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There are several features that one craves for in a smartphone:- A Super AMOLED display- A notch that is effective but not intrusive- An in-display fingerprint scanner- An infrared face unlock (which works even in the dark)- Excellent cameras- A head-turning designTally those up and you would think that one is talking of a premium, high-end smartphone. After all, features like the ones mentioned above do tend to come in devices sporting stiff price tags. But then, Vivo has been making a habit of surprising Indian consumers with phones that come with killer features and design, but at prices that are surprisingly affordable. This is one of the reasons why the brand has emerged as one of the leading players in the Rs. 20,000-30,000 price segment of the market – the one that falls bang in between the mid and premium segments, and bridges the gap that exists between those looking for value for money devices and those wanting a killer performance.And the V11 Pro, Vivo’s latest phone does just that. It brings together those two very important, if contrary, features – style and substance – and does so without blowing a hole in your wallet.One look at the Vivo V11 Pro is more than enough to convince any viewer of its premium pedigree. The front is literally all display – the phone sports a mind boggling 91.27% screen-to-body ratio to ensure that there are almost no bezels to cloud your viewing experience. Making this possible is one of the smallest display notches you will ever see, literally like a raindrop, bearing the front facing camera in the ocean that is the display. And what a display it is too – the Vivo V11 Pro’s 6.41-inch display boasts a full HD+ resolution and a 19.9:5 aspect ratio, and being a Super AMOLED one, delivers rich colours and blacks, for a superb viewing experience. It is not just about viewing though. The display also contains a fingerprint scanner. Yes, the Vivo V11 Pro is one of the few handful devices that have a fingerprint scanner right under its display, instead of gobbling space in the front or back of the device, letting you unlock the phone by just pressing the display. There is a facial unlock on board as well, with an infra red light to boot, that not only lets you unlock your phone by looking at it, but also makes it possible in low-light conditions and in a much more secure manner.advertisement But impressive thought that the front of the Vivo V11 Pro is, it is its back that is likely to make jaws drop, especially if you get the starry night variant. Keep it in the dark and the back looks jet black. Bring it into the light and you will see its lower portion start to shimmer and shine as if populated by stars. At a time when most phones look like each others clone, the Vivo V11 Pro is in a starry league of its own. And it is compact and lightweight too – it will slip into most pockets and hands without too much fuss, and is designed with care to ensure that it does not slip out too easily.Beneath all that dazzle is some seriously good hardware. The 25-megapixel front-facing camera does not only work for quick and accurate face unlocks, but also delivers some stunning series, aligned with some AI smarts, including Face Shaping that ensure that you look your very best in every selfie-sh snap. And then there is the matter of the dual 12 and 5 megapixel cameras that come with AI HDR and AI low light model as well as dual pixel sensors to ensure that you get the best of detail and colour, irrespective of time, place, and lighting conditions. Then there is the little matter of AI scene recognition which analyses pictures – identifying different objects, elements and different scenarios (night, portrait, flowers, food) and accordingly customizes settings. AI also comes into play for portrait mode snappers, ensuring that the blurs stay in the background even while your subject emerges razor sharp. No matter the subject or scene, photographs taken by the V11 Pro will always look amazingEnsuring that there is no lag in user experience is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset, which is among the best-in-class processors, and delivers a speedy performance without compromising on battery life. That, allied with 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of onboard storage, makes everything from high-end gaming (there is an AI game mode, incidentally) to social networking to messaging, to browsing and to emailing, a walk in the park for the V11 Pro. And keeping all of this ticking is a 3400 mAh battery which will last you a day of hefty use comfortably, and even when it runs out, will recharge in a jiffy, courtesy Vivo’s Dual Engine Fast Charging.advertisementAll of this, with the goodness of Android 8.1 and enriched with Vivo’s special FunTouch 4.5 overlay, brings a number of features to Android, including a special Jovi AI Assistant and Funmojis (personalised emojis like you have never seen before).The best part of it all? The Vivo V11 Pro does not cost a bomb, in best Vivo tradition, proving that you can get the best of both worlds – a beauty in appearance and a beast in performance – without damaging your bank account. Or your kidneys.
Bangladesh skipper Mahsrafe Mortaza Thursday had no hesitation in terming India a far better team but said “my Asia Cup was won” when Tamim Iqbal batted with one hand in their tournament opener.Experienced opener Tamim Iqbal is one of the few key players Bangladesh will be missing in the final against India on Friday.Besides Tamim, Bangladesh will also miss the services of the seasoned all-rounder Shakib-al Hasan in the title clash here. To make matters worse for them, Mortaza, who has a broken finger, and Mushfiqur Rahim will be playing injuries.India could be in for a surprise if they take Bangladesh lightly: Sunil Gavaskar”Let me be honest, the moment Tamim entered the field against Sri Lanka as the last man to help Mushfiqur score those runs, my Asia Cup was won,” Mortaza said at the pre-match press conference.There will always be rivalry between India and Bangladesh on field: Shikhar DhawanBangladesh lost to India in the final of the tournament in 2016, four years before that they were defeated by Pakistan in the summit showdown of the continental event.Also Read – India clear favourites against charged-up Bangladesh in Asia Cup finalAsked if they have learnt from past mistakes during crucial games against India, he said, “Every tournament has been a distinct journey whether 2012 final against Pakistan or 2016 against India. Every time we encountered a few situations, overcame them and got into the finals.Match prediction India vs Bangladesh Asia Cup Final: Predicted playing XI of India and Bangladeshadvertisement”This journey in this tournament was a difficult one as we started losing players from the very first game (Tamim Iqbal). There was also concern whether Mushfiqur Rahim could play or not but then he played despite not being fully fit. We can learn from him.”India vs Bangladesh live streaming, 2018 Asia Cup final live telecast: Where to watch Ind vs Bang live streaming onlineIndia comfortably beat their eastern neighbours in the Super Four game.”I think India is a far better team, they are number one in the world, they came here as the favourites, but then you never know, anything can happen. So, we will have to be mentally strong and fight till the last ball. It’s important to keep our emotion in check.”Kedar Jadhav’s day out with MS Dhoni ahead of Asia Cup finalGoing back six years, he said, “When we were in final in 2012 we rarely used to win matches against big teams and now we have competed regularly. Some of the players like Shakib, Mushfiqur, Mustafizur and Tamim have contributed greatly in these victories.”This year we are in final without our top two performers, and boys should feel proud about it.”India have been a stick above the rest in Asia Cup: Stephen FlemingShakib flew back to Bangladesh after aggravating a finger injury, while Tamim was ruled out of the tournament after suffering a fracture in the opening game.”Every match we encountered anxious moments and from Afghanistan Super Four game, it was a virtual final for us. Hopefully, top order clicks in the final and if they don’t, then the middle and lower order needs to perform. No point thinking about technique and stuff at this juncture when we are playing final.”I think it’s a great lesson for the boys and young players will learn that it’s all about fight till the last ball. It was a difficult (road) to final without performer like Shakib and Tamim not being available.”Asked about the recipe for defeating India without Tamim and Shakib, he said, “Actually you need to wait for a cue on the field. It could be a great spell or may be a great innings. Like a good partnership like one that Mushfiqur and Mithun shared against Pakistan. Or else I don’t think you have easy options of beating India.”He said Bangladesh cricket needs a tournament triumph.”I don’t judge myself on the basis of one trophy. I have not played cricket for one trophy. I can say that a trophy is very important for Bangladesh. Insha Allah one day Bangladesh will win a trophy. The youngsters will get a boost if Bangladesh win.”Talking about the final, he said a good start is of paramount importance.”It is very difficult to set them a target. Considering India’s batting strength, at least 260-270 could be a fighting total, I am not saying that’s a winning score. And if we bowl first then we would look to try and restrict them. Batting or bowling, a good start is crucial.”advertisementBangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina congratulated the team for making the final.”The Premier called up, we spoke to her from the dressing room, she is obviously very happy, and motivated us to try our best in the final. If that happens, fine, but she asked us to give our best.”(With PTI inputs)
Pakistani cricketer Nasir Jamshed, who was previously banned by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), is all set to face trial in the United Kingdom after being accused of bribing players in the Pakistan Super League.Jamshed and two UK nationals – Yousef Anwar and Mohammed Ijaz – were arrested in February 2017 as part of an investigation into alleged spot-fixing by the UK’s National Crime Agency, according ESPN Cricinfo.Jamshed, Anwar and Ijaz have been charged with conspiring to bribe players to perform below their potential in the PSL. The alleged conspiracy is said to have taken place between November 2016 and February 2017.Anwar and Ijaz have also been charged with bribing players in the Bangladesh Premier League in late 2016.These three entered not guilty pleas at Manchester Crown Court. The trial will take place at the same court from December 2, Cricinfo said.All the three have been granted unconditional bail, but they have been told to attend a pre-trial review on September 6.Jamshed was banned for 10 years by the PCB after the player was found guilty of five charges under the anti-corruption code.Also Read | Irfan Ansari, man who approached Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed, banned for 10 yearsAlso Read | Pakistan Super League finds new producers after IMG Reliance snaps dealAlso Read | India-Pakistan World Cup clash likely to be discussed on sidelines of ICC meetAlso Read | No India vs Pakistan at World Cup? BCCI sources say government to take final call
Michy Batshuayi ‘Batshuayi was always ready at Chelsea’ – Martinez welcomes Dortmund move Chris Burton 22:09 2/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Michy Batshuayi World Cup Borussia Dortmund Chelsea Belgium Bundesliga Premier League The Belgium international is back in World Cup contention after leaving a frustrating situation in England behind to take in a Bundesliga loan spell Michy Batshuayi was “always ready” at Chelsea, says Roberto Martinez, with a loan move to Borussia Dortmund the best decision for all concerned.The Belgium international is firmly back in World Cup contention after enjoying a goal-laden start to his time in Germany.AdChoices广告Records have been sent tumbling as the 24-year-old has demonstrated how prolific he can be when given a regular run of games. Article continues below 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 He was denied those opportunities at Chelsea, amid fierce competition for places, but had still managed 10 goals for the Blues before heading to Germany during the winter transfer window.Belgium boss Martinez told talkSPORT of a timely switch for Batshuayi: “To play at a World Cup is a unique moment in your career, so you have to be able to play and perform at club level in order to be in that squad.“For Michy Batshuayi, it’s not about staying in the Premier League, it’s about finding a club where you can have a big role and you can feel you have an influence in the team.“Michy was always ready at Chelsea, but the competition was really strong in that number nine role.“He has gone to Borussia Dortmund and as a striker you need to score that first goal as quickly as you can, he scored two in his debut.“You can see he is happy, free and sometimes a move in the winter window gives you that.“For Michy, it’s given him a very strong opportunity to be in the World Cup squad because of the environment he’s found.”Batshuayi has five goals from four appearances for Dortmund and will be hoping for many more before sealing a spot on the plane to Russia.It is, however, still unclear what his club future will hold past the end of the 2017-18 campaign, with his loan agreement including no option for a permanent transfer to be pushed through in the summer.
Antonio Conte ‘I don’t envy Guardiola’ – Conte backs Manchester City’s big spending Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent 06:30 3/4/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Antonio Conte Chelsea Guardiola Manchester City v Chelsea Manchester City Premier League The Blues boss has praised his Sunday opponents who have spent big for a number of years, as they dominate English football this season Antonio Conte insists he does not envy Pep Guardiola after defending Manchester City’s right to spend their considerable cash reserves to dominate English football. Chelsea will face City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday and Conte has been impressed with the business the Premier League leaders have done in the transfer market in the past few seasons. In contrast, Conte has been critical of his own club’s transfer policy this season and his future at the club remains unclear going into the summer, but he is adamant he does not feel pangs of jealousy towards Guardiola. Article continues below 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 “No, I don’t like people to envy the other person,” Conte said to reporters at Cobham Training Ground ahead of the game. “I don’t like the person that has this type of sentiment. I have great admiration because they found the right way to be strong for a long time, to have successful seasons for a long time, from now until I don’t know.”There is a great coach, great players. And then there is the possibility to spend a lot of money and have the same ambition of the coach. This is the fantastic result for Manchester City. Manchester City is not the only club to spend a lot of money.”The way they are spending money, especially the way I think the club is making Pep happy during the transfer market, to take the best choices for the coach, for the manager.”There is only one situation very clear, that Manchester City will be stronger next season. Do you think it could be enough, to win again the title? [To not qualify for Europe?] If you think this, I think you are a dreamer.”Conte was also asked his opinion on whether Chelsea spend money as well as City do in the transfer market.”I don’t know,” he replied. “I didn’t spend money. The club spent money. I have great respect for every club to spend money. The decision with the money is for the clubs.”Chelsea have been outspent by City for the past five seasons, while their Sunday opponents have also spent well over three times as much since both Guardiola and Conte arrived in the Premier League back in 2016. Meanwhile, Chelsea will go into the match five points adrift of the top four ahead of a crucial fortnight which will also see Conte’s side face Barcelona in the second leg of the Champions League last 16 and Leicester in the FA Cup quarter-finals.”When I arrived here the club didn’t play the Champions League, Europa League, if you remember two years ago and life goes on,” Conte added.”I think we have to continue to put all of ourselves in this effort. This will be an important effort from now until the end to try to find a place in the Champions League.”Don’t forget we have to play against Crystal Palace before Barcelona and then we have to play Leicester. For sure, it’s a moment that is very crucial for us. These two weeks are very important for us.”Ross Barkley is set to return to the matchday squad on Sunday after suffering a hamstring injury in training.The midfielder had not played for seven months when he joined Chelsea from Everton in January after needing time to recover from an operation on his calf. He has made just three appearances for Chelsea and has been out of action for a month, with Conte challenging Barkley to fight for a place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the World Cup. “With Ross, as you know better than me, he had a really bad injury with Everton,” he continued. “He played with us in the Arsenal game, after in the Carabao Cup. He played after seven months. When you have this type of bad injury, you must have great patience to try to work.”At the same time, when you’re arriving from a bad injury after a long period when you didn’t play, the risk to have little injuries is easier than another player. Ross is a young player, he’s a really good guy, he’s a good player.”Now he has to put all of himself to try to recover in time and show he deserves a place to play in the World Cup.”
Marcus Rashford needs to start “demanding goals” in order to emulate Manchester United great Cristiano Ronaldo, according to Kleberson.Rashford burst onto the scene as a youngster at Old Trafford in 2015 under Louis van Gaal, impressing with his raw pace and eye for goal during a transitional period for the club.The 21-year-old has since only managed to score 47 goals in 171 matches across all competitions, showing a lack of composure in the final third despite being given a prominent role upfront. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Rashford contributed a modest 10 goals and six assists to United’s cause in 33 Premier League appearances last season, but he already has two goals to his name in the 2019-20 campaign.The England international netted a double in a 4-0 home victory over Chelsea on Sunday, helping Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side open their account in style.Kleberson, who played for United between 2003 and 2005, insists Rashford is an “unbelievable” player capable of becoming the team’s leading goalscorer this term.The World Cup winner mentioned him in the same breath as club legend Ronaldo, who hit 118 goals in 292 games during his time with the Red Devils.“If Rashford plays like he did last weekend, he’ll score at least 18 goals this season,” told us-bookies.com. “He’s unbelievable and he only needs one opportunity to score. He’s had a great start and now has the confidence to continue.”Now he has to take his chance and demand goals like Cristiano Ronaldo did at Man United. He has to look at his goals last season and say ‘I want to score more this year’.”All three of United’s summer signings featured against Chelsea last weekend, with Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka producing assured displays across the defence and Daniel James coming on for a late goalscoring cameo.Kleberson has been impressed by Wan-Bissaka and James in particular, as he added: “I think Aaron Wan-Bissaka has still got things to improve on but he’s a solid defender, you can see he has quality, but it was his only his first game. A lot of players prepare well for their first game but we need to see how he does for the upcoming games. “Daniel James has impressed me. It’s good to see a player like that who is very fast in the Premier League. If you are direct and quick in this league, you can help the team pick up a lot of points. That’s how the Man United fans want their team to play, direct in attack and creating plenty of opportunities.”Next up for United is a tough trip to Wolves on Monday night, before they host Crystal Palace at Old Trafford five days later. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Swinney was asked recently on Sirius XM if the state of Alabama was going to put up a wall to keep him out.“I think it was all fun and games early on. It was, ‘Aww, isn’t that sweet’ and all that stuff. I don’t know about walls, but I am kinda like Osama bin Dabo,” Swinney said, with a laugh. “I have to navigate my way through the caves and back channels too make my way through Alabama these days. They aren’t happy to see me, but it’s all good. It’s a good problem.”Well, that’s certainly an interesting way to put things.Swinney has long been linked to the Alabama job, as some still expect he will wind up replacing Nick Saban when the legendary coach steps down. However, the more Swinney establishes himself at Clemson, the tougher it has to be for him to leave.This offseason, he signed a new contract extension worth $92 million over 10 years. TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide talks with head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers after the Tigers defeated the Crimson Tide 35-31 in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)There will always be some love for Dabo Swinney in his home state of Alabama and at his alma mater. However, Swinney says things are a little different now that he’s beaten the Crimson Tide a couple of times.He said this in the oddest way possible during a recent conversation on SiriusXM. In it, Swinney jokingly referred to himself as “Osama bin Dabo.”According to AL.com, the quote is from Swinney’s appearance on “Basketball & Beyond with Coach K.” in February. Krzyzewski asked if Alabama was going to put up a wall to Swinney out given his recent success.David Hood of TigerNet.com unearthed the comment while listening to the interview and wrote about it this week.
Sriharikota (AP): ‘Mahila’ power came to the fore as India’s GSLV-MkIII-M1-Chandrayaan-2 Moon mission Monday from the spaceport here was helmed by two women scientists of ISRO.It was a special day for Ritu Karidhal and M Vanitha, the Mission and Project directors respectively for Chandrayaan-2, as the country’s most powerful rocket launched the spacecraft in better than the desired orbit after lift-off from here. “We always ensure that women scientists are equal to men… we found these women scientists are capable of doing the job and that is why we have given the job to them,” Indian Space Research Organisation Chairman K Sivan had Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’said in a message ahead of the launch. The women engineers, in their 40s, have over two decades of service with the premier space agency and were presently posted at the UR Rao Space Centre in Bengaluru, an official said. Ritu Karidhal, who was the Deputy Operations Director of Mars Orbiter Mission launched by India in 2013, was driven by the passion for science. “I realised science is not a subject for me but a passion. When I got job intimation letter from ISRO, my parents showed their complete confidence in me and sent me here (ISRO headquarters),” she said in a video shared by ISRO. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KVanitha, who oversaw the development of the hardware of the launch vehicle, is reportedly the first woman to have bagged the Best Woman Scientist award instituted by the Astronomical Society of India. Ace Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar took to Twitter to hail the two women scientists. “India’s second space mission to the moon, #Chandrayaan2 is led by two women scientists of @isro, a first in India’s history!! Sending my best to the rocket women and #ISRO team, more power to you!”, he tweeted. Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan also congratulated the women scientists for the successful launch of Chandrayaan-2. “Extending my best wishes to whole team of scientists & engineers @isro working tirelessly for succesful launch of #Chandrayaan2 going to take place tomorrow. Kudos to all the women scientists for their dedication and hard work! Your efforts have made the country proud,” he said. According to the ISRO annual report 2018-19, it employs 2,069 women in the scientific and technical categories and 3,285 in administrative jobs. Sivan had earlier said nearly 30 per cent of ISRO’s women workforce would work on the Chandrayaan-2 mission.
The 4th annual Design On A Dime Groundbreaker Awards Dinner will take place next week.The evening brings together Housing Works’ closest friends and supporters to honor outstanding individuals who have made a significant contribution to the fight to end HIV/AIDS and homelessness.Expected to attend are host Genevieve Gorder; honorees Zachary Quinto, Jamie Drake and Mary Fisher; guests ELLE Décor editor-in-chief Michael Boodro, Barbara Bush, Alessandra Branca, Nicole Gibbons, Douglas Friedman, Ken Fulk, James Huniford, Brian Kelly, George and Zoe Oliphant, Miles Redd and more.Housing Works is a New York-based organization that provides supportive services and stable housing to the homeless and individuals living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. The non-profit works with advocacy offices across the country and abroad to fight for funding and legislation to ensure all people living with HIV/AIDS have access to quality housing, healthcare, prevention information and other life-sustaining services.Find out more here.WHEN: Wednesday, April 20thWHERE: Metropolitan Pavillion 125 W. 18th Street New York, NY 10011
TORONTO – A global payment company will give members of Canada’s largest small- and medium-business association lower rates on American Express transactions.Chase Merchant Services will charge a new lower rate to Canadian Federation of Independent Business members that process less than $500,000 in Amex transactions.CFIB says the deal aims to make it easier for small businesses to accept Chase payment cards.CFIB president Dan Kelly says the partnership means many of the federation’s members could see significant savings thanks to the offer, with some members potentially seeing fees reduced by almost 50 per cent.Retailers pay fees each time consumers use a credit card. The fees differ based on type of credit card, business and other considerations.The retail industry has been advocating for lower fees, arguing that Canadian businesses pay some of the highest fees worldwide.CFIB’s 110,000 members collectively process more than $12 billion in electronic payments through Chase every year.
Companies in this story: (TSX:BB)The Canadian Press WATERLOO, Ont. — BlackBerry Ltd.’s third-quarter revenue and profit beat analyst estimates, with growth coming from its software and services business.The company, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, earned US$59 million in net income, up from a loss of $275 million in the same quarter last year.The profit amounted to 11 cents per basic share for the most recent quarter compared with a loss of 52 cents per share a year ago. BlackBerry’s adjusted profit for the quarter ended Nov. 30 was five cents per share.Revenue totalled $226 million, which was even with last year’s third quarter and up from $210 million in the second quarter this year.Analysts on average had expected an adjusted profit of two cents per share and revenue of $212.5 million, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.The company’s shares were up six per cent in pre-market trading after the announcement.
Minister Samaraweera was accompanied by Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in Geneva Ambassador A.L.A. Azeez, Commissioner General of Labour R.P.A. Wimalaweera, Deputy Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka Mrs. Samantha Jayasuriya, Ms. Shashika Somaratne, Minister Counsellor, B. Vasanthan, Senior Assistant Secretary of Ministry of Labour and Trade Union Relations and other senior officials. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka says it is ready to share its expertise with the International Labour Organization (ILO) on preventing child labour.Minister of Labour and Trade Union Relations Ravindra Samaraweera told the Director General of the ILO Guy Ryder in Geneva that Sri Lanka was interest to be at the forefront of the ILO’s global and regional efforts, along with other relevant stakeholders, in striving towards eliminating child labour and forced labour. In this connection, he assured Sri Lanka’s fullest support for declaring year 2021 as the Year of Elimination of Child Labour and expressed willingness to become a “Pathfinder Country” of Alliance 8.7. Sri Lanka is currently considering the ratification of ILO Protocol 29 to the Forced Labour Convention. The Director General of the ILO, welcoming the Minister and his delegation, noted that Sri Lanka is an important partner for ILO work with a positive working relationship. He expressed deep appreciation for Sri Lanka’s ongoing efforts in promoting labour rights, in particular eliminating child labour. In this context, Ryder recalled pledges made by Sri Lanka at the IV Global Conference on Sustained Eradication of Child Labour in Buenos Aires in November 2017, including to raise the minimum age of employment from 14 to 16. He also requested Sri Lanka to be actively involved in the Centenary Celebration activities of the ILO in 2019.
The Colombo Chief Magistrate today rejected a bail application submitted by President Maithripala Sirisena’s former Chief of Staff K Mahanama and former State Timber Corporation (STC) Chairman P. Dissanayaka.Mahanama and Dissanayaka who were remanded till today over a bribery case were ordered to be further remanded till September 4th. Mahanama and Dissanayaka had been arrested for accepting a bribe of Rs.20 million over a land deal.Mahanama and the Chairman of the State Timber Corporation, P. Dissanayake were arrested at the car park of a Colombo hotel while accepting the bribe from an Indian businessman. (Colombo Gazette)
by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 10, 2015 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Jul 10, 2015 at 2:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Economy lost 6,400 jobs in June; gain in full-time jobs offset part-time losses OTTAWA – Canada suffered a net loss in jobs last month but overall performance on the employment front was better than expected in a result that did little to shed light on what the Bank of Canada will do on interest rates next week.The central bank is expected to reduce its economic outlook for the year, but whether it will cut its key interest rate is a matter of debate among economists.“On balance, this was a slightly better result than expected and makes the (central) bank’s decision next week very much a toss-up,” BMO chief economist Doug Porter said of the jobs report.“Having forecast that we expect the bank to trim rates next week, we’re not going to change the call on one murky labour force survey — but it will make for one intense debate next week for the bank, especially if Greece does indeed manage to reach a deal this weekend.”Statistics Canada said there were 6,400 fewer jobs last month, as a strong gain in full-time employment only partially offset a bigger decline in part-time positions.The economy shed 71,200 part-time jobs, which provide fewer than 30 hours per week, but added 65,800 full-time jobs. The national unemployment rate held steady at 6.8 per cent.Economists had expected a loss of 10,000 jobs and an uptick in the unemployment rate to 6.9 per cent, according to Thomson Reuters.Concerns have been raised in recent days about the strength of the Canadian economy, with some speculating the country slipped into recession in the first half of the year following a string of disappointing economic data.The jobs report was the last major economic data point before the rate announcement and the release of the central bank’s latest monetary policy report.The C.D. Howe Institute’s monetary policy council recommended Thursday that the Bank of Canada keep its target for the overnight rate on hold at 0.75 per cent.However the decision wasn’t unanimous. Seven members of the think-tank’s council voted to keep the key rate on hold, while four supported a cut to 0.50 per cent.CIBC chief economist Avery Shenfeld said it will likely be a close decision, but stuck with his prediction of a rate cut.“We still lean towards one more rate cut from the Bank of Canada in the coming week, because forecasts of sunnier times ahead have a lot of downside risk,” Shenfeld wrote in a note.Porter pointed to several areas of strength in the jobs report, including that it was the third month in a row that full-time employment posted strong growth and that wages were up three per cent from a year ago.Total hours worked in June were “quite strong,” he said, adding “usually that’s not a bad rule of thumb for how the overall economy performed.”Compared with a year ago, employment increased by 176,000 over the past 12 months, entirely the result of more full-time work, while the total number of hours worked grew by 2.1 per cent.Breaking down the jobs report, public sector employment increased by 42,200 for the month, while the number of private sector jobs slipped 26,300.The number of self-employed decreased 22,200.Regionally, Quebec lost 33,300 jobs and New Brunswick lost 3,500. British Columbia gained 15,400, while Newfoundland and Labrador added 4,300. Ontario added 14,000 jobs for the month.The goods-producing sector lost 1,900 jobs, while the services sector lost 4,500.For the second quarter of the year, Statistics Canada says there were a total of 33,000 jobs added as there were 143,000 full-time jobs gained and 110,000 part-time jobs lost.
In one response, bet365’s lawyers replied: “You claim that this dispute is simply about your client placing a bet; and being entitled to winnings.”This is wrong. it is a case in which your client has been operating the account… using the funds of and for the benefit of third parties, in flagrant breach of our client’s terms.” Bet365 was launched in 2000 and has turned into one of Britain’s most profitable companies, based in Stoke but registered offshore in Gibraltar.Ms Coates, 49, a mother-of-five launched the business with her brother John Coates. The company is now worth an estimated £4.5 billion and Ms Coates owns just over half. Forbes estimates her wealth at £3.2 billion.The most recent company accounts show that she took home £117.5 million, making her Britain’s highest paid businesswoman.Her basic pay of £54 million was topped up by a £63.5 million dividend. Ms Coates’ father Peter is the chairman of Stoke City Football Club.Bet365’s name has become familiar to sports fans during TV ad breaks at half-time of Sky’s Premier League games as actor Ray Winstone’s gravelly tones seductively remind them to make bets while matches are still being played.The alleged refusal of online betting companies to honour wagers is now subjected to a joint investigation by the Gambling Commission and the Competition and Markets Authority.Sarah Harrison, Gambling Commission’s chief executive, has said: “Gambling operators must treat customers fairly – but some have been relying on terms that are unclear with too many strings attached.” ‘Lucky 15’ bets allow a combination of accumulated winnings. But rather than pay up, bet365 has withheld the sum as well as Miss McCann’s initial stake of £24,960.Exasperated at bet365’s refusal to pay up, she called in lawyers who issued a write in May in the High Court in Belfast.The writ, seen by the Telegraph, accuses Bet 365 and its Gibraltar-based parent company of breach of contract and demands damages of £1,009,960.A day after her ‘win’, Miss McCann contacted bet365 to withdraw her money. From documents seen by this newspaper, it is understood that a bet365 representative, via the website’s ‘live chat’ service, congratulated the customer and confirmed the request. 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. Denise Coates CBE, founder and joint chief executive of online gambling company Bet365 It has insisted that Miss McCann is in “flagrant breach” of its own terms and conditions because the firm is convinced the original betting stake was supplied by a ‘third party’. In legal letters from bet365’s lawyers, Miss McCann found herself accused of fraud and cheating.Miss McCann is understood to vehemently deny any wrongdoing. The successful wager involved a total of 960 £13 each way ‘Lucky 15’ bets placed on 12 horses running in the 6.10 at Bath, the 7.20 at Kempton, and the 7.00 and 8.30 at Naas in Ireland on June 22 last year. Miss McCann’s lawyers dispute that she agreed to such a rule, which are buried within terms and conditions which are “too lengthy, too complex and much too vague for the average customer to understand.”Such a rule might also effectively prevent syndicates from betting.Her lawyers contend that the wording of such a ‘no third party rule’ clause effectively means that “the husband who puts a bet on the winner of X-factor for his wife, or on the winner of the Grand National, would have those winnings ‘robbed’ of him.”The case brought by Miss McCann could have profound implications for all customers betting online. Misss McCann’s lawyers, in their correspondence to bet365, allege that its terms and conditions amount to “nothing more than a ‘heads I win, tails you lose’ wish list”.In one legal letter, seen by The Telegraph, her lawyers wrote: “Our client’s case is very straightforward. She placed a bet with your client. She won. She is entitled to her winnings.” The following day, she received a telephone call from another staff member who asked a number of questions.These bizarrely included: “What is your star sign?” After answering all queries with regards to the bet and her identity apparently satisfactorily confirmed by the agent, Miss McCann was advised that the money would be processed within 48 hours. The money never materialised. Instead Miss McCann’s account was suspended, and then closed.Even the £24,960 stake has not been returned. At the heart of bet365’s refusal to pay is the betting firm’s insistence that Miss McCann breached a ‘no third party’ rule, which insists the whole stake must be put up by the customer alone. Our client’s case is very straightforward. She placed a bet with your client. She won. She is entitled to her winnings. A student is suing one of Britain’s biggest bookmakers for refusing to pay out £1 million on a winning bet on the horses.In a battle of David vs Goliath proportions, Megan McCann, who was just 19 when she placed the bet, has lodged a writ in the High Court in Northern Ireland against Hillside (UK Sports) LP, the company which operates bet365, an online betting company run by the UK’s wealthiest businesswoman.Miss McCann, who lives near Belfast, claims that she is owed £1,009,960 by bet365, which was co-founded and run by Denise Coates, who is said to be worth £3.2 billion.Miss McCann staked almost £25,000 on 12 different horses in four relatively obscure races, winning £985,000 from the betting giant. But the betting company, whose chief executive is Ms Coates, has declined to honour the wager. The letter goes on: “Our client has reasonable grounds to suspect your client to be guilty of criminal offences including fraud by false representation; cheating or attempted cheating.”The case has echoes of a previous dispute involving Barney Curley, an Irish gambler and racehorse trainer. In May 2010, accumulator bets on four horses running on the same day – three trained by Curley – netted a total of £3.9m.On that occasion, another online betting company refused – initially – to pay out £823,000 of the total winnings to Curley’s relatives.After legal action was instigated, that company eventually paid out in full. Miss McCann has hired the same lawyer Andrew Montague, who represented Curley, to fight her case.Mr Montague said: “This is something of a ‘déjà vu’ scenario for me, but as the case is now before the Belfast High Court, I am not in a position to comment further.”A spokesman for bet365 said: “A full investigation has been carried out into the circumstances of the bet that was placed.”Bet365 is entirely satisfied the circumstances are such that winnings are not payable in relation to it.”We expect this position to be upheld at trial. We are not prepared to comment further whilst litigation is ongoing.” Denise Coates at her Buckingham Palace investiture in 2012Credit:Rex
Lithium Australia (LIT) has filed an international patent application entitled Process for extracting and recovering lithium values from lithium bearing materials under the Patent Cooperation Treaty relating to its Sileach™ process. The international patent application has been allocated application number PCT/AU2017/050104 by the PCT Receiving Office and is entitled to claim a priority date of February 9.LIT notes that the Sileach process is “but one of the processes in its arsenal when it comes to assessing, and then matching the best process for each specific ore type, local conditions and infrastructure.” See IM, January 2017, pp54-57.LIT invests in research and development and is co-operating with several private and public organisations, including ANSTO Minerals (a division of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation). To date, LIT has developed its 100% owned Sileach and LieNA™ processes.Managing Director, Adrian Griffin said: “Lithium Australia considers its strategy of controlling its own feed-source and process as essential to the protection of its business and its shareholders. The SIleach process is a critical component of this strategy.”
Share271 Tweet Email3 Image: Shutterstock/Vikojam Apr 5th 2019, 9:27 AM Friday 5 Apr 2019, 9:27 AM 32 Comments A NATIONWIDE BAN on smoky coal has been delayed by the government amid threats of legal action from the coal industry. Minister for Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton confirmed that the government was delaying the introduction of a ban on harmful, bituminous coal this week. A ban on the sale of smoky coal was first introduced in Dublin in 1990. The ban was extended in 2012 and is now in effect in 26 urban areas nationwide. According to Bruton, it has “proved very effective in reducing particulate matter and sulphur dioxide levels and has had the effect of significantly improving public health”. “Research indicates, for example, that the ban has resulted in over 350 fewer annual deaths in Dublin alone.”After discussing the issue with the Attorney General, however, Bruton has now confirmed that his department is working to finalise “a legally robust plan which will improve air quality by reducing particulate matter in the air”. “Pending the completion of this work I am aware of the need to provide clarity now to the public and to the trade to enable them adequately plan for purchases of stock for the 2019-20 heating season,” Bruton told Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae in reply to a Dáil question. A full ban was due to come into effect from Autumn this year. “I can confirm therefore that the current ban on bituminous coal will not be extended nationwide for the 2019-20 heating season,” Bruton said. The minister did not indicate when the ban is now likely to come into effect. The nationwide smoky coal ban was first announced by Labour TD Alan Kelly in 2015, who was Environment Minister at the time.In 2017, Bruton’s predecessor Denis Naughten said the ban on the sale and distribution of smoky coal would not be introduced immediately but that there’d be a 12 month period for the industry to “wash through” existing stock.The Environmental Protection Agency has repeatedly highlighted that air quality is significantly worse in smaller towns during the winter months because large quantities of solid fuel are being burned. Smoky coal ban delayed by government amid legal threats from coal industry Minister Richard Bruton has not indicated when the ban is now likely to come into effect. Image: Shutterstock/Vikojam Short URL 17,080 Views By Cónal Thomas https://jrnl.ie/4577866 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Next-gen SD Cards Will Be Blazing Fast And Hold Up To 128TBSony Store drops PlayStation TV to just $19.99 The laptop I’m writing this post on has a 512GB SSD in it. It’s more than enough room for all my files. My phone doesn’t have nearly that kind of capacity, but it could… if it just had a micro SD slot.That’s because UK-based Integral Memory has just unveiled a new micro SD card that packs a whopping, 512GB. It’s the highest-capacity micro SD card in the world right now. Intel snatched the title belt away from SanDisk, who offered up a 400GB card late last year.Integral’s new card gives over 25% more space to store your pictures, videos, tunes, e-books… heck, you might as well toss a few dozen of your favorite feature-length films on it just in case you feel like watching one at some point while you’re out and about.AdChoices广告Since it’s certified for class 10 speeds, you won’t have to wait around forever for file transfers to complete. Writes will hum along at least 10MB/s (good enough to support full 1080p video recording) — read operations are about nine times faster, according to Integral’s product page.Integral also throws an SD adapter in the package so that you can use their capacious new card in digital cameras and laptops.The card should work in any device that’s microSD HC/XC compatible, though you don’t need to worry about that quite yet. Integral says the cards will go on sale in February, so you’ve still got a couple of weeks of waiting to do.Integral hasn’t revealed how much the cards will cost, either. What we do know is that they’ll be sold in the U.K. and Europe. Those of you who aren’t keen on ordering goods from across the pond will have to wait for someone like Sandisk or Kingston to answer the bell. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target
SONOMA, Calif. (AP)Officials believe at least 111 rural homes have been destroyed in a wildfire that is chewing through brush and timber on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada in California.It’s one of more than 20 deadly and destructive fires burning across California.Yuba County spokesman Russ Brown said Thursday that damage estimates are preliminary and crews have had a hard time getting into mountain communities to survey burn areas.Brown says overnight winds lessened somewhat, giving firefighters an edge as they beat back the fire that broke out Sunday north of Sacramento.The blaze that has consumed nearly 19 square miles (49 square kilometers) was 20 percent contained Wednesday night.At least 23 people have died and thousands of homes have been destroyed in other fires north of San Francisco..