December 3, 2019

Amreli SP arrested in bitcoin extortion case

first_imgThe Gujarat CID (crime) team probing the bitcoin extortion case has arrested Amreli Superintendent of Police Jagdish Patel, whose role in the alleged kidnapping of Surat-based builder Shailesh Bhat and extorting of 200 bitcoins worth ₹12 crore from him was under the agency’s scanner. Mr. Patel was taken into custody from his official residence in Amreli district on Sunday and was brought to Gandhinagar, where top officials interrogated him. He was placed under arrest on Monday after a medical check-up at Civil Hospital. A senior official told The Hindu that the agency was set to expand the scope of probe in the high-profile case. Top officials said a former legislator of the Gujarat Parivartan Party was also on the radar and was likely to be summoned for interrogation in the next few days. “The then MLA played a role of a fixer in the entire episode and we will soon call him after custodial interrogation of the Amreli SP,” a senior official in the agency said.Key accusedThe detention of Mr. Jagdish Patel came after the arrest of police inspector Anant Patel, who was the key accused in the case.Mr. Anant Patel was the Inspector in local Crime Branch in Amreli under Mr. Jagdish Patel, who is the SP there. He is accused of extorting bitcoins worth crores of rupees and cash from Mr. Bhatt.Besides Mr. Anant Patel, nine other policemen and a middleman from Amreli had been made accused in the case. Earlier, two constables and the middleman were arrested by the probe agency.On April 8, the CID-Crime registered a case against Mr. Anant Patel and others for allegedly kidnapping Mr. Bhatt and extorting bitcoins, a popular crypto-currency, and some cash from him.Abducted near hotelMr. Bhatt, in his complaint, had alleged he was kidnapped from near a hotel in Gandhinagar by the accused policemen on February 9.The realtor had claimed he was taken to a farmhouse near the State capital where Mr. Anant Patel beat him and forced him to digitally transfer 200 bitcoins worth ₹ 12 crore. Police had earlier said they were verifying Mr. Bhatt’s claim of digitally transferring 200 bitcoins to Mr. Anant Patel from his virtual wallet on mobile. The agency has also seized around a dozen mobile phones and other digital assets.last_img read more

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November 16, 2019

LG G8 press renders leaked ahead of MWC 2019 launch

first_imgLG is hosting a special event ahead of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 in Barcelona where it is expected to showcase its G-series flagship device, the LG G8. Ahead of its February 24 launch, the alleged press renders of the LG G8 have leaked online giving us a peek into what the phone could look like.The leaked press renders, which come as a courtesy of XDA Developers, show that the LG G7 ThinQ successor, which we reviewed last year, will sport a notch on top along with a dual camera setup at the back. The leaked images also reveal that the phone would come with a fingerprint sensor that is placed on the top quadrant of the phone just below the dual camera setup.The images also reveal that the notch, in the front, houses the front camera along with a bunch of sensors but falls short of an earpiece, which could indicate that the phone could indeed sport the sound-on-display technology, as has been pointed out by several leaks in the past. Apart from this, the phone, just like its predecessor, is likely to come with a set of four buttons on the sides- two volume control keys and a key to invoke Google Assistant on the left side, and a button to turn the phone off on the right.Notably, the leaked press renders are quite similar to the CAD renders shared by OnLeaks earlier this month, sporting a notch in the front and a dual-rear camera setup with a fingerprint scanner on the back. However, LG’s global PR head, Ken Hong, at the time had dismissed the images saying that the images were “not real”. So for now, there is no confirmation on how the LG G8 would look like.advertisementFurthermore, the leaked renders also don’t reveal much about the phone’s technical specifications. While the previous rumours have hinted that the phone would run on Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, the new set of reports doing rounds on the internet suggest that the LG G8 might have Snapdragon 855 in its core. Besides this, the phone is also tipped to sport a second attachable screen along with Android 9.0 Pie.Meanwhile, LG has confirmed that it would unveil its first ever 5G smartphone at its February 24 event. The phone, as the company said, would run on Snapdragon 855 and it would come with a gigantic 4,000mAh batteryAt this point it remains to be seen if the LG G8 would support 5G connectivity of if the company would launch a different device with the feature.ALSO READ: | LG G8 rumour roundup: Attachable screen, sound on display and everything else we know so farALSO READ: | LG to unveil its first 5G smartphone with Snapdragon 855 at MWC 2019ALSO READ: | LG’s MWC 2019 teaser hints at a phone with touchless gestureslast_img read more

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November 16, 2019

Nobody Celebrates Wins Like Glenn Spencer Celebrates Wins

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! This is amazing (and now we know why he gave the triple fist pump at the end of the game). THE WIFE GOT FRIED CHICKEN!Absolutely loved #OKState DC Glenn Spencer’s response to how he was going to celebrate their win over TCU. pic.twitter.com/67lBDpgXah— Dylan Buckingham (@DylanBuckingham) November 8, 2015last_img

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October 26, 2019

De Jong: I’d like De Ligt here at Barca

first_imgNew Barcelona recruit Frenkie de Jong says he would like to see his ex-teammate from Ajax Matthijs de Ligt join him at Camp Nou, but that he cannot make up the defender’s mind for him.Ajax skipper De Ligt has been the subject of intense transfer speculation since he led the Dutch champions to an unlikely semi-final appearance in the Champions League, where only a stoppage-time comeback from Tottenham prevented them from reaching the final.Barca had been favourite to land the 19-year-old’s signature earlier in the summer, but it now looks like Juventus will win the race to sign Europe’s most sought-after defender after the Serie A champions reportedly agreed a fee with Ajax. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare And De Jong, who was finally unveiled on Friday as a Barcelona player having agreed to join the club six months previously, says that even though he found the decision to move to Spain a simple one, it may not be the same for his international colleague.“I’d like to see him [De Ligt] here, but I cannot decide,” said De Jong.“He has to make that decision with his family. When I saw Barca wanted me to play here, the decision was very easy.”Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu, who is a known admirer of the player and had been leading his team’s assault to ensnare De Ligt from the Dutch champions, claimed he knows where the 19-year-old defender’s future is, but remains unable to reveal it publicly.  “I have known where De Ligt will play [next season] for a long time,” said the president, referencing comments made previously to ESPN in April. “I still know but I cannot say anything else.”De Ligt’s future has been the source of constant speculation for much of the close season, with Ajax sporting direct Marc Overmars conceding the defender would be departing eventually for a top club in Europe.Goal reported in June that De Ligt had made his long anticipated decision in favour of Juventus, with new manager Maurizio Sarri receiving an impressive new tool to go into his defensive arsenal as he aims to guide the club to an ninth straight Serie A crown and a first Champions League title since 1996.last_img read more

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October 23, 2019

Navios Containers Completes Boxship Purchase

first_imgzoom Monaco-based container shipping company Navios Maritime Containers has taken delivery of Navios Dorado, a 2010-built boxship.As previously reported, the purchase price of the 4,250 TEU containership was USD 11.78 million.“The Navios Dorado has been chartered out at a daily net rate of USD 10,468 until April/July 2019, and is expected to generate USD 1.3 million of annual EBITDA, based on fixed operating expenses and 360 revenue days,” the company said.Navios Containers added it financed the acquisition of the vessel with cash on its balance sheet and USD 6 million of bank debt under one of its existing credit facilities.Following this acquisition, Navios Containers controls 22 vessels, totaling 93,130 TEU, with a current average fleet age of 9.9 years.Earlier this week, the company completed a USD 30 million private placement to finance possible vessel acquisitions.last_img read more

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October 22, 2019

Province Celebrates Duke Awareness Week

first_imgFamilies from across the province will hold rallies, get physical and lend a helping hand over the next several days as they participate in activities to mark Duke Awareness Week in Nova Scotia. Lt.-Gov. Mayann Francis attended a flag-raising ceremony at Province House, today, Sept. 20, where she joined representatives from the Department of Education and members of the award’s provincial council, to raise the Duke of Edinburgh flag. “Volunteerism and community service are fundamental to the fabric of this province,” said the lieutenant governor. “The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award program is not only a way to recognize young people who give selflessly, but also provides a structure and incentive to encourage new generations to embrace the concept of service to others.” More than 2,300 young Nova Scotians, age 14 to 25, participate in Duke programs each year to promote community and country development, while teaching the life skills that lead to personal growth and achievement. “The young people and their families who participate in Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programs are helping to grow strong communities in Nova Scotia,” said Education Minister Marilyn More. “The recent visit from Her Majesty the Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, reminded us of the importance of community service and self-improvement, and I congratulate those who incorporate those themes in their daily lives.” Throughout the week, duke participants, leaders, council members, parents and volunteers will participate in theme days that will highlight the great work youth are doing in their communities. Activities will promote awareness, gratitude, fitness, environmental appreciation and community involvement, which are the main themes of the Duke program. For more information, visit www.dukeofed.org .last_img read more

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October 20, 2019

UK Finance Minister to quit if Johnson becomes PM

first_imgLondon: British finance minister Philip Hammond said Sunday he would make a point of resigning before Boris Johnson became prime minister, saying he could never agree to his Brexit strategy. Johnson is widely expected to win the governing, centre-right Conservative Party’s leadership contest on Tuesday and be named as prime minister once Theresa May resigns the premiership on Wednesday. Hammond has become an increasingly fierce critic of Johnson’s Brexit strategy — leaving the European Union with or without a deal on October 31 — and would never have expected to remain as chancellor of the Exchequer in a Johnson government. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USBut the fact that the second-most senior figure in the government is making a point of resigning rather than wait to be moved on in the incoming prime minister’s reshuffle is a significant gesture — and an indicator of the opposition Johnson could face in pursuing his Brexit strategy. “I’m sure I’m not going to be sacked because I’m going to resign before we get to that point,” Hammond told BBC television. “Assuming that Boris Johnson becomes the next prime minister, I understand that his conditions for serving in his government would include accepting a no-deal exit on the 31st of October. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”That is not something that I could ever sign up to. It’s very important that the prime minister is able to have a chancellor who is closely aligned with him in terms of policy, and I therefore intend to resign to Theresa May before she goes to the palace to tender her own resignation on Wednesday.” May will head to Buckingham Palace in London on Wednesday to see Queen Elizabeth II, the head of state, and relinquish her office. Johnson’s rival for the premiership is Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who has said that Britain should prepare for a no-deal Brexit if a deal seems unlikely by the end of September. Hunt would be prepared to delay Britain’s departure date if a deal seemed within reach but is also prepared to take Britain out of the EU without a divorce deal.last_img read more

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October 17, 2019

Macleans prints thousands of different covers for 100th anniversary of WWIs end

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – Next month’s Remembrance Day marks a century since World War I ended, and Maclean’s Magazine has put together an ambitious project to honour each Canadian killed in the fighting.The latest issue has 66,349 different covers — each one with a name and a story, plus one for the Unknown Soldier.Maclean’s Editor-in-Chief Alison Uncles was inspired by the War Museum in Ottawa, moved by a Vimy Ridge display with a wall of lights, each representing a soldier who died.“When you walked closer to the wall, your presence could make the light shine brighter, and that concept just took my breath away. I found it so moving. The idea of the present illuminating the past, and the present interacting in some way with the past,” she said.An online database allows readers to look up the attestation papers of the person whose name is on their cover.“The name that I have is Edgar Charles Drury. He’s the magazine that’s on my desk, and he died April 1, 1916, and he was 26 years old,” Uncles said.“He was born in Wales, he was a farmer, he lists his mother as his next of kin. His mother’s name is Jane, and it’s just so — so personal. Those details are so granular, and moving.”Canadians can also request a special copy be printed, honouring a family member.Uncles said this year, more than ever, it is important to remember and take that moment of silence.“Really take the time to say some names, and understand what a sacrifice it was, and the degree to which that has helped form and shape the Canada that we are honoured to live in today,” she said.“I’ve made that connection with someone who died 100 years ago, and that’s a pretty incredible thing.” Listen to 660’s Audrey Whelan’s full interview with Alison Uncles, Editor-in-Chief of Maclean’s Magazine:Audio Playerhttps://www.660citynews.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/sites/8/2018/10/11/alison-uncles-raw.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

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October 17, 2019

Weather in Toronto delays Freelands arrival in Washington for ISIL meeting

first_imgWASHINGTON — Weather in Toronto has thrown a wrench in the foreign-affairs minister’s plans for an international gathering in Washington where world leaders are talking about the fight against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.Chrystia Freeland had been scheduled to attend events throughout the day at the State Department meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, but flight delays kept her away from the morning plenary session, as well as the group photo with leaders from the 79-member coalition.A spokesman for Freeland says she is attending today’s working lunch, as well as this afternoon’s speech by President Donald Trump, before heading to Capitol Hill for a meeting with the chairman of the Senate foreign-relations committee.The U.S.-led coalition is wrestling with Trump’s plan to pull troops out of Syria, but Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is insisting the administration will not abdicate its leadership role.Trump has suggested he wants to continue to use U.S. resources in Iraq to monitor the situation in Syria, and that American assets can be quickly mobilized if a return to the country is necessary.Pompeo says U.S. tactics may have changed, but the mission to eradicate the group, which is variously also known as ISIL, ISIS and Daesh, has not.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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October 12, 2019

Police Disperse ProRif Hirak Demonstration in Rabat

Rabat – Security forces moved to break up a pro-Rif Hirak (protest movement in Al Hoceima and its nearby towns) on Saturday.Several human rights activists gathered in front of the Moroccan Parliament to show solidarity with Hirak and the detained Rif activists and denounce the government’s management of the crisis in the region.Pictures and videos published by online media outlets show policemen pushing and kicking demonstrators to drive them out and away from their gathering point. A number of female and male activists are seen lying on the ground from injuries. Some fainted during police intervention.A young man was hit and pushed by a policeman, despite reportedly only walking past the protest.Abdelaziz Nouidi, a lawyer and member of the defense team of the Rif detainees, said his pair of glasses were broken when he was hit and pushed by a senior police officer. At 0:30, a video published online shows the incident.The government is likely to come under more criticism following yesterday’s police intervention.During the last two months, the government’s treatment of Rif protests has toughened, and many have accused the government of “escalating” the situation in the region.A massive wave of arrests saw dozens of protesters and leading activists of Hirak detained in Casablanca and Al Hoceima. According to government Spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi, 176 Rif protesters are currently under preventive detention.Calls for their release have been issued by numerous public personalities, human rights groups and intellectuals. read more

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October 12, 2019

Grains mostly lower Livestock mixed

Wheat for Mar. declined 15.25 cents at 5.07 a bushel; Mar. corn was off 4 cents at 3.7475 a bushel; Mar. oats rose .25 cent at $2.82 a bushel; while Mar. soybeans was fell 13 cents at $9.0350 a bushel.Beef was higher and pork was lower on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Feb. live cattle was up .17 cent at $1.2612 a pound; Mar. feeder cattle rose .55 cent at $1.4407 a pound; while Feb. lean hogs was off .05 cent at $.5510 a pound.The Associated Press

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October 8, 2019

Major General de Silva to return

Major General Prasanna de Silva – the defence adviser at the Sri Lanka high commission in London – is to return to Sri Lanka soon, the Guardian newspaper reported.This comes as an organisation representing the Tamil diaspora was set to launch legal action against the British Foreign Office over its failure to confront Major General de Silva over allegations of being involved in alleged war crimes. The Foreign Office confirmed it had received a dossier on Silva in January and had advised the NGOs who compiled it – the Society for Threatened Peoples, Trial and the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights – to pass “any credible evidence” on to the Met.“We also looked closely at the dossier ourselves,” said an FCO spokesman. “However, while we were assessing this evidence, we were notified that Silva was planning to move on soon.” The spokesman said that while the British government takes all such allegations very seriously, he was unable to comment on the legal action brought by the GTF.Siobhain McDonagh, the Labour MP for Mitcham and Morden and vice-chair of the all-party parliamentary group for Tamils, described the FCO’s failure to act sooner on the dossier as “unfathomable”. The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) alleges that Silva was involved in systematic attacks on Tamil civilians between January and May 2009 when he was a senior commander in the Sri Lankan army. It has emerged in the last few days that Silva is soon to return to Sri Lanka, raising fears that he may avoid questioning. The FCO’s legal advisers have also written to the GTF’s solicitors, Birnberg, Peirce and Partners, informing them there will be a two-week delay in dealing with the case because of the Easter recess.A spokesman for the Sri Lankan government told the Guardian on Wednesday night that Silva was going home because his 18-month term as defence adviser was almost up, adding: “The claim of a lawsuit by the GTF has nothing to do with this routine transfer matter and it appears to be yet another invidious attempt to embarrass both Sri Lankan and British governments and a continuation of GTF’s history of attempting to gain misplaced publicity mileage for events it has nothing to do with.” The Sri Lankan high commission has previously described allegations against Silva as “highly spurious and uncorroborated” and accused British media of seeking “entirely falsely, to implicate members of the Sri Lankan government and senior military figures” in such acts.The GTF – which points out that the dossier in the hands of the Metropolitan police has also been in the possession of the FCO since late January – worries that Silva will have left the UK by the time action is taken.“All we are seeking is justice for the hundreds of thousands of innocent people who allegedly perished at the hands of the likes of Prasanna de Silva and others,” said a spokesman. “Our kind request to the secretary of state is to let the legal process decide whether Maj Gen Silva is guilty or not guilty.” The GTF, he added, has “complete faith in the British justice system”. It decided to press for a judicial review of the FCO’s actions after the British foreign secretary, William Hague, refused to declare Silva persona non grata and strip him of his diplomatic immunity so he could be questioned over the allegations. Scotland Yard has been handed a dossier on the allegations facing Silva but has refused to comment further on the matter. “It does seem extraordinary [for the FCO] to take no action and just rely upon the Sri Lankan government to withdraw him,” she said. “Given the evidence and that the government saw the dossier from the NGOs, why on earth did they take no action?”The British government’s behaviour, she added, would send an unfortunate message about the UK’s commitment to human rights. “If you get a reputation for taking people who there are serious allegations of war crimes against, do other countries do the same thing?” she said.“Do we want people who have those allegations against them here? Do we want people to think that we’re an easy or a soft option?”Fred Carver, the campaign director of the Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice, said he could not believe that the British government had accepted Silva’s diplomatic accreditation in the first place.“Any intern equipped with Google and a working mouse could have determined that there were credible allegations against Silva,” he said.“Now they know what they should have previously suspected and investigated, they should not hesitate to revoke it before it is too late. If they do nothing then Silva’s unhindered return will be rightly interpreted as signifying that Britain is soft on war crimes suspects.” read more

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October 8, 2019

Eight Indian fishermen arrested for poaching in Lankan waters

The fishermen were brought to the naval base SLNS Uththara in Kankesanthurai.Meanwhile, the trawlers and other fishing gear were taken to SLNS Elara in Kareinagar. They were handed over to the Assistant Fisheries Director of Jaffna for onward legal action. (Colombo Gazette) The Navy has arrested eight Indian fishermen for poaching in Sri Lankan waters in the Northern seas.Naval personnel onboard a Fast Gun Boat and a Fast Attack Craft attached to the Northern Naval Command, on routine patrol, arrested the fishermen and seized two fishing trawlers north-west of the Delft Island.

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October 6, 2019

Annan calls for decisive action to protect planet against ecological degradation

With some 2,300 species endangered or facing extinction, significant losses in agricultural output, and an economic cost estimated at more than $42 billion a year, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today marked the International Day for Biological Diversity with a call for “decisive action to protect our planet.”“The degradation of drylands – which constitute 40 per cent of the planet’s land surface – is having dramatic effects,” he said in a message referring to the theme of this year’s Day. “These consequences are especially troubling because they are borne disproportionately by the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.“Drylands host eight of the 10 least developed countries in the world, and developing nations are home to the overwhelming majority of the 2 billion people who rely on dryland ecosystems. As a result, their decline has far-reaching implications for our efforts to fight poverty, hunger and disease.“Indeed, significant steps to preserve drylands will help determine whether we will achieve the Millennium Development Goals,” he added of the targets set by the UN Millennium Summit of 2000 to slash a host of the world’s ills, such as extreme hunger and poverty, high infant and maternal mortality and lack of access to education and health care, all by 2015.Mr. Annan stressed the need to reverse desertification, a process not only exacerbating poverty but also partly caused by it.“This year’s biodiversity commemoration coincides with the International Year of Deserts and Desertification. These two complementary observances illustrate the strong links between environmental issues, and highlight the need for a comprehensive and global approach to address these concerns,” he said.“On this International Day for Biological Diversity, let us resolve to do more to protect the biodiversity on which our planet depends. Let us commit ourselves to safeguarding our drylands, and let us work together to achieve the goal of a significant reduction in the rate of biodiversity loss by the year 2010.” read more

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October 4, 2019

Review LG puts buttons on the back of new G2 to make

by Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 26, 2013 12:29 pm MDT Review: LG puts buttons on the back of new G2 to make the smartphone stand out AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – It’s tough for smartphone manufacturers to make new Android devices that stand out in the crowd.Samsung alone has more than half a dozen smartphones on the market running Google’s mobile operating system.Then there’s HTC, LG, Motorola and Sony battling to convince consumers that they make the best smartphone running Android. And to further muddy the waters, Google has partnered with manufacturers to release its own line of Android-based Nexus smartphones.Clearly, a new Android smartphone needs something different to stand out.For LG, which is releasing its new G2 model on Friday, the gimmick is hiding all the phone’s buttons on the back.Just below the phone’s rear-facing camera is a panel of three buttons: one to turn the phone on and off and two others to raise and lower the volume. LG says those buttons were strategically placed where users tend to rest their index finger while holding a phone. The manufacturer claims its research found a major cause of phones being dropped is users stretching to reach buttons placed on the sides of devices.So is it a smart idea or a useless gimmick?A bit of both. The buttons are well placed and it’s easy to blindly differentiate between which is which. But the utility is fairly limited. I wished LG took the idea one step further and enabled the volume buttons to act like Page Up and Page Down keys for moving through web pages.KnockON is another interesting feature LG came up with to woo buyers, but it’s similarly imperfect.The software feature allows users to double-tap the screen to wake it out of sleep mode or turn it off. It’s a handy shortcut when it works, but sometimes it mysteriously wouldn’t engage. Even when it works, it’s not a huge time saver compared to just hitting the power button.If you’re marking the G2 on unique features it’s not a convincing winner. But if you just consider those add-ons to be bonuses, the G2 stacks up well against other top-of-the-line Android phones.It has a very sharp 5.2-inch screen, a quad-core processor that ably handles any task, a 13 megapixel camera that does a good job taking snapshots and videos, and strong battery life that keeps the phone running at least a whole day and probably longer.LG Canada’s vice president of mobile communications Geoffrey McMurdo agrees when asked if the company is still trying to grow its profile so consumers consider it a top smartphone maker.According to the measurement firm comScore, LG owned about 12 per cent of the mobile phone market in Canada as of June, compared to a 29 per cent share for Samsung, 25 per cent for Apple and 14 per cent for BlackBerry.“That’s a fair statement, I don’t think we’re necessarily as top of mind as a Samsung or Apple,” says McMurdo, although he adds that partnering with Google to manufacture the Nexus 4 gave the company a lot of credibility.“I think the Nexus 4 has really helped us this year establish that ‘these guys know what they’re doing, they build a really good product,’ both in the eyes of consumers and the people that sell the phones.”Rogers has revealed that it will offer the LG G2 for $200 on a two-year contract. read more

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October 2, 2019

BUSU election campaign in full swing

Students will have 20 candidates to choose from when they head to the polls next week to elect the next edition of the Brock University Students’ Union.That’s more than what usually put their name forward in the race for an executive position within BUSU, said chief returning officer Jimmy Norman.Now he hopes that voters will follow suit, with more than the usual number casting ballots.“One of the issues we have at Brock is that students don’t really pay attention to student elections,” Norman said.Typically, voter turnout hovers at about 18 per cent, he noted. It’s a number Norman would like to see changed in 2013, given the role BUSU plays on campus.The students’ union provides a variety of programs, opportunities, including more than 200 student jobs, and services, such as Foot Patrol and co-ordinating better public transit, which enhance undergraduate students’ experience at Brock.BUSU also offers bursaries and emergency loans, and runs the University’s food bank.“BUSU is really the voice of Brock’s undergraduate students,” Norman said. “So, in order to represent students, it’s important that they participate in elections and let us know what issues are important to them and whom they want persevering those challenges.”Campaigning is already underway, with candidates wooing voters by setting up information tables in Mackenzie Chown A-block and Academic South.All-candidates debates are also planned with the first one happening Thursday, Feb. 7 at 6 p.m. in the 13th floor boardroom. Although space limits the live audience to the first 30 people who show up, the debate will be streamed live online.A second debate happens Monday at noon in Isaac’s with more room for a live audience. The debate will also be streamed live.Polls open online on Tuesday, Feb. 12 and close Thursday, Feb. 14 at 9 p.m. Students will receive an email from BUSU Elections with a secure link to their individual online ballot.In addition to choosing a new executive council to represent them for the next year, students will also be voting on a referendum question. They will be asked whether they support spending an extra $2.75-fee per credit to fund and support the Brock Student Sexual Violence Support Centre.To learn more about the election, candidates and referendum, visit BUSU or email Norman at cro@busu.net. read more

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September 28, 2019

A Jent of Gents Former Buckeye NBA coach joins Ohio States coaching

After securing what Thad Matta called the biggest recruit he’s ever gone after, the Ohio State basketball program introduced former Buckeye player and NBA coach Chris Jent as the latest addition to the OSU’s coaching staff on Wednesday. A native of Sparta, N.J., Jent scored 1,007 career points and was a part of two Big Ten championship teams at OSU from 1988-92. He will fill the opening on Matta’s staff that was created when former assistant coach Brandon Miller resigned two weeks ago to spend more time with his family. Jent said that there were multiple factors he considered before taking the job at OSU. “It was definitely two-headed,” Jent said. “The pull to the university and also to work with coach Matta and his staff allows me to expand my experience in coaching. The fact that it’s my alma mater and a place I have a strong tie to, a strong gut feeling towards, and a great amount of passion to, made it easy.” Jent leaves behind him an assistant coaching and director of player development position with the Cleveland Cavaliers. While in Cleveland, Jent also served as a personal shooting coach to two-time NBA MVP LeBron James. Matta said that he expects Jent’s relationship with the former Cavaliers star to work to his advantage as he will be attempting to recruit players for the first time in his career. “It’s no secret that Chris was one of the best in the NBA at making players better,” Matta said. “I don’t know if I could have got anybody better in the country than what he’s going to bring to the table in that regard.” When Jent’s playing career at OSU ended in 1992, the 6-foot-7 Jent played professionally in the Continental Basketball Association and in Spain before he was signed by the NBA’s Houston Rockets in 1994. Jent won the 1994 NBA title later that season. After playing in a combined 14 regular season and playoff games for the Rockets, Jent returned to the CBA, and also played professionally in Australia and Italy before returning to the NBA when he signed with the New York Knicks in 1997. Jent played in three games for the Knicks and ended his playing career in 2001 after additional stints in Italy, Greece, and the United States Basketball League. Jent signed on to become an assistant coach with the Philadelphia 76ers for the 2000–04 NBA season before taking a similar role with Orlando Magic in 2004–05. Jent compiled a 5–13 record as the interim head coach of the Magic after former head coach Johnny Davis was fired. Following his lone season with the Magic, Jent returned to Columbus to complete his degree at OSU. It was there that he first met Matta, and served as an unofficial assistant to the team. Jent said that he walked away from OSU impressed by the culture that Matta had created around the program in just his second year as the Buckeyes’ head coach. “At that time, I saw a group of driven individuals that really cared for one another,” Jent said. “Ten kids were in uniform and none of them missed a practice. They didn’t miss one practice. And that just showed how much they care for another.” Jent said that leaving Cleveland for his alma mater and the two-time defending Big Ten champions was a tough call. “Outside of real life decisions, this is the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make,” Jent said. “Loved every day I went to work (in Cleveland). For me to leave that, it could only have been this type of situation.” Dan Wallenberg, spokesman for OSU athletics, confirmed to The Lantern that Jent’s contract is not complete. The Buckeyes have not released their schedule for the upcoming season. Tyler Robinson contributed to this article. read more

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September 21, 2019

Geek 101 How to open a CSV with Google Docs

first_imgIn case you didn’t know it Google Docs can open up a CSV file. This is something that I just learned yesterday, and it’s one of the more useful functions I’ve found for Google’s online document editor. The process is surprisingly simple, and after making a few simple changes you’ll never have to think twice about viewing and editing a CSV.First off, a CSV (comma-separated values) is a very simple, very useful file type. It works with plain text, with no special encoding, and holds data separated by commas (or some other delimiter, like semicolons). A CSV might as well be a text file, which means you can open it in Notepad or TextEdit or Gedit, or whatever app you use for editing text, it just won’t be human parseable.The simplicity of the .csv, and the fact that it’s basically a text document formatted like a spreadsheet, means that Google Docs shouldn’t have any problem opening it. But if you’re reading this then you might have noticed that, depending on your settings, Docs can take issue with the format. The good news is that fixing this just takes a few clicks.From within Google Drive…Click the upload button (to the right of “Create”), and choose “Files”Pick the .csv file from your computerIf you go straight to the upload box, then click “Settings” and make sure “Convert uploaded files to Google Docs format” is checked. Next to Settings it should say “Conversion: on”Upload your CSV and watch it be converted into a spreadsheet!If you’ve already tinkered with your settings rather than going to the upload dialog, you might see this:This is the “Upload settings” tool. It simply asks you if you’d like to convert uploaded files (like CSVs) to GDocs formatting and if you’d like PDFs to be converted to text and adjoining image files. If you agree to the latter you’ll be able to choose the language as well. If you don’t want to see this tool you can just uncheck “Confirm settings…” under the Settings menu. As you probably guessed, you’ll want the first box to stay checked.To answer the question that brought you here, yes, Google Docs can open, convert, and edit a CSV file. It’s surprisingly easy, and 99% of the time (that’s an approximation) allowing Google to covert your files will not cause any issues. Best of all, after making these simple changes you’ll never have to think about it again.Read more How Tos at Geek 101last_img read more

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September 21, 2019

15yearold Jasmine Scally missing from Kildare since 17 March

first_img Tuesday 28 Mar 2017, 7:55 PM 8 Comments Short URL By Cliodhna Russell 15-year-old Jasmine Scally missing from Kildare since 17 March She was last seen leaving her home on the Friday evening shortly after 8pm. 22,718 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share689 Tweet Email GARDAÍ ARE SEEKING the public’s assistance in tracing the whereabouts of Jasmine Scally who is missing from Kildare.The 15-year-old has been missing from her home in Naas since 17 March.She was last seen leaving her home on the Friday evening shortly after 8pm.Scally is described as being 5’10’’ in height with black shoulder length hair and brown eyes. When last seen she was wearing a grey track suit.Gardaí are concerned for Jasmine’s welfare and anyone who has seen Jasmine or who can assist in locating her is asked to contact Naas Garda Station on 045 884340, the garda confidential telephone line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.Read: Frances Fitzgerald claims she only found out about scale of garda scandal after press conference> http://jrnl.ie/3311881 Mar 28th 2017, 7:55 PM last_img read more

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September 5, 2019

Was Kusal Pereras innings better than Ben Stokes epic knock

first_imgWho did it better, Perera or Stokes?Twitter/ICCThe cricket world is in a state of frenzy after witnessing the miracle in the third Ashes Test at Headingley. Many fans and experts are deeming Ben Stokes’ knock as the greatest ever in Test cricket history. No less a person than Sir Geoffrey Boycott has said that Stokes’ knock was the finest ever he has witnessed in his many decades of watching cricket.But some people have expressed a differing opinion. They have argued that Kusal Perera, the Sri Lankan batsman, played an even better innings earlier this year. This innings came in the first match of a two-Test series played in February. Sri Lanka were chasing a target of 304 and were in a lot of trouble at 226/9.But thanks to Kusal Perera’s 153 not out, they won the match by one wicket. So, who played the better innings: Perera or Stokes? Let’s try and find out the answer by looking at the facts.Length of the inningsStokes made 135 runs from 219 balls while Perera scored 153 from 200 balls. So, while Perera had more runs, Stokes had to battle it out for a longer time. Jack Leach faced just 17 balls and scored merely one run in the 76-run partnershipTwitter/ICCSupport from no. 11The partnership between Stokes and the last batsman Jack Leach was worth 76 runs when they needed 73 to win. On the other hand, Perera added 78 runs, the amount required, with his no. 11 colleague Vishwa Fernando. Leach faced 17 deliveries and scored 1 run while Fernando dealt with 27 balls and scored 6 runs. The partnership between the Sri Lankan pair lasted for 95 deliveries while the English last wicket duo had to be out there on the pitch for 62 balls.Quality of opposition bowling attackThe South African bowling attack that Perera negated had Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada, Vernon Philander, Duanne Olivier and Keshav Maharaj. Stokes’ opponents were Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, James Pattinson and Nathan Lyon. The South African pace attack looks the better one, hands down. It had the best fast bowler of the century in Dale Steyn, the man who could take that title in the future – Kagiso Rabada, and three other highly capable men.But it must be remembered that Steyn was a shadow of his former self. Compared to them, the Australian bowlers had just bowled out their opponents for 67 in the same Test. So, it is hard to say which attack was more difficult to deal with but one may just tilt towards Australia’s. Perera and Fernando had 95 balls in their partnershipTwitter/ICCPitches in the two gamesWhen it comes to pitches, some people may look at the scorecard and deem the wicket in Headingley as very tough for batting. However, on the third and fourth day, the conditions had become very batsmen-friendly and there was no assistance to the bowlers. Even Nathan Lyon was struggling to be sharp due to no footholes outside the right-hander’s off-stump. So, even with the conditions, it’s hard to say who faced the tougher odds.The occasionThis is where Stokes has a clear advantage. The Ashes is the biggest series for the two teams involved whereas Sri Lanka vs South Africa has never been a big contest. The English all-rounder was batting in front of a raucous full-house and with the revered urn on the line. If England had lost this match, Australia would have retained the Ashes. There was no such pressure on Perera. On this parameter alone, one can give the advantage to Ben. Stokes was playing on a much bigger stage than PereraTwitter/ICCConclusionIt is very hard to decide on the basis of the facts, who played the better innings. However, the atmosphere at the two venues was completely different. For some unexplainable reason, the innings by Stokes seemed much more powerful and dazzling than that by Perera. Is it just an optical illusion? One can make that point but playing on a bigger stage also means there is greater pressure. Stokes handled that pressure brilliantly. Still, the Sri Lankan left-hander also would have had pressure on him.So, in conclusion, it’s up to you to decide which innings you consider as the better one.last_img read more

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