Vikhe-Patil dumps Congress to join Cabinet; State gets 13 new ministers

first_imgThe much-anticipated third expansion of the Maharashtra Cabinet took place on Sunday, with eight Cabinet and five Ministers of State (MoS) sworn in. The Assembly polls are set to be held within the next four months.Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said, “We have elected a new team, considering certain criteria such as regional balance and performance. We have given opportunity to new faces, and no minister from the previous team has been removed over allegations of corruption or non-performance.” Of the 13, eight are from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), two from the Shiv Sena and one from the Republican Party of India (Athawale).As the new ministers were sworn in, six others submitted their resignations to Mr. Fadnavis, including three Cabinet ministers: Housing Minister Prakash Mehta, Social Justice Minister Rajkumar Badole and Tribal Welfare Minister Vishnu Savra. The three Ministers of State who resigned are Dilip Kamble, MoS for Social Justice and Special Assistance, Relief and Rehabilitation, Minority Welfare; Pravin Pote, MoS for Industries, Mining, Environment and Public Works Department; and Raje Ambreeshrao Atram, MoS for Tribal Welfare.Mr. Fadnavis is the first Maharashtra Chief Minister to have inducted two Leaders of Opposition (LoP) in his Cabinet. Former Congressman and LoP in the Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil was the first to be sworn in to the Cabinet on Sunday. In the second expansion, Shiv Sena leader and former LoP Eknath Shinde had been inducted into the Cabinet after the Sena decided to support the government.After taking oath as minister, Mr. Vikhe-Patil said he performed his duties as LoP with due diligence and honesty, and will do the same with the duties bestowed upon him by Mr. Fadnavis. “Constructive work for society can be done only after joining the government,” he said. When asked about the allegations of corruption he had levelled against Mr. Fadnavis, he said inquiries were ordered after his allegations, and will continue. While Mr. Vikhe-Patil, who was sworn in from the BJP’s quota, former Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Jaydutta Kshirsagar was inducted as a cabinet minister from the Sena. Mr. Kshirsagar, who quit the NCP during the Lok Sabha election campaign, was the minister of Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) in the Congress-NCP government from 2009-14. The Sena’s second pick, first-time MLC Tanaji Savant, was a surprise entrant in the Cabinet.BJP Mumbai chief Ashish Shelar was also inducted as Cabinet minister. Mr. Shelar is a former president of the Mumbai Cricket Association, and was rewarded for his contribution to the party’s growth in Mumbai. The BJP increased its tally in the Brihanmumbai Muncipal Corporation from 33 to 83 in the 2017 civic polls. The other Cabinet ministers sworn in include Suresh Khade from Sangli district, where the party is aiming to consolidate its base during the Assembly polls. Sanjay Kute, Dr. Anil Bonde and Ashok Uike from Vidarbha’s Buldhana, Amaravati and Yavatmal districts respectively have been given a Cabinet portfolio for the first time. Those inducted as Ministers of State include RPI leader Avinash Mahatekar; BJP MLA from Charkop Yogesh Sagar; BJP MLA from Maval Sanjay alias Bala Bhegade; BJP MLA from Aurangabad Atul Save; and Parinay Fuke, BJP MLC and a close confidant of Mr. Fadnavis.last_img read more

Pro Kabaddi 2019 Playoffs Eliminator 1 HIGHLIGHTS, UP Yoddha vs Bengaluru Bulls in Ahmedabad: Bengaluru Beat UP 48-45 in Extra-time

first_imgThe Winner of PKL 2019 First Eliminator will meet Dabang Delhi on October 16, Wednesday in the semi-finals clash.Passion, drama, thrill, excitement, intensity… we’re running out of adjectives to use for the #VIVOProKabaddiPlayoffs!Watch the #WorldsToughestWeek kick off tonight:⚔: #UPvBLR⏲: 7:00 PM onwards📺: Star Sports and Hotstar#IsseToughKuchNahi pic.twitter.com/FkZa2416My— ProKabaddi (@ProKabaddi) October 14, 2019After starting the season with just three wins in their opening 10 matches, UP Yoddha found themselves in a spot of bother in the league stages. However, they rallied back to win 10 of their remaining 12 matches and picked up 52 points out of a possible 60 to finish third in the vivo Pro Kabaddi Season 7 standings and qualify for the playoffs for the third season running.The defending champions started the season brightly with four wins in five matches but followed that up with two wins in the next seven. They managed four wins and a tie in their subsequent seven matches to qualify for the playoffs but finished the campaign with two straight losses to Jaipur Pink Panthers and UP Yoddha.last_img read more

IPL 2016: Gautam Gambhir stars in Kolkata Knight Riders’ thumping win over Sunrisers Hyderabad

first_imgKolkata Knight Riders (KKR) rode on an unbeaten 60-ball knock of 90 from captain Gautam Gambhir after an impressive bowling performance to grab an eight-wicket victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad in an Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Saturday. (Full IPL coverage)Gambhir received great support from Robin Uthappa who contributed a 34-ball 38.Chasing Hyderabad’s 142/7, the Knights got off to a slow but steady start on a strip which was slowing down with time. However, openers Uthappa and Gambhir did not have much problems coping with the inconsistent bounce. The duo added 26 runs in the first six overs. (Also read: This is how Gambhir stole the show in KKR’s emphatic win over SRH)They went from strength to strength and the ninth, 10th and 11th together produced 36 runs, with Gambhir hitting Karn Sharma for three boundaries in an over. The 92-run partnership finally broke when Uthappa was out leg-before-wicket in the 13th over. (In Photos: KKR thump SRH)The ploy of sending in hard-hitting Jamaican Andre Russell (2) at No.3 backfired for KKR as he was soon dismissed by left-arm seamer Mustafizur Rahman.It looked like the Sunrisers were in with a chance, but then Manish Pandey joined hands with his captain in the middle. The pair ensured that KKR had their first away-win without any more setbacks.Earlier in the day, the visitors once again put up a disciplined bowling show as they restricted Sunrisers Hyderabad to 142/7.Eoin Morgan top-scored for Sunrisers with a 43-ball 51 and was well supported by Naman Ojha who smashed 37 off 28 balls. Pacer Umesh Yadav bagged figures of 3/28 for the visitors.advertisementThe hosts were jolted upfront as KKR picked up two early wickets. First to head back was the out-of-form Shikhar Dhawan (6) who managed to slash one through to wicket-keeper Robin Uthappa in the third over.Next, Umesh foxed captain David Warner (13) with a cutter and the powerful left-hander only managed to scoop it till short-cover.In the last over of the powerplay, Umesh struck again as he trapped Moses Henriques (6) in front of the stumps with the score reading 36/3.Sunrisers finally got some momentum in the 13th over as Morgan hit spinner Sunil Narine for two consecutive boundaries, much to the delight of the crowd. The next over from leg-spinner Piyush Chawla also helped the hosts as it yielded 13 runs with Ojha joining the act.It took a brilliant catch to break the 67-run partnership as Ojha was holed out. Andre Russell held onto the ball first, but seeing that he would cross the boundary line he threw it back to Chawla who grabbed it on the second attempt.Thereafter Morgan also fell trying to heave one to the leg side and with it went Sunrisers’ hope of getting to the par 160 mark.Brief scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad 142/7 (Eoin Morgan 51, Naman Ojha 37; Umesh Yadav 3/28, Morne Morkel 2/35) vs Kolkata Knight Riders 146/2 (Gautam Gambhir 90 not out, Robin Uthappa 38)last_img read more

Inzamam-ul-Haq was the best batsman to whom I have bowled: Shoaib Akhtar

first_imgFormer Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar said his former team-mate and skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq played him better than any other batsman in the world.Shoaib, one of the fastest bowlers to have ever played the game, took a career tally of 444 international wickets.The 41-year-old said of all the batsmen he bowled to, including batting legends Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara and Ricky Ponting, no one played him better than his legendary team-mate. (Also read: Shoaib Akhtar turns 41: Some unknown facts that you must know about the ‘Rawalpindi Express’)”There were a lot of players in the world (I found difficult to get out) but the most difficult, who I couldn’t even get out in the nets, was Inzamam,” Shoaib was quoted as saying by fellow team-mate and pace bowling legend Wasim Akram’s talk show The Sportsman, reports cricket.com.au.”I think there was no other player who played me better than him. His footwork was quick, he would place himself and be ready to play. He could see the ball earlier than many. I always thought he had an extra second. However fast I bowled, he had placed himself where the ball would land,” he added.Inzamam, who played in 34 Tests with Shoaib, tallied 35 centuries in his 16-year international career and is regarded as one of Pakistan’s greatest ever batsmen. After a stint as head coach of Afghanistan, he was named Pakistan’s chief selector earlier this year and has overseen their rise to the No.1 ranking in Tests. (Also read: Virender Sehwag hits Shoaib Akhtar for a six on his 41st birthday)advertisementInzamam, as a 22-year-old, was part of the Pakistan side that won the 1992 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, a team that was captained by Imran Khan and also featured the likes of Wasim and Javed Miandad.Shoaib, who was a 16-year-old when Imran lifted the World Cup trophy at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, said he was inspired by the golden generation of Pakistan cricket.”I wanted to be a fast bowler right from day one. I wanted to bowl fast and I wanted to do this only. Inspiration is very important. Heroes are very important. If there are no heroes you cannot get inspired,” the Rawalpindi-born said.”You try to become like them but then you blossom into something else. First I saw you (Akram) and Imran. Then I saw Waqar (Younis) and you (Akram) bowling. Then I thought to myself that if I copy you people, I might become someone,” the 41-year-old said.last_img read more

OnePlus offering free flip cover with OnePlus 5 till 15 August

first_imgIf you are planning to buy the OnePlus 5 then this is one of the ideal times to buy it as the company is giving out a free flip cover to those who purchase the phone on or before August 15. While the future buyers have a reason to be happy, the twitter reactions coming from the early buyers of the OnePlus 5 on the Tweet posted by the company shows that they were also expecting a freebie during the purchase and are unhappy with this offer coming now. Now get this beautifully crafted OnePlus Flip Cover for free when you buy the OnePlus 5 on or before 15th Aug 2017 ??? https://t.co/8edlNP28nK pic.twitter.com/RiAXHFwbBc- OnePlus India (@OnePlus_IN) August 10, 2017The OnePlus 5 flip covers originally cost Rs 1,290 and are available in two colours- Black and Grey. The OnePlus 5 costs Rs 32,999 for 6GB RAM and Rs 37,999 for the 8GB variant. This means if you buy the phone along with the case on some other day other than the offer period, you will have to pay Rs 32,999 plus Rs 1,290 which is Rs 34,389 and Rs 39,289 in case you the bigger RAM variant. The company is giving the phone’s flip cover for free.OnePlus launched its flagship killer OnePlus 5 smartphone in India during June this year. The smartphone runs the latest Snapdragon 835 processor clocked at the speed of 2.45GHz. The smartphone comes in two storage variants- 6GB RAM with 64GB internal storage and 8GB RAM with 128GB storage.Also Read: OnePlus 5 review: Crazy good phone for crazy good priceadvertisementOnePlus sports a 5.5-inch display with 1080×1920 pixels resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection on top. The phone lacks water proofing. On the camera front, OnePlus 5 features a dual camera set up on the back-16MP and 20MP. The 16MP lens uses the Sony-made IMX 398 image sensor and focal length of up around 25mm. The other 20MP lens uses F2.6 aperture and comes with IMX 350 image sensor.The phone is backed by a 3300mAh battery which when used can last up to 18 hours. The phone supports dash charging.The company has recently also launched a Gold variant of OnePlus 5. The phone is a limited variant and is available on Amazon India and OnePlus 5 website. The phone will be available in 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. There is no 8GB variant  of the OnePlus 5 Gold.last_img read more

World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul sizzle on Southampton streets

first_imgHardik Pandya, MS Dhoni and KL Rahul were spotted roaming around in the streets of Southampton days ahead of India’s ICC Cricket World Cup opener against South Africa, scheduled for June 5 at Ageas Bowl in the English port city.Hardik Pandya was wearing a black hoodie and KL Rahul a grey hoodie as both the young cricketers joined MS Dhoni for a walk on a busy Southampton street. Dhoni was sporting a leather jacket as the trio looked dapper in their outfits.Hardik and Rahul uploaded a photo each on their Instagram profiles. Hardik captioned his photo: “The Gang”.India are the only team who haven’t begun their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 campaign yet. While the other 9 teams in the UK have at least played one match each, Virat Kohli’s men will only open their campaigns on Wednesday.India have been hitting the training grounds ever since they arrived in the United Kingdom last month. On Monday, India’s final training session ahead of their opener vs South Africa was cut-short due to a rain interruption. The Asian giants had reportedly scheduled a 3-hour session but the players were forced indoors after they trained for 2 hours.India are being considered joint-favourites alongside hosts Englnad at the World Cup. There were concerns surrounding the No. 4 spot in India’s batting order but KL Rahul seems to have sealed the spot after his hundred in their warm-up match against Bangladesh last week.advertisementRahul smashed a 99-ball 108 after walking in at No. 4 vs Bangladesh in Cardiff.Meanwhile, MS Dhoni seems to be in fine batting form in the lead up to the World Cup. The veteran wicketkeeper-batsman hit 113 from just 78 balls as he took the Bangladesh bowlers to the clean-up in their warm-up match.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Media boycotts interaction with Team IndiaAlso Read | Mohammad Hafeez on Pakistan’s unpredictable tag: We don’t pay much heed to what people sayAlso See:last_img read more

Ocean Yield Good Time to Invest in New Ships

first_imgzoom Norwegian shipowner Ocean Yield ASA said it is financially well-positioned for new investments in vessels with long-term charter, following a sale of bonds in American Shipping Company ASA (AMSC). “Several shipping segments show indications of bottoming out and orders for new vessels remain low. This, in combination with historically low vessel values, may provide opportunities for attractive investments during 2017,” Ocean Yield said in its financial report for 2016.In February 2017, the firm completed a refinancing of the bonds in AMSC. Ocean Yield will receive cash proceeds of about USD 156 million including accrued interest and USD 50 million in new bonds in return for the redemption of existing bonds.Ocean Yield’s financial results show that the firm delivered a lower year-on-year profit. Profit for 2016 went down to USD 77.5 million in 2016 from USD 105 million in 2015.On the other hand, revenue for 2016 rose to USD 294.4 million from USD 256.7 million in 2015.In Q4 2016, profit was USD 0.7 million, lower than a profit of USD 28.3 million seen in the same period of 2015. The drop is “largely related” to an impairment charge of USD 35.6 million related to the vessel Lewek Connector.Revenue for Q4 2016 increased to USD 82 million from USD 65.6 million in the three-month period of 2015.Higher revenue is attributed to the delivery of six newbuildings during Q4 2016 in addition to full earnings contribution from ships delivered in Q3.These included two chemical tankers chartered out to Navig8 Chemical Tankers, Navig8 Tourmaline and the Navig8 Tanzanite. Further two chemical tankers, Navig8 Universe and Navig8 Constellation, chartered out to the Navig8 Group, were delivered in October and November.In addition, Ocean Yield took delivery of the first newbuilding gas carrier from Sinopacific Offshore & Engineering (SOE), China, in November.In December 2016 and February 2017, Ocean Yield took delivery of the fourth and fifth mega boxships from Samsung Heavy Industries, MSC Mirjam and MSC Rifaya, with long-term charter to Mediterranean Shipping Company.The final containership in a series of six newbuildings is expected to be delivered in March 2017. All six ships Ocean Yield owns in a joint venture with private shipowner Quantum Pacific Shipping, part of Quantum Pacific Group.Ocean Yield’s fleet currently has 34 vessels, comprising chemical tankers, LR2 product tankers, gas carriers, mega containerships, pure car & truck carriers (PCTCs) and offshore support vessels.last_img read more

Vinalines to Build Two Container Terminals at Lach Huyen

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Vietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines) is looking to build two container terminals at Lach Huyen Port in northern Hai Phong City.Namely, the company has asked for government approval for the project, which would see Vinalines’ subsidiary Haiphong Port JSC build terminals No.3 and No.4 at the port.The two proposed terminals would have a total length of 750 meters and the capacity to handle vessels of up to 100,000 dwt, or 8,000 TEU.The project would cost around VND 7 trillion (USD 300 million), Vinalines informed.Lach Huyen, set to become the only port in the north that can berth ships of up to 150,000 tons, is expected to have nine terminals with a combined length of 3,000 meters by 2020.Vinalines and Hai Phong Port JSC, in which Vinalines owns a 65 per cent stake, also plan to develop a logistics center of around 250 hectare in the area to optimize the handling, storage, processing, and distribution of cereals.The proposed investment is a part of Vinalines’ plan to handle around 30 percent of cargo at ports nationwide by 2020.last_img read more

The winter of political philanthropy parties rake in cash in first quarter

first_imgThe Canadian Press OTTAWA — The long Canadian winter of 2019 was good for at least one thing: lining the pockets of political parties.The Conservative Party of Canada’s first-quarter haul of $8 million is more than any party has ever raised in the first three months of a year.The Tories’ raised more than double the Liberals’ $3.9 million — which is still the Liberals’ best first quarter in three years, despite the party’s struggles in the SNC-Lavalin saga.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer attributes his party’s financial prowess to having a message that is resonating with Canadians and believes it is a sign Canadians want a change in government.The Green Party of Canada also had its best first fundraising quarter ever, bringing in $783,278, almost 50 per cent more than it brought in during the same period last year.Maxime Bernier’s brand-new People’s Party of Canada nearly matched the Greens’ total with a reported $762,000.last_img read more

Jet Airways Prabhu asks aviation secy to hold emergency meet

first_imgMumbai: Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu on Tuesday directed his ministry’s secretary to hold an emergency meeting on the debt-ridden Jet Airways massively cancelling flights after grounding of a large part of its fleet. The minister’s direction came in the wake of the airliner drastically reducing its operations due to liquidity crunch. “Directed Secretary, @MOCA GOI to hold an emergency meeting on grounding of flights by Jet Airways, advance bookings, cancellations, refunds and safety issues, if any,” Prabhu said in a tweet. “Asked him (civil aviation secretary) to get a report on Jet compliance issues immediately from DGCA,” he added. Earlier Monday, Jet Airways engineers’ body wrote to aviation regulator DGCA, seeking its intervention in the recovery of their salary dues, saying non-payment was affecting their psychological condition which, in turn, was a “risk” to the airline’s flight operations.last_img read more

Tickets remain for Souper Star Lunch

There are still a few tickets remaining for Tuesday’s Souper Star Lunch.The annual kick-off event for Brock’s United Way campaign will take place Tuesday, Oct. 2 in Market Hall from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.A $10 ticket allows you to sample and judge six soups prepared by Sodexo chefs and served by Faculty deans. President Gervan Fearon will speak at the event and Brock’s 2018 campaign goal will be announced.The remaining tickets will be available for sale at the Campus Store and Thistle Complex Welcome Desk until 11 a.m. Tuesday, and then the rest will be available at the Souper Star event itself (cash only).In 2017, 15 per cent of faculty and staff participated in the United Way campaign, and an all-time high of $160,317 was raised. Over the past 15 years, more than $1.5 million has been raised by the Brock community for United Way.To learn more about Brock University’s United Way campaign and events, visit brocku.ca/united-way read more

Exxon affiliate to drill new oil well in Stabroek Block soon

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPreparations being finalised for Exxon to commence drilling Liza-5 well soonMarch 5, 2018In “latest news”Exxon Mobil confirms new oil discovery in Snoek well offshore GuyanaMarch 30, 2017In “Business”Exxon begins drilling at Payara locationNovember 11, 2016In “latest news” -MARAD calling on vessels to avoid areaEsso Exploration and Production Guyana Ltd (EEPGL), an affiliate of oil giant ExxonMobil, is slated to commence a three-month drilling operation at a new well within the Stabroek Block.This was revealed following a notice from the Guyana Maritime Administration Department (MARAD). It is understood that drilling of the well, dubbed the Ranger=1 Well Site, will commence from October 11.The Stena Carron drill shipThe Department noted that there would be five vessels partaking in the operation which would be displaying the relevant international signal for oil exploration: the Stena Carron; the MV Cat Island; the MV Fast Titan; the MV Hannah Chouest and the HOS Commander.The drill site, according to MARAD, is 160 nautical miles from Guyana’s coast and covers a square kilometre. The coordinates, the Department noted, are 08 degrees, 56.340’, 08 degrees, 56.340’, 08 degrees, 55.250’ and 08 degrees 55.250’ at Latitude North.At Longitude West, the coordinates were 057 degrees, 18.680’, 057 degrees, 17.590’, 057 degrees, 17.590’ and 057 degrees, 18.680’. These are all in Zone 21.Urging that ordinary vessels in the zone stay clear of the operation and these vessels, MARAD also encouraged vessels to navigate with caution when in the vicinity and to radio on VHF Ch. 16 or via the Georgetown Lighthouse.Drilling has consistently encountered oil reservoirs since ExxonMobil’s 2015 oil find in Guyana. In May of that year, Exxon confirmed that more than 295 feet of high-quality oil-bearing sandstone reservoirs was encountered at its Liza 1 exploration well.In late June 2016, Exxon’s drilling results at Liza 2 revealed more than 58 metres of oil-bearing sandstone reservoirs in Upper Cretaceous formations. The well was drilled to 5475 metres at 1692 metres water depth. Drilling results confirmed recoverable resources to be between 800 million and 1.4 billion barrels of oil equivalent. Data from the Liza 2 well test is being assessed.The company had announced that it made its third significant discovery in its drilling explorations offshore Guyana. Its partner, Hess Corporation, had noted that the Liza 3 exploratory well’s net value could be US$6.2 billion based on calculations from the Bank of Montreal (BMO) Capital Markets.Drilling on Payara began on November 12, 2016, with initial total depth reached on December 2, 2016.In January of this year, the oil giant had announced it had struck oil in its Payara-1 well, targeting the same type of reservoirs as the well’s Liza counterpart. The lesser known Orinduik oil block has been under the administration of Eco Guyana and Tullow, after they signed a 10-year Petroleum Prospecting Licence and Production Sharing Agreement with Government last year. (Jarryl Bryan) read more

Civeo picks up major mine hospitality services contracts in Australia and Canada

first_imgCiveo Corporation has announced that it has secured two contracts expected to total approximately $90 million in revenues spanning 2019-2023. This includes in Australia with the award of a room commitment from Whitehaven Coal Mining to provide rooms and hospitality services from the company’s existing Boggabri and Narrabri accommodations facilities in Australia. The contract is for an initial three year time period, with a minimum room commitment and an option to extend for an additional two years. It is anticipated the initial commitment will generate approximately A$22 million in total revenues over 2019-2021.In Canada the Company was awarded a hospitality services contract to operate a 1,540-room facility for an oil sands operator in Canada with expected revenues totalling approximately C$100 million over the initial term. The contract is for an initial term of five years with an option to extend for an additional five years.“These new contracts across our operating regions in both Canada and Australia demonstrate the strength and quality of our service offerings and are consistent with our strategy of continuing to win work at our current lodges while expanding our offering of hospitality services to customer owned facilities. These contracts were already contemplated in the preliminary 2019 guidance communicated on our third quarter 2018 earnings conference call,” said Bradley J. Dodson, Civeo’s President and Chief Executive Officer.last_img read more

The first wave of HP Windows 8 laptops unveiled including the Envy

first_imgWith Windows 8‘s release less than two months away all the PC manufacturers are finishing up preparations on their newest machines. The release of a new OS version is a prime time for consumers to buy a PC and manufacturers are more tan happy to sell them one, outfitted with all the features that go hand-in-hand with that update. In the case of Windows 8 those features range from a new Windows logo on the keyboard, to touch/gesture readiness, and extreme mobile-friendliness. This also includes the newest gear from Intel/AMD, features like Thunderbolt on high-end models, and designs that account for Intel’s ultrabook standard as well as the burgeoning post-PC era.Today HP announced two new laptops and one updated one in their prosumer lines (Envy and Spectre). Going from the least exciting to the most, there is the Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 (the update), the Spectre XT TouchSmart Ultrabook (the high-end model), and the Envy x2 (the hybrid computer).The Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 is an updated version of HP’s existing Envy 4 ultrabook. This new model adds a touchscreen and Windows 8, and will be a few dollars more than the existing model. There is no official price yet, but it should go for around $800 and be a reasonably solid thin-and-light system. It will pack a 14-inch, 1366×768 display, 8 hours of battery life, and optional AMD discrete graphics. The machine will be 23mm thick (barely in the ultrabook range) and 4.77 pounds.HP’s higher end, just-announced laptop is the Spectre XT TouchSmart Ultrabook. It’s the same weight as the Envy 4 but it’s a 15.6-inch computer and is just 17.9mm thick, making this HP’s MacBook Pro%displayPrice% at %seller% competitor. It has a 15.6-inch IPS multitouch LCD, Thunderbolt (in addition to USB 3.0), HDMI, ethernet, and has optional 128GB or 256GB SSDs. This system will start at $1399.The most unique of HP’s new prosumer offerings is the Envy x2 hybrid computer. This is a sort of like the Lenovo IdeaPad U1 in that it’s essentially a tablet with a removable keyboard, but the x2 has an Intel processor and only runs Windows (no Android). The x2’s features an 11.6-inch, Atom-powered (Clover Trail) tablet that connects to a keyboard dock with a quick, clean motion. The keyboard is essentially a USB hub with a built-in battery which is about equal to the size of the one in the tablet. So separate them and you have a Windows 8 tablet, combine the two and you have a touchscreen laptop with a full-sized keyboard and twice the battery life. The system has 64GB of flash storage, microSD expandability, and a few nice perks, including NFC, Beats audio, and an IPS panel.Keen observers might note that the Envy x2 is essentially a netbook with a removable keyboard but it’s a sensible offering for HP to make, even if it never captures a large part of the market. With an expected total weight of about 2.5 pounds it’s quite portable for a laptop and Windows 8 should run well on Clover Trail, so it will be a functional computer despite its small size.There is no pricing information for the Envy X2 yet, but HP says it’ll be out before the holidays. The other systems will be available in the same time frame, likely some time in December.HP20120808872HP20120808872HP20120808871HP ENVY x2HP ENVY TouchSmart Ultrabook 4_left facingHP ENVY TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 – Win8 screenHP ENVY TouchSmart Sleekbook 4_left facinglast_img read more

Energies renouvelables lAlgérie lance un vaste programme

first_imgEnergies renouvelables : l’Algérie lance un vaste programmeLe ministre de l’Energie algérien a annoncé hier le lancement d’un programme destiné à assurer, d’ici 2030, la production d’électricité à partir d’énergies renouvelables. Une énergie propre et durable que le pays pourrait même exporter.   “C’est un énorme défi (…) c’est un programme extrêmement ambitieux en matière d’énergies solaire, éolienne et géothermique”, a déclaré hier le ministre algérien de l’Energie et des Mines, Youcef Yousfi, parlant du plan énergétique prévu par le gouvernement pour l’échéance 2030. Un programme qui s’inscrit  dans le vœu du président Abdelaziz Bouteflika d’un “véritable plan national de développement des énergies nouvelles et renouvelables”.À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéCeci devrait permettre à l’Algérie de produire d’ici 2030 de grandes quantités d’électricité, laquelle est actuellement issue du gaz naturel. Les projets de  production nationale de turbines à gaz et de développement du nucléaire ne sont pas pour autant abandonnés. Un moyen pour l’Algérie d’assurer son autonomie énergétique.Et aussi d’exporter de l’énergie propre d’ici une vingtaine d’années. La construction d’une centrale électrique “tout solaire” d’une capacité de 150 mégawatts dans la partie saharienne du pays est d’ores et déjà prévue. Le 7 décembre 2010 à 14:49 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Vancouver a launching point for Joey Gibson rally

first_imgAs Portland gears up for Saturday’s demonstrations by far-right protest groups, Vancouver too can expect to see impacts from the scheduled protest.Patriot Prayer, led by Vancouver’s Joey Gibson, will descend on Portland this weekend in the latest of a series of demonstrations. But before traveling across the Columbia River, protesters are expected to gather at the Grand Central Retail Center at 2500 Columbia House Blvd., just east of downtown. According to a Facebook event page for Saturday’s rally, Patriot Prayer will provide shuttles starting at 10 a.m., with armed security on each bus.“There is a giant parking lot next to the drop off spot and is extremely busy so it will be hard for people to go after your car but it isn’t a guarantee,” Gibson wrote on Facebook.But Portland-based commercial real estate firm NAI Elliot, which manages the property, issued a statement Friday announcing that the group does not have permission to use the parking lot or premises, and that only those shopping or working can use the lot. People who park for any other reason face being towed at their own expense.“For us it’s very simple,” Vice President Jordan Elliot said. “It’s a private piece of property that’s intended for retail use.”The epicenter of Saturday’s protests will be at the intersection of Naito Parkway and Southwest Salmon Street near Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland. Members of the Proud Boys, which the Southern Poverty Law Center classified as a hate group, are also expected to attend, as are counterprotesters and antifascist groups.last_img read more

Counting Page Views Dont Call It A Business Model

first_imgThe right metric for publishers should be revenue performance indicators (RPI), which means the metrics tie directly to the business model. Many publishers are looking to build recurring revenue streams from loyal audience members, and in this case, RPIs such as audience size, loyalty, and level of engagement are meaningful. However, some publishers are relying on non-recurring revenue from SEO acquired visitors, and in this case, RPIs such as percentage share of search and time on site become more relevant. In paid content, RPIs such as price per article or price per device become critical. And for all of these business models, average revenue per user (ARPU) is the RPI for benchmarking efficiency and profit (see my post on ARPU here).While correlating user behavior to the business model is the only way to judge revenue performance, surprisingly few publishers can differentiate between a page view that is aligned to the business model vs. a page view that is not. Consequently, many publishers are chasing low value page views and jeopardizing their long-term viability. Might as well hire some bots….. This post is reprinted with permission and originally appears here. Measuring the number of page views as a key performance indicator (KPI), is a growing practice among publishers. In fact, editorial and development teams are increasingly being rewarded for boosting page views, with some publishers even shaping their entire site just to generate page views.That is not a business model! Let me prove it with an extreme example.Any publisher can deploy bots to generate page views for their site. No advertiser will pay for those page views, because the page views have no advertising value. While page views could be used as a KPI by the editorial team to generate more content for bot consumption, no revenue is coming through the door to keep them employed.last_img read more

A New Approach at Working Mother Sparks Record Digital Growth

first_imgWorking Mother’s new digital strategy appears to resonating with its audience; according to data from Omniture, its website saw an 84 percent increase page views in August compared to the same month a year ago, and a 155 percent increase in unique visitors.Meredith BodgasThe magazine’s success falls under the leadership of newly appointed editor-in-chief Meredith Bodgas (pictured), who started her position late last year.Since Bodgas took over, May 2017 was the site’s most successful month ever in terms of both page views and uniques, June and July 2017 were its most successful June and July on record, and the brand followed up with an August that saw its third-highest monthly traffic ever.Bodgas, a working mother and women’s service magazine veteran, tells Folio: that the brand’s content strategy centers on focusing on what readers, comprised mainly of working moms, want to read and share on social platforms. “We look at the data,” she says. “We’re looking at what they’re engaging with—not just what they clicked, but what they share and like.”Despite overlap, she emphasized that the magazine’s audience differs in print and online, which significantly impacts her approach on each platform.Digitally, the brand attracts a younger audience. As a result of the limited time many working moms have available, much of the online content is brief and concise, often including humor pieces, stories of validation, and photo gallery round-ups. In contrast, the print magazine, published four times a year, mainly features service-focused content.“Online, we don’t feature deep dive stories because we know working moms have limited time,” says Bodgas. “In the magazine, we’re giving readers advice on how to make the most of their job, and we share relatable essays that make moms feel less alone in their choices.”As for the print magazine (Working Mother claims a circulation of 200,000), the upcoming October/November cover features CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota, formerly of Fox News.Bodgas says spotlighting Camerota felt like a logical choice because of her openness as a working mother, and that despite her celebrity status, her experiences are relatable.Since leaving Fox News, Camerota has been public about being sexually and emotionally harassed by Roger Ailes, the late Fox News executive.“Alisyn as our cover star is so right for working mom because she has three children and a ton of fresh advice,” Bodgas says. “She was very candid about being sexually harassed by Roger Ailes, and had this genius way of explaining it to her kids so that they are able understand and learn from it.”Bodgas notes the potential for children to find out about issues like sexual harassment from social media, and that Camerota had valuable insight on handling that kind of tricky situation.“She’s really an expert and had such amazing advice to give, as well as being so nice and easy to talk to,” Bodgas adds. “She gave such good tips on how to explain difficult and modern topics to kids.”Looking ahead, Bodgas says she will continue to be “glued to the data” when it comes to the future of Working Mother.“The readers dictate our coverage, if they’re not liking something, we’ll constantly need to evolve,” she says. “We need to understand that it can change at any moment, and I’m hoping we find out and tweak the strategy appropriately.”Additionally, she says that the site will be updated by the end of the year, complete with newer colors, making it easier to navigate.“We’re unique in that we’re the only magazine and website, really, for career committed mothers,” says Bodgas. “We’re always going to speak to the working mom as both an employee and a parent.”last_img read more

GHMC to use drones to kill mosquitoes and larvae in Hyderabad

first_imgThe Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has geared up to spray anti-larval chemicals in the lakes and to kill mosquitoes and larvae using drones. On Friday, the officials sprayed second round of chemicals on Gurunatham lake marking it as formal inauguration in the presence of Mayor Bonthu Ram Mohan. The GHMC has taken the move after they successfully sprayed the chemicals on Gurunatham lake in Miyapur for the first time using drones in March this year. And the same will be repeated across all the lakes, except which are under beautification work, said D Hari Chandana, Additional Commissioner (Lakes) and Serilingampally Zonal Commissioner. The drone has carried about eight to nine litres of chemical earlier and now it is modified and can carry 16 to 17 litres of chemical. It has been developed by enthusiasts at T-Hub. The technique has been introduced to reduce manpower.last_img read more