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ScienceShot: Google Glass Could Help Track Disease

first_imgGoogle Glass, the tech giant’s experimental eyewear-based computer, may soon give epidemiologists a faster and more reliable way to track infections and other diseases. Researchers report online today in ACS Nano that they’ve created an app that allows Google Glass wearers to snap pictures of common immunology-based diagnostic tests and immediately beam those images back to a central computer server. Software on the server then processes the image information, determines a diagnosis, and relays the information back to the wearer. Because the Google Glass transmits location information, the approach can also be used to map the spread of diseases that are being tested. The researchers showed that the latest approach to epidemiology worked to track both HIV infections and levels of prostate-specific antigen, a molecular marker associated with prostate cancer.See more ScienceShots.last_img read more

NU tops FEU to remain undefeated in PVL

first_imgGinebra nears top four, beats Rain or Shine Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:57US Defense chief says alliance with Philippines remains strong00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Bernadeth Pons led FEU with 18 points. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next FILE PHOTO – National University’s Jaja Santiago. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNational University overcame Far Eastern University in four sets, 22-25, 28-26, 29-27, 25-22, to keep its unbeaten run in the group stages of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Lady Bulldogs improved to 3-0 to stay atop Group B while the Lady Tamaraws are in close second with a 2-1 card. ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary “FEU is a very systematic and strong team so we really expected a good fight from them,” said NU head coach Babes Castillo in Filipino.“So I told my players to brace for a storm because a storm is what FEU will bring.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe two teams were dead even offensively, scoring on 56 spikes apiece, but the Lady Bulldogs had a slight edge on service aces, 10-8, and errors, 32-35. Jaja Santiago showed her might against FEU, putting up 25 points to lead NU while Aiko Urdas added 15. LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View commentslast_img read more

The little known facts of the CWG opening ceremony

first_imgAbout 1,200 moving lights, 25 stacks of speakers and about 2,700 shots of fireworks spread across the roof of the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium combined with a stage weighing 500 tonnes to create a spectacular opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games here today. The gigantic main stage, inspired by the ‘mandala’, a sanskrit word for the geometric designs symbolic of the universe in Hinduism and Buddhism, which is one of the largest built for an opening and closing ceremony. The stage was built within seven days by about 500 workers. Weighing an approximately 500 tonnes. The stage is large enough to hold 500 people under it. The opening ceremony would have never been that spectacular had it not been for the lighting arrangements.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

China has set a new benchmark

first_imgThe beautiful thing about multi-disciplinary sporting events is how the non-stop action from start to finish is spread over a long period but still does not leave the audience bored. Sport today is no longer just about going to the venues and catching the action.The way television cameras are able to capture all the thrilling moments, even people without access to venues are able to soak in the atmosphere.People in the sub-continent, and specifically India, are lucky that within a month they have got to see the highs and lows of the Commonwealth Games and now the Asian Games. A big indicator of the success of the Games is how the opening ceremony is executed. In Beijing, an effort was made to keep things under wraps.That was understandable as the western media wanted to portray China negatively all along. The 2008 Beijing opening ceremony not only was high intensity and showcased the Chinese culture and ethos, it was also able to beat the highest Olympic standards set by previous host cities.After that, it was New Delhi’s turn to dazzle at the Commonwealth Games opening and it happened. As much as the media tried to create a negative hype over the Rs 40 crore aerostat, it was a big success. And so were the Games for what it produced in terms of results for India.Now that Guangzhou has used the whole city to capture the essence of what can be done for an opening ceremony, the standards set are so high that whichever city now hosts big Games will be under pressure to try something more innovative. Having seen Beijing, New Delhi and now Guangzhou, I am convinced that when it comes to planning and execution, the Chinese are the masters.advertisementIf the opening ceremony on Friday night captured millions of hearts in Asia and possibly other continents, the efforts which they have put in to create infrastructure is amazing.At a time when New Delhi is undecided on whether India should bid for the 2019 Asian Games, we need to learn from the Chinese. If Beijing showed to the world what worldclass infrastructure was all about, the port city of Guangzhou is almost of the same standard. Guangzhou created a huge sub-city where everything seems well planned. We were told on landing at the Baiyun airport that the Asian Games zone was a city within itself and self-sustained.I wanted to see for myself the big difference between what New Delhi did for the Commonwealth Games and how Guangzhou is handling the challenge. Undoubtedly, though you had countries like Britain and Australia in the CWG, the Asian Games is far bigger.The sheer number of events, the venues and the logistics involved is mind boggling. Yet, the Chinese organise things in such a cool manner, there is minimum fuss even about the tough things they have to handle. Before leaving for Guangzhou, I read on the web about the city being a high crime zone and how people could sedate or even paralyse you by injecting some stuff! Mercifully, the efficient policemen have ensured nothing like that takes place.Those lucky enough to go to the main city say it’s throbbing with life after sunset and people of all colour and creed are able to soak in the atmosphere. However, within the Asian Games sub city, the sports complexes are awesome.The security tents for cops and a few more features which were referred to as ‘overlays’ during the CWG are there for all to see. However, China has not spent crores of yuans for hiring them on rent! If India wants to learn from Guangzhou, there are many lessons.Organising a Games of this stature means leaving nothing to chance. Miles of highways, bridges, metro networks, volunteers, spick and span venues and a Games Village of high standards with no fear of snakes, dogs and monkeys: this is what Guangzhou has to show. No wonder, they call China a real superpower.s.kannan@mailtoday.inlast_img read more

Marcelo offers fitness boost to Real Madrid

first_imgMarcelo is “almost at 100 per cent” fitness in a boost to an out-of-form Real Madrid side.Brazil full-back Marcelo has not featured for Los Blancos since a 3-0 reverse at Sevilla in September due to a calf injury.That defeat was the start of a four-match winless run in all competitions for Madrid in which they have failed to score. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! But Marcelo, who returned to training this week, could soon be back in the fold in welcome news for under-fire boss Julen Lopetegui.”I feel fine, I’m almost at 100 per cent,” he said in quotes reported by AS.”I’m training well. It’s the second day I trained with the ball, but I’m happy with my progress.”The international break is good for me to be at the top for the next game.”Marcelo was forced to withdraw from the latest Brazil squad as a result of his fitness issues.He will, however, be slip back into the domestic game once competitive action resumes.Madrid will be looking to improve their fortunes at home to Levante on October 20.last_img read more

‘Rashford needs to be scoring 20-30 goals a season’

first_imgMarcus Rashford has been challenged to become a ’20 or 30-goal-a-season’ striker by an Old Trafford legend.The Manchester United forward turns 21 on Wednesday, and former Red Devils captain Bryan Robson wants to see him progress further following his remarkable rise to prominence over the last three years.Robson believes Mancunian Rashford, who has scored 33 times in 133 appearances since making his debut under Louis van Gaal in 2016, can continue to grow by adding more goals to his game. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “I think you always want to improve and better yourself,” Robson told the club’s official website . “Marcus is in a great position – he’s been in the first-team squad for over three years now.“You can see him maturing, he’s building his stamina and strength, and he’s looking really good and sharp at the moment. He’s going in the right direction.“The only thing I would like to see is his finishing just being that little bit better.”Rashford has played largely on the wings under Jose Mourinho, though the United boss used him as a central striker against Everton on Sunday after dropping his go-to centre-forward Romelu Lukaku.But Robson wants to get to a point “where we get Marcus up to something like 20 or 30 goals in a season, whether he’s playing out wide or through the middle.”The former England captain added: “He’s adapted really well, because he has been playing wide as a player for quite some time now – he hasn’t had too many chances through the middle as a centre-forward.Marcus Rashford, Man Utd“But I think it educates you as a player and Marcus is definitely going the right way to be a top-class player for Manchester United over the years ahead.”Rashford burst on to the United scene with two goals against Midtjylland on his debut as an 18-year-old substitute in the Europa League in February 2016 and has collected FA Cup, League Cup and Europa Cup winners medals, as well as representing England at the European Championships and World Cup, in his short career.“Everything that Marcus has done has been very good so far, but it’s always the same with young lads – at the age of 21, you’re still a young lad – it’s about improving and getting better and better,” said Robson.Mourinho has been accused in some quarters of not turning to Rashford often enough.But the United manager said recently: “For Marcus Rashford, that means a player, I think, with more appearances [than any team-mate] in the past two years. “I think he’s a privileged player, a privileged kid or, if you want to say now, a man, that has had so many opportunities to develop himself and he’s going to keep having them.”Rashford and United are next in action on Saturday as they travel to sixth-placed Bournemouth in the Premier League.last_img read more

Ekaterini Stefanidi of Greece Finished her Outdoor Season Unbeaten

first_imgBRUSSELS (AP) — Shaunae Miller-Uibo won her second Diamond League final in as many weeks, setting a world leading time in the 400 meters at the Van Damme Memorial to add to her 200 title.It also gave the Bahamian $100,000 for her two victories.After a disappointing world championships, where she stubbed her foot when leading in the 400 home straight before falling out of the medals, she got her revenge Friday.Despite the cold and wet conditions following torrential rains, Miller-Uibo finished in 49.46 seconds, to beat the year’s previous best time set by Allyson Felix by .19 seconds. Salwa Eid Naser also beat the 50-second mark and set a Bahraini record of 49.88.Miller-Uibo won the final of the 200 in a national record at the Zurich Weltklasse last week.In the pole vault, Ekaterini Stefanidi of Greece finished her outdoor season unbeaten, and scaled 4.85 meters to beat Sandi Morris of the United States by 10 centimeters.Yohan Blake won the 100 meters, beating Michael Rodgers of the United States and fellow-Jamaican Julian Forte.In the absence of recently retired Usain Bolt and world champion Justin Gatlin, 2011 world champion Blake rekindled some old form for a rare win, finishing in a modest 10.02 seconds as runners were slowed by the rain and cold at the King Baudouin Stadium.Rodgers finished in 10.09 and Forte had 10.12.The storm was such that it caused a blackout in the neighborhood and the meet had to be completed with limited visibility.In the women’s 100, Olympic champion Elaine Thompson ended her lackluster season on a somewhat high note, winning in 10.92, edging Marie-Josee Ta Lou by .01 seconds.On a tough night for athletes, Ivana Spanovic of Serbia won the long jump with 6.70 meters on her last attempt, sweeping past Lorraine Ugen of Britain, who missed out by 5 centimeters. World champion Brittney Reese of the United States finished only fifth.In the high jump, Maria Lasitskene also remained unbeaten, winning with a leap of 2.02 to beat Yuliia Levchenko.Christian Taylor remained the master of the triple jump, as the world and Olympic champion again beat fellow American Will Claye to take the Diamond League trophy.TweetPinShare271271 Shareslast_img read more

SUSPECT CHARGED WITH 2ND DEGREE MURDER IN PIERCE STREET STABBING

first_imgA MAN FROM SOMALIA HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH SECOND DEGREE MURDER FOR THE FATAL STABBING OF HIS ROOMMATE AT THEIR SIOUX CITY APARTMENT ON OCTOBER 28TH.AN ARRAIGNMENT HAS BEEN SET FOR NOVEMBER 16TH FOR 38-YEAR-OLD ABDIQADAR SHARIF.AUTHORITIES ALLEGE THAT SHARIF STABBED GULED NUR SEVERAL TIMES WITH A KNIFE FOLLOWING A PHYSICAL ALTERCATION BETWEEN THE TWO MEN AT THE PHOENIX APARTMENTS.NUR COLLAPSED IN THE 4TH FLOOR HALLWAY OF THE BUILDING AND LATER DIED FROM HIS INJURIES.SHARIF IS BEING HELD IN THE WOODBURY COUNTY JAIL ON $505-THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND .last_img read more

Sane wins EPL Player of the Month

first_imgManchester City Manchester City’s Sane wins Premier League Player of the Month Ben Valentine @bvalentine14 Last updated 1 year ago 01:54 11/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Leroy Sane Manchester City Arsenal Getty Images Manchester City Leroy Sané Premier League The attacker scored and assisted in each of his side’s three EPL victories in October, and joined his manager Pep Guardiola in being honoured Leroy Sane has claimed the Premier League Player of the Month award after a sparkling performance in the month of October.Manchester City won all three of their league matches that month and Sane was a big reason why, claiming a goal and an assist in all three of his side’s matches.Sane 13/10 to score v Foxes Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Harry Kane had won the award for September while Sadio Mane took home the prize in August.goalsassists @LeroySane19 is your @EASPORTSFIFA Player of the Month for October! pic.twitter.com/noAQnzUeMh — Premier League (@premierleague) November 17, 2017 October continued a bright start to the league season for the Germany international, as he has now scored six goals and added five assists in 11 appearances this season for City. He’s also contributed a pair of assists in the Champions League and two goals in the Carabao Cup. The 21-year-old Sane has already eclipsed his league goal total from 2016-17, as he scored just five times in the Premier League last season.The month was kind for City honorees as the club’s fine form also brought Pep Guardiola his second straight Manager of the Month award. The club, who are eight points clear of rivals Manchester United at the Premier League summit, travel to Leicester City on Saturday, before returning to action in the Champions League at home to Feyenoord.last_img read more

Realme 5, Realme 5 Pro launched in India with quad cameras: Price in India, specs and release date

first_img Next Realme 5, Realme 5 Pro launched in India with quad cameras: Price in India, specs and release dateRealme 5 and Realme 5 Pro are now official in India touting quad cameras, new crystal design and upgraded Snapdragon processors. They will go on sale on Flipkart and Realme’s online store.advertisement Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiAugust 20, 2019UPDATED: August 21, 2019 09:34 IST HIGHLIGHTSRealme 5 sports a quad camera setup and Snapdragon 665 SoC.Realme 5 Pro features a 48MP quad camera setup and Snapdragon 712 SoC.Realme 5 price starts at Rs 9,999 while the Realme 5 Pro starts at Rs 13,999.Realme 5-series is now official in India. The company announced the Realme 5 and Realme 5 Pro at an event in New Delhi on Tuesday along with a brand new pair of Realme Buds 2 earphones. The Realme 5 and Realme 5 Pro are the company’s first set of quad camera phones to offer users more ways to capture photos. In addition to sporting four rear cameras, the Realme 5 phones also tout new crystal designs, Minidrop displays, large batteries and new Snapdragon processors, among other things.Realme 5, Realme 5 Pro price in India and first sale dateRealme 5 has been priced starting at Rs 9,999 for the base model that comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. It also comes in 4GB + 64GB and 4GB + 128GB variants that are priced at Rs 10,999 and Rs 11,999, respectively. The Realme 5 will be available in Crystal Blue and Crystal Purple colours.Realme 5 Pro’s price in India starts at Rs 13,999 for the 4GB + 64GB storage option. It will also be available in 6GB + 64GB and 8GB + 128GB variants that are priced at Rs 14,999 and Rs 16,999 respectively. The Realme 5 Pro will be available in Crystal Green and Sparkling Blue colours. In addition, Realme Buds 2 with 11.2mm bass boost driver and dual tangle-free cable has been launched at Rs 599.Both the Realme 5 and Realme 5 Pro will be available on Flipkart and Realme.com. The first sale for the Realme 5 Pro is on September 4 while the Realme 5 will go on sale for the first time on August 27.Realme 5 Pro specificationsBoth Realme 5 and Realme 5 Pro come with a new ‘Crystal design’ as the company likes to call. The 3D curved glossy plastic rear panels come with a new diamond-cut design with triangular pattern that is slightly different from what past Realme phones offer. The Realme 5 comes in two new colours – Crystal Blue and Crystal Purple with gradient hues. The Realme 5 Pro will be available in Crystal Green and Crystal Blue colours. The phones also come with splash-resistant designs.advertisementThe USP of the Realme 5 and Realme 5 Pro is the quad camera setup. The Realme 5 Pro is the first 48MP quad camera phone in its segment. It features a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor, an 8-megapixel 119-degree ultra wide-angle camera, 2-megapixel macro lens and 2-megapixel depth sensor. On the front, the Realme 5 Pro gets a 16-megapixel selfie camera with HDR and AI beautification. The main camera gets features like Nightscape, Chromaboost and HDR. Notably, both the rear and front camera on both the Realme 5 and Realme 5 Pro get EIS support, which should offer some stabilisation while recording videos. Realme says that Nightscape mode for the front camera on the Realme 5 Pro will come soon.The Realme 5 Pro sports a 6.3-inch FHD+ (2340×1080) Minidrop display with 450 nits brightness and Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It is powered by a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 712 chipset based on a 10nm process. This is paired with up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The phone gets a triple card slot that can support two nano SIM cards and a microSD card (up to 256GB).Realme 5 Pro houses a 4,035mAh battery and supports VOOC 3,0 fast charging with a 20W fast charger included in the box. It runs on ColorOS 6 based on Android 9 Pie. The handset measures 157×74.2×8.9mm and weighs 184 grams.Realme 5 specificationsThe Realme 5’s quad camera system is slightly different from the Pro model in that it gets a 12-megapixel f/1.8 primary camera instead of a 48MP sensor. The other three cameras remain the same i.e an 8-megapixel ultra wide-angle camera and two 2-megapixel sensors where one is for macros and the other for portraits. The rear camera also supports Nightscape, Chroma Boost and HDR modes. Up front, the phone gets a 13-megapixel selfie camera with HDR and AI beautification.The Realme 5 sports a 6.5-inch HD+ (720×1600) Minidrop display with Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The curved, droplet notch is smaller and flatter compared to past dewdrop displays. The Realme 5 gets a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and face unlock. It measures 164.4×75.6×9.3mm and weighs 198 grams.It is powered by a new 2.0Ghz octa-core Snapdragon 665 AIE chipset based on a 11nm process. This is the first phone in India to be powered by the SD665 SoC. The chipset will also be seen inside the Mi A3 that will launch in India on Wednesday, August 21. The Realme 5 comes with up to 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage with support for microSD card (up to 256GB) in a triple card slot.Another big highlight of the Realme 5 is that it packs a large 5,000mAh battery, which is a first for a Realme phone. This massive capacity combined with hardware and software optimisations should allow the Realme 5 to last really long on a single charge. Realm e5 also runs on Android Pie-based ColorOS 6.advertisementGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! 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Harry Potter audiobook can improve focus on long boring drives study

first_imgHarry Potter’s power appears to extend beyond the page, as recent Canadian research suggests listening to an audiobook from the popular fiction series can improve focus on long and boring drives.Lana Trick, a psychology professor at the University of Guelph, wanted to look into areas that could help improve driving performance, given that 40 per cent of collisions can be attributed to in-car distraction, she said.While much of scientific research has focused on the deleterious effects of distracted driving, she sought to look into “good distractions.”The problem with driving, she explained, is the load the brain carries. Too little stimulation — dubbed mental underload — can be just as bad as the opposite, or mental overload.“It’s like nature abhors a vacuum,” she said. “If you have an empty brain, you can doze off or your mind wanders or you find another way to distract yourself, like grabbing your cell phone.”The key, she said, is to find the sweet spot between the two for the brain — that’s where audiobooks come in.“Audiobooks can be cases where a little bit of distraction can be useful,” she said.For the project, Trick’s team wanted an audiobook that featured an interesting, relatively popular story, and the novel featuring the boy wizard and his friends fit the bill.“Harry Potter is engaging and exciting,” Trick said, “but also something you can have in the background and not too complex.”Her research, recently published in the journal Accident Analysis and Prevention, showed drivers who participated in her study had better “hazardous response times” — braking faster in response to hazards — while listening to “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” compared to those who drove in silence.Trick recruited undergraduate students at the University of Guelph as test subjects who used a driving simulator at a specialized laboratory. The DRiVE Lab — named for Driving Research in Virtual Environments — is a state-of-the-art facility where researchers can test various scenarios without the risks of driving on a road, Trick said.The lab has a car — a convertible Pontiac — that is surrounded by screens. Sounds of driving and “force feedback” — such as the vibrations of a moving car — add to the feel of driving, Trick said. For her study, participants drove both complex and simple routes while listening to parts of the Harry Potter audiobook or driving in silence.The researchers first scored students on their working memory. Those who had strong working memories, as in those who could hold a number of ideas at once, saw a particularly strong benefit to listening to an audiobook while driving long and boring routes, Trick said.“Those drivers that have the highest memory load are the most challenged by dull, simple drives and an audiobook seemed to help them,” she said.The audiobook did, however, have a slightly negative effect on drivers with poor working memory on particularly complex drives. The research shows the audiobook had no effect on drivers’ speeds.“What this means is that it could help when you’re driving along the boring 401 with no change of scenery for miles and miles and miles,” she said.One other notable finding, Trick said, came with what’s known as “standard deviation of lateral position,” which means how much a car moves from side to side in a lane. At times, those who listened to the audiobook showed more variance in their lanes, she said.“When people are excited they tend to shift around a little bit more,” Trick said. “We were going through an especially exciting period of Harry Potter and it was possible they were getting into it.”Trick said she hopes to test other drivers, especially those who have experience commuting, to expand her research. She said she is also studying the effects of audiobooks on different aspects of road complexity.“What we’re trying to do is find ways to reduce the number of collisions on the road, especially those from distracted driving, which has become a major problem.”last_img read more

Apples 4Q change in iPhone sales disclosure jar investors

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – Apple’s faithful customers aren’t snapping up iPhones quite as enthusiastically as anticipated heading into the crucial holiday shopping season.But the latest models costing $1,000 and more are popular enough to keep propelling profits ever higher for the world’s most prosperous company.The mixed bag emerged in the quarterly results Apple released Thursday amid jitters about how the company and the rest of the technology industry will fare in the face of myriad threats to growth. Those include increased government regulation, the escalating U.S. trade war with China and the spectre of rising interest rates crimping economic growth.Apple’s performance for the July-through-September period and its revenue outlook for holiday season evidently weren’t enough to ease investors’ concerns.The Cupertino, California, company rattled Wall Street even more by unexpectedly announcing that it will no longer disclose the number of iPhones it sells each quarter, beginning with the current period ending in December.“This is a bit of a gut punch for everyone used to more transparency,” said Wedbush Securities analyst Daniel Ives.Apple’s stock almost 7 per cent to $207.67 in extended trading after all the news came out.Other major smartphone makers don’t reveal their quarterly shipments of their devices either, but Apple has broken down its iPhone numbers ever since the phone’s debut 11 years ago. The abrupt change in policy raised suspicions that management might be trying to mask a downturn in the popularity of the product that generates most of Apple’s profits.The change apparently was triggered by Apple’s frustration with investors’ fixation on its iPhone sales while glossing over other key areas, such as the robust growth in its services division that collects commissions on app sales and handles subscriptions to its music-streaming service.“The number of (iPhone) units sold during any quarter has not been necessarily representative of the underlying strength of our business,” Luca Maestri, Apple’s chief financial officer, told analysts in a conference call.Although there may be some logic to the rationale for the long term, “this is going to be a difficult pill to swallow in the short term,” Ives said. “It’s like suddenly telling people (in the U.S.) that they have to start driving on the left side of the road.”Apple CEO Tim Cook also sought to reassure analysts during the conference call with an explanation that indicated the company expects to keep making more money even if iPhone sales should falter.“This is a little bit like if you go to the market and you push your cart up to the cashier and she says or he says, ‘How many units do you have in there?’” Cook said. “It doesn’t matter a lot how many units there are in there in terms of the overall value of what’s in the cart.”Analysts had expected Apple to sell 78 million iPhones during the holiday season, but now the company isn’t going to reveal whether it hit the target or not.Apple earned $14.1 billion, a 32 per cent increase from the same time last year during the past quarter. Earnings per share came in at $2.91, topping the average estimate of $2.79 among analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research.Revenue for the period climbed 20 per cent from last year to $62.9 billion.Apple sold 46.9 million iPhones in the past quarter, slightly below analyst estimates.The company Apple released its latest iPhones, models selling from $1,000 to $1,500, at the tail end of the quarter, and those appeared to get off to a strong start. Apple fetched an average of $793 per iPhone in the quarter, up 28 per cent from the same time last year.Thanks to last year’s release of the first iPhone to cost $1,000 , the average price has increased by at least 11 per cent in each of the past four quarters. If Apple follows that trend in the current quarter, the average iPhone price should rise above $800 for the first time in a show of people’s love affair with the device.But now everyone will be left to guess whether Apple clears that financial hurdle during the holiday season._____Elements of this story were generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research.last_img read more

Mob attack on TNA meeting

A mob attacked a Tamil National Alliance (TNA) meeting in Killinochchi today, TNA MP E. Sarawanabavan said.The MP said that over 50 people with stones and poles in their hands attacked the premises while several leading TNA MPs were present. He said that TNA MPs S. Sridaran, M.A. Sumanthiran and Mavai Senathirajah were among those present at the time of the attack. The mob initially staged a demonstration outside the premises but later attempted to force their way in. Stones were thrown towards the building damaging property and injuring at least 13 people.“The mob came with the lion flag in their hand. The building we were in was damaged a lot. Two people were arrested and later freed,” he said. Sarawanabavan said that the attack took place despite a police presence in the area. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Peacekeeping assessments more than 1100 million in arrears UN official says

Peacekeeping operations had had healthy cash flow balances every month of the year, which was important since the funds supported not only peacekeeping missions, but the tribunals for both the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, Under-Secretary-General for Management Catherine Bertini told a news conference at UN Headquarters in New York.The peacekeeping arrears in 2003 were well below the $1,652 million total in October 2002.At the end of October 2003, 105 Member States had made no payments towards their 2003 war crimes tribunal assessments, 18 countries had made partial payments and only 63 had paid in full, she said.Major contributors to the regular budget owed $360 million at the end of October and the next 63 contributors owed $106 million, totalling $466 million. One hundred and twenty-seven small contributors had paid in full, she said, compared with last year, when only 117 countries had paid their dues in full by the end of the year.If the countries that owed regular dues did not pay up by the end of the year, the UN would end the year with a deficit of $12 million, Ms. Bertini said. read more

New house prices rose 02 per cent in October StatsCan

by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 13, 2012 8:47 am MDT OTTAWA – Statistics Canada says its price index for new housing rose 0.2 per cent in October.The agency says the combined metropolitan region of Toronto and Oshawa, as well as the Montreal region, were the top contributors to the increase.Toronto and Oshawa prices were up due to market conditions, while higher material and labour costs and new building code requirements pushed prices up in Montreal.Monthly prices declined 0.2 per cent in Charlottetown and were down 0.1 per cent in the combined metropolitan region of Sudbury and Thunder Bay, Ont.Prices were unchanged in 11 of the 21 metropolitan regions surveyed in October.On a year-over-year basis, the index was up 2.4 per cent compared with October 2011. New house prices rose 0.2 per cent in October: StatsCan read more

Ohio State mens tennis team makes racket on road to NCAA Championship

The Ohio State men’s tennis team’s dream of winning a national title is still alive after the Buckeyes defeated their opponents in the first two rounds of the NCAA Championship Tournament this weekend. OSU was able to shut out Notre Dame and Ball State, 4-0, respectively in the first and second rounds of the tournament. The team will now advance to the third round of the championship Thursday, when it will play Tulsa. Tulsa caused an upset in the bracket with a 4-3 victory against No. 13 seed Texas on Saturday. “They take everything seriously,” OSU coach Ty Tucker said of his team. The last four rounds of the tournament will be held at Stanford’s Taube Tennis Center. If the Buckeyes beat Tulsa in the Sweet Sixteen, they will play in their first matchup with a seeded opponent. Depending on the outcome of the other teams’ match, the Buckeyes will face either No. 5-seeded Baylor or No. 12-seeded UCLA. The Buckeyes didn’t play either team this season. OSU had a successful start to the tournament with home-court advantage. However, the team will now travel to an outdoor court, something the Buckeyes haven’t had much experience with yet this season. But the team isn’t completely unprepared. Redshirt sophomore Devin McCarthy said Tucker had the team outdoors, practicing as much as possible in the days before the tournament began. But, McCarthy added, the team still needs to play outside more. On Friday, the team got a little taste of what kind of weather it might meet in California when it played in humid, 80-degree weather against Ball State. “We have to take what we can get,” redshirt freshman Peter Kobelt said of Friday’s weather. “It’s the kind of stuff we’ll deal with if we go out to California.” Whatever weather the Buckeyes face in California, the team seems excited just to be competing. “It’s quite an experience,” senior Matt Allare said. “I’ve never been (to Stanford). I’m excited to see what it’s like.” “It’s a little bit different,” freshman Blaz Rola said. “You see a lot more excitement. … There’s more at stake, but to win any tournament is a big deal.” The Buckeyes play their next round at 6 p.m. Thursday. If they win, they will continue on the road to the National Championship by playing in the fourth round at 7 p.m. Saturday. read more

Vigilante neighbourhood watch group forms in Birmingham after failed bid for more

Tracy, 48, said: “We stress to our members that if they see something, they should notify the police first.”We would like to join up with the police, but we want to be able to make our own decisions on where the help is really needed, and not where the police tell us to be.”A spokesman for West Midlands Police said officers were aware of multiple groups but advised members to join police-approved Streetwatch programmes instead. “We’re vigilantes, but we’re vigilantes with a twist, working within the law and not against it.”Our group is a central place for the local community to come together to log crimes, comment and help stop crime in the area.”Tracy added ‘We Stand Determined’ is not designed to undermine West Midlands Police, who she said can only do what they can with the funding they are given.But the group say this doesn’t solve the problem of reduced bobbies on the beat – so they were forced to themselves. We Stand Determined don’t want to stop at patrols and have big plans to generate a totally new level of support in the area by organising buddy systems for the elderly and defence classes for anyone who feels they need to be able to protect themselves.They soon hope to grow bigger and have representatives based in every area of the country to work so Wayne, Tracy and Michael can help everyone sleep a little easier. The group said it wants to work with West Midlands Police but provide a new line of defence for concerned residents The group said it wants to work with West Midlands Police but provide a new line of defence for concerned residentsCredit:Michael Scott/ Caters News Agency West Midlands Police said it had advised members to join police-approved Streetwatch groups instead The group said it feared crime was spiralling out of control across Birmingham “There has been a recent spate of crime in Birmingham recently and Solihull in particular has fallen victim to an increase of just under 1,500 more cases so far this year.”People needed someone to turn to, someone who will listen and visit them in their home if a constituent is fearful for their own safety. The group said it feared crime was spiralling out of control across BirminghamCredit:Caters News Agency Hundreds of residents have formed a ‘vigilante’ neighbourhood watch group following a failed campaign to increase the number of police officers on the streets. The community watchdog group, known as ‘We Stand Determined’, stage twice-weekly patrols across Birmingham since it was set up on social media three weeks ago.Members say they are working together to report any dangers the community may face across Britain’s second largest city amid fears crime is spiralling out of control. The group originally was an unsuccessful petition to get more police in the area.Three organisers, only known as Wayne, Tracy and Michael, said they founded the group after discovering a friend had been attacked in his home by thieves armed with hammers. The trio insist the group is non-violent and wants to work in partnership with the police but also as a new line of defence for neighbours concerned by crime.Solihull-based college lecturer Wayne, 47, who did not wish to reveal his surname for fears over his safety, said: “The way our group started, and the reaction we’ve had, has showed us how much local communities need groups like us to fill in the gaps the authorities simply don’t have the funding for. West Midlands Police said it had advised members to join police-approved Streetwatch groups insteadCredit:Michael Scott/Caters News 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. read more

A new top ten zinc mine

first_imgMMG Ltd has announced approval of the updated development plan for the Dugald River zinc project in northwest Queensland, Australia. The updated plan for Dugald River includes a mine production rate of 1.5 Mt/y, construction of a concentrator and annual production of some 160,000 t/y of zinc in zinc concentrate, plus byproducts, over an estimated 28 year mine life. This places Dugald River within the world’s top ten zinc mines when operational.“We are positive about the long-term fundamentals for zinc,” MMG Chief Executive Officer Andrew Michelmore said. “This decision reflects our confidence in zinc at a time of shrinking global supply. Dugald River remains one of the world’s highest grade undeveloped zinc deposits,” Michelmore said.“Under the updated plan, Dugald River will come online at around a time when significant global zinc supply will disappear through mine closures,” he said.The expected remaining cost of the project to first shipment of concentrate is around $750 million plus interest costs.“The updated development plan reflects a prudent response to mine geotechnical conditions,” Michelmore said. “By taking the time to understand the unique characteristics of the orebody, we now have a robust plan for Dugald River that maximises long-term value for shareholders,” he said.Discussions to amend funding arrangements have commenced with MMG’s existing lenders. Agreements with key energy, logistics and service providers will be revised based on the updated project plan.Following satisfaction of remaining conditions, construction of remaining surface infrastructure facilities would commence in 2016 with first production from a Dugald River concentrator expected during the first half of 2018.“During development and operation, the Dugald River project would provide 28 years of economic, employment and revenue contribution to Cloncurry and Queensland,” Michelmore said. “These decisions are tough during low commodity price cycles but we are confident that is just the time to invest. Our commitment to operational excellence and demonstrated financial discipline positions us to maximise the value of the operation across the zinc price cycle.”Access to the Dugald River orebody via development declines in 2013 led to the identification of geotechnical aspects and ground conditions more challenging than prior assumptions. This prompted a review of the proposed mine development method followed by a trial stoping program, value engineering and additional project studies.Dugald River is located approximately 65 km northwest of Cloncurry, in Queensland.The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the announcement. QRC’s Deputy Chief Executive Greg Lane said the announcement was good news during tough times. “With global supply tightening, this announcement is good news for Queensland and even better news for Cloncurry and Townsville, which are set to benefit from jobs, both in and supporting the mine.”“The revenue from royalties and exports is also set to benefit the state. I applaud MMG for pushing on and making tough decisions during the low commodity price cycle.”This announcement is also a huge vote of confidence in northwest Queensland, to which the resources sector contributed $2.2 billion during 2013-14.“Australia leads the world in economic zinc resources and one of Queensland’s resource strengths is the diversity of commodities we produce,” Lane said. “And with MMG’s Century mine winding down, this partial replacement production of zinc is good news for all Queenslanders.”last_img read more

McGuinness We have to dig much deeper in relation to St Vincents

first_imgUpdated 1.05pm THE CHAIR OF the Public Accounts Committee John McGuinness has said the public release by St Vincent’s Hospital of a letter sent by its CEO to the HSE today shows “poor judgement”.The letter, which gives details of additional payments to high-level staff on top of their HSE funded salaries, was sent to the HSE yesterday and released to the media  last night. McGuinness said he believes the hospital “has chosen to leak this at a time when people might not notice”.His colleague on the PAC, Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald, said this afternoon she found the revelations “deeply shocking” and said they showed a “blatant abuse of public policy”.“The timing of the release of these details by St Vincent’s highlights its arrogant disregard for the notion of transparency and accountability,” she said in a statement.McDonald was echoing the remarks of McGuinness who told TheJournal.ie earlier: “It shows contempt for the whole process of accountability and transparency.It is an attempt, in my opinion, to hide something.The letter revealed that CEO Nicholas Jermyn receives an additional €136,591 on top of his HSE funded salary of €136,282 – plus a car allowance of €19,796.He accused the hospital of previously trying to “stonewall” the HSE and his committee, when “they had they information at their fingertips”.“To do it a day before Christmas Eve shows a particular trend in how they do their business,” he commented.McDonald added: “Having first of all refused to reveal these details, the hospital has now released them to the media the day before Christmas eve in a blatant attempt to minimise the story.”Digging deepHowever, McGuinness said the late release of the information “won’t wash” with the committee, which will be “digging deep” when executives appear before members in January.“We will ensure that, not just this information, but information about everything else is provided, including what Senator John Crown has said,” he added. “There’s no doubt about this, we have to dig much deeper in relation to St Vincent’s.McGuinness was referring to remarks made by Senator Crown last week about members of staff at the hospital deliberately charging private health insurers for cancer drugs which had been given to the hospital for free – something the hospital has denied.HSE managementThe PAC chair said the details of the high salaries paid to executives also raise “serious questions” about the HSE’s knowledge of what was going on.“The other issue is why the HSE didn’t properly manage those accounts, why they had to wait until now to find out,” he said. “They should have know that it was not acceptable to have this type of arrangement.“They never dug deep enough to find out and never bothered to have proper governance of public money,” he added.- additional reporting Hugh O’Connell First published 00.01amRelated: St Vincent’s Hospital CEO paid €136.5k on top of HSE salary>last_img read more

Indonésie trois éléphants de Sumatra retrouvés morts après avoir attaqué un village

first_imgIndonésie : trois éléphants de Sumatra retrouvés morts après avoir attaqué un villageUn village situé à l’ouest de l’Indonésie, dans la province d’Aceh sur l’île de Sumatra, a été attaqué par une harde d’éléphants. Hier, les autorités, ont annoncé que trois des pachydermes ont été retrouvés morts suite à cette attaque.Appartenant à une espèce menacée, par le braconnage comme par la destruction de son habitat, une dizaine d’éléphants sauvages de Sumatra, “est venue dans le village, dévastant des maisons et des champs. Une cinquantaine d’habitants ont été contraints de fuir leurs habitations”, a expliqué Bakhtiar, un responsable de Yayasan Leuser International, une association locale de protection de l’environnement. De retour dans leur village, les habitants auraient découvert les cadavres de trois pachydermes. Pour eux, ils sont probablement morts après avoir ingurgité du poison utilisé pour tuer les cochons sauvages. Une enquête a alors été ouverte par l’agence de la faune d’Aceh.À lire aussiDes éléphants viennent en aide à une mère pour sauver son petit coincé dans un trouComme le souligne Abubakar Chek, le chef de cette agence, “les conflits entre éléphants et habitants sont de plus en plus fréquents dans cette zone et nous cherchons une solution pour que les éléphants la quittent”. Sur l’île de Sumatra, de telles attaques sont de plus en plus fréquentes. Eléphants et tigres sauvages voient leur habitat de plus en plus réduit, par l’abattage illégal et les plantations de palmiers à huile ou d’acacias. Les animaux sont donc bien plus en contact avec les humains qu’auparavant, ces derniers ne supportant plus de voir leurs cultures, et parfois leurs habitations détruites. Il est alors fréquent que des éléphants ou des tigres soient tués.A ce jour, il ne resterait pas plus de 3.350 éléphants de Sumatra, et comme le souligne le WWF, leur population ne cesse de diminuer.Le 11 décembre 2010 à 09:16 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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