Porsche today launched the all-new eighth-generation 911 Carrera S and 911 Carrera S Cabriolet in India. While Porsche 911 Carrera S has been priced at Rs 1.82 crore (ex-showroom), Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet will cost Rs 1.99 crore (ex-showroom). The company is claiming that the fresh rear-engine model range is faster as well as more powerful and efficient than its predecessors.Porsche 911 Carrera S and Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet get a turbocharged flat-six engine that delivers 450 hp, which is 30 hp more than the previous generation. The engine is mated to a newly developed 8-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) dual-clutch transmission. The 911 Carrera S can make 0-100 kmph in 3.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 308 kmph. The Carrera S Cabriolet does 0-100 kmph in 3.9 seconds, with a top speed of 306 kmph.The eighth-generation 911 gets 45 mm wider body at the front. The rear end, which is significantly wider now, is of the same width across all models. Porsche 911 Carrera S and Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet come with 20-inch front wheels and 21-inch rear wheels. The bonnet showcases a pronounced recess. The rear spoiler and light strip give it a sporty look. Apart from the front and rear sections, the entire outer shell is now made from aluminium.Inside the cabin, there is the Porsche Communication Management (PCM), which has a 10.9-inch centre screen. Below the PCM, there is a compact switch unit with five buttons for direct access to important vehicle functions. The seats have also been fundamentally modified. The new design reduces vehicle weight by around three kgs.advertisement”Just like the first generation, the latest 911 is a sports car for the new era. Our icon has once again evolved and is now more powerful, more emotional and more efficient than its predecessors. It is the best 911 Porsche has ever produced and to prove that point we have brought the range to the Buddh International Circuit for a performance showcase,” Porsche India Director Pavan Shetty said.”The eighth generation maintains the 911’s status as a pure driver’s car that also offers everyday usability and unique design. As such, I am delighted to announce that the 911 Carrera S and the 911 Carrera S Cabriolet are now available in India for booking,” Shetty added.The eighth-generation 911 gets optional LED matrix headlights with Porsche Dynamic Lighting System (PDLS) Plus. A total of 84 LEDs make up the energy centre of the PDLS matrix headlights. PDLS Plus can detect and selectively dim highly reflective traffic signs.ALSO READ | Tata Harrier vs Mahindra XUV500 vs Jeep Compass: Prices, technical specifications comparedALSO READ | BMW 620d Gran Turismo launched in India, price starts at Rs 63.90 lakhALSO READ | Tata Altroz spotted in near production-ready form, to be launched in mid-2019
Is the Redmi K20 overpriced? This question has generated a lot of buzz of late. So much so that over here at India Today Tech even we weighed on this issue. So, let me repeat what we said earlier: No, the Redmi K20 series, and that includes the Redmi K20, is not overpriced. Both phones are good value for money. In other words, the Redmi K20 at price of Rs 21,999 is perfect. As for why let me explore that in this review of the Redmi K20.We at India Today Tech have already reviewed the Redmi K20 Pro and feel you should definitely “Believe the hype”. “After spending a good one week with the Redmi K20 Pro, I can say that you should believe the hype” – this is what I said in the full review of the Redmi K20 Pro. In this review, we are going to talk about the Redmi K20, which is more or less similar to the Pro variant but comes with just a couple of minor differences.The Redmi K20 looks stunning, feels premium in the hands (thanks to the glass body), is powerful despite its Snapdragon 730 processor, captures decent pictures, and offers outstanding battery life. I have spent around 10 days with the Redmi K20 and I believe the phone is absolutely worth the price of Rs 21,999.Looks identical to the ProDespite being cheaper than the Redmi K20 Pro, the Redmi K20 comes with the exact same design that the more expensive phone sports. The Redmi K20 — similar to the Redmi K20 Pro — comes in three colours in India: Glacier Blue, Carbon Fiber Black and Flame Red. I’m using the Glacier Blue colour variant of the phone and must say that the phone looks stunning from all angles – front, back and sides. I personally prefer the Carbon Fiber Black, though.advertisementDespite the glass and metal body the Redmi K20 weighs just 191grams and doesn’t feel heavy or bulky in the hands, which is great. The Redmi K20 uses Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection on both front and back, which makes the phone feel premium, as well as I believe, makes it sturdy. The Aura Prism Design adds up to the overall design. This is also due to the Aura design that the phone looks different compared to its peers in the market. Another good bit is that the Redmi K20 is a polished phone. The edges of the Redmi K20 Pro are nicely curved and that makes it easy to hold and use the phone with one hand. It helps that the size is just right. It doesn’t feel too big or small in the hand. Overall the Redmi K20 offers a pretty neat design and solid build quality. No complaints here.Bright display in all scenariosAs I said in the review of the Redmi K20 Pro, I’m happy to see Xiaomi FINALLY using AMOLED display in its smartphones. The Redmi K20 – like the Redmi K20 Pro – comes with an AMOLED display. The screen of the phone measures 6.39 inches and offers a screen resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels. In 10 days of usage, the screen of the Redmi K20 never seemed dull to me.In both indoor and outdoor situation the screen of the phone turns out to be extremely bright. Indoors, keeping the brightness between 40 to 50 per cent is adequate, while outdoors I usually increase the brightness level to 80 – 90. This allowed me to watch videos even under the blazing sun. The Redmi K20 comes with different screen modes — automatic brightness and reading mode – that users can adjust. The Redmi K20, given that it is using OLED panel, also comes with an always-on display that Xiaomi calls Ambient display.The Redmi K20 has slim bezels, something that results in a screen-to-body ratio of 91.9 per cent, which is great for a Rs 21,999 phone. I used the Redmi K20 as my primary phone which means I used the phone to watch videos on YouTube, movies on Netflix, browse social media apps like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and play Asphalt 9 and PUBG, among other things. With the Redmi K20 OLED screen the experience is good in all apps. Beneath the screen of the K20, there is the 7th generation in-display fingerprint sensor. I primarily used it to unlock the phone as it is quick and efficient, unlike the face unlock that is slow. The pop-up camera of the phone includes the face unlock technology as well but it isn’t very reliable. This is mostly because the face unlock takes a lot of time to unlock the phone (thanks to the slow pop-up mechanism) and doesn’t work in the dark.advertisementPerforms well, handles gaming smoothlyThis is one of the key areas where the Redmi K20 differs from its Pro version. Unlike the Redmi K20 Pro, the Redmi K20 uses Qualcomm Snapdragon 700 series chipset. The Redmi K20 is powered by Snapdragon 730 processor that theoretically offers 25 per cent better performance when compared to Snapdragon 710 SoC. But the Snapdragon 855 in the K20 Pro is a top-end processor.However, the Snapdragon 730 seems to be a very capable chip. While using the K20, I never ran into performance issues or lags.The Redmi K20 handles everything you are likely to do smoothly and without any stutters. The phone loads apps in a jiffy even when several apps are running in the background. Scrolling through social media apps like Twitter, Facebook or Instagram is smooth. I’m also impressed with the gaming performance of the K20. A 30-minute session of PUBG and Asphalt on high graphics run smooth, with no noticeable drop in frame rate. Xiaomi has optimized the software of the Redmi K20 series pretty well. The K20 runs Android 9 Pie with MIUI 10 on top and comes with Poco Launcher pre-installed out-of-the-box and that makes the difference. The Poco Launcher brings several useful features to the K20 like Dark Mode and App drawer. MIUI offers option between navigation keys and gestures. The MIUI 10 also brings features like anti-flicker mode, reading mode, second space, dual apps, among other things.One important question here: Are there MIUI ads in the Redmi K20? They are there. But there aren’t too many of them like other Redmi phones. So it’s an improvement. It should be noted that the users go to the Settings to turn off the ads. Here’s how you can turn off ads on MIUI.Camera is a mixed bagThe Redmi K20 comes with three cameras on the back, and single sensor on the front that pops out when the selfie camera mode is turned on in the camera app. The Redmi K20 Xiaomi uses 48MP Sony IMX582 sensor for its primary camera unlike the Redmi K20 Pro that uses Sony IMX586 sensor. The differences between two sensors are minor, and only when you are recording 4K videos.The K20 includes an 8MP telephoto shooter on the back along with a 13MP ultra-wide-angle camera. On the front the Redmi K20 – similar to the Redmi K20 Pro – uses a 20MP sensor for clicking selfies.IMAGE SAMPLESSo, how is the camera performance of the Redmi K20? The performance is as good as what you get with the K20 Pro, even though the main 48MP sensor is different. And for its price, this camera performance is great but it is not as good as what a few other flagship phones, which cost more, can offer.A few words about the IMX586 and IMX582: The main difference between the two sensors is in the video. The IMX 582 supports up to 4K 30fps video recording, but the IMX 586 supports 4K 60fps. So basically, the difference is in FPS rate in extremely high-resolution videos, likely because Snapdragon 730 may not be able to handle the bandwidth required for 60FPS 4K video capture while the Snapdragon 855 in the K20 Pro can.advertisementOverall, the pictures clicked with the Redmi K20 main camera look crisp, vibrant, and details are captured well, especially in daylight. In daylight the pictures clicked with Redmi K20 turn out to be full of details, although the camera often has a tendency to over-sharpen the pictures. Colours — of the pictures clicked with the Redmi K20 — are mostly boosted that makes most of the photos clicked with the phone over-saturated.For pictures, the Redmi K20 is neat but I believe Xiaomi can tone-down on oversaturated and sharpened details through a software update. I crave the natural look and life-like colours. Similar to the Redmi K20, the portrait mode of the Redmi K20 works pretty well as it captures pictures with lots of details and the background nicely blurred out. The edges of the portrait shots clicked with the K20 turn out to be pretty sharp. The Redmi K20 comes with sky replacement camera feature that uses AI to replace the sky and in turn change the mood of the picture. This feature comes with several options like – cloudy, glow, dusk, sunset, among others. It’s fun to use.As noted, the Redmi K20 also includes an ultra-wide sensor and 2x telephoto lens. I used both these camera modes and found that both produce good end-results. The pictures shot in the ultra-wide mode of the Redmi K20 appears with punchy colours as well as good details. The same can be said for the 2x telephoto lens as well.In low light, the Redmi K20 clicks decent photos, but the details are often mushy and colours have some noise. There’s Night Mode. It helps users click better (with better details and colours) low light photos. The Redmi K20 Pro also comes with AI scene recognition that automatically detects the scene and adjusts the settings accordingly.While I particularly feel the pop-up mechanism of the Redmi K20 could have been slightly faster, I love the LED lights that cover the pop-up camera of the phone and add to the overall design of the phone. As for the performance, I believe the selfies clicked with the Redmi K20 could have been slightly sharper, detailed and better at capturing colours. In portrait selfie mode the camera blurs out the background pretty well, with pretty sharp edges.Outstanding battery lifeOutstanding: There’s no better way to sum-up the battery performance of the Redmi K20. I used the Redmi K20 as my primary phone, which means I used the phone to send emails, play games, listen to music, WhatsApp, browse social media apps, watch videos, among other this. Despite using the Redmi K20 so rigorously, I found the phone easily lasting one full day on a single charge. Similar to the Pro the Redmi K20 Pro comes packed with a massive 4000mAh battery with 18W fast charging support. This is great, but what’s even better is that the 18W fast charger comes in the box. For me, the 18W charger took around 1.5 hours to charge the Redmi K20 from 0 per cent to 100 per cent, which is pretty good for a phone under Rs 25,000.Should you buy the Redmi K20? Is it overpriced?Yes. You should. And no, it’s not overpriced. The Redmi K20 offers great value at its price. For the Redmi K20, Xiaomi hasn’t compromised in any departments, whether it is design, display, performance, software, or battery. The only area I believe the Redmi K20 could have been slightly better is the camera performance, particularly selfie camera performance.Overall the Redmi K20 is a sweet deal. The Redmi K20 sells at a starting price of Rs 21,999 in India.Redmi K20 review8.5/10ProsStunning designBright displayIncredible battery lifeFastConsSelfie cameraSlow pop-up camera mechanism
Time to live my dreams #COMMITTED ✌🏾Thank YOU GOD @riofilmgod pic.twitter.com/TXtGaoeB2w— M5’ (@uheardof5) July 8, 2019Cooper, a speedy 5-foot-8 wide receiver, chose the Buckeyes over Miami, Texas and USC, among other programs.Ohio State now has 20 commitments for the 2020 class. The Buckeyes’ class ranks No. 4 in the country and No. 1 in the Big Ten.You can view the Buckeyes’ full class here. COLUMBUS, OH – APRIL 18: A general view of Ohio Stadium as more than 99,000 fans packed in to watch the annual Ohio State Spring Game on April 18, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Mookie Cooper, one of the country’s top wide receiver recruits for the 2020 class, has announced his commitment. It’s a big one.The four-star wide receiver, ranked the No. 64 overall recruit in the country by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings, has committed to Ohio State.Cooper announced his commitment on Twitter.The elite 2020 recruit released the following video:
Selon le Rapport de la ministre aux parents et tuteurs 2010, publié aujourd’hui 29 juin, les élèves de la Nouvelle-Écosse continuent d’obtenir de bons résultats aux évaluations provinciales en lecture et en littératie. Ce rapport annuel donne aux familles des renseignements sur les progrès du système d’éducation. Il inclut un compte rendu des résultats des écoles et des conseils scolaires aux examens et autres évaluations provinciales de la Nouvelle-Écosse, ainsi que les résultats de la province aux évaluations nationales. « Ces données offrent aux familles, aux écoles et aux responsables de l’éducation un aperçu important des progrès effectués par nos enfants à l’échelle de la province, a dit Marilyn More, ministre de l’Éducation. Ils nous aident à déterminer quels sont les domaines où nos efforts doivent être concentrés pour apporter des améliorations. » Dans les évaluations en lecture et en littératie, 70 % ou plus des élèves répondaient aux attentes. Toutefois, les mathématiques de 12e année constituent un domaine où des améliorations sont nécessaires puisque seulement 45 % des élèves ont réussi à l’examen provincial, ce qui constitue une diminution de six points de pourcentage comparativement à l’année dernière. « Les résultats en mathématiques m’inquiètent. Des changements seront effectués pour améliorer l’apprentissage des élèves, a dit Mme More. Un nouveau programme de mathématiques sera lancé au niveau primaire en 2011, et au niveau de la 7e et de la 8e année au cours de l’année suivante. Ce programme sera plus ciblé que le programme d’études actuel afin de permettre aux élèves de comprendre la matière de façon plus approfondie. » Les programmes visant à perfectionner les compétences des enseignants de mathématiques seront aussi élargis pour inclure un plus grand nombre d’enseignants et de niveaux scolaires. En plus des résultats des évaluations, le rapport offre un aperçu du système d’éducation, du Programme d’études de rendement de la Nouvelle-Écosse et du Programme d’amélioration des écoles de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Le rapport peut être consulté en français et en anglais en ligne à l’adresse plans.ednet.ns.ca ou dans les écoles.
Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press VICTORIA — Premier John Horgan’s New Democrats continue to face widespread criticism in northeast British Columbia over the government’s attempts to introduce plans to save threatened caribou herds.Political friends and foes say deep concerns remain about plans to save jobs and the caribou, calling last month’s introduction of an interim moratorium on new resource development a fence-mending stalling tactic.Indigenous leaders said they have become the scapegoats of the government’s failure to inform the public about last spring’s caribou recovery plan.“They negotiated the agreement with Canada and then when they were done negotiating they came out and dropped the bomb on the public,” said Chief Roland Willson of West Moberly First Nations, one of two Indigenous groups included in the original caribou draft partnership agreement.“What B.C. should have done, which we advised them to do, was to be informing the people of what was happening as they were going along,” he said. “What wound up happening is the First Nations, we got thrown under the bus and we got blamed for everything.”Local politicians, including Mike Bernier, the legislature member for Peace River South, and Bob Zimmer, the MP for Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies, said silence from the B.C. and federal governments along with limited public participation spread fears of job losses and restrictions to the cherished back country for hunters, hikers and snowmobilers.Bernier, who represents the Dawson Creek area for the Opposition B.C. Liberals, said tensions among residents are still high despite the government’s appointment of Blair Lekstrom, a former provincial Liberal cabinet minister who produced a report that resulted in the interim moratorium after recommending further public consultation about caribou recovery.“Everybody’s just throwing their hands up, saying ‘You’ve created a mess and now nobody looks like they want to fix it,’ ” said Bernier. “The No. 1 comment I hear is for the premier to allow this to continue on without having public input when he should have known all the problems, that’s what really upset people.”Chetwynd Mayor Allen Courtoreille said Horgan’s appointment of Lekstrom, who is a member of Dawson Creek council, has given communities an unofficial seat at the negotiating table after being ignored by the B.C. government.“To this date, we still don’t have a seat with government, with the First Nations, with the federal or provincial governments to discuss any of this other than Blair Lekstrom getting involved and the premier saying that I am going to appoint Blair Lekstrom as the go-between between myself, as premier, and the citizens of the northeast.”Environmental groups said they cheered April’s draft agreement to protect caribou from the threat of extinction, but now they say time is running out for the herds after the government backed down to industry and public pressure.“I would love to believe that is exactly what the province says, which is they just need a little more time and then they’re going to be signing the partnership agreement,” said Charlotte Dawe, a Wilderness Committee campaigner. “However, the sensitive time and the fact the B.C. government has, in a sense, caved in to industry and the push back by delaying the signing of the partnership agreements makes me worried.”Horgan was not available for comment but last month in announcing the moratorium he said federal officials have indicated support for B.C.’s plan as it gives the province “the latitude … to find a way forward that’s in the interests of the community and the caribou.”The province hopes to wrap up consultations before Christmas, Horgan said.Documents released with last spring’s draft partnership estimated about 220 caribou remain in the south Peace area.The documents say the region has six caribou herds but numbers have declined from about 800 animals almost 20 years ago to about 220. West Moberly and Saulteau elders recall when the Peace region was covered by a “sea of caribou,” the documents say.Southern mountain caribou were designated as threatened under the federal Species at Risk Act in 2003.In May 2018, federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said southern mountain caribou faced an “imminent threat” to recovery in 10 local population units across British Columbia. That determination set the stage for the federal government to issue an emergency order to protect the caribou, which could include closing off habitat areas to economic and public activity.McKenna said in a statement this week that saving southern mountain caribou requires urgent action or the animals could be lost forever.“We will continue to work with First Nations and the province, and engage with local communities and industry, to ensure that this iconic species gets the help that it needs, while also protecting jobs and businesses in B.C.,” she said.Industry groups, including the Mining Association of B.C. and the Council of Forest Industries, welcomed the interim moratorium, saying more time is needed to fully address issues facing caribou recovery, including the consideration of economic and social issues in a region with large-scale coal mining and timber operations.Geoff Morrison, B.C.’s Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, said the moratorium does not impact area oil and gas operations, but the organization supports ongoing efforts to recover caribou herds.“We think that keeping all interests informed is important,” said Morrison. “We should be taking into account potential socio-economic impacts into resource development communities.”Willson said he’s heard little from the B.C. government since the release of Lekstrom’s report.“The reality of the fact is if we want caribou we have to change what we’re doing,” he said.
Presentation of Harvey Milk Medal to Secretary-General Ban for Creation of Free & Equal CampaignWHO:UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.; House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi; Stuart Milk, co-founder, Harvey Milk FoundationWHAT:The Harvey Milk Honors Medal is seen as one of most significant recognitions from the LGBT global human rights community. Stuart Milk, nephew of Harvey Milk and co-founder of the Harvey Milk Foundation, and the Secretary-General will take questions on efforts to advance global LGBT rights.WHEN:1:00 pm, June 26, 2015WHERE:South Light Court, City Hall On Friday June 26, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., Mayor Edwin M. Lee, and U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi will join the Bay Area in marking the 70th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Charter with commemorative events in San Francisco, including City Hall and the Fairmont Hotel.The anniversary commemorates events of June 26, 1945. With the World War II still raging in the Pacific, representatives of 50 nations gathered in San Francisco to sign the United Nations Charter. From that moment on, the Bay Area has played a critical role in advancing the mission and values of the United Nations.Charter Commemoration Ceremony at City HallWHO:UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., Mayor Edwin M. Lee, and House Democratic Leader Nancy PelosiWHAT:Remarks at City Hall will mark San Francisco’s historic role in creating the UN; leaders to discuss global challenges facing the current and future generations.WHEN:12:00 pm, June 26, 2015 WHERE:Rotunda, City Hall United Nations 70th Anniversary Dinner at Fairmont HotelWHO:UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, UN Foundation President and CEO Kathy Calvin, Bay Area society, UN diplomatsWHAT:Civic leaders, diplomats, activists, and business leaders gather in the location of UN Charter negotiations.WHEN:6:00 pm, June 26, 2015WHERE:Fairmont Hotel, Venetian Ballroom, 950 Mason St.
Rabat – Nora Attal, one of the world’s most sought after models, proudly displayed her Moroccan origins by posing with her family in the July issue of Vogue Italia. This marks her third Vogue feature, having already featured on the cover of British Vogue and Vogue Arabia’s September 2018 issue.In her family home in Larache, a town in northern Morocco, Attal posed with her parents, grandmother and brother and sister. The whole family was dressed in Chanel, which Attal models regularly. “Along with three generations of her family, 20-year-old Moroccan-British model Nora Attal returned to her native sun-bleached hometown of Larache, the laidback port city located on the north-western coast of Morocco,” Vogue Italia said.Read also: Winner of Miss Arab Next Top Model: ‘I’m Lucky to Be Moroccan’The shoot offers “an intimate glimpse into a little-seen familial side of Attal, in a setting that serves as a meeting point and crossroads for her family located in Morocco, Spain, and London.”Born in London to Moroccan parents, the young model is a rising star in the industry, having built an impressive resume since she was discovered by British fashion and documentary photographer Jamie Hawkesworth at her high school.She has become a favorite of designers such as Prada, Chanel, and Burberry, and walked at the world’s fashion weeks side by side with the likes of Gigi Hadid, Taylor Hill, and Stella Maxwell.Most recently, Alexander McQueen chose her as the face of its Women’s Spring/Summer 2019 campaign.
Joaquim Chissano, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the LRA-Affected Areas, informed senior officials at UN Headquarters of the breakthrough, UN spokesperson Marie Okabe told reporters today.The agreement signed this morning deals with mechanisms to implement the principles for accountability and reconciliation that both the Government and the LRA – which signed a ceasefire in 2006 to end two decades of fighting in northern Uganda – agreed to in June last year.The accord was reached after Mr. Chissano, a former president of Mozambique, arrived in the region on Friday to help with efforts to find a comprehensive agreement to end the conflict. After arriving in Uganda on Friday, he then continued on to Juba, southern Sudan, for further consultations.Juba is the site of peace talks between the two sides, which are taking place under the mediation of the Government of Southern Sudan. 19 February 2008The United Nations envoy for the peace process between the Ugandan Government and the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) says a deal signed by the two sides early this morning represents real progress in the continuing negotiations towards ending the conflict.
Ahmad Omed Khpalwak, 25, was a freelance reporter for the Pashto service of the BBC and the Afghan news agency Pajhwok. He was among 19 people killed in a Taliban attack on 24 July in Tarin Khot, capital of the southern province of Uruzgan, which also left dozens of others injured. “The death of a journalist in the exercise of his functions is a loss for a country struggling for democracy and the rule of law,” UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova said in a news release. “I am deeply concerned about continuing violence and loss of innocent lives in Afghanistan and trust that the perpetrators of this heinous crime will be identified and brought to justice,” she added. One of the many tasks entrusted to the Paris-based UNESCO is to promote freedom of expression and freedom of the press, as well as to advise governments on how to foster an independent and pluralistic media. 2 August 2011The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has condemned the murder of an Afghan journalist and called for those responsible for his death to be brought to justice.
Echoing Ambassador Haqqani’s observation, Ambassador Kariyawasam said that Sri Lanka’s location made it a maritime hub since ancient times, and having achieved peace and stability, Sri Lanka was keen and able to reassume this important role in the Indian Ocean and the extended terrain of the Indo-Pacific. Sri Lanka is situated in the sea lanes connected with the other main growth engines in the Indo-Pacific. This busy East-West shipping route passes just six nautical miles south of Sri Lanka, carrying two-thirds of global petroleum supplies and half of all containerized cargo. Sri Lanka is eager to work with the maritime powers of the Indian Ocean and beyond, to make our oceans secure for unimpeded commerce and peaceful navigation, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the US, Prasad Kariyawasam said. The Ambassador was addressing a public event hosted by the Hudson Institute, a Washington-based think tank, on “Sri Lanka, A growing hub in the Indo-Pacific.”Ambassador Husain Haqqani, Senior Fellow and Director, South and Central Asia, Hudson Institute moderated the event. He introduced Sri Lanka as a fast emerging economic and political powerhouse, disproportionate to its size both in geographic terms and in population. He observed that Sri Lanka’s geo-strategic location has helped it emerge as a critical stakeholder in the Indo-Pacific region. The Colombo Port is already the busiest transshipment port in South Asia. In the current international environment where many locations are becoming insecure and volatile or face environmental challenges, Sri Lanka, in comparison, is a country at peace, has consolidated democracy, and revived economic growth, with emphasis on a green and a blue economy.
by News Staff Posted Apr 26, 2012 9:56 am MDT Lower production, weaker chemicals and refining lower Exxon Mobil 1Q profit NEW YORK, N.Y. – Exxon Mobil’s first-quarter net income dropped 11 per cent on lower production and weaker profits from its chemicals and U.S. refining businesses.It was the first time the company reported a drop in quarterly profit since late 2009, when its refineries struggled with rising oil costs.Exxon Mobil said Thursday it earned $9.45 billion, or $2 per share, in the first quarter, down from $10.7 billion, or $2.14, a year earlier. Revenue rose 8.8 per cent to $124.1 billion.The results missed Wall Street expectations of $2.10 on revenue of $124.8 billion, according to FactSet.America’s largest energy company produced less oil and natural gas in the first three months of the year. Its fields aged and contracts with foreign governments limited the amount it could sell. Oil production slipped by 7.7 per cent. Natural gas production fell by 3.4 per cent.Profits fell for its chemicals and U.S. refinery operations. But they rose for its international refinery business.Exxon Mobil’s stock price fell $1.19, or 1.4 per cent, to $85.66 in early trading.But investors had some good news. Exxon said Wednesday it would increase its quarterly dividend by 21 per cent, making it the top corporate dividend payer. It’s expected to pay shareholders $10.75 billion in dividends this year. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Oilsands giant Suncor sees profits soar on improved market access for crude by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 28, 2014 9:03 pm MDT A pedestrian is reflected in a Suncor Energy sign in Calgary, Feb. 1, 2010. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Oilsands giant Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU) has posted record operating earnings as it was able to get more of its crude to market by pipeline and rail.The Calgary-based company says operating earnings were more than $1.79 billion, or $1.22 per share — widely beating the average analyst expectation of 93 cents, according to estimates compiled by Thomson ReutersA year earlier, Suncor had operating earnings of $1.37 billion, or 90 cents per share.Operating revenues, net of royalties, were $10.3 billion, up from $9.8 billion a year earlier.Net earnings, which account for one-time items, were nearly $1.49 billion, or $1.01 per share, up from $1.09 billion, or 72 cents per share.Suncor says it was able to capture world pricing on 96 per cent of its oil and gas production during the quarter.Oil shipments have been arriving at its Montreal refinery by rail, with the expectation of ramping up to 35,000 barrels per day during the second quarter of 2014.That situation is expected to further improve once Enbridge Inc.’s (TSX:ENB) reversed Line 9 pipeline, which received regulatory approval in March, starts up. Between pipe and rail options, the Montreal refinery should be able to run 100 per cent lower-priced inland crude, rather than having to import it from abroad.Meanwhile, 70,000 barrels per day have been able to make their way to the lucrative U.S. Gulf Coast market on a recently-opened TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) pipeline starting in Cushing, Okla.The Gulf Coast pipeline, which started up in January, was originally meant to be part of TransCanada’s contentious Keystone XL proposal. But TransCanada opted to go ahead with the southern portion first while the larger and more contentious cross-border segment remained in limbo.Company-wide production for the quarter was 545,300 barrels of oil equivalent per day in the quarter, down from 596,100 a year earlier, due to the sale of its conventional natural gas business and the shutting in of production in Libya.However, output in the oilsands was 389,300 barrels per day, up from 357,800 during the corresponding 2013 quarter.Suncor has raised its expectations for Alberta natural gas prices to $4.50 per gigajoule from $3.86 per gigajoule. Natural gas is a major cost component for oilsands producers like Suncor._ Follow @LaurenKrugel on Twitter
by The Associated Press Posted Sep 9, 2014 3:34 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – A condo development in New York City’s pricy SoHo neighbourhood is charging for a parking spot as much as it would cost to buy a nice house in Dallas or Seattle — $1 million.The New York Times (http://nyti.ms/ZfYihP ) reports the 10 underground spots at 42 Crosby St. will cost more per square foot than the apartments upstairs. The parking spots will run between $5,000 and $6,666 a square foot.The three-bedroom apartments will cost around $8 million to $10 million, or about $3,100 a square foot.Brokerage firm CEO Shaun Osher says there are “few to no options” for parking in SoHo, just northeast of the World Trade Center site. He says his firm is “looking at setting the benchmark.”___Information from: The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com New York City condo building to offer $1 million parking spots; that’s $6,666 per square foot
Federal Liberals back away from vow to keep annual deficits under $10 billion OTTAWA – The finance minister is highlighting three economic priorities for the new government — but the Liberal campaign vow to cap annual deficits at $10 billion is apparently no longer among them.Bill Morneau avoided a question Wednesday when asked about the party’s promise to keep annual shortfalls under the ceiling.Instead, he told reporters that the government will focus on its election pledges to invest in infrastructure, lower the federal debt-to-GDP ratio and balance the books in the fourth year of their mandate.“We’re going to continue to talk about those three aspects of our promises because we do want to focus on growth,” Morneau said following a caucus meeting in Ottawa.“Those were the three things we talked about in the campaign — those are the three things we’re going to continue to talk about.”The Liberals won the October election on a platform that pledged to spend billions on infrastructure projects, which the party argues will revive the lethargic economy and create jobs.“With the Liberal plan, the federal government will have a modest short-term deficit of less than $10 billion in each of the next two fiscal years,” the Liberal platform says.“After the next two fiscal years, the deficit will decline and our investment plan will return Canada to a balanced budget in 2019-20.”During the campaign, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau vowed to respect the $10-billion upper limit for deficits in 2016-17 and 2017-18 unless the economic situation got “radically worse.”Morneau also sidestepped a reporter’s question Wednesday asking whether the current low-growth environment qualified as a major economic shock.The finance minister’s remarks came a day after the parliamentary budget office warned Ottawa was on track to run medium-term shortfalls billions of dollars higher than the Liberal forecasts.The report predicted the government would run annual deficits higher than the Liberals’ predictions by $2.3 billion in 2017-18, $3.6 billion in 2018-19 and $6.3 billion in 2019-20.The budget office said the Liberals had a “more optimistic outlook” for expected revenues from personal and corporate income taxes as well as the GST.For 2016-17, it projected the shortfall will be $900 million smaller than Ottawa’s forecast.Asked about the budget office findings Wednesday, Morneau called them “helpful.”“For us to have different analyses is always useful,” he said.Morneau recently released a fiscal update that also said the state of the federal books had deteriorated due to declining economic conditions connected to global uncertainty and low commodity prices.When he presented the update, Morneau said the Liberal government “inherited” the gloomier fiscal situation from its Conservative predecessors, including a $3-billion deficit forecast for the current fiscal year.In April, the Tories projected a $2.4-billion surplus for 2015-16 — including the $1 billion set aside for contingencies.But the government’s outlook has been downgraded under Morneau, based in part on the average forecasts of private-sector economists who said conditions had dimmed since the spring.“We believe that we took a careful look at both the estimates of the independent economists that we use in order to help us with forecasts as well as the conditions that we see impacting our economy,” Morneau said.“I hope that what Canadians read into both our economic and fiscal update, and other reports that come out, is that we have to face an economy that is growing slowly and in order to face that we should make investments that make sense for our economy.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 2, 2015 1:50 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 2, 2015 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
There are still tickets remaining for Thursday’s Opening of Term Celebration in Jubilee Courtyard.Acting President Brian Hutchings will host the event, which will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25.Tickets are $5 each and must be purchased in advance at the Welcome Desk or the Brock Card office.Food options for this year include:Tandoori-style chicken kebabs served with cucumber yogurt sauce and warm naan breadGrilled portabella mushroom topped with roasted red pepper and whipped spicy siracha double-cream brie on a pretzel bun (vegetarian)Grilled bison burger topped with caramelized pear and Upper Canada Comfort Cream cheeseAll will be served with a side of white and red quinoa salad with sundried cranberries and pecans. Beverage options included lemon iced tea or blackberry lemonade.,There are still tickets remaining for Thursday’s Opening of Term Celebration in Jubilee Courtyard.Acting President Brian Hutchings will host the event, which will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25.Tickets are $5 each and must be purchased in advance at the Welcome Desk or the Brock Card office.Food options for this year include:Tandoori-style chicken kebabs served with cucumber yogurt sauce and warm naan breadGrilled portabella mushroom topped with roasted red pepper and whipped spicy siracha double-cream brie on a pretzel bun (vegetarian)Grilled bison burger topped with caramelized pear and Upper Canada Comfort Cream cheeseAll will be served with a side of white and red quinoa salad with sundried cranberries and pecans. Beverage options included lemon iced tea or blackberry lemonade.
OSU redshirt-senior kicker Kyle Clinton (39) punts the ball during the first day of fall practice Aug. 4 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center in Columbus.Credit: Tim Moody / Lantern sports editorIn the flurry of college football preseason activities, one event that always catches the eyes of any fan is the unveiling of the various award watch lists.From quarterbacks to lineman, each position has an award, and the watch lists give fans an idea of which players could be in the running for personal recognition that season.Ohio State is one of many schools that have multiple players listed, but this year some of the Buckeye players took it upon themselves to give another teammate some publicity.Bryce Haynes is the Buckeyes’ redshirt-junior long snapper, arguably the least talked about position in all of college football. But once his teammate, sophomore punter Cameron Johnston, was named to the watch list for this season’s Ray Guy Award, which recognizes the nation’s best punter, Johnston and a few others decided to invent an award for Haynes.“Cameron got on the Ray Guy Award watch list and we thought ‘We’ve got to have something for Bryce,’” redshirt-senior kicker Kyle Clinton said. “So that’s when we came up with it.”Johnston, freshman kicker Sean Nuernberger and sophomore long snapper Aaron Mawhirter then invented the Roscoe Foster Award for the nation’s best long snapper. They even tweeted out a photo-shopped image of Haynes with the fake award at the bottom.“A lot of people believed it. They got guys to retweet it,” Haynes said. “It’s pretty dang funny.”The prank is typical of the close-knit group of special teamers, but as the 2014 season approaches for OSU, the kicking and punting units will have to bring their strong bonds together if they’re to help the Buckeyes win.For starters, OSU will have to replace kicker Drew Basil who, among other accomplishments, set the school single-season record in field goal percentage last year at 90 percent. The battle is between the veteran Clinton and Nuernberger, with coach Urban Meyer singling out the latter during the team’s media day on Sunday.“I really like him. He’s actually a pretty good punter, too,” Meyer said. “We haven’t named (him) the kicker yet, but he’s a really talented guy.”Special teams coordinator Kerry Coombs was also complimentary of Nuernberger’s skill set, but warned that he needs experience to get the most out of his ability.“He hasn’t walked out there in front of 110,000 people and kicked the ball yet,” Coombs said. “We try to do everything we can to put him under intense pressure in practice…so he feels that at least, so his heart feels that before he steps out there,”Nuernberger, for his part, knows he needs to get more comfortable in such his position. He trained with the team in the spring and even played in the spring game to get more acclimated with the flow of the program.“Coming into the spring game I think the biggest crowd I had in high school was a couple thousand, so that was really good (practice),” Nuernberger said. “(My first game) will be a little nerve-wracking, but it’ll be good.”But whether it’s one or the other, Coombs seems confident in the unit’s ability to score points.“(Clinton), on the other hand, is a mature player, he’s been around the bend. He’s also a gifted kicker,” Coombs said. “So we feel very good about that position. I think we’re going to be very effective there. As you guys know, it’s not our mission to score to kick a lot of field goal; it’s to score touchdowns. But when called upon, they will be ready.”When it comes to punting, the reigns are completely controlled by Johnston. Last year was the Australian’s first-ever time playing football, and yet he still managed to lead the Big Ten in punt average.Johnston said he’s excited for the new season, citing his off-season preparation as the starting point to bigger and better things.“When I went back (to Australia) I was able to train with my coach Nathan Chapman and it was great, it was good to get back,” Johnston said. “(I’m) feeling comfortable now, feeling confident and just trying to build on the second half of last year.”Although the players’ expectations of themselves is as big as their coaches, that doesn’t mean they take themselves too seriously. Their routines can sometimes be quite different from the rest of the team, and Haynes said that gives them some license to share a few jokes.“We play a lot of pranks on each other, on other teammates,” Haynes said. “Because we get a little more free time than other guys, we have a lot of time to think of funny things to do and keep everybody smiling.”While not considered the most physically demanding position, Haynes said it is important for special teamers to keep a level head on the field.“You can’t be uptight and go out there and perform well. You’ve got stay loose and that’s really what’s going to help, especially us,” Haynes said. “It’s all mental, we’ve just got to be able to lock in when it’s important and stay loose other than that during the game.”Much of OSU’s success this season could depend on just how relaxed players like Nuernberger, Johnston and Clinton can be when the game is on the line.The Buckeyes are scheduled to open their season Aug. 30 against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Kickoff is set for noon.
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. Four bursaries, each worth £5,000, have been awarded to current and former prisoners, who will start their courses next month at Cambridge’s Institute of Continuing Education. The bursaries are part of a broader research project on the role of education in rehabilitating prisoners into society after they have completed their jail sentence. –– ADVERTISEMENT –– Dr Amy Ludlow, a senior research associate in Cambridge’s Institute… The participants – who, if still incarcerated, would need to be in an open prison and qualify for a day release licence – will study towards an undergraduate higher education certificate. Prisoners will be offered bursaries to study at Cambridge University for the first time under a new scheme.
Share2 Tweet Email2 Thursday 6 Apr 2017, 6:15 AM THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT has adopted measures to improve medical safety in the wake of the worldwide scare over faulty breast implants from France.The measures adopted after nearly five years of debate aim to ensure devices like breast and hip implants can be traced, meet EU patient safety requirements, and face tighter approval procedures.The assembly in Strasbourg, France also approved laws to tighten up information and ethical requirements for diagnostic medical devices, such as pregnancy or DNA testing.“We’ve introduced much stricter requirements for the bodies that authorise medical devices,” said Glenis Willmott, a British member of the Socialists and Democrats group who steered the bill through the European Parliament.Willmott said in a statement that supporters “will insist that particularly high risk devices, such as implants, joint replacements or insulin pumps, be subject to additional expert assessments before they can be authorised”.The measures, for example, require patients be given a card allowing them and doctors to trace which product has been implanted, the European Parliament said in a statement.The conservative European People’s Party, the largest bloc in parliament, said the new EU rules had been agreed on between Parliament and the 28 member states and will enter into force by mid-2020.A court in the French city of Toulouse in January ordered German safety certifier TUV to pay €60 million in compensation to 20,000 women who received defective breast implants that the group had approved.TUV Rheinland was ordered to make a provisional payment of €3,000 to each plaintiff for certifying that implants made by French firm Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) met safety standards.In the far-reaching health scandal, the devices were later found to contain substandard, industrial-grade silicone gel that was seven times cheaper than medical-grade silicone.- © AFP, 2017Read: Faulty breast implants lead to €60 million payout to 20,000 women> Apr 6th 2017, 6:15 AM 6,481 Views Image: Shutterstock/megaflopp 8 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3325821 Image: Shutterstock/megaflopp Getting a hip or breast implant? Irish patients to get a card that traces the implant The EU measure aims to improve medical safety following on from the scare over faulty breast implants from France in 2012. By AFP Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
WOODBURN, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State Police says a pedestrian has been killed on Interstate 5 near Woodburn.Police say the pedestrian was struck by a semi-truck just before 6 a.m. Friday in the northbound lanes about four miles north of Woodburn.
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