Banni’s bane: Drought in Great Rann of Kutch

first_imgSituated near the Great Rann of Kutch, Banni, the largest grassland of Asia, spread over 2,717 sq.km, is in the grip of a severe drought as winter sets in. While the area is known for its scarce rainfall and semi-drought conditions, it is for the first time in 13 years that the Maldharis, the nomadic natives of Banni, are leaving their villages in droves as water gets scarce. Banni, divided into eastern and western parts, is separated by National Highway 341, which leads to the India-Pakistan International Border. Even the bird sanctuary at Chari-dhand, which boasts migratory birds such as flamingo, is facing an acute water shortage.Habib Sajan Jat, along with his four brothers and their 25 family members, is forced to leave their village of Mota Sarado, one of the 47 such habitations at Banni. “More than 45% of the residents have left their villages,” Hussain Jat, 22, says. He fears that his village will be abandoned in the coming days if drought persists.There is no evidence of relief measures on the ground. Maldhari Jilubha Jadeja of Bibbar village in west Banni, travels 25 km every day with his 500 sheep to the Narmada Canal in search of drinking water. Sameja Mubarak, a 60-year-old Maldhari from Dhori village, has been camping near the canal for the two months.“The situation at the onset of winter is so bad that we dread the summer when the temperature soars above 42 degrees Celsius in the shade,” says Abdul Rauf Jat, 24, from Gorewali. (Text and images by Vijay Soneji)last_img read more

Goa Police sends team to Uttarakhand to get back Israeli criminal: Police

first_imgGoa Police on Wednesday dispatched a team to Dehradun to take custody of an Israeli national Yaniv Benaim alias Atala, who was arrested by Indo Tibetan Border Police(ITBP) when he was allegedly trying to slip out of the country into Nepal, along the Uttarakhand border.Goa Inspector General of Police(IGP) Jaspal Singh told The Hindu on Wednesday evening that Goa team left for Dehradun as Atala was wanted in Goa in connection with an assault case in north coastal Goa, last month. He said that ITBP later handed him over to Uttarakhand police who arrested him under 41(c) CrPC and informed the Goa police.Atala was arrested by immigration officials in Uttarakhand while he was trying to allegedly smuggle himself into Nepal via the border district in Champawat in Uttarakhand late on Tuesday. He was formally arrested by the Uttarakhand Police under section 14 of the Foreigners Act after they discovered that he had been staying in India for seven years without a valid visa. “He is wanted in Goa in connection with an assault case which was booked under section 326 of the Indian Penal Code (grievous assault) at Anjuna police station in North coastal belt. We have sent a team to Dehradun to take custody of the accused,” Mr. Singh said. Atala first came into focus in the coastal tourist State of Goa in 2009 following a video viral online, in which he boasted that his contacts in the police helped him source drugs and narcotics substances.He was later arrested and his interrogation led to arrest of several police officials and helped unearth a police-politician-drug mafia nexus in Goa. A senior Minister in the then Congress-led government in Goa came under a cloud following allegations by Atala’s girlfriend that Minister’s son was associated with drug mafia.Atala fled the country after he was out on bail and was later extradited from Peru after he was arrested by local authorities in 2011 for travelling without valid documents. Atala was arrested once again by Goa police in 2014 under section 427 IPC (mischief) after he damaged a car in Vagator village in North Goa.last_img read more

HP to launch Elite x3 in India later this year

first_imgBy Shruti Verma KhareMacau, Apr 7 (PTI) Personal computer and printing major HP Inc will launch its second calling device HP Elite x3 in India later this year.”Elite x3 is a full blown single computing device across a variety of usage patterns… You can make calls too. It is slated to be launched later this calendar year,” HP India Managing Director Rajiv Srivastava told PTI.The US-based Hewlett-Packard is yet to announce the price of the product.The company said Elite x3 is the first built-for-business mobile device to deliver phablet, laptop and desktop business productivity in a single device.This device has dual sim slots with 5.96 inch diagonal screen, runs on Windows 10 and is fitted with Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor.HP Elite x3, slated to be launched in October in India, offers all features of a mobile device, such as long-life battery, wireless charging and two high-resolution cameras.The company will sell Elite x3 with all the accessories such as optional HP Desk Doc for external monitor support and optional Lap Dock to create laptop experience using 12.5 inch diagonal HD display.The device sports 16 megapixels (MP) flash-enabled rear camera and 8 MP front camera. HP launched its first calling device Slate VoiceTab in 2014. PTI SVK ABKlast_img read more

Mikel retires from Nigeria duty

first_imgJohn Obi Mikel has announced his retirement from international football after helping Nigeria to third place in the Africa Cup of Nations.The Super Eagles lost to Algeria in the last four in Egypt, but atoned for that disappointment to a degree with a 1-0 win over Tunisia in the third place play-off.That game marked the last appearance in a Nigeria shirt for Mikel, who confirmed the end of his career for his country in a post on Instagram. 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? It read: “Egypt is a country where I’ve started and have finished my national career. In 2006 I played my first official championship for my country. [The] 2019 Africa Cup of Nations marks my last championship for national team with Super Eagles. “My national career started in 2003 [at the] under-17 World Cup and I’m grateful for the national team for placing me on the world arena and giving me an opportunity to show my skill and have an incredible national and international career.”At the age of 32 it’s time for me to retire from the national team and let the youth take over, who’ve done an amazing job securing a bronze medal at AFCON 2019. “Thank you to all my Nigerian supporters and to my country for all the trust, support and love you’ve shown me over the past 15 years.”Mikel am out!”MIkel won the AFCON in 2013 and collected a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympic Games, while he also featured for the Super Eagles at the 2014 and 2018 World Cups.The former Chelsea star will continue his successful club career with Trabzonspor, having joined the Turkish side this summer.Mikel won two Premier League titles as well as Champions League and Europa League trophies in 11 years with Chelsea before spending a season at Tianjin TEDA.He returned to England in January this year with Middlesbrough and made 19 appearances as they finished sixth in the Championship – one point outside of the play-offs.Mikel has signed a two-year deal with Trabzonspor, but his contract includes an option to stay on for a third season.last_img read more

Sumit Nagal enters semifinal of ATP Challenger Campinas

first_img Press Trust of India CampinasOctober 5, 2019UPDATED: October 5, 2019 15:07 IST Sumit Nagal recently won his 2nd ATP Challenger title. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSumit Nagal sailed into the semifinals of the ATP Challenger CampinasNagal defeated 13th seed Cerundolo 7-6 7-5 to reach last fourLast week, Nagal won his 2nd ATP Challenger title in Buenos AiresIndia’s Sumit Nagal sailed into the semifinals of the ATP Challenger Campinas with a hard-fought win over Argentina’s Francisco Cerundolo here.Nagal, placed at a career-best 135 right now, knocked out 13th seed Cerundolo 7-6 7-5 to book his second last-four appearance in two weeks.Nagal had received a bye in the first round and then in the second round his opponent Gastao Elias of Portugal retired mid way in the first set. In the round of 16, the Indian beat Brazilian Orlando Luz 7-5 6-3.The sixth seed Indian will now face Juan Pablo Ficovich of Argentina in the final.Earlier this week, Nagal won his second title on the ATP Challenger Tour. He notched up a straight-set win over Argentina’s Facundo Bognis to claim the Buenos Aires ATP Challenger clay court event.After winning his 2nd ATP Challenger title in Buenos Aires, Nagal also spoek about paucity of funds meant that neither he had his coach by his side nor the physio, who could help him recover from the gruelling matches on red dirt in the Argentinian city.”I was all alone here. No one was with me to help out. One way, it has been great that I have been playing good tennis but it’s not easy to do it and I’m really sad,” Nagal told PTI from Buones Aires.”The path is lonely despite doing well at the US Open. I qualified at 22 and led a set against Roger Federer but it still has not made impact anywhere. It’s really sad nobody is coming up to invest into tennis,” he added.advertisementAlso Read | Lonely path despite giving Roger Federer a fight: Sumit Nagal disappointed with lack of supportAlso Read | Buenos Aires ATP Challenger winner Sumit Nagal jumps 26 places to career-best ATP rankingFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Sumit Nagal enters semifinal of ATP Challenger CampinasSumit Nagal, who is placed at a career-best 135 right now, knocked out 13th seed Cerundolo 7-6 7-5 to book his second last-four appearance in two weeks.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Jamaica takes World Heritage seat

first_img A seat on the Committee decides whether a property is inscribed on the World Heritage List. Story Highlights Jamaica’s membership to the Committee will run until 2017. At the elections in Paris today (Tuesday), Jamaica received more votes than Angola for a seat. Jamaica has been elected to the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO, for the first time.At the elections in Paris today (Tuesday), Jamaica received more votes than Angola for a seat on the important Committee which decides whether a property is inscribed on the World Heritage List.The Minister of Youth and Culture the Honourable Lisa Lisa Hanna, MP – who led the lobby for support of Jamaica’s candidacy for membership of the Committee – described today’s vote as historic, important and well deserved.Minister Hanna said:“I am elated that we won our bid for membership of the World Heritage Committee.  It was a difficult lobby, but we never relented as a seat at this table has exponential benefits to our country for the future as we are positioning culture as a pillar for growth.  So in that respect, we can say mission accomplished.“But the work to promote and protect our heritage continues.  As a member of the World Heritage Committee, Jamaica will represent the interests of Small Island Developing States that are not very well represented – or in our case, not represented at all – on the list of World Heritage Sites.”The election to the Committee for the first time was due to the consistent lobbying efforts of the Jamaican Embassy in Brussels, the Jamaica National Commission for UNESCO, the Ministry of Youth and Culture and Minister Hanna’s overtures at the recent UNESCO General Conference.Jamaica’s membership to the Committee will run until 2017.  The country will be represented by Mr Vivian Crawford and Dr Janice Lindsay.  Other countries represented on the Committee are: Croatia, Finland, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Lebanon, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Vietnam and Turkey.Minister Hanna said “this is a historic day for our country as Jamaica has never had a property inscribed as a world heritage site despite our culture and heritage being revered by the globe.”She asked all Jamaicans to keep interested as the progress continues.Jamaica has applied for the Blue and John Crow Mountains to be inscribed on the World Heritage List and will begin preparing a dossier for Port Royal’s nomination to the List.  Jamaica will also be putting a case for Reggae music to be inscribed on the Intangible Heritage List.last_img read more

Jamaica Can Benefit from Reduced Food Imports – Senator Hill

first_img National Irrigation Commission (NIC) Chairman, Senator Aubyn Hill, says the agriculture sector stands to benefit significantly from a reduction in Jamaica’s food imports bill, which averages approximately US$850 million. “If 30 per cent of that can go for grains for chicken… or pigs… we could immediately make a difference. We must get to the place where that US$850 million is not going overseas but is being used right here in Jamaica on our farms. National Irrigation Commission (NIC) Chairman, Senator Aubyn Hill, says the agriculture sector stands to benefit significantly from a reduction in Jamaica’s food imports bill, which averages approximately US$850 million.Addressing an NIC customer appreciation day function at the Braco irrigation district office in Trelawny on April 11, he argued that any percentage of savings that can be realised, “we could put into enhancing the sector”.“If 30 per cent of that can go for grains for chicken… or pigs… we could immediately make a difference. We must get to the place where that US$850 million is not going overseas but is being used right here in Jamaica on our farms.“That is the mindset I want us to have… (to) eat what we grow and grow what we eat. Let’s produce and take it to our hotels. Tourism is all about linkages and the linkage between tourism and agriculture is being created,” he stated.Senator Hill, who is also Executive Director of the Economic Growth Council, welcomed the increased number of women involved in farming, noting that the sector has tremendous potential for persons to make a decent livelihood.“I am happy to see the women as they are very consistent. They are committed, they produce and they work very hard. Agriculture is a part of the growth of this country (and) I want to see more people involved, and you can count on the support from my agency,” he stated.The NIC Chairman further added that efficiency in Government and the agricultural sector are two of the main factors that will ensure that Jamaica achieves higher levels of growth.Meanwhile, Senator Hill underscored the importance of having a proper irrigation system to support agriculture.“We can’t get that growth going without a consistent supply of water. Water is life and we have to ensure we (are) providing adequate supplies,” he stated. Story Highlights Addressing an NIC customer appreciation day function at the Braco irrigation district office in Trelawny on April 11, he argued that any percentage of savings that can be realised, “we could put into enhancing the sector”.last_img read more

Amélioration du transport communautaire dans les régions rurales

first_imgLes organismes de transport en commun dans les régions rurales continuent d’offrir des services de transport durables et économiques afin d’aider les Néo-Écossais à se déplacer dans leurs communautés, grâce à l’appui financier du gouvernement provincial annoncé aujourd’hui 15 juillet. Le gouvernement provincial investit plus de 650 000 $ envers les frais d’exploitation de 14 organismes de transport communautaire dans le cadre du Programme d’aide au transport accessible. « Les Néo-Écossais souhaitent avoir accès à un service de transport abordable pour se déplacer dans leurs communautés, se rendre à des rendez-vous médicaux, faire des courses ou rendre visite à leur famille ou leurs amis, a dit Sterling Belliveau, ministre de l’Environnement, au nom de John MacDonell, ministre de Services Nouvelle-Écosse et Relations avec les municipalités. Nous améliorons la vie des familles néo-écossaises en appuyant ces organismes dans nos communautés rurales. C’est la première fois que nous offrons du financement à ces organismes de transport communautaire. » Le programme contribue aux frais d’exploitation des groupes de transport en commun qui offrent des services dans les régions à faible densité de population, selon le taux par habitant. Les municipalités et les organismes communautaires à but non lucratif peuvent présenter une demande de financement lorsqu’ils ont réalisé une étude de faisabilité, rédigé un plan d’affaires et effectué un projet pilote. L’association Sou’West Nova Transit Association offre un service de transport porte-à-porte à faible coût et accessible en fauteuil roulant aux résidents du comté de Shelburne. « Nous sommes ravis de recevoir ce financement dans le cadre de notre première année d’admissibilité, a dit Renata Tweedy, gestionnaire de Sou’West Nova Transit. Ce programme important est un témoignage de l’engagement du gouvernement provincial à l’appui, à l’amélioration et à la diversification du transport en commun dans les régions rurales de la Nouvelle-Écosse, et il sera un facteur qui permettra la durabilité de notre organisme dans le futur. Nous sommes reconnaissants de l’investissement continu dans nos efforts visant à offrir un service de transport accessible et abordable aux résidents du comté de Shelburne. » Ce financement appuie la stratégie de transport durable du gouvernement provincial publiée en avril, qui fera en sorte que les réseaux de transport de la Nouvelle-Écosse appuient les communautés en santé en aidant les gens à conduire moins souvent et à se déplacer de façon plus efficace. Pour obtenir plus d’information sur la stratégie, consultez le novascotia.ca/sustainabletransportation/docs/Sustainable-Transportation-Strategy-fr.pdf .last_img read more

Mark Ruffalo To Attend Dear President Obama Film Premiere In NYC

first_imgDear President Obama – the new film highlighting the clean energy revolution – will have its New York City premiere on May 25.This is your chance to join the film’s writer and director, Jon Bowermaster, along with Mark Ruffalo, the narrator of Dear President Obama.The film takes a cross-country look at drilling, highlighting its variety of contaminations, the stories of its victims, the false promise of an economic boom, with a focus on clean energy solutions that would allow us to proceed towards a future that does not rely on yet another dirty fossil fuel extraction process. Interviews with scientists, economists, health professionals, geologists and whistle-blowers provide the core information we think will convince the current President and those that will follow to join the “anti-drilling” majority growing across the United States and call for fossil fuels to be left where they belong, in the ground.The premiere takes place at abc home, 888 Broadway, New York on May 25 at 6:30pm.For tickets, click here.last_img read more

SWASH SERIF – CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Send us an email if you have any questions.Swash & Serif is organized by the Toronto Design Directory. Swash & Serif is an annual typography and lettering exhibition, showcasing work from Toronto and around the world.Submissions are due Saturday October 14th, by 11:59pm. All submissions must have lettering or typography as their focus, but any other kind of design, illustration, photography, etc may also be part of the piece. We’re enthusiastic about work in all formats, so we love seeing sculpture, installation and 3D work as well as traditional and digital prints. There are no size minimums or maximums. There is an artist fee of $25 per person for those who are selected for the show. Each person may submit up to three pieces.The opening night party starts at 8pm on Thursday, October 19th at Northern Contemporary (1266 Queen St. W., Toronto). Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

Thapas exit deals another blow to GJMs Bimal faction

first_imgDarjeeling: The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (Bimal Gurung faction) suffered another setback with Rohit Thapa, the organisational secretary of Dooars tendering in his resignation from the party.Talking to mediapersons in Siliguri on Monday, Thapa stated that he has resigned as the party has been taking decisions without consulting the leaders and supporters on ground zero. “Since 2008 I have supported and worked on the behest of Bimal Gurung in Dooars. We have faced so many problems and oppositions yet have worked for the party. However, now decision are being taken unilaterally from Delhi without any consultations,” stated Thapa. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaWhen questioned on whether alliance with the BJP or choice of Raju Bista has caused any discontent, Thapa stated: “In 2009, we accepted Jaswant Singh and again in 2014 we supported SS Ahluwalia. This time also we are ready to support Bista but where is the Gorkhaland issue. We have supported Bimal Gurung just because of the Gorkhaland issue.” Thapa stated that they are not willing to support Gurung’s politics of self survival. “We were having an all-party meet to decide on a consensus candidate. Suddenly, the GNLF left for Delhi. Suddenly, we get an audio clip from Gurung stating that an alliance has been forged with the GNLF and the BJP and to extend all possible support,” stated Thapa. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayHe further questioned that if this move is for Gorkhaland than why weren’t other pro-Gorkhaland such as the CPRM and JAP called to Delhi. “We don’t know what sort of deal he has struck with the the BJP and the GNLF. We have been kept in the dark constantly,” Thapa said. Without naming the BJP he stated that they are adopting double standards on Gorkhaland. “From the Hills till Sukna its Gorkhaland and once they come to the plains Gorkhaland disappears,” added Thapa. When questioned on whether he would join any other party, Thapa stated that he has not decided on this yet. Recently Swaraj Thapa, a close confidant of Bimal Gurung and advisor, had also resigned from the party.last_img read more

Canfor reports 895million firstquarter loss revenue down from year ago

Companies in this story: (TSX:CFP) VANCOUVER — Canfor Corp. reported a loss in its most recent quarter compared with a profit a year ago as revenue fell.The forestry company says it lost $89.5 million or 71 cents per diluted share for the three months ended March 31.That compared with a profit of $112.2 million or 87 cents per diluted share in the same quarter last year.Sales for the first three months of 2019 amounted to $1.15 billion, down from $1.23 billion for the first three months of 2018.On an adjusted basis, Canfor says it lost $36.8 million or 29 cents per diluted share for the quarter compared with an adjusted profit of $145.4 million or $1.13 per diluted share a year earlier.On Monday, Canfor temporarily curtailed operations at its B.C. lumber mills due to low prices and the high cost of fibre. The curtailment is expected to reduce Canfor’s production output by approximately 100 million board feet.“While our B.C. based lumber business experienced significant challenges due to lower than anticipated market prices and difficult operating conditions, our U.S. South and European operations generated solid financial returns,” Canfor chief executive Don Kayne, said in a statement.“We look forward to adding a further 200 million board feet to our U.S. South operations during the second quarter with the upcoming close of the Elliott acquisition, which will help offset the escalating log cost and fibre supply issues impacting our B.C. operations.” The Canadian Press read more

Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia name talks set for next month –

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Personal Envoy Matthew Nimetz added that the venue and time for the talks will be determined at a later date.Representing Greece at the discussions will be Ambassador Adamantios Vassilakis, while the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia will be represented by Ambassador Zoran Jolevski. This will be the first meeting between the parties since the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia instituted proceedings against Greece in November 2008 at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, alleging that Greece blocked its application to join NATO in violation of an agreement between the two countries. When they last met in New York in October, Mr. Nimetz presented a new set of ideas to both sides for their consideration. In the past, the Special Envoy has proposed several compromise names but Skopje and Athens remain far apart on what they consider to be a satisfactory name for the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The Interim Accord of 13 September 1995, which was brokered by the UN, details the difference between the two countries on the issue. It also obliges the two sides to continue negotiations under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General to try to reach agreement. 12 January 2009Talks between the representatives of Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia on the name of the latter country will take place in New York on 11 February, the United Nations official spearheading the discussions announced today. read more

Welcoming Sudans cessation of hostilities Ban urges final peace through national dialogue

In a statement issued this afternoon by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban also welcomed the six-month unilateral cessation of hostilities declared by the Sudan Revolutionary Forces in the Two Areas and Darfur on 28 April 2016. “These commitments should ease the suffering of the people living in the affected areas,” said the statement, through which the UN chief also urged the parties to allow and facilitate urgently needed humanitarian access to these areas.Further to the statement, the Secretary General reiterated his call for the parties which have not signed the Road-map proposed by the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) to do so, and to continue talks with the Sudanese Government and other parties engaged in dialogue inside Sudan to reach agreement on a process for final peace through inclusive national dialogue. read more

Oprah Next Chapter For LeBron James Dwyane Wade Chris

The new kings of the court will meet the long-time queen of talk.Yes, newly crowned NBA champions LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh play to sit down with none other than Oprah Winfrey.Winfrey will interview Miami’s Big 3 “about the challenges leading up to their historic win, their friendships on and off the court and the women in their lives,” according to a press release.The interview will air Sunday at 8 p.m. EST on the Oprah Winfrey Network.The Heat stars are busy talking about their title this week. James sat down for an interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols and will do David Letterman’s show. The team held its championship parade today in Miami and Chris Bosh will appear on “LIVE! with Kelly” on Tuesday, among other media obligations.

60 days in WebOS land an Android users perspective

first_imgWhen I first began this experiment, my Twitter feed exploded from WebOS users imploring me not to judge the OS on the extremely limited hardware that I was using. The Palm Pre Plus is certainly not a new phone after all, and I knew that going into this. Still, the G1 certainly wasn’t a fast phone by any stretch, so I should be able to compare my experiences and move on from there. I find the fact that Palm/HP isn’t moving into the “how big can we make this screen, anyway?” market refreshing. The display on every WebOS device I have used so far has been pleasant in both the sun and indoors. While it’s not the biggest screen out there, text and images still display nicely and it’s just plan nice for a phone to disappear in my pocket from time to time.My Pre came with a Touchstone wireless charger, which I really must say completes the experience with the convenience of just dropping it on the stand to charge instead of hunting for a cord. The keyboard on this Pre was kind of hit or miss. Sometimes it would double-strike and sometimes it would just not recognize the press. This became a problem when entering passwords, and since there is no virtual keyboard you’re essentially stuck. Now, I have seen the newer Pre 2 and Veer, and I know that the keyboard have improved quite a bit, so I won’t hold that against them.The WebOS user experience is refreshing. I was plenty frustrated my first week every time I went for a menu button or to hold the home key to switch apps. I think the gesture controls of WebOS are amazing, and I hope HP continues to grow that feature from its current limitations. When you have more than three cards open, its more work using gesture controls to get to them then it is to switch applications in iOS or Android. That said, I found myself continually impressed with how well my “old slow Pre” switched elegantly from app to app, and even allowed me to close apps under load with ease.For a Google Addict, WebOS has you covered as well as they can I think. From the first time you login you’re given rapid access to Gmail, Google Talk, and the Google Calendar. The WebOS HTML5 support is so good that even the Google Voice website was really easy to use, and the card system allowed me to keep the website open as though it were an app. Unfortunately, the email client doesn’t thread emails like Gmail does, the Google Talk implementation doesn’t sync with your computer. These features remain pretty exclusive to Android, but are really only important for power users I think. All of the major apps that people use today are available for WebOS. Movies by Flixster, Facebook, Twitter clients, and more were all just as nice to use here as anywhere else. It may take a little getting used to, but if Developers continue to support WebOS it would really be quite simple for an Android user to make the change.The hacker/modder community for Android is the definition of fragmented. Team this is at war with Team that. Team so and so stole code from Team those guys and didn’t give credit. Collaboration is almost non-existent and the result is sheer chaos. If you’re not a “techie”, you shouldn’t bother rooting your phone or trying your hand at modding your Android phone. For all of their chaos, however, some really great things have come out of that community. The WebOS modder community is much smaller, and yet I feel like they’ve accomplished more in many aspects.  For starters, they are organized in a near militant fashion. Instead of half a dozen different forums with information and developer scattered about, there’s an app you download to your phone. The app is a step by step manual for downloading and using the tools necessary to start playing with your phone. Within minutes I was cruising an alternative market with apps that were either not vetted for the regular store or developer friendly tools and themes for the phone.This alternative market tapped a nerdy side of me as well because it functioned much like a Linux repository would function, and there was a desktop-side client for installing apps if you were sitting at your computer. The PreWare Homebrew store is just the tip of a very impressive iceberg. Battery management tools, processor clock management, modified kernels, and so much more are available. The Pre Plus was not included in the last update to the latest version of WebOS, but the hombrew guys fixed that quickly, and paired with a clock speed bump it runs really well.  It’s true that there are far fewer WebOS devices, but when you compare just the size of the communities and the quality of the work being generated by these developers, the decrease in signal to noise in the WebOS world shows a clear desire to keep the platform alive.From my conversations with the die hard WebOS fan groups, the belief is that all the platform needs is competitive hardware in order to spring to life. Faster processors, more ram, and a better keyboard will cause people to flock to the OS in their opinion. Well, the first step on that road, being the HP Touchpad, has already come out. Following that, there’s not a whole lot known about the Pre 3 other than it is to be the flagship of the first of the entirely HP owned and manufactured devices. If the tiny but powerful Veer and the absolutely rabid yet organised fan community is any indication of the direction WebOS is heading, the OS could make a rapid recovery under HP’s stewardship.As for me? I’ll be heading back to Android for now, but of all the mobile OS’ out there right now, I think that if the circumstances are right and growth happens quickly, WebOS could definitely be my new home when the Pre 3 comes out. In the mean time, I’ll be putting my hands on a TouchPad soon to compare it to the scattered and messy world of Honeycomb Android. I had resigned myself to be an Android user the day the G1 was announced. I stared at my LG enV 3 with disgust, both at the limitations of my phone and at my carrier. I would spend hours converting music and movies so I could enjoy my phone, and still was really just not feeling it. The G1 represented the entertainment value of a portable media player, the productivity of a smartphone, and the advantages of open source. Since then I’ve used or owned just about every flavor of Android out there, across over 30 devices, and with the exception of the occasional fling with a friends iPhone I had been a loyal Android user. It fit my use case, and I was already deeply inserted into many of Google’s other products.AdChoices广告About six months ago, however, I began to wonder about how the other mobile products had grown. When the HTC HD7 crossed my path a little while ago, I decided to abandon my Nexus S and live among the Windows Phone folks for awhile. The experience was fun, but I eventually went back to my Nexus S. About a month later, I was presented with the opportunity to repeat the experiment, only this time with a Palm Pre Plus. With the HP Touchpad on its way, I wanted to get a feel for how WebOS worked, explore the differences, and take a look into the community that was still loyal to WebOS.last_img read more

State audit finds fault with ESD purchases

first_imgFederal audit findingsAudit reportA state audit has found fault in a Educational Service District 112 program that uses U.S. Department of Agriculture funds to pay for food and snacks served at its child care centers.“The district cannot ensure it obtained the best services at the most competitive price,” according to the audit, released Monday. “However, the products purchased are allowable under the federal program, and as a result, we are not questioning these costs.”Vancouver-based ESD 112 provides a variety of services to school districts and also runs the Southwest Washington Child Care Consortium, which has 24 child care centers.The audit found the Child and Adult Care food program “did not have adequate internal controls to ensure compliance with federal procurement and suspension and debarment requirements,” according to audit findings. The audit period was Sept. 1, 2011 through Aug. 31, 2012.In fiscal year 2012, the district spent $184,670 for lunches and snacks at its child care centers. It purchased food and snacks costing approximately $168,000 and $44,590 from two vendors, the majority paid by federal funds.last_img read more

Melco Philippines delays public tender offer by two weeks

first_img RelatedPosts Load More MCO holds 3.95 billion shares in MRP representing a 72.77% stake in the company.MRP had previously announced an offer price of Php7.25 per share but has not given any information on whether or not this price will remain unchanged. If fully executed at the original offer price, the tender will cost Melco Resorts around Php11.2 billion (US$208 million).Brokerage Sanford C Bernstein stated in a recent note that the transaction should be viewed favorably “as it will reduce some of the complexity in Melco by eliminating a publicly traded affiliate with limited liquidity and allow Melco more flexibility in further growing the Philippines business.” 181 Chinese nationals arrested in dispute over POGO accreditation status MCO (Philippines) Investments Limited, the controlling shareholder of Melco Resorts and Entertainment (Philippines) Corp (MRP), has announced that it will defer its public tender offer for up to 1.57 billion publicly-owned and other MRP common shares.The tender offer was originally scheduled to start from Wednesday 3 October and run though until 30 October, but MCO revealed on Tuesday that the offer will now be delayed for around two weeks “or until such time as it otherwise determines.” Melco International Development grants Evan Winkler HK$269 million share options Wynn Resorts shares favored over Wynn Macau: analystslast_img read more

Meghalaya brings unity in diversity

Day three of the north-east festival at the Dilli Haat, kickstarted with the celebration of the harvest season. As the students of Meghalaya Union took to  the  stage, the drum beats announced the beginning of the harvesting festival. With the chorus singing the traditional harvest songs, the programme was inaugurated by Union Minister of DoNER Pawan Singh Ghatowar. The songs went on for the next ten minutes and was followed by a fashion show.The show was a collection of 34 garments done by designer Vianey B Nongram. This collection was a mix of both traditional and contemporary wear. On the runway one could see tribal attires from Garo, Hajong, Khasi, Jaintia, Pnar and Tiwa tribes.  ‘The textiles are an important highlight of the show,’ said Nongram. She added: ‘The collections are from local textiles and fabrics like Ryndia, Ghara and Khyrwang to name a few.’‘What I have brought from Meghalaya is an unique mix of traditional and contemporary, giving a whole new meaning to the concept of the unity in diversity,’ said Nongram. read more

State government drawing up schemes to promote renewable energy Mamata

first_imgKolkata: The state government is going to promote solar power and renewable energy in a big way, announced Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on National Renewable Day.On the occasion, she tweeted: “Today is #NationalRenewableEnergyDay. Our State Govt is drawing up major schemes for the promotion of solar power & other sources of renewable energy like tidal power in #Bangla… One such scheme is “Aaloshree” under which roofs of all government offices & schools are being fitted with solar panels. #NationalRenewableEnergyDay.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe use of solar power will not only bring down the electricity bills in state-run offices and institutions but also help to conserve energy. In New Town, many state and central government offices are being run on solar power. Green buildings that have come up in different locations in New Town and Kolkata, use solar power and are given additional Floor Area Ratio (FAR).Meanwhile, state Power minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay held a high-level meeting in West Midnapore to bring down losses in the power sector. Senior administrative and police officials of West Midnapore and Jhargram districts were present at the meeting. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedSenior officials of the state Power department also attended it.It may be mentioned that Chief Minister had urged the Power department to take steps to bring down the losses. A review meeting will be held a month later to take a stock of the progress.The ways and means to check power thefts and non-payment of bills, the two main causes of the revenue loss were discussed at length. The state Power department has taken up schemes to stop thefts. Outdoor teams have been formed which go out in different areas and those involved in power thefts are arrested. As a result of this, illegal tapping of power from the overhead lines has come down to a great extent. Non-payment of electricity bills in semi-urban and rural areas has become a major concern of the Power department. Rural people are taking new connections but are very reluctant to pay the bill. Seventy senior officials have been deputed who along with district-level officials will visit and urge them to pay the electricity bills. They will be accompanied by cops as well. Though no action will be taken immediately, the department is contemplating steps which include arrest and even disconnection of the line in case of habitual offenders.last_img read more