French president says China will buy 184 Airbus jets

first_imgBEIJING, China – China plans to buy 184 Airbus A320 jetliners, French President Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday, in a diplomatic tradition aimed at defusing trade complaints.Chinese President Xi Jinping said his government “will preserve parity” in market share between Airbus and its U.S. rival, Boeing, said Macron at a news conference.China often times announcements of purchases of aircraft and other big-ticket items to coincide with visits by foreign leaders in an effort to defuse trade tensions.Macron said details have yet to be completed and he gave no financial figures. At the list price for A320s, the order could total $18 billion, but large buyers often get deep discounts.“China will preserve its volume of purchases in the future and will preserve parity in market share between Airbus and Boeing,” Macron said.last_img read more

British Minister of State visits Guyana

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUpdate: President Granger meets Queen Elizabeth, pushes ‘green agenda’April 27, 2017In “latest news”President Granger departs for UK …to meet Queen, British MPs, business community, Guyanese diasporaApril 24, 2017In “latest news”Guyana a reliable partner in the fight against climate change – President GrangerSeptember 21, 2016In “latest news” President David Granger, today, was paid a courtesy call by British Minister of State of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Rt. Hon. Baroness Anelay of St. Johns DBE. The British Minister, who is visiting Guyana for the first time, is on a three country tour in the region and also met with the Guyanese Head of State last week in London, the MOTP stated.The President in conversation with British Minister of State, Rt. Hon. Baroness Anelay during her visit to the State House (MOTP photo)President Granger first met Baroness Anelay on the side-lines of the United Nations’ 71st General Assembly in September 2016, where they discussed the revival of the Security Sector Reform Action Plan (SSRAP). The President had also been in discussion with former United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron and British High Commissioner to Guyana, Mr. Greg Quinn on the matter.Last year, a team visited the country to perform scoping works to prepare for the arrival of the senior advisor and in January of this year, British Senior Security Sector Reform Advisor, Mr. Russell Combe arrived in Guyana. The programme had been scrapped in 2009 by the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) Administration after the British Government had requested oversight of the programme. Since taking up Office, however, President Granger had made a priority the re-engagement with the British to ensure the implementation of the plan stating that security sector reform is important to ensuring that Guyana’s borders are properly protected and that its police force is strengthened.During this visit, Baroness Anelay will also meet with the Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Bharrat Jagdeo, and members of the private sector. The British Minister had announced that she would be visiting Guyana from May 1-3 at the Caribbean Council’s House of Lords Annual Reception on April 25.  read more

SNCLavalin wins contract with Jordan Phosphate Mines Co JPMC

first_imgSNC-Lavalin in Europe has been awarded an EPCM contract to build a grassroots sulphuric/phosphoric acid complex including utilities and a power plant in Eshidya, Jordan by JIFCO, a joint venture company owned by JPMC and Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative.  JPMC is a leading phosphate rock, phosphoric acid and fertiliser producer in Jordan, and IFFCO is the largest fertiliser producer and distributor cooperative in India. The total estimated investment value of the project is about $625 million. SNC-Lavalin will provide overall project management, detailed design, proprietary equipment items and construction management for the facilities. This world-class complex will have a capacity of 500,000 t/y of phosphoric acid. It includes a single line sulphuric acid plant with a capacity of 4,500 t/d, making it the largest single stream unit in the world.“This contract reflects our notable experience and technical capabilities in the fertiliser field” said Jean Claude Pingat, Executive Vice-President, SNC-Lavalin Group and President, SNC-Lavalin in Europe. “It is also an excellent example of how SNC-Lavalin creates synergies among its various areas of expertise to bring added value to its clients, in this case the provision and integration of sulphuric and phosphoric acid plants and other associated facilities.”Work will begin immediately and production start-up is expected before the end of 2012.last_img read more

Ukrainian security forces fail to retake Kiev city hall after clashes

first_imgUKRAINIAN SECURITY FORCES have moved away from the Kiev city hall after a failed bid to retake the building from some 200 opposition activists who have occupied it for over a week, an AFP correspondent reports.The buses of the Berkut anti-riot police drove away from the building after failing to storm it due to the sheer number of demonstrators and after they were hosed with freezing water by activists inside.Riot police officers during a clash with pro-European Union activists near the city hall entrance in Kiev, Ukraine. Pic: AP Photo/Efrem LukatskyPolice used truncheons outside the building to beat protestors, who responded with sticks.Meanwhile, demonstrators inside the building sprayed police on the street with freezing water from a fire hose, forcing them to retreat into police buses.Amid an increasingly tense standoff, thousands of protesters came to picket the city hall where deputies from the nationalist Svoboda (Freedom) movement held negotiations with the security forces over their next course of action.Pro-European Union activists take away police shields from a police bus during a clash with riot police officers. Pic: AP Photo/Efrem LukatskyThe members of the security forces remained holed up in their buses parked outside the front entrance surrounded by protesters and it was not clear if they would be able to launch a new bid to assault the building.Meanwhile activists proudly waved flags of the Svoboda party and Ukraine from the upper floors to show that they remained in control of the building. Those on the ground chanted the main slogans of the protest movement, such as “Out with the gang!”.- © AFP, 2013Read: Demonstrators topple Lenin statue in giant Ukraine protest>last_img read more

What is the TMobile Hercules by Samsung

first_imgT-Mobile’s relationship with Android has been interesting. As the carrier to first bring Android to the US, and the one that allowed Google to launch all of their developer phones on their network, the lads in magenta have definitely been responsible for much of the success Android has had. Their developers have even contributed to the Android ecosystem, with their release of the Android 2.3 friendly theme system that is now included in CyanogenMod.It’s not always been a great ride, however, with Android fanatics growing increasingly upset with the carrier for being the only one without an Android powered 4.3-inch device. Wouldn’t it be funny if, after months of seeing customers beg for a larger screened Android phone like the EVO or the Thunderbolt, T-Mobile would turn around and drop a 4.5-inch monster like the Samsung Infuse on AT&T? Well, apparently that’s exactly what they plan to do.AdChoices广告According to an exclusive landed by the crew at This is My Next, Samsung has prepared an answer to the Infuse that is internally being called the Hercules. This phone is not even being evaluated by T-Mobile yet, but it is clear that the device has been built to ride the magenta wave as it crashes into AT&T and survive. The radio in it supports the 42Mbps theoretical speeds of T-Mobiles HSPA+ network, but is also AWS 850/1900 ready, so it will move gracefully into the architecture AT&T has proposed should the merger actually complete before this phone becomes obsolete. This radio configuration has been seen before (LG G2X), however, as it was originally reported that several recent T-Mobile phone would be “merger-proof” that turned out to be false.The screen is 4.5-inch, so just a hair larger than the EVO or Thunderbolt, but if the Infuse reviews are any indication the device will feel simply massive in the hand. I have to wonder about these reviews, however, as they sound familiar to what we heard when the EVO first came out, earning the phone the moniker of “clownphone” for a little while. The screen size is likely not as bad as preliminary reviews would cast it. What is kind of disappointing about the screen, however, is the decision to stick with 480×800 resolution. A larger screen with the same pixel density of a smaller screen will cause images to be far less sharp than recent qHD devices like the Sensation and the EVO 3D, but with Samsung as the manufacturer I am sure this Super Amoled+ screen will be erupting with vibrant colors and deep blacks, just like the Infuse.Adding fuel to the speculation that Apple is busy buying up an arsenal of parts for their next device, this phone will be dual-core, but not made by Samsung. Instead, Qualcomm’s 1.2GHz dual core processor will replace the Exynos chip that Samsung has been working on for some time. This could seriously affect the functionality of the device, considering the massive differences in performance we’re hearing already about the Galaxy S2 over devices like the EVO 3D.Some of the odds and ends this Android 2.3 device will have strapped on will be an NFC chip, an MHL port, and an 8MP camera. So far Samsung has been the only manufacturer to really step up to NFC, but it is still unknown if this chip will support the ISIS payment gateway compliant or not. The MHL capabilities of the Hercules will remove the need for a dedicated HDMI port, but still requires a special cable that has yet to be included with a phone as well as an MHL compliant television to use it. The camera on this phone will be capable of recording at 1080p out of the box, and will include an undescribed front facing camera to complement it.So there you have it. The Hercules doesn’t really have a release timeframe, but it is being pretty highly speculated that this is being pitched to T-Mobile as the answer to the next iPhone, as well as potentially of the first “merger-proof” devices that are coming to the network at the end of this year. If that is in fact the purpose, the question the becomes, would you stand in line for this phone?last_img read more

Want a micro USB adapter for your iPhone Apple now sells them

first_imgAfter a big Apple announcement, like yesterday’s for the iPhone 4S, there are often so many major details, pressing questions, and armchair analysis that some relatively minor details can almost slip through the cracks. While it wasn’t announced in the actual keynote, one interesting piece of info from yesterday is that Apple is actually set to sell micro USB adapters for the iPhone.But wait, citizens of the world, before you start getting excited about a new flexibility in Apple’s approach, there’s a catch: the adapter will only be available in the 27 countries that are members of the EU.Is Apple suddenly favoring Europeans, or using the European Union as a beta testing ground for new products? Of course not. This move has been made strictly to comply with new EU regulations. The new rules require cell phone makers to move towards universal charging compatibility, by including micro USB connection. There is a caveat that makes adapters allowed under the provisions, so there you have it.Apparently the EU’s rules don’t require the micro USB compatibility out of the box, because the adapter will cost EU iPhone owners another 9 € (about $12). It is reported to have already shown up in Apple Stores across the European Union.Will it also charge the iPad, iPod touch, or even music-only iPods? Considering they have the same proprietary connection, it would seem so, but it isn’t specifically addressed. Since Apple is only making this product available out of necessity for cell phones, they have no reason to flaunt its compatibility with other devices. It was mentioned that it would not work with the original iPhone.With most Android phones and tablets having micro-USB connections – along with a variety of devices ranging from Bluetooth headsets to e-readers – making iDevices a little more adaptable should be welcomed by many users. There have been third-party adapters available to do this for some time, but they tend to look a little gaudy, and lack that slick Apple finish (that was probably part of what made you buy the gadget in the first place, right?).Will Apple make this accessory available in the US (and the rest of the world) any time soon? I’d say no way. It was released out of pure necessity to avoid problems selling their products in 27 countries. They don’t care if a few customers in North America think it would be cool, they’d rather keep selling you $19 proprietary cables.via GigaOm and TUAWlast_img read more

Sony announces a PS Vita price cut for Japan

first_imgThis week is certainly looking like one to remember for Sony. Not only are we expecting to see the PS4 unveiled on Wednesday, and a price cut for the PS3 a day later, but Sony has announced a price cut for the PS Vita in Japan.The PS Vita was launched in Japan at a price of 29,980 yen (US$320) for the 3G model and 24,980 yen (US$267) for the WiFi model. Since then, nothing much has changed, however, come February 28, Sony is dropping the price of both models to the same level. You’ll be able to pick either one up for 19,980 yen (US$214).The drop is quite significant for the 3G model and should allow you to afford another game if you opt for the WiFi model. It also brings the handheld much closer in price to the 3DS XL, which sells for between $200-$230.It seems likely the same price drop will be made to the PS Vita in the US and across Europe. The list prices are currently $249.99 and $299.99 respectively. Could we see them both drop to $200, or will Sony choose a $214.99 price point and match Japan?The price drop comes just a couple of months after Sony rolled out a new PS Vita bundle to try and help boost sales. For $300 you got the handheld, a 4GB memory card, a downloadable version of Unit 13, and a one year membership to PlayStation Plus. Clearly that wasn’t enough, though, or Sony was trying a short term fix until component prices dropped enough for it to adjust the retail price.Cutting $50 off the price will certainly help, but the PS Vita, like the Wii U, needs a number of exclusive hits if Sony really wants to increase its user base.last_img read more

Disney replaces batteries with a paper generator

first_imgTechnology now plays a major role in the entertainment and interactions we experience on a daily basis. And that inevitably means the things we are interacting with require a power supply or battery be attached. But Disney Research has managed to replace the need for a power supply in some instances with a paper generator.Disney has been experimenting with electrels–types of material that have special electrical properties and carry a “quasi-­permanent electric charge.” A group of researchers working out of Disney Research and Carnegie Mellon University has created paper generators that work by placing a sheet of Teflon (polytetrafluoroethylene or PTFE) in between two conducting layers. Those conductive layers can be something as simple as metallized polyester.That sandwich of sheets is thin and light enough to be attached to a sheet of paper and is capable of producing an electrical charge when paper is rubbed over it. The charge generated is enough to light up an array of LEDs, trigger wireless communication with another device like a PC, or sound a buzzer, for example.The video below shows a few examples of how these paper generators can be used:The generators can respond to rubbing, tapping, or a number of gestures. Obvious uses include interactive posters and children’s books, but any sheet of paper can easily be modified to carry some form of battery-free interaction–you can even print parts of the generator using conductive ink. And because they are created from such simple materials, they are very cheap to produce.As this is Disney, there’s every chance the company will incorporate these paper generators into the posters and books they sell. But as they are so simple to create, I don’t see why their use won’t spread to lots of different types of books and even paper kits that let kids experiment with making their own interactive sheets.last_img read more

Olympian Pistorius charged with murder of girlfriend

first_imgOlympic athlete Oscar Pistorius leaves the Boschkop police station, east of Pretoria, South Africa, on Thursday. Pistorius was taken into custody after a 30-year-old woman, Reeva Steenkamp, was shot dead at his home. PRETORIA, South Africa — Paralympic superstar Oscar Pistorius was charged Thursday with the murder of his girlfriend who was shot inside his home in South Africa, a stunning development in the life of a national hero known as the Blade Runner for his high-tech artificial legs.Reeva Steenkamp, a model who spoke out on Twitter against rape and abuse of women, was shot four times in the predawn hours in the home, in a gated community in the capital, Pretoria, police said.Hours later after undergoing police questioning, Pistorius left a police station accompanied by officers. He looked down as photographers snapped pictures, the hood on his gray workout jacket pulled up, covering most of his face. His court hearing was originally scheduled for Thursday afternoon but has been postponed until Friday to give forensic investigators time to carry out their work, said Medupe Simasiku, a spokesman for the prosecution.Police said there had “previously been incidents at the home of Mr. Oscar Pistorius.” Police in South Africa do not name suspects in crimes until they have appeared in court but police spokesperson Brigadier Denise Beukes said that the 26-year-old Pistorius was at his home at the time of the death of Steenkamp and “there is no other suspect involved.”“Yes there are witnesses and there have also been interviews this morning,” Beukes told reporters outside the gated complex where Pistorius lived. “We are talking about neighbors and people that heard things that happened earlier in the evening and when the shooting took place.”last_img read more

Two land in jail for ganja smuggling

first_imgTandur: Police took two persons who were smuggling ganja into custody and produced them in court which sent them to remand. According to CI Ravikumar, the accused were found moving suspiciously while police were conducting checks near bus stand. SI Gafar and constables Munnaiah and Narsimhulu checked them thoroughly and found 16 kg ganja in their bags. After questioning, they were identified as Sujit Roy and Raju Biswas from West Bengal.last_img

Congress accuses TS government of misusing peoples privacy

first_imgHyderabad: Union Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy on Monday assured a delegation of Congress party that the Centre would look into the complaints of illegal accumulation and integration of personal data pertaining to citizens of Telangana by the State government through ‘Samagra Vedika’ initiative. Led by All India Congress Spokesperson Dr Sravan Dasoju, a delegation of Congress leaders met the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs at latter’s office in New Delhi. Also Read – Non-bailable warrant to Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury Advertise With Us They submitted a complaint accusing the Telangana government of violating Article 21 of the Constitution of India, the Data (Privacy & Protection) Act, 2017, Information Technology Act, 2008, and the dictum of the Supreme Court. He also alleged that the data was allegedly being misused by TRS party for political gains. Referring to the speech delivered by Principal Secretary of IT Department Jayesh Ranjan in ICAI national conference held in Hyderabad on July 5, 2019, the Congress leaders said that the details of ‘Citizen 360’ initiative, as revealed by the IAS officer, were both shocking and disturbing as he confessed that the State government is using an algorithm which gathered the private data pertaining to various citizens available with various departments of the State and otherwise. Sravan alleged that the Telangana government appeared to have dubious intent to utilise this massive people’s data for political or private purposes and hence, without any prior consent or without any specific reason has indulged in collation and storage of large amount of private information of individuals/citizens.last_img read more

Clinton Taps Norton for Democratic Platform Committee

first_imgEleanor Holmes Norton represents the District in the U.S. Congress. (AFRO File Photo)Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., has been appointed by presumptive presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to the Democratic Platform Committee for the Democratic Party’s 2016 National Convention that will be held in Philadelphia July 25-28 at the Wells Fargo Arena. Norton was notified of the appointment on June 15 by the Clinton campaign and said she will use her appointment to push strong support for D.C. statehood.“I am grateful to Secretary Clinton for moving so quickly after our Democratic primary to appoint me to the Democratic Platform Committee,” the delegate said in a statement. “The strong op-ed supporting statehood she published before our primary should facilitate writing the statehood language we want.”The platform committee sets the party’s official position on a variety of issues. The members of the committee were selected by Clinton’s camp and that of her chief primary rival U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt.Both Clinton and Sanders are supporters of District statehood with full political rights for the residents.Clinton won the District of Columbia Democratic presidential primary on June 14, beating Sanders, 77 percent to 20 percent. The former U.S. secretary of state will get the overwhelming majority of the District’s delegates to the convention, however, District Democratic Party leaders say Sanders will get at least four delegates based on him winning more than 15 percent of the overall vote.Norton was an early supporter of Clinton’s and has a long-standing political and professional relationship with the former first lady that goes back to Clinton’s stint in the White House while her husband, Bill, served as president from 1993-2001.Norton will serve on the 15-member committee with statehood supporters such as U.S. Reps. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) as well as noted African-American scholar Dr. Cornel West.last_img read more

SAA introduces new country manager

first_imgSouth African Airways new Country Manager – Tim Clyde-Smith South African Airways new Country Manager – Tim Clyde-Smith with Ian Robinson Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.Wcenter_img New country manager in Australasia for South African Airways (SAA) Tim Clyde-Smith was introduced to industry and SAA partners at a function in Sydney last week.  Fresh from his recent role in the passenger sales development area at Emirates Airlines, Mr Clyde-Smith has 20 years experience in the travel and tourism industry under his belt.He brings with him a broad cross-industry record of achievement and an in-depth knowledge of the airline industry. Mr Clyde-Smith’s enthusiasm for the appointed new role was evident as he discussed with e-Travel Blackboard his focus on increasing revenue and passenger yield for the airline’s operations in Australia.SAA and Qantas code share agreement to South Africa will not be extended beyond December 2012, with the current agreement in place until then.  SAA is still review its options but assures its clients of the airlines long term commitment to the Australian market. last_img read more

Indians preferred to travel domestically in 2016 says Skyscanner

first_imgA study has found that the year 2016 witnessed a huge rise in Indians planning travel on the go and showed an increased preference to travel domestically.According to the study by Skyscanner, mobile web is instrumental in travel planning. The data revealed an eight percent Year-on-Year leap in searches made on smartphones, indicating a growing preference to plan travel on the go.Skyscanner reports also suggest a 13% growth in searches for domestic destinations, due to a rise in a number of new routes and flight choices. New Delhi took the major share of domestic searches in both 2015 and 2016, achieving a steady 15% both years.Additionally, in terms of international destinations, the U.S. achieved most searches in both 2015 and 2016, with the searches accounting for eight percent and nine percent of all searches in the respective year.Budget airlines continued to be the preferred mode of air travel in both domestic and international travel. There was an eight percent increase in searches for budget airlines tickets compared to 2015.Indians made the most of the festive season in October, which is usually plush with holidays. Occasioned by Durga Puja or Diwali and Bhai Dooj, October turned out to be the favourite month for travel for the second year in a row.Commenting on the findings of this analysis, Reshmi Roy, Growth Manager- India, Skyscanner, said, “The insights we have drawn from this review of Skyscanner’s data are key to understanding travel patterns and will help us to continue building products that solve problems for Indian travellers. With increased connectivity, travel planning can become very simple.last_img read more

Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Our collection of eight 98.7 FM VIPs are competing for bragging rights against eight former Arizona pro athletes: former Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer, Suns guard Eddie House, Cardinals kicker Jay Feely, Cardinals linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, Diamondbacks slugger Luis Gonzalez, Cardinals offensive lineman Max Starks, Coyotes winger Paul Bissonnette and Coyotes captain Shane Doan.Related LinksNCAA Tournament bracket pits ASU against St. John’s in a 2017 rematchArizona State makes NCAA Tournament for 2nd straight yearWatch: ASU’s Zylan Cheatham learns he is NCAA Tournament-boundThe cumulative points by the team of pros will be stacked up against the team of hosts, including Doug Franz, Ron Wolfley, Paul Calvisi, Dan Bickley, Vince Marotta, John Gambadoro, Dave Burns and Luke Lapinski.Here’s where things stand as of Wednesday:PROS: 714 pointsHOSTS: 704 points1st place: Luis Gonzalez – 106 points2nd: Shane Doan – 1043rd: Ron Wolfley – 1024th: Eddie House – 1005th: Dan Bickley – 986th: Doug Franz – 92T7: Lorenzo Alexander – 90T7: Luke Lapinski – 90T7: Carson Palmer – 9010th: Casey Jacobsen – 8811th: Dave Burns – 8612th: Jay Feely – 8213th: Paul Calvisi – 80T14: John Gambadoro – 78T14: Vince Marotta – 7815th: Max Starks – 54Each players’ individual brackets are scored as follows: The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Those who thought they knew college basketball better than their favorite sports-talk hosts at 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station got the chance to put that to the test.Those who joined the 2019 Bracket Boss challenge got a chance to win $1,500 by competing against the hosts and anchors of of Doug & Wolf, Bickley & Marotta, Burns & Gambo and The Rundown with Luke Lapinski.This year’s Bracket Boss came with an added twist. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img 1 Comments   Share   Top Stories Former Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri), former D-back Luis Gonzalez (Getty Images / Christian Petersen) and former Coyote Shane Doan (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin). Correct first-round pick: 2 pointsCorrect second-round pick: 4 pointsCorrect Sweet 16 pick: 8 pointsCorrect Elite Eight pick: 16 pointsCorrect Final Four pick: 32 pointsCorrect champion: 64 pointslast_img read more