HMD Global started off the month on a disappointing note as the company had to cancel its July 11 launch of the Nokia X5 aka Nokia 5.1 Plus in China due to some issue with the venue. The company is now widely expected to announce the global availability of the Nokia X6, which is tipped to be called Nokia 6.1 Plus, on July 19 in Hong Kong, if all goes well that is. The Nokia X6 has been one of the most popular phones from the company this year and it now looks almost certain that it is ready for its global launch as it recently popped up on Geekbench.The Nokia X6 was initially launched for the Chinese market only, but after seeing some very positive response from the fans, HMD chief Juho Sarvikas announced that the handset will be available globally as well. The phone is expected to be called the Nokia 6.1 Plus outside of China, and while HMD has not yet confirmed that the device will be the one unveiled in Hong Kong on July 19, a new Geekbench listing suggests its imminent launch. The listing not only confirms its name, but also specifications that are similar to the Nokia X6 including a Snapdragon 636 chipset, Android 8.1 Oreo and 4GB of RAM, among other things.The Nokia 6.1 Plus is expected to look and pack mostly the same hardware as the Nokia X6. The only difference you can expect is that unlike the Nokia X6 which comes with a custom Chinese skin over Android Oreo, the Nokia 6.1 Plus will be an Android One device with pure, stock Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box.advertisementThe reason behind the Nokia X6’s popularity is because it is the first Nokia phone to sport a notch, allowing for an edge-to-edge display with minimal bezels. The device also sees glass on the front and back as well as a dual rear camera setup. All of this makes for a very premium-looking Nokia handset that will sit in the affordable mid-range segment. There is no official word on whether the Nokia 6.1 Plus will make it to the Indian market, but considering a very strong Nokia user base in the country, we should hear something on it soon enough.The Nokia X6 brings a 5.8-inch FHD+ (1080×2280) TFT display and comes with a 19:9 aspect ratio with over 85 per cent screen-to-body ratio. The Nokia X6 also comes with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage option with support for expandability up to 256GB via microSD card. Apart from a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, the phone also supports face recognition. The dual-SIM Nokia X6 houses a 3,060mAh battery with support for fast charging and also supports Bluetooth 5.0, 4G VoLTE and WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac..In terms of optics, the Nokia X6 brings a dual rear camera setup which includes a primary 16-megapixel sensor and a secondary 5-megapixel sensor, which definitely looks more attractive compared to the Nokia 6.1 which comes with a single rear camera. Up front, you get a 16-megapixel sensor. The cameras get some AI support as well which helps improve image quality and bokeh effect.The Nokia X6 has been priced in China starting at starting at CNY 1299 (approx Rs 13,800) for the 4G + 32GB variant, CNY 1499 (approx Rs 16,000) for the 4GB + 64GB model, and CNY 1699 (approx Rs 18,000) for the 6GB + 64GB version. If the phone does come to India, you can expect the Nokia 6.1 Plus to slot somewhere between the Rs 16,999 Nokia 6.1 and the Rs 25,999 Nokia 7 Plus.
Bangladesh vs India: Dinesh Karthik makes his World Cup debutBangladesh vs India: Dinesh Karthik makes his World Cup debut
In the ongoing match between India and Bangladesh at Edgbaston in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, Dinesh Karthik was included in the team’s lineup in place of Kedhar Jadhav and as a result, Karthik has made World Cup debut for India.Karthik, who played his first match for India in 2004, made his World Cup debut after playing international cricket for 15 years.The 34-year-old was part of Men in Blue’s World Cup squad in 2007, but he did not get a chance to play in the starting XI.Jadhav came under severe criticism for his baffling batting approach in the team’s match against England. While chasing 338, India were in a good position when Jadhav and Dhoni came at the crease.But the duo did not look for boundaries and they looked content with just singles and doubles. The team were handed their first defeat in the World Cup by England by 31 runs and many people blamed these two players for their approach.In the match between India and Bangladesh, the former won the toss and chose to bat.India made another change in their playing XI as they brought in Bhuvneshwar Kumar in place of Kuldeep Yadav.The Men in Blue are currently placed at the second position in the tournament standings with 11 points from seven matches.If they go on to beat Bangladesh, the team will progress to the knock-out stage.While filing this story, India had reached the score of 71/0 after 11 overs.Also Read | India vs Bangladesh: Don’t need to assess how to convert those 50s into hundreds, says Virat KohliAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Abdul Razzaq praises Mohammed Shami, raises his religionAlso See:advertisement
EFM Engineered For Motion – From Bike to BoardroomEFM Engineered For Motion – From Bike to Boardroom
Editors’ Recommendations The MNML Leather Highlander Travel Bag Makes Short-Term Trips a Breeze You Won’t Believe the Price Tags on 10 of the Most Expensive Shoes For Men Tasc Performance Crafts Sustainable Fabrics Without Sacrificing Style 1. EFM Engineered For Motion 2. EFM Engineered For Motion 3. EFM Engineered For Motion The Lamborghini Huracán Sterrato Shows Us What an Off-Road Supercar Would Look Like When the holidays hit us each year, we’re on the go from, planes, trains and automobiles. But what about bikes, skateboards, or snowboards? EFM Engineered For Motion, a radically engineered new menswear brand, understands the way we live.EFM’s designer, Donrad Duncan, is the former principal designer and concept creator of Victorinox/Swiss Army Apparel. With Duncan’s point of view of dressing the urban nomad, his first collection for fall 2014, brings together the items everyman needs. Such as:A classic blue blazer that can fit in the smallest of pocket of your carry-onChinos that stretch, but still look like selvedgeOuterwear with magnetic closures and reflective tapeDonrad understands the engineering and fabrics to make a man’s life better. This combination of how new tech fabrics move, what they weigh, and his tech/tailored vision works well with our busy schedules.Inspired by the Italian sportswear industry of the 1980’s, and their purist approach in menswear, Donrad collaborates with Trinovation Lab in China, dedicated to the continuous research, experimentation and application of a new generation of manufacturing techniques.Some of the outerwear pieces from Ducan’s premiere collection, use a lofty wool/nylon that has a comfortable stretch with the feel of cashmere. These are paired with other styles that are constructed of extremely lightweight translucent nylon, which is ideal for packing in luggage or a messenger bag. You’re welcome.CLICK HERE to check out this new brand’s website. A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America
zoom The first quarter of 2016 seems to be off to an excellent start for Singapore-listed container port business trust Hutchinson Port Holding Trust (HPH Trust) which saw its net profit surge by 94.2% when compared to last year.Namely, despite a fall in throughput of its deep-water ports of 8% during the first quarter of this year ending March 31st, the trust’s net profit attributable to unitholders reached HKD 554.9 million (USD 71.6 million), representing HKD 269.1 million jump over last year.The jump was assigned to rise in other operating expenses following a HKD430m rate refund from the government.Hongkong International Terminals Limited’s (HIT) throughput dropped by 12.1% year-on-year mainly due to weaker intra-Asia and transshipment cargoes. The trust’s Yantian International Container Terminal’s (YICT) throughput was 1% below last year, amid weaker transshipment and empty cargoes but were partially offset by growth in US and Europe cargoes.Combined throughput of HIT, COSCOHIT and ACT dropped 13% yoy, the trust’s results show.“The volume of containers handled by HPH Trust is affected materially by the economic performance of the US and Europe as US economy continues to expand albeit at a rather slow pace,” the company said, adding that it anticipates US economic outlook for 2016 to be stable.Outbound cargoes to US posted minimal growth in the first quarter of 2016 and the company expects that the full year volume will result in a slight increase.“Outbound cargoes to Europe showed improvement and displayed a slight upward trend in the first quarter of 2016. However, weak consumer sentiment and high unemployment rate remain a drag on its economic recovery. We expect volume towards Europe will likely to be flat in 2016,” the company added.Given the soft global trade outlook, management remained cautious on expected cargo volume for 2016. “HPH Trust will target improving its core debt metrics over the 5 year period from 2017 to 2021. At the end of this period, HPH Trust expects consolidated debt to consolidated total capital not be greater than 30%,” HPH Trust said.This entails repaying a minimum of HKD 1 billion of debt annually beginning in 2017.
Passenger Transportation Board expected to rule on Greyhound application to stop servingPassenger Transportation Board expected to rule on Greyhound application to stop serving
The company has called on the provincial government to subsidize intercity bus travel, similar to the subsidies provided to municipal transit. VICTORIA, B.C. — The Passenger Transportation Board of B.C. is expected to deliver its decision today on Greyhound’s application to cease service on four Northern B.C. routes.Last August Greyhound Canada announced that it was planning to cut nine routes across the province, including the Dawson Creek – Whitehorse and Prince George – Dawson Creek routes. The company is also seeking to greatly reduce service on other routes in Southern B.C. after saying that many of its routes are no longer profitable.During a series of public hearings on the application, Greyhound said it is losing $35,000 per day, which works out to a loss of nearly $13 million per year. Greyhound Canada’s lawyer David Blair explained during a hearing in Fort St. John that the only reason the company has been able to serve rural and remote communities is by also maintaining licenses on more profitable routes.
Researchers ASUS computers infected by autoupdate virusResearchers ASUS computers infected by autoupdate virus
BOSTON — Security researchers say that hackers infected tens of thousands of computers from the Taiwanese vendor ASUS with malicious software last year through the company’s online automatic update service.Kaspersky Lab, a Russian cybersecurity firm, said Monday that it detected 57,000 infections among its customers. It estimated that the hack may have affected more than 1 million computers from the world’s No. 5 computer company.The malware was designed to open a “backdoor” for intruders in the infected machines.Kaspersky said most of the infected computers detected were in Russia, Germany and France, followed by Italy and the United States.The attack was first reported by the online news site Motherboard. ASUS did not immediately respond to emailed requests seeking comment.The Associated Press
The Tampa Bay Rays are not supposed to be in first place in the AL East. Since 2008, the Rays have never ranked higher than 20th in payroll. This season, the Rays opened with a payroll $176 million less than the Red Sox and $144 million less than the Yankees. There are underdogs and then there are the Rays.Yet, it’s a few weeks into the 2019 season, and the Rays are still in first place. And our projections predict that they’ll be a playoff team. It’s still early, of course, and the Rays’ hot start could cool as more games are played — and they did take a tumble over the weekend against the Red Sox. But they’ve been so successful — going into the weekend, their pitching staff had the lowest ERA and fielding-independent pitching in the majors and no lineup was making more quality contact, for example — that it’s worth trying to make sense of how the Rays are defying the odds. It’s not just homegrown talent and innovative strategies propelling them this year, though the defensive shifts and the reliever openers are still happening. Instead, they’ve found yet another way to win: They’re getting more out of other clubs’ players.Their top two and three of their top six position players this season were acquired from teams via trade during the last calendar year, and the 2.5 wins above replacement (WAR), according to FanGraphs’ measurement, of those three accounts for almost half of the Rays’ position player total. And their top pitcher to date, Tyler Glasnow, was acquired in the same July 31 trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates that brought them their best position player, Austin Meadows.1Meadows was placed on the injured list Sunday with a thumb strain.“We feel very strongly about our ability to get the best out of guys,” Chaim Bloom, Tampa’s vice president of baseball operations, told FiveThirtyEight last summer.Two of those guys — third baseman Yandy Diaz, acquired in a December trade, and Glasnow — provide a glimpse into what the Rays might be doing right, and why this surprising start might be sustainable. Prior to arriving in Tampa, Diaz was known for an excellent batting eye and elite exit velocity. From 2017-18, among batters to put at least 200 balls in play, Diaz ranked 13th in average exit velocity (91.7 mph). But that didn’t translate to power as well as we might have expected. He hit only one home run in 299 plate appearances in Cleveland and had the fourth-lowest launch angle among that same cohort, at 1.9 degrees. (The MLB average this season is 12.3 degrees.) Diaz was pounding ground balls into the turf too often. With the Pirates last season, Glasnow, a once highly touted prospect, found himself in a long-relief role. He had lost his command and his confidence. What the Rays acquired at the trade deadline was a struggling pitcher, but one with intriguing underlying skills: a sharp breaking ball and a fastball that ranked at the top of the “perceived velocity”2Perceived velocity combines actual velocity with extension, or how closely a pitcher releases the ball toward home plate. leaderboard since his debut. Glasnow’s average fastball of 96.7 mph looks like it’s going 99.3 mph because he releases the ball, on average, 7.6 feet in front of the pitching rubber. (He ranks first in the majors in perceived velocity this season.) The data-heavy Rays began with a simple message to Glasnow: Trust that your fastball will still work in the strike zone.“I tried to express to him that he could be really aggressive in the strike zone,” Rays pitching coach Kyle Snyder said. “The guy is 6-foot-8. He throws the ball from 52 and a half feet [from home plate]. He’s an upper 90s guy. It’s an all-power, no-art approach. I just think the more he understood that the hitter in the box had to respect the fastball and cheat to it, the better the breaking ball was going to be.”Glasnow’s share of pitches thrown within the strike zone has increased by 4.7 percentage points this season, the 24th greatest improvement in the majors, just behind teammate and reigning AL Cy Young winner Blake Snell. While it’s early, Glasnow has also had the sixth-greatest decline in walk rate in the sport (5.9 percentage points).Glasnow said the team also wanted him to focus on keeping his fastball elevated and his curveball down, while throwing the latter more frequently.While he and the Pirates had agreed in 2018 to change his approach to one similar to what the Rays are espousing, Glasnow said it was hard to alter how he had thrown since being drafted in 2011. “The [Pirates] were very down in the zone, downhill angle,” he told FiveThirtyEight last September.The Rays reinforced how his elevated fastball and 12-to-6 breaking curve could play together by sharing the same path, or tunnel, before the curveball breaks downward. Making the pitches look similar as they approached the plate would create confusion for batters.“Tunneling is important,” Glasnow said. “It’s definitely more of an emphasis here.”Consider the pitches working in tandem against the White Sox on April when Glasnow struck out 11 over six scoreless innings. His elevated fastball: But the Rays had a plan to get more out of all their batters, particularly those with Diaz’s tendencies. During spring training this year in Port Charlotte, Florida, hitting coach Chad Mottola and the Rays came up with an idea for a practice constraint: They were going to build an on-field wall.They didn’t have what they needed at the spring facility, so they sent a truck 90 miles up I-75 to Tropicana Field, their major league home, to commandeer the netting typically used to shield players and coaches during batting practice. The next morning during batting practice, Rays hitters found a barrier of netting on the infield. They were asked to hit over it — to lift and pull the ball. Another issue last season: Diaz hit 57.1 percent of balls in the air to the opposite field, the fourth-highest mark in the league. That’s not conducive to power: Leaguewide this season, 33.4 percent of fly balls hit to the pull side have gone for homers but just 5.2 percent of those hit to the opposite field.It’s not an ideal batted-ball profile for a player who, well, has muscles like these: “He was never given the opportunity with Cleveland in a way he thought he deserved,” Mottola said. “Letting him know he’s going to be in the lineup no matter how he plays today, that makes you a better player immediately.”This season, the Rays have the second-lowest share of balls hit to the opposite field. (They had the highest share last season.) The Rays rank second in the majors in average exit velocity (90.3 mph), up from 26th last season (87.0 mph). It’s still early, of course, but those are marked changes.The wall — or something — appears to be working. And his whiff-generating curveball, which currently ranks fifth in vertical movement and 15th in swing-and-miss rate among pitchers who have thrown at least 50 curves, falling below the zone: “I saw it on the internet,” Mottola said of the practice, similar to what the University of Iowa called The Great Wall of Groundball Prevention in 2016. “I said, ‘Why don’t we just do it?’ At the major league level, it wasn’t anything more than a conversion starter. For younger kids, it was a way to stimulate thoughts more than anything.”This spring, the Rays’ Great Wall of Groundball Prevention evolved to focus not just on trying to get the ball in the air but also on getting the ball in the air to batters’ pull side. The team also used pitching machines to produce velocity and spin more like what batters would see in actual games.The Rays wanted to move the point at which hitters contacted the ball to out in front of the plate, which would allow them to pull the ball better, Mottola said. After all, that’s where the most power is generated. When Mottola began his coaching career in the Toronto organization in the late 2000s, he watched as Jose Bautista was taught to change his focus and try to pull everything. He became a star.Whether because of the wall or something else, Diaz has changed the way he’s hitting this season. After an offseason of focus on contact point with the Rays, he’s now pulling 41.4 percent of batted balls, up from 28.9 percent last season — the 26th greatest increase in the sport. He’s hit five home runs in 89 plate appearances so far.Diaz never pulled a home run in Cleveland. He has done so three times in Tampa. Glasnow is first in the AL in ERA (1.53) so far this year after posting a 5.79 ERA in his two-plus seasons in Pittsburgh.Glasnow and Diaz have made what appear to be real skill gains since arriving in Tampa. Of course, the sample size remains small early his season, and they will have to prove that their starts are sustainable. But if the Rays are indeed spinning developmental gold, the team may have landed on a path to long-term success.Check out our latest MLB predictions.
(Trouble viewing this image? Click here)Among Irish-owned enterprises, non-exporters account for 82 per cent of employment and 67 per cent of economic activity, though export growth has been led by multi-nationals;Commercial property prices continue to decline, falling at a year-on-year rate of 5.8 per cent as of March 2013;Household debt is in the region of €175 billion, which equates to over 200 per cent of disposable income and over 100 per cent of GDP;Households have been reducing their aggregate level of indebtedness since 2009 and as of end-2012 continued to do so;#However households have been reducing their aggregate level of indebtedness since 2009 and as of end-2012 continued to do so; ALMOST 95,000 MORTGAGES were in arrears for more than 90 days in December 2012, according to the latest financial review from the Irish Central Bank.This represents 11.9 per cent of the total stock of loans for primary dwellings in arrears, compared with 11.5 per cent in September last year. Some 27 per cent of buy-to-let loans worth €8.4 billion were over 90 days past due at the end of 2012.The review said arrears have been driven by falling property prices, a rising rate of unemployment and extensive output loss since the crisis began in 2008. It warned that effective arrears management is needed to eliminate uncertainty about households’ and banks’ balance sheets.Other key notes in the review include: (Trouble viewing this image? Click here)Reliance on central-bank borrowing has declined by more than €20 billion since September and now accounts for 15 per cent of total funding, down from 28 per cent in 2010;Both arrears and sustainable funding will remain challenges in the coming years and will need to be overcome to ensure banks’ resilience;Growth of 1.2 per cent is forecast for this year.Read: Mortgage holders in arrears are older and more likely to have children – report>Column: How to deal with your bank if you’re in mortgage arrears or pre arrears> Irish GDP grew 0.9 per cent in 2012, at a weaker rate than the previous year, mainly due to a slowdown in external demand;Bank margins in Ireland remain very narrow and hence longer-term viability and credit supply conditions in Ireland depend on them returning to profitability and their successful transition back to market-based finding;The volume of new lending by Irish banks to non-financial businesses has remained below 12 per cent since 2011 though debt owed to banks is falling;
Portland, Columbia River Gorge expect ice storm before thawPortland, Columbia River Gorge expect ice storm before thaw
PORTLAND — The Portland area is bracing for freezing rain that could bring up to an inch of ice to some areas east of the city, with heavier accumulations in the Columbia River Gorge.The National Weather Service issued an ice storm warning for Portland on Tuesday and an ice storm advisory for the central Willamette Valley.And an incoming weather system is also beginning to spread freezing rain across a broad swath of the Cascades, Central Washington and southwest Washington. The system could turn roads and highways into skating rinks.Forecasters say freezing rain will begin Tuesday morning and could last until late afternoon, with slick conditions overnight.Portland can expect less than one-tenth of an inch of ice, but areas east of Interstate 205 and into the Columbia River Gorge could get an inch or more.Nearly two dozen flights had already been delayed Tuesday morning at Portland International Airport due to ice concerns.Oregon has been pummeled by snow and below-freezing temperatures for days, but a warming trend should mean a thaw and possible flooding later in the week.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed Jennifer Snider to replace retiring Clark County Superior Court Judge James Rulli, his office announced Tuesday.Snider, 48, of Vancouver has served as a full-time Clark County Superior Court commissioner since August 2013.“With more than five years at the Clark County Superior Court, Jennifer has a deep understanding of the court’s operations, and she has earned an excellent reputation among her peers,” Inslee said in a written statement. “I am pleased that she will bring her sound judgment and experience to the bench.”Snider was one of six candidates vying for judicial appointment to Rulli’s seat, which he will vacate May 1. She was overwhelmingly favored for the position by the Clark County Bar Association. Out of 213 respondents in its preference poll, 123, or about 57.75 percent, said Snider was their “choice” for Rulli’s replacement.“I (am) very happy and honored to be selected for this position,” Snider said in a phone interview Tuesday. “Obviously, I’m taking over some very big shoes. (Rulli) is a beloved member of the bench and the community, so my hope is that I’m able to continue the legacy that he’s created in his department — and that really goes to him being really fair and compassionate.”In her current role, Snider presides over any business of the court assigned by the judges. She was primarily assigned to juvenile offender and family law matters for nearly five years. More recently, she was added to the dependency rotation, where she has trial settings three days a week and a full day of review hearings and motions, in addition to Family Treatment Court.
Unemployment hits 49-year low as employers step up hiringUnemployment hits 49-year low as employers step up hiring
WASHINGTON — Hiring accelerated and pay rose at a solid pace in April, setting the stage for healthy U.S. economic growth to endure despite fears of a slowdown earlier this year.Employers added 263,000 jobs, with the unemployment rate dropping to a five-decade low of 3.6% from 3.8%, though that drop partly reflected an increase in the number of Americans who stopped looking for work. Average hourly pay rose 3.2% from 12 months earlier, matching March’s year-over-year increase.Friday’s jobs report from the government showed that economic growth remains brisk enough to encourage strong hiring nearly a decade into the economy’s recovery from the Great Recession. The economic expansion, which has fueled 103 straight months of hiring, is set to become the longest in history in July.“All of the recession talk earlier in the spring was much ado about nothing,” said Gus Faucher, chief economist at PNC.Trump administration officials insisted that the job market’s gains were a result of the president’s tax cuts and deregulatory policies.“We have entered a very strong and durable prosperity cycle,” said Larry Kudlow, director of the White House’s National Economic Council.President Donald Trump has also pressed the Federal Reserve to cut short-term interest rates because inflation remains low. But most economists said the healthy jobs picture, against the backdrop of low inflation, would reinforce the Fed’s current wait-and-see approach. The Fed raised rates four times last year but has signaled that it doesn’t foresee any rate increases this year.Investors welcomed the April jobs data by sending stock prices broadly higher. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up 197 points, or 0.75%.Jason Guggisberg, vice president of Adecco USA, a staffing firm that finds temporary and permanent hires for business clients, said companies are doing much more to attract workers. They are offering more perks — like free lunches or weekly happy hours — and allowing more flexible work schedules.
Star Wars Resistance fans treated to season 2s first episode at CelebrationStar Wars Resistance fans treated to season 2s first episode at Celebration
Share your voice Tam Ryvora (Suzie McGrath) is also seen apparently embracing her role in the First Order, whom she joined in the season 1 finale.During the panel, which was hosted by sound engineer David Collins, the cast and crew discussed their favorite moments.Christopher Sean, who plays main character Kazuda Xiono’s (AKA Kaz), cited the destruction of Hosnian Prime in the penultimate episode (mirroring a moment in The Force Awakens) and recalled watching it at home.”My son was tearing up and I’m like, ‘It’s OK bud, it’s OK,'” he said.Suzi McGrath, who plays Tam and highlighted Synara’s Score as her favorite episode, spoke about how the “tremendous emotional journey” her character went on in season 1. It culminated in her decision to join the First Order, and recording that scene was particularly intense.”It was like really being there, getting to that point was explosive,” she said. 0 TV and Movies Now playing: Watch this: Tags 7 Photos Bobby Moynihan said the shorts that aired on YouTube during the midseason break were his favorite episodes, since his character Orka and partner Flix (Jim Rash) got the spotlight.”That’s my Star Wars character — I look at it every day and I smile.”The fan convention, which ran Thursday to Monday, already saw the reveal of Episode 9’s title and first trailer, more details about the Galaxy’s Edge Disney Parks attraction, our first glimpses of live action show The Mandalorian and The Clone Wars season 7 (both of which are coming to the Disney Plus streaming service) and a reunion of the cast and crew of The Phantom Menace on its 20th anniversary.If you want to catch up or revisit the saga check out our guide to watching all the movies online in chronological order. Post a comment 2:04 Star Wars Episode 9: The Rise of Skywalker trailer tees… Star Wars Celebration Chicago mural reveals the entire saga The cast and crew of Star Wars Resistance talk greet the crowd at a Celebration Chicago panel Monday. Sean Keane/CNET Star Wars: Resistance will rise again.Fans of the CGI-animated series got a major sneak peek at season 2 Monday, the last day of Star Wars Celebration Chicago.During a panel featuring the cast and crew, supervising director and executive producer Justin Ridge revealed that the second season will begin right where the finale of the first left off — with the Colossus hurtling through hyperspace to an unknown destination.He then surprised the panel’s audience by skipping the usual trailer and showing the whole season 2 premiere. We won’t go into spoilery detail here, but the episode sees the Colossus coming out of hyperspace and problems with artificial gravity creating chaos on board. In the midst of all this, we discover there’s a First Order spy on board. Disney Star Wars
Trexes minions and more at the ninth annual Polar PlungeTrexes minions and more at the ninth annual Polar Plunge
Over 1,000 people took the plunge into Goose Lake on Saturday, Dec. 16. Costumes included four tyrannosaurus rex, a pair of donuts and a single plunger dressed in a Marvin the Martian onesie. (Photo by Samantha Davenport, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)Would you jump into an ice cold lake for a good cause? Last Saturday, over 1,000 people plunged into Goose Lake in Anchorage for Special Olympics Alaska. The event raised around $300,000 to support the team that will be going to the USA Games in Seattle next July.Listen nowHundreds of people gathered around Goose Lake to watch participants plunge into the freezing waters. Some plungers cried, some belly-flopped and some couldn’t wait to get it over with.Plungers jumped in teams of four into the pool of water. Firefighters went out the day before to cut a square of ice out of the lake.I caught one participant as he raced to the warming area after the jump. He was in such a hurry, he didn’t have time to tell me his name.“It was really exciting and invigorating. It was fun to come out here and help raise some money, have a good time,” the participant said.The plunge is the biggest fundraiser of the year for Special Olympics Alaska. It’s raised $2.5 million since the first event in 2009.Jim Balamaci is the President and CEO of the organization. He first became involved with Special Olympics in 1979 when he saw an ad in the paper to volunteer for the Olympics in Kodiak. He’s been with Special Olympics ever since.Balamaci thinks that people with intellectual disabilities can learn confidence and skills through sports.“The beauty of it is that sometimes jumping into cold water, and maybe that second of loneliness and that second of feeling sorry for yourself and maybe not feeling apart of things, for that one second that’s sometimes what our athletes feel, day in and day out,” Balamaci said. “When we break down those barriers, from both our athletes and our participants, that’s what I look forward to the most.”Athletes help in other ways besides plunging, like going to schools, taking pledges and informing the community about the event.Ayesha Abdul-Jillil has been working for Special Olympics Alaska for 11 years and is an athlete herself. She was at the event on Saturday, giving towels to cold plungers. She said that she’s “too cool to plunge,” but still cheers on everyone daring to jump.“My favorite thing about the polar plunge is seeing everybody with their smiles and costumes and jumping in the cold water,” Abdul-Jillil said.Special Olympics Alaska athletes train in 14 sports throughout the year.
Dynamic Vision Sensor tech works like human retinaDynamic Vision Sensor tech works like human retina
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Chrome experiment hides Search URLs by Martin Brinkmann on August 28, 2018 in Google Chrome – 29 commentsGoogle is testing a change in the company’s Chrome web browser currently that hides the URL in the address bar when users run searches in the browser.The experimental feature is only available on Android currently, but the description suggests that it will also become available for desktop versions of Chrome and Chrome OS.A search for the flag on a Windows PC returned zero hits at the time of writing though.Note: Experimental flags are added to test functionality. There is no guarantee that an experiment will be integrated into Chrome natively; it could very well be removed entirely at any point in time. Google revealed recently that it will remove secure indicators from Chrome’s address bar.The flag, Query in Omnibox, removes the address of the search results page from the Chrome address bar and replaces it with the search query instead.The images on the following screenshot show the difference. The left part shows the full address in the address field, the right only the search query and no trace of the address.The URL is not even shown when you activate the address bar field; means, it is no longer possible to copy the address or verify it.The hiding of the URL in the address bar when you run searches in Google Chrome works only if Google is used. The address is displayed in the address field if you use any other search engine but Google Search.Link to change: chrome://flags/#enable-query-in-omniboxDescription: Only display query terms in the omnibox when viewing a search results page — Mac, Windows, Linux, Chrome OS, AndroidSet the experiment to enabled to display only the query term in the address bar, or to disabled or default to return to the status quo and display the search URL in the address bar.Hide some information in the address barGoogle experiments with a second change that manipulates what users see in the address bar. The experiment “Omnibox UI Hide Steady-State URL Scheme and Trivial Subdomains” hides the URL scheme, e.g. HTTPS, and trivial subdomains, e.g. www., from the browser’s address bar when enabled.The full URL is displayed when you activate the address field, for instance to copy it or edit the address.HTTPS sites are indicated with a lock symbol next to the visible part of the address.link: chrome://flags/#omnibox-ui-hide-steady-state-url-scheme-and-subdomainsDescription: In the Omnibox, hide the scheme and trivial subdomains from steady state displayed URLs. Hidden portions are returned during editing. For Mac, this flag will have no effect unless MavViews is enabled — Mac, Windows, Linux, Chrome OS, Android.Closing WordsURLs are an essential part of the Internet. They can be turned into links and users may look at the URL to verify that they are on the right webpage. Removing the URL partially or even entirely opens a slippery slope.If you check the display on the first screenshot, you will notice that the display of the search query is redundant, at least on page load as it is shown in the search field as well.Why the change then? Scrolling hides the search field on the search results page whereas the address bar remains visible all the time even when users scroll.Now You: what is your opinion on the change?SummaryArticle NameChrome experiment hides Search URLsDescriptionGoogle is testing a change in the company’s Chrome web browser currently that hides the URL in the address bar when users run searches in the browser.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
BOGOTÁ, Colombia — Colombia’s U.S.-backed government and the FARC rebel group, which have been in peace negotiations to end a half-century of conflict, announced on Sunday that they had made an important breakthrough on the nettlesome issue of land reform.Both sides characterized the agreement as a significant advance after six months of talks in Havana, Cuba, between a team of negotiators from Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos’ government and the FARC, or Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. The news buoyed this country’s 47 million people, who have been cautiously hopeful that peace can be achieved even as other negotiations in years past have collapsed in recriminations and violence.“It’s the first time ever that the Colombian government and the FARC have agreed on a substantive issue — on any issue,” Colombia’s peace commissioner, Sergio Jaramillo, said in a phone interview from the Cuban capital. “There have been general agreements about things, but never on a concrete issue.”U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, who arrived in Bogotá Sunday for meetings with Colombia’s government, told the newspaper El Tiempo that Santos’ government “deserves enormous recognition for launching this serious and well-designed process designed to put an end to the conflict.”The misuse of land, and the violence that disputes over land have generated, has fueled Colombia’s current conflict since 1964, when a band of peasants founded the FARC and took to the mountains to fight the state. Under Sunday’s deal, the government agreed to an ambitious program of land distribution and titling and to set up mechanisms to deal with quarrels over farmland, Jaramillo said.The state has also pledged a range of development programs for swaths of long-forgotten corners of Colombia: everything from roads to schools, nutritional programs to health care.“I can say with certainty that the agreement on agriculture permits a radical transformation of the rural reality in Colombia,” said Humberto de la Calle, the government chief negotiator in the talks. “This is set up to create real changes and close the breach between the countryside and city.”Though the accord was celebrated by both sides, there are still four major points left to resolve in the agenda that serves as the framework for the talks.In June, when the two sides resume negotiations, they will pick up discussions over how to permit FARC commanders, many of whom face charges of war crimes and drug trafficking, to transform their organization into a political movement.Reincorporating the commanders into civilian life faces opposition in a country where many people see the FARC as a violent criminal organization.Other unresolved issues include creating a workable plan to battle drug trafficking in rural regions and to deliver justice to the victims of the conflict.Though this has been the most promising of the four peace negotiations the government has held with the FARC since the 1980s, it has not been without serious obstacles.Santos’ predecessor, Álvaro Uribe, who remains politically powerful, has steadfastly opposed the talks and has accused Santos of trying to placate FARC commanders. And while some in the government talked last fall about six to eight months of negotiations, it now appears that the discussions will go on until late in the year.© 2013, The Washington Post Facebook Comments No related posts.
See also: Fix the immigration crisis at its rootFollowing a summer and fall filled with headlines about Central American children and other undocumented immigrants crossing into the United States, fleeing violence at home and perpetuating inaction in Congress, U.S. President Barack Obama was again faced with a desperate immigration situation. Through executive action, the president issued orders to help allow certain undocumented immigrants to remain in the United States with the option to work legally, as well as to pay into and benefit from the Social Security system.President Obama’s executive action has an impact on five million immigrants, most of whom are in the country illegally, have lived in the U.S. for five years or more, or are parents of children who are U.S. citizens or green-card holders. Obama also added protection for professionals and “talented entrepreneurs” who bring creativity and a wealth of knowledge to various sectors of the economy, and added funds to ramp up both border protection and the deportation of criminals. Finally, in an extension of the Differed Action For Childhood Arrivals, children brought into the country illegally are also a part of the expanded protection.While the executive action grants a three-year work permit and tax benefits, including the Earned Income Tax Credit, there is no path to citizenship or a green card available, nor is there coverage through the Affordable Care Act. This type of protection requires an act of Congress; however, the U.S. House of Representatives has put into jeopardy millions of young immigrants and their families as the Republicans tried to tear down both the 2014 executive action and the president’s previous executive action on immigration from 2012. This repeating cat-and-mouse game between the president and Congress only further delays concrete action on repairing one of the most dysfunctional systems in the federal government. Without repairing the broken system, problems with undocumented workers and immigrants are destined to persist no matter how many executive actions the president issues.What does this situation mean for Central American immigrants? Given the status quo, immigrants who are entering, existing in, and exiting the system are being funneled through an overloaded process that is designed to fail. In today’s reality, undocumented immigrants are constantly evading immigration officials, seeking and rarely receiving amnesty, or getting deported. If they are given amnesty, they will more than likely struggle to find adequate employment and therefore become reliant on government programs and assistance. This despairing situation for immigrants is only compounded by the strain it puts on the U.S. government to pay for entitlements for people who are fated to live off the system.Without these executive actions or a concrete congressional action in place, immigrants from across Central America face the very real threat of the destabilization of their families. Obama’s action brings security to family members home and abroad, and helps to maintain and build steady income. However, without a bipartisan effort and meaningful action from Congress, this security will be short-lived.What’s more, we must recognize that immigration reforms of this nature are only a Band-Aid, failing to address the true reasons why millions are fleeing their Central American homes. Each Central American country, with support from the United States and other allies, needs to find ways to crack down on organized crime including extortion, drug-trafficking and murder, and to decrease the number of immigrants fleeing on humanitarian grounds. It is not an innovative or new solution, but a difficult and necessary one. Making things better at home through improved economic conditions and lower crime rates are key to stopping the rush of undocumented immigrants. Finally, the United States must develop a system that helps identify individuals who are truly seeking humanitarian relief and deliver them the aid and security they seek.Immigrants living in the United States add value to the country, which can no longer afford (literally and figuratively) to let these people be placed on the back burner. As U.S. debt continues to grow, its government must be mindful of finding and implementing solutions that will bring long-term and sustainable results to the immigration woes of the Americas. Without a bold U.S. Congress and dedicated change in Central America, we are destined to continue to kick the can down the road and gamble with the fate of millions of immigrants.Melanie Furey is a research professional from Cleveland, Ohio, working abroad in Ciudad Colón, where she is conducting independent research on U.S. foreign policy, Costa Rica and Central American issues and other related topics. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Allegheny College and a master’s degree in international relations from Cleveland State University. Facebook Comments Related posts:Obama: US will make immigration ‘more fair and just’ Putin’s Russia expands Latin American role, Kelly says Latin America between Kennan and Obama What the US can learn from its ‘Cuban immigration policy’
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