat Capetown, Goa and Australia’s Whitehaven Islands to get into the top five. Short URL Image: Google Maps Oct 27th 2016, 10:41 PM 26,888 Views center_img Image: Google Maps Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Garreth MacNamee Criminal Assets Bureau returned €185,000 in dole overpayments to the State in 2015 >To live and die in Ireland: New CSO figures reveal the state of the nation > 25 Comments THE CORK COASTLINE has been acknowledged as having one of the world’s most stunning shorelines.Travel vlogger Laila Swann came aboard a number of Royal Caribbean tours to determine the world’s most picturesque locations.Inchydoney, located on the south coast of Cork,came fifth in Swann’s list based on her travel experience while the United Arab Emirates’ Dubai took top spot followed by Blackpool in the UK.Swann used a formula devised by psychologist Dr David Holmes which takes into account the clarity of the horizon, sea colour, sand quality and interesting features to determine how attractive the area is to travellers.Swann said: “I’ve used Dr Holmes’ report and the science behind the equation to identify the top ten shorelines in the world and having travelled to Dubai in March this year, I can certainly vouch for its sensational shoreline.”Dr Holmes added: “While this formula may not account for every eventuality, the top ten hopefully helps holidaymakers identify the shorelines which are, scientifically, most impactful.”last_img read more

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Une nouvelle baisse de prix pour le Blackberry Playbook à la Fnac

first_imgUne nouvelle baisse de prix pour le Blackberry Playbook… à la Fnac !La tablette tactile du canadien RIM, déjà bradée à plusieurs reprises depuis son arrivée sur le marché,  va connaître encore une réduction pendant 10 jours, et ce, exclusivement dans les magasins Fnac.En France, le Playbook avait déjà connu, à la fin de l’année dernière, une baisse de 150 euros sur son tarif. Et bien, ouvrez bien vos yeux ! La Fnac propose alors pendant 10 jours de baisser encore le prix de 150 euros (attention, un réapprovisionnement est en cours, en prévision du succès de l’offre). A titre d’exemple, le Playbook 16GB coûte en ce moment 199 euros et le 32GB 249 euros…De quoi faire des heureux.À lire aussiCyanogenmod 10 disponible pour les smartphones et tablettes sous AndroidSorti en avril 2011, le Blackberry Playbook a encore de beaux jours devant lui, ce qui n’empêchera pas RIM de préparer deux nouveaux modèles pour 2012, selon quelques rumeurs (lien non disponible) du moment. A noter également la prochaine mise à jour 2.0 de l’OS Blackberry Playbook, de quoi encourager le nouvel utilisateur (et les anciens aussi), avec notamment la possibilité d’installer des applications Android.Si vous souhaitez sauter sur l’occasion (même si à ce prix là c’est du neuf!), l’offre tient jusqu’au 9 février. Alors, une bonne affaire le Playbook à 199 euros ?Le 1 février 2012 à 10:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Nominate Outstanding Soy Grower Leaders for 2016 Achievement Awards

first_imgAmerican Soybean Association (ASA) needs your help identifying outstanding grower leaders for the 2016 ASA award and recognition program. If you know someone who goes above and beyond for the soybean industry and amplifies truly outstanding leadership –we want to hear about it and recognize them for their hard work! As in past years, three major awards will be presented:• Special Meritorious Service• Lifetime Achievement Award – Association focus• Lifetime Achievement Award – Membership focusPlease consider and submit a nominee for one or all three categories. Click on here for all submissions and for more details.All nominations must be received no later than Friday, Nov.13, 2015. Members of the Membership and Corporate Relations Committee will make the final selection at the December ASA Board meeting. Nominations received after Nov.13, 2015 will not be considered. All nominations must be submitted online. No nominations by telephone, email or fax please. If you have any questions, please use the contact information below:Farris HaleyProject Coordinator.American Soybean Association12125 Woodcrest Executive Dr., Suite 100St. Louis, MO 63141fhaley@soy.org 1-800-688-7692 Ext. 1284(314) 576-1770, Ext. 1284The awards will be presented at the ASA Awards Banquet during Commodity Classic in New Orleans, La. The ASA Awards Banquet is scheduled for Friday, March 4, 2016. American Soybean Association Award Categories for 2016Lifetime Achievement Award – AssociationThe Lifetime Achievement Award with an Association focus is designed to honor individuals who have, through many years of service, exemplified truly outstanding leadership through unselfish dedication to the American Soybean Association and the soybean industry. Persons involved in soybean farming and/or soybean association related functions are eligible for this award.NOTE: Current members of the ASA Board of Directors are not eligible for this award. Former ASA Board of Directors must be off the ASA Board for at least 3 years to be eligible.2015 Winner – No award was received.Lifetime Achievement Award – MembershipThe Lifetime Achievement Award with a Membership focus is designed to honor individuals who have devoted their sustaining commitment to strengthen ASA membership through avid recruitment, board involvement or state affiliation.NOTE: Current members of the ASA Board of Directors are not eligible for this award. Former ASA Board of Directors must be off the ASA Board for at least 3 years to be eligible.2015 Winner – Harvey Morken – North DakotaSpecial Meritorious Service AwardThis award is designed to honor individuals who have served the soybean industry above and beyond the ordinary. This award may be presented to an individual who has devoted a major portion of his/her life to the soybean industry in any field.2015 Winner – Dr. Jim Specht-Nebraskalast_img read more

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Toy Story 5 isnt planned but it wouldnt surprise star Tom Hanks

first_img Toy Story 4 review: Jokes barely save a story lacking stakes Tim Allen compares Toy Story 4 to Avengers: Infinity War With Toy Story, Netflix and more, 2019 is Keanu Reeves’ year TV and Movies Tags 2019 movies to geek out over Share your voice That’s fair. After all, back when Toy Story 3 came out in 2010, director Lee Unkrich told the New Orleans Times-Picayune there were no plans for Toy Story 4, and now here we are. Toy Story 4 already has a “universal acclaim” tag on CNET sister site Metacritic and a 100% “guaranteed fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Hanks thinks it’s a good thing there’s not an established assembly line of Toy Story movies.”I think there is a strength in saying, ‘This is as far as we’ve been able to go and we don’t see anything else coming after that,'” he said in the interview. “Because otherwise it ends up being some inorganic approach to something that has been very, very organic.” 0center_img More on Toy Story Post a comment Toy Story forever. Pixar Toy Story 4 hasn’t even opened yet, so is it too early to talk about the possibility of a fifth film in the popular Pixar series? It’s never too early with this blockbuster franchise. “No one is planning on (Toy Story 5),” actor Tom Hanks, who voices Woody the sheriff, told British site LadBible. “But I wouldn’t be surprised if somewhere two and a half years from now, someone has this kernel of an idea that could become it.” 77 Photos Disney Pixarlast_img read more

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GST rate cut Real estate sector eyes massive demand spurt

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COPY LINKAD Loading … GST is a failure, it should be taken back: Subramanian Swamy Closecenter_img The real estate sector is likely to see a massive spurt in buying as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has drastically cut the goods and services tax (GST) for under-construction buildings, industry experts say.The GST Council that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley chaired has reduced the levy on constructions that have not obtained the occupancy certificate to 5 per cent from 12 per cent.The top indirect taxation regulator also widened the definition of ‘affordable housing’ and reduced the GST of this category to 1 per cent from 8 per cent. Properties costing up to Rs 45 lakh will be considered as affordable provided the carpet area does not exceed 60 square meters in metro cities and 90 square meters in non-metro cities, according to the council decision.As the talk of a GST cut has been in the air for some time now, new homebuyers have been deferring their decision, according to industry watchers. The decision coming into force from April 1 when the new financial year begins will help to drive consumption in the sector.The rate cut and expansion of the affordable housing definition will also spur off-take of housing units in a sector that has been seeing a stagnation over the past few years because of liquidity crunch owing to demonetisation and surge in banks’ non-performing assets (NPA) leading to a fall in credit flow.The Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government seeking another term in the general election 2019 has been desperate to spur growth in key sectors, especially those contributing to employment generation in the election year.Coupled with sops to farmers through the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana (PM-KISAN) that Modi launched on Sunday, growth in the realty sector is expected to spur economic growth by providing more liquidity. The government hopes to give a new push to its Housing for All by 2022 programme.Experts believe the GST rate cut in the sector dovetails into the government’s efforts to spur growth by infusing more liquidity with the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) repo rate cut by 25 basis points to 6.25 per cent and the regulator’s efforts to ensure transmission of the benefits to banking customers. The real estate sector has been eyeing growth from the interim union budget’s announcement of the exemption of notional rent income from the second home of a tax assessee from income tax.”The reduction of GST on Affordable Housing to 1 per cent is a revolutionary move for Indian real estate,” the Economic Times quoted Jaxay Shah, president of realtors’ body the Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (Credai) as saying. “This move is a significant triumph for home buyers and will play a huge role in boosting their sentiments.”The Bussiness Standard website cited Abhishek Jain, tax partner at Ernst & Young, as saying the reduced GST is good news for the real estate industry as the earlier higher rates were a bit of deterrent for buyers of under-construction properties.Though builders have generally welcomed the decision, some say the fact that they cannot claim input tax credit (ITC) on the new GST rates could act as a dampener. Shishir Baijal, chairman and managing director at Knight Frank India, told the website the reduction in GST for under-construction projects is the most decisive move by the council with a clear focus on demand stimulation. A supporter of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) holds a placard during a rally to support implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in Mumbai, India, June 30, 2017.Reuters”The move will give the necessary fillip to demand in the under-construction segment, which has been suffering from low sales for the last many quarters. The elimination of input credit tax benefit may hit profitability on the supply side. But the potential demand generation will far outweigh negative aspects, leading to greater sales numbers and revenues.”The GST Council met on Sunday to consider GST rate cut on real estate sector among other after a conference by the video link on February 20 remained inconclusive and several states desired a meeting of the GST Council with the physical presence of GST Council members. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) listens to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley during the Global Business Summit in New Delhi January 16, 2015.REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjeelast_img read more

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Guterres calls for end to Rohingya nightmare

first_imgAntonio GuterresThe United Nations boss has called for action to end “violence” against the Rohingya, reports Al Jazeera.He reportedly pleaded to the Myanmar government to immediately end military operations against the Muslim ethnic group.In a speech to the UN Security Council on Thursday, Antonio Guterres said the current crisis is “steadily deteriorating”, adding that since the conflict began last month about 500,000 Rohingya have already crossed the border to Bangladesh to flee the violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. “The situation has spiraled into the world’s fastest developing refugee emergency – a humanitarian and human rights nightmare,” Al Jazeera quoted Guterres as saying.The network said he urged Myanmar’s government to allow humanitarian access to the conflict region, as well as allow “voluntary return” of refugees to their areas of origin.   “The reality on the ground demands action. Swift action, to protect people, alleviate suffering, prevent further instability, address the root causes of the situation and forge a long lasting and durable solution.” The Muslim Rohingya, a marginalised and stateless people in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, have been fleeing to Bangladesh amid reports of atrocities committed by the army.Earlier this week, a UN agency said that up to 700,000 Rohingya refugees have fled their homes to other parts of Myanmar or to Bangladesh. Guterres was quoted to have said that of the hundreds of thousands of people displaced, more than 90 percent are Rohingya. “We have received bone-chilling accounts from those who fled, mainly women, children and the elderly,” he said. “These testimonies point to excessive violence and serious violations of human rights.”   According to Al Jazeera, Guterres also cautioned that the current conflict risks the possibility of “radicalisation” among the refugees, as well as trafficking of women and children. The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) also said reportedly that it has been receiving increasing reports that Rohingya Muslims have been sexually assaulted in Rakhine state.Earlier on Thursday, scores of Rohingya refugees were feared drowned after trying to flee to Bangladesh from Myanmar, the network added.last_img read more

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Double murder in Siliguri Forensic team to arrive at residence mystery deepens

first_imgSiliguri: A forensic expert team is due to arrive at the Kushwa residence at Shukantanagar in Bagdogra by Tuesday to collect samples and start with the investigation.On Sunday, Siliguri woke up to double murders. 40-year-old Ajay Kushwa and his 35-year-old wife Mina Kushwa were found brutally murdered at their residence, while their 4-year-old son and 3-and-a-half-year-old daughter were found unhurt.Siliguri Metropolitan Police have started a probe and suspect that the couple was murdered by people known to them. They have got hold of definite leads by investigating details of Ajay’s business transactions. The investigation started with the interrogation of around 40 people, including his employees. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeKushwa used to run a manpower agency providing both male and female workers to catering agencies.On Saturday, Kushwa had a contract to provide workers in a hotel in Siliguri. At around 1:40 am on Sunday after his job was over, Uday Pradhan, a staff had gone to Kushwa’s residence to hand over the keys and drop the female workersback home.”The principal entrance of the building was wide open. On entering their apartment, I found the bodies lying in pool of blood in two separate rooms and I immediately reported the matter to the police,” said Pradhan. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedSources say that the investigators are looking into several angles. Firstly, there was a female staff present on the third floor of the building but she seemed to have no clue about the crime on the first floor.Secondly, Ajay had altercations with a tenant of the building, which he had taken on rent for the male staff in Pradhananagar.The three-storied Kushwa residence had a floor allotted to the female staff and for the male employees, Ajay had hired an accommodation in Pradhan Nagar, a nearby locality. Though the murder weapon has not been recovered yet, police suspect that the couple was bludgeoned to death with bore marks on Ajay’s head and Meena’s face being disfigured.As the children were spared, it is suspected that the assailants are known to the couple.Later on Sunday, sniffer dogs were brought in by the policemen, which took rounds of the entire house and also to the adjacent areas outside the house.”Though we have proceeded a lot in the investigation into the murder case, we cannot disclose details as it may alert the criminals involved,” stated Tarun Halder, DCP (zone 2), SMP.Ajay and Meena were together since their early school days and got married in 2006.”He was a reputed businessman of the area and did not have any kind of problems with anyone as per my knowledge,” said one of the neighbours.”The motive behind the murder is not very clear but we hope to come to a conclusion soon,” added Halder.The forensic investigation will throw significant lighton the case.last_img read more

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Netflix renews Russian Doll for second season

first_imgAmerican comedy-drama series ‘Russian Doll’, starring Natasha Lyonne in the lead role, has been renewed for a second season. The new season will have eight episodes. In the show, Lyonne plays Nadia, a young software engineer, who is on a journey to be the guest of honour at a party in New York City. But she gets caught in a mysterious loop as she repeatedly attends the same event and dies at the end of the night each time – only to awaken the next day unharmed as if nothing had happened. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn addition to starring, Lyonne co-created the show with ‘Saturday Night Live’ alum Amy Poehler and Leslye Headland. Lyonne, who also serves as a writer and director for the Netflix original series announced the show’s renewal at the CODE Conference in Arizona, reported Variety. Lyonne appeared in a brief Twitter video on the show’s official account, announcing the renewal. “Hey, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson here, hanging out at the gym, working out. What’s going on with you?” she joked, speaking to a bathroom mirror. “Season 2. Thank you!” “Did you get the news? ‘Cause you’re about to die. Season 2 of #RussianDoll is coming soon,” the video was captioned. The first season of the show, which premiered on February 1, 2019, was critically-acclaimed.last_img read more

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Opera Developer 45 with WhatsApp Messenger integration

first_imgOpera Developer 45 with WhatsApp Messenger integration by Martin Brinkmann on March 07, 2017 in Opera – Last Update: March 07, 2017 – 4 commentsOpera Software continues its work on project reborn, a redesign of the Opera web browser that is less platform-specific, and more modern.One of the main features of Opera Developer 44, the first version of the browser that shipped with first bits of the new design, was integration of Facebook Messenger directly in the web browser.Disabled by default, Facebook Messenger support means that Facebook users may sign in to their account using Opera to use the functionality that the web version of Facebook Messenger offers.The sidebar of the Opera browser supports web panels. This means basically that websites can be loaded in the sidebar so that they are displayed there instead of the main browser window.This feature is limited to the sites that Opera adds there. You may remember that the Vivaldi web browser is more open when it comes to this, as it allows you to add any site as a panel to Vivaldi’s sidebar.Opera 45.0 WhatsApp Messenger integrationThe most recent version of the Opera Developer browser, version 45.0, introduces support for WhatsApp Messenger.Just like Opera Software has done with Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp Messenger’s web interface is available as a sidebar panel option in the browser (via shortcut Ctrl-Shift-M on Windows)Integration works similarly to adding a Facebook account. Click on the WhatsApp icon in the sidbar, and then on the open button to open the WhatsApp website in the panel (the Developer version still mentions Facebook Messenger on that page, and needs to be updated).WhatsApp’s website displays a code that you need to scan on your phone to link the account on your mobile device to the web version.Once done, all your WhatsApp chats and groups become available in the Opera browser.You can pin the panels so that the interface remains on top regardless of what you do.Note that both services are not enabled by default. This means, no tracking of any kind by the services that Opera integrated into the browser so far.You may right-click on the sidebar to hide any of the items listed there, including Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp.That’s the best option if you don’t want to use the services from within Opera’s sidebar. This can be the case if you don’t use these services, or don’t want to use them in the sidebar. You can still load them directly in Opera for instance instead to use them directly.Now You: What’s your take on Opera integrating messaging services?SummaryArticle NameOpera Developer 45 with WhatsApp Messenger integrationDescriptionOpera Software continues its work on project reborn, a redesign of the Opera web browser that is less platform-specific, and more modern.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_img Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Rolling out its panel-based player ranking system, ESPN on Monday revealed the NFL’s best ranked from No. 100 all the way to No. 51.With several Cardinals likely challenging for spots in the top-10 heading into the 2016 season — Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu come to mind — there were also surely a few Arizona players among the players ranked from 51-100.Offseason acquisition Chandler Jones led a string of four Cardinals who fell from 61-68 in the rankings. The outside linebacker earned an average rating of 82.78 (100 being the best), according to ESPN’s 50-plus member panel of football experts, reporters and analysts. Jones is 26 and was fifth in the league in sacks last season with 12.5. What else is there to know? In two of his four seasons, he has had double-digit sacks. He’s long, lean and quick.After Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and Broncos outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware followed at 62 and 63, respectively, Arizona receiver Larry Fitzgerald came in ranked as the 64th-best player.Teammate Calais Campbell wasn’t far behind two spots later and left guard Mike Iupati came in two more players down the line at No. 68.Iupati is a force in the Cardinals’ run game. He helped anchor an offensive line that blocked for 1,917 rushing yards, the most Arizona has totaled since 1988. Of those, 496 were run behind Iupati, according to ESPN Stats & Information. – / 13 Linebacker Chandler Jones during the team’s training camp practice Aug. 6. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Top Stories last_img read more

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Heavy traffic around Pedoulas road closed police say

first_imgPolice tweeted on Sunday that there was heavy traffic in the Pedoulas area due to the number of visitors attending the cherry festival.The road from Prodromos into Pedoulas, in the direction of the latter has been closed to traffic for the moment, an announcement said.Motorists who are in the Pedoulas region and wish to go to other areas are urged to use the roads in the direction of Prodromos.You May LikeElectricity Provider | Search AdsElectricity Saving Options For Your Home in Rowland HeightsElectricity Provider | Search AdsUndoNinjaJournalistNew Scientific Evidence Points To Real Location Of Noah’s ArkNinjaJournalistUndoList Nebula8 Cutest Exotic Dog BreedsList NebulaUndo Brazil prison riot kills 52, with 16 decapitatedUndoFrom space heroes to artists: women written out of historyUndoCompanies must use buying power to root out slavery, says UK officialUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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