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Microsoft Lumia 650 with 1GB RAM, Windows 10 Mobile now official
Redmond giant Microsoft on Monday officially took the wraps off its new Windows 10 Mobile-based phone, the Lumia 650 . The Lumia 650 which is geared at enterprise users boasts of an Aluminium frame and will be available in select European markets starting from February 18 at a price of $199 which roughly translates to Rs 13,500.The Lumia 650 will be available in single and dualSIM variants, with the latter targeted towards emerging markets like India. Note that the Lumia 650 DualSIM is already listed on the company’s official website for India without pricing and availability details.The Microsoft Lumia 650 comes with a 5-inch HD AMOLED ClearBlack display with a 720×1280 pixels resolution and 297ppi pixel density. It is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 processor coupled with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage which is further expandable by up to up to 200GB via microSD card. It sports an 8-megapixel camera on the rear with autofocus and LED flash along with a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. The phone is backed by a 2,000mAh battery.The Lumia 650 although an enterprise-centric smartphone running Windows 10 Mobile does not support Windows Continuum feature, which is also the new operating system’s flagship feature.To recall, Microsoft was expected to launch the Lumia 650 back on February 1. It is also expected to be Microsoft’s last Lumia phone before the company embarks on a new Surface phone journey. It is already working on a high-end Surface phone to succeed its current-generation Lumia 950 (and Lumia 950XL) phones.The alleged phone – said to be codenamed the Lumia – was accidently leaked by Microsoft China recently when it put up a video to demonstrate the company’s Continuum prowessadvertisementContinuum works on Microsoft’s high-end phones like the Lumia 950 and 950XL. That the Lumia X supports it clearly suggests that it is no ordinary phone but a flagship.
Shiv Chawrasia, Senappa Chikka to represent India at World Cup of Golf
S.S.P. Chawrasia and S. Chikka will represent India at this year’s World Cup of Golf slated to be held at the Kingston Heath Golf Club in Melbourne from November 23 to 27, it was announced on Saturday.Chawrasia, who represented India at the Rio Olympics earlier this month, got a late spot in the event following the withdrawal of Paraguay’s Fabrizio Zanotti.The 38-year-old Chawrasia, a winner of four international events, including three on the European Tour, picked 22-year-old Chikka as his partner, who is a winner of two events on the Asian Development Tour (ADT).Interestingly, both world No.234 Chawrasia and world No.439 Chikkarangappa will be making their debut at the World Cup. India will be one among seven Asian nations that will make up the elite 28-team field in Melbourne.”I’m extremely excited about making my debut at the World Cup of Golf. It’s always an honour to represent the country. I expect our team comprising of Chikka and myself to make a major impact at the event,” Chawrasia said.”I picked Chikka as my partner as he is one of the most promising young talents in India and is in good form and high on confidence at the moment.”Chawrasia had participated at another major team event earlier this year when he represented Team Asia at the EurAsia Cup.An elated Chikka said: “I am honoured that S.S.P. has picked me as a partner for the World Cup. When Anirban (Lahiri) played at the World Cup last time, I saw it on TV and started dreaming about representing my country in such a prestigious tournament.advertisement”Now the time has come for me to represent India and I would do my best to make my country proud.”India’s best performance at the World Cup of Golf came in 2005 when the pair of Arjun Atwal and Jyoti Randhawa secured a ninth place finish.
Premier League: Marcos Alonso free kick helps Chelsea edge past Southampton
Marcos Alonso scored a curling free-kick to hand Chelsea a 1-0 win over Southampton at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Saturday.With the win, Chelsea consolidated the third spot in the league table, which is led by Manchester City.Alonso scored the only goal of the game by curling a long-range free kick past goalkeeper Fraser Forster and into the bottom corner in the third minute of first-half injury time.Chelsea dominated the match for long periods and would have won by a greater margin had Forster not made a string of impressive saves.Southampton improved after sending on Charlie Austin for Manolo Gabbiadini in the second half but they were unable to snatch an equaliser.The result extended a poor run of form for Mauricio Pellegrino’s side, who have now gone five matches without a win in the Premier League and have dropped to 12th in the standings.Chelsea have moved on to 38 points, level with second-placed Manchester United, who visit West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.CRYSTAL PALACE BEAT LEICESTER CITY 3-0Christian Benteke put a difficult week behind him to score his first goal of the season as Crystal Palace won 3-0 at Leicester City to climb out of the Premier League’s bottom three on Saturday.Wilfried Zaha also struck before halftime and Bakary Sako was on target in stoppage time as Palace ended an eight-month wait for an away league victory.Photo Credit: Reuters “It’s three clean sheets in a row away from home which is good, and even more importantly we’ve cured the hoodoo of not scoring away from home,” Palace manager Roy Hodgson, whose side are now seven matches unbeaten, said.advertisementA week after being castigated for ignoring team orders to take, and miss, a stoppage-time penalty in a 2-2 draw with Bournemouth, Benteke made amends to put Palace in front with a glancing header from Andros Townsend’s whipped in cross.It was Palace’s first away goal of the season.Leicester failed to muster much of a response and were punished for their lacklustre approach five minutes before halftime when Benteke played in Zaha who out-foxed Ben Chilwell before drilling a low shot past Kasper Schmeichel.The hosts did improve after the break and Riyad Mahrez was denied a goal when Palace keeper Julian Speroni made a superb save to keep out the Algerian’s powerful low shot.Vicente Iborra had a headed goal correctly ruled out for a push on the hour and Leicester suffered a further blow a minute later when birthday boy Wilfred Ndidi received a second yellow card for a dive and was sent off.Benteke was denied from close range by Schmeichel but with confidence soaring, Palace made it an afternoon to remember for their travelling fans when Bakary Sako fired home clinically in stoppage time after Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s assist.Palace moved to 14th position with 17 points from 18 games while Leicester, who had won their previous four games to move into eighth spot, have 26 points.”It was not our day, not a good day for us,” Leicester manager Claude Puel said. “Palace deserved the result, they played with desire and quality and I think we didn’t deserve anything today.”(Courtesy: Reuters)
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Kosovo visa issue: AIBA threatens to withdraw 2021 men’s world championship from India
New Delhi, Nov 16 (PTI) The world boxing body on Friday threatened to withdraw the 2021 men’s World Championships from India after the government refused to grant visa to Kosovo boxer Donjeta Sadiku to participate in the ongoing women’s World Championships here. The Indian government does not recognise Kosovo – a disputed territory in South Eastern Europe — and so Sadiku, who was to take part in 60kg, was denied visa. This was second such incident for Sadiku, who was also denied visa during women’s World Youth Championships in Guwahati last year. “We are deeply concerned by this situation. Any boxer shouldn’t be affected by any political decision while trying to achieve the dream of competing at the international level. Politics and sports should in no way be mixed,” International Boxing Federation (AIBA) president Gafur Rahimov said in a statement. “We appreciate the efforts made by the Boxing Federation of India, but AIBA will need to reconsider the 2021 Men’s World Championships bid. This being said, we wish to reiterate our sincere apologize to Donjeta Sadiku and the boxing family of Kosovo,” he added. The AIBA said it will explore the possibility of re-opening the bidding process for the 2012 Men’s World Championships after the Government of India couldn’t find a solution to Sadiku’s participation. “AIBA will study the appropriate actions needed to be considered to ensure that this situation never happens again, including the possibility to re-open the bidding process for the AIBA 2021 Men’s World Boxing Championships due to take place in India,” the world body said.advertisement “It is indeed extremely disappointing to note that the Government of India could not find any satisfactory solution for the young athlete Donjeta Sadiku and the delegation from Kosovo despite the joint efforts made by AIBA and the Boxing Federation of India over the past weeks, days and hours to clear the status of their Entry Visas. “When awarding the hosting of an AIBA event, one of the International Boxing Association primary requirements is the capability of guarantee that all eligible athletes and delegations could participate, without any discrimination and beyond any political consideration,” the statement said. AIBA executive director Tom Virgets said that an official decision to re-open bidding process for the 2021 Men’s World Championships will be taken in the AIBA Executive Committee meeting in January. “We are very serious about this issue but there is a small window of time for finding a solution in this issue. There is no time frame as such when India can find out a solution to this and say it will allow athletes from Kosovo to take part in international events held in this country. “The AIBA will take a decision on the re-opening of the bidding process of 2021 men’s World Championships in its executive committee meeting in January. So, I think the time till that meeting can be an appropriate time for India to solve this issue,” he said, adding that 2019 men’s World Championships was given to Sochi instead of Ukraine due to the same issue of non-recognition of Kosovo by the latter. Virgets reminded that the same issue had happened last year during the Women World Youth Championships in Guwahati and it is high time that India find a solution to this if it wants to host big international events. “Boxing in India is growing by leaps and bounds and it will only grow and we want to go hand in hand with the Indian federation. But if India loses these kinds of events, it is the loss of India.” Boxing Federation of India (BFI) said it will pursue the government to separate sports from political considerations and find a solution to this. “Any international federation would not be happy of an athlete is not allowed participation in these situations and the government’s decision was also a sovereign issue,” BFI president Ajay Singh said. “We will continue to persuade the government that it is possible to separate the sporting issue from the political one and many countries have allowed athletes of countries which they did not recognise politically. “The time was also short and we could not convince the government. In the coming days we will take up this issue with the government and we are hoping to find a solution soon. We are hopeful the men’s World Championships will be held in India in 2021.” The Indian Olympic Association also chipped in and wrote letters to the Ministry of External Affairs on November 1 and Sports Ministry on November 14. “The MEA is still not been able to separate sports from politics. But that is the main objective of the IOC Charter.” PTI PDS ATKATKadvertisement
Mayor inspects corporation schools in Malviya Nagar
New Delhi: SDMC Mayor inspected corporation schools in Malviya Nagar area. She also participated in Swacchta Shramdaan Campaign and encourage the citizens and traders to participate and contribute in Swacchta hi Sewa and single-use plastic ban campaign in the Malviya Nagar market.She said large scale citizens engagement activities for awareness and community mobilisation through Shramdan, clean and green drives, Swachhta pledges, Swachhta rallies and other programs aimed at mass scale plastic waste collection and disposal and elimination of single-use plastic will be organised in all parts of the SDMC localities. The mayor held discussions with local citizens, businessmen and residents and listened to their difficulties and problems. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderMayor visited several corporation schools in Malviya Nagar ward and instructed the officials of the Education Department to maintain the quality of mid-day meal. SDMC Mayor in order to assess the quality of mid-day meal took a few items and instructed the education department to keep a close eye on the quality since the food is meant for the students and all cautions must be taken to overcome any possibility of ill effect on their health. She instructed the Principal to depute two or three teachers to assess the quality of the mid-day meal every day. Further, cleanliness must be ensured before and after distribution of mid-day meal. Mayor also inspected parks of the ward and stressed the need to improve them. He instructed the officials of the Horticulture Department that within 10 days proper improvement should be seen in these parks. Wherever there are cracks in the boundary wall, it should be repaired and the greenery should be protected.
House Of Representatives Adopts 2015 Draft Budget In Second Reading
Rabat – The house of representatives adopted, on Tuesday during a plenary session, by a majority and in second reading, the 2015 draft budget.The bill was adopted by a majority of 179 votes versus 75 against, with no abstentions.The 2015 draft budget is based on a growth rate of 4.4 pc, a budget deficit of 4.3 pc, an average oil price of 103 dollars per barrel, an exchange rate of 8.6 dirhams/dollar, a reduction of the balance of payments deficit to 6.7 pc and the creation of 22,000 jobs. The draft bill aims to improve the competitiveness of the national economy, promote private investment, speed up key structural reforms, implement regionalization, reduce social differences and boost employment.
UN agency expands food relief programme in southern Philippines
20 August 2008The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is continuing to dispatch hundreds of tons of rice to families displaced by the violent clashes in the southern Philippines between Government forces and Muslim rebels. WFP announced today in a press release that it has already sent 325 tons of rice to some 13,000 families on the island of Mindanao, where the fighting is occurring.The agency has also agreed to provide 250 tons of rice for 10,000 other families in the provinces of Lanao del Sur and Lanao del Norte – where tens of thousands of people have become displaced – for at least a month.Stephen Anderson, WFP’s Country Director, said the increased assistance follows a rapid assessment by aid officials across the region. The provinces of Sultan Kudarat, South Cotabato and Sarangani have also been affected by the recent violence.“We hope for peace and stability so that affected families in Mindanao can soon return to their homes and begin rebuilding their lives,” he said.“In the current unpredictable security situation, vulnerable victims of these clashes urgently need to receive humanitarian assistance, especially essential food among other complimentary relief items.”Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a statement last week voicing concern about the fighting on Mindanao and the unfolding humanitarian crisis as a result.
UN chief arrives in Turkmenistan to kick off fivenation Central Asia tour
1 April 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived today in Turkmenistan to kick off his first visit to Central Asia since becoming the United Nations chief three years ago. The five-nation tour will also include stops in Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan.While in Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan, Mr. Ban will meet on Friday with President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, and visit the Office of the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy in Central Asia (UNRCCA).Set up in 2007, the Centre works to help the five governments in the region to increase their capacities to peacefully prevent conflict, facilitate dialogue and respond to cross-border threats and challenges such as terrorism, drug trafficking and environmental degradation. Following the Central Asia visit, the Secretary-General is scheduled to travel to Vienna for meetings with senior Austrian Government officials, and to address the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).He will also chair the spring session of the Chief Executives Board (CEB), the twice-yearly gathering of the heads of 27 agencies, funds and programmes within the UN system.
Police blotter Prowler on Oakwood Avenue
A Simcoe woman received an alarming surprise this week when she woke up to discover an unknown man in her home.The woman was sleeping on her couch in her Oakwood Avenue basement when she woke around 1 a.m. Tuesday to find the stranger in her home.As she called police, the intruder retreated upstairs. However, when police searched the residence, nothing was found.No damage was reported and nothing was stolen. Woman struck at ToyotetsuA Brantford woman suffered minor injuries this week when she was struck by a vehicle in the parking lot of the Toyotetsu auto parts plant in Simcoe.The incident was called into police around 8:15 a.m. Tuesday.The vehicle involved was a dark-coloured Chrysler 300. The vehicle did not stop. Police want to speak to the driver.“The OPP would like the motoring public to be aware of their surroundings at all times when they get behind the wheel of any vehicle,” Insp. Joe Varga, head of the Norfolk OPP, said in a news release.“Pedestrians are also urged to put their safety as a priority and to be cautious when crossing any street or parking lot.”Anyone with information that may identify the driver involved is asked to contact the Norfolk OPP at 1-888-310-1122.Information can also be shared with Crime Stoppers of Haldimand and Norfolk at 1-800-222-8477.Callers to Crime Stoppers who help solve a crime are eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000. Window smashed on Queen StreetA window was broken on Queen Street North in Simcoe last weekend.The vandalism was brought to the attention of police Monday.Norfolk OPP are investigating. Assault charge in CourtlandA Norfolk man was charged after an argument in Courtland last weekend escalated into violence.The incident occurred at a home on Talbot Street Saturday around 10 p.m.Wednesday, a 47-year-old Norfolk man was charged with aggravated assault and uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm. Electronic eye nabs scofflawsTwo disqualified drivers have another date in court thanks to automated licence-plate recognition technology.An officer with the Norfolk OPP was on patrol on Thompson Road West in Waterford this week when an eastbound vehicle set off an alert in the cruiser.The licence-plate technology is programmed to flag licence plates deemed to be in poor standing. The pull-over in this instance occurred Tuesday around 2:45 p.m.Upon further investigation, the officer learned that the driver was not supposed to be behind the wheel.A 34-year-old Norfolk woman has been charged with driving while under suspension. She will answer the charge at a later date in the Ontario Court of Justice at the Norfolk County Court House in Simcoe.This same licence-plate recognition technology assisted police in nabbing another disqualified driver on Monday.Around 4:30 p.m., a Norfolk OPP cruiser was parked alongside Highway 24 north of Simcoe. A passing vehicle alerted the officer that its plates might be problematic.Once the suspect vehicle was pulled over, a 22-year-old Norfolk woman was charged with driving under suspension. Nails hammered into tiresNails were hammered into the tires of a vehicle parked in Simcoe this week.Two tires were damaged. The vandalism occurred on Queen Street North in the early morning hours of Tuesday.Norfolk OPP are investigating. Suspicious men confrontedPolice want to speak to three men who were spotted behaving suspiciously at a home in Simcoe this week.Around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, a resident on John Street saw the men at a neighbour’s property. Two of the men walked onto the property and were peering into windows. The third man stood near the sidewalk looking up and down the street.The men fled northbound on John Street when they were confronted.All three are white, heavy-set and about 30 years of age.One was wearing a blue bomber jacket while a second man was wearing a dark-coloured jacket.The suspect who appeared to be acting as the lookout was wearing a bomber jacket with a fur hood. He was wearing sunglasses and a white bandana with a black design. He was also carrying a blue backpack.Anyone with information that might identify these individuals is asked to contact the Norfolk OPP at 1-888-310-1122.Information can also be shared with Crime Stoppers of Haldimand and Norfolk at 1-800-222-8477.Callers to Crime Stoppers who help solve a crime are eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000. Bicycle taken on John StreetA bicycle was stolen in Simcoe this week.Grainy footage of the suspect was captured on videotape as he broke into a shed on John Street around 1:45 a.m. Wednesday.In the initial footage, the man is seen leaving the area empty-handed.Around 6:20 a.m. the same morning, the suspect returns to the scene and makes off with silver- and black-coloured bicycle.Norfolk OPP are investigating. They are reviewing the images captured to determine the identity of the suspect.
UN banks offer cutrate loans for solar power development in India
“This initiative helps to meet both environmental and development objectives by overcoming a major barrier to increasing the use of renewable energy – access to finance,” UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer said.In the southern Indian state of Karnataka, Syndicate Bank and Canara Bank are offering the new loans in which UNEP is “buying down” financing costs of photovoltaic solar home systems. Indian households will effectively be able to purchase systems at an interest rate of approximately 5 per cent, compared to the normal consumer lending rates of 11 to 12 per cent. The programme is made possible with support from the UN Foundation (UNF) and Shell Foundation.By combining two banks and a number of UNEP-qualified solar home system vendors, UNF President Tim Wirth said the programme is a “market-driven approach designed to stimulate competition among vendors and ensure quality products, competitive pricing and reliable after-sales service.”Many Indian households still rely on inefficient and polluting energy sources such as kerosene, which produces negative health, environmental and social impacts. In Karnataka, even where grid electricity is available, problems of capacity shortages and inconsistent quality plague the power supply.Despite high initial costs, UNEP said solar home systems emerge as an attractive option in the context of costly or unreliable alternatives and escalating grid power tariffs and therefore, a growing number of households are turning to solar as a matter of necessity and convenience.
Somalia famine killed nearly 260000 people half of them children – reports
“The suffering played out like a drama without witnesses,” said Philippe Lazzarini, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, reacting to the findings in a new report funded and commissioned by the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO).Some 133,000 of the Somalis who perished – about half – were children under five, according to FAO’s Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit for Somalia (FSNAU), which carried out the study along with the USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET).Calling the magnitude of the mortality figures “unsettling”, Mr. Lazzarini said the report confirms “that we could have done more before famine was declared on 20 July 2011” and that it will help ensure “that Somalia never goes through another famine again.”He added that “warnings that began as far back as the drought in 2010 did not trigger sufficient early action. In the worst affected areas, access to people in need was tremendously difficult. At the peak of the crises, between May and August 2011, about 30,000 excess people died per month, according to the study. “An estimated 4.6 per cent of the total population and 10 per cent of children under 5 died in Southern and Central Somalia,” FAO reported. “Lower Shabelle, Mogadishu, and Bay were hardest hit.” A massive mobilization of the humanitarian community helped mitigate the worst effects of the crisis, once famine was declared, the Humanitarian Coordinator continued. “We reached previously inaccessible areas through innovative programming and by strengthening local partnerships.”Since then, the UN community and its partners have changed the way it operates, Mr. Lazzarini said, “With 2.7 million people still in need of life-saving assistance and support to build up their livelihoods, we are redoubling efforts to invest in Somalia’s people and communities to break the cycle of crisis and response.” “We are seeking ways to bridge humanitarian and development work which will be crucial to consolidating the resilience of Somalia’s people and communities,” he added.
New GOP ad takes on Beshear on health care issue
The GOP commercial lambasts Beshear for espousing “radical views” on health care.Beshear’s campaign fired back Friday, calling it a desperate smear while accusing Bevin of trying to “rip health care away” from tens of thousands of Kentuckians. FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – A new Republican attack ad is slamming Democrat Andy Beshear for backing the Affordable Care Act and opposing Gov. Matt Bevin’s efforts to impose work requirements for some Medicaid recipients. It’s the latest sign that health care looms large in Kentucky’s race for governor.The TV ad backed by the Republican Governors Association overlaps a Beshear campaign commercial. In his ad, Beshear touts his efforts to protect health coverage for pre-existing conditions as attorney general and promises to do the same if elected governor.- Advertisement –
United States suspends all Brazilian meat imports
Brazil is the world’s largest beef exporter (Reuters image)(BBC) The United States has suspended Brazilian meat imports over “recurring concerns about the safety of products intended for the American market”.Several countries banned Brazilian meat in March, when prosecutors said health inspectors there had been taking bribes to approve sub-standard meat.The US didn’t impose a ban then; instead, it introduced checks on all of Brazil’s meat shipments.It says now a significant proportion of Brazilian meat failed safety tests.“The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has refused entry to 11% of Brazilian fresh beef products” in the past three months, said the US Department of Agriculture in a statement.“That figure is substantially higher than the rejection rate of 1% of shipments from the rest of the world,” it added.The American authorities have refused entry since the end of March to a total of 860,000 kg (1.9 million pounds) of Brazilian meat products over “public health concerns, sanitary conditions, and animal health issues”.‘Operation Weak Flesh’Brazil is the world’s biggest red meat and poultry exporter, selling more than $12bn (£9.7bn) a year.It exports mainly to China, the European Union and the United States.Exports fell sharply when the allegations were made public, following a Federal Police investigation.Meatpacking giants JBS said they were cooperating with the investigation (EPA image)Operation Weak Flesh was launched in the early hours of 17 March in six Brazilian states after a two-year investigation.Federal police carried out raids in 194 locations, deploying more than 1,000 officers.The investigators alleged that some managers bribed health inspectors and politicians to get government certificates for their products.They accused more than 30 companies of a number of unhygienic practices. Among them are JBS, the world’s largest beef exporter, and BRF, the world’s top poultry producer.The bans imposed in the days that followed the scandal were lifted after the Brazilian government closed the meatpacking plants involved and promised to take further action.Analysts say the US government decision is likely to have a negative impact on the Brazilian meat industry. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBrazil says US gave ‘ultimatum’ over steel, aluminium tariffsMay 3, 2018In “Business”‘SPOILED MEAT SCANDAL’: Beware of sausages, meat products imported from BrazilMarch 26, 2017In “Local News”Trinidad joins Jamaica in banning Brazil corned beefMarch 21, 2017In “latest news”
Cork twins appeal smashes target despite a setback
WHEN AUDREY MURNANE was offered two slots in a London hospital for her twins to undergo non-invasive surgery, she sprung into action.The offer will greatly improve the lives of her 19-month-old daughters Zoe and Maya, but the cost was €35,000 and she had just ten days to make the payment to Great Ormond Street Hospital.Mission impossible? Not even close.The total was raised within five days, with everyone from Munster Rugby to two rapping school girls pitching in.Now, despite a setback in receiving the funds, Audrey and the girls are preparing to fly out on Monday.“There was a technical glitch with PayPal transferring the money, so we had missed the deadline.“I went public on Facebook and asked if anyone could help and a good few people came forward and agreed to give us a bridging loan.“One particular person said that he would give us a loan for seven days, or whatever we needed.“We’ve paid him back and everything. The man didn’t even know me but just trusted me. It’s good to know there are such good people out there.Those good people include the readers of this very site.“After TheJournal.ie article went online last week, the hours between 6.30am and 9.30am were the busiest times for donations.”Almost 3,000 people donated to the fund and a Facebook auction planned for tomorrow will add to the fund, which will be used to pay for ongoing treatment of the girls’ Long Segment Tracheal Stenosis, a condition that causes major blockages to airways.PackingWith all of the madness, Audrey says she has yet to even think about things like packing.“I haven’t started doing regular mammy things like packing, washing and ironing. That’s my job for tomorrow and Sunday.”The girls will take the Bumbleance to the airport and will fly to London accompanied by a paramedic. They will then spend around a week in London and will hopefully be home in time for Christmas.Read: Cork mother has ten days to raise €35,000 for twins’ surgery
Une manette à écran tactile pour la prochaine Xbox
Une manette à écran tactile pour la prochaine Xbox ?Si Microsoft a achevé tout espoir d’une sortie de sa nouvelle console pour cette année, une rumeur est venue combler ce manque : le contrôleur pourrait embarquer un écran tactile.A l’image des produits hi-tech les plus attendus, la future console de Microsoft fait l’objet de toutes les rumeurs sur le net. Si le géant en a récemment infirmé une en annonçant que sa création ne serait pas présentée en 2012, les spéculations vont toujours bon train. À lire aussiMicrosoft Surface RT : la tablette est enfin disponible à la vente physique en FranceSelon le Xbox World Magazine, c’est désormais la manette qui attire les feux des projecteurs. En effet, la console que l’on aime à appeler Xbox 720, se doterait d’un contrôleur à écran tactile entouré de boutons et autres croix directionnelles, à l’instar de la prochaine Wii U de Nintendo. Avec une taille proche de la PS Vita, le joypad de la Xbox serait multi-usages et pourrait donc servir de télécommande pour la TV ou de plateforme pour le Web.Evidemment, tout cela n’est encore une fois que rumeur et le géant américain n’a encore donné aucune information sur sa nouvelle machine dans ce sens là.Le 15 février 2012 à 11:40 • Maxime Lambert
Hollywood Reporter Scales Back Frequency in Relaunch Bid
The move was rumored for months and is now apparently coming true: e5 Global Media is transforming The Hollywood Reporter from a weekday paper into a glossy weekly magazine. The title’s new format will kick off next month.In addition to the weekly print publication, THR will produce a daily digital edition that will be sent to current subscriber in PDF format, according to a report in the New York Times. The initiative also calls for “an aggressive and redesigned Web operation built around breaking news.”“I guess it shakes the system out here that a so-called trade would dare to break news that wasn’t spoon fed,” recently-hired editorial director Janice Min says in the report. “Well, people had better get used to it.” Min was brought on to lead the magazine’s edit operation in May. Min left consumer celebrity title Us Weekly last year after her contract with owner Jan Wenner ended. During her time there as editor-in-chief—a position she held since 2003—the magazine more than doubled its circulation and won several awards.Having undergone a series of deep staff cuts and other cost-cutting initiatives under Nielsen Business Media, THR—along with seven other trade entertainment brands—was sold to e5 Global Media, a new group formed by Pluribus Capital Management and financial services firm Guggenheim Partners. It installed Condé Nast Fairchild Fashion Group president and CEO Richard “Mad Dog” Beckman as chief executive.[Image via NYT]
Apple please I am consumed with subscription fatigue
After Apple’s services-focused event this week, I felt a wave of sadness. It continued when I went home, and during dinner, and as I tucked my kids into bed. Later, I sat on the sofa as my wife talked to me about how much we spend, and how we need to reconsider our budget. I was steeped in melancholy. What was going on? The subscriptions. It was the subscriptions. Apple’s whole event was about subscription content. Services you can have, for just the cost of… well, we don’t know how much all of them will cost yet. I was already thinking about cutting back on my subscriptions. And so was my wife. She’d started looking at our spending, and all the things that we’ve been paying for that we’ve not been thinking about. The gym membership we don’t use. Apple Music. All three streaming services we have. (Do we need Amazon, Hulu and Netflix? I don’t want to get rid of them.) I pick up my phone. I scroll and scroll, as if it will calm me down. I see an advertisement for the Criterion Channel. I love Criterion! Another channel. Wait, how many can I pay for? I’m drowning in them. The night of the Apple event, my wife and I spent hours poring through credit card statements, and I felt my stomach turn. I have subscription fatigue. Subscription anxiety. Subscription dread. It’s a feeling that’s started overwhelming me slowly over time, little by little, turning from mild concern to waves of depression. And Monday was my breaking point. I’m looking over the monthly bills I don’t want to acknowledge, the costs of living I’ve slowly piled on, and it makes me want to cry. Just $9.99 more. Screenshot by Scott Stein/CNET Apple’s betting everything now on subscriptions. Or not everything, certainly, but Apple would like us to pay up. Just a little bit more. Here, there. Apple News Plus is $10 a month. We don’t know about Apple Arcade for gaming, or Apple TV Plus for shows. Then there’s iCloud. Apple Music. The cost of the devices themselves. Phone service. Suddenly, or more than ever, we’re subscribing to everything. We rent the world we live in. Micropayments everywhere. Apple doesn’t seem to acknowledge this subscription overload. And in the middle of it all, dangled like a magic carrot on a string: a credit card, of all things, promising better budgeting. We’re heading toward a future where we rent everything, and it’s unsustainable. Mentioned Above Apple TV 4K (32GB) Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors $179 Apple TV 4K $179 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? $169 Best Buy reading • Apple, please, I am consumed with subscription fatigue See It Share your voice Apple I’ve hit peak subscription fatigue. My wife has, I have, and many people I know have. We’re heading toward a future where we rent everything, and it’s unsustainable. Right now I’m staring that daily rent in the face and realizing I don’t think I can hurdle it. It’s a disturbing feeling. It’s a sad feeling. It’s something like the dystopian nightmares of George Saunders and Gary Shteyngart rolled into reality. Super Sad True Subscription Story. With all the shows, the music, the games, the magazines, the endless apps, there’s a limit. Everyone has budgets, and financial concerns, and ceilings. Maybe I can keep better track of my subscriptions with my Apple Card. But this glowing world of happy things is a rentable luxury, and Apple’s not giving any clear sense of how to make any of it work with your wallet. It’s not just Apple, though. It’s everything. The shows I like come and go from services I borrow. The albums I listen to are held in a cloud, and it’s completely transient. If I stop paying, I have nothing. The games on online services, in some cases, are gone when I’m done. Subscriptions to Office 365, or Adobe Creative Cloud. Subscriptions to a world we’re only buying time from. What do we have? Is ownership a myth in the first place? Do we just turn to dust in the end? Maybe it’s all temporary. But subscriptions are a slow sad death to me, a promise of a world I can’t keep forever. And I don’t want to add any more. It’s showtime for Apple’s streaming service Tags Preview • Apple TV 4K: New $179 Apple streamer adds HDR, better gaming See It Review • Apple TV 4K review: The best TV streamer keeps getting better Cord Cutters (OTT) Apple See It Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Amazon Prime Google Hulu Netflix Apple See it Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it 97 Photos CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $179 21 Comments See All • Online TV and Movies Crutchfield
New Details Of Plane Crash In Trinity Bay Local Group Drove Spike
Share Tuesday, March 5, 2019Top afternoon stories:National Safety Transportation Board (NTSB)An NTSB engineer inspects memory boards from the cockpit voice recorder of Atlas Air Flight 3591.New Details Of Plane Crash In Trinity BayThe pilots of the cargo plane that crashed into Trinity Bay on February 23 lost control of the aircraft approximately 18 seconds before the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) stopped recording, according to the investigation the National Safety Transportation Board (NTSB) is conducting.The NTSB said in a news release that the review of the cockpit voice recorder also indicates the crew of Atlas Air Flight 3591 were in communication with Houston air traffic controllers and were being provided radar vectors for the approach into Bush Intercontinental Airport.NTSB investigators are also validating the data recorded by the flight data recorder, which arrived at the agency’s lab on Sunday night.Photo provided by the Anti-Defamation LeagueApproximately 25 Patriot Front members and associates demonstrated in front of the George Washington statue at the University of Texas in November of 2017.Local Group Drove Spike In White Supremacist Activity In 2018Activity by white supremacist groups spiked nationwide over the past year. One of the most active is a Texas-based organization with Houston ties.The Anti-Defamation League tracked 1,187 instances of propaganda by white supremacist groups in 2018, nearly triple the number in 2017. More than a quarter of those stemmed from one Texas group: Patriot Front.“It’s an alt-right group. It’s a relatively new group that started last year. Their founder and leader is a guy named Thomas Rousseau who’s from Dallas,” said Dena Marks, senior associate director of the ADL’s Southwest Regional Office. Patriot Front leaflets campuses and neighborhoods and organizes flash demonstrations.“There was one that happened last year at an ice house on West Alabama, where some Patriot Front members came in and started yelling at people who were holding an immigration information session there,” Marks said. She asks that anyone finding Patriot Front flyers notify the ADL.Texas House of RepresentativesTexas State Representative Ron Reynolds.Texas Lawmaker Proposes Reparations For Descendants Of Sugar Land 95State Representative Ron Reynolds has filed legislation proposing that Texas pays $95 million in reparations to the descendants of 95 African American prison inmates who were forced to work in a Sugar Land plantation while they were serving their time in the 19th century. The remains of the inmates are often referred to by members of the community and elected officials as the Sugar Land 95.A contractor discovered the remains in February of 2018 while working on the initial phase to build a career and technical center for the Fort Bend County Independent School District. The inmates were part of the convict lease system, which started in Texas in 1867.The issue has sparked controversy on what to do with the remains and Fort Bend County and the school district are currently negotiating a permanent plan.Reynolds’ legislation is a joint resolution proposing a constitutional amendment to require payment of the reparations. He told News 88.7 his goal is that each descendant of the 95 inmates receives $1 million. Reynolds said the money could come from the state’s General Revenue Fund or from the Economic Stabilization Fund, commonly referred to as the Rainy Day Fund.