Real Madrid Liverpool know Real Madrid are favourites, says Morientes Peter Hanson 18:02 5/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Real Madrid Liverpool Cristiano Ronaldo Mohamed Salah Real Madrid v Liverpool UEFA Champions League The Reds have impressed in the Champions League, but the former Spain striker expects Los Blancos to win Saturday’s final in Kiev Fernando Morientes says Liverpool will be well aware Real Madrid are favourites to win a third straight Champions League.Los Blancos will attempt to win European football’s biggest prize for the fourth time in five seasons when they face the Reds in Saturday’s showpiece in Kiev.Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have impressed with their devastating attacking play in this season’s competition, their forward trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane rated among the best in world football. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now But Morientes, a three-time winner of the competition with Madrid who also played for Liverpool, believes there will be a nervousness about the Reds given they have not been in the final since 2007, while Zinedine Zidane’s side have experience in their favour.”I think the final will be very open,” Morientes told Marca.”They are two sides that play on the attack, that like to take risks, who score goals, and concede them easily. It will be very exciting.”When Real Madrid are in a final they are the favourites, and more so having won the last two editions.”That is a point in their favour. It is true that Liverpool come with enthusiasm and a great history behind them, but even they know that Real Madrid are the favourites.”[Real] are used to this situation. The nervousness of having not played a final [since 2007] may be a handicap for Liverpool.”Most #UCLfinal appearances in history…@Cristiano Ronaldo set to match Paolo Maldini’s record pic.twitter.com/ggvWq4Bjtv— #UCLfinal (@ChampionsLeague) May 26, 2018Liverpool’s success has been driven by a phenomenal debut campaign on Merseyside from Salah, who many are tipping to be in the conversation for the Ballon d’Or, particularly if he can help steer his side to Champions League glory.However, Morientes insists it is premature to start comparing the Egypt winger with Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi.”He is a player with a great future,” he added. “Some journalists try to compare him with Cristiano, but let’s go slowly.”Ronaldo has shown many things for many years. It is difficult to reach his level.”Salah’s season has been spectacular, but to compare yourself with Ronaldo you must do 10-12 campaigns like this, continuously.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Washington: Unfazed by President Donald Trump’s tough immigration policies and visa restrictions, a record 1.4 million Indian tourists visited the United States in 2018, becoming one of the top groups of international visitors to America, according to a top US tourism official. India was third in terms of growth rate (7.2 per cent) during the year followed by Brazil (15.5 per cent) and Mexico (9.4 per cent). That’s great news, as it relates to our friends and visitors coming from India, Christopher Thompson, CEO of Brand USA told PTI in an interview. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: London Brand USA is an organisation dedicated to marketing the United States as a premier travel destination. I always talk about India being one of our strongest markets for visiting friends and relatives. I know there’s been a long history of a lot of the young students coming over for education, the families following them, and then we have a growing community of Indians in the United States, he said, explaining the reason behind high visitation from India. Also Read – India, China should jointly uphold peace and stability, resolve disputes through dialogues: Chinese ambassador The United States has always been an aspirational destination for the people of India. The two countries have natural affinity, they have democratic system, and India US relationship is becoming stronger and deeper every passing year, he said. Thompson said that the spending capacity of tourists from India is much more than those from other countries. India (USD15.8 billion) is the fifth largest foreign exchange generator after China (USD36.4 billion), Canada (USD22.1 billion), Mexico (USD21.1 billion) and Japan (USD16 billion) in terms of spending by foreign tourists, he said. After South Korea, India is the second-best performing market in terms of growth rate of spending by foreign tourists, Thompson said. Referring to the US Department of Commerce statistics that Indian visitation is projected to grow an impressive 46 percent between now and 2023, he said, When you look at that, that’s a year over year increase of probably somewhere around six percent on an average over the next five years. Thompson said he would encourage the Indian travellers to visit other places as well in he US other than traditional gateways. I would encourage them to exercise their spirit of adventure and curiosity and allow us to use the storytelling platforms that we now have in place that are available to our Indian friends and visitors and challenge them to look at new and different opportunities and experiences that are available, he said. Tourism helps in promoting people to people relationship. The recent immigration policies and tough visa restrictions under the Trump Administration, he said, had no impact on foreign tourists. It’s a matter of fact, that all those forecasters who were saying that it could be a tremendous swamp or impact really never played out. That has been our job and our concern since this administration has made immigration and border security a priority. We do consumer sentiment in market and it’s really the difference between sentiment and behaviour, he said. We say that travel has the amazing power to transcend politics, he said.
The first two books of Sister Nivedita University Press – ‘Calcuttadotes’, an anthology of twenty short stories edited by Joie Bose, and ‘From Nowhere’, a collection of poems by Governor of West Bengal Keshari Nath Tripathi got released at the iconic Brown Room of the Raj Bhavan on July 3, by the Governor, Chancellor of Sister Nivedita University Satyam Roychowdhury, Vice Chancellor of Sister Nivedita University Prof. Ashoke Ranjan Thakur in the august presence of consuls general and consulate representatives of several countries, contributing authors of ‘Calcuttadotes’, and other dignitaries.
Highlights from the news file for Friday, Feb. 2———TRUDEAU DEFENDS PIPELINE AT NANAIMO TOWN HALL: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau got a rough ride at his latest town hall meeting in Nanaimo, B.C., on Friday. The prime minister spoke over jeers as he defended his government’s decision to support the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline through the province. Trudeau spoke to an energetic overflow crowd at a university gymnasium, as dozens of protesters carried anti-pipeline placards outside.———EXPERTS QUESTION ALBERTA’S THREATS AGAINST B.C.: Energy experts say Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s promise to suspend electricity talks with British Columbia over a pipeline dispute may not carry much weight. Notley made the commitment Thursday in protest of B.C.’s announcement that it would temporarily restrict increases in bitumen shipments, creating more uncertainty for Kinder Morgan’s delayed Trans Mountain expansion project. Energy consultant David Gray says the amount of power in question is relatively minor.———PUSHING NAFTA TALKS TO 2019 WOULD TRIM GDP: A forecast released Friday predicts that extending NAFTA negotiations into 2019 would prolong uncertainty for the Canadian economy and trim anticipated growth over the next year. Scotiabank estimates that lingering doubts over the fate of the trade deal would shave 0.2 percentage points off of Canada’s potential GDP. The bank projects the country would still see modest economic growth of 2.3 per cent on the year.———CROWN CONCLUDES CASE AT SASK. FARM TRIAL: The Crown rested its case Friday at the trial of a Saskatchewan farmer accused of murdering a young Indigenous man. Gerald Stanley has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the death of 22-year-old Colten Boushie near Biggar, Sask., on Aug. 9, 2016.———SIXTIES SCOOP SURVIVORS KNOCK COMPENSATION PLAN: A group representing survivors of the so-called 60s Scoop says the federal government’s proposed $800-million settlement doesn’t go far enough. The National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network says the government failed to adequately consult those who experienced the forced adoptions. The network plans to hold rallies across the country to demand fair and inclusive compensation.———WHAT THE TRUMP-RUSSIA ‘MEMO’ SAYS: U.S. President Donald Trump’s allies predicted that a secret memo released Friday would set off a bombshell, exploding the entire foundation of the Russia investigation. That’s not quite how it played out, at least in the initial hours after the memo’s release. The just-declassified document alleges that a key source in the Russia affair hated Trump, and that federal officials central to the probe played fast and loose with surveillance protocols. Trump said Friday that “A lot of people should be ashamed of themselves.”———THREE DEAD AFTER QUE. HELICOPTER CRASH: Quebec provincial police say all three people on board were killed when a four-seater helicopter crashed near Drummondville. It happened around 9 p.m. just north of the city about 110 kilometres northeast of Montreal. The victims, two women and a man, have not yet been identified. Police say the helicopter caught fire after a violent impact along the banks of the Saint-Francois River, in the city’s Saint-Joachim-de-Courval district.———SERIOUS INJURIES AFTER CRASH BETWEEN BUS, VAN: Eight people were seriously or critically injured in a crash between a bus carrying school children and a passenger van in southern Ontario. Paramedics say all of the injured were in the van, and they were being assessed at a local hospital. Ontario Provincial Police say the vehicles collided head-on Friday afternoon on a highway north of Stayner, Ont., and there are reports it was snowing in the area at the time.———HALIFAX COUNCILLOR DEFENDS RE-TWEET: A Halifax city councillor under fire for re-tweeting a self-described “ethno-nationalist” group has dismissed criticisms, saying the attacks against him are “political.” Matt Whitman tweeted Friday that he won’t tolerate racism, and he accused the media of being “reckless again” in its coverage. On Thursday, Whitman re-tweeted a letter to Mayor Mike Savage from ID Canada, a group created as “a response to Canada’s decaying identity, increased third-world immigration and the prevalence of anti-European sentiments.”———STUDY FINDS SPECIES AT RISK ACT IS FAILING: Researchers say inadequate funding and poor collaboration between governments and private landowners are behind the failure of Canada’s laws to protect endangered and threatened species. A think tank at the University of Ottawa released a report Friday looking into the failures of and possible improvements to the federal Species At Risk Act, passed 16 years ago. The study found that of the 521 species listed in the legislation, 85 per cent have seen no improvement or have even deteriorated.———
LISBON, Portugal — Gas stations across Portugal are running dry amid a truckers’ strike over pay and working conditions.The walkout by some 800 truckers who transport hazardous materials prompted a rush to fill tanks, leaving hundreds of gas stations closed Wednesday.Authorities have ordered the truckers to provide a minimum level of service, delivering gas to airports, hospitals and emergency services as well as 30% of average daily supplies to gas stations in the Lisbon, the capital, and Porto, the second-largest city. The government says it may demand more supplies if they are needed to avoid severe economic damage.The truckers want higher pay and shorter working hours. A meeting between employers and the truckers’ trade union broke up without agreement late Tuesday.The Associated Press
OTTAWA — Donald Trump needs to butt out as a hovering presence over the North American Free Trade Agreement talks and U.S. lawmakers must come clean about what they really think of the deal, says a veteran Liberal MP.Bob Nault, who heads the House of Commons foreign affairs committee, will be taking his blunt assessment directly to Capitol Hill in the coming days.Nault leads an all-party delegation of Canadian parliamentarians south of the border this week for meetings with their legislative counterparts — first to Mexico City and later in the week, Washington.The visit comes amid the full court press already being mounted by the Trudeau government, which includes sending cabinet ministers to key U.S. states, and pushing the premiers to reach out to their top customers and American state counterparts to save NAFTA.The recently-ended fourth round of NAFTA has stoked major fears the 23-year-old trade deal could end with a U.S. withdrawal because American negotiators tabled potentially deal-killing proposals on dairy, autos and other issues that Ottawa views as non-starters.Nault says the time has come to start asking members of the U.S. Congress a very basic question.“I’m going to Mexico and the United States to get one question answered that’s on everyone’s mind: do people want a NAFTA deal or not?” he said in an interview.“The role that Congress plays is very, very important and if the government of the United States and its representatives is not interested in the deal they should probably tell us and not put forward pieces of work that they know we would never agree to at the negotiating table.”Nault also took aim at Trump directly for his anti-trade, tear-up-NAFTA-rhetoric, which is an area where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland have navigated carefully.“The last time I looked, the U.S. is not a dictatorship, and neither is Canada or Mexico. So this isn’t about one individual, whether it is the president of the United States or the prime minister of Canada.”Nault said the virtual presence that Trump has at the negotiating tables — through social media even though he’s not physically in the room — is an unprecedented phenomenon, at least in the three decades the Ontario Liberal MP has been in politics.And, he added, that’s just not helpful.“My recommendation to him and his administration is to let the negotiators do their job, and do it quickly with a very firm understanding of what the direction is,” said Nault.“I don’t see any rationale for suggesting it’s a bad deal — they’re going to rip it up, they’re going to give notice and those kinds of tactics. I don’t think it really works for anybody.”The gap that has emerged between the U.S. positions and those of Mexico and Canada has now raised the stakes for elected politicians in all three countries, he said.Nault said the time has come for lawmakers in all three countries to “play their role signalling to their governments that they support or don’t support NAFTA or renewed NAFTA.”Nault’s tough talk is not part of a good-cop, bad-cop strategy by the Trudeau government. As the head of a parliamentary committee, Nault said he and his fellow Conservative and New Democrat members enjoy a degree of autonomy to speak on behalf of the people they were elected to represent.He also dismissed any suggestion that a harder-edged approach in the U.S. could do more harm than good.“I think Canadians are a little too polite for their own good. And when you’re talking about a business deal, it’s not about your charm or your politeness,” said Nault.“I think we’re sending that message through Chrystia Freeland. But I think it wouldn’t hurt to send it more.”Freeland spoke directly to Americans herself on Sunday, appearing on a CNN talk show, where she was asked whether she thought the U.S. was trying to sabotage NAFTA.“Canada is kind of like the girl next door. It’s easy to take us for granted,” she said.Freeland recalled what Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi once told her during an interview.“Always assume positive intent from your counter-party. You don’t always have positive intent. But you should assume it,” she said.“If one party has a winner-take-all attitude then it’s not going to work.”
For nearly a year-and-a-half as the sports editor of The Lantern, I suppressed my inner sports fan out of professional obligation. Having come out the other side and attempted to rekindle my love of sports this past weekend for the first time since resigning from my post in January, I’m not sure how much of a sports fan still resides in me. The times I spent as the sports editor of The Lantern were some of the best of my life. I had the privilege of roaming sidelines and locker rooms all over America while bearing witness to the Ohio State athletic department’s many teams and student-athletes. The price of admission for this rare opportunity was shelving the sports fan in me. Upon taking the position in the summer 2011, I was all too happy to abide by that stipulation, which all sports writers must do, of course. I didn’t stop to realize what I was looking at during my editorship, but there were times when covering the OSU athletic department went far beyond the chalk on the field. In truth, the editorship was a lot like walking in on your parents having sex. By this, I mean that you also bear witness to the ugly side of things – things that are burned into your memory forever. It is the kind of stuff that is obviously taking place but you’d rather not see. In the case of the sports writer, it is the kind of thing you’d prefer not to report on or witness, but must. It is the things you read while sifting through hefty documents after Freedom of Information Act open records requests are fulfilled. It is the stories you hear about coaches and athletes being jerks when the bright lights aren’t shining their way. Of course, it is also the public relations person that argues you have misrepresented the truth about their team or their department. There is no ugly side to the true sports fan, though. Fandom, in its purest form, is innocent and unassuming. Men, women and children of all ages commit themselves to their chosen team and make an emotional investment with no promise of a return. The team’s success can be the daily metric of a fan’s happiness or despair. This can be a cruel way to live, but it’s the chosen way of life for so many. When I attempted to awaken my inner sports fan for the occasion of the OSU men’s basketball team’s game against Indiana on Sunday at the Schottenstein Center, my inner sports fan didn’t wake up. I don’t know if he ever will. With only a vague recollection of the game day rituals OSU fans partake in, I did my best to recreate an authentic fan experience. To gain admittance to the stadium, I pulled a crumbled ticket from my coat pocket and held my breath as an usher scanned the barcode – I had purchased the ticket for an exorbitant price from a scalper just five minutes earlier. This, of course, was a departure from flashing a press badge to get inside. Once inside, I didn’t have a free meal with unlimited Coca-Cola products provided for me. Rather, I had to pay for a hot dog and a pop like the other 18,808 fans in attendance. And my seat wasn’t arm’s length from the court. I was up in Section 332, Row “R,” Seat 12. It is not as posh as press row, but true fans take pride in simply being present for the big event, proximity to the playing surface aside. I even perused the souvenir shop on the lower level and wore an OSU T-shirt to the game – to the untrained eye I was just another nameless, ticket-bearing, die-hard member of Buckeye Nation. This die-hard died quickly, though, and I quickly had to concede that my experience was anything but authentic. I observed the game with the submissive silence and shifty eyes of a deadline reporter. No time or cause for cheering as far as I could see. Of course, silence in the presence of two top-10-ranked basketball teams playing in sold-out arenas was beginning to make me stick out. The media resist emotional reaction to game play, but the wild crowing and bellowing of the sports fan – let us call those reactions “fangasms” – is accepted bleacher etiquette in most stadiums. In a desperate attempt to participate and gain the approval of the people I was sitting near, I began to curse and cry out loudly during the second half of the game. Having not attended an OSU game of any kind as a fan in about a year-and-a-half, I had all but forgotten how to cheer. I was crying out at inappropriate moments, or too long after the play was over. My reactions were a forgery. I was a fraud. I was faking my fangasms. The embarrassment of my fraudulent fangasms arrived midway through the second half, and Indiana was in control of the game by that point. The Hoosiers went on to coast to an 81-68 win. I stayed until the final buzzer, but I knew I had spent each second of the 40 minutes of game action occupying a seat that would have been better suited for someone eager to twirl a Homage rally towel and root hard for OSU. If there was a way for me to realize I wasn’t fan enough anymore that didn’t involve handing a fistful of cash to a ticket scalper, surely I would have pursued that action. For all that I gained as sports editor of The Lantern, and I promise you that I gained greatly, I lost the fan in me, for now at least. Sports are my lifeblood, so shelving my fandom and my passion for sports writing simultaneously is out of the question. I suppose it is really a win-win situation because, as I did during my editorship, I’m sure to continue meeting interesting people and seeing things that true fans can only dream of seeing. There are more good days ahead. Perhaps I came into the field of sports writing too naive about how things really work. Maybe my view of sports fans is more of an idealistic hope than a reality. In any event, the path of the sports writer, and not that of the sports fan, is the path I will continue down. That is to say, I’ll stay on this path as long as I can continue to stomach a job that occasionally requires me to witness things that we don’t always want to see.
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. Priti Patel, the former international development secretary, said she had told Conservative colleagues not to “label me as BME”.The leading Brexiteer said she considered the term, which is a common abbreviation for Black and Minority Ethnic, “patronising” and “insulting”.”I don’t like the labelling of people. I don’t like the term BME. I’m British first and foremost, because I was born in Britain,” she told BBC radio.”I challenge all my colleagues in the Conservative Party and in Westminster: Don’t label me as a BME. I’ve said that to people in the cabinet. I’ve said that to civil servants. I think it’s patronising and insulting.”She said the term was “totally unhelpful because we are people and everybody wants to be recognised for their individual merits”. Ms Patel is the daughter of Indian immigrants of Gujarati origin who left Uganda shortly before Idi Amin expelled the Asian community.The Whitham MP, who was the first female Indian cabinet minister, said she was “not sure” if Britain would ever see a prime minister from a minority background, explaining there were many institutional barriers.But she said such a milestone would show the country was a “true meritocracy” and did not rule out a bid for the Conservative leadership herself at some point.”Who knows?” she said, when asked if she could be prime minister. The general election last year returned more black and minority ethnic MPs than ever before. The House of commons now has 52 BME MPs, amounting to eight per cent of seats, a two per cent increase on 2015.Ms Patel, who resigned from her cabinet post in November for failing to disclose 14 meetings with Israeli figures, said she would like to see more people from Indian backgrounds in politics, but said it would be a “regressive step” for any political party or government to put people in posts “just because they are women or because they represent a minority group”.
Math is a sometimes fascinating, sometimes terrifying subject. Today, we’re going for the former by visualizing pi in a cool new way. In 2011, mathematicians calculated pi out to an astounding, seemingly unnecessary 10 trillion decimal places. To helpfully illustrate just how many numbers that amounts to, there is now a color-coded graphic that will boggle the mind.In this image, each digit has a color associated with it, and each pixel represents one number. It may look like static, but that’s what perhaps the most well-known irrational number looks like. Pi is the ratio of a circle’s circumference and its diameter. Since pi’s decimals repeat forever, it has become a bit of a challenge to see who can calculate the most digits.The 10 trillion digit calculation, done by Shegeru Kondo, took 371 days and the data ate up 44TB of hard drive space during computation. The final product was “just” 7.6TB in size, though. Another way to think about it; if you were to read out the digits of pi, it would take 158,000 years for you to get to the 10 trillionth digit.There’s really no practical purpose in knowing this many digits of pi. You only need 39 digits past the decimal to generate a circle the size of the entire universe that is accurate to within the diameter of a proton. 10 trillion? Now you’re just showing offYou can check out the interactive version of the image to explore the seeming randomness of it all. You can hover your mouse to see the number block you’re hovering over, and the search box lets you find any numerical string in the 4 million digits. This might not be practical real world knowledge to you, but it’s pretty cool nonetheless.View the interactive version at Two-n via The Atlantic
If you are in the market for a hybrid ultrabook there are dozens of unique design choices available right now. Toshiba’s newest ultrabook, the Toshiba U925T Hybrid, is a perfect example of the variety that exists within today’s marketplace. The system features a hinge design that makes touchscreen computing sensible, a keyboard that is easy to hide behind the display, and a highly portable design.As laptop manufacturers try to add a dash of tablet to their designs, a lot of options have come out. The release of the Microsoft Surface may have been something of a reference design, but everyone’s going to have their own opinion of how to best interact with Windows 8. One thing is perfectly clear though, and that is the need for touch in this new environment. It’s up to the manufacturer to decide how important that is to the hardware design. Toshiba’s latest Satellite laptop hybrid looks a little stranger than most, but it does a great job putting the screen closer to the user, which is a big deal with touch laptop designs.When you look at a traditional laptop with a touch screen, the parts of the laptop that you are supposed to be touching are too far away from you if the machine is any larger than 10 inches. It becomes uncomfortable to reach out repeatedly, and users go back to using the trackpad. Ideally, the trackpad on an ultrabook would only be used when the application you are using doesn’t support touch well, like Photoshop. The hinge design for the U925T puts the touchscreen right at the edge of the keyboard, removing all of the space in between the keyboard and screen that is usually there. You reach this position by sliding the screen out and forcibly bending it to this shape. When closed, the Toshiba hybrid looks like a tablet.Like any good tablet, this Toshiba has the power and volume buttons on the bezel and not hidden in the keyboard. If you wanted to only ever use this machine in tablet mode you could with one exception. The rear camera is hidden in tablet mode, and you need to slide the screen about an inch to expose it. This mild design flaw aside, the power, USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, and the physical home button are all exposed for you to use any time. All of the buttons require a bit of force to use, which is a problem for the thin and almost sharp power and volume rockers. You’ll have a hard time accidentally hitting these buttons, despite what they may do to your fingers if you accidentally apply force on a corner.The keyboard on the U925T is one of the best on any Windows 8 ultrabook. Toshiba got everything right — the keys are responsive and separate and they feel great for the size. The backlight is adjustable and isn’t permanently on when the keyboard is on, and the keyboard itself takes up about the same amount of space as one seen on a MacBook. Compared to the Surface Pro‘s Touch and Type covers, this keyboard is an absolute delight to type on. Toshiba has reduced the size of the trackpad on this model when compared to the rest of the Satellite lineup, which makes sense given the purpose of the hardware. Multitouch works very well on this machine, though you are unlikely to ever use it for more than scrolling when you have to.Toshiba saw fit to give the U925T a 1366×768 touchscreen. The display handles the scaling in Windows 8 well, and touch is perfectly responsive on the display. It’s not a Wacom display like the Surface, so you’ll only be using your finger or an equivalent stylus. This display is unfortunately a much lower quality than that of the Surface Pro or the Samsung ATIV Pro 700T, and the resolution makes performing most tasks on the Desktop less enjoyable. The Modern UI handles the resolution well, but the screen washes out in sunlight, so you’ll only be enjoying this tablet indoors. Since the display is arguably the most important part of a mobile computer, Toshiba clearly chose the wrong place to try and cut back.The rest of the hardware is standard for the industry right now. The Core i5 handles most tasks well with 4GB of RAM, and the Intel HD 4000 GPU won’t be offering a high-end gaming experience but it will play most modern games without a ton of fuss. The cooling system on the U925T relies on a pair of fans that sound as if they have one speed, and reach that speed almost immediately. They are loud, and stay loud for as long as the computer thinks they are needed. The placement of the fans make it difficult to rest that tablet on its back while watching a movie or playing a game for any length of time. You’ll hear the fans kick on shortly after starting an application and while the speakers on this hybrid ultrabook are adequate they will not drown out the sounds of the fan.The overall design of this laptop shows a lot of promise. The hinge design seems like a really good idea. The low quality screen and the placement of the fans make it impossible to enjoy the machine in the positions that the hinge seems to suggest you would use it, so it’s hard to tell. Toshiba is currently selling this ultrabook hybrid for $1149, which is $150 more than the Surface Pro. Selling this machine even for $150 less than the Surface Pro or the ATIV Pro 700T makes it very difficult to recommend to anyone. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY Toshiba Tab FlatToshiba Tab FlatToshiba Tab BackToshiba Tab SideToshiba Tab FrontToshiba Tab SurfaceToshiba Tab Surface TopToshiba Tab Closed
Unusually cold weather from earlier this year and a sluggish economy are prompting Clark Public Utilities officials to consider raising water customers’ rates to bridge an anticipated revenue shortfall of $1.08 million.The utility’s three elected commissioners — Nancy Barnes, Carol Curtis and Byron Hanke — are reviewing three rate-hike alternatives, each involving an increase of 10 percent.A customer using an average 1,000 cubic feet of water per month now pays a $24 bill. That would go up by $2.50 to $26.50 per month under the various rate-increase options.By contrast, seven other public agencies surveyed by Clark PUD — including the cities of Vancouver, Battle Ground and Camas, and the public utilities in Skagit and Snohomish counties — charge their water customers, on average, 32 percent more than Clark Public Utilities, data show.Clark’s proposal to increase water bills would affect its 29,000 residential water customers in the Hazel Dell, Salmon Creek, Lakeshore, Hockinson, Brush Prairie, La Center, Meadow Glade, Amboy and Yacolt areas.
Somewhere in Skamania County, an unmanned balloon cluster slipped its high-tech leash Sunday.“We hope somebody finds it and gives us a call,” said Joe Barbera, a member of the team that launched the helium balloon cluster.Actually, they launched it twice: once from the Fargher Lake area north of Battle Ground, and again from a forest clearing.After the team’s next launch, Barbera figures he’ll be in a much better position to monitor the June 21 flight. He will be sitting in a lawn chair harnessed to more than 40 surplus weather balloons.So even though they don’t know what happened to the test flight, “It’s full-speed ahead on the manned one,” Barbera said Monday afternoon.On that flight, Barbera is hoping to better a couple of cluster-ballooning feats by sailing more than 240 miles and staying aloft for more than 14 hours.In Sunday’s unmanned flight, “The whole idea was to develop procedures,” Barbera saidThey also had to deal with some unexpected developments.The initial launch Sunday was delayed when one of the three main balloons failed; they replaced it with a test balloon that had about half the lifting power of the original.
London’s double-deck red buses are as familiar in the capital as the changing of the guards and the chimes of Big Ben.But one thing is set to change in 2017 when hundreds of buses will become greener than ever, thanks to an anti-pollution drive by mayor Sadiq Khan.Khan on Friday announced 10 new Low Emission Bus Zones to tackle toxic air pollution in Britain’s capital city.The biggest ever “green bus” program will cut harmful bus emissions across a number of key routes in London by 84 percent.It will also protect thousands of school children at 172 schools along the bus routes from being exposed to dangerous pollution.The scheme will see all-electric or hybrid electric buses, or ultra low emission vehicles on the routes.Khan announced plans 10 more Low Emission Bus Zones to be added to the two already in operation, bringing the greenest buses to the capital’s most polluted routes to cut harmful nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions.A spokesman for Khan’s office at city hall said: “The buses are part of the mayor’s hard-hitting measures to tackle London’s filthy air, responsible for the premature deaths of more than 9,000 Londoners every year.”The mayor has targeted air quality hotspots where people are exposed to some of the highest levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) pollution and where older buses contribute significantly to road transport emissions.The new greener buses, which will be a combination of hybrid and clean buses that meet European standards, are part of an improvement program to 3,000 buses outside central London.The zones are expected to reduce NOx emissions from buses along the routes by around 84 percent and will fulfill the Mayor’s manifesto commitment to introduce Low Emission Bus Zones by 2020.”Tackling London’s filthy air is one of my main priorities and I am delighted to be delivering on that commitment by introducing these new Low Emission Bus Zones,” Khan said.Removing the oldest, dirtiest buses from London streets and delivering Low Emission Bus Zones will make a big contribution to tackling transport pollution, he said.
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<< Previous PostNext Post >> LONDON — British Airways and Iberia bookings made through indirect channels including GDSs will be hit with a £8 (approx. Cdn$14) surcharge effective Nov. 1. British Airways’ New York office has confirmed that the surcharge is effective worldwide.The announcement from BA’s parent company IAG comes two years after the Lufthansa Group implemented a 16 euro surcharge on GDS bookings, a move that was widely criticized by travel agent groups.In March 2017 Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr said he would be “very surprised” if other airlines didn’t bring in surcharges similar to Lufthansa’s. Spohr added that the surcharge, a direct hit to the bottom line for GDS parent companies including Sabre, Amadeus and Travelport, had been a major win for the Lufthansa Group since it was introduced in 2015.Lufthansa has since negotiated direct booking arrangements with major travel agency chains. The share of direct bookings at Lufthansa’s network airlines “has continually increased” while direct booking negotiations with travel agencies and other customers “are delivering a steady stream of success.”More news: Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTIt’s the GDSs that have taken the hit with Lufthansa’s surcharge, and share prices for all three dropped when the British Airways and Iberia announcement was made.Both British Airways and Iberia have made big investments in IATA’s New Distribution Capability (NDC) and both airlines say they will not levy the surcharge on GDS bookings that have NDC-approved connections. IATA’s NDC, in the works now for several years, aims to standardize how airfares are sold through travel agencies worldwide, taking into account all the ancillaries airlines now break out from their base fares and sell as add-ons, from seat selection fees to baggage fees.The BA and Iberia surcharges will apply to bookings not made through the airlines’ own websites or direct sales channels.“We will continue to work with the GDS providers to distribute our content to valued agency partners via existing solutions. However these systems and their traditional technology solutions currently carry significantly greater costs to BA and IB,” said the airlines.More news: Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesGDSs including Sabre and Amadeus say they have been in discussions with IAG. Tuesday, May 30, 2017 Posted by British Airways, Iberia follow Lufthansa with surcharge for GDS bookings Tags: British Airways, GDS, Iberia, Lufthansa Share Travelweek Group
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd (15) makes a catch as Green Bay Packers cornerback Damarious Randall (23) defends during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Since being chosen with the 13th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, Michael Floyd has been one of the more intriguing and at times frustrating players on the Arizona Cardinals.In four seasons he has caught 209 passes for 3,293 yards and 19 touchdowns. He’s shown flashes of dominance along with an inability make a consistent impact, and has never quite been able to take over as the team’s No. 1 receiving option.Just last season, he posted five games with more than 100 yards but had an equal amount of outings in which he notched fewer than 20. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Now 26, Floyd is set to enter the final year of his rookie contract and become an unrestricted free agent in 2017, and a year from now could be commanding a pretty hefty salary.Will he be worth it?Perhaps, though it’s possible no matter what he does in 2016, the Cardinals may view him as too expensive to keep around going forward. Because of that — and the team’s lack of a second-round pick in this year’s draft due the trade that brought them Chandler Jones — ESPN’s Mike Sando, in an Insider piece presenting draft-related trades he thinks should happen, lists Floyd to the Los Angeles Rams for their second-round pick (43rd overall).The Cardinals’ move to acquire Chandler Jones from New England left Arizona as one of two teams without a second-round choice in 2016. Philadelphia is the other, but the Eagles have a pair of third-rounders to fill the void. Arizona does not. The Rams have an extra second-round choice from the Sam Bradford trade last offseason. They also need a big wide receiver with greater upside and reliability than Brian Quick offers. Floyd would give them that.This trade could make sense for Arizona if the Cardinals felt unsure about Floyd’s future with the team beyond 2016, which is the final year of his contract. Is Floyd a clear-cut No. 1 receiver the team wants to pay at that level? Is he a player Arizona feels it absolutely needs to win a championship? Floyd has averaged 50 receptions for 845 yards and six touchdowns over the past two seasons.It’s not difficult to believe the Cardinals would like to add a pick to make up for the one they lost, but doing so at the expense of sending Floyd to a division rival may be a bit much given their Super Bowl hopes. Sure, the team may lose him next offseason, but the team’s window is now and that is probably a risk they are willing to take. Besides, with fellow wideout Larry Fitzgerald’s contract set to expire after this season, the Cardinals may want to give Floyd one more chance to prove he is the player the team thought it was getting back in 2012.– / 21 Top Stories
New Toronto Overwatch esports franchise to be named the Toronto Defiant Toronto’s new esports Overwatch franchise is revealing its name and logo, shown in a handout, at a Wednesday evening unveiling. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO by Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 24, 2018 4:25 pm PDT Last Updated Oct 24, 2018 at 5:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Toronto’s new “Overwatch” esports franchise will be known as the Toronto Defiant.The name was revealed Wednesday evening at a soldout launch event inside the Berkeley Church in downtown Toronto.Defiant was picked to represent the “strength, character, and resiliency” of Toronto. The team logo combines red, black, white and grey.“It’s been a work of passion, for sure,” said Chris Overholt, president and CEO of OverActive Media Group, which is the Defiant’s owner.“We really felt like it spoke to the city,” he said of the name.The 2019 season starts Feb. 4, with Toronto in the Atlantic Division.Vancouver is also joining the league, with Canucks Sports & Entertainment chairman Francesco Aquilini at the helm. It has yet to announce its name.The Vancouver franchise is partnering with Luminosity Gaming, a successful Canadian esports organization.The inaugural 2018 Overwatch season featured 12 teams: Boston Uprising, Florida Mayhem, Houston Outlaws, London Spitfire, New York Excelsior and Philadelphia Fusion in the Atlantic Division and Dallas Fuel, Los Angeles Gladiators, Los Angeles Valiant, San Francisco Shock, Seoul Dynasty and Shanghai Dragons in the Pacific Division.Other expansion franchises for 2019 are Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Paris, and Chengdu, Guangzhou and Hangzhou, China.The Toronto franchise has already started filling its front office while attracting $21.5 million in equity financing.Jaesun (Jae) Won has been named general manager. Beoumjun (Bishop) Lee, formerly of the London Spitfire, has been appointed head coach with help from assistant coach Yun (Bubbly) Ho Cho, strategic coach Dongwook (Don) Kim and analyst Dennis (Barroi) Matz.The Toronto franchise’s designated marketing area stretches from Kingston to London, Ont., and the Niagara region as well as Buffalo, Syracuse and Rochester south of the border.“Overwatch,” a team-based first-person shooter, has spawned a blue-chip esports league backed by big names and big money.The Toronto equity financing was led by original investors including tech entrepreneur Sheldon Pollack, venture capitalist Adam Adamou and Michael Kimel, part-owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins and co-founder of the Chase Hospitality Group.The original cost of an Overwatch franchise was pegged at US$20 million in its first year of operation in 2018 with reports suggesting the next round would go for a minimum of US$35 million.The London Spitfire won the inaugural league championship — and US$1 million — in July, defeating Philadelphia 3-0 at a soldout Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Philadelphia collected US$400,000 as runner-up.The league is the brainchild of Overwatch developer Blizzard Entertainment, whose gaming portfolio also includes “World of Warcraft” and “StarCraft.” Overwatch has more than 30 million players.The league plans to continue staging its games at Blizzard’s esports arena in Burbank, Calif., in 2019 with plans to stage games in the franchise cities in 2020.OverActive Media Group used to be The Ledger Group, rebranding in April to “to reflect its focus on the ownership of esports platforms.”The company has already invested in Rochester-based Splyce Inc., a professional esports team involved in “League of Legends,” “Call of Duty” and “Halo” leagues. It also has interests in Askott Entertainment Inc., a leading esports gaming company, and Enthusiast Gaming Inc., an esports media company.Follow @NeilMDavidson on Twitter
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