Qorianka Kilcher joins 7 day Greenpeace Action in Amazon

first_imgActress and human rights activist Q’orianka Kilcher last week joined the Greenpeace occupation of the anchor chain of a cargo ship in Brazil to protest the invasion of indigenous tribal land and illegal logging in the Amazon rainforest.Q’orianka Kilcher joins Amazon actionCredit/Copyright: Marizilda Cruppe / GreenpeaceThe 22 year old is known for her role as Pocahontas in Terence Malik’s 2006 Oscar nominated “The New World”, in which she co-starred with Colin Farrell. She also recently co-starred with Cuba Gooding Jr. in ABC’s “Firelight”. Q’orianka’s activism has taken her already to places like the World Peoples’ Summit on Climate Change and Rights of Mother Earth in Tiquipaya, Bolivia in 2010, and even jail for a peaceful protest at the White House in Washington D.C.Q’orianka Kilcher joins Amazon actionCredit/Copyright: Marizilda Cruppe / GreenpeaceAs long as activists occupy the anchor it’s impossible for the ship to dock and load its cargo of pig iron, a key ingredient in the steelmaking process. New Greenpeace research shows how pig iron is helping to destroy the Amazon rainforest and even contributing to slave labour in the region. The resulting steel is bought by global car companies for use in US factories.Q’orianka Kilcher joins Amazon actionCredit/Copyright: Marizilda Cruppe / GreenpeaceBrazil’s President Dilma is preparing to host the world’s elite in Rio a month from now. Dilma is considering whether to veto changes to Brazil’s ‘forest code’ – a key law which has protected the Amazon for decades. Greenpeace considers it vital that she shows leadership to regain control and protect the Amazon. Q’orianka, who was tweeting from the anchor chain, has also retweeted Greenpeace’s call for Dilma to stand up and veto the changes.Ongoing updates from Greenpeace concerning this campaign are available here.Join: You can sign up here to get involved, or try Greenpeace’s Find A Brazilian app to help get 1.4m Brazilians to petition their government for a zero deforestation law.Q’orianka Kilcher joins Amazon actionCredit/Copyright: Marizilda Cruppe / GreenpeaceSource:Greenpeacelast_img read more

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PRRD could pull plug on funding Tumbler Ridge Museum unless concerns are

first_imgThe video above is from the last PRRD Board meeting on July 26, 2018. TUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District could be pulling the plug on funding the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation unless the Foundation addresses the concerns of the PRRD’s Board of Directors.At last week’s Regional Board meeting in Tomslake, Director Rob Fraser brought forward a motion that the PRRD send a letter to the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation Board and the Tumbler Ridge Global Geopark Board asking for clarification regarding a meeting that the two Foundations held with several evaluators from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.Fraser explained that he was asked to attend that meeting, which took place in Tumbler Ridge, as a representative of the PRRD. The Regional District Board voted unanimously in favour of sending a letter asking for clarification about the discussions; to immediately halt plans to move any of the museum’s paleontological assets unless they were part of the museum’s normal operating procedures; that the two Foundations work to establish better working relationships with the District of Tumbler Ridge and the Royal BC Museum; and that the PRRD will consider all items outlined in the letter as part of any subsequent funding request. According to Fraser, the two UNESCO evaluators voiced concerns about the current state of the Museum, the continued operation of which is necessary for the Tumbler Ridge Geopark to keep its UNESCO designation.Fraser said that after speaking about his concerns with fellow PRRD Directors Lori Ackerman and Don McPherson, he felt that the PRRD should do something to reduce the risk that the Geopark’s UNESCO be revoked.center_img 1NB 1 – Tumbler Ridge Museum●NB 1 – Tumbler Ridge Museum●NB 1 – Tumbler Ridge Museum He said that the UNESCO representatives were conducting an evaluation of the Geopark in Tumbler Ridge, which is necessary for the geopark to retain its UNESCO designation.The Tumbler Ridge Global Geopark is one of two geoparks in Canada with a UNESCO designation, with the other located in New Brunswick.During the discussions, Fraser said that several things were said that caused him to become concerned, chief of which was that Dr. Lisa Buckley – the paleontologist who is responsible for the museum’s collection – had been exploring options to move some of the museum’s paleontological assets.Dr. Buckley is said to have been exploring alternate locations to have the museum’s assets moved to in case the museum were to close its doors once again due to a lack of funding.He said that in addition to the museum looking into relocating the fossil collection, the Museum Foundation also was said to have denied the UNESCO evaluators and Global Geopark Board members access to one of the Foundation’s digs.Fraser said that his understanding for the TRMF to deny the two parties access to the dig was because the request was made on short notice and to preserve the secrecy of the dig’s location if the Foundation were to lose its funding.last_img read more

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Solo Exhibition by Sébastien Preschoux to premier in Marrakech Sept 12

Marrakech – Solo Exhibition by Sébastien Preschoux, “The Reslience of the Centaur,” to premier at the David Bloch Gallery, Marrakech, September 12-October 4.The Reslience of the Centaur is Sébastien Preschoux’s third solo exhibition at the David Bloch Gallery.Preschoux has chosen the challenge of working on a black background, which makes rendering colors more difficult. He overcomes this by layering inks and paints so that the colors finally manage to contrast with the black background and reveal all their vibrance. This new brightness in his work has resulted in larger paintings with nuanced and contrasting colors. The forms are floating or misaligned. Preschoux works in 2- and 3-dimensions in association with the photographer Ludovic L.E. Couster, who uses argentic cameras. This grants Preschoux freedom in terms of size and variety.Another of his series, called “Kinolution,” illustrates his work with both preparatory and finished artworks, reflecting the evolution and research of kinetic effects. The whole exhibition is realised on paper or wood, allowing the revelation of fine traits that are essential to the sublimation of the chromatic and kinetic effect the artist is constantly researching.“La Résilience du Centaure” (The Resilience of the Centaur) is a deeply personal and intimate exhibition of the artist’s work. Strongly influenced by the Bauhaus movement, Preschoux competes with mechanical design, producing his own equivalent.Preschoux was selected to realize a scenographic intervention at the Quai Branly Museum in Paris as part of an exhibition “RAIN,” from March to June in 2012. read more

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Global drug abuse rates holding steady finds UN report

Launching the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) 2007 World Drug Report, issued to mark the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, UNODC Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa said the latest findings should dispel recent fears that the world was headed for an epidemic of drug abuse.“There is some grounds for optimism that the runaway train of drug addiction has slowed down,” Mr. Costa said in a message marking the Day, with the market for nearly all major drugs – including cocaine, heroin, cannabis and amphetamines – falling or remaining stable in 2005-06.Coca cultivation in the Andes, a major production region, continues to decline, the report found, and global cocaine consumption has also stabilized, although a reduction in the United States has been offset by what UNODC described as an alarming increase in Europe.The prevalence of amphetamine-type stimulants, such as ecstasy, is also steady or in retreat in many countries, while there has been no rise – for the first time in decades – in the production or consumption of cannabis.“The much greater number of pot smokers seeking treatment shows that the new strains of high-potency cannabis make people sick, not high,” Mr. Costa said, while cautioning that authorities worldwide cannot afford to ease off in their efforts to restrict or eliminate illicit drug use.He noted that opium production remains an enormous problem in Afghanistan, where more than 90 per cent of the world’s supply is cultivated and the number of local addicts is on the rise. In one Afghan province alone, Helmand, more opium is cultivated than in the rest of the country combined or in Myanmar or Colombia.“Effective surgery on Helmand’s drug and insurgency cancer will rid the world of the most dangerous source of its most dangerous narcotic and go a long way to bringing security to the region,” Mr. Costa said.The report noted that law enforcement agencies are improving in their efforts to carry out drug seizures; more than 45 per cent of the world’s cocaine is being intercepted and at least 25 per cent of the world’s heroin, up from 24 per cent and 15 per cent respectively in 1999.In response, many traffickers are seeking new routes, particularly in Africa, and Mr. Costa stressed that this threat must be stamped out quickly with coordinated attack on organized crime, money laundering and corruption.He added that if the drug problem is to be reduced in the longer-term, governments must turn more towards preventative measures that tackle the problem at the source – drug users.“The lives of at least one out of every 200 people in the world are ruled by drugs. Drug addiction is an illness that must, and can be prevented and treated,” he said, calling for early detection tests, better therapies and the integration of drug treatment into public health and social services programmes.In his message marking the Day, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged countries to devote more time and effort to reducing demand and not just to reducing supply.“With less demand, there would be less need for supply, and fewer incentives for criminals to traffic drugs,” he said, calling for a collective effort from politicians, health-care and social workers, the media, the criminal justice system, teachers and parents to combat drug abuse. 26 June 2007The production, trafficking and consumption of most illegal drugs remained steady last year, and law enforcement agencies are becoming more successful in their fight against the scourge, according to a United Nations report released today. read more

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UN and Brazil launch initiative to combat hunger among school children

The Centre of Excellence Against Hunger, located in the capital, Brasilia, will assist governments in Africa, Asia and Latin America by drawing on the expertise of WFP and Brazil in the fight against hunger, while promoting sustainable school feeding models and other food and nutrition safety nets.“As a world champion in the fight against hunger, Brazil has a wealth of experience that can be shared with governments eager to learn how they achieved that success and adapt it to their own countries,” said WFP Executive Director, Josette Sheeran, who is on an official visit to the country.The Centre will provide a unique “South-South bridge” to ending hunger, she noted in a news release issued by the agency.“Brazil has taken the fight against hunger and malnutrition seriously and is now among those defeating hunger faster than any nation on earth. We will partner to leverage this success to other nations seeking to end hunger and malnutrition.”The South American nation has been recognized for its Fome Zero (Zero Hunger) strategy for reducing poverty and food insecurity and its school meals programme, which reaches about 45 million children per year. The new Centre will be headed by Daniel Balaban, who has helped to provide school meals to millions of children when he was the President of the Brazilian National Education Development Fund.During her visit to Brazil, Ms. Sheeran will also meet with President Dilma Rousseff, and commend the country for its resolve to continue the fight against hunger at home and abroad. “I want to thank you for your leadership, for showing us what can be done to fight hunger at home, and also for your growing role in helping WFP on the frontlines against hunger around the world,” she stated. Funded entirely through voluntary donations, WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger. Each day in 60 countries around the world, WFP provides school meals to around 22 million children. 7 November 2011The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Brazilian Government today launched a new initiative to help countries run their own national school meal programmes to advance the nutrition and education of children. read more

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Home Depot Fiscal 2Q Earnings Snapshot

ATLANTA (AP) _ The Home Depot Inc. (HD) on Tuesday reported fiscal second-quarter net income of $3.48 billion.On a per-share basis, the Atlanta-based company said it had net income of $3.17.The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 12 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $3.07 per share.The home-improvement retailer posted revenue of $30.84 billion in the period, falling short of Street forecasts. Ten analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $31 billion.Home Depot expects full-year earnings to be $10.03 per share.Home Depot shares have climbed 21% since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has increased 17%. The stock has risen slightly more than 6% in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on HD at https://www.zacks.com/ap/HDThe Associated Press read more

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US home prices rise in September at slowest pace in more than

WASHINGTON – U.S. home prices rose in September at the slowest pace in more than two years, reflecting modest sales gains and a rising number of available homes.The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index, released Tuesday, increased 4.9 per cent in September from 12 months earlier. But that’s down from 5.6 per cent in August and the smallest gain since October 2012.On a monthly basis, the 20-city index was unchanged, the first flat reading in seven months. The monthly changes aren’t adjusted for seasonal factors such as colder weather, which can impact sales. Prices dropped in nine of 20 cities from August.Home price gains have slowed this year after rapid, double-digit increases in the previous two years. Investors helped drive the strong gains by bidding up prices but have started to cut back on their purchases. Smaller price gains and low mortgage rates could make housing more affordable.More Americans are also listing their homes for sale, helping keep prices in check. Nationwide, 2.22 million homes were on the market in October, up 5.2 per cent from a year earlier.After the roller-coaster of collapsing home prices during the housing bust, followed by big increases in 2012 and 2013, many economists have welcomed the modest gains this year.“This slowdown is a critical step on the road back to a normal,” said Stan Humphries, chief economist at real estate data provider Zillow. “The market is becoming more balanced between buyers and sellers.”The Case-Shiller index covers roughly half of U.S. homes. The index measures prices compared with those in January 2000 and creates a three-month moving average. The September figures are the latest available.Eighteen of the 20 cities reported slower price increases over the past 12 months. Only Charlotte, North Carolina, and Dallas reported larger annual gains than in August.Miami posted the strongest 12-month gain at 10.3 per cent, followed by Las Vegas at 9.1 per cent. September was the first time that Las Vegas reported a price increase below 10 per cent in more than two years. Investors have bid up prices in that city, which saw a large housing bust and many home foreclosures.Healthy sales in Miami likely contributed to the big price gain. Home sales jumped 21.2 per cent in Miami last month, according to Redfin, a real estate brokerage, the strongest increase among the 39 markets it tracks.The smallest price gains in the Case-Shiller report were in Cleveland, where they rose 0.8 per cent in September from a year earlier, and Washington, D.C., where prices increased just 2.1 per cent.Mortgage rates have also slipped in recent weeks, providing another boost to potential homebuyers. The average rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage declined to 3.99 per cent last week from 4.01 per cent the previous week.Rates have hovered around 4 per cent for the past month, down about a half-point from the beginning of the year, even as the Federal Reserve has wound down a bond-buying stimulus campaign.The Fed’s bond purchases were intended to keep interest rates low, leading many economists to forecast that mortgage rates would rise once the purchases ended. But so far, that hasn’t happened.Nationwide, sales of existing homes rose in October to their fastest pace this year, evidence that the housing market is rebounding from a slowdown last spring.Still, household incomes after adjusting for inflation have been flat for the past several years, making it harder for many Americans, particularly first-time buyers, to afford a home. Many younger Americans are also saddled with student loan debt and are renting rather than buying. Last month, first-time buyers made up just 29 per cent of home sales, below the 40 per cent they have historically represented. by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Nov 25, 2014 7:06 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US home prices rise in September at slowest pace in more than 2 years read more

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Killing of Bangladeshi blogger Niloy Neel draws UN condemnation

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as well as two independent United Nations human rights experts have condemned the killing of Niloy Neel, the fourth Bangladeshi blogger hacked to death so far this year, and called for bringing the perpetrators to justice.Mr. Ban, in a statement issued by his spokesperson, voiced his deep concern over these “gruesome” crimes and their impact on the exercise of freedom of expression in Bangladesh.“He calls on the Government of Bangladesh to bring those responsible for the murder of Mr. Neel and the other bloggers to justice in an expeditious manner and act to ensure that all Bangladeshis can enjoy freedom of expression and all other human rights without fear.”The Special Rapporteurs on freedom of expression, David Kaye, and on extrajudicial executions, Christof Heyns, said in a news release issued yesterday that the violent killing of another critical voice in Bangladesh shows that serious threats to freedom of expression persist in the country. “It is vital to ensure the identification of those responsible for this and the previous horrendous crimes, as well as those who may have masterminded the attacks.” The experts stressed that the organized targeting of critical voices aims at promoting a culture of silence and fear, and affects the society as a whole. “The Bangladeshi authorities must not only continue to strongly condemn these horrendous acts against freedom of expression, but should also ensure that their words are followed by more effective efforts to ensure greater accountability and prevent this kind of violence.” Mr. Neel’s murder follows the killing of fellow bloggers Avijit Roy in February, Washiqur Rahman in March and Ananta Bijoy Das in May. The experts reiterated their call on the Bangladeshi authorities to consider specific initiatives to prevent the recurrence of attacks against writers and activists. Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back, in an unpaid capacity, on specific human rights themes. read more

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18yearold man dies in Tipperary car crash overnight

first_imgRead: Woman knocked down by articulated truck in Thurles> GARDAÍ IN ROSCREA have confirmed that an 18-year-old male driver was pronounced dead at the scene of a car crash that took place at approximately 9pm last night.His body was removed to Limerick Regional Hospital where a post mortem is due to take place later today.PassengersThree passengers in the car at the time of the collision – two females aged 20 and 19-years-old and one male aged 18 –  were taken to Portlaoise Hospital, but they have since been released.The incident took place on the M7 at Junction 22 Roscrea northbound.The M7 will remain closed for most of the morning and motorists travelling northbound are asked to exit at Junction 23(Moneygall) and can rejoin the M7 at Junction 21(Borris in Ossory).Read: Two-year-old boy seriously injured in Roscommon car crash>last_img read more

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Helen McEntee describes first day in Dáil as emotional

first_imgON HER FIRST day in the Dáil, Fine Gael’s newly elected TD, Helen McEntee said it was an “emotional day for all the McEntee family”.Taking up her late father Shane McEntee’s seat she said: “It is a huge honour today to take up the seat left vacant by my Dad’s untimely death.”The 26-year-old also said she owed a huge debt of gratitude to her family and Fine Gael supporters who knocked “on doors in Meath East for three tough weeks, through the hail, sleet and snow”.Deputy McEntee said she will continue to so the “good work” of her father but that she also wants to chart her own course, and develop her own causes, in particular, she said she wants to work on behalf of the young people in Meath East.McEntee was elected in the Meath East by-election at the end of March.Read: FG’s Helen McEntee retains father’s seat in Meath East by-election>last_img read more

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A Fair Deal it may be a cheap deal it sure isnt

first_img Source: Shutterstock/LighthunterTHE PROSPECT OF a loved one going into permanent care is one that many of us have possibly never even contemplated.Unfortunately, it is something we should be thinking about collectively. Ireland’s population is getting older – in 25 years time, more than a fifth of Irish citizens will be aged 65 or greater.The issue of nursing home care versus home care for the elderly came front and centre earlier this week via a powerful documentary on the subject, We Need To Talk About Dad, which featured RTÉ presenter Brendan C0urtney and his family struggling to cope with the care needed by his father after suffering a sudden stroke.One of the key aspects of the programme was the protagonists having to come to terms, both emotionally and in terms of understanding the complicated process involved, with the State’s Nursing Home Support Scheme – the Fair Deal.That scheme sees those who take it up (or their loved ones in cases of mental capacity such as dementia) contributing a percentage of their income and assets towards their own nursing home care – which would otherwise be prohibitively expensive.Criticism of the scheme stems from the fact inheritances and family businesses such as farms are taken as means-tested assets – in theory making the passing down of a farm for example from one generation to the next more precarious.Several reports in Irish media last week in fact suggested that farmers, in particular, were ‘bed blocking’ in hospitals – that is keeping relatives in hospital beds to avoid having to match the family farm against the Fair Deal.Meanwhile, with a poll last week suggesting that 85% of Irish people would prefer to be cared for at home in their old age, Minister of State for Older People Helen McEntee confirmed in the aftermath of the documentary’s broadcast that she is committed to establishing a new statutory homecare scheme, with an initial public consultation concerning the scheme to begin in the coming months.The Fair Deal however can be something of a perfect storm of emotional trauma and financial turmoil at a family’s most vulnerable moments. TheJournal.ie spoke to three people who have experienced the scheme at first hand in recent times. All names and locations have been changed.MarkMark’s mother, who suffered from a chronic cardiac complaint, had lived with his brother for “five or six years” in the midlands before the family of seven siblings felt they could no longer meet her care needs. She died recently after a year-and-a-half in a local nursing home, aged 76.“The home was about six miles out the road,” he says. “Right from the start she didn’t want to be there. But we had no choice, only half her heart was working. There was nowhere we could mind her.”It was a fine old place, the home, an old agricultural place. But people weren’t lasting in there. In the television room it was either Daniel O’Donnell, or mass. You had women there playing with dolls, their whole head was gone. That wasn’t right for our mother really, there wasn’t a book she hadn’t read.“She did know she had to go, because we simply couldn’t look after. But the way she looked at me. I’d never seen her look at me that way before. She had asked me to let her die, but that was something the family couldn’t do.”Mark’s family had already lost their father to cancer aged 67. “My dad just wanted to come home and that was it. He was awkward and very, very sick. We had to do things, like is dignity went out the window.”His sister dealt with the Fair Deal process on behalf of the family in the case of their mother. “She never complained of it,” he says of the scheme. “It was covered well with our mother’s pension. It only went up the once and the second time it did our mum was already dead.”Of the home itself: “It was clean and tidy. But I didn’t like the look of the food, never did. There wouldn’t be a lot of food on the plate either”. If you weren’t familiar with the person’s affairs and the paperwork, on top of someone being hospitalised, it could be a lot worse. But I’d had a managerial job, I’d done executorships, so it was something I could understand.While for him and his sister the Fair Deal was relatively painless, Kevin can see how it could be far more problematic for others. “I’ve read about the farmers and having to declare the farm as an asset – there were all kinds of things like that we didn’t have to deal with. And all asset transfers in the last five years have to be declared. So if you gave your son a gift, well that’s fair game,” he says.A lot of it is luck of the draw and timing, that determines how prepared you are. I think the court experience was easier than it would have been in a less rural place. And Mum’s situation was one we had a lot of time to deal with. A stroke like – that would be a slap in the face.He says that his mother is “fine, thought she doesn’t really know where she is”.“The facilities are excellent. She doesn’t remember you from one day to the next which is draining. The first couple of weeks are dreadful, but then you start having to deal with it.”Of the Fair Deal, he says: “It’s not pleasant but it’s about as simple as they can make it.”The thing is, it can be very hard to get to the bottom of. And a fair deal it may be, but it’s certainly not a cheap deal. Mum was fairly comfortable in her own right, but now the family home is mortgaged again, it takes 80% of her pension and her assets will depreciate. It’s horrifically expensive. But only for the first three years, and it is capped.“Look, it’s a very traumatic time for anyone, you’re in such a vulnerable place. But any staff I dealt with were helpful, and I wasn’t trying to pull the wool over anyone’s eyes either. We had sufficient assets for it. If you didn’t you’re talking your relative becoming a ward of court, a 16 week wait minimum for a hearing, a minimum of four or five grand. If you haven’t made any arrangements it gets much more difficult at what would be an emotional time anyway.”But to say the process isn’t fair? I don’t agree with that Short URL 59,615 Views Sunday 22 Jan 2017, 10:00 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jan 22nd 2017, 10:00 PM http://jrnl.ie/3199126 Last August she got an infection and was hospitalised, and that brought it to a head. And the medical staff said we had to think about whether we could really take her home again. It got to a stage where we couldn’t move her anywhere, not into a commode, a chair, a bathroom. Because of her dementia she wasn’t cooperating and it became impossible.Kevin and his sister thus placed their mother on the waiting list for the Fair Deal. Given her dementia, it was necessary for him to go to the local Circuit Court to be appointed as a care representative on her behalf. That meant having her dementia assessed by two geriatricians.“I’d been handling all Mum’s affairs anyway so I was familiar with all the paperwork. It was difficult with the court and with having to get very busy consultants to sign forms,” he says. “But it went to a court sitting and we were approved.”You apply locally and then it goes to national level for approval. They then tell you what your contribution will be, and what their contribution will be. Apart from the fact it’s traumatic personally, I didn’t find it that onerous. Brendan Courtney in a still from We Need To Talk About Dad Source: RTÉ PlayerKevinKevin’s mother moved last October to a nursing home in Cork. All told his family went through a seven-week period between that and funding approval for the Fair Deal. She remains in the home, aged 92.“I took early retirement from work in Dublin about ten years ago, so I was in a position to come down and live with Mum more or less full time,” he says.She had been getting progressively worse, the dementia was becoming more obvious, she was incontinent and had a very bad hip that should have been done years ago but was basically beyond repair. So caring for her was a full-time job. Source: Shutterstock/SuwinDarrenOf those we spoke to, Kildare native Darren found dealing with the Fair Deal the most difficult. His mother had been caring for his father. Both were aged in their 80s when his mother died suddenly. In the traumatic aftermath it became clear his father’s dementia was far further advanced than he had known, forcing him to seek a nursing home place.“In early November the fire officer called me to say my mother was dead. We went down and dad, who’s 86, was very distressed. His brain went that week, he just kept wondering where she was. We stayed with him for the week and it was near impossible. He couldn’t accept that she was gone. It was a horrible situation,” he says.We had some money put away so we got him into a home. He was there a month and every day we’d get there his bags would be packed ready to go home. Then we went for the Fair Deal.Much like Kevin above, Darren had to deal with becoming a care representative via the courts.“You have to fill out two forms, get the geriatricians, do all the research yourself, then speak to two doctors. Dad couldn’t make his own decisions, but nothing can happen until the Court decision comes through. Onerous and confusing would be an understatement,” he says.The house then had to be valued, all his bank accounts, which we couldn’t get until a solicitor told the bank it was ok to do so. It’s taking 80% of his state pension, 80% of his private pension, plus 7.5% of the house and savings for three years. That’s alright if you’ve never worked a day, but if you’ve worked they take everything belonging to you.Darren’s opinion of the Fair Deal is a succinct one: “completely unfair”.“There’s no kind of rationale for it. The middle classes are paying a hell of a lot more, that promotes fraud, the undervaluing of property, not everything being declared, like if you gave one of your kids a gift in the last five years you have to declare it. The worry is your money will run out before the Fair Deal comes through. And then you think we shouldn’t have put him in a nursing home, we should have put him in a hospital.”What would Darren do to improve the process?“There’s about four different organisations you have to deal with – it needs to be combined so there’s only one,” he says. “And there needs to be a State adviser who can help people through this.  The amount of time I had to take off from work, I’ve a folder bursting at the seams with all the information I’ve had to process in terms of the Fair Deal scheme,” he says.It’s bad enough that you’re going through this dreadful time of grief. It needs to be made easier.Read: ‘You don’t want to be mean, but it is depressing’: Brendan Courtney on nursing home care for his dadRead: ‘It’s the lifeblood of the community’: Protest as rural post office to shut next week 43 Comments ‘A Fair Deal it may be, a cheap deal it sure isn’t’ – the trauma of putting a relative into care TheJournal.ie spoke to three people with recent experience of negotiating the HSE’s Fair Deal nursing home scheme. Share425 Tweet Email31 By Cianan Brennanlast_img read more

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Valencia sweating over fitness of trio

first_imgValencia are sweating over the fitness of Geoffrey Kondogbia, Ezequiel Garay and Jeison Murillo ahead of their opening UEFA Champions League group stage game against Juventus, according to Football Espana.The Spanish club host the Cristiano Ronaldo and the Italian champions on Wednesday in the Champions League at the Estadio Mestalla without three of their key players.Reports in Spain suggests, defender Jeison Murillo pulled up during the club’s training on Sunday after feeling discomfort in his hamstring.The Colombia international only returned to the bench for Valencia’s 2-2 draw with Levante before the international break but is expected to undergo some procedures to determine the extent of the injury or if he’ll be available for the game on Wednesday.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.French midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia is also expected to join Murillo for tests after he was forced off the pitch for the game against Real Betis due to a reoccurring ankle injury, and both players are expected to miss out the showdown against Massimiliano Allegri’s JuventusAnother player expected to be ruled out of the game is Ezequiel Garay, the Argentina international is yet to recover from a knee injury that has seen him miss the last four weeks of football actionLos Che host Juventus for what will be their first UEFA Champions League match in almost three years.Marcelino’s men are also drawn in a group that also consists of Manchester United and Young Boys.last_img read more

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New Galaxy S10 phones bring it 4 rear cameras 1TB of storage

first_img Sprint Price (GBP) Review • Galaxy S9 Plus is still worth buying, but wait a month — here’s why 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 16-megapixel (ultra wide-angle), 12-megapixel (telephoto) Now playing: Watch this: Weight (Ounces, Grams) Now playing: Watch this: Published Feb. 22Update, March 6: Added an editor’s note. Yes 12-megapixel wide-angle lens: This is the main rear lens. There’s optical image stabilization (OIS), and a 77-degree field of view (FOV). It’s dual-aperture, which means it automatically lets in more light for low-light shots. Apertures are f1.5 and f2.4. 12-megapixel telephoto lens: 2x optical zoom, OIS, 45-degree FOV, f2.4. 16-megapixel ultrawide-angle lens: Fixed focus, no OIS, 123-degree FOV (close to the human eye), f2.2 aperture. 10-megapixel front-facing camera: f1.9 aperture. 8-megapixel front-facing camera for depth-sensing (f2.2) or a 3D front-facing camera (see below). 3D rear camera: Time-of-flight sensor, aka ToF. For depth-sensing and AR, not security. Wireless PowerShare; hole punch screen notch; water resistant (IP68); Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Qualcomm 5G AT&T Google Huawei LG Samsung Sprint T-Mobile Verizon 16-megapixel ultra wide-angle lens (fixed focus) Galaxy S10: The baseline model ($900) The I-hate-to-call-it-standard Galaxy S10 is a natural entry point because it is the standard-bearer of the S10 family. It all starts with a 6.1-inch screen in a relatively compact frame thanks to the slim bezels around the sides. Samsung boasts that this is the first screen to earn HDR10+ certification. HDR10+ is Samsung’s format that competes with Dolby Vision. The S10 gets you three rear cameras — a 16-megapixel ultrawide sensor with fixed focus, a main 12-megapixel dual aperture wide-angle lens with OIS, and a 12-megapixel telephoto lens with OIS that can achieve 2x optical zoom. That means you’re able to take portrait photos and photos from any of the sensors, just by toggling on the screen. The Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus debut the world’s first ultrasonic in-screen fingerprint scanner. Sarah Tew/CNET For selfies, you get a 10-megapixel front-facing camera, also with dual aperture. Introduced in the Galaxy S9, dual aperture means that the camera automatically lets in more light when it senses you’re in a low-light environment. You’ll be able to buy the S10 in 128GB or 256GB storage configurations, both with 8GB RAM. It’ll take up to 512GB in microSD storage, and battery capacity is 3,400 mAh. You get two curved screens, plus Gorilla Glass 6 on the front, and Gorilla Glass 5 on the back. The S10 phones also support Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 and Wi-Fi 6. Colors for all: The Galaxy S10, S10 Plus and S10E will come in Flamingo Pink, Canary Yellow, Prism Green and Prism Blue, as well as Prism Black and Prism White (which a coworker misheard as “Prison White”). Not every country gets every color: US buyers will have to pine away for Canary Yellow and Prism Green, for example. samsung-galaxy-s10-hiner-10All the new Galaxy S10 colors. Sarah Tew/CNET Galaxy S10 Plus: The 1TB storage king with all the things ($1,000) No surprise here that for $100 more, you get a larger screen (6.4 inches) and a bigger battery (4,100 mAh). You’ll have the same triple-camera setup as the S10 on the back, but the S10 Plus adds a second selfie lens to augment that 10-megapixel camera — an 8-megapixel sensor that can help take depth-mode portrait selfies using hardware, rather than software algorithms. Sure, you can get the S10 Plus in 128GB or 512GB storage options, but if you never want to worry about storage again, the 1TB version — with 12GB RAM — is the configuration for you. Samsung kicks in a supposedly more durable ceramic backing option in white and black if you buy the 512GB or 1TB models. Stay tuned for a drop test to see how tough that ceramic really is. 51-samsung-galaxy-s10-plusThe Galaxy S10 Plus gets two front-facing cameras, one 10-megapixel and one 8-megapixel. Sarah Tew/CNET Galaxy S10E: The ‘value’ S10 ($750) Think of the 5.8-inch Galaxy S10E as “compact” rather than “small.” You still get a large helping of screen on a body that’s shorter and thinner than last year’s Galaxy S9. It’s hard not to draw parallels with Apple’s iPhone XR here, which costs the same and also self-styles as the “value” iPhone XS. For the Galaxy S10, the big trade-off is having “only” two rear cameras — the wide and ultrawide sensors, but no telephoto lens. There’s also “just” the single 10-megapixel selfie cam, just like what you get on the Galaxy S10. You also lose the curved screens (it’s flat) and in-screen fingerprint reader, but Samsung throws you a bone and inserts a sensor into the power button on the phone’s right side, which is one of my favored placements. And yes, it works just fine. 26-samsung-galaxy-s10eA cheaper price tag means the Galaxy S10E gets a fingerprint reader in the power button and a flat, rather than curved, screen. Sarah Tew/CNET The battery’s a tad smaller at 3,100 mAh (but hey, so is the phone), and your storage options are either 128GB with 6GB RAM or 256GB with 8GB RAM. Gorilla Glass 5 adorns the front and back. I’d like to point out that these are still extremely competitive specs on paper, especially considering that this phone uses the same Snapdragon 855 chipset as the other S10s. Samsung isn’t just going after the iPhone. It’s also aiming its harpoon at OnePlus’ traditionally cheaper flagship phones. Galaxy S10 5G: The deluxe edition (price TBA, but likely over $1,000) Here’s what we know about the Galaxy S10 with 5G: this model has a 6.7-inch screen, two cameras on the front and four cameras on the back. Yes, four, because the 5G model gets a 3D depth-sensing camera in addition to all the lenses on the S10 Plus. But here’s the thing. This camera is only for fancy photo tricks and AR, and not for securely scanning your face like Apple’s Face ID. Just to set your expectations. 07-samsung-galaxy-s10-5gFour rear cameras and a 5G logo are telltale signs you’re looking at the Galaxy S10 5G. Sarah Tew/CNET The fun continues. The Galaxy S10 5G also has a 4,500-mAh battery and comes with 256GB of storage with 8GB RAM. This part’s important because the 5G phone is the only Galaxy S10 model that doesn’t have a microSD card slot. (Again with the expectations.) Samsung hasn’t announced pricing yet, but we do know that in the US, it’ll come first to Verizon in Q2 — that’s as early as April — before arriving at AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Xfinity Mobile later in Q2 — that is, by the end of June. Samsung will tune the Galaxy S10 5G to each carrier’s 5G bands. Samsung Galaxy S10E Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus 10-megapixel, 8-megapixel Headphone jack Camera Android 9.0 with Samsung One UI No Galaxy S10 specs: S10E to S10 5G 5.59 x 2.75 x 0.27 in Samsung Galaxy S10 5:22 Mentioned Above Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus (64GB, Lilac Purple) 128GB, 512GB Preview • Why the Galaxy S9 Plus is the ‘better’ Samsung phone this year 12-megapixel telephoto lens TBA Yes Yes In-screen 162.6 x 77.1 x 7.94 mm Yes Editor’s note, March 6: Our Galaxy S10 Plus review is now live and our Galaxy S10E review is ongoing. Keep reading for more about the Galaxy S10, S10 E, S10 Plus and Galaxy S10 5G. And here’s more about the Galaxy Fold, Samsung’s first foldable phone.With the Galaxy S10, Samsung celebrates its 10th anniversary Galaxy S phone by going big and bold. How bold? Each of the four new Galaxy S10 models is more impressive than the last: there’s the cheaper S10E ($750, £669, AU$1,199), the Galaxy S10 ($900, £799, AU$1,349), S10 Plus ($1,000, £899, AU$1,499) and Galaxy S10 5G, the brand’s first 5G phone.This is Samsung seeking to whip up excitement, roar back in sales and defend its title as the world’s top smartphone brand. But the Galaxy S10 phones also represent a quest for perfection. What does “perfection” mean to Samsung in 2019? An edge-to-edge screen with teeny-tiny bezels. The (remarkable) ability to wirelessly charge another device. An Infinity-O display that cuts a small circle (or oval) to make room for front-facing cameras. The world’s first ultrasonic in-screen fingerprint reader, which unlocks the Galaxy S10 using sound waves. Up to four rear cameras. Up to 1TB of built-in storage. The all-new One UI. Android Pie. A cutting-edge Snapdragon 855 processor. And, in one case, 5G capabilities. Samsung also lays claim to a screen advancement that reduces blue-light emissions, which studies have shown can slow or halt the production of melatonin, the hormone that signals our brain that it’s time for bed. TBA 4K Galaxy S10 range camera guide 10-megapixel, 3D depth (HQVGA) Share your voice Video capture No Yes Yes 6.20 x 2.92 x 0.31 in Yes New Galaxy S10 phones pile on sweet specs AU$1,499 TBA This is an impressive list of changes, but when I held them in my hands (except for the 5G model, which we couldn’t touch), the Galaxy S10 phones looked and felt extremely familiar. That’s not a bad thing at all. It means the camera “notch” stays out of the way, and that the edge-to-edge screen feels natural. And yes, you still get a headphone jack. Where Apple dramatically retooled the iPhone X by removing its signature home button and adding a screen notch, Samsung opted for an unbroken continuum. The Galaxy S10 simply picks up where the Galaxy S9 left off. One thing does startle me though, and that’s the fact that none of the four new Galaxy S10 phones has 3D face unlock. The 5G model will come with a 3D depth-sensing camera on the front and back, but that will only assist with photography and AR, not with the iPhone XS-style of unlocking your phone with your face. (More on this in the fingerprint unlocking section below.) Wireless PowerShare; 3D depth cameras (not for face unlock); water resistant (IP68); Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 Galaxy S10 Yes Up to 512GB Yes No Android 9.0 with Samsung One UI Yes 128GB, 256GB 4:38 samsung-galaxy-s10-hiner-8What notch? With the hole-punch look on the Galaxy S10’s all-screen display, the selfie camera blends into the background. Jason Hiner/CNET New camera tricks When you take a selfie on the Galaxy S10 Plus: The edges around the front-facing camera light up so you know where to aim your eyes. It’s pretty clever. Better photos with AI: Lots of phones use AI to identify photo subjects and scenes and automatically adjust the settings to get you better pictures of food, a landscape or your pets. All the S10 phones can identify 30 different scenes and adjust the settings accordingly. Samsung improves the Galaxy Note 9’s camera AI by making it easy to turn on and off in the viewfinder screen. Shot Suggestions: Turn on this optional mode to get help lining up a photo. When it’s perfectly aligned, the camera will automatically take the shot. If you have shaky hands or take a lot of one-handed shots, that’s a good thing.  samsung-galaxy-s10-hoyle-2Samsung’s Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus phones get three rear cameras apiece. Andrew Hoyle/CNET Bright Night low-light mode: Samsung says this automatically applied feature will make low-light photos crisper. Unlike the Pixel 3’s astounding Night Sight mode, this is built-in, not something you have to tap to turn on. I didn’t get a demo, but my colleagues in London did, briefly. I look forward to seeing it in action. Video: The Galaxy S10 phones support super steady video that’s designed for action shots, like skateboarding, basketball games and so on. The phones can also shoot in HDR10 video, and both front and rear main cameras support UHD video recording. In-screen fingerprint sensor, One UI, Bixby Routines In-screen fingerprint reader: The first phones to use Qualcomm’s ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, this technique uses sound waves to unlock the phone. It completely replaces iris scanning as a biometric unlock option. Unfortunately, I couldn’t use my own finger during the briefing, but this is something I’ll test extensively soon. Ultrasonic sensors are supposed to be harder to trick than optical sensors, the other technology used in fingerprint unlocking. Now playing: Watch this: Comments £799 149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8 mm No 5.9 x 2.77 x 0.31 in No 5.29 oz.; 150 g Keep reading for details on the four new Galaxy S10 phones, how wireless power sharing works, some new camera features and software changes like the in-screen fingerprint reader and One UI. You’ll find the full specs comparison at the very end. Let’s go! Display size, resolution 4,100mAh 6.1-inch AMOLED; 3,040×1,440-pixels Samsung Galaxy S10 5G Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Android 9.0 with Samsung One UI 3,400mAh 256GB 522ppi AU$1,349 Up to 512GB $699 Price (AUD) Amazon £899 $750 Galaxy S10 features: New cameras, colors and fingerprint… 10-megapixel Yes 10-megapixel front-facing camera (dual-aperture) 142 x 69.9 x 7.9 mm No Galaxy S10 5G 4,500mAh Galaxy S10E 157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8 mm Pixel density Android 9.0 with Samsung One UI Price off-contract (USD) Special features Dimensions (Millimeters) 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 16-megapixel (ultra wide-angle) 10-megapixel 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 16-megapixel (ultra wide-angle), 12-megapixel (telephoto) Samsung’s foldable phone will use One UI 6.4-inch AMOLED; 3,040×1,440-pixels No Galaxy S10 Plus Yes Yes See it 4K Yes Phones RAM Yes See It No 4K 438ppi Power button Front-facing camera 5.8-inch AMOLED; 2,280×1,080-pixels 128GB, 512GB, 1TB 550ppi More from Samsung USB-C New Galaxy S10 phones bring it Galaxy Fold is the most exciting phone we’ve seen in years Every camera lens and curve on the new Galaxy S10 phones What’s the difference in all the S10 models? Galaxy Buds with wireless charging arrive March 8 for $130 Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Connector Up to 512GB No 6.40 x 3.04 x 0.31 in 6:04 Strangely, Samsung quietly withheld its trademark iris scanning from the S10 phones. While there’s still Google’s built-in face unlock, it isn’t secure enough for mobile payments. It’s a noteworthy change, since iris scanning has been a point of pride since the Galaxy S7. Samsung could very well be waiting for Google to fold secure face unlocking into Android, a rumored move for Android Q. One UI over Android Pie: Samsung’s new One UI is a custom layer that runs over Google’s Android 9 Pie software. It’s already rolling out for Galaxy S9 phones, but the S10 family is the first  to get One UI baked in. With it, Samsung embraces a more simplified look and feel with bigger icons that are designed to be easier to use one-handed. Note that you’ll still need to reach to the top for the notifications tray. 36-samsung-galaxy-s10-plusA glimpse at the new One UI interface on the Galaxy S10 Plus. Sarah Tew/CNET Bixby Routines: Opt in to the all-new Bixby Routines to set up profiles for say, driving, work, night or home. For example, a nighttime mode can save battery by turning off Wi-Fi and background apps you don’t need when you sleep. Driving mode might also turn off Wi-Fi and turn on Waze, Spotify and Do Not Disturb. In some cases the switch would happen automatically, for example, when the phone recognizes via Bluetooth that you’re in your car. The software learns your patterns for work and home, but you can manually add your own Routines. Faster app launch: This is another form of AI that can learn what you like and adapt its behavior. It will work out which apps you typically use at certain times of day, and preload those in the background so they load faster. Later in the day, it’ll shut down those apps you typically stop using by lunchtime, for example, or bedtime. Think of it as a cycle that anticipates your needs by opening and closing apps before you do it yourself. For gamers: The S10 phones are optimized to use the Unity gaming engine and Dolby Atmos for tuning sounds. The S10 Plus has a vapor chamber cooling system to dissipate heat during intense gameplay. samsung-galaxy-s10-hiner-10You’re looking at Galaxy S10 phones in Flamingo Pink, Canary Yellow and Prism Blue. Not every market gets every color (sorry, no yellow for the US). Jason Hiner/CNET Stiff competition ahead From the cheapest Galaxy S10E to the most advanced Galaxy S10 5G, Samsung’s phones for 2019 face challengers every step of the way. On the least pricey end of the spectrum, Galaxy S10E will contend with less expensive flagships such as the iPhone XR and the OnePlus 6T (and eventually the future OnePlus 7). The Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus are so close in price, I suspect they’ll almost compete with each other, and then with every other $1,000-ish phone or 4G flagship model, from the forthcoming LG G8 and Huawei’s next P30 and Mate phones, to whatever follows the iPhone XS and XS Max. 07-samsung-galaxy-s10-5g5G phones are a big trend for 2019, but networks are just starting to get off the ground.  Sarah Tew/CNET Then, there’s 5G. While it initially won’t be a massive seller (thanks in part to the expense), every phone maker and carrier will fight to gain a foothold in 5G as the first networks light up in the coming months, promising exponentially faster download speeds with virtually no lag connecting to the network. Samsung itself is planning multiple phones for carriers all over the world. Samsung’s foldable phone also makes its debut. Again, high prices and limited runs are expected to make foldable phones from Samsung and other brands a cross between a beta product for developers, a status symbol for bleeding-edge adopters, and a good old-fashioned spectacle for everyone else. All eyes will be on it, which means that phones like the Galaxy S10 Plus and even the S10 5G could look ho-hum by comparison. Together, the Galaxy S10E, S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus will shoulder the heavy burden of fending off competitors and holding people’s interest until 5G and foldable phones become much more vital to the mainstream. 12-megapixel wide-angle lens (dual-aperture) TBA 6.98 oz.; 198 g Yes 6.17 oz.; 175 g USB-C Storage 6GB, 8GB Preorders for all but the 5G phone began on Feb. 21, for a March 8 release date. Each preorder comes with a free set of Galaxy Buds as a gift. In-screen USB-C Samsung Event Mobile World Congress 2019 USB-C Yes Battery Yes 8GB Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Getting to know the Galaxy S10 Plus camera and features Fingerprint sensor Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 4K Wireless PowerShare; hole punch screen notch; water resistant (IP68); Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 No 3D depth-sensing camera (front) 5.53 oz.; 157 g 6.7-inch AMOLED $354 3,100mAh TBA Best Buy £669 Galaxy S10 preorder options Yes Yes Dimensions (Inches) AU$1,199 505ppi 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 16-megapixel (ultra wide-angle), 12-megapixel (telephoto) 3D depth (HQVGA) 8-megapixel front-facing camera $699 Expandable storage $1,000 Mobile software $349 Wireless PowerShare; hole punch screen notch; water resistant (IP68); Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 See It $900 3D depth-sensing camera (rear) No 3:56 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It Processor Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, S10E: When, where and how to preorder 8GB, 12GB 64 Photos Yes 99+ Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, S10E: Every camera lens and curve Tags 38-samsung-galaxy-s10-plusWireless power sharing is my personal dream come true. Sarah Tew/CNET Wireless PowerShare: Pretty great so far My favorite new Galaxy S10 feature — by far — lets you use the back of a Galaxy S10 phone to charge any other wireless charging device that uses the Qi standard. The Huawei Mate 20 Pro does this too. Swipe down on the notifications shade and tap on “Wireless PowerShare.” Then turn the phone over on its face and place the back of a friend’s phone, for example, or the new Galaxy Buds in their case, onto the back of the Galaxy S10 to give it a boost. Sharing is caring, right? But let’s not overdo it. Samsung has set a threshold so that your phone will stop giving up its reserves when it hits 30 percent. While you’ll be a hero to friends who need a hand, the real benefit is that you can wirelessly charge your compatible accessories or a second phone without carting around a cable for each one if you’re out for a long day, or on vacation. Just keep in mind that since wireless charging is convenient, but typically much slower than wired charging, you’ll be better off using Wireless PowerShare overnight. 33-samsung-galaxy-s10Each Galaxy S10 phone adds more camera tricks than the last. Sarah Tew/CNET Up to 6 camera sensors All the Galaxy S10 phones have at least two rear cameras and one front-facing camera, but the more you spend, the more lenses you get. (See the chart below.) 8GB Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

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Large scale transfers of TTD officials in pipeline

first_imgTirupati: The state government is planning to take up transfers of TTD officials on a large scale. Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy and his adviser Ajay Kallam are examining the names of several senior IAS officers for TTD new EO and JEOs at Tirumala and Tirupati. After the state government, TTD is having the largest number of employees. There were three IAS officers’ posts and one IPS officer post in the organisation. These posts are being filled up by the state government with the IAS officers on deputation periodically. Already state level and district level IAS, IPS transfers were completed. Now the government has started an exercise on transfer of TTD officials, including top officials. Also Read – Goldsmith steals gold by polishing jewelry in Bhimavaram Advertise With Us At present TTD EO AnilKumar Singhal, Tirumala JEO SinivasaRaju and Tirupati JEO B Laksmikantham are working in top administrative positions. K SrinivasRaju has completed more than 8 years service in TTD as hill shrine JEO and EO AnilKumar Singhal completed his two years term. And Tirupati JEO B Lakshmikantham will be retired on June 30 from service. Also Read – Permission mandatory for Ganesh pandals: SP Advertise With Us In this context state Government is planning to post new IAS officers in the place of Anilkumar Singhal and SrinivasaRaju and B Laksmikantham. In addition, CVSO Gopinath Jetti transfer is also anticipated. Similarly, after TTD board members appointment, more than 100 DYEOs and AEOs including six deputy collector cadre officials transfers will be taken up shortly. The new TTD Board Chief YV SubbaReddy had announced a few days ago that total administration will be reshuffled to provide better services to pilgrims. Anticipating large scale transfers, some senior IAS officers are lobbying at government level for top posts.last_img read more

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Kalank Is Sanjay Dutt still in awe of Madhuri Dixit

first_imgSanjay Dutt and Madhuri Dixit in Kalank.YouTubeThey have worked in many films together in the nineties, notably in Saajan (1991) and Khalnayak (1993), where their chemistry was legendary. They were also rumoured to be dating and were planning to get married, before their break-up. After a gap of 21 or more years, Madhuri Dixit and Sanjay Dutt are back together on screen — to be seen in Karan Johar’s magnum opus Kalank.Looking at the promotion of Kalank where both actors playfully addressed each other as ‘Ma’am’ and ‘Sir’, and reading Sanjay Dutt’s interview with a leading daily, we can’t help but wonder: Is Sanjay Dutt still in awe of Madhuri Dixit? The Khalnayak of Bollywood was all praise of his former leading lady in the interview with Bombay Times, calling her “dynamic” someone who still looks good, and an in-form actor.”We have worked together in so many films, so to come back and work together after so many years was an amazing feeling,” said Sanjay Dutt, clarifying, “At least, for me.” Going on to praise how Madhuri Dixit has matured as an actor, Dutt gushed, “She was a fantastic actor then, but to progress and become the kind of actress that she is now, is commendable. She is so dynamic. Everyone gets older, but to still look the way she does, and continue being in such form as an actor is something else.”The two actors only have one scene together in Kalank. And even that has left Sanjay Dutt in awe of how Madhuri still has command as an actor. Dutt told DNA about working with Madhuri Dixit again after 21 years, “Working with her is a pleasure. What is the time frame that we hadn’t met or seen each other? Two decades, perhaps a little more. Madhuri is such a great actor. I’ve done many films with her — Thanedaar (1990), Saajan (1991), Khalnayak (1993), Mahaanta (1997)… I can’t even recall in one go. So, to work with her again in that one scene that we did together in Kalank was amazing.”Praising Madhuri’s acting talent, he said, “She’s got that command as an actor. It’s a pleasure to share screen space with her after so many years. So much has gone past, people have matured. She herself comes across as such a matured actor.”Admitting that he made some bad choices as an actor in recent times, like Bhoomi (2017) and Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster 3 (2018), Sanjay Dutt is all set to restore his career. After Kalank, Dutt will also be seen in Yash Raj Films’ Shamshera where he stars as the antagonist opposite Ranbir Kapoor. He also has Sadak 2, a sequel to the cult Sadak (1991) that starred Pooja Bhatt and him, and then Ashutosh Gowariker’s period drama Panipat and a film called Bhuj: The Pride of India.Now, wouldn’t it be great if there were more movies with Sanjay Dutt and Madhuri Dixit in the future? A Khalnayak 2, perhaps, Mr Subhash Ghai?last_img read more

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry may end up insulting the Queen on

first_imgMeghan MarkleGetty ImagesMeghan Markle and Prince Harry are expecting the arrival of their baby this month. Meghan Markle is on maternity leave making preparations for the arrival of baby Sussex.But the arrival of their baby could mean slighting the Queen, as Meghan is expected to deliver in a few weeks time and the Royal couple could end up missing the Queen’s birthday celebrations. Reportedly the Duchess of Sussex, who is nearly nine months pregnant, revealed her due date will fall around the end of April or the beginning of May.Reportedly the Queen celebrates two birthdays – her actual birthday on April 21 and her official birthday which falls on June 8, she celebrates her first birthday privately while her second birthday will be a public celebration. Now Meghan is already on thin ice when it comes to the Queen. Missing the Monarch’s birthday could add to that, but if the reason is legitimate, like giving birth, the Queen may let the apparent insult slide.  Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesBut if Meghan does not give birth and chooses to miss the celebrations, even without making a cursory appearance, no matter how far along she is, the move could be seen as an insult. Meghan and Harry have set up residence in Frogmore Cottage ahead of the arrival of the Royal baby. The Palace isn’t that far from the Cottage either. Especially with a Royal convoy taking the Duchess to and fro, an appearance is more than possible. However, if the Royal couple chooses to skip the Queen’s birthday celebrations, they might have to come up with a very good reason. And any reason apart from Meghan Markle going into labour on June 8, may not be good enough.last_img read more

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4 Ways Artificial Intelligence Is Shaping the Future for Businesses Big And

first_imgApril 25, 2019 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming not just a curious concept, but a business asset worthy of every entrepreneur’s attention. A. is making headway in topics from behavior-based email sequences and opt-in popups to savvy messaging bots and even internal employee satisfaction analysis (IBM says they can determine with 95 percent accuracy when a person is planning to quit),You can use AI to increase customer retention, NPS, sales close rate and pre-qualify leads. It’s hard to know where AI will be in a decade or two. But, it’s already playing a big role in many business’ daily operations. It can play a big, beneficial role in your business as well, now and well into the future. Here are four ways.1. Emotional analysisAnnette Zimmermann said in 2018, “By 2022, your personal device will know more about your emotional state than your own family.”Emotion AI, also known as affective computing, is an iteration of AI capable of detecting human emotions and responding to those emotions accordingly. And while it’s not perfect yet, the technology is staggering. One study from the University of Ohio claims that AI is now better at detecting emotions than humans are — a remarkable feat considering our millions of years of evolution for that sorta thing.I believe these emotionally intelligent bots transform your business operations, and this is why I have created an AI startup that is rooted in this technology.Imagine being able to collect the emotions of a viewer watching a video online, or using email sales sequences, messaging bots, and even customer support telephone options that adapt automatically based on the users emotions. How would that change your business?A study that analyzed 1400 case studies of top advertising campaigns over the last 30 years found that ads which triggered human emotions were about 100 percent more like to report “very large profit gains.”What if you could trigger the right emotions at the right time?2. Customer supportEfficiency is perhaps nowhere more important than in customer support — the place where people want answers and they want them right away. And while pleasing those needy customers might seem like a business revenue afterthought, it isn’t.According to a report by Temkin, a moderate improvement in customer experience can massively improve revenue. In the study’s own words, “Our analysis shows that NPS is strongly correlated to customers’ willingness to spend more with tech vendors, try their new products and services, forgive them after a bad experience, and act as a reference for them with prospective clients.”I’ve used companies like Forethought, for instance, who are leading the charge into customer support AI products with their flagship answer recommendation tool, Agatha Answers. Designed as a plug-in enterprise solution that can be installed in two days and improve customer support time-to-resolution by up to 30 percent, Agatha gained widespread attention as it propelled Forethought to victory at the 2018 TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield.”Agatha Answers recommends answers to customer support tickets, decreases time to resolution, and increases agent productivity,” said Forethought Founder, Deon Nicholas during the TC competition. “Forethought uses AI to augment knowledge professionals.”With 33 percent of Americans citing poor customer service experiences, reported by Business Insider, as the only motivation required to jump ship, clearly, AI has a significant role to play in the future of the customer service industry.3. Sales and lead generationAI is making big splashes in business-to-business (B2B) sales and lead generation. Harvard Business Review reports, for instance, that businesses which use AI can reduce call time by up to 70 percent and increase number of leads by 50 percent. Additionally, one source believes that 85 percent of sales-related tasks could be outsourced to the robots by 2020 (without a loss — and likely an improvement — in close rate).Take LeadFuze, for example. This tool is an AI-based product focused on sales improvement, and finding the right customer segment and lead. It is the first and only lead generation software tool of its kind that combines data aggregation from multiple trusted sources while offering unlimited access and complete list building automation.I use this product and it means that we spend less time on prospect research and contact gathering and more time on actual sales conversations. Insights-focused businesses, like LeadFuze, are projected to pull in more than $1.2 billion annually by 2020. And that’s for good reason — businesses like mine benefit from that kind of automated lead-generating intelligence.4. Talent intelligenceRecruiting the right talent for your company can be a frustrating experience. Massive online search engines for jobs like Indeed or Monster can help source candidates, but many times, parsing the thousands of potential applicants is an exceptionally time-consuming task. Fortunately, AI products can offer some assistance.According to a survey of 1,000 C-Level executives of large companies performed by Eightfold, 78 percent of surveyed businesses cite talent programs as “very important,” but only 44 percent say that the one they use is effective. Evidently, there is significant room for improvement with talent curation, something that Eightfold’s AI-based solution is intent on providing.Called their “Talent Intelligence” platform, Eightfold’s AI product delivers a talent pipeline that reduces the time from engaged candidate to interview, curates relevant candidate lists, eliminates bias with blind screening, and drives attention with internal mobility among other features. All relevant data perspectives can be ported into a single interface, making the entire talent process much more manageable.After all, the faster and easier you find the right people for your business, the bigger, more successful business you’ll be able to build. 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

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Capital Airlines lands in YVR connecting Canada with Chinese hubs

first_imgCapital Airlines lands in YVR, connecting Canada with Chinese hubs Tags: China, New Routes VANCOUVER — Beijing Capital Airlines has launched new thrice weekly service between Vancouver and Hangzhou, via Qingdao, giving Canadians easy access to two key hubs in China.The new service, which launched on Jan. 6, between YVR and Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport (HGH) via Qingdao Liuting International Airport (TAO) is flown on an Airbus 330, with seating for 22 passengers, including 36 in Business and 186 in Economy. Capital Airlines is the sixth mainland Chinese carrier to service YVR – two more than any other airport in North America or Europe.“I would like to thank Capital Airlines for choosing YVR as its first North American destination,” said Craig Richmond, YVR’s President and CEO. “This new service opens up two amazing new Chinese destinations for all of Canada and is another key milestone in our vision of connecting Asia to the Americas.”Added Mr. Xu Xin, Chairman of Capital Airlines: “The new Vancouver–Qingdao–Hangzhou route will provide more choices and convenience for travellers and will further strengthen economic and cultural ties between Canada and China. Capital Airlines strives to be a leading brand in the international tourism and air travel industry and we are looking forward to working with YVR.”More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterIn addition to strengthening business and tourism opportunities between China and Canada, this route will have a positive impact on the local economy. The new service brings 123 jobs and $6.2 million in GDP to the province of British Columbia and will add $4.2 million in wages and $2.3 million in taxes.Located in the central eastern coast of China, Hangzhou is among the country’s seven most ancient cities and is famous for West Lake, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has had a profound impact on poets, painters and designers throughout Chinese history. Qingdao, located in northeast China, is a major seaport and industrial centre. In addition to hosting the world’s longest sea bridge, Qingdao is well-known for its diverse economy focused on heavy industry, software, automotive, electronics and banking—and the famous Tsingtao Brewery, the second largest in China. Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Share Monday, January 9, 2017 Travelweek Group last_img read more

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Greece Far right party sues senior prosecutors

first_img The vital role family plays in society The government describes Golden Dawn as a neo-Nazi organization. A crackdown against the party was launched after the arrest of a party volunteer accused of stabbing a prominent rap singer to death in September.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   3 international destinations to visit in 2019center_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober ATHENS, Greece (AP) – Greece’s far-right Golden Dawn party is suing three senior judicial officials leading an investigation into the party’s alleged criminal activity, following the imprisonment of its leader and five other lawmakers charged with membership of a criminal organization.Golden Dawn spokesman Ilias Kasidiaris said Friday that the action was taken against a public prosecutor and two investigative magistrates, accusing them of breach of duty and calling them “instruments of anti-Greek power.” The party claims orders to detain three of the lawmakers were signed before their appearance at a magistrate’s office, contrary to normal procedure.last_img read more

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Families affected by early Alzheimers seek better treatment

first_imgGiedre Cohen, 37, of Calabasas, Calif., and Carrie Richardson, 34, of Montgomery, Ala., pose for a picture during a break at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Washington, Saturday, July 18, 2015. Saturday for the first time, researchers brought together dozens of these families with the very rarest form of Alzheimer’s, young and inherited–patients, patients-to-be and their healthy loved ones _ from as far as Australia and Britain to meet face-to-face. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies “It’s time to ease our anguish,” said Tal Cohen of Calabasas, California. At age 37, his wife, Giedre, already is in the mild-to-moderate stage of Alzheimer’s.He emerged hopeful that researchers are considering creative ways to speed that access. “We don’t have any more time to wait and see,” he said.Alzheimer’s usually strikes older adults, affecting about 1 in 9 people age 65 or over. Less than 1 percent of cases worldwide are the autosomal dominant form, caused by inheriting a gene with a particular mutation that triggers the disease well before the senior years. Children of an affected parent have a 50 percent chance of inheriting their family’s bad gene. But if they do, they almost always get sick about the same time their parent did.Many of these families are part of the Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer Network (DIAN) study that monitors the health of family gene carriers and their healthy relatives in several countries. Recently, it showed that silent changes in the brain can precede the first memory problems by 20 years.Now scientists think the best hope against Alzheimer’s is to treat high-risk people long before symptoms appear, aiming to at least stall the disease if not prevent it. Top Stories Families like DeMoe’s with the very rarest form of Alzheimer’s, young and inherited, hold crucial clues to fighting this brain-destroying disease in everyone.On Saturday, researchers for the first time brought together dozens of these families — patients, patients-to-be and their healthy loved ones — from as far as Australia and Britain to meet face to face. They shared advice about when their children should undergo gene testing to learn their own fate, and they got an unusual opportunity to grill government and drug company officials about why it’s taking so long to find a good treatment.“Finally, I got to talk to other people who are going through the same thing,” said DeMoe, of Thompson, North Dakota, who with four other siblings inherited the family’s bad gene. One sister was spared.His wife, Deb, said he experiences early memory changes known as mild cognitive impairment, but DeMoe still holds a job with an oil company and said, “I don’t dwell on it.”Families’ first question: Why not try to fix the gene defect that causes this form of Alzheimer’s instead of targeting its downstream effects? Why, asked others, can’t desperate families get faster access to experimental drugs, as AIDS patients once did? 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches 0 Comments   Share   But knowing who is destined for Alzheimer’s and approximately when it will strike makes rare families such as DeMoe’s especially critical for research. A second DIAN study now is testing whether either of two experimental drugs might give those gene carriers more symptom-free years by fighting buildup of sticky amyloid in the brain. That study soon will expand to test additional drugs.“The goal here really is to get drugs approved to help everyone,” said Dr. Randall Bateman of Washington University in St. Louis, who oversees the DIAN drug study.Dean DeMoe came to the meeting with his wife, healthy sister and two of his three children. He wishes researchers could have revealed if those drugs are working, but they won’t know for several years. Meanwhile, his two oldest children, in their 20s, had gene testing as part of health-tracking research but chose not to be told the results until they are older or protective drugs come along. His teenager thinks she will make the same choice.DeMoe pins his hopes on the drug study. “It might not do good for me,” he said, “but it’s important for my family and for everyone.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Mesa family survives lightning strike to homecenter_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Sponsored Stories 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 WASHINGTON (AP) — Alzheimer’s has ravaged generations of Dean DeMoe’s family — his grandmother, father, siblings — all in their 40s and 50s.DeMoe himself inherited the culprit gene mutation and at 53, the North Dakota man volunteers for a drug study he hopes one day will end the family’s burden.International scientists gathering in Washington for a conference this week express cautious optimism that they may finally be on the right track to fight Alzheimer’s, a disease that already affects more than 5 million people in the United States and is expected to more than double by 2050 as the population ages. On Sunday, researchers at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference reported possible new ways to predict who will get sick with the more common late-onset Alzheimer’s — vital to testing such treatments — and a single test probably won’t be enough, said Johns Hopkins University neuroscientist Marilyn Albert.–Tracking about 350 people starting in middle age, Albert’s team found a combination of tests predicted development of mild cognitive impairment within five years. They include a spinal tap to measure toxic levels of Alzheimer’s hallmark amyloid and tau proteins; MRI scans to detect shrinking brain regions; and two standard memory assessments. The combination isn’t ready for doctors’ offices, but should help drug companies tell who to enroll in early-stage treatment studies, she said.–Scientists at VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam found another protein, named neurogranin, in spinal fluid. It may signal that connections called synapses are dying, making it harder for brain cells to communicate.–Researchers at the University of Alberta, Canada, are beginning to hunt a saliva test for earlier markers of cognitive decline.last_img read more

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