The iPad Mini’s Killer Feature = Price

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology dan rowinski Tags:#Apple#iPad#mobile If as now seems inevitable, Apple is truly going to announce an iPad “Mini” next week, the price point in relation to the competition is going to be important. The lowest Apple could conceivably go would be to match the $199 price of the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire. Rumors say that the starting price for the Mini will either start at $250 or $299, which some analysts think is too high if Apple truly wants to compete in the smaller form factor tablet market.If Apple can price the Mini competitively, it could create a perfect storm for market domination. According to comScore, in addition to price, the other top consideration for tablet buyers is what kinds of apps are available. As of July this year there were about 250,000 iPad-specific apps. Exactly how those translate to the supposed 7.85-inch dimensions of the Mini remains to be seen, as does how the Mini will use iPhone apps . But any way you slice it, Apple’s iOS has the most tablet-specific apps of any of the mobile operating systems. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Consumers looking for a tablet computer this holiday season will have plenty of great choices. Microsoft has its Surface RT tablets ready for pre-order, there are new Kindle Fires from Amazon, and Google’s Nexus 7 tablet leads a wide variety of quality Android options. And the big dog of the tablet market is about to enter the fray yet again, as Apple seems about to unleash a brand new – and smaller – iPad to the market. Which ones will consumers flock to? Apart from the already-successful full-size iPad, the answer, unsurprisingly, will likely have a lot to do with price.All Tablets Are TweenersThe tablet market is different from that of other gadgets. Smartphones, for the most part, vary little on price and typically range between free and $199 (on a carrier contract). Consumers seem willing to pay top dollar for a computer they think they absolutely need to be productive. Tablets are different while many people believe they need a mobile phone and a computer to meet their personal and business goals, a tablet is more of a “not necessary, but nice to have” type of device. The reality of the tablet as a tweener is what makes price so important in the purchase decision. Apple set themarket standard with the original iPad starting at $499. Every other tablet to hit the market since has had,  to react to that price point in one way or another. Some competitors failed, such as Motorola and Samsung, by pricing the Xoom and Tab 10.1 slates too high. Others, such as Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Google’s Nexus 7, competed by shrinking the screen size and pricing aggressively at $199. When it comes to battling the iPad, the competition cannot bet on superior hardware or user experience because, rightly or wrongly, Apple is perceived to be the clear leader on those fronts.Price Is The KeyAnalytics company comScore, quarterly TabLens research bears this out. Near 46.3% of iPad owners in comScore’s survey make $100,000 or more. In comparison, only 32.5% of Android tablet owners  and 33.3% of Kindle Fire owners make that much. (Note, the data is from August, before the release of the newest generation of Kindle Fires.) 40.4% of Android tablet owners and 42.2% of Kindle Fire owners make between $25,000 and $75,000. Only 31.6% of iPad owners fall within that income range. See the chart below for more detail: Then, of course, there is also the iPuppies Effect, where millions of people seem willing to buy anything and everything that Apple makes – just because Apple makes it. The iPad Mini should sell well on the consumer market for that reason alone. How low does Apple have to go to make a killing with the iPad Mini? Share your predictions in the comments.last_img read more

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Nine 4K Cameras Under $4K

first_imgIt’s high-resolution, not high-price, that makes these cameras standout.4K is quickly becoming an industry standard in video and film production, but with all the 4K camera options it can be overwhelming to figure out which camera is right for you. In the following post we take a look at the notable specs of  our favorite 4K cameras – all under $4,000.If you have any other camera suggestions for the PremiumBeat community we would love to hear them in the comments below!1. Blackmagic 4K Production CameraThe Blackmagic 4K Production Camera is the only 4K camera on this list that has the ability to record in 12-bit 4K CinemaDNG RAW. This is incredibly important if you plan on doing serious color correction in post. Instead of recording to an SD card, the Blackmagic 4K records to SSD drives which can then be attached to a computer. Other notable features include 12 stops of dynamic range, a large 5 inch display, and a free DaVinci Resolve license with each purchase.Price: $2,9952. GoPro HERO3+ Black EditionAt 4K, the frame rate of the GoPro HERO3+ is only 15fps which isn’t cinematic, but certainly impressive. The GoPro HERO 3+ also has built-in time-lapse capabilities. In addition to shooting 4K footage, the HERO3+ has the ability to record 2.7k at 30fps. Pretty incredible quality at this low price.Price: $399.993. Leica D-LUX (Typ 109)Created by one of the world’s most prestigious camera manufacturer, it’s no surprise that the Leica D-LUX gives users 4K in an ultra-sleek camera body. The included lens is is a 24-75mm f/1.7-2.8  (very fast and versatile). While this isn’t a professional video camera, it is certainly a good option if you are looking for a point-and-shoot with 4K recording capabilities.Price: $1,1954. Panasonic FZ1000In line with the Leica D-LUX, the Panasonic FZ1000 is an incredibly dynamic camera that also includes a Leica lens. The camera has built-in 5 axis image stabilization and 4K recording at 30fps. The included lens is a 25-400mm (yes, you read that right) f/2.8-4 Leica lens. While you won’t be able to change out lenses with this camera it is ideal if you need to shoot 4K footage quickly.Price: $899.995. Panasonic LX100The Panasonic LX100 can be viewed as a combination of both the Leica D-LUX and the Panasonic FZ1000. It includes a 24-75mm f/1.7-2.8 Leica lens that is attached to the camera. Users can choose to record 4K footage at 24fps or 30fps and full HD up to 60fps. Manual control rings also make it useful in a production context as well.Price: $8996. Panasonic GH4After making a splash at NAB 2014, the Panasonic GH4 has quickly become a go-to camera for filmmakers everywhere. Not only does it record in 4K but it also gives users the added ability to output 10-bit 4K footage with the additional YAGH Unit. The GH4 has shown that you can get great 4K footage from a small DSLR-like body. It even beat a RED Epic and a Canon 5D Mark III in a recent sharpness test.Price: $1,699.997. Panasonic HC-X1000This isn’t your average camcorder. The Panasonic HC-X1000 records 4K footage at 24fps natively in-camera. It also gives users manual control with rings dedicated to focus, zoom, and aperture. The camera has built-in image stabilization that can correct handshake up to 4,000 times-per-second. In addition, the camera also has all the features you would want in a professional grade camcorder such as zebras, color bars, historgrams, and built-in ND filters.Price: $3,499.998. Sony FDR-AX100This Sony FDR-AX100 camcorder records 4K footage at 30fps. Sony has included as Zeiss lens with 12x zoom. Outside of 4k, users have the ability to record up to 120fps in HD. The camcorder also has Sony’s SteadyShot technology, so smooth images are incredibly easy to capture.Price: $1,9999. Sony A7SThe Sony A7S in an incredible little camera that debuted at NAB 2014. While you can’t record 4K footage in-camera you can output a 10-bit 4K signal to be recorded by an external recorder. More impressive than it’s ability to output 4K footage is it’s low-light capabilities. With expanded ISO that extends up to 409,600, the A7S can shoot properly exposed images in near darkness. It has a built-in 25 point autofocus system and the stills from this camera are quality. It accepts any lens with a Sony E mount and has a 3 inch tilting display.Price: $2,499We can expect to see more 4K cameras below $4,000 in the near future, but for now it seems like Panasonic is pushing this new technology faster than everyone else. We will be interested to see if other camera manufactures like Canon or Nikon will begin to produce more affordable 4K cameras.Have you used any of the cameras on this list? Share you experience in the comments below.last_img read more

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Kings XI Punjab eye playoff berth after stunning Delhi Daredevils

first_imgKings XI Punjab kept their hopes of sealing a playoff berth alive aftersecuring a much-needed win against Delhi Daredevils on Saturday.Despite the nine-run win, Kings XI are languishing at the bottom of the eight-team standings with just six points from nine games.And from here on, Kings XI will need to produce consistent performances in the remainder of the league games to keep the team in the hunt. The Murali Vijay-led side will next play Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore on Monday.Kings XI bowler Sandeep Sharma said his team needed to maintain the winning momentum to reach the last-four stages.”T20 is all about momentum, when you have that you keep winning on a trot. We played good cricket in Kolkata. Prior to that we defeated Gujarat. I feel that now the momentum is back with us and our combination is right, our batsmen are making runs,” Sandeep said at the post-match press conference last night.”We have played good cricket. Some matches were close, but we ended up on the losing side.Vijay knows how to use bowlers “I feel we have found the right combination. Captain (Murali Vijay) knows how to use his bowlers and batting has also clicked now. (Glenn) Maxwell and (David) Miller were not in their prime form (at the start of the tournament) but now they are also making runs. So that is a positive sign,” he added.Exceptional death bowling Sandeep was full of praise for his bowling colleagues for eking out the win with exceptional death bowling.advertisement”It is a team game. We have been bowling well as a unit. I have bowled well, Mohit Sharma also has bowled very well. There is consistency in our bowling and hopefully we will continue that in rest of the tournament,” he said.”When we scored 180 plus runs, we were confident that we can defend the total because our bowling attack has been good, especially the death bowling. When I came to bowl towards the end, there were lot of runs which the opposition had to make and there was no problem.”Stoinis has adapted well to Indian conditions He also praised Marcus Stoinis’ for his all-round show.The Australian first scored a well-made 52 off 44 balls and then scalped three wickets while defending the 182-run target.”Stoinis is a unique player and he has adapted to Indian conditions well. He batted and bowled really very well and he is an asset for us,” Sandeep said.Not thinking about points tableThe fast bowler said Kings XI are taking one game at a time without thinking much about the points table.”Actually, we are not thinking about the tournament whether we have to qualify or where we stand in the points table. Most important thing is that we approach every single match and take it further from there. If we play good cricket, then naturally we will go up in the points table. But important thing is to focus on the next game,” Sandeep said.Asked about the prospect of bowling to RCB skipper Virat Kohli who is in supreme form, Sandeep said: “Actually, we all admire him. We watched the match (RCB vs Rising Pune Supergiants) on the ground (on giant screen yesterday) when he was batting. He is a legendary cricketer. Seeing him play in front of you and bowling to him is a pleasure.”There is no pressure as such regarding bowling to him. We will do what we have been doing.”last_img read more

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Batshuayi set to start ahead of Morata

first_imgChelsea Morata to miss out again as Batshuayi gets the nod for Chelsea’s quarter-final clash Tom Webber 23:29 12/19/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) MichyBatshuayi - cropped Getty Images Chelsea League Cup Chelsea v AFC Bournemouth AFC Bournemouth Antonio Conte Michy Batshuayi Morata Although the Blues have their Spanish striker available for selection, Antonio Conte plans to use his Belgian frontman in a meeting with Bournemouth Michy Batshuayi is set to start Chelsea’s Carabao Cup quarter-final against Bournemouth on Wednesday, despite Antonio Conte having no concern about Alvaro Morata’s fitness.Morata sat out last week’s 3-1 Premier League victory over Huddersfield Town due to fatigue and a back issue, with Eden Hazard leading the attack as a false nine in his stead.Batshuayi again watched on from the bench, along with the former Real Madrid striker, as Chelsea defeated Southampton 1-0 on Saturday, but the Belgium international will be granted an opportunity against the Cherries. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “[Morata] is OK. He had this problem in his back before the game against West Ham and then he struggled a lot,” said Conte at a pre-match news conference.”But now he’s working very well, he’s finding his best form. Tomorrow I want to give an opportunity and a chance to play to Batshuayi.”Next up: It’s Bournemouth in the @Carabao_Cup quarter-final… pic.twitter.com/lDufPCI4Zz— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 17, 2017The Italian hinted that academy products Callum Hudson-Odoi, Dujon Sterling and Ethan Ampadu could also be involved at Stamford Bridge, though Charly Musonda will miss out due to a groin complaint.”I think these players are the future for Chelsea. Sterling is a really good player, Odoi won the [Under-20] World Cup and Ampadu played the last game [in this competition] against Everton. Maybe he could start also,” said Conte.”I must consider the young players if they deserve to have this chance. Sterling, a lot of times, is working with us this season. Ampadu is with the first team every day and Odoi is another player that deserves to have a chance to show that he can play for this team for 10 years, for 15 years.”On whether a fringe player who impresses versus Bournemouth could force their way into Conte’s first XI, he said: “I hope to have this type of problem.”Before taking a decision on if a player plays for the starting XI or not, the last part of the body I look at is the head. They don’t play because they’re a ‘big player’ or a ‘name’. This is not my idea of football.”If they deserve to play, they play. [Andreas] Christensen is playing at 21. I put Christensen in because he deserves to be in, and this guy has fantastic prospects for the present and the future.”last_img read more

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21 days ago​Barcelona’s Pique moves to introduce new elite European club competition

first_imgTagsSerie A NewsLigue 1Premiership NewsSpanish Football NewsGerman BundesligaAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ​Barcelona’s Pique moves to introduce new elite European club competitionby Ian Ferris21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona star Gerard Piqué has held talks with the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) regarding the creation of a new elite European club soccer competition, according to the country’s foremost radio network, Cadena SER, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.The 32-year-old, who has overhauled the International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) Davis cup competition via his Kosmos investment vehicle, reportedly wants to create a ‘European Super Cup’.According to the Cadena SER report, the tournament would feature the champions of the European leagues and possibly a few other of the continent’s top clubs, with a format somewhat similar to what has been put in place for the new Davis Cup.It is safe to assume that Kosmos, the company founded by Piqué along with Hiroshi Miktani, president of Rakuten, would be involved in the project although that has not been reported.Piqué has apparently been working on the concept for some time and wants to implement it sooner rather than later. last_img read more

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Here’s Where ESPN Ranks Clemson’s ‘Future Offense’

first_imgtrevor lawrence celebrates during the national title gameSANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates his seventy-four yard touchdown throw during the third quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Over the past few years, the Clemson Tigers have produced a plethora of great prospects on the defensive side of the football. While that trend isn’t slowing down at all, it’s time to divert some of that attention toward the offense.Last season, the Tigers won the College Football Playoff behind the marvelous play of Trevor Lawrence. The freshman quarterback is on track to be a first-round pick in the future, which means more experience at Clemson should help his development.In addition to Clemson having Lawrence for this upcoming season, the defending champions will also have Travis Etienne, Tee Higgins and Justyn Ross. Let’s not forget that Dabo Swinney is still coaching this powerhouse program.With the college football season approaching soon enough, ESPN writer Adam Rittenberg ranked the top “future offenses” in the country.After ranking Clemson as the No. 2 future offense last year, Rittenberg has bumped them up to the top spot, thanks to the plethora of talent on the team now, and that Swinney has coming in over the next few years.From ESPN:This was a fairly easy choice, mainly because Trevor Lawrence will lead the unit for two more seasons. Clemson has also established itself as the nation’s premier wide receiver program, and while the legendary Hunter Renfrow departs, standouts such as Tee Higgins and Justyn Ross are back. The Tigers get 1,600-yard rusher Travis Etienne for at least one more season, and Lyn-J Dixon is only a sophomore. Offensive line recruitment and development has steadily improved at Clemson, which loses standout tackle Mitch Hyatt but should be in good shape. Clemson’s overall recruiting on offense is virtually unmatched nationally.It makes sense that Clemson is first in these rankings, especially with its offensive stars back in the fold.The full rankings from Rittenberg can be viewed with an ESPN+ subscription.[ESPN]last_img read more

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2019 Honda Africa Twin bookings open in India, price starts at Rs 13.50 lakh

first_img2019 Honda Africa Twin bookings open in India, price starts at Rs 13.50 lakhThe new 2019 Africa Twin gets a parallel twin 999.11 cc engine, which delivers 87.7 bhp at 7,500 rpm and 93.1 Nm of torque at 6,000 rpm. The Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) in the new 2019 Africa Twin offers automatic shifting.advertisement Next Varun Singh New DelhiApril 3, 2019UPDATED: April 3, 2019 16:38 IST The 2019 Africa Twin will be available in Glint Wave Blue Metallic colour with golden handle bar and wheel rims.HIGHLIGHTSThe rider can select from three levels of power in the new 2019 Africa Twin.The 2019 Africa Twin gets a standard Antilock Braking System (ABS).There is a rally-style LCD instrument panel in the new 2019 Africa Twin.Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India today announced the commencement of bookings for the new 2019 Africa Twin motorcycle. The adventurer is priced at Rs 13.50 lakh (ex-showroom, pan-India). The 2019 Africa Twin will be available in Glint Wave Blue Metallic colour with golden handle bar and wheel rims. The company has opened bookings for the first 50 customers only at its ‘Wing World’ dealerships across 22 cities.The new 2019 Africa Twin gets a parallel twin 999.11 cc engine, which delivers 87.7 bhp at 7,500 rpm and 93.1 Nm of torque at 6,000 rpm. The Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) in the new 2019 Africa Twin offers automatic shifting. When in automatic mode, the rider can choose between D mode for comfortable cruising and three dynamic sport settings in S mode. During off-roading, the G switch accelerates gear shifting to give rider increased control.The rider can select from three levels of power in the new 2019 Africa Twin and engine braking offers pre-set combinations. There are four riding modes — Tour, Urban, Gravel and User. The 2019 Africa Twin gets a standard Antilock Braking System (ABS).The new 2019 Africa Twin comes with Showa cartridge-type inverted front fork, pre-load adjuster on both wheels and the option of adjusting the suspension to a softer or stiffer setting. The seat height can be adjusted. Heavy components, such as the battery, are placed close to the motorcycle’s center of gravity. The chassis design provides a wide 43-degree steering angle and a tight 2.5-metre turning radius.There is a rally-style LCD instrument panel in the new 2019 Africa Twin. All the information regarding riding modes, speedometer, tachometer, fuel, gear position, HSTC, odometer, trip meter, clock and ABS indicator can be gauged from the negative LCD instrument display.advertisement”Since its Indian debut in 2017, the mighty Africa Twin has always seen high demand. The adventure seekers in India experienced the revolutionary DCT for the first time and were highly impressed with its unmatched performance. The 2019 Africa Twin takes the ‘go anywhere’ spirit one step ahead with its fresh new appearance. The proud Africa Twin tribe is growing and we are ready to welcome enthusiasts to the tribe,” Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Senior Vice President for Sales and Marketing Yadvinder Singh Guleria said in a statement.ALSO READ | Volkswagen Group to merge Volkswagen India, Volkswagen Group Sales India and Skoda Auto IndiaALSO READ | Tata Motors registers 1 per cent dip in domestic sales to 68,709 units in March 2019ALSO READ | MG Motor India unveils connectivity features of Hector SUVGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byVarun Singh Tags :Follow new bikeFollow New adventure bikeFollow 2019 adventure bikeFollow 2019 Honda bikeFollow 2019 bike bookingslast_img read more

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Ethiopia Takes 19 Pct Stake in DP World Berbera Port

first_imgzoom Ethiopia has signed an agreement with Dubai-based port operator DP World and the Somaliland Port Authority to acquire a 19% stake in the Port of Berbera.Following the deal, which was signed in Dubai on March 1, DP World will hold a 51% stake in the project, Somaliland 30% and Ethiopia the remaining 19%.The government of Ethiopia will invest in infrastructure to develop the Berbera Corridor as a trade gateway for the inland country, and there are also plans to construct an additional berth at the Port of Berbera.The berth would be built in line with the Berbera master plan, which DP World has already started implementing, while adding new equipment to further improve efficiencies and productivity. The first cranes are scheduled to arrive later this year.“After a year of serious negotiations, Ethiopia has concluded an agreement with the Somaliland Ports Authority and DP World that will give the Government of Ethiopia 19% stake in the joint venture developing the Port of Berbera,” Ahmed Shide, Ethiopian Transport Minister, said.The Minister explained that the agreement will help Ethiopia secure an additional logistical gateway for its import and export trade.Ethiopia will continue to further invest in and develop the Djibouti corridor and further consolidate the use of existing ports in Djibouti. According to Shide, it will also look for other opportunities to develop additional ports and logistics corridors in the region.“The ports of Berbera and Doraleh will provide significant capacity to the region. Both these ports and more capacity will be needed to serve the region’s growth potential in the future,” Ahmed Bin Sulayem, DP World Group Chairman and CEO, said.last_img read more

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Cabinet approves amendments to two laws to strengthen NIA

first_imgNew Delhi: The Union Cabinet is learnt to have approved a proposal to amend two laws to give more teeth to the NIA in probing terror cases in India and abroad, sources said Monday.Separate bills will be introduced in Parliament in the coming days to amend the National Investigation Agency (NIA) Act and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, they said. The amendments will also allow the NIA probe cybercrimes and cases of human trafficking, sources aware of the proposal said. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaAmendment to Schedule 4 of the UAPA will allow the NIA to designate an individual suspected to have terror links as a terrorist. As of now, only organisations are designated as ‘terrorist organisations’. The NIA was set up in 2009 in the wake of the Mumbai terror attack that had claimed 166 lives. Since 2017, the Union Home Ministry has been considering the two laws to give more power to the NIA to meet fresh challenges, the sources pointed out. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: ShahAnother proposal to introduce a bill to extend the facility of proxy voting to overseas Indians could not be taken up Monday. A similar bill had lapsed following the dissolution of the 16th Lok Sabha last month. “The agenda of the Law Ministry stands postponed,” a functionary said. As of now, overseas Indians are free to cast their votes in constituencies they are registered. The Bill seeks to give them the option of proxy voting, which is as of now available to service personnel only. Another proposal to amend the Representation of the People Act related to the spouses of service voters could not be taken up on Monday. As of now, an armyman’s wife is entitled to be enrolled as a service voter, but a woman army officer’s husband is not, according to the provisions in the electoral law. The bill proposes to replace the term ‘wife’ with ‘spouse’, thus making the provision gender-neutral. Members of the armed forces, central armed police forces, personnel of state police forces posted outside their state and employees of the Centre posted outside India are eligible to be enrolled as service voters.last_img read more

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Chidambaram mocks Modi govt outside Delhi court says 5…GDP is 5

first_imgNew Delhi: Former finance minister P Chidambaram Tuesday mocked the Narendra Modi-led government over the economic slowdown, saying “5 per cent…GDP is 5 per cent” after he stepped out of the Delhi court which is hearing the INX Media case. Chidambaram made the remarks when he was questioned by the media over his prolonged CBI custody outside the court premises.The Delhi court on Tuesday extended his CBI custody till September 5 in the case related to corruption charges in the INX Media case. Chidambaram has been in CBI custody after he was dramatically arrested on August 22 in the INX media case. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsChidambaram, 73, was produced before Special Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar on Tuesday. The judge was informed by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta and Chidambaram’s counsel that the apex court has passed an order today that the former minister be kept in CBI custody till September 5. Last week, data released by National Statistical Office (NSO) showed that weak manufacturing and consumption numbers dragged the country’s GDP growth to a 25-quarter low of 5 per cent in the first quarter (April-June) of the current fiscal. The GDP growth rate has now slowed for the fifth consecutive quarter with the previous low recorded at 4.3 per cent in March 2013. (With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

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Tories accuse Liberals of ruining military officers careers

first_imgOTTAWA — Federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is accusing the Liberal government of having created an unprecedented crisis inside the Canadian military following news it is losing another second-in-command.Lt.-Gen. Paul Wynnyk tendered his resignation as the vice-chief of the defence staff on Tuesday, which he linked to an aborted attempt to reinstate Vice-Admiral Mark Norman into the position.Wynnyk made the connection in a surprisingly frank resignation letter he sent to defence chief Gen. Jonathan Vance that was subsequently leaked to several media outlets.Wynnyk’s departure, effective Aug. 9, is the latest blow to the Canadian military, whose top ranks have been in a perpetual state of disarray since Norman was suspended as second-in-command in January 2017.In a statement, Scheer lays the blame squarely at the government’s feet, alleging its interference in Norman’s breach-of-trust case has now ruined the careers of two military officers and caused chaos in the Forces.The Liberals have denied allegations they interfered in Norman’s case, in which he was accused of leaking government secrets to a Quebec shipyard before the charge was stayed in May.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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REPORT HEDLEYS JACOB HOGGARD GETS MARRIED ON NEW YEARS EVE

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Jacob Hoggard (Getty)center_img Jacob Hoggard is looking to spend every single day of 2019 as a married man.The Hedley frontman tied the knot with Canadian actress Rebekah Asselstine in Vancouver on New Year’s Eve, according to reports online. The wedding was reportedly a private affair and seems to have taken place inside or around the Vancouver Art Gallery. Facebook Twitterlast_img

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Cypriot leaders meet again in UNsponsored talks on reunification

Today’s meeting was the 100th encounter between the two communities’ leaders since the first such meeting in September 2008, Alexander Downer, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Cyprus, told reporters in Nicosia after the gathering.“There were, it has to be said, differences of opinion expressed,” said Mr. Downer. “Both leaders agreed that what they would do is they would refer the issue to the Representatives who will discuss this on Tuesday, when they meet at the UN offices,” he said.The Greek Cypriot leader, Dimitris Christofias, and his Turkish Cypriot counterpart, Dervis Eroglu, will themselves meet again Wednesday to continue the discussion on citizenship after their representatives have had the opportunity to tackle some of the differences that arose today, Mr. Downer said.The talks are aimed at setting up a federal government with a single international personality in a bi-zonal, bi-communal country, with Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot constituent states of equal status.In a report in December, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, warned that the talks could “founder fatally” if substantive agreement is not reached within the next few months.“A critical window of opportunity is rapidly closing,” he said, stressing that Greek Cypriot parliamentary elections scheduled for May and elections in Turkey in June militate against constructive talks in the second quarter of this year.The Secretary-General met with both leaders in Geneva at the end of January, and the two agreed to intensify the reunification talks for an island that has been split since inter-communal violence erupted in 1964.One of the major sources of contention concerns property. The Greek Cypriots say those with property in the north should be able to seek reinstatement, while Turkish Cypriots say that if all property owners were allowed reinstatement, it would be impossible for Turkish Cypriots to secure bi-zonality. They want a ceiling on those who can have properties reinstated instead of compensation.The UN has maintained a peacekeeping force on the island – known as UNFICYP – since 1964, with a current strength of nearly 1,000 uniformed personnel and 150 international and national civilian staff. 18 March 2011The Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot leaders met today and continued their discussion on the issue of citizenship, one of the topics on the agenda under the United Nations-sponsored talks seeking the reunification of the Mediterranean island. read more

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auto1 and InterTyre bow to industry pressure

In the face of declining industry profits and reduced marketing budgets, which have had an adverse effect on space bookings in many exhibition sectors, the auto1 and InterTyre management committee today decided to postpone next year’s event. This course of action was preferred by the committee, rather than producing a show which neither lived up to previous years’ exhibitions nor fully represented the scale of the industry.Said Gavin Masterton, Chairman of the organising committee, ‘Previous shows have been successful events at which substantial business was done but, without the full support of the industry, those forward thinking exhibitors, including many members of the Garage Equipment Association (GEA), who had committed to auto1 and InterTyre, will now be denied a great sales and marketing opportunity next year.’Commenting on the decision, SMMT Chief Executive, Christopher Macgowan, said, ‘Unfortunately, in the current tough business climate many companies, particularly in the components sector, have been unable to commit the resources necessary to ensure that the shows would be of sufficient benefit to both visitors and exhibitors . This is extremely disappointing for all involved. However, we now have to look constructively at a number of possible futures for auto1 and InterTyre.’ SMMT will, of course, continue to work with members in other activities to ensure all sectors remain viable in the UK, as well as organising the British International Motor Show and CV Show, two of Britain’s leading events.’Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Russias GRU spy network targeted UK power networks before Salisbury attack

Last year, Ciaran Martin, boss of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), revealed that since his organisation was set up in October 2016 it had seen Russia repeatedly target vital British infrastructure as part of its attempts to “undermine the international system”. The Russian military intelligence service which despatched two agents to launch a chemical attack in Salisbury has already targeted vital infrastructure in the UK, Government sources have revealed. Moscow’s GRU spy network has carried out a series of attacks on the UK’s energy networks, telecommunication systems and media organisations as part of the Kremlin’s secret cyber war. Staff at NCSC, part of GCHQ, had responded to more…

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Damien Kiberd So what if Kenny and Bruton didnt lecture Middle East

first_imgSHOULD ENDA KENNY and Richard Bruton have spent the last seven days lecturing their Saudi and Qatari hosts concerning human rights in the Middle East?For once, Kenny might have spoken up with absolute moral force and good authority.The state he leads is neutral and has always been neutral.Furthermore, on each and every day since the foundation of the United Nations soldiers of that state have served on foreign fields working as peacekeepers.Yet Kenny, true to form, remained silent. Bruton, the wimp at his right hand, muttered that there was a time and a place for everything.Have they blown a big opportunity?Or were they correct? As a matter of common courtesy why should you insult a host in his own house? Were Kenny and Bruton not putting the business interests of Ireland first?And are the people who clamour most loudly for human rights not in many cases simply hypocrites who deploy their human rights ‘concerns’ merely to press home other political objectives?Lee Kwan Yew, the dominant figure in Singapore’s politics since 1965, always ran a tight ship. Democratically elected and Cambridge educated, Lee has only survived by being as tough as his enemies. That means very tough indeed.Singapore restricts press freedom and uses caning as a punishment for 84 offences, a practice it learned from the British.Human rights imperialismIn one memorable speech Lee accused the West of imposing its own political principles on others, even when those principles were inappropriate and slowed down economic development. He referred to this imposition of ideas as ‘Human Rights Imperialism.’A number of Marxist scholars concur, but for different reasons. They use precisely the same term – ‘Human Rights Imperialism’ – to describe the process whereby the US, NATO and the West arrogate to themselves the right to intervene, sometimes militarily, in the politics of others.The US imprisons a greater proportion of its people than any other country. It eavesdrops on the conversations of business leaders in ‘friendly’ countries in order to secure commercial gain. Along with only Somalia and South Sudan it will not ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Yet it often uses ‘Human Rights’ ideology to justify its interventionist foreign and military policies.Henry Kissinger put it most explicitly. He said that during the Nixon and Reagan presidencies human rights ideology was a vital part of America’s arsenal in defeating it enemies.The problem is how to define ‘Human Rights.’  Maybe it is impossible to formulate a universally accepted definition.Not the men for the jobKenny and Bruton are not the men for the job when it comes to promoting Western-version human rights ideology in the Middle East. Yet parts of the Dublin media and even Fianna Fail were last week suggesting that both should take time out from their trade talks to convince the Saudis to allow driving licences be issued to women and force the Qatari royals to pay union rates to tradesmen working on stadia for the 2022 World Cup.Eamon Gilmore, a former Workers Party functionary who would know more than most about human rights in Eastern Europe, insisted (in his capacity as foreign minister) that we never miss an opportunity to promote human rights. But it’s not very likely that he was burning down the phone lines to Saudi Arabia and the UAE last week to add to the pressure on his bewildered FG allies in government to start pushing for improved standards.There is no satisfactory answer to demands for action on rights in other peoples’ countries. Not just in Saudi Arabia and Qatar but in North Korea and China as well.Take a look at the smartphone in your pocketIf you don’t see the consequences of all this then take a look at the smartphone in your pocket and ask yourself where it came from.The New York Times published a series of articles in 2012 describing how migrant workers living in cramped dormitories in Shenzen in China were routinely woken at 4am when ‘urgent’ orders arrived from Cupertino in California for more top of the range Apple iPhones.Wiping sleep from their eyes the workers were led to their workstations and began working 12-hour shifts, six days a week ‘fitting glass to bevelled frames’, quickly lifting production to 10,000 iphones per day.Apple is not alone in sub-contracting work to suppliers in southern Chinese cities. Others such as Dell, HP, Sony, Samsung and Motorola have joined the rush. The financial news service Bloomberg claimed in 2010 that terrible conditions had driven large numbers of workers to black despair. One of China’s biggest sub-supply companies Foxconn had asked 450,000 of its workers to sign ‘no suicide’ pledges. Nets were being erected below factory roofs to catch falling bodies.In his recent book ‘Chinese Whispers’ the British business writer Ben Chu quotes Jin Liqun, a spokesman for the China Investment Corporation (CIC), boasting that China lacks Europe’s ‘sloth inducing labour laws’. The CIC is now the biggest source of global investment capital.Chu notes drily that China is providing precisely what big multinationals want. The actual workers in many of these plants have also entered into a sort of Faustian pact with the factory owners. They are tired and overworked, says Chu, but they often want longer hours and better pay so that they can meet their family goals on education and housing. Human rights are not top of their ‘to do’ lists.Tackling China’s princelings on their visits here?Ireland has rolled out the red carpet for various princelings from the People’s Republic in recent times including the now most powerful comrade Xi Jinping. Our ruling wimps never mentioned human rights in their presence either. Last week a major report on Irish food processing merely stressed the urgent need for Irish beef to re-enter the Chinese market.Dig a little and you’ll find that almost all the multinationals that feature on the IDA’s list of prestige investors in Ireland are also deeply involved in outsourcing production to southern China. Whether we like it or not we are part of the same sub-supply chains.Chu’s well-researched book says that until very recently students at China’s top universities were obliged to spend 15% of their time learning Marxist dialectics. They now study Marxist economic history. One of the central tenets of Marxism is that the lower you drive down real wages, the higher the rate of profit. Marxists hold that profit maximisation must inevitably drive hourly wages towards subsistence.What this means is that China’s decision to ignore western norms on human rights is part of a deliberate, mechanistic policy. Some 200m rural Chinese have been asked to make the transition from feudalism to capitalism in three decades. The Chinese economic miracle is built largely on cheap labour and a parallel application of surplus capital in fairly crude programmes of state investment.Yet Ireland views China as one its key business partners of the future.We are aligning ourselves with a command economy in which there are no trade unions and in which the degree to which workers are abused and exploited is calibrated in advance as part of a national economic plan.Will Ireland ever speak up on this and other issues? It seems unlikely.In recent weeks we have remained more or less silent on other important issues.Latvia, 34% of whose people are ethnic Russians, has just become a member of the eurozone. Lithuania is waiting in the wings. Neither country has much in common with Ireland or with western Europe.None of our political leaders has explained how the decision to expand the currency zone again was taken, despite recent monetary chaos. It seems as important as expanding the Eurovision song contest.Was the decision to admit Latvia taken by the former Finnish county councillor Olli Rehn? Or by the ex-Portugese Maoist Jose Manuel Barrosso? Or by the Italian banker Mario Draghi who has strong historic links to Goldman Sachs? Will we ever be told? The human rights issues which aren’t being discussed on Taoiseach’s Gulf visit>Damien Kiberd: Why middle-aged men invest in Netflix…last_img read more

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Irelands proximity to European and US markets lands 70 new jobs in

first_imgMAFIC HAS ANNOUNCED the creation of 70 new jobs over the next three years in their new production facility in Kells, Co. Meath.The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton welcomed the announcement and said: “A manufacturing facility, which otherwise would have gone elsewhere in the world, is coming to employ people off the live register in a regional town which would ordinarily struggle to attract multinational investment”.The jobs created will be in general management, shop floor managers, general operatives and administrative staff.The Mafic Group has secured exclusive technology rights for the production of basalt fibre at Kells Business Park. It will be the sole production site of basalt fibre for Mafic SA and Mafic Canada will use the fibres produced in Kells in the manufacture for the North American markets.Brian Dougan, director and secretary of Mafic SA and managing director of Mafic Ireland believes Kells is the perfect location for the new facility: That coupled with the availability of workers and Ireland’s proximity to the European and North American markets was a huge draw for us. We are confident that Ireland, and specifically the historical town of Kells, offers us all the necessary components to help make our business a success.The jobs announcement is part of the Succeed-in-Ireland initiative which forms part of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs.Read: 5 steps to tackle youth unemployment outlined by SFA>More: Good news for Dublin: Telecoms company announces 70 new jobs>last_img read more

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Sovereign crisis

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Having asked readers to tell me what’s really confusing them about the current economy, the answer seems to be the sovereign debt crisis and what it means for Australians. Sovereign debt means government debt, and governments – just like businesses and households – spend more than they earn, and borrow more than they can pay back. In Europe, this has been happening in a drastic way since the worst of the GFC. Greece, in particular, is in very bad shape. With a debt to GDP ratio that’s forecast to be 166 per cent by 2012 (that’s $1.66 owed for every dollar earned) and a $145 billion bailout package that didn’t work, the Greek government is teetering on the brink of defaulting on its debt. The ‘problem’ becomes a ‘crisis’ because as it tries to raise more money by selling bonds to pension funds and foreign governments, the Greek government is considered such bad risk that the markets want a 26.5 per cent interest rate for Greek two-year bonds, where they were 4.5 per cent just a couple of years ago. Even if they could sell their bonds at 26.5 per cent, they couldn’t service the repayments. The markets now wait to see who or what will bail-out the Greek government (China or Germany, most likely), but in the meantime, what they call ‘contagion’ spreads to other countries. In the past few months, the markets have re-priced the bonds (debt) of Portugal, Spain, Ireland and Italy. The global markets are steering clear of European sovereign debt. How does this hurt Australia? There are several scenarios. In one, Greece, Ireland and Portugal are bailed-out by a syndicate of countries and banks, and operate under strict new budget guidelines for many years. Another scenario is that Greece can’t politically accept budgetary conditions of a bail-out package and it defaults on the massive debt it owes. That is, it stops paying the interest on the bonds it has issued. Investors would not only pull out of investing in Greek government bonds, but would probably pull back from European bonds in general, considering the Euro Zone a risk not worth taking. This pessimism would infect a third-tier country like Australia and the result for us would be a reduction in liquidity in our credit markets. We’d feel it in mortgage and business credit squeezes as the flow of funds available for lending is reduced. It shows you how important confidence is, not only in the high street, but in the capital markets. It also demonstrates how global the financial system has become – something the Reserve Bank has to think about before it sets official interest rates each month.last_img read more

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Greece presses charges over alleged 2008 Karamanlis plot

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A Greek prosecutor pressed charges of treason and trying to destabilise the country against unknown suspects this week over an alleged 2008 plot to overthrow the then-conservative prime minister, Costas Karamanlis. Court officials said the plan was hatched to thwart efforts by Karamanlis efforts to improve energy relations with Russia and included overthrowing and even killing the prime minister. It was not clear who was behind it. “An investigative prosecutor will now try to locate the persons who devised and organised the plan,” said a court official who requested anonymity. The official said the charges were prompted by press reports about a Russian document revealing the plot, coming after a testimony from Greek secret service agents, police and Karamanlis’ security guards. Karamanlis, who lost elections to the socialists in 2009 in the wake of a series of financial and political scandals, had improved ties with Moscow and advanced plans for a major pipeline to bring Russian gas to western Europe. There was no immediate reaction from the former prime minister’s office. The conservative New Democracy party would not comment on the charges. Karamanlis has been on the sidelines of conservative politics since his crushing defeat, refusing to comment on his government’s failings. Under the leadership of Antonis Samaras, New Democracy has recovered some ground and is leading opinion polls ahead of elections expected in late April or May. The nephew of the late Greek statesman Constantine Karamanlis, the ex-premier has not made public how he intends to participate in the upcoming election. His 2004-2009 government has been largely blamed for failing to avert the debt crisis now shaking Greece and the eurozone. Court officials said the prosecutor also concluded that some of the violence that erupted after the police shooting of a teenager in December 2008 was part of the plot aimed at destabilising Greece. The boy’s killing and the weeks of violence that gripped the country shook Karamanlis’ government and led to snap elections the following year. The criminal investigation by prosecutor Nikos Ornerakis was spurred by press reports last year, led by the Epikaira news magazine, that an assassination plot code-named “Pythia” was organised by a unnamed country allied to Greece to prevent it from clinching pipeline deals with Russia. Source: Reuterslast_img read more

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Marée noire les différentes transformations subies par le pétrole dans le golfe

first_imgMarée noire : les différentes transformations subies par le pétrole dans le golfe du MexiqueÉtats-Unis – Des millions de litres de pétrole ont déjà été déversés dans le golfe du Mexique, suite à l’explosion de la plateforme Deepwater Horizon. Malgré le dispositif de pompage mis en place par BP récemment, de grosses quantités de brut continuent à polluer les eaux marines quotidiennement. Comment le pétrole se comporte-t-il une fois répandu dans l’océan ? Explications. Le pétrole qui continue à se déverser dans le golfe du Mexique est de densité légère, mais il n’en est pas moins dangereux pour autant. Une grande partie de ses composés est volatile et se décompose à la surface, selon BP qui depuis jeudi est capable de retenir quotidiennement 800.000 litres (l’équivalent de 5.000 barils de pétrole) grâce à un dispositif de pompage.Les hydrocarbures aromatiques les plus solubles se dissolvent dans l’eau, tandis que les hydrocarbures légers se volatilisent et s’éparpillent dans l’atmosphère, laissant dans la mer un résidu visqueux moins toxique que lors de sa sortie du puits. Une partie du pétrole restée dans l’océan est dégradée par les bactéries, mais en attendant, elle est hautement toxique pour les organismes vivants. Les hydrocarbures volatilisés dans l’air produisent une importante quantité de CO2 ainsi que des gaz toxiques. Cependant, le plus dangereux reste ce que l’on appelle la nappe de “mousse au chocolat”, qui n’est ni volatilisée ni dégradée. Elle est nocive pour les espèces vivantes et est très difficile à éliminer, même à  l’aide de produits chimiques dispersants. Les autorités américaines viennent d’ailleurs de demander à BP d’utiliser des produits dispersants moins toxiques que ceux utilisés initialement, au vu des quantités employées. Le 23 mai 2010 à 11:52 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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