‘Players unhappy with ISL draft system’ for next season

first_imgMost of the Indian players do not want to be part of the Indian Super League (ISL) draft scheduled next month, but they have no choice, the Football Players’ Association of India (FPAI) has said.”The draft has two problems. One, they might be left poorer. Two, they don’t have the right to choose their own team or be part of any bargain,” FPAI General Manager Cyrus Confectioner told IANS.The ISL franchises will roughly have a budget of Rs 17-18 crore per team.At a meeting after the All India Football Federation (AIFF) awards night recently, AIFF President Praful Patel spoke against the draft system, Confectioner said.”But one week later, we get to hear that there will be a draft. If the president has no control over his statements, what can we say,” he rued.”Eighty-ninety percent of the players don’t want the draft. But it’s a Catch-22 situation. ISL clubs might anyway pay more than I-League clubs, barring East Bengal and Mohun Bagan maybe. And if the FSDL (Football Sports Development Limited, organisers of ISL) forces a draft on them, they have little option but to be part of it. They cannot forego a year’s pay.”India skipper Sunil Chhetri, former India and Mohun Bagan star Renedy Singh, and former India skipper and FPAI ex-President Bhaichung Bhutia are learnt to have opposed a draft system, and Reliance Sports CEO Sundar Raman responded that the matter would be looked into.But with the draft set to take place somewhere in the middle of July, that seems to be a foregone conclusion.advertisementThe FPAI’s efforts in reducing the number of foreign players from six to five in the starting XI of an ISL team has borne fruit. This year, the ISL teams will be allowed to field a maximum of only five foreigners.Kolkata clubs Mohun Bagan and East Bengal had also appealed to AIFF Secretary Kushal Das earlier this month to increase the quota of foreign players for the I-League clubs to five from the existing four.The issue will be up for discussion in the committee meeting scheduled for Thursday. At present, I-League clubs follow the guidelines laid down by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), which allow clubs to take on a maximum of four foreign players, of whom at least one must from an Asian country.Confectioner is, however, hoping that the I-League turns down the demand to increase the number of imports.”I hope the AIFF does not commit that mistake. There has to be more Indian players playing,” he said.Confectioner said the FPAI has been pushing for a no-draft case since January, but to no avail.”The FSDL will anyway do as they please, as the ISL is a private tournament,” he said.last_img read more

How would Waqar Younis bowl to Virat Kohli? Pakistan legend explains

first_imgPakistan’s pace legend Waqar Younis has lavished praise on Virat Kohli and shared some tips on how to handle the India cricket captain.Kohli is currently the best cricketer in the world across formats and Waqar says the world No.1 Test batsman has all the ingredients needed to be among the greats of the game.”He is a fine player, he is another one who is going to be a great like Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar. I mean he is going to be up there with the very best the game has ever seen,” Waqar said.Kohli has been on a record-breaking spree ever since the disastrous England tour in 2014. Kohli failed miserably in England scoring only 134 runs in 10 Test innings in 2014. But this time Kohli smashed record books and returned home with 593 runs, including two centuries in five Tests.Also read – Rohit Sharma regains 2nd spot, Virat Kohli stays No.1In fact since the 2014 tour, Kohli has played 42 Tests and has aggregated 4292 runs with the help of 17 hundreds and 10 half-centuries.However, Waqar said like every other batsman, Kohli has also got a weakness and tipped bowlers to target the off-stump area when bowling to him.”Well, everyone’s got a weakness and he has been found at times outside the off stump because he likes to drive early on,” Waqar said.Also read – Sunil Gavaskar raises questions on Virat Kohli’s captaincy in Test cricket”I think as a bowler you have got to be sensible when you are bowling at him. You can’t really challenge him. You have to stick to your plans I guess. And the best plan is if you are an outswing bowler, which I was in my days as a fast bowler in international cricket, I will probably bowl to him outside the off stump and look to take the ball away from him with a bit of short of a length and ask him to drive.advertisement”Probably that’s the only hope I have got but once he gets settled, the conditions don’t really matter because he is such a good player,” Waqar said.Kohli will next be seen in action during the two-match Test series against West Indies at home starting Thursday.last_img read more

Vijay Hazare Trophy: Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer’s half centuries take Mumbai to final

first_imgPrithvi Shaw took his international cricket form to domestic cricket and scored another half century as Mumbai thrashed Hyderabad by 60 runs in a rain-truncated semi-final to move into the final of Vijay Hazare Trophy in Bengaluru on Wednesday.Shaw was ably supported by Shreyas Iyer who remained not out at 55. At the time when the rain stopped play, Mumbai were comfortably placed at 155 in their chase of 247.Iyer and Ajinkya Rahane (17 not out) were at the crease in their unbeaten third wicket stand of 73 runs. From that position, the match could not be resumed as Mumbai won by VJD method.Rohit Sharma fell at 17 runs off Mehdi Hasan’s delivery after Shaw, who has been on a rampaging form, took the bowlers to the cleaners in his 61 runs off 44 innings and played a major part in their opening stand of 73 runs. Shaw’s knock was laced with eight boundaries and two sixes.Watch: Fan invades pitch to hug and kiss Rohit Sharma during Vijay Hazare quarter-finalEarlier in the day, Hyderabad posted a total of 246/8, where Rohit Rayudu starred with a 132-ball 121. However, by the end of the match his solid knock went in vain. Rohit Rayudu’s innings was studded with eight boundaries and four sixes.Hyderabad had a dismal start with openers Tanmay Agarwal (11) and Akshath Reddy (7) returning to the pavilion early.Rayudu and Bavanaka Sandeep (29) then stitched a vital 50-run stand for the third wicket. Tail-ender Mehdi Hasan made 23 off 17 to help Hyderabad put on board a respectable total.For Mumbai, Tushar Deshpande was the leading wicket-taker with three wickets for 55 runs and Royston Dias bagged two for 43. Pacer Dhawal Kulkarni, Shivam Dubey and Shams Mulani snapped a wicket each.advertisementMumbai will face the winner of the second semi-final between Delhi and Jharkhand, which will take place in Bengaluru on Thursday.Brief Scores:Mumbai 155/2 (Prithvi Shaw 61, Shreyas Iyer 55 not out; Mehdi Hassan 2/23) beat Hyderabad 246/8 (Rohit Rayudu 121 not out, Bavanaka Sandeep 29; Tushar Deshpande 3/55) by 60 runs (VJD Method).(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

The best photo from Homecoming weekend

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England’s top three have mixed fortunes in making Ashes case

first_imgShare on Messenger Topics England in West Indies 2019 Nevertheless England’s openers here in St Lucia, Burns and Jennings, require strong starts to the season and in the case of the latter a compelling one that is not simply about his volume of runs for the Red Rose.Jennings, bowled off his thigh pad by Joseph after a 99-ball 23, swapped his usual swing of the bat for a wry smile and will doubtless feel unlucky to end his tour in such fashion. But in light of his struggle to play with much conviction up to this point, or indeed in any of his four innings in a seam-dominated series, England’s selectors will surely be looking not simply at his output but whether greater fluidity at the crease is discernible.Burns, curiously, looks more the part despite his average after six Tests, 25, sitting a tick under his partner’s 25.19 from 17. His flick to square-leg off the first ball of the morning was tame but one can see a Test cricketer in there. The Surrey captain, perhaps conditioned by the demands of his county job, has shown little sign of being overawed by the step up and a pair of fine catches during Wood’s day-two wrecking job point to a clear mind. Provided he does not flatline from here Burns looks better placed to remain in situ.All of which brings us to the more recently introduced Denly, who, after 20 in the first innings, produced an aesthetically pleasing – but numerically head-scratching – 69 from No 3. How this innings is viewed may well depend on who is viewing it.Those who feel the 32-year-old has been over-promoted by his former Kent team-mate Ed Smith will point to an astonishing drop on 12 by Shimron Hetmyer at slip and a dismissal, under-edging Gabriel on the cut, that was loose both for the same shot striking fresh air the ball before and as the fast bowler was approaching a rest.But during his two and a half hours at the crease Denly also threaded crisp drives, played some smart uppercuts and offered stout defence when the trio of West Indian quicks were at their freshest. On calling him up for Sri Lanka, Smith said he had a touch of class in his DNA and this was the first time in the whites of England it came through. Doing so with Root at the other end, in a stand of 74, was a bonus.Unlike the two above him, however, Denly will have fewer opportunities next summer. Kent play 10 rounds of County Championship cricket before the Ireland Test but, having been signed up to the Indian Premier League, he will miss the first four. Should Denly make England’s World Cup squad – and he is in the ODI squad this tour – this could drop to zero and like his original call-up, he may require cross‑format form to count once more. Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share via Email West Indies cricket team Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Support The Guardian After the giddying excitement of the second day in St Lucia, one that produced 16 wickets and was headlined by an electric burst of genuine fast bowling from Mark Wood, came a slightly less helter-skelter third.The DJ in the party stand tried to rouse the audience with an assortment of thorax-thumping tunes. But for much of the action this felt out of kilter, with Test cricket’s more natural rhythms to the fore as England tightened their grip on a game that is leaving a huge sense of “what if” regarding the two that came before.Having climbed the mountain and secured the series with a Test to spare, the West Indies attack finally creaked. Keemo Paul departed early with a badly torn quad muscle and thereafter the burden became heavier for Shannon Gabriel, Kemar Roach and Alzarri Joseph, despite support from Roston Chase.For England’s top three – Rory Burns, Keaton Jennings and Joe Denly – this represented not just their final outing on tour but, given a lead of 142 at the start of the day, a golden opportunity to meet Joe Root’s pre-match brief and make compelling cases for selection in this summer’s Ashes series.With five and a half months before the one-off four-day Test against Ireland at Lord’s – England’s next and final outing in the format before taking on Australia from 1 August – it was bit of a throwaway line from Root.The World Cup means there is plenty of county cricket to come before the next Test selection and, as Haseeb Hameed discovered in 2017, when the Champions Trophy created a similar delay and he struggled back at Lancashire, even a positive sign-off from a winter tour guarantees little. 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Football League: Norwich grind out win to stay top of Championship

first_imgLeague TwoWith Lincoln City and Mansfield meeting on Monday night and Bury’s game against Cambridge falling foul of a waterlogged pitch, MK Dons missed the opportunity to make significant gains on the teams above them in the automatic promotion race, only managing a draw with Stevenage thanks to a late Chuks Aneke effort. Facebook Read more Accrington P-P Rochdale, Bristol Rovers 0-0 Charlton, Burton Albion 3-0 Blackpool, Fleetwood 2-0 Plymouth, Luton 2-2 Gillingham, Oxford Utd 1-0 Bradford City, Peterborough 1-2 Coventry, Portsmouth 2-0 Scunthorpe, Shrewsbury 2-1 Wycombe, Southend 0-1 AFC Wimbledon, Sunderland 2-1 Walsall   Pinterest Topics Hide Quick guide League Two results Hide Show Thank you for your feedback. Show ChampionshipKenny McLean gave Norwich the lead on the stroke of half-time at Rotherham but they were pegged back shortly after the restart by Semi Ajeyi. The Millers were not level for long as Ben Godfrey showed the league leader’s mettle, straining to head the Canaries back into the lead just four minutes later and this time they did not relinquish the advantage.Aston Villa’s late season push into the play-offs continued with a fourth successive win against Middlesbrough. John McGinn’s white hot strike added to Anwar El Ghazi’s earlier effort to give Villa a 2-0 lead at the break. Late on, Albert Adomah added a third against his former club to seal the points. Football League Thank you for your feedback. League One Quick guide League One results Was this helpful? Twitter Was this helpful? Elsewhere, AFC Wimbledon moved off the bottom with a 1-0 win at Southend. Also in the relegation dogfight, Shrewsbury boosted their survival hopes by beating mid-table Wycombe.In the play-off race, goals from Lee Cattermole and Will Grigg saw Sunderland come from 1-0 down to beat Walsall. At Fratton Park, Portsmouth beat Scunthorpe thanks to two goals in the last 20 minutes, Omar Bogle and Jamal Lowe the men to get them. Charlton were held to a goalless draw at Bristol Rovers. A 2-1 away win at Peterborough saw Coventry close in on Doncaster in sixth. Thank you for your feedback. Share on Twitter Hide Championship Was this helpful? ‘We’re facing oblivion’: Port Vale fans push for change to arrest decline Show After falling behind early Crewe Alexandra scored six goals without reply against Crawley, who were reduced to 10-men when Ibrahim Meite was sent off 10 minutes from full time.Macclesfield continue to reel in Yeovil Town at the bottom of League Two. Harry Smith netted his seventh of the season after James Pearson opened the scoring for the Silkmen. Exeter moved above Colchester and into the final play-off spot by beating John McGreal’s side 3-0. Read more Bradford City players confront the referee amid late drama at Oxford. Photograph: Matt Bunn/BPI/Rex/Shutterstock League Two Facebook news Share on WhatsApp Bury 0-0 Cambridge, Crewe 6-1 Crawley, Exeter 3-0 Colchester, Forest Green 1-1 Carlisle, Grimsby 0-0 Northampton, MK Dons 1 Stevenage, Notts County 0-0 Morecambe, Oldham P-P Tranmere, Swindon 0-0 Port Vale, Yeovil 0-2 Macclesfield   Leeds 0-1 Sheff Utd, Aston Villa 3-0 Middlesbrough, Brentford 0-1 West Brom, Hull 2-2 QPR, Ipswich 1-1 Nottm Forest, Preston North End 1-0 Birmingham, Rotherham 1-2 Norwich, Sheff Wed 4-2 Blackburn, Stoke 0-0 Reading, Wigan 5-2 Bolton   Twitter There were five different scorers for Wigan in their thumping 5-2 win over Bolton at the wrong end of the Championship. Joe Garner, Gavin Massey, Nick Powell, Michael Jacobs and Leon Clarke all getting their names on the scoresheet. Gary O’Neil and Sammy Ameobi got the Trotters’ goals.Ipswich took the lead against Nottingham Forest through Collin Quaner but Jon Nolan inadvertently bundled into his own net before half-time to level the contest and that was how it stayed, while Reading and Stoke played out a 0-0 draw. Share on Pinterest League OneLuton took the lead on the stroke of half-time against Gillingham thanks to Danny Hylton and the league leaders extended their unbeaten run to 25 games but only with a draw after being pegged back twice in the second half.At the other end of League One, struggling Oxford secured a a crucial win against relegation rivals Bradford in bizarre circumstances. With the game in added time, Lewis O’Brien appeared to have squandered a golden opportunity for Bradford after which Oxford broke and Jamie Mackie scored. But that was just the start of the shambles as referee Andy Davies then ruled out the Oxford goal and awarded Bradford a penalty before reversing his decision. Gary Bowyer told reporters post-match: “I still can’t understand what’s gone on – and I’ve been in to see the referee.” Share via Email Steven Fletcher got Sheffield Wednesday off to a fine start against Blackburn, opening the scoring after 10 minutes. The Owls never looked back from that point as Atdhe Nuhiu, Dominic Iorfa and Marco Matias added further goals. Rovers found the net twice but Craig Conway and Elliott Bennett’s goals were mere consolations. Steve Bruce’s side move up to 10th but remain just two points behind Villa in sixth.There was late drama at Deepdale as Sean Maguire headed home four minutes into added time to give Preston a 1-0 win over Birmingham. North End move up to eighth. Hull suffered a set-back in their play-off pursuit, only managing a draw with QPR despite Jarrod Bowen giving the home side a 2-0 lead at the break. Josh Scowen pulled one back for the Hoops just after the hour with Tomer Hemed securing a point by scrambling home in the 84th-minute.Caretaker manager James Shan guided West Brom to their second win a week. Kyle Edwards, making his full debut, getting the only goal of the game at Brentford. The Baggies are still looking for a successor to Darren Moore after his surprising sacking, but in the meantime Shan has ensured his side stay clear of the chasing pack in the play-off hunt. Pinterest Share on Facebook Kyle Edwards (right) celebrates scoring the only goal of the game at Brentford. Photograph: Adam Fradgley – AMA/WBA FC via Getty Images Share on LinkedIn Sheffield United’s Chris Basham downs Leeds and Casilla sees late red Quick guide Championship results Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

In the news today July 11

first_imgFive stories in the news for Thursday, July 11———LIBERALS NOMINATE QUEBEC ACTIVIST FOR FALL VOTEWithin a few minutes of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s speech Wednesday night introducing his newest candidate for the fall election, a protester lifted up a sign and began screaming anti-pipeline slogans. The crowd of roughly 150 people went silent. The female protester demanded Trudeau respect Indigenous sovereignty and stop the expansion of the Trans Mountain oil pipeline, which the federal government bought for $4.5 billion. “There are Indigenous communities who want to see this move forward,” Trudeau replied. “Why are you de-legitimizing the Indigenous communities who support the energy industry?” The crowd roared in approval but Trudeau’s new recruit, well-known and respected environmental activist, Steven Guilbeault, did not clap. He stared into the audience with a stern look on his face.———CDN SIKH GROUP SUES INDIA FOR DEFAMATIONCanadian Sikh organizations fear the Indian government is trying to interfere in the upcoming federal election after a flurry of Indian media articles accusing Canadian Sikhs of inciting violence and militancy in Punjab and the Canadian government of supporting them. Balpreet Singh, the lawyer for the World Sikh Organization in Canada, said a number of stories in Indian media in June and July have cited Indian government sources that Canadian Sikhs are behind terrorist activities targeting India. He believes the looming federal election is driving the stories because the Indian government wants to quiet the politically influential Sikh community in Canada. “There are going to be a lot of Sikhs running for political office and it’s to ensure the Sikh community is seen through a paradigm of extremism, of suspicion, essentially to marginalize Sikhs in Canada,” he said. There were 19 Sikh MPs elected in 2015, most of whom are seeking re-election. Singh said these articles undermine Sikhs within Canada.———PREMIERS CALL FOR BUY AMERICA EXEMPTIONCanada’s premiers want the federal government to seek an exemption from the United States’ Buy American measures. Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe said trade was a big topic Wednesday on the first day of the annual premiers’ conference. “We will be calling on our federal government to provide a stronger leadership role … in asking for an exemption with respect to the Buy American policy that is damaging many of our industries here in Canada,” Moe said at a news conference in Saskatoon. The Buy American measures require 65 per cent local content on public transportation projects in the U.S. and that assembly be done south of the border. Ontario Premier Doug Ford said the recent announcement by Bombardier of layoffs at its Thunder Bay, Ont., plant are a direct result.———18 CHARGES LAID IN WILDLIFE-ENFORCEMENT BLITZCanadian wildlife enforcement officers have seized dozens of black-bear parts, diet pills made from endangered African plants and the bodies of two scaly anteaters as part of an international blitz targeting smugglers and poachers, Environment and Climate Change Canada says. The seizures took place in June when Canada, for the third time, took part in Interpol’s Operation Thunderball with 108 other countries to go after global smugglers, poachers and traffickers of endangered and exotic species. Sheldon Jordan, director general for wildlife enforcement at Environment and Climate Change Canada, said Canadians may not realize the extent of the smuggling issue in this country. He noted that about one-third of shark meat used in restaurants is illegally imported from endangered shark species. One-third of eel in Canada is from Europe, where it isn’t allowed to be exported, Jordan said. Last year, 15 tonnes of European eel was seized in Canada during Operation Thunderball, but none was found this year, said Jordan.———STAMPEDE TRYING TO REDUCE LANDFILL WASTEMore than 20,000 people chowed down on pancakes last weekend during a family breakfast on the Calgary Stampede grounds. That’s an awful lot of disposable forks, knives and plates — not to mention cups for water and coffee. But a single garbage bag weighing about 13 kilograms was all that went to the landfill, said Xaviere Schneider, the Stampede’s environmental co-ordinator. It’s all about trying to maintain the diversion rate and making sure that people are composting and recycling as much as possible, she says. The Stampede is a 10-day celebration of western culture that infuses Calgary with a party atmosphere. More than a million people head to the Stampede grounds every year to take in shows, rides, midway games, sugar- and grease-filled concessions and rodeo events.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Vice Admiral Art McDonald, commander of the Royal Canadian Navy, and senior military officials provide a media briefing concerning the results of HMCS Chicoutimi Health Surveillance Study, which examined the possible long-term health effects to those involved in the 2004 fire onboard HMCS Chicoutimi.— NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh gives a speech at the Canadian Teachers Federation AGM.— Border Security Minister Bill Blair visit with Reservists from The Queen’s York Rangers to highlight new equipment and initiatives that ensure the Canadian Army Reserves are well-equipped and well-supported.— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joins local Liberals for a Team Trudeau 2019 campaign event with Amarjeet Sohi.— Minister of National Defence, Harjit Sajjan, announces investments in search and rescue (SAR) equipment. This will be followed by a Canadian Forces School of SAR graduation ceremony and the appointment of command for 418 search and rescue operational training squadron. ———The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Exclusive – From Jungle to LA and back again 1111 brings home

first_imgTORONTO – Trying to identify a defining moment in someone’s career is a difficult thing to do when there is no dramatic, life-altering event to mark the occasion. Mostly, we only realize what happened years later, in hindsight, after they achieve success, in the case of those who make it. Those of us who were lucky enough to witness it, walk away from an ordinary moment feeling like something extraordinary had happened. That’s exactly how I felt after watching singer-songwriter and producer 11:11 perform in Toronto the other night.11 was headlining the 10th anniversary celebration of The Come Up Show at Adelaide Hall. His fans, a room full of hip hop culture diehards, were eager to welcome him back after a year away from the stage. He released ‘Home’, one of the songs from his upcoming album Mood, two weeks earlier in mid-November and the audience already knew the lyrics. They were singing them along with him.11 opened up the floodgates on digital media starting with the release of ‘Home’ to his 200,000 followers on Vevo, then crossed platforms over to iTunes, Spotify and YouTube. The song marks a transition from his traditional R&B style to a more pop-influenced sound. Despite the change, he manages to keep his signature soul vocals, one that flows effortlessly to create a unique, contemporary vibe. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Facebookcenter_img Advertisement The release of ‘Home’ signals a change for 11 after a decade in the music industry. It could very well be the kind of break that so many artists look for as a launching point in their careers. In the black box of a venue, in the moment, I can’t help but feel like this will be the moment that started it all for him. And although I hear him apologizing for the strain in his voice, the hoarseness doesn’t seem to matter at all. The audience looks beyond it, like I do, like he has already proven himself to the people who matter most to him.During his days in Lawrence Heights as a producer, “making beats for rappers around the neighbourhood,” known as Jungle, he tells me, “we used to break into abandoned houses to set up computers, create music and record songs.” From his modest studio at the Lawrence Heights Community Centre, “after realizing my love for the craft,” as he puts it, “I ventured into singing hooks and began writing, and the rest is history,” said 11.When I asked him how he felt about the show on Thursday night, he talked about the great turnout and how much he loved to perform his music in front of a live audience.The new release will undoubtedly turn heads in the industry and has already resonated with fans, judging from the response to the new single during the live performance at The Come Up Show. “I remember releasing a record and only getting 200 plays maximum and waking up one day and seeing my music get 100,000 plays; that’s when I realized things changed,” confided 11.His adventures in music eventually led him to Universal Studios in Los Angeles, California, yet, he still keeps in touch with some of the rappers from his old neighbourhood, like Top5 Psycho, Jigsaw, and Ice.He shared one of his most memorable moments, the first time he flew out to LA to meet with his managers, which he said was one of the most important moments in his career and in his life. “Meeting them and being around the music and people changed everything,” he said. It “has inspired me to want to create more music, and better music for myself and for my fans. It has been one of the most motivating experiences thus far.”The singer-songwriter also recorded his self-titled EP, 11:11, in LA in 2015 with songs like ‘Westside‘ and ‘Wild Ting‘ that contributed to his quintessential soul-trap sound. ‘Wild Ting’ has a Jamaican style rockers reggae vibe flowing. The release of the album was around the time his fans started to take notice. Like me, they wonder out loud how much longer 11:11 will remain a secret.He released another single before ‘Home’, called ‘Good Love’, and was featured on the Eric Bellinger album Eric B for President on a song called ‘One of Dem’.He’s worked hard for the past year, putting focus on the upcoming album and took a hiatus from performing live. “This is the first full length album so I’m putting everything I have into this record. I’m itching to get back on the stage, so will be back there soon enough!” he wrote to me in a note.Written by Dennis Smith and Tyler Craig, and produced by Mantra, ‘Home’ is about expressing love, derived from a feeling of longing for familiarity and human interaction. The tittle, said 11, “refers to my experience while in LA for three months without my girlfriend. It is a tribute to the desire to come back home and spend time with the woman I love.”The album, Mood, is set for release in the first quarter of 2018. 11 said, “it reflects the way I feel in my life at certain times, channeling the vast ups and downs in the rollercoaster we call life. More than anything, I want the album to be relatable, to strike up memories or channel what people are currently experiencing emotionally. It is a journey of the heart – and most of all, I’m hoping it will resonate.”He added, “I want to create timeless music. I have this desire to create music that draws a certain mood, and leaves a lasting impression in the air space it occupies. It resonates. There’s nothing better than ‘Mood’ music.”Find multiple ways to listen to ‘Home’ on: http://www.coremagazines.com/music/mood11:11 – ‘Home’ (Lyric video) on YouTube:https://youtu.be/5YvaraC1-FUby Cherryl Bird – Toronto, Ontario, CanadaTwitter @ladycbird | Instagram @cherrylbirdConnect with us.Like and follow Core Magazines on social media:YouTube.com/CoreMagazinesFacebook.com/CoreMagazinesGoogle.com/+CoreMagazinesCoreMagazines.Tumblr.comSoundcloud.com/coremagazineswww.coremagazines.com: Core Magazines – local culture from around the world.by Cherryl Bird Singer-songwriter 11:11 – photo: Kevin Kaige (CNW Group/Core Magazines) Twitterlast_img read more

IMD working at faster pace to issue blocklevel weather forecast by next

first_imgNew Delhi: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) Tuesday said it is working at a brisk pace to issue localised weather forecasting to all 6,500 blocks across 660 districts in the country by 2020 and help as many as 9.5 crore farmers deal with the vagaries of weather.However, the most challenging task would be to enhance the accuracy of weather forecasts and to make agromet advisory services (AAS) more useful and user friendliness, it added. At present, IMD issues district level advisories. In 2018, it tied up with Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) to extend weather forecast and AAS at the block level. “A lot of progress has been made since signing of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) with ICAR. The work is at a faster pace…. We are recruiting and training people,” IMD Deputy Director General S D Attri said on the sidelines of a Ficci event. The pilot study is underway in 200 blocks. The target is to cover 6,500 blocks in 660 districts by 2020, he said, adding that this will help farmers minimise weather-related crop losses. Attri said that the IMD has a network of 130 agromet field units at district level for dissimilating the weather-based advisories. Efforts are being made to set such units in additional 530 districts in the country under the ‘Gramin Krishi Mausam Sewa’ at Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs). As of now, 4 crore farmers are receiving the district level weather forecast through SMS and mKisan portals. “The target is to cover 9.5 crore farmers by 2020 by extending the services at a block level,” he added. Earlier, addressing the event on agriculture extension, the IMD official stressed on the need for dissemination of AAS to farmers on a “wider scale” and convincing them about its positive impacts on a sustainable basis. He also talked about the need to focus on awareness programmes to help farmers to become more self-reliant in dealing with weather and climate issues that affect agriculture production and also assist the farmers to further develop their adaptive capacity with improved planning and better management decisions. -Attri observed that IMD alone cannot reach all farmers and emphasised the need to take private sector and their innovative technologies in this area.last_img read more

Tidal Licence Issued to Sustainable Marine Energy

The Department of Energy and Mines has issued a licence to Sustainable Marine Energy Canada for a tidal electricity project. The 1.26-megawatt marine renewable energy licence allows the company to continue to develop its project in a berth at the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE). “Tidal energy is about more than clean, renewable electricity,” said Energy and Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette. “This developing industry has the potential to create green jobs in rural areas of the province and it’s good to see one of our developers taking its project to the next level.” Sustainable Marine Energy also has an unconnected marine renewable energy permit for a 280-kilowatt floating platform in Grand Passage, Digby Co. Under the licence, the company must meet performance standards, environmental requirements and community engagement conditions. The project is required to obtain all other necessary approvals, permits and authorizations. This licence allows the company to sell electricity generated at a rate set by the Utility and Review Board of 53 cents per kilowatt hour. The licence is available at https://energy.novascotia.ca/renewables/marine-renewable-energy/permits read more

MacLean Livingstone Delaney and the Disability Rights Coalition of Nova Scotia v

A remedy hearing for the independent human rights board of inquiry into Beth MacLean, Sheila Livingstone, Joseph Delaney and the Disability Rights Coalition of Nova Scotia v. Province of Nova Scotia will begin in Halifax, Tuesday, Sept 10. Board chair Walter Thompson published his decision on this matter in March, finding that the province discriminated against the complainants, Beth MacLean, Sheila Livingstone and Joey Delaney in the provision of access to services or facilities on account of mental and physical disability. This remedy hearing will provide Mr. Thompson the opportunity to determine appropriate remedies with input from the parties. The hearing will take place at the Best Western Chocolate Lake, 250 Saint Margaret’s Bay Rd., Halifax. -30- read more

The marque of Marquez Sixtime MotoGP champion hailed by greats

Bangkok: Tributes have poured in to the unstoppable Marc Marquez with the Spaniard hailed as “incredible” and “unbelievable” after he clinched his sixth MotoGP crown and eighth world title overall. MotoGP rivals, Marquez’s own brother and Formula One greats joined a chorus of congratulations for the daring 26-year-old who dived under Fabio Quartararo on the final bend to win the Thailand MotoGP and seal the title in a pulsating last-lap duel. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju The win gave him an insurmountable lead over closest rival Andrea Dovizioso, who was gracious despite another season in Marquez’s shadow. “We can speak and analyse all the things but at the end if you check his score it’s something unbelievable,” the Ducati rider told MotoGP.com. Marquez has dominated the sport. Since 2013 he has only failed to win the world championship once — in 2015. The 2019 title is his fourth straight and Marquez described this year as his “best” season ever. No one is disputing his assessment. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters British rider Cal Crutchlow pointed out that Marquez has finished first or second in every race apart from one — the Grand Prix of The Americas when a mechanical problem caused him to crash when leading on the ninth lap in Austin. “He’s an incredible talent,” said Crutchlow, who is ninth in the standings. “I think he should just retire and give everyone else a chance,” he joked. Marquez is from a racing family and his younger brother Alex finished fifth in the Moto2 race in Buriram and is leading the class standings. If there is a sibling rivalry it was hard to see in Alex’s endearing tweet about his brother’s achievement. “Once again you leave us all speechless!” he said on his official account which showed a photo of the two brothers smiling after the win. “In spite of your eight championships, you’ll still be the ‘little twerp’ brother that you are.” With six premier-class titles, Marquez surpasses Australian legend Mick Doohan. He trails only Italian great Valentino Rossi, who won the last of his seven championships in 2009, and Giacomo Agostini, whose record eighth came in 1975. Rossi predicted he will break both. “I don’t think he’ll struggle to reach nine,” he told GPOne.com. Spanish Formula One double world champion Fernando Alonso tweeted his congratulations, calling Marquez a “phenomenon.” Formula One driver Pierre Gasly, who attended the race before heading to Suzuka for next weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix, tweeted: “What a race, what a battle in the last lap.” French rookie Quartararo, 20, led most of the way but was left in awe of Marquez. “It’s just incredible what he achieved, what he does with the bike,” Quartararo told MotoGP.com. “He will be there for a long time.” read more

YOUR GUIDE TO STARSPOTTING AT TIFF 19

Home to the IMDB Studio at the Visa Infinite Lounge in previous years, Bisha is no stranger to a celebrity or two. The hotel hosts the world’s trendiest guests on the regular and the lobby bar – Mister C – been home to a few pre and after parties for TIFF films. Stars spotted in the past include Julianne Moore, Jake Gyllenhaal, Allison Janney and Greta Gerwig. Ink Entertainment provides a guide to star-spotting at TIFF 2019The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is back for 2019 and a star-studded list of guests will flood the city for the festival’s 10-day duration. With TIFF comes the parties, events and interviews, which means the city will be on high alert for the best in celebrity sightings. INK Entertainment venues have been known to host a celebrity or two, so here are a few places in Toronto for your best chance at star-spotting.Bisha Hotel & Residence Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Akira BackLocated on the second floor of Bisha Hotel, Michelin-star chef Akira Back, the buzz worthy menu, private dining room and cool decor designed by Studio Munge is enough to draw any celebrity in. Canadian icons Ben and Jessica Mulroney are loyal patrons of the restaurant, as well as Jessica Biel and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have been spotted indulging in Back’s signature dishes..KOSTThe rooftop restaurant – located on the 44th floor of Bisha Hotel – has unparalleled views of Toronto and was recently dubbed the city’s best patio by BlogTO. Already a popular and Instagrammable destination for locals and tourists, you can bet the stars will want to take in the views and fresh menu, like Julia Roberts, Halle Berry, Geena Davis and Martin Short have done..Sofia Restaurant & BarWhile it may not be located right in the heart of TIFF action, Sofia is a pearl nestled in Yorkville and secluded from the hustle and bustle of downtown. The fine-dining destination offers Italian-inspired cuisine and a menu curated by executive chef Rob LeClair. The luxe space holds the charm of modern dining with a dash of Hollywood glamour, as well as a private outdoor patio – This checks every box for a TIFF event. Stars spotted in past include Drake, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeff Goldblum and Dan Aykroyd..Byblos Downtown / STORYs TorontoByblos and STORYs are staple spots for star-spotting during TIFF. Byblos – the award-winning Eastern Mediterranean restaurant – has celebrities flocking each night to get a taste of the incredible menu, as well as being host to a few after parties. Sharing the same space, STORYs has been home to many a pre or post screening party, as well as the RBC Lounge. Stars spotted in the past include Jessica Chastain, Brie Larson, Emma Stone, Matt Damon, Matthew McConaughey and Bryan Cranston..PatriaPatria is the ultimate spot on King West for private dining and party experiences for TIFF events. The Barcelona inspired restaurant is discreetly tucked away and boasts impressive Spanish flavoured menu items. It has also has been host to a bevy of premiere parties, including an appearance by Ryan Gosling..WeslodgeYou cannot miss the big yellow doors when you’re walking down King Street – and neither can the biggest names in Hollywood. Weslodge has been the host to many a TIFF event and has had stars such as Richard Gere and Gary Oldman spotted inside. Matthew McConaughey even booked out the venue last year for an invite-only tasting of his Wild Turkey whisky..Spoke ClubThe exclusive members-only club has hosted many galas and premiere parties in the past. Now under the helm of INK Entertainment, Spoke Club boasts a newly renovated private rooftop patio and bar that will be idea for all A-list guests seeking the most exclusive events. Stars spotted in the past include Penelope Cruz, Bradley Cooper, Woody Harrelson and Gael Garcia Bernal.By Ink Entertainment Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement read more

SALES FOR HANDMAIDS TALE SEQUEL TOP 125000 COPIES

Advertisement Canadian author Margaret Atwood speaks during a press conference at the British Library to launch her new book ‘The Testaments’ in London, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook NEW YORK — Sales for Margaret Atwood’s “The Testaments,” her highly anticipated sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale,” have already topped 100,000 copies.“The Testaments” was released Tuesday and returned readers to the dystopia of Gilead. According to Doubleday, combined sales for print, e-book and audio editions exceed 125,000 copies in the United States alone. That’s the biggest opening of 2019 for Doubleday’s parent company, Penguin Random House, the country’s largest publisher. Reviews have been strong for “Testaments,” which Atwood has said she wrote in response to readers’ curiosity and to concerns about the rise of Donald Trump. The million-selling “The Handmaid’s Tale” was published in 1985 and sales have surged in recent years, helped by Trump’s election and the acclaimed Hulu television adaptation.As of Thursday afternoon, “The Testaments” was No. 2 on Amazon.com. Hillel Italie ~ The Associated Press LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter read more

HANDMAIDS TALE MRS MAISEL GUEST STARS CAPTURE EARLY EMMYS

Advertisement Advertisement A trio of Emmy-honoured actors are winners again for their guest performances in TV series, joined by an awards newcomer.Bradley Whitford and Cherry Jones received trophies for their The Handmaid’s Tale roles at Sunday’s creative arts Emmy ceremony.Jane Lynch and Luke Kirby won on the comedy side, both for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Jane Lynch’s guest turn on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel netted her another Emmy trophy, joining past wins for Glee and Hollywood Game Night. Lynch was among the winners this past weekend at the 2019 Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. (Amy Sussman/Getty Images) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Game of Thrones led with 10 Emmys in technical and other categories at the two-night weekend ceremony, which is the precursor to the main Emmy Awards that will air Sept. 22 on Fox.A Game of Thrones team captured Emmys in 10 categories during the two-day ceremony, including for sound editors Tim Kimmel, Tim Hands, Paula Fairfield, Bradley C. Katona, Paul Bercovitch, John Matter, David Klotz, Brett Voss, Jeffrey Wilhoit and Dylan Tuomy-Wilhoit. (Amy Sussman/Getty Images)The 10 wins included a trophy for Halifax’s Paula Fairfield in the sound editing category as part of the team on the HBO drama. It’s Fairfield’s second win after nabbing a trophy for the same series in 2015. She’s been nominated for Game of Thrones in four other years, and received three previous nominations for work on ABC/CTV’s Lost.Meanwhile, Montreal-based Elisabeth Williams was among the team of winners for best production design for The Handmaid’s Tale, which airs on Crave. She also won last year for the series, and earned a nomination in 2016 for FX’s ​​​​​​​Fargo. Twitter read more

SCREEN NOVA SCOTIA PARTNERS WITH NETFLIX TO EXPAND SCREENWRITER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

Screen Nova Scotia has partnered with Netflix to deliver the film commission’s television writing training program, the Screenwriter Internship Program. This program, now in its second year, is designed to help emerging and mid-level Nova Scotian screenwriters grow their network, sharpen their professional skills, and bring new perspectives and ideas to the writers’ rooms of established television series.“The Screenwriter Internship Program tops out as Screen Nova Scotia’s most coveted talent development program,” said Laura Mackenzie, Executive Director, Screen Nova Scotia. “Nova Scotia has always had a deep arsenal of strong writers, and we’re proud to partner with Netflix to showcase this talent in the writers’ rooms of Internationally celebrated showrunners.”Last year’s program, which saw an overwhelming number of applications, placed three local screenwriters in the writers’ rooms of Canadian series in Toronto, including Mary Kills People (Cameron Pictures; CTV) and Diggstown (Circle Blue Entertainment, Freddie Films, and Waterstar Entertainment; CBC). With Netflix signing on as a presenting partner, the program will expand into the writers’ room of US series in Los Angeles and New York in addition to Canada, connecting Nova Scotian writers with some of North America’s top showrunners and screenwriters. Facebook Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: “Netflix is thrilled to partner with Screen Nova Scotia to expand the acclaimed Screenwriter Internship Program,” said Lisa Hamilton Daly, Director, Original Series at Netflix. “We look forward to helping Nova Scotian writers grow their networks and are excited to provide them with opportunities to work with world-class talent across North America.”Participation in these two-week internships will offer local screenwriter’s hands-on training, industry insight, invaluable experience and practical knowledge to help them advance as writers of compelling scripts for television. Their experience will also make them ideal candidates for local producers who are looking for talent to develop projects within Nova Scotia.The Screenwriter Internship Program will launch its first call for applications in Fall 2019..About NetflixNetflix is the world’s leading internet entertainment service with over 151 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.About Screen Nova ScotiaScreen Nova Scotia is a member-based industry association and film commission that promotes and advocates on behalf of Nova Scotia’s screen industry. Our membership includes producers, service providers, local cast and crew, unions, and industry organizations. Screen Nova Scotia is dedicated to building a strong and sustainable future for the province’s production sector. We’re the first point of contact to find out more about locations, production partners, industry resources and infrastructure, and financial incentives. Twitter read more

Dell Latitude 7400 2in1 2019 laptop review As flexible as you are

I’m saying it: the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 is quite possibly my favorite laptop this year. Its solid build quality, abetted by the phenomenal keyboard and long battery life, is everything I could ask for in a business notebook. Dell also offers plenty of security feature at the cost of a smaller battery if you need them. Display brightness is perhaps its biggest downfall, and while it runs quiet, any undissipated heat spreads across the keyboard and onto your fingers. Nevertheless, its respectable performance still earns my recommendation–assuming your budget allows for it. Pros Brilliant keyboard Quiet under load Plenty of ports Impressive craftsmanship Robust hardware Easily removable rear cover and swappable SSD Price includes remote and on-site support Cons Display is a tad dim Keyboard can get uncomfortably hot under load Touchpad sensitivity could be better Extra security features shrink battery capacity So-so speakers Money vacuum Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 specifications Device Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 Review model Processor up to Intel Core i7-8665U vPro Intel Core i7-8665U vPro Graphics Intel UHD Graphics 620  Intel UHD Graphics 620 RAM Up to 16GB LPDDR3  16GB LPDDR3 Storage Up to 1TB NVMe SSD 1TB NVMe SSD Display 14-inch 1080p IPS FHD touchscreen with active pen support Battery 56Wh/78Wh 78Wh Ports 2x USB-C Thunderbolt 1x HDMI 2x USB-A ports 1x External microSD card slot 1x micro SIM card slot 1x 3.5mm audio jack Weight Starting at 2.99lbs (1.3kg) Price Starting at CA$1,849 CA$3,909 at Dell.ca Design Unlike its premium Dell XPS consumer series, the Dell Latitude 7400 is forged from cold, hard metal, omitting exotic materials like fiberglass and carbon fiber. Physically, the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 feels as durable as a rock. And at 2.99lbs, it’s not overly heavy either. With posh brushed metal accents encircling its edges, it looks just lively enough to remind others that you still have a personality when you’re buried in work. Most of the hot air is expelled through the rear vents. A 14-inch IPS display is surrounded by an ultra-thin bezel. Despite the claustrophobic estate, Dell still manages to squeeze the webcam in the top bezel. The camera is compatible with Windows Hello, and even has a proximity sensor with Intel’s Context Sensing ability, which can turn on the display when it detects your presence and activate sign-in autonomously. Since Dell Latitude panders to business and corporate use cases, it carries enough ports for two or three ultrabooks. The fingerprint sensor has been integrated into the power button on select models only. More on that in the ports section. A good keyboard is indispensable for productivity. The Latitude 7400 2-in-1 has a standard ANSI backlit keyboard without bells and whistles–as it should be. A pair of bottom-firing speakers blasts audio from the base. They’re adequately loud for small-room conferences, just don’t expect any euphoric renditions. When the display folds beyond 110 degrees, the display slightly props up the base, perhaps as a way to improve typing ergonomics and increase airflow. Display I was a bit let down by the display’s brightness. Although the 14-inch 1080p display sports great colors, it’s too dim to distinguish under direct sunlight. Auto brightness adjustment needs some work, too. The display would sometimes fluctuate between being too bright and too dim before settling in on the optimal setting. The touchscreen is also compatible with an active pen with palm rejection. I was impressed at its sturdiness and stellar corner performance. The display did mistaken my wrist for pen input several times. The pen snaps onto the side magnets when not in use. Performance Our review unit sports the Intel’s Core i7-8665U, a quad-core processor that’s the successor to the Core i7-8550U. While they’re architecturally identical, the i7-8665U is manufactured on Intel’s more mature 14nm++ node, which enables more energy-saving and better performance. Because of the node improvement, Intel specifies that the Core i7-8665U can reach 4.8GHz turbo boost frequency compared to the i7-8550U’s 4.0GHz. All other components including graphics, memory controller, and cache hierarchy and size all remain the same. Geekbench 4.0 The Core i7-8665U overtook the Core i7-8550U by a slim margin in Geekbench. Cinebench R15 Despite the supposed frequency boost, the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 scored identically to the Asus Zenbook S UX391 we tested a few months back, settling for a 596 average across three runs. Changing the Windows power profile to “Best Performance” didn’t make a difference, either. Cinebench R20 3D Mark Timespy The Core i7-8665U’s 3D Mark score is slightly better than that of the Core i7-8550U thanks to higher processor performance. Since both chipsets use the Intel UHD 620, the difference between the graphics subsystems is negligible. PCMark 10 PCMark 10 evaluates overall system performance, and it’s here that we see a solid lead over the Asus ZenBook S UX 391. Much of the improvement comes from having a faster SSD, which greatly boosted the app start-up score. CrystalDiskMark The SSD boasts excellent 4K random read and write speeds, the most relevant metrics for a general user. Thermal, noise, and throttling Uncovering the baseplate reveals that the processor is cooled by a tiny 1.06CMF fan attached to a wide heat pipe. Relative to the heat pipe, the heatsink is tiny in comparison, only stretching across the width of the fan. The SDD and can be easily detached by removing two screws. It also has its own thermal shield to mitigate throttling. When tackling office productivity tasks, the processor hovered between 45 to 55 degrees–cool enough to type on comfortably. More demanding workloads like batch editing and spot removal in Lightroom raised its temperature up to 100 degrees, almost touching the Intel-specified maximum operating temperature. AIDA64 stress test frequencyAny unwicked heat radiates from the top left corner towards the keyboard area. When the laptop is under load, the area around the escape key becomes extremely hot to the touch. Think on the level of a cup of hot tea in a ceramic mug. AIDA64 stress test temperatureThe fan is in no hurry to increase its speed, however. Fan recordings in AIDA 64 showed that the fan topped out at around 7000RPM. Even working at its peak, the fan is extremely quiet. It’s almost as though that the Latitude 7400 prioritizes silence over maintaining performance. Dell Latitude 7400 fan speedBattery life Dell quotes officially quotes the battery life to be 26 hours and 46 minutes for the 78Wh model. It, of course, never reaches that milage in real-world use, but its massive 78Wh battery still easily lasts an entire day and a half without begging for the outlet. Moreover, the battery charges using a beefy 65 W USB-C charger, which needs about 1.5 hours to reach 100 per cent from empty. The battery does heat up quite a bit during charging, however, so keep it in a well-ventilated area. Connectivity and I/O As much as I love razor-thin ultrabooks that can slice my backpack in half, I also love an abundant port selection. Being a business laptop, the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 scratches my port itch with two USB-C Thunderbolt ports, an HDMI port, two USB-A ports, an external microSD card slot, a microSIM card slot, and a headphone jack. Dell also offers an optional Qualcomm Snapdragon X20 LTE-A broadband card. Depending on your needs, Dell offers numerous customizable security options including a smart card reader, touch fingerprint reader, and NFC. Unfortunately, selecting any of these options means cutting the battery capacity from 78Wh to 52Wh. Keyboard and trackpad Without a doubt, the Latitude 7400 2-in-1’s keyboard ranks as one of its top features. There’s plenty of separation between each key to indicate to the typist when sliding from one key to the other. The keys themselves are stiffer than most other laptop keyboards, but are springy and silent–perfect for an open floor office plan. The plastic keycaps are decently fingerprint resistant, too. Overall, I’m extremely impressed by the keys and had no problems typing on the unit for hours on end. Supplementing the excellent keyboard is a mostly-reliable glass trackpad seated in a commodious palm rest. The trackpad sensitivity isn’t the best we’ve seen, but the smooth glass surface and supremely responsive buttons mitigate that to a degree. Conclusion Before we dig into pricing, keep in mind that the Latitude 7400 2-in-1 is designed for corporate wallets. Thus, it starts at CA$1,849, and costs $3,909 when fully decked out with an Intel i7-8665U vPro processor, 16GB of RAM, 1TB SSD, and 78W battery. And that’s without any security add-ons, which would tip it over the $4,000 mark. The price includes three years of on-site service and remote diagnosis. With an attractive design and impeccable build quality, the Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 earns my wholehearted recommendation. If you end up with one in your lap, then be rest assured that it’s one of the most refined Windows laptops available. Those looking for a robust business machine to crush through your daily load of documents will fall in love with its supreme keyboard. Moreover, its large 78Wh battery life will keep it humming for a full day. That being said, tacking on extra security hardware considerably shrinks the battery size, a compromise I deeply frown upon. This section is powered by IT World Canada. ITWC covers the enterprise IT spectrum, providing news and information for IT professionals aiming to succeed in the Canadian market. read more

NFL to Launch Inspire Change Apparel and Songs of the Season

Today, the NFL and Roc Nation announced the launch of Inspire Change apparel and Songs of the Season as part of their new partnership.Inspire Change apparel, a new social enterprise model, will fund and support Inspire Change programs across the country.Proceeds from this venture will support organizations committed to the key priorities of Inspire Change: education and economic empowerment, police and community relations, and criminal justice reform. The Inspire Change apparel line, designed by artists, will be available later in the 2019 season.Songs of the Season is a multi-tier, season-long initiative that will highlight superstars and emerging artists of all genres. Songs of the Season will showcase musicians that will create and deliver a song to be integrated in all NFL promotions each month during the season. The songs will debut during an in-game broadcast and will be simultaneously released to all digital streaming platforms (DSPs) worldwide. All proceeds from the songs will go toward Inspire Change.Meek Mill, Meghan Trainor and Rapsody will be the first Inspire Change advocates of the 2019 NFL Season and will perform a free concert at the NFL Kickoff Experience presented by EA SPORTS MADDEN NFL ‘20 in Chicago’s Grant Park on Thursday, September 5. Also performing will be Chicago-based DJ Pharris. A portion of Meek Mill and Meghan Trainor’s performance will be featured in simulcast coverage of the 40-minute pregame show from Chicago from 7:30 – 8:10 PM ET on NBC and NFL Network.Following Meek Mill and Meghan Trainor’s performance, fans are encouraged to stay at Grant Park for the NFL KICKOFF WATCH PARTY as the Green Bay Packers take on the Chicago Bears. read more

Annan hails EU ratification of Kyoto treaty on global warming

“The unanimous ratification of the Kyoto Protocol by the European Union is good news for the entire world,” Mr. Annan told European ministers gathered for a luncheon to mark the occasion at UN Headquarters in New York.Calling climate change “one of the greatest challenges the world will have to face in the 21st century,” the Secretary-General said the EU had shown that it takes the threat seriously. “I hope others will follow suit so that the Protocol – a sound and innovative response to a truly global threat affecting rich and poor countries alike – can enter into force as soon as possible,” he said.The 1997 Kyoto Protocol is an addition to the 1992 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, which has 186 parties, including the 15 member States of the European Union and the European Community. The treaties seek to stabilize concentrations in the atmosphere of greenhouse gases, a leading cause of global warming. The Kyoto Protocol establishes quantified commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, requiring that over the period 2008 to 2012, worldwide emissions be reduced by 5 per cent compared with 1990 levels.To enter into force, the Kyoto Protocol will need to be ratified by at least 55 States parties to the Framework Convention on Climate Change, including specified industrialized countries representing at least 55 per cent of the total 1990 carbon dioxide emissions from this group. Speaking at a press conference today, European ministers said the their countries’ unanimous ratification of the Kyoto Protocol should generate international momentum to combat climate change.”Today is an important day for the environment and for the process of international cooperation,” said the Acting President of the EU Council of Ministers, Jaume Matas, who is also Spain’s Minister of the Environment. With the ratifications, he said, the EU was affirming that only international cooperation could combat climate change and that the Kyoto Protocol was the best first step to taking concrete measures on curbing greenhouse gasses over the long-term. read more

Iraq invites top UN inspector for talks ahead of Security Council briefing

Gen. Amir Al-Saadi, Iraq’s top liaison with the UN monitors, wrote over the weekend to Hans Blix, Executive Chairman of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC), suggesting that Mr. Blix travel to Baghdad in mid-January for more talks, a spokesman for the Commission said.”As you know, we are to present an update to the Security Council on 27 January so it does seem a useful idea for Mr. Blix to go to Baghdad to have discussions about where we are, how we move forward to implement the Council’s resolutions,” UNMOVIC spokesman Ewen Buchanan told UN Radio.Meanwhile outside Baghdad, an UNMOVIC team of missile inspectors visited the Al Mamoun plant to witness the casting process of a solid propellant motor for the Al Ubour missile. Another team inspected the Al Mansour plant, which produces semiconductors, industrial gases and drinking water, according to Hiro Ueki, spokesman for UNMOVIC and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Baghdad.An UNMOVIC biological team conducted an inspection of the Ibn Seena Research Centre in Baghdad, which conducts research and testing into new pharmaceutical formulations. A second biological team inspected the National Centre of Drug Control and Research in Baghdad, which is owned by the Ministry of Health and carries out analysis of imported and locally manufactured drugs.In Baghdad, an chemical team from UNMOVIC inspected two research centres: the Chemical Engineering Research Design Centre, which is part of the Sa’ad Company and was inspected on 29 December; and the Petrochemical Research and Development Centre, which is under the Ministry of Oil. “Both inspections were focused on verifying the current status of their activities, as well as their activities since 1998,” Mr. Ueki said.An UNMOVIC multidisciplinary team inspected the Chemical Corp’s Training Centre, which consists of administrative buildings, classrooms, warehouses, workshops and several training ranges where live training is conducted.An IAEA team inspected the Mechanical Engineering Design Centre, Mr. Ueki said. The Centre consists of several technical design departments serving local industry in the design of general, as well as specialized, equipment.In other news, the UN Office of the Iraq Programme reported that in the week ending 27 December there were 10 loadings of Iraqi crude oil totalling 14.3 million barrels. Exports earned about $409 million for the UN-run oil-for-food programme, based on an average price of $26.90 per barrel for Iraqi crude.The revenue generated thus far from the current phase of the programme, which permits Baghdad to use earning from oil exports to purchase relief supplies, stands at approximately $910 million. read more