APTN National NewsThe 2012 Arctic Winter Games are not only a chance for athletes to show off their skills, but it also gives different cultures the opportunity to share their traditions.APTN National News reporter Cullen Crozier has this story.
BRUSSELS — European Union leaders are pushing back a decision on the bloc’s efforts to end most emissions of greenhouse gases.Leaders meeting in Brussels agreed Friday to discuss the EU’s long-term plans for tackling climate change at their next summit in June, ahead of a U.N. gathering on the issue in the fall.Much of the two-day EU summit this week was taken up with haggling over the EU’s future relationship with Britain.Some countries, including France and the Netherlands, had proposed that leaders agree on “an ambitious long-term strategy by 2020 striving for climate neutrality by 2050” in line with the 2015 Paris climate accord’s goal of keeping global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit).But Germany and some eastern European countries opposed an explicit reference to the year 2050 for curbing emissions.The Associated Press
President Sirisena emphasizes that during his political career, he had never indulged in any form of corruption or malpractice or encouraged such activity. (Colombo Gazette) Transparency International said the commitment to strengthen anti-corruption efforts underpins President Sirisena’s yahapalanaya (good governance) mandate. President Maithripala Sirisena had yesterday instructed the Attorney General to look into the allegations raised against him by the Australian media.The President rejected any involvement in the incident which is said to have taken place when he was the Minister of Agriculture and Agrarian Services. Transparency International Sri Lanka has noted with concern the recent media allegations published by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) against President Maithripala Sirisenaagainst President Maithripala Sirisena.The allegations connect Snowy Mountain Engineering Company (SMEC), an engineering company headquartered in Melbourne, Australia with alleged requests for “political donations” connected to President Maithripala Sirisena dating from 2009 (prior to assuming the Presidency). Furthermore, given the need for responsibility to be taken for the actions of those working under his control, Transparency International Sri Lanka requested President Sirisena to urgently provide a detailed response to the allegations put forward.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Playgrounds have increasingly become boring because of safety-first policies Credit:Matthew Ashmore / Alamy Stock Photo Children’s playgrounds are becoming more dangerous, to encourage youngsters to take risks, following decades of safety-first policies.Richmond Avenue Primary and Nursery School in Shoeburyness, Essex, has ditched its risk-averse plastic playhouses and brought in crates, loose bricks, a tire swing, a mud pit and log stumps.The school is also encouraging children to get their hands on knives, scissors and sharp objects which were previously restricted, in the hope that cuts which teach careful handling.Likewise, Tumbling Bay, in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, contains tall tree houses, wobbly bridges, 20 feet climbing tours and grass high enough to get lost in.The Princess Diana Playground in Kensington Gardens. London, also now informs parents that risks have been ‘intentionally provided’ to allow children to ‘develop an appreciation of risk in a controlled play environment rather than taking similar risks in an uncontrolled and unregulated wider world.’ The view that children need to take risks is also championed by Amanda Sielman, the chief inspector of Ofsted, who has described many of the ‘health and safety’ measures brought in my schools as ‘simply barmy.’From this year, Ofsted inspectors will be trained to appreciate the positive side of risk, as well as the negative.“It’s O.K. to have some risk of children falling over and bashing into things,’” she said.“That’s not the same as being reckless and sending a two-year-old to walk on the edge of a 200-foot cliff unaccompanied.”Concerns about the dangers of playgrounds and predators lurking on Britain’s streets have left parents concerned to let their children play out, even though the country has never been safer for youngsters.Recent research found that more dangerous and exciting equipment attracted more children and allowed teenagers to be up to 18 per cent more active when visiting.
A University of Adelaide mineralogy researcher has discovered a previously unknown mineral that is unique in structure and composition among the world’s 4,000 known mineral species. Published in Mineralogical Magazine, Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences Dr Peter Elliott has described ‘putnisite’, found in a surface outcrop at Lake Cowan, north of Norseman in Western Australia.“What defines a mineral is its chemistry and crystallography,” says Elliott, who is also a Research Associate with the South Australian Museum. “By X-raying a single crystal of mineral you are able to determine its crystal structure and this, in conjunction with chemical analysis, tells you everything you need to know about the mineral.“Most minerals belong to a family or small group of related minerals, or if they aren’t related to other minerals they often are to a synthetic compound – but putnisite is completely unique and unrelated to anything.“Nature seems to be far cleverer at dreaming up new chemicals than any researcher in a laboratory.”The newly discovered mineral occurs as tiny crystals, no more than 0.5 mm in diameter and is found on a volcanic rock. It appears as dark pink spots on dark green and white rock which, under the microscope, appears as square, cube-like crystals. It combines the elements strontium, calcium, chromium, sulphur, carbon, oxygen and hydrogen – a very unusual combination. It has yet to be determined if the mineral will have any practical use.It was discovered during prospecting by a mining company in WA and handed on to CSIRO for initial research and then to Elliott for more detailed analysis.Elliott has researched 12 newly discovered Australian minerals in the past seven years and seven of those he found himself.Two of these minerals were discovered in South Australia – domerockite and hylbrownite – named respectively after Dome Rock, where the mineral was first was found, and Henry Yorke Lyle Brown, Government Geologist of South Australia from 1882-1912.Putnisite has been named for Australian mineralogists Andrew and Christine Putnis.
The World Club Championship, which will take place in Doha, Qatar from 27th August to 1st of September, will see THW Kiel and Atletico Madrid competing from Europe, and at the same time being the main favorites to win it. Last year it was THW Kiel that won it, in the final against Atletico Madrid, with 28-25 in the final.Group A: THW Kiel (Germany), Mudhar SC (Saudi Arabia), Al Sadd SC (Qatar), University of Sydney (Australia)Group B: Atletico Madrid (Spain), Zamalek (Egypt), Metodista Sao Bernardo (Brazil), Al-Jaish SC (Qatar) ← Previous Story Filip Jicha in THW Kiel until 2017! Next Story → Poland to host European Championship 2016! atletico madridTHW Kielworld championshipworld club
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The European Patents Office has finally accepted Paul Kouris’s patent application for his invention, the Kouris Centri-Turbine generator (KCT) after 13 years. The turbine, which acts as a water wheel on its end like an egg beater put into a vortex, creates renewable energy using water. His European patent application, first lodged in 1988, will see Kouris extend his market to Europe and told Neos Kosmos his “plans for the future are to commercialise it in Europe”. Following the announcement of the carbon tax by the Federal Government, the generator has been better received in Australia. “(The carbon tax) is making it much more feasible for companies to get involved in renewable energy – it’s making renewable energy much more competitive with coal,” said Kouris. “I have had a very positive response from the government. They’ve invited me to make an application for the purpose of building a project in New South Wales on the Malwala canal. For that I have the support of Murray Irrigation Limited who are providing the site without charge for the life of the project with an interest in putting the system into their canal system. Also Goulburn-Murray Water have indicated in writing to the government that they have 6000 sites suitable for this system.” His invention is environmentally sound as it does not need big dams, which may flood valleys and cause environmental problems. “This system does not need big dams, it just needs waterways. It can go inside irrigation canals. It can go inside small rivers and big rivers. Take Marysville for example, it’s in a little creek. Because we are working with the spinning engine which comes from the spin of the earth so all you are doing is putting a bathtub in the waterway so it doesn’t need a lot of water. Apart from Australia, Kouris has secured patents in Canada, Brazil, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Greece, Italy, Germany, France, Switzerland, England, Spain, Portugal and Japan. Europe was the one that provided the most hurdles for him. Firstly he had to prove the novelty aspect of his invention and show that it was new. And also because in 2003, an Austrian professor had made a patent application with a similar invention to his. Kouris said he is in talks with the professor so they can work together. “This project has been struggling to find the right sized company to develop it, license it, make use and sell it because as the inventor I am not a manufacturer and don’t want to become an energy company. And this is what’s causing the most problems. The oxen are slow but the earth is patient.”
“Why is this so life-affirming?” Lexi asks me. “I feel like someone’s pouring hot chocolate into my soul.”Tucked away in a finished basement, I’m watching her trek through her own virtual reality. I’m there to watch over her and keep her safe because she’s just taken a few grams of psychedelic mushrooms.For as long as dystopian cyberpunk has been a thing, virtual reality has been looming over us as one of many future-bound apocalyptic scenarios. The story goes that virtual spaces will be so much better, so much more satisfying than reality that we’ll simply cease to be people. As with any mind-altering tech, though, there’s a wave of people hoping that this tech will enhance their life. Taking cues from earlier movements, these neo-psychonauts are the first wave of explorers, hoping to find pieces of themselves scattered across hallucinogen-augmented virtual landscape.While the name has come to refer to a popular, mid 2000s adventure game, “psychonauts” was originally used to describe those who explored the mind. “In the same way and for the same reasons cosmonauts explore the cosmos, I want to see the deepest parts of myself,” Lexi tells me. “VR is just one more tool in that kit.”“Lexi” asks me to use her pseudonym, for obvious reasons, but she’s far from alone in her journeys. Entire communities have sprung up around the concept. With the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and even cheaper options like Galaxy VR and Google Cardboard, programmers, designers, artists, and musicians have been trading around VR games and VR-enhanced songs.“They’re a lot like the old Mind’s Eye movies,” she says. “You’ll start somewhere normal like a messy bedroom in a suburban house… but in moments you’re transported out of everything.”As I watch her float through space on my screen, I see wondrous shape-shifting voids that slowly turn into faces, then four dark figures reaching towards her, before they melt into a golden pyramid.“In pop culture we’re sold this fuzzy idea of what tripping looks like. It’s weird, there are crazy shapes everywhere, and it’s often this really scary place. That only happens with insane dosages. Most people just feel closer to everything, euphoric. Yeah it’s not the real world, but it’s not entirely foreign either.” With these games and videos, though, that’s not the case. They are exactly what most of us imagine what we think an acid trip is like. And that’s the kicker, Lexi says, this gets you closer to a world that doesn’t exist. It’s one thing to feel more connected to yourself and to the real world you live in, but navigating these spaces and connecting to them can connect you to things that go beyond reality because, she reflects, “VR can show you anything.”She takes a rest, I get her some water and a bit of food before she takes another dose. She carefully breaks apart the mushrooms and sprinkles them over a burger before drowning it in ketchup.“They taste like shit. The worst.”When she jumps back in, she wants to start up something a bit calmer, so we load up Tilt Brush. A simple app that’s a bit like Microsoft Paint in VR. She’s used the program before, but this is the first time she tries it while tripping.“This is going to be amazing,” she tells me with a sinister grin.It starts out simple enough — she rotates the controllers on her Vive to change her brush type, and then she starts painting. She flips between a few backgrounds before settling on one that surrounds her with stars and gets to work.She starts by selecting a brush called “hypercolor,” and carves into her reality what any giddy, tripping 20-something might — drawing three dimensional penises. As she puts the finishing touches on her first scrotum she can’t help but cackle.“Wait, I have an idea!” she belts excitedly. “Fire!”Seconds later I’m watching this digital phallic mural ejaculate fire in all the colors of the rainbow. Lexi’s joy is infectious. At this point it’s not about the literal concept of a penis coming flames as it is her marvel at such a ridiculous image enveloping her. She painted it in a circle around where she stood so that the whole eight-foot behemoth was everywhere she looked.“Wanna see?” she giggles before tearing off the headset and calling me over.Sure enough, it’s a striking site, crudely doodled pubic hairs and all. I could see her detached fascination with the strangeness of the human body filtered through the lens of technology. It was just as edifying for me as I started thinking about how strange genitals and what so many choose to do with them are. But just as I felt myself tilting into my own reflexive high, she shouted, “My turn!”Like a real-world manic pixie dream girl, she bounced around eager to see as many weird things as she could before the psychedelics wore off. But at this point, she was pretty far gone.She walked around some packed-in three-dimensional paintings. A space-bound dragon. An elaborate snowman. And a giant red mushroom flecked with white which sent her into another giggle fit, before quipping, “I’m on those!” After a few minutes, she went back to trying to make something herself, but she didn’t get very far.After carefully scrolling through the available brushes she found one called “rainbows,” that she greeted with a charming “ooooh.” She grabbed her virtual brush and twirled around tracing a descending spiral of rotating colors. When she stood back up to look at her work she paused and took off the headset.“Oh my god. There’s rainbows. Raaaaaaainbows.” She fell to the floor and started crying, “I just need to take a second to cry from happiness.” She looked up at me with teary, gleeful eyes before muttering once again, “There are rainbows.”We spend the rest of the time talking, digesting what she’d done and seen. Her trip’s a gentle rollercoaster, short bursts of sobriety punctuating bits of contented incoherence. Through it though, she was mostly lucid — her experience just altered, augmented. She’d focus on the lines or patterns in the ceiling or on a baseboard before referencing Carl Sagan’s “Pale Blue Dot” and the idea that our lives are meaningless in the sea of reality.When she comes down for the final time, it’s calming, gentle. She’s just back, but more serene. More contented. The effect lasts for weeks, she later tells me. She doesn’t take another dose for a while, but she feels that she’s just… better.If Lexi’s emblematic of other VR psychonauts, I can’t imagine this being the world-ending technology that some may fear. Her experiences have been transformative, and while that’s hardly rare, it hasn’t come to dominate her life. More it’s just the occasional accent to otherwise pleasant being.
A.S. Roma director of football Monchi reveals in an interview with Sports Illustrated that he has the authority of hiring and firing coaches while also reflecting on his goal for the club.Monchi sat down for the exclusive interview and also spoke about his work at Roma and why he left Sevilla. Calcio Mercato reports.Monchi was a former Sevilla goalkeeper and played for the Spanish club between 1990-1999.On the reason he left Sevilla, Monchi said: “It is a question that they have asked me many times. I really thought it was time for me to change after 29 years divided between life as a footballer and a sports director.“I felt I needed to try new things and test myself to see if I could do my work outside my home. Many think that I did it for money but the truth is I needed a new experience.”Chris Smalling open to a permanent AS Roma deal Andrew Smyth – September 6, 2019 Chris Smalling can “definitely see a longer-term future” for himself at AS Roma should things work out on his loan spell from Manchester United.Monchi then spoke of his role in AS Roma, the hierarchy at the club and his authority to hire and fire coaches.“The hierarchy is similar to that in every other club. There is a president, a general manager, a managing director etc. My boss is Pallotta, but fortunately, I can work independently, obviously keeping him updated on all news.“Our relationship is excellent, as well as that with Baldissoni and Gandini. Hiring and firing coaches is my responsibility because the sports project depends on the coach’s decisions.”He spoke of his goals for the club saying: “My biggest goal is to build an economic model that is sustainable and stable, while on a sporting level it is to bring Rome as close as possible to the highest level. These are my two goals.”
On today’s match between Birmingham and Aston Villa, a supporter ran onto the pitch to hit Villa’s Jack Grealish.In the tenth minute of the game between Birmingham City and Aston Villa in the English Championship, a fan jumped into the field in order to hit Villa’s Jack Grealish in the head.Players from both teams confronted the fan, while security wrestled him to the ground, and then he was arrested by police.And ex-Aston Villa player Dean Saunders lashed out against the supporter.“I have played football all my life, and I’ve never been so shocked,” he told talkSPORT.“That is absolutely scandalous.”“He’s got to get jailed. Give him five years. He’s let Birmingham down, he’s let football down, he’s let the country down. Think about the implications for your children and my children.”Cowley explains why he changed his mind about Huddersfield Manuel R. Medina – September 9, 2019 Last week Danny Cowley rejected the chance to coach Huddersfield Town in the English Championship, but today he accepted saying it was a good opportunity.“You’re going to end up putting fences back round the ground where people can’t watch the games properly,” he continued.“What he’s done today has ruined not just football in England, this will go round the world, it gives idiots ideas.”“You’ve got Tavernier’s (referring to Rangers captain, James Tavernier, who was confronted by a Hibernian supporter during the sides’ match on Friday this week); Brendan Rodgers’ house gets burgled; you’ve got knife crime in England life you’ve never seen before; you’ve got people throwing glass bottles on the pitch (referring to the incident last Saturday in which Celtic’s Scott Sinclair was almost hit with a glass bottle at Hibs),” he said.“Nobody’s got any respect for anybody anymore, it’s not just football, this (incident) just brings it all to a head.”Jack Grealish post match interview. [sky sports] #avfc pic.twitter.com/OMcOpBvJHD— villareport (@villareport) March 10, 2019
Otay Mesa market robbed; suspects at large SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A man and an armed woman robbed a market this afternoon, police said.The two entered the Rainbow Market in the 2300 block of Roll Drive at 1:22 p.m. and selected some merchandise, walking up to the checkout stand.The woman took out a handgun and demanded cash, Officer Dino Delimitros of the San Diego Police Department said. The amount of money taken in the robbery was not disclosed.The two were seen driving away in a dark-colored Toyota Corolla. The woman was described as 5-feet-6 inches tall with a thin build and wearing a gray tank top and blue leggings. The man was described as having a tattoo of a rose on his left arm and wearing a gray shirt and gray shorts.Anyone with information on the robbery can call Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477. Posted: July 28, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, July 28, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
The MacBook Air has achieved icon status. When Apple introduced it in 2008, it redefined what a laptop could be — and set the bar for style and portability. I love the MacBook Air, and for many years vigorously recommended it as the best laptop for most people. But since Apple reworked the design in 2018, things have become more complicated. My endorsement is now qualified, requiring some verbal asterisks and footnotes. Partly, it’s because Apple now sells two different laptops called the MacBook Air. The new model, which the company introduced in October 2018, starts at $1,199. It has a more modern Apple aesthetic, newer components and a few features, like a Retina display and Touch ID, that were previously exclusive to the more expensive MacBook Pro. (Read the full MacBook Air 2018 review here.) You might be surprised to learn that Apple still sells the older MacBook Air, a model released in June 2017. It’s essentially the same design that Apple introduced way back in 2010. It has 2017-era components — probably not your top choice in 2019 — but also a revered keyboard and a time-tested build. (Read the full MacBook Air 2017 review here.) And though Apple sells it for $999, it can usually be found for $900, and sometimes even less. (Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.) See the MacBook Air 2018 at AmazonSee the MacBook Air 2017 at B&HOn the surface, the newer model is the superior machine in nearly every way. Its components are contemporary, if not exactly cutting-edge, and Apple has addressed most of the previous model’s minor design imperfections. But, at $900, I think the older MacBook Air still delivers compelling value — especially if you’re just looking for a laptop that can handle basics like email, internet, document and spreadsheets. Cinebench R15 CPU (multicore) 13.3-inch LED-backlit IPS display (2,560×1,600 pixels) Networking $999 The basics: Entry-level configurations, upgrades and features Now playing: Watch this: Acer Swift 7 802.11ac Wi-Fi; Bluetooth 4.2 9,032 671 35 best battery life laptops Comments 1.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 Apple MacBook (12-inch, 2017) 8GB 2,133MHz LPDDR3 RAM (16GB upgrade available) 7,490 Advantage: MacBook Air 2018, by a hair More vs. faster connections Two USB-C ports is all you get on the 2018 MacBook Air. CNET In 2018, Apple finally gave the MacBook Air two USB-C ports — a staple of modern Windows laptops. The upside: much faster connections that could output to two 4K screens (or one 5K display). In exchange, Apple took away nearly every other port the 2017 MacBook Air had: two USB 3, one Thunderbolt 2, a SDXC card slot and a DisplayPort, used to connect to an external monitor. The new MacBook Air has only the two USB-C ports, one of which is used to connect its power adaptor, making a USB hub all but mandatory. It also means that the new model doesn’t have the older model’s MagSafe connector, which I love. If you accidentally trip on your power cord, it simply detaches — instead of pulling your laptop off the table and on to the floor. I believe that this one feature has saved me hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars over the years. The MagSafe power adapter. Sarah Tew/CNET Advantage: MacBook Air 2017 Video playback battery-drain test (streaming minutes) Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 2017) Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it System configurations 253 Storage MacOS Mojave Apple MacOS Sierra 10.12.5; 1.2GHz Intel Core m3-7Y32; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,866MHz; 1,536MB Intel HD Graphics 615; 256GB SSD We believe that the 2018 MacBook Air and newest Touch Bar MacBook Pros have a retooled version of the butterfly keyboard, equipped with a membrane that helps keep dust from gumming up the keys. The entry-level MacBook Pro (without the Touch Bar) has an earlier version of the butterfly keyboard without the membrane; this is the version that has been labeled “defective” by some. The 2017 MacBook Air. Sarah Tew/CNET The 2017 MacBook Air has Apple’s traditional, beloved keyboard, which is my favorite of the lot. It’s more than a mild preference — but short of a deal-killer for the new MacBook Air. Still, it’s one of the reasons I think the older model remains worth considering. Like the keyboard, personal taste will dictate how you feel about the touchpad. The new MacBook Air has a much larger touchpad that’s equipped with Apple’s Force Touch technology, with sensors at each corner of the touchpad that register when you click it. The older model has a simpler hinge design. Both are great. Advantage: MacBook Air 2017 Limited firepower Intel’s eighth-generation processor. Lori Grunin/CNET Apple laptops usually have older, less powerful processors than their Windows-based contemporaries and the MacBook Air is no exception. The 2018 MacBook Air comes equipped with a dual-core eighth-gen Intel Core i5 processor. The 2017 features — egads — a fifth-generation Intel processor, the entry-level Core i5 or Core i7, which costs an additional $150. Both models feature integrated Intel graphics, which means neither is ideal for gaming or graphic design, though I’ve used Photoshop on both without issue. The 2018 MacBook Air, which comes with 8GB of 2,133MHz LPDDR3 memory by default, can be upgraded to 16GB. The older model comes in one size only, with 8GB of 1,600MHz LPDDR3 memory. One other note about the 2018 model: It has a fan, which doesn’t run constantly, but it is surprisingly loud when it does. And here’s the shocker: Despite having a processor that’s several years newer, the new MacBook Air is just a tad faster than its predecessor. In our benchmark testing, it eked out a minor performance edge that’s barely imperceptible in regular use. And it’s noticeably slower than many Windows laptops in its price class and the entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro, which costs only $100 more. MacOS Mojave 802.11ac Wi-Fi; Bluetooth 4.0 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Share your voice Tags Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Processor 11,983 Dell XPS 13 (2018) 128GB PCIe SSD (256GB or 512GB upgrade available) 2x Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports (one of which is used to connect the charger) Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2017) Apple MacOS Sierra 10.12.6; 3.1GHz Intel Core i5-7267; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 2,133MHz; 1,536MB Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650; 512GB SSD $1,119 128GB PCIe SSD (256GB, 512GB or 1.5TB upgrade available) 589 Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 6 610 5:09 Memory 6,898 Intel HD Graphics 6000 561 Apple MacOS Mojave 10.14; 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-8210Y; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 2,133MHz; 1,536MB Intel UHD Graphics 617; 256GB SSD Dell XPS 13 (2018) 2.75 pounds Graphics 7,870 Apple MacOS Sierra 10.12.6; 2.2GHz Intel Core i7-56500U; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,600MHz; 1,536MB Intel HD Graphics 6000; 256GB SSD 1.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 (2.2GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 upgrade available) 6,027 626 629 Apple MacBook (12-inch, 2017) Acer Swift 7 Note: Longer bars indicate better performance Next, we’ll take a look at the specific differences between the 2017 and 2018 MacBook Air in terms of design, display, keyboard, ports and connections, processing power and battery life. How big a deal is a Retina display? Sarah Tew/CNET When it announced the new MacBook Air at its October 2018 keynote, Apple spent a lot of time talking up the Retina display. And for good reason: It has a much higher native resolution than the older screen, making it crisper, more vivid and easier on the eyes. It’s also brighter, rated for 500 nits compared to the older model’s 300. Apple narrowed the bezels rather dramatically, giving the new MacBook Air a more modern aesthetic. Finally, the new display contains no mercury or arsenic, making for a less toxic, more sustainable manufacturing process. On the left, the 2017 model’s wide bezel. On the right, the 2018 model. Sarah Tew/CNET The 2017 MacBook Air’s display is not bad. The 1,440×900-pixel resolution is pretty standard for a 13.3-inch display. But it’s noticeably dimmer and less sharp than the new model’s display. Advantage: MacBook Air 2018(Note: It’s bewildering that neither MacBook Air has a touchscreen display. Indeed, no Apple laptop has one, and it’s among the most glaring weaknesses of the entire lineup. If you’re interested in a touchscreen laptop, there’s no shortage of excellent touchscreen Windows and Chromebook models that cost less than either MacBook Air.) The butterfly effect The 2018 MacBook Air. Sarah Tew/CNET For years, the MacBook Air was universally lauded for its sublime keyboard. The keys’ size, shape and travel — that is, the distance they move when pressed — were right on the money, making it a genuine pleasure to use. Then, in 2018, Apple replaced the traditional Air keyboard with its “new and improved” super flat “butterfly” keyboard. The reception has been mixed. Some folks don’t love the flat design. Others think it’s fine. And a small but vocal subset of users have alleged that the new keyboard is fatally sensitive to dust and other microparticles, rendering some keys unusable in some cases. Wall Street Journal reporter Joanna Stern this weekend penned a hilarious, maddening article about writing with a defective keyboard. 738 Ports and connections 8GB of 1,600MHz LPDDR3 RAM 13.3-inch LED-backlit display (1,440×900 pixels) 381 MacBook Air (2018) 263 2x USB 3 ports, Thunderbolt 2 port, SDXC card slot Video playback battery-drain test (streaming minutes) Note: Longer bars indicate better performance Acer Swift 7 Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2017) 252 Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 2018) Laptops Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 2017) 10 hours, 43 minutes Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2017) Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 646 430 Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-8250U; 8GB DDR4 SDRAM 1,866MHz; 128MB dedicated Intel UHD Graphics 620; 256GB Weight Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 2018) Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Acer Swift 7 Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 1.3GHz Intel Core i7-7Y75; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,866MHz; 128MB dedicated Intel HD Graphics 615; 256GB SSD Dell XPS 13 (2018) Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 2017) See All Intel UHD 617 Battery life 10 hours, 46 minutes Dell XPS 13 (2018) MacBook Air 2018 now has a Retina display MagSafe connector for charger Before we move forward with a detailed product comparison, it’s worth noting that there are lots and lots of excellent non-Apple laptops priced around $1,000 that offer greater versatility, more powerful components and features you won’t find on either MacBook Air. Yes, you’ll have to do without Apple’s terrific MacOS Mojave operating system. But you’ll find superior Intel processors, discrete graphics cards and touchscreen displays that, in some cases, work in both laptop and tablet mode. With that caveat out of the way, let’s take look at how the two different MacBook Airs stack up. First, a summary of what’s included with each base model and the upgrades that are available. • Base price reading • MacBook Air 2018 vs. MacBook Air 2017: Which one should you buy? Other notable features I’ve been using @Apple’s new MacBook Air for about a month & I’ve had the same issues as @JoannaStern. Constant double “E”s and “T”s , and I’ve had food nowhere near this thing. No biggie. They’re just the most used letters in the English language. 🙄 https://t.co/ZETILLenv4— Shara Tibken (@sharatibken) March 27, 2019 Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 2018) Apple Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 2018) Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2017) Apple MacBook (12-inch, 2017) Advantage: NeitherEverything elseThe new MacBook Air has a few other new noteworthy features. Touch ID, which lets you log in with your fingerprint, is handier and more secure than typing in a password. It also has three microphones compared to the older model’s two. Both have stereo speakers, though the 2018 MacBook Air’s are better positioned, running along each side of the keyboard. None of these are significant enough to sway a buying decision, but give the newer model a few bonus points. Sarah Tew/CNET Beyond that, the two models are largely the same. The new MacBook Air is a bit more compact and a few ounces lighter. But both have the same operating system, the same 720p FaceTime camera and the same 3.5mm headphone jack. Advantage: MacBook Air 2018 The verdict Sarah Tew/CNET I’ll concede that the MacBook Air 2018, on the strength of its superior Retina display and supremely elegant design, is the better laptop. But starting at $1,199, I don’t believe that it’s the better deal. That designation still belongs to the MacBook Air 2017 — especially if you can find it for under $900 — which retains critical advantages with its keyboard and connections. The good news: depending on whether you’re optimizing for performance or price, there’s a MacBook Air for you. Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 Touch ID, which doubles as power button Apple MacBook (12-inch, 2017) Battery life Battery life has always been super solid on the MacBook Air though a number of Windows and Chrome-based laptops have pulled ahead. Still, among the 2017 and 2018 MacBook Air, battery life is basically a wash. You can expect 10-plus hours from both machines — good enough for a full day or work and then some. Geekbench 4 (multicore) 2.96 pounds Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 1.8GHz Intel Core i7-8550U; 8GB DDR4 SDRAM 1,866MHz; 128MB (dedicated) Intel HD Graphics 620; 256GB SSD Operating system 37 Photos 12,855 MacBook Air (2017) Display size/resolution Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Chrome OS Intel MacOS Mojave Apple
Ongole: There were three minors in the gang of a six men who sexually assaulted a minor girl for five days, after forcefully confining her in a room. The Prakasam district police, who arrested all of the accused in a day, revealed that the first rape on the girl was done at one of the shops in bus station. The Prakasam district SP Siddharth Kaushal said in Ongole on Sunday that the Shakti team members and police constables on duty at RTC bus stand identified a minor girl in a helpless condition on Saturday night. The women police team approached and interacted with her to know that she came to Ongole on June 16 and was raped for a number of times by a gang. They shifted the to the hospital for treatment by providing necessary care. Also Read – Women docs appointed in key posts in Tirupati Advertise With Us The SP Siddharth Kaushal said that the town DSP T Radhesh Murali, CI M Lakshman and other officials investigated the case. He said that the girl has attended her ailing grandfather in a hospital in Vijayawada. The girl then made friends with a man, Ammisetty Ramu, a cab driver from Ongole and exchanged mobile numbers. The duo used to talk over phone, but the girl’s mother find out that and beated her on June 15. On June 16, believing the words of Ramu, the girl reached Ongole at 07.00 PM , but not abled to meet him at the RTC Bustand. As the mobile charging is over, the girl approached Shaik Baji, who works at KR Mobile Phone Shop near platform number 24, at 11.00 PM and requested his phone to contact Ramu. Also Read – Event management students of SPMVV exhibit talent Advertise With Us After a little chatting with her, he dragged the girl into the shop and raped her. He thrown her out in the morning and went away at 08.30 AM on June 17 but the girl continued to wait in the bus stand. At around 2.30 AM on June 18, Baji, Avula Srikanth Reddy and one minor reached bus stand and convinced her to go to their room offering shelter. They took her to the room in the first floor of Sri Satya Keerthi medicals, near Chandamama Hospital and sexually assaulted together. On June 19, at 8.30 AM they locked the room confining her in it and went away. They gave the room key to Pathra Mahesh and two other minors who reached the room and raped her multiple times up to June 22. On Saturday at 3.00 AM, one minor dropped her at the RTC bus stand again and went away. The girl was spent the day in the bus stand itself until the Shakti team and other police personnel rescued in the evening. Advertise With Us As the news spread out on Sunday morning, the home minister Mekathoti Sucharita called the district SP Siddharth Kaushal and ordered them to investigate the case effectively and see no person is left free. The minister Balineni Srinivasa Rao also responded and announced that the government will not spare any of the people who are commenting atrocities on children and women. The SP appreciated the DSP Radhesh Murali, CI Lakshman for immediately responding and apprehending all of the accused in less than one day. He also mentioned the efforts of the Shakti team to comfort the victim while gathering information and taking her to hospital immediately.
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to address the nation on Thursday during which he is expected to explain government’s decisions on abrogating special status to Jammu and Kashmir and splitting the state into two union territories, sources have said. The last time he addressed the nation was on March 27 during the Lok Sabha elections when he announced that India had demonstrated anti-satellite missile (A-Sat) capability by shooting down a live satellite. Also Read – Subramanian Swamy cross-examined in National Herald case Advertise With Us Parliament on Tuesday approved a resolution abrogating special status accorded to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution. It also cleared a bill to split the state into two union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. The proposed address comes days before the Prime Minister’s customary address to the nation on Independence Day from the ramparts of Red Fort.
After ‘No Shave November’ its time to sport a classy beard to gear up for the party season. Get that suave and urbane look by using some defined grooming tips that work wonders in the cold month, says an expert.Being thick and oily, men’s skin is difficult to clean and suffers the daily trauma of facial shaving and then has to deal with harsh winter which dries and bruises it. Follow these tips and enjoy a groomed and party ready look. Don’t overdo the wash: You must wash your face with a gentle cleanser and shower daily with a good body wash. Avoid using harsh face scrubs or soaps, since it will dry up your skin much more in dry weather, making it appear wrinkled. Also, avoid long, leisurely baths as hot water depletes skin of its natural moisture. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf Get a winter moisturiser: Your 365-days all-purpose moisturizer is not a good idea when the mercury dips as light and oil-free stuff is for summers. In winters, you need an additional dose of moisture and winter moisturizers come loaded with special oils that keep your skin smooth in freezing weather. Dab the sunscreen: Winter sun is as bad as summer UV and you would be neglecting sunscreen at your own risk. This is one routine bros shouldn’t give up, whatever time of the year. Dab on sunblock and keep your skin protected at all times. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive Chapped lips: An ungainly (and frequent sight) in winters, it wouldn’t do much to your love life either. Stock up on lip balms, one each for home, work and your pocket. A vitamin E lip balm with SPF would be perfect, but plain petroleum jelly would do too. Groom that beard: Daily shavers might be turned off by the scruffiness of their first week to forget it all and shave because of how scruffy you feel. But all you need to do is wash your beard when you wash your face. Not with the same old soap as that will make your face and beard feel drier. You also need to moisturize your beard from the dry winter air. Beginners should try out the incredibly affordable Lavender and Cedar Beard Oil.
The latest hashtag taking over Twitter is #QueerResilience. — Morgan Potts (@mrgnptts) August 4, 20177.my name is rob & i organise against fascists who want me deadspit on me & call me a fag but i’ll only grow stronger #QueerResilience pic.twitter.com/LwIuDVDoEp— robin mittag (@noonbinary) August 4, 20178.every day that i’m still alive is #QueerResilience— olivia ford (@_oliviaford) August 4, 20179.I’m loudly, visibly queer around the kids I teach and I think that’s important #QueerResilience— Leo (@thisbravelion) August 4, 201710.#QueerResilience I’ve actually not done anything productive with my life but I’m trying to get my mental health in check so I can start! — rennnnnn (@renethyy_) August 4, 201711.https://twitter.com/sophroniel/status/89343560666291814412.Ran a bunch of queer gaming events, that’s pretty neat. #QueerResilience— I really like bears (@tonitonirocca) August 4, 201713.im a cool, happy queer guy doing things i care about, moving to university & doing positive politics & activism #QueerResilience— (@_plantbot) August 4, 201714.Every single time I’ve mentioned being trans, it’s lead to me meeting another trans person doing something incredible <3 #QueerResilience— moth dad (@innesmck) August 4, 201715.I realised that I’m grey-asexual and that there’s nothing wrong with me. #QueerResilience— Wyldefire (@doctor_wylde) August 4, 2017 GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading... eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) People on Twitter have been sharing their stories with the hashtag.The hashtag encourages people to share their victories, big or small.1.this year i have started therapy, gone back on anti-depressants and have begun writing again! #QueerResilience— Eleanor (@eleanorrthomas) August 4, 20172.I have a Safety Team that loves me, my creative voice is appreciated, long-dreamt projects are coming to fruition. #queerresilience pic.twitter.com/NWb7XS5KSD— Creatrix Tiara (@creatrixtiara) August 4, 20173.I am living life as my actual self. People in my chosen work know me as me. I am nearly proud of my portfolio. I am nice.#QueerResilience— Ashton McAllan (@acegiak) August 4, 20174.survived a lot of shit this year and last. still fighting for world where we can exist #QueerResilience— jess bradley (@JBPersonalBrand) August 4, 20175.in 2k17 i got into uni to study architecture, started writing again & have so far survived my mental illness, v small #QueerResilience— krampussy (@qr_ce) August 4, 20176.this year i signed a book deal, got visa-married, nurtured plants & people, and clawed back music for myself from trauma #QueerResilience pic.twitter.com/6KMT1IWHTg Twitter explodes with inspiring #LGBTProud hashtagMeet the teen behind the weekly queer hashtags on TwitterCheck out the cutest #LGBTBabes tweets breaking the internetRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/twitter-queerresilience/
Consumer Credit House Financial Services Committee Maxine Waters Politics 2014-09-10 Seth Welborn September 10, 2014 520 Views Lawmaker Pushes to Reform Consumer Credit Reporting Share Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-California), a ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee, unveiled a proposal Wednesday that would make sweeping changes to the way consumer credit is scored.Waters drafted her proposal, which is entitled “Fair Credit Reporting Improvement Act of 2014,” in response to many recent cases and studies which have exposed flaws in the country’s current consumer reporting system. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reports that one in every five Americans (approximately 40 million) has at least one error on his or her credit report, and the error is significant enough in about 10 million of those cases that it could potentially increase the cost of credit available to those consumers.”Credit reports are no longer just used exclusively by lenders in making a credit decision. More and more, credit reports are used in a variety of ways, from employment decisions, to determining a consumer’s ability to rent a home, buy a car, or purchase insurance,” Waters said in a press release. “A person’s credit report is too important in determining access to a wide array of opportunities for these reports to contain inaccurate and incomplete information.”This proposal addresses many of the flaws with the existing consumer reporting system, by making common-sense changes that enhance consumers’ rights, create more transparency over the consumer reporting and credit scoring process, and increase the accountability of credit reporting agencies, furnishers, and companies that develop credit scoring models and formulas,” she added.The major points of Waters’ proposed reform to the consumer reporting system include:Shortening the time that adverse information remains on a consumer’s credit report from seven to four yearsRemoving adverse information from credit reports that is the result of illegal, deceptive, or fraudulent practices of predatory mortgage lenders and servicersRemoving settled debt, such as medical expenses, which is not necessarily a reliable predictor of a consumer’s ability to repay a loan or worthiness to obtain creditRemoving private student loan defaults when the distressed borrower makes nine consecutive monthly on-time paymentsRequiring furnishers to retain all records as long as adverse information remains on a consumer’s credit report. in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News
Go back to the enewsletterThe Star Sydney is facing a potential hurdle reintroducing the five-star Ritz-Carlton brand back to Sydney. More than 80% of submissions from the public made to the NSW Government are protesting development of the 237-metre tower, which is slated to be added to the existing footprint of The Star Sydney. Most of those lodging objections to the $500 million structure live in the same suburb as the proposed project in Pyrmont. Their primary squabble is that the newbuild luxury hotel tower disregards the height guidelines of a Master Plan for the suburb.A public exhibition of the 61-storey development, which includes the 220 room Ritz-Carlton and 204 residential apartments, closed in mid-September. To date, 108 submissions have already been lodged and filed with the NSW Planning & Environment office, the latest received earlier this month. Of those, a mere 25 are in favour of The Star Entertainment Group’s new project.One submission against the flagged project is from an Executive Committee representing 285 households. Another anonymous submission referred to the tower as “a preposterous overdevelopment and inconsistent with current height levels around the Pyrmont waterfront”.Other negative feedback included:“Should the development proceed as planned it would set a precedent for developers to demand the right to build more high-rise towers in Pyrmont, adversely affecting the unique character of this suburb which successfully blends residential and commercial development within close proximity to the city. Ultimately Pyrmont would become little more than an extension of the Sydney CBD.” Tim Crozier of Pyrmont“This proposal betrays promises to the community when the casino was first approved that development would never exceed the height of the Pyrmont Power Station stack demolished for the facility.” The Owners – Strata Plan 60040“Much work has been done over the past 20 years to create a vibrant local residential and business community in Pyrmont. Parks and public spaces are central to this; places where people and families can come and feel safe and enjoy the sun, water, trees and views. The proposed development would obliterate all that has been done to create this by making the central feature of Pyrmont an obstructive tower that takes away from all of these positives of Pyrmont’s community.” Eugene Tan of PyrmontWhile the vast majority of comments from the public are against the Ritz-Carlton Sydney development, the same can’t be said for submissions filed by 27 government, agency and organisations, 11 of which support the project. Among those are Destination NSW, the nearby International Convention Centre Sydney, Business Events Sydney, Sydney Business Chamber, Ticketek and Tourism Australia.“The proposed development of an iconic, high-end hotel will provide a greater choice of premium accommodation options for visitors and contribute to enhancing Sydney’s reputation as a global city,” Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer Sandra Chipchase said.Tourism Australia’s Managing Director John O’Sullivan said in his submission that the hotel “represents a much-needed addition to Sydney’s luxury accommodation inventory”.Geoff Jones, the CEO of Ticketek’s parent company, TEG, said: “We believe that a new development, incorporating the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and apartments as well as new food and beverage options, would further boost the Western Harbour precinct as a tourism and entertainment hub in Sydney.”Comments were also received by 11 organisations that were neither for or against the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Sydney, but The National Trust of Australia, Pyrmont Action Group, NSW Parliament and the City of Sydney Council have each objected, the latter of which with a 13-page submission filed three weeks ago.The City of Sydney’s Director of City Planning, Development and Transport, Graham Jahn, said the Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs) issued on 9 May 2016 required Star Casino to exhibit its modification application within two years. It argues that this was done on 13 August 2018, “in contravention of the above requirement”.“Given this governance procedure has not been followed, the current application should be discontinued and an alternative planning process considered. This is a serious procedural issue,” Jahn said. He argues that the development is “well beyond the scope of the approved development”.Other gripes include the height of the structure which “cannot be justified in this location”.“The proposed tower is more than eight times the maximum building height permitted under the LEP [Local Environmental Plan],” Jahn added.Ironically, the City of Sydney’s submission was filed on 9 October, three weeks after the exhibition closed.The Star Entertainment Group last month said it was reviewing the submissions. LATTE contacted The Star Entertainment Group for comment based on the City of Sydney Council’s submission, who declined to respond.Note: All images are concept only, subject to all approvalsGo back to the enewsletter
by The Associated Press Posted Jun 4, 2019 9:44 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Rape probe against French actor Gerard Depardieu dropped PARIS — The Paris prosecutor’s office says that an investigation into a woman’s rape and sexual assault accusations against actor Gerard Depardieu has been dropped because of lack of evidence.A preliminary investigation was opened Aug. 27 after a young woman filed a complaint near the southern city of Aix-en-Provence for rape and sexual aggression. At the time, Depardieu’s lawyer, Herve Temime, said the actor “absolutely denies any rape, any sexual assault, any crime” and dismissed the complaint as “groundless.”The prosecutor’s office said on Tuesday that the case was thrown out after “numerous investigations” failed to show infractions as described.French media have reported that the woman alleged Depardieu assaulted her on August 7 and August 13 at his Parisian home.The Associated Press
by Hillel Italie, The Associated Press Posted Jun 17, 2019 5:02 am PDT This image provided by Scholastic shows the cover of a new untitled “Hunger Games” novel by Suzanne Collins. The novel, set to be released May 19, 2020, is a prequel set 64 years before the beginning of her multimillion-selling trilogy. Collins said in a statement Monday, June 10, 2019, that she “wanted to explore the state of nature” as she set the narrative in the years following the “Dark Days” of Panem, the Dystopia where young people must fight and kill each other, on live television. (Scholastic via AP) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK — Suzanne Collins has a new “Hunger Games” novel coming out, a prequel set 64 years before the start of her multimillion-selling trilogy.The book, currently untitled, is to come out May 19, 2020. Collins said in a statement Monday that she wanted to explore what people perceive is necessary for survival. She set the narrative in the years after the “Dark Days,” the failed rebellion in the country of Panem. The “Hunger Games” books are set in a dystopia where young people must fight and kill each other, on live TV.The new book takes place well before the lifetime of “Hunger Games” heroine Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence in the billion-dollar movie franchise. Scholastic spokeswoman Tracy van Straaten declined further comment on the new book’s contents or characters.Hillel Italie, The Associated Press ‘Hunger Games’ prequel novel coming in 2020