Xolo has been making a lot of headway in the Indian market. Last month it announced the Q900s, which is its first Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone and now the phone is available with online retailers for Rs 9,800. Earlier, Microsoft had announced Xolo as one of its newer hardware partners. Some of the new entrants in the Windows Phone ecosystem also include Micromax, which had unveiled its Canvas Win line of Windows Phones last month. Of late, there has been a proliferation of Windows Phone OEMs as Microsoft has eliminated the licensing fee for the OS.For the uninitiated, the Xolo Win Q900s sports a 4.7-inch 720p IPS screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 quad-core SoC clocked at 1.2GHz working in concert with 1GB of RAM and the Adreno 302 GPU. It has a 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front facing camera, a microSD card slot, 8GB of internal storage, and a 1,800mAh battery. It’s also a dual-SIM smartphone and is touted as one the lightest smartphones in the market as it weight only 100 grams. To give some perspective, the iPhone 5S weighs 112grams. It will do battle with the likes of the Canvas Win, though it will also be flanked by the new wave of high-quality affordable Android smartphones like the Moto G. Follow writer on Twitter @DigitallyBones
But it seems that the match between Drew McIntyre and Sin Cara on Monday Night Raw did nothing to change the wrestler’s mind. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Drew McIntyreSin CarawweWWE Raw First Published: November 12, 2019, 12:44 PM IST Sin Cara has asked for his release from WWE. https://t.co/mwQr5v8Ily pic.twitter.com/vab8buE70I— Mike Chemical Romance (@MikeKillam) November 11, 2019 What a POWERBOMB by @DMcIntyreWWE on #RAW! pic.twitter.com/PCUEqVkOcY— WWE (@WWE) November 12, 2019The Monday Night Raw, which was pre-taped from Manchester last Friday, saw the masked wrestler get beaten down by Drew McIntyre.The short match saw McIntyre hit Cara with a powerbomb on the flood. McIntyre then brought Cara back into the ring and waited for him to get back up, following which he charged Cara with a Claymore Kick for the win. The defeat came close at the heels of him losing another match against Andrade.It remains to be seen if WWE accepts his release request or not.Jorge Arias, who debuted on WWE’s main roster in 2011 as Sin Cara, was initially the temporary replacement for the original performer of the character Luis Urive and took after the role permanently in 2013. Back in 2014, he won the NXT Tag Team Championship alongside Kalisto as a part of The Lucha Dragons. Sin Cara on Tuesday become the latest WWE Superstar to publicly ask the company for a release from his contract. He went on to post a Tweet – in Spanish — which was shared, with a translation by a journalist Mike Killam.According to the translated tweet, the wrestler said he was stuck in a place where he is not valued as an athlete or talent who, despite his years of patience never got the opportunity to shine. The wrestler went on to thank WWE and also said he is excited about what the future holds.
Aaron Finch believes that Australia’s experience of winning the World Cup in the previous editions would be a big advantage for his team when they begin their title defence in England and Wales.”I think it’s a big advantage, just to know what it takes to win a World Cup and what it takes to manage your way through a campaign which can be difficult,” Finch was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.”You have to be at your best at the business end but you can’t afford to let anything slip at the start. Six guys who have been there and done that will give a lot of experience to the others of what to expect, what to feel walking out there because it is different,” he added.A few months ago, Australia were not counted among the favourites for the tournament but have been in good form recently. The series win in India, then against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates and the return of Steve Smith and David Warner have boosted the side and the Men in Yellow seem to be in good shape to defend the title.”When you talk so much about it, when it finally happens it’s a relief to be looking forward. The fact everyone is together and getting on great, the boys are pumped to ramp up the preparations. It really is the time of your life at the World Cup so that will be awesome,” said Finch while talking about the team’s preparation.advertisementBoth Smith and Warner, who have returned to the national team after serving their bans, have shown form just ahead of the quadrennial event, which is a huge confidence booster for Australia.While Warner scored 692 runs in IPL, Smith scored consecutive half-centuries in the last two warm-up games against New Zealand XI.”They are two of the best players in the world which is valuable to have at your disposal,” Finch said while praising Smith and Warner.”The boys have been brilliant. All the work off the field with the team has been great. It’s an interesting time, no doubt, when they are coming back in but still a great opportunity for everyone to learn off them as well. They have so much experience and what they (Warner and Smith) bring to the group is really valuable,” he added.Australia will begin their World Cup campaign against Afghanistan on June 1 at Bristol.Also Read | England unified after Alex Hales’ omission: Joe RootAlso Read | Shakib Al Hasan wants to bat at number three for BangladeshAlso See
Rahul Chahar’s name was the only surprise in the Indian T20I squad for the West Indies which was announced by BCCI chief selector MSK Prasad in Mumbai on Sunday.Chahar has been rewarded for his impressive performances in the Indian Premier League this season and was a revelation for the Mumbai Indians. He picked up 13 wickets from 13 matches this year at an impressive average of 23.69 with an economy rate of 6.55.19-year-old Rahul was the first-choice spinner for Mumbai Indians in the IPL this season ahead of mystery spinner Mayank Markande, who had a terrific season last year with 15 wickets from 14 games.Rahul will join his cousin brother Deepak Chahar in the Indian T20I squad. Deepak and Rahul Chahar played together in Agra before moving out to pursue cricket professionally.Three pairs of brothers have represented India in international cricket – Mohinder and Surinder Amarnath, Irfan and Yousuf Pathan, Hardik and Krunal Pandya.While Deepak has already played an ODI and a T20I for India, Rahul continues to impress with every opportunity he has got with Mumbai Indians and in domestic cricket so far.They both played a vital role for their respective franchises in the IPL this year with Chennai Super Kings’ opening bowler Deepak dismissing the Mumbai Indians leggie in the final.Rahul has so far played 14 first-class matches and picked up 63 wickets at 26.44 including 6 five-wicket hauls while in 24 List-A games he has got 42 wickets at 24.52. He is averaging 23.33 in T20 cricket with 27 scalps from 16 matches.advertisementDeepak on the other hand, had his best season in the IPL this year with 22 wickets in 17 matches at an average of 21.90 and gave away just 482 runs in the process. He was a key wicket-taking option for MS Dhoni with the new ball in the powerplay overs.India’s tour of the West Indies will begin with a three-match T20I series starting August 3. The teams will then play three ODIs and two Test matches between August 8-30. The two Test matches will be part of the inaugural edition of the ICC World Test Championship.India’s squad for 3 T20Is: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (VC), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (WK), Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Rahul Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini.Also Read | India tour of West Indies: Saha, Rohit back in India Test squad, Dhawan returns to ODI sideAlso Read | Legendary player like MS Dhoni knows when to retire: MSK PrasadAlso Read | Shikhar Dhawan back in ODI side, Manish Pandey and Shreyas Iyer included
UEFA Champions League Kompany: Manchester City ready to break into Europe’s elite in Champions League Dom Farrell 05:04 2/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images UEFA Champions League Manchester City Basel Basel v Manchester City The defender experienced more lows than highs in the Champions League but feel his club may now challenge Europe’s elite Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has challenged his team-mates to break Europe’s established order and challenge for Champions League glory this season.The runaway Premier League leaders turn their attention back towards Europe’s top competition with a trip to Basel on Tuesday.Kompany has already won every domestic honour available as City’s long-serving captain but continental success has proved elusive. 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 This is the club’s seventh Champions League campaign and they have only progressed beyond the last 16 once – losing a semi-final to eventual winners Real Madrid in 2016 – but the dominant nature of their performances under Pep Guardiola this season has many tipping City for glory.”We lacked experience for sure,” the 31-year-old centre-back said, reflecting upon City’s early years in the Champions League at a pre-match news conference. “We’ve been caught out on occasions we shouldn’t have.”But things have changed. If there is a year, a moment when the club is ready to feel at home then it’s now.”I’m not going to say it’s a matter of time, as some clubs never win it, but if every year we can go with this kind of confidence then if not this year or next year, eventually we’ll get there. I’m sure of it.”It’s one thing for us to make that statement but [another thing] for us to go out and do it. In previous years we’ve felt how difficult it is.”We are trying to break into a well-established order – Barcelona, Bayern, Real Madrid – any team who has tried it has failed.”But first it’s Basel, then getting to the stage where we can measure ourselves against these teams and feeling like we can beat them.”Training done pic.twitter.com/70OtXXE3Iz— Manchester City (@ManCity) February 12, 2018City are heavy favourites heading into the tie but will be duly wary of a Basel side who beat their rivals Manchester United during the group stage and have enjoyed regular success against English sides at St Jakob-Park.Basel boss Raphael Wicky has never been introduced to Guardiola but did travel to Bayern Munich to observe first-team training sessions during his opposite number’s time in Germany.Wicky suggested his team face a tougher ask compared to when they took on Jose Mourinho’s men earlier this season.”They basically have no weaknesses,” he told reporters. “Manchester City can change their game, they’re flexible and can react to what their opponents do.”They have quality, and their coach has shown his quality with Barcelona and Bayern too. They’re an unbelievably strong team.”We always try to prepare a plan, and we have one for tomorrow. Everything has to go perfectly for us in every single aspect.”I don’t think we’ll be surprised by Manchester City tomorrow. Everyone knows how they play, and they’ll have a lot of possession. They are incredibly quick in transitions.”We have to be realistic, we’re not going to have 50 or 60 per cent possession. We must be incredibly solid, very compact, very focused in every second of the game.”When we have the ball, we have to have the courage to use it.”
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide talks with head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers after the Tigers defeated the Crimson Tide 35-31 in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)On Thursday morning, media insider John Ourand revealed ESPN is making a significant change to its College Football Playoff national title game broadcast from last year and college football fans are not happy – to say the least.One of the highlights from last year’s title game revolved around the “Coaches Film Room” where current and former head coaches broke down the action. ESPN will reportedly replace the “Coaches Film Room” with the “MNF Film Room” featuring Joe Tessitore, Booger McFarland, Jason Witten and Todd McShay.Here’s the news from John Ourand.Joe Tessitore, Booger McFarland, Jason Witten and Todd McShay will call Monday’s Alabama-Clemson CFP Championship on ESPNews. The “MNF Film Room” will replace the “Coaches Film Room” this year. ($) https://t.co/0tmWpQe209 ($)— John Ourand (@Ourand_SBJ) January 3, 2019ESPN’s Monday Night Football crew drew heavy criticism during the NFL season, so it’s not surprising to see college football fans show their angst with the Worldwide Leader’s latest decision.Alabama and Clemson will meet in the title game yet again. The Tigers sport a true freshman quarterback in Trevor Lawrence, while the Tide take the field with the Heisman Trophy-runner-up Tua Tagovailoa.Kickoff is set for 8:00 p.m. ET on Monday night.
Guests at many of Nova Scotia’s Provincial Parks can learn more about the province’s diverse landscape, natural history, and culture through this year’s parks education program. “We encourage Nova Scotians and visitors to stay at our provincial parks and participate in programs that showcase our province’s natural environment,” said Natural Resources Minister John MacDonell. “This is also a great chance to enjoy opportunities for outdoor recreation. We want to make sure that guests of our provincial parks have an unforgettable experience.” The purpose of the parks education program is to strengthen the connection between park visitors and their natural surroundings by raising awareness and appreciation of Nova Scotia’s natural environment. The program is meant to increase interest in environmental stewardship. This summer, parks education programs are planned for 16 camping parks throughout the province. Guests staying at provincial parks and members of surrounding communities can take part in a variety of programs related to natural resources and cultural history, outdoor skills and healthy pursuits. The programs include wildlife, geology, nature walks, hikes, stargazing, survival skills, Mi’kmaq and Gaelic culture, and geocaching. The following provincial camping parks will hold parks education programs: Amherst Shore, Caribou-Munroes Island, Dollar Lake, Five Islands, Porters Lake, Smileys, Blomidon, Ellenwood Lake, Graves Island, Rissers Beach, The Islands, Thomas Raddall, Valleyview, Battery, Mira, and Whycocomagh. Information on parks education programs including locations, dates and times for events, is available in the education events section at www.novascotiaparks.ca .
New Delhi: Apple plans to set up up to three brick-and-mortar outlets in India besides an online store as the iPhone maker looks to further cement its position in one of the world’s largest smartphone markets.According to sources privy to the development, Apple has conveyed to the government its plans to set up physical as well as an online store, in line with its ‘global experience’ centres for Apple-branded products.The move comes at a time when global smartphone manufacturers have reiterated their commitment to the Indian market and are looking to significantly ramp up their manufacturing capabilities in the country. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalApple, which works with Taiwanese contract manufacturer Wistron in India, currently makes iPhone 6S and 7 here. One of the sources said Apple is looking at assembling more models in the country. Apple did not respond to a query on this issue.In a major push to single-brand retail, the government last week had relaxed FDI norms, offering players more flexibility on local sourcing norms. It also did away a provision that required companies to mandatorily set up a brick-and-mortar store before getting into online retail trading. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostFollowing the announcement, Apple had said it is keen on offering online and in-store experiences to Indian users that are at par with its global standards and aims to open its maiden retail store in India.While the company has remained mum on the locations of its stores, reports suggest that Mumbai could become home to India’s maiden Apple retail store.India is looking to galvanise smartphone manufacturing and position itself as a global hub, dishing out incentives to sweeten the deal for international brands. Amid growing concerns around US-China trade war, India now has an opportunity to woo companies that had so far concentrated their manufacturing operations in China.The government has been engaged in a dialogue with key players to understand their concerns and requirements.A recent report by industry body IAMAI had pointed out that India’s mobile manufacturing lacks scale and depth despite its ambition to become global production hub, and the country needs to “think big” by manufacturing at scale, producing high-end phones, and incentivising exports.The Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) report had also noted that the global handsets market is worth about USD 467 billion (about Rs 32 lakh crore), and this demand is being met almost entirely by China, Vietnam, South Korea and Taiwan.The same report stated that in 2018-19, India exported mobile handsets worth USD 1.4 billion compared to USD 2.7 billion in 2012-13.The production of mobile handsets had reached 225 million units in 2017-18 and India has the potential to manufacture one billion handsets annually, it had said.
(A teepee is sitting at the foot of Parliament Hill, not where organizers wanted it further up towards the Peace Tower, in the heart of Canada 150 celebrations.) Mark Blackburn APTN National NewsAs rain poured down, Jocelyn Wabano-Iahtail addressed the media outside a teepee set up at the foot of Parliament Hill, on unceded Algonquin territory, the day after a run in with RCMP and Hill security staff.“You have been speaking for 524 years,” Wabano-Iahtail told the reporter, and to Canadians. “It’s our turn to talk and it’s time for you to listen.”At times, Iahtail is having to speak over rehearsals on a giant stage set up for the Canada Day concert set for Saturday up at the top of the hill, where the group wanted to erect the teepee.Moments before Wabano-Iahtail’s interview, her group abruptly ended a news conference after being “disrespected” by a member of the national media, and where she declared a state of emergency over the state of Indigenous communities in Canada.“We’re declaring a state of crisis in what’s happening here in what you know as Canada, that there is a hunt taking place on our Indigenous human beings,” she said. The agenda of the news conference covered water, the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous women and Canada’s 150 celebrations.(Johnny Wabigwan, from Thessalon First Nation, is in handcuffs at a detainment tent on Parliament Hill. Photo: Jorge Barrera/APTN)Most on the podium at the news conference went face to face with the RCMP and Parliament Hill security Wednesday night and into the wee hours Thursday as they marched onto the Hill to set up the teepee.For a couple hours the teepee poles were physically stopped by Parliament Hill security officers, who are now overseen by the RCMP.The Hill security officers clung to the front end of the poles held aloft by supporters of the Bawating water protectors who drove down from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., to launch the ceremonial action.Ten people were arrested during the clash.(Brendan Nahwegezhic outside the teepee on Parliament Hill. Photo: Mark Blackburn/APTN) “We had to fight to celebrate our traditions,” said Brendan Nahwegezhic from Batchewana First Nation, near Sault Ste Marie. “I had to explain this to the RCMP. We were met with conflict … we did not mean any harm. I hear about equality all the time, but where is it? People in our communities are living in poverty.”On Saturday at 4 p.m., as hundreds of thousands of people are expected to flood downtown Ottawa to celebrate Canada Day, the teepee is going to be moved.“With hundreds of thousands of people, settler people in this area, it’s going to be really dangerous to be Indigenous on Canada day,” said Freddy Stoneypost from Sagamok Anishnawbek. “Especially in downtown Ottawa.”Officials have not told the group that there are threats – Stoneypost said as a group they felt it was best to leave Parliament Hill.He said it will be replaced.“It’s called a Die-in,” he said. “It’s kind of like a human installation, human performance art.”(Candace Day Neveau at a news conference on Parliament Hill Thursday. “How can I celebrate Canada 150? She asked. Photo: Mark Blackburn/APTN) Candace Day Neveau, who was part of the group who fought to get the teepee on the hill, said the government had an opportunity to get the Canada 150 celebrations right by making reconciliation a big part of July 1 celebrations.“How can I celebrate Canada 150 when our children live like they do?” asked Day Neveau. “Celebrating Canada 150 is hard because of what has happened to our people … we will be celebrating Indigenous people who are pushing back.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was on Prince Edward Island Thursday.The push to get a teepee on Parliament Hill comes a week after the federal Liberals announced that it is taking the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal to federal court to “clarify” rulings ordering the government to comply with its demands to fix the First Nation child welfare system.Speaking at a curling rink packed with Islanders, Trudeau said he recognizes that Indigenous Canadians may not be celebrating in the same way as others across the country.Trudeau told the crowd in Montague that “the history of the last 150 years for Indigenous peoples has not been as positive.”A ceremony is planned for Thursday 6 p.m. at the teepee.-with files from the Canadian Press
“Almost 60 countries – most of them in Africa – face such critical shortages of health workers that they cannot provide basic health care to all their people,” Mr. Ban said at the Global Forum for Human Resources in Health, which expects over 1,000 government leaders and experts to meet under the auspices of the World Health Organization (WHO).In his statement to the gathering, Mr. Ban emphasized the crucial part that health care plays in economic development and in reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which aim to reduce extreme poverty and other global ills by 2015.“I appreciate that the issues are complex,” he said, maintaining that the crisis in the world’s health workforce requires different stakeholders to take action in a range of areas – migration, development, education, finance and more. However, he pointed to renewed momentum throughout the international community to tackle large challenges in health care, as well as advances in knowledge. “We have the resources and the know-how,” he concluded: “Let us work together, with coherent and coordinated action, to translate commitments into protected livelihoods and saved lives.” The first Global Forum for Human Resources in Health will run through 7 March. 3 March 2008The time has come to focus on supporting and retaining health workers – “the true lifesavers in the society of every nation”– Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the first-ever world forum on the topic, which convened in Kampala, Uganda, today.
“Sexual violence against women is not cultural, it’s criminal. It’s not a women’s issue, it’s a human rights issue. It’s for both men and women to make sure that women have the right to their body,” Margot Wallström, a Swedish politician with a long history in defending women’s rights, told a news briefing in New York, citing the need to end impunity as a priority area. “Women carry half the sky, so they have to be valued that way.”Ms. Wallström was introduced by Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro who said the new appointment was “a major step” towards protecting civilians subjected to sexual violence not only in conflict but also in post-conflict situations.“Ending sexual violence in conflict situations remains a top priority for the Secretary-General who has called for increased actions by the international community to prevent violence, to protect individuals, to punish perpetrators, and to provide redress to victims,” she added.Today’s presentation came just a day after the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) reported that more than 8,000 women were raped in the DRC during fighting between warring factions last year. Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Alain Le Roy told the briefing that such abuse was occurring not just in the DRC. “In most of our missions we have this extremely serious question of sexual violence,” he said.In the DRC the UN is combating the scourge by developing a greater presence on the ground, escorting women going to market or fetching firewood or water, developing early warning systems, and working with local mayors.“At the same time, it is not enough,” he added, noting that UN peacekeepers in all DRC numbered 20,000 soldiers while just the two war-torn eastern Kivu provinces, where most rapes occurred, had a population of 10 million people. “We cannot be behind… [every] tree.” Ms. Wallström said the DRC would be one of the first places she would visit, but cautioned that her main challenge would be living up to all the expectations put in her given the breadth of the mandate and its limited length of only two years. “We’ll also have to create some success stories if you ask me,” she added. “It is also obvious where the hotspots are, where everybody expects us to be present and to do as much as we can. Of course, the DRC is the obvious example…“I will never be able to live up to all these expectations,” she said. But, she added, “of course I feel honoured and humbled and excited. It’s a tough task and the mandate is short, two years, but it is mission irresistible to me at this moment.” 9 February 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s newly appointed Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict promised today a more coherent and effective battle against the scourge, citing recent mass rapes in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and calling her new task “mission irresistible.”
NEW YORK, N.Y. – An optimistic outlook for holiday spending from Macy’s is sending the stock market back to record levels.Macy’s led other retailers higher with a 9 per cent surge after reporting a quarterly profit that blew past Wall Street expectations. Bed, Bath & Beyond, J.C. Penney and Nordstrom also rose.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 71 points, or 0.5 per cent, to close at 15,821 points Wednesday.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 14 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 1,782. Both are record highs. It’s the 34th all-time closing high for the S&P 500 this year and the 36th for the Dow.The Nasdaq composite index gained 45 points, 1.2 per cent, to 3,965.Two stocks rose for every one that fell on the New York Stock Exchange. Volume was average. by The Associated Press Posted Nov 13, 2013 2:16 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Strong holiday spending outlook from Macy’s lifts US stocks; Dow, S&P 500 back at record highs
“The Secretary-General urges all political actors to reject all forms of violence and intimidation and refrain from any action that can further disrupt the democratic process and stability in the country,” a statement issued by his spokesman said, reaffirming the UN’s commitment to continue supporting the consolidation of democracy and stabilisation in Haiti.“He strongly urges all stakeholders to work towards the peaceful completion of the electoral process without delay, through the forging of a consensual solution that will allow the people of Haiti to exercise their right to vote for the election of a new President and the remaining representatives of the new Parliament.”Tensions have been simmering since the first round of the elections in October, and Jovenel Moise from the governing party and former government executive Jude Celestin, the two top vote getters then, were set to face each other in the run-off, originally set for 27 December.According to press reports, this second round was again postponed on Friday amid violent protests and the opposition’s refusal to participate.The transfer of power to a new president is constitutionally mandated to take place on 7 February.The UN has maintained a peacekeeping operation, the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), since 2004. With more than 4,500 troops and police deployed currently deployed in Haiti, its mandate has evolved over the years from supporting a transitional government to embracing earthquake recovery and facilitating the political process.
Cutlery which delivers an electric shock to change the taste of food could help cut down salt in fast food, researchers have said. Scientists have developed a pair of chopsticks, that can make food taste saltier, sour or bitter without the need for extra seasoning.They are also working on a spoon and fork that could make food taste spicier or sweeter.This “digital seasoning” technology could allow diners to tinker with the taste of their food as they eat so it suits them.It could also help food manufacturers and restaurants to reduce the amount of salt they put into food without compromising taste.The utensils work by delivering pulses of electricity to the tip of the tongue to stimulate the taste buds.Dr Nimesha Ranasinghe, an assistant professor of computer science at the University of Maine who led the work on the electric cutlery, said:”This technology is aimed at overlaying a virtual taste sensation. Depending on the food or beverage, it will augment the flavor.”For example, when we eat mashed potato by applying an additional layer of electric salt, the overall flavor is enhanced.”Some Chinese takeaway food and ready meals were recently found to contain up to 11 times more salt than a bag of crisps – more than half an adults daily allowance. Salt is known to be linked to serious health problems like heart disease and stroke. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Dr Ranasinghe said: “We have some early findings of simulating sweetness, a mint-cool sensation and hot or spicy sensations. But this thermal stimulation requires bulky heat sinks to accurately control.”He added further work was needed before this digital sugar and electric chilli powder could be added to utensils. The technology, which Dr Ranasinghe initially developed while at the University of Singapore, works by installing two electrodes into each chopstick or the end of a spoon.These send a weak current through the tip of the tongue when they touch it to stimulate the taste buds.By controlling the frequency, amplitude and strength of the electric current, the researchers can stimulate either sourness, saltiness and bitterness. They say up to 80% of people experience changes in saltiness and sourness with the devices and 70% can sense changes in bitterness.Dr Ranasinghe, whose work is published in the journal Food Research International, initially developed a fork that could replicate saltiness but has since developed a spoon, chopsticks and a soup bowl that can trigger all three tastes.He said he was also working on ways of replicating sweetness and spiciness by rapidly heating and cooling the tongue.It could lead to a spoon that allows desserts to taste sweet while having lower sugar levels or a fork that can give a curry extra heat without the need for extra chillies. But using a pair of electric chopsticks could help cut salt levels without leaving it tasting bland, said Dr Ranasinghe.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “Lots of older people used to cook tinned tuna and mushroom soup in a pasta bake.”She said that canned food may be “unfashionable” now as younger people want “fresh, gorgeous instagrammable envy food to show off to your friends. It doesn’t all have to be organic and perfect and beautiful – it can be functional and fun as well.”“We want to strip back the snobbery and elitism of it as well – the intimidating veneer that is put through in cookery. You can just pop a couple of cans, pour it into a pot, stir it, flavour it and there’s your dinner.“Cooking has become this whole lifestyle thing but it should be fun and I want to make it fun again.” “There’s no food waste as you’re using the entire tin, no plastic waste as you can recycle tins endlessly, and it saves time.”I’ve been living off tinned food while writing this book for the last month and I feel wonderful.”Ms Monroe claims she is the first to write a book of recipes made from tinned food since Ambrose Heath in 1939, who wrote Good Dishes From Tinned Foods.Indeed, many of her older readers have delighted in sending her recipes passed down through their families.She said: “I’ve had lots of recipes given to me from nans who have their own ways of with tins that they’ve cooked over the years. It has fallen out of favour now though. Chefs and cooks are too snobby about tinned food, a writer has said as she prepares to publish the first canned food recipe book since 1939.Award-winning writer and cook Jack Monroe has called on cooks across the country to re-examine the humble tin, arguing that the contents can be just as healthy and delicious as fresh food – and much cheaper.Her new book, Tin Can Cook, is full of surprising recipes made entirely from tinned food and a handful of store-cupboard ingredients including curry powder, garlic paste, lazy ginger and frozen onions.She told the Sunday Telegraph: “There’s a lot of snobbery around tinned food but I want to lift the lid on it and show people you can make really good meals out of it.”We are emphasising that cookery doesn’t have to be this elitist or fashionable thing you’re sold on television.”It’s about looking at what’s in your cupboards and knocking something together – that’s what it’s about for most people.”Recipes she has cooked up include a cannelini bean beurre blanc, which she says is “delicious made with cider if you don’t have wine. The main ingredient is a dash of vinegar and a can of beans.” She also raves about beef bourguignon made with canned stewed steak. Another surprising recipe she tried, which worked, is roasted tinned potatoes. She said: “I roasted tinned potatoes, they’re really nice, they get really fluffy because they’re pre-cooked. You just need to use really hot fat.”The food writer, who became an expert in thrifty cooking when falling on hard times meant she became a food bank user, has a blog that is read by millions who want to know how to cook good, healthy family meals for pennies per portion.She argued: “There’s a lot of myths in tinned food – it’s quite surprising, tinned potatoes are a really good source of vitamin C, and tinned sardines give you your full daily allowance of vitamin B12, tinned fruit and veg is just as nutritious for you as fresh. Tinned tomatoes contain more lycopene. Because of the canning mechanism it retains nutrients.
Although OS X has made great strides in the last half decade in regaining market share, the various permutations of Windows still rule most of the computing world, largely thanks to the reliance of enterprise and government networks. Now one of the largest and most powerful countries on Earth is ready to dump Microsoft as a client, and make no mistake… it’s a move indicative of a growing schism with the United States similar to that we experienced in the Cold War.The country we’re talking about here is Russia, who plans to transition its computer infrastructure from Windows to open-source operating systems like Linux. The order was given by none less than Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who wants the transition completed by 2015… and who also wants to create a national repository for open-source applications similar to Apple’s App Store.AdChoices广告When we mentioned the Cold War earlier in this post, we didn’t mean to imply that Russia’s adoption of Linux would somehow lead to global nuclear war. However, it;s undeniable that Russia and America’s diplomatic relations have been frosty lately, especially when it comes to arms talks. Given that, Russia’s move to divorce its IT infrastructure from relying upon an American company’s operating system seems like another small step away from relying upon America.Read more at Electronista
Trois nouvelles tablettes chez Toshiba, dont un modèle 13 pouces !Le fabricant Toshiba proposera prochainement 3 tablettes aux spécifications différentes dès juin prochain : il s’agira de la gamme Excite. Toshiba sortira prochainement trois nouvelles tablettes tactiles, différentiables par leurs tailles d’écran et leurs caractéristiques techniques. Cependant, elles disposent de deux éléments communs : le processeur Tegra 3 de Nvidia et le système d’exploitation Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Les trois versions seront commercialisées en juin prochain.L’Excite 7.7 disposera d’un écran AMOLED de 7,7 pouces affichant en résolution 1280 x 800 pixels. Grâce à un lecteur de carte microSD, 1 Go de RAM DDR3, un processeur Tegra 3, deux capteurs photos 2 et 5 mégapixels et 16 et 32 GB dédiés au stockage, la tablette est déjà attractive. Elle offrira en sus un port micro USB et des connectiques WiFi et Bluetooth. Elle sera vendue à partir de 500 dollars (environ 380 euros), et pèsera 380 grammes pour 7,62 mm d’épaisseur.L’Excite 10 est une version 10 pouces de la tablette pourvu de la technologie de verre Gorilla Glass pour l’écran. Elle dispose, en plus de l’Excite 7.7 un port micro-HDMI et un port SD (et non micro-SD). Le reste des caractéristiques sera identique. Elle sera proposée en version 16, 32 et 64 GB à partir de 450 dollars (345 euros).Enfin, l’Excite 13 dispose d’un écran de 13,3 pouces HD affichant en 1600 x 900 pixels. Avec 1 Go de RAM, deux capteurs de 2 mégapixels à l’avant et 5 mégapixels à l’arrière, et des connectiques micro-USB, micro-HDMI, lecteur de carte SD, des connectiques WiFi et Bluetooth ce modèle pèsera tout de même 1 kg. Il sera vendu en version 32 et 64 GB à partir de 629 dollars (environ 480 euros). Le 10 avril 2012 à 21:00 • Maxime Lambert
What’s on tap for this week’s weather? Check our local weather coverage.In case you missed them, here are some of the top stories of the weekend:Can county cultivate farming?As local farmers struggle to make living off land, food advocates, some officials say Clark County can do more to ensure their survival.The total number of farms in the county fell from 2,101 in 2007 to 1,929 in 2012, according to the U.S. Census of Agriculture. The market value of products dropped from $52 million to $50 million.Clark County, with its proximity to booming Portland, is experiencing its biggest growth in population in a decade, driving up the price of land and putting more pressure on agriculture.“Houses are a lot more profitable than carrots,” said Jordan Boldt, executive director of the Vancouver Farmers Market. “Where agriculture falls into that will be a really interesting situation.”
SEOUL, South Korea — North and South Korea fired artillery shells into each other’s waters Monday, a flare-up of animosity between the rivals that forced residents of five front-line South Korean islands to evacuate to shelters, South Korean officials said. The South Korean artillery fire came after shells from a North Korean live-fire drill fell south of the Koreas’ disputed western sea boundary, an official with South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said. No shells from either side were fired at any land or military installations, said the official, who provided no other details and spoke on condition of anonymity because of office rules.The exchange of fire followed Pyongyang’s earlier, unusual announcement that it would conduct live-fire drills in seven areas north of the poorly marked Yellow Sea boundary between the countries. North Korea routinely test-fires artillery and missiles into the ocean, but it’s rare for the country to disclose such training plans in advance. The announcement was seen as an expression of Pyongyang’s frustration at making little progress in its recent push to win outside aid. In addition to sending residents of five front-line South Korean islands to shelters, Lee Han-seok, an official with Ongjin county, which governs the islands, also said that ferry service linking the islands to the mainland was stopped.Kang Myeong-sung, speaking from a shelter on Yeonpyeong island, which is in sight of North Korean territory, said he hadn’t seen any fighter jets but heard the boom of artillery fire. In 2010, North Korean artillery killed four South Koreans on Yeonpyeong. Pyongyang said it was responding to earlier South Korean drills in disputed waters.
‘Spider-Verse’ Creators Plan Sony Marvel TV ShowsWatch These Movies Before ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Stay on target Spider-Man Homecoming is just around the corner! While we don’t know much one thing we do know is that it is tied to the official Marvel Cinematic Universe. Which is simply good enough for most fans.One thing that put the nail in the coffin for our favorite web-slinger in theaters was his endless amount of villains. Studios are wanting more too quickly. Sam Rami’s third installment of the series showed the confusion on hand. Sony tried picking up the pieces when they rebooted the series with Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker. Before they could get another installment in, red flags from reviews began to pop up all over. This would kill what was to be a larger look into Spider-Man’s most iconic enemies, the Sinister Six.After leaked emails stirred the pot at Sony, it felt like hard to obtain franchises quickly began to free up. Sony and Marvel came to an agreement to let Spider-Man swing into their popular main line pictures, only if Sony could still obtain the Spider-Man license to release stand alone films.In Homecoming, our main villain The Vulture is played by Michael Keaton. We’ve also heard rumors that The Tinkerer may be the one behind the Vulture’s mechanical suit. Plus room for a third villain, maybe teased for the next movie? My thought is, could it be the Green Goblin? Could it be any Goblin for that matter? Let’s break down some of Parker’s most vicious villains, The Goblins.GREEN GOBLINNorman Osbourn has always been a thorn in Spider-Man’s side. The owner of Oscorp has done despicable things to not only to Peter and his loved ones but to Norman’s son Harry Osbourn as well. The Green Goblin always seems to be Spider-Man’s main nemesis in any reiteration of his tale. We saw William Defoe portray the Green Goblin in Raimi’s films. Then years later, we are reintroduced to the Green Goblin in Marc Webb’s Amazing Spider-Man films, only this time the baddie ends up being Peter’s close friend Harry Osborn. This was possibly the worst iteration of the character, more-so than Rami’s Robo Green Goblin. Why has the Green Goblin been so difficult to adapt to film? Both actors who portrayed Norman were diabolical. I honestly blame the look. The Green Goblin has always had a terrifying look to him. A pointed nose almost reaching a pointed chin, with an almost cartoon-like grin from ear to ear. Early makeup tests of Raimi’s Goblin (that are floating out there) show exactly how the character should have looked from the beginning. Could we see the return of Spider-Man’s most diabolical enemy in Homecoming? I honestly don’t think so. The character needs time to breath. I say Let the Sinister Six build throughout a few more films and have Norman step in to bring them all together. And for the love of Aunt May, give us the practical effects Green Goblin mask that we all deserve!HOBGOBLINWho is The Hobgoblin?! Either of the Kingsley twins? The Kingpin’s son, Richard Fisk? Ned Leeds? How about the Jason Macendale? The character of Hobgoblin has always been a conundrum for fans of the comics. So much so that the creators had a hard time pegging down the character to one identity. This is probably why we never saw an adaptation of Hobgoblin in any of the movies. Now would be a great time to maybe hang up the green cowl for the orange one. In Homecoming, give us a more vicious Goblin. One that is closer to the Macendale Hobgoblin where he is transforming underneath the mask. I’ve always enjoyed the Hobgoblin’s look over the Green Goblin. Plus I really enjoy that he uses actual jack o’lanterns and not cybernetic bombs. Though not very practical, there are ways of getting around this with magic entering the Marvel Universe with last year’s hit, Doctor Strange.DEMOGOBLINHave you noticed that each iteration of the Goblin gets more and more extreme? Some would say almost out of hand. The 90’s were an “edgy” time and with that came more edgy villains. Demo’s essence was fused with late Hobgoblin wielder Jason Macendale’s after he sold his soul to N’astirh for more power. After a battling Moon Knight and Ghost Rider, Hobgoblin was able to split off from his demon half, thus creating Demogoblin. An extreme hellfire version of his original goblin form infused with mystical powers. Obviously, we would not see Demo until Hob was thrown into the mix for a film adaptation. But even if they tried to get past that, involving the ‘Righteous’ storyline into the mix, would be a bit intense for a Spider-man film. This is also why we will probably never see Cletus Kasady in a Spider-Man film.GREY GOBLINDid you know Gwen Stacey and Norman Osbourn had twins? Marvel loves twins! Twins Gabriel and Sarah were in hiding until Peter Parker went to find them and tell them the truth about their deranged father. Spider-Man meets them on the Brooklyn Bridge, the same bridge Gwen on. Gabriel, being brainwashed by his father lashes out at Spider-Man thinking he is his father (yet another lie by Norman) tries attacking Spider-Man only to have police fire at them, wounding Sarah as she almost perishes the same way her mother did. Luckily Spider-Man rescues her and Gabriel runs off to infuse himself with the goblin serum after finding out that Spider-man was actually telling the truth, creating The Grey Goblin. This is one of the newest version of the Goblin. If used in Homecoming they would have to ditch the entire backstory as Peter is still a kid but would ultimately make no sense.JACK O’LANTERNThough, not a Goblin at all. Jack o’lantern controls Oscorp technology of his very own, flying around on a glider chucking pumpkin bombs like the Goblins before him. The original Jack o’lantern ends up being ex-CIA agent Jason Macendale, AKA: The Hobgoblin. Before dawning the Hobgoblin outfit, Jason became a hitman for hire after leaving the CIA. The beauty of Jason Macendale’s character is that he goes between both Hobgoblin and Jack o’lantern identities. These could be two brand new villain IP’s in one that Marvel has not even toyed with yet. Plus I feel each identity would look amazing in a new Spider-Man picture. Of course, there were other versions of Jack o’lantern in later comics. Steven Mark Levins, his brother, and Mad Jack. With these stories, the Jack o’lantern character gets very mystical having his head detach from his body and explode on enemies. I highly doubt we will see ol’ Jack in Homecoming. But if we did, I’d probably jump out of my seat in pure joy that this character as finally gotten the attention it deserves.So looking over all the Goblins, it looks as if Green Goblin still reigns supreme being the most cohesive villain for Spider-Man to battle. Though I’m confident that Sony will steer clear of the Goblin story for the first film and give Peter a more grounded storyline. I honestly didn’t even touch on Peter turning into a goblin himself and the over the top War Goblin army. Hell, even Ultimate Goblin would be a bit much for the film franchise. Honestly, I’m anticipating Jack to take us by surprise. But I’m not holding my breath.