Apple wants you to pay big for their smart speaker

first_imgRelated Posts Cate Lawrence Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces As part of yesterday’s WorldWide Developer Conference (WWDC) Google launched their foray into home connectivity with the HomePad called by Apple CEO Tim Cook, “breakthrough home speaker with amazing sound and incredible intelligence that will reinvent home audio.”Don’t overlook the last word, in his statement, despite the desire some will have to group HomePad with voice activatedAmazon Echo and Google Home, the product really belongs in a separate category, and here’s why.It’s about sound, not just smarts The HomePod is a 7-inch tall smart speaker covered in a “seamless 3D mesh” fabric It contains a four-inch subwoofer According to Apple it ” uses an advanced algorithm that continuously analyzes the music and dynamically tunes the low frequencies for smooth, distortion‑free sound.” This includes “seven beamforming tweeters” that possess spatial awareness and direct the sound beams throughout the room. It automatically analyzes the acoustics, adjusting the sound based on the speaker’s location, and steers the music in the optimal direction. According to Tim Cook: “Just like with portable music, we want to reinvent home music.”If we position the product as a smart speaker (albeit voice activated) it’s a healthy competitor to the sound audio systems already manufactured by Sonos and Bose and sits in their price range.“ According to Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing:“Apple reinvented portable music with iPod and now HomePod will reinvent how we enjoy music wirelessly throughout our homes. HomePod packs powerful speaker technology, Siri intelligence and wireless access to the entire Apple Music library into a beautiful speaker that is less than 7 inches tall, can rock most any room with distortion-free music and be a helpful assistant around your home.” IYou can also link the device with other HomePods or speakers in the house that are AirPlay 2-compatible to get surround sound.It’s Apple-priceyWith Google Home retailing for $129 and Amazon Echo: $179, Apple’s HomePod is an outlier priced at $349, making it less compelling to those who either already own a smart home assistant or consider buying one in the future. Whilst many may have grown up with an iPod, iPhone or MacBook, affordability matters, and beyond this wedded to the cult of Mac, people won’t automatically turn to Apple when there are products like Alexa and Siri that are already enmeshed in popular culture. Even if you don’t own one, most people have seen the ads and know what they can do.See also: Apple’s HomeKit gets big upgrade at WWDC16HomePod is to be launched in December in the UK, US, and Australia, followed by more countries in 2018. Notably, Samsung subsidiary Harman International is intending to launch its own speaker this year in partnership with Microsoft.   The speaker will be controlled by Microsoft’s digital assistant Cortana and will enable a range of tasks including playing music, managing calendars and accessing news, similar to the functions possible on Amazon and Google’s devices. It’ll also come with Skype integration, allowing people to make phone calls to other Skype-enabled devices.  This growing trend makes it easy to envisage a connected home where voice activation matters more than a screen interface.This growing trend makes it easy to envisage a connected home where voice activation matters more than a screen interface. But in an era where people still compromise sound quality for convenience (who hasn’t listened to music on their phone for ease of access in public or even whilst sitting in bed?) Apple’s going to need a lot more than a fancy speaker to take down the successes already enjoyed by Amazon and Google Home. C’mon Apple, why don’t you really show us what Siri can do? Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Tags:#Alexa#Amazon#Apple#Connected Devices#Cortana#Google Home#Home Automation#HomePod#Samsung#Siri#smart assistant#WWDC17 Follow the Puck Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

Khan died of injuries on chest, abdomen

first_imgDairy farmer Pehlu Khan, who was beaten up by a mob of cow vigilantes at Behror in Alwar district last week, died of serious injuries on his chest and lower abdomen, the autopsy report has revealed in its preliminary findings.The 55-year-old farmer from Nuh in Haryana sustained internal injuries on his lungs, while his ribs were broken and blood clots were found near his heart, stated the post-mortem report prepared by a four-member team of doctors and medical jurists. “It appears prima facie that Pehlu Khan died of internal injuries and heavy bleeding. The medical team has asked for viscera analysis for submitting its final report,” Alwar superintendent of police Rahul Prakash told The Hindu on Friday.The three accused — Vipin Yadav, Ravindra Yadav and Kalu Ram Yadav — who were arrested on Wednesday on the basis of video footage of the incident, were produced before the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate in Behror on the expiry of their one-day police remand. The court sent them to judicial custody for 14 days.Hunt on for 10 moreMr. Prakash said the police had identified 10 more accused persons in the case after establishing their presence on the spot from the video footage circulated on social media. Their names have been added to the FIR registered initially against six suspects on charge of murder and other offences. Three special teams of police officers were searching for the accused, who had fled their homes, and were conducting raids at their suspected hideouts, said the Superintendent of Police.Civil rights groups have sought immediate intervention of Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje to stop the “lawlessness and free run” given to cow vigilantes allegedly with the support of many people in high places.Asking whether the law and order machinery had been handed over by the police to the cow protection vigilante groups, the People’s Union for Civil Liberties said if this was not stopped, lawlessness would prevail on the streets and the State’s economic foundation would be attacked.Demands of activistsIn a memorandum submitted to Ms. Raje, PUCL State president Kavita Srivastava and other activists demanded immediate arrest of all attackers, suspension of Behror Station House Officer and resignation of Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria for “openly glorifying and lauding the criminals”.last_img read more

Kushwaha slams Nitish; rift in Bihar NDA widens

first_imgCracks in the NDA in Bihar are out in open, with Union Minister and Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) leader Upendra Kushwaha accusing Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of targeting him, following reports of the JD(U) wooing two of his legislators.Mr. Kushwaha’s comments came minutes after his meeting with the opposition leader and former JD(U) president Sharad Yadav. Mr. Yadav had walked out of the party last year after Mr. Kumar joined hands again with the BJP. Since then he has been rallying opposition parties to form an anti-BJP front.“Nitish Kumar has a habit of breaking parties. I do not know why he has come down to destroy me and my party. But no matter what he does, he cannot harm me,” Mr. Kushwaha told reporters with Mr. Yadav standing by him.His meeting with Mr. Yadav has given rise to speculations that he may finally be switching sides. Calling Mr. Yadav, his marg darshak or guide, he said the meeting was merely to discuss issues related to social justice. Apart from his differences with Mr. Kumar, Mr. Kushwaha has been unhappy with seat sharing formula evolved by the BJP. In 2014, RLSP contested and won three seats. But in 2019, he may get only two seats.He had earlier met with Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav.The latest outburst against JD(U) chief is because of reports that RLSP MLA Sudhanshu Shekhar met newly appointed JD(U) vice-president Prashant Kishor. He along with another legislator Lalan Paswan are rumoured to switch loyalities to the JD(U).Mr. Kushwaha said the BJP must intercede in the ongoing tussle between him and Bihar Chief Minister. “We are both in NDA and we are supposed to work together. I do not think Nitishji should do all of this,” he said. He has also sought a meeting with BJP President Amit Shah to raise the issue of his “humiliations”. He has alleged that Mr Kumar referred to him as neech (low born) in one of his interactions with reporters.The BJP however, is in no mood to back him against the JD(U). In a direct snub, Bihar’s Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi tweeted, “Nitish Kumar never used the word NEECH in his interaction with media .I was present in the programme . Still some leaders trying to become martyr but will not succeed.”last_img read more

Taksali leaders are B-team of the Congress, says Sukhbir

first_imgShiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Wednesday said by tying up with former Leader of the Opposition Sukhpal Singh Khaira, Taksali leaders have proved themselves to be the Congress ‘B-team’.Taksali (old guard) leaders MP Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, Sewa Singh Sekhwan and Rattan Singh Ajnala had formed SAD (Taksali) party after raising a banner of revolt against the SAD leadership. SAD (Taksali) is now part of the Punjab Democratic Alliance which comprises Khaira’s Punjabi Ekta Party, Bains brothers and suspended AAP MP Dharmvira Gandhi. “The so called Taksali leaders have proved that they are the B-team of the Congress by tying up with another closeted Congressman Sukhpal Singh Khaira,” Mr. Badal alleged. Interacting with party workers at Attari and Baba Bakala, the SAD president said however much Mr. Brahmpura may deny his Congress links, the tie-up with former AAP leader Khaira has proved that he as well as Mr. Sekhwan and Mr. Ajnala were working as per the “Congress party’s agenda”.‘Conspiracy hatched’ “Mr. Brahmpura hatched a conspiracy during a meeting with the Chief Mnister. However he denies this… but the people will never forgive him for betraying his ‘panthic’ past to become a Congress agent,” he alleged.last_img read more

2011 cricket WC to cost $40-50 mn

first_imgThe 2011 cricket World Cup, to be jointly hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, is expected to cost $40-50 million.The figure was worked out at a preliminary meeting of the 2011 World Cup sub-committee looking into operations planning and event budgeting on Wednesday, said tournament director and Cricket Board’s Chief Administrative Officer, Prof Ratnakar Shetty.The preliminary meeting, in which two representatives of the International Cricket Council, including its general manager (commercial) Jamie Campbell, guided the member countries’ representatives on the intricacies in preparing the budget for the event, said Shetty.”The 2011 World Cup is an ICC event to be jointly organised by Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and India. All the expenses are to be borne by the ICC. The representatives of the member countries were told by the ICC representatives how to take care of the expenses”, Shetty told reporters after the meeting.Shetty said each of the organising country is different as far as expenses in hosting matches are concerned.last_img read more

Filoil: UP, Adamson roll past foes

first_imgMOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Juan Gomez De Liaño led UP with 17 points while Jun Manzo added 15 for UP, which climbed to 4-2.In the other game, Papi Sarr and Simon Camacho powered Adamson past Jose Rizal University, 70-52.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSarr collected a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds while Camacho came off the bench and had an all-around game with 12 points, four rebounds, three steals and two blocks.“Simon is one of those rare players who come in once in a while and who does not need the ball to make an impact,” said Tonichi Yturri, filled in for Adamson head coach Franz Pumaren, who attended to other matters. “He changed the complexion of the game when he came in.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP MANILA, Philippines—Even without two key players, University of the Philippines still proved too much for Mapua in an 80-71 win in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup Monday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Fighting Maroons, who hardly felt the absence of Ricci Rivero and Kobe Paras, flaunted their depth and turned to their defense to blow the game wide open in the third quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ateneo rallies past FEU, enters PBA D-League semis Camacho and Sarr teamed up helped the Falcons build a commanding lead en route to their fourth victory in five outings. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war View commentslast_img read more

AFC U-19 Championship Qualifiers: India hold Yemen to goalless draw

first_imgThe Indian U-19 football team played out a goalless draw against Yemen in their second match of the AFC U-19 Championship Qualifiers at the Prince Mohammad bin Fahad Stadium here on Monday.It was all Yemen in the first 10 minutes as they dominated possession and kept threatening the Indian citadel. The Indian defence, however, dealt with most of the danger, whilst Dheeraj Singh’s safe hands kept Yemen at bay.The Indians continued to improve and in the 14th minute, Boris Singh beat his marker to run onto a vacant flank, only for his cross to miss Rahim Ali’s head.Four minutes later, Rahim Ali set up a shot for Amarjit from outside the box, but the latter could only shoot wide of the goal. In the 29th minute, Rahim Ali switched play and found Ninthoi on the flank, who released a pass for an onrushing Suresh Singh.Suresh failed to test the Yemen goalkeeper from outside the box as the ball flew over the bar.India had a glorious opportunity to take the lead early in the second half when Rahim Ali was released onto goal. With only the Yemen custodian to beat from a tight angle, Rahim Ali shot straight at the goalkeeper resulting in an easy save in the 46th minute.Four minutes later it was Abhishek Haldar’s attempt from inside the box that went inches past the goal after Suresh had found him with an inch perfect cross from the wings. In the 55th minute, Dheeraj Singh was called into action and the custodian did not disappoint as he made an acrobatic save to keep out Yemen.advertisementIndia held the Yemen attacks at bay whilst starting to dominate possession. Chances, however, became rare for both teams as the end-to-end tempo resulted in neither getting a clear attempt at goal.last_img read more

Ronaldo matches Messi with fifth Ballon d’Or

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo wins fifth Ballon d’Or to equal Lionel Messi Seth Vertelney Last updated 1 year ago 03:03 12/8/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(94) Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Getty Images Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Primera División The Real Madrid star took home the prize after guiding his team to a La Liga and Champions League double in 2016-17 Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has won the 2017 Ballon d’Or.It is the fifth time the Portugal international has won the prize, drawing him level with his great rival Lionel Messi for the most Ballons d’Or of all time. Ronaldo scored 42 goals across all competitions during the 2016-17 season, leading Real Madrid to a La Liga and Champions League double. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The 32-year-old netted 25 times in La Liga last term and added 12 goals in the Champions League, including a brace in the final against Juventus.”I’m very happy. To get this prize in Paris is a great experience, it’s marvelous,” Ronaldo told L’Equipe TV.  “It’s a great moment of my career. It’s something I wish I have every year. We had a marvelous year. I was the [top] goalscorer of the Champions League, so I want to thank my team-mates.”They were important for me. And also thanks everybody who helped me to be in great form during the season.” Cristiano Ronaldo, Ballon d'Or GFXIt’s the second straight year Ronaldo has won the award presented by France Football, and he was also named the Best FIFA Men’s Player of 2016-17 in October.Ronaldo also took home the Ballon d’Or in 2008, 2013, and 2014.Cristiano Ronaldo Ballon d’Or @francefootball 2017 ! #BallondOr— France Football (@francefootball) December 7, 2017FIFA formerly awarded the Ballon d’Or in conjunction with France Football, but the two entities split their prizes last year. The Portugal star was joined in the top 30 by six of his Real Madrid team-mates: Karim Benzema (25th place), Toni Kroos (17th), Marcelo (16th), Isco (12th), Sergio Ramos (sixth) and Modric (fifth). Ronaldo has picked up where he left off last season in this year’s Champions League, scoring in all six of Madrid’s group-stage matches – a feat that had never been accomplished before . But he hasn’t matched that form in La Liga, netting just two times in 10 appearances thus far.last_img read more

Paul Finebaum Revealed His Heisman Trophy Vote

first_imgPaul Finebaum explains why Clemson will lose.ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum revealed this morning who he voted for in the 2018 Heisman Trophy race.It’s not too surprising.Finebaum revealed during his radio show appearance on WJOX that he voted for Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, but it was a close decision.Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray ended up winning the award, with Tagovailoa finishing in second.“It’s pretty amazing if I would have told you four weeks ago that Tua wouldn’t win the Heisman, but that’s how it went,” Finebaum said.Finebaum thinks that Murray beating out Tagovailoa for the award could give Alabama an extra edge against Oklahoma.“You look for edges and I think it is for Alabama,” Finebaum said. “You could see some of the reaction from some of the players, Damien Harris namely, and you could tell they were angry. Exactly how much that matters, I don’t know, but it counters the narrative that Alabama is a two-touchdown favorite and should walk away from this. As far as Tua, I think his health is more important than whether he’s upset about it. He didn’t look all that upset, but I’ve never seen him look upset about anything. I think that’s demeanor. I don’t think it’s going to be that big of a deal.”Alabama and Oklahoma are set to play in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 29.last_img read more

More Local Companies Urged to Invest in Research and Development

first_img Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says more local companies need to invest in research and development (R&D) in order to stimulate economic growth. Story Highlights Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says more local companies need to invest in research and development (R&D) in order to stimulate economic growth.He indicated that the work directed towards innovation, introduction and improvement of products and processes is often lacking in some entities.“We do not invest in R&D. We are about just purchasing and selling. We import and we sell, but this does not contribute to our own economic development,” he noted.Dr. Wheatley was addressing the official opening of Kleen Manufacturing Koncepts Limited at Sydenham Commercial Plaza, Old Harbour Road, St. Catherine, on December 14.Studies have indicated that investing in R&D increases economic growth. The United States (US) spends the most on R&D worldwide, which was estimated at US$465 billion in 2014, followed by China and Japan.“That is what we are about as Government. We want to provide an opportunity for our people to express their inherent innovative capacity,” he pointed out.He commended Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Kleen Manufacturing Koncepts Limited, Omar Ricketts, for his innovation and growth of the company over its seven years of existence.The small business, which has been operating from its present location since 2013, produces purified bottled water for distribution entities, retailers, wholesalers and other bottled-water companies across the length and breadth of Jamaica.The 2,000-square-foot plant, which represents investment of about $10 million, includes water processing stations, office, kitchenette, restroom and a storage area.Mr. Ricketts informed that the company has moved from employing two persons to 12, and will open a new refilling station at Brunswick Avenue, Spanish Town, in the coming year that will employ a further three persons.He also informed that the company will be introducing two new products –kiwi-flavoured water and lime-flavoured water.The new location is approximately 50 square feet, and is expected to serve at least 200 customers on a daily basis. “We do not invest in R&D. We are about just purchasing and selling. We import and we sell, but this does not contribute to our own economic development,” he noted. Studies have indicated that investing in R&D increases economic growth. The United States (US) spends the most on R&D worldwide, which was estimated at US$465 billion in 2014, followed by China and Japan.last_img read more

Ombudsman Office to Hold Outreach Clinic in Digby

first_imgThe Office of the Ombudsman will hold an outreach clinic in the Digby area on Thursday, Sept. 25. Representatives from the Ombudsman’s office will be available to talk about the role of the Ombudsman in Nova Scotia. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about the complaint process, ask questions, and meet with an Ombudsman representative. The outreach clinic will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Isaiah Wilson Memorial Library, 84 Warwick St., Digby. The Office of the Ombudsman is an independent agency that addresses administrative concerns about provincial or municipal government services. Its services are provided free of charge. For more information on the session, call toll-free 1-800-670-1111, e-mail or see their website at .last_img read more

Suncor operations cease at base plant after process upset knocks out power

first_imgCALGARY – Suncor Energy Inc. says operations have ceased at its oilsands base plant near Fort McMurray, Alta., after a temporary power loss Wednesday afternoon.Company spokesperson Erin Rees would only describe the cause of the power loss as a “process upset” but says power was restored as of Wednesday night.Rees says she cannot provide more detail because it’s a “day to day operational issue.”She says the incident does not impact the safety of the company’s employees or contractors.Suncor is currently focused on a safe return to operations, Rees says.She says during that return to operations, there is potential for additional flaring at the plant.last_img

Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure presented an update of completed work in

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. –  Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure presented an update at the Peace River Regional District Board meeting about completed work in the Peace region and B.C.Since the last report dated July, projects such as road resurfacing was completed on Jackfish Lake Road, West Fraser road Dawson Creek to Kiskatinaw Bridge Mill & Fill and H29 Bullmoose to Sukunka HIPR as well as providing additional paving to Farrell Creek Road and Patch paving on Braden, Sweetwater, Bessborough Roads.Bridge work that is now complete includes Roseland Culvert Replacement, Scour Remediation, McLean & St John 3 and Brassey Creek Bridge.Community safety enhancements were completed to the Murray River Boat Launch Access, improved 911 Signage, increased reflectivity North Taylor Hill and improvements to the Museum Cross Walk in Ft. Nelson.To date, 2017 road washouts have been fixed with the Ministry now focusing on the Old Fort Road.“Currently, a single lane forestry type road has been put in place of the Old Fort Road, and within a weeks time they seek to upgrade the road to two lanes reducing the curves and increasing sight lines,” said Hali Davenport, Acting District ManagerFor more information on continued work in the region, see the website or HERElast_img read more

Mumbai Indians eye revenge against KXIP

first_imgMumbai: Revenge will be on their mind when Mumbai Indians lock horns with Kings XI Punjab, the hosts looking to stretch their winning run in the Indian Premier League here Wednesday. The previous encounter between the two teams in Mohali had ended in a comprehensive eight-wicket win for Kings XI, but home conditions at the Wankhede Stadium are expected to favour MI. MI enter the match high on confidence following successive victories over holders Chennai Super Kings and last edition’s finalists Sunrisers Hyderabad. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Significantly both these victories came mostly because of MI’s all-round bowling strength as the bowlers defended totals successfully. MI are also blessed with splendid batting firepower in the end overs from West Indian Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya. Kings XI, who too have been given a shot-in-the-arm by their six-wicket victory Monday night over Sunrisers, need to chip away at the top of the MI batting as well as ensure that the big-striking Pollard and Hardik don’t take away the game like they did when carving 45 runs in the last two overs against CSK to turn the game around. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later MI don’t even have anyone in the top-20 run scorers’ list this season, an indication of the depth in their batting, and have a superior fast bowling attack bolstered by the inclusion of West Indian pacer, Alzarri Joseph, who blew away Sunrisers with his record-breaking haul of 6/12 in Hyderabad in their previous game. The hosts have a formidable pace attack with Jasprit Bumrah and left-arm Jason Behrendorff also there, along with Joseph and Hardik, to utilise the bounce and carry on the Wankhede track. Kings XI, third on the table with eight points, have been top heavy in batting with K L Rahul and Mayank Agarwal leading the way with 200-plus aggregates and the indomitable Gayle too not far behind. In bowling, skipper Ravichandran Ashwin (7 wickets) has done well in five out of six games that the team has played and has got good support from the likes of Sam Curran, Mohammed Shami and Murugan Ashwin. Teams (from): Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma(c), Quinton de Kock(wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jason Behrendorff, Mayank Markande, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Alzarri Joseph, Anmolpreet Singh, Siddhesh Lad, Ankul Roy, Evin Lewis, Pankaj Jaiswal, Ben Cutting, Ishan Kishan (wk), Aditya Tare, Rasikh Salam, Barinder Sran, Jayant Yadav. Kings XI Punjab: Lokesh Rahul (wk), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Sam Curran, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Andrew Tye, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb Ur Rehman, Karun Nair, Moises Henriques, Varun Chakravarthi, Harpreet Brar, Simran Singh, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Hardus Viljoen, Ankit Rajpoot, Arshdeep Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Agnivesh Ayachi.last_img read more

Afghanistan UN agency welcomes new law on combating terrorism

“The enactment of the new law is a major step towards bringing to justice those who have committed, attempted to commit, or plan to commit terrorist acts. It is an important part of an effective and comprehensive anti-terrorism strategy,” Christina Gynna Oguz, UNODC Representative in Afghanistan, said in a statement.The new Combat against Terrorism Offences legislation ensures the human rights of suspects and accused, according to UNODC. It requires that all protections in the country’s Constitution and criminal procedure laws apply in terrorism cases.“This law now brings Afghanistan’s penal legislation in accordance with the 13 international conventions on terrorism,” Ms. Oguz said, while she also urged the drafting of regulations to safeguard privacy rights by controlling law enforcement monitoring of communications, after court approval. UNODC has worked closely with the legislation department of the Afghan Ministry ofJustice and has provided technical advice by leading weekly meetings, training workshops and drafting sessions. The UN agency says that Afghanistan faces serious terrorism problems threatening its stability, prosperity and good governance, as well as the human rights of its citizens. In a related development, UNODC held a training workshop this week for Afghanistan’s Central Prison Department on new regulations for prisons in the country.“The obligation to treat persons deprived of their liberty with dignity and humanity is a fundamental and universally applicable rule – and not dependent on the material resources available,” Ms. Oguz said.The new regulations are designed to enhance the protection of prisoners and detainees across the country and to support proper management of prisons. Further trainings are planned for all of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces. 31 July 2008A new anti-terrorism law in Afghanistan has been welcomed by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), which says the legislation brings the country in line with international conventions. read more

UN official points to climate change among issues to steer longterm business

He said that climate change, human rights, anti-corruption and access to water are among the hot topics that are factoring into investor and business decision-making processes.“It is understood that an obsession with a short-term quarterly share maximisation is not necessarily synonymous with long-term sustainability,” said Executive Director of the UN Global Compact, Georg Kell.The Global Compact, set up in 2000, is a UN-created alliance in which close to 5,000 participating businesses in 130 countries have pledged to align their operations and strategies with 10 universally accepted principles in areas ranging from human rights and labour to the environment and anti-corruption practices. “Initially the idea of the Global Compact was in essence to call upon business to engage in support of UN goals, to embrace the principles and act upon them,” Mr. Kell told reporters, as he highlighted current trends and developments in corporate responsibility, particularly in the context of current market turmoil.A significant development over recent months is the serious damage to public faith and confidence in the private sector, and the growing distrust is “fanning populist reactions to global economic integration,” according to a Global Compact paper titled the Global Economic Downturn.“We are convinced, as we have been for many years already, that engagement on non-financial issues is a way to restore and rebuild trust,” said Mr. Kell, adding, “so we do believe that the Compact can be, at least a part of the answer, by challenging companies, in particular to demonstrate responsibility.”The environment is one direction in which commercial enterprises are turning their attention, said Mr. Kell, noting that the Secretary-General has repeatedly suggested a ‘Green New Deal’ as a way of combining stimuli packages with attention to environmental issues.“This kind of thinking needs to develop much faster and much more rapidly because the necessity for doing so is clearly out there,” he stressed.The reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent is necessary to avoid disastrous implications, but “at this point nobody knows how to do this but everybody knows in order to achieve it ultimately fundamental economic and social transformations are required.“Already 1.1 billion people don’t have access to water. So the whole natural resource issue clearly, clearly is bound to be amplified in the months to come, and we strongly believe that next year will be the year of sustainability where sustainability of markets will be intimately linked with climate, water and through it also food and related issues.”Mr. Kell pointed out that the Compact had also launched an initiative in 2006 at the New York Stock Exchange, with investors in stock markets who are concerned with establishing principles for responsible investment.The Principles for Responsible Investment initiative now has over 450 institutional supporters – representing $18 trillion in assets under management – increasingly paying attention to environmental, social and governance issues when making assessments for investments. 17 December 2008The global crisis in financial markets and looming economic recession has focused the corporate world’s attention on critical non-financial issues – such as climate change – important to its future survival, the head of the United Nations initiative for ethical business told reporters today. read more

Canadian home prices rise to fresh high in February

TORONTO — Canadian home prices rose 0.3% in February, pushing the Teranet-National Bank national composite price index to a record high for a second month in a row.Home prices were up in all five markets surveyed in Western Canada and were down in all five metropolitan eastern markets except Montreal.A record was set for the fourth straight month in Vancouver (up 0.9%), while Calgary’s increase of 1.1% helped it set a record for the first time since September 2007. Increases were also recorded in Edmonton (0.6%), Victoria (0.9%) and Winnipeg (0.5%).Halifax and Quebec City dipped the most at -1.7%. Decreases were noted in Ottawa-Gatineau (-0.8%), Hamilton, Ont. (-0.5%), and Toronto (-0.1%). Montreal was up 0.7%.Over the last 12 months, the index has increased by 5%, with prices in Calgary rising 9.6% and Vancouver by 7.7%. Toronto was up 6.1%, followed by Edmonton (5.3%) and Hamilton (five%). Winnipeg was below the average at 3.5% and Montreal was up 1.9%.Prices were down in at least four markets for the first time since October 2009 as Victoria fell 3.4%, Halifax was down 4.7% and Ottawa-Gatineau slipped 0.6%. Prices in Quebec City were down for the first time in 15 years, falling two% over the last year.The Teranet-National Bank index tracks average home prices in 11 metropolitan markets based on data collected from public land registries. read more

UN supports bid to prevent smuggling of Afghan children

Manoel de Almeida e Silva said UN agencies, working with government officials and a number of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), “have been working on a comprehensive set of essential measures aimed at curbing this illegal practice and raising awareness about the problem.”Meanwhile, steps are being taken to reunite children who had been deported from other countries with their families back in Afghanistan. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) are backing the operation, which since October has brought over 70 children – mostly boys ranging in age from 5 to 15 – back to Afghanistan.In another development, a UNHCR spokesman today reported that 150 Afghans who survived December’s devastating earthquake in Bam are back in their home country. The agency is providing them with cash, food and relief supplies while helping additional Afghan earthquake survivors to make their way home. read more

Recovery in Iraqs warbattered Mosul is a tale of two cities UN

Speaking to the press in Geneva, Lise Grande, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, said the contrast between the east and the west of the city could not be clearer. Indeed: “Everyone’s gone home to eastern Mosul except for 20,000 people.” “Mosul’s really a tale of two cities. Eastern Mosul is a city that’s recovering, people are home, schools are open, businesses are open, markets are open. Conditions aren’t great but it’s a city on the mend,” she said.Yet, the situation is very different in western Mosul, explained Ms. Grande, who is also the Deputy Special Representative of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). “In the 15 completely destroyed neighbourhoods, there are 230,000 civilians who come from those districts who are not coming home anytime soon.” Overall, she said that Mosul, which had been the site of the single largest urban battle since World War II, had also witnessed the largest managed evacuation in modern history, with nearly one million civilians assisted out of the city. “Very exceptionally, humanitarian agencies were not near the front line, they were on the front line,” she stated. In all, some 3.3 million people across Iraq remain outside their homes, including those recently displaced from Mosul. In the wake of the Iraqi campaign to oust the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) from Mosul, she said that there are three more military operations that are expected: in Tal Afar; in Hawija; and in the Euphrates Valley, western Anbar Province. “We think that by the end of those military operations several hundred thousand more civilians are likely to be displaced. [As such] when the military campaign in Iraq is over, we are possibly looking at 3.5 million civilians who will need to go home,” she said. read more

GPs leaving men with family history of prostate cancer blind to the

first_imgThe new findings are based on analysis of surveys of 402 GPs and 1,901 adult British men, which will be presented  at a Public Health England conference in Manchester today.Prostate cancer can be successfully treated if caught in time, but the disease often displays no symptoms in the early stages.GPs should tell those with a family history about the option to have a PSA blood test, which can pick up higher levels of proteins linked to prostate cancer.Such tests are not routinely offered by the NHS, because raised levels do not necessarily denote cancer, but are offered on request to those over the age of 50. Prostate cancer treatment can involve hormone therapyCredit:Alamy “We need men to feel empowered to take control of their own health, find out their family history and pro-actively ask their GP whether they need tests for the disease due to their risk of developing it. Currently this isn’t happening nearly enough and the increased risk due to family history of prostate cancer is being dangerously overlooked by both men and their GPs.”Too many men are walking around completely blind to the serious danger they could face. This must change.” Man prostate  Family doctors are leaving patients with a family history of prostate cancer “completely blind” to the serious dangers they face, a leading charity has warned.Men whose father or brothers suffered from the disease are 2.5 more likely to develop it, and should be monitored more closely.But research by Prostate Cancer UK found just one in ten GPs were likely to ask patients about their family histories – even though 91 per cent were aware of the added risks.Meanwhile, two thirds of men whose relatives had suffered from the disease had no idea of the dangers linked to harmful genes, researchers found.The charity’s chief executive Angela Culhane said: “There’s no denying that GPs in the UK today face tremendous pressure to start conversations with patients regarding an ever-growing list of medical conditions. Man and scan Each year more than 40,000 men in the UK are diagnosed with prostate cancer and around 11,000 die from the disease. Prostate cancer is one of the most common forms of cancerCredit:Alamy 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