Loblaw Companies Ltd. is raising its dividend by almost five per cent despite reporting lower third-quarter net earnings in what the grocery giant called a period of “intense” competition.The grocery, pharmacy and general merchandise retailer said Wednesday that the higher quarterly dividend, which rises by a penny to 22 cents per share, reflects the board’s confidence in Loblaw’s long-term strategy.“Our investments are delivering and we’re confident in our plans for building the business the right way for the long term,” company president Vicente Trius said.But Trius noted it was a challenging quarter, in which Loblaw’s net income fell by 5.9 per cent to $222 million, or 79 cents per share, due to several one-time items.Those items include such as $29 million related to its ongoing overhaul of its information technology and supply chain, a $9 million charge related to share-based compensation and $8 million charge related to upgrading some conventional stores in Ontario.“In Q3, competition remained intense as promotional penetration continued to rise,” Trius said on a conference call.“While there was an increase in consumer confidence, the quarter saw rising unemployment and low retail price food inflation, which put pressure on the top line,” he said, referring to revenues.Trius said Loblaw is focusing on customer loyalty and bringing repeat business into its stores to help “manage our reliance on promotional activity,” as grocers discount certain items to bring traffic into their stores.He also said Loblaw (TSX:L) will manage costs to improve its competitive position.The owner of the Loblaws, Real Canadian Super Store, Joe Fresh, President’s Choice and other brands has been undergoing several years of operational changes as it upgrades its information technology system and adjusts its retail network.Loblaw is in stiff competition with its major rivals, Sobeys (TRX:SBY) and Metro Inc. (TSX:MRU) as well as other types of retailers that offer food items, including U.S.-based department store chain Walmart and Toronto-based Shoppers Drug Mart (TSX:SC) as they compete for scarce consumer dollars in a still weak economy.But in contrast to Loblaw’s weaker earnings, Quebec-based competitor Metro reported strong revenue and profit growth in its fourth quarter as it benefited from improvements at its own operations as well as its investment in convenience store chain Alimentation Couche-Tard (TSX:ATD.B).Metro’s net income was up 75.9 per cent compared with the same time last year, rising to $145.1 million or $1.46 per share from $84.4 million or 83 cents per share. Metro’s overall sales were up 11.1 per cent to $2.9 billion — less than one-third of Loblaw’s level.In Loblaw’s third-quarter financial results, the Brampton, Ont.-based company had slightly higher revenue and adjusted earnings than last year.Overall revenue at Loblaw grew by $100 million or one per cent to $9.8 billion from $9.7 billion in the comparable 2011 period, while earnings before items totalled $646 million, up 1.1 per cent.“We are pleased with the fundamental progress to date — the dividend increase announced this morning reflects the board’s confidence that management’s long-term strategy will build shareholder value over time,” executive chairman Galen G. Weston said on the conference call.RBC Capital Markets analyst Irene Nattel reacted to the dividend increase by saying,”Surprise! Loblaw amends dividend policy, raises divvy first time since 2004.”Nattel noted it was Loblaws intention to increase the dividend while investing in its business.“Based on prior policy, we had not expected dividend increase prior to 2014,” she wrote in a research note.Loblaw chief financial officer Sarah Davis said same-store sales — those that have been open for at least a year — decreased by 0.2 per cent.Davis said there was “modest” growth in Loblaw’s food, drug and gas bar businesses, offset by a decline in general merchandise. She added that apparel sales were flat.CIBC analyst Perry Caicco said Loblaw reported slightly better than expected quarterly results. Caicco noted that Loblaw’s adjusted earnings per share of 81 cents was higher than his estimate of 78 cents.Sales of $9,827 million, lower his forecast of $9,872 million and same store sales were below his forecast of a 0.5 per cent increase at 0.2 per cent, Caicco said in a research note.On Tuesday, a group representing Canadian drug plan sponsors announced it had chosen Loblaw as its preferred provider of pharmacy services.Coalition leader Towers Watson says the initiative would help employers contain the expense of providing drug and health benefits while also giving employees convenient access to pharmacy and health-care services through Loblaw’s retail locations.Loblaw has about 500 pharmacies within its grocery stores, which operate under various banners including Loblaws, Real Canadian Superstore and Zehrs.It also has more than 100 medical clinics, 100 optical shops and 60 Goodlife fitness facilities within or near Loblaw-owned locations.Shares in Loblaw were up 29 cents to close at $33.64 on the Toronto Stock Exchange. by LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 14, 2012 5:01 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Loblaw had ‘intense’ competition in Q3; raises dividend on long-term strategy
“At a time of regional turbulence, it is of the utmost importance that all parties ensure calm and restraint in order to preserve peace and stability in Lebanon,” the Secretary-General’s spokesperson said in a statement, adding that Mr. Ban “conveys his condolences to the families of the victims, and to the Government and people of Lebanon.”The attack occurred in Beirut’s mainly Christian district of Ashrafiya and, according to media reports, killed at least eight people while injuring dozens others. Among the dead was General Wissam al-Hassan, a senior commander in the Lebanese Internal Security Forces.The incident comes amidst fears that the conflict in neighbouring Syria, where more than 20,000 people, mostly civilians, have died since an uprising against the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad began last year, could spill over into Lebanon and exacerbate the delicate sectarian balance already existing in the country. “The Secretary-General calls on all Lebanese parties not to be provoked by this heinous terrorist act and to maintain their commitment to national unity,” the statement continued, adding that Mr. Ban also called for the incident to be “thoroughly investigated and for the perpetrators to be brought to justice.”In a press statement, the members of the Security Council echoed the Secretary-General’s appeals to the Lebanese people to uphold national unity in the face of such intimidation and violence and continue engaging in the pursuit of the so-called National Dialogue under the leadership of President Michel Sleiman.The National Dialogue, which resumed in June following a two year suspension, brought leaders of the Hizbollah-led March 8 bloc and the opposition March 14 coalition to commit to dialogue and avoid speeches that fuel sectarian hatred, particularly in light of sectarian violence linked to the conflict in Syria.“The members of the Security Council reiterated their unequivocal condemnation of any attempt to destabilize Lebanon through political assassinations and demanded an immediate end to the use of intimidation and violence against political figures,” the Council statement noted, while also mentioning that the Council members reaffirmed that terrorism constitutes “one of the most serious threats to international peace and security.”In addition, the Council members expressed their determination to support Lebanon’s efforts to bring the perpetrators of the attack to justice and urged all States to cooperate with the Lebanese authorities in this regard.
In a unanimously adopted resolution, the 15-member Council also decided that all UN Member States shall “prohibit” the direct or indirect supply, sale or transfer to the DPRK of crude oil, refined petroleum products, and various types of equipment and raw materials. The restrictions also applied with respect to the Member States’ territories, nationals, flagged vessels, aircraft, pipelines, rail lines, or vehicles and whether or not originating in their territories. The Security Council also decided that Member States shall repatriate all DPRK nationals earning income in that Member State’s jurisdiction and all DPRK government safety oversight attachés monitoring DPRK workers abroad “immediately but no later than 24 months,” unless the Member State determined that the national’s repatriation is prohibited under applicable national and international law, or if that national is a national of that Member State. Further, in relation to maritime interdiction of cargo vessels, the Council decided that Member States shall seize, inspect, and impound any vessel in their ports if the Member State has reasonable grounds to believe that the vessel was involved in activities, or the transport of items, prohibited by relevant UN resolutions.On the political side, the Security Council expressed its “deep concern” at the grave hardship that the people in the DPRK are subjected to and condemns the country for pursuing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles instead of the welfare of its people. Also in the resolution, the Council affirmed that it shall keep the country’s actions under “continuous review” and that it is determined to take further “significant measures” in the event of a further nuclear test or launch. UN chief welcomes unity in the Security CouncilFollowing the adoption of the resolution, Secretary-General António Guterres welcomed the continued unity of the Security Council and noted that it is essential to achieve the goal of denuclearisation and create the space for diplomatic initiatives aimed at achieving it in a peaceful manner. In a statement attributable to his spokesperson, Mr. Guterres supported the Council’s desire for a peaceful, diplomatic and political solution to the situation, as well as its urging of further work to reduce tensions. “The only way forward for a comprehensive peaceful and political solution requires de-escalation and open communication channels, now,” read the statement. “[The Secretary-General] reaffirms his commitment to working with all parties to this end [and] calls upon all Member States to ensure the full implementation of the relevant resolutions and to redouble efforts to make 2018 a pivotal year for the achievement of sustainable peace on the Korean Peninsula,” it added.
Beckham has just arrived back in England from China, where he was promoting his male grooming range, called house 99. He was also “flying the flag for British fashion” as part of a joint initiative with Chinese businesses and the British fashion council, according to his social media. Last week, he visited the Great Wall of China and posted a heartfelt message to his 51 million Instagram followers, thanking insurance giant AIA for the opportunity to play football with local children. Beckham played 115 times for England, became the first Englishman to win league titles in four countries and collected 19 major trophies in his 20-year playing career. He retired in 2013 after turning out for Manchester United, Real Madrid, LA Galaxy, AC Milan and Paris St Germain. David Beckham behind the wheel of his car having left a Justin Bieber concert at the O2 in 2016Credit:Splash News Beckham was driving a Bentley Continental, which has a top speed of 207mph and costs at least £156,000. The former footballer was not present at court, but just after 11:30am, during proceedings, he posted a photo of himself in a car on his Instagram account with the caption ‘London Traffic’ and an ‘angry’ emoji. It is believed that his lawyer had no idea about the post which received a negative reaction on social media. Mr Freeman, who has previously represented Sir Alex Ferguson, Colin Montgomerie and Ranulph Fiennes has gained a reputation as ‘Mr Loophole’ after fine combing cases and finding errors by the state. Instances of successful cases include noticing spelling mistakes on names, late serving of notices and his client needing to speed in order to use the toilet (Sir Alex Ferguson). Between them, they could not successfully argue beyond reasonable doubt that the letter would have been sent in time to be received in time. It was noted that on February, 3487 NIPs were sent out. The defence called two witnesses, a legal assistant and the woman in charge of the post room at Bentley’s Crewe offices who have over four decades’ work at the car company between them. Colette Hollies, the legal assistant, said she recalled opening the notice of intended prosecution on February 7 because it was the same car and the same driver as an NIP received the week before.This is to say that Beckham was contacted about being the driver of a speeding vehicle in an incident one day before the one in court today. It is unknown what the outcome of that case was.“It isn’t every day that you get a Bentley being driven by David Beckham which prima facie is being driven too fast,” said Mr Freeman. Freeman argued that the Bentley post system was efficient and that the first letter arrived on time, but the second letter arrived late and that was not the fault of Bentley or his client. Freeman, who lives in Cheshire and has a villa on the French Riviera, wrote a book called ‘The art of the loophole’ in 2012. 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. The case against Beckham, which lasted more than five hours, came down to proving when the notice of intended prosecution was sent and received. The law states that an NIP must be received within 14 days of the offence being committed. Beckham’s lawyer said that it arrived on February 7, which was 15 days after the offence and was therefore invalid. Three prosecution witnesses were called from the Metropolitan Police, who worked in IT, the post room and the camera processing services team. David Beckham has swerved a speeding fine after his lawyer, dubbed “Mr Loophole”, successfully argued that despite driving too fast, the notice of prosecution was defective. The former England football captain had been caught driving a Bentley at 59mph in a 40mph zone, and although the speed was not contested, the fact that the notice arrived late meant that Beckham could not be convicted.Summing up, his lawyer Nick Freeman said: “He is accepting he is driving, he is accepting the speed. That isn’t in any way in dispute. It may cause some disquiet but that is a matter for Parliament. It is a statutory requirement and if the law needs to be changed then so be it.”The celebrity lawyer had earlier failed in a bid to get the case completely thrown out on the technicality when District Judge Barbara Barnes ruled there was a case to answer. But having heard the evidence, she ruled: “In this particular case and on the evidence I have heard, what I find is that it is more likely than not that the notice was not served on the registered keeper of the vehicle in time.”The incident took place on January 23 this year, just after 5:30pm on the A40 in Paddington, not far from the 43-year-old’s Holland Park home, Wimbledon Magistrates court heard.
When Jonah was swallowed by a whale it was three days and three nights before he was finally spat back out, alive, on a beach.Fortunately for Rainer Schimpf, 51, who similarly found himself trapped in the jaws of a huge whale, his ordeal was of rather less biblical proportions.The South African dive tour operator has described the moment everything went dark as his head and torso were suddenly swallowed by a Bryde’s Whale mid feeding frenzy as it gulped down everything in its path.“There was no time for fear or any emotion,” he told the Telegraph.“I knew instantly what had happened. I knew that a whale had come and taken me and I I instinctively held my breath, assuming that it would dive down again and spit me out somewhere in the depths of the Indian Ocean.”Mr Schimpf had been snorkeling with two colleagues some 25 nautical miles off the coast near Port Elizabeth Harbour. Rainer Schimpf in the ocean with the Bryde’s Whale Credit:Heinz Toperczer / Barcroft Images The experienced marine conservationist and photographer was attempting to film a sardine run, when gannets, penguins, seals, dolphins, whales and sharks work together to gather the fish into bait balls.Keen to get the best shots, he had plunged into the centre of a swirling ball of fish. Incredibly, the experience barely knocked the wind out of him and after checking he had no injuries, he dived back into the water in search of the bait ball. Rainer Schimpf, 51, has worked as a dive tour operator in South Africa for over 15 years When the sea suddenly churned up, the group realised that something strange was happening.Out of the darkness loomed a Bryde’s Whale, shooting up from the depths, jaws wide open. In that split second Mr Schimpf found himself wedged, head first, inside the mammal’s mouth.“I felt enormous pressure around my waist which is when I guess the whale realized his mistake,” he added.“As the the whale turned sideways, he opened his mouth slightly to release me and I was washed out, together with what felt like tons of water, of his mouth, while the whale himself was swallowing all the fish in his throat.”Watching from a nearby boat were Heinz Toperczer, a photographer and Silke Schimpf, Mr Schimpf’s wife, who were forced to watch on in horror as events unfolded.As the ordeal lasted just 1.8 seconds, they did not register what happened until Mr Schimpf was back up and out of the water, still clutching his underwater camera.“Silke saw there was a foreign object in the whale but it was only when I popped up by the boat she realised it was me,” Mr Schimpf added. 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.
Certified hydrostatic pressure testing of cyclone pulp distributors, cyclone assemblies and components as well as launders is now available at the Multotec Group’s manufacturing facility in Spartan, Gauteng. Pressure vessel verification testing is also offered. “Every pressure test for pulp distributors conforming to pressure vessel standards is conducted in accordance with the world standard ASME VIII or BS EN 13445 or other applicable standard,” Faan Bornman, Product Manager, Cyclones for Multotec, stated.The test is conducted at a pressure of 1.5 times the design pressure or to client specific requirements, where applicable. The test method is used as a screening tool to determine the integrity of the target product body and welded joint efficiencies under hydrostatic pressure to which a liquid-tight and deflection resistance is essential. Bornman states that an incompressible liquid such as water or oil is used for most tests. A combination of positive displacement pumps and safety relief valves is used to slowly increase pressure to a predetermined level for a set time. “For PED requirements a visual inspection is subsequently performed to determine whether any leakage exists or whether the pressure reduces from set pressure point. Physical deflections on the casing or shells are also measured and recorded,” he states.Multotec Process Equipment undertakes hydrostatic pressure testing on pulp distributors manufactured in-house prior to approval for completion of the manufacturing process, including lining, coating and assembly. The testing service is also offered to external clients and can include refurbished components as well as spare parts that may have been warehoused for a time. Pulp distributors not designed to pressure vessel regulations are subjected to the MPE hydrostatic internal test procedure CTS010, a test that aligns with international standards. With all tests, a written analysis and record of all measurements are to be taken in order to demonstrate that the given vessel meets the requirements of the appropriate hydrostatic test. As an original equipment manufacturer (OEM), Multotec has the authority to provide certification of all in-house testing.The following methodology is applied for hydrostatic testing: all seams, connections of fittings, plugs, couplings and welds made to the outside surface are visually examined for leakage. For distributor testing, if a leak is detected at any pressure level reading during the test, the pressure is immediately reduced to one-half of the pressure level reading while the leak is located. The deflection of the distributor wall, lid and under pan are measured and recorded at 25%, 50%, 75% and 100% of the pre-determined test pressure. The pressure is maintained for 15 minutes at each interval. After inspection, the vessel or system is relieved of its pressure gradually, the vents at the top of the system are opened, the liquid media is drained and the system dried to preclude excessive corrosion. Thereafter, the unit is signed off to allow further manufacturing processes to be undertaken.
Regardless of the performance and result last night, I think anyone who saw them against England will say that they’re a very decent side. I think we’ll have our work cut out.After Tuesday, O’Neill faces almost a four-month break before Ireland’s next friendly against Serbia in March.That’s just one aspect of international management that he will have to adapt to but he said his hunger and drive remain the same as ever.“It’s just raw enthusiasm for the game and I think those things never change really. I think the minute that they do change, I think that’s when you want to reassess things.I think that hunger was there from starting out as a player as an 18-year-old. I haven’t felt any changes.Of course there’s ups and downs and everybody has experienced those things but everybody feels the same. MARTIN O’NEILL WARNED that there are tougher tests to come for Ireland — starting with Tuesday’s trip to Poland.O’Neill’s reign got off to a winning start against a weak Latvia side in the Aviva Stadium.Over 37,000 fans turned out to greet the new management as Robbie Keane, Aiden McGeady and Shane Long got the goals on a feel-good night for Irish football.But the new manager was not reading too much into the 3-0 win.O’Neill said: “It’s a game that we were expected to win and we’ve won. We’ve won well.”The squad fly out to Poznan after training tomorrow but they may be without Joey O’Brien, who pulled up with a sore hamstring during the warm-up.The West Ham defender is due to go for a precautionary scan before O’Neill decides on any additional call-ups later this evening.While Ireland were celebrating, Poland were beaten 2-0 by Slovakia in Wroclaw last night. The defeat was their third in a row but O’Neill said that Ireland can’t be deceived by recent results.
By Cónal Thomas https://jrnl.ie/4577952 ‘Heart of our city’: Dublin’s 2019 Pride Parade will return to O’Connell Street Over 7,000 people from 150 groups will lead this year’s parade and march. Share1462 Tweet Email5 DUBLIN’S LGBTQ PRIDE Parade will start at O’Connell Street this year and finish at Merrion Square, organisers announced today. From O’Connell Street, the parade will turn on to Eden Quay and pass Liberty Hall – the start of the first large-scale march for LGBTQ+ rights in Ireland in 1983.The Parade will then cross the Liffey at Talbot Memorial Bridge and travel along City Quay, Lombard Street, Westland Row and end with a free outdoor event at Merrion Square.Last year, the parade was directed away from major thoroughfares. Travelling down Kevin Street, Patrick Street, and Nicholas Street before crossing the River Liffey, the parade finished at Smithfield on the northside.Green Party councillor Claire Byrne subsequently raised the issue with council management in March and called for the parade to be re-routed down O’Connell Street. The parade, licensed by Dublin City Council, marched down the city’s main artery until 2016 when it was changed to make way for Luas Cross City works. This year’s Pride Parade on 29 June will start at the Garden of Remembrance before starting off from O’Connell Street.Over 7,000 people from 150 groups will lead this year’s parade. It’s estimated that 60,000 people took part in last year’s parade and march. Short URL Image: RollingNews.ie Image: RollingNews.ie 40 Comments 20,691 Views Friday 5 Apr 2019, 10:00 AM Apr 5th 2019, 10:00 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Apple Tags Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Phones reading • The mobile world might finally get exciting again in 2019 Samsung’s foldable phone may be among the more interesting developments in the mobile world of 2019. CNET When one of the biggest “innovations” in smartphones in 2018 was the addition of a notch on the display, you know the industry has hit a rut. With fewer big technical leaps between generations, there’s plenty of evidence that consumers are starting to hit the snooze button on upgrading their phones. A year ago, smartphone sales fell for the first time, and they’ve continued to be on the decline despite one of the best lineups ever. Consumers aren’t embracing Samsung’s latest flagship smartphones, which come with only modest updates, and Apple has ceased reporting its iPhone unit sales numbers. That’s poised to change in 2019. There are enough big upgrades worth talking about, from the advent of 5G (finally) to the debut of flexible, foldable smartphones. The completion of the merger between T-Mobile and Sprint — still not a guaranteed deal yet — could also shake up pricing plans and dynamics between carriers. Lastly, the ultimate fate of Huawei, which got thrown in the air when Wangzhou Meng, the company’s chief financial officer, and daughter of its founder, was arrested by Canadian authorities. “Next year will be different,” said Gartner analysts Mark Hung. Here’s a rundown of what we expect in the coming year, including tons of buzz at CES. 5G In a discussion about mobile, how can you not talk about 5G? The technology will get a decent kickoff at CES 2019, but you can expect the momentum to build through the year as carriers switch and more and more advanced cellular towers go up. Ever since Verizon said, three years ago, that it was going to start field-testing 5G, the term’s been one of the hottest buzzwords in tech history. The huge bandwidth boost, responsiveness, and ability to handle multiple devices with varying connection speeds is poised to change our lives — one day. 5G is going to change your life — one day. James Martin/CNET Though carriers have all committed to a healthy number of launch markets, there’ll be a race to see who can get to scale fastest. T-Mobile said it was committing to a nationwide network build-out by 2020. Before it can expand its early rollout, Verizon needs to move beyond its proprietary standard for the home broadband service and adopt the industry-standard 5G specifications. The company has declined to provide more specifics on its roll out. On the product side, look to giants like Samsung to go big with 5G, which is expected to roll out on multiple devices, including one version of the company’s flagship Galaxy S10. OnePlus also said it expects to be among the first with a 5G smartphone, and Sprint and LG have vowed to launch the first 5G smartphone in the US. Foldable phones Foldable phones are either a gimmick or the next wave of mobile device design. But if nothing else, they add a new wrinkle and shake up the standard slab of glass or metal. Samsung offered a brief glimpse at its prototype foldable phone, and it’s likely we’ll see the real deal early next year. The folding mechanism may be little more than a novelty at first, but so was the curved display introduced in the Galaxy Round smartphone five years ago. Samsung provided a brief glimpse of its next big innovative phone. Eventually, that curved display technology made its way to Samsung’s flagship Galaxy Note line, and it’s standard on all Galaxy S phones. The key will be whether developers decide to take advantage of the fold-out screen — that’s why Samsung first showed off the phone at its developer conference. “Any time you have a significant departure on form factor, that engenders a lot of different products,” Hung said. “There will be a lot of experimentation.” Patrick Moorhead, an analyst at Moor Insights, hopes that experimentation involves larger foldable devices that go from a tablet to a full-fledged laptop. Samsung likely won’t be alone. The FlexPai from startup Royole is the first foldable phone to hit the market, though it’s unlikely you’ll ever see it outside of China. Huawei and Lenovo are also working on foldable phone technology, and more companies will probably hop on the bandwagon. T-Mobile-Sprint? The will-they-won’t-they romance of the wireless world continues into 2019. Ever since the deal for T-Mobile to buy Sprint was announced in April, the companies, especially executives from T-Mobile, have worked hard to sell the prospect of the combination. They’ve tried pushing the notion of cheaper, more-comprehensive 5G service and more coverage across the US as benefits of the deal. T-Mobile is awaiting the decision on whether it can buy Sprint. T-Mobile But it’s not a slam dunk. Consumer groups oppose the deal, as do the unions for communications workers. The government under former President Barack Obama killed the last attempt at a deal, but regulators under President Donald Trump might be more receptive. The companies maintain the deal will close in early 2019. If it does, consumers will see significant changes, with one of the four major carriers disappearing. Moorhead believes it’ll be good for consumers, potentially lowering prices as the combined company saves on infrastructure costs. T-Mobile has vowed to hire more employees and open more stores, though local Sprint stores will likely disappear. “It puts AT&T and Verizon on notice,” he said. It’s clear all eyes will be on this combination. “We’re watching this merger unfold, like everyone else, and don’t have any comments,” said an AT&T spokeswoman. A Verizon spokesman wasn’t available for comment. Huawei drama The world’s largest telecommunications provider and second-largest smartphone maker has had a rough beginning and end of the year thanks to the US. At the start of 2018, Verizon and AT&T shut down the prospect of selling phones made by Huawei, which has been seen as too cozy with the Chinese government, and Best Buy outright banned all of its products. Earlier this month, at the behest of US authorities, Canada arrested Huawei Chief Financial Officer Wanzhou Meng, who’s also the daughter of founder Zhengfei Ren. Meng faces charges of utilizing American banks to help with sales of equipment to Iran in violation of US sanctions. She was released on bail Dec. 11. The Huawei Mate 20 is a top-tier phone. Too bad you can’t buy it at any US carriers or Best Buy. Angela Lang/CNET Huawei maintains that she’s innocent. A company spokeswoman declined to provide further comment. How does all this hamper Huawei’s momentum in the phone business? The company this year overtook Apple as the No. 2 smartphone player, but the controversies could hurt its prospects with consumers. “It’s going to be a challenging year for Huawei,” Hung said. 5G is your next big upgrade: Everything you need to know about the 5G revolution. Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens. Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? 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Abe, stunning in a green resin from the Photon. Sarah Tew/CNET Abe, looking sharp from the Inventor II. Sarah Tew/CNET $220 at Amazon $400 at Amazon 6 $700 at Amazon Best for sharp details This is my go-to printer for balancing price, ease of use and print quality. Flashforge is the manufacturer, and sells this as the Adventurer 3, while the Monoprice Voxel version is the same hardware, just sold under a different name (the Voxel screen even says “Adventurer 3” when you turn it on). It’s not the fanciest for 3D printing, but it has a fully enclosed print area, a touchscreen interface and a flexible heated print bed that lets you pop off quality prints with ease. The most important thing about this pair of printers (and I tested both versions) is that the setup was painless, and I was up and printing in less than 30 minutes after opening the box and gathering materials. I did find the Wi-Fi connection could be finicky at times, but at least there’s a USB port right on the front panel for importing your files to the machine via thumb drive. My other complaint — the enclosed filament housing only takes half-size 0.5kg rolls, not the more common 1kg rolls. 18 Photos Best cheap 3D printer Share your voice Tags Sarah Tew/CNET See the Monoprice version here Sarah Tew/CNET Abe, in a solid print considering the low price of the Monoprice V2. Sarah Tew/CNET Best for protecting prints Anycubic Photon Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET The Inventor II is a step up in quality from the Adventurer/Voxel, even though it’s roughly the same size and close to the same build volume. The larger color touchscreen is a huge improvement, making it much easier to tap in Wi-Fi passwords. The enclosed space means 3D printing will pause automatically if someone opens the door, and the removable heated print bed is hefty, with a clever flexible top surface that peels off magnetically. It was a little faster than the Adventurer, with more calibration and fine-tuning options for 3D printing. But it also gets the same knock, an enclosed filament housing that only fits smaller 0.5kg spools, which are less economical and harder to find. In our Abe Lincoln test, it had the cleanest, most detailed print of the filament-based printers with a resolution of 50-400 microns. Flashforge Inventor II Despite the low price, this is a pretty damn full-featured 3D printer, and a favorite first step for testing the 3D printing waters. Monoprice also sells a slightly less expensive entry level design, called the Mini Delta, but this is superior in just about every way — and it’s often on sale for $199, or even a little less. But it’s also a good deal harder to set up and use than some of the more expensive models. The print surface is exposed, so your prints are more vulnerable to the elements (or cats, or children), and it took much tweaking, calibrating and troubleshooting to get quality results. Despite the beginner price, it’s not as beginner-friendly as I’d like it to be. That said, we got some very nice prints from it, eventually. Abe, very good, a little softer on the details, from the Adventurer 3. CNET/Lori Grunin Crazy things I’ve made on a 3D printer No matter how fine, most 3D prints are still just plastic layered one drop at a time. That means layer lines, surface imperfections and a look that’s not as clean as professionally molded plastic. Resin printers are the next step up in design when you want your print to look as high quality as anything made in a factory. Instead of 3D printing your object with a hot nozzle depositing bits of plastic filament, resin printers use UV light to cure liquid resin, one paper-thin layer at a time, on an upside down print bed that slowly rises from a vat of semitoxic slime. Yes, it’s as unpleasant as it sounds. The resin smells bad, and requires rubber gloves to handle (and a well-ventilated room for printing). You’ll also need isopropyl alcohol to wash the prints after they come out, and a UV lamp to finish the curing process. It’s a lot of work and mess. But the print we got from the Anycubic Photon was simply amazing. (Resolution is 25-100 microns.) Cured resin feels almost like glass, and holds quality detail. The results are astounding — just be prepared for what you’re getting into. Flashforge Adventurer 3/Monoprice Voxel 3D printing, like virtual reality, is one of those things that always seems to be on the cusp of going mainstream, without ever quite crossing over. Even though we’ve seen the concept play out for years on TV and in movies (what do you think a Star Trek replicator is doing?), having a 3D printer at home is still considered wildly exotic outside of a small enthusiast audience. I started playing around with 3D printing last year, mostly to satisfy my own curiosity, with an unexpected result. I’m now completely addicted to 3D printing. Over the past several months, I’ve searched for the best 3D printer and tested several models, from rock-bottom Monoprice printers to step-up resin printers that produce a truly professional-level print for prototyping. Below are printers in the lower-cost price range that we tested in the CNET Labs, and close-ups of one of our comparison test prints, a bust of Abraham Lincoln. 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New Delhi : US President Donald Trump once again offered to mediate the “explosive” situation in Jammu and Kashmir, a day after he spoke on the phone with PM Narendra Modi and Pakistan premier Imran Khan. Amid mounting international concern over a flare-up in violence between the two nuclear-armed neighbours, Trump said he was happy to try and help calm the situation in Kashmir where tensions have spiked since India revoked autonomous rule on August 5. Also Read – BJP launches anti-AAP campaign to save Delhi Advertise With Us “Kashmir is a very complicated place. You have Hindus and you have the Muslims and I wouldn’t say they get along so great. I will do the best I can to mediate,” he added. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also told Modi in a phone call that the Kashmir dispute must be resolved between India and Pakistan alone. Trump has indicated that the US forces will not completely withdraw from warn-torn Afghanistan and America will have “somebody there” to make sure that Taliban does not regain control. During the presidential election campaign in 2016, Trump had pledged to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan and end America’s longest war. Also Read – In his first after abrogation of Art 370, Army chief to visit Srinagar today Advertise With Us The Trump administration has intensified its efforts to seek a negotiated settlement of America’s longest war in Afghanistan where the US has lost over 2,400 soldiers since late 2001, when it invaded the country after the 9/11 terror attacks. “We will always have intelligence, and we’ll always have somebody there,” Trump told reporters at his Oval Office on Tuesday. Advertise With Us He was responding to questions on the ongoing peace talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan. Trump said he would like to look at various alternatives. “One of the alternatives is going on right now. We’re talking about a plan — I don’t know whether or not the plan is going to be acceptable to me. Maybe it’s not going to be acceptable to them. But we are talking. We have good talks going, and we’ll see what happens. This is more than other Presidents have done,” he said. “We have brought it down. We are bringing some of our troops back. But we have to have a presence,” Trump said, ruling out a complete withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. He was asked, “Could we be back to where we were pre-9/11 with the Taliban in complete and total control of Afghanistan?” “Well, that’s what we have to watch,” Trump responded. And if the Taliban were “really right” in what they’re saying, they would stop that from happening, because they could stop that from happening very easily. MoS status to mayors In a significant development, the J&K government has decided to accord Minister of State status to its two mayors. Junaid Azim Mattu is currently mayor of Srinagar while Chander Mohan Gupta is mayor of Jammu. With this status, both Mattu and Gupta will enjoy expanded power and will be able to take executive decisions. As mayors, their roles and responsibilities were restricted to their municipal jurisdiction. Typically, a mayor is considered a ceremonial authority with limited power and state governments with all the resources continue to take most critical decisions. Bajwa’s extension hailed China on Wednesday welcomed the extension of Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s term for another three years, saying he is an “old friend” of the Chinese government who has made “robust” contributions to the bilateral relations. General Bajwa, 58, who was appointed as the Chief of Army Staff by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in November 2016, was to retire in November, but Prime Minister Imran Khan extended his term for another three years in view of the “regional security environment”. The decision was taken amid fresh tension in India-Pakistan relations and the ongoing Afghan peace talks between the United States and the Taliban militants, facilitated by Islamabad. Pak violates ceasefire Pakistan on Wednesday again resorted to unprovoked mortar shelling in Jammu and Kashmir”s Rajouri district, triggering an immediate response from India. The ceasefire violation by Pakistan took place in Rajouri district”s Sundarbani sector at about 3.45 p.m., officials said. Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing small arms and shelling with mortars in Sunderbani Sector. The Indian Army retaliated with equal force. On Tuesday, Pakistan had fired small arms and fired mortars in the Krishna Ghati sector. Pakistan violated the ceasefire near the Line of Control (LoC) in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district on Monday too. Army sources said an increase in shelling could be part of Pakistan”s efforts to sneak in militants into Jammu and Kashmir. Kashmir issue at UNHRC Pakistan plans to raise the Kashmir issue at the UN Human Rights Council, Foreign Office spokesperson Muhammad Faisal said on Wednesday. Briefing the Senate Committee on Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan Affairs, Faisal said that consultation was going on various options including to use the forum of the UN Human Rights Council. He said another platform available for Pakistan was to raise the issue in the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s foreign ministers’ meeting.
Women shout slogans during a protest against the government and police forces after at least nine people were killed when police fired at protesters calling for the closure of a Vedanta Resources-controlled copper smelter in Thootukudi, in southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, in Chennai, India, May 22, 2018.REUTERS/P.RavikumarSterlite Copper is seeking a renewal for a factory license and supplying power to the unit after the National Green Tribunal directed the company to apply for fresh licenses after the company was embroiled in problems relating to protests against the pollution caused by the copper smelter.On December 15, the National Green Tribunal gave three weeks for the Tamil Nadu government to give the approvals.The Sterlite Copper plant saw itself in the middle of massive protests in Tamil Nadu earlier this year when the residents of Tuticorin (a town in Tamil Nadu), rallied against the factory citing that it was contaminating the water as well as the air.The pollution control also landed in hot water since locals accused it of allowing the smelter to work with shorter chimneys when it is not allowed.The Tamil Nadu government had closed down the plant on March 28 when thirteen protesters were killed in a police firing in Tuticorin.The NGT has ordered the TN government to reverse the closing down of the factory and that the licenses are given to the factory to ensure smooth working of the plant. They said that the shutting down of the plant was ‘unjustified’ and ‘non-sustainable’, reports Times of India.”Upon receiving the approvals, we will need at least one-two months to complete maintenance work. The plant is without care and maintenance for the past six months or so,” S Ramnath, CEO of Sterlite Copper was quoted as saying by TOI.He added they the company is willing to sit down and talk with the government over the necessary actions needed to limit the pollution. He also said that upon receiving the approvals it will need at least a couple of months for the factory to get back into shape since the machines and appliances have not been in use for the past six months.
Princess Diana relaxes on the sand during a visit to the beach on the Caribbean Island of Nevis. ReutersFrom her engagement to Prince Charles as a shy teenager to her roles as doting mother, humanitarian and global celebrity, Diana’s turbulent life still captivates people around the world.Young, beautiful and fun, she seemed refreshingly informal when she married the heir to the throne in 1981 at age 20, after what the media and palace officials portrayed as a fairytale romance.But the acrimonious breakdown of her relationship with Charles, during which every salacious detail was played out in the world’s newspapers, would shake the monarchy to the core and drive her to self-harm.For many people the public image of Diana remains fixed as she was in an extraordinary 1995 interview in which she spoke out about her feelings over her husband’s affair with Camilla Parker Bowles, her own infidelity and her history of self-harm.The way she spilled secrets, stripping the monarchy of its mystique and casting doubt on Charles’s ability to be king, drew horror in some parts of the British establishment.But for many ordinary people, her troubles-revived once again in a slew of new documentaries and interviews-made her only more popular.“Like Marilyn Monroe, she has frozen in time. She was like a creature locked in a piece of amber. There forever-beautiful, young, vulnerable and damaged,” said royal biographer Penny Junor.13 dates before marriageBorn on July 1, 1961, Diana grew up in an aristocratic family with ties to the monarch-her father worked for the late king George VI and Queen Elizabeth II.She grew up with three siblings, in a childhood marred by the bitter break-up of her parents.She left school at 16 with no qualifications and went to finishing school in Switzerland, before getting a job in a nursery in London.From the moment she was linked to Charles, however, her life changed.The prince was under increasing pressure to find a bride, and at the age of 32, he proposed-perhaps too soon.Diana said they only met 13 times before their wedding.She quickly fulfilled her primary duty as princess, with the birth of an heir, William, the following year, followed by Harry two years later.Diana was a hands-on, adoring mother, and also possessed a remarkable empathy that drew people to her. Coupled with a strong sense of style, she rode a wave of popular and media enthusiasm for the monarchy.She used her position to champion some of the most marginalised groups in society, shaking hands with patients with AIDS and leprosy, who were viewed as pariahs at the time.But beneath the surface she was in turmoil, plagued by bulimia and wracked by self-doubt made worse by the feeling that her husband did not love her-and the rest of the royals did not care.Crossed a lineRumours that the marriage was in trouble broke into the open in 1992, after Andrew Morton lifted the lid on Diana’s misery with a revelatory book, tactically endorsed by the princess herself.That year ended with the bombshell announcement that the royal couple would separate.The scandal only deepened with further recriminations and allegations appearing in the media, before first Charles and then Diana admitted to being unfaithful.In her 1995 interview with the BBC’s Panorama programme, Diana gave her version of events, admitting her affair with army officer James Hewitt, but also criticising the royals and questioning her husband’s ability to be king.This crossed a line. A few weeks later, the queen, who had already publicly expressed her sadness at the situation, wrote to both Charles and Diana urging them to seek a divorce.On August 28, 1996, the divorce was granted and Diana was stripped of her title of Her Royal Highness. The fairytale was over.‘Queen of people’s hearts’Still a princess, Diana remained in the public eye.She found new love in Dodi Fayed, the son of millionaire businessman Mohamed Al Fayed, who was also killed with her on August 31, 1997, as their car was chased by paparazzi through the streets of Paris.The outpouring of public grief was immense.Millions of flowers were left outside her home at Kensington Palace, and thousands lined the streets of London to pay their last respects at her funeral.Much of the popular anger over her death was directed at the royal family, fuelled by the queen’s initial refusal to return to London to greet the crowds, and there was a surge of republicanism.Two decades on, public support for the monarchy is as strong as ever and Charles-with Camilla-has to a large extent been rehabilitated.But neither will likely ever match the popularity of his first wife, the self-styled “queen of people’s hearts”.
Stay on target Buy This Comic: DEATH ORB #1Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1 “The damn dirty crossover event you demanded! Following the events of the first Planet of the Apes film (1968), Dr. Zaius and General Ursus lead a small group of soldiers to the Forbidden Zone to destroy any remaining evidence of Taylor’s time among them. To their surprise, they discover…A KONG! Now they must venture to Skull Island with Cornelius and Zira to discover the truth, but they may not survive the deadliest journey of their lives!”KONG ON THE PLANET OF THE APES #1(W): Ryan Ferrier (A): Carlos Magno (C): Alex Guimaraes (L): Ed Dukeshire (CA): Mike HuddlestonPlanet of the Apes (1968) is one of those spectacular movies that can do no wrong in the eyes of many, but continuing the story from that film is always a bit of a toss-up. It becomes equally as challenging to bridge Planet of the Apes with Kong, two franchises that are different but can combine an expansive ape mythology. The creative team behind Kong on the Planet of the Apes connects both of those worlds together in harmony. It leaves you astonished with the epic amount of storytelling they’re ready to deliver.via BOOM! StudiosRyan Ferrier does an incredible job not only bringing you into this world but making this world into something of his own creation. He doesn’t leave anyone behind, immediately setting his feet on the ground and ready to set you on a journey of apekind. Nothing compares to Ferrier’s creator-owned comics (which are fantastic, read them all please), however, you can tell how much in his element he is with this. He writes like someone who has mapped and detailed almost everything. The mannerisms, speeches, and thoughts of every ape, giving them something that only he can portray.Ferrier not only writes what happens after the original film but provides the story with more depth and thought. He writes a bold new refreshing addition to the series, leaving behind the second movie and wanting you to focus on this. He also includes small things for new and hardcore fans from both series to delight over. Kong on the Planet of the Apes reads like someone lived and breathed the original, but combined and counterbalanced it with their own creation and voice. It’s complete utter fanboy at its most excellent. You’re getting the original series told the way he’s always visioned.via BOOM! StudiosCarlos Magno’s art is unbelievable. Magno’s illustrations capture this world like no other. Magno’s has worked on Planet of the Apes and Kong of Skull Island, so this is just a unique combination of the two to expand his talents upon. His art is criminal with the details. From the first time we see the gory remains of a Kong, to the amount of expertise on the faces, Magno captures every little element throughout the comic that immediately takes hold of you. One thing I love is the ability to make each ape their own. Magno’s incredible skill allows you to differentiate, which could totally blend together if not careful. He also makes this his own. He carefully executes taking from the original movie, but giving their facial expressions, mannerisms, wardrobe, and setting something that is all his own.Alex Guimarães’ colors pair spectacularly with Magno’s illustrations. Guimarães’ creates a warm and unsure atmosphere to the comic. He leaves you in suspense, but also an enthusiastic sense of adventure. You’re also grounded by his colors, meaning that you know your place as an observer in this world. It elevates the mood his colors carry within the panels.Ed Dukeshire’s letters stand out as well. He works side by side with Ferrier’s script, guiding you through the story and never once letting go. A particular thing I always find interesting is when comics include diary passages. They allow you to achieve a sense of time but also carries with them a distinct personality to them. Dukeshire’s diary passages are just one amazing piece of his lettering with the story but doesn’t separate itself from the story. Each member of the book shines within that realm, coming together to create these small moments that very much have their own personal touch to them.via BOOM! StudiosKong on the Planet of the Apes is a comic you didn’t know you wanted, but damn happy to get. This team does an amazing job putting their all into this comic. It feels like a passion piece. It’s a worthy follow-up to the original but stands upright on its own two feet. Fans of both of these franchises will no doubt love the direction that this team is taking and will definitely want to know what happens next. Kong on the Planet of the Apes is available now on Comixology and in print.11/8/17 Releases – In addition to Kong on the Planet of the Apes, here’s a list of other new titles that came out this week that you should be reading.4 Kids Walk Into A Bank TP by Matthew Rosenberg (W), Tyler Boss (P, I, C) Black MaskEugenic #2 by (W): James Tynion IV (W), Eryk Donovan (A), Dee Cunniffe (C), Jim Campbell (L) BOOM! StudiosKid Lobotomy #2 by Peter Milligan (W), Tess Fowler (A), Lee Loughridge (C), Aditya Bidikar (L) Black Crown/IDWRose Vol. 1 by Meredith Finch (W), IG Guara (P & I), Triona Farrell (C), Cardinal Rae (L) Image Comics Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
The Bears made the trade of the NFL offseason when they pulled off a deal with the Raiders to land All-Pro stud pass rusher Khalil Mack, and while Colin thinks Oakland made a big mistake by not signing Mack long-term, today he said the biggest loser in the deal is Aaron Rodgers.Not only does Rodgers now have to face Mack’s harassment twice a year until he retires, the Packers also missed a golden opportunity to give him long needed defensive help by not trying to land Mack with picks they have available. The trade would have made sense for Green Bay because they’ve traditionally struggled to land impact free agents, but they decided to play it safe instead of going all in. The Bears did, and now Rodgers is has to deal with the consequences. He deserves better, but instead it’s more of the same.Watch Colin explain:
Police have opened an inquest into the death of a man whose body was found inside a house that burned down.Yesterday (October 16), police were called to a house that had caught alight in the Thembalihle area of Steadville.The body of the deceased, who was about 25 years of age, was found inside the house.The deceased has not yet been officially identified.The cause of the fire is also unclear at this stage.An update will follow as soon as we know more. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!
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