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Bailadila iron ore Deposit13 being developed by JV NMDC

first_imgNew Delhi: State-owned NMDC Friday said Bailadila iron ore Deposit-13 is being developed under a JV, while making it clear that its mining lease will not be transferred to Adani Enterprises which is a mine-developer-cum-operator for the project. Deposit-13 is being developed by NCL — a JV between NMDC and Chhattisgarh Mineral Development Corporation (CMDC). NCL CEO V S Prabhakar said the lease holder for Deposit-13 is NCL and except for NCL, none can transfer the lease to anyone. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents”But some people having vested interest are spreading propaganda that the lease has been transferred to Adani Enterprises for a period of 25 years which is not true,” he said over phone. Adani Enterprises can only excavate iron ore and deliver it to the rail head, he added. In a statement, NMDC said the 10 mtpa capacity Bailadila iron ore Deposit-13 in Chhattisgarh is being developed under the JV NMDC-CMDC Ltd (NCL). NMDC holds 51 per cent in the JV, while CMDC holds 49 per cent.last_img read more

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Global economic downturn imperils human rights – UN

23 February 2009The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution today highlighting the threat posed by the global financial and economic crises on the realization of human rights and development goals. Adopted by a vote of 31 for and 14 abstentions, the resolution stressed the need to set up an equitable, transparent and democratic international system to broaden developing nations’ participation in decisions regarding the economy.The 47-member body, meeting in its 10th Special Session, also expressed grave concern that the twin crises could jeopardize progress made towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight ambitious anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline.Stressing that the worldwide recession does not detract from Governments’ responsibilities in promoting human rights, the Council appealed to the international community to establish and improve safety nets to protect the most vulnerable people.An open, fair and non-discriminatory multilateral trading system could accelerate strides in development and contribute to the attainment of human rights for all, it added.Last week, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights stressed that the world’s poor and disadvantaged are bearing the brunt of the suffering resulting from the current global financial crisis and ensuing economic turmoil.Navi Pillay appealed to States and the corporate world to ensure that their policies and practices do not jeopardize people’s human rights, in an address to the Council’s Special Session.She warned that the downturn in economies around the world is likely to “undermine access to work, affordability of food and housing, as well as of water, basic health care and education.” In a related development, over 100 top Government officials and representatives of workers’ and employers’ organizations will convene tomorrow at a meeting of the UN International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva to discuss the impact of the economic crisis on the more than 20 million people working in the financial sector worldwide.According to an ILO report prepared for the two-day gathering, some 325,000 people in the sector have lost their jobs between August 2007 and February 2009. Nearly 40 per cent of these losses – totalling 130,000 jobs – were cut since last October, showing how job losses have gathered speed in recent months.“As the global economy sinks further into recession, and financial institutions’ assets experience even greater impairment, the industry’s job losses can be expected to rise even faster,” said Elizabeth Tinoco, Chief of ILO’s Sectoral Activities Brance. read more

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QuickList July inflation rates for Canadian provinces territories

OTTAWA — Canada’s national annual inflation rate was 1.2 per cent in July, Statistics Canada says. Here’s what happened in the provinces and territories (previous month in brackets):— Newfoundland and Labrador: 1.0 per cent (1.5)— Prince Edward Island: 1.8 (1.2)— Nova Scotia: 0.9 (0.5)— New Brunswick: 1.4 (2.0)— Quebec: 0.9 (0.6)— Ontario: 1.2(1.3)— Manitoba: 0.9 (0.2)— Saskatchewan: 0.8 (0.5)— Alberta: 1.0 (0.4)— British Columbia: 1.9 (1.7)— Whitehorse, Yukon: 0.6 (0.6)— Yellowknife, N.W.T.: 0.4 (0.8) read more

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WHO issues new report to help curb chronic noncommunicable diseases

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today launched a new report profiling for the first time chronic disease risk factors in 170 Member States for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in a bid to curb ailments ranging from cardiovascular disease and cancers to diabetes and respiratory conditions.The SuRF (Surveillance of Risk Factors) Report 1 is the first step in a major WHO initiative to fight NCDs. Until recently, risk factors such as raised blood pressure, cholesterol, tobacco use, excess alcohol consumption, obesity and related diseases were associated with developed countries. The “World Health Report 2002: reducing risks, promoting healthy life,” found that even in the poorest regions these common risk factors are now causing a rising burden of serious disease and untimely deaths.”Many developing countries are affected by a double burden of disease, the combination of long-established infectious diseases, with a rapidly growing new epidemic of chronic, non-communicable diseases,” Ruth Bonita, Director of Surveillance, Non-communicable Diseases and Mental Health at WHO, said.”Member States need good data on their community profile of key risk factors so that they can bring these diseases under control. And given the time lag between exposure and disease, the risk factors of today predict the diseases of tomorrow,” she added.For his part, Professor Philip Poole-Wilson, President of the World Heart Federation said: “This data collection is crucial for predicting the future burden of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease in populations, for identifying potential interventions to reduce their rapid growth, and for implementing better health policies, especially in developing countries.”The SuRF Report 1 includes a CD-ROM containing current data available by age and sex for each country. These include tobacco and alcohol use, patterns of physical inactivity, low fruit/vegetable intake, obesity, blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes. “We hope that the publication of key risk factor data will encourage Member States to send regular updates to help us fill in the gaps in this important data collection,” Kate Strong, Data Manager of the WHO Global NCD InfoBase, said.The next step, SuRF 2, will harmonize the data to enable comparisons between countries. “Comparable data are needed by researchers, doctors and policy makers to help put into place preventive measures to combat the rise of chronic disease worldwide” Ms. Bonita said. read more

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Draft protocol on explosive remnants of war adopted at UN in Geneva

The text obliges a country taking part in the protocol to “mark and clear, remove or destroy exploded remnants of war in affected territories under its control,” spokesman Fred Eckhard told journalists at the daily briefing.The legally binding instrument will be known as “Protocol V on Explosive Remnants of War” and will be annexed to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW).

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Britain Is The Home Of Golf The Old Folks Home That Is

A “high-scoring round” is one in which the field average was more than three strokes over par.Source: ESPN Stats & information group Regular (29–38)2,765-0.471,153-0.58-0.11 When the going gets rough, the old get goingFirst- and second-round scores vs. field average under normal and high-scoring conditions in the British Open, by age, 1983-2016 Old (39 and older)1,616-0.11730-0.28-0.17 So why do older players excel at the British? One reason might be in the way experience helps players deal with the ever-changing weather conditions that often beset The Open — and how those same atmospheric effects negate the advantages of long-hitting younger players.To test this theory, I looked at data provided by Stats & Info for the first two rounds of each British Open since 1983. For players who have birthdate information in the database,2Because of incomplete data, about 20 percent of players who played in the British Open are missing age information. I broke them down into the following categories: “Young” (ages 28 or below — the youngest 25 percent of players), “Old” (ages 39 or older — the oldest 25 percent of players) and “Regular” (everyone else). I also recorded whether the average score for a given round was more than three strokes over par, considering such rounds to have “high-scoring” conditions. This is admittedly an imperfect proxy for weather effects, but in the absence of tee times and climate data, it will have to do as a means of flagging rounds where conditions were challenging.When scoring conditions were normal, old and young players shot equally well relative to the field average. (Players who fit neither category shot about a third of a stroke better on average, which makes sense given those players were in the primes of their careers.) But when conditions got bad, the young players shot worse — and the older ones shot better. In high-scoring rounds, young players lost about a third of a stroke per round relative to older players, an even bigger margin than the quarter-stroke they lost relative to prime-aged players.3It’s a safe assumption that the missing ages in this data set only work in the favor of the younger players: Many of the ones missing are amateurs and fringe international qualifiers, who typically put up worse scores; likewise, past Open winners age 60 or younger, who automatically qualify, also tend to perform poorly, but their ages are reflected here. Young (28 and younger)1,408-0.127260.00+0.12 PLAYER AGEROUNDSSCORE VS AVG.ROUNDSSCORE VS AVG.DIFF. NORMAL ROUNDHIGH-SCORING ROUND With first-time winners taking each of the last seven major titles, you might not think experience counts for much in golf anymore. But as the world’s top players head to Royal Birkdale for this week’s (British) Open, it serves as a reminder that the unique challenges of links-style courses still provide at least one championship showcase for golf’s greybeards.Traditionally speaking, championship golfers do the bulk of their winning in their late 20s and early-to-mid 30s: Since 2000, about 60 percent of major winners were age 32 or younger at the time of their victory. But the big exception seems to be the British Open, whose champs are consistently much older than those of the other majors. Of the five major wins by the 40-and-older set since 2000, only one of them didn’t come at The Open (Vijay Singh’s 2004 PGA Championship win). According to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, the average age for British Open winners since 2000 was 33.7, while the average age for all other major champs was 30.7.And the results have been even more extreme in recent years, with four 40-somethings winning the Claret Jug this decade,1Henrik Stenson in 2016, Phil Mickelson in 2013, Ernie Els in 2012 and Darren Clarke in 2011. and this doesn’t even count Zach Johnson (who won The Open at age 39 in 2015), nor does it reflect the heroic near-misses from old-timers this century, such as 59-year-old Tom Watson’s playoff loss at Turnberry in 2009 and 53-year-old Greg Norman’s third-place finish in 2008 — the last time Birkdale hosted the event. Since 2011, the average age for The Open winners has been 38.5, nearly 10 years older than the average of the other three majors (28.7), according to ESPN Stats & Information. Open weather can infamously turn on a dime, and it requires shots of a very different shape than the usual ones many younger Americans have spent the vast majority of their careers playing. So at least in part, this is evidence that experience — and not raw power — can help a player better navigate around such challenging conditions.And that shouldn’t be any different this time around, with typical rainy, gusty weather on the forecast for Royal Birkdale. So although this has been a great season for young players on the PGA Tour, don’t be surprised if the sport’s elder statesmen take center stage in England this week. read more

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Volcano erupts in Indonesia

first_imgONE OF INDONESIA’S most active volcanoes has erupted again, spewing clouds of ash, an official said today.The 1,580-metre Mount Lokon on northeast Sulawesi island erupted at 2pm (07.00 GMT) yesterday with thunderous sounds heard as far as five kilometres away.“Lokon has been quite active the past few months. This was the seventh biggest eruption since mid-September,” government vulcanologist Farid Bina told AFP from the volcano’s monitoring post in North Sulawesi province.“It produced a loud sound like thunder. But we cannot detect the height of the eruption as thick clouds covered its peak,” he said, adding that muddy rains fell in surrounding areas.There was no plan to upgrade the volcano’s alert level despite the series of eruptions, he said, adding that the nearest village of 250 people was outside the 2.5 kilometre danger zone.The volcano experienced its biggest recent eruption in July 2011, when more than 5,200 people were evacuated as it sent huge clouds of ash as high as 3,500 metres into the sky.Since then Mount Lokon has erupted and spewed clouds of ash about 600 times.The volcano’s last deadly eruption was in 1991, when it killed a Swiss tourist.The Indonesian archipelago has dozens of active volcanoes and straddles major tectonic fault lines known as the “Ring of Fire” between the Pacific and Indian oceans.The country’s most active volcano, Mount Merapi in central Java, killed more than 350 people in a series of violent eruptions last year.- © AFP, 2012last_img read more

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Geek deals 4G LTE Verizon HTC Thunderbolt 130 this weekend only

first_imgPowered by Verizon’s LTE network, the HTC Thunderbolt is the first 4G LTE phone for Verizon Wireless. If you’re tired of your spotty AT&T reception and fancy a switch to another wireless carrier, Amazon Wireless is offering the Thunderbolt for only $130. The catch? It’s available this weekend only.New subscribers who buy the phone before midnight Pacific time, Monday, April 25, must opt in for the two-year plan to get this price. The phone is currently retailing for $250 on Verizon’s site for new customers, meaning you’ll be saving $120 if you make the move this weekend.AdChoices广告The Thunderbolt features a 4.3-inch display, an 8-megapixel rear camera, as well as a front-facing camera for imitation FaceTime, and a 1GHz Snapdragon processor. It has extremely fast web speeds, but as we said in our review of the HTC Thunderbolt, the phone’s battery is pretty awful. So, as long as you can carry around an extra charger, you’ll be okay.Read our full HTC Thunderbolt for Verizon review to make an educated decision, and remember, time’s a tickin’!Read more at Amazon Wireless, via Electronista. Logic Buy has the deal as well!last_img read more

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Nestle is Opening New Kit Kat Factory in Japan to Keep up

first_imgStay on target If there’s one snack everyone enjoys biting into, no matter the flavor, it’s a sweet little Kit Kat. Japan is one of the best places to find these delicious treats, with over 300 different varieties of the candy to try out, from green tea to cherry blossom to sushi. I’m partial to the white chocolate and strawberry flavors myself, but there are so many different kinds of Kit Kats that it’s hard to think of a favorite. That’s why it’s such great news that Nestle, the manufacturer of Kit Kat, is creating the first Japanese factory in nearly 30 years to make sure everyone gets a break of their favorite Kit Kat bar.Japan is essentially a mecca for the delicious candies, where boutiques sell special flavors for a limited time, and it’s the top-selling brand of chocolate in the entire country. Sales even went up by 50% over the last seven years, which is pretty crazy when you think about just how many Kit Kats had to have been sold for that to happen. So, of course, Nestle is going to make sure this popular treat is available in droves. It has to, for the people!via nihontastic.comIt’s not quite clear why exactly everyone is so smitten with the wafer bars, but it probably has something to do with the fact that there’s a taste for everyone. There’s also the fact that the name of the candy sounds a little like “kito kato,” a popular phrase that means “surely win,” and is likely given as good luck candy. It’s probably also because the things are so darn good you can’t help but want some for your own. Whatever the case may be, it’s about to get a whole lot easier to find the Kit Kat flavor that you love and a lot bigger supply of it. If you’ve got the chance, make sure you try out the green tea flavor. It’s unexpectedly delicious. Launchpad Blaze Postpones JAXA’s Cargo Ship Launch to ISSJapan’s Hayabusa-2 Probe Packs Up Space Rock Cargo From Asteroid Ryugu last_img read more

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Lukaku reveals Solskjaers impact in scoring form

first_imgRomelu Lukaku has revealed the impact of new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on his scoring form.The United forward had managed just two goals in 17 games for Manchester United before Solskjaer replaced embattled manager Mourinho.Despite missing the Norwegian’s first two matches in charge, Lukaku has found the net in all three games he has played and hailed Solskajer’s impact.Lukaku told the Mirror via MUTV: “I take it one day at a time, work as hard as I can and help the team.“I am really happy and try to improve along the way.“He [Solskjaer] helps us a lot in the training when we’re doing finishing practice with things like how to strike the ball, how to move away from the ball.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“The way he wants us to play really benefits me because he wants me to be in positions where I want to be.“He understands what type of striker you are and plays to your strength.”Under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer:Alexis Sanchez – 2 assists in 2 gamesRomelu Lukaku – 3 goals in 3 games.pic.twitter.com/DD7ER6hfna— Man Utd Channel (@ManUtdChannel) January 5, 2019last_img read more

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Juneau police end policy of flagging flying weed

first_imgMarijuana grown at a Juneau warehouse leased by THC Alaska on March 6, 2018. Up to half of the yield is earmarked for export to other parts of Alaska. (Photo by Jacob Resneck/KTOO)A change in policy by Juneau police means licensed marijuana producers should now be able to fly their product out of Juneau on commercial airlines. Until recently commercial cannabis was allowed to fly in but not out of Juneau International Airport.Listen nowIn an industrial area of Mendenhall Valley, a red nondescript metal building houses THC Alaska. Marijuana and its concentrates are produced here for Juneau’s retailers. But they also have customers in other parts of Alaska. Juneau’s geography means flying or crossing water to get it there, which involves federal legal jurisdiction.Juneau’s pot producers have been turned away from boarding commercial flights. It’s not clear exactly what the hangup was. There were different explanations, most coming back to the tension between state and federal marijuana laws.But that’s all supposed to change. All four of Juneau’s licensed cultivators got a letter in the mail on Valentine’s Day on Juneau Police Department letterhead.“To whom it may concern,” the letter signed by Juneau Police Chief Ed Mercer begins, “this letter is to advise a procedural change that Juneau Police Department will be making when dealing with legally licensed marijuana being transported via the Juneau International Airport.”The letter cc’s the U.S. Attorneys Office and TSA.Juneau authorities say it’s an evolving industry.“We’re trying to do the best that we can from a due diligence point of view to make sure that we comply with what we’re supposed to comply with and make sure that people have the proper documentation,” Juneau Police Deputy Chief David Campbell said Tuesday. “But at the same time not hinder businesses, either. So, we’re just trying to find that balance.”Co-owner Ben Wilcox is taking the police at their word. He’s packed a carry-on – plus a personal item – for a Wednesday morning flight.“These two bags I can easily get 15 pounds of trim or about 900 units of concentrates,” Wilcox explained.Since commercial pot was legalized in 2015 product has flown in to Juneau’s airport. Those in the industry report product routinely flown out of other airports in Alaska.THC Alaska’s Facilities Manager is Lacy Wilcox. She also sits on the Alaska Marijuana Industry Association and said the “Juneau exception” was puzzling for everyone in the industry.“It was hard for us to understand why Juneau was so different and all airports were freely coming and going and Juneau wasn’t,” she said. “We knew that it was a city-run airport vs. a state-run airport. But beyond that we really couldn’t understand why the requirements would be different from one to the other when we’re talking about in-state commerce.”There has been a lot going on behind the scenes. Meetings between the marijuana industry and Juneau police and city officials have been ongoing and sometimes, according to Lacy Wilcox, a little awkward.“It’s always uncomfortable to go into the police department and say, ‘I’m a legal drug-seller and you’ve always looked at me one way and I’m hoping that you’ll look at me a different way starting today and how can we help you do that?’” she recalled. “So it took a lot of people some guts to go and have that conversation.”Ben Wilcox has his round-trip ticket in hand and alarm set for an early wake-up.“We’re going to give it a shot and turn hopefully three or four day trips into one-day trips,” he said with a laugh.That’s assuming the weather cooperates.last_img read more

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Ace author Abdul AlRomaizan becomes the best seller in the market with

first_imgAbdul Al-Romaizan to be the next biggie as an author with his tremendous literature knowledge in the writing world has paved way to a number of opportunities in a similar industry.Abdul’s first book ‘Nasheed’ became a tremendous hit giving him a commendable name in the publication world making him the best seller in the market.Abdul Al-Romaizan a classic author that refines bold and classic tastes has reached the moons with his bewitched ideas and content.Abdul with his achievements at a young age proved his noting sense and went on generating tremendous opportunities also making money and preaching thousands regarding the people who would like to persuade the career in the field.Abdul has published three books now: The most recent, NASHEED From Hopes to Memories: A Joyful Odyssey, celebrates the legacy of joy he has created and soon will be collaborating with the Indian market for his upcoming ventureAbdul is in cahoots with the celebrity circles of Bollywood and Hollywood having to be friends with international celebs such as Christiano Ronaldo, Gigi Hadid, Ellen DeGeneres and many more.IBT does not endorse any of the above content.last_img read more

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Manika Lals second novel launched

first_imgEssentially a Public relations officer for the Indian railways, Manika Lal has written a second novel Chasing New Rainbows. It will be published by Shree Publishers.The book was launched by Rajeev Lochan, The Director of National Gallery of Modern Art, at a function held on Friday at India International Centre in the national Capital.Authors Apurv Nagpal, Anu Singh Chaudhary, columnist, Natasha Badhwar and Sumant Batra, Founder of Kumaon Literary Festival were also present at the launch.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The book-release function was followed by a panel discussion on —“Stories that heal.”Chasing New Rainbows is a heartwarming story of two women who are close childhood friends. They look back into the shadows of their respective lives and move ahead towards the light once they meet each other again.The story veers around to their respective families, lesser known lives of siblings while touching on the inherent conflict between familial expectations of their offspring and the children’s own dreams. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixManika Lal, began her sphere of influence in the domain of writing through short-stories in various leading newspapers. She is known to wield her pen mainly on areas of human interest, touching carefully guarded sensitive emotions of the marginalized and inward-looking personalities. Her debut novel Forever Vigilant—A book of Short Stories on Empowerment was published in 2010 by Times Group Books.It is available on Flipkart, Kindle, Amazon and other e-commerce sites. The panel discussion on stories that heal was a successful one.last_img read more

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Should You Buy the New Dell XPS 15 Here Are the Pros

first_imgAs an owner of the Dell XPS 15 9560, I naturally grew envious as the release of the new XPS 15 drew near. I’ve owned last year’s model for nine months now, and I can confidently say it’s one of the best tech purchases I’ve made in a while. The XPS 15 has stood up to the rigorous tasks I’ve thrown at it, including writing articles on the CES show floor and enjoying long gaming sessions with Starcraft 2 on medium settings.Despite my glowing impressions, there is plenty of room for Dell to improve upon the laptop. Its aging design is in desperate need of an overhaul, and, while its battery life is solid, I find myself hauling around an external battery when I travel. Then there’s the webcam location, which is still comically bad.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/dell-xps-15-pros-cons?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46  Here are my impressions of the new XPS 15, and whether the improvements made to the 2018 model warrant a purchase. What I Like…DisplayThe XPS 15’s InfinityEdge feature isn’t new to this year’s model, but I’m happy to see its return. The narrow bezels around the new XPS 15 draws your eyes toward its 15-inch display, providing a captivating viewing experience that you don’t find on other machines.The entrancing effect works only because of the excellent quality of the XPS 15’s display. It is bright, colorful and detailed. The display on the 1080p model is capable of reproducing an impressive 115 percent of the sRGB color gamut. It also gets bright enough to see outdoors, with a peak luminance of 371 nits. The 4K display is even more gorgeous, with an extremely colorful 164.2 sRGB rating and a maximum display brightness of 446.6 nits. Performance: More power, better graphicsThe new XPS 15 comes equipped with an 8th Gen CPU and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GPU. The latest processor offers a healthy jump in performance compared with last year’s model. The new XPS 15 scored a 19,777 in the Geekbench 4 overall performance test, whereas the 2017 model scored a significantly lower 13,911.That means, in theory, that the new XPS 15 can load more demanding programs, and should experience fewer slowdowns when pushed to its limits. We didn’t have any problems loading up 20 Google Chrome tabs and running Twitch streams on them during our testing. That said, unless you’re running CPU-intensive programs, like video editors or CAD software, you probably won’t notice a huge jump in performance.MORE: Laptops with the Best Productivity PerformanceYou will, however, see a wider performance gap when playing the latest PC games. When we compared the GTX 1050 found in last year’s XPS 15 with the GTX 1050 Ti, the 1050 Ti produced higher frame rates across the board. For example, it played Rise of the Tomb Raider at 47 frames per second, while the GTX 1050  ran it at only 38 fps. In our testing, the XPS 15 rendered Battlefield 1 on high graphics settings at between 50 fps and 60 fps. Battery life: All day, and then someThe biggest gripe I have with my last-gen 1080p XPS 15 is its battery life. By no means is it poor, but when I made the difficult decision to choose the XPS 15 over the XPS 13, I knew I’d lose several hours on a charge.Apart from an improved webcam placement, the only change that would make me swoon over the new XPS 15 would be a significant endurance boost.And, boy, did it get one.MORE: Longest Battery Life LaptopsThe laptop lasted an outstanding 11 hours and 53 minutes in our Laptop Mag Battery Test, which involves continuous web surfing over Wi-Fi at 150 nits. That’s a significant boost from  last year’s 1080p XPS 15, which is giving me around 6 hours of battery life — a respectable, albeit unremarkable, result.Even after I pair my last-gen laptop with a 18,000mAh portable battery, the new XPS 15 will outlast it by several hours. That’s a significant benefit for anyone who uses their laptop away from an outlet, like students who take notes in class or professionals on business trips.What I Don’t Like….Design: Been there, done thatThe XPS 15’s industrial design is sleek and functional, and, best of all, it gives you the impression that you spent your hard-earned money on a premium product. That said, only a few tweaks have been made to the design since 2013, and things are starting to feel stale. I was anxious to see the new XPS 15 follow the lead of its smaller sibling and get a refreshed design.Unfortunately, it didn’t. From a design standpoint, the new XPS 15 does nothing to move the needle forward. The new model has the same chassis as the old one. It weighs the same, it has the same dimensions, and it comes in the same silver-and-black finish. The only difference is that some of the ports have been updated with the latest standards, such as the USB 3.1 port (from USB 3.0), an HDMI 2.0 (from HDMI 1.0) and a Thunderbolt 3 port with four PCI Express lanes (up from two).  I would have liked to see Dell make the same changes it did to this year’s XPS 13, which is thinner and lighter than the 2017 model, and is offered in a new white-and-gold color scheme. Webcam: Still very awkwardThe conservative approach Dell took to the XPS 15’s design doesn’t annoy me nearly as much as its failure to address the webcam location. To accommodate its tiny bezels, Dell dropped the webcam — or, more appropriately, the “nosecam” — below the display. With the new XPS 15, the company tried solving this issue by centering the webcam — but the attempt was in vain.It doesn’t matter how crisp, colorful or bright the 720p lens is, its awkward angle ensures the images it takes are, at best, unflattering.MORE: Laptops with the Best Display BrightnessSo, even if I did upgrade to the new XPS 15, the Logitech C920 I purchased for its predecessor would still get more use than I’d like. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great external camera; I’d just prefer not to haul it around everywhere I go. Should You Buy the XPS 15?In short: yes. The XPS 15 is an excellent all-around laptop with a premium design, a gorgeous display, an impressive CPU performance and long-lasting battery life. It will even satiate casual gamers with its beefed up GTX 1050 Ti GPU.As always, there are a few areas that could be improved. For example, the XPS 15’s webcam still looks up your nose, and its design, while premium and practical, has gotten long in the tooth.So, should I, or anybody else who owns the 2017 XPS 15, purchase the new model? Probably not. While the new edition is better in almost every way, its small improvements don’t warrant an upgrade. For everyone else, the XPS 15 ticks (almost) all the boxes, and is one of the best premium laptops on the market. Better yet, with a starting price of $999, the new XPS 15 costs about as much as its predecessor, and much less than one of its biggest competitors, the 15-inch MacBook Pro.Credit: Laptop MagBest Chromebooks Available NowBest Dell and Alienware LaptopsBest Laptops for College Students by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoForbes.comWhere Does Dallas Cowboys’ Jerry Jones Land on This List?Forbes.comUndoCNN International for ANAThe Secret Of What It Takes To Be Naomi OsakaCNN International for ANAUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoAdvertisementlast_img read more

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Major StokeonTrent road reopens following accident

first_imgThe affected stretch of Ford Green Road (Image: Inrix) Inrix, the traffic data company, reports heavy traffic in the area at the moment, with some delays. Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed they had attended to make one of the vehicle’s safe and have now left the scene. We will update this story when more information becomes available. Read MoreThree arrests after police stop stolen Jaguar at busy city road junction Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailEmergency services have dealt with an accident on Ford Green Road near Smallthorne roundabouts this evening. Inrix, the traffic data company, reported Ford Green Road is closed following a three vehicle collision, with the road reopening shortly before 7pm. Staffordshire Police were at the scene, with eyewitnesses also reporting paramedics in attendance. The crash is reported to have taken place Rogers Barbers, according to a number of witnesses who contacted StokeonTrentLive. People first started contacting us about this at about 5.30pm today (December 24). last_img read more

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What to do this Mothers Day for your mom

first_imgMother’s Day is a day of celebration and appreciation for all mothers and grandmothers out there in the world.So if you haven’t thought about what you want to do for your mother, here are some tips.A small gift can go a long way to making her feel special and appreciated, be it just a bunch of flowers or some warm slippers for winter.Spoil her with breakfast in bed by making her favourite dish.Take on some of her work that she does at home; clean up, do the washing and let her enjoy the day.The main part of celebrating this day is just to spend time with your mother and show her your love.Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there! Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

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Calgary man able to say goodbye to dying sister thanks to the

first_img Share Travelweek Group Calgary man able to say goodbye to dying sister thanks to the kindness of WestJet employee Tags: WestJet << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Friday, August 11, 2017 Posted by CALGARY — A WestJet employee has gone above and beyond to help a man visit his dying sister.According to the CBC, Andrew Bechamp of Calgary couldn’t afford to visit his ill sister who lives in Ottawa, so his friend, Kellie Martin, stepped in and reached out to WestJet to see if the airline would offer him a discount.What Bechamp received in return was far more than what he could ever imagine. An employee named Susan Smith happily offered Bechamp two of her ‘buddy passes’ – discounted tickets for WestJet employees’ family and friends – so he could properly say goodbye to his beloved sister.Bechamp booked a flight out to Ottawa that same week where he was able to spend time with his sister. He has since returned to Calgary and told CBC he is “very thankful” for the chance to see her in hospital. His sister has returned home where she’ll spend her final days.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthTouched by Smith’s act of kindness, Bechamp has reached out to her via email to extend a dinner invitation, should she’s ever in the Calgary area.last_img read more

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Phishing scams explode worldwide say researchers

first_imgNo related posts. WASHINGTON, D.C. – Those insidious email scams known as phishing, in which a hacker uses a disguised address to get an Internet user to install malware, rose 87 percent worldwide in the past year, a security firm said Friday.These schemes affected some 37.3 million users around in the 12 months to April 30, according to a report by the Russian-based security firm Kaspersky.“The number of fraudulent websites and servers used in attacks has more than tripled since 2012, and more than 50 percent of the total number of individual targets were fake copies of the websites of banks and other credit and financial organizations,” Kaspersky said.The attackers often use emails purportedly from trusted organizations like Yahoo!, Google, Facebook and Amazon, which are top targets, according to the report.Online game services, online payment systems, and the websites of banks and other credit and financial organizations are also commonly used to disguise phishing attempts.Kaspersky said phishing has become a preferred method of cybercriminals.“Although the specific targets of phishing attacks vary, the end goal of all malicious users engaged in this type of malicious activity is ultimately the same: to make money illegally,” the report said.“This goal is achieved either by directly stealing cash from the victim, as in the case with fake online banking service pages, online storefronts, and subscriptions to online games.”But attacks may also employ a more indirect approach, including the sale of stolen databases on the black market.“A large collection of user data may come in handy for malicious users for a number of different fraudulent schemes involving spam mailings and the spread of malware,” the report said.The countries most often hit by phishing attacks were Russia, the United States, India, Vietnam and the United Kingdom.The location of “hostile servers” was most frequently in the U.S., the U.K., Germany, Russia and India, Kaspersky said. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Booking Boss expands global distribution

first_imgBooking Boss expands global distributionJust weeks after announcing $2M in funding, Booking Boss launches three new major global distribution partnerships that see it dominate SaaS for the Travel Activities Industry.Booking Boss is working to ensure tour, activity and attraction operators have direct access to a global customer base through automated distribution.  With Booking Boss, travel activity operators now have the ability to automate management of product, availability, pricing and bookings across a huge range of channels including: online travel agents, airlines, hotel websites, tourism boards, and mobile applications as well as over 500,000+ travel agent desktops with its new connections into TXA, SIMPLENIGHT® and VELTRA JAPAN.“These new partnerships reinforce our commitment to connect travel activity operators with the broader travel industry on a global scale. Booking Boss offers the largest distribution network available worldwide and opens up access to even more customers for all operators using Booking Boss.” Renee Welsh, CEO Booking Boss.TXA (Tourism Exchange Australia) is Australia’s national tourism booking platform supported by all Government tourism bodies. Thousands of Australian tourism businesses connect to OTAs such as Expedia and RedBallon as well as State tourism websites like TravelNT.com, SouthAustralia.com, visitNSW.com and Sydney.com, WesternAustralia.com, visitVictoria.com and numerous regional websites, Visitor Centres and more.Shane Crockett, CEO of V3, described the integration as “a win win win for the travel industry”. He said, “TXA is proven driver of increased booking revenue by boosting online visibility through low cost Distribution which attracts, and converts at industry leading levels.”  “Linking into Booking Boss is another key integration to a market leading booking system, targeted to the activities market”, he continued. The SIMPLENIGHT® Global Experience Platform™ is a state of the art global distribution system for non-traditional travel products, such as tours, attractions, activities, nightlife, dining, transportation, shows, special events, and more. The Platform serves as a marketplace, relational database, and booking and payment system between global distribution channels and global inventory suppliers of products and services.“SIMPLENIGHT® is excited about its latest integration with Booking Boss. We look forward to introducing their global network of tour, activity and attraction operators onto the SIMPLENIGHT® Global Experience Platform™, and distributing a wider selection of content to our rapidly growing customer base.” Mark Halberstein, CEO SIMPLENIGHT®VELTRA JAPAN is an online tour and activity booking service based in Tokyo that connects travelers to memorable and unique local experiences. Founded in 1991, it has grown from a service primarily aimed at the Japanese market to a global tour provider with branches in Honolulu, London, Paris and Malaysia.The ability to access customers globally is an expectation and streamlining the online distribution process via Booking Boss, gives the travel activities industry a single point of connection into multiple distribution channels. This allows them to grow their business, streamline their operations and save hours in administration.Source = Booking Bosslast_img read more

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Presidential SuiteGo back to the enewsletter Hote

first_imgPresidential SuiteGo back to the e-newsletterHotel Lungarno in Florence has introduced its new La Vista Presidential Suite. Located on the fourth floor, the suite is the essence of comfort for those who want the privacy of a home, but without giving up the conveniences of a luxury hotel.Overlooking the Arno River and Ponte Vecchio, the new 150-square-metre suite suite enjoys a unique location and decor in exquisite Italian and modern style.The La Vista Presidential Suite can accommodate up to five people across three bedrooms, four bathrooms and a spacious living room with a balcony and dining room, all completed with a fully equipped modern kitchen.Upon request there is the possibility of having a private chef from the Michelin-starred restaurant Borgo San Jacopo prepare an intimate in-suite dining experience.Go back to the e-newsletterHotel LungarnoHotel Lungarnolast_img read more

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