Trudie Styler And Sting To Host Rhythm And Reds To Benefit Mill

first_imgIt’s not every day you see the words “music” and “Deafness” paired together in such harmony. Actually, it may sound downright out of place for those who aren’t familiar with Deaf, hard of hearing or special needs populations.Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf has witnessed the astounding effects of music therapy and improved literacy first-hand – and they’re personally inviting you into their world.On Wednesday, June 22, from 6 – 8PM, the Mill Neck Family of Organizations, along with actress and director Trudie Styler and Sting, is hosting an exclusive evening called “Rhythm and Reds,” a wine tasting featuring vintages from their Tuscan estate, Il Palagio, and food pairing event to benefit the Mill Neck Manor Music Endowment Fund for children and adults who are Deaf and have other special needs.Guests will have opportunities to bid on silent auction items, including a Fender Precision Bass Guitar autographed by Sting; dinner for 10; the evening’s featured wines; an autographed selection of Sting’s albums and much more. While the event is sold out, online auction bidding begins on May 16 at 10 a.m. at upcoming event will be held at the historic Mill Neck Manor House, a circa 1923, Tudor Revival mansion at 40 Frost Mill Road in Mill Neck. Attendees will partake in a special wine tasting of four vintage red wines: “When We Dance,” “Message in a Bottle,” “Casino delle Vie” and “Sister Moon,” all produced at Il Palagio – Trudie and Sting’s sprawling 865-acre Tuscan estate. The April 2016 issue of Wine Spectator features Trudie and Sting on its cover and a 9-page story on their award-winning wines and beautiful Italian home. Guests will also enjoy a variety of delectable hors d’oeuvres created by celebrated Long Island chef/restaurateur Tom Schaudel.When it comes to literacy, Deaf children have the odds stacked against them from the time they are born. Deaf infants begin life in a soundless world with the unimaginable task of trying to make sense of what is happening around them. By school age, most Deaf children’s language skills are significantly behind their hearing peers and the gap tends to widen as time goes by. Mill Neck was pleased to find studies that show music can act as a powerful tool to positively affect oral language development and increase other literacy skills.“Rhythm and Reds” was launched to foster awareness of the significant connection between music and literacy skills and create continued support of this important educational endeavour. And this remarkable connection extends beyond just the Deaf population. Mill Neck’s Early Childhood Center, which consists of 3- and 4-year-old children who have intense communication issues, such as speech/language delays and disorders, cognitive and motor deficits and autism-related disorders, are also profoundly affected by the influence of music and literacy.last_img read more

Seven Northern Strikers to compete at BC Summer Games

first_imgThe B.C. Summer games are set for July 19th-22nd. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Northern Strikers will be well-represented at this year’s B.C. Summer Games after seven of the association’s player were selected to compete.Early this afternoon the U-15 Boys soccer team was announced with Lee West, Harrison Sewell, Liam McGarvey, and Sam Hafner all making the Zone 8 team. Dylan Buziak was also named to the team as an alternate player.The boys will be joining Kenzie Beech and Isabella Ziebart who were named to the U-15 Girls team last week.last_img read more

Angola UN agency helping noncamp based refugees return from DR of Congo

Until now, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR) had been assisting the repatriation of only camp-based Angolan refugees in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), helping more than 42,000 to return to Angola since 2003. But the 250 who inaugurated this new phase of the programme were part of a group of almost 2,000 non-camp based refugees settled in Kasangulu, south of the capital, Kinshasa. According to UNHCR, some have been waiting for more than 20 years for the chance to return to their home areas – mainly in Bengo province near the Angolan capital, Luanda. Some of them had sought asylum in the DRC during Angola’s war of independence in 1972. Others fled Angola in 1975, when fighting flared up again after the country’s independence. This morning, the first 250 refugees left Kasangulu in a convoy of 10 trucks, as well as a bus for vulnerable refugees in need of special attention. Accompanied by an ambulance and a UNHCR escort, the convoy headed for the border point at Lufu, where UNHCR Angola and the Angolan authorities took over. The returnees will stay for three days in Angola’s Kiowa transit centre of Mbanza Congo. They will receive a return package of food rations, construction kits, kitchen sets, plastic sheets, blankets, mats and jerry cans, before being assisted back to their home areas. Like the Angolan refugees formerly hosted in southern DRC’s Katanga province, whose repatriation was completed in May, the refugees in Kasangulu are eager to go back to Angola after two decades of asylum. The younger refugees, who grew up in exile, know little about daily life in their home country, but they are excited about what to expect back in Angola, UNHCR says. The next return convoy from Kasangulu is scheduled for Friday. Through twice-weekly convoys, UNHCR expects to complete within four to five weeks the repatriation of the 2,000 who wish to return from the area. Some 22,000 Angolan refugees remain based in camps and settlements in the DRC, assisted by humanitarian aid from UNHCR, the World Food Programme and implementing partners. Bas Congo province also hosts a number of spontaneously-settled Angolan refugees who are not living in camps or settlements. read more

Governments at UN forum agree on legallybinding treaty to curb mercury pollution

The Minamata Convention on Mercury – named after a city in Japan where serious health damage occurred as a result of mercury pollution in the mid-20th Century – provides controls and reductions across a range of products, processes and industries where mercury is used, released or emitted.These range from medical equipment such as thermometers and energy-saving light bulbs to the mining, cement and coal-fired power sectors, according to a news release issued today by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), which convened the negotiations.“After complex and often all-night sessions here in Geneva, nations have today laid the foundations for a global response to a pollutant whose notoriety has been recognized for well over a century,” said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner. “Everyone in the world stands to benefit from the decisions taken this week in Geneva, in particular the workers and families of small-scale gold miners, the peoples of the Arctic and this generation of mothers and babies and the generations to come. I look forward to swift ratification of the Minamata Convention so that it comes into force as soon as possible,” he added. The treaty, which has been four years in negotiation and which will be open for signature at a special meeting in Japan in October, also addresses the direct mining of mercury, export and import of the metal and safe storage of waste mercury. Pinpointing populations at risk, boosting medical care and better training of health care professionals in identifying and treating mercury-related effects will also form part of the new agreement. UNEP noted that mercury and its various compounds have a range of serious health impacts, including brain and neurological damage especially among the young. Others include kidney damage and damage to the digestive system. Victims can suffer memory loss and language impairment alongside many other well documented problems. Among the provisions of the treaty, governments have agreed on a range of mercury-containing products whose production, export and import will be banned by 2020. These include batteries, except for ‘button cell’ batteries used in implantable medical devices; switches and relays; certain types of compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs); mercury in cold cathode fluorescent lamps and external electrode fluorescent lamps; and soaps and cosmetics. Certain kinds of non-electronic medical devices such as thermometers and blood pressure devices are also included for phase-out by 2020. Governments also approved exceptions for some large measuring devices where currently there are no mercury-free alternatives. In addition, vaccines where mercury is used as a preservative have been excluded from the treaty as have products used in religious or traditional activities. read more

Niger After 4day visit senior UN aid official calls for greater global

In Diffa, Niger, a family uprooted from Malam Fatouri, Nigeria, by Boko Haram shelter at a site for displaced civilians on 18 August 2016. Photo: UNICEF/Sam Phelps “Despite difficult living conditions, lack of sustainable income and basic means of daily subsistence, thousands of families continue to care for those who have even less,” said the Assistant-Secretary-General and the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel, Toby Lanzer, in a press release issued by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). “People in the Lake Chad region provide us an example of humanity that should be an inspiration for us all,” he added.According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria has mutated into a vast regional humanitarian crisis involving its three Lake Chad Basin neighbours – Chad, Cameroon and Niger. Insecurity has driven more than 187,000 Nigerians across the border, but incursions by Boko Haram into the surrounding countries have also generated growing numbers of internally displaced people. Mr. Lanzer visited the Diffa region of Niger, where violence at the hands of Boko Haram has pushed hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, disrupted trade and livelihoods and heightened malnutrition and food insecurity. He was accompanied by Niger’s Minister in charge of humanitarian action, Laouan Magagi. Over 280,000 people have been forced from their homes in Nigeria and within the Diffa region of Niger due to Boko Haram raids and attacks on villages, the press release said. Two of every three displaced people have had to move more than once, each time testing their resilience and further deepening their suffering. Furthermore, the press release said, entire villages have been emptied of their residents; a large proportion of fields have not been tilled; and, access to basic social services such as water, health and education has been further restricted. Some 400,000 people need emergency food assistance. Malnutrition is at an extremely high level, with the Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) rate, at 17 per cent, exceeding the emergency threshold. Humanitarian organizations have scaled up their operations during the lean season which stretches from June to September. Food assistance reached more than 65 per cent of the 400,000 people targeted, up from 41 per cent in May.OCHA said, however, that insecurity and lack of funding are limiting humanitarian teams’ ability to reach the most in need. The humanitarian response in Diffa is only 38 per cent funded, with $28 million of $73 million secured. About 50 per cent of food needs for the rest of the year will not be covered if additional funding is not received. “[Some] $44 million are needed to respond to an overwhelming situation and deep suffering,” the Humanitarian Coordinator in Niger, Fodé Ndiaye, said, citing an event to be held on 23 September in New York in the margins of the General Assembly.He hoped that this event will mobilize the attention of the international community and pave the way to ending violence and misery across the region. “This requires creating youth and women’s employment, creating socio-economic opportunities, and strengthening social cohesion,” he said. read more

Commentary Johnny Manziel penalty too lenient

Courtesy of MCTThen-redshirt-freshman quarterback for Texas A&M Johnny Manziel runs the ball during a game against Oklahoma on Jan. 4, at Cowboys Stadium. A&M won, 41-31.Texas A&M redshirt-sophomore quarterback Johnny Manziel, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, has been suspended for allegedly being involved in the signing and sale of merchandise.Was he suspended for half the season? No. For the non-conference season? Nope. The entire first game? Negative.Manziel has been suspended for a whopping one half of the team’s first game (which will likely be an easy victory against an overmatched Rice team).Allegedly, Manziel received tens of thousands of dollars to sign autographs throughout multiple signing sessions. On Thursday the NCAA released a statement saying, essentially, there was no evidence that Manziel received payment for autographs. It did say, however, Manziel was found guilty of a separate (and lesser) NCAA violation.From the point of view of the Buckeye faithful, it’s hard to believe that Johnny Football would have received such a pointless penalty had he chosen to play ball in Columbus.The now infamous “Tattoo-Gate” (which supposedly dealt with less money than the Manziel situation) led to former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor leaving the university for the NFL, the forced end of Jim Tressel’s coaching career and multiple suspensions for various players. On top of that, the team received multiple sanctions, including a self-inflicted bowl game ban for 2012-13.While the two situations are certainly different, I just do not see how the NCAA justifies their decisions at this point.In one case, the NCAA nearly ruined one of the most successful football programs in history, in another they slapped their new poster boy on the wrist.I understand that Manziel was not found guilty of the greater violation, but from everything that has been reported, it seems like the NCAA must not have put forth much effort into finding evidence.Would I say the NCAA favors him? Yes, I would, and I truly believe a greater suspension would have been handed down if he played for OSU, regardless of the evidence that came up.They want to be known as the tough kid on the block, but today the NCAA proved that they are hiding out with their tails between their legs.The media have a field day when OSU gets in trouble, and the NCAA is proud to hand the Buckeyes tougher sanctions than any other school (save one or two), but when the great hero Johnny Football leaps over the line, they simply move it further away. read more

Blaze at Grade IIlisted church in Salford treated as arson police say

first_img“Initially it wasn’t that bad but all of a sudden it was engulfed in flames and the roof started falling through.”There was a lot of ash and smoke from the roof going on the people standing very close.”Liam said he ushered away children and elderly people and checked they were not hurt using first aid knowledge learned at the City of Salford Squadron Air Cadets.The fire brigade said no one was injured in the blaze, which was brought under control in the early hours. The fast food restaurant worker said: “Initially I have seen a flash of orange light when I went to the bathroom.”I ran outside realising it was really close and then I have seen it’s my local church. A fire that engulfed an historic church in Salford is being treated as arson, police said on Monday.Firefighters battled the blaze as it destroyed the roof of the Grade II listed Church of the Ascension, which was built in 1869. Update -Church of Ascension, down to 3 fire engines & 1 aerial platform. #teamGMFRS will be out in the local area today offering reassurance— Manchester Fire (@manchesterfire) February 13, 2017 Fire guts The Church of the Ascension in Broughton, Salford Awful fire at the Ascension Church in New Broughton Village in Salford😞— Jenn Newell (@jenntweets88) February 12, 2017 @GranadaReports asscention church in lower Broughton, salford on fire around 11pm Sunday evening— Sarah Malak (@sarahmalak2016) February 13, 2017 Liam Cole, 17, rushed to the church after seeing flames from his nearby home. A spokesman for the Diocese of Manchester said: “We are shocked and deeply saddened that the beautiful church building of The Ascension in Salford has been gutted by fire.”The church was a visible sign of God’s presence in the community and has been a place of worship for generations. More recently it had undergone restoration work to equip it for modern use and meet the needs of the local community.”We would like to thank the emergency services for their swift action in tending to the fire, and the Mayor’s Office for offers of practical help.” Church on fire in new broughton Salford— Sally Hutson (@SallyPlimmer) February 12, 2017 Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said six engines were sent to the scene in Ascension Road after being called shortly before 11.10pm on Sunday.Greater Manchester Police have confirmed they are now treating the blaze at the Church of Ascension as arson. 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. Fire guts The Church of the Ascension in Broughton, SalfordCredit:Joel Goodman/LNPlast_img read more

Video showing Pope Francis trying to avoid having his ring kissed goes

first_img 68 Comments Tuesday 26 Mar 2019, 10:56 PM By Cormac Fitzgerald Video showing Pope Francis trying to avoid having his ring kissed goes viral Francis’ apparent reluctance to have his ring kissed has sparked a debate online, where the video has gone viral. 58,111 Views Source: Guardian News/YouTubeA VIDEO OF Pope Francis pulling his hands away as people make attempts to kiss his ring has gone viral online. The video is from a visit the Pope took to the Holy House in Loreto, Italy, yesterday. It shows the pontiff pulling away his hands as people bend down to kiss his ring.Kissing the papal ring is traditionally seen as a sign of respect for the office.Francis’ apparent reluctance to have his ring kissed has sparked a debate online, where the video has gone viral.Pope Francis has been criticised repeatedly by conservative Catholics, who accuse him of straying too far from traditional church doctrine. They saw the video as a further attempt by Francis to eschew tradition. He was defended on Twitter by his biographer Austen Ivereigh, who tweeted that Francis was greeting people “warmly, as human beings”.“He’s making sure that they engage with him, not treat him like a sacred relic. He’s the Vicar of Christ, not a Roman emperor,” he said.According to The BBC, a full video of the Pope from Official Vatican TV shows him standing in a receiving line for around 13 minutes.In that time, he received about 113 people in total. The video shows people either shaking hands with the Pope or bowing to kiss his ring.The section of the video widely shared on the video – in which he pulls away his hand – only showed a small section of the overall receiving line. Share55 Tweet Email4 Mar 26th 2019, 10:56 PM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Adelaide shooting an accident

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Adelaide man, Nicolas Tsiplakidis, has pleaded not guilty to one count of attempting to murder his former partner, Valentina Petrenko, instead claiming the fatal shot fired was an accident. Lawyers for Mr Tsiplakidis said the elderly man had no intention to kill and the shooting was out of error. Marie Shaw, QC, for Tsiplakidis, said the court must prove intent, not convict him of murder if it was an accident. “The critical element is that it must be proven he had an intention to kill,” Ms Shaw said. “That means this is not a charge about handling a firearm recklessly, nor about doing an act that endangered life. “The specific charge of attempted murder means the prosecution must prove an intention to kill … (but) this was an accident.” Mr Tsiplakidis has also pleaded not guilty to aggravated counts of threatening harm to the couple’s daughter, Lydia Lyco, and intentionally causing harm to their son-in-law, Edward Lyco. Last week, prosecutors alleged Tsiplakidis shot Ms Petrenko, 87, at close range in the home they once shared in July last year. They claimed he was motivated by anger because Ms Petrenko and Ms Lyco had asked him to sign over his title to the house. They further alleged Tsiplakidis pointed a loaded rifle at Ms Lyco, and stabbed Mr Lyco in the stomach when they struggled over the weapon. Ms Shaw said her client had stabbed Mr Lyco, but only after the younger man had “pinned him to the wall”. “There was a relatively small stab wound, some 2-3cm,” she said. “Clearly, that type of injury is not indicative of someone trying to cause harm.” The trial, before Justice David Peek, continues. Source: Adelaide Now.last_img read more

Blind Burrowing Amphibian Named After Donald Trump

first_imgStay on target Amazon Employees Join Sept. 20 Global Climate WalkoutResearchers Transform CO2 Into Liquid Fuel A newly discovered amphibian, with a propensity for burrowing its head in the ground, is to be officially named Dermophis donaldtrumpi, after Donald Trump and his stance on climate change.The name was chosen by UK sustainable building materials company, EnviroBuild, after it won naming rights at an auction held to raise money for Rainforest Trust.The creature, discovered in Panama, is a caecilian — a legless, burrowing amphibian. It also has rudimentary eyes which can only detect light or dark. “Capable of seeing the world only in black and white, Donald Trump has claimed that climate change is a hoax by the Chinese,” said EnviroBuild co-founder Adrian Bell in a statement.The amphibians also live almost entirely underground, believed to have lost their limbs at least 60 million years ago, as an adaptation to burrowing. This same behavior, according to EnviroBuild, also “helps Donald Trump when avoiding scientific consensus on anthropogenic climate change.”“As demorphis donaldtrumpi is an amphibian, it is particularly susceptible to the impacts of climate change and is therefore in danger of becoming extinct as a direct result of its namesake’s climate policies,” Bell said.Trump has long been known to be skeptical of climate change. “Global warming is a total, and very expensive, hoax,” he tweeted in 2013.In November, he dismissed a study produced by his own administration warning of the potentially catastrophic impact of climate change.  “I don’t believe it,” he had told reporters, CNN reported.EnviroBuild paid $25,000 for the naming rights at the auction, and according to Bell, the opportunity to name a species, which is usually reserved for biologists who spend often painstaking years in the field, was too good an opportunity to miss.“The name will still have to undergo peer review, something that biologists EnviroBuild have spoken to had stressed the importance of, but multiple species are named after Presidents, and this amphibian will soon join the vulnerable list,” he said.More on to Study Whale Poo’s Impact on BiodiversityDead Fish Parts to Power Norwegian Cruise Ships By 2021‘Himalayan Viagra’ Under Threat From Climate Changelast_img read more

Mahrez is happy after Citys victory

first_imgRiyad Mahrez and Manchester City defeated Newport County 4-1 in the FA Cup Fifth Round tonight, advancing to the Quarterfinals.After Manchester City defeated Newport County 4-1 in the FA Cup Fifth Round, the Citizens have now advanced to the Quarterfinals.But the Welsh side was not easy to beat, as they gave the Citizens a difficult time before the second half goals came in.And Riyad Mahrez scored the fourth and last goal at the end of the match, helping his team to get the win.“The result is the most important thing in these types of games – if you can add a good performance then it’s perfect,” Mahrez told the club’s official website.“We played good and controlled the game. We are professionals and have to adapt to anything.”“Everyone is very happy to be through to the quarter-finals,” he commented.“They didn’t have a lot of chances – we controlled the game and we are happy to go through to the quarter-finals.”Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“We have to forget the FA Cup now and focus on the Champions League,” he said.Manchester City is now preparing to take on German Bundesliga club Schalke in the UEFA Champions League.“We are taking it game by game, it is not good to project yourself too far forward,” he concluded.The Citizens have a very difficult agenda, playing in four different tournaments at the same time: the English Premier League, the FA Cup, the Football League Final, and the UEFA Champions League.Tough game today but pleased with the result & the goal 🙌🏼 On to the next round 🔜 #KeepBelieving @ManCity— Riyad Mahrez (@Mahrez22) February 16, 2019last_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT 7 Wilmington Students Named To Deans List At Bridgewater State University

first_imgBRIDGEWATER, MA — Bridgewater State University is proud to announce the names of students who earned a spot on the Spring 2018 Dean’s List.Congratulations to the following Wilmington students:Michaela ClarkeKathryn GoodwinKatherine McKennaMaria PatroneMichaela RodenhiserAmy ScottSophie SernaThe Dean’s List is published at the end of each fall and spring semester to honor the academic achievement of full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students.A 3.3 GPA for the semester is required with a minimum of 12 credits earned and no grades of “incomplete” (IN/INC/IN.).(NOTE: The above announcement is from Bridgewater State University.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 6 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Bridgewater State UniversityIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 6 Wilmington Students Graduate From Bridgewater State UniversityIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 6 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Bridgewater State UniversityIn “Education”last_img read more

Delhi government postpones remedial lessons for class 10 12

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi government on Wednesday postponed remedial classes for students of class 10 and 12 until further notice, due to the hot weather in the city. The direction came after the Directorate of Education extended till July 7 the summer break for students up to class 8. Delhi Education Minister said the step was taken “keeping in mind the extreme heat wave in Delhi”. “I have directed the DoE to postpone remedial classes for Grade 10 and 12 until further notice. We care about the health of all our students as well as our teachers,” Sisodia tweeted with the notice.last_img read more

Agenda discussed for CMs meeting in Nizamabad

first_imgNizamabad: District Collector M Rammohan Rao said that Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao has decided to take up administrative reforms with field-level experience.He held a review meeting with the officials of Panchayati Raj, Revenue and Municipal departments at his chamber in Nizamabad Collectorate on Monday. Rao spoke about the agenda of the upcoming meeting with Chief Minister KCR on August 21 and 22 and asked the officials for a report on the new policy, manpower and legal procedure. Advice for better administration should come from the field-level, he said and added that the State government is planning a 60-day plan.Joint Collector M Venkateshwar, DRO R Anjaiah, DPO Sunil, City Commissioner John Samson, ZP SE Govind, DPO Jayasudha, Collectorate Administrative Officer Sridhar and others were present.last_img read more

Bhushan Steel ex MD Neeraj Singhal arrested for siphoning funds worth Rs

first_imgNeeraj SinghalANIThe Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) on Thursday arrested Neeraj Singhal, former Promoter and Managing Director of Bhushan Steel Limited (BSL), and sent him to judicial custody till August 14.”This arrest was made as part of the investigation into the affairs of BSL and its several group companies by SFIO,” Ministry of Corporate Affairs said in a statement.The ministry had assigned the probe to SFIO based on complaints received.SFIO, the government’s arm that handles complex financial fraud cases, made the arrest based on material in its possession that revealed Singhal is guilty of indulging in serious corporate fraud punishable under the Companies Act, 2013.The team, in its ongoing probe, found BSL erstwhile promoters used a multitude of complex, fraudulent manoeuvres to divert funds amounting to thousands of crores raised from public sector banks using its several associate companies. Some reports suggest he siphoned funds worth Rs. 2,000 crore.”This has led to wrongful losses to the banks and other investors in these companies,” the statement said.The ministry further stated that the erstwhile promoters and directors of BSL have not been cooperating. Apart from failing to appear, material facts were also concealed.After insolvency resolution, the ownership and control over BSL has been transferred to the Tata Group.last_img read more

Microsofts Bing Search Engine Blocked in China

first_img Popular on Variety The Financial Times cited two anonymous sources as saying the block comes on government orders, and notes that the type of IP address retrieval error that occurs when visiting is consistent with the type frequently used by Chinese authorities to block websites. The Cyberspace Administration of China did not respond to a request for comment.Bing is the latest big U.S. tech service to be blocked in China since the Facebook-owned WhatsApp messaging service was cut off in 2017. Google pulled out of search services in the country in 2010, in part over concerns about censorship and hacking. It seems that the only English-language search engines now left available to Chinese users are extremely obscure ones such as Gibiru or Russia’s Yandex.Bing’s troubles bode ill for foreign tech companies’ prospects in the Middle Kingdom, showing that even bending over backwards for years to operate on Beijing’s terms may not be rewarded with market access. Last year, it was reported that Google was developing a new search engine for China, but the notion of complying with Chinese censorship appeared to be too much for some of Google’s own staff, who appear to have killed off the project for now.The apparent suspension of Bing also comes at a time when Chinese leaders are at the World Economic Forum in Davos promoting China as pro-trade and open for business, in contrast to the increasingly protectionist policies adopted by Donald Trump’s administration. Bing’s problems may now sound an alarm for companies like Apple that have increased their reliance on the burgeoning China market.Beijing has increased government control over the Internet within China to unprecedented levels in the past year, scrubbing the web of any content deemed threatening to the ruling Communist Party. Authorities deleted about 6 million online posts and 26,000 “illegal websites” in 2018, the official Xinhua news agency said earlier this month.Microsoft has tried its best to toe Beijing’s line. A search for “Tiananmen Square” on Bing’s regular website yields information about the 1989 student-led democracy protests that took place there as the top results, yet the same search on the Chinese platform brings up only state media articles about the square’s touristic value or propaganda events that took place there. Searches on Bing for “Dalai Lama” within China lead to official articles calling him a dangerous separatist; abroad, the search links to his Twitter or homepage. Microsoft’s Bing search engine appears to have been blocked in China. The move leaves the world’s largest population of Internet users without access to any well-known foreign search engines.Bing was only allowed to operate in China because it chose to comply with the stringent demands of Chinese censors, who run one of the most restrictive censorship regimes on the planet. But on Wednesday, users began to report that they were unable to access the site.“We’ve confirmed that Bing is currently inaccessible in China and are engaged to determine next steps,” a Microsoft spokesman in Beijing and Hong Kong told Variety, without providing further details. Bing was still inconsistently available for certain users Thursday, and there has not yet been a formal announcement as to whether the block is permanent or government-initiated. Bing was never very popular with Chinese users, with its 2% market share as of December dwarfed by the Chinese Baidu search engine’s 70%, the Financial Times said, citing data from website traffic monitor StatCounter. But many in China are dissatisfied with Baidu, which has in recent years come under fire for overuse of paid search results and ads for dodgy medical practices.Baidu’s NASDAQ-traded shares lost 4.1% to close at $160.39 per ADR on Wednesday after analysts at Citigroup cut their profit forecast for the company, and following publication of a highly critical article, “Baidu Has Died as a Search Engine,” by well-known blogger Fang Kecheng. Pre-market trading on Thursday pointed to Baidu shares recovering more than 1.5%.Microsoft maintains a research branch in Beijing and plans to open its biggest AI lab in Shanghai. It also owns LinkedIn, which censors content as well in order to operate in China. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

UGC defers NAAC regulation for Bengal varsities

first_imgKolkata: In a relief to Bengal universities, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has deferred its new regulation that only institutions with NAAC grade A plus (score of 3.26 or above on a scale of 4) would be permitted to offer programmes through distance mode. The regulation will not come into effect for the state till the academic year 2019-20. The UGC’s new regulation in the month of February had put the universities in the state in a spot of bother as most of the varsities did not have NAAC rating. State Higher Education minister Partha Chatterjee wrote a letter to HRD minister Prakash Javadekar on February 23 urging him to reconsider the tough stand taken by the UGC and sought time so that the varsities can prepare themselves for the NAAC rating. The HRD minister has recently communicated to Chatterjee that the new regulations of UGC’s Distance Education Bureau will not come into effect for Bengal before the academic session 2019-20. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsJavadekar’s letter to Chatterjee read: “….You would kindly appreciate that the above Regulation notified meets the twin objective of ensuring quality in imparting distance education yet provides a saving clause of two years for attaining the NAAC score of 3.26 on a 4 point scale to the current universities imparting distance education.” It is learnt that the top brass of the universities in the state that offer education in distance mode was planning to meet UGC chairman in this month. However, the visit is not required with the decision being deferred now. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAccording to sources in the Higher Education department as per the last ratings of NAAC in 2016, Rabindra Bharati University (RBU) had Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) 3.10, Kalyani University 3.12, Vidyasagar University 2.86 while Netaji Subhas Open University did not have NAAC rating. Under the grading system, institutions that are awarded CGPA 3.01 to 3.25 get A grade, CGPA 3.26 to 3.50 (A+grade) and 3.50 and above receive A++ grade.RBU, which has more than 43,000 students studying in distance mode will be soon applying for the NAAC rating this year, Vice-Chancellor Sabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhury said.”We are hopeful that we will be able to elevate our ratings. Once we get the new rating which we are applying for, we will definitely work out a comprehensive plan for our future course,” he added.last_img read more

5 Ways to Protect Yourself Against the Shocking State of Password Security

first_img It can happen to any of us, and at this rate, it will: Massive collections of passwords from various online services are being posted online (the dark web, mostly) at an alarming rate. Due to a possibly related string of megabreaches, over 640 million passwords have been compromised.Related: Twitter Locks ‘Millions’ of Accounts With Exposed PasswordsKaty Perry and other celebrities have seen their social media accounts hacked. Lana Del Rey, Kylie Jenner and NFL Commissioner Roger Gooddell have all fallen prey to similar, and possibly related, Twitter takeovers in the last few weeks. And, while Twitter is still trying to figure out exactly how these hacks were carried out, it’s pointing the finger at megabreaches some years back at companies like LinkedIn, MySpace, Tumblr and Fling. (In an ironic twist of public comeuppance, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg was recently outed for using the same lame password — dadada — so insecure it’s almost funny) on more than one social media site. His Twitter account was hacked, and he was roundly ridiculed for being so lax).There’s an obvious lesson there: Stop using — and re-using — the same password on multiple sites! If you’re like the average user, your password probably wasn’t secure to begin with. There’s no reason to make things easier for cybercriminals by linking your online activities together with a shared vulnerability, which could take months or even years to come to light. But, even delayed, cyber crime will likely occur. Indeed, a surprising percentage of people re-use passwords across multiple sites, so a stolen LinkedIn password may very well get you into a victim’s Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat and Google accounts.At that point, things can get far more serious than just a few social media hacks: TeamViewer, a remote log-in application, is blaming the megabreaches previously described for a mounting number of user-account takeovers. Some have resulted in criminals accessing and emptying the users’ PayPal and bank accounts. None of this is exactly news, especially to those in tech fields (Zuckerberg definitely knew better!) But it is human nature to take the easy way out, and having to remember secure passwords (a random jumble of 12 or more alphanumeric characters and symbols) is definitely the hard way, especially if you need to remember ten or more (the average person uses 28 distinct cloud services).So, if you don’t want to get “pwned,” as the gamers say, but you also don’t have a photographic memory, what should you do? Here are five strategies to protect your password so it can protect you.Related: One of the Most Popular Password Security Companies Was Hacked1. Check your email address against a breach database.There’s no guarantee that you’re in the clear, but sites like LeakedSource or Troy Hunt’s can tell you if your email is among the millions recently compromised. If it is, go change all your passwords, especially the important ones, like those for email (work and personal), banking, and social media. Hunt has done some fascinating analyses of password selection patterns, in case you’d like to understand the phenomenon on a deeper level.2. Always create strong passwords.In general, hackers are smarter, faster and more devious than the rest of us. That’s why U.S. businesses spend billions of dollars each year trying to keep up with them. Your “clever” six-digit password based on your login, email address, hometown, birthdate or favorite fruit can be cracked in seconds by hackers armed with widely available brute-force crackers and password dictionaries.Per current recommendations, you should aim for an eight-to-16 character password, comprised of a mix of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols. You shouldn’t use any dictionary words, common or famous names, or anything in sequence (abc, 123, qwerty). Don’t use any form of personally identifiable information someone could learn about you: family and pet names, street, car make/model or plate number, birthday, etc.3. In other words — the more random, the better.But, how will you remember them? That’s a good question, and hopefully someday soon we will come up with something more human-friendly than passwords. In the meantime, use a trusted password manager app. As a last resort, write your passwords down and hide them in a locked drawer only you can access. Whatever you do, do not store them on a sticky note on your desk, or in an unencrypted file on your computer, phone or tablet.Here’s one good trick: Think of a phrase you won’t forget, choose the first letter of each word, and make sure to use some symbols and numbers. For example: “Facebook eats up 4 hours each day!” can become “Feu4h3d!”Or pick a line from your favorite song, let’s say Katy Perry’s: “Like a house of cards, one blow from caving in” becomes “L@h0c1bfCi”4. Good habits go a long way.Finally, try to incorporate good password habits into your life alongside other routines. Pick a chore you have to do every few months and add password updates to it: replacing water filters or toothbrushes, paying taxes, trimming hedges, etc. This would be a good time to check the breach databases again.Definitely change your password(s) any time you suspect even a chance of compromise. Don’t ignore breach notifications and take immediate action as instructed. Be aware of phishing scams and be skeptical of any request for personal or financial information you receive through an email, phone call or web page. Choose to use two-factor authentication (2FA) wherever it is offered, even if that isn’t automatic and you have to opt-in. Be sure to use 2FA with your most sensitive accounts: email, banking and password managers, for example. Oh, and did we mention . . . Don’t re-use passwords!5. What businesses can do.When it comes to protecting passwords and user credentials in workplace settings, the stakes are even higher. Enforcing the use of strong passwords should be central to every organization’s cyber security program, because access to so many services, vendors, applications, devices, databases and industrial systems is now controlled and secured via passwords.Privileged account credentials are a favored target of hackers and are one of the most vulnerable components in an enterprise’s technology infrastructure, especially if they are not properly managed and monitored.If hackers are able to procure even one set of semi-valuable credentials, they can worm their way throughout an entire business network, setting up malware, ransomware and APTs, to be executed at their convenience. They can even use stolen credentials from your company to access your partners’, customers’ or vendors’ networks.Privileged account management solutions automate, monitor, and enforce password policy adherence. Components of these solutions provide self-service widgets to help users choose strong, unique passwords. Other important features include account risk assessments, comprehensive protection of privileged credentials, endpoint device and application control and automated access monitoring and recording for audit and investigative purposes.In sum, the current state of password use and abuse is shocking and alarming. There are a lot of reasons why we should all do a better job.  Our personal and work lives, and the services and products that we use every day, are increasingly dependent on connected digital technology.Related: Why Your Password is Hackerbait (Infographic)Strong passwords, security awareness, and good cyber habits are among our best defenses against cybercrime. Keeping our passwords safe and strong protects our assets, our families, our communities and our workplaces. Let’s all do our part. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 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Alienware m15 OLED 2019 Review

first_img RAM Ports (excluding USB) 16735 Ports (excluding USB) Mini DisplayPort Native Resolution 2.2GHz Intel Core i7-8750H processor Review 32GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 2070 Max-Q/Intel UHD 630 Ports (excluding USB) Hard Drive Type Sherri L. Smith has been cranking out product reviews for since 2011. In that time, she’s reviewed more than her share of laptops, tablets, smartphones and everything in between. The resident gamer and audio junkie, Sherri was previously a managing editor for Black Web 2.0 and contributed to BET.Com and Popgadget. Secondary Hard Drive Speed 4.8 pounds Advertisement Thunderbolt 3 3840 x 2160 Sherri L. Smith, on NVMe PCIe SSD Ports (excluding USB) Hard Drive Speed 15238 Hard Drive Size USB 3.1 Display Size Sherri L. Smith, Highest Available Resolution Optical Drive Speed Wi-Fi Model Ports (excluding USB) Everything’s better with OLED. Don’t believe me? Then you need to take a gander at the latest Alienware m15 and its captivating 4K display with its sumptuous color, sharp details and clear contrasts. And if you manage to peel your eyes away from this panel, there’s the strong Intel Core i7 processor and Nvidia RTX discrete graphics that deliver good performance on a par with the competition. However, a somewhat sluggish SSD and less than 4 hours of battery life keep the m15 from rising higher in the ranks.article continued below Alienware m15 OLED pricing and availability I had fun testing the $2,779 iteration of the Alienware m15. It has a 2.2-GHz Intel Core i7-8750H processor with 16GB of RAM, a 512GB M.2 PCIe SSD, Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q GPU with 8GB of VRAM, an Intel UHD Graphics 630 GPU and that show-stopping 4K, OLED display. The $1,299 base model offers a 2.3-GHz Intel Core i5-8300H CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 1TB (+8GB SSHD) Hybrid drive, a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU with 6GB of VRAM, an Intel UHD Graphics 630 GPU and a FHD panel. Big spenders might want to check out the $4,299 model with its overclockable 2.9-GHz Intel Core i9-8950HK processor, 32GB of RAM, dual 1TB PCIe M.2 SSDs, Nvidia Geforce RTX 2080 GPU with 8GB of VRAM and 4K OLED screen. Design Although Alienware is in the beginning stages of embracing its new Legend design, Epic is still here, looking to take gamers on an intergalactic journey. I, for one, am still ready to answer the call to adventure with this midsize battle cruiser. The laptop is still a head-turner with its Epic Gray anodized aluminum lid, black magnesium underbelly and strategically placed customizable LED lights. Like the non-OLED system that launched earlier this year, the latest m15 is the lightest Alienware on the market at 4.8 pounds, 14.3 x 10.8 x 0.7-0.8-inches, matching the Acer Predator Triton 500 (4.8 pounds, 14.1 x 10 x 0.7 inches). Both the Razer Blade 15 (4.6 pounds, 14 x 9.3 x 0.7 inches) and the Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic (4.6 pounds, 14 x 9.8 x 0.7 inches) have it beat. Ports Whether you want to hook up a couple of monitors or just plug in a gaming mouse, the m15 has you covered. On the right are two USB 3.1 ports with another on the left, accompanied by an Ethernet port and a headset jack. In the back you’ll find a Thunderbolt 3 port, HDMI 2.0, a mini DisplayPort and a power port. You also get Alienware’s proprietary port for its Graphics Amplifier, if you want to give the m15 a power-up down the line. Display Oh my, OLED! The m15 is 15.6-inch 4K (3840 x 2160) display is simply glorious. It’s extremely vivid without relying on oversaturation and offers rich blacks and true contrasts. Watching the Gemini Man trailer was a thing of beauty, particularly the rich gold, red and green of the Myanmar flag as it fluttered lazy in the breeze during a Will Smith monologue. Details were sharp enough that the tiny furrows in his forehead were clearly visible along with beads of sweat traveling down his temple. Far Cry: New Dawn is made for OLED screens, unlike other postapocalyptic titles, the land is a bounty of emerald-green grass and bubble-gum pink flowers. Throw in mutated albino deer and you’ve got yourself one breathtaking scene. Oh my, OLED! The m15 is 15.6-inch 4K (3840 x 2160) display is simply glorious. The m15’s screen blew past the 146% color reproduction average with 265%. The Blade 15 was a distant second at 149% with the Triton 500 and Aero 15 tied at 117%. MORE: Best and Worst Laptop Gaming Brands Whoever said OLED isn’t bright hasn’t seen the m15. This bad boy produced 376 nits, crushing the 286-nit premium gaming average. At 277, 262 and 246, the Triton 500, Blade and Aero 15 were far from a match. Audio The m15’s pair of side-mounted speakers are small, but mighty. They easily filled our medium-size test space with warm, clear audio. Finer details like snaps and beatboxing noises on the near acapella version of Kevin Ross’ rendition of Prototype were just as present as his clear, sweet tenor. However, I could have used more bass when I was listening to Lizzo’s swagtastic Juice. Even though I was in the heat of battle in Far Cry: New Dawn, pinned behind cover, taking pot shots to thin out the herd, I couldn’t ignore the heavy synths and bass punctuating the action. But the instrumental wasn’t so powerful that it overtook the real action — namely, the resulting screams and large boom from the grenade I tossed into a cluster of enemies. MORE: The Best Headsets for Immersive Gaming In addition to customizing colors and aggregating games, Alienware Command Center also acts as an audio hub. Comprised of six presets (Alienware, Music, Racing, Strategy, Shooter and Com), I found that Alienware and Music were the best overall presets as they delivered full, balanced sound. Keyboard Brightly colored, customizable and cushy, the m15’s keyboard is surprisingly clicky despite its somewhat shallow 1.2 millimeters of key travel (1.5mm is our minimum). But 80 grams (60g is our threshold) of actuation force can do that for you. I never bottomed out while typing, even as I was typing out this review and I hit my usual 70 words per minute on the 10fastfingers typing test. The 4.1 x 2.5-inch touchpad is spacious and responsive, effortlessly performing Windows 10 gestures like pinch-zoom, two-finger scroll and three-finger tap to launch the Action Center. Graphics, Gaming and VR The Alienware m15’s Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q graphics card with 8GB of VRAM helps the system hang with some of its closer competitors. Even though I was in imminent danger, I marveled at the gentle ripples I made in the aquamarine waters as I tried to sneak to my next checkpoint in Far Cry: New Dawn. When the jig was up, a well-placed circular saw blade from my saw cannon gruesomely found a home in a nearby enemy, chewing up his flesh at 59 fps in 1920 x 1080 on Ultra settings. The frame rate rose to 73 fps on High and dropped to 33 fps at 4K on High and 23 fps on Ultra. That’s not to say there aren’t a few misfires. The laptop notched just 49 fps on Rise of the Tomb Raider, which is below the 61-fps category average. The Aero 15 (RTX 2070) performed somewhat better with 55 fps. The Blade, which also has a 2070 Max-Q GPU, managed 60 fps, while the Triton 500 and its 2080 Max-Q GPU just barely beat the average with 62 fps. On the Hitman benchmark, the m15 hit 102 fps, pulling past the 99-fps average. The Aero 15 and the Blade achieved 98 and 96 fps, respectively. The Triton 500 delivered 86 fps. When we ran the test on 4K, the m15 obtained 48 fps. The Alienware m15’s Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q graphics card with 8GB of VRAM helps the system hang with some of its closer competitors. The m15 tied the Blade on the Grand Theft Auto V test with 76 fps. That’s enough to beat the 74-fps category average along with the Aero 15 (75 fps) and the Triton 500 (60 fps). During the Middle-Earth: Shadow of War test, the m15 was just a frame below the average (84 fps) at 83 fps. It was better than the Triton 500 (80 fps), but couldn’t contend with the Aero 15 (85 fps) or the Blade (91 fps). Pushing the resolution up to 4K, the m15 delivered a frame rate of 38 fps. MORE: Is Intel’s Coffee Lake Worth It for Gaming Laptops? If you’re so inclined, you can easily plug in a VR headset like the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive into the m15 and go on a virtual adventure. The laptop maxed out the SteamVR Performance test at 11, matching the Triton 500 and Aero 15 and beating the 10.8 average. In case you aren’t currently saving the world or creating your own, the notebook automatically switches from its discrete GPU to its Intel UHD 630 GPU. Performance Even though Intel 9th Gen is the newer kid on the block, the m15’s 8th Gen 2.2-GHz Intel Core i7-8750H processor with 16GB of RAM still has plenty of power. The notebook streamed an episode of Jessica Jones – Season 3 on Netflix while running a mix of Twitch, YouTube, Tweetdeck and Slack in 20 additional pages in Google Chrome, all with no signs of slowdown. The laptop delivered solid results during our testing, scoring 22,029 on Geekbench 4.3, a synthetic general performance test. It’s just a hair below the 22,077 premium gaming laptop average. With their own Core i7-8750H CPUs, the Blade and Triton 500 scored 22,379 and 20,990, while the Aero 15 with its 9th Gen Core i7-9750H processor netted 23,522. MORE: Best and Worst Laptop Brands When we ran the Handbreak test, the m15 took 9 minutes and 10 seconds to transcode a 4K video to 1080p. It left the 10:09 average, Aero 15 (10:04), Triton 500 (11:04, Dual 512GB NVMe PCIe SSD) and Blade (12:53) in the dust. During the File Transfer Test, the m15’s 512GB M.2 PCIe SSD took 11 seconds to duplicate 4.97GB of multimedia files for a transfer rate of 462.7 megabytes per second. That’s well below the 668 category average. The Blade (512GB PCIe SSD) and Aero 15 (512GB PCIe NVMe SSD) outpaced it with scores of 636.2 and 727 MBps, but the Triton 500 blew them all out of the water with a 1,696.4 MBps transfer rate. Battery Life As much as I’m digging the OLED, I’m not feeling the m15’s battery life. This version of the m15 lasted only 3 hours and 51 minutes on the Laptop Mag battery test (continuous web surfing over Wi-Fi at 150 nits of brightness). It’s better than the 3:32 premium laptop battery average as well as the Triton 500 (3:04). However, it’s nowhere near the 6:25 turned in by the last Alienware m15 we reviewed or the 5:02 and 6:58 that the Blade and Aero 15 delivered. To be fair, the previous Alienware m15 had a lower-res LCD (1080p) and less robust specs overall, so it’s hard to say how much of the endurance hit is due to the resolution of this newer 4K model, or that it uses OLED technology. Heat After 15 minutes of liberating Hope County from the Highwaymen in New Dawn, I measured key points on the laptop. The touchpad measured a cool 87 degrees Fahrenheit. The space between the G and H keys was much warmer at 103 degrees, which surpassed our 95-degree comfort threshold. The undercarriage was even hotter at 124 degrees. However, I used the m15 in my lap for over an hour with no ill effect. Webcam Alienware’s 1920 x 1080 webcams are some of the best you’ll find on a notebook, gaming or otherwise. Although there’s some visual noise, it’s not nearly as bad as what you’d find on other shooters. It was sharp enough to clearly discern the blue-and-white pattern in my shirt. However, it did wash out the blue a bit, changing it from a lilac color to more of a light blue. Alienware Command Center Alienware gave its Command Center software an update that’s cleaner and more intuitive than the past iteration. Want to trick out all those lighting zones in your favorite colors? (Of course you do.) Click on the FX tab to mix and match the 16.8 million available colors with the 12 available effects and map them across the six designated zones on the laptop. Speaking of mapping, you can create macros and assign them to specific buttons. MORE: Can I optimise my laptop for better gaming performance? However, one of the best features is the new game library that aggregates all your games into one place regardless of the platform. So you can have games from Steam, GOG and the Windows Store in an easy-to-access format. Software and warranty Alienware runs a pretty tight ship when it comes to bloatware. Aside from the usual Windows 10 flotsam like Drawboard PDF, Dolby Atmos and Candy Crush Soda Saga, there’s little to no bloat on the m15. Instead, you get helpful Alienware-branded software like Digital Delivery that serves to enhance your computing experience, ensuring your software is up to date. SupportAssist is your one-stop shop for system maintenance, keeping track of system diagnostics. You can also tune performance, optimize your network and check for viruses. The m15 features Nvidia GeForce Experience with its gamer-centric software suite, including BatteryBoost and Game Optimization. There’s also Killer Control Center, which lets you prioritize network bandwidth, as well as test its speed and strength. The Alienware m15 ships with a one-year hardware-service warranty with on-site and in-home service after remote diagnosis. See how Alienware fared on our Tech Support Showdown, Best and Worst Brands list and Best and Worst Gaming Brands rankings. Bottom Line How do you make a great laptop even better? By adding a seriously beautiful OLED display to the slimmest laptop in Alienware’s catalog and not skimping on high-powered components. This is easily one of the most satisfying gaming laptops I’ve tested this year. I just wish the fun lasted longer on a charge. If you want a slim gaming rig for less money, the Razer Blade 15’s ($2,599) is $180 cheaper than the m15 and a faster SSD. But if you’re looking for an incomparable viewing experience, the Alienware m15 OLED is the gaming laptop for you. 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Defence Deal Pusher Rahul Gandhi Wants to be PM Says Arun Jaitley

first_img arun jaitleyScorpeneUlrik McknightUPA First Published: May 4, 2019, 5:36 PM IST New Delhi: Attacking Rahul Gandhi on his former business partner allegedly acquiring defence offset contracts under the UPA regime, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday said the Congress President was “a man who aspired to be a defence deal pusher and today aspires to be India’s Prime Minister”.He asked Gandhi to tell the world how would he like to be judged given that he judged others — Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Rafale offsets — “without any evidence”. “Rahul Gandhi made allegations in transactions cleared by the CAG and the Supreme Court. Over a company getting offset contracts, he attacked the person who was not connected to that company in any way. And here you are directly connected to a company getting offset contract in another defence deal,” Jaitley said at a press conference.”How would you like to be judged now given that you are judging others when there is no evidence,” he asked.Jaitley said Gandhi’s former business partner, Ulrik Mcknight, at Backops Ltd in the UK had got offset defence contracts from French defence supplier Naval Group against Scorpene submarines in 2011 during the UPA rule.He said Gandhi had a 65 per cent stake in Backops between 2003 and 2009, when it was wound up.However, after that McKnight acquired offset contracts. He also went on and signed a contract with a Visakhapatnam-based firm for the supply of critical parts for the Scorpene subs’ missiles, he said.”Although Ulrik Mcknight is an American citizen, he is a member of the social gang of Rahul Gandhi,” Jaitley claimed. “It’s story of a man who aspired to be a defence deal pusher and today aspires to be India’s Prime Minister. It’s a serious charge,” he said. At a press conference on Saturday, Gandhi, responding to the charges and BJP leaders’ attacks, said: “Please take any investigation you want and any action against me. I have no problem as I have not done anything wrong. But please also investigate Rafale.”​last_img read more