Water trucks for the wealthy“The very rich,” as F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, “are different from you and me,” and that apparently holds true even in a severe drought.As Ann Louise Bardach reports at Politico, California’s wealthiest neighborhoods are managing to stay lush even while most of the state goes dry.In Montecito, an upscale community near Santa Barbara, well-heeled residents like Oprah Winfrey pay to have water brought in on 5,000-gallon tankers. “These days, tankers can be seen barreling down Montecito’s narrow country roads day and night, ferrying up to 5,000 gallons of H20 to some of the world’s richest and thirstiest folks,” Bardach writes.This follows the start of water rationing in February — no new homes, no new swimming pools, and no refilling of existing pools with town water. The town has cut its water consumption by a whopping 48%, but some residents are paying hefty fines for using too much water, and others are bringing in the trucks.There’s one other unconventional solution to lawns that turn brown from a lack of water: hire a painter. As The National Journal reports, business is brisk for lawn painters who apply a coat of paint to make lawns look lush again. The treatment is said to be effective for as long as six months. Old measures still work, but new ideas are being triedWater shortages are affecting the region in many ways. In some areas, drinking water supplies are dangerously low. Farmers are hiring well-drillers to tap new groundwater supplies, prompting alarmed state lawmakers to impose new controls. Air quality is declining in the Los Angeles basin. Water levels in Lake Mead are plummeting, threatening drinking water supplies for Las Vegas and turning marinas into parched prairies.All the conventional water-saving strategies still apply: low-flow shower heads and faucets, hot-water circulation that eliminates the wait for hot water, low-flow or composting toilets, and more efficient appliances. Western communities also are responding by instituting a number of other conservation measures, everything from better water meters to incentives for people who tear out their lawns. Here’s a look at what’s being done. New pricing strategies can lower water useIn the San Francisco Bay Area, an organization known as SPUR (originally the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association) earlier this year listed a number of steps that cut water use, including subsidized home audits, rebates for efficient appliances and plumbing fixtures, landscaping that uses less water, and lawn-removal incentives.Among the programs that SPUR’s report highlighted was tiered water pricing. “The price of water can create a strong incentive to conserve, and pricing water consumption through tiers can be one of the most effective ways to reduce demand,” the report said.In a tiered system, customers pay one rate for an initial amount of water. If they exceed that limit, they pay a higher rate and, depending on the particulars of the system, may run into further rate hikes the more water they use. Tiered rate structures leave decisions of how much water to use in the hands of consumers, but also give them a financial incentive to use less.SPUR said that a similar approach, called water budgeting, assigns a water limit to a household based on such factors as the number of people living in the house or the size of the yard and type of vegetation. If the household goes over its budget, it pays higher rates. Water budgets, however, are complicated, which has limited the number of communities putting them in place.Another policy strategy, SPUR says, is to “decouple” utility sales from overall profits. Under conventional pricing structures, when customers use less water, the utility earns less money, a disincentive to encourage conservation (this is exactly the same situation many electric utilities have found themselves in as more homeowners install photovoltaic (PV) panels on their roofs).With decoupling, however, a private utility is reimbursed for lost revenue if it does not reach sales goals, SPUR says, but must all return excess revenues to its clients if it goes over its goals. This approach, which was first adopted by private California water utilities in 2008, still allows a utility to earn a “modest” profit for investors. Limiting how much water is used for landscapingIn the Coachella Valley, California, region east of Los Angeles, The Desert Sun reports, new housing developments must include drought-tolerant landscaping and irrigation systems that reduce water consumption.Landscaping is a major consumer of water. The Sun reports that overall water use averages 700 gallons per person per day, two thirds of which is used outdoors. Eliminating a single square foot of grass in favor of desert landscaping saves between 50 and 60 gallons of water.KB Home, a Los Angeles-based developer, last year built a house in Lancaster that uses recycled drain water from sinks and showers to water plants outside. The system can save 150,000 gallons of water per year over a more typical home, the newspaper said.As early as 2009, the Coachella Valley Water Efficient Landscape ordinance imposed a number of rules aimed at limiting water use, including guidelines for desert plants, water-saving irrigation systems, and even turf on new golf courses. Officials said the ordinance was 29% more efficient than state rules passed in 2006.A number of cities, including Palm Springs, offer financial assistance to homeowners and homeowner associations to replace grass with drought-tolerant landscaping. In Palm Springs, a total of 52,500 square feet of grass has been removed since 2011, saving roughly 2.9 million gallons of water, The Sun said. Los Angeles has paid homeowners more than $1 million since 2009 to get rid of their lawns, and in Austin, Texas, police are on the lookout for anyone running lawn sprinklers before sunset. The fine is $475.In Las Vegas, where turf replacement programs have been in place for a number of years, the Southern Nevada Water Authority’s Water Smart Landscape Rebate gives customers $1.50 for every square foot of grass that’s replaced with desert landscaping, up to 5,000 square feet per property per year. Better water meters and improved software also helpSPUR’s report details two other approaches that have been used with success in parts of the state. One of them is a device that allows customers to get accurate real-time information on how much water they’re using without expensive plumbing upgrades or meter replacement. The gizmo, called The Barnacle, attaches to an existing water meter. It captures data in 10-second intervals and transmits the data via a cellular network.SPUR said that the device is useful in old buildings where installing new meters would cost too much money. According to the developer, the device has cut water consumption by as much as 26% in pilot studies.A device called Unmeasured-Flow Reducer is designed to measure water flows too small for ordinary meters to detect.Getting better information into the hands of water users is the idea behind software called WaterSmart. Customers get access to reports on consumption as well as recommendations for saving water via a web portal. WaterSmart has been adopted by the East Bay Municipal Utility district and the city of Palo Alto. In California and other parts of the West, a prolonged drought is severely taxing water supplies and prompting state and local governments to push for strict conservation. Water conservation has been a longstanding part of the green-building credo, but until fairly recently was more of an option than a necessity.In February, University of California professor B. Lynn Ingram told The New York Times that the state was on track for having the worst drought in 500 years. Total rainfall in Los Angeles between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2014 was less than 12 inches, the driest such period on record. (Compare that to parts of the East: Portland, Maine, got 6.4 inches of rain in a single day in August, more than fell on Los Angeles in the most recent July-to-June period.)Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in January and urged a drop in water consumption of 20%. The State Water Resources Board set a $500 fine for wasting water.
Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 29:47 — 27.3MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSAnthony is not a tech guy – meaning he’s not the guy to figure out the ways software and technological tools can be used to make sales work better, even though he is an avid user of the tech that exists. With that said, he’s very glad there are people out there who are into the tech and know how to take the deep dive into it in order to make it work better for sales professional. Max Altschuler is that guy. He’s on the show today to talk about sales stacks, the powerful benefits technology can bring to the prospecting and sales process, and how human capital can and should be integrated into the process.Data is the foundation of any successful sales process ~ Max AltschulerClick To TweetWhat is meant by a “sales stack” and is yours high enough quality to help you?When Max Altschuler uses the term “sales stack” he’s referring to the human, software, and tech components that you have in place to organize and utilize the data involved in prospecting, marketing, and sales. That definition infers that you’ve got to have a system in place that has quality data that is both current and useful. On this episode Max walks through the things that make up a great data stack, how he uses it when making sales calls, and what you can do to close the loops in your process to ensure that your data stays up to date.Do you know how to research a prospect before making a connection?Every sales professional knows that you can’t (or shouldn’t) just pick up the phone and call someone you want to make a sale to. You’re much better off in the long run if you do some research to know something about that person, what they do, and why your product or service is the right solution for their needs. Max Altschuler is a pro at sales and knows the sales process backwards and forwards from his work with www.SalesHacker.com – so be sure to listen to this episode to get his own approach to researching a prospect before making the call.How to prepare for a face to face sales call from an expert, on this episode of In The ArenaClick To TweetWhat many companies do wrong when it comes to sales automation.Anthony periodically receives prospecting emails that are generated by an automated system. These emails show that the company sending them knows very little about him and has taken virtually no time understanding what he does or what his needs might be. This is a marketing and sales FAIL in the hugest terms. Companies that think automation is going to cut costs are actually costing themselves more. On this episode Max Altschuler provides his insights into the biggest automation mistakes companies are making when it comes to sales and how they can cut their losses and turn things around.Targeting your prospects from a variety of positions.Both Anthony and his guest today, Max Altschuler agree that sales professionals should not allow themselves to be hindered if they find that “THE” decision maker or ideal contact they are trying to reach is unable to be reached. There are many different ways to make contact with a company that can lead to great results. In his book, Max refers to “Top down” and “Bottom up” approaches and unpacks them on this episode. You need to hear this if you continue to get road blocked in your approaches to a prospective client.You can’t be hindered by missing the appointment with the “perfect” contact. Here’s whyClick To TweetOutline of this great episode Anthony’s introduction to Max Altschuler. What is a “sales stack” and why they can work for you in sales. Ideas of what might be included in a sales stack. What Max does (and builds into his tools) to best research a prospect. What can be done to improve the quality of leads by improving the quality of data? Top down and bottom up targeting. How email marketing often fails from a technology standpoint. The risks involved in using automation. What Max would do to prep for a face to face sales call. An upcoming sales conference Max’s organization is hosting.Our Sponsors:Sales Gravy University – tell Jeb that Anthony sent you.Resources & Links mentioned in this episodewww.SalesHacker.comThe Upcoming Conference mentioned on this episode.Connect with Max on Twitter.Max’s book1508655081The theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. 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Assam Minister Ranjit Dutta, who was in Itanagar to attend a tribal festival, exuded confidence that the decades-old boundary dispute between the two States, both BJP-ruled, can be resolved through “meaningful” dialogue.Permanent solutionAssam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has been initiating measures with his Arunachal counterpart Pema Khandu to hammer out a permanent solution to the border issue, the Assam Irrigation Minister said on Monday in his address at the Nyokum Yullo festival.The festival is celebrated by the Nyishi community of Arunachal Pradesh every year to invoke God’s blessings for good harvest and communal harmony.Clad in Nyishi Bopia (headgear), Mr. Dutta, who attended the festival on behalf of Mr. Sonowal, said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi is serious about the dispute between Northeast States, so is Sonowal. The Chief Minister has already initiated a similar dialogue with his Nagaland counterpart T.R. Zeliang.” Stating that “divisive forces” were trying to “destabilise peace” in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, Mr. Dutta called upon the people of both the States to thwart such attempts.‘Cordial relations’ “Till 1978 both the States (Assam and Arunachal Pradesh) were under one administrative unit of ‘bor Axom’ (Greater Assam). The people of both States since time immemorial have been maintaining cordial relations,” the Minister said.Mr. Dutta called upon the Assamese people staying in Arunachal Pradesh to uphold the age-old relations through cultural exchange programmes.Lauding the Nyishi community for preserving the age-old culture and traditions, Mr. Dutta exhorted the elderly people in the State to pass on the baton of tradition and culture to the younger generations. Nyokum Yullo Celebration Committee chairman Ha Tatu, on his part, said the presence of a Minister from neighbouring Assam will cement the ties between the people of the two States.
Nike Inc, the world’s largest sportswear maker, said it had ended its contract with Manny Pacquiao after the Filipino boxer described gays as “worse than animals”.”We find Manny Pacquiao’s comments abhorrent,” a Nike spokesperson said in an e-mailed statement, adding that the company no longer has a relationship with the boxer.Nike’s decision comes a day after an online petition was launched urging the company to stop Pacquiao endorsing its products. The petition on change.org has garnered more than 3,000 signatures so far.Pacquiao, revered in the Philippines for winning world boxing titles in eight different weight classes during his 20-year career, suddenly fell from grace after a 30-second interview on local television about same-sex marriage, which he opposes.”It’s just common sense. Do you see any animals of the same sex mating? Animals are better off, they can distinguish between male and female,” Pacquiao told TV5 on Monday.”Now if men are mating with men and women with women, then they are worse than animals,” he said.The 37-year old congressman, among those favoured to win a Senate seat at the May elections based on independent pollsters’ surveys, apologised on Tuesday.”I’m sorry for hurting people by comparing homosexuals to animals. Please forgive me for those I’ve hurt,” Pacquiao said in a video message on his Twitter account. He said he remained against same-sex marriage.Same-sex marriage is not allowed in the Philippines, where more than 80 per cent of the 100 million population is Roman Catholic.
Manchester United forward Anthony Martial may be rested for Tuesday’s Premier League trip to West Ham United to avoid aggravating a hamstring injury, manager Louis van Gaal has said.The 20-year-old pulled up while warming up for Saturday’s 1-0 win at Norwich City that closed the gap between fifth-placed United and fourth-placed Manchester City to two points, with Van Gaal’s men having a game in hand over their local rivals.The French international has enjoyed a solid start to his United career since signing from Monaco in September, scoring 15 goals in all competitions, and his absence will be a blow for a side that can ensure a top-four finish if they win their last two games.”If his muscles are still tight I don’t take any risks because he is a very important player. We don’t want a rupture and that is very important for us,” Van Gaal told a news conference.”I cannot say (if Martial will play) because we have to wait.”Van Gaal also urged his side to focus on beating West Ham and ignore the feverish atmosphere at what will be the final game at the Boleyn Ground ahead of the Hammers’ move to the Olympic Stadium next season.”On Tuesday, we have to play against an opponent who says goodbye to the stadium so they don’t want to lose,” the Dutchman added. “It’s not good for us and West Ham United are a very good team.”We don’t want to spoil their party but we need the three points. It is a big night and I think the players shall feel that also.”advertisementUnited end their season at home against Bournemouth on Sunday.
Mumbai City FC paid the price for a late red card in the second half as Atletico de Kolkata (ATK) snatched a draw from the jaws of defeat in an Indian Super League (ISL) encounter at the Mumbai Football Arena here on Tuesday.In tune with the festive mood on Dussehra, the tie was a riveting affair from start to finish. First, the hosts reaped the dividend of a fantastic first half when Matias Defederico (27th) found the back of the net to go into the break with their noses in front.But the visitors were allowed an escape route back into the game when Mumbai City FC midfielder Pronay Halder was sent off with a second yellow card in the 72nd minute. Soon after the Alexandre Guimaraes coached side were reduced to 10-men; Javi Lara scored with a long-ranger to level things for the former champions.The stalemate ended Mumbai’s all-win record in the first two games, but helped them go top of the table with seven points from three outings. ATK on the other hand, moved to the third position after bagging five points from three matches.MARQUEES GIVE IT A MISSBoth sides missed their marquees in Diego Forlan (Mumbai City FC) and Helder Postiga (ATK). Bikramjit Singh was brought back in place of Jewel Raja after the former recovered from his injury. Mumbai benched Anwar Ali in favour of Brazilian Gerson.The hosts looked the likelier of the two sides to take the lead first after a barrage of attacks in the early exchanges forced ATK to drop deep into their own half. At one point, winger Sameehg Doutie was seen virtually playing at right back.advertisementAll the pressure Mumbai applied centred around Defederico who was brilliant throughout the half and was rightly the goalscorer.Aiborlang Khongjee lobbed the ball for Defederico who showed exemplary skills to bring down the ball with a superb first touch and then take on Arnab Mondal to fire past Debjit into the bottom right corner.There was a brief stoppage in play when Tiri clattered into teammate Borja Fernandes and the Spaniard had to be stretchered out, only to be back moments later.After the break, Iain Hume was replaced by Stephen Pearson raising a few eyebrows. Abhinas Ruidas was also drafted in by coach Molina to up the ante in place of the more defensive Bikramjit Singh.Ruidas injected the much-needed pace into ATK’s attacks and trying to contain the flurry of raids Pronay — already on a yellow card — committed a needless foul on Borja drawing the dreaded red card from the referee.Down to 10 men, Mumbai were always against the tide and ATK capitalised on the numerical advantage with the match on its last legs.Lara cut in from the left to let loose a rasping long-ranger that took a deflection off substitute Jackichand Singh to bulge the net.
Axiomtek announce its GOT315WL-845, a rugged 15.6″ industrial multi-touch panel PC aimed at diverse industrial and retail applications. The new 15.6″ fanless multi-touch panel computer is equipped with the latest low power quad-core Intel Pentium processor N3710. This touch panel PC has a 15.6″ WXGA TFT widescreen LCD display with a projected capacitive touchscreen and 400 nits brightness. It is capable of displaying contents in HD resolution (1366 x 768), making it perfect for human machine interface, infotainment and self-service kiosk. With projected capacitive multi-touch screen, users can directly and easily operate the device. The 15.6″ WXGA touch panel PC adopts an IP65-rated front bezel and an IPX1 compliant chassis for protection from water and dust ingress. Moreover, its surface hardness of 7H offers superior resistance to scratches and abrasion.The storage interfaces include one 2.5″ SATA HDD and one mSATA. Additionally, the GOT315WL-845 provides various I/O connectors including one RS-232 port , one RS-232/422/485 port, two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, one HDMI output port, one audio port (Line-out) and two Gigabit LAN ports. Other features include built-in speakers and an easily accessible external AT/ATX mode switch. The 15.6-inch panel system also provides two PCI Express Mini Card slots and optional WALN antennas for wireless network connectivity. By simply plugging in the wireless LAN card, users can operate the rugged panel unit to transfer data into wireless LAN/GPRS/GPS/4G environments. The touch panel PC can be mounted on a panel mount, VESA mount, desktop stand or wall mount. With all of these features, the new GOT315WL-845 ideally provides application-specific solutions for harsh industrial operations and extreme field environments.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Qorvo certified for Zigbee Green Power v1.1 multi-sensor and generic switch extensionNext Acceed: mobile video controller for 8 PoE cameras
ON Semiconductor will be exhibiting its newly-launched Strata Developer Studio design support tool at the Embedded World. Alongside this will be a number of on-booth technology demonstrations centered on the company’s solutions for the Internet of Things targeting building automation, smart homes, consumer, and Industry 4.0. Advanced imaging sensing for next generation automotive applications and machine vision will also be on show to provide visitors with an interactive view of ON Semiconductor’s technologies and system solutions.The Strata Developer Studio, complete with newly added power systems, will be demonstrated on the booth during the show along with its diverse range of low-power solutions for enabling the IoT, from battery-free sensor nodes to vision systems. The company’s RF and power management technologies provide manufacturers with the ability to power advanced IoT designs with energy harvested from photons or movement, making battery-free IoT nodes a reality. An exciting demonstration will showcase how battery-free IoT sensor nodes are becoming a reality with energy harvesting.Audio is becoming increasingly important within IoT, enabling new functionalities from voice commands to high fidelity music within edge devices. ON Semiconductor’s highly integrated and ultra-low-power LC823450 audio processor can be used in a number of applications including speech-controlled building management systems, smart home automation, and audio streaming.The PoE-based smart lighting demonstration will showcase ON Semiconductor’s family of PoE devices which are fully-compliant with the new IEE 802.3bt industry standard. Providing support for higher-power applications up to 100 W, the PoE devices will help manufacturers enable active lighting concepts including localisation and higher colour rendering indexes.Combining low-power environmental sensors and Bluetooth 5 technology provided by the RSL10 System in Package, the RSL10 Sensor Development Kit will demonstrate how service-provider companies can employ smart technology to monitor worker safety. Also on display will be automotive image sensors for ADAS and Autonomous Driving. Showcasing high dynamic range and best-in-class low-light performance, the company’s image sensors are available in scalable, automotive-qualified platforms. For embedded machine vision applications, the latest global shutter technology highlighting low power capabilities and unique scene event detection will be on display.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous TDK showcases its product highlights for embedded technologiesNext Express Logic: GUIX certified to SIL 4, ASIL D, and medical class C for safety-critical IoT systems
2018 has almost come to an end, which means it’s time for us to look back at some of the best phones launched this year. Now when we think of best, we think of phones like the Pixel 3, the iPhone XS, the iPhone XR, the Galaxy Note 9, the OnePlus 6T and so on a so forth. If you are keeping a tab on tech sites you must have seen the best smartphones of 2018 lists all over them and these lists are full of super expensive (and also technically brilliant) phones. But ask yourself this: how many people does a phone like the iPhone XS with its price of Rs 99,900 or a phone like the Pixel 3 XL with a price of Rs 83,000 serve in India? Not many you will say. This is why the phone of the year for me is the humble Xiaomi Mi A2.It doesn’t matter how good is the phone. What matters is how many people it has delighted, for how many people it has turned out to be useful. And it is in this context I call the Mi A2 a phone that made some impact in 2018 in India. It delighted and helped more people than a phone like the iPhone XS or the Galaxy Note 9.You see, while the focus throughout the year was on some of the flagship models that offered new technology to the market, the budget segments is where the revolution really happened. Within a year, we saw the edge-to-edge notch display becoming a norm for phones priced even under Rs 10,000. Smart computational photography has also become a need for consumers in this segment. The demand for fast performance clubbed with long-lasting battery life led smartphone manufacturers to burn the midnight oil and come up with compelling options without demanding eye-watering prices.advertisement There was a time when you had to shell a fortune to get the best smartphone user experience. However, the points of differentiation between a flagship phone and one of its more affordable kin have boiled down to just the level of performance and cameras. The Xiaomi Mi A2 is a perfect example of this fact.When I first used the Mi A2, I felt that Xiaomi had lost the plot of its Android One series of smartphones. The Mi A1 offered almost everything in the right measure with the goodness of a stock Android interface. With the Mi A2, Xiaomi ditched the highly useful 3.5mm headphone jack and avoided shoving in a bigger battery. On paper, it seemed like the Mi A2 was a disaster, especially when the competition was offering competent offerings with higher specs as well as numbers in some regards.However, as I kept using the phone for a few days, the Mi A2 gradually started to make sense. Being a tech journalist, I rely on my phones for staying connected to the world every millisecond of the day. The phones I use keep throwing notifications from news websites, Twitter channels, YouTube channels and other sources of information. And as they keep coming, I tap on every single one of them to go through the content.It doesn’t matter how good is the phone. What matters is how many people it has delighted, for how many people it has turned out to be useful. And it is in this context I call the Mi A2 a phone that made some impact in 2018 in India.Alongside that, I also need my phone for clicking photos at press events. The camera needs to cope up well with diverse lighting conditions while having a very low failure rate. I also use my phone to write reports on-spot while communicating with the workplace. And when the time comes to settle for the day, I pick up my phone for a brief session of PUBG MOBILE or F1 Mobile Racing. And I expect that the phone doesn’t die in-between my bust workflow.The Mi A2 is able to cope up with all that with absolute ease. I picked up the phone before the day and it kept going on until I retired. Whenever I needed the phone, it was there, ready to accept all my commands. The stock Android Oreo OS at the time of my usage was a great relief after coming from another phone with a heavily customised UI. All the apps were readily available for use and they launched with almost no lag. Animations were fluid and the whole phone felt comparable to a flagship Pixel 2 or the OnePlus 6 in terms of effortless usability. If a phone keeps working without lags for days, it never irritates the user and is a sign of good software optimization.advertisement Part of that fluid performance also has to do with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset. The Snapdragon 660 is now considered to be a standard offering under Rs 20,000, but earlier this year, the Mi A2 was responsible for bringing the premium chip to the affordable segments. The Snapdragon 660 with the Adreno 512 GPU makes for smooth gaming performance. The chip also manages power efficiently, which is required on a phone that sports a rather average 3000mAh battery.While the 3000mAh battery seems inadequate at first glance, it begins to make sense when it’s paired with a clean and power efficient stock Android OS. The battery easily lasts for a day even when I used it heavily. The addition of Quick Charge 4.0 to the recipe makes it a perfect choice for those who prefer to keep the battery topped up even when sitting by a socket for 15 minutes. I am told that the new Android 9 Pie update has improved the battery life considerably, which is a win-win situation for Mi A2 users.However, for most people, a phone is a statement of their persona. Xiaomi pays special attention to the build quality on their devices and with the Mi A2, they took it up by several notches. The smooth and curvy metal body with a matte finish imparts a luxurious feel. It’s a finish that I didn’t mind flaunting at times in front of the new iPhones and Samsung Galaxys. Surely, glass looks better at times. But the understated elegance that a metal bodies phone provides is unmatched. And if I drop, I know that I won’t have to shed tears over a cracked rear panel.The front has the fairly modern 18:9 display with thick forehead and chin. While the notched display maybe trendy for some, the “un-notched” narrow-bezel display looks classy and offers a uniform viewing experience with no hindrance. The display is also fairly good in terms of colour reproduction and contrast. Although, other phones at this price offer better displays.This is not meant to indicate that the Mi A2 is flawless. I certainly wished that Xiaomi had considered retaining the 3.5mm headphone jack and opted for a slightly better screen as well as a bigger battery.However, what impressed me most in the Mi A2 is the camera setup. The 12-megapixel + 20-megapixel dual rear cameras are extremely capable in terms of hardware. I took out the Mi A2 in various lighting conditions and for most parts, it never disappointed. Xiaomi’s software enhancements made sure that most of the casual photos I took were Instagram-ready. I am not a fan of selfies but the 20-megapixel front camera did deliver exceptionally well, especially with the software assisted portrait mode.Is this coming from a Xiaomi fanboy?Definitely not!My job allows me to witness some of the finest smartphones to come out every year. Every single week, I keep on switching to a new smartphone that comes in for review, with most of them being flagship-grade smartphones. So, no it is not coming from a Xiaomi fanboy.advertisementI rate the Mi A2 so high because it brings impeccable smartphone experience within reach for a huge number of consumers in India. It’s good enough for what most of us need from a smartphone. As I stated, you pick it up and it will work as intended 90 per cent of the times. Those are great odds. It becomes more impressive when you consider that it sells for Rs 15,999, which is a quarter of what you pay for a Google Pixel 3. This is not meant to indicate that the Mi A2 is flawless. I certainly wished that Xiaomi had considered retaining the 3.5mm headphone jack and opted for a slightly better screen as well as a bigger battery. However, the positives overcome the drawbacks here and I felt more satisfied in carrying a phone with me that offers a smartphone experience that I desire for a price that doesn’t beg me to reconsider my budget plans for the year. In my opinion, the Xiaomi Mi A2 is the best smartphone most Indian consumers can buy in 2018 and I expect to see a worthy successor next year.ALSO READ | Mi A2 is the first Android One phone from Xiaomi to get Android 9 Pie’s sweetness, global rollout begins todayALSO READ | Poco F1 Android 9 Pie update now rolling out, but some Pie features are missingALSO READ | Xiaomi Mi A2 review: Two steps forward, two steps back
Tottenham Hotspur gained a slender advantage in their League Cup semi-final against London rivals Chelsea as Harry Kane’s penalty earned them a gritty 1-0 first-leg win at Wembley on Tuesday.Kane’s 26th-minute spot kick, his 160th goal for the club, was awarded after a lengthy, but correct, VAR decision and means Tottenham remain on course to claim their first silverware since winning the League Cup against Chelsea in 2008.They still have a long way to go, however, and Chelsea will feel confident going into the second leg at Stamford Bridge on Jan. 24 having outplayed their hosts at times.Maurizio Sarri’s side were twice denied by the woodwork and they dominated the second half as Tottenham dug deep.Tottenham have now won three consecutive matches against Chelsea for the first time since a run of five between 1961 and 1963, but unlike when they outclassed the Blues in November, winning 3-1 in the Premier League, this was a night for hard graft.Mauricio Pochettino’s side began brightly and had a shout for a penalty in the opening minutes when Dele Alli played a magnificent pass through to Son Heung-min who appeared to be knocked off balance by Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen.Kane then tested keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga with an acrobatic overhead volley.VAR, used in various FA Cup ties at the weekend and most probably in the Premier League next season, has had a mixed reception but the technology proved correct on Tuesday to give Tottenham the edge ahead of the second leg.advertisementThere appeared little doubt that Kane was taken out by Arrizabalaga as he rounded the Spanish keeper but referee Michael Oliver initially did not award a penalty as he checked, firstly whether Kane had been onside in the build-up, and then whether indeed there had been contact.’CLEAR PENALTY’Eventually Oliver pointed to the spot and produced a yellow card, rather than a red, for Arrizabalaga and Kane drilled his spot kick low into the corner to score for the sixth successive match in all competitions and move above Cliff Jones into fourth spot on Tottenham’s all-time goalscorers’ list.”I played to the whistle and nicked it round the keeper, it was a clear penalty. VAR is there for a reason and they got it right,” Kane said.”Chelsea had a point to prove, they didn’t play well last time they were here. It was important we won the game going into the second leg.”After going behind Chelsea began to push Tottenham back with youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi a lively presence in midfield and Eden Hazard a constant threat.N’Golo Kante touched Marcos Alonso’s cross against the post and seconds before the interval Hudson-Odoi’s cross looked as though it might loop over Paulo Gazzaniga before Tottenham’s Argentine keeper clawed it onto the woodwork.Tottenham were made to suffer after the interval with Chelsea enjoying almost complete control.Hazard and Kane both forced Gazzaniga into sharp saves while Christensen wasted Chelsea’s best chance when he volleyed tamely wide with the goal at his mercy.”We played with a very good level of application, with determination and with soul,” Sarri told reporters. “It won’t be easy to win at Stamford Bridge but if we are able to play at the same level as today I think we can do it.”Holders Manchester City face Burton Albion in the first leg of their semi-final on Wednesday.Also Watch:
Premier League Premier League Team of the Week: De Bruyne, Coutinho & Ozil pull the strings Goal 05:00 12/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Premier League Swansea City Everton Leicester City Manchester United AFC Bournemouth Newcastle United Southampton Manchester City West Ham United Arsenal Brighton & Hove Albion Tottenham Hotspur Liverpool West Bromwich Albion The Man City midfielder looked unstoppable against Spurs, much as he has against the majority of other opponents he has faced this season MAT RYAN | BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBIONBrighton goalie Ryan saved all six of Burnley’s shots on target in maintaining a clean sheet for the Seagulls in a 0-0 draw at the Amex Stadium.ALLAN NYOM | WEST BROMWICH ALBION Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Nyom completed 89% of his passes against Manchester United, while also making four tackles – both were team highs for the Baggies.JAMES TOMKINS | CRYSTAL PALACEThe Crystal Palace defender made six clearances and four interceptions in his side’s win 3-0 win at Leicester.JAMES COLLINS | WEST HAM UNITEDCollins made 18 clearances in West Ham’s win at Stoke, at least twice as many as any of his team-mates.JEFFREY SCHLUPP | CRYSTAL PALACESchlupp won 71% of his duels against Leicester (14 contested); the best percentage of any outfield player for the Eagles. KEVIN DE BRUYNE | MANCHESTER CITYDe Bruyne made more key passes (6) and tackles (6) than any other Manchester City player against Spurs. AARON MOOY | HUDDERSFIELD TOWNMooy scored twice from two shots on target at Watford, as well as making more touches than any other Huddersfield player (65).RAHEEM STERLING | MANCHESTER CITYSterling netted a brace from his three shots on target against Spurs, while he also made three key passes in the game.MESUT OZIL | ARSENALOzil scored the game’s only goal against Newcastle at the Emirates, in addition to making eight key passes; at least twice as many as any other Arsenal player.PHILIPPE COUTINHO | LIVERPOOLCoutinho opened the scoring and assisted Roberto Firmino for the last of Liverpool’s four goals at Bournemouth.WILFRIED ZAHA | CRYSTAL PALACEZaha made three key passes and scored Palace’s second in their 3-0 win at the King Power Stadium. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Share on LinkedIn Lyon Nabil Fekir’s proposed £53m move to Liverpool has been put on hold due to concerns over the France international’s fitness.Liverpool had hoped to announce the 24-year-old’s signing on Friday afternoon having reached agreement with Lyon over the terms of his transfer on Thursday, contrary to a strongly-worded denial by the French club.The deal was so far advanced that Fekir had not only undergone a Liverpool medical in Paris and agreed personal terms on a five-year contract but conducted an introductory interview with LFCTV, the club’s in-house television channel. There would be greater consequences for Klopp’s summer transfer strategy should the issue remain unresolved. Liverpool’s manager views Fekir as a replacement for Philippe Coutinho and a perfect fit for a squad already strengthened by the acquisitions of the midfielders Fabinho and Naby Keita this summer. The club has also registered an interest in Xherdan Shaqiri, available for a release clause of between £12m-£13.5m following Stoke City’s relegation from the Premier League.Lyon issued a statement on Friday morning denying Fekir was on the brink of moving to Merseyside. “Olympique Lyonnais categorically denies the false information disseminated by many media about the transfer of Nabil Fekir to Liverpool,” it read. “In this period of transfers where the slightest rumour is often presented as a reality, Olympique Lyonnais reminds that only the information disseminated by the club on its website is authentic.”The statement, however, followed a breakthrough in negotiations between Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards and Lyon officials and an agreement that Fekir would cost an initial 55m euros plus 5m euros in bonuses.Meanwhile Emre Can will leave Liverpool when his contract expires this summer. The 24-year-old moved to Anfield from Bayer Leverkusen in July 2014 for £10m and is expected to move to Juventus.Jon Flanagan, who spent the end of last season on loan at Bolton, is also leaving Anfield. The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email Reuse this content Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Transfer window 2018 – every summer deal from Europe’s top five leagues news Liverpool Share on Twitter Share via Email Read more Share on Messenger An issue with the Lyon captain’s fitness, however, delayed the announcement and placed the transfer in doubt. The attacking midfielder, a key transfer target for Jürgen Klopp this summer, ruptured a cruciate ligament in September 2015 that caused him to miss the majority of the 2015-16 campaign. He also missed several weeks of last season with a knee problem.The delay threatens Liverpool’s plans to secure their second major signing of the summer – and the second most expensive transfer in their history – before the World Cup. France play their final warm-up game against the United States in Lyon on Saturday and the manager Didier Deschamps wants all transfer business settled before the squad flies to Russia. Topics Transfer window
The police had yesterday arrested a suspect and also found 50 kilos of explosives believed to have been stolen from the Uma Oya project site Among those arrested are the store’s manager, the assistant stores manager and another person. They had stolen the explosives and transported it to a bus using a three-wheeler. The police Terrorist Investigations Division (TID) is to investigate the recovery of explosives in Ella, police sources said today.The police said that they have also arrested three others in relation to the incident after earlier arresting one person. The explosives were being transported to Weeraketiya and the TID is investigating the motive behind the attempt to take the explosives to Weeraketiya. (Colombo Gazette)
Assembly President Sheikha Haya Al Khalifa of Bahrain consulted with the chairpersons of the 192-member body’s regional groups yesterday on the date for the appointment of Mr. Ban, a seasoned diplomat with lengthy UN experience who was chosen by acclamation by the 15-member Security Council on Monday as its nominee for post. Mr. Ban, who earlier in his diplomatic career served in his country’s mission to the UN and in 2001 was Chef de Cabinet to the then Assembly President, Han Seung-soo of the Republic of Korea, was meeting with Mr. Annan at UN Headquarters in New York later today.The last four Secretaries-General were appointed by the Assembly through a resolution adopted by consensus. A vote will take place only if a Member State requests it and a simple majority of those voting would be required for the Assembly to adopt the resolution. But the Assembly could decide that the decision requires a two-thirds majority. If a vote is taken, it will be by secret ballot.If appointed, Mr. Ban will assume office for a five-year term on 1 January.
by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 29, 2016 10:18 am MDT Last Updated Dec 29, 2016 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VICTORIA – A mining company in northeastern British Columbia has started hiring as it prepares to reopen the Wolverine Mine on Monday.Conuma Coal Resources Ltd. says the reopening of the mine 15 kilometres west of Tumbler Ridge is expected to create 220 jobs.That’s in addition to 170 jobs that were created when Conuma Coal restarted the nearby Brule Mine in September, just months after purchasing both properties and a third coal mine in northwestern B.C. from Walter Canada.The Ministry of Energy and Mines says Conuma expects to have the Wolverine Mine operating at full production levels by April, exporting 1.5 million tonnes of metallurgical coal annually.Skidding coal prices forced Walter Canada to shut down its Tumbler Ridge-area mines in 2014, barely three years after acquiring them.Tumbler Ridge Mayor Don McPherson said the mine’s reopening is welcome after hard times for the community.“The opening of the Wolverine Mine by Conuma Coal is the best Christmas present Tumbler Ridge could have asked for,” McPherson said in a news release. “We have had a tough three years, and this will put people back to work and improve our economic outlook.” Second coal mine to reopen in northeastern B.C., raising hopes in Tumbler Ridge
Demand for commercial vehicles rose in 2015, according to the latest registration figures from the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA). Registrations of new CVs were up 12.4% on 2014, making 2015 the third consecutive year of CV market growth.The year finished strongly, with December registrations rising by 14.8%. All five major markets performed better in 2015, with the strongest growth registered in Spain (+36.4%), Italy (+13.2%) and the UK (+16.7%). Growth reached double digits across all segments, with the biggest increase in Heavy Commercial Vehicles (+19.4%).Light commercial vehicles recorded their 28th consecutive month of growth, as December registrations rose 13.5% compared to the previous year, with an 11.6% increase for the full year compared to 2014.Heavy commercial vehicles (over 16 tonnes) also saw a significant increase in year-on-year registrations, largely driven by the strong UK market, which was up 97.1% compared with December 2014. UK HCV registrations reached 35,783 in 2015.Medium-heavy commercial vehicles (3.5 to 16 tonnes) were up 23.7% for December’s year-on-year result, also driven by a very strong UK market. Full-year growth for the segment was 16.2%.Meanwhile, medium-heavy buses and coaches recorded solid growth of 11.1% in December and 17.8% across the whole year. The greatest growth rate was in Romania, which experienced a 101% increase in registrations – though from a relatively small base. Segment growth was primarily driven by market-beating registrations in Spain, the UK and France.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
They are joined by Benjamina Ebuehi, a teaching assistant, Candice Brown, a PE teacher, and Kate Barmby, a nurse.In the BBC’s blue corner are Michael Georgiou, a 20-year-old politics student, Rav Bansal, a 28-year-old member of support staff at City University, and Selasi Gbormittah, who works in finance. While the colour of the icing had been changed to different, lurid shades, the poses of the contestants remained the same as in the original shots, with fans suggesting it had been “photoshopped”. While the colour of the icing has been changed to different, lurid shades, the poses of the contestants seems to remain the same as in the original shots. Fans immediately spotted the difference, taking to Twitter to protest at the “nonsense” presentation of the 2016 contestants. They will be joined by Andrew Smyth, 25, who works for Rolls Royce, 67-year-old pastor Lee Banfield, and Tom Gilliford, a 26-year-old project engagement manager for the Royal Society of Arts. The programme is due to be broadcast at 8pm on BBC One, on August 24. Another asked: “If there’s any show that just blythely ignores gender stereotypes it’s Bake Off so why the different icing?”Tim Farron, leader of the Lib Dems, said: “Looking forward to catching #GBBO but I hope the pink icing for girls, blue icing for boys is dropped.”The BBC later appeared to have a change of heart, hastily tweeting out a new picture of the contestants with multicoloured icing. I thought #GBBO was one programme where the shape of your genitals was irrelevant. I was wrong https://t.co/2SLye1iAcb— Samuel West (@exitthelemming) August 16, 2016 BBC One later tweeted out this image, with the icing colours changedCredit:BBC Among those appearing to defend the pictures was Louise Williams, one of the show’s 2016 contestants, who retweeted a message from a fan saying: “People complaining about what colour icing the men and women have on the #GBBOpictures need to get a serious, serious grip…Morons.” The BBC has been accused of sexism over the colour of icing given to men and women on the Great British Bake Off.The baking show has incurred the wrath of viewers, who accused it of using “gendered” colours unnecessarily.Publicity photographs for this year’s Bake Off contestants showed women wielding mixing bowls and spoons with pink icing, while men had blue. The scandal is something of a record for the Great British Bake Off, which is no stranger to controversy but usually waits until the series begins before raising eyebrows.But this year, they faced their first criticism within hours of the contestants being announced.Previous scandals include the so-called “Baked Alaska-gate”, in 2014’s series five, when contestant Diane Beard was filmed taking a rival’s dessert out of a freezer.The BBC received more than 500 complaints about the outcome of the episode, which saw Iain Watters eliminated after presenting the judges with a melted Baked Alaska in a bin. The 2016 GBBO contestantsCredit:Mark Bourdillon Hey #GBBO what’s with the gender stereotype icing colour poses? Pink for girls, blue for boys? Stupid. https://t.co/qq3GuaWhLY #DarkAges— Marc Godfrey (@AnimatorMarc) August 16, 2016 In series four, Howard Middleton saw his custard accidentally pinched by a mortified Deborah Manger, who used it on her own trifle.The BBC did not wish to comment on allegations of sexism regarding its icing.Nor has it shied away from its various controversies over the years, with BBC Store adding eight key episodes of the Bake Off to a new online collection entitled The Great British Bake Off: Memorable Moments. Men, like Andrew, brandished blueCredit: Mark Bourdillon One disappointed fan said: “Was ridiculously excited. Saw the blue icing for men & pink for women. Now just a little bit irritated.” Rav has blue, which appears to be for boysCredit:Mark Bourdillon Women like Jane were photographed with pink icingCredit:Mark Bourdillon Gendered icing, apparently coming to this year’s @BritishBakeOff 😡 #GBBO2016 (HT @HeyRowanEllis) pic.twitter.com/TO0HZwSJks— Man vs Pink (@ManVsPink) August 16, 2016 Williams was one of the 12 contestants introduced by the BBC yesterday: six men and six woman who will battle for the coveted winner’s cake stand.Those photographed with pink icing include Val Stones, a 66-year-old semi-retired headteacher, and Jane Beedle, a 61-year-old garden designer. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Candice gets pink icingCredit:Mark Bourdillon People complaining about what colour icing the men and women have on the #GBBO pictures need to get a serious, serious grip…Morons— James Martin (@youngJimMartin) August 16, 2016 I love you @BritishBakeOff, but what’s up with your pink icing for ladies/blue for men nonsense in the promo shots?! #Grrr #GBBO— Cazzle (@skippity_doo) August 16, 2016
He has long cast himself as the black sheep of the family, but it seems Prince Charles may soon be dubbed the Prince of Wools after ambitious plans to turn Sandringham into one of the country’s leading organic sheep farms were revealed to the Telegraph. There are currently around 3,000 sheep roaming the 20,000 acre estate where the royals spend Christmas every year but the future king plans to increase that number to as many… Sources close to the heir to the throne, who has taken over management of the Queen’s private estate in Norfolk from the Duke of Edinburgh, say he is planning to increase the sheep population of Sandringham by five-fold in a bid to boost the farm’s profitability post-Brexit.
HudBay Minerals has been named Manitoba’s 2008 Outstanding Large Business by the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce (MCC). Allen J. Palmiere, HudBay’s Chief Executive Officer, received the award on behalf of the company during the inaugural Annual Manitoba Business Awards ceremony, hosted by the MCC on October 29, 2008. The company is Canada’s third largest producer of zinc and copper metal, and the third largest producer in North America of zinc oxide.Palmiere: “Receiving the Outstanding Large Business award is a significant honour for HudBay. The award is a proud achievement for all of us at HudBay, and a remarkable highlight of this, our 80th Anniversary year, particularly as we pursue our commitment to build on our strengths and grow our business.”The Outstanding Large Business Award is presented to large companies with over 200 employees, and this year recognised HudBay for its significant contribution to employment in Manitoba, its strong social commitment, and its impressive growth record.“HudBay’s key commitments to economic, environmental and social responsibility are business principles that have helped us move forward,” added Palmiere. “We value the strength and commitment of Manitobans who helped grow HudBay from a relatively small company into a major company.”HudBay employs 1,972 people throughout North America, over 1,600 of which are based in Manitoba. HudBay’s production subsidiaries are certified to both OHSAS health and safety and ISO environmental standards.
The Danish Aalborg handball celebrated the first win in the season of EHF Champions League against RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko 32:30 (15:13). Amazing role had Slovenian right back Ziga Mlakar with 14 goals, but he couldn’t help his team to avoid second defeat after starting one against Telekom Veszprem at home.Aalborg Handbold : RK Celje Pivovarna Laško 32:30 (15:13)Aalborg: Pedersen 4 saves, Aggefors 5 saves; Smarason 2, Larsen P.W. 8, Barthold 1, Larsen M., Hessellund, Hald Jensen 1, Jensen M.S. 2, Jensen A.H. 3/1, Ellebaek 4, Jotić, Atlason, Pedersen 6, Antonsen, Juul-Lassen 5/1; RK Celje Pivovarna Laško: Lesjak 11/1 saves, Panjtar; Vujović, Jurečič, Malus, Razgor, Suholežnik 1, Marguč 4/2, Mitrović 3, Kodrin 4, Makuc, Anić, Dujshebaev, Mačkovšek 3, Mlakar 14, Bećiri 1; photo: RK Celje PL ← Previous Story EHF CL derby: Kiel’s disaster in Kielce! Next Story → DKB Bundesliga: Leipzig beat Hannover, only Fuchse Berlin undefeated!