Apple’s iPhone 5S Camera Shoots To Kill: Big Aperture, Burst Mode And More

first_img5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Tags:#Apple#iPhone#mobile photography#photography taylor hatmaker 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…center_img Related Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… On the heels of the debut of the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, Apple has just announced a cadre of new camera features that should keep the iPhone 5S as king of the hill for months to come. The new iPhone 5S camera packs a five-element custom Apple lens with an aperture of f/2.2—an improvement over the iPhone 5’s already impressive f/2.4 glass. The camera will feature a sensor that is 15% larger than that of its predecessor. When it comes to cameras, Apple gets image quality: improving sensor size and aperture is the real way to evolve a camera—not megapixels. Apple will also introduce auto image stabilization, which is a boon for those of us with not quite steady hands. And Apple claims that the speedy new A7 chip will yields autofocus that’s twice as fast.On the video side, the iPhone 5S can capture 720p HD at 120 frames per second. The new “slo-mo” feature can slow that footage down to a 120 frames-per-second crawl. While it’s no Phantom—the ultra high end video cameras famous for their slow motion skills—it’s a fun addition for anyone who shoots and shares video.The new iPhone camera features span both the hardware and software side of things, but the hardware is the real prize here, since we had a preview of the new photography software when iOS 7 was announced earlier this year. In iOS 7, mobile photogs can put the iPhone 5S’s hardware specs through their paces with some nifty new features. Beyond a flatter visual redesign to match the overall Ive-vibe, iOS 7 features an Instagram-inspired photo filters and even a mode to shoot square shots from the get-go. The totally overhauled iOS 7 camera app offers 15-zone autofocus matrix metering, “True Tone” flash for color correcting blown-out flash shots and a 10 frames-per-second burst mode, activated by holding down the shutter button. The iOS 7 camera can also take multiple images and choose the best of them or combine them for a better-balanced shot, similar to the idea of HDR or image bracketing. With the multiple image burst mode, the device actually decides which image it thinks is best—not unlike the “Highlights” feature in Google+, which picks your best image for you (and is often right).Won’t be gunning for the iPhone 5S in that delightful champagne gold? Don’t worry—the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S will all share in the photography software upgrades baked into iOS 7.last_img read more

Meralco cuts off Ginebra

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Acquired at the start of the season as Meralco shored up its roster following a spate of injuries on the likes of Ranidel de Ocampo and Cliff Hodge, Ballesteros finished with seven points and 16 rebounds as the Bolts pulled level with TNT KaTropa and Blackwater with a 4-6 record for ninth spot.More importantly, the Bolts gave themselves a chance of catching the last bus to the quarterfinals with a victory against the same team that handed them a Game 7 loss in the Governors’ Cup finals last year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBallesteros was at the right place at the right time for the putback off a Chris Newsome miss with 35 seconds remaining. He stood his ground against Japeth Aguilar and came up with his last rebound before drawing a foul with 17 seconds left.It was Kevin Alas’ turn to shine for NLEX in the other game. MOST READ Ancajas gains foreign fans after explosive US showing Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH PBA IMAGESBOCAUE—Returning to the site of one of the most painful losses in the history of its franchise, Meralco got some measure of revenge while staying alive in the playoff race in the PBA Philippine Cup.Journeyman center Jason Ballesteros scored on a putback and split his free throws at crunch time as the Bolts hacked out a thrilling 84-82 victory over the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings at Philippine Arena Sunday night here.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stingcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Alas continued his inspired play as NLEX turned back Blackwater, 93-90, for its fourth straight victory that also propelled the Road Warriors to a playoff spot.Alas sizzled in the final period with 16 of his career-best 25 points as the Road Warriors climbed to 6-4 for a tie of fourth spot with Alaska.Rookie Kiefer Ravena also knocked in four triples on his way to 23 points.“Kevin Alas saved the day for us,” coach Yeng Guiao said of the former Letran star.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES AFP official booed out of forum View commentslast_img read more

London Olympics: Just 3 physios in Indian contingent

first_imgThe 81-member Indian contingent for the London Olympics will have to do with only three physiotherapists.Only boxing and hockey contingents have physios of their own while one physio will be going from the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and will be available for the rest of the athletes from 11 other disciplines. The 14-member athletics team and five wrestlers do not have dedicated physios. The athletics federation did not ask for any physio as they had to accommodate coaches and one doctor in their quota of seven support staff.Some athletes sponsored by Mittal Champions Trust (MCT) had requested Englishman Patrick Kenny on board and, as such, he will be given daily passes for the Games Village.IOA president VK Malhotra said they have done everything to accommodate the request of the federations. “Besides the physio from IOA, the two others will also help other athletes once they are through with their respective teams. We have decided to give Patrick Kenny daily passes that will allow him access to the Games Village. Then there are masseurs and doctors available at the Games Village,” he said.The wrestlers will now use the services of Kenny as, barring Sushil Kumar, all of them are MCT-sponsored. “During the World Championships last year, we asked him to help out Sushil and he agreed. So, we can do with Kenny,” said chief coach Vinod Kumar.last_img read more


first_imgKohli attributed small but important contributions from team members at different stages as key factors in the series. “Its a team sport. For me, the most important points in the series were (Ravindra) Jadejas batting in the first Test (at Kanpur), (Wridhiman) Sahas batting in the second and (Mohammed) Shamis spell in the second innings of the second match. They matter a lot for us as a team. We focus more on smaller contributions. You (media) write about those who are performing (big), but the (small) contributions from the entire team is important,” he added. Kohli empathised with New Zealand who were soundly thrashed in every game and said the Indian team had bounced back from pressure situations they were put in by the visitors at stages during the rubber. “For a side coming here, its not an easy place to play, especially if the home team is playing its best cricket as a unit. Its very difficult to find out areas so that you can exploit and get back. We make it difficult for the opposition. They are a quality side as (New Zealand captain) Kane (Williamson) said they have a lot to learn just as we do when we visit New Zealand. Obviously, you want to go out and do well,” he said. Kohli complimented the Black Caps for their effort. “Honestly, they played very good cricket. They put us under pressure at times but we have come back from those situations and blocked that door for them,” he pointed out. Asked about not showing much emotions on field when making a classy and career-best 211, Kohli replied:”In the past I have made hundreds, but not big ones. So I have always been a bit disappointed with myself, that I could not convert them (to big scores), and maybe that I was getting satisfied after reaching the milestones. “If you dont pay attention to milestones the crowd gets excited, the teammates appreciate but inside you should know whats your mindset. I wanted to go long, and you have to focus that way before an innings. You have to understand that if youre set, you have to play long. That was my mindset.” Kohli also expressed his gratitude towards batting coach Sanjay Bangar. “I want to thank Sanjay Bangar, hes the batting coach and he gives one the assurance that “youre playing well, stay in this zone. This is a big help. Many times you are in such a position that you are thinking about many things, but there should be some person who could talk with you, share your load and thoughts. He does that on a regular basis. So I thank him. Many people ignore the hard work the support staff does behind the scenes, the role it plays.” Virat revealed that he did not know Shamis daughter had been admitted to the ICU in a hospital in Kolkata when he played the game. “On the field, he is not someone who comes out in the open expressing himself. I had no clue his daughter was in the hospital (during Kolkata test), he told me later. Skill-wise there is no doubt he is a top bowler and even on this wicket he created chances and so did Umesh (Yadav). Hes a very likeable character.” Kohli also had a word of praise for the crowd here which held its first ever Test game. “It was a good crowd 20,000- 22000 (each day). We expected that as this was the first Test (here). It was a good wicket that played well for first two days and then allowed bowlers to come into picture. Test cricket is a good format. I am happy (with the turnout).” PTI SSR KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

Antetokounmpo Goes Big for Bucks

first_imgMADISON, Wis. — Giannis Antetokounmpo can dunk like an explosive wing player. He can handle the ball like a guard. He can provide an instant energy boost like a sixth man off the bench.And for at least the first few weeks of the NBA season, the 6-foot-11 Antetokounmpo will probably be muscling up against power forwards while the Milwaukee Bucks await Jabari Parker’s return to the lineup.The 20-year-old Antetokounmpo just follows coach Jason Kidd’s lead. A budding star, the third-year forward certainly doesn’t lack in confidence.“I don’t really look in front of me if it’s a point guard, if it’s a big guy. I think I can guard everybody, even the small guys, even the big guys,” he said. “I’m going to do what I do as hard possible.”Effort never seems to be an issue with Antetokounmpo. His highlight-reel dunks and bubbly personality have already made him a fan favorite.He and Parker, also 20, were the faces of the team on billboards this summer when the Bucks unveiled their new-look uniforms.Neither of them will be suited up for the season opener on Oct. 28 against the New York Knicks.Parker isn’t expected to return until mid-November as the Bucks proceed with caution following the forward’s torn ACL in December. Parker is said to be doing well in practice.Antetokounmpo must sit out the opener after being suspended for one game for running over the Bulls’ Mike Dunleavy during Game 6 of last season’s first-round playoff series won by Chicago. When he returns for the Oct. 30 game against Washington, Antetokounmpo seems destined for duty at power forward.“Every game, he’s getting better. He’s trying to figure it out,” forward-center John Henson said.There is no better learning experience for Antetokounmpo than having to match up against Minnesota’s Kevin Garnett. They faced each other on Oct. 20 in a preseason game in Madison, and will meet again on Oct. 23 in a rematch.Garnett, 39, has been in the league since 1995 — the year after Antetokounmpo was born. They boast similar wiry but athletic body types.They made for an entertaining matchup at the Kohl Center, especially with the way Garnett tried to get into Antetokounmpo’s head.“I thought he did well in the mental warfare of the game,” Kidd said of his young star.He made his usual collection of highlight reel plays, too.In the first quarter, Antetokounmpo swooped in for a dunk along the baseline after converting a missed 3, then hustled back on defense for a steal. In the third quarter, he raced back to block Shabazz Muhammad’s layup attempt from behind on a breakaway.“He gave the crowd a little bit of what he can do. A little flair,” Henson said.Antetokounmpo should mostly play small forward, though his multi-faceted game gives Kidd the ability to move him around the floor to account for matchups or foul trouble.Antetokounmpo has dabbled at point guard, a position he played in his native Greece. With quickness to go along with his wingspan, Antetokounmpo could be a matchup nightmare at any position.“He’s 20 year-old and he’s going to play every position for us,” Kidd said. “He’s never complaining. He just goes out there and plays.”(GENARO C. ARMAS, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

ST and Jorjin introduce ultra-low-power Sigfox IoT modules with dual RF connectivity

first_img Continue Reading Previous Arrow: kick-start development with SmartEverything Tiger boardNext RTI: AUTOSAR releases latest adaptive platform adopting the DDS standard STMicroelectronics and Jorjin Technologies announced the certification of the dual-radio modules that combine Sigfox wireless-network technology with Bluetooth low energy (BLE). Jorjin’s WS211x Sigfox/BLE modules benefit from the market-leading performance and energy efficiency of ST’s BlueNRG-1 BLE SoC and the S2-LP sub-1GHz RF transceiver. These advantages have enabled Jorjin’s modules to deliver cutting-edge connectivity and great battery lifetime, targeting coin-cell -operated or energy-harvesting IoT applications.Fully programmable devices, Jorjin’s new Sigfox modules exploit the ultra-low power Arm Cortex-M0 technology embedded in ST’s BLE SoC to act as independent IoT connectivity nodes. The combination of BLE with Sigfox’ low-power wide-area network provides key benefits to IoT systems, such as firmware update over-the-air, which is not possible with conventional ‘Sigfox-only’ modules. Other benefits of having an IoT device connected both remotely through the Sigfox network and locally through BLE include the possibility to modify device settings during installation or maintenance, or to trace assets, which often change their position inside an area covered with BLE beacon stations. The evaluation board for the WS211x modules uses the Arduino interface to ease customer development and is compatible with ST’s Arduino shield boards featuring MEMS motion sensors, environmental sensors, or Time-of-Flight ranging sensors. An SDK is available from Jorjin enabling customers to develop applications using WS211x modules with ST’s sensor shield boards, as well as an AT command list facilitating customers test of the modules’ BLE and Sigfox functions.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

Andy Murray shines before light fades as match backlog hits Queen’s

first_imgTsitsipas predicted Auger-Aliassime could master even the class and experience of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal – a report card the winner could have composed himself – if he was not such a level-headed young player.Auger-Aliassime, who began the year outside the top 100 and will go to Wimbledon inside the top 20, said: “It’s humbling. I appreciate that from him, because he’s beaten these players. How do I explain it? I think it’s the result of a lot of work over years and months.”On Saturday he plays López, who is more than twice his age and who played solidly but with dashes of flair to end the run of Auger-Aliassime’s compatriot, Milos Raonic, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5) in two hours 16 minutes. Another voice from the past stirred briefly when John McEnroe joined the queue to offer advice to the troubled Nick Kyrgios, fined $17,500 for three incidents of unsportsmanlike conduct in two matches on Thursday.“I have talked with him,” said McEnroe, whose own crime sheet was long enough. “Nick is a good guy. I think the people around him like him. The players like him [apart from Auger-Aliassime, it seems]. They don’t like what he does on the court sometimes.“I don’t think he could even say, ‘I like the fact that I try half the time.’ I mean, how could anyone think that? I don’t think it just has to be him [who deals with his problem]. I wasn’t known as the easiest person to deal with.“To me, that [other] person has to be ready to embrace whoever that is. They have to be willing to listen to [him]. If you are not going to listen, he is doing what he wants to do. “He’s 24 years old. He brings an electricity to tennis. That’s why everyone is trying to figure a way to work through this – so he can get to a place where he can go out and feel free to compete and give the effort. That’s the part that gnaws at the players. I don’t care if he throws a chair on the court or does what he does. “The part that I have a problem with – and I am assuming 99 per cent of the rest of the Tour do – is when you go out there and don’t seem like you are giving an effort half of the time … for whatever reason. But I am not Sigmund Freud.” Share on WhatsApp Topics Share on LinkedIn Read more Read more Andy Murray Share on Facebook The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Reuse this content Ashleigh Barty sorry she had to reject Andy Murray’s Wimbledon offer Support The Guardian Share on Twittercenter_img Had the schedule started rolling just a little earlier than noon, they might have got a result in this quarter-final. The players will resume on Saturday, although squeezing it into an already concertinaed programme will be tricky.López is in the semi-finals of the singles, mid-afternoon, against the exciting young Canadian, Felix Auger-Aliassime, and the doubles semi is slotted in as the last match on Centre Court. The 37-year-old Spaniard, a champion here in 2017, could end up playing three matches in a row on the same court.Waiting for the delayed winners will be John Peers and Henri Kontinen, who earlier beat Murray’s brother, Jamie, and his new partner, Neal Skupski, Ken’s brother, 7-5, 7-6 (6).Meanwhile, in a downbeat statement from Barcelona, where he will go under the knife on Saturday, Del Potro, whose career has been blighted by injury since he won the US Open 10 years ago, said: “I hope my knee can heal properly. If that match was the last one of my career [beating Denis Shapovolov here], that I don’t know. This is a tough moment. It’s sad to go through all this once again.”A small cloud also drifted across Murray’s world when Nicolas Mahut, the regular doubles partner of Pierre-Hugues Herbert, who will play at Wimbledon with the Scot, presented a grumpy face when asked how he felt about being dumped. “I don’t want to talk about this doubles team,” he said. “The only one who needs to know what I think is Pierre. We talked together but I won’t come into the press to say what I think about this situation.”Herbert was more forthcoming on social media. “It’s safe to say that it’s not the cleanest move,” he said. “I will play doubles when I said I wouldn’t. But it is exceptional to play with Murray at Wimbledon.”Mahut will play with Édouard Roger-Vasselin at Wimbledon and get back together with Herbert at the US Open. Murray, if he plays at Flushing Meadows in September, might even be ready to play singles. Share on Messenger The revolving door of tennis swivelled with dizzying speed again here , but stalled briefly as Andy Murray confirmed his comeback win was no chimera. He remains tantalisingly poised short of the semi-finals in a tournament he has won a record five times, five months after career-saving hip surgery, and just hours after his Argentinian friend, Juan Martín del Potro, cast doubt on his own future before an operation on his cracked knee-cap.Murray and Feliciano López, who beat the No 1 seeds Juan Sebastián Cabal and Robert Farah in straight sets on Thursday, went to work in fading light on Friday against the British pair, Dan Evans and Ken Skupski, in another tight thriller. They were 6-4 up and 4-5 down when a high-grade contest was called off under gloomy skies at 8.50pm, half an hour before sunset on the longest day of the year. Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Across the landscape change is in the air. Auger-Aliassime strengthened his credentials as a major new force in the game when he played two superb sets to dislodge the top seed, Stefanos Tsitsipas, two years older than him at 20 and equally bristling with promise.The Greek world No 8, a cerebral as well as physical presence, reacted with maturity and insight to the Canadian teenager’s 7-5, 6-2 win in the quarter-finals. “He’s the most difficult opponent I’ve ever faced,” he said. “He has one of the best returns on the tour. He has a really powerful, accurate serve, which is tough to read. He’s really quick and fast. It is rare to find all of that combined. He can create a lot of opportunities from his backhand, but also, at the same time, he can be very aggressive from the forehand side. There’s not much to come up with when you play against him.” Share via Email news Tennis Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks.last_img read more

Who made Portugal’s 2018 World Cup squad?

first_imgWorld Cup Portugal’s 2018 World Cup squad: Who joins Cristiano Ronaldo in the 23-man squad? Goal Last updated 1 year ago 18:30 5/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Getty Images World Cup Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo was more or less guaranteed to be on the plane to Russia, but who else will join him at the tournament? Portugal qualified automatically for the 2018 World Cup by the skin of their teeth. Cristiano Ronaldo and Co. finished top of qualifying Group B, but only by virtue of goal difference, having ended the campaign level on points with Switzerland.Indeed, each side won nine and lost one of their 10 games, but Portugal were able to avoid a play-off, while Switzerland had to beat Northern Ireland over two legs to qualify.Having won the European Championship in 2016, manager Fernando Santos will now plot a way to assert global domination and he has revealed his 23-man squad for Russia. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Who made Portugal’s 23-man squad?It’s no surprise to learn that Cristiano Ronaldo has been included in Santos’ final panel for the tournament and the Real Madrid man hit a timely patch of form towards the end of the season, which bodes well for Portuguese hopes.In terms of goalkeepers, Sporting’s Rui Patricio is set to be number one, with veteran shot-stopper Beto and Lyon’s Anthony Lopes providing back-up. The defence will have a grizzled complexion to it, with seasoned players such as Pepe, Bruno Alves and Jose Fonte amassing 215 caps between them.That trio will be joined by a younger contingent that includes Southampton full-back Cedric Soares, Borussia Dortmund’s Raphael Guerreiro and new Leicester City signing Ricardo Pereira.Napoli’s Mario Rui has been included after an impressive season with Napoli, while Benfica’s 21-year-old defender Ruben Dias is the only uncapped member of the panel.Joao Moutinho PortugalThe midfield has a relatively youthful feel to it, with Man City’s Bernardo Silva and Sporting’s William Carvalho among the star names, but Monaco man Joao Moutinho is set to play in his third World Cup, bringing some valuable experience.Joao Mario and Adrien Silva, both of whom recently moved to the Premier League, are named, with Manuel Fernandes and Bruno Fernandes capping the midfield selection.In attack, Ronaldo will be joined by fellow veteran Ricardo Quaresma and AC Milan’s Andre Silva has been included despite an inconsistent campaign at club level. Paris Saint-Germain youngster Goncalo Guedes and Sporting’s Gelson Martins complete the panel.Who didn’t make the Portugal squad?Andre Gomes PortugalSantos has made some bold calls for the 2018 World Cup squad, leaving out a number of experienced players, as well as those who ply their trades at the biggest clubs in the world.Despite enjoying a decent season with Lazio, the vastly experienced Luis Nani missed out, as did Barcelona duo Andre Gomes and Nelson Semedo.Bayern Munich youngster Renato Sanches was one of the stand-out players for Portugal in their Euro 2016 triumph, but the 20-year-old has endured a difficult season on loan at Swansea and has been snubbed as a result. Another Euro 2016 hero, Eder, who scored the winning goal against France in the final, has also been left out of the 23-man squad. Inter defender Joao Cancelo may feel aggrieved to have missed out, while Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves is another player who has not been deemed worthy of inclusion by Santos.last_img read more

I try to control the controllables says Bumrah Krunal Pandya calls him

first_imgBengaluru: Called a legend by his Mumbai Indians teammate Krunal Pandya, India pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah says he backs himself to deliver no matter what the situation is and always focusses on his strengths. Bumrah’s 3/20 in four overs against Royal Challengers Bangalore was crucial to Mumbai Indians’ six-run triumph in an IPL clash. “You go ball by ball and you try to control the controllables. You try to back yourself in the situation,” the man of the match winner said in the presentation ceremony. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “You don’t go too far behind, I was just focussing on my plan and trying to back my strengths. I always try to back myself in any situation and execute the plan to perfection. I have always taken care of my body,” added the pacer, who had hurt his shoulder in the previous match but got fit just in time for this game. All-rounder Krunal Pandya was gushing in his praise for the bowler, who is ranked No.1 in the ICC world rankings. “It was a great game. We were in-out throughout the second innings. The way Bumrah bowled, he is a legend. The way he’s giving consistent performances whether he is playing for India or Mumbai Indians; he is outstanding,” he said. Pandya also lauded his brother, Hardik Pandya for the 14-ball unbeaten 32 on Thursday. “Whatever I have seen of Hardik this year, he’s striking the ball very well. For me, it was excepted, what he did,” he said. “He’s in a good mind space. I’m pretty sure he’ll be delivering for MI consistently. It’s important to get a win in the second game only, sets the momentum for the team,” he said.last_img read more

UN expert urges Ghana to tackle health funding maternal mortality

“In order to ensure that current gains related to the right to health are sustained, the Government must develop a strategy to address possible deficits in future funding,” Anand Grover, the Special Rapporteur on the right to health, said in a news release issued in Accra at the end of his first visit to the country. He urged authorities to ensure that adequate funding and resources are devoted to health, noting that as Ghana transforms into a middle-income country, its eligibility for international funding in critical areas, such as HIV/AIDS, will diminish.Given that maternal mortality has been declared a national emergency, the expert stressed the need for further concerted efforts, including a range of mechanisms for monitoring and redressing this very serious issue. On mental health, Mr. Grover lamented the fact that the Mental Health Bill of 2006, which he said would be a significant step toward ensuring the mental health of all Ghanaians, has stalled in Parliament.“I urge the Government to accelerate deliberation on the Bill and guide its passage through Parliament because there is an urgent need to improve mental health services in Ghana.” He also cited the need to tackle the substantial human resource constraints that exist within the mental health sector, particularly in nursing. During his eight-day mission, Mr. Grover met with Government officials and civil society representatives, including non-governmental organizations and academics. He will present a report on his mission to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council in June 2012. 30 May 2011An independent United Nations human rights expert today commended the Government of Ghana on its commitment to realizing the right to health while underscoring key challenges regarding maternal mortality, mental health and adequate funding. read more

Despite pledges UN agency aiding Palestinian refugees faces funding shortage

In its progress report for the month of October, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) says pledges to its Third Emergency Appeal, issued last June, had risen to $55.4 million. However, only $23.9 million had been received so far, with another $31 million outstanding at the time the report was completed. The report says UNRWA has distributed over 674,000 food rations to over 123,000 families in the Gaza Strip since the beginning of the crisis. It has also given $1.9 million to more than 5,784 families, including 233 families who have lost their breadwinner and 688 families whose breadwinners have sustained serious injuries. In all, $580,000 has been granted as relocation fees to over 1,400 families forced to vacate their homes as a result of Israeli shelling and bulldozing.UNRWA staff have also been personally affected by the fighting. On 20 October, an Agency physician was struck by gunfire in the Beirt Jibrin refugee camp while tending to an injured person, according to the report. An ambulance driver who later returned to the scene to retrieve a stretcher and the doctor’s medical bag was also hit by gunfire. Nevertheless, UNRWA-supported mobile clinics visited 77 villages and treated a total of 9,737 patients in the West Bank during the month of October. The Agency’s schools were equally disrupted by the violence in October, with more than 31,000 students losing between 1 and 9 days in the classroom. To respond to the psychological needs of children enrolled in its schools, UNRWA had 33 counsellors on hand in the West Bank to deal with children suffering from post-traumatic stress. read more

UN official urges concrete action to protect children caught in war

Olara Otunnu, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, made his comments at a press briefing ahead of next week’s Council meeting on a major UN report on the issue.Mr. Otunnu said that report, prepared by the Secretary-General, not only served “to deepen and consolidate the progress achieved to date,” but also to strengthen the foundation for an “era of application.” The latest edition goes a step beyond the report issued the previous year by not only including an updated list of individuals and organizations that have violated children’s rights during conflicts that are on the Council’s agenda, but also a list of parties recruiting and abusing children in clashes that are not being actively considered by that body.The conflicts on the Security Council’s agenda in question are taking place in Afghanistan, Burundi, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Liberia and Somalia. The latest report also names parties recruiting and using children in the Russian Republic of Chechnya, Colombia, Myanmar, Nepal, Northern Ireland, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Sudan and Uganda.Mr. Otunnu voiced hope that the Council would “assume its responsibility and take concrete action against parties that continue to use and recruit children.”Specifically, he urged sanctions against the leaders of these groups, including travel bans. Concerning the groups themselves, he recommended restricting financial flows and arms sales to the violators. On Friday, a network of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with backing from Canada’s UN Mission also urged action on the issue. Among other recommendations, they called for a formal framework for punishing parties that fail to reach given benchmarks in the effort to protect children in war. read more

Ontarios shrinking status as economic engine attributed to manufacturing decline

Ontario’s shrinking status as economic engine attributed to manufacturing decline AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 28, 2012 6:02 pm MDT OTTAWA – Ontario’s status as the economic engine of country has been in a steady decline for the better part of a decade — and most of the blame can be laid at the feet off the manufacturing sector — newly-released data suggests.While the province’s opposition parties pointed to the Statistics Canada data as proof of poor economic stewardship under the governing Liberals, the economic development minister shot back with figures he says show manufacturing is on the rebound in the province.StatsCan’s latest payroll employment report, released Wednesday, shows Ontario lost about two thirds of the 52,500 jobs shed nationally by employers in September.But it is the agency’s 10-year perspective on the country’s most populous province that is most revealing of Ontario’s lagging performance.It shows Ontario’s share of Canada’s employees has been slipping the past decade to 38 per cent today, from 39.2 per cent in 2003. As of September, there were 5.8 million payroll workers in Ontario.All of the relative decline can be explained by what has happened in the factory sector.Statistics Canada puts the manufacturing job losses in Ontario at 255,000 over the past decade, dropping the number of factory employees from 908,900 in January 2003 to 654,200 in September 2012.Coincidentally, during an similar period, the province’s gross domestic product output has swooned even further in relation to the national total from 41.4 per cent in 2002 to 37.1 per cent last year.In both output and jobs, Alberta and Saskatchewan have been the key beneficiaries.The Liberal government, which came to power in 2003, found itself under fire Wednesday from the opposition.“The Liberals have done nothing to try to maintain manufacturing jobs or reposition our manufacturing sector,” said NDP Leader Andrea Horwath. “The government kept talking about service jobs and knowledge economy jobs and acting as if manufacturing wouldn’t have a role to play in Ontario.”The Progressive Conservatives said there was a direct link to Ontario’s dwindling economic status and the policies of the Liberals.“The perception is that we’ve gone downhill and the reason is because we have,” said PC finance critic Peter Shurman. “I think it’s directly a correlation of the McGuinty government, and it is absolutely true.”Once the top employer in the province, manufacturing was surpassed by the retail sector in 2009, and now faces a challenge for second place from health-care and social assistance employees.Economic Development Minister Brad Duguid said the manufacturing sector was on the rebound, up 7.8 per cent for the first seven months of 2012.“Manufacturing is coming back, and it’s being led in many ways by an auto sector that’s back to pre-recession levels for exports, close to pre-recession levels in production and is currently experiencing its highest vehicle sales in over a decade,” he said.He added that Ontario has created 130 per cent of the jobs it lost during the recession, but Shurman said most of that is because the government added 300,000 net new public sector jobs.The numbers are not surprising, said economist Jimmy Jean of Desjardins Capital Markets, given the precipitous decline of Ontario’s manufacturing sector. But he blamed the strong dollar, which began rising in the early 2000s, first reaching parity in 2007, and global factors.Jean said despite the criticism levelled at proponents of the so-called Dutch Disease phenomenon — that commodity-driven appreciation of the dollar undermines manufacturing — the data suggests the loonie’s strength is at least partially responsible for what is occurring in Ontario, and to some extent Quebec as well.“There are many factors, including globalization (for manufacturing’s decline) … but when you look at those trends, it’s very hard to be fully convinced that Canada is not indeed suffering from the Dutch malaise,” he said.“In this context, you would expect that will play into lower income prospects and salaries,” he added.And the government numbers suggest that is happening. The agency’s September report notes that Ontario has experienced below average growth in earnings the past two years.In the past 12 months, average weekly salaries in Ontario rose 2.4 per cent to $908.59, but the increase is below the national average gain of 3.4 per cent.In terms of average weekly wages, Ontario is just above the national average of $902.29, but bested by Alberta, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland, the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut. read more

UN General Assembly renews call for end to US embargo against Cuba

By a vote of 188 in favour to two against (Israel and the United States) with three abstentions (Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia and Palau), the Assembly reiterated its call to all States to refrain from promulgating and applying laws and measures not conforming with their obligations to reaffirm freedom of trade and navigation. The 193-member Assembly “once again urges States that have and continue to apply such laws and measures to take the necessary steps to repeal or invalidate them as soon as possible,” the text added.

Week in Westminster – week ending Friday 25 March 2016

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Letter to the Editor Speeding in Spring Glen

Dear Editorial Staff,I write concerning what I feel is a serious problem in Carbon County. A street with an inappropriate speed limit lies in our county. I am referring to 2000 West in Spring Glen, which does not have a single structure on it that is not a residence.There are two exceptions to that; one is a community park and the other is an LDS church. With all this in mind the speed limit is set too high at thirty-five miles per hour.Granted many use this convenient street on their way to and from school and work, however, there are also many people walking, exercising and children riding their bikes along the edge. There are no sidewalks, just a white stripe on both sides. I have talked with many neighbors, and to the nth degree we feel the speed limit should be lowered to a residential limit of twenty-five miles per hour.At least two dogs have been seriously injured and it’s only a matter of time before a child comes to a similar fate.People regularly drive at speeds of 40 MPH or higher all the while talking on their phones or texting. Even school buses travel too fast; I have called the Carbon School District office but nothing seems to change. County deputy sheriffs parked along the edge of the street are only a temporary fix.Please, county commissioners, do the right thing and correct this inequity before it’s too late.Sincerely yours,Ken PittsHelper, UTETV 10 News invites you to share your opinions with its readers. Letters to the editor should include your full name, address and phone number. Only your name and the city you live in will be published. We do not publish anonymous letters. Letters can be emailed to or mailed to ETV 10 News, 625 E 100 N, Price, UT 84501.*Disclaimer: The views expressed in Letters to the Editor are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or policy of ETV 10 News or Emery Telcom. read more

Turkish police arrest 32 Anonymous suspects

first_imgIt’s been a very busy year for the hacktivist groups Anonymous and LolzSec, but while both groups have enjoyed plenty of time in the limelight, that exposure has understandably riled law enforcement agencies. Spanish authorities revealed last week that they had identified and arrested three suspects who were allegedly involved in several Anonymous operations — like those against the governments of Egypt and Libya, and Sony’s PlayStation Store.Now, police in Turkey have announced the results of a similar operation in their country. In the wake of a spate of attacks against Turkish government websites, 32 suspects were arrested in 12 cities around Turkey. The attacks had been launched following the country’s recently expanded Internet censorship, which went so far as to deny access to Google’s services inside Turkish borders.AdChoices广告Security firm Sophos expects retaliatory action by Anonymous, who notes that the group had already promised to strike Spanish police servers following the arrests there last week. Those attacks have yet to take place, but they’re almost certainly going to happen.However, it’s been mentioned several times before that  running LOIC — the software which powers most of the Anonymous DDoS attacks — isn’t the best idea. While it’s effective in bringing down remote servers, LOIC is not very effective at protecting the identities of its users. Further DDoS attacks could forseeably lead to even more arrests, since participating in such actions is a criminal offense just about everywhere in the world.Read more at Sophoslast_img read more

Bracks jumps on board with Beirut Hellenic Bank

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Former Victorian Premier Steve Bracks AC, has joined the recently re-branded Board of Beirut Hellenic Bank. As an independent Non-Executive Director, Bracks will be drawing upon almost eight years of experience as Premier of Victoria, as well as from his experience in advising several leading Australian finance and service sector corporations.“It’s a good role; I’m very pleased to be a part of it,” Mr Bracks told Neos Kosmos. “Beirut Hellenic Bank is a new aggressive player in the market in Australia and it’ll be chasing further deposits, looking for trade opportunities and looking for some potential funding of investments that might be appropriate.” Bracks will be supporting extra deposit taking with a particular focus on opportunities for funding trade between Australia and Greece, Australia and Cyprus, and Australia and Lebanon. “There is some significant opportunities there,” Bracks said, adding, “there is a relationship between these countries, but what there’s not is significant commercial opportunities arising from those connections”. The backing of the Bank of Cyprus and the backing of the Bank of Beirut creates a good combination, Bracks said. “I think that gives it weight and power in the market and a much greater chance of long term success.” While Mr Bracks believes multiculturalism is thriving in the Australian business sector, he said there is room for improvement. “I think multiculturalism is strong but it can be even stronger and I think the bank will do everything it can to support that in the future,” he said. Chairman of Beirut Hellenic Bank Nick Pappas welcomed the appointment. “Steve Bracks is a very important addition to the Bank’s Board, particularly for our coverage in Victoria where Steve’s impeccable standing and breadth of knowledge of the local business and banking environment will enable him to make an extremely important contribution to the Bank’s progress,” he said. Steve Bracks was one of Victoria’s most successful Premiers, winning three consecutive elections, including achieving record majorities in the 2002 and 2006 elections. Whilst Premier, Bracks’ government oversaw the rebuilding of Victoria’s infrastructure and services, while maintaining strong budgets and managing a growing economy.Bracks currently serves as Chairman of the superannuation fund Cbus, is a director of Jardine Lloyd Thomson Australia, and a Senior Adviser to KPMG. Bracks is also the Independent Chair for the Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association (ASTRA). He also holds six major honorary positions: as an Adviser to the Prime Minister of East Timor Xanana Gusmao; as a Director of the Bionic Ear Institute Board; as Chair of the Deakin Foundation, Deakin University; and Centre for Dialogue, La Trobe University. He is also Honorary Chair of the Union Education Foundation and the John Button Foundation and is a leading advocate for both multiculturalism and Aboriginal reconciliation.“This role builds on some of my background experience in the economics sector, but also on when I was in government as Premier as well,” Bracks said. “It’s an area I wanted to get into, I have had many offers in significant areas and I’ve picked and chosen the ones I wanted to do and this is one of them”.last_img read more