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Samsung Galaxy M10, M20 with Infinity-V display launched starting at Rs 7,990: Price, Specs, India launch detailsSamsung Galaxy M10, M20 with Infinity-V display launched starting at Rs 7,990: Price, Specs, India launch details

first_imgSamsung has finally announced its new Galaxy M series with India being the first market. This is Samsung’s newest affordable line aimed at millennials and a fresh attempt to take on the likes of Xiaomi, Nokia and Realme, among others. The Galaxy M10 and M20 are the first set of phones in this new series and they highlight a new Infinity-V display to offer an immersive experience along with long battery life and ultra wide-angle camera.The Galaxy M10 falls in the sub-Rs 10,000 segment and is priced starting at Rs 7,990 for the base model with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage and Rs 8,990 for the 3GB + 32GB variant. The Galaxy M20 also comes in two variants as well with the 3GB + 32GB base variant priced at Rs 10,990 and the 4GB + 64GB costing Rs 12,990. The Galaxy M phones are online-only models and will be available on Amazon India and Samsung’s online store starting February 5, 2019. Jio 4G customers purchasing the Galaxy M10 or M20 will get double-data benefit on Rs 198 and Rs 299 plans.Samsung Galaxy M10 specificationsThe Galaxy M10 brings a 6.2-inch LCD Infinity-V display with an HD+ resolution and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. This means the phone sports a waterdrop notch and a chin allowing for a large screen real estate. Both the M10 and M20 also come with Widevine L1 certification, which allows for HD streaming on popular platforms. The M10 is powered by a 1.6GHz Exynos 7870 chipset coupled with up to 3GB of RAM. The handset is offer with up to 32GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 512GB via a microSD card.advertisement The Galaxy M10 does not come with a fingerprint sensor and only offers face unlock for biometric login. The M10 comes with dual cameras on the back with a 13MP primary sensor with f/1.9 aperture and a 5MP secondary ultra wide-angle sensor with f/2.2 aperture. Up front, the handset gets a 5MP selfie camera. The M10 houses a 3,400mAh battery and ships with Android 8.1 Oreo with a new Experience UI 9.5 on top, which Samsung says has been customised to offer a cleaner UI.Samsung Galaxy M20 specificationsThe Galaxy M20 sports a 6.3-inch LCD Infinity-V display with a FHD+ resolution and a 19.9:5 aspect ratio. It is powered by Samsung’s newly announced Exynos 7904 chipset. This is an octa-core chipset with two performance cores clocked at 1.8GHz and six cores at 1.6Ghz, which enables better battery efficiency. The chipset is paired with up to 4GB of RAM and is offered with up to 64GB of inbuilt storage that is expandable up to 512GB via microSD card.One of the biggest highlights of the M20 is that it is Samsung’s first phone to come with a 5,000mAh battery. This promises two days of battery life and the phone also supports up to 15W fast charging. The Galaxy M20 gets the same dual camera system with ultra wide-angle lense as the M10. However, the front camera is slightly better at 8MP with f/2.0 aperture. Like the M10, the M20 also runs Android 8.1 Oreo with Experience UI 9.5 on top. Both the phones also support dual SIM VoLTE as well.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+ live images leak in full glory revealing punch-hole display, triple cameraslast_img read more

Govt working on tax sops for retail investors in CPSE Bharat22 ETFGovt working on tax sops for retail investors in CPSE Bharat22 ETF

first_imgNew Delhi: The government is working on a proposal to extend tax benefits to retail investors in its two exchange traded funds – CPSE and Bharat-22 ETF. The Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) has written to the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), seeking their opinion on whether equity linked saving scheme (ELSS) benefit under section 80C of Income Tax Act can be extended to retail investors of these ETFs, an official has said. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepAs per the plan chalked out by the DIPAM, retail investors in CPSE and Bharat-22 ETF would be given option to enjoy tax breaks just like investors in ELSS mutual funds. However, their investments would be locked-in for three years. These investors can also choose to not opt for ELSS category and can continue to trade in their units freely. “We have written to the tax department seeking their opinion on whether ELSS benefits can be extended to CPSE and Bharat-22 ETF,” the official said. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsIf the CBDT, which is the apex decision making body for direct tax matter, gives concurrence, then DIPAM would work out a final plan and an announcement may be made in the 2019-20 Budget to be unveiled on July 5. Though extending ELSS benefits to the existing ETFs would not add to the government’s disinvestment coffers, but it would stimulate retail investments in ETFs and also encourage household savings. Currently, investments made in ELSS MFs are eligible for tax deduction of up to Rs 1.50 lakh under section 80C of the I-T Act, with a mandatory three-year lock-in period. The government, currently, has two exchange-traded funds – CPSE ETF and Bharat-22 ETF – listed on domestic exchanges. ETFs function like a mutual fund scheme and have underlying assets of government-owned companies. Separately, it has also kickstarted work on launching an ETF consisting of stocks of state-owned banks, insurers and financial institutions this fiscal and has invited bids from advisors to explore its feasibility. The plan to launch a financial sector ETF comes on the back of the government seeing huge investor demand for two existing ETFs. It has raised Rs 32,900 crore through two tranches and an additional fund offer of Bharat-22 ETF, and Rs 38,000 crore in five tranches of CPSE ETF in the domestic market. The government had raised about Rs 85,000 crore from CPSE disinvestment last fiscal. For the current fiscal, the target is Rs 90,000 crore.last_img read more

Arsenal Supports DizzyGoals ChallengeArsenal Supports DizzyGoals Challenge

first_imgArsenal Football Club has teamed up with the Arsenal Foundation’s global charity partner Save the Children to support the #DizzyGoals Challenge.Video: Arsenal #DizzyGoals ChallengeThe challenge aims to raise awareness of The Global Goals – a series of ambitious targets to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change to be agreed by 193 world leaders at the UN on 25 September.The Arsenal Foundation has proudly supported Save the Children since 2011 and has raised more than £1million for the charity’s vital work.Save the Children has helped to lead the action/2015 movement; ensuring that 2015 truly is a year of action and change to create a brighter future for everyone.Find out more here.last_img

Batticaloa at a standstill as families of missing protestBatticaloa at a standstill as families of missing protest

The families of the missing and others walked along the streets in Batticaloa demanding international intervention to find those missing. (Colombo Gazette) Batticaloa was at a standstill today as families of the missing staged a massive protest.Most shops were closed while public transport was affected as a result of the protest and a general shutdown declared in some parts of Batticaloa.

US wholesale stockpiles up 04 per cent in March but sales fallUS wholesale stockpiles up 04 per cent in March but sales fall

US wholesale stockpiles up 0.4 per cent in March, but sales fall by largest amount in 4 years AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Wholesale businesses stepped up their restocking of supplies in March, but their sales fell sharply.The Commerce Department said Thursday that stockpiles held by wholesalers rose 0.4 per cent in March compared with February, when they had fallen 0.3 per cent.Sales in March dropped 1.6 per cent, the biggest setback since March 2009, when the country was in recession. Sales had risen 1.5 per cent in February.Inventory rebuilding can be a positive for economic growth because it means stronger production at the nation’s factories. The March increase left inventories at $503.1 billion, up 4.7 per cent from a year ago and 30.7 per cent above the recession low.But increased restocking at a time of falling sales can signal trouble for the economy. The falling demand could lead businesses to reverse course and cut their stockpiles. Those cutbacks would dampen factory production and economic growth.The buildup of inventories in March was due largely to a 0.5 per cent increase in restocking of durable goods. These are items that are expected to last at least three years.Resupplying of nondurable goods — products like chemicals and paper — rose a smaller 0.1 per cent.Supplies of petroleum products fell 3.4 per cent in March and supplies of paper 0.8 per cent.The government estimated last month that the economy grew at an annual rate of 2.5 per cent in the January-March quarter. That was up from a growth rate of 0.4 per cent in the previous quarter.Growth accelerated in the first quarter largely because consumer spending rose at the fastest pace in more than two years. That also provided more incentive for businesses to restock their shelves after many cut back on inventory building at the end of last year.The government will issue a second estimate for first-quarter growth on May 30 with more complete data.Even with the gains, many economists expect growth has slowed slightly in the current April-June quarter to around 2 per cent and is likely to stay around that reduced level for the rest of this year.One reason is that higher Social Security taxes may be starting to catch up with consumers. While spending surged from January through March, it began to show signs of slowing toward the end of the quarter. Spending at retail business fell in March by the largest amount in nine months.The tax increase kicked in on Jan. 1 and has cut take-home pay for most Americans. A person earning $50,000 a year has $1,000 less to spend. A household with two high-paid workers will have up to $4,500 less.Also weighing on growth this year are deep automatic federal spending cuts. Federal agencies have been forced to furlough workers and make other cutbacks to stay within their reduced budgets for this year.Steady job growth could offset some of the fiscal drag. The economy has added an average of 208,000 jobs a month from November through April. That’s up from only 138,000 a month in the previous six months.The job gains could provide consumers with more money to offset the impact of the tax increase. Total wages rose 3.6 per cent in April compared with a year earlier. That’s comfortably ahead of the 1.5 per cent inflation rate. by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted May 9, 2013 10:10 am MDT read more

Discarded phones computers and electronics behind worlds fastest growing waste problemDiscarded phones computers and electronics behind worlds fastest growing waste problem

first_imgMuch of the waste ends up in landfill even though it contains precious metals  There are now more mobile phones on the planet than people Credit: Kiichiro Sato AP Much of the waste ends up in landfill even though it contains precious metals Credit:Getty Images  There are now more mobile phones on the planet than people  Not only is the mountain of digital debris bad for the planet, people are inadvertently throwing away precious metals such gold, silver, platinum which are used in the manufacture of microchips, motherboards and other electronics.The report authors estimate that more than £40 billion worth of recoverable materials is binned or mothballed every year. Discarded laptops, mobile phones and electronic goods are now the world’s fastest growing waste problem, and must be tackled urgently United Nations researchers have warned.A new report found that amount of electronic junk has risen by eight per cent in two years, with just 20 per cent being recycled.On average, each Briton throws away between 44lbs and 55lbs (20 and 25kg) of e-waste such as  each year. Most of the refuse ends up in landfills, is incinerated or simply piles up unused in people’s home.“This report shows that the amounts of e-waste continue to grow, while too little is recylced,” said Jakob Rhyner, Vice-Rector, United Nations University (UNU).“Discarded equipment, such as phones, laptops, fridges, sensors, and TVs contain substances that pose considerable environmental and health risks, especially if treated inadequately.“Most e-waste is not properly documented and not treated through appropriate recycling chains and methods.” Much waste is dumped in landfill or incinerated  “We live in a time of transition to a more digital world, where automation, sensors and artificial intelligence are transforming all the industries, our daily lives and our societies, “said Antonis Mavropoulos, President of the International Solid Waste Association  who helped UN academics compile the report.“E-waste is the most emblematic by-product of this transition and everything shows that it will continue to grow at unprecedented rates.”The rise in waste has been driven by falling prices in electrical devices, coupled with companies encouraging customers to buy the latest version of their model at smaller intervals, and making old devices incompatible with new software.The average smartphone life cycle in Britain is now under two years and there are = more mobile phone subscriptions and handsets (7.7 billion) globally than their are people on Earth (7.4 billion). Electronic waste is defined as a device which is attached to a plug, and includes everything from electric toothbrushes to kettles, computers, printers, smartphones, washing machines and radios.The new study from United Nations University found that 43 million tons of electronic waste was generated in 2016, a rise of eight per cent from 2014, the fastest growth of any type of refuse, and double the rate of plastic refuse. It is the equivalent in weight to almost nine Great Pyramids of Giza, or 4,500 Eiffel Towers. Experts foresee a further increase in e-waste of 17 per cent by 2121, with the amount of annual waste increasing globally to 51 million tons a year as the digital world continues to expand. Much waste is dumped in landfill or incinerated Close to half the world’s population, 45.9 per cent, now use the Internet, up from 20.5 per cent in 2007. Some 48 per cent of households have a computer, up from 30.2 per cent in 2007.Prices have also been falling for many types of equipment such as computers, peripheral equipment, TVs, laptops and printersThe report calls for global efforts to better design of components in electrical and electronic equipment to facilitate reuse and recycling and the better recovery of precious metals.“E-waste management is an urgent issue in today’s digitally dependent world, where use of electronic devices is ever increasing,” said Houlin Zhao, Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Haiti to reform army after 20 years withoutHaiti to reform army after 20 years without

A small contingent of Brazilian troops will remain in Haiti until the UN mission ends in October (AFP Image)(BBC) Haiti’s government has launched a campaign to re-establish its army, dissolved more than 20 years ago.It wants to recruit about 500 men and women to help deal with natural disasters and to patrol borders.The recruitment drive follows the announcement by the United Nations mission that it would be leaving Haiti in October.But critics say the island’s small budget should be spent on the national police force of about 15,000 officers.A Ministry of Defence statement said the recruitment drive is open to both men and women between the ages of 18 and 25, who have passed their secondary education exams.The UN Security Council agreed in April to withdraw their security forces, the blue helmets, and leave only a small police presence to support the Haitian police.The UN departure has sparked a debate over whether Haiti should or should not form a new army.Many politicians support the idea arguing it would provide jobs for young people.But the government’s critics say a military force could quickly become politicised, becoming a weapon in the hands of whoever is the president or prime minister.For much of Haiti’s history, the army has been used to crack down on political dissent by a series of authoritarian presidents.During the 29-year family dynasty founded by Francois “Papa Doc” Duvalier in the 1950s, the army was pushed aside and replaced by the Tonton Macoutes, a feared private militia famed for its savagery.But when Duvalier’s son, Jean Claude, was ousted and fled to France in 1986, the army high command – notorious for its repressive tactics and packed with Duvalier appointees – remained in place.The UN mission played a big role in helping the country to overcome the devastation caused by the 2010 earthquake (UN Image)After Haiti’s first democratically-elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, was ousted in a 1991 military coup, soldiers and paramilitary forces committed countless atrocities and are estimated to have killed about 4,000 people over the next three years.Haiti’s leaders argue the new army would have different kinds of military duties, providing help after natural disasters and fighting smuggling.Many international donors have been unenthusiastic, after having poured billions of dollars into developing the Haitian National Police which now has about 15,000 trained members. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related read more

The Evening Fix now with added laughing roosterThe Evening Fix now with added laughing rooster

first_img(FunnyChineseTV/YouTube) The sun rises in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, behind the Jet Star Roller Coaster which has been sitting in the ocean after part of the Funtown Pier was destroyed during Superstorm Sandy. The private owners of the amusement pier that collapsed in Seaside Heightsare working with insurers to devise a plan to get it out of the ocean. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)HERE’S ALL THE things we learned, loved and shared today.THINGS WE LEARNED#HORSEMEAT Swedish company Ikea has withdrawn some of its meatballs from sale in at least 15 European countries, including Ireland, after horsemeat was found in the product by Czech authorities. The company said that its own tests haven’t shown any traces of horsemeat.#CATHERINE GOWING Clive Sharp has been sentenced to life for the murder of Irish vet Catherin Gowing in Wales last year. The 47-year-old murdered Gowing, who was his girlfriend’s flatmate, before disposing of her body. Gowing’s sister Emma said that the sentence means ‘our world is a safer place’.#CROKE PARK The first steps on extending and amending the terms of the Croke Park pay deal were made today by the Government and trade unions representing public service workers. The news came after a final 13-hour session of talks which followed the withdrawal of four unions from negotiations last night. Here is a run down of what is in the proposed public pay deal.#CARLOW A garda investigation has been opened after the bodies of a man and a woman were found in a premises on Centaur St in Carlow Town. They are both believed to be in their 50s. Gardaí are appealing for anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area to contact them.#OSCARS The Onion has apologised for an ‘offensive’ tweet about the young actress Quvenzhané Wallis. The satirical newspaper referred to Willis with an expletive in a tweet which was deleted within an hour, and the Onion CEO Steve Hannah apologised for it being “crude and offensive”.THINGS WE LOVEDWe love Jimmy Kimmel – and we especially love the trailer for his spoof movie, Movie 2. (Oprah!) (JimmyKimmelLive/YouTube)Wonderful: architects photographed in the buildings that inspired them.The Oscars were on last night (you followed our liveblog, right?). Here are our favourite bits, our favourite frocks and the 13 best tweets about the big event.THINGS WE SHAREDIs the Mediterranean diet really good for you? This New York Times article takes a look at a new study that says it certainly is. Meanwhile, this new book looks at how junk food hooks you in.There are photobombs, and there are seriously creepy photobombs…Pic: ImgurAlways wanted to watch a rooster laugh? Now you can:last_img read more

BlackBerry PlayBook being delayed in part by buggy FlashBlackBerry PlayBook being delayed in part by buggy Flash

first_imgNot to sound like an Apple fanatic, but there’s more than a slight feel that the competition is running around like a chicken with its head cut off when it comes to releasing a viable competitor to the iPad.One problem is that manufacturers who are trying to put together their tablets don’t have a lot of good ideas about how they want their product to differ from the iPad. They don’t have a vision: they just want to release a product at a roughly equivalent price with a roughly equivalent spec sheet as the iPad and divert sales from Apple.AdChoices广告One way a Honeycomb-based tablet can theoretically set itself apart from the competition is by supporting Adobe Flash. While Apple is dead set against allowing Flash Player on the iPad, labeling the technology a notorious system crasher and battery killer, Adobe swears Flash can work on tablets.Not that there’s a lot of evidence for that supposition. For example, Adobe Flash compatibility was a headlining feature on the Motorola Xoom, and a lot of time was spent at CES discussing the premier Honeycomb tablet’s Flash support. Yet even then, the Xoom didn’t launch with Flash Player.Another much anticipated product due out soon is RIM‘s first tablet, the BlackBerry PlayBook. The PlayBook — which boasts RIM’s own QNX operating system, and the ability to emulate Android software — has been delayed from its initial launch, and it’s now being theorized that that delay is, at least in part, an issue with the PlayBook’s promised Flash compatibility.I’m not sure I entirely buy that rumor, though. The PlayBook’s troubled all around, after all. Heck, it’s not even shipping with native mail, contact or calendar apps! I’m sure Flash is part of the problem, but at the end of the day, it seems like RIM’s lack of a cohesive vision and a problem executing their goals that is delaying the PlayBook. For once, Adobe can’t be blamed.Read more at CNNlast_img read more

LUnion européenne lance un vaste plan transports propres dici 2050LUnion européenne lance un vaste plan transports propres dici 2050

first_imgL’Union européenne lance un vaste plan “transports propres” d’ici 2050La Commission européenne a adopté lundi un vaste plan “Transports 2050”. Objectif : mobilité sur le continent, mais réduction de 60% des émissions de CO2 dues aux transports d’ici 2050. C’est une feuille de route à longue échéance que vient de lancer la Commission européenne pour améliorer les transports sur le vieux continent, et surtout réduire les émissions de gaz à effet de serre. Une feuille de route qui se décline en 3 grands pôles : déplacements urbains, interurbains, et sur grande distance. À la clé, des objectifs chiffrés pour chacun de ces secteurs.À lire aussiSuivez le voyage du CO2 dans l’atmosphère terrestre grâce à ce time-lapse stupéfiantLes déplacements urbains représentent aujourd’hui le quart des émissions de carbone liées à la mobilité des personnes et des marchandises (75% des trajets en ville se font en voiture !). L’UE compte donc, d’ici 2030, diviser par deux le nombre de véhicules (voitures particulières, taxis, utilitaires…) roulant à l’essence ou au diésel, et cible leur disparition totale des villes d’ici 2050.Concernant l’interurbain, 50% des déplacements routiers de personnes ou de fret sur moyenne distance (soit plus de 300 kilomètres) devraient basculer vers le ferroviaire et les voies navigables. L’Union veut se doter d’ici 2030 d’un réseau appelé “réseau de base RTE-T”, reliant aéroports, gares, ports maritimes ou fluviaux, permettant de passer facilement d’un mode de transport à l’autre, et optimisé d’ici 2050 en termes de qualité, de capacité et d’information.Enfin, sur les grandes distances et l’intercontinental, avions et bateaux seront toujours majoritaires, mais devraient être largement équipés de nouveaux moteurs, utilisant des carburants à faible teneur en carbone. La commission table, pour 2050, sur une réduction de 40% des émissions de CO2 pour le transport aérien ; idem pour le transport maritime. Le 29 mars 2011 à 15:38 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Woodland detective set to sue cityWoodland detective set to sue city

first_imgA detective with the Woodland Police Department has filed a tort claim with a slew of misconduct allegations against interim Chief Brad Gillaspie.Detective David Plaza filed the claim Thursday, notifying the city of Woodland about his intention to sue for no less than $2 million. The claim accuses Gillaspie of engaging in a pattern of invasions of privacy and sexual harassment involving young females and using racial slurs aimed at Plaza. Plaza’s Vancouver attorneys, Greg Ferguson and Jack Green, say their client brought complaints about Gillaspie to Mayor Grover Laseke before he became the interim chief. They allege that instead of investigating Gillaspie, Laseke gave him a warning, then a promotion. Earlier this year, Plaza was placed on paid administrative leave on allegations that he stole a digital camera from the department, according to the claim. His attorneys contend Gillaspie made the move in retaliation for Plaza’s complaints. The camera was issued to Plaza at a training session, his attorneys said. Plaza maintains he was punished for not properly notifying the department that he had received the camera.“It’s not as if I forgot to log it in,” Plaza said in a statement. “There is simply no process or procedure for doing that in place at the Woodland P.D.”last_img read more

New cannabis strains debut in VancouverNew cannabis strains debut in Vancouver

first_imgCustomers at New Vansterdam, one of Vancouver’s two recreational marijuana stores, got to witness something brand new last week.CannaMan Farms, a Vancouver grower, quietly premiered two entirely new cannabis strains at the store, under the names “Lemon Sweat” and “Berry UW.”Much like brewers who like to experiment with a variety of beer types — pilsner, lager or porter, for instance — marijuana growers like to experiment with a variety of popular pot strains, with names like “Blue Dream,” “Sour Diesel” and “Bubba Kush.”Many of those strains are available throughout the world, through recreational or medical systems, and are further cultivated by growers to get signature flavors, much like a brewer might add a variety of hops to get a unique tasting stout or ale.But brand new strains are more rare. And the two, cultivated by CannaMan head grower Shane Wahl, are exactly that.“I’m the only one on Earth that has these,” Wahl said proudly. “I mean, who else would name something ‘Lemon Sweat.’ I never thought I’d get to a place where I could have a world release like this.”Wahl grew the “Lemon Sweat” strain from seed and bred the “Berry UW” from the more common “Blackberry” and “UW” strains. The “UW” strain, as an aside, is rumored to have been stolen from a marijuana study at the University of Washington many years ago, although it’s never been verified, Wahl said.Having a world release like that less than two months after opening his store is a thrill, said Brian Budz, one of the owners of New Vansterdam.last_img read more

ATT TMobile put aside differences in team up to fight robocallsATT TMobile put aside differences in team up to fight robocalls

first_img AT&T T-Mobile Share your voice Tips to stop robocalls Robocalls have gotten so bad that even AT&T and T-Mobile are working together to fight them.  Josh Miller/CNET A common enemy can do wonders for bringing people and groups together, and the robocall plague has now done just that. On Wednesday AT&T and T-Mobile announced that they have begun rolling out a call authentication system to help protect their users from the annoying spam calls. Following the FCC-recommended STIR/SHAKEN protocol, the system works by having a caller’s network send out a digital signature to signify that its number hasn’t been spoofed or faked which the receiver’s network then verifies.  An icon will then be displayed on the recipient’s screen to indicate that the call they are receiving has been verified to be from an actual person, not a robocall service. Caller Verified T-MobileAn example of what a verified caller screen looks like on a T-Mobile phone.  T-Mobile T-Mobile has already deployed the protocol for calls made within its network and AT&T has previously teamed up with Comcast for calls made between the two respective providers’ digital home phone services (as well as offering the service within its own mobile network). Wednesday’s announcement marks another big step, bringing two wireless companies together. There still are, however, some limitations. The service won’t block the calls, it will just give people better knowledge about the calls they are receiving. On T-Mobile, you will need to have one of 12 Samsung and LG devices at T-Mobile and Metro with T-Mobile to see the verification today, with the company saying that there will be “more to come in the near future.” AT&T hasn’t announced which devices will have the SHAKEN/STIR displays.AT&T’s Call Protect, which works to block calls in the background, will also begin learning from STIR/SHAKEN to improve its service today. The announcement follows comments made in February by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who said that companies should get the systems installed by the end of 2019 or the FCC will consider “regulatory intervention.” 1 1:04center_img Now playing: Watch this: Tags Phones Commentlast_img read more

Statehood Advocates Continue Lobbying for DCStatehood Advocates Continue Lobbying for DC

first_imgDozens of activists recently visited the U.S. Congress in support of legislation that promotes statehood for Washington, D.C.Stand Up! for Democracy Executive Director Anise Jenkins; Karen A. Szulgit, chief of staff for D.C. Statehood; Sen. Michael Brown (D) and activist Evanna Powell were the statehood movement leaders who visited the Senate on June 12 on behalf of the Washington, D.C. Admissions Act (Senate Bill 1278). Jenkins told the AFRO that advocacy on Capitol Hill is crucial to the District becoming the 51st state.The District of Columbia license plate highlights the lack of D.C. statehood. (Courtesy photo)“District residents pay the highest federal taxes per person and we serve in our country’s wars, but we have no vote on a declaration of war and D.C. has no voting representation in the U.S. Congress,” Jenkins told the AFRO. “D.C. residents must have their local budget reviewed by Congress and its local laws approved by Congress, also. If we were a state, we would not have to go through that.”District residents overwhelmingly supported statehood in a public vote on Nov. 8, 2016.The Senate bill has 18 sponsors and would need 51 votes to pass. The House bill has 123 co-sponsors and needs 215 votes to go through its chamber. The House bill is H.R. 1291.The successful June 11 vote in Puerto Rico for its statehood buoyed the spirits of the lobbyists. “If Puerto Rico can move forward on statehood, so can D.C.,” Szulgit told the AFRO.Congress has authority over the District according to Article 1, Section 8, Clause 17 of the U.S. Constitution; thereby it has the power to grant statehood. In 1978, there was an effort to admit the District as a state by constitutional amendment. While 22 states ratified the measure, it fell short of the 38 needed for passage by 1985.D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) authored a statehood bill that reached the House floor in November 1993 but the bill did not garner enough support to pass, failing by a vote of 277-153. Since then, D.C. statehood bills have been introduced but have gone nowhere.In September 2014, the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee held a hearing on D.C. statehood but the momentum for the bill stopped when the Republicans took over that body in January 2015. That was one of the reasons why Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) was the first stop of the Jenkins party.The lobbyists met with staffers instead of senators, which is customary. “We want to make the case for statehood to Rubio, even though he did try to influence our gun laws without consulting city residents earlier this year,” Jenkins said.The Rubio staffer listened as Jenkins explained why the senator should support statehood, emphasizing that local governments should have full autonomy and not have to worry about federal interference — a GOP pet peeve.Jenkins also noted that the District and Puerto Rico can be admitted as states because in the past, states with differing political stances were brought into the union together, noting slave and free states during the pre-Civil War Era and Alaska and Hawaii, Republican and Democratic states respectively, in the 1950s.“D.C. could come in as a Democratic state while Puerto Rico could be Republican,” Szulgit said in a statement. According to the staffer, Rubio hasn’t taken a position on the statehood bill and “promised to bring it to the attention of the senator.”The lobbyists then visited the office of Sen. Christopher Murphy (D-Conn.). According to the Murphy staffer, statehood hasn’t been brought to the attention of senator and he would be happy to do that. The Murphy staffer advised the lobbyists to try to mobilize Connecticut residents to support statehood and that would get his boss’s attention.The activists also dropped off literature at the offices of Sens. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.). Picking up on the advice of the Murphy staffer, Powell told Tillis staffers of her North Carolina connections. “I have family that lives in Halifax, Greensboro, and Elizabeth City,” she said. “I have encouraged my family members in North Carolina to contact your boss and Sen. Richard Burr to support D.C. statehood.”The lobbyists visited the office of Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), the only Black Republican, in his chamber. Scott’s staffer said the senator hasn’t taken a position on the statehood legislation but expressed caution that the District would bring in two Democrats to his body and that would be uncomfortable for him.A meeting with Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) took place late in the afternoon. Harris hasn’t publicly taken a position on the bill but the lobbyists are confident that they can win her support given that she is a Howard University graduate and is a progressive, according to Jenkins.last_img read more

Chief Probe Finds Racially Divided Detroit Police PrecinctChief Probe Finds Racially Divided Detroit Police Precinct

first_imgBy COREY WILLIAMS Associated PressDETROIT (AP) — A second White Detroit police officer has been fired for misconduct after his partner posted a racist video online, and an internal audit found that racial insensitivity is a “dirty little secret” in the west side police precinct where both worked, the city’s police chief said Tuesday.The investigation into the 6th Precinct was launched this year after Gary Steele, then a police officer, posted a video on Snapchat of a Black driver whom he had pulled over for having expired plates. He can be heard saying “priceless” and “bye Felicia” as the 23-year-old woman walks away. Video captions read “What Black girl magic looks like” and “celebrating Black History Month.”In this Monday July 11, 2016 file image from video, Detroit Police Chief James Craig speaks to reporters during a news conference held at his department’s headquarters in Detroit. (AP Photo/Mike Householder, File)Steele was fired two weeks ago. Chief James Craig announced Tuesday that Steele’s partner, Michael Garrison, has also been fired for conduct unbecoming an officer, not reporting misconduct, neglect of duty, and being untruthful to investigators.“While investigating former officer Steele, investigators determined that officer Garrison also repeatedly demonstrated disturbing actions while on the job,” said Craig, adding that the incidents were not isolated to the day the video was recorded.Craig said about a dozen allegations were leveled against Garrison, including that he used names for African- and Arab-Americans that were “certainly racially insensitive, particularly when they’re focused on one or two demographics.”Garrison also failed to report the Snapchat video to supervisors and was not truthful when making statements to investigators, Craig said.Attorneys for the police union haven’t replied to a phone message seeking comment.Police departments across the country are being scrutinized and criticized for their treatment of African-Americans and other people of color. Protests over the shootings of Black men by White officers have upturned dozens of cities in recent years.The audit “should be used as a template to address racism precinct by precinct and in special policing units,” said Kenneth Reed, spokesman for the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality.“The coalition challenges Chief Craig to continue audits for each precinct,” Reed said.The misconduct investigations into Garrison and Steele ran parallel to the probe that revealed the 6th Precinct was “racially divided,” Craig said.“During this audit, some referred to the racial insensitivities that was demonstrated by some that this was the 6th Precinct’s dirty little secret. When comments were made, supervisors were pretty much non-responsive. Some of the comments were made around the station, some in the field,” he said.One officer told investigators that in January 2015, Garrison saw a White man walking in the cold, called him a “tax-paying citizen” and gave the man a ride to his destination. Later in the shift, the officers saw a Black man carrying what appeared to be bags of groceries. The other officer asked if they were going to give the Black man a ride. Garrison replied “no, we’re not” and kept driving, Craig said.“I found her testimony consistent with the behaviors being alleged,” he added.“This is an opportunity for us to set a model for the department,” Craig said. “There’s going to be some change at the 6th, relative to some supervisors and some managers.”Activist and Detroit pastor Maurice Hardwick, who joined Craig at Tuesday’s news conference, said the Steele video and revelations about problems in the 6th Precinct are upsetting.“This is a very sad occasion,” Hardwick said. “But it’s also a light in the dark tunnel that we’re looking to make changes.”last_img read more

IEEE forms group to confront network traffic swellsIEEE forms group to confront network traffic swells

first_img(Phys.org) — The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) is taking steps to come up with a new Ethernet standard capable of between 400Gbps and 1Tbps.The IEEE announced Tuesday it is forming a group focused on ringing wired Ethernet speeds up to where they will need to belong by 2015. Speeds which could peak at 1 Tbps. The announcement names the “IEEE 802.3 Industry Connections Higher Speed Ethernet Consensus Group” as the body now handed the mission to hammer out details of what will be the new standards for the next speed of Ethernet. The IEEE 802.3 Industry Connections Higher Speed Ethernet Consensus Group is to meet next month in Geneva from September 24 to September 25. While some observers refer to the problem as a traffic “swell,” numbers indicate it is more like a tsunami. Gregory Bell, Director, Energy Sciences Network (ESnet), and Director, Scientific Networking Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, said that even the phrase ‘big data’ doesn’t describe the revolution occurring in many scientific disciplines. He said one only has to consider CERN’s recent announcement of a new particle, evidence that had to be sifted from gigabytes of data generated every second. He called CERN data just the tip of the iceberg.“Within three to six years we predict the need for a minimum of 400 Gbps connectivity to meet data mobility needs of experiments in fusion, astrophysics, genomics, climate research and other fields.”Similarly, the existence of the new group comes after findings that show the need to start working towards new standards now. The Consensus group launch has its roots in the IEEE’s assessments of 802.3 Ethernet Bandwidth, and seeing an exponential climb in global bandwidth requirements (802.3 refers to standards defining the physical l and data link layer’s media access control of wired Ethernet), with total traffic doubling every 18 months. In a July IEEE 802.3 Ethernet Working Group Communication, for example, it was said that “the bandwidth associated with core networking was observed, on average, to be doubling every eighteen months.” Although there was a wide variation in aggregated bandwidth needs, said the communication, “the observed trend that the doubling every eighteen months on average of bandwidth requirements associated with core networking is still a reasonable approximation. If the current trend continues, then this translates to an increase in traffic of a factor of 10 by 2015 compared to 2010 and by a factor of 100 by 2020.”The IEEE collected data is a reminder that the standards homework ahead is caused by far more than daily end users downloading movies or listening to music. The IEEE has been collecting data from data center networks, high-performance computing, financial markets, carrier and cable operators, Internet exchanges, and the scientific community.The most aggressive growth rates in network bandwidth consumption is happening in the financial sector and data-intensive science, the IEEE has found, with compounded annual growth rates of 95 percent and 70 percent, respectively.Potential participants to help decide on the new standards are likely to include users and producers of systems and components for carriers, Internet exchanges, financial markets, data centers, networking systems, high-performance computing, and network storage and servers. Explore further Citation: IEEE forms group to confront network traffic swells (2012, August 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-08-ieee-group-network-traffic.html IEEE Ratifies 802.11n Wireless LAN Specification More information:center_img © 2012 Phys.Org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Image: Wikipedia. www.ieee802.org/3/ad_hoc/bwa/BWA_Report.pdfwww.businesswire.com/news/home … -IEEE-802.3-Tm-Grouplast_img read more

Nighttime beauty regime to followNighttime beauty regime to follow

first_imgThe skin repairs itself from the day’s stress during the night, so it is necessary to give your skin equal attention before you go to bed so that it looks rejuvenated the next morning.Experts have shared the night-time beauty regime to follow:Double cleansing: This is highly recommended. Double cleansing consists of first cleaning with a cleanser such as cleansing oil or cleansing cream. This cleanses oil-based impurities such as make-up and pollutants. Also, follow it up with a cleansing foam to remove any left over impurities before sleeping. The motive here is deep cleansing while being gentle on the skin. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfExfoliate: Exfoliate with scrub or gommage peel or a clay mask, depending on the skin type, 2 to 3 times to get rid of dead cells. Exfoliating your skin can really help in rejuvenating your skin. Exfoliate skin at least twice a week using the appropriate products according to the skin type. Toning: Use a gentle hydrating toner according to skin type to refine pores and restore PH level. Always use a good toner as it is a very important step and prepares your skin for the next step of your regimen by minimising pores to the normal size. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSheet mask: At night, applying sheet mask on cleansed skin can be very relaxing and takes away the stress from your skin. They provide essential nutrients deep within the skin.Treatment and repair: At night your skin is naturally regenerating, repairing and restoring itself. Rejuvenation is at its peak as cell turnover increases at night. Use of repairing serum such as salicylic acid for trouble or Vitamin C for brightening and reducing pigmentation and peptides with AHA salt, for peeling and increasing firmness should be applied at night as it is best to avoid these ingredients in sun rays and they work best during night time. A blend of essential and botanical oils can help skin restorative night treatment, and helps addressing customers of every age who are interested in natural repair and rejuvenation of the skin after the damaging effects of the day.Intense cream: Use a hydrating and repairing night cream to nourish and seal all the essential nutrients from previous steps. A cream should be applied to strengthen moisture barrier. Use a good but gentle eye cream for the hydration around your eye. One should never ignore this step as your eyes skin is the thinnest skin on your body, which needs special attention. Lock all the nourishment from the above products by applying a good moisturizer according to your skin type and needsSleeping mask: Sleeping masks are applied preferably 3 to 4 times in a week. It is applied at the last stage or the cream stage of the night routine. Sleeping masks are generally gel or cream based, and they should be massaged into the skin until absorbed and washed away with water next morning. It provides intense nourishment and dewy, hydrated skin in the morning.last_img read more

Dutch police investigate Delta sandwich needlesDutch police investigate Delta sandwich needles

first_img Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Top Stories The other needles were on two flights to Atlanta and one to Seattle.The sandwiches were made in the Amsterdam kitchen of catering company Gate Gourmet.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Comments   Share   New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathscenter_img AMSTERDAM (AP) – Police at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport say they still do not know how needles got into turkey sandwiches on Delta Air Lines flights from Amsterdam to the United States, but are investigating.Airport Police spokesman Robert van Kapel said Tuesday Dutch detectives are working on the case together with the airline and U.S. law enforcement authorities.Delta says what appear to be sewing needles were found in five sandwiches on Sunday. One passenger on a flight to Minneapolis was injured. Sponsored Stories 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t likelast_img read more

The Langham Auckland has been acknowledged as the Best New Zealand HoThe Langham Auckland has been acknowledged as the Best New Zealand Ho

first_imgThe Langham, Auckland has been acknowledged as the Best New Zealand Hotel of 2016The Langham, Auckland has been acknowledged as the Best New Zealand Hotel of 2016 at the HM AwardsThe glittering awards dinner that took place at the Town Hall in Sydney last week, recognised the accommodation industry’s finest staff, properties, brands and chains across Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.The Langham Auckland provides timeless style that balances European heritage with elements of New Zealand’s natural beauty. As one of New Zealand’s largest hotels, it embodies a celebration of classic luxury and quiet comfort, offering 409 spacious rooms and suites.Managing Director Franz Mascarenhas is delighted the luxury hotel has been acknowledged as the leader in New Zealand tourism, by the prestigious awards for a second time, having also won this award in 2013.“In addition to our luxurious facilities, the award is a testament to the individual effort every one of our over 400 staff contribute to exceeding our guest’s expectations and creating great memories.” says Mr Mascarenhas.Mascarenhas also received a Highly Commended acknowledgment in the New Zealand General Manager category.The Langham, Auckland is also New Zealand’s leading environmental hotel, having won The New Zealand Tourism Industry Award for Environmental Initiative for 2015 and 2016. The hotel, which has EarthCheck certification standards ‘Gold’ status for the last 5 years, is set to achieve the prestigious EarthCheck Platinum level of certification on successful completion of an audit later this year.Staff at The Langham, Auckland not only provide a high level of quality guest service at the hotel but also contribute to a Volunteer Activity Programme which allows colleagues to volunteer their time, expertise and efforts in the local community, by assisting with community partners such as Ronald McDonald House, Garden to Table, Make a Wish Foundation and Eat My Lunch.Mascarenhas adds “In these times when life can often seem so busy, we are proud to be recognised for our contribution to the community and the luxurious oasis of calm we provide to every guest we welcome through our doors”. Source = The Langham Aucklandlast_img read more

by The Associated Press Posted Oct 3 2018 63by The Associated Press Posted Oct 3 2018 63

first_img by The Associated Press Posted Oct 3, 2018 6:36 am PDT Last Updated Oct 3, 2018 at 7:41 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – CBS News is adding Bianna Golodryga (go-low-DREEG-ah) as a fourth anchor to its morning show.The network announced Wednesday that Golodryga will join the team of Gayle King, Norah O’Donnell and John Dickerson at the table on “CBS This Morning.” Golodryga is familiar to the show’s audience as a frequent substitute host and reporter. She’s worked at CBS News since 2017.CBS News President David Rhodes said the move allows the show to “extend its journalistic ambition” and have more flexibility to send its anchors on reporting assignments.It’s the second change to CBS’ morning team in less than a year. Dickerson replaced Charlie Rose when Rose was fired last November for sexual misconduct. FILE – In this Feb. 6, 2012, file photo, Bianna Golodryga attends the launch party for Ali Wentworth’s book “Ali in Wonderland”, in New York. Golodryga is joining the dawn patrol as co-host of “CBS This Morning.” CBS News President David Rhodes announced Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, that Golodryga will join Gayle King, Norah O’Donnell and John Dickerson on the program. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, File) center_img CBS adds Bianna Golodryga to morning news teamlast_img read more