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Parupalli Kashyap and Sourabh Verma enter pre-quarterfinals of Canada Open

first_imgFormer Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap and reigning national champion Sourabh Verma progressed to the pre-quarterfinals in a mixed day for India at the USD 75,000 Canada Open Super 100 tournament here.Kashyap seeded sixth, defeated France’s Lucas Corvee 21-12 21-17, while Sourabh thrashed Canada’s B R Sankeerth 21-14 21-11 in another men’s singles match.Kashyap, who had reached the semifinals at India Open this year, will next meet China’s Ren Peng Bo, while 26-year-old Sourabh, who had won titles in Russia and the Netherlands last year, faces another Chinese Sun Fei Xiang.It turned out to be a forgetful day for other Indians in the fray as Ajay Jayaram, HS Prannoy and Lakshya Sen — all bowed out of the competition after losing their respective matches.While Jayaram went down 19-21 17-21 to 2010 Commonwealth Games silver medallist Rajiv Ouseph of England, third seed Prannoy was no match for Koki Watanabe of Japan, losing 16-21 10-21 in 34 minutes and Lakshya was outclassed by China’s Weng Hong Yang 7-21 13-21.The Indian trio will hope to do well at the US Open BWF World Tour Super 300 event to be held from July 9 to 14.Also Read | Malaysian badminton icon Lee Chong Wei announces retirement after cancer battleAlso Read | PV Sindhu, Sameer Verma lose in dismal day for India at Australian OpenAlso Seelast_img read more

LGR di Navigazione Secures Refinancing Deal

first_imgzoom Naples-based shipping company L.G.R. di Navigazione has reached an agreement for a USD 28.8 million loan facility, secured by mortgages over two of its medium range ice class tankers.The financing, which was agreed with Italian bank Banca Popolare di Milano S.p.A., is secured by, inter alia, mortgages over the company’s vessels Cenito and Posillipo, according to the international law firm Watson Farley & Williams (WFW), which acted as adviser to the bank.It is understood that the loan facility would be used for refinancing purposes. The parties did not unveil any further details of the agreement.L.G.R. di Navigazione earlier operated a fleet comprising two more chemical tankers, namely the Nisida and Miseno. In April 2017, the ships were sold en bloc to Danish shipping firm Navigare Capital for a price of USD 24 million each, data provided by VesselsValue shows.last_img read more

National Register of Citizens Rhetoric vs Reality

first_imgMuch water has flown down the Brahmaputra since the last National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam was prepared in as early as 1951, immediately after Independence. The present NRC, which has been prepared after almost seven decades, was initiated in 2014 on the orders of a Special Bench of the Supreme Court after a batch of petitions were filed seeking updation of the Register. The modalities and standard operating procedure for preparation and updation of the NRC in Assam were prepared after a series of discussions with the state government and several other stakeholders under the leadership of a state coordinator who acted as the eyes and ears of the Supreme Court throughout this long and arduous exercise. Also Read – A race against timeApplications for registration in NRC were started in May 2015, and the same were last received by August 31, 2015. Thereafter, the state coordinator began the process of scrutinising and verifying applications under constant supervision and monitoring of the Supreme Court. During this process, persistent objections and suggestions were placed before the Court by all stakeholders and surprisingly, also by the State of Assam and Union of India. A series of reports were regularly presented by the state coordinator to the Supreme Court in a sealed cover that even the Union and state were not allowed to see. Also Read – A Golden LootThe exercise was conducted on a stringent process of scrutiny which was primarily based on a list of prescribed “Legacy Data” and its subsequent “Family Tree Verification” in order to erase any doubt arising on the descent of an applicant. It is pertinent to understand here that this process of NRC is peculiar to Assam and is based on the grounds of descent under special provisions of Section 6A of the Citizenship Act. Before the final publication, concerns regarding re-verification of included names were raised by both the state and Union who believed that in the bordering districts, which witnessed the concentration of one community, included persons in NRC should be rechecked for abundant precaution. These prayers were considered by the Supreme Court and found untenable in light of the submission by the state coordinator that a substantial number of persons have already been re-verified in the course of hearings that unfolded during the disposal of claims and objections. Eventually, on August 31, 2019, when the National Register of Citizens for Assam was published by the Office of the State Coordinator, two major aspects drowned in the hue and cry that arose due to the exclusion of 19,06,657 persons. First, that the present NRC saw the light of the day after seven decades due to the singular effort of the Supreme Court of India which insisted that this process should be concluded once and for all. Second, that more than 31 million took a sigh of relief as they were found eligible for inclusion in NRC pursuant to thorough and tough scrutiny. With clouds of doubt having receded from over 95 per cent of the state’s population, restoring dignity, a new fact also emerged – that only 1.9 million people, out of a total 33 million applicants, were actually found ineligible for inclusion in NRC. On the contrary, this figure of 1.9 million people is not final. These people are still citizens of India till such time that a designated Foreigners’ Tribunal adjudicates their claim by way of due process and declares them definite foreigners. There is an entire road map for availing all legal remedies with even the government now providing legal aid. It is important to examine that this final figure of 1.9 million consists largely of people who are already Declared Foreigners, Doubtful-Voters (commonly called D-Voters), descendants of such category of persons and persons who have not filed their claims, etc. Thus, after deleting such categories and assuming that a good number of people will emerge victorious in their legal battle before the Foreigners’ Tribunals, the final figure of people who may eventually be left out will be much lower than the figure we have today. Although there are many who may make an informed guess, this exercise in speculation is left to them. The present exercise of updating NRC in Assam, having been conducted under the constant watch of a special bench of the Supreme Court headed by the Chief Justice, adds further credibility to the exercise. The past hysteria, built by overstated figures and apprehensions of illegal migration in Assam, which has been constantly propagated by major political factions, both from Guwahati and New Delhi, stands shattered. The magnitude of this false narrative thus propagated ensured that the entire body politic of the country began believing this perception that there are a very large number of so-called foreigners in the state of Assam. Further crystallisation of this ill found perception in the year 2005, when the Supreme Court itself made an observation that there is “external aggression and internal disturbance” in Assam due to a “huge influx” of illegal migrants from Bangladesh. These observations were made while striking down the Illegal Migrants (Determination by Tribunals) Act, 1983 in Sarbananda Sonowal vs. Union of India. The judgment not only lent credibility to unassessed apprehensions but also formed the basis of subsequent judgments that hinged upon the fate of millions in Assam. It is very important to know that while arriving at this conclusion, the Court relied heavily upon a report sent by the Governor of Assam to the President of India. This was a report sent in 1998 by then Governor of Assam Lt Gen S K Sinha (retd) stating unabashedly that there is an unabated influx of illegal migrants from Bangladesh into Assam which threatens to reduce the native Assamese people to a minority in their own home state. The report further stated that the Muslim population in Assam has shown a rise of 77.42 per cent between 1971 and 1991. Based on population records and not accounting for a number of reasons such as migrations between districts due to floods, the report assumed that the rise of Muslim population must mean that there is a large scale migration from Bangladesh. In Para 22 of the report, it stated that no misconceived and mistaken notions of secularism should be allowed to come in the way of addressing the dangerous consequences of large-scale migration. The Supreme Court, in its judgment, did not only stop at striking down the legislation, but it also went further in stating that there can be no manner of doubt that the state of Assam is facing “external aggression and internal disturbance” on account of large-scale illegal migration of Bangladeshi nationals. Along with striking down the IMDT Act, the judgment called for all references being sent to Foreigners Tribunals to be decided as per Foreigners (Tribunals) Order, 1964 – thus, taking away the cover provided to a suspect foreigner. The 2005 verdict became the bedrock for all future references in the judicial as well as political realm with regard to the perceived infiltration into Assam. The same threats of influx of illegal immigrants, relying heavily on the Sonowal verdict, are also found in the 2014 judgment of the Supreme Court, in a batch of petitions concerning constitutional validity of Section 6A of the Citizenship Act, 1955. Most recently, in the 2019 judgment in Abdul Kuddus vs. Union of India, relying upon the same 2005 verdict, Supreme Court denied any statutory right of appeal from the decisions of the Foreigners Tribunals (FT), albeit one may challenge the order of FT by way of a writ before the concerned High Court and from there to the Apex Court. With the outcome of the final NRC indicating a mere 5 per cent of population in Assam being not eligible (at present) for inclusion in the National Register, the observations in the 2005 judgment and in subsequent judgments that relied upon the verdict in Sarbananda Sonowal are now bound to come under a cloud, apart from all the political rhetoric that was used to ridicule an entire community for political gains. Since the 2005 judgment was based on facts and figures and relied upon by the Supreme Court, the present NRC which is again conducted under the constant watch of Supreme Court after 2014, seems to be an order of acquittal for an entire community. (The author is an Advocate-on-Record practicing in the Supreme Court of India)last_img read more

Ending NAFTA would trim less than one per cent off Canadas economy

first_imgWASHINGTON – Canada’s economy would lose less than one percentage point if President Donald Trump makes good on his threat to rip up the North American Free Trade Agreement, say two new studies that suggest ending the trade treaty would do minor damage.The total impact of ending NAFTA and reinstating tariffs would trim 0.7 to 1 per cent off Canada’s GDP according to a Bank of Montreal study, while another study by the former head of computer modeling for Canada’s foreign-affairs ministry puts the damage at 0.55 per cent.Both studies’ authors agree these findings carry a lesson for Canadian negotiators: they can bargain with confidence and not feel pressured to sign a bad deal, because the end of NAFTA is far from a total scare scenario.The damage would be much smaller than the financial crisis of 2008; smaller even than the impact of the soaring loonie of the late 2000s; and would be roughly comparable to the national effect of the 2015 oil-price plunge, says BMO’s chief economist.”It’s an important risk to the outlook. It would be a fundamental change in the trading relationship. But I happen to believe we’ve dealt with much bigger challenges before, in the last 20 years,” said BMO’s Douglas Porter.”It’s a serious risk — but it’s a manageable risk.”His research finds the hardest-hit area would be Ontario and the auto sector. It finds that other provinces have more diverse trade, like B.C. with Asia and Quebec with Europe; while provinces reliant on oil and gas would get a reprieve from lower tariffs on those products.The paper also assumes the Canadian dollar would drop five cents, lowering the cost of investment in Canada.But Porter cautions that his paper only addresses the second-most-dramatic scenario: that’s NAFTA ending without the original 1987 Canada-U.S. trade agreement being reinstated, and with the U.S. reimposing tariffs.It doesn’t map out what-if outcomes for the most dramatic scenario, one Porter sees as unrealistically remote — that’s Trump entirely scrapping international trade norms, bypassing the World Trade Organization and reimposing tariffs beyond the current international rates.He still says ending NAFTA would hurt all three countries unnecessarily: ”I don’t mean to dismiss it. One per cent of GDP is still serious stuff… And it’s totally unnecessary… Normally policy-makers bend over backwards (to increase GDP).”The author of the other study uses a metaphor to describe the effect: he compares it to erecting a wall down the centre of Toronto, on Yonge Street. He says people would find workarounds and, after the initial disruption, the economy would grow again — but it would produce a permanent nuisance.”You would create a dead-weight cost, an inefficiency,” said Dan Ciuriak, a former federal official who now runs a consultancy, in an interview about his just-completed paper for the C.D. Howe think-tank.”There would be a permanent reduction in the efficiency of the economy.”Ciuriak found that the end of NAFTA would shave 0.55 per cent off Canada’s GDP, push 25,000-50,000 Canadians out of the workforce and reduce exports by 2.8 per cent. The damage predicted in his report is far less than the 2.5 per cent GDP loss he said he was expecting to find when he was interviewed as he began his work last month.The damage would be almost completely offset if Trump were to allow the reinstatement of the original 1987 Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, Ciuriak said. It would barely be offset if Canada and Mexico remained in NAFTA alone, which he said would soften the 0.55 per cent GDP loss by a mere 0.08 per cent.Ciuriak did not analyze how currency reactions might soften the blow. He merely looked at the direct effect of a NAFTA cancellation, and plugged tariff rates into computer models to assess how the new costs would affect trade.What he found was not so striking.”In a good growth year (a 0.55 per cent downturn)… it’s not (enough to cause) a recession,” he said.”It is fairly modest. That means Canada’s negotiators do have this luxury, if you will. Accepting a bad deal is not necessary. A bad deal may be worse than no deal at all. That’s … where this (research) is taking us.”last_img read more

Canada Post strike averted for now as carriers say theyll keep talking

first_imgOTTAWA – The union representing thousands of Canada Post workers says it will stay at the bargaining table, averting a potential strike by mid-week.The Canadian Union of Postal Workers said Monday it would not issue a 72-hour notice of job action, giving the Crown agency’s negotiators an opportunity to address the union’s demands, which include higher wages and better working conditions.Both sides have been bargaining for separate collective agreements over the past nine months.Negotiators were facing a Wednesday deadline of 12:01 a.m. eastern time for a possible strike or lockout after conciliated talks failed to reach a deal earlier this month.While the two sides continue talking, the union warns its members may still face a work stoppage if there is no progress in bargaining.A spokeswoman for Canada Post said Monday that both sides were working hard to reach negotiated agreements.last_img read more

Markets Right Now: Stocks slip on economic growth worries

NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stocks are slipping on Wall Street amid new signs the global economy is slowing. China said its economy is growing at the slowest pace in nearly three decades.The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday cut its 2019 growth forecast, pointing to heightened trade tensions and rising interest rates.Technology and industrial stocks declined. Micron Technology fell 2.9 per cent and Caterpillar lost 2.6 per cent.eBay jumped 11 per cent after activist shareholder Elliott Management disclosed a 4 per cent stake in the company.The S&P 500 fell 16 points, or 0.6 per cent, at 2,654.The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 159 points, or 0.7 per cent, at 24,539. The Nasdaq composite slid 50 points, or 0.7 per cent, at 7,104.The Associated Press read more

Get him off the floor now Jamie Olivers mother scolds him for

first_imgJamie Oliver came under fire from his mother for putting his baby on the tiled floor to take a picture.On Thursday, the father-of-five posted a picture of River Rocket lying on the ground to his Instagram account.Sally Oliver, his mother, was quick to point out that the floor is not a suitable place for a baby.She wrote: “This adorable child! He looks so like you as a baby! But please get him off that hard floor now.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Others praised Mrs Oliver for giving her son parenting advice.One wrote: “Couldn’t agree more with Sally Oliver”.Another said: “Listen to ya mum Mr O”.A commentator found the rebuke funny, writing: “Haha…I love that your mom busted you!!! Go Granny!!!”One man stepped in to defend the celebrity chef, and his mother said she was only teasing when she told him off.She wrote: “You’re quite right, the floor is very clean and River is very well cared for, I was only teasing Jamie.”last_img read more

Russian super quiet submarines feared to be in British waters

A new breed of “super-quiet” Russian submarines are feared to be operating unseen in British territorial waters, according to military sources. The new Russian Kilo-Class submarines are feared to be threatening UK security by tracking Britain’s fleet in the North Atlantic undetected or by tapping into under-sea internet cables.HMS Queen Elizabeth, the Royal Navy’s flagship aircraft carrier, and the nation’s nuclear deterrent submarines could be vulnerable to the Russian boats’ stealth technology, extended combat range and ability to strike targets above and below the water as well as on land. “The new First Sea Lord needs to deliver the underwater battle,” a senior military source told the Telegraph. “We must be better at what we do.”“The Russians are benefiting from a huge increase in research and development spending 15 to 20 years ago which is now producing this new class of super-quiet Kilo Submarines.”   Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) speaks with Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy Nikolai Yevmenov (R) during the military parade marking the Navy Day in St.Petersburg, Russia. July 28, 2019.  The threat is said to mirror the storyline of the 1990 film The Hunt for Red October, when the newest and most advanced Russian nuclear submarine is feared to be targeting America.Armed with 18 torpedoes, sea mines and cruise missiles designated SS-N-27 Sizzler by Nato, the Varshavyanka-class submarines are thought to be able to work in concert with Russian deep-water survey ships to tap undersea cables and eavesdrop on telecommunication systems. The warning comes as Admiral Tony Radakin, the new head of the Royal Navy has said he wants “less stifling process” to transform the fleet.In his first public statement as head of the navy, Adm Radakin said: “We’re going to invest even more in the North Atlantic to maintain the freedom of manoeuvre of the nuclear deterrent.“I also think we need to do more to respond to a changing world where there is more competition [and] greater risk of state-on-state conflict,” he wrote in Navy News.A recently retired officer told The Telegraph: “The new First Sea Lord has got to his current position through a combination of intellect, ability to innovate and charm. He will now need to bring all of these to bear quickly and in the context of a rapidly changing political environment. “If not, the change he mentions will be just more change for the sake of it, rather than what is required.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Known as Project 636.3 or Varshavyanka-class in Russia, six of the advanced submarines have already been launched with the first of a second batch of six due to be operational in the Russian Navy by the end of the year. Designated ‘Improved Kilo-Class’ by Nato, at least one of the low-noise and highly manoeuvrable boats is thought to have tested how easily it could be detected by traversing close to European coastlines in recent months. Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) speaks with Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy Nikolai Yevmenov (R) during the military parade marking the Navy Day in St.Petersburg, Russia. July 28, 2019. Credit:DMITRY LOVETSKY/EPA-EFE/REX/REX read more

World of Warcraft enables IPv6 with latest patch

first_imgWhile it appears often enough in headlines, the move to IPv6 has had limited visibility for consumers. Some knows it’s coming though most don’t, and the people that do tend to know simply that it’s important, inevitable, and will in all likelihood have no impact on their internet usage. Here is one, albeit minor, impact of IPv6 on the daily lives of many people out there: with its latest patch World of Warcraft is ready for IPv6.If users have an ISP that has enabled the new internet protocol version and they are running a patched version of WoW (v4.10.) then they will be able to enable IPv6. This won’t give them any advantage over IPv4 users but they will be ready for the upcoming shift to IPv6. If IPv6 is not available then the game’s settings will not allow the option to be selected.AdChoices广告The patch also enables the chance to experience a better connection with the MMORPG. The “optimized” connection comes at the expense of sending more data back and forth between a local computer and WoW servers, plus some users might experience more frequent disconnections (at least until all the kinks are ironed out). This isn’t tied to IPv6 and each option can be chosen independently of the other.To change WoW to IPv6 users can go to their Options menu and look for the two new check boxes–one will be for IPv6 and the other will be “Optimize network speed”. Users having problems with staying connected to WoW are advised to switch off the latter.If you are not sure if you have IPv6 or not, check out test-ipv6.com.Gamers should keep in mind that Blizzard is doing some future-proofing here, as well as looking good for the tech (networking) community, so if you aren’t IPv6 enabled yet, it’s not a problem. IPv6 Day isn’t for another month so it’s great to see Blizzard leading the way along with Facebook, Google, and some other internet titans.Read more at WoW version 4.1.0 notes, via zdnetlast_img read more

Historic agreement between the Greek Community of Melbourne and the National Library

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM) has just announced a historic agreement with the National Library of Greece (NGL), that is to be relocated this year to its new premises at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation for Culture.Dr Philippos Tsimpoglou, Director of the National Library spent over three hours guiding GCM president Bill Papastergiadis and general secretary Costas Markos through the new library premises in the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, where it will soon be relocated. Also in attendance was Professor Nikos Papastergiadis of the University of Melbourne. “The director of NLG, Mr Tsimpoglou, was keen to engage with the Greek diaspora. For Mr Tsimpoglou, this initiative with the GCM falls precisely within the NLG’s Charter,” Mr Papastergiadis, said.Following three meetings facilitated by the Member for Karditsa Chrysoula Katsavria-Sioropoulou over the course of last year the GCM reached an agreement with the NLG. Meanwhile, the GCM made it clear that it aims to have its new Global Greek Diaspora Library ready by early 2018. The Greek side committed to provide every possible assistance to the initiative and is open to new collaborations. The Stavros Niarchos Foundation.“The NLG will open its doors to our members via the new library we are creating at the Greek Centre. Among other things, our members will be able to access the National Library’s archives including over 50 original handwritten Bibles and numerous other historical texts,” said Papastergiadis.“Maintaining, chronicling our literature, history and culture are the building blocks for the GCM. This new Global Greek Diaspora Library will be a key part of the Greek Centre and will attract visitors from around the world.”Mr Papastergiadis said he was extremely impressed with the new premises of the National Library and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation in general, and was excited by the possibilities of cooperation between the NLG and the library of diaspora that will be created by the GCM.“We are very pleased with the agreement. Not only our members, but also the whole Greek community and especially Modern Greek students will benefit. The agreement opens a new communication channel with Greece and the Greek diaspora,” Mr Markos said, expressing his satisfaction with the agreement.last_img read more

Grippe A rumeurs de complots entre les experts de lOMS et les

first_imgGrippe A : rumeurs de complots entre les experts de l’OMS et les laboratoires pharmaceutiquesFrance – Certains experts de l’OMS sont soupçonnés d’avoir été rémunérés par les laboratoires pharmaceutiques dans le but de surestimer la gravité de l’épidémie de grippe A.Après plusieurs semaines de reproches envers Roselyne Bachelot et sa campagne de vaccination contre la grippe A, on parle maintenant d’un possible complot entre les experts de l’Organisation mondiale de la santé et les entreprises pharmaceutiques. Le but : amplifier les rumeurs d’extrême gravité de la “pandémie” de grippe A.À lire aussiLe laboratoire Genopharm nie les accusations de RiemserD’après le journal Le Parisien : “Une majorité des experts nommés par la ministre de la Santé Roselyne Bachelot ont des liens d’intérêts avec les laboratoires qui fabriquent le vaccin et les antiviraux contre la grippe A”. Ces liens de nature économique incitent donc à se poser des questions. Ces experts auraient-ils été subventionnés afin de donner de l’ampleur aux risques liés à cette épidémie et ainsi, permettre aux labos d’écouler un stock de vaccin présentant des risques sanitaires ?Selon le Dr Keiji Fukuda, conseiller spécial de la directrice de l’OMS sur la pandémie grippale, le risque d’épidémie n’a été en rien exagéré puisqu’elle a fait 14.000 morts dans le monde. Il ajoute que “si un expert nous a délibérément dissimulé ses collaborations extérieures, s’il nous a menti, il sera sanctionné”. Le 26 janvier 2010 à 13:16 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Antonio Conte denies hes close to returning to management

first_imgFormer Chelsea manager Antonio Conte denied reports he’s close to making a return to football and added he’s taking the “rest of this year off”.The Italian’s two-year spell in charge of Chelsea came to an end last summer following a disappointing sophomore campaign at Stamford Bridge.Conte’s famous 3-4-3 formation had initially paid off beautifully with a Premier League title in his first season at Chelsea.But a fifth-place finish the following term sealed Conte’s fate, despite leading Chelsea to their first FA Cup title in six years.Since then, the 49-year has been linked with a number of high-profile roles with reports in Italy claiming that Conte and Jose Mourinho are in contention to replace Luciano Spalletti as Inter Milan manager should he fail to deliver silverware this season.After watching his two old clubs in Atalanta and Juventus go head-to-head in the Coppa Italia on Wednesday night, however, Conte announced it’s unlikely he will make any comeback soon.“I miss the pitch,” Conte told Sky Sport.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“But I decided to take the rest of this year off and I’m looking forward to a new destination, which of course we do not know.“I came from London to Milan to watch the Juventus match, but I have not received any offers from Italy.”After starting out with Arezzo in 2006, Conte has since gone on to manage the likes of Juventus and the Italian national team.At Turin, Conte led Juventus to three Serie A titles in a row before leaving for Italy in 2014 and eventually ending up at Chelsea two years later.But the Italian’s spell at London was overshadowed by disputes with the likes of David Luiz and Willian and was replaced by compatriot Maurizio Sarri from Napoli.Real Madrid and AC Milan have also been linked with Conte recently.last_img read more

Why Apple AirPowers death might be good for you and your iPhone

first_img Belkin Huawei Logitech Samsung Apple Published March 29 at 5:26 p.m. PTUpdated most recently April 1 at 7:12 a.m. PT $999 Phones Headphones Wearable Tech 28 Photos $999 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Best Buy See It Now playing: Watch this: Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $999 See It iPhone XS, XS Max and XR: 27 tips and tricks to master Apple’s latest phones reading • Why Apple AirPower’s death might be good for you and your iPhone Apple officially killed AirPower last week citing an inability to “achieve [Apple’s] high standards”, and I was crestfallen. I had been looking forward to finally trying AirPower, the wireless charging pad for iPhones, AirPods and the Apple Watch that would simultaneously charge multiple devices, up to three in Apple’s case. Uniquely, it would communicate with the devices to manage the power distribution among them.I should have known better. Apple had been stringing us along ever since it announced AirPower in September of 2017. Just recently, compatibility for AirPower even appeared on the new AirPods’ box. But after four events in 2018, a laundry list of product announcements in March, and still no AirPower, I should have seen the writing on the wall.You may think of AirPower as just another wireless charging pad using the Qi standard, and possibly an overpriced one at that. To me, Apple’s deeper involvement in wireless charging has always signified much more: an intelligent way to manage power, an innovation to spur further innovation from other players in wireless charging pads: Samsung, Belkin, Anker, Logitech and others.AirPower, you could have been so good. Apple AirPower was supposed to be a giant leap forward for wireless charging as a whole. Apple already gave wireless charging a boon when it first added the feature to the iPhone 8 phones and iPhone X. Apple’s support behind the Qi standard (pronounced “chee”) effectively shuttered the competition and caused the industry to consolidate behind a single protocol. That’s a lot of heft for one brand, and Apple’s influence might not have stopped there.Had AirPower spiked consumer interest in wireless charging, perhaps we’d see a surge in the demand needed for wireless charging pads to pop up everywhere in restaurants, cafes and airports. If enough people wanted AirPower or something like it, competitors and institutions may have been quick to respond.My gut reaction is to mourn the loss of AirPower and everything it represents. But my brain thinks otherwise. Perhaps I put too much credence in the Apple Effect, whereby Apple suddenly popularizes products, services and features even if other brands introduced them first. Perhaps killing off AirPower now is just the release that we, who have long been in the mysterious AirPower’s thrall, desperately need.galaxy-s10e-44The Galaxy S10 phones can wirelessly charge another device. Could this be one of Apple’s future plans? Angela Lang/CNET After all, we’d never seen AirPower in action beyond the video in Apple’s initial presentation. By postponing and then finally squashing it, Apple may have saved iPhone users — and its own reputation — from a poorly working product. Imagine your disappointment and anger if you bought AirPower and it never functioned smoothly. AirPower could have also been costly. Apple never announced pricing, but an optional wireless charging case for the new generation of AirPods costs $80, and that’s to power up one device, not communicate with three. AirPower could have easily sold for $150. Meanwhile, plenty of other wireless charging pads sell for $30 or less. Sprint Boost Mobile See itcenter_img Apple iPhone XS Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Apple • See It $999 2:12 Apple’s abdication of AirPower doesn’t mean it’s done with wireless charging. For all we know, it could have killed its darling to start work on a new wireless charging project for 2019 or 2020; maybe one — and this is pure speculation — that would also work with a foldable iPhone.It’s not beyond the realm of possibility that Samsung’s Galaxy S10 phones and Huawei’s P30 Pro have inspired Apple to give its next iPhone or MacBook Air the ability to wirelessly charge other devices.AirPower may have withered on the vine, but I’m confident that Apple isn’t done with wireless charging yet. That’s clear by the tech giant’s continued investment in the feature for its iPhone and accessories. Consider this: we know that the first smartphone is slated to get over-the-air wireless charging in the near future. There’s no way Apple would miss out on a groundbreaking development like that.If you’re still upset about AirPower’s demise, pick yourself up and wipe away those tears. Apple has already let go of AirPower. It’s time that we do, too. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it 23 Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors See All AirPower: Apple’s vision for the future of wireless charging Comments Share your voice Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Tagslast_img read more

Uber files for an IPO possibly worth 120 billion

first_imgUber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi got the job in September 2017. James Martin/CNET Uber, the highest valued private company in the world, just filed to go public.The San Francisco-based ride-hailing company filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday for its initial public offering. It reportedly plans to sell about $10 billion worth of stock, which would make it one of the largest US tech IPOs ever coming in at an anticipated $120 billion.Uber will list on the New York Stock Exchange using the ticker symbol UBER. Its IPO could come as soon as early May.The company reported revenue of $11.3 billion in 2018 on $49.8 billion in bookings. That’s up 42 percent in revenue from 2017. The company’s hallmark service, ride-hailing, generated the lion’s share of its revenue, raking in $9.2 billion in 2018. However, it also lost $1.8 billion in 2018, as measured by EBITDA, a profitability metric. That’s down from a loss of $2.6 billion in 2017.”We expect our operating expenses to increase significantly in the foreseeable future, and we may not achieve profitability,” Uber said in its filing.The company didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.When private companies go public it gives people a chance to learn more about previously undisclosed internal workings. In its filing, Uber said it has operations in 63 countries and in more than 700 cities on six continents. More than 91 million people use one of its services, which includes food delivery, at least once a month, the company said. Its drivers reportedly complete 14 million trips every day. Uber is also showcasing itself as a full transportation company that has on-demand bikes and scooters, food delivery and self-driving cars.  Tags Related stories Uber’s U-turn: How the new CEO is cleaning house after scandals and lawsuits Lyft files for IPO, says it ‘represents freedom at your fingertips’ Uber’s upcoming IPO could be worth as much as $120 billion, says report 3 Uber’s had its fair share of scandals over the years, which came to a head in June 2017 when its co-founder and then-CEO Travis Kalanick resigned. Current CEO Dara Khosrowshahi got the job in September of that year, pledging to take the company in a better direction. In its filing, Uber reiterates this vow.”We are on a new path forward … following many challenges regarding our culture, workplace practices, and reputation,” the filing reads. “It is a new day at Uber.”Rival ride-hailing company Lyft made a strong stock market debut last month, but has faltered some since then. Shares were trading around $61 on Thursday, well below their $72 IPO price. Lyft was the first of many expected public offerings this year. If all goes as planned, 2019 will be the year of the tech IPO. Along with Uber and Lyft, other Silicon Valley companies expected to go public are Airbnb, Pinterest, Slack and Palantir. center_img Share your voice Mobile Tech Industry Roadshow Comments Uberlast_img read more

Bigg Boss Marathi 2 begins this month Mayuri Deshmukh Surekha Punekar in

first_imgActress Mayuri DeshmukhInstagramExcitement is building up for the second season of the television reality show Bigg Boss Marathi that could begin on May 26. Bigg Boss Marathi 2 premiere may be held on May 19, with the theme being announced at the show’s launch on May 17. Like Bigg Boss Marathi Season 1, the new season will also air on the channel Colors Marathi. Bigg Boss Marathi 2 will also be hosted by actor-filmmaker Mahesh Manjrekar, who did a good job in the first season. The tentative list of Bigg Boss Marathi 2 contestants is out.Bigg Boss, the reality show hosted by Salman Khan on Colors, now has versions in various languages like Bigg Boss Marathi, Bigg Boss Tamil, Bigg Boss Telugu, Bigg Boss Malayalam, Bigg Boss Kannada and Bigg Boss Bangla. While Bigg Boss Marathi and Bigg Boss Hindi have been shot over the years at a location in Lonavala, and once in Karjat, this time the set for both Marathi and Hindi has been constructed at Goregaon Film City in Mumbai.Actress Megha Dhade was the winner of Bigg Boss Marathi 1, with the other finalists being actor Pushkar Jog and actresses Sai Lokur and Smita Gondkar. Actresses Usha Nadkarni and Resham Tipnis were also some of the popular as well as controversial contestants on Bigg Boss Marathi and so was actor Aastad Kale. Bigg Boss Marathi 2 sneak peek.InstagramHere is the tentative list of Bigg Boss Marathi 2 Contestants:Rasika Sunil (Actress, seen in the TV show Majhya Navryachi Baiko).Ramdas Athawale (Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment and Rajya Sabha Member)Indurikar Maharaj (Kirtankar / Kirtan singer)Surekha Punekar aka Lavani Queen (Lavani performer) Lavani Queen Surekha Punekar.InstagramMayuri Deshmukh (Actress, seen in Khulta Kali Khulena).Watch this space for the full and confirmed contestant list of Bigg Boss Marathi Season 2. Watch the promo of the show here.last_img read more

2 officials served showcause notices for SCC electioneering

first_imgElection CommissionThe election commission (EC) on Tuesday issued show cause notices to two government high officials for their alleged involvement in electioneering ahead of the Sylhet City Corporation (SCC) election, reports UNB.The notices were served to Himangsu Lal Ray, the district’s civil surgeon, and principal of Osmani Medical College Hospital Murshed Ahmad Chowdhury.The EC issued the show-causes after some media reports depicting their involvement to carry out campaign seeking votes for ‘Nouka’ sign in favour of ruling Awami League candidates in the election were published, which is a gross violation of rules governing code of conduct for government officials, said Md Alimuzzaman, the returning officer for SCC election and regional election officer.They were asked to submit their responses within three days, added the returning officer.last_img read more

Programmable transparent organic luminescent tags–writing with light

first_imgCover story: a new milestone in organic luminescent labeling. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aau7310 Left: Dynamics of emerging and disappearing phosphorescence. (A) Normalized phosphorescent intensity of freshly prepared samples as a function of illumination time for different UV intensities ranging from 0.1 to 7.0 mW cm−2. (B) Illumination intensity dependences of required time to reach 50% of total phosphorescent emission. (C) Normalized phosphorescence as a function of storage time for two different film thicknesses, 600 nm (light red circles) and 35 to 40 μm (dark red squares), stored and measured under ambient conditions. The emission increase at the beginning is reproducible and under further investigation. (D) Normalized phosphorescence as a function of heating time. Right: Coatings on different substrates. (A) Flexible luminescent tag realized by spin-coating the emitting layer in between two barrier films in ambient light and showing written phosphorescence. (B) Flexible adhesive tag applied to a cylindrical glass bottle and containing information about the content, readable by eye and any quick response (QR) detector, and fully invisible when not read out. (C) Conventional monochrome photograph of the NYC skyline coated by drop-casting the emitting layer in between two barrier layers showing a programmable luminescent caption. (D) Transmission of an emitting layer similar to the one on top of the photo in (C) compared to 1-mm pure glass. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aau7310. The scientists observed long-lasting, room-temperature phosphorescence due to moderate spin orbit coupling and dense packing of the PMMA polymers in the absence of oxygen. Analogously, to prevent the exposure of the phosphorescence emitting layer to oxygen, Gmelch et al. deposited a 600 nm thick oxygen-barrier-layer on top of the sample. However, since the scientists fabricated the samples under ambient conditions, the emitting layer contained molecular oxygen. Invisible tags: Physicists write, read and erase using light Energetic scheme, device structure, and emission with and without oxygen quenching. (A) Electron excitation by UV light to the excited singlet state S1 of NPB with following fluorescence or ISC to the excited triplet state T1. (B) NPB T1 state depopulation in the presence of oxygen via triplet-triplet interaction with molecular oxygen and therefore excited singlet oxygen generation. (C) Blue fluorescent emission in continuous wave (CW) excitation, no delayed phosphorescence in the presence of oxygen. (Photo credit: F.F., Dresden Integrated Center for Applied Physics and Photonic Materials). (D) Device structure. The emitting- and barrier-layer thicknesses are 900 and 600 nm, respectively. (E) NPB T1 state depopulation without surrounding oxygen via visible phosphorescence with a lifetime of τ = 406 ms. (F) Blue fluorescent emission in continuous wave excitation and delayed response in the absence of oxygen. Greenish-yellow phosphorescence is visible. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aau7310 , Nature Explore further After excitation with UV light (365 nm wavelength), the NPB molecules reached their excited singlet state (S1), from which they either decayed back to the ground state to emit fluorescence, or populated the excited triple state T1 through intersystem crossing (a radiationless process of transition between two electronic states with different spin). The observed experimental energy levels fit well with values in the literature. A promising approach for light-based labeling involves the local removal of molecular oxygen using UV irradiation. However, this technique has only been reported in solution thus far. In the present work, Gmelch et al. implemented the technique on the fabricated thin solid film. In this case, the scientists experimentally excited the NPB emitter to the triplet state (T1) from which they were quenched by interacting with the triplet ground state of molecular oxygen (T0). By design, the resulting excited singlet oxygen density decreased by interacting with the local environment of the emitter, i.e. via PMMA material oxidation at the spots of illumination, giving rise to phosphorescence. The emission was immediately visible for a long lifetime of τ = 406 ms, after switching off the UV illumination. The process described by Gmelch et al. thus activated luminescence for the first time by removing oxygen from inside a thin film. They used the technology of UV light-dependent oxygen consumption as a writing tool to create an image on a substrate/material. Image writing using UV light. By masked UV illumination of the sample, a phosphorescent pattern is printed into the transparent sample. Here, pulsed excitation with a frequency of 1 Hz is used. When taking only one video frame during the off-time of the excitation, the emergence of the phosphorescence is clearly visible. The time delay of each frame to the corresponding switch-off is held constant. The playback speed is accelerated by a factor of 10. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aau7310. , Journal of Chemical Education Luminescent emission in the form of phosphorescence commonly occurs in daily life as a result of a quantum mechanically small transition probability. A luminescent emission lifetime can last from microseconds to several hours. Popularly known for its use in glow-in-the-dark products and as emergency sign illuminants in public buildings, it is also a practical method for information storage, including stamp detection and verification. While easy and cost-effective fabrication methods presently exist to engineer phosphorescence systems using organic emitters, achieving visible organic phosphorescence under ambient conditions in lab for industrial translation is challenging. In a recent study, now published in Science Advances, Max Gmelch and colleagues at the Dresden University of Technology report a new milestone in organic luminescent labeling. For this, they used a simple device structure made from commonly available materials to generate ultrathin, flexible and transparent luminescent coatings. The resulting labeling device was fast, with ability to print more than 40 cycles of information onto any substrate of any size, at high resolution. The scientists used light alone, without any ink, to print a luminescent message onto the material. The contactless process could also erase the image from the same material. The concept represents a promising method to produce luminescent on-demand tags to store information and supersede conventional labeling techniques. In the study, Gmelch et al. used an ultrathin emitting material layer with a thickness of 900 nm, predominantly containing poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) also known as acrylic glass. They included a guest molecule known as NPB (N,N’-di(1-napthyl)N,N’-diphenyl-(1,1′-biphenyl)-4,4′-diamine), a commonly available hole transport material (charge extraction and transportation) used in organic light emitting diode (OLED) technology. The scientists engineered the thin translucent coating for luminescent labeling by combining the two materials (PMMA:NPB). Depending on the substrate of interest, the coating can also be used on a variety of different surfaces via spin coating, spray coating or dip coating. The values of light intensity and the time required for illumination presented in the study were far below those required by previous techniques, with potential for feasible industrial applications. The study also showed that an imperfect oxygen barrier could lead to the reappearance of oxygen in the activated areas in time. The length of time required for the disappearance of phosphorescence depended on the thickness of the oxygen barrier layer. For example, a spin-coated layer with a 600 nm thickness presented phosphorescence up to five hours, while those with thicker oxygen-barrier films (35 to 40 µm) extended the phenomenon to more than one day. The scientists could increase retention time frames with an improved barrier material or by further increasing the material thickness. To quickly erase a print, the scientists used oxygen refilling through accelerated sample heating with IR or a simple hotplate. As with printing, the time required for phosphorescence deletion depended on the barrier-layer thickness and temperature. © 2019 Science X Network The scientists tested a variety of substrate materials as surfaces for phosphorescence illumination. The work included customary photographs with the New York City skyline for large-area application. Since the emission coating was fully invisible when inactive, the materials served as a substrate for programmable on-demand caption projection. Gmelch et al further demonstrated the higher transparency of the coating compared with pure glass (1 mm). In this way, Gmelch et al. realized a fully accessible optical method for writing, reading and erasing on a material for information storage. The work showed the possibility of repeatable noncontact labeling and reading with a resolution beyond the commonly observed printer quality. Gmelch et al. propose the use of highly scalable processes for materials fabrication next. The readout resolution in the work was sufficient to store an information depth of 7 kB cm-2, which is equal to five pages of plain text. The technique opens a new path for information storage beyond permanent data encoding at low-cost and high scaling. The new work will have practical potential in the field of industrial logistics (labeling, tracking and transport). Journal information: Science Advances Image reading/erasing using UV light. After having finished the writing process, the mask is removed. Subsequent UV illumination of the whole sample only gives rise to phosphorescence at the activated area. Again, pulsed excitation with a frequency of 1 Hz is used. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aau7310. More information: Max Gmelch et al. Programmable transparent organic luminescent tags, Science Advances (2019). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aau7310 Patricia B. O’Hara et al. Turning on the Light: Lessons from Luminescence, Journal of Chemical Education (2009). DOI: 10.1021/ed082p49 Stephen R. Forrest. The path to ubiquitous and low-cost organic electronic appliances on plastic, Nature (2004). DOI: 10.1038/nature02498 The phosphorescent images could be erased as fast and easily by applying infrared (IR) light of a wavelength of 4 µm for approximately one minute. In this instance, the radiation was absorbed by the PMMA, and the temperature increased approximately to about 90 degrees C to 100 degrees C, which was low enough to maintain thermal stability of all materials used in the study. Solidity of the material layers was well conserved during the whole process of erasing, while further write and erase cycles were subsequently allowed. Gmelch et al. observed the decreasing intensity of phosphorescence during each cycle due to photobleaching (degradation of emitter molecules) and oxygen consumption (due to increased nonradiative losses owing to matrix change). Yet, even after 40 cycles, the emission rate reached 40 percent of its initial value—sufficiently detectable by eye or camera. Citation: Programmable transparent organic luminescent tags–writing with light (2019, February 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-02-programmable-transparent-luminescent-tagswriting.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Police officers thought extortion was just free trade of alcohol

first_imgThe ministry of justice and police decided to launch a campaign against organised crime this week because links between the sale of alcoholic drinks and protection rackets over the sale of alcoholic drinks have resurfaced, Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou said in an interview with Politis on Sunday.He said plans to fight organised crime were started in the second half of 2017.The police, Nicolaou said, have mapped organised crime across the island and have received tips from the public about groups’ activities and who their members and leaders are. The aim, he told Politis, is to re-evaluate old information and connect it with recent crimes.“When I took over the ministry the first thing I did was study how police dealt with organised crime,” Nicolaou said.“I was surprised by how limited it was”.He said the worst period for Cyprus in terms of organised crime was between 2009 and 2012 when the police only mounted 1,000 operations against it involving protection rackets, drugs and illegal betting shops. “At that time, certain leading police figures believed the sale of alcoholic drinks through blackmail and threats was free trade,” the minister said.Between September 2013 and September 2016, more than 7,000 operations have been staged by the police against activities of the night, he said. The minister said the effect of this was to largely stamp out organised crime.Particular success, the minister said, has been seen in stopping the operation of illegal betting shops and casinos.The main aim of the police now, he said, is to stop the illegal sale of drugs.You May LikeNutrition ExpertStop Eating These 7 Arthritis And Cancer Causing FoodsNutrition ExpertUndoWeight Loss GrooveTiger Woods Drives This $440K CarWeight Loss GrooveUndoAncestryWhat does your last name say about you? Search today.AncestryUndo The Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoAt least 20 killed, 50 injured in attack on VP candidate’s office in KabulUndoWidowers threaten legal action over pensionsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Rep VanSingel joins lawmakers in unveiling plan to move Michigan forward

first_img Tags: #SB State Rep. Scott VanSingel of Grant joined fellow lawmakers today at the Capitol to unveil the 2017-2018 House Republican Action Plan, which is the guiding document for the upcoming legislative session.“The Action Plan outlines the demand to strengthen agriculture and protect our natural resources so that we can ensure the second largest part of our state’s economy remains robust,” said Rep. VanSingel.“Michigan residents and tourists cherish more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, tens of thousands of miles of rivers and streams, 11,000 inland lakes, abundant forests and natural habitats.”“We should encourage our residents to utilize our lands and waterways for recreational and hunting purposes but finding that essential balance of preserving and protecting these resources will be critical to the future of Michigan’s economy.”Rep. VanSingel also noted that expanding broadband internet access to rural areas is a critical item of the Action Plan that affects residents of Lake, Oceana and Newaygo counties.“Many Michiganders still do not have access to broadband that offers the highest speeds, and thousands do not have access to any broadband at all.“If we are to keep Michigan moving forward, it is imperative that we do not leave fellow Michiganders behind in the process. I look forward to supporting legislation that will offer fast and reliable Internet connection across the state map to every resident who wants it.”Rep. VanSingel also believes that the protection of religious freedoms is one of the most important priorities for the upcoming legislative session.“I am a strong believer in protecting the right to exercise religious beliefs and I am in favor of working to put Michigan at the forefront of this issue.”The Action Plan for reform and responsible leadership during the new legislative session can be accessed at http://gophouse.org/best-way-forward/.##### Categories: Featured news,Infographics,News,VanSingel Newscenter_img 16Feb Rep. VanSingel joins lawmakers in unveiling plan to move Michigan forwardlast_img read more

Rep Bellinos proposal to repeal pension tax advanced by Michigan House committee

first_img Categories: Bellino News,News State Rep. Joe Bellino’s proposal to repeal Michigan’s pension tax was approved today by a House committee, a key step toward eliminating a financial hardship on seniors adopted in 2011.“It’s the right time to do the right thing for our senior citizens,” said Bellino, of Monroe, after the House Tax Policy Committee advanced his proposal. “Back in 2011, the rules were changed on people getting ready for retirement. Michigan took two cards out of the deck and shorted them. It wasn’t right, it wasn’t fair – and I’m excited to make progress on setting things straight.”Bellino’s plan – introduced on the first day of the new legislative session – would eliminate the pension tax approved in 2011, re-establishing Michigan’s previous retirement tax structure. Public pensions would be exempt from taxation and other retirement income would have higher deductibles for state income taxes. Social Security income would continue to be exempt.Bellino’s proposal also would eliminate Michigan’s current, complex three-tiered retirement tax structure – which now has different rules for taxpayers depending on what year they were born.Bellino said Michigan’s economy and state budget both have improved dramatically since the pension tax was adopted.“The time is absolutely right for a change,” Bellino said. “I am optimistic we can all come together and bring seniors the tax relief they deserve and need after decades of working hard to make Michigan a great place to live.”The legislation – House Bill 4006 – advances to the House Ways and Means Committee for further consideration.### 28Feb Rep. Bellino’s proposal to repeal pension tax advanced by Michigan House committeelast_img read more