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Xiaomi Mi Pad 4 will support face unlock, launch set for June 25


first_imgNews regarding Xiaomi’s next tablet is coming in fast and hard. The company is leaving almost nothing to the imagination as it continuously reveals details on the Mi Pad 4 in the days leading up to its launch. After confirming the launch date, Xiaomi has been posting a few teasers on its Weibo account as well as confirming a few specs and features about the Mi Pad 4. The tablet will be launched alongside the notched Redmi 6 Pro on June 25.Xiaomi has confirmed that the Mi Pad 4 will be powered by a Snapdragon 660 chipset, as was previously speculated, and this could be clocked up to 2.0Ghz. Going with a Snapdragon chipset is interesting considering the Mi Pad 3 was launched with a Mediatek processor. Xiaomi also mentions something called “smart game acceleration,” which suggests the Mi Pad 4 will come with certain optimisations aimed at providing a more immersive and seamless gaming experience.One may also speculate that the Mi Pad 4 could come to India eventually. Xiaomi this year has been expanding its product portfolio in the country with the launch of the Mi TV and some other products beyond its phones. So there’s a good chance the company could bring its tablet to the market as an affordable alternative to the iPad.The other confirmation by Xiaomi is that the Mi Pad 4 will support facial recognition to unlock the tablet. This will be a first for the Mi Pad series, which will be great to see considering past Mi Pads have not had any biometric options, not even a fingerprint scanner. The face unlock feature will be possible via the front camera, which won’t be as secure as say an iPhone X, but it is something.advertisementAs far as the unconfirmed specs go, the Mi Pad 4 is also tipped to come with a display bigger than the 7.9-inch display that was seen on the Mi Pad 3. This may be possible as rumours suggest the tablet could sport narrow bezels and an 18:9 display, which would be very interesting to see on a tablet. Additionally, the tablet is also tipped to bear a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing sensor. Interestingly, rumours say the Mi Pad 4 could house a 6,000mAh battery, which would be smaller than that housed in the Mi Pad 3. It is possible that the company could make this compromise to keep the tablet’s form factor slim, but we will know for sure in just a few days.To recall, the Mi Pad 3 was launched sporting a metal unibody design and a 7.9-inch Retina display (2048×1536) on the front. The tablet was powered by a MediaTek chipset coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage which is non-expandable. Optics are similar to what is being rumoured about the Mi Pad 4. The Mi Pad 3 also houses a 6600mAh and was launched with MIUI 8 based on Android Marshmallow out-of-the-box.ALSO READ: This is the Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro, launch set for June 25last_img read more


Brutus Buckeye’s Response To The Jim Harbaugh “Views From The 6” Cover Is Tremendous


first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines listens in on an offensive huddle during the Michigan Football Spring Game.ANN ARBOR, MI – APRIL 04: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines listens in on an offensive huddle during the Michigan Football Spring Game on April 4, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Shut it down, everyone. The informal contest to see who would come up with the best college football-themed take on Drake’s Views From The 6 cover might be over just a few days in. After Jay Harbaugh put together a pretty good effort featuring his father, Ohio State mascot Brutus Buckeye posted his own version…and yeah, this is pretty mean if you’re a Michigan fan..@BleacherReport ** #VIEWS fro TSUN. **#GoBucks pic.twitter.com/u91EmgEIg0— Brutus Buckeye (@Brutus_Buckeye) April 26, 2016 Considering the score of last year’s game at Michigan Stadium, he probably could’ve left the Parental Advisory sticker in place. It was pretty appropriate.[Bleacher Report]last_img read more


ESPN: Georgia Football A ‘Loser’ Of 2019 NFL Draft


first_imgKirby Smart coaching for Georgia.ATHENS, GA – OCTOBER 14: Head Coach Kirby Smart of the Georgia Bulldogs shouts instructions to his team during the game against the Missouri Tigers at Sanford Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Georgia football didn’t make it back to the College Football Playoff, but it was still a pretty impressive season for the Bulldogs.The Dawgs fell just short of knocking off Alabama in the SEC Championship after winning the East for the second year in a row.The loss to Texas in the Sugar Bowl had to disappoint fans, but the program has clearly positioned itself as a national championship caliber squad.With that success, comes plenty of early departures.Alabama knows it all too well, but reloads every year. Clemson’s ability to retain defensive stars, on the other hand, was a major contributor to the Tigers’ national title win.We’ll have to wait until the fall to see how Kirby Smart’s team reacts, but the losses are heavy for UGA once again, especially on offense.ESPN identified Georgia football as a “loser” of today’s NFL Draft early declaration deadline.From Adam Rittenberg:Georgia: The Bulldogs had four offensive skill players declare as underclassmen, including their top three pass-catchers, wideouts Riley Ridley and Mecole Hardman and tight end Isaac Nauta. None is rated among Kiper’s top prospects at their respective positions. Would they have left if Georgia passed the ball more? We’ll never know. Quarterback Jake Fromm will have a largely new group of targets in 2019. Running back Elijah Holyfield’s departure made sense as D’Andre Swift remains in Athens and Zamir White returns from injury.Recruiting remains at an elite level, so Smart’s program should be fine. If the Dawgs want to compete for a return to the CFP, they’ll need some of their young guys to step up, alongside star quarterback Jake Fromm and running back D’Andre Swift, both of whom are on early Heisman lists.[ESPN]last_img read more


Spring Into Shape


first_img Introducing a New Look for The Manual Editors’ Recommendations The Best Podcasts to Listen to at Work The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now 10 Best Whiskies for Irish Coffee How to Make a Rum Old Fashioned Spring has already arrived (hard to believe in some parts of the nation, we know) and summer is  quickly approaching, and that means bathing suit season for everyone -Wahoo! After hibernating through the winter months we realize that we need to get back into the routine of working out and looking good so we can hit the beach with confidence.If you don’t already know about them- SoulCycle is an intense 45 minute workout program that has developed a cult following. SoulCycle is expected to expand from its current fourteen locations to an upwards of 40 locations nationwide over the next five years with additional studios in New York, Los Angeles, London and beyond. Offering a variety of classes for cyclists of all levels.The Manual spoke to SoulCycle instructor Tomas Mikuzis about getting back into shape and asked for some helpful tip to get us to the finish line.“The hardest part of getting back into shape for summer is the initial ‘step through the door’. Stay motivated and remember it gets easier every time you workout” Mikuzis says.We know we can’t eat barbecue every day (sigh), what do you suggest for beach body confidence?1.Eat clean and healthy when you are starting to get back into shape. Organic produce is a great way to go. Check out your local farmers market or grocery store.2. Be sure to eat enough clean protein (grass fed, organic, no artificial additives) your body will absorb more of the nutrients when its cleaner protein.3. Eat your veggies! Veggies are great for anytime of the day to eat and snack on.4. Watch how much you eat… don’t over eat. Make sure you are consuming enough calories but don’t overdo it!How many times a week should we  visit SoulCycle to see results?I believe that if you take three  SoulCycle classes a week you will definitely see results and see them quickly. There is no real limit to how many classes you can take to start.  Listen to your body and see what is comfortable for you. Giving your body rest is just as important as working out. Give your body rest so that it can recover and make you stronger!How does training differ for men from our lady friends?Training can differ from male to female, but a combination of cardio and strength training is a must when trying to get back into shape. If you are looking to bulk up a bit try using heavier weights with less repetition and for more of a leaner sculpted look, light weight with more repetition is the way to go.If you are looking to lose those extra “Winter Pounds” just remember that it took some time to add those pounds and it will take time to get them off.Stay with a fitness routine people! And maybe go for a side salad instead of those fries and chips at the next summer backyard food fest.For locations or to set up a class, visit http://www.soul-cycle.comlast_img read more


Fair trade footwear: Oliberte


first_imgThere are more than a few brands out there that have taken the focus off profits and developed a sustainability and responsibility model. However, finding a unique brand that is founded on these principles is a harder thing. Footwear brand Oliberte was founded precisely to put these ideas into practice while providing skilled jobs and a self-sufficient supply chain in Sub-Saharan Africa.Related: Best Boots for Work and Play | Less is More with Muro.exeOliberte is unique in that since their 2009 inception they have invested in slowly consolidating their entire chain of raw goods and manufacturing with African suppliers. Leather comes from local cows and camels in Ethiopia. Rubber is sourced from Liberia, South Africa and Kenya. Their manufacturing floor was built from the ground up with machines built in Africa, and manned by independent workers paid a fair, living wage – in fact, they are the first Fair Trade certified footwear factory in the world. What does this mean for Oliberte’s line up? From dress shoes to the new sneakers and leather packs and bags, every product has serious handmade styling, and is built from the ground up with the best materials.Anbesso ($110)The Anbesso is new for spring 2015 and is one of the first real sneakers by Oliberte. Featuring a 100% goat leather lining, a serious natural rubber outsole, and extremely comfortable water-based polyurethane insole, this shoe is ready to tackle all the dangers of an urban commute or weekend bar crawl.Nimbol ($110)Built on the same sneaker last as the Anbesso, the Nimbol has a stitched toe style that lends a little extra formality for an office setting. The sidewalls of the outsole and upper are reinforced for some extra durability. We can easily see a pair of them anchoring an urban wardrobe for seasons to come.Highlander CollectionIf you’re willing to wait until the fall, Oliberte’s Highlander Collection will hit their website and retailers in late August. Eschewing traditional construction for thicker, more supple camel leather, this line of desert inspired boots is built to survive both the outdoors and serious urban adventuring. You’ll Never Have to Pivot a Sofa Again Thanks to Ikea’s Newest Collection Editors’ Recommendations Duke Cannon Has Entered the Fragrance-Sphere With the Proper Cologne Line  Jameson Releases Two New Caskmates Editions The Best Men’s Heritage Outdoor Apparel for Cool Weather You Won’t Believe the Price Tags on 10 of the Most Expensive Shoes For Menlast_img read more


Tips to Run Your Best From the Guy Who Created the Air Force’s Running Program


first_img Runners, Say Goodbye to Chafing with Path Projects Running Shorts Tips to Run Your Best From the Guy Who Created the Air Force’s Running Program Close Why Fresh Hops Are Essentially the Magic Sauce of Craft Beer How to (Almost) Painlessly Improve Your Running You might think running well means sprinting full-speed on super cushioned shoes as a form of punishment for overindulging in lobster mac and cheese and whiskey over the weekend. Surprise, surprise: it’s not. At least, that’s not the way Air Force airmen are trained to run.Dr. Mark Cucuzzella wrote the manual for teaching Air Force badasses how to run — he’s the Air Force Reserve lieutenant colonel and MD who created the Air Force’s Efficient Running Program.So, how can men run more efficiently, keep at it, and not get injured? Dr. Cucuzzella is in the house to answer, sharing surprisingly simple tips from his new book, Run For Your Life, released in September 2018.Everyone Needs to Run MoreCucuzzella’s private clinical work focuses on clients with metabolic disease — largely lifestyle-related chronic illnesses that are preventable and reversible. About 40 percent of U.S. adults over the age of 20 were diagnosed with obesity in 2015-201616, numbers that have only grown since, but Cucuzzella shares that roughly two-thirds of Air Force members are obese and an insane 60 percent of Marines. Marines!Courtesy of Dr. Mark CucuzzellaSeven years ago, a new Chief of Staff enlisted Cucuzzella to overhaul the standards of the run testing and instruction and the Efficient Running Program was born, which is a multimedia-based program of videos that can be shared and learned virtually to address the foundations of running like form, mobility, and strength.“Running every day should make you injury-resilient, not cause injury,” Cucuzzella tells The Manual.Slow Down“This is now implemented in basic training,” Cucuzzella says. “Slowing down … there tends to be a mindset that an ‘easy run’ means going as hard as they can because they constantly feel they are being evaluated. We need to change that mindset.”Cucuzzella says that real, healthy aerobic development can’t be achieved by always running at your max capacity. You need to be in the fat-burning zone which is ironically slower than you might think. He even says going below this rate is healthier than going above. You should be striving for your fat-metabolism zone which is pure aerobic development, as opposed to your ventilatory threshold. You don’t need a heart rate monitor to check, just ask, “Am I panting, or can I hold a conversation?” Pick the slower running group, make sure you can talk, and you won’t fry out.Don’t StretchInstead of static stretching, do dynamic warm-ups before heading out for a run. There’s a whole chapter in Run For Your Life that goes over moves described with all the good science stuff on why they work. Overall, swap stretch holds for dynamic lunges and skipping, which will get the fascia connective tissues sliding, gliding, and ready to take off.Check Your PostureJoel WolpertOr, as Cucuzzella calls it, mobility work. A mix of good posture and doing mobility work throughout the day like getting up from your desk and keeping a range of motion in tight hips, shoulders, and neck will help your body be in good alignment for running. Good alignment produces a nice springy rhythm. If possible, find a gym or specialty run shop that has a TrueForm Runner (a non-mechanical treadmill) and ask a specialist to do a posture analysis. This is hard to do alone, so seek an expert. Pro tip: Your torso should be upright.Wear Flat Shoes“If you’re up in a heel, your whole posture is affected,” says Cucuzzella. “You can’t stabilize your kinetic chain on marshmallows.” Cucuzzella practices what he preaches, having helped open a running footwear store that sells only flat and minimalist shoes. he likens it to the food industry: “If I opened a restaurant, I wouldn’t have junk food.”How little of cushion will vary person-to-person, but the important thing is to wear a shoe that is flat with the ground, meaning very little or no heel elevation. The shoe should also be light, a little hard, and have a wide toe box.Spring From Your Whole Foot“Your foot is the foundation of the body’s spring, and running is a spring mechanism,” Cucuzzella says. If your big toe, for instance, is squished in the box of your running shoe you’ll have to use other muscles to compensate and get off the ground. “Think of your foot as a tripod; the toes, ball, and heel need to come into contact or you won’t have any spring.”Courtesy of Dr. Mark CucuzzellaAvoid Eating CrapDiet is a whole other arena tied to efficient running. To be brief, “If you have a crappy diet with a lot of sugar and starch, it’s going to come home to roost when you run.” This guy ran almost 100 miles on carbs so, it’s possible.Don’t WorkoutCucuzzella hates the word “workout” because it should be more like playing. “If it’s fun, you’ll keep doing it, and if you’re not enjoying it, it’s not sustainable.”center_img Editors’ Recommendations The Best Men’s Trail Running Gear for Warm Weather An Astronomically Fun Chat About Space and Wine With a Winemaker and Former Physicistlast_img read more


Ottawa runs deficit bigger than 10 billion three years in a row


OTTAWA — The federal government ran a $14-billion deficit in 2018-19, according to its latest annual financial report, the third year in a row with a shortfall bigger than $10 billion.The deficit for the fiscal year that ended March 31 was $900 million smaller than the government projected in last spring’s federal budget, however.Revenues in 2018-19 expanded by $21 billion — or 6.7 per cent — compared to the previous year, said the report released Tuesday.The government’s revenue ratio, which is total revenues as a percentage of the size of the economy, increased last year by 15 per cent to reach its highest level since before the financial crisis in 2007-08. The growth in the ratio, which was 14.5 per cent in 2017-18, was mostly due to growth in personal and corporate income tax revenues and other taxes, the report said.The revenue gain was partially offset by an increase of $14.6 billion — or 4.7 per cent — in program expenses and an increase of $1.4 billion — or 6.3 per cent — in public debt charges.The 2018-19 deficit follows two straight $19-billion shortfalls, and the annual financial numbers haven’t shown a surplus since 2006-07.Overall, the federal debt increased to $685.5 billion at the end of 2018-19. The debt-to-GDP ratio — a measure of how burdensome the national debt is — fell to 30.9 per cent from 31.3 per cent in 2017-18, the report shows.The state of federal finances has already been the subject of political debate during the election campaign as parties argue whether the government should make an effort to balance the federal books — and how quickly.In the three full fiscal years since the Liberals came to power, the federal government has posted $52 billion worth of shortfalls even though the economy has had a solid run of growth.The Liberals won the 2015 election on a platform that promised annual deficits of no more than $10 billion and to return to balance by 2019.After taking office, the Liberals abandoned the pledge and argued even larger deficit-driven investments were needed to improve Canada’s long-term economic growth. The government shifted its focus instead to reducing the net debt-to-GDP ratio each year.The Conservatives have long attacked the Liberals for breaking their 2015 deficit pledge and for not providing a timeline to return to balanced budgets. They’ve accused the Liberals of borrowing today on the backs of future generations.Ahead of next month’s election, the Liberals have laid out projections calling for five more years of deficits of at least $10 billion.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is promising to pull Canada out of the red in about five years.Jagmeet Singh’s NDP, which promised balanced books in each of the last several election campaigns, no longer has a timetable to balance the books. Instead, it’s focusing on lowering the debt-to-GDP each year.Green Leader Elizabeth May has committed to returning Canada to budgetary balance in five years.Maxime Bernier’s new People’s Party of Canada is the only political party that’s promised a quick path to balanced books — within two years. read more


UN team leader in Lebanon as an act of solidarity with the


The head of a three-member United Nations team dispatched to the Middle East in response to the unfolding crisis there arrived today in Beirut as an “act of solidarity” with the Lebanese people bearing a call from Secretary-General Kofi Annan for the protection of civilians, support for Lebanon’s Government and the release of all those held captive.“I have come to Lebanon as the head of this United Nations mission as an act of solidarity with the people of this country and the region, who have suffered untold misery as a result of this escalating conflict,” Vijay Nambiar told reporters following a meeting with Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora.As efforts to defuse the crisis continue, he stressed three major points: “My first call is for the protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure, which must be respected by all parties,” he said.“Enough innocent people have been killed. No more innocent life must be lost.”Secondly, he emphasized that the UN supports the Lebanese Government and Prime Minister. “We support the call for a ceasefire and their aim of exercising full authority over the entire country.”Mr. Nambiar’s third point centred on “the release of the captives as part of a solution to this conflict.”The head of the three-member delegation, which includes also Alvaro de Soto and Terje Roed-Larsen, concluded his opening statement with a direct pledge to Mr. Siniora: “Mr. Prime Minister, we are with you and the people of this country and region at a time of grave crisis,” Mr. Nambiar declared. “We plan to meet further with you.” After that meeting, the team met with the Speaker of the Parliament, Nabih Berri. Mr. Nambiar told reporters after that the meeting had been “extremely productive” and that team members looked forward to working with Mr. Berri.“We hope he will play an important role in resolving the escalating conflict and in defusing the crisis,” Mr. Nambiar said. read more


US withdrawal from UNESCO loss for multilateralism says cultural agencys chief


“This is a loss to UNESCO. This is a loss to the United Nations family. This is a loss for multilateralism,” said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova in a statement. “Universality is critical to UNESCO’s mission to strengthen international peace and security in the face of hatred and violence, to defend human rights and dignity,” she added, noting that UNESCO would continue to build a more just, peaceful, equitable 21st century. Ms. Bokova recalled that in 2011, when the US suspended payment of its membership contributions, she was convinced that the UNESCO never mattered as much for the US or vice versa. “This is all the more true today,” she continued “when the rise of violent extremism and terrorism calls for new long-term responses for peace and security, to counter racism and antisemitism, to fight ignorance and discrimination.” Ms. Bokova spelled out her belief that the American people support UNESCO’s actions to harness new learning technologies; enhance scientific cooperation, for ocean sustainability; promote freedom of expression, defend journalists’ safety; empower girls and women as change-makers and peacebuilders; bolster societies facing emergencies, disasters and conflicts; and advance literacy and quality education. “Despite the withholding of funding, since 2011, we have deepened the partnership between the United States and UNESCO, which has never been so meaningful,” she underscored. “Together, we have worked to protect humanity’s shared cultural heritage in the face of terrorist attacks and to prevent violent extremism through education and media literacy.” The partnership between UNESCO and the US has ‘drawn on shared values’The Director General gave examples of collaborating during that time, such as launching the Global Partnership for Girls’ and Women’s Education and celebrating World Press Freedom Day in Washington, D.C., with the National Endowment for Democracy. She also mentioned a long history of joint endeavours, including working together with the late Samuel Pisar, Honorary Ambassador and Special Envoy for Holocaust Education, to promote education for remembrance of the Holocaust across the world to fight antisemitism and genocide today; cooperating with major US companies Microsoft, Cisco, Procter & Gamble and Intel to keep girls in school and nurture technologies for quality learning; and working with the US Geological Survey, US Army Corps of Engineers, and US professional societies to advance research for the sustainable management of water resources, agriculture. “The partnership between UNESCO and the United States has been deep, because it has drawn on shared values,” Ms. Bokova stressed. Citing lines in UNESCO’s 1945 Constitution by US Librarian of Congress Archibald MacLeish – ‘since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defences of peace must be constructed’ – she said this vision has never been more relevant, and added that the US helped inspire the 1972 UNESCO World Heritage Convention. Calling the agency’s work “key to strengthen the bonds of humanity’s common heritage in the face of forces of hatred and division,” she noted the value of World Heritage cites in the US, such as the Statue of Liberty, as being not just as a defining US symbol but that it speaks for people across the world. “UNESCO will continue to work for the universality of this Organization, for the values we share, for the objectives we hold in common, to strengthen a more effective multilateral order and a more peaceful, more just world,” Ms. Bokova concluded. read more


Hondas UK manufacturing history on show at SMMT


The latest exhibit on show at SMMT is a collection of vehicles from Honda, celebrating 20 years of the manufacturer’s operation in the UK.Swindon is Honda’s flagship production facility in Europe and already manufactures Civic and CR-V models. In April, 500 new associates began working at the plant, bringing the total number of employees to 3,500.In October, Honda confirmed that its Swindon manufacturing plant will be the base for production of two new models: the new Civic Type R and the all-new Civic Wagon model.The model announcements followed Honda’s commitment of a £267 million investment programme in the facility to support the production of new Civic, new CR-V and a new 1.6 litre diesel engine.By the end of 2012, production at the Swindon plant is forecast to have doubled on last year’s volumes, up to 183,000 units. Honda aims to increase that figure to 250,000 units per year, within three years.The British-built models at SMMT include an Accord 2.0L ES, which was the very first car to roll off the production line at Honda of the UK Manufacturing in Swindon on 8 October 1992. Also on display is a new Civic 1.4SE, showcasing the latest product to be built at the plant. The ninth generation Civic is quieter, more refined and more efficient than ever.Alongside the UK models, and to showcase Honda’s global heritage and engineering expertise, is a first generation 1970s Civic 1.3 Deluxe and a 1989 NSX. The latter is a pre-production car and the 22nd example to come off the line at the Takanezawa plant in Japan.To find out more about UK automotive manufacturing, download Motor Industry Facts 2012.Click through the slideshow below to see all the photos from SMMT’s exhibition space.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more


Should The NBA Move The 3Point Line Back


More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (March 1, 2016), we look at why basketball’s old-timers have come out against the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry, we ask whether Mark Cuban is right that the NBA should look into moving the 3-point line back, and we wonder if the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Gerrit Cole deserves a higher salary. Plus, a significant digit on how 3-point fever is taking over high school basketball.Stream the episode by clicking the play button above, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to. Links to what we discussed are here:Ian Levy breaks down just how good Curry’s season has been.On Bill Simmons’s podcast, Kirk Goldsberry advocates for a unique solution to basketball’s supposed 3-point problem.ESPN’s J.A. Adande says Oscar Robertson will never understand Curry.Rob Arthur explains why baseball’s best players are only getting younger.Maybe baseball needs a safety net for younger players, says Fangraphs’ Dave Cameron.Significant Digit: 39. That’s the percentage increase in 3-point attempts between the high-school 3-point attempt leader in 2004-05 and the leader in 2015-16.Here is a video of that leader, Ashtyn “Syrup” Bradley, shooting bombs for his high school team. His true shooting percentage this season is 57.4 percent. Embed Code If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. Hot Takedown read more


Turnbull government to abolish 457 visa


first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram “Hear it here first – we’re putting jobs first and we’re putting Australians first by abolishing 457 visas”. This is how Malcolm Turnbull chose to announce a major shift in migration policy, by making a statement on his Facebook Page (this is what “here” refers to).The PM went on to say that the abolished program will be replaced with the new Temporary Skills Shortage Visa, a new system “specifically designed to recruit the best and brightest in the national interest” that will impose tougher requirements on businesses looking to employ foreign workers. “The new visa will better target genuine skills shortages, including in regional Australia,” said Mr Turnbull. “It will include new requirements, including previous work experience, better English language proficiency and labour testing.” The new system will also include two new visa streams – a two-year visa (which would not allow permanent residency) and a four-year visa, which will require a “higher standard of English” and a police check. “This is about putting Australians first for Australian jobs”, said the PM, promising that the changes will not affect current 457 visa holders. The announcement came with the pledge for the introduction of a new training fund to help fill skills gaps, to which employers will be expected to contribute, while more than 200 jobs will be removed from the occupations list issued each year by the Commonwealth – the 457 visa was introduced to fill gaps in skilled labour, but critics say it was just a stepping stone for mass migration. According to the Immigration Department, there were 95,758 foreign workers on 457 visas as of September 2016. One Nation leader Pauline Hanson, stepped in to support the change, claiming credit for the governments move to adopt the party’s policies. last_img read more


McInnes condemns racist remarks made at Sinclair


first_imgAberdeen manager Derek McInnes has condemned racial slur made at Scott Sinclair during the Scottish League Cup final.McInnes has slammed the Aberdeen fan who racially abused the Celtic player, but he insists it was a situation regarding an individual rather than a widespread problem for the Pittodrie club.Sinclair revealed his disappointments regarding the situation on social media after seeing a video of the racial slur aimed at him as he had a penalty saved during his club’s 1-0 win at Hampden.Aberdeen defender Shay Logan, who was himself a victim of racial slurs that saw Celtic winger Aleksandar Tonev banned for seven games in 2014, also called the Sinclair incident an utter disgrace.“If using the skin colour of somebody is what you have to do to try to offend a fellow human being you are losing in life,” said Logan, according to the Scotsman.Derek McInnesDerek McInnes insists there isn’t a Premiership title race yet Henry Ikenna Ugwu – January 12, 2019 Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes believes there is no title race despite his side being one of the favourites to lift the Ladbrokes Premiership trophy…“BLACK WHITE ASIAN we are all the same.”McInnes also shares the views of his players as Aberdeen the fan will be punished duly once identifiedHe said: “Any racial abuse, in this day and age, is shocking. It’s embarrassing for the individual. It’s not a club issue for me. It’s the individual.”“That type of comment was maybe normal practice in the Sixties and Seventies, and it was appalling then and shocking then, and even more so now. It’s shocking that Scott Sinclair and any other player is still subjected to that.”last_img read more


Man claiming to be HIVpositive spits at police after chase through air


first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. PEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – A man claiming to be HIV positive spat at police officers attempting to restrain him after he ran through the air field of an airport in Pembroke Pines airport, officials said.According to the Broward County Aviation Department, the man entered the air field at North Perry Airport, Friday afternoon, and began running around in circles.When he would not respond to airport officials, police were called and the suspect was detained.7Skyforce HD hovered over the scene as police and employees chased the man throughout the field with what appeared to be a cellphone in his hand.As police restrained him, the suspect claimed to be HIV positive and spat in an officer’s face.He was later charged with battery on an officer and trespassing.Flights at North Perry were briefly suspended. last_img read more


DFG Lower Cook Inlet Commercial Salmon Fishery Season Summary


first_imgThe harvest was composed of 381 chinook, 370,460 sockeye, 14,544 coho, 1.6 million pink, and 48,729 chum salmon, of which 758,117 (37.9%) were commercial common property harvest and 1.2 million (62.1%) were hatchery cost recovery. The preliminary 2018 hatchery cost recovery value was $4.6 million, according to the DF&G. The preliminary common property harvest exvessel value of approximately $2.6 million was abovethe previous 10-year average of $2.5 million. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The 2018 Lower Cook Inlet Area commercial salmon harvest, based on current preliminary fish ticket data, was 2.0 million fish, according to the Department of Fish and Game.center_img For the Upper Cook Inlet commercial harvest was approximately 1.3 million salmon, which was 61% less than the recent 10-year average annual harvest of 3.4 million fish. President of the United Cook Inlet Drift Association David Martin said in his 47 years of fishing the Cook Inlet, 2018 was “probably the worst” season he’d seen.last_img read more


Nonbailable warrant issued against KA Paul


first_imgThe Mahbubnagar court on Monday issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against Praja Shanti Party chief KA Paul in his brother David Raju’s murder case. KA Paul who was accused in the murder case failed to attend the case hearing in Mahbubnagar court following which the warrant has been issued. However, other accused in the case were present before the court. Further details are awaited. KA Paul’s brother David Raju found murdered in suspicious circumstances in February 2010 in a stationary car parked on the roadside at Kommireddypalli of Mahbubnagar district.last_img


New controller can tailor games to your level of excitement


first_imgWhat if, instead of choosing a difficulty level, you chose an experience type? When starting a new game you might select not between Easy, Medium, and Hard, but between Relaxed, Tense, and Harrowing. On relaxed, the game might back off in response to rising makers for frustration, letting you move forward rather than rage against an obstacle. On Harrowing, your every fear could become a reality, the slightest hint of boredom met with an onslaught of your greatest gaming peeves.Such a system would require the ability to collect such emotional information from people, but that’s hardly a challenge for modern technology; we might not be able to read people’s thoughts and emotions well enough for admissibility in court, but video games are another matter entirely. A team of engineers from Stanford University are putting that idea to the test, however, with an Xbox 360 controller specially modified to collect emotional data from players.The controller works with metal strips inlaid into either handle, which measure heart rate, breathing rate, skin temperature, and more. Accelerometers can detect how much the controller is being shaken — probably the single most powerful measure of frustration for gamers. The intent is to collect information about how the player is responding to a game, allowing players to tailor their experience and concerned parents to stop games that are getting children too worked up.EEG set-ups like this one can certainly measure emotion, but aren’t exactly user-friendly.Probably the biggest critic of the disequilibrium between information input and output in gaming is Will Wright. Output, he has often complained, is easy; 1080p gaming with surround sound audio can deliver a ton of bits-per-second to the player, and with rumble and other forms of feedback the stream gets even more dense. Yet input — the ability of the player to deliver information to the machine — is much more primitive. We can literally scream our intent at the console (“GO FORWARD!”) and our advanced, next-gen gaming consoles will sit without heed.The Wii, Playstation Move, and Kinect are three different historical attempts to solve this problem, translating physical movement into control information. Kinect especially seems to cry out for applications like this controller, with its built-in ability to monitor heart rate and other biometrics. By making the hard decision to include a Kinect with every Xbox One, Microsoft may have positioned the Xbox as the only console capable of biometric monitoring without any additional hardware. Depending on how things play out this generation, that could end up being a very powerful factor in the next chapter of the console wars.last_img read more


NASAs Mars 2020 Rover Gets Its Space Legs Wheels


first_imgStay on target Watch: Mars 2020 Rover Flexes Mechanical ArmNASA’s Mars 2020 Rover Gets 7-Foot-Long Robotic Arm NASA’s Mars 2020 rover is one step closer to the Red Planet.Well, six steps, technically.Engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory last week installed two starboard legs and half a dozen wheels—the mobility suspension—on the vehicle.AdChoices广告“Now that’s a Mars rover,” David Gruel, the Mars 2020 assembly, test, and launch operations manager at JPL, said in a statement.Both legs are composed of titanium tubing, formed with the same process used to make high-end bicycle frames.All six wheels, each with its own motor, are aluminum—with “grousers” or cleats built in to provide traction on the planet’s soft sand and hard rock. The two front and rear tires also have individual steering motors, enabling the vehicle to turn a full 360 degrees.The wheels pictured here will not make the trip to Mars; these engineering models will be swapped for flight models sometime next year.Engineers prepare the starboard legs and wheels for integration onto NASA’s Mars 2020 rover (via NASA/JPL-Caltech)“With the suspension on, not only does it look like a rover,” Gruel said, “but we have almost all our big-ticket items for integration in our rearview mirror—if our rover had one.”A bit like the cars we drive on Earth, the vehicle’s suspension system maintains a constant weight on each wheel. And while drivers avoid terrain that would cause a tilt of more than 30 degrees, the rover can withstand a 45-degree tilt in any direction without tipping over.With the mobility and port suspensions in place, the team expects to install the device’s robotic arm and mast-mounted SuperCam instrument within the next few weeks.Also ready for placement is the Sample Caching System, which includes 17 separate motors, and will collect samples of Martian rock and soil that will be returned to the Earth by a future mission.Mars 2020 will launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida next July. It is scheduled to land at Jezero Crater on Feb. 18, 2021.Want to be part of NASA’s 2020 mission? There is still time to fly your name—etched onto a microchip—on the rover. Sign up before Sept. 30 to receive a downloadable souvenir boarding pass.A live-stream from a JPL clean room last week gave fans a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes work that goes into assembling and testing a Mars rover.More on Geek.com:NASA Scientists Install HD ‘Eyes’ in Mars 2020 RoverNASA Puts Mars 2020 Rover to the TestNASA Spots ‘Star Trek’ Starfleet Logo ‘Dune Footprints’ on Marslast_img read more


Tracing the changing face of Indian contemporary art


first_imgFusing together some of the finest works from well established artists, the art exhibition at All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society aims to serve the audience a visual bonanza. Titled Genesis-18, the art show will be held from June 1-7. Genesis-18 is an exposition by 34 artists in a manner that traces a timeline of developments in style, themes and schools of what has emerged today as Indian contemporary art.The striking feature of the works of the participating artists is the manner in which they straddle diverse cultures whilst still voicing the present context of Indian social, cultural and political life. The canvases provide an introspective and sometimes uneasy glimpse into modern India, yet are collectively global in their presentation. This exhibition is a recognition of and respect for the influential antecedents of this genre of art. Clearly, the map has changed as these works demonstrate figurative and abstract, impatient yet unhurried, ancient spirituality fused with modern culture.It is amazing to discern the similarity in the direction of thoughts of all artists, coming from diverse milieus and diverse backgrounds.last_img read more