Garry Ringrose was very close to making the 41man Lions squad

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email3 51 Comments WHILE THE PREDICTIONS that Jonathan Joseph was going to miss out on making the Lions squad for New Zealand did not come to pass, it transpires that the England outside centre was a late, late inclusion in the 41-man group.Warren Gatland and his coaching staff met on Tuesday afternoon for their final selection meeting before yesterday’s squad announcement, and it seems the head coach pulled rank to convince the others of Joseph’s value. Ringrose was unlucky to miss out on selection. Source: James Crombie/INPHOWhile the English midfielder brings exciting attacking quality to the party, as well as an undervalued defensive game, there was some disappointment among Irish rugby fans that Garry Ringrose missed out.And it appears that the 22-year-old Leinster man came out on the wrong side of Joseph being written back into the Lions’ plans at the last minute.“We decided on a number of positions yesterday [Tuesday],” said Gatland. “We had a good discussion about the midfield and what I said to the rest of the coaches was that we can’t leave Jonathan Joseph out,” Gatland said.“If I look at it from a Welsh perspective, he’s the one player that causes us so many problems when we play England. It’s his footwork and pace and some other midfielders in other teams don’t have the same stuff. Thursday 20 Apr 2017, 4:41 PM “Garry, like everyone else, we had a pool of players and the depth was huge,” said Farrell. “There was a lot of very, very good players that unfortunately missed out. Garry was spoken about, like a lot of other players.“We all know what happens on British and Irish Lions tour and we know what this period now with the big games coming up, what that sometimes throws up. Not just before you get on the plane, but once you get into New Zealand as well.”– First published 11.41, 20 AprilThe42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! https://the42.ie/3348953 There was a long debate in terms of the midfield, someone like Garry Ringrose was very unlucky to miss out.“He’s had a good Six Nations and he’ll learn from that. Andy Farrell thinks that in six months’ time, he’s someone that’s going to be incredibly special. I can assure you there was some lively debate about some of the final selections.”Ringrose wouldn’t have featured in too many predicted Lions squads before the Six Nations began but his impressive campaign for Joe Schmidt’s Ireland made him a strong contender. Ringrose is an exciting talent for Leinster and Ireland. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOHe will now look to finish the provincial season with European and Pro12 glory with Leinster, before a tour of the US and Japan under Schmidt offers further opportunity to grow his Test experience.But the eight-times capped centre is very likely to be on the Lions’ standby list in case of injuries, which are always part of these tours. Ringrose might feature in New Zealand yet, as Lions assistant coach Andy Farrell – also part of Ireland’s backroom staff – suggested. Short URL Garry Ringrose was very close to making the 41-man Lions squad The 22-year-old Ireland and Leinster centre was ‘very unlucky,’ according to Warren Gatland. 36,125 Views Follow us: the42.ie Hartley picked to captain England for tour of Argentina after Lions omissionLions ‘clutching at straws’ if Ireland’s Chicago win an inspiration, insists Steve Hansen By Murray Kinsella Apr 20th 2017, 4:41 PM last_img read more

These Rick and Morty Gifts Are Great In Any Dimension

first_img Apollo 11 Gift Guide: Best Moon Landing 50th Anniversary GiftsCool Gifts for Every ‘Star Wars’ Junkie Stay on target One thing that no Rick and Morty fan can hold back from talking about is Pickle Rick. Easily a highlight of this past season, we know that you all need something Pickle Rick in your lives. This plush doll of Pickle Rick makes a great affordable gift that people and animals of all ages can enjoy!Mad Max Rick Funko POP!Rick and Morty is all about mash-ups and paying homage to pop culture. Now you can pre-order this incredible Mad Max-inspired Rick on Amazon! It comes out on March 1st, so make sure you pre-order today!Meeseeks SweaterSometimes the best gift is a nice, simple sweater. This subdued, minimalist cozy sweater from across the universe. So show everyone you have good taste in both TV and apparel! Rick and Morty is hands down one of the most successful and critically well-received cartoons on Adult Swim in recent years. This loving tribute to Back To The Future and dozens of other franchises filled with deeply dark humor and disturbing imagery that makes it stand as its own uniquely powerful property has struck a chord with such a wide audience that no one could have possibly predicted. We all know someone that can’t stop talking about Rick and Morty, so here’s a gift guide for them (or you)!Rick and Morty Total Rickcall Cooperative Card GameIf that title sounds familiar, it’s because this card game is based on the episode of the same name! Enjoy playing and interacting with the different characters that showed up in this episode and see all sorts of ways it could have turned out! Everyone gets to work together so you should be able to avoid those friendship ending board game fights and it includes advanced rules to incorporate to boost replayability! Rick and Morty MonopolyYou know the drill. It’s Monopoly, but also another thing! This time it’s Rick and Morty. All the rules are still the same, but you get great Rick and Morty playing pieces that are great all on their own. If cooperative games aren’t your speed and you need to crush your enemies, this is a great choice!Rick Pint GlassWe all know Rick has a bit of a drinking problem, but we have a drinking solution for you! Drink with Rick out of this gorgeous pint glass! Sure, he’s more of a hard liquor guy, but it works for mixed drinks too!Rick and Morty Men’s UnderwearNot all Rick and Morty gifts need to be shared with the world. Hide your fandom under your clothes with this fantastic Rick and Morty underwear two pack! Only you, your significant other, and the laundromat have to know.The Ricks Must Be Crazy Limited Art PrintOkay, want to get a Rick and Morty fan something really special? This gorgeous original art print is not only affordable, but limited to 200 total. Plus, it celebrates the fan favorite episode of the same name. It’s a no-brainer!Mr. Meeseeks Hooded RobeYour single purpose is to lounge around in style, and now you can as a Mr. Meeseeks! Fret around about your impending demise comfortable within this 100% polyester robe with two roomy pockets! Existence won’t be a pain in this robe! This one is a ThinkGeek exclusive though, so you’ll have to get it at the link below!Anatomy Park MugRick needs coffee to help him with his daily hangovers. You can enjoy coffee out of this Rick and Morty mug with images from another fan favorite episode. While your mug won’t be voiced by John Oliver, it’s still really cool!Pickle Rick Plush Doll Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Drug take-back event set for Saturday

first_imgClark County residents can safely dispose of unused medications for free at collection events this weekend.The drug take-back event is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the following locations:• PeaceHealth Southwest Memorial Campus, 3400 Main St.• Kaiser Permanente Cascade Park Medical Office, 12607 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd.• Battle Ground Police Department, 507 S.W. First St.Skamania County residents can drop off medications at the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office, 200 Vancouver Ave., Stevenson.All unwanted medications (controlled and noncontrolled) will be accepted. Similar events last year collected more than 3,400 pounds of medications from more than 1,700 participants.last_img read more

Police meet with religious leaders

first_imgZaheerabad: Zaheerabad DSP Ganapathi Jadav conducted a meeting with religious heads on the police station premises on Thursday. Addressing them, Ganapathi insisted that they ensure conduct of every festival in peaceful environment. CI Saideshwar, Si Venkatesam and others were present.last_img

A Trailblazer In Dallas Lupe Valdez Strives To Prove Herself On A

first_img Share Laura Skelding for The Texas TribuneLupe Valdez campaigns at Black Star Co-op in Austin on April 13, 2018. Valdez is in a runoff with Andrew White for the Democratic nomination for governor.Lupe Valdez had trouble finishing her sentences Tuesday as she sat in a booth amid the lunchtime bustle at Norma’s Cafe, the home-cooking diner that’s an institution in her Oak Cliff neighborhood.As soon as the former Dallas County sheriff got on a roll about why she should be Texas’ next governor, she’d see someone she knew and walk over to say hi. Or a Dallas police officer would stop by the table. Or a waitress would swing by to mention she really hopes Valdez wins this month’s Democratic primary runoff for the state’s top elected position.Valdez has long been accustomed to such attention. Ever since she narrowly wrestled the sheriff’s post from Republican hands in a GOP-controlled county in 2004, her mere presence in restaurants and dance halls across the city has elicited excited attention from Dallas residents.Still, that’s not what drives Valdez, whose decades-long career in law enforcement and 13 years as sheriff were always about protecting and empowering her fellow residents.“I’m the candidate of the everyday working Texan, and I’m going to be their voice,” she said over a plate of chicken tenders. But Valdez must master some complicated political footwork as she attempts to replicate her stunning success in local politics to finally catapult her party onto the statewide stage it lost to Republicans decades ago. Texans haven’t elected a Democrat to a statewide office since 1994. Following her first-place finish in the March 6 primary, Gov. Greg Abbott quickly began treating her as his general election opponent. But Valdez first must beat Houston businessman Andrew White for their party’s nomination. Early voting in the May 22 runoff starts Monday.And what could be Valdez’s most pivotal moment in the quest to take on the state’s Republican establishment comes Friday in Austin, when Valdez and White will participate in their only scheduled debate.“I think Valdez is going to be the candidate against Abbott,” said Cal Jillson, a political science professor at Southern Methodist University. “Although this debate is a dangerous moment for her, I think.”Valdez sometimes struggles to succinctly articulate her stances on issues and details about how she plans to run the second most populous state in the union. That has spurred scathing criticism from her hometown newspaper’s editorial board, left the candidate and her staffers scurrying to reframe controversial public statements and cost her the endorsement of a grass-roots group whose vision for Texas’ future Valdez is trying to champion.But Valdez isn’t nervous about the debate. She isn’t excited, either. She largely brushes off speculation about how her performance Friday will affect the runoff. The game she’s playing isn’t one that turns on 30-second sound bites.“In order for the Democrats to win in Texas, it’s gotta be grassroots,” she said.Besides, much of the ground-level support she’s already drummed up on a shoestring campaign budget hinges not on the candidate having an intimate knowledge of state government’s infinite intricacies, but on Valdez’s own life story, one that many Democrats consider reflective of today’s Texas.“She encompasses a multicultural group of people looking up to her, people having their hope in her,” said Marina Vasquez, a Valdez supporter who lives in Austin and has met the candidate at multiple events.From schoolgirl to federal agentBorn in San Antonio in 1947, Valdez was the eighth and youngest child of migrant farm workers. On the campaign trail, she frequently recounts how she noticed she was among just a few students who arrived to campus with muddy shoes on rainy days. That’s when it dawned on her that most of her classmates, unlike Valdez, lived in neighborhoods that had paved sidewalks.It was a formative realization, one that made her value education and the American ideal of everyone having a chance at upward social mobility.“I am a Democrat because I believe in giving people a fair shot,” she said at a campaign rally in Austin last month that drew about three dozen people who packed into the corner of a burger joint.Valdez got a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Southern Nazarene University and a master’s degree in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Texas at Arlington. She also joined the U.S. Army, earning the rank of captain. After leaving the military, she became a federal agent for U.S. Customs and Border Protection and then the Department of Homeland Security.Valdez focused on fraud and drug cases for decades, often going undercover because she was among the few agents who could speak Spanish. She reveled in the work, which she saw as a way to improve other people’s quality of life.“I loved it because that’s exactly what we’d focus on: getting rid of the people that were harming the community,” she said.As Valdez neared the required retirement age of 57, she started to think about running for public office. She talked to Dallas County’s Democratic Party officials about throwing her name in the ring for a constable or justice of the peace position.But at the time, the county’s longtime Republican sheriff was embroiled in a scandal about how he awarded a jail commissary contract while he was also facing re-election. A Democratic Party official asked Valdez if she’d thought about running for sheriff.“I said, ‘You know I’m gay,’” she recalls. “He said, ‘Yeah, we’re going to have to work through that one.’”Political stardom and bureaucratic pushbackOn Nov. 2, 2004, Republican President George W. Bush sailed to re-election, the GOP added a handful of congressional seats to their existing majority, voters banned gay marriage in 11 states and a Hispanic lesbian Democrat was elected Dallas County sheriff.The world was stunned.Overnight, Valdez became a national Democratic star, a symbol of hope for a party that had long lost Texas and was trying to position itself as the champion for a diversifying American electorate.Profiles quickly followed in The New York Times and The Washington Post. The Guardian called Valdez “the unlikely sheriff in Bush’s backyard” whose win was “an upset brought about by local scandal, demographic evolution and personal chutzpah.”The tidal wave of attention surprised Valdez. Her victory did not. Valdez said she “worked like the Dickens” on the campaign trail. She didn’t hide the fact she was gay. But State Rep. Yvonne Davis, D-Dallas, cautioned her to not let that become her identifier. Davis told Valdez to tout her abilities, talent and decades of law enforcement experience.“That was some very smart advice,” Valdez said.And almost immediately, her selling points were put to the test.The Dallas County jail, which the sheriff oversees, failed eight state inspections between 2004 and 2010. The 8,000-square-foot jail racked up violations for an unsafe ventilation system, backed-up plumbing, insufficient staff training and inadequate inmate health care.Then the U.S. Justice Department sued Valdez and the county, alleging that poor mental health care and lackluster medical facilities inside the jail violated inmates’ constitutional rights. Valdez said she inherited the problems from her predecessor, an assertion that longtime Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price backs up.County officials spent years renovating the jail, which houses about 6,000 inmates on any given day, and working with state and federal officials to mitigate problems. The jail passed state inspection in 2010. The Justice Department dropped its suit in 2011.  “It’s really hard to find anything that Sheriff Valdez did not do to bring this county into compliance and make it a model institution, as far as institutions can go,” Price said.Still, Valdez weathered criticism for taking years to comply with state and federal officials’ expectations. She said one of the biggest roadblocks was changing the culture of the department, a complicated undertaking she said required patience.“Change is necessary, but you can’t do a rapid change or there will be pushback,” she said.Criticism from left and rightBefore stepping down from the sheriff’s position to run for governor last year, Valdez was among a bevy of urban Texas officials who railed against Abbott and lawmakers for the passage of Senate Bill 4. The law allows local law enforcement officers to ask people they detain or arrest about their immigration status. Valdez, like many critics, say it essentially allows police to racially profile Hispanics.At Norma’s Cafe this week, she pointed to a white man in the next booth and said he could be in the country illegally but wouldn’t likely be asked about his immigration status. Meanwhile, people who look like Valdez and are American citizens are more prone to be asked such questions, she said. She said rather than combat illegal immigration, SB 4 will keep Hispanic Texans from reporting crimes or interacting with police.“It’s a cruel law,” she said.But a Dallas high school student last month accused Valdez of “supporting anti-immigrant policies” that “expanded” Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Around 2007, ICE stationed deportation officers inside the Dallas County jail to regularly check the immigration status of inmates. Those who are suspected of being undocumented immigrants have detainers placed on them so they will not be released without ICE being notified and given the opportunity to begin deportation proceedings. Marjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas TribuneDemocratic candidate for governor Lupe Valdez’s answer to an immigration question cost her the endorsement of Jolt Texas, a group aiming to turn Texas blue.The student’s comment came during an event organized by Jolt Texas, a group aiming to mobilize young Latinos to put Texas in Democrats’ hands. Valdez skirted details about ICE’s so-called Criminal Alien Program and said illegal immigration is a “federal issue and there are certain things that we have to do.”Jolt Texas endorsed White in the primary. Valdez later apologized for her answer. Yet it remains unclear what role Valdez played in federal agents’ placing detainers on inmates.An ICE spokesman said the federal agency “coordinated with Dallas County Jail” before stationing agents inside the facility. It is one of five jails in Texas where ICE officers are regularly stationed. But when asked about the matter this week, Valdez said she didn’t know the agents were in the jail “for the longest time.”She said her focus in the early years of her tenure was on fixing problems that endangered the health of inmates. She said after she found out about the program, she consulted with county attorneys about the matter.“They said, ‘Seriously, do you want to throw out a federal agency?’” she said.Meanwhile, Abbott has already started portraying Valdez as being weak on immigration enforcement. Valdez shrugs off the criticism.“I’ve always said if they’re coming at you from both sides, you’re doing the right things,” she said.“A very difficult situation”Valdez stood at the back of Black Star Co-op in Austin last month and gave the crowd of a few dozen an impassioned speech about her childhood and the need to provide all Texans opportunities for economic advancement. She portrayed Abbott as the leader of a state political establishment that drums up fear and ignores constituents’ actual needs.“We’re going to give him a wall of millions of people who will stand up strong against hate,” she said.As Valdez shook hands and posed for pictures, supporters talked about how they’ve witnessed a surge of energy and excitement for Democratic candidates among Texas voters.“I think they are waking up,” said Bonny Krahn, chair of the East Travis County Democrats. “We’ve had lifelong Republicans come over to the Democratic primaries.”But the party still faces massive odds in unseating Abbott — or any other Republican who holds statewide office. Jillson, the SMU political science professor, said the proof is in the campaign coffers.Valdez had more than $57,000 on hand heading into last month’s primary. That was less than White, who had a balance of more than $944,000. But those amounts — even when combined — are dwarfed by the more than $41 million war chest that Abbott and a specific purpose committee supporting him have.“It’s really a very difficult situation,” Jillson said. “That accurately describes the current state of the Democratic Party in Texas.”Jillson said White’s credentials as a moderate Democrat would likely help him draw more votes from independents and middle-of-the-road Republicans than Valdez would in November. And, he said, Friday’s debate could be the turning point that shifts the race in White’s favor.“She is not a smooth natural speaker,” he said. “Even though she’s been elected sheriff several times, she is not intimately conversant with a lot of state policy issues. So she struggles to articulate her position and conform it to the Texas political climate.”Not that Valdez pays much attention to such assessments. Instead, she’s focused on running the same playbook that launched her party’s eventual takeover of Dallas County politics more than a decade ago.“I reached out to the voters, and that is what makes all the difference in the world,” she said.Disclosure: The University of Texas at Arlington and Southern Methodist University have been financial supporters of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. Find a complete list of them here.Correction: A previous version of this story included incorrect fundraising numbers for White.last_img read more

Interview Exposes How We Got Those Two Digital Cameos in Rogue One

first_imgStay on target Share The Force With This Star Wars Gift Guide!George Lucas’s 11 Worst Decisions SPOILERS FOR ROGUE ONE.If you haven’t seen Rogue One yet, you might not know it had a few surprise cameos. That’s not new for a Star Wars film, but in this case, one of the actors had been dead for decades.Many were caught off guard when Imperial Grand Moff Tarkin showed up not just briefly but in multiple scenes. The actor who originated the role, Peter Cushing, died in 1994, but because filmmakers felt the character was integral to the tension depicted in Rogue One, they included him.Nightline and reporter Clayton Sandell visited Industrial Light and Magic in San Francisco, where teams of visual effects artists were working to recreate the two actors for the final film. Officials explained how they tackled the project and why with special care given to recent criticisms. The Cushing estate gave the creators permission, but it’s still jarring for the audience to resurrect a dead actor for a movie.Instead of casting another actor, like with Wayne Pygram, who picked up Tarkin responsibilities in Revenge of the Sith, Industrial Light and Magic decided to try something new. By using actor Guy Henry to capture mannerisms and physical movements, along with footage from the older films and a bust of Cushing’s head made in 1985, they were able to digitally recreate Cushing himself.Screengrab via NightlineNot only that but for a brief moment, when Rogue One catches up with the beginning of A New Hope, the audience sees Princess Leia, recreated from footage of a 19-year-old Carrie Fisher. Norwegian actress Ingvild Deila did the motion capture, and in the final film, we see Fisher’s face.John Knoll, executive producer of Rogue One and chief creative officer for ILM, as well as Paul Giacoppo, digital character model supervisor, spoke with Nightline on the risks the studio took with “Making digital humans is one of the hardest things you can do,” Giacoppo said. “We were very immediately excited and immediately terrified.”“We look at human faces all day every day, so people are very tuned to seeing anything that looks off.”“This work was done with great affection and care….the role we gave Tarkin in his film is one that Peter Cushing would’ve been very excited and happy to play,” Knoll said.Personally, the inclusion of Cushing was mostly distracting. There’s something in the eyes that makes him stand out from the actors around him, and it’s hard to focus on anything else. It’s also tough to be emotionally affected by the final words, spoken by Leia when her face looks plastic (I saw the film before Fisher’s passing, so now it must seem stranger). Regardless of ethical questions, the technology needs to be improved before we can continue implementing it in other movies.Watch the full interview below.last_img read more

Lithiumion battery is fastcharged in minutes

first_img(Phys.org) — A lithium-ion battery that can charge 120 times faster than normal is reportedly the work of scientists from Korea at the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) The scientists lay claim to a technology that enables a recharge 30 to 120 times faster than conventional li-ion batteries, according to the Korean news agency, Yonhap. The scientists in South Korea believe their process will cut the time down to a matter of minutes—tackling head-on a key issue with rechargeable batteries, the time they take to recharge. Their method makes use of cathode material, standard lithium manganese oxide (LMO), soaked in a solution containing graphite. By carbonizing the graphite-soaked LMO, the graphite turns into a network of conductive traces that run throughout the cathode. These carbonized graphite networks allow all parts of the battery to recharge at the same time. Therein lies the speed-up. The cathode is packaged with an electrolyte and graphite anode to create the fast-charging battery. The key feature is that all energy-holding particles of the new battery start recharging simultaneously, in contrast to what takes place in conventional batteries, with the same particles recharging in order from the outermost particles to the innermost.Their work has been praised in its implications for hoped-for EV adoptions. “The development of such a battery could significantly raise the popularity of electric vehicles whose lithium-ion batteries currently take hours to recharge,” according to the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.Although electric vehicles promise more efficiency than gasoline and diesel-powered cars, the idea of spending two hours recharging a lithium ion battery has been seen as an inconvenience, and the time factor claimed by the scientists will obviously be seen with interest.All the same, cost will remain another barrier. According to observers, the time convenience does not address the pricetag inconvenience. Li-ion battery packs are expensive; the carbonized LMO battery developed by the researchers is not expected to carry a much lower price than what is available now. The researchers’ paper, “Carbon-Coated Single-Crystal LiMn2O4 Nanoparticle Clusters as Cathode Material for High-Energy and High-Power Lithium-Ion Batteries,” was published earlier this month in Angewandte Chemie. Authors are Sanghan Lee, Yonghyun Cho, Prof. Hyun-Kon Song, Prof. Kyu Tae Lee, and Prof. Jaephil Cho. The researchers were supported by the Converging Research Center Program through the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. Fast-recharge ‘3D’ lithium-ion battery prototype could be perfect for electric cars © 2012 Phys.Org Explore further Citation: Lithium-ion battery is fast-charged in minutes (2012, August 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-08-lithium-ion-battery-fast-charged-minutes.html Journal information: Angewandte Chemie This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: DOI: 10.1002/ange.201203581last_img read more

Smartphones Lift Samsung to Best Profit in More Than 2 Years

first_img Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. said on Thursday its second-quarter operating profit likely rose 17.4 percent from a year earlier, its highest in more than 2 years as Galaxy S7 smartphone sales propelled mobile earnings.The world’s top maker of smartphones and memory chips said its April-June profit was likely 8.1 trillion won ($7 billion), better than the average forecast of 7.8 trillion won tipped by a Thomson Reuters survey of 16 analysts. It was the highest since a 8.5 trillion won profit in the first quarter of 2014.The mobile division likely was the top earner for the second straight quarter, raising the question of whether the South Korean company can sustain this strong momentum in the face of competition from Apple Inc. and cheaper Chinese rivals.”At this point it appears unlikely that we’ll see stronger competing devices emerging (in the second half),” IBK Asset Management fund manager Kim Hyun-soo said.Apple’s new iPhones – likely to launch around September – would not offer any dramatic new features, Kim said.While Samsung will not disclose detailed results until late July, its shares rose on the guidance. They were up 1.7 percent as of 0132 GMT, compared with a 1.1 percent rise for the broader market.The Thomson Reuters poll tipped the mobile division’s profit to have risen 54.5 percent from a year earlier to 4.3 trillion won, the highest since the second quarter of 2014.S7 sales will likely ease in the second half, but Kim said Samsung should be able to maintain quarterly earnings of between 7 trillion won and 8 trillion won for the rest of 2016 with help from its chips business and the launch of its next premium smartphone, the Galaxy Note.Bouncing backSamsung’s smartphone business shrank last year as Apple grabbed market share at the high end with its iPhone 6, and Chinese rivals like Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. did well in the budget segment.Things turned around this year, with the success of the Galaxy S7 and margin improvements from a more streamlined product lineup putting the business on track for its first annual profit growth in three years.Looking further ahead, some investors remain sceptical about Samsung’s long-term prospects in the cut-throat smartphone segment, which has seen slowing growth globally.”For the medium term I think 4 trillion won [quarterly mobile] profit is the new normal,” Nomura analyst C.W. Chung said.Samsung said revenue for the quarter likely rose 3 percent to 50 trillion won.(Reporting by Se Young Lee; Editing by Stephen Coates) Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » 3 min read This story originally appeared on Reuters July 7, 2016last_img read more

Uber takes to the skies once more with Uber Copter

first_imgDisclosureEvery product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our work. Time to fly.Image: uberBy Sasha Lekach2019-06-06 21:47:52 UTC Uber’s aerial commuter goals are landing at a helipad in New York this summer.Remember when Uber offered helicopter rides for a brief period in Brazil? It was three years ago, and only for a trial period, but UberCoper was briefly a thing. Now it’s back, with rides in New York City.Dubbed Uber Copter, Uber is offering on-demand helicopter rides between lower Manhattan and JFK International Airport during the afternoon commute Monday through Friday. It’s an option for diamond and platinum riders (those are the highest tiers) on Uber Rewards and only comes up as a transportation option on the app if you’re in the New York area. You can book fights up to five days in advance.Don’t forget your ID to fly!Image: uberThe flights are offered through helicopter service HeliFlite on twin-engine crafts. The São Paulo flights worked with flight operator A3 by Airbus. On the HeliFlite trips you don’t need to wear a headset or other equipment to fly, but you will get weighed before boarding. You can only bring luggage that weighs up to 40 pounds and a personal item.The full car, flight, and car trip comes out to about $200 each way. A car drives you to the helicopter take-off pad, and on the landing end, another car takes you to your final destination. It’s supposed to take about 30 minutes total, including the quick 8-minute flight.[embedded content]The flights will start on July 9 and aren’t intended as a permanent option, but could eventually expand to other cities. Separately, Uber is still working on its Uber Air taxi system with electric passenger drones. The copter service is more to show how air travel can be incorporated into commutes.Uber plans to share more about the Copter service and the status on more aerial travel through the ride-hailing company Tuesday at its annual Uber Elevate Summit in Washington, D.C. Also in the skies, electric plane company Ampaire successfully flew its hybrid six-seater Cessna 337 Skymaster plane in a test flight in Southern California Thursday. The battery-powered plane took off with a test pilot and flight engineer onboard. More test flights are scheduled through August as the company prepares for commercial trips in 2021. Forget about driving, it’s all about air travel.last_img read more

Germanys nuclear fusion machine W 7X on right path to clean

first_imgSource At the end of last year, Germany switched on a new type of massive nuclear fusion reactor for the first time, and it was successfully able to contain a scorching hot blob of helium plasma.There’s been a big question, is the device working the way it’s supposed to? That’s pretty crucial when you’re talking about a machine that could potentially maintain controlled nuclear fusion reactions one day, and thankfully, the answer is yes.“To our knowledge, this is an unprecedented accuracy, both in terms of the as-built engineering of a fusion device, as well as in the measurement of magnetic topology,” the researchers write in Nature Communications.That might not sound exciting, but it’s crucial because that magnetic field is the only thing that will trap hot balls of plasma long enough for nuclear fusion to occur.Nuclear fusion is one of the most promising sources of clean energy out there, with little more than salt water, it offers limitless energy using the same reaction that powers our Sun.Unlike nuclear fission, which is achieved by our current nuclear plants, and involves splitting the nucleus of an atom into smaller neutrons and nuclei, nuclear fusion generates huge amounts of energy when atoms are fused together at incredibly high temperatures.Based on the longevity of our Sun, nuclear fusion also has the potential to supply humanity with energy for as long as we need it, if we can figure out how to harness the reaction, that is.The main challenge is that, in order to achieve controlled nuclear fusion, we have to actually recreate conditions inside the Sun.There are several nuclear fusion reactor designs in operation around the world right now that are trying their best, and the W 7-X is one of the most promising attempts.Instead of trying to control plasma with just a 2D magnetic field, which is the approach used by the more common tokamak reactors, the stellarator works by generating twisted, 3D magnetic fields.Despite the fact that the machine successfully controlled helium plasma in December last year, and then the more challenging hydrogen plasma in February, no one had shown that the magnetic field was actually working as it should be.Despite this success, W 7-X isn’t actually intended to generate electricity from nuclear fusion, it’s simply a proof of concept to show that it could work.In 2019, the reactor will begin to use deuterium instead of hydrogen to produce actual fusion reactions inside the machine, but it won’t be capable of generating more energy than it current requires to run.It’s not something that will happen tomorrow, but it’s an incredibly exciting time for nuclear fusion, with W 7-X officially competing with France’s ITER tokamak reactor, both of which have been able to trap plasma for long enough for fusion to occur.The real question now is, which of these machines will be the first to bring us efficient power from nuclear fusion?last_img read more

The EU Bounty Program enabled in VLC 307 release this version fixed

first_imgLast week, the President of the VideoLan non-profit organization, Jean-Baptiste Kempf, released the VLC 3.0.7, a minor update of VLC branch 3.0.x. This release is termed as ‘special’ by Kempf, as it has more security issues fixed than any other version of VLC. Kempf has said that “This high number of security issues is due to the sponsoring of a bug bounty program funded by the European Commission, during the FOSSA program.” Last year, the European Commission had announced that they will support Bug Hunting for 14 open source projects it uses. As VLC Media Player was one of the products they used, they were sponsored by EU-FOSSA. In a statement to Bleeping Computers, Kempf has stated that they had “no money”, for having the bug bounty previously. He also added that, the EU-FOSS sponsorship program provided more “manpower” towards funding and fixing security bugs in the VLC 3.0.7. According to the blogpost, VLC Media Player 3.0.7 have fixed 33 valid security issues, with 2 being high security issues, 21 being medium security issues and 10 being low security issues. Out of the two high security issues, one was an out-of-bound write issue, in the the faad2 library, which is a dependency of VLC and the other is a stack buffer overflow, in the RIST Module of VLC 4.0. The medium security issues include mostly out-of-band reads, heap overflows, NULL-dereference and use-after-free security issues. The low security issues are mostly integer overflow, division by zero, and other out-of-band reads. Kempf has also mentioned in the blogpost, that the best hacker via their bug bounty program was ele7enxxh. Bleeping Computers reports that ele7enxxh has addressed total of 13 bugs for $13,265.02. Users are quite happy with this release, due to the huge security fixes and improvements in the VLC 3.0.7 version. The VLC users can download the latest version from the VideoLan website. Read Next VLC’s updating mechanism still uses HTTP over HTTPS dav1d 0.1.0, the AV1 decoder by VideoLAN, is here NSA warns users of BlueKeep vulnerability; urges them to update their Windows systemslast_img read more

Will regulators and compliance drive tokenisation of assets in 2019

first_imgThere are a number of organisations trying to convince investors of the merits of Tokenising different assets classes, on the basis that once it is possible to buy a fraction/share in a property or piece of art or a car etc, it will enable smaller investors to participate and create a pool of liquidity.While this sounds very plausible in practice, illiquid assets such as art, property and classic cars tend to be the preserve of the very wealthy or institutional investors. These asset classes usually have little day to day liquidity, as these more sophisticated investors tend to buy and hold for the longer term. However, the jury is still out since by tokenising these illiquid assets, it will instead lead to other people actively buying and selling on a daily basis!!!The Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) market started in the USA in September 1960, as a way of encouraging investors to participate in buying property in the USA. This REITs model has been subsequently copied by many other countries around the world.The statistics below show it is estimated that 80 million people are exposed to USA REITs, which is valued to be over $3 trillionin size, with the majority REITs being quoted on a regulated stock exchange.Source:www.reit.com/data-research/data/reits-numbersIt is possible to buy a USA REIT at a discount of its asset value and, indeed, at the end of 2018, the discount of the median RIET was as large as 18%.Therefore, one has to question if there are potentially 80 million investors exposed to over $3 trillion of assets, which one can buy at a potential discount of 18% – how will tokenisation help?The other popular mis-nomer has been how Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and the tokens they created will democratise capital. To put this a different way, ICOs offered the promise to enable smaller investors to have access to smaller exciting tech start-ups. These have historically been the preserve of wealthy-sophisticated investors and institutions, like Venture Capital and Private Equity Funds.In 2017 Naga, a German publicly quoted company, epitomised this by raising over $50 million from 63,000people. Unfortunately, apart from a handful of tokens, there is relatively little liquidity in the secondary markets and exchanges for many of the organisations that have issued a token.According to Coinmarketcap.com, there are less than 100 tokens that had a volume of more than $1million, after which the volumes fall dramatically to a few thousand over most 24-hour periods. But this really ought not to be a surprise, as there are relatively few investors who buy even quoted smaller companies. In the UK, there are 481 companies on the Alternative Investment Market (AiM), that have a capitalisation of between £2+ million, but less than £100 million, and another 272 companies listed on the main London market valued under £100 million.Just in the UK, we can see there is plenty of choice for investors but unfortunately it is almost impossible for even these publicly-quoted companies to raise fresh capital. There are multiple reasons for this – lack of information about these smaller companies, difficulty in valuing the company, few tangible assets being owned and lack of institutional interest etc. Often there is no liquidity to buy and sell these quoted smaller company shares. How familiar are these reasons cited as to why there are a lack of investors for tokens in the secondary market?UK smaller companies have out-performed the FTSE 100 index –  in the 10 years to 6 November 2018, the FTSE Small Cap ex IT index has risen 266%, compared to a 140% increase for the FTSE 100. So, surely investors would be flocking to this asset class? Therefore, why will tokenising equities mean that these investments do any better??This backdrop has not stopped The London Stock Exchange (LSE) from embracing tokenisation of equities and, in April 2019, it actually allowed a company called 20/30 to list its “tokens”on the LSE exchange- why? Strangely, this could be due to regulation and compliance pressure as, by tokenising/digitising a share/bond etc, it is possible to build-in greater controls from a compliance standpoint.For example, an international mutual fund will have a maximum it is allowed to invest in the USA, say 10%, but the fund manager may go to buy another share and not realise that this will take the fund over the 10% limit. This results in a compliance breach which ought to be reported internally, and then potentially to the FCA. Alternatively, let us assume you are a high-risk investor and your portfolio manager decides to buy a low-risk investment, again causing a potential deviation from your portfolio strategy and the need for more compliance reporting.These types of breaches are common, costly and time-consuming and totally avoidable if pre-trade checks have been automatically carried out prior to, not after, a trade is executed. These checks are not easy to carry out in today’s largely analogue manual systems, but eminently possible using automatic machine-run checks if a security is digitised.Also, the amount of income payable to an investor can be calculated, based on the number of minutes the investor has held a share, bond or property. This is opposed to being paid the distribution, based on the investor owning the asset on the day that the share, bond or property makes its dividend, coupon or rent payment!As compliance pays an increasingly important role in the financial services sector, and the constant need to be seen to be “treating customers fairly”, will we see quoted companies like Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Shell, BMW Tesco being asked to create a digital/tokenised version of their shares?This rather ironic state of affairs, where regulation drives the adoption of Crypto, is juxtaposed to the current situation where institutions shy away from tokens as they are seen to be akin to investing in the “wild west”, and concerns about the wrath of compliance officers abounds……. Will regulators and compliance drive tokenisation of assets in 2019?last_img read more

N3 roadworks to cause traffic disruptions

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Two road closures can be expected, with the first being at about 8.30am, which may take between 15 and 30 minutes. Traffic will be allowed to flow freely while preparation is underway for the second closure, when the overhead line will be taken across the highway.All measures have been put in place to ensure the safety of road users and to limit any inconvenience.Mpofana Traffic, along with RTI, will manage traffic accommodation during the closures, and N3TC’s Route Services team will be on standby in the vicinity to provide assistance if needed.Road users expecting to travel in this region on Saturday are advised to confirm the status of the maintenance work with N3TC’s 24-hour Customer Care line on 0800 N3 Help (0800-63-4357) or get real-time traffic updates by following N3TC on Twitter: @N3Route. Traffic delays are expected on the N3 Toll Route near Mooi River (between Gauteng and Pietermaritzburg) on Saturday, February 22.N3 Toll Concession (N3TC), who are responsible for management of the N3 Toll Route between Heidelberg and Cedara, have issued an alert to motorists to plan ahead for some traffic disruptions this coming Saturday in the vicinity of Mooi River (at route marker board N3-4 52.2).Eskom will be carrying out essential maintenance work to an overhead power line. The maintenance work will be undertaken this Saturday when traffic volumes are expected to be at their lowest.last_img read more

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix Although the clips wrap up with their positional meeting at about 3pm, that’s certainly not the end of their day as the new Cyclones staff prepares for the Big 12 slate.Check out each of the videos below for more.DL coach Eli RasheedRBs coach Lou Ayeni Iowa State stuck some cameras with defensive line coach Eli Rasheed and running backs coach Lou Ayeni for a day to get a feel for what the life of an FBS assistant looks like during training camp.Each clip lasts a little over two minutes, so while the look may not be really in depth, it gives a solid peek at the life of an FBS assistant during the grind of camp.Coach Lou gets his days during camp started with a 6am workout, followed by some time in his office before a 7am offensive staff meeting. After that it’s out to the field, followed by position meetings.Coach Rasheed rolls into the facility just before 7am and sits down in his office to take in some film and get some other things done at his desk before the defensive staff meets at 7:45am. From there it’s out to the field and then meeting with his defensive lineman afterwards.last_img read more

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