Micromax Dual SIM handset Superfone A80 Infinity launched at Rs 8,490

first_imgAdding it to its Superfone lineup, Phone maker Micromax has launched Android-based A80 Infinity. Priced at Rs 8,490, the smartphone is a dual-SIM (GSM + CDMA) touch phone. According to reports, the A80 Infinity runs on an 800 MHz processor, sported by a 3.6 inch display and carries an Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)OS. It sports a 3.75 inch TFT touchscreen, 5MP camera with Flash and 0.3 MP front facing camera.Its voice recognition tool AISHA performs variety of functions including, social networking sites update, phone status, operate functions of the device, find locations, language translations, inquire date and time, weather conditions, and pose knowledge questions.The phone, which has 512MB of RAM, supports a microSD card, expandable up to that can be expanded up to 32GB.The A80 Infinity has a massive 2,500 mAh battery that would give a straight battery back up of approximately seven hours.For connectivity, the device supports GPRS, Edge, 3G, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and USB 2.0.The Superfone A80 Infinity is likley to increase the stiff competition of Android phones under Rs 10,000 bracket.last_img read more

FIR lodged against wrestler Sushil Kumar, supporters after clash with Parveen Rana

first_imgAn FIR has been lodged against double-Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar and his supporters due to their involvement in the fight with fellow wrestler Parveen Rana at the trials conducted for selection of India’s wrestling representatives for 2018 Commonwealth Games on Friday.ALSO WATCH: SPORTS TODAY”We have registered an FIR against wrestler Sushil Kumar and his supporters,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Central MS Randhawa said, while confirming the news, on Saturday.An FIR has been lodged under Section 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 341 (wrongful restraint) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).The supporters of Sushil Kumar and his bitter rival Parveen Rana were involved in a fist fight with each other at the KD Jadhav Stadium in New Delhi.Sushil won all his bouts on Friday and qualified for the Games next year. But things took an ugly turn when Rana, after losing to the former in the semi-final clash, claimed that the decorated wrestler’s supporters beat him and his elder brother “for daring to take the ring” against him.A group of over 40 people entered the warm-up hall and ransacked the property.The supporters of both the wrestlers attacked each other mercilessly. The reason behind the scuffle is yet to be ascertained.On the other hand, Sushil alleged that the supporters of Rana threatened his life.Reacting to the fist fight, Sushil said that he condemns such behavior: “It is very unfortunate and I condemn it. It is wrong, there is no space for such things in sports.”The wrestler also tweeted out his reaction later and said that he doesn’t support this and his only aim is to win for the nation and not get anything individually.advertisement”It’s very unfortunate and highly condemnable what has happened today at the stadium. I do not support anyone who gets violent in between sportsmanship. My aim is to fight and win for my Nation like a true sportsman and not to win against any group or individual #JaiHind,” Sushil had tweeted on Friday.last_img read more

Shaqiri’s Goal Highlights Liverpool’s 4-1 Win over Manchester United (Vid)

first_img“The atmosphere was good, but if I was them I wouldn’t come. I wouldn’t come. I wouldn’t spend my money to see these teams,” Mourinho said. “These people, I think they show how much they love their clubs. … There were two beautiful goals.”The teams weren’t at full strength, but the crowd of 101,254 didn’t seem to mind too much. Liverpool did have Mohammed Salah in the starting lineup, and he drew the penalty kick that Mane converted to open the scoring. Pereira equalized with a free kick that went over the wall and into the top corner of the net.Liverpool midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri (23) celebrates his goal with teammates during the second half of an International Champions Cup tournament soccer match against Manchester United, Saturday, July 28, 2018, in Ann Arbor, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Shaqiri set up the goal by Sturridge that put Liverpool ahead 2-1 in the 65th minute, but the highlight was his left-footed overhead kick that made it 4-1. Ojo’s goal came on a second penalty kick for Liverpool, and the always-outspoken Mourinho had some choice words about the officiating.“The referees, they come by mistake. They were called by the baseball federation. They thought was a baseball game,” Mourinho said. “They arrive here, and it was soccer, and they had to be in a soccer game.”Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said the field at the Big House caused some issues, but he was impressed with the crowd.“The only real story I know from Michigan is the Fab Five,” Klopp said. “I saw the movie.”Mourinho said midfielder Nemanja Matic will miss the start of the season after having surgery. Manchester United did have Alexis Sanchez in the lineup, but this version of the team still looked overmatched against Liverpool.“The majority of the clubs, we cannot give the people the real quality football, which is I think what can attract even more passion in this country,” Mourinho said.—By NOAH TRISTER , AP Sports WriterManchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira, center, celebrates his goal with midfielder Demetri Mitchell, left, and defender Axel Tuanzebe, right, during the first half of an International Champions Cup tournament soccer match against Liverpool at Michigan Stadium, Saturday, July 28, 2018, in Ann Arbor, Mich. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)Liverpool midfielder Sadio Mane, left, and Manchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe battle for control during the first half of an International Champions Cup tournament soccer match, Saturday, July 28, 2018, in Ann Arbor, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Liverpool midfielder Mohamed Salah (11) is fouled by midfielder Demetri Mitchell during the first half of an International Champions Cup tournament soccer match, Saturday, July 28, 2018, in Ann Arbor, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)TweetPinShare0 Shares ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Jose Mourinho said he wouldn’t have wanted to pay money to watch this match — but the Manchester United manager had to admit there were a couple sparkling goals.Xherdan Shaqiri scored on a spectacular bicycle kick in the 82nd minute, capping a three-goal second half for Liverpool in a 4-1 victory over Manchester United on Saturday. Sadio Mane, Daniel Sturridge and Sheyi Ojo also scored for Liverpool in this International Champions Cup matchup at Michigan Stadium. Andreas Pereira provided a highlight for Manchester United when he scored on a well-placed free kick in the first half.Manchester United was without stars Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku, both of whom are coming off deep World Cup runs. Mourinho bemoaned the state of some of the rosters in this preseason tournament, saying American fans deserve to see teams at their best.last_img read more

Conrad introduces new digital storage oscilloscopes from Voltcraft

first_imgConrad Business Supplies expands its extensive range of test and measurement solutions with the DSO-1000 digital storage oscilloscopes from Voltcraft. The new 4-channel oscilloscopes offer enhanced functionality and are perfectly suited for test and measurement in R&D, laboratories and schools, as well as for maintenance, repair and overhaul.Depending on the model, the DSO-1000 series of digital oscilloscopes offers bandwidths of 80, 100, 200, and 250 MHz at a sample rate of 1 Gbps, and a memory depth of 64 Kpts per channel. Additionally, DSO-1xx4F models come with an on-board frequency or function generator.All members of the DSO-1000 series offer a 17.7 cm color display with 800 x 480 pixel resolution. Electrical quantities and signals are precisely presented and are clearly visible on the display. Alternatively, measured signals can be sent via a USB cable to a PC.The digital storage oscilloscopes offer a USB interface for adding additional memory; for example, a USB stick. The USB interface can also be used to call up stored waveforms and to update the DSO firmware. Automatic measurement functions including Fast Fourier Transform; extensive triggering options; a multilingual, display-based help system as well as included software round off the features of the Voltcraft DSO-1000 oscilloscope series.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous EKF: interface for industrial with up to four RS-232 portsNext Top 12 mistakes in creating cross-platform UIs, Part 1: Solution architecturelast_img read more

The Kia Stinger GTS brings sports cars to the masses

first_imgThere is beauty in dynamism. Picture a herd of wild horses blazing across the horizon, the sun setting behind them leaving a trail of dust in their wake. It’s beautiful isn’t it? Sure it is. Although, if you’re in no mood to wax lyrical, raise your focus a few degrees on the Kia Stinger GTS. Smoke billowing from the tail, wheels locked into the corner and still poised. For the motor head in all of us, this is the quintessential definition of beauty. It is staggering to think the amount of technology that Kia has armed the Stinger GTS with, given the more than reasonable price tag. One of the biggest additions to the GTS is the state of the art all-wheel-drive system that was designed for maximum grip when needed but allows for fun too! The system, with a trick limited-slip differential is what gives the Kia the poise through the corners even with its tail wagging like a happy dog. In conjuncture with drive modes, the GTS could potentially funnel 100 per cent of power to rear wheels. Best of all, there’s a flip to drift mode too, unlike sport mode where 80 per cent of the power is sent to the rear, drift mode directs all power to the rear wheels and holds lower gears. It allows for incredible control as you slide your way through the corners obliterating apexes in style. The Kia Stinger has been around for a while, rubbing shoulders with German cars that have exponentially larger floor prices, but with the GTS, Kia has proved they know enthusiasts best!advertisementThe limited Slip Differential on the all-wheel drive system decides how much power needs to be sent to the rear wheels, 80 per cent in Sport Mode while drift mode sends every drop of power to the back.The 21st Century SUV has to do it all. Kia’s new Sportage seems to have that formula down! The Kia Sportage is the embodiment of the modern SUV. It’s not necessarily large — Kia has the full-size telluride for that– but it’s just as capable. The Kia Sportage is no “urban SUV” either, with a two-wheel drive system slapped onto a slightly raised hatch, it gets a proper all-wheel drive system with a driver-assist package, and a standard 8inch touch screen. The design language is perfect for the urban adventurer in the city. Its convenient dimensions and smooth lines make it easy on the eyes but when set against the back-roads, its aggressive stance helps it stand out. With a smorgasbord of features for every condition, Driver Attention Warnings, Lane Keeping Assist and Smart Cruise Control with Start & Stop for the highway and forward, Collision Assist with pedestrian detection for the city, the Sportage is a jack of all trades. On the inside, it’s always plush. The Kia is packed with equipment with an infotainment system pre loaded with Android auto and Apple Car Play, modem enabled telemetry and navigation, not to mention a wireless mobile charging tray. The Kia Sportage gets two engine options, a 2.4-litre GDI producing 181 horsepower and 238Nm of torque or a 2.0-litre turbo GDI that’s good for up to 240 horsepower and 353Nm of torque.The Kia Sportage is loaded with oodles of technology, be it modem enabled telemetry, wireless charging or lane keep assist and pedestrian detection.last_img read more

Jordan Brand Takes a Classic into the Future

first_img Your New Favorite Pair of Go-to Leather Shoes Just Got More Affordable In 1995, the Air Jordan 11 became an instant classic with its high-tech outsole and patent leather upper. The popular dress shoe material made its basketball court debut on Michael Jordan’s feet and the rest was history. The Air Jordan Future Premium looks to do the same in 2014, seamlessly melding high-quality materials and beautiful color blocking that go hand-in-hand with the classic outsole. The result? A pair of sneakers that are as versatile as they are comfortable.The Jordan Future isn’t exactly like the Air Jordan 11, though. Super-light woven tech material replaces the patent leather upper, while a smaller lacing area renders the lifestyle shoes more form-fitting than their basketball counterpart made of leather and nubuck. The outsole, however, remains largely unchanged with the same icy EVA material and carbon fiber shank as the classic.Nike has released the Jordan Futures in a variety of different color options since the Jordan Futures were first introduced earlier this year, but the metallic silver rendition — shown above — represents the second premium iteration of the shoe. Soft, sock-like suede also replaces the nubuck tongue and inner liner, and the woven upper is even threaded with 3M material. The latter feature ensures the shoes really pop under bright lights and camera flashes. 8 Pairs of Sneakers to Keep Clean and Crispy for Special Occasions You Won’t Believe the Price Tags on 10 of the Most Expensive Shoes For Men How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall The Best Men’s Heritage Outdoor Apparel for Cool Weather Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Steel aluminum worth billions to Canada

first_imgOTTAWA – Some facts and figures about the steel and aluminum industries in Canada:Steel:Production: About 13 billion tonnes a year.Sales: About $14 billion.Jobs: 22,000 direct, 100,000 indirect.Exports: About half of production is exported, mostly to the U.S.Location: Steel is produced in five provinces, but production is concentrated mainly in Ontario.Aluminum:Production: About 3.2 million tonnes a year.Sales: About $12 billion.Jobs: 8,300 direct, 20,000 indirect.Exports: More than 80 per cent of production is exported to the U.S.Location: Aluminum is produced in Quebec and British Columbia, with Quebec the largest producer by far.(Sources: Canadian Steel Producers Association, Aluminum Association of Canada)last_img

Canadas budget to make significant investments in basic science and research

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s research community has long yearned for a consequential funding boost for science — and 2018 is poised to be its year.The Liberal government’s federal budget, now believed to be only a few weeks away, is expected to contain a major financial lift for basic scientific research across the country — one that will address some of the concerns laid out last year in a national review of the state of fundamental science.That exercise, led by former University of Toronto president David Naylor, recommended the government end a long stretch of underfunding with phased-in investments over four years — until there’s $1.3 billion more for researchers, scholarships and facilities.It remains to be seen how much spending the budget will contain, and for how long. The Naylor report calls for a steady increase in funding for scientific endeavours — with a particular focus on federal granting councils, which oversee the distribution of federal grants to researchers.The report is calling on the government to gradually add $485 million a year to its annual funding allotment for granting councils.Government sources suggest the budget is unlikely to include a point-by-point endorsement of the Naylor report, but it is expected to contain a major increase for granting councils as well as significant investments in science, in general.One source, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss plans not yet public, said the commitments are likely to be organized in the budget based on scientific theme, rather than the model in the Naylor report.In recent weeks, confidence has begun to spread in the halls of academia. Leaders from the research community say they continue to see promising signals from the government.Finance Minister Bill Morneau has said a “key element” in his budget, which is expected before the end of March, will focus on science and how it can play a role in building a solid economic foundation over the long term. In December, he held a roundtable with leading researchers and met with members of the review panel, including Naylor himself.Science Minister Kirsty Duncan, who commissioned the Naylor report, couldn’t share details of the budget, but she called the review “really important.”Duncan also acknowledged that funding is an issue — as well as governance, equity and diversity, early career research and ensuring a more nimble, responsive system is in place to improve funding.“We are a government that’s committed to science and research, and we have a finance minister who’s listening,” Duncan said in an interview.Paul Davidson, president of Universities Canada, said the most urgent need is the additional funding for granting councils.“The community is looking for a strong embrace of the Naylor report, a significant investment in the Naylor report and a clear trajectory on the spending,” Davidson said.“The signals are encouraging. It’s not over until it’s over, there’s still more work to be done.”Davidson also said the government appears to be on track to address another request in the report, which is to provide the Canadian Foundation for Innovation with reliable funding by entrenching its base support in the annual budget.The 20-year-old program, which helps facilities pay for infrastructure, labs and equipment, has been operating on the basis of notoriously uncertain grant funding, often at the whim of governments, every few years.The research community also has expectations the budget could include new efforts to support emerging and Indigenous researchers, help advance the role of women and improve collaboration on international research.McGill University’s Martha Crago, a member of Naylor’s panel, said in an interview she’s hoping for a meaningful, multi-year commitment to science. With economic uncertainties, such as the renegotiation of NAFTA, the government needs to take a responsible approach, she acknowledged.“On the other hand, the economy is strong,” said Crago, McGill’s vice-principal for research and innovation.“So, we would expect to have money coming and I would expect it to be in exactly those areas that were articulated in the Naylor report, because the community has really been able to get behind that.”Canadian Association of University Teachers executive director David Robinson and Canadian Alliance of Student Associations executive director Michael McDonald say the report helped form a unified pre-budget push.“We are hoping to see that translate into dollars this year,” McDonald said. “We’re going to keep our fingers crossed.”However, there are concerns Ottawa might focus too closely on basic research and overlook another segment of Canadian science: applied research.Applied research focuses on practical science, including the development of new products and processes that can support the growth of innovative businesses. Much of that applied science is conducted at colleges and polytechnic institutes.Nobina Robinson, the chief executive officer of Polytechnics Canada, said such institutions are only eligible for 1.7 per cent of the annual federal funding available for research and development — about $53 million a year, a sum she said she’d like to see doubled.“I don’t really care for this discussion around unfettered research versus applied research,” Robinson said.“A G7 country should be able to do both.”— with files from Mia Rabsonlast_img read more

Witness who falsely testified at Rwandan genocide trial jailed by UN tribunal

The witness, identified only by the code name GAA, pleaded guilty to one count of contempt of court at a hearing this morning of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), which sits in Arusha, Tanzania. He had already pleaded guilty to a separate count of giving false testimony under solemn declaration.It is the Tribunal’s first prosecution for contempt of court and for giving false testimony.GAA was arrested in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, in July and transferred to the ICTR a month later following an investigation by prosecutors on the direction of the Tribunal’s appeals chamber when it upheld the conviction of Jean de Dieu Kamuhanda in September 2005. Witnesses in that trial were allegedly induced to give false testimony under oath. Mr. Kamuhanda is serving concurrent life sentences after being convicted of genocide and extermination for his role in the mass killings that engulfed the small African country in less than three months in 1994. Some 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were murdered, often by machete or club. Judges at the ICTR found Mr. Kamuhanda had supervised the killings in his native Gikomero commune in the Kigali-Rural prefecture. He distributed firearms, grenades and machetes to the Hutu Interahamwe militia and led attacks at the parish church and adjoining school in Gikomero, where several thousand Tutsi civilians were killed. 3 December 2007The United Nations war crimes tribunal for the 1994 Rwandan genocide today sentenced a former witness to nine months in prison for giving false testimony during the trial of the country’s former higher education minister. read more

SLFP invites leftist parties to work with them at polls

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) today invited leftist parties to work with them to form the next Government.SLFP General Secretary Duminda Dissanayake said that the SLFP will look to form a new Government at the next Parliamentary elections. He said the SLFP, led by President Maithripala Sirisena, is ready to work with leftist parties in a political alliance.Dissanayake also said the SLFP will not agree to the demands of the joint opposition. The SLFP General Secretary was speaking at a media briefing in Colombo today. (Colombo Gazette)

As power shifts in Ecuador Annan urges respect for rule of law

“The Secretary-General remains concerned about the violence in the country, which has already claimed victims,” a spokesman for Mr. Annan said in a statement. Repeating past calls on all parties to show restraint, he said they should initiate an urgent dialogue towards the full restoration of the rule of law to achieve political, social and economic stability in Ecuador.“The Secretary-General emphasizes that the United Nations will continue to support all Ecuadorians in their efforts to achieve that end,” the spokesman said.

Mens Lacrosse No 5 Ohio State heads south to take on Jacksonville

Ohio State then-freshman Tre Leclaire maintains possession of the ball in the first quarter against Loyola Maryland in the first round of the NCAA tournament on May 14, 2017 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Oller ReporterThe No. 5 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team will leave behind Columbus’ gloomy weather in favor of a sunny Florida sky when it travels to take on unranked Jacksonville Sunday.The Buckeyes (3-0) said they approached this week’s practice in preparation for Jacksonville (2-2) with open minds and positive attitudes. Last year, Ohio State managed a substantial 16-8 win against the Dolphins. But this year the team has multiple aspects to improve, especially after its hard-fought battle against Hofstra on Saturday.“Hofstra was a win where we felt like we kind of grinded one out,” head coach Nick Myers said. “There was a lot of areas of the game where we felt like we really faltered in, and we certainly credit Hofstra for a great deal of that but also ourselves.”Ohio State players echoed Myers’ observations as well. Senior defenseman Erik Evans, one of the key barriers against Hofstra’s offense on Saturday, said that playing cohesively was an important takeaway for the team.“We realize that when we’re playing as a unit, not many teams are scoring on us that much,” he said.While the Buckeyes spent the week concentrating on improvement, Jacksonville won 15-8 against Detroit Mercy on Tuesday. Myers said the team looks forward to playing notable talent, such as senior attacking midfielder Hunter Forbes and junior midfielder Eric Applegate. Forbes won 23-of-25 faceoffs just two days ago against the Titans, affording the Dolphins considerable advantages through the extra possessions.Myers also pointed out senior midfielder and captain McLean Chicquen, senior attack Shawn Ewert, and junior attack Will Hendrick as potential impact players for the Dolphins.“I’d say those are their top guys from what we’ve seen and I think they’re going to create some challenges for us,” he said.Evans said Jacksonville’s early and rapid offensive play will be something for the team to watch out for, and that playing hard defensively for the first seconds of each possession would be especially crucial for success.“They do a lot in the early offense, so one of the things we tried to clean up is just getting our offensive midfielders down there, defend that first 15 to 20 seconds that they are comfortable with playing and attacking, and get them off the field and get our [defensive] personnel back out there,” he said.The Buckeyes will play the Dolphins at D.B. Milne Field at 1 p.m. Sunday. read more

All smiles as Fab 4 put on united front at Sandringham Christmas

There has been speculation of a rift between the Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex, supposedly at odds over their contrasting approaches to Royal family life. But on the traditional stroll to the Christmas Day service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, both women and their husbands put on a concerted display of cheer, recreating the famous “Fab 4” photograph taken a year ago. The Queen preached a message of unity in her annual Christmas address to the nation and her own… Chatting and laughing as they emerged through the gates of Sandringham on Christmas Day, it was clear the new generation of the Royal family intended to finish this year as they did the last – presenting a united front.

Poor governance responsible for NICILs financial performance PPPC

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNICIL alleges ill-informed, politically motivated assaultJuly 2, 2014In “Politics”Govt’s rush to privatise Stockfeeds “highly suspect” – PPPDecember 4, 2017In “Business”“IT’S A LIE” – Ramotar challenges Govt to bring the evidence showing remaining US$5M was paid over for GT&T sharesApril 22, 2016In “Business” In observing recent media reports about the poor financial performance of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL), the Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) has criticised Government, saying the agency’s performance is reflective of two years of mismanagement.The PPP/C said in a scathing statement that under its leadership, the Privatisation Unit of NICIL contributed tens of billions of dollars to the Treasury from dividends and privatisation receipts. However, according to the Party, under the coalition Government, NICIL’s finances have been allowed to dwindle due to grave mismanagement and neglect. It was also noted that legal proceedings involving billions of dollars against the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU)/Alliance For Change (AFC) are not being actively pursued.“Valuable real estate that could have been sold or rented are poorly managed and are allowed to deteriorate,” the Opposition PPP further pointed out.The Party said given the billions of dollars NICIL contributed to the Treasury, it is still to be known, “How much has been transferred under APNU and where the audited accounts are.”NICIL produced and laid in Parliament clean audit reports, for both NICIL and its subsidiaries, up to the time that the PPP left Government, the Party said.As such, PPP is now questioning what APNU/AFC has done.The PPP recalled that when former Auditor General Anand Goolsarran’s report on NICIL was handed back to him, it contained over 100 plus pages of responses. However, the APNU/AFC has never published these responses or similar type responses to the many forensic audits.It was however noted that the Privatisation Unit has published details on all its transactions, including details relating to transparency and transaction values.Under the PPP, the Party said, NICIL made economic contributions and investments and loss-making entities were restructured, privatised or improved and NICIL found ways to ensure that its assets were properly managed and contributing financial with economic returns.“Under the PPP, NICIL was not handed a golden spoon – it was innovative and created substantial value; it investments were not white elephants like the D’Urban Park project,” the PPP statement said.The Opposition party said if NICIL’s investments in the Berbice Bridge, Marriott or Skeldon Energy have not performed in accordance with its feasibilities, there is a clear connection with how the APNU/AFC policy decisions, incompetence, or action, have directly contributed to any sub-par performance.“The PPP calls on these matters to be debated in the National Assembly and for APNU to provide all relevant information,” the statement added.The Opposition said NICIL/PU was relentless in saving the bauxite industry, where hundreds of millions of dollars were injected to maintain the operations in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) from Linmine, Bermine and then Aroaima Bauxite.Even after privatisation, from 2004, the now acting Chief Executive Officer of NICIL, Horace James, and a large secretariat, were maintained and funded by NICIL to ensure that all matters relating to Linmine were fully addressed and that maximum development was achieved.“No one mentions these today. Government similarly injected billions of dollars for decades. Linden residents receive electricity at highly subsidised rates today relative to the consumers who pay GPL for power, including power generated by SEI of almost 90 billion KWH,” the PPP noted.The party said for decades monies were used for support; saving jobs and keeping bauxite alive.Despite the Marriott, Berbice Bridge and Skeldon Energy Inc as described as “blunders” committed by NICIL, the PPP/C said Marriott today provides many jobs and is the largest taxpayer in the hospitality sector.“It is no secret that the Marriott project was handicapped when the APNU/AFC Government shelved completion of the casino that was going to be operated by Marriott; funding was already arranged from Republic Bank but it was delayed by court proceedings filed by an APNU Member of Parliament.”The party said shortly after the APNU/AFC took office, the coalition Government immediately withdrew the legal proceedings and signed the debenture – yet the monies were never utilised to complete the casino and reimburse NICIL for its investment.In respect of Skeldon Energy Inc (SEI), the Guyana Suagr Corporation (GuySuCo) is yet to transfer the energy assets, which have been held up by its Chairman Clive Thomas. The Opposition party believes therefore that GuySuCo should pay back the monies advanced by GPL and NICIL, since Clive Thomas has breached this agreement.A few months ago, SEI Chairman Lloyd Rose exposed that GuySuCo had never transferred the assets that GPL and NICIL had paid for. The PPP/C said that means that the US$20 million plus in funds paid by GPL and GuySuCo, have not benefited the 50,000 persons that are affected by GuySuCo.In making reference to the Berbice Bridge Project, the PPP/C said when it left office in May 2015, NICIL had no investments in the Berbice Bridge. However the coalition Government attacked the Berbice Bridge project and breached the agreements with the many Private Sector investors, yet, according to the PPP, it is now investing in the Berbice Bridge.The Party also thinks Government was simply playing politics when it reduced tolls, especially since in less than one year, it passed on massive tax increases and fees including the Demerara Bridge toll increase, and attempted to push through the Parking Meter Contract.“The problems of NICIL today is directly linked to the failure of the APNU Government to properly manage this entity.  Economic mis-management and squandering opportunities to create or save investment and jobs, have become the hallmark of this APNU-AFC Government” said the PPP/C. read more

Nvidia unveils its Project Shield handheld console

first_imgGaming on mobile hardware, be it tablets or smartphones, hasn’t gotten any better in the last few years. The hardware has grown more powerful, and the video game developers have put their best foot forward with graphically intense titles, but playing games in an all touch environment hasn’t really improved any. Some have resorted to third party controllers that connect via Bluetooth, or using the USB Host mode in Android to just connect an Xbox 360 controller. In an attempt to fill what is soon to become an obvious gap, Nvidia has decided to release its own video game console that pulls from the PC gaming, console gaming, and mobile gaming industries simultaneously.With mobile gaming making its way to televisions with the help of things like OUYA, and third party controllers for phones and tablets becoming increasingly common, it only makes sense that someone would meet these two groups in the middle. Project Shield takes a console quality controller, combines it with Nvidia’s latest hardware, and sticks a 5-inch screen on top. The end result is a portable gaming console that can play Tegra Zone games, access the entire Android ecosystem, and use HDMI out to stream this same experience in HD to any television.Project Shield is a Tegra 4 based console with a Micro SD card slot, a full sized HDMI port, and a MicroUSB port at the back of the controller. As a standalone portable system, Shield offers a 38Wh battery with claims of up to 10 hours of gameplay and 24 hours of streaming video. The speakers on the face of the controller use a custom bass reflex to deliver an audio experience that Nvidia claims is comparable to a Beats Audio Jambox. The screen on Project Shield is flexible, but also features a removable plate to personalize your console. Shield will be running stock Android with the Tegra Zone pre-loaded. Nvidia didn’t specify which version of Android, but the demonstrations looked to be at least Android 4.1.Coupled with the Tegra Zone is the new ability to connect to your desktop PC and stream games from the PC to Shield, and also from Shield to your television. Any Nvidia optimized titles can be played from Shield, streaming the gameplay right to your television. If you have Steam on your PC, you’ll have access to your Steam library and be able to take advantage of Steam’s Big Picture stylings through the console controller. All you need in order for this to work is a network connected PC and the ability to run HDMI from where you normally sit in your living room to your television.We don’t have any pricing or availability for Project Shield yet, and really at this point those are the only things that would keep something like this from flying off the shelves. Project Shield is every geek’s dream when it comes to having one device to play all your games, be it from the smartphone universe or the console market, and the additional Android features allows the console to take advantage of being a full-fledged digital content system as well.last_img read more

It moves me when fans chant my name – Ciro Immobile

first_imgCiro Immobile acknowledges that he stayed in Lazio despite having been given big wage offers and also adding that he considers it an honour to play for Lazio.The last season’s Serie A Capocannoniere signed a new contract earlier this month that has been scheduled to expire in June 2023.“When I am on the field and hear the fans chant my name, it moves me every time,” Immobile told Lazio Style Channel while replying to student questions on a school visit and quoted by Football Italia.“It’s a great honour for me to play for Lazio and I remained here despite being offered bigger wages elsewhere.”Ciro Immobile, ItalyCiro Immobile relieved to end Italy goal-drought Andrew Smyth – September 9, 2019 Striker Ciro Immobile was a relieved man after finally ending his two-year Italy goal-drought during Sunday’s 2-1 win over Finland.The children asked him about his early days and the job of being a football player.“My father passed on his passion for the sport, whereas my brother was never really interested. I used to cry when my parents wouldn’t let me go out and play football due to my poor grades. Football had become my life.“Nowadays, we don’t really get time to visit cities when we travel for matches, as we eat and then stay in our rooms the day before the game.“During training, we work on technique, tactics, pace, mentality and how to face various match situations. We joke around in the locker room and consider the opponents to be colleagues, but still try to beat them on the pitch.”last_img read more

5 IN 4 Growth Plan will benefit poor and vulnerable

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKingston, Jamaica, November 8, 2016 – Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says measures by the Government and the Economic Growth Council (EGC) to put Jamaica on a path of higher and sustained growth will benefit the poor and vulnerable.  The Council, which was launched in April, is committed to achieving five per cent growth in gross domestic product (GDP) in four years.The Prime Minister said the eight initiatives for growth put forward by the EGC in its Call-to-Action speak to a system of financial inclusion, which will move persons from poverty to prosperity.  “If you look closely at the strategy, it takes into consideration elements that will include the poor, the dispossessed, the vulnerable,” Mr. Holness said.The Prime Minister was speaking during a panel discussion and signing of a declaration of intent to implement the EGC’s growth plan at the Courtleigh Auditorium, New Kingston, on Monday (November 7).  “I am happy about the plan, as our mandate and our commitment is to the poor. It is about empowering people, ensuring that they have the access, that they have the amenities and the knowledge, through education, which gives them independence and freedom to realize their potential.  This plan is pro-poor,” he stressed.Mr. Holness expressed confidence in the so-called ‘5 in 4’ plan, noting that the country is already reaping the rewards of the discipline from various sectors to maintain social order and cohesion as well as to improve the macroeconomic environment of the country. “This Government will make sure that we are faithful to the sacrifice that the people have made.  We deserve results.  We are a great country. We will make Jamaica the place of choice, the centre of the Caribbean region for culture and lifestyle, trade and commerce, logistics, technology and information,” he said.Mr. Holness said that through the road map of growth initiatives, and the Council’s engagement through quarterly updates, the public can help the Government remain faithful to the commitment of implementation.The Prime Minister; EGC Chairman, Michael Lee-Chin; and Vice Chairman, Ambassador Dr. Nigel Clarke, used the ceremony to sign a declaration of intent with private-sector groups, unions and civil society, which underscores the Government’s commitment to the specific policies that fall under each growth initiative.The measures put forward by the EGC include maintaining macroeconomic stability and pursuing debt reduction; improving citizen security and public safety; improving access to finance; pursuing bureaucratic reform to improve the business environment; stimulating greater asset utilization; building human capital; harnessing the power of the diaspora; and to catalyze the implementation of strategic projects. Related Items:last_img read more

43 Earthquake Shook Southcentral This Morning

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A minor earthquake shook Southcentral Alaska Wednesday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The 4.3 quake — initially reported as a 4.2, but upgraded by the Alaska Earthquake Center — struck at 8:44 a.m., 57 kilometers east-southeast of Whittier at a depth of 31 kilometers. Initial reports from the USGS’s indicated the quake was felt in Seward, Girdwood and Anchorage.last_img

Netflix Tries Out MobileOnly Subscription Plan in India

first_imgStreaming giant Netflix is testing a mobile-only subscription in India that costs half of its basic plan. Netflix India’s monthly plans begin at INR500 ($7.27), and the mobile-only plan is being trialed at INR250 ($3.63) per month.“We are always looking for ways to make Netflix more enjoyable and accessible,” a Netflix spokesperson told Variety. “We will be testing different options in select countries, where members can, for example, watch Netflix on their mobile device for a lower price and subscribe in shorter increments of time.”The spokesperson emphasized that the experimental nature of Netflix’s new Indian pricing tier. “Not everyone will see these options, and we may never roll out these specific plans beyond the tests,” the spokesperson said.Thanks to cheap data plans, Indians increasingly consume streaming content on their mobile devices. Netflix launched a similar half-price mobile plan in Malaysia last November, and said at the time that it would also try out the idea in a few other territories that it declined to identify.Meanwhile, Disney’s (formerly Fox’s) Hotstar, the market leader in the Indian OTT space, announced a new subscription tier, effective Friday. Priced at INR365 ($5.30) annually, the new Hotstar VIP subscription provides access to originals, labeled Hotstar Specials; the Indian Premier League cricket tournament; the cricket World Cup; English Premier League soccer matches; and serials before they are aired on Disney’s Star television network.The first Hotstar Special, “Roar of the Lion,” featuring cricket superstar Mahendra Singh Dhoni, bowed on Tuesday. Indian remakes of “The Office,” “Criminal Justice” and “Hostages” will stream soon. Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Italia 90 receives preview screening at Cine Magaly

first_imgAfter months of shooting and editing, “Italia 90” finally premiered last night at Cine Magaly, and the atmosphere felt like a red-carpet event: Enormous posters stood in the corridor, marketing people pooled outside and every media outlet in the city showed up to document the release. The public premiere will take place tomorrow, but for the film’s production team and interested journalists, last night was an exciting sneak-peak, and photographers packed onto the cinema steps like true paparazzi.“Italia 90” tells the story of the Costa Rican national soccer team, La Selección, during their landmark World Cup performance in 1990. An ensemble drama about the teammates and their personal handicaps,  the film explores how a bunch of immature blue-collar workers helped redefine La Sele as a professional global threat on the playing field.But the real highlight of the evening was the arrival of the original Italia 90 players. Most of those World Cup teammates have lived quiet lives since the mid-1990s, and the chance to see them together in public was a rare treat. They are older now, and all of them have shaven their one-fashionable mullets, but nostalgic fans recognized them immediately and asked for autographs. The aged heroes posed in front of the cinema entrance for pictures, then marched together into the building to find their VIP seats. La Sele player Alexandre Guimaraes poses in front of Cine Magaly with a fan. Alberto Font/The Tico Times“This film is for you,” said director Miguel Gómez during his opening speech. At his request, the Italia 90 players filed down the aisles and formed a line on the cinema’s main stage. Judging by the thunderous applause, their fame will live on.The public premiere of “Italia 90” takes place tomorrow, May 28, at various theaters in the Central Valley, and the film will release nationally on June 5. Facebook Comments Related posts:Keep the party going with the Sele song on a Steinway Music legend Rubén Blades writes Editus to praise Costa Rica’s World Cup achievements What I’ll tell my daughter about La Sele, 2014 Can Costa Rica defy the odds and conquer Group D (or at least score a goal)?last_img read more