Kalmar Strikes Again

first_imgPress Release, September 05, 2014 zoom Kalmar, part of Cargotec, will deliver seven E-One2 rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) to Puerto Central S.A (PCE) in San Antonio, Chile. The RTG project has a total value of USD 14 million, including the cranes, spare parts, training for operators and technicians as wells as civil works and other auxiliary equipment required to automate certain RTG processes. The order was booked in June 2014 with a delivery and start-up date in July 2015.The Kalmar RTGs will enable Phase 1 of the terminal’s capacity expansion of 450,000 TEUs as part of PCE’s plan to become one of the largest container terminals in Chile. Besides a fast delivery time, it was vital for PCE to have the cranes delivered as fully erect.“Kalmar RTGs are a well proven product that allows us to ensure the success of our project in the short and long term. In addition, the deal will allow us to focus on other areas of our project, like civil works and subsidiaries’ contracts,” said Mauricio Argandona, Infrastructure and Equipment Manager of Puerto Central S.A.The RTGs will incorporate an optional variable speed generator which enables fuel consumption savings of up to 45% by automatically optimising the engine’s RPM according to the required power. This technology can reduce CO2 emissions by 100,000 kg a year compared to a conventional RTG, based on a fuel consumption level of 21 litres per hour and 4,000 operating hours a year.Kalmar’s SmartFleet, SmartStack and SmartRail systems are also part of the order, along with a full training package for RTG operators and technicians.Kalmar SmartFleet is a process automation solution that improves operational transparency in the port, while SmartStack eliminates the problem of lost containers.Kalmar SmartRail is an automated gantry steering solution for RTGs that improves both safety and operator performance.last_img read more

Savannah Sees Record Container Volumes

first_imgzoom The Georgia Ports Authority has marked the seventh consecutive month of record container throughput.In September, the Port of Savannah handled 317,411 twenty-foot equivalent container units, a 7.3 percent (21,713-TEU) increase over the same month last year.“We are pleasantly surprised to see volumes remaining above last year’s double digit growth,” said GPA Executive Director Curtis Foltz, who noted a 12.9 percent increase in September 2014. “Last month was the busiest September for container traffic in GPA’s history. We anticipate, at some point this year, to begin seeing throughput leveling off to more normal patterns.” The GPA also achieved healthy roll-on/roll-off cargo growth in September, expanding 4.6 percent (2,200 units) to reach 50,305 Ro/Ro units for the month.In total tonnage, the GPA grew cargo by 5 percent (121,423 tons) to reach 2.52 million tons in September; of that figure, the Port of Brunswick accounted for 197,366 tons, up 3.6 percent (6,787 tons). The Port of Savannah’s September total increased by 5.2 percent to reach 2.32 million tons.last_img read more

Vitol Wants to Privatize Latvian Shipping Company

first_imgzoom Vitol Netherlands B.V., a majority shareholder in Latvian Shipping Company (LSC), has proposed to delist and sell 200 million bearer shares of the shipping company, listed on Nasdaq Riga.The proposal is set to be discussed at the extraordinary shareholder meeting scheduled for December 20, 2017.Vitol Netherlands acquired 19.62 percent of the total voting capital in LSC in June this year, bringing its total shareholding to 69.56 percent.Latvian Shipping Company returned to the black having posted a net profit of USD 13.08 million for the first nine months of this year.The recovery from last year’s loss of USD 19.33 million booked in the same period was driven mainly from the reversal of the fleet revaluation loss and profit from sale of non-core assets, the company said.The company has a fleet of 16 ships, including 12 MR product tankers and four Handysizes.last_img read more

CRTC asked to investigate dispute involving excessive and dropped calls

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s telecom regulator has been asked to intervene in a battle between rival wireless carriers that is causing failed connections for hundreds of cellphone users, particularly in the North.Telus Communications filed an application last week with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, calling for a public review of what it considers excessive cellphone traffic directed toward Iristel Inc.Telus accused Iristel of gaming the country’s telecom rules — at the expense of Telus — by redirecting calls to the North where it can charge much higher call interconnection rates than in the rest of the country.The practice, known as “traffic stimulation,” involves services such as call centre lines or call-to-listen services using a particular area code where long distance interconnection rates are higher.In its briefing to the CRTC, Telus argues that the practice hurts carriers that offer unlimited long distance calling in Canada, because since they have to pay the higher connection rates to the 867 area code, which covers the North.“Unless relief is granted, service providers facing costs for stimulated traffic will eventually have to reduce the value of their retail offerings as a way of containing costs,” said the briefing.It gave examples of businesses that connect to numbers in the North but that don’t actually offer services there, such as ride-hailing firm Lyft and Punjabi Radio USA. However, phone numbers associated with those firms were redacted from the publicly available briefing. Telus said some of the evidence it collected was provided to the CRTC in confidence.It’s not the first time that such accusations have been levelled against Iristel.The CRTC last year ordered the company to end specific third party, revenue sharing contracts after Rogers Communications complained that traffic to Iristel wireless numbers grew exponentially in 2016.Phone interconnection rates, or tariff rates, are higher in the North because the infrastructure needed to make calls to isolated communities — such as the use of satellites — has been deemed more expensive than in more southern climes.Rates across the territories were set years ago at 3.8 cents per minute, compared with a benchmark rate of less than half a cent per minute in most of southern Canada.Iristel, which serves large portions of the Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut through its affiliate Ice Wireless, denied the Telus claim, and countered by accusing Telus of placing an “illegal” stranglehold on wireless circuits that carry Telus phone traffic to Iristel numbers.The result is that hundreds of wireless customers using Telus-activated or affiliated devices have complained of being unable to connect to Ice Wireless users, said Samer Bishay, president and CEO of Iristel.“Canadians are kind of caught in the crossfire here because people on the Telus network, whether they’re up north or down south or anywhere, calling an Iristel number or an Ice Wireless number in Northern Canada are affected by this,” Bishay said in an interview.“They’re only allowing so many channels to pass through, which is completely illegal based on the Telecommunications Act.”Iristel has also sent evidence of its claim confidentially to the CRTC, including communications among technicians at Telus and Iristel, Bishay said, adding that he believes Telus is simply trying to reduce its exposure to costs associated with connecting to wireless devices in the north.But the costs to Telus for their customers making such calls are minimal while there is no economic benefit for Iristel, Bishay said.“We’re talking pennies, literally pennies, in the grand scheme of things,” he said. “What (Telus is) doing is completely illegal and they’re holding Canadians hostage for … a corporate dispute.”Telus denied any wrongdoing.A company official said Telus was not squeezing its communications pipeline to prevent calls from reaching Iristel customers, but that it wasn’t expanding it to account for excessive use, either.“We’ve provisioned our network to meet normal traffic flows,” said the official, who would only speak on condition of anonymity.“It’s not illegal to get a busy signal. If our trunks are busy, our trunks are busy.”A CRTC official said the regulator won’t comment as it reviews applications from both carriers.— Follow @tpedwell on Twitterlast_img read more

Police allege Robin Wortman drugged and sexually abused teenaged boy

first_imgTamara Pimentel APTN National NewsPolice have charged Robin Wortman with allegedly drugging and sexually abusing a 17-year-old boy who came forward in January.Wortman is Metis from northern Alberta and a fixture in the Aboriginal community as well as a volunteer for the Calgary Homeless Foundation.The boy has been receiving support from the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre.Meanwhile, Wortman was removed from the homeless foundation’s board of directors.“Our chairman of the board immediately held an emergency meeting where the decision was made to remove Mr. Wortman as a board member immediately,” said Diana Krecsy, CEO of the foundation.Wortman is scheduled to appear in court Mar. 15.tpimentel@aptn.calast_img read more

UN disarmament advisory panel set to meet against backdrop of rising military

The Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters, which will meet in closed sessions in at UN Headquarters in New York from 5 to 7 February, meets twice a year and is tasked with advising the Secretary-General on arms limitation and disarmament. Ambassador Kostyantyn Gryshchenko of Ukraine will chair the sessions.Over the past 25 years, the Board has made practical recommendations to the Secretary-General on a number of important issues dealing with arms control and non-proliferation.

UN envoy continues consultations with wide spectrum of Iraqi society

United Nations Special Adviser Lakhdar Brahimi is continuing consultations in Iraq with representatives from a wide spectrum of society to explore the planned political transition on 30 June.According to a spokesman travelling with the envoy, the images of United States occupation soldiers apparently torturing Iraqi prisoners has been a key topic of discussion. “It is raised in almost every meeting we attend and Mr. Brahimi has had consultations with a very wide group of Iraqis over the past three or four days,” spokesman Ahmad Fawzi told UN Radio.On Saturday, Mr. Brahimi met with the Governing Council, chaired by this month’s president Ezzelding Selim. “For over 90 minutes they discussed proposals for the caretaker government to which sovereignty would be transferred on July 1,” Mr. Fawzi said. “Mr. Brahimi listened to their views and answered all their questions regarding the political transition.”Also over the weekend, the Special Adviser met separately with a group of more than 30 tribal leaders, Judge Dara Nouraldin, a member of the Governing Council, and a group of cabinet ministers. In addition, he held talks with leading academics, including the Rector of Baghdad University, as well as representatives of professional associations representing, engineers, economist, accountants, lawyers, doctors, pharmacists, labour unions and the business community.Mr. Brahimi’s meetings included talks with the Deputy Commanding General in Iraq, Gen. John McCall of the United Kingdom.The envoy’s contacts served to clarify what the transition entails, according to Mr. Fawzi. “I think that now most people are on-board with what is happening,” he said.The spokesman also stressed that contrary to the impression given by some media reports, Mr. Brahimi did not propose a caretaker government composed of technocrats.”What he did suggest was that the next Government that takes over sovereignty on July 1 should consist of men and women known for their honesty, integrity and competence in the first instance,” Mr. Fawzi said. “They should have the professional capacity and competence to run the affairs of this country for the limited period of seven or eight months leading up to elections when a fully representative government will be elected.” read more

Permanent memorial to hero policeman Keith Palmer to be built in his

first_img“It is impossible to fully describe the debt of gratitude we owe to him. I want to express my heartfelt condolences to his family, his colleagues and his friends at this incredibly difficult time. 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. “I know there is a profound sense of loss, but his actions will never be forgotten.”Pc Palmer’s name has already appeared on the Police Roll of Honour Trust website, and he will be remembered permanently at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire where the UK Police Memorial provides a lasting tribute to the sacrifices that all too many police officers have made.”Ms Rudd also gave her best wishes to the two officers who remain in hospital after being injured in the attack as she praised the police and emergency services’ “remarkable” response to the atrocity.”I’ve said it many times before – we truly have the best police force in the world and I’m humbled by the work you do every day when you put on that uniform not knowing what you might face,” the Home Secretary said. The Home Secretary spoke of how Pc Keith Palmer “touched the lives of millions of people in this country and around the world” as she thanked the police for their “phenomenal” bravery and professionalism after the attack.Writing for Police Oracle, she said: “That example is best summed up by the actions of Pc Keith Palmer. “He gave his life, in the line of duty, in order to keep others safe.”So much has been said and written in tribute to Pc Palmer – a husband and father who went to work on Wednesday morning and will never go home.”His sacrifice, the tragedy of his death, has touched the lives of millions of people in this country and around the world.”Pc Palmer had devoted his life to public service, first as a soldier in the Royal Artillery and then as a member of the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command. Home secretary Amber Rudd has announced there will be a memorial built in honour of the heroic policeman who died while protecting London from terrorist Khalid Masood.The police officer stabbed to death in the Westminster terror attack will be remembered permanently at the National Memorial Arboretum.Unarmed Pc Keith Palmer was guarding Parliament when Khalid Masood stormed the gates and knifed him after driving a car into several pedestrians on Westminster Bridge.The 48-year-old husband and father will be commemorated at the UK Police Memorial at the Arboretum in Staffordshire, which provides “a lasting tribute to the sacrifices that all too many police officers have made”, Ms Rudd said.last_img read more

Creepy BioShock Infinite propaganda trailer sings tales of the Songbird

first_imgFollowing up the the first in this series of unsettling BioShock Infinite propaganda trailers, we have part two, which focuses on the Songbird. So far, the series of trailers represent those old-timey scare-tactic educational films that border on propaganda. The series, entitled “Columbia: A Modern Day Icarus?” explores the mysterious tale of the sky city of Columbia, BioShock Infinite‘s new city that will try to find room in our hearts next to where Rapture resides. The Songbird to which the trailer refers appears in numerous other non-stylized trailers of Infinite as a large steampunk flying robot, terrorizing the main character, Booker DeWitt. The Songbird has recently been the focus of BioShock Infinite media, but we’re here to remind you that it won’t be the only character to assume the Big-Daddy-like role of this sequel, as the Handyman has also been featured in such a role. As the above trailer suggests, the Songbird is feared by people without intimate knowledge of Columbia, but is rumored to actually have been created to keep something within Columbia, rather than to terrorize the city’s opposition. It wouldn’t be BioShock if there wasn’t some kind of twist, and other trailers have already shown glimpses of what appears to be a time bubble mechanic, with pockets of space and time opening up around Columbia that are like a window to more modern-day scenery. For the thematic effort put into these educational film trailers so far, we would be surprised if they — or fictional host Alistair Bloom — didn’t make it into the final game in some way. The game is currently slated for a March 26 release, so we have a little over a month until we can find out.last_img read more

Migrants reverting to Aegean route

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A crackdown on the influx of undocumented immigrants entering Greece via the land border with Turkey has apparently resulted in people smugglers changing their routes as increasing numbers of migrants are being intercepted on the islands of the Aegean, authorities say.This month police and coast guard officers detained 146 undocumented immigrants on the islands of Symi, Farmakonisi, Samos and Lesvos, compared to 68 on the islands of the Dodecanese in the first half of this year. On Tuesday, 40 migrants – chiefly Afghans, Syrians and Palestinians – were stopped on Symi and 39 – mostly Afghans – on Farmakonisi.Meanwhile illegal arrivals have plummeted in the northern region of Evros, where the presence of border guards has been boosted, with just two migrants stopped on August 25 and 26 compared to 447 on August 2.Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias told Parliament on Tuesday that talks aimed at revising the Dublin II regulation – which stipulates that migrants apply for asylum in the first EU country they enter – were not progressing in Greece’s favor. Athens has lobbied for the regulation to be revised, arguing that it puts a disproportionately large burden on Greece’s shoulders.As the influx of migrants into the country continues unabated, the number of apparently racially motivated attacks has increased. A young Bangladeshi suffered extensive injuries on Tuesday after being set upon by a group of men in the southern coastal suburb of Flisvos. Witnesses said the assailants drew up on motorcycles before kicking, beating and stabbing the migrant.A separate attack against a 30-year-old Egyptian in Manolada, in Ileia in the Peloponnese, was condemned by the Communist Party (KKE) yesterday as “raw racist violence.” Two Greek men were arrested for the assault on Saturday during which the migrant had his head jammed into the window of a car door before being dragged for around 1 kilometer.last_img read more

Comcasts terrible terabyte data cap is rolling out across the US

first_img Elizabeth Warren Reveals $85 Billion Public Broadband PlanAT&T, Comcast Team Up to Fight Annoying Robocalls Comcast has been toying with 300GB data cap in a number of markets around the US, and the time has come to bring data caps to the rest of its footprint. The company has announced the wide rollout of the “XFINITY Terabyte Internet Data Usage Plan.” As the name implies, everyone will get 1TB of monthly data. That might sound like plenty, and it is right now. But make no mistake, this is Comcast’s attempt to screw you down the road.The new 1TB cap is already live in almost 20 markets, and it’s coming to a further 18 on November 1st. When that happens, you’ll be limited to 1TB of up and downstream data in each monthly billing period. If you go over, Comcast will give you two free passes. After that, you will be automatically charged $10 for each 50GB block past 1TB. If you are paranoid, you can pay an extra $50 per month for unlimited data, but you have to pay that every month regardless of how much you use. Comcast also plans to offer a ridiculous $5 discount for people who promise to use less than 5GB per month. If they go over, they lose the discount and have to pay an extra $1 for every gigabyte used up to $200.Comcast will push an in-browser notice to customers who have used more than 80% of their monthly cap. It quite rightly points out that very few consumers will see these warnings right now. Most people don’t use anywhere close to 1TB, but five or ten years ago you would have been able to say the same thing about a 300GB cap. See below for Comcasts attempt to spin this.This data cap feels like Comcast’s attempt to protect itself from cord cutters. More than anything, it wants everyone to keep paying for expensive cable TV packages rather than stream everything. You can stream a lot of HD video for 1TB, but 4K video bitrates are at least three times higher for streaming content. This will become the standard in a few years as more consumers buy 4K TVs, and they’ll find themselves bumping up against the cap much more easily. And then there are game downloads that are constantly increasing in size — GTA V is a 60GB download by itself, for example.Comcast is letting us acclimate to the idea of paying more for data before it slams the brakes on. Like they say, if you drop a frog into boiling water, it’ll jump out. Increase the heat slowly, and it’ll be boiled to death. We’re the frog. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Pregnant driver 2 kids rescued from 75 feet into a ravine

first_imgA pregnant driver and two young children were transported to a hospital after their vehicle went off the road into a ravine in Brush Prairie near Alderbrook Park on Friday night.Just after 7 p.m., Fire District 3 arrived at 24414 N.E. Westerholm Road where a single vehicle was about 75 feet down into the ravine, on its side.The driver was still in the vehicle and unable to get herself out. Bystanders had gotten 3- and 5-year-old children out of the vehicle.Firefighters removed the rear window and part of the top of the vehicle to get to the woman. Once out of the car, she was put into a stokes basket and hauled up the steep embankment using a rope pulley system.All occupants were transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center by two ambulances. Their names and conditions were not available Friday night.The Clark County Sheriff’s Office helped direct traffic.last_img read more

520K to Longview man for wrongful conviction

first_imgLONGVIEW — Thomas Kennedy has had a rough go of it since being exonerated and released from prison in 2012, but a $500,000 settlement should get him back on his feet.Under the state’s new Wrongful Conviction Compensation Act, the Longview man will be getting paid for the decade he spent behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit.“I’m looking forward to living life on the top half of the gas gauge,” the Longview man said Monday.Kennedy was convicted in 2001 of raping his daughter, then 11, but she later admitted making it all up, prompting the court to toss his conviction.He was released in March 2012 and now works odd jobs to scrape by and lives in a fifth-wheel motor home.Two weeks ago his fortunes shifted when Cowlitz County Superior Court Judge Michael Evans ordered the state pay Kennedy $519,973 for his 3,242 days in prison, the year he was registered as a sex offender and attorney’s fees.Kennedy, 45, already has a plan for the money and for getting his life back on track.“Pay my tithings, that’s an absolute first,” he said. “Then a quarter will go to my grandson’s future. I’ll start a business and get 20 acres or so of a nice piece of land with a dozen RV sites, some storage units and my home.”last_img read more

Mohandas Pai favours Narayana Murthy again Vishal Sikka trying to cover up

first_imgReutersIndian IT giant Infosys has become the talk of the town. After Vishal Sikka resigned as the CEO and MD of the firm, much has been said about how this was a result of the constant interference from co-founder Narayana Murthy. Sikka too had said that he was tired of “defending against unrelenting, baseless/malicious and increasingly personal attacks.”The board of Infosys then spoke in favour of Sikka and said that he had resigned due to “Mr. Murthy’s continuous assault.” However, Infosys’ former chief financial officer TV Mohandas Pai has now spoken out in favour of Murthy and said that Sikka has been blaming Murthy and his interference as a cover up for his “bad performance.”Also read:  Will Narayana Murthy return to Infosys as talks of his role as chairman-emeritus heat up?When the Press Trust of India asked Pai if Sikka was trying to cover up his bad performance, he said: “Yes, true. He (Sikka) wanted to leave from February by his own admission. He is covering up his own failure to reach the target by blaming Narayana Murthy.”Pai also said that Sikka being appointed as the executive vice-chairman is weird as the company already has a chairman, a co-chairman and an executive chairman. “Yes, the company has a Chair, a Co-Chair, an executive Co-Chair, an acting CEO. A very confusing lineup,” he added.Meanwhile, this isn’t the first time that Pai has spoken about how Murthy is an integral part of Infosys. He has time and again said that Murthy should return to the IT giant as chairman emeritus and that the move would improve the brand and also assure its investors regarding the firm’s position and working.”My personal view is Narayana Murthy should come back as Chairman Emeritus,” he told PTI in an interview. “As Chairman Emeritus, people can look up to him to give his views…these are (views on) governance, nothing to do with management, strategy and all that. May be Murthy should come back as Chairman Emeritus, where he has no operational responsibility.” Infosys co-founder N R Narayana MurthyREUTERS/Bobby YipMurthy, earlier, had said that he wishes he had stayed on with Infosys and should have listened to his colleagues and other co-founders when they advised him to stay back.”Generally, I find that I am a very emotional person. A lot of my decisions are based on idealism and probably, I should have listened to them,” he told CNBC TV18. “A lot of my founder colleagues told me not to leave Infosys in 2014, to stay a few years.”While he said that he regretted leaving the IT giant, he did clarify that he does not really miss being on the campus on a daily basis.last_img read more

Are Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli planning their first child

first_img Close Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma planning their first child?InstagramAnushka Sharma has reportedly been distancing herself from any movie offers, giving rise to speculations that the actress and her hubby Virat Kohli are planning to have their first baby.According to reports, Anushka, who was last seen in Zero that was released in December 2018, has been getting a lot of movie offers, but she refused all of those. As reported, she was offered to play the female lead in Satte Pe Satta remake, but she seemed to be reluctant to accept it as well.Speculations of Anushka planning to have a child got momentum as she reportedly has not signed any film post Zero, which was a flop. However, it may also be the case that Anushka is currently willing to spend some quality time with Virat, or simply wait for the right project to land in her kitty.Earlier, rumours of Anushka being pregnant had made headlines many a times, but all of those had turned out to be false. After similar rumours had started doing the rounds, the NH10 actress had expressed annoyance at it while confirming those to be false.”People can keep speculating (about someone being pregnant), and then after four months when they realise that these stories are false, they will feel silly and say, ‘Let’s go after the other one who got married, let’s talk about her now’! This is done to generate news. There is absolutely no truth to it and it’s not something that’s being planned in the near future,” she had told a publication.Virat and the gorgeous actress had tied the knot in 2017 in a private ceremony in Italy. It was one of the most beautiful and talked about celebrity weddings in India. Celebrities Who Announced They Were Pregnant In 2018last_img read more

Writ filed challenging EVM use

Writ filed challenging EVM use

first_imgA writ has been filed with the High Court challenging the legality of the election commission’s decision to use Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) at six constituencies during the upcoming 11th parliamentary election, reports UNB.Supreme Court lawyer Eunus Ali Akond, also an aspirant from Jatiya Party for Dhaka-8 constituency, filed the writ on Monday.Besides, the writ sought cancellation of the decision of using EVM.The hearing on the writ petition is likely to be held at the HC bench of justice Syed Refaat Ahmed and justice Md Iqbal Kabir .Chief election commissioner, cabinet secretary, president’s secretary and secretary to the law ministry have been made respondents to the writ.The writ petitioner said that the decision of using EVM in six constituencies among 300 is discriminatory.The election commission has decided to use EVM in Dhaka-6 and-13, Chattogram-9, Rangpur-3, Khulna-2 and Satkhira-2 constituencies in the upcoming parliamentary election.last_img read more

Koreas start first official talks in two years

Koreas start first official talks in two years

first_imgSouth Korea Unification Minister Cho Myung-Gyun (L) greets North Korean chief delegate Ri Son-Gwon ® before their meeting at the border truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas on Tuesday. Photo: AFPNorth and South Korea began their first official talks in more than two years on Tuesday, focussing on the forthcoming Winter Olympics after months of tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons programme.The talks in Panmunjom, the truce village in the Demilitarized Zone that divides the peninsula, came after the North’s leader Kim Jong-Un indicated in his New Year’s speech that he could send a delegation to next month’s Games in Pyeongchang in the South.Seoul responded with an offer of a high-level dialogue, and last week the hotline between the neighbours was restored after being suspended for almost two years.Seoul’s five-member delegation, led by unification minister Cho Myoung-Gyon, travelled to Panmunjom in a convoy of vehicles, passing a group of well-wishers holding a banner at a checkpoint leading towards the DMZ.The North’s group, of similar size and led by senior official Ri Son-Gwon, walked over the Military Demarcation Line at Panmunjom for the talks, pictures showed-just yards from where a defector ran across in a hail of bullets two months ago.Looking businesslike, Cho and Ri shook hands at the entrance to the Peace House, the building on the southern side where the discussions were being held, and again across the table.In accordance with standard practice in the North, Ri wore a badge on his left lapel bearing an image of the country’s founding father Kim Il-Sung and his son and successor Kim Jong-Il. Cho also wore a lapel badge, depicting the South Korean flag.“Let’s present the people with a precious new year’s gift,” said the North’s Ri. “There is a saying that a journey taken by two lasts longer than the one travelled alone.”Cho told him that Seoul believed the Pyeongchang Games “will become a peace Olympics as most valuable guests from the North are going to join many others from all around the world”.“The people have a strong desire to see the North and South move toward peace and reconciliation,” he added.‘Peace Olympics’It was a radically different tone from the rhetoric of recent months, which have seen Kim and US President Donald Trump trade personal insults and bellicose threats of war, while Pyongyang has launched missiles capable of reaching the US mainland and carried out its sixth and most powerful nuclear test to date.Seoul has been keen to proclaim the Games in Pyeongchang, just 80 kilometres (50 miles) south of the DMZ, as a “peace Olympics” in the wake of missile and nuclear tests by the North-but it needs Pyongyang to attend to make the description meaningful.If the North agrees, one of the top agenda items will be whether the two Koreas’ sportspeople make joint entrances to the opening and closing ceremonies, as they did for Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and the 2006 Winter Games in Turin.The size and membership of the North Korean delegation and their accommodation-widely expected to be paid for by Seoul-will also be discussed.The group may stay on a cruise ship in Sokcho, about an hour’s drive from the Olympic venue, which would enable their movements to be closely monitored and controlled.With only two winter sports athletes qualified, North Korea is likely to bolster its presence by sending significant numbers of cheerleaders to the Pyeongchang Games, which run from February 9 to 25, analysts say.Hundreds of young, female North Korean cheerleaders have created a buzz at three previous international sporting events in the South.“For North Korea to achieve its desired effects and to attract attention, it will have to dispatch its beauty cheering squad,” said An Chan-Il, a defector-turned-researcher who heads the World Institute for North Korea Studies.South Korean reports have suggested the North could send a high-level delegation to the Games including Kim’s younger sister Yo-Jong, who is a senior member of the ruling Workers’ Party.‘Beyond the Olympics’As well as the Olympics, the two sides could bring up their own priority issues, which analysts say will be much more challenging.South Korea wants to discuss the resumption of family reunions but Pyongyang snubbed previous offers, saying it will not consider further reunions unless several of its citizens are returned by the South.The North will probably want to discuss a permanent end to large-scale annual military drills between Seoul and Washington.The United States and South Korea agreed last week to delay the Foal Eagle and Key Resolve exercises until after the Games, apparently to help ease nerves.Trump said at the weekend he hoped the rare talks between the two Koreas would go “beyond the Olympics” and that Washington could join the process at a later stage.But US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said that there was “no turnaround” in the US stance, reiterating that the North must stop nuclear tests for talks with Washington.last_img read more

Texans On The Verge Of Clinching A Playoff Berth And Could Still

Texans On The Verge Of Clinching A Playoff Berth And Could Still

first_imgAdam Hunger/APThe Houston Texans defeated the New York Jets 29-22 on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018.The Texans are on the verge of clinching a playoff berth and could potentially clinch a first-round bye after beating the Jets on Saturday, improving to 10-4. If the Texans win their final two games against Philadelphia and Jacksonville, they would secure a first-round bye for the first time in franchise history.Meanwhile, the Rockets have won three games in a row and hope to continue their momentum as they host the Jazz tonight. Plus, Charlie Morton is leaving the Astros after signing a deal with the Tampa Bay Rays. And sources say Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta met with the NHL commissioner about the possibility of buying the Arizona Coyotes and moving them to Houston.In the audio above, Jeff Balke discusses those and other Houston sports stories. He writes for Houston Press and Houstonia Magazine. Sharelast_img read more

Samsung Reveals Super UltraWide Gaming Display More Monitors

first_img Monitors are important. Having a powerful desktop PC doesn’t do you that much good if you don’t have a good window into what’s going on in there. If you’re a professional, digitally illustrating or editing video footage, obviously you need a great monitor. But really anyone can benefit from a nice, crisp display.However, despite our appreciation for monitors, covering them isn’t always the most exciting thing in tech journalism. There are only so many different ways to describe how a rectangular screen packs in more pixels. That’s why we appreciate the more ridiculous monitors at shows like CES, monitors that might not be that practical in reality but sure are nifty to look at. In that spirit, check out “the world’s first high-resolution, super ultra-wide gaming monitor” from Samsung’s CES 2019 lineup.The Samsung CRG9 is an absurd, absurdly gorgeous curved gaming monitor. With a 49-inch diagonal, 5120 x 1440 resolution, and 32:9 aspect ratio, it’s basically two QHD 27-inch monitors slapped together. The generous real-estate allows for plenty of multi-tasking. So maybe if your game can’t stretch out to the full size you could use the rest of the monitor for your streaming or community software. The single HDMI port and two display ports, along with “Picture-by-Picture” functionality, let you view two video sources on the screen at once.Beyond the sheer size of this boy, the CRG9 is also just a solid monitor spec-wise. It has a 120Hz refresh rate, 4ms response time, and AMD Radeon FreeSync 2 HDR to optimize gaming performance. 1,000 nits of brightness and “Quantum dot technology” improve visibility. And the curvature is 1,800, if you still care about that sort of thing. It even includes different stand sizes.Samsung has more monitors to show off at CES 2019. The UR59C is 32-inch curved 4K display “designed from content creators.” Meanwhile, the Space Monitor, available in multiple sizes and resolutions, uses arms clamps to attach to desks and fold up flat against walls in different space-saving ways. But again, we’ve run into that “only so many different ways to talk about monitors problem.” A long boy like the CRG9 is just so much more interesting. However, you can pre-order those other monitors now, while the CRG9 won’t be available until later in 2019.For more monitors check out how Asus stitched three displays into one, gawk at another ultra-wide Samsung display, and look back on the daring heist of Razer’s three-screen laptop. Stay on target Amazon’s New Facial Recognition Smells Your FearSnapchat’s New Snap Spectacles Will Have Two Cameras, Cost $350 last_img read more

Flash Sale Insane Discount on Smartwatches Featuring Lenovo HX03F Amazfit Cor 2

Flash Sale Insane Discount on Smartwatches Featuring Lenovo HX03F Amazfit Cor 2

first_img Share Tweet Submit If you’re looking to buy a new smartwatch without hurting your wallet, then you have come to the right place. Today we have a boatload of new smartwatches available at a hefty discount which is applicable for a limited time only. Our list includes the Lenovo HX03F, Amazfit Cor 2 and many more. If you’re interested, scroll down and check them out in detail.Massive Discount On Smartwatches: Includes Amazfit Cor 2, Lenovo HX03F And Many More – Limited Time OfferBefore we head over to the list, we would like to note that the discount is available for a limited time only. If you fail to place an order on time, the price drop will return to its original model and we wouldn’t want that for you. Once you have decided on getting the one that best fits your need, order as soon as you can. We’re not sure when the discount will be pulled back. Let’s get down to the list.Alfawise H19Main Features:● NFC analog IC door card, after the smart door lock writes data to the wristband, you don’t have to care if you forget to carry the door card● Daily sports activity tracking, built-in pedometer, calorie data, synchronized mobile phone GPS, moving distance, multiple sports mode records, etc. Break your own records every day● Real-time health monitoring – heart rate, blood pressure, blood oxygen and sleep monitoring to take care of your health● Portable extensions for smartphones, never miss a call. Call reminder, one-click rejection, information push, remote shutter, etc.● 1.3 inch 240 x 240 TFT color display for full display of multiple text messages● IP67 waterproof, no need to worry about sweating or rainy days, swimming● 180mAh lithium-ion battery, working time is up to 10 days,If you’re interested in getting the Alfawise H19, is available at a very attractive discount of 21 percent which lowers its price to just $21.99. Simply head over to this link to get it.Original Amazfit Cor 2Main Features:●1.23 inch Capacitive Color IPS LCD Touch ScreenWith HD resolution 240 x 240 pixels, corning uses gorilla glass material, high quality ABS frame.2.5D arc angle and round angle design to make the screen more transparent.●Reflective Display TechnologyThe dial is always clear without a black screen. Used reflective display technology, the dial brightness will automatically adjust to the environment, giving you better and more clear eye experience.●Heart Rate MonitorBuilt-in PPG heart rate sensor, monitor your real-time heart rate in sport, make your exercise more scientific and effective.●Call ReminderWhen a call or message arrives, the watch will remind you via vibration, never miss an important call or message.●Information PushPush instant information, such as Facebook, Wechat, WhatsApp, lets you receive real-time information.●Long Standby160mAh battery capacity offers up to 5 days standby time.●5ATM waterproof, no need to worry about water ingress after swimming.The Amazfit Cor 2 is a perfect watch if you’re an athlete or simply works out. It features everything on both fronts, health, and general smartphone stuff. If the Amazfit Cor 2 entices you, which it does, the smartwatch is available at a massive 29 percent off, making the price come down to just $59.99 for a limited time only. Head over to this link to get the Amazfit Cor 2.Lenovo HX03FMain Features:● This fitness tracker can be used to check your heart rate automatically and keep on monitoring it.● You can also track your workouts with ease including calories burnt, steps taken, distance covered and can also provide you with daily, weekly, monthly and even yearly statistics.● It is waterproof and can be used in the humid and wet condition. It has a waterproof rating of IP68.● You can use it as a calorie counter as well so that you know exactly how much calories you have burnt throughout the day so that you can stick to your fitness routine more easily.● You can synchronize your phone ( Android and iOS ) with this fitness tracker using the App “Lenovo Healthy” and can view your notifications like calls, SMSs and others on your fitness tracker.Speaking of smart bands, the Lenovo HX03F has marked its name quite adequately in the category. The Lenovo HX03F is a profound fitness tracker with almost all of the necessary features that you’re looking for. Moreover, since it is available at a gigantic price cut, there’s no reason not to get it. The Lenovo HX03F is available at an impressive 27 percent off, making the price come down to just $23.99. Head over to this link to get it.Gocomma A6Main Features:●Comprehensive health care, including heart rate monitor, blood pressure and blood oxygen measurement, pedometer, sleep monitor, sedentary reminder●Multi-sports mode, great for most people, especially enthusiasts of running, climbing, cycling, etc.●Real-time reminder of call, SMS, notifications●IP64 waterproof, full protected against rain or water splashes from every side●10 days use with 180mAh high-capacity LiPo batteryThe Gocomma A6 is a pretty good option If you’re a newcomer to the accessory. Moreover, the feature-set is available at a highly affordable price as well. If the Gocomma A6 entices your needs, it is available at a good 3 percent discount, which drops the price down to just $16.99. Head over to this link to get it.Alfawise 696Main Features:1. Call SMS, call answer or reject call reminder;2. Anti-lost, BT music player, clock alarm and time display;3. Sleep monitor, sedentary reminder, pedometer, recorder.Material: Factory plastic shellCharging time: 2 hoursContinuous use time: 24 – 36 hours.One of our personal favorites on the list, the Alfawise 696 has a lot going for it. With a great build quality and an elegant design, the Alfawise 696 will definitely go a long way. It’s the complete package and the hefty price cut just makes it more appealing. if you’re up for it, the Alfawise 696 is available at an insane 25 percent off, making the price come down to just $32.99. Head over to this link to get it.This is all for our list of discount on smartwatches for today. However, there will be more deals tomorrow, so be sure to stick around for that as well. We would like to mention again that the discount on products is only applicable for a limited time. Henceforth, it would be wise for you to act fast and order your share as soon as you can.This is all for now, folks. What are your thoughts on the products? Are you willing to get the Amazfit Cor 2? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more