first_imgMusic therapy charity Nordoff Robbins has paid tribute to Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt, who died just before Christmas.“Nordoff Robbins were incredibly saddened to hear of the passing of Rick Parfitt over Christmas,” the charity said in a statement. “Rick, alongside Francis Rossi, was a patron of Nordoff Robbins and a big supporter of our work. We were lucky enough to know Rick well and he spent time getting to know our work and the people we helped and he was a regular visitor to our events and our HQ to see our music therapy first hand.“Status Quo won a Silver Clef Award in 1981, and later a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. They were there at our Live at Knebworth concert in 1990, and continued to generously support our events, from the Race Day, Boxing Dinner and Clay Shoot, to donating all manner of signed guitars and even welcome drinks for the 2014 Silver Clef Awards.“We couldn’t have hoped for a more passionate supporter than Rick. The world has lost a great musician, philanthropist, and a generally great man. We’re proud to have called him a friend.”“We have been supporting Nordoff Robbins for over 20 years and are proud to be their Patrons. The work they do, helping people through music is really amazing. We have seen for ourselves how Nordoff Robbins music therapy can have a huge impact on vulnerable children and adults who are limited or isolated by their condition. Music therapy quite literally uses the power of music to transform lives.” – Francis and Rick, Status Quolast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The AAP has planned to reach out to the women at the ground level to gather a different support base from the women. Various surveys and internal study of the party also showed that the party has a strong voter base among the women in Delhi. Party’s women wing along with the leaders would go to the door to the women and talk to them. Here the party would focus on the issue of safety and also on education. “Our party believes in the empowerment of women. The chief minister from him rallies also promised that after we get the full statehood he will make Delhi a safe city. We will take these messages to the women,” said a leader. The party has also planned various door to campaign mostly by the local MLAs. ” In all these local meetings we see a huge number of women present. We believe that reaching to the women differently would help us,” the leader added. The party also launched a “Metro Campaign” at the heart of the capital, Connaught Place this week. In order to speed up the full statehood movement, the women wing of the party started the campaign from the Rajiv Chowk Metro Station. As a part of the campaign, a team of four women was deployed at all eight gates of the Metro station. The team was seen appealing to passersby to vote for AAP candidates.last_img read more

first_imgBordeaux- French President has “pulverized the historical record of unpopularity for a president” says poll.According to a BVA poll for French magazine L’Express published on Monday, Francois Hollande’s approval rating fell to 26%, establishing a record of unpopularity for a president of the Fifth Republic.“Never in 32 years of statistics had a president fallen below 30% of approval,” says Gaël Sliman, Deputy Director General of the rating institute. Hollande is, however, not the only one to have lost the population’s support. Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault’s popularity is also very low. 18 months after Hollande’s election, the popular French mood regarding both men only increased ephemerally after the beginning of the operation in Mali last January.Only 14% of respondents believed that the policies pursued by the tandem of the executive is “effective”, while 84% thought the opposite. Only socialist sympathizers still support the President, 75% of them have a good opinion of his actions. 97% of the opposition’s followers, however, disapprove of his role. According to the rating institute, this disgrace is in part due to the “Leonarda case” and the controversy surrounding the televised speech the Head of State gave on the subject. He had offered the young Roma schoolgirl, who was deported to Kosovo with her family, the possibility to come back to France, but by herself. The Interior Minister, Manuel Valls, seems to be the only one not to suffer from the unpopularity of the executive. He continues to lead, with 58% of approval rating.The harshest blow to the majority is the Front National’s popularity. Indeed, the far right party is taking advantage of the President’s fall, scoring its highest popularity ever with 30%. Employment remains the priority for respondents, but taxation and immigration increased dramatically.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

The results of the visit – led by IAEA Deputy Director General for Safeguards Olli Heinonen – will be reflected in the Director General Mohamed ElBaradei’s next report to the agency’s board at the end of the month.This visit, which was announced in late July, comes on the heels of another trip by IAEA inspectors earlier this month to the Arak reactor.Iran’s nuclear programme has been a matter of international concern ever since the discovery in 2003 that it had concealed its nuclear activities for 18 years in breach of its obligations under the NPT.In December, 2006, the Security Council adopted a resolution banning trade with Iran in all items, materials, equipment, goods and technology which could contribute to the country’s enrichment-related, reprocessing or heavy water-related activities, or to the development of nuclear weapon delivery systems. It tightened the measures in March, banning arms sales and expanding the freeze on assets. 21 August 2007Experts from the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are in Iran to hold talks as part of efforts to resolve outstanding issues pertaining to the country’s past nuclear programme and to clarify safeguards implementation issues. read more

However, the expected relief has not reached the customer while the importation of canned fish has increased to 40,000MT in 2015 involving Rs 10 billion foreign exchange. Hence, the Cabinet approval has been granted for the proposal submitted by the Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Mahinda Amaraweera to grant special tax concessions for importation of Mackerel only to local canned fish producers and also to give the concession for imported can fish only for fish cans that comply with the given standards. (Colombo Gazette) In 2013 taxes on imported canned fish were increased to Rs. 100 per kilogram to encourage the local production and it was reduced to Rs. 50 for providing concessions to the customers in 2015. Accordingly, a 425g fish can should include 280g of fish excluding liquid and be sold at a maximum price of Rs. 140, and a 155g can of fish should include 105g of fish excluding liquid and be sold at a maximum price of Rs. 70. The Government has decided to impose a Rs 100 levy on one kilogram imported canned fish, Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said today.About 20,000MT of canned fish are imported annually for the domestic need. As a result of encouraging the local production of canned fish to save foreign exchange of Rs. 5 billion, since 2012 four local factories are engaged in canned fish productions. These factories have produced about 150 direct employment opportunities. read more

Activists urge Ontario to deny Nestle water-taking permit at well a town wanted by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 13, 2016 12:22 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 13, 2016 at 1:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Environmentalists are urging the Ontario government to deny Nestle a water-taking permit at a well it purchased that was also wanted by Centre Wellington, a small but fast growing community about 100 kilometres west of Toronto.The township tried to buy the well for its future drinking water supply but lost out to Nestle, which purchased the site as a backup for a well it owns at its bottling plant in nearby Aberfoyle, Ont.Mayor Kelly Linton won’t reveal how much Centre Wellington bid for the Millbrook well site, but insists it was more than Nestle’s conditional offer, which the company made while it waited for permission to test the quality and quantity of the water.“They didn’t outbid us,” Linton said in an interview. “We put more money on the table and we also had no conditions.”But Nestle waived its request to test the water before the sale and didn’t even have to match the township’s bid because it had right of first refusal on the site, added Linton.“They just had to remove their conditions,” he said.Wellington Water Watchers, a non-profit group dedicated to protecting the local watershed, said the Ontario government has to decide between the competing interests of a huge, multinational company and the public’s need for drinking water.“We now have an example that when water is put out to the highest bidder, it looks like the people are going to lose,” said Water Watchers’ board chairman Mike Nagy.“The province has to make a very difficult decision here and it’s going to be quite a precedent, with the eyes of the world on Canada now.”Nestle insists it didn’t know it was competing against the township when it waived the conditions and exercised its right of first refusal to buy the well.But Nagy said there were two reports published that made it clear Centre Wellington, which is designated for greater development under Ontario’s Places To Grow Act, would need a new water supply within 10 years.“It wouldn’t have been a great mystery for them to figure out who was bidding for that well,” he said. “We’re determined not to see any permits issued for the site unless it goes to the township because the people are going to need that water.”Linton said he appreciates the support the community has been getting from environmentalists and the public, but rejected calls for a boycott of Nestle because the company has followed the existing rules.“The focus should be on changing the rules so that it gives municipalities more of an opportunity to take water than anybody else,” he said. “You can’t blame a company that is playing by the rules of the game.”Meanwhile, Nestle is allowed to keep taking up to 3.6 million litres of water a day for bottling from its well in Aberfoyle while the province reviews its renewal application for a permit that expired in July. Nestle can also take up to another 1.1 million litres a day at a well in Erin, another community in Wellington county.Municipalities, mines, construction companies and golf courses — in addition to the water-bottling companies — are allowed to take a total of 1.4 trillion litres out of Ontario’s surface and ground water supplies every day.Premier Kathleen Wynne ordered a review of the province’s water-taking permits to be completed this fall, and said she wants new rules specifically for bottled water companies.“Water bottling is a different kind of industry and we need to treat it differently, Wynne said earlier this month.Ontario charges companies just $3.71 for every million litres of water after they pay a permit fee of $750 for low- or medium-risk water takings, or $3,000 for those considered a high risk to cause an adverse environmental impact. British Columbia charges $2.50 for every million litres, while Quebec charges $70.Critics say simply charging companies more won’t protect the water, while some environmentalists are pushing for a total ban on giving permits to companies that remove the water for bottling.Alex and Tyler Mifflin, stars of “The Water Brothers,” an eco-adventure TV series commissioned by TVOntario, plan to tie blue ribbons around trees outside the Ontario legislature Friday in a show of support with the people in Centre Wellington in their fight with Nestle.—Follow @CPnewsboy on Twitter read more

‘We welcomed the renewal of block exemption in 2002 and now the changes are complete’, commented SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan. ‘So far no detailed analysis of the impact of the new block exemption has been made but we understand the Commission has launched its study. We hope this will reveal whether changes to the location clause increase intra-brand competition or whether they will leave the UK with fewer, larger showrooms.’ Aside from block exemption, SMMT and its members have taken steps to improve competition and the consumer experience during the new car warranty period. Working with the Office of Fair Trading, manufacturers relaxed servicing requirements that tied customers to their franchised network during the new car warranty. While most customers still prefer to use their local dealer, independent garages can be used as long as work is carried out to the manufacturer’s recommended schedule and at the right intervals. SMMT was also proud to boast the first Office of Fair Trading (OFT) approved Code of Practice. Its New Car Code of Practice includes performance monitoring and low cost arbitration for customers, as well as penalty points for any manufacturer that fails to meet its high standards. The Code has now been operating for a year.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) An amendment to the so-called ‘location clause’ marks the final change to motor industry block exemption rules. Effective from 1 October, the move will break down some of the geographical ties which have prevented one dealer from setting up an outlet within another’s territory. The European Commission hopes this will boost competition between showrooms selling the same brand of cars. In renewing the block exemption in 2002, the Commission recognised the role the new car distribution rules play in protecting consumers. They ensure that only those with the right skills and training can sell, service and repair new cars – safety-critical and technically complex products. However, the Commission believed a shake-up could improve competition. So while it renewed block exemption in 2002, changes were made to some of the rules. For example, the sales-service tie was cut. This meant franchised dealers were no longer obliged to offer service and repair facilities on-site. The change has paved the way for independent outlets to apply to become authorised repairers although each is carefully vetted to ensure quality and technical competence requirements demanded by new car customers are fully met. Access to technical information has also been widened, enabling those outside franchise networks to carry out service and repair work. To help facilitate this, manufacturers now operate technical help lines, as well as providing information via websites. Multi-franchising is also allowed under the amended rules which means that more than one brand can be sold within the same showroom. Finally, the location clause amendment comes into force next week. This marks the final piece of the jigsaw. read more

·         Registrations: 21,305 in October; up 8.7% to 247,637 for the rolling year.·         Trucks: 3,158 in October; but rolling year at 31,735 still down 18.8%.·         Vans: 18,147 in October; up 14.3% to 215,902 for the rolling year.“The sustained increase in commercial vehicle registrations provides confirmation that the economy is continuing to recover,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. “Vans continue to lead the recovery, with volumes up for the ninth successive month. We expect next year will be tough but with slow, steady growth improving confidence and demand.” October registrations: van rise continues, trucks rebound DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

CLEMSON, S.C. — Neither Clemson coach Dabo Swinney nor Pitt’s Pat Narduzzi sees the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game as a looming blowout, no matter how many others do.The second-ranked Tigers (CFP No. 2) come in on a major roll, the ACC Atlantic champions capping their second 12-0 season since 2015 with a satisfying, 56-35 victory over state rival South Carolina on Saturday night.“We really have had a historic season, not just a great season,” Swinney said. “A lot of first time whatevers.”First-time Coastal Division winner Pitt (7-5) stumbled in its final regular-season contest, dropping a 24-3 contest at Miami , dropping out of the Top 25 — and dropping their chances, in the eyes of many, of staging an upset of the powerhouse Tigers.“I think our kids understand that we’re the underdog,” Narduzzi said Sunday. “Turn on any TV station or ESPN they’ll probably find out.”But it was Narduzzi’s Panthers who own just one of two regular-season upsets of Clemson the past four seasons — the Tigers are 46-2 in the regular season during that stretch — when they went into Death Valley two years ago and defeated the nation’s second-ranked team.Narduzzi said that landmark win won’t affect this week’s game, although it certainly helped build his program into ACC Coastal champions.When you can topple a highly ranked opponent, Narduzzi said, “it gives your kids the belief that what you’re doing is the right stuff.”Clemson has had plenty of the right stuff since its first ACC championship season under Swinney in 2011. The Tigers have 10 or more victories each year since, have made the past three playoff fields and won the 2016 national championship less than two months after getting shocked by the Panthers.Swinney’s team has been heavy favourites against nearly everyone they’ve played this year and won their final eight games by margins of 20 points or more.“It’s just business as usual,” Swinney said about facing lightly regarded Pitt.Swinney holds players to a high standard of play, the focus totally on their week of practice and not who the opponent is, where the game is played or how high the stakes.“Our team has done an amazing job of staying focused on the task at hand,” he said.When they don’t, Swinney lets them know about it. It’s why he let loose on All-America defensive tackle Christian Wilkins on Saturday night when he flashed a Heisman Trophy pose in the end zone following his 1-yard touchdown run. The celebration drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and Swinney told Wilkins he’d never run the ball again if he did another selfish stunt like that.Wilkins apologized, meaning Clemson’s offensive “Fridge Package” with nearly 700 pounds of defensive tackles in Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence lining up in the backfield might make it to the ACC championship game.“It’s been a fun year,” Swinney said.Even if it hasn’t always been adversity free. Swinney demoted last year’s quarterback starter Kelly Bryant behind strong-armed freshman Trevor Lawrence after the fourth game and Bryant, a graduate student in his fourth season, left the program with the intent to transfer.Former Clemson running back C.J. Fuller, who was with the team last year, died suddenly at 22 years old in early October, shaking many of his former teammates.Through it all, Swinney, Clemson has stayed the course play for another league title.Pitt’s Narduzzi believes several of his players were looking ahead to the Clemson matchup during their week prepping for Miami. He’s confident the group that takes the field Saturday night will be ready to put forth their best performance and give themselves a chance few believe they have.“The stars have to be aligned,” Narduzzi said. “You have to do things right and have a little luck along the way.”___More AP college football: and Iacobelli, The Associated Press read more

TOKYO — Two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan will miss the Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final due to a right ankle injury, the Japan Skating Federation said Thursday.The 23-year-old Hanyu twisted his right ankle during a practice at the Rostelecom Cup on Nov. 17, and will be unable to compete in the Dec. 6-8 GP Final in Vancouver, Canada.Hanyu’s withdrawal means Shoma Uno will be the lone Japanese male taking part.In addition to winning back-to-back Olympic golds and world championships, Hanyu won the Grand Prix Final four consecutive times between 2013 and 2016. He was aiming to become the first skater, male or female, to win five GP titles overall.The GP Final features the top six skaters from the International Skating Union’s Grand Prix series. Hanyu qualified by winning the Grand Prix of Helsinki and the Rostelecom Cup.___More AP sports: and Associated Press read more

A week ago, I wrote about how both the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros are in rare historical company this season. According to FiveThirtyEight’s Elo power ratings — which measure a team’s strength at any moment — each is playing roughly as well as the fabled 1927 Yankees played. But this season’s top-heaviness extends well beyond just the Astros and Dodgers. Each member of MLB’s ruling class this season is unusually strong, which suggests that, come October, we may be watching the the most stacked playoff fields in memory. That’s great news for fans — but it’s also really bad news for the wannabes and would-be Cinderellas that are currently chasing the front-runners.One easy way to visualize the power balance of a league is to look at how its teams at any given ranking slot measure up to those from other seasons in the past. For example, the Dodgers have the best Elo rating (1602) of any top-ranked team through July 20 of a season in the expansion era (since 1961). Likewise, the Astros are by far the best second-ranked Elo team of the expansion era.Go down the line, and each of Elo’s top six teams carries one of the strongest ratings in modern history for its slot. The third ranked Washington Nationals, for instance, are more like the top team in an average season than a mere third wheel. The Boston Red Sox would be running a strong third most seasons; this year, they’re a distant fourth. The Indians and Cubs can both tell similar stories. As we approach the July 31 trade deadline, this is more than just an academic curiosity. A team’s willingness to pony up prospects for a better shot at the World Series is directly tied to how much good it thinks a trade will do. In a wide-open season, even teams outside the top tier of contenders could be convinced to roll the dice on an upgrade — particularly with the expanded wild-card format. But the stronger the top teams are, the less incentive teams on the periphery have to make a championship push. According to Elo, we haven’t seen a stronger crop of elite teams in the expansion era than this season’s top six.1The top six teams of 2017 carry an average Elo rating of 1562.5, which beats out 1998 (1557.9) for the highest average for the top six teams through July 20 of a season since 1961.As recently as a few years ago, you could have lamented the lack of dominant teams at the top of the major leagues. At this same time in 2015, for instance, the leading Elo teams were among the weakest at their slots in the expansion era. But baseball’s era of parity seems to be officially over, with the game moving back toward imbalance. While a top-heavy MLB might never look like its basketball equivalent,2Even this season, the Dodgers’ winning percentage works out to a mere 57-win pace in the NBA — which would have only bought them the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference. it’s still going to be tougher than usual for aspiring contenders to break through — a fact you can bet every GM is keenly aware of in the lead-up to the deadline. read more

Struga international handball tournament The 44th International Handball Tournament in Struga will be held in period August 17-20 with six teams from three continents. The Macedonian organizers in lovely place of Struga on Ohrid Lake, did everything to have strong tournament with international background.The only domestic team, RK Metalurg Skopje, will meet Dubai’s Al Shabab (UAE) and Romanian Steaua in the Group B, while in Group A will face Swedish runners-up Alingsas, French team Chartres and one of the best African teams – Africans from Tunisia. ← Previous Story Ivan Nikcević to Sporting Lisbon! Next Story → Swedish Handball Federation invites on Stockholm Pride read more

first_imgIf you’re one of those geeks in the world that is obsessed with being able to control their environment via a mobile device (and really, that’s most people), then you’ll want to take a look at this cool new hack that is depicted in the video above.Using an inexpensive LED kit from IKEA, the people at Open Picus have created a way for you control the colors and intensity that the strip displays via a webserver that can be accessed over WiFi. Whether you’re looking to gain the edge in your neighborhood’s yearly holiday light contest or simply trying to add some geek-cred to your dorm room, this hack is something you should take a look at.The process to make this happen is relatively simple, requiring you to know how to solder and be comfortable compiling software from source via a step-by-step walkthrough on the Open Picus wiki. The project does require you buy some additional hardware, namely a Flyport WiFi Makerkit, which will run you about $100 as well as the kit from IKEA making your total investment to be around $130.By removing the factory installed micro-processor and replacing it with the FlyPort, you’ll be able to interface with the LEDs via the Open Picus IDE software, which is a free download. Controlling the LEDs is very simple and even better, totally customizable. By modifying the code via the IDE you can control the length that each color is displayed, or even add to the number of colors to be displayed when a pattern is running.Open Picus is something of a European equivalent to the US based SparkFun, it’s a company that sells hardware development kits for people to learn and explore electronics. If you’re an aspiring geek that wants to learn about electronics then this would be a great project to start out with.Read more at the Open Picus bloglast_img read more

first_imgFederal MP Steve Georganas has put the issue of Greek migration records to Australia on the national agenda by highlighting the importance of saving the migration records in a speech made in the House of Representatives. The Save the Archives initiative, launched to save the 200,000 plus records of migration exit cards from Greece, is important to future Australians and we should be doing all we can to help the fundraising campaign, Mr Georganas told Neos Kosmos. “I have spoken with Minister Simon Crean, who is the minster in charge of archives here in Australia, as it’s not just a Greek issue, it’s an Australian issue because it will be the history of many Australians in the future,” explains Mr Georganas. “It’s okay now for my generation because we talk directly with out parents and grandparents but in years to come these will be a crucial tool for people searching their family histories.” Due to the economic crisis, the migration exit cards are currently “rotting away” in a room in Athens, and even though Greece has other priorities at the moment, Mr Georganas is imploring Greek Australians to do their bit to help in the fundraising campaign. “Because of the way the Greek economy currently is – and they have other issues which they are dealing with – these cards haven’t been maintained and are starting to deteriorate. If we allow it go on any longer we will lose the entire history of people who have migrated to Australia from 1950 to 1975. “There’s an estimated 200,000 records there, what are called exit cards which tells the name, the birth date, the place of exit, where they were born; so it’s important history for us in Australia, and more important for the generations to come who will be searching their family trees and can use these documents as a real research tool. So I think it’s really important we do all we can to save these archives. It’s important for our cultural heritage in Australia.” On a recent visit to Greece, Mr Georganas spoke with Australian ambassador to Greece Jenny Bloomfield about the Save the Archives campaign. He said the Greek government has been contacted about this issue, but have not responded due to other priorities. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgApollo 13 : le carnet du commandant James Lovell aux enchères Le carnet contenant des calculs et annotations écrits par le commandant de la mission lunaire Apollo 13, James Lovell, sera mis aux enchères fin novembre. La vente concernera également d’autres objets provenant d’autres missions spatiales. Débutée le 11 avril 1970, la mission Apollo 13 restera comme l’odyssée spatiale américaine passée le plus près de la catastrophe. En effet, l’un des réservoirs d’oxygène du module de service a explosé au cours du trajet vers la Lune. Mais le vaisseau et son équipage n’ont pu faire demi-tour, ils ont dû poursuivre leur voyage et faire le tour de la Lune pour utiliser son attraction gravitationnelle afin de revenir vers la Terre. Un périple que le commandant James Lovell et les autres membres ont dû effectuer réfugiés dans le module lunaire Aquarius avec des réserves minimes en eau et en oxygène, le module de commande et de service étant devenu inhabitable.  À lire aussiUn rover détecte un étrange gel sur la face cachée de la LuneSi l’équipage a finalement été récupéré sain et sauf, le voyage est loin de s’être fait sans mal et le commandant a noirci des pages entières d’un carnet d’annotations et de calculs. Un carnet qui sera bientôt mis en vente par la maison d’enchères Heritage Auctions de Dallas au Texas qui a précisé que ces notes ont été griffonnées quelques heures après avoir prononcé la célèbre phrase: “Houston, nous avons un problème”.”Peu d’objets venant de l’espace sont aussi importants ou évocateurs que ce petit carnet. Sans ces calculs réussis et le transfert rapide d’information d’un ordinateur à un autre, l’équipage d’Apollo 13 n’aurait pas su sa position dans l’espace, ce qui aurait mené à une conclusion bien différente de la mission”, a expliqué Michael Riley, historien à la Heritage Auctions cité par l’AFP. Le commandant Lovell “a gardé ce carnet dans sa collection personnelle pendant plus de 41 ans et estime qu’il est désormais temps de le remettre à une autre personne”,a t-il également commenté. D’après les spécialistes, le carnet de 70 pages devrait trouver acheteur pour quelque 25.000 dollars lors de cette vente qui se terminera le 30 novembre. A cette occasion, seront également vendus une veste d’entraînement de l’astronaute John Young et un journal de bord manuscrit de la mission Apollo 11. Le 26 novembre 2011 à 09:42 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_img Just when you thought the iPhone rumor mill had run dry, KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo revealed a new, cheaper handset.The trusted analyst this week hinted at a next-gen Apple device, expected to cost $550 for a massive 6.1-inch screen.That’s the same price as 2015’s iPhone 6s Plus, but with a larger LCD display—plus a number of Apple’s latest specs, including a TrueDepth camera  and edge-to-edge screen.The unnamed gadget (iPhone 9? iPhone 8 Plus Plus?) is Cupertino’s attempt to “increase market share in China,” where the tech titan competes with homegrown firms Huawei and ZTE, Kuo said, as reported by The Sun.A budget handset, meanwhile, could help offset sluggish sales of the iPhone X, which, despite its high-tech specs, has become a $999 lemon (which has loads of useful features you may not have noticed).Neither Kuo nor Apple immediately responded to Geek’s request for comment.The anniversary iDevice may get a second wind, though. Earlier this year, whispers of three new variants began swirling. Details are, of course, scant, but the speculation is convincing.First up is the expected upgrade to the existing iPhone X: a more powerful A12 processor, iOS 12, and maybe a new color—an iPhone Xs, if you will. The middling option would swap the OLED screen for LCD and steel parts for aluminum, reducing quality as well as price—let’s call this the iPhone Xc.The most drastic change would come in the form of, um … the iPhone XL? Reports tipped a bigger, bezel-free body (weighing in around 6.5 inches) and 2,688-by-1,242 resolution, as well as improve face-scanning tech and a split-screen mode.We can speculate until we’re blue in the face (and trust me, we will). But nothing will be confirmed (officially, at least) until Apple’s next unveiling—probably in September.Until then, start saving. Stay on target iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More ProblemsApple Arcade Launches Next Week last_img read more

first_img Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next E! Orders Two More Seasons Of Total Divas WWE Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler is not slated to host the 2015 WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony this year per a report by Mike Johnson. WWE Diva Eva Marie is said to be the one who will take over the hosting duties for Lawler this year. Lawler had been hosting the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies for WWE over the last few years.WWE has yet to confirm this news as of this writing.Source: PWInsider.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipFormer WWE star ‘Grandmaster Sexay’ diesVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:48/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 30.59%0:04Remaining Time -0:44 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Julian Edelman Launches Youtube Channel Videos Articles Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Facebook Former WWE star ‘Grandmaster Sexay’ dies Twittercenter_img Odell Beckham Can’t Wear His 250 Grand Watch On The Field Anymore Jerry Lawler Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Google+ Report: Hulk Hogan to host Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia marking return to WWE TV Antonio Brown Possibly Said Something Offensive Match announced for next week’s 205 Live, 8-Man Elimination from TLC PPV in 2015 Now Playing Up Next Big Show to induct Mark Henry into WWE Hall of Fame, Cena part of Make-a-Wish campaignlast_img read more

first_imgA Vancouver man was sentenced Monday to 2 1/2 years in prison for attempting to stab a man he found in his bed with his girlfriend.As part of an agreement with prosecutors, Luis Armando Lopez-Montejo, 26, pleaded guilty in Clark County Superior Court to second-degree assault with a deadly weapon.Judge Suzan Clark agreed to impose a recommended sentence of 30 months, plus 18 months of probation. According to a court affidavit, Lopez-Montejo returned home Feb. 8 to find a man in bed with his girlfriend. Lopez-Montejo grabbed a 12-inch kitchen knife and told the man in Spanish: “I’m going to kill you,” according to the affidavit. He attempted to stab the man in the abdomen, but the man grabbed the knife’s blade, the affidavit says. After a struggle, the man seized control of the weapon from Lopez-Montejo, but he sustained a cut to his hand from the blade and a cut to his nose during the struggle, the affidavit says.Vancouver police responded to the residence in the 2100 block of Northeast Bridgecreek Avenue and found a large amount of blood on the bedroom floor, window, the victim and Lopez-Montejo’s girlfriend, according to the affidavit. Police said they found the blood-drenched knife in the kitchen sink.Lopez-Montejo turned himself in to the Vancouver Police Department East Precinct the same day.last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington-based Merrimack Valley A Cappella, a 45-member award-winning all-femaile a cappella chorus, is hosting a Young Women Singers Workshop this summer.Young women (ages 13-19) from Wilmington and surrounding communities are invited to participate. They’ll learn how to sing “Roar” and “Can You Feel The Love Tonight,” while receiving free vocal production coaching. Sheet music and and audio learning media will be provided.Workshops will take place on Thursday evenings —  June 20, June 27, July 11, and July 18 — from 7pm to 9pm at the Wilmington Arts Center (219 Middlesex Avenue). July 18 will include a performance for family and friends.RSVP to info@merrimackvalleychorus by May 30. A $15 deposit is required for learning materials. The deposit will be refunded upon completion of the workshop. Learn more HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedMerrimack Valley A Cappella To Perform At Wilmington Farmers Market On July 21In “Community”Wilmington-Based Merrimack Valley Chorus Is Looking For New MembersIn “Community”Wilmington’s Merrimack Valley Chorus Seeking New MembersIn “Community”last_img read more

first_img Share Laura IsenseeFouzia Saeed at Lok VirsaCan you counter extremism with culture? In particular, expressing cultural diversity and creativity? That’s a subtext at Lok Virsa, a folk heritage museum that’s led by Fouzia Saeed.She is an activist and gender expert in Pakistan. Lok Virsa has set a new three-year strategy to promote folk heritage in Pakistan, home to some 70 languages, in order to create space for diversity, a stronger democracy and stronger nation.She explained that if someone identifies themselves in narrow terms, they are generally less tolerant.“The broader your base of identity, the more you can relate,” she added.Saeed says some cultures in Pakistan could be lost, but she also sees it a case of cultural “weeding.”“There are some traditions we want to die out, they are harmful traditions and have been pawned off as traditions,” she explained. Check out Laura’s earlier entries on the special page on our website. You can also follow her journey on Twitter and Facebook.Laura IsenseeFouzia Saeed at Lok Virsalast_img read more