(REOPENS SPF 1) (REOPENS SPF 1) The Sydney Morning Herald stated that Kohli was emerging as a worthy successor to the legendary Sachin Tendulkar. “Sunday night was all about Kohli, an already world-class and revered batsman in India who, emerging as a successor to Sachin Tendulkar in the hearts and minds of Indian fans, added another chapter to his growing legend. His status as one of the great chasers was also enhanced,” its report said. The Daily Telegraph, meanwhile, lauded Kohlis ability to rise to the big ocassions. “…on this giant stage in front of a packed house in Mohali and a billion watching on television ? Kohli delivered a signature performance,” it wrote. PTI PM PM
Kei Nishikori withstood a blistering early assault and saved five match points before battling past Frenchman Gael Monfils 4-6 6-3 7-6(3) in a bruising quarter-final at the Miami Open on Thursday. The Japanese number one will face 24th seed Nick Kyrgios in the semi-finals after the Australian upset 12th seeded Canadian Milos Raonic 6-4 7-6(4).Sixth seed Nishikori appeared to have his match in control when leading 4-2 in the final set but his usually reliable forehand repeatedly let him down as he fell behind 4-5 0-40 on serve before mounting a gutsy fightback.He saved four match points in that 10th game, and a fifth in the 12th, before racing into a 6-3 lead in the tiebreak as Monfils made a string of unforced errors, Nishikori finally sealing the win with a forehand crosscourt winner.”When I was down 4-5 and 0-40, I thought I almost gave up the match,” Nishikori, 26, told ESPN in a courtside interview after an epic encounter between two of the most athletic players on the ATP World Tour that lasted two-and-a-half hours.”But I tried to play one point at a time and tried to focus on what I had to do, especially my serve. In the tiebreak, I just tried to focus again and fight harder.”Nishikori, who also reached the last four in Miami two years ago, was left reeling in the opening set as the 16th-seeded Monfils played high-risk, aggressive tennis right from the start, highlighted by an explosive service game.advertisement”I was a little bit surprised how he played, especially the first couple of games,” said Nishikori.”I was waiting for a little bit more long rallies and I wasn’t expecting to play that fast so I had to make some adjustment.”Kyrgios took down his more fancied opponent in two sets to reach the last four for the first time in a ATP Masters 1000 event, riding a break in the first game of the match all the way to victory.”I knew it would be a tough match. Milos has played great the last couple of weeks and the only person hes lost to is Djokovic so I knew it would be a tough task,” Kyrgios said.”I played really well out here, the crowd was a lot of fun, the atmosphere was really good and I thought the level of tennis was really good as well.”To be honest I didnt think I was going to break during the match but I broke him in the first game. I came out really energetic and I got pretty lucky and that definitely made me more relaxed and made me play my game a little bit easier.”
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave the club and Spain after being accused of committing tax fraud in the country, a report in Portuguese sports daily A Bola said on Friday.The newspaper said its story was based on a reliable source and that the 32-year-old four-time world player of the year had already made up his mind to ask the club for a transfer.It said that Ronaldo was “deeply disenchanted” with the allegations against him.Spanish prosecutors have filed a lawsuit against the player accusing him of defrauding tax authorities of 14.7 million euros ($16.5 million) by hiding his image rights income between 2011 and 2014. Ronaldo has denied any wrongdoing.Real Madrid said on Thursday that they were confident the Portuguese forward had acted legally. They could not immediately be reached on Friday to comment on the report.Ronaldo led Real Madrid to their 12th European Cup earlier this month after scoring two goals in a 4-1 victory over Juventus in the Champions League final, becoming the tournament’s top scorer.Ronaldo, Portugal’s all-time leading scorer, is the latest in a long line of soccer players in Spain — among them Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Neymar — to be caught up in cases over tax or transfers.Ronaldo has completed eight seasons at Real Madrid since joining them from Manchester United in 2009 for a then world record fee of 96 million eurosDuring that time, they have won the Champions League three times and La Liga twice. In November, he agreed to extend his contract until 2021.advertisementHe is currently at the Confederations Cup in Russia with the Portuguese national team.
Mumbai, Nov 11 (PTI) Star India player Sunil Chhetri hopes the country will build on the massive popularity generated by the FIFA U-17 World Cup. “Massive, the kind of popularity, the kind of interest generated (about football) by the World Cup is massive, I hope we build on it. It is one thing to have a tournament and more important thing to build on it, so I just hope as nation we build on it,” he told reporters on sidelines of the Indian Sports Honours held here. India successfully hosted the FIFA U17 World Cup last month, with games played at six cities and Kolkata hosting the final. England emerged victorious in the tournament. The 33-year-old football player also said that the goal scored by India U-17 player, Jaekson Singh, was a good one. PTI NRB BS BS
Kieran Tierney has been backed to be “a great player for Arsenal” by Scott Marshall, the last Scot to make a Premier League appearance for the Gunners.It continues to be suggested that the Celtic left-back is a top target for those at Emirates Stadium.Unai Emery has seen two deals wrapped up for Dani Ceballos and William Saliba, but more movement is expected in north London before the summer transfer window closes. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Tierney could be acquired at the end of a long-running saga, with Marshall backing a move for the 22-year-old.No Scot has figured in the English top-flight for Arsenal since the 1990s, when an academy graduate lined up under George Graham, but that situation could be about to change.Marshall, who took in 25 appearances for the Gunners and one league outing for Celtic in his career, told the Scottish Sun on Tierney: “I’ve seen him a few times – I remember seeing the Ajax game where he kind of announced himself.“He’s a top player with all the modern attributes of a full-back. He’s a bit of a throwback because he has that little bit of steel in his character.“He’d be a great player for Arsenal – exactly the kind of character they need.“At the same time, he’s under contract to Celtic and I can understand them holding out for what they value him at.“Big transfers like these are never straightforward, there’s always a bit of to-ing and fro-ing.“If Kieran has the desire to play for Arsenal, you’d imagine that would be what will happen.”Charlie Gilmour, who has represented Scotland up to U19 level, did figure for Arsenal in the 2018-19 campaign.He was, however, handed two outings in the Europa League and not in Premier League competition.The 20-year-old has also left Emirates Stadium for Norwich, so will not get the chance to beat Tierney or anyone else to the honour of following in Marshall’s footsteps as Scots in Arsenal’s English top-flight history.
London Opens World’s First Cheese Conveyor Belt Restaurant The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: The Best Craft Liquor Made in America The Best New-School Kentucky Distilleries The Best American Gin Editors’ Recommendations 10 Best Gins Under $20: Just Add Tonic Rabbit HoleRabbit HoleWe’re no strangers to barrel-aged gins here at The Manual. Whether it is the peated Big Gin or, more recently, Starbucks’ adventure into the gin barrel-aged coffee market, we like it when two of our favorite spirits are brought together.This time, that combination of whiskey and gin comes to us in the form of Rabbit Hole’s London Dry Gin, which is aged in char #3 Kentucky Rye barrels. Rabbit Hole, which is based in Louisville, imports the gin from London before aging it in their own Kentucky rye barrels for a short period of time.The London Dry Gin is part of Rabbit Hole’s Fingerprint Edition, a set of small batch, limited releases that allow the distillery to play with different finishes on their spirits. Currently, the other Fingerprint Edition offering is a straight bourbon whiskey finished in Pedro Ximenez Sherry casks.Appearance: Rabbit Hole’s London Dry Gin is the color of a light honey syrup.Nose: Up front you’ll find some light juniper reminding you immediately that it is a London Dry Gin. From there, the nose quickly transforms into sweet peaches and fresh mandarin orange slices. There’s a roundness to these fruits that is quite inviting.Palate: A somewhat sweet gin from beginning to end. The juniper is there, again, mixing and playing with vanilla and orange. There is a somewhat creamy mouthfeel that pleasantly coats your tongue. The ever-present notes of rosewater bring an almost calming effect to the gin, as if you’re getting ready for a spa day at all times.Finish: Warm, mild spice and candied juniper settle in the mouth, but on an exhale, it’s as if you’re breathing out an herb garden. These fresh vegetal notes close out the taste.Final thoughts: If you have a friend that likes whiskey, but hates gin, this would be a good one to start them on. The barrel aging does a lot to mellow this gin. The hints of spice you get from the residual rye whiskey in the barrels mixes nicely with the herbal notes in the gin. This goes great paired simply with soda water or it could make a mean martini. Either way, it’s an easy drinking gin that, hopefully, will go into a larger production run the next time around.Rabbit Hole London Dry Gin is 44.5 percent ABV and retails for around $35.
The first session of the 59th General Assembly of the Nova Scotia legislature will be prorogued at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 4. The second session of the 59th General Assembly will officially open at 2 p.m. on the same day, at which time the lieutenant-governor will read the speech from the throne. Cecil Clarke, Speaker of the House of Assembly, issued the notice to members of the Legislative Assembly today, April 4. -30-
By Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsManitoba Keeewatinowi Okimakanak Grand Chief David Harper’s plan to classify sponsors for the upcoming Assembly of First Nation election event in Winnipeg by traditional clan designations has upset some chiefs in his organization.Chiefs gathered at the AFN’s annual general assembly in Halifax this week selected MKO to host the election for national chief in Winnipeg this coming December.The dismal state of MKO’s finances, however, has led MKO-member chiefs to question whether the organization had the financial ability to host such a large and important event. The organization has been warned the federal Aboriginal Affairs department could put it into co-management or third party management if it doesn’t get its books in order.Yet, despite this, Harper said during the AFN assembly MKO was “financially ready” to host the event.Harper refused requests from APTN National News for an interview.A spokesperson for MKO said the organization would be relying on the Manitoba government, Tourism Winnipeg and third-party sponsors to help pay the bills.In an effort to attract cash, MKO plans to award Bear, Eagle, Sturgeon and Wolf Clan designation to sponsors, according to a sponsorship package obtained by APTN National News. The sponsorship package was drawn up on the assumption the AFN election would be held on Sept. 30.APTN National News confirmed the sponsorship clan plan remains the same for the December event.The document shows that a sponsor who contributes $75,000 or more to the AFN election event will be classified as Bear Clan. An Eagle Clan designation will go to sponsors who contribute $50,000, a Sturgeon Clan designation will be bestowed on sponsors contributing $25,000 and the Wolf Clan goes to sponsors who put up $15,000.Bear, Eagle and Sturgeon Clan-level sponsors will get a chance to attend a private reception with the newly elected national chief, according to the document. All clan-designated sponsors will have a seat on the planning committee for the event.The use of traditional clan designation, however, has upset some MKO member chiefs.“Trying to utilize our sacred clan system for the purpose of this nature is not right. As Indigenous people, a clan system is very sacred to us and to use it as an economic development strategy is not something we should do,” said an MKO-member chief who requested anonymity. “That is not right using our sacred clan system.”Harper’s plan to sell sponsorships for a “spiritual services event” to coincide with the AFN election is also causing concern. Harper, who is a born-again Christian, has organized Gospel jamborees to coincide with MKO events and there is suspicion among some MKO chiefs that the organization’s money is used to support revival services.“There were certain things that were not budgeted for that the grand chief insisted would get funded,” said another MKO member chief. “There were certain revivals (Evangelical Christian services) that he would associate with the businesses we were doing. He has these Gospel jamboree that are usually loosely connected to events that MKO hosts and he would us MKO funds for this.”An official with MKO, who was not authorized to speak on behalf of the organization, said revival and “prayer services” are paid for by sponsorship dollars.Harper is facing increasing discontent from the MKO chiefs who voted him into the job. There is a move to oust the grand chief over allegations of financial mismanagement and suspect transactions with MKO dollars.MKO is facing major financial difficulties, according to documents obtained by APTN National News that showed the organization faced a $976, 025 accumulated deficit as of March 2013.MKO member chiefs say they have received little information about the current state of the organization’s finances. MKO.MKO is currently under a forensic investigation called for the executive council of chiefs. The results of the most recent phase of the forensic audit is expected to be tabled at MKO’s chiefs meeting next week in Norway House First Nation, Man.The forensic audit report will reveal that laptops and cell phones were tampered with before they were handed over to auditors conducting the investigation, according to a copy obtained by APTN National News.Harper is also facing allegations he tried to obstruct the forensic firstname.lastname@example.org@JorgeBarrera
New Delhi: The Odisha Parba 2019, a three-day mega celebration in the heart of India’s national capital New Delhi received overwhelming response by the visitors. Many visitors including foreigners relished the authentic taste of Odisha and experienced the essence of rich cultural ethos of Odisha at this event. Lakhs of visitors were thrilled with joy to witness Odisha’s magnificent journey from the ancient maritime era to the illustrious contemporary times and a vision for future of Odisha. Organized by Odia Samaj, New Delhi Odisha Parba 2019, a celebration of Odisha’s Culture, Tradition, Heritage & Cuisine was inaugurated on 15th March 2019 at India Gate Lawn No-5, New Delhi. In the valedictory ceremony of this event, Draupadi Murmu, Governor of Jharkhand was the chief guest and Dr Arijit Pasayat, former Judge, Supreme Court, Padma Vibhushan Dr Sonal Mansingh, MP, Rajya Sabha and Odisha Dance Exponent graced the occasion as Guests of Honour and Odia Samaj President, Sidhartha Pradhan, Trustee Hiranya Mohanty were also present at the occasion.
“My office is gathering and carefully reviewing converging reports of both verbal and physical violence arising out of the electoral campaign for the presidential and parliamentary elections on 28 November,” said Luis Moreno-Ocampo in a statement issued by the ICC, which is based in The Hague, the Netherlands. Mr. Moreno-Ocampo urged all parties in the electoral process to refrain from violence, noting that the ICC has jurisdiction to investigate and prosecute perpetrators of serious crimes committed either in the DR Congo or by Congolese nationals since 1 July 2002.“We are keeping watch to ensure that the process does not lead to acts of violence or attacks against the civilian population. We are paying particular attention to reports of inciting hatred, exclusion and physical violence by various political figures in Kinshasa and across the entire country,” he said.“Electoral violence can result in the commission of crimes falling within our jurisdiction. No one should doubt our resolve to prevent crimes or, if need be, prosecute individuals, as we are doing in Kenya and Côte d’Ivoire,” he added.He said his office has the capacity to document any crime within its jurisdiction and, in coordination with domestic courts, will take all necessary action to investigate such crimes.The prosecutor reiterated that people alleged to have committed serious crimes, such as Bosco Ntaganda, for whom the ICC has issued an arrest warrant, must be taken into custody and put on trial. Mr. Ntaganda, a former commander of armed militias in eastern DRC, is accused of playing a central role in enlisting and conscripting children below the 15 and using them in active combat.“The electoral process should not feed a sense of impunity on the part of those responsible for such crimes. On the contrary, it should strengthen the rule of law and the fight against impunity,” said Mr. Moreno-Ocampo.A United Nations report released earlier this week detailed numerous human rights violations during the pre-electoral period in the DRC, and warns that such incidents could threaten the democratic process and result in post-electoral violence.The joint report issued by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the UN peacekeeping mission in DRC (MONUSCO), documents 188 violations apparently linked to the electoral process that occurred between 1 November 2010 and 30 September this year. 11 November 2011The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) said today he is following the electoral process in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) with “utmost vigilance,” stating that violence related to the presidential and legislative polls later this month will not be tolerated.
The Brooklyn Nets lost to the Portland Trail Blazers 108-98 on Monday night at Barclays Center, handing the Blazers their seventh straight victory.The Nets scored on 19 of their first 20 possessions en route to a 40-point opening quarter, but things soon cooled off after Portland’s defense settled in.“I thought it was a testament to our guys as far as how they competed,” said Portland head coach Terry Stotts. “They never lost confidence, they kept competing and kept chipping away at it. When you have that belief that you can do something it makes it easier.”For Portland, Wesley Matthews netted 24 points in the win, while Damian Lillard contributed 19 points and nine assists and Mo Williams added 12 points off the bench.“It never felt like we were out of the game,” said Matthews. “They were on a roll and we weren’t getting any stops, we never felt out of the game.”Portland trailed 63-56 at halftime before assuming control midway through the third quarter. Matthews tied the score at 69-69 with a driving layup and Aldridge hit a jumper moments later to put the Blazers in front.In the fourth quarter, Mo Williams’ floater in the lane with four seconds left had Portland’s lead at eight points heading into the final frame. Portland quickly pushed its lead to double figures and kept it until Paul Pierce hit a layup making it 105-96 but with 1:03 left in the game the Nets never recovered.Following the game, the Nets, who fall to 3-7 on the season, held a players-only meeting. According to the NY Post, guard Joe Johnson spoke about the private huddle, stating,“Just talking about the game, and what we’ve got to figure out…We’ve just got to get some chemistry, because when we get stagnant to where we can’t get a bucket, we have to have something we can go to and we’ve just got to figure it out.”
Ohio State’s junior-forward Mason Jobst (26) steals the puck away from NotreDame’s sophomore forward Mike O’Leary (19) during a Big Ten conference matchup at the Schottenstein Center on November 3, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. OSU lost 1-4. Credit: Alex Hulvalchick | For the LanternThe No. 6 Ohio State men’s hockey team will go on the road for the final time this season against No. 10 Minnesota, aiming to secure the program’s first-ever season sweep of the Gophers. Although that’s significant, it means a bit more for redshirt sophomore defenseman Wyatt Ege.Ege hails from Elk River, Minnesota, which is just outside the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Ege said a win against the Gophers would be huge, not just for the team, but for his family watching the game from the stands.“It’d mean a lot. Not playing for them, playing for a different school. You play for big time Ohio State now,” Ege said. “To go home and get a couple wins in front of my family and some people I know will be awesome.” Ohio State (19-7-4, 12-7-1-0 Big Ten) is coming off a weekend series split against top-ranked Notre Dame, with a narrow 2-1 loss on Feb. 9 and a 5-1 win Saturday. Minnesota (18-13-1, 9-10-1-1 Big Ten) returns home after sweeping Wisconsin on the road by a combined score of 11-3 in a two-game weekend series. With a record of 11-3-1, the Buckeyes have had ample success on the road.Ohio State assistant coach JB Bittner said completing a season sweep in college hockey is always tough, regardless of the opponent.“Even Friday and Saturday is hard, then you throw in the season series of four games, that’s really tough to do,” Bittner said. “We’ll expect that they’ll be at their best this weekend.”The Golden Gophers have a surplus of scoring depth with five players registering at least 20 points each. Junior forward Tyler Sheehy earned the Big Ten First Star of the Week this week, racking up three goals and five points in two games against Wisconsin.The forward depth doesn’t just stop at Sheehy. Minnesota also has one of the most electrifying players in the country in freshman forward Casey Mittelstadt.Mittelstadt was the eighth overall pick in the 2017 NHL draft by the Buffalo Sabres. Mittelstadt also helped Ohio State associate head coach Steve Miller and the United States win a bronze medal at the 2018 U-20 World Junior Hockey Championship, during which he earned Most Valuable Player honors.“He’s an elite player, one of the elite players in the country,” Bittner said. “We’ll just be aware when they’re on the ice with him and take away his time and space, don’t let him have freedom to kind of do what he wants.”Traveling to 3M Arena at Mariucci will be a test for the Buckeyes, not just because Minnesota has the top home record in the Big Ten at 12-5-0, but it has a bigger ice sheet than any other venue.Minnesota’s rink is Olympic sized (200-feet long, 100-feet wide) instead of the average ice rink size (200-feet long, 85-feet wide), giving a skilled team like the Gophers a lot of room to make plays. Although the ice size has changed since the teams first met in Columbus, Minnesota is still the same team.“I think their tendencies would be similar, but just the way they do everything will be different. They have a lot more room,” redshirt junior goaltender Sean Romeo said. “They’re a skilled team. They love having that room on the ice. It helps them, but it’s nothing that we’re not ready for.”Romeo earned the Big Ten Second Star of the Week Tuesday for his stellar goaltending against Notre Dame. Romeo gave up just three goals and had a .957 save percentage, along with a career-high 39-save performance in Saturday’s win. Romeo offered a simple mentality on how he will approach the game on the bigger ice sheet with a wide grin on his face.“Just got to stop the puck,” Romeo said.Puck drop for the weekend series is at 9 p.m. Friday on Big Ten Network, then 5 p.m. Saturday on ESPNU.
Hypnosis works better than strong anaesthetic and could soon become the norm for elderly people undergoing arthritis operations following a landmark trial.Medics have hailed the results of a new study where anaesthetic powerful enough to put patients to sleep was successfully replaced with a virtual reality experience.Participants in need of shoulder, hand or knee operations were given headsets and taken on a virtual submarine tour, with a soothing female voice pointing out various fish and other underwater features.They had each been given a local anaesthetic, but the virtual reality hypnosis distraction (VRHD) was used to replace the intravenous sedation such patients would normally have got.This can put people to sleep, but does not induce the full controlled coma of a general anaesthetic.Doctors at the CUB Erasmus Hospital in Brussels found that the VRHD successfully replaced intravenous sedation in three quarters of patients who had the submarine sedation during the operation.Meanwhile 90 per cent of those who had VRHD for ten minutes before as well as during the operation did not require intravenous sedation.The researchers said virtual reality hypnosis would be ideal for elderly patients undergoing these types of non-major joint operations because they do not come with the risks of heavy sedation and the longer recovery time.Intravenous sedation typically causes side-effects such as drowsiness, headaches and dry mouth for several hours.Dr Delphine Van Hecke, who co-led the research, said: “While it is not clear exactly how virtual reality works to reduce anxiety and pain, it’s thought that it creates a distraction that stops the mind feeling pain.“Further studies should focus on other procedures suited for the use of VRHD, particularly its potential benefit in children as premedication or during low pain procedures.”Presented at the Euroanaesthesia Congress in Vienna, the results also showed that patients receiving VRHD showed similar comfort and satisfaction levels before and during the procedure as those given intravenous sedation.The virtual reality software, which allowed the patients to look round 360 degrees, was designed to slow the patients’ breathing rhythm.Dr Dragos Chirnoaga, the other lead researcher, said: “Given the immersive and distracting nature of the virtual reality experience, this technology has the ability to act as a preventative intervention transforming local anaesthesia into a less distressing and potentially pain-free medical procedure.”The trial involved 60 adults scheduled for orthopaedic surgery with a local anaesthetic. A control group of twenty were randomly assigned standard intravenous sedation without any virtual reality, while a second group was given VRHD during the procedure and only given intravenous sedation if patients reported pain scores of three out of 10.The third group of 20 started the VRHD before the procedure. The results also showed a reduction in anxiety in patients who had not had intravenous sedation compared to those who had.One-off cases of people undergoing operations without anaesthetic following hypnosis have long been reported, however scientists have until now failed to devise a standardised hypnosis approach which works for all patients.Dr Chirnoaga said his method would need to be trialed on larger patient bodies before being approved for general use. Parallel research is also taking place into the genetic explanations for pain in a bid to devise therapies to “switch off” genes responsible. 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.
Poland are in the World’s Championship semi-final for the second time in a row! Danish coach Kim Rasmussen, once again, prepared his girls well for Russian challenge after winning EHF EURO 2014 clash which sent Trefilov girls home. The Polish girls beat Russia 21:20 (11:9) in tight match after 60 minutes of great battle.STATISTICSMonika Kobylinska was the match winner with two last goals for the win against the rival, who was in the best form until quarter-final day.The fourth team from the last World Championship 2013 in Serbia, for the final will play against Netherlands. Dutch girls beat France 28:25. Monika KobylinskaPolandPoland handballRussia handball ← Previous Story N.E.A.G.U: Romanian girls win epic battle against 15.000 Danes! Next Story → DENMARK 2015: Dutch girls in semi-finals for the first time ever!
Rapid browser release cycles are old hat at this point. Google Chrome got the ball rolling with promises of a new stable version every six weeks. Mozilla answered back, promising to get Firefox up to version 7 by the third quarter of 2011. Heck, even Microsoft has stepped up to offer bleeding-edge releases with Internet Explorer 9 and 10 platform previews.The case is no different with Opera, which has been an innovator in the web browser space since setting out on its journey way back in 1994. Despite the recent departure of co-founder John S. von Tetzchner, it’s business as usual in Oslo. Just over a week ago, the company released Opera 11.50 (codenamed Swordfish). To date, it’s seen more than 32 million downloads worldwide.Now it’s time for the Internet waters to meet the company’s newest effort: Wahoo, Opera 12.The browser’s first release is all about delivering a handful performance and stability fixes, though Opera assures that the “juicy stuff” is on the way. For the time being, it might be more interesting to take a look at the company’s choice of codename.The Wahoo is a tropical fish, and from looking at the vector-y version above you might have guessed that it’s commonly mistaken for the barracuda. If you’ve got a sharp memory and follow Opera development, you’ll no doubt recall that Opera 11.10 was, in fact, codenamed barracuda. Opera 11.10 offered a number of improvements, from a zippier Presto rendering engine and improved power saving features to richer HTML5 support and enhancements to the browser’s trademark Speed Dial page.If the Wahoo name is any indication, we can expect a similar list of enhancements to accompany the launch of Opera 12 once it’s finalized.More at Opera
Rewind to last week, if you will. On Tuesday, after the “Let’s Talk iPhone” event that has now been analyzed to death, it sunk in that Apple’s revolutionary Siri personal assistant wasn’t an iOS 5 feature, but an iPhone 4S feature. Was it due to hardware limitations, or marketing? Now that reports are coming in that the 4S totes 512MB of RAM, it’s getting harder to say that this was entirely a hardware-based decision.Those who follow Apple and tech news have known for some time that the company would be delivering voice recognition technology in iOS 5. When the firmware update was first detailed in early June, there was no mention of the Nuance-powered feature. Most of us concluded that this was because Siri wasn’t quite ready for showcasing. But now we know why it was held back – it was set to be an exclusive for the next iPhone, rather than a universal iOS 5 feature.It’s quite possible that Siri couldn’t run up to Apple’s standards of smoothness on other iOS devices. The A5 chip powering the iPhone 4S is a big leap forward from the A4 inside of the iPhone 4 and iPad 1. Perhaps they didn’t want to compromise the experience for us with a laggy, choppy, or slow Siri. Perhaps.But what about the iPad 2? With the revelation that the 4S probably carries 512MB of RAM under the hood (as reported by TUAW and several other sites), this makes the engines of the two devices more or less identical. Both have the A5 chip, and both have identical RAM. Therefore, if Siri can run up to Apple’s standards on the iPhone 4S, it should be able to do the same on the iPad 2. Yet there has been no mention of the personal assistant on Apple’s tablet. What’s up with that?Even incremental Apple hardware updates need a killer feature. Sure, with the iPhone 4S being roughly twice as fast as the iPhone 4, and a phenomenal 8MP camera in tow, its performance should see a huge boost over the 2010 model. But those specs lack that certain draw that gets people excited and gives them that extra itch to upgrade early. Just ask Android tablet makers how specs alone fare in selling a product.Siri, on the other hand, is like nothing we’ve ever seen before. It answers your questions, even when spoken in a conversational tone. It works with a variety of iOS apps to perform common tasks by simply telling it to. It blurs the line between speech recognition and artificial intelligence. Siri can be the kind of killer feature that the iPhone 4S needs.If the iPhone 4 and the iPad 2 got Siri along with iOS 5, then the iPhone 4S could have conceivably been Apple’s most boring update in years. Not weak, mind you, but lacking sizzle. But with Siri, while the latest iPhone may not be the revolutionary iPhone 5 that many were pining for, it still has at least one feature that’s revolutionary.It could be argued that Siri hasn’t been made available for the iPad because speech recognition lends itself more to a phone than a tablet. This makes sense, to some degree. Tablets are more often used in a comfortable environment, when there is nothing to keep you from leisurely browsing for information on the beautiful 9.7 inch display. Phones, meanwhile, are used more while walking, driving, or in a pinch. These are the times when Siri makes the most sense.So I won’t take the hard line that Apple definitely tied Siri to the 4S strictly for marketing. It could be that older devices just wouldn’t be up to snuff, and that the iPad 2 doesn’t need it all that badly. But I will say that – at the very least – it’s extremely convenient for them to have it exclusive to the iPhone 4S, which is otherwise lacking in “magical” new features.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Amad ‘Jay’ Malkoun, the former Comancheros bikie boss, that survived a recent bomb attack in Glyfada, Athens, is set to make millions on a land deal at Donnybrook, 35 kilometres north of Melbourne.Malkoun, recovering from serious burns following the attack, is currently in an Athens hospital.Meanwhile, he is set to reap $40 million from a proposed housing estate on his Donnybrook farm according to a report in The Age.Local property experts say the site is presently worth about $20 million, but could be worth $60 million once the development is complete. He had bought the farm for $950,000 in 2009 and owns a 95 per cent stake of the property.Of course, the subdivision proposal could be complicated by a government plan to acquire part of Malkoun’s land to build sewerage infrastructure.Greek police are meanwhile investigating Malkoun’s criminal associations in Asia and Europe, where he established a Comancheros chapter. Malkoun’s Mercedes-Benz exploded when he tried to start it outside a gym. Two men dragged him from the wreckage.
If schools aren’t complying with an interstate agreement designed to smooth the transition for military children transferring to a new school district, families should make sure military leaders are aware, the Army’s top officer said this week during a session at the Association of the U.S. Army annual meeting.“Don’t assume we know,” said Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley.All 50 states and the District of Columbia had adopted the Interstate Compact for Educational Opportunity for Military Children as of last year, with states now in various stages of implementing the agreement, reported Army Times.The goal of the interstate compact is to make transition easier so that military children — who typically attend from six to nine different school systems from K-12 — are afforded the same opportunities as other children. The compact requires participating states to follow common guidelines in handling issues such as enrollment, class placement, records transfer, immunization requirements, graduation requirements, attendance, exit testing and extracurricular opportunities.And while the military doesn’t have the authority to enforce the compact, the services are trying to encourage schools to follow its provisions, officials said during the family forum.If schools are not following the agreement, there’s the option of talking about it “in the public sphere,” Milley said. “[But] we prefer states do it of their own volition,” he said. “For the most part, it’s being done.” Dan Cohen AUTHOR
(NOTE: Align Credit Union has a location in Wilmington at 211G Lowell Street inside the Lucci’s plaza.)LOWELL, MA — Align Credit Union is proud to announce the winners of its 2019 scholarship program. This year, Align donated over $12,000 in total scholarships to the following local students:College StudentsEmma Bouley from Chelmsford, MA (Babson College)Carisa Boyle from Newburyport, MA (University of Massachusetts Amherst)Olyvia Cassella from Lowell, MA (Merrimack College)Isabella Cigna from Wilmington, MA (Saint Michael’s College)Sage Dodier from Amesbury, MA (Lasell College)Ana Gonzalez from Lawrence, MA (Tufts University)Taylor Kelley from N. Billerica, MA (University of Massachusetts Lowell)Emily Morris from Billerica, MA (University of New England)Annari Phomsouvandara from Lowell, MA (University of Massachusetts Lowell)Craig Rich, Jr. from Billerica, MA (Wentworth Institute of Technology)Lawrence Ruggiero from Lowell, MA (Wentworth Institute of Technology)Titiana Tambi from Lowell, MA (University of Rhode Island)High School StudentsOlivia Barrett from Lowell High SchoolKylie Flanagan from Wilmington High SchoolZachary Grenier from Greater Lowell Vocational High SchoolGrace Leete from Danvers High SchoolMacey McEnaney from Framingham High SchoolPetagaye McLaughlin from Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High SchoolAislinn Sullivan from Amesbury High SchoolJarrod West from Methuen High School“For over 25 years, Align has helped hundreds of students achieve their goal of a college degree,” said Align President Ken Del Rossi. “We know that a good education is one of the best investments a person can make. Through Align’s scholarship program, we’re able to help local students make that investment in their futures.”Align President & CEO, Ken Del Rossi; Align Board Member, Kathleen McKenney; Craig Rich, Jr., Emma Bouley, Annari Phomsouvandara, Lawrence Ruggiero, Sage Dodier, Olyvia Cassella, Ana Gonzalez, Titiana Tambi, Emily Morris, Align Board 2nd Vice Chairman and Scholarship Committee Chairman, Rick Piecewicz.About Align Credit UnionSince 1922, Align Credit Union has provided customized banking solutions to individuals and families throughout Northeastern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. Align offers a full suite of products and services including Personal and Business Banking, Mortgages, Financial Planning and Insurance. Founded as the Northern Massachusetts Telephone Workers Credit Union (NMTW), the Credit Union changed its name to Align in 2013. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works or attends school in many communities throughout Eastern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. For additional information, stop by one of seven branches in Amesbury, Danvers, Framingham, Haverhill, Lowell, Methuen and Wilmington or visit http://www.AlignCU.com.(NOTE: The above press release is from Align Credit Union via CUInsight.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBUSINESS BRIEF: Align Credit Union Announces 2018 Scholarship RecipientsIn “Business”CHAMBER CORNER: Learn About Align Credit Union’s Student AccountsIn “Business”Align Credit Union Supports Habitat For Humanity Volunteers Help During National Women Build WeekIn “Business”