Government is strengthening the regulations that govern Nova Scotia’s fish harvesters and their organizations. “At the request of fish harvester organizations, we’ve made regulatory changes to provide fish harvesters with a clear understanding of their regulatory responsibilities,” said Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell. “This strengthens government’s ability to enforce the act on behalf of fish harvester organizations.” Changes to the Fish Harvester Organizations Support Act include the addition of definitions for terms used in the act and regulations. “Harvesters are very pleased with the clarifications to the regulations and even more pleased that the act is now being enforced to its full intent,” said Eugene O’Leary, president, Guysborough County Inshore Fishermen’s Association. The act requires fish harvesters to pay mandatory dues to accredited associations. The provisions of this act come into force if harvesters vote to implement it in their region. Any licence holder in violation of the act can, upon summary conviction, be subject to fines starting at $1,000. The act is in force in the three regions encompassing the coast line, from the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border on the Northumberland Strait to the mouth of the Sackville River in Halifax Harbour. The Fish Harvester Organizations Support Act is provincial legislation that supports and encourages licence holders to develop strong organizations to represent them in matters related to the fishing industry.
TORONTO – The Sobeys grocery business will be cutting about 800 office jobs across Canada as part of efforts to create one efficient national organization out of five regional operations, the company announced Friday.“The future success of Sobeys, and our continued service to over 900 communities across the country, depends on our steadfast commitment to transform our business,” said Michael Medline, who is chief executive of Sobeys and its parent company, Empire Co. Ltd. (TSX:EMP.B)Local reports of the news began to emerge late Thursday ahead of an internal announcement to Sobeys staff. The company confirmed the reports Friday morning.Sobeys is Canada’s second-largest grocery company, after Loblaw Cos. Ltd. (TSX:L), and faces many of the same challenges in the industry: competition from new rivals, higher costs from rising minimum wages in some areas and technological change.However, the company has also been struggling for several years with problems arising from its acquisition of Safeway Canada — which gave Sobeys a much bigger presence in Western Canada.“The first phase of our plan to transform our business, which has been focused on resetting the foundation of Sobeys and creating a new organization structure, is now substantially complete,” Medline said in a statement to the media.“This will allow us to be more efficient in many ways and to be more agile as we pursue new opportunities to compete and win the loyalty of Canadians.”In September, Empire reported that it was on track to achieve $500 million in annual cost savings as part of its transformation plan, dubbed Project Sunrise.It also reported that Sobeys had achieved same-store sales growth in the first quarter of its 2018 financial year. It was the first time in 18 months that Sobeys had reported higher year-over-year sales at stores open at least a year.Shares of Empire — which owns Sobeys Inc. and has an interest in the publicly-traded Crombie real-estate trust — were up about one per cent Friday morning.The stock has been stepping up in stages since the beginning of the year, when they were worth about $$15.55 each, and were above $25 each last week.Analyst Irene Nattel of RBC Dominion Securities wrote in a note to clients that the elimination of about 20 per cent of the Sobeys office workforce is a “critical step” towards reducing the company’s operating burden — but she remains cautious.“In our view . . . successful and timely implementation of the strategic plan boils down to execution and the process is unlikely to move forward in a straight line, with the CEO reiterating on the most recent conference call that quarterly performance is likely to ebb and flow as they execute Project Sunrise,” Nattel wrote.“Given the magnitude of the task that lies ahead, the competitive environment, EMP’s structural disadvantage in the discount space and rising ecommerce penetration, we recommend investors remain cautious . . . “Among the major challenges that face Canada’s major domestic grocers, including Loblaw, Sobeys and Montreal-based Metro Inc. (TSX:MRU), is Amazon.com’s increased presence in food retailing — including its recent acquisition of the Whole Foods chain of grocery stores.While Whole Foods has few stores in Canada, the country’s domestic grocers have worked to improve their efficiency to defend themselves from Amazon’s move into a bricks-and-mortar business to complement its disruptive online presence.Additionally, Sobeys and other national retailers have said they expect labour costs to rise as a result of higher minimum wages in Ontario — the country’s biggest provincial economy — as well as higher food costs.The Competition Bureau is also investigating the grocery industry amid allegations of price-fixing in the packaged bread space. Loblaw, Sobeys and Metro have said they’re co-operating with the federal agency’s probe but details of the files have been sealed by court order, limiting their comments on the matter.
TORONTO – Everywhere Google’s chief economist Hal Varian goes, people want to ask him what Google is working on.He usually tells them “everything you can think of plus a lot more” because the tech giant has its hands in everything from internet searches to advertising, news and even autonomous vehicles.As Google prepares to mark its 20th anniversary in Canada, Varian sat down with The Canadian Press on Wednesday to talk about the company, its role in the country and some of the technology sector’s most pressing challenges — fake news, automation, backlash against human dependence on devices and a growing debate around taxation.What do you see as Google’s role in Canada?Google is a huge facilitator. Canada is a country where exports are very important, particularly exports to the U.S. and so you want to make sure that your products are recognized there and the great thing about using Google for advertising is it can be so targeted. I once talked to a mathematician who built the best program in the world for a certain type of optimization. He said, “it’s a wonderful product, but there are only 100 users in the world. How do I find them?” So you type in mixed integer quadratic programming into Google and you get these nice academic papers and there’s an ad for his software. That’s specialized. The only medium you can effectively advertise on is a search medium.Google put out a report with Deloitte this morning looking at its economic impact in Canada. Among other things, it said that Google search ads from Canadian businesses supported between $10.4 and $18.5 billion in economic activity or 112,000 to 200,000 full-time jobs. What was your big takeaway from the report?One of the remarkable things for Canada in that report is that 35 per cent of all clicks are coming from outside of Canada. That means you are really reaching a global market and I haven’t seen that in the other reports (from other countries).What other differences did you see between Canada and other markets?There are probably more searches for hockey per capita than in say Hawaii.Do you think Google should be threatened by some of the other social media players who are carving out a big advertising business themselves?I think we are still king, but uneasy lies the head that wears the crown. We can’t be complacent about that. We keep looking at developments and we are expanding into lots of other technology areas, like autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence and cloud computing.Lately in Canada there has been a lot of discussion around whether technology companies should be charging and paying tax on advertising on their platforms. How do you feel about that?I think that is up to Canada. If they draft a law that says advertising companies need to pay tax, of course we will pay. But right now, as I understand the situation, it is pretty ambiguous whether or not this tax is happening.So it’s best left up to the government then?Well, of course, to tax anything the government has to pass a bill or amend a bill that describes what is being taxed and how the data will be collected and how it will be remitted. You can’t just say send me a cheque.Do you find one of the biggest challenges Google is facing is fake news?Not so much on the ad side of things, (but) fake news on content that is trying to draw attention to itself for one reason or another. (When it comes to) people that advertise stuff that is bogus, we do a pretty good job of weeding out a lot of that stuff.If you want to find spurious news about Hollywood gossip, you can go to the supermarket or you can go to YouTube. There’s a lot of that stuff around, but we try to control it so far as we can.On Google News, we have a pretty carefully curated process to get people to legitimate news. It doesn’t always work. Things slip through, but by and large, it’s a pretty trustworthy sources, we think.What is the biggest challenge facing the tech sector?On the policy side of things, we hear the word techlash, like backlash against technology. People are saying the world is facing all these problems with fake news and hostile powers and exploitation of this and that. That is of course much more difficult to deal with because it is vague and amorphous.Technology is changing quickly and things are happening and so there is a certain amount of anxiety, but I do believe that will be overcome as people learn the value of tech.What should be done to help humanity overcome techlash?You have to recognize there are changes going on. Those changes are primarily going help people live better, more productive, more useful and more stimulating lives, but you also have to build some controls over those things. It is the same with automobiles, with telephones, with steam engines.What role do you think Google should have in the techlash?The very first thing is understanding it and once we think we have an understanding of it, we think about policies that might be helpful in dealing with issues that could arise.You have been working on a paper that recently touched on this and labour. Can you talk a bit about the major takeaways?We’re going to see a significant decline in the labour force in the next 20 or 30 years basically because the baby boomers are retiring and what that means is you’ve got to produce more output to provide consumption opportunities for all those people. With the labour force declining, we are in good shape compared to countries like Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan, Germany, Italy, Spain, where they’re seeing quite significant declines. Without technology, without some increase in productivity, we’re in big trouble.With those labour declines and Google looking into automation, will robots take over the world?Robots are going to augment human labour for the most part. That is true with all of the technological advances, despite the anxiety that goes along with them. Augmenting labour gives you more jobs and less work, which is what most people are seeking.This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.
ALGIERS – Algeria’s Abdelaziz Bouteflika appointed Energy Minister Youcef Yousfi as interim premier on Thursday, as outgoing Abdelmalek Sellal was formally tasked with running the ailing president’s campaign for re-election next month.The mini cabinet re-shuffle, which also saw former premier Ahmed Ouyahia named director of the president’s office, came just weeks ahead of the election, which is likely to see the 77-year-old president secure a fourth term, despite serious concerns about his health.The decision to put the current prime minister in charge of Bouteflika’s re-election campaign was widely expected. Sellal was closely involved in the two previous election campaigns that returned the president to power, in 2004 and 2009, and has spent much of the past year travelling around the country defending Bouteflika’s track record.Another former prime minister, Abdelaziz Belkhadem, was named special adviser to the president, according to the statement from Bouteflika’s office.Earlier, six candidates including Bouteflika were approved to run in the April 17 leadership contest, the head of a constitutional panel announced.Mourad Medelci, in a statement read out on public radio, listed the other candidates as Abdelaziz Belaid, Ali Benflis — an independent who is considered the main challenger to Bouteflika — Moussa Touati, Louisa Hanoune and Ali Fawzi Rebaine.The panel ruled out six other hopefuls.Campaigning officially begins on March 23 and will last until April 13.There is growing anger and derision in Algeria over Bouteflika’s decision to run, due to his fragile health, with many critics arguing that he is in no fit state to run the country.Hospitalised for three months in Paris last year after suffering a mini stroke, he has spoken in public only once in the past two years, and appears frail, and invariably seated, on the very rare occasions when he has been seen in public.
The Joint Opposition (JO) has decided to go ahead with the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.The decision was taken when the party leaders in the joint opposition met today. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was among those who attended the meeting.The no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was to be handed over to Parliament earlier but was postponed as a result of the violence in Kandy. (Colombo Gazette)
by Mike Tarasko Posted Oct 13, 2016 7:48 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email (Stock photo: FreeImages.com) Calgary housing prices take another quarterly dip but rebound could be around the corner House prices continue to decline in Calgary but at least one expert thinks it’s not as bad as it could be.Royal LePage is out with its third quarter Price Survey, which showed the aggregate price of a home in Calgary dropped 1.6 per cent, compared to the same time period in 2015.President and CEO Phil Soper feels the market held up pretty well, considering the economic woes here and a turn in the tide may be just around the corner.“We actually expect to see some improvement in the market, a pick-up in the number of homes trading hands and perhaps for the first time in a few years, some appreciation in home prices again,” he said.Calgary was one of the few markets which saw a decline last quarter with home prices jumping an average of about 12 per cent nationwide, thanks in part to hot markets in Vancouver and Toronto.
Witnesses reported Sutcliffe, 47, and her colleague Superintendent Sarah Jackson to bosses after an argument in which Sutcliffe allegedly claimed Jackson was “pandering to men” by having cosmetic surgery and allegedly exposed her own breasts in an attempt to prove that they were better.The pair were attending a Senior Women in Policing conference at the Manchester Hilton that was intended to enhance the “profile and perception” of female officers.Supt Jackson was later told that she would face no further action.A Greater Manchester Police spokesman told the Mail on Sunday: “We can confirm that following an investigation by Durham Constabulary the Deputy Chief Constable has determined that a senior officer has a case to answer for gross misconduct and will face a disciplinary hearing.”If ACC Sutcliffe is found to have committed gross misconduct, she could face sanctions ranging from “management advice” to dismissal.Two years ago she was investigated for failing to declare a relationship with Detective Superintendent Paul Rumney, the then-head of the force’s Professional Standards Branch, when she sat on a disciplinary panel.She was also given “suitable advice” after reportedly trying to gatecrash a Labour Party conference event in 2010. A policewoman will face a public disciplinary hearing after allegedly arguing with a colleague over which of them had the most attractive breasts.Rebekah Sutcliffe, Assistant Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, is accused of baring her chest during a drunken row with a junior colleague in May.She will face a tribunal later this year and could be sacked if she is found guilty of gross misconduct.She is believed to be the most senior officer yet to face one of the public misconduct hearings, which were set up last year. The Deputy Chief Constable has determined that a senior officer has a case to answer for gross misconduct and will face a disciplinary hearingSpokesman for Greater Manchester Police Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Armed police evacuated Bond Street tube and five people were arrested after a suspected robbery involving a gun.The station was closed at about 8.30pm on Friday after a man told police he was robbed in nearby Oxford Street by suspects with “a firearm and a knife”.The Metropolitan Police said on Twitter: “Officers have arrested five people at Bond Street Underground Station following reports that a man was robbed on Oxford Street. The station was temporarily closed.”The station reopened at about 9.50pm.A police spokeswoman said: “Officers attended and spoke with the male victim. He informed officers that the suspects were in possession of a firearm and a knife, and that they were last seen entering Bond Street Underground Station.”Officers, including firearms officers and British Transport Police, are in attendance.”Transport for London said there were severe delays on the Central Line after the station shut down.The official Central Line Twitter account warned customers to avoid using the line, adding: “The delays are due to a customer incident at Bond Street.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
With the Curiosity rover making landfall on Mars in just a few days, NASA has started to ramp up its campaign to raise awareness of the mission by contracting two popular sci-fi actors. Star Trek icons Will Wheaton (Wesley Crusher) and William Shatner (James T. Kirk) have taken turns narrating a new video.Entitled “Grand Entrance,” it’s a four minute presentation covering the hurdles that Curiosity faces on landing, and then about its mission on the Red Planet. In an attempt to reach out to multiple generations of people, NASA decided to use Shatner and Wheaton since they appeal to different demographics. No matter which actor is your favorite, both do a great job bringing the subject matter to life.Curiosity makes landfall at 1:31 AM EDT on August 6th, if all goes well NASA will start to receive telemetry telling its scientists that everything is functioning properly. The latest Mars rover is the largest ever to make the journey, and is expected to give researchers more information than ever before about the planets surface and history.More at NASA, via ExtremeTech
Related Items:#kiteflyingcompetition, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 13, 2017 – Providenciales – The much anticipated Kite Flying event will span the holiday weekend, with competitions held on Saturday, April 15th at Governor’s Beach in Grand Turk and at the Iris Stubbs Primary School in South Caicos, then on April 17th (Easter Monday) the festivities will continue at The Bight Park in Providenciales and at the Horse Stable Beach in North Caicos.“The Tourist Board looks forward to another year of friendly community competition, goodwill and community spirit that the Annual Kite Flying Competition has created over the years,” says Oehleo Higgs, Senior Public Relations Officer. “We encourage our residents and visitors of the various communities, as well as corporate and civic groups, to come out and enjoy a good day of family fun.”The Annual Kite Flying Competition will continue to display the traditional art of kite making and kite flying. This year’s event will also include the annual Easter Egg Hunt, face painting, and giveaways, as well as lots of food and drinks on sale by local non-profit organizations.Kites entering the annual competition must be handmade and registered with the judges prior to taking flight. Kites in all classes must fly for at least 5 minutes. Kites flown in last year’s competitions will be disqualified from entry. Prizes and trophies will be given for The Smallest Kite, The Largest Kite, Best Company Kite, Best Traditional Kite and the Best Overall Kite.Children and adults are welcome to fly non-competition kites throughout the day and beyond the competition period.Story by: Sheri-Kae McLeod#MagneticMediaNews#kiteflyingcompetition Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
https://twitter.com/OfficialSting/status/1121033350607720448 “I’m thrilled to announce that my brand-new Las Vegas residency ‘Sting: My Songs’ will be opening at the legendary Caesars Colosseum in May of 2020!” the musician saidJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Apr 24, 2019 – 11:48 am GRAMMY-winning singer and musician Sting has announced that he is headed to sin city for his own residency.Sting will launch his Las Vegas stay at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in May 2020. The show, titled “Sting: My Songs,” will be a 16-night run, but it may add additional nights if ticket sales are high, Rolling Stone reports. Currently, the show has dates set May 2020 through early Sept. Twitter Sting Announces Las Vegas Residency At Caesars Palace News Email “I’m thrilled to announce that my brand new Las Vegas residency ‘Sting: My Songs’ will be opening at the legendary Caesars Colosseum in May of 2020!” Sting tweeted. The Las Vegas residency has gone through a kind of transformation that has made room for major names in music, more recently including Cardi B, Drake and Lady Gaga, among others. Tickets for the shows go on sale May 3 at 10 a.m. PT. For more information, visit Sting’s website. Viva Las Vegas: Why Sin City Residencies No Longer Signify A Long Farewell Facebook Sting Announces Las Vegas Residency sting-announces-las-vegas-residency-caesars-palace
8:24 Close up with the Galaxy Fold screen, notch and hinge P30 Pro and Galaxy S10 cameras compared Share your voice 5G speeds could happen; a two-tiered approach is bestPhones with 5G support are inevitable, and Samsung clearly wants to get ahead. Making the Galaxy Note 10 a 5G phone make sense. Even better would be if there are both 4G and 5G options, as with the poor Galaxy Fold. The 4G version would help keep costs in check for Note fans who aren’t ready to be 5G guinea pigs as those networks find their feet. There are several other reasons why being the earliest 5G adopter isn’t a great idea, one of which is that today’s 5G chip inside the phone, which takes up space and locks the phone to a single network. Qualcomm, which makes the 5G chip as well as the Snapdragon 855 processor inside the Galaxy phones, is launching an upgrade later this year that will make 5G phones sleeker and also able to cruise multiple carrier networks. It’s possible the Note 10 will be the first phone to use it. 37 Samsung is well aware of the competition and has been said to be working on its own take, however, it’s unclear how much of a patch this will be versus a complete solution that can generate similar results as Huawei and Google, if not better. The Note 10, which has traditionally been Samsung’s pinnacle release before Back to School and holiday shopping kicks in, would be an appropriate, launch pad, if not a belated one. And how about boosted video quality? Let’s dish some of that up, too.Read: Could the Note 10’s camera really flip up?Let’s not forget about camera zoomHuawei’s P30 Pro also earn top marks for their incredible zoom ranges: 5x optical zoom and 10x hybrid zoom. The results are incredible. The Galaxy S10 Plus, meanwhile, has a 2x telephoto lens, which is certainly convenient. Photos are “good,” but you’re not getting the same astounding quality as Huawei’s upper crust lens with “periscope” zoomOther phones, like the Oppo Reno 10, are getting in on the act with 10x hybrid “lossless” zoom. If Samsung doesn’t pump the gas, it’ll get left in the dust. Angela Lang/CNET An accurate in-screen fingerprint sensorThe ultrasonic in-screen fingerprint reader on the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus is, in theory, a wonderful application of ultrasonic technology (think ultrasounds) to securely unlock your phone and authenticate mobile payments. In practice, it’s a little slow and largely inaccurate, requiring multiple attempts to unlock the phone. It also doesn’t work as well as promised if you’ve got wet or greasy fingertips. And one of the biggest security claims, that you can’t trick it with a fake fingerprint, has just been challenged by someone claiming they have.The Note 10 is another chance to tweak the software, or work with Qualcomm, which supplies the ultrasonic tech, on some other fix. We tested Verizon’s new 5G network Now playing: Watch this: 5G Google Huawei LG Microsoft Samsung Verizon In a reversal nobody expected in February when Samsung announced its first-ever foldable phone, it could be the rumored Note 10 and not the Galaxy Fold that becomes the highlight of Samsung’s six Galaxy phones for 2019. After Samsung delayed the Fold after five early review units malfunctioned, the Fold is no longer the brightest star in Samsung’s galaxy. The Note is usually the height of Samsung’s smartphone efforts, but 2019 was supposed to be different, with the Note 10 taking a backseat to the $1,980 Fold as this year’s splurge device. But with the Galaxy Fold undergoing scrutiny as Samsung gets to the bottom of issues that affected at least five review units, it’s the Note 10 that could put Samsung back on the right track amidst a flurry of phone releases.You might ask where the Galaxy S10 5G falls into all of this. The 5G version of Samsung’s Galaxy S10 Plus arrives on Verizon May 16 for $1,300 before heading to other carriers. It’s already made headlines with one battery issue in South Korea.Yet, I don’t see it as major Note 10 competition. Expensive, it doesn’t have a stylus and will only be as fast as the 5G network it’s riding on. The other “extras” — a larger screen and battery, and depth sensing cameras on the front and back — don’t do much yet to justify the price. Note fans, however, have long been cited as Samsung as being the most loyal, the power users who crave maximal storage space and flexibility through the S Pen.Read: The Galaxy Fold needs an S Pen. Here’s why it can’t have one 5:41 Now playing: Watch this: Mentioned Above Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (128GB, prism black) How To • How to take badass car photos with your Galaxy S10 Plus While the Galaxy Note 10 lacks the Fold’s sex appeal, it should have everything the S10 5G has and more — including plenty of competition from Apple’s next iPhone and phones like the OnePlus 7 Pro. Here’s how Samsung can make the Note 10 a winner.Read: Samsung’s best way out of the Galaxy Fold mess: Suck up to buyersFix the screen ‘eyeball’ notch If wallpapers of robots and basketball players don’t make you chuckle, you might be ready to see Samsung experiment with a different design for that front-facing camera. On the S10 phones, the selfie camera takes the form of a circular cutout shifted to the right side of the screen, or a horizontal oval, in the case of the Galaxy S10 Plus.While it won’t get in the way most of the time, it is noticeable when the screen is white. Notch cutouts and cameras that pop up are other solutions, but they’ve also got their share of critics and proponents.Embrace the one-eyed camera. Angela Lang/CNET Still, the Infinity-O display that offsets this hole-punch design isn’t universally loved, which gives Samsung a chance to try again.Read: What the Galaxy Fold’s screen crease, notch and air gap are really like to use Deliver secure 3D face unlockSamsung’s secure iris scanner predated the iPhone’s Face ID, but now that Samsung’s removed it from Galaxy phones, you have the in-screen fingerprint reader as your only biometric…and after months with the Galaxy S10 Plus, it’s more miss than hit for me. We know that Samsung is at least flirting with the idea of a 3D face unlock secure enough for securing mobile payments, because it gave the Galaxy S10 5G a 3D sensor on the front and back. What’s it for? Not face unlock, at least not yet. Samsung said it’s there for AR purposes and maybe some improved depth photography, as with the new Huawei P30 Pro, which has a time-of-flight sensor (TOF) on the back.Samsung took the iris scanner out of the S10 phones. Andrew Hoyle/CNET Rumor has it that Android Q could fold in this technology — after a month with Android Q, we haven’t seen this yet, but it’s typical for Google to hold back some surprises until the final launch in fall. If that happens, the Galaxy Note 10 would be perfectly positioned to be Samsung’s first phone to incorporate secure face-scanning software baked in. Remember that Android’s default face unlock is there for convenience, but isn’t secure enough for mobile payments.We need a real standalone night mode cameraThe main camera is Samsung’s Galaxy phones uses a dual-aperture lens that automatically changes apertures to let in more light when it detects you’re in a darker environment. In my experience, which dates back a year to the Galaxy S9, results are ok, but the clarity and details produced by the Pixel 3 and Huawei’s P30 Pro are in another league entirely.Samsung said there’s a Bright Night Shot mode in the Galaxy S10 Plus, but it kicks in automatically. That’s not a bad thing on its own, but it means you can’t control when you get those dramatically bright night shots. It also means that Samsung isn’t using the same approach to capture and process those shots, which requires up to five seconds. Sprint $999 Why the Galaxy S10’s ultrasonic fingerprint reader matters News • Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus to be used to film entire Tonight Show episode See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Tags 60 Photos Phones What about a foldable design with S Pen support?I can speculate with absolute certainty that the Galaxy Note 10 won’t be a foldable phone like the Galaxy Fold. But it’s worth thinking about how the S Pen, Samsung’s digital stylus, could work with a foldable screen. Especially since that feels like a foregone conclusion for a future Samsung device. What if your Note 10 did this? CNET On the one hand you have the Note, whose S Pen takes advantage of a large screen by allowing for navigation, writing and drawing. On the other, the foldable design opens up the largest screens on a cellular device.The nature of the foldable screen as an expansive surface with Android support for up to three active windows at a time, makes it a fertile ground for a digital pen.Whether a future foldable Note would be called the Galaxy Fold Note or simply a Galaxy Fold with S Pen support, it could provide extra utility along the lines of Apple Pencil support for the iPad Pro and the Microsoft Surface pen. An S Pen on a foldable Note would also differentiate it from other foldable phones such as the Huawei Mate X or a future foldable iPhone.What’s on your Galaxy Note 10 wish list?Originally published April 8. Update, May 2: Adds new commentary. Abt Electronics See It Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Now playing: Watch this: $833 Best Buy $999 2:48 See it Comments $999 See It Review • Galaxy S10 Plus braces for Galaxy Note 10 impact
Ravi Shastri posted this picture of himself with his motherTwitter/Ravi ShastriMother’s day is here and sportspersons have joined the laity in celebrating the occasion by thanking their mothers. Not to be left behind is one man who often finds himself in a controversy whenever he makes a powerful assertion – Indian cricket team’s head coach Ravi Shastri.But on the occasion of Mother’s Day, the former India international put out a tweet that is not only not controversial but also very touching. He shared a picture of himself with his mother and while wishing him a happy Mother’s Day, also described her as his ‘biggest critic.’Yes, you heard that right, Mrs Shastri is the biggest critic of the former India all-rounder and not the various people with whom he has been in a war of words. The picture shared by the India coach had him wearing a casual shirt with fruit prints on it, the sort of easy-going look which we have become accustomed to from Shastri. Shastri and Ganguly have been involved in war of wordsGetty ImagesAll this while we thought that the biggest critic ofthe 56-year old was former India captain Sourav Ganguly. The relationship between the two men soured after Shastri accused Ganguly of being ‘disrespectful’ for not attending the interview where Shastri was appearing as a candidate for the job of Indian national team’s coach, despite being part of the panel interviewing the aspirants.Never to let an attack go unanswered, the ‘Prince of Kolkata’ responded by criticising Shastri for his words. This led to a souring of relations which continues to the present day. During India’s tour to England last year, when the head coach described the team under his watch as India’s best touring side, Ganguly responded to that comment by calling them ‘immature.’Shastri also, on his part, has taken potshots at Dada. He didn’t include Ganguly in the list of best Indian captains, apart from making snide, indirect comments about the former skipper. But, as the retired all-rounder himself has revealed, it is not Ganguly but his own mother who is his worst critic. Well, that’s one critic he won’t mind having in his life. Maybe, it has been her criticism that made the cricketer-turned-broadcaster-turned-coach so successful in his career.
Oil prices rose in early trading on Monday, lifted by reports of renewed talks by some members of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to restrain output.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil futures CLc1 were at $42.01 per barrel at 0022 GMT (08:22 p.m. EDT), up 21 cents, or 0.5 percent, from their last close.Brent crude futures LCOc1 were trading at $44.40 per barrel, up 13 cents, or 0.29 percent.Analysts said that the price rise came on the back of renewed calls by some OPEC members to freeze production in a bid to rein in output consistently outpacing demand.”OPEC members including Venezuela, Ecuador and Kuwait are said to be behind this latest reincarnation. But just like previous endeavours, it seems doomed to fail, given key OPEC members (think: Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Iran) persist in their battle for market share, ramping up exports apace,” said Matt Smith of U.S.-based ClipperData in a note.Yet in the absence of an agreement, a fight for market share via high output and price discounts is still weighing on oil markets.Iraq has dropped the September official selling price (OSP) for Basra Light crude to Asia by $1.00 to minus $2.30 a barrel against the average of Oman/Dubai quotes from the previous month, the State Oil Marketing Organisation (SOMO) said on Monday, making it the latest exporter to drop its prices.Meanwhile, oil drilling in the In the United States keeps increasing.”Another increase in the rig count in the U.S. also weighed on sentiment. The Baker Hughes data show rigs operating in the U.S. are the highest since March (at 381),” ANZ bank said on Monday.On the demand side, analysts at AB Bernstein said that oil demand growth had been strong in 2015 and the first half of this year, at 2.0 and 1.5 percent respectively, but that the outlook was weakening.”In July following the UK Brexit vote, the IMF downgraded global growth by 10 basis points (bp) in 2016 and 20 bp in 2017. This has negative implications for (oil) demand,” the analysts said.”We expect that demand growth could slow in the second half of 2016 to around 1.1 percent and slow further in 2017 to a below consensus 1.0 percent on the current global growth outlook,” AB Bernstein added.
Banking giant HSBC is set to shut down 62 more branches in the UK in 2017, as the bank says more people are now moving to use internet and mobile banking. This is in addition to the closure of 55 branches the bank had previously announced to close in 2017.HSBC to use selfie verification to open bank accounts quicklyThe move will hit at least 180 jobs in the country. Last year, HSBC had shuttered 223 branches in the UK and figured as the top bank to close most branches in the UK for two years in a row.”More customers are using mobile and internet banking than ever before, innovation such as Touch and Voice ID has proved extremely popular, and fewer people are using branches,” Francesca McDonagh, HSBC Head of Retail Banking and Wealth Management for UK and Europe, said.”We will have fewer but better branches, with more empowered front line colleagues using a greater range of technology to support all our customers’ needs,” he added.HSBC said more than 90 percent of its interactions with customers are now through digital channels, up from 80 percent last year.Antonio Simoes, chief executive of HSBC Bank plc, said: “This marks the end of our branch restructuring programme. We now feel we have the right branch network that complements the other ways in which customers now choose to interact with us. We will continue to invest for the benefit of our customers as we build HSBC UK, a better bank for our people and customers.”
Prothom Alo IllustrationA man was killed in what the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) called gunfight in the city early Monday.The law enforcement claimed that deceased Rajon, 25, was a drug trader, reports UNB.Quoting the law enforcement UNB says, tipped off that a gang of drug traders gathered there, a team of RAB conducted a drive in Bachhila under Muhammadpur police station.Sensing the presence of the law enforcers, a gang of drug traders opened fire on them, forcing them to retaliate which sparked off the gunfight. The team also recovered arms, bullets and a huge amount of hemp from the spot.Two RAB members were injured in the incident, says the report.Prothom Alo, however, could not verify the law enforcement’s version of the incident independently as no version of it was available immediately either from any witness or from any member of the victim’s family.
Katherine Streeter for NPRLight therapy helps some people with seasonal affective disorder feel better. Now it’s being tested as a treatment for bipolar disorder.As the months grow colder and darker, many people find themselves somewhat sadder and even depressed.Bright light is sometimes used to help treat the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. Researchers are now testing light therapy to see if it also can help treat depression that’s part of bipolar disorder.It’s unclear how lack of light might cause the winter blues, although some suggest that the dark days affect the production of serotonin in the skin.The idea with light therapy for depression is to replace the sunshine lost with a daily dose of bright white artificial light. (Antidepressants, psychotherapy and Vitamin D help, too, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.) The light box is actually more like a screen, the size of an average desktop computer. Some people call it a “happy box.”To test its usefulness in treating bipolar disorder, researchers at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University enrolled 46 patients who had at least moderate bipolar depression. Half of participants were assigned to receive bright light therapy. The other half received a dim red placebo light. They also kept taking their regular medication.In an effort to ensure lack of bias, the placebo group was instructed not to search for information about light therapy and not to discuss the appearance of their light with anyone else in the study.All participants were told to place the light box about 1 foot from their face for a 15-minute session to start. Every week, exposure was increased until it reached a dose of 60 minutes per day. Patients didn’t have to stare at the box, says psychiatrist Dorothy Sit, lead author of the study, published last month in the American Journal of Psychiatry. They simply had to be in front of it. “They could read the paper, a journal, or look at their bills,” she says.Patients with SAD typically do their light therapy first thing in the morning, when they wake up. But earlier research by Sit found that early morning light therapy could switch people with bipolar disorder into a manic phase. So in the new study, she decided to have patients engage in light therapy midday, between noon and 2:30 p.m.After four to six weeks, Sit found 68 percent of patients using bright white light therapy achieved remission of depression compared to 22 percent of patients who received the placebo light. For the bright-light patients, “they returned to work, they were able to look after things at home, they were functioning back to their normal selves again,” says Sit.Sit and other researchers say it’s important that people with bipolar disorder not try light therapy on their own.First, the results in this study are “intriguing, but highly preliminary,” according to Al Lewy, a psychiatrist and professor emeritus at Oregon Health and Science University who was one of the pioneers of light therapy to treat SAD.And given that light therapy can trigger hypomania, Lewy says that the therapy should be conducted under a doctor’s supervision, preferably a psychiatrist. “If there’s the slightest chance that a patient will switch into a manic episode, then their doctor can be there to treat them.”Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. About 3 percent of the U.S. adult population suffers from the disorder.This study “offers a glimmer into a new pathway for treatment,” says psychiatrist Ken Duckworth, medical director of the patient advocacy group National Alliance on Mental Illness. That’s needed, he says, because “bipolar depression is one of the most difficult types of depression to treat.” Medications such as mood stabilizers can help treat the manic phase of bipolar disorder are not effective in treating the depressive phase, Duckworth says. And people with bipolar disorder “spend most of their time on the depressive end of the spectrum.”Sit says it’s important to see her findings duplicated in future research, which should also investigate how the light affects the body’s circadian rhythms at different times of day, and how that affects bipolar symptoms.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share
While most people who own a Chromecast know it as the effortless streaming stick for almost all forms of digital content, there’s considerably fewer users who see the gaming potential within the device. This is something you’re going to see Google highlight more and more, now that Amazon has decided to take on the Chromecast with the upcoming Amazon Fire Stick. To address the claims that Amazon’s stick will be a superior mobile gaming rig due to the included remote, Google has launched a series of multiplayer-focused games for the Chromecast that all offer things you simply won’t be able to do on the Fire Stick.Since the Chromecast is just a tiny linux box running a special version of Chrome, just about any game you can play in a browser could theoretically be played on the television. Like everything else with your Chromecast, you’d need to use your phone or tablet as the controller, but if Google can ensure a high quality experience the end result should be a lot of fun.We already know Google is a big fan of multiple smartphones and tablets being used together to play the same game, and when you combine those experiments with the existing Chromecast game support you end up with something cool.Google’s announcement today includes browser-based hits like Just Dance Now and classic board game experiences like Monopoly Dash and Scrabble Blitz. Each of these games already have the ability to support multiple players across a local wireless network, and the addition of the Chromecast enables the living room space to be your dance floor or your gaming table.When coupled with the list of single player games that already exist for the platform, Google has all they need to refute Amazon’s superior gaming claims. On the other hand the physical remote does make a lot of single player games easier to play, and there’s typically no worry that your remote is going to run out of power in the middle of a gaming session. Amazon and Google are going to be competing head to head this Holiday season to try and earn a spot in your living room, which is great news for anyone interested in seeing these two platforms grow and improve.
Last year Apple decided that the venerable headphone jack was no longer welcome on the iPhone. Devices were getting thinner and other internal components needed that valuable space.And so the headphone jack’s death warrant had been signed, much to the chagrin of audiophiles the world over who prefer a quality pair of corded ‘phones to even the best wireless ones. It didn’t have to be that way, however. Not according to a new patent awarded to Microsoft.The solution: a jack that can expand. When your headphones aren’t plugged in, the jack’s opening shrinks to lie flush with the rest of the phone. Slide the 3.5mm plugin, and the jack automatically stretches to accommodate it.Here’s how it might look, according to the patent submission. On the left, a male plug has been inserted. On the right, the jack has returned to its more compact state:Sure, the little ridge that appears when headphones are connected might look a little odd. Then again, camera bulges used to look weird, but people seem to have gotten used to them over the past couple of years.In the same way that we’re OK trading a small, oval protrusion for a kick-ass camera, the small bump Microsoft’s connector would be a very reasonable trade-off for still being able to use your existing headphones. Especially if it meant not having to shell out more of your hard-earned cash for a separate adapter that would allow you to charge your phone and use them at the same time.The trick here, of course, would be convincing OEMs that it’s worth the hassle to figure out how to actually produce a jack like this. That might be a tough sell these days given how well Bluetooth headphones are selling.But, hey… Maybe Microsoft dreamed this thing up so they could use it to make that long-rumored Surface phone stand out against the competition.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
UNESCO said the site was recognized for its contribution to the food processing industry and the impact it had on a global level providing food security to troops. Over the decades, thousands of people worked at the factory famous for the production of corned beef — a staple food for soldiers during the two world wars.The plant was opened in 1859 by Liebig’s Extract of Meat Co. of Germany. The British firm that took it over in 1924 named it the Anglo meat processing plant and it operated day and night before it closed in 1979.Former plant worker Eduardo Romero says the factory was once so busy that when it closed it “was terribly sad … you didn’t see anyone on the streets.”The almost 680-acre (275-hectare) complex includes a slaughterhouse, rotting docks on the river and the homes of the factory bosses and workers of many different nationalities who labored there. The former offices still contain have wood furniture and old equipment such as adding machines.Former employees and their relatives who still live by the plant celebrated its new heritage status July 7. They included Belen Gadea, who took a selfie with her grandmother Ivis Saldana in a former slaughterhouse. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies FRAY BENTOS, Uruguay (AP) — A dilapidated food processing plant built in the 19th century on the banks of the Uruguay River to process and export meat to Europe may seem an unlikely candidate for status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.But the United Nations agency said last week that the abandoned factory’s role in history was so important that it deserved designation as a “cultural-industrial landscape.” Top Stories The vital role family plays in society Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Saldana said the plant gave each worker almost 4 Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 0 Comments Share This July 6, 2015 photo shows the warehouses of the historic Anglo meat processing plant in Fray Bentos, Uruguay. The dilapidated food processing plant on the banks of the Uruguay River, which was set-up in the 19th century to process and export meat to Europe, was recognized on July 5 as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico) 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Sponsored Stories