Honor V20 goes official with 6.4-inch All-View display, 48MP rear camera

first_imgThe Honor V20 is now official in China and it is the company’s first smartphone with a display hole. The Honor V20 was first revealed at an event in Hong Kong where the company confirmed that it will come with an All-View display, 48MP rear camera, Kirin 980 SoC and a new technology called Link Turbo. With its launch in China, we can now confirm some other details as well as its price.The Honor V20 has been priced at CNY 2999 (approx Rs 30,000) for the base variant with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The phone will also be available with 8GB + 128GB priced at CNY 3499 (approx Rs 35,500), respectively. Honor has also launched a special Moschino brand edition of the V20 in China with 8GB + 256GB configuration proced at CNY 3999 (approx Rs 40,000). Honor has set a global launch for the new flagship in Paris on January 22 where the device will be called Honor View 20. This is expected to launch in India as well, although the company is yet to confirm this.Honor V20 specificationsAs mentioned above, the Honor V20 is one of the first phones with a punch-hole display. The company revealed this earlier this month on the same day Samsung announced the Galaxy A8s which also comes with a display hole. While Samsung calls its display the Infinity-O display, Honor is calling the screen on the V20 the All-View display. The phone offers a small circular cutout on the top left corner of around 4.5mm in diameter. This hole will house a single 25MP selfie camera, thereby eliminating the need for a notch.advertisementHonor says the glass back integrates a combination of technology and aesthetics by incorporating a unique V symbols under the glass through nano laser coating process, which means you will see V-shaped patterns on the back when light hits the surface. It is offered in Blue, Black and Red colours. The phone also offers a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.The Honor V20 sports a 6.4-inch FHD+ (2310×1080) display. It is powered by an octa-core Kirin 980 flagship chipset, which is the same processor powering the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. It is Huawei’s first 7nm chipset that promises to deliver better performance and power efficiency over its predecessor. It also comes with Dual NPU for advanced AI and machine learning computation. This is coupled with up to 8GB of RAM for fast multi-tasking speeds and flagship performance.The V20 also supports GPU Turbo 2.0 that boost performance and graphical output while playing games. Additionally, it is also equipped with The Nine liquid cooling system, designed in an S-shaped to cool three core areas that includes camera, CPU and charging IC.The V20 is also the company first smartphone with a 48MP rear camera. Honor is using a Sony IMX586 CMOS sensor that will use pixel binning technology to merge four 0.8 micron pixels into one to offer a large 1.6 micron pixels. The Kirin 980 chipset will offer a 48MP AI HDR mode to offer high definition images. There is also a secondary ToF (Time of Flight) camera on board to obtain depth information. The V20 houses a 4,000mAh battery with super fast charge support and ships with Android Pie with Magic UI 2.0 on top in China. Globally, the phone will ship with EMUI 9.0.Honor is also introducing a new technology in the V20, called Link Turbo. This technology aims to improve connectivity by seamlessly switching between Wi-Fi and LTE depending on the task. The feature uses on-device AI to analyse user behaviour and network conditions so it is able to switch between Wi-Fi and 4G networks to offer the best experience, especially while streaming videos or online games.last_img read more

India vs Australia: Rohit Sharma hits fifty in 1st innings after becoming a dad

first_imgAustralia vs India, 1st ODIFull ScorecardBrief Scores:Australia 288/5 (Handscomb 73, Khawaja 59, Kuldeep 2/54)India 95/3 (Rohit 50 not out, Dhoni 36 not out, Maxwell 0/9, Siddle 0/26) after 23.5 overs, need 270 to win off 41.2 oversRohit Sharma hit a half-century in his innings after becoming a father. He smashed 3 sixes on his way to a fifty in a stunning counter-attack for India in the first ODI against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Rohit, who returned home to be with his wife Ritika for the birth of their daughter, got off the mark with a six after Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and Ambati Rayudu were dismissed cheaply.Chasing 289, India were in deep trouble at 4 for 3 after Jason Behrendorff had removed Shikhar Dhawan for a golden duck and Jhye Richardson dismissed Virat Kohli and Ambati Rayudu in the same over. Rohit Sharma, who has three ODI double hundreds, was under pressure to keep India afloat in the company of MS Dhoni, who was clearly struggling. The asking rate kept climbing steadily and India needed a Rohit special to stay in the hunt for 289.India vs Australia 1st ODI in Sydney – Live ScoreIn the course of a fine innings on Saturday, Rohit Sharma went past Adam Gilchrist to become the third highest run-scorer in India-Australia ODIs.FIFTY!38th ODI fifty for @ImRo45, his 6th against Australia https://t.co/b0F0zsEAxg #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/5SpyoZhguJ BCCI (@BCCI) January 12, 2019Sachin Tendulkar heads the list with 3077 runs while Ricky Ponting is second with 2164 runs. Rohit Sharma is now followed by Adam Gilchrist (1622) and Matthew Hayden (1450).advertisementRohit announced his intentions to dominate Australia with a six off Jason Behrendorff. After a period of lull, Rohit targeted Peter Siddle, who was returning to the Australian ODI side after eight years. Rohit hit a six over deep backward square to break the shackles.Rohit sends one into the stands!Stream via Kayo HERE: https://t.co/rHhkFrd50M #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/cNkkVbwiJUcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 12, 2019And then in the first over after drinks, Rohit Sharma came down the track to hit off-spinner Nathan Lyon for a six over deep mid-wicket.Rohit Sharma had scored his first Test fifty outside Asia since 2015 in the Boxing Day Test against Australia. But he flew back home to be with Ritika for the birth of their daughter Samaira.Also Read | MS Dhoni 5th batsman to score 10,000 ODI runs for IndiaAlso Read | Rayudu comes on to bowl, questions raised on the legality of his actionAlso Read | Bhuvneshwar Kumar 4th slowest Indian to reach 100 ODI wicketslast_img read more

What Do Advanced Stats Tell Us About Oklahoma State-Kansas State?

first_imgHow about @BradF79 making an appearance on the blog for the second straight week. He’s back with a deep dive into the advanced metrics ahead of OSU-KSU this weekend. Excellent stuff.As always, before we get started, you can find the glossary for the advanced statistics here.Most of you I’m sure have heard the trends on Oklahoma State in Manhattan, 1-8 there since 1988, their lone win coming in 2010 with a 24-14 victory.  Outside of that year, the home team has a history of winning this game.  This will be a significant test for this team coming off the huge victory over West Virginia on Saturday…Five FactorsAs always, we are going to get started with the Five Factors.screen-shot-2016-11-03-at-2-04-39-pmWe’ll start this discussion with when Oklahoma State has the ball…  There are clear advantages for OSU in 3 of the 5 items, perhaps the most glaring one in success rate.  KSU is allowing teams to have success nearly 45 percent of the time, that’s 95th (out of 128) in FBS.  Despite that number, they are doing a good job of limiting teams inside the 40 (giving up 4.22 points per trip), and we all know that there is a perception that OSU has struggled there, but that 5.08 value isn’t terrible either at 35th in the country.  KSU has given up some big plays (IsoPPP) and will definitely have their work cut out for them again this week against the OSU offense. OSU’s +10 in turnover margin and haven’t turned the ball over recently, a trend that needs to continue.When Kansas State has the ball, they aren’t without their advantages. While not explosive at all (least explosive team in FBS), they are very successful, capable of driving the length of the field with good success rates. KSU will attempt to chew the clock and wear out the defense.  They are very good at scoring once inside the 40 as well. OSU will hope to take advantage of their #1 in FBS opponent starting field position making KSU drive the length of the field hoping for a mistake or a stop. That along with the defensive rotations OSU is using may help them limit KSU’s scoring opportunities.  One important thing to note is KSU does NOT turn the ball over which may limit the OSU’s defense ability to impact the game as they have the past few weeks.Unadjusted Success RatesMoving on to unadjusted (not modified based on the opponent difficulty) success rates and explosiveness values…screen-shot-2016-11-03-at-2-14-40-pm screen-shot-2016-11-03-at-2-14-44-pmAgain, starting with the OSU offense… Immediately you should notice the passing success rate matchup. KSU is allowing over 50 percent success rates vs the pass, last in FBS.But while teams are having success, they aren’t getting much in the way of big plays. KSU’s defensive 1.36 IsoPPP value is in the top 30 (No. 29) in FBS. The offense this week may look a lot like last week, few big plays, but enough of the intermediate routes to work down the field. Rudolph must be accurate on these throws.  OSU is struggling with giving up sacks on passing downs and KSU’s sack rates on passing downs are right around average. Keep on eye on KSU DL Jordan Willis however as he has eight of the 17 sacks for KSU this season (and 11.5 tackles for loss).OSU’s running game seems to be improving, but it’s still a major work in progress, still getting stopped at or behind the line on nearly 25 percent of all runs, and while the power success rate is good, the yards blocked and the opportunity rate of the RBs is not.  KSU defense will be a huge test on the running game as their ability to stop the power game is 2nd in the country and their stuff rate is 15th.  Their opponent-adjusted defensive line yards (not listed in the chart above) is 127.8 ypg which is 8th in the country.  I think we all know what KSU does on offense and their 52 percent success rate at doing it is 6th in the country. Surprisingly, they have an even lower explosive rate than the OSU offense does in the run game, but paired vs the OSU defense that has given up big runs, that could change.  Their opportunity rate and power success rates are both top 15 in the country as well.  OSU has done a good job of stopping the run (except for the big plays) so this should be a good matchup. Their standard down success rate is great as well which was a big emphasis last week vs West Virginia as well. OSU definitely wants to put them in 2nd/3rd and long situations.KSU’s passing game isn’t as bad as you would think (41 percent success rate), pretty average and for a team that runs as well as they do, that’s generally enough. They do not hit you with the big play either, their IsoPPP numbers on offense for passing and passing downs are all extremely low.  OSU has good numbers for passing down defense (limiting teams to 25 percent success rate), but they must get KSU into passing downs for that strength to be evident.Drive Success RatesBefore we get into opponent-adjusted play-by-play numbers, this week we are going to look at some drive-based metrics (which does include one opponent-adjusted number).  These were not included last week, so I’ll give a brief run-down of the definitions.Opponent-adjusted efficiency is an efficiency number adjusted for opponents based on each possession (not each play). First down is the percentage of drives that achieve at least one first down.  Available yards is total number of yards earned by the offense divided by the number of yards available to be earned based on starting field position. Value drive is the % of drives that begin at least 50 yards from the end zone and reach the opponent’s 30-yard line. Touchdown is the percentage of drives that result in a TD.  Touchdown / First Down is the percentage of drives that result in a TD after a FD has been gained.  Turnover is the % of drives that result in a turnover.screen-shot-2016-11-03-at-2-15-38-pmThe OSU offense certainly looks better when you look at it from a drive view instead of a play by play view. These numbers are all top 35 in FBS. The KSU defensive numbers are fairly average. The numbers that stick out the most are their turnover numbers (getting a turnover on 13 percent of opponent drives) and their available yards and value drive numbers, giving up nearly 51 percent of available yards and nearly 45 percent of opponent drives reaching their 30 yard line.  Don’t be fooled however, since these are non-opponent adjusted rates, their opponent-adjusted efficiency of .24 is good (38th in FBS).  They’ve played Stanford, WVU, OU, and TTU.KSU’s offense, like OSU, is not turning the ball over. Both teams are turning it over around 8.5 percent of the time.  KSU is getting a first down on 76 percent of all drives, luckily their touchdown/first down number is only 37 percent. OSU defense is giving up a TD after a FD on 40 percent of drives.  Pay attention to this matchup on Saturday, can OSU get off the field after giving up a first down.  Something else to watch, on both sides is the turnover battle. OSU defense has been excellent at getting turnovers and KSU is not turning it over much. The opponent-adjusted offensive numbers for KSU are NOT good. That -0.11 number is 79th in FBS.  We will take another look at a few other stats tomorrow.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

16 days ago​Krawietz: Klopp feels same about Liverpool as BVB, Mainz

first_img​Krawietz: Klopp feels same about Liverpool as BVB, Mainzby Ansser Sadiq16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool assistant manager Peter Krawietz believes that he and boss Jurgen Klopp found an instant connection with the club when they joined.Fans were unsure of what to expect of Klopp when he arrived, given the way his tenure at Borussia Dortmund ended.However, he managed to take the club to new heights, winning the Champions League last season.And Krawietz believes that part of the success is due to the incredible feeling that he and Klopp have for the club, which is similar to how they felt about previous clubs Mainz and Borussia Dortmund.”We always felt something like an identity with the club we were working for. In Mainz, it was our hometown where we grew up – so obviously it was easy because it was natural,” Krawietz told the Liverpool website. “We found this in Dortmund pretty quickly. And it is, and was, the same here in Liverpool. The more you learn about this city, of course adapting a little bit, and learn how people think and what they expect…of course, it helps if you have a little bit of success! “Then people can see from the outside things are going forward. This is what we always wanted. We thought the things we want to invent take a bit of time – a long-term idea – and we’d come somewhere where we’d try to make an impact for the whole club, something that stays for longer even if you are not here anymore. “Something which stays – not only trophies and a good time – and that it can go on. It worked in Mainz, it worked in Dortmund and I hope we are in a good way to do it as well in Liverpool.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Top Emergency Managers Meet in Halifax

first_imgNo city will be better prepared for disaster than Halifax today, June 9 to Thursday, June 12, as top emergency management officials from the Eastern provinces and states gather for their spring 2008 meeting. The Emergency Management Office is hosting the bi-annual conference of the International Emergency Management Group (IEMG). The conference brings together emergency management officials from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Quebec, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island and New York. “Nova Scotia’s participation in the International Emergency Management Group strengthens our ability to respond in the event of a major catastrophe,” said Emergency Management Minister Carolyn Bolivar-Getson. “It’s only natural that we co-operate with our neighbours on matters of public safety. We are proud to host the conference, and commend the delegates on their continued co-operation and vigilance.” In addition to various presentations and discussions, the focus of the conference will be a simulated disaster response exercise. “Our director of training and strategic planning has a detailed scenario for us to deal with,” said Craig MacLaughlan, CEO and deputy head of EMO. “The details are secret. Even I don’t know them.” The goal is to test the operations manual created using the International Emergency Management Assistance Memorandum of Understanding. The memorandum is considered a world-leading agreement in international disaster-relief co-operation. It guides how member provinces and states will assist one another in disasters. The conference is at the Four Points Sheraton. Ms. Bolivar-Getson will speak at the conference banquet, at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic on Wednesday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m. The International Emergency Management Group was founded after the 1998 Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers. The group conference is held twice a year, alternating between Canada and the United States. The conference was last held in Nova Scotia in June 2003. In addition to Ms. Bolivar-Getson’s speech, media are invited to attend opening remarks from Mr. MacLaughlan and Bob Fowler, deputy minister to Premier Rodney MacDonald, Tuesday at 8 a.m. For more information on the group, log onto www.iemg-gigu-web.org .last_img read more

Mayawati slams Yogi for hike in petrol diesel prices

first_imgLucknow: Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati on Tuesday slammed the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh for increasing the prices of petrol and diesel. The “cruel decision” would lead to inflation and affect the middle and lower sections of society, she said in a statement. “The decision to increase petrol and diesel prices is cruel as it will lead to inflation and affect crores of people. This will also increase the difficulties of people who are already facing the burden of increase in prices of all commodities and growing unemployment.” The Uttar Pradesh government has hiked prices by increasing Value Added Tax (VAT) on petrol to 26.80 per cent while that on diesel to 17.48 per cent. The new and hiked prices came into effect from Tuesday.last_img read more

Three years after damning report on death of Phoenix Sinclair changes still

first_imgThe Canadian PressMost of the recommendations from a public inquiry three years ago into the death of a five-year-old Manitoba girl in government care have not been implemented, the province’s children’s advocate said Thursday.“We were very surprised,” Darlene MacDonald said on the finding that less than one-third of the recommendations from the inquiry into Phoenix Sinclair’s death have been enacted. “Basically, the only reason I was given was some of them would take time, and with the processes that they were going through, they felt that some would take longer than others.”Phoenix was repeatedly neglected, abused and finally beaten to death in 2005 by her mother and her mother’s boyfriend after she fell through the cracks in government care. The inquiry found social workers frequently lost track of her and closed her file without checking on her.The inquiry report by retired judge Ted Hughes recommended a new central database to better track children in care, lower caseloads and better training for social workers. He also recommended more power for MacDonald’s office, an independent body, to investigate and report on problems.Hughes said the province would have to address the fact that the vast majority of kids in care are Indigenous.The province has acted on 29 per cent of the recommendations, including better training of and education for child-welfare workers, MacDonald said.Half the recommendations are still works in progress, including reducing caseloads and setting up the information database. Social workers are still using an old system from the early 1990s.“My understanding is there was some fine-tweaking done … but it’s still very cumbersome to use,” MacDonald said.Caseloads will only be reduced when the province finds a way to reduce the number of kids in care, MacDonald said. Manitoba has roughly 10,000 children in the system – one of the highest per-capita rates in Canada.It apprehends an average of one newborn baby a day.Another 21 per cent of the recommendations have yet to be addressed. They all relate to expanded powers for MacDonald’s office. The former NDP government introduced legislation to enact the changes, but failed to get it approved in the legislature before the provincial election in April.The new Progressive Conservative government has promised to reintroduce the bill in the coming months.news@aptn.calast_img read more

Spanish Press Unveils Moroccos Achraf Hakimis New Girlfriend

Rabat – Spanish magazine Semana has revealed that Moroccan footballer Achraf Hakimi is dating Spanish actress and model Hiba Abouk, who is well-known for her role in the television show “El Principe.”Hakimi’s first steps in his new club Borussia Dortmund is not the only thing that has attracted the interest of the public and international press. The Atlas Lion’s dating life is also making headlines.Despite not scoring in the 2018 World Cup, the 19-year-old sensation has scored the heart of the model and social media influencer with whom he spent a well-deserved vacation. Pictures of their romantic getaway were published Wednesday, July 25, by Semana, which revealed that the two lovers spent their holidays together in the Maldives Islands. The actress and footballer, who tried to keep their relationship secret, have not confirmed the rumors yet. Before they had been exposed by the tabloids, each had shared pictures on their own Instagram accounts from the same resort in the exotic destination.According to the Spanish press, Hakimi may take his relationship to the next level, as his girlfriend, who lives in Spain, may move to Germany to be close to the striker.Hiba Abouk, 12 years older than Hakimi, was born to Tunisian parents and became one of the most popular actresses in Spain. Her role in “El Principe” launched her to fame. Following her breakout in 2014, Abouk scored additional television roles that have made her a popular face in the country. Abouk has had several known partners, including Spanish actor Hugo Silva and French rapper Joey Starr. read more

UN human rights body begins firstever examination of all countries records

Over the next two weeks, a first group of 16 countries – starting with Bahrain and Ecuador – will have their records scrutinized, as part of the Review, one of the reforms which differentiate the Council from the Commission on Human Rights, which it succeeded in 2006.The Review meetings will feature interactive discussions between the States in question and a working group comprises all of the Council’s 47 members, according to a UN spokesperson. The discussions will be based on national reports and information from a variety of sources, including treaty bodies, Special Rapporteurs – independent experts on specific topics that report to the Council – non-governmental organizations, national human rights institutions and academics.Algeria, Argentina, Brazil, Czech Republic, Finland, India, Indonesia, Morocco, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Poland, South Africa, Tunisia and the United Kingdom are the other countries being reviewed over the next two weeks. Under the Review’s work plans, 48 countries are scheduled to be reviewed each year, so that the UN’s complete membership of 192 countries will be reviewed once every four years.Last month, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the Council to assure that all countries were scrutinized equally. “The Review must reaffirm that just as human rights are universal, so is our collective respect for them and our commitment to them,” he said. 7 April 2008The Universal Periodic Review, a new mechanism to examine the human rights record of every United Nations Member State, was launched today at the Human Rights Council in Geneva. read more

Ontario ready to announce hike in minimum wage and update its labour

TORONTO — The benefits of Ontario’s renewed economic growth are not shared evenly across the province, Premier Kathleen Wynne said Monday as she planned to announce a raise to minimum wage as well as much anticipated changes to labour laws.Wynne and Labour Minister Kevin Flynn are scheduled to make the announcements Tuesday morning.“Now that we have an economy that really is doing so well, and is leading, we can now distribute that well-being a bit better,” she told The Canadian Press in an interview. “I just came back from (Ontario’s) northeast, and there are parts of the province and there are groups within the population who just are not feeling the benefit of the economy doing well.”Wynne would not confirm if her government is planning to raise the minimum wage — which is currently $11.40 an hour and adjusted for inflation — to $15, as labour groups have been calling for.One-third of Ontario’s 6.6 million workers vulnerable amid fewer union jobs, technology shift: reportMajority support Ontario’s basic income plan, but many find $17,000 not enough: pollThe changes to provincial labour laws come in response to a government-commissioned report — released last week — that made 173 recommendations aimed at creating better workplaces with decent working conditions.The report concluded that new technology, a shrinking manufacturing sector and fewer union jobs, among other factors, have left approximately one-third of Ontario’s 6.6 million workers vulnerable.Wynne said the goal is to deal with the precarious nature of modern work, which she defines as more short-term contracts, more part-time jobs, and less predictable scheduling. She said workers will feel a change in their everyday lives once the labour law changes have been made.“They’ll feel more certain and they’ll feel less anxious because they’ll have a little bit more predictability in their lives, and that has a ripple effect into the lives of their families,” she said.Business groups in the province, including the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, have expressed concerns about the cost to business of the potential labour law changes and a higher minimum wage. They have called on the Liberal government not to proceed without first studying the economic impact of the changes recommended in the report.Wynne said her government will work with the business communities on measuring the impact of the changes.“We want our businesses to be competitive,” she said. “But we also know that if people are better able to look after their families, or if people are able to have a decent job, that’s good for communities and that’s good for business.”The Canadian Press read more

LG polls cannot take place this year says Minister

However Yapa said that the implementation of the proposals of the delimitation committee will take time and based on that it is unlikely that the LG election can be held this year. (Colombo Gazette) The LG election was expected to take place in June this year and issues over the delimitation of electoral divisions was expected to be resolved by then. State Finance Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena says the Local Government (LG) elections cannot be expected to be held this year.He says several efforts have bee taken to hold the election as scheduled but yet unexpected delays in resolving issues over the delimitation of electoral divisions will result in the election taking place next year.

Prime Minister calls for urgent dialogue on terrorism

Wickremesinghe said that having experienced the horror of terror attacks, Sri- Lankans understand well the difficulties faced by the international community concerning atrocities of this nature. “As always, we have nothing but condemnation for such acts of violence. We believe that this incident highlights the need for an urgent dialogue on terrorism that must include steps in addressing it effectively,” the Prime Minister said. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has called for urgent international dialogue on terrorism that must include steps in addressing it effectively.The Prime Minister said this in a message sent to Charles Michel, the Prime Minister of Belgium in which he expressed shock over the recent terror attacks that took place in Brussels. He added that the thoughts and prayers of all Sri Lankans are with Belgium as the country faces a period of national mourning. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Wilt Chamberlains home Hollywood sign among LA historic sites listed in new

FILE – This March 12, 2013 file photo shows the US Bank Tower in downtown Los Angeles. From towering basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain’s hillside home to downtown’s towering US Bank building, Los Angeles is putting all its landmarks online. Officials gathered Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015 to roll out a new website called HistoricPlacesLA.com. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by John Rogers, The Associated Press Posted Feb 24, 2015 3:56 pm MDT LOS ANGELES, Calif. – From towering basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain’s hillside home to downtown’s towering art-deco high-rise buildings, Los Angeles is putting all its landmarks online.Planning and preservation officials gathered Tuesday on the observation tower of City Hall, a historic landmark in its own right, to roll out their new website, HistoricPlacesLA.org.Fifteen years in the making, it is the joint project of The Getty Conservation Institute and the city of Los Angeles.So far, it has resulted in the survey of about three-quarters of LA’s 880,000 structures and placed about 25,000 determined to be the most significant onto the website’s database. When the survey is completed next year, every home, office building, freeway, bridge and iconic structure like the Hollywood sign will have been reviewed.Officials say the undertaking will not only help the city keep track of its historic resources, but also help tourists find them and possibly prevent developers from tearing any more of them down.“A city of the future has to be built on the past, and it has to be built on a past that is preserved,” said James Cuno, president and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust, which oversees The Getty Conservation Institute, which began the study in 2000.The resulting website and database, which went live Monday night, can be accessed by anybody with a smartphone. That will be a great guide to someone considering replacing an old building with a new one, developer Wayne Ratkovich said. “Before Survey LA, developers and property owners were largely in the dark,” he said.Included in the database are architectural masterpieces such as the Griffith Park Observatory and the LA homes and public buildings designed by Paul R. Williams, the first black member of the American Institute of Architects and known in the 1920s and 1930s as “the architect to the stars.”LA’s quirky side is also represented with structures like Chamberlain’s home and Los Angeles International Airport’s space-age looking “Theme Building,” with its now-closed rotating restaurant.“There’s still a persistent and unfortunate myth about Los Angeles that we hear all too often, that we’re a city that has little or no significant architecture and that just doesn’t’ care about its past,” said Ken Bernstein, director of LA’s Office of Historic Resources. “The rich findings in HistoricPlacesLA certainly explode that myth once and for all.” Wilt Chamberlain’s home, Hollywood sign among LA historic sites listed in new online database read more

Black seeks emergency hearing into tax matter holding up the sale of

TORONTO – Conrad Black is seeking an emergency hearing next week into tax-related matters holding up the sale of his Toronto mansion, arguing that servicing the three mortgages on the property is hurting his personal financial position.In documents filed with the Federal Court, Black says he’s paying more than $1 million a year towards three mortgages on the home, which come to more than $13.5 million in total, and that it’s eating away at the amount of equity he has in the property.The court documents say Black had agreed to sell the home for $14 million to an unnamed buyer who was willing to allow the former media mogul and his wife, Barbara Amiel-Black, to continue living in the home.But the sale of 26 Park Lane Circle was delayed after Canada Revenue Agency placed two liens against the property last month over allegations that Black owes taxes from 2002, 2003 and 2008.The CRA claims Black is in arrears in the amounts of $12,307,717 and $3,513,877.The prospective buyer of the nine-bedroom, 11-bathroom home says he is willing to extend the closing date until June 30, but not any later, according to the court files.In a motion filed in court, Black says he is seeking an urgent hearing so that the sale can close before the potential buyer’s ultimate deadline.He says he is prepared to “put the sale proceeds into trust for the benefit” of the national minister of revenue.One of the mortgage holders, Hudson Bay Fund LP, has launched a case in the Superior Court of Justice in an attempt to force a judicial sale of the Bridle Path home so that the lender can recover the outstanding mortgage loan amount.Black is seeking to have a jeopardy order, obtained by the national minister of revenue and dated May 5, set aside.The jeopardy order allowed the minister to place the liens against the property.The motion is set to be heard in Federal Court on June 28.Some of the figures in the documents filed with Federal Court differ from previously cited figures in regards to the home. The Multiple Listings Service had the sale price listed as $16.5 million and land registry documents listed outstanding mortgage loans totalling $15.5 million on the 23,000-square foot property.—With files from Jim Bronskill.Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter. Conrad Black’s home at 26 Park Circle Lane in Toronto is shown in a handout photo. Conrad Black is seeking an emergency hearing next week into tax-related matters holding up the sale of his Toronto mansion, arguing that servicing the three mortgages on the property is hurting his personal financial position.In documents filed with the Federal Court, Black says he’s paying more than $1 million a year towards three mortgages on the home, which come to more than $13.5 million in total, and that it’s eating away at the amount of equity he has in the property. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO – Concierge Auctions Black seeks emergency hearing into tax matter holding up the sale of his home by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 23, 2016 3:54 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 24, 2016 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Horsetrekking centre shuts because riders were too overweight

The scheme which involved monitoring six horses while they trotted and cantered with four people of different weights, found there was a ‘substantial impact’ on gait and behaviour when the rider was too heavy.Dr Sue Dyson, head of clinical orthopaedics at the Animal Health Trust’s Centre for Equine Studies, who led the study said: “While all the horses finished the study moving as well as when they started, the results showed a substantial temporary effect of rider weight as a proportion of horse weight. “The results do not mean that heavy riders should not ride but suggest that if they do they should ride a horse of appropriate size and fitness, with a saddle that is correctly fitted for both horse and rider.”Now Mrs Wilkinson, who owns the farm with her husband Darren, said they plan to concentrate on the farming and livery side of the business.  She said that the decision to stop trekking was “very sad” as the farm has provided trekking to many people over the years. “It has given numerous happy memories to people and for many their first ever experience of being near and riding a horse,” she added.“We have no doubt that it will be very sadly missed. “Running a trekking centre takes its toll emotionally due to the risk and physically as it’s seven days a week through the summer and then the winter.”Despite the news, the yard is set to benefit with summer clinics, picnic rides and demonstrations to increase.The Babeny Riding Club will also be reformed and a packed agenda of activities will be created.“We are in the middle of Dartmoor with fantastic riding, and we’re also very lucky to have an all-weather arena so the set up is perfect for our liveries and I’m really looking forward to spending more time with my own horses taking part in clinics, rides and competing,” said Mrs Wilkinson. The farm which has been is business for 35 years currently has a rider weight limit of 16 stone.Experts from the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) and World Horse Welfare carried out their study after members voiced concerns that horses were being damaged by increasingly heavy riders.  The farm now plans to concentrate on the farming and livery side of the businessCredit:SWNS The farm now plans to concentrate on the farming and livery side of the business Experts have said that it is important to match the riders to the horses Overweight horse riders have caused a trekking centre at a Dartmoor farm to close because the animals cannot carry them, its owners have revealed. The trekking centre at Babeny Farm at Poundsgate, Devon will cease trading on September 2 after the owner revealed it wasn’t fair to place heavy riders on horses. The decision for the farm to halt its trekking comes just two months after a pilot study found that if a rider is excessively heavy for a horse it can have a negative impact on the performance of the animal.Farm owner Dee Dee Wilkinson said the decision to stop the trekking was partly due to an increase in heavier riders as well as high insurance costs and other personal reasons. “The horses are at an age where they need replacing and getting those good replacements can be difficult,” she said.“We are finding increasingly that people are getting heavier, so we are unable to let them ride as it isn’t fair on the horses.” Experts have said that it is important to match the riders to the horsesCredit:SWNS Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Alienware M18x hinted at on Dell support page

first_imgOver at Dell’s support site, the company has a list of Alienware laptops, with one surprise: the M18x. We’ve been hearing rumors for some time about Dell releasing an 18-inch gaming notebook, but so far nothing has come to pass. The 18.4-inch computer would, according to rumor, come in at a larger size than the M17x, instead of replacing it.The link is viewable on Dell’s Support documentation page, right alongside current models like the M17x R3 and the M11x R2. When clicked the link sends you over to an M17x support page, with a url ending in in /M17x/. Changing that last bit to /M18x/ ends up in a 404 page and this appears to be the only instance of “M18x” occurring on the support site.While interesting, this doesn’t mean anything just yet. The link seems to be a placeholder until the day that the M18x arrives but we have no idea when that will happen or if an M18x is even in the works. We have heard other rumors about the M18x before, such as it running dual AMD 6970M (CrossFireX) or dual NVIDIA GTX 460M (SLI) graphics, but those look like slim speculation compared to a link on an official Dell site. (Though Dell doesn’t seem to appreciate them.)There is a lot of speculation flying around the forums where the link was first posted, but also further rumors. These include possibilities for the the design/components, a codename (“Avenger”), and even an arrival date (late June).So far the M18x is just another unicorn prancing about the internets, but some people are sure about its upcoming arrival and Dell’s own support page seems to agree. Let’s hope it’s just a question of timing.last_img read more

Zotac launches PCI DirectX 11 graphics card for legacy systems

first_imgZotac has seemingly decided to throw a lifeline to anyone with an ageing PC sitting at home by offering them a brand new graphics card.The Zotac GeForce GT 520 has one feature you don’t see on 99% of the graphics cards released today: a PCI connector. Your typical motherboard still has a PCI slot or two, but for graphics cards the PCIe slot is the connection of choice offering much better performance.If you system is a few years old, however, upgrading the graphics card would probably involve a motherboard update too. And upgrading the motherboard also brings with it the cost of a CPU and memory. If money is tight most people would just hang on and hope their machine lasts a few more months. Now they don’t have to.The Zotac card uses the Nvidia GT 520 GPU and is clocked at 850MHz. The shader clock is running at 1620MHz with 48 shaders available to take advantage of. There’s 512MB of DDR3 memory running at 1333MHz, and your get VGA, DVI, and HMDI connections. The card also drags your system compatibility bang up to date with DirectX 11 and OpenGL 4.1 support.While not fixing any issues you have with a slow CPU or main memory, the Zotac GeForce GT 520 may offer up enough extra grunt to make HD video run smooth and could get a few newer, if not latest generation games running.Unfortunately the price hasn’t been released yet, but if this card is more than $50 I’d be very surprised and disappointed. If Zotac price it for those on a budget it may see a lot of success not only with consumers still using older machines, but anyone building a nettop as some of the cheaper mini-itx boards still carry PCI slots.Read more at Zotac, via The Tech Reportlast_img read more

Morning Press Washougal grandmother killed Vancouver students march Ninja Warrior

first_imgWhat’s on tap for this weekend’s weather? Check our local weather coverage.In case you missed them, here are some of the top stories of the week:Man in court in slaying of his grandmother at Washougal homeA man accused of killing his 78-year-old grandmother told police that he was angry with her for chastising him about leaving a light on in the house, court records show.Benjamin W. Walker appeared Tuesday morning in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of first-degree murder in the slaying of Joan Walker early Monday morning at their Washougal home. The 27-year-old man turned himself in at the Washougal Police Department afterward.Senior Deputy Prosecutor Abbie Bartlett told the court that Benjamin Walker — who appeared wearing a suicide-prevention smock — “brutally” killed his grandmother and has shown no remorse. She asked Judge Scott Collier to set Walker’s bail at $1 million, which he did.Walker said he “he decided her and his fate.”Man in court in child-grabbing incidentA man who’s accused of grabbing a child at an area hospital and refusing to let him go told Clark County sheriff’s deputies that he thought the boy was his son, court records show.last_img read more