Poco F1 to stay on sale in India along with Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro, for now there is no Poco F2

first_imgThe Redmi K20 and the Redmi K20 Pro are coming to India next month, July. Some media reports suggest that the Redmi K20 series will launch either on July 15 or July 17 in the country. Xiaomi India is expected to announce the launch date of the Redmi K20 series in the next few days or so. As the Redmi K20 series launch date is coming closer, it is worrying the Poco fans out there. The most anticipated question that is going in the minds of Poco fans is — what will happen to the Poco F2?Will the Poco F2 launch in India? And even if launches how will it co-exist with the Redmi K20 Pro? These question still don’t have answers but a new report coming from 91Mobiles suggest that the Poco will not be discontinued in India. The brand will be there and it will launch phones in the future.The new report reveals it will not. The report suggests that the Poco brand will not be discontinued and will continue to bring new phones in the future. The next phone from Poco is expected to be the Poco F2. At least that is what the rumours and leaks suggest.The report notes, “A trusted source who wishes to remain anonymous told 91mobiles that Xiaomi has not discontinued the POCO series in India.” The report further reveals that the Poco brand is “currently evaluating how the purported POCO F2 will co-exist with the Redmi K20 Pro”. This is because the Redmi K20 Pro comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and like the Poco F1 the next Poco phone is also expected to also sport the latest flagship processor aka SD855. The Poco F1 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor.advertisement” The company is currently evaluating how the purported POCO F2 will co-exist with the Redmi K20 Pro; the latter is powered by Snapdragon 855 SoC and the former will likely run on the same chipset too, considering its predecessor offered the then-flagship Snapdragon 845 in a mid-range package. If that’s the case, we could expect that the company will ensure some distinction between the two, otherwise they would end up cannibalising each other’s sales or create confusion among the prospective buyers,” the report notes.We can expect Poco to launch its next smartphone later this year and it is most likely going to be the Poco F2. Hardware is one of the key focus areas for Poco and hence we expect the Poco F2 to come with Snapdragon 855 that is currently the latest flagship processor available and running all the flagship devices like the OnePlus 7 Pro, Redmi K20 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S10, among others.ALSO READ | Realme 1, Realme U1 get stable Android 9 Pie update with Nightscape modeALSO READ | Next Samsung Galaxy Fold may come with 8-inch display, S Pen supportALSO READ | Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3XL available at massive discount on Flipkart and Amazonlast_img read more

Roar of the Lion will see a very personal side of cricketer MS Dhoni, says director Kabir Khan

first_img Press Trust of India MumbaiMarch 13, 2019UPDATED: March 14, 2019 08:35 IST MS Dhoni in a still from Hotstar Specials’ Roar of The Lion.Kabir Khan has documented the fairy-tale comeback of the Chennai Super Kings last IPL season, following a two-year suspension for spot-fixing, in the upcoming, Roar of the Lion and the director says the series will see a “very personal” side of cricketer MS Dhoni.CSK, the Chennai franchise of the IPL, had served a two-year ban for its management’s role in the 2013 spot-fixing scandal.The Hotstar Special docu-series, directed and executive produced by Kabir, chronicles how the Dhoni-led team made a comeback, winning Indian Premier League 2018.In an interview with PTI, the director says the series is a human exploration, one beyond the obvious, to show what the phase did to the people involved.”We know all about the broad strokes, the legal side and the uproar. We don’t know what was happening to the individuals beyond those headlines. This is a story behind the headlines. Were these headlines affecting Dhoni? Of course they were, but he never spoke about it, until now,” Kabir said.The critically-acclaimed filmmaker said the series aims to bring out the emotional journey, which the mainstream narrative missed out.”The controversy was hurting other players but we never heard their perspective. That’s what the USP of the show is. It’s a story we all know how it played out, but we don’t know the details and layers of the emotional journey of the protagonist.”advertisementThe episodic series was shot on a tight schedule of three months and involved a series of intense, honest and long discussions with Dhoni.”Our interviews with him on tape lasted sometimes seven to eight hours. He trusted me and had the confidence that I’ll be sensitive in the way things are going to be portrayed. He was ready to bare his soul.”You’ve never seen Dhoni speak like this. He has always been silent about these matters. You’ll see Dhoni in a very personal, emotional way on this series.”The Bajrangi Bhaijaan director said the team was conscious regarding the timing of the release, as they needed to bring out the series before the start of the next IPL season.Roar of the Lion becomes the second cricket-related project for Kabir, who is gearing up to shoot his next feature, 83, which chronicles Indian cricket team’s iconic first World Cup win.The director, however, said it is “pure coincidence” that the two projects have cricket as the backdrop.”Even if I wasn’t working on 83, I would’ve done Roar of the Lion because it was a fascinating and heartwarming story of the triumph of the human spirit. It has a classic sports story graph.”The most successful IPL franchise has a match-fixing allegation against them and the icon of the country: Dhoni. They get banned, they cope with that, come back after the allegations are cleared, build a team which is ridiculed and go on to win again. How could I not have done this?”Roar of the Lion starts streaming on Hotstar from March 20.Watch the trailer here.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow Roar Of The LionFollow Hotstar SpecialFollow Kabir Khan’ Roar of the Lion will see a very personal side of cricketer MS Dhoni, says director Kabir KhanRoar of the Lion documents the comeback of Chennai Super Kings after a 2-year suspension for spot-fixing. Director Kabir Khan says MS Dhoni bared his soul in series.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Who Wouldn’t Want a River Running Through Their Mansion?

first_img Welcome to the Botanist Bar, Canada’s Most Extraordinary Cocktail Bar How to Cultivate Mid-Century Modern Style in Your Own Home 1 of 8 Next Editors’ Recommendations There are some places on this big blue ball we call Earth that are simply and objectively beautiful. Vancouver Island, Canada, nestled cozily between Washington State and mainland British Columbia, is just such a place. Visitors need only experience one Vancouver Island sunrise — morning light reflecting off of the surrounding water creates a chiaroscuro reminiscent of Renaissance paintings — to understand why the area is a source of pride for our majestic Northern neighbors. The unique aesthetic has it all: energetic cityscapes, expansive water views glistening out into the horizon, and powerful mountains jutting along the coast. With a natural beauty that makes even JPEGs enough to make you want to pack up and move North, Vancouver Island is rife with all the benefits of “location, location, location!” that make architects, realtors, and potential home-buyers swoon.One such architect is Marko Semcic, whose stunning Metchosin House just outside the city of Victoria at Vancouver Island’s southern tip fully embraces its unique surroundings. We should warn you, these digs are currently sporting a cool $13 million price tag at Sotheby’s International Realty, so unless you’re a real estate mogul yourself, this may just be a little window shopping (though the Sotheby’s listing does have a pretty incredible virtual reality tour of the space that will let you get a taste of what it might be like to live there).When designing the Metchosin House, Semcic was determined not only to make a clever, award-worthy architectural masterpiece, but also to create a living space that could act as a tangible argument for protecting the incredible natural landscape of British Columbia. Instead of bulldozing the area and creating a design despite the surroundings, Semcic and his team designed the home with a distinct, pointed, and compassionate consideration of the rare Earth upon which they were building: the endangered Garry Oak Savanna ecosystem.The Metchosin House, a massive and delightfully asymmetrical abode mere steps from the ocean, sits on a concrete frame that was carefully constructed to avoid critical root zones of the surrounding ecosystem and uses diverted sea water to produce its own geothermal heating and cooling system, removing any need to burn fossil fuels or fill the crisp mountain air with greenhouse gasses. The home is, as the architects themselves put it, “an exploration of being with a landscape [emphasis added]” rather than an attempt to conquer or exploit it.The home is bifurcated by a man-made “canyon river” (the source of the home’s eco-friendly heating and cooling system) that flows through its center and gives the entire exterior a bold, artsy profile. As if a beautiful storybook river flowing through your home wasn’t magical enough for you, the functional feature resolves into a lovely reflecting pool and fountain that can be seen from several cozy spots inside. Situated on 67 stunning acres of oceanfront property, the home is a 10,700-square-foot masterpiece that pays homage to the unique landscape with every detail. The exterior boasts walls of white oak, cut into varied planks that are at once rustic and urban, while the interior is a bright combination of travertine and natural wood that invites in all the warmth and greenery of the surrounding nature.Six bedrooms and eight bathrooms, including full guest accommodations and a separate caretaker’s cabin, allow enough space and freedom that you could host a full family reunion and hardly ever see your visitors, while extra perks like a tennis court, billiards room, outdoor kitchen, fully automated boat house, library, and home theater mean you can become a total Emily Bronte-style recluse and still never get bored. Not quite satisfied with the constraints of having to hop in the ocean any time you want to go for a dip? Not to worry, because the home also has a completely covered outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, both of which offer some of the most breathtaking views on the whole property. The entire structure is overflowing with gorgeous detail after gorgeous detail that proves there is no mutual exclusion between a sustainable home and a luxury one, and a thoughtfulness of design that rightfully earned the Metchosin House a 2006 Canadian National Architects Award and a 2008 B.C. Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Architectural and Environmental Design.center_img Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn For Sale: The Stunning Bahamian Island Where Fyre Festival Didn’t Happen Shark House’s Dramatic Angles Have Serious Bite Previous last_img read more

Wärtsilä Releases Another ECA Compliant Dual-Fuel …

first_imgzoom Wärtsilä, the marine industry’s leading solutions and services provider, has now released its Wärtsilä 20DF dual-fuel engine for sale in the US market.The engine meets the strict emissions compliance criteria of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tier 4 and is now available to American ship owners and operators. The Wärtsilä 20DF is a proven and successful engine, and its release to the US market is in response to the growing demand for natural gas fueled engines.By extending the availability of dual-fuel engine technology, Wärtsilä now offers the American marine sector greater possibilities to select fuel that enables compliance with environmental legislation. In addition to the environmental benefits attained from burning gas, the choice of fuel can now be made on the basis of price and availability since Wärtsilä’s dual-fuel (DF) technology allows engines to use either natural gas or diesel oil.In particular, this technology is attracting the attention of global fleet owners operating within the North American Emissions Control Area (ECA), for which the regulations came into force in August 2012. The legislation is aimed at achieving stricter control on emissions of sulphur oxides (SOx), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter from vessels. ECA’s have also been established in the Baltic Sea and North Sea.Lars Anderson, Vice President, 4-stroke at Wärtsilä Ship Power, states: “The Wärtsilä 20DF will further accelerate the adoption of LNG as a marine fuel in the US. The ability to meet EPA Tier 4 emissions requirements without the need for exhaust after-treatment, while at the same time increasing the safety and operational flexibility for LNG vessels, provides significant value to our customers.”The Wärtsilä 20DF is a commercial duty, medium-speed, dual-fuel engine. Engines supplied to the US market will operate primarily on natural gas, with marine diesel oil (MDO) as a pilot fuel or as an emergency backup fuel.Wärtsilä dual-fuel main and auxiliary engines allow ships to operate on natural gas, which minimizes their environmental footprint and operational costs and also make it possible to operate without exhaust gas after-treatment.Wärtsilä, October 9, 2013last_img read more


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Fort St John Home Hardware wins company award

first_imgHome Hardware said that to receive an award, recipients must demonstrate excellence in staff performance and customer service; interior presentation, including clear signage, tidiness, and merchandise presentation and displays; exterior presentation, including cleanliness and attractive window displays; staff training; and participation in dealer network initiatives. Dealer-Owners must also represent strong community support and leadership within their local community.“The Proud of My Home Award recognizes Fort St. John Home Hardware Building Centre’s commitment and dedication to providing their community with quality advice, superior service and competitively priced products that are second to none,” said Terry Davis, President and CEO, Home Hardware Stores Limited. “Fort St. John Home Hardware Building Centre truly embodies the values on which Home Hardware was founded on which include value, service and dependability. On behalf of the Dealer-Owners of close to 1,100 Home Hardware Stores in communities across Canada, I would like to congratulate Fort St. John Home Hardware Building Centre on this achievement.” FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Home Hardware Building Centre in Fort St. John received the 2018 Paul Straus Public Relations Award at Home Hardware’s annual Spring Market on April 14th in St. Jacobs, Ontario. The award was a part of the Home Hardware Proud of My Home Awards which acknowledged the top stores in the country. Dealer-Owners Doug and Shelley Gallinger say they’re honoured to be one of seven stores recognized in the awards categories from among the nearly 1,100 stores across Canada.“We are deeply honoured to be acknowledged with the Proud of my Home designation for the Paul Straus Public Relations Award,” said Doug and Shelley Gallinger. “This award would not have been made possible without the hard work and dedication of our staff and local community. A special thank you goes to our customers for their support.”last_img read more

Never saw a more coward weak PM than Modi Priyanka

first_imgPratapgarh (UP): Stepping up attack on Narendra Modi, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Thursday said that she has never seen “a more coward and weak” prime minister than him.”Insey bada kayar, insey kamjor Pradhan Mantri main jeevan me nahi dekha, (I haven’t seen a more coward and weaker PM than him in my life)”, she said at an election meeting here, a day after Modi fired yet another salvo targeting her father and former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi accusing him of using warship INS Viraat as a “personal taxi” for a family holiday. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe Congress leader claimed that Modi has failed to answer people’s questions on “unfulfilled” promises about providing two crore jobs and doubling the income of farmers. “The power of politics does not come from big campaigns and TV shows. People are the biggest in democracy. One should have power to listen and redress people’s problems. He should have the power to listen to the opposition. Leave aside listening to you, this PM does know how to reply to you,” she said. “You have been cheated. He (PM) had promised to check corruption but now who has been exposed as corrupt…He hides the reality with his campaigns. If Modiji comes to you, then you should tell him that in Amethi without power connection a lady showed Rs 35,000 electricity bill, another person showed a bill for Rs 50,000.last_img read more

3 things to watch for from the Federal Reserve on Wednesday

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve is likely — if not certain — to leave interest rates alone when its latest policy meeting ends Wednesday. But expectations are high that the Fed and its chairman, Jerome Powell, will signal that a rate cut may come soon for the first time in more than a decade.Behind the Fed’s thinking is concern about possible economic harm resulting from the Trump administration’s trade war with China and signs that the global economy is weakening. Two weeks ago, Powell said in a speech that the Fed was monitoring the administration’s aggressive use of tariffs and would “act as appropriate to sustain the expansion.”Investors were cheered by the notion that this meant at least one rate cut might be on the way. What remains unknown is just when — or even whether — the Fed will reduce its key short-term rate.The Fed’s two-day meeting will end Wednesday afternoon. When it does, the Fed will issue a policy statement and update its economic and interest-rate projections before Powell holds a news conference. Here are three things to watch for:___A COMING RATE CUT?The Fed has been saying in its policy statements since January that it will be “patient” in adjusting its key short-term rate. This rate influences many consumer and business loans, from credit cards to home equity credit lines to small-business loans.That single word helped calm fears that had surfaced after the Fed raised rates four times in 2018 and signalled that further hikes were likely this year. The financial markets were spooked by the prospect that the Fed would end up going too far to tighten credit, thereby undercutting the economy and perhaps triggering a recession.Now, the expectation is that the Fed will want to bolster the perception that it’s shifting its policy away from keeping rates steady to possibly cutting them. The expectation is that the policymakers will do so by removing the word “patient” in their statement and replace it with phrasing that would stress the Fed’s willingness to reduce rates if deemed necessary to sustain the economic expansion. If they do so, Powell will likely be pressed at his news conference to elaborate on how the new phrasing should be interpreted.Traders in futures markets have put the probability of a rate cut being announced this week at about 19% and by July at 88%, according to data tracked by the CME Group. And they project an 84% likelihood of a second rate cut by year’s end. Most economists, though, are far less certain of the Fed’s intent to cut so soon or so aggressively this year.___THREATS FROM THE TRADE WARIn pledging to safeguard the economic expansion, which is about to become the longest on record, Powell said the Fed was monitoring trade and other developments that could imperil the economy. He noted that “we do not know how or when these issues will be resolved.”This week’s Fed events precede President Donald Trump’s trip to a summit meeting of the Group of 20 major nations in Japan where he will meet with President Xi Jinping of China late this month. That meeting has raised hopes for a possible breakthrough in the U.S.-China trade war.On Tuesday morning, Trump generated optimism about that prospect by tweeting that he had spoken by phone with Xi and that the two leaders plan “an extended meeting” at the G-20. The stock market soared on the news.Many economists think the Fed will want to await the outcome of the Trump-Xi meeting before making any adjustments to its key short-term rate. Trump has threatened to impose tariffs on the remaining $300 billion in Chinese goods that he hasn’t already hit with 25% import taxes. Any meaningful thaw in the U.S.-China conflict would presumably make the Fed less inclined to cut rates.If, on the other hand, the Xi-Trump meeting ends in rancour and especially if Trump escalates his tariffs on Chinese goods, then the possibility of a rate cut when the Fed next meets in late July becomes more likely. Expect Powell to refrain, though, from speculating on what the Fed might do under differing scenarios.In his speech this month, Powell mentioned that the Fed was monitoring not only trade talks but also “other matters.” He didn’t specify those other issues, but he’s likely to be asked about them on Wednesday.___STATE OF US ECONOMYYou can expect Powell to be asked for his views on the state of the economy. Most analysts say they think growth, as measured by the gross domestic product, has slowed sharply in the current April-June quarter to around a 1.5% annual rate, only about half the pace of the past year.On Wednesday, the Fed will update its forecast for GDP. When it last did so in March, it envisioned 2.1% GDP growth this year and 1.9% in 2019. That’s far below the projections of the Trump administration, which is forecasting that growth will remain above 3% annually as the 2020 election nears.The Fed’s updated views on growth, unemployment and inflation could provide clues on what the Fed might do with interest rates. If the Fed still foresees mild inflation, that would give it leeway to cut rates to bolster the expansion should it eventually decide the economy needs support.The updated economic forecast will also provide the expectations of Fed officials for the course of its benchmark interest rate, which has remained in a range of 2.25% to 2.5% this year. With Powell raising the prospect of rate cuts if deemed necessary, investors will want to see how many Fed officials envision looser credit in the coming months.Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press read more

Lebanon Security Council deplores Beirut terrorist attack

Reaffirming that �any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, wherever, whenever, and by whomsoever committed,� the 15-member body underlined the need to bring those responsible for this crime to justice. In a statement read to the press by Ambassador Giadalla Ettalhi of Libya, which holds the rotating presidency for January, the Council urged all States to cooperate actively with the Lebanese authorities in this regard.The attack was also condemned by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a statement issued earlier this week, in which he stressed the need for the Lebanese authorities to �find the perpetrators of this cowardly crime and bring them to justice.� 18 January 2008The Security Council today strongly condemned the terrorist attack that hit the Lebanese capital, Beirut, on 15 January, killing at least three people and wounding several others, and striking a diplomatic vehicle from the United States embassy. read more

Mobile communication subscriptions soar to 46 billion says UN body

6 October 2009The rapidly growing information and communications technology (ICT) industry is set to see mobile subscriptions reach 4.6 billion worldwide by the end of the year, according to figures released by the United Nations telecommunications arm today. The data, published by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), reveals that the ICT market continues to expand unabated, with subscriptions for mobile broadband services topping 600 million in 2009, outstripping fixed broadband by 100 million.More than a quarter of the world’s population is now online and using the Internet, according to ITU’s The World in 2009: ICT facts and figures.“ICTs are vital within developing countries to ensure that ordinary people can fully participate in the knowledge economy of the 21st century,” said ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré. “We have seen a positive impact on services such as health and education in markets where ICT growth has been strong,” added Mr. Touré.However, despite making major inroads towards extending ICTs in developing countries, including a number of countries launching the latest networks and services, the statistics in ITU’s publication highlight significant regional discrepancies with mobile penetration rates.“There is still a large digital divide, and an impending broadband divide, which needs to be addressed urgently,” warned Sami Al Basheer, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau. The report noted that in Africa there is only one fixed broadband subscriber for every 1,000 people, compared with Europe where there are some 200 subscribers per 1,000 people, and the relative price for ICT services, especially broadband, is highest in Africa, the region with the lowest income levels.“Heads of State and industry leaders will collaborate at ITU Telecom World 2009 to identify the right policies and regulations to support and encourage future ICT growth worldwide,” said Mr. Al Basheer.In a related development, the world’s most advanced system against global cyber-attacks was unveiled today at Telecom World in Geneva, a week-long gathering which brings together top names from across the ICT industry. IMPACT (the International Multilateral Partnership against Cyber Threats) set up its Global Response Centre (GRC) in Malaysia earlier this year as the international community’s foremost cyber-threat resource, to proactively track and defend against menaces on the Internet.“Every country is now critically dependent on technology for commerce, finance, health care, emergency services, food distribution and more,” said Mr. Touré, who spoke at the presentation. “Loss of vital networks would quickly cripple any nation, and none is immune to cyber-attack.” Mr. Al-Basheer said that by facilitating the access for ITU Member States to a global platform, “we are realizing effective international cooperation. This is the very first time that so many nations are agreeing to work together to achieve a global culture of cyber-security, and we hope that all 191 ITU Member States will benefit from this unique initiative.” read more

TSX closes flat on pessimism surrounding talks aimed at averting fiscal cliff

TSX closes flat on pessimism surrounding talks aimed at averting fiscal cliff by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 27, 2012 4:45 pm MDT TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed little changed Thursday as traders continued to assess the chances of the United States going over the so-called “fiscal cliff.”A double-whammy of tax increases and spending cuts, which threaten to erode the already weak U.S. economy, is set to click in on Jan. 1.The S&P/TSX composite index added 2.97 points to 12,373.77 while the TSX Venture Exchange gained 11.15 points to 1,196.75.The Canadian dollar was off 0.37 of a cent to 100.51 cents U.S.Markets hit their worst levels of the session after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the U.S. government appears headed over the fiscal cliff because of a lack of progress in negotiations between Republicans who control the House of Representatives and Democrats who control the Senate and White House.But indexes recovered most of the losses late in the day on word that the House will be back in session Sunday evening. It is unclear what legislation the House might consider Sunday, since Speaker John Boehner is publicly insisting that the Senate must make the next move to avert the cliff.“At the end of the day, this prevailing will-they-or-won’t they in Washington is causing a dip,” said Craig Fehr, Canadian markets specialist at Edward Jones in St. Louis.“But it’s tough to read too much into anything given that volumes are exceptionally low. All the players aren’t in the game so to speak.”The Dow Jones industrials lost 18.28 points to 13,096.31, as data showed fiscal cliff worries are spreading to consumers.The U.S. Conference Board said that its consumer confidence index fell this month to 65.1, down from 71.5 in November, the second straight decline and the lowest level since August.The survey showed consumers were slightly more optimistic about current business conditions and hiring, but their outlook for the next six months deteriorated to its lowest level since 2011The Nasdaq composite index fell 4.25 points to 2,985.91 and the S&P 500 index declined 1.74 points to 1,418.09.Other data showed that the average number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits over the past month fell last week to the lowest level since March 2008.The U.S. Labour Department said Thursday that weekly applications dropped 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 350,000 in the week ended Dec. 22. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, fell to a nearly five-year low of 356,750.On the Toronto market, losses were led by a 0.5 per cent decline in the financials subgroup as Sun Life Financial (TSX:SLF) moved down 26 cents to $26.35. TD Bank (TSX:TD) declined 72 cents to $83.27.Commodities were mixed with February bullion up $3 to US$1,663.70 an ounce. The gold sector led advancers, up about 1.8 per cent with Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) ahead 73 cents to C$34.24 while Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) advanced 46 cents to $35.98.Support also came from the base metals sector, which rose 0.75 per cent while March copper was unchanged at US$3.60 a pound after rising five cents Wednesday. The gain, the largest in four weeks, came after workers rejected a wage proposal at BHP Billiton’s Escondida mine in Chile. Turquoise Hill Resources (TSX:TRQ) gained 21 cents to C$7.26.The February crude oil contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange edged down 11 cents to US$90.87 a barrel. The energy sector was slightly higher while Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) fell 40 cents to C$28.49 and Niko Resources (TSX:NKO) jumped $1.05 to $10.50.A major TSX loser was Poseidon Concepts Corp. (TSX:PSN), which plunged more than 50 per cent after the oilfield service company suspended its dividend, replaced its CEO and initiated a board review of the management and business processes. Poseidon shares were down $1.83 at $1.48 after the company said it has established a special committee of the board to review the recent writeoff of certain accounts owing to it.The tech sector also provided lift with Research In Motion Ltd. (TSX:RIM) up $1.20 or 11.43 per cent to $11.70, mirroring an 11 per cent gain on U.S. markets on Wednesday. RIM stock plunged about 25 per cent last week as analysts raised concerns about less revenue from the lucrative service fees charged by the company to use its secure network. The stock had been on a roll earlier in December on rising optimism about the new BlackBerry 10 lineup, which is being launched at the end of January.Elsewhere on the corporate front, Bombardier Aerospace has received a new order for six Learjet 75 business jets. Bombardier shares added a penny to $3.76. read more

Fed officials express concerns about global economy rate guidance wording

WASHINGTON – Federal Reserve officials, worried about weak growth overseas, agreed last month that they would begin raising interest rates only when measures of the economy’s health and inflation signalled the time was right.Minutes of the Fed’s discussions at the Sept. 16-17 meeting released Wednesday showed that officials expressed rising worries about lacklustre growth in Europe, as well as slowing growth in Japan and China.Stocks surged after the release of the minutes. Investors appeared to take the revealed discussion as a sign that the Fed was in no hurry to raise interest rates. The Dow Jones industrial average was up more than 270 points in afternoon trading.“The markets like the news that there is no urgency on the part of Fed officials to stop doing what they are doing,” said Chris Rupkey, chief financial economist at MUFG Union Bank in New York.Fed officials also discussed the potential adverse impacts of a stronger dollar, which has gained strength recently against the euro, yen and British pound. A stronger dollar makes U.S. goods more expensive overseas and foreign goods cheaper in the United States, a development that can dampen inflation.“Some participants expressed concern that the persistent shortfall of economic growth and inflation in the euro area could lead to a further appreciation of the U.S. dollar and have adverse effects on the U.S. external sector,” the minutes said.At the September meeting, the Fed voted 8-2 to keep its key short-term interest rate at a record low near zero and retained language that it expected the rate to remain at that level for a “considerable time” after it ends monthly bond purchases. The minutes showed that some officials didn’t think that was clear enough.The current language “could be misunderstood as a commitment rather than as data dependent,” the minutes said.But the minutes also showed that officials worried that any tweaks to the wording of the policy guidance could be misinterpreted as a fundamental shift in the Fed’s stance on interest rates, which could trigger an unintended rise in market rates.Many participants indicated that they wanted to clarify that monetary policy changes would be closely linked to the country’s economic performance.The Fed has emphasized that the timing of an interest rate hike will depend on officials’ views on how close the economy is to achieving the Fed’s goals for maximum employment and inflation running at an annual rate of 2 per cent.For the past two years, inflation has been running well below 2 per cent, giving the Fed room to keep rates at a record low in an effort to bolster the economy and generate more jobs. The government reported last week that the unemployment rate in September fell to a six-year low of 5.9 per cent, closer to the Fed’s goal of an unemployment rate in a range of 5.2 per cent to 5.5 per cent.The minutes were released with the customary three-week delay following the Fed’s last meeting.The consensus view among private economists is that the first rate hike will not occur until around June of next year. The Fed’s short-term rate has been at a record low near zero since December 2008.The Fed’s bond purchases, designed to keep long-term interest rates low, have been trimmed in seven consecutive $10 billion reductions at each meeting starting last December. The purchases are currently at $15 billion and a final reduction to zero is expected at the next meeting on Oct. 28-29.The two Fed officials who voted against the September action were Charles Plosser, president of the Fed’s regional bank in Philadelphia, and Richard Fisher, president of the Dallas Fed.Both objected to the decision to signal “considerable time” before the first rate increase. Plosser and Fisher are leading hawks, Fed officials who are concerned that low interest rates could generate unwanted inflation pressures in the future. They are also worried that the Fed’s policies could be inflating asset bubbles that could burst and destabilize financial markets. Fed officials express concerns about global economy, rate guidance wording AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Oct 8, 2014 12:01 pm MDT read more

17YearOld Ghanaian Becomes First Black Woman to Make Olympic

Maame Biney (1) falls as she reacts after winning women’s 500-meter A final race during the U.S. Olympic short track speedskating trials Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, in Kearns, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)KEARNS, Utah (AP) — Maame Biney became the first Black woman to qualify for a U.S. Olympic speedskating team with a pair of victories in the 500 meters.The 17-year-old native of Ghana cruised to victory in the first 500 final at the short track trials on Saturday, beating Olympians Lana Gehring, Jessica Kooreman and Katherine Reutter-Adamek.“I can’t believe it, aww geez,” she said after squealing with joy. “It’s a really good feeling, but it has to set in first because it takes me a while. I’m like, ‘Holy cow.’”Before the second final, her father sitting in the stands held up a sign reading: “Kick some hiney Biney.”She sure did.Biney set a blistering pace in taking an early lead that widened as the wild and wooly race went on. She crossed the finish line on the hockey-sized rink and began clapping and then pumping her arms so hard she lost her balance and fell.She went down laughing all the way.“When I realized that I made the Olympic team, I started cheering like crazy and then I made my epic fall,” she said.Biney will be the second black speedskater on a U.S. Olympic team. Shani Davis was 19 when he qualified for the short track team in 2002. He later switched to long track and won four medals, including two golds.Now 35, Davis will try to make the long track team at its trials next month.On the men’s side, J.R. Celski qualified for his third Olympic team despite a crash in the early rounds of the men’s 500. He rebounded to win the C final, finishing well ahead of the other three skaters.“I really couldn’t get control of myself after the first fall,” he said. “I fell into the pads a little awkward, kind of hurt myself a bit but fortunately my trainer and I took care of it.”In the second final, Celski finished second to John-Henry Krueger, who qualified for his second individual event in South Korea. He made the team Friday by winning the 1,500.“Last night I made sure not to get too excited and try to keep my composure,” Krueger said. “My goal was to keep a steady speed but to keep my track tight and make sure no one could pass.”Joining Krueger and Celski on the men’s team is 21-year-old Olympic rookie Aaron Tran, who won the first 500 and finished last among four in the second final.Tran attended the same middle and high schools six years apart from Celski in their hometown of Federal Way, Washington.“He’s a great role model, a great leader,” said Tran, who first met Celski when he came to their middle school for an assembly.Lana Gehring, already on the Olympic team in the 1,500, finished second in the first 500 and last among four in the second final.The men’s and women’s 1,000 will be contested Sunday at the Utah Olympic Oval.Thomas Hong, who was born in South Korea, and Ryan Pivirotto still have shots to make the men’s team, which will be comprised of five skaters.Former Olympians Kooreman and Reutter-Adamek, along with Kristen Santos, remain in contention for the women’s team, which only has three spots available. read more

Opinion Ohio State mens basketball team has pieces to replace 4 transfers

OSU sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate (1) looks to make a pass during a game against Northern Illinois on Dec. 16 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 64-57.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorWithout a single graduating senior, the Ohio State men’s basketball program has still managed to undergo its fair share of roster turnover since the season ended.Shortly after losing to Florida in the second round of the NIT, a trio of freshmen Buckeyes announced their intentions to transfer: forward Mickey Mitchell, guard A.J. Harris and center Daniel Giddens. Another freshman, guard Austin Grandstaff, transferred to Oklahoma in December, leaving OSU with one remaining player from its 2015 class in guard JaQuan Lyle.Despite the departures, coach Thad Matta welcomes back the main core of last season’s team with forwards Marc Loving, Jae’Sean Tate and Keita Bates-Diop joined by Lyle and guard Kam Williams. Center Trevor Thompson entered his name into the NBA draft, but given that he did not hire an agent and is not expected to be selected, he’ll likely return to school.Even though OSU should return its top six scorers, much of the depth it had last season is gone. Combined, the three most recent transfers only averaged 8.6 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game, but each logged valuable minutes off the bench as role players.On a squad that didn’t have much of a presence in the post, Giddens was the team’s leading shot blocker (1.5 per game) and was widely praised for the energy he brought to the floor.Harris was one of only five OSU players to play in all 35 games and served as the backup point guard to Lyle, even cracking the starting lineup in four games in the middle of the season. Without him, there are some serious questions of depth at guard.Finally, Mitchell started the last seven games of the season after Tate was lost due to a left shoulder injury. He struggled to put the ball in the basket, but the former four-star recruit provided versatility with his passing and rebounding.How will Matta and the Buckeyes go about replacing what was lost?To help in the frontcourt, the program has a duo of incoming freshmen from Ohio.Derek Funderburk, originally from Lakewood, Ohio, is the highest-rated recruit in OSU’s 2016 class. At 6-foot-9, the center is ranked as the 10th-best player at his position and No. 69 overall in the 2016 class, according to 247Sports. He spent his senior season with Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginia.Micah Potter, a native of Mentor, Ohio, should also log valuable minutes. Standing at 6-foot-10, he’s ranked as the No. 30 center in the country. He played his final high school season at Montverde Academy in Florida.Both big men are noted for being able to stretch the floor, to score from down low and 3-point range, which should provide more viable offensive threats to come off the Scarlet and Gray bench along with Williams. For a team that struggled to get consistent scoring from any post player other than Tate last season, they will be welcomed additions to the OSU squad.Some potential help on the perimeter is also on the way for Matta and company.Small forward Andre Wesson committed to OSU in mid-April after helping lead Westerville South High School to the Ohio Division I state championship in his senior season. Wesson’s dad, Keith, played for OSU from 1983 to 1987, and his brother, Kaleb, is a 2017 commit for OSU. With solid outside-shooting ability, he should provide a backup to Loving and Bates-Diop.In another recent addition, the Buckeyes got a commitment from junior-college transfer C.J. Jackson. In his freshman season at Eastern Florida State College, the guard averaged 16.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game, while shooting 45 percent from three. Touted as a combo guard, Jackson can handle the ball as well as shoot it and will give OSU some much-needed depth in the backcourt behind Lyle and Williams.OSU will have a solid foundation of experienced players heading into next season. The only issue will be what the program gets from its bench, which was a problem area in the 2015-16 campaign. Teams are able to succeed with six-man rotations, but the margin of error is slim. Having depth is crucial if injuries strike or a key player gets into foul trouble.With the four newcomers, Matta seems to have found that depth, in spite of what was unexpectedly lost after the season. read more

Buckeyes look to stand out during Pro Day under shadow of Tressel

Eight Buckeyes will have one of the most important days of their football lives Friday when their talents are showcased for NFL scouts and executives at Ohio State’s Pro Day. Running back Brandon Saine, wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher, guard Justin Boren, linebackers Ross Homan and Brian Rolle and defensive backs Chimdi Chekwa, Devon Torrence and Jermale Hines will be going through drills and interviews at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center similar to what they experienced at the NFL Scouting Combine two weeks ago. The players will be working out amid coach Jim Tressel’s recent suspension by the school for allegedly failing to report e-mails from attorney and former Buckeye football player Christopher Cicero, indicating players gave football memorabilia to Eddie Rife, the owner of Fine Line Ink Tattoos. The failure to report the e-mails is in violation of both his contract with OSU and NCAA Bylaw 10.1. The university conducted a self-report on the infractions, and is awaiting the results of a report from the NCAA. OSU notified the NCAA of Tressel’s violation Feb. 3 after becoming aware of the Jan. 13 violation. Defensive lineman Cameron Heyward, once regarded as a first-round pick, will not participate because he’s rehabbing an elbow injury he suffered in the Sugar Bowl win against Arkansas. He received Tommy John surgery in mid-January. Heyward has been working out at the Woody Hayes center with the Buckeyes, supporting his former teammates while undergoing treatment. “I can’t remember a time we haven’t had representation from all 32 (NFL) teams,” said Eric Lichter, OSU’s director of football performance, at Monday morning’s practice. “We’ve got a pretty good group. … We had a lot of combine invites this year, so I’d imagine we’ll have a pretty good showing.” Chekwa is coming off a strong combine, in which he ran a 40-yard dash in an impressive 4.4 seconds. Homan’s bench press highlighted his workouts in Indianapolis. He put up 225 pounds 32 times — tops for any linebacker. Pro Day workouts begin at 10 a.m. read more

Oath of allegiance to British values would make migrants play positive role

first_img“These are the values we should live by, these are the values civil servants hold dear and against these values the Tories are falling woefully short.” Dame Louise’s report warned the country was becoming more divided as it became more diverse and highlighted that in some communities women were the subject of “abuse and unequal treatment of women enacted in the name of cultural or religious values”.In her report she acknowledged that elements would be “hard to read”, particularly for Muslim communities which already felt under pressure, but she said the country had to face up to “uncomfortable” problems.The review recommended that schoolchildren should be taught “British values” of tolerance, democracy and respect to help bind communities together amid growing “ethnic segregation”.The review was originally commissioned by then prime minister David Cameron in 2015 as part of a wider strategy to tackle the “poison” of Islamic extremism.It found that while Britain had benefited hugely from immigration and the increased ethnic and religious diversity it had brought, there had not been sufficient emphasis on integration. Demonstrators from Muslims Against Crusaders protest against democracy outside the US Embassy in London in 2011Credit:Eddie Mulholland /The Telegraph “We should be talking about the universal values that unite us, not using nationalistic terms that exclude people.”A spokesman for the Public and Commercial Services Union declined to say if it would encourage civil servants also to take the oath.He said: “To us, British values mean investing in our communities and our public services to make society more cohesive and to support everyone who needs help.“They mean not pitting neighbour against neighbour, the young against the old, the sick and disabled against those in work.  Every public office-holder may have to swear an oath of allegiance to British values, Sajid Javid, the Communities Secretary, has signalled.The loyalty pledge would be expected to cover elected officials, civil servants, and council workers.However Labour frontbenchers attacked the idea and civil service trade unions declined to say if they would encourage their members to agree to the oath.Mr Javid’s proposal comes in response to a report on social cohesion by Dame Louise Casey, which warned some sections of society did not accept British values such as tolerance. He said he was “drawn” to Dame Louise’s recommendation to bring in an oath of allegiance for holders of public office because it was impossible for people to play a “positive role” in public life unless they accepted basic values like democracy and equality. Mr Javid said: “If we are going to challenge such attitudes, civic and political leaders have to lead by example. “We can’t expect new arrivals to embrace British values if those of us who are already here don’t do so ourselves, and such an oath would go a long way to making that happen.” Mr Javid said his aim was not to create a “government-approved one size fits all identity” where everybody listens to the Last Night of the Proms, but “without common building blocks of our society, you’ll struggle to play a positive role in British life”.  The oath could include phrases such as “tolerating the views of others even if you disagree with them”, as well as “believing in freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from abuse … a belief in equality, democracy, and the democratic process” and “respect for the law, even if you think the law is an ass”. Mr Javid also wants all migrants to swear an oath of allegiance, not just those seeking UK citizenship,he told The Sunday Times.Former chancellor George Osborne hailed the idea as a “great initiative”, and ex-culture secretary John Whittingdale also said he supported the oath. But Labour’s shadow home secretary Diane Abbott said the move would not combat radicalisation. She told Sky News: “I have nothing against it in principle, but it will not make a difference to the problems of radicalisation, or integration. “I don’t think the oath will make any verifiable difference.” Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman Lord Brian Paddick said: “Forcing public servants to swear an oath to British values would be both superficial and divisive.  Dame Louise CaseyCredit:Geoff Pughcenter_img Demonstrators from Muslims Against Crusaders protest against democracy outside the US Embassy in London in 2011 We need more effort to be put into integration policies to help communities cope with the pace and scale of immigration and population change in recent yearsDame Louise Casey Dame Louise Casey Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Three businessmen attacked robbed by masked gunmen

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedThree females bound, faces tied as gunmen invade their Lamaha Park homeDecember 18, 2017In “Crime”Masked gunmen attack, rob Corentyne familyJune 18, 2016In “Crime”Masked gunmen terrorise Mahaica family during home invasionAugust 19, 2018In “Crime” Three businessmen were early this morning (Friday) attacked in their home by four masked gunmen and robbed of over $2 million in cash and valuables.The victims, 68-year-old Peter Ten, 37-year-old Jacky Kwok and 56-year-old Kuan Jian Yong, all of Lot 129 Lindy Avenue, Eccles, East Bank Demerara (EBD) were attacked between 04:00hrs and 05:00hrs.INews understands that the three victims had reportedly secured their two-storey house and had retired to bed, but were awakened by the men who tied clothes around their faces and held them at gunpoint.They were then relieved of their cell phones along with $1.5 million dollars cash after which the men made good their escape in a silver grey motorcar.The Police were called to the scene and reported that the men entered the house by breaking out the vent blocks from the washroom area of the house.The matter is being investigated. read more

Booyco Electronics introduces one of South Africas first Ex safe tablets

first_imgElectronic mine safety equipment specialist Booyco Electronics has introduced one of South Africa’s first Explosion Protected (Ex) tablets that is Ex ma [ia] Group I certified for use underground in fiery mines. This robust, full sized tablet carries an IP54 rating for ingress of dust and water and is drop resistant from the standard height of one metre. The Booyco IS tablet was designed locally, in collaboration with an international manufacturer, to suit South African underground mining conditions.In the hazardous environment, hard wire connections to the unit can be achieved with various Booyco-supplied barriers to ensure safe functionality. “The Department of Mineral Resources recently increased the approval requirements on coal mines and we recognised the opportunity to develop an IA device that is able to be safely used in this hazardous environment,” Anton Lourens, Managing Director of Booyco Electronics, explains. “In the long term, it is anticipated that most South African mines could be classified as fiery mines and when this legislation comes in, it’s going to require a lot of changes to the underground electronic environment. So in developing an IS tablet at this time, we’re meeting both an immediate need at coal mines and a future industry-wide requirement.“In addition, most vehicles operating underground in our coal mines are moving over to electronic management systems. Computer programs are not always accessible from the surface, so in order to interface with the controls of these machines, there’s a definite and increasing need for an IS computer device to receive and transmit data and programme systems underground.” The Booyco IS tablet has a battery life of up to eight hours and runs off any Windows operating system.last_img read more

PULOSTYLE Kristopans holds the trophy like Igropulo

← Previous Story HC Tatran Presov win the 18th trophy of Slovakian Cup! Next Story → Kielce after extra-time at Polish Play-Off semi-final! Dainis Kristopanshandball cup trophyKonstantin Igropulopulostyle Final matches of the Cup competitions across Europe invented the new way of celebration and making photos with the trophies! After photo of naked Konstantin Igropulo with the DHB Cup trophy among the legs became a popular in handball world, same “PULOSTYLE” was repeated by Latvian giant Dainis Kristopans who won the Cup trophy with the Slovakian Tatran Presov.– Igropulo 2 – wrote Dainis about the photo on Facebook.Who is the next one?