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Xiaomi Mi 5s with ultrasonic fingerprint scanner, dual cameras leaks ahead of Sep 27 launch

first_imgAhead of its probable unveiling on September 27, the Mi 5s has been leaked in all its glory , giving out key design elements of Xiaomi’s upcoming flagship phone. The leaked images, seemingly confirm two long-rumoured features of the Xiaomi Mi 5s. First up is the circular home button up-front, much like it is in the case of Apple’s iPhone. Moving on, the leak also confirms that the Mi 5s would invariably come with a dual camera setup on the rear.The Mi 5s will reportedly come with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Sense ID built right in to the home button. The technology — that was unveiled by Qualcomm in March last year — essentially allows manufacturers to embed the fingerprint sensor within frames or panels, instead of relying on dedicated areas, like the home button.The company is also said to be working on a technology similar to Apple’s 3D Touch for quite some time now. The Mi 5s will reportedly come with a 3D Touch-like feature.The leak also suggests Xiaomi may also have a plus-sized variant for the Mi 5s up its sleeve. The Mi 5s Plus will reportedly come with 6GB of RAM and 256GB internal memory. This variant will also come with a dual camera setup on the rear.Rmour has it that the Xiaomi Mi 5s will come with a 5.15-inch screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor clubbed with up to 6 gigs of RAM and up to 256GB of internal memory. The dualSIM phone will reportedly sport a 16-megapixel OIS camera on the rear alongside USB Type-C port and a 3,490mAh battery with support for Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0.advertisementThe report also adds that Xiaomi will start selling the Mi 5s – in China – two days after launch, which means from September 29.Also Read: Xiaomi Mi 5 review: Beauty and brawn at same timelast_img read more

David Warner breaches 600-run mark in IPL 2017 after 848 in 2016

first_imgSunrisers Hyderabad captain David Warner breached the 600-run mark in this year’s Indian Premier League as he scored a 65 not out against Gujarat Lions to guide his team to the playoffs on Saturday.The defending champions had a must-win game in hand and Warner stitched a 126-run partnership with Vijay Shankar to take Hyderabad through.Once again, Warner stood tall for his team after Hyderabad had lost Shikhar Dhawan and Moises Henriques early in chase of 155. The current Orange Cap holder has already scored 604 runs, including a century against Kolkata Knight Riders and four half-centuries.Last season as well, Warner had lead Sunrisers Hyderabad to the title, scoring a massive 848 runs on the way, falling only behind Virat Kohli’s 973 runs.This consistency from the captain has been the key to Hyderabad success but Warner said that the support he gets from the team helps him perform.”Shikhar got off to a flier but once he got out, I knew I had to play the anchor. To have the luxury to have guys come and rotate strike in the middle overs, we are very happy,” Warner said in the post-match presentation.Warner also mentioned that the wicket was tough to bat on.”With the way this wicket was, we knew this was going to be tough as the ball got older. When we lost two wickets, I was scratching my head but I spoke with Vijay. The ball was moving a bit initially,” Warner added.Warner seemed happy and relieved to have reached the playoffs and credited his bowlers for restricting Gujarat to 154 after a century-run opening stand between Dwayne Smith and Ishan Kishan.advertisement”It would have been a shame to miss out on the playoffs. They got to a flier and we were scratching our head. We tried to communicate after the first wicket,” Warner said about Rashid Khan’s picking up the first wicket of Dwayne Smith.”When we got couple of wickets we realized the wicket was slowing up. I told the bowlers to keep backing themselves to hit the hard length,” Warner continued.Warner also praised the performance of Mohammed Siraj, who got the man-of-match award for his 4/32, and said that India’s pace department looks strong at the moment.”Credit to Siraj for the way he bowled. He has been in an out for the last of couple of games. India are in a good stead as far as pace bowling is concerned. They have got some fantastic pace bowling names, from Bumrahs to Bhuvis to Umeshs to Ishants, the list just goes on. They keep executing their skills I think and as far as the guys in this team (Hyderabad) are concerned, they have my faith.”Warner said that from here on, they would only look be to be patient and keep executing their plans.”Obviously we are not worrying about the next few games. We could finish top two. We will take one game at a time. We have to wait patiently and execute our skills.”last_img read more

I like motivating songs: Daler Mehndi

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 17 (PTI) Music is considered a binding factor in movies, especially in biographical dramas, where Daler Mehndi has created a unique space for himself.The veteran singer, who has sung the title tracks of ‘Rang De Basanti’, ‘Dangal’, ‘Mirzya’, ‘Baahubali’ and most recently Akshay Kumar’s ‘Gold’, says directors and actors demand his voice for such projects.Penned by veteran Javed Akhtar, ‘Ghar Layenge Gold’ is composed by Sachin-Jigar and aptly presents the film’s protagonist’s dream to win a gold medal at the Olympic.”I believe that my positive thinking, which I maintain all the time, gets translated into the song as well. Whatever is positive inside comes outside. It gets transformed into the voice, thoughts and this is what the people also feel about my other songs, Mehndi told PTI.This year, the Punjab-born singer had also lent his voice to a track for “Soorma”, another hockey biopic.”There are two films about hockey this year. I feel happy that whenever there is a talk of motivation, then producers, director and actors specially demand that they want Daler Mehndi to sing the title song. So I feel very happy about this,” he said.Mehndi, 50, said he always asks for lyrics before taking up a new song.”I demand the lyrics first so that I can look at the words and tune to make my mind. Also, if there is a positive and motivational message in the song, then I would surely do it.”I am pretty sure that this song will be played at the schools, tournaments and events, everywhere. It is not a sport specific song. For providing motivation, it will be played everywhere,” he said.advertisementHis fans will also get to hear him in “Happy Phir Bhaag Jayegi”, the sequel to 2016 sleeper hit “Happy Bhaag Jayegi”.”I have earlier collaborated with my friends Samir Sen and Dileep Sen for ‘Oye Hoye Ki Kudiyan Shehar Diyan’. Samir’s son Sohail Sen has composed the music for the film and he asked me specially to sing the track. He said, ‘We made the track keeping you in mind’. There is a joy in the song,” he said. PTI RB BKBKlast_img read more

Mike Gundy Said He Feels Bob Stoops’ 2014 Bedlam Pain

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! I always look for any excuse I can find to post about epic Oklahoma State wins over Oklahoma on this blog, and Mike Gundy gave me a pretty good excuse to that on Monday. Gundy put on a pretty epic press conference Boone Pickens Stadium yesterday in which he talked about buying a house, Double-A umpires and cartoon forts.He also brought up something I hadn’t thought of yet. He compared the end of the OSU-Central Michigan game to Bedlam 2014.“Honestly, when it happened to me and I saw it and saw it, I’m sitting there thinking, this is probably the same way Bob (Stoops) felt when Tyreek (Hill) was returning the punt,” Gundy told the Tulsa World.It’s a great call. Maybe the two most stunned moments I’ve ever had as an OSU fan. For very different reasons. Anyway, I mentioned needing an excuse to post about Bedlam Ws so here it is. This should wash away some of that pain from last Saturday. The best part remains the radio call: This is Bedlam!last_img read more

England will help Man Utd seal Wan-Bissaka deal – Boothroyd

first_imgEngland Under-21 coach Aidy Boothroyd insists that he and the rest of his staff will do whatever is necessary to facilitate Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s potential switch from Crystal Palace to Manchester United. Wan-Bissaka, 21, is currently in Italy with the rest of the Young Lions, who are hoping for glory in this summer’s Euro 2019 competition. But while he represents his country, back in England the Red Devils and Palace continue to negotiate his transfer. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Reports suggest that while the Eagles rejected a bid worth £50 million ($63m) for their star, United will return with an improved offer. The defender’s absence for international duty obviously presents certain difficulties in closing any deal, but Boothroyd is not concerned about the issue causing potential disruption in his squad.”It seems like it’s been going on for a long time,” the coach said in reference to Wan-Bissaka’s transfer saga.”We had a similar situation in Poland last time with Jordan Pickford, a lot of speculation.”Everton agreed the deal they worked very closely with us, they were very respectful in terms of not getting involved in our training and our build-up and in the end it was done – with the medicals in a hotel down the road away from everybody else.”If that was to happen we certainly wouldn’t be blocking anybody, we’d be talking to people and seeing if we can help out in any way provided both clubs were happy with it.”If that happens we’ll oblige. and if it doesn’t suit us then we’ll find a time when it does.”Amid that intense speculation, Wan-Bissaka hit the headlines for the wrong reasons in England’s Euro bow after a late own goal gifted France a 2-1 victory.”He’s disappointed obviously with the way that the own goal turned out,” Boothroyd added.”With all the noise that’s surrounding him at the minute you can imagine if you and I were in that position we’d probably be a lot different to what he is.”He’s very calm, he’s very measured, he doesn’t say a great deal but if he plays tomorrow night I’m expecting the same sort of focus, the same sort of energy and I expect him to bounce back.”last_img read more

Jamaica to Take Part in Three-Year Project to Reduce NCDs

first_imgThree Caribbean countries are to take part in a three-year project titled Congregation Taking Action Against NCDs (CONTACT), to significantly reduce lifestyle illnesses. Being implemented under the Caribbean Institute for Health Research (CAIHR) in Jamaica, Guyana and Dominica, the project will see partnerships being developed with places of worship (PoWs), for the dissemination of crucial health messages to tackle diabetes, high blood pressure and other related diseases.The Caribbean has the worst epidemic of NCDs in the Americas, which cause more than 60 per cent of deaths in the region. In Jamaica, the diseases are responsible for most premature deaths, with high blood pressure affecting 25 per cent of the population.CONTACT has developed a “new approach” to train church members as Health Advocates (HAs) for their congregations and communities, where they will promote physical activity, healthy food choices and patient care, with the aim of increasing the reach of health services, thereby reducing deaths.“NCDs negatively affect national development, contributing to the rise in healthcare cost and low productivity,” stated Minister of Health,  Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, at the launch of the project, held recently at the University of the West Indies Regional Headquarters, in St. Andrew.The Minister said that the church has credibility, which can assist health campaigns, and the initiative is part of efforts that “we embrace, because we believe it is absolutely critical as part of the growth agenda to promote healthier lifestyles”.Lead Investigator of the Jamaica segment of CONTACT, Professor of Epidemiology at the CAIHR, Rainford Wilks, says places of worship are legitimate community assets to which people turn for help, and leveraging their influence in the campaign against NCDs can be a major boost.The Professor adds that the congregations, as “trusted community assets”, will be providing information, advice and health monitoring for “early intervention”, to increase health literacy, enabling individuals to have the capacity to improve their health, so that there can be a reduction in the need for treatment of NCDs and complications.Communities selected for the project are Norman Gardens and Olympic Gardens in Kingston and St. Andrew; Yallahs, St. Thomas; and Riversdale, St. Catherine.Fifteen PoWs will begin collaboration for the CONTACT this month, working closely with nearby health centres.Advisor for Health Systems and Services at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Hedwig Goede, describes the project as the beginning of the “start of an outstanding collaborative effort in the fight against NCDs”.“This is about behaviour change for these lifestyle diseases. This initiative looks at enhancing the existing health services, by utilising the strength and assets of communities to promote health, and to reach the poorest in a cost-effective way,” she tells JIS News.The PAHO/WHO Advisor adds that the project is “very unique” and a great resource to use for the development of health, as there is a firm relationship between religion, and mental and physical health.Dr. Goede says the magnitude of rampant NCDs in the region indicates that “none of us can do it alone. Together we can generate synergies to tackle this complex epidemic”.According to a WHO 2010 survey, the five major risk factors contributing to the prevalence of NCDs in Jamaica are obesity, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, smoking, and alcohol consumption.Under the supervision of experienced nurses, the HAs will facilitate self-management for persons who have the diseases, such as foot care for diabetics, and ways to detect early signs of NCDs.Findings from the CONTACT will provide a model for community-based intervention to meet the strategic targets in the University of the West Indies, Mona, Epidemiology Research Unit’s NCD Action Plans. The project has received the endorsement of both the Jamaica Umbrella Group of Churches (JUGC), and the Jamaica Council of Churches (JCC).Describing the initiative as “bold”, Communications Officer at the JCC, Marsha Nathalee Martin, says the findings will make “significant contribution to our joint response in treating persons who have developed the illnesses as well as preventing new cases”. The project is supported by researchers from the King’s College, London; the UWI; University of Guyana; New York University School of Medicine; and Ross University, Dominica.Funding is provided by the United Kingdom (UK)-based Department for International Development (DFID), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Welcome Trust (WT).last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img QUEENS COUNTY: Highway 103 Highway 103, near Liverpool, between Exit 18 and Exit 19, has alternating lane closures for paving until Saturday, Sept 15. Traffic control will consist of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Parks Creek Bridge Parks Creek Bridge on Route 332 is closed for bridge replacement until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Motorists are required to detour via Route 332 to Indian Path Road and back to Route 332. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: John Joe Gillis Bridge John Joe Gillis Bridge on Route 216 (Eskasoni Road) between civic numbers 440 and 539 will be closed for repairs until Saturday, Oct. 4. Detour route on Trunk 4 and Chapel Road. CONTINUING WORK DIGBY COUNTY: Trunk 1, Meteghan River Bridge Trunk 1, Meteghan River Bridge, Meteghan, to Highway 101 Connector, for about six kilometres, has alternating lane closures for paving and patching until Monday, Oct. 15. Personnel and signs will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. DIGBY COUNTY: Cape St. Marys Bridge Cape St. Marys Bridge, located on John Doucette Road, Cape St. Marys, is closed for replacement until Thursday, Nov. 15. Detour signs in place. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 Highway 102, northbound from Exit 4C (Bedford) to Exit 5 (Fall River), is reduced to one lane for repaving and widening until Nov. 15. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Abrams River Bridge, Trunk 3 Abrams River Bridge on Trunk 3, about one kilometre west of Eel Lake Road, will be closed for bridge replacement until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Detour signs are in place. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Leary Fraser Road Leary Fraser Road, from Route 325 to Bolivar Road, will have alternating lane closures for gravelling and regrading until Sunday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 118 Highway 118, northbound between Exit 13 and Exit 14, is reduced to one lane for repaving and widening until Nov. 15. RICHMOND COUNTY: Port Royal Bridge Port Royal Bridge on Port Royal Road on Isle Madame, is closed until further notice. Traffic can detour on MacEachern Road. PICTOU COUNTY: Route 348, East River Road Route 348 East River Road, is reduced to one lane in various sections from the Stellarton town line to the New Glasgow town line for repairs and repaving until Friday, Sept. 21. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. INVERNESS COUNTY: Judique Trunk 19, from about one kilometre north of Joe Effie Road, in Judique, northerly for about seven kilometres, is reduced to one lane for drainage improvements and repaving until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people and pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Wyman Road, Chebogue Wyman Road, Chebogue, is reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from daylight to dusk. -30- PICTOU COUNTY: Sutherlands River Bridge Trunk 4 is closed in Sutherlands River, east of Church Road and west of the intersection of Route 245 and Thorburn Road, for the replacement of the Sutherlands River Bridge. Work is expected to continue until Sunday, Sept. 30. A detour route and signs are in place. Motorists are advised to use extreme caution when travelling through a construction zone. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge, Trunk 2 Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge over the Nappan River on Trunk 2, outside Amherst, is closed until further notice. A detour is available on Route 302, Southampton Road and Smith Road. Traffic approaching Amherst is being rerouted a short distance on the Nappan and Lower Porter Roads, while traffic leaving Amherst is required to detour on Smith Road. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Sarty Road Sarty Road, from Wentzell Road to Lower Branch Road, has alternating lane closures for gravelling and re-grading until Sunday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from daylight to dusk. NEW WORK LUNENBURG COUNTY: Trunk 3 Trunk 3, from Trunk 12 to Wake Up Hill Road, will have alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrading until Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset.last_img read more

Big Drama Bold Attitudes Brand New Season Big Brother Canada Returns Wednesday

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement In true Big Brother fashion, Global is shaking things up with After the Eviction Live, a weekly Facebook Live chat featuring an extended evicted houseguest interview hosted by Arisa Cox and presented by The Brick. Every Thursday night, following the live eviction episode, fans can join the conversation by heading to the Big Brother Canada Facebook page to ask all their burning questions live.Airing exclusively on Global, Big Brother Canada plucks a group of hand-picked strangers from their homes, sequesters them from the outside world, and places them inside a house outfitted wall-to-wall with cameras and microphones that capture their every move. Competing for a grand cash prize, each week the houseguests battle in a series of challenges that give them power or punishment, voting each other out until the fate of the final two is decided by a jury of fellow houseguests.Big Brother Canada premieres Wednesday, March 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT and continues to air Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT, Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT, and Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Global. Viewers who miss the premiere can catch up on Big Brother Canada following the broadcast the next day on GlobalTV.com and Global Go.Additional details about Big Brother Canada Season 5, including live feeds and this season’s exciting grand prize, will be announced soon. In the meantime, fans can catch up on all the best moments from Season 4 on GlobalTV.com and Global Go. And for everything #BBCAN5, viewers can check out BigBrotherCanada.ca.Commissioned by Corus Entertainment, Season 5 of Big Brother Canada is produced by Insight Productions in association with Corus Entertainment and Endemol Shine. Executive producers are John Brunton, Barbara Bowlby, Erin Brock, and Sue Brophey.*Source: Numeris PPM Data, Total Canada, Ind.2+ AMA (000) (Jan4/2016 – May15/2016 vs. Jan5/2015 – May27/2015)SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:#BBCAN5Twitter:@BigBrotherCA@Global_TVFacebook:www.Facebook.com/BigBrotherCAhttp://www.facebook.com/globaltelevisionInstagram:@BigBrotherCAGlobal Television is a Corus Entertainment Network.About Corus Entertainment Inc.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com.About Insight Production Company, Ltd.Insight Productions, known for its award-winning ratings juggernauts, is Canada’s most established content producer. Headed by John Brunton & Barbara Bowlby, Insight is an industry leader in the development, financing, and production of hit programming, both scripted and unscripted. Big Brother Canada (2016’s most watched Canadian show on Corus), The Amazing Race Canada (the most watched Canadian show on record), The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration; The JUNO Awards 2016, Canada’s Walk of Fame 2015, and How To Change The World were collectively nominated for 29 Canadian Screen Awards in 2017, more than any other prodco. Other productions include Intervention, Top Chef Canada, Ready Or Not, Falcon Beach, The Truth About Alex, and Canadian Idol. Most recently, Insight produced The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration, a live concert special watched by one in three Canadians. Insight Productions was founded in 1979 and has since created thousands of hours of groundbreaking content. Advertisement Get ready Canada – Global‘s juggernaut reality show Big Brother Canada returns this spring with its highly anticipated fifth season premiering on Wednesday, March 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Hosted by Arisa Cox, the new season will air on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT, Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT, and on a new night on Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Global. This season, the Canadian Screen Award nominated series promises to deliver fans even more of what they’ve come to expect from Big Brother Canada – dizzying drama, electrifying challenges, and shocking surprises.“Coming off a successful fourth season which averaged nearly 1.2 million* viewers per episode, Big Brother Canada returns to Global’s hit primetime schedule with more blockbuster entertainment for our viewers,” said Maria Hale, Senior Vice President, Global Entertainment & Content Acquisition, Corus Entertainment. “We aim to delight and surprise our viewers and Season 5 is no exception. We are truly as excited as our fans to see the action unfold!”“Season after season, we turn up the volume on Big Brother Canada,” said John Brunton, Chairman & CEO, Insight Production Company Ltd.  “We can’t wait for Canadians to see the outrageous group of houseguests and the special surprise we have in store for them in Season 5.”last_img read more

UK student loan changes to add billions to budget deficit

first_imgLONDON — Britain’s Office of National Statistics says it is changing the way it accounts for student loans in a decision that will add 12 billion pounds ($15 billion) to the country’s budget deficit.The statistics agency said in a statement Monday that the design of the system means much of the loan book is never repaid.The agency’s David Bailey says the decision “properly reflects the true picture of government spending” because future write-offs will be reflected as government spending now.Treasury officials stressed the accounting decision won’t affect students, who can still get loans.But Matt Whittaker of the Resolution Foundation says it will inevitably affect the government’s approach to education financing “by making more explicit where the costs of the system lie.”The Associated Presslast_img read more

I am no slouch in white ball cricket Ashwin on ODI exclusion

first_imgMumbai: On a day when country’s seniormost speedster Ishant Sharma spoke about how perceptions affected his chances in ODIs” his Test teammate Ravichandran Ashwin also echoed same sentiments reminding that he is “no slouch with white ball”. Ashwin has not played limited overs cricket since 2017 West Indies tour as selectors and team management felt that wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal are better options. To be fair to both Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri, both Kuldep and Chahal have done well. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open”I don’t know, it is a perception. I am no slouch. In the white ball format, my records are not bad like what it is perceived to be. It is out of perception that wrist spinners are required in modern one day cricket that I am sitting out,” straight-talking off-spinner said when asked about the challenge of concentrating on one format. He also pointed out that in his last ODI game for the country against the West Indies in North Sound on June 30, 2017 he had returned figures of 3 for 28. Also Read – Fast bowler Behrendorff to undergo spinal surgery”The last ODI I played, I got 3 for 28. I would always look back at my career and I would like to believe it’s not due to my efforts that I am sitting out (but) it is due to the supply and demand that the team requires,” he said. Ashwin is happy with his performance in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy where he got seven wickets from six games at a decent economy. “I went and played the Syed Mushtaq Ali (T20 tournament) and I had a decent outing. That’s how I look at it. I am playing cricket and it is not like I need to specialise in one particular format. It is the challenges of the modern day game, I will be looking forward to do whatever I can do best,” explained the 32-year bowler. Ashwin, captain of the Kings XI team in the IPL, spoke to the media after unveiling a unique cricket memorabilia launched by UK-based CricFig International along with Tamil Nadu teammate and Kolkata Knight Riders’ skipper Dinesh Kartik here. On the issue of limiting the workload on India players in the IPL ahead of the World Cup, Ashwin said it’s not easy to look too far ahead and also mentioned that the players knew about how to maintain fitness. “I don’t think as a cricketer you can look far ahead about what needs to be done and how you can manage it. As a cricketer or as a sportsperson, you just concentrate on what happens today. The franchise has invested money on you. Obviously, it is a massive tournament, everybody plays for pride, everybody wants to perform and excel.” However he agreed that the workload factor will always stay at the back of their heads. “It definitely stays at the back of the head because it is being spoken about a lot more right now. I am sure the players are responsible enough and more fitness-aware and be able to handle it than they ever were. “I don’t think going into the tournament people will be thinking about it but as the tournament pans out and the way it goes for each and every franchise and for each and every player, they will take decisions wisely.” But at the same time he said the World Cup was huge and no one wants to miss it. “Probably because of the number of injuries and the amount of premium players that are right now available for the country and how important every spot is. It is a dream for every cricketer to represent his country at the World Cup, it is a big stage. Obviously, bowlers have more chances of succumbing to injuries because of the workload they go through.”last_img read more

David Miliband resigns as MP

Former British Foreign Secretary David Miliband, who had a sour relationship with Sri Lanka during and after the war, has decided to resign from British politics.The British media said that his departure closes a rift at the top of the Labour Party but raises questions about its direction under his brother Ed Miliband. In June 2007, the MP, who is married to American violinist Louise Shackelton, was appointed Foreign Secretary by former Prime Minister, Gordon Brown.In the past two years, it is claimed he has earned almost a £1 million on top of his MP’s salary from lucrative directorships and speaking roles.He also also spoken at events calling for an investigation in Sri Lanka into alleged war crimes. (Colombo Gazette) After the 2005 General Election, the Prime Minister promoted him to the Cabinet with responsibility for Communities and Local Government before becoming Environment Secretary in 2006. Miliband, 47, is said to be leaving the UK to run the International Rescue Committee (IRC), a charity based in New York. The Telegraph website said that as a backbencher he has been the subject of constant speculation about a potential return to front line politics, possibly replacing his brother.David Miliband was regarded as the last major Blairite figure in active Labour politics. In recent weeks, it has been suggested he might make a return to the Labour front bench. Last year Ed Miliband disclosed that tensions between him and his brother remained over their battle for the Labour leadership.He claimed he had no regrets about challenging for the leadership despite the lasting consequences it had on his family, with the subsequent breakdown in their relationship being especially painful for their mother Marion.Before becoming an MP, Mr Miliband, a father-of-two, worked with Tony Blair in Downing Street. His move comes more than two years after he was narrowly beaten to the party leadership by his brother. read more

Fuel price review likely every week in future

The fuel price review is likely to be carried out every week and not every month in future.Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that with world fuel prices increasing some countries introduced a system to change fuel prices daily. The Prime Minister said that there are allegations against the fuel pricing formula with some saying if the formula changes then the fuel prices will reduce.However he says he cannot guarantee that. He said that the idea was to eventually introduce a fuel price review weekly. The Prime Minister said that since Sri Lanka did not have the experience to conduct a daily price review a monthly review system was introduced.

UN celebrates International Human Rights Day stressing vital tool of education

From New York to Darfur, from Botswana to Bangkok, from Paris to Zambia, the United Nations family today marked International Human Rights Day with calls for education and action, exhibitions and panel discussions, and the co-opting of soccer – “the truly universal sport” – in the battle against the universal scourge.Noting “the enormous efforts still required to make human rights a reality for all,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan cast the spotlight on the vital role of education in the battle. “These rights include rights to health, to education, to food, to housing, to marry and found a family, to participate in public life, to be free from torture, arbitrary arrest and detention — in short, the rights needed to be free from want and fear,” he said in a message for the Day, which this year focuses on human rights education. The General Assembly dedicated its morning plenary session to reviewing the achievements of the UN Decade for Human Rights Education (1995-2004) and has before it a draft resolution on a World Programme for Human Rights Education, the first three years of which would focus on primary and secondary education by integrating human rights issues into curricula. “Indeed, it is important to educate and sensitize people on issues relating to human rights as well as to promote respect, equality, cooperation and understanding between individuals and among nations,” the Assembly president, Jean Ping of Gabon, told the plenary. “This is a long process which, like all education, occurs all life long.” An exhibition was set to open in the Assembly Visitors’ Lobby on the cultural, political, economic and social practices that enslaved Africans developed while enduring the dehumanizing conditions of slavery. Entitled “Lest We Forget: The Triumph Over Slavery,” the exhibition focuses less on enslaved Africans as victims and more on the ways in which they reshaped their destinies. In the world of sport, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) teamed up with FIFA, the international association football federation, to address the stigma and discrimination associated with HIV/AIDS with a cartoon booklet called “HIV/AIDS – Stand Up for Human Rights,” being distributed in Botswana, Ghana, South Africa, Uganda and Zambia. Events were organized to promote awareness among young people. The cartoon begins with young footballers from Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe discussing HIV/AIDS and the rights of people living with HIV/AIDS. “Football is a truly universal sport, and thus can be used as a medium and arena for disseminating important human rights and public health messages,” FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter said. “Promoting and protecting human rights in the context of HIV/AIDS is essential to ensure an effective response to the epidemic,” added Jim Yong Kim, Director of the WHO’s HIV/AIDS Department. In Darfur, western Sudan, where fighting between the government, rebels and militias has led to what the UN has called the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, a public education programme was inaugurated today in a moving ceremony in a displaced persons’ camp. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) will help organize human rights training courses over the next two weeks for military officers, government prison and police officers, women’s and youth groups and clan leaders, among others. In Geneva, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour noted that many people all over the world continue to be denied their human rights. The Day “is a call to action in the face of the enormous effort needed to make human rights a reality for everyone,” she stressed. “One strategy to achieve that reality is human rights education,” she added, calling it a vital tool. A group of 28 experts on the UN Human Rights Commission focused on the need to protect indigenous peoples. “We strongly believe that human rights education is an essential tool to address the rising tide of racial discrimination and xenophobia; discrimination that lies beneath the root causes of human rights violations suffered by these groups,” they declared. In Paris, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Koïchiro Matsuura, named Vitit Muntarbhorn, a law professor at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, the winner of the 2004 UNESCO Prize for Human Rights Education. Human rights education is a prerequisite of harmonious and peaceful development for the whole of society, Mr. Matsuura said. And in Bangkok itself, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) held meetings and panel discussions on human rights education. read more

Buckeyes monitoring reps as The Grind heats up in spring practice

The OSU football team returned to the practice field on March 10 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, less than 2 months after the Buckeyes beat Oregon in the 1st-ever College Football Playoff National Championship. Credit: Tim Moody / Sports editorAfter putting the pedal to the metal to complete “The Chase,” the Ohio State football team moved straight into “The Grind.”But as the Buckeyes completed practice Tuesday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center — just their third since winning the National Championship — coach Urban Meyer said it might be time to pump the breaks. Meyer said OSU is monitoring the reps of certain players, leading to less cohesiveness on the practice field.“That’s why sometimes it looks really bad, and today it was not a pleasant one,” Meyer said Tuesday. “We’re not gonna blame players or coaches yet. That’s coming, though, if you don’t get better.”The Buckeyes played 15 games — winning all but one — in 2014-15, marking the first time a collegiate team had played more than 14 times in a season. But game reps aside, OSU is monitoring “competitive reps” players get in practice, Meyer said.The fourth-year OSU coach said senior offensive lineman Taylor Decker has had more than 2,000 live reps in his career, and named off redshirt-junior offensive lineman Pat Elflein, redshirt-senior tight end Nick Vannett, senior linebacker Joshua Perry, redshirt-junior safety Tyvis Powell and junior defensive lineman Joey Bosa as other high-rep players.While Meyer didn’t name any of those players among the injured Buckeyes, OSU has learned that at least four players would no longer be able to play football because of past injuries since the beginning of 2015. With linebackers Devan Bogard and Trey Johnson, safety Ron Tanner and cornerback Armani Reeves done for good, the Buckeyes are being careful with other injured players in practice.Redshirt-senior quarterback Braxton Miller has been pulled back in practice, Meyer said, but only for precautionary reasons.Meyer added that the trainers are being very cautious with junior running back Ezekiel Elliott, who has a bone graft in his wrist. Along with Miller and Elliott, Meyer said senior offensive lineman Jacoby Boren and junior H-back Dontre Wilson are both still working back from injuries.“Jacoby’s had several things, but I don’t see any Band-Aids on him any more, so he’s getting close,” Meyer said. “Dontre has a broken foot, pin’s out; I saw him running in the water the other day.”But among the players being held back, Meyer said he’s been surprised to see the progress of yet another injured quarterback — redshirt-sophomore J.T. Barrett.“J.T. is doing good, he’s doing more,” Meyer said. “I thought he would be much more limited but he’s getting every mini field and 7-on-7 rep.”As more experienced players are given a bit of a break and younger players earn more reps, Meyer said he wasn’t pleased with Tuesday’s showing. With that in mind, the Buckeyes have some time to prepare before taking the field against Virginia Tech on Sept. 7 in Blacksburg, Va.“It wasn’t a great day,” Meyer said. “But it’s spring practice.” read more

Bigg Boss Tamil season 3 Here are the complete profiles and photos

first_imgHere are the 15 contestants from Bigg Boss Tamil 3.PR HandoutThe third season of Bigg Boss Tamil 5 has started with a bang from Sunday, 23 June. It went on air with a grand event and a couple of celebrities added colour to it with their performanceson the Vijay TV’s reality show.Vijay TV has handpicked contestants predominantly from film, television and music industry. Surprisingly, there are no commoners this season although the Kamal Haasan-hosted show has budding talents.The notable part of the story is that there are participants from foreign countries too. However, it was widely rumoured that a prominent name from the LGBTQ community would be taking part in the show, but those speculations have now turned out to be false. Here, we are bringing you the complete profiles of the 15 inmates who entered the show on the first day of Kamal Haasan-hosted Bigg Boss Tamil 3: Fathima Babu is the first contestant to enter Bigg Boss Tamil 3 house.PR HandoutFathima Babu: Contestant No. 1 Fathima Babu is a Tamil and Malayalam actress who was introduced to films by K Balachander in Kalki. Her notable films were : Ninaivirukkum Varai, Devathayai Kanden, Swarnamukhi and Azhagiya Pandipuram. At Andheri, Gramam and a few others in Mollywood.She had come to limelight in 80s as a new reader on Doordarshan. She was also seen in TV serials and Yaaradi Nee Mohini on Zee Tamil remains one of her popular shows. Losliya Mariyanesan is the second contestant to enter Bigg Boss Tamil 3 house.PR HandoutLosliya Mariyanesan: Contestant No. 2 Losliya Mariyanesan is a surpise name from the lot. She is a model and TV anchor from Sri Lanka. Not much is known about her at this stage.  Sakshi Agarwal is the third contestant to enter Bigg Boss Tamil 3 house.PR HandoutSakshi Agarwal: Contestant No. 3 Born to a Rajasthani father and a Tamil mother in Uttarakhand, she was good at academics and never thought of becoming an actress someday. After completing education and finding a good job in Bengaluru, she entered modelling based on a suggestion given by her a well-wisher.Soon she made her debut in a Kannada movie and entered Kollywood with Yoogan. Her notable movies are Rajinikanth’s Kaala and Ajith Kumar’s Viswasam. Currently, she is working in Cinderella. She has over 100 commercials to her credit. Jangiri Madhumitha is the fourth contestant to enter Bigg Boss Tamil 3 house.PR HandoutJangiri Madhumitha: Contestant No. 4 Jangiri Madhumitha is a popular comedy actress, who has worked in over 50 movies in a short span of time. She entered Kollywood with Oru Kal Oru Kannadi. The prexix ‘Jangiri’ she got after from her first movie. The 41-year old has worked in the movies of Tamil stars like Vijay, Raghava Lawrence, Karthi and Vikram. Kavin is the fifth contestant to enter Bigg Boss Tamil 3 house.PR HandoutKavin: Contestant No. 5 Kavin is a born to a middleclass family in Trichy. He started his career in Vijay TV as an actor with the third part of Kana Kaanum Kaalangal. Then, he was part of popular TV serial Saravanan Meenatchi. He turned host with the second season of Kings of Dance. He made his entry to films with Sathiryan in a supporting role. He first movie in a lead role in Natpuna Ennanu Theriyuma. Abhirami Venkatachalam is the sixth contestant to enter Bigg Boss Tamil 3 house.PR HandoutAbhirami Venkatachalam: Contestant No. 6  Abhirami Venkatachalam is TV and film actress. She begun her career with music video ‘Love Me Lovely Lady’. She made her acting debut with Kalavu. Currently, she is working in Ajith Kumar’s upcoming film, Nerkonda Paarvai. Saravanan is the seventh contestant to enter Bigg Boss Tamil 3 house.PR HandoutSaravanan: Contestant No. 7 Saravanan used to play lead roles in Tamil movies in 90s. He turned director with Thaayumaanavan after his acting career did not see any growth at some point of time. When everything was going downhill, he reinvented himself in supporting role in Karthi’s Paruthiveeran for which he won several awards. Vanitha Vijayakumar is the eighth contestant to enter Bigg Boss Tamil 3 house.PR HandoutVanitha Vijayakumar: Contestant No. 8 She is known as a controversial queen in Kollywood. Actress and daughter of veteran Tamil actor Vijaya Kumar. She made her acting debut with Chandralekha opposite Thalapathy Vijay. She acted in a couple of movies, before bidding goodbye to films. However, in the last couple of years, she has been in the news for all the wrong reasons, especially her feud with her father and family members. Cheran is the ninth contestant to enter Bigg Boss Tamil 3 house.PR HandoutCheran: Contestant No. 9 Cheran is a four-time National Award winner who made his directorial debut with Bharathi Kannama. He has directed over 10 movies and acted in over 15 movies. His Autography earned him a lot of fame. Porkkaalam, Pandavar Bhoomi, and Vetri Kodi Kattu were some of his memorable films. Sherin Shringar is the 10th contestant to enter Bigg Boss Tamil 3 house.PR HandoutSherin Shringar: Contestant No. 10 Sherin Shringar was born and brought up in Bengaluru. She had the liking towards modelling at very young age and followed her dreams before getting offers to act in the film. The actress begun her career as a child artiste in a film called Police Dog and turned lead actress in Darshan’s Dhruva. Dhanush’s Thulluvadho Ilamai was her first Tamil flick. She worked in a lot of Tamil and Telugu movies between 2000 and 2010. Mohan Vaidya is the 11th contestant to enter Bigg Boss Tamil 3 house.PR HandoutMohan Vaidya: Contestant No. 11 Mohan Vaidya is a multifaceted talent who is a singer, violinist, dance choreographer, television presenter, and vocalist. He is the elder sibling of veena maestro, Rajhesh Vaidhya. Tharshan Thiyagarajah is the 12th contestant to enter Bigg Boss Tamil 3 house.PR HandoutTharshan Thiyagarajah: Contestant No. 12 Tharshan Thiyagarajah is a Sri Lankan model and budding actor, who left his high-paying IT job to pursue his passion. Four years of his struggle seems to be finally paying off as two of his movies are releasing this year. Dance choreographer Sandy is the 13th contestant to enter Bigg Boss Tamil 3 house.PR HandoutDance master Sandy: Contestant No. 13 Sandy is a protegee of well-known choreographer Kala Master. His talent came to light after participating in Manada Mayilada. He has choreographed for the movies like Kaala, Saagasam, Kakakapo, Jambulingam 3D, Jithan 2, Gethu. He also judged the second season of Kings of Dance. Mugen Rao is the 14th contestant to enter Bigg Boss Tamil 3 house.PR HandoutMugen Rao: Contestant No. 14 He is a multi-talented creative arts practitioner from Malaysia. Besides acting, he is into hosting, singing and lyrics writing. Reshma Pasupuleti is the 15th contestant to enter Bigg Boss Tamil 3 house.PR HandoutReshma Pasupuleti: No. 15 Reshma Pasupuleti is the 15th contestant. She was an air hostess and anchor. She turned actress with by acting in TV serials like Vaani Rani, Vamsam, Sundhara Kandam and En Eniya Tholiya. She also acted in movies like Ko 2, Masala Padam, etc. Her father Prasad Pasupuleti is a Telugu producer.last_img read more

Hartlage Completes First Round of the Augusta National Womens Amateur Championship

first_imgThe two-time All-ACC selection currently leads the Cardinals with a 72.3 stroke average for the 2018-19 season. Hartlage tallied top 10 showings in three of five tournaments and closed out the fall with a runner-up finish at the Alexa Stirling Intercollegiate. She opened the spring season with a win in the Moon Golf Invitational. Hartlage will begin second round play on Thursday morning on the 10th tee at 10:00 a.m. Print Friendly Version Story Links AUGUSTA, Ga. – University of Louisville junior Lauren Hartlage is tied for 40th after first round play in the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship on Wednesday afternoon. The Elizabethtown, Ky. native was able to settle down after the first five holes and par 10 out of the 11 remaining holes.  She eagled the par-4 seventh hole.  She finished just one over on the back nine to move up in the rankings throughout the day.  On the day, Hartlage shot a 76 to finish four over.    The first two rounds, April 3-4 are played on the Island and Bluff nines at Champions Retreat Golf Club in Augusta. The entire field will then play Augusta National for an official practice round April 5. The final 18 holes will take place at Augusta National on April 6 and will feature the top 30 competitors who made the cut.NBC Sports will produce and broadcast three hours of live final-round coverage at Augusta National from Noon – 3 p.m. EDT on April 6, 2019. NBC Sports will also provide pre-event promotion across NBCUniversal’s portfolio, while Golf Channel will deliver highlights, live reports and news coverage throughout the event, including onsite during the first two competitive rounds at Champions Retreat. Additionally, Golf Channel’s “Live From the Masters” will commence on Friday, April 5 from Augusta National and wrap ANWA coverage on Saturday, April 6 and the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals on Sunday, April 7.last_img read more

Will Bloom box replace power grid Details on Wednesday w Video

first_img Algae bloom fouls Florida Keys © 2010 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — The hot energy news for this week comes in the form of a small box called the Bloom box, whose inventor hopes that it will be in almost every US home in the next five to 10 years. K.R. Sridhar, founder of the Silicon Valley start-up called Bloom Energy, unveiled the device on “60 Minutes” to CBS reporter Leslie Stahl on Sunday evening. Although Sridhar made some impressive claims on the show, he left many of the details a secret. This Wednesday, the company will hold a “special event” in eBay’s town hall, with a countdown clock on its website suggesting it will be a momentous occasion – or at least generating hype. Explore further Sridhar explained that the fuel cells inside the Bloom boxes are made from sand turned into thin ceramic squares, each side coated with a green or black “ink.” A single cell can power about one light bulb, but a stack of 64 of the cells could be “big enough to power a Starbucks,” Sridhar said. In between each disk there’s a metal plate, but the Bloom box supposedly uses a cheap metal alloy instead of expensive platinum. One of Bloom Energy’s early critics, Michael Kanellos of Green Tech Media, noted that researchers have been working with fuel cells since the 1830s. On “60 Minutes,” he told Stahl that, if Sridhar succeeds in making the technology affordable and efficient, there will likely be others that can, too.“The problem is then G.E. and Siemens and other conglomerates probably can do the same thing,” he said. “They have fuel cell patents; they have research teams that have looked at this,” Kanellos said.”What do you think the chances are that in ten-plus years you and I will each have a Bloom box in our basements?” Stahl asked Kanellos.”Twenty percent,” he said. “But it’s going to say ‘G.E.'”Further details on the Bloom box – its efficiency; the materials it’s made of; how much carbon dioxide, water, heat, and other emissions it produces – are still secret. In a blog post Monday afternoon, Kanellos said that he had found a US patent filed by Bloom in 2006 and granted in 2009 that mentions the material “yttria stabilized zirconia” as well as electrodes made of metals in the platinum family – although this doesn’t necessarily mean anything. More information may be revealed at Wednesday’s event, which will feature John Doerr, partner in the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins, which has provided financial assistance to the company. (Sridhar told Stahl that an estimate of $400 million raised by Bloom so far is “in the ballpark.”) Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, a member of Bloom Energy’s board, is also scheduled to be in attendance.• Join PhysOrg.com on Facebook!• Follow PhysOrg.com on Twitter! More information: CBScenter_img As Sridhar explained to Stahl, the Bloom box is a new kind of fuel cell that produces electricity by combining oxygen in the air with any fuel source, such as natural gas, bio-gas, and solar energy. Sridhar said the chemical reaction is efficient and clean, creating energy without burning or combustion. He said that two Bloom boxes – each the size of a grapefruit – could wirelessly power a US home, fully replacing the power grid; one box could power a European home, and two or three Asian homes could share a single box. Although currently a commercial unit costs $700,000-$800,000 each, Sridhar hopes to manufacture home units that cost less than $3,000 in five to 10 years. He said he got the idea after designing a device for NASA that would generate oxygen on Mars, for a mission that was later canceled. The Bloom box works in the opposite way as the Mars box: instead of generating oxygen, it uses oxygen as one of the inputs.Video: The Bloom box on “60 Minutes.”Although Sunday was the first time Bloom Energy came public with the Bloom box (there’s not even a sign on the company’s building), several devices are already being used by about 20 well-known companies. Google, FedEx, Walmart, eBay, Staples, and others have taken advantage of tax credits to purchase the Bloom boxes, and they’re seeing cost savings in their energy bills. For example, four refrigerator-sized units have been powering a Google datacenter for the past 18 months, using about half as much natural gas as would be required to generate the same amount of energy at a traditional power plant. And at eBay, five units running on bio-gas made from landfill waste that were installed nine months ago have saved the company more than $100,000 in electricity costs, said eBay CEO John Donahoe on “60 Minutes.” Donahoe added that, on a weekly basis, the Bloom boxes generate five times as much power than the 3,000 solar cells that are installed on the roofs of the company’s buildings. Citation: Will Bloom box replace power grid? Details on Wednesday (w/ Video) (2010, February 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-02-bloom-power-grid-wednesday-video.html K.R. Sridhar holds two Bloom boxes, which together he says could power a US home. Credit: CBS. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Three NeedtoKnow Technology Trends for 2011

first_img 4 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. For small businesses, the new millennium has arrived about a decade late. The big year for innovation was supposed to be 2001, when things like artificial intelligence and a worldwide-networked office were said to be to coming to market. But it has taken an extra 10 years of digital toiling to make some of these tools a reality.In 2011, small-business owners will face a staggering array of new technologies and services. These won’t be for-geeks-only stuff. These are mainstream business systems from the tech giants — tools you may want to consider adopting or you could get left behind.Here are my thoughts on the top business technology trends for 2011. You’ll need to be familiar with these if you want to stay on the cutting edge of your market.1. The Web on your phone might be as fast the Web in your office. The biggest game-changing tool for 2011 is a new generation of fast wireless cellular standards known as 4G. By midyear, most mobile consumers will be able to receive service that’s similar to the robust, plugged-in Web access found in an office. All the major phone carriers will be offering it, including Verizon Communications Inc., Sprint Nextel Corp., AT&T Inc. and T-Mobile USA Inc. Look also for offerings from start-ups, such as Antelecom Inc., Clearwire Corp., Xanadoo Co. and Towerstream Corp., and from cable companies like Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable Inc.However, coverage is likely to be spotty and comparing plans could be a struggle, at least in the early days. The cost may be as high as $60 a month per employee and sharing a Web connection won’t be an option. But those willing to brave the trials of moving to a technology early may not only be able to say goodbye to their existing data provider but they may never again need a hard-wired Web connection. The mobile business race really begins in 2011.2. Day planners won’t just track your schedule. Starting next year, smart Web-based business-automation tools will find their way into business software and begin offering opinions on everything from how you should manage tasks to how you arrange meetings and budget projects. Already, Google is adding a sophisticated feature to its Gmail Priority Inbox email services that is designed to help users sort emails in order of their importance. Companies such as Intuit Inc. are adding financial modeling tools to QuickBooks and Mint.com that are so sophisticated that they can guess when you will lose money.Startups are also offering tools to help firms write documents and create content. The leader now is StatSheet Inc., a Durham, N.C.-based technology company that specializes in sports content. In October, it introduced a Web-based service that automatically creates legible articles, analysis and data with nearly no direct human involvement. What does that mean to you? For better or worse, you may soon face the daunting prospect of managing memos and business correspondence that, in some ways, write themselves.3. Work life might be controlled by the touch of a finger. Call it the iPhone effect for businesses. A new generation of Apple Inc.’s iPad-inspired, touch-controlled work tools will go mainstream in 2011.A range of office standbys from printers to desktop PCs will add iPhone-like touch-pad controls. A slew of touch-enabled kiosks, displays and machine controls will be cheap and widely available.The effects are likely to be profound. Touch-enabled screens, just like on iPhones, will allow for a wide swath of new features and functions to be built into just about any business device. Printers will not only connect to the Web but will also produce custom news feeds. Touch-enabled PCs will support both traditional office software and sophisticated inventory and business-management tools that once required pricey custom hardware.Aggressive first movers are already making an impact. For example, San Francisco-based Touch Revolution is developing a line of mobile-phone savvy touch-enabled control modules that are being adapted to everything to office systems to kitchen appliances.By this time next year, your fingers may not only do the walking around the office. They may do the talking as well. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » December 29, 2010last_img read more

Next step in Goways succession plan with appointment of new COO

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Goway Travel Monday, February 5, 2018 John FeenaghtyTORONTO — John Feenaghty has been named to the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer of Goway Travel as the company focuses on long-term plans including the gradual retirement of Goway’s founder and President, Bruce Hodge.Feenaghty’s mandate includes growth in all areas of the company, spearheaded by an anticipated surge in UK/Europe volume.As reported in the Nov. 16, 2017 issue of Travelweek, Hodge says his goal is to grow Goway’s UK and Europe business to be as big as the company’s Downunder business – that includes Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific islands – in 3 years.Goway Travel’s UK/Europe division is now headed up by industry veteran Craig Canvin.Goway is also looking at the ultimate development of a North American program. The latter will mean Goway offers ‘the world’, and includes plans to open wholesale offices in Australia and the UK.Feenaghty has 25 years of experience across a variety of travel industry fields. His most recent tenure was with Flight Centre Travel Group in Australia where he held a number of senior roles over his 14 years. His broad experience covers retail, wholesale, product, e-commerce, operations and marketing.More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaStarting out in the RAAF as a flight steward nearly 30 years ago, John moved from hospitality to travel, with a career at the Queensland Government Travel Centre in Brisbane. A few years followed with Thomas Cook retail, Sunlover Holidays, and a short stint in the U.S. with an Australian travel specialist.In 2003, he took over the Marketing division of Flight Centre’s emerging wholesale brand Infinity Holidays for several years. This evolved into key roles across the company, including GM of Quickbeds.com, SVP Product & Marketing at Liberty Travel (USA based) and GM of Product & Marketing with the Infinity Group.“During my time in the USA, I was well aware of Goway, and am looking forward to moving back to North America to assume this role for such a well-respected company,” said Feenaghty.Feenaghty will also oversee the rise of Adam and Bronwyn Hodge, as they assume senior leadership roles in the business. Bruce’s wife Claire, from South Africa, was a passenger on his last European tour, joined him a year after starting Goway. All four members of the Hodge family contribute to the success of Goway.More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaHodge launched Goway in 1970 in Toronto. A former research economist with the Reserve Bank of Australia and European camping tour leader, he initially operated his fledgling business out of a two-bedroom apartment, and worked in a peanut butter factory at night to maintain cash flow.These days Goway has offices in Toronto, L.A., Vancouver, Sydney and Manila, a staff of over 300 people and a reputation for providing customized experiential travel arrangements to long-haul globetrotters.With the appointment of Feenaghty and other recent high-level executives, Hodge said he is not slowing anything down at Goway. “We are improving a well-oiled machine that is not only picking up speed but knows where it is going,” he said.In 2020 the company will be celebrating its 50th anniversary.“All I see are opportunities,” said Hodge. “I only wish I was 10 years younger.” Travelweek Group center_img Share Posted by Next step in Goway’s succession plan with appointment of new COOlast_img read more

Aus market stays strong in England

first_imgThe strong Aussie dollar continues to push Aussies into England, with VisitEngland finding figures from down under remaining strong.A New York based spokesperson, Emma Thomas told e-Travel Blackboard that Australia continues to be the region’s top market and expects numbers to grow over the coming years as the country prepares to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games.“With the exchange rate, the Australian market is really strong,” she said.“Fortunately it remains really high and is a priority for us to see growth from the region.”Ms Thomas said as Decade of Sports commences in England, with the country planning to host up to six major sporting events over nine to ten years, the number of Aussies visiting areas outside of main tourists areas are expected to grow.“A lot of Australians that have been to England have seen London and they want to try something new and areas out of the city are where they will be heading,” Ms Thomas said.“There are no language barriers so it’s easy for them to do so.”The tourist board’s spokesperson added that the Queen’s recent visit down under and the Royal Wedding have helped usher in more visitors from Australia.She described the recent growth as a “good prelude” to what’s expected as major events commence next year.As well as the Olympic Games, next year England will play host to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee which celebrates her 60 years on the throne, the Olympic torch relay, Charles Dickens 200th birthday, Cotsworld Olympicks, the Sinking of the Titanic, World Shakespeare Festival, Stratford-upon-Avon, the opening of the Harry Potter Studio Tour, WorldPride and the London 2012 Festival. Domestic travel has also picked up according to Ms Thomas, with home stay developing into a “cool” travel.She explained that the dollar “made it easy” for locals take a weekend holiday and visit regions across the country.“The people have really embraced domestic travel over the year and they’ve realised how beautiful the country is,” she added. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

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