Over 700 terrorists killed in JK in last three years Govt

first_imgNew Delhi: More than 700 terrorists have been killed in Jammu and Kashmir over the last three years, the Home Ministry said on Tuesday. A total of 113 terrorists were killed between January and June 16 this year, 257 were killed in 2018, 213 in 2017 and 150 in 2016, taking the total number of those killed during the period to 733, it said. As many as 112 civilians have also lost their lives during this period in the state. Of them, 15 had died in 2016, 40 in 2017, 39 in 2018 and 18 between January and June 16, this year. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France “The government has adopted a policy of zero tolerance towards terrorism. Security forces are taking effective and continuous action in countering terrorism. This has resulted in corresponding change in the number of such incidents, including casualties,” Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy said in a written reply to Lok Sabha. “Security forces keep a close watch on persons who attempt to provide support to terrorists and initiate action against them,” he added.last_img read more

Mexicos disproportionate share of auto investment jobs seen as key NAFTA issue

first_imgOTTAWA – The auto sector rates nary a mention in the published list of U.S. objectives for the renegotiation of NAFTA.But senior Canadian officials privately believe the automotive industry is actually at the root of American demands for changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement and will be the key to the success — or failure — of negotiations to revamp the trilateral deal.Donald Trump, they note, rode a wave of anti-trade sentiment to victory in last fall’s presidential election, propelled by an unabashedly protectionist, America-first agenda, including a threat to rip up NAFTA, which he called “the worst trade deal in the history” of the United States.It was a populist message that tapped into long-simmering resentment over the exodus of American manufacturing operations — including the Big Three automakers and auto parts plants — to Mexico. And it resonated particularly loudly with voters in the 14 auto-producing states, 12 of which ultimately delivered their electoral college votes to Trump.Now, Canadian officials believe the success of the NAFTA renegotiation, set to start Aug. 16, hinges on Trump’s ability to claim a win on the auto front. And they believe the route to that victory lies in stricter labour and environmental standards to minimize Mexico’s low-wage advantage.It’s an issue on which Canadian and American interests are largely aligned. Some stark statistics compiled by Unifor, the union representing autoworkers in Canada, explain why:— Mexico buys just eight per cent of North American-made vehicles but employs 45 per cent of the continent’s auto workers.— Since NAFTA came into effect in 1994, four assembly plants in Canada and 10 in the United States have closed; eight new plants have opened in Mexico.— U.S. and Canadian vehicle and auto parts trade deficits with Mexico have grown exponentially — a four-fold increase for Canada, from $1.6 billion pre-NAFTA to $8.7 billion now.And all those disturbing numbers are explained by another stark statistic: Mexican autoworkers earn an average of about $4 per hour, compared to $30-$35 per hour in the U.S. and Canada.Rebalancing the auto industry so that all three countries get a fair share of investment and jobs “will be the biggest piece of the puzzle, I would suggest, in NAFTA,” says Unifor president Jerry Dias.On that score, there’s some urgency for Canada and the U.S., both of which hope to regain a bigger share of the pie as the auto industry embarks on historic investments in the next generation of vehicles: electric and self-driving cars.While the U.S. list of objectives for NAFTA negotiations doesn’t mention the auto sector specifically, it does call for stiffer rules of origin and more stringent, enforceable environmental and labour standards — which would have a direct bearing on the automotive industry.Unifor supports those American objectives. The union wants to see the rules of origin beefed up so that vehicles must have at least 70 per cent North American-made content — up from the current 62.5 per cent — to be eligible to move duty-free between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.That’s aimed primarily at forcing Asian and European automakers and Chinese producers of auto electronics to build more plants in North America.Automakers, however, are vehemently opposed to raising the minimum content requirement, which they argue is already the highest of any trade agreement in the world.“Any changes to the duty-free access and content rules will disrupt the highly integrated supply chains and reduce the massive benefits, undermining the global competitiveness of that integrated automotive industry we talk about,” Mark Nantais, president of the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association, told the House of Commons trade committee last May.David Paterson, vice-president of General Motors Canada Ltd., reminded the committee that a vehicle built in North America can cross borders seven times during the manufacturing process. Tracing the content of every part already requires “a lot of bureaucracy.”“Under the category ‘do no harm,’ we must set out to reduce, not add, red tape,” he said. “We would prefer to see tracing eliminated.”On this issue, the government appears to be siding with the automakers.Rather than focus on rules of origin, senior Canadian officials — speaking anonymously because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter — said strengthening labour and environmental standards would be a more effective way to reduce Mexico’s disproportionate share of auto investment and jobs.The objective, one official stressed, is not to stop auto production in Mexico, but to close the wage gap so Mexican workers benefit while making the other two NAFTA partners more competitive.Mexico would not be averse to measures that would raise the standard of living for its workers, Canada’s ambassador to the U.S., David MacNaughton, suggested in an interview.“The question really is over what period of time and how you achieve that,” MacNaughton said.“Also, we need to make sure that living standards and good paying middle-class jobs in Canada and the United States continue to be created, too. So the question is, can you find a way to create that win-win-win?”Currently, NAFTA includes side deals on labour and the environment — essentially just aspirational goals to improve working conditions and committing each country to enforce its own labour and environmental standards.That has allowed Mexico to take advantage of its low wage rate, lack of free collective bargaining and non-existent health, safety and environmental standards to lure auto companies looking for the cheapest place to set up shop, says Dias.That advantage would diminish if companies operating in Mexico were compelled to abide by standards similar to those applied in the U.S. and Canada. Dias advocates strict timelines for raising wages and penalizing companies that don’t meet them.“There’s going to have to be a wholesale change in the system,” Dias says.“Corporations are going to have to be more responsible, they’re going to have to start to treat people better, they’re going to have to start to pay them respectfully.”— With additional reporting by Alexander Panetta in Washingtonlast_img read more

Albertas environment minister says she didnt tell people to eat less meat

first_imgEDMONTON – Alberta’s environment minister says she’s not responsible for a controversial tweet advising people to eat less meat.Shannon Phillips tweeted on Friday that the message, which was posted on her Twitter account on Jan. 2, came from a staff person during a period when Phillips says she was away from her Twitter account.Phillips says the tweet was regrettable and that she has been assured it won’t happen again.The tweet began by suggesting anyone who needs a New Year’s resolution should consider taking the Green Challenge by Environment Lethbridge, which is an organization based in Phillips’ constituency.The tweet says the challenge advises people to “reuse shopping bags, take shorter showers, unplug electronics devices, eliminate vehicle idling and eat less meat.”Opposition Leader Jason Kenney tweeted in response that people are free to eat what they want, and it should stay that way.“As someone who supports Alberta’s farmers and ranchers — and enjoys a good steak from time to time — I will not be taking the NDP’s advice,” said Kenney, of the United Conservative Party, on Twitter.While Alberta’s oil industry has typically commanded many headlines in recent years, the beef industry is still a massive economic driver in the province.The Green Challenge by Environment Lethbridge runs between Jan. 15 and Feb. 15 and encourages people to reduce their climate footprint by focusing on five areas. It asks for people to go meatless for one day each week.Its website says meat production and consumption is one of the leading generators of greenhouse gases.The explanation from Phillips about the tweet followed a series of other tweets on Friday where she noted her support for the meat sector. She said she comes from a family of beef producers, adding that her grandfather came to Canada in 1919 and his cow-calf operation became one of Alberta’s most successful farm family operations.“My tweet was about a local enviro challenge and was in no way meant to offend the industries that are vital to our province’s culture and economy. We know that the rhetoric from Jason Kenney and the UCP is often overheated,” Phillips said on Twitter.The series of tweets went on to blame the staffer.“So all this is to say, I was away from my twitter account around NY Day, and the tweet that came from a staff person was regrettable,” the tweet said.last_img read more

Messi fires Barca to 8th La Liga title in 11 years

first_imgMadrid: Lionel Messi clinched an eighth La Liga title for Barcelona in 11 seasons on Saturday as he scored the only goal in a 1-0 win at home to Levante. The Argentine star struck his league-leading 34th goal of the campaign after coming off the bench for the second half to help Barca wrap up the title with three games remaining. Barca hold a nine-point lead over second-placed Atletico Madrid, but the Catalans cannot be overtaken thanks to their superior head-to-head record. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuIf Messi can find four more in the three games left, it will be his best La Liga return since his 43 in 2015. His partner, Luis Suarez, has 21 and together, they have scored more than every team in the division except Real Madrid and Sevilla. It is Barca’s 26th league title and nudges them closer to Real Madrid’s record of 33 in Spain. “To win the title with a distance and gap is difficult with the rivals we have. We’ve done it two years in a row,” Barca coach Ernesto Valverde told Movistar. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters”We’re happy and to see people enjoying it makes us proud. But we still have challenges ahead.” Valverde initially left Messi on the bench with Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final first leg against Liverpool in mind, but he replaced Philippe Coutinho at the break at the Camp Nou. Coutinho and Luis Suarez pressed Levante goalkeeper Aitor Fernandez into action early on, the Brazilian coming closest to breaking the deadlock when his free-kick rattled the crossbar shortly before half-time. He was sacrificed for Messi though, and it proved an inspired decision as the Argentine swept in the winner on 62 minutes following a frantic scramble inside the Levante area. The visitors, not yet safe from the threat of relegation, responded and put Barca on the defensive but were denied a last-gasp equaliser when the ball hit the post and rolled into the grateful arms of Marc-Andre ter Stegen. “In the end he scored the goal. He always scores goals everywhere,” Valverde said of Messi, who celebrated winning his 10th league crown. Atletico had delayed Barca’s title party earlier in the day as they scraped past strugglers Real Valladolid 1-0 after surviving late VAR penalty drama. Joaquin Fernandez’s own goal put Atletico ahead midway through the second half, but they had to endure a nervy final few minutes in which Jan Oblak had to be at his best and they survived a late VAR check over what looked like a clear Santiago Arias handball in the area. “It’s controversial, a ball that hits the hand and the referee’s decision is to see if it’s voluntary or not,” said Saul Niguez, whose cross led to their fortunate winner. Diego Simeone’s side are nine points ahead of local rivals and reigning European champions Real Madrid, who travel to Rayo Vallecano on Sunday amid increasing speculation they will respond to a disappointing season by swooping for Eden Hazard and Neymar. “It’s what we deserve, no more, no less. We’ve come so far,” added Saul. “There were moments when we wanted to be first and others that I would say no, that’s what we deserve.” Valladolid meanwhile stay 17th, just one point and a place away from the relegation zone after a match they will feel they were unlucky to lose. Earlier on Saturday, Athletic Bilbao and Alaves did their chances of European football next season no favours with a 1-1 draw in the Basque Country. Seventh-placed Bilbao are five points away from the Champions league places — with Alaves a further three points back — and could also see Valencia and Sevilla take the Europa league further away from them when they take on Eibar and Girona.last_img read more

Sahrawi family from Tindouf camps moves to Morocco

Laayoune – A Sahrawi family from the Tindouf camps, composed of six members, currently in Morocco as part of the exchange of family visits between the camps and the Moroccan southern provinces, decided to stay in the motherland and leave for good the said camps, fleeing the suffering endured by Moroccans held captive by the polisario militia on the Algerian territory.The family, made up of the father, mother and four kids, arrived to Laayoune on May 15 coming from the camps of Tindouf (south-western Algeria), as part of the family exchange visits program, brokered by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), local authorities said.During a meting on Tuesday at the Wilaya of Laayoune, the local authorities received this family and congratulated it for taking the choice of staying in Morocco for good. This choice shows the sincere will by families to join their motherland Morocco and flee torture and suffering in the said camps which is denounced by several international human rights organizations. read more

ICE Futures Canada quotes and cash prices

WINNIPEG — Grain quotes Thursday for tonnes, basis Lakehead:Canola (Vancouver): Open High Low Close WedJuly ‘ 17 0.00 0.00 0.00 554.20 566.00Nov. 514.00 514.80 500.20 502.50 514.00Jan. ’18 517.80 519.60 504.30 506.40 517.50March 517.40 517.40 507.90 510.00 520.30May 514.00 514.00 507.60 509.80 520.50July 0.00 0.00 0.00 510.20 521.10Nov. 0.00 0.00 0.00 471.40 485.40Jan. ’19 0.00 0.00 0.00 472.20 486.20March 0.00 0.00 0.00 472.20 486.20May 0.00 0.00 0.00 472.20 486.20July 0.00 0.00 0.00 472.20 486.20Barley (Western): Open High Low Close WedJuly ’17 0.00 0.00 0.00 138.00 138.00Oct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00Dec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00March ’18 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00May 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00July 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00Oct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00Dec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00March ’19 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00May 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00July 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00ICE Futures Canada cash prices:Feed wheat: Track Thunder Bay CW: $178.00Canola:Thunder Bay No. 1 Canada: $507.50 (November 2017)Vancouver No. 1 Canada: $527.50 (November 2017) read more

Annan calls for constitutional reform disarmament in Côte dIvoire

Under an accord reached over the summer in Accra, Ghana, the parties agreed to adopt legislative reforms, revise the Constitution’s provisions relating to eligibility by nationality for the presidency, and begin disarmament.Through a statement released today by his spokesman, the Secretary-General noted that these provisions “have not been met.”President Laurent Gbagbo, in an address to the nation on 12 October, said the political crisis should be resolved without further delay – a view the spokesman said Mr. Annan shares.”To this end, the Secretary-General urges the political forces in Côte d’Ivoire to ensure the full and unconditional implementation” of the Accra III agreement, as well as an accord they struck in 2003 in Linas-Marcoussis, France, the spokesman said, emphasizing the need to address constitutional reform and disarmament.The Secretary-General “urges adoption of all legislative reforms without delay, and also appeals to all armed elements, including militias, to commence disarmament at the earliest.”The statement also welcomed President Gbagbo’s condemnation of all acts of violence against the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) and the French peacekeeping forces, and said it “should be unconditionally enforced by all authorities concerned.”Côte d’Ivoire’s current crisis broke out in September 2002. The rebel Force Nouvelles dominates the north, and UN peacekeepers serving with UNOCI are stationed between the opposing sides. read more

Asian electric car consortium led by China biomass company in deal to

Asian electric car consortium, led by China biomass company, in deal to buy Saab SHANGHAI – The Asian consortium planning to rescue Swedish automaker Saab Automobile from insolvency is led by a mainland Chinese alternative energy tycoon whose company has close ties with China’s State Grid electricity utility.Being linked to the acquisition of Saab’s car making assets could help bring the huge, state-owned utility a step closer toward its long-sought goal of breaking into the electric vehicle market.“It’s logical if they want to move into that market,” said Yale Zhang, managing director of the independent consultancy AutoForesight in Shanghai.State Grid is the main driver behind installing the charging stations and other infrastructure required to support electric vehicles. It has experimented with electric buses but lacks automotive technology.With a brand name, “If they want to build a higher-end EV, it would be easier to penetrate the European, American, even the Chinese market,” said Zhang.Kai Johan Jiang, the alternative energy tycoon, was born in rural eastern China, went to school in Sweden and once worked for Volvo Trucks, according to his company’s website.Most of his career has been in the energy sector. His company, National Bio-Energy Group, specializes in building and running power plants fueled by farm waste, such as straw and corn stalks. It has partnered in research on biomass energy with State Grid, whose logo is front-and-centre on the Bio-Energy Group website.National Bio-Energy Group also has co-operated with Sweden in biomass research.Another of Jiang’s companies, National Modern Energy Holdings, holds a 51 per cent stake in National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB, the company set up to buy Saab’s main assets. Sun Investment LLC, said to be a Japanese company, holds the remaining 49 per cent.Saab’s buyers say they plan to meld Swedish car design and manufacturing know-how with Japanese electric vehicle technology to promote premium electric vehicles in China — a goal that has so far proven elusive.Jiang and others did not disclose the price tag in announcing their purchase Wednesday of the Saab assets, which include the main parts of its auto manufacturing division.“Chinese customers demand a premium electric vehicle, which we will be able to offer by acquiring Saab,” Jiang told reporters at a news conference at Saab’s manufacturing plant in Trollhattan, Sweden.Perhaps, analysts say.But buying a car factory will not guarantee success in actually making and selling premium electric vehicles, whether in China or elsewhere.China’s economic planners have made development of electric vehicles a top economic priority, driven both by the need to reduce smog and also to curb soaring dependence on imported crude oil.But so far the market has failed to take off. Providing subsidies at the local level has only helped boost electric vehicle development in a couple of cities where local car manufacturers have relatively strong EV production, says Zhang.Jiang and his partners have tapped a former executive of Volvo Trucks, Karl-Erling Trogen, to head their consortium, which says it is already hiring staff to begin product development.Saab, which has more than 3,000 workers, filed for bankruptcy in December last year after its previous owner, the Dutch luxury car group Spyker — later named Swedish Automobile — failed to get sufficient backing for the brand.Helping perhaps to minimize friction over intellectual property concerns, the carmaker’s Saab Parts unit was not included in the agreement. IP rights for the Saab 9-5 car model, owned by the brand’s former owner General Motors Corp., were also excluded.Though Saab is not especially known for its prowess in electric vehicles, it will likely provide a platform for a prototype that State Grid could use to gain better co-operation with mainstream auto manufacturers, said Bill Russo, president of the consultancy Synergistics Ltd. Such companies have not been willing to take State Grid’s lead in pushing ahead with new products.“You wouldn’t buy Saab for its EVs. It’s about the ability of a power systems company to commercialize EV technology,” Russo said.“Will this lead to a high volume car business? Definitely not anytime soon,” he said.___Louise Nordstrom in Stockholm contributed to this report. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Jun 14, 2012 5:41 am MDT read more

Average US 30year mortgage falls to 354 per cent

by The Associated Press Posted Jun 16, 2016 8:31 am MDT Last Updated Jun 16, 2016 at 12:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Average US 30-year mortgage falls to 3.54 per cent WASHINGTON – Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week for a second straight week amid continued global economic concerns. The average rates touched their lowest points in 52 weeks.Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage dipped to 3.54 per cent from 3.60 per cent last week. That is well below its level a year ago of 4.00 per cent.The average rate on 15-year fixed-rate mortgages declined to 2.81 per cent from 2.87 per cent.Deepening doubt about the strength of the U.S. economy and concern that Britons could vote to leave the European Union in a referendum next week are stoking the malaise.Worries over a possible British exit from the 28-nation bloc helped depress the U.S. stock market for five straight days. Proponents of Britain remaining in the EU say a vote to leave could bring economic calamity to the country. It likely would roil global markets.Bond prices have remained high, keeping yields low. Bond investors say the uncertainty about the expected close British vote has forced European investors to buy up U.S. government bonds in a search for security, pushing bond yields to their lowest levels in years.Mortgage rates often move in sync with long-term bond yields. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note dropped to 1.57 per cent Wednesday from 1.70 per cent a week earlier. It fell further to 1.52 per cent Thursday morning.As expected, the Federal Reserve’s policymakers decided at their meeting this week to keep interest rates unchanged at 0.25 per cent to 0.50 per cent. In their announcement Wednesday, the Fed officials said that while U.S. economic activity continues to strengthen, “the pace of improvement in the labour market has slowed,” a reference to employment reports for April and May that were weaker than expected.To calculate average mortgage rates, Freddie Mac surveys lenders across the country at the beginning of each week. The average doesn’t include extra fees, known as points, which most borrowers must pay to get the lowest rates. One point equals 1 per cent of the loan amount.The average fee for a 30-year mortgage was unchanged from last week at 0.5 point. The fee for a 15-year loan also was steady at 0.5 point.Rates on adjustable five-year mortgages averaged 2.74 per cent this week, down from 2.82 per cent last week. The fee remained at 0.5 per cent. read more

JT Barrett Ohio State offense hoping to tighten screws during spring game

OSU then redshirt-sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) celebrates after a touchdown during a game against Michigan on Nov. 28 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorGoing into spring camp, Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer had a definite answer for who was going to be the guy behind the center: redshirt junior J.T. Barrett. But beyond Barrett at quarterback, there are many questions of who is going to replace players such as running back Ezekiel Elliott or receivers Braxton Miller and Michael Thomas. With the Buckeyes’ annual spring game set for Saturday at 1:30 p.m., there are several young players looking to make a good impression on Meyer and the offensive coaches. OSU is looking to limit the transition phase to only the spring so it can come into the regular season ready to produce at the high level that is expected, and having the veteran Barrett still at the helm makes that slightly easier. After former offensive coordinator Tom Herman took the head coaching job at Houston before the 2015 season, co-offensive coordinators Tim Beck and Ed Warriner were left with the tall task of replacing him. There were obvious growing pains during the 2015 season, but they seemed to recede toward the end of the year, evidenced by the dominant performances against Michigan and Notre Dame. Meyer said Beck and Warinner are still learning, but, at the same time, they’re helping grow the offense.“(Beck) took over for a very valuable guy, and I expect more out of him and our offensive staff in general,” Meyer said. “We have to do a better job than we did a year ago. I see it happening this spring as far as the growth of the offensive staff.”As the centerpiece of the offense, Barrett has impressed many this spring, including Meyer. Just the fact that Barrett is healthy and getting a chance to take part in these valuable reps is a benefit that he hasn’t been afforded since leaving Texas for Columbus. “He’s having a great spring,” Meyer said. “He’s never been the quarterback in spring practice or in a spring game. We are changing some things on him that were not fundamentally where they needed to be last year. … He is a fast player and we need him to play as fast as he can.”Barrett said he is already working on some of those fundamental changes that Meyer and the offensive staff encouraged him to make. “I am trying to evolve my game to be able to see things faster because the game slows down as you play more,” Barrett said. “That’s just from watching film and transferring what I see onto the field.”That comes from practice, which Barrett said is a key part of what Buckeye fans see on Saturdays in the fall. “We don’t have game players,” Barrett said. “You have to make plays in practice in order to make plays on Saturday.”Two players taking advantage of the practice time are fighting for the top spot in the offensive backfield: senior Bri’onte Dunn and redshirt freshman Mike Weber.Even though Dunn has more game experience at the college level — he has 48 carries for 287 yards in his career — Meyer said both Weber, a high-profile recruit from Detroit, and Dunn are neck and neck to take Elliott’s spot.“As of now, Bri’onte and Mike are still fighting it out, and the young guys have done a decent job,” Meyer said. “No one has separated themselves yet.”The backup quarterback role is another position, in addition to offensive line, that still needs to be decided upon. Even though Barrett has solidified himself as the clear starter, redshirt freshman Joe Burrow is performing at a high level this spring. “He’s doing pretty well,” Meyer said. “I don’t think he’s the athlete that J.T. is right now, but he is becoming a much better runner, his release is night and day of what it was.” Meyer was asked what would happen if Barrett sustained an injury and Burrow had to assume the starting spot. “We would probably lean on the tailback and high-percentage passes,” Meyer said, “But he’s getting close to being game-ready.”With that said, a way for young players, like Burrow, to become game-ready is through the spring game. With fans breaking the national attendance record for spring games last year, Meyer is hoping that will happen again for the sake of the younger players. “I want to see Joe Burrow and Mike Weber perform in front of 100,000 people in the stadium,” Meyer said. “They have never done it. The value is probably the greatest it’s been in my four years here to see the young players respond.”Spring practice is not the stopping point, though, before the football season starts. It’s only a jumping off point, as there is still a lot of work to do before the team is game-ready, Barrett said. “One of the things we like to talk about is development and developing guys, and spring ball has definitely helped,” Barrett said. “Also, we still have summer. That’s the time where I get to work with receivers, especially the ones who haven’t been in. That’s definitely going to help us later on.” read more

Apple expected to release yet another iPod Nano redesign

first_imgThe iPod Nano is truly the chameleon of personal media players. It has gone through several distinct design phases over the years, from tall and skinny, to short and wide, to teeny-tiny and finger-friendly. Now the rumor mill indicates that Apple is at it again; the Nano as we’ve come to know it is slated to change.A new report claims that the device announced at Apple’s annual fall music event this year will be of the tall and skinny variety once again, but will still have a multitouch screen. In fact, the screen is rumored to be a little larger this time. Interestingly, it is also reportedly going to feature an iPhone-style home button.The current iPod Nano uses a very small multitouch screen, and has an iOS feel to the software. The new bigger Nano would make that software experience better, but I doubt it will be running iOS. More than likely, it’s just going to look and behave a lot more like the iPod Touch without running apps.The current Nano’s square design has encouraged some uber-nerds to turn the device into a watch, but that may be a thing of the past. The larger form factor would also open up the possibility of returning the camera to the device, which was ditched in the last minimalistic re-design.There are also some more shady rumors about a new iTunes service launching in tandem with the new Nano, but no specifics were forthcoming on that front. With people increasingly shifting to smartphones, I’m not sure it’s even worth the R&D on a mid-range media device like this.More at Macotakara, via Cult of Maclast_img read more

Clark Talks explores Clark County economy

first_imgIn this week’s episode of Clark Talks, The Columbian explores the local economy, from the big picture to the success of one business.Columbian reporters Kaitlin Gillespie and Dameon Pesanti will introduce Troy Brynelson, the paper’s new business reporter.The three also chat with Scott Bailey, the regional economist with Washington’s Employment Security Department, about where people work in Clark County and the future of the economy in our region.This week’s episode closes with lunch at Daddy D’s Southern Style Barbecue, a hole-in-the-wall spot at a Shell station on Fourth Plain Boulevard.Podcasts can be downloaded on iTunes by searching for Clark Talks or at soundcloud.com/clark-talks.last_img read more

Samsung allows apps full access to its Galaxy S10 camera tech

first_img New Galaxy S10 phones pile on sweet specs 6:04 The San Francisco event, which also saw the announcement of the much-anticipated Galaxy Fold, is important for Samsung as it tries to create more buzz for its products. With phone fatigue and sticker shock becoming more common, many of us are trying to wring more value out of devices. Samsung, Apple and everyone else need to work harder to woo us into spending. More from Samsung Instagram Samsung Snapchat Post a comment Samsung Event Mobile World Congress 2019 Smartphone shipments dropped 5 percent to 376 million units last year, according to Strategy Analytics. Samsung reported a steep drop in revenue and profits last month.Most of its businesses, from chips to displays, felt the effects of weaker demand and stiffer competition in the handset sector. Smartphone sales declined, memory chips destined for handsets didn’t sell as well and mobile displays suffered.First published 12:09 p.m. PT.Updated at 12:46 p.m. PT: Adds more detail. 41 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Everything Samsung showed at Unpacked New Galaxy S10 phones bring it Galaxy Fold is the most exciting phone we’ve seen in years Every camera lens and curve on the new Galaxy S10 phones What’s the difference in all the S10 models? Galaxy Buds with wireless charging arrive March 8 for $130 Phones Mobile 0 The Samsung Galaxy S10’s camera tech will work seamlessly within Instagram and other apps’ photo modes. James Martin/CNET Samsung opened its camera software development kit (SDK) to give apps full access to the tech used by its new Galaxy S10 phone’s camera.Photos taken within other apps will retain the same quality level as those taken with the camera proper, and you’ll be able to access all the camera’s features — like low-light shots and HDR.It showed off the direct integration with the S10’s new Instagram Mode at its Unpacked event on Wednesday, and revealed that photos you take within the Snapchat, Snow and Line will have the same options. Tagslast_img read more

Hero MotoCorps Splendor iSmart Launched in India Price Features Details

first_imgHero MotoCorp, India’s largest two-wheeler maker, introduced its all new Splendor iSmart motorbike with a price tag of ₹47,250 (ex-showroom Delhi).The Splendor iSmart, which comes equipped with stop-and-start i3S technology, was first showcased at the Delhi Auto Expo 2014. The i3S technology automatically shuts the engine when idling and turns it on when needed with just one click.The bike comes with 100-cc air-cooled, 4-Stroke Single Cylinder OHC engine, which can churn out a power of 5.74 KW (7.8 Ps) at 7500 rpm and maximum torque of 0.82 Kg-m (8.04 N-M) @ 4500 rpm. The company will offer the new bike in four colour variants – Sports Red, Leaf Green, Excellent Blue and Heavy Grey.”Delivering on our commitment to bring revolutionary technologies that will transform the two-wheeler market, we have launched Splendor iSmart which is a great combination of style, performance and safety. Our customers will love the new i3S technology which makes this motorcycle truly smart, giving them more for every drop of fuel. We have applied for a patent for this technology which may be later extended to several other models,” said Anil Dua, Sr. Vice President (Marketing & Sales), Hero MotoCorp at the launch.At the Auto Expo, Hero had showcased diesel-electric hybrid concept RNT, Hero Xtreme, Hero Dash, Hero’s indigenously developed concept hybrid scooter Leap, Hero HX250R sports bike and the scooters – 150cc ZIR and 125cc Dare.In February, Hero had announced a price cut on all its models, after the proclamation of excise duty relief to the automobile industry in interim budget 2014-15. With the price cut, Honda’s Dream Neo 110cc bike, which is priced at ₹43,150 and ₹47,289, comes cheaper by ₹1,600. While the company’s CBR250R benefited a reduction of up to ₹7,600. Hero’s bikes like Karizma ZMR, Impulse, Splendor and Glamour got a price cut of up to ₹4,500.Hero Splendor iSmart Prices in India₹47,250 (ex-showroom Delhi)₹49,967 (ex-showroom Mumbai)₹48,192 (ex-showroom Chennai)₹48,549 (ex-showroom Kolkata)₹48,014 (ex-showroom Bangalore)last_img read more

The Ultimate Super Smash Bros Character Guide Mario

first_imgStay on target Who Are They?Do you really not know who Mario is? This Italian-American stereotype is the face of Nintendo and therefore the global mascot for video games as an entertainment form. And it’s all because he’s been very good at jumping on turtles since 1981. The digital plumber isn’t actually the oldest character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. But he is arguably the most famous and classic. There was no way Mario wasn’t going to be in this game. It’s like not focusing on Mickey Mouse in your Disney-themed JRPG.Smash HistoryMario has been in Smash Bros. since the franchise’s debut on Nintendo 64. He’s the well-rounded character they want you to play first and his moves are designed to introduce the core mechanics of the unique fighting system. He’s like Ryu in Street Fighter. In fact, his fireball, super jump punch, and tornado attacks, in addition to feeling true to Mario games, also map onto familiar hadoukens, shoryukens, and hurricane kicks in Street Fighter II’s foundational fighting system. Since then Mario has appeared in every Smash Bros. game going forward, occasionally gaining new moves like his FLUDD waterpack, but mostly staying the same.What Looks New in Ultimate?Since the last Smash Bros. game Mario has had two exciting new adventures in the form of Super Mario Maker and Super Mario Odyssey, and you can now wear outfits from those games in Smash Ultimate with Builder Mario and Wedding Mario. Mario’s also seen some balance changes, perhaps most noticeably his altered up tilt and throws seemingly reducing his combo potential. Even still, as a character he was still strong enough to win the E3 tournament.Our Hopes?I really love that Mario isn’t just an accessible Smash Bros. character but like a really really good one, too. It’s awesome that you can play as Mario and instead of being basic and boring he’s super fun. He’s got a lot of the tools that make Smash so enjoyable with his speedy grab game and aerial spikes. I just hope he remains viable in Ultimate.Super Smash Bros. Ultimate releases Dec. 7 for Nintendo Switch. Until we can play more for ourselves, changes we talk about here are mostly speculation. For more thoughts check out our Smash hands-on as well as cool Switch games to play that aren’t Smash Bros., because those definitely exist.View as: One Page Slides1/761. Read Mario’s Guide2. Read Donkey Kong’s Guide3. Read Link’s Guide4. Read Samus’s Guide5. Read Dark Samus’s Guide6. Read Yoshi’s Guide7. Read Kirby’s Guide8. Read Fox’s Guide9. Read Pikachu’s Guide10. Read Luigi’s Guide11. Read Ness’s Guide12. Read Captain Falcon’s Guide13. Read Jigglypuff’s Guide14. Read Peach’s Guide15. Read Daisy’s Guide16. Read Bowser’s Guide17. Read Ice Climbers’ Guide18. Read Sheik’s Guide19. Read Zelda’s Guide20. Read Dr. Mario’s Guide21. Read Pichu’s Guide22. Read Falco’s Guide23. Read Marth’s Guide24. Read Lucina’s Guide25. Read Young Link’s Guide26. Read Ganondorf’s Guide27. Read Mewtwo’s Guide28. Read Roy’s Guide29. Read Chrom’s Guide30. Read Mr. Game and Watch’s Guide31. Read Meta Knight’s Guide32. Read Pit’s Guide33. Read Dark Pit’s Guide34. Read Zero Suit Samus’s Guide35. Read Wario’s Guide36. Read Snake’s Guide37. Read Ike’s Guide38. Read Pokemon Trainer’s Guide39. Read Diddy Kong’s Guide40. Read Lucas’s Guide41. Read Sonic’s Guide42. Read King Dedede’s Guide43. Read Olimar’s Guide44. Read Lucario’s Guide45. Read R.O.B.’s Guide46. Read Toon Link’s Guide47. Read Wolf’s Guide48. Read Villager’s Guide49. Read Mega Man’s Guide50. Read Wii Fit Trainer’s Guide51. Read Rosalina and Luma’s Guide52. Read Little Mac’s Guide53. Read Greninja’s Guide54. Read Mii Fighters’ Guide55. Read Palutena’s Guide56. Read Pac-Man’s Guide57. Read Robin’s Guide58. Read Shulk’s Guide59. Read Bowser Jr.’s Guide60. Read Duck Hunt’s Guide61. Read Ryu’s Guide62. Read Cloud’s Guide63. Read Corrin’s Guide64. Read Bayonetta’s Guide65. Read Inkling’s Guide66. Read Ridley’s Guide67. Read Simon’s Guide68. Read Richter’s Guide69. Read King K. Rool’s Guide70. Read Isabelle’s Guide71. Read Ken’s Guide72. Read Incineroar’s Guide73. Read Piranha Plant’s Guide74. Read Joker’s Guide75. Read Hero’s Guide76. Mario Jumps In!Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is huge. Not just in terms of hype and importance and sales potential, but just in terms of sheer stuff. The Nintendo Switch mascot fighter features over a hundred stages, nearly a thousand songs, and too many Pokemon and items and Assist Trophies to think of crammed onto a cartridge you can plan on the go or on a TV. When you have as many big franchises as Nintendo, putting them all in one game will make that game is very big boy indeed.But the biggest, most exciting thing about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is its mind-blowing, heartwarming roster of playable characters. Fighting games pride themselves not just on the strength of their mechanics but the strength of its fighters, especially in a crossover fighters like this. And Super Smash Bros. Ultimate crushes all rivals by including every single playable character from the across the four previous games in the twenty-year-old series. Include the new combatants and so far we have over 70 fighters to wrap our heads around. We’re excited, but we’re also intimidated. So to get ready for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, every day, character by character, we’re creating the ultimate guide to all of its characters. Today’s fighter: Mario.center_img ‘Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo SongsThe Ultimate Super Smash Bros. Character Guide: Hero last_img read more

Govt to introduce integrated online platform to monitor projects

first_imgKolkata: The state government is planning to introduce an integrated online platform to monitor projects of all its departments.The step has been taken up to ensure that all projects are monitored from a single platform, as it will help in better execution of the projects taken up by all the departments of the state government.Sources in the state secretariat said the preliminary task of introducing the integrated project monitoring system has been carried out and it will be presented before Chief Secretary Malay De within the next one to two weeks. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsOnce the top brass of the state government gives its nod after going through the proforma, or gives certain suggestions, the next step would be taken towards the introduction of the same.It has been further learnt that there was discussion on certain aspects in this connection on Monday. Representatives of some of the crucial departments of the state government, including the state Finance department, were in the meeting where the discussion in this regard has taken place. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedSources said that all the departments are crucial stakeholders of the project, as they have to provide necessary data that has to be corroborated to give a complete shape to the entire project, which will ensure monitoring of all ongoing projects through one single platform. Officials of the Public Health Engineering (PHE) department and Public Works department were also present in the meeting. It has been learnt that there was discussion on monitoring of projects that the PHE department usually takes up. It may be mentioned that Bengal has witnessed a series of development works in the past seven years, after Mamata Banerjee came to power in 2011.Projects were taken up for development of both the urban and rural parts of the state. In the past seven years, flyovers and bridges have been constructed at different places and at the same time, schemes have been taken up that cover a person, starting from his or her birth to death.Moreover, in a bid to ensure that all projects are implemented properly and timely, the Chief Minister visits every district to hold administrative review meetings with concerned officials. She also identifies the work that needs to be carried out for the districts, during the meetings.She always directs officials to take steps for ensuring timely completion of projects during these meetings.It may be mentioned that the Mamata Banerjee government has also introduced the Integrated Finance Management System (IFMS) and it has smoothened the system of managing finance related issues.last_img read more

Frost Sullivan Research Highlights Benefits of Intelerads CosmosOne

first_img News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Related Content News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read more Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more October 23, 2017 — Intelerad Medical Systems has been highlighted for its innovative approach to medical image data management in new research published by Frost & Sullivan. The report, Developments at the Cutting Edge of Multimedia Healthcare Data Management Platforms, looks at the attributes of state-of-the-art, third-generation vendor-neutral archives (VNA).In particular, the Frost & Sullivan report credits CosmosOne, Intelerad’s living medical archive, for going beyond the offerings of third-generation VNAs and responding to evolving and largely unmet market needs, such as greater reliability, clearer lines of accountability and constructive partnership potential. As Nadim Daher, Frost & Sullivan’s industry principal for medical imaging and imaging informatics, stated in the report:“The flexible, modular, customizable and dynamic capabilities of the CosmosOne platform put it at the leading edge of state-of-the-art solutions. Considering what a truly best-of-breed solution would look like, CosmosOne combines Intelerad’s own innovative technology with those of carefully selected partners to offer the ideal integrated solution. Just as important as the platform’s advanced functionality is the fact that it can be delivered and supported by Intelerad as a single vendor.”Released in May 2017, CosmosOne provides access to patients’ complete medical records, making it the perfect companion for Intelerad’s workflow and enterprise viewing solutions, according to the company. The solution is highly scalable and flexible, always up-to-date and provides reliable business continuity and data resilience.For more information: www.intelerad.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) | October 23, 2017 Frost & Sullivan Research Highlights Benefits of Intelerad’s CosmosOne Global research and consulting firm highlights ability of Intelerad’s living medical archive to respond to evolving market needs Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more last_img read more

Virtuoso makes Australia its regional headquarters

first_imgVirtuoso has announced plans to make Australia its regional headquarters in a move that will spearhead expansion into the Asia Pacific region this year. With more than 9,000 travel advisors around the globe, Virtuoso has a turnover of more than USD$14 billion in annual travel sales and has announced the Australian move as part of a global expansion.Virtuoso Asia Pacific managing director Michael Londregan, said that following on from the company’s move into the European and UK markets last year, Virtuoso will now use Australia as its regional hub.“Australia and New Zealand’s travel agency elite have been Virtuoso members for the past 10 years and this strong foundation in the luxury market continues to drive growth for our brand and allows Virtuoso Australia to be perfectly placed to support our Asia expansion,” Mr Londregan said.Virtuoso global chief executive officer and chair Matthew D. Upchurch, will be visiting Australia in February, where he will present the latest data on international luxury travel trends including new research into the Australian market.“Through our network of partnerships, our clients are able to access the same, and often better value than you can find online, and can secure special benefits like complimentary room upgrades, daily breakfast, and other extras you can’t get on your own,” Mr Londregan said.“Virtuoso has recognised the strong growth in the Asia Pacific region for luxury and that is why Australia has been chosen as the optimum base for regional expansion.”Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

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first_imgagentsGlobusGlobus family of brandsSupertour … it’s Croatia!Globus family of brands’ annual Supertour is designed to reward leading agents for their loyalty to the company, with the 20 top-selling travel agents from Australia, and top 10 from New Zealand, offered a place on the Croatia trip, departing 4 May, 2018.To be in the running for this year’s Supertour, agents need to book as many passengers as possible on Globus or Cosmos tours, Monograms city stays or Avalon Waterways river cruises, with all bookings made from 1 March, 2017 to 28 February, 2018 counting in the tally.While GFOB remains tight-lipped on the itinerary inclusions, Croatia is known for its glistening blue oceans, interesting architecture, stunning natural beauty and delicious cuisine and wine – meaning top selling agents will be in for a well-deserved treat. The winning agents will be notified early next year.Visit the Supertour Facebook page for updates facebook.com/GFOBSupertourlast_img read more

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