Apple bounces back in India clocks doubledigit growth

Apple bounces back in India clocks doubledigit growth

18 October 0

first_imgNew Delhi: India is back on Apple’s global map, with CEO Tim Cook announcing that the growth in the country bounced back in the company’s fiscal 2019 third quarter that saw record results. In an earnings call with analysts late Tuesday, Cook said that tactically, the emerging markets had a bit of a rebound in the third quarter that saw Apple Services vertical grow further. “In fact, on a constant currency basis, we actually grew slightly in emerging markets. We still declined on a reported basis. India bounced back. During the quarter, we returned to growth there. We are very happy with that. We grew in Brazil as well,” said Apple CEO. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year The return of Apple in India – including 19 per cent iPhone shipments growth (YoY) in Q3 — comes at a time when the company is reportedly set to manufacture top-end iPhone XS and iPhone XR courtesy its supplier Foxconn in the country. “Price cuts and aggressive marketing has helped Apple to drive revenues in India,” Tarun Pathak, Associate Director at Counterpoint Research, told IANS. Giving an impetus to its India manufacturing plans, Apple in April started the assembling of iPhone 7 at its supplier Wistron’s facility in Bengaluru. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India According to Luca Maestri, Apple’s CFO, the company set June quarter revenue records in several major developed markets. “In emerging markets, we returned to growth in Mainland China, grew strong double digits in India and Brazil and we set new Q3 records in Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines,” informed Maestri. Apple is slowly but steadily strategising its plans to make deeper inroads in a country where over 450 million people use smartphones, and assembling iPhone 7 is another step towards gaining more ground. Reiterating that India is an important market for Apple, Cook earlier said the current iPhone manufacturing will see maximum growth in days to come amid the renewed push to open its branded retail stores in the country. Cook told analysts during the company’s Q2 results on April 30 that the company has made some “adjustments in India and have seen preliminary some better results there”. “India is a very important market in the long-term. It is a challenging market in the short-term. But we are learning a lot.” “We have started manufacturing there which is very important to be able to serve the market in a reasonable way. And we are growing that capability there,” said the Apple CEO. Cook also emphasized on the company’s plans to open its branded stores in India. “We would like to place retail stores there. And we are working with the government to seek approval to do that. And so, we plan on going in there with sort of all of our might,” said Cook.last_img read more

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KaranZoyas Ghost Stories to go into production in Aug

KaranZoyas Ghost Stories to go into production in Aug

18 October 0

first_imgMumbai:After “Lust Stories”, filmmakers Karan Johar, Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee and Anurag Kashyap are coming together to spread some chills with “Ghost Stories” and they are looking forward to explore the genre and experiment. Production of Netflix’s “Ghost Stories” will begin in August. The stories, directed by the filmmakers, will be thematically connected to each other and culminate in the end. For Karan, directing a horror film is not only challenging, but also an exciting opportunity. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “I have always been mortified to watch the horror genre and have always stayed very far away from any ghost story! So to direct one is not only hugely challenging but also exceptionally exciting,” Karan said. “Personally it’s uncharted terrain and I couldn’t have chosen a better platform and a more eclectic collective to exhibit my fear of ghosts and ghost stories! This one’s going to be a nightmare for this dream team,” he added. “Ghost Stories” is the third collaboration between Netflix and RSVP. Produced by Ronnie Screwvala and RSVP, in association with Ashi Dua of Flying Unicorn Entertainment, “Ghost Stories” will stream to 151 million members across 190 countries. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna “As a writer/director, I thrive on bending genres and inverting tropes and I am so looking forward to attempting that with a ghost story,” Zoya said. Dibakar feels horror as a genre has incredible room to experiment and explore. “‘Ghost Stories’ is my attempt to do that, and it’s great to have a partner in Netflix with whom I have the freedom to tell the story as envisioned. Ultimately we are entertainers, and there’s nothing like a spine-chilling story, scaring the devil out of us while we’re safely tucked in our sofa munching fries,” he added. Kashyap, who has collaborated with Netflix on multiple occasions, said: “I am really looking forward to challenging myself to make something that I have never attempted before. Also I have never prepared so much for anything before.” Srishti Behl Arya, Director International Originals at Netflix – India, feels there is an appetite for horror in India. “We did ‘Lust Stories’, which did super well on the service…So, when these guys came to us and said awhat if we come up with another anthology and this time we tell scary stories’, we got very excited,” Arya told IANS. Released in June last year, “Lust Stories” show stories on love and lust. The short stories feature actors including Radhika Apte, Manisha Koirala, Vicky Kaushal, Bhumi Pednekar and Kiara Advani. It became Netflix’s largest-watched original in percentage terms in any individual market in its first month. What are the ‘Ghost Stories’? “Some of the stuff have come out (somewhere), and some of the stuff is from the top of their mind. Incredibly talented — Karan, Zoya, Anurag and Dibakar will bring their own twist to what you expect a ghost story to be. We are hoping to serve to all the customer who enjoyed ‘Lust Stories’,” Arya added.last_img read more

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Trudeau appoints acclaimed New Brunswick writer to fill Senate vacancy

Trudeau appoints acclaimed New Brunswick writer to fill Senate vacancy

17 October 0

first_imgOTTAWA – Justin Trudeau has named David Adams Richards, an acclaimed New Brunswick novelist, essayist, screenwriter and poet, to the Senate.“His dedication to the arts, his love of place and of country will be an extraordinary asset to the independent thinkers in the Senate,” the prime minister said Wednesday during a news conference in Moncton.Trudeau held up Richards as an example of the kind of “top-quality people” named to the Senate since he created last year an arm’s-length advisory board to recommend merit-based nominees — all part of a bid to turn the upper house into a less partisan, more independent chamber of sober second thought.“The changes we’ve made to have a more independent appointment process in the Senate, to strengthen Canadians’ confidence in the institution, to demonstrate that it can be a house of sober second thought that improves the quality of work done by our parliamentary institutions is something that is extremely important to me,” he said.“And naming top quality people who are dedicated to their community and to their region and to their country is, I think, what Canadians most expect from the Senate of Canada.”Richards, 66, is one of only three writers to have won the Governor General’s Award for both fiction and non-fiction works.He won the coveted Giller Prize in 2000 for his novel “Mercy Among the Children” and, in 2011, the Matt Cohen Award for his lifetime contribution to Canadian literature. He has also received two Gemini Awards for screenwriting, among other accolades.Richards is currently writer-in-residence at New Brunswick’s St. Thomas University — a post he’s held at several universities and colleges across the country.According to biographical notes issued by the Prime Minister’s Office, Richards’ “writings, through which he gives voices to the marginalized and helps to deepen the reader’s understanding of the human experience, have been translated into 12 languages and are part of the curriculum of Canadian and U.S. universities.”With Richards’ appointment, there are now eight remaining vacancies in the 105-seat Senate. Trudeau is to fill those seats “in the near future.”Richards will presumably join the independent senators’ group, boosting its number to 36 — equal to the number of Conservative senators, who remain the last unabashedly partisan group in the Senate.There are also 18 independent Liberal senators and seven senators who are not affiliated with any group.last_img read more

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Five stories in the news for today Oct 23

Five stories in the news for today Oct 23

17 October 0

first_imgFive stories in the news for Monday, Oct. 23———STATS CANADA TO RELEASE CENSUS DATA THIS WEEKStatistics Canada will release data from the 2016 census on Wednesday, the first details from the resurrected long-form questionnaire that was axed by the former Harper government. This week’s figures are expected to show immigrants making up a larger share of the population, with more and more of them settling in western Canada. The census will also provide details on Indigenous Peoples.———LIBERAL MP URGES CONGRESS TO COMMIT ON NAFTAVeteran Liberal MP. Bob Nault says Donald Trump needs to butt out as a hovering presence over the NAFTA talks and U.S. lawmakers must come clean about what they really think of the trade deal. Nault will be taking his blunt assessment directly to Capitol Hill in the coming days. He’s leading an all-party delegation of Canadian parliamentarians south of the border this week for meetings with their legislative counterparts — first to Mexico City and later in the week, Washington.———TESTS FIND CONTAMINANTS IN POLAR BEARSSome previously undiscovered contaminants have been detected in polar bears around Hudson Bay. Environment Canada says the results came up in testing and complicate scientists’ understanding of the complex cocktail of chemicals the bears are exposed to as they try to adapt to a changing climate. Biologists have long known that polar bears and other arctic animals carry toxic chemicals in their bodies, but additional chemicals have been detected that scientists were not previously aware of.———TRIAL TO BEGIN IN THE SLAYING OF A TORONTO WOMANOpening arguments are to begin today in the trial of two men accused in the death of a Toronto woman who vanished five years ago. Dellen Millard, 32, of Toronto and Mark Smich, 30, of Oakville, Ont., have pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of Laura Babcock. The 23-year-old woman’s body has never been found. Millard and Smich were charged in 2014.———TRAVEL STARTUP RAISES IRE OF ONT AGENTSA new website that lets travellers bypass travel agents and pocket commissions has ceased operations in Ontario after the province’s travel regulator claimed the site violates provincial laws. The dispute is the latest in a pattern of regulatory pushback against online businesses disrupting industries that have been slow to modernize. Jochem Wijnands, TRVL’s founder says it’s happening everywhere, and he points to struggles online platforms like Airbnb and Uber have faced for giving amateurs access to worlds that were previously off-limits.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY— Statistics Canada releases the wholesale trade figures for August.— Federal byelection in Alberta for Sturgeon River-Parkland riding.— Sentencing for an Alberta couple who pleaded guilty to failing to provide the necessaries of life to their young daughter— Gov. Gen. Julie Payette receives the first poppy of the 2017 National Poppy Campaign from the Royal Canadian Legion.last_img read more

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Shut me out Manitoba rancher says CN mum about oil spill on

Shut me out Manitoba rancher says CN mum about oil spill on

17 October 0

first_imgST-LAZARE, Man. — A Manitoba rancher says he’s being shut out by CN after a derailment spilled oil on an oxbow of the Assiniboine River he uses to water his cattle in summer.Jayme Corr says he’s received little information about the spill Saturday south of St. Lazare.A government spokesman says there’s no risk the oil will get into the river, which runs through the valley where the derailment occurred.Corr says oil is sitting on ice and will run into the river in spring if it’s not all scraped and cleaned up.Canadian National Railway has released few details about the derailment, which involved 37 cars.Corr says a firefighter told him on the weekend that it looked as if seven cars had split open.Cleanup crews from CN and investigators from the Transportation Safety Board are at the spill site.Corr says he can sometimes smell the oil from the spill, which happened about a kilometre from his home.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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How did the TIFF crowd respond to controversial film The Birth of

How did the TIFF crowd respond to controversial film The Birth of

15 October 0

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Login/Register With: ‘A beautiful place with a painful history.” That is how Cameron Bailey, artistic director of the Toronto International Film Festival, described the city’s Winter Garden theatre on Friday night, alluding to it once being the home to minstrel shows. But Bailey could have also been talking about the film that was just about to enjoy its international premiere, Nate Parker’s controversial The Birth of a Nation. Because while the drama contains some beautiful images that sear themselves in your brain, it, too, carries with it a complicated past.Parker is the director, writer and star behind the film, which tells the story of Nat Turner, a preacher and slave who led a violent revolt against white slave owners in 1830s Virginia. When the film premiered at Sundance earlier this winter, it was praised as the next possible Oscar winner – a diverse drama that would pull a traditionally diverse-averse Hollywood into the 21st century. But Parker is also making headlines due to the resurfacing of an old court case against him.In 1999, Parker and his Penn State roommate (and Nation co-writer) Jean Celestin were charged with sexually assaulting a fellow female student. Parker was acquitted, though Celestin was found guilty (but appealed, and had the verdict thrown out after the woman refused to testify at a second trial). It was also revealed that the woman killed herself years after the incident. Twitterlast_img read more

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BC RCMP issue alert for missing sisters

BC RCMP issue alert for missing sisters

14 October 0

first_imgTina HouseAPTN NewsThe RCMP has issued an alert for two missing sisters from Surrey B.C.The two girls, Shauntae Joseph, 10, and her sister Nikita Joseph, 13, were last seen Oct. 3 in the morning at a bus stop.The road they went missing on is a busy one, jammed with commuters throughout the day.Surrey is about a 45 minute drive from downtown Vancouver.Both girls are approximately 5 foot 2 with a slim build and long dark hair.Shauntae was last seen waring a black sweater, black track pants and black and white sneakers.Nikita was wearing a grey hoodie and blue jeans.If anyone has any information about the sisters they are asked to call police.thouse@aptn.ca@inthehouse7last_img read more

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France Votes to Become 55th Country to Ban Spanking Children

France Votes to Become 55th Country to Ban Spanking Children

12 October 0

Rabat – The French Parliament’s lower house has passed a bill banning “corporal punishment or humiliation” during a session Friday morning, according to France 24. French MPs voted nearly unanimously for the bill, 51-1.The bill makes France the 55th country in the world to ban spanking children. Mental health experts are increasingly critical of the practice of physically punishing children, claiming it does not actually discipline the child and can be counterproductive.Sweden made history in 1979 when it became the first country in the world to make spanking children illegal. Read Also: Child abuse in Morocco: alarming figuresThe UN also condemned corporal punishment in its Convention on the Rights of the Child, ordering states to take “all appropriate legislative, administrative, social and educational measures to protect the child from all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse” while in the care of adults. However, spanking is still widespread throughout the world.In the EU, only six other countries besides France allow parents to use corporal punishment.In a report submitted to the UN, the French government admitted most parents in the country believed corporal punishment was a “harmless” way to correct bad behavior. But statistics from organizations like the American Psychological Association indicate that physically punishing children “can lead to increased aggression, antisocial behavior … and mental health problems.”Although banning corporal punishment has become more common in developed countries, in most developing nations spanking children is not questioned. In 2013 in Morocco, the Ministry of Education estimated 90 percent of children suffered corporal punishment in school, which could take the form of “blows with iron rulers, tying children’s legs together with a rope, [and] blows to the hands and fingertips,” among other methods. The bill in France still has to travel through the Senate before it is formally ratified. Previous administrations in France tried to pass bills against corporate punishment, but conservative MPs previously blocked all attempts at legislation.With the centrist leadership of President Macron, child advocates in France are hoping they have the chance to gain ground in their fight to end spanking. read more

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Chinas PM Li seeks to reassure Europe at Croatia summit

Chinas PM Li seeks to reassure Europe at Croatia summit

12 October 0

DUBROVNIK, Croatia — China’s prime minister has promised that Beijing will respect European standards and fair trade, seeking to allay concerns that it’s flouting EU competition rules with huge investments on the continent.Opening an annual summit of Eastern and Central European nations and China, Li Keqiang said “we intend to fully respect European standards.”Beijing has also been criticized for failing to give reciprocal access for European companies to Chinese markets.He adds “we welcome openness and we want to treat all companies that operate in China equally and to increase imports from the (European) countries.”EU member Croatia is hosting a two-day summit between China and 16 regional countries on expanding business between China and the region, dubbed 16+1.The Associated Press read more

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OMERS to sell Canadian portion of healthcare IT firm Logibec to US

OMERS to sell Canadian portion of healthcare IT firm Logibec to US

04 October 0

TORONTO – Canadian healthcare IT firm Logibec Inc. will be sold to San Francisco-based private equity firm GI Partners under an agreement announced Friday.OMERS Private Equity, part of one of Ontario’s major public sector pension systems, says it will sell the Canadian portion of Logibec’s business to GI and retain Logibec’s U.S. subsidiary MatrixCare, which will be spun out as a separate company.Logibec is a leading Canadian healthcare IT company with that develops clinical and administrative information systems for the health and social services sectors.GI Partners, which said it expects the transaction to close in the first quarter of 2015, said Logibec will continue to operate under the same management team and without any changes in day-to-day operations.The Montreal-based company has more than 350 employees, with more than 600 healthcare clients including acute care facilities, as well as long-term and community care providers.“The acquisition of Logibec leverages our deep industry experience gained through previous IT infrastructure and healthcare services investments,” said Howard Park, the managing director of GI Partners.GI Partners manages about $11 billion in capital for institutional investors. It’s active in a number of economic sectors, including healthcare services, technology-media-telecom, retail-leisure and financial-real estate services.Financial terms of the deal between OMERS and GI Partners weren’t disclosed.Logibec was formerly a publicly traded company that was taken private by OMERS in 2010 and it has grown since then.“I’d like to thank OMERS Private Equity for their valued partnership over the past four and a half years. Their commitment and support of Logibec has been a key contributor to the company’s success,” said Marc Brunet, Logibec’s president and CEO.Logibec’s U.S. arm, MatrixCare, provides electronic health records for providers of long-term care and senior living services. by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 19, 2014 7:27 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OMERS to sell Canadian portion of health-care IT firm Logibec to U.S. firm read more

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Mens Hockey No 1 Notre Dame clinches Big Ten title in series

Mens Hockey No 1 Notre Dame clinches Big Ten title in series

02 October 0

Red Shirt junior goalie Sean Romeo (30) dives for a save in the shutout against Michigan tonight Jan. 26, 2018 at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, OH. Credit: Ethan Clewell | For The LanternThe No. 6 Ohio State men’s hockey team (19-7-4, 12-7-1-0 Big Ten) split a weekend road series against No. 1 Notre Dame (22-6-2, 16-3-1-1 Big Ten) to avoid a season sweep. The Buckeyes lost 2-1 Friday night, then bounced back for a 5-1 win Saturday.Game One Notre Dame sophomore goaltender Cale Morris made 31 saves on 32 shots in a 2-1 win against Ohio State Friday to capture the Irish’s first regular-season Big Ten title. Special teams kept the Buckeyes in the game, getting their only goal on the power play, putting them 1-for-4 on the night. The Buckeyes top-ranked penalty kill went an impressive 6-for-6 on the night, including killing two 5-on-3 Irish power plays. Notre Dame scored the first goal midway through the first period with a cross-crease pass from junior forward Dylan Malmquist to the junior forward Andrew Oglevie that beat redshirt junior goalie Sean Romeo to the far side of the net for his twelfth goal of the season. Ohio State answered back at 6:52 of the second period on the power play with a goal by senior forward Kevin Miller between the legs of Morris. Junior forward John Wiitala and sophomore defenseman Gordi Myer had the assists. Just three minutes later, Ohio State couldn’t get the puck out of its zone. The puck eventually found Notre Dame senior defenseman Jordan Gross in the slot. Gross fired a quick shot past Romeo low to the stick side to give the Irish the lead and the eventual game-winning goal. The Buckeyes pulled the goaltender with just over two minutes to go in the third period with an attempt to tie the game, but Morris stood tall preserving the Big Ten title for the Irish. Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik made a lineup change to take junior forward Dakota Joshua out, replacing him with sophomore forward Sam McCormick. Joshua had six points in his past five games. It was a coach’s decision, according to the NBCSN broadcast. Shots favored the Buckeyes over the Irish 32-29. Ohio State senior forward Matthew Weis failed to register a point in the contest, snapping his 12-game point streak. Romeo made 27 saves in the losing effort for the Buckeyes. Game Two The second game of the weekend series was a different story, with the Buckeyes scoring five goals and chasing one of the best goaltenders in the nation from his net in a 5-1 win. After strong puck movement in the Irish zone, the Buckeyes opened the scoring when Weis tipped in a shot from the point off the stick of sophomore defenseman Matt Miller past Morris at 9:49 of the first period. On a delayed penalty, Ohio State redshirt senior defenseman Matt Joyaux wired a slapshot from the blueline through a maze of players and into the net for his first goal of the season. Notre Dame answered late in the second period with a rare power-play goal given up by Ohio State off the stick of Oglevie, his second goal of the weekend series to get on the board and cut the Buckeye lead in half.Notre Dame had 23 shots in the second period, pushing its shot lead to 33-25 heading into the third period. The Buckeyes put the game away in the third period with a couple of quick strike goals by Kevin Miller and McCormick 57 seconds apart to push the lead to three goals, ending Morris’ night. Ohio State added an empty net goal to put to the final score to 5-1. Weis’ first period goal gave him 10 goals on the year joining four other Buckeyes in double digit goals; Junior forward Freddy Gerard (10), Joshua (11), sophomore forward Tanner Laczynski (12) and junior forward Mason Jobst (12). Romeo recorded a career-high 39 saves, including 22 in the second period.Morris made 27 saves in the loss, while Notre Dame freshman goaltender Dylan St. Cyr made six saves in relief of Morris. read more

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Nick Foles Is Not Carson Wentz And The Eagles Adjusted Accordingly

29 September 0

Yards/Completion …% of Passes by Air distance QuarterbackThrough AirAfter CatchTotal<=0 Yds1-10 Yds10+ Yds Around Thanksgiving, the idea that the Philadelphia Eagles would make it all the way to Super Bowl LII wouldn’t have surprised many people. Philadelphia started the season 10-1, and quarterback Carson Wentz emerged as the front-runner for league MVP honors. But after Wentz was lost to injury in Week 14, the Eagles’ title chances seemingly disappeared, too. Backups — like Philly’s stopgap, Nick Foles — seldom carry a team to Super Bowl glory. Carson Wentz7.74.812.415.5%44.3%40.2% *Playoff games onlySource: ESPN Stats & Information Group Nick Foles*5.56.712.228.646.025.4 In today’s NFL, throwing shorter passes isn’t always correlated with better outcomes. But Foles is succeeding in large part because his receivers are taking those short passes and running for big gains after the catch. With Wentz under center, the Eagles’ pass-catchers produced only 98.6 yards after the catch per game (eighth-fewest in football); with Foles in the playoffs, they’ve nearly doubled that output (164.5 YAC/game). In particular, they’re doing a ton of damage on screen passes, which Pederson seldom utilized with Wentz. Running back Jay Ajayi, for instance, went from gaining just 7.4 yards after catch per game with Wentz during the regular season1In the five games immediately after Ajayi was acquired from the Miami Dolphins in late October. to 51.0 yards per game in the postseason, including nearly 30 receiving yards per game on screens alone. Foles is also making smart reads and getting the ball out very quickly. In the playoffs, he’s averaging 2.39 seconds before each pass, a mark that would have been fourth-fastest in the NFL during the regular season. (Wentz, for comparison, was 17th-fastest, at 2.54 seconds.) Foles has used that quick release to lethal effect when conducting the run-pass option — which is more than just a ubiquitous piece of announcer-speak during Eagles broadcasts. The RPO helps freeze defenses with the added threat of handing off to a dangerous runner like Ajayi, and it lends itself to the types of quick passes that Foles has excelled at this postseason. Philly ran plenty of RPOs even before Foles took over, but that section of the playbook has been crucial to Pederson’s resurrection of the Chip Kelly-era version of Foles.Now, it remains to be seen which version will show up for the Super Bowl this Sunday. The conditions have been right for Foles to succeed in the playoffs thus far — Philadelphia hasn’t had to play from behind much and has enjoyed one of the league’s most drastic home-field advantages. But there’s no telling what will happen if things go off script. That’s why the Eagles need to stay out of third-and-long, where the drop-off from Wentz to Foles is really glaring. (On third down with 8 or more yards to go, Wentz was the NFL’s top passer this season according to ESPN’s Total Quarterback Rating; only Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers was even remotely close.) They need to keep feeding the ball to Ajayi, who’s averaging roughly the same number of yards from scrimmage in these playoffs (98.5 per game) as he did during his All-Pro season with Miami in 2016. And perhaps most importantly, Foles needs to keep playing mistake-free football: Only 8.2 percent of his passes have been off-target this postseason — a rate that would easily have ranked No. 1 in the league during the regular season.He could do all of that, of course, and still fall short: Tom Brady could always reach into his bag of comeback tricks, and there’s also the small detail of Brady and Bill Belichick’s 15-0 record in the playoffs against teams that they’re facing for the first time in a season. But putting those metaphysical factors aside, the Patriots have their own vulnerabilities. They aren’t exactly a defensive powerhouse, having ranked ninth-worst in the NFL in expected points added during the regular season. And although that number improved as the year went on, they still allowed the league’s fourth-highest QBR on passes that traveled fewer than 10 yards through the air — the kinds of throws they’re likely to see a ton of from Foles and company. If the Eagles can execute their newfound offense and resist Brady’s supercharged comeback powers, there are plenty of reasons to think Foles (of all people) will be the one to deliver Philadelphia its long-awaited Super Bowl parade down Broad Street.Check out our latest NFL predictions. Foles did little to suggest otherwise in four mostly lackluster appearances to close the regular season. But he spent the month of January proving himself up to the challenge. With 352 yards (on 26-for-33 passing) and three touchdowns versus Minnesota, he produced one of the greatest QB performances in conference championship history. The game brought back memories of Foles’s 2013 season in Philadelphia, when he posted the third-best single-season passer rating in NFL history. But it was also a testament to the adjustments that Philadelphia coach Doug Pederson made to accommodate the different strengths of Wentz and Foles.Under both Wentz in the regular season and Foles during the playoffs, the Eagles’ offense averaged over 390 yards per game. But those yards were accumulated in different ways. Before Wentz’s injury, Philly was a balanced team whose aerial attack primarily relied on the power of its quarterback’s arm — often assisted by Wentz’s magician-like ability to improvise and buy time in the pocket. One thing it didn’t do, however, was ask receivers to do lots of work after hauling in the football. Through Week 14, Wentz led the league in touchdown passes per attempt and ranked third in air yards per attempt, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, but his targets were only 22nd in yards after the catch per reception.Foles connected on three 40-yard passes against the Vikings. But those have been big exceptions to the Eagles’ general approach with Foles at the helm, which has been to throw much shorter. In the playoffs, Foles’s average pass has traveled 7.1 yards through the air. Compare that with Wentz’s average of 9.8 air yards per attempt during the regular season, and you can begin to see how Pederson has shifted his offense’s focus. Forty percent of Wentz’s passes went 10 or more yards downfield, compared with 25 percent for Foles in the playoffs. And Foles has actually thrown a larger share of his passes to players at or behind the line of scrimmage (29 percent) than 10 yards past it. Philly’s passing offense changed in the playoffsDistance traveled through the air — and after the catch — for passes by Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks, 2017 season read more

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Cambridgeeducated law lecturer leaves brother homeless following £750000 legal battle to sell

Cambridgeeducated law lecturer leaves brother homeless following £750000 legal battle to sell

25 September 0

first_imgThe £750k Hampstead flat at the centre of the court battleCredit:Champion News Service Ruling in Filip’s favour yesterday at Central London County Court, Judge Berkley told the supermarket guard that he and his family must comply with his brother’s demands, and vacate the property within two months. However, the legal challenge has left Nikola facing legal costs amounting to more than £200,000. According to Judge Berkley, Filip had complied with his “duty of candour” and was reasonable in expecting his brother to take independent legal advice before signing the document. The court heard that the brothers were given the money they bought the flat with by their mother, Katarina, following the death of their father.The lives of the two siblings have taken very different directions: Filip, the brighter of the pair, is a practicing lawyer, having enrolled on a masters course at Cambridge University and Harvard. He now lectures at the University of Southampton in maritime law.Whilst Nikola viewed the flat as a secure home, Filip’s “primary” reason for buying it was to develop a number of garages attached to the building. The £750k Hampstead flat at the centre of the court battle “I find that Filip chose not to explain the detail of the express power of sale and in particular the fact that either party could elect to sell the property against the other’s wishes after a year.””I cannot find anything that Filip did wrong. It is very unfair and inequitable to say that Filip asserted undue influence in anything that he did,” he added.”Nikola assumed it would be his home for as long as he wanted to stay there, but that could not mean that Filip’s interest would simply lie languishing.”Judge Berkley issued an order for sale of the flat, authorising marketing for sale to commence within one month in order to provide adequate time for Nikola to vacate the property. He also agreed to consider a written plea for a reduction of Nikola’s legal costs.  However, unknown to Nikola, the deed also included a clause stating that either brother was entitled to sell the flat a year after its purchase. Representing the oldest sibling, Martin Young told the court that the pair had maintained a “good relationship” prior to 2014, but had fallen out after Nikola realised the “devastating” impact the deed would have on his family. “What Nikola wanted all along was to keep the home that he thought would be his for as long as he wanted it,” Mr Young said.”Filip knew that Nikola was relying on him to know the nature of the document he was signing. He thought the flat was going to buy a home for him and his family for the foreseeable future.” He added that Filip owned to other properties in Cambridge and Southampton, but that Nikola’s family now had no other avenue to turn to. Concluding, Judge Berkley said: “The parties fell out in September 2014, Filip says because Nikola was not making enough effort to find a ‘proper ‘ job and showed no signs of moving out.””Nikola is not as dynamic as Filip and it would have been plain that he was content to live in the flat…he thought the flat was going to be a home for him and his family for the foreseeable future. Nikola Saranovic and his wife Bojana have lost their home and now face a £200,000 legal bill after losing a court battle with his younger brother A Cambridge-educated law lecturer has left his brother homeless – and facing a £200,000 legal bill – after winning a court battle to sell a £750,000 flat bought by the pair with money left to them by their mother.Legal expert Filip Saranovic, 29, and his older brother, Nikola Saranovic, a security guard at Tesco, bought the flat in Hampstead, London, in June 2014 with cash given to them both by their mother.”Naive” supermarket worker Nikola, 41, his wife Bojana and their four-year-old daughter, simply viewed the flat as “a home for the family for the foreseeable future,” Central London County Court heard.However, Filip, who owns two other flats, regarded his brother as “lazy” and had other ideas, wanting the property to be sold in order to finance another development project.Unknown to Nikola, he signed a legal document during a discussion held in a local Costa coffee shop which granted his younger brother Filip the power to place the property on sale and evict his family following completion. When Nikola realised what had happened, a court battle ensued, during which Judge Michael Berkley found that Nikola “had no express knowledge” of the sale clause, and had “relied on” Filip “to explain that important part of the transaction to him.” Prior to the purchase of the Hampstead property, Filip had a document drawn up, stating that his brother could live in the flat rent free and that his own share of the flat would be capped at £367,500. 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. But he went on to find that Filip had “done nothing wrong” and that Nikola hadn’t taken enough care over what he was signing. Nikola Saranovic and his wife Bojana have lost their home and now face a £200,000 legal bill after losing a court battle with his younger brotherlast_img read more

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Prince William asks farmers is Brexit a big concern as Cambridges try

Prince William asks farmers is Brexit a big concern as Cambridges try

25 September 0

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have spoken to farmers about the “juggling act” they face amid the struggles of rural life, as they try their hand at sheep shearing. The Duke and Duchess, who visited Deepdale Hall Farm in Patterdale, Cumbria, asked locals about the difficulties they experienced as a result of rural isolation and an ageing farming population.The Duke empathised about the need to diversify into second careers to keep their farms running, before asking them for their thoughts on the effects of Brexit.The couple also tried to lend a hand on the farm, with Prince William’s attempt to shear a sheep leading him to joke: “She’s not going to be happy with her haircut.”The Duchess, who followed her husband, appeared less confident but laughed as the animal wriggled beneath her clippers. The Duke and Duchess were welcomed to the farm, where they also helped out with sheep herding and dry stone walling, by the Brown family and were handed flowers by the youngest members of the family Caitlyn, five, and Georgia, three. “It’s just uncertainty and the not knowing.”It does have implications if there are massive tariffs applied. A lot of farming is an export market.”Adam Day, managing director of the Farming Network, said: “The worst case scenario post-Brexit is absolutely dire.”He said farmers would be hit by export tariffs and by a “black hole” in subsidy payments. William and Kate patted the energetic seven-month-old English springer spaniel with his owner, Kerry Irving, who uses his dogs to help others get outdoors to fight depression and poor mental health, and met the royal couple last month at a Buckingham Palace garden party.Mr Irving said: “Kate was talking about her dog and she said, ‘Your dogs are so calm. Maybe we should lend you Lupo’.”In Keswick the royal visitors were greeted by hundreds of well-wishers at the start of their visit to Cumbria.After sampling local cheese from market stall holders, they spent an hour talking to residents involved with organisations supporting communities and families across Cumbria. As they were introduced to Mary Bell, a farmer who makes added-value products from wool, William said: “I am sure my father has met you a few times. He’s big on the wool at the moment!” Chris Brown, 67, and his son Jimmy, 41, who run the farm, then took the couple into the farmhouse kitchen where they met other farmers for a discussion over a cup of tea and piece of cake. The Duchess of Cambridge meets well-wishers at Keswick Square in CumbriaCredit:Reuters The Cambridges in Keswick marketCredit:WPA pool The Duke of Cambridge taking part in sheep shearing with Jack Cartmel at Deepdale Hall FarmCredit:PA When he was asked by William how he felt about the future, he said: “Quite apprehensive at the moment.”It’s a bit of a concern, I wouldn’t want to be the last generation after 500 years.”Others at the meeting were divided in their opinion over Brexit. While Chris Brown, whose father bought the farm when Chris was two, voted Remain his son Jimmy voted Leave. “I voted Leave because all these people in Brussels, we didn’t elect them. I voted for a better future without all these rules and regulations that the EU brings, and which our government seems to gold plate.”All the rest of Europe does not seem to bother with them. The French, if they don’t like something, they blockade the motorways and bugger everybody else.”The kitchen table discussion began with the duchess telling the group how they had been to the Lake District for a holiday in the recent half term, and how much the children had enjoyed it. Sam Rawling, who runs a farm in Ennerdale which has been in his family for 500 years, said he was surprised farmers had voted for Brexit. The Duke and Duchess then went on a walk from nearby Side Farm, where they met children from Patterdale Primary School and volunteers from Cumbria Wildlife Trust.Earlier in the day, they met a dog named Prince Harry as they visited Keswick. He asked if she had seen the price of wool change, and she said that the Wool Board did not pay farmers very much for their wool. “Hopefully this is something you can help the farmer with, to get more value for the wool.”William said: “The whole drive against synthetic products, and plastics and stuff, should really help the wool trade. If we can get the fashion industry as well to start realising how much plastic goes into what they do, then wool suddenly a lot more attractive again.”Introduced to Danny Teasdale, a farmer who works with other farmers on environmental schemes, William asked if it was hard to get the balance between farming and conservation.“Not really,” he said. “It’s the money. That’s the hardest bit of it. I genuinely think that if you work with people, people want to work with you. They want to do stuff.” The Cambridges in Keswick market Ramblers find some unexpected visitors on a bench near Deepdale Hall Farm in Patterdale, during a visit to Cumbria. At the farm kitchen table, William is talking to a farmer about the price of wool and plastic in fashion. I reckon Dad, Prince Charles, would be so proud! 🐑 🐑 #lakedistrict pic.twitter.com/SNRWbq7ELF— Chris Ship (@chrisshipitv) June 11, 2019 William asked the farmers about how Brexit had affected them, being careful not to share his own opinion about the current political situation.He said: “Is that something you’re worried about?”Mr Cartmel and his wife Rachel, who run a hill farm together, said they also ran other businesses, sheep shearing and training sheep dogs, and rented out part of the house to create income.William said: “It’s a juggling act for you.” Ramblers find some unexpected visitors on a bench near Deepdale Hall Farm in Patterdale, during a visit to Cumbria.Credit:PA William also spoke to Jack Cartmel, 26, and his wife Rachel, 28, who have recently started working on their first farm together. William said: “It must be quite a daunting challenge, especially with the current environment.”Kate said: “Is it what you imagined?”Rachel replied: “We both were brought up on different farms, so we are sort of used to it. It is nice to have our own place – but challenging, definitely. We enjoy it.”  The Duke of Cambridge taking part in sheep shearing with Jack Cartmel at Deepdale Hall Farm The Duchess of Cambridge sheep shearing during a visit to a farm in Cumbria 🐑 pic.twitter.com/3vCehmx6Xh— Lizzie Robinson (@LizzieITV) June 11, 2019 The Duchess of Cambridge takes part in the repair of a dry stone wall at Deepdale Hall FarmCredit:PA Danny Teasdale, who runs a community interest company in Glenridding, said: “The conversation was really good and they were really interested. I was impressed.”They were really keen to know what was going on and we told them there were a lot of positive aspects of farming that don’t get brought up.”William did want to know how people felt about Brexit. 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KFC Counts Down to First Zinger Sandwich in Space

KFC Counts Down to First Zinger Sandwich in Space

20 September 0

first_imgStay on target Finally, KFC Makes A Colonel Sanders Dating GameKFC Tests Plant-Based Beyond Fried Chicken in Atlanta In perhaps the wildest marketing stunt ever, KFC is preparing to send a Zinger burger into space.Well, “near space,” at least: The chicken sandwich is less than seven days from being launched into the stratosphere, where it will stay between 60,000 and 80,000 feet above Earth for four days.“When most people hear the word ‘space,’ they usually think of ‘outer space,’ where all good 3D summer blockbusters are set,” according to KFC’s FAQ. The stratosphere, however, is only the second major layer of Earth’s atmosphere.Still, if all goes according to plan, we must live with the fact that a piece of crispy chicken traveled further than most humans have.In partnership with near-space explorers World View Enterprise, KFC next week will shoot a sandwich 19 miles into the air in a robotic bucket satellite.The Zinger will travel on World View’s high-altitude balloon Stratollite, a remote-controlled, un-crewed vehicle that operates along the edge of space. Unlike its rivals, the Stratollite can remain in orbit for long periods and fly a variety of trajectories.“The Stratollite is spearheading a new market for data collection of our planet, the environment, and human activity from a perch at the very edge of space,” World View CEO Jane Poynter said in a statement.When not carrying precious KFC cargo, the high-altitude balloons can transport various commercial payloads (sensors, telescopes, communications arrays, etc.). The Arizona-based manufacturer hopes its Stratollites will one day improve the ability to ID and track severe weather, and assist first responders during natural disasters.“This next mission will be our first attempt to really push the envelope with a flight designed to test, for the very first time, all the integrated critical systems needed to bring this Stratollite online for commercial markets,” she added.Home viewers can watch the Zinger’s process via social media or KFC’s mission website. The Stratollite will take about one hour and 20 minutes to ascend into space; upon completion of its task, the sandwich will return to Earth at a rate of 2,000 feet per minute—about a 30- to 40-minute journey.Don’t expect to bit into the famous space-faring burger, though. While the stratosphere’s near-vacuum conditions and below-freezing temps are “actually quite optimal for preserving food,” KFC said, the Zinger requires protective covering—i.e. Polyurethane—in space, to preserve the aesthetic of the food.last_img read more

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Joe Biden joins Snapchat ahead of Wednesdays Democratic debate

Joe Biden joins Snapchat ahead of Wednesdays Democratic debate

10 September 0

first_img Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. $6 at Tidal The presidential hopeful also shared an image of himself in slick shades, with Snapchat’s ghost logo in the background.Biden is slated to take the stage in Detroit on Wednesday for the second Democratic primary debate. Does this mean we’ll be seeing him sporting the dog filter at some point? Only time will tell. Read the Rylo camera preview Rylo I’ve got some exciting news: I am now on Snapchat! Subscribe to get a behind-the-scenes look at tonight’s #DemDebate and what’s happening on the campaign trail: https://t.co/AFamrxf91F pic.twitter.com/LdYpSDWh9n— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) July 31, 2019 DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) $60 at Best Buy $520 at HP Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See at Turo Sarah Tew/CNET See at Amazon $59 at eBay $999 Read the AirPods review Comment Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $999 I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Read Google Home Hub review Angela Lang/CNET Politics,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Apple iPhone XS Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. $999 Share your voice Boost Mobile Best Buy $999 Sarah Tew/CNET See It See It Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $299 at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Read DJI Osmo Action preview Chris Monroe/CNET Turo $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) The Cheapskate See It Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Tags Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Sarah Tew/CNET Sprint Tags 1 Share your voice JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $155 at Google Express Presidential candidate Joe Biden is now on Snapchat under the username biden2020. Screenshot by Abrar Al-Heeti/CNET Joe Biden wants you to follow him on Snapchat. The Democratic presidential candidate took to Twitter on Wednesday before the evening’s debate to share that he’s joined the photo- and video-sharing platform under the username biden2020. “I’ve got some exciting news: I am now on Snapchat! Subscribe to get a behind-the-scenes look at tonight’s #DemDebate and what’s happening on the campaign trail: https://joe.link/snapchat,” Biden tweeted. Amazon Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) See it Comments Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). 7 $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express $210 at Best Buylast_img read more

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Studying climate change Korean scientists warm to Western Alaska

Studying climate change Korean scientists warm to Western Alaska

09 September 0

first_imgMembers of the KOPRI research team take samples at their site near Council. (Photo courtesy of Min Jung Kwon, 2017.)A team of South Korean researchers was in Nome during September to study the effects of climate change on Arctic permafrost ecosystems. The project is one of many throughout the Arctic and Antarctic sponsored by the Korean Polar Research Institute, or KOPRI.Listen nowThe small group of scientists and technicians on this Western Alaska expedition stayed in Nome for several weeks and drove daily to a site near Council. They used a special automated chamber system to measure concentrations of carbon dioxide in the permafrost and how fast it’s being released into the atmosphere. They also looked at some of the physical and chemical properties of the permafrost and its microorganisms.Min Jung Kwon is a postdoctoral researcher with KOPRI. She spoke about the urgency of the research.“With the atmospheric temperature rising, and sea level rise, and all the sorts of phenomena associated with climate change, we’re trying to understand it,” Kwon said. “We’re trying to see the big picture in how the phenomena of climate change is affecting the environment.”Building that big picture includes gathering data from KOPRI’s two Antarctic research stations and its Dasan Research Station, on Norway’s Svalbard Island. KOPRI also operates an icebreaker, Aeron, which stopped in Nome on September 16 as part of its annual Arctic voyage. It visits the Arctic in the summer and the Antarctic the other half of the year, during the southern hemisphere’s summer.KOPRI also collaborates with institutions around the world, including the University of Alaska Fairbanks, which was a partner on this Western Alaska project.For a non-Arctic country like South Korea, Kwon said such collaboration is essential:“We rely on the cooperations with institutes and researchers in the Arctic countries to not only give us tips on where we should set up our research stations but if we have common interests and research fields, then we will try to collaborate and see where we can help one another.” Kwon said.Kwon’s collaborative research has taken her around the world, to sites in Russia and Canada.“In Nome is where I find the most beautiful landscape,” Kwon said. “To see the many trees, to see the many mountains — it’s a great sight.”And it’s an odd place, she admits, to find researchers from Korea. But Kwon stressed that Arctic climate change is a global issue.“What happens in the Arctic does not stay in the Arctic,” Kwon said. “It’s actually affecting the entire globe. And we, as a mid-latitude country, we are also very much affected by the changes in the Arctic climate. So we have been experiencing more and more colder temperatures during the winter and more extreme weather. I don’t think we try to see it as an isolated phenomenon, but we try to see it as a connected system.”Kwon and her colleagues are back in Korea for now, compiling and analyzing the data they’ve collected. But she said, in the future, KOPRI hopes expand its work in the Alaskan Arctic to the winter months, though they’ll probably need a few more layers for that.last_img read more

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WATCH Dalit body president attacked at Hyderabad Press Club

WATCH Dalit body president attacked at Hyderabad Press Club

05 September 0

first_imgDalit leader Karne Srisailam was attacked in Hyderabad.Twitter/ANIIn a gruesome attack, unidentified assailants attacked National Schedule Caste Parirakshan Samiti president Karne Srisailam while he was addressing a press conference at the Press Club in Hyderabad on Tuesday, May 21.Watch the video here:#WATCH: National SC Reservation Parirakshana Samithi president, Karne Srisailam, attacked during a press conference at Press Club in Hyderabad yesterday. He was speaking on irregularities in Gurukul Pathshala (residential schools for SC/ST in Telangana) pic.twitter.com/e0brXDe1Tt— ANI (@ANI) May 22, 2019While addressing a press meet, Srisailam was speaking on the irregularities going on in gurukuls and social welfare residential schools in Telangana when he was allegedly thrashed by a PhD student from Osmania University, identified as Alexander. It has been reported that ten unidentified miscreants infiltrated into the Press Club and started attacking Srisailam with media logos and chairs.According to Panjagutta police, Alexander and his associates alleged that they were attacked by Srisailam’s followers.A complaint was lodged by Press Club of Hyderabad manager P Vijay Kumar with the Panjagutta police following which an FIR has been registered. An investigation is underway.last_img read more

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Nissan to fire 1700 employees in India plans for 12500 job cuts

05 September 0

first_imgNissan MotorsReutersJapanese auto manufacturing giant Nissan has plans of sacking about 12,500 employees worldwide by 2022. Out of all the layoffs, India will have a share of 13 percent, which is about 1,710 employees.The company’s website cleared that the job cuts will be executed by 2019 but did not queue any information on the posts being sacked.According to The Economic Times, Nissan will be cutting down 1,420 employees from the US, 1,000 in Mexico, 830 in Indonesia and about 880 in Japan as an initiative to improve its efficiency. John Abraham with Nissan GT-RFacebook/ Nissan IndiaThe 1710 layoffs in India is a part of Nissan’s plan that was announced on September 2018 under the Employee Voluntary Separation Scheme to cut cost in the company.Nissan is facing the beat of the economic slowdown as its figures from the manufacturing unit are jaw-dropping. The manufacturing unit produces about 4.5 lakh automobiles in a year out of which only about 50 percent are sold. The Renault-Nissan collaboration has provided some short term good results in the form of Renault Duster and Kwid but has not performed well in the long run. 2018 Datsun GoThe Japanese giant could not make it large with their decade long presence in the market due to multiple failures while competing Maruti Suzuki. Promising sub-brands like Datsun could not perform well in the muscle series due to incompetent features and high pricing. Nissan’s last failure was the production of Kicks SUV that kept the company in the back foot by its sales of about 300 units in a year.Nissan has been losing its brand value due to its high pricing and lesser sales. As per the company filings, some of the Nissan designs have sales lesser than luxury car company in a year. Nissan KicksFacebook/ Nissan IndiaThe Indian automobile industry has been facing hardship because of the slowing economy. The slowdown has resulted in millions of job cuts by the auto-industry, increasing the unemployment levels of the country.last_img read more

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Wilson Elected President of Ward 8 Democrats in DC

01 September 0

first_imgCharles Wilson is a Ward 8 advisory neighborhood commissioner and a leader in the Anacostia neighborhood. (Courtesy Photo)The Democratic organization in Ward 8, which is one of the most powerful political machines in the District, recently elected new leaders.The Ward 8 Democrats held their biennial convention on Sept. 19 at the Thurgood Marshall Academy to elect new officers for 2015-2017. The new president of the organization is Charles Wilson, a Ward 8 advisory neighborhood commissioner and an advocate in the Historic Anacostia area of the ward.Wilson told the AFRO that he is looking to energize the organization.“We are going to bring in new, positive energy to all Ward 8 Democrats and energize the political life of the ward,” he said.Wilson represents single-members district 8A05 and sits on the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board. He is a graduate of Hampton University and the University of Baltimore School of Law and is presently employed as a manager in the District’s Department of Small and Local Businesses.Wilson is not new to politics. He ran for the Ward 8 D.C. Council seat in 2008 that was won by Marion S. Barry, worked as a former chief of staff for D.C. Council member Anita Bonds (D-At Large) and is a member of the D.C. Democratic State Committee. He will replace Natalie Williams as president.Ward 8 has the highest percentage of registered Democrats in the District with 45,663 out of 54, 466 voters in the ward.The city’s precinct with the most registered Democrats is Washington Highlands in Ward 8 with 4,762.The Ward 8 Democrats are viewed by many District political observers as defining trends for the rest of the city. In May 2010, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty, in his bid for re-election, barely won a straw poll that the organization held, defeating then D.C. Council Chairman and mayoral candidate Vincent Gray, 69-61.However, the straw poll results created momentum for Gray because the chairman didn’t have the funds or the organizational strength that the mayor had.Two months later, the Ward 8 Democrats favored Gray substantially in its endorsement poll.On Jan, 17, 2014, D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser, in a shocker, defeated D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray in a Ward 8 straw poll. Gray was considered the favorite to win the poll because of his strong ties to political leaders in Ward 8.The Bowser win is credited as giving her momentum to win the April 1 mayoral Democratic Party primary that year. Bowser went on to the win the general election in November.The Ward 8 Democrats has several influential members who have become citywide leaders such as Philip Pannell, the executive director of the Anacostia Coordinating Council and a nationally known gay rights activist, Wanda Lockridge as a former D.C. Democratic State Committee chairman, Jacque Patterson, a former president of the organization that has become a force in charter school education, and Markus Batchelor, a mover-and-shaker in the D.C. Young Democrats and a facilitator in the Draft Biden for President movement.Williams, speaking as the outgoing president, said that she appreciated the chance to lead despite tension in the organization at times.“Thank you for allowing me to serve,” she said. “Leadership is difficult and change is uncomfortable but those who want to be leaders understand that is what we sign up for.”The presidency was the only position that was contested. First Vice President Barbara Jones and Treasurer Darryl Ross will serve in the Wilson administration with new officers Second Vice President Leonard Watson Jr., Corresponding Secretary Deloris Walker and Recording Secretary Anthony Lorenzo Green.Green wants to be transformational in his new position.“I see my post as more than keeping the minutes of the meeting,” Green, an advisory neighborhood commissioner, said. “I will work to see that the Ward 8 Democrats are involved in every single issue in this city. We need to step up our game.”In addition to elected new officers, the members voted on changes to the organization’s bylaws and resolutions. They also heard speeches from D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson (D), D.C. Council member LaRuby May (D-Ward 8), Ward 8 D.C. State Board of Education member Tierra Jolly and Ed Potillo, the vice chairman of the D.C. Democratic State Committee who is exploring a run for the Ward 7 D.C. Council seat in 2016.last_img read more

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