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Newly Sworn-In Citizens Say They Feel Anchored To The MaritimesNewly Sworn-In Citizens Say They Feel Anchored To The Maritimes

first_imgA group of newcomers was sworn in as Canadian citizens Thursday in Halifax, with one family having chosen Canada over the U.S. after trying both on their emigration from India.At the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 — the seaport-turned-museum that welcomed around one million immigrants to Canada between 1928 and 1971 — 147 newcomers stood and took an oath Thursday morning to become Canadian citizens.Read it at The Star Related Itemslast_img

MS Dhoni was never bullied as a kid. There is a very good reason tooMS Dhoni was never bullied as a kid. There is a very good reason too

first_imgHaving a passion for sports at a young age has its own perks. It keeps you fit, healthy, is a great career choice no matter what the sport is and apparently it also helps you to steer clear of bullies, it worked for MS Dhoni atleast.The former India skipper recently revealed that he was never bullied at a young age as he used to play with boys who were much older to him.   “I don’t think I was ever bullied. One of the reasons could be that often, people who are very small, thin or timid, you tend to get away without being bullied; if someone is very cute and cuddly, he/she also gets away with things. I was small and timid,” Dhoni told The Print.”Another reason could be that I used to play with boys that were much older to me, and they saw me as a younger brother. We lived in a colony and were only two or three of us that were of the same age group, the other children were at least five or six years older to us.”Playing cricket with older boys also helped Dhoni improve his game.”Maybe that is one of the reasons that I play cricket well, because I have always played cricket with people who were older than me, which meant that they had more power and they understood the game better. Playing with them made me better.Dhoni also said that even when he was playing domestic cricket at the under-16 and under-19 levels, he never faced any bullying in the dressing room.”So as far as bullying is concerned, I do not think we were bullied at any point of time. Even when we started playing cricket at the under-16 or under-19 level, we were never bullied. Often, it depends on the seniors – how the seniors are in the team environment affects the nature of the team, and the juniors also get groomed according to them. What is important is that you keep on passing the baton to the next generation.advertisementDhoni also condemned the act of bullying and said, “Bullying is not a thing that should happen. In a society, it does happen, but there are ways to deal with it. One of the effective ways is to pass on the culture of being against the concept of bullying, and the culture of being nice to people. That is what life is all about.”last_img read more

Micromax Yu Ace vs Xiaomi Redmi 5A vs Infinix Smart 2: The best Rs 6,000 phone?Micromax Yu Ace vs Xiaomi Redmi 5A vs Infinix Smart 2: The best Rs 6,000 phone?

first_imgIf you thought Micromax’s sub-brand Yu was dead, well, you were mistaken. After being silent for about a year or so, Yu is back and this time with a new entry-level smartphone called Yu Ace. The smartphone has been launched in two variants. The base model with 2GBRAM and 16GB of internal storage costs Rs 5,999, while the other model comes packed with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage and will sell at a price of Rs 6,999. With the Yu Ace Micromax will aim to take on the likes of other similar segment phones like Xiaomi’s “desk ka smartphone” aka Redmi 5A and the Infinix Smart 2, which is also a worthy competitor of the 5A (read review).Until last month, if you would have asked us to suggest a good phone under Rs 6,000 that has decent hardware and offers more value than its price, Redmi 5A would have been the only recommendation from our side. Now, there’s the Infinix Smart 2 that not only comes packed with hardware similar to what you get in the Redmi 5A but is equally powerful. If only brand Infinix was a little more better known, it would have helped the company to sell more units of the Smart 2, particularly at a time when Redmi 5A is rarely in stock or available for purchase.So, it’s nice to see that there is new player joining the fight. This new player is the Yu Ace. I am yet to try this phone, but hardware and the Yu Ace specs look quite interestingly. Of particular note is the fact that the Yu Ace runs the stock version of Android 8.1 Oreo and comes with an 18:9 display, which is great to see in a phone so affordable. In comparison, the Redmi 5A comes with a slightly broader screen. Also neither the Redmi 5A nor the Infinix Smart 2 come with stock Android software, so that is a win for the Yu Ace.advertisementThe Yu Ace vs Redmi 5A vs Infinix Smart 2– Most phones in this price segment don’t have great displays. Neither you can expect them to have one. The Yu Ace and the Infinix Smart 2 come with screens that have same size. The Redmi 5A, on the other hand, is slightly smaller. The Yu Ace comes with a 5.45-inch HD+ ‘Full Vision’ display with 720 × 1440 pixels resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio. The Infinix Smart 2 comes with a 5.45-inch HD+ ‘FullView’ LCD display with an 18:9 aspect ratio, 720 x 1440p resolution and 83 per cent of screen-to-body ratio. The Redmi 5A sports a smaller a 5-inch 720p IPS LCD display.– Both the Redmi 5A and the Infinix Smart 2 are fairly fast in handling day-to-day usage for their price. We are yet to test the Yu Ace, but considering the specs we expect the Micromax phone to offer similar performance. The Yu Ace is powered by a quad-core MediaTek MT6738 processor, while the Infinix Smart 2 packs a quad-core MediaTek MT6739 chipset clocked at 1.5GHz. The Redmi 5A, on the other hand, comes with a 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, paired with Adreno 308 GPU.– All the three phones come with a 13-megapixel main camera. We are yet to test the Yu Ace camera, but we did try out the Redmi 5A and Infinix Smart 2 and the cameras of both the phones captured pretty decent pictures in good lighting, but struggled in tricky lighting.– On the front, both the Yu Ace and the Redmi 5A come with a 5-megapixel camera. The Infinix Smart 2 is a little ahead of the competition in this department and packs a camera with 8-megapixel sensor. Both the Redmi 5A and Infinix Smart 2 struggle to click good selfies, something that is common in most phones at this price point. We are yet to test the Yu Ace camera, but we aren’t expecting any special magic from it.– The Yu Ace comes with stock Android 8.1 Oreo interface, meaning the software in the Micromax phone is clean and will probably be nice to use, that is if the performance part is alright, which we believe should be alright given the hardware in the phone. The Redmi 5A and the Infinix Smart 2 don’t come with stock Android. The Redmi 5A runs Android 7.1.2 Nougat with MIUI 9, while the Infinix Smart 2 runs Android 8.1 Oreo with XOS 3.3.0 on top out-of-the-box.– The Yu Ace comes with a massive battery compared to what is there inside the Redmi 5A and the Infinix Smart 2. The Micromax phone packs a 4000mAh battery, while the Redmi 5A comes with a 3000mAh battery and the Infinix Smart 2 has a 3050mAh battery. Both the Redmi 5A and the Infinix Smart 2 have impressive battery life. Both smartphones can last one full day with ease. We are yet to test the battery life the Yu Ace offers, but we expect it to be better than its competitors, considering it has a much bigger battery.advertisement– Both the Infinix Smart 2 and the Yu Ace come with face unlock support, which is great to see in phones this affordable. The Redmi 5A can be unlocked only by entering a password, there’s no Face Unlock and no fingerprint sensor. Interestingly, the Yu Ace also comes with a fingerprint sensor.– The Yu Ace comes in two RAM and storage variants. The base model with 2GBRAM and 16GB of internal storage for Rs 5,999, while the second variant comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage and will sell for Rs 6,999. The 2GB RAM version of the phone will be available starting September 5. The date of availability of the 3GB RAM model is yet to be revealed. The Infinix Smart 2 also comes in two variants – one with 2GB RAM/16GB storage for Rs 5,999 and 3GB RAM/32GB storage for Rs 6,999. Both the models are already available on Flipkart. Lastly, the Redmi 5A also comes in two variants, one with 2GB RAM/16GB storage and the second one for 3GB RAM/32GB storage for Rs 5,999 and Rs 6,999 respectively. And it is nearly impossible to buy the Redmi 5AWhich one should you buy?All the three phones are good in their own way. We are yet to test the Yu Ace and review it, but considering the specs sheet, the Micromax phone looks pretty decent. On the other hand, it is no secret that the Redmi 5A is one of the best smartphones that you can get for as low as Rs 5,999. It’s tried and tested. The Xiaomi phone not only offers great performance for its price but also looks good, clicks decent enough pictures in good lighting and is a great offering for its price tag. The problem with the Redmi 5A is that it is nearly impossible to buy it. It’s not in stock, and even now it is sold only in a flash sale. And chances are that once the Redmi 6A launches — the launch is set for September 5 — the Redmi 5A may no longer go on sale.What about the Infinix Smart 2? It is as good as the Redmi 5A. In our review of the Infinix phone, we said that the phone is a “worthy competitor of the Redmi 5A”. The Infinix Smart 2 looks good, can handle day-to-day usage, offers long-lasting battery life and clicks decent pictures in good lighting for its price.So here is our recommendation for now: Get the Redmi 5A if you can get it. If you can’t go for the Infinix Smart 2, if you don’t particularly care for stock Android. And go for the Yu Ace if you want clean software, although we would be more confident in saying this once we have reviewed the phone.advertisementFinally, how about you wait another two weeks? On September 5, Xiaomi is going to launch the Redmi 6A and that could be a phone worth waiting for.last_img read more

10 months ago​Caen, Fenerbahce eyeing Leicester winger Diabate10 months ago​Caen, Fenerbahce eyeing Leicester winger Diabate

first_img​Caen, Fenerbahce eyeing Leicester winger Diabateby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City youngster Fousseni Diabaté is being linked with a move away from the club.The 23-year-old arrived in January, but he has been unable to impress in the 12 months since joining from Ajaccio.He has only played in one Premier League game this season.And Le 10 Sport suggests that a loan move to Caen in France is a possibility.Turkish side Fenerbahce also have an interest, but they would prefer a permanent transfer. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Celebrity chef Stuart O’Keeffe offers The Quick Six FixCelebrity chef Stuart O’Keeffe offers The Quick Six Fix

first_img Long Hair for Men: Tips for Growing and Maintaining Your Style Editors’ Recommendations How to Smoke Meat: Everything You Need to Know All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked 6 Classic Tequila Cocktail Recipes You Need to Know How to Remove Scratches from Glasses in One Easy Fix Coming home from a long day of work and having to make a meal can be a pain. You have to gather who knows how many ingredients, prep them, and then actually cook them. Then you have to worry about cleaning everything up: leftovers, dishes and more. But Ireland-born, California-based celebrity chef Stuart O’Keeffe has a solution: The Quick Six Fix: 100 No-Fuss, Full-Flavor Recipes – Six Ingredients, Six Minutes Prep, Six Minutes Cleanup. O’Keeffe is best-known to Americans as a private celebrity chef on the Food Network’s Private Chefs of Beverly Hills, but now he’s here to help the common man.“[In] The Quick Six Fix, O offers dozens of delicious recipes for breakfast, salads, soups, pasta, fish, chicken, pork, beef, sides, and desserts that will get you in and out of the kitchen in thirty minutes or less,” reads the book’s description. “Each requires no more than 6 key ingredients, 6 minutes of prep work, and 6 minutes of clean up.”O’Keeffe whipped up recipes inspired by his native Ireland, such as Bangers with a Melted Leek Mash and Cranberry Compote, Sweet Berries “Yorkshire Pudding,” and an Easter dinner favorite, Mustard Crusted Pork with Apple Cabbage Slaw. He even looked to his home in California to make dishes like Mexican Street Corn and the “LA” Cheeseburger. He also has recipes like Moules Frites and Pistachio Basil Buttered Crispy Salmon.With 100 recipes that are quick and easy, you’ll save time and money while eating well at home. O’Keeffe offers tips on how to assemble a well-stocked pantry. Though it’s a cook book, O’Keeffe manages to teach readers that less is actually more.Find The Quick Six Fix: 100 No-Fuss, Full-Flavor Recipes – Six Ingredients, Six Minutes Prep, Six Minutes Cleanup at Amazon.last_img read more

India holds off brave Bdesh makes semisIndia holds off brave Bdesh makes semis

first_imgBirmingham: India marched into the world cup semi-finals on Tuesday beating Bangladesh by 28 runs at Birmingham. The defeat effectively ended Bangladesh’s hopes of reaching the last four stage at cricket’s showpiece event. Shakib Al Hasan with a gritty 66, put up a spirited show. With his dismissal, Sabbir Rahman and Mohammad Saifuddin stitched together a valuable 66 run partnership at a brisk rate. With Rahman’s dismissal, Saifuddin continued to power on but ran out of partners. Also Read – Balakot strikes show major shift in govt’s handling of terror attacks: IAF chiefEarlier on Tuesday, Rohit Sharma continued his dream run with a record-equalling fourth century but the Indian innings once again lacked the final flourish, managing a par score of 314 for nine against Bangladesh in their penultimate World Cup league match here Tuesday. Mahendra Singh Dhoni (35 off 33 balls) once again failed to get going as India managed only 63 runs in the last 10 overs after Rohit’s 26th ODI century and Rishabh Pant’s (48 off 40 balls) flamboyance had taken India to 251 for 4. Rohit’s (104 off 92 balls) love affair with Bangladesh continued as he had also scored his first World Cup ton in the previous edition in Australia and another century in the 2017 Champions Trophy semi-final at this very Edgbaston ground. En route his ton, that had seven fours and five sixes, Rohit also equalled Kumar Sangakkara’s record of four tons in a single edition of the World Cup.last_img read more

Hang With Tony Hawk At Hawk HQHang With Tony Hawk At Hawk HQ

first_imgIfOnly, an experiential marketplace that donates a portion of its proceeds to charities, has launched a once-in-a-lifetime experience with Tony Hawk at his Vista, California Headquarters on June 24th.Hawk Headquarters is the world capital of skateboarding and home to Tony Hawk, Inc., Tony Hawk Foundation, 900 Films, Birdhouse Skateboards, The RIDE Channel, and Tony’s Demolition Radio show on SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio.Two Tony fans can purchase an exclusive tour of the Hawk Headquarters and witness a skate session with Tony himself on the infamous Boom Boom HuckJam ramp in this incredibly limited, first-time offer. A private, catered lunch with Tony will be included, plus time to meet Tony Hawk and shoot the breeze. Guests will also watch Tony Hawk and special guests skate a private session up close and personal. After lunch, skate with Tony and the guys at the new Birdhouse Skatepark—all skill levels are welcome so you can ride or just watch the pros in action!Details of the Experience: • Skate in the new Birdhouse Skatepark with Tony and other pros in Vista, CA on June 24th • Tour of Hawk Headquarters • Catered lunch and meet & greet with Tony • Experience will take place in a group of 20Tickets sold on a “per person” basis for $5,000 each, and are available here.Proceeds go to the Tony Hawk Foundation. A charitable, non-profit organization, the Tony Hawk Foundation was established in 2002 by its namesake, professional skateboarder Tony Hawk. THF promotes and provides technical assistance and funds for high-quality public skateparks in low-income areas throughout the United States that promote healthy, active lifestyles, and to International programs that enrich the lives of youth through skateboarding.last_img read more

UN sets goal of bringing broadband to half developing worlds people byUN sets goal of bringing broadband to half developing worlds people by

25 October 2011A United Nations commission today called on governments and private industry to ensure that at least half the developing world’s population is using broadband Internet by 2015, stressing the crucial role this plays for economic growth and job creation. “Broadband technologies are fundamentally transforming the way we live,” the Broadband Commission for Digital Development, set up last year by the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the UN International Telecommunications Union (ITU), said in issuing “The Broadband Challenge” at a leadership summit in Geneva.“It is vital that no one be excluded from the new global knowledge societies we are building. We believe that communication is not just a human need – it is a right.”The commission, comprising chief executives and industry leaders, senior policy-makers and government officials, international agencies, academia and development organizations, set a range of targets to be reached by 2015, ensuring that all countries have a national broadband plan while making broadband affordable in developing countries through regulation and market forces so that it amounts to less than 5 per cent of average monthly income.Other goals aim to ensure that 40 per cent of households in developing countries have Internet access and that user penetration reaches 60 per cent worldwide with 50 per cent in developing countries and 15 per cent in least developed countries (LDCs) by the target date.“These targets are ambitious but achievable, given the political will and commitment on the part of governments, working in partnership with the private sector,” said ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré, who serves as co-vice chair of the commission with UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova. Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Mexican businessman Carlos Slim Helú, chief executive of Telmex and América Movíl, co-chair the body.The Challenge urges governments not to limit market entry and tax services unnecessarily so that broadband can realize its full growth potential.“It is essential to review legislative and regulatory frameworks, many of which are inherited from the last century, to ensure the free and unhindered flow of information in the new virtual, hyper-connected world,” it reads, stressing the need to stimulate content production in local languages. All citizens must be given a voice online, including disadvantaged or marginalized communities such as the elderly, the house-bound and those with special needs, low-skilled workers and the rural poor in agricultural communities, it adds, calling on world leaders and industry to promote information and communications technologies (ICT) education for women and youth. “The benefits of broadband are profound – in opening up young minds to new horizons through educational technologies; in empowering women to expand their opportunities through genuine choices; in improving awareness of hygiene and health care; and in helping family breadwinners find work, a better salary or return on their goods,” the Challenge stresses.“Through broadband, the provision of public services is transformed to make them global public goods for the global good. Greater access to the Internet and broadband applications and services help accelerate achievement of internationally-agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs),” it adds, referring to the UN goals of slashing poverty, hunger, lack of access to health care and education, and a host of other ills, all by 2015.The launching of the Challenge coincided with the 40th anniversary meeting in Geneva of ITU Telecom World, attended by over 250 leaders from government, the private sector and the global technology community, with tens of thousands of people from around the world joining in the four-day event for the first time through a full range of connected technologies.Meanwhile, ITU Telecom Board Chairman Reza Jafari announced that Dubai had won the global bid to host ITU Telecom World 2012. In a new mini-report, The World in 2011, ITU noted that ICT growth continues apace, with close to 6 billion mobile cellular subscriptions forecast by the end of 2011, and around 2.3 billion people using the Internet. Growth is fastest in developing nations, and among the young, with almost half the world’s online population now under 25 years old. The developing world’s share of Internet users has grown from 44 per cent five years ago to 62 per cent today, while global Internet penetration has grown by over 50 per cent in three years, from 13 per cent in 2008 to 20 per cent in 2011. But the top broadband economies are all in Europe, Asia and the Pacific. read more

SLPP to oppose process to submit new ConstitutionSLPP to oppose process to submit new Constitution

The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) says it will oppose the process being followed by the Government to submit a new Constitution to Parliament.SLPP Chairman, Professor G.L Peiris said that the Government is attempting to submit a new Constitution to Parliament before February 4th. He noted that the Government has already submitted reports related to the new Constitution to Parliament.Professor G.L Peiris said that the SLPP is against the process being followed by the Government to submit a new Constitution. He insisted that the process being followed will lead to unnecessary issues in the country. (Colombo Gazette)

Bell Rogers Telus will offer range of lowerpriced dataonly wireless plans CRTCBell Rogers Telus will offer range of lowerpriced dataonly wireless plans CRTC

TORONTO — The country’s three national wireless carriers have agreed to offer a “broad range” data-only plans through their second- and third-tier brands, including $30-per-month plans with more megabytes than previously suggested, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission announced Monday.But OpenMedia, one of the consumer groups that had objected to the carriers’ proposals earlier this year, was quick to denounce the CRTC’s acceptance of their new position, saying it “completely fails” to meet the needs of low-income people in Canada.“Connectivity is not a luxury — it’s essential. And affordable plans are critical to ensuring that everyone in Canada is able to participate in our digital society,” OpenMedia executive director Laura Tribe said in a statement.Customer complaints against Canadian telecom, TV providers soar 57% in 2017-18: reportCRTC moves to create internet code of conduct in surprise timingCRTC wants more power over 5G infrastructure placement, chairman tells SenateThe CRTC had ordered Bell, Rogers and Telus in March to come up with data-only plans to fill a void in the marketplace. But it acknowledged Monday that there was widespread criticism from individual consumers and consumer-advocacy groups about the price of the initial proposals filed in April.“Concerns with the initial offerings were mostly associated with the price of the plans, which were seen as too high, and the proposed data allotments of the plans, which were seen as too low,” the commission said.Bell, for instance, had offered a single new option that cost $30 per month for 500 megabytes of data. Rogers also had a single new option, that cost $25 per month for 400 megabytes of data. Telus had offered to introduce plans that would charge $30 for either 500MB through Koodo or 600 MB of data through Public Mobile.The CRTC now says all three national wireless carriers will offer at least one plan that charges $30 per month or less for one gigabyte of data (1,000 megabytes).Telus will offer two $30 per month plans with 1 GB of data, through Koodo and Public Mobile, while Rogers will offer a similar 1 GB plan for $30 through Fido and Bell’s Virgin Mobile will offer the same amount of data for $28 per month, according to the CRTC.It listed only Bell Canada’s Lucky Mobile and the Rogers Fido and Chatr brands with $15 data-only plans with 250MB of data, but Telus had previously noted it had a Public Mobile plan for as low as $20 per month for 250MB of data.Tribe said OpenMedia believes it’s up to Navdeep Bains, the federal minister responsible for telecommunications, to “open the market to innovative new providers, and bring choice and affordability to our cell phone market.”The decision Monday followed the minister’s instruction for the CRTC to reconsider a decision that at least temporarily blocked the widespread introduction of mobile virtual network operators that could piggy-back their services on networks owned by other companies, known as facilities-based carriers.Instead of accepting widespread use of MVNOs, the CRTC opted to continue its preference for facilities-based carriers and addressed the affordability issue by ordering the national carriers to offer low-cost, data-only plans. It also committed to initiating a broader review of the industry by March 2019.In announcing its decision on Monday, the CRTC repeated its commitment to a broader review of the wireless industry.“While the new lower-cost data-only plans represent a step in the right direction and provide more choice for Canadians, we remain concerned by the overall condition of the market. To this end, the review we will launch next year will look at the state of mobile wireless competition more broadly,” CRTC chairman Ian Scott said in a statement.The regulator said it will monitor the implementation and availability of plans by Bell Mobility, Rogers and Telus over the coming months to ensure that the national wireless providers honour their commitments.“Further, the commission expects that the lower-cost data-only plans will be available at least until a decision is issued with respect to the review of mobile wireless services. The withdrawal of any of these plans prior to the conclusion of that review may inform the commission’s views on appropriate regulatory measures resulting from that proceeding.” read more

Baseball Ohio State ends threegame skid shuts out Ohio University 30Baseball Ohio State ends threegame skid shuts out Ohio University 30

Ohio State redshirt junior pitcher Yianni Pavlopoulos throws a pitch against Delaware on Feb. 18 in Osceola, Florida, during the Sunshine State Classic. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsComing off a three-game sweep at the hands of the Minnesota Golden Gophers, the Ohio State baseball team needed to build some momentum before their next Big Ten series against the Purdue Boilermakers.And though OSU’s offense did not muster many runs, the pitching staff of the Buckeyes was able to hold Ohio University to no runs on six hits in the team’s 3-0 victory. It was the first time OSU shutout their opponent this season.For OSU coach Greg Beals, the most important part about Tuesday’s game was just getting the win ahead of a crucial Big Ten matchup.“The biggest story for me in the day is that we got a victory, a much needed victory and a victory in which we pitched the ball very well and used multiple guys to do it,” Beals said. “It was one of those games where we wanted to get guys work, but we thought we needed to win also. We needed to get on winning ways. We needed to change the air and the only way to do that is to have some success and win a ballgame.”It took a while, but the scoreboard was finally lit up in the bottom of the fourth inning. With one away in the inning, sophomore catcher Jacob Barnwell attempted a stolen base of third and was successful. The throw by the catcher was errant, deflecting off the third baseman’s glove into foul territory and allowing Barnwell to run home and score the Buckeyes’ first run of the game. That one run was all the Buckeyes would need for redshirt junior starting pitcher Austin Woodby, who was lights out in his controlled midweek start. He was limited to only 45 pitches by the coaching staff, but was able to make the most of those pitches. Woodby gave his team 4.2 shutout innings and allowed just three hits and no walks with one strikeout.“Tonight was definitely a night where I felt confident in my fastball,” Woodby said. “I’ve been working on really just commanding the fastball in the bottom of the zone and just letting the defense work for me. I’ve got a great defense behind me and I felt very confident.”One thing that really stood out to Woodby was his ability to limit the opposition to zero walks.“Coach Stafford preaches no free bases. If you limit those walks then I think we’ll be in a good position to win,” Woodby said. “For me, this has been definitely a nice change as opposed to last year. I feel a lot more confident with the zone and throwing strikes and I think we’re headed in the right direction.”The Buckeyes got things going again three innings later. With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the seventh inning, Barnwell stepped up the plate and lined a base hit up the middle, scoring a pair. That at-bat was crucial for OSU in giving them some added insurance runs headed into the latter innings of the game, and Beals felt that was a strong at-bat from his young backstop.“Really just a quality at-bat,” Beals said. “The one thing I like about Barnie is I know where he’s going to compete . . . He’s a catcher first, he’s a catch-and-throw guy first, that’s what his bread and butter is, but he’s also given us a lot, just from a competitive standpoint in the batter’s box.”With the Buckeyes leading 3-0, Beals turned to redshirt junior reliever Yianni Pavlopoulos to try and keep the Bobcats off the scoreboard.Pavlopoulos surrendered singles to each of the first two batters he faced, the first hit being a line drive and the second being a bloop single.But after the first two reached base, Pavlopoulos was able to strike out the next two and coerce a lineout from the final batter of the inning and strand the runners on first and second base.Beals said Pavlopoulos has been going through a stretch with some pretty poor luck, but he was proud of the way his former closer fought back after the two hits and retired the side.“Poor Yianni, (if) he’s got any luck, it’s not really good luck right now,” Beals said. “He beats a guy with the fastball in and he lobs it into left field and very easily could have been an easy ground ball, and probably should have been. But he battled and made a couple big pitches to get some strikeouts and get out of that inning so good for him.”The key to getting the pitcher back on track will be to take them through step-by-step of what’s working and what isn’t, Beals said, and the same goes for Pavlopoulos’ struggles this season.“I think the thing that’s going to be critical for us as a coaching staff is to pull Yianni aside and have him look at his process. Look at where he was, the quality of his pitches,” Beals said. “The first hit was a hung breaking ball. Not a quality pitch. When he made quality pitches, he had good results other than the bleeder. But in our opinion, the way we look at it, that’s a win. He beat the bat and it just happens that way sometimes.”And for the first time in a long time, the bullpen was able to get back to 2016 form. As a unit, the bullpen allowed just three hits and one walk across five scoreless innings that included five strikeouts.Coming off his spotless start, Woodby feels confidence by the way the team’s bullpen pitched and he feels they are ready heading into the big weekend.“I’m feeling good about our bullpen,” Woodby said. “I think everyone threw well tonight so it just kind of gives us some confidence rolling into this weekend because it’s definitely three important games for us.”OSU hopes to build off this victory when they host Purdue University in its second Big Ten series of the season over the weekend. That matchup starts on Friday with first pitch scheduled for 6:35 p.m. read more

Mothers Day treat as Tom Hardy returns to CBeebies bedtime story slotMothers Day treat as Tom Hardy returns to CBeebies bedtime story slot

first_imgwatching Tom Hardy’s CBeebies Bedtime story like 😍— Belle (@blue_bellex) February 16, 2017 Seriously hoping Tom Hardy is doing the Mothers Day bedtime story @CBeebiesHQ 🙏🙏🙏 #BedtimeStory #tomhardy— Beauty Baby and Me (@BeautyBabyandMe) March 2, 2017 Tom Hardy Parents have enjoyed Tom Hardy’s previous appearances on CBeebiesCredit:PA / CBeebies  Tom Hardy will read There’s A Bear On My ChairCredit:PA / CBeebies I’ve heard Tom Hardy is doing CBeebies bedtime stories… I’ve suddenly got a new favourite tv program 🙄😏🤤😍😂📺— Beth Daly (@BethDaly1998) February 22, 2017 Instead, adults have admitted switching over to the children’s TV channel to watch the heartthrob read stories.Now CBeebies has said the Taboo star will be back, reading a tale about an “angry little mouse”.A newly released picture of the Oscar-nominated actor shows him sitting next to a cuddly polar bear toy, against a library backdrop, and with a little toy white mouse poking out of his shirt pocket. Dunno where the kids have gone, but @kafbphotography is watching Tom Hardy tell a bedtime story!— Shane Bayliss (@shanebayliss) February 25, 2017 Tom Hardy He will read There’s A Bear On My Chair, by Ross Collins, the “hilarious story about an angry little mouse who is desperately trying to move a bear from his chair,” on Mother’s Day.Tom Hardy reads There’s A Bear On My Chair on Sunday, March 26th from 6.50pm to 7pm. Forget supermarket flowers and a sentimental greetings card – the BBC has come up with the perfect gift for Mother’s Day.Actor Tom Hardy is set to return to CBeebies to read a bedtime story on Mothering Sunday, in news that is more likely to excite mothers than their children.Hardy, 39, will be back on the children’s channel, where the star’s previous efforts have been a surprise hit, although not necessarily with the channel’s target, pre-school, audience. 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. Found Tom Hardy reading bedtime stories on CBeebies and this is actually everything I’ve ever needed in life 😍— Tash 🍭 (@natashabwest) March 1, 2017 Got to get my niece into watching Bedtime Stories with me so Tom Hardy can tell me to get into bed… idc if it’s 7pm I’ll do as I’m told— Bethsteere (@Bethsteere) February 22, 2017 When Hardy appeared on-screen on New Year’s Eve and on Valentine’s Day, some mothers confessed to watching the story after their children were asleep.One viewer posted on Twitter: “Is it weird that my kids were already in bed so I watched Tom Hardy tell a bedtime story without them?”Another wrote: “Yes I put the baby to bed and then watched the CBeebies bedtime story with Tom Hardy by myself with wine, what of it?” On New Year’s Eve, the Mad Max: Fury Road star snuggled on the sofa with his rescue dog, Woodstock, to read You Must Bring A Hat, by Simon Philip and Kate Hindley. Hardy follows in the footsteps of actors David Hasselhoff, Damian Lewis, Sir Derek Jacobi, James McAvoy and former Doctor Who star David Tennant, as well as astronaut Tim Peake, in signing up for the CBeebies slot.last_img read more

Law does not prohibit release of ExxonMobil contract Minister misleading GaskinLaw does not prohibit release of ExxonMobil contract Minister misleading Gaskin

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLETTER: Govt must release ExxonMobil contractJuly 25, 2017In “latest news”Up for review in 4 years, Trotman says Govt may want to re-examine Exxon’s contractMarch 31, 2018In “Business”Nothing sinister about release of US$18M oil bonus – TrotmanMarch 28, 2018In “Business” …says if Govt interested in joining EITI then agreement should be made publicEconomist and political commentator, Ramon Gaskin, has urged Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman, to release the full text of the Production Sharing Agreement with ExxonMobil, claiming that the time has come for this information to be made public.Economist and political commentator, Ramon GaskinGaskin observed that both the current coalition Government and previous People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Government have both refused, consistently, to publish this document, but stressed the importance of having it done now, especially since production of oil and gas is expected to begin by mid-2020.The outspoken economist argued that while Trotman claimed he could not release the contract because of restrictions placed on its release by Section 4 of the Petroleum (Exploration and Production) Act, the law does not prohibits him. In fact, Gaskin said the language of the law is clear and the Minister as a lawyer should know better than to keep “peddling inaccurate information” to the public.“The fact of the matter is that the Minister is misleading the public while stubbornly refusing to release the contract. If the Government of Guyana is interested in joining Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative [EITI), then it must start now by publishing the deal. There is no law that prevents this,” he asserted.Providing a breakdown of the law as it pertains to the release of this contract, Gaskin said Section Four Subsection (2) of the Act states that no information furnished or information in a report submitted pursuant to the Act by a licensee shall be disclosed to any person who is not a Minister, a public officer or an employee of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission except with the consent of the licensee. It also allows for the disclosure of information without the consent of a licensee in seven situations.However, Gaskin argued that the Production Sharing Agreement is neither ‘information furnished’ nor ‘information in a report’. Therefore, Section 4 does not apply at all. He said Subsection (3) also speaks about a petroleum agreement, which is what the public is rightfully demanding to be published.“These restrictions affect only the licensee; his servants or agents (not the Minister except, of course, if the said minister considers himself an agent or servant of ExxonMobil) and deal with information about “prospecting or production operations” and these restrictions have to be “specified in the agreement”. There is nothing here about restrictions on publication of the agreement,” Gaskin asserted.The economist concluded that Government is far too secretive about matters concerning the people of Guyana, although, in all fairness to Minister Trotman, the previous Government also behaved in the same way, keeping the original contract secret since June 1999.Trotman claimed that the position taken by him as Minister is one that is embraced by the entire Government and does not represent a singular opinion and/or position. Government has received expert opinions and advice to the effect that the terms of the agreement should not be publicised at this time as the provisions of Section 4 of the Petroleum Act, though it may appear ambiguous, should be interpreted in a manner that prevents publication.“The Petroleum Act is currently under review for amendments and the Government will await the completion of that process, and the recommendations made, before reviewing the matter of the publication of the agreement,” Trotman said in a recent statement.However, Gaskin termed the Minister’s response as “nonsense” stating that the release of the contract has nothing to do with timing but it has to do with the law.Several agencies, including the Transparency International Guyana Group had repeatedly called on the Government to release the 1999 contract with ExxonMobil to prospect for oil, arguing that it would help to even the odds stacked against this country in pending negotiations. read more

High efficiency motors are big cost saversHigh efficiency motors are big cost savers

first_imgAs Africa’s mines work to hold down costs and extract more value from their assets, modern high efficiency motors from Zest WEG Group are helping to cut energy bills and maintenance. Almost two-thirds of the power consumed by the mining sector is associated with electric motors, so these items of equipment are important for mines to look at when demanding savings, according to Zest WEG’s Group African Business Development Executive, Edson Cristofolini.“Where an old 55 kW motor is operating 24 hours a day and seven days a week, we estimate that a mine can save over to 20 MW a year by replacing it with a new WEG Top Premium Efficiency IE3 motor,” says Cristofolini. These savings add up when considering how many motors are operational on a large mine, he says. Apart from reducing energy consumption, the WEG IE3 motors also contribute to mine profitability through their long life, low maintenance and reliability.“Repairs and replacements are especially costly and time consuming for mines in remote locations, so these motors are designed to operate reliably under harsh operating conditions,” he says. “An important aspect of the design in the WEG Top Premium Efficiency IE3 range, for instance, is the Class H Insulation with class B temperature rise.” This provides a buffer of 60°C between the motor windings average operating temperature and the actual motor insulation capability, protecting the motor where quality of power varies or where ambient temperatures are very high.This robust design also provides a service factor of 1.15, allowing a motor to be overloaded by up to 15% continuously without compromising reliability. With the lower losses and the reduced operating temperature of these high efficiency motors, bearing temperatures are also lower. “Lower bearing temperature means that less grease is used, and the intervals between the re-greasing of bearings are longer,” says Cristofolini.Dust and water ingress is prevented by the unique WEG W3 Seal arrangement, which comes with an IP66 rating; this is the highest level of protection before entering the category of submersible motors. “Taking into account that many mine sites often do not have extensive workshop facilities, the motors are designed for easy installation and maintenance, with solid feet and increased terminal box sizes that allow easy connections,” he says.He emphasises that it is worthwhile for mines to prioritise the total cost of ownership with high quality design and efficient performance in their choice of motors, with reduced maintenance and operational costs, as the capital cost makes up only about 2% of the motor’s cost of operation over a 10 year life. According to Edson, the WEG Top Premium Efficiency IE3 motor range offers the lowest Total Cost of Ownership for the mining sector in Africa.last_img read more

Im not going to sit here and get upset every day CeannIm not going to sit here and get upset every day Ceann

first_imgBut it was following the contribution of Donnelly that Barrett that made the threat to resign. “Will you please submit your supplementary question, this is not about making statements,” he pleaded.“I won’t ask you again deputy Donnelly, would you please ask a supplementary question.”Taoiseach Enda Kenny pointed out to Barrett that the countdown clock installed last year in the Dáil was not switched on during replies and said that this would perhaps be helpful.Read: ‘Go and watch television to see what it sounds like’ – Ceann Comhairle tells TDs >Read: Ceann Comhairle slams TDs amid angry Dáil exchanges. ‘You’re an embarrassment on television!’> Updated 11pm(Youtube/TheJournal)ANGRY EXCHANGES IN the Dáil led to Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett threatening to resign.The threat came during leaders questions as Stephen Donnelly TD was speaking on the issue of costs at Irish Water.The Ceann Comhairle had earlier told TDs that he was becoming frustrated with the time they were taking over their questions, admonishing Fianna Fáil leader Mícheál Martin for overrunning.Barrett could be heard a number of times saying, “thank you deputy we’re over time”, both during Martin’s question and the Taoiseach’s reply.“I’d ask deputies to please adhere to the rules set down in this house. We’re six minutes over time on that question. I have to be fair to everyone here both asking and replying ,” he testily told Dail members.last_img read more

How much gasoline does it take to charge an iPhoneHow much gasoline does it take to charge an iPhone

first_imgOf all the pressing energy questions facing the world today, probably the most perplexing is the problem of providing enough energy to power the roughly 78 million iPhones that exist in the world today (OK, not really, but it’s up there). Energy researchers can breathe a sigh of relief however, as ExxonMobile Vice President Bill Colton has provided the solution to this issue. In a blog post on his company’s website, Colton is quoted saying that one gallon of gasoline packs enough energy to fully charge an iPhone daily for 20 years. With one simple statement Colton has put to ease all the Angry Birds addicts out there that were worried about being able to maintain their high scores.In an effort to prove that gasoline is going to remain the main source of energy for the world by the year 2040, Colton uses this factoid to enlighten the masses to the fact that petrol is the lightest and most energy dense fuel in the world. While it’s obvious that the iPhone doesn’t use gasoline as a power source, Colton is talking about the energy potential in the fossil fuel.By doing some simple math using ExxonMobil’s numbers, and assuming that an iPhone user is charging the device once a day, it takes 0.018 ounces of gasoline every 24 hours to keep the device powered constantly. This comes out to just one drop of gas a day. Pretty amazing, especially when you do some additional calculations to figure the monetary cost of the gasoline as opposed to the price of charging the devices using electricity. By multiplying .018 by 78 million, then dividing that number by 128 (the number of ounces in a gallon) we end up with a figure of 10,968.75 gallons of gas that would be needed each and every day to power all of those devices, assuming they are all still operating. Multiply that by $3.50 for a gallon of gasoline, a reasonable cost here in the US, it would cost the world roughly $38,388 in gasoline daily. This figure is actually less that it costs for a consumer to charge their iPhone using electricity. It costs roughly half-a-cent to charge a mobile phone each day at home. Multiplying that number by the same 78 million iPhones then dividing by 100, and we find that the daily electricity cost is around $39,000.Of course, this still doesn’t solve the fact that gasoline is a non-renewable energy source, and the fact that gasoline can’t be used to charge an iPhone (unless you use a generator and then there are whole sheets of efficiency figures we would have throw into the mix). Math aside, the post from ExxonMobil is nothing more than a PR effort to make the public feel better about spending money on the consumption of natural resources, thus putting money into its pockets.Read more at ExxonMobilvia ModMyIlast_img read more

Jelly Bean une confiserie dure à passer pour le Galaxy NoteJelly Bean une confiserie dure à passer pour le Galaxy Note

first_imgJelly Bean, une confiserie dure à passer pour le Galaxy Note Suite aux nombreux problèmes rencontrés sur les Galaxy Note après la mise à jour vers Android Ice Cream Sandwich, la marque coréenne a décidé de suspendre ce changement de version. Samsung se penche actuellement sur une solution pour corriger les bugs. Il n’est plus possible de mettre à jour son Samsung Galaxy Note pour passer à Android 4. Et pour cause, la version Ice Cream Sandwich fait planter certains smartphones du constructeur Coréen. De nombreux utilisateurs se sont plaints de blocage du téléphone. D’autres d’une consommation excessive de la batterie ou encore des problèmes avec l’écran tactile qui devenait inutilisable. Ces soucis techniques ont aussi été constatés par les utilisateurs français. Ceux-ci ont pu mettre à jour leur smartphone depuis vendredi dernier. “Vous avez été nombreux à nous avertir d’un souci sur la mise à jour pour le Galaxy Note”, peut-on lire depuis dimanche sur la page Facebook de Samsung. “Nous en sommes désolés, et nous avons immédiatement fait remonter l’information à nos équipes techniques. La mise à jour est pour le moment suspendue sur tous les Galaxy Note. Nous reviendrons vers vous dès que nous aurons la solution.”Pas de solution pour le moment Malheureusement, il n’est pas possible de faire machine arrière. Car le téléphone est considéré comme étant mis à jour et ne permet pas de repasser à une version antérieure. Reste à espérer que Samsung propose rapidement à ses clients une mise à jour vers la version 4.1 d’Android et qui cette fois-ci sera exempt de bugs. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Nos équipes techniques travaillent actuellement sur une solution, et sont toujours en phase de test. Nous reviendrons régulièrement vers vous pour vous donner des informations sur l’avancée de la situation”, a indiqué Samsung sur sa page Facebook, hier soir. Pour l’heure, aucune avancée n’a encore été annoncée par Samsung.Ces problèmes fait donc encore plus une mauvaise publicité pour le système d’exploitation de Google. Lancée il y a un an, cette mouture d’Android reste encore très peu présente dans les smartphones. Seuls 10% de des téléphones mobiles utilisent Ice Cream Sandwich, selon le géant de Mountain View. Soit la croissance la plus lente parmi toutes les versions du système d’exploitation. Et avec ces soucis sur le Galaxy Note, Android 4 n’est pas prêt de rencontrer le succès.Le 3 juillet 2012 à 21:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Man Falls to Death Near Sweetwater Reservoir After Colliding with DeerMan Falls to Death Near Sweetwater Reservoir After Colliding with Deer

first_imgMan Falls to Death Near Sweetwater Reservoir After Colliding with Deer Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter April 17, 2018 Posted: April 17, 2018 KUSI Newsroom center_img KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSPRING VALLEY (KUSI) — A 44-year-old South Bay man whose car struck and killed a deer on a toll-road overpass near Sweetwater Reservoir early Tuesday lost his own life shortly thereafter when he plunged off the roughly 50-foot-tall bridge.The crash involving the wild animal on northbound state Route 125 near SR-54 in Spring Valley was reported shortly after 4:30 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.Authorities arrived to find a damaged and unoccupied black 2007 Audi A3 blocking the right-hand lane of the expressway near the remains of the deer, CHP public-affairs Officer Jake Sanchez said.While looking over the accident scene, a firefighter spotted the driver’s body beneath the bridge, in an open area near the northern reaches of Sweetwater Summit Regional Park.It was unclear how and why the Chula Vista resident, whose name was withheld pending family notification, went over the edge of the span, Sanchez said. Investigators speculated that he might have decided to get off the freeway for safety’s sake, not realizing he was on an elevated stretch of road.Sanchez said he did not know if the man had reported the crash himself or if someone else did, possibly another motorist who happened by. Updated: 4:10 PMlast_img read more