OnePlus 3T can now be purchased whenever, wherever from OnePlus Store

first_imgOnePlus on Wednesday announced that the OnePlus 3T — Gunmetal and Soft Gold models — can now be purchased whenever, wherever from the company’s online OnePlus Store. Previously, in order to buy the OnePlus 3T in open sale, potential buyers had just the one option of Amazon India. The move “will help OnePlus to expand its reach and offer a more personalised purchase experience, pan India, through Oneplusstore.in as well as Amazon.in,” the company said in a press statement.OnePlus, only recently, launched limited Midnight Black edition of the OnePlus 3T in India. It said the limited edition phone will be available in limited quantities on March 31 at 2PM IST on OnePlus’ online store and Amazon India for Rs 34,999.”Our users have been asking for an all-black OnePlus 3T, so our team worked hard to bring them the most stunning OnePlus phone to-date in the OnePlus 3T Midnight Black,” Pete Lau, founder and CEO of OnePlus had said in a statement. Interestingly, the Midnight Black edition of the OnePlus 3T is still available for buying from Amazon India.  The OnePlus 3T, if you haven’t heard already, is simply the OnePlus 3 with a faster processor and a bigger battery. The phone is powered by a 2.35GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor coupled with Adreno 530 GPU. It is backed by a 3,400 battery and supports Dash Charging.Just like the original OnePlus 3, the OnePlus 3T boasts of a full-metal unibody and a front-mounted fingerprint scanner which is claimed to unlock the phone in just 0.2 seconds. The OnePlus 3T comes with a USB Type-C port for charging and data-syncing purposes, a bottom-facing speaker out and dualSIM (nanoSIM) support.advertisementThe phone has a 5.5-inch fullHD AMOLED display with a 1920×1080 pixels resolution. It comes with 6GB RAM and 64GB/128GB of internal memory which is non-expandable. The phone supports 4G LTE and NFC connectivity options and runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow-based OxygetOS out-of-the-box.On the optics front, it sports a 16-megapixel camera (Sony IMX 298) on the rear with PDAF, f/2.0 aperture and Optical Image Stabilisation. On the front, it comes with a 16-megapixel camera.Also Read: OnePlus 3T launched in special black edition, sale starts from March 31last_img read more

Danushka Gunathilaka’s six-match ban reduced by half on appeal

first_imgDanushka Gunathilaka’s ban from six limited-overs matches for misconduct during the home series against India has been cut by half following an appeal by the Sri Lankan all-rounder, the country’s cricket board said on Tuesday.The remaining three matches will be part of a suspended sentence over a one-year period, Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement.Gunathilaka was suspended and fined 20 percent of his annual fee this month after a complaint by Sri Lanka team manager Asanka Gurusinha. Local media reported the 26-year-old had missed a training session.”The Executive Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket yesterday decided to revise the suspension imposed on Dhanushka Gunathilaka upon consideration of the appeal made on behalf of Gunathilaka by the Sinhalese Sports Club,” SLC said.Gunathilaka, who has played one test and 28 ODIs, pleaded guilty to the charges and missed Sri Lanka’s one-day series against Pakistan.Sri Lanka lost all three Tests, five one-dayers and the one-off Twenty20 international against India.last_img read more

Maharaj’s career-best figures restrict Sri Lanka to 277

first_img\R Colombo, July 20 (AP) Left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj claimed career-best figures of eight for 116 as South Africa restricted Sri Lanka to 277 for nine by stumps on the opening day of the second Test match at the Sinhalese Sports Club grounds today. Maharaj’s figures are the third best against Sri Lanka by any opposition bowler following Imran Khan’s eight for 58 in Lahore and Shannon Gabriel’s eight for 62 in St. Lucia last month. After a promising start where the openers put on 116 runs for the first wicket, Sri Lanka collapsed as Maharaj bowled a probing line. In a bid to strengthen their batting after their poor show in Galle, the tourists went into the game with a lone spinner, leaving out Tabraiz Shamsi and they may have regretted the decision given Sri Lanka’s troubles against the only spinner. After electing to bat first, Sri Lanka’s openers dominated the morning session. Their 116-run stand is Sri Lanka’s first 100 plus partnership for the opening wicket since October 2016. Since then Sri Lanka have gone through 21 Test matches without a 100 plus partnership by the openers. Maharaj bowled unchanged in the afternoon session and picked up both openers Dimuth Karunaratne (53) and Danushka Gunathilaka (57) in successive overs. He also accounted for Kusal Mendis to reduce Sri Lanka to 168 for three by tea. In the final session’s play, Maharaj claimed five wickets to put South Africa on top. Kagiso Rabada claimed the other wicket to fall when he cleaned up Roshen Silva for 22. Dhananjaya de Silva top scored with 60 runs and was tested by Rabada, who reverse-swung the old ball considerably but with little success. De Silva was hit on the shoulder by a Rabada bouncer when he ducked late. Eventually, he became yet another victim of Maharaj as South Africa successfully reviewed after the appeal had been turned down by umpire Nigel Llong.advertisement Last man Rangana Herath along with Akila Dananjaya survived 19 nervous minutes as South Africa tried to bowl Sri Lanka out on the opening day. The new ball was taken in the 85th over and Maharaj was called up to bowl. Dale Steyn, who needs one more wicket to break the South African record for most wickets in Test cricket, shared the new ball from the other end but failed to make the breakthrough. (AP) AHAHlast_img read more

Dundee defender takes out team-mate

first_imgVideos When slide tackles go wrong – Dundee defender takes out his team-mate Last updated 2 years ago 19:24 11/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jack Hendry Dundee Getty Images Videos Rangers v Dundee Dundee Rangers Premiership Premier League Jack Hendry’s challenge went all wrong as the Dens Park side were thumped at Ibrox It was a pretty miserable weekend for Dundee, as they fell to the bottom of the Scottish Premiership following a 4-1 defeat at Rangers.Two goals from Alfredo Morelos, and strikes from Josh Windass and Carlos Pena consigned the Dens Park outfit to a heavy defeat, despite Faissal El Bakhtaoui’s late consolation, but perhaps the ultimate humiliation came when Jack Hendry was left red faced for taking out team-mate Cammy Kerr with a sliding tackle.The right-back was tracking back to mop up the danger, but former Wigan man Hendry misread the situation and performed a poorly execute challenge that left his defensive colleague sprawled on the deck. Had he done that to an opponent, it would have been a clear yellow card. Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Thankfully for Dundee, it did no further damage to their cause.last_img read more

Report: Fiorentina 0 Juventus 2

first_imgFiorentina 0 Juventus 2: Bernardeschi haunts Viola as Juve go top Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 05:47 2/10/18 bernardeschi-cropped Getty Images Juventus return to Serie A’s summit after beating Fiorentina 2-0, with former Viola star Federico Bernardeschi scoring on his return. Federico Bernardeschi had the last laugh as he returned to his former club Fiorentina with their historic rivals Juventus and scored in a 2-0 victory which puts the reigning champions top of Serie A.The 23-year-old angered Fiorentina fans in pre-season when he crossed the rivalry that was intensified by Robert Baggio’s switch to Juve in 1990 and he silenced the jeers with a second-half free-kick, before Gonzalo Higuain wrapped things up late on in Massimiliano Allegri’s 200th game in charge.For the most part, the first half was a cagey affair, with a controversial VAR decision which ultimately denied Fiorentina an early penalty chief among the few highlights. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The best opportunity in a first period otherwise devoid of them fell to the hosts just before the break and Juve could count themselves lucky to escape, as the lively Gil Dias fired against the right-hand post of Gianluigi Buffon, who was making his 500th league appearance for the Turin giants.Initially, proceedings were not hugely improved upon the restart, but Bernardeschi – who has been hit-and-miss since costing Juve €40million – managed to heat things up, netting 10 minutes into the second half.Juve were forced to withstand plenty of pressure towards the end, though their ever-dependable backline held firm and they hit Fiorentina on the break, as Higuain rounded things off four minutes from the end to move them two points ahead of Napoli at the top of the table, with Maurizio Sarri’s men facing Lazio on Saturday.@fbernardeschi opens the scoring in Florence #FiorentinaJuve pic.twitter.com/FKP1zYlOng— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) February 9, 2018Although Juve dictated possession during the early exchanges, Fiorentina did an excellent job of restricting their flow of chances, with a Claudio Marchisio effort from 30 yards – which was easily saved by Marco Sportiello – all they could muster.Fiorentina then seemed to be presented with the perfect chance to take the lead 18th minutes in, as Giorgio Chiellini was penalised for appearing to handle Marco Benassi’s cross inside his own area.But, after much deliberation, Jordan Veretout was denied the opportunity to take the kick, as VAR identified Benassi in an offside when he received the ball even though it appeared to be played to him by Alex Sandro.Despite that disappointment, Fiorentina seemed to improve thereafter and went agonisingly close to the opener six minutes before the break – Dias breezing past Stephan Lichtsteiner and shooting right-footed on to the left-hand post.Juve were no better as an attacking entity at the start of the second half, with the pattern of the game initially unchanged.4 – Federico Bernardeschi has scored four goals in his six Serie A games started with Juventus. Ex. #FiorentinaJuve— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) February 9, 2018But Bernardeschi’s quick feet on the edge of the box in the 56th minute secured Juve a free-kick and the Italy international picked out the bottom-left corner, exploiting Sportiello’s poor positioning.That forced Fiorentina to become more forward-thinking, though that almost resulted in Juve catching them on the break 11 minutes later – Mario Mandzukic shooting just wide after Douglas Costa’s cut-back.Buffon had to be alert soon after, rushing out to block Cyril Thereau’s close-range effort following a driving run courtesy of Giovanni Simeone.And Juve capitalised on Fiorentina’s desperation for an equaliser, hitting them on the break towards the end as Higuian coolly swept past Sportiello for his sixth goal in four games across all competitions. Key Opta Facts:- Juventus have conceded only one goal in their last 16 games (all competitions), a club record.- Juventus have won 10 and drawn one of their last 11 Serie A games (one goal conceded in this period).- Gianluigi Buffon has played his 500th league game with Juventus (Serie A + Serie B).- Federico Bernardeschi has scored four goals in his six Serie A games started with Juventus.- Juventus have scored four goals from direct free kick, more than any other team in the Serie A 2017/18.- Gonzalo Higuain has scored five goals in his last three league games, after a drought of six Serie A games in a row.- Fiorentina have hit the woodwork in all their last three Serie A games.  read morelast_img read more

Province Celebrates Environmental Achievements During Earth Week

first_imgNova Scotians will benefit from a healthier environment thanks to reductions in the province’s greenhouse gas emissions. In conjunction with Earth Week, which runs until April 22, Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau announced today April 19, the province reduced greenhouse gas emissions in the electricity sector last year, and is on track to meet its emissions targets. “One of our government’s earliest acts was to place hard caps on greenhouse gas emissions, specifically in the electricity sector, which accounts for half of the province’s emissions,” said Mr. Belliveau. “As a result of this leadership, and additional measures, we are well on our way to meet our greenhouse gas reduction targets by 2020. Our success is due to the efforts of all the people of the province and Nova Scotia Power.” Nova Scotia is the only jurisdiction in North America to place hard caps on greenhouse gas emissions in the electricity sector. Emissions from the electricity sector will be 25 per cent lower by 2020. The province was recognized for this initiative at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Copenhagen in December 2010. The David Suzuki Foundation also named it one of the top five best moves on climate change by a province or territory. “Nova Scotians can take great pride in what we have been able to accomplish when it comes to lowering greenhouse gas emissions, particularly in the electricity sector,” said Energy Minister Charlie Parker. “While we have made great progress, we all have a role to play to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption.” Nova Scotia Power’s most recent report to the Department of Environment shows that, in 2010, the first year of the greenhouse gas cap, emissions from NSPI were 850,000 tonnes less, a drop of nine per cent, from the base year of 2007. The province’s Renewable Electricity Plan, released in April 2010, is one of the most aggressive in the world. It requires 25 per cent of Nova Scotia’s electricity come from renewable sources by 2015, with a goal of 40 per cent by 2020. Legislation tabled this month will allow the 40 per cent by 2020 target to become law. Another initiative by the province that will reduce emissions from the electricity sector is creating Efficiency Nova Scotia, a new organization that is independent of government, to develop and administer energy efficiency and conservation programs to help Nova Scotians use less energy. The province also has some of the highest levels of wind power capacity as a percentage of peak load in Canada, with plans to expand. The announcement took place at the Centre for Built Environment, at the Nova Scotia Community College Waterfront Campus. ecoNova Scotia invested more than $1.4 million to incorporate energy efficiency and renewable energy into the centre. These measures are saving nearly 1,600 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year. “Environmental sustainability is a college-wide commitment,” said Don Jardine, academic chair, environmental sustainability and development. “In addition to building renewable energy into the Waterfront Campus, our other 12 campuses throughout the province have worked to decrease the college’s total energy consumption by five per cent in each of the last two years, reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by another 1,400 tonnes.” For more information visit www.gov.ns.ca/nse .last_img read more

Premier Extends Condolences to Family of Noel Knockwood

first_imgPremier Stephen McNeil is extending condolences to the family and friends of Mi’kmaq elder and spiritual leader, Noel Knockwood, who has died at the age of 81. “Noel Knockwood was a pillar of his community who touched the lives of many Nova Scotians with his wisdom, compassion and commitment to building a society that practices inclusion and respect of Mi’kmaq heritage and culture,” said Premier McNeil. “He made history in so many ways by quietly and passionately sharing his deep belief in Mi’kmaq spirituality and serving his country with distinction in a time of war. “On behalf of all Nova Scotians, I want to express sympathy to his family at this difficult time. They are in my thoughts and prayers.” Mr. Knockwood was born in 1932 on the Shubenacadie First Nation. He was a keptin of the Mi’kmaq Grand Council and served as the first aboriginal sergeant at arms for the Nova Scotia legislature from 2000-05. He was a veteran of the Korean War and succeeded in having traditional Mi’kmaq wedding ceremonies officially recognized in Nova Scotia. “Noel Knockwood was not just a leader in the Mi’kmaq community, he was also able to share his knowledge of Mi’kmaq heritage and culture with many Nova Scotians as a teacher and spiritual leader,” said Premier McNeil. In 2002, he was awarded a National Aboriginal Achievement Award for his contributions to culture, heritage and spirituality. Memorial arrangements will be announced later. -30-last_img read more

Man dies as vehicle catches electric current

first_imgNew Delhi: A 36-year-old man died and four persons injured after the canter in which they were travelling caught electric current after touching a high tension wire in South East Delhi’s Jaitpur area on Saturday. Police said that deceased and the victims were Kanwarias and they were going to Haridwar.Police said that a PCR call at 02.35 am regarding someone got electric shock was received at Jaitpur police station. One injured identified as Bijender Karana resident of Jaitpur had been brought dead to Holy Family hospital due to electric shock. Deputy Commissioner of Police (South East) Chinmoy Biswal said that on enquiry, it was found that the deceased was going to Haridwar to take Kanwar along with 20-25 other people in an Eicher Canter.last_img read more

China plays down reports of assembling troops at HK borders

first_imgBeijing: Playing down reports of assembling its troops near the borders of Hong Kong, which is witnessing huge pro-democracy protests for the last two months, China on Wednesday said that the onus is on the US to prove that it has no hand in instigating the anti-Beijing demonstrations. Reports from Washington quoting officials of the White House said that the US is monitoring a congregation of Chinese forces near the border of Hong Kong which is witnessing the biggest pro-democracy protests since it was handed over by Britain to China in 1997. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USFor over two months, the former British colony is gripped with mass protests with participation of millions of people opposing a bill to extradite wanted locals to mainland China for prosecution. The protests continued even after the local government said the bill is dead. The protests at times turned violent as police tried to supress them with tear gas and rubber bullets. China earlier hinted at deploying its troops currently stationed at a garrison in Hong Kong at the request of the local government. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe reports on Tuesday quoted a White House official, who was not identified, as saying that nature of the Chinese troop build-up was not clear but the units of the Chinese military or the armed police had gathered at the border with Hong Kong. Asked for her reaction at a media briefing here on Wednesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying, who on Tuesday alleged the US’ hand behind the protests in Hong Kong, said that “I am not aware of the specific situation but if the White House prefers to see prosperity and stability in Hong Kong they should give some advice to those violent protestors to protest in peaceful way rather than resorting to violence.” Hua, on Tuesday, criticised US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s remarks that China should do the right thing in Hong Kong. “I wonder does he hoped that those violent protesters who are attacking the police with iron batons can go to the US and show how democratic the US is,” Hua said, referring to Pompeo’s comments. “I believe Pompeo is not putting himself in a right position. I am afraid he still believes he is the CIA chief. He thinks the violent behaviours in Hong Kong are reasonable because the US also contributed to that,” she said. Pompeo was the former director of the CIA before his appointment as the Secretary of State. Hua alleged the US’ hand behind the protests. “There have been many American faces in the protests in Hong Kong, and even some American flags,” Hua added. When pointed out that the US officials dismissed her remarks as ridiculous, she said “US need to give frank explanation to the whole world. Indeed, if the US can prove and promise that it will never have a hand in Hong Kong affairs we will surely welcome that.”last_img read more

MICHAEL IRONSIDE IN BERLIN

first_imgPublicity still for The Harrowing courtesy of Film Mode Entertainment. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Toronto, ON – We’re not sure if the veteran Canadian actor will actually be there, but his 2017 film The Harrowing will have its World Market Premiere screening and European Film Market debut in Berlin tomorrow, February 18th.Written and directed by veteran horror director Jon Keeyes (American Nightmare, Fall Down Dead), in addition to Michael Ironside, the horror feature costars Matthew Tompkins (Sicario), and Arnold Vosloo (The Mummy, G.i. Joe).“The Harrowing is a movie that is going to get audiences excited across the world,” said director Keeyes. “We’ve carefully crafted an intelligent, suspenseful, tense thriller that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats while driving them down a road of psychological twists and turns. Right out of the gate, we pull them in with an explosive opening sequence, and then keep them guessing as the mystery unfolds until we blow their minds in the final moments. Being able to construct such an intricate puzzle like this – that is both entertaining and thought provoking – has been a joy.” Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Login/Register With: Ironside plays Carl Logan, a jaded police lieutenant who must decide whether or not his officer is a killer. Vosloo plays Dr. Whitney, who runs a forensic hospital that’s conducting secret experiments on its patients. The film focuses on vice detective Calhoun, played by Matthew Tompkins, who is accused of the ritualistic murder of his best friend. Bent on finding the truth, he is plunged into Hell when he The Harrowing, movie, poster,goes undercover and discovers that demons might be real. This is a hard-boiled thriller in the vein of genre classics Jacobs Ladder and Angel Heart. Advertisementlast_img read more

Q4 realty investment up 7 to 11year high of Rs 17682 cr

first_imgNew Delhi: Indian real estate sector attracted investment of Rs 17,682 crore in the January-March period, highest quarterly funding since 2008, on strong inflows from foreign investors in commercial assets, according to property consultant Cushman & Wakefield. The investment was up by 7 per cent from Rs 16,528 crore in the corresponding period last year. Foreign funds investment in Indian real estate rose 81 per cent to Rs 11,338 crore in the first quarter of 2019 calendar year from Rs 6,260 crore in the year-ago period, the data showed. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra”Higher participation of foreign investors this quarter is a signal towards sustained interest in the country’s real estate story backed by increasing transparency and friendly investment policies,” Cushman & Wakefield (C&W) India Country Head & Managing Director Anshul Jain said in a statement. Office and retail segments continued to attract high investment, he said, adding that warehousing/logistics segment was also providing opportunities for investors. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days”The first successful REIT (real estate investment trust) listing has opened another avenue for investors to participate in the momentum visible in office markets while also reinforcing the attractiveness of Indian realty,” Jain said. Asset-wise, C&W said the housing segment got 57 per cent less investment during the January-March quarter of 2019 at Rs 3,697 crore from Rs 8,518 crore in the year-ago period. The funding inflow in residential sector got affected owing to liquidity issues of NBFCs which have been a major source of refinancing and lending to this asset class in last 4-5 years, the consultant said. Investment in office properties rose to Rs 7,925 crore from Rs 6,100 crore during the period under review.last_img read more

Sanction threats wont change Russia stance on Ukraine Lavrov

first_imgTUNIS – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday that threats of sanctions against Moscow are counter-productive and will not change its position on the Ukraine crisis.“Our position is honest and… will not change,” Lavrov told a news conference in Tunisia, where he was on an official visit.“We have always opposed the policy of unilateral sanctions. I hope our partners understand that such actions are counter-productive. “Anger and humiliation are ill-advised.”Ukraine’s new authorities have said that thousands of Russian troops have poured into Crimea during the past few days, in claims backed by Western officials but denied on Tuesday by Russian President Vladimir Putin.“In its statements, the EU has not once recalled the agreement of February 21,” Lavrov said in reference to a European-brokered roadmap for Ukraine to end violent protests that ousted Kremlin-backed president Viktor Yanukovych.“This means the EU does not want a national unity government and to disarm” groups, he added.Lavrov indicated Russia was open to holding negotiations with its international partners that involved the implementation of the February 21 accord signed by Yanukovych and his opponents.Turning to Crimea, the Russian minister said “vigilante groups” were providing security on the Ukrainian peninsula after “lots of weapons and explosives were seized”.“Regarding the Russian military which are at the base of the Black Sea fleet in Sevastopol, they are acting strictly as always on the basis of the agreement allowing the existence of the Russian base in this territory, and according to requests by the legal authority in Ukraine and legitimate power in the Crimea,” he added.Lavrov arrived in Tunisia late Monday for the visit focused on expanding commercial ties.His visit comes amid rising tensions over the situation in Ukraine, which analysts have called the most serious crisis between the West and Moscow since the 1991 breakup of the Soviet Union.Western powers have been wrestling with how to respond to Russia’s threat to use force against Ukraine, where Yanukovych was driven from power following three months of protests that culminated in days of carnage.Washington has suspended military cooperation with Russia, and the Kremlin has responded to US warnings, saying sanctions against Russia “would end in a crash for the financial system of the United States”.last_img read more

Tsunami aid makes extraordinary progress but faces extraordinary problems UN

“We are making extraordinary progress in reaching the majority of the people affected in the majority of the areas,” Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland told a news briefing on day 10 of the disaster that killed more than 150,000 people – with the number still rising – injured 500,000 more and left up to 5 million lacking basic services.”We are also experiencing extraordinary obstacles in many, many areas and nowhere do we have bigger problems again than in northern Sumatra and the Aceh region,” he added. “We still have logistical bottlenecks although that’s part of the extraordinary progress that we have been solving many more of the bottlenecks earlier than we’ve done in similar disasters before.”Warning that diseases were worsening by the day in areas that the massive relief operation was not reaching, Mr. Egeland said the top priority “on his wish list” were C-17 transport planes to fly in heavy earth moving equipment to increase the capacity of the airport in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, which registered the worst devastation among the dozen countries hit by the tsunami. Britain has already promised one of the aircraft.”We still need more trucks, we still need more helicopters, we still need more aircraft, we still need more landing crafts and boats, we still need more base camps with staff support, we need more fuel stores and handling units, we need more water treatment units, we need more generators and deployment kits for personnel. But in all of these areas we are making progress,” he declared.But he added: “I still feel a sense of desperation that a lot of the people on the Sumatra coast we are not reaching.” Relief officials have stressed the vital importance of bringing in clean drinking water and sanitation equipment to avoid deadly epidemics that in a worst case scenario could claim as many or more lives than the tsunami itself.Mr. Egeland said aid pledged so far has topped $2 billion but he emphasized that it must be long-term and that donors must come up with the money they have pledged, which has not always happened in the past.He also again stressed the vital need for coordinating the operations. “I think that it is now amply proven that if anybody can coordinate the world’s generosity it’s the United Nations or nobody,” he said.”We are very adamant that everything has to be coordinated. We do not want a thousand organizations to try to send things to Aceh today. It would be a disaster in a disaster.”Meanwhile UN agency heads were touring the area to fine-tune the response to the disaster. Arriving in Indonesia following a two-day tour of flood-ravaged Sri Lanka, UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Carol Bellamy called for four basic measures to “give this devastated tsunami generation a fighting chance.”These are: a focus on keeping children alive with an emphasis on clean water, adequate sanitation, basic nutrition and routine medical care; caring for separated children, reuniting those who have lost their immediate families with their extended families and communities; ensuring that children are protected from exploitation; and helping children cope with their trauma by getting them back in school as soon as possible.Earlier estimates put the number of children killed by the tsunami at a third of the total, but yesterday in Sri Lanka Ms. Bellamy said this might be too low since children in relief camps formed too small a proportion of survivors. She also said it was believed that 1.5 million children had in some way been affected by the disaster.The Director-General of the UN World Health Organization (WHO), Lee Jong-wook, has already arrived in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, where on Thursday Mr. Annan will launch a flash appeal at a global conference on the catastrophe, at the start of a five-day visit to the worst-hit of all the devastated countries as well as to Sri Lanka.”It is a race against time to act quickly to respond to disease outbreaks,” WHO said, stressing the vital need to provide clean drinking water to prevent infectious and water-borne illnesses such as diarrhoeal diseases, dysentery and typhoid.”Millions of people are now under serious threat of disease outbreaks as a result of damaged water and sanitation systems, sea water contamination and the congested and crowded conditions of the displaced,” it warned, although no epidemic outbreaks have been reported so far.For its part, in what it called an unprecedented response to a natural disaster, the UN refugee agency said it is planning a six-month, multi-million dollar emergency relief operation in Aceh and Sri Lanka. “This is indeed a very special situation,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Ruud Lubbers declared, adding that the agency, whose mandate is to protect, assist and find solutions for refugees fleeing persecution and conflict, had taken the exceptional decision to provide its resources and operational expertise to help natural disaster victims because of the immensity of the crisis.The UN World Food Programme (WFP) said it had managed to bring in 380 tons of food and 40,000 litres of water to Aceh, enough for 100,000 people for a week. read more

APCNBC poll finds Twitter faces skeptical investors users ahead of IPO

by Barbara Ortutay, The Associated Press Posted Nov 4, 2013 12:22 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Twitter faces skepticism from potential investors and the broader public ahead of its initial public offering, according to an Associated Press-CNBC poll released Monday.Some 36 per cent of Americans say buying stock in the 7-year-old short messaging service would be a good investment, while 47 per cent disagree. Last May, ahead of Facebook’s IPO, 51 per cent of Americans said Facebook Inc. would be a good investment. Just 31 per cent didn’t agree.Twitter plans to make its Wall Street debut this week and surprisingly, 52 per cent of people ages 18 to 34 say investing in the company’s stock is not a good idea.Twitter Inc. will begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday morning after setting a price for its IPO sometime Wednesday evening. As it stands, the San Francisco-based company plans to raise as much as $1.6 billion in the process. The transaction values Twitter at as much as $12.5 billion. That’s little more than one-eighth of Facebook’s roughly $104 billion market value when it went public.Twitter has not turned a profit since its launch, but its future depends on advertisements as a primary source of income. The company mainly sells three types of ads: promoted tweets, promoted accounts and promoted trends. A company like Starbucks, for instance, can pay Twitter to promote a single tweet or it can pay the company to ask users to follow its account.It does not bode well that more than half of Twitter users say they have not noticed advertising. Among the 42 per cent of users who did notice, 31 per cent say they’ve clicked on or followed one of the promoted items in question.Among the poll’s other key findings:— One in 5 Americans has a Twitter account. One in 10, meanwhile, looks at Twitter feeds but doesn’t have an account of their own.— Nearly a quarter of Twitter account holders send tweets at least once a day, while 29 per cent say they never do. More account holders say they read others’ tweets daily, 35 per cent.— About 30 per cent of Twitter users say they have used the service to register complaints about a product or service or when they are looking for information about services or products.— Twitter has billed itself as the place for public, real-time conversations, but only 16 per cent of users say they turn to Twitter frequently for breaking news. That said, 44 per cent of users do so at least some of the time.— Just 19 per cent of respondents say they have a “favourable” view of Twitter, while 47 per cent feel the same way about Facebook.— A sizable portion of the nation isn’t familiar with Twitter or doesn’t know what to make of it: 9 per cent have never heard of it and another 12 per cent say they just don’t know how they feel about it.—Just 35 per cent of Americans say they think Twitter will be a successful company in five years. More, 49 per cent, think Facebook will be successful in five years.The Associated Press-CNBC telephone poll was conducted Oct. 25 to 27 by GfK Roper Public Affairs and Corporate Communications among 1,006 U.S. adults. The results have a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. According to Twitter, 77 per cent of its 232 million monthly visitors are outside of the U.S.__AP Director of Polling Jennifer Agiesta and News Survey Specialist Dennis Junius contributed to this story from Washington.__Online:Survey results: http://surveys.ap.orgCNBC on Twitter: http://www.cnbc.com/twitterFollow Barbara Ortutay on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BarbaraOrtutay AP-CNBC poll finds Twitter faces skeptical investors, users ahead of IPO read more

Alberta Energy Regulator fines Calgary company for 48day oil pipeline leak

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Alberta Energy Regulator fines Calgary company for 48-day oil pipeline leak EDMONTON – A Calgary-based company has been fined over a pipeline breach that spilled 537,000 litres of oil emulsion in northern Alberta over 48 days.The Alberta Energy Regulator says Pengrowth Energy Corporation failed to properly detect, report and deal with the spill near Red Earth Creek.The regulator says the mixture of oil and oilwell salt water leaked between Dec. 1, 2013, and Jan. 18, 2014, before the company became aware of the spill.Pengrowth (TSX:PGF) has been fined $250,000 for breaching Alberta environment and public lands laws.Rob Borth, the regulator’s director of enforcement, says in a report that Pengrowth lacked knowledge, training and management oversite of the pipeline.He says those shortcomings included being able to detect leaks.“Aggravating factors include indicators of the poor performance and operation of the pipeline were not well understood, incorrect assumptions were made by field staff and procedures were not followed,” says the report posted on the regulator’s website Thursday.“I find Pengrowth lacked diligence concerning the failure to report the release, failure to remediate and for the loss or damage to public lands.”Officials at Pengrowth were not immediately available for comment.The company’s website says Pengrowth is an intermediate Canadian oil and natural gas producer with more than 27 years of operating history.The regulator says the company has since cleaned up the area affected by the spill.In 2013 the Energy Resources Conservation Board, the regulator’s predecessor, issued an enforcement action against Pengrowth over a 2011 pipeline spill near Swan Hills that sent about 117,000 litres of oily water into a creek.The company was cited for operating the pipeline for more than a year under faulty construction practices before it failed.The ERCB directed the company to immediately modify its construction management system to include clear definitions of roles, responsibilities, experience, and expectations of anyone involved in pipeline design, construction and inspection. by John Cotter, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 14, 2016 3:01 pm MDT read more

Cops issue Wanted Bulletin for murder suspect

The suspect is of Amerindian heritage and his last known addresses are listed as North West District and Swan Soesdyke/ Linden Highway. Police say Carl Welcome Jnr. C/D “Ralph” is wanted for questioning in relation to murder committed on Shervin Melville between 16th and 17th December. “Anyone with information that may lead to the arrest of Carl Welcome Jnr. C/D “Ralph” is asked to contact the police on telephone numbers 226-6978, 225-8196, 777-5360, 455-2238, 4552267, 227-1149, 226-7065, 911 or the nearest police station.All information will be treated with the strictest confidence,” the GPF stated in a release moments ago.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWanted bulletin issued for murder suspectDecember 10, 2015In “Crime”Police issue wanted bulletins for 4 so farJuly 10, 2017In “Crime”Wanted bulletin issued for suspect in murder of labourer in KittyJuly 3, 2018In “Crime” read more

Oregon Food Bank issues recall of chia seeds

first_imgThe Oregon Food Bank has issued a recall of more than 22,000 pounds of chia seeds distributed at food banks and pantries throughout Oregon and Clark County.The seeds donated to the Oregon Food Bank by Live Local Organic of Milwaukie, Ore., may be contaminated with rodent droppings. No known illnesses have been associated with the seeds, but use or consumption may present a health hazard, according to a news release from the food bank.The seeds were distributed through the Oregon Food Bank Network of regional food banks and pantries. The product was distributed in 1 pound plastic poly film bags with a twist-type closure or a re-sealable pouch. All seeds distributed between Nov. 1 and March 9 are included in the recall.The issue was discovered through an investigation of a consumer complaint. Product still in inventory at the food bank was determined to contain rodent droppings. Subsequent investigation showed evidence of rodent activity at the donor’s facility.For more information, contact the food bank where you received the seeds or call Oregon Food Bank facilities and regulatory compliance manager Ryan Wist at 503-419-4160.last_img read more

International Trade Commission Votes in Favor of NBB in Antidumping Case

first_imgInformation provided by NBBThe International Trade Commission (ITC) voted 4-0 in favor of the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) Fair Trade Coalition’s position that the industry has suffered because of unfairly dumped imports of biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia.Last month, the Commerce Department calculated final dumping rates ranging from 60.44 percent to 86.41 percent for Argentine producers, and 92.52 percent to 276.65 percent for Indonesian producers. The ITC’s final vote today was the last remaining procedural hurdle before the U.S. Commerce Department could issue final antidumping orders.Once the Commerce Department publishes final antidumping orders, this will conclude the process for the initial round of administrative proceedings on both the antidumping and the parallel countervailing duty petitions filed in March 2017. Parties can appeal these decisions in the Court of International Trade in New York. In fact, we have already seen several parties file in that court to contest the findings in the countervailing duty cases; we expect the same will happen in the antidumping cases. This requires a new round of legal defenses and strategies moving forward but all duties for both cases remain in place throughout any appeals proceedings.Why did NBB file these petitions? What was the problem? The coalition outlined its case before the ITC Commissioners last fall. Essentially, the U.S. government found that a flood of dumped and subsidized imports from Argentina and Indonesia resulted in market share losses and depressed prices for domestic producers. These imports have severely injured American manufacturers and workers. Specifically, biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia surged by 464 percent from 2014 to 2016, taking 18 percentage points of market share from U.S. producers. These surging, low-priced imports prevented producers from earning adequate returns on their substantial investments and caused U.S. producers to pull back on further investments to serve a growing market.What did NBB to the press? “This vote today finalizes the case to address the harm that unfair trade practices have had on the U.S. biodiesel industry,” said Donnell Rehagen, chief executive officer of NBB. “Foreign producers dumping product into American markets below cost has undermined the jobs and environmental benefits that U.S. biodiesel brings to the table. Establishing a level playing field for true competition in the market will allow the domestic industry the opportunity to put to work substantial under-utilized production capacity.”Click here to learn more from NBB.last_img read more

Aibo looks even more adorable in chocolate edition

first_imgFolks in Japan can order the chocolate edition of Aibo. Sony Sony’s robotic dog Aibo is getting a makeover in Japan. The company is offering a limited-edition “chocolate” Aibo, according to a translated press release. Aibo’s new look includes dark brown ears, a lighter brown face and white legs. Sony did not immediately respond to a request for comment as to whether a multicolored Aibo will be available in the US. The robo dog is a refresh of a version Sony sold from 1999 to 2006. The new Aibo started shipping in the US in December 2018 with a price tag of $2,990.Preorders start Wednesday in Japan. Share your voice Chris Monroe/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET Tags Turo: Save $30 on any car rental 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. $60 at Best Buy TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Apple iPhone XS $6 at Tidal 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. Comments Turo Read the Rylo camera preview $210 at Best Buy $520 at HP $999 7 $999 $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. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) 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. 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. 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. See it Read DJI Osmo Action preview Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Read Google Home Hub review Sarah Tew/CNET Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) $999 Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) See It Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) 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. Rylo $299 at Amazon DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Amazon Read the AirPods review Share your voice 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). Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $59 at eBay 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. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Toys and Tabletop Games,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. See at Amazon HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Sprint Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 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. Post a comment Angela Lang/CNET Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X See at Turo Best Buy $155 at Google Express 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. See It Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express 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. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) 0 Boost Mobile 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 Tags Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) The Cheapskate See Itlast_img read more

Ice road from Kotzebue to Noorvik and Kiana closes

first_imgAfter being open for a record high amount of consecutive days -around three weeks- the ice road that spans from Kotzebue to Noorvik and Kiana is closed. After a snow storm Sunday night (April 9th), several Kotzebue residents found their vehicles on the wrong side of the road.Listen nowOn a trip to Noorvik, Kotzebue resident Robin Gage’s wife, Frances, was stopped right outside of Noorvik after trying to get home.Gage, who had snowmachined out to the road, describes the terrain as currently impassable.“Some people were down there on the river right outside of Noorvik,” Gage said. “And they stopped her and said, ‘Don’t even go, don’t waste your time, it’s no good, it’s closed.’ And so she never left Noorvik.”As of Tuesday, the city confirmed two vehicles are stuck on the Noorvik side of the ice road. Northwest Arctic Borough chief of staff Patrick Savok said the Borough has no intentions of opening up the road any further.“The official status as of today is the ice road to Noorvik and Kiana from Kotzebue has been blown over and is now closed,” Savok said. “We do not have the any remaining funds to reopen the road and we are scrambling looking at our books to find whatever we can to at least save somewhat of an opening as we know there are some vehicles stuck up in the villages”Savok said those with stuck cars may have few options for getting their vehicles home.“One has already been brought back to Kotzebue by two or four snowmachines that’s an option. Secondly, is the barging system when the waterways open,” Savok said. “Thirdly is to –and some people have done this before in the past- leave their vehicle up there until the next year’s ice road.”Savok said making an ice road is costly. Aside from local donations, the Borough is given a $50,000 grant to help provide for car travel to Kotzebue. This year, the Borough reports it has already spent all existing funds.In the meantime, Robin Gage said being one car down just means using the four wheeler.last_img read more