10 months agoBournemouth boss Howe: No transfer decisions set in stone

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth boss Howe: No transfer decisions set in stoneby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe admits he needs to consider where his squad needs to be strengthened ahead of the market opening next month.Simon Francis is out for the season with a knee injury.Asked whether his captain’s setback would impact on his thinking ahead of the upcoming transfer window, Howe replied: “I’d be lying if I said it hasn’t and I have had those conversations but we will wait and see what happens.“Nothing has been decided we have made no moves in the market at all at the moment. I think it’s a case of still seeing what options we have available to us.“It would be foolish of me to make that promise and pledge but we are looking at what we can do.” last_img read more

Ticket Prices For Saturday’s Georgia-Notre Dame Game Are Insane

first_imgA general view of Georgia's football stadium.ATHENS, GA – NOVEMBER 24: A general view of Sanford Stadium during the game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on November 24, 2018 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Saturday’s Georgia-Notre Dame game is one of the biggest non-conference matchups in recent memory. People have had this game circled on their calendar a year or more, and the interest has driven ticket prices through the roof.According to Forbes via 247Sports, the average ticket price for the game is currently $611. But if the number climbs just a little bit higher, it could break the record for highest-average price to a college game.However, that mark is currently held by the 2017 regular season game between Georgia and Notre Dame in South Bend. Tickets to that game went for $619 per seat on Vivid Seats.Ticket prices to see Notre Dame face Georgia at Sanford Stadium may set a new record: https://t.co/GKwQemBrSS pic.twitter.com/BhCve5CxNk— 247Sports (@247Sports) September 19, 2019 The Bulldogs and the Irish are a combined 5-0, and ranked No. 3 and No. 7 respectively. It is the second matchup between two top 10 teams so far this season.But despite how close they are in the rankings, there’s a clear favorite in this game.As of writing, Georgia is a 14-point favorite as the home team.Nevertheless, it is still expected to be a very exciting matchup, and the game is going to break at least one record.Sanford Stadium’s attendance record will be broken when Georgia opens up 500 additional temporary seats to meet demand.Saturday’s game will be played at 8:00 p.m. EST on CBS.last_img read more

How to Survive a Bear Attack: Brown Bears, Black Bears, Polar Bears, Oh My

first_imgBlack Bear Characteristics Body shapeBlack bears are typically smaller and more slender than Grizzlies. Filson’s New Collection Honors Smokey Bear and the U.S. Fire Service ColorWhite Bear attacks are not necessarily a ubiquitous occurrence in the wild, but they do happen. Though there are a number of factors that lead to such events, Mother Nature Network points out that the increased number of human-bear conflicts can be linked to environmental degradation, such as habitat loss, increasing populations, food shortages, and climate change.The best way for you to survive a bear attack is to avoid one entirely. When exploring, take extra steps to guard your food against curious animals and protect yourself at your most vulnerable.Nonetheless, in the event you’re forced into an encounter with bear, you’ll want to be prepared. I Here’s a rundown on how to survive a bear attack — including specific tips for grizzly bears, black bears, and polar bears.Brown BearsAKA Grizzly Bears Average height 6 feet Many reading this may never come into contact with a polar bear, but if you ever plan to take a trip up north into the tundra, you better go prepared. Not only are polar bears the largest bear species in the world, they’re carnivorous creatures that tend to view humans as prey because of minimal interactions. Just take a look at this documentary series.Nonetheless, learning how to survive a bear attack from the largest land carnivore on Earth will surely help if you ever find yourself with cold feet:Bear pepper spray: The best way to survive a bear attack from a polar bear is to not have one in the first place. Your chances of scaring a polar bear away on pure intimidation and pride are slim to none. Though, like with other bear species, bear spray is your best weapon. Parks Canada offers some great tips on how to avoid such an incident.Fight like Jon Snow: With help from the Lord of Light, Jon Snow fought like a literal god in the “Battle of the Bastards” episode of Game of Thrones. You’ll need the same amount of luck and guidance as he did when trying to battle a polar bear. If you’re forced to fight back, aim to injure sensitive areas such as their eyes and nose, while staying away from their massive, deadly claws.Unfortunately, you can’t just play dead or be aggressive and expect a polar bear to run away. You’ll have to endure the elements and hope for the best. If you’re afraid you may run into a fight with a polar bear, think about bringing a few weapons to protect yourself.(Note: The Manual does not condone hurting animals in the wild. Always do what you can to avoid such attacks in order to preserve your own life, as well as the lives of animals in the wild.)How to Survive a Mountain Lion AttackBonus LessonWe’re going to give you a short overview on what to do if you run into a cougar. Cougars — also known as mountain lions, pumas, etc. — have long, sharp claws and can run at speeds of up to 50 mph. You can find them as far north as Canada and as far south as Patagonia, make the cougar a true, transcontinental American species.According to the Mountain Lion Foundation, cougars tend to hunt their main prey at dusk or dawn. Though this is the best time for some cool weather hiking, it’s also the most common time you may come into contact with a cougar. So, plan accordingly:Be aggressive: Cougars, unlike bears, are on four legs and lower to the ground, so the bigger, louder, and more aggressive you seem, the less likely the cougar will attack. Wave your arms in the air and yell loudly to show that you may be a threat to the animal, rather than prey.Again, do not run: All cats have an instinct to chase when something starts to run away from it. Do whatever you can to make the cat feel frightened or threatened, so they run the other direction. And of course, don’t go chasing them.There you have it. If you encounter any of the above animals, keep your cool, remember these tips, and stay alive.Article originally published August 9, 2017. Polar Bear Characteristics Average height 6.5 feet LocationMost brown bear populations now reside in parts of Europe, Russia, Asia, Canada, Alaska, and into portions of the Northwest United States (Washington, Idaho, Montana). Brown Bear Characteristics ColorThough they’re called “black bears,” these guys can exhibit a variety of colors from black to light blonde. Editors’ Recommendations The Best American Liqueur ColorMedium-to-dark brown Brown bears are the most widespread species of bear in the world in terms of continental reach. They’re also typically bigger and more aggressive than black bears, meaning a date with a brown bear is one in which you will absolutely want to be prepared for.Most bear attacks occur during grizzly-human interactions and usually involve a mother bear protecting her cubs. Though food conditioning and surprise can also startle a brown bear into aggressiveness, they’re notorious for being fierce protectors. Brown bear attacks tend to be at their highest between the months of May and June, when mother’s are raising their young after a long hibernation.Here’s what to do if you come in contact with a brown bear:Use bear pepper spray: Experts recommend that hikers in bear country bring along bear pepper spray — and have it handy. UDAP bear pepper spray is a highly concentrated spray that can stop a bear in its tracks better than a gun.Do not run: I repeat — if you meet a grizzly bear, make sure to stand your ground, stay calm, and slowly reach for your bear spray. The last thing you want to do is run, because the bear will catch you. If he or she stands tall in curiosity, move away slowly with your spray in your hand. If the bear continues to follow you, continue to stand your ground and use your spray if necessary. (The best distance to spray at an attacking bear is 40-50 ft.)Tuck and cover: If the bear starts to charge, its best to fall down into a fetal position, while protecting your head, neck, and stomach.Play dead: If the brown bear continues to charge at you, play dead. Grizzlies attack when they feel surprised or threatened, so they tend to stop attacking when there’s no longer a threat. However, don’t just get up and run away once the bear leaves. Brown bears are ferocious beasts that won’t quit until they’re 100 percent sure that threat is gone.Black Bears LocationPolar bears can be found in the Arctic Circle and as far south as northern Russia, Canada, and Alaska. Average height Polar bears are massive — males can be anywhere between 7 feet to over 10 feet tall. LocationBlack bears are found across all of Canada and 41 of the 50 United States. Body shapeLook for a hump of muscles in its upper back, a trademark of brown bears. How to Make Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Staple Dish Everyone Needs to Know How to Hang a Bear Bag, Including You The Best American Gin Black bears have a great sense for smelling and hearing, which make them very curious creatures. Though their curiosity may spark encounters, black bear attacks are very rare because they tend to be less aggressive than brown bears. However, with human encroachment on bear habitats, black bear attacks are not unheard of and should be taken seriously.Here’s how to survive a bear attack from a black bear:Bear pepper spray: No matter what the threat, bear spray should always be handy on your adventures in the woods. It works on all bears.Stay grounded, get big, and be loud: Black bears usually tend to flee rather than fight back when faced with conflict. Sticks or other objects can be used to make yourself look bigger, while yelling and being loud can intimidate or scare off a black bear.You should still have your spray ready to go, though, and don’t try and run away. The best way to fend off a black bear is to act aggressively (as weird as it sounds). Throw stones, hit them with a stick, anything you can find.But whatever you do, don’t climb a tree. Black bears are excellent climbers and they will catch you.Polar Bears Body shapeThese Arctic dwellers are much larger than most brown and black bears (with the exception of the Kodiak).last_img read more

G R Saunders Funding Approved

first_img FOR BROADCAST: A new gymnasium, library, cafeteria and music facilities are coming for the students, teachers and staff at G. R. Saunders Elementary School in Stellarton, Pictou Co. The Department of Education has announced that it is making an additional one-point-five million dollars available for renovations to the school. Four-point-five million dollars worth of renovations were previously approved for the school, which has about 370 Grades Primary to 6 students. These improvements had to be scaled back because of increased costs in materials. Now, the project will proceed as intended. Education Minister Karen Casey says she is very pleased the government could make this additional funding available. -30- A new gymnasium, library, cafeteria and music facilities are coming for the students, teachers and staff at G. R. Saunders Elementary School in Stellarton, Pictou Co., thanks to an additional $1.5 million for school improvements. “I am very pleased that we can provide this additional funding for G. R. Saunders school,” said Minister of Education Karen Casey. “We know it will make a difference in the day-to-day life of the students and staff.” In May 2005, the Department of Education announced improvements to the school worth $4.5 million. Increases in the cost of materials resulted in the project being scaled back to remain within budget. The additional funding will allow the project to proceed as intended. G. R. Saunders is home to about 370 students in Grades Primary to 6. In the area served by the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board, four new schools have been approved for construction and renovations are underway at six schools, including G. R. Saunders. Two new schools opened in the Amherst area last fall. The province is investing more than $400 million over eight years to build new schools and support extensive renovation work.last_img read more

With fate of economy in his hands Powell plays it lowkey

first_imgIn his first news conference as head of the world’s leading central bank, Jerome Powell avoided any professorial lectures.His replies were briefer than his predecessors’. He said nothing of himself personally. He projected the air of an experienced technocrat, more steeped in finance than the complexities of economic theory.If anyone was wondering how the new chairman of the Federal Reserve would differ from his two immediate predecessors, Janet Yellen and Ben Bernanke, Wednesday’s exchange with reporters offered some clues. Powell, unlike the longtime scholars Yellen and Bernanke, is not an economist. He hasn’t spent years delving into why economic growth leaves behind some segments of society.The chairman instead came across as a consensus builder and only one member of a large committee of policymakers. And at times Wednesday, he appeared a bit nervous as he twisted open a water bottle or reached for his reading glasses.His stated mission, he said, was to convey that Fed officials had made one policy change this week — and nothing more. The officials voted unanimously to raise the federal funds rate — what banks charge to lend to each other — by a modest quarter percentage point to a still-low range of 1.5 per cent to 1.75 per cent.Yet reporters lobbed questions at Powell about tax cuts, a possible trade war, sluggish wage gains, the 2018 elections and the Fed’s seeming optimism about growth over the next two years without the threat of high inflation.“We made one decision at this meeting,” Powell said, speaking a month after ascending to the Fed’s top job, chosen by President Donald Trump, after having served nearly six years as a Fed governor.Unlike Bernanke or Yellen — who had to grapple with the 2008 financial crisis and its aftermath — Powell is presiding over a generally healthy U.S. and global economic picture. Accordingly, he was pressed about what Trump’s policies might mean for the trajectory of the economy and for the Fed.Powell acknowledged that the president’s policies came up in discussion as Fed officials and the leaders of its regional banks met Tuesday and Wednesday. They had discussed how the tariffs introduced this month by Trump — with additional import taxes to potentially follow — could slow global trade. But the conversation didn’t go further than that risk, Powell said in response to multiple questions.With the tax cuts in place, Fed officials did estimate that growth would accelerate slightly. The economy would likely expand 2.7 per cent this year, more than the Fed’s prior forecast of 2.5 per cent, according to a survey of projections released after the meeting. The median growth estimate for 2019 was 2.4 per cent, up from 2.1 per cent previously. This acceleration is far more tepid than the 3 per cent growth being predicted by the Trump administration.But when asked about the Fed’s growth estimates and the tax cuts, Powell downplayed them. And sounding a note of modesty, he observed that the central bank’s estimates came not from him personally but from a 15-person committee with differing opinions.“The whole thing is very uncertain,” he said of the likely consequences of $1.5 trillion worth of tax cuts over the next decade.Powell was similarly non-committal about whether the Fed might tolerate inflation running above its annual 2 per cent target level, after having had inflation run below that target for several years.The Fed wants to take the “middle ground,” Powell said.The chairman’s inaugural news conference ran roughly 45 minutes, about 15 minutes shorter than Bernanke’s and Yellen’s sessions with reporters typically lasted. But Powell — a long-standing veteran of the investment world — entertained about as many questions as those two Ph.D. economists had yet was visibly hesitant to give answers that might betray his own views about the economy.Asked whether he might consider holding a news conference after each of the Fed’s policy meetings — rather than after every other meeting — Powell measured his words. He said he hadn’t yet decided. But he added that no one should assume that holding more news conferences would signal that the Fed intends to raise rates more than investors expect.At one point, Powell forgot momentarily that he had been asked about the possibility of additional televised news conferences.“Ah, press conferences,” he said. “That is something I’m going to be carefully considering.”last_img read more

Morocco Approves Predator Oils License for Gas Exploration in Guercif

Rabat – Morocco has  approved the license application from Predator Oil, allowing the company to explore for gas in Guercif, a town in eastern Morocco.The eight-year licence will start with an initial 30 months of exploration across 7,269 square kilometers “to the east of producing gas fields and northwest of Sound Energy PLC’s Tendrara gas project,” according to Proactive Investors.The industry website added that the company will hold a 75 percent stake in the project. The Moroccan National Office of Hydrocarbons and Mining  (ONHYM) will only have a 25 percent stake in the project. Predator Oil CEO  Paul Griffiths said that the company selected “Guercif based on its 12 years’ experience of exploring and financing Moroccan opportunities.”Read Also: Sound Energy Fails to Find Producible Gas at Tendrara TE-9 Well in MoroccoHe also said that the region “represents a high impact, low cost, near-term drilling opportunities in a sophisticated and stable business and operating environment that is well understood by management.”The CEO expressed excitement in the project, saying that it “represents an asset that will fit very well with the company’s strategy of developing gas opportunities.”Morocco has attracted several international companies, including Sound Energy, a British oil company. On June 6, 2016, Sound Energy made its first natural gas discovery in the Tendrara area in eastern Morocco. The TE-6 well encountered approximately 28 meters of vertical net gas pay.predotopredator oil However, the company failed to find natural gas at the TE-9 well in the region. The TE-9 well was drilled to a total measured depth of 2,925 meters and will now be plugged, abandoned, and not tested. read more

Cyprus First day of talks positive and productive UN says

Speaking at Manhasset, outside New York, where the talks began this morning, the Secretary-General”s Special Adviser on Cyprus, Alexander Downer, said the UN was pleased with the way that the talks involving Greek Cypriot leader Dimitris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu were progressing.These two days of talks represent the fourth time that Mr. Ban has met directly with the two leaders in a bid to strengthen the wider UN-backed process aimed at reunifying the Mediterranean island, and follow a meeting in New York in November last year and talks in Geneva in January and July this year.Mr. Downer said Mr. Ban met with Mr. Christofias and Mr. Eroglu for two hours today to discuss four core issues: governance and power-sharing, especially regarding the presidency property territory and citizenship.Mr. Downer and B. Lynn Pascoe, the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, then held extensive discussions with the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot delegations that focused on the same core issues.”I think it is fair to say, and I am quoting the two sides here, rather than using my own words, but it certainly reflects the United Nations” own view, that these discussions have been positive, productive and vigorous — appropriately vigorous and certainly positive and productive,” Mr. Downer said.The talks between the two sides will resume tomorrow morning, with Mr. Ban scheduled to participate from tomorrow afternoon until the talks conclude tomorrow evening after a working dinner. Mr. Downer stressed that it was not the role of the UN to arbitrate in the process or force the Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots to reach convergences on core issues.”What we have been doing is talking to the two sides extensively about the positions they have as well as discussing the other side”s positions so there is a full understanding of the positions. But at the end of the day the two sides, where they make convergences, have to make their own convergences.”The UN-backed process began in 2008 with the aim of eventually setting up a federal government with a single international personality in a bi-zonal, bi-communal country, with Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot constituent states of equal status.The UN has had a peacekeeping mission (UNFICYP) in place on Cyprus since 1964 after an outbreak of inter-communal tensions. 30 October 2011The Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders have held “positive, productive and vigorous” discussions during the first of two days of talks between the leaders and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, a senior United Nations envoy said tonight. read more

AsiaPacific regional consultations on UN strategy for safe migration open in Bangkok

With ever-increasing numbers of people on the move, travelling away from their homelands in search of better opportunities, a United Nations regional meeting opened today in Bangkok, Thailand, exploring options to make migration safer and to better protect their rights.Convoked as one of the five regional preparatory meetings for the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, the meeting in Bangkok will focus on all dimensions of international migration. “Migration has been a positive force for millions of people: migrants themselves, those they leave behind and for the new communities who host them. Yet perceptions of migrants as a burden or even as a threat, have risen, in some countries, from the fringes to the mainstream,” said Louise Arbour, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for international migration, in her keynote address at the meeting. “The result is both rising intolerance and an environment in which vocal anti-migration sentiments fester,” she added. Noting, in particular, the area of labour migration – the predominant form of migration in the Asia-Pacific region – Ms. Arbour highlighted that with sound, gender-responsive and rights-based policies, such migration can deliver significant benefits and opportunities for migrant workers, countries and host communities as well as for countries of origin, as well as contribute to economic growth, create jobs and promote innovation. According to estimates, the Asia-Pacific region hosts about 62 million migrants from around the world, and is the region of origin for over 102 million international migrations, with most of the migrants engaged in labour migration, taking up low-skilled work in developing countries. Last year, the remittance sent back by Asian and Pacific migrant workers totalled almost $269 billion and accounted for a significant portion of the gross domestic product in some countries. However, many migrants face discrimination and rights abuses due to their race, gender, ethnicity or culture. “As non-citizens of their countries of residence, and non-residents of their countries of citizenship, migrants are often bypassed in both home and host countries,” said Shamshad Akhtar, the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), which hosted the meeting. “In a world on the move, addressing these challenges directly is all the more critical,” she added, underscoring the potential for migrants in filling labour force gaps due to factors such as ageing populations, as well as to reap the benefits of opportunities presented by ever more connected and integrated regions and strengthen people-to-people connectivity. read more

Hero CPL17 Carib Beer signs up to join the Biggest Party

The Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) says they are delighted to welcome Carib Beer as the Official Beer of the biggest party in sport for the next three years at a launch in Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain on Monday evening.This year fans across the Caribbean can relish specially themed ‘tailgating’ parties, which will hype up the colour and carnival atmosphere off the field even further.Welcoming the announcement, Damien O’Donohoe, Chief Executive Officer of the Hero CPL, said: “Carib are passionate about this partnership and they are an innovative and socially aware company who have strong core values, such as leadership, accountability and going the extra mile, which are also a big part of the Hero CPL’s own values. Carib Beer has a long-standing association as the number one beer in the Caribbean and we are delighted to team up together for the next three years. We believe that this association will enable both brands to ramp up the biggest party in sport this summer, in this, the Hero CPL’s fifth year.”Ian MacDonald, Chief Executive Officer at Carib Brewery, said: “The importance of cricket to Caribbean people is beyond doubt and at Carib Brewery we have, over the years been at the forefront of supporting local, regional, cultural, sporting, charitable and social activities throughout the diaspora. Carib beer and cricket are firmly rooted in the way of life of our people and with T20 being the most exciting form of modern day cricket, it gives us great pleasure to come on board as the Official Beer of the Hero CPL.”Headquartered in Trinidad, Carib is established across the Caribbean and overseas and will work together with the tournament’s marketing and sponsorship team this summer to deliver outstanding fan-centred events around the various stadia, with the exception of Providence in Guyana which has not been included in the themed parties.Since its inception in 2013, the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) is a franchise-based T20 format cricket tournament that combines two of the most compelling aspects of Caribbean life – dramatic cricket and a vibrant Carnival atmosphere. Over 149 million fans watched the 2016 season, combining broadcast and digital viewership, to make it one of the fastest growing leagues in world cricket. Jamaica Tallawahs are the current Hero CPL champions and the other competing teams are Barbados Tridents, Guyana Amazon Warriors, St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots, St. Lucia Stars and Trinbago Knight Riders. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCatch a year’s supply of Carib Beer at CPL finalAugust 31, 2019In “Local News”Hero MotorCorp extends title sponsorship of CPL for 3 yearsAugust 28, 2019In “latest news”Hero MotoCorp extends Title Sponsorship of Hero CPL until 2018May 31, 2016In “Sports” read more

Trump attacks terrible Nordstrom for dropping Ivankas clothing line

first_img Short URL Wednesday 8 Feb 2017, 10:57 PM Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter Trump attacks ‘terrible’ Nordstrom for dropping Ivanka’s clothing line After Trump’s criticism, Nordstrom stock grew by nearly a percentage point. 42,037 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By AFP Share613 Tweet Email1 My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom. She is a great person — always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 8, 2017center_img Image: Evan Vucci US PRESIDENT DONALD Trump lashed out at department store chain Nordstrom over its decision to stop selling his daughter’s clothing line – in what could be interpreted as blurring the lines between his family business and the presidency.“My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by Nordstrom,” Trump said in a tweet. “She is a great person – always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!”The retailer, which has about 350 stores in the United States and Canada, said last week it was dropping Ivanka Trump’s line – which includes high-end women’s clothing, accessories and shoes – due to poor sales. Image: Evan Vucci 75 Comments Since his surprise victory in the November presidential election, Trump has used his Twitter feed to lambast companies for off-shoring jobs or for allegedly overcharging the federal government for aircraft.But the latest tweet was different in that it sought to defend part of Trump’s family business empire, which critics have said could be a source of profound conflicts of interest for the White House.Unlike other companies he has attacked on Twitter, including Lockheed, Boeing and Ford, Nordstrom stock had gained nearly 1% in the early afternoon.The upscale retailer did not immediately respond to a request for comment from AFP about the Twitter attack, but Nordstrom said in a statement last week that its decision was based purely on commercial merit.“In this case, based on the brand’s performance, we’ve decided not to buy it for this season,” the company said, noting the phase-out was part of its regular review of the 2,000 brands it sells.Nordstrom was one of several retailers that faced boycott calls for selling Trump family products or supporting the campaign.Anti-Trump activists created ‘Grab Your Wallet’ after the election to enlist consumers in boycotts to protest Trump’s agenda, which also has been met by waves of demonstrations inside and outside the United States.© – AFP, 2017Read: Putin’s main rival given suspended sentence – now he can’t run against the president in the 2018 election https://jrnl.ie/3230069 Feb 8th 2017, 10:57 PM last_img read more

Solution for Cyprus issue remains unresolved

first_img“Turkey is making no contribution to efforts for a viable and functional solution to the Cyprus issue,” Greek Foreign Minister Stavross Dimas said after meeting with Cypriot President Dimitris Christofias, during his visit in Cyprus this week. “Based on current facts we cannot be optimistic that a solution will be reached soon,” Dimas told reporters after the meeting. “Turkey could make steps toward a solution and abstain from actions, particularly in the Cypriot Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), that feed tension,” Dimas pointed out. He stressed that Athens supports the efforts made by President Christofias and added that Turkey needs to reconsider its stance. He termed his meeting with President Christofias useful and constructive, stressing that they discussed issues and problems of the greater region. He underlined that Greece supports the reunification of Cyprus through a viable, functional and fair solution based on the UN resolutions and the European Union (EU) principles. Dimas also met with his Cypriot counterpart Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis, who stressed that arbitration or mediation by the UN is out of the question, adding that the imposition of any solution plan by the UN is ruled out. Referring to the international conference issue, she said that the UN have already clarified that there will be no such conference if there is no prior agreement on the internal aspects of the Cyprus issue. She also said that no convergence is expected by January. Meanwhile, Parliament Speaker Yiannakis Omirou stressed after meeting with foreign minister Dimas that the solution of the Cyprus issue remains a top priority for the Greek government. Source: Athens News Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Original Ghost in the Shell Returns to Theaters in February

first_img There’s A New Ghost in the Shell Series ComingMovieBob Reviews: GHOST IN THE SHELL (2017) Stay on target Ghost in the Shell is getting the Hollywood treatment this summer which will no doubt expose the franchise to a whole new audience. To capitalize on this new-found interest in all things Ghost in the Shell, Funimation will be showing the original classic anime in select theaters nationwide next month.The movie will be shown for two days. On February 7 it will be screened in Japanese with English subtitles, while the English dub will be shown on February 8. This is a nice way of giving fans an excuse to see the movie twice and get different experiences out of it. Tickets can be purchased from Funimation’s website where you can punch in your zip code and see which theater closest to you is screening it.Ghost in the Shell is an adaptation of the manga of the same name. It follows the adventures of Major Motoko Kusanagi and her team who are tasked with protecting a futuristic Japan from cybernetic terrorist threats. It has been adapted into several TV series, movies, and even video games. It is one of the most recognizable anime in the world and has influenced a great number of industry professionals, including director James Cameron.If you’re like most folks then you have most likely only ever seen Ghost in the Shell at home on your TV. The original movie is a very cinematic experience so it will be good to see it as it was always meant to be experienced. It will also be a great opportunity for those who are interested in the upcoming Scarlett Johansson-lead live-action film to see where that movie is taking its cues from.It’s not every day that we get to see anime being shown in movie theaters in America. If you can, make sure to go watch Ghost in the Shell next month since it is one of the seminal works in its medium.last_img read more

Visit of Dr Esther De Gourville PAHOWHO Representative to the Turks Caicos

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, October 30, 2017 – Providenciales – The Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services expresses a heartfelt welcome to Dr. Esther Mary De Gourville, PAHO/WHO Representative for the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands, for her visit 24 – 25 October 2017 to the Turks and Caicos Islands to meet with Government and health sector officials.   The purpose of her visit was to discuss support provided by PAHO pre and post hurricanes Irma and Maria and identify any need for additional support or follow-up on actions already taken.   Prior to the storms, Mr. Hugo Martinez, Disaster Preparedness Professional of the PAHO Caribbean Program Coordination Team, arrived in the TCI Wednesday, 6th September.On Thursday morning, Mr. Martinez joined Mr. Kenrick Neely, Director of the Environment Health Department, to conduct a pre-storm assessment in Providenciales of the hospital, Government primary health care clinics and environmental areas of critical health concern.   Post the hurricanes:Key areas of concern and support provided by PAHO included:Vector control;Disease surveillance;Water quality;Protection of vaccines and essential medicines;Psychological first aid; andPrimary health care.During Dr. De Gourville’s visit, she had an opportunity to meet with the Premier, Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, the Minister of Health, Agriculture and Human Services, Hon. Edwin Astwood, Heads of Department within the Ministry of Health including the acting Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Tamera Robinson, and Director of Health Services, Dr. Nadia Astwood.Dr. De Gourville also had an opportunity to visit both hospital facilities (Grand Turk and Providenciales) as well as meet with their clinical management and facility management teams.Ms. Charlene Higgs, Director of the National Health Disaster and Education and Training Unit and Mr. Kenrick Neely, Director of the Environmental Health Department, who served critical roles during both hurricanes, accompanied Dr. De Gourville to her meetings in Grand Turk and Providenciales and provided firsthand accounts of issues encountered during the health sector hurricane response.The Government of the TCI continues to appreciate the collaborative relationship we have forged with PAHO over the years and are grateful for the support we have received from PAHO especially in times of disaster and emergencies. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Senate Commerce Holds Aquaculture Hearing

first_imgMark Luecke (left) from Prairie AquaTech testifies on aquaculture before the Senate.A Senate hearing this week explored the future possibilities of domestic aquaculture. The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing on Jan.30, 2018, titled Growing the Future: Opportunities to Support Domestic Seafood Through Aquaculture. One of the four witnesses was Mark Luecke from Prairie AquaTech in South Dakota. Prairie AquaTech is a member of the Soy Aquaculture Alliance (SAA), of which the American Soybean Association (ASA) is a member. Luecke and the other witnesses testified about the enormous opportunities for domestic aquaculture production, as well as the many challenges.“We believe the reasons for our country’s slow growth in aquaculture include 1) the unavailability of high quality feed ingredients produced locally, which equates to over 50 percent of fish production costs, 2) the unavailability of investment capital to construct more fish production facilities, and 3) an inefficient regulatory pathway permitting fish production facilities while preserving our marine and land-based environments. An opportunity exists to improve our position,” Luecke testified.Prairie AquaTech created a process using high quality feed soybeans that eliminates allergenic proteins and sugars that limit inclusion levels in aquaculture feed. Following the hearing, ASA and SAA staff joined Luecke in visiting the South Dakota Congressional delegation to advocate for expanding opportunities for U.S. aquaculture. Testimony from all four witnesses is available here.last_img read more

Sheriffs deputies investigate suspicious device at gas station

first_imgDeputies with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office investigated a suspicious device left in a Sunnyside gas station early Tuesday.An employee at the Shell gas station at 8515 N.E Andresen Road called 911 about midnight to report the device. Sheriff’s deputies responded and found a small, suspicious-looking item on the store counter, sheriff’s Sgt. Phil Sample said in a news release.Members of the Metro Bomb Squad responded. The store was closed and the gas pumps were turned off as a precaution.The bomb squad determined the device wasn’t explosive or hazardous, Sample said.The store reopened around 2:20 a.m.last_img

47 believe they have a good selection of employee benefits

first_imgUnder half (47%) of respondents believe they have a good selection of employee benefits to choose from, according to research by Thomsons Online Benefits.Global employee benefits watch 2018/19: giving employees a voice on global reward and benefits surveyed 2,200 employees in organisations of 4,000 or more employees in the UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa, North America, South America and Asia Pacific. The report also found that 58% of respondents want employer support in improving their mental wellbeing, although only 23% feel their employer helps in this area.The research also found:71% of respondents want support from their employer in achieving work-life balance, but only 33% feel supported in this area.61% of 18 to 25-year-old respondents expect their employee benefits package to support them in staying fit and healthy, compared to 43% of 56 to 65-year-olds.53% of respondents aged 26 to 35 want their employer to support them with their personal finances, compared to 34% of 56 to 65-year-olds. 31% of respondents want support from their employer in managing debt.44% of respondents whose organisations do not provide one would be interested in having a wellness pot as part of their employee benefits. 37% would value fitness classes, and a further 37% would like to have access to gym memberships.17% of respondents use counselling services that are provided as an employee benefit.56% of respondents are offered and use paid time off as part of their benefits package, 44% utilise retirement plans, 39% take up healthcare benefits and 35% use provided financial protection benefits.46% of respondents who are satisfied with how they access and manage their benefits do this face-to-face with their employer, compared to 44% who access and manage their benefits using email and 42% who use their computer.21% of respondents strongly agree that they can easily access their benefits, and 23% feel they have what they need to understand their benefits offering.81% of respondents who can easily access their employee benefits feel loyal to their employer, compared to 51% who find it hard to access their benefits.80% of those respondents who believe they have a good variety of benefits to choose from identify strongly with their organisation’s vision and values, as opposed to 40% of those respondents who do not have a good variety of benefits.Chris Bruce (pictured), managing director at Thomsons Online Benefits, said: “What today’s employees really want is a range of benefits accessible in a variety of ways, that help them achieve their personal goals.“Employees are more than twice as likely to say they’re proud to work for their organisation and can see themselves working there for the foreseeable future if they understand the benefits on offer and can easily access them.“In a world where great talent is increasingly hard to come by, it’s paramount businesses understand the role of benefits in attracting and retaining employees and use them to their full potential.”last_img read more

UK concludes using Huawei in 5G is a manageable risk report says

first_img Read DJI Osmo Action preview Comments $6 at Tidal Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Read Google Home Hub review Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $210 at Best Buy Huawei is the world’s No. 1 telecom supplier and No. 2 smartphone maker. Shown here is its Honor phone. Angela Lang/CNET The British government has reportedly concluded that any risks from the use of Huawei equipment in its 5G networks can be mitigated. That determination was made by the UK’s National Cyber Security Center (NCSC), according to a Financial Times report Sunday citing two unnamed sources familiar the conclusion, which hasn’t been made public. “As was made clear in July’s HCSEC oversight board, the NCSC has concerns around Huawei’s engineering and security capabilities,” an NCSC spokesperson said. “We have set out the improvements we expect the company to make.” “Our review of the right policy approach to 5G security and resilience is still ongoing,” a spokesperson for Prime Minister Theresa May said Monday. “The review is looking at a range of options and no decisions have been taken.”The conclusion runs contrary to US State Department efforts to discourage European countries preparing for the rollout of 5G — the high-speed, next-generation networking technology — from using equipment made by the Chinese tech company. US officials have reportedly met with representatives of the European Commission to warn them that the Chinese government could use Huawei equipment for spying. That warning followed escalating tensions between the US and Huawei that have seen the arrest of the company’s CFO in and 23 indictments thrust on the company by the United States. Preceding this was a year of warnings from the US against Huawei, for fear of the company’s coziness with the Chinese government, which raised concerns over espionage. Originally published 2/17 at 1:09 p.m. PT Updated 2/18 at 10:15 a.m. with NCSC statement. Updated 2/18 at 10:57 a.m. with statement from prime minister’s office. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Sarah Tew/CNET Sprint TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $999 Tech Industry Security Amazon Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Read the Rylo camera preview The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X 5G Huawei,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $60 at Best Buy Best Buy 10 See It $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express 7 Turo: Save $30 on any car rental See It Sarah Tew/CNET Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Apple iPhone XS Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Angela Lang/CNET Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. $155 at Google Express See Itcenter_img Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Sarah Tew/CNET An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Rylo Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. See at Amazon What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. $520 at HP Turo JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) See at Turo Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Tags $999 Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Comments $59 at eBay $999 The Cheapskate Read the AirPods review $299 at Amazon Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $999 Sarah Tew/CNET Share your voice Boost Mobile Share your voice See it Chris Monroe/CNET Tags Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale.last_img read more

Intel says it will exit 5G phone modems just hours after Apple

first_img See also Now playing: Watch this: We tested Verizon’s new 5G network Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Phones Components See All $999 Comments Boost Mobile The announcement follows news from earlier Tuesday that Apple and Qualcomm had reached a settlement in their battling over licensing royalties. The two sides announced the surprise agreement through a joint press release Tuesday at the same time lawyers presented opening arguments in a courthouse in Southern California. Apple and its contract manufacturers had given their statements, and Qualcomm’s head lawyer had nearly finished his remarks when the courtroom buzzed with the unexpected news.In a statement, Intel added that it will “complete an assessment of the opportunities for 4G and 5G modems in PCs, internet of things devices and other data-centric devices.” It also said it will “continue to invest in its 5G network infrastructure business.””We are very excited about the opportunity in 5G and the ‘cloudification’ of the network, but in the smartphone modem business it has become apparent that there is no clear path to profitability and positive returns,” Intel CEO Bob Swan said in a statement.Apple vs. QualcommThe writing was on the wall after Apple and Qualcomm settled, ending the two-year battle. Apple in January 2017 had accused Qualcomm of anticompetitive practices that have raised chip prices, restricted competition and hurt customer choice. Qualcomm, the world’s biggest mobile chipmaker, had countered that the iPhone wouldn’t be possible without its technology, and it deserved to be paid for its innovation.The settlement marks a big win for Qualcomm, which could have been forced to change its entire business model had it lost to Apple. The agreement is also a victory for consumers, who will once again have access to fast Qualcomm modems — including ones already compatible with existing 5G networks. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Sprint See It See It Share your voice 8:24 Qualcomm 5G Intel Sprint Verizon Apple Apple Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X See Itcenter_img Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Apple iPhone XS Best Buy CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Apple and Qualcomm settle licensing dispute amid trial’s opening arguments Apple and Qualcomm settle: Here’s what it means for your next iPhone Don’t count on a 5G iPhone this year. Intel’s 5G modems will come in 2020 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $999 reading • Intel says it will exit 5G phone modems just hours after Apple, Qualcomm settle $999 Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 5 See it $999 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? “With the market for 5G accelerating, the need to guarantee a 5G iPhone in 2020 clearly proved a powerful motivator for a settlement,” CCS Insights analyst Geoff Blaber said. “Commercial pragmatism ultimately won.”But with Intel exiting the 5G modem business, Apple is once again left with only one modem supplier, Qualcomm. Apple makes its own applications processor — the brains of the iPhone — but it relies on third-party chips for network connectivity. From the iPhone 4S in 2011 to the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus in 2015, the sole supplier for those chips was Qualcomm. The following year, Apple started using Intel modems in some models of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, but it still used Qualcomm in versions for Verizon and Sprint.It continued that trend in 2017, but Apple’s latest phones — the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR, now only use Intel 4G chips. Apple blamed Qualcomm, but now that the two companies have settled their patent disputes, Qualcomm will again provide chips for Apple.For Apple, it’s likely too late to use Qualcomm chips in its iPhones coming later this year. But it’s believed the iPhones in 2020 will have Qualcomm’s 5G modems. It’s expected that every major flagship Android phone by the end of this year will have 5G. An Intel spokesman declined to say if Intel planned to exit the business before the settlement or because of the new agreement between Apple and Qualcomm.Investors seemed to approve of Intel’s decision. Shares in the chipmaker jumped almost 4% to $58.97 in after-hours trading.”Without Apple, Intel’s phone modem business is bereft of options,” said Charles King, an analyst with Pund-IT. “The settlement and licensing agreement left Intel without a clear way forward in handsets. The company is really better off focusing its energies and investments on 5G infrastructure and data center solutions.”Originally published April 16, 4:39 p.m. PT.Updates, 5:09 p.m.: Adds Apple vs. Qualcomm details and other background; 5:23 p.m.: Adds analyst comment; 5:32 p.m.: Adds Intel share price; 6:33 p.m.: Adds analyst comment. Tags Intel’s 5G modem was aimed for iPhones in 2020. Intel Intel will no longer be working on 5G chips for phones, leaving Apple with only one supplier for its iPhones, Qualcomm — the same company that it was battling in court until midday Tuesday.Intel late Tuesday said it plans to cease working on modems for 5G, the next-generation of wireless technology expected to supercharge your mobile connection. It had been working on a processor for Apple, with the chip expected to be in iPhones in 2020. Lately there have been worries the chip wouldn’t be ready until iPhones released in 2021.”The company will continue to meet current customer commitments for its existing 4G smartphone modem product line, but does not expect to launch 5G modem products in the smartphone space, including those originally planned for launches in 2020,” Intel said in a press release. Its only customer in modems is Apple. •last_img read more

RAB arrests man on charges of Holey Artisan attack

first_imgHoley Artisan. File PhotoMembers of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested a man whom law enforcers identified as a member of banned militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and an accused in the Holey Artisan Bakery attack.According to news agency UNB, the arrestee is Md Shariful Islam alias Khalid alias Rahat alias Nahid alias Abu Sulaiman, 27.He is also a condemned convict in the murder case of Rajshahi University teacher professor Rezaul Karim, said a RAB text message.Shariful who was detained from Nachole upazila of Chapainawabganj was being sent to Dhaka, added the message.The Holey Artisan cafe attack that shattered the country and drew global attention, claimed the lives of 22 people — nine Italians, seven Japanese, one Indian, one Bangladeshi-born American and two Bangladeshis along with two police officers — on 1 July, 2016.Twenty-one people were identified for the attack. Among them, 13 were killed in alleged gunfights with the law enforcers at different times.On 23 July, 2018, police pressed charges against eight alleged militants in the attack on the upscale eatery in the capital.last_img read more

This Company Wants You to Wear Your SIM Card

first_imgJune 11, 2014 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. If the life of your phone has ever been claimed by a freak coffee spill, you are familiar with your cell’s SIM card. The little memory chip lets users switch over numbers, passwords, texts and contacts to a new phone in the event your current one meets the untimely demise of liquid spillage. One company is looking to alter the inevitable outcome (a new phone) by shifting SIM cards into the world of wearable technologyDOCOMO, one of Japan’s biggest mobile carriers unveiled their the first “SIM-based authentication device” prototype this week. Named Portable SIM, the card can be waved over any given device and your info can be swapped from a phone to a tablet or computer. This is achieved using wireless technologies Bluetooth and Near Field Communication (similar to Bluetooth but only requires devices to touch to establish a connection) to exchange data. Related: This Luxe Smartphone Could Be Yours for $10,000The company, which also recently rolled out a line of smart clothes and a fitness-tracking wristband, is still in the research stage. DOCOMO is working to shrink the 8-by-4-centimeter prototype to wearable size and understand how to use it to link up with devices like TVs and smart-car systems. Information about when it will be available to consumers has not been released.  While Portable SIM could be quite convenient, there is still the question of security. The company explained in its statement that one way they are working to insure that subscriber identities are kept out of hacker hands is by locking the phone number when the Bluetooth link is broken. However, the wearable-tech enthusiasts that decide to bring their Portable SIM poolside are on their own.  What crazy apps and gadgets have you come across lately? Let us know by emailing us at FarOutTech@entrepreneur.com or by telling us in the comments below.Related: Why the Future of Retail Will Blow Your Mind Register Now »center_img 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more