first_imgCHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – Wyatt Turney travelled to Prince Edward Island May 15th to compete in the 2018 Special Olympic Bowling Championships.Turney competed in the 5-pin team event with the Quesnel Alley Cats where he won a bronze medal. He also placed sixth overall in the individual event.The Dawson Creek Strike Force were also at the championships, the team finished 8th place in division D. Team B.C. won a combined total of 31 medals at the championships in the 5-pin and 10-pin events.last_img

28 August 2007The United Nations and its partner non-governmental organizations (NGOs) today launched a flash appeal for more than $20 million so they can help millions of Sudanese recover from what many consider to be the country’s worst floods in living memory. Dozens of people have died and more than 200,000 others have become homeless since torrential rains starting early last month led to flash floods across large parts of eastern Sudan, damaging infrastructure such as schools and inundating vital cropland.The Office of the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Sudan said at least 410,000 people are directly affected by the floods, with over three million others at risk from epidemic outbreaks and polluted water. So far, 57 people are reported to have died from acute watery diarrhoea (AWD).Launching the appeal, Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes said “these funds will enable us to save lives, to assist families who lost everything in gradually restoring their livelihoods, to prevent deadly epidemics, and to help children get back to school.”Earlier this month Mr. Holmes approved a grant of $8.7 million from the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), while almost $5 million more has been allocated from the local Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF).But UN officials estimate that some $34.7 million is needed to help implement 48 flood-relief projects, run by either UN aid agencies, NGOs or the International Organization for Migration (IOM).This leaves $20.2 million to be provided by donors under the flash appeal announced today, with most of the funds going to water and sanitation projects, food relief, health care, shelter and infrastructure repair.Oluseyi Bajulaiye, the acting UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, said that while the amount requested “is substantial? we are optimistic that the international community will continue to respond generously.”Using the funds committed so far, the UN and NGOs have been able to provide clean water to more than one million people and to establish temporary shelter for 200,000 Sudanese.But more money is needed in part because relief workers fear that an additional 265,000 people may be affected by new flooding as the annual rainy season continues in the African nation.So far the worst affected Sudanese states are Blue Nile, Gedaref, Gezira, Jonglei, Kassala, Khartoum, North Kordofan, Red Sea, Unity, Upper Nile and White Nile. read more

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in an update that the new presence is needed in order to help the civilian population, which currently is unable to access essential goods and receive adequate protection. The base will serve as a hub for the UN and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working in the area and received financial support from the Swedish Government, OCHA said.“The presence of the office in Paoua can only to contribute to lessening the suffering of caused by the conflict on the population,” OCHA said.The CAR has experienced mass population displacements stemming from clashes between government forces and rebel groups as well as the spillover from the conflict in Darfur, Sudan. 15 October 2007Aiming to improve the effectiveness of humanitarian assistance in the Central African Republic (CAR), the United Nations and its partners in the relief community have opened a new base of operations in Paoua. read more

Rising gas prices cut into US consumer spending; Fed moves could push prices higher by News Staff Posted Sep 14, 2012 4:00 pm MDT WASHINGTON – Higher gas prices are crimping consumer spending and slowing the already-weak U.S. economy. And they could get worse in the coming months.The Federal Reserve this week took steps to boost economic growth. But those stimulus measures are also pushing oil prices up. If gas prices follow, consumers will have less money to spend elsewhere.The impact of the central bank’s actions “is likely to weigh on the value of the U.S. dollar and lift commodity prices,” said Joseph Carson, U.S. economist at AllianceBernstein. “We would not be surprised if (it) fueled more inflation in coming months, squeezing the real income of U.S. workers.”Americans are already feeling pinched by high unemployment and slow wage growth.Consumers increased their spending at retail businesses by 0.9 per cent in August, the Commerce Department reported Friday. But that was largely because they paid more for gas. Excluding the impact of gas prices and a sizeable increase in auto sales, retail sales rose just 0.1 per cent.Perhaps more telling is where Americans spent less. Consumers cut back on clothing and electronics and at general merchandise outlets — discretionary purchases that typically signal confidence in the economy.Gas prices have risen more than 50 cents per gallon (3.7 litres) in the past two months. The national average was $3.87 a gallon on Friday. Most of the increase took place in August, which drove the biggest one-month increase in overall consumer prices in three years, the Labor Department said Friday in a separate report.“Consumers were not willing to spend much at the mall since they are feeling the pump price pinch,” said Chris Christopher, an economist at IHS Global Insight.Weaker retail sales will likely weigh on growth in the July-September quarter. Economists at Bank of America Merrill Lynch slashed their third-quarter growth forecast to an annual rate of only 1.1 per cent, down from 1.5 per cent. That’s not nearly fast enough to spur more hiring, which has languished since February.The Fed is hoping to kick-start growth with a series of bold steps announced Thursday that could make borrowing cheaper for years.It plans to spend $40 billion a month to buy mortgage bonds to make home buying more affordable. It also pledged to keep short-term interest rates near zero through at least mid-2015.Chairman Ben Bernanke said the Fed will continue its efforts — and intensify them if necessary — until the job market improves “substantially.”The announcement ignited a two-day stock market rally that sent the Dow Jones industrial average to its highest level since December 2007, the first month of the Great Recession.But the Fed’s actions also helped move oil prices briefly above $100 a barrel Friday for the first time since May. They fell back slightly but were still up 74 cents to $99.04 a barrel in mid-afternoon trading.Carson noted that the Fed’s previous rounds of bond-buying pushed up commodity prices and fueled greater inflation. That weakened the ability of U.S. consumers to spend and likely slowed growth, he said.He expects the same thing to happen again.The Fed’s moves can push up oil prices in several ways. The Fed creates new money to pay for its mortgage bond purchases. That increases the amount of dollars in circulation and can lower their value. Oil is priced in dollars, so the price tends to rise when the dollar falls. That’s because it costs more for overseas investors to purchase dollars to buy oil.Lower interest rates also push investors out of safer assets, such as bonds, and into riskier investments, such as oil, in hopes of a greater return. And if the Fed’s moves accelerate growth, that would increase demand for oil and gas and also raise their prices.Higher gas prices are eating up a bigger share of Americans’ incomes than in previous years. Spending at the pump accounts for 8.2 per cent of the typical family’s household income, according to Fred Rozell of the Oil Price Information Service. That’s just below last year’s 8.3 per cent.Those represent the biggest slice of household income spent on gas since 1981. The typical household spends about $342 per month on gasoline. Before gasoline prices began rising in 2004, households spent less than $200 per month, Rozell said, under 5 per cent of median income.Average gas prices are higher this year than last year. But Americans are using less by driving more fuel-efficient cars and driving less.Meanwhile, average wages, adjusted for inflation, have been flat for the past year, the Labor Department said Friday. That adds to the squeeze on consumers.Weakness should eventually push prices back down, economists note. That’s because people cut back on oil and gas consumption when prices rise.“Unless the economic data rapidly improve, the gains in oil … prices are unlikely to be sustained,” said Julian Jessop, an analyst Capital Economics.__AP Energy Writer Jonathan Fahey contributed to this report from New York. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Fans cheer as players run onto the field at Ohio Stadium before a game. Credit: Lantern file photoOhio State’s Department of Athletics cleared its first hurdle in requesting that changes be made to the current ticket-pricing system for football and basketball: The Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees approved the plans Thursday afternoon.Under the proposal, individual, home-game football tickets for the 2017 season would range from $65 to $190; the current price scale has tickets ranging from $70 to $195. Both price ranges use a system of dynamic pricing, where varied prices are set based on the perceived demand of the game.The current 15-percent discount that season ticket holders receive, and 20-percent discount that OSU faculty and staff receive when buying season tickets, would remain in place for next year, said athletic director Gene Smith, who was in attendance during the meeting. Student prices, which are $34 per game when bought in Big Ten and full-season packages, are to remain at the same price through 2020.Army and University of Nevada, Las Vegas are scheduled to be the cheapest tickets, at $65 and $70 each, respectively. A ticket for Michigan State or Oklahoma is set to cost $190.Screen grab of the proposed OSU home football game ticket prices for the 2017 season. Credit: Ohio State Board of TrusteesChanges to the pricing model for Buckeye basketball were also approved at the Finance Committee meeting. Individual, home-game tickets for the 2017-18 season would range in price among a system of four seating sections and classifications of games. The first rank of games, exhibition games, would range from $5 to $10 depending on the seating section, and the most expensive “premier” games would range from $14 to $57. Student-section prices would remain unchanged, ranging from $10 to $13.The proposal also introduces a 12-percent discount for season-ticket holders, and the faculty and staff season ticket discount of 20 percent would remain unchanged.Both plans require final approval from the full board on Friday. read more

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Pet rabbit owners are being warned hot and humid weather across Britain could trigger a disease which wipes out bunnies in huge numbers.Vets fear a perfect storm created by hot and wet conditions could now lead to an outbreak of killer myxomatosis.The grim viral condition is nearly always fatal and causes breathing problems, fever, swollen mouths and ears, bulging eyes and painful death.Affected rabbits also develop skin tumours, sometimes blindness, fatigue and rabbits usually die within 14 days of catching the disease. It is contracted through flies and mites and mosquitoes and is also passed from rabbit to rabbit. An outbreak in the 1950s killed millions of animals and decimated the UK rabbit population.Now vets have warned the chances of the virus spreading this summer have increased significantly following the high Spring rain fall and hot, humid days. John Helps, a veterinary surgeon and the technical manager for pharmaceutical company MSD Animal Health, said: “There’s strong reason to believe that the combination of a wet spring and the unusually hot weather we’ve been having recently may contribute to larger outbreaks of the virus.“As a result, it’s possible that we will see larger numbers of cases being reported from mid-August through to November time.“Rabbits are particularly at risk from myxomatosis during the summer months.“Hot, humid weather will inevitably drive flea and fly populations upwards and if there is plenty of grass from good rainfall, this will most likely drive rabbit reproductive success.“Both factors positively correlate with the spread of this vector borne disease.“This year, we have had good spring rainfall and now some sustained warm weather, which could lead to a particularly bad summer with regard to the spread of myxomatosis in rabbits.”Few domestic rabbits survive myxomatosis and those that do suffer a protracted illness. A vaccine is available which provides immunity to both myxomatosis and another serious viral disease, Rabbit Haemorrhagic disease, which has killed millions of animals in the wild.Vets are urging Britain’s rabbit owners to get the jab for their pets as once the disease strikes survival is unlikely.A myxomatosis outbreak in 1953 killed tens of millions of animals after it was deliberately introduced to curb rabbit populations.More than 99 per cent of rabbits in the UK were killed by the outbreak although populations soon recovered.The disease was first discovered in laboratory rabbits in Uruguay in 1896. The virus was introduced to Australia in 1950 in an attempt to control the rabbit populations there.It was devastatingly effective and killed 500 million animals in two years reducing the population level from 600 million to 100 million. read more

first_imgAs Normet continues its new technology push, it has decided to invest in its lisalmi facility in Finland, the company’s core production and research and development site.The company will put €3 million-5 million ($3.35 million-5.58 million) into building a new digital testing centre, expanding the production capability and investing in production automation, it said. The target is to improve productivity in lisalmi to ensure both competitiveness and to have manufacturing capacity to support business growth.The announcement came shortly after Normet launched a fully-electric offering for mining and tunnelling construction at the recent Bauma fair in Munich, earlier this month.Its SmartDrive technology is a sophisticated and fully-engineered battery-electric architecture able to operate underground totally emission-free, saving costs at the same time, it says.The company also used the event to showcase its SmartScan 3D laser scanning technology to validate the spraying quality and SmartSpray, the next step towards fully-automated concrete spraying technology, according to Normet.In the latest lisalmi announcement, Normet said it expected the demand for both for fully-electric and diesel-powered machines to grow, hence its planned investment.Kari Hämäläinen, SVP Equipment Business Line, Normet, said: “lisalmi is the core production and research and development site for us. We want to ensure we have the best technology capabilities to meet the demand of future. Streamlining the manufacturing process and increasing productivity is also critical to ensure our competitiveness going forward.”last_img read more

first_imgA federal parliamentary inquiry into obesity headed by MP Steve Georganas has recommended the public funding of bariatric surgery to help people who are morbidly obese. This is one of several recommendations to the Australian government in its recent report, Weighing It Up. In response to Australia’s obesity crisis, the House of Representative’s Standing Committee on Health and Ageing has called for better urban design of our cities and suburbs to encourage people to be active, and a greater focus on teaching children the importance of healthy eating and exercise. Amongst other recommendations, it has suggested the introduction of tax incentives such as the use of subsidies to make healthy food cheaper, allowing people to claim the cost of weight-loss programs through Medicare and a tax rebate on gym membership to encourage exercise.However, not all health experts approve of the report’s recommendation to allow the food industry to continue self-regulating television advertising. “We have had self-regulation for decades while Australians’ waistlines continue to expand. Our children should be protected from the unfettered bombardment of junk food advertising in their everyday life,” said Jane Martin, senior policy advisor of the Obesity Policy Coalition (which includes VicHealth and Cancer Council Victoria). Georganas speaking to Neos Kosmos continued to defend the self-regulation recommendation, indicating that the industry would be given a chance and if self-regulation did not decrease in advertisements directed at children, that the committee would support the Federal Government considering more stringent regulations.“A junk food (advertisement) ban has too many problems, not the least of which defining junk food in the first place,” he said. “If you start banning McDonalds then why not ban biscuits because they have lots of sugars- where do you stop? One particular advertising that we can regulate is nutritional panels and we have asked for food labelling that is more informative.”Mother of three, Christine Carra believes that it is up to parents to educate their children, not the government. “You can’t isolate them from it. They are going to come across junk food in all aspects of their life so it is important that they are taught how to do deal with it,” she said.Dietician Antigone Kouris, although believes that the recommendations should have included the government regulation of high energy, nutrient poor food advertisements directed at children, is pleased with the health rebate recommendations of the committee.“It is a good idea to put obesity on Medicare as a chronic condition- this will enable dieticians to help people to lose weight under a plan subsidised by the government” said Ms Kouris to Neos Kosmos.Whilst the report suggested the use of subsidies for healthy food, it did not recommend a tax on junk food, which had been strongly backed by health experts at the 2020 Summit.“In an ideal world a tax would be a good idea. I don’t know why they are not backing it- it could be due to industry pressure,” added Ms Kouris. But Ms Carra said that she did not think a tax would make much of a difference. “I think people would still buy junk food if they could,” she said.A spokesperson for Health Minister Nicola Roxon said the Government would consider the report along with the recommendations of the Government’s Preventative Health Taskforce to be reported in the coming weeks. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgFormer Arsenal striker John Hartson believes the club’s new manager Unai Emery made a mistake by letting Jack Wilshere leave the club.“I thought Jack had as good of a season he’s had in a long time last year, he proved his fitness, and I know he didn’t go to the World Cup but I think he’ll be a good signing for West Ham. He’s a good age, he seems to have got over his injury problems,” Hartson said, as quoted by Express.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Was it a mistake to let him go? Emery doesn’t seem to think so. But to let him go on a free, that may be Arsenal’s problem to let his contract run down.Hartson won 51 first team caps for Wales and scored 14 goals. He is currently the 11th highest scorer of all time for the Welsh. He retired from international football in February 2006 in order to concentrate on his career with Celtic but in August that year he stated that he would come out of retirement to play if he was needed.last_img read more

first_imgEni and Shell will jointly explore the unit using the Doyon Rig 15, BSEE reported last month. Photo courtesy of: Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Story as aired:Audio PlayerJennifer-on-ENI-record-breaking-well.mp3VmJennifer-on-ENI-record-breaking-well.mp300:00RPd The spudding of the well follows the Bureau’s November 28, approval of Eni’s application for permit to drill, and a pre-drill inspection December 6-10. According to Eni, the well is expected to extend 6.5 miles into rocks beneath federal waters of the Beaufort Sea, the well will set a long-distance drilling record in Alaska. Throughout the drilling of the well, BSEE Alaska Region inspectors will make visits to the drill site, both on a regular schedule and at times of critical operations such as Blowout Preventer testing, said BSEE Alaska Region Director Mark Fesmire in a statement on December 27. Eni plans to drill four exploration wells, over the next two years, including two mainbores and two sidetracks from its Nikaitchuq North project. Two Bureau personnel were on-hand Monday, December 25, ensuring compliance with approved permits, federal regulations and safety standards as Eni U.S. Operating Co Inc began new well operations from a man-made island, called Spy Island drillsite, in shallow state waters near Alaska’s North Slope shore. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享New oil exploration in Arctic federal waters is underway this week with the spudding of a new oil well in the Beaufort Sea, according to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE).last_img read more

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The target size for the Air Force of 386 squadrons, which Secretary Heather Wilson announced in September, could be adjusted as the service develops new operating concepts, Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen “Seve” Wilson said Wednesday. New approaches to warfighting would be particularly applicable to fighter squadrons, the general said. Approaching the goal of 386 operational squadrons, which would represent a 24 percent increase over the existing force structure, is “not going to happen in one to five years,” he said, reported Air Force Magazine. … DOD failed its first full-scale audit, although officials never expected to pass it, Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told reporters Thursday. “Everyone was betting against us that we wouldn’t even do the audit,” he said, reported the Hill. Still, Shanahan said he was frustrated at the degree to which the audit found the department was not in compliance with its management systems and other procedures. One disappointment was the accuracy of DOD’s huge equipment and infrastructure inventory. The audit found, for example, that the Navy claimed it had buildings on its books that do not exist, reported CQ. The next step to address the findings with corrective actions to reach compliance in time for next year’s audit, he said.Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Schultzelast_img read more

first_img Huawei P30 Pro First Impressions, a super camera smartphone with extensive photography skills Close Huawei is generally not the first brand that comes to mind when considering buying a premium smartphone that requires you to write a big cheque. That’s just a shame. Huawei P30 Pro is a smartphone that deserves pure attention from the masses willing to spend the top dollar and get complete worth for every bit of penny.If you can escape the world full of iPhones and Samsung Galaxy labels, Huawei presents a new world of possibilities. Some are endless. The Chinese smartphone maker launched the P30 Pro at a lavish event in Paris only a month ago, and it’s impressive how it has been the biggest talking point in the industry. Be it the controversial “Moon mode” or the magical low-light results, the P30 Pro has managed to rewrite the rules of photography in its own ways.After briefly testing the P30 Pro in Paris, capturing those beautiful architectures and landscapes, I continued my quest to find out whether the Huawei’s 2019 flagship is worth the hype. The verdict is in, but let’s go bit by bit.DesignI’ve always admired Huawei phones as they strike a perfect balance between elegance and style. Huawei P30 Pro doesn’t wander away as it continues to take the company’s designing legacy forward. Huawei has gone with subtle retouches for the P30 Pro, with the overall usability of the phone in mind.The curved display and back on the sides give a sleek form factor to the phone, making it handy. But the best part is the gradient finish, especially in the Pearl White, which is subtle and stands out when light falls on the surface. The Black, Aurora colours aren’t new, but the Amber Sunrise can also be quite a catch if you like loud colours. 1/3 Huawei P30 Pro reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanHuawei P30 Pro reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanHuawei P30 Pro reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanPreviousNextThe vertical camera set up across the top left corner is identical to Huawei P20 series. The USB Type-C port sits at the bottom right next to the speaker grille and the SIM card slot. No 3.5mm headphone jack to look for here. The power and volume controls are placed on the right side of the phone, leaving the left side empty.The overall design of the Huawei P30 Pro demand attention even in a crowd, but there can be a just debate about which phones look better when comparing against Samsung Galaxy S10+ and iPhone XS Max.DisplayHuawei P30 Pro’s 6.47-inch curved AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution is rich and bright. You can easily step out in the sun and still won’t have trouble viewing. But the presence of the notch, even though it has been largely shrunk from its predecessor, is bothersome. You’ll get used to it after a while, but I wished Huawei had found a way to eliminate the notch. That said, the notch is definitely not a deal breaker as the overall display with its edge-to-edge view and naturally bright colours give a perfect output for all sorts of mobile needs. 1/2 Huawei P30 Pro reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanHuawei P30 Pro reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanPreviousNextCameraThis is gold. Huawei is really hit a jackpot with the P30 Pro’s camera and those billions of dollars in R&D are showing their worth here. Huawei P30 Pro packs incredible camera capabilities that not only challenge rivals but the human eyes as well. From its long-range zooming to crazy low light and impressive video recording features, everything adds up to make the P30 Pro the ultimate camera superphone. Huawei has set the benchmark for flagship cameras extremely high with the P30 Pro.The quad camera setup combining 40MP f/1.6 wide-angle lens with OIS, a 20MP f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle lens, an 8MP periscope f/3.4 lens with optical zoom and OIS and a ToF sensor for depth blurring. The camera setup is clearly ahead of its time and well ahead of what rivals have in store. Huawei’s decision to replace the primary RGGB sensor with RYYB (red, yellow, yellow blue) setup has a remarkable effect on the photos, especially in the low lights. 1/2 Huawei P30 Pro reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanHuawei P30 Pro reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanPreviousNextGenerally, Huawei P30 Pro’s stills are better than most rivals. With natural colour reproduction to high dynamic range and ultimate detailing, Huawei P30 Pro checks all the right boxes in terms of mobile photography. A few standard samples are embedded below to give you an idea before we jump into a few magical features. 1/6 Huawei P30 Pro camera samples: Photo modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanHuawei P30 Pro camera samples: Photo modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanHuawei P30 Pro camera samples: Normal 1x modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanHuawei P30 Pro camera samples: Photo modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanHuawei P30 Pro camera samples: Selfie using front cameraIBTimes India/Sami KhanHuawei P30 Pro camera samples: Photo modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanPreviousNextLet’s take a look at the master skills Huawei P30 Pro possesses.Zoom: This is the single most highlighted feature in the P30 Pro as it goes as high as 50x. This allowed me to capture the moon, albeit without many details. But being able to capture the moon using nothing but a phone in a handheld mode without any extra accessories is a feat in itself. I’ve never used zoom as much as I have in the P30 Pro.Huawei P30 Pro’s moon mode or 50x zoom is not usable in most cases, but the 5x and 10x zooming is incredibly helpful. Even in Portrait, there’s up to 3x lossless zoom, which helps in capturing great portraits without necessarily being close to the subject to spook them.Here are a few samples of the P30 Pro’s zooming capabilities: (swipe right for zoomed-in results) 1/3 Huawei P30 Pro reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanHuawei P30 Pro reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanHuawei P30 Pro reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanPreviousNext 1/3 Huawei P30 Pro reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanHuawei P30 Pro reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanHuawei P30 Pro reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanPreviousNext 1/4 Huawei P30 Pro camera samples: Zoom 10x to shoot the moonIBTimes India/Sami KhanHuawei P30 Pro camera samples: Zoom 20xIBTimes India/Sami KhanHuawei P30 Pro camera samples: Zoom 40xIBTimes India/Sami KhanHuawei P30 Pro camera samples: Zoom 50xIBTimes India/Sami KhanPreviousNextLow-light: Huawei P30 Pro’s AI mode automatically detects low-light scenarios and captures bright images effortlessly. Even with a little light source, the P30 Pro can significantly light up the area and deliver photos as if they were shot with proper lighting. It’s unimaginable how the P30 Pro can boost low-light results and some results have even been better than Pixel 3 phones. Huawei P30 Pro challenges what the eye can see and show you details that are impossibly visible to the naked eye.Check out some samples below: 1/2 Huawei P30 Pro camera samples: Low light photosIBTimes India/Sami KhanHuawei P30 Pro camera samples: This particular image was shot without any light source in the close proximity.IBTimes India/Sami KhanPreviousNextWide-angle: Huawei P30 Pro has one of the best cameras for capturing wide-angle shots. Without the distortion of edges, the P30 Pro can give you a dramatic image when taken with wide-angle mode, which sits just below 1x zoom. Here are a few samples of that: 1/4 Huawei P30 Pro reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanHuawei P30 Pro reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanHuawei P30 Pro reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanHuawei P30 Pro camera review (1X)IBTimes India/Sami KhanPreviousNextVideos: Huawei Mate 20 Pro offered some cool video tools to summon the cinematographer inside you. The P30 Pro uplifts those skills with its incredible video recording capabilities. I noticed shooting videos with the P30 Pro are stable and captures sounds perfectly, even in noisy areas. The one particular video feature is the Dual-View camera, which shoots two perspectives of the same subject, giving you more control. The feature just got rolled out to the device over a OTA update. Even without any special effects, capturing videos in 4K or 1080p delivered outstanding results. AI colour and Background Blur modes are a must try features in the P30 Pro.Portrait: Shooting portraits can be challenging for many phones, but not for the P30 Pro. I found the portrait works great in well-lit areas and in low-light, the P30 Pro results are still better. If there’s one phone that can challenge the Pixel 3 in its best game, it is the P30 Pro. Some results might be better on Pixel 3, but both phones are equally impressive. Focusing in portrait mode is magical as it can detect and capture subjects in a fraction and manage to blur out the background with ease.A few samples are here below: 1/4 Huawei P30 Pro camera review: PortraitIBTimes India/Sami KhanHuawei P30 Pro camera review: PortraitIBTimes India/Sami KhanHuawei P30 Pro camera review: PortraitIBTimes India/Sami KhanHuawei P30 Pro camera review: PortraitIBTimes India/Sami KhanPreviousNextMonochrome: The P20 Pro’s monochrome sensor delivered great results, but Huawei decided to lose the monochrome sensor from its P30 Pro. But the RYYB sensor makes more than up for the loss as a dedicated monochrome filter can give you those classic black and whites you will love to share. There’s a crispness in images and blacks are satisfyingly dark in the Monochrome filter and I hardly missed the dedicated monochrome sensor in the P30 Pro. Huawei P30 Pro camera samples: Portrait mode in Monochrome mode Note: There’s no monochrome sensor in P30 ProIBTimes India/Sami KhanSuperMacro: Macro lenses are quite popular among photographers as they let you capture the miniature world of beings. Getting close (real close) to a tiny subject is a challenging task for most phones as the viewfinder cannot focus. In the P30 Pro, getting super close with subjects did not create too much of an issue. I was able to capture details that weren’t possible before, and with the right focus and details. Here are some samples to show you just that: 1/2 Huawei P30 Pro camera samples in Super Macro modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanHuawei P30 Pro camera samples: Swipe right for super macro mode resultIBTimes India/Sami KhanPreviousNextThe rest: There’s Pro mode for users who like to be in control, but the normal photo mode does most of the hard work for you just fine. One must try out the Slow-Mo mode (set to 960fps for incredible results in broad daylight), light painting for traffic trails, light graffiti and silky water. Basically, the latter mode is for seamless long exposure shots, but make sure you use a tripod for this one to get the best results.PerformanceHuawei P30 Pro doesn’t take no for an answer. You throw the toughest task and the Kirin 980 processor paired with 8 gigs worth of RAM knows how to handle it. For heavy tasks, the performance mode of the chipset kicks in so you experience no lags or freezing of apps or UI. Multitasking was a breeze on the P30 Pro, and running GPU-intensive apps don’t break a sweat. From running PUBG Mobile on a streak to streaming my regular TV shows and movies on Netflix and Amazon Prime, the P30 Pro did not give me a chance to complain. 1/2 Huawei P30 Pro reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanHuawei P30 Pro reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanPreviousNextKirin 980 is the same chipset as in the Mate 20 Pro, but the new EMUI 9.0 based on Android Pie makes all the difference on the P30 Pro. The UI is responsive, fluid and fast. The gestures were accurate, apps never froze or crashed and swiping from the sides to go back puts that curved display to the best use possible on a phone. The EMUI 9.0 is ruled by AI, which means the experience is only going to get better with time and we can surely vouch for that. Not as much as on predicting the next move using AI, but it sure knows what I wanted and it was ready to deliver.Huawei P30 Pro is the leading scorer in benchmark tests, and the real-world tests justify the bold claims Huawei made on the stage at both its India and Paris launch. The P30 Pro is bundled with a lot of exciting features, most of them you probably won’t use or know they exist. For instance, there’s this cool Digital Car Key, which works with Audi cars to use the phone as the key to lock/unlock the car and start the engine. What are the chances you own an Audi and a P30 Pro? Bleak for me (for now though).But the coolest feature I couldn’t stop babbling about (of course besides the insane camera) is the One Hop share, for which you need a MateBook X. But Huawei Share is an incredible feature that works blazingly fast to transfer files between Huawei phones. I selected files weighing nearly 800MB and it literally took a second or maybe two to send them all from P30 Pro to Mate 20 Pro. It’s unbelievable how Huawei has made sharing so easy, but my only hope is that it works with other phones too. Huawei P30 Pro reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanThe list of cool features in the P30 Pro continues with the system-wide dark mode, best-in-class optical fingerprint scanner, which is fast and accurate, snappy face unlock, which works well under challenging lights, double knock to screenshot, screen time management and more. The screen time statistics are pretty cool and detailed, as they tell me how frequently I unlock the phone, and the apps I use most. Although I did little to change my screen habits, it sure did add some knowledge. As they say, knowledge is power. 1/2 Huawei P30 Pro reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanHuawei P30 Pro reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanPreviousNextBut the software could really use some improvements, such as the Settings, which need to be simplified, bloatware that can be removed and features like HiTouch, which I personally never felt to the need to use.BatteryAs impressive as the camera on the P30 Pro is, the battery performance is excellent and not mentioned enough. After testing the P30 Pro under different scenarios, I can conclude that the P30 Pro’s battery is the best one out there. Combining the best of both charging speed and ever-lasting battery life, Huawei P30 Pro emerges as the top recommendation for those who constantly crib about phones dying too soon.I used the P30 Pro as my daily driver and throughout the review period, not once I was disappointed by the battery performance. The generous 4,200mAh unit does an excellent 6+ hours on-screen time. It translated to almost a day and a half of mixed usage with 4G and GPS turned on. With the official Geekbench battery testing app, it gave an impressive 9+ hours. Huawei P30 Pro reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanRelying on Huawei P30 Pro for your travelogue is the best thing you can do. Even on roaming, I was able to get a full day of battery while using the camera extensively, sharing images on social media, watching some videos online, listening to music and playing games as well. We put the phone through some intense tests and it handled them like a pro. Even though there’s an impressive battery saving mode, I never had the chance to use it – thanks to super-fast charging.Huawei P30 Pro consistently delivered nearly 75 percent charge in 30 minutes. When timed it, the battery went from 31 to 91 percent in 30 minutes and reached 100 percent in 45 minutes. All while the phone maintained a cool temperature, which did not make the phone unusable while charging. If I had to pick my favourite feature in the P30 Pro, the battery takes an easy second after the camera.Pro tip: For those who like to show off, the P30 Pro’s reverse wireless charging is a nifty feature. 1/2 Huawei P30 Pro reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanHuawei P30 Pro reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanPreviousNextVerdictThe biggest question is whether buying Huawei P30 Pro is a sound choice or not. It’s good to question as you will be writing a hefty cheque for this phone. If it is the question of worth, Huawei P30 Pro is the best flagship money can buy right now. If you’re puzzled between the latest Samsung Galaxy S10 and the P30 Pro, go with Huawei and you won’t regret it.Huawei P30 Pro offers the best of everything – camera, battery and performance – at a competitive price of Rs 71,990. The Aurora colour is nice, but the Breathing Crystal is where your money should really go. You can buy Huawei P30 Pro here.Huawei said the P30 Pro rewrites the rules of photography. After reviewing this beast of a phone, it is safe to say that it hands a new rulebook for flagship smartphones.center_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:03/0:57Loaded: 0%0:03Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:54?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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first_imgPunjab National Bank (PNB), India’s second largest state-owned bank, has reported a 93 percent decline in its profit for the December quarter as the bank had to allocate additional funds to cover bad loans.The lender’s net profit dropped to Rs.51 crore in the October-December quarter, against Rs.774 crore in the same period a year earlier.Following the announcement of disappointing quarterly results, PNB shares plunged 5.6 percent to trade at Rs 89, even as the benchmark equity indices pared some of their losses they witnessed earlier in the trading session.PNB’s gross non-performing assets (NPAs) soared to 8.47 percent of total advances in the third quarter from 5.97 percent in the corresponding quarter a year ago. Its advances rose by 8.4 percent in the quarter.”PNB has come out with a very disappointing set of results for the quarter. Though results were expected to be bad, however, the quantum of rise in Gross NPAs has surprised us,” said Angel Broking in a note.The bank’s provisions for bad loans more than doubled to Rs.3,375 crore in the quarter from Rs.1,467 crore in the year-ago quarter. It also saw fresh slippages climb to Rs.13,842 crore from Rs.5,193 crore, as bulk loans to companies in sectors like steel, infra and power turned into NPAs.”Industry is going through a tough time and PNB is a large player. PNB being a large lender, the impact is seen on the bank’s NPA level,” Mint quoted PNB CMD Usha Ananthasubramanian, as saying.”The industry and PNB will go through tough times. The surgery is not over,” she added.Net interest margin, a measure of profitability, fell to 2.75 percent in the three months ended 31 December, 2015, from 3.27 percent in the corresponding period in 2014.last_img read more

first_imgBiocon on Thursday announced that it posted 52 percent rise in its net profit in the second quarter that ended in September 2016. The Bengaluru-based pharmaceutical company recorded net profit of Rs 147 crore as against Rs 97 crore for the corresponding quarter in the previous fiscal.The increase in profit can be attributed to the company’s growth in small molecules, biologics and research services, Biocon said in a regulatory filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange.Biocon’s total revenues rose 21 percent to Rs 992 crore for the September quarter as against Rs 819 crore during the same quarter in the FY2016.”Our performance in Q2 FY17 was led by strong growth across Small Molecules, Biologics and Research Services. Expansion of our biologics footprint in emerging markets and licensing agreements boosted the revenue further. Our long term investments in R&D, manufacturing facility in Malaysia and clinical advancement of our programs will enable us to unlock greater value, going forward,” Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, chairperson and managing director of Biocon, said in a statement.Biocon’s Earnings before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) rose 45 percent to Rs 277 crore for the quarter, as compared to Rs 192 crore during the year-ago period.The company’s ready-to-use Insulin Glargine pen launched in Japan has been well received, which augurs well for its business. “The tentative USFDA approval for Rosuvastatin calcium tablets heralds our entry into the US generics market,” Biocon added.The pharma company recorded total sales worth Rs 940 crore, up 20 percent from 786 crore in the same quarter during the last fiscal.Biocon’s stock was trading at Rs 998.05 at around 09:19 am on Friday, up 1.82 percent from its previous close on the BSE.last_img read more

first_imgIn this photo taken on January 10, 2017, start-up companies work out of Nasscom’s Startup Warehouse facility, which incubates start-up tech companies, in Bangalore.MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/Getty ImagesIndia has the potential to become the Silicon Valley in the next 5 years but it needs to do more for expanding the innovation ecosystem, World Bank India head Junaid Kamal Ahmad has said.Ahmad raised a very pertinent point of the under-developed innovation ecosystem in the country that aspires to become a middle-income nation.”I think we can do a Silicon Valley in India in the next five the world is changing, we can leapfrog,” Ahmad said while releasing a World Bank report on innovation in developing countries.According to the report, investments for innovation often consist of marginal improvements in process or products, rather than significant technology adoption or new product imitation.While such investments help drive returns initially but over the long run they fail to bear fruits due to the lack of complementary factors.”…if a firm (or country) invests in innovation but cannot also import the necessary technology, contract or hire trained workers and engineers, or draw on new organizational techniques, the returns to that investment will be low,” said Ahmad.According to the report, investments for innovation often consist of marginal improvements in process or products, rather than significant technology adoption or new product imitation.But in order to get a sustainable boost, the policy maker’s conception of the national innovation system must go beyond the usual institutions and policies designed to offset standard innovation-related market failures, highlighted Ahmad.An earlier analysis by the World Bank also highlighted the need for a proper innovation ecosystem for India to join the ranks of middle-income countries.India has leaped over 30 positions in the recently released World Bank’s ease of doing business rankings report.Major reforms and policies introduced and implemented under prime minister Narendra Modi have helped uplift growth and boost overseas investor confidence in the Asia’s third-largest economy.But in order to sustain growth, India needs to widen its reform scope aimed at resolving issues related to credit and investment and enhance the competitiveness of India’s exporting sector, the World Bank report said.last_img read more

first_imgIndian pedestrians walk on Dalal Street – Trader’s Street – next to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in Mumbai on March 7, 2014.INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesIndian stocks opened the fresh week on a downbeat note on Monday, picking up from the biggest weekly plunge in two years recorded last week. The spectacular crash that wiped out billions in investor wealth has already led to Indian markets losing the tag of Asia’s best performing market.The rupee’s decline and fall to become Asia’s worst performing currency, the spiraling oil prices, liquidity fears in the market stemming from the IL&FS fiasco — all have played a part in the massive correction in Indian markets.On Monday, the benchmark index Sensex lost nearly 300 points, while the Nifty looked like it was on a losing battle to hold above 10,000 level. The BSE Sensex opened at 34,412 and the Nifty50 at 10,310 on Monday, after receiving severe battering last week, with Sensex losing 792 point on Friday alone.While Sensex blue chips such as Reliance Industries, HDFC and ITC led the losses on BSE, as many as 37 stocks in the Nifty50 marked declines even as NSE data showed foreign portfolio investors and domestic institutional investors remained net sellers through the last week.What’s the outlook at this point?The rise and rise of Sensex has all but snapped for all you know. The Indian markets used to be Asia’s crown until a month ago, but the scene has changed altogether with a combination of factors joining hands. Worsening the rupee-crude-liquidity complex, the upcoming elections in five states have also put investors on the cautions mode.”The way things have panned out on both domestic and global front, we do not see any chance of overnight reversal,” Jayant Manglik, president of Religare Broking Ltd, told Business Standard. The sentiment is bearish and traders should continue with ‘sell on rise’ approach, the analyst has advised.Some analysts are even more skeptical, suggesting that the Sensex may drop below the psychological 30,000 levels before the turbulent year runs out. “The Indian market will continue to see heightened volatility in the current quarter because of a host of expected negative factors, with the Sensex likely to come down to 30,000 level by the year end,” Kedia Stock and Commodity Research MD Vijay Kedia told Arabian Business. You can save tax upto Rs. 46,350 per year by investing in ELSS funds.FlickrThe Election Commission said on Saturday that results of the assembly elections in five states — Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Mizoram – will be announced on December 11. The results will give vital clues to the prospects of the BJP in the next Lok Sabha elections. A loss or victory on less than expected scale will be make the markets jittery again.Souring sentimentWith sentiment roiling further, more capital is fleeing the markets. The foreign investors have withdrawn over Rs 9,300 crore form the Indian capital markets in the last four trading sessions according to the latest data. This is over and above the net outflow of Rs 21,000 crore in the month of September.Another worrying sign for the market is the loss of steam in the mutual funds. This asset class has been red hot over the last couple of years, driving the markets to dizzying heights. However, the latest numbers show that the Indian investors’ newly-found blind trust in mutual funds is ebbing away as well, albeit temporarily.last_img read more

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina. File PhotoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday asked the public servants to shun the ‘red tape culture’ and pick the work that will be beneficial for the country and its people.”There’ll be complexities in every work…once there was a red tape culture; now we’re using white tape (in public office files), but it doesn’t imply that the work will be getting quicker for using the white tape as the red tape (culture) still exists,” she said.The prime minister said this while inaugurating National Public Service Day 2018 and distributing Public Administration Award 2018 at Osmani Memorial auditorium in the city.She asked the public servants to eliminate the ‘red tape culture’ and not put government works on hold.”Make it sure that no work remains stuck, no work should be kept aside. It happens sometimes that a public servant doesn’t show much interest in a particular file and it’s kept aside the table, sometimes that the public servant forgets about that file or loses it.”Sheikh Hasina went on to say, “Again, public servants come up with such projects to spend unnecessary public money that will have less impacts or effectiveness; or the people of the country are unlikely to get any benefit from it.”The prime minister directed the public servants to think first about what the results and benefits their works will bring in for the country and its people. “You have to think those first…you’ve to work in that manner and think about the welfare of the grassroots people.”She mentioned further, “There was a time when the public servants always thought that it’s a government job, we’ll get our salaries, no matter we work or not. Such thinking is not acceptable at all.”The prime minister reminded public servants, “The meaning of government job is to receive salaries and wages from the money that all the people, including farmers and labourers, give to the government in taxes. You’re receiving salaries and relax in luxury, and everything that comes that comes from the pockets of the mass people. You’ve to always think about how you could provide service to them.”Hasinaurged the civil servants to work with innovative ideas to resolve the problems of their respective areas and implement development programmes based on local perspectives.She said a separate branch, ‘Governance Innovation Unit’, has been set up aiming to simplify government service through their new innovations.The prime minister said the government has a plan to introduce bullet train or speedy train services from Dhaka to Chittagong, Sylhet, Dinajpur, Barishal-Payra Port and Kolkata, reducing the travel time between the places to one hour. “If we can introduce this speedy train, the communications of the country will be very faster.”Recalling the disparity in public services among the people of the then East Pakistan and West Pakistan, Hasina said so many people of the country are serving in higher posts of the government as Bangabandhu has liberated the country.Highlighting the successes of her government, including raising the per capita income, foreign currency reserve, GDP growth with the help of the public servant, she extended thanks to them for their sincere cooperation.She also mentioned that the salaries of government employees have been hiked by 123 per cent.The programme was addressed, among others, by state minister for public administration Ismat Ara Sadeq and cabinet secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam. public administration secretary Faiz Ahmed delivered the welcome address.The prime minister earlier distributed ‘Public Administration Medal 2018’.last_img read more

first_imgQatar`s deputy prime minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani listens to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (not pictured) speak while attending a Gulf Cooperation Council summit on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, US on 28 September 2018. Photo: ReutersUS Secretary of State Mike Pompeo brought the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia and Qatar together Friday for the first time since their diplomatic feud erupted but there was no sign of a let-up in tensions between the Gulf powerhouses.At the start of a meeting with counterparts from the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) along with allies Egypt and Jordan, Pompeo said that those present had “a shared interest in a wide range of security issues.”But speaking to reporters later, Qatar’s foreign minister said there had been “no progress” in resolving the more than year-long dispute with Saudi Arabia.He insisted that the gas-rich state remained “open to dialogue” with the Saudis and its allies.”We are grateful for the efforts president Donald Trump makes to try solving this crisis but the responses from the blockade countries are not positive,” said Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani.The United States said that all the countries found common cause against Iran, Saudi Arabia’s archrival which the Trump administration has been seeking to isolate.”All participants agreed on the need to confront threats from Iran directed at the region and the United States,” the State Department said in a statement.In apparent reference to Saudi Arabia and Qatar, the statement called for forging greater cooperation in the Middle East “anchored by a united GCC” which could “advance prosperity, security and stability in the region.”Saudi Arabia — along with its Gulf allies, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain — cut diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar in June 2017, accusing it of supporting terrorism and being too close to Iran.Qatar denies the charges, accusing its neighbours of seeking regime change.The rift has proved a strategic headache for Washington as Qatar provides the main headquarters in the region for the US Central Command, while Bahrain is home to the US Fifth Fleet and Saudi Arabia has long been one of its key allies in the region.Kuwait has led mediation efforts in the crisis, which so far have made little tangible progress.last_img

first_imgBy AFRO StaffLarry Young, former State Senator and venerable Baltimore talk show host has again been named one of the top talk radio personalities in America.The Talkers Magazine, one of the most important publications in the world of talk radio, named Young one of its “Heavy Hundred,” the 100 “Most Important Talk Show Hosts in America.”Larry Young, host of the Larry Young Morning Show on WOLB 1010AM, was once again named one of the best radio talk show hosts in America, by Talkers Magazine. (Courtesy Photo)Young, host of the “Larry Young Morning Show” on WOLB 1010AM, was ranked number 41 in the 2019 edition of Talkers Magazine It is the silver anniversary, 25th edition of the magazine. This year Young moved up in the national rankings, going from number 50 in 2018 to his current ranking at 41.According to the magazine, the rankings are compiled based on several criteria: effort, courage, impact, longevity, potential, recognition, service, talent and uniqueness.Congratulations LY!last_img read more

first_imgTo celebrate World Dance Day, IHC is organising a show titled Rage And Beyond – Irawati’s Gandhari, a solo dance-theatre presentation by Sanjukta Wagh on April 29.Wagh is a Kathak dancer, trained in Hindustani music and theatre. Her work Rage and Beyond: Irawati’s Gandhari has been conceived in collaboration with sociologist Gita Chadha and has been nominated for the national theatre awards, META in six categories including choreography, direction and costume. Rage and Beyond is not just Wagh’s response to the character of Gandhari as she appears in Iravati Karve’s Yugant, a text that is supposed to be the first contemporary reinterpretations of the Mahabharata by a woman writer in the 1960’s.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Wagh said, “When I enter in to this text in 2014, I started negotiating with the tremendous ebb and flow that inevitably happens when one tries to embody an archetype, a mythological character that is so deeply  entrenched in the Indian  cultural consciousness. In this rewriting and embodiment of Irawati’s Gandhari, I am trying to keep this complexity alive without the need to either essentialise or glorify either author or her character, by not trying to fill in the blanks.”last_img read more