The Intel® Core™ M Processor: The Game Changer Is Here

first_imgComputing, Evolved.As notebooks and tablets get smaller and faster, the user experience gets better and better. Extra battery life and superb performance means you’ll spend less time looking around for a wall outlet, and more time getting work done. By adopting Intel Core M-powered devices like 2 in 1s, businesses can foster creativity, collaboration, and improve productivity in their organizations.To learn more about Intel’s innovative products and the new Core M Processor, click here. Thinner, faster, more power-efficient. That’s what device manufacturers are constantly aspiring toward, but it takes more than aspiration to get there. Enter Intel’s new Core™ M processor, an unprecedented development in chip architecture that will change the face of mobile computing. As Forbes recently put it, the Intel Core M processor is a “game changer.”High Performance, More PowerThe Intel Core™ M processor is built to deliver blazing speeds and up to 40% better graphics performance, all while increasing the battery life of your device by up to 1.7 hours. Additionally, the processor boasts an even smaller footprint that doesn’t require a fan, making it ideal for the razor-thin devices of the future. By building around a Core M processor that is only 14nm, device manufacturers can build hardware that is less than 9mm thin — the possibilities for refining mobile device capabilities are boundless. 1 Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel microprocessors. Performance tests such as SYSmark* and MobileMark* are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations, and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products. For more information, go to intel.com/performance .2. Intel Core M-5Y10 processor (up to 2 GHz, 4T/2C, 4M cache) on Intel Reference Platform. BIOS: v80.1. Graphics: Intel HD Graphics (driver v. 15.36.3650). Memory: 4 GB (2 x 2 GB) Dual-Channel LPDDR3-1600. SSD: Intel 160 GB. OS: Windows 8.1 Update RTM. 35WHr battery. Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel microprocessors. Performance tests such as SYSmark and MobileMark are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations, and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products. For more information, go to intel.com/performance3 Requires an Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi)-enabled system, compatible adapter, and TV. 1080p and Blu-ray* or other protected con-tent playback only available on select Intel processor-based systems with built-in visuals enabled, a compatible adapter and media player, and supporting Intel® WiDi software and graphics driver installed. Consult your PC manufacturer. For more information, see intel.com/go/widi.last_img read more

Stephen Hawking’s (almost) last paper: putting an end to the beginning of the universe

first_img By Adrian ChoMay. 2, 2018 , 5:55 PM Jason Bye/Writer Pictures via AP Images In his last paper on cosmology, Stephen Hawking and a younger colleague attacked cosmic inflation and its discontents. So what’s eternal inflation?Here’s where the concept of inflation runs into problems of its own. Physicists deeply dislike the idea that inflation would stop suddenly, for no particular reason. They’d much rather have a mechanism that explains what drove inflation and then caused it to stop. That’s why they assume some sort of quantum field drove it, before petering out. The idea is that the field starts out in an only approximately stable, higher-energy “false vacuum” state in which space stretches exponentially. It then relaxes to its true lowest energy state, in which space expands much more slowly.The scenario works a little too well, however. The exponentially expanding false vacuum produces more and more of itself, so there’s ever more space expanding at an incredibly fast rate. Our universe is a patch that has undergone the transition to the low-energy true vacuum state. But such transitions should happen randomly, so there should be lot of other universes, too. In fact, the process should produce an ever-increasing amount of space that’s growing at an exponential rate, peppered with an infinite number “pocket universes” growing more slowly.Is that a problem?It depends on whom you ask. At the most basic level, the existence of all these other universes wouldn’t affect our universe. They’re just too far away to have any connection with ours. On the other hand, the notion of eternal inflation and a multiverse may thwart cosmologists’ entire enterprise of explaining why the universe is the way it is, Hertog says. Things like the values of certain key physical constants could vary randomly among the pocket universes, he says, which would render moot any effort to explain why they have the values they do in our universe. They would be set by random chance, Hertog says, and that’s not very satisfying.So how does Hawking’s and Hertog’s paper solve the problem?Hawking and Hertog argue that, in fact, eternal inflation does not occur. To do that, they borrow a concept from string theory that enables them to equate two different types of theories with different dimensionalities. In 1997, Argentine-American theorist Juan Maldacena considered a volume of space in which gravity was at work. Maldacena, who is now at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, then demonstrated that theory was equivalent to an easier-to-work-with quantum theory on the boundary of the space that didn’t include gravity. It’s like saying whatever goes on inside a can of soda can be captured by a theory describing only what’s happening on the can’s surface.Eternal inflation emerges because, in the very early universe, the quantum fluctuations in the field that drives inflation are as big as the field’s average value. But Hawking and Hertog argue that under those conditions one cannot simply carry on with Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity, but instead must use a maneuver like Maldacena’s to view the entire situation in a space with one less dimension. In that alternative space, things are more tractable, they claim, and the physics does not lead to eternal inflation. Instead, a single, well-behaved universe merges.So what does this have to do with the beginning of the universe?That’s where things get interesting—and tricky. The concept of equating one theory to another in a space with one fewer dimension is known to theoretical physicists as holography. In his work, Maldacena equated one theory to another in a space with one less spatial dimension. But, Hertog argues, the principle of holography allows theorists to jettison the dimension of time, instead. So in Hawking’s and Hertog’s theory, through the principle of holography, the very early universe should be described by a theory with just three spatial dimensions and no time.But why would you want to get rid of time?Ever since it became clear that the universe had a beginning, the moment of its birth has been a headache for theorists. Roughly speaking, Einstein’s general theory of relativity does a fine job of explaining things after the moment of the big bang, but cannot handle the instant of creation itself. That moment forms a “singularity” in spacetime—like a mathematical function that explodes to infinity—that trips up the theory. So theorists have long sought a way of avoiding that singularity—and losing time would be one way to do that.It’s a problem that fascinated Hawking his entire career, Hertog says. Decades ago, he suggested an alternative fix by speculating that in the very beginning, time was, crudely speaking, dimensional, an idea that doesn’t mesh with the new work.So is this the end for eternal inflation and the big bang singularity?Probably not. Others will scrutinize Hawking’s and Hertog’s invocation of the dimension-changing relation. And even if other researchers find it to be sound, there’s still a major question to be answered, Hertog acknowledges. If theorists start with a theory with only spatial dimensions, how does time finally emerge from it? “We threw out a new paradigm,” Hertog, says, “but there’s a lot of work to be done.”*Correction, 3 May, 10 a.m.: This story has been updated to correct the name of the Institute for Advanced Study. Stephen Hawking’s (almost) last paper: putting an end to the beginning of the universecenter_img Cosmic inflation posits that the infant universe underwent a mind-boggling growth spurt, instantly stretching subatomic ripples to the cosmic scale. WMAP Science Team/NASA When Stephen Hawking died on 14 March, the famed theoretical physicist had a few papers still in the works. Today, the Journal of High Energy Physics published his last work in cosmology—the science of how the universe sprang into being and evolved. (Other papers on black holes are still being prepared.) In the new paper, Hawking and Thomas Hertog, a theoretical physicist at the Catholic University of Leuven (KU) in Belgium, attempt to stick a pin in a bizarre concept called eternal inflation, which implies—unavoidably, according to some physicists—that our universe is just one of infinitely many in a multiverse. Borrowing a concept from string theory, Hawking and Hertog argue that there is no eternal inflation and only one universe. But what they’re driving at is something even more basic: They’re claiming that our universe never had a singular moment of creation.How does the argument work? Follow its winding thread to the end of the beginning.Let’s start with the basics: What is cosmic inflation?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(*)Cosmic inflation is a monumental growth spurt that supposedly stretched the infant universe during the first tiniest fraction of a second. Dreamed up in 1979 by American theorist Alan Guth, inflation holds that just after the big bang, space stretched exponentially, doubling the size of the universe again and again at least 60 times over before slowing dramatically.Why would cosmologists believe in something so bizarre?Inflation solves a major puzzle: Why is the universe so uniform? For example, space is filled radiation lingering from the big bang, the cosmic microwave background (CMB). It has almost exactly the same temperature everywhere in the sky. That’s odd, as widely separated points seem at first glance to be too far apart for any influence to reach from one to the other over the 13.8 billion years the universe has been around. Inflation solves that puzzle by implying that all the points in the sky started out close enough to interact, and then were stretched far apart.Is that all inflation does?Ironically, inflation also does a great job of explaining why the universe isn’t completely uniform. Obviously, space is studded with galaxies. According to the theory, inflation stretched infinitesimal quantum fluctuations in those first moments to extragalactic size. The fluctuations then produced variations in the dense soup of fundamental particles that seeded the formation of the galaxies. Inflation predicts a particular spectrum of longer and shorter fluctuations. Strikingly, studies of the CMB and the galaxies confirm that distribution. last_img read more

Pop star Britney Spears spotted at Lord Venkateswara Temple in Malibu

first_imgBritney SpearsPop star Britney Spears seems to have religion on her mind. A one-time Kabbalah disciple, Spears, along with her four-month old son Sean Preston, was recently spotted at the Lord Venkateswara Temple and the Ganesha Temple in Malibu, California.Sporting a tilak, she sat through the elaborate rituals and, according,Britney SpearsPop star Britney Spears seems to have religion on her mind. A one-time Kabbalah disciple, Spears, along with her four-month old son Sean Preston, was recently spotted at the Lord Venkateswara Temple and the Ganesha Temple in Malibu, California.Sporting a tilak, she sat through the elaborate rituals and, according to temple president Nadadur Varadhan, “showed a lot of interest in Hindu religion”.First Madonna’s mehendi fixation and now Spears’ Hindu temple tales, the Indian curry just got spicier.last_img read more

Keys to Victory: Ginebra-Meralco Finals series

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ It’s going to be a battle of adjustments and creativity with both coaches known to stick to a system. With both sides evenly matched, Cone and Black would have to figure out a way to gain the slightest advantage in what promises to be a series to go the distance.Great wall of GinebraAs if Ginebra’s small-ball tactic last season wasn’t dangerous enough, Cone unearthed a scheme opposite of that with the return of Greg Slaughter.With the Cebuano giant back in the fray, the Gin Kings have toyed with their roster and at times, unleashed a killer frontcourt five with a guard joining Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar, Justin Brownlee, and Joe Devance on the hard court.It shouldn’t come as a surprise, too, that Ginebra is second in the league in rebounds with 55.19 boards per game and first in blocks with 7.75 rejections per outing.Expect the Gin Kings to make the most of their strength and pound the ball down low.Bombs away BoltsHow do you counter that size advantage? Meralco’s way is drawing those bigs to the outside.The Bolts have capitalized on the power of the three-ball, topping the league with their 37-percent clip, much to Black’s delight.Baser Amer, Jared Dillinger, and Reynel Hugnatan have been fearless in hoisting those long balls, but Meralco’s arsenal just got deeper with the additions of Ranidel de Ocampo, Garvo Lanete, and Mike Tolomia, all of whom are ready to light it up once their hands wax hot. For the second year, Ginebra and Meralco meet anew in what promises to be a slam-bang clash for the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup championship.Last time these two met, fans were treated to six tightly-contested affairs–which were settled by five points or less and which ended in an Justin Brownlee’s buzzer-beater three that gave Ginebra the crown.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingA year after, the Bolts and the Kings— with same faces and new additions in their line ups—are ready for war again and it would be interesting to see how different things turn out this time.Here are INQUIRER’s keys to victory for this best-of-seven series. LATEST STORIES Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Now the biggest challenge for the Bolts is consistency in making their shots.All the small thingsWhat makes Ginebra’s league second-best offense work is its efficiency on the floor with its 46.10-percent shooting.Going 50.25-percent from two and 34.87-percent from three, the Gin Kings have been making the most of their shots.But with a series likely to decided on a couple of points, every basket matters, and that’s Ginebra’s achilles heel. The Gin Kings are the league’s worst free throw shooting team, going 64.29-percent from the charity stripe despite hoisting a league-high 434 free throw attempts.Meralco, on the other hand, have been diligent in capitalizing on those free points, going 73.02-percent from the 15-foot line to pair with its 44.68-percent field goal shooting.While a freethrow may just be a point, in a series expected to be down the wire at all times, these small things matter the most for each team.The sixth manIt’s been well-documented how the raucous crowd influence Ginebra games in the past.The Gin Kings have admitted how the audience have helped them get out of danger, while players from the other side also bared being a bit rattled by the rowdy crowd. Can we call it a rivalry now?ADVERTISEMENT And with Game 1 set at Quezon Convention Center in Lucena, as well as Games 5, 6, and 7, if necessary, scheduled at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, expect the troves of ka-barangays to come out and support their team.However, Meralco import Allen Durham shared that after his team’s runner-up finish last year, the Bolts are more than ready to tune that noise out.“The crowd is not going to be a factor,” he confidently said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img Pasaol reminds Pumaren of ‘joyous’ PBA great Meneses No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Coaching chess matchIt’s easy to assume that series going down as offense-versus-defense, given the Gin Kings’ high-octane style against the Bolts’ grindhouse system.After all, Ginebra’s been averaging 103.7 points per game versus Meralco’s 98.19, but the Bolts are only allowing opponents to 89.8 markers per outing against the Gin Kings’ 98.8.But looking past that gives us a meeting of the minds as two of the most decorated and highly respected mentors in the league today engage in a coaching chess match.Tim Cone, seeking for ring no. 20, and Norman Black, who’s in search for his ninth title, square off anew for only the second time in the championship stage, with the first, of course, being last year’s duel.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

SMB muscles past NLEX

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. There were some instances when play became dirty—or bordered on it—and second motions were made with the intent to hurt, but the Beermen played through all of that to rally from a nine-point first half deficit and win with plenty to spare.Arwind Santos scored 26 points and had 13 rebounds and June Mar Fajardo finished with 25 and 16 in a double-edged attack that the Road Warriors had no answer to.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSan Miguel rose to 4-0 and dealt the Road Warriors a third straight loss in a 2-3 card.The game was tainted with the ejection of San Miguel’s Chris Ross with 1:46 left and outcome all but decided, as he got into an altercation with NLEX coach Yeng Guiao that resulted in a second technical foul. ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Austria later said that, according to Ross, his point guard flipped his top after Guiao called him the “N” word.“That’s the word they don’t want to hear, and I can’t blame him,” Austria said.Kiefer Ravena, the NLEX super rookie, felt the brunt of the San Miguel defense, with Von Pessumal flooring him with a cheap shot at one point.Settling into a groove even without its biggest star, GlobalPort dealt Blackwater a 101-76 beating in the earlier game to join a bevy of teams crammed in the middle of the pack.It was the second straight victory for the Batang Pier, who rose to 2-2, managing to claim the scalp of another formidable enemy even with Terrence Romeo still absent.ADVERTISEMENT BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAfter some kicking, roughhousing, an alleged racial slur and a lot of things that were truly uncalled for, San Miguel Beer on Friday night did what it was supposed to in the endgame and showed—that despite all the distractions—its focus is fixed on a fourth straight PBA Philippine Cup title.“Our team just refused to lose,” coach Leo Austria said after a really physical 109-98 victory over NLEX that kept the Beermen the only unbeaten team in the season-opening conference at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay. “What prevailed tonight was the experience of our players.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Racraquin rolls SBC to 4th victorycenter_img View comments MOST READ LATEST STORIES PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games GlobalPort sent the Elite to their second straight loss in a 2-3 card.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

HTC makes One E9+ available in India for Rs.36,790

first_imgThe HTC One E9+ dual sim has been launched in India at a price of Rs 36,790. The device was announced for the Indian market in April. The smartphone sports a 5.5-inch 2560 x 1440 pixels  qHD and is powered by a 2GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio X10 64-bit processor alongside 3GB RAM.It also comes with  32GB internal memory, expandable via microSD card, 20MP rear camera with LED flash, and an ultrapixel front camera, along with a 2,800mAH battery.  The smartphone will be powered by Android 5.0 Lollipop based Sense UI. Speaking at the launch, president, HTC South Asia, Faisal Siddiqqui, said “Our newest HTC One E series builds on the momentum of the flagship phones with sophistication and style. The HTC One E9+ dual sim, continues to build on HTC’s innovation and design, with a 2K 13.97 cm (5.5-inch) large display, 20 mega-pixel camera, and a MediaTek Helio X10 processor and 2GHz octa-core chipset. Our popular UltraPixel is now on the front facing camera with tons of features, HTC BoomSound with Dolby Audio Surround and more, all this in a slim form factor. We are certain that this offering will delight many of our consumers.”Connectivity options on the device include 4G LTE/3G HSPA+, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS with GLONASS. Also on the device are dual front-facing BoomSound speakers with Dolby Audio. Also read: Our review of the HTC One M9+last_img read more

LG G4 Pro/Note may be releasing on October 10

first_imgLG has been working on an upcoming flagship smartphone forquite some time now. The phone has been generating quite a buzz and is highlyanticipated.The phone might be called G4 Pro or G4 Note according todifferent reports. The phone is said to sport a premium metal build but otherrumours said it won’t feature a metal design but may come in a metal-likefinish.The flagship may exceed the specs of the current LGflagship, the ‘vanilla’. The phone’s release is expected to be October 10 asper a South Korean media report.There have been no official announcements as of yet. Thedate might just be for the phone’s release in South Korea and not othercountries. Other things might include a removable battery, rear-mounted powerbutton and volume buttons as seen in many LG flagships. A stylus may also bepart of the package according to reports.The official reports on the phone will be out soon, soexpect a lot more on it until next month.Also read: LGG4 Pro with dual-camera setup expected to launch soonlast_img read more

Shashank Manohar’s Reforms: BCCI Constitution uploaded on the official website

first_imgIn line with president Shashank Manohar’s declaration of the reforms that will be carried out, the Board  of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) today uploaded its ‘Constitution’ on the official website and also removed the Chennai-based tax auditor firm.The Constitution book, formally known as Memorandum And Rules and Regulations, last revised in September 2012 is there for all to view on bcci.tv. There are 52 pages with various heads and sub-heads.As it has been reported, the BCCI has also shifted the treasurer’s office from Chennai to Mumbai.Also read: Give me two months’ time to clean up BCCI, says Manohar “The BCCI has decided to shift its Treasury office from Chennai to Mumbai. Keeping in mind that all tax matters of the BCCI are with the Income Tax Office in Mumbai, the Board has decided to hire a Tax Advisor and Internal Auditor that operates out of Mumbai,” BCCI said in a statement.”Accordingly, the BCCI has hired M/S Gokhale & Sathe, a reputed firm based in Mumbai and having extensive experience in Trust matters, as its advisor on Direct Tax matters and as an Internal Auditor for the accounting year 2015-16 with immediate effect, in replacement of PB Vijayraghavan & Co. from Chennai,” it further stated.last_img read more

Switzerland scrape into 2018 FIFA World Cup with 0-0 draw against Northern Ireland

first_imgSwitzerland scraped into next year’s World Cup, their fourth finals in a row, after being held to a goalless draw at home by a valiant and workmanlike Northern Ireland who came desperately close to forcing extra-time on Sunday. The Swiss qualified 1-0 on aggregate, the tie ultimately being decided by the hugely controversial penalty converted by Ricardo Rodriguez in the first leg in Belfast on Thursday.They were again indebted to Rodriguez on Sunday when he cleared a goalbound header from Jonny Evans off the line in stoppage time as Northern Ireland pressed for an equaliser.The Swiss, boasting a much more illustrious and talented line-up, could have done it in style as they dominated the first hour but squandered a hatful of chances. Instead, on a slippery pitch which cut up badly, they relinquished control for the final half hour and were forced onto the back foot, fraying the nerves of the home crowd.”This is a devastating moment but also a very proud moment,” said Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill, who described the manner of their defeat as “cruel”.”We’ve gone toe-to-toe with a very good side and it was decided by a really poor decision, a penalty that should never have been made.”Forward Haris Seferovic was the biggest culprit and was jeered off by the home crowd when he was substituted by Breel Embolo.After failing to muster a shot on target in the first leg, Northern Ireland forced Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer into action after only three minutes when he tipped over a 25-metre shot by Chris Brunt over the bar. Seferovic glanced a free header wide from Xherdan Shaqiri’s cross and shot wide of the near post when he was released by Steven Zuber as the Swiss began to take control.advertisementNumerous other chances went begging and the Swiss lost their swagger as the game wore on.They survived one fright when Conor Washington headed wide from James Ward’s cross at the end of a quick break while another break down the left by Washington ended with George Saville shooting weakly at Sommer.Seferovic should have settled it in the 85th minute but instead shot high and wide — and was substituted almost immediately.”I’m very satisfied with my team and with what they have achieved, not just today because it’s been a long process,” said Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic.Looking forward to the finals, he said: “We want to go as far as possible. We will take it match by match, opponent by opponent and we’re not setting any limits.”last_img read more

BIZ-MAHINDRA-XUV

first_imgM&M launches XUV 500 variant as competition risesMumbai, Apr 18 (PTI) Automaker Mahindra & Mahindra today rolled out a refreshed version of its premium sports utility vehicle (UV) XUV 500 as it seeks to meet the challenges from the new segment rivals such as Jeep Compass, Hyundai Creta and Tata Hexa.The move is also its bid reclaim its position as the largest UV maker in the country, something it had lost to Maruti Suzuki a couple of years ago. In FY18, the nations largest passenger carmaker led the UV segment with a wide margin over Mahindra.The new refreshed XUV comes with five diesel variants and one petrol model. While the diesel model is priced at Rs 12.32 lakh, the petrol variant comes at Rs 15.43 lakh.Launched in 2011, Mahindra had brought out the first facelift of its mid-sized SUV in 2015.The UV sales grew 20.97 per cent to 921,780 units last fiscal as against 761,998 units in FY17. In FY18, UV sales accounted for 28 per cent of total PV sales, up from 25 per cent in the previous fiscal, according to Siam data.Mahindras PV sales during FY18 stood at 248,859 units, a growth of 5.4 per cent over the previous year, as per the data. PTI IAS BEN SS SSlast_img read more

Gehlot conducts aerial survey of floodhit areas in Rajasthan

first_imgJaipur: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Monday conducted an aerial survey of flood-hit areas in Kota, Jhalawar, Bundi and Dholpur districts, officials said. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla also visited flood-hit areas of Kota and assured people that all possible steps will be taken to provide them relief, they said. Gehlot, Disaster Management and Relief Minister Bhanwar Lal Meghwal and state’s Urban Development and Housing Minister Shanti Dhariwal conducted the aerial survey in a helicopter, the officials said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ After the survey, Gehlot told reporters in Kota that the flood situation in Rajasthan is not as grave as that of Assam and Bihar, and assured quick relief and assistance to the affected people. “The aerial survey was undertaken to take stock of the flood situation in Kota, Jhalawar, Bundi and Dholpur and fortunately it is not as grave as that of Bihar and Assam,” he said, adding that his government stands by the people in this hour of need. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K The chief minister said rain-related incidents in Rajasthan have so far claimed 54 lives and the rainfall increased 40 per cent above the normal in this season. The discharge of water from overflowing dams in Madhya Pradesh has worsened the situation in Kota, Jhalawar and nearby areas. Gehlot said he contacted Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath and the ministers concerned, and chief secretaries of both the states are in constant touch to monitor the situation. On the relief package to the flood affected people, Gehlot said the state government is committed to extend support to the victims and if required further assistance will be sought from the Centre. When asked about the 350 students and 50 teachers trapped in a school building in Chittorgarh, the chief minister said possibilities are being examined to airlift the trapped students and teachers by a helicopter. Urban development and housing minister Dhariwal assured rehabilitation of the residents living in low-lying areas near the Chambal river. The minister said the state government is ready to allot land for houses to the people living in low-lying areas but some people are adamant on not leaving their places. As many as 3,600 people have been successfully rehabilitated in Kota, Dhariwal said. Disaster management and relief minister Bhanwar Lal said a survey will be carried out for assessment of loss and damage in the flood affected areas and compensation as per norms will be disbursed to the victims. Nearly 5,000 people have been shifted from low-lying areas to safer places since Saturday by teams of the Army, NDRF and the SDRF. Additional Chief Secretary P K Goyal is camping in Kota and looking after relief work.last_img read more

Two groups seek intervenor status at former child refugees judicial review

first_imgHALIFAX – Two advocacy groups are seeking to intervene in the judicial review of the case of Abdoul Abdi, a former Somali child refugee fighting to stay in Canada.Lawyers for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and Justice for Children and Youth argued in Federal Court on Tuesday that their groups would offer unique perspectives about the issues surrounding Abdi’s case.The Canada Border Services Agency detained Abdi, who was never granted Canadian citizenship while growing up in foster care in Nova Scotia, after he served about five years in prison for multiple offences including aggravated assault.The application for judicial review seeks to challenge the government’s decision to refer his case to a deportation hearing, arguing the decision was unreasonable, unfair and contrary to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and international law.Both groups argued before Justice Ann Marie McDonald in Halifax that their positions would assist the court in arriving at a decision in Abdi’s case — one they claim will have wider implications for vulnerable youth in Canada.“Young people who have grown up in the care of various child welfare organizations across the country are often placed in a position where they are not provided with adequate protection, in the sense that they haven’t been provided with an opportunity to apply for Canadian citizenship,” Jane Stewart, a lawyer for the Justice for Children and Youth, said outside court.“They’re then exposed to the jeopardy of deportation as adults in a way that other young people may not be. It’s a situation that affects Mr. Abdi, but unfortunately it’s a case that affects young people across the country. His situation isn’t unique and it’s a situation that plays out over and over again.”Nasha Nijhawan, a lawyer for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, said her organization wants to ensure that any time government is making a decision such as this, “it does so in a manner that’s in accordance with Charter values and takes into account any Charter issues that are raised by the facts of that case.”“It raises questions about where the Charter fits into that analysis and how Canadians or permanent residents of Canada might expect the protection of their rights and freedoms in that context,” said Nijhawan.“It’s a question of perpetuating disadvantage against someone who has suffered disadvantage in the past.”But Heidi Collicutt, a lawyer representing the Minister of Public Safety, argued the groups did not meet the criteria to be intervenors in the case.Collicutt argued the groups do not offer a unique perspective, but rather bolster and supplement Abdi’s position.McDonald reserved her decision.Abdi’s lawyer Benjamin Perryman said his client is feeling stressed ahead of the judicial review hearing, scheduled for June 19 in Federal Court in Halifax.“He’s still in this place of limbo,” said Perryman. “When the government of the country you’ve lived your whole life in is seeking to deport you to a warzone, that is obviously stressful, and that uncertainty I think would be crippling to most Canadians.”Abdi, who was born in Saudi Arabia in 1993, lost his mother in a refugee camp when he was four and came to Canada with his sister and aunts two years later. He was taken into provincial care shortly after arriving in Canada.He was moved 31 times between foster homes. He lost his native language and developed behavioural problems that advocates say were not adequately treated. Those issues led to problems with the justice system and his non-citizenship put him at risk of deportation.Abdi’s case has prompted supporters to call on the Nova Scotia government to intervene on his behalf, and sparked protests at events with federal leaders including a town hall earlier this year with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Lower Sackville, N.S.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.?e?????|last_img read more

Alberta triple murderer to face sentencing and family of his victims

first_imgLETHBRIDGE, Alta. – An Alberta man who butchered a father, his two-year-old daughter and an elderly woman two years ago is expected to come face-to-face today with the families of his victims.It took a jury just three hours Wednesday to convict Derek Saretzky of three counts of first-degree murder and a fourth charge of causing indignity to a human body.The 24-year-old murdered Terry Blanchette, his daughter Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette and 69-year-old Hanne Meketech in the Crowsnest Pass area of southwestern Alberta in September 2015.The jury recommended he not be eligible for parole for 75 years.Saretzky is scheduled to face sentencing arguments and hear eight impact statements from friends and family members of the three victims.Crown prosecutor Photini Papadatou expects two or three of them will be read aloud in court.Defence lawyer Patrick Edgerton told reporters that the case was emotional for everyone involved.“This has been a tough process for everyone involved from the Blanchette and Saretzky families to the community in the Crowsnest Pass to the judge, the jury and the court staff,” Edgerton said.“There was a lot of emotion and despite that, the jury retired and deliberated and returned with both a verdict and a sentence recommendation.”A conviction of first-degree murder comes with an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years. The court can decide to make the periods of parole ineligibility consecutive, which in this case would be 75 years.CAUTION: GRAPHIC CONTENT THAT FOLLOWS MAY DISTURB SOME READERSThe court heard videotaped confessions from Saretzky who told police he killed Meketech — a friend of his grandparents — on the spur of the moment and because he didn’t think anybody cared about her.Five days later, Blanchette was beaten before his throat was cut in the home where he lived with Hailey. The little girl was plucked from her crib and spirited away from the bloody crime scene.Blanchette’s body was found by his father and authorities launched a massive search for Hailey but it was called off after Saretzky confessed.Saretzky told police he took the toddler from the house to a campsite, which was partially owned by his family.Once there, he choked her to death with a shoelace. He said “a little prayer” over the girl before he drank her blood, ate part of her heart and burned her body in a firepit.Six months later he confessed to the murder of Meketech, which had occurred five days before the Blanchette murders. He said he did it on the spur of the moment and because he didn’t think anyone would miss her.Edgerton said his client deserved to be represented in a fair trial.“As defence lawyers, this is what we sign up for. Everybody deserves a fair trial,” he said.“Everyone is entitled to a jury of their peers for these offences and Mr. Saretzky is no exception so I’m just doing my job.”Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more

New federal advisory says Canadians should avoid all travel to Haiti

first_imgMONTREAL — The federal government has issued a new advisory for Haiti, saying Canadians should avoid all travel to the Caribbean country.Global Affairs says it upgraded its advisory for Haiti due to ongoing civil unrest throughout the country.The notice warns that the “security situation could further deteriorate quickly” and that people should “consider leaving by commercial means while they are available.”More than 100 Canadians have been unable to leave Haiti since protesters blocked major highways across the country in an effort to pressure President Jovenel Moise to resign. Protesters are angry over skyrocketing inflation and the government’s failure to prosecute embezzlement from a multi-billion Venezuelan program that sent discounted oil to Haiti.Ottawa-based physician Emilio Bazile and three members of his group from the Maritimes are among the Canadians stuck in Haiti following the violent protests that have claimed several lives over the past week.He said Thursday that food is running low for him and his 10-member medical team, who travelled to southern Haiti to provide care to locals.A team of 26 aid workers with a missionary group from Quebec is also among the scores of trapped Canadians.More than 100 other Quebecers were stuck in a hotel, unable to reach the Port-au-Prince airport because of the protests.Global Affairs Canada said in a statement Thursday it is providing consular advice to tour operators and has people on the ground in Haiti to provide assistance to Canadian citizens.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Libya UN official urges increased funding for mine action work

1 December 2011A senior United Nations official has urged donors to increase funding for de-mining efforts in Libya, where mine action teams are striving to clear landmines and other explosive remnants of war after the recent conflict to ensure that the weapons do not harm civilians. “Good progress has been made so far, but mine action organizations are stretched to the limit with many priority areas as yet unassessed,” said Georg Charpentier, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya, when yesterday he visited an area near the city of Misrata where mine action work is under way.“Further funding is necessary for operations to continue into the new year and to capitalize on the investment already made in equipment and training,” he said.Mine clearance teams have so far removed a total of 77,943 items of unexploded ordnance and conducted mine risk education for more than 26,623 people. However, the area covered is just a fraction of contaminated areas and the key challenge remains the capacity of clearance teams, which are facing funding shortfalls, to scale up their work.Mr. Charpentier stressed that international funding of mine action programmes will be required until the Libya’s own financial resources become available.He also visited an ammunition storage area and a local exhibition featuring interactive mine risk education presentations by two partner non-governmental organizations (NGOs). He was accompanied by the liaison officer of the National Transitional Council’s (NTC) Joint Mine Action Coordination Team, the programme manager of the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) in Libya and representatives of UN agencies and NGOs.The NTC declared the full liberation of Libya on 23 October, eight months after the start of the popular uprising against the regime of long-time ruler Colonel Muammar al-Qadhafi, who was eventually captured and killed. read more

New UN humanitarian coordinator in Iraq appointed

Mr. Lopes da Silva, who has over 15 years of UN experience, will succeed Tun Myat, who was recently appointed as the UN Security Coordinator. The Office of the Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq is an integral part of the Office of the Iraq Programme, which oversees the UN’s humanitarian oil-for-food scheme for Iraq. The new Humanitarian Coordinator joined the UN system in 1985 and worked most recently as Director of the Transport and Logistics Division at the World Food Programme (WFP) headquarters in Rome.During his career, Mr. Lopes da Silva has dealt with several complex humanitarian emergencies, including serving as the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Angola from 1996 to 1998 and as WFP’s Special Envoy for the recent crisis in Afghanistan. read more

FEATURE We invest in peace

Child protection officer in the Central African Republic, Ben Zakour Man tells us how peacekeeping is an investment for peace. Human rights officer in Haiti, Anna Inncenti describes the life in a peacekeeping mission and how it is an investment for peace. Peacekeeping is a partnership between the UN, Member States and regional organizations that support each other. In Somalia, for example, there is a peacekeeping mission run by the African Union, with UN support and European funding. Alain-Pierre works for UN Support mission in Somalia. He explains why partnership is an investment for peace. Their personal stories Since the first UN deployment in 1948, more than one million men and women have served under the UN flag with distinction and courage. During that period, over 3,500 of them have lost their lives in the service of peace. Several current peacekeepers share their personal stories on why they chose to serve this noble mission. To date, 54 missions have already completed their mandates and closed; two more will do so in the months ahead. Ben Zakour Man, a child protection officer with the UN mission in the Central African Republic, discusses why peacekeeping works. Over 120 Member States contribute uniformed personnel to 16 UN missions worldwide, which operate on a budget that is less than 0.5 per cent of global military spending. Every mission aims to save lives, prevent mass atrocities, set the stage for peace and then close. While attention is often focused on the role of the military within UN peace operations, the part played by political, civil affairs, police, human rights and community-focused initiatives, as explained by some of the staff themselves, are equally vital. Anna Innocenti is a human rights officer with the UN mission in Haiti: This year’s theme – “Investing in peace around the globe” – resonates powerfully and personally with the military, police and civilian UN staff deployed in the field, often in places where peace has yet to be found. Every day, peacekeepers help bring peace and stability to war-torn societies around the world Secretary-General António Guterres“Every day, peacekeepers help bring peace and stability to war-torn societies around the world,” Secretary-General António Guterres said in a video message for the Day, outlining various tasks such as protecting civilians in harm’s way, promoting human rights and the rule of law, removing landmines, advancing negotiations and securing a better future in the places they are deployed. “Now, more than ever, it is essential that we continue investing in peace around the world,” he stressed. The communities in which UN peacekeepers serve can count on people such as Lt. Ramirez, liaison officer in South Sudan, to ensure that security is guaranteed to go about their duty: Lt. Eduardo Francia Ramirez explains how his work as a liaison officer in the UN Mission in South Sudan is an investment for peace. read more

Ameryst Alston selected 24th overall in WNBA draft

OSU senior guard Ameryst Alston (14) dribbles the ball during a game against Nebraska on Feb. 18 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorMany dream, but only few get the opportunity to play the game they love for a living. After a successful four years stepping on the court for the Ohio State women’s basketball program, Ameryst Alston will now have the chance to do just that.Alston, a 5-foot-9 combo guard, was selected as the No. 24 overall pick in the second round of the 2016 WNBA draft Thursday evening by the New York Liberty. With the WNBA’s season beginning June 5, Alston will move out to New York City to begin the new chapter in her basketball career.As a Buckeye, Alston was an essential piece to the roster, immediately having an impact on the team’s success when she arrived to Columbus.Not only did Alston help lead the Scarlet and Gray to wins, but also solidified her name in the program’s record books.To start, Alston scored her 2,000th career point in her senior campaign, finishing as the No. 4 scorer in program history with 2,165 total points. She also ranks No. 7 in career assists with 455 and No. 3 in games played with 134.The Canton native was recognized throughout her collegiate career at the conference and national levels. Alston was selected to the All-Big Ten freshman team her first year with OSU, honored on the All-Big Ten first team three times and earned national player of the week for the week of Feb. 15.Alston is the first Buckeye to get drafted in the WNBA since Samantha Prahalis in 2012, who was selected as the sixth overall pick by the Phoenix Mercury. read more

Julian Assanges Dating Profile Leaked May Be Used in Court

first_imgHey reader, are you a single lady age 22-46 who is a “spirited, erotic, non-[conformist]?” with “innate perceptiveness and spunk?” Good news. We may have just the guy for you, a 36-year-old 6’2 Australian ex-pat who is “87 percent slut.”Of course, he’s not perfect. First there’s the fact that he’s hated by a number of the world’s governments for his role in leaking sensitive information. And then there are the rape charges–he’s currently being held on those.WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s OkCupid dating profile has, fittingly, been leaked. The page contains such classied info as “Want a regular, down to earth guy? Keep moving. I am not the droid you’re looking for. Save us both while you still can” and “I like women from countries that have sustained political turmoil. Western culture seems to forge women that are valueless and inane.”Upon reviewing the leaked profile, OkCupid CEO Sam Yagan confirmed it with the press, stating, “Yep, we believe it to be legitimate; it would have been quite an elaborate hoax otherwise.”The profile hasn’t been accessed since 2006 (Assange has been a pretty busy guy, as of late)–so if this thing is indeed a hoax, someone’s done a really good job covering their tracks.The question now is whether the profile might be used as character evidence for Assange, who describes himself as, “very protective of women and children.” The whole part about having “Asian teengirl stalkers” might be a little more troubling, however…last_img read more