Dozens dead in Japan animation studio fire

first_img(AP) – A Japanese fire official says nearly 30 people are confirmed or presumed dead in a suspected arson at an animation production studio in Kyoto.A fire department official says firefighters found more than a dozen people presumed dead on the top floor of a three-story building, some collapsed on the stairs to the roof.Twenty people are now confirmed dead and nearly 10 presumed dead. The fire is Japan’s deadliest since 2001.last_img

Read more

Acer One notebook-tablet hybrid launched at Rs 19,999

first_imgTaiwanese tech major, Acer has introduced an all new notebook-tablet hybrid in the Indian market. The Acer One 2-in-1 device has been launched in India at a price tag of Rs 19,999 exclusively via online retailer Amazon.in.The Acer One notebook-tablet hybrid will be up for grabs starting February 3, 2015.    The Acer One 2-in-1 device comes with a 10-inch HD touchscreen display. It is powered by an quad-core Intel Atom CPU (unspecified chipset) coupled with 1GB/2GB RAM options. It comes with 500GB of internal storage expandable up to 32GB via micro-SD card. It sports front and rear snappers (unspecified resolution).The device runs Windows 8.1 out-of-the-box. The device features a magnetic detachable Acer Snap Hinge design for easy transition between its 4 key modes, namely: Notebook, Pad, Display and Tent mode.The Notebook mode gives users a fully functional laptop with keyboard, while the Pad mode comes into play when you need a tablet. The Display mode offers a large size of photo frame for effective vidoe conferencing. The Tent mode on the other hand can be used when you are short on space.    “The Acer One is a stunning addition to the Acer portfolio of connected devices. Indian consumers being intrinsically multitaskers will love this device as it helps us to do just that – achieve more from each moment of our lives.” said S Rajendran, chief marketing officer, Acer India.The Acer One notebook-tablet hybrid comes with an InstantGo feature that keeps data and apps up-to-date even when the screen is off by maintaining an Internet connection, all this while not compromising on battery life.advertisementlast_img read more

Read more

Injured Kuldeep Yadav out of Ranchi Test, Shahbaz Nadeem added to Indian squad

first_imgPublished on RELATED cricket COMMENT SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL India vs West Indies ODI: Match called off after 13 overs of play due to rain Left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem has been rewarded for his stupendous show on the domestic circuit with a call-up in the Indian Test squad after chinaman Kuldeep Yadav was ruled out due to a shoulder injury. Nadeem has been a prolific performer for Jharkhand and India A over a period of time. He has had back-to-back 50-plus wicket seasons for Jharkhand. The 30-year-old orthodox left-arm spinner has taken 424 wickets in 110 first-class matches with 19 five-wicket and five 10-wicket hauls. “The decision to add Nadeem was made after Kuldeep Yadav complained of left shoulder pain on Friday,” chairman of selectors MSK Prasad was quoted as saying in a BCCI press release. In 2018, Nadeem was called up in the Indian ODI team for the T20 series against the West Indies at home but did not play a game. October 18, 2019center_img Pressure mounts on Rishabh Pant as India look to draw first blood in second T20 against South Africa × Nadeem has been a prolific performer for Jharkhand and India A over a period of time Kuldeep Yadav. Fille photo   –  Reuters Kuldeep Yadav. Fille photo   –  Reuters Test cricket COMMENTSlast_img read more

Read more

Glassdoor Q2 Employment Confidence Survey: More Employees Willing to Make Concessions to K…

first_img33 Glassdoor Report: Do you expect pay or cost of living increase in the next 12 months?* 19 Don’t know 49 21 (Employed full/part-time)Northeast 47 West No * Based on a nationwide sample of 2,261 U.S. adults aged 18 years and older, of whom 1,278 are employed full time or part timeWhat if you lost your job tomorrow?  It’s happening to people every day and 39% of those currently employed, including those self employed, think it’s likely they could find a job matched to their experience and compensation in the next six months, while nearly one-third (31%) think it’s unlikely.  For those 55+, 41% say it’s unlikely. But what does this mean?Employees are consumers and expectations of employment factors (such as pay, job security, ability to get re-hired and employer outlook) can not only impact employee morale and motivation, but can also affect consumer behavior. (See our survey preview post on how layoffs impacted summer travel this year.)We’ve only been tracking these factors for a couple quarters and we’ll continue to monitor over time to see how economic recovery or further downturn could impact employee sentiment. It may become a leading indicator for consumer confidence. Midwest center_img 43 36 South 60 18 Yes 38 17 19 The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported last week that the number of jobs lost in June was higher than expected with 470,000 job lost — 25,000 more than what was reportedly lost in May, pushing the national unemployment rate to nearly 10%.  According to the Glassdoor.com Q2 Employee Confidence Survey conducted by Harris Interactive, companies are cutting more than jobs as more than half (54%) of employees report their employers have made changes to the number of staff, organizational structure, compensation and benefits, or other perks over the past six months.It seems these actions are causing employees to come to terms with the new face of the economy and its impact on the workplace – and their livelihood. You can read our press release or see quarter-by-quarter details in our Q2 Employment Confidence Summary Sheet.In Q2, more employees are also willing to make various concessions in order to keep their jobs. The most noted concessions include:71% take on more projects and responsibility64% work more hours42% take a cut in salary or wages, up from 30% in the fourth quarter of 2008About one-third (32%) of employees say they expect a pay raise or cost of living increase in the next 12 months, while 50% do not.  This compares to Q408 when 40% of employees said they expected a pay increase while 40% did not. Interestingly, pay raise expectations are lowest among those living in the west (see chart below).last_img read more

Read more

MZ-CADC-FUTURE

first_imgCADC future in Mizoram CMs hands, says MNFAizawl, May 1 (PTI) The issue of who would rule the Chakma Autonomous District Council (CADC) in Mizoram is now the court of Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla, opposition Mizo National Front (MNF) said here today.The CADC is an autonomous council for ethnic Chakma people living in South-Western Mizoram bordering Bangladesh and Myanmar. It was formed under the sixth schedule of the Constitution in 1972.Election to 20-member CADC on April 20 had thrown a fractured mandate. While the MNF bagged the highest 8 seats, the Congress won 6 and the BJP 5. Election to one seat was stayed by the Gauhati High Court.The MNF said its leaders today met state District Council Affairs Secretary Rodney L Ralte to discuss the development arising out of the BJP-Congress combine staking claim and the MNF asking for a floor test to prove strength.The BJP and Congress members formed a post-poll coalition and a saffron party leader staked claim to form the executive committee.The opposition MNF had also called on Governor Lt Gen Nirbhay Sharma demanding that they be called for majority test on the floor of the CADC as the party won the highest number of seats in the election.Ralte, in a statement, said the state government was considering two options – either to go for a floor test as suggested by the MNF, or invite the BJP-Congress combine United Legislature Party (ULP) to form the executive committee of the CADC.”Ralte said the department proposed the two options and Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla would decide on the issue and communicate his decision to the Governor,” the MNF said in a release here.advertisementThe secretary informed them that the final decision on the CADC issue could be made by tomorrow.State Sports Minister Zodintluanga of the Congress had said on April 25 that a post-poll alliance, the ULP, was forged after the two parties local leaders reached an agreement, and this would not have any bearing in Delhi or in the coming Assembly election in the north eastern state.BJP sources had, at that time, said the party may take action against its elected CADC members for forging the alliance with the Congress.Later, the leadership agreed to the tie-up after the six Congress members decided to join the ULP as individual members leaving their party identity behind.The ULP has elected Santi Jiban Chakma of the BJP as its leader and the Congress Buddha Lila Chakma as deputy leader and the former is tipped to become the Chief Executive Member, the administrative head of the CADC.The MNF was also optimistic of forming a coalition with the BJP, but rejected the BJPs demand of electing its party MDC to occupy the top post of the CADC. PTI HCV HCVlast_img read more

Read more

10 days agoEx-Man Utd striker Saha: Not right blaming Pogba

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Ex-Man Utd striker Saha: Not right blaming Pogbaby Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United striker Louis Saha says it is unfair to blame the club’s plight on Paul Pogba. Saha thinks United’s recruitment is the reason behind the club sitting in 12th on the Premier League table with nine points from eight games.Saha told The Athletic: “Now, you look, and the excuse is, ‘Pogba hasn’t played.’ It is crazy to put a club in this position. I’m sorry but you can’t put the blame on [Marcus] Rashford, you can’t put the blame on [Anthony] Martial, you can’t put the blame on the newcomers.”Who is big enough in that squad to be saying, ‘This is falling down’? Apart from Pogba. It is unfair on him, unfair on the squad. It is right that I hear Gary Neville complain about the chemistry that has been built. You could put any manager in right now; I’m sorry, he will struggle.”You can say, alright he should not have allowed [Romelu] Lukaku and [Alexis] Sanchez to leave but the damage was already done because those guys didn’t want to stay. So it is better to actually clean up in some ways, let’s say, with respect.”But the actual power of the United history, the United set-up, has been fettered by three or four transfer windows. It was like a shotgun in two feet. They put themselves in that situation, not giving the platform to fight back.” last_img read more

Read more

Ousted Egypt president Morsi dies in court

first_imgEGYPT: Former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi died on Monday in a Cairo hospital after fainting during a session in court, judicial and security sources said. “He was speaking before the judge for 20 minutes then became very animated and fainted. He was quickly rushed to the hospital where he later died,” a judicial source said. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a strong ally of the Islamist president during his brief tenure as Egypt’s leader, paid tribute to Morsi and called him a “martyr”. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from FranceThe official Al-Ahram news website also reported the death of Morsi, 67, who was Egypt’s first democratically elected president but spent just one turbulent year in office after the 2011 uprising before the army toppled him in 2013. The Islamist leader has been in prison since his ouster on trial for several cases including for spying for Iran, Qatar and militant groups such as Hamas. He was also accused of plotting terror acts.last_img read more

Read more

Helen Mirren and Charlize Theron returning for Fast Furious 9

first_imgLos Angeles: Hollywood stars Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren are set to return for “Fast & Furious 9”, Vin Diesel announced on Instagram. The duo will be joining Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, and John Cena. Theron will reprise her role of cyber terrorist Cipher, who was introduced in the 2017 movie “Fate of the Furious”, while Mirren’s character made her debut in the same film as Magdalene Shaw, the mother of Jason Statham’s character Deckard Shaw. Justin Lin is directing the ninth installment which is currently shooting in London. Dan Casey has penned the screenplay from a story by Lin and Alfredo Botello. The ninth installment in the franchise is scheduled to be released on May 22, 2020 by Universal Pictures.last_img read more

Read more

Nat Geo to showcase engineering marvel of EastWest Metro

first_imgKolkata: The sheer expertise and professionalism with which the tunnelling work for the East-West (E-W) Metro project in Kolkata has been executed forms a major part of the project that will be aired on the National Geographical Channel on Sunday.”The execution of the project has followed extreme engineering expertise and technology. The model that has been followed is being practised as a standard in similar kinds of projects all over India. National Geographic Channel will showcase the work that we have done on behalf of the executing agency of the E-W Metro — the Kolkata Metro Railway Corporation Limited (KMRCL) in an hour-long show on Sunday,” said Satya Narayan Kunwar, project manager Afcons Infrastructures Limited, the construction company that has dug the twin tunnels from Howrah Maidan till Mahakaran. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe Afcons have done tunnelling for three of the six underground stations in the alignment of the E-W Metro project that includes Howrah Maidan, Howrah and Mahakaran. Four ventilation shafts in each of these stations have also been done by Afcons. “We have been working for Metro projects in Chennai and Ahmedabad. But the evacuation plan was not required in both of these places. It was only in Kolkata where we have had to execute an evacuation plan. It was really challenging but we did a commendable job,” Kunwar said. The lighting arrangements in the stations are energy efficient and the intensity will be controlled as per requirement. The faucets of water in the Metro stations have been designed in such a manner that the volume of water ejection from the taps will be less but the coverage will be maximum. Underground tunnelling work in close proximity of dangerous and dilapidated buildings was another major challenge with 165 buildings being located in the influence zone. 20 of these buildings were vulnerable and 18 were highly vulnerable, three were heritage structures while two were ASI monuments. “We adopted several measures to minimize the impact of the tunnelling work in these structures,” a senior Afcons official added. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe 520-metre twin tunnel, one east-bound and the other west-bound, is built 30 metre below the riverbed. Commuters between Howrah and Mahakaran Metro stations will be under the river for only about a minute when the train will pass through the tunnel at a speed of 80 km per hour. Of the 16.6-km route of the E-W Metro project stretching from Salt Lake Sector V to Howrah Maidan, the tunnelling covers 10.6 km of which 520 metre is under the river. Such under-the-river tunnelling is the first of its kind in India. “The tunnelling under the river was scheduled to be finished in 120 days’ time. But the work was completed in half the time,” Kunwar added.last_img read more

Read more

Tom Arnold And Brad Garrett Join Ed Asner And Friends Poker Tournament

first_imgThe 6th Annual Ed Asner & Friends Poker Tournament Celebrity Night brings together celebrities, friends and members of the entertainment industry to raise funds for the new The Ed Asner Family Center (TEAFC) dedicated to helping differently “abled” individuals with special needs nurture and cultivate self-confidence and to embrace and support their families.More than 300 guests are expected to attend at this year’s star-studded event. #pokerwithed.Hosted by Emmy-winning actor and autism advocate Ed Asner (The Mary Tyler Moore Show). Celebrities expected to attend include Asner leads a long list of celebrities, sponsors, and top movie studio execs who are ALL-IN this year including Tom Arnold, Brad Garrett, Elizabeth Perkins, Clancy Brown, Lou Diamond Phillips and Jason Alexander, among many others. among others. More than 300 guests are expected at this year’s eventPast celebrities include Rosie O’Donnell, Don Cheadle, Dylan McDermott, Lou Diamond Phillips, Thomas Gibson, Michael McKean, Elizabeth J. Carlisle, Holly Robinson-Peete, Matthew Modine, Randy Rainbow, Sebastian Bach, Patricia Heaton, Greg Grunberg, Eric Roberts, Ivy Teves, Evan Handler, Maureen McCormick, Roger Cross, Jay Flat, Drake Bell and Rodin Batinkoff, among others.In addition to the Celebrity Poker Tournament, guests will enjoy a dinner buffet, cocktails, silent auction and opportunity drawings. Poker prizes will be awarded for the top three winners. Non-poker players can also join in to watch the poker tournament, enjoy the buffet, cocktails, and participate in the Silent/Live Auctions.Now in its sixth year, the poker tournament is expecting to raise over $100,000. The Ed Asner Family Center is a nonprofit co-founded by the Asner family whose mission is to help those with special needs and their families seeking wholeness in all facets of life. The Ed Asner Family Center not only caters to the needs of the special individual, but aims to embrace the complete family, helping them meet the challenges they face with grace and support. The Center offers arts and career advancement programs after school and on the weekends as well as counseling and mindfulness classes. The Los Angeles based The Ed Asner Family Center is the first of many branches nationwide. In the past, the Ed Asner Poker Tournament has raised much needed funds for charitable organizations such as Autism Speaks and The Autism Society of America.Find out more at www.edasnerfamilycenter.org/poker.WHEN: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8th | 5:00 PM – MIDNIGHTWHERE: PLAYA STUDIOS11260 Playa Ct., Culver City, CAlast_img read more

Read more

Experts say to start early and do your homework when renewing your

first_imgOTTAWA – A surge in mortgage renewals, rising interest rates and new stress testing rules will are conspiring to make refinancing your mortgage more complicated and more expensive.Mortgage broker Kelly Wilson, co-owner of the Wilson Team mortgage brokerage in Ottawa, says a majority of Canadians renew with their same lender, but it’s still important to check out your options.“If you can save yourself 30, 40, 50 basis points, it’s going to save you thousands of dollars over the next five-year term,” Wilson says.Around 47 per cent of all existing mortgages will need to be refinanced this year, according to CIBC estimates, up from the 25 to 35 per cent range in what the bank says is a typical year. It attributes the increase to the unintended consequence of regulatory changes in recent years.The surge in renewals comes as mortgage rates have started to move higher.Several of Canada’s big banks have raised their posted rates for mortgages in recent days, while special offer rates have been trending higher since last summer.Offers for five-year fixed mortgage rates have moved north of three per cent in recent weeks compared with under 2.5 per cent a year ago, according to rate-watching website Ratehub.ca.Wilson says that means if you’re renewing at a higher rate than you’re currently paying it will mean your mortgage payments rise, assuming the amoritization period remains the same.Homeowners with uninsured mortgages who stretched themselves to the limit when they bought their home and are looking to renew their mortgage may also face additional challenges.Under the rules brought in at the start of the year, if they are looking to change their lender when they renew their mortgage they may have to face a new stress test.That means, for some borrowers, it may not be possible to move their mortgage to a different bank, leaving them with less power to negotiate with their current lender.Wilson also says if you have a home equity line of credit, it may cost you a little more if you want to move your mortgage, even if you don’t have an outstanding balance on the line of credit.“You might save on the rate, but because of the fees you might not be able to move around,” she said.Grant Rasmussen, CIBC’s senior vice-president of mobile advice, recommends you start doing your homework up to six months ahead of your actual renewal date.He says that means talking not just with your lender, but also with your financial adviser to get an updated look at your expenses and income and how that may have changed since you first obtained your mortgage.“It’s important to make sure you do the math and you feel like you’ve figured out how can I do the best for my family,” he said.He notes that starting early may allow you to lock in a rate, which could save you a few bucks if rates continue to rise this year.You will also have to weigh the decision of a fixed versus a variable rate mortgage. While the variable-rate offers are lower than the fixed-rate offerings, the Bank of Canada has raised its influential overnight rate target — which affects variable rate mortgages — three times since last summer and suggested it is on the path to higher rates.“How comfortable are you with risk and how much peace of mind do you want? That’s a trade off,” Rasmussen said.But whatever your situation, he stressed to start early.“You don’t want to end of feeling time pressed and feeling like you have to make these decisions without really mapping out a plan.”last_img read more

Read more

Advantages of United Kingdom Citizenship by Investment

Rabat – If you want to live in the United Kingdom, you have probably considered the possible routes to citizenship, like further studies or work. You might be surprised to hear that specialists in immigration law claim investment is the best approach to citizenship. Candidates need only to submit an application for the Level 1 Business Owner Visa or the Level 1 Trader Visa.Nationals of states outside the Western European Economic Area and Switzerland who meet the criteria to submit an application are eligible for either visas. If approved, the visa lets you stay in the UK for three years, after which time you can easily seek an extension for 24 additional months. After staying five sequential years in the UK, you may submit an application for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR), or long-term residence. Economic ThresholdsThe Level 1 Business owner and Trader Visa have different economic thresholds. For the business-owner visa, the candidate must have access to GBP 200,500 in capital. On the other hand, there’s a preventative measure  for GBP 50 ,000. It is a beneficial option since it requires a lower investment. Individuals can also develop a business team comprising two candidates. In this setup, the candidates can make an agreement to invest and earn citizenship by each providing GBP 100,500.No Job Offer RequiredBoth the Level 1 entrepreneur and trader visas make it possible for the candidate to set up a solid business in the UK or to invest in an existing business. However, if you immigrate to the UK for work, you will have to obtain a work permit from a particular sponsor. Citizenship by investment depends on the requirement for a job offer and therefore speeds the entire process of submitting an application for permanent residence over the long term.Easy Skill SetAside from the investment, there are not many requirements to be approved for the Level 1 entrepreneur visa and businessperson visa. The candidate will only need to prove her English proficiency, ability to sustain her stay in the United Kingdom, and pass a health and fitness check to rule out severe illness.Authorization To Bring Your FamilyWhile trying to get your personal visa, you can also submit an application for the visas of your dependents, your partner and children under eighteen. Your dependents are inevitably included in the entrepreneur visa plan.Sponsored Content. read more

Read more

Marrakech to Welcome FIFA and Gianni Infantino

Rabat – Marrakech has been chosen to host FIFA’s international congress on the development of football next November. The selection was announced by the International Football Federation (FIFA) during the 12th Extraordinary General Assembly of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), at Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.The international gathering, which will see the participation of 80 national football associations from all continents, will be the first of three congresses organized by FIFA each year to develop proposals and draft laws to reform football globally. CAF’s 54 African national member associations have participated in the 12th Extraordinary General Assembly of CAF.The agenda for the meeting will be dominated by the election of a new African member to the FIFA executive board on behalf of the English-speaking group. Ghanaian Kwesi Nyantakyi, who previously held the post, resigned a few months ago.Morocco is represented at this meeting by a delegation of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) led by the FRMF President Fouzi Lekjaa, who is a member of the CAF executive board. read more

Read more

Cricket stars go out to bat in UN campaign to combat AIDS

25 January 2011Opponents on the field of play, Indian cricket opener Virender Sehwag and Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara are batting together against a common enemy in a United Nations-backed campaign to fight HIV/AIDS. The players feature in a public service announcement, released today and available free to all broadcasters across the globe, encouraging young people to “get the facts, protect yourself” as part of the ICC Cricket World Cup Think Wise partnership with the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to promote HIV prevention.“The ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 provides an opportunity to use our profile as cricketers to deliver important social messages to the hundreds of millions of supporters who will be watching the tournament across the world,” Mr. Sehwag said of the latest of a long series of collaborative initiatives between the world of sports and various UN agencies to promote a wide variety of humanitarian goals.The campaign will encourage young people to be informed, take appropriate action to prevent HIV infection and stand together against the stigma and discrimination often facing people living with HIV. Although UNAIDS announced that new HIV infections had fallen by 20 per cent between 2001 and 2009, more than 7,000 people were infected each day in 2009 and one out of every three of these was a young person aged between 15 and 24 years. The colourful promos, 30 and 45 seconds in duration, are set to a lively theme tune of “let’s talk” and aim to encourage young people across the globe to discuss HIV prevention. As part of the script, Mr. Sangakkara encourages fans to “wait, stick to one partner, or use a condom,” before Mr. Sehwag calls on young adults to “get the facts, protect yourself against HIV.”“It is important that young people around the world have access to the right information to help them make informed decisions and break down stigma and discrimination,” Mr. Sangakkara said. “Through this public service announcement, I want to help stop the spread of HIV and encourage young people to get the facts, talk openly, and protect themselves from HIV.” UN agencies frequently team up with athletes and international sports organizations to get their messages across and raise funds.UNICEF has joined the European Swimming League in “a race against time” to prevent deaths from unclean water; the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) partnered with the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, the governing body of women’s tennis, to promote gender equality; and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) launched “Cricket Against Hunger” with the England and Wales team to draw attention to the plight of the 400 million chronically hungry children around the world. read more

Read more

BlackBerry Ltd defines the prosumer customer who will help turn its business

TORONTO — Long battered by complaints that it lacks the latest and greatest apps to attract consumers and keep them entertained, BlackBerry hopes the customers it’s now focusing on just don’t care about the dreaded “app gap.”[np_storybar title=”Lenovo reportedly mulling takeover bid for BlackBerry: Wall Street Journal” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2013/10/17/lenovo-reportedly-mulling-takeover-bid-for-blackberry-wall-street-journal/”%5D A familiar suitor has re-emerged as a potential bidder for embattled Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry Ltd.Chinese computer manufacturer Lenovo Group Ltd., which has expressed interest in BlackBerry in the past,has reportedly signed a non-disclosure agreement to get an inside look at BlackBerry’s books, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.Continue reading. [/np_storybar]When BlackBerry provided a dire update on its business last month, the floundering company signalled it was turning away from mainstream consumers to refocus its efforts on two markets: enterprise customers and so-called “prosumers.”The company didn’t elaborate then on what exactly it considers a prosumer to be but during a recent demo of its new Z30 smartphone, which was released in Canada this week, two spokesmen defined the customer type and why they might choose a BlackBerry.“Their sole purpose is that this is primarily a communications device and a productivity machine,” said Michael Clewley, director of handheld software product management, while holding up his BlackBerry.“While applications are good to have in some respects they’re not primary or sometimes even secondary for that type of user. And if they do use applications they’re using very targeted specific applications, they’re not spending a lot of time in the storefront browsing for the latest or greatest or trying to find out what’s hot and stuff like that. They’re going to look for apps that help get the job done for them.”Todd Wood, senior vice president of design, said some think the “pro” in prosumer stands for professional, but it can also be short for producer.“They create more content than they consume, in most cases, and arguably that was the original definition of prosumer,” said Wood.“There’s a set of BlackBerry users that really think of themselves as enterprises in and of themselves so they want to choose a more professional or semi-professional device.”Clewley did emphasize that the company hasn’t given up on trying to land some of the biggest apps, including Netflix and Instagram. He said the new build of BlackBerry’s operating system, 10.2, incorporates the latest version of Google’s Android platform, which should lead to more Android apps getting repurposed for BlackBerry users.“What we find is developers who bring their apps to BlackBerry 10 actually see a good uptake of those applications but you’ve got to sort of win them over,” Clewley said.“So I think we’re doing things to help users get the more fun applications or the media-type applications and we’re continuing to drive and go after important productivity focused applications.” read more

Read more

Sierra Leone UN puts emphasis on troop conduct in wake of child

In the wake of recent allegations that some aid workers and peacekeepers were involved in sexual exploitation of children in refugee camps, a senior military officer of the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) has been conducting an ongoing “sensitization” tour of UN troop positions.Earlier this week, UNAMSIL Acting Force Commander Maj. Gen. Martin L. Agwai visited Nigerian peacekeepers in Makeni and Bangladeshi battalions in the northern towns of Masingbi, Alikalia and Kabala.In his talks on Tuesday with local UNAMSIL commanders, Gen. Agwai discussed ways of curbing misconduct among peacekeepers and ensuring strict adherence to the UN code of conduct. He also emphasized that the Force Headquarters would deal decisively with any case of wrongdoing by soldiers.While in the northern towns, the Acting Force Commander also took the opportunity to review the security situation within UNAMSIL’s areas of responsibility and the state of readiness of its troops as the country prepares for the 14 May presidential and parliamentary elections. read more

Read more

US President Bush tells General Assembly peace is taking root in Middle

“As liberty flourishes, nations grow in tolerance and hope and peace,” he told leaders assembled for the annual general debate. “And we’re seeing that bright future begin to take root in the broader Middle East.”Among other developments, he cited the democratic government in Iraq, recent presidential elections in Algeria, and the political enfranchisement of women in Kuwait. President Bush called on those present to “stand with democratic leaders and moderate reformers across the broader Middle East.” He went on to speak directly to the people of the region, hailing the bravery of Iraqis during elections and pledging to help secure international assistance, working with the UN and through the International Compact with Iraq.Mr. Bush also praised the people of Afghanistan for choosing leaders in a democratic election. Noting that 40 countries are helping Afghans from those seeking to overthrow their Government, he said: “We’ll help you defeat these enemies and build a free Afghanistan that will never again oppress you, or be a safe haven for terrorists.” Addressing the Lebanese people, he said: “We see your suffering, and the world is helping you to rebuild your country, and helping you deal with the armed extremists who are undermining your democracy by acting as a State within a State.” The UN international force should help “restore Lebanese sovereignty over Lebanese soil.”The US leader offered praise for Iran’s rich history, vibrant culture, and many contributions to civilization but spoke out against the present Government. “Your rulers have chosen to deny you liberty and to use your nation’s resources to fund terrorism, and fuel extremism, and pursue nuclear weapons,” he said, calling for Iran to abandon its nuclear weapons ambitions and pledging American support for a diplomatic solution. President Bush called for Syria’s Government to “choose a better way forward by ending its support for terror.” He also urged the bolstering of the African Union force in Darfur, Sudan. “To increase its strength and effectiveness, NATO nations should provide logistics and other support,” he said. On the Middle East, he said the US Secretary of State has been instructed “to lead a diplomatic effort to engage moderate leaders across the region, to help the Palestinians reform their security services, and support Israeli and Palestinian leaders in their efforts to come together to resolve their differences.” read more

Read more

US wholesale inventories grow at modest pace in June for 2nd month

US wholesale inventories grow at modest pace in June for 2nd month, as sales slow by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Aug 8, 2014 8:09 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – U.S. wholesalers restocked their warehouses at a modest pace in June for a second straight month, a sign they anticipate slower growth ahead.The Commerce Department says wholesale inventories rose 0.3 per cent, the same as the previous month. May’s inventory gain was revised down from 0.5 per cent.The slowdown in restocking likely reflects weaker wholesale sales. Sales grew just 0.2 per cent in June, down from 0.7 per cent in May.Still, the report suggests that inventory levels are roughly in line with sales. That means wholesalers likely haven’t gone too far in restocking their goods. As a result, they probably won’t have to slow restocking in the coming months.Slower rebuilding of inventories can drag on growth. That’s because it means fewer orders for factory goods. read more

Read more

With future Olympic dreams Ohio State gymnasts have strong showing at PG

Sophomore Sean Melton competes during the 2015 P&G Championships. Courtesy of OSU athleticsThree members of the Ohio State men’s gymnastics team competed among the nation’s best at the 2015 P&G Gymnastics Championships held in Indianapolis from Aug. 13 – 16. Junior Sean Melton finished 16th in the all-around, while freshmen Alec Yoder and Tristan Burke finished 20th and 28th, respectively. All three athletes finished in the top 10 of at least one event. Melton tied for eighth on rings, Burke ranked ninth on the vault and Yoder finished fifth on the pommel horse and ninth on the high bar. Melton, who finished 11th in the 2014 championships but dealt with a lower-back injury throughout the course of the 2015 season, said he was happy to be able to compete.“It just felt good to compete again since I was out for a while. Any time you can compete and get the butterflies and nerves, it’s a fun experience,” Melton said. For Yoder and Burke, competing in the senior competition was a new experience, with a key difference being the large crowd. “It was a lot different with a bigger crowd. You just got to feed off their energy,” Burke said. “The nerves were definitely there, but it was fun just knowing that they all had your back.”The competition offered up the opportunity to compete against longtime members of the gymnastics community. “It’s not every day that you get to compete against guys who are some of the best in the world,” Yoder said. “Taking the gymnastics up to the next level to compete with guys you’ve looked up to for a long time was a fun-filled experience.”Burke cited observing the veterans’ calm demeanors as a learning moment. “It was a pretty important meet, and they were just real relaxed about it. They were able to just put something they messed up on behind them,” he said.Next June, the 2016 P&G Championships will act as the trials for the 2016 Summer Olympics. The gymnasts said they view training for OSU as the best preparation.“We push each other every day. Working toward success for Ohio State is going to pay off when we’re in 2016 going into championships and trials to fight for a spot on that Rio Olympic team and things going forward like World Championships and the 2020 Olympic games,” Yoder said.Melton said training with other gymnasts who have similar ambitions is beneficial for both the individuals and the team.“It definitely helps bringing in guys that are the same caliber gymnasts that want the same goals,” Melton said. “Training with guys like these, you can’t get much better than that in helping to push each other to become the best that we can be as a team and for USA.”While the Olympics are a goal, the main focus when the gymnastics season begins in January is a national championship.“We come here to win championships, and Ohio State is really good at that,” Melton said. “We just have to put in the work, put our head down and grind through it to make it happen.”Yoder said he believes the team has the right ingredients to win it all.“We got the spirit, we got the ability. We have everything I think that makes the perfect chemistry in the gym,” he said. Until then, Melton, Yoder and Burke are trying to find balance in the busy routine of a student-athlete.Sophomore Sean Melton competes during the 2015 P&G Championships. Courtesy of OSU athleticsFor Yoder and Burke, the transition has been “crazy” and “intense.” Like many freshmen, they said they are learning what it’s like to be on their own for the first time. “It’s definitely been a 180-degree difference than anything else I’ve done,” Burke said. “But it’s fun knowing that you’re more independent.” Melton, now in his third year with the program, is taking on the role of a mentor.“I’ve been trying to take these guys under my arms and make them succeed immediately,” he said. “I know exactly what they’re going through now. I still struggle sometimes, but I feel like I have a better understanding of the program, the school and just how to be smart with it.” While the lifestyle is difficult and full of sacrifices, ranging from a lack of sleep to turning down pizza, the athletes said they are thankful for the opportunity. “At the end of the day it’s all completely worth it. It’s such an amazing university that we’re all blessed and grateful to be a part of,” Yoder said. A few months stand between now and the start of the gymnastics season, but dedicated training has already started.“The entire squad is in the gym taking care of their business right now, and there’s not a doubt in my mind that they’re all grinding really hard in there,” Burke said. “I’m just ready to start hitting those meets and putting Ohio State men’s gymnastics back on the map.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to kick their season off with an intrasquad meet on Dec. 19. read more

Read more