How To Set Up An Automated Testing System Using Android Phones (A Case Study)

first_imgRegression testing is one of the most time-consuming tasks when developing a mobile Android app. Using myMail as a case study, I’d like to share my experience and advice on how to build a flexible and extensible automated testing system for Android smartphones — from scratch.The team at myMail currently uses about 60 devices for regression testing. On average, we test roughly 20 builds daily. Approximately 600 UI tests and more than 3,500 unit tests are run on each build.The post How To Set Up An Automated Testing System Using Android Phones (A Case Study) appeared first on Smashing Magazine.From our sponsors: How To Set Up An Automated Testing System Using Android Phones (A Case Study) Related postsInclusive Components: Book Reviews And Accessibility Resources13th December 2019Should Your Portfolio Site Be A PWA?12th December 2019Building A CSS Layout: Live Stream With Rachel Andrew10th December 2019Struggling To Get A Handle On Traffic Surges10th December 2019How To Design Profitable Sales Funnels On Mobile6th December 2019How To Build A Real-Time Multiplayer Virtual Reality Game (Part 2)5th December 2019 Posted on 4th April 2017Web Design FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share How To Set Up An Automated Testing System Using Android Phones (A Case Study)You are here: HomeWeb DesignHow To Set Up An Automated Testing System Using Android Phones (A Case Study)last_img read more

Winners and losers in India’s science budget

first_img Radiokukka/iStockphoto “We have a great opportunity to embark on many initiatives,” says Krishnaswamy VijayRaghavan, secretary of the Department of Biotechnology here, which is getting a 16% boost. Meanwhile, a 23.5% jump in health spending includes an 11.54% rise for research that will help ambitious plans to eradicate four diseases from India: kala azar, a fatal form of leishmaniasis, slated for elimination by the end of this year; leprosy in 2018; measles in 2020; and tuberculosis in 2025.India’s nuclear program didn’t get the raise it was hoping for. Its 5.51% increase “is small and inadequate,” says Anil Kakodkar, a member of the Atomic Energy Commission, headquartered in Mumbai, India. He expects that nuclear power expansion plans will stay intact, but that nuclear research “may get a hit.”At the annual Science Congress last month, Modi exhorted Indian scientists to help the nation become one of the world’s top three science powers by 2030. The “lackluster” 2017 science budget won’t propel India far along that road, says Dinesh Abrol, a science policy expert at Jawaharlal Nehru University here. “India is nowhere close to China in terms of investment, capacity, or achievements.” Whereas China is rapidly gaining on the United States, he says, India has been “stuck for years with 0.9% of GDP spending on S&T, which is far less than 2% spent by China.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)VijayRaghavan is more bullish on India’s prospects. “Our approach is to get more for less and be more creative,” he says. “We will work to collaborate nationally and globally, and get more bang for the buck.” NEW DELHI—For scientists in India, 2017 is becoming a year of feast or famine. India’s annual budget, unveiled this week, doles out lavish increases for space, biotechnology, and renewable energy. Programs vying for scraps, on the other hand, include nuclear research, spending on which won’t keep pace with inflation.The budget rollout comes on the heels of an economic crisis sparked last November, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government took higher denomination rupee banknotes out of circulation. The surprise move triggered massive queues at banks as people struggled to deposit old notes and withdraw scarce new ones. Independent estimates peg that the crisis eroded gross domestic product growth by as much as 2%. (GDP growth in 2016 was 7.6%.)The Indian government hopes the new budget will help get the economy back on track. Most boats will rise in science and technology, slated for $8.05 billion in the budget year that starts on 1 April. That’s an 11.5% increase over last year, a robust growth in spending even after accounting for India’s projected inflation rate of 5.16% in 2017. Winners and losers in India’s science budgetcenter_img By Sanjay KumarFeb. 3, 2017 , 4:45 PM The Indian government hopes the 2017 budget, including a hefty boost for science, will help get the nation’s economy back on track.last_img read more

What Is Your College Degree Worth?

first_imgIn a competitive job market like that of today, college degrees seem like a requirement in order to land an entry-level job. But, with the recent media coverage of the rising costs of a college degree and perceived small amount of benefit, it can leave many college students and recent graduates wondering what their degree is actually worth.According to a recent report by The Pew Research Center, the cost of a higher education has increased in recent years, and many Americans are unhappy about that. More than half of Americans think the nation’s college system is not a good value for the cost – however, college graduates tend to disagree. Eighty-six percent of graduates say it was worth it to them.What Adults Think The survey asked 2,142 adults about the cost and value of a college degree. Although nearly every parent surveyed (94 percent) says they expect their child to attend college, 57 percent say that the higher education system in the U.S. fails to provide students with a good value for the cost. The majority of adults, 75 percent, even say that college is too expensive for most Americans to afford.However, adults who graduated from a four-year college believe they make $20,000 more per year (on average) than if they did not have a degree. Along with the financial benefit of obtaining a degree, most college graduates say their education helped them grow intellectually, mature as a person and helped them prepare for a job or career.What College Presidents ThinkSixty percent of the 1,055 college presidents surveyed say the higher education system in the U.S. is headed in the right direction, however, 64 percent say it’s unlikely that the country will achieve Obama’s goal of the highest share of young adults with a college degree or certificate by 2020.Half of the college presidents agree that a college degree helps students grow and mature; while 48 percent say it provides skills, knowledge and training necessary for their future career.Ultimately, both parties tend to agree that a college degree helps an individual earn more throughout their career and gain valuable skills necessary in the workplace.What do you think? What’s a college degree worth? Is the cost of a college education too much for the value it provides?last_img read more


first_imgPoliticians, sportspersons hail gymnast for Turkey achievementAgartala, July 12 (PTI) Accolades have been pouring infor Tripura’s ace gymnast Dipa Karmakar, who recently clinchedgold in Turkey, with state Sports Minister Manoj Kanti Debtoday thanking the athlete for bringing laurels to the state.Karmakar is an inspiration, the youth should look upto her, Deb said.”I congratulate her for the remarkable achievement andwish her well for future achievements. She is our youth icon.I would like to thank her for bringing laurel to the state andour country,” he told PTI.After a lull of two years owing to a knee injury, DipaKarmakar returned to the world stage with a bang. The24-year-old gymnast won the yellow metal on Sunday at awomen’s vault event at FIG Artistic Gymnastics World ChallengeCup in Mersin, Turkey.Sunil Deodhar, Tripura BJP in-charge, said sheexpected Karmakar to bring more home more awards from theupcoming Asian Games.As a part of ‘Sampark Se Samarthan programme’ of theBJP, Deodhar met the gymnast yesterday at Indira GandhiStadium, Delhi.”She’s made a remarkable comeback after a gap of 2years due to an injury. During the meeting yesterday, Karmakarthanked the people of Tripura for supporting her when shewasdown with the injury,” a statement issued by Deodhar’s officesaid here today.Mantu Debnath, an Arjuna awardee and firstinternational gymnast from the state, also greeted Karmakarfor her achievement in Turkey.”I am proud of her. She could do, what most of uscould not,” Debnath told PTI.advertisementNotwithstanding the lack of infrastructure in thestate, Karmakar has walked her way to glory, he said.”Three gymnasts in the state – I, Dipa and KalpanaDebnath got Arjuna awards despite poor infrastructure. Thereis no foam pit in the state till date, which is an importantrequirement for a gymnast. I wish her well for the comingAsian Games competition,” he added.Earlier this week, the general secretary of the BJP’sstate unit, Pratima Bhowmika, said the party would ask thestate government to declare Karmakar as the “brand ambassador”of Tripura. PTI JOYRMS RMS RMSlast_img read more

2018 Festival Queen Contest Gets Under Way June 9

On Saturday, June 16, contestants will vie for the parish crown at Jockey Factory, Lucea, Hanover, and at Alpart Sports Club, Nain, St. Elizabeth, beginning at 8:00 p.m. On Saturday, June 9, parish coronations will take place at St. Mary’s Anglican Church Hall, Port Maria, St. Mary and Colonel’s Cove, Morant Bay, St Thomas, beginning at 8:00 p.m., while on Sunday, June 10, a competition will be held at Louise Bennet Garden Theatre, 36 Hope Road, Kingston, beginning at 7:00 p.m. The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) is inviting members of the public to support the 2018 Miss Jamaica Festival Queen competition, which gets under way this weekend with parish contests.Winners at the parish level will vie for the national crown at the coronation show scheduled to take place in Kingston on Emancipation Day, August 1.On Saturday, June 9, parish coronations will take place at St. Mary’s Anglican Church Hall, Port Maria, St. Mary and Colonel’s Cove, Morant Bay, St Thomas, beginning at 8:00 p.m., while on Sunday, June 10, a competition will be held at Louise Bennet Garden Theatre, 36 Hope Road, Kingston, beginning at 7:00 p.m.On Saturday, June 16, contestants will vie for the parish crown at Jockey Factory, Lucea, Hanover, and at Alpart Sports Club, Nain, St. Elizabeth, beginning at 8:00 p.m.Competitions continue on Saturday, June 23, at Glenmuir High School, 10 Glenmuir Road, May Pen, Clarendon, and at Sean Lavery Faith Hall, Lewis Street, Savanna-La-Mar, Westmoreland, beginning at 8:00 p.m.The final two events will be held at Bishop Gibson High School, Mandeville, Manchester, on Sunday, June 24 at 7:00 p.m. and at Falmouth Cruise Port, Falmouth, Trelawny, beginning at 8:00 p.m.Director of Marketing and Public Relations, JCDC, Stephen Davidson, told JIS News that the parish coronations are a “good family show and just as exciting as the national competition”.“It is important for persons to come out and to see what is happening, see how the young ladies can showcase themselves, and the training they have gone through,” he said.He informed that the girls go through rigorous training sessions, which focus on leadership qualities, community involvement, cultural awareness, appreciation of the role of women, creative talent, deportment and current affairs.“Once they participate in the competition, they really benefit from being a part of the programme and learn various skills, which they would carry on to other phases of their lives,” he pointed out.Mr. Davidson told JIS News that leading up to the national coronation, the parish queens will participate in further training and various activities in Kingston, such as courtesy calls on the mayor, government ministers and sponsors.He informed that the National Festival Queen is required to carry out an outreach or community development project focusing on youth or education.“So, that is a very important component and, of course, that person is active year-round as a role model visiting schools, attending various events and functions,” he said.The Festival Queen Competition, which began in 1963, is one of the highlights of the Emancipation and Independence celebrations.For further information, persons are asked to contact the JCDC head office at 926-5726-9 or the JCDC parish offices island-wide. Members of the public can also visit the JCDC’s website at The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) is inviting members of the public to support the 2018 Miss Jamaica Festival Queen competition, which gets under way this weekend with parish contests. Story Highlights read more

1000 ponds and water bodies identified in GB Nagar for rejuvenation

first_imgG B Nagar: The Gautam Buddh Nagar district administration has prepared a list of 1, 000 ponds and water bodies in the district and have chalked out plans to rejuvenate them.The administration said that the move is aimed to overcome the depleting ground water levels. As per officials, the administration will be following various measures under Pradhan Mantri Jal Shakti Abhiyan and is carrying out a jurisdiction wise survey of nearly a thousand ponds and water bodies in the district to restore and maintain them collectively. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”The move is aimed to overcome the menace of decreasing levels of ground water in the district. The rejuvenation of these ponds and water bodies will be carried out jurisdiction wise as well as through a MoU and CSR drives. We have urged the concerned authorities and industries to come and support the drive by adopting a water body for its restoration and maintenance,” a senior administrative officer said. The officer further informed that apart from these thousand ponds, around 20 new ponds will be dug up by HCL Tech under CSR drive. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”10 ponds will be dug up in Dadri area while 5 each will be in Jewar and Sadar tehsil areas,” the officer added. Meanwhile the administration also signed an MoU with Rotary Club and Delhi Ashok to carry out a plantation drive where 50,000 plants were planted in Dadha area of Sadar tehsil. A free consultation in Japanese style Miyawaki method at afforestation was also initiated. The administration has also appealed to the people to put in efforts for water conservation.last_img read more

East Coast awards pull Indigenous artist nominee amid questions about Metis ties

first_imgHALIFAX – A Metis chief is calling for the reversal of the East Coast Music Association’s decision to pull a Nova Scotia nominee from consideration for an Indigenous artist award amid questions about his heritage.Cape Breton guitarist Maxim Cormier, who identifies as being of Acadian and Metis heritage, has been withdrawn from the Indigenous artist of the year category.Karole Dumont, chief of the Council of the First Metis People of Canada, said there is no question that Cormier is Aboriginal, and to suggest otherwise is an affront to Metis identity.“(Aboriginal people) are the only, only group of people in Canada who constantly have to prove who we are,” said Dumont. “We’re not going to take it laying down. This has been going on for quite a while, and it’s part of a much bigger dispute … at the national level.”Dean Stairs, chair of the East Coast Music Association’s board of directors, called the situation “regrettable.” He said the decision, which was announced late last week, was made based on research and in consultation with government officials and community stakeholders.“Though we do not question how someone identifies their own ancestry and personal identity, we also have to …. be respectful of the Indigenous peoples of Atlantic Canada,” Stairs said in a news release. “We must ensure that all nominees for the Indigenous Artist of the Year award have met the true intent of the criteria.”Neither Cormier nor the community he belongs to, the Highlands Metis Nation Association, are recognized as members of Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples under constitutional law, according to the board.But Dumont said the awards association is wrong about both the musician and the Highlands Metis, which is one of the council’s treaty partners.She said the council has determined that Cormier’s lineage can be traced back to Metis ancestors on both sides, and based on this evidence, the council is consulting with lawyers about challenging the East Coast Music Association’s withdrawal of his nomination in court.A spokesperson for East Coast Music Association declined to provide further comment. Representatives for Cormier did not return a request for an interview.The chief of the Highlands Metis Nation Association, which was founded two years ago, said he was “disappointed” in the organization’s decision, but declined to comment on the association’s legal status.A spokesperson for Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada said the government does not maintain a list of Metis individuals or groups.The Metis population in Atlantic Canada increased by nearly 125 per cent between 2006 and 2016, according to Stastics Canada, leading some academics to question the legitimacy of many people’s claims to Metis ancestry.“This is about supporting Indigenous sovereignty and self-determination,” Saint Mary’s University sociology professor Darryl Leroux tweeted Monday. “It’s fundamentally a political issue, not one that is simply about individual self-identification. I have many of the same ancestors as Acadians who are now calling themselves ‘Acadian-Metis.’”After centuries of discrimination, Dumont said many people of Metis heritage have only recently come to take pride in their identity. She acknowledged there have always been a handful of “charlatans” making fraudulent ancestry claims, but insists that Cormier is not among them.“He shares the same lineage and same blood as people who are currently registered as status Indians,” she said.Mi’kmaq activist Cheryl Maloney said many groups claiming Metis ties have cropped up in the Atlantic Canada in recent years, and in some cases, opposed the Mi’kmaq’s efforts to preside over their ancestral territory.Indigenous artists make up a tiny cohort of the region’s relatively small music industry, Maloney said.“We need to be proud of the achievements of our people and for somebody to come in and they’re not part of the Indigenous community, that leaves us without those role models,” she said.“It’s hard to watch if you’re a part of a real Indigenous community, a real struggle, a real identity to the land … when someone walks in and takes what’s ours.”The East Coast Music Awards, a five-day celebration of music showcasing hundreds of Atlantic artists, is set to take place in Halifax in May.last_img read more

RBI board warned of notebans shortterm impact on economy no material effect

first_imgNew Delhi: The RBI board, which included the present Governor Shaktikanta Das as a director, had warned of short-term negative impact of demonetisation on the country’s economic growth and observed that the unprecedented move will not have any material impact on tackling the black money menace. The board, according to minutes of the meeting revealed by the central bank in an RTI reply, had met just two-and-a-half hours before Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an address to the nation announced the demonetisation decision on November 8, 2016. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep Curbing black money was one of the prime objectives of the shock move to junk old Rs 500 and 1,000 notes, which saw 86 per cent of high value currency going out of circulation. The minutes of the crucial board meeting, which approved the government’s request for demonetisation, recorded the presence of the then RBI Governor Urjit Patel and the then economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das. Others at the board meeting included the then Financial Services Secretary Anjuli Chib Duggal, and RBI deputy governors R Gandhi and S S Mundra. Both Gandhi and Mundra are not part of the board now, while Das was appointed as the RBI governor in December 2018. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs “It is a commendable measure but will have short-term negative effect on GDP for the current year,” as per the minutes posted by RTI activist Venkatesh Nayak on the website of Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative. “Most of the black money is held not in the form of cash but in the form of real sector assets such as gold or real estate and that this move would not have a material impact on those assets,” the board observed in its 561st meeting held in Delhi. The prime minister had announced demonetisation of high-value currency notes with the aim to curb the black money, check counterfeit currency and stop terror finance among others. While any incidence of counterfeiting is a concern, the minutes said, Rs 400 crore as a percentage of the total quantum of currency in circulation in the country is not very significant. Of the Rs 15.41 lakh crore worth Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes in circulation on November 8, 2016, notes worth Rs 15.31 lakh crore came back during the 50-day window for depositing junk notes given to resident Indians and till June 2017 for non-resident Indians. Only Rs 10,720 crore of the junked currency notes did not return to the banking system, rest 99.9 per cent was deposited raising question mark over the government’s effort of curbing black money through the demonetisation. The minutes pointed that “the growth rate of economy mentioned is the real rate while the growth in currency in circulation is nominal. Adjusted for inflation, the difference may not be so stark. Hence, this argument does not adequately support the recommendation (in favour of demonetisation)”. The government has always maintained that the decision did not have much impact on the GDP growth. The board was assured that the government would take mitigating measures to contain the use of cash, it said. In another reply, the RBI has said it has no data on the old 500 and 1,000 rupee notes used to pay for utility bills such as fuel at petrol pumps — payments that are anonymous and are believed to have formed a good part of the demonetised currency that returned to the banking system. The government had allowed the exchange of the junked notes as well as they being used for payment of utility bills for 23 services. Both old 500 and 1,000 rupee notes could be used at government hospitals, railway ticketing, public transport, airline ticketing at airports, milk booths, crematoria/burial grounds, petrol pumps, metro rail tickets, purchase of medicines on doctor prescription from the government and private pharmacies, LPG gas cylinders, railway catering, electricity and water bills, ASI monument entry tickets and highway toll. On November 25, 2016, the exchange of old notes was stopped and the government allowed the use of only old 500 rupee notes at these utilities till December 15, 2016. The government, however, stopped the use of even this currency at petrol pumps and for the purchase of air tickets at airports abruptly with effect from December 2, 2016, after reports that they were becoming fronts for laundering of old currency notes.last_img read more

Central African Republic Security Council condemns latest wave of violence

Strongly condemning the latest wave of fighting in the Central African Republic, including Wednesday’s deadly attack in the capital, Bangui, on a church that was sheltering thousands of people, the United Nations Security Council today demanded that all armed groups put aside their weapons and take immediate steps “to end the cycle of violence and retaliation.” In a statement to the press issued this evening, the Council “condemned in the strongest terms” the recent attacks in CAR, including those committed on 28 May on the Church of Notre Dame de Fatima in Bangui in which civilians, including displaced persons and a priest, were killed and others were injured and abducted. Council members further strongly condemned the violence in Bangui earlier this week during which three Muslim youths were killed by suspected anti-Balaka elements on their way to an inter-communal reconciliation football match as well as the destruction yesterday of one of the last mosques in the strife-torn capital. “The [Security Council] demands that all militias and armed groups and elements put aside their arms, cease all forms of violence and destabilizing activities immediately in order to end the cycle of violence and retaliation,” declared the statement. It went to reiterate that the CAR Transitional Authorities have the primary responsibility to protect civilians, and to encourage them to take the necessary measures to prevent further violence in the capital and throughout the country. “The members stressed the urgent and imperative need to end impunity in the CAR and the need for the Transitional Authorities to take immediate and concrete measures to ensure that the perpetrators of these acts are held accountable,” said the statement.Calling for the acceleration of the political and national reconciliation process in order to lay the ground for an end to violence, the Council in its statement called on the Transitional Authorities to demonstrate their commitment to this process and to take concrete steps in this direction, with the support of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission (MINUSCA), the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) and the African Union.Further, the Council underlined the importance of and reiterate its support for the role played by the African-led peacekeeping force, known as MISCA, French Forces and the European force known as EUFOR RCA, as well as MINUSCA to protect civilians as mandated by its resolutions 2127 (2013) and 2134 (2014) in support of the efforts of the CAR Transitional Authorities. The members of the Council called on UN Member States and regional and international organizations to increase troop, financial, logistical and in-kind contributions to MISCA to enable it to implement fully its mandate and help prepare for the transfer of authority from MISCA to MINUSCA on 15 September 2014. “They further request the Secretary General to take all necessary steps and to accelerate the preparations for a successful and swift transition of authority,” the statement added. Earlier in the day, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) also condemned the attack against innocent civilians sheltering at the church and said such violence endangers some of the last havens for those fleeing rampant violence in the war-battered country. “Churches, monasteries and mosques have till now been safe havens for internally displaced persons across the CAR,” spokesperson Fatoumata Lejeune-Kaba told reporters at a briefing in Geneva. At least 17 people were killed and 27 were missing after the attack on Notre Dame de Fatima, which, along with other attacks in the recent upsurge of violence in the country, was strongly condemned yesterday by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The attack is among the worst on any displaced persons site in Bangui since Séléka rebels were ousted from power in January 2014 and inter-community retaliatory violence spiralled, with human rights violations and clashes leaving 2.2 million in need of humanitarian aid. At the time of the attack, Notre Dame de Fatima was hosting 9,000 internally displaced people (IDPs), including many who had been there since December and some 2,050 who moved there only a week earlier to escape from a recent rise in insecurity in nearby neighbourhoods, Ms. Lejeune-Kaba said. She added that in Bangui, 32 out of 43 IDP sites are religious institutions. “UNHCR strongly condemns this attack against innocent civilians. We call again on all sides of the armed conflict to protect civilians, in line with their obligations under international law,” she said. “We also call on all sides of the conflict to allow for the delivery of critical humanitarian assistance and unhindered access to the people in need of protection and aid.” Providing details on the church slaughter, she said that the attackers arrived in pick-up trucks in the early afternoon and threw grenades into the church grounds before opening fire with small arms. The 17 killed during the attack include a priest, and 27 civilians were reportedly abducted by assailants who drove them to an unknown location. Two children and two adults also succumbed to their injuries on Thursday. read more

Game Theory Says RA Dickey Should Throw More Knuckleballs

Of all the strategic elements of baseball, few are more fascinating than the poker game between pitcher and hitter. Each participant knows his strengths and those of his adversary, and that knowledge informs both players’ tactics in a complex entanglement of actions and counteractions.If the best pitch in a hurler’s repertoire is his fastball, for instance, he might be inclined to use it really frequently. But batters will pick up on that proclivity, and in time, the fastball will lose its effectiveness if it’s not balanced against, say, a change-up — even if the fastball is a far better pitch on paper.Eventually, we would expect this pitcher’s arsenal to settle into the optimal mix for retiring opposing hitters: a mix of fastballs and change-ups that’s impossible for a batter to exploit.1Hitters nudge a pitcher toward a better mix every time they correctly guess which pitch is coming. In game theory terms (and assuming the batter adapts accordingly), this is a version of the famous Nash equilibrium, which describes a situation in which neither party in a game has anything to gain by changing his or her strategy.That’s all, well, theory. But how can we detect which real-life pitchers are closest to their equilibria? One idea is to look for hurlers whose effectiveness is relatively equal on every kind of pitch he throws. And fortunately, Fangraphs tracks not only the frequency with which each pitch type is employed, but also its potency, estimated in terms of runs added or subtracted per 100 pitches. Using that data to find out how balanced a pitcher’s performance is across his entire repertoire, I computed a metric that I’m dubbing the “Nash Score.”Here’s how it works: Start by measuring for each pitch type the difference2Squared difference, to be exact. between its effectiveness and that of all the pitcher’s other pitches combined. Then weight those differences according to the frequency with which each pitch is thrown. The resulting average is the Nash Score, a sort of variance that measures whether a pitcher is close to his equilibrium (lower score) or could conceivably benefit from varying the distribution of his pitches (higher score).Take R.A. Dickey as an example. The Blue Jays starter, known for his mesmerizing knuckleball, throws the pitch 87 percent of the time — about as much as any pitcher in baseball uses his No. 1 pitch. Yet Dickey’s Nash Score isn’t especially low, so under the concept of equilibria outlined above, he should be using the knuckler even more. Dickey’s fastball — his No. 2 (and essentially only other3Dickey uses a third pitch, the change-up, only 2 percent of the time. pitch) — is far less effective than his knuckler, even in its limited use as a complementary, change-of-pace pitch. According to game theory, Dickey could conceivably boost his overall effectiveness by throwing the knuckleball on an even greater proportion of his pitches.Going beyond Dickey, here are the (qualifying4Minimum 5,000 weighted pitches, or about 830 pitches per season.) pitchers with the most and least optimal mixtures of pitches over the past three seasons,5Weighted for recency according to Marcel’s values — namely, a weight of three for 2015, two for 2014 and one for 2013. at least according to this method:In the chart, a pitch type’s “relative value” is its run value (per 100 pitches) compared to that of all the pitcher’s other pitches combined. So this method surmises that Tanner Roark of the Washington Nationals is closer to operating at equilibrium than any other pitcher6At least among pitchers in our 2013-15 sample. because his two most frequent pitches (fastball and slider) are each barely more effective than the rest of his repertoire and his third choice (change-up) is barely less effective. Based on our game theory of pitch selection, it stands to reason that Roark wouldn’t get much of a performance boost by altering his frequencies.But is this actually true? Roark was very good in 2013 (mostly out of the bullpen) with what this system considers a less-optimal mix of pitches than he has now. He was merely solid last year (as a starter) even though his pitch frequencies were far closer to the theoretical equilibrium. And he has been pretty dismal in 2015 (mostly back in the ’pen) despite maintaining a supposedly optimal pitch mix. Therein lies one problem with this methodology: Pitcher performance is notoriously unstable in small samples — and small samples are all we have when trying to zero in on the equilibrium frequencies for a pitcher’s current repertoire.The year-to-year correlation of a pitcher’s Nash Score, for instance, is essentially zero. Optimally mixing pitches one season is no guarantee of doing it the next, in part because per-pitch performance measures are themselves fickle, but also because the batter-pitcher chess match is in a state of constant flux. Furthermore, there’s little relationship between how good a pitcher is7On a runs-saved-per-pitch basis. and how well he optimizes his repertoire. The Miami Marlins’ Jose Fernandez is one of the best pitchers on Earth, yet this method says he’s still drastically overusing his fastball and underusing his breaking pitches.Then again, Fernandez might also be illustrative of how a pitcher can evolve toward his equilibrium. His fastball, despite good scouting assessments and improved velocity, has been average at best (in terms of run-prevention) since the 2014 season.8He was injured during the 2014 season, only returning from Tommy John surgery last month. Meanwhile, his slider has always been nothing short of brilliant on a per-pitch basis. Perhaps it’s no coincidence, then, that since his debut in 2013, Fernandez has gradually thrown fewer fastballs and more sliders.Moreover, for the entire population of pitchers I looked at, a one-standard-deviation increase in optimality9That is, a one-standard-deviation reduction in Nash Score. results in an earned run average about a quarter of a standard deviation10Or about a fifth of a run per nine innings. lower. It’s not a huge effect (it only amounts to a handful of runs per season), but it does suggest that a pitcher can reap some benefit from trying to find an equilibrium that evens out every pitch’s effectiveness.Baseball players have always known the value of mixing up pitches to disrupt a hitter’s rhythm. As Hall of Fame pitcher Warren Spahn once said: “Hitting is timing — pitching is upsetting timing.” Now, though, sabermetric tools can help quantify the blend of pitch types to best do so — that is, until the batters adapt and the cycle starts all over again. read more

M25 road rage killer Kenneth Noye to be transferred to an open prison

first_imgHe went on the run after killing Mr Cameron and was arrested in Spain in 1998.A plan will now be drawn up for the timing of the transfer, which is expected to take place within six weeks, while officials will also weigh up which establishment Noye will be moved to.Open prisons have lower security than “closed” jails.Transfers from higher security categories to open conditions are generally part of a long-term path towards release, depending on the prisoner’s progress in a number of areas.Offenders’ suitability for returning to the community are tested by exposing them to conditions more similar to those they would encounter on the outside.Noye would be assessed again by the Parole Board before he can be released. Cameron, 21, who was stabbed to death in front of his girlfriendCredit: PA 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. Stephen Lee Cameron, 21, who was stabbed to death in front of his girlfriend by Kenneth Noyecenter_img Road-rage killer Kenneth Noye is to be transferred to an open prison after the Justice Secretary rubber-stamped a recommendation from the Parole Board.Noye, now 70, was convicted of murder in April 2000 and sentenced to life with a minimum term of 16 years, after stabbing 21-year-old electrician Stephen Cameron to death in an attack on the M25 in Kent in 1996.Last month the Parole Board said it was not directing Noye’s release, but recommended that he be transferred to “open conditions”.The advice was passed to the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) for the final decision, and the department confirmed on Tuesday that Justice Secretary David Lidington had accepted the recommendation.An MoJ spokesman said: “Public protection is our top priority and transfers to open conditions are made after a thorough, expert risk assessment carried out by the independent Parole Board.” In September 2015 the Parole Board recommended Noye be moved to an open jail, but this was blocked by then justice secretary Michael Gove.Earlier this year Noye won a High Court challenge against the refusal decision, which his counsel argued was “unlawful and irrational”.One of Britain’s most notorious criminals, Noye had been jailed for handling bullion stolen in the infamous 1983 Brink’s-Mat robbery and was released two years before the M25 attack.last_img read more

Witness says Sheikh Chams face was swollen

first_imgBy Sarjo Camara- SingatehThe defence witness in the obstruction trial of Sheikh Cham told the court that the accused emerged from a police cell with a swollen face.Testifying before Magistrate Nche Blessed of the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court on 31 March, 2016, Mr. Ismalia Jadama said Mr. Cham was forced to thumb print a statement that was written for him, adding that he was also kept in solitary confinement in a cell.He told the court that he could vividly remember what happened on the day the accused was arrested on 19th of March 2015 at about 10pm, while he was sitting at their compound gate. “I saw a vehicle coming from the opposite gate and which was on full light. But when it got to the middle of the junction it put off its light,” said the defence witness.Mr. Jadama said from where he was sitting, he was able to see a vehicle coming towards him with four people inside it and that these were “Sheikh Cham, Dodou, Waggeh and Sarr”.  He said when he enquired about these people from one man called Kebba, he was told that they were police officers. He said after they left with him (Sheikh), himself, the said Kebba and Mr. Cham’s mother proceeded to the Banjulunding police station but that when they arrived and enquired about him, they were told that he was not there. He said on their way back they dropped Kebba who was not feeling well. He said they eventually traced Sheikh to Wellingara police station.He further told the court that when he entered the police station, he saw Dodou and Waggeh inside. He said he asked about Mr. Cham and was told that he was in the cell.The defence witness said they were to collect Mr. Cham. “When he came out from the cell, I saw his left eyes swollen. He could not even open his eyes properly,” said the witness.He told the court that Mr. Cham went back to the charge office where he was asked to sign a document but he told them that before signing it he has to read the contents.He said Kebbeh returned him (Sheikh Cham) back into the cell.The witness further told the court that on the following day, Friday, he went to the Welingara police station at about 12 noon. He said they went to Kebbeh who told them to allow me to go and collect Sheikh (the accused).“We did not know Assan. We met him at the Wellingara police station. We have no relation with him. He is an independent man who may have known the police officers,” he said.He further told the court that they left Mr. Cham to read and sign the statement and that they forced him and put his thumb in the ink pad.The witness said as they were leaving with the accused person, he asked the police about his belt and money but that they told him that they neither saw the belt nor the money.“After when I left Sheikh and the police officers, what they discussed I wouldn’t know. When he (the accused) entered the vehicle, he told me that he did not know what he has done wrong,” he said.Mr. Jadama also said that he asked Mr. Cham whether he realized how they were forcing him to sign with his finger print.CROSS- EXAMINATION BY THE PROSECUTION During the cross examination of Mr. Jadama, the defence witness, by Mr. Jawara of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), he maintained that he saw Mr. Cham at the Wellingara police station with a swollen face and that he could not see properly with his eyes.He told the court that according to the information from the police officer, Mr. Cham was sent to a one man cellHe told the court that all what he was telling the court is correct, reliable and relevant.“What is your relationship with Sheikh Cham?” asked the prosecution. “My neighbor,” he responded.“When do you know him?” “I cannot remember.”“Do you want to see Sheikh Cham going to jail?” “No.”“Based on your explanation, you were not present during the arrest. Since you were not present, you cannot know what transpired?” “Yes, but I did not hear any noise.”“Apart from your name and surname, all your information before this court is wrong?” “What I saw that is what I said before the court.”“I put it to you that you were fed by the accused person Sheikh Cham?” Je answered, “No.”“Do you know the charges preferred against the accused person?” He answered, “No.”At this stage, the defence counsel stood up and objected to the question. He told the court that the witness would not know that because he is not a lawyer. “He is a lay man in law,” added the defence lawyer.The trial magistrate in his ruling said it is left to the witness to say what he wants to say.The witness told the court that what he knows is what he has said.The prosecutor put it to the witness that the accused has obstructed narcotic officers while performing their work and insulted them. The witness said he did not know Mr. Cham with such behaviour.The NDLEA prosecutor told the witness that it was because of the behaviour of the accused that the officers could not perform their duty.“I was seated about 40 to 45 metres away and that whatever that happened there I will hear,” said the witness.The prosecutor remarked, “I put it to you that you were never present or seated where you said you were?” He answered, “I was there.”The prosecutor added, “I put it to you that the accused person resisted arrest, search and was using foul words, describing the officers as dropouts.” He answered, “I am not aware of that.”The prosecutor remarked, “I put it to you that the accused person was never tortured or beaten?” He answered, “His swollen face showed that he was beaten.”The prosecutor added, “Do you know that telling lies before this honourable court can lead you to prison?” He answered, “I said what I saw.”At this stage, the trial magistrate intervened and put it to the witness that that is not the answer.The witness then replied in the affirmative.The prosecutor put it to the witness that he was not giving truthful evidence. “You are lying to this honorable court?” said the prosecutor.“What I said before the court is true,” responded Mr. Jadama.“You said you saw officers forcing the accused to thump print?” The witness answered, “Yes, I saw it. Yes, its true.”Prosecutor asked, “At what time did that happen?” The witness answered, “I can’t remember the time.”Prosecutor remarked, “I put it to you that the accused signed the statement without any force.” He answered, “What I saw is what I said.”Prosecutor asked, “I put it to you that Sheikh was never put in a one man cell?” He answered, “Yes, Sheikh was put in a one man cell.”Prosecutor asked, “I put it to you that the drug law enforcement officers don’t have a one man cell?” He answered, “Yes, they do, because the man who came for Sheikh said he put him in a one man cell.”“I finally put it to you that you are inconsistent, unreliable, zero trust worthy before this court,” said the NDLEA prosecutor. The witness insisted that what he saw was what he informed the court.The case was adjourned to the 12 April 2016 at 1pm for oral addresses from both the prosecution and defence.last_img read more

Chris Hughton pays last respect to the late pop singer Chas

first_imgChrist Hughton, the manager of Brighton, has paid his last respect to the late Chas Hodges following the passing of  pop singer of Chas N Dave on Saturday night.Going back as far as the days the manager was still a player, Hodges had been a strong supporter of Tottenham, the club Hughton had played for then. In 1981 and ’82, Hughton appeared alongside teammates and Hodges in ‘Ossie’s Dream’ and ‘Tottenham Tottenham’.The singles were on top of the FA Cup chart as of the time. ‘Ain’t No Pleasing You’ resounded on Saturday from the fans of Tottenham as they played Brighton. Brighton also played the song during the half-time break in remembrance of Hodges.“It’s a very sad day today. We knew him very well. He was around the club a lot and they were always associated with Spurs,” Hughton said, according to Mail Online.BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Chris Hughton, Manager of Brighton and Hove Albion looks on prior to the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Manchester City at American Express Community Stadium on May 12, 2019 in Brighton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)Hughton’s first words after being sacked Manuel R. Medina – May 22, 2019 The former Brighton and Hove Albion manager says he was “hugely disappointed and surprised” when he was fired from the club.“I’m told our [Brighton] supporters joined in the song at half time and the reason why they did that was that they knew he was synonymous with football and part of the football family. He was a really good fella and a big part of our success.”last_img read more

Audit Declining financial condition vexes Skamania

first_imgSkamania County may not be able to pay to maintain its current service levels because of a “declining financial condition,” the Washington State Auditor’s office reported Monday.During a financial audit, the auditor’s office determined the county’s general fund expenditures exceeded revenues in 2009, 2010 and 2011. By the end of 2011, the county had borrowed $1.15 million from restricted funds to cover general fund operations, the report said.“The county prepared annual budgets for 2010 and 2011 based on revenue estimates,” the report said. “When forecasted revenue was not received, the county did not take timely action to reduce expenditures.”The office said the county should:• Make a comprehensive plan, including detailed financial benchmarks and guidelines to target cash-flow issues.• Improve its general fund cash flow to decrease dependency on interfund loans.• Closely monitor financial activities and ensure timely and accurate financial information is provided to commissioners to help with decision-making.“The county is aware of the precarious financial condition and took significant steps at the end of 2011 and in the 2012 budget to meet this issue,” the county said in its response.The 2012 general fund budget was reduced by 30 percent. The county also took a $2.5 million loan and will repay almost $500,000 immediately and the remainder by selling surplus property, the county said. The county will also reduce staff and service levels to meet actual revenue projections, it said in its response.last_img read more

Google brings nonbinary emoji to Android Q

first_img Sarah Tew/CNET 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 Comment Tags Mobile,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. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Sprint $520 at HP $999 Tags $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Chris Monroe/CNET Read Google Home Hub review See It $999 $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express 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. Angela Lang/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET 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. $299 at Amazon Comments 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. $6 at Tidal Amazon See it 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). $59 at eBay 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. 1 Apple iPhone XS Share your voice $60 at Best Buy See at Turo 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. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $999 Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Rylo $999 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. Turo Read the AirPods review Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) 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. Nonbinary emojis are coming to Android Q. Google Fifty-three nonbinary emoji are coming to Android Q, Google confirmed Wednesday. The designs launched Tuesday on Pixel smartphones as a beta release. They’ll come to Android Q, the next version of Google’s mobile operating system, later in the year. In the interview with Fast Company, designer Jennifer Daniel said gender is complicated: “It is an impossible task to communicate gender in a single image. It’s a construct. It lives dynamically on a spectrum.”In images of the emoji sent from Google, captions note that some emoji, like the judge, only needed a new hairstyle. Others needed more work on clothing, like the vampire. The nonbinary vampire wears a chain instead of a bowtie or necklace.”All of [the emoji] will force us to look each other in the eye and thin deeply about gender,” one caption reads. Originally published May 8, 9:14 a.m. PT.Update, 9:30 a.m. PT: Adds additional information; 11:15 a.m. PT: Adds confirmation and info from Google. 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. See at Amazon Best Buy Share your voice 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. 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. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Sarah Tew/CNET Read the Rylo camera preview See It DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Boost Mobile $155 at Google Express Turo: Save $30 on any car rental 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. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Read Lenovo Smart Clock review JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) See It $210 at Best Buy CNET may get a commission from retail offers. The Cheapskate 7 Read DJI Osmo Action preview Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70)last_img read more

B Chy too sceptical of fair polls

first_imgAQM Badruddoza Chowdhury. File PhotoFormer president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury has expressed his doubts about free, fair and neutral elections, blaming the Awami League government’s ‘illogical and anti-democratic steps’.Also president of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) political party, B Chowdhury expressed concerns about the shrinking human rights in the country, while addressing a discussion on Saturday, reports UNB.Another former president HM Ershad, who is special emissary of prime minister Sheikh Hasina, said last week that there is no election in the country these days as he pointed out, “candidates are being elected uncontested or through false votes or election engineering.”Ershad’s Jatiya Party is also an alliance partner of the ruling AL and part of the premier Hasina-led cabinet.Principal opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, which boycotted the 2014 general elections fearing rigging and manipulation, has long been demanding restoration of a poll-time neutral government for free and fair elections.All major opposition parties boycotted the elections and more than 150 Members of Parliament were elected uncontested.On Saturday, B Chowdhury said, “Following the government’s irrational and anti-democratic steps, people are in doubt whether all political parties will be able to take part in the general election or a free and fair election will be held.””The country’s democracy-loving people can’t but panic for the way human rights and democracy are shrinking in the country,” the BDB chief told the discussion his party organised at its Kuril Biswa Road central office to mark Pahela Baishakh, the first of Bangla new year 1425.He mentioned that there is no security of life.”Today I’m here but don’t know whether I’ll be alive tomorrow. Many call it a police state. The doubt will remain in people’s minds until the democracy is restored,” he added.Speaking there, Nagorik Oikya (Citizens’ Unity) convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna said, “Over the past 47 years, Bangladesh has turned into a country of hijackers, looters and killers. There’s no democracy here, but only power grabber. Those who protest the power grabbing become victims of repression.””A vow to fight for democracy, people’s welfare and a welfare country should be the oath of the new year,” he insisted.BDB central leaders Mahbub Ali, Md Yusuf, Beg Mahtab, Hafizur Rahman Jhantu, Wasimul Islam, Jubo Dhara president Obaidur Rahman Mridha, general secretary Asaduzzaman Bachchu and Sramik Dhara president Ainul Haque also spoke at the programme.last_img read more

Teachers likely to start fast unto death

first_imgTeachers and employees of non-MPO educational institutions have been observing a sit-in programme since Monday. The photo has been taken from in front of National Press Club on Tuesday. Photo: Prothom AloTeachers and employees of the educational institutions, who are not entiteld to the government’s monthly pay order (MPO), may go for fast unto death from Thursday (21 June).They have already been demonstrating with the demand for bringing the institutions under MPO.The teachers under the banner of Federation of Teachers and Employees of Non-MPO Educational Institutions made a broad hint at such extreme programme, at a sit-in demonstration in front of the National Press Club on Tuesday.The teachers of non-MPO institutions have been observing the sit-in programme since Monday.”We’ll take a final decision over this tomorrow (Wednesday),” president of the federation Golam Mahmudunnabi told Prothom Alo.He expressed determination that the teachers would not leave the streets until their demand are met.“We’ll be staying on the streets until we are enlisted in MPO as per the prime minister’s pledge,” said the teachers’ leader.The agitating teachers and employees even staged a demonstration on Eid day after the Eid prayers.On 31 December 2017, the non-MPO teachers began a hunger strike that continued till 5 January this year.They suspended their strike after an official of the prime minister’s office (PMO) told the agitators that their demands would be fulfilled soon.Some of the agitating teachers said the government had last enlisted institutions as MPO in 2010. None of the institutions has been made MPO since then.However, the government is saying that it is a continuous process.The teachers said they have been suffering from huge financial crisis.”No allocation has been made for us in this budget. So we are back to the streets,” said the teachers’ leader Mahmudunnabi. “The non-MPO institutions are not being enlisted as MPO just because of the education minister’s ego.”General secretary of the federation Binoy Bhushan told Prothom Alo that many of the teachers have started their journey to Dhaka to join the sit-in programme since Monday morning.There are 7,500 non-MPO educational institutions in the country. Of these, 5,240 have been recognised by the government.Read more:Muhith says MPO a meaningless programmeNon-MPO teachers give govt 23 June ultimatumlast_img read more

Xbox One gets 10 GPU performance boost without Kinect

first_imgWhen Microsoft performed a U-turn last month and decided the Kinect sensor didn’t have to be a mandatory inclusion with the Xbox One, lots of people rejoiced. It meant the Xbox One could match the PS4 on price, but it also turns out no Kinect means more hardware performance is being unlocked for use in games.Microsoft has confirmed that the June version of the Xbox One software development kit (SDK) includes the ability to access an extra 10 percent GPU performance. The reason for this being that this 10 percent was until now reserved for use by the Kinect sensor. With Kinect now no longer mandatory, there’s no need to reserve the performance.Any developer working on any platform will welcome more performance from a set piece of hardware, but in the case of the Xbox One it is a much needed boost. The PS4 is the better performing machine, as has been seen by the higher resolutions and frame rates being achieved in its games. The Xbox One just can’t match it, but more GPU performance will certainly help bridge the gap.With Kinect now out of the picture, Microsoft can concentrate on trying to catch the PS4 in terms of console sales. That won’t happen without some exclusive games get announced and released quickly, so all eyes will be on what Team Xbox reveal next week at E3.Sony is making a lot of noise about what it is set to reveal at E3. If it’s exclusive games and possibly a PS4 price cut, Microsoft is going to have a mountain to climb for the foreseeable future.last_img read more

Shimadzu Receives Two 2016 KLAS Awards for Xray Equipment

first_img Advances in long-length digital radiography are creating opportunities for visualization during spinal surgery, as well as pre- and post-operatively. Image courtesy of Fujifilm Medical Systems Technology | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 25, 2019 Samsung Announces New iQuia Premium Digital Radiography Platform Samsung has announced iQuia, a new digital radiography (DR) platform of premium products and technologies that improves… read more Related Content Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration -:-Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.center_img Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more News | Radiology Business | June 26, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare and the Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub Partner to Drive Innovation in Healthcare Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc. read more November 18, 2016 — Shimadzu Medical Systems USA received a 2016 Best in KLAS award for X-Ray, and Category Leader award for Portable X-ray.Healthcare research firm KLAS released its annual rankings of the best-performing medical equipment vendors. The 2016 Best in KLAS: Medical Equipment report ranked companies in seven market categories. Vendors earned the Best in KLAS distinction in various market segments including computed tomography (CT), X-ray, automated dispensing cabinets and ultrasound.Based on evaluations submitted by thousands of healthcare providers in and outside the United States over the past 12 months, KLAS rankings measure a vendor’s performance in areas like product quality, implementation and service and support. A Best in KLAS award is reserved for top-rated companies in a select group of the largest and most impactful market segments.Shimadzu Medical Systems USA has been bestowed the 2016 “Best in KLAS” achievement award for the X-ray Market Segment for 2016. Specifically, the company was awarded for its RADspeed table system, which has earned Shimadzu Best in KLAS in X-ray six out of the past seven years, according to Frank Serrao, Shimadzu’s marketing manager.Shimadzu’s MobileDaRt Evolution Wireless was awarded the 2016 “Category Leader” for Digital X-Ray – Mobile. The MobileDart Evolution has now been awarded “Category Leader” for three years consecutively, with the first award presented in 2011.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Digital Radiography (DR) | November 18, 2016 Shimadzu Receives Two 2016 KLAS Awards for X-ray Equipment Company earns Best in KLAS Award for X-ray and Category Leader Award for portable X-ray News | Digital Radiography (DR) | June 28, 2019 Springfield Clinic Deploys 17 Carestream Digital X-ray Systems Springfield Clinic implemented 14 Carestream DRX-Evolu read more Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more last_img read more

Venezuela govt lawmaker hurls gay slurs at foes

first_imgA leader of the opposition’s pro-tolerance movement, Tamara Adrian of Pro Inclusion, called the behavior despicable.“Venezuela is the only country in Latin America where the National Assembly has never discussed such issues as same-sex marriage. And if anyone asks why, the answer was clear yesterday,” she said Wednesday in talking about Carreno’s outburst.Capriles said Wednesday he was “honored” to be attacked by a government that he says is going to be brought down by its own corruption and what he says was the theft of the April 14 presidential election.“If I was a homosexual I would acknowledge it with pride to the four winds,” Capriles said.Analyst Luis Vicente Leon, director of the Datanalisis polling firm, called the increasingly personalized attacks by government officials a sign of Maduro’s weakening position in the face of worsening inflation, rampant violent crime and foreign currency, food and medicine shortages.Maduro won the presidency by a 1.5-point margin after squandering a double-digit lead after becoming the hand-picked successor of Chavez, who died of cancer March 5 after 14 years in power.Carreno backpedaled some Wednesday, offering an apology in a TV interview if he offended anyone with his remarks about homosexuals. Legislator Pedro Carreno, a member of the movement built by the late President Hugo Chavez, didn’t say where he got the photos, although the aide’s apartment was searched last week by military agents.The aide, Oscar Lopez, is in hiding. The government said it was investigating him on unspecified corruption charges, which the opposition calls part of a new wave of political repression.Carreno, a former military officer, is angry with Capriles for accusing him of being forced out of the armed forces for corruption and has challenged him to provide proof or resign as Miranda governor.“Respond, you homosexual,” Carreno said during Tuesday’s legislative session. “Accept the challenge, you faggot.”Carreno then claimed there is a police report saying Capriles was caught having oral sex in public in 2000.President Nicolas Maduro hurled more invective Wednesday, alluding during a public event to lascivious material that he insinuated was seized from Lopez.“Just 1 percent what was discovered was shown” in the National Assembly, Maduro said. “The videos and photos of orgies are not publishable.”Maduro also accused Capriles of using his office as governor of the central state of Miranda to “prostitute youths.” Lopez is Capriles’ chief of staff there. CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) – Venomous political attacks have become the norm in Venezuela, and now a governing party legislator has unleashed a tirade in the country’s legislature using gay slurs in trying to discredit the opposition.The lawmaker displayed photos in the National Assembly on Tuesday showing a top aide to opposition leader Henrique Capriles dressed, along with other men, in women’s clothing, apparently at a party. He suggested, without elaboration, that the photos proved the aide’s involvement with drug traffickers and male and female prostitution. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Comments   Share   Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daycenter_img Sponsored Stories New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober How do cataracts affect your vision? “The problem isn’t the sexual inclination (of his adversaries), but that they have a hidden life,” he said.___Associated Press writer Frank Bajak in Lima, Peru, contributed to this report.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more