Nokia 6, 5 & 3 could steal Xiaomi and Motorola’s thunder in India

first_imgUpdate: HMD Global will launch the Nokia 6, the Nokia 5 and the Nokia 3 in India on June 13. The phones are likely to cost under Rs 20,000 with the Nokia 5 and the Nokia 3 hovering around the Rs 10,000 price tag. The company, to recall, has already launched the Nokia 3310 (2017) feature phone in India at a price of Rs 3,310. While Xiaomi’s strategy for the mid-tier flagship slot remains largely unclear as of this moment — last we heard, the Mi 6 won’t be coming to India — its affordable and lower mid-range ambitions are more thought-out and sorted. The company knows where it’s going with them. The Mi Max, the Redmi Note 4 (previously the Redmi Note 3), the Redmi 3S Prime and the newly launched Redmi 4A have received a phenomenal response from buyers. It’s not surprising. Not only does Xiaomi make some cool budget phones, their bang for the buck pricing is what makes these phones instant bestsellers.Not everything is perfect in this imperfect world though. All Xiaomi phones are hard to get. All Xiaomi phones are almost always out of stock. There’s never a good time to buy a Xiaomi phone, is what I keep hearing people come up and say to me. Some of them, who are in quite urgency to buy a new phone, then ask me for alternatives. The next obvious alternative would be any of the new Moto G phones.Also Read: Exclusive: Nokia 3310, Nokia 6, Nokia 3, Nokia 5 coming to India in JuneThe Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus are almost always available for buying, but, only online. Buyers have sort of become accustomed to not buying their phones from brick and mortar stores, because well, it’s not like they have a choice. If that wasn’t enough, Lenovo sells the Moto G5 via Amazon, while the Moto G5 Plus is exclusive to Flipkart. You got to be kidding me. The Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus make last year’s Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus look dumb. The least that Lenovo could do was make the most of it. It didn’t. Rather, it left buyers in a frenzy by selling the cheaper Moto G on one platform, and the pricier Moto G on another.advertisementAt a time when Xiaomi phones aren’t always available for buying, and Moto phones want buyers to keep track of ‘what goes where’ online, Nokia is making a comeback with the Nokia 6, 5 and 3. It may not be the same old Nokia of yore, but, a number of things that it has promised want me to believe in HMD, the Finnish company that now owns the rights to sell all Nokia-branded smartphones (and feature phones).– The Nokia 3, the Nokia 5 and the Nokia 6 will all run a vanilla version of Android Nougat and will be “pure, secure, and up to date,” according to HMD Global. Moto phones, once upon a time, offered a similar promise — of quick updates — only to lose steam midway. I am hopeful that HMD (or rather HMD) will stay true to its word, but, only time will tell whether or not it actually does.– The Nokia 3, the Nokia 5 and the Nokia 6 will be available for buying from both online and offline stores. HMD will also have service centres in at least 250 Indian cities for these phones, it has confirmed. While having as many service centres alone doesn’t always guarantee a quick solution, it’s always nice to know that you’re covered should things turn awry.In the case of the new Nokia Android phones, specs really don’t matter. The Nokia 3, the Nokia 5 and the Nokia 6 are more about the experience. And nostalgia. In its 151-year history, Nokia has built (and sold) everything from toilet paper to television sets. But that’s not really what Nokia is known (and remembered) for. It is remembered, largely, for its mobile phones. In the early 90s and well up to 2014, Nokia was a pioneer in developing the GSM and LTE mobile standards. It was the largest vendor of mobile phones in the world, once upon a time.The company has history in its favour. The Nokia 1011 was the first commercially available GSM-based mobile phone. The Nokia 3310 remains to be a tough cookie to crack to this day. The Nokia 1100, to this day, remains to be the best-selling mobile phone of all time. It has been a pioneer in mobile gaming and mobile photography, long before graphical processing units and endless megapixel counts were the in-thing. Remember Snake? Remember the N93? Nokia has also invested in virtual reality and digital health services.  advertisementHaving said that, Nokia’s legacy cannot be taken for granted. HMD will need to fulfill its promises of a seamless experience right from the moment when buyers invest in its phones, to when they start using it, and then during after-sales. The Nokia of yore, after all, stood for experience.The Nokia 3, the Nokia 5 and the Nokia 6 (along with the new Nokia 3310) will land in India sometime in June this year and will likely carry a price tag of under Rs 20,000 for the Nokia 6 and go all the way down to under Rs 10,000 for the Nokia 3.The Nokia 6 is an all-metal smartphone — boasting of 6000 series aluminium — with chamfered edges and curved 2.5D Gorilla glass on the front. It has a physical home button on the front that also houses a fingerprint scanner, and is flanked by touch-based capacitive keys which are backlit. The power button and the volume rocker lie on the right, while the SIM card slot rests on the left. It comes with a standard Micro USB 2.0 port (and no USB C-Type) and also supports USB OTG.Also Read: Nokia 6, Nokia 3310 up for pre-order in UK, price revealedHardware specs include: a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor clubbed with 4gigs of RAM under the hood, and 64GB of internal memory which is further expandable by up to 128GB via microSD card slot. The speaker setup on-board the Nokia 6 comes with dual amplifiers and supports Dolby Atmos sound technology.The Nokia 6, in addition, carries a 16-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.0 aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus and dual-LED flash. On the front, it comes with an 8-megapixel camera. The phone is backed by a 3,000mAh battery.The Nokia 3 and the Nokia 5 are simply toned down versions of the Nokia 6. While the Nokia 5 is a 5.2-inch phone, the Nokia 3 comes with a 5-inch screen.The Nokia 5 is closer to the Nokia 6 in that it comes with a full-metal body and a front-mounted fingerprint scanner. It is also powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor but gets 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory which is expandable. The Nokia 5 sports a 13-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera.The Nokia 3, meanwhile, boasts of a polycarbonate body with an aluminium frame. It is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737 processor clubbed with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory which is also expandable. The Nokia 3 sports 8-megapixel camera on the front as well as on the back.last_img read more

FIFA U-17 World Cup: 10-L Maha kids to play football on Sep 8

first_imgMumbai, Aug 4 (PTI) Ten lakh school students in Maharashtra will play football on September 8, ahead of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, state sports minister Vinod Tawde said here today.The FIFA U-17 World Cup is being held in India from October 6 to 28 this year.”The September 8 event will be part of the Mission Million we are organising to mark the tournament,” the minister told reporters at Mantralaya here.”On that day, the entire Maharashtra will turn into one happy playground,” he added.”One lakh footballs have been distributed in one over 30,000 schools in Maharashtra as part of Mission Million,” the minister said.”Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for ushering in sports culture in the country and we are organising the Mission Million event in response to his appeal,” Tawde said.A football tournament for legislators is also being organised next week, Tawde said.Two teams, called the Speakers Eleven and the Chairmans Eleven will compete in it, the minister added. PTI VT NPlast_img read more

Foreign Minister Extends Condolences to Cubans

first_imgStory Highlights She said the visit, which took place in the context of the 30th Meeting of the Conference of Heads of CARICOM, “provided a wonderful opportunity to engage at the highest level on a variety of areas of strategic importance.” Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, has extended condolences to those who lost loved ones in Cuba, following a tornado that hit the country on Sunday (January 27).“The Government and people of Jamaica express our deepest condolences to those who are mourning and wish a speedy recovery to the many who were in this tornado,” she said.In a speech read by the President of the Senate, Tom Tavares-Finson, Minister Johnson Smith said the tragic loss of lives, injuries and damage to the infrastructure throughout Cuba are a reminder of the vulnerability of small island states.“It is a stark reminder of the vulnerability that we share as Small Island Developing States and demonstrates the importance of the assistance granted by Cuba to countries like Jamaica in this area,” the Minister said, adding that Cuba has provided invaluable support to the region in the area of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management.The Minister’s message was read at a reception on January 31, at the Spanish Court Hotel, in Kingston, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution National Day.Senator Johnson Smith highlighted the friendship between Jamaica and Cuba since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1972.“Both countries have shared multiple technical cooperation initiatives over the years, in pursuance of our respective development priorities which span the areas of healthcare, education, security, sports, agriculture and  culture,” she said.The Minister mentioned the visit to the island by the President of the Councils of Ministers and President of the Republic of Cuba, His Excellency Miguel Diaz-Canel, at the invitation of Prime Minister, the  Most Hon. Andrew Holness.She said the visit, which took place in the context of the 30th Meeting of the Conference of Heads of CARICOM, “provided a wonderful opportunity to engage at the highest level on a variety of areas of strategic importance.”The Minister said that Cuba’s support to the process of nation-building across the region has been demonstrated in various other fora, such as the Association of Caribbean States, the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States and the United Nations.At the United Nations, she said that Jamaica and other CARICOM countries continue to advocate for the ending of the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed against Cuba.“Jamaica is committed to strengthening our partnership with the beautiful and culturally rich neighbour, the Republic of Cuba, through meaningful dialogue and mutually beneficial cooperation in the years ahead,” the Minister added. “Jamaica is committed to strengthening our partnership with the beautiful and culturally rich neighbour, the Republic of Cuba, through meaningful dialogue and mutually beneficial cooperation in the years ahead,” the Minister added. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, has extended condolences to those who lost loved ones in Cuba, following a tornado that hit the country on Sunday (January 27).last_img read more

Port of Long Beach to Get USD 555 Million for Upgrades

first_imgzoom The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has approved an USD 829 million budget for the Harbor Department’s next fiscal year, including more than a half a billion dollars for capital improvements at the Port of Long Beach, one of the busiest ports on the US Pacific coast.The budget, which will be presented to the Long Beach City Council for its consideration, designates USD 555 million for capital investments including the port’s major terminal redevelopment and bridge replacement projects.For the fiscal year starting October 1, 2015, the budget anticipates a 6.1 percent increase in operating revenue over the current fiscal year’s income.Also, the newly approved budget includes the anticipated transfer of USD 17.74 million to the City of Long Beach’s Tidelands Operating Fund, which is used for beachfront improvements in Long Beach.”Our goal is to build upon the success of the Port of Long Beach by attracting new trade, and with that, new jobs, to Long Beach and the region,” said Harbor Commission President Doug Drummond. ”We are moving forward with important improvements that will help this community, by building a greener, more efficient Port of Long Beach.”The biggest pieces of the capital improvement budget are the ongoing Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project and the Middle Harbor Redevelopment.  Other improvements include sewer and street projects, dredging and rail improvements.The budget also includes funds for planning activities for the Port’s ‘Energy Island’ concept of enhancing energy security and sustainability, and for ongoing improvements as part of the ”supply chain optimization” efforts to boost efficiency at the San Pedro Bay ports.last_img read more

Justin Trudeau visits floodstricken New Brunswick as crucial highway reopens

first_imgFREDERICTON – New Brunswick residents have begun the long, messy business of cleaning up sodden homes and cottages — including one runaway cottage left bobbing in lake waters after floating seven kilometres away from its perch.As residents began returning to homes, sloshing through watery basements and loading trucks full of sodden garbage, federal politicians landed in the area for tours.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited Oromocto, N.B., late Friday afternoon with Premier Brian Gallant, stopping in a command post to look at maps of the flooding, then getting in a boat to view Saint John River communities affected by flooding.He toured a few kilometres of the Saint John River to see the flood damage in the communities of Oromocto, Maugerville and Sheffield.“It was a real opportunity to see the extent of the damage,” he said after returning to shore.“Even though the water is lower, you know that there has been tremendous flooding and a tremendous number of people impacted. And of course the work on the cleanup is going to come in the coming weeks and months.”Elsewhere in the province, municipal governments were organizing volunteer efforts to help homeowners who face the daunting task of emptying basements and taking away thousands of sandbags to landfills.The prime minister praised the efforts.“The response of people who stepped up, the response of the community, the first responders is always extraordinary. It’s a real strength of community when people pull together like this,” he said.Meanwhile, the Canadian Armed Forces said it was deploying 60 members to assist provincial authorities with assessments.The soldiers are from 4 Engineer Support Regiment based at 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown. Rear-Admiral Craig Baines, Commander Joint Task Force Atlantic, said the mission is a “bit more personal” for the team.“They’re deploying to help their neighbours, and the communities close to where they live. Many of our members have been volunteering in recent days, like many community members have, at night and on the weekends to help their neighbours.”The federal response came as flood waters continued their long-awaited retreat, two weeks after they swept through Fredericton and went on to swamp several communities along the swollen Saint John River.The expansive cleanup could be most daunting in the Grand Lake area outside Jemseg, where many cottages either collapsed or were relocated by surging waters and powerful winds.Delberta Flood, who lives in the lake’s Youngs Cove, said she was stunned to find a whole building resting just down the shore from her home, which was not affected by the flood.She was out walking last weekend when she spotted something quite a distance from her home.“I got as close as I could and it was a house or a camp — a one-and-a-half storey camp sitting upright, still floating but caught up in a tree,” she said with a chuckle.“It had curtains in the windows and just looked like it was supposed to be there!”Flood took photos of the structure, posted them to a Grand Lake Facebook page with the message that it had washed up on her shore and quickly heard from the owner, who asked where it was.She told him and asked where it had come from, expecting it was just around the corner.“He said it came from Princess Park and that is seven kilometres across the lake. So we were really surprised it floated that far and stayed upright and didn’t break apart,” she said, adding that the slightly tilted cottage no longer has a door and is filling with water.Flood said all matter of items have floated past her home in recent days, including a submerged sailboat detectable by its mast, lots of decks, sets of stairs, a kayak, two life-jackets and a soccer ball.The cottage, however, stands out.“We saw some pretty weird things float by, but that’s the weirdest,” she said.The military said that since the flooding began, liaison officers had been monitoring developments with provincial authorities and providing advice on the best support it could provide “if provincial resources and capabilities were exceeded.”The Trans-Canada Highway between Fredericton and Moncton reopened just before noon Friday after being shut for a week, but it is reduced to one lane in each direction in one portion.“The water is down across the board,” Emergency Measures Organization spokesman Geoffrey Downey said Friday afternoon.“Fredericton is now, for example, below flood stage and according to the five-day forecast every community but two should be out of flood stage as well by Wednesday.”Downey said water levels were still forecast to persist at Jemseg and Sheffield-Lakeville Corner, south of Fredericton.Federal data indicate water levels in Fredericton receded to about 6.4 metres above sea level early Friday, putting the city below the flood stage. Levels have also gone down to about 4.8 metres in Saint John, which remains above flood stage. Downey said it’s expected to drop to below flood level by Sunday.“It’s obvious that the river is down but that doesn’t mean the threat to your home is gone. There were all kinds of contaminants in the river and people are going to have to clean their homes and property very carefully,” Downey said.He cautioned that people should enter their homes only after they’ve ensured it’s safe to do so.Downey said patience is also a key for a process that will take weeks if not months because what’s happened to many people’s homes is “just awful.”“I did a helicopter tour over the weekend down toward Saint John and the damage is heartbreaking with some buildings in low-lying areas where the water was up to the roof,” he said. “This is going to take time and I think it’s important for everyone to remember that.”About 60 roads remained closed and Darlings Island was still cut off Friday.— With files from Alison Auld, Michael Tutton and Keith Doucette in Halifaxlast_img read more

Jumpstart Hosts Boston Scribbles To Novels Event

first_imgJumpstart hosted their annual Boston Scribbles to Novels event on May 2.Rob Small, Naila Bolus and David GergenCredit/Copyright: JumpstartScribbles to Novels is a unique fundraising event that provides attendees with the opportunity to meet well-known authors in an intimate setting and to help raise awareness of Jumpstart’s mission to work toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. The event is took place at the Royal Sonesta Hotel Boston and featured a roundtable discussion highlighting the importance of literature and education in each of the author’s lives.David Gergen, CNN Political Analyst and New York Times bestselling author of Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership, Nixon to Clinton, served as the event’s keynote speaker. Also in attendance was be Edgar-award winning writer of the Chet and Bernie mysteries, Peter Abrahams; television and radio sports commentator, sports reporter and New York Times bestselling author, Michael Holley; New York Times best-selling author of the popular Fancy Nancy books, Jane O’Connor; and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Thousand Acres and Moo, Jane Smiley.last_img read more

Accused Winnipeg serial killer responds to family seeking information on murdered teen

first_imgAPTN National NewsA family hoping to find who is responsible for the murder of a loved one has reached out to an unlikely source: accused serial killer Shawn Cameron Lamb.Calray Bruyere wants to know if Lamb killed her cousin Fonessa.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler has this story.last_img

MoneySense ranks Fort St John as the best place to live in

first_imgThe magazine also cites the average annual household income in Fort St. John of $124,000, saying that it takes just 3.1 years of the average resident’s household income to buy an average home in Fort St. John, valued at $386,000.The magazine said that the city had an unemployment rate in March of 5.7 percent thanks to its oil, natural gas, forestry and agriculture industries.The two Sea-to-Sky Country cities of Squamish and Whistler ranked 2nd and 3rd on this year’s list respectively, saying that the two communities have a large number of recreation attractions, along with fairly high average earnings.Delta and North Vancouver rounded out the Top 5 in B.C.The magazine ranked Oakville, Ontario as the best place in Canada to live, while Lacombe, Alberta has ranked the best place in Western Canada, and 5th overall.The full rankings can be found here: FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – MoneySense magazine has ranked Fort St. John as the best place to live in B.C. and the three Canadian territories, and 15th best place to live in Canada.The magazine, which is owned by Rogers Publishing Ltd., cites the city’s low taxes, relative affordability of housing, and amenities as reasons for ranking the Energetic City at the top of the list.The magazine’s Best Places to Live edition ranked 415 cities across Canada for this year’s list, looking at everything from transit access, arts and community, demographics, health, and crime rates, among a host of others.last_img read more

Urgent action needed to assist over 1 million Central Africans – UN

“It’s not like any other humanitarian situation I’ve run across,” Catherine Bragg, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, told reporters in New York.Ms. Bragg, who visited the country in late July, said the number of people affected directly or indirectly by the effect of conflict in CAR is estimated by the humanitarian community to be more than 1 million people – out of a population of 4 million. She added that the CAR is one of the most impoverished countries in the world – second only to Sierra Leone by one measure – and remains beset by violence and widespread displacement in the north. This is in spite of some progress made last year with the Government embarking on a national dialogue and the signing of a peace agreement with rebel groups. Most of the 1 million people in need of assistance are concentrated in the northern part of the country and amongst the affected population are 125,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) and 137,000 Central African refugees in Chad and Cameroon. A major concern is the lack of funding for humanitarian work, she stressed, noting that funding has decreased significantly in 2009, compared to previous years. Current requirements amount to $97 million, of which $48 million remains outstanding. “Urgent action from the international community is required to support the efforts of humanitarian organizations,” stated Ms. Bragg.The international community should also be encouraged to support the efforts of the Government to develop a legal framework to assist IDPs, she added. “I was actually struck by the lack of international pressure on the Government in terms of its responsibility to provide both humanitarian assistance and protection to displaced populations.”Another major concern, she said, is lack of access to those in need, not just because of a lack of physical infrastructure, but because many people have fled their villages into the bush, sometimes just a few kilometres from their villages, and they are dispersed. “This is a very traumatized population. Some of them have been displaced repeatedly in the past years,” said Ms. Bragg. “They live in fear of both the Government forces and any armed groups, and they live in totally deplorable conditions in the bush with very little basic necessities – no water, no food, no sanitation, no medical services [and] hardly anything to sustain themselves.”Access is also hindered by the “unpredictable and volatile” security environment and, more recently, outright denial of humanitarian access by the national authorities, which she said were accusing some of the non-governmental organizations (NGOs) of supporting the rebels through humanitarian activities. More recently, she added, humanitarian needs have increased due to attacks by the Ugandan rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in the south-east and a rise in malnutrition in the south-western part of the country. The Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator met with some of the IDPs during her visit, which took her to the capital, Bangui, as well as the towns of Birao, Kabo and Paoua. She also met with President François Bozizé and Prime Minister Faustin-Archange Touadera, and members of UN agencies, international and local NGOs and the diplomatic community. 10 August 2009Urgent action by the international community is needed to assist humanitarian efforts in the Central African Republic (CAR), where conflict has left one-quarter of the population in need of assistance, a senior United Nations relief official said today. read more

UN agency concerned about reported abuse as thousands continue to flee Myanmar

Several waves of clashes between ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims, the first of which occurred in June 2012, have affected hundreds of thousands of families in the country’s western region.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that more than 86,000 people have left on boats since the violence began two years ago, including nearly 15,000 from January to April this year. “The majority are Rohingya, although anecdotally the proportion of Bangladeshis has grown this year,” UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards told reporters in Geneva. Across the region, the agency continues to advocate for temporary stay arrangements for the Rohingya until the situation stabilizes sufficiently in Rakhine state for them to return. “These arrangements involve acquiring the documented right to remain in the host country for the designated period, protection against arbitrary detention, respect for family unity, guarantees of shelter as well as access to services and lawful work opportunities,” said Mr. Edwards.Some of those who have reached Thailand speak of being taken to smugglers’ camps in the jungles or hills near the Thailand-Malaysia border. There they were kept for months in overcrowded camps and sometimes even cages until their families could pay for their release, according to UNHCR. The Thai authorities have conducted several raids on these camps, rescuing hundreds of people, including some 500 Rohingya earlier this year. UNHCR is providing relief and advocating for a more clearly defined temporary protection regime during their stay in Thailand that would include, for example, access to education for the children and enhanced freedom of movement. “Most immediately, to facilitate recovery and improve conditions of stay from the current immigration detention centres, we have offered to support rehabilitation centres where families can stay together and basic community activities can be organized while longer-term solutions are sought. The most vulnerable cases are submitted for consideration by resettlement countries,” Mr. Edwards said.In Malaysia, where UNHCR has registered more than 35,000 Rohingya over the years, there have been increased reports of smuggling and trafficking from Thailand of people from Myanmar. Reliable reports indicate these groups frequently face abuse, ill-treatment, exploitation and extortion by smuggling gangs. An increasing number are in poor physical and emotional health – malnourished and unable to walk. “UNHCR is advocating for the prompt release from detention of any detained Rohingya and others of concern,” said Mr. Edwards. “We also believe that improved access to health and other support services, including lawful employment opportunities, will allow refugees to be self-reliant.” In Indonesia, the Rohingya now number more than 1,200 people. Registration numbers peaked during the second half of 2013 with 474 new arrivals after several boats arrived from Thailand; others also crossed over from Malaysia. This year the trend of arrivals has dropped to only 56 people up to May. Meanwhile, in Bangladesh, which has hosted Rohingya refugees for more than two decades, there have been several positive developments in the last year. Education was extended to middle school level in the two official camps hosting more than 30,000 Rohingya refugees.“We have also enhanced efforts to address gender-based violence in the camps, including by facilitating the deployment of policewomen,” said Mr. Edwards. “In addition, the Government has also agreed to the improvement of services in the camps including shelter and livelihood opportunities.UNHCR has welcomed the Bangladeshi Government’s initiative to “list” an estimated 200,000 to 500,000 unregistered Rohingya in Bangladesh.The agency also noted that some 140,000 people remain displaced in Rakhine – the majority of them Rohingya, with smaller numbers of Rakhine, Kaman and other ethnicities. Aid workers have resumed humanitarian assistance following attacks on UN and non-governmental organization premises in Sittwe in late March. “While UNHCR remains committed to providing temporary shelters, coordinating camp management and addressing a difficult protection situation, we are wary of activities that could entrench segregation and protracted displacement. The challenge is to move from an emergency phase towards durable solutions,” Mr. Edwards stated. read more

Horse euthanised after being found with two broken legs in Wicklow estate

first_imgA HORSE WAS discovered yesterday in the Hillview estate, Ballyguile in Wicklow with two broken legs which is believed to be as a result of animal abuse.The horse was discovered at about 4pm yesterday but had to be euthanised by a vet. There are conflicting reports circulating that the horse was beaten by a group of people, while other reports suggest the horse refused to leave the horse box, and when a group of men accelerated the vehicle to force him out, the horse tumbled out of the trailer and sustained the injuries.AppealGardaí said they are currently investigating the incident and are asking anyone with any information to come forward. They confirmed that the horse did receive two serious injuries to two of its legs and had to be put down as a result of the injuries.Speaking to Wicklow Town Councillor Garrett O’Reilly said it was “simply not acceptable,” adding that these occurrences were becoming more and more common and that he thought people were afraid to come forward with information.He said people could come to him with any information about the death of the horse and he would pass it on to the authorities. He said he felt the council had to look at a long term solution for the management of horses in Wicklow.Horses“Last week, 63 horses were rounded up by the council, in an operation that involved more than 20 gardaí. The sheer cost of an operation like that is just not sustainable,” he said.He said he believed the majority of those horses that are brought to a pound are later put down. “There is enough council land or land that is in NAMA that could be used by these horses. We need a long term solution for these horses, so that cruelty like this can’t happen again,” he said.Eight horses remain in Hillview estate and have received care from the Irish Horse Welfare Trust.Well-known vet Pete Wedderburn said on his Facebook Page today: More animal cruelty, this time in Wicklow Town, involving a horse which was euthanised by a vet yesterday after being found in trouble. We all need to act together, gathering evidence for prosecutions, to stop episodes like this in the future.Read: Donkey suffers hypothermia after spending night stuck in Dublin canal>Read: Animal charity to report to gardaí after puppy found shot in Athlone>last_img read more

Cyprus Wine Festival kicks off

first_imgThe Cyprus Wine Festival, which takes place every year in the southern coastal town of Limassol, will open its gates today, Thursday 25 August and run until 4 September.Attracting thousands of locals and tourists alike, the event is held at the grounds of the Municipal Gardens. The Festival’s mascot ‘Vrakas’, representing a Cypriot man dressed in traditional Cypriot men’s baggy trousers (called vraka in Greek), will be placed at the entrance of the gardens to welcome all visitors to the festival.Major wineries as well as regional ones will be participating, offering visitors a great variety of wines. Stands with traditional food, delicacies and souvenirs will also be on offer.The Wine Festival features dozens of other events such as traditional dances, concerts, theatre performances, storytelling, and magic shows.As well as circulating the festival’s program in both Greek and English, this year it will also be available in Russian to cater to the increase of Russian tourism.Given the rise in the number of tourists visiting Cyprus this summer, the Municipality of Limassol expects more visitors at this year’s Wine Festival.Officially kicking off the event will be Minister of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism Yiorgos Lakkotrypis, followed by a varied cultural program. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

AI Uses Goodreads to Predict Amazon Best Sellers

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. There are no shortage of instructions for propelling your book to the top of the Amazon charts.Use keywords, create an attractive cover, choose the right category. Have it professionally edited and properly formatted. Write a good description, price it right, get positive reviews.Or, stick your story into an algorithm that can predict whether a book will become a best seller on Amazon within 15 days of its publication.AdChoices广告Researchers at Northwestern University, Microsoft Research India, and the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur developed a model that does just that: by studying reading behavior on online database Goodreads.“We have been working on analyzing the popularity dynamics of various social media entities, such as hashtags in Twitter, topics in Quora, etc.,” Animesh Mukherjee, associate professor of computer science at IIT Kharagpur, told TechXplore. “We felt that a similar approach could be taken to analyze the popularity of books and we found Goodreads to be ideal for this investigation.”The social cataloging website—acquired by Amazon in 2013—allows users to search for books, annotations, and reviews and generate library catalogs and reading lists, among other functions.Much to authors’ chagrin, there is no magic spell you can cast over a book to ensure chart-topping success. Popularity can be measured using several parameters—but in this case, researchers focused on how book reading characteristics influence its favor.The team analyzed the collective reading behavior of Goodreads consumers, and studied characteristics of Amazon best sellers in terms of the site’s entities—books, authors, shelves, genres, user status posts.They then developed a machine learning-based model using these unique features to predict whether a book will hit No. 1 in two weeks of its launch.“We observed that the ratings and reviews received by a book on Goodreads are not as effective in predicting the best sellers as the reading status post patterns of the users,” according to Mukherjee.One of my favorite aspects of the site is the ability to post updates about what page I’m on and how much of a book I’ve read (I’m a slow reader, so sue me). Folks can also post comments about their experience with the novel, memoir, cookbook, comic, whatever.“We find these features to be very effective in predicting whether the book is going to be a bestseller in the future,” Mukherjee said.The AI boasts an average accuracy of 88.72 percent in predicting imminent chart-toppers. That’s a 16.4 percent improvement over baseline methods that use traditional popularity factors like ratings or reviews.“One of the most important insights that we obtain from this study is that … a large majority of [Amazon bestsellers] have reader status post patterns that strongly distinguish them from the rest of the books,” Mukherjee said.The study is available to read online via the Cornell University Library.Artificial intelligence is getting smarter every day: It recently detected more mysterious cosmic radio bursts, learned to create drugs from scratch, and helped map developing brains. Read more about algorithms and books on McDonald’s Plans to Serve AI Voice Technology at Drive ThruCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Solskjaer wary of Liverpools threat as he seeks Fergies support

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer has opened the door to Sir Alex Ferguson to give Manchester United’s team talk before they face bitter rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday.Solskjaer who understands the magnitude and importance of the clash wants his team to have a grasp of what it means to the fans.And the interim manager believes Fergie is the right man for the job despite admitting they cannot be caught up in the emotion of the occasion.🤣During the press conference this morning, Ole Gunnar Solskjær joked that Sir Alex Ferguson will take the Manchester United team talk against Liverpool!😬Who would like to see this happen?! #MUFC #MUNLIV— Betfred (@Betfred) February 22, 2019“He would be welcome to have his talk to the players because we know how much it means for him to overtake Liverpool,’ said Solskjaer of his former manager who took such delight in ‘knocking Liverpool off their f***ing perch’ during his 26 years at Old Trafford.“I played in a few of these myself and know the magnitude of it for the fans and everyone who works here. He told the Daily Mail.“The staff there have been making comments that this is the big one, then it’s our job to be focusing and channelling all that energy into performance mode when we start the game on Sunday.“It’s not about emotions. I understand emotion can be brought into it but we have to stay focused and controlled with some fight in us as well.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.Solskjaer went to explain the need to win the game in what could be pivotal to securing a Champions League spot“For them, it’s a big game, we want to be in the top four and we’re playing Liverpool. We know how big that game is for Manchester United, the staff and supporters.“We’re just looking forward to another challenge for this team. We want to build this team to be worthy of Manchester United’s history.”Asked if he would prefer Tottenham to win what he sees a three-horse title race, a smiling Solskjaer replied: ‘Maybe!’”Whoever we play against, we want to win the game.”The Reds are well aware of the threat #MUFC will pose but head to Old Trafford with designs only on bringing the three points back to Anfield, @MoSalah insists…— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 22, 2019Solskjaer believes the clash with their arch-rivals will be somewhat similar to the PSG tie. He, however, feels his players are ready to show they have learned from that experience.“We have to perform better than we did against PSG because it’s a big game and a big team,’ he said. ‘Suddenly we’re not underdogs anymore.“We know we’re in for a very tough game. Liverpool have been fantastic and will know to come to Old Trafford it should be a difficult one. They pay us respect and we’ll pay them respect.”last_img read more

People on the Move

first_imgThe Cut editorial director Stella Bugbee has announced that Linda Wells will join the Cut as beauty editor-at-large. Wells will write weekly on a range of topics related to beauty, fashion, wellness, and health. Time Inc. has named Alwar Rajagopalan president of Time Inc. India. Rajagopalan, a finance and accounting veteran, is the former VP of business process services of Tata Consultancy Services Ltd.  Surface Media has announced the appointment of Stephen Pulvirent as executive digital director. Pulvirent joins Surface from Bloomberg, where he influenced the direction of Bloomberg Pursuits as associate editor. has named its new parenting editor, Maressa Brown. Brown was previously lifestyle editor at CafeMom’s The Stir. David Saabye has begun his new role as chief digital officer of ALM. Prior to joining ALM, Saabye held several management positions at the Associated Press, including head of sales and marketing for the iCircular division. Raphael Poplock joins The Players’ Tribune as EVP of partnerships and business development. Prior to joining The Players’ Tribune, Poplock served as VP of partnerships for ESPN, where he led the global partnerships and cross-platform games businesses. Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move:center_img Christopher Cormier has been named associate publisher at InStyle. He had been associate publisher at Details. The Cut launched in 2012 as New York magazine’s stand-alone fashion and lifestyle website, and has contributed coverage to the print magazine since 2014. The Cut has 6.3 million unique visitors per month, and has 3.2 million social media followers across Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Instagram. “We’ve long admired her wit, her style and her ability to get at exactly what readers want to know about. I can’t wait for her to bring her sharp, funny takes on everything from eyeliner to outdated beauty standards and which runway trends matter,” says Bugbee. Wells joins a beauty lineup that already includes senior beauty editor Kathleen Hou, and associate beauty editor Ashley Weatherford. She founded Allure magazine in 1991, where she served as editor-in-chief until 2015. Wells started her career as an editor at Vogue and later served as the beauty and food editor at The New York Times Magazine. Condé Nast has appointed Evan Adlman head of programmatic for the company. Most recently, Adlman served as VP, publisher development, Americas at PubMatic, where he led the teams responsible for implementing programmatic technology and strategies for the top 100 comScore publishers. last_img read more

Navy Bases Falling behind Growing Maintenance Workload Senior Officials Say

first_imgNavy installations are experiencing a growing backlog of maintenance needs as budget constraints over the past several years have forced the service to allocate funding to higher priorities, officials told the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee on Friday.Critical requirements are being funded, but other jobs are being deferred, Vice Adm. Dixon Smith, commander of Navy Installations Command, told the panel.“Where we are today is holding,” Smith said, reported the Daily Press.Capt. Louis Schager, commanding officer at Naval Air Station Oceana, described a litany of deferred maintenance tasks at the Navy’s East Coast master jet base in Virginia Beach, Va.All hangars “have issues and challenges,” he said. “A lot of roofs are leaking. We have some fire protection challenges.”Ten of the installation’s 13 barracks are rated as substandard, but the Navy only has funding approved to renovate five barracks. A newly constructed barracks, however, is scheduled to be completed in March.An aging building at the base’s Dam Neck Annex has interfered with training for information specialists, due to a combination of leaks, odors and sensor problems that have resulted in an average of one call a week to the fire department during the past fiscal year.“Each time that call goes out, you have to have all these students leave the building,” Schager said. “It’s disrupting their training.”Officials have approved spending a couple of hundred thousand dollars on a temporary fix. “But it’s a $12 million unfunded project to really, truly fix the problem,” he said.Schager thanked Congress, however, for freeing up $100 million to replace a 1950s-era lighting system for the base’s airfield.The two officers stressed the need for an assured and sustainable funding stream to address long-term maintenance needs so that installations can avoid playing catch-up with their repairs. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

NASAs Hubble Space Telescope is back in action after hardware problem

first_imgNASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.  CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. 13 Photos Sci-Tech NASA’s Hubble telescope delivers stunning new space pictures Wide Field Camera 3 was brought back to full operational status and completed its first science observations just after noon EST today.  For more info:— Hubble (@NASAHubble) January 17, 2019 Investigating the error from Jan. 8, NASA concluded that voltage levels had jumped outside their safe values, causing the suspension of operations. Further evaluations noted that voltage levels were OK, but telemetry circuits — which help NASA collect data from the Telescope — “were not accurate”. A router-like reset had those telemetry circuits brought back to operations.Wide Field Camera 3 is just one of Hubble’s suite of instruments and while NASA worked to get it back to collecting science images, Hubble’s other instruments continued to operate as normal. NASA says that Hubble should hang on beyond 2025, which would mean it has been investigating space for a solid 35 years. In that time, it has captured smiling faces in the cosmos and provided new ways to see dark matter. Recently, it took an unbelievable 1.6GB image of the Triangulum Galaxy you could basically fly through on your PC screen. Operated by both NASA and the European Space Agency, the Hubble Space Telescope was on a 15-year mission when it launched on April 25, 1990. The Wide Field Camera 3 was a Hubble upgrade, installed in May 2009 during its last servicing mission, which planned to extend Hubble’s mission to 20 years. It’s now in its 29th year of life. Share your voicecenter_img 1 Comment Tags STS-82 Crew/STScI/NASA On Jan. 8, the Wide Field Camera 3 on NASA’s journeyman telescope Hubble went out of action. A hardware problem had caused the instrument to suspend operations.The latest update from NASA is all good news though: Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 resumed science observations, snapping photos of the distant universe, just after midday, Jan. 17.  NASAlast_img read more

A day before Oh Babys release Naga Shaurya starts shooting for his

first_imgNaga Shaurya with Mehreen Pirzada at his film launchTwitterYoung Telugu actor Naga Shaurya is yet to recover from his leg injury, but he is back on the sets to shoot for his upcoming movie a day before the release of his Oh Baby, which is set to hit screens on July 5.Naga Shaurya will be seen playing Samantha Akkineni’s love interest in director Nandini Reddy’s Oh Baby. After wrapping it up, the actor has started shooting for his next movie, which was launched on May 11. But his leg got hurt while filming an action scene of the movie and this injury forced him to take a break. However, he has decided to come back on the sets, even before the recovery.Eluru Seenu, the publicist for the untitled film‏ tweeted, “@IamNagashaurya is back to shoot for Ira Production No 3. He was forced to take a break as his leg got injured during the shoot of an action sequence in Vizag! Clashes with the dates of Co-actors,he started the shoot though he is not completely recovered!”This yet-to-be-titled movie is directed by debutant Ramana Teja and produced by Usha Mulpuri under the banner Ira Creations. Naga Shaurya will be seen romancing actress Mehreen Pirzada of F2 – Fun and Frustration fame in the movie, which happens to be the third production of the actor’s home banner.After its launch, Naga Shaurya tweeted some photos on May 11 and wrote, “Very happy to announce my next project in my home production @ira_creations. Lead Actress @Mehreenpirzada, Produced by Usha Mulpuri garu, Introducing debutant director #RamanaTeja, Music composed by @SricharanPakala and Editor #Garry #IRA3 #ProdNo3.”Several celebs from the film industry attended its opening ceremony. Later, Naga Shaurya added, “My sincere thanks to Shri. @Ragavendraraoba Garu, @sharrath_marar Garu, #Nandinireddy Garu, @ParasuramPetla Garu & @BvsRavi Garu for gracing the event and extending their warm wishes and blessings. #IRA3 #ProdNo3.”last_img read more

Armed and wild Myanmar military goes shopping

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 21 January 2019 Myanmar military tanks manoeuvre in a field during combined exercise by Myanmar army and air force near Magway. Photo: AFPMyanmar’s military has lavished tens of millions of dollars on the latest lethal hardware, leaning on allies as part of a strategy to become a first-class fighting force.The spending spree comes despite enduring EU and US arms embargos and calls earlier this month from a UN fact-finding mission for the international community to sever financial ties to Myanmar’s military.Senior generals already face sanctions for a scorched earth campaign that drove more than 740,000 Rohingya Muslims into Bangladesh.And allegations of fresh abuses are mounting as it now tackles ethnic Rakhine rebels, who are Buddhist, in the same area, according to an Amnesty International report Wednesday.But the army has continued spending, offered discounts by governments with a stake in its strategic location and an eye on a major arms market.Here are a few which it has turned to for arms, equipment or training.ChinaDespite easing economic sanctions, the US still does not sell weapons to Myanmar.China has no such qualms.Beijing has provided diplomatic cover for Myanmar at the UN. It has also been its main source of weapons, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), which estimates that from 2013-17 China accounted for 68 per cent of Myanmar arms imports.That includes armoured vehicles, surface-to-air missile technology, radar, and unarmed drones, said Siemon Wezeman, SIPRI senior researcher for the Asia-Pacific.He added Myanmar also placed orders for Sino-Pakistani manufactured JF-17 Thunder fighter jets valued at $25 million each — seen in action in late 2018 at a Myanmar Air Force display.”Name it and the Chinese supply it,” Wezeman told AFP.And the price is often right.”The price of arms sales is usually discounted,” said Yun Sun, an expert on China-Myanmar relations at the Stimson Center.RussiaRussia has emerged as one of Myanmar’s most enthusiastic friends on the world stage.Last month it pulled out all stops for army chief Min Aung Hlaing.The senior general inspected a helicopter plant, was flown on an Mi 171 over the Siberian city of Ulan Ude, and “enjoyed the scenery” around freshwater Lake Baikal, Myanmar state mouthpiece Global New Light of Myanmar reported.Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu came to Myanmar in January 2018, met with the commander-in-chief and inked a deal for Myanmar to buy six Su-30 fighters jets, Russian state media TASS reported.The cost is estimated at $200 million.The jets are meant to become “the main fighter aircraft of Myanmar’s air force”, the deputy defence minister said.The US State Department said the deal could aggravate the Rohingya crisis, but a Russian government spokesperson said it “cannot pay attention” to the accusations.IndiaIn an attempt to counterbalance Chinese influence over its shared neighbour, India has stepped up defence ties and pointedly avoided criticism over the Rohingya issue.But it is still playing catch-up with China.According to security analyst Anthony Davis, India has tended to focus its efforts on Myanmar’s Navy where it stands to offer more in terms of specialised equipment and joint exercises.”The Indians have basically been looking to move in on Tatmadaw naval modernisation, which has been moving forward at a pretty remarkable rate,” Davis said, using the Burmese word for the military.Min Aung Hlaing has also made several trips to India in recent years.As the crackdown against the Rohingya intensified in September 2017, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar and agreed to deepen defence ties.IsraelIsrael has had a longstanding relationship with Myanmar, one of the Jewish state’s early allies in Asia.In 2018, the country donated water purification systems to the government body set up in the aftermath of the Rohingya crisis.Min Aung Hlaing visited Israel in 2015, where he toured the Holocaust museum and defence suppliers.In April 2017 the Myanmar Navy posted pictures on Facebook of Israeli-made Super Dvora Mk 3 patrol boats.”She is moving forward with 45 knots on Myanmar Waters. Welcome to Myanmar Navy!!!” the caption said.But the relationship has sparked controversy for Israel at home, prompting an apparent halt in sales in 2017.The Israel embassy in Yangon confirmed “there is no change in Israel’s decision not to sell arms to Myanmar.”last_img read more

How Texas Educators Train before Arming Themselves at School

first_img Share Photo via The Texas TribuneAn educator partakes in a simulated shooting as part of a training for school marshals. School marshals are school staff trained and armed to take out a threat to their campus.A gaggle of reporters clustered last week near shelves of picture books and signs marked “Love” and “Read” in the Windermere Elementary School library.Then shots rang. The reporters jolted back, their iPhones shaking in surprise. A gunman ran through the hallway until he was shot down by a masked educator.The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement was hosting one of its trainings last week for school marshals — designated school teachers, administrators and maintenance staff who are licensed to carry firearms in case of an active shooter on campus. The marshal program, which began in 2014, has grown considerably since the May shooting at Santa Fe High School south of Houston. Before this summer, TCOLE had hosted nine school marshal trainings in four years, said Gretchen Grigsby, the commission’s director of government relations. But by the end of this summer, the commission will have hosted six more.Lawmakers, including Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, want to boost funding for the program soon so even more school personnel can sign up.At the Pflugerville elementary school, 20 trainees from around the state wore face masks and neck guards as they got into their roles. When the shots were fired, a cascade of trainees posing as panicked school children screamed and ran down the hall with their hands held up. Two other marshals-in-training ran toward the crowd with their guns drawn, looking to see whom they needed to shoot. Finally, an instructor wielding his own gun emerged behind the screaming students. The marshals shot and took him down. The whole thing took about 20 seconds.Friday’s demonstration came toward the end of an eight-day training session that educators must undergo to become school marshals. Trainees receive classroom instruction, live firearm training at a shooting range and training in simulated shootings such as the demonstration in Pflugerville. The simulation featured “simunition” — paintball-esque bullets shot from blue Glock 17s.Marshals range from janitors to school board members, and many of them didn’t have experience in law enforcement, though they all must have a license to carry before they can enroll in the course. Kim Vickers, executive director of TCOLE, said the fast pace and panicked frenzy reflects a real school shooting, where as many as nine people can die every second a shooter is active. One of the hardest decisions in the moment is knowing when to shoot, especially when the mass shooter is a student, he said.“They’ve got to cross that idea of, ‘Can I pull that trigger if I need to pull that trigger?’” Vickers said “And you really never know that — you really won’t until the situation happens — but you’ll come closer to resolving that in your mind when you’re put in that situation where you’re very keyed up and the adrenaline’s pumping.”Ever wonder what school marshal training looks like? They’re using training glock 17s akin to a paintball gun— Matthew Choi (@matthewchoi2018) August 10, 2018And if you’re wondering, yes, the fake bullets hurt.“If you’re about to be shot with one of these, it really puts some pressure on you because one of these things, it stings pretty well,” Vickers said.The school marshal program remains controversial. Many educators and activists argue that arming school staff increases access to guns for troubled students. But many Republican lawmakers have rallied around the program since the shooting in Santa Fe. Abbott included it in a series of recommendations to address school violence. In June, a special state Senate committee discussedways to expand its funding. None of the committee’s members spoke against arming teachers at the time.But many of the educators who attended the Senate hearing were fiercely opposed.“My job is to nurture and teach,” Mitzi McEwen, a retired principal from Friendswood Independent School District, said at the hearing. “You can’t take a teacher that has that love of their students and make them look at their kid and shoot them.”Vickers, who also testified at the hearing, said a threat can always fall through the cracks and manifest in school violence. It’s always better to be prepared just in case, he said, and school districts are increasingly requesting marshal training for designated staffers. Trainees must also go through regular psychological screenings and retrain every two years. When marshals are teaching in a classroom, they have to keep their gun in a lockbox.Rachel Zein for The Texas TribuneEducators take part in active shooter training in Pflugerville on August 10, 2018.Reporters were invited to Friday’s training under the condition that they not identify any of the trainees. TCOLE says it doesn’t publicize which school districts have marshals because it doesn’t want to advertise the “soft targets” — schools that don’t.One of the trainees, who would not identify himself other than as “an educator from Southeast Texas,” said he had had experience working with firearms as a hunter, but the marshal training took his understanding of active shooter situations to a “new level.” Standing in the hallway with arms crossed over his chest, the trainee said his role is to educate first. Being a marshal is merely one way to protect his students, he said.“Our biggest fear is actually having to use our training,” he said.last_img read more