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Supreme Court says Gota cannot be arrested

The Supreme Court (SC) today said that former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa cannot be arrested in respect to four incidents.The four incidents were mentioned in a petition filed by the former Defence Secretary in the Supreme Court. Last month the Supreme Court had issued an order against arresting Rajapaksa until a petition filed by him was heard.Rajapaksa had filed a fundamental rights petition against the special police unit investigating allegations of serious financial crimes. (Colombo Gazette)

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Lebanons cultural heritage largely survived recent bombing say UN experts

Most components of Lebanon’s cultural heritage were spared during the recent conflict, experts sent by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said today after visiting the country, but urgent measures are needed to protect the World Heritage List site of Byblos from the effects of an oil spill.At a press conference at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris following the six-day assessment visit by the experts, the mission’s leader Mounir Bouchenaki said the World Heritage List sites of Baalbek and Tyre sustained only minor damage.But Mr. Bouchenaki, who is also Director-General of the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property, said the most serious damage occurred at Byblos, which contains the ruins of an important city of the Phoenician civilization.The Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) bombed a coastal power plant at Jiyeh during its conflict with Hizbollah, causing an oil spill in the eastern Mediterranean sea that has reached Byblos.Mr. Bouchenaki said the stones at the base of two mediaeval towers and other seashore archaeological remains in the port have been affected by the oil spill. He estimated the clean-up operation will take up to 10 weeks, involve 25 people and cost about $100,000.In Tyre, while the Roman hippodrome and triumphal arch were undamaged, several frescoes in a Roman tomb on the site had come partly unstuck and needed restoration, Mr. Bouchenaki said.At Baalbek, the site was spared apart from the fall of one block of stone and suspected widening fissures on the lintels of the temples of Jupiter and Bacchus. In the nearby Old City of Baalbek, which is not part of the property inscribed on the World Heritage List, bombs damaged the souk and some old houses.The experts also visited the Old City of Saida and the nearby Temple of Echmoun – which the Lebanese Government is preparing to propose for inscription on the World Heritage List – and found them unscathed from the conflict.Stressing the importance that cultural heritage plays in demonstrating Lebanon’s diversity and tolerance, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Culture Françoise Rivière told today’s press conference that the World Heritage Fund could set aside $70,000 in emergency spending to help the country.Aside from Mr. Bouchenaki, the experts who took part in the mission were: Alain Bouineau, Honorary Professor at the Jean Monnet University of St. Etienne, France; Giorgio Croci, Professor at La Sapienza University, Rome; Véronique Dauge, head of the Arab States unit at UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre; Joseph Kreidi, culture project officer at UNESCO’s Beirut office; and Tamara Teneishivili, cultural programme specialist at UNESCO’s Beirut office. read more

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Zimbabwe UNICEF urges protection for children from potential electoral violence

“At times of great uncertainty, such as during an election, it is important that homes, communities, and schools continue to be havens of safety for children and that they have uninterrupted access to basic social services,” UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake said in a press release.“Children are not political and should be sheltered, in all countries, from political turbulence,” he stated.Speaking at the end of a two-day visit to the southern African country, Mr. Lake wished Zimbabweans a peaceful election, saying it was everybody’s duty to ensure that children and women suffered no violence and disruption to their lives during the 16 March referendum and later general elections.The referendum will decide a new constitution which, if adopted, will pave the way for elections after June when the current presidential and parliamentary terms expire.Last month, independent UN experts urged Zimbabwean authorities to ensure that fundamental rights are respected in the run up to the referendum, following reports of civil society organizations being subjected to searches, harassment and intimidation by the police.While in Zimbabwe, Mr. Lake met with Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Nicholas Goche, and welcomed their assurances on the protection of children. He also visited St. Joseph’s rural health clinic and St. Vincent Primary School which have received medicines and textbooks, respectively, through a donor-supported funding mechanism managed by UNICEF. read more

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Response to evershifting needs in volatile Syria requires sustained donor support –

Thanks to the “generous contributions” by top donors and despite the “difficult and dangerous” conditions inside Syria that have killed 79 aid workers since March 2011, humanitarian agencies continue to stay and deliver to millions of people in need, Stephen O’Brien, who is also the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs told the Fifth Syria Top Donor group in Kuwait City.Humanitarian agencies have delivered food aid, shelter, cash and vouchers, medical services, clean water supplies, psycho-social support and schooling to millions of people in Syria and in neighbouring countries, Mr. O’Brien said, and UN agencies were also able to “significantly scale up cross-border operations.”But he also said “as the Syria crisis enters its fifth year, humanitarian needs are greater than ever.”“One million people have been displaced by violence this year alone, many for the second or third time, and the humanitarian crisis only looks set to worsen if a political solution is not found,” said Mr. O’Brien.He also noted that “funding shortfalls in Syria can be the difference between life and death.”“Under-funding could have disastrous results on the civilian population both inside Syria and on Syrians who have crossed borders into neighbouring countries,” the top UN humanitarian official said. “Public services in Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Turkey, which between them are hosting millions of refugees from Syria, are straining at the seams.”Aid agencies have received just one third of the funding needed for the Syria Response Plan and the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan. For 2015, he told the donors, the combined plans call for $7.42 billion, of which only $2.38 billion has been received, forcing aid agencies to scale back.Without new funding, Mr. O’Brien warned, the World Food Programme has already scaled back food aid by one fifth, and food vouchers by as much as half for some displaced communities, and will have to further reduce its food aid and cash assistance.UNICEF will not have the $185 million it needs to build, supply or staff new schools.“This could jeopardize the education of 1.6 million children inside Syria,” he said, and “the funding gap will continue to deny 225,000 people access to life-saving health care inside Syria.”“And unless donors come forward, the timely procurement of vital shelter supplies or clothes that Syrians will need to survive the winter months will not be possible,” he said.Mr. O’Brien also drew attention to the consequences of the Syrian conflict “that will be felt many years after the fighting comes to an end – not only across the region, but also more widely as people flee Syria in search of safety and better opportunities.”In the latest such report by UNICEF, the number of “exhausted and desperate” women and children making their way from Syria through the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia seeking refuge in Europe has tripled just in the past three months.“We are witnessing this in the growing migration crisis that is playing out on the shores of Europe, with the number of migrants and asylum seekers at record highs,” Mr. O’Brien said. “This growing crisis puts all the more onus on the need to find a political solution to the Syria conflict.” read more

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Colombia Terrible trend of rights defenders killed harassed UN calls for significant

‘Address disparities’The violations are occurring against a backdrop of stigmatized rights defenders, especially those living in rural areas, which lack basic social services and have high levels of poverty and illegally-armed and criminal groups.“There is an urgent need to address disparities in the enjoyment of all rights, particularly economic, social and cultural rights and especially in rural areas”, Mr. Colville stressed.A wide range of activists have been targeted, including community leaders, Afro-Colombians, indigenous people, environmentalists, journalists and women’s rights defenders, some involved in local politics.“Community leaders are particularly vulnerable and account for more than 70 per cent of all recorded killings”, the OHCHR spokesperson explained, adding that some were targeted because they supported aspects of the historic 2016 Colombian peace agreement, including land restitution and victims’ rights.Mr. Colville went on to express concern that, with local elections in October,” the number of violent attacks may increase even further”.While acknowledging the steps taken by the State to better protect rights defenders, such as the President’s recent announcement to appoint specialized judges in the field, Mr. Colville called on the authorities “to redouble their efforts to expand and strengthen efforts to safeguard a free and secure environment for civic engagement”.“Despite some positive actions by the Office of the Attorney-General, we urge the State to make sure all killings, attacks and threats are properly investigated and the perpetrators – including those directing them, as well as those carrying them out – are brought to justice”, he asserted.UN heavily invested in lasting peaceAfter decades of civil war, in 2016, rebels from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) signed a landmark peace deal with the Government. Joining them as part of a trilateral mechanism to verify and monitor the cessation of hostilities and surrender of weapons, with the unanimous approval of the Security Council, the UN opened a political mission there on 25 January 2016.By that October, the mission had verified the destruction of 620 kilogrammes of munitions and explosives held by the FARC.On 26 September 2017, the UN Verification Mission in Colombia was established to verify the commitments of the Government and former FARC rebels on reintegrating them back into society, and on ensuring security in territories most affected by the decades-long conflict.This past January, Special Representative Ruiz Massieu updated the Security Council on the situation in the country, noting the “important milestone” of the May 2018 inauguration of  a ‘Truth Commission’ to examine past human rights violations, including sexual violence. OHCHR described the dozens of deaths since the beginning of the year as a “terrible trend” that seems to be worsening.Spokesperson Rupert Colville told reporters in Geneva that the rights office in Colombia is “closely following up on the allegations” reported by civil society, State institutions and the national human rights institution, that in the first four months of 2019 recorded a total of 51 human rights defenders and activists have been allegedly killed.“This staggering number continues a negative trend that intensified during 2018, when our staff documented the killings of 115 human rights defenders”, he said.#Colombia: We are alarmed by the strikingly high number of #HumanRights defenders being killed, harassed & threatened – 51 in last 4 months alone. We urge authorities to take all necessary measures to tackle the endemic impunity around such cases.👉 https://t.co/iB6M5VRZJQ pic.twitter.com/U78vZs9qkx— UN Human Rights (@UNHumanRights) May 10, 2019 read more

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Urban Meyer Ohio State defensive overhaul going well 6 practices into spring

OSU coach Urban Meyer watches his team during spring practice March 20 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.Credit: Mark Batke / For The LanternOffense is what Urban Meyer is known for as a football coach.His spread system has helped him win two national championships, and win 83.7 percent of the games he’s been a head coach.But after watching Ohio State’s defense get torched in its final three games — two of them losses, to Michigan State and Clemson in the Big Ten Championship Game and 2014 Discover Orange Bowl, respectively — Meyer has said he is putting more of an emphasis on that side of the ball. He said the defense had to undergo an “overhaul” after last year — and so far, he likes what he’s seen after bringing in co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Chris Ash and defensive line coach Larry Johnson.“It’s going well,” Meyer said Tuesday on how Ash is working with fellow co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell after OSU’s sixth spring practice. “We’re completely revamping the entire back end of how we do our business, and so far it’s been pretty good.”The Buckeyes finished 112th in the country last year in defending the pass, giving up 268 yards per game. That group lost leaders like linebacker Ryan Shazier, cornerback Bradley Roby and safety Christian Bryant to graduation or the NFL Draft, but Meyer likes what he’s seen from their replacements so far in spring ball — particularly junior linebacker Joshua Perry, who is looking to fill Shazier’s shoes.“He’s really, he’s without question one of our top five most improved players,” Meyer said of Perry. “Demeanor’s always been there, work ethic’s been there and the toughness element is something that’s really improved. Love of the game and he’s a wonderful guy to coach.”Offensively, however, OSU has the task of replacing four offensive linemen as well as stud tailback Carlos Hyde, who were all big parts of OSU rushing for 4,321 yards last season.One of the replacements on the offensive line has already been set according to Meyer, who said redshirt-sophomore Pat Elflein has earned a starting spot. Elflein played admirably during the Michigan game last year, as well as the Big Ten Championship Game.As for running back, Meyer said Tuesday that between redshirt-senior Rod Smith, sophomore Ezekiel Elliott, redshirt-sophomores Warren Ball and Bri’onte Dunn, “no one’s really separated themselves yet.”Starting senior quarterback Braxton Miller hasn’t been taking snaps all spring because of a shoulder surgery Feb. 21, but he’s been taking mental repetitions with a camera on his hat and reviewing them with offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman.Not getting the actual reps with Miller on the field is “frustrating,” Herman said Tuesday, while also noting that the team has to replace four starters on the offensive line.Herman isn’t worried too much about that, though.“It’d be a bigger concern if I didn’t believe the talent was there, and if I didn’t believe in (offensive line coach) Ed Warinner,” Herman said. “This group of O-linemen, whether we like to say it or not is much farther ahead than the group of our O-linemen our first spring.”Another player who has improved is sophomore running back Dontre Wilson, who Meyer said “is the starting H at Ohio State,” as he looks to fulfill that hybrid position the offense so desperately needs.“But we’d like that hybrid position is really a key guy if we can do that,” Meyer said.Herman echoed Meyer, saying the reason Wilson’s role was simple last year was because he wasn’t ready for anything more than that.“He couldn’t play receiver last year — he didn’t know what the hell he was doing,” Herman said of Wilson. “Didn’t know how to do it. He was 175 pounds or whatever the heck he was. So him and his ability limited us. And ability doesn’t just include running fast and making guys miss. There’s a lot that goes into and usability in the offense. Has had a great offseason and really took to the position and it still learning.”The Buckeyes are set to take on Navy in their first game of the season Aug. 30 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

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LElysée chauffé aux eaux usées

first_imgL’Elysée chauffé aux eaux usées Un communiqué de la présidence indique qu’à partir de cet été, le palais de l’Elysée sera chauffé par le biais d’un système de récupération de chaleur grâce aux eaux usées.    Dans son communiqué, la présidence annonce que le palais de l’Elysée ainsi que ses annexes seront bientôt chauffées grâce à un système de récupération de chaleur. À lire aussiRéchauffement climatique : une réduction de l’intensité carbone encore insuffisanteC’est le procédé Degrés Bleus de la Lyonnaise des Eaux qui a été mis en place. En récupérant les eaux usées en provenance des salles de bains et des cuisines par exemple, des échangeurs thermiques et des pompes à chaleur concentrent les calories pour les redistribuer.  Le communiqué précise qu'”à l’heure du Grenelle 2 de l’Environnement […] les services de la présidence de la République montrent l’exemple”. Ce faisant, l’Elysée devient le “premier bâtiment d’État français à bénéficier de ce procédé utilisant une énergie locale et écologique”. Le document indique également qu’avec ce nouveau système, la consommation d’énergie fossile sera réduite de 63% et permettra de réduire de 206 tonnes les émissions de C02 par an. Le 2 avril 2011 à 09:46 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Sony victime dun seizième piratage

first_imgSony victime d’un seizième piratageUn groupe de pirates baptisé Lulz Security se félicite d’avoir mené une nouvelle attaque contre Sony, la seizième dont est victime la firme japonaise depuis celle qui visait le PlayStation Network. A l’occasion du salon Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), le groupe a tenu à présenter ses excuses pour ces incessantes attaques.Sur son compte Twitter, le groupe de pirates informatiques LulzSec se targue d’avoir une nouvelle fois attaqué Sony, rapporte le site Silicon.fr. Les hackers ont publié un lien vers un fichier contenant le code source de Sony Computer Entertainment, le réseau utilisé par les développeurs de jeux pour la PlayStation 3 et la PSP. LulzSec publie également une carte du réseau informatique de la filiale Sony BMG à New-York. À lire aussiDisque optique : le successeur du Blu-ray annoncé par Sony et Panasonic !D’après les pirates, cette attaque est la seizième dont est victime la firme japonaise depuis le piratage du PlayStation Network en avril dernier. “La 17ème arrive bientôt”, promet alors le groupe qui la semaine dernière s’est introduit dans le site sonypictures.com et a obtenu l’accès à une base de données d’un million de comptes utilisateurs.Jack Trenton, président de la division jeu de Sony aux Etats-Unis, a présenté une nouvelle fois des excuses à ses clients et partenaires à l’occasion de l’ouverture de l’E3 à Los Angeles, le plus grand salon international du jeu vidéo. “Vous êtes la sève qui coule dans nos veines”, a assuré Jack Trenton aux joueurs. “Je vous présente mes excuses. Je sais que vous aimez jouer, que vous aimez vous connecter avec vos amis du monde entier. Vous allez continuer à le faire”, a-t-il promis.  Le 7 juin 2011 à 15:29 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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JAMAICA 47 Foreign Nationals Granted Citizenship

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, December 18, 2017 – Kingston – Forty-seven foreign nationals living in Jamaica have been granted citizenship by the Government.   They were presented with documents formalizing their status by the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) during a swearing-in ceremony at the Police Officers’ Club in St. Andrew on December 14.   The ceremony was attended by National Security Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, who has portfolio responsibility for PICA.Mr. Montague said the occasion was a time to celebrate the fact that despite the challenges facing the country, there are still hundreds of persons from other nations who want to make Jamaica their home and “want to share this privilege with those of us who are born here”.Noting that some 2,000 persons were deported from the island last year, with another 537 being denied entry, the Minister emphasised that the participants had been afforded an “exceptional privilege” by being granted citizenship.“We are happy to welcome you. (While) each person has a different background, what unites us is that you are now Jamaicans.   You have varying skills and talents, which can now be used to help your new country.   You will now take on the duties and responsibilities of Jamaican citizens… and you must take these very seriously,” he added.Mr. Montague encouraged them to engage in community activities and civic duties while honoring their statutory obligations.   Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer of PICA, Andrew Wynter, pointed out that approximately 3,000 foreigners are granted Jamaican citizenship annually.    He said that the latest batch of 47 persons represents the largest number of candidates granted citizenship on a single occasion, adding that PICA has granted citizenship to some 10,000 persons during its 10 years as an executive agency.“This is a watershed moment for the agency, as we have come to recognize that there are approximately three to five million Jamaicans in the diaspora who have descendants, relatives and others who are eligible for Jamaican citizenship.   It is our intention to reach out to them to be a part of the family of this our great Jamaica,” Mr. Wynter said.Citizenship recipient, Dr. Ehis-Oje Pius Areghan, who responded on behalf of the group, described the occasion as an opportunity that “comes with responsibilities”.“It now becomes our responsibility (as new citizens) to exercise our civic duties, especially to help one another,” he said.Dr. Areghan, who is originally from Nigeria, is based at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay.    “I am happy to be (here). The joy and love I have gotten from Jamaicans, I doubt I would ever get it in any other country,” he added. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

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4 arrests in Occupy Portland demonstration

first_imgPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Occupy Portland demonstration billed as an event to support the Egyptian revolution turned into an often contentious march. A police spokesman said he was aware of four arrests Wednesday night.The Oregonian reported at least two protesters were knocked to the ground. Police Lt. Robert King said the arrests involved disorderly conduct or interfering with police. He said one officer was scratched on the face and spit on.Police on bicycles, horses and on foot accompanied the demonstrators, who ranged in number from 50 to more than 100.The protesters also roamed through a mall, yelling, “Capitalism is cannibalism.”last_img

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FastTrack Supplemental Budget Passes Senate

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Senate passed a “fast-track” supplemental budget totaling $110.2 million in funding for urgent and unanticipated state expenses. Of the $110.2 million appropriated in HB 321, $91.9 are Unrestricted General Funds (UGF), $5.1 are Designated General Funds (DGF), and $13.1 are Other Funds. The supplemental budget includes $45 million to fund Medicaid through mid-May, $30 million for Community Assistance, $18.3 million to pay for an unanticipated increase in the prison population and growing inmate healthcare costs, and $24 million for the Alaska Marine Highway System.The bill also deposits an additional $25 million into savings realized from the state’s successful re-insurance program, and $5 million was appropriated to the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation to cover fees related to higher than expected fund earnings.center_img HB 321 passed the Senate by a vote of 16 to 1. The bill is now on its way to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.last_img read more

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WiFi 6 routers are already on sale for Prime Day 2019 but

first_imgAsus Wi-Fi 6 is the newest version of the 802.11 standard for wireless networking — the language that devices use to send signals back and forth with your router. It’s still very early and only a handful of devices support the standard. The Samsung Galaxy S10 is the most notable example. Asus $399 at Amazon Smart Home Networking ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 Tri-Band 10 Gigabit Wi-Fi 6 Router Share your voice ASUS RT-AX88U Dual-Band Wi-Fi 6 Router Amazon Prime Day CNET Smart Home null Read more on CNET Read more on CNET 0 Asus Save $50 Asus First teased at CES 2018, the AX88U went on sale in October of last year. It usually costs around $350, but you’ll find it marked down by $25 for Prime Day. It looks just like the AC88U that came before it, albeit with gold accents instead of red this time around. More important than how it looks are the next-gen specs. Like the “AX” in the name suggests, this is a Wi-Fi 6 router, and that means it supports key Wi-Fi 6 upgrades like OFDMA, which lets it transmit data to multiple devices at once on a single channel, as well as 1024-QAM, which lets it pack about 25% more data into each of those transmissions than previous-gen, 256-QAM routers (click here for more on how all of that actually works).Specifically, the AX88U and its four antennas promise wireless speeds of up to 6,000 Mbps — up from 2,600 Mbps with the previous generation — and it’s compatible with the Asus AiMesh system if you want to add some extenders throughout your home to maximize coverage. Like with other Wi-Fi 6 routers, your existing Wi-Fi 5 and Wi-Fi 4 devices will still be able to connect just fine, but don’t expect them to be much faster, if at all. You’ll need Wi-Fi 6 devices in order to take advantage of everything that a Wi-Fi 6 router like this one has to offer. Just remember that there isn’t a whole lot that these routers can actually do yet. Wi-Fi 6 is backwards compatible, so your old devices will work just fine, but you’ll need new, Wi-Fi 6 devices that support all of the new AX tricks in order to notice much of a difference. Those devices just aren’t here yet.Read more: Wi-Fi 6 speed test: Fast enough to download every Marvel movie in under 3 hours”Although the Wi-Fi 6 enabled device shipment is expected to remain small in 2019, once the two critical milestones — Wi-Fi Alliance certification and standard ratification — are reached, we expect a strong market adoption of Wi-Fi 6,” said Yogita Kanesin, a senior research analyst who studies Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and the Internet of Things for IHS Markit. “Beginning early 2020, major global device manufacturers will begin to embrace the technology and Wi-Fi 6 will start to establish itself as a standard feature for high-end WLAN enabled products.”I’ll keep this post updated if I see any others on sale. And hey, future-proof away if that’s your thing — but the better time to buy a new Wi-Fi 6 router will almost certainly be Prime Day next year, when you’ll have more options and more devices that will be able to take advantage of the faster connections. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Save $25 For even speedier top speeds, Asus offers the ROG Rapture GT-AX11000, which uses a 1.8 GHz quad-core CPU to promise wireless connections as fast as 11,000 Mbps.The target demographic: Die-hard gamers who require the best connection possible in order to stay competitive during online play. To deliver it, the GT-AX11000 supports Asus’ GameFirst V feature, which prioritizes gaming traffic from ROG devices. The router also features a second 5GHz frequency band that you can dedicate to gaming only — that way, your gaming setup won’t have to compete with traffic from any of the other Wi-Fi devices in your home.The GT-AX11000 usually sells for $450, but Amazon’s selling it at a $50 discount for Prime Day, bringing the price down below $400 for the first time I’ve seen. That hasn’t stopped router manufacturers from jumping in with new Wi-Fi 6 routers that cost hundreds of dollars more than current-generation Wi-Fi 5 routers. And, sure enough, a couple are on sale for Amazon Prime Day — namely, a few new top-of-the-line models from Asus: Tags $324 at Amazon See also The best Prime Day deals still available The best Walmart Summer Sale deals still available AirPods, iPads, Apple Watch and MacBooks still on sale Prime Day is over, but these laptop deals aren’t: Big price cuts on Chromebooks, MacBooks and morelast_img read more

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Cheaper iPhones Expected to Outsell HighEnd Models for Foreseeable Future Report

first_imgApple currently sells the iPhone X for $999 and up. The iPhone 8, the company’s current-generation base model, sells for $699 and up. Apple also continues to sell older phones, including the iPhone SE, which is currently listed at $349.The company typically doesn’t break out iPhone sales by model. Executives have recently said that the iPhone X is the top-selling model, but that alone doesn’t say much about the iPhone X’s performance: Apple is currently selling two models of the iPhone 8, but only one iPhone X version. Popular on Variety Apple is preparing to sell more phones with LCD screens than OLED screens after introducing this year’s models later this summer, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. This indicates that the company expects that cheaper models will continue to outsell the iPhone X and its successor.Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.Apple had long been using LCD screens for the iPhone, but switched to OLED screens for the iPhone X last year. OLED screens offer more vibrant colors and higher contrast, but are also more expensive to produce.The Journal reported Friday that Apple was planning to introduce at least one iPhone model with LCD screen this year to offer consumers a more affordable device. The company had originally planned to order as many OLED screens as LCD screens, but more recently shifted to order more LCD screens, according to the report.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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Sony to introduce cloud storage on PS3 for PlayStation Plus subscribers

first_imgWay back in December 2009 we reported that Sony was looking at integrating cloud storage into the PS3 platform.At the time it was the lack of bandwidth that was putting Sony off, with the corporation worried that data would not be accessibly quickly enough for games. However, in the tech world things have moved on quickly and with bandwidth no longer a problem Sony is looking at implementing cloud storage into a future firmware release (possibly 3.60).For those who don’t know, cloud storage gives users an online storage allotment (think of DropBox and you will get the idea). Sony’s cloud storage will be used primarily for game saves, but there is a catch, as only PlayStation Plus subscribers will be getting access to it.The benefits of such a service will speak volumes if your PS3 happens to develop a fault, as all your saved data will be held online. In the event of disaster you can quickly recover your progress.On the flip side, you are having to depend on a stable Internet connection and as most people will know this can sometimes go a little haywire.Read more at CrunchGearlast_img read more

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Researchers develop metamaterials able to control spread of light

first_imgThermal radiation modes emitted by spin-optical metamaterial based on inversion asymmetric kagome lattice. The illuminated color spirals symbolize the photon helicity-split due to optical Rashba effect. False-colored electric field distribution near the metasurface obtained by numerical simulation. The design of photonic metasurface symmetries via geometric gradient of the optical antenna patterns provides a route to control light-matter interaction at the nanoscale. Credit: Technion-Israel Institute of Technology (Phys.org) —A team of researchers at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology has developed a new class of metamaterials that allow for control of the spread of light in communications devices. As the team explains in their paper published in the journal Science, the new materials are able to alter the standard characteristics of light waves. © 2013 Phys.org 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. Novel material shows its credentials to facilitate integration of photonic, electronic components in practical device Explore further Because of their unique properties, the new metamaterials are expected to help engineers design and develop communications devices that are more streamlined due to an ability to control the spread of electromagnetic waves—they set the stage for devices that are able to manipulate light at the nanoscale. Such devices are also expected to result in simpler interface connections with other electronic components. The end result would be smaller devices that are easier to use and that work well with other electronic equipment.The new materials were inspired by metallic nanoantennae found in nature, the team reports.center_img Journal information: Science More information: Spin-Optical Metamaterial Route to Spin-Controlled Photonics, Science 10 May 2013: Vol. 340 no. 6133 pp. 724-726 DOI: 10.1126/science.1234892ABSTRACTSpin optics provides a route to control light, whereby the photon helicity (spin angular momentum) degeneracy is removed due to a geometric gradient onto a metasurface. The alliance of spin optics and metamaterials offers the dispersion engineering of a structured matter in a polarization helicity–dependent manner. We show that polarization-controlled optical modes of metamaterials arise where the spatial inversion symmetry is violated. The emerged spin-split dispersion of spontaneous emission originates from the spin-orbit interaction of light, generating a selection rule based on symmetry restrictions in a spin-optical metamaterial. The inversion asymmetric metasurface is obtained via anisotropic optical antenna patterns. This type of metamaterial provides a route for spin-controlled nanophotonic applications based on the design of the metasurface symmetry properties. Current electronic components used in communications technology are considered by most in the field to be bulky compared to other types of equipment. Also, engineers find it difficult to integrate such devices with typical microelectronic circuitry. For that reason, scientists have been looking for ways to change the way such devices are designed and built. In this new effort, the team from Israel has created a class of metamaterials that control the way light spreads, paving the way for entirely new types of communications devices.The new metamaterials developed by the team are based on spin optics where photon helicity degeneracy is prevented due to the geometric gradient that exists on their surface. They are also anisotropic—they don’t behave the same way when measured from different directions. Also, unlike current technology, they are polarization-dependent. Together these features cause light waves to propagate in ways not typically seen in current communications equipment. In addition, because of their polarization dependence, design engineers can create new devices that allow for a novel way to control communication devices—by the selection of the polarization of light at the outset. The researchers also report the new materials don’t show inversion symmetry on their surface. Citation: Researchers develop metamaterials able to control spread of light (2013, May 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-05-metamaterials.html Thermal radiation modes emitted by spin-optical metamaterial based on inversion asymmetric kagome lattice. The illuminated color spirals symbolize the photon helicity-split due to optical Rashba effect. False-colored electric field distribution near the metasurface obtained by numerical simulation. The design of photonic metasurface symmetries via geometric gradient of the optical antenna patterns provides a route to control light-matter interaction at the nanoscale. Credit: Technion-Israel Institute of Technologylast_img read more

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What happens in the brain when you take difficult decisions

first_imgAs the difficulty of making a decision increases, activity in a part of the brain that is crucial to making coherent thoughts also increases, a study says. Researchers found a strong positive correlation between perceptual difficulty and activity in insular cortex which is generally divided into anterior insula, middle insula, and a posterior insula. Perceptual decision-making is the process in which sensory information is gathered and used to influence our behaviour. For instance, if a person is driving and suddenly sees an object in front of the vehicle, he or she must decide what action to take, such as whether to slow down or bypass the object. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“This study found that the activity of the anterior insulae can predict how well the sensory information is perceived or what the difficulty level of the perceptual task is,” said Mukesh Dhamala, associate professor at Georgia State University in the US. “This research is important because the anterior insulae, along with two nearby brain structures, make up the salience network, and when this network is impaired, it affects the ability to switch between tasks and make coherent thoughts,” Dhamala noted. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“Impairment in this network could possibly be linked to psychiatric illnesses, such as schizophrenia, dementia and autism, so it’s essential to learn more about how this brain area should be functioning,” he explained.The findings were reported in the journal ‘Neuroscience’. The study involved 33 people with normal or corrected-to-normal vision and normal neurological history.  They completed four tasks, in which the researchers manipulated the visual and audiovisual stimuli to create varying degrees of task difficulty. In all four experimental tasks, researchers found that anterior insulae activity consistently increased with task difficulty.last_img read more

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When Going Viral is Very Bad Infographic

first_img Two-thirds of the workforce in the United States uses personal mobile devices to access corporate data, so-called Bring-Your-Own-Device or BYOD. This is a good thing as BYOD allows the employee to merge their work life and their personal life on a single device, leading to increased productivity. As a result, on average, the U.S. corporation saves over $3,000 per BYOD employee annually. But there is a downside. Almost 80% of corporations worry about a lost BYOD device leaking sensitive corporate data.  Related: How the Cloud Can Save You From a ‘BYOD’ Tech NightmareThink of a doctor who practices at two different hospitals. Absent BYOD, she must carry one phone for personal use, and one from each hospital. Pretty cumbersome in comparison to carrying one phone for all three. But the doctor losing her BYOD could mean leaked patient information from both hospitals.How best to secure corporate data on BYOD without monitoring the employee’s personal communications? A technical challenge!  Click to Enlarge+ Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » Related: Five Rules for ‘Bring Your Own Device’ Teams Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.center_img 1 min read June 4, 2014 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

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The 2014 seventhround pick by the St Louis Rams

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