first_imgA day after the Income Tax Department conducted raids at 22 locations in New Delhi and adjoining areas in connection with the alleged benami (proxy) land deals linked to Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad and his family members, a clash broke out between workers of the RJD and the BJP in Patna on Wednesday. Several workers from both parties were injured.The BJP later filed a police complaint against Mr. Prasad and his two Minister-sons for “orchestrating the attack on the BJP office”.At least six partymen from the BJP and others from the RJD were injured in the clash which broke out after hundreds of bare-bodied RJD youth wing workers marched to the BJP office at Beerchand Patel Path, shouting slogans against BJP and its party leader Sushil Kumar Modi for “continuously attacking the RJD chief and his family”.The protesting RJD partymen were, apparently, also furious at the Income Tax raid on Mr. Prasad and his kin on Tuesday.Carrying party flags, the RJD youth wing workers reached the BJP office, just 100 metres from the RJD office on the same road, and a clash broke out. They exchanged baton blows and threw bottles and stones at each other. Several vehicles parked outside the BJP office too were damaged. The police had a tough time controlling the situation.In the BJP office at Patna, no senior leader was present as the party had called a State-wide dharna against corruption, while demanding that the two sons of the RJD chief [Tejashwi Prasad Yadav and Tej Pratap Yadav] be sacked from the Nitish Cabinet.‘Shameful attack’“It was an attack on the BJP office to gag the voice of the opposition,” alleged senior State BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi.Describing the attack as “shameful”, State BJP president Nityanand Rai said it happened “on the direction of Lalu Prasad Yadav…we’ll take this issue to the court and not be distracted from the real issue of corruption charges against Lalu Prasad and his family members.”A delegation of BJP leaders met the Director General of Police P.K. Thakur and demanded action against RJD workers. “We will take action after verifying the evidence,” said Additional Director General of Police (headquarter), S.K. Singhal.RJD spokesperson Manoj Jha blamed the BJP workers for first throwing stones and beer bottles on the “peaceful march” of RJD workers. “As many 26 RJD workers were injured…the police should investigate how beer bottles came in the BJP office in dry Bihar,” Mr. Jha told journalists in Patna.last_img read more

first_imgKris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 “I think our confidence kind of went down,” said Baldwin after a 80-67 loss to the Tamaraws Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“I hate to see that because with young kids you don’t ever want to see their confidence erode a little bit.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAteneo shot 26-of-71 from the field good for 37 percent and nearly half of those attempts were 3-pointers.The Blue Eagles chucked up 32 attempts from long distance and made just 10, but what made things difficult for the top seed were missing open shots. “Can’t really tell you how, we just shot the ball badly,” said Baldwin, whose team went 3-of-10 in uncontested shots. “I thought we executed well in the first half.”And as Ateneo failed to find the bottom of the net on a consistent basis, the Tamaraws had a field day.FEU shot 31-of-63 from the field for 49 percentand converted 8-of-19 from deep.The Tamaraws also went 28-of-60, 47 percent, on their contested shots.“The big issue was our defense, FEU’s confidence was really great,” said Baldwin. “Almost all of their shots were contested and I don’t think our contests had any sort of vigor to them.”ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo rarely saw its shots fall against Far Eastern University in their Final Four of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.What did go down was, as head coach Tab Baldwin said, the team’s collective confidence.ADVERTISEMENT “Our defense seemed to lack the last 10 percent of effort that it needs to have an impact on a good offensive team and tonight FEU was a good offensive team.center_img For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Ex-Blue Eagles Tolentino, Cani star for FEU in Final Four Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80 PLAY LIST 02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8003:16UAAP Season 80 Preview: Ateneo Blue Eagles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

first_imgThe Archery Association of India (AAI) on Monday announced a three-member women’s squad comprising Deepika Kumari, Bombayla Devi and Laxmirani Majhi for the Rio Olympics after a series of selection trials over the last three months.The trio will compete in the individual events as well as team event at the quadrennial Games, slated to be held from August 5 to 21 in Rio de Janiero.The archers earned three individual berths and a team quota by virtue of the team’s performance at the World Championships in Copenhagen last year.”After rigorous six stages of selection trials and training over three-and-a-half months starting in January in Jamshedpur, then at Delhi and finally in Bengaluru, the Archery Association of India selected the three-member women’s team for the Rio Olympic Games,” the association said in a release.The association also named a three-member men’s team consisting Jayanta Talukdar, Atanu Das, Mangal Singh Champia for the third stage World Cup in Antalya, Turkey, next month in order to have a shot at Olympic berths.India has earned one individual spot for the Olympics in men’s archery during the World Championships last year.If the men’s team qualifies at Antalya, it will also secure two more individual berths for the Olympics, in addition to the one spot already secured.In the event the men’s team does not qualify in Antalya, AAI will conduct a selection trial to pick one archer from among the three to compete in the men’s individual event at the Rio Olympics.The AAI said that during the three-and-a-half month period of selection trials and training, the top six men and women archers participated in Antalya and also had match practice with several other archers from European nations.advertisementThe top four men and women archers then participated in the first stage World Cup at Shanghai.The AAI further added that both the women’s and men’s team will compete at the third stage World Cup in Antalyanext month, where Rimil Buruily and Rahul Banerjee will join as fourth members in the women’s and men’s teams.last_img read more

first_imgOn August 21, 1986, lightning struck earth. On that day, 31 years back, a boy who would become the fastest man in the planet, was born somewhere at Sherwood Content in Jamaica.Usain Bolt, in his years as a sprinter, smashed records and set new ones – some of which may well remain untouched.The Lightning Bolt as he is called is perhaps one of the most celebrated athletes in the world of sports and why shouldn’t he be?Bolt is the first runner to hold both the 100 metres and 200 metres world records since fully automatic time became mandatory and he also holds the world record as a part of the 4×100 metres relay for Jamaica.Reuters PhotoHe has won a total of 19 gold medals in the Olympics and IAAF World Championships combined.8 OLYMPIC GOLDSHe is 12th in the list of most gold earned in Olympics with 8, tied with Ray Ewry of the United States. The only two athletes other ahead of him with nine gold medals are Paavo Nurmi of Finland an Carl Lewis of the United States.He won gold in all the three events at the Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016 Summer Games as well. (Usain Bolt reveals injury details and rounds on doubters)Reuters PhotoBut was stripped of one medal earlier this year after Jamaican team-mate Nesta Carter failed a drugs test for the Beijing Games in 2008. WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP GOLDSHe won 11 gold medals from four World Championship events.In 2009, Bolt won gold in all the three events he took part in (100m, 200m and 4x100m relay), Two years later at Daegu, he won gold in 200 metres and 4×100 metres relay. In Moscow 2013 and Beijing 2015, Bolt again swept all the three events, winning gold in all three events.advertisementRECORDSBolt created a world record in 100 metres sprint when he clocked 9.69 seconds in the Beijing Games in 2008 only to break it a year later with 9.58 seconds in 2009 at the World Championships. It is the biggest improvement since the start of electronic timing.He has twice broken the 200 metres world record, setting 19.30 in 2008 at the Summer Games and again beat his own record the next year at the Championships by completing the race in 19.19 seconds.He has also helped Jamaica to three 4×100 metres relay world records, with the current record being 36.84 seconds set at the London Games in 2012.TRAGIC FAREWELLAP PhotoHis life as an athlete has been nothing short of a fairytale and he was expected to go out on a high at the World Championships in London this month.But sports stories can’t be scripted and Bolt’s wasn’t either. After the steep rise came the dramatic fall.He finished third behind Justin Gaitlin and Christian Coleman in the men’s 200 metres sprint earlier this month and earned a bronze in his last-ever solo race. But, that was not it. Fate had something even worse planned for the Jamaican. He pulled a hamstring and fell down the ground failing to complete the relay race — his last ever professional one — Jamaica finished last. However, an athlete of his calibre won’t stay down long and he refused to get in a wheelchair and crossed the finish line with the assistance of his teammates to end a glittering career on a tragic note.Humbled ????? Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) August 13, 2017Extra Special #ThankYou Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) August 6, 2017last_img read more

first_imgATHENS — NBA stars Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks and Kristaps Porzingis of the New York Knicks battled it out in Athens in a game of streetball May 29, watched by a crowd of 5,000.Played in an open court in Greece’s largest public high school, the “Antetokounbros Streetball Event” ended 123-123. No overtime was played.Porzingis scored 21 points but was overshadowed by team member Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Giannis’ older brother, who scored 69.The two had played for a few games together last season, when Thanasis was signed by the Knicks on a 10-day contract. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the other team with 64 points. The other players were a mixture of veteran pros and amateurs.On May 28, Porzingis and the Antetonkoumpo brothers were given a private tour of the Acropolis Museum.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace chairman Parish: These kids set to follow Wan-Bissaka…by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace chairman Steve Parish is delighted with the progress of their young players.Parish expects more to follow Aaron Wan-Bissaka into manager Roy Hodgson’s first team.He told the club’s website, “…our U23s and U18s both won their respective leagues, which were brilliant achievements for our Academy. “Aaron’s progress through the ranks has been something to celebrate, but he’s not the only one to force his way into Roy’s plans. Sam Woods and Ryan Innis made their first team debuts, whilst James Daly, Nya Kirby and Giovanni McGregor have made the first team bench this year. It is an exciting time to be a young player in our Academy.” last_img read more

first_img Next Nokia X71 launched: Key specs, features, price and everything you need to knowThe Nokia X71 is the latest X-series smartphone in HMD’s portfolio and is also the first Nokia phone with a punch-hole display. The Nokia X71 is rumoured to launch globally as the Nokia 6.2 or Nokia 8.1 Plus.advertisement Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiApril 3, 2019UPDATED: April 4, 2019 10:46 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe Nokia X71 has been launched in Taiwan and is expected to launch in other markets soon.It touts a 6.39-inch FHD+ punch-hole display and a premium glass design.The Nokia X71 also comes with aa 48MP triple camera setup.HMD Global has announced the Nokia X71, the first Nokia phone to sport a punch-hole display. The Nokia X71 has been launched in Taiwan and it touts a premium glass and metal design along with high-quality mid-range specifications that includes a 48MP triple camera system and a Snapdragon 660 chipset, among other things.It is still unclear whether the Nokia X71 will be called the Nokia 6.2 or Nokia 8.1 Plus. Given the pricing and hardware, the Nokia X71 falls right along or just below the Nokia 8.1 (Review). HMD Global hasn’t announced its global availability just yet, but we do expect the phone to launch in other markets including India soon enough. Here’s a quick look at the specifications, features and price of the new Nokia X71.Nokia X71 specificationsDisplay: The Nokia X71 sports a 6.39-inch PureDisplay screen with a FHD+ resolution and 19.3:9 aspect ratio.Processor: It is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 660 chipset.RAM: The Nokia X71 is offered with 6GB of RAM.Storage: It comes with 128GB of internal storage with support for expandability up to 256GB.Rear camera: The Nokia X71 triple camera setup includes a 48MP f/1.8 primary sensor, 5MP f/2.4 secondary depth sensor, and an 8MP ultra wide-angle sensor.Front: The phone gets a 16MP selfie camera housed in the display hole.Software: The Nokia X71 ships with Android 9 PieBattery: It houses a 3,500mAh battery with 18W fast charging support.Nokia X71 features– In terms of design, the biggest new feature is the punch-hole display. This is the first Nokia smartphone to sport a hole cutout in the display to house the selfie camera. This type of display has been seen on phones like the Honor View 20 and Samsung Galaxy S10 in the recent past. The circular cutout allows for a notch-less display and larger screen real estate. The Nokia X71 offers a tall 6.39-inch FHD+ display with a 93 per cent screen-to-body ratio.advertisement– The Nokia X71 also gets HMD’s PureDisplay screen technology for high contrast, sharpness and enhanced colours. It also gets HDR10 video playback to offer an immersive viewing experience.– In addition to the edge-to-edge display, the Nokia X71 gets a premium metal and glass design. It comes with a 2.5D curved glass on the front and back and a solid metal frame. The phone is offered in a single Black colour option with copper accents around the frame, fingerprint sensor and camera module.– Notably, the Nokia X71 also gets the LED power button breathing light that HMD introduced earlier this year with the Nokia 3.2 and Nokia 4.2 phones. The power button will glow white when you receive a missed call or an unread message.– The Nokia X71 is also the first Nokia phone to sport a triple camera setup with a 48MP primary camera. HMD hasn’t explicitly mentioned whether it’s using Sony’s IMX586 sensor or a Samsung GM1 sensor. Nevertheless, you can expect crisp and detailed shots through the primary camera that should also do well in low-light thanks to a large 1.6-micron pixel size and f/1.8 aperture. The triple camera setup also includes a 5MP f/2.4 secondary depth sensor, and an 8MP ultra wide-angle sensor.– The Nokia X71 gets a tried and trusted Snapdragon 660 AIE octa-core chipset based on a 14nm process. This is paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The phone also ships with Android 9 Pie, but lacks the Android One branding in Taiwan. If the phone launches internationally, you can expect to see the Android One branding with stock Android Pie out of the box.Nokia X71 price and availabilityThe Nokia X71 has been launched with a price tag of NTD 11,990 in Taiwan, which roughly translates to Rs 26,900. This is similar to the price of the Nokia 8.1 in India. The Nokia X71 is currently up for registrations and is expected to go on sale starting April 10. As mentioned earlier, there is still no word on what the phone will be called internationally, and when it will land in other markets including India.ALSO READ | Nokia 8.1 review: Premium and Pie-poweredALSO READ | What is PureDisplay and why it matters with the Nokia 7.1Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. 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first_imgTORONTO – YouTube is putting a bigger bet on its most successful Canadian creators with a channel dedicated to promoting local talent.The video streaming platform unveiled “Spotlight Canada” on Monday, a curated page that highlights some of the nation’s standout videos. It’s the first time a country has been singled out with its own curated content section.The debut of the page features a selection of past viral hits, including astronaut Chris Hadfield’s collaboration with the Barenaked Ladies from space, the Tragically Hip performing “Bobcaygeon” in Kingston, Ont., last summer, and a selection of trending music videos from Canadian artists. There’s also a section highlighting indigenous musicians and one for “Canada’s favourite YouTube creators.”Another feature called “Creator on the Rise,” which debuts Wednesday, unearths the hottest Canadian clips on YouTube each week. The selection is chosen by algorithms that factor in view count and subscriber growth.YouTube says the entire page will be refreshed each month with a new slate of videos.It’s a pilot project, but Marie Josee Lamothe, a managing director at YouTube’s owner Google, says it makes sense to select Canada as the testing ground for championing homegrown content.Some of the world’s biggest YouTube stars, including breakout creators Lilly Singh, AsapScience and Gigi Gorgeous, transcended the country’s borders and racked up millions of views on their viral clips.“The objective is to showcase Canada’s top stars, but also to help discover emerging Canadian talent,” said Lamothe.“What we want to do is bring a focus to the diverse Canadian voices that create this content.”YouTube says recent data has shown a notable increase in viewership for Canada.In the first half of this year, the amount of time Canadians spent watching YouTube videos jumped by 30 per cent compared to the same period last year.Within that same window, watch time for Canadian channels soared 230 per cent in India, 70 per cent in the U.S. and 60 per cent in Australia.Lamothe says for those reasons alone it makes sense for YouTube to invest more in content from Canada.Google has already opened a 3,500 square-foot facility at the downtown Toronto campus of George Brown College aimed at giving creators the tools they need to make their videos better, like green screens and other high-end technology.“It’s important to promote our own local talent,” added Lamothe. “(This is) a big, fast-growing fan base that is worth supporting.”—Follow @dfriend on Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsQuebec Premier Jean Charest’s Plan Nord is getting a lukewarm reception in some Aboriginal communities in the province.On Monday, Charest launched his ambitious 25-year project to develop northern parts of Quebec where 27 per cent of the population is Aboriginal.Some Aboriginal communities, however, feel that plans for the development of their traditional lands pose some political problems.APTN National News reporter Danielle Rochette explains.last_img

Rabat – Moroccan and Tunisian women below the age of 40 will need the company of a close blood-related male kin known as “mahram” in Islam (brother, husband, uncle, or father) to be able to work in Kuwait.Kuwait’s Public Authority of Manpower announced the decision that women under the age of 40 will need to be accompanied by a close male relative, in addition to a security clearance in order to receive a work permit.The same source maintained that Kuwait’s decision came with the consent of the three countries, Morocco, Lebanon, and Tunisia. The new restrictions, which do not apply to women of other nationalities, have sparked online controversy as to why these three nationalities were singled out.Many social media commentators linked Kuwait’s new ban to stereotypes against Moroccan women, basing their judgment on those who have engaged in prostitution in the Middle East.Read Also: Marrakech Royal Mansour, Christian Louboutin Introduce MAD 8,650 Slippers“Why Morocco and Tunisia?” some commentators wondered, questioning why the country did not put restrictions on women from other nationalities such as Egyptians or Syrians.The new situation of women from these countries in Kuwait may become similar to that of women in Saudi Arabia. Women are not allowed to travel alone without the company of a mahram in the kingdom, not even while  performing the hajj pilgrimage. read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIndigenous wear matter being investigated, says subject MinisterMay 30, 2018In “Business”Mae’s issues public apology, ‘deeply regrets incident’June 6, 2018In “Business”Indigenous attire snub: Mae’s agrees to apologise to afflicted child, says APAJune 5, 2018In “Business” Several members of the Indigenous community stood in front of the Mae’s Private School on Tuesday morning, holding placards and calling for a public apology to be made to the child who was reportedly turned away from the institution last week for dressing in his Indigenous wear, which was deemed “inappropriate.”The picketers, some of whom were clad in their traditional Indigenous wear, have deemed the school’s action as “disgraceful.”Among parents, the protest demonstration consisted of members from the National Toshoas Council (NTC),the Amerindian People’s Association (APA) and Red Thread. The representatives all joined in criticizing the actions taken by the administration of Mae’s school to prohibit a student from displaying his Amerindian traditional outfit at the institution’s culture day event.“The National Toshaos Council condemns such an act by this institution,” Joel Fredricks, Chairman of the NTC told media operatives. Moreover, another commentator identified as Jude Da Silva said “I am very happy to be an Indigenous woman so I would expect that they issue an apology to us and to that little child…I hope they can do it, like now.”This matter first caught the public’s attention last week, when a parent vented her frustrations on social media explaining that her child was prevented from entering the school dressed in his indigenous outfit for the Schools culture, in commemoration of Independence Day.  Since then, Guyanese, have expressed their rage at the apparent unfair treatment.“This is a child who has come here to learn. A child who is paying you to teach him and this is what you’re teaching him? Disrespect? Indifference? It is not right and it’s totally unacceptable and we demand a public apology from Mae’s, to the child, and also to the Indigenous Peoples as a whole,” Michael McGarrel, a representative from the Amerindian People’s Association said. Furthermore, even the Department of Public Information’s Presenter, Natasha Smith joined the demonstration in front of the school. “That child represents an entire race of people. The first people of this country and you don’t have the decency to come and apologise or say ‘we made a mistake and we’re sorry’ and that is why we’re here because people have to stop disrespecting us. Mae’s school is just an example of the daily discrimination that we receive in this country,” she asserted.Unless an apology is issued, the protesters are calling for the complete banning of cultural day in schools countrywide if persons are not allowed to wear indigenous outfits to depict Guyana’s diversity.Others are also calling for indigenous education to be apart of the educational curriculum as a primary school student was allegedly mocked for his attire. When media operatives attempted to obtain an official comment from the school administrators, all that was offered was “no comment.”However, in a subsequent release, the administration of Mae’s Schools said that fact that this student is made the subject of national headlines is regrettable, since, according to them, “Mae’s has never, and will never, engage in discriminatory behavior.”In relating their version of what transpired at the school, the administration said that all children were told that plain t-shirts and tights/shorts should be worn under clothes that would otherwise expose them for their Culture Day.Moreover, Mae’s outlined that on the morning of the event, “the child, accompanied by his mother, came to the school dressed as has been portrayed. The mother was told at the gate that there MAY be an issue with the fact that he was exposed, but he was nevertheless allowed to enter the school as-is. The student then ascended the stairs to continue to his classroom.“However, we speculate that he may have been subject to gawking by students, because shortly after he exited the school building and met with his mother, who helped him don a t-shirt already in her possession. At no point was any teacher engaged on this issue either by the child or his mother. The child settled into his classes without incident. There was no crying or other discernible upset displayed by him that warranted the attention of the class teacher, Head Teacher or Administration of the school then or at any other time throughout the school day.”Moreover, the school outlined that “we recognize that our first duty is to look after the best interest of the children we serve. We are particularly conscious of fostering social cohesion and encouraging children to be proud of their heritage, as well as learning of the different ethnicities that make us one Guyanese family, hence the willingness to host Culture Day.”Nevertheless, the institution said that there is “no clear cut national policy that is consistently enforced  on what is acceptable in terms of exposure for BOTH boys and girls when representing our very diverse culture, especially in this climate where gender equality is being promoted, and specifically in a school environment. This incident lends itself to a larger discussion amongst schools and government entities about what truly is the acceptable social standard in our evolving country.” read more

first_imgPOST MORTEM RESULTS on the body of Patrick Halpin, who died while on a university trip to London, have found that he died as a result of brain injuries sustained during a fall.The 18-year-old was found dead near Leicester Square on 6 February after he had gone missing while on a DCU society trip.He was missing for about 40 hours before his body was discovered on a roof in an alleyway behind the Burger King near the main square.An initial examination had proven inconclusive but a Metropolitan Police spokesperson has confirmed that the final post mortem found that he died “as a result of brain injuries consistent with a fall”.Police had earlier ruled that Halpin’s death was not being treated as suspicious and the post mortem results will now form part of an inquest that will be held at Westminster’s Coroner’s Court.The young student was buried near his family just outside Loughrea in Co. Galway.Read: Cause of Patrick Halpin’s death ‘undetermined’ after initial post-mortem >Read: Body found in Leicester Square identified as missing student Patrick Halpin >last_img read more

first_imgUnannounced smartphones get leaked in all kinds of ways. For the slick Asus Padfone — the Android smartphone that can dock in a 10.1-inch tablet — it’s a benchmark site that has spilled the beans.A quick trip to the system information tab reveals that the Padfone a community user was benchmarking utilizes Qualcomm’s hot new Snapdragon S4 processor (MSM8960). It’s worth noting that the maximum and minimum clock speeds shown in the database are wide of the goalposts — the Padfone being tested was either intentionally kneecapped or these are just bogus numbers. The Snapdragon S4 supports clock speeds of 1.5 to 2.5GHz, according to Qualcomm’s official announcement.It’s also manufactured using a 28nm die, which is a substantial reduction from the Snapdragon S3’s 45nm. While shrinkage is a problem for George Costanza, it’s a good thing for the Padfone. It should make this a very fast and energy-efficient device. Qualcomm has reported a reduction in power consumption of 25-40% over its previous chips and “unmatched” performance — about 1.6 times that of the Scorpion chips. The S4 platform also includes an Adreno 225 GPU, which is nearly 50% faster than the Adreno 200.Since the Padfone utilizes the MSM8960 platform, this could also mean that it will ship with quad-core muslce. The S4 can be shipped in single, dual, and quad-core configurations. With the Padfone acting as both a phone and a tablet, it’d certainly make sense for Asus to make it competitive with the Tegra 3 tablets that are starting to come to market.More at Liliputing and GL Benchmarklast_img read more

first_img Poll Results: The new Public Health (Alcohol) Bill has been under consideration by the government since late 2015 but has not yet been enacted. It is a far-reaching bill with new legislation on aspects such as minimum pricing, advertising and product labelling.Last week, we took a look at the impact the law’s advertising restrictions would have and, this week, we’ll look at the issue of minimum pricing on alcohol.SITTING ATOP THE lengthy Public Health (Alcohol) Bill is the provision that will allow the Minister for Health to increase the minimum price per gram of alcohol that can be charged in Ireland.Minimum pricing has support from across the political spectrum, but what would it actually involve? And how will it work in practice?So what’ll change? picked a supermarket at random, checking out its promotions to see if these prices would be possible when minimum unit pricing comes in.This 12-pack of cans of Heineken is on sale for €20. Source: TheJournal.ieUnder minimum pricing, this case of Heineken would need to cost at least €20.35.This bottle of Huzzar vodka, above the brands of Absolut is on sale for €19. Source: TheJournal.ieIt would need to cost at least €20 under the new legislation.And this 12 pack of cans of Guinness, at €18, would need to cost at least €19.90 under minimum pricing. Source: TheJournal.ieThese increases listed here are small, but minimum pricing would certainly have an effect on much cheaper alcohol.So what’s the big deal? Let’s take a look.What the legislation saysUnder the terms of the legislation, the minimum price per gram of alcohol would be set at 10 cent.To find the minimum price for a particular alcohol product, you find how much the drink weighs and multiply it by 10 cent.In practice, this would mean that the average pint of beer of two units (around 20g) would be required to cost at least €2.Anyone who has bought a pint of beer in a pub recently would say that there’s little chance of a pint costing less than €2, anyway. But it is the sale of beers at supermarkets and off licenses where this will have a major impact (more on this later).The rationale in implementing this measure is that, as the government continues to tax alcohol heavily, problem drinkers will increasingly opt for cheaper, and higher-purity, brands of alcohol.Unlike a tax increase which the retailer can choose to absorb themselves or pass onto the customer, this minimum price will be compulsory across the board.Also included in this part of the legislation is the provision that the Minister for Health can, three years after the legislation is brought in, increase the minimum price.The Minister will then be able to adjust the minimum price every 18 months.Any decision to increase this price will be required to take the latest up-to-date research available on societal figures such as the rate of alcohol consumption, patterns of alcohol consumption, the health related risks and societal harm.In response to a written question in the Dáil, Minister of State for Health Promotion, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, explained how the bill should work: “MUP is a targeted measure, aimed at those who drink in a harmful and hazardous manner, and designed to prevent the sale of alcohol at very cheap prices. Minister of State Marcella Corcoran Kennedy Source: Sam Boal/“MUP is able to target cheaper alcohol relative to its strength because the minimum price is determined by and is directly proportional to the amount of pure alcohol in the drink.The MUP is set in the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill at 10 cent per gram of alcohol, which equates to a minimum price of €1 per standard drink.In practice, the government hopes that this will reduce the effect of harmful drinking among those that drink the most.Corcoran Kennedy added that the measure will have a positive impact on rates of heart disease and cancer, and will also have some immediate effects on “health costs, crime costs and loss of productivity due to absenteeism”.The price of a pint?To find out how much an alcohol product weighs, for the purposes of this legislation, the following formula is used. Source: Oireachtas.ieSo, for a 750ml bottle of wine at 12% strength, you would derive its grams like this750 x 0.12 x 0.789 = 71.01 gramsTo then get the minimum price for that product, then you would multiply that figure of 71.01 by €0.10.Thus, retailers would be obliged to charge at least €7.10 for this bottle of wine.For a bottle of vodka, meanwhile, at 700ml and 37.5% volume, you would use the same method:700 x 0.375 x 0.789 = 207.11 grams.No matter what brand it is, this bottle of vodka would be required by law to cost at least €20.71 under the new minimum pricing laws.And, again, the same would apply to a 500ml can of beer at 5% alcohol volume.500 x 0.05 x 0.789 = 19.725 gramsEach can of beer would then be required to cost at least €1.97.Will this be a major change?Almost certainly, but not for every alcohol product and often not in a manner which drastically raises the price.Discounted alcohol is commonplace across every supermarket and off license in Ireland.Minimum pricing has the potential to hit the cheapest spirits, such as vodka, and some of the cheaper wines on the market but it doesn’t appear as if it will have an impact on some of the more popular beer brands, for example. Source: Sasko Lazarov/Rollingnews.ieIn one of Ireland’s biggest supermarkets at the moment, eight cans of Guinness are available at a discounted price of €13.When you do the sums (for a 500ml can at 4.2%), this breaks down to a minimum pricing requirement of €1.65 per can.At the moment, the discounted price offers the Guinness at €1.62 per can. In this case, minimum pricing won’t constitute a major change.In a different supermarket, another special offer has a special offer with a 20 pack of bottles of Heineken for €20.Again, when you calculate the minimum price under the government’s proposed laws (330ml bottle at 4.3%) this works at €1.12 per bottle.This special offer would mean this promotion could not run its current state, as it is 12 cent a bottle over the minimum pricing threshold.While perhaps not a major change in these areas, it would affect cheaper brands the most.One brand of rum is currently being sold at a discount retailer at €12.29 for a 700ml bottle at 40% alcohol.Under minimum pricing, this would be required to cost at least €22.10.In that same retailer, a 750ml bottle of red wine (12%) is currently listed for sale at €4.99. This would be required to cost at least €7.10.Will minimum pricing work?It’s a big question with no clear answer.In the FactCheck referenced above, found that evidence put forth by Minister Corcoran Kennedy when citing a study from British Columbia in Canada as insufficient to show that minimum pricing has been “proven to work”.In fact, according to the 2013 study from British Columbia, the number of alcohol-related deaths and hospital admissions actually rose between 2002 and 2013.Another commonly cited study in support of these measures is a study from the University of Sheffield, which says that minimum pricing would lead to an “immediate reduction in consumption” of alcohol in Ireland, with moderate drinkers affected the least in terms of how much they consumed and spent on alcohol. Source: Shutterstock/val lawlessThe study estimated that the most harmful drinkers would be affected most by the measures.It suggests that minimum unit pricing would save the lives of 197 people per year who would have otherwise suffered alcohol-attributable deaths.It also estimates that it would save €1.7 billion over the next 20 years, through reductions in health, crime and workplace harms.Study co-author Professor Petra Meier said: “Our study finds no evidence to support the concerns highlighted by government and the alcohol industry that minimum unit pricing would penalise responsible drinkers on low incomes.”The problem with proving that minimum pricing will work at reducing alcohol-related harm is that there is not a great deal of research completed with actual real-life data to back it up.The Sheffield study used a statistical model to suggest that minimum pricing should yield better health outcomes for the general population, but that does not necessarily prove that the measure working in reality.In Ireland, the prevalence of alcohol use disorders is much higher for men than women. Source: StatistaOne Irish study, from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and the Health Research Board, yielded similar findings to the Sheffield study, which said that minimum pricing of €1 per unit would target only the “heaviest drinkers”.It involved a national survey of 3,187 respondents who completed a diary of their previous week’s alcohol consumption.This report found that one in seven (14%) Irish adults who drink alcohol, purchase it at less than €1 per standard drink which is below the minimum unit price.The majority of this low-cost alcohol (69%) was purchased in supermarkets.Lead researcher Dr Gráinne Cousins said: “Some opponents of minimum unit pricing are concerned that consumers using alcohol in a low-risk manner will be punished with higher prices.Our findings do not support these concerns, as unlike tax or excise measures, the introduction of a minimum unit price would affect less than 14% of the population.However, with no definitive long-term study proving that without doubt proves that it works, minimum unit pricing remains open to criticism.Court CaseWhat does appear certain, however, is that it has the potential to face a legal challenge here after a case at the European Court of Justice had raised doubts it could be implemented at all.Last December, the European court decided that introducing such a measure proposed in Scotland was illegal, but left it up to the Scottish courts to make the final decision.With the judgement by the EU court in Scotland, Ireland is similarly open to a legal challenge on minimum pricing.Lobbyists for the alcohol industry, however, may be dissuaded from taking such action as the final decision from Scotland’s highest court ruled that minimum unit pricing does not contravene national and European law.However, the Scotch Whisky Association has not yet given up in its attempts to block minimum pricing and is bringing the case to the UK Supreme Court.Ross Mac Mathúna, from the Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI), told that his group would have no desire to bring a similar case against the Irish government here.Having said that, the group are opposed to minimum unit pricing. He said: “We have seen no evidence to prove this works. We would propose bringing in a ban on low-cost selling as an alternative to this at the moment.”SupportIn terms of political support, minimum pricing has been largely welcomed.In the Seanad last week, Fine Gael’s Jerry Buttimer made the comment: “We all support minimum unit pricing.”Fianna Fáil TD Jack Chambers said that the provisions of the bill would be “very important” in addressing the currently “unsustainable” health impacts of alcohol in this country.Fine Gael Senator Catherine Noone said: “Minimum pricing will help because there is a clear correlation between the price of alcohol and the amount people drink. Addressing price would be a step in the right direction.”Doctors are on side as well, with a statement from the National Association of General Practitioners (NAGP) expressing their support for the provisions of the bill last week.Its president, Dr Emmet Kerin said: “This is an important bill, legislating for the first time on alcohol consumption as a public health measure.Our health system is overwhelmed. Health promotion initiatives such as the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill are critical to reducing preventable diseases and keeping patients well.Groups raising awareness around the dangers of alcohol are also supporters of the provision.Alcohol Action Ireland reject the claim that a ban on below-cost selling would be more effective as it cannot “target strong, cheap alcohol” while MUP is “able to target cheaper alcohol relative to its strength because the price is determined by and directly proportionate to the amount of pure alcohol in the drink”.A statement from Alcohol Action Ireland said: “MUP sets a “floor price” beneath which alcohol cannot legally be sold, but will not increase the price of all alcohol products sold in Ireland, instead targeting the products that are currently very cheap relative to their strength in supermarkets.” Source: Shutterstock/Radu BercanOne issue of contention on MUP, away from the perceived health benefits, is the presence and proximity of Northern Ireland.Currently, there are no concrete plans to introduce a similar measure there, and with the falling price of Sterling already acting as an incentive to shop up North, Mac Mathúna said this could drive more consumers north of the border to access alcohol at lower prices.Labour Senator Ged Nash expressed similar concerns, pointing out that the synchronisation between the Irish government and the Northern Irish Executive on this issue is “extremely important if we are to achieve the ambitions of this legislation”.Mac Mathúna adds that there will be “unintended consequences” of setting a floor price for alcohol, as setting a floor price means that the floor can then be raised further.Indeed, Finance Minister Michael Noonan has said he will not implement his planned sugar tax until the UK does the same – to ensure symbiosis between the two jurisdictions.ConclusionMUP will not raise the price of many drinks in supermarkets and off-licenses, but it undoubtedly targets some of the cheaper, stronger products on the market.The studies that have been completed to date suggest that it will benefit the health of the general population, without penalising casual or low-risk drinkers.Having said that, there is no definitive proof that it will reduce alcohol-related harm across society.With the government set to plough on with this top line provision of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill, Ireland could be the first country to find out if minimum pricing works.Next week, we’ll take a look at the issue of alcohol labelling, the state of Ireland’s relationship with alcohol and how that could evolve under the new bill.What do you think?So, what are your thoughts? Do you support the introduction of minimum unit pricing on alcohol in Ireland? 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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Andrew Liveris, 60, was born in Darwin, to Greek parents. He is one of Australias’s most successful businessmen, and for that he received an Order of Australia, which was announced on Australia Day, earlier this year. Liveris received his award during a subtle but emotional ceremony at Government House in Canberra, attended by his Australian born wife and two of three adult children. Dow Chemical Company chairman and chief executive is a man of great personal significance, with a heavy say on President Obamas’ Business Roundtable as co-chair, serving as a trustee for the United States Council for International Business, chairman of IBM, while being an active member of the Special Olympics’ International Board. Liveris makes sure Dow’s yearly revenues reach up to $60 billion, sky-rocketing the colossus in Fortune’s top 50 of US companies.His late grandfather migrated to Australia in 1915 and never left. Andrew Liveris grew up in Darwin, in a neighbourhood where he’d play on the streets amongst many children of different nationalities, something that helped him form his multidimensional personality. He grew up as a Greek, but as an Australian as well, and learned to respect and co-exist with different cultures; think outside the box. He managed to balance his Anglo-Saxon education with his Greek Orthodox upbringing and rise up the global ladder of success straight to the top, even if it wasn’t his original plan.Liveris started out as a clerk working for Dow, soon after completing his studies on Chemical Engineering at the University of Queensland. It did not take him long to be offered a regional role in Hong Kong. He accepted the overseas job, which he thought would be temporary, hoping to return to Australia as General Manager of Dow Australia Operations. He began to get promoted within the company, which clearly meant his potential was being acknowledged and his ground-breaking views on free markets and low-cost manufacturing. He eliminated all other candidates he came across and became chief executive on 2004. Since 2006, he has been the chairman of the company, articulating and advocating on its behalf. Andrew Liveris knows the risks that lie with the commodification of innovations in the chemical industry, and always tries to be one step ahead of trends and investments. What his financial incentive in dealing with conglomerate enterprises has taught him, he is seriously thinking of sharing while pursuing a career in politics, which could follow his retirement from Dow. A return to Sydney, where he owns property, would add the silver lining to his success.last_img read more

first_imgIPhone devant Blackberry aux Etats-UnisSelon une étude du cabinet ComScore, Apple et son iPhone sont passés devant RIM et son Blackberry aux Etats-Unis. Ils détiennent désormais la quatrième place du marché américain.RIM et ses smartphones Blackberry ne se portent pas vraiment bien aux Etats-Unis. C’est du moins ce que révèle une récente étude du cabinet ComScore, relayée par L’Expansion. Celle-ci montre en effet que l’iPhone d’Apple est désormais plus utilisé que les smartphones de la firme canadienne. À lire aussiLes applications pour entraîner son cerveau sont-elles vraiment efficaces ?Avec une progression de 1,2 point pour passer à 8,7% de parts de marché sur la période mars-mai 2011, Apple se classe désormais à la quatrième position sur le marché américain, derrière Samsung, LG et Motorola. De son côté, RIM a donc perdu 0,5 point (8,1%), même si la plus grosse chute concerne Motorola, qui a chuté de 1 point mais conserve 15,1% de parts de marché. Au niveau des systèmes d’exploitation, Apple est également passé à la deuxième place (26,6% de part de marché soit + 1,4 point), derrière le système Android de Google, qui a accru son avance (+ 5,1 points à 38,1%), mais devant RIM, qui a perdu 4,2 points à 24,7%. Le 6 juillet 2011 à 15:53 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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first_imgThe Port of Vancouver is building a new industrial building in hopes of attracting new manufacturing, warehousing and distribution businesses to the port.The Centennial Industrial Building is being constructed along Northwest 32nd Avenue, across from the port’s administrative office. It will be a 125,000-square-foot light-industrial building capable of being customized for up to five tenants.Abbi Russell, spokeswoman for the port, said the port’s leasable facilities have been 99 percent occupied for the last three years and the new building will create opportunities for more growth.“This is critical to achieving the mission of bringing economic benefit to the community,” she said.Mike Schiller, director of business development at the port, said staff has spoken with several interested parties about moving into the building, but as of yet there aren’t any committed tenants.Schiller also said an extra incentive for manufacturers is the port’s status as a federal foreign trade zone. That allows manufacturers to bring in raw materials — which ordinarily might be taxed individually and at different rates — and combine them into finished goods which are taxed after a sale is made. The zone is supervised by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office in Portland.The building is currently under construction and is set to be complete by sometime next summer. The port plans to rent the space at about $0.48 per square foot with a surcharge of $0.85 for per square foot for office space.The Centennial Industrial Park was partly funded with a grant from the Washington State Department of Commerce. The Centennial Industrial Building is being funded through revenue bonds.last_img read more