Sony Announces the New Full-Frame a9 Mirrorless Camera

first_imgSony gets a new flagship a-Series camera in the a9, which delivers incredible speed in a small form factor body.All images via Sony.Sony has already knocked out Nikon to become the second biggest manufacturer in the full-frame U.S. camera market — only trailing behind Canon. Now Sony has announced its latest full-frame mirrorless camera: the Sony a9. This finally puts all those camera rumors to rest.Sony claims that the a9 is the first 35mm full-frame camera with a stacked CMOS sensor. This allows data speed processing up to twenty times faster than previous Sony full-frame cameras. For video shooters, the a9 offers 4K (3,840 x 2,160) across the full width of the sensor.The camera will use a full pixel readout without pixel binning to collect 6K of information and oversampling it to produce highly detailed 4K footage. Video shooters can also choose to shoot in 35mm size or full HD up to 120fps at up to 100 Mbps. For data, the Sony a9 has dual SD card slots — which you can customize to record simultaneously for backup, or use individually.The camera also features a ethernet port (wired LAN terminal) for high-speed image transfer to FTP servers.The a9 will be the first Sony camera to use the new Sony battery (model NP-FZ100) with 2.2x the capacity of previous Sony full-frame models, allowing for much longer shooting performance. On the back of the body, the Sony a9 has a multi-selector joystick for easy shift focus.Sony a9 Specs:24.2MP Full-Frame Stacked CMOS SensorSony E-MountDual SD Card SlotsInternal UHD 4K Video up to 30fpsHD up to 120fps up to 100 MbpsVideo ISO 100 – 51200 expandable to ISO 100 – 102400Ethernet port file transferZ battery (2.2x the capacity of W batteries)BIONZ X Image ProcessorBlackout-Free Quad VGA 3.7m-Dot OLED EVF3.0″ 1.44m-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD693-Point Phase-Detection AF System5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE StabilizationPre-orders begin April 21st, and the camera body can be yours for $4,499 USD. The camera is set to ship in June.What do you think about the new Sony a9? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more


CONFIRMED! Zlatan Ibrahimovic extends his stay with Manchester United F.C.

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic has signed a one-year contract with current Premier League table toppers Manchester United.The Swede will wear the No. 10 jersey vacated by United’s all-time leading goal scorer Wayne Rooney.He was released by the club after he suffered a damaged his meniscus and cruciate ligament against Anderlecht in April in a Europa League clash.Therefore, the 20-time Premier League champions decided not to take up the one-year contract extension that was there in his contract and release him. However, he was allowed to continue his rehabilitation at Carrington.(Anthony Martial tips Manchester United F.C. team mate Paul Pogba to win Ballon d’Or soon)Reportedly there were offers from the MLS and other places as well but a return to United was always on the cards for the 35-year-old due to his close relations with Jose Mourinho. United signed Romelu Lukaku in the summer and it was said that he will look to go to America or even Italy but everything is put to bed now as Ibrahimovic and United announced the return of the mercurial striker for the upcoming season on a one-year-deal.I UNITED it @ManUtd pic.twitter.com/2rgvuvoT0m- Zlatan IbrahimoviÄ? (@Ibra_official) August 24, 2017Here’s the full statement released by Manchester United on their website:Manchester United is delighted to announce that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will continue his journey with the club and has signed a one-year contract. He will wear the number 10 shirt.#Zlat10 pic.twitter.com/jnjJHnLJy4- Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 24, 2017Ibrahimovic, 35, made 46 appearances and scored 28 goals for the club during the 2016/17 campaign before suffering a knee injury, which ended his season prematurely. Zlatan has won championships in four different leagues since beginning his professional career with Malmo in 1999.advertisementJose Mourinho said: “We are delighted Zlatan is on the road to recovery and we are equally delighted to have his ambition and experience back with us. After his contribution last season he deserves our trust and we will be patient waiting for him to return. I have no doubt that he will be important in the second part of the season.”Zlatan Ibrahimovic said: “I am back to finish what I started. It was always mine and the club’s intention for me to stay. I cannot wait to get back out on that Old Trafford pitch, but I also know that I have to take my time to make sure that I am ready. I have been working hard and will continue to do so to make sure I am in the best possible condition for my return to the pitch.”He’s not finished yet – @Ibra_official has signed a new one-year contract with #MUFC! https://t.co/ATiksSrLDT pic.twitter.com/PDh9fDEgrg- Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 24, 2017Another year of @Ibra_official! ?? pic.twitter.com/6WgAcDRsOR- Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 24, 2017last_img read more


Xiaomi Mi A2 is coming to India on August 8, but should you wait for the Nokia X6

first_imgXiaomi has had a pretty fantastic run in the Indian market thanks to a series of value-for-money phones in the budget and mid-range segments that have offered good design and even better hardware. One of the phones that did exceedingly well last year was the Mi A1, which was the company’s first Android One phones. People loved that the phone not only brought impressive specs, but also that ran stock Android rather than Xiaomi’s custom skin. We now have a successor in the Mi A2, which is all set to debut in India on August 8.The Mi A2 is no doubt one of the most anticipated Xiaomi phones in 2018. Fans are expecting even better specs this time around along with the goodness of Android One. And while the phone is expected to see an equally (if not more) fantastic response in India as the Mi A1, there’s another phone that could play a spoilsport to the Mi A2. HMD Global’s Nokia X6 is also expected to launch in India sometime in August or September as the Nokia 6.1 Plus, and we are seeing a lot of anticipation for that phone as well.The Nokia 6.1 Plus saw its first global launch in Hong Kong last week and is expected to make its way to a few more markets like Taiwan and Russia soon as well. While the company has not confirmed its India launch, some reports have claimed that the Nokia 6.1 Plus is bound for the Indian market as well. The phone has received a lot of positive responses from fans who have lauded its design and hardware. While the Mi A2 will largely face a stiff competition from the Nokia 7 Plus, Xiaomi’s phone may also see some threat from the Nokia 6.1 Plus as well.advertisement– The Mi A2 comes with a new design as compared to the Mi A1, but it is a design that has been tried and tested already. Xiaomi has chopped down the bezels on the front to allow for a tall 5.99-inch ‘full-screen’ full-HD+ 18:9 display. The rest of the phone is covered in metal and you also get a dual camera system and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor which makes the Mi A2 look similar to the Redmi Note 5 Pro. And while this gives the Mi A2 a premium look, the Nokia 6.1 Plus takes things up a notch, literally speaking.– The Nokia 6.1 Plus comes with an all-glass design and a display notch. The Gorilla Glass back also sees a dual camera setup and a fingerprint sensor. On the front, the device sports a notch, making it the first Nokia phone to do so. The Nokia 6.1 Plus brings a 5.8-inch FHD+ (1080×2280) 19:9 display on a compact form factor. Thanks to an all-glass design and the notch, the Nokia 6.1 Plus is a little more premium, unique and 2018 in appearance which bodes well for a phone that’s expected to be priced in the Rs 20,000 segment. — Both the Mi A2 and Nokia 6.1 Plus are Android One device, which means both the phone run a clean and stock Android Oreo out of the box. It also means that both the phones will receive monthly Android security updates straight from Google and will also be eligible Android P and Android Q in the future. As far as software experience goes, both the phone are likely to offer a similar experience. So far Nokia has not disappointed with its Android One phones this year so things look positive for the Nokia 6.1 Plus as well. Xiaomi fans have also appreciated the Mi A1’s stock Android experience and timely updates, and the Mi A2 is expected to follow suit.– What does give the Mi A2 an edge over the Nokia 6.1 Plus is the processor and cameras. The Mi A2 is powered by a Snapdragon 660 chipset, which keeps it more close to the Nokia 7 Plus. The Nokia 6.1 Plus, on the other hand, gets a Snapdragon 636 chipset, which is similar to the Redmi Note 5 Pro.– In real world performance, one is unlikely to feel the difference between the two processors. We tested the SD660 on the Nokia 7 Plus and were quite impressed with how well it performed no matter what we threw at it. Similarly, there is no denying that the Snapdragon 636 chipset powering the Redmi Note 5 Pro is a beast as well. So these processors in the upcoming Mi A2 and the Nokia 6.1 Plus along with an optimised Android software should offer equally impressive performance.– HMD is yet to deliver a great camera smartphone. So far, phones like the Nokia 7 Plus and Nokia 6.1 have managed to deliver decent yet underwhelming camera experience, where its biggest drawback has been in low-light photography. Meanwhile, Xiaomi has been improving its camera game with each phone. The Mi A1 had some of the best cameras in its segment and was quickly succeeded by the Redmi Note 5 Pro with equally stellar cameras.advertisement — With the Mi A2, Xiaomi is touting impressive 20MP cameras. The dual camera system on the back comes with one 12-megapixel sensor and another 20-megapixel sensor, both of which have an f/1.75 aperture. On the front, the Mi A2 sports a 20-megapixel camera with soft LED flash. The cameras are heavily backed by AI and machine learning to offer good portrait shots. If the Mi A1 is anything to go by, the Mi A2 will also offer similar if not better optics.– The dual camera system on the Nokia 6.1 Plus, on the other hand, includes a primary 16-megapixel sensor and a secondary 5-megapixel sensor. Housed within the notch on the front is a 16-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture. The cameras get some AI support as well which should help improve image quality and bokeh effect. It’s clear that the optics sound a little underwhelming on paper compared to the Mi A2, but only a hands on review will actually give us a clear picture of how well these phones perform in this department.– I would argue that there are some strong features with both the Nokia 6.1 Plus and the Mi A2. Where the Nokia 6.1 Plus looks premium and attractive, the Mi A2 looks like it will offer some really impressive cameras. If Xiaomi indeed prices the Mi A2 competitively in the Indian market as it told India Today Tech recently, then we could see a new sub-Rs 20,000 king. HMD has not been able to price its phones as competitively in India, but it has made up for it in terms of overall experience.last_img read more


Daewoo Shipbuilding Posts USD 1.2 Billion Quarterly Loss

first_imgzoom South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), the second biggest shipbuilder in the world, posted KRW 1.35 trillion (USD 1.2 billion) net loss for the quarter ended September 30, as falling number of newbuilding orders and further delivery delays in its offshore segment continued their negative effect on the company’s financial results for the second straight quarter.DSME reported KRW 2.39 trillion (USD 2.1 billion) loss for the quarter ended June 30, 2015. This was the company’s biggest ever quarterly loss.The financial report coincided with yet another delay for the delivery of drillships, after Transocean Ltd. and DSME yesterday agreed to push back the delivery date for two ultra-deepwater drillships, ordered back in 2012 and originally scheduled for delivery in October 2016, by twelve months each.DSME also saw a contract for one drillship cancelled in August, after an unidentified American owner failed to make payments.Back in July, the shipbuilder’s largest creditors, led by state-run Korea Development Bank, have started reviewing massive restructuring moves for the company, including the sale of non-core assets.The creditors are expected to disclose the amount of funds to be allocated to the struggling shipbuilder on Thursday. DSME expects that the funds will help the company record better results in the fourth quarter of 2015.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more


Wellsite pipeline leak spills 560 barrels of oil emulsion into Alberta swamp

first_imgCALGARY – The Alberta Energy Regulator says a pipeline owned by Calgary-based Mount Bastion Oil & Gas Corp. has leaked about 560 barrels of an oil and water mixture at a northern Alberta wellsite.AER spokesman Jordan Fitzgerald says the regulator has staff supervising cleanup by the company at the site about 65 kilometres northwest of Red Earth Creek, which is about 420 kilometres north of Edmonton.He says the company reports the oil emulsion spill affected about 5,000 square metres of swampy muskeg, adding there have been no reports of injury to wildlife or damage to nearby creeks.Data on the AER website indicates the spill is the largest of three pipeline leaks the company has reported in the past 16 months.In July 2016, it reported a pipeline leaked about 315 barrels of oil and 125 barrels of produced saltwater at a site 75 kilometres northwest of Red Earth Creek, and in December 2016 it reported a leak of three barrels of oil and 120 barrels of saltwater at a site 30 kilometres northeast of the town.Fitzgerald says the company’s previous record will be considered by staff as they investigate the spill. The company could face penalties ranging from warnings to fines or licence restrictions.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. The original said the spill was oil alone.last_img read more


6 HSBC employees fired after video shows mock Islamic Statestyle killing during

by The Associated Press Posted Jul 7, 2015 3:54 am MDT Last Updated Jul 7, 2015 at 5:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email 6 HSBC employees fired after video shows mock Islamic State-style killing during team outing LONDON – HSBC has fired six employees who staged a mock Islamic State group-style killing during a team-building exercise.The Sun newspaper reported Tuesday the footage posted online showed five workers wearing overalls and balaclavas laughing as a South Asian colleague wearing an orange jumpsuit knelt at their feet.One held a coat hanger as a pretend knife while another held the kneeling man by the shoulders. One employee then yells “Allahu Akbar!” — Arabic for “God is great” — a phrase often used before IS hostages are slain.HSBC says in a statement it had fired those involved in the “abhorrent” video as soon as the Sun brought it to their attention. The company apologized for any offence the video caused. read more


Global event to turn world UN blue to mark 70th anniversary of

“This is an initiative led by the [UN Department of Public Information] and has had tremendous support from governments, cities, mayors, and locally in many countries [from] information centres, to ensure this collaborative public awareness of the UN Day,” Under-Secretary-General for Public Information Cristina Gallach told reporters at a press conference in New York.Ms. Gallach said iconic landmarks – from Australia’s Sydney Opera House to the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt and from the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro to the Empire State Building in New York – will be lit blue. Other sites will include Russia’s Hermitage Museum, the ancient city of Petra in Jordan, the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy, Edinburgh Castle and Central Hall Westminster in the United Kingdom, Table Mountain in South Africa, Japan’s SkyTree Tower and the Alhambra in Spain, among many others. “I am grateful our Member States are showing such strong enthusiasm in marking 70 years of UN support for peace, development and human rights,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a press release.“By turning the world UN Blue for a day, we can light the way to a better tomorrow,” he added.The global celebration will kick off in New Zealand and then Australia with the lighting of the Sydney Opera House at dusk, and from there, a wave of UN blue will move across countries and continents as monuments around the world take part in the international event. United Nations Headquarters in New York will light up for two nights, beginning on Friday when the annual UN Day concert will be held, sponsored by the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea. The lead performers are the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) Symphony Orchestra; they will be joined on stage by UN Messenger of Peace Lang Lang, the Harlem Gospel Choir and K-Pop duo Davichi.Meanwhile, on Saturday afternoon in New York City’s Central Park, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the President of the General Assembly, Mogens Lykketoft will attend the unveiling of a new art installation dedicated to the United Nations. Created by Spanish artist Cristóbal Gabarrón, Enlightened Universe features 70 life-size figures – representing the 70 years of the Organization – joined hand in hand around a huge globe. The figures are designed to represent a human chain of global citizens, joined in solidarity, tolerance, respect for nature and shared responsibility. read more


Hunger intensifies in areas suffering from drought flooding and conflict – UN

The figure has grown from 33 last December, after the addition of Swaziland, says the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in its Crop Prospects and Food Situation report. The report, produced by FAO’s Global Information and Early Warning System (GIEWS), points out that drought associated with El Niño has “sharply reduced” 2016 crop production prospects in Southern Africa, while expectations for the harvest in Morocco and Algeria have been lowered due to dry conditions.Also in areas of Central America and the Caribbean, ongoing dry conditions linked to El Niño may affect sowings of the main season crops for the third consecutive year.Moreover, FAO stresses that persistent conflicts in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, and the Central African Republic have taken a heavy toll on the agricultural sector, further worsening the humanitarian crisis in those countries. In most cases, the impact of conflict extends into neighbouring countries such as Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of Congo that are hosting refugee populations.In several countries already in need of external assistance for food, the report finds that conditions generally worsened in the past three months, mainly in the Southern Africa sub-region, where food prices have reached record highs.It also warns that last year’s reduced production would negatively impact the food security situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, where “most households were already estimated to have borderline or poor food consumption.”Elsewhere, the outlook for the 2016 crops already in the ground, mostly winter grains in the northern hemisphere, is generally favourable. Early forecasts indicate large 2016 wheat crops in most countries of Asia. read more


Floyd Mayweather Jr Defeats Robert Guerrero Remains Undefeated

Floyd Mayweather Jr. dominates Robert Guerrero to win title fight with lopsided decision.A 36th birthday, a year off — two months of which was spent in jail last summer on a domestic abuse conviction — would normally be the recipe for disaster for any fighter taking on a quality opponent. But Floyd Mayweather Jr., the pound-for-pound king, is not just any fighter. Instead, he looked the way he always looks: dominant.Mayweather easily retained the world welterweight championship with a masterful one-sided beatdown of interim titlist Robert Guerrero on Saturday night before a crowd of 15,880 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.Guerrero had called out for Mayweather to fight him for the past couple of years, and you know what they say: Be careful what you wish for.Mayweather appeared vulnerable in his previous fight, when he was tagged repeatedly in a unanimous decision win against Miguel Cotto last May, leading some to suggest that perhaps Mayweather’s years of dominance were coming to a close. But after he took apart a man who was six years younger, physically bigger and unafraid to try to rough him up, forget about it.It was all Mayweather. All three judges, Jerry Roth, Duane Ford and Julie Lederman, scored it 117-111 for Mayweather. ESPN.com had it 119-109 for Mayweather.The fight was the first for Mayweather under a 30-month deal he signed with Showtime/CBS — after dumping longtime TV home HBO — that could see him fight up to six times and earn $200 million-plus. His next date is Sept. 14, also at the MGM Grand, and if Mayweather continues to perform as he did against Guerrero, it could be a deal well worth the investment, because “Money” dazzled — and earned a minimum of $32 million, tying his own record for biggest purse in boxing history.Mayweather rarely got hit cleanly, a testament to his father, Floyd Mayweather Sr., a defensive-minded trainer who returned to head his son’s corner for the first time since a junior lightweight title defense in 2001. They have been estranged on and off for years while Floyd Jr.’s uncle Roger Mayweather served as his trainer. But with Roger increasingly feeling the effects of diabetes and Floyd Jr. realizing he needed to go back to his defensive basics, the match worked.“I was really happy to be back with my father,” Mayweather said. “I knew after the Cotto fight, I was getting hit too much and my dad would help me get hit less. My defense was on point, and he told me just stick to your defense — the less you get hit, the better — and to box smart.”Read more: ESPN read more


Ohio State basketball ranked No 3 in preseason poll

Although the Ohio State football team has found itself on the outside looking in for the past five weeks, one Buckeye team is finding itself ranked again, as the OSU men’s basketball team will open its season as the No. 3-ranked team in the nation, according to at least one poll. The first ESPN/USA Today coaches’ poll of the 2011-12 season was released Thursday and ranked the Buckeyes behind No. 1 North Carolina and No. 2 Kentucky. Defending national champion Connecticut and Syracuse rounded out the top five. Expectations have run high for OSU since its top two leading scorers from a year ago, sophomore forward Jared Sullinger and senior guard William Buford, opted to bypass the NBA draft following the Buckeyes’ Sweet 16 loss to Kentucky. OSU sophomore guard Aaron Craft, last season’s leader in assists and steals, also returns to a Buckeye team that compiled a 34-3 record the 2010-11 season. Sullinger, Buford and Craft were each preseason selections to the watch list for the John Wooden Award, which goes out to “the outstanding collegiate basketball Player of the Year,” according to the award’s website. Candidates must also have maintained a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher throughout their entire college career, the website says. No. 14 Wisconsin and No. 18 Michigan were the only other Big Ten programs that will open the season ranked in the coaches’ poll. Before they meet the Badgers and Wolverines in conference play, the Buckeyes will will start the year against a trio of games against ranked teams. OSU will battle No. 10 Florida, No. 6 Duke, and No. 13 Kansas on Nov. 15, Nov 29 and Dec. 10, respectively. OSU opens its season up Nov. 11 with a home game against Wright State. read more


Urban Meyer praises Larry Johnson hire breaks down keys to Penn State

Four days before the Buckeyes are scheduled to take the field against Penn State, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer took to the Big Ten teleconference to discuss a quality coaching addition, keys to the Penn State matchup and the development of some young Buckeyes.OSU (5-1, 2-0) is set to take on the Nittany Lions (4-2, 1-2) after beating Rutgers, 56-17, last weekend.Meyer said losing Mike Vrabel to the NFL was like losing a key player. “You can’t replace him with a lesser quality coach.” He added that he “pinpointed” Larry Johnson when he first got to OSU, and brought him in after Vrabel left. “He’s done a great job for us.”Meyer said he talked to Johnson about Penn State junior defensive lineman Anthony Zettel. He said Zettel is “a great inside player, pass rusher, spins on contact. He’s an athletic guy playing inside.”He said redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall wasn’t a good practice player last season, and was lazy in the classroom. Meyer said he’s now one of the Buckeyes’ “better practice players” and added that he “does well in school.”More on Marshall: “A gentleman, a guy who represents Ohio State the right way.”Meyer on redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett: “He’s saved our bacon a few times” with his scrambling ability.He said quarterbacks need to have escapability, but don’t need to have world-class speed. “We cannot not have that kind of player again,” he said.Meyer said “everything starts” with the matchup in the trenches. He had specific praise for sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa.He said there are “a bunch” of guys on the defensive line who need to earn more playing time. “It’s time for them to start contributing more,” he said.The Buckeyes are scheduled to face-off with Penn State on Saturday in State College, Pa. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. read more


WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS Take An Ocean City Getaway This Spring

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a recent announcement from the Wilmington Recreation Department:Our travelers will boil it down for you – “just pay the Recreation Department the money, and then all you have to do is show up!”If you’re looking for a nice escape this Spring, consider a jaunt to Ocean City with Wilmington Recreation on Tuesday through Friday, May 28 – 31!We take care of all the details – once you’re registered you can sit back, relax and enjoy this wonderful tour! We’ll be staying right on the beach in Ocean City. This mid-Atlantic seaside resort town features miles of shoreline, a boardwalk lined with shops and restaurants, and proximity to Assateague Island, home to wild ponies. We’ll tour Ocean City and the Assateague Island National Seashore, we’ll explore the Victorian town of Berlin and we’ll visit a Life-Saving Museum. We’ve got evening entertainment including a Magic Show one night, and the option to visit the Ocean City Casino another night. We’ve got lots of fun activities included, as well as some down time so you can enjoy some R & R on your vacation, whether you want to walk the beach, shop or enjoy the indoor or outdoor pools at the hotel.Our package includes round trip motor coach transportation, 3 nights accommodations, 6 meals, admission fees, a Tour Director, taxes and gratuities (except Tour Director and Driver). $645 p.p.d.o.To register, or if you have any questions, please call the Wilmington Recreation Dept. at 978-658-4270.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Mother’s Day Gift Ideas From The Recreation DepartmentIn “Community”WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Day Trip To New York City On October 19In “Community”WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Perfect 10-Day Trip For History Buffs Set For SeptemberIn “Community”last_img read more


Walker Hopes to Reframe POTUS Perspective

first_imgGov. Bill Walker (File photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)President Obama’s visit to Alaska is now less than a week away, and he’s not the only one with an agenda for his stay in the 49th state.Download Audio“It’s an exciting time for Alaska. We don’t have a lot of presidents who stop here unless they’re low of fuel,” Gov. Bill Walker said today, at a press conference outlining his goals for the presential visit.For the White House, climate change is the theme of the visit. The president plans to spotlight Alaska’s melting and erosion as signs that climate change is real, and to bolster support for his carbon-reducing energy policies.Walker hopes to draw the president’s eye to a few other matters.“We have an opportunity with this trip to tell our own story,” Walker said.The governor wants Obama to see Alaska’s need for more oil development — to refill the pipeline and fund state government. Walker says Obama’s decision to let Shell drill in the Chukchi Sea suggests the president does not intend to use evidence of Alaska’s warming as a reason to block future oil development.“I don’t think so. If I he had taken a different position on offshore I’d be more concerned about that,” Walker said. “The fact that he’s said yes to offshore — so I’m not as concerned he’s going to say that.”When Obama tours Alaska towns struggling with climate change, Walker says he hopes the president sees how expensive it is for the state to mitigate the damage.“I’ll be talking to him about, you know, we can’t be limited from access to our resources, from the financial standpoint, and be expected to relocate villages at the same time,” Walker said. “So that’ll be the discussion we have.”Walker says the White House has assured him the president doesn’t plan any surprise announcements during the trip, and he intends to ask about that again this week.last_img read more


Illegal migration of Bangladeshis to Europe rising

first_imgThere has been a rise in the number of Bangladeshis crossing the Mediterranean sea to illegally reach Europe.Bangladeshis are the highest among those detained while attempting to illegally enter Europe via the Middle East, West Asia and the bordering countries of Mediterranean.About 2,000 Bangladeshis attempting to go to Europe were stranded in Turkey.According to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), Bangladeshis are the highest in number among the people crossing the Mediterranean sea in small dinghies. A total of 2800 Bangladeshi nationals reached Italy this year.Around 5,650 Bangladeshis have crossed Mediterranean sea via Libya and reached Italy, till 22 May this year, reports IRIN news quoting the home ministry of Italy. The number was 7,578 last year.The foreign ministry officials said the EU countries are asking the Bangladesh government to take back the undocumented nationals. If they fail to do so, visa procedures for Bangladeshis will be toughened, the European countries cautioned.During a visit to Dhaka last April, a delegation of the European Union (EU) said around 80,000 Bangladeshis have been staying illegally in those countries.Foreign secretary Shahidul Haque told Prothom Alo at his office on Thursday that undocumented Bangladeshis would be brought back.Asked whether there was any pressure from the EU countries, he said talks are on to introduce a Standard Operating Procedure to bring them back. There may be progress at the joint commission meeting of Bangladesh-EU in Brussels on 12 July.Foreign ministry officials said that the process of bringing back Bangladeshis was seen to be lengthy. Steps were taken to expedite it, they added.The officials observed that it would not be proper to set a deadline to bring back Bangladeshis.Bangladesh ambassador to Turkey Allama Siddiki told Prothom Alo yesterday that around 2,000 Bangladeshis from different countries including Syria, Iran and Iraq were stranded in Turkey since the second half of last year. Of them, some 471 were detained.He said those who reached Turkey worked in different countries of Middle East. Lured by human trafficking rings, they reached Turkey to migrate to Europe. Each of them had to pay between Tk5,00,000 and Tk7,00,000 to the trafficking agents.Prothom Alo talked to those who worked in UK, Turkey, Italy, Greece, Libya and Portugal. They said it had been difficult for the undocumented migrants to stay in Turkey as the EU and Turkey had inked a ‘one in, one out’ deal.Under the deal, anyone who crosses into Greece illegally will be sent back to Turkey. In return, a vetted Syrian refugee will be able to go from Turkey to Europe for settlement. The citizens of other countries will be sent back home.Illegal migration of Bangladeshis came to the limelight when the Syrian refugee crisis turned alarming in 2015.Following the spread of the ‘Islamic State’ (IS) in 2014, Syrians started to take shelter in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan.Violence and poverty drove people from Iraq, Afghanistan, Eretria and Somalia to go to Europe. Taking the advantage of this, human traffickers enticed Bangladeshis with promises of sending them to Europe.Bangladesh charge d’Affaires in Tripoli, Mozammel Haque, told Prothom Alo that Bangladeshis reached Libya first via South Asian countries and then Dubai, Jordan, Egypt and Turkey.Most of them reached Italy crossing the Mediterranean. As the Libyan labour market had collapsed due to the civil war, Bangladeshis attempted to go to Italy.Asked if aid organisations in Italy rescued Bangladeshis, the diplomat said 9,915 Bangladeshis were rescued between July 2014 and June 2015.Almost 1,100 died by drowning, suffocation and hypothermia on overcrowded boats so far this year.International relations professor at Dhaka University CR Abrar said the human traffickers were luring Bangladeshis to go to Europe. It is not clear why traffickers are not cracked down on within the country, he said.On bringing back Bangladeshis from EU countries, Abrar said political asylum seekers should not be listed in the undocumented category.*This piece, originally published in Prothom Alo Bangla, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islamlast_img read more


Digital Security Bill wont gag journos voice says PM Hasina

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh HasinaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said there is nothing to be worried about the Digital Security Bill 2018 as it will not gag the voice of the journalist community, reports UNB.“I’ve seen several noted editors, journalists and wise persons of society giving their opinions against it. They’re only concerned about whether their voice is gagged. But their voice has not been gagged,” she said.The PM told parliament while delivering the valedictory speech of the 22nd session of the 10th parliament.She said had the voice been gagged they would not have had the capability to give opinions.She said the government must provide security to people and protect society, families and people’s character so that children and young generation do not take the wrong path and the adults do not get addicted (following the misuse of digital devices).“Considering this aspect, we’ve passed the Digital Security Bill. So, there’s nothing to be worried about it,” Hasina added.Noting that the interest of any particular group should not be considered here, she said, “Why’re our journalists getting very sensitive and worried? What’s the reason? I think there’s no logic behind it.”“What we’ve done is for the wellbeing of the country, the nation and the children,” she said.PM Hasina said it is very regrettable that some people gave opinions considering their own interest or from the perspective of their own organisations. “They haven’t thought for a single time about the interests of the entire society and the country.”She said the journalist community only considered the matter of journalism, but journalism should be constructive and accountable to the country and its people, and society.Journalism will surely not be for increasing conflict and harm to the country or tarnishing its image, Hasina said, adding that such kind of journalism should be practised which will take the country forward and develop confidence among people, not mislead them or create conflicts among them.She said journalism should not create any confrontational atmosphere or instigate terrorism and militancy.Noting that there was only one television channel in the country in the past, she said her government first dared to allow the private television channels and private radio stations.Mentioning that there are both merits and demerits of the social networking sites, including Facebook and YouTube, as well as digital devices, Hasina said there are bad impacts of the social media platforms and digital devices everywhere from the family to society. “So, considering this aspect, we think that it’s very essential to ensure security of minor children, students, youths and even elderly people.”“We’ve built the country as Digital Bangladesh and let people enjoy its benefits and remain away from its bad impacts. With this goal, we’ve passed the Digital Security Bill,” said the prime minister.last_img read more


Wisconsin Ohio California among states targeted by Russian hackers

first_imgA sign marking the location of the polling station for the Wisconsin presidential primary election is seen at the Milwaukee Police Safety Academy in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S. April 5, 2016. Reuters File PhotoWisconsin, Ohio, California and 10 other states said on Friday they were among 21 states that Russian government hackers targeted in an effort to sway the 2016 presidential election in favour of Donald Trump though no votes were changed.The Department of Homeland Security confirmed it had notified the states of the activity but declined to identify them. Russia has denied election meddling, and president Trump has denied any collusion with Russia.Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Minnesota, Texas and Washington state also confirmed they were targeted by Russian hackers but said they were not successful. Arizona and Illinois confirmed last year that they were targets.The Associated Press confirmed Iowa, Maryland, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Oregon, Oklahoma and Virginia were also targets, bringing the total states identified to 21. Those states did not immediately return messages seeking comment late Friday.“There remains no evidence that the Russians altered one vote or changed one registration,” said Judd Choate, president of the U.S. National Association of State Election Directors.Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator Michael Haas said Homeland Security told the states that “Russian government cyber actors” targeted state voter registration systems.Homeland Security officials have said that in most of the 21 states only preliminary activity was observed from hackers and a small number of networks were compromised. Some states had complained in June they had no idea if Russians had attempted to infiltrate their systems.California Secretary of State Alex Padilla said Friday that hackers had scanned state election systems but not breached the system. “It is completely unacceptable that it has taken DHS over a year to inform our office of Russian scanning of our systems, despite our repeated requests for information,” he said.Homeland Security spokesman Scott McConnell said in a statement the government believes “officials should be kept informed about cybersecurity risks to election infrastructure” but also wants to protect “the integrity of investigations and the confidentiality of system owners.”U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded the Kremlin orchestrated an operation that included hacking and online propaganda intended to help Trump win, Reuters reported in August.Senator Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat who co-chairs the Senate Cybersecurity Caucus, said Friday in a statement it is “unacceptable that it took almost a year after the election to notify states that their elections systems were targeted.”He said officials must inform states of attempts to enter election systems “just as any homeowner would expect the alarm company to inform them of all break-in attempts, even if the burglar doesn’t actually get inside the house.”Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams said DHS told it that its systems were scanned in the weeks before the 2016 election. “A scan is similar to burglars jiggling the doors of a house and moving on when they realise the doors are locked,” the state said.Washington state’s top election official, Kim Wyman, said the state learned in 2016 of attempted intrusions from Russian internet addresses and immediately alerted the Federal Bureau of Investigation.The list of targets includes battleground states like Wisconsin, Ohio and Iowa, but other key states like Michigan said Friday they were told they were not targeted. It also included states that were not seriously contested like California and Texas.Wisconsin was one of a handful of battleground Midwestern states that helped Trump win the presidency over Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. Trump carried the state by 22,748 votes, or about 0.8 of a percentage point. Many of the other states were not seriously in contention in the 2016 race.Several congressional committees are investigating and special counsel Robert Mueller is leading a separate probe into the Russia matter, including whether Moscow colluded with the Trump campaign.last_img read more


BNP submits list of 4429 cases to CEC

first_img.BNP on Sunday submitted a list of cases filed against its leaders and workers to chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda, reports UNB.According to the list, the total cases filed during January 2018 to 14 November, 2018 is 4,429 while the total number of accused is 4,34,975 with 1,09,441 named and 3,25,534 unnamed accused. Of the accused, the number of arrestees is 10,472 ones.A BNP leader, Salauddin Khan, submitted the list attached with a letter signed by BNP secretary general Fakhrul Islam Alamgir to the CEC’s office in the city’s Agargaon area in the morning.Some 773 BNP leaders and workers were arrested after the commission announced the election schedule on 8 November, the letter says.Among the cases, BNP earlier submitted two lists of some 2,048 cases to the prime minister’s office on 6 November and 13 November after the two rounds of talks held between Jatiya Oikya Front and Awami League-led 14-party alliance at Ganobhaban in the city.In the letter to the CEC, BNP said they were not informed whether the cases were withdrawn and arrested leaders and workers released after the submission of their lists of the cases to the prime minister.BNP also requested the CEC to relieve its leaders and workers from the cases and immediately stop their arrest.It further said thousands of false, fabricated, peculiar, baseless, fictitious and politically motivated cases were filed against its central unit and different grassroots units’ leaders across the country after Awami League came to power in 2009.The letter said law enforcement agencies kept arresting BNP leaders and activists filing false and fictitious cases against them across the country since September 1 ahead of the next parliamentary polls.Even the names of dead, ailing and maimed persons, hajj pilgrims, and persons staying abroad were accused in the fictitious cases, the letter reads further.last_img read more


Suspects uncle is focus of investigation into 1975 slayings

first_img WASHINGTON (AP) — A day after charges were announced in the 40-year-old kidnapping and slayings of two sisters from Maryland, investigators are turning their attention to the suspect’s uncle and others they say were involved in the crime and subsequent cover-up.At a news conference Thursday in Virginia, police and prosecutors said they believe 70-year-old Richard Welch sexually abused at least one of the Lyon sisters. Twelve-year-old Sheila and 10-year-old Katherine Lyon were abducted from a suburban Maryland mall in March 1975. Authorities believe they were slain in Bedford County, Virginia, within three weeks of their abduction. Their bodies have never been found. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Lloyd Welch is charged with two counts of felony murder during an abduction with intent to defile. Police have not said who they believe killed the girls, but the felony murder statute allows Lloyd Welch to be charged with murder because of his alleged involvement in the kidnappings. Mike Brown, the Bedford County sheriff, said Thursday that the girls were taken so that Lloyd Welch and his uncle could sexually abuse them.“They were killed in order for their captors to escape detection,” Brown said.Authorities said they believe people are still withholding information about the slayings.“Those that have been involved in the actual crimes or in the recent cover-ups, obstruction, non-cooperation, here’s what I would say: Examine your conscience,” said Randy Krantz, the Bedford County commonwealth’s attorney.___Follow Ben Nuckols on Twitter at https://twitter.com/APBenNuckols.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Garrett said his investigation points to now-deceased relatives as Lloyd Welch’s “more likely accomplices.”Newly unsealed police affidavits also provided chilling details about what may have befallen the girls, whose disappearance haunted the suburban Washington community for decades and made parents question whether their children were safe unsupervised.According to the documents, Henry Parker, another relative of the Welches, told investigators that Lloyd Welch arrived at the family’s Bedford County property in 1975 with two Army-style duffel bags that were covered in red stains. The bags, Parker told police, weighed 60 to 70 pounds each and smelled like “death.”Parker told police that the bags were thrown onto a fire on the property, according to the documents. During their search of the site, police found possible bone fragments, the documents show.Francke said Thursday that Parker was another person investigators are focused on, although he did not categorize Parker as a person of interest.Francke also described an “ongoing conspiracy” to conceal what happened to the girls. Police documents describe numerous conversations between Richard Welch, his wife and other relatives that occurred after Lloyd Welch was identified as a person of interest last year. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Richard Welch remains a person of interest in the case but has not been charged. His wife, Patricia Welch, has been charged with perjury following her testimony before a grand jury last year. Their nephew Lloyd Lee Michael Welch Jr., 58, a child sex offender serving a lengthy sentence in a Delaware prison, is charged with the girls’ murder.According to a police affidavit, Lloyd Welch has told investigators that he saw his uncle raping one of the girls at his home the day after they were kidnapped, and investigators are continuing to build a case against Richard Welch, authorities said Thursday.“There is other evidence out there besides what Lloyd Welch has said,” said Capt. Darren Francke, commander of the major crimes division of the Montgomery County, Maryland, police department.Richard Welch’s attorney, Carter Garrett, challenged that assertion, saying his client maintains his innocence and has been smeared by his nephew.“Given all the resources expended trying to verify and corroborate Lloyd Welch’s accusations, it’s clear to me that they’ve not been able to do so. Otherwise, my client, he would be under indictment right now,” Garrett said Thursday. “It strongly suggests that my client is telling the truth and that he didn’t have anything to do with the disappearance of these little girls.” 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Parents, stop beating yourself up Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top Stories FILE – This file handout image provided by the Montgomery County, Md., Police Department shows photos from the original missing person/suspicious circumstances bulletin for the 1975 disappearance of two sisters in Maryland, Sheila Lyon and Katherine Lyon, who never returned home from a shopping mall. Police and prosecutors from Montgomery County, Maryland, and Bedford County, Virginia, will hold a news conference Wednesday, July 15, 2015, in Wheaton, Md., to announce what they call “significant developments” in the 40-year-old case. 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ACTE Recognizes Three Under 33 Award Recipients at Australasia Educa

first_imgJake Hower, Managing Director, Business Travel Management, Australia “It is exciting to discover the brightest young professionals in our industry,” said ACTE Australasia Board Member Georgie Farmer.  “These award recipients are coming up with innovative approaches to ensure the industry’s evolution to embrace the challenges of today’s business traveller.” Aditya Loomba, Director – Business Development, ECOS Mobility & Hospitality, India Source = ACTE Belinda Doery, Regional Meeting Strategy Lead, MSD, Australia Awardees Honored for Innovative Ideas in the Travel Industry “Three Under 33” is an ACTE initiative designed to celebrate the next generation of industry leaders.  To qualify, nominees must be a promising industry professional, 33 years of age or younger.  This year’s outstanding “Three Under 33” winners for the Asia and Australasia regions are:center_img The nominations were extremely competitive for this year’s awards.  Additional information on the 2012 ACTE “Three Under 33” award recipients for the region include: At the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) Asia Education Conference in Singapore this past August, ACTE’s Board Member representing Asia, Kurt Knackstedt and ACTE’s Board Member representing Australasia, Georgie Farmer  announced the 2012 “Three Under 33” award winners for the region.  During its Australasia Education Conference taking place this week in Sydney, Farmer and Knackstedt once again took the opportunity to recognize these talented young professionals. Jake Hower successfully leveraged video technology to balance his SME clients’ desire for a more personalized level of service against the need to control travel management costs. By introducing video chat capability client service representatives are able to interact with clients and provide relevant targeted information to each of them, while being able to maintain human interaction and connection Thinking about client relationship management in a different way Hower has been able to reduce the costs of servicing clients needs and pass the savings on to them.Aditya Loomba blended both best practices and creative problem solving to proactively recognise and meet the demands of the dynamic ground transportation market in India. Following terror attacks in India, Loomba obtained the numerous government and police clearances required to introduce the first ever Armored Bullet Proof Vehicles available on hire in India. He has also spearheaded the import of the first ever Chrysler Stretched Limousines in India to meet the needs of the growing luxury market. With more and more Corporate clients shifting to credit card as their preferred mode of payment, Loomba led the development of an advanced payment solutions that charges credit cards instantly at the end of the service and emails an invoice to the client. Belinda Doery was recognized for leading the implementation of a global, regional and local strategic meetings management programme in China, Singapore and Australia. She was responsible for the planning and end to end process mapping for centralisation of Meeting Services in China. The project has made a significant impact on business operations as the new standardised process, meetings technology, preferred supplier agreements and direct pay capabilities have transformed the way meetings are conducted. In addition, Doery designed and implemented the enablers for success such as payment solutions, technology and data platforms, stringent compliance controls and cost saving measures. Jake Hower, a graduate with Travel Industry Mentor Experience (TIME), was unfortunately unable to attend the Asia Education Conference in Singapore so he will be accepting his award for the first time at the Conference today in Sydney.  last_img read more


Anquan Boldins retirement puts an end to a footba

first_imgAnquan Boldin’s retirement puts an end to a football career that spanned four teams — and part of this season’s training camp with the Buffalo Bills.It included a historic rookie campaign for the Arizona Cardinals, a Super Bowl win with the Baltimore Ravens and successful seasons with the 49ers and Lions as his career waned.The Cardinals’ No. 54 overall pick in 2003 believes the time is right for him to use his platform for a cause beyond the football field. That he’ll attempt to become a voice for civil rights is no surprise considering his giving, thoughtful attitude that won him the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award just a few seasons ago. But NFL fans will miss his passion.Debate all you will about where he ranks among the best receivers ever — former Arizona QB Kurt Warner will fight for his Hall of Fame candidacy — what are not debatable are the traits that put him in the conversation.Here are the five things that made Boldin in the conversation for the HOF.ToughnessEveryone can cite the single event that acted as the evidence.On Sept. 28, 2008, Boldin leapt to make a catch against the New York Jets when he got wedged between defenders and took a vicious hit to the face.It took seven plates and 40 metal screws to repair a fractured sinus membrane. He missed just two games.Returning a month later, he was the same receiver. Boldin would catch no fewer than five balls over the remaining eight regular season games, including six touchdowns, before helping Arizona make a postseason run that ended with a 27-23 loss to Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XLIII.In 14 seasons, Boldin only failed to play 12 regular season games once. He appeared in just 10 games during his second season (2004) but never fewer.ReliabilityNever the speediest wideout who could separate from defenders, nor one who was going to consistently out-leap a defensive back for a jump ball, Boldin made his living turning incompletions into catches with his incredible one-handed grabs and adjustments mid-route. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Statement from GM Brandon Beane on Anquan Boldin. pic.twitter.com/G8k6Tx0HUN— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) August 21, 2017 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactcenter_img Big-game moments Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires With the Cardinals, it wasn’t uncommon for Warner to put the ball well out of reach of any defensive backs in the area and just far close enough to Boldin to adjust for the catch.Few receivers had quite the same catch radius as Boldin. No matter where the ball was thrown — right in his chest or just within his reach — the numbers show he was as steady as they come.Shiftiness with sizeDo you call it shiftiness? Power? Quickness?Whether he was in his route, repositioning himself to make a tough grab or fighting for extra yards after the catch, Boldin was a master of using his 6-foot-1, 220 pound frame against defenders. Within small spaces, his ability to get his big body to react so quickly was impressive.Once he made a catch, he was always able to gain an extra two yards by putting his bowling ball frame into creases and another two more by shouldering into defenders attempting to make the tackle.Where’d it show up in the numbers?After Larry Fitzgerald and Wes Welker, no player had more yards after catch (3,495) than Boldin since 2008, per Pro Football Focus. We’d assume if those stats were available beyond that season, his early portion of his career with the Cardinals wouldn’t knock him down any pegs in that regard. 5 Comments   Share   Boldin might have been Option 1B behind Larry Fitzgerald when the Cardinals made their Super Bowl run in 2008, but he received more targets (12 to eight) than Fitzgerald in the loss to Pittsburgh and caught eight balls for 84 yards.But Boldin only got better with age. He made three playoff runs with the Ravens culminating in a four-game run that included four touchdown grabs and a Super Bowl win in 2012. In that game against the 49ers, he caught six balls for 104 yards along with a touchdown.All-in-all, Boldin’s teams made the playoffs in six of his 14 seasons.An ultimate teammateHas anyone said a bad thing about Boldin?Even as Fitzgerald’s rise perhaps overshadowed his value to the point the Cardinals might have undervalued him, Boldin never wavered as a teammate.And as of last week, he made it clear he appreciated a drama-free life. Boldin was never a locker-room trouble-maker or a distraction.After playing by far his worst season in 2016 with Detroit, his decision to suddenly drop out of the Bills’ plans was viewed as a huge blow to the team lacking much at receiver to begin with.The Bills didn’t take the abrupt change of plans bitterly.last_img read more