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Indonesia Open: PV Sindhu, HS Prannoy crash out in quarter-finals

first_imgIndia’s campaign at the Indonesia Open ended on Friday after PV Sindhu and HS Prannoy were knocked out in the quarter-finals.Third seed Sindhu lost in straight games to China’s HE Bingjiao 14-21 15-21 while Prannoy went down to SHI Yuqi 17-21 18-21.It was Sindhu’s sixth loss to the left-handed Chinese shuttler in 11 meetings.The opening match between Sindhu and Bingjiao opened on an even keel as both the players looked to outdo each other in the rallies. At one stage, Bingjiao lead 10-8 but Sindhu managed to erase the deficit before a net return error gave a 11-10 lead at the break.Sindhu failed to curb unforced errors and easy mistakes after the interval as the Chinese lead 19-11. Sindhu lost a video challenge before a precise return helped Bingjiao grab the opening game.Sindhu zoomed to a 5-1 lead but it soon evaporated as Bingjiao drew parity at 6-6. The Indian made a few judgement errors at the backline to allow the Chinese lead 10-8. Another shuttle drifted wide and it was advantage Bingjiao again.Sindhu continued to struggle with her strokes, hitting long or at net. Bingjiao also showed immaculate defence to lead 17-11. She was also called for a fault at net. The match ended after Sindhu hit the net and failed to connect a return.In the men’s singles earlier in the day, Shi Yuqi opened up a 6-3 lead early on before extending it to 8-5 and then went into the break at 11-8 when Prannoy failed to reach a shot in the forecourt.advertisementThe Chinese reeled off four straight points which Prannoy snapped after pouncing on a return and sending it at the backline.At 13-17, Prannoy made Shi Yuqi twist and turn on the court before unleashing a smash beyond the reach of the diving Chinese.A body smash hit Prannoy’s face and then he committed an error at the net before Shi Yuqi sent a cross court smash to reach four game points. Prannoy saved one but hit long next as the Chinese grabbed the opening game.Prannoy grabbed the initial two points but Shi Yuqi came back to turn the tables and soon held an 11-8 lead again at the break when Prannoy hit wide.The Indian managed to narrow the gap to 16-17 before clawing back at 18-18 after winning a net dribble. But Prannoy hit long and then found net to lose the match eventually.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Mi Rechargeable LED lamp review: Good looks, affordable but not smart

first_img Next Sneha Saha New DelhiSeptember 10, 2019UPDATED: September 10, 2019 08:43 IST 7.5/10HIGHLIGHTSMi Rechargeable LED lamp comes at a price of Rs 1,499 in India.The Mi LED lamp sports simple ergonomics.The Mi Rechargeable LED lamp comes in one colour — White.Xiaomi is more than just a smartphone brand. And from time to time the company likes to remind its fans and industry watchers about this by launching some of its other products here, products that use a lot of tech and are smart but aren’t smartphones. Alongside smartphones, Xiaomi makes televisions, air purifiers, power banks, smart fitness bands, and many other kinds of products. Earlier, over here at the India Today Tech we reviewed the Mi smart LED bulb in June this year and found it to be an “affordable smart bulb that deserves to be in your bedroom”. After a bulb, what’s next? Well, now there is a lamp.Xiaomi turned five years old in India in July this year. To celebrate, the company launched several smart products, including the Mi Rechargeable LED lamp. Notably, the Mi Rechargeable LED lamp was first put up as a crowdfunded product in India, but later public launch happened.The Mi Rechargeable LED lamp comes at a price of Rs 1,499 in India. Is it worth buying the Mi Rechargeable LED lamp at this price? After using it for a few weeks, I believe it’s a decent product and is rather affordable. But that is all there is to it.Mi Rechargeable LED lamp design and buildThe Mi LED lamp sports simple ergonomics. It comes with a 120-degree tilting head that allows users to move the head of the lamp in the angle they deem fit, as per their requirement. A stand made of aluminium alloy and plastic holds the head of the Mi Rechargeable LED lamp.advertisementIn addition to the simple design the Mi Rechargeable LED lamp is also simple and easy-to-use. One of the best bits is that the Mi Rechargeable LED lamp can be controlled with just one button that sits on the curved non-slip pads, which balance the lamp pretty well.The one-control button allows users to control the brightness of the light as well as the colour temperature. The Mi Rechargeable LED lamp comes in one colour – White. The white looks good but I wish there are more colour options available always suits the room decor. For example in my room, with its off-white walls, I wished the lamp had a more sharper colour. White is elegant and more choices are always good. As far as the build quality is concerned the Mi Rechargeable LED lamp feels extremely sturdy. It is made of aluminium alloy, with plastic coating on the frame. This combination makes the lamp durable. Another good bit is that the Mi Rechargeable LED lamp is fairly light and can be moved from one place to another easily. Lamps can be and this is no exception. It weighs around 420g, which is pretty lightweight for a table lamp.How to use Mi Rechargeable LED lampIt’s pretty simple and easy.Like most Xiaomi products the Mi Rechargeable LED lamp isn’t a smart device. Like the Mi smart LED bulb the Mi Rechargeable LED lamp can’t be controlled with the Mi Home app. As I said in the review, the Mi smart LED bulb can be controlled with Mi Home app on both iOS as well as Android. Sadly, I can’t say that for the Mi Rechargeable LED lamp.To control the Mi Rechargeable LED lamp the user will need to use the one control button that sits on the curved non-slip pads at the bottom. For me, it quite irritating to get up and go to the lamp to switch it off whenever it is not in use.Here’s how to use the Mi Rechargeable LED lamp:– Place the Mi Rechargeable LED lamp as per requirement. I used it on my study table.–The good bit is it the Mi Rechargeable LED lamp doesn’t need to be plugged in to be in use. This helps users to use the Mi Rechargeable LED lamp even during power cuts. — The Mi Rechargeable LED lamp offers three colour temperature mode – bright mode, cool mode, and warm mode.– The bright mode is apt if you’re reading or writing or doing any other desk work. To switch to Bright mode make one click on “one-control” button. The bright mode offers 100 lumens brightness.– The cool mode is better if you have the lamp sitting near your TV or computer. This is the light mode I used most of the time. The cool mode feels soothing to the eyes. Xiaomi also claims that the cool mode is great for reducing eye strain when looking at screens. The cool mode of Mi Rechargeable LED lamp offers 60 lumens brightness.advertisement– The third and my favorite light mode is called warm mode. This mode helps make the room look cosy and works the best as a night light. The warm mode of Mi Rechargeable LED lamp offers only 10 lumens brightness.–The Mi Rechargeable LED lamp lets users switch from one light mode to another in just a click. The one-control button will need to be long pressed to switch from one light mode to another. Mi Rechargeable LED lamp battery backupAs the name of the lamp suggests the Mi LED lamp is a “rechargeable” lamp. This means it works like smartphones. It needs to be recharged using the microUSB cable that comes bundled with the lamp. The port sits at the backside of the bottom pads. The Mi Rechargeable LED lamp comes packed with a 2000mAh battery and for me, it lasted for around 10 hours on single charge. It depends on the usage. If you’re an avid reader and using the Mi Lamp as your light source, the battery will run out quicker.Mi Rechargeable LED lamp for Rs 1,499: Should you buy it?I believe for the price of Rs 1,499, the Mi Rechargeable LED lamp is a good deal. It is available on Mi.com and is on open sale.The Mi Rechargeable LED lamp sports a simple and clean design, offers long battery life and brings various light modes to the users, which is great. I also like the one-button control system as it makes the usage process simple and easy.What is not great is that the Mi LED lamp isn’t a smart lamp. Notably, in China, the Mi LED lamp is smart and can be controlled with a smartphone (both Android & iOS). Xiaomi should have launched the same smart variant of Mi LED lamp in India. After all, Xiaomi is not a lamp company. It is a technology company, and I think it is fair to expect its smarter gadgets from it, even when that gadget happens to be a lamp.Mi Rechargeable LED lamp review7.5/10ProsSimple designLong battery lifeWorks during power cutsConsNot smartOnly one colourGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySneha Saha Tags :Follow Xiaomi Mi Rechargeable LED lamp review: Good looks, affordable but not smartXiaomi has launched a new gadget but this one is different. The company has launched Mi Rechargeable LED Lamp and in this review we find if it is any good or not.advertisementlast_img read more

Japan cops search stabbing attackers home

first_imgTokyo: Japanese police on Wednesday searched the home of the man behind a stabbing rampage in the town of Kawasaki a day earlier that killed two people, including a child. The 51-year-old attacker, identified by police as Ryuichi Iwasaki, died after stabbing himself during the rampage, and his motives for the horrifying assault remain unclear. On Wednesday morning, police searched his home, not far from the scene of the morning attack, seizing unspecified material, public broadcaster NHK reported. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’Local media said Iwasaki was living with relatives in their 80s, but gave no further details. Police had no comment on the investigation and declined to offer any further details about the attacker. The rampage in the town south of Tokyo on Tuesday morning killed two people — 11-year-old schoolgirl Hanako Kuribayashi and a 39-year-old parent, identified as government official Satoshi Oyama, a Myanmar specialist. Seventeen more people, mainly young children, were injured, according to authorities. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaIwasaki crept silently up behind pupils of the Caritas Gakuen (school) as they waited for their school bus and began slashing randomly at them armed with knives in both hands, before fatally stabbing himself in the neck. But by Wednesday morning, few details had emerged about the attackers and his motive for the assault, with neighbours telling local media that they knew little about the man. A female neighbour told Kyodo news agency that Iwasaki had said good morning to her 40 minutes before carrying out the attack, an interaction she described as unusual. The news agency said Iwasaki was believed to have gone to local schools, but there was no confirmation. A man who identified himself as having taught Iwasaki in junior high school, when the suspect was around 14, told NHK he was “not the kind of child who stands out”. “He and his friends would shove each other playfully, but he didn’t attack anyone violently,” the teacher said. In the wake of the attack, Japan’s government said it would review measures to ensure the safety of children travelling to and from school. Japan has one of the lowest rates of violent crime in the developed world, and it is common for even young children to take public transport alone to get to and from school. “The whole government will work in unison to ensure the children’s safety,” government spokesman Yoshihide Suga told reporters after a ministerial meeting on the issue. The attack shocked Japan, where violent crime is vanishingly rare, in part because of strict regulations on gun ownership. On Wednesday morning, people were still arriving at the scene of the attack to lay flowers and other tributes to those killed.last_img read more

Boeing offers to build 21st century aerospace ecosystem in India

first_imgWashington DC: Eyeing India’s multi-billion dollar fighter jet market, Boeing has offered to build a 21st century aerospace ecosystem in India for co-developing F/A-18 Super Hornet upgrades as part of the country’s advanced medium combat aircraft (AMCA) programme. Two major American fighter jets manufacturers – Boeing and Lockheed Martin – are in the race for the Indian fighter jet market. Lockheed Martin has offered to shift its entire F-16 manufacturing base from US to India. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”What we’re talking about is a complete ecosystem of capability it’s building up supply chain, it’s building up engineering capacity, technical mechanical capacity. It is bringing the build, not the kit, to India,” Marc Allen, president of Boeing International and a member of the Boeing Executive Council, said. Last month, Allen was named senior vice president of Boeing and president of Embraer Partnership and Group Operations. Boeing has offered that future F/A-18 Super Hornet upgrades can be co-developed with India, maximising performance, affordability, indigenisation for decades. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet is a twin-engine, supersonic, all-weather, carrier-capable, multirole combat jet, designed as both a fighter and attack aircraft. As a result, Allen argued, the impact will be transformational – building a next gen warfighter in India and a 21st century aerospace ecosystem with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Mahindra along with Boeing industry’s partners (GE Aviation, GKN Aero, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon). “And that’s why the idea of being able to service, both the Indian Navy and the Indian Air Force requirements together is so vital because it creates a volume that supports industrial development at a massive scale,” Allen said in response to a question. Boeing says that the ‘Make in India’ programme for the Super Hornet has been envisioned for aircraft made in India for India. The Super Hornet production line will exist in the US to meet the immediate needs of its American and international customers. India is to build an entirely new line, leveraging Boeing’s commercial and defence experience, Allen said. The Super Hornet is the airplane that fits the requirement of both the Indian Navy and Airforce, he asserted. Boeing says that the Super Hornet offering for India co-opts the expertise of a public-private partnership with HAL and Mahindra to make the F/A-18 Super Hornet in an advanced Factory-of-the-Future in India. The partnership, it asserts, will harness productivity opportunities in India to deliver more-for-less (more capability for less cost) to its Indian customers and worldwide. Noting that its current F/A-18 production involves 60,000 jobs and 800 suppliers in 44 US States, Boeing officials say that this can be replicated in India. This partnership will create jobs and industrial capacity in India and also helps Boeing stay globally competitive. The future production with Indian partners will involve maximising indigenous content and producing the F/A-18 in India thereby creating a 21st century aerospace ecosystem, Allen said as he refuted giving a direct answer to the question of minimum number of fighter jet orders it needs from India to develop that ecosystem. “We have not framed up our responses to the government’s request for information around a minimum order now, but what we’ve done is that show us your requirements and we’ll show you what’s possible inside your requirements. But certainly, the government recognises the programmatic constraints that the more it’s able invest in a broader program that can cover multiple services, the more capacity for industrial development it will get, he said. “We will shape our bid to the number. There’s less we can do at a lower number in terms of what’s Made in India. And to get to the full up ecosystem, the more the purchases, the more that can be done. It’s a sliding scale. And remember it’s also a sliding timescale,” he said. But at the same time, Allen said that Boeing is not waiting for the competition to begin building the ecosystem. But at the same time, Allen said that Boeing is not waiting for the competition to begin building the ecosystem. Boeing, Allen said will continue to invest millions of dollars in supplier development, training, tooling and quality systems and skill development at its Indian suppliers.last_img read more

King Mohammed VI Levels Heavy Criticism at Members of Parliament

Rabat – King Mohammed VI has leveled heavy criticism against the members of the two houses of Morocco’s parliament. This comes during the opening of the fall session of the parliament on Friday in Rabat.The Monarch said that some members of the parliament give priority to advancing their personal interests instead of the common interest and addressing the concerns of the Moroccan people.He went on to add that the raison d’être of all state institutions is to serve citizens and enable them to obtain the services the needs in the best conditions and shortest period, as well as to simplify the “procedures and to make sure that services are readily available to the citizens and that institutions are accessible to them.” The King pointed out that many elected officials have failed in their mission to serve the Moroccan people and striving their living conditions.“Regrettably, some people take advantage of the mandate granted to them by the citizens to run public affairs, giving precedence to personal and party interests over public interest, for electoral considerations,” King Mohammed VI said.“If these people do not want to do their job and do not care about the citizens’ interests, be it at the local, regional or even national levels, why do they get involved in politics?,” he added.The king stressed that elected officials have the duty to put the interests and concerns of citizens above all personal or partisan considerations and strive to fulfil the promises they made to them during the electoral campaign.The Moroccan monarch expressed his frustration at the inability of the government and elected officials to find solutions to the daily concerns of citizens, which pushes them to call on the King to help them address their problems.“Some people do not understand why citizens seek the assistance of their King to resolve simple problems and issues. What this means, in fact, is that something, somewhere, is not functioning properly,” he noted. “It goes without saying that citizens resort to me because they find doors shut, or because of some shortcomings in the work of state agencies, or because they want to bemoan some injustice they have suffered,” King Mohammed VI added. read more

Overloaded faulty vehicle led to deadly China mine accident

BEIJING — Safety inspectors say the operators of China’s largest silver mine bought a broken down bus online, then overloaded it with miners, leading to brake failure and a crash that left 21 dead and 29 injured.The head of the Emergency Management Ministry’s department of safe production infrastructure, Pei Wentian, told state broadcaster CCTV the bus had not been inspected or registered and had a carrying capacity of 30 passengers. Pei said it was also operating in a mine tunnel on ramps not intended for transporting people.The bus crashed Saturday morning into a protruding wall inside the tunnel at the mine operated by the Yinman Mining Co. in the sprawling Inner Mongolia region.Executives of the company have been placed under travel restrictions while the investigation is underway.The Associated Press read more

Maithripala Pakistan army chief discuss ties

They emphasized the importance of working with close cooperation to ensure mutual interests in security activities.Secretary to the President P. B. Abeykoon, Secretary of Defence U. B. Basnayake and Army commander Lieutenant General Chrishantha de Silva were among those participated at this event. (Colombo Gazette) Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif called on President Maithripala Sirisena today at the Presidential Secretariat.The Army Chief and President Sirisena discussed about the cooperation and collaboration between the two countries on issues pertaining to regional security. read more

Liberals unveil 3B solesource deal for armoured vehicles ahead of election

OTTAWA — The federal Liberal government has unveiled plans to award a sole-source contract for hundreds of light armoured vehicles to General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada, while also promising the London, Ont., company a $650-million loan.The surprise deal and loan were announced by Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan on Friday, only weeks before the federal election, sparking Conservative allegations the Liberals were trying to buy votes and distract from the SNC-Lavalin affair.While final negotiations are still underway, the government says it plans to spend $3 billion for 360 LAVs as well as associated infrastructure upgrades and testing, which will replace two of the army’s aging armoured vehicle fleets.The Defence Department spokeswoman Jessica Lamirande said the vehicles the government will be purchasing through the pending deal are different from those GDLS is building as part of a $15-billion deal between Canada and Saudi Arabia.That deal has caused the company and federal government endless grief since it was brokered in 2014, partly because of criticism about the sale of weapons to the kingdom given its abysmal human-rights record.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.There have also been reports that Saudi Arabia has failed to pay for the hundreds of vehicles it has already received, with a CTV report in June pegging the outstanding debt at more than $1 billion.The new LAVs are instead largely the same as those already being used by the Canadian Forces, Lamirande said, which was one reason the government decided to forgo a competition and move on negotiations with GDLS.Awarding a contract now rather than in several years, as the Defence Department had planned, will also save time, money and prevent layoffs at the company as GDLS recently upgraded the military’s existing LAV fleet, she added.Departmental documents show officials had not planned to start moving out on the project in earnest for several more years.During an event with Sajjan in London on Friday, GDLS vice-president John Ellison underscored the economic importance of the sole-sourced deal, saying it “represents good jobs for our employees and our network of suppliers in all regions of Canada.”Neither the government nor GDLS provided details about the loan, including whether it was intended to cover a shortfall in payments from Saudi Arabia.Conservative defence critic James Bezan blasted the Liberals over the timing of Friday’s announcement even as he expressed his party’s support for GDLS and the purchase of needed equipment for the military.“After failing to deliver for the Canadian Armed Forces over the past four years, the Liberals are now desperately using the needs of our military to distract from Justin Trudeau’s SNC-Lavalin corruption scandal right before an election,” he said in an email.“While GDLS is a trusted partner and Conservatives support its workers, today’s announcement is nothing but cynical electioneering from a scandal-plagued Liberal government that will do anything and say anything to cling to power.”Southern Ontario has long been a battleground region for the three major parties, with the Liberals and NDP fighting for the urban centres of London, Kitchener-Waterloo and Windsor while the Tories have taken large swaths of the rural countryside.Asked about the announcement’s timing, Public Procurement Minister Carla Qualtrough’s spokeswoman Ashley Michnowski said the project was part of the Liberals’ 2017 defence policy “and has been planned over many months.“This project is important to ensure the Canadian Armed Forces have the equipment they need to do the work we ask of them.”Qualtrough’s office also said the project would sustain 1,650 jobs in the London area and around 8,500 across Canada, “bringing certainty to both GDLS and the community of London.”Defence analyst David Perry of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute said he believes the pending deal with GDLS, much like the government’s decision to add a third shipyard to its national shipbuilding plan, could have been announced months earlier.The process for naming that shipyard was launched two weeks ago after more than a year of discussion, with many observers expecting the government to choose Davie Shipbuilding in Levis, Que.“But that doesn’t mean some of these on their own aren’t actually objectively good ideas,” he said.“What they did today was smart…. It’s clearly an important opportunity to move a program significantly faster than intended because this project wasn’t slated to go for another three or four years.”The institute, which describes itself as a non-profit organization specializing in non-partisan, unbiased and independent analysis of Canadian public policy options, reported in its most recent annual report that General Dynamics Land Systems was one of several of its financial sponsors.–Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter read more

EU official Proposed solution found in UkraineRussia natural gas dispute more talks

BERLIN – A proposed solution to a dispute over Ukrainian natural gas debts to Moscow would see Ukraine’s gas company pay $2 billion to Russia’s Gazprom this week and trigger talks on the price Kyiv should pay for future deliveries as it tries to avert a supply cutoff, a top European Union official said Monday.EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said after meeting the Russian and Ukrainian energy ministers in Berlin that both sides must still consult with their political leaders and the gas companies involved, and they have until Wednesday evening to approve the deal. He stressed “we are not done” but said he is optimistic of an agreement.The proposal calls for Ukraine’s Naftogaz to make an initial $2 billion payment to Gazprom on Thursday to settle part of Kyiv’s outstanding bills for gas delivered between November and March. Doing so would send “a clear signal of creditworthiness,” Oettinger said.If the payment is made, Russia would be prepared to hold EU-brokered talks in Berlin on Friday with Ukraine on the price of gas delivered in April, May and in the future, Oettinger told reporters. Naftogaz would make a second payment of $500 million to Gazprom on June 7. And Gazprom would agree to continue supplying gas for June without insisting on prepayment, according to the European Commission.Ukrainian energy minister Yuri Prodan was more guarded on the likelihood of a deal but didn’t rule one out.“So far there is not yet a decision taken, and I also assume that from the Russian party no decision has been taken yet,” he said. “It was a suggestion by the European Commission to be discussed.”Russia says Ukraine’s total gas debt is $3.5 billion. It has said that it would only deliver gas to its economically struggling neighbour in June if it pays in advance. The prospect of a possible cutoff has worried European countries that receive Russian gas piped through Ukraine.Ukraine has said it could start paying off the debt if Moscow restores gas price discounts cancelled following the ouster of pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych. He fled to Russia in February after months of protests, triggered by his decision to dump a pact with the EU in favour of closer ties with Moscow.Gazprom has scrapped a discount granted to Yanukovych in December and then another rebate linked to a 2010 deal on Russian navy presence in Ukraine’s Crimea, which Moscow annexed in March. Canceling the discounts raised the price by 80 per cent, which has caused Ukrainian debt to swell. EU official: Proposed solution found in Ukraine-Russia natural gas dispute, more talks planned AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Geir Moulson, The Associated Press Posted May 26, 2014 12:19 pm MDT Alexey Miller, front, CEO of the Russian energy supplier Gazprom, attends a press conference as part of a meeting of the European Union energy commissioner Guenther Oettinger and Russia’s and Ukraine’s energy ministers in Berlin, Germany, Monday, May 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn) read more

Jay Zs streaming service Tidal to offer discounts to students starting at

FILE – In this Feb. 23, 2015 file photo, Jay-Z arrives at the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif. Tidal, the streaming service co-owned by Jay Z, Rihanna, Madonna and other artists, announced Wednesday, June 3, it would offer its $9.99 service for $4.99 for anyone with a “valid .edu email address” in a few weeks. The music platform also offers a premium service of $19.99 for high-fidelity sound, which is reduced to $9.99 for students. . (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) by The Associated Press Posted Jun 3, 2015 2:04 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 3, 2015 at 6:53 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Jay Z’s streaming service Tidal to offer discounts to students starting at $4.99 NEW YORK, N.Y. – Jay Z’s struggling streaming service Tidal is watering down its prices for students.Tidal announced Wednesday it would offer its $9.99 service for $4.99 to those with a “valid .edu email address” in a few weeks. The music platform also offers a premium service with high-fidelity sound for $19.99, which is reduced to $9.99 for students.Tidal is trying to get into the competition against top-performing streaming services that offer discounts to students, including Spotify.Tidal also announced that it will launch a desktop version in addition to its mobile app and a ticket buying system powered by Ticketmaster.The music and video service is co-owned by Jay Z, Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Madonna and others. It offers more than 30 million songs and 75,000 videos. read more

Woman sues Uber says she was stabbed by another passenger

by The Associated Press Posted Apr 5, 2017 7:29 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 5, 2017 at 8:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CHICAGO – A Chicago woman has sued Uber and a customer of the ride-sharing company, saying she was stabbed by another passenger.Jennifer Camacho says she called an UberPool for a ride home on Jan. 30. She says the passenger in the front seat began slashing her in the face as soon as she got in.The lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court contends the 25-year-old Camacho suffered several facial wounds.Plaintiff’s attorney Bryant Greening says Uber was negligent. Greening seeks a judgment of more than $50,000 for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.Uber spokeswoman Kayla Whaling declined to comment on the lawsuit.Chicago police arrested 34-year-old Julie Ramer for the attack on Camacho and charged her with battery. It wasn’t immediately known if Ramer has an attorney. Woman sues Uber, says she was stabbed by another passenger read more

Logan Stieber returning to Ohio State as a coach

OSU’s Logan Stieber (right) wrestles with North Carolina State’s Kevin Jack in a 141-pound semifinal during the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships on March 20 in St. Louis.Credit: Courtesy of TNSOhio State wrestling coach Tom Ryan announced that Logan Stieber will be returning to the Steelwood Training Center after the Olympic Trials in April.Only this time, the most decorated wrestler in OSU history will be setting up residence as a member of the coaching staff.The addition of Stieber will now give a total of six national titles, seven NCAA finals appearances and 11 All-American honors to the coaching staff for the Buckeyes.Stieber earned four national championships, 119 victories and a Hodge Trophy as the nation’s most outstanding wrestler during his career with the Scarlet and Gray. All of those marks were firsts by an OSU wrestler.“I am very excited to be joining the Buckeye staff next year,” Stieber said in a press release. “I love Ohio State, so it’s a dream come true that I can start my coaching career here as well as pursue my Olympic dreams.”After enjoying incredible success while in high school at Monroeville High School, where he won four state titles, Stieber came to OSU and helped the Buckeyes earn their first team title in the team’s 94-year existence in the 2014-15 season.Ryan expressed his excitement for the return of Stieber to OSU and what the return means for the team.“Logan has been a tremendous example here as a student-athlete,” Ryan said in the release. “He completed one of the most illustrious careers in both Ohio high school history and NCAA history by winning four Big Ten and NCAA championships while leading the Buckeyes to our first team title.”Ryan said Stieber’s contributions to the Buckeyes have been more than anyone else in the program’s history, and he expects him to be a great influence to the wrestlers he will coach.“I am excited for the current and future student-athletes that will have the opportunity to learn from Logan,” Ryan said.Ryan also made a note of the importance of volunteer coach Ross Thatcher had on the victory, expressing how much of a powerhouse he believes his coaching staff is.“(Thatcher) had a tremendous influence on bringing our first NCAA team title to Ohio State as well as he mentored our upper weights, especially Nick Heflin and Kyle Snyder,” Ryan said.The Scarlet and Gray wrestling facility will now boast an Olympian (Tervel Dlagnev), a World champion (sophomore Kyle Snyder) and a four-time NCAA champion (Stieber).Those accolades just so happen to make the wrestling room for the Buckeyes the only one with these kind of credentials in the NCAA.After winning a national championship last year and getting off to a 6-2 start this year, it would appear the Buckeyes are looking to build a collegiate dynasty in wrestling with the addition of Stieber, along with the experience of other coaches.After finishing second in the 165-pound class at the U.S. Senior Nationals, Stieber will be attending the U.S. Olympic Team Trials from April 8 to 10 in the hopes of joining the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Stieber’s younger brother, Hunter, is also a member of the OSU team, but, as he is currently a redshirt senior, he will not be coached by his brother. read more

Weekly football predictions Week 3

Justin Zwick Last week: 3-1 Overall: 6-1 Picks: Ohio State, Michigan State, Iowa Last week’s college football schedule was chock full of marquee matchups, from Ohio State-Miami to Oklahoma-Florida State to Michigan-Notre Dame to Alabama-Penn State. The height of competition was no challenge for James Laurinaitis, however, as the former Buckeye linebacker correctly predicted the winner for all four contests. Laurinaitis moved to within one game of leader Justin Zwick, who used a 3-1 week to push his first-place standing to 6-1 overall. Defending champion Quinn Pitcock, who celebrated his 27th birthday this week, is tied for second with Laurinaitis at 5-2. THIS WEEK’S GAMES: Ohio @ No. 2 Ohio State Notre Dame @ Michigan State No. 9 Iowa @ No. 24 Arizona Quinn Pitcock Last week: 2-2 Overall: 5-2 Picks: Ohio State, Notre Dame, Iowa Zack Meisel Last week: 2-2 Overall: 3-4 Picks: Ohio State, Michigan State, Iowa Dallas Lauderdale Last week: 3-1 Overall: 4-3 Picks: Ohio State, Michigan State, Iowa James Laurinaitis Last week: 4-0 Overall: 5-2 Picks: Ohio State, Notre Dame, Iowa read more

Three killed including suspected shooter in US mall attack

first_imgUpdated at 6.49pmThree people were killed in a shooting at a popular shopping mall in a suburb of the US capital on Saturday, authorities said.Police in the state of Maryland, confirming the fatalities via Twitter, said the suspected shooter at the Columbia Mall was among the dead.“Police are in mall to clear people out safely,” it tweeted. “Mall is believed to be secure, but people inside should wait for police.”First responders were alerted by an emergency police call at 1615 GMT indicating shots were fired at the two-story shopping center, it said.“Police made entry and found three dead, one found near a gun and ammunition,” it tweeted.Authorities did not immediately provide more details on other victims or the motive of the shooting.Earlier news reports had said that the mall, located in Columbia, Maryland, about 45 minutes outside Washington, was on “lockdown” because of an “active shooter situation.”The mall of about 200 stores, which has an indoor carousel and play area, is a favored weekend destination for families and young children.The Baltimore Sun newspaper said shoppers reported hearing gunfire before fleeing the upscale mall, home to several department stores such as Lord & Taylor, Macy’s and Nordstrom.People are evacuated from the Mall in Columbia in the wake of the shooting [Jose Luis Magana/AP/Press Association Images]NBC television spoke to one man who said he was in phone contact with his daughter, who was taking shelter in a Bank of America branch inside the shopping center, along with dozens of others.The young woman described a chaotic scene as shoppers were told to evacuate or quickly take shelter.“People were panicking,” the man said.A store employee, speaking to CNN, described the mayhem as shots resonated through the mall.“In today’s world that we live in, when you hear gunshots, you run. There’s nothing else to do,” he said.- © AFP, 2014First posted at 5.44pm. Read: “It’s a scandal”: Claims Mandela funds were used to print ANC t-shirtsRead: US teen sentenced to life for ‘motiveless’ murder of her best friendlast_img read more

Pollution le Brésil réclame plus de 10 milliards à Chevron

first_imgPollution : le Brésil réclame plus de 10 milliards à ChevronUn procureur brésilien réclame une amende de plus de 10 milliards de dollars aux groupes Chevron et Transocean, pour une fuite de pétrole survenue le mois dernier. Un montant record contre lequel s’insurge le géant pétrolier américain.Le 21 mars, le parquet de l’Etat de Rio a déposé une plainte contre la compagnie pétrolière Chevron et l’entreprise Transocean, suite à la fuite de pétrole brut survenue le mois dernier au large des côtes de Rio de Janeiro. Accusés d’atteinte à l’environnement et dommages infligés au patrimoine public, le géant pétrolier américain et le suisse spécialiste du forage en mer risquent une très lourde amende.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Dans un communiqué, Chevron annonce que le procureur Eduardo Santos, du ministère public de la région de Campos, a réclamé un montant record de 10,9 milliards de dollars. Une somme que Chevron juge “arbitraire”, affirmant dans un communiqué cité par l’AFP qu’elle “n’est pas fondée sur des faits”. La fuite de pétrole survenue le 4 mars dernier dans l’Atlantique, à près de 1.300 mètres de profondeur sur le site de Campo do Frade du bassin de Campos, s’était limitée à un ou deux barils. Mais elle a fait suite à un incident plus important. En novembre 2011, près de 3.000 pétrole de brut s’étaient déversés à seulement trois kilomètres de là. Pour cette pollution, Chevron a été condamné à des amendes de 100 millions de reais (54 millions de dollars) par le ministère de l’Environnement et l’Agence nationale du pétrole.Le 5 avril 2012 à 19:03 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Can AI Help Us Understand the Human Brain

first_img The human brain created artificial intelligence. So it’s fitting that artificial intelligence is now helping us to better understand the human brain.Certain AI systems, known as neural networks, mimic our brain’s inner workings, suggesting the two platforms follow the same approach to solving problems.“There’s a real connection there,” Daniel Yamins, assistant professor of psychology at Stanford University, said in a statement.A faculty scholar of the Stanford Neurosciences Institute and member of Stanford Bio-X, Yamins and his lab are building on that connection to produce better theories about how our brains perceive the world, shift between tasks, and, maybe one day, how it thinks.In 2014, Yamins deviated from the usual path of trying to coax a deep learning system to directly match the brain’s actions. Instead, they tasked the network with identifying objects in photos.Only after it solved the problem did researchers compare how deep learning and the human brain arrive at their solutions. And it turns out they take nearly identical routes.“The correspondence between the models and the visual system is not entirely a coincidence, because one directly inspired the other,” according to Daniel Bear, a postdoctoral researcher in Yamins’ group. “But it’s still remarkable that it’s as good a correspondence as it is.”Four years later, Yamins has embarked on “perhaps the most ambitious project”: an investigation of how “infants” (basic computer simulations) are motivated only by curiosity.As babies explore their world by moving around and interacting with objects, so do Yamins’ machines, discovering the effect of hitting a ball or turning its head.This model could help researchers explain how infants use play to learn about their environments, postdoctoral fellow and co-collaborator Nick Haber said.Stanford researcher Eshed Margalit, meanwhile, is looking to AI-inspired models to solve the puzzle of why our brain forms patches—physical clusters of neurons—that respond to different kinds of objects. We don’t need a face patch, for instance, to recognize faces.But by building on artificial intelligence systems like Yamins, which already solve object recognition tasks, “we can now … ask questions about why the brain is laid out this way and what advantages it might give an organism,” Margalit, a graduate student in neurosciences, said.Whatever they discover can, and likely will, help to develop more capable AI systems. #RobotRevolution Stay on target McDonald’s Plans to Serve AI Voice Technology at Drive ThruCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Freddie Mercury and Jim Hutton – A Special Bond and Private Relationship

first_imgThe whole story of Freddie Mercury has to include Jim Hutton. As the frontman of the ever-captivating rock ‘n’ roll band “Queen” and one of the most talented stage performers of all time, Freddie Mercury enjoyed his popularity and stardom yet kept his private life, well… private. He was a closed book during his lifetime when questioned about his sexuality, although it was widely speculated that he was gay or bisexual. Mercury was diagnosed with Aids in 1987 but this was not publicly announced until the day before he died, in 1991. Those close to him have since openly discussed many aspects of Mercury’s life.Mercury’s partner Jim Hutton explained to Tim Teeman for The Times of London that they “were both naturally private” people.“He might have worried about how coming out would have affected him professionally but he didn’t say that. We both thought our relationship, and being gay, was our business.”The tragic death of Mercury was a sad loss for the world which grieved for this rarely gifted, free-spirited musician.Freddie Mercury in New Haven, CT, at a WPLR Show. Photo by Carl Lender CC BY-SA 3.0In the 1970s, the iconic music star was in a long-term relationship with a woman named Mary Austin with whom he lived for several years in London. However, by the mid-1970s, Mercury questioned and delved into his sexuality and began seeing a man.After he confessed the affair to Austin, both of them decided to end their relationship yet remained close friends in the following years. Mercury’s deep affection and love toward Austin inspired him to write and dedicate several songs to her, including perhaps the most romantic of all Queen songs, “Love of My Life.”Mercury playing rhythm guitar during a live concert with Queen in Frankfurt, Germany, 1984. Photo by Thomas Steffan CC BY-SA 3.0In 1984, Jim Hutton and Mercury met in a club where Mercury made the first move by offering to buy him a drink. Hutton had another partner at the time, so he refused.About a year later they met again and Mercury decided to try his luck again. The date worked out pretty well, and the two quickly ended up in a passionate, romantic relationship.Freddie Mercury backstage at the Live Aid concert at Wembley, July 13, 1985. On the left is his boyfriend Jim Hutton. Photo by Dave Hogan/Hulton Archive/Getty ImagesReportedly, when they first met, Hutton wasn’t aware of who Mercury was, even when Freddie told him his name and occupation, Hutton remained indifferent. Hutton was a hairdresser and, at the time, he worked at the Savoy Hotel. After a couple of years of dating, Hutton moved into Mercury’s home known as the “Garden Lodge” but still retained his home in Sutton, Surrey.The outer walls of Garden Lodge (pictured here in 2014) became a shrine to Mercury following his death in 1991. Photo by Adnergje CC BY SA 3.0He left his job at the Savoy and worked as a gardener in Mercury’s residence. Despite being always surrounded by the jet-set friends and acquaintances of Freddie, Hutton never accepted that lifestyle and preferred to stay away from it.From 1985 until Mercury’s death in 1991, Hutton was Mercury’s dearest and the closest person who was recognized as such and much respected by Freddie’s closest friends and colleagues.Although gay marriages were still a taboo at the time, Mercury referred to Hutton as “my husband,” and both of them wore marital rings. Reportedly, when Mercury was diagnosed with AIDS, he offered Hutton a way out of their relationship to which Hutton sincerely expressed his love and devotion by responding “I am not going anywhere.”Freddie Mercury singing, 1977. Photo by Carl Lender CC BY-SA 3.0Though Mercury avoided talking about and revealing details of his private life, Hutton opened his heart to the public and shared his impressions and photographs of his life with Freddie in his memoir titled Mercury and Me, published in 1994.Posed portrait of Freddie Mercury, cinzano vest and shorts. Photo by Ian Dickson/RedfernsThis work showcases the romance and warm-hearted relationship of the couple, presenting images of their everyday life and the special moments during the years spent together. Inside the book, Hutton revealed some anecdotes and vivid stories of Mercury’s life, depicting an accurate and honest portrait of the legendary musician’s rise an fall.Read another story from us: The pioneer of modern dance lost her life in a bizarre accident with her scarfDuring the final days of his life, Hutton took care of Mercury and was even present when he passed away. Just like Mercury, Hutton was diagnosed with HIV but died due to a smoking-related illness in 2010.last_img read more

Portrait of the Devil Hidden Image in Vospers Famous Painting Salem

first_imgA number of painters throughout history have created works with double meanings that make art historians and curators wonder and perhaps feel puzzled about their true story and background. In many of these artists’ artworks there are carefully hidden symbols or references that might seem random but actually convey something meaningful. One such example is Jan van Eyck’s “The Arnolfini Portrait” that when examined with a magnifying glass reveals the artist himself in the painting, greeting the couple who are entering.Another painting with a similar intertextuality is “The Ambassadors” by Hans Holbein the Younger of which it is said that, when viewed from a specific angle, a smudge that actually looks like an ominous skull can be seen. The image often is interpreted as a symbol of human fragility.The Ambassadors by Hans Holbein.Among these examples is also the popular artwork “Salem,” painted in 1908 by English artist Sydney Curnow Vosper. The picture presents a scene in Capel Salem, a Baptist chapel in the hamlet of Pentre Gwynfryn near Gwynedd, North Wales.According to the WalesOnline, this painting has become a Welsh icon that depicted Welsh piety and the significance of Welsh tradition and religious customs. Despite its sacred symbolism, “Salem” is a notorious artwork because it is believed to have the devil hidden in the shawl of its central character.Capel Salem. Photo by Eric Jones CC BY SA 2.0The painting depicts a traditionally dressed woman in the center and a few figures in the background. The main figure is modeled on a real-life character, Siân Owen, who is shown “walking down the aisle towards her family pew.” When the painting was created, Siân Owen was a 71-year-old widow who lived alone in a farmhouse. She had lost her husband when their son was very young so she had to raise him as a single mother. Owen died in 1927 and was buried in Llanfair churchyard.Vosper’s 1908 watercolor ‘Salem’ is one of the most recognized images of traditional Welsh costume.Vosper was born in 1866 in Stonehouse, Devon. He began his career in London as an illustrator and went on to study at the Académie Colarossi in France. His focus on Welsh life and tradition which would later become a central subject in a number of his paintings began after he married Constance James, from Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales.In 1909, after “Salem” was first exhibited at the Royal Academy in London, it was purchased by Lord Leverhulme for 100 guineas.An enlargement of the area of Siân Owen’s shawl purported to enshroud the face of the devil.The painting gained popularity when it was used for a marketing campaign of Lever Brothers’ Sunlight Soap — people collected a certain number of packages in order to claim a color print of “Salem.”Artist creates amazing hyper realistic paintingsToday, the original is at the Lady Lever Art Gallery in Port Sunlight, England, while numerous Welsh museums and institutions hold a framed print of the painting. The painting has drawn many critics and theoreticians over the years to debate over different interpretations of the so-called hidden meaning in the central figure.The Lady Lever Art Gallery in Port Sunlight, Liverpool, England.In the painting, Siân Owen is cloaked in a colorful and ornamented shawl which, it is said, depicts the face of the devil in its folds. Interestingly, when looked at closely, the wrinkled cloth indeed reveals the contours of a pair of eyes, a beard and a mouth.One popular theory is that “Salem” represents the sin of vanity. According to the clock on the wall, Owen has arrived ten minutes late for the morning church service, which would invariably have started at 10 a.m. She carries the devil — her sin — on her elaborate clothing.Market Day in Old Wales (1910) a later Vosper painting also featuring Siân OwenFrom 1908 when “Salem” first saw the light of the day until his death in 1942, Vosper denied any intention to depict the devil in the detail of Owen’s shawl.Read another story from us: The life of Mary Queen of Scots – Married 3 times, imprisoned and her untimely endHe stated that his intention was to represent a completely religious atmosphere of a traditional church service. Siân Owen was included in another one of his artworks, “Market Day in Old Wales.”last_img read more

VIDEO Terry Rozier burst onto the national college recruiting radar thanks to

first_imgTerry Rozier played a key role in the Celtics Game 1 Eastern Conference Finals thumping of the Cavs, but the backup turned playoff star first burst onto the national recruiting scene thanks to his performance at LeBron’s camp after his Junior year.Rozier, a native of the Cleveland suburb of Shaker Heights, was a relative unknown before the camp, but showed out against other top high school players during the the 2011 LeBron James Skills Academy and made a national name for himself.“Scary” Terry has always been an underdog, but keeps proving people wrong. Watch him at LeBron’s camp in 2011.last_img read more

9 Tools That Can Help Grow Your App Business

first_img 4 min read August 6, 2014 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Make stuff people want. This is how Paul Graham or Y-Combinator defines growth hacking.Brian Halligan of Hubspot elaborates — to be successful and grow your business and revenues, you must match the way you market your products with the way your prospects learn about and shop for your products.Growth hacking, the much talked-about term, is grossly misunderstood and misrepresented by many. Growth hacking can be touted as a subset of marketing that focuses purely on achieving growth.Related: 12 (Mostly Free) Web Tools for EntrepreneursGrowth alone doesn’t come through marketing, but by learning from your mistakes, testing on what works (A/B testing for example), product iteration, intuitive product design and studying and analyzing conversion metrics.Let’s look at some such tools that will help you as an app entrepreneur to build a better app.1. Intercom (30-day free trial, plans start at $49 a month). If your app requires users to sign up, Intercom is a fantastic product that tells you which of your users are using your product in real time, along with their activity. It also allows you to reach out to your power users or others based on filters, through in-app messaging and email. It’s a great tool to engage and retain customers.2. Taplytics (Free trial available. Plans start at $32 a month). This is an A/B testing tool, but for mobile apps. Taplytics allows you to test different experiences and quickly push out fixes based on your findings. Fixes can range from visual bugs and typos to colors for call-to-actions.3. Mailchimp (Free up to 12,000 emails to 2,000 subscribers/month). One of the most popular email marketing tools out there, it allows you to send targeted emails based on segmented lists. You can also set up automated emailers for new signups.4. Foster.fm (14-day free trial. Plans start at $19.99 a month). One of the challenges in social-media marketing is finding relevant content to share with your followers. Foster.fm helps you to discover that content and lets you share live or schedule updates for up to a week.Related: 5 Content-Management Tools Marketers Can Use (No Technical Skills Required)5. Pop.co (14-day free trial. Plans start at $5 a month). Instantly launch a web presence or a micro-site for your mobile app. Pop.co offers a domain name, an email address (supported by Google Apps), a starter page where you can connect your social-media accounts, capture emails and customize the template.6. Crittercism (Free for up to 30,000 monthly active users). This tool gives real-time, actionable crash reports for your mobile app. By knowing where users are facing an issue in your app, you can make sure you retain and engage them to deliver a great user experience.7. Helpshift (30-day free trial. Plans start at $20 at month). The only way to build a loyal following for your app is to offer outstanding customer service. A happy customer will not only stay with you but also brings in many more through word of mouth. Helpshift helps you integrate a customer-service module into your app so you can resolve problems as they happen. App users are typically not forgiving and instantly delete the app or never go back to it if unsatisfied.8. Mention (14-day free trial. Plans start at about $29 a month). If people are talking about your app on social media or blogs, you’ve got to know what’s being said to be able to interact with and engage them.9. SensorTower (14-day free trial. Plans start at $79 a month). Use SensorTower for complete app store optimization (ASO). It lets you discover the most valuable keywords, which can impact organic downloads for your app. You can track daily ranking of your keywords as well as that of your competitors. Essentially, a complete app-intelligence platform for ASO.Which tools do you recommend? Tell us in the comments section below.Related: 5 Tools For Entrepreneurs to Grow Their Online Presence in No Time Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more