Sorry Intel: Your Next-Gen Haswell Chip Won’t Rescue The PC Market

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts antone gonsalves Tags:#Apple#chips#Haswell#Intel#MacBook Air#microprocessors#Microsoft#notebooks#PCs#ultrabooks#Windows 8 Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img On Tuesday, Intel will formally launch Haswell, the fourth-generation Core processor the company says will help pull the PC industry out of its downward spiral.Unfortunately for PC makers, that won’t happen. Consumers are going to continue to choosing tablets and smartphones over PCs despite Haswell’s longer battery life at cheaper prices.Intel Singing Same Old SongAs Intel has done for years, with each new generation of processor, the company digs out the PowerPoint slides used to market the previous generation of chips, changes the codenames and touts the latest increase in battery life and performance. This time around, the mobile version of Haswell is expected to get 50 percent more battery life with no loss of performance from the previous generation.In addition, spinmeister Intel has been touting the low prices PC buyers will find in stores during the industry’s crucial back-to-school and holiday shopping seasons. Ultrabooks will sell for as low as $499, a whopping $500 less than the rival MacBook Air from Apple, and thin-and-light notebooks will be selling in the $300 to $400 range, Intel executives told financial analysts in mid-April.Along with low prices, stores will be stocked with new designs, such as notebooks that convert to tablets or have detachable displays that become tablets. Many of the new mobile PCs will have touch-enabled screens, courtesy of Microsoft Windows 8.“If you look at touch-enabled, Intel-based notebooks that are ultra-thin and light using non-Core processors those prices are going to be down to as low as $200, probably,” Intel Chief Executive Paul Otellini, who stepped down last month, told analysts.Nevertheless, a new chip, low prices and new PC designs were not enough for IDC to change its prediction that PC shipments would fall almost 8% this year, much steeper than the roughly 3% drop last year. Tablets and smartphones are responsible for the decline because they let people hold on to their PCs longer. Why buy a new PC if your more convenient mobile device can surf the Web, play video and access email?(See also: Tablets Killing Desktops Faster Than Ever)“The vast majority of PC sales are replacement sales, and if I keep my PC longer, then replacement sales are going to go down,” IDC analyst Bob O’Donnell says.Chip Power Doesn’t SellIn the 1990s, people paid attention to Intel’s latest and greatest processor, because PCs were so darn slow. Every new generation of chips from Intel held the promise of a peppier PC.Today, people are more interested in convenience. No one cares that the ARM chip powering nearly all tablets and smartphones isn’t close to the performance level of Intel’s Core processors. As long as ARM is good enough to handle what the devices are made to do and aren’t sucking down battery power too fast, then consumers are happy.Because Intel has yet to crack the tablet and smartphone markets, it’s stuck in a PC world of evolution, not revolution. There is nothing in PC manufacturers’ product portfolio that’s truly innovative.Intel could get out of its rut next year, if its next-generation Atom microarchitecture, dubbed Silvermont, is successful in the tablet and smartphone markets. But even then, the chipmaker will be playing catch up.With each generation, Intel chips deliver higher performance and better power efficiency. But that alone isn’t enough. They have to help create a mobile device that wows consumers, and that remains elusive.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

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At least 40 people shot over Memorial Day weekend in Chicago

first_imgA string of shootings brought the total number of people shot during the Memorial Day weekend to at least 40, the Chicago Police Department said on Sunday.Between Saturday afternoon and early Sunday alone, one man was killed and 24 others wounded across Chicago, Xinhua news agency reported.1 SHOT TO DEATH A 27-year-old man was shot in the head and pronounced dead on the scene on Saturday afternoon. A gun was recovered on the scene, but it is not clear whether it belonged to the victim or the person who shot him, said Officer Michelle Tannehill, a spokeswoman for the Chicago police.The Memorial Day usually marks the start of summer in Chicago, when the city re-opens its Lake Michigan beaches, resumes regular fireworks displays at Navy Pier, and kicks off various recreational events and sport activities.But the Memorial Day weekend, which lasts from Friday to Tuesday this year, also witnesses an increasing violence. Over the holiday weekend last year, 12 people were killed and at least 44 wounded in Chicago.last_img read more

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Brown Sues Over 1964 NFL Ring

first_imgNEW YORK — Hall of Fame football star Jim Brown — running out of time to retrieve his 1964 NFL championship ring — has sued a memorabilia dealer.The 78-year-old Los Angeles resident filed the lawsuit in Manhattan federal court against Lelands.com and Lelands Collectibles Inc.The lawsuit seeks to halt the sale of the ring in an online auction that ends July 25th. It also seeks unspecified damages over broadcast remarks that Lelands’ founder, Joshua Evans, made about Brown.Evans said that Brown’s claims “are entirely without merit and we intend to vigorously defend against them.”According to the lawsuit, the ring was stolen from Brown’s Cleveland home in the late 1960s and the robbery was reported to police.The lawsuit also accuses Evans of making statements in print and broadcast interviews in recent weeks that implied Brown has diminished mental capacity as a result of taking thousands of hits as a football player.On at least one broadcast, though, Evans could be heard describing Brown as the greatest football player of all time and saying Brown was aware that a family member had sold the ring in the 1990s.The lawsuit said the ring is priceless to the former Cleveland Browns player. The highest bid was $58,948 on July 23d.Evans said Lelands’ position is the paperwork over the ownership of the ring is “indisputable” and anyone who bought it would get a 100 percent guarantee.Brown, who works as a Cleveland Browns special adviser, rushed for 12,312 yards and scored 106 touchdowns in nine seasons before retiring at the peak of his career in 1965.In 1964, he rushed for 1,446 yards and scored seven touchdowns as the Browns won the title, the last for any major Cleveland sports franchise.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Liverpool Humiliates Arsenal to Win 4-0 in Premier League

first_imgLIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Liverpool tore Arsenal apart with a devastating attacking display on Sunday, producing a 4-0 victory in the Premier League that exploited an error-strewn performance by the London club.Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah spearheaded the powerful assault on the feeble visitors at Anfield. Humiliation for Arsenal was completed when Mane’s replacement, Daniel Sturridge, finished off yet another counterattack to net the fourth in the 78th minute.It was a complete and potent display by Liverpool, even without Philippe Coutinho on the pitch as the Brazilian still tries to force his way out of the club before the transfer window closes Thursday night.Coutinho is chasing the major trophies eluding Liverpool for too long, with the league last won in 1990 and the Champions League in 2005.While such a ruthless rout of Arsenal will raise expectations around Liverpool, it followed an underwhelming start to the league campaign that saw Juergen Klopp’s side draw the opener at Watford then claim a narrow win at Crystal Palace.But victory capped a week when Liverpool secured its return to the Champions League after a three-year absence, a competition Arsenal will be missing from for the first time in 20 years.Arsene Wenger secured a new Arsenal contract despite that Champions League qualification failure. But judging by the capitulation at Liverpool, with Arsenal’s shortcomings resurfacing for a second loss in three matches, it could be another troublesome season.ROB HARRIS, AP Global Soccer WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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COOMERA COMETS TOUCHED BY CANCER CHARITY EVENT RECORD

first_imgCoomera Comets Touch Association has announced a record fund raising total from it’s fourth annual “Touched by Cancer” Carnival held at Coomera Sport Park, Beattie Road Coomera on the 29 October 2006.  $6871 was raised for the Gold Coast Prostate Cancer Support and Network group from the one day tournament that has now become a permanant fixture on the Gold Coast community calandar.Gold Coast Mayor Ron Clarke was on hand as the special guest to make presentations to the winning teams.The 36 mixed teams who enthusiastically took to the fields had a great day of spirited competition and enjoyed the fun and friendship associated with this fantastic charity event.Local businesses united with tournament founder Carol Baumber and her band of committed volunteers at the Coomera Touch Association to raise awareness and much needed funds for education, prevention, and treatment of a condition that affects the lives of so many.Coomera Comets Touch Association President Carol Baumber was thrilled with the outcome of the event, which was supported by the South Queensland Region, Queensland Touch, and Touch Football Australia.“This event was a huge success because of  support and sponsorship from local businesses. Whilst this  event is primarily to create community awareness about Prostate Cancer, it has also raised the profile of the businesses that supported it. The opening of our new fields in 2007, will only increase the size of the tournament and the potential to raise even more funds for such a worthy cause.” Baumber said.$1000 was also raised for local schools and the Coomera community supported the event with over 1000 spectators attending the poular competition.Coomera Touch Association will open their new complex and fields on Saturday 24 February 2007 and plan a gala opening ceremony to celebrate the consolidation of the sport and their association in the local community. The fifth annual “Touched by Cancer” Carnival will be held on 28 October 2007.last_img read more

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New Kyler Murray MLB Draft Evaluation Could Be Bad News For Oklahoma Football

first_imgkyler murray plays at ohio stateKyler Murray MLB Draft update: one analytics-based baseball site is extremely high on the Oklahoma two-sport star. Murray has been ranked as a potential second rounder by some experts, including ESPN’s Keith Law. Now, FanGraphs has him even higher.FanGraphs just put out its 2018 MLB Draft Board. In it, prospects are ranked on their athleticism, frame, performance, and, for pitchers, delivery. The rankings are done on a five point scale, from minus-minus (–) to plus-plus (++) for elite potential in an area.Murray comes in at a plus-plus for athleticism, the third-highest ranked player given that distinction. He was also a plus in performance.The one knock on him is his frame, for which FanGraphs gave him a minus. Obviously, that is an even bigger concern for his future as a quarterback.In the full draft rankings, FanGraphs have Kyler Murray as the No. 21 ranked player.The evaluation of Murray often comes down to his decision to focus solely on baseball, rather than splitting time with football. Law said as much earlier in the process. Via The Oklahoman:“Murray is slated to start at quarterback this fall for the Sooners, but if he’s finally ready to play baseball full time, his plus-plus speed and contact-oriented swing would make him a first-round pick — especially since he’s played fairly well since moving into the Sooners’ lineup in the third weekend of the spring,” Law wrote.Even with his rising MLB Draft stock, Lincoln Riley isn’t concerned about losing his quarterback to baseball. he said as much on AP writer Ralph D. Russo’s podcast a few weeks ago.“Yeah, I don’t really have any concerns with it,” Riley said. “You know, Kyler and I have had some good, private conversations about it, and I’m comfortable where he and his family are at with it and I think he’s comfortable where we’re at with it. So we’ll proceed and certainly expect to have him.”Right now, Oklahoma fans just want Murray to get healthy. The star outfielder remains day-to-day after suffering an injury in the Big 12 Tournament. The Sooners are the No. 3 seed in the Tallahassee region of the NCAA Baseball Tournament, and face Mississippi State State on Friday at 12 p.m. ET. The region also features host Florida State and Samford.[FanGraphs]last_img read more

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BEING AT PEACE

first_imgMy son is three years old and is very obedient but whenever he is facing an interview, he is too shy and quiet. I fear he will not get through any big school. Please help.Mrs. D. Roy, Kolkata First, relax. If you feel that your child doesn’t respond to strangers, try and take him to places where he would meet new people every day. Provide him with platforms where he can communicate and interact freely. His fear is temporary and will surely go with time. You have to be very lovable and support him to overcome this trouble. Many children face this and parents need to understand the mind of the little one. Whether or not he gets admitted to a school of your choice is secondary. Let him bloom in to a confident and happy soul. Also Read – Feel what you fear I am 30 years old, married for five months. Few days ago, I came to know that my wife has had few physical relationships before we got married. I have forgiven her but one of my friends’ wives told me that my wife hangs around a lot with her male colleagues. I love my wife and don’t want to lose her. Please help. Name withheld Do not judge your wife by what has occurred in her past. In the present, you have no reason to suspect that she is being unfaithful to you. By listening to others and making your judgment, you are being very unfair to your wife. Try to protect your relationship. If you still have any doubts about your wife, then please discuss with her and settle the doubt now. It is not about being broad-minded; it is about trusting your partner and giving her the freedom to live happily. Don’t worry so much that you lose your peace of mind. Nurture the formative years for a better future. Best wishes. Also Read – Homecoming I’m 25 and my parents insist on an arranged marriage next year. I’m just not sure about this ‘arranged marriage’. Can you suggest how to be sure? Jinia Basu, Assansol I don’t think you should enter an arranged marriage to keep your parents happy. It’s your life, not theirs. Whatever you decide to do, be guilt free. Know that asserting some independence does not make you a bad person and you shouldn’t let them make you feel otherwise, even if it means avoiding them. But you need to ask yourself one most important question – are you sure you’re ready for marriage? You shouldn’t get married to escape a situation because that rarely ends with a happily ever after. I love someone who is a compulsive flirt. He has relations with many ‘close friends’ as he says. I still can’t get over this and hope he will love me someday while realising my emotions. Name withheld Don’t be hopeful that music will play and the prince will ride the white horse your way. He seems like a player, the one who keeps an excel sheet to maintain a database of his ‘really close friends’! Suggest you carry on your life and don’t expect much of this man. He looks like the sort who doesn’t know what he wants from his own love life! It’s good to hope, but sometimes that indeed is a hopeless exercise. It’s a gamble you are playing. Don’t hurt yourself, dear. (Send your questions to roopshashotm@gmail.com)last_img read more

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Stray dogs attack kill woman in northern Manitoba First Nation RCMP

first_imgLITTLE GRAND RAPIDS, Man. – A woman on a night-time walk was attacked and killed by a large group of stray dogs in a remote Manitoba First Nation, RCMP said Monday.The attack in Little Grand Rapids, a fly-in settlement 300 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg, renewed concerns about the dangers of dogs left to roam small communities in the north.RCMP said in a news release that they received a report on Saturday that the body of a woman had been found at a construction site.“The initial investigation has determined that a 24-year-old female from Little Grand Rapids First Nation was on her way home from another residence in the early hours of Saturday morning when she was attacked by a large group of stray dogs,” the release said.“The victim succumbed to her injuries sustained during the attack.”Chief Roy Dunsford told CTV News the woman’s body was found surrounded by about 30 dogs. He said one of the dogs has been put down.RCMP did not name the woman, but she was identified by several media outlets and the Southern Chiefs Organization, which represents First Nations across southern Manitoba, as Donnelly Rose Eaglestick.“She will always be remembered as a loving, caring mother and a person of great character,” read a message on the organization’s Facebook page.Dozens of people from the First Nation gathered Sunday night at a candlelight vigil to remember the young mother.“Donnelly was a happy person,” Doris Mayham, Eaglestick’s aunt told CTV. “She was loving and caring to her six-year-old little girl.”Stray dogs have long been a problem on remote reserves across the Prairies and have killed some people. In 2007, a five-year-old boy died after being attacked outside his home on the Cumberland House reserve in northeastern Saskatchewan.Communities sometimes organize culls to reduce the population, and animal rescue groups try to find new homes for strays in the south.Katie Powell, head of the non-profit Save A Dog Network Canada, said her group relocates 40 to 50 dogs a month from the north. Poverty, long absences by owners and a lack of veterinary services all lead to dogs being left to run loose, Powell said.“We use the term loosely owned,” she said.Left to fend for themselves, dogs gather in packs to breed and search for food.Powell would like to see more veterinary services in remote communities and more awareness about the dangers of letting dogs roam free.“We need to educate the community members. We need to provide the resources and … there needs to be long-term support for community members.”— By Steve Lambert in Winnipeglast_img read more

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Calgary man stopped from entering Parliament over prooil shirt

first_imgTake Our Poll CALGARY (660 NEWS) – For the second time in a matter of weeks, some Albertans have been stopped from entering the Parliament building because of a pro-oil shirt.Over the weekend, Calgarian Chris Wollin and his fiance were wearing the shirts promoted by the group Canada Action when they were told by security guards they wouldn’t be allowed in the building because the message on the shirts was too political.On his Facebook page, Wollin wrote, “I’m not sure what is wrong with proudly supporting our national energy sector and all the benefits it provides to all Canadians.”According to the Parliament’s website, participating in any form of demonstration inside the buildings is prohibited. That includes wearing items with visible political messages.Earlier this month, another Alberta resident, William Lacey, was wearing a similar shirt in the Parliament building when he was told by a security guard he would have to remove his shirt because it could be offensive. Should we be able to wear clothing with political messages in the Parliament Building?YesNoIt depends on the messageVoteView Resultslast_img read more

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Washington governor pushes public health insurance statewide

first_imgSEATTLE — Washington Gov. and likely presidential candidate Jay Inslee proposed Tuesday a public health insurance option for state residents, the latest action by a Democratic governor to address Trump administration health policies they say are keeping people from getting the care they need.Inslee said he will ask lawmakers to consider a plan that would direct the Washington State Health Care Authority to offer public health insurance statewide to anyone in the individual market who is not covered by their employers. Inslee said reimbursement rates would be consistent with federal Medicare plans.Inslee’s move comes a day after California Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed state-funded health care coverage for 138,000 young people living in the country illegally and reinstating a mandate for everyone to buy insurance or pay a fine — part of former President Barack Obama’s health care law that congressional Republicans eliminated last year.Inslee said 14 counties in Washington are at risk of losing any access to individual health insurance options. Rising costs are causing some insurers to abandon the individual market in largely rural counties.“We are on the knife’s edge,” he told reporters.Washington Insurance Commission Mike Kreidler said the President Donald Trump’s administration has put up “real roadblocks” to health care access.The Trump administration said in July that it would freeze payments under an “Obamacare” program that protects insurers with sicker patients from financial losses, a move expected to add to premium increases.Supporters of Inslee’s plan didn’t immediately reveal cost estimates for the proposal, but the governor said “we need to write another chapter of health care reform.”State Sen. David Frockt, a Democrat from Seattle, said he would sponsor legislation for a public option.“The Trump administration has done everything in its power to undermine the health care coverage advances we’ve made in Washington,” Frockt said in a statement.Sally Ho, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Ban urges greater focus by Israel and Lebanon on reaching permanent peace

9 November 2010Noting that the security situation along the Israeli-Lebanese border is still fragile, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on both sides to step up efforts to move from the current state of cessation of hostilities, as agreed to in August 2006, to a permanent ceasefire. In his latest report to the Security Council on the implementation of resolution 1701, made public today, Mr. Ban states that recent months have been marked by an increase in political tensions in Lebanon, as well as the most serious incident to have taken place since the 2006 conflict ended. Resolution 1701 brought to an end the conflict that took place between Israel and the Lebanese group Hizbollah four years ago. It also calls for respect for the so-called Blue Line separating the Israeli and Lebanese sides, the disarming of all militias operating in Lebanon and an end to arms smuggling in the area.For the first time in four years, direct fighting broke out on 3 August between Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), resulting in casualties on both sides. “This incident, the most serious to have taken place since the cessation of hostilities, illustrated the fragility of the security environment across the Blue Line and raised the spectre of a serious escalation between the parties,” Mr. Ban writes. He urges the parties to do everything in their power to ensure that this incident remains an isolated one, and to cooperate closely with the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in its efforts to prevent such an event from recurring. “I again urge both parties to do their utmost to prevent violations of the Blue Line, to act with maximum restraint and to refrain from taking any measures close to the Blue Line that could lead to misunderstandings or be perceived by the other side as provocative,” he says.“The situation continues to be volatile and more work remains to be done by the parties to advance the full implementation of resolution 1701,” he adds. The Secretary-General says that sustained efforts are needed to ensure that the area between the Blue Line and the Litani River is free of any armed personnel, assets and weapons other than those of the Lebanese Government and of UNIFIL, in accordance with resolution 1701.Another priority is to resolve the issue of the continued occupation by the IDF of the northern part of the town of Ghajar and the adjacent area north of the Blue Line, Mr. Ban states, urging Israel to withdraw its forces as called for in the 2006 resolution.He also calls on Israel to respect Lebanon’s sovereignty by immediately halting all overflights of Lebanese territory, which he says exacerbate tensions in southern Lebanon and negatively impact the credibility of the LAF and UNIFIL. Voicing concern about the “marked rise” in political tensions in Lebanon and recent challenges to State authority by Hizbollah and some of its allies, Mr. Ban calls on Lebanese leaders to continue to “work towards preventing a political crisis that some in Lebanon fear could erupt into violence.” He also expresses deep concern about the “widespread proliferation” of weapons in Lebanon and the continued presence of armed groups in the country operating outside the control of the State, which poses a challenge to the Government’s ability to exercise its full sovereignty and control over its territory, and violates resolution 1701.Also vital to enable Lebanon to extend its control and to exercise its full sovereignty over all of its territory is the delineation and demarcation of the border between Lebanon and Syria. The Secretary-General calls on both countries to make further progress on this issue, and welcomes their renewed intentions to delineate their common border.Meanwhile, Mr. Ban says he intends to continue his diplomatic efforts aimed at resolving the issue of the Shab’a Farms, another disputed area, and once again calls on Israel and Syria to submit their responses to the provisional definition of the Shab’a Farms area that he had provided on the basis of the best available information. read more

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Annan stresses urgency of resolving crisis in Darfur Sudan

In a recent interview with UN Radio, Mr. Annan said the Organization is accelerating its humanitarian assistance to help more than 1 million people who have become internally displaced in Darfur since early last year, as well as at least 150,000 refugees who have fled into neighbouring Chad.Urging UN Member States to pool their resources to help civilians affected by the civil conflict and militia attacks in Darfur, he said the international community must demand the Sudanese Government act to help stop the suffering.”It is the responsibility of the Government to protect but if the Government can’t do it, it should be prepared to ask for the help of the international community,” he said. “And the international community must insist that these people be protected.”The Secretary-General said he had been talking frequently with the Khartoum Government to pressure the authorities to do more, and would soon personally visit Sudan to further examine the situation in Darfur. Mr. Annan said it was “unfair” to criticize the UN involvement. “The tendency sometimes is to say that the UN is not doing enough, or the Secretary-General has not done enough,” he said, pointing out that “the political will to act” is needed. The Secretary-General also referred to his personal efforts to intervene. “It was because of my pressure that they opened up and offered visas, not only to the UN, but also to the humanitarian agencies, and [the Sudanese authorities] have indicated that they will allow supplies and equipment to come in unimpeded.”Mr. Annan added: “We should avoid the situations where we allow Member States to hide behind their Secretary-General [and] use him as an alibi for their own inaction.”The Sudanese Government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) are close to reaching a full peace agreement that would end the 21-year civil war in southern Sudan. A UN mission is being prepared to begin work once the deal is signed.But the Secretary-General warned: “You cannot have a comprehensive peace in Sudan without dealing with the situation in the west.”Since early last year two rebel groups in Darfur – the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) – have been fighting the Sudanese Government.Janjaweed militias, bands of Arab fighters armed and recruited by Khartoum, have also been targeting black Africans, ransacking villages and murdering and raping civilians, according to a recent UN human rights report.UN Radio’s exclusive interview will be broadcast Thursday as part of the launch of The UN and Africa, a new weekly 15-minute radio programme dedicated to all issues relevant to the continent, including HIV/AIDS, peacekeeping and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD). read more

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Chronic drought places 2 million Kenyans at risk of starvation UN agency

Even though parts of Kenya have seen patchy rainfall in recent months, a devastating, years-long drought means that there is still a chance that 2 million people may starve without food assistance through August, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said.The debilitating impact of a prolonged dry spell, compounded by chronic poverty, means that in many regions of the country – particularly in the arid and semi-arid north and east – thousands of families are too poor to have enough to eat. Between May and August, WFP plans to provide 83,000 tons of food aid to 1.6 million drought-affected people. It will also ramp up its school meal programme, adding another 420,000 pupils to the one million students it already provides with nutritious daily meals.The agency said it will adjust various levels of assistance according to needs, with some 1 million people in severely-hit regions receiving general food rations and some 600,000 in less affected areas receiving aid through a combination of food-for-aid work projects aimed at rebuilding infrastructure, or through assistance target at the most vulnerable elements of the community.But WFP warned that it is still short 52,000 tons – a $28 million shortfall representing some 63 per cent of the food required for the four-month period.“The November-December rainy season was very mixed across the country,” said Tesema Negash, WFP’s Country Director for Kenya. “In some areas it rained more than normal, so the crops are good and livestock is recovering from the drought. In others, rains were either worse that the previous season or came at the wrong time.” He added that in other parts of the country, the rains once again failed to come at all.In Kajiado – the worst-affected district – the cumulative effect of the total failure of rains last year and two poor rainy seasons in 2003 is now life threatening. Most of the crops have failed, livestock have died and calves are being killed to preserve the cows. “Fortunately, there are also areas which have seen a clear recovery with good agricultural production and pasture, and where food aid is no longer necessary. We must therefore concentrate on the regions suffering persistent drought,” he said. read more

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Recordsetting womens hockey team to take on winless St Cloud State in

The Ohio State women’s hockey team looks to get back on track and set some records this weekend as it heads to St. Cloud, Minn., to face St. Cloud State. The Buckeyes are 12-12-2 and hoping to better that record against the winless Huskies in a Western Collegiate Hockey Association matchup. “On the ice we’re just trying our best and working hard, and I think our hard work is just paying off and as a result we’re getting success in not only our points but in our team succeeding as well,” said junior forward Natalie Spooner. Several Buckeyes have been leaving their mark on the program and their names in the record books. Spooner and junior forward Laura McIntosh have both joined the 100-point club at OSU this year, albeit in different ways. Spooner has 63 career goals, and McIntosh has 88 career assists. Points are calculated by combining assists and goals. “It’s a good feeling, we don’t really think about it. Neither of us think about it but I mean to get recognized and noticed, it’s an accomplishment,” McIntosh said. “We got to keep pushing forward and see if we can keep going with that.” They are two of only seven Buckeyes ever to reach this mark and they both did it faster than the rest — McIntosh in 80 games and Spooner in 81. “It’s a great honor to be recognized for 100 points, and to be able to get that in my career at Ohio State is an accomplishment,” Spooner said. “Hopefully I can get a few more.” Last weekend against No. 5 Minnesota, Spooner contributed on all three Buckeye goals, with two assists Friday and one goal Saturday. OSU was swept 4-2 and 8-1. Spooner’s goal was her 20th of the season, something she has accomplished in all three of her years at OSU. She is only the second Buckeye to do so, joining forward Jeni Creary, who played from 2002–05. Spooner could move into second place in career goals this weekend. She is just five from tying forward Jana Harrigan, 2003-06. Jeni Creary tops the list with 86 career goals. McIntosh’s 88 assists leave her four behind all-time leader Harrigan. When the Buckeyes last faced the Huskies, Oct. 15–16, McIntosh scored a hat trick to help complete a sweep in Columbus. Freshman goalie Lisa Steffes has also made a splash on the team this year, leading the NCAA with 762 saves and 1550:36 minutes played. Next on the minutes played list is Victoria Vigilanti, a sophomore goalie for Quinnipiac with 1447:31. Only three other goalies have more than 700 saves on the season. Steffes has also won WCHA Rookie of the Week twice this season. “It’s tough as a freshman to come in and be expected to play the number of games she’s had,” coach Jackie Barto said. “I think she’s learned a lot this year and hoping for her to have a good rebound after Saturday night.” Steffes allowed six goals against Minnesota on Saturday but hopes to bounce back against a struggling St. Cloud State squad that is 0-24-1 and has been shut out in its last two games. The series begins at 2 p.m. Friday and continues at 1 p.m. Saturday at the National Hockey Center. “We’ve had a good week of practice; energy has been good,” Barto said. “We talked about keeping the game a little bit simpler, and the girls have done that this week. Our captains have done a great job of leading, of setting the example.” read more

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BBC should not attempt Great British Bake Off copycat show says new Corporation

first_imgSir David Clementi is a former deputy governor of the Bank of EnglandCredit:World First To put an absolutely similar programme on would be very disappointingSir David Clementi Asked if he thought it would be wrong to introduce a “copycat” version of Bake Off, which ran on the BBC for seven series, he said: “Yes, if it was precisely similar, but I don’t think that’s intended.”Describing the programme, which saw a selection of amateur bakers put through their culinary paces by Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, as a “great show”, he said: “It would need to be a different format.”To put an absolutely similar programme on would be very disappointing.”Sir David added his admiration for Bake Off contestant-turned-television chef Nadiya Hussain’s work with the BBC and wished Channel 4 “good luck” developing the show.The former deputy governor of the Bank of England was also quizzed on his plans to build “distinctiveness” into the channel’s programming. Sir David Clementi is a former deputy governor of the Bank of England While praising original dramas such as Sherlock and Line Of Duty, he showed a hint of scepticism about repetitive reality shows.Commenting on the latest reality singing contest, Let It Shine, airing in BBC One’s prime Saturday evening slot, he said: “It isn’t a new concept, but it’s quite warm-hearted.”We need to allow it a few more Saturdays before making a judgment and see how Gary (Barlow) brings it together.”Sir David added that he was “not sad” the BBC had lost rival singing show The Voice to ITV. Sir David Clementi has said he would be “disappointed” to see the BBC attempt to reproduce The Great British Bake Off after losing the popular cookery show to Channel 4.The new chairman of the corporation’s unitary board, which replaces the BBC Trust, said he was a fan of the show but would not like to see it recreated.Speaking at a hearing before his official appointment to the new role on Tuesday, he gave his views on BBC programming. Show more 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. But, while he described himself as a BBC “enthusiast” and an expert on its programming between 8pm and 11pm, he made clear that the new board will not play a part in individual programming and commissioning decisions.He said the government organisation’s role would be to oversee general schedules and balance across the channels.Entering the position at a difficult financial time for the BBC, he said he planned a five-year cost-saving plan with an emphasis on spreading products overseas, as well as improving “originality, creativity and risk-taking” in content.”We are coming under increasing competition from independent producers,” he said.”The Graham Norton Show and Poldark, for example, are made by ITV Studios. So we can only judge the quality of BBC content when we see it being played on other channels.”Adding that a fundamental role for the BBC is to reflect Britain as a whole, he said: “If we don’t get the public purpose right, then there is no future.”last_img read more

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Driver abandons car with over 21kg of ganja

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEast La Penitence woman busted with 51kg ganja, gun, ammoSeptember 18, 2016In “Crime”Sergeant, 2 Detectives arrested for allegedly stealing, selling confiscated drugsNovember 28, 2018In “Crime”Yarrowkabra raid of suspected stolen vehicles, parts leads to more arrestsFebruary 14, 2018In “Crime” The Police are now hunting for the driver of a motorcar that was left abandoned on Saturday along the No. 6 Public Road, West Coast Berbice with over 21 kilogram of cannabis.Ganja found in the carBased on reports received, the driver of the White Toyota Carina 212 motorcar fled the scene after he crashed into the rear of another vehicle.After the accident which caused extensive damage to both vehicles, the police ranks upon checking the 212 motorcar unearthed the large quantity of marijuana found wrapped with Black Plastic Bags and placed on the back seat of the car.The illicit substance was weighed and amounted to 21.770 kilograms. Both  vehicles were lodged at police station as investigations continue. read more

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Judge says it was regretful that dog owner did not do proper

first_img Friday 24 Mar 2017, 6:08 AM 28,498 Views Mar 24th 2017, 6:08 AM No Comments Short URL A JUDGE HAS said it was most regretful that the next door neighbour and owner of a dog that had bitten an eight-year-old schoolboy on the leg, “had not done the proper decent thing.”Circuit Court President Mr Justice Raymond Groarke heard that the German Shepherd, also known as the Alsatian wolfhound, was still living beside the boy who regularly had to pass the house.Barrister John Nolan had earlier told the Circuit Civil court that when Milo O’Brien had knocked on dog-owner Stephen Collier’s door, to inquire about his own missing dog, Collier’s Alsatian lunged from behind his front door and bit the boy.Judge Groarke, having heard the local authority had not done anything about the dog, known to have bitten someone else before, criticised the authorities for not implementing the Control of Dogs Act.Earlier this month when approving an Alliance Assurance company settlement offer of €25,000 for Milo, of Knocknagin Road, Balbriggan, Co Dublin, Judge Groarke “held on to the case for a fortnight” to see what would be done about the dog.A contractor providing dog warden services for Fingal County Council yesterday said that in the particular case before the court there was nothing that he could do as the dog had been in a private dwelling. His hands were tied, he said.He said the Control of Dogs Act states that “a dog warden may seize any dog and detain it in order to ascertain whether an offence is being or has been committed and may enter any premises (other than a dwelling) for the purposes of such seizure and detention.”Judge Groarke said he was very grateful for the explanation given to the court and that he had not intended to point a finger at Fingal County Council, but had rather expressed his frustration.“It was not a criticism of the local authority but a general observation of what I regularly see on the streets of Ireland, dangerous dogs unmuzzled and off lead” the judge said.Milo’s mum, Anne O’Brien, a social worker, said her son was still fearful of dogs and a medical prognosis of his condition could not determine if he would ever re-engage with dogs. She said the dog was still living next door to her family.Judge Groarke said it was most regretful that the neighbour Stephen Collier, Knocknagin Road, Balbriggan, who had been sued by Mrs O’Brien on behalf of Milo, had not done the proper decent thing.During the earlier hearing when Judge Groarke criticised the State, local authorities and dog wardens, he asked what more effective control could have been had over the dog than to have it behind the front door.He had held on to the case because he was concerned there was a degree of pain and suffering continuing for Milo because the dog continued to live near him.Judge Groarke approved of the €25,000 offer and allowed a €500 payment out to be used for Milo’s benefit.Read: Man who pointed unloaded shotgun at garda has jail term increasedRead: Trial collapses after court hears gardaí tell accused they would arrest his partner By Ray Managh http://jrnl.ie/3302883 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/Aleksandra Dabrowa Image: Shutterstock/Aleksandra Dabrowa Judge says it was regretful that dog owner did not do ‘proper decent thing’ in child biting case The German Shepherd had bitten an eight-year-old in the leg. Share9 Tweet Email4 last_img read more

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Millions poverty stricken in Greece

first_imgMore than 3 million Greeks (27.7 percent, or over one in four) were living below the poverty line or in a state of social exclusion in 2009, the second year of the country’s recession, according to a recent report by the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT). Moreover, during the same period, a quarter (25.5 percent) of those above the poverty line lived in homes that did not satisfy their needs, while 27.8 percent said that they had a hard time covering their housing expenses. The number of people living in households with no full-time workers soared to 544,800 in 2009 from 488,200 in 2008, while 50 percent of those below the poverty line had an annual income of more than 5,498.35 euros. As of this year, the tax-free ceiling has been reduced to just 5,000 euros.In terms of income imbalance, Greece ranked seventh among the 27 members of the European Union, with the richest fifth of the population having an income 5.6 times larger than the poorest fifth, illustrating that the country’s social benefit system is not sufficient. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Des centrales électriques japonaises alimentées par les décombres du séisme

first_imgDes centrales électriques japonaises alimentées par les décombres du séismeLe Japon a l’intention de construire cinq nouvelles centrales électriques qui seraient alimentées par des déchets de bois, en majorité des décombres du séisme et tsunami qui ont ravagé l’archipel en mars dernier.Les autorités japonaises vont faire d’une pierre deux coups : nettoyer les décombres du tsunami qui a dévasté une partie de l’archipel, et produire de l’électricité alors que celui-ci est confronté à des pénuries de courant. Selon l’agence de presse Belga, cinq nouvelles centrales électriques devraient alors être alimentées par les déchets de bois ramassés pour faire face à cette crise. À lire aussiDes scientifiques ont mis au point un “bois métallique” aux incroyables propriétésLes médias nippons indiquent que ces centrales seront construites dans les provinces Iwate et Miyagi, les plus touchées par le tremblement de terre et le tsunami du 11 mars. La catastrophe a causé entre 20 et 30 millions de tonnes de décombres, dont quelque 5 millions de tonnes de bois. Selon les journaux japonais, chaque centrale va permettre de fournir de l’électricité à 3.000 ménages.Le pays a décidé récemment de fermer plusieurs de ses centrales nucléaires depuis la catastrophe que connaît celle de Fukushima Daiichi, accidentée à cause du tsunami. Les pénuries d’électricité sont donc désormais une réalité au Japon.Le 17 juin 2011 à 14:07 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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