Small town brewery makes big waves

first_imgThey took a chance opening a craft brewery in a small city, and it has paid off.Fitzsimmons Brewing Company has only been in business in a light industrial area of Airdrie since last October, and it’s already winning awards and getting a lot of interest from around the province.Co-owner Pamela Jarosz said she had no idea the response would be so overwhelming.“In the first couple months that we were open, we actually won Gold at the Alberta Beer Awards for our East Lake Amber.”Jarosz says one of their secrets to success is supporting the community, either through charitable events, like a food bank fundraiser, or collaborating with local restaurants like Hayloft, First & Vine and Main Street Beer & BBQ.“At the end of the day, we make beer and we want to support other businesses in the community,” said Jarosz.“We’re not in the business of making food, so if we can partner with local food trucks, local restaurants, promote their businesses as well, that’s what we want to do.”Jarosz says six month ago it was just her, fellow co-owner Cody Fitzsimmons and their brewer. Since then, they’ve had to hire more staff for their very popular tap room and will soon be bringing in more people to help with production.last_img read more

Bank of Montreal hikes dividend as profit hits record 42billion

Bank of Montreal says its annual net profit hit a record $4.2 billion in 2013, with strong performances from its wealth management and its main Canadian banking operations.The year included $1.088 billion of net income in the fourth quarter ended Oct. 31, which was up 1% from $1.082 billion a year earlier.Its provision for credit losses during the quarter was reduced to $189 million from $192 million a year earlier while the 2013 provision was $589 million, down 23% from $765 million in fiscal 2012.Fourth quarter adjusted net income fell 2% from a year ago to $1.102 billion, but came in well ahead of analyst estimates. For the full year, adjusted net income was $4.276 billion, up 5% from the previous year.“Canadian personal and commercial banking had record earnings in the year. We delivered robust volume growth contributing to notably stronger revenue and income in the second half of the year,” BMO chief executive Bill Downe said in a statement.“Wealth management had a record year with earnings up significantly and increased market share, supported by strong asset growth and customer loyalty.”However, BMO’s U.S. personal and commercial banking arm had lower net income in the fourth quarter, falling by 28% from a year earlier to US$103 million, while net income at its capital markets segment dropped 27% to $229 million.By comparison, the bank’s Canadian personal and commercial banking arm recorded $469 million of net income in the fourth quarter, an increase of $27 million or six% from a year earlier.Net income from wealth management services in the fourth quarter nearly doubled to $312 million, the bank said.BMO’s overall adjusted earnings amounted to $1.64 per share, down one cent from a year earlier but ahead of analyst estimates of $1.58 per share.Bank of Montreal also announced that its quarterly dividend will be increased by two cents to 76 cents per common share — a move that had been widely expected.It also announced that its share buyback program will be renewed when it expires. read more

Annan to appoint facilitator in IsraeliLebanese prisoner release awaits blockade news

Mr. Annan, currently in Egypt on the latest leg of his regional initiative to shore up support for resolution 1701 that ended the month of fighting, made his comments after meeting with President Hosni Mubarak and Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit in Alexandria.“With regards to the abducted Israeli soldiers and the Lebanese prisoners, I have accepted to appoint a facilitator who will work with the two parties to find a solution to this problem, and I am hopeful that my facilitator will be ale to work expeditiously with the parties to come forward with a mutually acceptable solution for both parties.”The blockade of Lebanon “has been one of the issues on my agenda right from the beginning and I know it is very important for the Lebanese government and for the people of the region. I don’t want to raise any false hopes but I hope that within the next 48 hours we will have some news on that – constructive and positive news.”Following his talks so far in the region, which have included high-level discussions in Lebanon, Israel, the Palestinian occupied territory, Syria, Iran as well as with other regional players, Mr. Annan said he was “quite satisfied” and convinced that countries would work for the full implementation of resolution 1701, although challenges remained.“It is important that we work together to pacify Lebanon and its relations with Israel – but not stay there – and move on to work on peace on the other tracks – Palestinian in particular, and the Syrian track. And I am convinced that with that determined effort we can succeed. The ceasefire is fragile, but I believe we are taking steps to consolidate it,” he said. “We need to solve the issue of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We need to look at comprehensive peace in the region based on UN resolutions and the concept of ‘land for peace.’”From Egypt, Mr. Annan flew later today to Turkey. read more

UN to stay engaged in TimorLeste after peacekeeping mission ends says senior

“Timor-Leste still faces many challenges. However, a peacekeeping mission is no longer best placed to support efforts to meet those challenges,” said the Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT), Finn Reske-Nielsen.“The time has come for Timor-Leste’s interaction with the international community to be guided through different structures and modalities,” he added in his briefing to the 15-member body.Mr. Reske-Nielsen reported that UNMIT is on track to withdraw by 31 December and that the phased drawdown of the mission has been moving apace. Earlier this year, the Council extended the mandate of UNMIT – which it first established in 2006 in the wake of a major political, humanitarian and security crisis that erupted that year – for a final period, so the Mission could assist the country with several key tasks this year. This has been an eventful year for the small nation that the UN shepherded to independence in 2002: it celebrated the 10th anniversary of its independence, elected a new president and held parliamentary elections, which were largely peaceful and held in an orderly manner. A ceremony was held on 31 October to mark the certification of the full reconstitution of the national police, known by the acronym PNTL – acknowledging that the force was fully capable of conducting all police functions throughout the country – a key benchmark ahead of the Mission’s departure. “The reconstitution of the police service of Timor-Leste is a milestone that marks the great advances of the PNTL and civilian oversight authorities since 2006,” the envoy told the Council. “This is not to say that the PNTL is a perfect police service. Significant capacity challenges remain, and have been identified jointly by the Government and UNMIT.”He noted that building an effective and responsible police service is an ongoing effort that stretches over many, many years. “As in other areas, Timor-Leste is now at a stage when these long-term efforts can be better served by other forms of international cooperation,” he stated, adding that UN agencies will continue to provide some support to the PNTL post-2012. At the same time, Mr. Reske-Nielsen urged Member States to continue their strong engagement with the PNTL, including through the ‘Friends of PNTL’ – an important venue to mobilise and coordinate external support. “With the planned departure of UNMIT, their engagement will become even more important,” he stressed.In terms of UNMIT’s drawdown, the Special Representative said that one of the Mission’s regional offices has already closed, with two to close this month and the last one in early December. In addition, the repatriation of UNMIT police accelerated after the certification ceremony of 31 October, with only a residual presence to remain by the end of November. The only notable area where UNMIT’s work will not be completed by the end of its mandate concerns the investigations into cases relating to crimes against humanity and other serious crimes committed between 1 January and 25 October 1999. Under the supervision of the Office of the Prosecutor-General, the UNMIT Serious Crimes Investigation Team has completed 319 of 396 investigations. It is projected that an additional 16 investigations will be concluded by 31 December, leaving 61 investigations outstanding.“Delivering effective support to Timor-Leste’s development and institution building priorities will require the continued commitment and financial contributions of the international community,” noted Mr. Reske-Nielsen.Also today, the Council heard a briefing by Ambassador Baso Sangqu of South Africa, who headed the Council’s 3-6 November mission to Timor-Leste. He stressed the South-East Asian country would continue to have the support of the world body once UNMIT departs. read more

UN refugee chief impressed with Brazils exemplary response to plight of fleeing

UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, talks to a recently arrived Venezuelan woman at a reception centre in Brasilia, Brazil. (15 August 2019), by © UNHCR/Santiago Escobar-JaramiHe noted with concern “the situation of the indigenous Venezuelan population, the dire conditions of many Venezuelans living outside official shelters and the impact on local infrastructure and services”, calling for “urgent action” by the federal and local governments, with the support of civil society and the UN system, to address health, education, livelihoods and other critical needs”.Mr. Grandi also acknowledged Brazil’s leadership in refugee issues as well as the country’s active participation in the regional response to the massive outflow of Venezuelans. Latin America’s open door Latin American countries have received the vast majority of the more than four million Venezuelan refugees and migrants who have fled in recent years. Before arriving in Brazil, Mr. Grandi visited Chile, where he thanked the people and Government for the efforts made to receive and provide support to over 400,000 Venezuelans.  If the current trend continues, more than five million refugees and migrants could be outside Venezuela by the end of 2019, according to the UN refugee agency. A recent study by UNHCR shows that more than half of Venezuelan refugees and migrants in Latin America have faced or continue to face situations of risk or vulnerability. Many have had to make drastic choices in order to survive, such as begging, sending their children out to work, or even resorting to survival sex.Mr. Grandi’s appeal is in line with the Global Compact on Refugees which calls for greater support to refugees and the communities that host them, often among the poorest in the world, and also aims to help refugees become more self-reliant so that they can contribute more to their own future and to that of the host community. “The solidarity of the people of Brazil with the Venezuelan refugees and migrants has been exemplary”, said UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi on Sunday from the Brazilian capital, Brasilia. “But the impact on the host communities in states such as Roraima and Amazonas, has been overwhelming”. The UNHCR chief was speaking at the end of a four-day visit to Brazil with an urgent appeal for increased international engagement, including from financial institutions and development actors in the communities hosting Venezuelan refugees and migrants.The solidarity of Brazil with Venezuelan refugees and migrants has been exemplary. But host communities need international support to keep it up.— UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency (@Refugees) August 19, 2019 Tensions started escalating across Venezuela at the end of January, when Juan Guaidó, head of the country’s National Assembly, challenged the legitimacy of sitting President Nicolás Maduro and was declared interim president by the National Assembly. President Maduro has been in power since 2013 and was sworn in again for a second term on 10 January.There are currently more than 180,000 Venezuelan refugees and migrants in Brazil, with an average of 500 arriving daily in the northern state of Roraima, which is geographically isolated from the rest of the country and has the lowest per capita income and few economic opportunities.“I was told that in some border communities, 40 per cent of patients and 80 per cent of women giving birth in hospitals are from Venezuela”, he reported. “There has been a similar impact on education, employment, housing and social services”. Mr. Grandi said that efforts by the authorities and Brazilians themselves must be “adequately supported by the international community”. “Local people have been at the forefront of the response to the needs of Venezuelan refugees and migrants”, he explained, urging that locals should not be left to cope on their own.Mr. Grandi highlighted some of the specific responses made by the Brazilian Government on behalf of Venezuelan refugees, including the Operacao Acolhida initiative to provide registration and documentation upon arrival, as well as emergency humanitarian assistance, including food and temporary shelter.He said he had been “hugely impressed” by the “efficient, coordinated, humane and innovative response to address humanitarian needs and promote solutions for Venezuelans…however, many challenges remain due to the growing number of arrivals”. read more

Despite departures bright outlook for Ohio State mens basketball in 201415

Junior guard Shannon Scott (3) sets himself on defense during a game against Dayton March 20 at First Niagara Center. OSU lost, 60-59.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorThe ball bounced off the front of the rim and fell to the floor at the First Niagara Center. Ohio State’s season was over.Dayton had a 60-59 advantage when the buzzer echoed throughout the rafters and signaled the end of the careers of two of the most accomplished players OSU has ever seen — senior guards Lenzelle Smith Jr. and Aaron Craft.But as their season ended Thursday in the NCAA Tournament’s second round, next season’s outlook is somewhat of a mixed bag with the unexpected departure of a bench player and an incoming Top 5 recruiting class.As it currently stands, OSU is set to have just 11 players on scholarship when practice for the 2014-15 season opens this fall. Losing Craft and Smith Jr. will likely hurt from a leadership standpoint, but coach Thad Matta has five returning players who are on scholarship and will be seniors, provided forward LaQuinton Ross doesn’t bounce to the NBA.“Both guys, you look at how many games they’ve won here, championships they’ve been a part of, it’s really an amazing four years,” Matta said of Craft and Smith Jr. March 7. “With that said, both guys have had a major impact on this program in terms of making it better. And that’s what we ask guys to do.”Craft said in the locker room after his final game as a Buckeye that junior guard Shannon Scott needs to step up as a leader next season, but filling that void can’t just fall on him.“Obviously he has some big games under his belt and he’s experienced this, but it’s not just going to fall on one guy’s shoulders. Guy like (junior forward) Sam (Thompson) can help, too,” Craft said.The number of players on scholarships is one less than it would have been even with the departure of Craft and Smith Jr., because sophomore guard Amedeo Della Valle told Matta and his staff Saturday that he intends to head back home to Italy and pursue a professional career in Europe. Della Valle posted a message to his personal Twitter account, @Ame_DV_33, Saturday afternoon announcing his farewell.“I wouldn’t trade this experience with anything else, B1G Champions, the run to the Elite 8, the 12-0 year, man was that special,” the message read. “It is now time for me to begin new experiences as I decided to head back to Europe to continue to play PRO basketball.”So with three men gone and the potential to lose another in Ross — who said his decision would come “in the next couple of weeks” — Matta and company have some rebuilding to do.Matta signed yet another top 5 recruiting class for next season, bringing in guard D’Angelo Russell, forwards Keita Bates-Diop and Jae’Sean Tate and center David Bell. It’s a class Matta said he’s excited to coach.“The biggest thing with this particular class is we got what we wanted,” Matta said Nov. 14.Russell, 21st in the ESPN top 150 rankings, is likely to figure largely in the rotation next year to help replace Craft and Smith Jr.’s production. Tate is recovering from surgery for a torn labrum in his right shoulder and is out for the rest of his senior season so it remains to be seen when he will be 100 percent, and Bates-Diop and Bell likely have their work cut out for them to get minutes unless Ross leaves.Another player who will figure into the equation is current freshman guard Kam Williams, who sat out all year after battling through mono and missing the bulk of training camp.All season long, something appeared off with the team, whether it be a lack of instinct, absence of ability to consistently put points on the board or an undependable post presence.“(Fans) deserve an answer. They deserved an answer all year. They’ve seen us play well, and they’ve seen us play like this,” Craft said after the loss to the Flyers Thursday. “Nothing is guaranteed and that’s one of the tougher things to get across from people. My time’s done now, so it’s on these guys to learn from what this season’s been. How hard it’s been. How difficult we’ve made it on ourselves at times. That’s what they gotta do.”Returning to try and fill in the blanks are juniors in Thompson, Scott and center Amir Williams, who all averaged at least 7.5 points per game in OSU’s 25-win campaign. Junior center Trey McDonald is also set to return, but he only averaged 2.0 points per game and 1.7 rebounds off the bench this season.Scoring points will be a premium for the Buckeyes next year, as aside from Ross, no one really stepped up to be that second scorer the team so desperately needed.“It’s one of those things where everybody wants to be that guy. But the guys got to be willing to do the things in terms of work ethic and in terms of the system and knowing that,” Matta said. “You see guys have great off-seasons, and hopefully we have that.” read more

Lend us a rubber 7 Irish phrases that will confuse visitors

first_img2. “Will you shift me mate?”You can imagine the confusion.Image: Do you want a lend of my yoke? (Eye Ubiquitous/Press Association Images)Or even worse:D’yeh want to buy any yokes?Run away. Run far far away.6. “I’m after hurting me mickey”“Is that your pet mouse?” 3. “Will you meet me friend?”“Of course, I’d be delighted to, what time?”Next thing, a stranger lobs the gob on you out of nowhere.4.  ”Will you get the plates out of the press there?”“Why would you put plates in a press?” 5.  ”Pass me over that yoke will ya?”“Eh, what for?” 1. “Have you got a lend of a rubber?”“A lend? You’re grand, I don’t want it back.” via Imgur7. “I’m after getting a rake of cans for later”“Are you trying to tell me you raked up some beans? You’re carrying cans of beans in a rake? What’s going on? Are those my feet?” This is a rake of cans. You can see how it might be confusing (Yui Mok/PA Wire)Twitter educates Zach Braff on ‘shifting’>LISTEN: Former Green Party TD Paul Gogarty has a new song!last_img read more

Athens to host first Singularity Summit

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The first Singularity Summit is going to take place in the Athens Concert Hall in November, showcasing new directions of innovation and technology to the country. Organised under the auspices of the Silicon-Valley based think tank Singularity University, the event will focus around Ray Kurzweil’s theory of “technological singularity”, in which machines can be as intelligent or even more so than their creators. According to event organiser Ms Niki Siropoulou, the Singularity Summit is crucial, in the aspect that Greece has fallen behind to the rest of the world, when it comes to technological innovation, and it needs to catch up.The upside is that today people have more opportunities to innovate, without having the need for large capital to back them. In an interview with Kathimerini, Siropoulou points to the example of Jan Koum, who departed his home country of Ukraine with his mother in 1992, to become one of the richest people in the world about a decade later, thanks to his creation, the application WhatsApp and its subsequent acquisition by Facebook.“His father had stayed back in Ukraine and they could not communicate, it was too expensive. It was this experience that sparked his interest in telecommunications – he believed that the non-privileged also had a right to be able to communicate with their loved ones,” Siropoulou said.The entrance fee to the summit has been appointed to 500 euros, however there will be scholarships and free tickets (tentatively called ‘impact tickets’), and the event will be available to live-stream with no additional charge for any research centre or university wishing to do so.Additionally, there are other such major events being held in Greece, that focus on other fields as Siropoulou herself stated: “These events are held in cooperation with Demokritos [the National Centre of Scientific Research], which proposes one of its own researchers or an independent expert. We have already held sessions on energy, artificial intelligence, biotechnology, the Internet of Things, big data. As of January, we’ve been hosting one session per month.”last_img read more

Greek and TurkishCypriots join forces to restore St Panteleimon monastery

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram It was back in November 2018 when vandals broke into the Greek Orthodox Monastery of St Panteleimon in Myrtou, Cyprus.According to an article by the Turkish-Cypriot local daily newspaper Kibris Postasi the vandals broke the entrance doors and window panes, damaging the fencing, while someone painted non-political graffiti on the walls.The disrespectful act came only two years after the monastery had been conserved with the support of the European Union, as a landmark of the area’s cultural and historical heritage.In a heart-warming initiative which was launched by the Turkish side, Greek-Cypriots joined their counterparts in the occupied side of the island to clean up the walls and restore the Monastery.Α community clean-up event was organised where representatives from the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage, the European Commission and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) participated in the Caring for our Cultural Heritage, the Cyprus Mail reported.Photo: TornosNews“As you know there have been some challenges with the maintenance and despite all effort, there is still a lot to be done,” UNDP Cyprus Programme Manager Tiziana Zennaro told volunteers and participants present at the event.“[The monastery] was not only a place for worship but a social and economic center and a significant example of the island’s cultural heritage.”Meanwhile, Turkish-Cypriot head of the Technical Committee, Ali Tuncay also expressed his appreciation of local heritage monuments and his respect for both the monastery’s religious and cultural significance.“We will not leave this monument alone… we will not let this monument be part of the blame game or to be used for political purposes,” he said declaring the committee’s awareness regarding the tremendous responsibility that comes with his role.Mr Tuncay  personally committed to ensure his tenure sees monuments throughout the island be “saved and protected”.last_img read more

Une voiture vole pendant huit minutes

first_imgUne voiture vole pendant huit minutesUne voiture ailée capable de rouler sur une route comme de s’élever dans les airs : le rêve s’est réalisé lundi 2 avril. La société américaine Terrafugia a réussi à faire voler un prototype de ce véhicule digne d’un film de science-fiction pendant 8 minutes. Transition, c’est le nom que la firme américaine Terrafugia a choisi pour sa voiture volante. Une annonce faite au lendemain du premier avril, mais bien réelle. Le petit véhicule, un avion dont les ailes peuvent se replier et capable de circuler sur route, s’est élancé lundi et a volé pendant huit minutes, affirme la petite société fondée en 2006.”Avec ce vol, nos équipes ont montré leur capacité à rendre réel ce qui était jusqu’à maintenant considéré comme un rêve impossible à réaliser” se félicite Carl Dietrich, le fondateur de la société. Sur le site Internet dédié à cette invention, Terrafugia dévoile le prototype qui a accompli le vol d’essai. Large de 2,3 mètres quand il se transforme en voiture, Transition atteint huit mètres d’envergure quand il déploie ses ailes. Il offre une autonomie de près de 800 kilomètres, et nécessite une piste d’au moins 762 mètres de long pour pouvoir s’envoler. La firme a déjà lancé la production d’une centaine d’exemplaires de sa voiture volante, qui devrait coûter quelque 279.000 dollars (209.000 euros). Un prix réduit par rapport à des modèles de voitures ailées déjà commercialisés par le passé, obtenu grâce à l’utilisation de nouveaux matériaux mais aussi au recours à une conception assistée par ordinateur.Un véhicule pour tout le monde ? À lire aussiMal des transports : pourquoi est-on malade en voiture et comment l’éviter ?Il est déjà possible de réserver sa voiture volante sur le site de Terrafugia. Les futurs propriétaires de Transition devront s’envoler depuis la piste de décollage d’un aérodrome certifié, et naturellement détenir une licence de pilote. Mais malgré les contraintes du véhicule, Carl Dietrich est persuadé que “nous arrivons à un stade où d’ici 10 ou 15 ans, les personnes qui possèderont et piloteront de tels engins seront des gens comme vous et moi”.Découvrez en vidéo la voiture volante Transition sur MaxisciencesLe 3 avril 2012 à 19:31 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Judges decision halts Valley mine project

first_imgA federal judge’s ruling in a long-standing court action against a Palmer coal mine is being hailed as a win for environmental groups.Late Thursday, US district court judge Sharon Gleason sided with Castle Mountain Coalition, Cook Inletkeeper and other groups in a case that could determine the validity of Usibelli Coal’s Wishbone Hill mine permits. Gleason’s ruling reverses a decision by the federal Office of Surface Mining which had validated Usibelli’s Wishbone Hill permits. The OSM decision was appealed by the coalition of environmental organizations. Trustees for Alaska attorney Katie Strong argued the case for the plaintiffs.“So before any coal mining happens out at Wishbone Hill, the state is going to have to fully consider the impacts, both to the surrounding communities and the environment,”  Strong said Thursday.Strong says if Usibelli wants to mine at the site, the company will have to apply for new permits.Gleason’s ruling hinges on the phrase “shall terminate” in federal mining statutes. Usibelli did not own the original Wishbone Hill permits, which were first issued in 1991, transferred to a second company in 1994, then transferred to Usibelli in 1997. The plaintiffs challenged the validity of the permits, because under law, they must terminate if no mining occurs within three years of issuance. Strong says the court interpreted a statutory provision and made it clear that the permits automatically terminated in 1996.“The invalid permits were drafted thirty years ago, and since then millions have been spent on environmental restoration and the neighboring community has blossomed in the meantime, and so now if there is to be new coal mining there has to be a new process to protect the community that exists out there today. ”Usibelli Coal spokesperson Lorali Simon says the company is disappointed in Gleason’s decision:“We’re very surprised that the court believes the federal government should make permit decisions over a state program. We are reviewing the decision and certainly examining all of our options before making decisions on our next steps.”Simon says it’s puzzling as to why permits that have been considered valid for twenty years are suddenly invalidated.Although Usibelli has not done actual mining at Wishbone Hill, the company has conducted preliminary work on the site under the mining permits.Simon says Usibelli’s regulating agency is the state Department of Natural resources, and that the company relies on DNR’s permitting decisions.“What judge Gleason’s ruling does, it goes back to case history prior to Usibelli even owning the leases and permits to the project. So it certainly creates some confusion for us, because we have invested millions of dollars in the Wishbone Hill project operating under the assumption that the regulating authority, the department of natural resources, had issued a permit for this project.”The state of Alaska and Usibelli were intervenors in the case, on the side of OSM. Gleason’s ruling has implications for the state, which has primacy over coal mining regulations in Alaska. It is possible for OSM to appeal the district court decision to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.last_img read more

320 cops feted for outstanding work

first_imgBasheerbagh: Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar on Thursday awarded police personnel belongining to 17 functional verticals in city police. The awards were given away to the personnel based on the Key Performance Indicators (KPI)for the outstanding performance on a monthly basis. For the months of March and April 2019, a total of 320 personnel belonging to law and order police stations, traffic police stations, Central Crime Station, Special Branch, Task Force, CSW, CAR Headquarters, CPL Amberpet, IT Cell, SHE teams, Bharosa Support Centre, main and zonal PCRs and communications wings were awarded. Additional CP (Crimes and SIT) Shikha Goel, Joint CP (Detective Dept) Avinash Mohanty and other officials attended the programme.last_img

Sensex tops 34000 Nifty at all time high of 10500

first_imgA broker monitors share prices at a brokerage firm in Mumbai August 9, 2011.ReutersA day after Christmas, India market starts trading on a positive note. Early on Tuesday, the benchmark BSE Sensex and Nifty 50 index hit an all-time high as it breached 34,000 and 10,500 mark respectively.The Indian rupee is trading marginally higher against US dollar in a moderately less active traded market as many dealers were on leave for the year end. The rupee opened at 64.03 a dollar and was trading at 64.02 a dollar, up 0.03 percent from its Friday’s close of 64.06.Sixteen out of 19 sector gauges compiled by BSE were trading higher led by the S&P BSE Oil & Gas Index’s 0.9 percent gain. On the other hand, the S&P BSE Information Technology Index was the top sectoral loser, which is currently trading 0.2 percent lower.2017 had been a phenomenal year for the Indian market as benchmark Nifty 50 climbed around 2,500 points or 31.2 percent, while BSE Sensex moved 7,317 points or 27 percent since the start of 2017, which is the highest in three years.Shares of 33 of the 50 Nifty companies beat analyst forecasts made at the start of the year, the highest since 2014.Last month, Goldman Sachs Economic and Strategy Report 2018 stated that Indian equity markets will continue to rally in 2018 and the benchmark Nifty 50 index will reach 11,600 levels by the end of the next calendar year.”We expect solid earnings growth delivery in the next year and the following year. We see that as a credible backdrop for India to continue to perform,” said Timothy Moe, chief Asia Pacific equity strategist for Goldman Sachs.Moe further said that the overseas investors have turned bullish on Indian equities after the government announced the bank recapitalisation programme.last_img read more

Porn Star Reveals Details About Alleged Encounter With Trump

first_imgAP Photo/Matt SaylesIn this Feb. 11, 2007, file photo, adult film actress Stormy Daniels arrives for the 49th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is suing President Donald Trump and wants a California judge to invalidate a nondisclosure agreement she signed days before the 2016 presidential election.A lawyer representing adult film star Stormy Daniels was pressed for more evidence of her alleged sexual encounter with Donald Trump in a series of appearances the morning after his client told her story in a highly anticipated interview on “60 Minutes.”Michael Avenatti said there is more evidence to come, but that he and his client are withholding certain details, including the contents of a CD or DVD he tweeted a picture of last week.“We’re not going to get into the details of everything we have at this time, and there’s a reason for that,” he said on ABC’s “Today” show. “We understand the American people want all the information right now, immediately. It would make no sense for us to play our hand as to this issue and we’re not going to do it right now.”Cohen’s lawyer fired back almost immediately after the Daniels interview with this letter saying allegation of goon threatening her was false >>— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) March 26, 2018In the interview, Daniels said that she’d been threatened by an unidentified man in Las Vegas to keep quiet about her alleged relationship with Trump, an incident that she said happened while she was with her young daughter. She said in the interview that she had one encounter of consensual sex with the future president.“He knows I’m telling the truth,” said Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford. She does not allege that she was coerced in her encounter with Trump, saying, “This is not a ‘Me too.’ I was not a victim.”Avenatti said Monday that he is still working to verify the man’s identity, and that he has no direct evidence tying the threat to Trump or his lawyer “other than common sense.”“It had to have come from someone associated with Mr. Trump, there is no other place for it to have come from. It didn’t come from the magazine, it makes no sense. It certainly didn’t come from my client,” he said on ABC.Not long after the magazine story was killed, Stormy Daniels says she was threatened by a man who approached her in Las Vegas. “A guy walked up on me and said to me, ‘leave Trump alone. Forget the story.’”— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) March 25, 2018He also taunted Trump for failing to tweet about the allegations, suggesting that meant they were true.Trump did complain later Monday morning about there being, “So much Fake News,” but it’s unclear whether he was referring to Daniels.In the interview, the adult film actress provided little new evidence of her alleged 2006 affair with Trump but said she faced intimidation tactics aimed at ensuring her silence in 2011.Daniels said that in the incident, in a parking lot, the man told her: “Leave Trump alone. Forget the story.” She said he then looked at her daughter and said, “That’s a beautiful little girl. It’d be a shame if something happened to her mom.”Daniels received a $130,000 payment days before the 2016 presidential election for her silence and has sought to invalidate a nondisclosure agreement.The White House did not immediately comment Sunday on the interview. Trump, through his representatives, has denied the allegations. His attorney, Michael Cohen, has said Trump never had an affair with Daniels. Cohen has said he paid the $130,000 out of his pocket.Cohen has said neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Daniels and he was not reimbursed for the payment.However, Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti told “60 Minutes” he has documents showing Cohen using his Trump Organization email address in setting up the payment and that the nondisclosure agreement was sent by FedEx to Cohen at his Trump Organization office in Trump Tower.A lawyer for Cohen, David Schwartz, accused Daniels of lying about the affair in his own appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”“The lying is all over that piece,” he said, adding that the suggestion that someone associated with Trump or his organization was behind the alleged threatening incident was “speculation” and “guesswork.”In the interview, Daniels described a sexual encounter with Trump that began with him talking about himself and showing her an issue of a magazine with his picture on the cover. She said she asked, “Does this … does this normally work for you?” He was taken aback, she says. “And I was like, ‘Someone should take that magazine and spank you with it.’” She says she then ordered him to drop his pants and, in a playful manner, “I just gave him a couple swats.”NEWS – Trump had dinner with Michael Cohen last night. Night before the Stormy Daniels interview.— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) March 25, 2018She said they talked some more, although he quit talking about himself, and that she became more comfortable.“He was like, ‘Wow, you — you are special. You remind me of my daughter.’ You know — he was like, ‘You’re smart and beautiful, and a woman to be reckoned with, and I like you. I like you.’”She said after dinner in Trump’s room, they had sex. He didn’t use a condom, she said, and she didn’t ask him to. Afterward, he asked to see her again, she said.Daniels said that before they had sex Trump had broached the idea of her being a contestant on “The Apprentice,” and she likened it to a “business opportunity.” She said he called her several times and would ask if they could get together again and that he had an update for her. She said she felt that he was holding out the opportunity to keep her coming back.The CBS interview came as Trump deals with allegations about his sexual exploits long before he ran for president.Former Playboy model Karen McDougal told Cooper in a CNN interview broadcast Thursday that her affair with Trump began at a bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel in 2006. McDougal said she ended the relationship in 2007 out of guilt.McDougal has filed suit in Los Angeles seeking to invalidate a confidentiality agreement with American Media Inc., the company that owns the supermarket tabloid National Enquirer. It paid her $150,000 during the 2016 presidential election.The lawsuit alleges that McDougal was paid for the rights to her story of an affair, but the story never ran. It also alleges that Cohen was secretly involved in her discussions with American Media. Sharelast_img read more

Cards Sweep the Hammer to Kick off the Louisville Invitational on Friday

first_imgKessler threw for 61.28m/201-00 to shatter his previous personal record of 55.65m/182-07 and win the event. All of Kessler’s throws surpassed his previous personal best mark. Also competing for the Cardinals, Carsen Cassell took fifth place with a mark of 53.62m/175-11 while Halee Hudson finished sixth with a throw of 53.30m/174-10. Javelin (Decathlon)14. Aaron Johnson – 32.58m/106-10 Tennessee RelaysRon Black Track | Knoxville, Tenn.April 12, 2019 Louisville InvitationalUofL Throws Field | Louisville, Ky.April 12, 2019 The freshman also posted a new personal-best mark during his decathlon debut. In pole vault, clearing 3.25m/10-08 to surpass his previous best jump of 3.00m/09-10. Pole Vault (Decathlon)11. Aaron Johnson – 3.25m/10-08 Discus (Decathlon)11. Aaron Johnson – 29.32m/96-02 Johnson posted two top-10 performances on the final day of competition. He took third in the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.78 for 876 points and posted a seventh-place finish in the 1500m, crossing the finish line in 5:06.59 for 522 points. Men’s Hammer Throw1. Mitchell Kessler – 61.28m/201-00center_img Women’s Hammer Throw1. Makenli Forrest – 63.08m/206-115. Carsen Cassell – 53.62m/175-116. Halee Hudson – 53.30m/174-10 Forrest’s throw of 63.08m/206-11 bested the previous meet record of 62.42m set in 2016 by Laura Schroeder of Indiana. Decathlon (Final)12. Aaron Johnson – 6,045 points 110m Hurdles (Decathlon)3. Aaron Johnson – 14.78 (+3.4) Story Links The final day of the Louisville Invitational will start at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow with the javelin throw. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Mitchell Kessler set a new personal record while Makenli Forrest set a new meet record as the University of Louisville track and field team won the men’s and women’s hammer throw to open the Louisville Invitational on Friday afternoon.  While Aaron Johnson finished 12th in his collegiate decathlon debut to conclude the Tennessee Relays. 1500m (Decathlon)7. Aaron Johnson – 5:06.59 Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Zynga Stock Falls As Company Decides Not to Enter RealMoney Gambling Market

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Yesterday afternoon, Zynga delivered a brutal second quarter earnings report and its stock nosedived 18% after hours. Its executives, newly minted CEO Don Mattrick, Zynga founder Mark Pincus, COO David Ko and CFO Mark Vranesh, made no excuses for the poor performance. “We know our our results are unacceptable,” Ko stated on the call. Although the company slightly beat less-than-stellar Wall Street expectations, there was no hiding its shrinking number of active users or dwindling revenue. Worse, Zynga made the decision to take away all remaining hope that the company might soon turn around.The one thing Zynga had going for it was that it was well positioned to own the real-money gambling (RMG) market in the United States if it became legalized. Yesterday, Zynga announced its decision to pull away from RMG all together. The only excuse given, frustratingly without elaboration: that Zynga needs to focus on casual games.”Zynga is in a transition and we must stay focused and prioritize against the biggest opportunities that leverage our DNA in social and free to play,” Ko said of the decision. But to pull out of RMG suddenly without offering a thorough explanation is disastrous. Macquarie Equities Research calls the move “a bombshell.””The fact is many investors owned the stock almost solely for their belief in the real money gaming potential,” the PE firm writes.It’s also clear that Zynga hasn’t been run as leanly as its rivals. Despite shuttering a few of its offices and laying off more than 600 people last quarter, Zynga still has 2,300 employees. By comparison, Candy Crush creator King has 400 employees; Angry Birds maker Rovio ended 2012 with 518. Rich Greenfield of BTIG pointed that out during the call.”I’m wondering given that [King is] keen to be making more money now than Zynga, why is one of the first moves not to cut the company in half or in a quarter, gaining a substantially greater contraction of the employee base than what’s been previously announced?” he asked.”In relation to what Kings accomplished, I think they’ve done an incredible job,” Mattrick said. “I’ll fess up. I am a Candy Crush player and I’ve enjoyed it, evangelized it and it’s lived up to those attributes that I spoke about in the first place. Imagine if we can start getting the leverage out of our 2,300 people that Kings is getting out of their 400 people. Would we be driving better financial results? I believe we would.”To further test the new CEO, Greenfield asked what Mattrick believes makes a good mobile game. It’s not clear Mattrick passed.Mattrick said he believes a great game is “just incredibly fun” and one people want to share. Neither is the winning recipe behind Candy Crush, which uses a number of tactics to keep people addicted and buying virtual goods. For example, Candy Crush limits the amount of levels a person can play in a given day; users also run out of lives, at which point they can purchase more. It operates like an arcade. In fairness to Mattrick, he’s only been on the job for two weeks.It’s clear Zynga is a long time from a turnaround, if it’s even possible. Mattrick optimistically suggested two to four more quarters of volatility.”There‘s no denying we’re not where we want to be,” Mattrick said. “We’ve not met our investors’ expectations, we’ve not met our own expectations and most importantly, we’ve not met our players’ expectations.  But there’s also no denying that we have what it takes to get back to winning.” July 26, 2013 4 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global This story originally appeared on Business Insider Register Now »last_img read more

Best Laptops for Photo Editing 2019 Top Notebooks for Photographers

first_img Microsoft Surface Book 2 (15-inch) Review » Dell XPS 15 (2019) Review » You haven’t seen a good laptop display until you’ve feasted your eyes on the OLED panel gracing the newest Dell XPS 15. With exceptional brightness and color reproduction, this pricey upgrade is a photographer’s dream. The 15.6-inch laptop also gives you tons of power to run even the most demanding photo-editing software, all packaged in a chassis that can be easily transported from shoot to shoot. But our favorite thing about the 2019 model is that the webcam has returned to its rightful position, above the display. Pros: Striking 4K OLED display; Awesome overall performance; Webcam is where it should be; Slim, premium designCons: Meh battery lifeKey Specs: — CPU: Intel Core i5/Core i7/Core i9 | GPU: Intel UHD 630/GeForce GTX 1650 | RAM: 8GB/16GB/32GB | Storage: 256GB/512GB/1TB | Display: 15.6-inch, 1080p or 4K | Size: 14.1 x 9.3 x 0.7 inches | Weight: 4.5 pounds Best Apple Laptop: 15-inch MacBook Pro Microsoft Surface Pro 6 deals?261 Amazon customer reviews☆☆☆☆☆US$899US$698.95ViewUS$699ViewUS$699ViewUS$699.97ViewShow More DealsWe check over 130 million products every day for the best pricespowered by Best Business: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GameIf You Have a Computer, This Strategy Game Is a Must-HaveVikings: Free Online GameUndoKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoCNN International for ANAWhy Tennis Pundits Are Tipping This WomanCNN International for ANAUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndo247 SportsRanking The Highest-Paid NBA Players In 2019247 SportsUndoAdvertisement Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Review » Photographers who spend hours painstakingly laboring over a photo’s every pixel require a machine with speedy performance, a decent graphics card and a fast hard drive. Of course, the most important laptop component for photographers is a beautiful display capable of accurately reproducing a wide range of colors.For those who also dabble in video, check out our best video editing laptops. Just like our recommended laptops for photography, these machines have gorgeous displays, but they offer a bit more performance on the whole. If you prefer to edit photos on a touch screen using your finger or a stylus then head over to our best touch screen laptops and best 2-in-1 pages for more specific recommendations. And you can read our guide on how to pin the on-screen keyboard when you’re in tablet mode. We recently reviewed the 15-inch Spectre x360, which has a 4K OLED display that went up against the likes of the MacBook Pro.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 For power users, the upcoming ThinkPad X1 Extreme refresh has an optional 4K OLED display. At Computex 2019, we were introduced to the Asus ZenBook Pro Duo, which flaunts a primary 15.6-inch, 4K OLED display along with a secondary 14-inch, 4K panel on the deck. Business users should seriously consider the Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1, although its panel is a bit dim, and gamers will want to save up for the Alienware m15 OLED. You could also hold off for a couple of months and wait for the first string of laptops with Intel’s 10th Gen processors, which provide a nice performance boost over 8th Gen CPUs. We have laptop recommendations for every type of photographer. Here are some excellent choices that fit photo editors’ demanding criteria. Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 Review » Lenovo Legion Y7000 deals?1 Walmart customer review☆☆☆☆☆US$1,299.99US$1,179.88ViewUS$1,290ViewUS$1,299ViewWe check over 130 million products every day for the best pricespowered by HP ZBook Studio x360 G5 Review » Gaming laptops are inherently great for photo editing. Why? Because they come with discrete graphics, which is a major perk when you’re running GPU-intensive programs like Photoshop. An excellent balance of price and performance, the Lenovo Legion Y7000 is the best gaming laptop for photo editing — at least, for most people. The Y7000 sports a vivid 15.6-inch, 1080p display and its keyboard is up to the quality that we expect from Lenovo. Pros: Sleek, elegant design; Strong performance; Solid battery life; Good keyboardCons: Disappointing speakers; Awful nosecam Key Specs: — CPU: Intel Core i7 | GPU: GeForce GTX 1060 | RAM: 16GB | Storage: 256GB + 1TB HDD | Display: 15.6-inch, 1080p | Size: 14.2 x 10.5 x 1.1 inches | Weight: 5.3 pounds Most Versatile: Microsoft Surface Book 2 (15-inch) The Microsoft Surface Book 2 is the Transformer of premium laptops. A detachable 2-in-1, the Surface Book 2 is among the most versatile machines on the market. Its unique fulcrum hinge lets you fold the display back flat, while the dock turns it into a detachable tablet. This flexibility is great for photographers who use a stylus and who frequently travel.Featuring a unique 3:2 aspect ratio, the 15-inch display on the Surface Book 2 is capable of producing 131 percent of the sRGB color gamut and has a maximum brightness level of 417 nits. Given its extremely high price, you’d expect top-of-the-line performance, and that’s exactly what you get. The Intel Core i7-8650U processor and optional Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU on high-end configurations will breeze through photo-editing tasks.Pros: Flexible bendback and convertible design; Long battery life; Colorful, bright display; Accurate stylus; Powerful graphicsCons: Expensive; No Thunderbolt 3Key Specs: — CPU: Intel Core i7 | GPU: GeForce GTX 1060 | RAM: 16GB | Storage: 256GB/512GB/1TB | Display: 15-inch, 3240 x 2160-pixel | Size: 13.5 x 9.9 x 0.9 inches | Weight: 4.2 pounds The 15-inch MacBook Pro is a favorite among photographers not only for its proprietary Apple software but because this premium laptop has an impressive 15.4-inch Retina display that is both sharp and vibrant. While it’ll cost you a pretty penny, the MacBook Pro’s outstanding SSD performance is unrivaled, enabling you to render and transfer RAW photos in the blink of an eye. Travelling photographers will appreciate the laptop’s slim design and long battery life. Pros: Record-breaking SSD speeds; Premium, lightweight design; Vivid, detailed display; Long battery lifeCons: No USB-A port; ExpensiveKey Specs: — CPU: Intel Core i7/Core i9 | GPU: AMD Radeon Pro 560X/Pro Vega 16/Pro Vega 20 | RAM: 16GB/32GB | Storage: 512GB/1TB/2TB/4TB | Display: 15.4-inch, 2800 x 1800-pixel | Size: 13.8 x 9.5 x 0.6 inches | Weight: 4 pounds From $2199.99 Bestbuy From $1649.00 Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga deals?44 Amazon customer reviews☆☆☆☆☆US$1,099ViewUS$1,353.56ViewUS$1,379.99ViewUS$2,244.94US$1,749.99ViewShow More DealsWe check over 130 million products every day for the best pricespowered by HP Envy 13 (2019) Review » Lenovo Phillip Tracy is a senior writer at Tom’s Guide and Laptop Mag, where he reviews laptops and covers the latest industry news. After graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Phillip became a tech reporter at the Daily Dot. There, he wrote reviews for a range of gadgets and covered everything from social media trends to cybersecurity. Prior to that, he wrote for RCR Wireless News and NewBay Media. When he’s not tinkering with devices, you can find Phillip playing video games, reading, listening to indie music or watching soccer. Author Bio Best Overall: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 deals?107 Amazon customer reviews☆☆☆☆☆US$999US$798.89ViewUS$799ViewUS$799ViewUS$999ViewShow More DealsWe check over 130 million products every day for the best pricespowered by HP Envy 13 (2019) deals?US$1,999US$1,439ViewUS$1,999US$1,549ViewUS$1,999US$1,609ViewNo price informationCheck WalmartWe check over 130 million products every day for the best pricespowered by Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro (2018) Review » From $999.00 From $1.00 Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch (2018) deals?US$1,999.99ViewUS$2,079.99ViewUS$2,399US$2,198ViewUS$2,499ViewShow More DealsWe check over 130 million products every day for the best pricespowered by Amazon Best 17-inch: LG Gram 17 Microsoft Surface Go Review » Lenovo Best Gaming: Lenovo Legion Y7000 LG Gram 17 deals?US$1,409.95ViewUS$1,699.99US$1,586.62ViewUS$1,699.99ViewUS$1,799.99ViewShow More DealsWe check over 130 million products every day for the best pricespowered by Our favorite detachable just got even better with the Surface Pro 6, which significantly improves battery life and performance when compared to its predecessors. Now equipped with a quad-core CPU, the 2-in-1 can run Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom without breaking a sweat. The 12.3-inch, 2736 x 1823 resolution display is everything a photo editor could ask for — it’s bright, vivid and accurate. In fact, it covers a very good 136 percent of the sRGB color gamut and reached more than 400 nits of brightness. You’ll have to buy the Surface Pen and the Type Cover separately, but they add a ton of functionality to this lightweight (1.7 pounds) tablet. And the Surface Pro 6 remains one of few devices with a kickstand that lets you use it as a traditional laptop, a tablet or in studio mode.You can also wait for the Surface Pro 7 to show up sometime in the near future.Pros: Vivid and accurate display; Superfast performance; Long battery life; Snappy keyboardCons: No USB-C; Sluggish SSDKey Specs: — CPU: Intel Core i5/Core i7 | GPU: Intel UHD 620 | RAM: 8GB/16GB | Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB/TB | Display: 12.3-inch, 2736 x 1824-pixel | Size: 11.5 x 7.9 x 0.3 inches | Weight: 1.7 pounds/2.4 pounds (with keyboard)center_img Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme deals?1 Amazon customer review☆☆☆☆☆US$2,030.96US$1,654.99ViewUS$1,938.76ViewDeal ends Sun 1 SepUS$1,951.78ViewUS$2,459ViewShow More DealsWe check over 130 million products every day for the best pricespowered by From $899.00 HP ZBook Studio x360 G5 deals?US$1,693.57ViewUS$1,699ViewUS$2,699US$2,291.23ViewUS$2,291.23ViewShow More DealsWe check over 130 million products every day for the best pricespowered by The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga is the best laptop for photo editing, thanks to its flexible design, gorgeous display and fast performance.While the 2K resolution on the X1 Yoga’s display doesn’t break records, it’s plenty sharp for pixel peepers and has fantastic qualities, including brilliant colors (201 percent of the sRGB color gamut) that are extremely accurate. It also gets blindingly bright at 477 nits. Photographers who prefer using a stylus will appreciate the touch-sensitive panel and flexible 2-in-1 design.With an Intel Core i7-8650U processor and NVMe SSD, the ThinkPad X1 Yoga can handle anything you throw at it. Additionally, artists and photographers inspired by nature won’t need to worry about taking this durable laptop into the wild — the X1 Yoga passed 12 MIL-Spec tests.Pros: Vivid, accurate and bright display; Slim, durable design; Fast performanceCons: Battery life is only OK; PriceyKey Specs: — CPU: Intel Core i5/Core i7 | GPU: Intel UHD 620 | RAM: 8GB/16GB | Storage: 256GB/512GB/1TB | Display: 14-inch, 1080p or 2560 x 1440-pixel | Size: 12.7 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches | Weight: 3.1 pounds The follow-up to one of our favorite laptops improves upon a winning formula in almost every way. The Surface Laptop 2 retains the original’s unique fabric chassis, which gives the laptop a luxurious and inviting feel. For photographers, the 13.5-inch, 2K display is exceptionally vivid, capable of reproducing an amazing 176 percent of the sRGB color gamut. That tops the XPS 13, MacBook Pro and Spectre 13. The Surface Laptop 2 also has long battery life, fast performance and a useful magnetic Surface connector. Pros: Striking fabric design; Bright and vivid display; Good keyboard; Long battery lifeCons: Slow SSD; Loud fan; Pre-loaded with Windows 10SKey Specs: — CPU: Intel Core i5/Core i7 | GPU: Intel UHD 620 | RAM: 8GB/16GB | Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB | Display: 13.5-inch, 2256 x 1504-pixel | Size: 12.1 x 8.8 x 0.6 inches | Weight: 2.7 pounds Amazon Microsoft Surface Go deals?198 Amazon customer reviews☆☆☆☆☆US$398.99ViewUS$399ViewUS$399ViewUS$399.99ViewShow More DealsWe check over 130 million products every day for the best pricespowered by Amazon LG Gram 17 Review » Best Value: HP Envy 13 (2019) The latest HP Envy 13 is an excellent all-around laptop that has a sleek, stylish aluminum chassis, fast performance and more than 11 hours of battery life (on the 1080p model). At $799, the Envy 13 is a cheaper alternative to the XPS 13 but offers some features Dell’s laptop doesn’t, including a webcam kill switch and a unique elevated hinge. Pros: Attractive chassis; Thin and lightweight; Fast performance; Crisp speakers; Long battery life (on FHD model)Cons: Poor battery life (on 4K model); No Thunderbolt 3 Key Specs: — CPU: Intel Core i5/Core i7 | GPU: Intel UHD 620/GeForce MX250 | RAM: 8GB/16GB | Storage: 256GB/512GB/1TB | Display: 13.3-inch, 1080p or 4K | Size: 12.1 x 8.3 x 0.6 inches | Weight: 2.8 pounds From $1859.00 Best Performance: HP ZBook Studio x360 G5 From $2499.00 Best 13-inch: Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 The HP ZBook Studio x360 G5’s 15.6-inch 4K display is extremely detailed and vibrant. Coupled with blistering workstation-class performance, this beastly machine is an excellent option for photo editors who need the most powerful setup to run demanding programs.  Better yet, the x360 G5 has a rugged chassis for those times you’re out in the field, and its lengthy battery life means you don’t need to stay near an outlet. The x360 G5 can be configured with premium components, including an Intel Xeon E-2186M CPU (with Quadro P1000 graphics), 32GB of RAM, and two 2TB SSDs. We suggest photo editors opt for the 4K Dreamcolor touch screen over the FHD model. Pros: Versatile design; Gorgeous 4K display; Military grade durability; Long battery life; Amazing performanceCons: Lid flexes; Poor webcam; ExpensiveKey Specs: — CPU: Intel Core i5/Core i7/Core i9/Xeon | GPU: Intel UHD 630/Nvidia Quadro P1000/Quadro P2000 | RAM: 8GB/16GB/32GB/64GB | Storage: Up to 4TB | Display: 15.6-inch, 1080p or 4K | Size: 14.2 x 9.7 x 0.8 inches | Weight: 4.9 pounds From $799.00 Best Budget: Microsoft Surface Go Bestbuy Best 15-inch: Dell XPS 15 (2019) Dell XPS 15 (2019) deals?US$1,489.99US$1,319ViewUS$1,699.99US$1,324.99ViewUS$1,349ViewUS$1,489.99ViewShow More DealsWe check over 130 million products every day for the best pricespowered by From $399.00 From $1099.99 Lenovo Legion Y7000 Review » Photographers who want the benefits of a business laptop should look no further than the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme. The 15.6-inch laptop takes everything we love about the ThinkPad series to the next level. It has an excellent keyboard, tons of security features and a wide range of ports, all included in a sleek, durable chassis. And while its battery life could be better, the X1 Extreme is one of the fastest laptops we’ve ever tested.But the crown jewel of the ThinkPad X1 Extreme is its jaw-dropping 4K HDR display, which covers an outstanding 186 percent of the sRGB color gamut. That tops the displays on the Dell XPS 15, 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro and the Asus ZenBook Pro 15. The X1 Extreme’s panel also reached a solid 366 nits of brightness. Pros: Stunning 4K HDR display; Slim, durable chassis; Fantastic keyboard; Blazing-fast performanceCons: Disappointing battery life; Runs warmKey Specs: — CPU: Intel Core i5/Core i7 | GPU: GeForce GTX 1050Ti | RAM: 8GB/16GB/32GB/64GB | Storage: 256GB/512GB/1TB | Display: 15.6-inch, 1080p or 4K | Size: 14.2 x 9.7 x 0.7 inches | Weight: 3.8 pounds (FHD)/4 pounds (4K) For $400, the Microsoft Surface Go gets you a gorgeous 10-inch, 1800 x 1200-pixel display that is both colorful and bright. The panel covers an impressive 129 percent of the sRGB color gamut and is easily visible outdoors, with 415 nits of brightness. While you’ll have to buy it separately, the keyboard accessory for the Surface Go is comfortable to type on and includes a touchpad. Also, the optional stylus is a joy to draw with. Pros: Class-leading display; Useful keyboard and pen; Windows Hello login with facial recognition Cons: Short battery life; Thick bezels Key Specs: — CPU: Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y | GPU: Intel UHD 615 | RAM: 8GB/16GB | Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB | Display: 10-inch, 1800 x 1200-pixel | Size: 9.7 x 6.9 x 0.3 inches | Weight: 1.2 pounds When photographers touch-up their pictures, they need to see every last detail, which is why the editing is often done on a massive monitor. But how can you get the same precision when you’re on the go? Meet the LG Gram 17, a remarkably portable laptop with excellent battery life and a large, high-resolution 17-inch display. How portable is it really? Get this: the Gram 17 fits a 17-inch display into a featherweight 3-pound chassis that’s about the size of a 15-inch laptop.Another reason photographers will love the Gram 17 is for its display. The laptop’s bright and vivid panel has a resolution of 2560 x 1600 and its unique 16:10 aspect ratio lets you see more content at once without scrolling. Pros: Lightest 17-inch laptop ever; Excellent battery life; Vivid, detailed displayCons: Keyboard quirks; No discrete GPU; Slow SSDKey Specs: — CPU: Intel Core i7 | GPU: Intel UHD 620 | RAM: 16GB | Storage: 512GB | Display: 17-inch, 2560 x 1600-pixel | Size: 15 x 10.5 x 0.7 inches | Weight: 3 pounds Microsoft Surface Book 2 (15 inch) deals?341 Amazon customer reviews☆☆☆☆☆US$2,499US$1,999ViewUS$2,199ViewUS$2,199ViewUS$2,199ViewShow More DealsWe check over 130 million products every day for the best pricespowered by From $1699.00 Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Review » Best Detachable: Microsoft Surface Pro 6 Microsoft Surface Pro 6 Review » Dell Phillip Tracy, From $2.00 Phillip Tracy,last_img read more

uThukela walks for wellnessuThukela walks for wellness

first_imguThukela held their annual wellness walk, which is about health awareness, on Thursday (November 24). The staff of uThukela District Municipality held a wellness day that included a walk from their offices to 5SAI army base.“The staff are orientated on hygiene, diet and what symptoms to look out for with various illnesses,” said Gugu Mazibuko, the manager of the municipal health department.The reason for the walk is that government promotes a healthy lifestyle for workers in order for them to perform to the best of their ability in their jobs.There were many other fun activities for the employees to take part in, such as aerobics and tug-of-war.The walkers were seen enjoying themselves and cheering each other on. Some of them walked in groups while others sustained a slow jog. DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

UStrained Iraqi troops to join Ramadi counteroffensive

first_imgCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   The Iraqi troops advancing on Anbar and others are being trained by the approximately 3,360 troops now in Iraq who are also advising Iraqi commanders on battle plans, and providing security for U.S. personnel and facilities. The U.S., joined by several coalition partners, also is conducting airstrikes daily to chip away at IS’ grip on large parts of Iraq.American military leaders have said they would recommend to Obama that he approve moving U.S. military advisers and perhaps special operations forces closer to the front lines if they believed it would make a decisive difference at certain stages of the Iraqi campaign.Warren said they have not done so yet.Obama’s critics in Congress complain that he is missing an opportunity to swiftly defeat the Islamic State by not sending U.S. ground combat troops or at least placing military advisers with Iraqi units to make them more effective.After Iraqi troops abandoned Ramadi in early May, handing IS its biggest battlefield victory of 2015, Carter caused a stir when he said Iraq’s army “just showed no will to fight.” That frank assessment exposed a central Iraqi weakness born of the country’s sectarian split. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Quick workouts for mencenter_img In addition to the 3,000 newly trained Iraqi soldiers now operating in the Ramadi area, about 500 Sunni Arab tribal fighters have also recently joined the advancing force, Warren said.The Iraqi government intends to exclude all Shiite militias from the Ramadi operation, even those said to be under control of the Iraqi government — a key move toward getting the troops to work together effectively.In a photo opportunity with Carter, al-Abadi noted the recent delivery of Iraq’s first F-16 fighter jets from the U.S. as a sign of the value of U.S.-Iraqi relations. But he made it clear the battle against IS was Iraq’s.“It is Iraqi forces that are fighting on the ground and that are liberating remaining territory from Daesh,” he said, using the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group.Carter visited the Iraqi Counterterrorism Service Academy, where he watched Iraqi soldiers maneuver and fire at silhouette targets at a range. Some soldiers wore partial or full face masks.“Your forces have performed so very well, so very bravely,” Carter told them. “And I know that you have suffered great losses too, but I just wanted to tell you that it is very clear to us in Washington what a capable force this is. So it’s a privilege for us to be your partners.” BAGHDAD (AP) — For the first time, Iraqi troops trained by the U.S.-led coalition have been added to the assault force Iraq is using to retake the city of Ramadi, a U.S. military official said Thursday.The news that about 3,000 U.S.-trained Iraqi army soldiers were added to the fight in recent days was disclosed to U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, who spent the day getting updates and meeting with U.S. and Iraqi officials and commanders in Baghdad. It was Carter’s first visit to Iraq since he took office in February. Carter noted that the Iraqi forces abandoned their weapons and equipment, including dozens of American-supplied tanks, armored fighting vehicles and artillery pieces, even though they outnumbered IS fighters. They became part of the IS arsenal and were then targeted in U.S. airstrikes.A U.S. official noted that comment didn’t come up between Carter and al-Abadi.IS will again be outnumbered when, as expected, the Iraqi army makes a renewed assault on Ramadi. Warren said there are between 1,000 and 2,000 Islamic State fighters in Ramadi and “several thousand” Iraqi troops in the area now.The loss of Ramadi was a major setback for Iraq, not just for the territory given up but for the psychological blow it inflicted on the security forces, whose confidence already was low.It also meant a delay in the push to retake a city of even greater strategic importance, Mosul in northern Iraq. Mosul has been in IS hands since June 2014.When Carter became Pentagon chief in February, U.S. military officials were talking about hoping the Iraqis would march on the city by May. Those hopes had faded even before Ramadi fell. Still, the current focus on recapturing Ramadi eventually will have to shift to Mosul and other parts of western and northern Iraq if Obama’s vision of empowering a unified Iraq is to become reality. The visit comes at an important moment for the Iraqi government just before the counteroffensive on Ramadi. The actual assault on the city has not yet begun, but a Pentagon spokesman, Army Col. Steve Warren, said it could start within several weeks.The Ramadi campaign will be a crucial test not only for the Iraqi government led by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, but also for the U.S. strategy of relying on Iraqi security forces, operating in coordination with U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, to overcome the smaller Islamic State forces.President Barack Obama has opted not to commit U.S. ground combat forces to Iraq, saying the only lasting solution is for Iraq to fight for itself.Warren said the Pentagon chief was told that two Iraqi army brigades totaling about 3,000 soldiers joined the Ramadi counteroffensive within the past three days to five days. “This is a development we are very satisfied to hear,” Warren said.He said one of those newly trained units advanced about 4 miles toward Ramadi within the last 24 hours.Warren said U.S. officials received Iraqi battlefield reports that say Iraqi forces have advanced to or near Anbar University in Ramadi. 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first_img Top Stories There weren’t a lot of penalties called on the Arizona Cardinals during their 26-20 overtime win over the Green Bay Packers last Saturday night.In fact, the Cardinals were flagged only three times for 26 yards in the victory that pushed them into the NFC Championship Game against Carolina Sunday.One of them was a 15-yard personal foul call on wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald in the third quarter for what was called a blindside block against Green Bay safety Morgan Burnett on an end-around run by John Brown. What would have been 2nd-and-goal at the Packers’ 3-yard line turned into a 1st-and-goal at the 20. The Cardinals had to settle for a Chandler Catanzaro field goal that pulled Arizona to within three points. 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo A guest on the Big Red Rage with Calais Campbell on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Thursday night, Fitzgerald got praise from his teammate about the block he threw.“That block you threw against Green Bay, where they threw a flag on you, I was so hyped,” Campbell said.Fitzgerald responded immediately.“Well then help me pay my fine, man,” he said. “Twenty-three thousand dollars, man. Help me out.”Arizona Sports’ Paul Calvisi was incredulous about the fine, pointing out that Fitzgerald isn’t a repeat offender.“No, it hurt me,” Fitzgerald said.Fitzgerald’s head coach, Bruce Arians, didn’t agree with the call on his receiver.“I thought it was a clean block,” Arians told Bickley and Marotta Monday on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “In my opinion, it’s still a clean block. I didn’t think he hit (Burnett) in the head, I thought he hit him in the chest, but he slid up and the guy’s ricocheted back and it looked like he hit him in the head.“I’ll still argue it was a clean block.”The league disagreed, of course, and it will cost Fitzgerald. – / 40 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) warms up prior to an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Green Bay Packers, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)last_img read more