first_img Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiApril 9, 2019UPDATED: April 10, 2019 09:16 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe Huawei P30 Pro will be announced for the Indian market at an event in New Delhi.Huawei will also launch the mid-range P30 Lite alongside the flagship phone today.The Huawei P30 Pro is the company’s flagship smartphone that brings premium, high-end specifications.After unveiling the P30 series in Paris last month, Huawei is all set to launch its flagship smartphones in India on Tuesday, April 9. The Huawei P30 Pro will be announced for the Indian market at an event in New Delhi. Huawei will also launch the mid-range P30 Lite alongside the flagship phone today. The event will kick off at 11.30am and you will be able to watch the live stream via Huawei India’s official YouTube channel.The Huawei P30 Pro is undoubtedly the star of the show as it touts a quad camera setup that includes a revolutionary Periscope zoom camera that allows for 5x optical zoom. The P30 Pro also brings a waterdrop AMOLED display, gradient colour design, in-display fingerprint sensor, Kirin 980 chipset and a long-lasting battery, among other things. The P30 Lite, on the other hand, is a stripped down version of the P30 that retains the design but offers mid-range hardware to make it affordable.Huawei P30 Pro and P30 Lite expected price in IndiaThe Huawei P30 Pro is the company’s flagship smartphone that brings premium, high-end specifications. Naturally, its price is also expected to come a premium as well. In European markets, the P30 Pro is has been priced starting at EUR 999 (approx Rs 77,800) for the 8GB/128GB variant going up to EUR 1,249 (approx Rs 97,300) for the 8GB/512GB model.Huawei will likely announce the regular P30 as well, which gets most of the same features as the Pro model but loses out Periscope and ToF cameras. The Huawei P30 is priced at EUR 799 (approx Rs 62,200) for the single 6GB + 128GB variant. Following their launch, the P30-series will go on sale via Amazon India.advertisementThe P30 Lite was launched a few days ago in Canada with a mid-range price of CAD 429.95 (approx Rs 22,100). These prices give us an idea of what they will cost in India, but Huawei could price them more aggressively in the country in order to compete against Samsung and Apple.Huawei P30 Pro specificationsThe Huawei P30 Pro sports a 6.47-inch FHD+ (2340×1080) OLED display with a droplet notch to house a selfie camera. The phone gets a 3D curved glass on the front and back for a premium look and feel. The P30 Pro is offered in Aurora, Amber Sunrise and Breathing Crystal gradient colours that have been inspired by nature.The biggest highlight of the P30 Pro is its quad camera setup that includes a 40MP primary camera with 1/1.7-inch Huawei SuperSpectrum Sensor and f/1.6 lens, a 20MP f/2.2 ultra wide-angle camera, an 8MP telephoto camera with 5x optical zoom and a ToF (Time of Flight) camera for depth mapping.The regular Huawei P30 differs from the Pro model as it gets a triple camera system that includes a 40MP f/1.8 wide-angle camera, a 16MP f/2.2 ultra wide-angle camera and an 8MP telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom.Both the Huawei P30 Pro and P30 are powered by a Kirin 980 octa-core chipset. The phones also run on Android 9 Pie with EMUI 9.1 on top and support 40W Super Charge technology. The P30 Pro gets a 4,200mAh battery, while the P30 gets a smaller 3,.650mAh battery.Huawei P30 Lite specificationsThe Huawei P30 Lite is a budget version of the P30 flagship. It also brings a waterdrop display and gradient colours to keep in it in line with its more premium brothers. However, the hardware has been downgraded to keep the price affordable. The P30 Lite sports a 6.15-inch FHD+ (2312×1080) LCD display and is powered by a mid-range Snapdragon 710 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The phone runs on Android Pie with EMUI 9.1 on top.The P30 Lite gets a triple camera setup on the back, but the sensors aren’t the same as what you get with the P30 Pro. The P30 Lite gets a 24MP primary camera, an 8MP wide-angle camera and a 2MP depth sensor. Up front, the Huawei P30 Lite offers a 32MP selfie camera placed within the notch. The handset houses a 3,340mAh battery and supports 18W fast charging.ALSO READ | iPhone XR vs iPhone 8: Which is the best iPhone to buy at Rs 60,000?ALSO READ | How Facebook is gearing for Lok Sabha Elections 2019ALSO READ | Huawei P30 Pro: 50x zoom camera, gradient design and 3 more features to get excited aboutGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySneha Saha Tags :Follow HuaweiFollow android Huawei P30 Pro set to launch in India today: Specs, expected price and how to watch livestreamHuawei will likely announce the regular P30 as well, which gets most of the same features as the Pro model but loses out Periscope and ToF cameras. The Huawei P30 is priced at EUR 799 (approx Rs 62,200) for the single 6GB + 128GB variant. Following their launch, the P30-series will go on sale via Amazon India. advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgInteroperability will be a key element for the container shipping industry to transform and adapt to the digital era, according to Swiss-based shipping major Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC).MSC is one of the four founders of the Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA) that was officially established in April this year.Together with Maersk, Hapag-Lloyd and Ocean Network Express (ONE), MSC wants to create common information technology standards to make the industry more efficient.World Maritime News spoke to Andre Simha, Chief Information Officer of MSC, on the container shipping industry’s response to DCSA since the partners first announced the cooperation on the matter.“MSC has had extremely positive feedback from customers and vendors and DCSA itself has felt good vibes from a number of different carriers,” Simha revealed.“The industry realizes that the initiative behind the DCSA is necessary in order to help all actors in the supply chain to become more efficient and improve interoperability.”“Indeed, we predict that within a couple of years everyone will become more familiar with this word, which signifies such a crucial element of how we need to evolve as an industry: interoperability,” Simha, who is also the Chairman of DCSA, pointed out.Specifically, the ultimate goals of the newly created association include simplification, efficiency for all and interoperability at various levels.Speaking about the future of shipping and what the industry needs to change to get there, Simha said that the future “is really all about collaboration and simplification of some of the outdated processes in the industry.” He added that standardizing the way in which we communicate with others in the industry is, in part, the way to achieve this.Related: Digital Standards Will Not Rule Out CustomizationWhen asked about the association’s plans on how to incentivize standardization besides the likely benefit of speeding up operations, Simha replied:Andre Simha. Image Courtesy: DCSA“The advantage of having major carriers on board is that we can ensure that the standards we create or adopt are actually implemented. This is the weak point of some of the other associations that do not have the capacity to implement their standards.”“I believe part of the argument on standardization has already been won, among those who will be closest to the implementation of new digital industry standards, and I personally have been making the case for some time now. The DCSA will help to raise awareness of the benefits across a wider audience,” he said.As explained by Simha, digitalization means many things to many people.“At its core, it is all about revisiting tedious processes and where possible simplifying them and automating some to improve execution speed and allow staff to focus on better service to our customers,” according to Simha.When it comes to challenges in digitalization of business operations from MSC’s view, Simha noted:“I have been through many different types and phases of digitalization over three decades of my career. The challenges today have crystallized as the necessity for digital standards.”“As a carrier, MSC plans to ensure that the standards that the DCSA will embrace from existing initiatives, or produce afresh, will be implemented by MSC as a carrier,” he further said.As previously announced, the association has no intention to develop or operate any digital platform.“It’s more about ensuring that the ‘new’ digital collaboration platforms have the appropriate standards to begin with and ensure interoperability between them and the other actors in the supply chain. We all have to gain efficiencies in this mode,” Simha concluded.World Maritime News Staff; Image source: Flickr – under the CC BY 2.0 license; Image by: Kees Tornlast_img read more

first_imgUne fiche d’information sur le programme « Réussite en lecture » peut être consultée à l’adresse Les élèves de la Nouvelle-Écosse tireront profit des investissements du gouvernement provincial qui leur permettront d’établir une base scolaire solide, et les parents obtiendront bientôt des bulletins améliorés en langage clair pour suivre les progrès de leurs enfants. Les plus jeunes élèves apprennent grâce à des efforts novateurs en matière de littératie et de mathématiques. « Tous nos élèves, particulièrement les plus jeunes, ont besoin d’établir une base solide en lecture et en mathématiques, a dit Ramona Jennex, ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance. Ce gouvernement a apporté certains changements aux premières années scolaires. Nous accordons la priorité aux jeunes et à l’apprentissage en changeant la façon dont nous faisons les choses dans les écoles pour assurer le succès des élèves. » Mme Jennex a annoncé aujourd’hui 3 septembre que le gouvernement provincial investira 6 millions de dollars sur deux ans pour l’extension du programme aux élèves de 3e année. Le programme « Réussite en lecture » aide les élèves qui ont besoin de soutien en matière de lecture. Un enseignant en littératie travaille avec l’élève et le titulaire de classe pour améliorer le niveau de lecture de l’élève. « Les données démontrent que le programme aide les élèves qui ont besoin de soutien supplémentaire en matière de lecture, et qu’il aide un plus grand nombre d’élève que jamais auparavant, a dit Mme Jennex. Le fait d’offrir le programme en 3e année permettra d’aider encore plus d’élèves. » « Le programme ‘Réussite en lecture’ a vraiment aidé ma fille en première année, a dit Erika Veinot, parent d’un élève de l’école Aldershot, à Kentville. Elle a débuté en janvier, et à la fin de l’année scolaire, elle était presqu’au même niveau que ses camarades de classe, et elle adore maintenant la lecture. » Les élèves de la maternelle à la 3e année suivront également un nouveau programme d’études en mathématiques. Le programme traite plus en profondeur un moins grand nombre de sujet, ce qui donne aux élèves plus de temps pour maîtriser les concepts clés au niveau approprié. Toutefois, les changements et l’innovation ne se limitent pas aux plus jeunes élèves. Les élèves de la 10e année auront également un nouveau programme de mathématiques cette année. Le nouveau programme est mis en œuvre de façon graduelle dans les classes de 4e, 5e, 6e et 11e année en 2014-2015, puis dans les classes de 7e, 8e, 9e, et 12e année en 2015-2016. Le cours Mathématiques 10 deviendra un cours de deux semestres afin de permettre aux élèves de vraiment bien comprendre le sujet. Tous les élèves de la 10e année apprendront aussi au sujet de la littératie financière, y compris la gestion d’un budget. Près de 300 élèves de la 7e année de quatre écoles participeront à un projet pilote de recherche qui s’ajoutera au programme d’études en mathématiques, qui améliorera l’enseignement et l’apprentissage et qui permettra l’acquisition d’aptitudes en technologie. Les élèves, leurs familles et les enseignants recevront des tablettes électroniques, des ordinateurs portables ou d’autres dispositifs pour mieux apprendre les mathématiques. Pour faire en sorte que les parents soient des partenaires à part entière dans l’éducation de leurs enfants, le gouvernement provincial souhaite obtenir leurs points de vue pour l’élaboration d’un nouveau bulletin scolaire qui répondra à leurs besoins. Mme Jennex souligne que le gouvernement consultera les parents et les enseignants pour créer un bulletin scolaire amélioré en langage clair. « Il est important d’être au courant du rendement de son enfant à l’école, et c’est pourquoi j’ai été très inquiète lorsque des parents m’ont dit qu’ils n’étaient pas satisfaits des bulletins scolaires au printemps dernier, a dit Mme Jennex. Les bulletins doivent être plus clairs, plus utiles et plus accessibles pour tous les parents. Je suis à l’écoute, et je veux entendre d’autres parents également. » Les parents et les enseignants peuvent transmettre leurs idées, leurs suggestions et leurs commentaires par courriel à l’adresse ou par la poste à l’adresse : Examen du bulletin scolaireC.P. 5782021, rue BrunswickHalifax (N.-É.) B3J 2S9 La date limite de réception des commentaires est le 30 septembre.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Two IAS officers have been dismissed and nine IPS officers suspended on corruption charges in the last five years, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said on Wednesday. During last five years, i.e., May 2014 to May 2019, sanction for prosecution under Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, was granted against 23 officers of Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and four officers of Indian Police Service (IPS), he said. After obtaining sanction of the central government, the state government or investigating agency files the charge-sheets to prosecute the accused IAS / IPS officer before the court of law, the minister said in a written reply to Lok Sabha. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana Recoveries are made from the officers in accordance with the decision of the court of law, said Singh, Minister of State for Personnel. “During last five years, two officers of Indian Administrative Service have been dismissed on corruption charges, and nine officers of Indian Police Service have been suspended,” he said. In another reply, Singh said 43,946 complaints were received by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) during the calendar years 2018 and 2019 (till May 31, 2019). Of these, 41,755 complaints were disposed of, he said. The action taken on these complaints included filing of 14,903 anonymous/ pseudonymous/vague/unverified complaints, forwarding of 26,463 complaints to the appropriate authorities with jurisdiction, and sending 389 complaints for inquiry to Chief Vigilance Officers (CVOs) or Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the minister said.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement “We have heard from many of you about improvements needed to keep the Oscars and our Academy relevant in a changing world,” Hudson and Bailey wrote.In an effort to keep future ceremonies to three hours, the awards will be presented live and during commercial breaks. Specific categories will be determined at a later date, but the winning moments will be edited and aired in a later broadcast.The film academy is also shifting the date for the 92nd Academy Awards to earlier in the year. The 2019 ceremony will still air on Feb. 24, while the 2020 show will move to Feb. 9.The addition of a popular film category caused the most chatter Wednesday morning, as a clear effort to attract a larger audience by honouring bigger and more seen films. Bailey and Hudson said eligibility requirements will be determined at a later date. It wasn’t specified whether it would be added for the 91st Academy Awards this February.Oscar viewership is often tied to the box-office muscle of the big nominees. The 2018 best picture winner, The Shape of Water, had grossed $57.4 million in the United States by the time the awards aired and $63.9 million total. The biggest Academy Awards audience on record came in 1998, when the blockbuster Titanic was named best picture.By LINDSEY BAHR | The Associated Press Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment LOS ANGELES—The Oscars are adding a new category to honour popular films and promising a brisk three-hour ceremony and a much earlier air date in 2020.John Bailey, the newly re-elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and film Academy CEO Dawn Hudson said in an email to members Wednesday morning that the Board of Governors met Tuesday night to approve the changes.Ratings for the 90th Academy Awards fell to an all-time low of 26.5 million viewers, down 19 per cent from the previous year and the first time the glitzy awards ceremony had fewer than 30 million viewers since 2008. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the ceremony also clocked it at nearly four hours, making it the longest show in over a decade. Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Seeking to promote Delhi as a shooting destination for global filmmakers and production houses, the city’s tourism department is participating in the ongoing Cannes film festival in France, saying the capital offers a multitude of stories worth telling on screen.A senior official of the Delhi Tourism Development Corporation, who is in Cannes, said, Delhi with its layers of history and iconic monuments, is a perfect setting for creating cine-magic . Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThese (filmmakers at Cannes) are some of the best storytellers in the world, and Delhi has a multitude of stories worth telling. We are committed to enabling creators craft their narratives, staged on the ever inspiring platform of Delhi, said Sudhir Sobti, Chief Manager, Public Relations at the DTTDC. Delhi is home to three iconic World Heritage sites –Qutub Minar, Red Fort and Humayun’s Tomb, alongside numerous other historic monuments, and the city offers a sumptuous banquet of history and heritage, seamlessly in tune with its transformation as one of the world’s fastest growing and largest metropolis today, he said. Also Read – Union min Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi L-G lay foundation stones for various projects in DwarkaAs civilisations have arrived and left an everlasting mark on Delhi, we wish the fraternity of creators, at the Festival de Cannes and beyond to help the Indian capital carve its space in the hearts and minds of cinematic denizens and film buffs, he said. The Delhi government has been taking steps to promote the national capital among the filmmaking community and has facilitated shooting of various films in the last few years, including Raanjhanaa and other productions. Today, as the capital of India, Delhi continues to hone and nurture cultures, ethnicities and riveting narratives that have time and again inspired national and international filmmakers to shoot here, Sobti said. The Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC) along with the government of Delhi have been working towards making the capital a film friendly city . Apart from coordinating with various stakeholder agencies on a regular basis, the corporation also has a dedicated page on the website to guide the filmmakers on numerous locations and facilities available in the city. We look forward to inviting the filmmakers and producers to this endearing city and showcase the ‘Delhi Cinemagic’ to one and all, Sobti said. Asked what are the advantages of shooting a film in Delhi, he said what the city provides is a potent canvas for effective and emotive storytelling and the logistical support required to facilitate the process of narrating the story. The infrastructure that Delhi proffers includes hotels, transport, communication, film shooting equipment and film processing. Delhi’s IGI Airport ranks No.1 in the world when it comes to service quality and is capable handling chartered flights, he added. In terms of other resources, trained manpower in the field is readily available in Delhi with disruptively low production costs, the official said.last_img read more

PARIS — France’s yellow vest protesters are taking to the streets to keep pressure on French President Emmanuel Macron’s government, for the 12th straight weekend of demonstrations.Multiple protests are planned Saturday in Paris and other cities to denounce Macron’s economic policies, seen by critics as favouring the rich.This week, demonstrators in the French capital are planning to pay tribute to the yellow vests injured during clashes with police.The government says around 2,000 people have been injured in protests since the movement began Nov. 17, including at least four serious eye injuries. Separately, 10 people have died in road incidents related to yellow vest actions.France’s Council of State has ruled Friday that security forces have a right to use controversial high-velocity rubber ball launchers for crowd control.The Associated Press read more

by Associated Press, The Associated Press Posted Nov 20, 2013 1:51 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The price of oil showed little change Wednesday after the minutes of the last Federal Reserve meeting indicated that policy-makers intended to soon begin winding down the U.S. central banks’ economic stimulus.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for December delivery fell one cent to close at US$93.31 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The more heavily traded January Nymex contract slipped four cents to US$93.85.Members of the Federal Reserve agreed last month that they would likely start reducing their bond purchases in coming months if the job market improved further. They also weighed the possibility of slowing the purchases even without clear evidence of a strengthening job market.The Fed’s bond purchases have been intended to keep long-term borrowing rates low to spur spending and growth.Meanwhile, the Energy Department said crude oil supplies rose by 400,000 barrels for the week ended Nov. 15, the ninth straight weekly increase. But gasoline supplies fell by 300,000 barrels, and the agency said the average demand for gasoline over the past four weeks was about four per cent higher than for the same period last year.Oil has traded between US$93 and US$96 a barrel this month and is down from nearly US$110 a barrel in early October due to ample supplies and tepid demand.Brent crude for January delivery, the benchmark for an international variety of crude, gained $1.14 to US$108.06 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.In other energy futures trading on Nymex, wholesale gasoline gained two cents to US$2.66 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), heating oil added five cents to US$2.95 a gallon and natural gas gained 12 cents to US$3.67 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:CA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS), (TSX:CVE) Oil little changed after Fed minutes indicate central bank intends to soon wind down stimulus read more

by Ted Bridis, The Associated Press Posted Dec 17, 2014 6:09 pm MDT Sony emails reveal loose use of passwords and IDs, ripe for hacking AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – In the weeks before hackers broke into Sony Pictures Entertainment, the studio suffered significant technology outages it blamed on software flaws and incompetent technical staffers who weren’t paying attention, even as hackers targeted executives to trick them into revealing their online credentials.Its chief executive was regularly reminded in unsecure emails of his own secret passwords for his and his family’s mail, banking, travel and shopping accounts, according to a review of more than 32,000 stolen corporate emails circulating on the Internet.Scrutiny of Sony’s stolen computer data hasn’t yet revealed exactly how hackers managed to slip inside to steal such an enormous cache, when it happened, who was behind the theft or their motives.But late Wednesday, a U.S. official told The Associated Press that federal investigators have now connected the Sony hack to North Korea. The official was not authorized to discuss an ongoing criminal case openly, and spoke on condition of anonymity.Confirmation of the North Korean link came just after Sony cancelled plans for the Dec. 25 release of “The Interview,” which had been one of the hackers’ public demands due to its depiction of the fictional assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.The stolen files expose lax Internet security practices inside Sony such as pasting passwords into emails, using easy-to-guess passwords and failing to encrypt especially sensitive materials such as confidential salary and revenue figures, strategic plans and medical information about some employees. Experts say such haphazard practices are common across corporate America.“Most people who say they’re not doing that are lying,” said Jon Callas, co-founder and chief technology officer for Silent Circle Inc., a global encrypted-communications service.The emails show CEO Michael Lynton routinely received copies of his passwords in unsecure emails for his and his family’s mail, banking, travel and shopping accounts, from his executive assistant, David Diamond. Other emails included photocopies of U.S. passports and driver’s licenses and attachments with banking statements. The stolen files made clear that Diamond was deeply trusted to remember passwords for Lynton and his family and provide them whenever needed.“I still need the password to your Amazon account,” Diamond wrote to Lynton in August.Sony spokeswoman Jean Guerin did not respond to a phone message left with an assistant in her office and email from The Associated Press on Wednesday.In an October email, the company’s chief financial officer, David C. Hendler, complained to Lynton that Sony Pictures had experienced months of “significant and repeated outages due to a lack of hardware capacity, running out of disk space, software patches that impacted the stability of the environment, poor system monitoring and an unskilled support team.” Hendler also blamed a company rule that required employees to keep too many old emails.“Sloppy, really sloppy,” said Kevin Mitnick, a former hacker who served five years in federal prison and now runs Mitnick Security Consulting LLC. But Mitnick was quick to acknowledge that other top chief executives are “probably doing it, too.” Companies can use password-management software, which can store dozens or hundreds of encrypted passwords to various accounts behind one protected password.“It’s pretty ordinary for CEOs and executive assistants to share confidential information by email,” he said. “They feel that their email is secure and they have nothing to worry about.”The fact that Lynton regularly received emails with his passwords was particularly a problem for Sony because hackers who steal corporate data often will immediately search for the word “password” or a variation of the word across thousands of messages.“If I’m trying to get credentials, that’s the first search I’m going to run,” said Mitnick, who is hired by companies to test their internal security.The October email inside Sony, among tens of thousands of messages stolen in the crime, described specific software and hardware upgrades and plans to hire an outside consulting firm to improve the company’s network, plus new rules to limit the amount of old emails that would be stored on servers. Lynton received it roughly three weeks before employees reported signs that hackers were rummaging inside Sony’s computer network.___Associated Press writer Eric Tucker contributed to this story. FILE – In this Oct. 13, 2004 file photo, Sony Pictures Entertainment Chairman and Chief Executive Michael Lynton is seen in Beverly Hills, Calif. In the weeks before hackers broke into Sony Pictures Entertainment, the studio suffered significant technology outages blamed on employees keeping too many old emails and hackers targeted executives to trick them into revealing their online credentials. The company’s chief executive regularly was reminded in unsecure emails from his executive assistant of his own secret passwords for his and his family’s mail, banking, travel and shopping accounts, according to a review of more than 32,000 stolen corporate emails circulating on the Internet. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File) read more

Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) scrambles in for 4-yard touchdown run during the second half against North Carolina State Oct. 15. Clemson won, 24-17, in overtime. Credit: Courtesy of TNSWeeks of anticipation and buildup have all come down to Saturday’s showdown in the desert. Both No. 3 Ohio State (11-1) and No. 2 Clemson (12-1) have traveled across the country to play in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, and the chance to advance to the College Football Playoff has players chomping at the bit.On paper, OSU and Clemson is a compelling matchup, highlighted by stout defenses and powerful offenses. While the Buckeyes have had a few dominant performances this year, they have yet to face a team quite like the Tigers.Here’s a look at the breakdown of what Clemson brings to the table on both sides of the ball.OffenseClemson’s junior quarterback Deshaun Watson is the go-to guy for the Tigers. For a second straight season, the Georgia native has completed upwards of 67 percent of his passes, while slinging a career-best 37 touchdown passes.Coach Dabo Swinney is well aware he has a gem calling the shots on his offense, and knows just how Watson does it.“To me his poise really makes him incredibly unique, because he just … he just never changes,” Swinney said. “But it’s who he is as a young man that you don’t really know until you’re around him. Most people just see a great player. He handles himself the right way and all that.”Watson has been protected by an outstanding offensive line all season, as he has only been sacked 1.1 times per game. A key to limiting the Heisman finalist quarterback is pressure, but it seems unlikely OSU will have a field day getting to the quarterback.Redshirt junior wide receiver Mike Williams and redshirt junior running back Wayne Gallman are vital pieces to the puzzle for Swinney, racking up a combined 2,276 yards of offense with 25 total touchdowns. Limiting either player will be far from an easy task, especially Williams, who has been a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses all year long.OSU redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker said he felt stopping Williams is a key to defeating Clemson. Watson is prone to forcing the ball into tight coverage, and taking away his No. 1 target could spell trouble for the Tigers.“I’ve been watching film on him and every jump ball that he gets when the ball is thrown his way, I feel like he has the mentality that it’s going to be his ball,” Hooker said. “So, I feel like it’s definitely going to be a task for the secondary especially, because if we stop the pass, I’m almost sure that the line and the linebackers are going to go out there and fill holes and stuff like that.”DefenseClemson senior linebacker Ben Boulware addresses the media during the Tigers’ portion of media day at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorClemson has hit its stride on defense at the perfect time in the season, allowing an average of just 267 yards of opposing offense in the past three games, all while allowing just 18.3 points per game over that span.Anchored on the weakside by senior linebacker Ben Boulware, the Tigers will be looking to create pressure on OSU redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett. Even though Clemson benefits from a fierce pass rush, the Buckeyes’ offensive line benefits from prepping with some of the best defensive lineman in the nation.“I don’t think I’ve faced a better (defensive) end in practice than our (defensive) ends,” sophomore offensive tackle Isaiah Prince said. “I think it definitely helps prepare us for the game.”On Tuesday, Clemson senior safety Jadar Johnson said he felt Barrett was far from the best quarterback the Tigers have seen all season. Although he did go on to say he felt the Buckeyes’ quarterback was still a good player, the damage had been done.Multiple OSU players were quick to defend their signal caller, while Barrett made his own statement on Johnson’s comments. The veteran quarterback seemed unfazed over the criticism.“There wasn’t a lot to it, I feel like,” Barrett said. “He has his own opinion, which I’m not mad at. I’m comfortable in my skills and what I’m able to do. If he feels like I’m not the best quarterback they went against, I mean, that’s just how he feels.”While Barrett and the entire OSU offense has not been known for turning the ball over this season, Clemson has been able to force an average of 1.8 turnovers per game. The Buckeyes have one of the best turnover margins in the nation with a +1.3, but expect the Tigers to take the ball away at least once.OSU freshman running back Mike Weber summarized the ability of Clemson’s defense in his opening statement on Tuesday.“They’re really fast on the back end,” the Michigan native said. “They have really good, athletic corners and safeties. And their (defensive) linemen are really tough and gritty down there in the trenches. And it’s going to be a tough game.”The Tigers will need big plays from Boulware, Johnson and the rest of their defense if they hope to get a chance at revenge in the national championship after last year’s loss. Even with a solid defense, it will take a total team effort to bring home a win.BreakdownThere is little to no chance of this game being a blowout. Although the Buckeyes have a 55 percent chance of winning according to ESPN, anything short of a 50/50 split seems unfair. The presence of Williams and senior tight end Jordan Leggett in the pass game might be the biggest test of the season for OSU’s secondary. These two standout players, matched with the leadership of Watson, could spell trouble for the Scarlet and Gray.This game has all the makings of a shootout, and even though OSU has been known to keep pass with opposing offense all season in tight games, the luck might finally run out for coach Urban Meyer.Prediction: 41-38, Clemson read more

Oklahoma City Thunder big man Kendrick Perkins and his brother-in-law Quincy Alpough have both been charged with assault after allegedly punching a woman and her brother  outside a Houston nightclub July 20, according to multiple reports.According to  police reports, 28-year-old Perkins and his brother-in-law Alpough were outside Nox nightclub in Harris County, Texas, when they got into an altercation with the complainant, Mikeeta Cotton, after the vehicle she was driving collided with another car in a fender bender accident.According to court documents, Alpough emerged from one of the vehicles and pushed Cotton. At that point, Cotton’s brother got out of the car “to check on her.” He told police that Perkins, who was a passenger in the other car, punched him in the head, causing him to fall to the ground.Cotton alleges Perkins then punched her in the face with a closed fist and knocked her to the ground.A third person in Cotton’s car claims Alpough elbowed her in the throat — knocking her unconscious. All three victims, whose story has been corroborated by additional witnesses, also say that a group of people then kicked them while they were on the ground.The case was originally dismissed in July, but was re-opened after investigators decided there was enough evidence to charge Perkins and Alpough.Perkins was charged with misdemeanor assault and released on $1,000 bond Thursday morning. read more

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — The No. 5 Ohio State football team had arguably its loudest statement of the season last week in Columbus versus then-No.10 Nebraska. On Saturday against Maryland, OSU followed up the 62-3 beatdown over the Huskers with another 62-3 demolition of the Terrapins at Capital One Field.In the age of the College Football Playoff, impressive wins in ranked matchups carry a lot of weight, but dominating an inferior opponent is just as important in the eyes of the committee. OSU now enters the final two weeks of the season where every opportunity must be seized by the Buckeyes.“Championships are won and lost in November and you start seeing teams take a step away from the pack,” said redshirt junior guard Billy Price. “We’re hitting at the right moment. We’re peaking at the right moment.”The offensive firepower started early in the first half with redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett and junior H-back Curtis Samuel at the centerfold. On the second play of the game, Barrett threw a pick to Maryland cornerback J.C. Jackson, but it was ultimately called back on a defensive pass interference penalty. Seven plays later, Samuel took a handoff from Barrett and ran two yards, untouched into the end zone.On the next drive, Barrett led a flawless series that ended in his first touchdown of the day — a four-yard touchdown run. He commanded a four-play drive, racking up 56 yards in just 1:15. Against Nebraska, the OSU offense drove downfield at a stunning rate. The Buckeyes only had one drive that took longer than five minutes. The Terrapins provided even less resistance to the OSU offense, with not one touchdown drive being longer than 4:12. By the end of the first half, Barrett had four total touchdowns and 192 passing yards on 13 of 17 passing, and Samuel accounted for 122 total yards with one touchdown, including four plays of double-digit yardage.“Like I’ve been saying for weeks, we’ve been calling the right plays, but it’s just about execution,” Samuel said. “We felt that we weren’t executing at the highest level possible. Now, we’re just executing. That’s why everything looks smooth out there.”Smooth is an understatement. When combining the second half against Nebraska with the first half of the Maryland game, OSU has scored 76 points, which is more than the Wisconsin, Penn State and Northwestern games combined.One major factor for the OSU offensive chemistry is the use of Samuel. OSU coach Urban Meyer and co-offensive coordinators Ed Warinner and Tim Beck have been ridiculed in the past for the lack of touches for the dynamic playmaker. The last three weeks, Samuel has had 16 carries and 20 receptions for 389 total yards and six touchdowns. Currently, Samuel is the only player in college football with over 600 rushing yards and 600 receiving yards. Meyer had one word to describe the play of his H-back.“Ridiculous,” he said. “The thing that’s so good about Curtis, his football smarts is unbelievable. You think about the things he does and now he’s back to return punts as well. Get him rested cause we got a big one next week.”The Buckeyes have two games left on its regular season schedule: Michigan State and Michigan. With No. 2 Clemson’s loss to Pittsburgh on Saturday, OSU is in the picture of the College Football Playoff. And not only is the offense dominant rolling into East Lansing, Michigan, next week, the defense has been stout.The Scarlet and Gray surrendered just 176 yards to Maryland, compared to 581 by Barrett and the offense. Redshirt sophomore cornerback Marshon Lattimore had his fourth pick of the season, and the team’s 15th. He said that each and every game, the defensive backs try to flip the momentum.“Before the season, they didn’t even know who we were because of the great players we had like Tyvis (Powell), Vonn (Bell) and Eli (Apple),” Lattimore said. “We were just trying to show everyone there was no dropoff in the defensive backfield.”Redshirt sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard, who has been a vocal and exemplary leader on defense, said that the mentality for the defense in the second half of the season has changed to finishing each play.“When we have a team on the ropes, we kinda always say we want to step on their throats and not let up because we gotta send a message, and that’s what we’re doing right now,” Hubbard said. “And I like it.” read more

first_imgNew York City’s ritzy Plaza Hotel is upping the ante of luxury (read: not having to leave your bed, ever) with the addition of Apple iPads to every room. The gadgets come loaded with Intelity’s ICE (Interactive Customer Experience), which will let guests order room service, talk to the concierge, schedule wakeup calls, make reservations at restaurants, get info on New York destinations, and check airline information. The iPad can also be used to control the room’s lights and temperature. The Plaza insists that the device isn’t going to replace actual hotel workers, however. “They are not meant to replace our concierge service and the personal touch we are known for,” Plaza general manager Shane Krige told the blog Luxist. “It is to provide more choice. At a five star hotel you should have choices—if you want to use the iPad, you can do so. If you want a butler service, that is available, too. If you want to be left alone, that is a choice, as well. By putting the iPads in the guest rooms, we are bringing a new technology to everyone’s fingertips.”AdChoices广告The hotel claims to be the first to offer these services through the iPad. The Plaza first adopted the device for its Palm Court Hotel, back in June.The Plaza is located at Central Park South and 5th Ave in Manhattan, conveniently across from Apple’s flagship store.last_img read more

first_imgReader’s Digest Association has long maintained a strong display ad presence, but the group is now turning its focus to video sales.RDA has launched a pre-bid ad network of home and lifestyle videos in partnership with ad data provider, TriVu Media. The network will draw on RDA’s own video library, as well as the inventory from other partners.The launch is the first major product initiative for Tom Bosco who came on as director of sales for RDA’s Haven Home Media division in May. There was a void in the marketplace that made the project, titled Home OnDemand, a priority from the beginning, he says. See Also: Reader’s Digest Buys Haven Home Media “We could have a pretty quick claim in the premium online video marketplace,” Bosco says. “We could bring everything that Reader’s Digest and Haven Home represents in display, and do the same thing in video, which isn’t being done elsewhere. [We’re] capitalizing on some of the inabilities in the current video landscape with a new technology that addresses some serious needs out there.”RDA’s new network identifies content by the video URL, as opposed to the page or article URL the video is embedded in. Buyers get a more specific description of the inventory, including details like page position, player size, ad clutter and content detail. Targeting, Bosco says, becomes scalable.After an initial run beside related-content videos, Bosco’s team will identify the best-performing clips and further narrow their targeting.”Most of the online video today can only be optimized to the site or page it was bought on,” he says. “What we can do is identify the videos that are working best and optimize for the actual video, the same way a buyer would identify television programming.”To stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, become a Facebook fan and follow us on Twitter!last_img read more

first_imgVijayawada: A 17-year-old student named T Rakesh collapsed outside his college after writing an exam. Due to the non-availability of life support system at a local government hospital in Gannavaram, he was referred to Vijayawada Government General Hospital.His family alleged that when they approached the ‘108’ ambulance, they were informed that the ambulance was on VVIP duty, hence unavailable. The vehicle was allegedly deployed for the Governor’s convoy at Raj Bhavan in Vijayawada city. The delay caused due to the unavailability of the ambulance. It led to the teen’s death, as per the hospital authorities.last_img

first_imgPrince HarryGetty ImagesMarriage is hard, especially when you’re a Royal, it takes compromise and sacrifice. But it looks like Prince Harry had to sacrifice a lot more than he expected.Prince Harry has lost friends following his marriage to former Suits star Meghan Markle, according to royal expert Melanie Bromley. Apparently, the Duchess of Sussex is not quite popular with Harry’s friends. Reportedly Meghan Markle is allegedly “not popular in a lot of circles”, according to royal expert Angela Levin, following claims the new mum was labelled as “Duchess Difficult” by royal staff.But the pair do seem to be in love and it doesn’t look like Prince Harry is about to abandon his wife to please a few of his friends. E! News’ royal correspondent Melanie Bromley insisted Meghan is “sticking around for good” and is not to blame for Harry’s broken friendships as a result of his decision to settle down.  Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesMs. Bromley said: “Meghan is sticking around for good. Here’s the thing, Harry’s life has changed dramatically. He was massively social on the London scene.” There is no denying that Prince Harry is a changed man since he married Meghan Markle. “He was a person that was holding parties, he was hanging around with Guy Pelly and all of these people that were just partying a lot.He has definitely stopped that”, added the expert. But we have to say that, Prince Harry seems to have changed for the better, especially as a parent, he can’t go back to his wild bachelor days. Meghan Markle has had to face a lot of displeasure from fans ever since she joined the Royal Family. You can check out the video here:last_img read more

first_imgsignalMaritime ports of Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to lower signal as the well-marked low over North Bay and adjoining coastal area of Bangladesh weakened into a low over the same area, reports UNB.Squally weather is unlikely affect over North Bay, coastal regions of Bangladesh and the maritime ports, said a Met office special bulletin on Monday.last_img

first_imgWood was Louisville’s starting center for four seasons from 2005-08. He guided the 2006 squad to a 12-1 record, a BIG EAST title, and a win over Wake Forest in the school’s first appearance in the Orange Bowl. Anchoring the offensive line, the 2007 offense ranked sixth nationally with an average of 488.0 yards per game.After redshirting his initial year at Louisville, Wood started all 12 games at center in leading the Cardinals to a 9-4 record and a berth in the Gator Bowl.Offensively, the Cardinals finished third in the country in scoring offense at 43.4 points per game and ninth in total offense with an average of 482.1 yards per game.Wood was named Freshman All-American by, Sporting News and College Football News.Off the field, Wood was just as impressive, earning Academic All-BIG EAST honors in four-straight years.  After his Louisville career, Wood was the No. 29 pick in the first round by the Buffalo Bills, becoming the first UofL offensive linemen to be taken in the first round since Bruce Armstrong was a first-round pick by the New England Patriots in the 1987 NFL Draft. He went on to play 10 seasons with the Bills, earning 120 career starts and was a 2015 Pro Bowl selection.Fans are encouraged to visit to sign up and stay up to date on the ACC Network.  Frequently asked questions about the ACC Network are available online at this link: LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Eric Wood, a four-year letterwinner at the University of Louisville, was named as one of the analysts for the ACC Network, the league announced Wednesday. The ACCN will air 14 live football games over the first three weeks showcasing 11 conference teams, 10 home openers and five conference matchups. All three weeks will feature at least four games on ACCN, with Weeks 1 and 2 carrying five games. Highlighting Week 2 is a four-game slate that features Miami at North Carolina in a Coastal Division clash in primetime at 8 p.m. ET.  Print Friendly Version Cotter, a familiar face across ESPN programs, will call play-by-play for a variety of ACC sports along with anchoring in studio. Herzlich and Wood will share insights and analysis earned from their time as former ACC football (Boston College and Louisville, respectively) and NFL (New York Giants and Buffalo Bills, respectively) stars, in studio and in the booth. Charlotte sports anchor Riggs is slated for reporter and anchor duties.  Wood, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, was considered one of the top offensive linemen to ever play at Louisville, closing his career with 49 consecutive starts at center – the second-longest streak in school history. He was a three-time all-BIG EAST selection, earning first team accolades in 2007 and 2008, while posting second team honors during the 2006 campaign. Story Links Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, and Kelsey Riggs were also named joining Debbie Antonelli, Wes Durham, Roddy Jones, Eric Mac Lain, Mark Packer, Mark Richt and LaChina Robinson were previously announced.last_img read more

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