Bike racer found dead in Jaisalmer

first_imgA 36-year-old Bengaluru-based biker who had come to participate in Desert Storm Rally here, was found dead, the police said on Sunday. The body of biker Ashfaq Mohammed was found in Nayatala village on Friday night after his fellow bikers lodged a complaint with the police, SHO Sam police station Karan Singh said. Prima facie it appears that Mohammed strayed in the desert area and eventually died of thirst and hunger. However, the cause of death will be clear only after the post-mortem, the SHO said.last_img

ScienceShot: Eat Hard, Lose Weight

first_imgYou’ve heard of fast food and maybe slow food, but how about hard food? A new study suggests that the tougher food is to eat, the less we consume—and the fewer pounds we pack on. The work was inspired by the growing obesity epidemic; World Health Organization statistics suggest that obesity has nearly doubled globally since 1980, a trend many blame on an expanded array of processed foods, including high-calorie energy drinks, and a tendency to devour food quickly rather than take the time to cook and savor a healthy meal. So a team of researchers wondered whether changing the texture of food might make a difference. On two consecutive days, the scientists fed 50 healthy 20-somethings a lunch of hamburgers and a side of rice with vegetables. On one of the two days, each participant was served a soft bun and boiled vegetables, while on the other they ate a hard bun and raw vegetables. Each day concluded with a dinner of noodles, chicken, and vegetables 5 hours later. When they ate the tougher-to-chew lunch, participants consumed about 90 fewer calories on average, a drop of about 13% compared with the softer lunch. What’s more, they ate about the same amount for dinner both days, meaning they didn’t compensate with a larger dinner after a smaller, chewier lunch. Writing this week in PLOS ONE, the authors say their results suggest that slight changes in food texture could lead people to take in fewer calories in the long term, possibly helping them lose weight. Eating less, it turns out, might be as simple as eating hard.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

Video: How to escape a hawk attack

first_imgWhat’s a rabbit to do if it finds itself running for its life from a hawk? Dart to the side as quickly as possible, a new study suggests. To determine how some lucky prey escape the birds’ deadly talons, researchers strapped a 20-gram video camera to the head of a northern goshawk (Accipiter gentilis), a large raptor commonly used in falconry. Then, they sent it out to hunt in the forests and fields near the region of Twenthe in the Netherlands. Based on 16 recordings of the hawk pursuing rabbits and pheasants, the researchers were able to identify the goshawk’s strategy. During most pursuits, the goshawk fixed its steely gaze on the fleeing prey, then flew at a constant angle to its intended victim, anticipating where the animal would be by the time the hawk caught up if it ran in a straight line, and correcting its course as its prey swerved. When the bird got close, it switched to direct pursuit, following at the heels of its prey. Roughly half of the pheasants and rabbits that got away—15 in all—did so by darting off to the side, the scientists report online today in The Journal of Experimental Biology. This sudden motion foiled the goshawk not by simply outmaneuvering it, but by breaking the hawk’s visual lock on its target, the researchers suggest. The hawk caught only one animal—a pheasant that failed to dart away.(Video credit: Robert Musters)Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

Solar cells—now in a rainbow of colors

first_imgSure, solar panels are good for the environment, but they’re so … boring. Now scientists have found a way to spice things up. In a study published online this month in Nano Letters, researchers describe making solar cells in several colors (pictured) that still perform efficiently. The scientists layered silicon dioxide, a common material to make glass optical fibers, and titanium dioxide, widely used to absorb harmful ultraviolet rays in sunscreens, alternately to create a structure called photonic crystal that can interact with light. Then they placed a layer of perovskite, the light-harvesting material, on top of the photonic crystal. The colors appear as a result of a combination of light reflected by the photonic crystal and absorbed by the perovskite; they can be changed by varying the thickness of individual silicon or titanium layers in the photonic crystal section. One downside: The colored cells are less efficient than their black counterparts, converting—at most—about 9% of the sunlight they receive into electricity, versus 25% for traditional cells. Still, the team hopes that the colorful cells could win over people averse to solar panels and boost solar adoption on buildings and other structures.last_img read more

Youthful 1BATAAN Risers upset Pasig Grindhouse to rule 1st leg of Chooks 3×3

first_img‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines — 1BATAAN Risers proved that they were the rightful kings as they were crowned as the champions of the first leg of the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 President’s Cup, topping the Pasig Grindhouse Kings, 19-18, in the finals on Saturday at the SM Megamall Events Center in Mandaluyong.Alvin Pasaol and Santi Santillan powered the young crew with seven points apiece as they completed the upset over the preseason favorites.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Paras wasn’t just an observer for the day as he ruled the Gameville Dunk Contest with a sick one-handed tomahawk jam over four slouched referees to collect 49 points from the judges. He beat NU high-flyer Daniel Chatman’s 39 points for the throne.Ababou, on the other hand, made up for Pasig Grindhouse’s runner-up finish with his Gameville Three-Point Shootout victory over Asistio, 6-3.Carga Valenzuela and Pasay Voyagers also made it to the semifinals after topping their respective brackets.The second leg of the President’s Cup will be on Sunday, February 24, still at the SM Megamall Events Center.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jayjay Helterbrand, Ginebra beat rival Purefoods in PBA Legends game LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants “We’re so happy and we really worked hard for this,” said Pasaol, the charismatic super scorer out of University of the East, in Filipino.1Bataan was well on its way to a victory after taking a 16-11 advantage courtesy of a pair of freebies from Pasaol.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesTaylor Statham, though, didn’t allow Pasig Grindhouse to go down quietly as he brought his side within one in the final two minutes before Joshua Munzon gave the Kings the lead, 18-17, with a booming long bomb in the final 55 seconds.Santillan, however, had his way inside against Troy Rike to bring the lead back in the Risers’ favor, 19-18 with 30 seconds remaining. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Munzon tried his luck from the top of the arc, but his shot fell way short as 1Bataan banked on defense to hold off Pasig Grindhouse as time expired.Sean Manganti chipped in five points, as Anton Asistio was the crucial fourth member of the Risers as they bagged the P100,000 cash prize.“We beat them through our hard work. We really didn’t have any other strategy because they’re such a big team. We were the underdogs and undersized,” said Pasaol.It was a successful inaugural staging for Chooks-to-Go president and league owner Ronald Mascarinas and commissioner Eric Altamirano, who both raised the curtain on the first-of-its-kind 3×3 league in the country.Also gracing the event were former Gilas Pilipinas head coaches Tab Baldwin and Chot Reyes,  ambassadors Kobe Paras, Kai Sotto, Terrence Romeo, and Calvin Abueva, FIBA 3×3 business director Fei Gao, and FIBA Oceania and Singapore executive director David Crocker.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Anirban Lahiri cards 2-under 70 to jump to 9th spot at World Golf Championships

first_imgAnirban Lahiri added a second successive two-under 70 and jumped to tied ninth spot at the midway stage of the US$9.5 million WGC Golf Cadillac Championships.Lahiri, who had three birdies, two of them in the last three holes, and a bogey to start his day, is six shots behind leader Adam Scott, who is looking to make it two wins in as many weeks.The Blue Monster at Doral was somewhat more benign than usual, but the layout continued to challenge the best pros in the world.For the second straight day, it was a shaky start for Lahiri with a bogey to open proceedings. He hit his tee shot into the intermediate rough, from where he went into the left rough.By the time he came to the green, he had a 23-footer for par, which he missed. But the Indian got into his stride quickly by finding greens with great regularity even when he was not on the fairway.He birdied the par-4 third with a sevenfooter, and over the next six holes, he was consistently inside 20-feet with his approaches, but needed two putts for pars. He also missed a seven-footer for birdie on eighth.On the turn, he was steady again. From 10th to 15th, he was again in the 40-70-foot zone and always got his pars, including one from eight feet on 11th and another from just over 12 feet on 13th.The consistency paid off on 16th, when he hit his approach to under five feet and holed it for birdie, and again on the challenging 18th, where he holed a 14-footer for his third birdie and wrapped up his round in 70.advertisementScott, second at Northern Trust Open two weeks ago and winner at Honda Classic last week, is back in the saddle at the midway stage.His 6-under 66 got him to 10-under for the tournament and two clear of Rory McIlroy and defending champion Dustin Johnson.With three birdies in his last four holes the Aussie enters the weekend with great confidence.Jordan Spieth made bogey on his final hole and shot even-par 72, leaving him seven shots off the lead in tied 12th place.Johnson (64) shares second with McIlroy (65) and World No. 15 Danny Willett is in solo fourth after his 69. Just behind them are World No. 4 Bubba Watson (tied fifth) and Phil Mickelson (tied seventh).Scott made eight birdies, including three straight on holes 15, 16 and 17, to take charge of the tournament. Johnson made eight birdies with no dropped shots. Mickelson got to 9-under at one point, leading by three – until the two shortest holes on the course led to his undoing.He three-putted from 55 feet for bogey on the 191-yard 13th and then put his ball in the water on the 139-yard 15th that lead to a double bogey.Marcus Fraser, who shared the lead after the opening round, collapsed to 77.ALSO READ:Anirban Lahiri wins Asian Tour Golfer of the Year awardGolfer Lahiri all set to tee up at Farmers Insurance Openlast_img read more

Wales could hit heights or depths in final countdown

first_imgThe thousands of Welsh supporters who have brought their nation’s famed singing, not to mention plenty of plastic dragons, to a major tournament after a wait of more half a century are steeling themselves to hit the heights or rock bottom on Monday.Currently in second place in Euro 2016 group B with three points, Wales could finish either top or bottom of their section, depending on their own result against Russia here and England’s against Slovakia.If they beat the Russians, who have only one point, and neighbours England fail to win, Chris Coleman’s side would be proud group winners, qualifying for a round of 16 match in the Parc des Princes next Saturday against a third-placed team.At the other extreme, defeat, and at least a point for Slovakia, would leave them fourth.A modicum of pride would undoubtedly remain, but such an outcome would be a real anti-climax after the excitement of beating the Slovaks 2-1 in the opening game and then holding England until the final minute in a 2-1 defeat. (ALSO READ: Late Sturridge strike lifts England to 2-1 victory over Wales)Russia’s 2-1 defeat by Slovakia undid all the good work of their resilience in snatching a late equaliser against England and leaves them vulnerable to an early return home and charges of under-achievement.In historic and geo-political terms there should be no contest between a nation of 144 million people and one with a population of three million — larger than only Albania, Northern Ireland and Iceland of the 24 countries here. (FULL EURO 2016 COVERAGE)advertisementRussia have never lost to Wales in their four meetings, but the margins have been tight, like so many matches at this low-scoring tournament.Coach Leonid Slutski knows his team must avoid conceding free kicks within shooting range for Gareth Bale, a mistake that both Slovakia and England were punished for making.The Real Madrid player scored with direct long range efforts, bringing back memories of Michel Platini’s ability with a dead ball when France last hosted the European Championship in 1984.Coleman knows he can count on his one superstar. He will be more concerned about a defence that conceded only four goals in the qualifying campaign but has been beaten almost as many times in two games here.Changing from his system of three at the back is a possibility, but perhaps too radical a departure at this late and crucial stage.last_img read more

This Pakistan team lack ability to beat India: former greats

first_imgKarachi, Jun 5 (PTI) Pakistans 124-run defeat to India in the ICC Champions Trophy tournament has been described as “shameful” and “humiliating” by the countrys former greats such as Imran Khan and Wasim Akram, critics and fans alike. Having notched up 319 for three, India bowled out Pakistan for 164 to post a comprehensive victory at the Edgbaston. “Win and defeat are part of any game but the manner in which we lost to India on Sunday without a fight was very painful,” Imran said in a statement. He added, “Despite having lot of talent Pakistan will continue to fall behind India in cricket unless our cricket structure is revised.” Former captain Rashid Latif said, “Even if Pakistan had fielded its full 15 players I dont think the result would have been different. Such is the difference between the two sides now.” Shahid Afridi said the gap between the two sides is increasing. “While India has progressed a lot we are falling behind them,” he said. Another former skipper, Aamir Sohail, said while the media loves to present it otherwise the truth is this Pakistan team doesnt have the ability to beat the current Indian side. Former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar lashed out at the players for showing no heart. “Who in their right mind would open the bowling in such English conditions with a spinner who can turn the ball. “The only way to beat India was to bowl them out for a manageable total by taking wickets. Yet, instead of attacking them with the new ball, we choose to contain them. This was poor captaincy and poor decision making by the team think tank,” he said. Akhtar also took head coach Mickey Arthur to task for saying after the match that it was his decision to play Wahab Riaz over Junaid Khan as there was no difference between Junaid and Hassan Ali, who played in the match. “It is astonishing that the coach does not see any difference between Junaid and Hassan. How can you compare them – one is a natural left-arm swing bowler and the other is a right-arm pacer.” The latest loss hurt the Pakistanis more than past defeats given the hype around the match and the tense relations between the two countries. Former captain Mohammad Yousuf said people needed to accept the reality. “They are a top side which is why they are number three in ODI rankings and we are languishing at number eight because of our poor performances.” Yousuf said that even though the Edgbaston pitch was excellent for batting none of the Pakistani batters showed the technique to make use of the conditions. “What happened is shameful. It is humiliating for us because we have played and beaten India many times. We used to dominate them.” Yousuf called for sacking Arthur. Former Test opener and ex-head coach of the Pakistan team, Mohsin Khan said if Pakistan continued to play the way they did against India they would face similar results against South Africa and Sri Lanka. “The coach has been a big disappointment as the team appeared to be without a plan while I am disappointed with the captaincy of Sarfaraz Ahmed who appeared lost in the match.” Former captain Wasim Akram said Indias cricket had improved a lot due to the IPL and massive investment in the sport. “The bitter truth is we are lagging behind them in many ways and we are not producing fearless players. Before every Pak-India match there is a 50-50 chance for either side to win but on Sunday we just gave it away. It was a bad defeat.” He pointed out that India have many advantages over Pakistan as their captain is more mature and experienced as is their team. Akram said he was disappointed with the performance of the bowlers in the final 10 overs as they cracked under pressure. Viv Richards and Brian Lara, appearing on the state- owned PTV sports, said on paper India were always favourites to win the match. “Look at the other teams and their number three batsman. Pakistan is playing Babar Azam in such a big event at such a crucial position. They have got it wrong,” Richards said. Lara termed India as one of the favorites to reach the final after their dominating performances against Pakistan. An upset Saeed Ajmal said he couldnt understand what planning Pakistan ha done for the match. “Their appeared to be no direction and it made no sense at all to open the bowling with Imad and then given him the final over when India were on a rampage,” he said. PTI Cor AH AHadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Nokia 7.1 with 5.84-inch PureDisplay, Zeiss-branded cameras launched

first_imgHMD Global on Thursday announced the Nokia 7.1 at an event in London. The phone, which is an upgrade over last year’s Nokia 7, comes soon after the Nokia 6.1 Plus and 5.1 Plus phones, both of which have made their way to the Indian market. The new Nokia 7.1 brings a similar design language as the other two, but with two notable new features – PureDisplay screen technology and Zeiss-branded dual cameras.Not only is the Nokia 7.1 similar to the 6.1 Plus in design, but it also shares a lot of the same hardware. It will come in two colours – Gloss Midnight Blue and Gloss Steel. It will be available tomorrow in Europe and next week in other markets like the US. The Nokia 7.1 is priced between 299 to 349 Pounds (approx Rs 28,000 to Rs 33,000). HMD is yet to announce its India availability, but considering the company is hosting an event on October 11 in India, we expect the Nokia 7.1 to be announced for the country next week.Nokia 7.1 specificationsThe Nokia 7.1 sports a 5.84-inch FHD+ (2246×1080) IPS LCD display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. HMD is calling this the first Nokia phone with a PureDisplay screen technology for a more immersive viewing experience and better contrast with HDR10 support. The company says this will allow you to experience vibrant videos on apps like YouTube, Netflix and Amazon Prime Video that support HDR content. The phone will also convert SDR to HDR content in real-time.The design of the Nokia 7.1 may look almost identical to the Nokia 6.1 Plus, but there’s a little more to the overall finish. The phone is covered with Gorilla Glass 3 on the front and back along with a dual-anodised Series 6000 aluminium frame with diamond cut edges. You also get Nokia’s trademark accents around the edges, camera lens and fingerprint sensor on the back. The Nokia 7.1 is powered by a 1.8GHz Snapdragon 636 chipset, which is similar to the Nokia 6.1 Plus. The phone will be offered with 3GB and 4GB of RAM along with 32GB and 64GB of internal storage, respectively. Both the variants support storage expandability up to 400GB via microSD card.advertisementNotably, the new Nokia phone gets a dual camera setup with Zeiss-branded lenses, something that was missing on the 6.1 Plus. The Nokia 7.1 brings a 12-megapixel primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture and 1.28 micron pixels and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor for depth support. Up front, the Nokia 7.1 gets an 8MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture. HMD says the Nokia 7.1 can capture true-to-life HDR images. The camera app also gets a Pro mode and bokeh effect, among other things.The Nokia 7.1 will house a 3,060mAh battery, which is once again similar to the the Nokia 6.1 Plus. The phone will ship with Android 8.1 Oreo and the device will be part of the Android One program. HMD says the phone will soon be updated to Android 9 Pie soon. Pie will bring features like Digital Wellbeing, Adaptive Battery and App Actions. The phone is also ARCore certified and will be able to run thousands of AR apps in the Play Store. The handset supports USB Type-C port, fast charging, hybrid dual SIM slot and weighs around 160 grams, making it pretty lightweight.HMD also announced two new wireless earphones. One is a truly wireless earbuds with up to 16 hours of audio playback thanks to the audio case. The other is the Pro Wireless Earphones which comes with magnetic connectors.”Almost two thirds of videos around the world are viewed on mobile 1 which is why we’ve introduced our PureDisplay screen technology, to give everyone a premium viewing experience on a smartphone. The Nokia 7.1 even offers real-time SDR to HDR conversion, meaning you can experience HDR quality entertainment, even when your content is not,” said Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer, HMD Global.ALSO READ: Nokia 5.1 Plus review: HMD notches yet another win in the affordable segment”We believe the best camera is the one you carry with you, so we’ve designed a new imaging experience powered by ZEISS Optics, featuring rapid auto focus thanks to the two-phase detection technology to capture your own incredible HDR photography. We are excited to deliver a unique, premium experience in collaboration with best in class partners to deliver a standout smartphone at great value.”last_img read more

Maritime Museum Partners to Light Sambro Lens

first_imgThe Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and the Nova Scotia Lighthouse Preservation Society plan to shed some light on a recent topic of public debate. On Wednesday, Nov. 28, the museum and the society will host a free demonstration of lighthouse equipment that will feature the lighting of the Sambro Island lighthouse’s Fresnel lens, as well as a discussion on topics such as the recent decision to silence the Sambro Island foghorn. Measuring 2.8 metres in height and composed of crystal glass prisms set in bronze frames, the lens was built in 1906 by the Barbier, Bernard and Turenne Company in Paris. For more than 60 years, it illuminated the mouth of Halifax Harbour until it was replaced in 1967. The lens has since become one of the Maritime Museum’s most iconic artifacts. The presentation, which will be led by members of the society and museum curator Dan Conlin, will also include hands on demonstrations of various foghorns, from newer air horns, to hand cranked classics. “This is a fun and rare opportunity to make a fog horn roar or see a small light turn a beautiful crystal lens into a glowing orb of fire,” said Mr. Conlin. “It is especially significant now because these sounds and lights are rapidly disappearing from our coastlines.” The demonstration will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the museum, 1675 Lower Water St., Halifax. Reports of regular society activities will be provided at 7 p.m. and the public is welcome. Admission is free, but donations to the Nova Scotia Lighthouse Preservation Society are appreciated.last_img read more

Toronto police reviewing supports after officers overdose death

first_imgTORONTO – The fatal fentanyl overdose of a Toronto drug squad officer has the police force considering what more it could be doing to support those working in its high-risk units.The death of Const. Michael Thompson — which occurred in April, was deemed an overdose in July and was announced by police on Thursday — has raised many questions about what happened to the 37-year-old described as a good officer who was respected by his colleagues.The force is conducting parallel reviews — one into Thompson’s death that includes investigating his professional responsibilities, and the other into support programs for officers in high-risk units, such as the drug squad, human trafficking unit and the emergency task force, said police spokeswoman Meaghan Gray.Investigators haven’t said why Thompson, who was found in medical distress at his home, had fentanyl at his residence. They also haven’t been able to determine if he may have purchased drugs on the street or taken them from police exhibits.But, Gray said, while some questions about Thompson may always remain unanswered, the force is taking a close look at how it supports officers who work on squads like his.“(The force is) looking to see whether what we’re doing is enough and potentially what else we could offer officers,” Gray said. “We want to see if there’s anything that we could be doing differently.”The force already has mandatory wellness visits for officers in high-risk units that include scheduled meetings with psychiatrists, Gray said, but police are looking closely at those supports.“Any time we lose a member it is concerning to us and I think that we would take a look at … what services we’re providing” and make any changes that would benefit all members of the force, she said.The force has said the quantity of fentanyl in Thompson’s system was too large to have been caused by mere contact with the opioid, which is about 100 times stronger than morphine.The synthetic painkiller — which is often mixed into drugs such as cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine — has been blamed for the growing overdose crisis that federal health officials say is expected to claim the lives of more than 3,000 people this year.Tom Stamatakis, president of the Canadian Police Association, said Thompson’s case “is a tragic situation, but it’s a rare situation.”“Generally speaking, police organizations across the country have very rigorous pre-selection screening processes,” Stamatakis said. “We should always keep sight of the need to properly vet people who want to get into policing, so that you can mitigate the risk that someone, once they get into policing, will make bad decisions.”Officers in high-risk units are screened even more carefully by medical professionals such as psychiatrists, he said, and once hired they are assessed regularly to ensure the stresses of the job are not negatively affecting their personal lives.“Stigma is a very huge issue in our culture and that’s why these are scheduled appointments and interventions so that you take away that requirement for the individual to reach out and to say they are struggling,” he said.Stamatakis said although Thompson’s case is most likely an isolated one, police forces should always review their policies and procedures something happens to one of their officers.An addictions specialist at Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, called addiction “an equal opportunity disease,” but noted that professionals who have regular access to drugs are considered high risk.“Socio-economic status does not necessarily protect you from addiction,” said Dr. Peter Selby. “It all has to do with access.”While he could not comment directly on Thompson’s case, Selby said workplaces where employees have access to drugs generally have good systems in place to account for the substances.“There has to be some oversight to make sure what’s taken is properly stored, it’s appropriately accounted for and there is usually more than one person involved so it’s not left up to one person to manage it,” he said.“If this loosens up, people who may be vulnerable then will see an opportunity, and unfortunately you don’t have to be addicted to die from opioids. It can even kill someone who is curious and tries just a little bit.”— with files from Peter Cameron.last_img read more

Girl on school ski trip in southern Alberta hits pole dies in

first_imgPINCHER CREEK, Alta. – A 10-year-old girl has died after striking a pole while she was on a school ski trip in southwestern Alberta.The Grade 6 student at Canyon Elementary School in Pincher Creek was on the planned outing Tuesday at the nearby Castle Mountain resort.She had taken a mandatory ski lesson in the morning with other students, said resort spokesman Jason Crawford“We have school groups almost every day,” he said Wednesday. “Once they’re through their lesson, they’re able to ski on the hill.”The school provided chaperones, either teachers or parents, he added.He didn’t know the girl’s level of ski experience but said she had skied at the resort before.The resort is investigating the accident, Crawford said, and it appears the girl was alone on a beginner run when she lost control and went off the run. She struck a wooden pole that was part of a fence marking an out-of-bounds area.Two other students witnessed the crash and went to get help, said RCMP Sgt. Mark Harrison.He said the girl was wearing a helmet but suffered serious head injuries.Resort staff provided first aid before paramedics arrived. Because of strong winds and snow, she could not be air-lifted to hospital, Harrison said.She was taken by ground ambulance to the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary, where she was later pronounced dead.The Livingstone Range School Division said in a statement that it is providing counselling to students at the school and at other division schools.“The Canyon School Community is devastated by this loss,” said Canyon School principal Paul Pichurski.“We send our heartfelt condolences to the family.”last_img read more

Ottawa announces 828 million for Nova Scotia infrastructure projects

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia will get $828 million in federal infrastructure funding over the next 10 years under an agreement announced Tuesday that will see much of the money go to small, cash-strapped communities.The province is the seventh province or territory to sign on to the $180-billion, 12-year Investing in Canada Plan.Premier Stephen McNeil said the money would assist with water and sewer projects and other provincial priorities including the twinning of 100-series highways, the expansion of broadband internet in rural areas, and construction of a new art gallery in Halifax.The money would also allow the province to help fund infrastructure projects in its 13 Mi’kmaq communities, including the cleanup of the Northern Pulp wastewater lagoons which sit on the property of the Pictou Landing First Nation, he said.“We believe there is an important opportunity,” he said. “I made a commitment on behalf of the province that we would deal with the issue of Boat Harbour and this will allow us and the federal government to be part of that.”Treasury Board President Scott Brison said the key for rural communities will be the flexibility of the funding formula, which is calculated to reduce their burden.“The fact we are enabling smaller communities to attain up to 60 per cent of federal funding for their projects is a real game changer,” said Brison. “It’s going to make a difference for a lot of these communities that simply don’t have the tax base to raise the money.”Officials said the municipal funding contribution could go as low as seven per cent of a project’s cost.Geoff Stewart, president of the Nova Scotia Union of Municipalities, said the program would provide some relief for struggling towns and villages.“Municipalities have been struggling for many years to try to maintain a level of service that is expected by the public. This announcement can only enhance the opportunities for better waste water treatment and water treatment.”Reporters also asked McNeil whether there was any opportunity to help fund a Halifax stadium that might attract a potential CFL franchise.McNeil downplayed the possibility, but said the province would look at all projects brought forward under the program.“While this is a substantial amount of money the need is great in our province,” he said. “We need to make sure we address the issues that we have no choice but to do. Municipalities are mandated by law to deal with the water and sewer issues and we have to make sure those are our priority.”McNeil said the long-term nature of the funding would help with planning for projects that will benefit the entire province. He said there would also be the opportunity to draw in private sector help.Under the plan’s first phase, the federal government has approved nearly 3,500 projects across Canada worth $8.4 billion.last_img read more

Drake Gifts Chris Brown 300 OVO Varsity Jacket

first_img Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Both artists share a connection with singer Rihanna. Brown and Rihanna dated, during which he infamously assaulted her. Rihanna and Drake, once frequent collaborators, have also been romantically linked in the past.Drake, 32, and Brown, 29, have not always seen eye-to-eye and were beefing for the better part of six years. Drake and Chris Brown seem to be friends again.The once-feuding hip-hop and R&B artists made amends in October at one of the Aubrey & The Three Amigos Tour Los Angeles concerts. Drizzy brought Breezy onstage for a special performance.It looks like the pair’s friendship is making positive progress. On Wednesday, Brown revealed Drake had gifted him an OVO Varsity Jacket. Price-tag, $300. “Thanks for lacing me I GOT THAT,” Brown captioned the photo, making sure to address his thank yous to Drake. Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Will the Warriors Chatter the Bulls 70 Wins 12 Losses Record

By Jamal LaoudiWashington, D.C. – In sports, records and achievements play an important role in defining and establishing legacies for both teams and players.The National Basketball Association (NBA) has some interesting records and phenomena, some may even be described as unbelievable.  Case and point, did any player ever won both the scoring title and the Defensive Player of the Year Award in the same season, emphasis on the same season?  “No way?”  That was my initial reaction but, it happened.  If you had to pick a name, you would probably match my pick and name Michael Jordan, and you would be right.  He did so in the 1987-88 season. Here is another one, any player ever scored a triple double in every game for the entire season?  I’ll spare you the suspense and say yes, Oscar Robertson. He did so in the 1961–62 season when he averaged 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and 11.4 assists per game.These days, an NBA’s team record is under assault.  The culprit?  The Golden State Warriors. The victim? The Best Single Season Team Records held by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls.The 1995-96 Chicago Bulls hold the current record with 72 wins and 10 losses during the regular season.  Actually, they hold the top three best records with 69 wins, 13 losses, and 67 wins 15 losses in the seasons 1996-97 and 1991-92 respectively.As of yesterday, the Warriors are on an impressive run of 26 wins and a single loss.  They are 12-0 at home, 14-1 on the road with 9-1 in the last 10 games with the loss as the 25th game of the season.  Note that by this point in the Bull’s record breaking season, they had 24 wins and 3 losses.  The Warriors are looking well under way.That said, by no means this is a forgone conclusion.  After all, the regular season is long and hard, and lots can happen before you put in 82 games.  The Warriors can partially influence their destiny.  They need to be mindful of the threat of complacency, beware of the fatigue element, and keep players healthy and inline.No doubt the road is long and hard, and they need luck, lots of it in staying injury free.  Could they do it? I don’t know. Do I want them break that record?  Hello no! I am a die-hard Michael Jordan and ’90s Bulls’ fan.  There was much more excitement in the league back then and it was much harder to win. read more

Spain Moroccan Population Decreases Following the Trend

By Daniela CastroNew York – According to the most recent data, the Moroccan population in Spain decreased 3.03% over 2014, in a context where the total population fell for the third consecutive year.The National Statistics Institute (INE) released on Wednesday its last report on population, based on information from municipal rolls. At January 1, 2015, the total population in Spain dropped 0.31%, a decrease seen since 2012, partly due to the rise in the number of immigrants who are leaving the country. Over 2014, 146,884 Spaniards returned to the country while 293,843 foreigner residents left. Moroccans are the second biggest group by nationality in Spain (750,883), after Rumanians (752,268), and have historically migrated to Spain for economic reasons, mainly looking for jobs in the agricultural and construction sectors, according to Real Instituto Elcano.The Moroccan population in Barcelona – one of the main destinations – has dropped in recent years.  As of January 1, 2012, 141,636 Moroccans lived in Barcelona, but at January 1, 2015 the number fell to 124,470, a 12.11% decrease.Over 2014, Moroccans immigrants between 35 and 39 years of age (102.935) and 30 to 34 (99.933) made up the biggest group by age.Spain is the closest European country to Africa by sea. Across the Strait of Gibraltar, around 10 miles separate Spain from Morocco. Along with France (832,641) and Italy (355,367), Spain is one of the main destinations for Moroccans (521,940), according to figures released by the Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat. read more

SMMT President celebrates 50 years of Automotive Engineering MSc

SMMT President and Ford of Britain chairman, Joe Greenwell has spoken of his optimism for the future of the UK motor industry in a keynote speech given this evening (10 May 2010) in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Cranfield University’s Automotive Product Engineering MSc course.Addressing an audience of current students, alumni and industry representatives, Mr Greenwell spoke of the window of opportunity presented to the automotive sector through the transition to low carbon transportation. Speaking of the renewed enthusiasm for manufacturing among political circles and the strategic partnership formed between government and the industry, he expressed the commitment industry had placed on ensuring the UK becomes a global leader in environmental technology.Stressing the importance of world-class training throughout the sector, he said, “The skills fostered in this country, through courses such as this one here at Cranfield, are utilised across the global industry. These skills are a key export product and one that we should be immensely proud of. This course is a jewel in the automotive industry’s crown and one that SMMT will continue to champion as we encourage new generations to work within UK automotive at what I think is an incredibly exciting time.”A full transcript of Mr Greenwell’s speech can be downloaded here.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Sats are no better than teachers at predicting pupils GCSE and ALevel

The research comes ahead of thousands of Year 6 children starting their SATs on Monday.Last month the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn announced that if elected, he would scrap Sats because primary school children are “unique” and should not have to go through “extreme pressure testing”.Mr Corbyn said that children should be “encouraged to be creative” and allowed to “let their imagination roam” rather than be subjected to the “unnecessary pressure of national exams”.A Labour government would replace Sats with an alternative form of assessment that would take into account “the learning needs of each child”, which parents and teachers would be consulted on before it was designed.   Ministers have said that axing Sats would cause “enormous damage” to education and undo decades of improvement in children’s numeracy and literacy.  Earlier this week, the chair of Ofqual said that Sats in primary school are necessary to show that taxpayer money is being well spent. Roger Taylor said that the assessments are necessary so that the public can be “confident” that the education system is fir for purpose. Sats are no better than teachers at predicting pupil’s GCSE and A-Level results, a study has found.Researchers from King’s College London (KCL) say their findings call into question the benefits of standardised exams. The study, published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, found teacher assessments at age 7, 11 and 14 were just as effective as using Sats results to predict pupils’ subsequent exam success.Dr Kaili Rimfeld, one of the report’s lead authors, said: “We have shown for the first time that teacher assessments predict GCSE and A-level results just as well as earlier exam scores.  “The fact that exam scores correlate so highly with the teacher assessments raises questions about the value of the testing culture that characterises compulsory education in the UK.”  Currently children take Sats at the end of their final year of primary school, while the tests for seven-year-olds are being phased out in favour of “baseline assessments” for children at the end of Reception.  The researchers made the comparison by linking data from more than 5,000 twin pairs in the Twins Early Development Study with teacher assessments and exam scores in the National Pupil Database.   Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Where Do You Vote Google Can Help

first_imgIt seems that there’s no end to Google’s usefulness. You can add yet another piece of important information to that seemingly unlimited resource: polling place locations. The search giant offers a simple way to find out where you need to go in order to vote in tomorrow’s mid-term elections.You can either just type “polling place” into Google or visit the Google Voter Info page over at maps.google.com. From there, just type in your full address, and Google will let you know exactly where you need to be tomorrow, in order to play your part in democracy.The service also offers a good deal of additional insight into the election, including a list of candidates and information about your location election office.last_img

Stathis Livathinos appointed National Theater artistic director

first_imgGreek director Stathis Livathinos is set to become the Greek National Theatetr’s new artistic director. The announcement was made on Thursday following a decision by Education, Culture and Religious Affairs Minister Aristides Baltas and Alternate Culture Minister Nikos Xydakis.Livathinos is replacing director Sotiris Hatzakis whose contract was terminated recently. According to the ministry, the reasons behind Hatzakis’s ousting included his failure to release information regarding the contracts of the company’s artistic and technical staff. He was also accused of not showing willingness to collaborate with the ministry’s new leadership following the January election.Born in Athens, Livathinos studied acting at the Pelos Katselis Drama School, English literature at the University of Athens and directing at Moscow’s State Institute for Theatre Arts. He was the artistic director of the National Theater’s Experimental Stage from 2001-2007.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more