2017 is coming to an end and the year has seen some pretty interesting developments in the smartphone world. It’s safe to say that one of the biggest highlights of the year has been bezel-less smartphones with mostly all major brands coming out with at least one full-screen handset. While this has mainly been restricted to the high-end segment, the budget and mid-range categories have also seen some stellar devices.With just a few weeks left for the year to end, we take a look at some of the best phones to have been produced in various price segments from lower to the most premium of them all for you to consider buying right now if you’re in the market.Cheapest phone worth buyingRedmi 5A: Rs 5,999The Redmi 5A is the successor to the popular Redmi 4A and completes the budget market along with the Redmi Note 4. The 5A arrived late last month priced at Rs 5,999 for the 2GB and 16GB storage variant (Rs 4,999 for the initial 5 million customers) and Rs 6,999 for the 3GB and 32GB storage option. The Redmi 4A saw a fantastic response from the Indian market and the 5A is set to follow. At Rs 4,999 initially, Xiaomi will likely see an even better response this time around.Despite its entry-level pricing, the Redmi 5A doesn’t make any compromises on hardware. It sports a 5-inch HD IPS display and is powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor coupled with Adreno 308 GPU. The dual-SIM phones runs Android Nougat-based MIUI 9 out-of-the-box and supports 4G LTE (VoLTE-ready) connectivity. Optics for the Redmi 5A includes a 13-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.2 aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus and LED flash. Up front you get a 5-megapixel selfie camera. The handset houses a 3,000mAh battery that the company claims will offer up to 8 days of standby time.advertisementIn our review, we found that the Redmi 5Awith all its hardware, good battery life and its comfy design is the best entry-level smartphone right now, and something worth consider especially if you missed out on the Redmi 4A.Best phone(s) under Rs 10,000Redmi Note 4: Rs 9,999There is perhaps no doubt right now that Xiaomi leads the pack when it comes to the budget segment. The Chinese phone maker has repeatedly pushed out some stellar budget smartphones with all-round specifications at value pricing. The Redmi Note 4 has been one of the company’s best selling smartphones, having sold 5 million units between late January to late July.The Redmi Note 4 sports a 5.5-inch 1080p IPS LCD display with a 2.5D glass on top. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 and comes in three storage options with the base 2GB + 32GB option priced at Rs 9,999. In our review of the device, we found that for a budget smartphone the Redmi Note 4 packs quite a punch with a premium build, good display and performance and an impressive battery life. We found that the Redmi Note 4 is an all-rounder, impressing with a premium build, good display and performance and an outstanding battery life all at a very affordable price.Best phone(s) under Rs 20,000Mi A1: Rs 14,999It’s not just the budget segment that Xiaomi has managed to capture this year. With the launch of the Mi A1 Android One smartphone, the company has offered a pretty solid mid-range device as well. The Mi A1 was launched in September at Rs 14,999. As an Android One smartphone, the handset offers a stock Android 7.1.2 Nougat experience minus the company’s MIUI skin on top. However, the phone does retain some Xiaomi apps like the Mi Camera, Mi Remote, Mi Store and Mi Services.The Mi A1 not only highlights a stock Android experience, but also comes with a metal unibody design, fingerprint sensor on the back and a dual rear camera setup with Portrait mode. In our review, the Mi A1 impressed us in pretty much all aspects. The phone is impressively snappy running stock Android and the dual camera setup provided some of the best portrait shots at this price point.Moto G5S Plus: Rs 15,999We’ve named a bunch of Xiaomi phones in this list so far, but the sub-Rs 20,000 segments offers a lot more in terms of competition. Motorala has seen a huge popularity in the mid-range segment. After launching the Moto G5 and G5 Plus, the company came out with special edition phones, the Moto G5S and G5S Plus. Both the phones come with metal unibody designs, fingerprint sensors on thier home buttons and are splash proof, among other things.advertisementThe Moto G5S Plus may feature the same internals as the Moto G5 Plus, but its metal casing gives it a slight edge over the latter as it provides a more premium and polished feel. It sports a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD display that is quite impressive for its Rs 15,999 price tag. It is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM and runs on stock Android, making it a fantastic deal for Android fans. Overall, the Moto G5S Plus takes everything that was good about the Moto G5 Plus and makes it better. With a good performance, battery life and a premium design, the handset makes it one of the best right now in this price segment.Best phone(s) under Rs 30,000Honor 8 Pro: Rs 29,999The Honor 8 Pro is perhaps one of the best smartphones produced by the Huawei sub-brand this year. It also enjoys a relatively competition-free position being priced at Rs 29,999. Much like the Honor 8, the Honor 8 Pro sports a dual rear camera system and a metal unibody design.The phone sports a 5.7-inch Quad-HD (2560×1440 pixel) display and is powered by Huawei’s HiSilicon Kirin 960 processor coupled with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage which is also expandable. The Honor 8 Pro runs on Android Nougat-based Emotion UI 5.1 and supports 4G LTE. It also houses a 4,000mAh battery, which quite impressed us. In our review, we found the smartphone to be an all-round performer with a vibrant display, good performance, impressive cameras and a classy design. Best phone(s) under Rs 40,000OnePlus 5T: Rs 32,999 OnePlus 5 users may find this a little hurtful. The OnePlus 5T was launched six months after the OnePlus 5, naturally making it the de-facto OnePlus phone to buy right now and hence makes it to our December list. OnePlus’ latest smartphones brings a new design language for the company as it sports an near bezel-less display which is in keeping with this year’s trend. There’s isn’t much change on the inside, but the changes to the outside is what OnePlus means to sell.The 5T sports a bright and vivid 6-inch full-HD+ (1080×2160 pixel) display and is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 835 processor with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. There is also an 8GB + 128GB variant available for Rs 37,999. The dual-SIM smartphone runs OxygenOS 4.7 based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat and comes with a Face Unlock facial recognition feature as well.The cameras on the 5T have not received a major bump, although OnePlus says that they newer and better. The dual camera system on the back comprises of one 16-megapixel Sony IMX398 sensor with 1.12-micron pixels and an f/1.7 aperture, and one 20-megapixel Sony IMX376K sensor with f/1.7 aperture. We reviewed the OnePlus 5T and found that the display is indeed one of its biggest highlights and its design and snappy performance make it the best OnePlus device as of now. Nokia 8: Rs 36,999HMD Global re-launched the Nokia brand this year with a series of smartphones (and a revamped 3310) that range from budget to high-end. The Nokia 8 falls on the higher end of the spectrum and is the company’s flagship phone for 2017. Despite not sporting a bezel-less design as has been the trend this year, the Nokia 8 still holds a solid place in this price segment simply because of its elegant and classy design, stock Android experience and impressive cameras to name a few.advertisementThe Nokia 8 comes with a 5.3-inch quad-HD IPS display with 700 nits of brightness, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, which is further expandable by up to 256GB via a hybrid micro-SD card slot. The phone is backed by a 3,090mAh battery and supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging.It sports a dual camera system on the rear, which comprises of a 13-megapixel RGB sensor and a 13-megapixel Monochrome sensor, and supports Optical Image Stabilisation, laser and phase detection autofocus and dual-LED flash. Up front you get a 13-megapixel sensor and the phone supports Dual-Sight, a feature that lets you use both the rear and front cameras simultaneously to take stills/record videos.Best phone(s) money can buyPixel 2 XL: Rs 73,000It’s now time to get a little extravagant. The phones in this category are the creme-de-la-creme and the most premium smartphones that money can buy. We start with the Pixel 2 XL, which was launched by Google as the successor to the Pixel XL from last year. The Pixel 2 XL changes things in terms of design by sporting minimal bezels all around. Despite the numerous display related issues in the past, the Pixel 2 XL is still a fantastic premium smartphones thanks to its stock Android Oreo OS, AI smarts and excellent cameras.As far as hardware is concerned, the Pixel 2 XL comes with mostly all of this year’s flagship trimmings including a Snapdragon 835 processor, 12.2-megapixel rear camera with f/1.8 aperture, an 8-megapixel camera has an aperture of f/2.4, and a 3520mAh battery, among other things. DxOMark has given the Pixel 2 XL’s cameras a score of 98, which is the highest overall score for a smartphone. In our review, the handset indeed comes with exceptional cameras that are beyond comparable.iPhone X: Rs 89,000The iPhone X signalled a dramatic shift in the company’s design for its flagship smartphone. It is the first iPhone to sport an edge-to-edge display as well as a new facial recognition technology that it calls Face ID. It is also the most expensive iPhone to date, priced starting at Rs 89,000 in India for the 64GB variant.iPhone X sports a 5.8-inch OLED display with a resolution of 2436X1125 pixels. It is powered by the company’s own A11 Bionic chipset and runs on iOS 11. The X comes with dual rear cameras comprising of one 12-megapixel wide angle and one 12-megapixel telephoto lens. While the front camera includes a 7-megapixel sensor which is coupled with f/2.2 lens. The iPhone X is one of our best reviewed smartphones as it won us over on it’s gorgeous display and terrific performance. Apple fans who have the means will not want to miss this one.Galaxy Note 8: Rs 67,900The Galaxy Note 8 has tried to succeed following a disastrous episode with the Galaxy Note 7. The phablet did manage to come out on top thanks to its fantastic bezel-less design sporting a 6.3-inch QHD+ (1440×2960 pixels) Super AMOLED Infinity Display and powered by an Exynos 8895 SoC.The smartphone features a dual rear camera setup, one 12-megapixel wide angle sensor and one 12-megapixel telephoto lens, and Dual OIS. Up front you get an 8-megapixel sensor with autofocus and f/1.7 aperture. The handset houses a 3300mAh battery with support for wireless charging. Apart from the battery life, the Note 8 pretty much nails everything else.
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir were golden in their final Olympic performance.Virtue and Moir needed their best performance after French training partners Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron broke the world record with a terrific free skate. The Canadians responded with a personal-best 122.40 points and a record 206.07 total, pushing them just past their French rivals’ overall score of 205.28.The Canadian couple took the ice one last time and produced a dramatic interpretation of “Moulin Rouge,” flawlessly executing their four-minute program that earned them the gold medal in ice dancing on Tuesday.Papadakis and Cizeron — who overcame a wardrobe malfunction in the short dance on Monday — earned the silver while American siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani won bronze after a near-flawless free skate to “Paradise” by Coldplay. They jumped just ahead of American teammates Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donahue, who finished fourth.American siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani took the bronze medal with a strong free skate.Gabriella Papadakis was born on 10 May 1995 in Clermont-Ferrand, France. She is the daughter of Catherine, a skating coach, and Emmanuel, the owner of a food truck in Austin, Texas. Her father is from Korydallos, Greece, and his family has roots in Crete, according to L’Equipe. She emigrated from France to Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on 14 July 2014.Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France perform during the ice dance, free dance figure skating final in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)Also Tuesday, the United States men’s hockey team advanced to the quarterfinals with a 5-1 win over Slovakia, and Canadian skier Cassie Sharpe won gold in the women’s freestyle halfpipe.Three more gold medals will be decided later in the day in the women’s speedskating 3,000-meter relay, the men’s 10-kilometer Nordic Combined and the biathlon mixed relay.“We didn’t know we had won, that’s for sure,” Moir said with a laugh. “We really committed to our training because we knew we’d have to be better than we’ve ever been.”It was a triumphant final Olympics for Virtue and Moir, who also helped Canada win gold in the team event earlier in the Pyeongchang Games. It’s their third gold overall after winning in Vancouver in 2010 and fifth total medal after earning two silvers at the 2014 Sochi Games.They briefly retired after Sochi, but decided a few years ago to compete in one more Olympics.By DAVID BRANDT , AP Sports WriterGabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France react after their performance in the ice dance, free dance figure skating final in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Medalists in the ice dance, free dance figure skating from left, Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron, of France, silver, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada, gold, and Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani, of the United States, bronze, pose during their medals ceremony at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)Silver medalists in the ice dance, free dance figure skating Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron, of France, smile during the medals ceremony at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)Silver medalists in the ice dance, free dance figure skating Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron, of France, smile during their medals ceremony at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France celebrate during the venue ceremony after winning silver medal in the ice dance, free dance figure skating final in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France celebrate during the venue ceremony after winning the silver medal in the ice dance, free dance figure skating final in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada, centre, celebrate on the podium with second placed Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France, left and third placed Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani of the United States at right, after winning the gold medal in the ice dance, free dance figure skating final in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada, centre, celebrate with second placed Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France, left and third placed Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani of the United States at right, after winning the gold medal in the ice dance, free dance figure skating final in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018.(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)TweetPinShare1010 Shares
A coalition of 19 groups is calling on Iowa’s governor and legislators to more than double the state tax on tobacco products.Stacy Frelund, the state government relations director for the American Heart Association, says Iowa’s tobacco tax ranks 29th among the states and hasn’t been raised in a decade.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/SMOKES.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……in our state.” :19Nearly 19 percent of Iowans were smokers in 2014, the last time the smoking rate was measured:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/SMOKES2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..and for youth.” ;08Frelund acknowledges raising any tax is “daunting” for politicians, but she argues raising the state tobacco tax by a dollar-50 ($1.50) would have side benefits.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/SMOKES3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….impact our state.” :11According to Frelund, a one-dollar-and-50 cent increase in the state tax on tobacco products would raise more than 100-million dollars in new revenue for the state.Radio Iowa
Manchester United v Benfica Team news: McTominay and Martial start for Manchester United Goal Last updated 2 years ago 02:55 11/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Manchester United v Benfica Manchester United Benfica UEFA Champions League The midfielder will make his first Champions League start while the Frenchman earns a spot over Marcus Rashford Scott McTominay has been handed his first Champions League start for Manchester United against Benfica on Tuesday, while Anthony Martial has been preferred by Jose Mourinho over Marcus Rashford.Martial 5/4 to score anytimeThe 20-year-old McTominay will be making just his third start overall for United, having been preferred to the rested Ander Herrera. The Spaniard has started the last five games and looks set to be called upon again for Sunday’s Premier League trip to Chelsea. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Meanwhile Martial, who started the weekend match against Tottenham Hotspur on the bench, has been rewarded for scoring the winner against Tottenham with a return to the XI.United make six changes in total, with Daley Blind, Matteo Darmian, Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata also stepping up in place of Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Phil Jones.For Benfica, 18-year-old Mile Svilar makes his second Champions League start in goal despite having made the critical error which saw United collect all three points in Lisbon two weeks ago.Victory for United would almost certainly book them a place in the last 16 even if the result between Basel and CSKA Moscow goes against them.Man Utd: De Gea; Darmian, Bailly, Smalling (c), Blind; McTominay, Matic; Mata, Lingard, Martial; Lukaku. Subs: Romero, Lindelof, Young, Rashford, Herrera, Mkhitaryan, Shaw.Benfica: Svilar; Douglas, Jardel, Ruben Dias, Grimaldo; Pizzi, Fejsa, Filipe Augusto; Salvio, Jimenez, Diogo Goncalves. Subs: Julio Cesar, Lisandro Lopez, Samaris, Jonas, Seferovic, Eliseu, Cervi.
YouTube/UHAthleticsMany had high expectations for Tom Herman as head coach. As became very apparent this season, Herman was instrumental in turning Ohio State into an offensive juggernaut despite all kinds of injury issues at quarterback last season. I don’t know that anyone realistically thought Herman would elevate Houston to this level in just one year, though. At 12-1, with an AAC title under their belt, the Cougars are off to the Peach Bowl for a New Year’s Eve showdown with ACC powerhouse Florida State. Houston fans shouldn’t need any help getting excited for this one, but just in case, Houston put together a quick 30 second teaser trailer for the game, and it is quite epic.The Cougs and ‘Noles kick off in Atlanta at noon on December 31.
HALIFAX – Homesick Haligonians can now tune into around-the-clock footage of Halifax’s official food: the donair.The “Donair Cam” is a 24-hour live stream of a seasoned log of meat spinning on a rotating spit.Ralf Pickart, owner of the website Nova Scotia Webcams, said he hopes the Donair Cam will help Maritimers who live away reconnect with their home.“Nova Scotians who are away out west and all over, when they come back, the first thing they want is a donair because it can’t be replicated anywhere,” he said.“People are always homesick, missing family and friends — and donairs are a part of that.”Pickart said he came up with the idea while brainstorming for a new live webcam.He then approached restaurant King Of Donair, a Halifax staple synonymous with the east coast delicacy.Restaurant owner Nicholas Nahas said he jumped at the opportunity to prompt cravings for the greasy treat 24 hours a day.King of Donair has laid claim to creating the original donair, which features shaved spicy meat, tomato, onion, and donair sauce wrapped in a pita.In 2015, the dish was named the official food of Halifax.Social media was abuzz after Nova Scotia Webcams debuted the Donair Cam, with many drooling over the spinning meat log.Twitter user Rachel Harding tweeted: “I have two screens at my desk but usually only ever use one. Not anymore. #DonairCam.”On Facebook, a user named Sue Mollins-Hamilton wrote: “This makes me very happy… and homesick.”Pickart said he also hopes to raise awareness about Nova Scotia Webcams, an independent website that offers more than 75 livestreams around the province.“Depending on how it catches on, (Donair Cam) can last forever,” Pickart said. “Certainly, I would say it’s there to entertain people and at some point, they will get hungry and hopefully get a donair.”On the web: https://donaircam.com/(Global News, The Canadian Press)
OTTAWA – The scorching heat wave that set records in Ontario and Quebec over the Canada Day long weekend can’t be directly attributed to climate change — but neither can the likelihood of a connection be ignored outright, says a University of Waterloo climate scientist.Suggesting the two aren’t linked would be akin to arguing that no particular home run can be attributed to steroids when a baseball player on a hitting streak is caught doping, said Blair Feltmate, who’s also the head of the Waterloo-based Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation.While a single isolated event might be normal, there’s little doubt that the world and Canada are together seeing more extreme weather events — patterns that can be attributed to climate change, Feltmate said.“All the predictions illustrate that going forward in Canada, things are going to be hotter, wetter and wilder,” he said. “It’s not any particular year that matters. What matters is the overall, the long-term trend.”Globally, the world’s average annual temperature is one degree Celsius warmer than it was a century ago, says Feltmate.“You have to remember that the difference between the temperature we have on the planet today versus an ice age is only five or six degrees Celsius, so being up one degree Celsius over a period of 100 years is a really big deal,” said Feltmate.The Paris climate change agreement Canada signed in 2015 with the rest of the world aims to keep global warming at 2 degrees C compared to pre-industrial levels. 1.5 C would be even better, scientists say. Canada’s current plans to cut emissions are nowhere near sufficient; even if implemented — a prospect that’s in serious doubt — the world will get 3 degrees C hotter than it used to be by the next century.A 2017 study in the journal Nature Climate Change found that about one-third of the world’s population already lives somewhere where the daily temperatures are considered lethal more than 20 days a year.Even with drastic cuts to greenhouse gas emissions in the next 75 years, that number is still expected to grow to 50 per cent of the population — or 75 per cent, including parts of Ontario and Quebec, if nothing is done at all. With limited mitigation, parts of India, Africa and South America would hit lethal temperatures every day of the year.Canadians need to brace themselves for an influx of eco-migrants over the next century, Feltmate warned — people who are fleeing their homelands because they are simply too hot.Environment Canada modelling suggests the average summer temperature across Ontario between 2041 and 2070 will be 3.5 C higher than it was between 1981 and 2010. The city of Toronto has modelling from 2011 that showed between 2000 and 2010 there were on average 20 days over 30 C, and with climate change that will more than triple to 66 days by 2040.Rolf Campbell, a weather historian behind the Twitter account “YOW Weather Records,” says Ottawa hit its highest-ever humidex measurement on Sunday: 47.2 C. Temperatures in Ottawa have gone above 32 C for five days in a row, the longest heat wave since 2001. With the forecast set to hit 35 C on Wednesday, a six-day heat wave would be the longest since 1944.The temperature on Canada Day was 10 C higher than average, leaving paramedics to treat more than 100 people at various Canada Day events. Some 18 people were taken to hospital with heat-related illnesses.Montreal, also experiencing extreme temperatures, reported six deaths this week due to the heat.
Jammu: Three civilians, including two women, were injured Friday when Pakistani troops targeted forward posts and civilians areas with mortars and small arms firing along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, drawing strong retaliation from the Indian Army. With Pakistan using heavy weaponry and 120 mm mortar bombs targeting civilian areas, people have been advised to stay indoors, officials said. “At about 0830 hours, Pakistani Army initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by shelling with mortars and firing with small arms along the LoC in Swajian sector of Poonch,” PRO defence said. The Indian Army is effectively retaliating, he said. Three persons, including two women, identified as Tasveer Akhtar, 19, and Shabina Akhtar, 18, of Chapprian village, were injured in the Pakistani shelling and they have been hospitalised, officials said. A house of one Gani Mir suffered damages in Chapprian-Sawjian forward belt, they said. As Pakistani army often targets civilian areas, people of the Chapprian-Sawjian area are demanding construction of bunkers for their safety. We are living along the zero line near the border fencing but have no protective enclosures like bunkers, said Abdul Rashid of Chapprian village. Two persons were injured when Pakistani troops resorted to firing and shelling along the LoC in the forward area in Digwar sector of Poonch last Friday.
Surat: A sessions court here Friday convicted Narayan Sai, son of jailed self-styled godman Asaram Bapu, in a rape case filed against him by a former woman devotee in 2013. The sentence will be pronounced on April 30. Besides Sai (47), who is lodged at Lajpore Jail here since 2013, the court held four of his aides, including two women, guilty of various offences. Sai was convicted under IPC sections 376 (rape), 377 (unnatural offences), 323 (assault), 506-2 (criminal intimidation) and 120-B (conspiracy). Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh Of the 11 accused, six were acquitted. Additional Sessions Judge P S Gadhvi will pronounce the quantum of punishment on April 30. The minimum punishment for rape is 10 years in jail, while the maximum punishment is life imprisonment. Sai’s aides–Dharmishtha alia Ganga, Bhavna alias Jamuna and Pavan alias Hanuman–were held guilty for being part of a conspiracy. Sai’s driver Rajkumar alias Ramesh Malhotra was held guilty under IPC section 212 (harbouring an offender). Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad Ganga and Jamuna, also called “sadhika” (women disciples), were accused of putting the victim in illegal confinement and thrashing her at Sai’s behest. They were also accused of trying to brainwash her into agreeing to have a relationship with Sai. Hanuman, a loyal “sadhak” (disciple) of Sai, was accused of abetment, including taking the victim to Sai’s room. Surat Police had filed a 1,100-page charge sheet against Sai in 2014. In 2013, after Asaram was arrested for raping a girl in Rajasthan, two Surat-based women accused Asaram and his son of sexual exploitation. The elder sister accused Asaram of sexual assaults between 1997 and 2006 when she lived at his Ahmedabad ashram. The younger sister accused the godman’s son of sexual assaults when she lived at Asaram’s ashram in Jahangirpura area of Surat between 2002 and 2005. Sai was arrested from Delhi-Haryana border in December 2013. When he was in jail, Surat Police claimed to have unearthed Sai’s plans to bribe police officers, doctors and even judicial officers to weaken the case against him. Asaram, meanwhile, was convicted by a Jodhpur court for rape. The trial against him in the case filed by the Surat-based woman is going on at a Gandhinagar court.
Rabat – A video clip has surfaced on the internet showing a woman knocking a pervert down with a single punch, after he sexually harassed her. In the video, a passerby is seen squeezing the backside of a middle-aged woman as she knelt to kiss a little boy who was on a motorcycle.Rather than letting it slide, as many in Morocco have become accustomed to doing, the woman quickly turned around and gave the harasser a hard punch on the face. The man fell flat on the floor. Moroccan news website, Alyaoum24, reported that the incident occurred in front of a store in Inezgane, south of Agadir. The video was uploaded on the internet by the owner of the store.Alyaoum 24 also reported that the man’s head was seriously injured by the fall on the floor. He lost consciousness for over two hours, according to the same source. The woman, on the other hand, left him lying on the floor as if nothing had happened.A similar incident, but with a different ending, took place in the town of Inezgane earlier this year and sparked controversy on social media.On June 18th, two young female hairdressers aged 19 and 23, were harassed by a group of street merchants as they walked through a market, in Inezgane.Instead of defending them, the local police deemed their outfits ‘inappropriate’ and arrested the two women for “violating public decency”. Their case sparked a national outcry. An internet petition, calling the arrest an attack on personal freedom, had garnered thousands of signatures. They were acquitted of indecency charges after they went on trial in mid-July.
Federal safety officials say Boeing should consider how cockpit confusion can slow the response of pilots who are dealing with the kind of problem that likely caused two airliners to crash in the past year.They suggest that Boeing underestimated the time it takes — measured in precious seconds — for pilots to diagnose and react when they are being bombarded by multiple, cascading warning alerts.The National Transportation Safety Board issued several recommendations Thursday after taking part in investigations into two crashes of Boeing 737 Max jets that killed 346 people.It will be up to investigators in Indonesia and Ethiopia to determine what caused the accidents in those countries. Preliminary reports have pointed to an anti-stall system that kicked in based on faulty sensor readings and pushed the noses of the planes down.Boeing officials have said the pilots didn’t follow known procedures for stopping a sudden nose-down pitch or, in the case of the Ethiopian crash, followed the procedures only briefly.The safety board said Boeing assumed that pilots flying the Max would respond to an automated nose-down push by taking “immediate and appropriate” steps. Federal regulations allow manufacturers to make such assumptions, and Boeing even used test pilots in flight simulators to check its assumptions.Boeing presented highly trained test pilots only with a single alert indicating a condition known as runaway stabilizer trim, which can be triggered by the MCAS anti-stall system, safety board officials said. They said Boeing failed to consider that an underlying problem like sensor failures — which triggered MCAS in both Max crashes — would set off several alarms.In the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines crashes, they said, the pilots’ control columns would have shaken to warn of an impending stall, they would have gotten several visual and sound alerts about things like altitude and speed.“That’s the actual scenario that never got evaluated in the simulator,” said Dana Schulze, the board’s director of aviation safety.Schulze said years of research have shown that when multiple alarms compete for the attention of pilots, it can lead to a situation in which “pilots will not respond as perhaps you might have intended.”The safety board will recommend that the Federal Aviation Administration, which certified the Max to fly in 2017, evaluate the effect that all possible cockpit alerts might have on pilot response. The board also recommended that FAA require Boeing to include changes in cockpit design or pilot training to help pilots follow proper procedures when responding to the Max’s automated control systems.Schulze told reporters that the board wants FAA to take those steps before it lets the Max fly again, although the board did not put a timetable in its formal recommendations.The safety board recommended that FAA examine whether other aircraft besides the Max might have been approved without considering how multiple alarms could distract pilots. They also said FAA should encourage other regulators in Canada, Europe and elsewhere to do the same thing.The Max has been grounded worldwide since March, shortly after the second crash. Boeing is nearing completion of changes that will make MCAS less powerful and tie it to a second sensor measuring the plane’s pitch instead of just one sensor.Boeing expects that airlines will be able to fly the plane later this year, although many analysts think early 2020 is more likely.___David Koenig reported from Dallas, and Tom Krisher reported from Detroit.David Koenig And Tom Krisher, The Associated Press
Peace Valley group appeals failed attempt to quash Site C dam VANCOUVER – Legal opposition to the Site C hydroelectric dam in northern British Columbia is ramping up just as BC Hydro and the province are announcing their first collaborative contract related to the megaproject.Farmers and ranchers in the Peace River area are appealing a decision by B.C. Supreme Court last month to reject a bid to quash the proposed dam, which they say would flood large portions of prime agricultural land.The Peace Valley Landowner Association argued that the province failed in its legal duty to consider recommendations that followed an independent environmental review.“That (court) decision gave free rein to governments to make any decision without considering the recommendations of the Joint Review Panel,” said Ken Boon on Thursday. “That’s a dangerous situation.”The court ruled that the minister had the discretionary power to issue environmental approval even without considering recommendations made by the Joint Review Panel in a report last spring.The panel’s 471-page document said the dam would have a significant negative impact on the environment and wildlife, as well as aboriginals, farmers and other users of the Peace River valley.Still, it found that the project’s benefits are clear and the alternatives to developing the necessary energy few.The province dismissed concerns over Site C’s negative impact, saying the project has undergone one of the most comprehensive reviews for a public infrastructure project in B.C.’s history.“Site C is the right project for B.C. at the right time,” said Dan Gilmore, a spokesman for the Ministry of Energy and Mines. “It’s time to move the project forward.”West Moberly Lake First Nations Chief Roland Willson disagreed about the lack of alternative energy options, listing geothermal and wind power as promising possibilities.Willson criticized Premier Christy Clark for investing in shale gas extraction and for promising big money to Malaysian energy giant Petronas for spearheading liquefied natural gas development in the province.As for Site C, Willson said First Nations in the area were not opposed to the creation of energy, but took issue with the destruction of the valley.“Site C is renewable but it’s not green,” he said. “There’s nothing green about destroying a valley.”Thursday was the final day Treaty 8 First Nations were scheduled to argue in B.C. Supreme Court against the province’s decision to issue environmental approval for the megaproject.The province has announced construction will begin soon on a road designed to provide better access to Site C.Provincial Transportation Minister Todd Stone said the nearly $8-million contract, announced in partnership with BC Hydro, is critical to moving people and construction materials to the site.— Follow @gwomand on Twitter by Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 23, 2015 12:26 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 23, 2015 at 7:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
A former champion fell-runner has been jailed for attempted murder following a row about her testosterone levels after it emerged she was transgender.Lauren Jeska, a transgender athlete, has been given an 18-year sentence for the attempted murder of a UK Athletics official.The 42-year-old left Ralph Knibbs with life-threatening stab injuries after taking two knives to his office at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium in March last year.In September it emerged that a review was allegedly being planned into her status as a female athlete because she had been born a man. Jeska had been in dispute with UK Athletics about her eligibility to compete as a female athlete and had not provided samples of her testosterone levels, the court heard. Sentencing Jeska, of Machynlleth, Powys, Judge Simon Drew QC said her crime had been a “cool, calculated attack” which had been “wholly unprovoked”.Two of Mr Knibbs’s colleagues were also injured after tackling Jeska as she launched what prosecutors called a “frenzied” assault.Jeska had previously admitted attempting to murder former Bristol RFC centre Mr Knibbs, who was UK Athletics’s head of human resources.On March 22 last year, she drove from her home in Wales to Birmingham, calmly signing herself in at the office, before arming herself with two large kitchen knives she had concealed in a rucksack.She then strode into the open-plan UK Athletics office, following the receptionist and seeking out Mr Knibbs before launching a bloody assault in which she repeatedly rained blows down on his head and neck. He had also suffered a stroke during the assault, resulting in partial permanent sight-loss.The judge told Jeska her attack had been “planned and executed with chilling precision”, calling the case a “deeply disturbing and complex one”.He added: “I do not intend to get involved or sentence on the basis of you or UK Athletics being in the right or wrong because this case is not about that dispute, it is about what happened thereafter.”Mr Drew said: “This was a cool, calculated attack and watching the CCTV, we can all see that.”Julie Warburton, representing Jeska, said: “She has said she feels awful about happened to Mr Knibbs and was extremely shocked to hear of the effects of her actions.”She added: “She also said he is one nicest people she has met at UK Athletics.”Jeska, who gave no reaction to the sentence, was handed concurrent jail terms after also previously admitting two counts of assaulting Mr Knibbs’ colleagues and carrying knives in public.She was given an extended licence of five years, to be served after her release.After the hearing, Jeska’s parents, Pauline and Graham Jameson, said in a statement: “We deeply regret the injury inflicted on Ralph Knibbs”, adding that the attack was “out of character” for their daughter. Lauren Jeska, 41, the British fell-running champion in 2012 and English champion three years running from 2010 One eyewitness said Jeska looked “as though she were trying to skewer meat”.Opening the case, Richard Atkins QC, said: “The defendant is a transgender athlete in dispute with UK Athletics about eligibility to compete as a female athlete.”She had not provided the relevant samples to her testosterone levels and other relevant documentation.”As a result, her racing results had been declared null and void, the court heard.The week before the attack, Mr Knibbs had gone to meet Jeska at her home to discuss the “long-term” issue with the sporting governing body. Ralph Knibbs in action during his rugby career.Credit:SWNS Lauren Jeska in courtCredit:PA Mr Atkins added that following the incident, Jeska told a psychiatrist “she fantasised about going to the Alexander Stadium and killing all of the staff”.Describing the attack, the prosecution barrister said: “[Office] CCTV captured what can only be described as a frenzied attack.”She lunged and attacked him about the head and neck area using both knives, making repeated attempts to stab him.”Mr Knibbs was caught “completely off-guard”, with the 52-year-old recalling the sight of his own blood.Mr Atkins said: “He was aware of blood pumping out of his neck and could see it on the wall behind him.”Despite being stabbed in the throat, in a blow which nicked both his carotid artery and jugular vein, Mr Knibbs managed to grab both Jeska’s wrists while shocked colleagues rushed to his aid.In the melee, two other men – Tim Begley and Kevan Taylor – were injured as Jeska resisted, before half a dozen workers managed to pin her to the ground until police arrived. The couple claimed Jeska had had “conflicting rulings” on her eligibility to compete from UK Athletics.”UK Athletics retrospectively removed her from result lists. She appealed against this. She also took legal advice about challenging the UKA, and was advised to wait for their reply,” they also claimed.”After a long delay, she was verbally promised reinstatement, but this was not done.”All this stress and confusion triggered a mental health crisis.”The couple added: “Whatever the technical psychiatric diagnosis, it is clear to us as parents that the assault is only understandable as the consequence of a mental health crisis precipitated by the affair with the UKA.” Others, including a former Royal Navy paramedic, helped stabilise Mr Knibbs who had begun to fear he might bleed to death.The judge paid tribute in court to the “courage” of Mr Knibbs’ colleagues.Mr Knibbs himself told the court the “traumatic, life-changing experience” had robbed him of his independence, with long-term nerve damage suffered both in the attack and by necessary life-saving surgery afterwards. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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Long before the 1970s and ‘ping-pong’ diplomacy, Mark Voyage had already made countless business trips to China. As an Australian pioneer of business trade with China, he established relationships with state-owned factories and in turn introduced Australian retailers and local importers to textiles and soft furnishings manufactured in China. His first trip was in 1962 and he saw Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin when these cities were underdeveloped and well before any mass tourism and economic evolvement. Over many years, he criss-crossed the country by train and questionable aircraft to visit factories in small towns, often with poultry and livestock as his fellow travellers. In 1966, Voyage was confined to his hotel room in Shanghai during the start of the Cultural Revolution, when the Red Guards marched into the city, hassling locals and foreigners. He surreptitiously filmed the march through the main streets of the city from his balcony window on his movie camera. When he tried to leave the city, the Red Guards mistook him for an American and surrounded his car, forcefully rocking it until his Chinese friends finally convinced the guards that he was an Australian businessman. The following year, he was presented with an official armband by the Red Guards. In 1969, on a train trip from the Hong Kong border to Canton, one of his fellow travellers was Australian Francis James. Voyage recalled the commotion when the Red Guards held up that train and arrested James, later interred in China on charges of spying. Voyage was often interviewed and consulted by journalists and government watchers about trade with China. A 1970s report in The Herald about businessmen at the Canton Fair described him as one of the “three of the half dozen or so men who are really big in Australia’s trade with China”. Mark George Voyage was born on November 30, 1930, on the Greek island of Rhodes, the fifth of six children of Georgios Voyiatzis and his wife, Maria (nee Lacherdis). In World War II, the occupation of Rhodes by the Italians and then the Germans, and the following blockade of the Dodecanese islands by the Allied forces meant famine and hardship for the family and Mark lost many friends from the local Jewish community, who were transported to German death camps. Young Mark was an enthusiastic sportsman and played soccer, basketball and water polo and was involved in rowing and yachting. Several photos of early rowing teams that include him still hang in the rowing clubhouse in Rhodes. As Italy had formally annexed Rhodes, his education was in Italian schools. When Rhodes came under British Administration in 1945, he enrolled in a British private school and learned English as well. He then worked in the Ministry of the Interior and ended up issuing passports, eventually writing his own, although his director would not sign the paperwork until he had played in the final match of the local soccer competition. On the recommendation of his older brother, Anthony, he decided to follow him to Australia, but intended to stay only for a while. Arriving in Melbourne, he immediately joined the Kew Swimming Club and also played water polo and basketball. His first jobs were at General Motors during the day and in a milk bar in the evening. After four years, he moved on to Sydney where, in 1955, he married Betty Simonides of Bondi. True to his name, Voyage was a traveller. As well as his business trips, he and his family holidayed all over the world. Although he never did return to live on Rhodes as he had intended, he and Betty visited every year. Away from work, Voyage loved Sydney Harbour and took out his boat most Sundays. He also enjoyed golf. Voyage was a proud Greek and held all things Greek close to his heart, but he was a proud Australian and loved this country and the opportunities it afforded him. Mark Voyage is survived by Betty, daughters Maria, Vaia, Dianne and Ioana, 11 grandchildren, his sons-in-law and sister. * This obituary was written by Mark Voyage’s daughter Maria and was published in The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Overlooking Aialik Glacier and the Kenai Fjords south of Seward on the Kenai Peninsula from the Harding Icefiled at about 5,000 feet elevation on Friday, April 8, 2016. (Photo courtesy of Jenny Neyman)Alaska is a state known for extremes: Both beauty and risk. The dramatic rescue of two skiers from a glacier this month highlights the need to be prepared for the what ifs of fast-changing weather that could leave you stranded in a storm We’re talking with the adventurers who were huddled in a snow cave for five days and the Air National Guard who rescued them on the next Talk of Alaska.Download AudioChris Hanna, of Soldotna, skis on the Harding Icefield on Friday, April 8, 2016, with the Kenai Fjords and mountains surrounding Seward, on the Kenai Peninsula, in the background. (Photo courtesy of Jenny Neyman)HOST: Lori TownsendGUESTS:Jenny NeymanChris HannaCol. Tom Bolin, helicopter pilot and Commander of 176th Operations GroupStatewide callersParticipate:Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcastPost your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send email to talk [at] alaskapublic [dot] org (comments may be read on air)LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast.
The logic of enforcing more taxes amid a slowing economy is beyond logic of several experts. ReutersRecently, the former Reserve Bank of India Governor D Subbarao said the government’s attempt to squeeze out RBI reserves is a sign that it is desperate. This “desperation” could well be killing the animal spirit of the financial markets.Of late the financial markets have borne the brunt of multiple taxes amid an acute slowdown, which has almost killed the investors’ risk-taking appetite. The controversial tax-surcharge on super-rich proposed in the Budget caused an outflow of Rs 12,419 crore in the month of July.According to the NSDL data, this July outflow is one of the worst in the history of Indian financial markets. There has been only four occasions — all of which came around acute financial distress — when the Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPIs) pulled out in excess Rs 12,419 crore.Taxation on long-term capital gains (LTCG) proposed in 2018 Budget, was re-introduced after 14 years which caught the markets by surprise.Besides, the securities transaction tax (STT) has already caused an increase in trading cost. The Dividend Distribution Tax has also disrupted hampered the sentiments of investors at large.Further, the tax on buyback, a way in which companies pay their shareholders, was introduced at 20 per cent in 2019 Budget, which experts noted, played as another disruption. Buyback offers of over Rs 50,000 crore were announced in the year 2018 alone.The logic of enforcing more taxes amid a slowing economy is beyond logic of several experts.To top the local issues the global cues have not been providing any support. The Fed’s hawkish remark and the heightened trade war between the US and China have roiled the financial markets globally.
Zafrullah ChowdhuryGonoshasthaya Kendra founder trustee Zafrullah Chowdhury on Saturday said the government should increase diplomatic activities rather than depending on a bilateral deal only to repatriate Rohingyas, reports UNB.Chowdhury came up with the remark while addressing at a long march rally arranged by Ideal Citizen Movement at the National Press Club in the city.He urged prime minister Sheikh Hasina to visit India and China mentioning that the two countries have become the prime barriers to solving the Rohingya crisis.
Luiz Inacio Lula da SilvaBrazil’s top electoral court on Friday barred jailed former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva from running in this year’s presidential because of his corruption conviction.The widely expected decision removes a cloud hanging over Brazil’s most uncertain election in decades – though Lula’s lawyers have said they would appeal an adverse decision to the Supreme Court.“What is at stake here today is the equality of all citizens before the law and the Constitution,” Judge Og Fernandes told the court in his vote to declare Lula ineligible.Judge Admar Gonzaga, who as a lawyer worked for Lula’s handpicked successor Dilma Rousseff’s 2010 election, cast the decisive vote in the 6-1 decision that sealed the leftist icon’s ejection from the presidential election.Lula, Brazil’s most popular politician, is serving a 12-year sentence for a corruption conviction. His Workers Party registered him as its presidential candidate for the 7 October vote anyway, saying he is innocent.Lula is ineligible for office under Brazil’s “Clean Slate” law, which prohibits candidates from running if they have convictions that have been upheld on appeal.Despite his conviction and several graft cases pending against him, Lula leads the race by a long stretch, with 39 per cent of voter support, according to pollster Datafolha. His nearest rival, far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro, has 19 per cent.Ads by the Workers Party calling on Brazilians to vote for Lula began to appear on social media on Friday, and will be shown on television as of Saturday when the race enters its final 35 days of campaigning.A party statement said the court had bowed to the wishes of Brazil’s elites to stop Lula returning to office. The court had also ignored a recommendation by the United Nations Human Rights Committee to restore Lula’s political rights which he appeals his conviction, it said.Vice-presidential running mate Fernando Haddad, a former mayor of Sao Paulo, is expected to head the ticket hoping to inherit the bulk of Lula’s votes.The party has until 17 September to swap their names on the ballot, though the court gave it 10 days to make the change.The court also ruled that Lula should not appear in the Workers Party’s television and radio ads campaign until the ticket has been officially altered to remove him.The court on Thursday had rejected another request by opponents of Lula to exclude his name from opinion polls.
BTRCBangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) is going to deactivate additional SIMs of those who have more than 15 against one national identity (NID) card from early Friday, reports UNB.The telecom regulator has identified a total of 2049,927 such SIM cards and those will be deactivated within six hours after 12:00am, BTRC senior director Jakir Hossain Khan told UNB on Thursday.As per the latest BTRC decision, a subscriber is allowed to register maximum 15 SIM cards against his/her NID card.BTRC chairman Md Jahurul Haque said this move will ensure subscriber-friendly services and bring discipline in the telecom sector, expressing the hope that people will be able to receive better telecommunication services without any hindrance.On 20 June, 2016, BTRC fixed 20 SIMs to be registered against one NID card and later it reduced the number to five on August, 2017.On October 24, 2017, the commission revised its decision and set the number at 15.A subscriber can know how many SIM cards have been registered against his/her NID by dialing *16001# or by sending a SMS to 16001 typing the last four digits of the NID card.