HTC Earnings Reveal New Foray Into Emerging Markets

first_imgHTC has been a brand known for trying to hit the top of the market. Its recent smartphone builds have had slicks designs, top specs and high price tags. The company has focused on consumers with above average incomes in developed markets like the United States and Western Europe.And has fallen flat. Lukewarm EarningsHTC knows it is in trouble. Its sales are stale and are expected to stay that way, if not worsen. It is facing stiff competition in the middle of the smartphone market from the likes of Nokia and BlackBerry along with a plethora of Asian manufacturers such as LG, Huawei and ZTE. Something needs to give. As such, HTC said today that it would begin producing lower-end smartphones and focus on emerging markets, especially China, according to Reuters. HTC announced today that its revenue from Q4 2012 was $2.03 billion ($60 billion New Taiwan dollars). That is down from $2.37 billion (NT$70.2 billion) in Q3 2012. HTC CEO Peter Chou said he expects the results from the first quarter of 2013 to be even worse. Hence, the need to expand its product to different price structures targeted at a different market. Having Trouble Competing? Find A New MarketIt is not a surprising development. If a company runs out of room to grow in one market, the best thing to do is find another where it can. The U.S has proven itself to be Apple/Samsung centric, a reality that has hit the rest of the smartphone manufacturer industry hard (see the U.S. struggles of Nokia, Motorola, LG and BlackBerry). HTC has a variety of quality devices available in the U.S., including the One X+, Droid DNA for Android and 8X Windows Phone. Anybody looking for quality smartphones could do a lot worse than acquiring an HTC device. You can peel away HTC’s problems like so many layers of an onion. Foremost, its brand strength lags behind that of Apple and Samsung. That means that even when HTC comes out with a top quality device, it lacks the excitement and anticipation reserved for new iPhones or Samsung Galaxies. As we have seen with the iPhone, that type of hype and consumer anticipation is very important to a smartphone maker’s bottom line.HTC also has a logistical distribution problem, especially in the U.S., where its top devices are tied into exclusivity agreements with carriers like Sprint (Evo 4G LTE), One X+ (AT&T) and Verizon (Droid DNA). As we have seen, exclusivity agreements tend to be poor bets for manufacturers looking to make dents in the market. HTC’s declining revenues make it difficult to remedy either of those situations.HTC’s declining revenue then makes its decision to focus on emerging markets easy to understand. If it cannot keep up with the big boys in the big market, try to make a dent with limited resources in nascent markets. It will still face stiff competition in the likes of China and India, but at least in those regions it can stretch its dollars further than it could in the U.S. HTC’s new direction does not necessarily mean it will skip the top smartphone markets. The manufacturer is expected to announce its new “M7” Android smartphone at launch events in New York and London later this month.  Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Related Posts dan rowinski Tags:#Android#HTC last_img read more

Hands on with the CTRL + Console Video Editing iPad App

first_imgUse your iPad to drive your video editing in Final Cut Pro or Premiere Pro projects! For the uninitiated, CTRL + Console is a iPad based video editing controller that was funded on Kickstarter and made recently available for public download (see our earlier post on the app’s release here). In this post I’ll give a rundown of CTRL + Console in action for those interested in incorporating this tool into their own video editing work.I backed CTRL+Console on Kickstarter, so with the recent release I had access to the Premiere Pro Controller ($4.99) and the Premiere Pro Editor ($29.99).  It is now available publicly through the App Store.  Both the Final Cut Pro and Premiere Pro controllers can be purchased for $29.99, while a basic Quicktime controller is free.  I suggest trying the Quicktime controller first before buying additional ones.Previously when I thought of a control surface, it was for controlling an audio app. There are several audio control surfaces for iOS & Android (AC-7 & TouchDaw to name a few), but this is really the first full feature video editing controller.I originally backed it because it seemed to have “think different” potential…but I was still skeptical that it would be functional in my day to day video editing work.  So how was CTRL + Console in action?  Let’s take a closer look.CTRL+Console SetupSetup was surprisingly quick, easy and took about 5 minutes. You download the app from the iTunes Store.The instructions are included in the iApp. Pressing “open Welcome Screen” walks you through the steps that are needed for setup. You download the desktop app that syncs with the iPad. Once it syncs you see a Green Outline around the Controller on your iPad.I launched Premiere Pro CC on my computer and then picked the Controller I wanted. Premiere Pro immediately recognized it.Premiere Pro Controller ($4.99)CTRL+Console GesturesGestures are what makes CTRL+Console worth it in my opinion.  The video editing gestures use swipes and drags similar to using multi-touch on a trackpad. You have the choice to turn gestures off, but I don’t know why you would.There is a reference for the gestures (easy to memorize), which tells you what they are. I found using gestures to be a quick way to jog, shuttle, and move to the end/beginning of the sequence.However, I found the ‘switch focus’ gestures less useful, as you need to do this at the bottom of the screen and I needed to look at the iPad to do this. The rest of the buttons were easy hand positions and there didn’t seem to be any latency (delay) issues.To move to another Controller, press the CTRL+Console icon in the top left corner. You have the choice of switching controllers, or going to the “Foyer” where you can see all the available controllers (Lightroom & Mackie Audio are listed as coming soon).For Adobe users an additional plus is that the jog/shuttle functions work in Adobe Prelude, though the other gestures aren’t applicable. I would love to see additional support for Prelude in the future, as it is a basic cuts only workflow that would work well with a Controller in my opinion.Premiere Pro Editor ($29.99)The Editor builds on the functionality of the Controller, with the addition of Tools (Ripple, Roll, Pen , Razor, etc) and Edit Functions (Insert, Overwrite, Add Edit, etc). I like that the gestures are the same from the Controller to the Editor, with additional ones for In/Out, Mark, Insert, Overwrite, & Zoom.All of the gestures seem to be fairly intuitive but my guess is it would take most users a few days of use to get proficient with it. I would like a gesture to clear both in and out.The Tools (besides the Zoom) require you to look at the iPad and press buttons, so I don’t know how often I would use them.  Again, maybe by spending more time with the app these buttons would be committed to muscle memory.For me, CTRL+Console excels with timeline navigation and marking in and outs.  However, I think I’d still find myself using a mouse for selecting tools and more complex operations.I’m going to try CTRL+Console next week on a real world project, and I will report my findings in the comments. Have you tried CTRL+Console? If so, please share your experiences in comments. Happy Cutting!last_img read more

Quantum Cryptography Is Safe Again

first_imgIn theory, so-called quantum cryptography provides a totally secure way of sending information. In practice, maybe not. But now physicists have demonstrated how to close a technological loophole that could have left secrets open to eavesdroppers.Suppose Alice wants to send Bob a secret message. In ordinary cryptography, she can convert the message to binary numbers—i.e., a string of 0s and 1s—and then scramble it by combining it mathematically with another string of random 0s and 1s, which serves as the key. Bob then uses this key to undo the scrambling and read the message. Of course, to make the scheme work, Alice must pass the key to Bob without letting it be intercepted by an eavesdropper, Eve.Quantum cryptography introduces a twist—literally. Alice passes Bob the key by encoding it in single photons, which can be polarized horizontally to signal a 0 or vertically to signal a 1. If this were all there were to it, then Eve the eavesdropper could also read the key and then pass the photons to Bob. But Alice can also randomly rotate her transmitter to send photons polarized diagonally at plus or minus 45° some of the time. When her transmitter isn’t aligned with Bob’s receiver, the key transmission becomes ambiguous: For example, if Alice sends a photon polarized at 45° and Bob has his detector set to the horizontal-or-vertical orientation, then according to the rules of quantum mechanics, Bob will register a horizontal click with 50% probability or a vertical click with 50% probability. That’s no problem, as after the transmission of stream of photons, Alice and Bob can tell each other for which photons their devices were aligned and use only those to define the key.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)All this twisting shuts Eve out. Eve doesn’t know which orientations Alice and Bob are using, and if she guesses wrong she’ll disturb the photons in a detectable way. For example, suppose for a particular photon both Alice and Bob have their apparatuses set in the horizontal-vertical orientation, but Eve has hers set at 45°. Then, according to quantum mechanics, her measurement of the photon will change its state and leave it polarized at plus or minus 45°. This will then ruin the perfect agreement that Alice and Bob should see. Later, when they compare notes, they will spot errors and realize that someone has tampered with the transmission.However, in 2010, an international team of researchers showed that Eve could hack the system by exploiting a weakness in the so-called avalanche photodiodes (APDs) used to detect the individual photons. The problem is that APDs react differently to intense pulses of light than they do to single photons, so that the energy of the pulse must exceed a threshold to register a hit. As a result, all Eve has to do is intercept the single photons, make her best-guess measurements of their polarizations, and send her answers off to Bob as new, brighter pulses. If she guessed right and measured the photons with her apparatus in the same orientation as Alice and Bob’s, then Bob’s apparatus would interpret the bright pulse just like a single photon. But if she guessed wrong, so that she sent Bob a bright pulse whose polarization was off-kilter relative to the orientation of his apparatus, then Bob’s apparatus would actually split it into two dim pulses. Neither of these would be strong enough to make Bob’s detectors fire. So Bob would never notice the events in which Eve messed up the polarization of the photons. And he wouldn’t notice the loss of pulses, as a lot of photons never make it from Alice to Bob anyway because of detector inefficiency.Last year, physicist Hoi-Kwong Lo at the University of Toronto and colleagues claimed to find a way around the problem. In the new protocol, Alice and Bob would begin the creation of a quantum key by sending randomly polarized signals to Charlie, a third party. Charlie would measure the signals to determine not their actual polarization, but only whether the polarizations were at right angles. For instance, if Alice sent a vertical signal and Bob also sent a vertical signal, Charlie would signal “no.” But if Alice sent a vertical signal and Bob sent a horizontal signal, Charlie would signal “yes.” Once Bob heard a “yes,” he would simply twist his signal by 90° to make it the same as Alice’s—and this would form the quantum key. The trick here is that Charlie merely compares the polarizations of the photons without determining what they are, so there can be no splitting of photons, and no half-strength signals. As a result, no tampering by Eve would go unnoticed. Even if she peered over Charlie’s shoulder, she would know only whether Alice’s and Bob’s signals were correlated—never their actual values.Lo and colleagues just presented their idea. Now, in papers in press at Physical Review Letters, two independent groups of physicists have shown that the new protocol works. Wolfgang Tittel and colleagues at the University of Calgary in Canada placed Charlie’s detector on the Calgary main campus, Bob’s signal-generator in a lab 6 kilometers away, and Alice’s signal-generator in another lab 12 kilometers away. Although the researchers did not have Bob and Alice generating random signals as truly secure cryptography requires, they did show that the signal timings and measurements could be performed over such great distances. Meanwhile, Jian-Wei Pan at the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei and colleagues have demonstrated the quantum-cryptography protocol with random signals, albeit just in the lab.Does this mean that quantum cryptography is safe after all? Grégoire Ribordy, CEO of the Swiss company ID Quantique, which makes commercial quantum cryptography, says that practical systems had already largely got around the blinding loophole by continuously adjusting the detectors, so that they are always reacting differently to incoming photons. Such a countermeasure makes it very difficult for Eve to thwart the security, because she would have to continuously tailor her strong light signal. But Ribordy adds that the demonstration of the new protocol by Tittel and others is welcome for developing future systems: “The short answer is that it is very interesting—although it is not yet mature enough to implement, from a practical point of view.”last_img read more

PH boxers make rousing 2017 SEA Games debuts

first_imgMOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC But it was his right uppercut that caused Nge to lose footing and reach for the ropes. He was give standing count and when referee asked him if he can still go on, he shook his head.Eumir Felix Marcial capped the brilliant day for the Philippines with an easy decision win over hard-punching Nguyen Manh Cuong in the 75kg.“They really prepared well, all the fighters are ready and trained hard,” said Marcial in Filipino. He came here fresh from winning gold in Mongolia recently.The lefty got into heavy exchange with Cuong who bore the brunt of Marcial’s quick combinations.“I wasn’t using much of my jabbing hand, I don’t want to re-injure it,” said Marcial, whose left hand got injured and jeopardized his Olympic qualifying quest last year.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Read Next LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses “This is just the beginning, we got long ways to go, hopefully we can sustain it in the late rounds,” said Alliance of Boxing Associations of the Philippines executive director Ed Picson.The wins ushered Bautista and Marcial to the semifinals which assured the country at least bronze medal. But the reigning champions are here for the top honours.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 shutoutThe 24-year-old Fernandez, reigning 56kg champion, needed just over two minutes in the first round to stop Myanmar’s Maung Nge via knockout.Fernandez took down the shorter Nge with powerful head and body combinations that dismantled the Burmese fighter. Archer Tagle settles for silver in recurve event Bautista opened up the action with a masterful decision over hometown bet Abdul Salam Kasim in the 52kg division.The Binalbagan, Negros Occidental native peppered Kasim with a barrage of hits in the first round and appeared bent on finishing off the Malaysia early.“He was too eager to knock him out which I advised him not to because it’s dangerous,” said PH coach Elias Recaido.Good thing for Bautista, he coasted along in the third, throwing solid punches on the fly to keep Kasim at bay en route to win. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Mario Fernandez of the Philippines stops Maung Nge of Myanmar in the first round of their bantamweight preliminaries in the boxing competition of the 29th Southeast Asian Games at the MITEC Hall 8 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOKUALA LUMPUR — Philippine boxing delivered the expected punch Sunday as all three of its fighters qualified to the next round in the Southeast Asian Games at Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Center.Defending champions Ian Clark Bautista, Mario Fernandez and Eumir Felix Marcial overwhelmed their foes en route to the second round all in flashy, slam-bang fashion.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

IPL performances shouldn’t influence World Cup squad selection: Rohit Sharma

first_imgIndia vice-captain Rohit Sharma firmly believes that for World Cup selection, the players should be judged on the basis of ‘performance and form’ in the last four years and not on how they perform during the IPL.World Cup will begin days after conclusion of IPL on May 12.The national selectors are keeping a close eye on the IPL for picking the 15-member Indian squad for the mega-event.”With their inputs, the selectors will keep an eye on what is happening with those guys in IPL although I feel IPL should not be the criteria for team selection,” he said at the launch of a new website cricket.com here Thursday.”They have played enough international matches to see where each individual stands. You can’t select a team for the 50-over format from a 20-over event, it’s my personal opinion. IPL is a different ball game. It’s franchise cricket and yes, form matters a lot.”In the last four years we have played enough One Day International matches, enough T20 cricket. That should be enough for guys to understand these are the players that we want,” he added.Also Read | Batting slots should be decided according to match situation: Kapil DevHowever, the Mumbai Indians skipper also acknowledged that IPL has helped him in his preparations for the upcoming mega event.”Every time we play IPL, there is some big event right after happening – a big Test series or big one-day series. It does help also. 35-plus or 40 guys will probably need some rest. I was talking to Jasprit (Bumrah) the other day. He needs to play a lot of matches and bowl a lot to be match fit than be at home. I also, as a batter, need to play,” Rohit said.advertisementIndia have a more or less settled squad for the World Cup, barring one slot and Rohit feels skipper Virat Kohli’s preference is utmost most important to sort out that position.Rohit, who is a certainty in the World Cup squad as an opener, also said that the specific spot that needs to be filled would be dictated by conditions that are likely to prevail in England during the World Cup, commencing May 30.”I think we are pretty much settled. A few spots are there which everyone knows about. It all depends on what captain, coach and selectors think about the combination, whether we need to go with an extra middle order batsman, extra opener, extra seamer or spinner. Conditions in England will matter a lot,” he said.”I know how it works with the captain. The preference of the captain is very important in terms of that extra player he wants in the squad. I think Virat and (Indian team’s head coach) Ravi shastri have to decide what exactly the combination that they want or what extra player or where is that extra cushion they are looking for. That is something that will matter the most.”Also Read | Jason Behrendorff wants to impress World Cup selectors with his IPL performanceRohit believes the team management will have to play a gamble in selecting the squad with regard to picking up that extra player.”Last summer when we were there the conditions were really dry. But we don’t know whether it will be the same (during the World Cup). If it is (the same) we need an extra spinner there – it’s as simple as that,” he said.”If it’s not, probably we will need an extra seamer there. I also understand we would not know what the weather conditions will be (but) we have to select the team in the next few days or weeks, actually.Also Watch | Flexibility and options crucial for India at 2019 World Cup: Sunil Gavaskarlast_img read more

Ghats inundated Varanasi lanes turn into cremation grounds

first_imgVaranasi: As the waters of the Ganga river in Varanasi inundated the ghats, cremation of dead bodies is now being done in the lanes of the holy city. The cremation ground at Harishchandra Ghat and Manikarnika Ghat are now underwater and the last rites of the dead are being performed in the narrow by-lanes and in the backyard of houses adjoining the ghats. Wooden logs kept for cremations could be seen floating in the flood waters. “The pyres are being burnt in a dry small space, which is barely enough to accommodate a pyre and some people attending the last rites. Most of those coming with bodies for cremation are forced to wait on the main road as the entire ghat area is submerged, “said Acharya Rakesh, a priest. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Bahadur Chaudhary, who belongs to the Dom community that performs the last rites, said: “We are helpless. This is sheer callousness of the administration that has failed to construct a high platform for cremations despite availability of funds. “The problem has worsened owing to the fact that the gas-based crematorium at Harishchandra Ghat is lying defunct due to a technical snag. It has two furnaces. While one stopped working last week, the other developed the snag after heavy rains lashed the city on Sunday night.” A large number of bodies from eastern part of the state, as well as Bihar, are brought for cremation to Varanasi, as according to Hindu belief cremation in this city leads to salvation. People are also complaining of a sudden and exorbitant increase in prices of wooden logs and other material used for performing the last rites.last_img read more

CORNER GAS ANIMATED premiere draws in the viewers

first_imgSource : Numeris Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Advertisement CORNER GAS ANIMATED made its much-anticipated arrival on Monday night as the strongest Canadian series debut in the history of The Comedy Network, and is on track to become the biggest debut of any series on the network. With more than 280,000 preliminary overnight viewers making the trip back to Dog River, CORNER GAS ANIMATED was the #1 entertainment specialty program Monday among all key demos (A18-34, A18-49, and A25-54).In the all-new episode of CORNER GAS ANIMATED, airing Monday, April 9at 8 p.m. ET/PT, Wanda, Hank, and Lacey attempt to trick Brent with a Sasquatch hoax. Davis and Emma’s obsession with the fantasy TV show THRONE STRIFE forces Karen and Oscar to spend time together. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

Ottawa facing second lawsuit over Lower Churchill approval

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe federal government is now facing at least two lawsuits over the Lower Churchill Hydro Development project in central Labrador.The Sierra Club has stated that it will take Ottawa to court over the six-billion-dollar project. Now NunatuKavut, which represents the Metis population of Labrador, is saying that it will file suit as well.Chris Montague, president of NunatuKavut, says that the federal government has failed to fulfill their duty to consult.last_img

Company will keep using toxic chemical at Wisconsin refinery

SUPERIOS, Wis. — Husky Energy says it will invest more than $400 million to rebuild its oil refinery in Superior, Wisconsin, and continue its use of a highly toxic chemical that raised fears in the community of 27,000 after an explosion at the refinery last April.The blast injured 36 people and required the evacuation of much of Superior due in large part to the presence of hydrogen fluoride, which can be hazardous to human health. The tank containing the chemical was not damaged by the explosion.Company officials told Wisconsin Public Radio on Wednesday that they explored using alternatives to hydrogen fluoride, but that the chemical is fundamental to making gasoline.Opponents say there are safer ways to produce high-octane gasoline.The refinery expects to resume some operations in late 2020.___Information from: Wisconsin Public Radio, http://www.wpr.orgThe Associated Press read more

Forests expand in Europe and North America but still vulnerable to climate

21 March 2011Forested areas in Europe, North America, the Caucasus and Central Asia have been increasing steadily, growing by 25 million hectares over the past two decades, the United Nations said today, citing diseases, insects and storms aggravated by climatic factors as the major threats to the ongoing health of woodlands. Forested areas in Europe, North America, the Caucasus and Central Asia have been increasing steadily, growing by 25 million hectares over the past two decades, the United Nations said today, citing diseases, insects and storms aggravated by climatic factors as the major threats to the ongoing health of woodlands.“In addition to forest area, the volume of wood in pan-European forests is growing by over 430 million cubic metres every year due to the expansion of the forest area and increases in stock levels,” the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) said on World Forest Day, as experts gathered in Geneva to review trends in forests and forest resources in Europe and North America.In total, the UNECE region has 40 per cent of the world’s forests, most of them classified as boreal or temperate.Forests play an important role in the conservation of biological diversity and the area of forest primarily designated for this purpose is also expanding, according to UNECE. In the UNECE region it increased by almost 25 million hectares – an area slightly larger than the United Kingdom – between 1990 and 2010, and currently accounts for about 8 per cent of the total forest area in the region.Most of this increase took place in Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia, where the area of forest specifically managed for conservation of biological diversity has been increasing by almost one million hectares annually over the past 20 years, while in North America it has increased by more than 5 million hectares since 1990.Increasing climate variability, however, has had a negative impact on forest growth and health, with North America reporting the largest area of forests with insect-related health problems in 2005 compared to any other region.Problems include outbreaks of the mountain pine beetle, which has devastated more than 11 million hectares of forest in Canada and the western United States since the late 1990s – an unprecedented outbreak aggravated by higher winter temperatures. During the same period damage resulting from storms, wind and snow affected 0.4 per cent of the forest area.Meanwhile, 19 forest policies from 16 countries have been nominated to contend for the International Policy Award for Visionary Forest Policies, sponsored by the World Future Council, an international policy research organization that provides decision makers with effective policy solutions.Three winning policies will be announced on 21 September at UN Headquarters, according to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, the International Year of Forests 2011 and the UN Forum on Forests. read more

Linda OLeary wife of Kevin OLeary charged with careless operation of a

Linda O’Leary, the wife of one of Canada’s most famous and flamboyant businessmen, could be facing more than a year in jail after being charged for her alleged role in a boat crash that killed two people.The Ontario Provincial Police announced the charges Tuesday, exactly one month after two boats collided at night on Lake Joseph, one of Canada’s most exclusive vacation locales.O’Leary, 56, has been charged with careless operation of a vessel under the Canada Shipping Act. Though the charge carries a maximum penalty of 18 months imprisonment or a $1 million fine, O’Leary’s lawyer stressed Tuesday that it is not a criminal charge.“We find it certainly unusual that, where a cautious and experienced boater came in collision with an unlit craft on the dark and moonless night, that charges would flow from that,” said Brian Greenspan.“That’s not a criminal offence, period,” said Greenspan, one of Canada’s most-prominent criminal defence lawyers, “and it shouldn’t be characterized as criminal in any way.”Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Related Kevin O’Leary/YouTube/Sony The two separated for two years about a decade ago, but never got divorced and eventually reconciled. They have two grown children, Savannah, a director and producer in New York, and Trevor, a DJ. Today, Linda O’Leary serves as the vice-president of marketing for O’Leary wines and on the board of the National Ballet of Canada.The O’Learys have been summering on Lake Joseph, where the collision occurred, for at least 15 years. The family’s home there has been written up several times for its opulence, including once in The New York Times. “For anyone casually acquainted with Muskoka, what passes for a cottage these days may come as quite a shock,” the Times story read. “(R)ising like a wedding cake from the lakeshore, is a periwinkle-blue structure with white trim, wraparound cedar decks, three boat slips and a second-floor sun deck that is larger than some marinas here. And that is just the boathouse.”Though Richard Ruh is American and Linda O’Leary Canadian, his ties to Muskoka actually run much deeper than hers. The O’Learys bought their 14-acre waterfront property on Lake Joseph in 1994, according to a 2010 profile in the National Post. They built their 9,000 square-foot, 10-bedroom, 11-bathroom cottage on the property a decade later. The Ruh family, based in the Buffalo suburb of Orchard Park, N.Y., has been travelling to the same lake since 1967, according to a long profile of the family published in Muskoka Life magazine earlier this year. Toronto Sun. Kevin O’Leary, seen on Lake Joseph. Businessman Kevin O’Leary behind the wheel of one of his boats on Lake Joseph. Details still murky on fatal boat crash involving celebrity tycoon Kevin O’Leary Water complicates the investigation into fatal boat crash involving Kevin O’Leary, expert says The charge stems from an incident in late August, when O’Leary was driving a boat on Lake Joseph in the Township of Muskoka Lakes. Kevin O’Leary was a passenger, he said in a press release following the incident. Just before midnight, the boat collided with another vessel. The two casualties were Gary Poltash, a 64-year-old man from Florida, and Suzana Brito, a 48-year-old woman from Uxbridge, Ont. Three other people were taken to hospital and released, the OPP said.The driver of the other boat, Richard Ruh, 57, was charged with failure to exhibit a navigation light while underway. That charge, which also falls under the Canada Shipping Act, carries a set fine. Ruh received his provincial offence notice last week, said Carolle Dionne, staff sergeant for the OPP.Linda O’Leary has never been a public figure on the same scale as her husband, whose profile rose with his appearance as a venture capitalist on the reality TV show Dragons’ Den on CBC and later the American version, Shark Tank. But she’s also never been shy about showing off the lifestyle his business success has afforded her family. On Twitter and on her now deleted Instagram account, Linda O’Leary chronicled a lavish life in travel and riches — a villa in Rome, a fashion show in St. Barth’s, sunrise in St. Tropez.According to a profile published in Maclean’s in 2016, Linda and Kevin O’Leary met when Linda, then a university student, was working behind the reception desk at a Toronto squash club. In interviews over the years, she has described herself as the homemaker to her business titan husband. “I did the house and raised the kids, 100 per cent,” she told Maclean’s. “He made the financial decisions.” No one answered the phone at Ruh’s home or business Tuesday. A family physician and father of four, Ruh once told a local newspaper that parenthood was what he was “born to do.” Social media accounts operated under his daughters’ names show a huge clan of cousins and siblings vacationing in Muskoka—boating, diving off rocks, and lounging by the water — going back years. In 2018, dozens of Ruhs gathered on Lake Joseph to celebrate Ruh’s mother’s 90th birthday.Though he is American, if Ruh pleads guilty, he would still be required to pay the fine, said Nainesh Kotak, a personal injury lawyer in Toronto.Kotak said the OPP regularly lays charges that are not criminal. Even in fatal car collisions, drivers at fault will be charged based on their conduct rather than the impact, he said. “It doesn’t mean they’re going to be charged criminally just because the result is so extreme.”For his part, Greenspan said he is still waiting to receive disclosure to better understand the basis of the charges. When asked if Linda O’Leary had a Pleasure Craft Operator Card, as issued by Transport Canada, he replied, “I can assure you she has been an experienced and very, very experienced boater for many, many years who follows the safety regulations and all the requirements of boating to the letter of the law.”Linda O’Leary is scheduled to appear in a provincial offence court in Parry Sound on Oct. 29. read more

Stocks are mixed on Wall Street Standard Poors 500 holds on to

Stocks are mixed on Wall Street; Standard & Poor’s 500 holds on to a record high, Merck sinks AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Stocks are mixed on Wall Street as investors assess the latest earnings from U.S. companies.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index held on to a record level, but the Dow Jones industrial average edged lower.Merck fell after the drugmaker sharply lowered its profit forecast and reported a plunge in third-quarter earnings.The S&P 500 was up half a point at 1,760 in midday trading Monday. The Dow fell 15 points to 15,555. The Nasdaq composite was down 10 points to 3,933.Homebuilders fell after the number of Americans who signed contracts to buy previously occupied homes fell in September to the lowest level in nine months, reflecting higher mortgage rates and home prices.The yield on the 10-year Treasury note was unchanged at 2.51 per cent. by The Associated Press Posted Oct 28, 2013 9:55 am MDT read more

On World Day UN spotlights posts contributions to development

“It is important to constantly remind ourselves of the role that Posts play in our societies today, because some key trends are turning our world upside down,” said Bishar Hussein, Director General of the Universal Postal Union, in his message for the Day. He specifically mentioned Internet pervasiveness; ever-more demanding customers; e-commerce and light logistics; as well as the world economy and international trade. “Posts can only mitigate risks and seize opportunities if they engage in reform,” he emphasized. “They need to reinvent themselves, embrace digitalization, redefine their value proposition, and develop new products and services. They also require political support and investments, as well as an appropriate regulatory framework for their activities,” he underscored. Future gains could include more satisfied customers, stronger postal markets and more cohesive societies, Mr. Hussein said, adding: “With countries stepping up efforts to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we should not forget that the postal sector is an enabler of inclusive development and an essential component of the global economy.” “In the remotest and the most populated areas of our planet alike, it remains a key platform for delivering public services,” he continued. As a specialized intergovernmental organization within the UN system, UPU strives to enable its 192 national networks of member countries to act as one. “We offer platforms that let our members exchange views and find multilateral solutions to global issues. We provide affordable technical solutions and assistance to governments, regulators and postal operators wishing to upgrade their national postal infrastructure. And we are the only global knowledge centre for the sector, building on the power of postal big data to the benefit of all,” the Director General underscored. Faithful to its mission, the UPU has chosen two main highlights for this year’s World Post Day celebrations. Firstly, to recognize the top-ranked countries in the newly released Integrated Index for Postal Development. “Providing a snapshot of postal development in 170 countries, this new index is a powerful tool which governments, regulators and postal operators can use to promote postal excellence,” said Mr. Hussein – congratulating Switzerland, France and Japan along with the regional champions Brazil, Mauritius, Poland, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates. He also gave a nod to “the younger generation, who are not losing the habit of writing even in this age of new technology,” announcing Togo’s fourteen-year-old Eva Giordano Palacios as the winner of UPU’s International Letter-Writing Competition, who in a letter to Secretary-General António Guterres, called for increased efforts to help poor countries abolish old practices which persist because of a lack of socioeconomic development. “As these examples show,” he concluded “the postal world is very much alive. So let us adopt new technologies, and embrace transformation!” read more

UN experts urge United Arab Emirates to release terminally ill woman to

In a statement, the experts said that Alia Abdulnoor, who is suffering from breast-cancer, was reportedly being held in an unventilated, windowless hospital room, chained to her bed and under armed guard. She was arrested in July 2015, and charged with “financing terrorism” after she had helped raise funds for needy Syrian families in the UAE and war-affected women and children in Syria, said the experts. “We are extremely concerned about the physical and mental integrity of Ms. Abdulnoor, and about reports that the conditions of detention are causing her unnecessary pain,” said the three UN Special Rapporteurs.The experts said they had received information that for six months, Ms. Abdulnour was held in secret detention and solitary confinement following her arrest, where she was threatened and subjected to severe physical and psychological humiliation. Under torture, the critically ill woman was forced to sign a written confession. “We would like to remind the United Arab Emirates that torture and ill-treatment is universally and absolutely prohibited and that any statement made as a result of torture shall not be invoked as evidence,” the experts spelled out. Now in its final stage, Ms. Abdulnour’s cancer has spread to her vital organs. In November, her deteriorating health prompted the authorities to transfer her to Mafraq Hospital in Bani Yas, Abu Dhabi.While the authorities have rejected her family’s many requests that she be released on medical grounds, the last one submitted on 10 January, resulted in her transfer to Tawam hospital, in Al Ain, where reports say she continues to be denied appropriate medication to reduce her pain. Torture and ill-treatment is universally and absolutely prohibited – UN experts“We call on the authorities to release Ms. Abdulnour and to allow her to live her last days of life in dignity and with her family at home,” said the experts.“We also call on the State to investigate alleged acts of torture and ill-treatment, and to prosecute the suspected perpetrator(s) in line with its obligations under international human rights law.”The UN Special Rapporteurs  – Dainius Pūras, Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health; Nils Melzer, Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment; and Fionnuala Ní Aolái, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism – carry out their work under the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council, based in Geneva.The experts work on a voluntary basis, are not UN staff, and do not receive a salary. read more

European new car market ends 2014 on a high

European new car registrations grew 5.7% in 2014, following 16 months of continuous growth for the market, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA). Last year 12,550,771 passenger cars were registered in the EU; the first year it has recorded a growth in the market since 2007.Spain saw an 18.1% rise on 2013 driven by a nationwide scrappage scheme, followed by the UK which demonstrated the second largest rise (9.3%) in 2014. More moderate growth was seen in Europe’s other large markets such as Italy (4.2%), Germany (2.9%) and France (0.3%).December saw European new car registrations grow 4.7% to 951,329 units, and also marked the 34th consecutive month of growth for the UK car market.  There were 2,476,435 cars registered in the UK in 2014 – the highest figure in a decade and fourth largest of all time. Read our full report on the UK car registrations here.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Education students head to schools in South Africa

Mark Wickens and Sharon AbbeyThis is the third time Sharon Abbey has packed her bags and taken a group of eager student teachers to schools in South Africa.In an annual program the professor of Education started in 2008, 10 future teachers will spend three weeks in a poverty-stricken suburb of Cape Town. They will teach in two elementary schools, learning to craft lessons without the usual amenities like computers, videos or photocopiers.The group – led by Abbey and Brock cohort advisor Mark Wickens – will also take more than 500 pounds of school supplies and necessities for the community they’ll visit. The load includes glasses, shoes, 100 soccer balls, beads, books and two laptop computers.The trip will count as a portion of the in-classroom experience required for Ontario teaching certification. The group will also visit an orphanage and a group called Grandmothers Against Poverty and AIDS, as well as experiencing an overnight safari and the Cape of Good Hope.The popular program has inspired some of its past participants to pursue international education, teaching in countries like Australia, Switzerland and Kenya, Abbey said.“They get this in their blood and they just keep going.”Teaching in the South African schools will challenge the students to be creative with fewer resources than usual, Wickens said.“This will help push their ability to be creative and use what I call high-yield strategies,” he said.The group leaves on the month-long trip on April 14.Quick links:– Faculty of Education | Brock University– Faculty page – Dr. Sharon Abbey read more

Plan to open Direct Provision centre in Leitrim scrapped

first_img Image: Google Maps Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Thursday 21 Mar 2019, 1:51 PM Updated Mar 21st 2019, 1:51 PM THE PLAN TO open a Direct Provision centre at a disused hotel in Rooskey, Co Leitrim, has been scrapped.The Department of Justice said the decision is due to a leasing issue and not related to suspected arson attacks at the former hotel.A spokesperson confirmed the decision and said the department “regrets that it is not in a position to proceed with plans to open an accommodation centre in the Shannon Key West Hotel”.They said the decision was taken following legal advice sought from the Chief State Solicitor’s Office which “found difficulties with the lease agreement between the owners of the hotel, and the operator renting it, which made proceeding with the proposed centre unviable”.The spokesperson said the department is “not party to these lease arrangements and these matters are outside our control”.They added that the department remains “committed to sourcing suitable premises to meet the accommodation needs of people in the international protection process”.A regional procurement process for new centres to house asylum seekers is currently under way and will continue throughout the year. Concerns have been raised about the rural location, and related lack of services, of some current and planned DP centres. Suspected arson attacks The former hotel in Rooskey was subjected to two suspected arson attacks in January and February.The site of another planned DP centre, in Moville in Co Donegal, was also subjected to a suspected arson attack in November.Both centres were due to open in January but the process was delayed after the fires.The department’s spokesperson said the decision not to proceed with the Rooskey centre was taken “solely in relation to the difficulties with the lease”.However, Leitrim And Roscommon United Against Racism believes the suspected arson attacks are linked to the move.In a statement released today, the group said: “Nobody apart from the government thought it was a good idea to house 80 asylum seekers in Rooskey. 120 Comments Plan to open Direct Provision centre in Leitrim scrapped The Department of Justice said the decision is not related to suspected arson attacks at the former hotel. Short URL 17.03.19 Having to cross the border or stay overnight: Concerns raised about location of rural Direct Provision centres Shannon Key West Hotel, Rooskey, Co Leitrim Mar 21st 2019, 10:52 AM Related Readscenter_img The group said the legal issues surrounding the use of the former hotel as a DP centre “should have been tested fully in court”.The statement added that today’s announcement “may very well have a negative impact on the ability of the State to house asylum seekers elsewhere”.Almost 6,300 people live in 38 Direct Provision centres across Ireland, most of which are privately run. As of this month, 729 individuals have been granted protection status or permission to remain in Ireland – 206 people have refugee status; 441 people have permission-to-remain status and 82 people have subsidiary protection status.Close to 450 people have been living in DP centres for over five years as they await a decision on their status or subsequent appeals. However is regretful that the government appear to have backed down in the face of racist arson attacks and a vocal hard-right minority in this area. This will be portrayed by the far-right minority in our communities as a victory for them. Shannon Key West Hotel, Rooskey, Co Leitrim Image: Google Maps 13.03.19 ‘There had been enormous worry’: Direct Provision centre to remain open – and three others get the green light https://jrnl.ie/4553521 10.03.19 Hiding the fact they’re gay and being harassed by other residents: People talk about life in Direct Provision Share294 Tweet Email2 26,844 Views By Órla Ryanlast_img read more

Levein wants Steven Naismith to stay at Hearts

first_imgHearts manager Craig Levein says he has had talks with on-loan forward Steven Naismith about making his move permanent.Naismith is currently on a season-long loan with Hearts from Norwich City. And with his contract expiring at the end of the season, Levein had sat down with the player in a bid to convince him to stay at Tynecastle Park.“I have had a chat already with him. We will continue to talk. It is obviously an important time in his career,” Levein told Sky Sports.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“I know he likes it at Hearts and we want him to stay but we will see what we can do.“I have spoken at length about how much I admire him as a player and as a person.“And he helps us through his efforts on the field, his constant cajoling and talking to players and his general enthusiasm for playing football. He makes us better because of those things.”last_img read more

SpiceJet Likely to Cut Fares as Crude Oil Prices Fall

first_imgFalling crude oil prices has enabled budget airline SpiceJet to give out indications on a possible cut in passenger fares in the next few days.The ongoing crisis in Greece, a crash in Chinese stock markets and a strong dollar has pushed Brent crude oil prices to $55 per barrel, its lowest level since April this year.”Some of the drop in the fuel cost does get passed on to consumers one way or the other because there’s natural tendency of the industry to compete on fares… We have already seen that happen,” SpiceJet COO Sanjiv Kapoor told NDTV Profit.Estimates show that “fuel costs” occupy about 50% of total operating expenses of the domestic airlines.”Fuel price is the single largest cost for airlines, especially in India where fuel cost is high. So any drop in fuel cost will benefit the industry significantly,” Kapoor added.Lower crude oil prices are estimated to improve the earnings of domestic carriers.”Any reduction in fuel costs helps us improve our bottom line. Last year, our (SpiceJet’s) bottom line was bleeding,” said Kapoor.A decline in oil prices has also resulted in sharp rally in stock prices of aviation players in the past few sessions.Share prices of SpiceJet and Jet Airways went up by over 8% each since last week.Crude oil prices are forecast to trade lower in the coming months, as oversupply issues are likely to remain intact. Additional oil supply from Libya in the coming days is expected to aggravate the oversupply concerns in the oil market.last_img read more

Kabir Singh day 1 box office collection Shahid Kapoors movie becomes his

first_imgKabir Singh box office collectionTwitterShahid Kapoor’s Kabir Singh witnessed a thunderous opening day box office collection on Friday. The movie has become Shahid’s highest first day grossing movie.Remake of Telugu film Arjun Reddy, the unusual love story has had huge hype around it since the trailer was released. The film is being widely talked about, and Shahid’s performance is being hailed.Cashing on the strong word of mouth and mostly positive reviews, Kabir Singh enjoyed excellent occupancy at the theatres across the country, not just in evening but also in morning shows.The love saga witnessed impressive footfalls both in multiplexes as well as on single screens. Kabir Singh witnessed a brilliant occupancy of 70 percent on Friday, registering a huge opening for the film.Having been released on 3,123 screens across India, Kabir Singh made a box office collection of Rs 20.21 crore at the domestic market on its day 1. It has become Shahid’s biggest opener, even surpassing the record of Padmaavat that had collected Rs 19 crore.”#KabirSingh is terrific on Day 1… Emerges Shahid Kapoor’s biggest opener [surpasses *Day 1* biz of #Padmaavat: ₹ 19 cr]… Biggest *non-holiday* opening day of 2019 [surpasses #TotalDhamaal: ₹ 16.50 cr]… Is a craze amongst the youth… Fri ₹ 20.21 cr. India biz,” according to trade analyst Taran Adarsh.Shahid’s highest ever opening day grossing solo movie was Shaandaar that had collected Rs 13.1 crore. Kabir Singh has broken that record convincingly, and has turned the biggest opener of the actor.Directed by Sandeep Vanga, Kabir Singh is being widely liked by young audience from across the country. Also starring Kiara Advani, the film is blessed with some superb performances, and an unorthodox love story.With such an excellent start at the box office, Kabir Singh is expected to witness sharp growth in its earning over the weekend.last_img read more