Noted journalist Ranjit Guru passes away

first_imgBhubaneswar: Noted journalist and columnist Ranjit Guru passed away at a private hospital here following a brief illness, family sources said on Sunday. He was 61 and is survived by wife and a daughter. Guru, who was admitted to a private hospital here a few days ago, breathed his last in the early hours at around 12.30 am, they said. A host of dignitaries including Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Union Petroleum and Steel Minister Dharmendra Pradhan have condoled the demise of Guru. Guru had carved a special identity for himself by highlighting important issues through his writings and columns, Patnaik said on Twitter while expressing grief over the passing away of the senior journalist.last_img

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Shaw getting ready to raise prices for its main residential service CEO

first_imgCALGARY — Residential customers of Shaw Communications Inc. will likely see a price increase for their internet and television services, chief executive Brad Shaw said Thursday after the company’s annual meeting in Calgary.Shaw’s chief competitor in Western Canada, Telus Corp., has already announced price increases that will take effect Feb. 25.Shaw told reporters that the details of the cable, internet and wireless company’s price increases haven’t been decided but they will most likely take effect in April.He said the cost of getting rights to sports programing is getting higher for Shaw and other Canadian television service providers, even though audiences are falling.“It’s a real concern,” Shaw said. “How are Canadian companies even going to be able to compete?”He said that Shaw doesn’t get special treatment from Toronto-based Corus Entertainment — a publicly traded company that’s partly owned by the Shaw family and Shaw Communications.Corus owns more than 40 specialty television channels, some acquired along with the Global television network that it acquired from Shaw in April 2016.“Even though they’re both family controlled, the family really says (they’ve) got to stand on (their) own,” Shaw said.He said Corus has had a “fight on its hands” because of competition with other forms of entertainment, such as Netflix, but added that its most recent quarter was promising.Corus reported last week that its overall revenue for the quarter ended Nov. 30 totalled $467.5 million, up from $457.4 million and above the estimate of $451.2 million. Its television division had the biggest revenue increase, rising to $426.2 million from $415.5 million a year earlier.Despite the higher first-quarter revenue, Corus profit attributable to shareholders fell to $60.4 million, from $77.7 million a year earlier, partly because of its accounting for a revaluing of a TV brand that will be retired and replaced this year.Shaw Communications, on the other hand, beat analyst estimates for both profit and revenue over the same period — mainly because of its Freedom Mobile wireless division. Its main cable and internet business, however, saw virtually no revenue growth as it lost video subscribers and home phone customers.However, the profit margin at Shaw’s wireline residential services was up significantly from last year’s first quarter as management focused on optimizing its consumer business’ by removing costs where possible.A year ago, Shaw Communications announced a major employee buyout program aimed primarily at its residential consumer business, as part of adopting to a new generation of network technology using the Comcast X1 platform.Brad Shaw told reporters Thursday that it was “absolutely the right move” given the company’s need to be agile and more automated but added that the loss of 3,000 people “it’s a little bit emotional.”— by David Paddon in Toronto Companies in this story: (TSX:SJR.B, TSX:CJR.B)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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BC Hydro report that thermostats are heating up relationships

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – In a new report published by BC Hydro, four out of 10 B.C. couples argue over the temperature in the household.Findings from their report titled ‘Thermostat wars: How the battle over household temperatures is turning up the heat on relationships’ are that as common as it is for couples across the province to argue about temperature, five percent of couples describe their situation as an “all-out thermostat war.”BC Hydro found out with a survey they commissioned, that British Columbian couples will go to great lengths to get their way when it comes to the temperature of their home. Twice as many couples are motived by comfort than cost savings. The survey included that more than 60 percent of people admitted to adjusting the thermostat when their partner was not looking and 50 percent say they have waited for their partner to leave the home before adjusting the dial. There is also the 20 percent that admits to turning the temperature up or down just to annoy their partner.Also revealed in the survey was what temperature the thermostat is set at as being one of the most contentious household arguments, this being ahead of who is cooking dinner, what time the dreaded morning alarm is set for, and who forgot to turn off the lights when they left the house.However, many of these arguments are often based around misconceptions, for example;Cranking up the thermostat does not heat the home up faster than turning it up a degree or two at a time.It is not more energy-efficient to keep the thermostat at a constant temperature instead of adjusting it based on the time of day or what activity is going on in the home.Turning on a space heater is not always a more energy-efficient way to keep warm.BC Hydro is encouraging British Columbian couples with Valentine’s around the corner to call an end to the thermostat war. It recommends setting the thermostat at 21 degrees Celsius when relaxing or watching T.V., 18 degrees Celsius when cooking or doing housework, and 16 degrees Celsius when away from home or sleeping.Other tips to reduce heating costs and stay comfortable this winter include:Using a programmable or smart thermostat to automatically adjust the temperature of the home based on the time of day.Installing weatherstripping around doors and windows to seal up gaps and cracks that let cold air into the home and warm air out – and lead to higher heating costs.Using BC Hydro’s electricity tracking tools to see how adjusting the thermostat can impact a household’s electricity use and costs.last_img read more

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UN mission in South Sudan mourns fallen peacekeepers

In a statement, Hilde Johnson, Special Representative of the Secretary-General,paid tribute to Warrant Officers Dharmesh Sangwan and Kumar Pal Singh as “brave and courageous soldiers,” and extended her condolences to the families and loved ones of the fallen peacekeepers. The peacekeepers, along with some 20 civilians, lost their lives when an estimated 2,000 heavily armed youth believed to be of Lour Nuer ethnicity surrounded the outpost and opened fire on the Dinka ethnic civilians, who had been seeking refuge inside. Another Indian peacekeeper was wounded in the incident. After the deadly attack, the assailants fled with arms, ammunition and other supplies. With the security and humanitarian situations in South Sudan deteriorating as a result of the country’s ongoing political disputes, yesterday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the members of the Security Council issued separate statements strongly condemning the ongoing violence, including the attack on the UNMISS base. Deadly clashes have escalated in South Sudan since last weekend, according to media reports, following what President Salva Kiir’s Government claimed was an attempted coup by soldiers loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar, who was dismissed in July. Ms. Johnson, who also heads UNMISS, noted the Council’s press statement, which called on the South Sudanese Government to swiftly investigate the attack and bring the perpetrators to justice. “As a Mission, we are inspired by the dedication shown by the Indian troops,” said Ms. Johnson, who laid wreaths on the coffins of the slain peacekeepers during the ceremony which was held at the Mission’s compound adjacent to Juba International Airport. “Had it not been for their bravery, the death toll at the (UNMISS base) could have been higher.” She asked colleagues and other mourners to pray for the speedy recovery of wounded Battalion Warrant Officer Mondal Shabul, who, the Mission reported yesterday, was receiving medical aid for a chest wound at the UNMISS facility in Malakal. Ms. Johnson also emphasized the resolve of the peacekeeping mission to carry out its mandate to support South Sudan and help protect its people. “This horrendous act…will not stop us from carrying out our work,” she declared, and added: “To anyone who wants to threaten us, attack us or put obstacles in our way, our message remains loud and clear: we will not be intimidated.” South Sudan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Barnaba Marial Benjamin, reaffirmed his Government’s commitment to fully investigate the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice. “The people of South Sudan deeply regret the irresponsible and cowardly act that has led to the loss of life of these great soldiers,” he said. “We extend our deep condolences to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the Security Council and to the UN family as a whole.” In April, five UNMISS Indian Battalion peacekeepers died in an ambush in the Jonglei county of Pibor, and the Indian Ambassador to South Sudan Parmod K. Bajaj called on the parties to the current crisis in the country to resolve their differences peacefully through negotiations. “In South Sudan, seven of our soldiers have laid down their lives during the performance of their duties,” said Ambassador Bajaj. “We are extremely proud and honored by their ultimate sacrifice, (which) will not go in vain.” read more

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Iraq a country of hope amid debris of war says UNICEF chief

Anthony Lake wrapped up his visit to the crisis-torn Middle Eastern country on Wednesday. Upon finishing his visit, Mr. Lake said: “I leave Iraq at a time when the country is facing significant challenges and opportunities. Yet everywhere I visited – East Mosul, Baghdad, Fallujah, Erbil – children and their families told me of their dreams and their determination to make them real.” Some 1.4 million children have been displaced by the violence in Iraq and 200,000 children remain trapped in Mosul where heavy fighting between Government forces and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh), persists. “UNICEF is working hard to provide children and families affected by the crisis in Mosul with lifesaving supplies of water, access to sanitation facilities, psychosocial support and the opportunity to get back to learning as soon as possible,” stated Mr. Lake. The UNICEF chief visited schools in Fallujah that had reopened amid the debris of war and met with students who said they had dreams of being engineers and doctors. “We are working with the Government of Iraq to provide all children in Iraq, with the resources they need to reach those dreams ¬– whether that means new classrooms, notebooks or accelerated learning programmes,” he said. “Because it is these students who, if they have the skills in their heads and healing in their hearts, will move the country from the conflicts of the past towards a peaceful future,” he emphasized. read more

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Camron Justice helps IUPUI prevail over Bradley 8573

INDIANAPOLIS — Camron Justice was 15-for-15 shooting from the free-throw line and scored 27 points as IUPUI improved on its best start since 2009 with an 85-73 victory over Bradley on Wednesday night.The Jaguars were coming off back-to-back wins at the Niagara Regional of the Fort Myers Tip-Off, where they beat St. Francis (Brooklyn) and Grambling State, and Justice was named Regional MVP.IUPUI (5-2) led, 44-38 at intermission, but Elijah Childs’ jumper with 8:18 left pulled Bradley within four, 61-57. Justice hit two free throws and Grant Weatherford and Ahmed Ismail each added a layup to push the lead back to double digits.Ismail came off the bench to give the Jags 13 points, five boards and two blocked shots.Luuk van Bree, a senior from the Netherlands, had 18 points off the Bradley (6-2) bench. Darrell Brown added 15 points.The Associated Press read more

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Pair of Ohio State outfielders expected to go in first 10 rounds

Junior left fielder Ronnie Dawson (4) rounds the bases after hitting a home run during OSU’s 12-1 win over Hofstra on March 18 at Bill Davis Stadium.Credit: Giustino Bovenzi | Lantern reporterThe season may be over for the Ohio State baseball team, but there is still plenty of baseball left ahead for several of the key players in the team’s lineup.With the 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft set to begin on June 9, players like junior left fielder Ronnie Dawson and junior center fielder Troy Montgomery should be prepared to hear their names called by teams in the first 10 rounds of the 40-round draft.Entering the season, both outfielders were considered to be top college baseball prospects. According to Baseball America, Dawson was the fourth best prospect in the Big Ten, and Montgomery was the sixth best.The top prospect among all draft-eligible OSU players is Dawson. The junior outfielder finished the season with a slash line of .331/.419/.611 with 13 home runs, 21 stolen bases in 25 attempts and 37 walks to only 43 strikeouts. He is currently ranked as the 53rd best prospect according to Baseball America and 121st on MLB.com. OSU coach Greg Beals reflected on how much the outfielder has grown since joining the team and how much devotion he puts into his improvement.“Ronnie is very cerebral about his hitting approach,” Beals said. “He takes a lot of swings, maybe more than anyone else on the team in preparation. The biggest thing is how he has matured mentally. He’s a high-energy guy. When he first came here, it was all a rollercoaster ride. He’d get all jacked up then have a couple bat at-bats. It was up and down.”Beals said he feels Dawson has found a way to turn raw abilities into true baseball talent and results.“It can simply be said that Ronnie came in here as an athlete,” Beals said. “He’s now a baseball player with great athletic ability, a skilled baseball player.”Dawson’s development has moved him into consideration as one of the better college bats in the draft. Jim Callis, executive editor of Baseball America and MLB.com draft and prospect expert, said he looks at Dawson as a high-upside bat who is liable to go in the second or third round of the draft.“I think he’s got one of the best power-speed combinations in the draft, especially on the college side,” Callis said. “He’s got some of the best raw power … I don’t think he’s quite a plus runner on the bases, but he’s above average in both categories, and there aren’t too many players in the draft who are like that.”Another player with plenty of draft hype is Montgomery. The centerfielder finished the season with a .297/.423/.466 slash line with eight home runs. He also racked up 21 stolen bases in 28 attempts and demonstrated promising plate discipline, walking 50 times (second best in the Big Ten) and striking out only 41 times. Callis said he views Montgomery as a prospect very likely to go early in the draft, even if not as high as Dawson.“He’s a plus runner, plus centerfielder, he’s got a plus arm too,” Callis said. “You wish he was more consistent with the bat. There aren’t going to be too many players in this draft who give three plus tools. Now granted his hitting tools are going to be viewed as the most important and he’s inconsistent, but he’s a pretty athletic kid and I could see him realistically going (in the) six to 10 (rounds) … I think he will definitely go on the second day of the draft.”While Montgomery and Dawson are the most hyped draft prospects from OSU, that does not mean other players will not be taken in the draft. Seniors like third baseman Nick Sergakis turned in a great season and could find himself taken later in the draft. As Callis discussed, there is often some value in drafting seniors later in the draft.“The way the draft is … you only have so much you can spend in the first 10 rounds,” Callis said. “Sometimes teams will take seniors in the eighth round and sign them for $1,000 so they can save bonus money in the pool to pay somebody up in the draft with a higher bonus demand.”And Sergakis could certainly be viewed as a solid late draft pick for most teams. Before the season, Baseball America rated Sergakis as the Best Defensive Third Baseman in the Big Ten conference. The Buckeyes co-captain finished the year with the second highest on-base percentage in the Big Ten and seventh in total hits.The draft begins at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday and will be aired on the MLB Network. read more

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Asda leads supermarkets in cutting price of petrol by 3p

Britains’s biggest supermarkets are to cut petrol prices by 3p following a fall in wholesale costs.Asda reduced the price of a litre of petrol by 3p to £1.23 on Friday morning.This was followed by Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons all pledging to implement a price cut of up to 3p per litre over the coming days.The RAC described the savings as “long overdue”. It comes as MPs call for an independent fuel price watchdog called “Pumpwatch” following accusations that fuel retailers are increasing their profit margins at the expense of motorists.Average UK petrol prices have remained virtually unchanged at around £1.28 per litre since mid-July, while diesel stands at £1.32 per litre.Asda senior fuel buyer Dave Tyrer said: “With wholesale costs falling, we’re pleased to be able to pass these savings on to our customers.” “We pointed out this at the start of the month, yet it has taken them over a week to react. In the meantime they have all benefited nicely while drivers continued to pay more than they should.”There have been times in the past when retailers have acted more transparently by passing savings brought about by lower wholesale prices, but unfortunately this won’t go down as one of them.”This cut should, however, lead to the average price of petrol falling as a result of all retailers following suit.”Currently, unleaded is £1.28 a litre on average around the UK so this will help to move it towards £1.25 in the next week or so, saving drivers more than £1.50 every time they fill up.” AA fuel price spokesman Luke Bosdet said the price cut would “cheer up drivers as the summer comes to an end”.RAC fuel spokesman Simon Williams said: “This is a very welcome but long overdue cut. Drivers have been paying more than they should have for weeks due to savings in the wholesale price of petrol which retailers have failed to pass on until today. 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. read more

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New Leica GeoMoS allows multiple simultaneous project monitoring

first_imgThe new Leica GeoMoS version 6.2 comes with the newly updated GeoMoS Monitor 6.2, which allows management of data collection and computation for multiple monitoring projects at the same time. Active projects can be managed and run simultaneously on a single PC, thus increasing the reliability while reducing the costs of the IT infrastructure and software licenses. Furthermore, the Leica GeoMoS Now! 6.2, in addition to on-premises installation, is now available in the cloud, making important project data instantly available anytime and anywhere in the world.Easy-to-understand visuals and various reporting options can be tailor-made to not only display unlimited number of complex and sensitive projects in real-time, but also to match the different needs of the various user levels such as engineers, experts or managers. The updated GeoMoS Now! also includes a new status deformation view in real-time, which instantly displays the health of a project whenever data exceed tolerance levels, allowing those responsible to save valuable time and reduce risk.The company states: “With the introduced time-limited, short term licenses for GeoMoS Monitor and flexible subscription options for GeoMoS Now!, Leica Geosystems’ proven Monitoring Solution increases flexibility and scalability to comply with various needs of monitoring projects. Real-time monitoring, analysis and visualisation, brought through state-of-the-art software and easy-to-handle online service, enable even faster reaction times when making important decisions, saving companies even more time while reducing costs.”Leica Geosystems’ Monitoring solutions combine geodetic, geotechnical, and meteorological sensors for reliable, precise data acquisition and secure data transmission with advanced processing, sophisticated analysis, and visual representation. “Using standard interfaces, open architectures and scalable platforms, the solutions are customisable to meet individual requirements – for permanent or temporary installations, for single sites or monitoring networks. Modern technology makes installation easy and allows for reliable and state-of-the-art communication via mobile networks.”last_img read more

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The 5 at 5 Wednesday

first_imgEVERY WEEKDAY EVENING,TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know before you head out the door.1. #ULSTER BANK: An ‘under-collection’ error involving will mean about 1,300 Ulster Bank mortgage customers face a bill of €41 million. The error arose from First Active mortgage holders who were given a ‘holiday’ on capital repayments for the first years of their mortgages – but in some cases the capital repayments were delayed. The average affected household will see a bill for about €31,500.2. #LABOUR FORCE: There were more people working in Ireland at the end of 2012 than there were in 2011 – the first time in four-and-a-half years that the annual number of people employed here has risen. However, the rise was modest – with only 1,200 more workers in December 2012 than in 2011 – while unemployment fell by over 19,000, with over half of the fall attributed to emigration. Ireland’s unemployment rate now stands at 14.1 per cent.3. #MOBILITY ALLOWANCE: Taoiseach Enda Kenny has accused opposition parties of making a “political football” of the scrapping of two disability transport payments. Kenny told the Dáil that the existing scheme surrounding the Mobility Allowance and the Motorised Transport Grant were operating illegally – and said the previous Fianna Fáil-Green Party government had actually planned to scrap the payments by March 2011. Junior minister Kathleen Lynch had earlier said every possible option for reforming the grant was either unaffordable or illegal.4. #ARRIVEDERCI: Pope Benedict XVI had bid his final farewell to the world’s Catholics, at an open-air audience in Rome. The 85-year-old pontiff spoke of the reasons he was stepping down, admitting he had neither the physical or intellectual energy to fulfil his role as the leader of the Roman Catholic Church. Benedict’s long goodbye formally ends tomorrow evening at 7pm Irish time, when the papacy becomes vacant.5. #HORSE MEAT: IKEA has withdrawn its Wiener sausages from stores around the UK and Ireland as a “precautionary measure”. The sausages were manufactured by the same Swedish supplier as IKEA’s meatballs, which earlier this week were withdrawn from sale after trace amounts of horse DNA were found there.last_img read more

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What Is Allocated To Health In The National Budget

first_imgQUESTION OF THE DAYAccording to the estimates for the year 2019, out of a total budget of 28.73 billion dalasis, 1.162 billion dalasis is allocated to health. This constitutes 4.0 percent of the 2019 budget. On the other hand, the estimates for the year 2018 was 852 million dalasis, but as can be seen in the article titled ‘When Actions Contradict Policy’, services are poor and drugs are lacking. Foroyaa will study the breakdown and monitor how the budget translates into meeting the health needs of the people.last_img

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Ginger Moxey appointed Bahamas and Caribbean Representative for Sister Cities International

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, August 2, 2017 – Nassau – Sister Cities International’s Board of Directors approved Ms. Ginger Moxey, President & CEO of Immerse Bahamas, to be the Country Representative for the Bahamas and Regional Representative for the Caribbean during the 61st Annual Conference in Virginia Beach on July 14th. “In her new role, she serves as an integral part of Sister Cities International’s diplomatic and partnership outreach and will help promote the mission of sister cities: to promote peace through mutual respect, cooperation, and understanding—one individual, one community at a time,” stated Chairman Tim Quigley.Country and Regional Representatives are highly distinguished leaders of Sister Cities International who help connect the organization with communities abroad. Ms. Moxey is highly suited to take on the role of Caribbean Representative due to her vast national and international network and previous work developing sister city partnerships in the Bahamas.“The opportunities and benefits of Sister Cities International need to be fully explored throughout the Caribbean. There are many worthwhile initiatives that can be executed to bring about sustained development,” said Ms. Moxey. These initiatives will cover a broad range of topics that fall under four categories: youth and education; arts and culture; business and trade; and community development. Ms. Moxey hopes to establish an annual regional conference in 2018 that will specifically cater to reinvigorating existing sister city relationships between Caribbean and U.S. cities. Sister Cities International looks forward to working with Ms. Moxey in her new role and is confident that her experience and network will be beneficial to all partnerships in the Caribbean.Cities in the Caribbean region interested in developing or renewing a sister city relationship can contact Ms. Moxey atgmoxey@immersebahamas.com.Pictured from Left to Right: Tim Quigley, Chairman, Sister Cities International; Ginger M. Moxey, President & CEO, Immerse Bahamas Co. Ltd.; Mary Kane, President & CEO, Sister Cities International; and Ron Nirenberg, Vice Chairman, Sister Cities International at the 61st Annual Sister Cities International Conference in Virginia Beach, Virginia.Release: sistercities.org Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

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Top 10 most read stories this week

first_imgThe top 10 most read stories on www.employeebenefits.co.uk between 2 and 8 February 2017 were:Employer-arranged pension advice can be combined with pensions advice allowanceEXCLUSIVE: Average gender pay gap for benefits professionals is £24,100Government sets out strategy to support older employees to stay in workFinal draft regulations bring further clarity to gender pay gap reportingPrince Harry takes part in London Ambulance Service’s Time to Talk wellbeing event82% of employers are aware of the Fit for Work serviceHeinz to give US staff the day off after the Super BowlThe Taxback Group launches global health and wellbeing programmeAuto-enrolment review to consider how to widen workplace pension scopeEXCLUSIVE: Gain insight into valuing mental health as a future workplace asset at Employee Benefits Connect 2017last_img read more

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Foldable phone maker shows off flexible keyboard at CES 2019

first_img Now playing: Watch this: 0 Royole’s flexible keyboard. Sarah Tew/CNET Even before arriving at CES 2019, Royole made headlines in November when it launched the FlexPai — a 7.8-inch phone with a flexible AMOLED screen — during a time when Samsung was only rumored to do the same.It was hard to imagine that this largely unknown startup managed to make, let alone sell, such a product before Samsung and other giants like LG and Huawei were able to debut their own. (Samsung did eventually give a sneak peak of its foldable phone a month later.) 1:44 $1,318 Mentioned Above Royole FlexPai 14 Photos Gadgets Share your voice Tags See it Riding the hype of that launch, Royole is at CES 2019 showing off not only the FlexPai but several other devices that implement thin, foldable displays. Namely, a smart speaker, a flexible keyboard and a smart-touch selfie stick.The smart speaker has a 7.8-inch AMOLED touchscreen that bends at 100 degrees. You can swipe through the screen to play music, watch movies or just tap the interactive home screen.Though it wasn’t set up while we were taking a look at it, the speaker also has an 8-megapixel camera up top that pops up and rotates 180 degrees for taking pictures and video calls. The speaker is also integrated with Alexa and Google, so you can ask it different queries and command it to control your smart home devices. Royole’s Flexpai phone and flexible keyboard rolls into your pocket CES Products Amazon Google LG Samsung CES 2019: Royole demos all the quirky stuff its flexible… CES 2019 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Royole demoed its flexible QWERTY keyboard as well, which can be laid on any smooth surface and connected to your phone via Bluetooth. It can work wirelessly and when you’re done, push the button twice and it’ll roll up so you can carry it around in your pocket. On standby I’m told its battery lasts for months. Though it was a little hard to type on, it looks really cool and the transparent surface is thin and flexible.  04-smart-speaker-flexible-screenRoyole’s smart speaker has a curved touchscreen. Sarah Tew/CNET Lastly, the company showed off its smart-touch selfie stick. It’s already available in China at Brookstone stores, and is expected to come to the US in 2019. It features multi-touch sensors around the handle. This allows you to navigate through a dedicated camera app so you can switch between different editing features on the phone.Official pricing has not been announced yet, but Royole plans to sell the flexible keyboard globally by Q2 2019 through its site and other retailers like Amazon. As for the smart speaker, Royole is still reaching out to retail partners for distribution.Royole also brought along two other devices that are already available on its site and Amazon: the digital writing pad RoWrite and an immersive 3D movie headset called Moon. They retail for $130 (£102 and AU$183, converted) and $600 (£471 and AU$842), respectively.CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Royole FlexPai Preview • Royole FlexPai: First foldable phone beats Samsung to the punch Post a commentlast_img read more

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Firhad Hakim to inaugurate new office building of NDITA

first_imgKolkata: Firhad Hakim, state minister for Urban Development and Municipal Affairs department, will inaugurate the new office building of Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority (NDITA) in Sector V on Tuesday. Sujit Bose, Minister of State for Fire and Emergency Services department (Independent charge) will also be present at the function. Since the inception of NDITA 13 years ago, the agency used to function from Unnayan Bhavan, the headquarters of Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) in Salt Lake which does not come under the jurisdiction of the NDITA. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe new four-storeyed building will have a ground level coffee corner and a permanent exhibition centre where IT products made in Sector V will be showcased. The space will also be used to exhibit the steps of good practices taken by the NDITA including rainwater harvesting, zero waste segregation and the like to create public awareness. The ministers will also inaugurate a pocket park. Pocket parks have become very popular in Western countries and are especially for IT professionals who take a break from their busy work schedules and come for a visit to relax for a bit and enjoy the greenery. They often take light refreshments and interact with their colleagues to lessen the strain and stress they undergo every day. This will be the second pocket park. The first one is extremely popular. The state government has been planning a well-defined traffic management system for Sector V where thousands of people come for work everyday.last_img read more

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Winds of 70mph set to batter North Staffordshire overnight

first_imgWhat is a Met Office Weather Warning?The Met Office issue weather warnings when there is a risk of weather causing damage, disruption or danger to life. Generally warnings will be issued for heavy rain, wind, ice or snow. They come in three categories. Yellow: The lowest of the three. Yellow means you should plan ahead about potential disruption to travel and other day-to-day activities. These are the most common. Amber: A step up from Yellow, an Amber warning means there is an increased risk of disruption/danger to life and property. Red: These are only issued when ‘extreme weather’ is expected. When one is issued the Met Office advise immediate action is taken to keep yourself and others safe as widespread damage, disruption and risk to life is likely. Red warnings are extremely rare anywhere in the UK and almost unknown in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire. A Cheshire East Council spokesman said: “A yellow weather warning of strong wind is forecast for Cheshire East for tonight and tomorrow. Drive with care & report trees or debris on our roads.” Due to expected ice and snow, Cheshire East Council have also confirmed they will be gritting high level routes in the east of the county, including the A54 and the A537 Cat and Fiddle, from 7.30pm. The spokesman added: “We’ll continue to monitor the weather for further gritting decisions. Please drive with care as windy conditions are expected tonight.” In North Staffordshire Staffordshire County Council have confirmed their gritters will be out in the Staffordshire Moorlands, where snow is already reported this evening – while Stoke-on-Trent City Council say they are monitoring the situation. A County Council spokesman said: “Some freezing temperatures and snow showers expected on higher ground in the Staffordshire Moorlands tonight so gritters will be out. Please take care on the roads.” Read MoreWoman left with serious burns after ‘smoking materials’ set bedding on fire North West Motorway Police, who cover the M6 in Cheshire, are asking motorists to take extra care – particularly on bridges and viaducts. A spokesman said: “Severe weather warning issued overnight and into tomorrow morning for the North West region, not only does this relate to snow but gales of 70-80mph. “High sided vehicles need to take extra care crossing Thelwall Viaduct and Barton Bridge.” A Highways England spokesman added: “Severe weather (snow) is forecast tonight and tomorrow morning for the North East and North West regions. Please check conditions before travelling.” Tips for homeowners in cold weatherThe Met Office has put together a list of handy tips for homeowners in the cold weather: 1. GET YOUR FLU JAB 2. TOP UP YOUR VEHICLE ANTI-FREEZE/SCREEN WASH 3. CHECK YOUR TYRES 4. THINK ABOUT A WINTER KIT FOR YOUR CAR 5. CONSIDER ALTERNATIVE COMMUTING PLANS FOR SEVERE WEATHER 6. CHECK YOUR HEATING – YOUR HOME SHOULD BE HEATED TO AT LEAST 18 °C 7. CONSIDER HOW YOU WOULD ACCESS VITAL INFORMATION IF A STORM TAKES OUT POWER AND PHONELINES 8. CHECK YOUR PIPES ARE INSULATED 9. KNOW WHERE YOUR STOPTAP IS 10. THINK ABOUT WHAT MAY BE IMPACTED BY STRONG WINDS – GUTTERING, PIPES, ROOF TILES/SLATES, GARDEN ITEMS 11. CHECK WHETHER YOU ARE AT RISK OF FLOODING 12. FREEZE A LOAF OF BREAD AND PINT OF MILK FOR TIMES OF BAD WEATHER Elsewhere in the UK an Amber Warning for snow and Yellow warnings for snow and ice are in force across much of the North East and Scotland. The Environment Agency has also issued a number of flood alerts, primarily along coastal areas in Lancashire, East Anglia, the North East and the West Country. Read MoreTeenager arrested following serious assault in city centre Highways England have also announced they may close the A628 route across the Pennines between Derbyshire and South Yorkshire if the weather deteriorates. There are currently no flood warnings or alerts in force in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire or Cheshire. We’ll bring you live updates on the latest traffic and weather news as we get them. Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailNorth Staffordshire and South Cheshire are set to be battered by strong winds overnight – with power cuts and travel disruption possible, according to the latest forecast from the Met Office. The meteorological agency have updated their Yellow Weather Warning for high winds across the area – with the warning now in force from five minutes past midnight until 9am on Thursday morning. Gusts of up to 70mph are expected as the wind sweeps across Stoke-on-Trent, with the warning saying damage to buildings and flying debris are both a possibility. A Met Office spokesman said: “Strong winds will affect parts of the UK early on Thursday. “The strongest winds are expected to transfer eastwards across the warning area before clearing by mid morning. “Road, rail and ferry services may be affected, with longer journey times and cancellations. There is also a possibility that some bridges may close. “Power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage. Injuries and danger to life from flying debris are possible, along with some damage to buildings.” Emergency services and bodies responsible for roads are bracing themselves for the wind – with a number of councils announcing plans to grit roads overnight due to the possibility of ice and snow. Read MoreAppeal to trace next-of-kin after death of 66-year-oldlast_img read more

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VMware Essential PKS Use upstream Kubernetes to build a flexible costeffective cloudnative

first_imgLast week, Paul Fazzone, GM Cloud Native Applications, announced the launch of VMware Essential PKS “as a modular approach to cloud-native operation”. VMware Essential PKS includes upstream Kubernetes, reference architectures to help design decisions, and expert support to guide users through upgrades, maintenance and reactively troubleshoot when needed. Paul notes that more than 80% of containers run on virtual machines (VMs), with the percentage growing every year. This launch keeps up with the main objective of establishing VMware as the leading enabler of Kubernetes and cloud-native operation. Features of Essential PKS #1 Modular Approach Customers who have specific technological requirements for networking, monitoring, storage, etc. can build a more modular architecture on upstream Kubernetes. VMware Essential PKS will help these customers access upstream Kubernetes with proactive support.  The only condition being that these organizations should either have the in-house expertise to work with those components, the intention to grow that capability or the willingness to use an expert team. #2 Application portability Customers will be able to use the latest version of upstream Kubernetes, ensuring that they are never locked into a vendor-specific distribution. #3 Flexibility This service allows customers to implement a multi-cloud strategy that lets them choose tools and clouds as per their preference to build a flexible platform on upstream Kubernetes for their workloads. #4  Open-source community support VMware contributes to multiple SIGs and open-source projects that strengthen key technologies and fill up the gaps in the Kubernetes ecosystem. #5 Cloud native ecosystem support and guidance Customers will be able to access 24×7, SLA-driven support for Kubernetes and key open-source tooling. VMware experts will partner with customers to help them with architecture design reviews and help them evaluate networking, monitoring, backup, and other solutions to build a production-grade open source Kubernetes platform. The Kubernetes community has received this news with enthusiasm. In November, VMware announced it was buying Heptio at VMworld. Heptio products work with upstream Kubernetes and help enterprises realize the impact of Kubernetes on their business. According to FierceTelecom, “PKS Essentials takes the Heptio approach of building a more modular, customized architecture for deploying software containers on upstream Kubernetes but with VMware support.” Read Next Rancher Labs announces ‘K3s’: A lightweight distribution of Kubernetes to manage clusters in edge computing environmentsCNCF releases 9 security best practices for Kubernetes, to protect a customer’s infrastructureTumblr open sources its Kubernetes tools for better workflow integrationlast_img read more

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Get out the umbrellas Rainy season to start Friday local meteorologists say

first_imgRainy season, which in Costa Rica runs from May to November, is set to start on Friday, according to forecasts by the National Meteorological Institute (IMN). However, brief showers could fall over some areas of the Central Valley and the Pacific province of Puntarenas on Thursday evening, meteorologists said.Meteorologist Daniel Poleo said the first rains of the season would occur in the western part of the Central Valley. Showers are then expected to move to the northern part of the country.In recent days several communities in the provinces of San José, Cartago and Heredia have experienced water shortages, and the rain is a welcome sign for many residents.A lack of rainfall caused the Public Services Company of Heredia (ESPH) to implement water rationing of up to 8 hours per day. The measure will continue until water reserves reach optimum levels, as was announced this week. The rationing affects some 25,000 people in that province.According to the ESPH, water shortages during the dry season are the worst in the last 12 years.In the capital, residents of the cantons of Alajuelita (south), Santa Ana and Escazú (southwest), and El Guarco in Cartago also were forced to ration water for several weeks. This year’s rainy season is expected to be stronger than last year’s, when an El Niño phenomenon caused lower rainfall levels than normal. Meteorologist Werner Stoltz said experts expect 10-15 percent more rainfall this season, mostly in the Pacific region. On the Caribbean coast, however, rainfall could be slightly less than normal.Poleo said it would take at least a month after the start of the rainy season for water reservoirs to reach optimum levels. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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Update Latest loadshedding schedule

first_imgHere are the times when the respective groups will be cut off today (November 23), with today being Day 23 on the schedule: Group 1: 12am to 3am, 9am to 12pm and 6pm to 9pm. Group 2: 3am to 6am, 12pm to 3pm and 9pm to 12am. Group 3: 6am to 9am and 3pm to 6pm.GROUP 1Substation CONVENT SWITCH HOUSE S1 – Murchison, Residency, Read, Wright, Diamana S3 – Murchison, Newcastle, Alfred, Illing, Willis S9 – Egerton, Albert, Keate, Murchison S11 – Aloe Gardens, Lancashire, Diamana S13 – Willis, Illing, Newcastle, Cemetery. Substation LYELL STREET S1 – Rigas, Plaza, Forbes, King S6 – Queen, Lyell. Substation NAMBITHI SWITCH HOUSE S2 – Leonardsville S3 – Nambithi Industrial, Main, Willis, Burma S4 – Nambithi, Industrial, Circle S8 – Leonardsville / Nambithi, Industrial. Substation JANTHA S8 – Nambithi, Industrial, Burger, Progress, Agra, Rose Park S11 – Aloe Park, Hillview, Rose Park. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite GROUP 2Substation LIBRARY S10 – Oval Complex S11 – Oval Complex S1 – Murchison, Alexandra S2 – FNB, OK, NBS, ABSA S9 – Legal and General, Murchison, Standard Bank, Crawshaw. Substation KEATE STREET S2 – Kleinman, Motels, RTI, Pillay/Watson/Mimosa Farms S3 – Settlers Drive, Princess Street, Buckingham Street S( – 84 Arcade, Game, Princess Street, Lyell Street S10 – Keate, Poort, Aloe, Hospital Park (Battery, Malcolm Road area). Substation ET SWITCH HOUSE O2 S1 – Steadville, Tsakane, Shayamoya, Umbulwane S3 – Steadville, Tsakane, Shayamoya S5 – Steadville, Tsakane, Shayamoya S7 – Steadville, Tsakane, Shayamoya, Umbulwane.GROUP 3Substation FAIRCLOUGH SWITCH HOUSE S1 – Hillview Street, Phillip Frame, Observation Hill S2 – Hyde Park, Louis Botha, Caldene, Willemse S10 – Hyde Park, Jan Smuts, Shepstone, Mkhamba Gardens S11 – Observation Hill, Willemse. Substation PORT NATAL SWITCH HOUSE S3 – Modelkloof S9 – Limit Hill. Substation JANTHA S1 – Acaciavale (Nemesia to Rose Terrace) S7 – Acaciavale (Calendula to Rose Terrace, Ntombi’s Camp) S9 – Marula S10 – Kandahar Avenue, Aloe Park, Microwave Tower, Rose Park, Chisty area S12 – Marula. Substation CONVENT S2 – Hospital Park, Van Riebeeck Park, Farquhar Road, Pick ‘n Pay S4 – Convent, Farquhar, Francis, Harrismith, Old Golf Course S10 – Egerton, Cochrane, Shearer, Reservoir, Cove Crescent S14 – Hospital Park, Van Riebeeck Park, Farquhar Road, Pick ‘n Pay.last_img read more

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