Drawing Canada presents India a golden chance in Davis Cup: Anand Amritraj

first_imgFormer Davis Cup captain Anand Amritraj believes drawing Canada in the play-offs presents India a golden chance to make it to the World Group in next year’s tournament.The Indian team beat Uzbekistan in Asia-Ocenia zonal match in Bengaluru recently and was drawn to meet Canada for a spot in the elite group of the 2018 Davis Cup.Canada & India have never met in #DavisCup! Canada has won 4 play-offs in a row, while India has lost in each of the last 3 years pic.twitter.com/LS3oYi5jSk- Davis Cup (@DavisCup) April 11, 2017Speaking at the Tamil Nadu Tennis Association annual day function here yesterday, Amritraj said in his opinion Canada was the best team to draw from among the eight which had lost in the first round of this year’s competition. “This is our golden chance. If we are going to get into the World Group, this is the year we have to do it,” he said.Amritraj said if Canada didn’t have its top player Milos Raonic playing, India stood a good chance of winning, the best in the last four years.Raonic recently pulled out of the Miami Open after aggravating a right hamstring injury that sidelined him for nearly a month. He had earlier withdrawn from Canada’s Davis Cup World Group tie against Britain after a nagging adductor injury flared up during his recent Australian Open run.Meanwhile, Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, who won the doubles title at the Aircel Chennai Open earlier this year along with Rohan Bopanna, was chosen for the T K Ramanathan annual award for 2016, for the best player of the year.  advertisementlast_img read more

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Uzo Aduba Announced as Heifer Internationals First Ever Celebrity Ambassador to Africa

first_imgHeifer International has announced Emmy Award winning actress Uzo Aduba as the organization’s first-ever celebrity ambassador to Africa.Uzo Aduba and William Matovu collect milk at the East Africa Dairy Development project in Dwaniro, UgandaDuring her two-year appointment, Aduba will act as an advocate for Heifer’s mission in Africa to end world hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth and lifting small-scale farmers to living incomes.For more than 70 years, Heifer has provided livestock and environmentally sound agricultural training to improve the lives of those who struggle daily for reliable sources of food and income.“Being an Ambassador to Heifer International is a true honor,” Uzo Aduba said. “I have tremendous faith in this organization and their desire to help change the lives of those living below the poverty line. What makes Heifer different is simply this: they look to offer those they serve with a hand up, not a hand out. That is how each of us can change a life, and that is a cause, a fight, I will always support.”Aduba saw Heifer’s impact first-hand on a trip to Uganda in 2016 where she met with farmers, participated in a Passing on the Gift ceremony and helped process milk at a community-owned dairy center. The visit made a lasting impression, and she returned to Uganda in March 2018 where she checked on the progress on the projects she visited two years prior. Uzo worked with dairy farmers in the Koboga District at the East Africa Dairy Development (EADD) Cooperative Society. Additionally, Aduba made a return visit to farmer Grace Atusimirwe’s thriving farm as she is a successful member of the co-op.“We are thrilled to have Uzo join us in our work,” Pierre Ferrari, Heifer President and CEO, said. “As a passionate champion of small-scale farmers, particularly women, Uzo’s commitment to empower farmers is inspiring. We are working together to build communities and resilient farm-based businesses to lift them to living incomes. By achieving living incomes, they will have the resources they need to feed their families daily; educate all their children; get needed medical care; and have proper housing, water, hygiene and other essentials.”In her role as Ambassador to Africa, Aduba will continue to support and raise awareness for the organization and its life-saving work to help communities become more self-reliant and lift farming families to a living income. Aduba will continue to mobilize support for small-scale farmers in Africa and around the world and will serve as a passionate and inspiring advocate for Heifer’s mission and project participants.last_img read more

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Brazil court suspends BoeingEmbraer deal until next year

first_imgRIO DE JANEIRO — A Brazilian federal court has at least temporarily blocked a US$4.75 billion joint venture between Boeing and Embraer until the incoming government takes office.The two aerospace companies announced their intentions in July to create a merger to run Embraer’s commercial aviation business. The deal would result in Boeing holding 80 per cent of the resulting company and Embraer the remaining 20 per cent.The left-leaning Workers’ Party said Friday that Judge Victorio Giuzio Neto ruled this week to block the merger following a petition by of the party’s congressmen. The lawmakers contend the deal will cost Brazil jobs and expertise.Boeing declined to comment. Embraer sent a statement to The Associated Press saying it will appeal.President-elect Jair Bolsonaro takes power Jan. 1.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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TMC calls for ouster of Nayak over alleged political bias

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress has written to the Chief Election Commissioner, Election Commission of India (ECI), urging him to recall or cancel the appointment of Ajay V Nayak as Special Observer in Bengal in the remaining phases of the Lok Sabha elections.The letter from TMC, undersigned by the party general secretary Subrata Bakshi, alleges that Nayak has political and organisational allegiance to the RSS and BJP leaders. The letter from the ruling party in Bengal comes in the wake of a statement by Nayak on Saturday that the present Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Pujasituation in Bengal is like what it used to be in Bihar 10-15 years ago and that ‘everything is not well with democracy in Bengal’. “It is the duty of all observers to exhibit political neutrality through their conduct and behavior. The entire incident raises reasonable apprehension about Nayak’s political allegiance and whether he would be competent to perform his duties as a Central Observer in an unbiased and fair manner,” the letter states. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIt highlights the fact that barely two days after the end of the second phase polling in Bengal, Nayak had himself remarked that barring a few stray incidents polling was very high and peaceful in the state. The Election Commission had also declared after the first phase that voting was largely peaceful in the state. “It is not understood what happened within less than 48 hours that made him (Nayak) make a remark about Bengal and bring it as a justification for deployment of Central Forces in nearly 92 percent of the polling booths in the third phase of election in the state. In the backdrop of the Commission’s own observations, the comments by Nayak appear to be highly misplaced and we have reasons to believe that he has started acting in a partisan manner with pre-conceived notions, to destabilise the conduct of elections in the state in a free and fair manner by creating a fear psychosis among the electorate,” the letter reiterates. The letter further appeals to the ECI not to allow Nayak to act as a political mouthpiece when he is duty bound to act in a neutral manner. “He should not make statements to benefit any political party, particularly when such statements are not in conformity with the statements and actions of the ECI,” the letter states.last_img read more

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Natural gas producers demand government action in open letter to Kenney

The Canadian Press CALGARY — The CEOs of nine Alberta natural gas producers have released an open letter to Premier Jason Kenney asking him to show “bold leadership” in supporting a plan to restrict production to boost low gas prices.The letter warns that the viability of the natural gas sector is in jeopardy and the province faces a high likelihood of corporate failures, job losses and falling investment levels if the situation is allowed to continue.The CEOs say their gas price problems have developed over many years but point specifically to what they call failed federal regulation of TC Energy Corp.’s Nova Gas Transmission Ltd. gas pipeline system in Western Canada.The letter proposes a solution in which gas producers commit to manage their production on a voluntary basis when needed to balance supply with system capacity, resulting in no net loss to provincial royalty revenues while honouring existing sales commitments.The letter is signed by CEOs of companies producing about two billion cubic feet per day of natural gas, including Jupiter Resources Ltd., Bellatrix Exploration Ltd., Peyto Exploration & Development Corp., Advantage Oil & Gas Ltd., Paramount Resources Ltd. and Bonavista Energy Corp.The new United Conservative Party government created the position of associate minister of natural gas when elected and, in early July, announced a one-time tax relief program for shallow gas wells and pipelines that is expected to deliver about $23 million in support for producers.“It is imperative that the government of Alberta intercedes as the viability of the Alberta natural gas sector is in jeopardy and, on our current trajectory, the consequences will be dire for the many Albertans that rely upon the natural gas sector directly and indirectly to support their communities,” the letter sent late Tuesday reads. read more

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Fight contemporary slavery by eliminating root causes – UN official

“More than 50 years after the Universal Declaration of Human Rights stated in its article 4 that ‘No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms,’ the international community is fighting new forms of oppression ranging from traditional chattel slavery, bonded labour, serfdom, child labour, migrant labour and domestic labour, to forced labour and slavery for ritual or religious purposes,” Acting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Bertrand Ramcharan said.Opening the 28th session of the Working Group on Contemporary Forms of Slavery in Geneva yesterday, Mr. Ramcharan noted that victims of slavery are characterized by their poverty and their vulnerability.“Thus, combating slavery means not only its direct prohibition by law but also fighting against poverty, illiteracy, economic and social disparities, gender discrimination, violence against women and children, harmful traditional practices and many other factors leading up to its contemporary forms,” he told the representatives of specialized agencies, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations.Mr. Ramcharan, who is standing in for High Commissioner Sergio Vieira de Mello during his four-month absence in Iraq as Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative, praised the Group for two of its initiatives – the establishment of the Special Rapporteur on Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography, and the Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women.He also noted that the group had highlighted the issue of trafficking for many years before the international community acknowledged the gravity and complexity of the matter and that it had been a pioneer in calling for free compulsory primary education to combat exploitation, illiteracy and poverty.The session continues through Friday. read more

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Iraq needs support to leave violent past behind says UN envoy as

With this in mind, Ms. Hennis-Plasschaert said it was necessary to spotlight the scourge of corruption, which she described as being “pervasive at all levels in Iraq … taking money that should be spent on public services [and] placing it instead in private pockets”, deterring economic activity and hindering business development, which would result in much-needed job creation.  “Achieving tangible results [in wiping out corruption] will be crucial, in so many ways, most importantly it will revive public trust which is essential for the further development of Iraq’s democracy,” she stated. Moreover, Ms. Hennis-Plasschaert stressed that Iraq can only achieve its full potential with the active political, social and economic participation of women and youth. While UNAMI had recently organized and participated in a variety “meaningful” of women and youth events throughout the country, she “warned against change as mere window dressing. At the end of the day, it is all about translating excellent intentions into positive action.” According to the UNAMI chief, although Baghdad is “opening up”, the security situation will continue to require close monitoring, “not only in Baghdad, but throughout the country. Attacks continue, as seen with recent blasts and suicide bombings. Also very relevant: the [Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL] threat is still out there.” She called for continued, wide-based international support, support to ensure that Iraq leaves its violent past behind, and to ensure that the country does not slip back into the turmoil from which it so recently emerged. “In other words: to prevent ISIL from regaining a strong foothold in Iraq a long-term approach is critical,” she stressed. Among the dominant security concerns she raised were returning ISIL-fighters from Syria to Iraq, along with their families, and the issue of armed actors operating outside State control, engaged in illegal or criminal activities and exerting economic and social influence throughout the country.  “Clearly, the activities of these actors undermine state authority, they affect vulnerable communities, they weaken the national economy and sadly, they also prevent the peaceful return of displaced persons,” noted Ms. Hennis-Plasschaert, and while she welcomed certain actions, such as the closing down of so-called illegal economic offices, she warned that “the road will certainly be long.” It would therefore prove crucial to hold to account all armed actors involved in criminal enterprise or illegal activity. Ahead of today’s meeting, the Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution in which it decided to extend the mandate of UNAMI until 31 May 2020. By that action, the Mission is, among other duties, to give priority to providing advice, support and assistance to the Government and people of Iraq “to promote inclusive political dialogue and reconciliation at the national and local levels”. In a briefing to the Security Council, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, Head of the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), described the country’s challenges as “manifold”, but pledged the operation’s “continued and strong commitment to assist and support wherever we can.”  She urged the Council to recognize that the ongoing political infighting is a costly obstacle, and a full year after national elections, ministerial appointments have yet to be made to the key posts, including Interior, Defence, Justice and Education.  “Political parties have not yet shown themselves willing to compromise. It should be understood, however, that political compromise is not a sign of weakness. In fact, it is a sign of political maturity – and a requisite for resilience.” Ms. Hennis-Plasschaert said, also adding that with critical laws pending, it was “high time” for chairs and deputies to be selected for parliamentary committees. She went on to say that it was no secret that the Iraqi authorities, institutions, mechanisms and systems continued to struggle with deep rooted problems, often hampering swift and robust responses from the Government to pressing needs, such as reconstruction, development and security.  “These problems can be schematized, as a range of individual interests and arguments, many of which arise from long-standing grievances and differences between communities, between political entities, between the federal and the Kurdistan Regional Government,” she said, warning that this could become entrenched in the form of concealed, private networks of power, “operating independently and pursuing narrow objectives and goals.”   read more

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Lyon boosted by derby win ahead of Man City match

LYON, France — Lyon climbed to second in the French league after beating local rival Saint-Etienne 1-0 on Friday but lost captain Nabil Fekir to a thigh muscle problem before a Champions League match next week against Manchester City.After the first half where he clearly struggled for mobility in driving rain, playmaker Fekir was taken off.Hoping to build confidence before hosting City on Tuesday, Lyon was far from convincing, lacking ambition and aggression in the first half where Saint-Etienne posed the greater threat, forcing saves from Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes.But with Maxwel Cornet replacing Fekir and a new mindset, Lyon was far more enterprising in the second half. It was rewarded with the winning goal from defender Jason Denayer in the 62nd minute.Forward Memphis Depay earned and took the corner that Denayer headed in, having shaken off his marker to find space. Depay has been directly involved in 10 of Lyon’s 24 league goals.A straight red card for Rafael made the last 25 minutes harder than they needed to be for Lyon. Referee Antony Gautier didn’t hesitate in sending off the defender for a two-footed lunge on Saint-Etienne’s Yann M’Vila.Lyon was 12 points behind runaway league leader Paris Saint-Germain, but vaulted from fourth place to second.Since losing to PSG 5-0 in October, Lyon has gone unbeaten in seven games in all competitions. It beat City 2-1 in their last meeting in September.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

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Football Moving past the loss to Iowa and more from Urban Meyer

Urban Meyer watches a Buckeye offensive possession from the sideline in the third quarter of the Ohio State-Iowa game on Nov. 4. Ohio State lost 24-55. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe mood in the postgame press conference room following No. 6 Ohio State’s 55-24 loss to Iowa last Saturday was noticeably down. Head coach Urban Meyer and the two players — center Billy Price and defensive end Tyquan Lewis — were both clearly emotional about the loss they suffered that could prove to be the loss that wipes out its playoff hopes.Meyer spoke on the Big Ten coaches teleconference Tuesday about what he said to the team after the game as he attempted to keep the morale up in the locker room. The message to the whole team — players and coaches alike — was simple. “Move forward,” Meyer said. “We have great trust, great confidence. I just had that discussion with our staff yesterday where we gave up an incredible amount of rushing yards and the week before we shut down Saquon Barkley, arguably the best back in the league or in the country. And then J.T. was 13-for-13 or 16-for-16, or whatever it was, and then it’s athletics and you’ve got to rebound and put that one behind you, which is hard, but you’ve got to move forward.”Meyer said his team knows what is at stake in the upcoming matchup against Michigan State and that the team still has plenty left for which to play.“They understand, they’re a very smart team, understand what’s at stake,” Meyer said. “Come back home and play against the other team that’s tied with us for first place. I’ll know more today, obviously we haven’t seen them yet. These meetings start here in a few minutes.”Here are some more topics he discussed Tuesday.Meyer on Michigan State’s improved season: “Their quarterback’s really starting to play well. Threw for 800 yards the last two games. Defense, they’re No. 1 in the league in rush defense. Playing typical Michigan State, very good defense. So they’ve just got some momentum right now.”Meyer on the linebackers’ performance this season: “This past week was not good at all. To this point, they’ve been playing very solid, at times very good. Especially when you have some new guys in there. Jerome Baker is really the only returning starter. At times, they’ve played very well. And like the week before, they played very, very well. And this week we did not.”Meyer on balancing quarterback and tailback rush attempts: “A lot of those are, when you run the read game, they’re a couple defenses that really tried to take the tailback out of the game. So we’ve been working on that hard this week.”Meyer on whether the inconsistent play is the result of a lack of leadership: “No I think this is one of the better groups that I’ve had. It’s perplexing at times because I know they care so much. The two ejections, one was a mistake by the official and one was in the heat of the moment, there wasn’t a purpose or intent to it.”Meyer on safety Damon Webb’s career and 2017 season: “A very good career. Obviously it remains to be seen how he plays these last few games out, but he’s a very good player for us. Good person … He’s done a pretty good job [this season]. Obviously, the taste in your mouth from last weekend was not good, but before that he’s been playing pretty good.” read more

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Opinion Ohio State regains top form with JT Barrett starting

OSU redshirt sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) runs with the ball during a game against Rutgers on Oct. 24 at High Point Solutions Stadium. OSU won, 49-7. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorAfter Saturday’s 49-7 win against Rutgers, it is apparent that redshirt sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett has earned his starting position within the offensive unit.Ohio State coach Urban Meyer announced last week the news of Barrett starting over redshirt junior Cardale Jones for the first time in the 2015 season. Barrett was able to take the reins in the 2014 season as the previous starter, Braxton Miller, was injured before the season even began.Barrett went 11-1 as the starting quarterback before he was injured with a broken ankle in the fourth quarter against Michigan on Nov. 29 while the Buckeyes led 28-21. Jones then stepped into the starting position leading the Buckeyes through three major wins, one being the National Championship.After the celebration of the team’s success had finally settled down, the two quarterbacks geared up for one of the most publicized quarterback battles in college football history.The decision to claim one starter above the other seemed inevitable to all fans, but when it came down to it, the coaches had a much tougher decision, as both Jones and Barrett have a multitude of valuable qualities that they bring to the field.Jones’ confidence on and off the field gave him the ability to lead the Buckeyes to a 10-0 record as the starting quarterback. Meanwhile, Meyer has described Barrett as a “humble perfectionist,” which is shown through his leadership, as evidenced by the fact that he was voted as a captain this season.While both quarterbacks have different attributes that allow them to shine, the decision to claim one over the other as starter just didn’t seem possible. Within the first seven games for the Buckeyes, both Jones and Barrett saw significant time, allowing both athletes to make a case for why each deserves the big spot. With the OSU offense looking in disarray, the coaching staff looked for an answer, and they found it against Penn State.It wasn’t until the “Dark Night at the ‘Shoe” that the decision was clear. Barrett went from the red zone quarterback to taking over for Jones full time in the second half. Winning 38-10 over Penn State revealed the high-powered Buckeyes we all remember from the 2014 season.After Barrett was named the starting quarterback following his performance against Penn State, the stage was set for the game against Rutgers. He proved himself more than worthy of the starting position by leading the Buckeyes to their most impressive blowout of a lesser opponent this season. Barrett led the Buckeyes to a 49-7 win in which he had 324 total yards of offense, with three passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns.The Buckeyes’ offense finally revealed what the defending champions’ fans have been waiting to see this season. As the Buckeyes took the field with their new starting quarterback it was as if a sense of rejuvenation, readiness and confidence had been draped upon them; the team was and now is more ready than ever before.With Barrett leading the charge, we all witnessed the best game performed by OSU thus far.Although it may be eight games into the season, the Buckeyes finally look like they have a vision in mind for a second straight championship. As the captain led the team to victory, one can conclude that, with Barrett in the starting position, the Buckeyes have a bright future ahead. read more

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Man held on suspicion of arson as firefighters tackle huge blaze at

SFRS said it was first called to reports of fire at the hospital at 8.52pm.Some 10 crews from Staffordshire, West Midlands and Warwickshire fire services were deployed as fire took hold at the facility, prompting the evacuation of nearly a dozen occupants and staff. 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. A man has been detained on suspicion of arson after a fire ripped through a mental health facility.The 43-year-old was held as firefighters tackled the “severe” blaze which broke out at the George Bryan Medical Centre, near the Sir Robert Peel Community Hospital in Tamworth, on Monday night.Images showed flames and smoke billowing from the building’s roof, part of which appeared to have fallen in.Staffordshire Police said a suspect, from Tamworth, had been detained and appealed for information from witnesses.A spokesman from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) earlier said there had been reports of one of the patients absconding during the commotion caused by the blaze.When contacted on Tuesday morning, police and fire officials were unable to confirm if any missing patient had been located.Christopher Pincher, the Conservative MP for Tamworth, said he was “very concerned” by the fire.”I very much hope that there are no injuries and wish all the best to our local fire crews, Police and emergency services,” he wrote on Twitter. Very concerned to hear about this developing news. I very much hope that there are no injuries and wish all the best to our local fire crews, Police and emergency services. https://t.co/LJ3VlpY8Vb— Christopher Pincher (@ChrisPincher) February 11, 2019 read more

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Samung Galaxy Player 58 is an Android digital media champion

first_imgSamsung seems absolutely bent on being able to claim that they have a device for every screen size imaginable. The company dominates in the television industry, and has made a name for themselves when it comes to smartphones with large screens. One area that Samsung hasn’t seen a ton of success has been with their WiFi Galaxy Player line, designed to compete with the iPod. In a new wave of attempts to compete in that space, Samsung has announced the massive Galaxy Player 5.8.Samsung is hoping that the same large beautiful screens that lure customers to their Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note devices will carry over into the portable media player category. At first glance, this device really looks like a large Galaxy S3, only with a pair of speakers on the front of the device. The Galaxy Player 5.8’s 960 x 540 LCD panel doesn’t quite have the impressive resolution found in their phones, but looks like it would offer a great media experience. With a 2500mAh battery on board, even that massive screen will get plenty of battery life since it is a WiFi only device.The Android 4.0 device is running the same version of Samsung’s TouchWiz that is found on the Galaxy S3, and Samsung has included some multimedia enhancements to help drive home the purpose of this device. Samsung’s SoundAlive audio enhancements have been seen before in the Galaxy line, but typically as an improvement that you would only notice with headphones. Samsung is claming that the higher quality speakers found in the new Galaxy Player will allow SoundAlive to deliver a better audio experience overall.Samsung is clearly aiming this at children by including a Learning Hub to go along with Samsung’s other content delivery systems. While the Samsung “Hubs” are typically for media, the Learning Hub promises to pull educational apps and resources from all over the web to benefit anyone who wants to walk around with a nearly 6″ WiFi tablet in their pocket. This is an interesting new angle for Samsung, as neither the iPod nor any other portable media devices are geared specifically towards education right now.While there’s been no mention of pricing or availability, it would appear as though Samsung is ramping up for a whole new batch of devices to help them own every screen size on the market.More at Samsung Tomorrowlast_img read more

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La prochaine Xbox disposera dun enregistreur numérique

first_imgLa prochaine Xbox disposera d’un enregistreur numérique Microsoft vient d’acquérir un brevet portant sur l’intégration d’un enregistreur numérique au sein d’une console de jeux. La prochaine Xbox promet d’être bien plus qu’une console de jeux.Le 27 décembre dernier, Microsoft a reçu son brevet portant sur l’intégration d’un enregistreur numérique au sein d’une console de jeux. Ce document prouve une nouvelle fois l’intention du constructeur de faire de la Xbox son appareil de télévision connecté. Cette fonctionnalité permettrait aussi, si elle est mise en œuvre, d’enregistrer un programme même lorsque l’utilisateur joue ou a éteint la console, selon ZDNet.À lire aussiMicrosoft préparerait trois nouvelles versions de sa tablette tactile SurfaceLes signes ne trompent pas. La Xbox 360 propose déjà des services d’enregistrements TV sur ordinateur distant, à travers Media center. Pour la France, elle propose l’accès à Canal + et Canalsat, sans passer par un décodeur ou un bouquet ADSL, et Orange proposera au printemps un logiciel permettant de faire de la machine un deuxième décodeur Tv pour accéder à ses programmes. A l’international, Microsoft a déjà signé des accords avec plusieurs diffuseurs comme Comcast, HBO ou Mediaset.La prochaine Xbox pourrait être l’appareil totalement pensé comme l’expérience de TV connectée. Microsoft a cet avantage d’être déjà raccordé à la télévision des usagers et que ces derniers soient familiarisés à ses usages. Cette fonctionnalité d’enregistrement serait un plus, que les boitiers type Google TV ne pourraient pas tirer parti, étant donné l’absence d’un disque dur. Bien plus que les autres, Microsoft semble bien parti pour s’imposer rapidement dans plus de 50 millions de foyers déjà possesseurs de la machine de jeu et plus encore.Le 6 janvier 2012 à 19:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Beaches TCI employee wins Ultimate Team member for Sandals Resorts

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 03 Nov 2015 – The ultimate team member prize at Sandals Resorts International has been awarded to Turks and Caicos staffer, Maxine Salmon of Beaches Resort Villages and Spa. Out of 27 nominees, Salmon was chosen as crème de la crème and it was explained that she embodies the excellence, the Sandals group encourages. Salmon works in the Kids Camp at Beaches TCI, and in the report it explains that Maxine ensures all children in her care at Camp Sesame Street have an amazing experience. Adam Stewart, CEO of SRI said, “The amazing things we achieved in 2014 were not achieved by luck or coincidence; they were achieved through the determination, dedication, skills, and talents of an incomparable team of stars.” Maxine Salmon walked away last week with several prizes including $2,500, an overseas trip with transportation via private jet, the ultimate team member of the year trophy and a framed citation. The ceremony was held at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort in Jamaica. Sandals drops major bomb, makes Misick brothers look terribly suspect Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Related Items:ada, beaches resort and spa, maxine salmon, sandals resorts international, stewart, ultimate team member Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp PNP Party says it led wooden pier removal by Beaches Recommended for youlast_img read more

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The Rowkin Ascent Charge Plus true wireless earbuds are a steal at

first_img See It The Cheapskate $144 See it Comments $159 Best Buy Apple AirPods 2019 Headphones Appliances Review • AirPods 2019 review: King of truly wireless earphones crowned with small enhancements Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Smaller case for $29, Qi-charging case for $39. Either way: awesome true-wireless earbuds. Rowkin Hello, new-favorite true wireless earbuds. Please don’t sell out before I’ve had a chance to spread the word.Today only, and while supplies last, Meh has the refurbished Rowkin Ascent Charge Plus true wireless earbuds for $39, plus $5 for shipping. Original price: $160. You can also get the refurbished Ascent Charge Micro for $29. Original price: $120. The actual earbuds are the same — the difference lies in their cases.See it at MehThe Charge Micro case looks a silvery AirPod case, but feels heftier, more solid. It promises up to four full recharges of the earbuds, for a total playtime of at least 17 hours, according to Rowkin.The Charge Plus case is roughly twice as long and slides open at the middle. It’s a pain to get the earbuds seated just right so they recharge and the case closes properly. But get this: It’s a Qi charging case, and a Qi charging pad is included. Anyone still excited to pay $200 for the Apple equivalent — pad not included?Even more amazing, that case can recharge the earbuds another 15 times, for a total of 50-plus hours of playtime — again according to Rowkin.The ‘buds themselves are the fairly traditional noise-isolating kind, designed to nestle into your eardrums and create a sound-blocking seal. I like this design for certain situations; not everyone is a fan. They do get a little uncomfortable after a while, at least for me, but that’s true of most earbuds.Sound quality: superb. Maybe I’ve spent too much time listening to lower-end earphones, but these rank among the best I’ve tried. My test playlist these days: The Umbrella Academy Soundtrack, a great mix of pop and indie. Oh, there’s also a companion app that lets you apply some equalizer settings on the fly and even find your earbuds based on where you listened to them last.Both products come in refurb packaging — the contents all good as new, but the pouch itself isn’t what I’d call gift-friendly. So if you’re thinking of these for a mom, dad or grad, well, maybe not.But for yourself? Oh my goodness, yes. Read more: The best wireless earbuds for 2019Bonus deal: The Gladwell Cordless Mop for $98.97 (save $51)gladwell-cordless-mop Gladwell I’m a big fan of anything that makes cleaning easier. Sure, robot vacuums can suck up stray Cheerios, but what about actually mopping the floor?Forget the old mop and bucket. Bleh. Instead, check out this dual-head cordless spinning mop with built-in water sprayer. It normally sells for $150, but for a limited time, Cheapskate readers can get the Gladwell Cordless Mop for $98.97 with promo code CNETGLADWELL.See it at AmazonI like this thing. These days I’m all about cordless everything; it’s really liberating to move this around the floor without having to constantly fight with a power cord.  If you have hardwood floors that need waxing, you can swap the cleaning pads for polishing pads. Both can go into the washing machine when you’re done.The battery pops out and recharges via a simple wall-wart, though the latter is one more thing to keep track of, and there’s no wall mount for the mop. But the handle collapses down to allow for easier storage, and the whole thing is admirably lightweight and easy to maneuver.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! $144 • Tags Share your voice Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumorscenter_img Apple Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Mentioned Above Apple AirPods 2019 (Charging Case) Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $144 See All CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Amazon 12 See It reading • The Rowkin Ascent Charge Plus true wireless earbuds are a steal at $39 Apple See It Applelast_img read more

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Modi govt turns 3 Sensex gains 25 since May 16 2014

first_imgSensex chart and PM Narendra Modi.Reuters fileMay 17, 2004 was “Black Monday” for stock market investors; the Sensex plunged 840 points, almost 17 percent, in the wake of a comment by Communist leader AB Bardhan. Though the markets trimmed losses later to end at 5,069, down 564 points, it marked the beginning of tough times, after the BJP-led NDA lost, paving the way for a government supported by the Left parties.Investors would still remember Bardhan’s statement “Bhaad me jaye disinvestment ministry” (let the disinvestment ministry go to hell) that apparently triggered panic-selling. The markets were riding on hopes of a second term for the NDA that was actively pursuing disinvestment, triggering a rally from January that year. The results disappointed investors and Bardhan’s statement shocked them. A lot has changed since then — a second mandate for the UPA led by prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh in May 2009 and its loss five years later amid charges of corruption at high places and policy paralysis, paving the way for a BJP-led NDA. A record was created after almost three decades when a single party got a clear majority on its own. The BJP won 282 seats, a sharp rise from the 138 seats it won in the 2009 elections. The Congress saw its tally fall to a lifetime low of 44 seats. The stock markets had already started factoring an NDA win. When the results started trickling in on May 16, 2014, the indices had started rallying sharply. The BSE Sensex gained almost 1,450 points intraday to cross the 25,000-mark for the first time, but later gave up gains to close at 24,121, up 216 points. The NSE Nifty too was on a high, zipping past 7,500 before ending the day 80 points higher at 7,203. The perceived pro-reform stance of Narendra Modi ensured that the markets stayed at elevated levels since then. On May 11, 2017, the 30-scrip Sensex hit lifetime high of 30,366.The benchmark index closed at 30,322 on Monday, translating into a gain of 25.7 percent from the May 16, 2014 closing of 24,121.   Sensex movements since 2014.Reuters fileBetween the two timelines — May 16, 2014 and May 15, 2017 — it has been a rather stable journey for the Sensex, barring exceptions, like the one on September 29 last year when the government’s announcement of surgical strikes on terror launchpads across the LoC saw the benchmark index plummet 465 points.The other significant fall was on November 9 last year when the double whammy of demonetisation and Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential elections triggered a 1,580-point crash while the NSE Nifty plunged 540 points, in early session. The indices recovered losses later in the day.While economic reforms have been there, the Modi government has not initiated the kind of “big bang” that investors and analysts expected from the dispensation, barring two sets of relaxation in foreign direct investment (FDI) norms, first in November 2015 and then in June 2016.The initiative to relax FDI norms was specific in June when the government enhanced the limit for investments by foreign investors in defence and civil aviation.last_img read more

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Researchers devise means to combine scanning tunneling microscopy and infrared spectroscopy

first_img Journal information: Physical Review Letters (Phys.org) —A team of researchers at the University of California with members also from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Stanford University has succeeded in combining tunneling microscopy and infrared spectroscopy to gain a better understanding of how molecules behave when they stick to a surface. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the team describes how they used a custom built laser to allow for performing infrared spectroscopy with scanning tunneling microscopy without heating its tip. Explore further Citation: Researchers devise means to combine scanning tunneling microscopy and infrared spectroscopy (2013, September 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-09-combine-scanning-tunneling-microscopy-infrared.html Remote sensing of molecular vibrations with a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) tip. Pechenezhskiy et al. illuminate molecules on a gold substrate by a tunable infrared laser. When the illumination is resonant with a particular vibrational mode, the excitation is transferred to the substrate. This, in turn, causes the surface to shake, which is detected by variations in the tunneling current through the STM tip. As the laser frequency is changed, the STM signal maps out the vibrational spectrum. Credit: APS/Alan Stonebraker © 2013 Phys.orgcenter_img More information: Infrared Spectroscopy of Molecular Submonolayers on Surfaces by Infrared Scanning Tunneling Microscopy: Tetramantane on Au(111), Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 126101 (2013). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.111.126101AbstractWe have developed a new scanning-tunneling-microscopy–based spectroscopy technique to characterize infrared (IR) absorption of submonolayers of molecules on conducting crystals. The technique employs a scanning tunneling microscope as a precise detector to measure the expansion of a molecule-decorated crystal that is irradiated by IR light from a tunable laser source. Using this technique, we obtain the IR absorption spectra of [121]tetramantane and [123]tetramantane on Au(111). Significant differences between the IR spectra for these two isomers show the power of this new technique to differentiate chemical structures even when single-molecule-resolved scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) images look quite similar. Furthermore, the new technique was found to yield significantly better spectral resolution than STM-based inelastic electron tunneling spectroscopy, and to allow determination of optical absorption cross sections. Compared to IR spectroscopy of bulk tetramantane powders, infrared scanning tunneling microscopy (IRSTM) spectra reveal narrower and blueshifted vibrational peaks for an ordered tetramantane adlayer. Differences between bulk and surface tetramantane vibrational spectra are explained via molecule-molecule interactions. 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. Researchers use Raman spectroscopy and STM to allow chemical mapping of molecules to 1nm resolution Scanning tunneling microscopy is able to gather information at the atomic level of a material by making use of a tiny tip that is placed near a material and then measuring the amount of current that passes between the tip and the material. Using this method, researchers can gather information about individual molecules and atoms, but cannot distinguish between them. Infrared spectroscopy gathers information about a material via a laser focused on a sample—infrared light is bounced off the material and differences in frequencies reveal which types of molecule are present. Unfortunately, the technique is not precise enough to single out individual atoms that make up the molecules. In this new effort, the researchers set out to combine the two technologies to allow for gaining the benefits of both, while negating their individual drawbacks.To overcome problems with laser heat impacting the scanning tip, the researchers used a custom built laser that was capable of irradiating a gold surface upon which tetramantane or tetramantane crystals had been deposited. The scanning tip was placed far enough away from the surface to avoid being impacted. When the laser was fired, the team found that the current between the tip and the surface increased when its frequency was set to that of one of the crystals’ absorption frequencies. By measuring the increase, the researchers were able to determine which crystal had been absorbed into the gold substrate. This meant that the team had combined the best attributes of both types of scanning devices.The only downside the team reported was that the scanner was only able to use the average signal from a set group of molecules rather than single molecules—they plan to continue their work with the combined devices with the hope of refining the process to allow for both analyzing and identifying molecules at the nanoscale. By comparing such molecules in a free group with those adhering to a surface, the researchers hope to gain new insight into how molecules behave when attaching themselves to a surface.last_img read more

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HC allows BJP to hold three Rath Yatras in Bengal

first_imgKolkata: Calcutta High Court on Thursday allowed BJP to hold three Rath Yatrasin Bengal but directed the saffron party to inform Superintendents of Police of the districts where they would hold the programme 12 hours in advance. Justice Tapabrata Chakra-borty also cautioned the BJP against loss or damage to property that might be caused due to the Rath Yatras. The court asked the administration to ensure law and order during the Yatras and to ensure that it does not hamper normal traffic movement. The High Court also directed the state police to have adequate personnel on duty so that that there is no breach of law and order due to the event. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe state has already decided to challenge the order of the single bench and pleaded for staying it. State counsels at the Calcutta High Court are planning to appeal to the division bench of the Chief Justice in this regard on Friday. The Mamata Banerjee government on Saturday had denied permission for the BJP ‘Rath Yatra’, on the ground that it might cause communal tension. The government had cited ‘intelligence reports’ which said that efforts were on to disrupt the communal harmony in the state. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedBJP had moved court after the permission was denied. The single bench heard final arguments from both the party and the state government, before delivering the verdict on Thursday. Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee, when questioned about the court’s verdict, said that the Law department along with the administration will examine the terms and conditions imposed by the court and accordingly take measures. When asked whether such a programme will result in breach of law and order, Chatterjee said: “They are trying to cause disturbance in the state almost every day. Our government, under the leadership of Mamata Banerjee, has been carrying on all-round development of the state and the administration will act tough against those who will try to stall development.”last_img read more

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Eurostar trains across English Channel face seven day strike

first_img Share LONDON — Workers on Eurostar trains that operate across the English Channel are planning seven days of strikes over two weekends in August – a peak summer tourist time.The Rail, Maritime and Transport union says its members will stop work for four days starting Friday, Aug. 12. A second stoppage is planned for three days starting Aug. 27, which is the start of a bank holiday long weekend for the British.It wasn’t immediately clear what impact the strike would have on Eurostar’s operations.The strike comes amid a dispute over what the RMT union says is “the work/life balance of safety-critical train managers.”The union claimed Wednesday that Eurostar has failed to honour a 2008 agreement to reduce the number of unsocial hours that the staff is required to work. Tags: Eurostar, Travel Alert Eurostar trains across English Channel face seven day strike Wednesday, August 10, 2016 Source: The Associated Press << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Fitzgerald kept a journal of his experience for NF

first_imgFitzgerald kept a journal of his experience for NFL.com and had some interesting things to say.As a wide receiver in the NFL, they say you are fortunate to have a great defense to get you the ball, a creative coordinator to design opportunities, a running game to keep the opponent honest, and a quarterback to provide leadership and throw you the perfect pass.Out there on the plains, your guide is all the above. He has the grand knowledge of the coach, the experience and expansive/peripheral vision of the quarterback, and the patience of a saint. The zebras, the giraffes, the elephants, the topi and all the great species that create life on the plains are a magnificent spectacle. But tracking your favorite member of “the big five” is the ultimate! The big five, of course, are the lion, elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros.The entire journal provides an interesting look into Fitzgerald’s offseason and is well worth the read. The only question we have after looking at it is, can the guide throw a football? Everyone seems to be looking for names they can add to the list of potential quarterbacks for the Cardinals. He sounds like he has a great leadership quality about him, so why not? What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke As an NFL superstar when you’re asked the question ‘what did you do on your vacation?’ the answer is usually a lot more interesting than they went to visit grandma or they stayed home to get some chores done.How Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald spent his vacation is a lot more unique than even most NFL superstars. Instead of spending time relaxing by the pool in his palatial backyard, promoting a new book or riding bulls, he traveled to Africa to go on safari. 0 Comments   Share   Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocationcenter_img Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

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