Morocco’s Foreign Currency Reserves Increase by 7,5%

Rabat – Net international reserves amounted to MAD 252.9 billion as of February 17, an increase of 7.5 percent year-on-year, according to Bank Al-Maghrib (BAM) numbers.From one week to the next, these reserves increased by 0.1 percent, says BAM, which has just published its weekly indicators, noting that during the week of February 9-15, the dirham appreciated by 0.53 percent against the euro and depreciated by 0.79 percent against the dollar, according to BAM.During the week of February 16-22, the total amount of Bank Al-Maghrib’s interventions amounted to MAD 13.5 billion, of which 9 billion were injected as 7-day advances through a call for tenders, stated the BAM, noting that an amount of MAD 4.5 billion was granted under the support program for the financing of small and medium businesses. According to the BAM, during this period, the interbank rate remained unchanged at 2.25 percent and the volume of trade stabilized at MAD 3.8 billion.On the stock markets, the MASI depreciated by 2.7 percent, BAM explains this evolution mainly by the decrease of the sectoral indices “Banks” by 3.4 percent, telecommunications by 4.8 percent, construction materials by 0.9 percent and real estate by 1.8 percent.As for transactions, they amounted to MAD 663.9 million after MAD 789 million registered a week before.In the central market, the average daily exchange amount was at MAD 128.5 million instead of 136.1 million a week earlier.On a year-on-year basis, the pace of growth of the M3 aggregate declined by 5 percent from 5.2 percent in November 2016. This trend mainly reflects an increase in the fall of deposits to 4.5 percent after the 1.7 percent rise in the previous month and a deceleration of growth by 6.7 percent in banks demand deposits.On the other hand, net claims on central government saw their decline stop at 1.9 percent after 6.8 percent in November, while net international reserves increased by 12.1 percent instead of 13.1 percent. read more

Moroccan Goalkeeper Yassine Bounou Extends Contract with Girona

Rabat – Moroccan footballer Yassine Bounou has extended his contract with Spanish football team Girona. His current contract extends to 2021, according to Girona.The 27-year-old goalkeeper joined the Spanish football club in 2016 from Atletico Madrid.Born in Canada, Bounou began his professional career with La Liga’s giants following a transfer from Wydad de Casablanca (WAC) in June 2012. Read Also: Moroccan Yassine Bounou Wins African Player of the Month for NovemberGirona named Bounou the best player of the month in February 2018. In November, France Football named the goalkeeper its African player of the month.Bounou was also one of the 23 Moroccan players who participated in the World Cup.This season is Bounou’s third season in Girona, “where he played a total of 68 matches,” added Girona. read more

Injustice against Tamils in Lanka continues says DMK

“The report of the Oakland Institute shows that injustice against Tamils has not reduced despite a new President. The rule changed there, but did the scene?” he asked. However, the traditional Tamil homeland is still under heavy military occupation by 1.6 lakh soldiers, mostly Sinhalese, he said referring to the report by California-based Oakland Institute. Expressing concern over a report on the Sri Lankan army’s “continued occupation” of traditional Tamil homeland, DMK on Saturday said it showed that the scene has not changed despite a change of guard in the island republic.Party chief M Karunanidhi said President Maithiripala Sirisena had won the elections with the support of ethnic Tamils, who had been promised demilitarisation of Tamil-dominated areas. Quoting the report, Karunanidhi alleged, “The Lankan army was engaged in large-scale property development, running luxury tourist resorts and business ventures on land seized from local populace, even as Tamil culture and history was being suppressed by a government-led effort to construct victory monuments and Buddhist shrines.”In a statement in Chennai, Karunanidhi recalled that he had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in February this year after Sirisena took over, explaining the need for India’s intervention in ensuring the rights of minority Tamils and reiterated his demand. read more

Second World War bomb destroyed in controlled explosion

first_imgBirmingham Police Commander Chris Johnson said earlier: “An initial assessment from Army bomb disposal suggests this is a large explosive device – that’s why an extensive cordon has been put in place for public safety.”We don’t take decisions like this lightly but public safety has to be our number one priority.”Hundreds of homes have been evacuated and we are working with our partners to provide emergency accommodation.”There have been some difficulties in accessing the device given the terrain and its position within a construction site – but all agencies involved are working as quickly as possible to bring the situation to a safe conclusion with brave military staff risking their safety to ensure that of the public.” Bomb disposal experts have carried out a controlled explosion on a Second World War device.The bomb was discovered by construction staff near Aston, Birmingham, on Monday morning and has been identified as a German shell weighing up to 500lb (227kg).The M6 between junctions 4 and 7 was temporarily closed as Army disposal experts carried out the controlled explosion, West Midlands Police said.The force added it is hopeful the motorway will reopen soon. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Police closed the A38 Aston Expressway, and homes and businesses within a 500-metre cordon were also evacuated, after the alarm was raised at 9.45am on Monday.Dozens of people spent the night in a rest centre as hundreds of nearby homes were evacuated.The Red Cross said around 80 people were cared for overnight by volunteers.The A38 is expected to be closed for most of Tuesday, with 250 tonnes of sand brought in as part of the “major, delicate” operation. @OFFICIALWMAS pic.twitter.com/hbpGwdw5ym— Steve Wheaton (@stevewhe) May 16, 2017 The bomb that was found near Aston Expressway The bomb that was found near Aston ExpresswayCredit:West Midlands Policelast_img read more

GECOM FIASCO Opposition Govt Attorneys to meet next week

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGECOM Chair: New list will be submitted soon- TeixeiraMarch 29, 2017In “latest news”GECOM Chairmanship: Opposition, Govt discussion unfruitfulFebruary 9, 2017In “latest news”GECOM Chair: Opposition Leader submits 6 new namesMay 2, 2017In “latest news” President David Granger said he was anxiously awaiting dialogue between the Government and the Opposition, which has been scheduled for next week, before determining the next step forward in appointing a new chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).The Opposition’s legal adviser, Anil Nandlall and the Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister, Senior Counsel Basil Williams are expected to meet shortly to discuss the interpretation of the laws governing the appointment of a new GECOM Chairman.Former Attorney General (L) and Attorney General Basil WilliamsMinister Williams, who is currently in Trinidad, told the Ministry of the Presidency on Wednesday in an invited comment that former Attorney General Nandlall had written to him in January asking that the meeting be organised any time after January 25. However, given that he was in Jamaica at this time, AG Williams said he had undertaken to set a date next week for the meeting to happen.Meanwhile, President Granger told reporters on Wednesday at State House that having realised that the issue arose out of two different interpretation of the Constitution, he did not see the rationale to have further dialogue with Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo and as such, has left the matter in the hands of the legal experts from the two sides.“I think (Jagdeo) has nominated the previous Attorney General and I’ve nominated the current Attorney General and I have asked them to meet and see in what ways we can have a common interpretation of the Constitution. In the final analysis, it’s a constitutional matter and I felt that the Constitution was quite clear so if there was any opaqueness or obscurity, I hope that the meeting between the two Attorneys would clarify that,” he noted.Nevertheless, the Head of State maintained that he was correct in his interpretation of the Constitution that the nominees for GECOM chairmanship must be a judge or have qualifications equivalent to that of a judge.“I’m anxious to move ahead, it’s a constitutional office, but as I said my interpretation of the Constitution was quite clear. I’m not saying that the person has to be a judge, but if you read the whole article of that Constitution, it intends that the person must possess certain qualities and we are looking for those qualities,” the President asserted.The controversy on the matter revolves around the different interpretations of the Opposition Leader and the Government on Article 161 (2) on the appointment of a new GECOM Chairman.The Opposition’s understanding conforms to the updated Constitution which incorporates the Carter formula to have a democratic process for the appointment of a chairman.Granger’s interpretation, on the other hand, seems to reflect the old 1980 Constitution which limits the pool of persons to be appointed to GECOM’s helm to only judges or those eligible to be a judge. read more

Samsung may also remove the headphone jack from its smartphones

first_imgApple’s decision to remove the headphone jack from the iPhone 7 (and likely all its other devices in the near future) is clearly about control. They want to own the headphone market and don’t really care if it upsets consumers in the short term. And it looks as though this may not be the last upset because Samsung is apparently now considering doing the same thing.Instead of having to carry one adapter with your headphones, you could soon have to carry two. That’s because if Samsung does ditch the headphone jack it will replace it with a proprietary port. Right now, Samsung is thought to be at the exploratory stage to see how viable it would be.By introducing another port, Samsung would control licensing of that port meaning it could undercut Apple’s licensing fee for headphone manufacturers. It could also offer the port to other Android handset makers cheaply, or even for free, as a way of expanding its use quickly and therefore being a stronger competitor to Apple’s Lightning port.Headphone manufacturers will be watching what happens in the coming months with interest and some concern. Each headphone jack replacement means licensing deals need to be struck in order to support the new ports. Then there’s a manufacturing problem because they’ll need to decide how many of each type to produce based on demand (assuming a fixed cable solution).It seems likely, especially if there’s three competing standards, that headphones will start shipping with three cables you can switch out depending on the device you use. That takes the hassle out of the equation for consumers and allows manufacturers to ship one version of each type of headphones/earbuds that support all devices. It would mean the price of headphones increasing slightly, though, mainly due to the extra cables in the box.If there’s an upside to the coming confusion over ports and headphone compatibility I don’t see it yet, although there could be some positives. Maybe it will push manufacturers to look more closely at wireless audio and start producing a greater range of completely wireless products that have all-day battery. Maybe they can even achieve that without their products needing a safety strap.last_img read more

The Demand Generation Disconnect

first_imgAndrew Gaffney is the President of G3 Communications, Inc., a firm specializing in digital media and custom contnent. G3 Communications publishes DemandGen Report, Retail TouchPoints and Channel Marketer Report. In addition to its digital publications, G3’s Content4Demand marketing services division creates custom content optimized for lead generation and lead nurturing campaigns for more than 100 different clients ranging from Fortune 100 firms to venture-backed startups. • Off-Base Offers: 60 percent of respondents said their organizations’ demand generation campaigns focus too heavily on their own products, features and services, rather than focusing on their customers’ pain points. With many of our clients in the high tech sector, we refer to this as “speeds and feeds” disease. The natural inclination for sales and marketing is to talk about how much better their solution is, but prospects are more interested in talking about their own business challenges and how to solve them. According to the results of our recent 2012 Content Preferences Survey, 75 percent of the respondents want companies to curb the sales messaging in their content. Another 60 percent said they’re placing a greater emphasis on the trustworthiness of the source when they assess the value of a piece of content.Because publishers are dialed in to the issues that are top of mind within their communities and have experts on the topics, this represents another perfect opportunity to step in and bridge the gap from publishing one-way narratives to establishing a real dialogue with prospects. • The Disconnect Between Sales And Marketing: 65 percent of respondents said their sales teams use less than half of the demand generation content their marketing department produces. Over the years, I’ve worked on a lot of business publications where our sales reps were only talking to marketing executives. When publishers get closer to the sales team at their clients they can identify the pain points and gaps where the sales team feels like they need new and improved messaging. With many of our current clients, we’ve been able to create e-books that are wildly popular with sales teams, in addition to being used as bait for lead generation campaigns. This should be the goal for publishers: Become a partner in driving the messaging that will help drive revenue. I’d recommend checking out the full survey from Corporate Visions, as well as some of the content work the company is doing. There are ideas publishers will want to adopt and bring to their customers. Only 20 percent of sales and marketing executives are confident that their current demand generation campaigns are effective, according to recently released research from Corporate Visions, Inc., a leading sales and marketing messaging company. Based on a poll of more than 440 b-to-b sales and marketing professionals around the globe, the survey results aren’t really surprising and highlight both a challenge and opportunity for publishers and their clients. While there is a lot of great data, which is detailed in Corporate Visions’ Q2 2012 Sales and Marketing Messaging Report, I suggest publishing executives focus on three key takeaways:• The Content Gap: When asked to name the biggest barrier to successful demand generation campaigns, 37 percent of respondents said their content isn’t engaging enough. This represents a prime opportunity for publishers to help their clients upgrade their content campaigns with offers that are relevant to their prospects.last_img read more

Why you shouldnt rush to buy a 5G phone

first_img Testing Verizon’s 5G network: A wild goose chase for mind-blowing data speeds 5G is here as Galaxy S10, Mate X and other phones debut. But it’ll cost you Samsung Galaxy S11 5G may be slimmer, last longer thanks to Qualcomm Galaxy S10 5G isn’t the only 5G phone coming. Here’s a (probable) list of more MWC 2019: All the phones and gadgets we cared about reading • Galaxy S10 5G, OnePlus 7 Pro LG V50 ThinQ 5G: Why you shouldn’t rush to buy a 5G phone Now playing: Watch this: There’s been a whirlwind of 5G news. This spring, 5G networks went live in the US and South Korea. In the US, Verizon turned on its 5G service in early April in Chicago and Minneapolis. Sprint followed in June, with 5G service in Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and Kansas City. And various handset makers, including Samsung and LG, have started selling their first 5G devices. T-Mobile’s turned on its network in six cities, including a test we conducted in New York, but the coverage is still minimal.Samsung, the world’s biggest smartphone vendor, has launched the Galaxy S10 5G across all four nationwide networks in the US, including on T-Mobile on Friday. LG’S V50 ThinQ is also live on networks such as Sprint and Australia’s Telstra. The OnePlus 7 Pro launched on EE’s fresh 5G network in the UK. At MWC in February, Oppo talked up its first, not-yet-named 5G phone. Also at MWC, Huawei showed off its 5G-powered Mate X foldable and Xiaomi detailed its Mi Mix 3 5G. The show also marked the debut of ZTE’s Axon 10 Pro, while Sony and showed off prototypes for devices they’ll launch this year. That doesn’t mean you should jump on the 5G bandwagon just yet. Here are a few reasons to wait a bit.Sparse coverageAT&T says it had the first mobile 5G network in the US, but when it comes to where you can actually tap into the next-generation service, things get a little mysterious. “They’re small pockets in the cities,” Fuetsch said earlier this year, noting that all of the customers using the Netgear Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot are small businesses. “We haven’t disclosed them publicly.”xiaomi-mi-mix-3-4The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G will be one of the first 5G phones on the market.  Juan Garzon/CNET AT&T and Verizon have invested in superhigh frequency radio airwaves known as millimeter wave spectrum, which brings tremendous speed and capacity. The downside of that high capacity is limited range. How limited? Think a block or two. So even if AT&T and Verizon say they have 5G coverage in a city, you may struggle to actually get on the network, even with a compatible device. A Verizon spokesman admitted earlier this year that the initial deployment would be small. That’s exactly what CNET’s Jessica Dolcourt found in April when she traveled to Chicago to test the Motorola Moto Z3 phone with a 5G Moto Mod. Dolcourt at times detected the high download speeds promised by Verizon — between 450 Mbps to 1Gbps in less than 30 milliseconds — but those speeds were few and far between.”I’d like to be able to say that using Verizon’s 5G was a mind-blowing experience, with download speeds beyond my wildest imagination,” she wrote. “I wish I could tell you that I downloaded entire albums of music and streamed video instantly. Unfortunately, all I can say after a long day is that I found it confusing. Frustrating. Absolutely insane.” A second test of the Verizon network was more impressive than the first attempt, with data speeds a month later blowing past 1Gbps. And Verizon at least has launched its service for mobile use. AT&T turned its network on in December but still hasn’t made access available for consumers. A CNET speed test of its 5G network in the closed off Warner Bros. studio in Los Angeles, however, nabbed our highest peak speeds. At MWC in February, T-Mobile Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray told CNET that his company has fired up millimeter wave spectrum that supports the upcoming Galaxy S10 5G, but that it likely won’t market the network since the coverage area is so small. Ray said T-Mobile’s full 5G launch will happen in the second half of the year. He didn’t specify when, but there may not be phones that run on the company’s broader 5G network until the fourth quarter, or even early 2020. That’s because devices for T-Mobile’s network will require Qualcomm’s upcoming second-generation modem, the X55, and that isn’t yet available for devices. Smartphones coming in time for the holidays later this year will still use the first-generation modem, the X50, Qualcomm’s Amon said in an interview at MWC. “There are some [handset makers] who are aggressive with their launch dates,” he said. “We could see some X55s, but most of the smartphones coming from Q2 2019 all the way to the holiday season will be … X50.”A T-Mobile spokeswoman would say only that the broader network launch would happen in the second half.Both Ray and Fuetsch are shooting for nationwide coverage using lower frequency (and longer range) spectrum by 2020. The carrier with the biggest early 5G coverage could actually be Sprint. Yes, that Sprint. The company claim roughly 2,180 square miles of coverage, which covers 11.5 million people, makes it the largest 5G network in the country. CNET’s Lynn La traveled to Dallas to try out the LG V50, a $1,152 5G phone distinguished by its second-screen attachment (the attachment won’t be made available in the US). She found speeds weren’t as fast as on Verizon’s network, but Sprint’s “coverage was impressively consistent.””Unlike Verizon’s 5G network, you don’t have to be near or within eyesight of a node to get high-speed data from Sprint,” La wrote.Expensive phones5G phones don’t come cheap, with most of them breaking the $1,000 mark. At the high end of the spectrum is Huawei’s Mate X. The foldable phone will cost a jaw-dropping 2,300 euros ($2,600) when it eventually goes on sale (Huawei planned to launch it midyear, but it has delayed its release). That’s pricier than feared, even though it’s one of the world’s first foldable phones. Huawei’s second 5G phone is the Mate 20 X 5G. It’s been pulled by EE in the UK, but should retail for £999 (or about $1,279 in the US and AU$1,856 in Australia), the device has a huge 7.2-inch display, a 4,200mAh battery and a triple rear-camera setup. EE, Vodafone, Three and O2 were supposed to carry the Mate 20 X 5G, but it’s clear if it’ll actually show up. It won’t be coming to the US.EE’s network, by the way, is up in five cities. And despite some strong speeds, coverage remains inconsistent, according to our early speed test. (Sense a theme here?)Verizon began selling the Galaxy S10 5G in May. Priced at $1,300 — $300 more than the Galaxy S10 Plus —  and originally unveiled during Unpacked, it has a 6.7-inch display, four rear cameras and the ability to wirelessly charge other devices. The device also became available on Sprint on June 21, followed by AT&T and T-Mobile. Samsung also will launch a 5G variant of its foldable Galaxy Fold, but that phone’s launch has been delayed due to screen issues. It hasn’t yet detailed how much the 5G model will cost, but the 4G variant is $1,980.The LG V50 ThinQ is available for Sprint users for $1,152, and Verizon is selling the phone for $999. It will come to T-Mobile and AT&T later in the year.On the other end of the pricing spectrum are phones from Motorola/Lenovo and Xiaomi. Xiaomi’s Mi Mix 3 5G retailed for 599 euros ($679) when it hit the market in May, an amount that’s less than many 4G phones today.Lenovo’s first 5G device was 2018’s Motorola Moto Z3. Its successor, the Moto Z4, launched in May without much fanfare. Like the Z3, the Z4 connects to 5G with a Moto Mod modular accessory, which attaches to the back of the phone using magnetic pins. The phone is $499 and the Mod costs extra, but for a limited time you can get both for $440, making the Z4 the cheapest 5G phone yet.As for a Motorola phone that wouldn’t need an accessory to connect to 5G, the company is working on making such a device, but you’ll have to wait much longer. Doug Michau, Motorola Mobility’s director of technical sales and operations, said that phone would come much later than early 2019. More specifically, Michau said it would launch in “definitely less than three years, but no time frame yet.”Ultimately, the additional features added to 5G phones “will determine the premium,” Creative Strategies analyst Carolina Milanesi said. “Rest assured, there will be one.”Wireless plans also cost more. Verizon 5G service is a $10 premium over the regular plan, but your first three months are free. Sprint’s Premium Unlimited plan to access 5G costs $80 to $90 a month. 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. And the shift to 5G gives carriers and phone makers the chance to charge more for those top speeds at a time when they’re not selling as many devices. Mobile World Congress 2019 May 13 • Galaxy S10E vs. iPhone XR: Every spec compared 5:18 See All “Initially, the price of 5G phones will be higher than 4G phones, that’s for sure,” Yenchi Lee, senior director of product marketing for MediaTek’s wireless communications business, said in an interview at MWC. The company at the trade show unveiled its first 5G modem, which’ll be in smartphones in early 2020.Once chips like Qualcomm’s new integrated Snapdragon 5G processor hit the market next year, companies making less expensive phones will also be able to include 5G in their devices. “We’re trying to get to 5G not just to that flagship tier but to other tiers as fast as we can,” Qualcomm’s Amon said. The integrated chip will be in phones in the first half of 2020.Compatibility issuesThanks to everyone embracing 4G LTE, we’d finally gotten to the point where phones could be taken to almost any carrier and still work. Then 5G came along.Though everyone is using the same wireless technology, the carriers are employing different bands of spectrum. And the first-generation chip and antennas can’t tap into all those frequencies at the same time. Instead, whatever 5G phone you buy that has Qualcomm’s X50 modem (which is basically any 5G phone except those from Huawei) will be tied to a specific carrier. The 5G phone you buy for Verizon will work only on Verizon’s 5G network. Once the X55 chip and new Qualcomm radios are out, a phone will be able to run on all major spectrum bands, all over the world. That means we can finally get unlocked 5G phones — if that’s what the handset makers choose. No killer apps yetThroughout MWC, countless booths showed off how 5G can change the experience on your phone, with, for instance, video calls and polished console-level games running smoothly, thanks to much of the processing power being handled remotely. But consumers aren’t going to pay a premium just to eliminate a little buffering. huawei-mate-x-hands-on-mwc-2019-17Huawei’s Mate X is a foldable phone that runs on 5G networks.  Andrew Hoyle/CNET “The industry’s challenge is finding what’s the killer app for 5G,” said Dan Hays, a consultant for PWC.  Those apps will come, even if it takes time. Remember, until 4G improved the quality of the services, things like Uber or livestreaming through Facebook didn’t exist, and watching streaming video from the likes of Netflix and YouTube didn’t take off. But in the early days, there may not be a lot of ways to take advantage of all that bandwidth.Mobile 5G beyond phonesThough the world’s biggest handset makers plan to release 5G phones as soon as possible, other, smaller players are being more cautious. HTC for one “questioned whether it was right to do [5G] on a phone.” For now, at least, HTC doesn’t think phones are the way to go. Instead, it’s focusing on delivering 5G to customers through its 5G Hub, which’ll be available in the US on Sprint’s network. “The beauty of the hub concept is it doesn’t matter what device you’ve got,” Nigel Newby-House, HTC associate vice president of product planning and go-to-market, said in an interview ahead of MWC. “Whether it’s VR, notebook, tablet, this is your gateway that could be shared across devices. We’re trying to spare you the cost of having 5G in your phone, tablet, etcetera.”But buying the hub doesn’t automatically mean you’ll have 5G speeds on a 4G phone. You’ll get faster speeds only if your phone has 802.11ad, which enables WiGig Wi-Fi speeds. If your phone is older and runs only 802.11ac Wi-Fi, you’ll end up with a bottleneck where the hub is trying to deliver data faster than your phone can handle. MWC wasn’t the last time we’ll hear about 5G phones. But you might want to wait until next year before you rush to buy one. Originally published on March 2 at 5 a.m. PT. Update March 3 at 6 a.m. PT: To include background.Update April 4 at 4:36 p.m. PT: Adds Verizon 5G network launch info.Update June 29 at 5 a.m. PT: Adds additional background about AT&T and T-Mobile 5G tests. Qualcomm Xiaomi 5G Oppo AT&T Huawei LG Samsung Sony Sprint T-Mobile Verizon OnePlus Galaxy S10 5G camera, 5G demo at MWC 2019 Jul 9 • Killer cameras and battery life might meet their match in the Note 10 See also Share your voice Getty Images At a Mobile World Congress keynote panel in late February on the timing of 5G devices, Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon declared with confidence, “The phones are ready; we’re just waiting for the networks.” About an hour later, in a briefing room a mere 10 feet below that keynote hall, AT&T Chief Technology Officer Andre Fuetsch told CNET, “The issue is devices. Frankly, we’re waiting on the devices.”After years of work on 5G networks, hyped as the life-changing foundation for tech trends like augmented reality and telemedicine, the super-fast wireless technology has finally gone live. Carriers are turning on their networks, and virtually every major Android handset maker has talked up plans to launch a 5G device this year. • 28 Photos Tags 53 Phones Components Tablets Mobile World Congress 2019 Jun 1 • The Nubia Alpha looks like either a house arrest bracelet or Batman’s phone Commentslast_img read more

Bannon backs off Trump son comment

first_imgFormer White House Chief Strategist Bannon speaks during a campaign event in Fairhope. Reuters file photoPresident Donald Trump’s former strategist Steve Bannon on Sunday backed away from derogatory comments ascribed to him about Trump’s son in a new book that sparked White House outrage and could threaten Bannon’s influence as a would-be conservative power broker.Bannon, ousted from the White House in August, was quoted in “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” by journalist Michael Wolff, as saying a June 2016 meeting with a group of Russians attended by Donald Trump Jr. and his father’s top campaign officials was “treasonous” and “unpatriotic.”The president responded by saying Bannon had lost his mind, and the White House suggested the hard-right news site Breitbart News part ways with Bannon as its executive chairman.Bannon said in a statement released on Sunday that his comments were directed at Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager, and not aimed at the president’s son.“Donald Trump, Jr. is both a patriot and a good man. He has been relentless in his advocacy for his father and the agenda that has helped turn our country around,” the statement said.“I regret that my delay in responding to the inaccurate reporting regarding Don Jr. has diverted attention from the president’s historical accomplishments in the first year of his presidency,” Bannon said.Uproar over the book has dominated news coverage for days, putting the White House on the defensive just as Trump and his advisers sought to plan and bring attention to their policy goals for 2018 ahead of a November congressional election.The former strategist’s statement could be aimed at trying to secure his job at Breitbart, a platform he has used while backing anti-establishment candidates for election to Congress.The book portrays Trump, a former reality TV star who took office nearly a year ago, as mentally unstable and unfit for the demands of his job.‘SLOPPY STEVE’Trump said last week that Bannon had nothing to do with him or his presidency. That scathing response left Bannon alienated among the more conservative factions of Trump’s Republican Party.Bannon said he still supported Trump, whose public break with his one-time strategist and use of a derisive nickname for him, “Sloppy Steve,” reflected the depth of the president’s anger.“My support is also unwavering for the president and his agenda,” Bannon said in Sunday’s statement. “I am the only person to date to conduct a global effort to preach the message of Trump and Trumpism, and I remain ready to stand in the breech for this president’s efforts to make America great again.”In the book, Bannon voiced astonishment over the meeting that Trump Jr., the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, and Manafort attended at Trump Tower in New York with a Russian lawyer, who was said to be offering damaging information about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate.Bannon was quoted as saying he was certain Trump Jr. would have taken the Russians who took part in the meeting to meet his father.Bannon did not specifically dispute the quotes, but said his criticism was meant for Manafort, who is being prosecuted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller as part of a probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.“My comments were aimed at Paul Manafort, a seasoned campaign professional with experience and knowledge of how the Russians operate. He should have known they are duplicitous, cunning and not our friends,” Bannon said.On CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday a senior aide to Trump, Stephen Miller, assailed the book, released on Friday, and launched an attack on news coverage before his TV host, Jake Tapper, urged him to calm down and cut off their interview.Miller, a senior policy adviser, said the book was a “grotesque work of fiction” and said it was “tragic and unfortunate” that Bannon made the comments in the book that he did.last_img read more

Forest dept to put cork on use of plastic in parks

first_imgKolkata: The state Forest department is going to impose some restrictions on the usage of plastic material in the parks that are owned by the department.During a programme organised on the occasion of World Environment Day at Central Park in Salt Lake, state Forest minister Binay Krishna Burman said that the visitors will not be allowed to enter parks with any plastic items or bags. During the programme, some saplings were planted in the park while some others were distributed among the people by the Forest department. The principal secretary of the department Chandan Sinha was also present at the programme. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsBurman said that his department will impose restrictions on the entry of people who are carrying plastic substances. The step has been taken to protect the environment of the parks. It is often seen that people dump plastic bags and other items in the waterbodies inside the parks, which in turn cause damage to the animals and plants in the water.The minister also instructed the senior officials of his department to carry out extensive campaigns against the use of plastic items, which disrupt the ecological balance. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedVarious awareness programmes would be held by the department to make people aware about the ill effects of the plastic items. He also urged the people to plant more trees in their neighbourhood, which is one of the steps to keep the nature intact.The Forest department would also urge the stalls situating near the parks not to sell plastic items to the people. It may be mentioned here that the Forest department often distributes saplings among the people for protection of the environment.last_img read more

Colin Green Bay got worse just to keep Aaron Rodgers happy

first_imgIn a flurry of NFL trade deadline moves yesterday, many playoff contenders added key pieces for the stretch run, but despite fighting for their playoff lives, the Packers traded away receiver Ty Montgomery and starting safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.Montgomery was in Aaron Rodgers’ doghouse after blowing Sunday’s game against the Rams after fumbling a 4th quarter kickoff return, but was given away for a seventh rounder. Colin agrees Montgomery screwed up, but the Packers shipping him out for next to nothing to satisfy Rodgers feels like a lopsided relationship, much like the Cavs exhausting themselves by trying to placate LeBron.Rodgers is a sure-fire Hall of Famer, and one of the most talented players to ever play quarterback in the NFL, but the marriage between he and the Packers has reached the point where it’s unhealthy and getting uglier by the minute. Just like a schlub who lands a girlfriend that’s way out of his league and will do anything to keep her, Green Bay is more concerned about keeping Rodgers happy than doing what’s best for the organization. Advertisementlast_img read more

Transat celebrates 30 years with travel agent incentive 30 prize trips

first_img Share Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> MONTREAL — As part of its 30th anniversary celebrations Transat will be holding prize draws throughout the year to award 30 surprise trips to travel consultants across Canada.Three trips will be drawn each month from February to November, with one draw in Quebec, one in the Ontario-Atlantic region and one in Western Canada.“Travel agents have been key Transat partners since the company’s beginnings,” said Denise Heffron, Vice-President, National Sales and Commercial, Transat Tours Canada. “That’s why we decided to make them part of our 30th anniversary celebrations and show how important they are to us.”Transat has chosen one milestone date in its history for each of the next 10 months for each surprise trip. On the morning of each ‘surprise day,’ the company will notify travel consultants that every Transat product booking – either flights, packages or cruises – made that day will earn them one chance to win a trip.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterThere will be one trip drawn per month in each of the regions (Quebec, Ontario-Atlantic and West). The names of two other agents, having also booked a Transat product on the surprise date, will also be drawn randomly to earn $30 in Bonbon rewards. All of the winners’ names will be announced a few days after the surprise date.No registration is required; contest entry is automatic as soon as a consultant sells the product. Transat says it has a variety of surprises and special activities planned throughout its 30th anniversary year. Travelweek Group center_img Transat celebrates 30 years with travel agent incentive: 30 prize trips Friday, February 10, 2017 Tags: Agent Incentives, Transatlast_img read more

Royal Caribbean cruises kicks off its biggest season yet

first_imgRoyal Caribbean cruises kicks off its biggest season yetToday marks the start of RCL Cruises Australia’s biggest, boldest season yet, with the arrival of Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas to Sydney – the first of seven of the biggest, youngest and most exceptional cruise ships to sail local waters this summer.For the first time ever, all three RCL Cruises brands will be based down under, with Royal Caribbean International,Celebrity Cruises and new arrival Azamara Club Cruises offering a range of 95 itineraries around Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific and Asia.RCL will carry a quarter of a million guests over the season with almost 60,000 of them coming from overseas countries including the USA, Canada, UK and Germany.“Today marks the start of a record-breaking season in which we will double our guest capacity, introduce a new cruise brand to the region and offer a total of seven ships – around 20 percent of RCL’s global fleet,” said Gavin Smith, Regional Vice President, RCL Cruises Asia-Pacific.“For nearly a decade we have delivered the world’s biggest and best ships to Australians, offering them a cutting edge cruise product and a style of holiday that they would previously have had to travel overseas to experience,” Smith continued.Already an Australian favourite, the destination-focused Azamara Club Cruises brand will sail in Australia for the very first time this summer.  Normally based in Europe and Asia, the 686-passenger Azamara Quest arrives in Darwin on 28 December as the first of three new ships to join the local fleet this season.Sydney’s biggest summer cruise line, Royal Caribbean International, will welcome Explorer of the Seas, which sets sail from Barcelona today en route to Sydney.  The 3,800-passenger megaliner will take the title of Australia’s largest cruise ship from her twin sister, Voyager of the Seas, and the ships will meet in beautiful Sydney Harbour on Saturday evening on 28 November for a historic big-ship harbour rendezvous.Both Voyager Class vessels are the largest cruise ships based in the southern hemisphere and have recently emerged from a combined USD$160 million bow-to-stern facelift, equipping them with brand new features never seen before at sea in Australasia such as the FlowRider surf simulator and revolutionary Interior “Virtual” Balconies.Finally, Royal Caribbean International will base a ship in Brisbane for the first time.  From 8 December, Queenslanders will have their very own world class ship, Legend of the Seas, when she commences sailing from Portside Wharf, Hamilton with no less than 15 itineraries.The seven ships will make 185 port calls and 85 turnarounds in Australia this season, which is expected to inject more than $185 million into the local economy in passenger spending alone. Royal CaribbeanSource = Royal Caribbeanlast_img read more

American Cruise Lines Has Done it Again

first_imgAmerican Cruise Lines Has Done it AgainAmerican Cruise Lines Has Done it AgainBrand new riverboat, American Song, arrived to a warm Southern welcome in Memphis on Friday, October 12th after a week’s long inaugural cruise up the Mississippi from New Orleans, stopping at Oak Alley, Baton Rouge, St. Francisville, Natchez, and Vicksburg. Guests were buzzing with excitement as they came ashore at the Beale Street Landing, having enjoyed a marvelous time along the Nation’s most historic river—aboard the very first modern riverboat in U.S. history. (The following day, American Song departed on its 2nd 8-day Lower Mississippi cruise from Memphis back to New Orleans, and as of today, Monday, October 22, the 3rd sailing is in Baton Rouge).American Song’s inaugural guests were treated to all-inclusive fine dining and complimentary cocktails every sunset. The cruise was highlighted with onboard entertainment and expert lectures, as well as guided shore excursions at every port. Ensconced in the largest most comfortable cabins in the industry, guests enjoyed the gorgeous river views through American Song’s floor-to-ceiling glass doors leading to private furnished balconies. The beautiful new riverboat offered scenic views throughout and particularly spectacular views from the ship’s largest observation lounge 40 feet above the water—American Song was designed with 3 times more glass than any other riverboat. American’s inaugural guests were also the very first passengers to use American Song’s unique retractable gangway and opening bow.Upon arriving in Memphis, many guests headed straight for Graceland on American’s Deluxe Signature Tour, which included a brief tour of historic downtown Memphis and the riverfront area. Other guests chose a Memphis City Experience, including a tour of the National Civil Rights Museum; a complex of buildings incorporating a section of the famed Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Shore excursions were guided at every port, and all throughout the cruise, guests were treated to unique local experiences such as a special private concert at the J.N. Stone House in Natchez, a guided visit to the iconic Oak Alley Plantation, and a tour of the USS Kidd, the infamous “Pirate of the Pacific.” Guests were even invited to participate in a live Gospel performance at the Frogmore Plantation.The cruise was further highlighted on board with expert presentations on American History featuring many of the specific locations along the itinerary. The cruise visited Vicksburg, a historic Civil War town also known as “The Key to The South,” where some guests spent the day exploring the Vicksburg National Military Park. During the Baton Rouge stop, guests were treated to an authentic Bayou experience during an Atchafalaya Basin Tour which included a special luncheon at Pat’s Fisherman’s Wharf. All throughout the cruise, guests could choose from an array of shore experiences while also enjoying pleasant walks and free time in the charming historic towns which adorn the Lower Mississippi.American Cruise Lines’ is proud to introduce the 1st modern riverboat to U.S. River cruising and delighted to add American Song to its fleet of authentic paddlewheelers. American looks forward to 2019 with continued excitement, when the 2nd modern riverboat, American Harmony, begins sailing the Line’s superb Mississippi River itineraries and American Songheads West to the Columbia and Snake.American offers 8-Day Mississippi River cruises throughout 2018, including special Holiday-Themed cruises Thanksgiving through New Year’s. The wonderful activities and shore excursions mentioned in this Press Release will continue to be offered along the Line’s 2018 and 2019 Lower Mississippi River itinerary. Complimentary pre-cruise packages are available on cruises originating from New Orleans or Memphis.About American Cruise LinesAmerican Cruise Lines was just awarded Conde Nast’s 2018 Readers’ Choice Award, for a 5thyear in a row, as one of the World’s Best Small Ship Cruise Lines. American was also recently named 2018’s Best River Line in the U.S. & Canada by Cruise Critic’s Cruisers’ Choice Awards.  American operates the largest and newest fleet of authentic paddlewheelers, coastal cruise ships, and the only modern riverboats in the U.S. With over 35 itineraries visiting 25 states, American cruises along the rivers, as well as the coastal and inland waterways of New England, Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, the Mississippi River system, and the Southeast.For reservations or to learn more about American Cruise LinesPlease call 1-800-814-6880 or visit: www.AmericanCruiseLines.comFollow us on Facebook at:  https://www.facebook.com/americancruiselinesFollow us on Twitter at:  https://twitter.com/American_CruiseSource = American Cruise Lineslast_img read more

AG will appeal low sentence for paedophile

first_imgThe attorney-general said he will appeal the 18-month jail sentence handed down to a 36-year-old in Paphos connection with sexually abusing a girl, 6.The man had been charged with sexual abuse and indecent assault.The offence took place at his house when the child and her minder visited his mother.The man was arrested on October 26 after the girl told her parents that she had been abused on October 13 at his home.The girl’s parents were concerned as her behaviour had changed since that day and had been trying to find out what had happened.According to the child, she had gone to the house, belonging to the defendant’s parents, a couple of weeks previously, along with the woman who looks after her, in her parents’ absence.The girl told her parents that the 36-year-old lured her into a room in the house where he proceeded to sexually assault her.You May LikeHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsUndoSenior Living | Search AdsThe Cost of Senior Living in Rowland Heights Might Surprise YouSenior Living | Search AdsUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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first_imgThe basement of a house in Kato Pervolia, Paphos was flooded after heavy rain fell on Monday morning.The Paphos fire services responded by pumping the water while the municipality is set to clean the street and drains.According to the authorities this particular street, Kato Pervolio street, floods regularly.No other incidents due to the rainfall were reported.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoCrossovers | Search AdsBest New Compact Crossovers for Under 20kCrossovers | Search AdsUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Noble Sanctuary to Muslims at 7 am local time the Times reports one hour before it was opened to Jewish visitors and tourists The spokesman said no one was arrested or injured The morning’s visitors included right-wing minister Moshe Feiglin whose assertion of pilgrimage rights over the site has been a source of past tension Local media reported clashes between Palestinian demonstrators hurling rocks and police who fired tear gas into the crowd Israeli authorities denied Palestinian media reports of tear gas and rubber bullets being used inside the mosque UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday during a visit to the West Bank that he was “deeply concerned by repeated provocations at the holy sites in Jerusalem” [NYT] Contact us at editors@timecomAam Aadmi Party’s humiliating performance in the bypoll in Delhi has set off varied reactions in political circles The defenders of AAP would argue that it is a one-off loss due to the adverse circumstances in the constituency itself; the party would come out with flying colours in the upcoming MCD elections next week The detractors of AAP would assert that this is the beginning of the end of the AAP’s political journey The truth may be somewhere in between It is a fact that Jarnail Singh – who had won from the Rajouri Garden constituency which has a sizeable Sikh votes in 2015 on the AAP ticket – was away in Punjab for over a year to prepare and contest for Punjab elections The voters in the constituency must have been peeved at this irresponsible action – why seek votes in Delhi if you prefer Punjab Representation image Reuters A similar impression was further reinforced with the chief minister and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal’s forays into the Punjab territory Kejriwal unlike Jarnail did not contest the election in Punjab but the message was given loud and clear to the Punjab electorate – by no less than the second most important leader of AAP and Delhi’s deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia – that if they voted AAP to power in Punjab that would mean voting to make Kejriwal the chief minister of the state This must have rattled the voters in Delhi After all they had given an overwhelming victory to AAP in general and Kejriwal in particular in 2015 to serve the people of Delhi for five years Having achieved his goal in Delhi Kejriwal’s setting the eyes to become the Punjab chief minister was nothing short of a betrayal for the Delhi voters So atthe first opportunity to get back at him in the Rajouri Garden bypoll they handed him and the AAP a humiliating defeat – with their candidate losing even his security deposit But will the Delhi voters’ anger with AAP subside with this one-off action or will the party suffer further consequences in the days to come That would become somewhat clear in the forthcoming MCD elections next week when the entire Delhi voters will choose as to who would head the three municipal bodies The municipal elections are of enormous significance for both AAPand its main rival the Bharatiya Janata Party Though AAP won a landslide 67 out of the 70 seats in the Assembly elections in 2015 it was constrained to function in several ways as the three municipal bodies of Delhi were dominated by the BJP which had swept the polls in 2012 The AAP’s victory in the MCD elections would bring the state government in sync with the grassroots bodies enabling better governance and Kejriwal believes that it is of utmost significance for last-mile delivery of government projects But the BJP is working hard to hold its position in the MCDs as an affirmation of the rising popularity of its mascot Prime Minister Narendra Modi and also as a revenge for the humiliating loss that AAP had inflicted on the national party in the Assembly election in 2015 If AAP does exceedingly well in the MCD elections it would leave the Rajouri Garden blot behind and get on with the task of administering Delhi with greater vigour and more cohesion But if it suffers another humiliating defeat – if the party is reduced to the third position and the BJP and the Congress emerge as the main contenders as it happened in the Rajouri Garden bypoll – then the unravelling process of AAP would firmly set in The fact is that irrespective of the election results AAP must do some course correction if it isto remain a potent force in Delhi The party had assumed that by providing free water and subsidised electricity – two major basic needs of the people – in the very first few months of coming to power in 2015; it had won the gratitude of the average Delhi voter Yes it did but the voter at no point wants to be taken for granted The AAP’s national ambition certainly affected the government’s routine administration as most major party and government leaders were seen camping in Punjab and Goa for most part of a year That was a clear dereliction of duty Kejriwal has of course shot back to this charge saying that the prime minister has been spending more time electioneering across the country whereas he was confined to just two states That is possibly a valid assertion but the BJP’s stars are still on the upswing because Modi’s leadership is an assertion of both the planks – good governance as well as Hindutva politics and that is a bigger draw AAP had entered the political arena with the twin assertion of good governance and moral politics The AAP government’s performance on the good governance plank may be contested but it cannot be completely negated Its decisive measures in providing better health and educational facilities to the poor – Delhi’s government hospitals are dispensing medicines and most diagnostic tests free and Delhi’s government primary schools are witnessing better attendance of teachers and better facilities for the students like uniforms textbooks and quality midday meals (all these have become a ‘new normal’ in Delhi) – cannot be wished away But AAP and Kejriwal have certainly slipped on the treacherous ‘moral politics’ plank For sure it is not a new development This came into full play just before the 2015 Delhi elections when the party gave tickets to liquor barons local strongmen and habitual defectors setting aside its own 2013 exemplary experiment of choosing candidates from the ‘mohalla sabha’ afterdeliberations within the constituencies themselves By 2015 AAP and Kejriwal had grown wiser They possibly came to realise that in this dog-eat-dog world of politics moral politics would not carry them far If they had a desire to taste success in electoral politics they must be like Congress and the BJP and the sundry regional parties which are the major political forces in different states Today AAP is just another party in power trying hard to retain its hold in power by every means necessary – fair or foul The various scandals about the AAP government that are unfolding every other day – thanks to a large measure due to the hyper-drive of the central government and its political nominee the lieutenant governor of Delhi – presents a sorry picture for a party and a leader who had given India the hope for an alternative politics That hope remains shattered irrespective of the political outcome in Delhi now or in the future Gold Coast: Uncluttered is what makes one unhindered— that’s the philosophy 16-year-old Manu Bhaker follows when she takes aim for gold at shooting ranges the latest in her collection being the Commonwealth Games 10m air pistol top prize The Haryana-girl who is making waves in Indian shooting broke the Games record (2409) at the Belmont Shooting Centre on 8 april way ahead of nearest competition which happened to be compatriot and eventual silver-medallist Heena Sidhu (234) File image of Manu Bhaker Image courtesy: Twitter @ISSF_Shooting Her gold medal opened India’s 21st CWG account in shooting a sport which usually fetches a bagful of medals for the country "It just happened I only worked on my technique rest just happened" Bhaker told PTI after adding to her collection of gold medals from the senior and junior World Cups "Shooting is an uncomplicated sport take aim and shoot That’s why it’s important not to think too much If you think too much then it becomes complex" she explained sounding wise beyond her age The teenager who is the youngest Indian to claim a World Cup gold chose to unwind with a game of table tennis after returning to the Games Village and when asked whether she was expecting Sunday’s record-shattering performance merely broke into a soft giggle "I had been working on my technique for a long time I just got that right rest is a result of that I didn’t have any targets for today I was just shooting I am just happy" she said trying to stress on the simplicity of her thought process "In fact I never set myself targets what’s the point of that Ultimately your technique has to work it worked for me today" she reasoned She was expected to fetch the goldon Sundayand she did that but ask her whether being under the spotlight played on her mind she came up with another philosophical response "As I said the more you think the more things become complex So it’s never a good idea to think too much Just do the best you can and forget about everything else" she said Done with her CWG campaign the shooter who once dabbled in boxing said she is now looking ahead to the World Cup in Korea from 20 April "There is no time to celebrate tomorrow I go back to my training for the World Cup No breathing space there" she signed off sounding and being actually busier than an average 16-year-old the father of a girl who barely survived an Uber driver’s recent shooting rampage about 150 miles west in Kalamazoo,上海龙凤419Curtis, in Delhi. read more

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