Xiaomi Mi5 is codenamed Gemini, Snapdragon 820 almost confirmed

first_imgXiaomi’s next flagship Mi5 smartphone has been a long time coming. Recent reports suggested that the Chinese company may launch it on December 3 , with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 under the hood. As it turns out, chances of that happening now are all but slim. Qualcomm has however confirmed that high-end Android phones with Snapdragon 820 will come latest by early 2016.The Mi5 will invariably come with Snapdragon 820, so it seems like. A new Xiaomi flagship phone codenamed Gemini has been spotted on benchmarking website Geekbench . The Gemini is seen sporting an msm8996 chipset, which is actually the internal name of Snapdragon 820. So, chances are Xiaomi could either announce or unveil the Snapdragon 820-clad Mi5 on December 3, with availability expected later in early 2016. Or, we may not see any announcement from the company on the said date.Whatever be the case, it’s all but certain now that the Mi5 will come with Qualcomm’s latest and greatest processor.The Gemini is further seen having 4 cores (Qualcomm ARMv8@1.59GHz) and what looks like 3GB RAM. It comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow.As for benchmark scores, it is seen clocking a single-core score of 2140 and a multi-core score of 4762.According to Qualcomm, its Snapdragon 820 processor is theoretically two times more powerful than the Snapdragon 810. It is also 30 per cent more power-efficient, which means less heat and better battery life. It is coupled with Adreno 530 GPU claimed to give a 40 per cent better performance in games.Also Read: Wait for it, smartphones in 2016 are going to be super fast advertisementAlong with the Mi5, the next generation of Mi Pad, has also been spotted on Geekbench . The Mi Pad 2 is seen having a 2.24GHz quad-core Intel Atom x5-Z8500 processor with 2GB of RAM. It is seen running Android 5.1 Lollipop.last_img read more

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Bianca Andreescu jumps into top five as Ash Barty grabs top ranking

first_imgNEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 08: Bianca Andreescu of Canada poses with her trophy at the Top of the Rock in Rockefeller Center on September 8, 2019 in New York City. Mike Stobe/Getty Images/AFPUS Open winner Bianca Andreescu, 200th in the world rankings a year ago, leapt into the top five on Monday, while Ashleigh Barty knocked Naomi Osaka off top spot.Eliminated in the first qualifying round in New York a year ago, Andreescu rose 10 places to number five after beating Serena Williams in the final on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Kim Chiu rushed to ER after getting bitten by dog in BGC Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Malasakit Center bill awaits Duterte signature 15. Angelique Kerber (GER) 2,750 (-1)16. Madison Keys (USA) 2,727 (-7)17. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 2,597 (+2)18. Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) 2,517 (-7)19. Anett Kontaveit (EST) 2,500 (+2)20. Sofia Kenin (USA) 2,460 MOST READ Women’s football teams served just egg, kikiam and rice for breakfast LATEST STORIES NorthPort forces rubber match, blasts No. 1 NLEX Manila’s hidden reservoir to re-emerge as tourist draw 5. Bianca Andreescu (CAN) 4,835 (+10)6. Simona Halep (ROU) 4,803 (-2)7. Petra Kvitova (CZE) 4,326 (-1)8. Kiki Bertens (NED) 4,325 (-1)9. Serena Williams (USA) 3,935 (-1)10. Belinda Bencic (SUI) 3,738 (+2)11. Johanna Konta (GBR) 3,115 (+5)12. Qiang Wang (CHN) 2,946 (+6)13. Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) 2,78514. Sloane Stephens (USA) 2769 (-4)center_img Foot fetish: Nibbles a specialty at Indonesian restaurant PNP officials inspect Cubao bus terminals ahead of Undas PLAY LIST 01:30PNP officials inspect Cubao bus terminals ahead of Undas01:45Gordon on commute dare: ‘I don’t want be laughing stock like Panelo’03:38Magalong slams ‘selective’ PNP ranks cleansing02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Singapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics ‘City-killer’: Asteroid the size of the Great Pyramid may hit Earth in 2022, says NASA The 19-year-old Canadian is one place behind Osaka, whose defence of her US title ended in the quarterfinals.Barty was also knocked out in the last eight but, since she was knocked out in the fourth round in 2018, increased her ranking points total.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPH women’s football team not spared from SEA Games hotel woesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSPORTSThailand claims not enough Thai food, drinks for players at hotelThe Australian is just over 400 points ahead of the Czech Karolina Pliskova, who climbed one place to second.The top two have opened a substantial gap over Elina Svitolina, who rose two spots to third after reaching the semi-finals in New York. Jaguars lose Nick Foles with broken collarbone; Chiefs’ Hill hurt Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WTA rankings as of September 9:1. Ashleigh Barty (AUS) 6,501 pts (+1)2. Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 6,125 (+1)3. Elina Svitolina (UKR) 5,032 (+2)4. Naomi Osaka (JPN) 4,846 (-3)ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Andy Murray, a true sporting hero

first_imgIt took 24 straight wins for Andy Murray to finally secure the year-end world number one ranking on Sunday. He had to beat the man who had held that ranking for more than two consecutive years at the season finale. Murray had to earn it the hard way. After months being number two, he had proven his mettle with 5 titles in-a-row to claim the cherished spot. Before beating the Serb in the final of the ATP Finals, Murray had to overcome Milos Raonic in three gruelling sets in a little under four hours.For someone who used to get visibly tired in long matches, Murray has come a long way.”I had a great year this year but I only managed to do it by one match. So to repeat that again next year is going to be extremely difficult. But now that I have got there I would be extremely motivated to stay in that position. The Majors are what gets me working hard, and what really, really motivates me when I go away in December to train, I am training with the Australian Open in mind. And because the best of five set matches are the ones that you really have to put in the extra work for, and the extra training for, that’s what motivates me,” he said after the win. (Murray says his best years can still be ahead of him)This has been by far Murray’s best year with his personal best of nine titles which included a second Wimbledon crown and a second Olympic gold in Rio.advertisementPersonally for me, Murray was a quintessential also-ran for a while. This is not to be critical of him as he is playing in the era of three of the best male players the world of tennis has seen in Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. But when his shoulders dropped and he began to swear at the demons in his head in tough matches, you wondered, like everyone else, if he was ever going to win the big matches against the big three. Of course, he did lose 4 grand slam finals before winning his first, a distinction he shared with his then coach Ivan Lendl.The last of those finals came at Wimbledon 2012. That was when the way I looked at him changed. Murray lost to Federer and shed tears of extreme pain. It was a historic event as Murray became the first Briton to contest the Wimbledon men’s singles final since Bunny Austin in 1938. Nothing in that defeat margin of 6-4, 5-7, 3-6, 4-6 will tell you it was any different or extremely hard fought. But the tennis Murray played in that match was exceptional. From a base line slugger, he had morphed into an offensive player and that match was perhaps the first complete look at the new Murray. He was exciting. For the first time I found myself rooting for the Scot.It is not a coincidence Murray went onto win the Olympic gold beating Federer just two weeks later at the same court. In my mind, and perhaps in his mind, body and soul too, Murray was now a world beater. And a year later he came back to win his first Wimbledon title, sending Britain into a tizzy.That Wimbledon title could have worked two ways. It could have been extreme satisfaction at achieving a long chased goal that leads to a drop in your level. After all, the monkey was off his back. A British male player had finally won Wimbledon after 77 years. Or it could be the step to further greatness. It was the latter for Murray who worked tirelessly to keep at it. He is fitter, serves better, comes to the net more than before while keeping his consistent defensive game intact.The fact that Murray had to win this season decider to stay at Number one shows how competitive it is at the very top. Djokovic had held the numero uno spot since July 2014 with his second Wimbledon title and looked invincible for a large stretch of this period. He had won the season finale of the Top-8 players 4 years in a row from 2012 to 2015 apart from five other slams. breaking that dominance in itself is a true achievement. From being one amongst the Big-4, Murray is now in a glorious position of being and staying the top dog for many weeks.’Maybe now, especially the last few months when I have had that goal there and have been trying to get there, I want to stay there. I dont feel too high just now, I feel good and I feel motivated to keep going. I have enjoyed the last five, six months the most I have in all of my career. That is probably because I have won a lot, so I want to keep going,’ he said.advertisementIt is remarkable what Murray has achieved by virtue of his hard work and dedication. His story is a reminder that against insurmountable odds, you can achieve the greatest. A reminder that it is not always about being the most talented. He is no longer the ‘boring Brit’, but the ‘brave Brit’. He is in true sense a sporting hero.last_img read more

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50 people, including two Hollywood celebs charged in largest ever college admission scam

first_imgUS federal prosecutors have charged nearly 50 people, including Hollywood celebrities, in the largest college admissions scam ever. The list includes celebs, business people and a lawyer. The wealthy people have been charged for bribing the colleges for their children’s admission to top US universities.US attorney for the District of Massachusetts Andrew Lelling told a press conference in Boston on March 12, that the case was the “largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted,” saying people who have been charged have merged together to send students to top US universities with bribe. Xinhua news agency reported.Details of the college admission scam The scam began in 2011, and a total of USD 25 million was paid as a bribe to test administrators of US’s top universities.The list of people charged for the crime includes three scam organizers, 33 parents, nine coaches, two SAT and ACT administrators, one exam proctor, and one college administrator.A company named Edge College and Career Network worked as a channel between the parents and the test administrators or school sports coaches for the bribing to take place.These college administrators would assist their children to get admission in prestigious universities of US including Yale, Georgetown, Standford, the University of Texas, the University of Southern California (USC), and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).The US attorney’s document stated that the scam was carried out for three aims, including a smooth cheating process in the ACT exam and the SAT– the standardised exam held for the admission in top US colleges, in exchange for a bribe.advertisementCelebrities charged in college admission scam Lori Loughlin, best known for her role in ‘Full House’, and TV series actress from ‘Desperate Housewives’ — Felicity Huffman — are among 33 parents who are charged in the scam for paying millions of dollars in order to get their children into top US top universities.Statements released by varsities say they were ‘victims’The University of Southern California (USC) released a statement saying they have not been accused of any malpractices and that the varsity would continue to co-operate with the government for smooth investigation. The USC is also conducting an internal investigation and will take appropriate action against this.The other universities involved in the case have also posted similar statements saying that they were victims of the scam and will continue cooperating with the investigation.Huffman and Loghlin taken into custody The 56-year-old star, Felicity Huffman, was taken into custody on March 12, at 6:00 am, following a federal investigation into bribing for college admissions, says reports from TMZ and CNN.Huffman and 10 fellow accused were presented to the court; she submitted her passport and answered ‘yes’ when asked if she understood the charges against her.Huffman is accused to donating USD 15,000 to the Key World Foundation, a charity organization run by a man named William Singer, who also served as a front for a college admissions bribery scheme. It is believed that Singer arranged for someone to boost her eldest daughter’s SAT score.She was arrested by the FBI agents. A judge ordered her released on $250,000 bond for two SAT proxies, media reports said.’Full House’ actress Lori Loughlin, was also prosecuted, though she was not present in court. Her husband Mossimo Giannulli’s bond was set at $1 million, and was secured against his home since his charges were significantly more serious, reports said.Loughlin and Huffman were only two of 45 wealthy people prosecuted on March 12, 2019. The next court date is set for March 29, 2019, in Boston for both Huffman and Mossimo.Read: ‘Facebook Hubs’ coming to strengthen research and innovation in upcoming startupsRead: Don’t play Holi in a rowdy manner, DU tells studentslast_img read more

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GRASSLEY SAYS RURAL BROADBAND ACCESS NEEDS IMPROVEMENT

first_imgGrassley-090507-18363- 0032 Iowa’s two U-S senators are appealing to the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission to do more to ensure the accuracy of maps detailing broadband access in rural America.Senator Chuck Grassley says he and Joni Ernst are finding radical differences between what the F-C-C maps say versus what technology infrastructure is truly in place across Iowa.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/FCC1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…………network funding. :19Grassley says the F-C-C data “drastically overstates” the level of broadband access throughout Iowa.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/FCC2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..”isn’t the case” :20Grassley says in Chickasaw County in northeast Iowa, data available from technology companies suggests that only six-percent of Chickasaw County residents have access to the internet at broadband speeds.A letter Ernst and Grassley sent the F-C-C says they appreciate efforts to expand rural broadband connectivity, but note it’s “critical for these maps to be improved” so public and private partners have access to accurate data in order to bridge the digital divide.Radio Iowalast_img read more

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Watch: OSU Football Team Dances in Locker Room

first_imgSugar Bowl practice is in full swing, Christmas is less than a week away, and the vibe in the locker room appears to be pretty relaxed. Defensive end Jimmy Bean gets the party started with some sort of hand-sweep motion, and defensive tackle Eric Davis shuts the party down with some dope moves which everyone loves.When You Realize Christmas Is Exactly One Week Away ???? pic.twitter.com/i60tUHETih— Ramon Richards (@chief_vii) December 19, 2015Davis’ response on twitter basically summed it up:@osu_18 it went down today lmao— ericod97 (@ericdavis97) December 19, 2015 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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WATCH: Best goals from Liga MX Week 2

first_imgLiga MX Liga MX Goals of the Week: The best from Jornada 2 of the Clausura Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 1 year ago 02:29 1/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Fernando Navarro Leon Gustavo Becerra Liga MX Cruz Azul Morelia v Puebla Tijuana v Necaxa Lobos BUAP v Querétaro América v Pachuca Tigres UANL v Santos Laguna León v Toluca Guadalajara v Cruz Azul Pumas v Atlas Veracruz v Monterrey Lobos BUAP León Guadalajara Puebla Pachuca Veracruz Tijuana Morelia Necaxa Monterrey Querétaro América Santos Laguna Tigres UANL Toluca Pumas Atlas A former MLS player and a former England youth international make the list as Goal counts down the three best goals from Week 2 in Mexico There were 24 total goals in the second round of Liga MX with each of the nine contests giving fans at least one goal to cheer. Each week, Goal  takes you through the most magical moments of brilliance in a league that is never at a loss for excellent goals.Honorable mention this week goes to Pumas’ Nicolas Castillo, whose first of two goals Sunday was in the mix but missed out on our list. Here’s the top three strikes for our money from the second weekend of the Clausura:3. Ravel Morrison (Atlas) 1-3 vs. Pumas #NoTeLoPierdas G⚽⚽⚽L de Ravel Morrison @PumasMX 3-1 @atlasfc   #Jornada2 #Clausura2018 #LIGABancomerMX ⚽ #SienteTuLiga ⚽ #AbrazadosPorElFutbol pic.twitter.com/ld61n9ZZdn — LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) January 14, 2018 Ravel Morrison’s first Atlas goal of the season and second of his career came after Sunday’s contest with Pumas was decided , but that shouldn’t take any luster away from this free-kick golazo. The Englishman takes a short run-up and hits the ball over the wall, past goalkeeper Alfredo Saldivar and into the top corner to give his side some dignity in Sunday afternoon’s defeat.  Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player We also need to take into account how good the call is here. “Ravel is also there. Ravel hits it. Ahhhhhhhhhhh! Gooooooooooooooool” 2. Fernando Navarro (Leon) 3-1 vs. Toluca#NoTeLoPierdas G⚽⚽⚽LAAAAAAAAZO de Fernando Navarro @clubleonfc 3-1 @TolucaFC #Jornada2 #Clausura2018 #LIGABancomerMX ⚽ #SienteTuLiga ⚽ #AbrazadosPorElFutbol pic.twitter.com/yvTGi5OCsk — LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) January 14, 2018 This goal capped off Leon’s second victory of the two-week old season, and I think it’d be easy to lose in the shuffle. Take a second to appreciate how Navarro, a left back, gets into the box, kills the pass from Alvaro Ramos and assesses the situation before taking the shot. The shot itself, looping over goalkeeper Luis Garcia, is excellent with Navarro hitting the spot he’d targeted, but his move to get forward and thought process to pull it off also deserves praise.1. Rafael Baca (Cruz Azul) 2-1 vs. Chivas #NoTeLoPierdas G⚽⚽⚽L de Rafael Baca @Chivas 1-2 @Cruz_Azul_FC   #Jornada2 #Clausura2018 #LIGABancomerMX ⚽ #SienteTuLiga ⚽ #AbrazadosPorElFutbol pic.twitter.com/o8NFdAmTdL — LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) January 14, 2018 Rafael Baca takes possession just to the right of the center circle and sees all the green in front of him. He takes one, two touches with his right foot to move toward the box and then unleashes a left-footed bullet bound straight for the back of the net. The strike put Cruz Azul ahead, and they wouldn’t surrender the lead , going on to win 3-1.  The only thing that needed work was the celebration. Baca seemed to respond like a player doing the ‘not celebrating against a former team’ thing, but La Maquina are the only team he’s played for in Liga MX. Maybe he already was worried about where the strike would finish in the rankings. Worry no more, Rafa, your goal is the winner of  Goal ‘s Liga MX Goal of the Week.last_img read more

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Sarah Peattie Reaches Century of Appearances

first_imgWhen the NSWTA Vawdon Cup commences on Friday, 8 August, Manly Sea Eagles captain, Sarah Peattie will be celebrating her 100th Premier League appearance for her club.  Sarah is a current member of the New South Wales and Australian Women’s Open team and was a member of the victorious 2014 Elite Eight New South Wales Scorpions’ champions. Currently sitting on 99 Premier League appearances, which includes both Vawdon and State Cup matches, Sarah will lead her team in the opening round against arguably the most dominate Women’s team since the Premier League division commenced in 2005 – the Canterbury Bulldogs. When asked about the upcoming game and milestone Sarah said: “This is a really special time to reach this milestone because of the incredible success that this group is having. I am extremely excited to be playing in my 100th game, especially against a team such as the Bulldogs. I remember playing against them in our first couple of seasons in Premier League and to see how much we have grown since then is truly incredible. I couldn’t think of a better group to be able to achieve this milestone with,” Peattie said.It’s a fantastic achievement for Sarah who started playing Touch Football for Manly Warringah in 2004 at the age of 11 years. Initially in the Under 12’s division, Sarah has progressed through the juniors and in 2006 Sarah played Manly 20’s Girls State Cup under coach and mentor Barry Gibson. The following year in 2007 Sarah was a member of the Manly Women’s Division One Vawdon Cup championship winning team, also part of that side was Australian dual sporting international representative, Ellyse Perry.  In 2008 Sarah made her Premier League debut and the following year became the youngest ever Manly Open’s captain at the age of just 16 years old. Six years later she retains that title which she cherishes above anything else in Touch. Also this year Sarah was inducted into the Manly Warringah Rugby League Eagles Angels, and she is now in her 11th year as a Manly Warringah player and her seventh year in the Women’s Premier League team. Manly coach Anthony Dudeck also reflected on the significant event.  “This pre-season has been amazing for Sarah, she has really taken her own training to another level as well as leading from the front with our squad. She is really focused on having a huge season, especially after missing out on last year’s Vawdon Cup final series due to injury. I recall the story from her coach Barry Gibson who couldn’t believe Sarah’s hunger when he first came across her all those years ago.  Barry needs to take a lot of credit for his belief in Sarah’s leadership qualities. Sarah is also blessed to have an extremely close and supportive family, and she is very lucky as she will have her sister Laura on the field alongside her.”Thank you to Anthony Dudeck for providing the article content. Stay tuned to www.touchfootball.com.au for more information on the 2014 NSWTA Vawdon Cup in the coming days.Related LinksPeattie reaches milestonelast_img read more

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Look At What Texas’ Kicker Was Doing On The Sideline Before Game-Winning FG

first_imgCameron Dicker, moments before the game-winning field goal vs. Oklahoma.FOXThe legend of “Dicker the Kicker” was cemented in Dallas today. Texas freshman Cameron Dicker drilled a 40-yard game-winning field goal with nine seconds left in the game, to win it for the Longhorns this afternoon.Texas weathered a serious storm by Kyler Murray and the Sooners. The team blew a 21-point fourth quarter lead, as Murray led the Sooners all the way back to tie things up late in the game.Sam Ehlinger kept his cool under center though, putting Dicker in a position to take back the lead.Just moments before the biggest kick of his life, Cameron Dicker couldn’t have looked more relaxed.The FOX cameras caught him on the sideline. He looked completely comfortable.Cameron Dicker. Legend. pic.twitter.com/O1xunwrguU— Jordan Dajani™ (@JDnumba3) October 6, 2018From the left hash and 40-yards out, Dicker knocked it right through to give Texas the big lead against their hated rival.DICKER THE KICKER FOR RED RIVER IMMORTALITY. pic.twitter.com/TxSd92mPpX— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) October 6, 2018The work isn’t done for Tom Herman. We saw Charlie Strong beat Oklahoma, only to finish the 2015 season without a bowl.Still, this team has now knocked off three ranked opponents, and looks to be improving by the week since the opening loss to Maryland.If this game was a big turning point, Longhorn fans won’t forget Cameron Dicker for years to come.last_img read more

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Bill to Create New Immigration Office

first_imgThe province’s first Office of Immigration will work to more thandouble the number of immigrants moving to the province by 2010. This work is aimed at strengthening the economy and communities,with more skilled workers and new businesses. The bill to create the office was introduced in the House ofAssembly today, April 19. “Our population is declining, it’s aging, and it’s moving awayfrom our rural communities,” Immigration Minister RodneyMacDonald said. “As more immigrants arrive, we will have new NovaScotians to open new businesses and to fill those jobs we can’t. They will also buy more of our products, help keep our schoolsopen, and bring new energy and ideas to our communities.” Along with increasing the number of immigrants, the goal is toretain at least 70 per cent of new immigrants. That would be upfrom the current 40 per cent retention rate. The office will provide leadership in: attracting immigrants,encouraging a welcoming community when those immigrants arrive,helping to integrate immigrants, and retain them. Since the province’s first immigration strategy was released inJanuary, meetings have been ongoing with numerous partners andother levels of government to set priorities for the office. Partners include settlement associations, businesses,municipalities, the federal government, immigrant families,Acadian and Francophone communities, post-secondary institutions,multi-cultural associations, and labour. “We’ll be able to plan more effectively on what services areneeded and how they can best be delivered,” Mr. MacDonald said. “As well, we can speak with one voice to the federal governmentabout our needs and concerns.” The office will support efforts to more successfully integrateimmigrants. For example, the office will work with employers andprofessional associations so immigrants with professionaleducation and training can have their qualifications recognized,and get to work, without delay. The office will also work with the school system on ways tosupport children of immigrants, including language services. The work will be conducted provincewide, based on the needs ofindividual communities. The office is temporarily located on the 15th floor of MaritimeCentre in Halifax. It is headed by chief executive officer anddeputy minister Robert Fowler and executive director ElizabethMills. Office staffing will be finalized once the budget isapproved.last_img read more

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Royal Canadian Navy welcomes new commander of its East Coast fleet

first_imgHALIFAX – Canada’s East Coast navy welcomed its new commander Friday.Rear Admiral Craig Baines took over from Rear Admiral John Newton in a ceremony on the Halifax naval dockyards.Baines has been commander of Canadian Fleet Atlantic since 2014, and called his new job “a great honour.”Baines enrolled in officer training in 1987, and was appointed commanding officer of HMCS Winnipeg 20 years later.He was base commander of CFB Esquimalt in British Columbia for two years ending in July 2012.Newton said he feels “no end of pride” at having commanded Maritime Forces Atlantic and Joint Task Force Atlantic. He is moving to Charlottetown for a job with Veterans Affairs Canada.last_img

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Stafford says daughters killer transferred to mediumsecurity prison

first_imgOTTAWA — Rodney Stafford says his daughter Victoria’s killer Michael Rafferty has been transferred from a maximum-security prison to a medium-security penitentiary.Stafford says he learned today that the transfer happened in March.Rafferty was sentenced to life in prison in 2012 in the kidnapping, sexual assault and first-degree murder of Tori Stafford.Stafford wrote on Facebook that over the past three months Correctional Service of Canada and the federal government have been hiding that both people responsible for taking his daughter’s life have been “working their way to luxury.”Stafford learned earlier this year that Terri-Lynne McClintic, who was also sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of the first-degree murder Tori, had been transferred to an Indigenous healing lodge.He urged the Liberal government to reverse her transfer and months later, he said she was moved out of the Saskatchewan healing lodge and into a medium security institution for women.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Christie Brinkley Helps Shelter Pets On Main Line Animal Rescue Billboards

first_imgMain Line Animal Rescue’s billboards along the Pennsylvania Turnpike feature Supermodel Christie Brinkley and her rescue dog, Chester.Christie Brinkley Main Line Animal Rescue BillboardMiss Brinkley, a staunch advocate on behalf of animals, agreed to be featured on the billboards to encourage others to adopt shelter pets. MLAR met Miss Brinkley through television personality/author Jill Rappaport and subsequently adopted Chester from the Pennsylvania based animal rescue.“One of the things that makes Christie so beautiful is her willingness to help at risk animals” said MLAR’s founder Bill Smith.Main Line Animal Rescue is well known for their innovative billboards; their anti-puppy mill billboard in Chicago was seen by Oprah and led to the television icon’s puppy mill show in 2008. MLAR has reached out to Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth requesting the Iraqi war hero appear on their next boards which would read “Be a Hero to a Shelter Dog or Cat. Adopt from Your Local Shelter or Rescue.”“We’re hoping the Congresswoman agrees to be featured on our next billboards” said Smith. “Her courage and spirit are truly inspiring. The same could be said for shelter animals.”MLAR is one of the largest no-kill animal shelters in the country with over 360 dogs, cats, rabbits and other animals available for adoption. MLAR receives no government funding and relies solely on private donations to support their lifesaving programs.last_img read more

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RBC TAYLOR PRIZE JURY NAMES 2019S FIVE BEST BOOKS IN LITERARY NONFICTION

first_img Twitter Bill Gaston sets out on a solitary journey eighty miles across the Salish Sea in a boat he describes as “a piece of junk.” He’s heading back to the bittersweet place where he spent time as a child living aboard a boat with his father, learning to fish and learning to be wary of the fluctuations in his father’s moods when he drank. This is a quiet, meditative and tender-hearted exploration of childhood injury and its legacy across generations.Jan in 35 Pieces: A Memoir in Music, by Ian Hampton, published by Porcupine’s QuillCellist Ian Hampson has created a lyrical reflection on the world of music and classical composers and musicians in the seven decades since World War II. Beautifully written, the book is structured around thirty-five pieces of memorable music. In vivid strokes, Hampson introduces us to the great conductors, performers and composers he encountered as a musician in England, California and finally, the west coast of Canada. Along the way, he introduces us to some of the finest music the world has produced. By turns reflective and humorous, this beautifully paced book chronicles the trials and triumphs of a life devoted to music and defined by the people he worked with and loved.Lands of Lost Borders: Out of Bounds on the Silk Road, by Kate Harris, published by Knopf Canada.From her vantage point of a student of the history of science, explorer and adventurer, Kate Harris presents a rare and unique vision of world, and explores the nature of boundaries. Unable to realize her childhood dream of travelling to Mars, she decides to trace Marco Polo’s Silk Road by bicycle. Vivid descriptions of the places and people she meets inspire deep and eclectic reflections on the nature of the world, wilderness, and the struggle of humans to define and limit them. This is a book that changes how one thinks about the world and the human compulsion to define it.All Things Consoled: A Daughter’s Memoir, by Elizabeth Hay, published by McClelland & StewartIn this brilliant and honest memoir, Elizabeth Hay traces the final decline of her parents — her father, a proud and ambitious school teacher possessed of a terrifying temper and moods of melancholy, and her mother, who kept the family peace and reconciled herself to life through painting. As she cares for her parents in their final days, Elizabeth — the difficult daughter — describes the truth of who they are and what they did. Tender, witty and brutally honest, the book tears open the cloak of shared secrecy to bare the dynamics of a family — the fears, sibling rivalries, joys, disappointments and grievances that have lain unacknowledged through the decades.Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age, by Darrel McLeod, published by Douglas & MacIntyre.A torturously-beautiful memoir of growing up in a world of violence and family trauma. McLeod’s writing is lyrical and offers a powerful examination of contemporary issues, from sexual self-identification to the scars of residential school to the contemporary search for reconciliation. “Mamaskatch” means “shared dream” in Cree, and while there are unavoidable nightmares along the journey, there are also dreams of hope, at times of exquisite beauty and renewed pride.Noreen Taylor, founder of the Prize and chair of the Charles Taylor Foundation, spoke at the event and made these comments: “One of the many joys of my “job” is being brought into the orbit, on the page and in person, of the many astounding storytellers and truthsayers of our country. The searches that they describe — for truth, for reconciliation of all sorts, and for beauty, in people, art, nature — give us pause to consider the world and the people around us, and give us hope”.Also in attendance was Vijay Parmar, president of RBC PH&N Investment Counsel, who added: “Congratulations to each of the authors who have been shortlisted for this year’s RBC Taylor Prize. This list reflects the best of Canadian non-fiction writers and celebrates their achievements. RBC Wealth Management is proud to sponsor the Prize as it helps put our country’s distinctive voice on the global literary stage by shining a spotlight on our talented writers from coast-to-coast.”Public events already confirmed for the finalists include a free 90-minute Round Table Discussion with the shortlisted authors in the Brigantine Room at Harbourfront, hosted by Toronto Star Books Editor, Deborah Dundas, on Thursday February 28, 2018 at 7pm presented by the Toronto International Festival of Authors; and the Ben McNally Authors Brunch on Sunday March 3rd, at the Omni King Edward Hotel in downtown Toronto (for tickets, please contact Ben McNally Books at 416 361-0032 or visit benmcnallybooks.com).The RBC Taylor Prize winner will be revealed at a gala luncheon on Monday March 4th, 2018. The Prize luncheon will once again be held at the Omni King Edward Hotel in downtown Toronto.About The RBC Taylor PrizeEstablished in 1998 by the trustees of the Charles Taylor Foundation and first awarded in 2000, 2019 marks the eighteenth awarding of the RBC Taylor Prize, which commemorates Charles Taylor’s pursuit of excellence in the field of literary non-fiction. Awarded to the author whose book best combines a superb command of the English language, an elegance of style, and a subtlety of thought and perception, the Prize consists of $5,000 for each of the finalists, and a further $25,000 for the winner. All authors are presented with a custom leather bound version of their shortlisted book at the awards ceremony. All finalists receive promotional support for their nominated titles.Sharing a commitment to emerging Canadian talent, The Charles Taylor Foundation and RBC will also grant the sixth annual RBC Taylor Prize Emerging Writers Award. Shortly after the announcement of the 2019 Prize, its winner will name their choice of emerging author to receive this $10,000 award.Continuing that commitment to emerging Canadian talent, we will again present the RBC Taylor Prize Emergent Author Mentorship Program, of nationally selected non-fiction writers from several of the many prestigious writing programs in Canada. The five selected Emergent writers will be paired with a shortlisted author and will travel to Toronto for professional development and mentorship.The trustees of the Charles Taylor Foundation are: Vijay Parmar, David Staines, Edward Taylor, Nadina Taylor, and Noreen Taylor. The Prize Manager is Sheila Kay.The presenting sponsor of the RBC Taylor Prize is RBC Wealth Management. Its media sponsors are The Globe and Mail, Cision, Quill & Quire magazine; its in-kind sponsors are Ben McNally Books, Event Source, TIFA, and the Omni King Edward Hotel. Open Book is a Friend of the Prize.For general information about the Prize please go to: www.rbctaylorprize.ca.Follow the RBC Taylor Prize on Twitter at www.twitter.com/taylorprize Like the RBC Taylor Prize on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RBCTaylorPrize Chair of RBC Taylor Prize Noreen Taylor at the announcement of the 2019 RBCTP short list at the Omni King Edward Hotel.Photo: Tom Sandler RBCTP (CNW Group/RBC Taylor Prize) Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO, Jan. 9, 2019 – At a standing-room-only press conference held in downtown Toronto, the RBC Taylor Prize jury announced the five finalists for the eighteenth RBC Taylor Prize, selected from their previously announced ten-title longlist. In all, the jury, composed of Camilla Gibb, Roy MacGregor and Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin read and evaluated over 115 non-fiction books by Canadian writers submitted by Canadian and international publishers.The shortlist and jury citations for the 2018 RBC Taylor Prize are:Just Let Me Look at You: On Fatherhood, by Bill Gaston, published by Hamish Hamilton/Penguin Canadalast_img read more

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United to pursue highfare travellers with more premium seats

United Airlines will woo high-fare passengers by retrofitting more than 100 planes to add more premium seats on key routes.The airline also plans to start using a new 50-seat jet with mostly premium seats on some key business-travel routes.United announced the moves Wednesday. They are part of an industry trend to give more space and better service to high-paying passengers who account for a disproportionate share of airline revenue.Andrew Nocella, the airline’s chief commercial officer, said executives decided that United has “a shortage of business-class seats into the premium markets, and this fixed that problem.”Henry Harteveldt, an airline analyst at Atmosphere Research, said United’s announcement was a bold challenge to Delta Air Lines, the acknowledged front-runner among the nation’s top three carriers for its on-time performance and strong profit margins.“This is big news. They are taking direct aim at Delta and its strength with premium travellers,” Harteveldt said.United will retrofit 21 of its Boeing 767-300ER jets starting in the next several weeks. It will reduce seats from 214 to 167 by shrinking the economy section while going from 30 to 46 business-class seats and adding 22 “premium plus” seats. The planes will fly first between United’s hub in Newark, New Jersey, and London.The airline also plans to add a few more first-class seats to its Airbus A319 and A320 planes. By year end, it hopes to begin flying new 50-seat Bombardier CRJ 550 jets between Chicago and smaller markets with many business travellers, such as Bentonville, Arkansas, the home of Walmart. Federal regulators have not yet certified the plane.Small, 50-seat planes are notoriously cramped and unpopular with many travellers. Nocella said United’s new small planes — 18 feet (6 metres) longer than the planes it uses now — will have 10 business-class seats, 20 “economy plus” seats and only 20 regular economy seats.“By making those 50-seat jets more comfortable, United has a good chance of attracting more business and frequent flyers,” said Harteveldt, the analyst.Chicago-based United is the nation’s third-biggest airline by revenue, trailing American and Delta.___David Koenig can be reached at http://twitter.com/airlinewriterDavid Koenig, The Associated Press read more

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Top UN peacekeeping official begins weeklong Sudan visit

The familiarization tour for Alain Le Roy is his first since being appointed Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations in August.After arriving in the capital, Khartoum, Mr. Le Roy met today with the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Ashraf Qazi, and other senior officials from the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), which is tasked with supporting the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).Signed by the Khartoum Government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) in 2005, the Agreement ended the country’s long-running north-south civil war. The UN peacekeeping chief is also scheduled to visit Kadugli, Abyei, Juba and El Obeid, and meet with leadership of the Government of National Unity and the Government of Southern Sudan and other key interlocutors.Mr. Le Roy will also travel to El Fasher, the capital of North Darfur state and the headquarters of the hybrid UN-African Union peacekeeping mission to Darfur, known as UNAMID, which was deployed at the start of this year to help bring peace to the strife-torn region.UNAMID, which is slated to become the world body’s largest peacekeeping operation with some 26,000 personnel at full strength, currently has some 10,000 troops and police officers on the ground and still lacks essential equipment, including helicopters.Another 3,000 personnel are expected to join UNAMID in the coming weeks, bringing the total number of troops by the end of November to about 13,000.An estimated 300,000 people are estimated to have been killed, either through direct combat or as a result of disease, malnutrition or reduced life expectancy, and more than 2.7 million others have been uprooted from their homes in the five-year conflict that has pit rebels against Government forces and allied Janjaweed militiamen.Also on Mr. Le Roy’s schedule are stops in South Darfur’s capital, Nyala, and El Geneina, capital of West Darfur. 6 October 2008The head of United Nations peacekeeping today began a week-long visit to Sudan, where the world body currently has two operations – one to support the 2005 north-south peace deal and the other to quell the violence that has plagued the western region of Darfur since 2003. read more

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UNmanaged project to upgrade old market in Cyprus breaks ground today

29 September 2010A United Nations-managed project to upgrade the retailers’ area of the old market in the northern part of Nicosia, Cyprus, breaks ground today under a programme funded by the European Union (EU). Part of a larger programme aimed at upgrading and rehabilitating Old Nicosia, this improvement to the retailers’ area will cover an estimated 4,500 square metres of ground surface and encompass the restoration and rehabilitation of 77 stalls.It includes not only upgrading the structural condition of the market building, but also its infrastructure, facilities, stalls, walkways, windows, doors and the entire roof.The overall aim is to enhance the market’s organizational set-up, while upgrade its appearance and infrastructure in line with modern international standards.The market is located at the centre of the Old Walled City, opposite Bedestan (St. Nicholas Church), which was recently restored with EU assistance. Its rehabilitation is expected to bring added value to the neighbourhood and help promote conservation of the shared heritage.The broader programme to revitalize the Walled City of Nicosia and conserve its architectural heritage is being managed by the “Partnership for the Future” section of the UN Development Programme (UNDP). read more

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Demo in Colombo over Jaffna rape

The women’s groups pointed out that in Jaffna, in the recent past, there have been many cases of rape and murder including the cases of Logarani and Saranya. They called on the public in the South to rise with the North against such brutal crimes. The women’s groups invited people to partake in the protest on the 26th wearing black to mourn the death of the teenage girl. The women’s groups noted that there is a need to remove the veil of silence in the South and show solidarity and demand justice for the girl who was raped and murdered in Jaffna. A protest has been organized by women’s rights groups in the South to condemn the rape and murder of the 18-year-old girl in Kyats in Jaffna Peninsula.The women’s groups said that the protest will be staged near the Borella Cemetery roundabout at 4.30 pm on Tuesday, The Sunday Leader newspaper reported. read more

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Top administrator in Bosnia says Serb entity must hand over war crimes

“Bosnia and Herzegovina is moving decisively down the road to membership of the European Union and of NATO, and to life as a normal, peaceful European country,” High Representative Lord Paddy Ashdown, the international community’s top civilian administrator in the country, said in an open briefing. But he warned that “the Republika Srpska Entity’s complete failure to meet its obligations to the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) could well scupper the country’s chances of getting into the Partnership for Peace at NATO’s Istanbul Summit.”Lord Ashdown deplored the fact that “In nine years, the Republika Srpska has not handed over a single ICTY indictee – not one.”He welcomed a speech by the Republika Srpska President acknowledging the scale of crimes committed in Srebrenica, where Serbian forces committed genocide during a notorious massacre against Bosnian Muslims in July, 1995. But the High Representative stressed that the failure to hand over suspects constitutes “an affront to justice and an affront to the values of the institutions which Republika Srpska leaders claim they wish to join.”Also addressing the Council, Bosnian Foreign Minister Mladen Ivanic said the country is transforming itself into a normal European State, from an old-style socialist system to the free market economy, from a communist pre-war regime to a Western-type democracy, from war conflict to the stabilizing factor in the region.Mr. Ivanic assured the Council that the authorities would make all necessary efforts to reach these goals, and asked that the international community continue its support for this process. read more

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Sony de nouvelles précisions sur la PS Vita

first_imgSony : de nouvelles précisions sur la PS VitaSony a publié les spécifications techniques de sa future console portable, la PS Vita qui sortira fin 2011 au Japon et début 2012 en Europe. On y retrouvera notamment une mémoire vive plus importante que sur la PSP.Le suspense monte autour de la future console portable de Sony, la PS Vita qui remplacera la PSP à la fin de l’année au Japon et début 2012 en Europe. Mercredi, la marque japonaise a communiqué les spécifications techniques de sa future machine à l’occasion du salon Gamescom de Cologne. On a ainsi appris qu’elle disposera notamment d’une mémoire vive de 512 mégaoctets, soit dix fois plus que la PSP actuelle. Une augmentation qui devrait lui permettre de supporter la navigation sur Internet et le fonctionnement d’applications telles que Skype ou Facebook, rapporte Le Nouvel Obs (lien non disponible).À lire aussiDyslexie : les jeux vidéo, une méthode efficace pour aider les dyslexiques ?De plus, la PS Vita embarquera également 128 mégaoctets de mémoire graphique dédiée qui bénéficieront à la caméra arrière d’une définition VGA 640 x 480 à 60 images par seconde, pouvant évoluer en 320 x 240 à 120 images par seconde. Evidemment, elle disposera aussi de connexions Wi-Fi, 3G et Bluetooth et supportera les formats audio MP3, ACC et Wave ainsi que le format vidéo Mpeg-4/H.264. Quant à son prix, selon les dernières informations communiquées, il s’élèvera à 249 euros pour le modèle Wi-Fi et 299 euros pour le modèle 3G.Le 19 août 2011 à 14:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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