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Canadian oil producers prodding the province for regulatory changes

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) is urging the province to increase competitiveness in the oil and gas sector.A report suggests ways Alberta could once again become an industry leader.CAPP President Tim McMillan says market access is only one part of the equation the government needs to fix its policy and regulatory programs.“If the government can get a clear signal. A vision of what they think Alberta is capable of, attracting investments, creating jobs and drilling wells, I think that gives us a ‘North Star’ to measure all of the other regulatory changes against.”He says the government needs to take a ‘whole approach’.“So many of the policies that are inconsistent and inefficient are when one government department has a different view than another and our industry is trapped in the middle.”McMillan points to the U.S. which is making tax reforms, while here in Alberta corporate taxes have increased to 27 per cent.last_img read more

Appointments NAFTA and tax avoidance how federal politics touched us this week

OTTAWA — The week in politics was supposed to be all about kids and playing in the park.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau popped up in disparate corners of the country to highlight Canada 150 free passes to national parks and to celebrate — with cake and all the trimmings — the first anniversary of the Canada Child Benefit, his government’s multi-billion-dollar attempt to deal with income inequality.But the questions that followed him were more about the prime minister’s accountability and appointments than motherhood and apple pie.The U.S. list of objectives for the upcoming NAFTA negotiations and the finance minister’s new proposals to crack down on tax avoidance also loomed large over the past few days.Here’s how politics touched the public this week:ACCOUNTABILITY AND APPOINTMENTSOpposition critics are ratcheting up their questions about the Liberals’ methods in choosing who lands the big, powerful jobs in Ottawa.Three recent appointments have attracted attention because of transparency concerns.Last month, it was Madeleine Meilleur for official languages commissioner. This week, it was Julie Payette for Governor General and then Ian Scott for chairman of the CRTC, which regulates broadcast and telecommunications.With Meilleur, the former provincial cabinet minister withdrew her nomination after relentless pestering about her Liberal connections and donations to the party. With Payette, no one is opposing her appointment in the wake of revelations about a quickly dropped charge of second-degree assault, but the opposition is concerned that the prime minister’s appointment process was opaque. And with Scott, there are concerns his close ties with the telecommunications industry will make him biased.The questions about appointments will undoubtedly persist, partly because the list of vacancies in the top echelons of government is alarmingly long and partly because Trudeau has promised more transparency in governance.NEEDLING ON NAFTAThe U.S. Trade Representative has released its list of objectives to revamp NAFTA, and it’s clear negotiators in all three NAFTA countries have their work cut out for them when they start their talks next month.Many of the American objectives have been aired before, making them no surprise to insiders. But when mapped out over 18 pages and surrounded by vague text that may or may not mean major changes afoot, the list is eye-catching.Canada should expect to have to play defence on dairy production, wine sales, investment in telecommunications, government procurement contracts and rules for cross-border shopping over the Internet. But the biggest fight will probably be over how to settle fights of the future. The United States wants to get rid of that chapter altogether, and in the past, dispute settlement mechanisms have been a deal-breaker for Canada.What does Canada want from the talks? So far, the federal government won’t say much for fear of giving away its negotiating position.TAX AVOIDANCEBorrowing a phrase from his Conservative predecessor Jim Flaherty, Finance Minister Bill Morneau rolled out a “tax fairness” plan this week. It aims to eliminate the ways some high-income earners spread out and record their income so that the government applies a lower tax rate to their earnings.The goal is to prevent rich people from setting up private corporations just to lower their tax bill.Finance Canada says the number of self-employed individuals who have incorporated has almost doubled in the past 16 years.By closing just one of the three loopholes under consideration (income “sprinkling” by putting family members on the payroll), the government figures it will affect about 50,000 families and bring in an extra $250 million a year.Small business owners, doctors, accountants and lawyers are already showing their displeasure. They have 75 days of consultation to change the government’s mind. read more

Saskatchewan reaches deal with Ottawa on future of coalfired power plants

by Jennifer Graham, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 28, 2016 9:31 am MDT Last Updated Nov 28, 2016 at 4:27 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Saskatchewan reaches deal with Ottawa on future of coal-fired power plants Environment Minister Catherine McKenna speaks during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa on Friday, November 4, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld REGINA – Saskatchewan says it has reached a deal with Ottawa that will allow the province to keep using coal-fired power plants in “a responsible manner” beyond 2030.The agreement will allow the province to meet federal emission requirements on an electricity system-wide basis as opposed to regulation of every coal-fired plant.“It’s quite possible that we’ll be operating some unabated coal with this agreement past 2030 … some coal without carbon capture and storage past 2030,” Saskatchewan Environment Minister Scott Moe said Monday at the legislature.Saskatchewan was fired up when Ottawa announced last week that provinces will have to phase out coal entirely and replace it with lower-emitting sources by 2030 or use carbon capture and storage technology.Moe said at the time that the federal government should recognize work the province has already done to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Saskatchewan uses carbon capture at one of its coal-fired power plants.“We now have recognition from the federal government that our investments and the carbon that has been captured, for example, by carbon capture and storage, is now part of the agreement in principle,” he said.The deal also acknowledges the province’s move to 50 per cent renewable energy generation by 2030, he said.Keith Stewart, head of the climate and energy campaign at Greenpeace, says if the agreement means Saskatchewan continues with what it was already intending to do, then “that’s a big blow to the federal coal phase-out plan.”“If Saskatchewan is still running old fired-coal plants after 2030, then the federal plan essentially has no teeth,” said Stewart.He pointed out that Ontario has already phased out coal and Alberta has committed to do so as well.Almost 50 per cent of the electricity generated in Saskatchewan uses coal as a fuel source, but coal-fired units are among the largest sources of air pollution in the country.“The federal minister was very clear when she did her coal phase-out announcement, which was no traditional coal plants operating after 2030, and Saskatchewan is the one big player left with a significant amount of coal planned,” Keith said. “If this doesn’t apply to them, then what’s the point of a federal regulation?”Saskatchewan has seven coal-fired plants at three facilities.The province opened a $1.5-billion carbon-capture facility near Estevan in October 2014, but hasn’t made a decision about installing the technology at other plants.SaskPower CEO Mike Marsh says the equivalency agreement gives his Crown utility flexibility to operate its whole fleet, but it still has to meet equivalent CO2 reductions.“In other words, when a unit is due for retirement, they have to be either retired or cleaned up to that new standard,” said Marsh.“We still have to meet those, so the pressure is on to reduce CO2 emissions. We’re going to do that.” read more

Bluecollar Buckeyes shirk being cool to advance to the Elite 8

BOSTON –  “(Ohio State) has two types of basketball teams,” Jared Sullinger said after OSU’s 81-66 victory against Cincinnati. “We’ve got the cool guys and we’ve got the blue-collar guys.” Never was that more apparent than Thursday when the Buckeyes blew a double-digit second half lead only to regroup on their way to victory and a trip to the Elite 8. Coming out of the locker room for the second half, OSU held a 12-point lead and everything was going to plan. Sophomore forwards Sullinger and Deshaun Thomas combined for 30 out of OSU’s 37 points and the Buckeyes seemed to have the game in control. But when the second half started, Sullinger said the cool guys showed up. “To start the second half, we got into the cool guy mode and we kind of let our guard down,” Sullinger said. “(OSU coach Thad Matta) basically told us before we started the second half that they (were) going to come at us with everything they had because Cincinnati is just the type of team that doesn’t give up.” Cincinnati opened the half on a 21-6 run and eventually took a four point lead with 11:34 remaining. The Buckeyes committed four turnovers in fewer than three minutes during that span and the Bearcats were capitalizing on the other end. “We felt like the game was in the bag,” Sullinger said. “Cincinnati came out and punched us in the mouth.” Matta agreed. “We let our guard down,” Matta said. “We had some costly turnovers there, I think three in the first four minutes, that as we told our guys, if you turn it over against Cincinnati, they are scoring at the other end. And they did.” The crowd started to get into the game and suddenly OSU was in danger of being bounced from the Sweet 16 for the third consecutive year. Part of the change in momentum may have had to do with Cincinnati’s change in defense. The Bearcats played zone in the first half, but switched to man-to-man in the second half. “We were actually looking for them to play zone,” sophomore guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. said. “So a few times out there instead of running plays for our man we were running our zone plays against their man-to-man which doesn’t work obviously.” Matta was especially animated toward his team during a timeout in the span. Smith Jr. said his normally calm coach had some choice words for his team, but they helped turn the tide of the game. “He said quite a few things,” Smith Jr. said. “Obviously it worked and we were able to flip the switch. We were playing cool Buckeye basketball which always gets us beat, but we immediately snapped out of that.” Sullinger said the cool Buckeyes hit the showers shortly thereafter and OSU took control of the game. The Buckeyes exploded on a 17-1 run, put the game out of reach and the Bearcats were never able to recover. Four Buckeyes scored during the span and defensively OSU was able to force their opponent into making uncharacteristic mistakes. Cincinnati turned the ball over 18 times Thursday, which is seven more than their season average. Sophomore guard Aaron Craft accounted for six steals by himself. “We took our cool guy look off and we went blue-collar,” Sullinger said.” Normally we would kind of let the game flow like it was flowing and we just stopped and put our hands on it and molded it the way we wanted to mold it.” Sullinger had a big part in molding the game. He finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Thomas led all scorers with 26 points. The win advances OSU to the Elite 8 for the first time since the 2006-07 season. The past two years the Buckeyes’ journey ended in the Sweet 16. Senior guard William Buford is the only player on the team who was there for both losses and said it felt great to finally get over the hump. “Just to say that we’re in the Elite 8 and make it past this hump of the Sweet 16 that we haven’t made it over in the past two years just feels great,” Buford said. OSU will face No. 1 seed Syracuse in the regional final Saturday. Tip is set for 7:05 p.m. and the winner will advance to the Final Four in New Orleans. read more

Mens Basketball No 22 Ohio State travels to face struggling Northwestern in

Ohio State sophomore guard Andre Wesson (24) looks to complete a pass in the second half of the game against Maryland on Jan. 11 in the Schottenstein Center. Dakich made three of four three point attempts in the first half aiding Ohio State to a 91-69 win. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorNo. 22 Ohio State (15-4, 6-0 Big Ten) will take to the court for the first time as a ranked opponent Wednesday in Rosemont, Illinois, when it faces Northwestern (11-8, 2-4 Big Ten). The Buckeyes had not been ranked since the 2014-15 season and also are at No. 16 by KenPom.com and No. 23 according to RPI.The first chance to defend those rankings will come at 9 p.m. Wednesday.Adjusting to being rankedThis is not the first time a Chris Holtmann-coached team has been ranked. However for many of the players on the roster, it is the first time there is a number next to their team’s name. Only senior forward Jae’Sean Tate, redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop and redshirt senior Kam Williams were on the team the last time Ohio State was ranked. Holtmann said he has not discussed the rankings with his players and does not plan on talking about it with them, but sophomore forward Andre Wesson said he couldn’t help but feel excited about being ranked. “I can’t really put it into words,” Wesson said. “Just growing up in Columbus, just always hearing about Ohio State and just the down years that we had, people talking bad about us … It’s just good to be ranked again and people talking about us again.”But as Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo said after the Buckeyes upset the then-No. 1 Spartans, teams are going to start to view Ohio State a little differently. This team that began the season as an underdog will now see Ohio State as one of the top 25 teams in the nation. Holtmann said his team is going to need to be ready because teams will no longer sleep on his squad, and opponents will now start to look at a matchup with the Buckeyes as a chance fortheir respective programs to earn a marquee win.“I think probably there is an added energy in a lot of ways,” Holtmann said. “And I think our guys are going to need to be prepared and ready for that. We’ll see if they can handle that. Obviously, we’ve got a really, really full week ahead of us, but given where we’re at, I think that’s to be expected. We’re going to get a lot of people’s best shot.”Projected StartersNorthwestern:G — Scottie Lindsey — Senior, 6-foot-5, 210 lbs., 14.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.8 apgG — Bryant McIntosh — Senior, 6-foot-3, 200 lbs., 13.1 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 5.8 apgF — Vic Law — Redshirt junior, 6-foot-7, 200 lbs., 12.2 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.1 apgF — Aaron Falzon — Redshirt sophomore, 6-foot-8, 225 lbs., 7.0 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 0.6 apgC — Dererk Pardon — Junior, 6-foot-8, 235 lbs., 11.8 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.1 apgOhio State: G — C.J. Jackson — Junior, 6-foot-1, 175 lbs., 13.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 4.4 apgG — Kam Williams — Redshirt senior, 6-foot-2 185 lbs., 8.5 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 0.6 apgF — Keita Bates-Diop — Redshirt junior, 6-foot-7, 235 lbs., 20.3 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 1.3 apgF — Jae’Sean Tate — Senior, 6-foot-4, 230 lbs., 12.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.8 apgC — Kaleb Wesson — Freshman, 6-foot-9, 270 lbs., 11.2 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.2 apgScouting NorthwesternOhio State has thrived throughout the 2017-18 season, but the same cannot be said of Northwestern. The Wildcats have just two Big Ten wins, their only victories against opponents ranked inside advanced statistics website KenPom.com top 100 best teams. Northwestern comes into this game with wins in only two of its past six games. Northwestern has struggled the most in conference games. It ranks 13th with a 45 percent effective field goal percentage and has the fourth-highest offensive turnover rate at 19.2 percent. Its offense lives and dies by the 3-pointer. It is 125th in the country in 3-point accuracy at 36.1 percent and has generated 35.1 percent of its total points from beyond the arc (86th-highest rate in the nation). The Wildcats’ offense has been inconsistent this season, but it has almost always relied on point guard Bryant McIntosh to run the offense. Northwestern’s floor general has one of the highest assist rates of any guard in the nation, assisting on 36.4 percent of his team’s points while he is on the court. McIntosh also has produced the second-most points of any player for the Wildcats, scoring in double-figures in 11 of the team’s 19 games and more than 20 points three times.“McIntosh is a great passer. Great vision,” Holtmann said. “He can make shots. He’s great at making plays in kind of the midrange too. Floater, mid-range, kind of reversing his course and using a shot fake. He can be really effective.” read more

CPL 2018 Russell increases lead in performance index

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCPL 2018: Pollard moves up Performance Index as Hetmyer starts ascensionAugust 21, 2018In “latest news”CPL 2018: Bravo moves up player indexSeptember 5, 2018In “latest news”CPL week 4 round-up: Kieron Pollard’s controversial Barbados return, David Warner drops anchorSeptember 6, 2018In “latest news” (CPL T20) Jamaica Tallawahs’ Andre Russell extended his lead at the top of the Player Performance Index to 21 points after an excellent week with the ball in the Caribbean Premier League.Russell picked up four wickets in two matches (against Barbados Tridents and St Lucia Stars), making him the leading wicket taker so far in this year’s CPL with 18 victims. He has also taken the most catches (8) and boasts the highest strike rate (202.9) of those players who have scored 100 runs or more.Mohammad Irfan’s world record spell for Barbados Tridents – his four overs cost just one run while he also took a brace of wickets – wasn’t enough to prevent defeat against St Kitts & Nevis Patriots. It did, however, propel him to 33rdin the CPL Index and moved him into the top 150 in the world for the first time.Brendon McCullum moved up six places to 70thin the world thanks to his 66 runs from 42 deliveries for Trinbago in their victory over Barbados. He struck three sixes and eight fours in the innings, which also helped to catapult him into the top 20 of the CPL Index.Australia’s David Warner and Steve Smith both moved up the rankings this week. Warner made 42 from 26 deliveries in St Lucia Stars’ defeat by Jamaica and 23 from 16 balls in their win over Guyana. He is closing in on the world top 50 and sits at 16 in the CPL Index.Smith, meanwhile, was player of the match in the Tridents’ victory over Jamaica with 63 from 44 deliveries and two wickets for 19 runs with the ball. He climbs back into the top 200 players in the world and is 41stin the CPL Index.Both Devon Thomas and Oshane Thomas have moved inside the world’s top 500 for the first time (the latter having only played 10 T20 matches) and are climbing the CPL standings quickly, currently sitting at 61st and 62nd respectively. Oshane Thomas currently sits second in terms of CPL wickets taken (11).To see the complete the full Index rankings please visit: http://t20playerperformanceindex.com/ read more

Integrated Pump Technology to showcase range of global OEM mining pumps at

first_imgIntegrated Pump Technology will showcase its range of global OEM pumps at Electra Mining Africa. The company was established four years ago as the official southern African distributor for the well-respected Grindex range of electrical submersible pumps and last year introduced the Italian manufactured Faggiolati pumps to its product offering.Grindex pumps incorporate a unique air valve that allows the impeller to pass air instead of water protecting the unit in dry run conditions. These robustly constructed pumps are engineered to operate in harsh environments offering end-users reliability and energy efficiency. The range of Grindex dewatering pumps range in sizes from 0.5 kW to 90 kW with a new 145 kW unit currently in field trials. This unit will be released to market early next year.The Grindex slurry pumps are robust workhorses made for use in mines and quarries and sizes range from 3 kW to 70 kW. These pumps are equipped with an agitator mechanism that directs settled material to the pump’s intake. The sludge pump range has all the advantages of the other two ranges as well as a recessed vortex impeller and split hydraulics with replaceable rubber linings. This allows these pumps to handle larger solids with increased abrasion resistance.Manufactured in Italy, the Faggiolati quality submersible drainage and wastewater pumps are considered a natural complement to the company’s Grindex pump and accessory range. One of the most significant advantages that Faggiolati pumps offer is that all units are equipped with Premium Efficiency IE3 motors. This is particularly important on a continent that needs energy efficient products and solutions. The extensive product line-up, more than 800 items, ranges from 0.5kW to 350 kW and pumps are available in grey cast iron as well as marine bronze and stainless steel for specialised applications.Integrated Pump Technology has a strong network of 16 strategically located distributors each of which has a solid track record. This facilitates rapid local access to sales and technical information with the distributors being supported by dedicated account managers ensuring effective and optimal solution providing and service.last_img read more

Zenyatta adds interconnected reduced graphene oxide to Albany graphite product development pipeline

first_imgZenyatta Ventures has added Interconnected Reduced Graphene Oxide (IC‐rGO) to its product development pipeline, working with its research partner Prof Aicheng Chen from the University of Guelph, Ontario. IC‐rGO is a three‐dimensional nanomaterial with potential applications in the energy and environmental industries. While working at Lakehead University in late 2016, Chen and his team first developed the nanomaterial using graphite sourced from Zenyatta’s Albany deposit in Northern Ontario – a unique form of graphite ideally suited to produce graphene and graphene derivatives. Patents are pending on the new nanomaterial.Zenyatta, which changed its management team earlier this year, has announced a new direction as a company, and will focus in the future on exploring new applications for the high‐quality graphene that can be produced from its unique Albany deposit. “Our goal is to become vertically integrated – from producing the graphene right through to the development of high‐value applications for this extraordinary material,” said Dr Francis Dubé, Zenyatta’s Co‐CEO and Head of Business Development and Technology. “We will work with our research partners and other leading industrial partners to become an IP incubator where we will co‐develop IP that has the potential to be a game changer across multiple industries. Dr Chen’s work is representative of the exciting prospects for graphene in years to come.”“IC‐rGO represents a new class of 3‐D platform, which is promising for many graphene‐related applications such as sensors, catalysts, supercapacitors, batteries, adsorbents, and filters,” said Chen.The fabricated IC‐rGO exhibits a high capacitance with impressive charging and discharging stability due to its covalent interconnections and unique 3D superstructure. It is anticipated that the discovery could facilitate the research and development of new types of 3D hybrids and functional graphene nanocomposites. For more information about IC‐rGO, read more in The Royal Society of Chemistry journal, ChemComm (Chemical Communications).“This invention has the potential to become a structural platform that can be functionalized for multiple applications leading to further innovation and IP for Zenyatta and its shareholders,” said Dubé. “We are very fortunate to have talented research partners like Dr Chen, and we are grateful to him and his team for their world‐leading work in the graphene space.”Chen and his research group have made significant advances in the development of new graphene‐based nanomaterials from Albany graphite. He and his team have also developed a novel one‐pot synthesis of fluorine functionalized graphene oxide (F‐GO) which was reported in a March 1, 2017 news release. A patent was filed for this invention and a paper describing the process in more detail was published in the Electrochemistry Communications journal.Zenyatta’s Albany graphite project hosts a large and unique quality deposit of highly crystalline graphite. Independent labs in Japan, UK, Israel, USA and Canada have demonstrated that Zenyatta’s Albany Graphite/Naturally Pure easily converts (exfoliates) to graphene using a variety of simple mechanical and chemical methods. The deposit is located in northern Ontario just 30 km north of the Trans‐Canada Highway, near the communities of Constance Lake First Nation and Hearst. Important nearby infrastructure includes hydro‐power, a natural gas pipeline, a rail line 50 km away and an all‐weather road just 10 km from the deposit.last_img read more

Amazing comeback by Guardiolas City

first_imgThe Citizens were able to turn their luck around and after being down 2-1 against Schalke, with one player sent off, they won 3-2 in the UCL.Pep Guardiola and Manchester City had a fantastic comeback tonight in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16.The English Premier League club was down 2-1 in the second half while Nicolas Otamendi was sent off leaving them with one less player.But the Citizens showed a lot of confidence and were able to get the victory in the first leg of the series at Veltins Arena.You put us through it tonight, boys.But we love you for it! 💙#mancity pic.twitter.com/4n52xezWv4— Manchester City (@ManCity) February 20, 2019City had a great start, thanks to a magnificent goal by Sergio Aguero in the 18th minute thanks to an assist by David Silva.At the 33rd minute, Nicolas Otamendi handballed the ball in his own area and after the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) Technology was used, Schalke was awarded a penalty kick.Nabil Bentaleb converted the goal to tie things 1-1.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…And two minutes before the end of the first half, Fernandinho fouled Salif Sane in the area to give the Germans another penalty kick chance.Bentaleb converted from the spot once again to put things 2-1.In the second half things didn’t look good for Pep Guardiola and company, as Nicolas Otamendi received his second yellow card of the day and was sent off, leaving the Citizens with 10 men.Schalke didn’t take this opportunity to attack, wasting the few opportunities they had in front of the Manchester goal.But Leroy Sane scored in the 85th minute, while Raheem Sterling did the same five minutes later, to give the Citizens the 3-2 win in a fantastic night.FULL-TIME | A bonkers game! 😅We can only guess what the second leg will bring after that!🔵 2-3 💙#s04vcity ⚽️ #mancity pic.twitter.com/D3buqVBGdb— Manchester City (@ManCity) February 20, 2019last_img read more

Vigil held for victims of crash in Lauderdalearea lake

first_imgNEAR FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) — Loved ones came together to remember three people who were involved in a fatal car crash in a lake near Fort Lauderdale.Friends and family members gathered on Tuesday near the edge of the lake to mourn the lives lost in Monday’s crash, in the area of Northwest 29th Avenue and 14th Street.According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, the driver managed to escape after careening into the water, but two of his passengers did not survive. A third passenger is still missing but is presumed dead.Witnesses said the driver was speeding before the crashing into the canal.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

iPhone XR and XS review Seven months in whats good and whats

first_img See All iOS 12 5G Apple Share your voice iPhone XR and XS: 6-month check-in 12 iPhone XR vs. iPhone XS: Photo samples 30 Photos Since the launch of the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR last year, the phone landscape has changed a bit. It’s recently been crowded with much sexier stories: 5G is beginning to rear its head, wild new transforming folding phones are capturing people’s imaginations — even with problems rearing their heads– and there are phones studded with more cameras than you can keep track of.The iPhones from late 2018 are not so interesting in comparison. But that’s also to their credit. After all, when Verizon launched its 5G network it turned out to be spottier than expected, Samsung’s Galaxy Fold phone is already breaking, and some of those camera-studded phones don’t do quite as much as you think. Now playing: Watch this: Although some phones edge out the iPhones in photo quality based on CNET tests, it’s really one specific feature from one specific phone I envy the most — Night Sight on the Pixel 3. After trying Google’s low-light mode on the Pixel 3, I immediately loved what it did for my photos. The iPhone can handle well without flash most of the time, but Night Sight is on a different level. It’s the sort of feature that either iOS 13 or the next iPhone should have.apple-iphone-xr-red-9700-002 Josh Miller/CNET Face ID stands aloneThere are other phones that have face unlocking, and others have in-display fingerprint scanners, like the Galaxy S10 and OnePlus 6T. But Face ID remains the smoothest and best implementation of facial biometrics I’ve seen. Even though I’m still not wild about how many times I seem to still need to enter my passcode because my face is at the wrong angle, Face ID in general works well and works invisibly. It’s even more useful when it reads my face to pull up my app passwords and help with logins, which is something I’ve become hooked on.Face ID isn’t very different in concept than it was when the iPhone X launched in 2017. Now, it feels everyday normal.Let’s talk AirPower (and charging)The AirPower wireless charging mat was a looming promise since 2017, and it suggested that charging for the iPhone and its accessories would be vastly improved. Now that Apple canceled AirPower though, what’s the alternative? The iPhone still uses Lightning to charge, and a too-slow 5-watt charger bundled with the phone. The iPhone should have fast charging right out of the box, but in the meantime you could buy larger chargers and adapters for USB-C chargers at an extra cost, which help compensate if you’re not satisfied with the battery life. And while wireless Qi charging is nice to have, iPhones still charge as fast with wireless Qi as other phones do. Moving to USB-C and faster Qi charging need to happen in 2019.In addition, it’d be cool if the iPhone could wirelessly charge other accessories too. This would be cribbed directly from Samsung, whose Galaxy S10 phones can cleverly charge Galaxy Buds and the Galaxy Watch right through their back. The Apple Watch could use that type of convenience when traveling and you wouldn’t have to bring an extra charger.iphone-xs-iphone-xr-coffee-4 Angela Lang/CNET The iPhone is a stable buoy in a changing worldThe iPhone is still a really great phone, but it continues to feel familiar in a world of increasingly changing tech. It’s almost, dare I say, the comfort choice? It’s the device that connects to all my things, and it powers the connections to most of the tech I test and wear. It’s a cornerstone device and it does a good job at being exactly that. It’s the product Apple makes that feels the most recommendable. And yet, as the shape of phones (figuratively and literally) begins to transform to farther-off possibilities, the iPhone remains the familiar, stable — almost boring — device, not the more exciting and unpredictable new one. Phones Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy?center_img Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it 6:24 Tags Comments The iPhones, meanwhile, feel pretty flawless, which is quite un-newsworthy. They’re clearly Apple’s most polished and perfected products right now.But that doesn’t mean they couldn’t use improvements. The phone industry is accelerating so fast that Apple’s phones are inevitably going to change with it. But where they are now is a very solid, stable place — if not an exciting one. Angela Lang/CNET Did you buy the right iPhone?Good news: Whatever iPhone you picked last year, if you picked one that is, you’re just fine. (You’re also fine if you have the iPhone X or iPhone 8 or iPhone 7, too!) Each model has its advantages and drawbacks. My favorite is still the iPhone XR. It has the best price-to-value pick, its battery life is great and its smaller size is ideal for me. And the iPhone XR’s LCD display, while technically not as good as the iPhone XS’ OLED display, isn’t perceptibly different in everyday use.But I appreciate the added antennas, durability and, in particular, the dual rear camera of the iPhone XS models. I use the 2x zoom for on-location shoots and closeup shots of my kids all the time. A dual camera iPhone XR this year seems like an inevitability, especially if the new premium iPhones get three rear cameras. The XS and XS Max still feel too expensive (not as expensive as a folding phone, though).iphone-xs-19Only two rear cameras? Angela Lang/CNET Camera: Good, but could definitely be betterThe iPhone XS and XR do a great job in everyday use, and both their rear cameras and selfie cameras are really good. Video capture is particularly excellent too. But there are other phones that can do things the iPhone can’t.The newest Samsung Galaxy S10, for example, has three rear cameras, offering an ultra wide-angle lens that the iPhones don’t have. It’s a common trend, and the more lenses you have, the more framing options you have. Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Apple • reading • iPhone XR and XS review: Seven months in, what’s good and what’s bad Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumorslast_img read more

Polestar 1 enters its final prototype phase

first_img1:37 Now playing: Watch this: 5 Photos 0 More From Roadshow 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Polestar 1 hits the track to work on its reflexes Polestar 1 packs 600 electrified horsepower in a discreet… Enlarge ImageWe’ve been drooling over Polestar’s first model for ages now, but it seems production cars are coming soon. Polestar The fine folks at Polestar have been teasing us for nigh on a year with their gorgeous-looking Polestar 1 grand touring performance hybrid luxury thing. We’ve been wondering when it will start getting nearer to production and based on an announcement the company made on Wednesday, that time is now.Polestar announced that it’d entered the final prototype phase for Polestar 1 which means, among other things, that the Polestar facility in Chengdu, China has managed to crank out around 50 prototype cars to verify that its tooling is on point and within spec.”It’s great to see how we have progressed from showing the Polestar 1 for the first time in 2017, to now having our beautiful new manufacturing facility up and running with the TT (tooling tryout) cars being tested in and around the plant,” says Thomas Ingenlath, CEO of Polestar, in a statement.The exciting thing for customers is that now Polestar has started reaching out to lock down final configurations for specific cars, and that means the wait won’t be too terribly long before you’re blasting through a continent in your eco-friendly and intensely handsome not-a-Volvo.center_img 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Post a comment Share your voice 2020 Volvo XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered first drive: Almost Super Trouper Tags Luxury cars Hybrids Performance Cars Polestarlast_img read more

Judge overrules state says salmon initiative can go forward

first_imgA ballot initiative aimed at making salmon habitat protections more stringent will likely result in a fierce fight over the right use of state resources. (Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)A controversial ballot initiative intended to protect salmon habitat has cleared a major hurdle, setting up what could be an intense political fight.Listen nowA judge in Anchorage on Monday ruled that Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott was wrong to deny the initiative, organized by the nonprofit Stand for Salmon.Mallott rejected the ballot measure in September, arguing it would tie the state’s hands and prioritize salmon habitat over other potential uses of state land, like mining or oil development. The state said if it’s enacted, the measure could complicate efforts to build projects like roads, pipelines and the proposed Pebble Mine. The initiative is also opposed by a wide range of industry groups.At a hearing last week, Valerie Brown with Trustees for Alaska, who represented Stand for Salmon, argued the ballot initiative isn’t aimed at prohibiting development, though it would add to the permitting process.Superior Court Judge Mark Rindner agreed. In his ruling, he called it “pure speculation” to predict the impact of the initiative.“The court has no competent evidence regarding the impact of the initiative,” Rindner wrote. “Nor does such evidence exist.”Rindner said the initiative leaves enough room for the legislature to decide how resources are used.“Because the impact of the initiative can only be determined after legislative action occurs, the court finds, as a matter of law, that the initiative is not an allocation and is thus constitutionally permissible,” Rindner wrote.Mike Wood, one of the ballot measure’s organizers, applauded the decision.“I think the ruling that the judge had was awesome,” Wood said. “Set politics aside and read it for what it is. And I think he did that.”Wood, a commercial fisherman, was involved in opposition to the Susitna Dam. Two of the initiative’s other organizers, Gayla Hoseth and Brian Kraft, have been involved in fighting the proposed Pebble Mine.Marleanna Hall is executive director of the Resource Development Council, one of the groups opposed to the ballot initiative. Hall said she’s disappointed, and her group is asking the state to appeal.“Unfortunately, this initiative, as it is, poses a grave threat to community and resource development,” Hall said. “It puts economic activities highly at risk.”Assistant Attorney General Elizabeth Bakalar said the state is evaluating whether to appeal the decision to the Alaska Supreme Court.“Clearly we disagree with the court’s legal conclusion that the measure is a constitutional use of the initiative,” Bakalar wrote in an email. “Whether to appeal to the Alaska Supreme Court includes an evaluation process that will take several weeks to complete, and that process is underway. In the meantime, we are complying with the superior court’s order and working on printing petition booklets for circulation as quickly as possible.”Stand for Salmon can now begin collecting signatures. It aims to get the initiative on the ballot in 2018.Barring a Supreme Court decision blocking the initiative, Brown of Trustees for Alaska said, “the next decision is whether this is a good idea or not. That’s the decision of the voters, not of the Lieutenant Governor.”The initiative isn’t the only effort to make state laws protecting salmon habitat more stringent. It’s similar to a bill introduced in the state House by Kodiak Republican Louise Stutes, and co-sponsored by Anchorage Democrats Andy Josephson and Les Gara.Correction: An earlier version of this story said the bill was introduced by Reps. Stutes, Josephson and Gara. In fact, the legislation was introduced by Rep. Stutes and later co-sponsored by Reps. Josephson and Gara.last_img read more

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Yobi announces Initial Exchange Offering IEO launch at wwwmyyobicom

first_imgYobi’s IEO takes off on the 19th August at www.bxlend.com.Yobi is a Biometric Authorisation, Authentication and Verification platform, FOR, WITH and IN the blockchain. Her authentication process is based on the award-winning biometric security platform, BioSSL and delivers a unique biometric handshake between the physical and the digital world.The weakness of the blockchain is the user himself/herself, because we forget, share or lose our password(s) or someone  copies it/them, a paradise for cybercrime. The staggering number of ways that criminals are trying, every day, to get inside your database should be more than just a warning. Most organized crime gangs around the world are becoming much more involved in computer hacking and identity theft.Financial transactions, trading of shares, exchanging & storing confidential data… all are vulnerable to Cybercrime today.Yobi uses BioSSL biometric verification and translates the unique features of the human body to a One Time Password and through her public-private biometric key, it becomes a unique handshake between him/herself and the digital world.Yobi’s injection of the biometric public key’s in the blockchain, ensures that the transaction goes to the right owner. yobi validates the identity.Yobi’s token owners gives a One Year Biometric access control (biometric password) on every web & mobile platform marked secured by yobi and gives direct secured access to company confidential information to be real time up to date.Yobi’s IEO is guided by the Canadian company DE Asset Management, early adopters of the blockchain and crypto industry, and Canadian leaders in the Crypto Asset space. They helped raise over 50M USD for ICO’s in the last 24 months.Yobi’s tokens sale will take place on www.bxlend.com at a start of 1$ per token and a softcap of 7.5M USD.“We are excited to announce the launch of our IEO on bxlend.com with excellent support of DE Asset Management as a partner. Our biometric solutions integrated with the blockchain will allow us to scale fast and continue our leadership position in the market.” says Johann Caubergh, CEO of AIDENTITY.org and founder of Yobi.AIDENTITY consults, develops and integrates biometric identification technologies and secure documents. Through AIDENTITY, yobi will have already a portfolio of customers, ready to be part of her platform.Contact: info@myyobi.comWebsite: www.myyobi.comIEO: www.bxlend.comTelegram: https://t.me/yobi_ieoLinkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/myyobiMore information about Irish Tech News and the Business ShowcaseFYI the ROI for you is => Irish Tech News now get over 1.5 million monthly views, and up to 900k monthly unique visitors, from over 160 countries. We have over 860,000 relevant followers on Twitter on our various accounts & were recently described as Ireland’s leading online tech news site and Ireland’s answer to TechCrunch, so we can offer you a good audience!Since introducing desktop notifications a short time ago, which notify readers directly in their browser of new articles being published, over 16000 people have now signed up to receive them ensuring they are instantly kept up to date on all our latest content. Desktop notifications offer a unique method of serving content directly to verified readers and bypass the issue of content getting lost in people’s crowded news feeds.Drop us a line if you want to be featured, guest post, suggest a possible interview, or just let us know what you would like to see more of in our future articles. We’re always open to new and interesting suggestions for informative and different articles. Contact us, by email, twitter or whatever social media works for you.Home Yobi announces her Initial Exchange Offering (IEO) launch at www.myyobi.com If you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at Simon@IrishTechNews.ie or on Twitter: @SimonCockinglast_img read more

Update Municipality comments on prepaid meter scam

first_imgCommenting on the prepaid meter scam currently doing the rounds in town, Emnambithi/Ladysmith Municipality has issued a press release to this effect:“Emnambithi/Ladysmith Municipality would like to warn the community, especially pensioners, of people who are currently posing as municipal officials from the electricity department.These people are calling homeowners who use prepaid electricity and promising to install new prepaid meters. These meters, they say, will assist in decreasing the tariffs for pensioners so they won’t pay a lot of money on electricity.A couple in Observation has already fallen victim to these people. This couple had a visit from an Indian man calling himself “ASLAM”. He filled in forms that have the Emnambithi/Ladysmith Municipal letterhead. On the form, he fills out all their personal details. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Further to that, he took an amount of R1200 from the couple, saying that the money is for installation of a new meter as well as a new electricity card. “Aslam” then gives them a receipt and leaves with a promise that the new prepaid meter will be installed in a few days.As Emnambithi/Ladysmith Municipality, we would like to inform the community that there is no person from the municipality who has been sent out to do such a job.And municipal officials do not accept payment and issue out receipts at people’s homes. This is a scam and should such a person arrive at your home, do not fill in any forms or give personal details. Please contact the SAPS or the Electricity Department immediately.”For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitterlast_img read more

Blood Bank hero wins Tablet

first_imgSiyanda Dlamini from Ladysmith was the lucky December winner of the Lenovo Tablet from the South African National Blood Service (SANBS).After donating blood in December, 19-year-old Siyanda offered feedback regarding his experience on the CFS machine and his name was automatically entered into the competition to win the Tablet.He was a ‘Peer Promoter’ at Ladysmith High School (LHS) and is currently studying Mechanical Engineering in Stellenbosch.Siyanda is committed to saving lives and encourages others to do the same! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img read more

Australia attempts to verify terrorists death in Iraq

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Fairfax Media newspapers reported last month that the Australian family of Sharrouf’s Muslim-convert wife, Tara Nettleton, was trying to help her bring her three young boys and two teenage daughters from Syria home to Sydney.Sharrouf’s 7-year-old son horrified the world a year ago when he was photographed holding the severed head of a Syrian soldier by the hair.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry described it as “one of the most disturbing, stomach-turning, grotesque photographs ever displayed.”Bishop said the Sharrouf’s death would have to be verified before Australia considers repatriating the family.“We understand that there are family members in Syria or Iraq and should these reports be verified, then we will try to be in contact with them,” Bishop told Australian Broadcasting Corp.But the government will not guarantee that the family can return.“It would depend very much on the circumstances and the advice that we receive from our intelligence agencies at the time,” Bishop told ABC.Sydney-born Sharrouf, who was also a Lebanese national, was a prime target of legislation to be introduced to Parliament on Wednesday that would allow terrorists who are dual nationals to be stripped of their Australian citizenship. Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Nettleton’s father, Peter Nettleton, said his son-in-law’s reported death filled him with joy.“I was ecstatic when I heard he was dead. It’s great news.” Peter Nettleton told The Daily Telegraph newspaper.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober The law would automatically strip the citizenship of dual nationals convicted of terrorism offenses or suspected of serious terrorism-related offenses.Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the government was considering making the law retroactive so that terrorists already convicted could be deported on release from prison. The law could apply in future to Australians who were not dual nationals but could apply for citizenship from a parent’s homeland.The government estimates that up to half of about 120 Australians who have traveled to Iraq and Syria to fight for the Islamic State movement are dual citizens.The government has also passed contentious new laws that make it a criminal offense to even visit Mosul or the Islamic State movement’s Syrian stronghold of al-Raqqa province, where the Sharrouf family was thought to be based.Sharrouf was among nine Muslim men accused in 2007 of stockpiling bomb-making materials and plotting terrorist attacks in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia’s largest cities. He pleaded guilty to terrorism offenses in 2009 and served less than four years in prison.Sharrouf slipped out of Australia in late 2013 using his brother’s passport because his own had been canceled. Nettleton later took their children to Syria to reunite with her husband.center_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Patients with chronic pain give advice CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Reports that an Australian terrorist, notorious for holding up the severed heads of Syrian victims, has been killed fighting in Iraq have raised the potential for his young family to be repatriated from the Middle East, Australia’s foreign minister said on Tuesday.Australian intelligence agencies were attempting to verify the recent deaths of Australians Khaled Sharrouf and Mohamed Elomar in the Islamic State-held city of Mosul in Iraq, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said. Both men were seen in photographs posted on social media holding heads of Syrians.last_img read more

Dry Road gets wet after pipe burst

first_imgDry Road, which runs past the Indoor Sports Complex, was very wet on Friday morning due to a burst pipe at the side of the road.The burst happened early Friday morning, causing water to spray all over the road. Motorists were inconvenienced and had to drive around the area to avoid the water.uThukela officials were contacted, and workers were sent out to assess the problem and fix the pipe. According to one of the workers at the scene, the cause of the leak might be the number of heavy trucks that use that route on a daily basis and sometimes park at the side of the road. “These vehicles could have caused the pipe to bend or be pinched,” said the uThukela employee.Workers were seen fixing the pipe on Friday and Saturday. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img read more