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Samsung takes on Xiaomi sells 2 mn Galaxy A phones

first_imgNew Delhi: Taking on Chinese player Xiaomi big time, South Korean tech giant Samsung sold two million phones in its mid-price segment Galaxy A series in India in just 40 days starting March 1, earning a revenue of $500 million. Samsung is targeting $4 billion in revenues from its Galaxy A series of phones this year. Earlier this month, it announced Galaxy A20, its fourth smartphone in the Galaxy A series this year. Galaxy A20 is available in India at Rs 12,490. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year In March, Samsung launched galaxy A10 at Rs 8,490, A 30 at Rs.16,990 and A50 in two variants – one at Rs 19,990 and the other at Rs 22,990. “In the first 40 days starting March 1, we have sold a total of two million units of three Galaxy A models in India – A50, A30 and A10. The revenue turnover from these three phones in 40 days is $500 million,” Ranjivjit Singh, Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President, Samsung India, told IANS on Monday. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India “I think this a record for any brand in the industry,” Singh added. “When the rest of the portfolio in A series becomes available, we are sure of not only achieving but exceeding our target,a the Samsung executive said, adding that the A series phones will continue to be available across the channels – both online and offline. Samsung India is now gearing up to launch the Galaxy A70 smartphone with triple camera system next week and the Galaxy A80 with rotating camera in May. “We will launch the Galaxy A70 in India next week in Rs 25,000 to Rs 30,000 bracket and the Galaxy A80 in the Rs 45,000 to Rs 50,000 bracket in May,” Singh said. Samsung earlier announced that it would launch at least one phone every month from March to June this year.last_img read more

Liz Weston Lets get real about health costs in retirement

You won’t pay for health care in retirement with one lump sum. That’s the way these expenses are often presented, though, and the amounts are terrifying.Fidelity Investments, for example, says a couple retiring in 2019 at age 65 will need $285,000 for health expenses, not including nursing home or other long-term care. The Employee Benefits Research Institute says some couples could need up to $400,000 — again, not including long-term care. The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College hasn’t updated its figures recently, but back in 2010 estimated a typical couple could spend $260,000 for medical and long-term care, with a 5% risk that costs will exceed $570,000.No wonder 45% of people in their 50s and early 60s have little or no confidence that they’ll be able to afford their health care costs once they retire, according to a survey by the University of Michigan.MEDICAL COSTS MAY BE MORE PREDICTABLE THAN YOU THINKThe approach of presenting people with a huge, perhaps unattainable, figure has long bothered Jean Young, senior research associate with the Vanguard Center for Investor Research.“The thing is, it’s not helpful, it’s not actionable, it’s not relatable,” Young says.You also may need six figures to cover food, or transportation, or shelter in a typical retirement. But these are costs you pay over time — just like you’ll pay for health care.Young and other Vanguard researchers partnered with actuaries at Mercer Health and Benefits consulting firm to create a proprietary model based on what retired people actually spend on health care. What they found was that medical costs tend to be in certain ranges, based on a handful of factors:— Where you live— Your health— Your parents’ health— Whether you buy supplemental coverage— Your incomeHigher-income people pay larger premiums for certain parts of Medicare. Some premiums also vary by location, as do medical costs in general. How much health care you’ll consume is greatly influenced by how healthy you are when entering retirement, and, to some extent, your genes.“The actuaries know that the health status of your parents tends to pass generationally,” Young says.A TYPICAL RANGE: $4,900 TO $6,000Here’s the number the researchers came up with: $5,200. That’s the median amount a typical 65-year-old woman could expect to spend annually for premiums and out-of-pocket medical, dental and vision costs in 2018. (Median is the point where half pay more and half pay less. The study used women because they have slightly higher long-term costs, but the gender difference is about 2%.)That assumes the woman lives in a medium-cost area, is at medium risk for health care costs (she either smokes or has a chronic medical condition or two) and buys supplemental Plan F, the most popular Medigap policy. Eighty per cent of those in similar situations would face costs in the range of $4,900 to $6,000.The models also include worst-case scenarios. If her health deteriorated to the high-risk category, her costs could exceed $11,000. If she opted to do without a Medigap policy and had a bad year, she could pay over $21,800.LONG-TERM CARE IS STILL A WILD CARDRetirement planning involves a lot of educated guesses. How long you’ll live, inflation rates, returns on your investments, your expenses — these may not end up being what you expected. Financial planners typically craft their assumptions about what’s most likely to happen and may suggest insurance or contingency plans to cover the worst-case scenarios.Long-term care costs remain the big wild card. Half of people over 65 don’t incur any long-term care costs, Young says, and a quarter incur less than $100,000.“The problem is, 15% are going to spend a quarter of a million or more,” Young says.Those who exhaust their savings may end up on Medicaid, the government program for the indigent that pays for long-term care (Medicare does not). People who have a few million dollars saved may opt to “self-fund,” or pay for it without help. Those in between might consider some kind of long-term care insurance, or earmark assets they can tap if necessary, Young says. That could be your home equity or investments that give you income while you’re healthy but could be sold to pay for long-term care. The key is to not use up those resources for other costs. Holding something in reserve is particularly important for women, who are twice as likely to require paid care.“We live longer; we tend to care for our husbands,” Young says. “The risk is higher for women.”_________________________________________________This column was provided to The Associated Press by the personal finance website NerdWallet. Liz Weston is a columnist at NerdWallet, a certified financial planner and author of “Your Credit Score.” Email: Twitter: @lizweston.RELATED LINK:What you will spend on health costs in retirement Weston Of Nerdwallet, The Associated Press read more

Journalist assaulted while distributing leaflets at Jaffna event

Parameshwaran said he had distributed leaflets questioning why Amirthalingam had not opposed the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) in 1979.He says at that time a family member of Amirthalingam assaulted him. (Colombo Gazette) A journalist was assaulted while he was distributing leaflets at an event in Jaffna today.Journalist N. Parameshwaran said he was assaulted by a family member of former Tamil politician Appapillai Amirthalingam.

Second region in Afghanistan now disarmed UN announces

“As we speak seven regions are still undergoing disarmament,” Ariane Quentier told reporters in the capital Kabul. Jalalabad joins Mazar-i-Sharif in being fully decommissioned, according to the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). Nationally, more than 39,000 military personnel have disarmed in the country. Although Jalalabad has been declared disarmed about 300 personnel remain on duty in order to guard military equipment, Ms. Quentier said.In a related development, UNAMA announced that the total number of heavy weapons collected in Afghanistan now exceeds 8,400.

Facing stiffening competition Murdochs BSkyB secures deal with HBO in UK

by Pan Pylas, The Associated Press Posted Jan 30, 2014 4:05 am MDT FILE – In this Saturday July 6, 2013 file photo, British and Irish Lions’ team players celebrate their win over Australia in the final match of their 3-game rugby union test match series in Sydney, Australia. British Sky Broadcasting PLC sought Thursday Jan. 30, 2014 to secure its base against its insurgent rival BT PLC by securing some sports rights and a long-term deal with U.S. pay-TV network Home Box Office. The London-headquartered satellite broadcaster, said it had secured six long-term rights deals in six sports, including the 2017 rugby tour to New Zealand by the British and Irish Lions and Scottish cup football. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File) LONDON – British Sky Broadcasting PLC sought Thursday to secure its base against its insurgent rival BT PLC by securing some sports rights and a long-term deal with U.S. pay-TV network Home Box Office.The satellite broadcaster, whose biggest shareholder is Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox Inc., said it had secured six long-term rights deals in six sports, including the 2017 rugby tour to New Zealand by the British and Irish Lions and Scottish Cup soccer.Perhaps more importantly, it said it has extended a partnership with HBO to 2020 that will see the channel Sky Atlantic continue to showcase programs like “Game of Thrones,” ”Girls” and “Boardwalk Empire” as well as upcoming shows like “True Detective” and “Looking.” The two companies, who have worked together since 2010, will also co-develop and produce new drama.“HBO is synonymous with must-see TV that pushes creative boundaries, so it’s no wonder that Sky Atlantic is such a hit with our customers,” said Jeremy Darroch, BSkyB’s chief executive.The partnership between the companies has been replicated by other broadcasters around the world, including in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and in the Middle East.“The deal with Sky was trailblazing in that it served as a model for similar arrangements we entered into around the world, with Sky Atlantic held up as the gold standard,” said Richard Plepler, HBO’s CEO.The new deals are BSkyB’s latest moves in a battle to win subscribers away from BT in Britain. Since 1992, when it shocked Britain’s broadcasting industry by getting the live rights to England’s Premier League, BSkyB has been the dominant force in the sports rights arena. Soccer has been central to BSkyB’s business model.However, over the past year or so, it has faced stiffer competition from BT, the former national telecommunications monopoly that has grabbed a sizeable chunk of sporting rights as it tries to cement its broadband business. Last November, in its boldest move yet, BT won the exclusive rights to the Champions League, Europe’s top club competition, over BSkyB and public broadcaster ITV for the three-year package starting in 2015-16.That hasn’t come cheap for BT, though. The Champions League rights cost around 1.08 billion euros ($1.46 billion) — a deal equivalent in its shock value to BSkyB’s capture of the Premier League rights over 20 years ago.BT, which reveals its own quarterly results Friday, is expected to launch more offensives against BSkyB’s sports portfolio. And it is widely expected to make a stronger push into entertainment, hence the importance of the HBO partnership extension.The battle with BT appears to be costing BSkyB, too, as the cost of sports rights spike. The company reported a drop in pretax profit for the six months to end-December — to 554 million pounds from 610 million the year before. Even so, the results beat forecasts and the company’s share price rallied 4.1 per cent. BT shares were flat.The skirmishes between BSkyB and BT come ahead of the biggest battle of all — the domestic rights for the Premier League soccer for three years starting in 2016-17.The bids are due in coming months and the rights’ cost is likely to rise substantially. The last set of domestic three-year rights generated a total of a little more than 3 billion pounds, with BSkyB committing 1.78 billion pounds for a majority of the matches on offer.___AP Sports Writer Rob Harris contributed to this report. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Facing stiffening competition, Murdoch’s BSkyB secures deal with HBO in UK read more

US trade deficit widens in October from a nearly 3year low

WASHINGTON – The U.S. trade deficit climbed in October from its lowest monthly level in nearly three years. Imports of consumer goods such as medicine, cellphones and clothing increased, while exports of soybeans, gold and artwork tumbled_which fueled the monthly widening of the trade gap.The Commerce Department said Tuesday that the deficit rose to $42.6 billion in October, up 17.8 per cent from September. The $36.2 billion trade deficit in September was the lowest since December 2013.Reducing the trade deficit has become a primary focus of President-elect Donald Trump. Trump cites the trade imbalance as evidence that the United States has signed misguided trade agreements that have hurt U.S. economic growth and cost jobs.In the wake of an agreement last week to keep 800 jobs at the Carrier furnace factory in Indianapolis from going to Mexico, Trump has promised to lower corporate tax rates to preserve factory jobs inside the United States, while threatening harsh penalties for companies that produce goods overseas to save on labour costs. On Twitter, Trump warned that he will impose a 35 per cent tariff on the goods imported by companies that outsource production.But such moves on trade might do little to boost manufacturing employment.Greg Hayes, the chief executive of Carrier’s parent company United Technologies, said on CNBC Monday that the $16 million investment in the Indianapolis plant as part of the decision to limit outsourcing would ultimately increase automation and “what that ultimately means is there will be fewer jobs.”So far this year, the trade deficit is running 2.1 per cent below its 2015 levels. The United States has been exporting more food but fewer industrial supplies, oilfield equipment, autos and consumer goods. But the country has also cut back on imports of steel, oil, aircraft, computer accessories and televisions, among other goods, leading to a narrowing of the overall trade deficit.A larger trade deficit acts as a drag on growth because it means America is buying more from foreign countries than it is selling. But the pace of exports picked up during the July-September quarter, contributing a solid 1.2 percentage points to annualized growth of 3.2 per cent during the quarter.The goods trade deficit with China contracted to $31.1 billion in October and is running 6.2 per cent below last year’s level, although it remains the leading contributor to America’s trade gap.The deficit with the European Union rose 29.2 per cent to $13.1 billion. The imbalance with Mexico climbed 18.1 per cent to $6.2 billion. FILE – In this Thursday, March 3, 2016, file photo, a sailboat makes its way past the container ship MSC Ivana as she is unloaded at the Port of Oakland in Oakland, Calif. On Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, the Commerce Department reports on the U.S. trade gap for October. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File) US trade deficit widens in October from a nearly 3-year low by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Dec 6, 2016 6:35 am MDT Last Updated Dec 6, 2016 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Mustard Seed gets helping hand in hamper food but need remains

Mustard Seed gets helping hand in hamper food, but need remains by audreywhelan Posted Dec 19, 2016 6:04 am MDT Last Updated Dec 19, 2016 at 6:37 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Calgary’s retail community is reaching out to help the Mustard Seed.The charity urgently needs many items including winter gear, food hamper and hygiene supplies.Superstore District Manager Paul Bustard said he wanted to answer the call.“We heard the Mustard Seed needed to garner extra turkeys for their turkey drive,” Bustard told CityNews. “We have great managers and colleagues who wanted to step up so we donated 50 turkeys.”Bustard said with the Mustard Seed needing 1,400 turkeys and hams, he’s also encouraging customers to help out as well.London Drugs is matching all donations made at its Calgary locations Monday. read more

From the halftime turf to the track Malcolm Branson is making an

After years of being just a student, senior Malcolm Branson was offered a walk-on spot with the OSU track team, and joined the Buckeyes in September. Branson was discovered by coaches after competing in the fastest-student race at halftime of the 2014 football Spring Game.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo EditorAbout a year ago, senior Malcolm Branson was racing against fellow students, including Ohio State football players, at halftime of the 2014 Spring Game at Ohio Stadium.Now, Branson is racing toward a new finish line.Just months after taking on then-OSU football player Doran Grant in the fastest-student race on April 12, 2014, Branson was contacted by OSU associate head track coach Rosalind Joseph to gauge his interest in trying out for the track program.“I was shocked if anything, and she said, ‘Do you wanna give it a try?’ And I said, ‘Yeah,’” Branson told The Lantern. “I definitely wanted a shot to be an athlete again. I had to jump on it.”Branson tried out in August, but didn’t exactly impress the coaches right away.Karen Dennis, the director of track and field and cross country at OSU, said she wasn’t sure if Branson was going to make an impact at all at first.“I didn’t know if he was going to be able to be a contributor or not,” Dennis said. “He just had no coordination in terms of just being more fluid with his running. He was extremely weak, but he kept coming every day.”Despite Dennis’ skepticism, Branson continued to show up at practice and tryouts, eventually winning Dennis over.“Every day I would say, ‘Malcolm, you’re back?’ Every day. I must have said that for months. And every day he would show back up,” Dennis said. “He has just made improvement in terms of getting stronger and learning sprinting mechanics, getting in the weight room and being able to increase his endurance for sprints.”After years of being just a student, Branson was offered a walk-on spot with the Buckeyes and joined the team in September.Branson said that while he was not offered an athletic scholarship, the decision to accept a walk-on position was pretty easy to make. He missed the competitiveness that he experienced while running track in Massillon Perry High School.“It’s definitely something I sat down and discussed with my family. Basically the decision was all mine and I thought it would be worth it to do it,” Branson said. “I love athletics more than anything. Regardless if it was track or any other sport, I just wanted the chance to be an athlete again.”Branson received his undergraduate degree in criminal justice in December, but continued to pay for classes beginning in the spring so he could continue to compete. He is now taking classes in psychology and plans to apply for jobs with law firms upon leaving OSU.But with the season currently in full swing, Dennis said Branson’s commitment to the OSU track team is unprecedented.“I’ve been doing this nearly 30 years, and I have never known anybody that committed and that impassioned about a sport,” Dennis said. “What he brings along with that is other people recognize his joy for just being a part of this team.”Branson said that while he greatly enjoys the competition, one of the things he has appreciated the most is the camaraderie with his teammates.“They are some of the best characters that I’ve met in my life. They are all funny,” Branson said. “We have a good time together, but we get serious when it’s time to handle business and that’s what I like most about us.”Dennis said even though Branson might have once been an afterthought among his teammates, he now pushes them to improve.One particular instance stands out in Dennis’ mind.“I think he even beat Tim Faust one time. That just surprised (Branson), but at the same time it gave Tim a sense of urgency to improve his own skills,” Dennis said.For comparison, Faust is a senior, a three-time second-team All-American and the 2013 Big Ten indoor champion in the 200 meter.As for the OSU track team as a whole, the Buckeyes are coming off a first-place finish in the All-Ohio championships.In that competition, Branson ran the 100m and finished fourth out of 20 participants with a time of 10.85 seconds. Faust finished first with a time of 10.75.With the outdoor season in full swing, Branson said the team goals are set high for his only season as a member of the Buckeye track program.“Win the outdoor Big Ten’s, for both men and women’s actually. The women are just coming off a indoor Big Ten championship, which is good,” Branson said. “Personal goal, I just really want to score some points for my team and help us win in any way I can.”The next event scheduled is the Virginia Challenge, set for Friday and Saturday in Charlottesville, Va.While the Buckeyes will be out of state, Dennis said that because of Branson’s emergence, she will be paying close attention to the second fastest-student competition set to take place at halftime of Saturday’s Spring Game.“We will look at the football 40 and the football players that run. We want to build our team,” Dennis said. “We want to build our men’s program; we want the best that are on our campus. Our door is open, come on out.”As for Branson, he said the past year has been a “blessing and a privilege,” and is trying to finish out his first and only year strong.“Things like this don’t happen this often, especially the way it happened. I am definitely thankful for coaches just reaching out to me,” he said. “I am thankful for the coaches having me on our team. I am thankful for the team welcoming me with open arms; those guys are the best.” read more

Serena Williams Rolls In Second Round of Wimbledon

Serena Williams looks strong and confident, and it showed in her dominating performance today in the second round at Wimbledon. With ease, she backhanded Melinda Czink, 6-1, 6-4.The four-time champion Williams won 27 of 28 points on her first serve, including 10 aces, and never faced a break point. Czink twice whiffed on returns.“I love my serve,” Williams said, “and I love feeling good when I serve.”The sixth-seeded Williams could meet No. 1-seed Maria Sharapova in the final next week.  Sharapova overcame troubles with her serve to dismiss Tsvetana Pironkova, 7-6 (3), 6-7 (3), 6-0.While Sharapova battled an erratic serve, with eight aces and 10 double-faults. She saved five set points in the first set and led the second set 3-1 when play was halted Tuesday because of darkness. She lost the first two games when the match resumed, and double-faulted on her first three service points in the tiebreaker.“It felt like two matches in a way,” Sharapova said. “Today I wanted to start off really well because I knew I was up a break. Didn’t go according to plan. Really served sloppy.” read more

Parents angered as Jojo Bows banned in schools across the country

first_imgParents across the country have vented their annoyance on social media after schools banned the latest tween craze: ‘Jojo Bows’.The oversized hair bows cost about £12 each in some stores, and mothers have vented their annoyance after splashing out on the accessories, only for them to be banned shortly afterwards.The popular accessories came to prominence after being worn by social media star JoJo Siwa, a 13-year-old dancer and singer from Nebraska in the US. That #babycino tasted good #jojobows— Emma-Jane (@ej100) March 5, 2017 Another mother commented that they had been banned at her daughter’s school “because of the ‘that’s not a real jojo bow’ and the competitiveness of them. E.g. How many and which colours and do you have the limited edition ones!”Some have spoken out about the ban, saying schools should be tackling bigger issues.One woman commented on Twitter: “How about we deal with kids being bullied in school and committing suicide rather than banning #jojobows!” I just don’t get these JoJo Bows – I think they’re the ugliest most ridiculous things I’ve ever seen?!? Obvs Carys wants one though 😔…— Jenny dargavel (@jennydargavel) March 5, 2017 @leonardhudsonuk #jojobows shouldn’t be banned. It doesn’t stop kids from learning. It also makes them look tidy. No harm being done at all— Shez (@SheridanAlcock) March 4, 2017 And another commented: “They shouldn’t be banned. It doesn’t stop kids from learning. It also makes them look tidy. No harm being done at all.”One mother wrote on Mumsnet: “Who here didn’t wear something daft when they were a kid. It’s harmless, I personally think they look ridiculous but it’s not my head.”According to Department of Education guidelines, schools are within their rights to ban the bows. “I’ve always just worn bows” JoJo told CBBC’s Newsround.”They just got bigger and better and sparklier – and then I became ‘JoJo with the bow bow’ and it became a thing.”However, schools throughout the country have banned the hair bows, because they do not comply with some school uniform codes and are ‘distracting’. One Mumsnet user revealed they were banned in her daughter’s school because they caused bullying.She wrote: “Yes, they fuelled a type of bullying so the head teacher banned them outright.  Fortunately my daughter thought they looked ridiculous so was never drawn into that particularly hideous fad.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Another said: “Seriously? Schools are banning JoJo bows? Better that they concentrate on teaching, stopping drug use/smoking in schools & better sex ed.” Just seen an article about UK schools banning #JoJoBows (huge bow hair clip basically)…seriously? It’s made of ribbon not razor blades— Georgina (@geeegardner) March 3, 2017last_img read more

Les scientifiques lèvent le voile sur le mystère des dinosaures au long

first_imgLes scientifiques lèvent le voile sur le mystère des dinosaures au long couDes chercheurs de l’Université de Bristol viennent de découvrir comment les grands dinosaures supportaient la charge de leur cou gigantesque. Selon leurs observations, le secret de leur résistance résiderait dans des os creux au niveau de cette région du corpsParmi les plus grandes bizarreries allant à l’encontre des lois de l’évolution, se trouve le cou des sauropodes. L’encolure de ces dinosaures mesure près de quinze mètres, soit six fois plus longs que celle d’une girafe… Autant dire qu’il s’agit là d’un record ! Les spécimens ont même été parmi les plus grands à avoir foulé la terre. Interrogé par LiveScience Michael Taylor, paléontologue des vertébrés à l’Université de Bristol en Angleterre souligne avec humour : “Ils étaient vraiment stupidement, absurdement surdimensionnés”. Et d’ajouter : “Nous sommes habitués à penser que les éléphants sont grands, mais les sauropodes atteignent 10 fois la taille des éléphants. Ils étaient de véritables baleines à pattes”. Comment ces géants de la nature ont-ils réussi à survivre et surtout comment sont-ils parvenus à supporter leur cou démesuré ? L’équipe de Michael Taylor s’est penché sur la question et a découvert le secret de leur résistance, à savoir des os creux au niveau de cette région du corps. Pour en arriver à une telle conclusion, les scientifiques ont étudié l’anatomie de tout un florilège d’animaux actuels mais surtout fossiles. Parmi ces derniers, l’attention des chercheurs s’est portée particulièrement sur le Paraceratherium, un mammifère présentant un cou de 2,5 mètres, l’Arambourgiania, un reptile volant dont le cou dépassait les 3 mètres et les plésiosaures, reptiles marins dont le cou pouvait atteindre plus de 7 mètres.Des os creux et de l’air dans l’encolure À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Leurs résultats, parus récemment dans le journal PeerJ, indiquent que le cou des sauropodes présente un certain nombre de caractéristiques physiques qui lui confèrent la légèreté et le maintien nécessaire pour pouvoir être porté sans faire d’efforts. Outre les os creux, l’encolure est composée de 60% d’air. Par ailleurs, les muscles, tendons et ligaments sont positionnés autour des vertèbres afin de maximiser la puissance de levier et augmenter l’efficacité des mouvements. Enfin, leur tête est particulièrement petite, et l’articulation de la mâchoire est située à l’arrière du crâne conférant l’absence de joues et par conséquent de mastication. Selon les chercheurs, l’évolution du cou des sauropodes peut s’expliquer par l’obtention de trois avantages sélectifs théoriques. Premièrement, une telle difformité leur aurait peut être permis d’attraper les feuilles hautes des arbres. Deuxièmement, il pouvait s’agir d’un bénéfice pour brouter de grandes étendues d’herbes en balayant le terrain comme le font les oies. Enfin, dernier avantage et non des moindres, la longueur du cou influençait peut-être les femelles dans leur choix d’un mâle au moment de s’accoupler. (Crédit photo : Francisco Gascó/Mike Taylor/Matt Wedel) Le 27 février 2013 à 14:11 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Westworld Picks Up its Pace as Hosts Become SelfAware

first_img After the big reveal at the end of last week’s episode, it’s understandable that you might have some questions. For once, right at the top of this week’s show, Dr. Ford gives us some answers. As he tells Bernard to bring himself online, Bernard begins to experience guilt and grief over killing Theresa. Ford tells Bernard to be proud of his emotions. He says that when the human engineers of the park couldn’t create complex emotions for hosts Ford built someone who could: Bernard.Ford says he had Theresa killed to stop corporate from taking away the world he had created. When Bernard threatens to kill Ford and burn the whole park down, Ford reveals that Arnold had threatened something similar. Did Ford have Arnold killed? Before we can dwell on that, Ford has Bernard destroy all the evidence of their involvement in Theresa’s death. He then erases Bernard’s memory of what happened, including his relationship with Theresa, allowing Bernard to go about his business as usual.Maeve is back in the brothel, where the player piano is treating us to an awesome rendition of “The House of the Rising Sun.” Maeve is wary of interacting with the new host who’s replaced Clementine. She begins having memories of her former life as the mother of a little girl. She asks Felix and Sylvester what happened, and they tell her her exceptionally clear memories are happening more often because she altered her mind. She insists that she’s going to escape the park and demands administrative privileges to recruit an army of hosts to help.Maeve (Thandie Newton) has no time for the new Clementine (Lili Simmons). (Credit: John P. Johnson/HBO)William and Dolores come across a field of bodies, attacked by the ghost nation. They find a man who’s still breathing and Dolores gives him water. William figures out that they’re confederados who were going to ambush them. He also figures out that Logan sent the order. So Logan’s a griefer who’s in it to ruin other people’s fun. He’s like the grown up version of that 12-year-old in Call of Duty who just learned to swear. William wants to leave the man, but Dolores insists they take care of him and fetches more water. At the river, she sees a vision of her own dead body face-down in the water and hears a voice say “find me.” When she returns to William, the man is dead.Meanwhile, Ashley Stubbs has found Theresa’s body in the park, with a transmitter containing proprietary information nearby. He reasons that she was trying to smuggle data out via the Woodcutter host. When that failed, she tried to do it herself, only to slip and fall to her death. Charlotte doesn’t quite buy it. She says Theresa was more careful than this. When she brings up Theresa’s objections to Ford’s new narrative, Ford reveals that Clementine’s code had been altered for the demonstration in last week’s episode. Ford uses the hoax to take away Q.A.’s control over the hosts and give it to himself and Bernard, whose position is reinstated.Dr. Ford (Anthony Hopkins) helps Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) forget. (Credit: John P. Johnson/HBO)The investigation makes Sylvester nervous about letting Maeve mess around with her personality. He tells her that to escape the park, she would need to make impossible revisions to her core code. She says she’s found dormant parts of her code that she can’t access and asks who Arnold is. She asks them to take her to behavior so she can access the deeper levels of her code. Sylvester wants to get Maeve up there only to wipe her mind completely. Felix isn’t so into the idea, saying she’s alive.They take her to behavior and shut her down to access her core code. Felix is about to reformat her, but he doesn’t. Maeve later wakes up on the table and slashes Sylvester’s throat to show exactly what they changed. Not only can she kill, she can lie about killing. She tells Felix to save his life, as they will need him. She goes back to the brothel to recruit her army. Back in the brothel, it’s revealed that she can now manipulate hosts into doing whatever she wants. Maeve empties out the brothel just before the outlaws come in to shoot the place up. She stops them from being killed in the shootout, ensuring they all survive the ordeal.During a conversation with Ford, Bernard asks what the difference is between himself and a human. Ford says that’s the same question that troubled Arnold towards the end. He’s about to put Bernard’s mind at ease by erasing the knowledge that he is a host. Before he does, Bernard asks if Ford has had him kill anyone before. Ford says no, of course not. Bernard has a flash of memory revealing that that’s not true.Charlotte (Tessa Thompson) and Lee (Simon Quarterman) poke around. (Credit: John P. Johnson/HBO)Charlotte talks to Lee, who thinks Ford has asked him to create the villain of his new narrative. Charlotte calls it busywork and tells him that Theresa wasn’t a traitor. She was transmitting park data to the company when she died. Charlotte then gives Lee a new job. She needs him to make up a story that will get hosts containing proprietary data out of the park.Teddy and The Man in Black continue the search for Wyatt, when Teddy starts to have some memories of his own. He begins to have flashbacks to the night The Man in Black killed him. Before he can process that, they come across some bodies on the road. The Man in Black questions a woman who was left alive and finds out Wyatt’s men did it. as Teddy cuts her free, The Man is attacked by a member of Wyatt’s crew, wearing a bull’s skin. During the ensuing fight, Teddy remembers The Man in Black dragging Dolores into her barn. After killing Wyatt’s man, Teddy knocks The Man in Black out.Dolores, meanwhile, finds the place from her memory. She suddenly finds herself in a town surrounded by hosts being taught to dance. A little girl asks if she’s found what she’s looking for. The hosts start getting shot Dolores sees herself doing the shooting. Just as she turns the gun on herself, William brings her out of the vision. Dolores is distressed that she doesn’t know what’s real anymore. She was hoping to find Arnold so he could tell her. Teddy assures her that he’s real and they’re together. They see a group of men riding up to them. Logan and the confederados have caught up to them.The Man in Black (Ed Harris) fights one of Wyatt’s men. (Credit: John P. Johnson/HBO)We finally learn more about The Man in Black. In the real world, he’s a good man who helps people, or was until his wife overdosed on some pills and died. His daughter said his wife killed herself, fearing the man he really was. His good deeds served to hide the monster inside. To prove her wrong, he came to the park. He tried to see how much of a monster he really was. He met Maeve in her past life and killed her and her daughter. Maeve didn’t die though, and attacked him with a knife. This was the moment when Maeve started to become alive. As she collapsed to the ground, the outline of the maze appeared around her.As the episode ends, Maeve tries to escape the brothel, only to start remembering what happened with her daughter. She runs to her bedroom only to find the park’s extraction team closing in around her. After the Man in Black finishes telling his story, Teddy tries to shoot him, but can’t. The woman they saved stabs Teddy with an arrow revealing herself to be a trap. She works for Wyatt and is there to bring Teddy back into the fold.The first half of the season had a very slow, deliberate pace that didn’t reveal anything about the park for fear of giving too much away. That seems to have changed as we draw closer to the end of the first season. (Only two episodes left! What are we going to do with our Sunday nights?) As the hosts become more self aware, we’re learning more about what they can and can’t do and the show is finally delving into the question of when an A.I. becomes human. While there was no gigantic revelation in this episode, each character’s story moved forward in a satisfying way. Finding out the exact nature of the maze is probably still a long ways off (and probably won’t happen in season one), but every character has ended up in such a fascinating place that it doesn’t matter. Man, I’m going to miss this show when it goes on hiatus. 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Cancer Research UK launches bespoke online benefits platform

first_imgCancer Research UK is launching a bespoke online benefits platform that integrates its employee engagement, discounts, and reward and recognition schemes.The new platform, provided by Xexec, will see Cancer Research UK move from a paper-based reward and recognition system to an online scheme.The portal will enable the charity to celebrate and recognise individual and team performances with thank you cards, vouchers, gifts, travel awards, and experiences.The organisation’s 4,000-strong workforce will have 24/7 access to a range of discounts through the platform, including online and in-store deals, cashback plans, shopping cards, and vouchers for lifestyle, health and wellbeing products or services, as well as high street retailer discounts. The platform will also feature offers that are exclusive to Cancer Research UK.In addition, employees will be able to make use of a concierge service that provides last minute tickets to sports, arts and entertainment events across the UK, as well as gain assistance with restaurant bookings, flights and hotel rooms.Robin Takoor, reward specialist at Cancer Research UK, said: “To help us achieve our goals we must be able to celebrate our colleagues’ successes and make everyone working at Cancer Research UK feel special.“We are really looking forward to rolling this out to our teams across the UK.”last_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Route Sales Representative at AramarkPart-Time Homemakers, Companions & PCA’s at Assisting Hands of WilmingtonFull-Time Compliance Services Associate at SOVOS ComplianceFull-Time Operations Analyst at SOVOS ComplianceFull-Time Technical Analyst at SOVOS ComplianceFull-Time Head of Corporate Communications and Content at SOVOS ComplianceFull-Time/Part-Time Salesperson at Advanced Auto PartsFull-Time Buyer/Planner at Watson MarlowPart-Time Wireless Team Member at Target MobilePart-Time Administrative Office Assistant at X-Rite(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

Alaskas summer heatwave

first_imgSome kids try to beat the heat by selling cold drinks and lounging in a pool on the side walk in downtown Petersburg, Aug. 7. (Photo courtesy of Bennett Mcgrath) HOST: Annie FeidtGUESTS: Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcast Post your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air). Send an email to (comments may be read on air) PARTICIPATE: John See, Anchorage Fire Department Forester Rick Thoman, Alaska Climate Specialist, International Arctic Research Center From the 90 degree July 4th in Anchorage to low sea ice in the Chukchi sea to drought in Southeast- this summer has been one for the record books. How has that heat affected marine mammal, fish and seabird populations? And what does the hot weather mean for the state as Alaskans adapt to the reality of climate change? We’ll discuss the summer heat wave on the next Talk of Alaska. LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, Aug.20, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast.last_img read more

KNRUHS issues notification for third phase counselling

first_imgHyderabad: With the High Court giving green signal for continuation of MBBS counselling, Kaloji Narayana Rao University of Health Sciences (KNRUHS) issued notification for final phase of convener’s quota counselling, which also includes EWS (Economically Weaker Sections) quota. Candidates were told to excise web options from 8 am on August 20 till 11 am on August 22. All those candidates whose names figured in the final merit list released by the varsity could exercise web options, varsity officials said. Also, the unfilled seats in All India quota in government medical colleges would also be filled in this counselling.last_img

21 February in black and white

first_imgStudents demonstrate for language rights on 25 April 1953. Photo Source: Ekush: Bhasa Andoloner Shachitra Itihas 1947–56 by CM Tarek RezaIt happened exactly 24,472 days ago.On 21 February 1952, sixty six years and 11 months ago, the then Pakistani forces shot dead Rafiquddin Ahmed, Abul Barakat, Abdus Salam and Abdul Jabbar. Another nine-year-old boy was also killed the same day during the demonstration demanding ‘Bangla as a state language’.The day after the killing, the Pakistani police once again opened fire on the innocent students at the then Dhaka Medical College’s hostel and killed Shafiur Rahman among four.Professor Rafiqul Islam describes the tragic incident, quoting Bangla newspaper The Daily Azad published on 23 February 1952, in a photo album titled “Ekush: Bhasa Andoloner Shachitra Itihas 1947–56” by CM Tarek Reza.In fact, the people’s agitation for Bangla language began immediately after the then Pakistani leader Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s unyielding declaration of ‘Urdu, only Urdu shall be the state language of Pakistan” at a huge public rally at the Ramna Race Course Maidan (now Suhrawardy Uddyan) on 21 March 1948.The agitation sparked off following Jinnah’s reiteration of the ‘Urdu-only policy’ at Curzon Hall in Dhaka University on 24 March and on a radio speech 28 March.The agitation reached the culmination point when the then Pakistan prime minister Khwaja Nazimuddin reaffirmed the ‘Urdu-only policy’ at Paltan Maidan in Dhaka on 27 January 1952.Students of Eden Girls College bring out a rally on 4 February 1952. Professor Fafiqul Islam took the photo. Photo Source: Ekush: Bhasa Andoloner Shachitra Itihas 1947–56 by CM Tarek RezaIn the afternoon of 21 February, the students protesting against the Pakistani rulers’ decision, laid down their lives while violating Section 144. For their sacrifice for mother tongue, as they embraced martyrdom, Salam, Barkat, Rafiq, Jabbar became heroes of history.After more than six and a half decades, the image of the brutality still wrenches heart of Bangalees and the appeal of the movement inspires generations against any undemocratic forces.The day turned into an ‘identity’ of the suppressed Bangalee nation in this region and eventually, Bangladesh came into being.The glory of the language movement was then passed on from person to another, from one generation to another through slogans, poetry and music related to the language movement.Slogans were few but powerful.“Mani Naa, Manbo Naa… (We won’t comply with Section 144” initiated by language activist — Abdul Matin — moved much contemporary youth.There were many slogans, written or unwritten. Some of them are still popular and echoed by the mourners of the ‘Prabharferi’ (dawn procession) on the day each year.Some of the most popular ones include: ‘We want Bangla as a state language’, ‘Free the political prisoners’, ‘We want freedom of speech’, ‘Introduce Bangla as official language everywhere’ and ‘Long live the memory of language martyr.’Back on 24 March 1948, when Jinnah reiterated the ‘Urdu-only policy’ at Curzon Hall in Dhaka University, the students did immediately protest at it shouting ‘No, No….’ (Ahmad Rafiq, ‘Bhassa Andoloner Itihas’)On 27 January 1952, addressing a meeting at Paltan Maidan in Dhaka, the then prime minister Khwaja Nazimuddin reaffirmed the decision and said ‘the people of the province could decide what would be the provincial language, but ‘only Urdu would be the state language of Pakistan.“There was an instantaneous, negative reaction to this speech among the students who responded with the slogan, ‘Rashtrabhasha Bangla Chai’ (We want Bangla as the state language).” (Banglapedia)The slogans of 1952 were not just composed of a few words. They would describe political, economic, and cultural suppression by the Pakistani rulers.In every subsequent year, the newer slogans were added to the list and gradually those led to several movements in the remaining two decades, until 16 December 1971, the day people of this part of the world earned independence following a bloody war.On 30 January 1952, the students observed a ‘symbolic strike’ and gathered in historic Amtala area at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) gate for protesting against Nazimuddin’s Paltan speech. The then Purba Pakistan Muslim Chhatra League’s leaders and activists barred them.Female students and other people join a ‘Prabhatferi’ on 21 February 1953 with placards. Photo Source: Ekush: Bhasa Andoloner Shachitra Itihas 1947–56 by CM Tarek RezaThe students then burst into protest shouting ‘Rashtra Bhasa Bangla Chai’, (We want Bangla as a state language), ‘Arbi Bhasa Shajya Karbana’ (We won’t tolerate Arabic language) and ‘Nazimuddin Gadi Chharo’ (Step down, Nazimuddin). (Language Movement and Contemporary Politics of East Bengal’ — Purba Banglar Bhasa Andolan O Tatkalin Rajniti Vol. 3 by Badruddin Umar).On 4 February 1952, thousands of students gathered on the premises of Dhaka University shouting ‘We want Bangla as a state language’ and ‘Arbi Harafe Bangla Chalbe Na’ (We won’t tolerate Bangla in Arabic letter). (Badruddin Umar)Students in the following procession were carrying many posters. One of that read “Chaler Badale Khud Khaichho, Chinir Badale Gur, Labaner Katha Naiba Ballam, Ebar Sare Charkotir Mukher Bhasa Kerenite Shahas Korona” (You offered us poor rice, substandard sugar, not to mention salt, and now you’ve come to snatch away mother tongue of 45 million) (Badruddin Umar).At a press conference on 3 February 1952, ‘The State Language Action Committee’ declared 4 February as a ‘Protest Day’ following the Nazimuddin’s reiteration on ‘Urdu-only Policy’. On the ‘Protest Day’, the students of Dhaka University began a procession.A giant poster reading two slogans — ‘Nazim, obey the contract or relinquish power’ and ‘The struggle for state language is struggle for life’ — were seen behind the protest rally (Ekush: Bhasa Andoloner Shachitra Itihas 1947 – 56 by CM Tarek Reza).As per the Communist Party’s 11 February’s manifesto, the party leaders announced another cyclostyle manifesto over the language movement on 20 February 1952. In the manifesto, they raised some slogans ‘English Bhasa Ke Ar Rastra Bhasa Rakha Cholbe Na’ (English won’t be allowed as state language), ‘Pakistaner Shakal Bhasar Samamarjada Chai’ (We want equal status of every language in Pakistan), ‘Bangali, Panjabi, Pathan, Sindhi, Baluchistan, Urdu-shaha Shakal Jatike Matri Bhasai Shikkha Lav O Rastra Parichalonar Odhikar Dewa Chai,’ and ‘Bangla Bhasa Ke Onyatama Rastra Bhasa Kora Chai’ (We want Bangla to be one of the state languages) (Badruddin Umar).According to an enquiry commission report, 91 people were arrested for violating Section 144. They were chanting ‘We want Bangla as a state language’ and ‘Police Julum Chalbe Na’ (Police repression won’t be tolerated) (Badruddin Umar).On 21 February, 1952, the Communist Party’s cyclostyle Manifesto came up with more creative slogans, “Nazim-Nurul Amin Sarkar Gadi Chharo’ (Step down, Nazim-Nurul Amin government), Obilambe Bangla Ke Onnyatama Rashtra Bhasa Kara Chai’ (Make Bangla a state language without any delay), Hottyakarir Shasti Chai’ (We want punishment for killers), ‘Besarkari Tadanta Commission Chai’ (We want civic investigation commission), Hottya and Ahatader Jonnya Pura Khhatipuran Chai’ (We want full compensation for martyrs and the injured), Obilombe Shakal Rajnoitik Bondhir Mukti Chai’ (We want release of all political prisoners immediately), ‘Nirapatta Ain, 144 Dhara O Samasta Damanmulak Ain Prottyahar Chai’ (We want withdrawal of security laws, Section 144 and other repressive law) (Badruddin Umar).Students carrying placards demanding language rights. Photo Source: Ekush: Bhasa Andoloner Shachitra Itihas 1947–56 by CM Tarek RezaAfter Gayebi Namaz-e-Janazah on 22 February 1952, thousands of students, workers, government and private officials brought out a procession. They were chanting many slogans including ‘Rashtra Bhasa Bangla Chai’, Urdu Bangla Birodh Nai (No contradiction between Bangla and Urdu), Khuni Nurul Amin-er Bichar Chai’ (We want trial of killer Nurul Amin), ‘Khuner Badla Khun Chai’ (We want blood for blood) (Badruddin Umar).On 22 February morning, the students at the medical college shouting slogans, ‘Rashtra Bhasa Bangla Chai, ‘Bangla-Urdu Bhai Bhai’ (Bangla-Urdu are bothers), ‘Nurul Amin-er Rakta Chai’ (Nurul Ami won’t be spared) (Badruddin Umar).On 26 February 1952, the father of the language martyr Shafiur Rahman inaugurated (Shaheed Smritistombho, now called Shaheed Minar) commemorating the killing of language movement leaders and activists. Two days later, the Pakistani rulers destroyed the monument (CM Tarek Reza).A group of school students was carrying placards in a protest rally on 21 February 1953. Two of the placards read ‘Release political prisoners’ and ‘Stop torturing students’ (CM Tarek Reza).On 21 February’s ‘Prabhatferi’ (dawn procession) female students of Dhaka University were seen carrying a huge placard that read ‘We want Bangla as state language’ and ‘Long live the martyr day’ (CM Tarek Reza).Three placards in another Prabhatferi procession in 1953 read, ‘Want Freedom of speech’ and ‘Want Bangla as state language’ and ‘We commemorate those who laid their lives for language movement’ (CM Tarek Reza).Another martyr monument was built in front of the old Arts Building of Dhaka University on 21 February 1953. “The world has been drenched with the blood of the martyrs” was written on the top of the monument. ‘In the memory of martyrs, long live state language Bangla’ was inscribed on another Language martyr monument on the premises of the Dhaka Medical College’s hostel (CM Tarek Reza).Students brought out another procession with placard and festoons on 25 April 1953. Three placards read ‘Student killing won’t be tolerated, ‘Expulsion of students won’t be acceptable’ and ‘students, people be united’ (CM Tarek Reza). Students of Dhaka Fine Arts Institute brings out a rally on 21 February 1953. Monowar Ahmad took the photo. Photo Source: Ekush: Bhasa Andoloner Shachitra Itihas 1947–56 by CM Tarek RezaThe student protest quickly spread across the then East Pakistan. On 22 February 1952, students in Chittagong (now Chattagram) brought out more than half a mile-long procession. They were changing ‘Nurul Aminer Padatyag Chai’ (We want resignation of Nurul Amin), Nazimuddin Gadi Chharo’ (Step down, Nazimuddin) (Badruddin Umar).Sylhet students brought out a procession on 22 February 1952 and they were chanting ‘We want Bangla as a state language’, ‘Khuni Nurul Aminer Bichar Chai’ (We want trial of killer Nurul Amin) (Badruddin Umar).Some lyrics and lines of poems, which still fill the air on 21st February, became so popular and mostly used as themes of the language movement and other movements as well.The first song of Ekushey February was written by Mosharref Uddin, that reads, ‘Those who dare death for language, we remember them today’ (Badruddin Umar).Language activist Gaziul Haq wrote ‘Bhulbona, Bhulbona, Ekushey February Bhulbona’ (We won’t forget, won’t forget, won’t forget Ekushey February) (Badruddin Umar).Abdul Gaffar Chowdhury wrote a poem ‘Amar Bhaier Rokte Rangano Ekushe February Ami Ki Bhulite Pari’, which was first composed by Abdul Latif and then by Altaf Mahmud, is still most popular language movement song.last_img read more

TMC to lodge complaint with EC against intimidation by CRPF

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress has decided to lodge a complaint with the Election Commission, alleging intimidation of voters on the part of a section of Central forces that have been deployed in the state for area domination before the Lok Sabha polls.”We have seen that during route march, the Central force in a certain area has been intimidating voters and are resorting to partiality. This is undesirable. Central force should not come with any specific commitment. If they do so, it is unfortunate. The Central forces are deployed by the Election Commission for boosting the confidence of voters. The force should act neutrally,” state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim said on the sidelines of a party meeting of the Kolkata South constituency at Nazrul Manch on Saturday. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseSenior TMC leader Mala Roy, who is the chairperson of Kolkata Municipal Corporation, is the candidate from the constituency. “Our all India general secretary Subrata Bakshi along with Partha Chatterjee will soon move the office of the Chief Electoral Officer, Bengal with a complaint in this regard,” said Hakim. Hakim added that when the state government had earlier sought Central forces for disturbance in Junglemahal, the Centre did not comply. “Now 135 companies have come for the Lok Sabha elections. I am not aware whether such a large contingent of Central force is in Kashmir,” he added. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataWhile addressing the meeting, Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee said: “The job of the Central force is to ensure peaceful elections. But we have seen in a video footage that they are trying to terrorise voters. Do they have the right to do so? We will go as far as we can to address this issue.” He alleged that the BJP is trying to project themselves as ‘Bahubalis’ and so such a huge contingent has been deployed in the state. During his address, Hakim claimed that the people of the state have united to vote for Chief Minister Mamatra Banerjee and the all-round development of the state. “Central forces were also deployed during the bypoll at Maheshtala and Uluberia, but people in the state have voted for Trinamool candidates and they had won convincingly in both the seats. People will be electing the TMC candidates in Lok Sabha as well, irrespective of deployment of Central forces,” he maintained.last_img read more

Can an AllInOne Computer Give Your Business an Edge

first_img The all-in-one computer has been around for years. About 10 years ago, for instance, I had an IBM Thinkvantage computer that was an all-in-one — combining the processor, speaker and monitor all into one device. I thought it was the coolest thing on the planet.Fast forward to today, and all-in-one computers are cheaper, better designed and much more powerful. Another big bonus: Many come with touch screens.A few months ago I tested one from Lenovo, which makes a line of all-in-one computers. More recently I looked at some newer computers from HP, which also has a line of all-in-one computers. Other makers include Dell and Acer. Here are three reasons why you might want to consider using an all-in-one computer for your business:1. They save space. Businesses are often tight on space and the best part about these computers is that there’s no separate, bulky tower. Owners want to save money by occupying less real estate, and since more of our staff is mobile, we don’t even need much space any more. In smaller quarters, you’re going to want any space-saving solution you can find. While notebook computers are great, you’ll find that when you’re at your desk for hours you want a larger monitor with a full-powered computer. An all-in-one computer can be your answer here.2. Touch screens can improve communication. Not only are the touch screens that most all-in-ones have now functional wonders, they can also improve interactions between you, the computer and your customers, or others you work with. For example, a client or colleague in a product demo or training session is likely to be more engaged in your conversation when they touch the screen than when they use a mouse or keyboard.Related: Creative Business Uses for Touch-Screen PCsBeyond running traditional Windows programs (like watching a video or your accounting program) you can work with a developer to create custom software for your industry. For example, maybe you’re a baker and you want to enable walk-in customers to choose a cake and its decorations through the touch screen of your all-in-one computer.3. They look good. Let’s face it, all-in-one computers are thin and sleek. Depending on your industry (such as hotels, banking or hospitals) you might need to have a computer in a public place. Instead of having multiple components, a one-piece, touchscreen computer can help make your lobby, reception desk or other public place look much better.What’s not to like.If you want to add internal components, such as a dual DVD player or extra hard disk, space is going to be tighter, much tighter, than a traditional tower PC. If you want to standardize one type of monitor and buy a different type of chassis (the CPU part of the computer), then an all-in-one might not be for you.What’s the cost?Dollar for dollar, an all-in-one computer is going to be more expensive than a traditional desktop computer. You can find them priced from $400 and up.Related: New Laptop Offers Lightweight PowerBut the price difference is shrinking, making it a competitively priced option for a business owner who wants a great-looking computer with a touch screen (or maybe one without). As with a regular computer, make sure you purchase plenty of memory and hard-disk space. You’ll also want to consider the size of the monitor you want.Whether you have a home office with a great view of a lake or a traditional corporate office looking at city streets, an all-in-one computer could be good addition to your office. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 4 min read Register Now » October 24, 2011 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more