first_imgA giant consumer-electronics company, dependent on smartphones for its profits, sees its stock hammered even as it reports huge earnings.Last year, that company was Apple. Now, it’s Samsung, whose shares fell 3% Friday as investors worried about sales of its flagship Galaxy S4 phone.Of Samsung’s $8 billion profit, 70 percent comes from mobile devices, so the concern is understandable. But wait: $8 billion, up 47% year over year? What’s not to like?A lot, apparently.Shifting SandsThe problem for Apple and Samsung is not just fickle investors: Consumers are equally hard to please. And outside developed markets, they are very cost-sensitive. Sub-$100 smartphones from everyone from Nokia to ZTE are catching on.Smartphones and tablets are almost all screens and chips. The glass displays and the silicon processors all come from the same substrate: sand. Wrap metal or plastic casings around them, and you have a phone. As Google CEO Larry Page recently mused at his company’s I/O conference, the raw materials of smartphones don’t add up to a big bill.The value to consumers comes from software, which is why Apple rolled out a major update to iOS, its mobile-device operating system, and Samsung is trying to figure out how to differentiate its Android smartphones from other devices running the same Google-designed software.Excess SuccessWhat Samsung may be facing, too, is that it simply did too good a job getting the revolutionary technology of a modern smartphone into people’s hands. Its marketing blitz over the past year may have convinced people to buy Galaxy phones, but investors aren’t persuaded it can repeat the act. (And indeed, Samsung’s weird New York launch and subsequent campaigns seem to have done it no favors.)Is there a way out? Perhaps the answer is to stop selling sand. As hardware becomes cheaper and more commoditized, software becomes more and more important. And not operating-system software: The Android vs. iOS battle, while likely to serve as fodder for comment threads for years to come, isn’t what matters.It’s all about apps now. Apple, despite its opaque ways, has done a good job of cozying up to key developers. Samsung is making strides here, from its partnership with Dropbox to the new Accelerator offices it is opening up in New York and Palo Alto, Calif.It might help, though, if Samsung’s user interface weren’t so complicated that it needs an “easy mode.” Get the software wrong, and all you have is an expensive hunk of refined sand. Can you blame investors for worrying that that’s what they’ll get stuck holding?Image courtesy of Shutterstock. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … owen thomas Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologycenter_img Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Android#Apple#Google#iOS#Samsung#Samsung Galaxy#smartphone#smartphones last_img read more

first_imgCOMMENTS August 24, 2017 COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL ’Finisher’ Dhoni shows his composure in Indian win × Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s oodles of experience in pressure situations came in handy as he successfully anchored a tricky chase, guiding India to a three-wicket victory against Sri Lanka in the second ODI, here today.The former skipper scored a patient unbeaten 45 off 68 balls but more importantly mentored Bhuvneshwar Kumar (53 not out) as they added 100 runs for the eighth wicket to reach the revised victory target of 231 in 44.2 overs under Duckworth- Lewis method.India now take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.This was after unheralded mystery spinner Akila Dananjaya (6/48 in 9 overs) infused life into a series, which has been panned by all and sundry for the lopsided contests starting with the Test matches.India were reduced to 131 for 7 when Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar joined forces. Tbe pitch which looked easy for batting 15 minutes prior to their union, was looking venomous after the Indian batting line-up for the first time in the past one month were asked a few testing questions.Dhoni, whose finishing skills have been put to test in recent times showed that experience worth its weight in gold as he tapped around for singles and doubles. The target being a modest one and the run-rate being under check also helped his cause as his innings only had one boundary.The former skipper soaked in the pressure initially as Bhuvneshwar played a lot of dot balls. However once the partnership crossed 40, the UP criketer showed that he is more than a capable batsmen.Dananjaya was hit for two boundaries in the 40th over by Bhuvneshwar when the match decisively swung in India’s favour.It ended in an anti-climax when the winning runs came through a wide delivery.But the match will also be remembered for a 15-minute mayhem that had left the much-vaunted Indian batting in complete tatters.Chasing a revised victory target post rain interruption, India were cruising along with Rohit Sharma (54 off 45 balls) in sublime touch. Alongside man of the moment, Shikhar Dhawan (49 off 50 balls). The duo put on 109 runs for the opening stand before Dananjaya bowled a flipper which saw found Rohit missing a sweep shot.He was adjudged leg-before and the review was wasted.Within four runs, left-arm spinner Milinda Siriwardana got rid of Dhawan to have India 113 for 2.However the drama unfolded in the 18th over when Indian batsmen were simply unable to read Dananjaya’s googly.Kedar Jadhav (1) didn’t show any footwork as the wrong ’un rifled into middle and leg stump.Within a couple of deliveries, skipper Virat Kohli (4) was deceived by flight as he yorked himself to a googly.KL Rahul’s indecisive footwork saw India slump to 119 for 5 by the time the over ended.In his very next over Dananjaya completed his maiden five-for when Hardik Pandya (0) jumped down the track to get stumped.Axar Patel became Dananjaya’s sixth victim but got a debatable leg-before decision before Bhuvneshwar joined forces with Dhoni as India were looking down the barrel at 131 for 7.Exactly 100 runs were needed and the duo were up for the task.Earlier, Indian bowlers once again put up an impressive performance to restrict Sri Lanka to 236 for 8. Indian team would rather be disappointed as they had Lanka on the mat at 121 for 5 before a 91-run stand between Milinda Siriwardana (58) and experienced Chamara Kapugedera (40) enabled the home team reach a semblance of respectability.This was after Virat Kohli won his fifth consecutive toss on this tour and opted to field.Put into bat, Niroshan Dickwella (31) and Danushka Gunathilaka (19) made a quick start to their innings. India handed the new ball to Bhuvneshwar Kumar (0—53) and Jasprit Bumrah (4/43). The two openers showed aggressive intent.Bumrah was taken for a few runs in his initial spell as Dickwella hit two sixes off him.Lanka’s 50-mark came up in the 9th over but Bumrah had got his revenge when he had Dickwella caught at short midwicket in the 8th over.Kusal Mendis (19) then joined Gunathilaka and put on 29 runs for the 2nd wicket before the latter was stumped off Yuzvendra Chahal (2—43) in the 15th over.It was Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s 99th stumping in ODI cricket, equalling Kumar Sangakkara’s record albeit in fewer games.Skipper Upul Tharanga (9) then edged a simple outswinger from Hardik Pandya (1—24) to slip in the 16th over. Then Mendis was out leg before sweeping off Chahal in the 24th over as Lanka were reduced to 99/4.It seemed a familiar script as Angelo Mathews (20) too followed back to the dressing room, out LBW to Axar Patel (1— 30) in the 29th over.But Siriwardana and Kapugedara pulled their team out of the hole with a resolute partnership. The duo played within themselves and didn’t seem to be in any hurry to score runs, even as they didn’t let the scoring rate dip too far.They were helped in that Pandya had to go off in the 28th over as he seemed to have strained his left calf.The all-rounder came back on the field twice, but finally hobbled off in the latter stages of the innings. Kedar Jadhav (0-32) completed his quota of overs.center_img cricket cricket   –  PTI Published on SHARE cricket   –  PTIlast_img read more

first_imgKimi Raikkonen will stay with Ferrari next year, the Italian team confirmed on Friday at the British Grand Prix. The announcement ends months of speculation that had seen several rival drivers linked with his seat alongside four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel.”I’ve always said I would not be here if I didn’t enjoy it, or felt that I can’t drive, or do it 100 per cent,” Raikkonen said.”If I wasn’t motivated, I wouldn’t be here wasting my own time or the team’s time. I’ve always said, nearly 10 years ago, that my last team would be Ferrari and it’s still like that.”What happens in the future I don’t know. Time will tell, but I usually don’t make plans for a very long future.”The Finn won the 2007 Formula One championship with Ferrari in his first stint with the team before rejoining from Lotus in 2014.He will be 37 in October and has yet to win a race since returning to Ferrari, having struggled against Fernando Alonso in 2014 and Vettel last year.But this year, he has shown improved form, and is level on points in the championship with Vettel after nine races.last_img read more

first_imgTamil Nadu seamer and former India bowler has announced his retirement from first-class cricket but will continue to play in T20 leagues, The Hindu reported.”I have to move on, have a young family now. I have given it all during my 16 years as a first-class cricketer. I will be playing in the shorter forms of the game in competitions such as the TNPL and IPL,” Balaji told The Hindu.”I want to thank the TNCA and all those cricketers and coaches who guided me,” he added.Balaji made his debut in 2003 against New Zealand but got recognition the following year during India’s tour of Pakistan. In the final Test, he took seven wickets and helped India win the series 2-1. The 34-year-old’s career was hampered by injuries and looked up to Anil Kumble for inspiration while making a comeback.”I would ask myself how Kumble would deal with it. Then I would get my answer,” he remarked. “I had come back from an injury (in Mohali) and bowled with a remodelled action. I was generating good pace and took out Younis Khan with a mean one.”Balaji played eight Tests and 30 ODIs for India, picking up 27 and 34 wickets respectively. For Tamil Nadu, he has played 106 matches and taken 330 wickets.last_img read more

first_imgBERLIN – Panathinaikos got an important away win in Euroleague basketball play on Feb. 6, beating a tough Alba Berlin club, 65-59.The victory gives the Greens a better chance of advancing in the tourney to the knockout stage amid fierce competition.Panathinaikos had to struggle through a slow first half, scoring only 22 points and looking as if it wasn’t up to the task, trailing by seven at the break against a German team that had beaten the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs, 94-93 in an exhibition game late last October and had beaten Spanish giant Barcelona this season.Alba opened the lead to 41-30 before the visitors roared back to a 45-45 tie at the end of the third period behind stalwart defense from James Gist and scoring from forward Loukas Mavrokefalidis, who garnered seven in the quarter.Panathinaikos opened the fourth with six straight points before three-point bombs from Antonis Fotsis lifted the lead to 61-50. Mavrokefalidis led the team with 11 points, while captain Dimitris Diamantidis and Vladimir Jankovits added 10 points each.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgNovak Djokovic registered a comfortable 6-3 7-5 victory over Frenchman Jeremy Chardy to advance to the third round of the Shanghai Masters on Tuesday.The 31-year-old Serb was playing his first match on the ATP tour since lifting his 14th Grand Slam title at the US Open last month and looked in complete control as he won 34 of 40 points on his first-serve to book a place in the last 16.Djokovic, who received a first-round bye, could pass Roger Federer at number two in world rankings if he reaches Sunday’s final. Rafael Nadal’s lead at the top will be trimmed as he is skipping the Asian swing to recover from a knee injury.World number seven Dominic Thiem’s bid to qualify for the next month’s ATP World Tour Finals suffered a blow as he was edged out 6-4 6-7(8) 7-6(4) by Australian Matthew Ebden.Read – Roger Federer urges tennis players to respect ball boys and girlsThiem, who also received a first-round bye, struggled to find his rhythm in a tightly contested encounter which lasted two hours and 45 minutes.Nikoloz Basilashvili, who lifted the Beijing title on Sunday, extended his winning streak to six matches by beating Canadian Denis Shapovalov 6-2 6-2 in just under an hour.The 26-year-old Georgian will meet fourth-seeded German Alexander Zverev in the second round.”It’s very important I won today after Beijing because it gives me a lot of confidence for a big match that I have,” Basilashvili said.”Sascha is a very good player and I think it’s going to be a very difficult match for me, but very interesting. I am feeling very fresh and have a lot of energy so I’ll have no excuses.”advertisementBriton Kyle Edmund, who moved to a career-high ranking of 14 this week, continued his impressive run in Asia with a 7-5 6-3 win over Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

first_imgFormer Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi is no stranger to controversies. From having been involved in numerous altercations on the field to his over-the-top statements off it, Afridi had a colourful career, to put it mildly. In latest news, Afridi has described former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir as a negative person in his highly anticipated autobiography titled ‘Game Changer’.One of the defining images of the India vs Pakistan cricket rivalry has been that of Gambhir and Afridi having a go at each other during an ODI in Kanpur in 2007. Then, umpire Ian Gould had to intervene to separate the two warring players before the players were fined 95% (Afridi) and 65% (Gambhir) of their match fees.Recalling the aforementioned incident, Afridi writes that the umpires had to intervene otherwise he ‘would have’ finished it off.”I remember the run-in with Gambhir during the 2007 Asia Cup, when he completed his single while running straight into me. The umpires had to finish it off or I would have. Clearly, we had a frank bilateral discussion about each other’s female relative,” wrote Afridi.Despite the clash, India still managed to win that ODI riding on fighting half-centuries from Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni before the bowlers combined to plot Pakistan’s defeat by 46 runs.In his autobiography, Afridi makes no bones about his opinions on Gambhir when he says that he doesn’t like Gambhir because according to him, the latter isn’t a positive person.”Gambhir behaves like he’s a cross between Don Bradman & James Bond. In Karachi, we call guys like him saryal (burnt up). It’s simple, I like happy, positive people. Doesn’t matter if they are aggressive or competitive, but you have to be positive & Gambhir wasn’t,” Afridi wrote.advertisementContinuing his tirade on Gambhir, Afridi goes on to describe him as lacking in ‘personality’ and ‘character’.”Some rivalries were personal, some professional. First the curious case of Gambhir. Oh, poor Gautam. He & his attitude problem. He who has no personality. He who is barely a character in the great scheme of cricket. He who has no great records just a lot of attitude,” wrote Afridi.Also Read | Pakistan star Shahid Afridi finally reveals his real ageAlso Read | Didn’t want to tweet only, so entered politics to do something: Gambhirlast_img read more

first_img How 2 Brooklynites are Reviving an Iconic Midwestern Supper Club The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now London Opens World’s First Cheese Conveyor Belt Restaurant The Ultimate Las Vegas Bachelor Party Guide for Grown-Ups Is Classic French Technique Still Relevant In Today’s Culinary World? Editors’ Recommendations We here at The Manual have had our eye on the Atlanta culinary scene for the last year or so. In that time, one of the hottest new restaurants the ATL is the modern Japanese restaurant, Umi.Located in the city’s Buckhead neighborhood, Umi was founded in 2013 by longtime Atlanta natives Farshid Arshid and Charlie Hendon, along with Chef Fuyuhiko Ito and has quickly taken the city by storm. So much so that Umi was recently named to Open Table’s list of the 100 Hot Spot Restaurants in America.Recently, we were able to take a little bit of the multi-talented Farshid Arshid’s time and talk to him about his extremely popular new restaurant.How did you become involved with Umi?I don’t have a food background. I started in fashion about nineteen years ago in Atlanta then crossed over to the music industry. About five or six years ago I started dining with Chef Ito at an establishment in Atlanta called MF Buckhead.Unfortunately, MF Buckhead closed and soon after people were calling me and saying that I should open a restaurant. I was reluctant due to the horror stories of the food industry, so I waited a few months. When I saw that the guys behind MF Buckhead were really not opening again, I reached out to Chef Ito on Facebook, which was my only way of contacting him. I asked him if he ever considered opening his own restaurant. And we kind of just started going from there.How did you decide on the restaurant’s aesthetic?The room is a thirty-foot by thirty-foot square. It seats about eighty people, which by New York standards is fine, but by southern standards is fairly small.  The idea was that when the Chef Ito stands behind the counter, he wants to have the same eye contact with every patron in the room that he would have with the people at the sushi bar. It was one of the things he kept telling me when we were developing the space. So, Chef Ito can see every table and it makes the room very cozy.What was the vision behind the food at the restaurant?The menu was very well thought out. About seventy percent of the menu is Chef Ito’s own creation. Then about twenty percent of the menu is made up of well done standards. You know, like the proper execution of yellow tail jalapeno, of black cod miso, rock shrimp tempura—things that I knew that people were yearning for in Atlanta. The final ten to fifteen percent of the menu items are things that sold well at MF Buckhead when Chef Ito was working there.As our first year has progressed, we’ve learned the room’s tastes and palettes. So we’ve added some new items. Scallops are incredibly popular, so chef is going to do a scallop tiradito dish. We have a very open relationship with our clients. When you sit at the sushi bar, Chef Ito really wants to learn your palette, he wants to know what you like and you enjoy.  He genuinely wants everyone to have an enriching experience.In your mind, what makes Umi a unique Japanese dining experience? What sets it apart from other sushi restaurants?The fact that we have a proper bar area. In so many Japanese restaurants there is no bar or waiting area where you can relax and just have a drink. Even if it was going to be the smallest place on Earth, we wanted to make sure we had that separation of a bar from the rest of the restaurant. So we have a fourteen-foot bar. So, again, it’s small for the kind of volume of customers that we see, but people really love it and appreciate it.How does Chef Ito’s wife, Lisa Ito, contribute to the operation?She is a CIA graduate, and then she got picked up by Francois Payard and worked at Le Bernardin. She then went to work for Guenter Seeger down here in Atlanta where she met Chef Ito at MF Buckhead and they then got married.Her function was going to just be a pastry chef, but we couldn’t find a chef de cuisine that could execute all of the hot dishes properly, so Lisa jumped in. Pastry was an extremely important component of our service. I always felt that dessert was missing from Japanese dining. Usually the only options are green tea ice cream or red bean. But dessert is a huge part of a dining experience.What kind of desserts do you offer?Her piece de resistance is a green tea soufflé. It’s served with a crème anglaise that is infused with green tea. We make ten a night and it has to be ordered when you initially put your order in. We have people that reserve orders because no one else does it—it is her signature dish.One of her other dishes is a chocolate bento box. It’s a warm chocolate cake with green tea ice cream. During the winter we did pecan pie and for spring we are doing a lighter coconut cake. Then, we are doing a Yuzu cake, which is a take on the love that people have for key lime pie in the South. We needed something citrusy.What are your thoughts on the Atlanta food scene at the moment?I’ve been an Atlanta restaurant patron for nineteen years, so I know how good the food has always been. We have always had access to great talent.  Within the past two years, a lot of newer, sexier concepts have been coming into the city. And that kind of thing is really starting to stick with restaurant goers. There’s a large amount of support for the concepts. And that is something that maybe didn’t happen in the past. I think it has to do with the fact that a lot of people in our market have become more food savvy.Images courtesy of Angie Mosierlast_img read more

first_img此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My location zoom The fourth Bari-Star design handysize vessel, built by Japanese shipbuilder Imabari Shipyard, has joined Clipper fleet.The 38,000 dwt Clipper Bliss, together with her sisters Clipper Bari-Star, Clipper Bettina and Clipper Belle, represents the next generation of handysize type bulk carriers with impressive cargo capacity and eco fuel consumption.Her maiden voyage started in California loading rice in Sacramento and Stockton, destined to Mersin, Turkey.The four Bari-Star vessels from Imabari are an important step in building up the Clipper fleet. At the moment, the company has a fleet of about 70 controlled vessels. Print  Close Clipper, January 30, 2014last_img read more

first_imgHailakandi (Assam): The Hailakandi district administration has imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC in the entire district, Deputy Commissioner Keerthi Jalli said on Tuesday. The decision was made following reports that some elements and groups are trying to disturb the peace in the district, Jalli said. The deputy commissioner’s order banned assembly of five or more persons in public places, carrying of weapons or fire arms, holding public meetings or rally until the order is withdrawn.last_img read more

first_imgBERLIN – A Russian-Canadian member of the protest group Pussy Riot is being treated in Berlin after falling severely ill, with fellow activists alleging he was poisoned.Pyotr Verzilov was flown to the German capital late Saturday.Verzilov was first hospitalized in Moscow on Tuesday and had remained in intensive care, Pussy Riot members said this week.Maria Alekhina, a member of the group, told The Associated Press that he regained consciousness Friday.Verzilov, his partner Veronika Nikulshina and two other Pussy Riot members served 15-day jail sentences for running onto field in Moscow where soccer’s World Cup final was being played in July.A spokesman for Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says the ministry is monitoring the situation closely.“Canada is concerned by the situation of Canadian citizen Pyotr Verzilov,” Adam Austen said Sunday in an email.“Minister Freeland has spoken to his family. And officials stand ready to provide consular assistance to Mr. Verzilov and his family,” Austen said.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said consular officials are “engaged with this situation,” but that it was too early to draw conclusions about how Verzilov had fallen ill.A spokesman for the prime minister said Sunday that Trudeau’s position remained unchanged.last_img read more

first_imgHong Kong: Across much of Britain’s former Asian colonies, many are greeting the UK’s impending departure from the European Union with a mixture of bafflement, apathy, amusement — and a touch of schadenfreude. Britain long justified imperial subjugation by arguing Rule Britannia brought order, stability and shared prosperity — even after its retreat from colonialism birthed a host of troubled new nations still saddled with historical grievances and legacies to this day. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USNow Brits face a chaos and internal division of their own making, alongside potential isolation and years of economic hardship — particularly if the UK crashes out with no deal on April 12. “I was born and brought up in this British colony called Hong Kong and used to think that the Brits were a very sensible people,” remarked Claudia Mo, a pro-democracy lawmaker in the financial hub. “I’ve been watching Brexit process as a former colonial person and it’s almost like a farce, it’s sadly funny, sadly amusing. I’m baffled as to why and how things got to where they are now. To outsiders it’s almost unthinkable,” she told AFP. Mo, 62, came of age politically during a turbulent period for her birthplace sparked by Britain’s colonial legacy — the 1997 handover of Hong Kong to China. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsUnlike Brexit, Hong Kongers had no say in their future and many were desperate to obtain British passports in case the handover unleashed chaos. Many youngsters, Mo said, are still looking for opportunities overseas given Beijing’s increasingly authoritarian grip, but they may be less inclined to opt for Britain. “I think their first choices here are more likely Australia and Canada,” she remarked. In India, Sreeram Chaulia, dean of the Jindal School of International Affairs, said many regard Brexit as the latest chapter in what has been a “sharp decline in the place Britain commands as a great power”. “They are not a gold standard to look up to,” he said. “We get a feeling of a sinking ship and everybody wants to leave a sinking ship.” India’s economy is set to overtake the UK’s later this year. “The UK will then become a middle power. It is like a reversal of scale,” he noted. Students at Bangladesh’s Dhaka University offered mixed views on what Brexit might mean. Syed Tahsin said he hoped the relationship between the two countries might be “more positive than ever before” given Britain has vowed to strengthen bridges with Commonwealth countries. But others fretted that the anti-immigrant sentiment which fuelled the leave vote would make Britain less welcoming to overseas visitors and the Bangladeshi community already there. “Brexit itself is a policy of white supremacists,” lamented student Aishwarya Proma, adding she feared it will “just push more… immigrants (to) go back to their countries.” While Brits and Europeans may have been engrossed by the unceasing weekly drama of Brexit, many further afield admitted that they were more preoccupied by local issues. “The Brexit issue and the wider conversations about democracy seem far removed from daily life in Sri Lanka, where we are all consumed with our own dysfunctional politics,” Dharisha Bastians, chief editor of the Sunday Observer newspaper, told AFP. Nationalist Sri Lankan legislator Udaya Gammanpila regarded that disinterest as a good sign. “We are no longer preoccupied with British politics. We are slowly getting over our colonial mentality,” he said. Given its cultural and linguistic links, Australians have followed the Brexit drama perhaps more closely than any other former colony. Nick Miller, Europe correspondent for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age newspapers, noted there was “immediate interest” from readers. “The sight of a country deliberately throwing away a close, mutually beneficial partnership, wilfully damaging its economy and influence on a point of cultural principle, was a surprise,” he wrote.last_img read more

2 April 2007Although there have been fewer outbreaks of the deadly H5N1 avian influenza virus this year, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today warned that the disease continues to spread to new areas in countries where it has not been contained, threatening the lives of those working around poultry and hurting farm economies. Although there have been fewer outbreaks of the deadly H5N1 avian influenza virus this year, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today warned that the disease continues to spread to new areas in countries where it has not been contained, threatening the lives of those working around poultry and hurting farm economies.Worldwide, “there have been fewer cases of the disease this year than last year at the same time, indicating that there is a reduction in overall viral load,” said Joseph Domenech, Chief Veterinanry Officer of the FAO.Last year, 53 countries reported H5N1 outbreaks while this year, only 17 countries have been affected.Dr. Domenech said that surveillance and reporting of the virus has improved, and also he noted that the presence of H5N1 in wild birds is less this year. Last year, avian flu was believed largely to have been transmitted through the migration of contaminated birds.This season, the poultry trade is seen as main route by which the disease spreads, and the greatest threat the virus poses is that every instance a person contracts H5N1 from poultry offers a new possibility for mutation into a form which could spread rapidly between people.“The risk of a pandemic will be with us for the foreseeable future,” Dr. Domenech said. “This situation is a constant call to increase global efforts to contain this disease before it has an opportunity to mutate into a form that can threaten the world with a human pandemic.”Although Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam have been generally successful in controlling the virus, FAO experts say that Egypt, Indonesia and Nigeria have not been able to contain it, making them reservoirs of the disease for possible introduction to other countries.In Egpyt, 24 human cases of the virus have been reported since mid-February, of which 13 were fatal. Outbreaks have occurred on four commercial farms and 13 cases originated in backyard poultry farms since the beginning of last month.The country has been hindered in curbing the disease for several reasons, including the lack compensation for farmers who lose poultry due to culling. Egypt is currently revising its plan for controlling the disease with the help of FAO and other international partners.Since the avian flu first surfaced in 2003, Indonesia has seen the highest death toll of any country, with 66 fatalities out of 171 worldwide. Only three of the 33 Indonesian provinces are bird flu free, and the virus remains endemic in Java, Sumatra, Bali and South Sulawesi, according to FAO. Disease surveillance is being bolstered by FAO’s village-based Participatory Disease Surveillance system now functional in 130 of the 444 districts in the country, but more comprehensive information on nationwide outbreaks will remain spotty until surveillance coverage is increased.Containing the disease in Indonesia has been hampered by its large size and geography with 17,000 islands spread over three time zones, a weak national veterinary service and insufficient global and national financing of prevention and control.In Nigeria, authorities have not been able to control the movement of poultry and poultry products in infected areas, causing the disease to spread in many parts of the country.FAO also cautions of the spread of H5N1 to new countries. Last month, the virus was detected in Bangladesh for the first time, and the agency said that this is not a surprising development since the disease is circulating in the wider region and transmission by contaminated migrating birds cannot be rule out. read more

MONTREAL — Air Canada chief executive Calin Rovinescu is the new chairman of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) board of governors, a trade association representing some 240 airlines.Rovinescu’s term is for one year, effective immediately.He succeeds Delta Air Lines chief executive Richard Anderson whose term expired at the end of IATA’s annual meeting and world air transport summit in Doha, Qatar.Rovinescu joined Air Canada in 2000 and was chief restructuring officer during the airline’s 2003-2004 restructuring before leaving to help found Genuity Capital Markets.He was named chief executive of the airline in 2009.The IATA helps formulate industry policy on aviation issues. read more

by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Sep 12, 2013 2:16 pm MDT Higher tax revenues, less spending lowers budget deficit 35 per cent through August AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The U.S. government posted a narrower budget deficit in August compared with a year ago, keeping the annual gap on track to be the smallest in five years.The Treasury Department says the deficit in August was $147.9 billion, down from $191 billion in August 2012. That brings the budget gap to $755 billion for the first 11 months of the budget year, down 35 per cent from nearly $1.2 trillion a year earlier.The government is likely to post a surplus in September, lowering the full-year deficit to $642 billion, the Congressional Budget Office forecasts. That would be the first deficit below $1 trillion in five years.Steady economic growth and higher tax rates boosted the government’s revenue 4 per cent in August, while spending was 10 per cent lower. read more

Ohio State’s women’s volleyball starting lineup stands together prior to the game against No. 5 Minnesota on Oct. 18. Credit: Rebecca Farage | Lantern ReporterThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team wrapped up the non-conference portion of its season this weekend at the Flyer Invitational in Dayton, Ohio. The team defeated Evansville to begin invitational play, but fell to Tennessee and Dayton on Saturday.In Friday’s four-set win over Evansville (6-7), the Buckeyes (9-3) overpowered the Purple Aces at the net with 12 team blocks and held them to a .062 hitting percentage.Evansville suffered seven attacking errors and four service miscues in the first set to kick off an eventual 3-1 Ohio State win. Offensively and defensively, sophomore middle blocker Lauren Witte was a key player. She connected on 10-of-16 error-free swings with a .625 hitting percentage and contributed a season-high seven blocks.Freshman outside hitter Mia Grunze recorded nine kills and three blocks. Redshirt sophomore middle blocker Jordan Fry and junior outside hitter Bia Franklin each recorded four kills.Sophomore setter Becca Mauer had three service aces in the win against Evansville, recording 25 assists. On Saturday, Ohio State lost to Tennessee (9-3) in four sets and to Dayton (9-4) in five sets, ending the Buckeyes’ non-conference schedule with two consecutive losses.Mauer tallied a team-high 26 assists and senior setter Olivia Dailey dished 19 helpers against Tennessee. Freshman opposite hitter Vanja Bukilic was responsible for a career-high 18 kills against Dayton. Sophomore defensive specialist Hannah Gruensfelder, who was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, posted a match-best 18 digs. Next up, Ohio State will head to Madison, Wisconsin, to face the Badgers at 7 p.m. on Wednesday to open up its Big Ten schedule. read more

first_imgEdge-sorting - the technique used by poker player Phil Ivey to win £7.7 million - involves exploiting design irregularities on the backs of playing cards Pro gambler Phil Ivey competes in the sixth round of the World Series of Poker in July 2005 Pro gambler Phil Ivey competes in the sixth round of the World Series of Poker in July 2005 A party may cheat within the meaning of this section without dishonesty or intention to deceiveLady Justice Arden Edge-sorting sees players exploit design irregularities on the backs of playing cards, for example, identifying that the edge of one side is marginally longer than the edge of the other, in order to try and better their odds.The 39-year-old, from Las Vegas, had been playing a version of baccarat known as Punto Banco and was told originally that his winnings would be wired to him. He later found that his £1 million stake had been returned, but the extra never arrived.In what some reports have described as the biggest legal battle in casino history, Mr Levy challenged Genting Casinos UK, which owns the club, at the High Court in 2014, but a judge dismissed his case.Genting, which owns more than 40 casinos in the UK, claimed the technique of “edge-sorting” was not a legitimate strategy and said the casino had no liability to him. It also claimed that Mr Ivey’s conduct defeated the essential premise of the game and constituted cheating. “It is for the court to determine whether the interference was of such a quality as to constitute cheating. In my judgment it had that quality,” she said.Mr Ivey has maintained that he did nothing more than exploit Crockfords’ failures to take proper steps to protect themselves against a player of his ability.”I was upset as I had played an honest game and won fairly. My integrity is infinitely more important to me than a big win,” he said.Lady Justice Arden and Lord Justice Tomlinson dismissed the appeal but the third member of the panel, Lady Justice Sharp, allowed it, saying that the trial judge, Mr Justice Mitting, was wrong to construe the issue of “cheat” in the way that he did. A top poker player has lost his £7.7 million battle against a London casino at the Court of Appeal as a judge said his “edge-sorting” skills amounted to cheating despite the fact he was not dishonest.Phil Ivey admitted to using the technique while visiting the exclusive Crockfords Club in Mayfair, central London, in 2012, and insisted he played an “honest game” and had not cheated.  Edge-sorting – the technique used by poker player Phil Ivey to win £7.7 million – involves exploiting design irregularities on the backs of playing cardsCredit:Alamy After the ruling, Paul Willcock, Genting UK president and chief operating officer, said the company was “very happy” with the decision.”Crockfords has acted fairly and honestly at all times and we are therefore pleased that the Court of Appeal has held that the decision not to pay out to Mr Ivey was the correct one,” he said.But Mr Ivey said the decision “makes no sense to me”. “The trial judge said that I was not dishonest and the three appeal judges agreed, but somehow the decision has gone against me. Can someone tell me how you can have honest cheating?” he asked.Mr Ivey’s lawyer, Matthew Dowd, of Archerfield Partners LLP, said the decision “leaves the law totally unclear as to what constitutes cheating at gambling”. He said his client is seeking permission to appeal to the Supreme Court. Yesterday, the Court of Appeal upheld the decision with one of the appeal judges arguing that a player can cheat “without dishonesty or intention to deceive”.Lady Justice Arden said it was common ground that there was an implied term in the contract not to cheat and said the meaning of cheating for that purpose was to be determined in accordance with the Gambling Act 2005.”In my judgment, this section provides that a party may cheat within the meaning of this section without dishonesty or intention to deceive: depending on the circumstances it may be enough that he simply interferes with the process of the game,” she said.”On that basis, the fact that the appellant did not regard himself as cheating is not determinative.”She added that she believed the actions of Mr Ivey and another gambler, Cheung Yin Sun, interfered with the process of the game. 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

first_imgSarah was an energetic character, full of life and joy. She loved the hospice and loved working with the staff and volunteersRachel Backshall, director of income generation and marketing at St Elizabeth Hospice “Sarah was a well-loved member of the team and our thoughts and sincere condolences go out to her family and friends.”Sarah was an energetic character, full of life and joy. She loved the hospice and loved working with the staff and volunteers.”She had been with the hospice for four years and made a huge difference during that time. She was imaginative and creative and brought a real sense of fun to the shop.”She will be sadly missed by us all.” Police scene currently in place at a house in #Stowmarket following the deaths of two people –— Suffolk Police (@SuffolkPolice) February 26, 2017 Mr Pitkin ran a carpentry business from the family home while Sarah worked in a nearby charity shop.A white Vauxhall van was parked outside the property, marked with as belonging to Richard Pitkin & Son Carpenters and Decorators.The same company name is printed on an extension to the large brick semi-detached property, which has pretty flower beds at the front.Vases of flowers could also be seen in each of the 11 large cream painted windows which front on to the street. The couple had turned part of their home into a tea room after moving in, but locals say they closed the business down around two years ago.On Monday morning, there was very little police presence outside the house, except for a PCSO who could be seen sitting in an unmarked car.Further down the street are a number of small businesses including a print shop and several hairdressers which line the narrow road which leads into the town centre. Richard and Sarah Pitkin at the opening of their tearoom in 2009 A Suffolk Police spokesman said: “The deaths are currently being treated as unexplained and a police investigation into the circumstances is under way.”Rachel Backshall, director of income generation and marketing at St Elizabeth Hospice, said: “We are shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Sarah Pitkin, who was the assistant shop manager in our Stowmarket shop.center_img Detectives are investigating the “unexplained deaths” of a carpenter and his wife after their bodies were discovered at their property.The couple, who have been named locally as Richard Pitkin, 65, and his 58-year-old wife, Sarah, were found in a house in Stowmarket, Suffolk, just before 2pm on Sunday.The deaths are currently being treated as unexplained. Police said they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident. Their bodies were found at the £300,000 property, where they had lived since 2009.Neighbours said the couple had four children – two of whom lived at home and another two who had moved away to university. Richard and Sarah Pitkin at the opening of their tea room in 2009Credit:Archant The couple, found at the above property, have been named locally as Richard Pitkin, 65, and his 58-year-old wife, SarahCredit:Chris Radburn/PA Wire The couple, found at the above property, have been named locally as Richard Pitkin, 65, and his 58-year-old wife, Sarah 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

first_imgBoliden Kevitsa Mining Oy has awarded Pöyry with the project management and engineering services assignment for the production expansion of Boliden’s mineral processing plant in Sodankylä, Finland. The assignment includes project management, time management, detail engineering and building permitting assistance services for the mineral processing plant expansion project. The work will be carried out between May 2018 and March 2019.The Kevitsa copper-nickel mine in northern Finland was acquired by Boliden in June 2016. The operation, which comprises an open-pit mine and a mineral processing plant, went into operation in 2012. The ore concentrates are supplied to Boliden’s own smelting plant in Harjavalta and to external customers. The Kevitsa deposit – first discovered in 1987 – is one of the largest ever mineral discoveries in Finland. The aim of the expansion project is to increase the production to 9.5 Mt annually. The investment includes a new autogenous milling circuit and capacity increase for concentrate filtration process. The investments will be commenced in 2018 and full production will be achieved in the first quarter of 2020.“Pöyry is proud to continue almost a decade long co-operation with Kevitsa, from the initial investment project through every step of plant modifications. Pöyry has gained knowledge from thousands of large global industrial investment projects during the past 60 years. This experience is put into practice also in the Kevitsa production expansion project”, says Kalle Rasinmäki, President, Industry Business Group, Pöyry Finland.last_img read more