BenQ launches 240Hz gaming monitor Zowie XL2540 with privacy flaps

first_imgLegend has it that even a bird in hot pants cannot delude a gamer from its sport. When they are at, they are in it. But seems like Benq really wants to make sure they are truly concentrating on their screens for the company today launched a new 24.5 inch gaming monitor that comes with flaps attached on either side of the screen to restrict viewer’s lateral vision to the game at hand.The Benq Zowie XL2540 comes fitted with the latest display tech in the gaming arena on a Full HD display panel. Backed by a native refresh rate to 240Hz, highest a monitor can have, the screen can display action scenes flicker free. It also has a low grey to grey (GTG) response time of 1 milisecond and brightness to the tune of 400nits.While there are IPS displays offering high refresh rates, Benq sticks with the TN panel for a time tested, lag free output. This also keeps in check the price, the XL2540 being tagged at an MRP of Rs 45,000. An IPS display will have way better viewing angles than one housing a TN panel. But to professional gamers, performance in speed matters much more. Though Benq supposedly wants the flaps (they call it Shield) to cater a second purpose of reducing reflection that is a usual phenomenon with TN screens. They also automatically keep your privacy.Also Read: Nintendo’s new gaming console will make you want to SwitchLike other XL series displays, the new monitor is adjustable on height and angle. Built on a removable-stand design for quick and easy assembly, the monitor can be tilted or rotated by 90 degrees. Connectivity ports on the XL2540 include DVI, two HDMI, DPI-2, audio out jack, Microphone jack and USB extensions.advertisementApart from Flicker-free technology, the monitor supports Black eQualizer feature that is said to enhance visibility in dimly lit scenes and low blue light features that cuts out blue light spectrum from being displayed turning the screen yellow and comparatively safer to view. The color output can also be tweaked with its 20-level Color Vibrance settings.last_img read more

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ICC Champions Trophy: Ben Stokes proving priceless for England after maiden IPL stint

first_imgBen Stokes started this year’s Indian Premier League as its costliest player, worth $2.15 million, and ended it as the Most Valuable Player.Now he’s proving priceless for England in the Champions Trophy.The 26-year-old all-rounder had spectators inside Edgbaston, and pundits and fellow players around the world, lauding his explosive talents after scoring an ODI career-best 102 not out in England’s win over Australia on Saturday.He came in with England in a perilous position at 35-3, chasing 278 for victory, and paced his counterattacking innings with a mixture of bludgeoning strokeplay and sensible defense.No situation fazes Stokes these days, and that has much to do with experiences in the IPL playing alongside and against the world’s best limited-overs players and under pressure in intense atmospheres.In his maiden season in the IPL, at Rising Pune Supergiant, Stokes struck his first Twenty20 century and took 12 wickets to earn the MVP award.”The whole thing with the IPL is the exposure you get to big moments in games, playing in front of a huge crowd all the time,” Stokes said after his hundred against Australia, which he ranked as his “best inning.””In situations like 35-3, you can just mentally look back to a time in the past and reflect on that and also take confidence in knowing that you have been in that situation before and done well. Knowing that you have done well coming into a tournament like this, it gives you confidence that you can do well against some of the world’s best batsmen and bowlers.”advertisementSince returning from the IPL, Stokes scored 25 and 101 in Champions Trophy warmups against South Africa, followed by 48 and an unbeaten 102 in the tournament itself. He is one of the most athletic fielders around, and while his bowling hasn’t been at its best this tournament, he makes things happen and will be trusted to bowl the death overs.England captain Eoin Morgan, who shared a 159-run partnership with Stokes for the fourth wicket against Australia, said the all-rounder’s potential was “through the roof” and Australia captain Steve Smith – a teammate in the IPL – said Stokes was in “exceptional form.”India captain Virat Kohli was among the cricketers past and present to tweet in awe of Stokes during the game, but the man himself said he is able to “shut out” the adulation.”Just keep your feet on the floor,” Stokes said. “I never feel I get too high and I never feel I get too low about things. Everyone else may deal with things like that differently but that is just how I go about it.”Smith might regret giving Stokes some advice during the IPL about his technique, given that the Englishman’s century helped eliminate the Australians from the Champions Trophy.”It was something that he felt could help me with – just that I was losing my backside a bit when I was hitting,” said Stokes, who hit the ball so sweetly at Edgbaston that even his defensive pushes were going to the boundary.Heading into the semifinals – England looks like playing either Pakistan or Sri Lanka in Cardiff on Wednesday – Morgan said he wouldn’t swap Stokes with any other player.”He’s always looking to influence the game – bat, ball, or even in the field,” Morgan said. “That attitude in itself, you know, a lot of guys with potential like that, when things aren’t going your way, back into a corner. But that’s not Ben.”last_img read more

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Mets GM Alderson Collapses

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson collapsed while talking with reporters during a news conference to announce a contract extension for manager Terry Collins, then was able to walk away.New York said Alderson did not eat breakfast, felt lightheaded under the lights of the news conference and fainted. The Mets said he was being examined by the team’s training staff.Alderson and Collins sat at a table for the 20-minute formal portion of the news conference Nov. 4 in the Citi Field interview room, and Alderson then spent about 10 minutes answering questions from broadcast media.He switched sides of the room to speak with text media and was 13 minutes into that session when he confirmed the Mets had given permission to the Los Angeles Dodgers to speak with New York bench coach Bob Geren about their open manager’s job.Alderson was asked about outfielder Juan Lagares’ doctor’s appointment when his eyes became glassy and he started to fall.Alderson was grabbed by reporters and photographers, preventing him from falling onto the riser hard. Placed on his back, Alderson was down for about a minute, then was assisted to his feet and into a chair.“So where were we?” he joked with a smile before he walked away with other team officials.A former Marine who turns 68 on Nov. 22, Alderson became New York’s General Manager in October 2010. He was Oakland’s general manager from 1983-97, Major League Baseball’s Executive Vice President of Baseball’s Operations from 1998-2005 and San Diego’s Chief Executive Officer from 2005-09.(RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer)last_img read more

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a month ago​Arsenal manager Emery fine with Ljungberg sideline passion

first_img​Arsenal manager Emery fine with Ljungberg sideline passionby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal manager Unai Emery has no problems with his assistant coaches showing their passion on the sidelines.Former Gunners player Freddie Ljungberg, who is now one of Emery’s assistants, was very animated on the touchline during their Carabao Cup game against Nottingham Forest.Arsenal were successful in the game, winning 5-0 and managing to integrate several young players into the starting lineup.Speaking about Ljungberg being vocal on the sidelines, Emery told the club’s official website: “Yes, each assistant coach behind me, they have also their work and we are together for speaking with the players and also when we are in the dressing room, we are speaking together for all the situations individually and after we share some moments on the game to speak with the players individually, with the young players and with all players. “But for example, he knows perfectly the Arsenal spirit, also he knows the young players and he helps us every day in the training in the matches. “And before [his coaching career], he knew the characteristics for the Premier League. “I am very happy with him.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Photo: Peyton Manning, Ryan Leaf Together At Tennessee Game

first_imgPeyton Manning speaks during a ceremony for him.KNOXVILLE, TN – OCTOBER 29: Former Tennesse quarterback and current quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts Peyton Manning is honored before the start of their game against the South Carolina Gamecocks on October 29, 2005 at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo By Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)With college football finally here, Peyton Manning is in attendance for Tennessee’s season opener against Georgia State. Before kickoff, the legendary quarterback was spotted on the sidelines with Ryan Leaf.Manning and Leaf will have their football careers connected for years to come. After the Indianapolis Colts selected Manning with the first overall pick, the San Diego Chargers took Leaf with the very next pick.Indianapolis went on to enjoy over a decade worth of success with Manning, meanwhile San Diego only had Leaf for three years. To be fair, the former Washington State product saw his tenure slightly derailed by injuries.Despite the history intertwined between Manning and Leaf, the top picks from the 1998 NFL Draft seem to be getting along just fine. Leaf is entering the next chapter of his career at ESPN. He’ll be part of their coverage for the college football season.Roughly an hour before kickoff, Leaf and Manning were seen on the field together.Here is the photo of Manning and Leaf going viral:Peyton Manning’s son Marshall to Ryan Leaf:“Some folks really thought you’d be better than my daddy?” pic.twitter.com/EWU0scuQ7r— Jesse Simonton (@JesseReSimonton) August 31, 2019Fans will see more of Leaf this afternoon as he makes his college football broadcasting debut.Tennessee’s season opener against Georgia State has just kicked off.The game is available on ESPNU.last_img read more

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5 Modern Inventions That Are Way Older Than You Think

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Save Your Eyes from the Scourge of the Screens with the Best Blue-Light-Blocking Glasses for Men How Does a Vasectomy Work: Your No-Frills Guide to Getting Snipped We live in wondrous times, if you can ignore politics, most news media, most popular music, endemic xenophobia, and occasional outbreaks of horrid violence. OK, let’s try that again: We live in technologically wondrous times. Private companies routinely launch rockets into space, our phones have more data-crunching power than the super computers of yesteryear (or yester-century, anyway), and we have these cylinders in our homes that we can command to play music or answer random trivia questions.Ah, but let’s not sit too heavily upon our laurels, my fellow modern men and women — many of the fancy, technologically advanced inventions we might think are a product of our times are actually surprisingly old.Did you know, for example, that the first working mobile phone was developed in New Mexico the 1750s? You did? Well, it wasn’t.You have some remedial history courses to attend, sir. But don’t worry, there are lots of other other inventions that are way older than you think. Like …The Mobile Phone – 1918Public DomainThat’s right, the first device that can be fairly termed a mobile phone was invented during the final year of World War I. Alexander Graham Bell famously invented the telephone in the year 1876, and wireless radios were first used in 1901 (with two-way radios following five years later), but it was in 1918 that German military engineers married the two technologies and linked two telephones together without using wires. They did so by combining radio transmission and receiver technology with telephone hardware, creating a more reliable mobile communication device than the erratic radios of the day. The system was used to link trains and stations, so this mobile phone wasn’t one you could carry around in your pocket, but it was certainly mobile. The first personal-sized cellular phone that uses essentially the same technology as today’s devices was unveiled in 1973.Contact Lenses – 1888Commons/WikimediaThe first functional contact lenses were developed by a German ophthalmologist named Adolf Fick in the year 1888, though the concept of a vision-correcting lens applied directly to the eye predated his invention by centuries (versions were proposed by Leonardo da Vinci and Descartes in the 16th and 17th centuries, respectively). Fick’s contacts were made of blown glass and were so large that they covered much of the eyeball, including the whites. Their use required application of a liquid between the cornea and the lens, and they could only be worn for short stretches of time (an hour or two at most) before they would cause extreme dryness and discomfort. But they worked, dammit, and probably many years before you would have expected too.The Automobile – 1769Public Domain/WikimediaMore than a hundred years before the first gasoline-powered automobiles were rattling down late 19th-century roadways, a Frenchman named Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot created the first self-propelled vehicle that did not require a track. His fardier à vapeur used a steam engine with three large wooden wheels, and was intended to carry heavy loads over all sorts of terrain, primarily in military applications. In practice, the steam car was slow, poorly balanced, had to be stopped every 15 minutes for the boiler to be re-heated, and once knocked over a brick wall due to poor driving. So while perhaps a proof of concept success, it was a de facto flop.Condoms – 16th CenturyCommons/WikimediaWhile a practical condom was not widely available until the 1800s, the concept dates back at least to the 1500s, and perhaps even farther. Renaissance era Italian physician Gabriele Falloppio is most notable for the fallopian tubes named in his honor, but can also be thought of as the father of the condom. While writing about the then deadly disease syphilis, he proposed use of a linen sheath treated with chemicals be used to cover the penis during sex, thereby preventing transmission of the affliction. These fabric condoms were shorter than later varieties, covering only the glans, and they had to be kept in place with a string. One would understand, then, if a gentleman of the era chose abstinence instead.Vaccines – 10th CenturyCommons/WikimediaWhile today everyone who isn’t an idiot knows that vaccines prevent all sorts of serious disease and don’t cause other ill effects, for most of human history we had no way to prevent viral sickness. However, people have been vaccinating themselves against viruses for longer than you might think. Many regard British surgeon Edward Jenner as the father of vaccination thanks to his 18th-century work using cowpox exposure as a vaccine against the more serious smallpox disease, but evidence of smallpox vaccination actually dates back hundreds of years before his birth. In 10th-century China, a technique involving nasal inhalation of dried smallpox scabs proved effective at preventing later development of the disease. Whether there were anti-vaxxers a thousand years ago is a mystery for the ages. Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity The Evolution and History of the Home Stereo 12 Classic Sci-Fi Novels Everyone Who Likes Reading Should Readlast_img read more

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Des précautions contre les inondations sont recommandées

first_img Écoutez la radio. Les autorités locales émettront des directives à l’intention des personnes qui habitent dans les régions touchées. Sachez comment couper l’eau, le gaz et l’électricité au cas où les autorités locales vous demanderaient de le faire. Si le panneau électrique principal ne se trouve pas dans un endroit sec et sécuritaire, ne tentez pas de couper l’électricité. Communiquez avec Nova Scotia Power au 428-6004 ou 1-877-428-6004 pour obtenir des directives. Assurez-vous que les égouts pluviaux et les gouttières sont exempts de débris. Ayez une réserve d’eau potable en cas de contamination ou de non-disponibilité de votre source d’approvisionnement régulière. Dans les régions inondées, n’utilisez pas l’eau de puits pour la consommation, la cuisson ou le bain jusqu’à ce que l’eau soit vérifiée et jugée sécuritaire. Si vous avez des questions au sujet de l’eau potable, communiquez avec le bureau du ministère de l’Environnement de votre région au 1-877-936-8476. Pendant une onde de tempête, tenez-vous à une distance sécuritaire de la côte. Le Bureau de gestion des urgences avise les Néo-Écossais qui habitent dans des régions sujettes aux inondations que les conditions météorologiques cette nuit, vendredi et samedi en matinée pourraient entraîner des inondations à certains endroits. Environnement Canada prévoit des pluies abondantes dans certaines parties de la Nouvelle-Écosse au cours des prochains jours. Les pluies les plus abondantes sont prévues dans certaines régions du sud-ouest de la Nouvelle-Écosse, qui pourraient recevoir de 70 à 100 millimètres de pluie. Le niveau de l’eau dans certaines régions du littoral atlantique sera plus élevé que le niveau normal. Les résidents doivent aussi se préparer en vue de possibilités d’ondes de tempête. « Je recommande vivement aux Néo-Écossais qui se trouvent dans des régions sujettes aux inondations de surveiller attentivement les prévisions météorologiques et de prendre les mesures appropriées pour protéger leur famille et leurs biens, » a dit Ramona Jennex, ministre de la Gestion des urgences. En cas d’inondation : Pour obtenir plus d’information sur les mesures de préparation en vue d’une inondation, consultez le site Web du BGU à l’adresse www.gov.ns.ca/emo.last_img read more

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RCMP response to missing Saskatchewan Indigenous man found dead under review

first_imgPRINCE ALBERT, Sask. – An independent investigation will be done into how the RCMP responded to a call that an Indigenous man had walked away from a care home in northern Saskatchewan.Police say the 59-year-old missing man was found dead along a rural road on Dec. 27 — the morning after he disappeared from the home outside Prince Albert.Local Mounties say in a release that foul play is not suspected, but an initial review determined that their response “may not have been sufficient.”The Saskatoon Police Service is to conduct the external review.The Saskatchewan RCMP has also requested that the Justice Ministry appoint an independent observer.An internal RCMP review is also underway.Mounties are not releasing the dead man’s name and say no further information will be released for now.last_img read more

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Trudeau to meet key Pacific trade partners at APEC leaders summit

first_imgPORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau walks into this weekend’s APEC leaders’ summit with a chance to smooth over lingering sore feelings with some of Canada’s key trading partners on the Pacific Rim.Trudeau will meet his counterparts from Australia and Japan, and have the opportunity to bump into leaders from the 21 countries in the hallways of the busy summit in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.Observers say Japan, Australia and the remainder of an 11-nation Pacific Rim trade pact are still upset over how Trudeau skipped a key meeting last year where the group was expected to agree on a final text.A deal did arise out of the fracas — the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, or CPTPP for short — but observers say Trudeau’s counterparts continue to have hard feelings about last year’s incident.“I still think the APEC summit will be damage repair from the last summit — almost pulling out of the (CPTPP) and the Japanese upset with us and the Australians cursing us — so I think there still needs to be some repairing of the relationship,” said Carlo Dade, an expert on trade in the Pacific region from the Canada West Foundation.Canada became one of the first six countries to ratify the CPTPP, giving domestic businesses first crack at gaining a foothold in overseas markets. Quickly ratifying the agreement could help mend relationships, Dade said.Trudeau arrived after dark in this island nation, walking a red carpet at the airport between two lines of traditional dancers before being whisked off to prepare for the opening of the summit on Saturday.At a news conference Thursday, Trudeau said he planned to talk about expanding trade in the region during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.“There are certainly discussions to be had around the APEC table about how we will continue to strengthen these trade ties,” Trudeau said.“The APEC summit is specifically an economic summit for partnership with Pacific nations and that’s exactly what we’re going to be focusing on.”Looming over the summit will be an economic tit-for-tat between the world’s two biggest economies — the United States and China.U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence, who is attending the summit in place of President Donald Trump, is expected to force countries to pick sides as China looks to use the summit to extend its influence to smaller Pacific island nations in attendance.Chinese President Xi Jinping is also expected to have some choice words in response.Asked about it Thursday, Trudeau would only say that he looked forward to what Pence had to say.Sen. Yuen Pau Woo, an expert on the Asia-Pacific from before his time in the Senate, said the divide between the two biggest players at APEC poses an existential threat to the trade region APEC was formed to foster. Without the U.S., there is a need for a North American voice to champion trade around the Pacific, Woo said.“The only country that’s able to take up this leadership role…is Canada and it would be important that the prime minister, I think, assumes some of this responsibility,” Woo said.“There is no other player in the Americas that, I think, at this stage has either the will or the means to be a champion for the Asia-Pacific region.”Patrick Leblond, a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, said countries like Japan want to know Canada will be involved in the Asia-Pacific region more than it has been to help counteract China’s growing influence.“They want to have Canada as a partner in terms of dealing with the pressures that the Chinese and now the Americans are doing in terms of trade,” Leblond said.The economic battle has an unlikely backdrop in Papua New Guinea, one of the poorest members of APEC. Canada’s annual trade with Papua New Guineau is roughly one per cent of the amount of trade that goes across the Canada-U.S. border every day.Global Affairs Canada’s travel warnings about Papua New Guineau warn of assaults, sexual assaults and violent crime often with the “use of firearms or machetes,” and suggest visitors “consider hiring private security” because police cannot be relied upon.The meeting itself has caused a series of negative headlines for the national government over spending millions on a fleet of 40 Maserati cars to ferry around dignitaries.China and Australia have invested heavily in the region, hoping to gain some influence. Trudeau will have a chance to address island nations Saturday, where he is expected to talk about climate change.— Follow @jpress on Twitter.Jordan Press, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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THE HAZELTON HOTEL CELEBRATES FASHION ART AND COMMUNITY INITIATIVES AS THE OFFICIAL

first_img Facebook Beginning on September 3 at 3 P.M., The Hazelton will host the renowned Fashion Talks panel discussion podcast series in the exclusive Silver Screening Room. Moderated by CBC’s Donna Bishop, Fashion Talks will feature Trigère’s Creative Director, Canadian designer Franklin Benjamin Elman. The Hazelton Hotel celebrates fashion, art and community initiatives as the official hotel partner of Toronto Fashion Week® (CNW Group/The Hazelton Hotel) Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement September 4 will bring renowned jewellery designer Hania Kuzbari, to showcase her latest collection in partnership with William Ashley at 4 P.M as a private event in the Yorkville Room.Closing out the week of fashion events, The Hazelton’s iconic ONE Restaurant will host the after party for CAFA menswear designer of the year, Christopher Bates, featuring signature drinks and music to top off the week’s events on September 5 at 11 P.M.As part of the STYLE PLATE neighbourhood initiative, The Hazelton’s ONE restaurant will welcome guests and the public alike to experience flavours inspired by Canadian fashion featuring a signature dish, the P.E.I Beef Carpaccio (Grass Fed PEI beef tenderloin, dijonnaise, reggiano, crostini, shallots and arugula) and the Red Carpet Rocket, a specialty handcrafted cocktail (Levenswater Spring 34 Gin, Garden Rocket, Forelle Pear Simple Syrup, Lime Juice).“Our programming is designed to allow our guests and locals alike into The Hazelton’s exquisite space to experience Canadian fashion at its finest. We are thrilled to continue to support and be part of the various community initiatives, and to have guests celebrate TFW through our hotel offerings.” Continues Roustom.Guests can also experience Toronto Fashion Week from the luxury of one of The Hazelton suites with a stay, which includes complimentary breakfast, overnight parking, manicure for two at the hotel’s exclusive Spa by Valmont and two tickets for a fashion show.The Hazelton Hotel’s founding partnership with Toronto Fashion Week is a mainstay in Toronto’s social and cultural calendars, celebrating fashion, food, art and entertainment. The Hazelton Hotel will play a vital role in ensuring the public experiences all fashion week has to offer with its rich programming, luxury and sophisticated space.ABOUT THE HAZELTON HOTELThe Hazelton Hotel, Toronto’s first boutique luxury hotel in fashionable Yorkville, remains the city’s iconic landmark for all that is chic and glamorous. The Hazelton Hotel offers 77 sumptuous hotel rooms and suites designed by internationally renowned design firm Yabu Pushelberg. The Hotel’s ONE Restaurant is celebrity Chef Mark McEwan’ssignature dining experience delivered from a contemporary Yorkville hotspot that boasts one of Toronto’s finest patios. The Hazelton is home to the Valmont Spa, one of the most exclusive and luxurious spa sanctuaries in Toronto.Website: thehazeltonhotel.comInstagram: @hazeltontoTwitter:  @hazeltontoFacebook: @thehazeltonhotelABOUT TORONTO FASHION WEEK®Toronto Fashion Week®, an event showcasing fashion, art, music and culture takes place in Yorkville, Toronto’s revitalized and most prestigious luxury retail neighborhood. The bi-annual event hosts national and international designers, entertainers and the fashion community to create a touchpoint where fashion is embraced and celebrated. As the leading fashion event in Canada, Toronto Fashion Week®  creates a catalyst for media engagement, retail activity and global connectivity.The founding partners are Yorkville Village, The Hazelton Hotel, Freed Developments and Hill & Gertner – an ownership group comprised of several of the country’s top companies in real estate, development and luxury hospitality.Website:   TFW.toInstagram:  @tfwTwitter:  @tofashionwkFacebook:  @tofashionwkHashtag:  #tofw Twitter Advertisement TORONTO – Toronto’s leading and first luxury boutique hotel, The Hazelton, announced today a series of events in partnership with Toronto Fashion Week®, bringing together the community to celebrate fashion, arts and culture. Located in Toronto’s prestigious Yorkville neighbourhood, The Hazelton will open its doors to new and existing guests with exclusive parties, events, and panel discussions in a luxurious setting on September 3 – 5, 2019.The Hazelton Hotel (CNW Group/The Hazelton Hotel)“As a founding partner and the official hotel, we are thrilled to see this fifth consecutive season of Toronto Fashion Week continuing to grow throughout the Yorkville neighbourhood,” states Hani Roustom, General Manager of The Hazelton Hotel. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

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Alberta to lead country in export growth in 2017

first_imgThe global economy is rolling again.The latest numbers from Export Development Canada (EDC) show a revival in global growth being led by the U.S. and spilling into Western Europe.For the first time in about seven years international institutions such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank are revising their forecasts up.Canada is expected to see export growth of eight per cent this year, but what does this mean for Alberta?After another down year in 2016, the province is enjoying 20 per cent growth in exports this year, best in the country, being led by a 31 per cent increase in energy exports.EDC Chief Economist Peter Hall doesn’t see that changing, even with uncertainty around NAFTA.“This industry-by-industry approach is what seems to be carrying the day (in NAFTA negotiations) and given that energy is not under the microscope, that’s pretty good news for the province,” he said.The agri-food sector is also looking up.“There is a great need for meat and Alberta is very good at that,” said Hall. “This is sort of in the early stages but we are looking at numbers that are going to places like China rising quite considerably.”The oil and gas machinery export sectors are also seeing growth along with the forestry sector, but that could be hindered by the softwood lumber dispute.However, this is more of a one year spike, export growth drops to 2 per cent in 2018.“What’s really good is that all that did happen in 2017, all that’s continuing to happen in 2017, is actually carrying forward into next year,” said Hall.Services will also grow six per cent this year and next year.last_img read more

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China destroys incorrect world maps for showing Arunachal as part of India

first_imgBeijing: China has destroyed 30,000 world maps printed in the country for export for not mentioning Arunachal Pradesh and Taiwan as part of Chinese territory, the officla media reported on Tuesday. China claims the north-eastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh as part of South Tibet. China routinely objects to Indian leaders visiting Arunachal Pradesh to highlight its stand. India says the State of Arunachal Pradesh is its integral and inalienable part and Indian leaders visit Arunachal Pradesh from time to time, as they visit other parts of the country. The two countries have so far held 21 rounds of talks to resolve the border dispute covering 3,488-km-long Line of Actual Control (LAC). Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USChina also claims the estranged island of Taiwan as part of its territory that must be reunified with the mainland, even by force. The world maps were meant for export to an “unspecified country”, state-run Global Times reported on Tuesday. Almost 30,000 “incorrect” world maps, showing Taiwan as a separate country and wrong depiction of the Sino-Indian border, were destroyed by the customs authorities in Qingdao in eastern Shandong province, it said. “What China did in the map market was absolutely legitimate and necessary, because sovereignty and territorial integrity are the most important things to a country. “Both Taiwan and South Tibet are parts of China’s territory which is sacred and inviolable based on the international law,” Liu Wenzong, professor from the department of International Law of China Foreign Affairs University was quoted as saying.last_img read more

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Enbridge experts grilled over pipeline leak detection at BC hearing

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — The ability to detect leaks along the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline won’t be known until the pipeline is built and pumping oil through the remote wilderness of northern British Columbia, a lawyer for the province noted Wednesday at a hearing deciding the pipeline’s fate.Chris Jones grilled a panel of company experts on the design of the 1,100-kilometre pipeline that would deliver oil from the Alberta oil sands to a tanker port on the B.C. coast.“So is what you’re telling me that the actual sensitivity of a pipeline — perhaps this pipeline, along with other ones — can only be determined when it’s actually been constructed and you’re able to test that actual pipeline in operation?” Mr. Jones asked on the second day of environmental assessment hearings in Prince George, B.C.“We have a quite an operating history…. It’s not an issue of trust us, wait ’til construction,” answered Barry Callele, director of pipeline control systems and leak detection for Enbridge Pipelines Inc.[np-related]Testing is and has been underway, Mr. Callele said, and test results show the estimates provided in the project proposal are conservative.“But I guess the answer to my question is still: We don’t know until it’s been built. Isn’t that right?” Mr. Jones asked.“I think we know what we know today. We’ll know more at every phase along the pipeline construction project and we’ll know emphatically or empirically at the time that fluid withdrawal tests are done at different sections of the pipeline.”Mr. Callele said there would be five overlapping leak-detection systems on the twin pipelines that would carry diluted bitumen to the tanker port in Kitimat, B.C., and condensate from Kitimat back to Bruderheim, Alta., including aerial surveillance, foot patrols, and 132 monitored pressure valves along the route.“We will have one of the best instrumented pipeline systems not only in North America, but probably the world,” Mr. Callele told the panel.Mr. Jones pointed out that according to U.S. data, there were 31 leaks from Enbridge pipelines in that country since 2002, and six of the 10 largest spills by volume in that time were from Enbridge pipelines.Of those six, none were detected by Enbridge leak detection systems, Mr. Jones said.Specifically, Mr. Jones raised questions about the pipeline’s design and about spills along Enbridge pipelines in the Northwest Territories and one in the Kalamazoo River in Michigan — a massive spill that took two years and almost $800-million to clean up.“Enbridge has admitted that procedural violations occurred during the Marshall incident,” Mr. Callele said, referring to the Michigan spill.He said procedural and “cultural” changes have been implemented since then.John Carruthers, president of Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines, said outside the hearings that people have concerns about whether the pipeline can be built and operated safely, and the questions being raised in the hearing room are “very legitimate.”But Northern Gateway is a state-of-the-art system, he said.“Whatever industrial activity you have, it has some element of risk,” Carruthers told reporters. “The real key is to try and get that as low as possible. In our case, we’re trying to get that to zero.” read more

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DR of Congo Security Council welcomes peace agreement with Rwanda

The Council President, Ambassador Jeremy Greenstock of the United Kingdom, said in a press statement that the members welcomed the agreement, which was concluded in Pretoria, South Africa, and looked forward to examining it in detail.They also anticipated hearing the considered view of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and the UN Mission in the DRC (MONUC) in due course, he added.”There’s a lot of work there for the UN to do but a lot of discussion is needed to find out exactly what that is,” Ambassador Greenstock said, noting that the Council was likely to have a briefing on the agreement early next week.Council members also expressed their “warm appreciation” to the Government of South Africa for its role in facilitating the accord, Ambassador Greenstock said. read more

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Supersonic travel Ballistic jetliners Air travel innovations are slower subtler

LE BOURGET, France – When the Concorde started flying in the 1970s, hopes were high that the travelling masses would soon streak through the air faster than the speed of sound or soar in planes that hurtled like missiles above the earth’s atmosphere. Instead, jetliners still look the same as they did five decades ago and travel times have barely budged.To consumers who have watched the world’s technological imagination shift to Silicon Valley, the airline industry seems plodding. Computers and cellphones are obsolete almost as soon as they’re unwrapped. The aviation industry looks stuck in time by comparison.“Twenty years ago, 10 years ago even, a lot of technology and innovation came from the aerospace industry,” said Larbi Ouchelouche, who is the project manager at Speel Praha, a Czech company that makes black boxes and other flight monitoring systems. “But today, the commercial is going so fast.”Restricted by huge costs, rising fuel prices and safety concerns, the aviation industry is unable to make the same leaps and bounds. It has instead turned its eye to less obvious advances, ones that companies say have allowed more people to fly than ever before.But even some industry insiders revealed a touch of disappointment at the Paris Air Show this week.“Look at all the aircraft … they’re exactly the same (as they used to be), they’re just using different material,” said Gerrard McCluskey, the vice-president of engineering at AERO Vodochody, a Czech aerospace manufacturer.One of the most talked about innovations at the show in Le Bourget this week was the use of composite materials — including carbon fibers and plastics; Airbus’ newest jet, the A350, relies heavily on composites. But to the naked eye, it looks just like all the other Airbuses on display.Many plane manufacturers let the military lead the way because the armed forces have the money to play with new technologies, test them extensively and then figure out how to build them efficiently.“We let the military test it, prove it,” McCluskey said. “I think what we have to understand is that aircraft are vehicles, they have to be safe and have to follow certifications.”But he predicted that within the next 10 years, planes won’t contain a fuselage — where the cabin and cockpit are now. They’ll just be one flying wing. Like a fighter jet. Or the gone, but-not-forgotten Concorde, which cut the flight time from London to New York to 3 hours and 20 minutes from nearly eight hours.So what happened to the Concorde? The same thing that happened to the industry at large: the economy.The Concorde was heavily subsidized by the French and British governments and as the industry declined in the late 1990s and early 2000s, it became clear it was no longer viable.While the experience of air travel has changed little, its global popularity has grown almost exponentially in the past two decades. In its 20-year outlook, Boeing Co. predicted the commercial aircraft fleet would double by 2034, with most of the new passengers in Asia and Latin America, where standards of living are rising quickly. But increased demand and the rising price of fuel have forced manufacturers to focus all their innovation know-how on fuel economy.In the last 10 years, “the price of a barrel of oil has gone up, say from 25 bucks to over 100,” said Jim Stoker, president of GE Aviation Czech. “If you go look at your airline ticket, well, it’s higher than it was 10 years ago, it’s still not four (times) higher.”That leads to the composites and lightweight metals that were the stars of the Paris Air Show. Both shave weight off planes, making them more efficient to fly. Composites also endure damage better, extending an aircraft’s life.“Fifteen years ago nobody could afford to fly constantly. Today people can fly,” said Ingrid Joerg, a senior vice-president for Cleveland-based Aleris, which rolls out aluminum skins for major aircraft manufacturers. “The global mobility that has happened to a large extent has been because prices have dropped for passengers.”The company recently opened a plant in China to serve the growing Asian market and is constantly adjusting its alloys for lighter weight, but few passengers — or even pilots — are going to pick up on the subtleties between one aluminum hull and another.A few more might notice the potential in a new way for airplanes to taxi to and from their gate, developed by engineering conglomerate Honeywell and aerospace and defence company Safran. Currently, jet engines are used — making taxiing noisy and fuel-guzzling, and preventing airplanes from backing up. That’s why they are often towed.The Electric Green Taxiing System instead uses the plane’s auxiliary engine, which provides a plane with electricity while the main engines are off, to power the wheels. Taxiing is quieter and more fuel efficient and makes the plane much more manoeuvrable. For passengers, it means no more waiting for a tow.Some of the technologies developed to put fighter jets at the vanguard are now coming to private jets and may eventually make their way onto commercial flights.Flying in a Gulfstream is about as far from the commercial travel experience as possible. Windows are bigger. Beds, couch and wireless network come standard, as does the ability to use a single mobile app to control the lights, shades, temperature and televisions. The latest model from the Savannah, Ga., company flies at Mach .9 — just shy of the speed of sound — and is the fastest civilian plane approved for travel, according to Steve Cass, the company’s vice-president for communications.The new plane shaved about an hour off the trans-Atlantic flight to Paris from the company’s headquarters compared to a commercial jetliner.“Their business model is a lot different,” Cass said of commercial travel. The commercial airline “business is to transport people from Point A to Point B at the lowest cost.”Cabin pressure inside most commercial jets is the equivalent of standing at the top of an 8,000-foot mountain — hearts work harder, breathing speeds up. It’s the equivalent of a low-level workout for the duration of the flight.Private aircraft like the Gulfstream cabin have been taking altitude artificially lower for around 15 years — cutting back on fatigue, lessening the effects of jet lag. The most recent Boeing and Airbus models have adopted the technology — a subtle change but one that travellers crossing an ocean might notice after a few hours in the air.“You don’t get the puffy hands, the puffy feet,” Cass said.Other tangible changes may eventually come from composite materials, said McCluskey of the Czech manufacturer, even though most planes are made of aluminum and will continue to be for years to come.Composites allow for longer panels — rather than the small ones, riveted together that are seen are many aluminum planes — and that means fewer pieces that need to be connected. Planes made from composites should also be able to stay in service longer because the new materials withstand damage better. Fewer pieces and longer in-service times mean cheaper construction — and that will allow manufacturers to play more.“In the world we live in today, constrained by all the economics that we have, the money is just not there anymore,” said McCluskey. “So it’s step by step, and the steps are slower unfortunately.”There hasn’t been what innovators call a “disruptive technology” since the Concorde, and the idea of supersonic mass travel has faded away with the end of that program in 2003. The only future possibilities would be for commercial flight to go either electric or ballistic — literally exit the Earth’s atmosphere like a missile and come down somewhere else on the globe, said Gerard Feldzer, an aerospace analyst who once led the French air and space museum at Le Bourget.It’s a long way off, he acknowledged.“Right now we’re not looking for speed, we’re looking for economy.”___Follow Lori Hinnant at: https://twitter.com/lhinnantFollow Sarah DiLorenzo at: https://twitter.com/sdilorenzo by Sarah Dilorenzo And Lori Hinnant, The Associated Press Posted Jun 21, 2013 11:19 am MDT Supersonic travel? Ballistic jetliners? Air travel innovations are slower, subtler AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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A Website Went Offline And Took Most Of Womens College Basketball Analytics

Embed Code Our sports podcast Hot Takedown previews March Madness. If you’re filling out your bracket for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament and want some statistical background to the broader forecasts, you have a slew of options. Start at Sports-Reference.com: powerful search tools; team rankings for anything from pace to point differentials adjusted for strength of schedule; and player pages with stats such as usage percentage, win shares and Box Plus/Minus. Ken Pomeroy’s site offers more detailed and adjusted team rankings and a wide array of individual player metrics. For $100 a year, Shot Analytics delivers detailed spatial analysis of shot selection, including weighted shot charts.If you’re looking for similar information to help you fill out an NCAA women’s basketball tournament bracket, you’re out of luck.Last week, leading into the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, Sue Bird wrote a piece for The Players’ Tribune about this analytic gender gap, noting, “The disparity between NBA data — even data across all male sports — and WNBA data is glaring. Data for the WNBA is relegated to basic information: points, rebounds, steals, assists, turnovers, blocks. While worthy of being noted, those are the most rudimentary numbers in our game.” There are a few slightly richer sources of data for the women’s professional game — Basketball-Reference.com will let you see the true shooting percentage and usage rate for WNBA players, for example — but Bird’s overall characterization of the data disparity is dead-on, and the effect is even stronger in college basketball. That’s true this month more than most.Until recently, the one repository for advanced statistics such as usage, true shooting percentage, pace-adjusted player statistics and adjusted team ratings for women’s college ball was WBBState.com, a vertical of data company National Statistical. But that source disappeared Feb. 29, when ServerAxis, the company that provided server space to National Statistical’s hosting company, suddenly took all its equipment offline. There are reports that ServerAxis was having financial problems, but the company has so far not responded to requests for comment. National Statistical also declined to comment on the situation on the advice of lawyers as it works to recover its data and bring the site back online.Exactly how a web hosting company pulls up anchor, ditches its Miami headquarters, and ends up 1,300 miles away in Chicago, allegedly waiting for its servers to find their way home, is almost certainly a fascinating story, but it’s secondary to the reality that an entire sport’s advanced metrics wing can be wiped off the map by a few nerds absconding with a few hard drives and turning off their phones. This is a corollary to the more global lack of statistical interrogation of women’s basketball — the data isn’t just shallow, it’s scarce, and that scarcity makes it fragile.What’s left behind is a patchwork collection of disparate scraps of data. ESPN has some statistics available for players and teams, but these cover only basic stats and are organized as leaderboards, so they can’t be searched or sorted beyond the top 50. You can find the full lists for most of those statistics, and a few others, on the NCAA’s website. It’s a thin statistical slice, and they are available for only the current season. Right now, if you wanted to find out where Breanna Stewart’s true shooting percentage ranked this season, or how many points per 100 possessions Baylor allowed, you’d need to scrape the data and calculate it yourself.A paucity of data in any sport doesn’t just trim down the “analytics” branch — it fundamentally changes the types of stories that can be told about teams and athletes. “The more data you have,” says Howard Megdal, a contributing editor for the women’s sports site Excelle Sports, “the more you have the ability to parse it, and to compare it, and to do it more easily, the more stories that are out there.”That’s no small point. In the landscape of women’s sports, college basketball in general and the NCAA Tournament in particular are enormously important. The nation’s attention has turned to college basketball, expecting rich, compelling and thorough analysis, and the women’s side, already handicapped by neglect, has lost one of its legs to a freak woodchipper accident. This leaves the writers who cover the tournament, missing servers be damned, in quite the lurch.“The NCAA has the standard points and rebounds,” Megdal says, “but I’m writing today and trying to make the point that South Carolina’s offense is actually more efficient than its defense. You know people talk about South Carolina’s defense all the time. I only knew that because of WBBState, and being able to see the tempo-free stats. So when I went to go and prove it, I can’t right now; I can’t reference those numbers. All I can do is say that they’re 17th in points per game, or whatever. And as I’m doing it, I’m well aware that I’m using a highly flawed stat that doesn’t begin to capture what I’m after.”In a way, that sums up the state of analytics in women’s basketball: Everyone knows that there are more powerful tools of observation waiting just out of reach, but there just isn’t much to do about it. Sometimes that’s because women’s leagues lack the financial might or institutional support to run in the lead pack; other times it’s because the wrong web host picked the wrong month to blow town. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed By Ian Levy read more

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Two men seen setting fire to car after attempted shooting in South

first_imgUpdated 3.49pmGARDAÍ ARE INVESTIGATING an attempted shooting last night in South Dublin.The incident  occurred outside a pub on Old Court Road in Firhouse shortly before 7pm.There are no reports of any injuries.Detectives from Rathfarnham garda station are investigating the incident, but no arrests have yet been made.Gardaí are also appealing for information after two men were spotted attempting to set fire to a black Volkswagen Golf close to the scene, something they say may have been connected to the shooting.The pair attempted to stop a number of cars, and then scaled a wall into the Old Court Manor Estate.Witnesses are asked to contact gardaí in Rathfarnham on 01 666 6500, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line on 1800 666 111, or any garda station.Originally published 12.52pmlast_img read more

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Heres What Happened Today Saturday

first_img Short URL 11,710 Views Saturday 15 Apr 2017, 7:58 PM Apr 15th 2017, 7:58 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article No Comments Get our daily news round up: http://jrnl.ie/3342536 NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Trevor Sargent  Two men have been charged in Manchester in connection with the death of Donegal man Dylan Crawford.Former Green Party leader Trevor Sargent is aiming to become a Church of Ireland priest.These are the price differences in alcohol and cigarettes across the border that Michael Noonan is monitoring.A Wexford woman has pleaded with burglars to return a laptop which contains pictures of her dead son.WORLD A gunman passes by buses destroyed by today’s car bomb blast in Syria Source: AP/PA Images#ALEPPO: A bomb targeting evacuees outside the Syrian city has killed at least 43 people.#MOTHER OF ALL: The death toll from the ‘Mother of All Bombs’ that America dropped on Afghanistan has reached 90.#THE SUN: Football club Everton has banned the newspaper from its stadium and facilities in reaction to a controversial article by columnist Kelvin MacKenzie.#UTAH: A judge in the US state has caused shock by describing a man guilty of sexual assault as “an extraordinarily good man” while sentencing him.#NORTH KOREA: The hermit state has responded to alleged US provocation by showcasing its military might in an annual parade.#WORLD’S OLDEST: The last surviving world citizen to be alive in the 1800s, Italian woman Emma Morano, has died aged 117.PARTING SHOT Source: Eamonn FarrellSpringtime is most certainly in the air in County Kildare, as this photo shows.Here, Spring lambs venture out from the safety of their walled field in Athgarvan today to check out the nearby woods. Share Tweet Email Here’s What Happened Today: Saturday Syrian car bomb kills dozens, and Trevor Sargent to become priest – it’s the Fix. By Cianan Brennanlast_img read more

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