Now before we take this further, let me be clear about one thing, this is not an in-depth comparison piece between the Xiaomi Redmi Y2 and the Redmi Note 5. But because I’ve used (and reviewed) both the phones at length, I think, I am in a position to paint a rough picture about both the phones when pitched against each other, and help you, make an informed choice when you’re out to buy a new phone at around Rs 10,000. An in-depth piece will be coming in the days to come. Before we begin, let me also say one more thing, both the Xiaomi Redmi Y2 and the Redmi Note 5 are fantastic phones in their own right. Having said that every buyer, when he/she is out to buy a new phone, has a certain set of things that he/she is looking for. The Redmi Y2 and the Redmi Note 5 may seem similar on paper, but, both the phones are directed towards a different audience. That’s a good thing.At the outset, while the Redmi Y2 is a phone that is chiefly targeted towards the youth looking for a big screen and what is supposedly the best selfie experience, on a budget, the Redmi Note 5 is what you call an all-rounder phone. It’s not everyday that you see a phone playing out the way that it has been marketed by the company behind it. Both the Redmi Y2 and the Redmi Note 5 are two phones that stick very closely to Xiaomi’s script. That’s a good thing as well.advertisementThe Redmi Note 5 has been around for sometime now. Unlike the Redmi Note 5 Pro, Xiaomi hasn’t hiked its price over time, which means the Redmi Note 5 still starts at Rs 9,999 for the base 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, while the top-end 4GB RAM and 64GB storage version costs Rs 11,999. Interestingly, the Redmi Y2, also starts at Rs 9,999. This is for the base 3GB RAM and 32GB storage version, while its top-end version with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage has been launched at Rs 12,999 which is Rs 1,000 more than the top-end Redmi Note 5 version. Now let me tell you straight off the bat, don’t buy the 4GB RAM/64GB storage version of the Redmi Y2. If you have that kind of money, either increase your budget by Rs 2,000 and buy the Redmi Note 5 Pro, or save yourself some cash and buy the 4GB RAM/64GB storage version of the Redmi Note 5. Now that we have that out of our way, let’s quickly jump into what we’re actually here for. Is the Xiaomi Redmi Y2 a better buy than the Redmi Note 5? Yes and no.The Xiaomi Redmi Y2 is better than the Redmi Note 5 because– The Redmi Y2 has a better, more modern design. The Redmi Y2 looks a lot like the Redmi Note 5 Pro and the Mi A1 had a baby. The front is big and bezel-less while the dual camera module on the back is reminiscent to how things are on-board the Redmi Note 5 Pro. The antennas see a major reshuffle in that they’re seen honing a new U-shaped outline. Their placement remains the same, which is towards the ends of the phone, much like it is in the Mi A1. All in all, the Redmi Y2 is the most beautiful and the most premium looking phone under Rs 10,000. Even more so than the Redmi Note 5. The Redmi Note 5, although it’s modern from a philosophical point of view, uses a dated design that Xiaomi has used over and over again.– The Redmi Y2 has the same core hardware (Qualcomm Snapdragon 625) and because it has to push less pixels owing to the 720p+ resolution capping, in theory, the Redmi Y2 should be faster than the Redmi Note 5. And it is, but you’ll have to be as observant as Sherlock, to make out the differences. The difference is still there though and even though it is hard to notice, even a minor boost to things matters, since both the phones are priced so very similarly.– The Redmi Y2 is a dual-SIM phone that supports expandable storage of up to 128GB via a dedicated micro-SD card slot. The Redmi Note 5, on the contrary, ships with a hybrid slot which means you can’t have two SIM cards and a micro-SD card running simultaneously on the phone.– The Redmi Y2 sports a dual camera system on the rear consisting of one 12-megapixel sensor with f/2.2 aperture and another 5-megapixel sensor for depth sensing. It further comes with phase detection autofocus and LED flash. Videos are capped to 1080p but the phone comes with EIS for stabilisation which is nice. The Redmi Y2, captures some good-looking photos — with occasional softness — in good light with good amount of detail and mostly spot-on colours. Dynamic range could have been better, but overall, the Redmi Y2 should suffice in ideal lighting. Xiaomi’s new phone is also able to capture some well to-do photos — with occasional softness — in tricky light situations with good detail. As for the secondary camera, well, the Redmi Y2 does a fine job — for the price — at capturing bokeh shots as well, which is a welcome change in this price segment. It’s surely not perfect, but then, the Redmi Y2 can differentiate between subject and background more effortlessly than any other dual camera phone around its price point. The Redmi Note 5 has a single rear camera, and although it’s same as the primary camera of the Redmi Y2, it’s not as good in terms of all-round performance.advertisement– The Redmi Y2 has a whopping 16-megapixel selfie camera with ‘soft’ LED flash and face unlock for biometric authentication. It is further assisted by AI for enabling beautification in selfies. Xiaomi says that the 16MP front camera on-board the Redmi Y2 uses pixel-binning technique to combine data from four pixels into one single large 2.0um pixel, that apparently reduces noise and helps capture more light even in low and tricky light situations. Xiaomi calls this Super Pixel. Also there’s auto HDR (that was last seen in the Redmi Note 5 Pro) that can detect backlit conditions automatically and helps bring out more details in selfies both in indoor as well as outdoor situations. And it can take software-based portrait selfies too. The Redmi Y2, it’s safe to say, doesn’t disappoint as far as selfies are concerned, especially in good (outdoor) lighting. It is capable of taking some really crisp and detailed selfies in ideal lighting conditions. The same is true about portrait selfies, that although can be quite a hit or miss, are the best that we’ve seen in this price range. The Redmi Note 5 has a paltry 5-megapixel camera.The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is better than the Redmi Y2 because– The Redmi Note 5 with its near all-metal body offers better build quality and solid all-round feel. It comes with curved 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass (unspecified) protective covering on top. The Redmi Y2, on the other hand, is missing out on any sorts of protection up-top. Now the reason why I mentioned that, is because the Redmi Y2 is a little different from other Xiaomi phones. In construction. The Redmi Y2’s screen is part of a raised lip that sits on an extended platform above the back panel. This means it’s exposed. This means that you’ll have to be careful while handling it. If you drop it, and if it falls with the screen facing down, chances are it may suffer from a crack or two.advertisement — The Redmi Note 5 is sleeker. The Redmi Y2 feels bigger and much less compact: it comes with chunkier bezels. And therefore, has a smaller screen-to-body ratio, than other tall Xiaomi phones, including the Redmi Note 5. It is still smaller than regular 6-inch phones, but when compared with the Redmi Note 5, the Redmi Y2 feels like a monster in your hand. I am sure there will be many who’d be turned off by its sheer size and scale, much like it is in the case of Xiaomi’s Mi Max and Mi Max 2.– The Redmi Note 5 Pro has a 1080p+ display. The Redmi Y2 maxes out at 720p+.– The Redmi Note 5 has a larger 4,000mAh battery. The Redmi Y2 is backed by a smaller 3,080mAh battery.– The bottom-firing mono speaker on-board the Redmi Note 5 can get loud but there is some distortion at peak volume. The Redmi Y2 has a similar setup, but, it’s not as loud.Bottom-line:– The Redmi Y2 looks gorgeous, is tad faster, and offers the best in-class cameras (both front and back).– The Redmi Note 5, meanwhile, is sturdier (feels more solid), offers more screen real-estate with 1080p+ resolution, has a better battery life, and comes with a better speaker.ALSO READ: Xiaomi Redmi Y2 review: The best all-round camera phone under Rs 10,000
Photo Attribution: US PresswireThe Bovoda (formerly Bodog) odds to win the Big 12 title are out and you might be surprised about where OSU sits.Oklahoma – 1/1Texas – 4/1TCU – 11/2West Virginia – 6/1Kansas State – 12/1Oklahoma State – 18/1 Texas Tech – 30/1Baylor – 40/1Iowa State – 65/1Kansas – 100/1 Wait, I thought we were favored in 11 of 12 games? What happened to that?It’s not that I actually think OSU is going to win every game (I don’t) but I also think if you play this season 18 times, OSU wins the league more than once[1. And that’s what we’re going for here on bets like this, isn’t it?].In fact, if I had to pick an order of my favorite value from this list, I’d go:1. OSU – See above2. WVU – Do we need to watch the Orange Bowl again?3. Texas – Should offer to play D for 60 min.4. K-State – At WVU/OU5. TCU – 11/2 is pretty high for their first year, better than WVU?6. Iowa St. – [words removed because this is a family blog]7. Baylor – Nick Florence isn’t THAT bad8. Tech – Did they mean 300/1?9. OU – No, not at 1/110. Kansas – No, not at 1,000,000/1OU at 1/1 is the most absurd bet here, are Scooter and Jack secretly running Vegas without me knowing about it.I’m not positive but I really think the Big 12 champ is going to come from that Texas-OU-OSU-WVU-TCU group and at 18/1 I take OSU all day[2. If this is your first time as a reader, I PROMISE I’M AN OBJECTIVE BLOGGER AND THIS IS A LEGITIMATE OPINION].If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
COLUMBIA, SC – NOVEMBER 25: Kelly Bryant #2 of the Clemson Tigers reacts after his team scores a touchdown against the South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Clemson and South Carolina have one of the best in-state rivalries in college football – one that certainly does not die down during the offseason. Monday, a Tigers supporter and a Gamecocks quarterback commit had an interesting back-and-forth on Twitter.A Clemson supporter who goes by Kelly Ferrell originally responded to a South Carolina supporter who addressed the fact that former five-star quarterback Hunter Johnson had announced he’d be transferring from Clemson. Somehow, South Carolina quarterback commit Ryan Hilinski got tagged in the conversation.After the fan trashed South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp’s accolades, Hilinski got involved. Check it all out:The man lost the QB battle to Trevor Lawrence. Sunshine done come in an forced 3 QBs to transfer out. He has beat out 3 QBs with veteran experience and 4-5⭐️ ratings. Y’all better get nervous cause this 4 game win streak might reach 7-8 now— Kelly Ferrell (@Palmetto_Bowl) May 21, 2018You really wanna tag Ryan in this thread? Lmao alright. When he steps foot on the field against Clemson he is going to be thrown around like a rag doll. Brent Venables is the best defensive coordinator in the game & will have 5⭐️ XT & KJ going do destroy him for years— Kelly Ferrell (@Palmetto_Bowl) May 21, 2018Lol let’s look at actual results. Venables winning championships, getting trophies & built one of the best defenses in the nation. There’s really no comparison— Kelly Ferrell (@Palmetto_Bowl) May 21, 2018What Muschamp achieved as a head coach? No conference championships, no national championships, really a whole lot of nothing. A lot of hype & no results. If you wanna brag cause your name gets mentioned that’s your choice. I know coots love participation trophies smhhh— Kelly Ferrell (@Palmetto_Bowl) May 21, 2018Not YET… and it’s not all about championships. He’s developed young men that can go into the world and make an impact on those around them! That’s way more valuable to me. https://t.co/Bld1mwQ5tr— Big Bo (@ryan_hilinski) May 21, 2018Lol there you go again with that participation trophy crap. Look Ryan I’m sure you’re nice kid. But you goin come down here to the South, win 0 conference championships & 0 Natty’s. Plus 0-4 aginst Clemson. That’s facts— Kelly Ferrell (@Palmetto_Bowl) May 21, 2018Hilinski won’t be enrolling at South Carolina until 2019, but it’s a safe bet that Gamecocks fans are going to be in his corner from the second he steps on campus.As for the rivalry on the field – Clemson has won the last four contests, though South Carolina won the five before that. The Tigers lead the all-time series 69-42-4.Clemson has also been the better program in recent years. The Tigers have won one national championship, lost a national title game and reached the College Football Playoff in three of the four years it’s existed.All that said, sometimes it only takes one or two players to change the fate of a program. Perhaps Hilinski will be the player the Gamecocks need to get back on the right side of their rivalry.Clemson will host South Carolina this year on Saturday, November 24.
zoom Nantong Mingde Heavy Industry, a subsidiary of the financially troubled shipbuilder Jiangsu Sainty Marine Corporation, has missed the June 26 deadline to submit its restructuring plan to the Nantong People’s court.The court accepted Nantong’s application for the bankruptcy reorganization on December 26, 2014.China’s bankruptcy law stipulates that administrators or debtors must submit a draft reorganization plan within six months of the court’s acceptance of the restructuring plan.The court now has an option to push the deadline for additional three months.Sainty Marine says it has not been given an explanation as to why the deadline was missed, and is currently in contact with the bankruptcy administrators at Mingde.Earlier this year Sainty Marine said that Mingde is experiencing difficulties with respect to the delivery of 32 newbuilding units due to the latter’s ongoing restructuring process.Sainty Marine has been struggling with financial hurdles over the recent period which saw freezing of its assets by banks in addition to defaulting on its bank loans.World Maritime News Staff
zoom Japan’s Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) has entered into an agreement with three companies to participate in the owning and chartering business for a oil and gas floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) unit off the coast of Ghana.Together with its compatriots, Sumitomo Corporation, JGC Corporation and Development Bank of Japan, the shipping company agreed in principle on the FPSO, named John Agyekum Kufuor, which is run by the Malaysian offshore production services provider Yinson Holdings Berhad and its group of companies.With a crude oil production capacity of 58,000 barrels/day and a gas production capacity of 210 million square feet/day, the FPSO can hold up to 1.4 million barrels of crude.After commencement of the definitive agreement, the four partners will acquire, through a joint venture, 26% of the shares of Yinson Production (West Africa).Yinson Production recently entered into a has concluded a 15-year long-term FPSO chartering agreement with Eni Ghana Exploration & Production, an affiliate of the Italian oil company Eni SPA, and started oil production at Offshore Cape Three Point Block (OCTP) located some 60 kilometers south west of Ghana in May 2017.The partners informed that the domestic supply of natural gas from the FPSO is expected to commence in Ghana by mid-2018. Through the project, the four partners will contribute to stable oil and natural gas supplies in Ghana, thus solving natural gas and electricity shortages in the country.
Kolkata: Commissioner of Police (CP), Kolkata Anuj Sharma has taken a unique initiative to establish contact with his subordinate police officials, mainly those working on the road directly.A WhatsApp group has been created, where he is providing instructions to the officials and also maintaining communication with them. According to sources, after Sharma took over as the CP, Kolkata, he stated that maintaining law and order and preventing crime against woman will be his prime focus. After a few days, he met with the senior officials of Kolkata Police and decided to create a WhatsApp group in each division, where all the officers will be added from the rank of Officer-in-Charge (OC) to Deputy Commissioner (DC), along with the CP. Since then, Sharma himself has been monitoring the activities of the police stations and discussing with the subordinate officials. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersA similar WhatsApp group has been created in the traffic section, where Sharma is keeping a tab on the naka checkings done across the city and also providing his ideas and instructions. Sources informed that this step has been found to be very effective as the CP himself is interacting with the subordinate officials. As a result, the communication gap has been closed and works can be done smoothly. Sharma has also instructed the traffic police officials to keep conducting the naka checkings to stop traffic violations at night, especially to prevent errant bikers.
Twitter With one week to go before the release of Blade Runner 2049, it has emerged that in-demand Denis Villeneuve is in talks to direct Cleopatra.Scott Rudin and former Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairperson Amy Pascal are producing the feature at Sony from Stacy Schiff’s biography of the iconic Egyptian ruler.Paul Greengrass, James Cameron and David Fincher had been linked to the project. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Early online reviews for Alcon Entertainment’s Blade Runner 2049 have been enthusiastic to say the least. Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Jared Leto and Robin Wright star in the sequel to Ridley Scott’s revered 1982 sci-fi.Sony distributes internationally while Warner Bros will release in the US.Villeneuve is lining up direct another sci-fi in the form of a Dune reboot.by Jeremy Kay Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement
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14 December 2010Substantive third-party mediation between Israel and the Palestinians is crucial now that direct talks have been suspended after Israel’s failure to freeze settlements in occupied territory, a senior United Nations official said today, citing United States-led indirect negotiations. “The need to shift strategy is evident,” UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry told the Security Council in a regular monthly briefing on the Middle East crisis. “We understand that the US will now engage both sides in indirect talks on all final status issues, and the Secretary-General [Ban Ki-moon] expects the parties to engage seriously.“We also note that the United States intends to be a proactive participant offering ideas and bridging proposals when appropriate. We believe it is clear that a substantive third party role in mediation is now required. The goal must be a two-State solution based on an end to the 1967 occupation and a resolution of all core issues.” Israel’s refusal in late September to extend a 10-month freeze on settlement activity in the Palestinian territory occupied in the 1967 six-day war prompted Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to withdraw from direct talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, which had only resumed a few weeks earlier after a two-year hiatus.The US, which championed the resumed talks, has now reverted to indirect shuttle diplomacy between the two sides. “We wish to make clear that the United Nations will continue to emphasize that settlement activity is contrary to international law the Road Map and the position of the Quartet,” Mr. Serry said, referring to the internationally endorsed plan for two States, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security, and the diplomatic grouping – comprising the UN, European Union, Russia and US – championing it.“We reiterate the united position of the international community that Israel should meet its obligations to freeze all settlement activity and dismantle outposts erected since March 2001.” Stressing the urgent need to enhance the statebuilding efforts of the Palestinian Authority (PA), he said it was now “timely and essential” that Israel implement steps it has been considering to ease restrictions on movement and access, reduce incursions and release prisoners.“Israel needs to roll back measures of occupation as the Palestinian Authority rolls out the basis for statehood,” he added, noting that the PA had made steady progress in implementing its reform programme, maintaining financial discipline and upholding security in areas it controls.Highlighting the need to avoid provocations, Mr. Serry voiced concern at Israel’s demolition of Palestinian-owned structures in East Jerusalem and the “regrettable” study under the auspices of the PA Information Ministry, since removed from its website, denying the significance of the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem to Jews, for whom it is a remnant of the 2,000-year-old second temple.“I stress the need for figures of political and religious authority on both sides to refrain from denial or denigration of the other’s heritage, rights and dignity,” he said.On Gaza, while voicing concern at recent volatility and closure measures, he cited positive developments such as Israel’s decision to allow exports out and approval for UN agencies to complete construction projects worth $110 million in the Strip, which was devastated by the offensive that Israel said it launched two years ago to end rocket fire against it.“This is a positive step but further progress is critical… It is essential that calm be maintained,” he added, noting that militant groups fired five rockets and 20 mortars into Israel over the past month while Israeli launched four air strikes and 12 incursions. “I cannot over-emphasize the importance of the period we are now entering,” he concluded. “It is vital that both parties are now fully forthcoming on substance in talks with the United States… We must focus with urgency on the essential elements of a negotiated two-State end-game, for the benefit of both people. We urge both leaders to do so, and we also believe that an active third-party role on substance is essential if this is to be done.”
“I am happy that my call for a global early warning system has been enthusiastically supported,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan told a news briefing in Mauritius, where he attended a meeting on small island developing States at which he proposed such a system not only for tsunamis but for other natural disasters as well.Such a mechanism, involving seismic posts, speedy communication to designated officials and mass evacuation training for local populations, could have given coastal populations enough time to flee to higher ground before the tsunami struck on 26 December – in many countries hours after the initial earthquake that spawned it – and killed at least 160,000 at latest count.The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) plans to have an Indian Ocean tsunami warning system operational by June 2006, expanding it to the whole globe a year later.Mr. Annan also said he would appoint a special envoy next week to ensure maximum coordination of relief, recovery and reconstruction efforts in the largest UN operation ever mounted for a natural disaster.UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Carol Bellamy, fresh from a tour of Sri Lanka and Indonesia, the most ravaged region, said the relief effort is going reasonably well in response to the disaster in which more than half a million people were injured and 5 million, over 1 million of them children, left in need of basic services.”Indeed I would say in virtually all the countries, apart from Indonesia at this point, not only is the relief effort going well but there are clear signs of the beginning for the recovery effort,” she told a news briefing in New York. “But there is still an enormous amount of work to be done. Life is far from good for the 1.2 million people who were displaced.”But in the Indonesian province of Aceh, plagued with a broken infrastructure that is hampering communications in an already virtually inaccessible region, serious emergency problems still remain. “Building a regular supply line of needed goods and services continues to [be] a very logistical, I was going to say a logistical challenge – [but] there are moments when it’s a logistical nightmare,” Ms. Bellamy said.The World Health Organization (WHO) also reported that Aceh remained the priority for relief work as it continued to be in a state of emergency. After sporadic measles cases were reported, a large-scale vaccination campaign has been launched, targeting 1.16 million children aged 6 months to 15 years.Ms. Bellamy said reports of child trafficking and exploitation seemed exaggerated but she called for vigilance since the situation could rapidly change. She added governments and communities across the region had responded very well to the potential threat of exploitation and steps to protect children so far seemed to be working.”In other words, most of the reports at this point of wrongdoing or possible wrongdoing seem not to be substantiated. But we believe in many ways that’s because of these preventive measures,” she said. “There will be exceptions and the situation can evolve very rapidly but so far we are pleased that the reports of trafficking and other abuses of children seem limited.”She stressed that getting children back to school as quickly as possible was essential for the recovery from the traumatic shock and two UNICEF-supported schools re-opened in Aceh this week. “There is no better way of helping children regain some normalcy than to return to school,” she said.In related developments, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has made 15 satellite earth stations available for emergency deployment to help coordinate the massive relief effort.The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), dedicated to eradicating poverty in rural areas, is looking to longer-term rehabilitation. “The goal is not only to help them to recover, but to increase their capacity to cope with future natural disasters by enabling them to overcome the desperate poverty that makes them so vulnerable,” it said.The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is also addressing the medium- and longer-term requirements of economic revival and employment generation, focusing on a number of projects allowing local communities to be largely responsible for their own reconstruction, using locally available resources and manpower.”The crippling damage to factories and businesses, the almost total destruction of the fisheries industry, the devastating blow dealt to agriculture through salt contamination of the soil and ground waters, and the destruction of roads, bridges and communication networks have meant that millions of people in the region not only lost their homes and worldly goods but also the wherewithal to support their families,” the Vienna-based agency said. Video of press briefing [20mins]
Related Stories Toronto Raptors basking in championship glow ahead of massive city…More Raptors return to Canada with Drake after days of celebrating… TORONTO — Since the Toronto Raptors traded for Kawhi Leonard last summer, they’ve tried to control everything they could control.Leonard met immediately with Raptors head coach Nick Nurse at their club’s practice facility and began sketching out his role in the offence. Director of sports science Alex McKechnie mapped out a plan to help him return to full health and ideally be ready to play his best basketball in the post-season.When the chance came, they made bold in-season acquisitions to help nudge one of the NBA’s best teams further down the road to a championship. And when they won the Larry O’Brien Trophy — which Leonard has re-christened the ‘Larry OB’ — they partied like rock stars, first in San Francisco and then in Las Vegas. Drake was the master of ceremonies.Everything has worked perfectly.On Monday morning in downtown Toronto the final piece of their recruiting pitch will be staring at Leonard in the face as an estimated two million fans in the NBA’s largest, most fevered market are expected to line a parade route that begins at their state-of-the-art Drake-branded practice facility on Lakeshore Boulevard before ending at Nathan Phillips Square, where people have been camping out all weekend from a prime spot.And if a championship ring, a Finals MVP trophy, an opportunity for a five-year, $190-million contract — a year longer and $50 million more than what any other team can offer — and millions of people chanting his name can’t convince him to run it back with the Raptors?Well, what else is left to do?That will be the reality facing the Raptors and their fan base in the coming weeks as the NBA’s free-agent period kicks off on July 1, with Leonard as the biggest prize.You can love all you want, but that doesn’t mean a relationship is meant to last.“For us, at least speaking for myself, there’s nothing more that we can do,” said Raptors guard Fred VanVleet, the only other player to get a Finals MVP vote after his breakout performance against the Warriors. “We’ve done it, the city’s done it, the franchise has done it, the coaches have done it, the teammates have done it.“We’ve done our job. The best way to recruit somebody is to be yourself over the course of the year and I would assume that he knows what is here and what makes this place special and if it’s enough, it will be enough. And if it’s not, it’s not.”Gasol believes no other player in NBA is same caliber as KawhiThe problem with predicting what moves Leonard makes is that he’s made a career out of being one of the NBA’s most inscrutable stars.He’s not standoffish or unwilling to share. Over the course of the Raptors long playoff run he’s provided insight into how he’s worked diligently on his mental game to arrive at his even-keeled approach, how losing his father to gun violence affected him as a teenager and the betrayal he felt when his injuries were questioned in San Antonio, precipitating him being traded to the Raptors last summer.But when it comes to his future beyond this season he’s said nothing on the few occasions anyone has tried to pry, including when ABC’s Doris Burke asked Thursday night moments after Leonard and the Raptors closed out their 4-2 Finals win over Golden State.Through the season Leonard’s unwillingness to engage the topic was a positive — the drama around Leonard’s future was non-existent because he calmly brushed aside any efforts to have him address it.But Leonard’s plans are the one cloud hanging over the Raptors’ parade of joy. Danny Green is a pending free agent and Marc Gasol has an option he can exercise if he wants to stay in Toronto, or he can choose to become a free agent also. Serge Ibaka, Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet are all heading into the final seasons of their deals. There are a lot of balls in the air, but Leonard is the biggest one, and whatever he chooses will cause a massive splash around the NBA.“He’s got to consult with his family, his agency and whoever else he keeps close to him and make a decision just like I’m going to do the same,” said Green, who was traded to the Raptors from San Antonio with Leonard and has now played alongside him for eight seasons. “But I think his decision impacts — I’d be foolish (to not say) it doesn’t impact a lot of guys’ decisions. Because he can change a whole organization. He can change a whole team. He can change a lot of guys’ careers or make a lot of guys’ careers easier. So that decision weighs on, I think, a lot of guys’ free-agency decision.”Danny Green says he would ‘love to come back’ to RaptorsThe league doesn’t stand still. Already the only other domino that can rival Leonard’s decision has tipped over with the Los Angeles Lakers reportedly trading for Anthony Davis, giving the off-season a jump start. With Warriors free agents Kevin Durant (Achilles) and Klay Thompson (ACL) likely to miss most, if not all, of next season with their injuries, Leonard’s decision is even more significant as his franchise-shifting stature has only grown relative to what remains a deep field of free agents.“Kawhi impacts the team and the franchise in so many different ways that I’m sure it’ll have something to do with [my decision],” said Gasol. “…I don’t think there’s any other player of his calibre right now in the NBA. I think he’s on a pedestal by himself. Age-wise, his game, his leadership, the way he carries himself. I haven’t been around all of them, but I’ll tell you, he’s one of a kind.”The Raptors’ pitch is simple: He knows them and has had success here. If his oft-stated basketball priority is winning, the Raptors are a much more assured outcome than the Los Angeles Clippers — a widely rumoured front runner — and if he wants to avoid a circus while winning titles, Toronto would have the edge there, too.His teammates say they have no plans to actively woo him, but that the pitch would be compelling if they did.“All the free restaurants you can go to, the Kawine and Dine? I even heard that he got a house or somebody gave him a house or something like that. Where’s my house at? Where’s my house?” joked Pascal Siakam, before turning more serious:“The experience that we had, winning a championship. Once you win a championship, the next thing you want to do is do it again. Having him, that’s a plus, and having young guys like me, Fred, continue to develop — Norm, everyone. Everyone being so young and having to go through this, I think it’s a great fit for him being here. Hopefully he can come back. I’m not a salesman [but] … I want him to come back.”Chances are those sentiments are shared with the millions of Raptors fans that will take the time to go to a parade Monday, and who watched in ever increasing numbers as the Raptors’ playoff run wore on. Chances are Leonard is going to hear about it on Monday, too.But will he listen? Will it matter? No one knows.“We all love him and we would all love for him to be back and if he’s not, we’ll move on from there so it’s not the biggest deal in the world. He came and did what he was supposed to do — he came here and brought this city a championship,” said VanVleet. “And I think he’s earned his freedom in his career to do what he wants to do and we’ll all respect him and admire him, and if he’s on another team we’ll have to kick his ass next year.“But hopefully he’ll be back.” BROWSE kawhi leonard | nba | toronto raptors
Many hay fever suffers attempt some form of pollen acclimatisation as summer approaches, but the new research suggests that to achieve lasting effects patients must undergo three years of treatment.Two years’ immunotherapy does not bring the same lasting benefits, the study found.Currently immunotherapy to overcome allergens is administered in specialist medical centres in the first instance in case patients suffer serious reaction such as anaphalaxis.Subsequent doses can be taken at home.Professor Stephen Durham, head of allergy and clinical immunology at the National Heart and Lung Institute, said: “You treat patients for three years and then they have a big improvement in their hay fever for several years afterwards.”Exposing people to grass pollen in this way is a very effective treatment for people who really have debilitating hay fever.” Exposing people to grass pollen in this way is a very effective treatment for people who really have debilitating hay feverProfessor Stephen Durham, National Heart and Lung Institute Symptoms of hay fever include bouts of sneezing, a runny nose and itchy eyes.The condition has been estimated to affect as many as one in four people across the UK.The majority of these cases are initiated as a reaction to grass pollen.The new study, published in the journal JAMA, involved patient volunteers at Royal Brompton Hospital in London.Experts assessed the effectiveness of two different immunotherapies which used grass pollen extract – as an injection or a pill taken under the tongue.A total of 106 patients were given either injection, tablets or a placebo.Overall, 92 patients completed the study.After a two-year course of treatment, the results showed that both therapies were effective at tackling symptoms.But one year after patients had stopped taking the medication the effects were no better than the placebo group. Hay fever sufferers can effectively cure their condition if they take pills or injections for three years that acclimatises them to pollen.Experts at Imperial College London said those blighted by the allergy can reduce their symptoms for “several years” after undergoing treatment.Past studies have shown that exposing patients to increasing amounts of grass pollen over time is an effective way to reduce severe symptoms in the long term. 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.
Where’s the cheapest place to pick up an iPhone 4 these days? For the next week or so, that title belongs to Walmart offshoot Sam’s Club. You can get the latest version of Apple’s handset for $147, according to information obtained by Engadget–that’s a full $2 less than you would pay for the same handset over at Radio Shack.The deal on the 16GB handset goes until Christmas day. The store is also offering up its predecessor, the iPhone 3Gs for a dirt cheap $47, marking a $42 price drop for both phones. AdChoices广告
Man (40s) dies after Cliffs of Moher parachute jump The man was airlifted to Galway University Hospital. Image: Shutterstock/biegly 58,227 Views Apr 22nd 2017, 1:18 PM Image: Shutterstock/biegly Share Tweet Email4 A MAN IN his mid-40s has died after a parachute jump in the west of the country this morning.The incident occurred at around 7am this morning at Aill Na Searrach, which is part of the Cliffs of Moher range in Clare.It is believed a group of men were undertaking a “base jump”, where people jump from a fixed structure wearing a parachute or wingsuit.One of the men sustained heavy injuries in a fall, but it is not yet known whether his parachute failed to open or opened too late to allow him to land safely.He was pronounced dead at the scene.The emergency services were quickly notified, with the Coast Guard, ambulance service and gardaí attending the scene.The body of the man was airlifted to Galway University Hospital.Gardaí in Ennistymon are now investigating the circumstances behind the incident.Read: Citizens’ Assembly votes by huge majority to NOT retain Eighth AmendmentRead: ‘If this balcony had been built as designed, this would not have happened’ Saturday 22 Apr 2017, 1:18 PM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3353094 By Sean Murray 59 Comments
Les fournisseurs d’accès Internet contraints à financer la carte musique jeunes ?France – Le téléchargement légal est toujours l’une des priorités du gouvernement. Mais lutter contre son pendant illégal coûte cher. Un nouvel impôt pourrait devenir d’actualité pour financer la carte musique jeunes.Le 21 juin prochain, jour de la fête de la musique, la carte musique jeunes sera mise en circulation. Elle est censée lutter contre le téléchargement illégal. Après la taxe sur l’audiovisuel public, et celle aidant au développement de l’industrie cinématographique, les fournisseurs d’accès Internet se verraient une nouvelle fois sollicités par le gouvernement afin de financer ce nouvel impôt.L’idée de la carte musique jeunes a été mise en place par la commission Zelnik. D’une valeur de 50 euros, prise en charge en partie par le gouvernement, elle a pour objectif premier d’inciter les jeunes âgés de 12 à 24 ans à avoir recours aux plates-formes de téléchargement légal. Le projet séduit les fournisseurs d’accès Internet (FAI), mais ces derniers ne souhaitent pas pour autant payer davantage de taxes à l’État français. Si le choix de leur imposer ce nouvel impôt est confirmé, les sommes versées par les opérateurs à l’État pourraient en effet atteindre un montant cumulé de 350 millions d’euros par an.Le 14 avril 2010 à 12:42 • Emmanuel Perrin
Plateforme Total : une fuite localisée mais une intervention compliquéeLa fuite de gaz de la plateforme du groupe Total, en mer du Nord a enfin été localisée. Toutefois, les opérations de colmatage prennent du retard car il s’agit d’une intervention très risquée en raison des difficultés à accéder à la plateforme et des risques d’explosion.La plateforme Elgin du groupe Total, située à 240 kilomètres au large de la ville d’Aberdeen en Ecosse a été évacuée dans la nuit de dimanche à lundi en raison d’une fuite de gaz. Il aura fallu attendre plusieurs jours avant que Total ne découvre l’origine de cette fuite. Elle se trouve, on le sait désormais, “à 4 000 mètres de profondeur, dans un puits désaffecté depuis plus d’un an”, selon un porte-parole du groupe.Actuellement, le gaz remonte à débit constant le long du conduit et ressort au niveau de la tête du puits, sur la plateforme. La météo actuellement favorable disperse le gaz qui s’échappe en l’éloignant de la torchère qui continue de brûler sur la plateforme désaffectée. Cependant, les experts soulignent les risques d’explosion si le vent venait à tourner et certains s’étonnent que la torchère brûle toujours. Total s’est justifié en indiquant que lorsqu’une plateforme est fermée en urgence, la torchère “ne peut être entièrement purgée” et que lorsque le gaz resté dans le système sera évaporé, elle “s’éteindra d’elle-même”. D’autres “solutions envisageables”, si l’extinction ne se produisait pas toute seule, sont toutefois à l’étude. Bien que la source de la fuite est enfin été localisée, ce qui constitue “une étape importante” pour la suite, selon l’expression de Total, le groupe n’est pas tiré d’affaire. Les expert ont un choix difficile à faire quant au mode d’intervention étant donnés les risques d’explosion.”Attendre”, l’option qui prévaut pour Total À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?La première solution consisterait à boucher le puits avec des boues de forage. Pour cela, il faudrait que des techniciens remontent sur la plateforme aujourd’hui inaccessible et autour de laquelle une zone d’exclusion maritime de 3,7 kilomètres a été instaurée. Une autre option serait de creuser “un puits de secours”, ce qui, dans ce secteur, pourrait prendre six mois, reconnaît Total. Enfin, dernière “solution” : attendre que la fuite se tarisse. Etant donnée la situation qui est qualifiée de “stable” par le géant de l’énergie, pour l’heure c’est cette option qui prévaut.”La situation est très sérieuse, mais il faut noter que l’évacuation s’est déroulée parfaitement et nous pensons toujours que l’impact environnemental sera minime”, a ainsi indiqué un porte-parole du département de l’Energie et du Climat en Ecosse. “A ce stade, nous ne pensons pas qu’il y a d’impact sur les espèces marines, les pêcheries ou les oiseaux”, a précisé pour sa part un autre porte-parole du gouvernement écossais. Total a d’ores et déjà payé le prix fort pour cet incident. Le titre du groupe a cédé plus de 8,5 % entre lundi soir et jeudi à la mi-journée à la Bourse de Paris. Cela représente une perte de capitalisation d’environ 8 milliards d’euros.Le 30 mars 2012 à 11:06 • Maxime Lambert
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#UnitedStates, January 25, 2018 – Houston, TX –The Minister of State for Grand Bahama in the Office of the Prime Minister, Senator the Hon. J. Kwasi Thompson, described Tuesday as an effective one for Grand Bahama as the government promoted the island while on an investment trip to Texas.The delegation, headed by Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis, left for Texas on Sunday with planned stops in Austin and Houston. Others in the delegation included: Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Darren Henfield; Minister of State for Grand Bahama in the Office of the Prime Minister, Senator the Hon. James Kwasi Thompson; His Excellency Sidney Collie, Bahamas Ambassador to the United States of America; His Excellency Joshua Sears, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Prime Minister; His Excellency Cornelius A. (C.A.) Smith, Non-Resident Ambassador-designate for Central American States and Mrs. Linda Mackey, Bahamas Consul-General, Miami.Minister Thompson said, “Yesterday was a very effective day particularly for Grand Bahama. The government is focused on promoting Grand Bahama and I am pleased to have the full support interest and focus of the Prime Minister on Grand Bahama. I accompanied the Prime Minister in important meetings with the Texas Association of Business.” Stating that Austin, Texas, has some of the largest tech companies, the delegation met with representatives from Google, Gearbox, HP, Dell and other tech companies. In addition to this, the Prime Minister and his delegation also met with universities interested in establishing linkages, particularly in the area of technology.Minister Thompson stated, “We expressed why Grand Bahama is the ideal place for a tech hub, and benefits of doing business in The Bahamas. The contacts made were very good for Grand Bahama and we are hopeful that we will see positive results. “We also toured the Dell headquarters and discussed possibilities for developing smart cities. We were able to meet with very senior executives and began the important step of building a relationship with them and future partnerships.”The Minister described the meetings as having gone “extremely well” with “significant interest from both sides.” He indicated that they will be invited to visit The Bahamas, and in particular, Nassau and Grand Bahama. The delegation began discussions with a major Crypto currency and Bitcoin company owner, who has also been invited to The Bahamas for continued discussions.“The government is very serious about promoting Grand Bahama as a Tech hub and this visit was a great beginning and believe it will have fruitful results. We must continue to promote Grand Bahama and the benefits of doing business in Grand Bahama if we want to see improvement,” said Minister Thompson.The Bahamas investment delegation also met with senior executives of the Port of Houston to discuss possible linkages with ports in The Bahamas, particularly ports in Grand Bahama. The initial connection was made and dialogue will continue to pursue mutual benefits for both parties.By: Robyn Adderley (BIS)Photo caption:Investment Delegates meets with Port Executives – Senator the Hon. James Kwasi Thompson, Minister of State for Grand Bahama, led the delegation and was accompanied by His Excellency Sidney Collie, Bahamas Ambassador to the United States; Mr. Joshua Sears, Senior Policy Advisor; and Mrs. Linda Mackey, Consul General, Miami, Florida during the meeting with senior executives of the Port of Houston to discuss possible linkages with ports in The Bahama, Grand Bahama in particular. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Thirty-four percent of all Clark County residents — approximately 54,000 households — live in rental housing. But approximately half of those renters can’t afford the federally determined fair-market rent for a two-bedroom apartment here — not without spending too much of their income on housing, that is.Read the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s annual report, titled “Out of Reach”That’s according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition, a nonprofit think tank that released its annual analysis of housing affordability Monday. NLIHC crunches government data from sources like the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Bureau of Labor Statistics to compare average incomes and rental costs nationwide, state by state, in major metropolitan areas and in every county in the U.S.According to the federal government, rent is considered affordable if it, plus utilities, is no more than 30 percent of a renter’s gross income.It found that Washington is the 16th-most expensive state if you’re hunting for a two-bedroom apartment. The “housing wage” for Washington is $18.65, NLIHC found — meaning, that’s the hourly pay one full-time earner needs to afford that fair-market, two-bedroom rental without spending more than 30 percent of gross income. Spending no more than 30 percent of gross income on housing, including utilities, is the long-held standard of housing affordability set by HUD. The National Low Income Housing Coalition uses the term “housing wage” to mean the full-time wage needed to afford a fair-market, two-bedroom rental.Overall housing wage for Washington state $18.65Housing wage for Clark County and Portland metro area $17.73Average real wage earned by Clark County renters $12.96Washington minimum wage $9.32Sources: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, National Low Income Housing CoalitionThe National Low Income Housing Coalition’s annual report found that the nationwide two-bedroom housing wage is slightly higher than the state’s at $18.92.
CUTLER BAY, FLA. (WSVN) – A Cutler Bay toddler with burns was transported to Kendall Regional Medical Center, according to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.MDFR responded to a home in the 9400 block of SW 227th Terrace, Sunday morning.The cause of the burns as well as the condition of the child remains unknown.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Her son, Adam Waich, said he’s not allowed to get too close to the water.“My mom doesn’t let us get on the bottom dock of our house,” he said. “She gets scared because she doesn’t want it to be there by surprise.”Although residents want the animals to be caught, the FWC said because the American crocodiles that are in the area are protected, they cannot be trapped.“I’ve called the authorities, and they said we have to learn to live with them,” Baiz said. “That’s not really a good answer because there’s so many people living here.”The FWC released a statement that read in part, “We take public safety very seriously and administer a program designed to be proactive and responsive … calls to our hotline to report crocodile sightings in the Enchanted Lake Community have prompted efforts to trap and relocate. Sightings of crocodiles there have not occurred recently.”Wildlife officials also said the American crocodile is typically shy and reclusive. They warn residents to use caution and to keep a fair amount of distance away from the crocodile.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. NORTHEAST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A crocodile nuisance has put a South Florida community on edge, and residents are hoping the animals can be relocated elsewhere.As many as five crocodiles have been found relaxing on lawns and hanging out near pools. Those who live in the Northeast Miami-Dade neighborhood said the massive reptiles are coming too close to their homes, and it’s become a real concern.Several residents at the Enchanted Lake Community have reported the crocodile sightings.“Up until eight months ago, people started saying that they were seeing crocs,” said resident Enrique Baiz. “Somebody took pictures of them. There’s one that’s huge, that’s like 10 or 12 [feet] and others that are like 6 feet or 8 feet.”The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission crocodiles have rebounded from being an endangered species in the ’70s to a “recovering threatened species” today. They are believed to number about 2,000 in Florida now and some have moved into many South Florida neighborhoods.The FWC has received multiple calls of concern, particularly in the area of Northeast 192nd Street and 22nd Avenue.“I think you get used to it,” said resident Tammy Waich. “You have to take all the measures to be safe. If you see it somewhere that can be caught, call as soon as you see it.”