AT&T Buys Qualcomm’s FLO TV Spectrum for its 4G Network

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#mobile#news#NYT#web center_img AT&T and Qualcomm have announced this morning that AT&T will purchase spectrum licenses from Qualcomm in the lower 700 MHz range for $1.9 billion. The licenses were previously used to to support Qualcomm’s FLO TV business, which will be shuttered, network included, in March 2011.According to AT&T, the added spectrum will be used to enhance the company’s 4G network, where it will help deliver “substantial capacity gains.”The spectrum covers over 300 million people in the U.S., including 70 million in five of the top 15 major metropolitan areas: New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and San Francisco, which are all covered by 12 MHz of Lower 700 MHz D and E block spectrum. Six MHz of Lower 700 MHz D block spectrum then covers 230 million across the rest of the country.AT&T says it will deploy the spectrum to serve as “supplemental downlink, using carrier aggregation technology,” which will “address increased consumer demand for rich mobile media content.” Or, in simpler terms, AT&T is beefing up its network so you can watch more YouTube videos on your phone.Qualcomm says that it will integrate the carrier aggregation technology into its chipset roadmap and AT&T said it will begin deploying this spectrum once compatible handsets and network equipment are developed (iPhone 5, anyone?)Why We CareWhat’s so great about the 700 MHz block of spectrum? Well, if you go by what the Engadget commenters are in a tizzy about, it’s the fact that this spectrum frequency has better building penetration, as it falls on the lower end of the scale.And, as is usually the case, those Engadget commenters are well clued-in. Bloomberg quoted Craig Moffet, an analyst with Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., as saying much of the same thing. “This is very high-quality spectrum. It’s especially concentrated in the urban areas,” he said.  “It provides a very strong signal inside buildings and it’s extremely good at penetrating walls and windows.”Moffet said the spectrum will help AT&T with the network congestion problems such as those experienced by iPhone users. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology sarah perezlast_img read more

Chicago gets smart cities boost with CIVIQ Wi-Fi project

first_imgDonal Power Tags:#AT&T#CES2017#Chicago#CIVIQ#IoT#Smart Cities#smart city How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Related Posts How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic …center_img Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities Chicago will be the site of another smart city initiative as CIVIQ Smartscapes announced plans to launch a new Wi-Fi powered pilot project.Milford, Ma.-based CIVIQ will install interactive devices in downtown Chicago that offer high-speed public Wi-Fi.On top of wireless connectivity, the Waypoint devices will also provide such digital services as wayfinding, safety alerts and interactive information about transportation services.“Cities across the world are focused on transforming urban landscapes into hyper-connected smartscapes,” said CIVIQ Smartscapes Managing Director of Global Government Development & Innovation George Burciaga. “Connecting smart devices, services and people will allow cities to react to human occurrences in real time, while becoming more efficient and sustainable.”The devices will also allow direct citizen engagement with the city of Chicago through CIVIQ’s Mobility Experience. This solution allows residents to connect with the city in order to enable municipal staff and elected officials to respond better to pressing issues.“The City of Chicago and the Mayor are focused on building a safer and smarter Chicago, this technology improves the way residents communicate and is the first step of many within the City of Chicago,” said Alderman Daniel Solis.Helping the Windy City save cashThe pilot project is part of Chicago’s focus as an AT&T spotlight city under its smart cities framework. The AT&T framework aims to leverage the company’s IoT expertise to help targeted cities save money, preserve natural resources and improve the quality of life for their citizens.The CIVIQ project follows the recently announced news that AT&T and Chicago are deepening their smart city partnership with a pilot project for smart kiosks and bus shelters.The telecoms giant announced this expansion of its smart cities work in Chicago at the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017 in Las Vegas.As well, AT&T Smart Cities it also revealed it is expanding its presence at O’Hare International Airport beyond its digital displays that show real-time ground transport information.The airport expansion involves a project that will capture passenger data as they move around the airport to improve customer service. For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…last_img read more

BJP will not repeat Tripura feat in Odisha, asserts Naveen

first_imgOdisha Chief Minister and Biju Janata Dal president Naveen Patnaik on Monday rejected Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s claim that the BJP will repeat Tripura-like result in Odisha in the upcoming elections.“We will do very well, as I have said before,” said Mr. Patnaik, while responding to a query about Mr. Modi’s remarks during his interaction as part of his Main Bhi Chowkidar programme via video-conferencing from Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi on Sunday.Responding to a question from a fisherman of Mahakalapada area of Odisha’s Kendrapara district, Mr. Modi had said that Odisha will spring a surprise this time. “Odisha will surprise the country. Odisha will become a second Tripura this time,” he had said.Observing that people did not consider the BJP strong enough in Odisha in the past, Mr. Modi had said that he was quite impressed by the enthusiasm during his recent visit to the State to campaign for his party.PM’s ralliesMr. Modi, who addressed an election rally at Jeypore in the Koraput district on March 29, is scheduled to address a rally in Kalahandi district on Tuesday. He is also scheduled to address another rally in Sundargarh district on April 6.On the other hand, Mr. Patnaik is scheduled to start campaigning for his party nominees for the first phase of poll from April 3.The elections for the 21 Lok Sabha seats and 147 Assembly constituencies are being held in Odisha simultaneously in four phases — April 11, 18, 23 and 29.While BJP national president Amit Shah had earlier claimed that his party will win 120 of the 147 Assembly seats in the State, Mr. Patnaik had recently claimed that the BJD will win all the 21 Lok Sabha seats in the upcoming polls. The BJD had won 117 Assembly seats and 20 LS seats in 2014 elections.last_img read more

South Africa Finance Minister Quits After He Admits Meeting Gupta Family

first_imgSouth African Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene resigned on Tuesday after public outcry over his undisclosed meetings with the members of the Gupta family, who have been accused of corruption.President Cyril Ramaphosa said that he had accepted Mr Nene’s resignation “in the interests of good governance” has replaced him with former Governor of the South African Reserve Bank Tito Mboweni.Read it at NDTV Related Itemslast_img

Church vandalised in Cgarh: Four more arrested

first_imgRaipur, Mar 7 (PTI) Four more youths have been arrested in connection with the alleged vandalisation of a church on the city outskirts, taking the total number of those taken into custody so far to nine, police said today.”In all, nine persons have so far been taken into custody in connection with the alleged vandalisation of the prayer hall located at Kachna village on the outskirts of the state capital,” Inspector General of Police, Raipur Range, G P Singh told PTI here today.Out of the nine held, six are minors, he said.Singh said interrogation of the nine youths was on and information was also being sought about the group to which they belong.The miscreants fled the spot when the police arrived there. However, motorcycles of two youths were left behind at the premises, based on which the nine were arrested.As per information received so far, the villagers in Kachna area had complained to the administration that some people had set up a prayer hall by encroaching upon a land in the village. Police is enquiring with the villagers taking this also into account, the IG said.A group of about 15-20 youths allegedly sporting saffron bands on their forehead yesterday barged into the church while prayers were underway and vandalised the premises and thrashed those present.Meanwhile, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh condemned the incident and said that police was conducting a probe into it.He said that strict action would be taken against the guilty and the offenders will not be spared.advertisementThe president of Chhattisgarhs Christian Forum, Arun Pannalal, had yesterday alleged that the slogan-shouting attackers belonged to Bajrang Dal and that women and an infant were also not spared while the police in the state capital remained tight-lipped on their identity.They damaged chairs, fans and other articles in the premises and even beat up the people present, he said.Pannalal said yesterdays incident was the fourth attack on a Christian place of worship in the past one month in the state. PTI SNG GK VMNlast_img read more

Former Dodgers Great Don Newcombe Dies at 92

first_imgLOS ANGELES (AP) — Don Newcombe, the hard-throwing Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who was one of the first black players in the major leagues and who went on to win the Rookie of the Year, Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards, has died. He was 92.The team confirmed that Newcombe died Tuesday morning after a lengthy illness.“Don Newcombe’s presence and life established him as a role model for Major Leaguers across the country,” Dodgers President Stan Kasten said. “He was a constant presence at Dodger Stadium, and players always gravitated to him for his endless advice and leadership. The Dodgers meant everything to him, and we are all fortunate he was a part of our lives.”Newcombe, like Dodgers teammate Jackie Robinson, was signed by Branch Rickey from the Negro Leagues and went on to make a huge mark in the major leagues.“Newk” was a fierce presence on the mound, a 6-foot-4 and 225-pound bear of a man who stared down hitters and backed up anyone foolish enough to crowd the plate.He was a four-time All-Star and won 20 games three different times.FILE – This is a Feb. 28, 1951, file photo showing Brooklyn Dodgers baseball player Donald Newcombe in Vero Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Harry Harris, File)“Don Newcombe had a ton of talent and he was a great competitor,” former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, who was a teammate of Newcombe’s, said in a statement. “He was a helluva pitcher and he was one of the best hitting pitchers I have ever seen.”His greatest year was 1956 when he went 27-7 and won both the Cy Young Award, then only given to one pitcher for both leagues, and the National League MVP award.“He was a powerhouse. I don’t think he really got enough credit for his overall performance,” said former teammate Carl Erskine. “He threw a fastball that had great location and a curveball that was a short, hard breaking pitch.”Newcombe, Robinson and catcher Roy Campanella were a trio of black stars for the Dodgers who often supported each other.“We came up with a strategy,” Newcombe later recalled. “We knew the impact we were attempting would have. We had to endure. (Robinson’s) character, his backbone, his guts — those were the keys. Jackie was the leader under Mr. Rickey.”The three talked frequently, Campanella and Newcombe from the Dodgers’ Nashua, New Hampshire, farm team and Robinson from Brooklyn.“We talked about how things were going,” Newcombe said. “What if somebody charged the mound on me? What would I do? Nobody did.“I remember in the New England league, a catcher threw dirt in Roy’s face. He said, ‘If you do that again, I’ll personally take your arm out of its socket.’ They challenged us. They did anything they could to break down the idea.”Newcombe’s Dodgers were perennial also-rans who specialized in winning the National League pennant then losing the World Series to the Yankees. Newcombe played on three pennant winners with the Dodgers and the World Series champions in 1955, the year they finally beat the Yankees.FILE – In this Sept. 19, 1956, file photo, Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Don Newcombe throws against the St. Louis Cardinals at Ebbets Field in New York. (AP Photo/File)Born June 14, 1926, in Madison, New Jersey, Newcombe pitched in the Negro Leagues starting in 1944 at age 18. In 1945 he had an 8-3 record with the Newark Eagles and won the attention of the Brooklyn Dodgers organization.In 1989, at a reunion of Negro League greats, Newcombe gave a speech in Atlanta where he reflected on his experience.“I wish that in some few words I could wipe away that pain you’ve suffered so long because you have skin this color,” he said. “We know that we would not be here today if it were not for the Negro Leagues. I thank God I had the chance to walk shoulder to shoulder with you.”Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Newcombe was a friend and mentor who had a great impact on his life.“What he did for baseball, as being one of the first African-American players, his career with the Dodgers and how he impacted the organization,” Roberts said after spring training workouts in Glendale, Arizona. “Sharing stories about Jackie Robinson and his plight helped me and furthered my education on our history, so we lost a great man, a great Dodger today.”When asked if he shares Newcombe’s history with current players, so they understand his accomplishments and his sacrifices, Roberts said, “Absolutely, Don was around a lot for games and he would spend time with our players individually and as a team. So, for his legacy to live on, through me, through other players is paramount.”Dodgers reliever Kenley Jansen was close with Newcombe and said he was at Jansen’s wedding.“He’d always talk to me about how strong I have to be. He spoke to me a lot about mental toughness and physical preparation, running, conditioning. He’d say be aggressive out there. He kept me motivated,” Jansen said in a statement on Twitter . “He taught me about the history of the game. He talked to me about being a leader. He talked to me about being a good husband and a good father.”Newcombe played in Nashua of the New England League and for teams in Montreal, Venezuela and Cuba before joining the parent club in 1949.He went 17-8 in 1949, his first season with the Dodgers and was named NL Rookie of the Year.FILE – This is an undated file photo showing Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Don Newcombe. (AP Photo/File)Newcombe, Robinson and Larry Doby of the Cleveland Indians became the first black players to appear in an All-Star game that season, when the Dodgers hosted the mid-season contest at Ebbets Field.On July 8, 1949, Newcombe and Hank Thompson of the New York Giants became the first black pitcher and hitter to face each other in a major league game.In 1950 Newcombe went 19-11, and in 1951 went 20-9, but he failed to win the season’s most important game. He was the starting pitcher in the decisive playoff series between the Dodgers and the Giants, and he held a 4-1 lead going into the ninth inning. But he gave up three hits to the first four batters and was replaced by Ralph Branca, who quickly achieved baseball infamy when Bobby Thomson lofted a pennant-winning home run, “the shot heard ’round the world.”Like many ballplayers of his generation, Newcombe lost some prime years to military service, giving the Army the 1952 and 1953 seasons. “Wait until next year” had become a virtual mantra in Brooklyn as the Dodgers won the National League title in 1947, 1949, 1952 and 1953, only to lose the World Series every time.Then came 1955, “the year next year finally came” in Brooklyn parlance.The Dodgers finally beat the Yankees in the World Series and Newcombe went 20-5 during the regular season, winning 18 of his first 19 decisions. On the day of his 20th win he hit his seventh home run of the season, a National League record for a pitcher at the time.FILE – In this June 8, 2016, file photo, former Dodgers player Don Newcombe, second from right, reacts as he stands with his wife, Karen, center, manager Dave Roberts, left, Kenley Jansen, second from left, and Joc Pederson, right, as the Dodgers celebrate Newcombe’s 90th birthday prior to a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)But Newcombe always struggled in the postseason. He lost the first game of the 1955 series to the Yankees and was passed over in favor of Johnny Podres after preparing to pitch in Game 7. He was 0-4 with an 8.59 ERA in career World Series appearances.In his MVP year of 1956, Newcombe became the first black pitcher to lead either league in wins. Brooklyn won another pennant that year, but lost the World Series to the Yankees in seven games, with Newcombe defeated in the final game.Newcombe faded quickly after 1956 as he pitched for the transplanted Los Angeles Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians.He had a brief resurgence for the Reds, going 13-8 with a 3.16 ERA in 1959.In a 10-year major-league career he had a 149-90 record and a 3.56 ERA.He pitched for Spokane, Washington, in the Pacific Coast League in 1961 and finished his professional career in Japan in 1962.Alcoholism helped lead to his early retirement. He gave up drinking in later years and worked for drug and alcohol prevention programs. He continued working for the Dodgers, most recently as special adviser to the chairman.He was a frequent presence at the stadium in recent years, always nattily attired in a suit and tie with a fedora atop his head.He took part with Sandy Koufax in a first pitch ceremony before Game 7 of the 2017 World Series vs. Houston at Dodger Stadium and was at the park for last fall’s World Series vs Boston.In 2011, Detroit pitcher Justin Verlander joined Newcombe as the second man to sweep the sport’s three major awards. Newcombe introduced Verlander at the following year’s Baseball Writers Association dinner.FILE – In this April 13, 2015, file photo, former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Don Newcombe acknowledges fans prior to a baseball game between the Dodgers and the Seattle Mariners, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)Newcombe wasn’t elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, due mostly to his Army and alcohol-shortened career.He kept virtually no memorabilia from his career. He sold his Rookie of the Year, MVP, and Cy Young trophies, along with his World Series ring, to filmmaker Spike Lee.He pushed for greater pension rights for former Dodgers and promoted the idea of a national holiday to honor Jackie Robinson.In 1968, Newcombe met with Martin Luther King Jr. just 28 days before the civil rights leader’s assassination. King had dinner at Newcombe’s home in Los Angeles before returning to Atlanta.According to Newcombe, King told him, “Don, you’ll never know how easy you and Jackie and Doby and Campy made it for me to do my job by what you did on the baseball field.”Newcombe outlived most of his Dodger teammates and was deeply affected when Campanella and Don Drysdale died within a week of each other in 1993.“When tragic things happen, it gets the guts out of you,” he said at the time. “You try to be strong, but when those things happen, you break down and cry like a baby.”Newcombe is survived by his wife, Karen Newcombe, son Don Newcombe Jr., daughter Kellye Roxanne Newcombe, son Brett Anthony Newcombe, grandchildren Cayman Newcombe and Riann Newcombe and stepson Chris Peterson.FILE – This is a March 1956 file photo showing Brooklyn Dodgers’ Don Newcombe. Newcombe, the hard-throwing Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who was one of the first black players in the major leagues and who went on to win the rookie of the year, Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards, has died. He was 92. The team confirmed that Newcombe died Tuesday morning, Feb. 19, 2019, after a lengthy illness. (AP Photo)FILE – In this Oct. 2, 1949, file photo, Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Don Newcombe, second from left, holds up Dodgers manager Burt Shotton in the Dogers dressing room after they won the National League pennant against the Philadelphia Phillies, in Philadelphia, October 2, 1949. Other players are unidentified. (AP Photo/File)FILE – In this Sept. 2, 1949, file photo, Brooklyn Dodgers Dodger catcher Roy Campanella, left, congratulates pitcher Don Newcombe after an 8-0 win against the New York Giants, at the Polo Grounds in New York. Newcombe, the hard-throwing Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who was one of the first black players in the major leagues and who went on to win the rookie of the year, Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards, has died. He was 92. The team confirmed that Newcombe died Tuesday morning, Feb. 19, 2019, after a lengthy illness.(AP Photo/Matty Zimmern, File)FILE – From left, in a July 12, 1949, file photo, Roy Campanella, Larry Doby, Don Newcombe and Jackie Robinson pose at the 16th annual All-Star Game at Ebbetts Field in Brooklyn, New York. Newcombe, the hard-throwing Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who was one of the first black players in the major leagues and who went on to win the rookie of the year, Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards, has died. He was 92. The team confirmed that Newcombe died Tuesday morning, Feb. 19, 2019, after a lengthy illness. (AP Photo/File)FILE – In this July 1, 2014, file photo, former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Don Newcombe throws a ceremonial pitch before a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Cleveland Indians, in Los Angeles. Newcombe, the hard-throwing Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who was one of the first black players in the major leagues and who went on to win the rookie of the year, Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards, has died. He was 92. The team confirmed that Newcombe died Tuesday morning, Feb. 19, 2019, after a lengthy illness. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)___TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Dalglish expects defensive United under Mou

first_imgManchester United ‘He will be cautious’ – Dalglish expects Mou’s Man Utd to sit back at Anfield Sacha Pisani Last updated 2 years ago 10:18 10/12/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mourinho-cropped Getty Images Manchester United José Mourinho Liverpool v Manchester United Liverpool Premier League The Liverpool legend believes the Manchester side will revert to a more conservative style for the clash against Jurgen Klopp’s attacking Liverpool Liverpool great Kenny Dalglish expects Jose Mourinho to adopt a defensive approach when his undefeated Manchester United travel to Anfield on Saturday.United have enjoyed a free-scoring start to the Premier League season, netting 21 goals in seven matches to be level with neighbours Manchester City atop the table.Liverpool 11/5 to not score vs United Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Dalglish, however, believes United will revert to a more conservative style for the clash against Jurgen Klopp’s attacking Liverpool, just like they did for last season’s scoreless stalemate on Merseyside.”Three years ago, Jose brought Chelsea up to do a job and they did it really well, so for me there’s no blame apportioned to him because Liverpool missed out on the title. He was very professional, utterly clinical, and you cannot criticise him for that,” Dalglish told the Mirror.”He came back to Anfield with Manchester United last year with a similar philosophy, but there are no rules which say you can’t play defensively, and they almost snatched it at the end when Zlatan Ibrahimovic had that chance.”And when he comes back for this game, I’m sure he will be cautious again because this is United’s first game against one of the so-called top six.”With respect to other Premier League teams, these are the games that might decide who lifts the trophy in May.”Mourinho has a knack of knowing how to win games, and if he thinks his best chance is to shut up shop, he’s entitled to do that – but for us, Jurgen Klopp will be the complete opposite. He’s not interested in a draw, he only wants a victory.”That suits everyone at Liverpool – players, fans, himself – because that’s why he was asked to take on the job in the first place.”I’m sure the fans are more than happy with what he’s done and they will want him to continue with the same attacking intent.”last_img read more

Australian Men’s Camp

first_imgThe Australian Men’s National Training Squad will train in Sydney this weekend as they prepare for the 2014 Trans Tasman Series in April next year. The camp is the first opportunity for the Australian Men’s Open contingent to train together since the announcement of the squad in June, in the lead up to the series which will be played at Mudgee’s Glen Willow Regional Sporting Complex from Friday, 25 April to Sunday, 27 April 2014. The Men’s Open team will be hopeful of reclaiming the division back from New Zealand, following their 2-1 series loss at the 2013 Super Trans Tasman Series in Auckland in February. Stay tuned to www.austouch.com.au for all of the latest news and information on the Australian teams in the lead up to the 2014 Trans Tasman Series.  Be sure to also follow Touch Football Australia on our social media pages:Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyausYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus Instagram – search for ‘Touch Football Australia’Related LinksAussie Men’s Camplast_img read more

Mainlane Container Volumes on the Rise

first_imgzoom Mainlane container trade volumes are expected to grow by 8% on the peak leg Far East-Europe route and by 6% on the peak leg Transpacific route in full year 2014, according to London-based shipbroker Clarksons.Stricken by global financial crisis, the global container volumes plunged in 2009, trying to recover ever since.The first stronger sign of recovery emerged in the second half of 2013, Clarksons data shows, with volumes on the Far East-Europe peak leg trade rising by 8.0% in the first nine months of 2014 compared to the same period in 2013, with Northern European imports performing particularly well.Clarksons analysis shows that the Far East-Europe trade is projected to grow by a further 7.2% in 2015, to reach 16.6m TEU.On the Transpacific peak leg trade, volumes rose by 5.6% in the first nine months of 2014 compared to the same period in 2013, when the trade’s estimated full year growth was 4.2%.In addition, US imports from Asia have grown alongside an improving US economy, which the IMF expects to grow by 2.2% in full year 2014. The peak leg Transpacific trade is projected to grow at a robust rate of 6.0% in 2015 to total 15.5m TEU.As explained by Clarksons, the extra demand from the peak legs of the mainlane routes has lifted world container trade to a more robust level of growth, expected to average 6.4% in 2014-15.“In terms of elevating box volume growth back to healthier levels the mainlane recovery has been just what the container world needed,” the shipbroker said.Source: Clarksonslast_img read more

Highway 103 Work Moves Forward

first_imgIt’s a big year for highway construction along Highway 103. Nova Scotia will invest $19 million this year in Highway 103projects near Halifax and Barrington. “This massive capital infusion into Highway 103 shows the valueof this transportation corridor to the province,” said RonRussell, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “Motoristsare going to benefit with faster commutes, and communities andbusinesses will benefit with an improved transportation network.” Mr. Russell said the investments represent 17 per cent of thedepartment’s overall capital budget. Mr. Russell said his department plans to spend $16 million thisyear upgrading Highway 103 between Otter Lake and Tantallon tofour lanes, including the following work: — complete an overpass at Nine Mile River;– build new roadbed between Otter Lake and Exit 4;– build a new structure at the Route 213 interchange (Exit 5);– build an overpass at Exit 4; and– construct a trail underpass near Cranberry Lake on the oldrail line. This project — to upgrade 15 kilometres of Highway 103 to four-lanes — is expected to open in the fall of 2005. Total cost isexpected to be $25 million. In Barrington, Shelburne Co., the department plans to spend about$3 million this year on road and bridge work on the newBarrington Bypass. Mr. Russell said the work includes a newbridge across the Willis Branch of the Barrington River and newinterchange ramps and roadbed. “We made a commitment to complete the Barrington Bypass and weare going to meet that commitment,” said the minister. “We areinvesting $12 million overall in this project, investments thatwill help motorists and the local economy.” The new highway between Barrington and Oak Park will feature an8.3 kilometre stretch of two-lane, controlled-access highway andinterchange, as well as three bridges. Next summer the department plans to build two new bridges. In2006 crews will complete the paving on the project. The newhighway section is expected to open in the fall of 2006.last_img read more

2 officers killed in Fredericton shooting identified suspect is 48yearold man

first_imgDavid MacCoubrey said he awoke in his Brookside Drive apartment at 7:07 a.m. to the sound of gunshots “10 metres from my bed.”MacCoubrey said three gunshots woke him up, and as many as 17 more were fired between that time and around 8:30 a.m.“It sounded like the first one came from right outside my bedroom window … I was hoping for the two seconds that I was groggy that it was kids blowing off firecrackers,” said MacCoubrey in a phone interview from inside his apartment, where he was sitting on the floor away from windows.“Then two more happened within the first three minutes.”He said his apartment complex has four buildings in a square, and it sounded like the shots were coming from the middle of the complex.Heartbroken to hear about the shooting today in Fredericton including the deaths of 2 police officers. Toronto stands with #Fredericton during this difficult time.— John Tory (@TorontosMayor) August 10, 2018Tim Morehouse, another resident of the complex, said he heard someone shout: “Shut up! Shut up!”He said he heard two gunshots, and then three more. He said he looked out his window and saw the body of a man on the ground, in the back parking lot of 237 Brookside.He called 911, then he heard more shots and he looked out his window and saw two police officers on the ground.Police said the area would be blocked off for the foreseeable future as “the investigation is ongoing.”Residents “scared to death”Louise Kennedy, 75, who lives with her dog at 237 Brookside Drive, said the shooting began in the building next door at about 7 a.m. AT.“I am just shaking. I am scared to death,” she said.“The police were here earlier and wanted me to leave, but I said I couldn’t leave my dog behind. The police officer told me to stay away from the windows and to lock the doors.”CityNews spoke to a woman who didn’t want to be identified, but said she was startled awake by gunfire.“I heard rapid gunfire. I knew right away it was gunfire … I thought it was some kind of automatic weapon. I thought should I roll out of bed and get on the floor or what?“I didn’t, and tried to get back to sleep, but it was only a matter of minutes before I heard it again and again. Finally I got up and saw the police presence.”New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant tweeted his condolences to the victims and their families.“During this difficult time, our thoughts are also with the courageous women and men on the front lines working to keep us safe,” said Gallant.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also released a statement, saying: “Canadians across the country were shocked to wake up to news of the shooting in Fredericton that left four people dead, including two police officers. We mourn with everyone who has lost a friend, colleague, or family member, and wish those injured a speedy and full recovery.“The people of Fredericton are courageous, strong, and resilient. Canadians stand with you during this difficult time.”Earlier Friday morning, police had asked people in the area to stay inside with their doors locked, and not to post information on social media about the position or activities of police.MacCoubrey said police had searched the buildings and went through his apartment.“I saw an armoured vehicle out in the courtyard and I opened up my window to see if I could hear anything and the shots started again,” he said.“I’m not scared in the least. I’m angry. I don’t like the violence … I’m worried for the other people around me.”Three blocks of Brookside Drive had been blocked off, with emergency vehicles at both ends and curious neighbours gathered.A worker at a business a few blocks from where the shootings are believed to have occurred didn’t want to be identified, but she said police had already cordoned off the area by the time she got to work.“There’s still an access road out of here but we couldn’t go anywhere near where it’s occurring,” she said. “They (police) have all major intersections cordoned off with emergency vehicles.”Travis Hrubeniuk, 27, said his fiancee had just left for work around 7:45 a.m. when he began hearing a steady stream of sirens.The Winnipeg native, who lives immediately off Brookside, said residents have been advised to stay inside with their doors locked.The quiet residential neighbourhood, dominated by houses, grocery stores, a church and an elementary school, is the last place Hrubeniuk said he expected to encounter a dangerous situation.“This is the first time I’ve even heard of any serious crime or violent crime in this city,” he said. “It’s a little off-putting that way, and I’ve been here for about a year.”Bill Henwood, a funeral director at York Funeral Home, spoke to The Canadian Press from behind one of the police road blocks. The business is located inside the cordoned off area on Brookside Drive.“The lockdown occurred before we were able to get in to work this morning so nobody’s actually in the building,” he said.Henwood said people are sitting in their cars or just standing near the blockade of police and fire vehicles “hanging tight and waiting for word” on what comes next.“All the businesses even on the outside of the lockdown area have their lobbies and their business areas closed. They aren’t letting customers in at the moment.”Henwood said the situation is a shock.“It’s not something that we expect in Fredericton to wake up and hear about. To see that there’s actually fatalities is pretty extraordinary for this area it doesn’t normally happen.”Scott Hill lives and works just steps from the crime scene. He woke up to walk his dogs just after 7 a.m., but quickly realized something was amiss when he ran into the superintendent of a nearby golf course.“The superintendent came up to me and said ‘there’s been a shooting and you should go inside and lock your doors.’ ”“It’s a small town and it’s very surprising, but I’m not shocked,” he told CityNews. “I read the news and see it happening more often than not.”A timeline of events in Friday’s deadly shooting in Fredericton. All times in Atlantic time: (The Canadian Press)7:07 a.m. Local resident David MacCoubrey is awakened by the sound of three gunshots just outside his bedroom window, followed by 17 more gunshots over the next hour.7:45 a.m. Nearby resident Travis Hrubeniuk hears a steady stream of police sirens along Brookside Drive.7:47 a.m. Fredericton police send a tweet cautioning people to avoid the area around Brookside Drive due to an “ongoing incident.”7:53 a.m. Police advise people living in the area to stay in their homes with doors locked. 8:17 a.m. Police tweet that there has been a shooting that caused “multiple fatalities.”8:31 a.m. Police confirm that four people have been killed in the incident.9:45 a.m. Police say they have one suspect in custody but continue to keep the area contained while the investigation continues.9:49 a.m. New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant issues condolences to the victims and their families and urges residents to follow police instructions.10:12 a.m. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sends a tweet saying his “heart goes out” to everyone affected by the shooting.10:28 a.m. City police confirm that two of their officers are among those killed.11:05 a.m. Police lift the lockdown on the area and say there is no further threat to the public.11:22 a.m. Police tweet that the suspect is being treated for serious injuries related to the shooting. Fredericton police have identified two police officers who were among four people killed in a shooting Friday morning in a residential area on the city’s north side.Police Chief Leanne Fitch says the victims include Const. Robb Costello, 45, and Const. Sarah Burns, 43, and two civilians — a man and a woman — who remain unidentified.Jackie McLean, Costello’s wife, says a police inspector told the family this morning that her common-law partner was among the dead.McLean says the couple had been together for four years and Costello has two adult daughters from a previous relationship.The shooting incident began at about 7 a.m. at an apartment complex on Brookside Drive.Fredericton police have one person in custody, a 48-year-old man, who was being treated for serious injuries.Police said the suspect exchanged gunfire with officers. He was later arrested inside an apartment.Of the four people killed in this morning’s shootings on Brookside Drive, two were Fredericton Police officers. No names are being released at this time. Please appreciate this is a difficult time for their families and our colleagues. We will provide more info when we can.— Fredericton Police (@CityFredPolice) August 10, 2018Police rushed to the residential complex in the Brookside Drive area at about 7 a.m. local time.Area resident Justin MacLean witnessed the horrific scene from his home.“I was sleeping and I heard a bunch of gunshots going off,” he said. “So I looked outside my window and there was a cop there shooting, so I was like ‘OK this ain’t normal.’ I went around to my back window and I saw three bodies laying there.“It was very traumatic. A very traumatic experience.”last_img read more

TNA insists no threat to alliance following Jaffna demo

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) today insisted that there was no threat to the alliance as a result of the demonstration staged in Jaffna yesterday.The demonstration was staged by the Tamil People’s Council with the participation of some TNA members. The TNA did not support the protest staged against the Government but the party says there is no threat to the Tamil alliance as a result of the participation of some TNA members in the protest.TNA member and Northern Provincial Council Chairman C.V.K Sivagnanam expressed these views to an Australian delegation in Jaffna today. (Colombo Gazette)

Disneys new video streaming service is coming to Canada in November for

Walt Disney Co. said on Monday it will launch its Disney+ video streaming service in Canada and the Netherlands on Nov. 12, the same date as its previously announced United States launch.Disney+ will also launch in Australia and New Zealand a week later, the company said in a statement, adding that the service will be priced at $8.99 a month in Canada.Disney’s new service will exclusively stream its latest movies including “Avengers: Endgame,” “Aladdin” and “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” the company said. The service will also draw upon Disney’s library of its existing films. Canadian households with streaming TV to eclipse traditional cable, satellite next year: report Latest Netflix price increase costs it plenty of customers just as it faces competitive future The end of genres? How Netflix is refining its recommendations The owner of ESPN and theme parks had announced earlier this month that it would offer a bundle of its three streaming services, Disney+, sports service ESPN+, and Hulu, at a discounted price of US$13 per month. That price is the same as Netflix Inc.’s most popular plan, which allows streaming on two devices simultaneously.Video streaming competition is set to intensify, with Apple Inc., WarnerMedia’s HBO Max and Comcast Corp’s NBCUniversal planning to roll out new services. U.S. customers are increasingly cutting the cord on cable TV, but now must decide how much they want to pay for digital offerings.Disney+ will be available on most major mobile and connected TV devices platforms, including Apple, Google, Microsoft, Roku and Sony, the company said.Following the launch, the company expects to take the ad-free streaming service to major global markets within two years.© Thomson Reuters 2019 read more

UN chief welcomes prisoner exchange between Russia and Ukraine

In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric, Mr. Guterres commended “all those who brought this to fruition, including President Volodymyr Zelensky and President Vladimir Putin”. “He hopes that this important humanitarian act could serve as a positive step towards strengthening confidence among all, enabling regular and constructive dialogue at all levels with a view to paving the way to an eventual settlement of the conflict in Eastern Ukraine”, the statement continued. The Secretary-General also urged all relevant parties to “take further measures in this spirit, to ensure continued momentum in the ongoing peace efforts by the Normandy Four, the Trilateral Contact Group, the OSCE and other actors, including by ensuring a durable ceasefire, easing humanitarian conditions along the contact line, and enabling progress in the implementation of the Minsk Agreements”. read more

Brock chemist startup company unveil new technology for mining sector

Ian Brindle presents ColdBlock™ Laboratory Sample Digestion Technology to an audience at the recent Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada conference.The Canadian start-up company ColdBlockTM Technologies Inc. and its research partner, Brock University chemist Ian Brindle, unveiled their pioneering technology at the recent Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada conference. This marks the first step in the company’s global launch of its ColdBlockTM Laboratory Sample Digestion Technology, which has the potential to revolutionize the mining industry by offering a cheaper, faster and cleaner way to conduct mineral and ore analysis.“ColdBlock Digestion offers mining operations a new alternative to achieve productivity gains,” Brindle says.The analysis process, called digestion, involves dissolving samples in order to measure the amounts of economically valuable metals within them. Current conventional methods can take up to four hours or more to digest samples with toxic acids and acids that form explosive compounds.But in its digestion method, the ColdBlockTM technology instead uses infrared emitters to generate very high heat, which is absorbed by the sample particles directly, with impressive results.“Digestions take less than 15 minutes and results are comparable with those from other, usually slower, digestion technologies,” Brindle explains. “Coupled with the elimination of perchloric acid, and the overall reduction in the volume of acids needed, makes ColdBlockTM a greener and safer technology.”“Today’s release of ColdBlock Digestion marks the first step in our company’s global launch,” Nick Kuryluk, CEO of ColdBlockTM Technologies, said at the March 4 launch. “We aspire to become a leading sample digestion technology for the mining industry and look to expand into the environmental and other industries in the near future.”For more information, see ColdBlockTM Technologies Inc.’s website. read more

Field test Nikon D4 with sample shots

first_imgNikon’s new pro-level D4 is out in the wild and I was able to get my hands on one for a short shooting session. The D4 was paired with the company’s 24-70mm f/2.8, making for a very nice rig, especially when combined with a beautiful spring day here in NYC. The two components came together to become a $7800, 4.8-pound shoulder-destroying, pedestrian-frightening super camera, but they sure were fun to use.My time with the D4 was limited, so I’ll keep my thoughts brief for now. After all this is camera built for just a select group of demanding professionals.First of all, the D4 is quite conspicuous, especially when paired with the lengthy 24-70mm lens and a hood. If people didn’t notice the huge camera setup, you’re sure to get their attention when you start shooting at 10 frames per second in their general direction.With some tinkering I was able to find the camera’s shutter-free Silent Mode, which takes 1920×1080 shots in high speeds bursts. This mode is great if you don’t want to interrupt a press conference or party and you still want top-notch image quality. The biggest problem here is that when you press the shutter button nothing really happens on the camera. Aside from a green light blinking, it’s not clear if you are even taking pictures! Furthermore, the image counter doesn’t increase, you just see a countdown timer, so the mode feels quite disconnected from the normal experience. After holding the trigger for a bit you might check your memory card and realize that you were taking 2MP shots at 24 fps… and you have a lot of images that need to be edited.To enable Silent Mode you need to go into the settings and change the Live View image mode from Quiet to Silent (yes, it’s confusing). The camera has to be in Live View to shoot in this mode.Handling and ergonomics with the camera are both quite good. Obviously the D4 is a monster and the 2-pound lens doesn’t help, but the controls are well-placed. If you’re a Nikon shooter you’ll free right at home, especially if you are coming from a high-end model. Non-Nikon regulars will hit some controls issues — for example it wasn’t clear to me how to switch from FX to DX modes, let alone CX — but this is an complicated product so it’s not shocking that there is a learning curve.I only took about 400 shots and lighting conditions were pretty much ideal, so I can’t say much about the image quality. I was happy with the shots I took and, while it’s not my favorite, the 24-70mm is known to be a great lens. You can check out a few images below and report back with your thoughts.Nikon’s D4 is quite good. Given its price and how fantastic the D3s is though, it should come as no surprise that the camera doesn’t disappoint. The complaints I logged yesterday were minor (and at times unavoidable): the D4 is hefty, the Silent Mode needs some sort of feedback (haptics maybe?), and I don’t have an XQD reader so I had to shoot on boring old CF.On the product level, my concern is that the D4 isn’t hugely different — to me — from the D3s. That sad, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the target buyer, and that the high-end video options (like unprocesssed 1080p out through HDMI) and an ethernet jack aren’t what I need in a DSLR. As for day-to-day shooting, the autofocus didn’t feel drastically upgraded to me and the still image capturing tools aren’t that different from those of its predecessor. Serious videographers will surely take the D4 over anything else Nikon offers today, but the rest of us will have to determine if it’s worth the extra money over a D3s or D800.Note: These are unedited 4928×3280 and 1920×1080 (Silent Mode) shots so they might take a while to download.Nikon D4 sample shot 004- Sal Cangeloso – Geek.com / full resolutionNikon D4 sample shot 004- Sal Cangeloso – Geek.com / full resolutionNikon D4 sample shot 003 – Sal Cangeloso – Geek.com / full resolutionNikon D4 sample shot 002 – Sal Cangeloso – Geek.com / full resolutionNikon D4 sample shot – Sal Cangeloso – Geek.com / full resolutionNikon D4 field test – Sal Cangeloso / Geek.com – Silent mode 002Nikon D4 field test – Sal Cangeloso / Geek.com – Silent modeNikon D4last_img read more

SFR Internet 7 un Windows Phone à petit prix

first_imgSFR Internet 7: un Windows Phone à petit prixLes choses s’accélèrent autour de Windows Phone 7. SFR annonce son propre modèle de smartphone, l’Internet 7, tournant sur le système d’exploitation de Microsoft.Windows Phone 7 semble avoir pris définitivement son envol. Après Nokia et ses Lumia qui sortent en France cette semaine, SFR annonce son propre smartphone, l’Internet 7 rapporte Clubic. L’opérateur intègre dans sa boutique un téléphone à petit prix, idéal pour faire découvrir la plateforme de Microsoft aux utilisateurs indécis.À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Le produit conçu par SFR n’en reste pas moins honorable en se basant sur sa fiche technique, grâce au cahier des charges très strict imposé par Microsoft. Il intègre un écran WXGA de 4,3 pouces avec une coque assez fine de 128,6 x 67,8 x 10,7 mm pour 158,2 g et sa batterie de 1400 mAh. Son design est très simple et peu recherché, mais cela ne l’empêche pas de proposer également un appareil photo de 5 megapixels. A l’intérieur, on trouve un processeur mono-cœur d’1 GHz et seulement 3 Go de stockage. On ne sait pas si elle est extensible, sachant en plus que Microsoft impose 8 Go au minimum.Windows Phone Mango, la mise à jour importante opérée en septembre sera installée par défaut. Pour découvrir cette alternative aux iPhone et autres Android, le SFR Internet 7 est disponible dès aujourd’hui, du moins sur la boutique en ligne de l’opérateur, à un prix de départ de seulement 9,90 euros.Le 16 novembre 2011 à 20:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Instagram Rolls Out WalkieTalkie Voice Messaging

first_imgStay on target Report: Facebook Developing ‘Threads’ App For Close FriendsFall For the Viral Instagram Hoax? So Did Lots of Celebs Now you can talk to your Insta friends without starting live chats. A direct-messaging, walkie-talkie feature, as seen in Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, is being rolled out on Instagram on Monday.This audio message feature works similarly to the built-in audio feature in Apple’s Messages application. Users simply hold down the microphone button to record a short voice message, which then appears in the chat as an audio wave form, according to TechCrunch.Photo Credit: InstagramVoice messages can be up to one-minute long, and can stay permanently listenable rather than disappearing. The feature is also available worldwide for one-on-one and group chats, and on both iOS and Android.“Talk the way you want to be heard, whether by whispering what you’re up to or shouting a compliment,” Instagram posted on Twitter.This a welcome feature for Instagrammers who are increasingly using the app as their main chat platform, and those who want the same convenient, texting-free messaging features seen in Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp.The feature could also be popular with users in countries with languages that aren’t easily compatible with smartphone keyboards, according to TechCrunch.More on Geek.com:Apple Reveals Most Popular iPhone Apps of 2018Instagram Now Lets You Share Stories With Close FriendsGuy’s $650 World Series Tickets Stolen By Scammer Through Instagram Photolast_img read more

UK Museum Finds Cute Bat in Its Rare Book Store Names It

first_imgStay on target The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) recently found a live bat in its archive, and the internet can’t get enough of the adorable critter named “Merlin.”In November, the bat was discovered hanging out by the ceiling of the MERL’s rare book store. The staff called Rose-Ann Movsovic, a retired librarian and MERL volunteer, who is also a licensed bat worker. Movsovic took Merlin “under her wing” and on Feb. 24, the MERL posted an update on the rescue operation and the bat’s health.pic.twitter.com/y2HirKaZgX— The Museum of English Rural Life (@TheMERL) February 24, 2019When Merlin was found at the museum last fall, a quick inspection was conducted to determine his species. It turned out that Merlin wasn’t actually from the area: According to the MERL, Merlin appeared to be a Nathusius’ pipistrelle bat, and these species typically hail from the Baltic states. Additionally, Merlin’s genital area was also a key indicator of the Nathusius’ pipistrelle species: It was shaped like “an albino hedgehog,” the MERL wrote in a tweet.First things first is to check the gonads, which confirmed the bat is a boy.Male bat genitalia look like, and we quote, ‘an albino hedgehog’.#NSFW pic.twitter.com/XnvzcUUzok— The Museum of English Rural Life (@TheMERL) February 24, 2019Merlin’s wing venation and ratio of forearm to 5th finger were also observed. The bat’s wings appeared to be in good condition, considering that he was stuck inside the archive for at least a day.We thought the bat was a type of pipistrelle, and after examining the ratio of forearm to 5th finger, and wing venation, it turns out to be a Nathusius’ pipistrelle. pic.twitter.com/AhPtPVIGec— The Museum of English Rural Life (@TheMERL) February 24, 2019Currently, Merlin is still under the care of Movsovic and he will eventually help scientists study the migratory behavior of his species. Under a project license, Merlin was provided a tagging ring, so he can give scientists more information on his movements in the future.Merlin will need a little more time to recover though: The MERL said the bat will have to get used to self-feeding, gain some weight, and engage in more flying practice before he’s released.Visit the MERL’s Twitter page for more updates on Merlin, including photos and facts on his species.More on Geek.com:7 Awesome Places to See Bats by the MillionsWatch: Dead Humpback Whale Found in Brazilian JungleBizarre Fish With Human-Like Teeth Baffles Farmers in Argentina Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ last_img read more

€500000 Project for teaching of French in Gambia

first_imgFrance to finance a project amounting to 500,000 euros towards supporting the teaching of French in the Gambia.This amount was announced during a meeting between Dr. Mamadou Tangara Minister of Foreign Affairs with his French Counterpart Jean -Baptiste Lemoyne,   Secretary of State for the Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs, on April 3rd 2019 in Paris with a view to strengthening bilateral cooperation between our two countries.  This exchange was the opportunity to announce a project to support the teaching of French in The Gambia, which materialised the commitment of The Gambia to the French-speaking area. The Gambia has been a member since 2018 of the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF), according to a press statement from the Communication Unit Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Gambia.Since the Donor Conference in May 2018, France has been Gambia’s largest bilateral donor, with an aid of 50 million euros for the period 2018-2021, the statement disclosed. This support enables the development of projects in the field of agriculture as well as access to water and electricity, it continues.It stated that France is also assisting The Gambia in strengthening its security system by providing The Gambia National Security Adviser, a French Cooperant.last_img read more