Maliwal urges Modi Shah to sack Unnao rape accused MLA

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) Chairperson Swati Maliwal on Tuesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP President J.P. Nadda to sack the Unnao rape accused BJP MLA from the BJP and the Uttar Pradesh Assembly. The MLA, Kuldeep Singh Sengar, along with his aides is accused of gangraping the girl who is now battling for life in a Lucknow hospital after a truck hit a car in which she was travelling along with two aunts and her lawyer. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder Both the women were killed in the accident while the lawyer is also in critical condition. “The minor girl had been gang-raped by Senger along with his aides. The Uttar Pradesh Police refused to register an FIR for over one year. Instead her father was arrested and assaulted by the brother and supporters of Sengar in police custody,” she said. In her letter, the DCW Chairperson said how the rape victim attempted to immolate herself in front of the residence of the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and a day later, her father died in a hospital of injuries inflicted in police custody. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings Maliwal said the road accident “was a clear conspiracy to eliminate the witnesses and her family”. “The lawyer who stood by her and tried to support her is presently even in a worse condition than the girl,” Maliwal said. She expressed shock at the “brute display of apathy by the Bharatiya Janata Party by not only ensuring that the MLA stays a prominent member of BJP but constantly safeguarding his membership of the UP Assembly, thereby allowing him to subvert the justice process at every juncture. “Despite mounting evidence against the MLA, he continued to be in power and therefore enjoys unadulterated clout over the police, jail, hospital authorities and the entire Uttar Pradesh administration. It is this patronage of the BJP that has enabled him to unabashedly ravage the lives of the rape victim and her family.”last_img read more

NRC Unhappy with exclusion figure AASU to move SC

first_imgGuwahati: The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) said it is not happy with the exclusion figure in the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) which was released on Saturday, and will appeal against it in the Supreme Court. The AASU is a signatory to the Assam Accord, a 1985 document that provided for “detection, deletion and deportation” of illegal foreigners from Assam. The NRC in the state has been updated under the monitoring of the Supreme Court to include only genuine Indian nationals. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “We are not happy at all. It seems there were some deficiencies in the updatation process. We believe that it is an incomplete NRC. We will appeal to the Supreme Court to remove all the faults and descrepancies in this NRC,” AASU General Secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi said. The final NRC was released on Saturday leaving out over 19 lakh applicants. Addressing a press conference, Gogoi said the final figure of exclusion did not reach near the figures officially announced by the authorities on various occasions.last_img read more

Casablanca Police Arrest Woman For Alleged Kidnapping of Minor

Rabat – Police in Casablanca arrested a 33-year old woman for alleged involvement in the kidnapping of a six year old girl.The young girl’s family resorted to security services after their daughter disappeared under mysterious circumstances last Monday while playing with her bicycle in front of her house in the old medina of Casablanca.Police found the girl on Saturday. Read Also: Moroccan Police Return ‘Kidnapped’ 3-Year-Old to FamilyPolice identified the suspect with camera recordings in which the suspect appears with the kidnapped girl in several areas of the city of Casablanca.Police put the suspects in custody as they continue their ongoing investigation to identify the circumstances of the incident.In February, Morocco’s General Directorate for Territorial Surveillance (DGST) found a three-year old girl in Fkih Ben Saleh in the Khenifra region after she had allegedly been kidnapped.In recent years, several very young girls have been reported missing or kidnapped in Morocco.Some were abducted but eventually found and returned safely to their families while others have either remained missing or were found dead.In September, another 5-year-old girl named Khadija, was found after she went missing from a souk in Casablanca.Moroccans shared pictures of her on social media to help find her. read more

Major fire in Puttalam

A store selling electric items, a textile shop, a studio and hardware shop caught fire but there were no reports of casualties. The police estimated that the damage as a result of the fire was approximately Rs. 20 million. The Army, Air Force and Navy assisted the fire brigade to douse the flames.  (Colombo Gazette) A major fire broke out in Puttalam this afternoon completely destroying two shops and damaging another two.The cause of the fire is still not known but it was believed some dirt set on fire behind one of the stores may have spread as a result of strong winds. read more

Four central African nations UN agencies launch major polio vaccination effort

The campaign, which aims to vaccinate 16 million children in just five days, is a result of an unprecedented alliance that involves close coordination among Angola, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Gabon. It is part of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, which is spearheaded by two UN agencies — the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) — and Rotary International and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The “synchronized” polio National Immunization Days in the region were launched today in Kinshasa by DRC President Joseph Kabila, who was joined at a special ceremony by senior representatives of Angola, Congo and Gabon, as well as WHO Director-General Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland. “Your efforts are leading us to a historical milestone in international public health – the global eradication of the poliovirus,” stressed Dr Brundtland. “Your success in the coming days in reaching every child with oral polio vaccine will be key in stopping transmission of this virus on the African continent, and around the world.”Tens of thousands of health workers and volunteers will be travelling door-to-door, boat-to-boat, market-to-market and camp-to-camp, vaccinating every child under five. Over 86,000 health workers will be delivering vaccines in the DRC alone. The UN peacekeeping mission in the country, known by its French acronym MONUC, is providing logistical support to fly polio vaccines around the country, while medical teams are providing technical support locally.Careful coordination of the immunization activities between countries will allow identifying and immunizing children in especially remote regions, densely-populated and conflict-affected areas and refugee camps, UN officials said. Local health authorities are making special efforts at key border points to try to reach an additional 127,000 children, 90,000 of whom are in otherwise inaccessible areas of Angola. The central African region is considered one of the last bastions of the wild poliovirus. Polio, a highly infectious disease, mainly affects children under three years of age, invading their nervous system. One in 200 infections leads to irreversible paralysis, while between 5 and 10 per cent of those infected with polio die when their breathing muscles are paralyzed. read more

UN mission congratulates Bosnia and Herzegovina for peaceful elections

Saturday’s polling passed in a peaceful atmosphere with no serious incidents being reported, the Mission said, noting that the calm environment also illustrated “the excellent security measures taken by local police.” UNMIBH also commended all Ministries of Interior and all police officers on their outstanding performance during the elections, “which enabled the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina to cast their ballots in a free and secure environment.”

Walking the dog or pottering in the garden could extend life expectancy

first_imgEach additional 30 minutes a day of light intensity activity – such as gentle gardening or taking the dog for a walk – was associated with a 17 per cent reduction in the risk of death.Those managing half an hour of moderate to vigorous activity every day saw the risk of death fall by 33 per cent, the research found.But it made little difference whether the total was reached from short bursts of acvity, rather than from at least 10 minutes sustained at a time, as has been recommended in UK advice. Pottering around the garden or walking the dog is enough to help older men live longer, a new study suggests. The research found that half an hour a day of any level of physical activity is linked to a 17 per cent reduction in the risk of death in older men.UK health advice suggests 150 minutes moderate to vigorous physical activity, with bouts of at least 10 minutes recommended.But the new research suggests the total amount of time spent on activity is more important – with gentle movement enough to make a major difference.The researchers from University College London tracked more than 1,000 men, with an average age of 78, who wore an  accelerometer- a portable gadget that continuously tracks the volume and intensity of physical activity – during waking hours for seven days.During the monitoring period, which averaged around five years, 194 of the men died.The findings showed total amount of time spent active was associated with a lower risk of death from any cause. Chelsea Garden show  Pottering around the garden could lead to a longer life, research suggests Credit:Paul Grover Researchers said the findings could be used to refine activity recommendations for older adults and made them more achievable.Two thirds of men managed to carry out 150 minutes of activity in total, but only 16 per cent managed to do it in bursts of 10 or more minutes, the study found.But the researchers say the results could be used to refine current physical activity guidelines and make them more achievable for older adults.Study author Dr Barbara Jefferis, of University College London, said: “The results suggest that all activities, however modest, are beneficial. “The finding that low intensity physical activity is associated with lower risk of mortality is especially important among older men, as most of their daily physical activity is of light intensity.”She added: “Furthermore, the pattern of accumulation of physical activity did not appear to alter the associations with mortality, suggesting that it would be beneficial to encourage older men to be active irrespective of bouts.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

VISTA Training launches new line of webdeliverable operator training programs for mining

first_imgThe new Silver Series of web-based equipment operator training programs from VISTA Training gives mines convenient access to task-focused training on many types of heavy equipment, on demand. These affordable programs are designed to help trainees to become proficient and safe equipment operators, and make it easy for mines to schedule training when and where it’s most convenient for them. They’re also ideal for smaller mine properties that may only need to train a handful of new operators per year.The first four programs to be offered as part of the Silver Series are basic operation and safety for hydraulic excavators, wheel loaders, haul trucks and motor graders. In addition, VISTA is in the process of developing programs focused on tracked dozers, skid steer loaders, heavy equipment pre-operation inspection and a heavy equipment introduction & safety course. In addition, VISTA plans to launch an instructor version of each Silver Series program, which will feature open navigation (so an instructor can easily access the screens in any order) and printable hand-outs.These programs, which average one hour in length, focus on how to productively and safely perform common tasks in the mine. At the end of each program, an integrated test provides you with an accurate measure of how much knowledge trainees have retained. They also enable trainees to print a certificate of completion, customized with their name and test score.“Our mining customers told us they were looking for equipment operator training programs that are focused on common tasks, and which they can deploy quickly and affordably to meet their training needs,” explains Bruce Rabe, CEO of VISTA Training. “We were able to draw upon our deep experience in the mining industry to produce this new family of training programs to meet that need,” he added.last_img read more

Dropdialer SMS malware found hiding in Google Play games

first_imgSymantec has found another batch of malware hiding in plain sights on Google Play. This time around, it’s Android.Dropdialer, a trojan that targets users in Eastern Europe and silently sends SMS messages to premium rate numbers from their smartphones. Amazingly, the malicious apps Symantec spotted stuck around long enough to break the 50,000 download plateau.What’s more alarming is that there were more Trojanized apps than just the two Symantec found. Finnish security firm F-Secure found four additional apps — all submitted from the same developer account — after just a few seconds of searching. So how did these apps escape the watchful eye of Google’s Bouncer? Pretty easily, as it turns out.The apps served up from Google Play weren’t technically malicious, though they’re clearly suspicious and baiting users by impersonating some well-known apps. After the apps are installed the real mischief begins. An additional component would be downloaded from a Dropbox account, and it’s the extra .APK that bolted on fraudulent SMS functionality. Another reason that Dropdialer escaped detection for so long is that its developer limited installations to countries that could successfully send the premium-rate messages.Malicious remote payloads have been used to target Android users before. Android.Lightdd was discovered last May, but it was eradicated before a serious outbreak could occur. Another piece of malware, Jsmshider, even found a way to sidestep installation prompts. Its creator signed the package with a certificate borrowed from the Android Open Source Project, allowing Trojanized components to sneak onto affected devices without any interaction whatsoever.What can Google do to prevent this from happening again? A good start might be to prevent any app that’s installed via Google Play from grabbing additional components from anywhere else.More at Symantec and F-Securelast_img read more

The DualShear M160 Monster shredder eats aluminum by the ton

first_imgChances are that most people reading this article will never (unfortunately enough) be in a position in life where they need a 66,000-pound, 24-foot-tall, 600-horsepower machine that can tear through bales of aluminum. Even so, there’s a good chance you’d like to see such a device in action.Introducing SSI’s Dual-Shear M160 “Monster”, a powerful shredding machine that isn’t shy about its unadulterated power. It can turn 2,000 pounds of extruded aluminum and siding into a heap of, well, smaller scraps of aluminum, in no time flat. In other words, no matter how awesome you think your personal shredder is, it’s got nothing on the purely awesome tools of destruction that SSI has.SSI has turned the relatively boring market of industrial-grade shredding machines into a fascination of ours. Previous displays of shredding awesomeness have included merciless barrel crushing and reducing baseball bats to dust.If you thought it was fun to see glow sticks and iPhones put through their paces via Blendtec’s popular “Will It Blend?” videos, that is child’s play compared to the kinds of pure destruction that SSI can cook up. The difference, of course, is that a Blendtec blender sells for a couple hundred bucks while SSI shredders like The Monster will set you back several hundreds of thousands of dollars.The moral of the story — even if you don’t work in a job environment where you have to decimate thousands of pounds of raw material, it’s still fun to watch.last_img read more

Varoufakis says Greece committed to eurozone

first_imgGreek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said that Greece is determined to remain in the eurozone, as concerns swirl over a possible debt default and departure from the bloc.Asked in a Washington forum what Greece is doing in talks with official creditors to avoid “Grexit” – exit from the eurozone – Varoufakis said his government refuses to consider that option.“Toying with Grexit … is profoundly anti-European,” he said at the Brookings Institution.With the clock ticking in EU negotiations for another €7.2 billion US$7.8 billion) to keep the Athens government afloat, “Our only rational pro-European response is to spend every waking hour… trying to reach an honorable agreement,” he said.But Varoufakis stressed as well that the country’s bailout lenders – the European Commission, European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund – need to give some ground on their demands for reforms, and recognize that the previous bailout approach of deep austerity had failed.“We’ve tried that medicine but it hasn’t worked,” he said. “We will compromise, we will compromise and we will compromise in order to come to a speedy agreement, but we are not going to be compromised.”The EU has set an Apr 24 deadline to come to agreement in principle with Athens over terms for a new loan that would allow the country to make key debt payments to the IMF and ECB over the next two months.Varoufakis was not specific about the issues that are holding up a deal, but said the two sides share “a great deal” of common ground.But he admitted that government funds are drying up in the current impasse, sparking market fears of an impending default. “The longer these negotiations go on, the greater the asphyxiation of our economy.”“The negotiation must succeed,” he added. “It will be such a shame that this agreement is not concluded in the next few days, weeks.”Earlier International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde warned that she wouldn’t let Greece skip a debt payment to the lender, shutting down a potential avenue to buy the Greek government some financial leeway.”We never had an advanced economy actually asking for that kind of thing, delayed payment,” Lagarde said in an interview in Washington with Bloomberg Television. “And I very much hope that this is not the case with Greece. I would certainly, for myself, not support it.”Greek officials told their creditors earlier this month that they might run out of money and miss a repayment to the IMF, according to three people familiar with the negotiations. The payment went through, and Greece’s warning was seen as just an element of the ongoing discussion, one of the participating officials said.Greece must pay the IMF roughly $US1 billion next month. Missing a payment would put Greece in a club that includes Zimbabwe, Somalia and Sudan, countries that hold the dubious distinction of having fallen into arrears with the fund. Lagarde said the IMF hasn’t allowed a country to delay a debt payment in 30 years.At the same time, a skipped payment to an official creditor wouldn’t constitute a trigger to lower Greece’s rating to selective default under Standard & Poor’s criteria, the rating agency said Wednesday as it cut Greece’s rating to CCC+.Greek bonds plunged Thursday, pushing the yield on notes due in 2017 to the most since the height of the euro-area debt crisis in 2012, amid speculation the country won’t secure the release of aid needed to meet its obligations. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Antonio Valencia out for Man Utds season opener confirms Mourinho

first_imgManchester United captain Antonio Valencia will be unavailable for the club for the start of their Premier League campaign, confirmed Jose MourinhoThe Portuguese coach confirmed the setback earlier today and announced that Valencia sustained the injury in their goalless draw with San Jose Earthquakes this week.As a consequence, the right-back will miss United’s opening Premier League game against Leicester City next month.New signing Diogo Dalot, from FC Porto, is also injured at the moment and the 19-year-old is not expected to return until September.Meanwhile,  the versatile Ashley Young could be an option for Mourinho but he is yet to return to training after playing a part in England’s run to the World Cup semi-finals this summer and may not be ready for competitive action by the time the Premier League season starts on August 10.“Valencia is injured, you are right,” said Mourinho, according to Sky Sports.“He will be injured for the beginning of the Premier League, Diogo Dalot is also in a recovering phase, he will not be ready for the beginning of Premier League.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…“Ashley Young is a possibility to play right-back, but is on holiday. I don’t know if he fancies being back for that and put himself to be available for the team or stay on holiday.”But another option for Mourinho could be centre-back Victor Lindelof.“Victor Lindelof is a possibility, he is not a right-back but is a possibility, he starts training next Monday. I will send people to Manchester to train with Victor, it makes no sense for him to come to the United States,” he said.Matteo Darmian, who is expected to leave this summer after a troubled spell at Old Trafford, may not have to stay a while longer.“So if Matteo leaves he leaves because the right offer arrives and if he stays, yes you are right, he can be important for us,” added Mourinho.United will next face Liverpool on Saturday at the Michigan Stadium after beating AC Milan on Thursday 9-8 on penalties.last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Cornish Trivellin Graduate From Becker College

first_imgWORCESTER, MA — Becker College recognized graduates during the College’s 230th Commencement Ceremony on May 5, 2018.Jocelyn Cornish, of Wilmington, graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.Roy Trivellin III, of Wilmington, graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.About Becker CollegeFounded in 1784, Becker College is an undergraduate and graduate, career-focused private college, providing a supportive and inclusive learning community that prepares graduates for their first to last careers. Nearly 1,800 students from the United States and around the world live and learn on the College’s Worcester and Leicester campuses. With nationally recognized programs in nursing, game design and animal studies, Becker has been consistently ranked as a “Best College” for undergraduate education by The Princeton Review.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Becker College via Merit.)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.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Mason & Ravagni Graduate From Becker CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Mason & Ravagni Named To Dean’s List At Becker CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 4 Wilmington Students Graduate From Endicott CollegeIn “Education”last_img read more

The Lenovo Smart Clock The smartest alarm clock for your nightstand

first_imgChris Monroe/CNET The Lenovo Smart Clock is now shipping out to customers. Developed alongside Google, it’s a bedside alarm clock that responds to voice commands through Google Assistant. It has a simple touchscreen so you can check your calendar and the weather when you first wake up.Because it was developed with Google, it was obviously meant to coexist with the Google Nest Hub (formerly the Google Home Hub) in Google’s smart home product line. The Nest Hub is a smart display with a more robust touchscreen that can play videos, show you pictures and do lots of other tasks that the Lenovo Smart Clock can’t.The Nest Hub retails for $130 and the Lenovo Smart Clock for $80, but the Nest Hub is frequently on sale for even less than the retail price of the Lenovo Smart Clock. In that case, it can be hard to justify spending roughly the same amount on a device with a less capable touchscreen.See it at WalmartNote that CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site.In my review, I mentioned this as one of the downsides of the Lenovo Smart Clock. You shouldn’t buy it expecting all of the same features as a full-sized smart display. You’ll be disappointed. That said, the Lenovo Smart Clock is unique enough to stand on its own and it’s generally a better gadget if you specifically want a smart gadget for your bedside table. Here’s why.Tech detoxThe Lenovo Smart Clock is a better fit if you want to get away from your phone before bed. The Nest Hub can’t do everything you can do on a phone, but you can still use it to watch YouTube videos and scroll through images. See All Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected Lenovo Smart Clock: Google Assistant and Lenovo combine… Now playing: Watch this: CNET Smart Home 12 Photos Your alarm can trigger your good morning routine, which will tell you about your calendar and play the news by default. You can also customize the routine to control your smart home devices and more in the Google Home app. This routine won’t trigger when you snooze, just when you stop your alarm for good.My favorite feature of the bunch is the sunrise function. Turn this on, and the screen on the Lenovo Smart Clock will gradually start getting brighter 30 minutes before your scheduled alarm. This wake-up light serves to naturally ease you out of your sleep leading up to your wake-up time and it works great. The Nest Hub could potentially add this feature in a future update, but right now, the Lenovo Clock has it and the Nest Hub doesn’t.Smack to snoozelenovo-smart-clock-7 Chris Monroe/CNET When your alarm does start buzzing, you can smack the top of the Lenovo Smart Clock to get it to stop. You can customize this so that hitting it will cause it to snooze or stop entirely, which is pretty great. If you use the Nest Hub as an alarm, you can stop it just by saying “Stop” or you can hit a snooze button on the touchscreen. Neither is an arduous task, and you have those options with the Lenovo Clock too. When I’m groggy in the morning, I get a lot of satisfaction from stopping my alarm with a little bit of brute force.I almost always hit snooze a couple of times and finding a button on the Nest Hub’s screen is honestly more work than I want when I’m still struggling to wake up. Smacking the top of the Lenovo Smart Clock feels right — a call back to a big snooze button on the top of a traditional alarm clock. The fact that you can customize what happens when you hit it makes it even better.Sound qualityBelieve it or not, the little Lenovo Smart Clock sounds better when it’s playing music than the Nest Hub. The Nest Hub isn’t exactly a giant device and neither one can do more than fill a room with background music, but Lenovo makes great use of its built-in 3W speaker and two passive radiators.It sounds pretty good, especially for its size, and doesn’t have any noticeable distortion in sound quality, even at max volume. Again, don’t expect booming stereo sound — Lenovo’s alarm clock is tiny — but it’s good enough to outclass the tinny and underwhelming sound quality of the Nest Hub.Fits in better Smart Home 14 Photos I love the cute and colorful design of the Nest Hub. It could blend into a wide variety of rooms and Google offers a few color choices for the fabric exterior. The Lenovo Smart Clock just has the one grey fabric finish, but it’s perfect for your nightstand.Neither has a built-in camera and both have a mute switch to help with peace of mind. Plus, they both have an ambient light sensor to minimize glow from the display. But Lenovo’s alarm clock is small enough to fit onto any open surface in your bedroom. It has a USB port for charging your phone and the rectangular front is pleasantly reminiscent of old school alarms with a modern twist.Nevertheless, wait for a saleThe Google Nest Hub is a great smart display. The Lenovo Smart Clock is a great smart alarm clock. Both are helpful smart home gadgets. Yes, they both have Google Assistant built in for voice control and the screen on the Nest Hub does more, but the Lenovo Smart Clock is perfectly suited for what it is. If you specifically want to upgrade your alarm clock with smarts, this cute little gadget from Lenovo is your best option right now.With that said, the frequent sales on the Nest Hub make the Lenovo Smart Clock seem overpriced. Its more limited functionality makes a lot more sense when it’s $50 less than the Nest Hub. Lenovo’s full-sized smart display has also gone on sale a few times since it was released last year, and your best bet might be to wait for a similar sale on the Lenovo Smart Clock. Once it’s discounted, if you don’t need all of the features of the Nest Hub, you can save money by going with the more streamlined bedside gadget. Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) News • The Lenovo Smart Clock can now double as a digital photo frame Smart displays let Amazon, Facebook, Google show you answers to your questions • Lenovo Smart Clock Aug 31 • The best coffee grinders you can buy right now The Lenovo Smart Clock is closer in functionality to a smart speaker as the touchscreen only offers a few prescribed functions while still letting you issue any of Google Assistant’s recognized voice commands. For certain families, that more limited functionality will be a good thing.If you want to limit screen time for yourself and your family, the Lenovo Smart Clock offers a viable alternative. You can still see the most pressing pieces of info — you can check on your security cam, look at your calendar, and see the forecast and your commute.Lenovo was intentional with the features left out of the Smart Clock. What remains makes sense for your bedside and for the things you need to know when you’re going to sleep or first waking up. It offers enough info that you could reasonably turn off your phone without the temptation to keep consuming the vast content of the internet anyway.Sunrise alarmsYou can set an alarm with a voice command to the Google Nest Hub, so you can use it to wake you up, but the Lenovo Smart Clock is designed for that task. It will suggest alarms based on your first appointment the next day. You can set multiple alarms and customize each one. You can change the alarm tones, the snooze length and the volume of the alarm (separate from the volume of the speaker). The Lenovo Smart Clock helps Google Assistant ease you out of sleep Share your voice Tags reading • The Lenovo Smart Clock: The smartest alarm clock for your nightstand Review • The Lenovo Smart Clock: A deft, Google Assistant-powered twist on the simple alarm clock 3:14 Comments Nest Google Lenovo 2 CNET Smart Home Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your houselast_img read more

At least 18 dead in China karaoke lounge fire

first_imgMap locating Qingyuan in China where a deadly blaze broke out at a karaoke lounge. Photo: AFPA fire tore through a karaoke lounge in southern China on Tuesday, killing 18 people and injuring another five, as authorities sought an arson suspect who had reportedly blocked the entrance with a motorcycle.The fire started after midnight in a three-storey building in Qingyuan City, Guangdong province, and was put out shortly before 1:00am local time, according to the police.A preliminary investigation found that it was caused by arson, the Qingyuan public security department said on its Weibo social media account.The suspect got into an argument, then used a motorcycle to block the building’s door and lit the fire, state broadcaster CCTV said, adding that he was on the lam.The police said that “in order to quickly catch the suspect”, it was offering a 200,000 yuan ($32,000) reward for information leading to the arrest of a man identified as a 32-year-old with burn marks on his hips.The police statement did not describe the location of the fire but state media said it occurred in a small KTV house, or karaoke lounge.Unverified videos from the scene posted by local media show flames leaping from the building on a tree-lined street at night, with fire trucks and a crowd of onlookers on the road.The five injured people are receiving treatment in a hospital, state TV said.Karaoke is a popular activity in China, with even shopping centres featuring booths where people can sit and sing their favourite songs.Larger KTV lounges proliferate as well, often spanning across multiple floors in a building, with narrow corridors linking dozens of individual rooms together.The lounge where the fire occurred was smaller, with only one corridor for entry and exit, state TV said.Merrymakers often go for a buffet dinner and sing and drink with a small group of friends in the private rooms late into the night.Deadly fires are common in China, where safety regulations are widely flouted and enforcement is often lax.Common firesA blaze that killed 38 people at a nursing home in 2015 sparked soul-searching about safety standards in China. Courts jailed 21 people, including firefighters and government staff, over the fire last year.The legal representative of the Kangleyuan Nursing Home was sentenced to nine years in prison for constructing an illegal extension to the property, while the contractor was given a six-year sentence for using flammable materials to build an extension.In the days following the accident, China’s top safety watchdog said the facility had poorly-designed fire exits, while safety checks, fire and electricity management, and the emergency response system were all found lacking.More than two dozen people were killed in two fires in Beijing’s migrant neighbourhoods late last year.The first blaze, which killed 19 people in November, prompted authorities to begin tearing down unsafe buildings in the capital, driving hundreds of thousands of down on their luck residents out in the middle of winter.last_img read more

1980s Comedy Mr Mom Revived as Digital Series by MGM Vudu

first_img“Mr. Mom” was a hit film that featured Michael Keaton as a father who bumbles his way through stay-at-home parenting when his wife (Teri Garr) returns to the work world. “Mr. Mom” was written by John Hughes, who would go onto create classic 1980s fare including “Sixteen Candles.”The series will be a continuation of the baby Megan’s story, when as a grown adult, she wants to go back to the work force and her husband must go on parenting duty.Of “Mr. Mom,” Franco commented, “We thought it would be a good first step for us. We’re going to reboot it. IT’s an American classic. Anybody that remembers it loves it.”The series will be featured on Movies On Us, the name of Vudu’s ad-supported platform. It’s intended to cater to Walmart’s family-friendly audience and feature “shoppable” ads.MGM senior VP of digital platforms Sam Toles joined Vudu on stage to share his enthusiasm for the project. “There is definitely a hunger and a passion for established IP,” he said. Popular on Variety The 1983 comedy “Mr. Mom” is being revived as a digital series by its home studio, MGM, as part of a new partnership with Walmart-owned streaming platform Vudu.Vudu made the announcement Wednesday at the NewFronts West just days after revealing its partnership with MGM, which is intended to create a slate of short-form scripted content adapted from a library of classic intellectual property that offers the opportunity to serialize everything from James Bond to “The Pink Panther.”Execs explained the choice of “Mr. Mom” as an attempt to capitalize on the nostalgia parents have for the entertainment choices they grew up with, and their desire to share that content with their children.“As parents, we want to share with kids the TV shows and movies that we grew up with,” said Julian Franco, head of AVOD content and advertising. at Vudu. “They made us feel something. the Reality is we want our kids to feel the same thing too.”center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Physicists gadget lets you hear the sound of a perfect golf swing

first_img Citation: Physicist’s gadget lets you hear the sound of a perfect golf swing (2008, September 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-09-physicist-gadget-golf.html Golf is a game of intense concentration. Golfers receive advice on the precise stance, grip, wrist angle, shoulder angle, head angle, and other details to improve their swings. But a new golf gadget developed by a Yale physics professor takes a different approach to golf training. Rather than focusing on the mechanics, the device lets players literally “tune in” to the sound of their swings. The Physics of a golf swing Explore further Professor Bob Grober´s invention, called System-1, instantly converts the velocity of a golf swing into sound, allowing the player to hear their swing in progress. The device consists of two components. A long, thin electronics piece slides into the shaft of almost any club, which includes sensors and a microprocessor to measure the swing´s velocity. The data is then wirelessly transmitted to a receiver that can be tucked into a golfer´s pocket, which converts the data to sound and sends it to a headset. A golf swing can be programmed to sound like one of about 120 instruments, such as piano, piccolo, viola, or synthesized rock organ. The faster the club moves, the higher the pitch and volume. Grober hopes that the device will help people better understand the tempo, timing, and rhythm of their swings in an intuitive way.”Getting people to change mechanical things, which are habits, is a very difficult thing, it could take months or maybe years,” Grober said in a video at Courant.com. “But when you turn all of that into something that people can hear, people are very good at adjusting sound, people are very sensitive to sound. And you can get people to change habits, mechanical things that they do, on the timescale of 5, 10, 15 minutes. Once you let them hear what it sounds like and show them how easy it is to do, that changes things in a dramatic way.”Grober founded a company called Sonic Golf to market System-1. So far, he has sold seven of the devices at $1,000 each. Among his customers is Vijay Singh, a Masters and two-time PGA Championship winner, who bought one in June and uses it daily. Other customers include PGA Champion Rich Beem, tour veteran Fred Funk and CBS Sports commentator Peter Kostas.Grober plans to produce another 100 units by mid-September and batches of 1,000 by January. He also hopes to reduce the price to around $400, and will try to appeal to professionals as well as hobbyists. The device might also be useful for physical therapy applications.He says that there are lots of golf gadgets on the market that promise to improve your game. However, most of them don´t work. He also noted that other golf devices exist that use sound to improve technique, such as the popular David Leadbetter Swing Setter, but hopes that his invention will offer something new.But he says developing the technology was the easy part. Developing a successful business is more challenging. He has contracts with local suppliers in Connecticut to produce the shaft insert and the electronics, and he´s currently looking for a company to package the product.As Yale´s Frederick Phineas Rose Professor of Applied Physics, Grober studies excitons, biexcitons and electron-hole plasma in narrow quantum wells. He says that golf is just a hobby that got out of control. A former intercollegiate player at Vanderbilt, he now has a handicap between zero and two. Although he teaches an introductory course at Yale called “Physics of the Game of Golf,” most of Grober´s academic work is unrelated to the Sonic Golf technology.More information: www.sonicgolf.comvia: www.courant.com Physics Professor Bob Grober plans to produce 100 System-1 devices by mid-September and batches of 1,000 by January. He hopes to reduce the price to around $400, and will try to appeal to professionals as well as hobbyists. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Smartphone Discounts Bring OnePlus 7 Pro Xiaomi Mi 9 and More to

first_img Share Tweet Submit You’re in luck today if you’re looking to upgrade your smartphone or getting a brand new one. This is due to the fact that smartphone discounts are only available for a limited time and will end soon. This also calls for attention and you might want to hurry up if you’re interested in getting one at cheap. We have the mighty OnePlus 7 Pro, Xiaomi Mi 9 and many more in store, so do check them out.Amazing Smartphone Discounts: Includes the Mighty OnePlus 7 Pro, Xiaomi Mi 9, Huawei P30 Lite, moreAs we have previously mentioned, smartphone discounts are only applicable for a limited time and if you don’t hurry, the price drop will soon revert back to its original model and we wouldn’t want that. So let’s dive in to see some more details on the products and how you can avail the discount.Xiaomi Mi 9 SEStarting off with a budget device on our list of smartphone discounts, the Xiaomi Mi 9 SE is a very capable device that takes its design cues from its elder flagship sibling. It boasts a mid-range flagship that is better than most budget devices out there. In addition, the performance is significantly strong as the optimization between the hardware and the software has been put in place quite well. The Xiaomi Mi 9 SE features 6GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage, so storage is nothing to be worried about here.The Xiaomi Mi 9 SE is available at a massive 25 percent off as part of our list of smartphone discounts. If you’re up for it, you can get your hands on the device for just $279.99. Head over to this link to get it.OnePlus 7The OnePlus 7, successor to the 6T has a lot going for it. It features an improved display, the best in industry mobile processor – Snapdragon 855 and an operating system that just gets work done. In my use, OxygenOS delivers by far the best user experience. The display is potentially one of the best HD panels on our list of smartphone discounts as well as the entire market. It features 8GB of RAM and 256GB of onboard storage, more than you will need if you’re an average user.If you’re actively interested in getting the OnePlus 7, it is available at a massive 20 percent off, which makes the price come down to just $489.99. Head over to this link to get it.Huawei P30 LiteThee Lite-r version of the Huawei P30, the device is beautiful no matter what angle you see it from. It boasts a tiny teardrop notch which bolsters an immersive viewing experience. Since it is the P30’s lighter version catered for the mid-range market, special attention has been paid to the Huawei P30 Lite’s performance. It features 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage and a Kirin 710 processor.If you’re up for it, the Huawei P30 Lite is available at a good 23 percent discount as part of our list of smartphone discounts. This makes the price come down to just $309.99. Head over to this link to get it.Xiaomi Mi 9Moving towards the flagship portion on our list of smartphone discounts, the Xiaomi Mi 9 offers the best in class performance. It is available at a budget price after the discount and this not only makes it an easier option to buy, but you can also be sure that it is made for the future due to its processor and added features. It boasts the mighty Snapdragon 855, 6GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage.If the deal entices you, the Xiaomi Mi 9 is available at a massive 28 percent discount, which makes the price come down to just $369.99. Head over to this link to get it.OnePlus 7 ProThat’s right, we’re saving the best for last with the mighty OnePlus 7 Pro. It’s by far the best one on our list of smartphone discounts and you can never go wrong with it. It boasts a 90-hertz refresh rate, the best and only one available on the market right now. The massive 6.67-inch all-display design with a pop-up camera up top. As for specifications, the OnePlus 7 Pro features Snapdragon 855, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage.If you’re excited to own the OnePlus 7 Pro, it is available at a good 22 percent off for a limited time, which makes the price come down to just $629.99. Head over to this link to get it.This is all for our list of smartphone discounts, for now, folks. Don’t worry, there will be more discounts on consumer electronics in the future, so be sure to stay tuned in for more on the matter. Also, do check out our massive discounts on smartwatches to with your latest purchase.That’s all for now, folks. What are your thoughts on the matter? Are you looking to take advantage of smartphone discounts? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

From 707s and 747s back in the day to A330s now TAP

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: TAP Portugal Posted by Share Travelweek Group center_img TORONTO — TAP Portugal is anticipating a strong performance for its return to the Canadian market, with new five times weekly Toronto-Lisbon flights starting June 10.It’s been years since TAP flew out of Toronto and the carrier had Montreal flights at one time too. Through the 1970s, 80s and 90s TAP did good business out of Toronto and Montreal to Lisbon on 707s and 747s, at that time serving a sizeable VFR market without much onward traffic. Why did TAP Portugal pull the Canadian flights all those years ago? For the same reason any airline shuts down routes: they stopped being profitable.Now TAP is back and Carlos Paneiro, VP Sales North & Central America says he looks forward to rounding out TAP’s network on this side of the Atlantic with Toronto, the carrier’s fifth gateway in North America and (so far) its only Canadian gateway.The Toronto service will run Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, with flights arriving in Toronto at 10 p.m. and departing for Lisbon at 11:55 p.m. TAP is using A330s for the route, and the planes have been retrofitted with upgrades, says Paneiro. There are 244 economy class seats (with a minimum 31” pitch) and 25 lie-flat business class seats.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterPart of the reason TAP pulled its Canadian flights back in the 1990s was because the airline didn’t have a network for onward travel. Now Paneiro says he anticipates that about 60 to 70% of passengers onboard the Toronto flights will be outbound Canadian passengers, and of those about 50% will take advantage of TAP’s network to fly beyond Lisbon to Europe (where TAP has 52 gateways) and Africa (15). TAP also has a growing presence in Brazil, with 10 gateways.The airline’s ‘TAP Portugal Stopover’ program should also generate interest with Canadian passengers, he adds, offering 24, 48 or 72-hour stopovers in Lisbon at no extra cost. Launched last summer in the North American market, it’s been a popular proposition for the U.S. market, with about 40,000 U.S. travellers spending some extra time in Lisbon before heading onto other TAP network destinations. TAP is part of the Star Alliance as well.TAP’s new District Sales Manager for the Canadian market, Liliana Vieira, is already on the road meeting with agents. Vierira has 20-plus years of experience in the travel industry here, mostly with airlines.More news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoMore information is at flytap.com. Friday, April 7, 2017 From 707s and 747s back in the day, to A330s now: TAP Portugal gets ready for its Toronto returnlast_img read more

Blockchain looks to slash costs in the 100 trillion asset management sector

first_imgTokenisation of an existing fund enables it to be more relevant and suitable for younger fund buyers i.e. generation X and millennials, who are increasingly looking to buy and sell funds digitally on mobile devices without the need for face-to-face financial advice. Tokenisation can create more transparency, and it is possible to build-in stronger compliance monitoring due to automation-increased efficiency and lower transactions costs. This makes tokenisation of a fund a powerful incentive for asset managers to adopt.Potentially the additional compliance controls – using Smart Contracts – which carry out preauthorisation checks before a fund manager trades or before a client buys a fund, coupled with greater transparency and traceability to improve KYC and AML checks, make the use of Blockchain technology highly compelling.Ironically, it was concerns over the “dark web” and anonymity of Bitcoin – that uses Blockchain technology – that made regulators suspicious, and initially cautious, of this new Asset Class and the Blockchain technology. However, now we could well see Blockchain technology being actively encouraged to be implemented by these very same sceptics. “Tokenisation allows the creation of a new financial system- one that is more democratic, more efficient and more vast than anything we have seen” FundAdminChain(FAC) is looking to massively reduce the cost of administration in the asset management sector, thus making funds better value for their customers which ought to improve fund performance at the same time. FAC is using the open source Blockchain platform, R3’s Corda, with which FAC would appear to have very close links. The new CEO of FAC, Brian McNulty, was a former managing director at R3. One of the advisors for FAC is the founder of R3, David Rutter, formerly CEO of the electronic broking division of ICAP– the world’s biggest inter-dealer broker.FAC, which will be based in London, claims the asset management industry is over $100 trillionIt is building a Blockchain-powered platform giving access to IFAs/distributors, transfer agents, custodians and other intermediaries, who buy and sell units in a fund, to one common database which has military grade security. FAC claims that that for a fund manager who has £100 billion under management, its platform will save the fund manager over £30 million a year. The cost of registry, depositary and transactions will be 0.5 basis, points as opposed to the current standard 5 basis points, and FAC’s McNulty has confirmed that FAC is in discussion with 25 asset management firms ready to use its platform.There are other companies also using Blockchain technology to reduce the costs for asset managers such, as AMUN, Calstone and Funds DLT. The potential savings of using Blockchain technology are massive, at $3.4 billion a year, according to Calstone which processes over $170 billion transactions a month.FundsDLT was developed by Fundsquare, a subsidiary of the Luxemburg Stock Exchange,carried out its first test in 2017, and now boasts a number of fund managers using its platform including Credit Suisse, Banco Best(in Portugal) and AcomeA SGR(in Italy).Lowering administration costs is very much a focus for fund managers as they continue to be pressurised by regulators to ensure that customers are “being treated fairly”, and because we are seeing new types of fund pricing being introduced:zero-fee Exchange Traded Funds (ETF)low cost funds with performance fees. In 2019 in a report from Deloitte on the asset management sector, State Street Global Advisors’ and Investment Company Institute’s data estimated that, globally, ETFs could grow to $25 trillion by the end of 2025, up from $4.8 trillion in 2018! This growth is partly being driven by the advent of “zero-fee” ETFs, which means that asset managers have a massive incentive to crush costs as they are, in effect, subsidising some funds in order to attract additional assets under management.Deloitte, in its report, also highlighted Allianz Global Investors has been one of the early adopters of a performance-based fee model in the United Kingdom. Investors are charged a base fee of 20 basis points and an incentive fee of 20% of any performance over the fund’s stated benchmark.Another way that Blockchain technology is being used in the asset management sector is the tokenisation of funds, which Deloitte summarised as:center_img As The FT stated“ Could a progressive regulator mandate a wholesale move to blockchain?”For more DigitalBytes like this email:Jonny.Fry@TeamBlockchain.netMore information about Irish Tech News and the Business ShowcaseFYI the ROI for you is => We now get over 1.5 million monthly views, and up to 900k monthly unique visitors, from over 160 countries. We have over 860,000 relevant followers on Twitter on our various accounts & were recently described as Ireland’s leading online tech news site and Ireland’s answer to TechCrunch, so we can offer you a good audience!Since introducing desktop notifications a short time ago, which notify readers directly in their browser of new articles being published, over 16000 people have now signed up to receive them ensuring they are instantly kept up to date on all our latest content. Desktop notifications offer a unique method of serving content directly to verified readers and bypass the issue of content getting lost in people’s crowded news feeds.Drop us a line if you want to be featured, guest post, suggest a possible interview, or just let us know what you would like to see more of in our future articles. We’re always open to new and interesting suggestions for informative and different articles. Contact us, by email, twitter or whatever social media works for you.Home If you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at Simon@IrishTechNews.ie or on Twitter: @SimonCockinglast_img read more