Continue Reading Previous MACOM debuts new ultra-low phase noise amplifierNext Readers’ choice: The top 10 articles of 2018 ROHM has recently announced the availability of the industry’s smallest contactless current sensor, the BM14270MUV-LB. It achieves minimum power loss (no heat generation) in an ultra-compact size, making it ideal for industrial equipment and consumer devices that detect operating conditions via current, including battery-driven drones, solar power systems, and servers in data centers requiring high power.In recent years, the growing worldwide awareness of energy conservation and safety together with environmental regulations require improved safety measures and power measurement in high power applications such as servers in data centers and solar power systems. This results in an increased demand for current sensors. However, conventional current sensors using hall elements typically feature large current consumption and low sensitivity, making it necessary to draw current within the sensing element itself. As such until now there were no current sensors on the market that provided high reliability and low loss in a compact form factor.ROHM has developed a current sensor utilizing a high sensitivity low current MI element that allows for completely contactless current detection. The BM14270MUV-LB was developed by combining ROHM’s industry-leading semiconductor production and sensor control technologies with Aichi Steel’s MI (Magneto-Impedance) element. The result is a contactless current sensor that eliminates the need to draw current within the sensor to measure it. The sensor itself consumes very low current (0.07mA – 100x smaller than conventional products) and comes in the industry’s smallest size (3.5mm2 ). In addition, a disturbance magnetic field cancellation function is included to protect against noise, making shielding unnecessary. Digital output from the built-in A/D converter reduces MCU load, facilitating easy current monitoring. These features allow users to easily detect the current of virtually any application with high reliability, from compact battery-driven devices to high power industrial equipment.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components
Ligue 1 I want to be the next Coutinho, says Lyon prodigy Mohamed Bahlouli Julien Quelen 00:08 1/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Ligue 1 Olympique Lyonnais Olympique Lyonnais v Angers SCO Real Sociedad v Barcelona Real Sociedad Angers SCO Barcelona Primera División Philippe Coutinho With 38 goals in his last 42 outings for OL’s youth system, the teenage attacker promises to have a huge future in the game Lyon youngster Mohamed Bahlouli has said that he aims to emulate Barcelona ace Philippe Coutinho as he begins to make his way in the game.The 17-year-old has yet to make his debut for OL but promises to be the next in the line of a long list of academy graduates, which include the likes of Karim Benzema, Alexandre Lacazette, Corentin Tolisso and Nabil Fekir, to graduate through the academy and star for the first team.Although Bahlouli, whose older brother Fares came through the same system and now turns out for Lille, is a big fan of Lionel Messi, it is his new team-mate, signed for €160 million, who really interests him. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Lionel Messi is impossible to imitate,” he told Goal. “The one I’m looking at is Philippe Coutinho. I watch his games and his videos on YouTube. “He has everything a modern attacking midfielder needs. He is capable expressing himself by dribbling, scoring or setting up other, all the time positioning himself to keep his team balanced.”Bahlouli, meanwhile, admits that he has a tendency to be too focused on his attacking game, having scored 38 goals in his last 42 outings with Lyon’s youth team.“I would say that I am a technical player with a good vision of the game,” he explained. “I love going forward but I have to come back faster, make defensive work natural because it is not. I’m working hard to make it automatic.“I have only short-term goals: to have the chance to train with professionals, to be in the squad and to sign my first professional deal.”Bahlouli’s family has a strong attachment with the club. As well as Fares, his younger brother Djibrail it on their books along with little sister Nesrine. It is, however, to his older sibling he is inevitably likened to.“I have always been compared to my brother, but I have never worried about that,” he said. “We had the same coaches in Lyon, and they say that I have the same style of play. Sometimes, during training, some of them call me Fares!”
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Mexico claimed their eighth CONCACAF Gold Cup title with an entertaining 1-0 win over the United States in the final on Sunday.Jonathan dos Santos was the hero with the 73rd-minute winner at Soldier Field in Chicago.Dos Santos took his chance excellently in a game during which USA squandered theirs, with Christian Pulisic and Jozy Altidore missing early opportunities. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Jordan Morris also had a header cleared off the line before Dos Santos’ winner came after a period of dominance by Gerardo Martino’s men.¡Golazo de Jonathan Dos Santos! Impresionante jugada de México, asistencia de taco de Raúl Jiménez y Dos Santos la clavó en el ángulo.#MEXvUSA #GoldCupFinal #GoldCup2019 #ThisIsOurs #EstoEsNuestro pic.twitter.com/Y8VAAygTy7— Gold Cup 2019 (@GoldCup) July 8, 2019USA made a brilliant start and created two great chances in the opening eight minutes.The first opportunity fell to Pulisic, who was denied in a one-on-one by Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa after being set up by Altidore.Altidore should have opened the scoring for USA soon after, but he scuffed an effort wide after a wonderful change of direction on the edge of the area.Mexico responded and almost took the lead through Andres Guardado, who blazed over from inside the area under heavy pressure from Paul Arriola.In what was a frantic end-to-end first half, Arriola fired another decent chance wide for USA from inside the area.USA continued to enjoy the better opportunities to begin the second half, with Morris’ 51st-minute header from a corner cleared off the line by Guardado.Mexico were much-improved after that chance, enjoying a good period that included Jesus Gallardo directing a 25-yard volley straight at USA goalkeeper Zack Steffen in the 68th minute.And they capitalised on their period of dominance with the opener just five minutes later through Dos Santos’ third international goal.A fine move down the right led to Raul Jimenez back-heeling a pass into the path of Dos Santos, whose excellent left-footed effort went in via the underside of the crossbar from just inside the area.That would prove to be enough for Mexico as they saw out the closing stages to secure the title.¿Cómo se grita un gol en una final? @jona2santos#MEXvUSA #GoldCupFinal #GoldCup2019 #ThisIsOurs #EstoEsNuestro @miseleccionmx pic.twitter.com/O7Z9bV3bk6— Gold Cup 2019 (@GoldCup) July 8, 2019What does it mean? Mexico pull clearWhile USA had the better of the chances, Mexico’s win marked their eighth Gold Cup crown. That moved them two titles clear of USA, who have won six.Martino delivers for MexicoMexico impressed after Martino took charge in January, although their performances in the knockout stage of the Gold Cup never reached any great heights. Still, the Argentinian helped deliver the title for Mexico.USA left to rue missed chancesThe hosts dominated long periods without capitalising and they were made to pay. Pulisic and Altidore missed good chances and Morris had another cleared off the line, while Mexico saw their period of dominance capped off with Dos Santos’ winner.What’s next?USA are looking ahead to the CONCACAF Nations League in October, while Mexico will face Argentina in a friendly in September. read more
Los Angeles: Actor Demi Moore says she has changed her life and shifted her priorities over the last seven years. The 56-year-old actor opened up about it while speaking to Gwyneth Paltrow and Arianna Huffington at the ‘2019 In Goop Health’ summit, reports people.com. Moore said she has shifted her priorities to refocus on her health and the people around her in the “last seven years”. “My relationships are more important, and what I do comes second,” she said. She no longer looks outwards for validation. “What does it matter what anyone thinks?” she said. “Nothing is that bad.” This new outlook came after “my health took me down”, Moore said, referencing her 2012 collapse at her home. The actor, who is a mother of three was hospitalised after the incident and entered a rehab treatment for addiction and an eating disorder.
ELIZABETH, N.J. — New Jersey on Monday became the latest state boost its hourly minimum wage to $15 after Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law a measure phasing in the higher rate over five years.Murphy signed the bill alongside Democratic legislative leaders in Elizabeth after the trio announced a deal on the higher wage last month.New Jersey joins California, Massachusetts, New York and the District of Columbia in phasing in the higher rate. The $15 wage is a prominent policy goal of left-leaning groups, as well as the fulfilment of a key campaign promise by Murphy.“Working families deserve financial security. A higher minimum wage will support families, strengthen our economy, and help make New Jersey more affordable,” Murphy said in a tweet announcing his plan to sign the legislation Monday.Republicans and many businesses, though, testified during hearings that the higher wage will increase costs and hurt commerce.The bill raises the current $8.85 minimum wage to $10 an hour in July, and then increases the rate by $1 in subsequent years until it reaches $15 in 2024, but not for all workers.Farm workers’ wages will climb to $12.50 over five years, for example. Small businesses with and seasonal employees would see their minimum wage reach $15 an hour in 2026. Tipped workers, who currently have a minimum hourly wage of $2.13, would see it climb to $5.13 an hour by 2024.Mike Catalini, The Associated Press
“Let us honour the victims of chemical warfare by reaffirming our commitment to strengthening the Convention, which is the only instrument that bans an entire category of weapons of mass destruction under strict international verification,” Mr. Ban says in his message on the Day of Remembrance for All Victims of Chemical Warfare, which is observed annually on 29 April. “Let us also remember the suffering of the families of these victims, as we work together to free the world, once and for all, from the horrors of each and every weapon of mass destruction.”The Chemical Weapons Convention, which entered into force on this date 13 years ago, establishes far-reaching rights and obligations aimed at freeing the world of chemical weapons.Important advances have been made in achieving that great goal, the Secretary-General notes in his message. For example, as of 31 March, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has verified the destruction of 58 per cent of the world’s declared chemical weapons stockpiles. In addition, 89 per cent of all chemical weapons production facilities have been destroyed or converted to peaceful uses, while three States have eliminated their chemical weapon stockpiles. The OPCW has also conducted more than 4,000 inspections in 81 States parties, including verification activities at commercial enterprises, which testifies to the support the global chemical industry has given to achieving the goals of the Convention, Mr. Ban says.However, full implementation of the Convention and achieving universal membership remain significant challenges, he adds, urging States that have not yet become parties to do so without further delay. 29 April 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for strengthening the international treaty banning chemical weapons as a way to honour all those who have lost their lives to this scourge.
“The Secretary-General reiterates his firm stance that there is no justification for indiscriminate violence against civilians,” his spokesperson said in a statement. According to media reports, a bomb was placed in a case near a security checkpoint outside the court where people were queuing for passes to enter the building. At least 10 people are reportedly dead and more than 60 others are wounded. Both Mr. Ban and the 15-member Council extended their sincere condolences to the families of the victims.The Council, in a statement to the press, reaffirmed that “terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.” 7 September 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and members of the Security Council have strongly condemned today’s bomb attack at the Indian High Court in the capital, New Delhi, which caused numerous deaths and injuries.
CHICAGO – The Illinois attorney general’s office says a subpoena has been issued in the investigation into Volkswagen.Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s spokeswoman Eileen Boyce didn’t have other details Wednesday, including what had been requested or the scope of the probe.More than two dozen attorneys general, including Madigan, launched an investigation last week after the German automaker admitted it rigged diesel emissions technology to pass U.S. smog tests.The state attorneys general said then that they anticipated sending subpoenas.Participating states include Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Virginia, plus Washington, D.C.A U.S.-based Volkswagen spokeswoman didn’t immediately return messages from The Associated Press on Wednesday. by Sophia Tareen, The Associated Press Posted Sep 30, 2015 7:24 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 30, 2015 at 8:08 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US state attorneys general issue subpoena in investigation of Volkswagen emissions cheating
The Police are on the hunt for five gunmen, who in the wee hours of Friday morning, invaded the home of the parents of television personality, Neaz Subhan.The invasion occurred just after 02:00h while 73-year-old Mohammed Subhan and his 84-year-old disabled wife, Khairool Subhan were asleep in their “A” Craig, East Bank Demerara (EBD) home.Inews understand that while asleep in the two-storey concrete building, Mohammed Subhan was awakened by one of the armed perpetrators who demanded cash and valuables.However, after the duo failed to complied, the men proceeded to ransack the said room but were only able to escape with a 32” flat screen television valued $70,000.The stand from where the TV was removedWhen contacted, Neaz Subhan detailed what transpired. He explained that his father was awakened and a gun was placed to his head by one of the perpretartors who commanded him not to scream.Subhan told this online publication that his father proceeded to beg for his life, pleading with the gunman not to hurt him.However, the men, two of whom were actually seen to be armed, proceeded to ransack the room and it was then that they removed the television and a cell phone.Subhan disclosed that while the men were still in the house, he received a call from his father who told him what was occurring.“I quickly placed a call to 911 but was placed on hold and later given a number to contact the Grove Police Station” Subhan revealed in dismay.He further reported that when the said number given to him by the 911 operator was called; it was not that of the Grove Police Station but rather belonged to the Providence Police Station.“When I finally received a number and contacted Grove, I was told that they cannot provide assistance as only two Officers were at the time available” Subhan said.As such, the Brickdam Police Station had to be called and it was only then that assistance was provided.According to Subhan, he was told by the ranks that responded that four other persons in streets within the said village were also robbed prior to and following the robbery of his parents.This is the second robbery carried out on the elderly couple, the first of which occurred in July of 2017.In that incident, the house was invaded at around 04:00h. It was reported that Mohammed was again awakened by noises emanating from outside the said bedroom.Upon inspections, Subhan saw a crowbar which was stuck by his bedroom door, as a robber made efforts to pull out the bolts to gain entry into their room.Subhan immediately called for assistance from his son who resides in Diamond, East Bank Demerara.The younger Subhan quickly contacted police and when he arrived at his parents’ home, the law enforcement officials were already combing the area.Upon inspection, the lower flat of the couple’s house was completely ransacked and a bag reportedly belonging to the robber was found in the yard with several carpentry tools.However in that incident, no one was ever apprehended.The Police are currently investigating this current attack and reportedly have a number of suspects. (Kizzy Coleman) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBandits break into home of elderly couple, parents of Neaz SubhanJuly 21, 2017In “Crime”Lusignan Massacre victims remembered; AG warns families of those who politicise the crimeJanuary 27, 2015In “Politics”Gov’t Spokesman urges state media top brass to ‘follow Neaz Subhan’June 5, 2015In “Politics”
A DETAILED REPORT based on Department of Education inspections carried out between 2010 and 2012 has highlighted shortcomings in how Maths and Irish are taught in Irish schools.The Chief Inspector’s Report says it is “of concern” that the quality of Maths teaching was rated as “satisfactory or better” in just 77 per cent of lessons observed in secondary schools.The quality of students’ learning in Irish was found to be “problematic” in almost one in three lessons observed, according to the report. Deficiencies in how the subject was taught were evident in 28 per cent of lessons.At primary level, inspectors’ findings in regard to Irish were described as “significantly less positive than those for English or Mathematics”:“The quality of Irish teaching was problematic in one fifth of the lessons observed and the quality of learning was problematic in almost one quarter of the lessons observed.”Overall, inspectors judged that 86 per cent of lessons observed in unannounced inspections at primary schools were judged to be “satisfactory or better,” while 14 per cent were “not satisfactory”.In post-primary schools, 87 per cent of lessons were judged to be satisfactory or better and 13 per cent not satisfactory.The Chief Inspector’s Report says that follow-through inspections conducted last year found that schools initially observed to be deficient were “making good efforts” to implement the recommendations of previous reports.A small number of schools where serious weaknesses were found have been referred to the Department of Education’s ‘Schools Improvement Group’ which will work with management at the schools to implement improvements.Reacting to the report, Education Minister Ruairí Quinn said that in the past, there had been a “marked reluctance” to acknowledge the school system’s failings and tackle its shortcomings.“This report gives us the information that we need, both qualitative and quantitative to allow us to see the strengths and weaknesses in teaching, learning, management and leadership in our schools.”General Secretary of the ASTI teaching union Pat King said the findings of the report must be seen in the context of recent cutbacks in second-level schools, including the reduction in teacher numbers and a moratorium on middle management posts.“Some of the ‘weaknesses’ identified in today’s report correspond directly to areas affected by the education cuts. These include access to career guidance services, the leadership capacity of schools and pastoral care structures in schools,” King said.Read: ‘We’ve come a long way in this country’ – Cabinet to discuss same-sex marriageRead: Transparency in medical negligence cases could save the health system millions
THREE TEENAGERS FROM Cork who have researched crop growth have been selected as finalists for a global science competition for students.Ciara Judge, Émer Hickey and Sophie Healy-Thow from Kinsale Community College will be competing in the finals of the Google Science Fair competition next month.The three students, who took first place in the BT Young Scientist in 2013, are in the 15-16 age category with a project that looks at improving yields of food crops and reducing losses because of adverse weather conditions.Their project looks at a specific type of bacteria called Diazotroph and the relationship it has with non-legume plants (i.e. crops such as wheat, barley, oats that help reduce or prevent erosion, adding organic matter to the soil and repressing weeds). It investigated the use of this bacteria as a germination tool – the process of which a plant grows from a seed – for cereal crops.Using homemade equipment, the group carried out germination and growth experiments over the course of 11 months. After analysing 9,500 seed samples and recording over 120,000 manual measurements in 125 experimental sets, they found that two strains of Rhizobium – soil bacteria that fixes nitrogen (diazotrophs) for the plant so it can grow – can accelerate the rate of seed growth.The results showed that this bacteria helped reduce germination time by up to 50% and increased barley mass yield by up to 70%.The group believes it could have significant potential for increasing yields of food crops, reduce the environmental footprint of agriculture by reducing fertilizer usage, and could also act as “a partial solution to the impending food poverty crisis.”The three students aim to investigate this approach further at a trace biochemical level to understand why the use of rhizobium bacteria helped speed up the germination rate, as well as test bacteria in the presence of seeds.The students will travel to California next month to compete at Google HQ and people can vote for their favourite projects beginning 1 September. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on 23 September. Source: Ciara, Emer, Sophie/YouTubeRead: This app aims to help you avoid the areas with most air pollution >Read: Scientists are figuring out a way to make our brains work better >
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #newcabinetswornin Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppPrime Minister Hurbert Minnis has revealed his entire cabinet of ministers today. The new cabinet was sworn in, just moment ago, at Government House. During his address after the swearing in of Cabinet Ministers the new Prime Minister of the Bahamas, Dr. Hubert Minnis said, ” We will be a Government that is punctual, we are working for than people and we must be effective and efficient.”He continued, saying “I believe the this Bahamas Government will be a model for other Government’s in the region should emulate. It has to be about the People in every way… How you work, how you interact and how your represent the People. This is about service to the People not the service of one’s ego.”See the entire list of Ministers below:Hon Dr. Hurbert Alexander Minnis – Prime Minister of The BahamasHon Kevin Peter Turnquest – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of FinanceSenator the Hon Carl W. Bethel – Attorney General and Minister of Legal AffairsHon T. Brent Symonette – Minister of Financial Services, Trade and Industry and ImmigrationHon Renward R. Wells – Minister of Agriculture & Marine ResourcesHon Jeffrey L. Lloyd – Minister of Education, Science & TechnologyHon Duane E. Sands – Minister of HealthHon Marvin H. Dames – Minister of National SecurityHon Desmond T. Bannister – Minister of Public WorksHon Frankie A. Campbell – Minister of Transport and Local GovernmentHon Dionisio J. D’Aguilar – Minister of Tourism, Aviation and BahamasairHon Michael C. Pintard – Minister of Youth Sports and CultureHon Darren A. Henfield – Minister of Foreign AffairsHon Romauld S. Ferreira – Minister of the Environment and HousingHon Lanisha T. Rolle – Minister of Social Services and Urban DevelopmentHon Dion A. Foulkes – Minister of LabourSenator the Hon James Kwasi M. Thompson – Minister of State for Grand BahamaHon Brensil D. Rolle – Minister of State for the Public Service and National InsuranceHon Ellsworth N. Johnson – Minister of State for Legal Affairs#magneticmedianews#newcabinetsworniin
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppPROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos – November 1, 2017 – The Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands, joined Caribbean British Overseas Territory leaders for a Special Meeting on Saturday, October 28th, 2017 at the JW Marriott Miami, Florida.The objective of this Special Meeting was to prepare for the upcoming Joint Ministerial Conference (JMC) in London, 28-29 November 2017. The meeting, chaired by Hon. Alden McLaughlin, Premier of the Cayman Islands, discussed the common issues related to disaster response, recovery, resilience building, disaster mitigation and identifying a shared vision for the upcoming meeting of the Joint Ministerial Conference; which will be led by Lord Ahmad, Minister for the Overseas Territories. The Territories explored and agreed on a wide range of issues including, but not limited to: developing a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) between Overseas Territories that will outline a Plan for regional disaster management cooperation and assistance. The Memorandum will build upon the territories collective experiences as a result of hurricane Irma and Maria, which significantly impacted the Caribbean Islands. Leaders committed to sharing information, expertise and best practices as it relates to mitigation strategies.Premier Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson provided an extensive presentation on relief to recovery stating that; “ the Turks and Caicos Islands Government immediate priorities were to ensure that residents were safe, that electricity and communication services were restored and our airports were open to facilitate relief flights. We again must state our appreciation to the Cayman Islands Government and the Bermudian Regiment who assisted by providing relief items through the landing of its Police Helicopters in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and Maria. The Turks and Caicos Islands remain resolved in our effort to ensure that this Government mobilizes all its resources to ensure that residents return to a state of normalcy, noting that the Government and residents together are determined to build a bigger, better and more resilient Turks and Caicos Islands.”The conference was attended by Hon. David Burt, Premier of Bermuda and Chairman of the United Kingdom Overseas Territories Association (UKOTA); Hon. Victor Banks, Chief Minister of Anguilla; Hon. Alden McLaughlin, Premier of the Cayman Islands; Hon. Orlando Smith, Premier of the British Virgin Islands (BVI); Hon. Donaldson Romeo, Premier of Montserrat.The Premier was accompanied by Mr. Ronlee James, Executive Director and Ms. Joy Lightbourne Executive Administrator of the Office of the Premier. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#UKCaribbeanTerritoriesMeeting
Alexa Amazon Privacy Smart Home Security 3 Now playing: Watch this: 2:27 Tags You deleted your Alexa voice recordings, but the text… Share your voice Amazon has previously highlighted other privacy features for its smart displays, including a button that cuts off both the microphone and camera, as well as a visual indicator that shows when audio or video is streaming to Amazon’s servers.The new privacy shutter may make customers more comfortable with the built-in camera, especially because the compact Echo Show 5 is also marketed as a nightstand clock replacement. In addition, Amazon includes a “drop in” feature that lets people connect automatically with Alexa-enabled smart displays if they’ve been approved by the device’s owner.”The compact form factor is perfect for a bedside table or desk,” Tom Taylor, senior vice president of Amazon Alexa, said in a statement about the Echo Show 5. “Plus it has a camera shutter for added peace of mind, and new Alexa privacy features for even more control.” The Echo Show 5 offers a physical shutter for the camera. Amazon Privacy has become a much bigger concern for consumers, and Amazon appears to be paying attention.It’s now easier for people to delete their Alexa voice recordings, the tech giant said Wednesday. While they previously had to use the Alexa app or log in to Amazon to review and erase these records, they can now say, “Alexa, delete everything I said today,” to wipe out the day’s history of audio requests. The company said it will soon give customers the ability to delete their most recent requests by saying, “Alexa, delete what I just said.”Read more: Is Sony’s robot dog Aibo a privacy nightmare?Alexa users can turn on the new deletion feature in their Alexa privacy settings online and in the Alexa app. Amazon To delete an entire Alexa history all at once, consumers will still need to log in to Amazon or the Alexa app and go to their Alexa privacy settings.Amazon also introduced on Wednesday the new Echo Show 5, its first smart display with a physical shutter for the camera. This feature brings Amazon in line with many of its competitors that already offer smart displays with a camera shutter.Amazon’s moves come amid increased consumer attention toward privacy and how much data its smart home devices are taking in.Amid this heightened concern, the e-commerce giant has faced more questions about what it does with users’ Alexa information. CNET earlier this month reported that Amazon keeps text logs of Alexa requests on its cloud servers even if the audio clips have been deleted. The company has said it erases these text transcripts from its “main system” and is working on removing them from all other parts of its servers. Still, the story prompted questions from Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware who has asked the company about how it stores and manages this data.Related story: Amazon Echo Show 5 takes on Google Nest Hub with a smaller screenAlso, Bloomberg reported last month that human reviewers listen and annotate some Alexa recordings from users, which alarmed people who didn’t realize that Amazon workers could hear Alexa audio clips.This increased concern for privacy has been sparked in part by Facebook’s repeated privacy blunders in recent years. Now, the biggest companies in tech are looking to emphasize their privacy capabilities to show customers they care about the issue. Apple in particular has made privacy a major focus of its latest ad campaign. And during its I/O developers conference earlier this month, Google repeatedly emphasized the privacy and security features of its latest products and services.Regarding the camera shutter, Amazon follows the design moves of a handful of rivals. The Facebook Portal, JBL Link View and Lenovo Smart Display all include camera shutters. The Google Nest Hub, previously called the Google Home Hub, has no camera. Comments
Share Richard Drew/APTrader Fran O’Connell works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The Dow Jones industrial average rebounded sharply on Monday following a report of U.S.-China trade talks.Updated at 4:05 p.m. ETU.S. stock indexes surged about 3 percent Monday after fears eased of a trade war with China. The two big trading partners reportedly are negotiating to improve U.S. access to Chinese markets.The Wall Street Journal reported that the U.S. and China have “quietly started negotiating” and that U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is considering a trip to Beijing for talks.The Dow Jones industrial average closed up 669 points, or nearly 2.8 percent, to 24,203. The S&P 500 index climbed 70 points, or 2.7 percent, and the Nasdaq gained 228 points, or 3.3 percentLast Thursday and Friday, the Dow lost more than a total of 1,100 points amid increasing signs of a looming trade war between the two major trading partners.The Journal, citing people with knowledge of the matter, said:“The talks, which cover wide areas including financial services and manufacturing, are being led by Liu He, China’s economic czar in Beijing, and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and U.S. trade representative Robert Lighthizer in Washington.“In a letter Messrs. Mnuchin and Lighthizer sent to Mr. Liu late last week, the Trump administration set out specific requests that include a reduction of Chinese tariffs on U.S. automobiles, more Chinese purchases of U.S. semiconductors and greater access to China’s financial sector by American companies, the people said. Mr. Mnuchin is weighing a trip to Beijing to pursue the negotiations, one of these people said.”Stock indexes around the world fell last week as the Trump administration prepared to impose stiff tariffs on Chinese imports in a bid to cut the U.S. trade deficit with China by $50 billion.“The tariffs on China are a response to long-standing complaints that Beijing unfairly requires U.S. companies to share their technology as a cost of doing business in that country,” NPR’s Scott Horsley reported.The Chinese government announced a list of retaliatory tariffs it would impose on about $3 billion worth of U.S. exports, in response to a separate set of U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. President Trump on Thursday signed a temporary exemption — until May 1 — from the steel and aluminum tariffs for Argentina, Australia, Brazil, South Korea, Canada, Mexico and the European Union.Speaking Monday on Morning Edition, former U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers said the U.S. should focus “on what is a major issue … the forced transfer of valuable U.S. technologies to Chinese firms, and not concentrate on issues that are probably counterproductive for the American economy anyway, like steel.”Tariffs on steel and aluminum could hurt other manufacturers that use those metals to make everything from aircraft to Hershey’s Kisses.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
By Mark F. Gray, AFRO Staff Writer, email@example.comThe Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) did not find sufficient evidence to file federal hate crime charges against former University of Maryland student Sean Urbanski, in the suspected 2017 murder of U.S. Army Lieutenant Richard Collins III in College Park according to broadcast reports.In a story that was first reported by WTOP-FM, the FBI’s investigation couldn’t prove beyond a reasonable doubt that hate motivated Urbanski, who is White, to kill Collins, who is Black. Despite the discovery of racist cartoons and posts that were found on a since deleted White supremacist Facebook group page, the Bureau’s investigators didn’t find enough evidence through forensic testing, digital investigation and interviews to prove it.Despite information proving he belonged to a White supremacist Facebook group, the Federal Bureau of Investigation did not find sufficient evidence to file federal hate crime charges against former University of Maryland student Sean Urbanski, in the alleged 2017 murder of U.S. Army Lieutenant Richard Collins III in College Park. (Courtesy Photo)Collins was a student at Bowie State who was leaving a visit with his friends on the University of Maryland’s College Park campus when he was killed on May 20, 2017. He was stabbed while he and two others were waiting for an Uber ride at a nearby bus stop. It became an emotional time on both campuses because Collins died just days before his graduation, after he was commissioned as a U.S. Army second lieutenant.Urbanski still faces state charges in Maryland for first-degree murder and committing a hate crime that resulted in death. The maximum penalty in Maryland for first-degree murder is life in prison with no chance of parole. There is also an additional 20-year sentence for a state hate crime conviction.Defense attorneys began laying the foundation for Urbanski’s defense when he first appeared in court on May 22, 2017. Their argument has been that Urbanksi was heavily intoxicated at the time of the incident and his impaired judgement made it difficult for him to meet the intent required for a first-degree murder conviction. One defense motion seeks to dismiss the hate crime on the basis of the First Amendment, while another requests the judge sever the hate crime from the murder count.Reports say there is surveillance video which captured the killing. In addition, Urbanski’s blood alcohol content proves he was legally drunk.“Alcohol and substance abuse may have played a significant role in all of this,” his co-counsel William Brennan reportedly told the court during that first appearance.Under Maryland law, first-degree murder is a deliberate, premeditated and willful killing. WTOP reported prosecutors have remained firm on the first-degree murder count, despite offers by Urbanski’s lawyers that he would plead guilty to second-degree murder. Second degree murder carries a minimum sentence of 30 years.Urbanski could avoid trial by pleading guilty to first-degree murder, although both sides could make their cases for an appropriate sentence, during that phase before a judge. State and federal prosecutors have not said whether Urbanski would face additional federal hate charges that could make a defendant eligible for execution.The trial has been delayed three times, but is now scheduled to begin July 22. Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks was initially the lead prosecutor in the case when she was the County’s State’s Attorney. Alsobrooks, who was been replaced by newly elected Aisha Braveboy, previously said, “the defendant purposefully chose to stab Mr. Collins, over anyone else at the bus stop that night, because Mr. Collins is an African American.”Advocates for the Collins family have insisted that the ongoing delays with the legal proceedings are an emotional detriment to them making it difficult to overcome this tragedy. “The family of the victim has been and continues to be severely impacted by this crime,” wrote Pauline Mandel, of the Maryland Crime Victim’s Resource Center, on behalf of Richard and Dawn Collins, the victim’s parents in November 2017.
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has taken up measures including setting up of a five-member Group-of-Ministers (GoM) to further expedite implementation of development projects throughout the state. At the same time, there was discussion about the formation of new mechanisms for better work implementation at Panchayat level.Banerjee held a review meeting on Thursday with ministers and senior officials of a number of departments including Panchayats and Rural Development, Finance, Irrigation and Waterways, Health and Family Welfare, Education, Agriculture, Urban Development and Municipal Affairs, Housing and Fisheries. The top brass of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) was also present in the meeting along with all the District Magistrates. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt is learnt that the Chief Minister has urged all the concerned officials starting from the District Magistrates to Block Development Officers (BDOs) to take necessary steps to ensure proper monitoring of mid-day meal schemes, vector control measures, functioning of ICDS centres etc.Sources further added that the Chief Minister has set up the GoM comprising state Panchayats and Rural Development minister Subrata Mukherjee, state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim, state Food minister Jyotipriya Mallick, Transport minister Suvendu Adhikari and state Public Works Department minister Aroop Biswas to oversee the same. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAfter the meeting that continued for more than two long hours at the Nabanna Sabhaghar, Banerjee said: “There was an elaborate discussion in the meeting and officials starting from the District Magistrates to BDOs have been directed to take up necessary measures for proper monitoring to ensure timely implementation of projects.” While speaking on the implementation of the scheme of 100 days work and functioning of Panchayats, Banerjee said there was no problem at all in executing the project. “There are certain systems that need to be followed. There is a case pending with the Supreme Court. The matters will become clear once the Apex Court gives its order for which we are waiting,” she said, adding that the District Magistrates or BDOs were authorised to carry out the work where the boards in the Panchayat level are yet to be formed so that beneficiaries of the 100-days work scheme do not face problem in getting their payments on time.Sources said the Chief Minister had a detailed consultation over the functioning of the Education department and urged state Education minister Partha Chatterjee to speak on the related issues. She also expressed her annoyance over the failure of some officials to implement the view of the minister and urged the state Chief Secretary to look into the matter. At the same time, she also directed a senior official of the Land and Land Reforms department to take up certain issues with some of the Block Land Reforms Officers (BLROs).The KMC and PWD were directed to take steps in areas where roads are not in good condition, one of the sources added.
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Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort has been named Best Family Resort in Fiji in the annual readers’ choice survey conducted by Holidays with Kids magazine.The five-star resort was voted number one in the ‘Four-star and above’ category while another Outrigger property, Castaway Island, Fiji Resort was voted runner-up in the Best Family Resort – ‘Four-star and under’ category.Outrigger’s iconic Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort was honoured third place in the ‘Best family resort in Hawaii’ category.The awards were based on thousands of reader surveys that ranked properties for their kid-friendly accommodation, activities for all ages and all-around excellence.Resorts must excel in standard of service and hospitality, children’s activities and facilities, quality of accommodation, value for money and overall experience.In announcing the award, Holidays with Kids said readers had been impressed by Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort’s authentic Fijian hospitality, stunning coastal vistas and activities.The resort has a commitment to providing safe, relaxing and entertaining environments for families with the accent on providing five-star, beachfront accommodation while retaining authentic elements of the traditional Fijian village.One of the trademarks of the resort is the Meimei nannies programme. This affordable service staffed by trained, professional nannies allows parents to enjoy some quiet time together, safe in the knowledge that their children are in caring, capable hands.It is supported by two Outrigger kids’ clubs, the Little Riggers for three to seven year olds and the Beach Riggers for eight to 12 year olds.The resort also features a large, family oriented pool and an adults-only pool with swim-up bar and bistro. Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Outrigger Enterprises Group, Sean Dee, said that these resorts are united by their commitment to providing families with the best holiday experiences imaginable.“From our Meimei nannies that engage youngsters with Fijian culture and hospitality through games, arts and crafts to our family-fun activities offered in Waikiki – Outrigger seeks to provide an unforgettable vacation experience for guests of all ages.“As a family-owned company celebrating 69 years of hospitality – it’s especially meaningful to have Outrigger properties named as Top 10 Best Family Resorts.”