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‘One Love’ football fest to celebrate Bob Marley

first_img He recalled yesterday that Marley’s life was a short, but well-lived one. “This is the 35th year that we are celebrating the life of Bob Marley. We are pleased to be associated with such a legend, a friend, a prophet and brother, who loved people and tried to always help others,” Campbell pointed out. Queen’s Council Ian Wilkinson, the Master of Ceremony at yesterday’s launch, recalled his fondest memories of seeing Marley as a boy. “In life he was huge; in death he is even bigger,” reasoned Wilkinson. Sponsors Tuff Gong, through the Bob Marley Foundation, delivered their message via manager Alicia Williams, while Tari Lovell, sponsorship manager of Digicel, also gave sponsorship remarks. This year’s Bob Marley One Love football matches will see Entertainers’ Invitational, Masters and Celebrities, Referees, and Tuff Gong Invitational teams vie for trophies. There will be two Bob Marley One Love trophies, plus prizes and surprises from sponsors Digicel and the Bob Marley One Love Foundation, among others. Proceeds from last year’s event were used to purchase computers for two basic schools in the inner city, with the organisers hoping to do the same this year. Among persons named to play so far are Reggae Girl Rhodes Scholar Sherona Forrester and teammate Tashana Vincent, plus former Reggae Boyz Ricardo ‘Bibi’ Gardner, Cornel Chin-Sue, Kevin ‘Pele’ Wilson, Hector Wright, and Durrent Brown. Referees Valdin Ledgister and Keeble Williams will officiate, while Charlie B from France, Nomadz, Aidonia, and Assassin will provide entertainment. International Reggae legend Robert Nesta ‘Bob’ Marley would have celebrated his 71st birthday on February 6. His boyhood friend, Clive ‘Busy’ Campbell, organiser of the Bob Marley One Love Fun Day and football matches, is inviting ‘friends in football’ to enjoy a celebration of one of the world’s most universally revered personalities this Ash Wednesday. The media launch was held yesterday at the Cuddy’z Sports Bar and Grill in New Kingston. The event will be staged at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex in Arnett Gardens next Wednesday, February 10, beginning at 4 p.m. Admission is $200 for adults 18 and over, while children under 12 will be able to enter free. Those over the age of 12 will pay $100. Campbell, a former local footballer at Santos and a close friend of Marley, started the memorial event two years after Marley’s passing. 35TH YEARlast_img read more

When Bad Religion Confronts Good Science, and Vice Versa

first_imgA spooky Halloween thought: there are still witch doctors in the world today.  If they were harmless spooks, they could be dismissed as kooks, but they can have a devastating impact on the ecology as well as the souls of men.  National Geographic had a disturbing story this month about the witch doctors of Uganda, who are driving the beautiful gray-crowned cranes of the country extinct, because of superstitious beliefs.    These birds with golden headdresses, also known as crested cranes, are among the most beautiful in Africa.  They are popular and beloved icons for most people in the region.In the past decade, though, the crane population in Uganda has fallen from 50,000 to 20,000, primarily due to witch doctors—also known as traditional healers—who use the animals in folk medicine and poachers who take the birds from their natural habitat….    The healers crush the eggs with herbs to sell as a “love potion.”  Feathers, claws, and beaks of the cranes are also used in drinks and as decorations for promoting monogamy and affection.    The crane is also perceived as a good omen that can cast away evil spirits from children.Because the cranes mate for life, village people think that by consuming the birds’ eggs and feathers, they too will have better relationships.  A team of researchers found 40 dead cranes in the shrines of witch doctors.  Because the birds are treated cruelly in capture and transport, poachers often have to catch 4 or 5 for every one that actually makes it to the black market.    For a study in contrasts, when the good-guy/bad-guy roles are reversed, consider what is happening in schools and universities across America.  The website for the upcoming movie Expelled (see 08/22/2007 and 10/25/2007) is holding a contest for true stories from students, professors and scientists who have been ostracized, fired, denied tenure, or otherwise expelled simply for doubting the reigning paradigm of Darwinian evolution.  In just a few days, the site at Expelled has collected 16 stories.  These include teachers and senior research scientists with impressive academic research records.  The movie itself will detail many of the notable cases.  It is expected that many will refrain from telling their stories, though, for fear of retribution.If you are appalled at both cases, good.  You have not bought into the white science vs. black religion dichotomy, which has been roundly debunked by most historians of science, such as Lawrence M. Principe (Johns Hopkins; see Teaching Company lecture series).  It means you are wise to the either-or fallacy.  It also means that you assume Judeo-Christian morality as a precondition of judging right from wrong.    Clearly there is plenty of good and bad in both science and religion.  If we can judge between good and bad science, as does James Randi, the skeptics societies and the Ig Nobel Prize judges, we should also be able to judge good and bad religion.  If it is wrong to judge science based on bad examples, it is wrong to judge all religion because of witch doctors who drive beautiful birds extinct based on foolish superstitions.  A little more reflection will reveal that science and religion are not watertight compartments but have many aspects that overlap and reinforce one another.    If you are an evolutionist, or an atheist, on what basis could you claim that what the witch doctors are doing is bad?  According to Darwinism, primitive peoples and their religious sensations evolved, as did their prey, the cranes.  If the cranes are wiped out by the humans, too bad.  The humans are obviously the fittest.  Evolutionists should actually praise the selfishness of the native people who are trying to improve their reproductive fitness, because selfishness is the ultimate good in Darwinland.  Darwinists believe that even altruism is a byproduct of selfishness.  Decrying the birds’ fate only makes sense if humans have souls, who have an innate sense of true moral categories that should make us care about such things.    On a scatter plot of case studies in science and religion, we should expect to find clusters of good religion and good science, bad religion and bad science, good religion and bad science, and good science and bad religion.  We can make these judgments only if we presuppose a righteous Creator.  Because Christians and Jews believe in a holy, personal God who called all things He made good, and created man in His image, they alone have a foundation for making sound moral judgments based on God’s holy standard.    So, Darwin Dogmatists, ease up on your fellow academics who disagree with the reigning paradigm, and hear them out.  Stop judging them until you can define and defend your moral categories, and consistently judge your own actions and beliefs accordingly (including the integrity of science).  This means you will have to acknowledge Judeo-Christian moral standards at the outset.  If not, please explain where your moral categories come from, and why anyone else should feel the way you do.    Then, let the good scientists and good Jews and Christians join the fight to save the endangered creatures God has put under our stewardship.  Suggested method: win the Ugandans to Christianity, so that they have a basis for sound moral judgment and appreciation for creation.  Then educate them in science and ecology so they will know how best to care for their fellow created things.  Educate them in logic and Bible doctrine so that they will not fall for superstitious myths (II Timothy 2:23-25, Ephesians 4:14-15).  This will heal a fallen society from within so that the population will have an internal motivation to do good, without the need for police and government regulations.    Halloween is also Reformation Day.  The Protestant Reformation was not just a theological quibble over doctrine.  It was a call to freedom of conscience for each individual to respond to his or her Creator in faith, love and reason – to have personal access to the Word of God in their own language.  Many historians have attributed the rise of science, political liberty, the end of tyranny and slavery, and a plethora of new social institutions based on personal responsibility to that fateful day on October 31, 1517, when Martin Luther, in a one-man crusade of righteous indignation at a moral evil he witnessed (his people enslaved by a foolish superstition), nailed his 95 Theses to the church door in Wittenburg.    The story is complex, and Luther was far from a perfect man; he also was indebted to brave predecessors such as Jon Hus and John Wycliffe.  Luther’s crusade bore good fruit because he studied God’s word intently, using his God-given reason, instead of acquiescing to the doctrines of mere men, and had the courage and opportunity to open this door of freedom to others.  One of his passions was to get the Word of God into the common language so that individuals could study it for themselves.  Western civilization has benefited immensely since.  (For a summary of the benefits, see this Reformation Society article).  The ending of the movie Martin Luther says, “Luther’s influence extended into economics, politics, education and music, and his translation of the Bible became a foundation stone of the German language.  Today over 540 million people worship in churches inspired by his Reformation.”    Is this not morally superior to the Halloween haunts of witch doctors who enslave poor people in dark superstitions?  Let’s give the captive people of tribal villages the same opportunity.  Jesus Christ can turn the heart of darkness to everlasting light (I John 1).  When that light illuminates both science and religion, the fusion of good religion and good science is a recipe for whooping cranes and joyful people.Exercise:  List leaders in various fields who were products of the Reformation, along with the benefits they brought to humanity.  Examples: J.S. Bach and G.F. Handel (music), William Wilberforce (human rights), Johannes Kepler (astronomy), John Milton (literature), Adam Smith (free market economics), John Adams (political liberty).  Suggested reference: How Christianity Changed the World by Alvin J. Schmidt.(Visited 25 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA-set sci-fi satire huge hit in US

first_imgThe poster for District 9 Neill Blomkamp, District 9’s South African-born writer and director, speaks to fans about his movie at the recent Comic-Con convention in San Diego. (Image: Natasha Baucas, Wikipedia) USEFUL LINKS • District 9 official site • District 9 on the Internet Movie Database • QED International• Gauteng Film Commission RELATED ARTICLES • Top honours for SA movie • Movie draws public – and pirates • Bang Bang club lives on in film • New boost for Nollywood • 2010 opportunities for SA film • Hollywood studio for Cape Town • Rebate boost for SA film • Cape Town: Africa’s HollywoodSamson MulugetaA film shot on location in Johannesburg and directed by a young South African-born computer graphics whiz has taken the US box office by storm, earning the number-one spot and raking in US$37-million (R302-million) during its opening weekend on 14 August 2009.Directed by 29-year-old South Africa-born Neill Blomkamp, District 9 satirises the absurdities of apartheid in a science fiction account of extraterrestrials who become refugees in South Africa.Part of District 9’s success in the US can be attributed to a quirky and viral marketing campaign, which used billboards at bus stations to encourage people to call a toll-free number if they spotted “non-human activity”.What makes the film all the more remarkable is that it cost only $30-million (R245-million) to make, a small sum by Hollywood standards if one considers it took $250-million (R2-billion) to bring latest Harry Potter instalment to life.Obscure beginningsBlomkamp grew up in Johannesburg, moving with his family to Vancouver, Canada, when he was 17.Blomkamp dabbled in filmmaking while still at school in South Africa and later went on to specialise in animation and computer graphic design.District 9 began as a six-minute film clip, called Alive in Joburg, which Blomkamp wrote and directed in 2005 as a sample of his work.The fledgling director’s big break came when Peter Jackson, a New Zealand filmmaker, producer and screenwriter best known for The Lord of the Rings trilogy, approached him to direct Halo, a film based on a computer game.Although Halo never took off due to a profit-sharing dispute, it inadvertently led to bigger things, as an executive at Universal Studios who was overseeing the Halo project came across Blomkamp’s six-minute clip and showed it to Jackson.Jackson was impressed by Blomkamp’s work and asked him to turn Alive in Joburg into a feature-length movie. And thus District 9 was born.The involvement of Jackson gave Blomkamp instant credibility. In Blomkamp, Jackson saw a young man creating work based on his life experiences.“He saw South African society – both the good and bad of the society there – and he wanted to put a science fiction spin on what he witnessed growing up because he’s a science fiction geek,” Jackson told the Los Angeles Times at the recent Comic-Con convention in San Diego. “District 9 is not reflective of any movie that I can imagine. It’s really very original, which I love about it, and that’s totally Neill.”Science fiction satireDistrict 9 kicks off in the year 2010, 28 years after an alien spaceship arrives in Johannesburg. The craft hovers above the city without any contact, but eventually humans take the initiative and cut into the ship. There they discover a large group of malnourished and sick aliens and bring them back to earth. The newcomers are confined to an area called District 9 – a slum-like compound surrounded by barbed wire with no running water or sanitation.A documentary style with hand-held cameras and computer-generated images is used to create a fast-paced narrative.With its strong anti-segregation message and partly filmed in South Africa’s largest township of Soweto, the film is clearly a satire of apartheid. One District 9 website carries a Google Earth-like view of the district – using a satellite image of Soweto.The title District 9 plays on Cape Town’s District Six, best known for the apartheid government’s forced removal of over 60 000 coloured residents during the 1970s. The community was relocated to the Cape Flats 25km away.Although several parallels can be drawn to the apartheid era, Blomkamp says he tried hard not make the film a heavy “message movie”. He says he wrote the word “satire” in large block letters on a piece of paper and posted it in his office to remind that his first priority was to entertain audiences.It may seem incredible that Blomkamp successfully directed a Hollywood blockbuster before his 30th birthday, but he says he’s been working towards this moment all his life.“When I was 14 or 15 I got into 3D animation on the computer my parents bought me,” Blomkamp told the Los Angeles Times.“I was toying with practical effects – prosthetics, in-camera effects, models and photography. I knew I wanted to be involved in all that.”“I realised I could take all the ideas I had and have them make fun of themselves,” Blomkamp added. “At the same time, I could address all of the stuff I wanted to get in there.”Critical acclaimThe movie has opened to rave reviews, including one from New York Times critic AO Scott.“The South African setting hones the allegory of District 9 to a sharp topical point,” Scott said.“The country’s history of apartheid and its continuing social problems are never mentioned, but they hardly need to be. And the film’s implications extend far beyond the boundaries of a particular nation, which is taken as more or less representative of the planet as a whole.”Colin Covert of the Minneapolis Star Tribune described the film as “an electrifying sci-fi ride that defies all the usual Hollywood clichés. It’s that rarest kind of film, magnificent trash.”Gwen Watkins, a media blogger for Bizcommunity.com, was also impressed by the movie, but for different reasons.“Last week’s media preview of District 9, the new South African sci-fi film, left most of us quite shattered,” Watkins wrote. “The film is deservedly gaining credit internationally but in South Africa it may well be greeted with uncomfortable reactions – the film unashamedly draws on our past and current view of species different to our perception of what is human and how we treat them.”South Africans starring in District 9 include Sharlto Copley, Blomkamp’s childhood friend and frequent collaborator.In the movie Copley plays the role of Wikus van der Merwe, the bureaucratic official from Multi-National United, the giant corporation charged with relocating the aliens.Other locals who star in the film are Vanessa Haywood, Kenneth Nkosi, Mandla Gaduka, Eugene Khumbanyiwa, Jason Cope, David James, Louis Minnaar and Sylvaine Strike.Michael Murphy of Kalahari Pictures, based in Cape Town, was the film’s supervising producer.Blomkamp is currently visiting South Africa to promote the film. It opens in local cinemas on August 28 2009.last_img read more

It’s Air Conditioning, Not Air Cool-ditioning

first_img“Why should anyone bother to ‘right-size’ an air conditioner — especially when it costs $350 to hire an engineer to ensure that the Manual J and Manual D calculations are performed properly?”The reason I always pay a third-party engineer, not employed by my HVAC contractor, to do accurate load calculations is because my mixed-humid climate here in NC makes it very critical to get the sizing right in order to enhance dehumidification. As we build smaller, better and tighter envelopes, especially with exterior shading, it becomes increasingly difficult to size equipment small enough to run long enough to remove the latent heat (moisture) without removing too much sensible heat (over-cooling). The result far too often is a well designed envelope with summer humidity and air quality issues.Right sizing generally doesn’t save money; a larger unit on the same duct system will actually cost only slightly more than a right-sized unit, and the cost of hiring the engineer to calculate the load and CFM per room for a tight, well-insulated and shaded, passive solar home may wipe out that savings. But on any given day, the right-sized equipment will run longer and thus dehumidify much more efficiently.It’s tough to find a small, efficient, ducted air conditionerUnfortunately, it can be difficult to find affordable, very small ducted central air conditioners (less than 2 tons cooling) with high energy-efficiency ratings, and it’s really a struggle to convince building inspectors to allow us to use simulated performance offsets to permit low-performing equipment in homes with a really great building envelope. In air conditioning we compare equipment by EER and SEER ratings. The code minimum where I live is 13 SEER (14 for Energy Star), but I can’t buy a ducted AC smaller than 2 tons that meets that standard.In the past, we’ve responded by installing variable-speed and zoned-bypass HVAC solutions with longer, more complex duct systems to allow us to combine zones to use larger 2-3 ton equipment with higher SEER ratings. But even very well-designed complex duct systems are much more prone to installer error than simple duct systems with multiple air handlers. So we end up using much more expensive ductless minisplits hung on the walls (which incidentally have overly complex wireless thermostats that our clients have to hide away from kids and guests).The problem with EER and SEER ratingsThe larger issue in my mind is the fact that code-minimum SEER ratings are calculated to prioritize sensible cooling and disregard latent cooling (dehumidification).The Energy Efficiency Ratios (EER) of a cooling system (AC or heat pump) is calculated by comparing the sensible cooling ability with the electricity consumed on a BTU per Watt-hour basis. One BTU is the amount of energy (252 heat calories) needed to change the temperature of a pound of water one degree Fahrenheit.One ton of cooling is defined as 12,000 BTU/h. (Don’t ask me for metric equivalents, please.) If a cooling system supplies 12,000 BTU/h of cooling capacity while consuming 1,000 watts of power, it is rated as a 12 EER system (12,000 / 1,000 = 12 EER.)SEER ratings are set by NAECA, a Federal Regulatory Agency independent of the code authorities, and are intended to represent cooling efficiency over the course of a cooling season. These measurements only take sensible cooling into consideration. Minimum HVAC efficiencies are set by the code by SEER ratings, not EER ratings. It takes energy — 1,000 BTU per pint — to remove moisture from the air. But if that energy doesn’t contribute to changing the temperature of the air, it is excluded from the SEER ratings.As Alex Wilson mentioned in his earlier piece, the industry has responded by providing equipment that cools air with less dehumidification. That way the units get higher SEER ratings — a way to be competitive in the marketplace.A one-ton unit (12,000 BTU/h sensible) which is dehumidifying at 3 pints/hr is using 3,300 BTU/h latent for dehumidification and is removing 15,300 BTUs in combined sensible and latent heat. If it is consuming 1,000 watts, then it’s actually removing 15,300 BTUs combined sensible and latent for an effective EER of 15.3. But in this example the rated SEER is still 12 and fails to meet the minimum code standard.So if the house I’m building is well enough insulated it may be illegal to install the right sized equipment as the smaller equipment isn’t available in the necessary efficiency unless you use variable speed to reduce the capacity of oversized ducted equipment or use minisplit units, both of which are much more expensive solutions than smaller ducted equipment that would actually be sized correctly. My clients often go to great lengths to avoid using the AC by opening windows or setting the thermostat at a very warm setting, so we are forced to install very expensive equipment that may be used for three or four weeks per year, despite the fact that these homes are HERS 50 already without the fancy equipment.Technical solutions to boost latent capacityThere are some manufacturers who have built equipment that can dry air without cooling it very much. One way to do this is to use a “run around coil” where a heat exchange coil in the return air line upstream of the air handler is connected to a coil in the supply manifold downstream (and typically above) the air handler. The cooled air leaving the unit cools the fluid in the exit “re-heat” coil which drops to the intake “pre-cool” coil and pre-cools the air entering the unit. This results in warmer air returning to the house and a longer run time, with resultant increased dehumidification.A more efficient way to do this, called “sub-cool reheat,” is to divert the warm liquid refrigerant from the outside compressor and pass it through the re-heat coil on its way to the air handler. This warms the exit air but also pre-cools the refrigerant and improves the performance of the air conditioner. Either of these add air resistance at the second coil and increase energy usage at the blower, resulting in a lower EER as well as a MUCH lower SEER.Yet another way is to install a valve that can divert some of the expanded gas to a compressor that actively heats the re-heat coil in the same way a conventional dehumidifier would and sends some of it to an outdoor compressor where it is cooled in the fashion of a conventional heat-pump. This is how the Daikin minisplits work.Adding run-around coils or the valves and controls to manage sub-cool reheat is expensive and, since it’s not reflected in the SEER rating, is pretty much reserved for larger capacity high-end equipment. If the SEER standard could take the combined latent and sensible BTUs into account, manufacturers would be more motivated to produce equipment that would offer better dehumidification at all sizes.Smart thermostats can be set to lower the setting if they sense a high humidity condition in the house. If the owners set it to 80 degrees and the humidity rises above 60%, the thermostat can reset itself to 75 degrees until the humidity is reduced. But our customers are so proud of their energy-efficient homes that they gleefully report that the “turned their AC off almost all summer” and added significant risk of mildew and indoor air problems.Small is more important than efficient when the envelope is done rightDesigners of small, super-insulated buildings in mixed-humid and hot-humid climates may choose to prioritize right-sized equipment over high SEER equipment, largely due to the fact that advanced dehumidification is just not marketable in the smaller tonnage sizes that are appropriate for the small demand buildings. The minisplit systems that have these capabilities in small capacity sizes are very expensive and may be seen as unsightly and overly complex by many clients. (Our clients think they are ugly and hate the multi-function wireless remote thermostats).On our very small (840-1,100 sq. ft.) buildings with radiant floor heating, we’ve been using a 10.7 EER GE ducted vertical Packaged Terminal Heat Pump (PTHP) unit (Zone-Line AZ75H12DAC for $1,454 delivered — see photo), which gives 11,700 BTU/h cooling and 3.6 pts/hr (3,960 BTU/h) dehumidification for 1,093 watts and can supplement the radiant floor heat if necessary with a 3.3 COP. The unit can be easily installed in a 24″x24″x32″ space. It’s a great, if somewhat noisy, dehumidification solution for affordable, small, very well insulated homes in a mixed-humid zone.With the code minimum now at 13 SEER and Energy Star at 14, it’s very hard to get equipment sized small enough for the load without serious energy modeling and offset negotiations with the inspectors. If energy efficiency ratings could give credit for the dehumidification capacity as well as the sensible cooling capacity, it would give incentives for manufacturers to offer equipment in all sizes and price ranges with better dehumidification. As I understand it, Amana’s ActivDry PTAC is currently withdrawn from the market largely due to this issue.The affordable gut remodel we are building now hits a projected HERS 59 by REM/Rate (8.5% better than code by REScheck) with 8,330 BTU/h sensible and 1,204 latent. We can choose to forgo air conditioning all together, but if we want a 2-ton, 14 SEER unit to meet Energy Star, we’ll be oversized by a factor of two at significant cost and even with variable speed will be likely to run into humidity issues, regardless of how little or how much the owners actually use it.Code minimums are ever increasing, and 16 SEER seems not far away, perhaps a new class of dehumidifiers or through-wall mini AC units recently proposed by James Morgan will lead the way. It would be fun for the Americans to be leading the pack again.last_img read more

First Impression: HTC Has A Winner With The One

first_imgRelated Posts HTC remains focused on sound quality, offering two front-facing stereo speakers and Beats Audio. HTC calls this package “BoomSound.”From a first-look perspective, it’s hard to think how the One could be improved upon. We’ll have a better idea when we get our hands on the device for a full review, but it seems that HTC really set the bar pretty high. HTC has been beaten down for more than a year as it tries to turn heads away from the like of Samsung and Apple. If any phone can get people to pay attention, it has to be the HTC One. Then again, quality doesn’t always win the war. We’ll know by the middle of 2013 if the HTC One is the company’s savior… or its last gasp.Event photos by Dan Rowinski. Product photos courtesy HTC. dan rowinski What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … HTC may have a winner on its hands – if only people will pay attention.The Taiwanese smartphone maker announced its new flagship device, the HTC One, at launch events in New York City and London. The events themselves were a little anti-climatic – short, full of corporate cheerleading and lacking anything of real substance. Good thing the quality of the One makes up for HTC’s lack of verve on its own.HTC president Jason Mackenzie shows off the One.Hardware DetailsWith the One, HTC has officially raised the bar for smartphone design, hardware and aesthetics. It is a trim, 4.7-inch device with an aluminum body and a 1080p screen that features 468 pixels per inch (ppi). By comparison, the iPhone 5’s “Retina” display offers 326 ppi, while the Samsung Galaxy S3 features 306 ppi. The One runs a quad-core, 1.7 GHz processor, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, and 2GB of RAM. It will come in two varieties – with 32GB or 64GB of storage – and will start at $199 in the United States on a two-year contract from Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T. The HTC One will begin shipping in late March, according to executives.HTC One aluminum body caseSo, that’s the HTC One from a physical standpoint. From a broad perspective, the One will be the best smartphone on the market when it ships later this spring. Nothing from competitors, major or minor, really comes close… yet. We will see how the likes of Samsung, LG, Nokia and Apple compare with their major flagships as the year goes along, but HTC has fired the first salvo in the 2013 Smartphone Wars, and it’s an impressive one.A Content PerspectiveThe One is more than just a beautiful body and hardcore specs. HTC thought a lot about experience with its new flagship and for once, a smartphone-manufacturer skin laid on top of the base Android operating system doesn’t interfere with a quality user experience. HTC lead designer Jonah Becker tells the crowd about the OneHTC has updated its Android skin Sense by building on top of successful features from its previous flagship smartphones, the One X and One X+. The One is running Android 4.1.2, which will disappoint many Android enthusiasts hoping that HTC would get in gear and release a smartphone running the most current version of the operating system (Android 4.2.2). Either way, the One still technically runs Android Jelly Bean and most, if not all, users will be hard pressed to figure out the difference. The One introduces a unique feature called “BlinkFeed” on the One’s home page that serves up social media updates, calendar events, news and other feeds in one area. HTC has partnered with 1,400 media brands that produce up to 10,000 articles a day, including ESPN, Reuters and others.A glance at BlinkFeed might lead you to think that HTC is aping Microsoft’s “Hub & Tiles” from Windows Phone or the new app panels in BlackBerry 10. That’s not really the case. Think of BlinkFeed as a kind of real-time Pulse news reader that updates automatically on one home screen. The One still lets users set up Android widgets and app icons on other home screen panels. What The Heck Is An UltraPixel? Finally, An AnswerHTC has introduced what it calls an “UltraPixel” camera that features a new sensor with larger pixels the company claims can capture 300% more light than traditional smartphone cameras, allowing it to take better low-light photos. Of course, “UltraPixel” is a marketing gimmick, although if it even comes close to working as advertised, it would be a decent achievement. HTC also announced a feature it calls Zoe, which allows users to take pictures that includes motion before and after the shutter was snapped. This isn’t exactly a new innovation, as both Samsung and BlackBerry offer something like it. But that’s not going to stop HTC from emphasizing it anyway. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Android#HTC The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Seatrade Enters Slot Charter Agreement with HapagLloyd

first_imgzoomFor illustrative purposes; Image Courtesy: StreamLines Specialised reefer transporter Seatrade, and its affiliated company StreamLines, have entered into a cooperation deal with Hapag-Lloyd commencing with a slot charter agreement on the US East Coast to Europe trade.As from April 13, 2018, the company started offering weekly services for reefer cargo in containers, from the ports of Savannah, Charleston and Norfolk, into London, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Bremerhaven and Le Havre.Seatrade informed that the transit times in this deal offer a continuation of the fast direct and dedicated service.“Through this cooperation agreement with Hapag-Lloyd, we will continue to provide USA reefer cargo shippers and European receivers with the highest quality of service and customer care together with fast transit times and first-class equipment,” Seatrade said.They added that the agreement allows an expansion of port options and provision of multiple vessel calls weekly, giving shippers even more frequency and flexibility.last_img read more

Centuryold love letters found in Winnipeg building to be returned to family

first_imgWINNIPEG — Century-old love letters are being returned to a family after they were uncovered by a construction crew working on a historic building in Manitoba.The letters from 1918 and 1919 are addressed to a Rebecca (Becky) Rusoff in Winnipeg from a soldier in Halifax named Soko.The man writes about how he thinks about Becky all the time, looks upon her as a perfect treasure and would love her until death.Sonya Berthin, with the property management company in charge of the building, says the letters were found in near-perfect condition while crews were working in the basement of the downtown Paris Building.They eventually learned the romantic was Hyman Sokolov, who became a prominent lawyer and journalist in the city, writing to the woman who would become his wife, Rebecca.Berthin has since been contacted by the Sokolov’s grandson and says they are working on returning the letters to the family.The Canadian Presslast_img

Klopp baffled by Egypt boss advice to Salah

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp can’t understand what prompted his Egypt counterpart Javier Aguirre to hand Mohamed Salah transfer adviceThe Mexican coach advised his star forward to consider leaving Liverpool within the next season or two if they fail to win any major trophy.Since his arrival in 2017 from AS Roma, Salah is yet to win any silverware at Anfield with Liverpool beaten in last season’s Champions League final.The Reds also suffered early Carabao and FA Cup exits with a fourth-place finish in the Premier League.But Klopp was left bemused by Aguirre’s advice and even jokingly suggested that he may need to leave Egypt if he can’t win a trophy in the next two years.“Who is the manager? Aguirre? Okay. I’ll try to be nice, eh?” said Klopp, according to the Evening Standard.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“I would say if HE doesn’t win a title in the next couple of years then he has to move to another club or country, for sure. I don’t know why people say things like that. It’s not that important.“It’s the world of media, you find it somewhere in an Egyptian newspaper or somewhere. Then the next one writes that I was confronted with it.“Obviously I don’t agree with it, but it’s a free world and he can say whatever he wants. That’s good actually.“I shouldn’t have made any comment on it, so maybe we can delete what I said a minute ago!”Liverpool will face Watford away on Saturday in the Premier League.last_img read more

Yuvraj Singhs exgirfriend Kim Sharma flashes her belly button piercing in bikini

first_imgHowever, Kim is not the only actress Yuvraj was linked with in Bollywood, before he settled with Hazel. He also reportedly dated Preeti Jhangiani, Minissha Lamba, Shamita Shetty, Riya Sen and even Deepika Padukone. Preity Zinta’s name had also come up once, but angry about the references she had clearly denied having a relationship with Yuvraj.Kim had made her debut in Bollywood with Aditya Chopra’s Mohabbatein in 2000 but she struggled to cement her position in the industry. She soon vanished from the Hindi film industry after delivering a slew of flops in her career. She was last seen in SS Rajamouli’s Telugu blockbuster Magadheera making a special appearance. Kim SharmaInstagramActress Kim Sharma may have been away from showbiz but for the past one year, she was in the news for her relationship with actor Harshvardhan Rane. But their romance was short-lived as they parted away in April this year after dating for a year. The actress, however, didn’t let the break up affect her emotionally and she has now turned her focus on living the present to the fullest. And her Instagram account is a proof of that wherein she keeps giving a sneak peak into her daily life.She recently posted a picture wherein she was seen flaunting her belly button piercing while chilling in the swimming pool wearing a multi-coloured neon bikini. Showing off her well-toned body with a smile on her face, Kim said that she misses sunshiny day in the midst of the gloomy ones.Last night, Kim attended her rumoured ex-boyfriend and cricketer Yuvraj Singh’s retirement party in Mumbai wherein she was seen having a great time with the man of the evening. She also happily posed for pictures with Yuvraj and wife Hazel Keech together which speaks a thousand words about their cordial relationship.Wearing a leopard print thigh-high slit strapped gown, Kim Sharma looked hotter than ever. After the India’s all-rounder announced his retirement from all forms of cricket earlier in June, Kim had lauded him for his achievements on the field.As Hazel called it the “end of an era” on Yuvraj’s retirement, Kim Sharma, whom the cricketer reportedly dated for some years before splitting in 2007, had left a note on Hazel’s post which reads, “Shine brighter you lovely duo.”She also took to her own Twitter account and wrote, “Well played Yuvraj. A standing ovation for some unforgettable moments in sport. May your next phase be as smashing with Hazel.” Kim Sharma, Yuvraj SinghInstagram Kim Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Hazel KeechInstagramlast_img read more

Japanese emperors abdication in April 2019

first_img.Japan’s emperor Akihito will step down on 30 April 2019, the prime minister Shinzo Abe announced Friday. This is the first retirement in more than two centuries in the imperial family believed to be the world’s oldest.Shinzo Abe said he was “deeply moved” at the “smooth decision” taken after a special meeting of the Imperial Council to decide on the date for the popular 83-year-old to step down for health reasons.”The government will make utmost efforts to ensure that the Japanese people can celebrate the emperor’s abdication and the succession of the crown prince,” added Abe.Akihito’s eldest son, 57-year-old crown prince Naruhito, is expected to ascend the Chrysanthemum Throne the next day.The emperor shocked the country last year when he signaled his desire to take a back seat after nearly three decades, citing his age and health problems.There have been abdications in Japan’s long imperial history dating back more than 2,600 years but the last one was more than two centuries ago.Akihito is the 125th person to sit on the Chrysanthemum Throne since emperor Jimmu, said to be a descendant of the legendary sun goddess Amaterasu.Emperors have played a crucial role in the country’s native Shinto religion, conducting various annual rites and prayers for the prosperity of the nation.- Female succession -There is no republican movement to speak of in Japan and the emperor and the royal families enjoy the admiration of the vast majority of the country.But Akihito’s unexpected move presented a challenge since there was no law to deal with an emperor retiring from what is usually a job for life — and it reignited debate about allowing women to ascend the traditionally male-only throne.In June, the parliament passed a one-off rule allowing the ageing emperor to step down.The abdication must take place within three years and applies only to Akihito, who has been treated for prostrate cancer and has also had heart surgery.Some worried that changing the rule to allow any emperor to abdicate could put Japan’s future monarchs at risk of being subject to political manipulation.The status of the emperor is sensitive in Japan given its 20th century history of war waged in the name of Akihito’s father Hirohito, who died in 1989.Akihito was born in 1933 just as Japan was embarking on its militaristic sweep across Asia, and was 11 when the war ended in defeat.His father was allowed to remain on the throne after Japan’s defeat, but his status was downgraded from semi-divine sovereign to a figurehead with no political power.Akihito embraced the role and tried to use it to help heal the scars of the war while remoulding one of the world’s oldest monarchies for a democratic age.Even before he assumed the throne, Akihito broke with tradition when he married the daughter of a wealthy flour magnate in 1959, becoming the first imperial heir to wed a commoner.The emperor and his wife empress Michiko are seen as being the more accessible face of a monarchy that largely remains in the shadows, unlike the British royals.Akihito is barred from commenting on politics, but he has over the years hinted at his own anti-nationalist views.Speaking at a memorial marking the 70th anniversary of Japan’s surrender, Akihito expressed “deep remorse” for the country’s actions in World War II.The looming abdication has reignited concerns about a potential succession crisis.There are no more eligible male heirs after the 11-year-old son of crown prince Naruhito’s younger brother Akishino.Japan’s centuries-old succession would be broken if that son, Hisahito, does not have a male child.In response, Japan’s parliament has called for a debate on giving women a bigger role in the male-dominated monarchy.The idea — including the possibility of letting women ascend the throne — is popular with ordinary Japanese, but it is vehemently opposed by traditionalists.Female imperial family members lose their royal status upon marriage to a commoner, a point highlighted by the engagement of one of Akihito’s granddaughters, princess Mako, to her college sweetheart.last_img read more