Nokia has teased the successor to its first Android smartphone, the Nokia X. The phone is rumoured to be called the Nokia X2 and will improve faster internals for improved performance. The company is teasing the device on its Conversations blog and has set up a timer for its release, which indicates that it will be launched on June 24. Nokia has even posted a tag line “Green with envy”. The site has also posted a florescent green image of what looks like the side spine of the device.As for the specs, the phone is expected to feature 1GB of RAM, a bump from 512 and 768MB found in the current generation of Nokia X smartphones. Perhaps it will also feature a faster CPU, better camera and a bigger display. The phone is also expected to sport a dedicated home button so that standard Android functions are no as confusing as they are on the current line of Nokia X smartphones.
November 27, 2019
Shikha Pandey (right) and Mithali Raj leading the Indian Team to victory in a test match in England in AugustA biopic about a sportsperson is necessarily about more than her life, and it is useful to have the makers of Mary Kom remind us that the Priyanka Chopra-starrer is “based,Shikha Pandey (right) and Mithali Raj leading the Indian Team to victory in a test match in England in AugustA biopic about a sportsperson is necessarily about more than her life, and it is useful to have the makers of Mary Kom remind us that the Priyanka Chopra-starrer is “based on the life incidents” of the boxer. What can be the life incident in the ab-solutely phenomenal boxer’s career into which we could read a larger mes-sage? Could that life incident be the in-clusion of women’s boxing at the 2012 Olympics, allowing us to con-nect her triumph to the lost chances of our under-appreci-ated and inadequately sup-ported women cricketers? Life stories of greats in sp-ort inevitably turn on the moment they go for broke, the point at which they decide to risk the little stabilities of a ‘normal’ existence and de-vote themselves to the pursuit of victory, knowing full well that there are no guarantees against a career being sud-denly cut short.In my early, and far too occasional, interactions with sportspersons, it was a ques-tion I would pose as a matter of routine. And in the kind of un-certain, bland responses I wo-uld get, the old adage would be reinforced that great sports-persons are different from you and me. They did not see it in terms of risk like you and I may. To get at the answer, it’s better to look at the life chances that certain competi-tions enhanced.Kom was a legend among women boxers long before we breathlessly began tracking her around the London Olympics. She had won five world cha-mpionships, and was already past her prime when that great chance of a medal came. Olympic boxing was ope-ned up to women only in 2012. Kom grabbed the chance to compete. Her weight category (pinweight, 46 kg, later 48 kg) was not in the Olympics, so she put on weight (flyweight, 51 kg). She did what it took to adapt herself to that opportunity. In doing so, she sho-wed that with such opportunities may be formed the life incidents that count, that take a sporting tradition forward by becoming force multipliers.advertisementProgressiveness in sport can be easily graphed as the incremental ope-ning up of competition to women. You can see it in the Olympic movement. Indeed, just recently, when wrestling was threatened with exclusion from the Summer Games, one of the ways in which it made a case for itself was to decrease the number of medals for men, and scale up the number open to women. At the casual mention of the increase in medals for women, Babita Phogat, fresh from her gold from the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, glo-wed with pride and sat up with a straighter spine. Her sport had made more space for women at its highest stage. Whether she eventually wins a medal there or not is besides the point. It’s the possibility that matters.Try telling that to India’s women cricketers. A medal is on offer at the Asian Games, but they will not be on the flight to Incheon, South Korea, this month. There is a medal to be won for women’s cricket, but Indian women, having just won their solitary Test match in England this summer, dare not dream of participat-ing. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which took charge of women’s cricket in the country in 2006 as part of a reform mandated by the International Cricket Council, will not do the gracious thing and let them.The BCCI, zealous in pre-venting anybody from sharing the broadcast windfall that may accrue from hosting its men’s team, will have no truck with any multi-sport tournam-ent. Never mind that this mili-tates against the spirit of sport. Never mind that it denies cric-ket the chance to eventually win a place at the Olympics- indeed, under the cover of au-tonomy, the BCCI has resisted plans to make cricket’s case at the Olympics. Never mind that making it a medal discipline helps Twenty20 justify itself as a sport that matters.In its possessiveness of Indian cric-ket, the board will even deny its women cricketers a chance to find a larger arena. By way of comparison, other Test-playing countries in Asia- Pakistan (gold-medallists at the inau-gural contest at the last Asian Games in Guangzhou), Bangladesh and Sri Lanka-are sending women’s teams.Tell me then, shouldn’t somebody account for denying the possibility of life incidents that could have lit up an Indian woman cricketer’s career?To read more, get your copy of India Today here.
November 26, 2019
America is gearing up for an election spectacle, possibly the most controversial of them all – all thanks to Donald Trump.The billionaire’s candidacy was a matter of anger and ridicule, ever since campaigning kicked off, but what no one saw coming was people swarming to his support. Results of primaries and caucuses (USA’s candidate selection procedure) show Trump now has a very strong chance of becoming the Republican presidential candidate.That escalated quickly, huh?The world is now trying to open the American voter’s eyes towards the elephant in the room – Trump may have the PR strength to garner votes, but his statements show him to be racist, bigoted, and confusingly unclear about his policies. While some are pointing out the discrepancies in his campaign, others are just on a mission to troll Trump.So we decided to bring you 17 hilariously creative instances of people rejecting Trump, and encouraging America to do the same:1. This EPIC billboard advertisement by The Economist magazineBrilliant advertising from The Economist. #Trump pic.twitter.com/vQKFSJ8yhJJosh Lambier (@JoshuaLambier) May 8, 2016Economist 1. Trump 0.2. This obit for the woman who didn’t want to choose between Clinton and TrumpYo I’m really crying pic.twitter.com/3ExjaZM6uRBudget Cuts (@NonProphet_) May 17, 20163. Not to miss, Clump*presented without comments* 4. This Trump urinal Photoshop gagParis’ Belushi sports bar was known for it’s iconic Rolling Stones-inspired urinal. That was until some Photoshop-genius went on to superimpose Trump’s face on one of the urinals. Yep, if it were real, it’ll be like peeing in a billionaire’s mouth.advertisement 5. These hilarious emojis made by online comic The OatmealSource: theoatmeal.com 6. The terrifying Darth Trump 7. This mindblowing autotune remix of Trump’s limited-vocab-speech”bing bing bong bong” 8. An iPhone game that lets you build the great wall of Mexico ’cause he’ll be the greatest jobs president of all time!!! 9. Trumpkins, for when your Halloween jack-o’-lantern isn’t scary enoughSource: Reddit 10. And Trumptendo… to make Nintendo great againSource: trumptendo.comThese edgy, genius games were the brainchild of Jeff Hong, a storyboard artist who has worked for Nickelodeon Animation and Disney Feature Animation. 11. Kids 98657463. Trump 0. The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon asked homeowners to get their kids to impersonate Trump. Now, kids don’t need to think twice, or be politically correct, or worry about being sued for ridiculously impossible reasons. That combined with their penchant for mischief produced PRICELESS results.YouTube was flooooooded with hilarious videos of kids doing a Trump. Here’s Fallon’s selection: “It’s gonna be a hoooot” 12. John Oliver’s #MakeDonaldDrumpfAgainNo one delivers a BURN like John Oliver. The hilarious host of popular American TV show “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” dug into Trump’s records and found that his last name actually is Donald Drumpf – not Trump.You read that right.”The sound produced when a morbidly obese pigeon flies into the window of a foreclosed Old Navy,” he called it. He went on to ask America to “make Donald Drumpf again”. He turned it into a hashtag, put it on caps for giveaway, got a copyright on the word ‘drumpf’ and set up a website called donaldjdrumpf.com. He even released a Chrome extension called Drumpfinator that would change any mention of ‘Trump’ in your browser to ‘Drumpf’. How epic is that anthem at the end? 13. Jimmy Kimmel’s advertisement for Trump… by ‘the poorly educated’ All hail Merica’s leeder against the terists. 14. A Donald Trump biopic starring **Johnny Depp** The movie was made by Emmy-winning comedy video website Funny Or Die. 15. The greatest Game of Thrones mashup of all time Winter is truly trumping. 16. This Instagram account that gives cats a Trump-esque makeoverSource: instagram.com/trumpyourcat 17. And finally, this brilliant graffiti of Trump kissing PutinSource: Getty The owner of the Lithunian restaurant who commissioned the work of art, told Agence France-Presse he sees a few similarities between the two politicians.Bravo, sir!
November 18, 2019
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Bryce Harper drew big cheers, a pair of walks and an unusual defense in his spring training debut for the Philadelphia Phillies.Both times the slugger with the biggest contract in baseball came to the plate, the Toronto Blue Jays shifted to a four-man outfield, moved the shortstop on the other side of second base and gave the left-handed hitting Harper a wide-open left side of the infield.“I’ve never seen that. That’s intense,” Harper said, adding he hopes teams don’t do that to him often. “If they start playing ball like that, it’s definitely different.”Phillies manager Gabe Kapler didn’t want to discuss shift strategy but shared his advice for Harper.“Hit a lot of homers, drive the ball like you’re capable of, do exactly what you always do, be Bryce Harper,” said Kapler, who is known for using many shifts.The Cubs, Astros and even the Rockies have employed a four-man outfield but it was quite strange in an exhibition game.No surprise, however, was the loud ovation fans gave Harper when he walked up to the plate to Will Smith’s theme song from “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.”Wearing No. 3 on his uniform, eye black under his eyes and a white armband with “HEART” written in red letters around it, Harper dug into the batter’s box as “In West Philadelphia born and raised…” blared from the stadium’s speakers.Philadelphia Phillies’ Bryce Harper bats against the Toronto Blue Jays during the third inning of a spring training baseball game Saturday, March 9, 2019, in Clearwater, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)“The ovation they gave me, I’m very humbled, very blessed to be able to get out there and play in front of a fan base like that,” Harper said, adding he’ll probably use a different walk-up song once the season starts. “Selling out a spring training game is pretty incredible to see. Just goes to show how great a fan base Philly is.”Batting third as the designated hitter, Harper didn’t go deep but jogged around the bases after Rhys Hoskins blasted a two-run homer off Jays right-hander Matt Shoemaker on the first pitch following the first walk in the first.“Rhys is a special player,” Harper said. “Nice to see him jump on the first pitch and go deep. Having Rhys hit behind me, I’m very excited about it.”Harper took a mighty swing and missed on the first pitch he saw and fouled off the first pitch he faced in the third. He looked at eight balls outside the strike zone, including a few close ones. Though he is known for hitting home runs, Harper also is a patient hitter who knows how to work the count. He has a .388 career on-base percentage and had a career-best 130 walks last season.“It was fun to be out there, get some dirt on my cleats, get in the batter’s box and compete. That’s what I love to do,” Harper said. “I was able to see some pitches, take two swings early in the count, see some splits from a good pitcher, really happy where I was today.”Kapler was impressed.“That’s who Bryce Harper is,” the second-year manager said. “He took some strong cuts and the balls he was taking, he was comfortable taking them. It certainly didn’t look like his timing or rhythm was off. Looked like Bryce Harper as we saw him in a Nationals uniform last year and he looks much better in a Phillies uniform.”The six-time All-Star outfielder signed a $330 million, 13-year contract last week, surpassing the $325 million deal the Miami Marlins gave Giancarlo Stanton in 2014.Phillies fans have embraced the superstar since his arrival.Fanatics said Harper’s No. 3 Phillies jersey was the all-time best-seller for any athlete during the first 24 hours of launch. The team store quickly store ran out of letters and didn’t have any more R’s for adult jerseys in the first week. More than 340,000 tickets were sold within a week.The 26-year-old Harper played his first seven seasons in Washington. He joked about the red Phillies pinstripes making him look slimmer.Philadelphia Phillies’ Bryce Harper high-fives teammates after being taken out during the third inning of a spring training baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Saturday, March 9, 2019, in Clearwater, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)“When you put Phillies across your chest, it means something to these people,” Harper said. “I’m excited about that. I’m very excited to be part of something bigger than myself.”NFL Hall of Famer Brian Dawkins, a Philadelphia Eagles legend, gave the Phillies an inspirational speech in the clubhouse before the game and got the fans even more fired up when he welcomed the team onto the field.Dawkins may be the most beloved athlete in Philly sports history. If Harper helps the Phillies win a few World Series championships, he could challenge for that title.“It’s been great being around the guys, being able to get into a clubhouse where everybody cares and really appreciates everything everybody does,” Harper said, perhaps taking a shot at the Nationals. “You can say that about the whole organization. People have been working here 20-25 years. It goes to show how much of a family it is here and how important people are to this organization.”By: Rob Maadi, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
October 18, 2019
Kolkata: Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata Police arrested a Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh terrorist from Gaya in Bihar on Monday morning.The accused person, identified as Ejaz Ahmed alias Ezazul, is one of the masterminds of Bodh Gaya and Khagragarh blasts. According to sources, a few months ago, STF officials came to know that Ahmed was hiding somewhere in Bihar. However, the police failed to locate him as it was like finding a needle in a haystack. Later, the police decided to seek help from the Bihar Police as well as the Intelligence Branch (IB). Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to the plan, primary help was sought from the Intelligence Branch in Bihar to locate Ahmed’s hideout. Approximately 20 days ago, Bihar IB informed STF about Ahmed’s location. After the information arrived, a special team was formed and members of the team were briefed accordingly. All the members were asked to carefully proceed in the case after reaching Bihar as arrest of Ahmed was essential in order to know their further plans.A few days ago, the team went to Bihar and got in touch with the IB officials and confirmed Ahmed’s location. Following confirmation of Ahmed’s location and some other information, STF team approached Bihar Police for assistance. Details of Ahmed along with other information given by the Bihar Intelligence Branch was also provided to the police. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayFollowing that a team was formed by Bihar police which would assist the STF to nab Ahmed. Also, a plan was chalked out on how to raid the hideout. In order to confirm the success, a recce was done in and around the area where IB had located Ahmed. It was also decided to raid the place during daytime as the accused may flee taking the advantage of darkness during the night. Later on Monday morning police personnel in plaint cloth surrounded the house where Ahmed was staying at Pathantoli village of Buniyadpur in Gaya. Also, a contingent of Bihar Police was in the second layer in order to block all the exits from the house and the area. As soon as Ahmed opened the door, he was pushed inside and detained. But Ahmed yelled at STF officials stating that he was an software engineer and a reputed person in the area. Hearing his version, STF members got confused. In order to confirm his identity IB was contacted. After Ahmed’s identity was confirmed, he was brought to the local police station. He was arrested and was produced before the local court for transit remand, which was granted eventually. According to STF, Ahmed was the main leader of JMB in India since Kausar was arrested. Ahmed, originally from Panrui in Birbhum, had joined JMB in 2008. He was constantly in touch with JMB leader Salauddin. He had plans to release Kausar from jail. Several digital documents were seized from him.
October 12, 2019
24 March 2008The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti is calling on locals to cooperate with its troops and with members of the national police at roadblocks and other checkpoints being set up to try to combat widespread crime and insecurity. The mission, known as MINUSTAH, has increased its logistical and material support to the national police (HNP) in the wake of a recent surge in crime, particularly kidnappings. It has also asked for the population’s support so that its blue helmets can help ensure public safety and security.In a statement issued late last week in the capital, Port-au-Prince, MINUSTAH said the roadblocks and patrols were being established across the country, which is the most impoverished in the Western Hemisphere.UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters today in New York that the total number of motorized patrols had been boosted to 2,740 this month alone and the number of foot patrols to 2,152.Meanwhile, the mission is financing a series of projects in Cité Soleil and Martissant, two of the most notorious neighbourhoods in Port-au-Prince, which aim to create jobs, boost the local economy, reduce violence and improve the environment.The projects, which cost just over $500,000 in total, include the cleaning of local canals, the rehabilitation of public spaces and street paving in the troubled districts.
October 7, 2019
Progressive Conservative leader Doug Ford is promising a 12 per cent cut to hydro rates if elected premier in June.Ford says under his hydro plan, the government would give ratepayers the dividends it gets from Hydro One.It would also shift the cost of energy conservation programs from hydro customers to the tax base.According to the PC leader, the changes would save the average Ontario family $173 a year.Ford has been critical of and has promised to review the Liberal government’s Fair Hydro Plan, which borrows money to reduce hydro rates by 25 per cent.He says the Tory plan would be in addition to the Liberals’ rate cut.
October 7, 2019
United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk delivered backpacks filled with new school supplies to hundreds of students in need across Haldimand and Norfolk.In 2018 the list of children in need of supplies in the area had 125 students from 10 schools. This year, the list grew to over 600 students from 29 local schools. This was in part due to the growing awareness of the program among the schools and community.United Way’s goal was to provide local students with the supplies they need to succeed, regardless of family income. They worked with the local schools to identify how many kids needed help and which supplies were needed the most.Donation bins were located throughout the two counties where community members could drop off donated items. The donated school supplies helped students of all ages.“I would like to extend my heartfelt appreciation for the generous donation of back to school backpacks for students in need. Thank you for supporting our students,” Colleen Kelly, principal of Hagersville Elementary School, said in a press release.The amount of donated school supplies was so great that three locations were needed in order to store them before distribution. Two Day of Caring events with staff volunteers from Libro Credit Union and Imperial were held to do the sorting, packing and delivery of the supplies to the 29 schools who signed up to receive them.
October 4, 2019
TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,103.11, up 20.27 points):Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace and transportation. Up five cents, or 2.17 per cent, to $2.35 on 11.5 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Down 49 cents, or 3.22 per cent, to $14.71 on 10.4 million shares.Pinetree Capital Ltd. (TSX:PNP). Brokers and exchanges. Up 2.5 cents, or 15.62 per cent, to 18.5 cents on 5.3 million shares.Painted Pony Petroleum Ltd. (TSX:PPY). Oil and gas. Down 35 cents, or 4.92 per cent, to $6.76 on 5.1 million shares.Legacy Oil + Gas Inc. (TSX:LEG). Oil and gas. Down two cents, or 0.99 per cent, to $2.01 on 3.7 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Insurance. Down nine cents, or 0.42 per cent, to $21.27 on 3.6 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ). Oil and gas. Up $1.86, or 5.06 per cent, to $38.64 on 3.1 million shares. The company said it almost tripled its profit in the fourth quarter to just under $1.2 billion or $1.09 a diluted share. Adjusted net earnings were $756 million or 69 cents per share, up from $563 million or 52 cents. The energy company is raising its quarterly dividend by half a cent to 23 cents per share. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 5, 2015 2:49 pm MDT Most actively traded companies on the TSX
October 2, 2019
On 20 July – Colombia’s Independence Day – as a new Congress was inaugurated, including representatives from the political party that has sprung out of the former FARC rebel movement, which waged a revolutionary struggle with government forces for more than 50 years, before signing a peace deal in 2016.“The presence of the political party FARC fulfills one of the core objectives of the final Peace Agreement, and this Congress is among the more diverse, plural and representative in the country’s legislative history,” said Jean Arnault, Head of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia, which was set up nearly two years ago, to monitor and support implementation of the peace deal.He added however that “while participation of FARC representatives in the Congress is a major step, reintegration into civilian life of former FARC-EP members is very much unfinished business,” noting that successful reintegration will “no doubt require dedication and resources”.According to the report, “the fundamental goal of providing income-generating opportunities for 14,000 former combatants is far from being realized”. However, the Government made “the welcome decision” to extend food assistance to the territorial areas for training and reintegration until the end of 2018.In addition to the fear and frustration expressed by some former combatants regarding a peace process they feel has not lived up to expectations, the report lays out other issues which President-elect Iván Duque, set to take office on 7 August, will have to address in order to bridge the divisions among the Colombian people: the proliferation of new illegal groups; the continued growth of the coca economy; and the ongoing violence in certain areas, especially against community leaders and human rights advocates.In his briefing, the Head of the Verification Mission recognised the importance of the national “Pact of repudiation of violence against social leaders” signed by President Santos and President-elect Duque. “It is the first time that violence against social leaders is received with such a strong sense of outrage, expressed in the streets of Colombia and cities abroad, in the halls of national institutions and across the political spectrum,” he said, calling this national consensus against attacks on local figureheads “significant”.Mr. Arnault reiterated that the newly elected authorities can count on the support of the Verification Mission and stressed that “supporting institutions in their efforts to curb the violence in the territories will remain a top priority”.
September 28, 2019
Urban Meyer leads the Buckeyes onto the field prior to the start of the game against Indiana on Oct. 6. Ohio State won 49-26. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorAfter defeating Indiana 49-26 on Saturday, Ohio State remained at No. 3 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll released Sunday. The Buckeyes continued to earn a first place vote, finishing behind No. 1 Alabama, which earned 59 first place votes, and No. 2 Georgia. Ohio State is one of four teams from the Big Ten represented in the AP Poll. The Buckeyes join No. 8 Penn State, No 12 Michigan and No. 15 Wisconsin in the latest edition of the poll. Iowa also earned 87 votes, but failed to enter the Top 25. No. 3 Ohio State will face Minnesota in Ohio Stadium at 12 p.m. on Oct. 13.The AP Poll: Week 7 Alabama (59)Georgia Ohio State (1) Clemson (1) Notre DameWest VirginiaWashingtonPenn StateTexas UCF OklahomaMichigan LSUFloridaWisconsinMiamiOregonKentuckyColoradoNC StateAuburnTexas A&MSouth FloridaMississippi StateCincinatti
September 25, 2019
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. “Maybe if social services had listened to me, my girls would still be alive today.”Mr Draper, who was in court for sentencing, said: “I hate Louise.”CCTV footage showed Porton casually leading Lexi into their home hours before she she killed her on Jan 15 last year.While Lexi was receiving treatment, Porton took topless photos in the hospital bathrooms and was arranging to perform sex acts for money with a man she had met through a website.Before calling 999, she searched “can you actually die if you have a blocked nose and cover your mouth with tape” on the internet. She waited “some time” before contacting emergency services the court heard.Jurors were told that the mother-of-two did not seem distressed by Lexi’s death and accepted 41 friend requests on the dating app Badoo a day later.Porton killed her second daughter Scarlett less than three weeks later on Feb 1 and told a 111 call handler that her condition “did not seem urgent”.She was convicted of two counts of murder on Thursday following a five-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court. Porton, described as “calm and emotionless”, denied all responsibility, telling police in a prepared statement: “I still don’t know how my daughters died, or what caused it. Louise Porton has been handed a life sentence at Birmingham Crown Court for murdering her two young daughters because they “got in the way” of her sex life. The 23-year-old mother suffocated three-year-old Lexi Draper and strangled 16-month-old Scarlett Vaughan in Rugby, Warwickshire in January and February last year.The part-time model will serve a minimum 32 year sentence for the killings. Mrs Justice Yip described the murders as “evil” and “calculated”.“These were blameless young children who were plainly vulnerable and ought to have been able to rely on their mother to protect and nurture them. Instead you took their young lives away,” the Judge said. Before sentencing, the judge told the court Porton had “no medical history or mental disorder that goes any way to explaining what happened in this case”.In a victim impact statement read to court by the prosecution, the girls’ father, Chris Draper said: “Why did Louise do something so evil to our beautiful daughters?”You are their mother, the person supposed to care for them, protect and love them. They were just an inconvenience to you; how could you do this?”Mr Draper said no punishment would ever be enough as nothing will bring his daughters back. “I sit and think, day and night, and I can’t understand why my two little girls were taken away because Louise wanted to sleep around.
September 24, 2019
Outotec has agreed with OJSC Svyatogor, a subsidiary of Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company, to provide Outotec Ausmelt technology to the Svyatogor smelter modernisation in the Ural region, Russia. The contract value is approximately €10 million which has been booked in Outotec’s fourth quarter 2014 order intake. Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company is the second largest copper producer in Russia.The Svyatogor primary copper smelter is currently roasting concentrate in multi-hearth furnaces and smelting it in reverberatory furnaces. Adopting Outotec Ausmelt technology to replace the current roasting and smelting phases will improve efficiency and environmental performance of the Svyatogor operations as well as reduce production costs. Outotec will provide detail engineering, proprietary equipment and advisory services for a new copper smelting furnace capable of processing more than 500,000 t/a of copper concentrates. In 2013, Outotec provided a technology licence and basic engineering for the same project. The smelter is expected to be operational in 2018.“We are very pleased that OJSC Svyatogor has chosen Outotec’s sustainable smelting technology for its modernisation project. It demonstrates their commitment to operating environmentally sustainable metals business”, says Robin Lindahl, head of Outotec’s Metals, Energy & Water business area. Outotec acquired the Ausmelt technology in 2010 to complement its technology portfolio in environmentally sound smelting technologies for copper and nickel smelters as well as solutions for ferrous metals, zinc, lead and tin concentrates, zinc bearing residues, recycling and various secondary and waste materials.
September 21, 2019
Thousands of Greeks went on strike Thursday, crippling the country’s public and private sector in an action against the government’s economic policiesThe country’s two biggest unions led marchers through the centre of Athens, chanting slogans against spending cuts.The strike was organized by Greece’s two major trade unions – the General Confederation of Greek Workers (GSEE) and the Confederation of Public Servants (ADEDY) – which represent more than half of the country’s 4.5 million workforce. The 24-hour nationwide walkout is the latest show of opposition to austerity measures proposed by the Karamanlis government.“This strike is Greece’s response to the G-20 summit in London,” said Stathis Anestis, a spokesman for the country’s confederation of workers. “Those who created the crisis,” he said, “are now trying to fix it, and the solutions they’re handing down to governments like ours are not to be trusted.”‘Workers demand a change in government policy. The crisis should be paid by those people who caused it and not by workers,” said Spiros Papaspyrou, President of the the Confederation of Public Servants.Thursday’s strike grounded more than 160 domestic and international flights. Across the country, commercial ships remained anchored at harbors while the Athens subway system, urban buses and trolleys operated briefly to allow protesters to travel to the center of the city to take part in protest marches.Teachers, bankers and public servants also stayed away from work as state-run hospitals operated on skeleton staff and public utilities corporations shut their client-service departments for the day. A 24-hour news blackout was ordered by the country’s powerful journalists’ union.The walkout follows a government decision earlier this month to freeze public sector salaries of more than 1,700 euros a month and impose a one-off tax on high income earners. It also follows a wave of private-sector layoffs that the confederation of workers predicts will reach 150,000 — 16 percent of the country’s labor force — by the end of the year.“The government is doing nothing to safeguard our jobs and labor rights,” Mr. Anestis said. “To the contrary, it’s squeezing our incomes.”Nearly 20 percent of Greeks earn less than 5,000 euros a year, according to government statistics, and the country’s huge debt has stifled the government’s ability to provide a stimulus package for the poor. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
September 3, 2019
Prothom Alo File PhotoJatiya Oikya Front leader Kamal Hossain has asked the election commission to delay announcement of the polls schedule until the current political dialogue concludes.“The Jatiya Oikya Front wants to hold another round of dialogue with the prime minister,” Kamal said in a letter to the commission, bringing the matter of political dialogue to its attention.In the letter addressed to the chief election commissioner, Kamal Hossain said the confidence of the political parties and the people in the election commission will enhacne if it defers announcement of the election schedule.The publicity secretary of the Gano Forum, the party Kamal heads, Rafiqul Islam Pothik, brough the the letter to the EC secretariat on Saturday afternoon.Kamal Hossain, quoting AL general secretary Obaidul Quader as saying that it is under their consideration to hold another round of dialogue with the Oikya Front after 8 November.The government is holding the dialogue with political parties ahead of the 11th parliamentary elections due at the yearend or early next year.The Jatiya Oikya Front led by Kamal Hossain held the first round of dialogue with the Awami League-led 14-party alliance. AL president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina led the incumbents at the talks held at her official Ganabhaban residence on 1 November.While leaving Ganabhaban, Kamal Hossain told newsmen said it was a good discussion.However, while briefing newsmen at his Baily Road residence, he said, “We have found no specific solution [to the current crisis] in the dialogue.”The Jatiya Oikya Front including the BNP has placed a seven-point demand for holding a free and fair election.The demands include installation of a neutral interim government, dissolution of parliament, reconstitution of the election commission, release of all the political prisoners including BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, deployment of the army personnel and cancellation of the move to use EVM for holding the next polls in a fair manner.
August 30, 2019
For entrepreneurs and companies big and small, AI is not the enemy at the gates we feared, but a strategic building block for professional relationships that can ultimately improve a company’s professional network, finances, and operational structure.Here’s how AI can improve working relationships with four different business cohorts:Employee relationshipsAlready, AI tools like facial recognition in video conferencing software have helped facilitate teamwork, allowing entrepreneurs to discuss and collaborate on projects more readily. However, it can also help them interact with and manage their employees.In fact, AI can be an HR advocate in many ways. Machine learning allows businesses to analyze employee data analytics to help incorporate inclusive, representative policies in the workplace. Companies are even implementing AI tools to make their work environments safer and more comfortable places to work.For example, Botler.ai is a startup curbing workplace sexual harassment by utilizing natural language processing to scan online conversations for specific phrases or sentence structures, flagging for any inappropriate content. When implemented, these tools can help safeguard egalitarian structures, performance and personal development among all workers. According to the Harvard Business Review, that same natural processing language algorithm can also mine customer actions and social sentiment data to identify employees (and even customers) who are at a risk of leaving. Although there are privacy issues to be addressed with this operation, profitable data can optimize employee satisfaction and training.Related: 5 Reasons Machine Learning Is the Future of MarketingEtch, an AI-enabled contact manager, helps foster business relationships by transforming professional networks into unified databases that can be searched and filtered through user-friendly interfaces. This system intelligently provides information about contacts including their biographies, skills, interests and achievements. A searchable interface can even construct timelines for past interactions users had with their contacts. With AI and big data insights, entrepreneurs can get to know their employees much better and even include them in important decisions or ask their opinion on sensitive data.In fact, researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) determined that AI automation can increase employee morale, reduce operational errors and improve employee productivity and transparency between workers and managers. A recent Deloitte University report also shows that Robotic Process Automation (RPA) can benefit employee satisfaction and loyalty. With streamlined functions, businesses can truly foster creativity, productivity and well-being of their workers.Vendor relationshipsArtificial intelligence can also improve relationships between businesses and their vendors. Since many AI devices are programmed as personal assistants and communication tools, they can help provide shared insights, mentoring and strategic planning to create a shared understanding and trust between the two partnerships. Whether third party companies are hired for expertise or skilled labor, both teams need to understand clear internal marketing goals and analytics.Related: Want to Be More Like Amazon? Start By Making Your Startup More Data-Driven.One way to foster smooth and productive relationships is to offer automation and predictive analytics to research, monitor, report and build media content that third-parties can utilize or edit according to their expertise. Regular check-ins and support are essential for nurturing these vendor-to-business relationships. A report from MIT Sloan Management Review mentions that companies like Airbus now use AI to combine data sets from past production projects, but that information is continuously updated from other interlinked projects that can improve the quality of products in development. These AI programs can use computer-assisted translation and self-learning algorithms to identify problems and positive patterns in assembly line production. Airbus’s system can match up to 70 percent of factory disruptions to successful solutions that worked in the past — in real time! This allows teams in different locations to learn quickly and meet production needs.As owners of data sets, hiring companies can provide select information to vendors while creating tangible results and trustworthy relationships. In addition, content like automated video editing can radically cut down on time and save money for both companies, building strong creative dynamics between outside business teams.Related: Top 10 Best Chatbot Platform Tools to Build Chatbots for Your BusinessCustomer relationshipsFor businesses and entrepreneurs, one of the most vital relationships AI can foster is the one shared with their customers. Marketing customer relationiship management (CRM) systems can now build more personalized, data-centric centers that are driven by predictive models and customer concerns. Chatbots, especially, are personalizing customer service. Customers can now ask questions and expect high-quality answers. In fact, chatbots are the preferred contact methods for 44 percent of U.S. consumers, according to a Harvard Business Review survey.Machine learning is using customer service data, like customer reactions, actions and social sentiment data, to assess hidden insights even without being programmed. Learning from past customer experiences and interactions, machine algorithms can now create more relevant and personal experiences that directly address the needs of customers in convenient ways. One prime example of this is how Amazon and Netflix recommend suggestions based on your viewing history.Industry giants like Salesforce are motivating businesses to quickly establish AI infrastructures. The company’s AI toolkit, Einstein, allows businesses to provide smart, personalized customer experiences through predictive analytics gained from their data and accumulated insights.For small businesses, personalized products are especially important but often take a backseat to larger businesses. Now, even small entrepreneurs can invest in user-friendly (and affordable) in-house machine learning technologies. Third-party tools and software, like Acquisio, help to optimize customer acquisition with their AI-based marketing tool specifically for small businesses.Related: Artificial Intelligence Is Likely to Make a Career in Finance, Medicine or Law a Lot Less LucrativeInvestor relationshipsBuilding relationships with investors can be fairly difficult for businesses, especially for newer companies trying to prove their capability. But, AI is allowing investors to get a better sense of how new ventures and their current investments are performing. Startups like Alphasense and Kensho let investors analyze market information of emerging and wide-ranging market practices.Databases that implement machine learning algorithms and natural language processing models can browse online messages and social media posts to learn the latest trading sentiments for specific markets or determine a company’s output value. This allows investors to analyze a prospective company’s market or business model with confidence.As communication is key in any working relationship, investors need to evaluate the necessary background information on new startups. But, information on startups is often limited. Yet, McKinsey & Company reports that companies like Hone Capital are initiating AI metrics and computer vision models, allowing investors to research beforehand to become more acquainted and trusting of their potential acquisitions.AI software can now identify key background information like current financing, the founder’s background, previous funding rounds and intellectual property information. As investors use AI, they can work on strategic plans to enhance their businesses’ revenue and operating systems. As a result, these predictive analytics can foster deeper and more nuanced relationships between investors and their companies.New customs for new connections It’s time for entrepreneurs to get creative and high-tech with their communication skills. In the future, the factors that will differentiate successful leaders between their competitors is how they can interact, emotionally engage and respond to a wide network of industry players ranging from employees to investors.The interconnected, AI era is not one to hide from. Rather, it’s one that can help empower businesses to accentuate their services and creative capabilities, so they can prosper in a more emotionally aware world. Professional relationships are the backbone of success — even in the business world — and soon our relationship with AI could advance all of us to another level of innovation. 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August 27, 2019
Technology | November 27, 2008 Candelis Demos Dedicated Digital X-ray Acquisition Workstation Candelis will demonstrate the iMed-Stor 300, a dedicated DICOM-compliant archive appliance engineered specifically to provide secure, cost-effective management of digital medical images and studies for standalone digital X-ray, digital radiography (DR) and computed radiography (CR), imaging operations including private practices, hospital departments, imaging centers and multi-physician clinics using a single imaging modality.The iMed-Stor is fully compliant with DICOM protocols and standards and can work seamlessly alongside a digital X-ray system as a dedicated acquisition workstation to expand existing archiving system capabilities. An optional Web-based, FDA 510(k)-cleared DICOM viewer enables diagnostic reading of MRI images from any location with a secure Internet connection. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享
August 19, 2019
<< Previous PostNext Post >> Tuesday, March 5, 2019 Tags: Princess Cruises, Savings Posted by Princess Cruises’ latest sale includes up to 40% savings Travelweek Group SANTA CLARITA — Princess Cruises’ ‘Sail Into Savings’ sale kicks off today with up to 40% off on select cruises and cruisetours.Running until April 30, the sale includes the following voyages:Alaska Voyage of the Glaciers cruise from Vancouver to Anchorage (Whittier) aboard Coral Princess, 7 days, $549 interior (was $999) and $1,099 balcony (was $1,899)Alaska Cruisetour CAZ from Vancouver to Fairbanks aboard Coral Princess, 10 nights, $999 interior (was $1,759) and $1,699 balcony (was $2,709)Scandinavia & Russia roundtrip from Copenhagen aboard Regal Princess, 11 days, $1,839 interior (was $2,299) and $1,999 balcony (was $3,049)Mediterranean from Barcelona to Rome aboard Emerald Princess, 7 days, $889 interior (was $1,449) and $1,539 balcony (was $1,999)Eastern Caribbean from Ft. Lauderdale aboard Caribbean Princess, 7 days, $699 interior (was $1,119) and $999 balcony (was $1,699)Western Caribbean from Ft. Lauderdale aboard Caribbean Princess, 7 days, $729 interior (was $1,199) and $1,029 balcony (was $1,699)More news: Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoAll prices are per guest and based on double occupancy.Guests can book a Princess MedallionClass vacation onboard any of Princess Cruises’ MedallionClass enabled ships. The Princess OceanMedallion, included complimentary, is a wearable device that elevates the guest experience by delivering enhanced experiences and personalized service.For more information call 1-800-PRINCESS or go to princess.com. Share
August 19, 2019
Venezuela now has a gold problem.The South American country, which is trying to stave off a bond default in the wake of oil’s swoon, had 68 percent of its international reserves in bullion as of August, according to the World Gold Council. That’s a big worry because the price of the precious metal has tumbled 15 percent from this year’s high in January as the global slump in commodities deepened.The decline threatens to erode reserves the cash-strapped country relies on to pay its foreign debt. Venezuela, which gets more than 95 percent of its export revenue from oil, will see its hoard plunge by $1 billion if bullion prices don’t rebound, said Alejandro Arreaza, an analyst at Barclays Plc.“Obviously, it’s the worst of both worlds,” he said.Venezuela’s dollar-denominated bonds have lost 19.2 percent in the past three months, the most in emerging markets, as the collapse in oil exacerbates concern the nation will run out of money to pay debt. Yields on its benchmark notes climbed past 26 percent on Aug. 6, the highest since February.Venezuela’s central bank uses a six-month moving average to value its gold, which means the 5 percent drop in the metal over the past month isn’t immediately reflected in official statistics, according to Barclays’s Arreaza.Bullion for immediate delivery fell to a five-year low on Aug. 5 and is currently trading around $1,104 an ounce. Prices will average $950 an ounce in 2016, Natixis Commodity Markets Ltd. said in an Aug. 6 report.Press officials for the Finance Ministry and Central Bank didn’t answer phone calls placed Monday during normal business hours seeking comment on the slump in gold prices and the government’s ability to pay debt.After falling to $15.4 billion last month, the lowest since 2003, Venezuela’s reserves have climbed to $16.7 billion after the country collected an oil-debt payment from Jamaica and signed a loan agreement with China.Still, Venezuela and its state oil company, Petroleos de Venezuela, have about $6.3 billion in bond payments due for the remainder of this year and about $10.8 billion in 2016, data compiled by Bloomberg show.Venezuela’s reserves could fall below $15 billion if gold prices fall further or if the government decides to liquidate some of its holdings, according to Sarah Glendon, the head of sovereign research at Gramercy Funds Management.In April, Caracas-based newspaper El Nacional reported that the central bank swapped $1 billion of its gold reserves for a cash injection. And in 2012, then President Hugo Chávez repatriated most of the country’s gold reserves.Venezuela has drawn down reserves about $1 billion a month this year to counter the drop in oil prices, Morgan Stanley said in a note to clients last month.“It’s a question of what weighs more in their mind: servicing their debt or holding their gold in Caracas?” Gramercy’s Glendon said from Greenwich, Connecticut. “It’s going to be extremely challenging for Venezuela to get another source of dollars.”© 2015, Bloomberg News Facebook Comments Related posts:Amid shortages, Venezuelans turn to informal networks Venezuela’s Maduro secures another $5 billion loan from China for oil sector Venezuela’s crackdown on sales of everyday goods risks alienating loyalists Venezuela rating cut by Moody’s as oil plunge hits finances
August 18, 2019
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Gunmen ambushed a U.N. convoy in conflict-wracked northern Mali on Thursday killing six peacekeepers and wounding five others, the U.N. said. All the victims were from Burkina Faso.The U.N. mission in this west African nation has the highest number of casualties of the world body’s 16 far-flung peacekeeping operations. The latest attack raised the toll to 42 peacekeepers killed and 166 wounded since the Mali mission was established in April 2013. U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon condemned the latest violence saying it won’t alter the U.N.’s determination to support the Malian people and efforts to restore peace. The U.N. Security Council also strongly condemned the attack, calling on Mali’s government to swiftly investigate and bring the perpetrators to justice, and reaffirming the need to combat all “acts of terrorism.”Tuareg rebels took over Mali’s north in 2012 following a military coup, but al-Qaida-linked Islamic extremists hijacked the offensive, prompting a French-led military intervention in 2013. It pushed the extremists from the major cities and towns in the north, but the country has grown increasingly unstable, and U.N. troops are struggling to maintain peace.The convoy was attacked Thursday morning about 45 kilometers (27 miles) south of Timbuktu while patrolling on the road between Goundam and Timbuktu, the mission said. The U.N. said two vehicles were destroyed and the mission was evacuating all the peacekeepers.It was unclear who staged the attack, but Tuareg camp residents in the area said they saw a jihadist flag on the attackers’ vehicles.The Mauritanian Al-Akhbar news agency, which regularly carries credible claims of responsibility by jihadist groups, reported that al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb claimed responsibility. The group said it killed seven peacekeepers, one more than the U.N. reported. Comments Share How do cataracts affect your vision? New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of ___Associated Press Writer Edith M. Lederer contributed to this report from the United NationsCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches