SatwiksairajChirag enter Thailand Open semis

first_imgBangkok: The Indian pair of Satwiksairaj Shetty and Chirag Shetty entered the men’s doubles semi-finals after registering a hard-fought win over qualifiers Choi Solgyu and Seo Seung Jae of Korea at the Thailand Open on Friday. The unseeded Indian combination registered a 21-17, 17-21, 21-19 in a gruelling quarterfinal match that lasted exactly an hour. This was Rankireddy and Shetty’s maiden win over the Korean pair. The duo will now face another Korean pair of Ko Sung Hyun and Shin Baek Cheol for a place in the finals of the $350,000 tournament on Saturday.last_img read more

Scheer repeats alleged libel goads Trudeau to follow through on lawsuit threat

first_imgOTTAWA — Andrew Scheer is trying to provoke Prime Minister Justin Trudeau into following through on his threat to sue him over allegedly libellous criticism of the SNC-Lavalin affair.The Conservative leader has repeated, word for word, the March 29 statement that prompted Trudeau’s lawyer, Julian Porter, to send him notice of a potential libel suit.For good measure, he’s done it outside the House of Commons, so parliamentary privilege won’t protect him.Scheer accuses Trudeau of leading a campaign to interfere with the criminal prosecution of Montreal engineering giant SNC-Lavalin and directing Canada’s former attorney general, Jody Wilson-Raybould, to break the law.Trudeau says he put Scheer on notice because the Conservatives have a history of making misleading and defamatory statements.He says he won’t “stand idly by” and allow that to happen. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Human Rights Campaign To Honor Meryl Streep With Ally For Equality Award

first_imgThe Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, has announced it will honor critically-acclaimed, multi-award-winning actress Meryl Streep with the organization’s Ally for Equality Award at the 2017 HRC Greater New York Gala on Saturday, February 11, 2017, at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.“Throughout her phenomenal career, Meryl Streep has used her voice to stand up for the LGBTQ community,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Whether through her iconic roles that raised the visibility of LGBTQ people, or by boldly speaking out for equality, Meryl Streep embodies the very nature of what it means to be an ally to our community. We are thrilled to welcome Meryl Streep to the 2017 HRC Greater New York Gala and look forward to honoring her with the HRC Ally for Equality Award.”The HRC Ally for Equality Award recognizes the outstanding efforts of those who use their voice to publicly stand-up for the LGBTQ community. These individuals dedicate their time, energy, spirit and whole-hearted commitment to better the lives of LGBTQ people. The award is given to allies outside of the LGBTQ community who stand up on behalf of equality for all Americans.For almost 40 years, Meryl Streep has portrayed an astonishing array of characters in a career that has cut its own unique path from the theater through film and television. An outspoken advocate for LGBTQ equality, Streep credits childhood music teachers for helping to open her eyes to LGBTQ acceptance, including her gay piano teacher and his partner, and another transgender music teacher. “I just can’t remember when LGBT people were not in my life,” Streep said in an interview.An icon to many in the LGBTQ community, Streep has starred in numerous roles helping to raise awareness of the unique challenges LGBTQ people face. Streep told Between the Line News that her role in Angels in America — HBO’s 2003 groundbreaking miniseries about the HIV and AIDS crisis — was one of the most important in her career. Streep won one of her eight Golden Globe Awards for that role, and during her acceptance speech in 2004, she also famously spoke out for marriage equality.Streep has won three Academy Awards, and in 2015, in a record that is unsurpassed, she earned a 19th Academy Award nomination. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and has been accorded a Commandeur de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government and an honorary César. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute, a 2008 honor from the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and the 2010 National Medal of Arts from President Obama. In 2011, Streep received a Kennedy Center Honor, and in 2014 the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Most recently, Streep has been nominated for her 30th Golden Globe Award, and in January of 2017, she will be honored with the Cecil B. deMille Award of the 74th Golden Globes.As previously announced, HRC will also honor PepsiCo with the HRC Corporate Equality Award. The award recognizes PepsiCo’s exceptional commitment to advancing workplace equality for the LGBTQ community.The Greater New York Gala is one of HRC’s most prestigious events of the year, attracting more than 1,000 of the organization’s most active leaders, supporters, and members. The event regularly draws political officials from federal, state, and local governments, as well as celebrity entertainers and leaders in the business community. To purchase tickets for the #HRCGreaterNY gala, learn more about the event, ways to volunteer, and more, please visit www.HRCGreaterNY.org.last_img read more

Waste Management pays 3 billion for Advanced Disposal

NEW YORK — Waste Management is pushing into the eastern U.S. by paying $3 billion for its smaller rival, Advanced Disposal Services.The country’s largest collector of trash and recycling said Monday that it will pay $33.15 per share for Advanced Disposal, a 22 per cent premium for the stock. It is also taking on $1.9 billion of the company’s debt.Waste Management Inc., based in Houston, has about 21 million customers. The deal will add more than 3 million residential and industrial customers, mostly in the eastern half of the U.S., where Advanced operates. Advanced Disposal Services, Inc. is based in Ponte Vedra, Florida.The deal adds to Waste Management’s existing collection and recycling centres.The deal is expected to close by the first quarter of next year.The Associated Press read more

Nations agree on historic UN pact on sharing benefits of worlds genetic

After nearly two decades of debate, governments from around the world today agreed to a new United Nations treaty on managing the planet’s wealth of genetic resources – from animals to plants to fungi – more fairly and systematically.The decision came on the last day of the two-week conference of parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Nagoya, Japan.The new pact, which is a protocol to the Convention, will set up an International Regime on Access and Benefit Sharing of Genetic Resources, laying down the basic ground rules on how nations cooperate in obtaining genetic resources.“This is a day to celebrate in terms of a new and innovative response to the alarming loss of biodiversity and ecosystems, and a day to celebrate in terms of opportunities for lives and livelihoods in terms of overcoming poverty and delivering sustainable development,” said Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).He said that today’s achievement also shows how countries can put aside the “narrow differences that all-too-often divide in favour of the broader, shared issues that can unite peoples and nations,” congratulating governments for “bringing a fresh vision to the more intelligent management of life on Earth.”The new Nagoya Protocol will outline how benefits – for example, from when a plant’s genetics are turned into a commercial product, such as medicine – will be shared with countries and communities who conserved and managed that resource, in some cases for millennia.It also lays out rules on how substances and compounds derived from genetic resources will be dealt with, as well as on the issue of pathogens, including how developed countries could obtain a flu virus in emergency situations to develop a vaccine to counter a possible epidemic.In Nagoya, governments also adopted a new strategic plan, including targets for addressing biodiversity loss to be met by 2020.Countries agreed to increase land-based protected areas and national parks to 17 per cent of the Earth’s surface from 12.5 per cent now, and to raise the percentage of marine protected areas from 1 per cent currently to 10 per cent.The plan also calls for lifting the extinction risk from known threatened species by 2020. 29 October 2010After nearly two decades of debate, governments from around the world today agreed to a new United Nations treaty on managing the planet’s wealth of genetic resources – from animals to plants to fungi – more fairly and systematically. read more

The Latest US delays tariffs on some Chinese goods

WASHINGTON — The Latest on the shifting trade relations between the U.S. and China (all times local):11:30 a.m.The United States is delaying tariffs on Chinese-made cellphones, laptop computers and other items and removing other Chinese imports from its target list altogether, triggering a rally in beleaguered U.S. markets.The U.S. Trade Representative said Tuesday 10% tariffs on about $300 billion in Chinese imports will go forward, but tariffs on some goods will be delayed until Dec. 15. Those items include cellphones, laptop computers, video game consoles, some toys, computer monitors, shoes and clothing.Major U.S. markets jumped more than a per cent on the news. The Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq are all down between 3% and 4% in the past month.The Associated Press read more

Burundi UN helps build safer shelters for people displaced by ongoing fighting

The new site in Kabezi Commune, just south of Bujumbura, will put some distance between the IDPs and government military positions, which are regularly attacked by the Front National de Libération (FNL), the only rebel group not to have joined the peace process after a decade of war in the small Central African country. As other rebel forces join with various political parties in efforts to form a multi-party, power-sharing government, more than 80,000 Burundians who fled to surrounding countries have returned so far this year, with over 10,000 coming home in the last month alone, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). In May the UN Security Council created the UN Operation in Burundi (ONUB), with an eventual strength of 5,650 military personnel and up to 1,000 national and international civilian staff, to help restore lasting peace and bring about national reconciliation between ethnic Hutus and Tutsis. read more

UN agency urges backing for treaty on plant genetic resources as way

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General Jacques Diouf made his call at a meeting in Madrid of agriculture ministers at which they approved a Ministerial Declaration in which the Treaty’s contracting parties pledged its full implementation through specific national rules and programmes, the Organization said in a news release. “We must reaffirm our political will to work for the benefit of present and future generations as well as our commitment to do everything possible to ensure that the Treaty is fully and comprehensively implemented,” said Mr. Diouf, pointing to the challenge of feeding a growing world population that will reach nine billion people by 2050. The ministers also expressed their conviction that the Treaty is vital to achieving the UN’s Millennium Development Goals — particularly eradicating extreme poverty and hunger and guaranteeing environmental sustainability. They also pledged to enhance national capacities for the conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources.The Madrid meeting of the Ministerial Segment of the Treaty’s governing bodies, chaired by Elena Espinosa, Spain’s Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, was attended by over 70 countries, a fact which sent a powerful political message in support of the Treaty, according to FAO. This was the first meeting of the Treaty’s governing body.In his remarks, Mr. Diouf also gave several examples of progress made under the Treaty, including enabling developing countries to conserve and make better use of their plant genetic resources as well as those they obtain internationally, and also reversing a recent trend towards reduced international sharing of plant genetic resources.FAO calculates that the average level of country interdependency for plant genetic resources is 70 per cent, meaning that all countries depend significantly on the genetic diversity of crops in other countries in order to be able to guarantee the food security of their own populations.In a separate development related to food security, the FAO said its recent Regional Conference of Europe had underlined the key role of rural development driven by agriculture in combating poverty and hunger, especially in Europe’s transition countries.Attended by agriculture ministers and delegates of 51 countries and numerous observers, the Conference in Riga, Latvia from 8-9 June, also urged greater FAO cooperation with and assistance to the countries of the region. read more

Ban appoints seasoned British humanitarian advocate to head up UN relief wing

Mr. O’Brien succeeds Valerie Amos, also of the United Kingdom, and the Secretary-General expressed his utmost gratitude to Ms. Amos for her outstanding services to the United Nations and the humanitarian community, having tirelessly advocated for the world’s people in greatest need.In a statement, the Secretary-General’s spokesperson said that Mr. O’Brien brings extensive experience in multilateral diplomacy and advocacy to the post, together with international leadership and management.Much of that, it noted, came in the coordination of collective action within the humanitarian community, notably in the fight against malaria and neglected tropical diseases, as well as in his significant contribution to the United Kingdom’s efforts to achieve the United Nations-endorsed target of contributing 0.7 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) to official development assistance (ODA).As a strong humanitarian advocate with more than 20 years of experience in international development and health care, Mr. O’Brien is expected to bring innovative and strategic ideas to the role. A member of the United Kingdom Parliament, notable among Mr. O’Brien’s posts are his time as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development between 2010 and 2012, and his founding and chairing of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Malaria & Neglected Tropical Diseases, since 2004.He served as the United Kingdom Prime Minister’s Envoy and Special Representative for the Sahel since 2012, chaired the Malaria Consortium NGO between 2006 and 2010, and is Director-Trustee of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. In addition to his political and non-governmental roles, Mr. O’Brien has also served as a Senior Executive at global industrial manufacturer, Redland.Recently he won the 2014 Champions Action Award for his leadership in mobilizing the campaigns against malaria and neglected tropical diseases, having undertaken multiple pro bono civil society engagements, notably as Global Advocate for the United Nations/WHO “Roll Back Malaria Partnership,” and Patron of Malaria No More UK.Mr. O’Brien, a qualified and formerly practising solicitor, holds a degree in Law from Cambridge University. read more

Syria bread prices up nearly 90 per cent pushing more people into

“The evidence is clear: almost five years of conflict have destroyed the Syrian economy and the people’s ability to buy essentials like the food they need to survive,” said Arif Husain, chief economist of the UN World Food Programme (WFP).The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) said in their special joint report based on a crop and food security assessment mission to Syria that the 2015 wheat crop is expected to be better than the 2014 drought stricken harvest, but is still 40 per cent lower than pre-conflict production levels and “will not lead to significant improvements in the overall household food security situation.”Some 9.8 million people in Syria are food insecure, with 6.8 million of these “severely” food insecure – a level of need that requires external food assistance, according to the report, which noted that since January this year alone, more than half a million people have been displaced. “Although Syria’s current harvest is better than expected due to abundant rains, the country’s agriculture sector remains decimated by the conflict. Urgent donor support is needed to ensure farmers can meet the upcoming cereal planting season, beginning in October,” said Dominique Burgeon, Director of FAO’s Emergency and Rehabilitation Division.The report said agricultural production continues to be impeded by shortages of fuel, farm labour and agricultural inputs, including seeds and fertilizers; high input costs and unreliable quality; as well as damages to irrigation systems and farming equipment. Livestock production is also gravely affected by the conflict, the agencies said.“The sector, once a major contributor to Syria’s domestic economy and to its external trade, has seen reductions of 30 per cent in cattle and 40 per cent in sheep and goats, while poultry, usually the most affordable source of protein in people’s diets has shrunk by 50 per cent,” according to the report. “The report also noted that the country’s veterinary service is rapidly running out of vaccines and routine drugs.”And after being relatively stable in 2014, food prices began increasing sharply in early 2015 in the wake of lower government subsidies and exchange rate depreciation, the report noted. “Critically, the price of bread has spiralled in the past year, increasing by up to 87 per cent in public bakeries,” it said.The report said families were found to be spending more than half of their incomes on food and in some places such as Sweida, Aleppo and Hama this share is higher and has jumped to almost 80 per cent in Dara’a, one of the areas which have witnessed some of the most intensive fighting.While an end to the conflict remains the main precondition for ensuring that people in Syria have adequate access to food, the FAO-WFP report recommends that in order to strengthen the resilience of affected communities, the establishment of village-based private seed production and distribution centres, promoting backyard vegetable and poultry production through distribution of improved seeds and chicks, as well as providing livestock vaccines and veterinary drugs.“We worry about the continued displacement and its impact particularly on women and children,” said the WFP economist, Mr. Husain. “The risk of irreversible damage to the children is real, with tragic future consequences if this conflict lasts much longer.” read more

Vick Throws Support Behind Foles For Starting Position

Howard Smith-USA TODAY SportsPhiladelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly, who has used two quarterbacks all season, joked that Nick Foles will start at the QB position for this week. The only thing is, the Eagles have a bye this week.Now that QB Michael Vick is healthy enough to play again, Kelly will have to answer a question seriously next week.How can you bench Foles? That is an answer Vick himself wants to know.“In all honesty, in all fairness, how can you take a guy out of the game who’s been playing so well?” Vick told WIP 94, via CSN Philly, on Thursday.“I’ve been in this stage before, and I know what it’s like. I understand the position that this team is in, and the one thing I never want to do is be a distraction or put our team or our coaches in a position where they feel like they’re not doing the right thing or I feel like they’re not doing the right thing. I trust what’s going on, I enjoy being a part of it, I love the game of football in general. So it’s important to me to be there in support and be ready if my name and number is called again.”Philadelphia has won three-straight games and is at the top of the NFC East behind Foles. He also hasn’t thrown an interception all season.“He had an opportunity to learn from me this year and last year and just sit behind me and pick my brain, and he also went out and played the game, and now he’s just taking that and everything is unfolding for him,” Vick said. “He’s going out there and everything he’s worked for and put into his game, he’s putting it to work, and that’s what you’ve seen.“He can potentially be a starter in this league for a long time. It’s just about timing, as of right now. As long as he keeps doing what he’s doing, he’s going to continue to build that case.” read more

Metlicic covers the Serbian flag with a patch on his ceded Partizan

← Previous Story Karabatic: “We fought to the end, Partizan made a huge progress compared to last year” Next Story → Arnor Atlason injury shocks Flensburg – out indefinitely karabaticmetlicicMontpellierpartizanpero metlicicPetar Metlicic Partizan decided to act friendly and ceded their spare jerseys to Montpellier, as the French team forgot their primary jerseys in France due to baggage problem. However, Petar Metlicic, acted in unfriendly manner, and on the ceded Partizan shirt covered the Serbian flag on the back of the shirt with a patch. This was an individual act of Petar Metlicic, as all other Montpellier players were wearing shirt with the Serbian flag on its back without any objections. Decisions such as this without any consent from the EHF or the host team are degrading the reputation of the handball.photo: zurnal.rs read more

Column Do you compartmentalise your life on social media

first_imgWE’VE ALL DONE it – we’ve all turned down someone’s birthday drinks with a “blergh, work” excuse, only to be tagged by another mate, on the same night, in a Facebook check-in at Copper Face Jacks: “out with DA CREW – wa-HEY!!!”But abundant potential for socially awkward situations aside, social media can be a minefield when it comes to compartmentalising our lives where it counts. A recent survey shows, however, that we may be getting smarter about this: according to the stats, 61 per cent of people aged 18 to 34 have multiple social media accounts. Increasingly, it seems, we are using these various platforms in a savvier way.Why? Out of fear: whether it’s a notification in your work inbox that a message has been quarantined due to inappropriate content (“Think… think… Oh god why did I give Jamie this address?”) or the ongoing NSA uproar, we’re more and more aware that someone – be it Big Brother or your auntie’s friend who really doesn’t get Facebook and “likes” bloody everything and writes incredibly humour-dampening comments on all your status updates – is watching us.Multiple accounts, strategically presenting different sides of our lives, can be a preventative measure against embarrassing overlap.‘Work you’ vs ‘real you’The work versus life conundrum is probably the trickiest aspect to navigate for most. There’s this many-a-time-shared mishap, as well as the famous Red Cross Twitter account incident. But matters get murkier when employers encourage you to use social media for professional purposes.I work for an organisation where staff are asked to tweet about what we do – we even get a “suggested tweet” in our inboxes every morning (to access it, we simply scan the barcodes tattooed onto our foreheads). No, but it’s not a terrible idea for a fundraising organisation, really. We are, however, not only told to have work-specific accounts, but also cautioned that compromising content on our personal accounts could have potential impact on the organisation’s reputation.Not that I’m one for posting particularly incriminating selfies, but such statements do strike fear into even the most prudish of hearts. As a solution, I operate under two names: my married (for work) and unmarried (for beard-y selfies and everything else) surnames. It’s no watertight guarantee, but gives me at least a sensation of security, while also kind of making me feel like a superhero.For some, multiple online lives extend beyond work purposes. A friend of mine is gay, but doesn’t want this to be known in certain areas of her life. Thus, there is a Gay Claire Facebook profile, and a Straight Claire profile. One is for friends, the other for family. It sounds complicated and rife with potential for the premise of a romantic comedy, but it works for her.A recent acquaintance, more disturbingly, told me he has the motto: “Facebook for friends, Twitter for TRUTH.” This guy has a normal Facebook account, but an anonymised Twitter profile. Following and being followed by random people only, he says Twitter is where he “gets his rage out”, without fear of alienating anyone who matters to him. Whatever gets you through the night, bro.]Comments countAnd then there are comments – sneaky, sneaky comments. They seem so inconsequential, so unimportant, and yet… Commenting on accessible social network pages, forums or news sites (*waves*) opens a whole new can of worms – worms that watch what you do and then tell your boss you read Stoner Magazine. And now, with the ever-tempting, increasingly prevalent option of logging in via Facebook (registration is so 2002), your full name pops up, making those snarky asides dangerously searchable. Commenting under an assumed name can be both comforting and cathartic (go on – let ‘em ‘ave it!), though the ethics of this are debated, with some publications requiring proper registration.I suppose the logical extension of all this protective (or paranoid, depending on your view) smoke and mirrors activity is to ask whether it has any kind of impact on society, on ourselves. Are we becoming worse people with more to hide, or are bosses and aunties’ friends becoming more intrusive, with higher standards in all areas of our lives?Personally, I think this is all just an extension of society as it always was – you’d never twerk at your gran’s, so why would you show yourself twerking on an online platform accessible to said gran? We’ve always compartmentalised our lives (remember the first time you heard your dad swear?), we’re just learning that this is yet another area in which we must do that. But what do you think?Boston-born and Brixton-based, Molly Garboden is a freelance journalist, solely for the purpose of having a press card that gets her free admission to museums in Paris.Read: These graphs show you what social media sites Irish people are usingRead: Facebook testing system where users pay to contact celebrities: reportlast_img read more

Apple unveils new MacBook Pros with Sandy Bridge ThunderBolt and AMD graphics

first_imgApple just updated its homepage with some fancy new MacBook Pro laptops. The big news today is pretty much what we expected: Intel’s Sandy Bridge processors and the high-speed ThunderBolt I/O. We knew there would be new graphics but we didn’t know that Apple would be ditching Nvidia and going with AMD, the 6000 series in particular. Another upgrade is to FaceTime HD video chat.The upgrades are hitting the 13-, 15-, and 17-inch models with all of them moving to Sandy Bridge processors. The 13-inch model will still start at $1199 but will have a 2.3 GHz dual-core Core i5 and 320GB hard drive. The upper end 13-inch model ($1499) will bump the processor up to 2.7GHz and have a 500GB disk. Both 13-inch models will only have integrated graphics.There will be two new 15-inch MBPs as well, starting at $1799. These will have a very solid base with a 2.0GHz quad-core Core i7 CPU, AMD Radeon HD 6490M graphics, and a 500GB drive. The sole 17-inch model with have a 2.2GHz quad-core Core i7 (same as the high-end 15-inch system), AMD Radeon HD 6750M graphics, and 750GB of storage. It will start at $2499.Sounds great, but what is ThunderBolt? The release says, “Thunderbolt is a revolutionary new I/O technology that delivers an amazing 10 gigabits per second and can support every important I/O standard which is ideal for the new MacBook Pro.” It was developed by Intel, so we can guess that this is some form of Light Peak but from what the release says it’s a form of super connection with high input/output speeds, and compatibility with DisplayPort, USB, FireWire, and ethernet thanks to it working with PCI Express. Apple expects it to be a popular new standard.Unfortunately, no word on those built-in SSDs that were said to be put in place solely to run the OS. And those rumors we heard about the decreased weight and increased battery life? They seem to have been proven false.The release is below:Apple Updates MacBook Pro with Next Generation Processors, Graphics & Thunderbolt I/O TechnologyCUPERTINO, California—February 24, 2011—Apple® today updated the industry-leading MacBook® Pro family with next generation processors and graphics, high-speed Thunderbolt I/O technology and a new FaceTime® HD camera. Featuring the very latest dual-core and quad-core Intel Core processors, the entire MacBook Pro line is up to twice as fast as the previous generation.*“The new MacBook Pro brings next generation dual and quad Core processors, high performance graphics, Thunderbolt technology and FaceTime HD to the great design loved by our pro customers,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “Thunderbolt is a revolutionary new I/O technology that delivers an amazing 10 gigabits per second and can support every important I/O standard which is ideal for the new MacBook Pro.”Starting at $1,199 the new 13-inch MacBook Pro offers amazing value and performance in a compact design. The highly portable 13-inch MacBook Pro features Intel Core i5 and Core i7 dual-core processors up to 2.7 GHz and Intel HD Graphics 3000. The powerful 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro models feature quad-core Core i7 processors up to 2.3 GHz and AMD Radeon HD graphics processors with up to 1GB of video memory for high performance gaming, pro video editing and graphics intensive applications.MacBook Pro is the first computer on the market to include the groundbreaking Thunderbolt I/O technology. Developed by Intel with collaboration from Apple, Thunderbolt enables expandability never before possible on a notebook computer. Featuring two bi-directional channels with transfer speeds up to an amazing 10Gbps each, Thunderbolt delivers PCI Express directly to external high performance peripherals such as RAID arrays, and can support FireWire and USB consumer devices and Gigabit Ethernet networks via adapters. Thunderbolt also supports DisplayPort for high resolution displays and works with existing adapters for HDMI, DVI and VGA displays. Freely available for implementation on systems, cables and devices, Thunderbolt technology is expected to be widely adopted as a new standard for high performance I/O.The MacBook Pro now includes a built-in FaceTime HD camera with triple the resolution of the previous generation for crisp, widescreen video calls. With Apple’s innovative FaceTime video calling software, the new camera allows high definition video calls between all new MacBook Pro models and supports standard resolution calls with other Intel-based Macs, iPhone® 4 and the current generation iPod touch®. FaceTime is included with all new MacBook Pro models and is available for other Intel-based Macs from the Mac® App Store℠ for 99 cents. The MacBook Pro lineup continues to feature its gorgeous aluminum unibody enclosure, glass Multi-Touch™ trackpad, LED-backlit widescreen display, illuminated full-size keyboard and 7-hour battery.**As the industry’s greenest notebook lineup, every Mac notebook achieves EPEAT Gold status and meets Energy Star 5.0 requirements, setting the standard for environmentally friendly notebook design.*** Each unibody enclosure is made of highly recyclable aluminum and comes standard with energy efficient LED-backlit displays that are mercury-free and made with arsenic-free glass. Mac notebooks contain no brominated flame retardants, are PVC-free and are constructed with recyclable materials.Every Mac comes with Mac OS® X Snow Leopard®, the world’s most advanced operating system, and iLife®, Apple’s innovative suite of applications for creating and sharing great photos, movies and music. Snow Leopard builds on more than a decade of innovation and includes multiple features for portable computing such as Multi-Touch navigation, advanced wireless networking, easy file sharing, automated data backup and intelligent power management. The new iLife ’11 features iPhoto® with stunning full screen views for browsing, editing and sharing photos; iMovie® with powerful easy-to-use tools to transform home videos into fun theatrical trailers; and GarageBand® with new ways to improve your playing and create great sounding songs.Pricing & AvailabilityThe new 13-inch MacBook Pro, 15-inch MacBook Pro and 17-inch MacBook Pro are available through the Apple Store® (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. The 13-inch MacBook Pro is available in two configurations: one with a 2.3 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5 and 320GB hard drive starting at $1,199; and one with a 2.7 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5 and 500GB hard drive starting at $1,499. The new 15-inch MacBook Pro is available in two models: one with a 2.0 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, AMD Radeon HD 6490M and 500GB hard drive starting at $1,799 and one with a 2.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, AMD Radeon HD 6750M and 750GB hard drive starting at $2,199. The new 17-inch MacBook Pro features a 2.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, AMD Radeon HD 6750M and 750GB hard drive and is priced at $2,499.last_img read more

Droid Razr Maxx has better battery life but also more girth

first_imgIt’s only been a few months since the Droid Razr hit stores, but Motorola already has a new version. It isn’t exactly the Droid Razr 2, as most specs are the same as the previous model, but the Droid Razr Maxx does offer some upgrades nonetheless. Chief among those new features is drastically-improved battery life.You’ll always want to take promised battery life with several grains of salt, but Motorola is saying that the Droid Razr Maxx will give you over 21 hours of talk time. The fine print, however, says that talk time will depend on (among other things) network configuration; this could be an estimate with LTE turned off. Either way, no mention is made of uptime while using data. Any current-gen LTE device is going to struggle to last a day when mobile data is being used.The improved battery, however, comes at a price. The phone isn’t quite as svelte as its predecessor. The original Droid Razr is only 7.1mm at its thinnest point, but the Razr Maxx adds nearly two millimeters and measures in at 8.9mm. While it’s still a relatively thin handset (it has nearly the same thickness as the Galaxy Nexus), it compromises the first Razr’s biggest strength in order to tackle one of its biggest weaknesses.Otherwise, the Razr Maxx is the same phone as the original Droid Razr. It still rides on Verizon’s speedy LTE network, with 32GB of total storage (16GB internal, 16GB from an included microSD card), and a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display. The phone will continue with Verizon’s habit of charging $300 for each new LTE phone. Based on how the pricing pattern has played out so far, you can expect the Droid Razr Maxx to drop to $200 within a month or two of its release.Motorolalast_img read more

Des scientifiques trouvent une bactérie dans leau potable de New Delhi

first_imgDes scientifiques trouvent une bactérie dans l’eau potable de New DelhiUne équipe de scientifiques de l’université de Cardiff réclame la mise en place d’un processus d’urgence par les autorités sanitaires mondiales après avoir découvert de nouvelles souches d’une bactérie résistante aux antibiotiques en Inde.Pour la première fois, une bactérie dangereuse a été retrouvée dans les réserves d’eau potable de New-Delhi en Inde, en dehors d’un environnement hospitalier. La bactérie résistante aux antibiotiques peut entraîner le choléra et la dysenterie. L’ensemble des résultats de la recherche des scientifiques de l’université de Cardiff a été publié dans The Lancet Infectious Diseases. Les chercheurs ont été les premiers à identifier le gène NDM-1 qui rend les bactéries résistantes à de nombreux antibiotiques.À lire aussiErysipèle : contagion, traitement, de quoi s’agit-il ?La recherche a été étendue lorsqu’il a été découvert que plusieurs des patients porteurs de cette bactérie n’avaient pas été récemment hospitalisés en Inde, ce qui a poussé l’équipe de recherche à tester l’environnement de New Delhi. Des échantillons d’eau ont été prélevés des robinets publics et des eaux stagnantes. Finalement, les chercheurs sont parvenus à identifier onze nouvelles sortes de bactéries comportant le gène NDM-1. Le Pr Tim Walsh, en charge l’étude, estime que les résultats trouvés sont “extrêmement inquiétants” : “Nous avons trouvé des bactéries résistantes dans l’eau publique utilisée comme boisson, pour se laver ou pour préparer de la nourriture, et également dans les piscines et ruisseaux où la population et les enfants jouent”.  Aujourd’hui, l’équipe de recherche explique qu’il est urgent pour la population indienne de disposer d’une eau propre, sans bactéries, et cela afin de préserver leur santé. Et de conclure : “Nous avons également découvert des patients au Royaume-Uni et en Europe porteurs du NDM-1 et cela sans avoir été dans un hôpital indien”.Le 7 avril 2011 à 20:04 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

iPhone 5 des précommandes chez Orange dès demain

first_imgiPhone 5 : des pré-commandes chez Orange dès demain ?Alors qu’Apple n’a toujours pas levé le mystère quant à la date de sortie de son tant attendu iPhone 5, Orange aurait décidé de ne pas attendre plus longtemps. A l’instar de l’opérateur allemand Deutsche Telekom, la filiale de France Télécom aurait déjà prévu de lancer des pré-commandes, et ce dès demain.Les rumeurs ne cessent d’enfler autour de la sortie du nouvel iPhone, dont même le nom n’a pas encore été dévoilé par la firme à la pomme. Cette fois, c’est le site mac4ever qui révèle une information de taille. Une nouvelle qui, si elle se confirme, devrait faire de nombreux heureux. Comme l’opérateur allemand historique Deutsche Telekom (voir notre article), Orange aurait choisi de ne pas attendre l’annonce de la date de sortie de l’iPhone 5 pour permettre aux impatients de le pré-commander.À lire aussiL’étonnante expérience des ballons et du zeste d’orangeDès demain, le 13 septembre, Orange pourrait proposer aux adeptes des smartphones d’Apple de réserver leur iPhone 5. Ils éviteraient ainsi les interminables files d’attente et ruptures de stocks qui accompagnent la sortie de chaque nouveau produit phare de la firme de Cupertino. L’opérateur mobile de France Télécom n’a ni confirmé ni démenti l’information qu’il faut donc prendre avec des pincettes, comme toutes les rumeurs qui courent au sujet du nouvel iPhone.Le suspense devrait être très prochainement levé. C’est à la fin du mois de septembre, ou au plus tard début octobre, que devrait enfin être dévoilé le tant attendu iPhone 5.Le 12 septembre 2011 à 14:51 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Canon Bucks Trade Show Slide Plans Two New Events for 2010

first_imgWhile overall trade show revenue for b-to-b publishers fell 20.1 percent in the first quarter of 2009, according to American Business Media’s Business Information Network, Los Angeles-based Canon Communications continues to see growth from medical events and plans to launch two more, targeting orthopedic manufacturing, in 2010.  Canon will debut the OrthoTec Conference and Exhibition in Warsaw, Indiana in May and take the event to Switzerland in September. The locations represent the orthopedic manufacturing capitols in the U.S. and Europe.  Trade show revenue now accounts for 55 percent of Canon’s overall revenue. Earlier this year, Canon saw attendance grow 4 percent for its Medical Design and Manufacturing West conference and 20 percent for MEDTech Europe.last_img read more