Xiaomi Mi 8 India launch expected in September, could cost around Rs 30,000

first_imgXiaomi has launched the first smartphone under its sub-brand Poco — the Poco F1 in India today for a starting price of Rs 20,999. Meanwhile, reports are coming that the Chinese smartphone maker is preparing to launch another phone in the country very soon — it is the Mi 8. The launch may probably happen sometime around the month of September or so. It is, however, important to note that Xiaomi is yet to officially announce the India launch timeline of the Mi 8.The Mi 8 India launch timeline information was initially revealed by 91Mobiles last week. In the report, the media publication had reported that Xiaomi has started accepting orders from the Mi 8 from brick and mortar stores all across India. The report further noted that stores in Delhi, Rajasthan and UP have started taking the orders for the phone.Meanwhile, digging deep, folks at Digivamp have now reportedly spoken with employees at Xiaomi’s service centre, who have revealed that the Mi 8 will be launching in India in September. However, as already mentioned, Xiaomi is yet to reveal information about Mi 8 India launch.According to the new report, one of the employees at the Xiaomi service centre in Chandigarh said, “We’ve been asked by the company to return older, unsold spares in order to make rooms for a new ‘iPhone screens’, back bodies, glass screen, camera component, magnets and ribbon cables.” The employee had further noted, “It usually takes us about two weeks to receive parts and another week to conduct an inventory and send details to the company, all due process is usually completed before the product launch.”advertisementConsidering the configurations, the Mi 8, when it launches in India, will compete with phones like iPhone X. The Mi 8 — just as the iPhone X — will come with a notch on the top of the display and also a facial recognition system — yet again — similar to that of the Apple’s Face ID.As far as the specs are concerned, the Mi 8 comes with a 6.21-inch AMOLED display with a notch on the top of the screen. The phone sports a resolution of 2248 x 1080 pixels and 18.7:9 aspect ratio. On the hardware front, the Mi 8 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset paired with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB internal storage. Furthermore, as far as the camera setup is concerned, the Mi 8 a dual camera setup on the rear panel consisting of two 12-megapixel sensors, while on the front, the phone fits a 20-megapixel selfie shooter with f/2.0 aperture.As far as the price of the phone is concerned, the Mi 8 was launched in China in two variants — 6GB RAM and 128GB which comes with RMB 2,999 — roughly translates to Rs 32,000, while the 6GB RAM/256GB storage model has been priced for RMB 3,299 — which is around Rs 35,000.last_img read more

Marriage has improved my captaincy: Virat Kohli ahead of World Cup 2019

first_imgVirat Kohli has in the past stated quite a few times on how his relationship and subsequent marriage with Anushka Sharma has helped him grow as a person and the India captain reiterated his feelings once again as he claimed that marriage has also improved him as a leader of the cricket team.Speaking at the captains’ media day in London, Virat Kohli opened up on how his life has changed post his marriage with Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma.”You become more responsible (after marriage). It’s very different from the responsibility you had in your life. You start understanding things much better and you start putting things into perspective a lot more.”I have become a lot more responsible. That helps you in captaincy as well. It’s only improved my captaincy and me as a human being and as a player,” Kohli replied on being asked how it is to lead a team before and after getting married.Virat Kohli was also asked on which player from the past he would pick in his current World Cup team to which he chose Australian spin legend Shane Warne.”One guy that I would love to have from the past would be Shane Warne. I would have loved to watch him bowl if I was in the same team being on the field, just watching him bowl and what he did to the batsmen would have been amazing,” Kohli said.This is the first World Cup in which Kohli is participating as a captain and a huge responsibility lies on his shoulders with India bidding to win their third title after 1983 and 2011.advertisementVirat Kohli having a net pic.twitter.com/vRavinlFpJCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) May 28, 2019Team India’s preparations are in full swing before they open their World Cup campaign against South Africa in Southampton on June 5.Kohli and Co. are gearing up to face Bangladesh in the second warm-up match in Cardiff on Tuesday. India had lost the first warm-up game against New Zealand by 6 wickets and would like to iron out their flaws in the second match against Mashrafe Mortaza’s team.Also Read | World Cup 2019: India look to solve batting woes in 2nd warm-up vs BangladeshAlso Read | Watch: Dhoni’s guest appearance on Chahal TV, Kuldeep listens to Kishore Kumar songsAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Vijay Shankar back in nets ahead of 2nd warm-up after injury scarelast_img read more

Bayern planning Robben, Ribery talks

first_imgBayern München Bayern planning ‘serious talks’ with Robben and Ribery Tom Webber Last updated 1 year ago 19:20 12/12/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) FranckRibery - cropped Bongarts Bayern München Bundesliga Both of the experienced wingers will be out of contract at the Allianz Arena in June, but discussions over their respective futures are being lined up Bayern Munich plan to hold “serious talks” with experienced wingers Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery before the season ends, chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed.The duo will be out of contract at the end of the campaign, with Robben, who turns 34 in January, stating last month that retirement could be an option for him.Ribery, meanwhile, has expressed a desire to keep playing for up to three more years and to retire at Bayern, though he would likely have to be content with a squad role should he remain at the Allianz Arena. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Frenchman has won seven Bundesliga titles – one more than Robben – and both were key members of the 2012-13 treble-winning side, and Rummenigge was keen to emphasise their importance to the Bavarian giants.”Franck and Arjen both have a big history here and we know what we have with them. Both are very important for us,” the chairman told TZ.”But it is important how they will continue. We definitely won’t decide that in near future but there will be serious talks. Let’s say in early spring.”RIBERY, RIBERY, RIBERY! #MiaSanMia @FranckRibery pic.twitter.com/fapxE2JfVh — FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) December 10, 2017 It looks likely that Robben and Ribery will have more competition to contend with should that stay at Bayern next season, with Serge Gnabry set to form part of the squad next year after his loan to Hoffenheim finishes.”It is not planned that Serge Gnabry will stay at Hoffenheim. We plan to bring him back after this season and then integrate him,” said Rummenigge.”Despite the injury he had we are very satisfied with his performances so far. We especially remember his two goals against [RB] Leipzig.”last_img read more

I can qualify for 2020 Tokyo Olympics: Jinson Johnson

first_img Press Trust of India BengaluruMay 7, 2019UPDATED: May 7, 2019 23:47 IST Jinson Johnson has a personal best time of 3:37.86 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJinson Johnson is confident of qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo OlympicsJohnson has been struggling with calf injuries in the recent pastJohnson said that he can beat the Olympic qualification mark of 3:35Asian Games champion Jinson Johnson, India’s premier middle-distance runner, says he is very much capable of qualifying for the 1500 metres event at the Tokyo Olympics.”The qualification mark is set at 3:35 for Tokyo but the gold at Rio came in 3:50. The IAAF has made qualifications tougher. Nevertheless, for several years I have been doing things which were not done by my compatriots. I can springing surprises,” he told PTI in an interview in Bengaluru.The ace runner was in the city for unveiling of 12th edition of TCS World 10K ‘Finisher’s Tee’.Johnson’s personal best time is 3:37.86, which he set at Gold Coast CWG, last year.Johnson said he understands the requirements of IAAF to have only 40-45 participants to make the event highly competitive and that’s why the qualification parameters for the World Championships and the Olympics are tough.The Kerala athlete managed to qualify for the Asian Championships in 1500m despite a niggling calf injury and a below-par show at Federation Cup, which was his first competition this season.Johnson had to pull out of Doha Asian Athletics Championships due to calf injury while competing in the 800m there, which forced him to stay away from 1500m event.”These are ups and downs of the sports. I have always performed well in international competitions. Though I did not get any medal in 2018 Commonwealth Games, I got the national record in 1500m,” he said.Johnson had finished fifth at 2018 CWG with a timing of 3:37.86 to break past Bahadur Prasad’s 23-year-old mark.advertisementTwo months later, he broke Sriram Singh’s 42-year-old record in 800m.The IAAF Gold Label Race will be flagged off from Sree Kanteerava Stadium on May 19.Also Read | Aim is to qualify for Tokyo Olympics: Asian Athletics C’ships gold medallist GomathiFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Jinson JohnsonFollow 2020 Tokyo Olympics Next I can qualify for 2020 Tokyo Olympics: Jinson JohnsonJinson Johnson feels he can qualify for the 1500 metres event at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, despite his recent injury concerns.advertisementlast_img read more

Royal Enfield Classic 350 S: Price, features, specifications, all other details

first_img Varun Singh New DelhiSeptember 19, 2019UPDATED: September 19, 2019 12:03 IST The wheels and engine of Royal Enfield Classic 350 S sport a blacked-out theme. (Image Source – Autocar India)HIGHLIGHTSRoyal Enfield Classic 350 S has been priced at Rs 1.45 lakh (ex-showroom, Chennai).The new Classic 350 S reportedly gets a single-channel ABS.Royal Enfield Classic 350 S is available in Pure Black and Mercury Silver colour options.Royal Enfield is on a kind of launch spree at the moment. The two-wheeler maker had recently introduced the more affordable variants of its popular Royal Enfield Bullet 350 model, which is available in both Kick Start (KS) and Electric Start (ES) trims. Now, it has launched a low-cost variant of Royal Enfield Classic 350 in the form of Royal Enfield Classic 350 S.Of late, the monthly domestic sales of Royal Enfield have been continuously declining. The sales had fallen 28 per cent in August 2019, 27 per cent in July 2019 and 24 per cent in June 2019. The two-wheeler maker would expect the more affordable variants of its famous motorcycles to add to the sales.Royal Enfield Classic 350 is a muscular and powerful motorcycle, having admirers all over the country. Most of the details about the bike are already known. But what about the new Royal Enfield Classic 350 S? Below we give the crucial details you need to know about the low-cost variant.Royal Enfield Classic 350 S PriceThe all-new Royal Enfield Classic 350 S has been priced at Rs 1.45 lakh (ex-showroom, Chennai). The bike is Rs 9,000 cheaper than Royal Enfield Classic 350, which costs Rs 1.54 lakh (ex-showroom, Chennai). However, Classic 350 S is reportedly available in Tamil Nadu and Kerala only at present.Royal Enfield Classic 350 S FeaturesThe wheels and engine of Royal Enfield Classic 350 S sport a blacked-out theme. The chrome seems to have been done away with to keep the cost low. The fuel tank has a simpler logo now.Royal Enfield Classic 350 S SpecificationsPowering Royal Enfield Classic 350 S is the same single-cylinder, 4-stroke, twinspark, air-cooled, 346 cc engine that is available with Classic 350. The powertrain makes 19.8 bhp and 28 Nm of peak torque. It comes mated to a 5-speed constant mesh gearbox. Classic 350 S reportedly gets a single-channel ABS.advertisementRoyal Enfield Classic 350 S ColoursRoyal Enfield Classic 350 S is available in two colour options — Pure Black and Mercury Silver.ALSO READ | Hyundai Creta, Verna, Elite i20, Grand i10, Santro, Xcent, Elantra, Tucson: Check out all September offersALSO READ | Honda City, Amaze, Civic, CR-V: Check out all offers for September 2019, Rs 4 lakh on one particular modelALSO READ | Renault Duster, Kwid, Lodgy, Captur: All offers for September 2019 explainedGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byVarun Singh Tags :Follow Royal EnfieldFollow Royal Enfield Bullet 350Follow Royal Enfield Classic 350 S Next Royal Enfield Classic 350 S: Price, features, specifications, all other detailsNew Royal Enfield Classic 350 S is powered by the same single-cylinder, 4-stroke, twinspark, air-cooled, 346 cc engine that is available with Classic 350. The powertrain makes 19.8 bhp and 28 Nm of peak torque.advertisementlast_img read more

Finnlines Takes Two

first_imgzoom Finnish shipping company Finnlines has agreed to purchase two ro/ro vessels for its North Sea liner services.The vessels will join the Finnlines’ fleet at the end of the year. Finnlines did not disclose the name of the seller or the purchase price.The purchased vessels might be seen as substitutes for MS Finnhansa and MS Finnsailor which were recently sold, leading to a number of the company’s employees losing their jobs.Finnlines justified the sale by stating that the predominant overcapacity and the latest sulphur directive made the ships’ lines unprofitable.last_img read more

Celebrate National Forest Week in Nova Scotia

first_imgNova Scotians are being encouraged to celebrate National Forest Week in Canada (Sunday, Sept. 24, to Saturday, Sept. 30), by taking part in various activities around the province, or by visiting a forest or wetland. The theme for 2006 is Canada’s natural resources — connected to our people and our land. “The forests provide many benefits, including a place for personal recreation, exercise, reflection, and substantial economic value to thousands of Nova Scotians,” said David Morse, Minister of Natural Resources. “In addition, they provide wildlife habitat, carbon storage and a source of clean water. This year’s theme is very appropriate considering our reliance on natural resources.” As in previous years, department staff will join local groups and associations to conduct activities related to National Forest Week. Children’s entertainer Jim Dalling will perform his “Ask me if I’m a tree” show for students in grades three to six throughout Nova Scotia during National Forest Week. It is an interactive presentation that promotes responsible forest use. “Mr. Dalling’s presentation has become an important part of National Forest Week in Nova Scotia and he continues to reach out to children to get them excited about our forests,” said Mr. Morse. Other events around the province include school visits by Department of Natural Resources staff. They will help grade six students plant seedlings and discuss the importance of our forests. Radio treevia contests will be held daily with prizes of Nova Scotia atlases and T-shirts. Contests will be held at Cat Country FM 99.5, Big Dog FM100.9 in Truro; CKEC in New Glasgow; Country 101 in Halifax; Magic FM 94.9 in Kentville; CBC in Sydney; and CIGO in Port Hawkesbury. Kids in the Forest events are planned in various locations. These will bring elementary children to a forest setting, where the students can get a close-up look at living systems. Bowater Mersey is hosting a silviculture tour on Saturday, Sept. 30. For more information, call 902-354-3445. Finally, two woodlot owner of the year field days are being held in conjunction with National Forest Week. On Saturday, Sept. 23, woodlot owners and the public will have an opportunity to visit the woodlot of eastern region winner Eldon Taylor. On Sunday, Sept. 30, the same opportunity will be provided by the provincial woodlot owners of the year, Duncan and Laurie Johnson of South Maitland, Hants Co. National Forest Week is co-ordinated nationally by the Canadian Forestry Association. Events in support of the week are organized and sponsored locally. More information about National Forest Week and activities is available on the website at www.gov.ns.ca/natr .last_img read more

Senator Brazeau calls for national inquiry into murdered missing Aboriginal women

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–Senator Patrick Brazeau is adding his voice to calls for a public inquiry into murdered and missing Aboriginal women.Brazeau, an Aboriginal Conservative Senator, tweeted a photo of a pile of reports from the Cohen inquiry into the decline of salmon stocks in British Columbia with a comment saying he wished the same could be done for Aboriginal women.“Wish we could have the same for our missing and murdered Abo-women!”In an emailed statement to APTN National News, Brazeau said an inquiry is needed.“If we can have an inquiry into declining salmon stock in Canada, I’m sure we can do the same for our missing and murdered Aboriginal women,” said Brazeau. “I have called on and supported an inquiry because this would be the right thing to do. After all, our Aboriginal women are no less important or worthy than any other women in Canada.”The Conservative government has deflected calls for a national inquiry into the high number of missing and murdered Aboriginal women across the country.Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo made the push for a national inquiry one of his central planks in his re-election campaign.last_img read more

Memphis Grizzlies sign veteran forward Joakim Noah

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Memphis Grizzlies have signed 33-year-old forward Joakim Noah, a former All-Star attempting a comeback.Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace announced Tuesday that the team has signed the 6-foot-11 Noah for the remainder of the season.Noah made consecutive All-Star appearances in 2013 and 2014. He finished fourth in the Most Valuable Player balloting and was named NBA defensive player of the year in the 2013-14 season.But he hasn’t been much of a factor in recent years as injuries curtailed his production.Noah appeared in just seven games with the New York Knicks last season and averaged 1.7 points, 2 rebounds and 5.7 minutes.He has career averages of 8.9 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.35 blocks in 11 seasons with the Chicago Bulls (2007-16) and Knicks (2016-18).___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

Tom Ballard Tent and signs of avalanche found in search for British

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. The British climber had been an avid mountaineer since he was a child Tom, an avid climber since he was a child, has previously said that mountaineering is “in his DNA”.In 2015 he became the first person to ever complete a solo climb of all six major north faces of the Alps in one winter.His mother, Alison Hargreaves, was the first woman to reach the top of Everest unaided.  Tom has previously said that he is “following in the family footsteps” by attempting many of the climbs his mother had completed before her death. Ian Sykes, a friend of the Ballard family, told BBC Scotland that Tom was a talented and experienced climber, adding: “It must have been very tough for the kids growing up without their mum and I hope to God things are going to be ok in this case. It is very worrying.” Plans to use a helicopter to sweep the mountain face for Tom and Daniele were initially scuppered by the sudden escalation of tensions between Pakistan and India this week, which caused airspace to close.The Foreign Office have confirmed that staff are in contact with the Pakistani authorities in relation to the disappearance. Mr Ballard at the summit of the Matterhorn during a challenge in the Alps Mr Ballard at the summit of the Matterhorn during a challenge in the Alps The British climber had been an avid mountaineer since he was a child Tom Ballard has gone missing while scaling a mountain in Pakistan Tom Ballard has gone missing while scaling a mountain in Pakistan A tent and signs of an avalanche have been found during the search for a British climber who disappeared in the Himalayan mountains.Helicopters are scouring Pakistan’s perilous Nanga Parbat for Tom Ballard, 30, and his Italian climbing partner Daniele Nardi who have not been heard from since Sunday.The pair had been scaling the so-called “Killer Mountain”, the ninth highest in the world, but disappeared at about 6,300 metres during fog, sleet and heavy winds.A search team has began climbing from Base Camp to the place where they last made contact.Mountaineer Ali Sadpara is on board the Pakistani army helicopter which is sweeping the 8,100-metre mountain.According to an update published on Daniele’s Facebook page, Mr Sadpara has announced that “traces of an avalanche” and a “tent invaded by snow” have been spotted from the air.Nanga Parbat Winter Expedition Rescue told The Telegraph that the tent, which was found at about 5,500 metres, was a “reddish-orange colour”. She died in 1995 aged just 33 during a descent from the peak of K2 in the Himalayas and her body has never been found. read more

Intel makes touch WiDi and antivirus mandatory for Ultrabooks

first_imgAs far as most people are concerned, Ultrabooks are just those really thin subnotebooks that fill the shelves at Best Buy right now. In fact, the Ultrabook brand is one that Intel has carefully cultivated over the last two years. Since the first seven released two years ago, Intel has ushered in 140 Ultrabooks, and users have really taken to the brand. Thinner, sleeker laptops with no optical drive and decent battery is pretty much all most people ask for. With Windows 8 upon us, and Intel preparing the next line of processors that will enable even thinner and lighter devices, the company has announced a few extra features that will be required in 2013 to be called an Ultrabook.Ultrabooks being released this year will need to include touch support on their screens, Intel WiDi for streaming content, and antivirus with anti-malware software as standard. Many hardware manufacturers have already accepted these terms, releasing Ultrabook Convertibles that can separate or fold into tablets on command. These take advantage of Intel’s Windows 8 optimized processors and deliver their own vision of a touch enabled laptop-tablet hybrid. Intel already makes it easy to include WiDi in most systems, and with the mandatory requirement there will be no reason for anyone to try and offer a competing video streaming service. This raises a few questions about Samsung’s AllShare service, which has been included in their last two Ultrabook models.Easily the most troubling news is the mandatory inclusion of antivirus and anti-malware software. During their CES announcement, Intel vaguely references a partnership with McAfee that will be announced in the future, with no further explanation regarding what the software requirements would be. One of the big features with Windows 8 was Microsoft taking antivirus into their own hands with Microsoft Security Essentials. Intel is essentially stating that this initiative from Microsoft is not good enough, and third party software is mandatory in everything that is sold with the Ultrabook brand.The success of the brand will likely make it an easy decision for most OEM to offer these features. But with Ultrabooks moving into the all touch world, and OEM’s using other chipsets following suit,there is an opportunity for other hardware, such as Chromebooks, to fill a gap in the market for those who don’t want all these features Intel is insisting Ultrabooks include.Photography by Chris Sewelllast_img read more

Raw sewage is being pumped out in 43 areas across the country

first_img 68 Comments https://jrnl.ie/3098960 Share148 Tweet Email Image: Rollingnews.ie Merrion Strand, Sandymount, DublinLoughshinny Beach, north county DublinRush south beach, north county DublinYoughal front strand, east CorkDuncannon in WexfordBallyloughane Beach Galway CityRegarding the production of raw sewage, the EPA said planned delivery of treatment plants at half of these areas has now been delayed by an average of almost two years. File photo. Source: Shutterstock/brian legateDischargesNew treatment plants have been built at Ardmore, Dunmore East and Ballylongford to eliminate raw sewage discharges, however.And a total of 142 large towns and cities in Ireland have complied with the EU waste water treatment standards last year.But reported annual investment in infrastructure since 2014 has dropped by 40% from the average levels during the previous decade, the EPA said.It is calling for more investment in public waste water treatment infrastructure to protect the environment and public health from the adverse effects of waste water discharges.“The pace of resolving waste water treatment needs to improve,” said Gerard O’Leary, director of the EPA’s office of environmental enforcement.It is not acceptable that the timeframe to eliminate the discharge of raw sewage from over 20 areas has slipped by almost two years.“We need to see increased capital investment and improved efficiencies in the delivery of the outstanding infrastructure necessary to protect our rivers, lakes and coastal waters and for a more sustainable quality of life.” The weir in Ballincollig Regional Park. Source: Shutterstock/walshphotosWaste water contributed to river pollution in 45 areas, meanwhile. The EPA says 16 waste water schemes require improvements to protect the critically endangered freshwater pearl mussel.David Flynn, of the EPA’s Office of environmental enforcement called on Irish Water to improve its performance.“EPA analysis has found that better operational practices should resolve issues at one fifth of poorly-performing plants,” he said.Irish Water needs to improve the performance of these plants to get the most from the existing infrastructure.The EPA added that 13 large urban areas are playing host to a waste water collection system which is non-compliant with the EU Waste Water Directive, which aims to prevent the loss of waste water into the environment.These are: Nov 24th 2016, 7:43 AM By Darragh Peter Murphy Ringsend/Sandymount strand in Dublin Raw sewage is being pumped out in 43 areas across the country, says EPA Waste water discharges contributed to poor quality water at six popular beaches. Ringsend/Sandymount strand in Dublin Image: Rollingnews.ie Thursday 24 Nov 2016, 7:43 AM 15,177 Views RAW SEWAGE IS still being discharged from 43 areas across the country, according to a report released this morning by the Environmental Protection Agency.The EPA’s Urban Waste Water Report said that 29 towns and cities failed to meet the mandatory EU waste water treatment standards in 2015.Waste water discharges contributed to poor quality water at six popular beaches: Cavan town (estimated date of compliance 2018)Enniscorthy, Co Wexford (2025)Athlone, Co Westmeath (2020)Thurles, Co Tipperary (2022)Roscrea, Co Tipperary (2022)Roscommon town (2019)Osberstown, Co Kildare (2020)Ballincollig, Co Cork (2021)Cork City (2022)Fermoy, Co Cork (2020)Mallow, Co Cork (2018)Ringaskiddy-Crosshaven-Carrigaline (2017)In a statement, Irish Water said the figures reflected decades of under-investment in wastewater infrastructure in Ireland.Spokesman Sean Laffey said: “Irish Water has a plan to address all of the issues and concerns raised by the EPA and is already making progress.” Read: Three people die every day due to the state of the Irish environment – studyRead: The Green Party reckons Ireland has “thrown in the towel” when it comes to emissions Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Les oeufs à lorigine de lextinction des dinosaures

first_imgLes oeufs à l’origine de l’extinction des dinosaures ?Les théories visant à expliquer la brutale extinction des dinosaures se suivent et ne se ressemblent pas. Des chercheurs suisses et britanniques avancent l’hypothèse selon laquelle la taille de leurs oeufs pourraient avoir joué un rôle dans leur anéantissement. Une théorie qui expliquerait pourquoi ils ont disparu tandis que les mammifères, eux, ont survécu.S’ils ne remettent pas en cause les théories selon lesquelles un cataclysme aurait engendré la disparition des dinosaures, des chercheurs suisses et britanniques ont publié une étude mettant en lumière le rôle que les oeufs des vertébrés diapsides pourraient avoir joué dans leur disparition.Dans leurs travaux publiés par la revue Biology Letters de la Royal Society britannique, des scientifiques de l’Université de Zürich et de la Société Zoologique de Londres expliquent que la stratégie de reproduction des dinosaures a pu les désavantager par rapport aux mammifères vivipares. “La question qui hante de nombreuses personnes, moi y compris, c’est pourquoi les mammifères ont survécu et pas les dinosaures. Je pense que nous avons une très bonne réponse à cette question” déclare le chercheur allemand Marcus Clauss cité par l’AFP.Plus les oeufs des dinosaures étaient grands, plus leur coquille devait être épaisse, et ce tout en laissant l’oxygène entrer. Les grands dinosaures avaient alors proportionnellement des bébés très petits, explique-t-il. “Ils démarraient tous entre deux et dix kilos. Mais pour arriver à peser au final 30 ou 50 tonnes. Ils avaient de nombreux stades de croissance à franchir”, souligne le chercheur. Les petits des dinosaures se nourrissaient avant d’atteindre leur taille adulte, de la même nourriture que des espèces plus petites, tandis que les mammifères eux, avaient une taille relativement grande à la naissance, et entamaient leur croissance avec le lait de leurs mères.Une grande taille qui s’est avérée fatale À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les espèces de dinosaures de petite et de moyenne taille étaient alors bien moins représentées que les mammifères, leur niche étant occupée par de jeunes dinosaures de grande taille, poursuit Marcus Clauss. Et “cela n’a pas posé de problème pendant 150 millions d’années. Mais dès lors que quelque chose s’est produit et a balayé les espèces de grande taille, comme il n’y avait pas d’espèces de petite taille, c’est tout le groupe qui a disparu” estime-t-il.Les seuls dinosaures de petite taille ayant survécu seraient alors ceux qui sont parvenus à s’envoler et ainsi conquérir de nouvelles niches. Des dinosaures dont les oiseaux sont les descendants.  Le 18 avril 2012 à 19:05 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

McDonalds Plans to Serve AI Voice Technology at Drive Thru

first_img McDonald’s is slowly but surely eliminating humans workers from its fast-food equation.Following the rollout of self-order kiosks and “personalized” menus, the burger empire plans to automate drive-thrus with its acquisition of Apprente.The Silicon Valley startup, purchased for an undisclosed sum, was founded in 2017 to create voice-based platforms for multilingual, multi-accent, and multi-item conversational ordering.Now, McDonald’s wants to use the system for faster, simpler, and more accurate order taking.“Building our technology infrastructure and digital capabilities are fundamental … and enable us to meet rising expectations from our customers, while making it simpler and even more enjoyable for crew members to serve guests,” McD’s CEO Steve Easterbrook said in a statement.It’s not entirely clear exactly how the Apprente tech will work; McDonald’s has already tested the automation solutions at select restaurants, but provided no further details.“Apprente was born out of an opportunity to use technology to solve challenging real-world problems,” according to co-founder Itamar Arel. “And we’re thrilled to now apply this to creating personalized experiences for customers and crew.”Arel & Co. will be founding members of a new in-house team called McD Tech Labs, expected to grow with the addition of engineers, data scientists, and other experts in the future.While the initial focus will be to enhance McDonald’s drive thrus, the company aims to incorporate this technology into mobile ordering and kiosks.“As we all know, technology can change by the day. And with that, so do our customers’ expectations,” a Golden Arches press release said. “We are committed to delivering the best possible experience for restaurant crew and our customers. And this is only the beginning.”Earlier this year, McDonald’s purchased AI platform Dynamic Yield, teasing upcoming “personalized” menu options related to time of day, weather, current restaurant traffic, and trending items.The electronic bill of fares even understands current service times, suggesting only those things that are easy to make during peak hours, in an effort to keep the drive thru running smoothly.More on Geek.com:World’s Smallest McDonald’s Is Now Open (And It’s For Bees)Every McDonald’s Will Use Sustainable Packaging by 2025McDonald’s Frork May Be the Greatest Fast Food Invention of All Time Stay on target CIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISSRobot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save Lives last_img read more

Ward joins Leicester

first_imgDanny Ward has joined Leicester City from Liverpool.Leicester City have announced that Ward will join the club on a four-year deal after completing his move from Liverpool.The goalkeeper who has struggled to make any impact at Anfield since joining club spent last season on loan with Dutch club Feyenoord.Ward failed to make any Premier League appearance for the Merseyside team and with the addition of Brazilian shot-stopper Alisson Becker, he was set to become the club’s fourth choice in the goalkeeping department.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Leicester finalized the deal to bring Danny Ward from Liverpool to the King Power Stadium on Thursday. With reports suggesting the foxes forked out around £12million for the Welsh goalkeeper.“I’m excited to be at this club and I’m really looking forward to the future.” Ward told LCTV, according to Sports Mole.“I believe I can become a better footballer here and help the club achieve more success.”Reports suggest Ward might be coming in to replace the current no. 1 Kasper Schmeichel. The Danish goalkeeper has been linked with a move out of Leicester with Chelsea rumored to be interested in his services.last_img read more

JoJo Has Nothing To Hide

first_img Email JoJo Has Nothing To Hide Facebook The pop performer tells the Recording Academy about rerecording her 2004 self-titled debut album, what she wishes she’d known about the music industry at 12 years old, and what she’d like to do next Lior PhillipsGRAMMYs Mar 12, 2019 – 11:39 am “There are things that just cannot be taken away from me,” says JoJo. “And that’s my history, my voice, my spirit.” Over the years, that’s exactly what the pop star has reinforced, though her approach—always using her voice, her spirit—took a lot of strength and resilience. In an age in which seemingly everything is available at the tap of a finger, JoJo’s first two albums remained absent from the world, as if lost in a patch of quicksand in the music streaming universe. And while dedicated fans of the 28-year-old pop star’s 2004 debut, JoJo, and 2006 followup The High Road, certainly felt their absence, the voice behind them, unable to share her music with the world, felt that loss more deeply. JoJo signed with record label BlackGround at the age of 12, after having already turned down contracts elsewhere at a younger age. The label was co-owned by Barry Hankerson, ex-husband of Gladys Knight and uncle of Aaliyah, whom he also managed at a point. Hankerson also managed R Kelly and Toni Braxton. The label’s output included records from Aaliyah and Braxton, super-producer Timbaland, and R&B singer Tank, among others. But all of those beloved records have been held away from any and every online streaming or purchase outlet. The reasons behind that decision remain unclear, despite many reports attempting to dig into the issue. Many of the artists behind those hostaged records have settled out of court, with confidentiality agreements involved. After years with her records suppressed, JoJo and her team came to a settlement with BlackGround in 2014. A deal with Atlantic followed shortly thereafter, but the master licensing for the original recordings for her first two albums remained under BlackGround control. Instead of allowing her songs to remain locked away, JoJo decided to record new vocal takes to slightly altered production. Diehard fans finally able to hear those songs rejoiced, but no one’s spirit was as unfettered as JoJo’s.  On the eve of Women’s History Month, JoJo spoke with the Recording Academy about her fight to control her own voice, the process of re-recording songs she first released as a young teenager, and the music that comes next.Did you always have a sense that you would be an artist or a musician of some kind?Always. I was such a creative child! I’m so thankful that my mom nurtured that in me and allowed me to be free and to express myself through various different kinds of art—visual, music, dance, and acting. She didn’t stifle that in any way. I always knew that I wanted to live a creative life, to not go a traditional route. And I always loved music more than anything. It made me feel so whole, so understood. And when I sang, I felt like I had found something that made me special, and I felt that from a really young age.What made you start writing? What was the cause of that urgency? Even at six years old, I would just be inspired to try and put my own lyrics into melodies that already existed. I started writing at school. I was really lucky to have teachers who fostered my creativity and encouraged me to do extra assignments for creative writing and poetry. That writing turned into songs because I’d like to model what I was doing after songs that I really liked, whether they were Mariah Carey’s, Whitney Houston’s, or Aretha Franklin’s. I was a strangely precocious little girl; I would look at the advertisements in the back of the newspaper for auditions. Somehow I knew that’s how you got famous—you had to audition for things. So I was looking for auditions and saying, “Mom, can you take me to New York for this audition? They’re looking for kids who can sing and dance and I really want to do that!” I’m just lucky that I had a mom who listened and was willing to take me to those things.It’s especially influential to have that maternal support in making that dream feel very realistic as well.There’s honestly no other way I could’ve been so successful so young. I had been offered record deals from the age of nine years old. It was just that precociousness, that old soul. Nothing about the industry, the music itself, or the expectations scared me, nothing. I was very excited by it all.How rapidly do you feel your perceptions of the industry changed as you got older?The more experiences that you have with human beings, the more that you learn, whatever industry you’re in. Life is all about relationships. So the more you engage in various kinds of relationships, the more perspective you can take into the next situation. As I got older, I got a little bit more conscious of people. My consciousness evolved and I was less naive.At this point in your career, do you have a typical way that you like to work? Do you have your own studio, or a place in your home where you like to write, or are you needing to constantly adjust?I do my best to create an environment wherever I am where I can be free, comfortable, and confident. I really like to live a life that’s open and to be inspired by conversations and experiences. Something interesting might happen at any moment, and I’ll jot it down. I have tons of notebooks, tons of notes in my phone, tons of voice notes with melody ideas. But over the years, I’ve really learned to love collaboration. I love getting with a co-writer or a producer, coming to the table with certain ideas or influences and seeing what they have as well. That’s really special and valuable to me, especially if we’re talking about an experience that we can both relate to. It’s cool to see different sides of the same coin and to be able to explore it a little bit. I love the humanness that connects us all. I just try to stay open and keep myself in the flow as much as I can, not being closed off, or afraid, or ashamed, or self-conscious. “I feel like I’ve got my power back and I’m stepping into the fullness of myself.”You’ve been through hell with your former label, which makes what you said about the importance of relationships so meaningful. I can only imagine that was such a life-changing experience.It was definitely frustrating to feel like my history was just being swept under the rug. I’ve been building this career since before I was 12 years old. I feel like I’ve got my power back and I’m stepping into the fullness of myself. I spent a lot of years feeling like there was nothing I could do, feeling unempowered. It was fulfilling to find a solution—taking action, going back into the studio, re-singing the songs, collaborating with producers to have them remix these tracks, and re-releasing my first two albums. It’s amazing to have my fans understand what that meant and what the time commitment was, and amazing to have them be received the way they were. It made me feel like it wasn’t in vain. It was crazy that it got to this point, but I like solutions, and instead of being overwhelmed by what I can’t do, I wanted to focus more on what I can do and move forward, because I’m tired of looking backwards.I wanted to take control of my narrative in a tangible way, and this enabled me to do that. I wanted to put this out before I put out any new music so I could really get in touch with that carefree spirit that I had when I first started recording my first album, before things got really difficult for me in my professional life and personal life. I found my voice again through this process. I’ve been having conversations with other friends who are also in their 20s, and it seems like there’s a similar theme going on: we’re all wanting to get in touch with that inner child and to remember how we felt before life got in the way of who we truly are: that fearlessness and that true inner essence. Recreating any sort of magical artistic moment is so tricky. Did you just jump right into it?I just put my head down and did it, and with each song I went back and I had vivid memories of being in the studio the first time. I didn’t try to recreate it exactly because I don’t sing today like the little girl that I was back then. The voice changed and has more body now than it did back then. I wanted to take where I am now and relate to the songs in a natural way. I really just tried not to psych myself out about it. I tried to be as true as possible. Sometimes it felt like I was covering another person’s songs. It was kind of trippy to remind myself that we’re one and the same, and to bridge that gap. This is really for my fans, because I saw that people were asking where they could hear my first two albums, and I didn’t want it to come across like I was holding them back, or any weirdness like that. I just wanted to feel in control again.And as a woman in the music industry—or sadly any industry—you must have felt countless pains. But it’s inspiring and energizing that you were able to reclaim that music. How much of your strength was attached to that identity of being a woman in the music industry?So much! I really needed to go through this in order to get some strength back and to feel like I’m firmly standing on solid ground. There are things that just cannot be taken away from me … and that’s my history, my voice, my spirit. In any industry where there’s money involved, and ego, I think that it can get very convoluted and challenging. I wanted to remember why I love this, and it’s because of how music makes me feel, how I can connect with as many people as possible. It would have been really hard for me to move forward because my spirit was broken through the process of feeling like I was losing my identity.”I wanted to remember why I love this, and it’s because of how music makes me feel, how I can connect with as many people as possible.”Where did you mine the courage from to achieve that? Well, I certainly don’t think about it as being courageous. I just refused to give up. I wanted to choose to see obstacles as opportunities—and that’s what my team and I have done for the past 10 years. Now that I’m free, making a new album, and working on a joint venture with Warner Bros., I’m more empowered and excited than ever. It’s constantly checking your mindset, and saying, “Do I want to be depressed about this, or do I want to find a better way to perceive my circumstances?” We have to check ourselves and ask those questions every day, because we’re more in control than we think we are. That’s what I needed to come to terms with. There were certainly moments where I was in a dark headspace, but that’s why you can’t do it alone. My fans’ support, the way that we are engaged with each other, is invaluable to me. And I wouldn’t have continued on in the way that I have if it weren’t for them.Were there certain things about the process that you were surprised to learn, things that you wish someone would have told you when you were younger?When I signed my first record deal, I was 12 years old, and my mom read a book called All You Need to Know About the Music Business. I think she learned a lot of valuable stuff in there, but there were also things that were not included in that book. I know that we trusted the people that I was signing business contracts with, and we trusted that they had my best interests at heart and that we were truly like a family. It’s important to separate business from family and friends and knowing that you can’t trust what somebody says—you need to get it in writing. We didn’t understand that I didn’t own my voice. I had to get permission to do anything with my voice that could possibly make money for the record labels that I was signed to. They chose many times not to let me do certain things because they wanted more money. I wish we had known to go over contracts with a fine-tooth comb. But to be honest, I don’t live my life that way, where I’m looking backwards and thinking what if, thinking in retrospect, because it’s just not constructive. So I think about how I can move forward and have more ownership and more empowerment, and encourage young people to think about how much they want to give away of themselves and to be protected.You’re working on new music, pushing forward, focusing on who you are, who you can be. What does that music look like? It’s really eye-opening to dive deeply into myself and connect with myself in a way that I really never have. I’m stepping out of my comfort zone, sonically, even in the way that I’m singing. I just want to continue to grow. I feel like if I’m not growing I’m dying. That’s what’s exciting me right now. I have nothing to hide. I want to tell all my stories so that I don’t feel ashamed of anything. I’ve had a lot of experiences as a woman—some good, some not so good. I want to control that narrative because I think a lot of times as women we feel ashamed for things that we’ve done, and instead of feeling that, I want to connect with others because I think there’s strength in being vulnerable. And I want to find that.Is there something creative that you haven’t done yet that you’d still like to do? I’m really interested in directing. I would really like to start shadowing directors and getting more involved in that. I’m really inspired by how a lot of artists are being hands-on in that way and have been for a while. I just bought a place in L.A., and I’m really interested in the curation of making that a home and how developing a personal style and an aesthetic is something that can carry you through different areas of your life. Interview: Maren Morris Cooks Up New Flavors On GirlRead more Twitter News Interview: JoJo Has Nothing To Hide jojo-has-nothing-hidelast_img read more

POLICE LOG for December 2 Summons Issued To Driver Man Looking For

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Sunday, December 2, 2018:Police were out with a man walking around the UPS facility on Fordham Road. Man claimed he was looking for Dunkin Donuts. He was advised it was closed. (12:58am)Fire Department responded to a call about an odor of propane on Towpath Drive. (4:15pm)2 vehicle crash at Woburn Street and Salem Street. Airbags deployed. No injuries noted. Both vehicles towed. (6:22pm)Katie E. Wozniak (28, Methuen) was issued a summon for Operating A Motor Vehicle With Suspended Or Revoked License; No Or Expired Inspection Sticker; and Registration Not In Possession. (10:28pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for July 24: Tractor Trailer Involved In Hit & Run; Billerica Man Issued Summons; Driver Hurt In CrashIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 5: Driver Throws Beer Bottles; Syringe Found; Woburn Man Issued Summons; Texting While DrivingIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 9: Police Issue 2 Summonses To Drivers; Windows Kicked In At BusinessIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Dishonest businessmen created rice crisis Food minister

first_imgNoting there is adequate stock of rice in the country, Food Minister Qamrul Islam on Thursday told Parliament that the rice prices increased due to artificial crisis, reports news agency UNB. “Artificial crisis created the today’s situation. We’ve no crisis. We’ve enough stock. There’ll be no problem as the import duty on rice reduced,” he said while responding to cut motions brought by some MPs over the budgetary allocation demand for Food Ministry in 2017-18 fiscal year. Explaining the reason behind delay in reducing import duty on rice the minister said the government wanted the farmers would get fair prices. Had the duty been reduced earlier, the farmers would not get fair prices, he added. Qamrul said the Food Ministry is collecting quality rice and wheat. There’ll be no question about the standard of the rice and wheat. Noting that the government had earlier a target of some 19.1 million metric tonnes of Boro production this year, he said recent haor disaster damaged at least 600000 metric tonnes of Boro paddy. Besides, blast disease and excessive rain damaged Boro paddy in some other places. “Taking advantage of the situation, a section of unscrupulous businessmen raised rice prices,” he added.last_img read more

Holding tax varies from city to city

first_img–Residents of different city corporations face disparity in holding tax rates which sharply differ from one city to another, according to officials and residents.Six types of holding tax are collected from 11 city corporations.The rate of holding tax in two city corporations of Dhaka is only 12 per cent while it is 17 per cent in Chittagong and 27 per cent in Rajshahi.As per tax rule, the annual holding tax is fixed on the basis of house rent. As there is no effective house rent control act, most of the city corporations fix holding tax on their estimate of probable house rent.According to different city corporations, the holding tax for a residential house of 1,000 square feet in Dhaka is between Tk 6,000-7680, the amount for same size of a house is Tk 20,900 in Narayanganj, Tk 10,400 in Khulna and 11,040 in Rangpur.The main source of income of the city corporations is holding tax. As per eleven City Corporation Municipal Taxation Rules, 1986 and Ideal Tax Schedule, 2016, the corporations collect holding tax.According to the schedule, the city corporations can collect holding tax up to 30 per cent.Seven per cent holding tax can be taken for the building, 7 per cent for waste removal, 5 per cent for street lights, 3 per cent for water supply and 8 per cent for health. As WASA (Water And Sewerage Authority) supplies water, most of the city corporations do not collect tax for water.According to the tax rule, the rent of two months of a house is deducted from total annual rent of that house for its renovation. And the tax is estimated on the basis of the remaining 10 months’ rent. If a person lives in his own house, another 40 per cent is deducted.The disparity of holding is because the city corporations are at liberty to fix holding tax.Local government expert Tofail Ahmed said the rate of holding tax is not mentioned in the City Corporation Taxation Rules, 1986. But after 30 years, as per Ideal Tax Schedule, it is mentioned that up to 30 per cent holding tax can be collected. As a result, there has been a gap of up to 15 per cent in payment of holding tax from one city corporation to another.According to latest assessment of Rajshahi City Corporation, Tk 1,200 is fixed as rent for a house of 1,000 square feet. But the rent is Tk 3,000 for a commercial establishment for 1,000 square feet.Speaking to Prothom Alo, resident of Ahmadnagar of Rajshahi town Rezaul Karim said the rate of holding tax is double in Rajshahi in comparison to Dhaka. How is it logical to fix holding tax so high in Rajshahi where it is hard to find tenants, he asked.Chief tax official of Rajshahi City Corporation Md Manjurul Alam said the income of RCC is low in comparison to others. About 15-20 years ago, the holding tax was 25 per cent. After making Ideal Tax Schedule, the city corporation fixed it at 27 per cent.Chief revenue officer of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Rabindrasri Barua told Prothom Alo that the holding tax of two Dhaka City Corporations is fixed 12 per cent long ago. Although more tax can be collected as per law, the tax is not raised considering the residents.Additional secretary of local government ministry Mahbub Hossain said the value of assets of same area may differ from one City Corporation to another. As a result, the city corporations are given freedom so that they can fix holding tax pragmatically.In Chittagong City Corporation (CCC), some 17 per cent holding tax is collected on the basis of annual assessment. Earlier, the city corporation fixed the holding tax on the basis of per square feet of establishment. After reassessment in the last year, the city corporation started collecting holding tax on the basis of house rent.However, the rent the Chittagong City Corporation has fixed has not been in the light of contract between owners and tenants. The CCC provided forms to the house owners, seeking information of area of house and rent. Later, the CCC authority fixes holding tax on basis of its assumption and information provided by the house owners.Chittagong city residents have been observing programmes protesting the higher holding tax. CCC Tax Payers’ Protection Council general secretary Muhammad Amiruddin said fixing holding tax on the basis of house rent is illogical and unethical. As there is no law, he said, the officials have fixed holding tax on their whims.Local government expert Tofail Ahmed said the holding tax rate for all city corporations should be fixed, rather than simply fixing a highest ceiling.Until a house rent control law is formulated, a committee under the ministry has to be constituted to fix holding tax on the basis of area based in the city corporations.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam.last_img read more

Two men shot on Cancun job site boss tries to alter scene

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — Two mason workers were shot and killed while on the job site in Cancun Monday.Municipal police and paramedics arrived to the new Cielo Nuevo subdivision in Region 249 of Cancun Monday morning to investigate the shooting of two men.The shooting occurred at 10:00 a.m. when other on site workers say three men entered the construction area and targeted two of their coworkers. Other workers were instructed to move the bodies from the construction building where they lay deceased to a green area.The head of security hired by the real estate firm CADU, ordered workers to haul the bodies to a green area. Workers managed to move only one of the bodies before calling emergency services, which reportedly occurred 30 minutes after the shooting.Workers said that instead of immediately calling the police, the head of security tried to hide the shooting by altering the crime scene.The General Prosecutor’s Office of the State say they will continue to investigate the events that took place on Monday morning, where both the real estate company and the security company could be held responsible for altering a crime scene.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more