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Realme 2 Pro, Nokia 6.1 Plus, iPhone XS: Best phones to buy in October

Realme 2 Pro, Nokia 6.1 Plus, iPhone XS: Best phones to buy in October

first_imgWith just a couple of months to go before 2018 comes to a close, we are mostly done with the biggest smartphone launches. We only have the Pixel 3 phones to look forward to and maybe a Nokia flagship phone and a few surprises. The year has certainly been a pretty interesting one as far as innovation is concerned. From notched phones to phones with triple cameras, 2018 has been pretty busy. Companies like HMD/Nokia, Realme and Asus have really stood out this year, stirring the affordable and mid-range segments that was getting a bit dry.In this list of best phones to buy in October, we have phones like the Poco F1 and Realme 2 Pro that have disrupted the market by offering some terrific specs at really affordable prices. We also have phones like the Nokia 6.1 Plus and Honor 10 that offer some exquisite designs that will surely grab your attention. Here’s a look at some of the best phones you can buy if you’re in the market.Cheapest phone(s) worth buyingXiaomi Redmi 6A: Rs 5,999Xiaomi has launched a lot of phones this year in India, signifying the company’s increasing confidence in the country. Xiaomi has been a force to reckon with in the affordable segment, especially phones under Rs 10,000. The Redmi 6A is Xiaomi’s entry-level offering that replaces the Redmi 5A. This is the go-to budget phone for first-time smartphone users.The Redmi 6A comes with a 5.45-inch HD+ display and is powered by a MediaTek Helio A22 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage which is expandable up to 256GB via a microSD card. There’s a 32GB variant available as well that will cost Rs 6,999, but if you’re going to spend that much you may as well go for the Redmi 6 instead. The Redmi 6A comes with a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front-facing sensor, houses a 3,000mAh battery and support dual 4G SIM cards.advertisementBest phone(s) under Rs 10,000Realme C1: Rs 6,999Realme recently launched the Realme 2 Pro in India. But while this is a mid-range smartphone, the company surprised everyone by announcing an entry-level Realme C1 as well. The company has been quietly shaking up the market by offering some segment-first features. The Realme C1 is the cheapest phone with a notched display. It is in fact very similar to the Realme 2, but at a cheaper price point.The Realme C1 sports a 6.2-inch notched display, Snapdragon 450 chipset coupled with 2GB of RAM. It houses a 4,230mAh battery similar to the Realme 2. The entry-level smartphone comes with a 13MP + 2MP dual camera setup on the back with PDAF and f/2.2 aperture, and a 5MP front-facing sensor. It ships with Android 8.1 Oreo with Oppo’s ColorOS 5.1 on topRedmi Note 5: Rs 9,999As we said earlier, Xiaomi holds the fort in the sub-Rs 10,000 segment and there are a few reasons for that. One of them is the Redmi Note 5 which is s an impressive all-rounder that offers good performance and battery as well as an 18:9 FHD+ display.The Redmi Note 5 is powered by a 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset with Adreno 506 GPU. Similarly, it comes in two variants – one with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage and one with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, expandable up to 128GB via a hybrid microSD card slot. The device sports a 12MP rear camera with dual LED flash and PDAF and a 5MP front-facing sensor.Best phone(s) under Rs 20,000Realme 2 Pro: Rs 13,990It may not be grabbing headlines like the Poco F1, but there is no denying that the Realme 2 Pro is shaking up the affordable mid-range segment. It brings a number of segment-first features such as the cheapest phone with a waterdrop display and Snapdragon 660 chipset. At Rs 13,990, the phone brings a mix of style and power that is not a common sight to see at this price point. Powering the Realme 2 Pro is an octa-core Snapdragon 660 AIE chipset with Adreno 512 GPU. This is coupled with up to 8GB of RAM for smooth and swift multitasking experience. The company is also touting a great gaming experience thanks to a powerful mid-range chipset. The phone will be offered with up to 128GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 256GB via a microSD card. The Realme 2 Pro houses a 3,500mAh battery that will deliver a full day of battery life. It also supports dual 4G and dual VoLTE. The phone also offers 16MP sensors for all three cameras on board.advertisementNokia 6.1 Plus: Rs 15,999HMD has had a terrifically busy year, launching close to a dozen smartphones, all of which have made their way to India, including the highly anticipated Nokia 6.1 Plus. Launched last month, the 6.1 Plus has seen a terrific response from consumers thanks to its all-glass design, notched display and powerful hardware. The icing on the cake is that HMD managed to price the device competitively as wellThe Nokia 5.1 Plus brings a 5.8-inch FHD+ (1080×2280) TFT display with a 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on top and an aspect ratio of 19:9. Powering the device is an octa-core Snapdragon 636 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 400GB via microSD card. The Nokia 6.1 Plus bears a dual camera setup which includes a 16-megapixel primary sensor with f/2.0 aperture and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor with similar aperture. The phone houses a 3,060mAh battery with support for fast charging via USB Type-C port.Motorola One Power: Rs 15,999Motorola hasn’t had the best year, but the company should be given credit for persisting. The Moto G6 series has been a hit and a miss. While we loved the G6, the price of the G6 Plus surprised almost everyone. Arguably the one major issue with Motorola phones has been about software updates, which is why it made perfect sense to partner with Google to bring the Motorola One Power. This is the company’s first Android One phone with stock Android Oreo and the promise of regular security updates. What makes the One Power even more attractive is that it is priced really competitively at Rs 15,999.The One Power sports a 6.2-inch FHD+ display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a 1.8GHz Snapdragon 636 chipset which is coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage with support for expandability. One major highlight is that the One Power houses a 5,000mAh battery that will deliver a good two days of battery life on a single charge. As for the camera, the One Power comes with a 16MP + 5MP setup on the back and a 12-megapixel sensor on the front.Best phone(s) under Rs 30,000Poco F1: Rs 20,999It’s not often that we see a smartphone completely disrupt the market in a way the Poco F1 has. Priced starting at Rs 20,999, the Poco F1 is the cheapest with a Snapdragon 845 and is tagged as a flagship killer of the kind OnePlus used to be back in the day. Arguably the most surprising phone to come out this year, the Poco F1 is perhaps the best value for money phone right now and is the one to go for in the mid-range segment, if you’re lucky enough to claim it during the flash sale. The Poco F1 brings a 6.18-inch FHD+ display with a 18.7:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a 2.8GHz octa-core Snapdragon 845 chipset coupled with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. The dual camera setup on the back includes a 12MP + 5MP setup while the front gets a 20MP selfie sensor. The phone also houses a large 4,000mAh battery to take you through a good day and a half.advertisementAsus ZenFone 5Z: Rs 29,999It’s getting harder for OnePlus to keep the “flagship killer” title to itself considering how some of its competition are beating the company at its own game. Take Asus which not only launched the impressive ZenFone Max M1, but also the ZenFone 5Z, which comes with some of the best that 2018 has to offer at a price that betters OnePlus.The ZenFone 5Z brings a tall 6.2-inch FHD+ display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a Snapdragon 845 chipset and the base variant comes with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The ZenFone 5Z houses a 3,300mAh battery with fast charging support, supports stereo speakers and High-Res audio, among other things. The phone runs Android Oreo-based ZenUI and Asus says it has cut down on a lot of bloatware, keeping things cleaner and simpler. The dual camera setup includes a primary 12-megapixel sensor with large 1.4um pixels, f/1.8 aperture, dual-pixel phase detection autofocus, four-axis OIS and EIS. The secondary camera comes with an 8-megapixel wide-angle sensor for depth of field shots. Up front, the ZenFone 5Z sports an 8-megapixel sensor and the cameraBest phone(s) under Rs 50,000OnePlus 6: Rs 34,999These are probably the last few weeks to buy the OnePlus 6 since the OnePlus 6T is coming soon. So, why are we suggesting the OnePlus 6 right now? Well, the phone is one of the best affordable flagships this year. The OnePlus 6 comes with premium looks and a terrific performance, which is not likely to differ much from the 6T. That being said, you can wait for the 6T to come out to make an informed decision. The OnePlus 6 brings mostly all the top-end hardware in 2018 including a Snapdragon 845 chipset with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The phone sports a 6.28-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a 2.5D Gorilla Glass 5 on top and a notch cutout. It sports a 16MP + 20MP dual camera setup with OIS, EIS and f/1.7 aperture and a 16MP front camera with EIS. It houses a 3,300mAh battery with Dash Charge support and runs Android 8.1 Oreo. It also brings a 12MP + 5MP dual pixel camera setup on the back and a 25MP front-facing camera.Honor 10: Rs 32,999The Honor 10 is yet another stunning smartphone from the Huawei sub-brand. The phone offers a premium all-glass design with a gradient, aurora colours on the back and an edge-to-edge display. The Honor 10 sports a 5.84-inch Full-HD+ IPS LCD notched display on the front. Apart from the looks, the Honor 10 also brags about some serious hardware that includes a AI-based Kirin 970 processor coupled with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.The Honor 10 holds a 3,400mAh battery and Android 8.1 Oreo-based EMUI 8.1. The Honor 10 also brings some impressive cameras that includes a dual rear camera system that comprises of a one 16-megapixel colour or RGB sensor and another 24-megapixel monochrome sensor, and a 24-megapixel camera up front.Best phone(s) that money can buySamsung Galaxy Note 9: Rs 67,990The Galaxy Note 9 is a return to form for Samsung and is perhaps the best flagship from the company to date. It gets everything right and ticks all the boxes for a flagship which includes a stunning AMOLED Infinity Display, best-in-class cameras, excellent performance and even an all-day battery life. The Galaxy Note 9 brings everything great about the Note 8 and the S9+ and adds something more to it. And the new S Pen with Bluetooth support also gives you more reasons to use the stylus now. The Galaxy Note 9 sports a 6.4-inch screen with QHD+ (2960×1440) Super AMOLED Infinity display. It is powered by an Exynos 9810 chipset with the base variant getting 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Samsung has also fitted a large 4,000mAh battery, which is a major bump from the Galaxy Note 8 as well as the Galaxy S9+. The device runs Android Oreo out-of-the-box with Samsung’s Experience UI on top. You get a 12MP + 12MP dual camera setup with dual OIS and the f/1.5-2.4 variable aperture feature that has won the Galaxy S9 phones a lot of praise. The front camera is also similar at 8-megapixel and F/1.7 aperture.iPhone XS: Rs 99,900We started off this list with a Rs 5,999 phone and we’re ending it with a Rs 1,00,000 phone, so it’s safe to say we’ve covered both ends of the spectrum. Now, the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are the most premium smartphones that money can buy right now. They succeed last year’s iPhone X and are Apple’s best iPhones to date. This is for die-hard iPhone lovers who want the best from Apple. If you have the means, then the iPhone XS.ALSO READ: Realme 2, Poco F1, Samsung Galaxy Note 9 among phones with great battery lifeThe iPhone XS and XS Max both bring Super Retina OLED displays. The former has a 5.8-inch screen size with a 2436×1125 pixel resolution and 458 ppi while the Max model gets a 6.5-inch size with a 2688×1242 resolution. Powering the iPhone XS and XS Max is a A12 Bionic chip that’s based on a 7nm processor, which is an industry first. As for the cameras, both the iPhone XS and XS Max sport dual cameras on the back that includes 12MP sensors (one wide-angle lens and one telephoto lens) with dual OIS.last_img read more

Will Pogba ban make a difference for Man Utd?

Will Pogba ban make a difference for Man Utd?

first_imgPremier League Man Utd with and without Pogba: Will derby ban make a difference against City? Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 20:00 12/8/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Paul Pogba Manchester United Getty Images Premier League Manchester United Paul Pogba Manchester United v Manchester City Manchester City Stats The Frenchman is to sit out a meeting with Manchester City following a red card against Arsenal, but how do the Red Devils fare when he is missing? With a comfortable lead established and a derby date on the horizon, Paul Pogba’s reckless lunge on Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin was misguided to say the least.The Manchester United midfielder knew what was at stake and had no need to dive into a studs-up challenge which always ran the risk of him being shown a straight red card.That is precisely what did happen at Emirates Stadium and while his dismissal had little impact on a 3-1 victory over the Gunners, Pogba will now be forced to sit out a crunch clash with Manchester City. 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 Paul Pogba Manchester UnitedThe France international will once again be restricted to a spectator role at Old Trafford on Sunday, having already missed 12 games this season through injury.Will he be a big miss, though, or can United counter his absence and collect a positive result against the Premier League leaders?With the help of Opta data, here is how Jose Mourinho’s side have fared with and without their £89 million midfielder since his return from Juventus in the summer of 2016.OVERALL RECORD IN ALL COMPETITIONS With All Comps Without 63 Games 25 39 Wins 16 15 Draws 5 9 Losses 4 110 Goals For 49 1.7 Avg Goals For 2 46 Goals Against 15 0.7 Avg Goals Against 0.6 61.9 Win % 64 2.1 Points/Game 2.1 15.5 Shots/Game 12.6 57 Possession % 54.6 16.1 Crosses/Game 11.8 73.4 Pass Acc Final 1/3 71.6 11.5 Fouls Won/Game 10.5 United’s win percentage is actually greater when Pogba is unavailable for selection, while they also average more goals when the 24-year-old is absent and concede slightly fewer.It is, however, clear that his presence in the middle of the park makes the Red Devils much more of a threat going forward.With somebody of his ilk at the heart of the team, Mourinho’s men are more adventurous and prepared to get onto the front foot.They see more of the ball when Pogba is around, with his qualities helping to both win it back and keep it moving, while their passing accuracy in the final third – where it really matters – also improves noticeably when a key creative cog is present.To also fire in considerably more shots per game helps to give United a better chance of emerging victorious with Pogba pulling the strings, while they also put in more crosses and win more free-kicks – giving them more opportunities to load the box and trouble opposition defences.2017-18 RECORD IN ALL COMPETITIONS With All Comps Without 12 Games 12 9 Wins 9 1 Draws 1 2 Losses 2 30 Goals For 24 2.5 Avg Goals For 2 10 Goals Against 5 0.8 Avg Goals Against 0.4 75 Win % 75 2.3 Points/Game 2.3 16 Shots/Game 12.5 55.3 Possession % 55.3 16.7 Crosses/Game 12.8 73.1 Pass Acc Final 1/3 69.6 9.7 Fouls Won/Game 11.6 As previously mentioned, Pogba has seen his involvement in the current campaign severely curtailed by injury.A hamstring problem picked up in a Champions League meeting with Basel on September 12 kept him sidelined for two months, with a return to action made against Newcastle on November 18.Pogba had been in fine form prior to being laid low, with his efforts as United opened the season with three straight victories and as many clean sheets earning him the club’s Player of the Month award for August.There were times when the Red Devils looked a little lost without him, particularly in big games where Mourinho faced accusations of ‘parking the bus’ as his team struggled to find their attacking spark.United have, however, enjoyed the exact same record without Pogba as they have with him (including possession), which suggests that they have found a way of countering his absence and getting the job done.Once again, though, the Red Devils are more of a threat when powered by a French engine, averaging more goals, shots and crosses when their No. 6 is in the side.HOW WILL THEY FARE AGAINST CITY?Manchester United Manchester City 101217Pogba’s impending absence has provoked lively debate, with plenty of people trying to second guess what Mourinho will do.Former United star Gary Neville is among those to have aired an opinion, telling Sky Sports: “I was trying to think myself what Jose will be thinking. Do you play split strikers with Martial and Lukaku? City bring their full-backs in narrow while two centre-backs push up the pitch, [so United could] just leave two strikers stretched wide and you play three central midfielders and five at the back, and say to City that’s what we’ll do, trust that the front two will get into those areas.”That does appear to be the general consensus, that United will look to pack the midfield and contain City’s abundance of attacking riches through the introduction of a more dogged performer such as Ander Herrera.Mourinho has shown down the years that he is a master of grinding out results and the Red Devils will not care how they take something from City on Sunday, just as long as they do.Clearly Pogba’s suspension means that they will be missing a link between midfield and attack, someone to break the lines and cause Pep Guardiola’s troops to retreat, but derby dates are rarely free-flowing spectacles and being forced into a slight tactical rethink may actually be no bad thing. 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a month agoHummels on Man Utd target Sancho: He’d walk into any team in the world

a month agoHummels on Man Utd target Sancho: He’d walk into any team in the world

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Hummels on Man Utd target Sancho: He’d walk into any team in the worldby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveMats Hummels is full of praise for Borussia Dortmund teammate Jadon Sancho.The England winger is being linked with Manchester United.”I could imagine him in just about any team in the world,” Hummels told Bild.”Although he’s not mature yet, Jadon is already an outstanding footballer. His one-on-one, the pace. He loves to prepare goals.”He is an absolute weapon that even has potential for improvement.” last_img read more

Watch: D’Cota Dixon End Zone Deflection Seals Wisconsin Overtime Win Over Nebraska

Watch: D’Cota Dixon End Zone Deflection Seals Wisconsin Overtime Win Over Nebraska

first_imgWisconsin football player celebrates after beating Nebraska.Twitter/@BadgerFootballD’Cota Dixon locked up Wisconsin’s Week 1 win over LSU, and he just did the same on the final play of Wisconsin vs. Nebraska.The Badgers and Huskers went to overtime at Camp Randall tonight, in a pivotal Big Ten West battle. The Badgers struck first on a fantastic touchdown run by Dare Ogunbowale. Near disaster struck, however, when Andrew Endicott missed the ensuing extra point, making the Wisconsin lead six instead of seven.The Badgers defense stepped up on Nebraska’s drive, though. After holding the Huskers to just three yards on their first three plays, safety D’Cota Dixon made a fantastic break on a throw to the end zone by Tommy Armstrong, and broke up the attempt to Stanley Morgan Jr.GAME. OVER. #ONWISCONSIN pic.twitter.com/QsSOWM55SR— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) October 30, 2016D’Cota Dixon with a huge Pass Break Up! Badgers WIN! 23-17 in OT! pic.twitter.com/7owGWhdwbt— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) October 30, 2016With the win, Wisconsin moves to 6-2, and 3-2 in Big Ten play. This is Nebraska’s first loss of the season; the Huskers are now 7-1 (4-1). Wisconsin travels to Northwestern next Saturday, while Nebraska has a very tough game at Ohio State.last_img read more

NYK Line Partners Launch New Brand for LNG Bunkering

NYK Line Partners Launch New Brand for LNG Bunkering

first_imgzoom Japanese shipping company Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK Line) along with French multinational electric utility company ENGIE and Japan’s Mitsubishi Corporation have launched Gas4Sea, a new brand for their joint marketing of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel.The parties said that Gas4Sea aims to lead innovation through the ship-to-ship supply of LNG for the maritime sector.The announcement comes on the back of a framework agreement for a partnership to develop LNG bunkering services concluded between ENGIE, Mitsubishi Corporation and NYK in 2014.“By combining NYK’s shipping expertise with ENGIE and Mitsubishi Corporation’s LNG supply portfolio and terminal access under the brand Gas4Sea, the partners will offer a cleaner, reliable, safe, and cost-effective service to shipping customers worldwide,” NYK said.The companies will begin operations in the fourth quarter of 2016, using a purpose-built LNG bunkering vessel (LBV) with a 5,000 cm LNG capacity, which will be able to bunker vessels at the Belgian port of Zeebrugge, as well as other nearby ports.The partners said that they plan to expand their LNG bunkering services under Gas4Sea into other regions, in collaboration with stakeholders including shipping companies, port authorities, terminal operators, regional suppliers, and local governments and regulators.“In the general framework of energy transition, we believe LNG has a key role to play in developing a more sustainable shipping activity. In the coming months, we will start supplying United European Car Carriers’ new dual fuel car carriers operating in the North Sea and Baltic Sea,” Philip Olivier, CEO of ENGIE Global LNG, said.last_img read more

Premier McNeil Welcomes New Executive Council

Premier McNeil Welcomes New Executive Council

first_imgAt a ceremony in Annapolis Royal today, Oct. 22, Stephen McNeil was sworn in as the 28th Premier of Nova Scotia. Premier McNeil also welcomed 15 colleagues to the Executive Council of Nova Scotia at the ceremony. “I am deeply humbled and honoured that the people of Nova Scotia have asked me to form a new government in our province,” said the premier. “The task before us will have its challenges, but I am eager to begin work — to build strong families and stronger businesses from one end of Nova Scotia to the other.” The premier and the new cabinet were sworn in by Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant. Premier McNeil said the executive council will be focused on the top priorities and key challenges facing our province. “The executive council for our new provincial government represents a diverse mix of regions, cultures, experiences and educational backgrounds,” the premier said. “Each member is dedicated and committed to the job ahead. We will work tirelessly to address the needs of all citizens throughout Nova Scotia; citizens of all ages, in all regions, and of all cultural backgrounds.” Diana Whalen was sworn in as the Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance and the Treasury Board. The Treasury Board office and the Department of Finance will be merged. Ms. Whalen, a former Halifax councilor, was first elected 2003 and has a masters of business administration and is a certified management accountant. Lena Diab becomes Nova Scotia’s first woman Attorney General and Minister of Justice. She is also the Minister of Immigration. Ms. Diab has been practicing Law for over 20 years in Halifax. Former deputy speaker Leo Glavine is the Minister of Health and Wellness, and Seniors. Mr. Glavine, a former educator and high school administrator, was first elected in 2003 and has served as critic for a number of portfolios. Well-known educator Karen Casey is Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development. Ms. Casey was first elected in 2006 and has served as minister of Health and Education. Kelly Regan is Minister of Labour and Advanced Education as well as the Minister responsible for Advisory Council on the Status of Women. Ms. Regan was first elected in June 2009 and has served as the Official Opposition critic for a number of portfolios. Joanne Bernard is the Minister of Community Services and the Minister responsible for the Disabled Persons Commission Act. The former executive director of Alice Housing has dedicated much of her life to work in the private sector and was awarded the Peter F. Drucker Award for Non Profit Management in Canada. Keith Colwell is the Minister of Fisheries/Aquaculture and Agriculture and the minister responsible for Part II of the Gaming Control Act. He was first elected in 1993 and was a former minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture and Consumer Services (now Service Nova Scotia) as well as holding many other cabinet responsibilities. Michel Samson is the Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism, Minister of Acadian Affairs and the Minister responsible for Nova Scotia Business Inc., and the Innovation Corporation Act. He was first elected in 1998 at 25, becoming the second youngest member elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly. In December 1998, he was named Environment Minister, and became the youngest cabinet minister in the history of the province. Andrew Younger is the Minister of Energy and Minister of Communications Nova Scotia. He will also be responsible for Part I of the Gaming Control Act. The former HRM councilor and business owner has served on a number of House committees as well as critic for a number of portfolios. Tony Ince is the Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage and the Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs. He is involved in several volunteer organizations and has a strong commitment to issues affecting youth, seniors and others facing challenges. Zach Churchill is the Minister of Natural Resources. Mr. Churchill, who was Saint Mary’s student union president for two years also served as national director of the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations, representing more than 300,000 students across Canada. Mark Furey is the Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations and the Minister responsible for the Residential Tenancies Act. The 32-year veteran of the RCMP served with detachments throughout Nova Scotia and was the district commander for Lunenburg County. Labi Kousoulis is the Minister of the Public Service Commission and Minister of the Voluntary Sector. Mr. Kousoulis has run a successful small business for 12 years. Randy Delorey, who was a professor in the faculty of business at St. FX University, is the Minister of Environment and Gaelic Affairs. Geoff MacLellan is the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. He is also the Minister responsible for the Sydney Steel Corporation Act and the Tar Ponds Agency. Premier McNeil will also serve as the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Minister of Policy and Priorities, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, and Minister responsible for Military Relations. For a list of responsibilities and cabinet members’ biographical information, visit nslegislature.ca/index.php/people/cabinet/ .last_img read more

Canadas Sydney Pickrem wins bronze in 200M breaststroke at worlds

Canadas Sydney Pickrem wins bronze in 200M breaststroke at worlds

first_imgGWANGJU, Korea, Republic Of — Canadian swimmer Sydney Pickrem captured her second bronze medal at the 2019 world aquatics championships, tying a record for the country.The Canadian/U.S. dual citizen came third in the women’s 200-metre breaststroke on Friday, finishing in 2 minutes 22.90 seconds.It was Canada’s sixth medal — two gold and four bronze — at the pool in the meet, equalling a record for the country set in 1978. Canada has two more days of competition to try to break the record.Pickrem was competing in the 200 breaststroke for the first time at worlds.“I wanted to try as much as I could to get on the podium,” said Pickrem, who also won bronze in the 200-metre individual medley this week. “It’s not the time that I wanted but it was better than semis so I’m just moving forward.“There’s a lot of fast swimming here and that motivates you whether it’s your (main) event or not.”Yuliya Efimova of Russia won gold in 2:20.17 for a record third title, while South Africa’s Tatjana Schoenmaker was second in 2:22.52, becoming the first swimmer from her country to win a medal at the worlds. Winnipeg’s Kelsey Wog finished sixth.It was Efimova’s 14th individual world medal, tying her with Katinka Hosszu of Hungary and Sjostrom for most among women.Pickrem, who also won 400-metre IM bronze in 2017, is the first Canadian female swimmer with three individual world medals in her career.Canada continues medal parade with Pickrem bronze https://t.co/pgbWvtjS4Y–Le Canada poursuit sa récolte avec une médaille de bronze pour Pickremhttps://t.co/FTKquHtf6s pic.twitter.com/T6g2Wd09Z4— Swimming Canada / Natation Canada (@SwimmingCanada) July 26, 2019Meanwhile, Simone Manuel wasn’t swimming up to her standards, and she felt her relay anchor leg that resulted in a silver medal for the U.S. proved it.Then she remembered it’s always about bouncing back.Manuel did just that in the 100 freestyle, winning her second straight title at the world championships.Relegated to Lane 1 with the slowest qualifying time, the American led all the way and touched first in 52.04 seconds, beating Cate Campbell of Australia by 0.39 seconds.Taylor Ruck of Kelowna, B.C., was fifth.“Not everybody has a perfect swim every time so I just needed to regroup and put on a good face,” Manuel said. “I’m a veteran on the team, so I have to be able to show a little bit of poise in these hard moments.”Manuel was unable to hold off Campbell on the anchor leg of the 4×100 free relay earlier in the meet, with Australia claiming gold and the U.S. silver.“I did take that relay really hard because I didn’t feel like I did as best as I possibly could,” Manuel said.She made up for it in the 100 free.RELATED: Canada’s Kylie Masse defends 100-metre backstroke gold at worldsManuel became the second woman to win multiple titles in the 100 free, joining Kornelia Ender of the former East Germany, who won in 1973 and ’75.Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden, the world-record holder, took bronze.In 2016, Manuel became the first African-American woman to win an individual swimming gold at the Olympics when she tied Toronto’s Penny Oleksiak for gold in Rio de Janeiro.In the men’s 200-metre backstroke, Markus Thormeyer of Tsawwassen, B.C., was eighth.“I’m happy with it, I wasn’t even seeded to make the final,” said Thormeyer, who set a Canadian record in the semis on Thursday. “It’s an experience in the bag and I’m happy with what I’ve learned.”Kylie Masse of LaSalle, Ont., and Ruck both qualified for Saturday’s 200-metre women’s backstroke final by placing second and seventh in the semis, respectively.Oleksiak also qualified for a final in the women’s 50-metre butterfly after she tied for sixth in the semis.Two more world records fell in semifinals at the hands of Americans.Caeleb Dressel broke Michael Phelps’ record in the 100 butterfly and Regan Smith lowered the mark in the 200 backstroke.Dressel won his heat in 49.50 seconds — 0.32 seconds better than Phelps’ mark set at the 2009 world meet in Rome at the height of the high-tech suit era.Dressel was out in 22.83 seconds — 0.53 seconds under Phelps’ pace — and came home in 26.67 to lead eight men into Saturday’s final.He was a whopping 1.44 seconds ahead of Andrei Minakov of Russia, the second-quickest qualifier.Smith, who is 17, won her semifinal heat in 2:03.35. That erased the old mark of 2:04.06 set by Missy Franklin at the 2012 London Olympics.“I’m in shock,” Smith said. “I really don’t believe it.”She lowered her own junior world record in the morning preliminaries, finishing in 2:06.01.Smith goes into Saturday’s final 3.22 seconds ahead of Masse.last_img read more

Transparency in payments price

Transparency in payments price

first_imgThe importance of the flow of capital into the power and housing sectors in India cannot be overemphasised. Recent developments in both sectors once again bring to the fore the critical issues of effective payment mechanisms and price transparency as vital factors in boosting the economy. Let us examine the issue in the two sectors separately. The Supreme Court striking down the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) circular giving stressed power companies more time to find resolutions outside the bankruptcy court has started debates around paths that are ideal for resolving woes of the power sector. Amid the din and noise, it is essential to not lose sight of the core issues at hand, i.e., the late and, in many cases, non-payment of dues by state-run power distribution companies (discoms) in India. Also Read – A special kind of bondWhile not all the stressed assets of thermal power sector are attributable to non-payment issues from discoms, delayed payments are significant contributors to the mess. Late payments lead to debt servicing issues and major negative-working capital problems. The most critical aspect of the problem is that not just thermal power sector assets but energy sector assets in general, including the high-growth renewable energy sector, will face identical or similar issues in the foreseeable future unless the delayed payments issue is gradually sorted out. Also Read – Insider threat managementFor instance, in the solar energy sector, which is known for its high capital intensity with the majority of the capital expenditure required upfront, the entire business model is highly dependent on the power purchase agreement (PPA) being honoured. Given the fixed-income nature of payments, it is only natural that debt is utilised to fund a significant component of the business. Delays in payments from discoms will lead to solar energy developers facing debt-servicing issues and therefore, eventually adding to the non-performing assets (NPAs). The issues around debt-servicing and NPAs has serious ramifications from a cost of capital perspective. An improved payment mechanism, timely payment of interest coupons and lower-risk have the cascading positive effect of the lower cost of capital for any given sector. Hence, as the cost of capital in general declines, energy projects with a lower return on asset become viable. Therefore, a lowering of the cost of capital in the energy sector provides a significant boost to asset creation. The reverse holds true: when risk perceptions amongst investors for a sector rise, they reduce the flow of capital to the sector and thus render projects unviable. Resolving issues around discom payments is critical for India’s push towards renewable energy. While solutions will require some hard decisions to be made, the government must push in the right direction. Most importantly, the new sunrise sectors such as renewable energy must learn lessons from the thermal power sector of avoiding payment delays, excessive leverage and unsustainable tariffs. Issues in the thermal power sector provide a template of the pitfalls to avoid in energy sectors across the spectrum. The second sector of our concern here that has seen interesting developments of late is housing finance. Given the recent liquidity crunch faced by the Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs), the news that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has set up a panel to review the development of the housing finance securitisation market is a welcome step. The broader aim of the panel is to facilitate the flow of high-quality capital to the NBFC sector to boost credit creation in India. Of all the steps towards the standardisation of the housing finance securitisation market, one that deserves most attention is ensuring a mechanism that allows for mark-to-market valuation of the securitised loans. In the long-run for the housing finance securitisation market to indeed facilitate the flow of sizeable quantities of capital and yet avoid major mishaps during periods of credit busts, access to constant pricing information in the market is vital. Standardisation of the pricing of debt-securities can be more challenging than that for equity-based securities. The difficulty arises from the fact that debt-based instruments are issued for multiple tenures as opposed to equity that does not have a maturity date. Hence, standardisation is harder in the case of debt-instruments. Lessons from credit markets in the developed economies in creating credit-based indices that assist the market in pricing loans in the secondary market are crucial. Going forward we must not lose focus on the core issues of “ensuring payment mechanisms” and “price transparency” to boost investor sentiment regarding the crucial power and housing markets in India. (The author heads Development Tracks, an infrastructure advisory firm. The views are strictly personal)last_img read more

Importance of broad financing for sustainable forest management highlighted at UN forum

Importance of broad financing for sustainable forest management highlighted at UN forum

“By far the greatest source of forest financing has been – and will continue to be – from commercial private sector investments in sustainable forest management,” Manoel Sobral Filho, the Director of the UN Forum on Forests secretariat, said in a briefing on the importance of diversifying resources. In the UN Strategic Plan for Forests, agreed earlier this year, UN Member States stressed the importance of partnerships of philanthropic organizations, foundations, as well as public-private and other multi-stakeholder entities in scaling up resources for sustainable forest management and as well as the plan’s own implementation. The Strategic Plan also provides a framework for forest-related contributions to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement on climate change and a number of other international instruments, commitments and goals. In addition to these direct links, importance of ensuring sustainable forest management was also recognized in the Addis Ababa Action Agenda – one of the key constituents of the 2030 Agenda – given the importance of forests for efforts to combat hunger and malnutrition as well as for its larger environmental benefits. In his briefing today, Mr. Filho further informed the meeting of funding received from resources allocated for sustainable forest management initiatives, as well as the activities of the Global Forest Financing Facilitation Network, one of the five main components of the post-2015 International Arrangement on Forests. Some key functions of the Network include mobilizing and supporting new and additional financial resources, and promoting effective use of existing financial resources for sustainable forest management. The briefing was followed by a panel discussion that was attended, among others, by officials from the Ford Foundation and the World Bank. Penny Davies, Programme Officer for Equitable Development, Ford Foundation, said the organization planned to disburse $1 billion over the next 10 years into private funds promoting “social and environmental justice” activities, she described two specific streams of forest-related investment financing: first, sustainable agriculture that did not clear natural forests and included some protection of forests; and second, sustainable forest management and community-based forest management.“However, we are finding it difficult to place [that financing],” she said, due to a number of constraints that made those investments too difficult to justify, including: “incoherent spatial mapping” and uncertain land tenure, where investments could be contested by several parties; conflict, which could cause delays in the Foundation’s projects or cause the withdrawal of its partners; and the fact that the Ford Foundation’s private finance is insufficient in the face of government subsidies to unsustainable forest and agricultural management, that incentivizes forest clearance.The UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) is a high-level intergovernmental policy forum that includes UN Member States, Permanent Observers as well as regional organizations and groups. Its current (twelfth) session concludes tomorrow, 5 May. read more

Energy Technologies Institute ETI

Energy Technologies Institute ETI

Presentation given by John Baterbee, Programme Manager – Transport, ETI“Plugging-in Ultra Low Carbon Vehicles: Accelerating market growth for plug-in vehicles by enabling effective collaboration”< BackClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)