1. Honda CTX700 2. Honda NC700X 3. Honda Africa Twin 4. Honda VFR1200F The Lazy Man’s Guide on How to Make Hard Apple Cider How to Smoke Meat: Everything You Need to Know One of the questions I get from readers most often is “which motorcycle is the easiest to learn on?” It’s a good question, with a lot of answers, but here’s one you might not be expecting.Learning to ride a motorcycle, traditionally, is akin to learning to fly a helicopter: every limb and sense is involved in the process. Your hands have to modulate the throttle and front brake (both with the right hand) and clutch (left hand), your left foot changes the gear, and your right foot operates the back brake. You might also have to hit a turn signal in there too.Meanwhile, you have to do this complex dance essentially without looking, as your eyes need to stay on the road ahead or peek in the mirrors while the engine provides audio cues for when to shift – or not. It’s an all-hands-on-deck skill, and a lot of beginning riders struggle with it, some to the point that they give up on riding after stalling out too many times, or they just never master the gearshift ballet.And it’s no wonder, since the vast, vast majority (more than 90 percent) of cars sold now use automatic transmissions. The venerable stick-shift is getting tough to find, and the skills and understanding surrounding its use – essential in learning to ride a motorcycle – are fading away.In 2009, no doubt seeing the ever-growing default automatic transmission trend in cars, Honda released a new version of its seminal VFR sportbike, and a compact, high-performance 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (“DCT”) was an option. The motorcycling world was shocked, at least for a few minutes, but the new-think gearbox worked well, and also allowed the rider different shift modes as well as a push-button manual, albeit clutchless, mode of operation.The new VFR was not a big seller (it was not helped by its new styling, earning it the derisive moniker “Shamu” in some circles) and a high price didn’t help. But it was far from the end of the line for Honda’s nifty dual-clutch transmission. In fact, it was just the beginning of the story – and Honda’s DCT gamble.I’ve been focusing on certain bikes as the spring riding season rolls into many areas but instead of one bike, let’s look at some of Honda’s bikes that use the automatic DCT transmission. And as a side note, you can also get these bikes with a manual transmission, but you’ll typically also lose ABS brakes as well since they are part of the DCT sensor system.CTX700Following the high-end VFR rollout, Honda took it’s high-tech DCT toy and dropped it into about the most pedestrian, unassuming and affordable full-size motorcycle it could dream up: the CTX700. Now, you may think I’m damning the CTX with name-calling, but the truth is, I’m not: this is about the most perfect beginner bike imaginable.The CTX series, which can be had as a bare-bones naked bike and optioned up to a light-duty tourer, is not going to win races, inspire wheelies, or peg you as a leather-clad rebel. In fact, the CTX could be described as living in that fuzzy area between motorcycle and scooter, but it definitely errs on the motorcycle side. With an engine partially sourced from the Honda Fit econocar, the CTX bikes are the Whole Enchilada of basic motorcycling: low seat height, easy to ride with the DCT option, ABS brakes (only with the DCT), phenomenal gas mileage, low maintenance, built-in storage, and with proper care, they may last nearly forever.Honda CTX700I rode the first CTX models back in 2013 and while I personally prefer something with a bit more poke, the bikes acquitted themselves extremely well and were good fun to ride.The DCT option, though, was a revelation.Getting an automatic to work well on a motorcycle is no mean feat. The subtleties of slow-speed clutch operation must have been torture for Honda’s engineers to perfect, but perfect them they did. And riding with an automatic in city traffic? Bliss. Plus, out in the curvy stuff, dropping the tranny into manual mode allowed me to govern output from the torquey, long-stroke twin-cylinder engine as I pleased (but I should note, the onboard e-nannies will not let you stall or over-rev the engine, which are actually good things to govern).It didn’t take long to get used to the DCT, but my foot and hand still reached for the clutch and shifter out of habit, only to find nothing. At the end of the day though, I had fun riding the CTX, and that’s the score column that has the most weight in my review book. Price brand new, out-the-door, ready to ride? $7,600 with the DCT and ABS. That’s a great deal for a bike you really can go anywhere on.NC700XWant something a bit more sporty but still easy to ride – and automatic? Then the next stop is the $8,100 NC700X. This founding member of Honda’s “New Concept” (“NC”) line retains the base mechanicals of the CTX in terms of engine and transmission but reworks the layout of the bike for a more sporty riding position, more ground clearance and a very cool look.Honda NC700XSee the gas tank? It’s not a gas tank. Your helmet, bag or groceries go in there, the gas is under the seat. It’ll only hold a tick over three gallons, but since you’re getting 60mpg or better, range isn’t a problem. ABS is part of the DCT package as well, upping the safety factor. The NC700X will work well for a beginner to intermediate rider, or perhaps a rider who’s been off a bike for some time and is looking for a capable, high-tech rig with the novelty of no shifting when desired. If you want a bike to “grow up on,” the NC700X is probably the best call in this bunch.VFR1200 and Africa TwinWhat would happen if Honda took the performance levels of the CTX and NC bikes – and doubled it? Tripled it? Then you’d have the VFR1200F sport bike and Africa Twin dual-sport machine. That’s right, both these models can be had with the DCT transmission.The VFR with DCT is Honda’s latest iteration of their V4-powered land missile, and while it’s probably not the best choice for a beginning rider, you could make worse choices. Full-sized and with a fair amount of heft along with big power, the VFR is the answer for sport riders looking for a bit more comfort in their mount. You’re looking at nearly 18 grand out the door, but besides the DCT box, you get pretty much every other tech trick in Honda’s book along with the motive power of a VTEC V4 engine that can put you in legal trouble right quick.Honda VFR1200FThe other side of the big-bike coin is the new Africa Twin dual-sport bike (below), and it’s perhaps here that Honda expresses its ultimate design prowess for their automatic gearbox. The $13,699 Africa Twin uses a 1,000cc P-Twin engine like it’s CTX and NC cousins, but it’s much more powerful and the DCT is also hooked up to more sensors, including leaning angle and inclination, for better performance in dirt or on the slick surfaces most Africa Twins will likely encounter in their travels. Wanna get away? Like, to Siberia? This is the bike that gets you there.Honda Africa TwinBeginning riders stymied by the shifter now have automatic options outside of the scooter universe, and as Honda grows its DCT lineup, count on other motorcycle makers to get in on the action with their own shiftless solutions. How to Care for Your Houseplants in the Winter The Business of Delivering Booze to Your Door, According to Drizly’s Founders Editors’ Recommendations You Should Read Patagonia Founder Yvon Chouinard’s Guide to Life
Story Highlights Scores of students from schools in Kingston, St. Andrew and St. Catherine, participated in an Open Day and Expo, hosted by the Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) at the Waterfront, Downtown Kingston on November 2. For his part, Assistant Commissioner of the Jamaica Fire Brigade, Sean Martin told JIS News that the Open Day, was a crucial tool for the agency, as it gives the organization an opportunity to showcase the various skills set of the men and women serving. Acting Assistant Commissioner at the JFB, Emilio Ebanks, stated that the open day and expo provided an opportunity for the brigade to sensitise the students and the wider public about fire safety. Scores of students from schools in Kingston, St. Andrew and St. Catherine, participated in an Open Day and Expo, hosted by the Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) at the Waterfront, Downtown Kingston on November 2.The event was part of activities to mark Fire Safety Awareness Week which was observed under the theme ‘Empowering our People for a Fire-Safe Jamaica’.Acting Assistant Commissioner at the JFB, Emilio Ebanks, stated that the open day and expo provided an opportunity for the brigade to sensitise the students and the wider public about fire safety.“Children, they are our future and therefore we have to do as much as we can to change the culture of our society and make us more fire safe,” he stated.For his part, Assistant Commissioner of the Jamaica Fire Brigade, Sean Martin told JIS News that the Open Day, was a crucial tool for the agency, as it gives the organization an opportunity to showcase the various skills set of the men and women serving.“We want the public to see exactly what we do. When it comes to an accident, sometimes people think we take too long to extricate a victim, but we have things to do before we can. So simulating this on the open day, persons will have an understanding of exactly what are the steps we have to take before removing a victim,” he said.He further added that the Open Day provided an opportunity for the public to have a greater understanding and appreciation for the work of the fire department.“We want to build that kind of a culture for persons to look forward to, so that they can feel closer to the fire department and have more confidence in us,” he noted.Members of the public who attended the expo were provided with information on fire safety. They were also taught the proper way to use a fire extinguisher, basic first aid, and to conduct light search and rescue.
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SYDNEY, N.S. — An Iowa-based businessman has confirmed he’s purchased a Cape Breton call centre that laid off hundreds of workers just weeks before Christmas.Anthony Marlowe of Marlowe Companies Inc. says in a text message to The Canadian Press that the lawyer for the debtors of ServiCom Canada has confirmed the deal is complete.He says to tell the hundreds of Cape Breton call centre workers who were laid off that the “place is theirs again.”On Dec. 6, ServiCom Canada told its 600 employees in Sydney, N.S., it was closing, leaving employees without their last paycheques.Marlowe offered $1.5-million for the idled call centre this week, outbidding two other interested buyers in an auction that was part of bankruptcy proceedings in the United States.He travelled to the region and met with workers on Thursday.“Congratulations to all of the renewed and refreshed workers at The Sydney Call Centre, Inc.,” the new owner wrote in a text, confirming the new name of the revived business.“We’re proud to be part of your family and thank you very much for the classiest of warm welcomes.”The sale comes as a relief to many in the community, as the island has suffered from chronic levels of high unemployment, and the laid-off workers had few options after losing their positions at the call centre.Since the layoffs, the community has banded together to raise money for the workers, with donations flooding in and the Salvation Army providing food and payments for home heating oil and electricity bills.Most of the workers were owed about four weeks in back pay when the call centre abruptly shuttered, a liability that Marlowe’s company said rests with ServiCom.Workers have told The Canadian Press that while the sale is welcome news for the community and the regional economy, the failure to pay workers their last weeks of salary has meant many are owed thousands of dollars. Some laid-off workers who have qualified for employment insurance have said they may go back to school or pursue training rather than return to the call centre.Others have said they’re struggling to pay their regular bills.MCI Canada has already said the call centre expects to reopen as early as Jan. 2, 2019 under its new name. The company had said earlier that MCI will enter a nine-year lease for the shuttered facility.Marlowe said it was clear that the bankruptcy proceedings in the United States were unlikely to produce any money for the workers. He said his company would offer sign-on and retention bonuses, but no figures were mentioned.Marlowe also suggested in his text that one of the managers buy every employee a beer and send Marlowe the bill.The Canadian Press
VITTORIA – Vittoria has been afforded a rare opportunity to shine in the national spotlight.An episode of the popular CBC television show, Still Standing, will be shot in Vittoria next month.Entering its sixth season, Still Standing features comedian Jonny Harris as he explores obscure but fascinating communities across Canada.Still Standing 6 Productions of Toronto has received a permit from Norfolk to film on county property. A film crew will be in Vittoria from Oct. 12 to 16.A highlight of a Still Standing shoot is the community comedy show Harris stages.Harris typically highlights significant aspects of the community while poking fun. Segments from Harris’s routine are interspersed throughout the TV program.“We are very excited to come to Vittoria,” executive producer Anne Francis said Thursday. “Right now, it looks as though we will be doing our live show in the Vittoria Community Centre. We’ve displaced the quilters guild, who I hope will forgive us.”Vittoria crossed Francis’s radar, in part, because it is a pretty place with interesting buildings and a storied past.The latter includes the fact that – from 1815 to 1825 – Vittoria was the capital of what was then known as London District. After the administration building-court house in Vittoria burned in 1825, the district capital was moved to the new settlement of London.“There are many factors we have to take into consideration when we are looking for towns to feature on Still Standing and Vittoria fit the bill,” Francis said. “It has the right population, it’s picturesque, it was once very significant, and has interesting architecture and interesting people.“Also, we’ve long wanted to do an episode in the tobacco belt.”A note to Norfolk council says Still Standing 6 Productions will shoot in five locations.“There will be no simulation gunfire, explosions, prop guns, weapons or prop bombs,” said Chris Garwood, an economic development supervisor with Norfolk County. “No road closures will be required and the police have been notified that there could be the gathering of curious onlookers.”Still Standing showcased 65 Canadian communities through its first five seasons. Among them are Fogo Island in Newfoundland and Labrador, Mabou in Nova Scotia, Vulcan in Alberta, Raddison in Saskatchewan and Calabogie in Ontario.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com
“The entire world is called to join in a global movement to end hunger and malnutrition once and for all,” FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva said today during his opening address at the International Agricultural Forum at EXPO Milan.He called on delegates to “embark on this journey,” noting that the UN system is offering full support to more than 100 countries that have already committed to end hunger. “Citizens, producers and the private sector all have a role,” he underlined.Mr. Graziano da Silva noted that the Forum, attended by more than 50 agriculture ministers and delegates from more than 100 countries and international organizations, comes at a crucial moment in history as it coincides with the end of a 15-year global effort to reduce hunger as well as a new one that will promise to eradicate it altogether.Progress achieved through the current Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which targeted the halving of the share of populations suffering hunger, demonstrates that the next and bolder goal is possible, according to FAO. A priority of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) currently being negotiated by the international community is a time-bound framework to “end hunger, achieve food security and improve nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture,” Mr. Graziano da Silva explained.“Hunger’s root cause is not the scarcity of food but poverty, itself linked to a spectrum of inequalities and revolving around questions of access – access to water, land and other productive resources, access to resources, income and markets, as well as access to adequate social protection,” he added.Ministers gathered in Milan to discuss how to improve food security, nutrition and food systems are expected to sign on Friday the “Carta di Milano,” an initiative of the Italian Government that seeks to nudge countries, organizations, companies and citizens to pledge to find solutions to food and nutrition challenges. The Carta will be central to the Expo’s legacy, Mr. Graziano da Silva underscored, noting that citizens “must do their part” by reducing food waste and consuming environmentally friendly products, and that responsible investors must also act in a way that enhances food security and nutrition. Producers, he added, can choose from an array of options, including agroecology and climate-smart agriculture, to ensure sustainable production.Expo Milano 2015 runs through 31 October. Over a six-month period, Milan will become a global showcase where more than 140 participating countries will exhibit the best of their technology that offers a concrete answer to a vital need: being able to guarantee healthy, safe food for everyone, while respecting the planet.
The Crop Prospects and Food Situation report also projects favourable growing conditions for crops, and upcoming robust grain harvests, however, due to the lean seasons before the crops have matured in some regions, the hunger will most likely intensify. Affected by El Niño, the number of people requiring food assistance in Southern Africa is expected to increase significantly, with very high stunting child rates in Madagascar, Malawi, and Mozambique areas. El Niño is the term used to describe the warming of the central to eastern tropical Pacific that occurs, on average, every three to seven years. It raises sea surface temperatures and impacts weather systems around the globe so that some places receive more rain while others receive none at all, often in a reversal of their usual weather pattern.Conflicts cast a long shadow on food securityThe report has identified the root causes of food crises, such as shortfalls in food productions, lack of access due to low incomes, high prices, and local conflicts, including refugee movements.Civil conflicts also led to loss and depletion of households’ productive assets, and to security concerns that interrupt farming activities. In part of Sudan, the ongoing conflict has reduced the ability to engage in agriculture, which can harm most vulnerable communities. In addition, according to the report, the ongoing conflicts led to 9.4 million people in Syria in need of food assistance, more than eight million people in Afghanistan, and above eight million in Nigeria. The weather has also affected many countries, especially Africa. As a result of droughts and El Niño, there is a decline in aggregated cereal production, and a decrease in maize output in Southern Africa, which led to harsh food conditions. Agricultural trends appear poised to improve after rough 2016Poor harvests triggered sharply higher prices for staple maize in Malawi, where 6.5 million people are expected to be food insecure during the upcoming lean period. However, preliminary estimates point to a 27 percent increase in maize plantings for South Africa’s 2017 crop, by far the region’s largest producer, said FAO. While much of Asia benefited from robust food production in 2016, led by a sharp recovery in India, the impact of long-running conflicts in several Near Eastern countries continues to severely depress agricultural production despite generally beneficial weather conditions for staple grain crops. In Latin America and the Caribbean, expectations of a production rebound in Central America in 2016 are welcome, following the drought-affected outputs in the previous year.
The annual report is produced by the World Health Organization/UN Children’s Fund Joint Monitoring Programme, or JMP, which has been monitoring global progress on drinking water, sanitation and hygiene since 1990.It looks at the progress made towards reaching the targets of two of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Goal 6 (Clean water and sanitation), and Goal 4 (Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all).Commenting on the report, Kelly Ann Naylor, Global Chief of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene at UNICEF, said that “If education is the key to helping children escape poverty, access to water and sanitation is key to helping children safely maximize their education. To neglect this is to be careless with the well-being and health of children,”Universal access to basic water, sanitation and hygiene in schools is part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, but achieving this ambitious target presents a huge challenge. The JMP has designed tools to make it easier to track progress across countries, towards a basic level of drinking water, sanitation and hygiene service. A new joint UN agency study, Drinking Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Schools: 2018 Global Baseline Report, says that good hygiene facilities in schools provide the basis of a healthy learning environment, and that girls are more likely to attend when they are on their period.Moreover, children who pick up good hygiene habits at school can reinforce positive life-long behaviours in their homes and communities, says the report.However, millions of children are going to school without basic hygiene facilities: over 30 per cent of schools worldwide do not provide safe drinking water; a third of schools do not provide the most basic of toilet facilities (such as septic tank, pit latrines or composting toilets); and nearly 900 million children go to schools with no handwashing facilities with soap and water.
OTTAWA — Canadian weightlifter Christine Girard received her London 2012 Olympic gold and Beijing 2008 Olympic bronze medals in a ceremony held today at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.Girard, from Rouyn-Noranda, Que., is the first Olympic champion in Canadian weightlifting history and the first Canadian ever to win two Olympic medals in the sport.She was initially awarded the bronze medal at London 2012 in the 63-kilogram event, but was upgraded to gold after the two athletes ahead of her, Maiya Maneza of Kazakhstan and Svetlana Tsarukaeva of Russia, had their medals stripped after a retest of their urine samples tested positive for a banned substance.She was later awarded the bronze medal from Beijing 2008 after Irina Nekrassova of Kazakhstan was stripped of her silver medal for testing positive for banned substances.Girard had initially placed fourth in the event.Girard joins Dylan Armstrong (athletics, Beijing 2008) and Beckie Scott (cross-country skiing, Salt Lake City 2002) as Canadian Olympians to receive medal reallocations due to doping violations.The Canadian Press
Chris Gayle, Brendon McCullum and Kevin Pietersen are among the marquee international players who have been signed up by Cricket South Africa (CSA) for its new T20 tournament, scheduled to begin in 2017-18.Chris GayleCSA has announced that the eight players – Gayle, McCullum, Pietersen, Dwayne Bravo, Lasith Malinga, Eoin Morgan, Kieron Pollard and Jason Roy – have agreed to two-year contracts and will go into a mini-draft, with the franchises each bidding to be allocated one. Franchise owners will be asked to consider which cities certain players already have links to before making their picks.“We are thrilled by the calibre of the top eight international players we have lined up to participate in our new T20 League,” CSA chief executive, Haroon Lorgat, said. “They are all stars in their own right and will add great value to the franchise teams they will represent.“This top quality list of players will set a high standard for our tournament. With each one of them [being] a household name in the world of cricket, we can certainly look forward to some enthralling contests that will grip the imagination of fans in South Africa and around the globe.“The high level of interest from players and sponsors to participate in our league is proof of the great attraction of South Africa as a global destination. This is indeed very exciting for the country.”CSA is hoping to completely overhaul its domestic T20 offering, creating a competition similar to the IPL and Big Bash, with private ownership, foreign investment and a roster of international names. The eight franchise teams will also be allocated a marquee South Africa player.The threat of Kolpak departures to England was also behind CSA’s planning for the league, which is expected to run in November-December this year. (ESPNCricinfo) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDe Villiers, Rabada, du Plessis among marquee players for Mzansi Super LeagueOctober 15, 2018In “Sports”Is a Twenty20 specialist the best job in the world?February 25, 2016In “Sports”IPL and PSL owners snap up South Africa franchisesJune 19, 2017In “latest news”
IRISH PHARMACISTS ARE calling for migraine medicine to be made available over the counter.The Irish Pharmacy Union want the migraine drug, Sumatriptan, to be available here without prescription, as it is in the UK.They say this will “allow migraine sufferers access appropriate and effective treatment from their pharmacist without delay”.Around half a million people suffer from migraines in Ireland.A migraine headache can last for a number of hours or a number of days and causes a throbbing pain.It’s often associated with nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound.Rory O’ Donnell, President of the IPU, said,“The majority of migraine sufferers have already been diagnosed with migraine by their doctor and have more than likely been previously prescribed Sumatriptan as a treatment.As pharmacists are the most accessible part of the healthcare system, they are ideally placed to provide the assistance needed and to support the sufferer in treating their migraine attack in a timely fashion.The Migraine Association of Ireland supports the campaign to make Sumatriptan available without prescription under strict guidelines.CEO of the Migraine Association of Ireland Patrick Little said, “The Migraine Association of Ireland believes that pharmacists have a key role to play in improving services and responses to migraine sufferers.Increased access to appropriate headache medications and advice would be a distinct advantage for migraine patients in Ireland.Read: Group wants increase in number of medicines available without prescription>
Samsung has unceremoniously announced the Galaxy Mega, and it’s offering up the newest member of the Galaxy family in two sizes: 5.8 and 6.3 inches. Hey, what did you expect? For Samsung to limit itself to just one screen size?Both of the new models appear to stop short of their high-end Galaxy S and Galaxy Note cousins when it comes to specs. The 6.3-inch Mega features a dual-core 1.7GHz processor, while the 5.8-incher ships with a 1.4GHz chip. The larger Galaxy Mega also comes with a choice of 8 or 16GB of internal storage, while its smaller sibling is only available with 8GB.Screen resolutions differ, too. The 6.3-inch Mega offers “HD” resolution, which in this case means 720p. Its 5.8-inch counterpart features a qHD display (960×540). Plan on using the Galaxy Mega on an LTE carrier? You’ll need the 6.3-inch model, as the 5.8-inch only comes with HSPA support.Beyond that, the two phones bear nearly identical spec sheets. Both feature 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera. Both are expandable via micro SD (up to 64GB), and both ship with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and loads of Samsung’s in-house apps.According to UberGizmo — who has already spent hands-on time with the Galaxy Mega — Samsung has managed to push these babies to their pocketable limits. The 6.3-inch model, notes the site’s Hubert Nguyen, still fits but is obviously quite noticeable. He also mentions that it’s quite a bit smaller than Huawei’s 6.1-inch Ascend Mate, which has everything to do with Samsung trimming away as much bezel as possible.Now that the Galaxy Mega models have been announced, all that’s left is pricing and carrier information. Samsung has said that the global launch begins next month in Europe and that other markets will see the phones soon after, but that’s all the company is revealing so far.It’s probably safe to say that both will be priced well under Samsung’s flagship phones, but nowhere near as cheap as similar devices from, say, Blu Products.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (WSVN) — A gas leak has been reported in the area of 3520 North West 178th Street in Miami Gardens.The leak could cause road closures and evacuations. It is unclear what exact roads officials will close due to the leak.The City of Miami Gardens will notify residents as more information becomes available.There is no word yet on when crews expect to have the leak fixed.Check back for updates on this developing story.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
5:48 1 Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Samsung Q70 QLED TV aims for midrange sweet spot Tags Samsung smartphone sales likely suffered from global market slowdown. Angela Lang/CNET Samsung expects a steep plunge in its second-quarter operating profit amid uncertainty in the global smartphone and chip markets and ongoing tensions related to the US-China trade war. The South Korean electronics giant said Thursday it expects to record an operating profit for the three-month period ended June 30 of 6.5 trillion won ($5.6 billion), a 56% decline from the year-ago period.The company is also expected to record revenue of 56 trillion won ($47 billion), a decline of nearly 10% from a year earlier. Samsung said it benefited from a one-time gain related to its display business but didn’t elaborate. The earnings guidance, released Thursday ahead of full earnings later this month, didn’t provide specific divisional results. Samsung appears to be suffering the fallout from President Donald Trump’s escalating trade war with China. Beijing said in May it would impose a 25% tariff on US goods in retaliation for Trump’s plan to increase tariffs on goods imported from China. 53 Photos Phones Comment A study, released in June by the Consumer Technology Association, highlighted how the prices of phones, laptops, tablets, video game consoles and toy drones from China would rise significantly as a result of the potential tariffs. The price of phones imported from China, for example, would rise by 22%, while overall US prices for phones would increase by 14%.Samsung has also likely been stung by an ongoing slowdown in the smartphone market. It’s become harder for handset vendors to make huge changes in their devices and differentiate from one another. Prices for the latest and greatest phones have actually increased at the same time US carriers have gotten rid of subsidies. All of that has meant people are waiting longer to upgrade.The quarter should have included revenue from sales of the Galaxy Fold, the first foldable phone to hit the market. But screen-damaging design flaws caused the $1,980 phone to be delayed for two months and counting. What do you want to see out of the Galaxy Note 10? (The… Samsung
Individual news stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download AudioFormer Haines Police Dispatcher Speaks Out On Alleged Harasser Margaret Friedenauer, KHNS – HainesGovernor Sean Parnell wants his staff to examine the hiring process for state employees after APRN reported a former police officer hired with the ferry system has a checkered past. Several people who talked about Joel’s job performance for a previous story did not want to share their identity, including a former Haines Police Dispatcher who alleges Joel harassed her on the job. Now she is speaking out.U.S. Senators Work to Allow Foreign Students Back in Fish Plants Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DCIn Congress today, a bill that would allow foreign students to work in Alaska fish processing plants cleared a major committee. The provision is part of a spending bill now headed to the Senate floor. Both Alaska senators say they pressed for the return of the J-1 visa program to help meet demand for seasonal seafood processors. But, the program is controversial.Remains of 17 Servicemen Identified from 1952 CrashAnne Hillman, KSKA – AnchorageThe remains of 17 service members who died in a 1952 plane crash near Mount Gannett have been identified by the Department of Defense. An Alaska National Guard Blackhawk helicopter crew discovered the crash site two summers ago on Colony Glacier during a training exercise. A team went back to the site to recover what they could later that month. The identified remains will be returned to families all over the country and given burials with full military honors.Army Changes Training Procedures In Wake Of Stuart Creek 2 Fire Emily Schwing, KUAC – FairbanksIt’s been one year since the Stuart Creek 2 Wildfire was reported burning in the Yukon Training area northeast of Fairbanks. The blaze, ignited during an army artillery training exercise, burned more than 87,000 acres. Later, military officials conducted multiple investigations to find out why Army leaders signed off on the use of high explosive ammunition at a time when the National Weather Service had issued Red Flag Warnings. In response, training procedures have been rewritten.New Oil Tax Proponents Argue In Favor Of LawAlexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauA handful of leading advocates for the new oil tax regime made the case for keeping the law Wednesday night. The forum was hosted by the Anchorage Young Republicans, and panelists included economist Scott Goldsmith and State Sen. Cathy Giessel. They argued that if voters repealed the new tax law in August, the oil companies could abandon development of a natural gas pipeline.ADF&G Shuts Down Little Su Kings for the Season Phillip Manning, KTNA – TalkeetnaDays after lifting restrictions on one river in the Susitna drainage, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is shutting down king salmon fishing entirely on another. A Fish and Game emergency order will close fishing for Kings at 12:01 am on Friday on the Little Susitna River south of the Parks Highway bridge.Learning Language Through Alutiiq Culture and TraditionBrianna Gibbs, KMXT – KodiakThe Alutiiq Museum held a language immersion retreat this week in Kodiak. More than 30 participants gathered to learn traditional games and practice their language skills with speakers of all different generations.
Microsoft’s press conference is scheduled for February 24, the first day of Mobile World Congress. The entire event will last until February 27, and is likely also going to feature AR updates from other mobile manufacturers and platforms. Microsoft may give us an update on its Mixed Reality ambitions at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month: The company sent out invites for a press conference Wednesday that list Alex Kipman, who leads its augmented and virtual reality efforts, among the speakers.Kipman will speak together with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and corporate vice president Julia White, who leads the company’s cloud efforts. The invite doesn’t feature any hints about the topics the executives plan to address, and a Microsoft spokesperson declined to share any additional details.The Verge, which was first to report about Kipman speaking at the event, mused that Microsoft may use Mobile World Congress to unveil a long-awaited second-generation Hololens device. However, it’s also possible that Kipman will give an update on the company’s general mixed reality strategy, which includes VR headsets made by third-party manufacturers including Samsung, Dell and HP. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
Avoid Google Maps with GNOME Maps on GNU/Linux by Mike Turcotte-McCusker on April 14, 2018 in Linux – Last Update: April 15, 2018 – 36 commentsSo, it’s not really any secret nowadays, that Google saves pretty well anything you ever do using their services. It’s also no secret nowadays, that many people try and avoid using Google services, and would prefer to use alternatives to many of their popular tools, such as Google Maps.Sometimes, alternatives are available that provide similar functionality, Startpage for search or another email provider for your email needs. As far as Google Maps is concerned, it is a great product but there are alternatives available online and locally.GNU/Linux users have the handy GNOME Maps application at their disposal.InstallationGNOME Maps is extremely simple to install, with most major distributions carrying the package ‘gnome-maps’ in their main repositories. Simply install with your package management tool of choice, and you’ll be all set to go.On Linux Mint for instance, you’d select Menu > Software Manager to open the built in program. Type maps in the search box in Software Manager and select Gnome Maps from the list of results.From there, it is just a matter of selecting the install button to install Gnome Maps on the Linux machine. Software dependencies do get installed automatically after your review of them.You can launch Gnome Maps right after installation from the Software Manager, or anytime later from the Linux Mint menu.Using the application / FeaturesWhen I first started checking out GNOME maps, the first thing I noticed, is how absolutely buttery smooth the program launched, and ran, using Linux Mint 18.3 MATE edition.I was scrolling around the world, setting directions for how to cross Russia by foot (which let me tell you in case you ever wondered, should take roughly 60 hours, depending on locations used) in a matter of moments, and it really was quite easy to do.One of the handy features I found I rather enjoyed, is the ability to right click anywhere on the map, and set the starting place for directions, and then do the same for the destination, if you didn’t feel like using the address, or coordinates.How this is all accomplished, is using a few different open-source technologies.The maps are used / taken from https://www.openstreetmap.org/Route / directions / trip planning is done using https://graphhopper.com/Depending on your privacy settings, you CAN allow Maps to use your location, thanks to https://wiki.gnome.org/GeoClueFinal ThoughtsReally, I was incredibly surprised with the ease of use, and how lightweight the program felt on my system. The only real unfortunate thing, is that unless you plan to print, write down, take pictures of, or memorize your directions… You likely won’t be taking them with you on your mobile device.However, if you’re looking to get away from using Google Maps before you head out somewhere, or just want to look at travel times, GNOME Maps is perfect!Now you: Have you ever used GNOME Maps? Is there other Linux based alternative applications you use to avoid the mainstream ones? Let us know in the comments!SummaryArticle NameAvoid Google Maps with GNOME Maps on GNU/LinuxDescriptionMike takes a look at GNOME Maps, a Google Maps alternative, for GNU/Linux devices and reveals whether it is a suitable alternative for users.Author Mike Turcotte-McCuskerPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailTwo people have been taken to hospital following a collision in a Staffordshire Moorlands town. Police and paramedics were called to Spring Gardens in Leek at around 3pm this afternoon (Thursday April 4). West Midlands Ambulance Service have, at 5.10pm, confirmed they have now left the scene and are taking two patients to Royal Stoke University Hospital. Emergency services were also called to an accident on the junction of Salisbury Street and High Street in the town at around 2.45pm. An ambulance service spokeswoman said one person was treated at the scene but not taken to hospital following that collision. Read MoreIs transport policy on the right track? The future of road (and rail) travel in town Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive .
For the deal to work, you will have to:Have a T-Mobile account.Select a 128GB Storage, 8GB RAM OnePlus 6T from the carrier.Pay $580.Add the OnePlus 6T as an additional line to an existing T-Mobile account.T-Mobile will then deduct the fair market value of your device and apply it as a bill credit. The remainder will be paid through recurring monthly device credits. All in all, the amount that you will initially pay the carrier will be applied towards the services that it will offer you in the future. For a high-end flagship smartphone that’s barely a month old, it really can’t get better than this.The list of eligible devices for this offer is quite extensive and it includes the OnePlus 5, OnePlus 5T and the OnePlus 6. You can also avail it by trading in a Samsung Galaxy S6/S6+/S6 Active, S7/S7+/S7 Active, S8/S8+/S8 Active, a Note 5 or a Note 8. For the complete list, take a look in the gallery above. Thoughts? Let us know what you think in the comments section below and stay tuned. We’ll keep you updated on the latest.Take a look at the offer here. Share Tweet Submit Cyber Monday 2018 is in full swing and the deals are flowing in. As expected, nearly every electronic item is going on sale this week, and the OnePlus 6T is one of these. After making a great offer for the iPhone XR, T-Mobile is back with the OnePlus 6T. Take a look below for more details.Get The OnePlus 6T For Free In The Form Of Bill Credits From T-Mobile This Cyber MondayOnePlus launched the OnePlus 6T last month, and the gadget turned out as a big move forward for the company. The 6T is OnePlus’ first smartphone to undergo a carrier launch in the US, and therefore the device serves to lay the ground for a growth in operations for the company. Now, T-Mobile is out with a great offer on the OnePlus 6T.If you’re looking for a new smartphone, or are simply interested in purchasing the OnePlus 6T, then T-Mobile’s Cyber Monday 2018 deal for the gadget ought to interest you. The carrier is offering the smartphone essentially for free. This means that while you’ll make an initial payment for the OnePlus 6T, this payment will instead earn you bill credits from the company.
To promote the significance of Spiritual Tourism in India, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry recently organised a conference on Spiritual Tourism for Sustainable Development – ‘India: The Land of Gods’ in New Delhi.During the conference it was established that India must acquire the status of world capital for spiritual tourism. It also appeared that spiritual tourism can be seen at different levels and that other countries have also focused on spiritual tourism, like Bolivia, Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Romania, whose representatives also spoke at the event, apart from Ladhak, dancer Sonal Mansingh, and the founder of Sjoham Babaji Missions, spread in many parts of the world.According to the speakers, if the attractions are marketed well and infrastructure is improved more and more seekers of spiritual bliss will come to India. They also added that many Buddhists wanted to come to India for peace.Some of the objectives of the conference were to provide complete tourism experience by enhancing tourist attractiveness of the religious destinations in a sustainable manner; to promote sustainable pilgrimage tourism in the country; enhancing the tourist attractiveness by developing world class infrastructure in the religious destinations, etc.