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first_imgLance Edward Armstrong, the former professional road racing cyclist was born 44 years ago on September 18, 1971. He was known for his return to the sporting career after suffering from cancer. He broke and made many records which were later stripped off him due to the doping charges which were proved by US Anti-Doping Agency.Some unknown facts that you must know about him:Lance Armstrong was born on September 18, 1971 in Plano, TexasAt the age of 12, Lance Armstrong started his career in sports. He participated in City of Plano Swim Club and he finished fourth in 1,500 metre freestyleAt the age of 13, Lance won his first triathlon which was the Iron Kids TriathlonAt the age of 16, Lance Armstrong was ranked first in the under 19 group of triathletes. Lance Armstrong became a triathlete and he participated in many tournaments since thenIn 1992, at the age of 21, Lance Armstrong won many events in Motorala Cycling Team and the win in Tour de France and UNI Road World Championship marked his breakthrough victoriesIn 1996, Armstrong was diagnosed with stage three testicular cancer. He went through chemotherapy and even had an orchitectomy.Later, in 1997, Lance Armstrong bounced back and fought against cancer and was announced as cancer freeFrom 1999 to 2005, Armstrong won seven consecutive titles in Tour de France which is considered as one of the major international cycling eventsLance Armstrong created a video in 2007 with former President George H. W. Bush which was about a $ 3.3 billion taxpayer bond to the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of TexasIn 1997, Lance Armstrong founded Lance Armstrong Foundation which supported the people who were affected from cancer. Since then, he has been a part of many charitable causes and inspired athletes and patients, all around the worldThe sports brand, Nike,  started a line of clothing which was named after Lance ArmstrongLance Armstrong launched a NGO called, Wonders and Worries which caters to providing counselling and support to children with parents who have life threatening diseasesAfter his win in Tour de France in 1999, Lance Armstrong became a subject of doping allegations. Later in 2012, USADA  proved that he had used drugs throughout his career and was therefore banned from participating in any kind of sports.Lance Armstrong’s downfall began after 2012 as he was stripped off his achievements which came to him after 1998.last_img read more

first_imgThe Sandeep Patil-led selection committee announced a 15-member squad for the entire three-match Test series against New Zealand starting September 22.There were no real surprises in the squad as the selectors decided to drop all-rounder Stuart Binny and pacer Shardul Thakur from the 17-member squad that toured West Indies for a four-Test series in July-August. Incidentally, neither Binny nor Thakur played a Test match in the Caribbean. (BCCI invites applications for national selectors, sets age limit at 60)Hon.Secretary Mr. Ajay Shirke lists out the #TeamIndia squad for the 3-match Test series against New Zealand #INDvNZ BCCI (@BCCI) September 12, 2016The other 15 players, including, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav, retained their places. (Strike rate never an issue, I always play with responsibility: Pujara to India Today)This is what Chairman of selectors Mr. Sandeep Patil had to say about Rohit Sharma’s selection in the squad #INDvNZ BCCI (@BCCI) September 12, 2016This was the last meeting for the present selection committee and chairman Patil revealed that Gautam Gambhir’s name was also discussed along with other seniors. (Thakur blasts ICC chairman Shashank Manohar, accuses him of leaving BCCI in lurch)”Gambhir and other seniors were discussed. Many players have performed well in the Duleep Trophy. They all were discussed but the problem in cricket is that only 11 can play,” Patil said. (Team India safe under leadership of Dhoni and Kohli: KL Rahul to India Today)The meeting was chaired by BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke with Test skipper Virat Kohli and coach Anil Kumble in attendance.  advertisementIndia will play New Zealand in the first Test in Kanpur from September 22-26 before the two teams lock horns again for the second Test at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens from September 30 – October 4.  The third and final Test will be played at Indore from October 8-12. (Test side can regain top spot in rankings: MS Dhoni)India, who have won three back-to-back series against Sri Lanka (2-1), South Africa (3-0) and West Indies (2-0) , are ranked second in the ICC’s Test rankings, behind Pakistan.This is India’s busiest domestic season in nearly four decades; besides New Zealand, they will play England, Bangladesh and Australia in 10 more Test matches.Indian Test squad vs New Zealand: Virat Kohli (Captain), Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Murali Vijay, Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shikhar Dhawan, Amit Mishra, Umesh Yadavlast_img read more

first_img She is imploring partnership with the Ministry as it seeks to close the gap in a bid to better prepare young people for the world of work and to improve productivity. Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, says the 2017 National Labour Market survey found that the skills gap was predominant among students leaving high school with no work experience. Story Highlights The Government is seeking public-private partnership to close the soft skills gap that exists among the nation’s youth. The Government is seeking public-private partnership to close the soft skills gap that exists among the nation’s youth.Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, says the 2017 National Labour Market survey found that the skills gap was predominant among students leaving high school with no work experience.She is imploring partnership with the Ministry as it seeks to close the gap in a bid to better prepare young people for the world of work and to improve productivity.“The gap identified is that of soft skills and the lack thereof, with emphasis being placed on customer service and empathy,” she said, while addressing a ‘Labour Department and You’ roadshow, held recently at the Ocho Rios Baptist Church, St. Ann.“I want to tell you that the soft skills are the personal attributes. Personality traits, inherent social cues and communication skills needed for success on the job. Soft skills include possessing a good attitude, the use of initiative, creative thinking, teamwork, decision-making, good work ethics, networking, positivity, time management, motivation, flexibility, problem solving and conflict resolution,” she pointed out.Meanwhile, Mrs. Robinson said that the Ministry will continue to use its Labour Market Information System (LMIS) to better prepare young workers for the present and future demands of the job market.“The Ministry’s LMIS website provides information about market data, which includes hot jobs, emerging and obsolete jobs, and seeks to provide information on possible scholarships and job opportunities. I say obsolete because some jobs are, in fact, disappearing as technology improves,” she noted.In this regard, she underscored the need for Jamaicans to prepare themselves for the emerging marketplace and the emerging jobs.Mrs. Robinson stressed that the world of work is changing at an alarming rate and “we have to keep abreast of it if we are going to make ourselves marketable and make ourselves investor-friendly as a country too”.“As we continue [on] the trajectory of reducing youth unemployment, the Ministry will continue to work through our evidence-based programmes, such as the labour market information system… to prepare young workers for the present and future demands of the world of work,” she added.She said that the Ministry plans to review the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the HEART Trust/NTA to meet the demands in the job market.She noted, for example, that “we can’t find enough landscapers, not even for the local demand much less for the overseas demand. So, as jobs emerge and the market changes, we have to make ourselves relevant to that market”.The roadshow was the second in the series being staged by the Ministry to address issues related to the job market, industrial relations, occupational safety and health, efforts to eliminate child labour, as well as local and overseas employment programmes.The roadshows, which will travel across the island, are being staged in collaboration with the Jamaica Employers’ Federation (JEF) and the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions (JCTU).The show will stop in Kingston and St. Andrew on November 21 and 22; St. James, January 16 and 17; and St. Thomas, February 27 and 28.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Amid politicians making news for their sexist comments related to the women of Jammu & Kashmir since the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution that accorded special status to the state, ace wrestler Bajrang Punia has a message of peace. “Neither do we want in-laws in Kashmir, nor the land there. We want an India where no soldier returns home wrapped in the Tricolour. Jai Hind, Jai Bharat,” Punia tweeted in Hindi on Friday. Punia’s remark came a day after Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar told a gathering in the state that people were saying that Kashmiri women can be brought there for marriage now that Article 370 had ended. Earlier this week, BJP MLA Vikram Singh Saini had exhorted his partymen, especially Muslims, to make use of their supposedly new right to marry fair-skinned Kashmiri women.last_img read more

first_imgA chronology of events in the case of convicted rapist and killer Paul Bernardo:1991June 15 – Leslie Mahaffy, 14, disappears from outside her home in Burlington, Ont., in the early hours of the morning.June 29 – Mahaffy’s body parts are found encased in concrete blocks in Lake Gibson near St. Catharines, Ont. The same day, Paul Bernardo marries Karla Homolka.1992April 16 – Kristen French, 15, is abducted as she walks home from school in St. Catharines.April 30 – French’s nude body is found in a ditch in Burlington, Ont., 500 metres from Mahaffy’s grave.1993Feb. 17 – Police arrest Bernardo at his St. Catharines home.April 30 – Police end three-month search of Bernardo’s house after warrant expires.May 6 – Bernardo’s lawyer, Ken Murray, enters house and, after receiving phone call from his client, removes videotapes depicting rapes of four girls including French and Mahaffy.May 18 – Homolka is charged with two counts of manslaughter in the French and Mahaffy slayings after striking deal with Crown. She is freed on bail.May 19 – Bernardo is charged with two counts each of first-degree murder, kidnapping, forcible confinement and aggravated sexual assault, and one count of committing an indignity to a body.July 5 – Justice Francis Kovacs orders delay on publication of most information from Homolka’s trial.July 6 – Homolka is convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 12 years in prison.1994March 30 – Crown files a preferred indictment that cancels Bernardo’s preliminary hearing and sends him directly to trial on the murder charges.May 4 – Bernardo pleads not guilty to the nine charges.Sept. 7 – Murray asks to withdraw from the case. Toronto lawyer John Rosen says he’s been asked to represent Bernardo.Sept. 12 – Rosen formally replaces Murray as Bernardo’s lawyer, and says he needs several months to prepare for trial. Murray gives Rosen videotapes, which Rosen later turns over to police.Nov. 7 – Rosen says the trial should be moved out of St. Catharines because of intense media coverage.Nov. 10 – Justice Patrick LeSage agrees to move the trial.1995May 3-5 – 12 jurors are selected from pool of about 1,000.May 18 – Trial begins. Prosecutor Ray Houlahan’s opening statement portrays Bernardo as a sexual sadist who battered and blackmailed Homolka and strangled French and Mahaffy with an electrical cord.May 31 – Jurors begin watching videotapes depicting sexual assaults on French, Mahaffy, Homolka’s sister Tammy and a girl known in court as Jane Doe.June 19 – Homolka testifies she was battered into submission by Bernardo and ultimately watched him strangle Mahaffy and French.July 13 – Rosen, the defence lawyer, concludes cross-examination by alleging French choked to death while Homolka was beating her with a mallet. Homolka denies it.Aug. 14 – Crown ends its case after three months and 86 witnesses.Aug. 15 – Defence begins its case. Bernardo admits kidnapping and raping French and Mahaffy to satisfy an ”out-of-control” sex life, but denies killing them. He says both died while he was out of the room.Aug. 22 – Crown finishes cross-examining Bernardo, and defence wraps up its case.Aug. 28 – In his closing argument, Rosen admits his client — ”the devil incarnate” — kidnapped, raped and confined the two girls, but says Crown did not prove he murdered the girls. Rosen says Homolka’s testimony was not credible and should not be believed by jurors.Aug. 29 – Houlahan tells jurors that even if they don’t believe Homolka, they should still convict Bernardo of murder because the videotapes provide ”overwhelming proof” he killed the girls. The prosecutor suggests Homolka would also have been tried for murder if police had the videotapes in 1993.Sept. 1 – After eight hours of deliberation, jury declares Bernardo guilty on all nine counts. He is sentenced to life in prison with no parole for 25 years on the two murder charges.2018May 18 – Bernardo, now 54, is ordered to stand trial for allegedly possessing a homemade shank in the maximum-security prison where he is serving his life sentence.Oct. 5 – The weapon charge is withdrawn after the Crown says there is no reasonable prospect of conviction.Oct. 17 – A National Parole Board panel denies Bernardo’s bid for parole.last_img read more

first_imgCALGARY – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley took her pro-pipeline tour to the heart of the energy industry in Calgary on Friday where she urged business leaders not to let up on the message that Canada’s climate progress depends on pipeline progress.Speaking in front of the Calgary Chamber, Notley assured the audience that she has been delivering that message in person all week to audiences in Ontario in an effort to see progress on pipelines, especially with Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain project that faces resistance in British Columbia.“The time to speak up is now,” said Notley, calling on both business leaders and Albertans of all political stripes to get out and talk about climate action, pipeline safety, and the importance of the energy industry for the overall economy.“This is all about our common future. And it’s bigger than any party label. As business leaders, your voice matters.”Touting the enormous economic benefits Alberta contributes to Canada, and the need to preserve good jobs in the energy sector while making progress on the environment, Notley was thanked for her efforts with a standing ovation from a crowd that greeted her with lukewarm applause two years ago.Notley also called on the federal Liberals, as she had when in Ottawa and Toronto this week, to do more to advocate for the pipeline.“You have to step up,” she said. “This project is in the national interest, that’s why it got approved.”“Now, more than ever, Canadians need our national government to articulate, and then defend the national interest,” she added.Ian Anderson, president of Kinder Morgan Canada, thanked Notley for her strong advocacy on behalf of the project and the industry in his introduction of the premier.“You’ve been a strong and unwavering supporter of ours, and our industry. Your voice is being heard loud and clear across the country.”He noted the importance of the public relations campaign as Kinder Morgan has still yet to put shovels in the ground for a project that the federal government approved a year ago.“While we had hoped that we would have been putting Albertans to work, I can assure you we will very soon be putting Albertans to work and we will be commencing construction as soon as we possibly can on the project.”Notley takes her pipeline tour to Vancouver next week where there exists some of the fiercest opposition to a project that would nearly triple the capacity of the pipeline running from Alberta to Burnaby, B.C.last_img read more

Rabat – Kaouthar Zaghba, sister of Italian-Moroccan London Bridge attacker Youssef Zaghba, has criticised the attack that left eight dead and 48 injured, saying it was the result of their “violent” father.The 24 year old said her brother was inspired by the violent nature of their father Mohammed, who beat her and her mother Valeria. She stated that her father used violence when she would not wear the veil, went out with male friends or obtained bad grades.Zaghba explained her move to Italy saying, “I left Morocco because I’d had enough of my father.” When she left Fes aged 18, her brother stayed behind with their father but he soon left for London.  Zaghba said that her brother’s move to London was also motivated by his desire to stay away from their father. Zaghba has praised their Muslim convert mother who has openly criticised her son’s actions, saying that their mother taught “the rules of tolerant Islam.”In an interview with Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, Italian resident Zaghba said she would not attend her brother’s funeral, even if it took place in Italy. “I am so shocked by what he did. He is still my brother, I cannot change that but I will never forgive him for what he has done.”Zaghba said she understood why over 500 imams and religious leaders had refused to conduct a funeral service for her brother– “they need to send a sign.”Zaghba noted that while the pair were close as children, religion had caused them to grow apart over the past few years. Unlike her brother who desired “to live a pure Islamic life,” Zaghba told the Italian press: “I don’t believe in God, in any God. I’m sorry but that’s the truth.”She stated that she had not spoken recently with her brother because they “didn’t see eye to eye” and “he didn’t like the way I lived my life.”The Sun reported that Zaghba’s father is due to collect his son’s body in London over the next few days.Youssef Zaghba was one of three attackers who killed eight people and injured at least 48 in the London Bridge area of London on Saturday June 3. Along with two other attackers, who have been named as British national Khuram Butt and Moroccan-Libyan Rachid Redouane, the trio drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge and then exited the van to attack people in nearby Borough Market. read more

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a loan agreement with the Government of Sri Lanka in Colombo today to provide a Japanese ODA loan of up to 30.04 billion yen for the Project for Establishment of Light Rail Transit System in Colombo.The objective of the project is to boost the transportation capacity and improve the safety and comfort of public transportation by introducing a light rail transit (LRT) system with 16 stations distributed over 15.7 kilometers of track in and around Colombo. The Special Terms for Economic Partnership (STEP) will apply to the Japanese ODA loan for the project, and Japanese technology, including rolling stock and electromechanical equipment for the LRT, will be utilized in the project. By doing so, the project aims to improve the urban environment through a reduction in air pollution and other traffic pollution and to stimulate socioeconomic activities in the area. STEP refers to special assistance terms for promoting the visibility of Japanese aid through a transfer of outstanding Japanese technology and expertise to developing nations.The main contract is Japan tied and subcontracting is general untied. Although the main contract allows a joint venture with the borrowing country in addition to the Japanese company and its subsidiary with an overseas presence, the Japanese company must be the leading partner in such an arrangement. (Colombo Gazette) read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Unseasonably warm weather has helped some Prairie farmers finish a harvest that was delayed because of snow.Murray Taks farms near Crossfield, northeast of Calgary, and joyfully says that he’s done harvesting and is helping neighbours finish up.Farmers across Saskatchewan and Alberta were behind in getting their crops off because snow, then rain, in early October left fields saturated and brought combines to a halt.Taks says it’s a big relief to be done.Don Williams, who farms in Lanigan, Sask., started harvesting Aug. 22, but didn’t finished until last Wednesday.Williams says only about one-third of his crop was dry, so he’s dried about 130,000 bushels of grain so far and has another 60,000 to go. by Sandra Prusina Posted Nov 15, 2016 2:28 pm MDT Alberta|Crossfield|farming|Lanigan|Murray Taks Warm weather helps farmers push through harvest after snow, rain delay read more

Youth University and Community Learning will host a conversation series for youth between the ages of 8 and 14.Youth University and Community Learning at Brock University have partnered to launch a “big questions” conversation series for Niagara youth.The series will provide a platform for youth ages 8 to 14 and their parents to discuss and engage with questions that have no easy answers, such as what makes a great country? And what is beauty?“These types of questions explored in a group setting provide young people with an opportunity to question assumptions and develop critical thinking skills,” says Stacia Heaton, program manager of Community Learning at Brock.The talks take place on Saturday mornings and are free and open to everyone. The next youth conversation will tackle the question “what rights do animals have?” It takes place on Feb. 23, from 10:30 p.m. to noon in the Rotary Room at the St. Catharines Public Library.Discussions are led by Brock student mentors and include hands-on activities. Youth who take part in three sessions will receive a certificate of participation from Brock University.Community Learning is a comprehensive community initiative that aims to cultivate the skills and curiosity needed for all people to become lifelong learners.View the series schedule online. read more

In our quest to solve baseball riddles, we sometimes turn to our friends on Twitter for assistance for topics worth tackling. This one, from @ursus_marit, got our attention. In the eight days since this question was posed, home teams have enjoyed some moderate success. Still, the broader point stands: Road teams are faring unusually well this year. We’re on pace to see the fourth-smallest home-field advantage in the past 20 years, with home teams winning just 52.7 percent of games. There could be any number of reasons for this happening, from random chance to the possibility that Major League Baseball’s closer supervision of umpires is curbing Eric Gregg-level home-cooking calls on balls and strikes. It’s all interesting fodder for backward-looking conversations.What interests us more are the forward-looking implications for this statistical anomaly. Every October, we hear about the challenge of winning games on the road during the playoffs. Could the biggest outliers — the teams performing much better on the road than at home — have an advantage in the postseason?To conduct this experiment, we looked at the entirety of the League Championship Series era (starting in 1969) and tallied home and road winning percentages for every team during the regular season. We then gathered the results of every playoff game during those four-and-a-half decades from, noting which teams played at home and which ones played on the road.We controlled for obvious variables, such as overall record and opponents’ record. We then asked our fundamental question: Is there a significant effect that improves playoff outcome predictions, if we also include how much better or worse a team tended to play in a particular location?The answer is: Yes, pretty much. Here’s the quick, slightly gorier math: Looking at all postseason games from 1969 through 2013, we found a marginally significant value to the road team’s road winning percentage minus its home winning percentage, even after controlling for its overall winning percentage. The p-value came in at .07, above the .05 threshold at which we define statistical significance. For every one standard deviation in road winning percentage minus home winning percentage, we can add or subtract nearly 3 percent1To be more precise, 2.9 percent. from the road team’s chances of winning a playoff game.For the 1969-2013 period, the home team won 55.8 of all playoff games.2Compared to 53.9 percent for regular-season games during that period. But make the road team one standard deviation better than average based on road vs. home differential, and the home team wins only 52.9 percent of the time. Make the road team one standard deviation worse, and the home team wins 58.6 percent of the time. We can see how that relationship works in the chart below:The 1969-2013 playoff team with the biggest positive gap between its regular road and home records is the 1981 Kansas City Royals. That’s a bit of a cheat, because that was a strike-shortened season that saw a couple of mediocre teams play into October, thanks to an impromptu rule that granted playoff spots to the best teams from the first and second half of that season. So the Royals cracked the postseason that year, despite posting an overall record that was three games under .500, with a terrible 19-28 home record that netted a .404 home winning percentage.The table below shows the top 20 playoff teams since 1969, as ranked by biggest positive gap between road and home records:Now here’s the million-dollar question: Which potential playoff teams are playing much better on the road this year than at home?Here again, the Royals make an appearance, this time as the playoff contender with the third-biggest positive road-to-home split. Kansas City sits at 42-32 (.568) on the road this season vs. 40-35 (.533) at home, a gap of .035. The Royals are battling for their playoff lives, holding a two-game lead in the race for the second wild-card spot — not counting a soon-to-be-completed suspended game in which they trailed 4-2 in the 10th inning before rain pushed the game’s end to Sept. 22. That means if the playoffs were to start today, Kansas City would travel to Oakland for a one-game playoff. With veteran ace James Shields potentially getting the call for that game,3Depending on how the schedule plays out and if the Royals juggle their rotation. the A’s limping to the finish line, and KC being tough on the road, that could be a favorable matchup for the Royals.Bachelor No. 2 is the Los Angeles Dodgers. They own the best road record in the National League, a stellar 46-29 (.613), but a more modest home record of 40-35 (.533) — a gap of .080. The Dodgers sit just a half-game behind the Washington Nationals for best overall record in the NL, meaning they have a chance to secure home-field advantage until the World Series. On one hand, this would lessen the importance of being world-beaters on the road. On the other, having an unusually strong road record in the regular season correlates to overall success in the playoffs, not just road playoff success.But the most intriguing sleeper might be the Seattle Mariners. The Mariners own the best road record in the American League, a gaudy 42-29 (.592), but just a 38-40 (.487) mark at home — a huge gap of .105 that would be the fourth-largest for any playoff team in the past 45 years. The Mariners are the team on the Royals’ heels. They have a killer one-two starting pitcher combination of Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma,4Granted, Iwakuma has slowed down in his past few starts, including a rough outing Monday in which he allowed four runs in just 4.1 innings. potentially setting up Iwakuma to start a one-game playoff on the road (assuming the schedule holds and King Felix starts the final game of the regular season). They also face a remaining schedule that could bode well in their quest to crash the postseason dance: a tough four-game set in Anaheim, then three against a weak Houston Astros team, four against a Toronto Blue Jays team that will probably be eliminated by then, and three final games against the Halos — who will almost certainly have clinched the AL West, setting up a potentially easy series against second-string talent while the Angels’ stars rest. And more than any other team, Seattle won’t bat an eyelash at the severe home/road split left in these final two weeks; 10 games on the road vs. just three remaining at home could work out great for the Mariners’ playoff hopes.So, keep an eye on these road warriors as the regular season enters its home stretch. If history is any guide, they might surprise in the playoffs … assuming they get that far. read more

first_imgThe October 26 launch of Windows 8 is rapidly approaching, and that means it’s time for Microsoft to rally developers to make sure that the Windows Store is well-stocked with apps and games for the impending rush of shoppers. The doors are already open to users of the Windows 8 Preview builds, and it’s been smooth sailing so far. Now, Microsoft has put up a blog post designed to answer that all-important question: how will developers monetize their apps?The methods are the same tried-and-tested ones you’ve encountered on Windows Phone, iOS , or Android. The Windows Store allows developers to offer ad-supported apps, in-app purchases, trial installs, and even support for developer-hosted billing systems.One interesting twist with the Windows Store is Microsoft’s “commission.” While the initial cut is the same 30% that’s become standard in pretty much every app market, things change once an app’s total sales pass the $25,000 mark (and that includes in-app purchases). After that point, Microsoft reduces its cut to 20%, allowing developers of successful apps to pocket a little additional cash. 10% might not seem like much, but for developers of successful titles it’s another strong incentive to get their apps Metro-ready and submitted to the Windows Store.Microsoft is also raising the bar slightly when it comes to purchase prices. You won’t find any 99-cent apps or games in the Windows Store. They’ll start at $1.49 — a modest bump to be sure, but just one more way Microsoft is trying to differentiate the Windows Store and remind developers that getting paid is an important part of building an app.Users will appreciate the fact that Microsoft is pushing hard for trial apps. In their blog post, it’s mentioned that trial apps can lead to five times the sales of paid apps that don’t offer a test drive. Microsoft is keen to point out that developers benefit in other ways, too — such as harvesting useful telemetry data from customers that may otherwise never have used their apps.More at MSDNlast_img read more

first_imgManchester City manager Pep Guardiola has come to the defence of Raheem Sterling after the City winger was awarded a controversial penalty during their 6-0 drubbing of Shakhtar Donetsk.Guardiola says he knew “immediately” that his team had been wrongly awarded a penalty in Wednesday’s victory over Shakhtar, but defended Sterling for not pointing out the error.The former Liverpool player went down in the box in the 24th minute after kicking the turf as he shaped to shoot.But match referee Viktor Kassai awarded a penalty, believing Sterling had been tripped by Shakhtar’s Mykola Matvyenko.Guardiola was seen on the touchline he disagreeing with the decision and later confirmed, according to Goal:“We realised immediately it was not a penalty.”Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…However, when asked whether Sterling should have made the referee aware that he had not been touched by Matvyenko, the former Barcelona manager said:“He could do that [flag up the mistake], but last season Liverpool… Milner could say that the pass to the second goal in the 44th minute it was a legal goal.”“But [referee Antonio] Mateu Lahoz didn’t want to concede that goal, so that’s why it happened, but he could do that, yes.”“We don’t like to score a goal in that situation but [Sterling] didn’t realise. The referee at the end realised. The Spanish referee Mateu Lahoz, he realised, he didn’t want to concede.”“But in that situation [Sterling] didn’t realise because he wanted to chip, caught the grass, goes down, it’s not a penalty.”last_img read more

first_img Share your voice Close up with the Galaxy Fold screen, notch and hinge Even Google’s in on the action, pledging Android support so that its software will switch from one screen orientation to another as you fold and unfold the display. A little-known company sold the first foldable phone, the Royole FlexPai, but Samsung’s Fold is the first “real” foldable phone for most people. If Samsung and its rivals can fix major problems that the Fold is seeing now, and enough people wind up clamoring for the design, then foldable phones have a chance to change the way people use their devices. A foldable phone could one day make tablets obsolete.Read more: Galaxy Fold pains could help other foldable phones succeedgalaxy-fold-screen-filmLook closely beyond the bezel and you can see a thin film on the Galaxy Fold’s screen. Samsung says this protective layer isn’t a screen saver, and you shouldn’t remove it or you might damage the screen. Angela Lang/CNET Premium on the outside, cheap feeling on the insideThe Galaxy Fold has two screens, but it’s the 7.3-inch inner display that’s your real living space. While you get chemically hardened Gorilla Glass on the outside, this inner screen is made from plastic, not glass — because we don’t have bendable glass yet. That means the screen’s about as soft and tender as a young shoot, and just as easily mangled.My review unit is still 100% usable, without bumps or distortion, but if you look at it closely, over on the left side there’s a small divot. You can see it clearly in our review video. I’m not even sure when it happened, but it does speak to the fragility of this type of design. My solution was to use voice input, but Samsung’s default software only mangled my words more. I was able to turn it off in the settings, which fell back to Google’s voice input, my preference all along. That helped tremendously.I have smaller fingers, so this was hard for me, but it’s certain you’ll struggle if you have bigger hands. I’d definitely rely on Google Voice or Bixby to do certain things, like place a call, search for store hours or turn Wi-Fi on and off.The one thing I will say is that the Fold is easy to use one-handed when folded up, especially if all you want to do is follow maps navigation or snap a quick photo.  217-galaxy-foldThe Fold doesn’t close perfectly flat. Sarah Tew/CNET ‘App Continuity’ works as advertisedWhen you open the Fold, any app you have open on the outside will also unfurl on the inside. This is called App Continuity, and it’s something Samsung and Google worked on together to make sure that the Fold doesn’t experience lag. This works as expected and without delay. But if you want the app on the inside screen to follow you to the smaller exterior one, you’ll need to select those apps in the Display settings. This is because you may not want every app to dog your heels. You might decide that, for most apps, closing the phone means closing out what you’re doing. Right now, WhatsApp, Microsoft, Spotify, Amazon Prime Video, Samsung and Google apps have all been optimized to use the design. If the app doesn’t support App Continuity, it still works, but you’ll need to resize the app for full-screen — otherwise you’ll see black bars on either side.303-galaxy-foldThe split screen keyboard is helpful. Sarah Tew/CNET The moment you start typing, you’ll notice that Samsung splits the keyboard to make it more comfortable on the larger screen. My hands still stretched across the screen and got tired, but I never felt like I was going to drop the Fold and I still preferred it to typing on the smaller screen.I’m not the world’s biggest fan of the Samsung keyboard, and it’s irksome that you can’t trace to type in split-screen mode. I’m sure that third-party virtual keyboard replacements will rise to the challenge. Multitasking: There’s an art to using three apps at onceMultitasking is one of the Fold’s biggest selling points. Being able to use up to three apps at the same time is, after all, one advantage of using a larger screen. But multiactive windows, as it’s called, is complicated and a little confusing, so bear with me and I’ll do my best to explain it.Most of the time, you’ll open an app the way you normally would, either by tapping the icon on your home screen, picking it from your Recents tab, or swiping up from the bottom to select from the app tray. Now say you want to chat with someone while you’re playing YouTube videos. You swipe from the right side of the screen (where the edge display is on other Galaxy phones) and launch an app that way.  galaxy-galaxy-fold-71You can use up to three apps at once. Angela Lang/CNET You’ll notice that opening the second app scooches the first one over to the left so the second one can load as a tall, narrow panel. Then, if you add a third app (same way you add a second), the secondary panel divides in half to make room for the third panel. You can slightly resize these windows, close them out, and drag and drop to reposition them using blue “handles” at the top of the app. For example, if you want your third app to become your main window, you can drag it over into that position. I noticed right away that the more apps you have open, the smaller the font. So you may not really want to use all three at once all the time. But if you want to quickly open the calculator while you’re reading a news story, you don’t have to stop what you’re doing to switch focus. You can also turn the phone to landscape mode to change the orientation, which makes the windows wider and shorter. To load an app on the main window, you swipe up to access the app tray. To open an app on one of the other windows, you flick from the app tray on the right and launch an app that way. One more pro tip: You can also build out your multiwindow screen by dragging and dropping icons from the Recents tab.  galaxy-galaxy-fold-44Closed, the Fold looks like two phones stacked one on another. You can see the fingerprint reader/Bixby button below the lock button.  Angela Lang/CNET Everything I just described happens in a perfect world, but there are limitations. You’ll never have the option to open some apps as secondary or tertiary panels, and that really sucks. I’m hoping Samsung will work with top app developers to make this happen.Interestingly, I noticed that some apps might open not as a panel, but as a pop-up. In this case, I opened Netflix to start a download, and then opened Google Drive to find a file while I waited. I had expected Drive to open as a panel, and was surprised to see it as a window in a window, a lot like the picture-in-picture view that lets you see Google Maps navigation as a thumbnail while focusing on something else entirely. I expanded the pop-up and moved it around using the same “handles.”Speaking of the Netflix download (two episodes of the British period spy drama Traitors), the image didn’t naturally fill the screen and I didn’t see an onscreen control to expand it — just black bars on the top and bottom. Samsung will definitely want to work with Netflix on formatting, because this is not an ideal arrangement. You can force the app to expand if you dig around in the display settings, but that didn’t change anything for Netflix.068-galaxy-foldThe Galaxy Fold comes in black, green, silver and blue. Sarah Tew/CNET The Fold’s six cameras are as good as on the S10 PlusThe Galaxy Fold has a total of six cameras: three on the back, one on the front and two inside:10-megapixel camera for quick shots and selfies (outer screen).10-megapixel camera (inner screen).8-megapixel RGB depth sensor (inner screen).12-megapixel main camera (backing).16-megapixel ultra-wide angle (backing).12-megapixel telephoto lens (backing).galaxy-galaxy-fold-33You might get stared at taking photos with the Galaxy Fold open, but you can fine-tune your shot. Angela Lang/CNET While you can snap shots using the 4.6-inch screen, Samsung expects you to use the Fold unfolded to take most photos, because you’ll be able to better adjust the blur and settings that way. I don’t love holding up a tablet-size screen to take my photos. I make fun of those people (sorry, people). Now I’ve become one of those people. Taking photos while the Fold is closed up is workable, but not awesome because it’s hard to tell if your photo is in focus, and it’s much harder to move tiny sliders for Live Focus (portrait) shots. But if you’re honestly taking a quick pic, or don’t want to draw attention to yourself by unfolding the Fold, then it’s totally fine. You can either share the photo right away, or open the Fold for fine-tuning.It’s a lot easier to take selfies from the closed position than from the open position, and it’s also more private — you don’t have everyone and their dog watching you check your teeth on your 7.3-inch screen. galaxy-galaxy-fold-38One-handed camera shots are good for taking a quick photo to share right away. Angela Lang/CNET Since Samsung is using the exact same cameras on the Galaxy Fold as it does on the Galaxy S10 Plus (and S10 5G), you get great quality photos. I’m intrigued by the 8-megapixel depth-sensing camera on the inside, since it’s essentially going to be used for selfies, not for AR experiences in front of you (or else it’d be on the rear). Perhaps if Samsung magically turns on secure face unlock using the depth-sensing camera, this would be one way to open the Fold before unlocking it. It could be used to verify online payments. Until then, the fingerprint reader is fast and easy enough to use open or closed. I’ll get into that in a little more detail below.Solid battery life and performance, but scrolling can get weirdSamsung promises all-day battery life on the Galaxy Fold’s 4,380-mAh power source (which is split into two batteries, one for each side). As always, how long you get depends on how you use the phone. In my tests, the Fold certainly went from morning until night, but I did need to plug it in again at the end of the day. The Fold will last longer closed than it will if you continually use it open, for the simple reason that the larger screen demands more power.052-galaxy-foldWe see the same camera setup as the Galaxy S10 Plus. Sarah Tew/CNET That was evident in CNET’s looping video drain battery test in airplane mode. Open, the Fold lasted 16 hours on the first run and 17 hours on the second. Compare that to the Galaxy S10 Plus, which ran 21 hours with the same test.The Galaxy Fold uses the same Snapdragon 855 processor as the Galaxy S10 phones, and I’m happy to report that benchmarking test scores fall right in line. Using apps on the big and little screens felt fast. App continuity, which shuffles apps between the inner and outer screens, is a completely new trick, so there’s a fraction of a delay there that I won’t hold against Samsung and Google at this early stage.What I will point out — and I know I’m not the first reviewer to do so — is a weird effect called “jelly scrolling” that makes the text scroll at different rates on the Fold’s left hemisphere versus its right side. When you scroll quickly in either direction, blocks of text look like they slant up or down. It’s not going to get in your way, but the two sides clearly aren’t aligned. Just one more thing for Samsung’s to-do list.Galaxy Fold vs. the Huawei Mate X Power button Power button Our Galaxy Fold didn’t break. Here’s what’s good and… Display size, resolution At least one Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Android Pie Google Huawei Microsoft Motorola Samsung After a week, I’m still divided about the Fold. The world doesn’t need foldable phones. We can get along perfectly fine without them. But we should want them — not as the Fold is now, but as it could be. I hope the Fold’s early misfortunes don’t deter Samsung and others from trying again. The brand is already rumored to be at work on two more separate designs. Maybe one of those will stick.The Fold’s screen problems, while important, distract us from evaluating where this device works well and where it doesn’t. We need to be able to let the drama settle and really look at what the Fold has to offer. So that’s what I’m going to do. Let’s agree that the Galaxy Fold is a testbed device for developers and the earliest adopters to buy, and for the rest of us to ponder over — and then let’s put that aside and dive into the details. Are you with me?Read: Samsung’s best way out of the Galaxy Fold mess: Suck up to buyersWhat the Galaxy Fold is best at: Screen viewing, e.g., reading and watching videos.Opening and closing.Multitasking.Being portable.Grabbing people’s attention.What the Fold isn’t so good at:Protecting the internal screen.Typing, especially on the small exterior screen.Long-lasting battery life.Being around water.Smooth scrolling.When you open the Fold, any app you launched on the outside also opens on the inside. Samsung Read: After Galaxy Fold fiasco, Note 10 may be the hero phone Samsung needsWhy we care about the Galaxy Fold in the first placeThe entire purpose of a foldable phone is to give you an expansive, uninterrupted display to watch videos, play games and read on, then put away in your pocket.Companies have made foldable phone concept sketches and prototypes for years, but the Galaxy Fold marks the first time there’s been enough critical mass in interest and technological know-how to make a commercial device possible. Samsung isn’t alone. Huawei’s Mate X and TCL’s commitment to a future foldable are making this new bendable design more real every day.  The screen’s about as soft and tender as a young shoot, and just as easily mangled. Tags Special features Even before the raft of screen malfunctions, it was clear how important the Galaxy Fold’s $1,980 screen is. Unlike other phones, which might stand out because of a multitude of cameras, extra-long battery life or a wireless charging trick, the Fold, like other foldable ones, will live and die by the quality of its bendable screen down to its center crease. On the one hand, the 7.3-inch screen is luxury at its finest, making it easy to take it all in without squinting. At its worst, the Galaxy Fold screen that stops working due to scratches or worse could sink the whole ship. That is the promise — and the peril — that this new foldable phone category embodies. Nobody expected the screens on some reviewers’ phones to malfunction so quickly, or for Samsung to postpone the Fold’s April 26 sale date for weeks — until September, as it turned out — while it investigated what went wrong and made changes to the Fold’s design. That sucked, because the incidents cast a pall over the Fold and over the concept of foldable phones in general. I’d been superexcited to be one of the first in the world to try the Fold, but the screen meltdown let all the air out of the balloon.It’s no overstatement to say that folding and unfolding the Galaxy Fold is something special. It isn’t enough to see that display open and close — you have to feel it for yourself. Bending a screen is a visceral action that for me feels completely natural and right. And after doing everything from watching videos to reading the news to writing emails on the phone’s enormous 7.3-inch screen, you’ll never want to go back to “only” a 6-inch display again. The promise — but also peril — of foldable phones is real.  Android 9.0 with Samsung One UI 12GB No Epic Galaxy Fold unboxing: Samsung makes it count Camera People try the Galaxy Fold for the first time 6:26 Storage Mobile software TBA, converts to $2,600 (2,299 euros) Kirin 980 processor 6.6-inch (2,480×1,148 pixels); 6.38-inch (2,480×892 pixels); 8-inch OLED (2,480×2,200 pixels) Now playing: Watch this: 512GB Front-facing camera Two 10-megapixel, 8-megapixel 3D depth TBA, converts to AU$3,620 Processor Battery Now playing: Watch this: Connector TBA, converts to £1,500 TBA Samsung Galaxy Fold 512GBcenter_img Four rear cameras RAM 10:12 8GB Headphone jack The Fold looks and feels premium on the outside when closed up tight, thanks to glossy glass surfaces, luminous color and a gleaming, dressed-up hinge. Samsung had to go this route to justify the phone’s high price. A magnetic closure helps the Fold feel securely battened down. Read: The Galaxy Fold can’t have this one useful thinggalaxy-galaxy-fold-81I don’t expect plastic bezels on a $2,000 “luxury” phone. Do you? Angela Lang/CNET But when you open it up, the interior feels and looks toylike, with plastic bezels and a large notch to match the plastic screen.The plastic film that’s caused such a ruckus is only one problem. Two reviewers took it off (I thought about doing so myself), which caused the screen to immediately malfunction. Samsung later said it’s not a screen guard, but an integral part of the phone’s structure. With a thin border between this protective layer and those plastic bezels, it’s hard to tell — there’s enough room to easily slide in a fingernail or tool to give this film a tug.Another bother is the dust and lint that like to collect in this gap. More worrisome, perhaps, are small twin openings between the screen and the hinge, one on either pole when the Fold is open. You can see how something could work its way in there.On the bright side, opening and closing the Fold feels awesome. The Fold is a phone you have to understand on a physical level that words and photos don’t do justice to. You have to feel how much force you need to throw into it to close the device and open it again. To gauge the smoothness of that big hinge as the “wings” open and close. It isn’t hard, but you do need to be deliberate, and I like the little bit of exertion the Fold demands from you. And that clack when it does close! Extremely satisfying.225-galaxy-foldThe Infinity Flex display is made of a type of plastic because bendable glass isn’t available yet. Sarah Tew/CNET It’s not just me that thinks this. I’ve passed the Galaxy Fold around to co-workers, friends, perfect strangers craning to get a look — even my septuagenarian parents — and you can see their faces light up the first time they bend and unbend the screen. It’s such an “aha!” moment. (My mom called the screen color “pure and glowing.”)I do love that I can actually zip the Fold into the pocket of a short-waisted, fitted leather jacket. When I’ve finished a session of use, I can simply close it up with a snap and stash it away. Let’s be real about the screen creaseBefore the Galaxy Fold screens began acting up, this seam running down the phone’s plastic Infinity Flex display was the thing worrying people most. It was ugly, they said, while fretting over long-term wear and tear. Would the crease get worse? Would it get in the way?Yes, the crease is there, and it’s highly visible in certain light for the simple and enduring reason that foldable phones have screens that bend in half. Until we find a material that fluidly self-heals when bending and unbending, we’re going to have to put up with some amount of creasing. Foldable screens with outward bends such as the Mate X and FlexPai have an obvious ridge, too. So does your elbow.galaxy-galaxy-fold-83If you’re not navigating games in the center of the screen, the crease probably isn’t in your way. Angela Lang/CNET When I press down on the 7.3-inch screen when the Fold is opened, I can feel the hinge mechanism underneath, but I don’t really feel it if I’m swiping lightly. It doesn’t much get in the way with the few games I’ve played so far, and when I’m immersed in what I’m doing, like reading the screen or watching a video, everything else just fades away. I’d rather not have a crease, but at this point, it’s the least of the Fold’s screen worries.The notch sticks out like a sore thumbAs much as I like the Fold’s looks, some of its design elements are real head-scratchers. First, there’s that notch. It’s a roughly inch-long cutout on the right side of the 7.3-inch display, housing two cameras and some sensors. I’ll be honest with you, it looks pretty ridiculous and unnecessarily large. I get that Samsung wanted to center the cameras, but when you shine a light onto the notch, you see that the lenses and two sensors take up far more room than they need to. When you play video, the notch is a big thick bump off to the side. It doesn’t ever obstruct the action of a scene, but I don’t think it needs to be quite so big. galaxy-galaxy-fold-82The Galaxy Fold’s notch is taking up quite a lot of space. Angela Lang/CNET In some apps, like YouTube and games like Riptide Renegade, the screen in line with the notch blacks out to create wider bars on either side. You don’t notice the notch so much, but you also don’t get the full-screen experience.If you hate the notch enough, you can artificially black out part of the screen using some display settings (Display > Full-screen apps > Advanced settings > Hide camera cutout). That’ll just make the bezel look thicker.The Fold’s 4.6-inch screen is too small and narrowSamsung’s foldable phone is tall and narrow when closed, and the 4.6-inch exterior display feels small floating in the middle of the body, surrounded on all sides by a fair bit of empty space. This design gives the screen the impression of being smaller than it is. The alternative, I suppose, would be to have an even taller screen, which might present some of its own challenges formatting common apps.When it’s folded up, the Fold feels a bit like a flip phone or older candybar phone, making it convenient for placing calls. It’s less convenient to launch the camera by double-pressing the power button, or unlocking the phone when it’s folded up. Those buttons are on the second camel hump when the Fold is closed, so you have to reach across one layer to press them. That leads to inaccuracy.317-galaxy-foldTalking on the closed-up Fold is comfortable and makes sense. Sarah Tew/CNET The Fold gets one of my favorite new Samsung features, Wireless PowerShare. This lets you charge up another device you put on the Fold’s back. That went well for smaller accessories such as the wireless Galaxy Buds. But the S10 Plus, a wider phone than the Fold, had to be situated just so or it’d slide off. When the Fold is completely closed, there’s an air gap — the opening closest to the Galaxy Fold’s hinge where the two halves meet don’t fully touch. It’s honestly smaller than I feared it would be, and while it’s noticeable, it doesn’t stand out. I could easily slip in a credit card. Then I slipped in another. The Fold stayed folded, mostly because of the tension created by the magnets. The Fold’s hinge moves smoothly, but a large mechanism here also makes the width of the phone’s “wings” quite narrow. Closed, it looks like a sandwich. On the right side, there’s a volume rocker and a power button, and the fingerprint reader doubles as the Bixby button. I’ve accidentally pressed it numerous times.229-galaxy-foldLife is different with a 4.6-inch screen. Sarah Tew/CNET There’s no headphone jack, which is OK if you use the free Galaxy Buds wireless earbuds that come in the box, but bad if you have wired headphones you’d rather use. The Fold isn’t water-resistant, so you need to take care you don’t drown your investment. When it comes to the real business of a phone — using apps — the more compact configuration is a bit more of a challenge.  Although the Fold’s screen is much smaller than any phone you’re used to, you can still access all your installed apps. Samsung preloads a large clock widget, which you can tap to get into your clock app (handy for setting an alarm), and you can change this widget up if you’d like. There’s also the Google Search bar, and space for three app icons. You can make folders, so that helps put more on the page, and of course there are multiple home screens, so you can quickly get to your apps. The app tray is also easy to invoke by swiping up from the bottom, as you would on other phones.313-galaxy-foldTyping on that tiny screen can be a challenge. Sarah Tew/CNET Font size and icons are both miniaturized, which feels like a throwback to the days when we all hunched over our phone screens, hunting and pecking our way through apps. As I tried responding to tweets and messages while on the go, it became clearer and clearer that this screen, and its virtual keyboard, are too small to be useful. I can almost type accurately when I’m immobile, but once I started walking or being bounced by a train or bus, the mistakes grew to the point of being unreadable.Maybe it’d be easier to type on the 4.6-inch screen if the Samsung keyboard supported tracing. I could switch to Gboard, the virtual keyboard I prefer, but then I’d lose the split-screen keyboard when I open the Fold. I scoured the settings and it doesn’t look like you can use different inputs on the front and interior screens the way you can set different wallpapers. Phones Foldable Phones TBA Huawei Mate X $1,980 No Now playing: Watch this: 5:50 Specs 4,380-mAh dual battery USB-C Foldable display, fast charging Because, as the first real phone of its kind, the Galaxy Fold is so important, and because of the alarming screen developments, I’ve taken my time making this evaluation as thorough as possible to avoid any knee-jerk reaction. We all deserve better than that. I’ve used the Fold every day for more than a week in every way a person can use a phone, even (gasp!) to make calls. I ran two overnight battery drain tests, peered at its screen from every angle, and typed until my hands ached.Although the early production review unit Samsung gave me never so much as flickered, CNET will hold off giving the device an official rating until we’ve fully tested a final production Galaxy Fold. The fact that the Fold has now suffered five screen meltdowns before it even reached customers’ hands concerns me deeply. That Samsung somehow missed proper quality control before releasing this device will stir up memories of the Galaxy Note 7 battery flame-out. If reviewers hadn’t caught the screen problems on the Fold, a lot of unhappy customers might have shelled out $2,000 for a device that gives more headaches than glimpses of the future. And of course we have to wonder how this will affect other foldable phones, such as the Huawei Mate X and the (rumored) foldable Moto Razr. Will the true foldable revolution stall a few years while waiting for Corning’s bendable glass?I should mention that Samsung is retrieving all review units. Though it’s likely the company wants to do some damage control before more issues develop, reviewers were also told at the outside that we’d have a limited, 10-day review period before having to give the phones back.Read more: The Galaxy Fold’s screen malfunction: Everything you need to know TBA 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 16-megapixel (ultra wide-angle), 12-megapixel (telephoto) Video capture No Price off-contract (USD) Price (GBP) USB-C 4,500-mAh dual battery Expandable storage 99+ Fingerprint sensor Originally published April 15 at 6 a.m. PT and updated often. Foldable display, wireless charging, fast charging Price (AUD) No TBA, converts to AU$2,750 4.6-inch Super AMOLED (1,680×720 pixels); 7.3-inch Dynamic AMOLED (2,152×1,536 pixels) TBA, converts to £2,000 Comments 60 Photoslast_img read more

first_imgAsaduzzaman Khan KamalHome minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Tuesday said that Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia has not been shown arrested in any other cases.“Wrong information has been spread in this regard. Khaleda Zia is shown arrested in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case after being convicted by the court,” the home minister told a group of newsmen at his office at Bangladesh Secretariat.Read more: Khaleda shown arrested in Comilla arson caseKhaleda’s counsel and Bangladesh Bar Council member Md Kaimul Haque told Prothom Alo on Monday that Gulshan police station has already shown Khaleda arrested in the Comilla arson attack case.Now kept in Nazimuddin Road jail, the abandoned central jail, in the city following her five-year imprisonment in Zia Orphanage Trust case, Khaleda Zia has been facing as many as 34 lawsuits. Warrant for her arrest has been issued in four cases so far.UNB news agency reported the home minister said Khaleda “is also facing trials of Barapukuria coalmineand Gatco graft case and will appear before the court during the hearing of these cases.”Read more: Jail authorities receive 2 production warrants against KhaledaAsked ‘why the BNP chief was kept in the abandoned jail in Dhaka’, the home minister said, “It was decided for convenience, Kashimpur jail is far away from Dhaka and it has lots of prisoners which could trigger difficulties. Also there is no female ward in Keraniganj central jail.””Khaleda Zia is an ex-prime minister and she has a social status. Considering everything, she’s been kept in Dhaka,” he added.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Nearly 100 elderly women who are inmates of different old age homes visited Belur Math on Sunday morning in connection with the International Mother’s Day celebrations.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted: “Greetings to all on the occasion of Mother’s Day. You will be happy to know that Mother and Child Hubs (MCH) have been set up in Bengal. There has been a significant decline in maternal mortality in the State. For providing options for safe delivery to those mothers who stay in areas too far for accessing hospitals, the State Government has constructed fully manned and properly equipped Waiting Huts.” Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe trip to Belur was hosted by the International Human Rights Organisation. The elderly went to the Math in the morning and were taken around the temples. They had prasad at the newly constructed dinning hall of the Math, that can accommodate 1,000 people at a time. In the evening, they were taken to Kalakunj to watch the Bengal feature film Posto directed by Shibaprasad Mukhopadhyay and Nandita Roy. “This is for the first time when the inmates of different old age homes have been taken out on International Mother’s Day. They were all very happy and spent over two hours at Belur Math,” said a spokesman for the NGO.last_img read more

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first_imgGet your best rainbow outfit ready ahead of the big parade | Photo: Pride in London/Pinterest eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Bisexuality visibility for the win | Photo: Pinterest Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . In the middle of Pride month, celebrations are showing no sign of slowing down. Searches for Pride ideas have been spiking on Pinterest since April. Particularly searches for ‘Pride makeup’ and ‘Pride outfits’ increasing by 1600% and 1106% respectively around the world.For those of you who live under a rock, Pinterest is a visual discovery web and mobile app launched in 2010. It has changed our lives and outfits for the better ever since, while also lightening our wallets in the process.A few weeks ahead of the big parade on 7 July, Londoners and tourists want to step up their game and show off some serious style skills.It’s time to Pride Party!100% human t-shirt | Photo: PinterestPinterest has collaborated with Pride London to pull together a board of top trending Pins with colorful makeup, style and even food ideas for those looking for something to nibble on during celebrations.Heading to Pride in London‘s profile, you can find multiple Pinterest boards covering all aspects of Pride celebrations.The incredibly colorful Pride Party! board will help marchers getting ready ahead of the parade. Furthermore, the board provides inspirational wall decor ideas, rainbow sandwich recipes, and cute Pride origami folding instructions.DIY unicorn dreamcatchers | Photo: Pinterestcenter_img Rainbow macarons | Photo: PinterestGet the Pride in London look with this Pinterest boardsMany might already master the fine art of a perfectly winged, glittery eyeliner. Well, power to them. To those who don’t hold an MA in glitter sciences, the board Pride makeup inspiration offers tips and images from which to draw inspiration (read: copy).Step up your MUA game with this Bowie-inspired Pride makeup | Photo: PinterestA colorful twistPinterest has also added a Pride twist to its usual color scheme. When users search “Pride,” even the usually grey suggested searches light up in the colors of the rainbow.From now until Saturday 7 July, you’ll also discover a rotating supply of Pride ideas in the Pinterest Explore tab, including style, beauty, food and party planning. The Pinterest logo will also be Pride-themed in the UK Pinterest app and across all social channels.Read more about Pride in London:The official Pride in London’s pop-up shop to buy everything rainbow 17 of the most colorful pictures of this year’s Nepal PrideThe voice of tourism may make LGBTI in Istanbul happen todayYou could win thousands to have your own Pride float design come to lifeRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : GAYSTARNEWS- The ever-inspirational website has partnered with Pride in London to give you the best Pinterest boards to get ready ahead of the parade.last_img read more

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first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite At least two crocodiles are missing after N3TC officers stopped a truck carrying the reptiles on the N3 near the Winteron turn-off last night just after 6pm. The scene was only cleared after 10pm. The truck was carrying close to 3000 juvenile crocodiles when it was stopped and searched. The officers had spotted crocodiles peering out of the cargo hold as they drove past and it was stopped. As officers questioned the driver, they realised he had an expired permit to transport the crocs.Pandemonium then broke out as some of the truck’s cargo managed to break free.According to SPCA trainee inspector Kevin Khumalo, “One of the crocodiles was killed by a passing truck and two managed to escape into the night.”The crocodiles were being transported to Limpopo. However, because of the permit issue, KZN Wildlife officers instructed the driver to return the crocodiles to a farm near Pietermaritzburg. A count of the crocodiles still on the truck was carried out at the farm and it was determined that three were missing.“As one was confirmed dead, that leaves two missing,” said trainee inspector Khumalo.KZN Wildlife officers are in the area where the Nile crocodiles went missing and are attempting to locate them. The missing crocodiles are both 1-year-olds.last_img read more