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Alastair Cook bemoans weakened spin options in Mumbai loss

first_imgEngland no longer have the world class spin options available to them that they enjoyed when they stunned India in 2012, captain Alastair Cook said after his side fell 3-0 behind the hosts in the five-match series on Monday.England are the last team to win a series in India when they beat the hosts 2-1 four years ago with spinners Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar revelling in the conditions, and ably supported by prolific wicket-taking paceman James Anderson. (Also read: Virat Kohli takes a dig at England batsmen after James Anderson’s controversial remark)During that series, Panesar took 11 wickets at the Wankhede Stadium while Swann picked up eight more to help England thrash India by 10 wickets.However, leg-spinner Adil Rashid, who is England’s highest wicket-taker in the ongoing series with 22 victims, and off-spinner Moeen Ali have failed to match those performances.”No disrespect to Mo and Rash but Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar were world class bowlers in 2012,” Cook told reporters after England’s defeat by an innings and 36 runs. “In these conditions you need that. (Also read: Mumbai Test: Virat Kohli 235, R Ashwin 12/167 give India historic series win over England)”Mo and Rash have bowled well but they are not yet in that league…I do not mean that disrespectfully at all and that is why we need a slightly different balance to the side.”In 2012, we could play the four bowlers, two seamers and two spinners, but in this side we need more options.”Cook admitted England had erred by picking an extra seamer in Jake Ball while overlooking Gareth Batty as the pitch had nothing in it for the quicker bowlers.advertisement”Here we knew it was going to spin,” Cook said. “But one thing we have strength in depth in is our seamers and we can get control with our seamers if it is not spinning a huge amount.”Generally here in Mumbai it spins slightly later on in the game but it spun pretty much from ball one and last time in 2012 it didn’t and the pitch looked exactly the same.”Cook was also left to rue England’s failure to take the chances that came their way. (Also read: Beating England not as easy as it looked: Virat Kohli)Jonny Bairstow missed a stumping opportunity of Murali Vijay on 45, while Rashid dropped a difficult return catch from India captain Virat Kohli on 68 and Joe Root also put down Jayant Yadav at slip on eight.Vijay scored 136, Kohli went on to make 235 and Yadav 104.”We missed three good chances to take wickets and they made us pay,” Cook said. “Missing Kohli, missing Vijay and Yadav cost us dearly.”It is just frustrating. To beat India in these conditions you have to play the perfect game and we haven’t managed to do that.”last_img read more

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Deepa Malik, other Haryana para-athletes seek job assurance from chief minister Khattar

first_imgA group of para-athletes, including Paralympic silver-medallist Deepa Malik, met Haryana Chief Minister M L Khattar seeking assurances on the job promises made to them by the state government.Malik became the first Indian woman athlete to win a medal at Paralympics with her silver in the women’s shotput event at the Rio Games in 2016. She was accompanied by, among others, Asian Para Games gold-medallist discus thrower Amit Saroha in the meeting held on Tuesday.The 48-year-old Malik had been given a cash award of Rs 4 crore by the Haryana government for her medal, at par with medal-winners at the Olympic Games. The the athlete is now hopeful that the job promise made to her too will be fulfilled soon.”My file has been approved. I am quite hopeful that job letter will be given soon as I and other para-athletes who met the chief minister have been given positive assurance,” Malik told PTI.The athletes are apprehensive of their appointment letters being delayed once the Model Code of Conduct comes into force before the Lok Sabha elections, which are due in April-May.The government, in August last year, had asked Malik to furnish her particulars and apply for the job.At present, Malik is working as a junior assistant coach with the state’s Sports Department in Gurugram, she said.Also Read | I did not feel like a Paralympian, felt like an actress or a cricketer: Deepa MalikAlso Read | World Para Athletics Grand Prix: Deepa Malik clinches gold in javelin eventadvertisementlast_img read more

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Drinkwater: Man United got lucky against Chelsea

first_imgChelsea ‘No chance’ Man United deserved Chelsea win, claims Drinkwater Ryan Benson 17:55 2/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) drinkwater-pogba-cropped Getty Images Chelsea Premier League Manchester United v Chelsea Manchester United The England midfielder believes that the Blues “definitely” deserved to take something from the Red Devils at the weekend Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater says there is “no chance” Manchester United deserved their 2-1 win at Old Trafford on Sunday.Antonio Conte’s men produced a strong performance in the first half and were deserving of the lead, which was given to them by the lively Willian.But Romelu Lukaku levelled in the 39th minute with a well-worked goal and United ultimately secured victory through substitute Jesse Lingard in the second period. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Drinkwater, who came through United’s youth system, believes a defeat was harsh on Chelsea, who now find themselves trailing Jose Mourinho’s men by six points in the Premier League.”We definitely should have got something from the game,” Drinkwater told Chelsea’s official website.”In the first half we were very dominant. In the second half it was a bit different, it was more even, but we didn’t deserve to lose that game, no chance.”I don’t know the stats, but the first half felt good. Their goal came out of nowhere. We had a bit of confidence coming into the second half, but it didn’t go our way.”It was more of a battle which suited them and took the game away from us.”Football goes against you sometimes and it was one of those days. There are obviously bits we could have improved on, but we have to got to look forward and on to the next game now.”It’s down to us. We have got to get our performances and our results in order and hopefully our position will look after itself.”  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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iPhone X available for Rs 59,999: Should you buy it over iPhone XR?

first_img Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiJune 27, 2019UPDATED: June 28, 2019 08:41 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe iPhone X is available starting at Rs 59,900 on Flipkart.The iPhone X offers an OLED display while the iPhone XR sports an LCD panel.The iPhone XR offers a superior battery life and faster A12 Bionic chipset.The iPhone X kick started Apple’s new direction towards a bezel-less future. Launched in 2017, the iPhone X offered an edge-to-edge OLED display with a wide notch that has now become the default iPhone symbol, a stainless steel frame and a blazing fast A11 Bionic chipset. Unfortunately, the iPhone X’s starting price of Rs 91,900 was quite out of reach for most consumers in India.Cut to 2019 and the iPhone X is seeing its lowest price ever on Flipkart. The iPhone X is available starting at Rs 59,900 for the base model with 64GB of internal storage. The price can go further lower to Rs 58,749 if one is able to avail the 5 per cent instant discount offer on EMI with ICICI Bank credit and debit cards. This is quite a price drop, but an expected one since the phone is close to two years old now. Interestingly, you can also get the newer iPhone XR (Review) at around the same price point. So which “affordable” iPhone should you spend your money on right now?The iPhone XR was launched as an “affordable” version of the iPhone XS and XS Max, although its original price of Rs 76,900 is anything but affordable in India. The iPhone XR is now also available at Rs 59,900, but it comes with certain tradeoffs that makes even the iPhone X look better in 2019.iPhone X offers a better displayThe one area where the iPhone X easily trumps the iPhone XR is the display. The iPhone X gets a 5.8-inch OLED screen with a 1125×2436 resolution and 458ppi while the iPhone XR offers a larger 6.1-inch screen but with an LCD panel, 828×1792 resolution and 326ppi. The iPhone X simply offers a richer, more vivid display with fantastic colour reproduction, deeper blacks and higher contrast ratio.advertisement The iPhone X’s OLED Retina display is understandably more attractive, especially at its new price point. It also gets a more premium stainless steel finish which looks shiny and quite attractive. That being said, the iPhone XR’s aluminium frame is more scratch-resistant and ages better.Equally fast performanceThe iPhone X might be nearing two years now, but its A11 Bionic chipset is still a beast and can still take on the best mobile processors that 2019 has to offer. The A11 Bionic is a 10nm chipset which is extremely snappy and smooth at handling pretty much anything you throw at it. In real-world performance, one would find it difficult to tell the A11 Bionic from the A12 Bionic processor that powers the iPhone XR.Of course, the A12 Bionic offers better long-term benefits. It is Apple’s first 7nm-based processor, which means it not only offers a bump in performance but is also more power efficient than its predecessor. It also comes with a 50 per cent fast GPU and an improved neural engine that is capable of performing 5 trillion operations in a second. What this essentially means is that the iPhone XR is better suited to handle graphic intensive games and AI/ machine learning tasks, both of which are only expected to get more complex in the years ahead.iPhone XR offers superior battery lifeArguably the most noticeable benefit of running on a 7nm chipset is the power efficiency. The iPhone XR with the A12 Bionic processor offers a terrific battery life which is easily the best battery life on an iPhone yet. In our long-term review of the iPhone XR, we noted that the battery life continued to stay strong even after six months of use, offering around 5-6 hours of screen-on time. In comparison, the iPhone X struggles to last a full day as it needs to push more pixels and uses a higher power consuming chipset. But with iOS 13, things are looking a little better for the iPhone X.iOS 13 will be best experienced on iPhone XiOS 13 is Apple’s latest mobile operating system and is currently in public beta form. The latest software offers a host of new features and updates, but one in particular looks to benefit the iPhone X more than the iPhone XR i.e Night Mode. iOS 13 brings a system-wide dark mode which turns the background of the UI dark. Moreover, it’s not just a shade of grey but true black, which is where the iPhone X OLED panel can really take full advantage.With most native Apple apps and some popular third-party apps like Twitter and Messenger offering true dark mode, the iPhone X’s OLED panel will become more power efficient as individual pixels can turn off. This should naturally mean one can expect improvements to the battery life on the iPhone X. iPhone XR with an LCD display, however, will not see any major improvements to its battery life even with Night Mode enabled. Apart from that, iOS 13 is said to improve overall system performance, making older devices like the iPhone X snappier. One can also expect faster Face ID unlock with iOS 13 on both the iPhone X and iPhone XR.advertisementiPhone XR offers a single, but great rear cameraThe iPhone X offers a dual camera setup, which is the basic minimum these days. With the iPhone XR, Apple decided to go with a single 12MP wide-angle camera. While logic would suggest two cameras are better than one, we believe the iPhone XR has the advantage as it gets a lot of help from the new A12 Bionic chip with an advanced Neural Engine.The iPhone XR with its Smart HDR feature manages to capture stunning daylight photos with excellent contrast, depth control and detailing. Apple’s software optimisation is great on the iPhone XR as the single camera is able to capture attractive and natural-looking bokehs with adjustable background blur all through software. The iPhone X’s secondary telephoto lens does come in handy for 2x lossless zoom, but that’s about it. For everything else, the iPhone XR is more than capable.ALSO READ | iPhone X sells for Rs 58,749, Nokia 5.1 Plus for Rs 7,999, and Redmi 6 for Rs 6,999 on Flipkart todayGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. 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Windstar Cruises Partners with Renowned Chef on Eclectic New Spanish Restaurant

first_imgCuadro 44 by Anthony Sasso (right) will be located on the award-winning small ship line’s three renovated Star Class ships, debuting in 2020. NEW YORK – June 26, 2019 – Windstar Cruises is taking its culinary program to the next level with its latest partnership: a new specialty restaurant named Cuadro 44 in partnership with renowned chef, Anthony Sasso. One of the youngest chefs to be recognized by the Michelin Guide, and celebrated guest chef at the James Beard House, Sasso promises a menu of modern and inventive Spanish cuisine inspired by his own travels across the Iberian Peninsula. Cuadro 44 by Anthony Sasso will first debut on Windstar’s award-winning small ships, beginning in February 2020 on Star Breeze, and later in 2020 on sister ships Star Legend and Star Pride as part of the $250 Million Star Plus Initiative. Sasso is known for his groundbreaking work at New York restaurant Casa Mono, where he spent 13 years and earned the restaurant a Michelin star 10 individual years. Sasso’s connection to Windstar began in 2018, as guest chef on a James Beard Foundation Culinary Collection themed cruise in the Mediterranean. As an expert culinary guide on the Spanish Symphony sailing, Sasso led cruise guests on small-group “Shopping with the Chef” walking tours to local markets to procure fresh produce and local specialties to use in his onboard cooking demonstrations and wine-paired dinners. “I’ve spent a lifetime studying Spanish food and culture, working in several Catalan kitchens, traveling the Iberian landscape and learning from and getting inspired by the masters: everyone from the Roca Brothers of El Celler de Can Roca to the unmatchable Pablo Picasso,” says Sasso. “This new venture with Windstar will be the perfect vehicle to showcase the universally enticing flavors of Spain and its coastal seas. I’m extremely excited and honored to be involved with this innovative company.” “Culinary leadership is one of our core competencies at Windstar, and one of the reasons we are consistently awarded as the leader in small ship cruising,” says Peter Tobler, Director of Hotel Operations. “Chef Sasso also exemplifies culinary leadership as evidenced by his ten years of Michelin Stars and we are thrilled to be working with him on this new Spanish restaurant that expands and elevates our culinary offerings with on trend, tapas-style cuisine that encourages experimentation.” The announcement of the culinary partnership and Cuadro 44 was made by Windstar’s President John Delaney and Chef Sasso during an intimate media event in New York City at Bar Jamón, the adjacent sister bar to Casa Mono on June 25, 2019. Cuadro 44 by Anthony Sasso The Cuisine: Sasso has been praised for his interpretations of classic Spanish staples, which he serves with modern imagination. Sasso plans for the Cuadro 44 menu to showcase all of the coastal areas of Spain, stretching from the Basque region to the northern Cantabrian Sea to the Mediterranean-tinged eastern parts of Catalonia, Valencia, and Alicante. He will also explore the cuisines from southern, sun-kissed Andalusia and Jerez, heavily influenced by North African spices. The Dishes: Dining at Cuadro 44 will give guests the rare opportunity to try legendary jamón ibérico, a 24-month aged pork made from black pigs raised solely on acorns in Southern Spain, almost exclusively served in Spain. Other exciting dishes that experienced and aspiring foodies alike will enjoy include: lamb chops from Catalonia, served with a mint salsa verde, green apples, kohlrabi, and manchego; or enticing pulpo gallego, Galician-style octopus, a popular tapa served around Spain, paired with Yukon gold potato salad, pimentón, and pickled celery vinaigrette. End the evening in true Spanish style with churros y chocolate from Madrid, cinnamon and sugar-coated fritters served with spicy hot chocolate and fresh seasonal fruit. The perfect way to end a Spanish meal. The Design: Cuadro 44’s design will be just as exciting as the cuisine, thanks to the work of Ray Chung, Director of Design for The Johnson Studio at Cooper Carry, an innovative architectural and design firm known for creating revolutionary restaurant spaces around the globe. Set on Deck 6, Windstar’s new restaurant will seat 38 and feature a chef’s counter and communal table perfect for small-plate and family-style dining. Chung says he drew inspiration from the various regions of Spain, employing a warm and approachable design that recalls the feeling of a rustic home. “The residential scale combined with soft, indirect lighting creates an intimate atmosphere where guests are surrounded by the sights, smells, and tastes of Spain,” says Chung. “Handcrafted details and colorful, intricate patterns provide a richness reminiscent of Andalusia, and playful wall and furniture accents capture the whimsy of Barcelona.” Other design elements include wine displays and tiled floors with a mosaic of colors. A highlight of Cuadro 44 will be experiencing the chef’s counter, where guests can watch the culinary team in action. The Name: Cuadro 44 translates to “Frame 44” in Spanish. When ships are built, the vessel is mapped out in sections called frames. Cuadro 44 is the ship’s numeric “address” for where the new restaurant will reside, inside frame 44. This clever nautical nod to the exact location on the ship was inspired by street names of famous land-based restaurants. Similarly, the logo took inspiration from the iconic art and eye of Pablo Picasso, one of Spain’s best loved artists. The Setting: Windstar’s newest restaurant concept and the creation of this brand-new dining space is part of Windstar’s $250 Million Star Plus Initiative, to be featured on the line’s three, soon-to-be-renovated Star Class ships, that will carry fewer than 312 guests on each cruise. The extensive renovation of these small cruise ships also features the addition of 50 new suites, a second dining concept to be announced later this year, an enhanced spa and fitness center, an elevated pool, new retail space, more deck space, and additional upgrades. Cuadro 44 by Anthony Sasso, will debut first on Star Breeze in February of 2020; followed by introductions aboardStar Legend in July of 2020, and Star Pride in November 2020. Fitting with the Spanish cuisine concept, the first ports of call for all three ships’ post-renovation, will be in Spain – the perfect setting to visit Cuadro 44 for a taste of the region. The Background: The Official Cruise Line of the James Beard Foundation, Windstar delivers elevated epicurean experiences for guests to delight in the best cuisines from around the world. The boutique line has hosted more than three dozen James Beard Foundation-celebrated chefs, sommeliers, and beverage experts since 2016, including Chef Sasso. Destination-inspired recipes developed for each culinary cruise are available fleet-wide for all guests to enjoy on Windstar menus every evening. In 2019, Windstar has garnered culinary accolades as the Best Small Cruise Ships for Dining from both USA Today and Cruise Critic, and received Porthole Cruise Magazine’s 2019 Editor-in-Chief Award for Best Cruise Partnership: Windstar and the James Beard Foundation. The Destinations: The line serves up authentic tastes and hand-curated cruise vacations to Europe, Alaska, the U.S. Coasts, Canada & New England, the Caribbean, Costa Rica & Panama Canal, Tahiti and the South Pacific, Ocean Crossings, Asia, Japan, and just announced Australia & New Zealand in winter/spring of 2020-21. The line offers gastronomic adventures on a multitude of culinary-themed shore excursions, exploring regional foods and beverages in hundreds of ports of call. To learn more about Cuadro 44 by Anthony Sasso, and authentic small ship cruising, contact a travel advisor or Windstar Cruises by phone at 1-800-258-7245, or visit www.windstarcruises.com.last_img read more

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Coast Guard may affiliate with BSF CRPF in future Official

first_imgChennai: Indian Coast Guard, which recently joined hands with the Assam Rifles to utilise each other’s assets for operational training, may have such tie-ups with other paramilitary forces, a top CG official said Tuesday.Speaking on the sidelines of a reciprocation ceremony here held onboard “ICGS Shaurya”, which has been affiliated with the 3rd (Naga Hills) Battalion of Assam Rifles, Coast Guard Additional Director General V S R Murthy said the collaboration was the first of its kind initiative by the marine force. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC”May be in the future. This is the first step which will yield so much of dividends,” he told reporters when asked whether the Coast Guard would have similar associations with other paramilitary forces such as the BSF and the CRPF. In the first affiliation among paramilitary forces, the Assam Rifles and the Indian Coast Guard had on May 22 signed the ‘Charter of Affiliation’ to utilise each other’s assets for operational training, sports and adventure. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsDirector Generals of the Indian Coast Guard and the Assam Rifles Rajendra Singh and Lt Gen Sukhdeep Sangwan respectively had inked the pact at a ceremony in Shillong. Talking about the affiliation, Murthy said one was a land force and the other a marine force and both had their own experience and strong points. “…when they work closely they understand operational philosophies and culture. More importantly, it would develop a bondage between them,” he said.last_img read more

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The Wednesday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Wednesday, Sept. 13———COURT UPHOLDS DEL MASTRO CONVICTIONS: A former federal politician has lost his bid to have his convictions for electoral offences overturned. The Ontario Court of Appeal said Wednesday it is upholding Dean Del Mastro’s 2014 convictions on three violations of the Canada Elections Act. Del Mastro was convicted of overspending, failing to report a personal contribution of $21,000 he made to his own campaign, and filing a false report during the 2008 election.———PM TO LEAD DELEGATION TO UN: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he will address the opening of the UN General Assembly in New York next week. It’s part of a packed New York schedule for the prime minister. He will lead the Canadian delegation to the start of the assembly’s 72nd session and give his speech on Thursday. Trudeau is also to be honoured with a Global Citizen Award at the Atlantic Council in recognition of his leadership on inclusiveness, diversity and economic growth that works for everyone.———U.S. INVITES CANADA TO CLIMATE CHANGE MEETING: Environment Minister Catherine McKenna tells The Canadian Press there is still time to convince the United States not to withdraw from the Paris climate change accord and an unexpected meeting scheduled for New York next week might be the first step in that direction. McKenna is one of about 12 environment and climate ministers from the world’s largest economies who were invited by the White House chief economic adviser Gary Cohn to a breakfast meeting in New York during the United Nations General Assembly meeting week to discuss climate.———CALGARY MAYOR SEEKS TO REVIVE ARENA TALKS: Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi says the city remains at the negotiating table for a new NHL arena even though the Flames have declared they’ve pulled out of talks. Flames president Ken King says the NHL team is frustrated with “spectacularly unproductive” negotiations. Nenshi said Wednesday the city remains “ready to negotiate in good faith” and that “council understands the importance of the Flames to this city.———PM WRAPS UP CABINET RETREAT ON DEFENSIVE: Justin Trudeau has wrapped up a cabinet retreat on the defensive over a number of issues that are likely to plague his government when Parliament resumes next week. The prime minister was peppered with questions about the cost of his controversial Bahamas vacation last Christmas, which is under investigation by the federal ethics commissioner. He also faced questions about pot legalization, peacekeeping delays and his controversial tax changes.———EQUIFAX HACK LIKELY AFFECTED FEW CANADIANS: Equifax Canada’s customer service agents are telling callers that only Canadians who have had dealings in the United States are likely to be affected by the massive hack announced last week. The credit monitoring company’s call centre staff say that Canadians who have an Equifax account in the U.S. could be at risk of having their data compromised, such as those who have lived, worked or applied for credit south of the border.———ONTARIO PREMIER DEMANDS RETRACTION FROM OPPOSITION LEADER: Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has asked the leader of the Opposition to retract comments he made about her or face legal action. The premier’s lawyers wrote a letter to Patrick Brown on Wednesday, saying the Progressive Conservative leader had told reporters on Tuesday that Wynne was standing trial in a Liberal bribery case. The letter said Wynne is not on trial or even under investigation, but is rather offering voluntary testimony and co-operating with the court process, therefore Brown should retract the comments and apologize.———RCMP OFFICER KILLED IN N.B. CRASH: A Nova Scotia Mountie who worked to educate the public about the need to slow down when driving past emergency vehicles was killed Tuesday after being struck by a utility van while helping motorists change a flat tire. Const. Frank Deschenes, a 12-year veteran of the force who worked out of the Amherst detachment, died at the scene when the van collided with his police car and an SUV shortly after 6 p.m. on the Trans-Canada Highway near Memramcook, N.B. RCMP Cpl. Jullie Rogers-Marsh said the preliminary investigation has determined Deschenes stopped to assist two people change a tire.———MONTREAL GIVING BRITISH GENERAL THE BOOT: Calling it a “stain on our history,” Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre said Wednesday a street that honours a British general who supported giving smallpox-laced blankets to Indigenous Peoples will be renamed. “Goodbye Jeffery Amherst,” Coderre said at an event marking the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Amherst Street, located just east of downtown and in the city’s gay village, is named after the general who wanted to “exterminate” native people during the 1700s, Coderre said.———CANADA SHORT ON PEACEKEEPING PLEDGE: There are growing signs that Canada won’t meet the criteria for attending a November peacekeeping summit in Vancouver, even though it is the host country. The price of admission is clear in leaked UN documents obtained by The Canadian Press: Defence ministers attending must be ready to pledge specific forces to the UN, if they haven’t already done so. Canada has yet to make any definite pledge, despite being the host of this year’s summit, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wouldn’t commit Wednesday to a decision before mid-November.———last_img read more

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Chiefs cabinet ministers MPs arrive for historic gathering

first_img(Manitoba Grand Chief David Harper meets with reporters before start of Crown-First Nations Gathering APTN/Photo)APTN National NewsOTTAWA–Chiefs, cabinet ministers, MPs and Senators arrived at Ottawa’s old city hall building Tuesday morning under light drizzle and warm temperatures for the opening of the Crown-First Nations gathering.Gov.-Gen. David Johnston, Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo and Prime Minister Stephen Harper are scheduled to deliver speeches after the 45 minute opening ceremonies which will include a grand entry, an honour song, the singing of O Canada, a smudging ceremony, an exchange of gifts and a prayer chant.Chiefs will be listening closely to what Harper says in his speech after a meeting Monday night with a small delegation left First Nations leaders underwhelmed and wondering if the prime minister is really interested in working with them to find lasting peace with the country’s Indigenous population.“The hope is that the national chief and the prime minister are able to advance a constructive agenda,” said Serpent River First Nation Chief Isadore Day. “If the meeting with the prime minister yesterday is any indication of the speed and resolve by which he will advance First Nation issues, we will be disappointed and plans will commence to respond.”Day said Ontario chiefs planned to turn over their historic two-row wampum belt during the morning ceremony to signify the relationship between Canada and First Nations needed mending.Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Grand Chief David Harper said Manitoba chiefs are hoping Harper responds to their call for a first ministers meeting to follow Tuesday’s gathering.“We are going to wait until after the meeting and come back together and look at ways of how we are going to move forward,” said Harper. “We have always brought solutions to the table, we know what is best for our communities and our people. That is going to be the main key, that they hear us.”Gitanmaax Chief Marjory McRea said her thoughts were with her community members as she prepared for the day’s events.“I am here asking for an opportunity to create change for my people back home,” said McRea.Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver, whose files include some potential flash-points in regards to resource development and First Nations, said on arriving that he was hoping to have a broad discussions about the importance resource development can have on First Nations communities.“We are very hopeful that the benefits of the development of natural resources will be a boom for Aboriginal communities economically and socially,” said Oliver. “It is a moral and constitutional responsibility for the government of Canada to enter into consultations with Aboriginal people.”Environment Minister Peter Kent said he was also looking to discuss the pressing issues of the day involving his portfolio with First Nations.Kent said he was hoping talks with First Nations leaders would help strengthen partnerships.“That is why we are here is to try to move the story forward. Dialogue is very important and consultation is a prime consideration in all First Nations matters,” said Kent.Cabinet ministers, including Kent and Oliver, are expected to participate in private sections with chiefs following the opening speeches and ceremonies.The sessions will include discussions on improving the relationship between Canada and First Nations, economic development and education.According to the day’s agenda distributed to the press, no speakers have yet been chosen for the closing speeches.last_img read more

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Act now or forever play global catch up on clean technology Report

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s share of the fastest growing industry in the world has been shrinking over the last decade — and a new report says it’s time to step it up or miss out on a trillion-dollar opportunity.The Ottawa-based Smart Prosperity Institute report — to be released today in Vancouver at the Globe Forum Leadership Summit for Sustainable Business — says clean technology will be a $2.2-trillion industry worldwide by 2022, with an estimated $3.6 trillion of investment up for grabs globally between now and 2030.However, Canada’s market share in the global clean tech industry has fallen 12 per cent in the last decade, and will continue to contract without a solid, long-term commitment to growing the industry, said institute co-chair Stewart Elgie, a professor of law and economics at the University of Ottawa.“Clean innovation is the big global economic prize in the next decade that leading nations are pursuing around the world,” Elgie said. “If Canada wants to win that race, we’ve got to raise our game.”However, the Pan Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change lays out a number of policies that will compel more clean tech innovation in Canada, he said, including a price on pollution with a carbon price, to be in place across Canada by the start of next year, as well as a promised national clean fuels strategy, better energy efficiency standards and limits on greenhouse gases like methane.There also needs to be significant government funding available to help get good Canadian ideas through the development stage and to market. Canada does well at coming up with ideas and making them work, Elgie said, but it’s not so good at commercializing those ideas and scaling up production, often because of a lack of available capital.The private sector is often still leery about clean technology, because it’s all very new.“The truth of it is every major commercial technology of the last century has involved significant public investment and public support,” Elgie said. “Every one — even the oilsands, which has had billions of dollars in public investment before it ultimately became commercially viable and the private sector ran with it.”Last year, Canada jumped three spots to number four on the Global Clean Tech Innovation Index, a measure of where the best clean technology ideas are expected to come from in the next decade. But if Canada can’t provide the financial help to get those good ideas out, it will miss out on huge opportunities, he warned.Of course, not everybody sees the Liberal government’s policies — particularly the carbon price — as helpful.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, new Ontario counterpart Doug Ford and Jason Kenney, leader of Alberta’s United Conservatives, have all promised to cancel or roll back carbon pricing if elected. They call carbon pricing a tax that will make Canada uncompetitive, particularly up against a U.S. that doesn’t have a similar burden.Kenney, for one, has called it a “massive tax on everything” and “a massive wealth distribution scheme requiring a massive bureaucracy to administer.”The report says encouraging clean innovation requires government both pushing and pulling industry along. That means setting standards that encourage the new technologies, such as a promised renewable fuels standard, aimed at encouraging ways to ensure fuel consumers like cars and furnaces produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions.— follow @mrabson on Twitterlast_img read more

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Moroccan Royal Navy Frigate in Rouen, France Draws Visitors

Rabat – The frigate named Tarik Ibn Ziyad represented Morocco at the 7th Armada of Rouen, the biggest event on the sea. Created by the Armada of Liberty Association, the Armada of Rouen is “the biggest” and “the most beautiful” gathering of sailboats and ships in the World.Opening on June 6, ships, national naval vessels, sailors and crews animate the city and its 7 km of docks for 10 days. Among these ships is the frigate Tarik Ibn Ziyad of the Royal Moroccan Navy. Guided tours of the frigate are still available to the general public every day during the festival from 10 am to 12 pm and from 2 pm to 5 pm local time (GMT + 2). The frigate, which docked Wednesday at the quay of Rouen, welcomed visitors on Thursday in a very festive atmosphere, as it was presented with live Moroccan music performed by the Royal Navy orchestra. The orchestra of the Royal Navy played a repertoire of cultural songs, including the famously beloved, “Nidae Al Hassan.”Thursday at 6 pm, no less than 1000 people went on board the frigate to appreciate it. The captain was honored to welcome them with Moroccan tea and cakes, according to the hospitable tradition that is the pride of the Kingdom.Equipped with ultra-modern technologies, the frigate, which measures 105 meters in length and 13 meters in width, can carry up to 110 passengers. It is designed to withstand the most extreme weather conditions.For its 7th installment, the festival features fifty ships representing 13 nations, having traveled to the port of Rouen to display the most beautiful sailboats in the world.The sailing ship of honor of this armada is an exceptional replica of the Hermione ship.Created in 1989, the Armada of Liberty association aims to animate and organize gatherings of frigates on the quays of Rouen, which the general public can visit for free.Fireworks, concerts, exhibitions, and more will take place on the docks of Rouen. The Armada will end on June 16 with a grand parade along the Seine.The event coincides with the 75th anniversary of the Allies landing in Normandy. read more

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Temporary restrictions on social media lifted

This was the second time access was restricted following the Easter Sunday attacks. The authorities restricted access to the social media websites after videos and images related to the Negombo incident had been circulating.Access to Facebook, WhatsApp, Viber and YouTube had been restricted. The temporary restrictions imposed on access to some social media websites has been lifted.The restrictions were imposed last night after violence broke out in Negombo.

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TSX lower amid falling gold stocks traders look to corporate earnings

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TSX lower amid falling gold stocks; traders look to corporate earnings by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 11, 2013 4:35 pm MDT TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed lower Monday amid falling commodity prices, while traders looked to a heavy week of earnings news from corporate Canada.The S&P/TSX composite index dropped 53.08 points to 12,748.15, led by falling gold stocks as bullion prices closed at a five-week low, while the TSX Venture Exchange slipped 9.5 points to 1,196.31.The Canadian dollar continued to lose ground in the wake of disappointing employment and housing starts data at the end of last week. The loonie shed 0.16 of a cent to 99.57 cents US.U.S. indexes backed off as the Dow Jones industrials declined 21.73 points to 13,971.24, the Nasdaq composite index was 1.87 points lower at 3,192 and the S&P 500 index was down 0.92 of a point at 1,517.01.BlackBerry (TSX:BB) also weighed on the TSX, falling 75 cents or 4.54 per cent to $15.76 as Forbes reported that Home Depot has decided to ditch the approximately 10,000 BlackBerry smartphones used by its executives. The home improvement chain is reportedly supplying its corporate staff with Apple’s iPhone.The TSX gold sector led decliners, down a shade over two per cent as April bullion faded $17.80 to US$1,649.10 an ounce. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) shed 87 cents to C$35.36.The energy sector fell 0.51 per cent as the March crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange reversed early declines to move up $1.31 to US$97.03 a barrel. Imperial Oil (TSX:IMO) lost 56 cents to C$42.49.The base metals sector was down 0.77 per cent as March copper was four cents lower at US$3.72 a pound. Taseko Mines (TSX:TKO) dipped 12 cents to C$3.21.Cameco Corp. (TSX:CCO) reported an 83 per cent drop in net earnings in its fourth quarter to $45 million, or 11 cents per diluted share, largely due to a $168-million writedown on its Kintyre project in Australia and lower profits from its uranium business. Adjusted earnings came in at 60 cents, beating forecasts of 41 cents but its shares fell 66 cents to $21.05.The industrials sector was the leading advancer as Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) climbed $2.21 to $115.97.Financials also lifted the TSX as Manulife Financial (TSX:MFC) ran up 44 cents to $15.28.The fourth-quarter earnings season is winding down in the U.S. but Canadian investors will be taking in a slew of earnings reports this week.Pipeline company TransCanada (TSX:TRP) posts earnings Tuesday. Over the rest of the week, traders will take in reports from resource giants including Talisman Energy (TSX:TLM), Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE), gas giant EnCana Corp. (TSX:ECA) and Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX).“I think what we will see in terms of energy companies, more specifically oil and gas, is going to be a function of continued persistent multi-year weak gas prices which will hold back those with gas production,” said Garey Aitken, chief investment officer at Bissett Investment Management.“The earnings season has been pretty decent from our vantage point. I’m just hopeful that what’s going on at the corporate level will shine through and play centre stage.”Outside of the resource sector, Sun Life Financial (TSX:SLF), and telecoms Telus Corp. (TSX:T) and Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B) will also hand in results.In other corporate news, engineering firm Genivar confirmed that it engaged in “inappropriate conduct” several years ago in the financing of political parties in Quebec and the awarding of municipal contracts as outlined in recent allegations to the province’s corruption inquiry. The Montreal-based company said an unnamed person is on a leave of absence until an internal review is completed. Its shares Monday fell 50 cents to $23.10.WestJet Airlines (TSX:WJA) is boosting its base in Western Canada by launching its Encore regional service in June to British Columbia’s energy region using the airline’s first Bombardier turboprops. The airline will begin with daily flights between Fort St. John, B.C. and Vancouver, and Fort St. John and Calgary. Additional routes will be added as it takes delivery of five more planes by the end of the year and WestJet shares drifted 15 cents lower to $21.24.Brookfield Asset Management Inc. (TSX:BAM.A) says it will pay US$414 million to buy a portfolio of 19 apartment communities in three states in the U.S. Southeast. Most of the 4,892 units included in the deal are concentrated in Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham, N.C., but some are also in the neighbouring states of South Carolina and Virginia. Brookfield shares slipped eight cents to $38.74.Onex Corp (TSX:OCX) and its affiliates have agreed to sell their 50 per cent interest in RSI Home Products for approximately US$323 million. The Onex Group invested $318 million in October 2008 to acquire RSI preferred equity. The Toronto-based group says it will have received US$471 million, including prior distributions, when the sale closes. Onex shares were down 17 cents at $44.23.Alacer Gold Corp. (TSX:ASR) will pay a special dividend to distribute $70 million in cash from the sale of its 49 per cent interest in the Frog’s Lake mine in Australia. The sale is part of a strategic review conducted by the Toronto-listed company, which says it will now focus exploration activity on targets with the greatest potential to return “significant and immediate value.” Its shares ran ahead 14 cents to $4.54. read more

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All you can drink cruise packages criticised by PO passengers as police

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. All you can drink cruise packages have been criticised by a passenger on the P&O journey which descended into a mass brawl, as police ruled out a clown as the perpetrator. Two people were arrested on suspicion of assault after an explosive fracas sent families fleeing to their cabins at the end of a week-long cruise around Norway.Violence had erupted between “drunken idiots” who threw plates and furniture across the 16th floor restaurant in the early hours of Friday morning, according to witnesses.Six people suffered “significant” cuts and bruises in the 10-minute melee as emergency announcements were made to summon paramedics and staff at around 2am. In a bizarre twist, Hampshire Police were forced to publicly deny reports that a man dressed as a clown had provoked the bedlam by gatecrashing a black-tie event. A 43-year-old man and 41-year-old woman from Chigwell, Essex were arrested when the Britannia cruise ship docked in Southampton on Saturday and have since been released under investigation. “There was no clown on board or involved in this incident,” a police spokesman added. However, a mother who had travelling with her young son hit out at the drinking culture she claimed was fostered by P&O’s alcohol deals. She described how the cruise – which would have cost passengers around £1,000 – felt like “Benidorm on Sea” as obnoxious customers tried to drink as much as they could.The mother, who asked not to be named, said it would be her last cruise.“From the moment we embarked on the ship we found many of the other guests to be rude, have zero manners or respect for others,” she told the Mail Online.“The boat was basically Benidorm on Sea with a me, me, me attitude.“We found many people were there purely to drink as much as they could with their unlimited drinks packages.“My son has been shoved, almost pushed onto a train track by other guests rushing to get on the P&O train trip before us and had his hand burnt by a man jostling him at the buffet with no apology or care shown.”The long-suffering staff, however, tried their best to be “helpful and lovely”, she said.A spokesman for P&O cruises said they “do not tolerate disruptive behaviour”, adding: “The matter is now in the hands of the local police.” read more

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End of season for Begona Fernandez

← Previous Story Žarko Marković plays for Qatar at WCh 2015 – Danijel Šarić in last gap of negotiations! Next Story → Siarhei Rutenka to miss start of battle for EHF EURO 2016 Spanish line-player Begona Fernandez will have to rest until the end of the season. She got injured during the match of her ŽRK Vardar against German Thuringenr 27:21 at Women’s EHF Champions League last weekend. Spanish girl suffered serious knee injury, so ahead of her is a long period of crucial ligament recovery.ŽRK Vardar are still without Allison Pineau (knee surgery) and Tatiana Khmyrova (shoulder), who are lost for the Preliminary Round of EHF CL. Begona Fernandez read more

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Time Inc Announces Board of Directors

first_imgAhead of Time Inc.’s impending spin-off later this quarter, Time Warner announced the makeup of the 10-member board that will oversee the publishing giant once it officially goes public on its own. Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp will head the group as chairman.”We have recruited a roster of world-class business leaders who are extremely committed to Time Inc.’s success,” said Jeff Bewkes, chairman and CEO of Time Warner, in a statement. “Collectively, they provide a wealth of experience in publishing, electronic media, advertising, consumer-facing businesses, and technology that is vital for Time Inc.’s future.”The announcement follows a few months of tumultuous reorganization at the company, including a round of layoffs in February.The full breakdown of the nine directors that will join Ripp is below.last_img read more

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Grifters weaklings felons

first_imgNew Jersey governor Chris Christie delivers his 2018 “State of the State” address to the New Jersey legislature in Trenton, New Jersey, 9 January 2018. Photo: ReutersFormer New Jersey governor Chris Christie sees the Trump White House as a rogues’ gallery of flawed people sidetracking the work of the US president, according to excerpts of his forthcoming memoir posted on the news site Axios on Wednesday.President Donald Trump employs a “revolving door of deeply flawed individuals — amateurs, grifters, weaklings, convicted and unconvicted felons — who were hustled into jobs they were never suited for, sometimes seemingly without so much as a background check via Google or Wikipedia,” Christie, who was a senior adviser to Trump’s 2016 campaign, says in his memoir, “Let Me Finish,” which is due to be released on 29 January.Christie had sought the Republican presidential nomination himself in 2016 before becoming a diligent supporter and surrogate for Trump, but his work with the administration has been limited and he recently withdrew his name from consideration for Trump’s chief of staff.Marred by his own scandal as governor of New York’s southern neighbor, Christie writes that Trump “trusts people he shouldn’t, including some of the people who are closest to him.””I did everything I could to make sure my friend Donald reached the White House fully prepared to serve,” he writes. “But a handful of selfish individuals sidetracked our very best efforts. They set loose toxic forces that have made Trump’s presidency far less effective than it would otherwise have been.”He also writes about a grudge that Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner allegedly harbors against him, saying that Trump’s former campaign manager Steve Bannon told him Kushner was relentless in bashing Christie over “ancient bitterness.”As the US attorney for New Jersey before he became governor, Christie prosecuted Charles Kushner, Jared’s father, for tax evasion, witness tampering and making unlawful campaign donation, and many in Washington believe that in winning a conviction in that case Christie lost any chance of holding a post in the Trump administration.last_img read more

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Astronomers investigate starforming processes in the young stellar object G29862–0044

first_img Giant molecular outflow detected from the quasar PDS 456 © 2019 Science X Network More information: M. B. Areal. Studying star-forming processes towards G29.862-0.044. arXiv:1904.10914 [astro-ph.GA]. arxiv.org/abs/1904.10914 Explore further Citation: Astronomers investigate star-forming processes in the young stellar object G29.862–0.044 (2019, May 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-astronomers-star-forming-young-stellar-g298620044.html Astronomers have conducted a multiwavelength study of a young stellar object (YSO) known as G29.862–0.044, which provides more hints into star-forming processes. Results of the study, presented in a paper published April 24 on arXiv.org, could be important for improving our general knowledge about how stars form and evolve. YSOs are stars in early stage of evolution, in particular protostars and pre-main sequence stars. They are usually observed embedded in dense molecular clumps, environments containing plenty of molecular gas and interstellar dust.Located some 21,000 light years away from the Earth, G29.862–0.044 (or G29 for short) is embedded in the massive star-forming region G29.96–0.02. This YSO was a target of multiwavelength observations performed by a team of astronomers led by María Belén Areal of University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. They used the 15-m James Clerk Maxwell Telescope and Gemini-North 8.2-m telescope to study G29 and its environment in order to obtain a complete picture of this YSO, the related star-forming processes, and the interstellar medium around it.”In the present work, we focus on the study of the southern massive YSO cataloged as the Red MSX source G029.862–0.044 (hereafter G29). (…) The surrounding interstellar medium of G29 is studied using molecular lines data. (…) The physical conditions of G29 molecular outflows and the clump where the YSO is embedded are characterized,” the astronomers wrote in the paper.The observations allowed the astronomers to detect molecular outflow in G29, what is typical for YSOs at the earliest stages of formation. In particular, they found a red molecular outflow, but they were not able to distinguish any blue molecular outflows. This is most likely due to the presence of a dense concentration of cold dust southwards of this YSO as such feature could hide the blue outflows.The researchers also estimated physical parameters of the red molecular outflow, obtaining a mass of around 82 solar masses and an energy of approximately 20 quattuordecillion erg. According to the paper, these values are characteristic for molecular outflows.Moreover, the scientists characterized the molecular cloud in which G29 is embedded in, unveiling its morphology and calculating its mass. They estimate that mass of the cloud is at a level of some 10,000 solar masses.Furthermore, studying G29’s surroundings, the team found that the emission in the Ks-band towards this YSO showcases a cone-like feature pointing to the northwest in direction to the red molecular outflow. This feature was observed to have two arc-like structures, similar to what was found in massive YSOs with precessing jets.The authors of the paper concluded that the detected near-infrared emission at the Ks-band towards G29 most likely arises from a cavity cleared in the circumstellar material by the action of a jet. They added that this emission may be in fact due to a combination of various emitting processes.”Further investigation is needed in order to determine such processes. We are currently analyzing in detail the near-IR data set (the JHKs broadbands and specially the emission lines observed with the narrow-bands), which will provide valuable information about the origin and physical processes taking place in this intriguing structure,” the researchers wrote. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Three-color image towards G29.96–0.02. The YSO position is indicated with the red cross. Credit: Areal et al., 2019.last_img read more

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Celebrating IndoSpanish relations

first_imgThe Embassy of Spain and ‘Seher’, an organisation to promote performing and visual arts, in association with Bikaner house organized the first ever regal performance of the Encuentro flamenco group from Spain in the national Capital. The Event showcasing the flamenco was a celebration of 60 years of cordial relations between India and Spain. Sanjeev Bhargava, the founder of ‘Seher’ said, “The idea is that we keep inviting international artists who need to be put forward on Indian stage, because it’s important that right kind of artists come and perform in India, and they are presented well whether it is over here or anywhere else.”  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe evening was also a celebration of Spain’s commitment to the second edition of the Udaipur Music festival that will enthrall Rajasthan and the entire country in February 2017. As a prelude to the festival, the evening witnessed the magical performance of the Encuentro flamenco, a Young music ensemble from Spain. The magic woven by dancer Anabel Moreno, guitarist José Almarcha, singer Debel and Valduncie transported the audiences to the rich land of Spain with their traditional Flamenco accentuated with an avant-garde brew packaged in an hour of emotions, passion and joy.last_img read more

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This Big City Will Soon Add Traffic Lights to Sidewalks for People

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global File this one under, “sigh, I guess this is just the way we live now.” In an effort to protect people who have decided that walking and texting is a fine idea, the New South Wales state government in Australia will install some ground-level stop lights in and around Sydney for a six-month trial period starting this December.The traffic lights are likely to be set up in five locations in the city’s highly trafficked central business district and will cost the government a total of $250,000 Australian dollars. The traffic light trial was announced as part of New South Wales’ road safety campaign Towards Zero, which aims to bring the number of driving fatalities down to zero. That’s an especially urgent task since New South Wales saw a 49 percent increase in pedestrian deaths from 2014 to 2015.Related: Sound Off: Should Distracted Walkers Be Fined or Jailed?Bernard Carlon, the Centre for Road Safety’s executive director, told Mashable, “Pedestrians are less protected in a road crash, and are therefore more likely to be seriously injured or killed. This is why we need to create a road system that keeps them safe, and this includes situations when they may not be paying attention.”Augsburg, Germany, instituted a similar traffic light solution in April near public transit stops. While Australia and Germany’s institution of the stop lights is meant to help combat a serious concern, “texting and walking” lanes have cropped up in a few different cities — but they have largely been momentary social experiments.Related: German City Designs Traffic Lights for Oblivious PedestriansIn 2014, Washington, D.C., briefly got one as part of a TV show shoot, and a 30-meter texting lane showed up in a theme park in Chongqing, China. Last summer, a temporary “text walking lane” showed up in Antwerp, Belgium, as part of a marketing campaign by smartphone lab Mlab, but it seems that it broke a couple of laws and faced the ire of the Antwerp mayor’s office for the attempt.So now, we’d like to offer a PSA from all of us here at Entrepreneur. We know you’re busy, but be safe out there. Please don’t walk into traffic trying to text your co-founder — we promise, it can wait.center_img June 1, 2016 Register Now »last_img read more

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