As US exits arms treaty its missile sales surge

first_imgGeneva: Washington has signed more than 1 billion in new missile contracts in the three months since it announced plans to withdraw from a key Cold War-era arms treaty, campaigners said Thursday. “The withdrawal from the INF Treaty has fired the starting pistol on a new Cold War,” warned Beatrice Fihn, who heads the Nobel Peace Prize-winning International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). US President Donald Trump announced last October that his country would leave the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) agreement concluded between the US and the former Soviet Union in 1987. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportWashington, which accused Russia of violating the treaty through a new missile system, began the official process of withdrawing from the pact in February. Russian President Vladimir Putin responded by saying Moscow would also leave the INF treaty, which is considered the cornerstone of global arms control. In the three months following the October announcement, the US government “proceeded to arrange no less than 1 billion in new missile contracts”, according to a report by ICAN and another anti-nuclear campaign group, PAX. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsThe report detailed over 1.1 billion in new contracts with six mainly US companies. US defence contractor Raytheon saw the biggest windfall, tallying 44 new contracts worth some 537 million. Lockheed Martin meanwhile scooped up 36 new contracts, worth 268 million, while Boeing grabbed four new contracts totalling 245 million, the report found. “Congress should investigate the lobbying roles of Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon who took the lion’s share of these contracts,” Fihn said in a statement. The report authors acknowledged that it was unclear if all of the new contracts awarded between October 22, 2018 and January 21, 2019 were for new nuclear weapon production. “What is clear is that there is a new rush towards building more missiles that benefit a handful of US companies and intend to flood the market with missiles regardless of their range,” they said. At a global level, the report found that governments are currently contracting at least 116 billion (102 billion euros) to private companies in France, India, Italy, the Netherlands, Britain and the US for the production, development and stockpiling of nuclear weapons.last_img read more

Organized crime threatens peace efforts top UN police official warns INTERPOL

8 October 2008Organized crime poses a grave threat to countries emerging from conflict that are seeking to consolidate peace, the top United Nations police official warned INTERPOL today, calling for increased global cooperation to address the scourge. Collaboration between UN Police [UNPOL] and INTERPOL in peacekeeping operations “brings the combined weight of a majority of the world’s States to bear on organized crime networks,” Police Adviser Andrew Hughes said.He was addressing INTERPOL’s 77th General Assembly, the organization’s supreme governing body, in St. Petersburg, Russia, is focusing on boosting national police and law enforcement capacity to enhance international policing.Senior representatives from 186 member countries – including nearly half of the world’s national police commissioners – are attending the annual gathering, which began yesterday and concludes on Friday.While in Russia, Mr. Hughes is also meeting the country’s authorities to discuss its role in police peacekeeping.Many UN peace operations have already been mandated to tackle organized crime, with blue helmets taking part in “gang-clearing” activities in Haiti, fighting drug trafficking in Afghanistan and Guinea-Bissau, tackling the black market in Timor-Leste and combating illicit arms trafficking in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).Policing has become the fastest growing component of UN peacekeeping, with the number of authorized police officers doubling from over 8,000 in January 2006 to nearly 17,000 in January this year. There are now almost 12,000 UN Police from 98 countries deployed in 18 UN peace operations. The percentage of women officers has also doubled, rising over the past four years from 4 per cent to 8 per cent. read more

UN official urges greater support to address chronic catastrophe in Somalia

10 December 2010Somalia remains in a state of “chronic catastrophe” with two million people in need of humanitarian assistance, high levels of internal displacement and indications that a creeping drought could push more people into hunger, the senior United Nations relief official for the country said today. “Somalia has been in crisis for some 20 years and the impact of the long-term crisis which is again now being threatened by acute drought conditions is of great concern to the international community and the United Nations in particular,” Mark Bowden, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, told reporters at UN Headquarters.He said conditions in camps accommodating the country’s 1.46 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) are unacceptable, with people in those settlements having little access to sanitation and health facilities, despite great efforts by humanitarian agencies to improve the situation.“There is still a very considerable need for the international community to fully meet the needs of the IDPs in Somalia,” Mr. Bowden said.He said the La Niña weather pattern forecast for next year is likely to lead to drought conditions and worsen the humanitarian situation for Somalia’s agro-pastoralist communities who lost most of their assets during the past five seasons of drought, and who were beginning to recover due to a better harvest earlier this year. Drought conditions could be followed by floods from heavy rainfall, a common phenomenon in Somalia, he added.Despite the difficult conditions that humanitarian agencies face due to conflict in Somalia, Mr. Bowden noted that there is still considerable access for aid groups across the country as whole, and in most areas where people are in need.“The difficulties that we do face are in terms of getting food assistance to all the population in Somalia,” he said. “The issue of food availability I think is something that will be a major concern. We are trying to address that by putting greater emphasis on meeting health, water and sanitation needs to better protect the nutritional status of children,” he said.Earlier this year, one of the insurgent groups fighting against Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government prevented the UN World Food Programme (WFP) from distributing food in some areas, accusing the agency of undermining local farmers by giving imported food for free.UN agencies and their partners have appealed for $530 million to fund humanitarian operations for Somalia next year.“We can deliver despite the challenges if we are supported,” said Kiki Gbeho, the head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Somalia.Mr. Bowden said that the presence of international relief agencies is increasing in the self-declared “Republic of Somaliland” in the northwest, and in the self-declared autonomous region known as Puntland, which remain relatively calm compared to volatile southern Somalia.The Horn of Africa country has been without a fully functioning central government and has been wracked by factional warfare since the toppling of the government in 1991. read more

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Malik hold talks in China

The Hindu newspaper reported that both sides also discussed about the progress of works on Amaravati, a proposed riverfront capital city of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.Naidu said his Government had adopted the port-led development model for making the State the gateway to South East Asia. (Colombo Gazette) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu met Minister for Development Strategies and International Trade Malik Samarawickrama in China for talks.Samarawickrama told the Chief Minister that Sri Lanka was keen on working with Andhra Pradesh, especially in the tourism promotion sector. read more

Sudan should accept international help on Darfur Annan says

Last week, the Council agreed today to deploy a UN peacekeeping force of more than 17,000 troops in Darfur. The resolution creating the operation “invites the consent” of the Sudanese Government to the deployment, although Khartoum has said on several occasions that it is opposed to any kind of UN force taking over the role of the African Union’s (AU) current operation – known by the acronym AMIS – in Darfur.The Secretary-General was asked about Khartoum’s rejection of the resolution at a press conference today in Qatar. “If the Government of Sudan had been able to protect these people, we would not even be talking about deploying international troops,” he noted.Since Sudan’s Government has not been able to address the situation, “it is incumbent on it to accept international help to pacify the region so that people can live their lives in peace and dignity,” he added, voicing hope that the country’s leaders will “realize that by their inability to protect them, they will be held liable at some stage for what is going on on the ground.” The Secretary-General recalled that UN members recently accepted the concept of ‘responsibility to protect,’ “which means each government has the responsibility to protect its people from genocide, ethnic-cleansing, gross and systematic violations of human rights.”When a government fails, he said, the international community has the right to step in and assist. “We now have to redeem that solemn pledge that was made only last September,” he said. “I would urge the Sudanese authorities to reconsider and work with the international community and accept the forces. We are going in to help. We have no other ambition than that.” Mr. Annan pointed out that the UN currently has 10,000 troops from all over the world deployed in South Sudan to support a peace agreement that ended a separate conflict there. “We work peacefully with their consent and cooperation and I hope we can do the same in Darfur,” he said. These views echo those Mr. Annan expressed in a letter to Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir last week. The Secretary-General wrote that only an impartial peacekeeping force like the proposed expansion of the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), currently deployed to help implement an accord that ended fighting in the country’s South, would have the resources and capacity to effectively support the Darfur Peace Agreement (DPA) signed by the Government and some of the region’s rebel groups in May. In the letter, Mr. Annan also expressed alarm over the recent deployment of large numbers of Sudanese troops in Darfur, which UN officials have called an apparent sign that the Government is determined to pursue a major military offensive there soon. read more

The Latest Rookie QBs Allen Mayfield off to hot starts

The Latest on Week 12 in the NFL (all times EDT):1:45 p.m.This year’s rookie quarterback class is off to a good start in Week 12.Josh Allen threw a 75-yard touchdown pass to Robert Foster to help Buffalo jump to a 14-0 lead over Jacksonville, while Baker Mayfield has a touchdown pass for Cleveland as the Browns leaped to a 14-0 lead over Cincinnati.Josh Rosen leads the Cardinals against the Chargers later in the day.Meanwhile, the Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski has announced his return from an injury by hauling in a touchdown pass from Tom Brady to forge a 7-all tie with the New York Jets___1 p.m.It’s not quite Showdown Sunday in the NFL in Week 12.Of the 11 games on deck, none involves two teams with winning records. The closest is the early afternoon visit by Seattle (5-5) to Carolina (6-4), while a pair of 5-5 teams meet later in the day when Miami visits Indianapolis.Elsewhere, the Jaguars visit the Bills, the Browns visit the Bengals, the Patriots travel to the Jets, the Giants are in Philadelphia, the 49ers head to Tampa Bay and the Raiders visit Baltimore.The Cardinals visit the Chargers and the Steelers visit the Broncos later in the day.Perhaps the most important matchup comes Sunday night, when the Packers (4-5-1) visit the Vikings (5-4-1) in a matchup of NFC North rivals competing for a wild-card playoff spot.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLThe Associated Press read more

Dalibor Doder out of the final against France Zakrisson in

Dalibor Doder injured himself in the match against Hungary, and the injury is severe which means that there is no chance to be playing in the final tomorrow against the favorized French squad. This means opportunity for Mattias Zakrisson, who will be replacing Doder in the squad. ← Previous Story Angry Balic to Goluza: “Why you took me out?” (VIDEO) Next Story → Spain wins the Bronze Medal! Beats Korea after extra time doderfrancekarabaticSweden handballzakrisson

Google se lance dans laventure dun deuxième mobile Android le Nexus S

first_imgGoogle se lance dans l’aventure d’un deuxième mobile Android, le Nexus SGoogle a confirmé le lancement de son deuxième smartphone, le Nexus S. Propulsé par Android, il bénéficiera de la dernière version de l’OS, Gingerbread. Google a confirmé en ce début de semaine l’arrivée imminente du Nexus S, le successeur du Nexus One, malgré le succès mitigé de ce dernier. C’est un événement pour le géant américain car pour la première fois, un terminal fonctionnera sous Gingerbread, le nouvel OS Android version 2.3. Le mobile, qui sortira le 16 décembre aux Etats-Unis et quatre jours plus tard en Europe, en priorité au Royaume-Uni, est fabriqué par Samsung. Loin d’être un hasard, Google a choisi l’opérateur T-Mobile aux Etats-Unis pour commercialiser son produit et le proposer à 199 dollars (149 euros), un cheminement qu’a connu l’iPhone, son principal concurrent. Dans les autres magasins, le produit est commercialisé à hauteur de 529 dollars (397 euros). Soit un prix de vente presque trois fois supérieur. Une sacrée différence. Le 7 décembre 2010 à 14:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Cerveau une semaine pour mieux comprendre son fonctionnement

first_imgCerveau : une semaine pour mieux comprendre son fonctionnementLa onzième Semaine du cerveau a été lancée ce lundi 14 mars, pour s’achever dimanche prochain. Organisé dans dans 62 pays à l’initiative de l’association américaine Dana alliance for the brain, l’événement vise à sensibiliser le grand public à l’importance de la recherche.Dans 62 pays à travers le monde, des manifestations seront organisées tout au long de la semaine pour dévoiler les secrets d’un organe au sujet duquel nous avons encore tant à apprendre. Permettre au grand public de mieux connaître le cerveau pour lui faire prendre conscience de l’importante de la recherche : c’est le but de cette opération menée pour la onzième année consécutive.À lire aussiMini-cerveaux, “gène homosexuel” et allergie, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 31 aoûtActivités ludiques et pédagogiques, expositions, débats, rencontres avec des chercheurs, ateliers pour les enfants, ou conférences poussées sur les dernières recherches en cours : les simples curieux comme les scientifiques trouveront lors de cette semaine célébrée dans une vingtaine de villes françaises, toutes les réponses à leurs questions sur cet organe composé de cent milliards de neurones et cent mille milliards de synapses. La France fait partie des pays où la recherche en neurosciences est la plus avancée, et c’est sous le pilotage de la Société des neurosciences, qui réunit près de 3.000 chercheurs, mais aussi de la Fédération pour la recherche sur le cerveau (FRC), que seront organisées des manifestations tout au long de la semaine.Comme le souligne le Professeur André Nieullon, président de la Société française des neurosciences cité par Romandie, les maladies du cerveau, qu’elles soient neurologiques ou psychiatriques, touchent “un Français sur trois ou quatre” au cours de leur vie. Un chiffre qui est amené à augmenter en raison du vieillissement de la population.Le programme des animations prévues jusqu’à dimanche dans 23 villes de France est disponible ici.Le 14 mars 2011 à 18:14 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Loughlin husband and 14 parents face new charge in scam

first_img AP Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitter Posted: April 9, 2019 AP, April 9, 2019center_img Updated: 7:03 PM Loughlin, husband and 14 parents face new charge in scam 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsBOSTON (AP) — “Full House” star Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, and 14 other parents were hit Tuesday with a new money laundering charge in the sweeping college admissions bribery scheme.The move comes a day after fellow actress Felicity Huffman, 12 other parents and a coach agreed to plead guilty — signaling an escalation in the case against the parents who are continuing to fight the allegations against them.Loughlin and Giannulli were among 33 prominent parents accused of participating in a scheme that involved rigging college entrance exams and bribing coaches at elite universities.They were arrested last month on a single charge of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. An indictment brought Tuesday adds a charge of money laundering conspiracy against the couple and 14 other parents.Amy and Gregory Colburn, a California couple accused of paying $25,000 to cheat on their son’s SAT, were indicted on the money laundering and mail fraud conspiracy charges last month.The parents are accused of paying an admissions consultant, Rick Singer, to cheat on their children’s college entrance exams and get their children admitted as athletic recruits at such elite schools as Georgetown and Yale.Loughlin and Giannulli are accused of paying $500,000 in bribes to get their daughters into the University of Southern California as crew team recruits, even though neither of them played the sport.They appeared in Boston federal court briefly last week and were not asked to enter a plea. They have not publicly addressed the allegations against them.Other parents indicted on the new charge Tuesday include Michelle Janavs, whose family developed the microwave snack line Hot Pockets before selling their company, and William McGlashan, who co-founded an investment fund with U2’s Bono in 2017.Huffman, the 56-year-old Emmy-winner who stared in ABC’s “Desperate Housewives,” was accused of paying $15,000 disguised as a charitable donation to have a proctor correct the answers on her daughter’s SAT. She and the 12 other parents agreed to plead guilty Monday to a single charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.Prosecutors say they will seek a prison sentence that’s on the low end of between four and 10 months for Huffman.In her first public comments since her arrest, Huffman took responsibility for her actions and said she would accept the consequences.“My daughter knew absolutely nothing about my actions, and in my misguided and profoundly wrong way, I have betrayed her. This transgression toward her and the public I will carry for the rest of my life. My desire to help my daughter is no excuse to break the law or engage in dishonesty,” she said after her plea deal was announced. last_img read more

GOP adds to claims against Clark County auditor

first_imgThe Clark County Republican Party added to a list of alleged violations it believes County Auditor Greg Kimsey, himself a Republican, committed in the run-up to the passage of the home-rule charter. Clark County Republican Party Chairman Kenny Smith initially accused Kimsey of using his office to advocate for the passage of the home-rule charter when he put a two-page explanation of the charter in the general election voters’ pamphlet. Since then, Smith said he continued to look into the matter and uncovered additional concerns. The most recent alleged infractions follow along the lines of the initial complaint that Kimsey “actively campaigned for the passage” of the charter. “We were just trying to understand the process and how it’s supposed to look, and as we looked into it, we thought this is building on the same complaints, and we think we ought to present that, as well,” Smith said. The most recent letter outlines additional alleged infractions, including Kimsey’s involvement with the group “Team Clark Forward,” which the letter states sought contributions. The letter claims such involvement was inappropriate for someone in Kimsey’s position. The letter also raises questions about whether the information Kimsey provided to explain the charter was accurate.last_img read more

5G is here but it will cost you

first_imgIn the US, AT&T and Verizon each pledged to launch 5G in 2018, and each made its deadline, in a way. Verizon launched its home broadband service with 5G technology in October, but it doesn’t work for mobile customers and doesn’t use the actual 5G industry standard itself. And while AT&T turned on its service in December, it was to only a limited number of people. T-Mobile, meanwhile, won’t formally launch its 5G service in its first 30 cities until the second half of 2019, Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray said in an interview on Monday. Until Qualcomm introduces its second-generation modem, the X55, later this year, there won’t be any phones available that can tap into the critical low-band 600MHz spectrum that will power much of T-Mobile’s early broad 5G coverage.5G at a discount, maybeWhen Donovan Sung, director of product management for Xiaomi’s global team, asked attendees of his launch event what they thought was fair for a 5G phone, the lowest price shouted from the crowd was 699 euros. The actual price: 599 euros, or around $679.So there’s reason to believe that you’re not going to get completely fleeced with 5G. But the Mi Mix 3’s price tag may be an anomaly, given that Apple, Samsung and others already price their 4G LTE phones at about $1,000.”We think this is one of the most competitive prices for a 5G smartphone today,” Sung said. Sprint Huawei Mate X is a foldable phone with 5G 64 Photos Jun 29 • Galaxy S10 5G, OnePlus 7 Pro LG V50 ThinQ 5G: Why you shouldn’t rush to buy a 5G phone $749 2:43 See It Now playing: Watch this: The Huawei Mate X will cost 2,300 euros ($2,600) when it goes on sale mid-year Andrew Hoyle/CNET When Huawei and Xiaomi showed off their first 5G phones at Mobile World Congress, the crowds at both press conferences gasped. What caused the reaction was the price — but for very different reasons.Huawei said its Mate X will cost a jaw-dropping 2,300 euros ($2,600) when it goes on sale in the middle of the year. That’s pricier than feared, even though it’s one of the world’s first foldable phones. By contrast, Xiaomi said its Mi Mix 3 5G will retail for 599 euros ($679) when it hits the market in May, much lower than what seemed possible for the first 5G phones.The devices may end up being on extreme ends of the pricing scale, but there’s really no way to know right now. While nearly every major Android handset maker has unveiled plans to release a 5G phone, Huawei and Xiaomi are the only companies that have actually detailed how much they’re going to cost. $578 Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, S10E: Every camera lens and curve See All Share your voice Mobile World Congress 2019 Drew Blackard, Samsung’s senior director of product marketing, told CNET after Unpacked that the Galaxy S10 5G will be more of an “incremental step-up” from the $1,000 S10 Plus, not a huge jump like the $1,980 Galaxy Fold. He noted it will be over $100 more expensive but declined to give any further specifics. “That’s natural because it has a bigger battery, more cameras and also has 5G,” Blackard said last week. Motorola President Sergio Buniac, meanwhile, believes that while 5G devices may be more expensive, they won’t be excessively so. Motorola soon will release a 5G “Mod,” or module, that attaches to the back of the Moto Z3 to let it run on the faster wireless network.”It’s more what 5G can bring to you than whether it’s more expensive or not,” Buniac said in an interview on Monday.Ultimately, more of the 5G phone price increase could come from what other features are added. There are higher costs overall for the 5G devices, from the chipset to the antennas, batteries and other components. “Initially, the price of 5G phones will be higher than 4G phones, that’s for sure,” said Yenchi Lee, senior director of product marketing for MediaTek’s wireless communications business, in an interview Monday. The company this week unveiled its first 5G modem, which will be in smartphones in early 2020. Soaring service plans?Along with not knowing device prices, we also still don’t know what most mobile 5G plans will cost — or, in many cases, when service will actually be turned on. Dan Hays, a consultant for PWC, said he sees the potential for an 8 percent to 10 percent premium on 5G service, similar to early 4G deployments. But he doesn’t think carriers will be able to get away with higher increases because the initial deployments are so small. Operators will first launch 5G in just a handful of cities, including Atlanta and Dallas, while a broader rollout across the US will likely take years. “If you can only use it 10 percent of the time, would I pay for it?” Hays said. If you can only use it 10 percent of the time, would I pay for it? Dan Hays, a consultant for PWC Mobile World Congress 2019 See it reading • 5G is here as Galaxy S10, Mate X and other phones debut. But it’ll cost you • $749 Best Buy 29 See It See also See It Boost Mobile Galaxy Fold, Huawei Mate X: Foldable phones are so tantalizingly close Xiaomi moves into 5G with the Mi Mix 3 5G at MWC 2019 5G phones and service will cost you, Samsung, Verizon and AT&T almost admit Galaxy S10 5G phone will launch first at Verizon in Q2 Samsung Galaxy S10E Review • Galaxy S10E: Overlooking Samsung’s cheapest phone would be a mistake May 13 • Galaxy S10E vs. iPhone XR: Every spec compared 28 Photos Jul 9 • Killer cameras and battery life might meet their match in the Note 10 Mentioned Above Samsung Galaxy S10E (128GB, prism white) Phones Components Tablets $749 But we do know this much: 5G won’t be cheap. The networking technology has long been hailed as a game-changer that will serve as a foundation for everything from telemedicine to self-driving cars to augmented reality. Carriers are spending billions of dollars to build out 5G networks. Device makers need to use pricier components like 5G radios and bigger batteries. Those higher costs will likely flow down to you through more expensive service and phones.The shift to 5G gives carriers and phone makers the chance to charge more for those top speeds at a time they’re not selling as many devices. Last year, smartphone shipments fell for the first time ever in history, according to Strategy Analytics. Globally, they dropped 5 percent to 376 million units, something the research firm called “a landmark event.”The trick is to figure out how much more to charge without scaring consumers off. “I do believe it should be priced at a small premium to 4G,” said Marc Allera, chief executve of UK carrier EE, during a 5G panel at MWC. “But not so much that it slows adoption down.”The first 5G wave5G promises to significantly boost the speed, coverage and responsiveness of wireless networks. It can run between 10 and 100 times faster than your typical cellular connection today, and even quicker than anything you can get with a physical fiber-optic cable going into your house. MWC this week in Barcelona marked the debut of the first crop of 5G smartphones. The faster network — OK, foldables too — was all anyone talked about at the mobile trade show. Except for Apple, every major handset maker plans to launch a 5G phone early this year. Samsung, the world’s biggest smartphone vendor, unveiled its first 5G phone just days before MWC during its Unpacked event in San Francisco. Oppo on Saturday at MWC talked up its first, not-yet-named 5G phone. Huawei showed off its Mate X foldable on Sunday, while Xiaomi detailed its Mi Mix 3 5G that same day. The Barcelona gathering also marked the debut of LG’s V50 and ZTE’s Axon 10 Pro, while Sony and OnePlus showed off prototypes for devices they’ll launch this year. Even Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon — whose company will provide the chips to power most 5G phones this year — said he didn’t expect 5G phones to be as cheap as Xiaomi’s device.”I’m surprised and optimistic about the impact that will have on the 5G transition,” Amon said in an interview Monday. He added that once Qualcomm releases its Snapdragon chip that integrates the modem with the brains of the phone, more 5G phones should be available at lower prices.”We’re trying to get to 5G not just to that flagship tier but to other tiers as fast as we can,” he said. The integrated chip will be in phones in the first half of 2020. Bye-bye, throttling?While 5G service plans are likely to be more expensive, there could be benefits. Data plan sizes are likely to be higher and carriers could encourage more data sharing across devices instead of charging for each device we have, Creative Strategies analyst Carolina Milanesi said. “It’s fair to say that data plans of the future will be different,” AT&T Chief Technology Officer Andre Fuetsch said in an interview on Tuesday. “It’ll be based on how that data is consumed.”And 5G also could mean the end of throttling, the practice of slowing down our network speeds when we’ve hit our data caps. “5G allows us to look at it different because we have more capacity,” Sprint Chief Technology Officer John Saw said Monday.T-Mobile’s Ray agreed that throttling could go away with in a 5G world. His company has already vowed to freeze prices after completing its acquisition of Sprint. But Ray said the cost savings of running of a bigger network with more customers means potential savings for you. “The level of performance, quality, capability is all a magnitude better,” he said.Still, in the early days, there’s no doubt we’ll be paying more. Now we just have to wait for these phones and services to launch to find out if what we’re getting is worth the higher price. CNET’s Roger Cheng contributed to this report.  Tags MWC 2019: All the phones and gadgets we cared about Comments CNET may get a commission from retail offers. OnePlus aims to keep the cost of its first 5G phone “within $1,000,” CEO Pete Lau said during an interview on Monday. In December, he had said OnePlus’ first 5G phone could be $200 to $300 higher than the OnePlus 6T, which starts at $549 (about £499 or AU$774) for the 128GB model with 6GB of RAM.”From the perspective of OnePlus devices, the [higher] cost is [because] the cost of technology has also risen this year,” Lau said Monday. “From our perspective, there’s no better value proposition in the market than a OnePlus device.”Samsung, which is on the other end of the spectrum with premium pricing, hasn’t said what it will charge for its Galaxy S10 5G or the version of its Galaxy Fold that runs on the faster network. The 4G versions of those devices start at $749 for the Galaxy S10E and $1,980 for the Galaxy Fold. Jun 1 • The Nubia Alpha looks like either a house arrest bracelet or Batman’s phone Qualcomm Xiaomi ZTE 5G Oppo 4G LTE AT&T EE Huawei LG Motorola Samsung Sony Sprint T-Mobilelast_img read more

SS Rajamoulis RRR One scene alone strikes Rs70crore deal for Jr NTRRam

first_imgSS Rajamouli, Junior NTR and Ram Charan at RRR movie launchTwitterThe makers of SS Rajamouli’s movie RRR staring Junior NTR and Ram Charan have reportedly sold its overseas theatrical rights and its prices is bigger than that of the director’s Baahubali 2: The Conclusion.SS Rajamouli has created a history with his Baahubali film series. Baahubali 2 fetched Rs 44 crore from its USA rights and Rs 20 crore from other foreign countries except China. The movie earned Rs 87 crore and Rs 82 crore to Rs 82 crore for the USA and other overseas distributors, respectively. The movie has become historical blockbuster. Its massive success has kept everyone waiting for his next movie.SS Rajamouli has joined hands with two most successful actors – Junior NTR and Ram Charan for his next movie titled RRR, which also features popular actors from Kollywood and Bollywood in important roles. The young tiger and mega power star’s film have also become super hits at the overseas box office. These aspects have generated not only created hype for the film, but also huge demand for its rights.Several leading international distribution houses were vying their hands to acquire the overseas theatrical rights of RRR. The buzz is in the media is that the makers had recently shown one of its action sequences to the officials of Phars Films, who were prompted to seal the deal without second thought.If we are to go by the sources from the industry, Phars Films has shelled out approximately Rs 70 crore on the overseas theatrical rights (except China) of the movie RRR. The movie has shattered the record of Baahubali 2, which fetched a total of Rs 64 crore from the sale of its international rights. It is highest ever amount of overseas distributions rights of an Indian movie.What is more exciting about the business of the movie RRR is that the film unit has completed its first schedule and the team is currently busy with its second schedule. The film is yet cross half way through its production and the movie is doing such a record breaking pre-release business. When the final output is ready, then the film is sure to blow everyone’s mind with its record breaking number.RRR is a period action film, which is simultaneously made in Telugu and Tamil and also dubbed in Hindi and Malayalam. Written by SS Rajamouli, the film deals with a fictional story revolving around freedom fighters Alluri Sitarama Raju and Komaram Bheem who fought against the British Raj and the Nizam of Hyderabad respectively. Its story is a fictional retelling of their lives during their self-imposed exile.last_img read more

Diablo 3 is currently running on consoles but you cant play it

first_imgDiablo 3 $19.96 at Amazon came out in May of this year for PC and Mac only but Blizzard Entertainment has been teasing gamers for a long time that it could come to consoles too. That tease has just got a whole lot more serious.Blizzard actually has Diablo 3 is running on consoles right now but the company’s chief creative officer says they’re not ready to talk about it in any detail yet. All Blizzard is prepared to say is that builds of the game are currently running on unspecified consoles. The builds sound like pretty early ones if Blizzard haven’t gone far enough to make an “official project” out of them yet.Of course, it’s not too much of a shock to learn that Blizzard would be testing the popular PC game on other platforms. The company is too big and Diablo is too important to ignore the Xbox and PlayStation (at least those are probably the consoles in question), just like we weren’t shocked to learn that Apple was testing LTE iPhones well before the iPhone 5 ever came out.According to Diablo 3‘s lead designer, Jay Wilson, the developer is exploring console options while they’re still adding onto the game. He also said that the team is “working on the next big Diablo thing” and that eager fans can expect to see additional content popping up next year. This of course could all point towards the Diablo 3 expansion that was announced in November. It could also mean console gamers might only have to wait until next year to see Diablo 3 on their console.Apparently the Diablo 3 builds are “looking good” so far and with such a big fan base behind it, it would be silly not to release it on consoles. The real question is – what consoles will it be released on? The natural choices would be Xbox 360 and PS3 but Blizzard could also aim to get the game out for the Wii U and Sony’s and Microsoft’s next gen consoles. Either way, action-RPG fans will be waiting a while for this one.via Polygonlast_img read more

Fossil finds help fill in Romers Gap

first_img Dinosaur fossils fit perfectly into the evolutionary tree of life A restoration of one of the discovered amphibians, affectionately known as ‘Ribbo’. Artwork: Michael Coates of the University of Chicago and National Museums Scotland (NMS). This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The fossils were found in a part of Scotland known as the Borders, or Scottish Borders, which is a government council area east of Edinburgh and consists of hundreds of artifacts, both vegetative and animal. And because some of the fossils are of animals with developed toes, historians will have to push back their estimates of when such animals first evolved as well.The finds are being attributed mainly to Wood who has reportedly been on a twenty year mission to uncover just such a treasure trove due to his belief that the hole in the record, known as Romer’s Gap after Alfred Sherwood Romer, the American paleontologist who first pointed out the gap in the fossil record, was due to an inability to find artifacts, rather than an absence of land dwelling plants and animals during this important time in evolutionary history.The BBC is set to air a program called “Evolution’s Missing Chapter” about the team and the discoveries they’ve made and those who wish to see the fossils first hand will be able to do so shortly as they will be on display at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. Prior to these recent fossil finds, archeologists had taken to thinking of the time that came after a mass extinction some 359 million years ago, as very nearly empty regarding land biology due mainly to the almost complete lack of fossil evidence (only a single skeleton and a few bones had ever been found). Because of this, some theorists had suggested that there was likely too little oxygen in the air during this period to support such life. Now however, because of these new finds, those theories will be tossed to the wind. ‘Scorpion’ fossil. Picture: National Museums Scotland (NMS) Explore furthercenter_img (PhysOrg.com) — A collection of new fossil finds in Scotland that date back to the 15 million year period between 345 and 360 million years ago are helping to fill the almost blank fossil record during a period that had until recently been considered to be essentially devoid of life except for that which lived in the seas. The discovery of the fossils by a team led by Jennifer Clack of the University Museum of Zoology at Cambridge and paleontologist Stanley P. Wood, is forcing archeologists the world over to do some rewriting of the history books. They have published a paper describing their discoveries in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences More information: Earliest Carboniferous tetrapod and arthropod faunas from Scotland populate Romer’s Gap, PNAS, Published online before print March 5, 2012, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1117332109AbstractDevonian tetrapods (limbed vertebrates), known from an increasingly large number of localities, have been shown to be mainly aquatic with many primitive features. In contrast, the post-Devonian record is marked by an Early Mississippian temporal gap ranging from the earliest Carboniferous (Tournaisian and early Viséan) to the mid-Viséan. By the mid-Viséan, tetrapods had become effectively terrestrial as attested by the presence of stem amniotes, developed an essentially modern aspect, and given rise to the crown group. Up to now, only two localities have yielded tetrapod specimens from the Tournaisian stage: one in Scotland with a single articulated skeleton and one in Nova Scotia with isolated bones, many of uncertain identity. We announce a series of discoveries of Tournaisian-age localities in Scotland that have yielded a wealth of new tetrapod and arthropod fossils. These include both terrestrial and aquatic forms and new taxa. We conclude that the gap in the fossil record has been an artifact of collection failure. Citation: Fossil finds help fill in Romer’s Gap (2012, March 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-03-fossil-romer-gap.html © 2011 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

5 Cheats to Help You Become A Better Developer

first_img 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free May 4, 2017 Great developers work with probably hundreds of thousands of variables and moving parts to create incredibly complex pieces of software, websites and tools.Related: Getting Started With Small Business App DevelopmentIf you’re under the impression that developers are superhumans who do it all from memory, you’re in the majority, but that doesn’t mean the majority is right. In fact, the greatest software developers are usually those who are the best at finding resources and putting together pieces of information —  not those with the best memories.In short, to be an amazing developer, you’re gonna have to cheat a little.If you’re just getting started with software development, either as a student or a new employee, you may not know where to find the resources you need. A big part of growing in this industry is learning how to find information on your own, but I have a feeling you wouldn’t say “no” to a head start. Here are my five favorite resources I refer to when I’m coding:Stack OverflowWidely regarded as the gold standard of programmer references, Stack Overflow is an online community in which anyone can ask a question, and that question will be answered by those with more skill or knowledge. Why would anyone bother? The more questions you answer on Stack Overflow, the higher your ranking, which means that it can work as a great personal branding tool for experts.By creating a place in which novice developers and industry experts can form a symbiotic relationship, Stack Overflow has secured its place as home base for the global developer community.GitHubA great way to learn how to solve a problem is to look for those who have built something similar, and examine their code. A great place to look for code that’s open to the public? GitHub. This online project hosting site includes a source-code browser and in-line editing, as well as many open source projects to peruse. The cherry on top is GitHub’s incredibly active and responsive community./R/ProgrammingIf you’re looking for a community as well as the answer to your question, check out Reddit’s Programming page. This is a great place to exchange (and read) news about software development, learn tips and tricks and hear about others’ experiences, as well as ask and answer questions.You’ll find similar pages on the right sidebar, including pages on specific languages and sub-industries, such as web development and network security.API Cheat SheetsWhile the above are great communities that I highly suggest you join, sometimes your question will come down to simply understanding the tools you’re working with. Many companies, such as Akamai, have put out API cheat sheets to help those who are working with their products. Before you spend hours bashing your head against a wall figuring out how an API works or why your code isn’t interacting with it as you’d expected, check to see if there’s documentation that can help.DZoneEveryone wants to impress the boss, and being a great developer is about more than being able to find out answers to specific questions; it’s also about being educated on the latest trends and technology. My favorite source of news for software and web design is DZone, and I’m in good company — over a million developers belong to this site. DZone pushes out content about everything, from DevOps to Cloud tech, and from Agile tips to big data topics.If you’re just getting started as a developer, or if you’re working to become better at your existing position in software, make sure to check out each of these sites. The more you read each of them, the more you’ll know and understand about how software is made and where it’s going.Related: 5 Things Developers Don’t Share About Making Successful AppsIn an industry that is essentially obsessed with puzzles, consider the effort you put into constantly educating yourself as a way to uncover more pieces that will fit together in ways you can’t imagine. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more

Police investigate as 2 lives are cut short

first_imgPolice are investigating an inquest into the deaths of two people who allegedly took their own lives last night (Sunday).Police were called out to a local hospital, where the body of a 43-year-old man was shown to them.From information available at this time, it is alleged that the man had been rushed to hospital after he was found hanged.Then, a woman of about 21 years old was found hanged at a house in Chisty Place.At this stage, police do not suspect foul play.The two deceased have not yet been officially identified. DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there? WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

AP Poll Americans split over courts gay marriage ruling

first_imgGraphic shows results of AP-GfK poll on gay marriage; 2c x 3 inches; 96.3 mm x 76 mm; Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Also, 59 percent think wedding-related businesses should be allowed to refuse service to same-sex couples, compared with 52 percent in the earlier poll. By comparison, 46 percent said businesses in general should be allowed to refuse service because of their religious principles, while 51 percent said that should not be allowed.___RELIGIOUS DIVIDESSelf-described members of Protestant denominations were more likely to oppose than favor same-sex marriage, 52 percent to 32 percent.Catholics were more likely to be in favor than opposed, 48-32. Seven in 10 evangelical Christians opposed allowing same-sex couples to marry legally. On the other hand, 56 percent of those who do not belong to any religious denomination said they were in favor.Also, 60 percent of Protestants, 48 percent of Catholics and 76 percent of evangelicals said local officials should not have to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Just 37 percent of those with no religious affiliation agreed.___SHARP PARTISAN DIVISIONSThe survey found a vast gulf between Democrats and Republicans.For example, 65 percent of Democrats but only 22 percent Republicans favored allowing same-sex couples to legally marry in their state. Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Most Democrats said it was more important for the government to protect gay rights, 64 percent to 32 percent. Most Republicans said it was more important to protect religious liberties than gay rights, 82-17.And 7 in 10 Republicans, but just 3 in 10 Democrats, said local officials with religious objections should be exempt from issuing marriage licenses.___The AP-GfK Poll of 1,004 adults was conducted online July 9 to July 13, using a sample drawn from GfK’s probability-based KnowledgePanel, which is designed to be representative of the U.S. population. The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 3.4 percentage points. Respondents were first selected randomly using telephone or mail survey methods, and later interviewed online. People selected for KnowledgePanel who didn’t otherwise have access to the Internet were provided access at no cost to them.___Online:AP-GfK Poll: http://www.ap-gfkpoll.comCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. WASHINGTON (AP) — People in the United States are evenly divided over the Supreme Court case that made same-sex marriage legal nationwide, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll.Many think local officials with religious objections to marrying gay and lesbian couples should be exempt from issuing licenses.Some things to know about public opinion on gay marriage and religious liberties:DIVISION OVER COURT CASE Top Stories Sponsored Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Top holiday drink recipes New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Altogether, 39 percent approved of the high court’s decision and 41 percent disapproved. An additional 18 percent neither approved nor disapproved.Poll respondents were divided over allowing same-sex marriage in their own state, with 42 percent in favor and 40 percent opposed.The poll found no surge in support for same-sex marriage since the court’s ruling June 26. If anything, support was down slightly since April, when 48 percent said they were in favor in another AP-GfK survey. An earlier poll, conducted in January and February, found 44 percent in support of same-sex marriage.___A NEW BATTLEGROUNDAs marriage rights for gay couples become settled law, divisions exist over how the law should handle those who have religious objections to same-sex marriage.When the two are in conflict, 56 percent of those questioned said it’s more important for the government to protect religious liberties, while 39 percent said it’s more important to protect the rights of gays and lesbians.People were split over whether officials who issue marriage licenses should be allowed to say no to gay and lesbian couples because of religious objections. Just under half said those officials should not have to issue the licenses, about the same proportion saying they should. 4 sleep positions for men and what they meanlast_img read more

Treasury Set to Fight MetLife Over Too Big to Fail Removal

first_imgTreasury Set to Fight MetLife Over ‘Too Big to Fail’ Removal April 11, 2016 608 Views Share The U.S. Department of Treasury said it plans to appeal a federal judge’s decision to remove the designation of MetLife as a non-bank “systemically important financial institution” (SIFI), according to a statement on Treasury’s website.Judge Rosemary Collyer, in the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia, ruled in a sealed opinion last week that the SIFI tag should be removed from MetLife, stating that the government body that applied the designation used a “fatally flawed” process. The removal of the SIFI designation means that the failure of the global insurance provider would not have catastrophic consequences for the U.S. economy.Along with the government’s announcement that it would appeal Collyer’s ruling, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew defended FSOC’s decision to designate MetLife as a SIFI.“Wall Street Reform was enacted in response to serious problems identified during the financial crisis, and to protect taxpayers from having to bear the enormous burdens of another crisis,” Lew said. “Regulators previously did not have the tools to understand and respond to the risks posed by the distress of companies such as MetLife.  In using these tools, FSOC has taken a deliberative and data-driven approach, relying on a careful analysis of available information, including intensive engagement with each company and its regulators to evaluate how the firm’s distress could affect the financial system.”The non-bank SIFI tag was applied to MetLife in December 2014 by the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC), a government body created by the Dodd-Frank Act in 2010 in order to identify risks to the financial stability of the U.S. economy. The FSOC is comprised of 10 voting members (all Democrats) and five non-voting members. The voting members consist of the heads of nine government regulatory agencies (Treasury, the Fed, FDIC, CFPB, FHFA, SEC, CFTC, OCC, and NCUA) and one independent member. That independent member, Roy Woodall Jr., was the lone dissenter in the Council’s 9-1 vote to designate MetLife as a nonbank SIFI 16 months ago.MetLife sued the FSOC in January 2015 to have the SIFI designation removed, because as a nonbank SIFI, MetLife said it would be subject to heightened regulation which the company says will increase compliance costs, hence increasing costs to consumers without any added safety benefit for the financial system.  MetLife even set up a portion of its website devoted to providing a “central point for information related to the judicial review of FSOC’s designation.”“We intend to continue defending vigorously the process and the integrity of FSOC’s work, and I am confident that we will prevail.” Treasury Secretary Jacob LewCollyer’s 33-page opinion was unsealed on Thursday. In that opinion, she wrote that the court was rescinding the government’s designation of MetLife as a nonbank SIFI on two grounds.“First, FSOC made critical departures from two of the standards it adopted in its Guidance, never explaining such departures or even recognizing them as such,” Collyer wrote. “That alone renders FSOC’s determination process fatally flawed. Additionally, FSOC purposely omitted any consideration of the cost of designation to MetLife. Thus, FSOC assumed the upside benefits of designation (even without specific standards from the Federal Reserve) but not the downside costs of its decision. That is arbitrary and capricious under the latest Supreme Court precedent (Michigan v. Environmental Protection Agency in June 2015).”Lew said in response to the ruling that Congress did not require the FSOC to conduct a formal cost-benefit analysis of SIFI designations “for good reasons.”“Such a requirement would impair the Council’s ability to address the risks of a future financial crisis that could severely damage the financial system and the U.S. economy,” Lew said. “As we have learned, the far-reaching damage of a financial crisis is difficult to predict and can cause massive economic pain to families and firms across the United States.”Opponents of Dodd-Frank’s financial reform who believe the financial industry is overregulated have viewed the decision to remove MetLife’s SIFI tag as a major victory for their camp. One such opponent was House Financial Services Committee Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), who issued a statement saying that “today’s SIFI designations are just tomorrow’s taxpayer-funded bailouts. SIFI is Washington’s way of officially anointing these companies as too big to fail, despite promises that the Dodd-Frank Act would end too big to fail.”Lew said that Dodd-Frank opponents should not be so quick to celebrate, however.“Some opponents of financial reform have hailed the court’s decision as a win for our financial system,” Lew said. “This is wrong and dangerously ignores the lessons of the financial crisis. FSOC’s authority to designate nonbank financial companies is a critical tool to address potential threats to financial stability, and it has made our financial system safer and more resilient. We intend to continue defending vigorously the process and the integrity of FSOC’s work, and I am confident that we will prevail.”Other nonbanks to receive the SIFI designation from FSOC were American International Group (AIG), Prudential Financial, and General Electric. MetLife is the first institution to challenge the SIFI designation.Click here to view Judge Collyer’s unsealed opinion.Click here to view Treasury’s statement.center_img in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News MetLife SIFI Too Big to Fail Treasury 2016-04-11 Seth Welbornlast_img read more