Apple iOS 8 Preview: Everything We’re Expecting

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces dave smith Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Apple#iOS#iOS 7#iOS 8#iOS 8 apps#iOS 8 features#iOS 8 release#iOS 8 release date#new iOS Related Posts center_img In less than a month, Apple will kick off its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco. Apple typically uses this event to unveil new versions of its mobile and desktop operating systems, and WWDC 2014 should be no different.See also: How iOS 8 Will Fix Apple MapsAt last year’s event, iOS 7 was easily the star of the show. The new version of Apple’s mobile operating system was packed with the most striking visual and functional changes since the very first iPhone launched in 2007. iOS 7 was the first version of iOS directly managed by Apple’s lead designer, Sir Jony Ive, who took over “human interface” duties in late 2012 after longtime iOS chief Scott Forstall got the boot following the disastrous launch of the Apple Maps app as part of iOS 6.Considering iOS 7 was generally betterreviewed than its predecessors, iOS 8 is expected to arrive with plenty of polish as well as some new features. (Apple typically releases the latest version of iOS to the public just a few days before launching its newest iPhone, which usually takes place in the fall.) But what can users actually expect from iOS 8, even before its presumed unveiling at WWDC 2014?Return Of The MapsTwo years ago, Apple replaced Google Maps with its own homegrown solution as the default navigation app in iOS 6. In short, it didn’t go so well: Apple CEO Tim Cook issued a public apology, and the company fired Forstall, as well as the manager directly responsible for Maps in iOS 6.Apple didn’t have much time to focus on Maps in time for last year’s release of iOS 7—an effort that required borrowing engineers from the Mac team in order to ship on time. But this year, Apple is expected to release a major update to its Maps app that will reportedly accommodate local businesses and those that commute via subway, bus, train, taxi, biking or walking.Apple bought a host of mapping companies in 2013, no doubt to help bolster its Maps offering in a year’s time. Apple purchased Locationary, HopStop, Embark Inc., WiFiSLAM, and may have also purchased a company called BroadMap, which prided itself on managing, sorting and analyzing maps data. See also: Apple’s Next EarPods Could Be The Ultimate Wearable DeviceThe WiFiSLAM acquisition could mean Apple plans to offer indoor maps for malls and other public places. According to a patent issued to Apple in 2011, Apple has envisioned augmented reality functionality for Apple Maps that would allow users to see visible points of interest nearby using the compass embedded in every iPhone. In other words, it could be Apple’s version of Street View—one that doesn’t require cars with Apple logos to drive around and take pictures.Making Health An Open BookMany believe 2014 will be the year Apple finally lifts the curtain on its health-oriented smartwatch. But Apple first has to add the health functionality to its mobile operating system before anyone can use these much-rumored iWatch features.In March, 9to5Mac posted “complete recreations of screenshots” of a new iOS app called “Healthbook,” citing “multiple sources working directly on the initiative’s development”: Besides Siri, Apple may also unify its Notification Center, doing away with the “All” and “Missed” categorizations, while Game Center could actually disappear as a standalone app, instead turning into a feature integrated into games themselves. CarPlay, Apple’s integration with built-in car displays, will also reportedly get support for Wi-Fi connections so users don’t need to rely on a Lightning cable.One More ThingThere’s one more rumor out there, though it’s a bit of a long shot. In January, the Wall Street Journal suggested Apple would tie a mobile payments system to its Touch ID fingerprint scanner, which was introduced in last year’s iPhone 5S and will likely be included in this year’s round of iPhones, as well as iPads.In an earnings call with investors in January, Cook said mobile payments is an area “we’ve been intrigued with,” adding “it was one of the thoughts behind Touch ID.”Touch ID can currently help iOS users purchase digital music and video via the iTunes Store and App Store. In iOS 8, Apple may expand this functionality to payment for physical goods and services through a number of partner apps. If you’re wondering which companies Apple might partner with initially, look no further than the apps available for Passbook, which features airlines like Delta, American and United, sports associations like the MLB, ticketing companies like Fandango and Ticketmaster and Starbucks.Correction, 11:45 a.m. PT: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Healthbook screenshots had first surfaced on the Chinese social network Weibo. Thanks, Mark! The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Healthbook, like the existing Passbook app, is expected to offer biometric information based on your sleep and and physical movements in simple cards with tabs for different health and fitness components. According to the images, iOS 8 users might be able to access information about their blood pressure, blood sugar, heart rate, hydration levels, oxygen saturation and respiratory rate—directly from their mobile device.Obviously, one big main question is how Healthbook will get its data. The M7 motion coprocessor within the iPhone 5S—and, one would assume, the next-generation iPhone—can measure several movement-based biometrics. But it’s likely the new Healthbook app will pull data from a first-party accessory—the iWatch, or possibly even Apple’s next-generation EarPods—as well as third-party apps and accessories like the Nike Fuelband and Jawbone Up.iTunes TweaksLast year, Apple introduced its streaming music service, iTunes Radio, as part of the Music app in iOS 7. For the release of iOS 8, however, the site 9to5Mac has reported that Apple will separate iTunes Radio from the rest of the music app to increase the visibility of the ad-supported service (iTunes Match subscribers don’t have to listen to ads as they stream music).Apple is also expected to add song recognition capabilities to the Music app thanks to a partnership with Shazam, the popular song identification app. That integration would presumably give users the option to purchase a newly identified song through iTunes.An Expanded iCloudIntroduced in 2011, iCloud lets users store documents and files and have them sync across all Apple computers and mobile devices. According to 9to5Mac, the company is reportedly building mobile versions of Preview and TextEdit, the company’s apps for PDF viewing and simple word processing, respectively, in time for the release of iOS 8. Other ImprovementsApple’s voice assistant Siri may be able to tap into a new slew of third-party apps in iOS 8, as reported by The Information. Apple has a few unique partnerships with OpenTable and WolframAlpha to help power Siri, but Apple might be working on enabling third-party integrations that don’t require custom business deals.last_img read more

Sania catapults to 14th in doubles rankings

first_imgSania Mirza on Monday touched a new high as she achieved a career-best doubles ranking of 14th and along with her Russian partner Elena Vesnina, became world number three in the WTA Championship race owing to their French Open runners-up finish.Sania and Elena, who have already won two WTA titles this season, are now in contention for the year- ending WTA championship, to be held in Istanbul, Turkey. They have 3606 points and only the top- four pairs make the cut for the elite event.In singles, Sania made a significant jump as she zoomed to 58 from 72 despite the second round exit from French Open.The stupendous show at Roland Garros, where she and Elena ended runners- up in the women’s doubles meant that Sania improved her doubles ranking by 11 places. The standings are being led by Kveta Peschke of Czech Republic and Slovakia’s Katarina Srebotnik (4395), followed by Russia’s Maria Kirilenko and Victoria Azarenka of Belarus ( 3865).Meanhwile, in the ATP singles rankings, Somdev Devvarman slipped a spot to 67.In doubles, Rohan Bopanna further improved his career best ranking by reaching the number 10 spot while Leander Paes moved out of top- 10 to be at 11th position. Mahesh Bhupathi maintained his fifth rank.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Sergio Aguero hints at retirement after Lionel Messi shocker

first_imgSergio Aguero and other Argentina players could follow the lead of captain Lionel Messi and retire from international football after losing the final of the Copa America on penalties to Chile for the second straight year.The 29-year-old Messi, who sent his spot-kick in the penalty shootout over the bar, announced his decision shortly after the title game in New Jersey on Sunday. (Also Read: Lionel Messi announces international retirement after Copa America loss)”The likelihood is that Messi is not the only one that will leave the national team,” said Aguero, who lost his third final with Argentina, to Ole newspaper.”There are several players like me that are evaluating whether or not to continue.”The Manchester City forward, who replaced Gonzalo Higuain in the 70th minute, was hugely disappointed after Argentina failed to end their 23-year trophy drought at senior level.”One doesn’t want to think about it but at times, there are things that happen and the thought (of retiring) comes into your mind,” said Aguero, who won an Olympic gold in 2008.”Afterwards, it’s difficult to get it out.”Aguero has played for Argentina’s senior side since September, 2006 and empathized with Messi, a five times World Player of the Year.”Unfortunately, the one that leaves most affected is Leo Messi after his penalty miss,” the 28-year-old Aguero said. “This is the worst that I’ve seen him in the changing room. (Also Read: Lionel Messi’s journey: Goals, heartbreak and unparalleled greatness)”We are all affected and we will try to think about something else and move forward. Again, luck was not on our side.”advertisementArgentina’s starting goalkeeper Sergio Romero hoped that Messi will reconsider his decision.Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, who saved Lucas Biglia’s penalty before Francisco Silva scored the crucial spot-kick to help his country retain the Copa, had praise for his Barcelona team mate Messi.”In my opinion, he is the best player in the world and in history,” Bravo told Marca. “They have to enjoy him, value him and understand him.”This is a team work, when you win, everyone wins, and when you lose, everyone loses. We had some criticism directed at Chilean players in our first few games (of the Copa America).”Football is a team sport.”last_img read more

Mohammad Amir’s return to Lord’s will make me feel sick: Graeme Swann

first_imgFormer England spinner Graeme Swann has admitted that Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir’s return at Lord’s later this month will make him feel sick.The 24-year-old, who served a prison sentence in the United Kingdom and a five-year suspension for his role in the 2010 spot-fixing case, will aim to erase his sordid past when he will resume his Test career at Lord’s– the scene of the fixing scandal. (Also read: Amir can lead Pakistan attack in England: Akram) Amir, along with former skipper Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif, were then found guilty of various offences of corrupt behaviour during the Lord’s Test between England and Pakistan in August 2010 by the independent Anti-Corruption Tribunal in February 2011. (Also read: Akhtar advises Amir to remain humble on England tour)But Swann, who was part of  the England team that played the Lord’s Test, said in his column in a London-based daily that the International Cricket Council should have set a better example by banning Amir for life. (Also read: Pakistan Cricket Board fumes as Mohammad Amir appears on TV show)SCATHING ATTACK “Mohammad Amir will walk out on the green and glorious turf at Lord’s on Thursday – and it will make me feel sick,” Swann was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.”This is a man who crushed the morality of the game. And yet he is being allowed back to play at the Home of Cricket.”If you want to protect the integrity of the game, help cricket grow and inspire youngsters, there can be no place for corrupt players. You must have proper deterrents.”advertisementlast_img read more

Lexus may price new compact SUV hybrid NX 300h at Rs 60 L

first_imgMumbai, Nov 17 (PTI) Japanese auto major Toyotas luxury arm Lexus today unveiled a compact hybrid SUV, the NX 300h, which is a premium urban sports car and is expected to begin delivery from February.The NX is the fourth offering from Lexus since its entry into the domestic market this March and is pitted against the likes of the locally-assembled GLA Class from Mercedes, the Audi A6 and most models of the Tatas-run JLR.Though Lexus did not disclose the final price of the NX, which will be sold as CBUs, it indicated that it will priced around Rs 60 lakh.The luxury car maker sells three models–RX450H hybrid and the full-size LX 450d (both SUVs) as well as the hybrid sedan ES300H–all as CBUs in the country now.The Lexus NX300h will be available in two variants – the F Sport and Luxury, and caters to the lifestyle needs of young achievers, Lexus India president Akitoshi Takemura said.Company vice-president Arun Nair said the deliveries of the new car could commence from February.The NX comes with 2.5 litre, 4-cylinder engine, which produces 145 KW max power, and proffers 18.32 km a liter.Nair said they have so far set up four guest experience centres in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru and Gurgaon besides an equal number of after-sales centres.When asked if the company will follow the rest of the luxe players who all locally assemble most of their models, Nair answered in the negative saying that at present the focus is to establish the brand. PTI IAS BEN BEN BASadvertisementlast_img read more

Maharashtra Open: World No. 6 Marin Cilic stunned by Gilles Simon to reach final

first_imgWorld No. 6 and top seed Marin Cilic was knocked out of the Maharashtra Open in the semi-fianls after suffering a shock defeat to France’s Gilles Simon in Pune on Friday.Ranked 89 in the world, Simon beat defending champion Roberto Bautista Agut in the second round to set up a semi-final clash against Cilic. He made a slow start and went down 1-6 to the Croatian. But he made a stunning comeback to win the match 1-6, 6-3, 6-2.The former US Open champion was expected to have a strong start to the season ahead of the Australian Open, which begins on January 15 with a disappointing start to the year.WATCHSeveral top players including Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori are out of the grand slam event due to injury while world number one Rafael Nadal and Serb Novak Djokovic remain injury doubts, leaving the field open for other top contenders to take advantage.Second seed Kevin Anderson beat France’s Benoit Paire 6-7(6) 7-6(2) 6-1 in a tough two hour and 20 minute encounter to reach his second final in as many weeks, after winning the Mubadala World Tennis Championship event.Anderson and former world number six Simon will face off in the final on Saturday in Pune.(With inputs from Reuters)ALSO WATCH:last_img read more

This is the only newspaper in the world that is not printed, it’s handwritten!

first_imgIn the crowded southern Indian city of Chennai and in the shadow of the Wallajah Mosque, is an unflattering building. But what happens inside the building is remarkable. Every day since 1927, a dedicated team has worked tirelessly to create a handwritten newspaper, The Musalman.In the modern era where almost every published work is created digitally, it is refreshing to see the tradition of calligraphy endure with The Musalman.Editor Syed Arifullah reading the newspaperHere are few interesting facts about the last handwritten newspaper:The newspaper is largely in black and white and is written in Urdu language, but if an advertisement calls for a colored copy, an exception is made accordinglyIt was started in 1927 in Chennai and it circulates 21,000 copies daily. The Musalman publishes Urdu poetry and messages on devotion to God and communal harmony dailyIt is a broadsheet which is folded to make four pages; Urdu language publication; handwritten, then printedThe editor-in-chief of the daily newspaper is Syed Arifullah (youngest son of former editor Syed Fazlulla)The paper, which is delivered to subscribers, is also available on newsstands for less than one rupee, 75 paisa to be exactThe subscribers are located all across India, with copies being delivered to Delhi, Mumbai and even Kolkata. Any mistake in the newspaper, and the whole page has to be reworkedA negative of the finished product is used to make the printing plate, and this is how it has been published every single day since 1927Most of its advertisements come from agencies and the government, although a few also come directly from private organizations. While some of the advertisements are sent digitally, others are hand-drawn whenever neededThe staff working at The Musalman has been around for 30-35 years. There are three male reporters who cover all aspects of news — be it political, cultural and even sports. Of the three calligraphers, two are women, according to Khaleej Times’s report in the year 2015(Main Image Source: Daily Mail)advertisementInterested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

Sheraton Unveils New Logo Marking Transformation Milestone

first_imgBethesda, MD – March 11, 2019 – Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, Marriott International’s most global brand continues its transformation journey with a nod to its timeless pioneering legacy, as it unveils a new logo that pays homage to its past and depicts its vision for the future. The new design reflects the brand’s holistic vision for the future, making Sheraton the central gathering place of communities around the world, welcoming guests and locals into a public space that embodies the modern town square vibe. “The logo’s evolution reflects the renewed energy and firm commitment we are making to our owners and guests to the resurgence of this iconic brand.  More than a logo, this is a symbolic statement of Sheraton’s vision for our new guest experience,” said Mara Hannula, Vice President, Global Brand Marketing, Classic Premium Brands. “This was the final piece of the redesign puzzle. This new logo offers a modernized look and feel to match the reimagined space while maintaining the powerful equity and recognition of the original logo.” The new Sheraton experience will be available to guests later this year in Phoenix. The transformed 1,000-room Sheraton Grand Phoenix hotel which the company purchased in 2018 will bring to life the first of Sheraton’s full on-strategy hotel along with other exciting innovations.  The hotel will serve as a living and breathing lab, showcasing design and activations, using new technology and insights that bring a unique community vibe to the space. “There has been so much enthusiasm for the new direction of the brand and owners are excited about the change,” said Indy Adenaw, Vice President and Global Brand Leader of Sheraton Hotels and Resorts. “From Phoenix to Toronto, Tel Aviv to Fiji more than 30% of our portfolio worldwide is under some sort of renovation. Whether it is a full or partial transformation, I am sure our guests will be pleased with what they see.” The first Western brand in China and the first U.S. brand to do business in Eastern Europe and Russia, Sheraton’s signature crest is one of the most recognized marks in the world. Serving as a reminder of the brand’s long-standing history, at the center of the new logo, the iconic Sheraton “S” remains. The new logo has been redesigned to signal an eye to the future while also hearkening back to Sheraton’s history. The new logo reimagines the signature laurel as movement from the world and the energy of gathering, which point to the modernized Sheraton “S” redrawn at the center.  Guests will start to see the new logo on collateral and websites starting in April. In celebration of this moment for the brand, Sheraton associates across the world are kicking off on March 13 internal rallies to commemorate this milestone and the new Sheraton service and culture strategy, recommitting themselves to the brand and to reestablishing its place at the heart of the global community.  About Sheraton Hotels & Resorts Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, part of Marriott International, Inc., makes it easy for guests to explore, relax and enjoy the possibilities of travel at nearly 450 hotels in over 70 countries and territories around the world. Sheraton continues to enhance the brand through innovative guest experience, differentiating design, multi-channel marketing and a sharp focus on service. To learn more, visit www.sheraton.com. Stay connected to Sheraton on Facebook, and @sheratonhotels on Twitter and Instagram. Sheraton is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy, the new name of Marriott’s travel program replacing Marriott Rewards®, The Ritz- Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG). The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including earning points toward free hotel stays and nights toward Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit MarriottBonvoy.marriott.com. About Marriott International Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 6,900 properties in 30 leading hotel brands spanning 130 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company now offers one travel program, Marriott BonvoyTM , replacing Marriott Rewards®, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®(SPG). For more information, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com. In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

Quebec human rights body investigating treatment of Inuit kids in group homes

first_imgMONTREAL — Quebec’s human rights commission is launching an investigation into the treatment of Inuit children in the youth protection system.The commission says it has received information suggesting some Inuit children living in Montreal-area group homes were told not to speak Inuktitut and suffered consequences if they did.Furthermore, the commission says some of the children may not have been assigned a social worker when they were transferred from Quebec’s north.The allegations concern the provincially run health and social services centre in the west of Montreal.The commission says it will attempt to verify whether the rights of youth have been violated and take steps to rectify any failings.The health centre linked to the investigation did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

TNA calls for immediate action to deal with torture allegations

Sampanthan said if such old practices continued by the investigators, the government would have to answer to the UN Human Rights Council when they meet shortly. Juan E. Mendez, the United Nations’ special rapporteur on torture, who undertook a nine-day fact finding mission to Sri Lanka earlier this month told reporters last week that he had heard testimony that between 16,000 and 22,000 people had gone missing during the conflict and its immediate aftermath and that Sri Lanka’s criminal and terrorism investigators were still resorting to torturing suspects. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has called on the Government to take immediate action against investigators who were accused of torturing and sexually abusing suspects.Leader of the opposition and the Tamil National Alliance, R. Sampanthan, told Xinhua that recent findings by UN Human Rights Officials who had visited the country were “disturbing” and it was the responsibility of the government to probe their statements and stop such old practices. “Although the whole system cannot be blamed, there are certain individuals who are responsible for torture. It is necessary for the government to ensure that these practices stop immediately. They should commence an immediate probe,” he said.The Government has pledged to conduct an investigation into the findings of the UN to ensure that there is no room for recurrence. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Annan to continue consultations on Korean nuclear issue

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan will continue to consult closely with all parties involved in the “critical” issue of the nuclear weapons programme of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), a statement issued by his spokesman said today.“There was a sense of cautious optimism, in the context of the six-party meetings in Beijing, on the prospects for a peaceful resolution of the current impasse,” the statement said of talks Mr. Annan’s Personal Envoy, Maurice F. Strong, had last week in Seoul, capital of the Republic of Korea, about the meeting China hosted on the issue.It noted that Mr. Strong also visited Beijing this week, where he welcomed the holding of the talks and commended China’s important role in convening “this useful forum” bringing together China, Japan, DPRK, ROK, Russia and the United States.“In both Seoul and Beijing, Mr. Strong reaffirmed the active support of the Secretary-General for continuation of the negotiating process towards a comprehensive settlement,” the statement said. “The Secretary-General will continue to consult closely with the parties involved on this critical issue.”Earlier this week, Mr. Annan specifically called on the DRPK to ratify the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty forthwith. The DPRK is one of 12 countries whose ratification is essential for the treaty to enter into force and which have not yet done so. The DPRK withdrew from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) at the beginning of the year and has since been reported to have said it would develop nuclear weapons and might carry out tests. read more

Brock Department of Visual Arts presents Focal Point

The Department of Visual Arts, here at Brock, will be presenting a photography exhibit starting on Monday, Feb. 23 and running until March 2.Focal PointWhen: February 23 – March 2Opening reception: February 23, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.Who: A photography exhibition by current and past Visual Arts studentsWhere: Sean O’Sullivan Theatre Lobby, Brock CampusFree community event

Students speak out against Antony Gormley suicide statue placed on roof of

first_imgA spokesman for UEA said: “The Another Time series involves sculptures being placed at different focal points and sightlines, including roof level which are thought provoking and offer both spectacle and surprise.“The locations were chosen in response to the remarkable architecture of the Sir Denys Lasdun university buildings. All staff and students have been made aware of the new art installation on campus, and where the sculptures will be located.” Students have spoken out after their university placed a statue on the edge of the library roof, making it look like it is about to commit suicide.The statue, at the University of East Anglia, is by artist Antony Gormley and has reportedly been mistaken by some students for a real person.A spokesman for UEA defended the work and told the Eastern Daily Press that the statues were “thought-provoking and offer both spectacle and surprise”.One shocked student wrote on Instagram: “Is this some sort of sick joke?”  A lecturer tweeted: “Love his work, & it fits with our other sculptures, but I think it’s potentially a poor choice, especially at dissertation crunch time…”  UEA Graduate Kimberley Davies, 22, told the EDP: “It’s a bit tactless to put a statue on top of a building filled with people on edge during exam season.“Sombreros are a no-no, but making passers-by think someone’s about to commit suicide is art – I’m out.”Aimee tweeted: “No offence UEA, but putting a statue of a human on top of a high building is probably not a good idea??” @DrEsmee Love his work, & it fits with our other sculptures, but I think it’s potentially a poor choice, especially at dissertation crunch time…— Harry T Dyer (@HarryTDyer) April 12, 2017 Antony Gormley is a British sculptor who is best know for creating the Angel of the North. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Analysis New approach brings new hope for Ireland on rocky road to

first_imgFOR A GAME that had somewhat justifiably been seen as the potential end to the Giovanni Trapattoni era, Ireland’s impressive 0-0 draw may go a long way to ushering in a new beginning for both the team and the manager.Because, although it may have ended in that most quintessentially Irish of away results – the proud draw – it was achieved through a very different method than usual.A visible signal of the new departure came as the fourth official put his board up on 77 minutes.At such stages in the past, Trapattoni has often made somewhat surprising substitutions in seeking to hold ground and consolidate the result. Generally, it has combined with a massive retreat back that has run a greater risk of giving up goals rather than just possession.This time, though, the Italian made what must be considered one of the most proactive moves of his tenure. He brought the intriguing — and popular — Wes Hoolahan on for Robbie Keane and changed the dynamic of the game as well as the team.Moreover, rather than try and keep steady at the edge of their box, Ireland were actively looking to keep the ball. It further illustrated a transformation that seems to have taken place right across the team.When Trapattoni first took over the side, after all, it made sense to implement a defence-based side given that most of the squad’s most forceful players, such as Richard Dunne, played at the back. The humiliations of Euro 2012 and Germany, in fact, coincided with a core that was no longer so capable of such rearguard resilience.Given Trapattoni’s reluctance to bring through newer players that looked more and more ready, there were then rightful questions over whether he was the right man to oversee the introduction of a new generation. In Sweden, however, Trapattoni deserved credit for the manner in which so many young players demanded responsibility and also made use.Forward thinkingFrom the front, Shane Long very quickly put Sweden on the back foot with a barging run. Indeed, the only criticism you could really have of Ireland’s performance beyond the odd loose pass was with the finishing.Because, behind the front two, the team also took an impressively proactive approach to causing Sweden problems. In the first 20 minutes, in particular, Ireland produced some of their most pleasing football for some time. Although James McCarthy did play two poor balls early on, they were at odds with a performance that was assured and authoritative. Paul Green, meanwhile, hassled and harried as well as Seamus Coleman introduced the energy many expected.James McClean offered a shift that was in stark contrast to his stuttering club form and Marc Wilson was a model of composure. Indeed, in contrast to the long passes of the past under Trapattoni, many of the side’s best moves began with the Stoke defender’s easy control.Pic: Inpho/ Donall FarmerBehind them all, then, David Forde pulled off the kind of important saves that will ensure people won’t so readily talk about the old Shay Given or the fact the new number-one is at a Championship club. Most importantly, all of that came together to ensure the single most talented individual on the pitch was kept unusually quiet. To be frank, Zlatan Ibrahimovic was only ever on the periphery of the game.The result, though, has ensured that Ireland are most certainly not on the periphery of the group. And the hope, now, is not just that they keep it in terms of results against Austria on Tuesday – but that they do the same as regards this more rousing approach.VIDEO: Liam Brady and Eamon Dunphy clashed again after the game tonightlast_img read more

Les bébés apprennent à parler avant même de naitre

first_imgLes bébés apprennent à parler avant même de naitreSelon une étude américano-suédoise, les bébés commenceraient à se familiariser avec leur langue avant même qu’ils naissent. Pour cela, les fœtus se mettraient à écouter leur mère dès la 30e semaine de grossesse.Vous voulez que votre futur enfant parle un anglais impeccable ? Alors commencez à lui apprendre avant même qu’il soit né ! En effet, s’il a été démontré que les bébés comprenaient dès l’âge de 6 mois les mots qu’on leur adresse, l’apprentissage de la langue commencerait bien avant. C’est ce que suggère une étude menée en parallèle par des chercheurs suédois et américains et publiée dans la revue Acta Paediatrica. Selon celle-ci, les bébés seraient capables de distinguer bien avant cela les mots étrangers de ceux appartenant à leur langue maternelle, et pour cause : l’apprentissage de leur langue démarrerait dans le ventre de leur mère. Pour arriver à une telle conclusion, les chercheurs de l’université de Washington et ceux de l’université de Tacoma ont observé, chacun dans leur pays, 40 bébés filles et garçons entre 7 et 75 heures après leur naissance. Plus précisément, ils ont étudié ces jeunes sujets en se servant d’un système de mesure pour le moins inattendu : ils ont connecté les tétines des bébés à un ordinateur qui a mesuré les mouvements et les durées de succion. En effet, il a déjà été observé que les nourrissons avant tendance à sucer plus rapidement leur tétine quand ils entendaient des sons étrangers plutôt que des sons familiers avec lesquels ils étaient plus calmes.Le fœtus écoute sa mère dans les dernières semaines de grossesse  À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Au cours de l’expérience, les 40 bébés ont ainsi été divisés en deux groupes. Les premiers se sont vu passer des voyelles dans leur langue maternelle tandis que les seconds ont écouté des voyelles en langue étrangère, suédois ou américain en fonction des sujets. Les chercheurs suédois comme américains ont alors constaté que les sujets écoutant la langue étrangère avaient quel que soit leur âge, tous tendance à téter plus intensément que les autres. Un signe selon eux qu’ils distinguent déjà leur langue maternelle d’une étrangère.En vérité, tout commencerait dès la 30e semaine de grossesse lorsque le système auditif du fœtus devient fonctionnel. Grâce à cela, le futur bébé commence à entendre des sons venant du milieu environnant qui sont ensuite interprétés par son cerveau. Durant les dix dernières semaines de grossesse, le foetus entend ainsi sa mère parler et se familiarise avec sa langue. Une fois né, il parvient alors à distinguer ce qu’il connait déjà de ce qui lui est étranger. “Nous savons déjà que nous commençons à apprendre les sons in utero en écoutant la voix de notre mère. Mais il s’agit de la première étude montrant que nous avons conscience des sons spécifiques de notre langue maternelle avant de naître”, explique ainsi le Dr Christine Moon, directrice de l’étude.Le 3 janvier 2013 à 17:36 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Soybean Farmers Honor Sen Mike Johanns with Soy Champion Award

first_imgThe farmers of the American Soybean Association (ASA) honored Sen. Mike Johanns of Nebraska with the association’s Soy Champion Award this morning in Washington. In a ceremony held during this week’s meeting of the ASA Board of Directors, former ASA President Steve Wellman presented Sen. Johanns with the award, which is given twice yearly to recognize exemplary representation of soybean farmers and soy-related issues by elected officials.“Sen. Johanns has proven himself to be not only a champion of farmers, but an advocate well-versed in the realities of modern agriculture,” Wellman said. “Senator Johanns understands what we do on our farms every day, and he brings that here to Washington to help craft legislation that helps us succeed, compete and excel. We owe a large portion of our success in the recent farm bill to his experience and foresight, and we are grateful to him for the voice he has given our farmers on Capitol Hill.”Sen. Johanns, who will not seek reelection at the end of his term, was recognized officially for his service in the Senate, however also noted were the impacts that the senator had during his tenure as Secretary of Agriculture under President George W. Bush from 2005 to 2007, and as governor of Nebraska from 1999 to 2005.“As senator, Agriculture Secretary, and as governor of a vital agricultural state, Sen. Johanns has brought a wealth of experience to his representation of American farmers, and we cannot thank him enough for his leadership,” added ASA President Ray Gaesser, who farms close to the Nebraska border in southeastern Iowa. “We will miss his leadership and diplomatic touch on agriculture issues, and we wish him all the best as he takes his next step.”last_img read more

Healthcare Information MA Up 21 Percent

first_imgWhile media M&A has slowed to a near standstill, healthcare information and technology may be a bright spot in 2009, according to a recent report from the Jordan, Edmiston Group. In 2008, this category saw 122 transactions worth a combined $7.3 billion, up 21 percent in deals and 83 percent in value, JEGI said. Driving the activity is technology investments, such as electronic medical records; a focus on cutting costs (JEGI cited Elsevier buying MEDai, a predictive analytics company that improves the delivery of healthcare); the need to fill drug pipelines more efficiently; a shortage of medical professionals, particularly nurses; and the need to enhance revenue cycle management. JEGI said several private equity firms have invested in healthcare companies, including ABRY Partners investing in Orion Healthcare; Betram Capital investing in PMG Partners and Austin Ventures investing in Revenue Cycle Solutions. Several traditional publishers have been active in the healthcare category in recent years, including Hearst, which bought Zynx, a company that specializes in clinical decision support; Elsevier Health Sciences, which bought Gold Standard in 2006 and saw revenue and operating profit grow 5 percent and 10 percent respectively, in 2008; Thomson Reuter’s healthcare group, which saw a 4 percent increase in revenue last year; UBM, which has made five healthcare acquisitions in as many years; and Wolter’s Kluwer, which saw a 3 percent drop in revenue in 2008 but recently replaced the leadership in its healthcare division, and last year acquired UpToDate, an evidence-based, peer reviewed information resource.last_img read more

Centre appears pessimistic on economic growth

first_imgThe government has projected the real GDP growth for the year 2019-20 at 7 per cent, on the back of anticipated pickup in the growth of investment and acceleration in the growth of consumption. The Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman tabled the Economic Survey 2018-19 in Parliament on Thursday which clearly stated that the year 2019-20 has delivered a huge political mandate for the government, which augurs well for the prospects of high economic growth. Also Read – US losing grip on Indo-Pacific region as China surges ahead Advertise With Us Does it really speak so? The April 2019 report of the World Economic Outlook (WEO) of International Monetary Fund (IMF) has projected India growing into major economy in the world in 2018-19, despite a slight moderation in its GDP growth from 7.2 per cent in 2017-18 to 6.8 per cent in 2018-19. This is despite the report projecting a decline in growth of world output and that of Emerging Market and Developing Economies (EMDEs) by 0.3 and 0.1 percentage points respectively. India continues to remain the fastest growing economy, but growth declined from 3.8 per cent in 2017 to 3.6 per cent in 2018. Also Read – Rahul, Cong barking up the wrong tree Advertise With Us The ES puts the onus on the slowdown in the world economy and Emerging Market and Developing Economies in 2018 which followed the escalation of US-China trade tensions, tighter credit policies in China, and financial tightening alongside the normalisation of monetary policy in the larger advanced economies. On the external front, current account deficit (CAD) increased from 1.9 per cent of GDP in 2017-18 to 2.6 per cent in April-December 2018. The widening of the CAD was largely on account of a higher trade deficit driven by rise in international crude oil prices (Indian basket). Advertise With Us The trade deficit increased from US$ 162.1 billion in 2017-18 to US$ 184 billion 218-19. Merchandise imports reduced from 21.1 per cent to 10.4 per cent. Growth in service exports and imports in US dollar terms declined to 5.5 per cent and 6.7 per cent respectively in 2018-19, from 18.8 per cent and 22.6 per cent respectively in 2017-18. Whatever ills are there in the economy, the ES attributes it to only the external influences. Other sectors too project similar pictures. The Economic Survey’s first sentence of Volume-1, Chapter 01 is self-congratulatory (“During the last five years, India’s economy has performed well.”), as former Union Minister, P Chidambaram, has rightly pointed out. What about the outlook for the future? It is in Volume-2, Chapter 01, but there is only a bland statement that “growth of the economy expected to be 7 per cent in 2019-20.” There are no growth projections, sector wise. The closest in terms of describing the outlook for 2019-20 can be found in Volume-2, Chapter 02. The Economic Survey flags (1) slowing growth, (2) shortfall in revenue, (3) finding resources without compromising the fiscal deficit target, (4) impact of oil prices on the current account and (5) recommendations of the Fifteenth FC on Central government finances. None of these is positive or encouraging. It is feared that the government speaking through the Economic Survey, is pessimistic about the economy.last_img read more

BNP candidate sued under Digital Security Act

first_imgBangladesh Nationalist Party’s Kushtia-4 constituency candidate Mehedi Ahmed Rumi. UNB File PhotoA case was filed with a Kushtia court on Tuesday against BNP candidate for Kushtia-4 constituency Mehedi Ahmed Rumi and a Tanti Dal leader under the Digital Security Act for their reported audio clip instigating violence ahead of the upcoming general elections.A local leader of ruling Bangladesh Awami League and also public prosecutor of Kushtia Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal advocate Akram Hasan Dulal filed the case with Kusthia senior judicial magistrate court, reports UNB.Judge M Masuduzzaman of the court took cognisance of the complaint and asked the Kumarkhali police station officer-in-charge to investigate it.Dulal said in the leaked telephonic conversations between Rumi, also BNP chairperson’s adviser and district BNP president, and local Tanti Dal leader Nur Islam, the former was heard instructing the latter to unleash violence.The conversations were aired in television channels DBC News and Channel 71, he said.The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader alleged that the case was filed out of vengeance to keep him away from the election race.last_img read more

Italy motorway bridge collapses dozens feared dead

first_imgThe collapsed Morandi Bridge is seen in the Italian port city of Genoa on 14 August 2018. — Photo: ReutersA motorway bridge collapsed on Tuesday over the northern Italian port city of Genoa, killing dozens of people according to the local ambulance service, in what the transport minister said was likely to be “an immense tragedy”.The local fire brigade said the bridge collapsed at around 11:30 a.m. (0930 GMT) during torrential rainfall. Television showed images of the collapsed section of the bridge, built on the A10 toll motorway in the 1960s.The head of the ambulance service said there were “dozens of dead”, according to Italian news agency Adnkronos. At least 10 people were killed and 20 vehicles were involved, local police sources said.An ambulance official told Reuters the service could only confirm two injured people so far, “but we suppose there are unfortunately a lot of dead.”Restructuring work on the bridge was carried out in 2016. The highway operator said work to shore up the foundation of the bridge was being carried out at the time of the collapse, adding that the bridge was constantly monitored.The elevated road crumbled over a river, railroad tracks and buildings. The highway is a major artery to the Italian Riviera and to France’s southern coast. Train services around Genoa have been halted.A witness told Sky Italia television he saw “eight or nine” vehicles on the bridge when it collapsed in what he said was an “apocalyptic scene”.Transport minister Danilo Toninelli said in a tweet that he was “following with great apprehension what seems like an immense tragedy”.Shares in Atlantia, the toll road operator which runs the motorway, were suspended after falling 6.3 per cent after news of the collapse.last_img read more