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More Vessels Signon for Tall Ships Nova Scotia Festival 2007More Vessels Signon for Tall Ships Nova Scotia Festival 2007

first_imgFour more ships, a band of pirates and more than 1,000 crew members have come aboard Tall Ships Nova Scotia Festival 2007. The Gorch Fock II of Kiel, Germany; the Sherman Zwicker and The Bowdoin, both from Maine; and the Royaliste of San Francisco, have been confirmed as part of Tall Ships Nova Scotia Festival 2007. A complete list of Tall Ships participants will be presented at a launch event on April 25. Eric Thompson, chair of the Waterfront Development Corporation, describes the quartet of new entries as, “a diverse collection of world-class ships that we are happy to welcome and showcase as part of the largest gathering of Tall Ships in North America this year.” The Gorch Fock II (Kiel, Germany) was launched in 1958 and has hosted more than 10,000 cadets for sail training cruises as part of the German navy fleet. This barque is a sister ship to the American Coast Guard ship the US Eagle and is named in recognition of Hans Kinau, a popular German writer of sea stories who used the pseudonym Gorch Fock. The Sherman Zwicker (Boothbay, Maine) is a wooden, fishing schooner, built in 1942 at the Smith and Rhuland Shipyard in Lunenburg. With a hull similar to the Bluenose, a sister ship, vessels of this type were used in the Grand Banks dory fisheries until the mid-1960s. The Bowdoin (Maine) is the flagship of Maine Maritime Academy sail training fleet, and the official sailing vessel of Maine. Built in 1921 to explore Arctic waters, it is one of the strongest wooden sailing vessels yet constructed. Between 1921 and 1954, it made 26 voyages above the Arctic Circle. The Royaliste (San Francisco) is a replica of a 1755 ketch commissioned as a dispatch gunship. Quick under sail, the Royaliste is an exhilarating step into the past and today serves as host to crew of pirate re-enactors. Shoreside activities will also see pirates and re-enactors take centre stage at this year’s Festival. The pirate theme will extend to a kids’ pirate camp, as well as themed events and live entertainment. Festival director David Jones described the shore-side activities as “all encompassing.” “There is something for absolutely everyone at this year’s festival,” said Mr. Jones. Visitors can learn more about festival activities, keep up-to-date on ships and buy boarding passes online at . Early bird tickets are available for Halifax, now until April 30, for only $10 per day. Visitors can enjoy the entertainment, food, fun and adventure aboard the ships. A portion of all early bird ticket sales will support Rotary clubs in Halifax Regional Municipality. Volunteers can also apply online or by calling 902-405-7700.last_img read more

Gov Gen Johnston apologizes for referring to Indigenous Peoples as immigrantsGov Gen Johnston apologizes for referring to Indigenous Peoples as immigrants

first_imgOTTAWA – Gov. Gen. David Johnston apologized publicly Monday for referring to Indigenous Peoples as immigrants as he bestowed honours on 29 people — including the frontman of the Tragically Hip — for their efforts in furthering indigenous causes.Johnston told the investiture ceremony he misspoke when he said during a CBC Radio interview aired Saturday that the roots of Canadian immigration extend all the way back to include Indigenous People.The comments, aired on CBC’s politics program “The House,” touched off a flurry of criticism on social media, where some listeners complained that Johnston’s remarks reflected a deep-seated colonial mentality.“Let me apologize for not expressing myself correctly on this matter recently,” Johnston told Monday’s gathering, which followed an apologetic tweet of his own earlier in the day.“Indigenous Peoples are the original peoples of this land.”The Governor General prefaced his apology by saying all of Canada’s inhabitants should be encouraged to create a better Canada.“The better country we desire is, above all, a more inclusive one that supports, encourages and acknowledges the contributions of all peoples, including indigenous peoples.”Johnston was presiding over a ceremony in which Gord Downie and 28 others were honoured for their work in raising awareness of indigenous issues.Downie, wearing his trademark feathered hat and weathered denim jacket, stumbled slightly and then embraced Johnston before being inducted as a member of the Order of Canada at the Rideau Hall ceremony.The singer and social activist, diagnosed last year with an incurable form of brain cancer, was being recognized for his efforts to bring attention to the history of residential schools and to advance the cause of reconciliation.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was among the dignitaries in attendance and applauded as indigenous activist Sylvia Maracle was named an officer of the order.Jacqueline Guest, a staunch literacy advocate with Metis roots, was inducted as a member of the order while others received honours including the Meritorious Service Decoration, the Polar Medal and the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers.They included Inuit NHL player Jordin Tootoo, Jarret Leaman, an advocate for indigenous LGBT youth and actress and former Liberal MP Tina Keeper.Downie’s band mates — Rob Baker, Johnny Fay, Paul Langlois and Gord Sinclair — have also been named to the Order of Canada and are to receive their citations at a later date.Prior to Monday’s ceremony, Johnston issued a statement on Twitter, referring to his weekend comments as a “miscommunication.”But the message appeared to further irritate some who suggested it invoked a sense of ownership over people when Johnston said “Our Indigenous Peoples are not immigrants. They are the original peoples of this land.”“We are not your chattels like the drapes at Rideau Hall,” wrote one respondent.Still another stated “We do NOT belong to you!”In closing the Rideau Hall ceremony, actor and past Order of Canada recipient Tom Jackson issued an impassioned plea to those in attendance to help create “a better Canada,” saying Canadians are one big family, no matter their origin or colour.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version misspelled Langlois.last_img read more

Westcoast amusements will return to Fort St JohnWestcoast amusements will return to Fort St John

first_imgFor more information about the event, click here. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Facebook is buzzing after Westcoast Amusements posted they are coming back to Fort St. John this May.The travelling carnival hasn’t been in Fort St. John for a number of years due to problems with finding a proper location to set up.  The Facebook Event says the carnival will be in town on May 24 to 26 on the lot across from the Totem Mall.Last spring the Mall put up a temporary fence around the property was being used as a parking lot, and people had been dumping fluids there as well.last_img

Moroccan Man Rescues 5 Russian Tourists Lost on Mount ToubkalMoroccan Man Rescues 5 Russian Tourists Lost on Mount Toubkal

Rabat – A 40-year-old Moroccan man rescued five Russian tourists on Wednesday.Tourists looking for an adventure found near disaster after they became lost for five hours in the snow during their hike to Mount Toubkal, the highest mountain in Morocco and North Africa, reported Al Massae on Friday.The man is an inhabitant of Toubkal, the same source said. While the local and regional Gendarmerie in El-Houaz were already mobilized to find them, they are crediting the man with saving the tourists.Moroccan authorities dispatched an emergency medical helicopter to take the tourists to the hospital to receive the necessary medical treatment.The five tourists are currently in good health, however, they experienced a harrowing experience when they found themselves lost  and unable to find their way out of their predicament.Fortunately for the tourists, they encountered the 40-year-old inhabitant, who acted as their guide, led them out and accompanied them to the small village of Imlil, in the town of Asni.Climbing Mount Toubkal in the snow is considered an extremely strenuous challenge, and dangerous. In March 2016, a German woman died following a snowstorm as she was climbing the mountain.Last June, the body of 19-year-old British backpacker Connor Jarvis was found on the Mountain, while he was in travelling alone in Morocco. read more

Indiana joins list of states legalizing sports bettingIndiana joins list of states legalizing sports betting

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana is the latest state to legalize sports gambling.Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb signed legislation Wednesday allowing sports betting and allowing the construction of two new casinos in the state.Indiana, Montana and Tennessee have legalized sports gambling this year. Six other states did so last year after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allowed it nationwide.Indiana’s sports wagering could start in September. Gamblers can place bets using mobile devices after registering with an Indiana casino.The new law also authorizes the Lake Michigan casino in Gary to move to a new site along Interstate 80-94 in that city and establishes the process for the opening of a casino in Terre Haute.Tom Davies, The Associated Press

UN financial summit first step on new path towards solidarity – AssemblyUN financial summit first step on new path towards solidarity – Assembly

26 June 2009The high-level United Nations meeting on the global economic crisis has culminated in the approval of an outcome document that represents the first step in a long process of putting the world on a new path towards solidarity, stability and sustainability, the President of the General Assembly said today. The high-level United Nations meeting on the global economic crisis has culminated in the approval of an outcome document that represents the first step in a long process of putting the world on a new path towards solidarity, stability and sustainability, the President of the General Assembly said today. The Assembly – the “G-192” – has now been established as the central forum for the discussion of world financial and economic issues, Miguel D’Escoto said, as the UN Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis and its Impact on Development wrapped up in New York. “This in itself is a major achievement,” stated the President, who was tasked with organizing the summit by Member States during the follow-up International Conference on Financing for Development, held in December 2008 in Doha, Qatar. In addition, he said, the Assembly has been asked to follow up, through an ad hoc open-ended working group, on a number of issues such as crisis mitigation, the restructuring of the financial and economic system and architecture, external debt, and international trade. At the same time, it has been recognized that the financial and economic crisis must not delay the necessary global response to climate change and environmental degradation through initiatives for building a ‘green economy.’ “We are happy but not content, or rather, not completely satisfied,” he stated, noting that other crises loom on the horizon, such as those related to food, clean water and energy. “We must all join forces to confront these crises. The proposals we have adopted today point in this direction. But much remains to be done,” he said. The three-day meeting also featured several roundtable discussions on topics including the role of the UN in responding to the crisis and how to mitigate the impact of the downturn on development. Addressing one of the round tables today, the head of the UN Development Programme noted that while developed countries have felt the impact, some severely, for the most part they have had tools at their disposal to address the crisis. “Some expect a slow recovery towards the end of this year or in the first half of next year,” said Administrator Helen Clark. “The turn-around for developing countries, however, may well take longer,” she pointed out. “Many impacts of the crisis in developing countries, such as slowing growth rates, rising unemployment, and declining budgets are only now beginning to unfold.” Among the main worries is that the crisis will slow down the rate of progress towards meeting the anti-poverty targets world leaders have pledged to achieve by 2015, known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), or even reverse hard-won gains. “We must do all in our power to stop this happening,” she urged. read more

Over 210 killed and 450 injured in Easter Sunday attack in SriOver 210 killed and 450 injured in Easter Sunday attack in Sri

Over 210 people have been killed and at least 450 injured in the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka.The Kochchikade St. Anthony’s Church, the St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo and the Zion Church in Batticaloa were rocked by bomb explosions this morning. The Shangri-la hotel in Colombo, Cinnamon Grand and the Kingsbury hotel were also attacked.

UN agency reports between 330000 and 460000 civilian firearms in KosovoUN agency reports between 330000 and 460000 civilian firearms in Kosovo

Entitled “Kosovo and the Gun, A Baseline Assessment of Small Arms and Light Weapons in Kosovo,” the report is an independent research, commissioned by UNDP and written by the Small Arms Survey.”Illicit weapons have impeded development in Kosovo for too long,” UNDP Resident Representative in the province, Robert Piper, said. “Kosovo and the Gun gives us, for the first time, solid information about the prevalence and types of weapons in the territory, who owns them, their routes of entry into the region, and public attitudes about their presence.”The report was launched in tandem with the UN Biennial Meeting of States on Small Arms in All their Aspects being held in New York from 7 to 11 July.

UK sought assurances from US that Julian Assange will not face deathUK sought assurances from US that Julian Assange will not face death

Ministers hatched a six-month plot to have Julian Assange arrested after receiving assurances the Wikileaks founder would not face the death penalty in the US. US authorities had given assurances that Assange would not be executed or mistreated, allowing Ecuador’s ambassador in London to inform the… Sir Alan Duncan, the senior foreign office minister, had begun secret talks with Ecuador in June last year that led to Assange’s asylum status being revoked. Assange, 47, was arrested inside the Ecuadorean embassy on Thursday morning where he had spent almost seven years after claiming asylum. He had initially been wanted in Sweden for rape but now faces extradition to the US for computer hacking.

Greek Aussie beaches named worlds bestGreek Aussie beaches named worlds best

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram An Australian beach and a Greek beach have been voted as the best in the world, taking out ninth and tenth place in Tripadvisor’s Travellers Choice top beaches in the world.Crete’s Elafonissi beach made the list thanks to its famous pink sand while Australia’s Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsundays mesmerised tourists for its untouched landscape.The awards are determined based on the quantity and quality of millions of traveller reviews and ratings for the beaches on travel review site TripAdvisor over a 12-month period.In Elafonissi’s case, reviewers couldn’t hold back their praise, noting just how enjoyable the beach can be even when crowded. One reviewer from Pireaus noticed that the beach never gets old thanks to its unique make up.“Every year is not the same because of the differences of the sand,” Maria Papari said. “It’s Magic!”Whitehaven Beach has the luxury of being in a climate that never experiences winter, notably pushing the beach up in the rankings. “This place is paradise on earth from its pure silicate sand to the turquoise waters,” wrote a reviewer from the United Kingdom.Taking the number one spot on the list for the second time was Brazil’s Baia do Sancho, whith Turks and Caicos’ Grace Bay and Siciliy’s Rabbit Beach took out second and third.last_img read more

Russia makes accusations of US bribery during the FYROM Parliamentary voteRussia makes accusations of US bribery during the FYROM Parliamentary vote

first_imgRussia has directed heavy accusations towards the United States for manipulating the vote that held in the Parliament of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) last week, to ratify the Prespes agreement and the change of the nation’s name.The Russian foreign ministry released a statement on Monday, pointing out that some of the voters had been bribed: “The US Ambassador (in FYROM) was in the Parliament building up to the end of the session, and this is why there is no doubt that he orchestrated the entire process,” the statement reads.According to Russia, underhanded methods were used in order to get members to vote, such as “blackmail, and threatening and bribing opposition deputies. We view what happened as an open violation of all norms, both from a legal and moral point of view. Such dirty manipulations cannot be regarded as an expression of parliamentarians’ will.”However, FYROM has rejected the accusation pointed toward the US, stating that it was “a political process of historical significance for Macedonia and its citizens”.Furthermore, a US State Department representative denied the claims made by Russia on Tuesday, as it was pointed out that the States are all in favour of an agreement that will finally easy tensions within the area.The main reason behind Russia’s efforts to make the vote unofficial is that it opens the way for FYROM to become a member of NATO, an event that Moscow wishes to avoid.In the meantime, Alexis Tsipras is attempting to diffuse the flames lit by the resignation of former minister of foreign affairs Nikos Kotzias and the tensions between him and defence minister Panos Kammenos, especially with the Prespes agreement so close to being finalised.Kammenos, who is the leader of the junior Coalition party ANEL (Independent Greeks), has been under pressure by many MPs to leave the government, to which he has replied that he will do so once the deal comes to the Hellenic Parliament for a vote.Some members strongly criticised his stance, not least among them ANEL MP and deputy foreign minister Terence Quick, however that doesn’t seem to make Kammenos think about changing his stance. “I take the responsibility and I promise you that these guys will have no position in ANEL,” said Kammenos in a statement pointed towards the members of his party that opposed his position. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

World Record Egg Cracks Open to Reveal Mental Health MessageWorld Record Egg Cracks Open to Reveal Mental Health Message

first_imgStay on target We’d like to thank #TalkingEgg for shining a limelight on #mentalhealth tonight with an important message. Not everyone chooses to #fightintheopen for mental health, but you did for the 1 in 5 Americans living with a mental health condition. Thank you, #EggGang!— Mental Health America (@MentalHealthAm) February 4, 2019In less than 10 days last month, an image of a single egg broke the world record for most-liked picture on Instagram.Round, speckled, and impressively lit, the seed surpassed Kylie Jenner’s unnervingly popular photo of newborn daughter Stormi Webster gripping Jenner’s thumb.The socialite’s snapshot, posted in February 2018, currently has 18.7 million likes. The original egg boasts 52.1 million.BuzzFeed News in January spoke with account holder “Henrietta”—a chicken from the British countryside, whose egg “Eugene” is now a part of pop-culture history.The pseudonymous user’s identity was traced to Chris Godfrey, a creative with London advertising agency The&Partnership, according to BuzzFeed and Mashable.(In 2013, Godfrey’s Christmas Tinner—a full Christmas dinner in a tin—made headlines in print and on air, featured in a Saturday Night Live Weekend Update segment.)The&Partnership, however, was “not the originator” of the World Record Egg idea, chief marketing officer Christian Hinchcliffe told BuzzFeed on Sunday. No one else has come forward to claim responsibility.More on Limits Message Forwarding to 5 Individuals, GroupsiPhone Owners Can Share Netflix Binges to Instagram StoriesACLU Sues Federal Government Over Social Media Surveillance The Internet’s egg-sistential crisis is over.The World Record Egg finally cracked on Sunday, revealing a surprising message of hope about mental health.After another Super Bowl win by the New England Patriots, Hulu ran a 30-second ad starring the popular speckled embryo.“Recently I’ve started to crack,” the video begins, confirming what Instagram followers may have noticed over the last two weeks.“The pressure of social media is getting to me,” the egg admits after falling to pieces. “If you’re struggling, too, talk to someone.“We got this,” the re-formed organic vessel says, with a smile on its animated face.A PSA from Mental Health America, the #TalkingEgg clip earned social media praise as folks applauded Hulu for using the World Record Egg’s 15 minutes of fame for good.center_img Report: Facebook Developing ‘Threads’ App For Close FriendsFall For the Viral Instagram Hoax? So Did Lots of Celebs last_img read more

McInnes issues rallying call ahead of Scottish Cup finalMcInnes issues rallying call ahead of Scottish Cup final

first_imgAberdeen manager Derek McInnes has demanded a “bigger performance” when his side faces Celtic in the Scottish League Cup final on Sunday.Aberdeen won the cup in 2014 and will be looking to lift the trophy again on Sunday when they holders Celtic at Hampden Park, and McInnes has called on his side to build on their fantastic run to the final as defeated three Scottish Premiership sides without conceding a goal.“We feel we have got the big performance in us to win the game,” McInnes told Sky Sports.“Celtic are the bigger club. They have got the bigger, better squad. But we are capable of a bigger performance on the day and that is what we will be looking for.”Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“In the last few months, we have had two very tight games against them.“The game we won there was nothing really in the game. We have come up with a big moment to get the three points and an important result.“The last two performances have been encouraging for us. Celtic are a good side – we all recognize that especially with where they are at the minute.“You have to get the balance right between attacking and defending. You have to try and recognize and nullify their key players from having an enjoyable day.“If they start enjoying the game it can be very difficult. We were far better in the second final against them and gave ourselves a chance to win.”last_img read more

Kuskokwim Working Group Asks For Limited Setnet OpenersKuskokwim Working Group Asks For Limited Setnet Openers

first_imgThe Kuskokwim Salmon Management Working Group put together a list of recommendations for early season chinook salmon management. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.A few months before the king salmon begin to enter the river, the Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group met to set recommendations for an early season of conservation.Download AudioThe state hasn’t finalized its summer management plan or made any sort of fishing schedule. They do, however, plan start off conservatively with the goal of bringing enough of the river’s weakened king salmon run up the river to spawn, on order to meet escapement goals.The working group Friday recommended beginning the season closed, starting very early—May first. In addition, they recommended that managers limit 4-inch set net fishing just four days a week for 12 hours at a time. Working group member Bev Hoffman made the case for two 12-hours days each for set net fishing, but members voted it down.“There were people targeting king salmon 24/7,” said Hoffman. “That’s why I put in two days.”Many fishermen used set nets last year, and over a hundred were clustered near Bethel. While managers intended them to provide some fresh whitefish for the dinner table, some fishermen proved effective at catching large amounts of king salmon with the small nets. The 2015 forecast is again projected to be a weak run, estimated at 96 to 163-thousand fish, well below the average run of 240-thousand fish. Two of three weir-based projects with goals missed their escapement goal last year. If the run comes in on the low end, there are no extra fish for harvest, although some will be caught incidentally.Also new this year, is a requirement that the set nets to be entirely within 100 feet the high water mark on shore. That’s intended to keep the nets out of the channel where king salmon swim. Greg Roczicka of Bethel said adding that language is a big deal.“People are not going to be setting out up here or around Napaskiak or the choke points that were there before, they will not be able to target anywhere close to the level [of kings] they did last year with the requirement of 100 feet from the bank,” said Roczicka.Working group members asked about the feasibility of enforcing a set net schedule. Bill Raften coordinates law enforcement efforts for the US Fish and Wildlife Service.“I think from the enforcement side, we certainly can do it, but I also see an awful lot of nets being seized. There’s going to be of in and out [of the river]. It’s going to be a lot of work, that’s not a problem. Everyone is going to have be really careful to make sure they follow those regulations,” said Raften.The group did not make any recommendation on when or how the first six inch drift gillnet openings might happen. They discussed having openers concurrently on multiple parts of the river instead the usual rolling openings. They voted to recommend allowing the use of fish wheels throughout the summer. The state can also offer dip net fishing during king salmon closures.There is still uncertainly about who will be managing the fishery day-to-day this summer. The Federal Subsistence Board will respond in mid April to several requests from village governments asking for federal staff to take over the Chinook run and other salmon fisheries.last_img read more

Galaxy Fold video proves Samsung pathbreaking phone is durable and worth buyingGalaxy Fold video proves Samsung pathbreaking phone is durable and worth buying

first_imgRAM12GB RAM(LPDDR4x) Display Processor7nm 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon Octa-core processor (Max. 2.8 GHz + 2.4 GHz + 1.7 GHz) Front dual camera ModelGalaxy Fold CameraCover camera10MP Selfie Camera, F2.2 Rear triple camera Close Storage512GB (UFS3.0) *User memory is less than the total memory due to storage of the operating system and software used to operate the device features. Actual user memory will vary depending on the operator and may change after software upgrades are performed. *No MicroSD slot Main display: 7.3-inch QXGA+ Dynamic AMOLED (4.2:3)Cover display: 4.6-inch HD+ Super AMOLED (21:9) After months of speculations, Samsung pulled the wraps off the company’s most ambitious phone Galaxy Fold in the US in late February 2019. The initial reactions from the media, which had the opportunity to have a closer look at the path-breaking mobile were overwhelming.In my personal opinion, Samsung Galaxy Fold is more practical compared to Huawei’s Mate X for one sole reason, as the former folds inwards protecting the larger screen from daily wear tear and also had small cover screen to call pick and message reading, but the latter, folds outwards is vulnerable to scratches and even damage if it fell on the ground. And, mind the phones are expensive and screen replacement will leave you with a deep cut in the pocket. Samsung Galaxy Fold set to hit stores in late April 2019.Samsung Mobile PressHowever, there was one question which I and many tech critics were concerned about the longevity of the fold feature. Like all physical objects, over time, they tend to degrade and since it is a first generation phone, there are a lot of improvements needed, which the successor will be fine-tuned.Now, Samsung has given us a sneak peek on the testing of the Galaxy Fold’s flexible nature of the screen and how much bending and opening it can sustain. Having seen the video, I have no hesitation to say the South Korean company rightly deserves praise for the development of the Galaxy Fold. It has reportedly tested the device folding in and out for more than 200,000 times to make sure the Galaxy Fold lasts long and worth price it commands. It costs $1980 (approx. Rs 1,36,655).”Naturally, given the smartphone’s design, a Folding Test was a pivotal part of the Galaxy Fold’s durability assessment. This test, which examines whether the Galaxy Fold can outlast 200,000 folds and unfolds (or around five years of use, if used 100 times a day), takes a full week to complete. While the extent of the test may seem like overkill to some, Samsung viewed it as vital to ensuring the durability of the device’s hinged design and Infinity Flex Display,” Samsung said in a statement.After the Galaxy Note 7 fire fiasco, Samsung has made tremendous strides in terms of durability, reliability, safety in its products and it’s fitting that Samsung is the world’s number one smartphone brand. It can be noted that Samsung has confirmed to launch the Galaxy Fold in India in coming months.Galaxy Fold can work both as a single-hand friendly mobile 4.6-inch HD+ AMOLED-based cover display and also turn in to a full-fledged tablet with 7.3-inch QXGA+ Dynamic AMOLED, when unfurled.”Galaxy Fold opens smoothly and naturally, like a book, and closes flat and compact with a satisfying click. To achieve this, Samsung engineered a sophisticated hinge with multiple interlocking gears. This system is housed in a hidden enclosure for a seamless and elegant look”, the company claims.Samsung Galaxy Fold has been tested with more than 2000 flips to check the durability of the flexible display.Samsung Newsroom/YouTubeThe demo in the event showed Galaxy Fold seamlessly without any flaws in terms of viewing content on the small cover screen and see the same interface on the wide flexible screen when opened. It also offers an industry first feature that allows users to multi-task three different apps on the same screen. It also has a big battery of 4,500mAh battery, which is more than enough for the whole day of work on the phone. With such a big screen and a cell, you are assured to have the best viewing experience while watching videos on Netflix or Amazon Prime Video.It has six cameras, one 10MP sensor on the cover display, two (10MP + 8MP depth sensor) inside the wide-screen and three (16MP + 12MP wide-angle +12MP depth) more on the rear-side, thus ensuring consumers can work the phone’s camera the same as the any other mobile in the market and most importantly, they can capture remarkable images in detail. Samsung Galaxy S10 5G coming to South Korean markets first.Samsung Mobile PressUnder-the-hood, it comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 octa-core processor with Android Pie OS, 12GB RAM and 512GB storage UFS 3.0.Key specifications of Samsung Galaxy Fold:ModelModelGalaxy FoldGalaxy FoldModelDisplayGalaxy FoldMain display: 7.3-inch QXGA+ Dynamic AMOLED (4.2:3)Cover display: 4.6-inch HD+ Super AMOLED (21:9)ModelOSGalaxy FoldAndroid 9.0 PieModelProcessorGalaxy Fold7nm 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon Octa-core processor (Max. 2.8 GHz + 2.4 GHz + 1.7 GHz)ModelRAMGalaxy Fold12GB RAM(LPDDR4x)ModelStorageGalaxy Fold512GB (UFS3.0) *User memory is less than the total memory due to storage of the operating system and software used to operate the device features. Actual user memory will vary depending on the operator and may change after software upgrades are performed. *No MicroSD slotModelCameraGalaxy FoldCover camera10MP Selfie Camera, F2.2ModelRear triple cameraGalaxy Fold16MP Ultra Wide Camera, F2.212MP Wide-angle Camera, Dual Pixel AF, OIS, F1.5/F2.412MP Telephoto Camera, PDAF, OIS, F2.4, 2X optical zoomModelFront dual cameraGalaxy Fold10MP Selfie Camera, F2.28MP RGB Depth Camera, F1.9ModelBatteryGalaxy Fold4,380mAh (typical)* Fast Charging compatible on wired and wireless Wired charging compatible with QC2.0 and AFC Wireless charging compatible with WPC and PMA * 4,380mAh (typical) refers to the typical value of the battery capacity as tested under third-party lab conditions. Typical value is the estimated average value considering the deviation in battery capacity among the battery samples. Rated (minimum) capacity is 4,275mAh. Actual battery life may vary depending on network environment, usage patterns and other factors.ModelColoursGalaxy FoldCosmos Black, Space Silver, Martian Green, Astro BlueModelPriceGalaxy Fold$1980 initially in US from April 26 onward Apple and Samsung Finally Reach A Truce IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:09/0:40Loaded: 0%0:09Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:31?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … 16MP Ultra Wide Camera, F2.212MP Wide-angle Camera, Dual Pixel AF, OIS, F1.5/F2.412MP Telephoto Camera, PDAF, OIS, F2.4, 2X optical zoom Price$1980 initially in US from April 26 onward ColoursCosmos Black, Space Silver, Martian Green, Astro Blue Battery4,380mAh (typical)* Fast Charging compatible on wired and wireless Wired charging compatible with QC2.0 and AFC Wireless charging compatible with WPC and PMA * 4,380mAh (typical) refers to the typical value of the battery capacity as tested under third-party lab conditions. Typical value is the estimated average value considering the deviation in battery capacity among the battery samples. Rated (minimum) capacity is 4,275mAh. Actual battery life may vary depending on network environment, usage patterns and other factors. 10MP Selfie Camera, F2.28MP RGB Depth Camera, F1.9 OSAndroid 9.0 Pielast_img read more

TIB for amendment to Digital Security ActTIB for amendment to Digital Security Act

first_imgExpressing deep concern over the passage of the Digital Security Bill 2018, Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) on Wednesday demanded that the government bring change to its ‘controversial’ sections, reports UNB.”We’re very disappointed at the passage of the Digital Security Bill in Parliament. However, we hope that the President won’t assent to the bill and instead send back it to the House to reconsider the controversial sections,” said TIB executive director Iftekharuzzaman.He further said, “We aren’t opposing the act, but we’re just demanding amending some sections. It’ll jeopardise not only the free expression of opinions but also practice of basic human rights of both the media people and mass people. Investigative journalism will also be hampered due to the law.”The TIB chief came up with comments while addressing a human chain organised in front of the Teacher-Student Centre (TSC) of Dhaka University to mark the International Right to Know Day that falls on Friday.He expressed the hope that the government will take steps to reconsider the controversial sections of the act.TIB director (finance and administration) Abdul Ahad and director (outreach and communication) Sheikh Manjur-E-Alam were, among others, present at the human chain.last_img read more

Mymensingh City Corporation goes to polls SundayMymensingh City Corporation goes to polls Sunday

first_imgThe maiden election to Mymensingh City Corporation will be held on Sunday to decide only its councilors as the lone mayoral candidate has already been elected unopposed, reports UNB.The balloting for 33 general councillor posts and 11 reserved seats (exclusively for women) will be held from 8:00am to 4:00pm without any break.There are 296,938 voters under 33 wards of the 12th city corporation of the country.Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) will be used in all the 127 polling stations. A total of 2,026 EVMs will be used in the city polls.Awami League mayoral contender Ekramul Haque Titu has already been elected uncontested as there was no rival candidate against him after the withdrawal of candidature by Jatiya Party mayoral contestant Jahangir Ahmed.The election commission has taken all the necessary preparations to hold the election in a peaceful manner using EVMs, said EC secretary Helaluddin Ahmed on Saturday.He said presiding officers have already collected election materials, including EVMs.Besides, four upazila parishads, where polls were earlier postponed, will go to election on Sunday.Of the upazilas, the balloting will be held to chairman, vice chairman and women vice chairman posts in Aditmari upazila of Lalmonirhat, Trishal of Mymensingh and Barua of Cumilla, while only chairman post in Daldhaka of Nilphamari.last_img read more

Md 13YearOld Hit by Car Dies Charges Considered for Vehicle OccupantsMd 13YearOld Hit by Car Dies Charges Considered for Vehicle Occupants

first_imgMontgomery County police have identified, but filed no criminal charges against a 33 year-old Silver Spring, Md. woman as the possible driver of a sport utility vehicle that struck and killed 13-year-old Deborah Roxana Reyes Casasola while the girl watched soccer practice July 1.Police and the Montgomery County state’s attorney officials said July 3 they are still trying to decide what charges to file and against whom in  the death of the 13 year-old who was struck, along with an unrelated bystander, near Eastern Middle School.Police said three people occupied the vehicle that apparently was being used in practice driving on the parking lot adjacent to Eastern’s soccer field at about 8:30 p.m. when the vehicle hopped the curb and headed toward the field where practice was occurring.Witnesses said two of the occupants were seen exchanging places behind the steering wheel.  Police said analysis of video images from surveillance cameras at the parking lot indicated driver changes.Deborah and her family, of  the 900 block of Northhampton Drive in Silver Spring, were watching soccer at the school with her family, when she  and another woman,  also a soccer spectator, were struck, according to the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Department.“My daughter went right under the car and was rolling under [it],” Wilbert Reyes, the dead girl’s father, told NBC 4 Washington.In addition to striking Casasola and the woman, the vehicle also hit a sign and a tree.Casasola was then escorted to the emergency room of a local hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to county fire and rescue officials.  She was pronounced dead a few hours later, officials said.The second victim was identified as Erundina Lopez, according to ABC 7 WJLA, andwas treated for a minor leg injury and released.According to police, the two victims are not related.Police said the owner of the vehicle is Roland B. Delgado-Romero, 33, of the 800 block of University Boulevard E in Silver Spring.Delgado-Romero holds a valid Maryland driver’s license.  Police said a third person in the vehicle is a 26-year-old female, who police did not identify, who holds a Maryland learner’s permit.last_img read more

Netflix Q2 Preview Can International Flywheel Keep Spinning on Big Content SpendingNetflix Q2 Preview Can International Flywheel Keep Spinning on Big Content Spending

first_imgNetflix is set to report second quarter 2018 results on Monday, July 16, and to impress investors, it’s going to have to turn in another rocking subscriber beat — especially overseas.For Q2, Netflix previously said it expects 6.2 million global net streaming subscriber additions: 1.2 million in the U.S., where it has the highest penetration, and 5.0 million for the international segment. That would be up from 5.2 million overall net adds in the year-earlier quarter — and put Netflix at 131.2 million streaming members worldwide.“The debate from here, in our view, centers on Netflix’s ability to drive the kind of adoption rate and returns globally it has built in the U.S.,” Morgan Stanley analyst Ben Swinburne wrote in a research note Thursday — who thinks the answer to that is “yes.” That said, Netflix has a much more robust Q3 slate of originals lined up, analysts say. That includes the premieres of “Orange Is the New Black” season 6 (July 27), Matt Groening’s “Disenchantment” (Aug. 17), “Ozark” season 2 (Aug. 31), “BoJack Horseman”  (Sept. 14), as well as “Narcos” season 4, and the “House of Cards” sixth and final season.And Netflix increasingly can take its spending on original programming and amortize that over a growing subscriber base outside the U.S. In the United States, Netflix has said its long-term view it can reach 60 million to 90 million homes. It’s bumping up against that floor already, with 56.7 million U.S. members as of the end of the first quarter of 2018.Analysts expect India to be a particular source of strength for Netflix in Q2, as well as other emerging markets including Japan, South Korea and the Philippines. On the other hand, Netflix’s top three markets (the U.S., Brazil, and Mexico) all experienced a decline in iPad app download rankings and in European markets like France, the U.K. and Germany, according to UBS — and that could signal trouble longer-term for international growth.Can Netflix once again overdeliver? Over the past eight quarters, Netflix has on average topped its total net subscriber addition guidance by around 1 million — and about three-quarters of that beat has come from international markets, Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter noted.For Q2, analysts expect Netflix to post revenue of $3.9 billion and earnings of 79 cents per share, up 81% from the year-ago quarter. That’s in line with Netflix’s previous guidance.In addition to the second-quarter numbers, Wall Street also will be focusing on Netflix’s Q3 guidance. Analysts have forecast 947,000 U.S. net adds and 5.05 million internationally for the current quarter (versus net gains of 850,000 U.S. and 4.45 million international subs in Q3 2017).As for Netflix’s ongoing cash burn, which fuels its burgeoning slate of originals, Swinburne expects Netflix to raise another $4 billion of capital through the end of 2020 before it reaches free cash-flow positive territory. While the company certainly is outspending other subscription VOD rivals like Hulu and Amazon, as well as TV networks, directionally its programming spending is “consistent with other TV production and distribution businesses” like Time Warner, CBS and 21st Century Fox, per Swinburne’s analysis. Popular on Variety Not everyone on Wall Street, at this point, is convinced that Netflix can continue its red-hot growth trajectory. The company’s shares fell 4.3% on Friday ahead of the earnings report, although the stock price has still nearly doubled since the start of 2018.The pullback by investors may have been in part due to a downgrade by UBS of Netflix’s stock from “buy” to “neutral” on Thursday. “[W]e now view [Netflix] as a less compelling risk/reward,” given the 35% rise in share price since the company reported first quarter results in April, analyst Eric Sheridan wrote in the July 11 note. At the same time, he raised his 12-month price target, from $375 to $425 per share.Meanwhile, Deutsche Bank’s Bryan Kraft wrote that Netflix could miss its projected 1.2 million U.S. net adds for Q2 by as much as 500,000, or in the best-case scenario meet expectations. “Without meaningful positive estimate revisions, or 3Q subscriber guidance coming in ahead of expectations, it seems unlikely that the stock will move higher next week,” he wrote.Still, according to Swinburne, who maintains an “outperform” rating on the stock, Netflix is increasing its “competitive moat” against competitors, with a globally scaled content engine on pace to deliver 1,000 originals on the service by the end of 2018. Netflix has projected spending up to $8 billion (on a P&L basis) on content this year, up from $6 billion in 2017.“On top of the ability to use data to improve its programming and marketing decisions, Netflix now brings to market a content offering that boasts $16 billion in net content value,” Swinburne wrote. “As a result, other than live sports and news, we see the potential for Netflix to not just take share from other networks or channels, but to represent ‘TV’ for many households.”Indeed, a recent survey by Cowen & Co. found that Netflix was the No. 1 source cited by U.S. consumers for how they watch TV — with 27% of total respondents saying Netflix is the place they watch television most, followed by basic cable at 20%, broadcast at 18% and YouTube at 11%.But UBS’s analysis has indicated “weakening U.S. consumption trends” for Netflix in Q2 sequentially, based on comScore measurements. In addition, the analyst firm found that Google search-trends analysis suggests sequel seasons for many core franchises in Q2 — most notably “13 Reasons Why” and “Luke Cage” — are underperforming compared with prior seasons.center_img But more content isn’t necessarily better. And some observers suggest Netflix’s binge-spending on programming may hit a saturation level where it delivers diminishing returns.If Netflix keeps constantly flooding the service with new shows, “the lack of shift in mix away from some familiar shows towards completely new shows could shift consumer perception on service quality over time,” Barclays analysts Kannan Venkateshwar, Divyaunsh Divatia and Ross Sandler wrote in a note July 9.“Quality perception is not an absolute and is not defined by the amount of money spent or a show’s production quality,” the Barclays team added.Pictured above: “13 Season Why” season 2, which debuted on Netflix on May 18 ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

A Physicists Guide to Texas Hold EmA Physicists Guide to Texas Hold Em

first_imgOther connections involve biological evolution. Due to the competitive nature of the game, Sire found similarities with evolutionary models dealing with competing agents. Also, when analyzing the statistical properties of the chip leader (player with the most chips at a given time), Sire found the same phenomenon that occurs in the “leader problem” in evolutionary models. Namely, the average number of chip leaders grows logarithmically (i.e. very slowly) with the number of competing agents, or total number of players. “Physicists are currently studying models of competing agents,” Sire explained. “Possible applications exist in the field of econophysics: markets, options theory in finance, decision making, rumor propagation, etc. Another application I’ve been involved in is evolutionary biology. One devises simplified models of the creation or extinction of species (or new genes). With my colleagues, we have shown that the number of preeminent ‘species’ generically grow with the total number of species, and that this result should hold in many contexts (for instance, the number of leaders of the Fortune 500).”A third connection involves extreme value statistics, a physics branch that analyzes the probability of the occurrence of extreme events. In Sire’s model, some of the properties of the chip leader also display extreme value statistics: the probability that the chip leader holds a given stack is universal (and given by the well-known Gumbel distribution in physics.) “Let us consider a random signal: for example, the stock of IBM, or the daily temperature in New York,” Sire explains. “Now let us look at its maximum in a one-month period. This is itself a random variable. If the initial random signal is only weakly correlated in time, the probability distribution of the (monthly) maximum of the signal takes a universal form which is independent of the precise nature of the considered signal! Recently, physicists have been interested in the maximum of strongly correlated variables, which can now take any form.”As for finding the best strategies, Sire’s model doesn’t determine optimal playing decisions, other than general hints from observations, For example, the advice that “a player should be careful when playing bad hands if many players have already bet” is totally irrelevant, according to the model, as far as the global evolution of the tournament is concerned. However, the model predicts that there exists an optimal probability to go all-in (to bet all one’s chips).Sire notes that two famous mathematicians (e.g. Emile Borel and John von Neumann) have looked for optimal strategies in head-to-head poker, but prediction for tables with ten players including all-in events still presents a formidable task. More information: Citation: Sire, Clément. “Universal statistical properties of poker tournaments.” To be published. (Currently at more information, see Clément Sire’s Web page: “In this Letter, we study a very human and futile activity: poker tournaments,” Sire writes in his paper, submitted to an APS Physical Review journal. His model quantifies the evolution of Texas hold ‘em tournaments, based on aspects such as the distribution of chips, the number of surviving players over time, etc. Overall, his results closely mirror those observed in real-life online tournaments.“While human laws (such as bluff, prudence and aggressiveness) determine much of the individual outcomes of poker tournaments, these tournaments are ideal for statistical analysis because they are isolated systems—they don’t depend on outside factors,” Sire explained to While Sire’s model provides an accurate description of poker tournaments, the model also shares similar characteristics with other seemingly unrelated areas. For example, the physical model of persistence tells the probability that some random process never falls below a certain level. Or, in poker talk, the persistence model describes the number of surviving players (those that have not lost all their chips). As Sire explains, the “decay rate” of players (as they lose their chips) is exactly the same as the (exponential) growth rate of the blind bets, which are bets that start off the pot of money at the beginning of every game and are therefore also the minimal bets. This also means that the growth rate of the blind bets entirely controls the pace of a tournament, which in practice allows the organizers of a tournament to control its duration. The model shows that the total duration of a tournament grows only logarithmically (i.e. very slowly) with the initial number of players, which explains why the wide range of real tournament sizes (100-10,000 players) remains manageable. “The model can also help poker players to evaluate their current ranking in a poker tournament,” Sire said. “For instance, if a player owns twice the average stack, he is currently in the top 90%. If his holding is only half of the average stack, he only precedes 25% of the other players.“Consider a temporal random signal [such as the graph of a company’s stock]. Its persistence is the probability that it never goes below (or above) a given threshold,” Sire explains. “With my colleague Satya Majumdar, we have devised several ways to compute this quantity in various contexts, which decays exponentially fast, or as a power-law. Persistence has been measured in many physical systems, and has obvious applications outside physics: for example, what is the probability that Google’s stock remains above $450 for the next year (certainly high, I admit)?” ( — What are the odds that poker can be explained by statistical physics, much the same as a variety of other complex systems? They’re pretty good, according to physicist Clément Sire of Université of Toulouse and CNRS in France, who demonstrates in a recent paper that many of the statistical properties of poker tournaments are universal. Sire’s model makes connections between poker and evolution, extreme value statistics and the physical model of persistence. Copyright 2007 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of Citation: A Physicist’s Guide to Texas Hold ‘Em (2007, April 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more