Congress seeks to repeat Punjab model in upcoming State polls

first_imgThe success of the Congress’ Dalit outreach plan in the Punjab Assembly elections earlier this year has encouraged the party to attempt a repeat in the upcoming State polls in Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, K. Raju, who heads the party’s SC Cell said.In Punjab, of the 34 seats reserved for SCs, the Congress won 22, as well as a general seat for which it had fielded a Dalit candidate. In the 2012 elections, the party won just 10 reserved seats.SP alliance fiascoThe strategy however, failed in Uttar Pradesh, where, again the Congress’ SC Cell had carried out an extensive campaign specifically targeting Dalits. Party sources told The Hindu that while the failure was still being analysed, two things were apparent: one that the Congress’ alliance with the Samajwadi Party had failed completely, and two, the success of such an experiment would be determined by the general health of the party in that State.There is also a sense that the presence of a powerful Dalit party in Uttar Pradesh, combined with the natural antagonism between Dalits and Yadavs — represented by the Samajwadi Party — and the eventual Hindu-Muslim polarisation would have come in the way.As one party source stressed, “We can’t work in isolation from the party not having the potential to win. It has to be part of a broader campaign and involve the Dalit leadership.”One-on-one contactIn the case of the six States now chosen, the Congress is in power in two, Karnataka and Himachal, and is the second party in the four other largely bipolar States.“We will activate the main Congress in every constituency, and conduct a silent ground level campaign. We will choose six to 10 Dalit youth in every village to make person-to-person contact,” party sources said.In Punjab, where Dalits account for almost 32%, the Congress had kicked off with a convention for them in Amritsar in September last year.They had declared that 33% of chairmanships in the State would be exclusively reserved for Dalits. Additionally, the party had promised 300 units of free power would be provided to dalit households.In U.P., the party had conducted a Dalit Yatra through the State.The campaigns were centred round three issues critical to Dalits — shiksha or education, suraksha or security and swabhiman or self respect.last_img read more

Sensirion: patient-side flow sensor solution for ventilators

first_imgThe requirements for patient-oriented ventilation which takes individual pathophysiology of the patient into account represents a challenge to the manufacturers of modern ventilators. It requires highly accurate inspiratory and expiratory gas flow measurements. Classic sensors installed inside a ventilator and distal from the patient make it difficult to achieve the required accuracy. Nicolay and Sensirion took on this challenge and launched a sensor-connector-cable solution that provides accurate, patient-side measurement while delivering a reliable flow signal to the ventilator. The solution includes different options of cables and connectors in order to reliably transport calibrated and temperature-compensated output signals of the sensor back to the ventilator. These options also ensure, among other features, compatibility with a variety of communication protocols. This sensor-connector-cable combination is now also available in Distribution.The Sensirion Flow Meter (SFM) is available either in autoclavable and washable (AW) variants or as single-use solutions (D = disposable). The SFM3400 was developed for neonatal applications, that means for measuring very small volumes, while the SFM3300 was developed for adult ventilation. The SFM3200 is intended for expiratory applications. The performance of these gas flow sensors is based on technology developed and patented by Sensirion that combines the sensor element, signal processing and digital calibration on a single microchip. The flow rate of gases is measured using a microthermal sensor element that among other advantages, enables a wider dynamic measurement range and superior long-term stability compared to other measurement principles. All flow meters come factory calibrated which makes them straightforward to use without prior or repeated calibration.All sensor variants can be connected to the ventilator using the Nicolay Flow Meter Connector. This robust mechanical interface is incredibly easy to use; it attaches easily and only in the intended manner to ensure correct use even in fast-paced situations. When connected, the interface is leak-proof to protection rating IP54, and when detached it allows for wipe disinfection. Communication with the sensor I²C bus using short cable lengths requires nothing more than a connection with simple spring contacts. A secure signal transfer over longer cables utilizes electronics integrated into the connector to convert the signals. When equipped with an RS485 or RS232 interface, the device translates the signals ready for the ventilator’s common communication protocols. There is also a range of connector options available, for example the Nicolay mini7 or mini12 interfaces. In addition to the standardized product variants, customer-specific PCB layouts can also be realized and integrated into the connector.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous How can we ensure durability and data protection in embedded systems?Next Arrow and launch Electronics & Electrical Engineering Services Marketplacelast_img read more

With 2019 World Cup in mind, Tamim Iqbal wants Bangladesh to work on chasing big totals

first_imgBangladesh are all set to participate in the tri-series which will be played next month, however, Bangladesh batsman Tamim Iqbal expressed that amid the tight schedule for the players, resting those who need it will be indispensable.”The only (negative) I see here is playing 13-14 matches in around one and a half months. We do not get to play much in those conditions. The key will be to rest the people who need it, especially in Ireland. We cannot afford to rest them in the World Cup,” International Cricket Council (ICC) quoted Iqbal as saying.Although Bangladesh has been performing really well in the last few ICC tournaments – they reached the semi-final of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 in England and the quarterfinals of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2015 – still Iqbal opined that they will have to work on chasing down big totals.”It’s true that we are not used to chasing 340-350 [totals]. We know that we have to chase 280-300-320 in every match of the World Cup. So, we have to work it out,” Iqbal said.”I think, if we want to restrict our opponent to 300, bowlers have to bowl very well. It might be an exceptional one or two days where you bundle your opposition out for 240-250. 300, I think, is a chaseable score in England. So, we have to prepare ourselves for that,” he added.Other teams in the tri-series are West Indies and Ireland and it will commence from May 5.Also Read | Bangladesh’s Soumya Sarkar scripts history with List-A double centuryAlso Read | A press conference, a football game: How Bangladesh cricketers escaped Christchurch shootingadvertisementlast_img read more


first_imgA Winnebago Nebraska tribal member has been convicted in federal court of five counts of sexual abuse of a child.The U.S. Attorney’s office says 50-year-old Cyrus A. Free was found guilty by a federal jury today of five separate counts including aggravated sexual abuse of a minor, abusive sexual contact of a child under the age of 12, sexual abuse of a minor between the ages of 12 and 16, and two counts of abusive sexual contact.Free faces a mandatory minimum of 30 years’ imprisonment on Count I and up to life in prison.The case was investigated by the Winnebago Tribal Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.last_img read more

Michelle Obama Rev Up Your BackToSchool Routine

first_imgiVillage, one of the largest online communities for women, has announced that First Lady Michelle Obama will be its first-ever Guest Editor for the week of August 20, as part of a new Guest Editor series launching across its site.This marks the first time Mrs. Obama will participate as a guest editor with any media outlet. The First Lady’s editorial theme – “Rev Up Your Back-to-School Routine” – offers millions of women in the iVillage community fun, simple tips and advice to help ease the transition from beach bags to backpacks. In conjunction with her Guest Editor role, the First Lady will participate in an exclusive video interview on the same theme with iVillage’s Chief Correspondent, Kelly Wallace, to run as a multi-part video series on iVillage throughout the week of August 20.“Women get so much strength and inspiration from each other and I was thrilled to have the chance to work with iVillage and its energized, engaged audience of millions of women,” said First Lady Michelle Obama. “As children across the country get ready to go back to school, this is an exciting — and sometimes overwhelming — time for American families. As Guest Editor, I hope to start a community dialogue on this topic so we can all share tips and advice to get our kids off to a great start in this new school year and help our families be healthier.”The First Lady will work closely with iVillage editors and contribute “Rev Up The Back-To-School Routine” content across iVillage’s Food, Parenting, and Health channels. For the past few months, the First Lady has been collaborating with the iVillage team to create and curate compelling articles and visuals around the back-to-school theme, some of which draw from her “Let’s Move” initiative, which strives to raise a healthier generation of kids. This subject will not only resonate with the 98% of iVillage’s audience who say they are involved in their children’s education, but will also address some of the issues that have populated iVillage’s social forums, including what to pack for lunch, how to find balance throughout the busy school year, and how to maintain healthy dinners as a family during a hectic school schedule.Each day throughout the week, a new subject – such as getting your family energized and moving, embracing a new healthy habit, and recharging your most important relationships – will be showcased. The First Lady’s articles will also include exclusive personal anecdotes and never-before-seen family photos that will provide a close look at her own back-to-school transition.“We are honored that Mrs. Obama chose to be our first Guest Editor as we launch our exciting, new program. This role provides a fresh avenue to talk with American women who, like her, are juggling a multitude of responsibilities,” said Jodi Kahn, President of iVillage. “Our research shows that a mere 11% of women have life ‘figured out,’ and we plan to continue featuring notable Guest Editors who will offer the iVillage community useable, easy solutions.”The First Lady’s Guest Editor participation will also be supported by extensive social media efforts in the iVillage community, including a custom Twitter initiative called #swaponething, where users share their tips about a healthy choice they make in lieu of a less desirable one, and inclusion in iVillage’s newsletter, distributed to five million subscribers.Mrs. Obama’s “Let’s Move” will also serve as the basis for an iVillage Community Challenge, one of the site’s signature franchises which rally hundreds of thousands of women around a common, but personal, goal. The six-week long “Get Moving Now” Community Challenge will focus on achieving a healthy lifestyle. Coaches, including the First Family’s personal trainer, Cornell McClellan, will guide participants through enough activity to earn their Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA.) Sign up is open and the challenge runs from September 17-October 26.Future iVillage Guest Editors — including prominent figures representing a broad cross section of experience, opinion and background — will be announced in the coming weeks.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Hey big spender: UK court details woman’s $21M Harrods spree

LONDON — Court documents reveal that a woman suspected by British authorities of having ill-gotten wealth spent 600,000 pounds ($760,000) in one day at upmarket department store Harrods and once forked out 30,000 pounds on chocolates.Zamira Hajiyeva is the first person subject to an Unexplained Wealth Order, which allows British authorities to seize assets from people suspected of corruption or organized crime links.Investigators say Hajiyeva spent 16 million pounds at Harrods between 2006 and 2016, using 35 credit cards issued by a bank led by her husband.Court documents released Tuesday detail spending including 5.75 million pounds at jewelers Boucheron and Cartier, 1 million pounds in Harrods’ toy department and 30,000 pounds at chocolatier Godiva.Hajiyeva has been granted permission to challenge the order at the Court of Appeal.The Associated Press read more

Ship with Sri Lankans on board briefly held in Cyprus

A ship an anti-migrant group planned to use as part of its campaign to protect Europe from mass migration was detained in Cyprus and then turned away with its crew, after discrepancies emerged in the status of a group of Sri Lankans on board, the Reuters news agency reported.Members of the Identarian movement, which says it wants to protect Europe’s identity from mass immigration, last week said they had chartered the C-Star which would set sail towards the Libyan coast to monitor humanitarian operations there. Its crew was later deported on board the vessel, Turkish Cypriot human rights activist Murat Kanatli said. Turkish Cypriot authorities were not immediately available for comment. The Identarian movement, which calls its project ‘Defend Europe’, disputed that version of accounts. But the vessel was impounded en route to Italy in Cyprus, because of conflicting accounts of whether Sri Lankans were trainees or migrants, several Turkish Cypriot sources said. It said NGOs had approached the trainees and ‘offered them to stay in Europe and apply for asylum, in exchange for promises and money’.“Fifteen apprentices refused, five accepted this act of bribery and are now making false accusations against the owner of the ship,” it said in a statement.The trainees were supposed to disembark in Egypt, but it was ‘ultimately impossible’, it said, without stating the reason. Five Sri Lankans on board have since sought asylum, human rights activists said. They were granted a 10-day visa, Kanatli added.At the port of Famagusta, Turkish Cypriot authorities were told that the 20 Sri Lankans had ended their training period and would be returning to Sri Lanka via Ercan airport in northern Cyprus. But Faika Deniz Pasha, an associate of the Refugee Rights Association in Northern Cyprus told Reuters, that at the airport the Sri Lankans said they had paid money to be taken to Italy.“They said they were not seamen and had paid something like 10,000 euros,” she said.Fifteen of them had left, but five said they did not wish to return to Sri Lanka and had asked for asylum, said Pasha, who said she was present at some of the encounters. The Identarian movement is tapping into growing unease, particularly in Italy, over immigration from North Africa.Cyprus, an island about 100 km (60 miles) at its closest point from war-ravaged Syria, has barely been affected by the hundreds of thousands on the move over the past three years. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Entrepreneurs to share insight during Brock networking event

Local entrepreneurs will provide insight into their success during a public networking event Tuesday co-hosted by Brock University.The Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film (CPCF) and This is My Niagara have partnered to host the Connect Networking Event on Tuesday, March 7 at Rodman Hall Art Centre in St. Catharines.Students will come together with local professionals, business owners and representatives from non-profit organizations to learn and share insights into marketing and entrepreneurship in Niagara. Tayler Book, co-founder of Beechwood Doughnuts and one of the night’s keynote speakers, will explore how she used social media to market and grow her business into one of downtown St. Catharines most frequently visited shops.“I will be discussing the backstory of Beechwood Doughnuts, how we got the idea off the ground and, most importantly, how we utilize digital marketing techniques that have proven to be engaging and effective,” Book said.Other keynote speakers include Ransom Hawley, CEO of Caddle, and entrepreneur Alex Digenis, owner of Henley Honda and Subaru of Niagara.“I’ll be talking about taking the entrepreneurial leap: timing, pros and cons, and how to mitigate your risk,” Hawley said.This is My Niagara is an initiative created to help connect young talent with small- and medium-sized businesses in the region.Register on Eventbrite to reserve a spot for the free public event, which begins at 6:30 p.m..For more information, visit  (Story by CPCF student Emma DiNatale) read more

Caterpillar Global Mining – readying for the global upturn

first_imgAl Frese, Solutions and Product Support Manager of Caterpillar’s Global Mining Division notes that the company is “seeing encouraging signs that a recovery may be underway” and at the same time continues to stress sustainability. He says Global Mining is “seeing benefits from things Caterpillar put in place” since the credit crunch hit the world. He went on to say that “though there’s still a great deal of economic uncertainty in the world, mined materials will remain essential to support a growing global population.” Cat is very focused on being ready for the upturn. “We have realigned our entire company, creating a simpler, more efficient, more customer-focused and more market-driven structure. We’re getting our processes ready for the up-cycle too, starting in our factories, where we’re continuing to deploy the Caterpillar Production System (CPS).“To make sure we’re ready for the upturn, we’ve teamed up with a group of mining companies and dealers to fine-tune our forecasting processes and systems.” Some of the information coming from those mining companies has given insights into future parts requirements. The company has also been working with its suppliers to cut manufacturing costs. CPS has also delivered tremendous safety benefits in Cat’s plants.As an example of CPS achievements, the Track Type Tractor manufacturing facility has achieved a $20 million reduction in inventory, a 90% improvement in delivery times, a 75% reduction in work on process inventory and a 24% improvement in early operating hours (new machines) reliability. Mark Twain, who did not work for Global Mining, may have said “there are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics,” but these are significant statistics by anybody’s standards.Frese explained that “Global Mining has a dedicated team that works with miners and dealers on a variety of continuous improvement projects. We’ve continued to fund this vital work through the downturn.” He went on to elaborate that the focus in 2009 has been on efficiency at the mines, rather than the all out demand for productivity that it had been up to the crash of the boom late last year.Technology and machine development has not suffered during the downturn. “We’re continuing to fund research and development at a very aggressive level. In fact, 2009 will go down in history as the 2nd largest year ever for R&D investment.” That investment is for all Cat products but the mining component was very significant and included the largest investment seen in the truck fleet. “We’re actively working with our customers to design and integrate significant safety enhancements across our entire mining product line,” Frese continued.In the latter regard, Frese noted Cat’s work with the Earth Moving Equipment Safety Round Table (EMESRT), which was formed in 2006 to establish a process of engagement between mining customers and OEMs. The process is designed to accelerate the development and adoption of leading practice designs of earth moving equipment to minimise health and safety risks. ( forward, Frese says the key drivers to 2012 are:Commodity demand growth to resume in 2010Commodity price outlook favourable for investmentUnder investment in mine capacity in 2009 and 2010Average fleet age remains high.On the latter point, he also notes that the equipment replacement cycle was not completed during the last upturn. IM has already put forward the opinion that the next upturn (boom) will most likely see even worse equipment and skill shortages than were seen in 2007/2008. But it seems Caterpillar at least is focused for the future.last_img read more

Des empreintes de dinosaures de 120 millions dannées découvertes en Arkansas

first_imgDes empreintes de dinosaures de 120 millions d’années découvertes en ArkansasRécemment en Arkansas aux Etats-Unis, un promeneur a découvert des empreintes de pas laissées au Crétacé par plusieurs espèces de dinosaures. Aujourd’hui, celles-ci permettent aux scientifiques, qui les ont scannées numériquement, d’étudier l’anatomie et la locomotion de ces animaux.S’étendant sur une longueur équivalente à celle de deux terrains de football, des empreintes de pas fossilisées ont été découvertes tout à fait par hasard par un Américain lors d’une promenade en Arkansas. Et ce ne sont pas n’importe quelles empreintes. Celles-ci témoignent de la fréquentation, il y a 120 millions d’années, de cette région (boueuse, à l’époque) par de nombreuses espèces de dinosaures végétariens, des sauropodes à long cou, et de dinosaures carnivores tels que des théropodes bipèdes. À lire aussiCette vidéo retrace l’évolution de nos ancêtres en moins de 2 minutesParmi ces derniers, l’Acrocanthosaurus (8 tonnes), était probablement attiré sur le site par la présence de ses proies, les grands herbivores, d’après les travaux des scientifiques. Mais “qui sait ce que les sauropodes étaient venus faire là ?”, commente Stephen Boss, spécialiste en géosciences à l’Université de l’Arkansas à Fayetteville. Probablement mises au jour à la suite d’un orage balayant les couches superficielles du sol, ces empreintes constituent une ‘pièce rare’ pour cette région du sud des États-Unis. Habituellement, c’est plutôt dans l’ouest, dans le Colorado ou l’Utah que sont dénichées ces anciennes traces. Par ailleurs, Stephen Boss et son équipe ont aussi scanné numériquement les empreintes grâce à un laser à haute résolution dans le but de mieux les étudier et éventuellement de permettre à d’autres chercheurs de les analyser. Ils ont ainsi pu observer que l’Acrocanthosaurus, avec ses traces de 60 centimètres de long à trois doigts, n’avait pas les ‘pieds’ palmés, mais en revanche tournés vers l’intérieur, “un peu comme un pigeon” – une découverte qui n’aurait pas été possible à partir des ossements.Le 11 octobre 2011 à 19:46 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Foreign Ministers of Bahamas and Haiti Exchange Views at 47th OAS General

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMexico, June 22, 2017 – Cancun – Bahamas Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Darren Henfield met with several counterpart Ministers on the margins of the 47th OAS General Assembly in Cancun, Mexico, June 20, 2017 and discussed, in particular, matters of security and economic development.  Minister Henfield (right) and Haiti Foreign Minister Antonio Rodrigue are pictured at the Assembly, where they exchanged views on a range of issues including security, irregular migration and agriculture.Press Release: BIS Related Items:last_img read more

Bahamian girl falls to her death on cruise ship

first_img TCI: Man safe now, says he was trapped after lightning hit truck and it burst into flames Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#United States, October 14, 2017 – Miami – Condolences are being poured out online for relatives and friends following the shockingly sudden death of a Bahamian girl in Miami, Florida while on a Carnival Cruise.Another 8 year old dies tragically; this time aboard a cruise ship as it docked at Port of Miami this morning.  The child fell from the balcony of the Carnival Glory two storeys to her death.While US officials are not identifying the child, online/social media newsoutlet ‘Bahamas News Ma Bey’ first reported on the death of the child since this morning.   Their story identifies the girl as ‘Zion’.An ABCNews report says the child was taken to the Ryder Trauma Center where she died from her injuries.#myLord#girlfallsincruiseship#bahamasnews#magneticmedia T&T companies tap into Cuban market at Expo Caribe 2019 Related Items:#BahamasNews, #girlfallsincruiseship, #myLord, magneticmedia Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp #Metoo-movement-type complaint, now investigation of high-ranking TCI Police Officer openedlast_img read more

Escaped inmate in Santee

first_imgFacebookTwitter KUSI Sports, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Residents of Santee were being warned to be on the lookout for a female inmate, who escaped from a detention center in San Diego today, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department said.A large perimeter has been set up by the department around the Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility, 451 Riverview Parkway, with nearby roads closed.Destiny Guns, 22, is 5’2″ and 100 pounds with green eyes and brown hair. She has a tattoo of an elephant skull on her right arm and of a grasshopper on her chest. At the time of her escape, Guns was wearing a whitetop and blue pants. Guns is a low level prisoner with a history of non-violence.Anyone with information should call the sheriff’s department at (858) 565-5200. Escaped inmate in Santee Categories: KUSI, Local San Diego News Posted: April 6, 2019 Updated: 10:34 PM April 6, 2019 KUSI Sports last_img read more

Will miss Sushmajis presence immensely Advani

first_imgNew Delhi: Calling her one of his closest colleagues, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran L.K. Advani on Wednesday mourned the death of senior party leader Sushma Swaraj. He recalled that when he was the President of the BJP in the eighties, she was a promising young activist who he had inducted into the team. “And over the years, she became one of the most popular and prominent leaders of our party — in fact, a role model for women leaders,” he said in a statement. Also Read – NRC in Assam to be released : list to finalize if a person is Indian or Foreigner Advertise With Us He said he is deeply distressed at the “untimely demise of one of my closest colleagues, Sushma Swaraj”. Advani called her a brilliant orator. “I was often amazed at her ability to recall incidents, events and present them with utmost clarity and eloquence.” He said she was also a fine human being and touched everyone with her warmth and compassionate nature. Also Read – Subramanian Swamy cross-examined in National Herald case Advertise With Us “I do not recall a single year when she missed bringing my favourite chocolate cake to me on my birthday,” said Advani. Expressing condolences, he added the nation has lost a remarkable leader. “To me, it is an irrepairable loss and I will miss Sushmaji’s presence immensely. May her soul rest in peace,” he added.last_img read more

Apple pushed to 4th place in China Oppo Huawei and Vivo grab

first_imgApple has been pushed to the fourth place in the Chinese smartphone market as 2016 marked the first time ever that Apple saw a year-over-year (YoY) decline in the PRC market. Apple’s reign ended: Google takes over as the world’s most valuable brandFor the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2016, Apple’s market share declined to 11 per cent from 15 per cent in the fourth quarter of calendar-year 2015. For full-year 2016, the tech titan’s saw its share fall to 9.6 per cent from 13.6 per cent in 2015 amid competition from local manufacturers such as Huawei, Oppo and Vivo, according to a new report trends-tracker IDC. As Apple’s share of the Chinese market declined, the top three Chinese manufacturers all gained share over the same period. For the full-year 2016, Oppo’s share increased to 16.8 per cent from 8.2 per cent in 2015; while Huawei’s share increased to 16.4 per cent from 14.6 per cent a year ago, and Vivo’s jumped to 14.8 per cent from 8.2 per cent last year.  “Increased dependence on mobile apps has led to consumers to seek phone upgrades, thus helping drive the large growth in 2016Q4. In lower-tiered cities, there was a similar demand by consumers, which OPPO and Vivo met by aggressively pushing mid-range smartphones in these cities,” Tay X iaohan, senior market analyst at IDC, said. With the slowdown in the growth of the online channel in China last year, most brands are now using a combination of channels to increase their shipments. Xiaomi, which previously focused on online channels, has now opened more Mi Home stores to drive offline growth. Apple has also been aggressive in increasing its offline retail presence. For 2017, market research firm IDC expects top Chinese vendors to increase their shipments in the international market, with India as a key target. Last week, even though Apple reported stronger-than-expected iPhone sales globally, it said Greater China remained the only geographic where its revenue declined. According to the latest IDC Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, the smartphone market in China witnessed a 19 per cent YoY growth and 17 per cent quarter-over-quarter (QoQ) growth in Q42016. The market share of the top four Chinese vendors in the top five smartphone vendors in the country grew to 57 per cent in 2016 from 46 per cent in 2015. last_img read more

Facebook Discontinues Movie Rentals Purchases on Oculus Rift

first_img ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety Facebook’s VR subsidiary Oculus is shutting down its VOD efforts on is Oculus Rift headset this week, and is reimbursing anyone who has bought titles in the past. Oculus told Rift users in an email about the changes Monday, and confirmed the move in a comment sent to Variety.“Over the years, we’ve seen how people use VR for everything from gaming to movies, and it’s become clear that while people love to stream immersive media on other devices, Rift is used primarily for gaming,” Oculus said in its email to customers.  “These insights inform how we support new and existing features and apps across the platform.”The movie store on Rift is shutting down Monday. Consumers who have purchased or rented movies in the past will continue to have access to them until November 20. “After this date, you will no longer be able to access any purchased or rented movies through Oculus Video, but you can continue to watch video and streams from other sources, such as Facebook 360,” the company said in its email.center_img The decision to shut down the movie store likely has to do with the fact that not many Rift owners were renting movies on the device. Oculus decided to keep VOD rentals and purchases up and running on the Oculus Go headset, which is more about media consumption than hardcore VR gaming.The move also coincides with an announcement by former Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe about his departure from Facebook. While seemingly unrelated, there still seems to be a common thread connecting those two. Techcrunch reported Monday morning that Iribe’s departure was prompted by a realignment of Facebook’s VR efforts, with the company doubling down on standalone devices like the Go and the upcoming Oculus Quest.This reportedly also included the cancellation of plans for an upcoming second-generation Rift headset. However, a company spokesperson since told Variety that the company is committed to a future version of the Rift.last_img read more

Haggling likely as exit poll in UK vote shows Tories strong

first_imgThe final opinion polls, and the exit poll, predict a “hung Parliament,” in which no party has an absolute majority, triggering a period of wrangling and uncertainty.___WHAT HAPPENS NOW?If no one has a majority, the parties start talking, to see if formal or informal alliances can help them reach the magic number of seats they need to govern.In Britain’s parliamentary system, the test of a government is whether it can secure the backing of a majority in the House of Commons to pass its budgets and laws.In theory, that takes 326 seats, but in practice it’s about 323: the Speaker does not vote, and Irish nationalists Sinn Fein, who had five seats before the election, do not participate. If the Conservatives are as close as the exit poll suggests, the party would have several avenues open.There is no rule saying the party with the most seats gets the first shot at talking to other parties about forming a government, but there will be unofficial pressure for that to happen. Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, who served as deputy prime minister in Cameron’s first coalition government, says he will speak first to the biggest party, which appears likely to be the Conservatives. Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober “I’ve described it like freestyle wrestling,” said Peter Riddell of the Institute for Government. “Anyone can talk to anyone else, and it may well be that the second-largest party is in easier position to form a government than the largest party.”As head of state, Queen Elizabeth II formally appoints the prime minister, but her role is symbolic. Once the political picture is clear, current Prime Minister David Cameron will go to Buckingham Palace — either to tell her he can form a government, or to resign and ask her to summon Labour leader Ed Miliband.If the exit poll result is accurate, Cameron could be expected to muster enough support from other parties to form a government.___HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?In 2010, it took five days for the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats to forge a coalition. Gus O’Donnell, who as Britain’s top civil servant oversaw those negotiations, said that “was a piece of cake compared to what might happen this time.”“More options, more parties involved … it is harder this time,” he told the BBC.Parliament is due to reconvene on May 18, when lawmakers will take their oaths and one will be elected Speaker. That could all happen without a government being in place. A member of the public walks past a betting shop window with a display for the General Election in Govan, Scotland, Wednesday, May 6, 2015. Britain goes to the polls in a General Election Thursday. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell) –Lib-Lab Pact: Labour could try to form a coalition with the Liberal Democrats, who are sympathetic to them on some issues. Such an alliance could probably command support from small left-leaning parties including Wales’ Plaid Cymru and the Greens. For this prospect to take hold, Labour would have to perform far better than the exit poll indicates.–Labour and the SNP: This potential combination is politically fraught. The SNP, which is expected to take most of the seats in Scotland, supports Scottish independence, and its participation in national government has been painted by opponents as a threat to the future of Britain. Labour leader Ed Miliband has ruled out a coalition pact or broad deal with the SNP. But he also knows that the nationalists, who are staunch anti-Conservatives, would back Labour on key votes.___Follow Jill Lawless on Twitter at © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. A firmer deadline is May 27, the date set for the Queen’s Speech. That is an annual address, delivered by the monarch but written by ministers, outlining the government’s legislative program. It is followed by a debate and a vote — and it would be hard for a government to survive losing that vote.___IN THE MEANTIME, WHO’S IN CHARGE?Win or lose, on Friday morning Cameron will remain Britain’s prime minister. The current leader and his government will remain in place until a new one is assembled. Ministers are expected to defer major decisions, but handle routine business and emergencies. The national security apparatus remains in place.Financial markets hate instability, so some fear the pound could take a pummeling if the talks drag on.“There will be a strong civil service presence saying: ‘Do you look at the markets? You had better get a grip. You’d better work something out,’” said Leeds University political scientist David Seawright.Other analysts believe the markets have already factored in a period of uncertainty so are unlikely to be too volatile.Riddell points out that protracted negotiations, while novel for Britain, are the norm in many European countries. Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement He said, “we won’t be like Belgium,” which went without a government for more than a year.“The general view is, keep calm and it will work itself out.”___WHAT ARE THE LIKELY OUTCOMES?“It’s unbelievable, the permutations,” said Seawright. “It’ll be musical chairs to see who can form a government.”Some of the potential options:–The Coalition Continues: Britain could see a continuation of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition that has governed since 2010. The Lib Dems are open to this option, and have campaigned as the sensible center ground between Tories on the right and Labour on the left. But the party is likely to lose a big chunk of its 59 seats. Still, a Conservative-Lib Dem coalition could probably rely for support on key votes from smaller parties including Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionists and the U.K. Independence Party. The exit poll showing suggests this possibility will be high on the list of possible outcomes.–Minority government: Either Labour or the Conservatives — whichever has more seats — could try to govern alone, relying on smaller parties for support on a vote-by-vote basis. Minority governments are often unstable, and sometimes fall within months. But Britain’s political parties, with their members exhausted and coffers depleted, may be unwilling to trigger a second election this year. And recent legal changes have made it harder to bring down a government. Once, defeat on a major piece of legislation would have done it, but it now requires an explicit vote of no-confidence by lawmakers. If the Conservatives are close to a majority, as the exit poll suggests, they could pursue this option. LONDON (AP) — Counting the votes in Britain’s election will take a matter of hours.Assembling a government is likely to take far longer, even though an exit poll released late Thursday suggested Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative Party was doing better than expectedThe poll predicts Cameron’s party will win 316 seats, short of an outright majority, but close to the magic number.By Friday, the country will know how many seats each party has won in the House of Commons. If either the Conservatives or Labour has more than half the 650 seats, they can quickly form a government — but that doesn’t seem likely. 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