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DFDS Seaways Ferry Suffers Engine Issues in Baltic Sea

first_imgOver 300 passengers aboard a DFDS Seaways’ ferry are reported stranded in the Baltic Sea after it experienced engine room issues off the coast of Kaliningrad.The ferry Regina Seaways, with 335 people on board, was sailing from Germany’s Kiel port to Klaipeda, Lithuania when reportedly suffered a fire in the engine room.At the time, the ship was some 135 km away from Kaliningrad, according to local media. There were no reports of water pollution nor injuries to the passengers or crewmembers.The fire was soon extinguished and the passengers were reportedly moved to a safe part aboard the ship. The vessel is allegedly drifting in the area while it waits for assistance.The Russian Baltic fleet and a number of Lithuanian vessels, as well as helicopters from both countries, have been deployed to help the ferry. Media reports suggest that it could take the rescuers several hours to reach the troubled vessel.World Maritime News contacted the vessel operator for confirmation and more details on the incident.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Mulcair calls on Harper to heed Idle No More and commit to

first_imgAPTN National News OTTAWA–NDP leader Thomas Mulcair called on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to “act” swiftly, listen to the message from the Idle No More movement and re-engage with First Nations people to avoid a potential “personal tragedy” unfolding on Victoria Island in Ottawa where Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence has entered the eighth day of a hunger strike.Spence has been on a hunger strike to force a meeting between the prime minister, the governor general and First Nations leaders to discuss the treaties.The PMO has indicated it’s unlikely Harper would participate in such a meeting and Gov. Gen. David Johnston refused to answer questions on the issue Tuesday.Mulcair wrote a letter to Harper Tuesday calling on the prime minister to re-engage with First Nations peoples while the chief from the impoverished northern Ontario First Nations continues a hunger strike and protests sweep across the country.“As you know, Chief Theresa Spence of Attawapiskat First Nation has also embarked on a hunger strike, living in a (teepee) on Anishinabe traditional territory of Victoria Island in the Ottawa River, barely a kilometre from Parliament,” wrote Mulcair, who is leader of the Official Opposition. “I ask that you please act swiftly to avoid a personal tragedy for Chief Spence.”Mulcair said in his letter that it was time for the Harper government to truly commit to “reconciliation.” Mulcair said the prime minister should take the Idle No More rallies seriously and honour the commitments he made during last January’s Crown-First Nations gathering.“From coast to coast to coast, an unprecedented wave of grassroots action is sweeping across First Nations communities,” wrote Mulcair. “When you met with First Nations leaders less than a year ago, you committed your government to working in partnership with First Nations Canadians. The #IdleNoMore protests are proof that Aboriginal Canadians are demanding you fulfill that solemn commitment.”last_img read more

Oklahoma attorney general’s statement on opioids settlement

TULSA, Okla. — Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter confirmed at a news conference Tuesday that the state has reached a $270 million settlement with the company that produces the painkiller OxyContin, blamed in part for a local and national opioid crisis.Hunter also released a statement outlining how the money will be used to counter an opioid epidemic that claimed 400 lives in Oklahoma in 2017 — the same year the state sued Purdue Pharma and other drugmakers.The statement is produced verbatim below:Attorney General Mike Hunter and Oklahoma State University leaders today announced an historic settlement with Purdue Pharma that will establish a nearly $200 million endowment at the Oklahoma State University’s Center for Wellness and Recovery, which will go toward treating the ongoing addiction epidemic nationwide.The trial against Johnson & Johnson, Teva and the other defendants named in the state’s lawsuit remains on track for May 28.The endowment provides funding for an entity that will receive the initial $102.5 million that will go to the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences Center for Wellness and Recovery, Oklahoma’s most comprehensive treatment and research centre for treating pain and addiction.Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, the entity will receive an annual $15 million payment over a five year period. During the same five year timeframe, it will receive ongoing contributions of addiction treatment medicine, valued at $20 million.“The addiction crisis facing our state and nation is a clear and present danger,” Attorney General Hunter said. “Last year alone, out of the more than 3,000 Oklahomans admitted to the hospital for a non-fatal overdose, 80 per cent involved a prescription opioid medication. Additionally, nearly 50 per cent of Oklahomans who died from a drug overdose in 2018 were attributed to a pharmaceutical drug. Deploying the money from this settlement immediately allows us to decisively treat addiction illness and save lives.“OSU’s Center for Wellness and Recovery is already a national leader in studying and treating addiction as a brain disease and finding innovative ways to cure it. This endowment will allow the university to expand its footprint to a national level to combat the crisis. I have full faith and confidence in Dr. Kayse Shrum and her team to lead this initiative.“This agreement is only the first step in our ultimate goal of ending this nightmarish epidemic. In the coming weeks, the team and I will continue preparing for the trial 24/7, where we intend to hold the other defendants in this case accountable for their role in creating the worst public health crisis our state and nation has ever seen.”Oklahoma State University President Burns Hargis, who spoke at the news conference congratulated Attorney General Hunter and his team.“We extend our congratulations to Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter and the legal team for their foresight to skillfully craft a settlement that will position Oklahoma State University’s Center for Wellness and Recovery to serve as the premiere institution for research, education and treatment for addiction in the United States,” President Hargis said. “Our world-class team will use these funds to champion groundbreaking research, which will result in discoveries for the prevention and treatment of opioid addiction, one day leading to the end of the nation’s ongoing public health crisis.”Launched in November 2017, the OSU Center for Wellness and Recovery is dedicated to providing comprehensive care for those suffering from addiction while advancing treatment through education, research and policy. In 2018, as part of the Center for Wellness and Recovery, OSU launched the Addiction Medicine Clinic, which employs the state’s first certified academic addiction physicians. The clinic offers individualized, evidence-based substance use disorder treatment —including medication-assisted treatment when appropriate_and mental health services to adults.“The mission of Oklahoma State University’s Center for Wellness and Recovery is to save lives and rescue those who are struggling with addiction,” said OSU Center for Health Sciences President Dr. Kayse Shrum. “This endowment will allow us to assist communities in Oklahoma and across the country that have been ravaged by the opioid epidemic with innovative approaches to addressing this health crisis. Now we will have the resources to create a place where people can come together to engage in meaningful initiatives to prevent, treat and eradicate this horrible disease. To that end, I also appreciate Attorney General Hunter. We are making this historic announcement today because of his relentless commitment to putting an end to opioid abuse and addiction.Additional Details.$12.5 million will go towards providing funds to directly abate and address the opioid epidemic’s effects in Oklahoma’s cities and counties..Purdue will also make a $60 million payment to offset all litigation costs up to this point..Purdue will not promote opioids in Oklahoma, including employing or contracting with sales representatives to health care providers in Oklahoma.“We appreciate that Purdue Pharma and its owners chose to work constructively with us to resolve this litigation in a way that will bring to life a new and unique national centre with the goal of creating breakthrough innovations in the prevention and treatment of addiction,” Attorney General Hunter said.___More of The Associated Press’ coverage of the national opioid crisis can be found at: https://www.apnews.com/OvercomingOpioidsThe Associated Press read more

Alibabas Ma steps down as industry faces uncertainty

BEIJING — Jack Ma, who founded Alibaba Group, the world’s biggest e-commerce company, is stepping down as chairman at a time when the rapidly changing industry faces uncertainty amid a U.S.-Chinese trade war.Ma stepped down Tuesday as part of a succession announced a year earlier. He will stay on as a member of the Alibaba Partnership, a group of 36 people with the right to nominate a majority of the company’s board of directors.Ma, 55, founded Alibaba in 1999 to connect Chinese exporters to American retailers.The company has shifted its focus to serving China’s growing consumer market. Domestic businesses accounted for 66% of its $16.7 billion in revenue in the quarter ending in June.The Associated Press read more

Special adviser gives Annan recommendations on increasing support for Africa

Noting that previous development strategies for Africa have not fulfilled the promises made, the chairman of a special United Nations advisory panel on the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) today recommended greater and more focused investment and aid, wider debt relief and freer trade for African products.Chief Emeka Anyaoku, chair of the panel, brought the recommendations to Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who appointed the 13 members last July.The panel had arrived at a double central conclusion, Chief Anyaoku said.“NEPAD cannot succeed without a significant increase in support from the international community” and “unleashing Africa’s potential for development requires harnessing the creativity and dynamism of private initiative in a range of areas, including agriculture, industry, science and technology, and infrastructure development,” he said.While African countries themselves had major obligations to increase investments in those areas, targeted international aid and other forms of support could be of great help, Chief Anyaoku said.Success could not be measured by the number of consultations, meetings and plans alone, but by concrete outcomes, he added.“People’s lives must change,” he says. “International support must yield results-based action that unleashes Africa’s human potential and the economic potential of the formal and informal private sector.”Donors should target African countries with good policy environments, coordinate their interventions better, align them with poverty-reduction strategies, provide more aid as grants and make long-term commitments, according to the report.The money saved by the recommended cancellation of debt should be channelled to the development objectives in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of 2000, which advocate reducing or eliminating a spectrum of socio-economic ills by 2015, the report says.African countries that are net exporters of agricultural goods would benefit from the reduction of domestic agricultural subsidies in the European Union and the United States, it says.As African countries improve their investment climates, with the help of donor countries and multilateral agencies, developed countries should encourage more foreign direct investment (FDI) in and private remittances to Africa. The report notes the increase in the number of governments that are democratically elected and added that two dozen countries were agreeing to be scrutinized under NEPAD’s African Peer Review Mechanism. read more

Fed survey US economy expanding moderately in early part of year led

Fed survey: US economy expanding moderately in early part of year, led by consumer spending WASHINGTON – Strong auto sales, better hiring and a continued housing recovery helped the U.S. economy grow in January and February throughout the country, according to a survey released Wednesday by the Federal Reserve.The survey noted that 10 of the Fed’s 12 banking districts reported moderate or modest growth, while the Boston and Chicago districts reported slow growth.Consumer spending increased in most regions, although spending growth slowed in many districts and much of the gains were driven by auto sales. Many districts said consumers pulled back slightly elsewhere after seeing taxes rise and gas prices increase. Some also expressed concerns about federal spending cuts that started on March 1.Housing markets showed more strength in nearly all parts of the country. Manufacturing grew modestly in most regions after struggling in through most of 2012. And many districts reported improvement in individual jobs markets.The report, called the Beige Book, provides anecdotal information on economic conditions through February 22. The information will be discussed along with other economic data during the Fed’s next policy meeting on March 19-20.Analysts said the report was slightly more upbeat than the previous Fed survey, noting the modest rebound in manufacturing in the past two months. Jennifer Lee, senior economist at BMO Capital Markets, called the latest survey “more encouraging news on the U.S. economy.”Many economists believe Fed officials will maintain their low-interest rate policies at current levels but take no new steps at the March meeting.In January, the Fed stood behind aggressive steps it launched in December to try to reduce unemployment. It repeated that it would keep its key short-term interest rate at a record low at least until unemployment falls below 6.5 per cent. And the Fed said it would keep buying Treasurys and mortgage bonds to help lower borrowing costs and encourage spending.The unemployment rate was 7.9 per cent in January when the Fed last met.The economy has shown improvement since then, even as Americans paid higher taxes and automatic government spending cuts loomed. On Jan. 1, nearly all Americans who draw a paycheque began paying higher Social Security taxes and income taxes rose for the highest earning workers.The tax increases and broader budget debate in Washington haven’t slowed financial markets.The Dow Jones industrial average closed Tuesday at a record high and kept rising Wednesday. The index of 30 big corporations has more than doubled since hitting a low during the financial crisis in March 2009.Consumer confidence rose in February from January, according to surveys by both the Conference Board and the University of Michigan. Factories and service companies both grew at the fastest pace in at least a year, according to surveys issued Friday and Tuesday by the Institute for Supply Management.And payroll processor ADP said Wednesday that U.S. businesses added 198,000 jobs in February. The private survey also revised January’s hiring figures to show companies added 215,000 jobs that month, 23,000 more than what had initially been reported.The figure suggests that the government’s February jobs report, to be issued Friday, may come in above economists’ forecasts. Analysts expect it will show the economy added 152,000 jobs and the unemployment rate dipped to 7.8 per cent from 7.9 per cent in January. by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Mar 6, 2013 3:12 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Lack of trust among nations threatens progress rulesbased order Suriname Minister tells

Yldiz Pollack-Beighle affirmed her nation’s commitment to upholding internationally accepted principles which “provide for predictable actions in our international relations, thereby creating a climate of trust, understanding and respect,” and a “rules-based world order which is necessary to address global concerns.”A major concern for Suriname is climate change and, in particular, as a low lying coastal state, the rising sea level: Ms. Pollack-Beighle noted that the international community is being “urged to move beyond the rhetoric and take immediate action.”Suriname, she continued, has been badly hit by the sharp downturn in gold and oil prices three years ago and the closure of bauxite operations in 2016 led to a recession and severe loss of government revenues.Following a change in monetary policy, the exchange rate has stabilized, monthly inflation rates have fallen to less than one per cent and there is no longer a current account deficit in the balance of payments.The Government, said Ms. Pollack-Beighle, is committed to continuing efforts to restore the primary fiscal surplus, noting that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and international ratings agencies have commended its actions.However, Ms. Pollack-Beighle noted that the classification of Suriname as a middle-income country is an unjustifiable obstacle to development which does not reflect the country’s vulnerabilities or the full set of challenges with which it is faced. She called for the matter to be addressed with urgency, so that the country can gain access to concessional funding.Returning to climate change, Ms. Pollack-Beighle said that global commitments are not yet being translated into tangible results. Although Suriname contains some 20 per cent of the world’s tropical forests, storing 18 per cent of tropical forest carbon, the country is not fully benefitting from global arrangements associated with sound forest management.Next February, she continued, Suriname will host a High-Level Conference on Climate Finance Mobilization which will “seek to initiate and implement new economic models of eco-sustainability to improve the quality of life for all.”Turning to drug trafficking, Ms. Pollack-Beighle said that illicit drug trafficking, transnational organized crime, terrorism, as well as trafficking in arms and persons, are placing an unprecedented burden on small developing countries: Suriname needs to work with surrounding countries to effectively combat transnational organized crime, and this cooperation must yield results.She went on to pledge Suriname’s support for the creation of a United Nations agency dealing with youth, and voiced her expectation that the UN Youth Strategy will be “inclusive and deliver on the aspirations of the world’s young people.”Ms. Pollack-Beighle concluded by saying that, “if there were no United Nations, today, we would be calling for its creation,” and the we should “focus on what binds us, rather than what divides us.”Full statement available here read more

They were just ordinary people Descendants of 1916 volunteers take us to

first_img‘They were just ordinary people’: Descendants of 1916 volunteers take us to where their ancestors fought Patrick Kilmartin and William O’Dea fought on the North Circular Road outpost and Mendicity Institute respectfully during the Rising. Short URL Subscribe for more videos Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTube Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 25 Comments By Andrew Roberts Apr 20th 2019, 4:01 PM Share Tweet Email1 https://jrnl.ie/4598531 THIS WEEKEND WILL see the anniversary of the 1916 Rising marked in Dublin and across Ireland.Hundred of volunteers, looking to join in the freedom struggle, took part in the conflict that saw the streets of Dublin become a battleground over the Easter bank holiday weekend.We spoke to David Kilmartin and Eamonn McHale, grandsons of two Irish volunteers who fought in the 1916 Rising and survived the conflict.They took us to the spots where their ancestors played their roles in the Rising and spoke about the legacy of the volunteers and what their actions mean today.Watch the video for our full report. Saturday 20 Apr 2019, 4:00 PM 15,221 Views last_img read more

San Diego County board mental health conference covers issues solutions

first_imgSan Diego County board mental health conference covers issues, solutions KUSI Newsroom, Posted: October 30, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom October 30, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Board of Supervisors heard Tuesday from mental health experts and governmental leaders on the county’s psychiatric care situation.Nick Macchione, county Health and Human Services Agency director, said the goal of the conference was simple: “to better understand complexities of behavioral health, and improve continuative care.”The approach must be person-centered, collaborative with other governmental/law enforcement agencies, data-driven and culturally responsive, Macchione added.Conference topics ranged from housing to caring for those with severe mental illness.Board Chairwoman Kristin Gaspar called for a confab in July, after Tri- City Medical Center in Oceanside closed its behavioral health unit, citing a federal mandate over building requirements.Along with more behavioral health closures and financial challenges, Gaspar said the region continues to deal with mentally ill people in the criminal justice system, some of whom are violent.Because the state of California has shifted costs for mental health treatment, counties are left to balance priorities, Gaspar said.She said that a shift in strategy is necessary, from “a service to person-centered approach.”“All eyes are on San Diego,” Gaspar said, adding the county now spends $658 million on behavioral health services, but that investment needs to be part of a collaborative approach with the state and federal government. Luke Bergmann, an official with the county HHSA, said when it comes to improving psychiatric care, “we don’t need to reinvent the wheel. We already have a lot of wheels on the ground here.”Bergmann said mental health issues are common, and “they’re not going away any time soon.”Nearly 9 percent of adults and 16 percent of teenagers in the county have serious mental health issues, he said.In 2017, 458 people in San Diego County took their own lives, Bergmann said, while 43 percent of homeless people report mental health issues and 24 percent in psychiatric care are homeless.Nearly 70 percent of psychiatric hospital visits also involve substance abuse, Bergmann said.San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer urged county to help “lead the change,” as the current approach isn’t working.“Unfortunately, you walk around San Diego and see homeless people in clear need of mental health services, some of them acting out violently,” Faulconer told the board. “These people need sustained intervention, rather than just being taken to emergency rooms every time, only to be back on the streets.”Last year, the city’s homeless crisis led to an outbreak of Hepatitis A, which killed 20 people and sickened 600. The way San Diego dealt with those on the streets wasn’t sufficient, so the city set up bridge shelters and a storage center, the mayor said.“I know what they say about people in glass houses — but as far as I’m concerned, we’re in the same house,” Faulconer said. “My constituents are your constituents.”If voters next week approve Proposition 2 — allowing bonds to fund housing for the mentally ill — the county and city must work together on how to properly spend money, Faulconer said.Sheriff Bill Gore said there are plans to allow detention centers to connect the county HHSA’s medical record system, which will lead to better care of inmates. He said his department is adding 15 clinicians to its jail staff and working on an alternative custody program that will offer mentally ill offenders drug counseling.District Attorney Summer Stephan recommended a county-wide advisory council featuring mental health specialists, community leaders and law enforcement as a way to further improve treatment options.Along with prevention and intervention there should be special crisis centers for those needing immediate treatment, he said.Board and audience members watched videos featuring people who overcame mental health struggles. Those subjects were at the meeting, and received applause for sharing their stories. last_img read more

Pension Wise to move to the Department for Work and Pensions

first_imgResponsibility for providing the Pension Wise service will transfer from HM Treasury to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), Harriett Baldwin, economic secretary to the Treasury, has announced. The move will take place by 31 March 2016. The service and delivery partners will remain unchanged.Baldwin also announced that the government will make core data avaialble to the public and will update it regularly. This includes information such as website visits and number of appointments.Baroness Ros Altmann (pictured), minister for pensions, said: “Pension Wise is playing a vital role in ensuring that people have the guidance and support to decide what to do with their pension and what important issues they should consider. I look forward to this excellent work continuing at the Department for Work and Pensions.”Steven Cameron, regulatory strategy director at Aegon, added: “The announcement marks a new phase for Pension Wise and is understandable given the service is more aligned with DWP’s key focus on pensions and retirement.“However, it’s interesting timing when the Treasury and Financial Conduct Authority is carrying out the Financial Advice Market Review.“Pension Wise has changed the landscape of what support options individuals have and we need to consider this when looking at broader innovations in the advice sphere for the benefit of consumers.“The Financial Advice Market Review should consider if there are lessons to be learnt from Pension Wise including how it integrates with advice and if consumers might benefit from other parties offering similar guidance services.”last_img read more

BSO Driver killed after colliding with train in Pompano Beach

first_imgPOMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A driver was killed after colliding with a Virgin USA train in Pompano Beach, authorities said.Broward Sheriff’s Office and Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the crash near Northeast 33rd Street and North Dixie Highway, just after 11:30 a.m.7News cameras captured the mangled remains of the car.The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported.The train and nearby traffic were held up for hours.The cause of the crash remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

PS4s Death Stranding trailer arrives reveals release date

first_img Video Games 28 Photos Tags Those who preorder Death Stranding will receive multiple gold versions of in-game items. For $200, players can buy the collector’s edition and receive a life-size BB Pod statue and Bridges Cargo Case. Originally published May 28.Updates, May 29, 9:57 a.m.: Adds new trailer and release date; 10:15 a.m.: Adds background info.  Share your voice Post a comment 0center_img https://t.co/z7WMowED3a pic.twitter.com/n9km7hKlQK— HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) May 29, 2019 Trippy. Kojima Productions Death Stranding mastermind Hideo Kojima has been periodically tweeting in recent days, teasing about his upcoming epic. On Wednesday, Sony revealed on the PlayStation Twitch channel a new trailer for the mind-bending game and a release date of Nov. 8.The nearly 9-minute trailer offers a new look at several characters, including Sam Bridges (played by The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus) and Cliff (played by Mads Mikkelsen). We also see the bad guys: murderous extremists known as the Homodemons and supernatural enemies, called BTs. In Death Stranding, which is exclusive to the PlayStation 4, gamers will play as Sam and attempt to reconnect a fragmented society and save mankind from extinction.  Sony The 28 best games on PlayStation 4 “Death Stranding is a completely new type of action game, where the goal of the player is to reconnect isolated cities and a fragmented society,” Kojima said in a statement released with the trailer. “As Sam Porter Bridges, you will attempt to bridge the divides in society, and in doing create new bonds or “Strands” with other players around the globe.”In the trailer, we see several different landscapes and get a glimpse of combat as Homodemons chase down Sam and he has to flee or fight them off. We also see Sam unsuccessfully attempt to sneak past some BTs and get pulled down into Hades, which seems to have taken the form of a WWI battlefield, by the supernatural creatures.On Tuesday, the PlayStation Twitch channel went live playing the trailer on a loop. The sound was distorted, though, and the screen was blacked out. Handprints revealed bits of the trailer throughout the morning as thousands of people watched. Minutes before noon ET on Wednesday, the entire screen was revealed and the trailer became visible. After it went live, Kojima tweeted that “people have built walls and have become isolated,” and he talked about how he hopes playing Death Stranding will help us understand the importance of connecting with others. last_img read more

Make it a 4K Fathers Day Save on 4K TVs at Best

first_img Samsung Now playing: Watch this: Samsung Tags • See All Vizio Walmart claims this model has an MSRP of $700, but that can’t be true. No one in their right mind is paying $700 for a 50-inch TV, 4K or no. That said, $260 is a great price for this 50-inch 4K Roku TV. It’s $20 cheaper than an equivalent 50-inch Roku model from TCL on Amazon. If you’ve been thinking about making a TV upgrade, now is a good time to put those wishful thoughts into action. Whether shopping for yourself or looking to go big at the last minute for Father’s Day, there are some tempting TV deals out there. For dads reading this, you’ve got the perfect route to a new TV — tell the family they need not bother showering you with gifts because you would be perfectly happy to treat yourself to a new TV. (Part 2 of this plan could then be you reclining comfortably on the couch and watching the US Open at Pebble Beach over the weekend on your new-and-improved TV.)Yes, most of these are 2018 models, but don’t worry: You’re getting a much better deal, and many of the newer models have only incremental picture quality improvements. Read more: Last-minute Father’s Day giifts 1 $398 at Walmart $560 at Best Buy Spending less than $400 for a 55-inch 4K TV is a good deal. This Samsung model features HDR for a more dynamic image and Samsung’s universal guide for accessing a variety of streaming services. TVs reading • Make it a 4K Father’s Day: Save on 4K TVs at Best Buy and Walmart Sarah Tew/CNET Jun 15 • Great last-minute Father’s Day gifts for 2019 Samsung UN55NU6900: $398 (save $130) Jun 14 • Gifts for dads who enjoy their booze Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products featured on this page. The V Series is Vizio’s new budget line, and this 50-inch model gives you 4K resolution for only $300. (No, you won’t really be able to see the difference versus 1080p on most content at this screen size, but your Xbox or PS4 games may look sharper.) This smart TV lets you stream shows from Netflix and other services, and it has Chromecast built in.center_img $300 at Best Buy Samsung UN65RU7100FXZA: $700 (save $200) Jun 14 • Gifts for dads who love breakfast This 65-inch 7 Series model serves up a 4K picture, HDR and Samsung’s universal guide that offers one stop for your streaming services. Vizio’s budget E Series is getting replaced by the new V Series, but that just means there are deals to be had on the remaining 2018 E Series models. Plus, the V Series has big shoes to fill. Vizio’s E Series has long been favorite of CNET’s for budget buyers, thanks to local dimming technology. You can save more than $100 on this 65-inch E Series model. Great gadgets for Dad at all prices RCA 50-inch RTRU5027-W Roku Smart LED TV: $260 Share your voice Vizio E65-F1: $560 (save $110) Comment Read the Vizio E-Series review Father’s Day Tech Gift Guide Vizio V505-G9: $300 (save $60) RCA Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $260 at Walmart 1:10 $700 at Best Buy Walmart Best Buy Samsung Viziolast_img read more

SimpliSafe brings its DIY security system to your door with a new

first_imgSimpliSafe’s latest DIY home security system won our Editors’ Choice award, and rightly so. The system is affordable and easy to set up and use. Now, SimpliSafe is adding to that home security portfolio with the SimpliSafe Smart Lock.  SimpliSafe At 0.9 inch thick, the SimpliSafe Smart Lock will supposedly be the thinnest on the market, according to the team at SimpliSafe. The lock will include an auto-lock timer that will lock your door after 60 seconds. You can remotely lock or unlock it and arm your SimpliSafe system remotely from the SimpliSafe app. That app will also show alerts for locking and unlocking with a timeline of activity.There’s also a keypad for physical PINs, and you can unlock it with the SimpliSafe keypad, keyfob or your original key. You can individualize PINs for guests or members of your household, and you can set temporary PINs as well.  CNET Smart Home reading • SimpliSafe brings its DIY security system to your door with a new smart lock CNET Smart Home The smart lock integrates into the rest of SimpliSafe’s system to lock with commands like “Alexa, arm SimpliSafe” that also arm doors and windows and activate sensors. SimpliSafe’s Smart Lock will cost $99 and comes in three finishes called nickel, cloud and obsidian. This initial Smart Lock works with any All New SimpliSafe system. A standalone lock is planned for the near future.The Simplisafe Smart Lock will be available on SimpliSafe’s website Sept. 15 and come to Best Buy stores and Best Buy’s website on Oct. 13. Online preorders for Best Buy begin Oct. 1. • Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected 14 Photos SimpliSafe’s DIY home security system looks better than… Now playing: Watch this: See All 2:29 Share your voice Aug 30 • iRobot Roomba S9 Plus vs. Neato Botvac D7 Connected Tags Comment Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house 1 Take a look at SimpliSafe’s new home security system Smart Locks Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more)last_img read more

Nokia 32 and Nokia 42 Listed on Official India Website Launch Appears

first_imgNokia brand licensee HMD Global has listed Nokia 3.2 and Nokia 4.2 in India at its official website and hinted the imminent launch of these devices. First time, both of the smartphones were seen at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019. The company has also listed the specification of both models. However, the price and availability of Nokia 3.2 and Nokia 4.2 have not been disclosed.Earlier this week, the company has launched the Nokia 4.2 in Malaysia and the Nokia 3.2 is available for pre-order in Germany. So, the listing suggests that their arrival in India is very close.Global Price of Nokia 4.2, Nokia 3.2 As we mentioned, the company hasn’t divulged the price of both models, but during a showcase at MWC 2019 in February, the Nokia 4.2 was priced at $169 (roughly Rs. 11,900) for its 2GB RAM + 16GB storage variant. Whereas, 3GB RAM + 32GB storage configuration was listed at $199 (roughly Rs. 14,000).On the other hand, The Nokia 3.2 starts at $139 (roughly Rs. 9,800) for the 2GB RAM + 16GB storage model, while its 3GB RAM + 32GB storage variant got a price tag of $169 (roughly Rs. 11,900).Specifications and Features of Nokia 4.2 Nokia 4.2 sports a 5.71-inch HD+ (720×1520 pixels) a-Si TFT display along with a 19:9 aspect ratio and 2.5D curved glass protection and runs Android 9.0 Pie out-of-the-box with support of dual-SIM (Nano). The phone has a dimension of 148.95×71.30×8.39mm. The Nokia 4.2 is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 SoC (developed on 12 nm FinFET process technology), coupled with up to 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. Also, there is dedicated microSD card support (up to 400GB). Nokia 4.2 India launch teasedNokiaIn terms of optics, the Nokia 4.2 sports a dual rear camera setup and have a combination of a 13-megapixel primary sensor with an f/2.2 lens and 2-megapixel secondary sensor with an aperture diameter of f/2.2. For selfie and video call, the phone has an 8-megapixel sensor at the front with an f/2.0 lens.Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, NFC, Micro-USB, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The Nokia 4.2 is packed with sensors like accelerometer, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. The phone is fuelled by a 3,000mAh battery.Specifications and Features of Nokia 3.2 The Nokia 3.2 sports 6.29-inch HD+ (720×1520 pixels) TFT display along with a 19:9 aspect ratio and 269ppi of pixel density and it also runs stock Android Pie. The Phone measures 159.44×76.24×8.60mm. Under the hood, it has Qualcomm Snapdragon 429 SoC (12 nm FinFET process technology), paired with up to 3GB RAM and 32GB onboard storage, which is expandable via microSD card (up to 400GB). Nokia 3.2 India launch tippedNokiaFor images and video, the Nokia 3.2 has a single 13-megapixel lens with an f/2.2 aperture and a 5-megapixel selfie camera at the front with an f/2.2 lens.In terms of connectivity, the Nokia 3.2 has 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS/ A-GPS, Bluetooth v4.2, Micro-USB port, FM radio, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The phone is packed by 4,000mAh battery.On the other hand, Nokia is also expected to launch the premium Nokia 9 PureView in India soon. It’s not clear if all three phones would get the same launch date in India or HMD will choose different launch dates. Stay tuned for updates. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/0:25Loaded: 0%0:03Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:23?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Closecenter_img Is Redmi Note 7 the new-age Nokia 3310?last_img read more

Infosys stock hits new low slammed out of Top 10 market cap

first_imgAn Infosys logo is pictured on one of the company’s office buildings at their IT campus at Electronics City in Bangalore.Reuters fileThe stock of Infosys, India’s second largest software services exporter, continued to be in freefall mode as it cascaded to a new low on Monday. In the process, it sliced off over Rs 4,100 crore from the company’s market capitalisation leaving investors and institutions alike worried.State-run oil explorer and marketing company ONGC has replaced Infosys to become the tenth most valuable company on BSE with a market capitalisation of Rs 2,02,187.62 crore, from its closing price of Rs 157.55 per share on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Monday.On Monday, the Infosys share closed down 5.37 percent over its previous close to end trading at Rs 873.50 on the BSE on Monday. This is the stock’s lowest level since August 8, 2014. On the Nifty, the stock closed at Rs 870.15, or 5.75 percent below its previous close.In the last two trading sessions, investors in broader terms, have lost over Rs 36,500 crore in market capitalisation after the stock tumbled over 18 percent. The disastrous slide was triggered last Friday after the resignation of the company’s CEO and Managing Director Vishal Sikka following operational differences with its founders.It lead to the company being knocked of its long-held position on India’s list of 10 most valued companies by market capitalisation.On Monday, at the current market price of Rs 873.50, the Infosys stock was capitalised at Rs 2.01 trillion (Rs 2,00,640.07 crore), down from Rs 2.04 trillion (Rs 2,03,832.85 crore) at the conclusion of last week’s trading.The fall of the stock came from the Bengaluru-based IT bellwether’s market capitalisation of Rs 2.35 trillion (Rs 2,34,554.78 crore) on Thursday before the furore caused by former CEO Vishal Sikka’s resignation broke out on Friday morning. The Infosys stock had closed trade at a price of Rs 1,021.15 per share on the BSE on Thursday.”Dr Sikka’s exit was the biggest risk and with this becoming an eventuality, the company faces a big challenge of filling the leadership vaccum. Dr Sikka had guided the company well at a time when the industry is undergoing a metamorphosis towards newer technologies,” said analysts at Antique Stock Broking said in a note, quoted by financial daily Business Standard in a report on Monday.As of Monday, Reliance Industries Ltd was the country’s most valued company (see chart) with a market cap of Rs 5.09 trillion, followed by Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (Rs 4.83 trillion) and HDFC Bank Ltd (Rs 4.49 trillion). ITC Ltd is number four (Rs 3.44 trillion), followed by HDFC Ltd (Rs 2.77 trillion), Hindustan Unilever Ltd (Rs 2.58 trillion), State Bank of India (Rs 2.37 trillion), Maruti Suzuki India Ltd (Rs 2.27 trillion), Oil & Natural Gas Corp. Ltd (Rs 2.02 trillion) and Indian Oil Corp Ltd (Rs 2.01 trillion).HDFC Securities said that Infosys’s 6.5-8.5 percent constant currency (CC) revenue growth guidance for fiscal 2018 (2-3.3 percent CQGR ask rate) is likely to be a tough task now. The brokerage firm said that the discord between the board and the company founders may impact senior management performance. This might increase the risk of top-level attrition, especially recruits from SAP and other companies working out of Infosys’ US offices.The company had on Saturday announced that it would buy back shares worth up to Rs 13,000 crore, or 4.92 percent of its paid-up capital, from investors at Rs 1,150 per share.last_img read more

Russian air strikes kill 53 civilians in Syria

first_imgA Syrian man inspects the rubble following a reported airstrike by Syrian government forces, on November 26, 2017, in the town of Mesraba in the eastern Ghouta region, a rebel stronghold east of the capital Damascus. Photo: AFPAt least 53 civilians, including 21 children, perished early Sunday morning when Russian air strikes hit “residential buildings” in a village held by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria, a monitor said.The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strikes hit the village of Al-Shafah in Deir Ezzor province, on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River.The Observatory relies on a network of sources inside Syria, and says it determines whose planes carry out raids according to type, location, flight patterns and munitions used.The monitor had initially given a death toll of 34 civilians but the number spiked after more bodies were recovered.“The toll increased after removing the debris in a long day of rescue operation,” Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told AFP, adding the strikes hit “residential buildings”.At least 18 people were also wounded in the air raids, he added.Russia is a close ally of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, and in September 2015 began a military intervention in support of his government that has gradually helped Damascus regain territory.Syria’s Deir Ezzor is one of the last places IS jihadists hold territory in the country, after being driven from their major strongholds including their one-time de facto Syrian capital Raqa city.The oil-rich eastern province that borders Iraq was once almost completely under IS control, but the jihadists now hold just nine percent of Deir Ezzor, according to the Observatory.They have faced two separate offensives there, one led by the regime with Russian backing and the other by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters.More than 340,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict began in March 2011 with anti-government protests.Russia in driving seatThe latest strikes come as the United Nations tries to revitalise its flagging efforts to end a six-year civil war that has left Syria devastated and huge swathes of its population refugees.On Tuesday, the eighth round of UN-brokered talks will kick off.They have achieved little so far, but may be bolstered by the opposition’s decision to bring a unified delegation to Geneva for the first time.For progress to happen rival sides will need to overcome the hurdle that has derailed past discussions: the fate of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.He retains Moscow’s support but is loathed by much of Syria’s rebel opposition who want him gone.Backed by Russia’s decisive military support, Assad’s government has regained control of 55 percent of the country, including major cities Damascus, Aleppo, Homs and Hama, and around two-thirds of the population lives in regime-held areas.The rest is carved up between rebel factions, jihadists and Kurdish forces.Some experts believe that Russia has clearly put itself in the driver’s seat in recent months, especially as US President Donald Trump’s administration has pulled back from Syrian diplomatic front.Russia, fellow regime ally Iran and rebel-backer Turkey have hosted negotiations in the Kazakh capital Astana that led to the creation of four “de-escalation zones” which produced a drop in violence, though deadly air strikes and battles continue in some areas.And this week, Russian President Vladimir Putin called for a “congress” of Syrian regime and opposition figures, a move backed by Ankara and Tehran.last_img read more

Geek Pick Amazon Fire TV Stick With Alexa Voice Remote

first_imgStay on target Binge-watching movies and TV shows is a great way to relax after a long day or week. However, if your internet is spotty or your computer screen isn’t big enough, seeing your favorite flicks can be a pain. You can avoid these issues if you buy a good media streamer set, such as the Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote.According to our sister site PCMag.com, the Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote is one of the fastest and most affordable media streamer sets for home entertainment. At only $39.99, the Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote is a bargain set that gives you all the perks of quality streaming, including faster loading time, Amazon’s Alexa for quick assistance, voice control, and access to many movies and TV shows. You can buy the Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote at Amazon.com.The Amazon Fire TV Stick is tiny: Its dimensions are 3.4 inches x 1.1 inches x 0.5 inches, so it will easily fit behind your TV. The Alexa Voice Remote is also small in size and features basic buttons that can play, rewind, and pause streamable content. It’s a great device for those who want to upgrade their 1080p TV experiences without fully committing to 4K.You can launch digital content using the Amazon Fire TV Stick and Alexa Voice Remote in a few steps: First, plug in the Amazon Fire TV Stick into your TV. Once the Amazon Fire TV Stick determines the TV you’re using, you can use the Alexa Voice Remote to turn the TV on and off, mute the TV, or adjust the volume. The Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote won’t be able to control your TV with menu navigation, but it gets the job done to start watching movies and TV shows on Hulu, Netflix, and other streaming services.Another cool feature to note is the Alexa Voice Remote. Just press and ask Alexa to find your preferred films and TV episodes, access live news, and more. Having the option to use remote voice control is very handy, especially if you don’t feel like getting off the couch to stream flicks. You can even program Alexa to manage your other smart home devices, like dimming the lights, and order takeout for movie nights.Even though you don’t get the 4K experience, the Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote does deliver multiple streaming perks and can help you avoid an expensive cable bill. For more specs on the Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, head over to PCMag.com for an extended review of the media streamer device set. And, if you’re still unsure of what streaming media player to get, check out our Streaming Media Player Showdown: Fire TV Versus Fire TV Stick.More on Geek.com:Geek Pick: Casper Glow Is a High-Tech ‘Night Light’ With Soothing VibesGeek Pick: Fitbit Charge 3 Makes It Easy to Track Health StatsGeek Pick: Blue Snowball Ice Microphone Geek Pick: Ikea Sonos Symfonisk Is A WiFi Bookshelf SpeakerGeek Pick: Fi Smart Dog Collar Sniffs Out Your Pet last_img read more

Indigenous Amazon Tribe Wins Landmark Legal Battle to Halt Oil Drilling

first_imgA small indigenous Amazon tribe in Ecuador has surprisingly won a legal battle to halt oil drilling in their homeland. The Waorani (sometimes spelled Huaorani) tribe came out jubilant and victorious in a historic court ruling against the government, which had sought to drill for oil on a half million acres of their land in the Amazon. The court held that the government of Ecuador could not auction off the land of the Amazon tribe for oil exploration without their consent. This verdict also disrupts the looming auction of 16 oil blocks that cover more than 7 million acres of land in indigenous territory by setting this legal precedent in the Eduadorian Amazon.“The court recognized that the government violated our right to live free, and make our own decisions about our territory and self-determination,” Waorani leader Nemonte Nenquimo wrote to The New Yorker about the court decision.Alicia Cahuiya of the Waorani tribe in 2015. Photo by Daniel Cima CC by 2.0The Waorani, who currently come to about 2,000 people, once maintained one of the largest territories of all indigenous Amazonians in Ecuador. They lived as nomadic hunter-gatherers in small settlements. Missionary groups relocated many Waorani families into larger communities to convert them to Christianity.  The Waorani are considered the most recently contacted of all Ecuadorian indigenous peoples, first reached by an American missionary group in 1958.Territory of the Waorani (Huaorani) tribe in Ecuador. Photo by Markusquit CC BY-SA 3.0Since that first contact, the Waorani have had a difficult time experiencing modern society.  The Waorani lost most of their land, and what was left was descended on by oil and logging interests. Oil drilling and road construction have hurt their interests, and they were known to fight back with spears and blowguns.“The government sees oil and money but the Waorani see it is full of life,” Nenquimo said to France24 in April 2019. “Humans are changing the planet because big companies, big factories are destroying it. It is the moment now for the peoples to join and protest… If we don’t protest, if we don’t carry our actions, it means we are destroying the planet.”On April 26th, hundreds of Waorani men and women formed a parade and marched in triumph through the streets of Puyo, the regional capital of the eastern province of Pastaza.Members of the Waorani (Huaorani) tribe in Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest. Photo by Kleverenrique CC BY-SA 3.0The essence of their court case was charging that the Ecuadorian government had not properly consulted with them before opening up their territory to potential oil exploration. The Waorani sued with the help of Ecuador’s Ombudsman, or public authority.“Many of the Waorani representatives wore traditional dress in court and had red bars painted across their cheekbones and brows,” according to The New Yorker. “Singing a song about their traditional role as protectors of the forest, they drowned out the judge and lawyers until the judge finally suspended the hearing.”Waorani (Huaorani) leader. Photo by kate fisher CC by 2.0The government is constitutionally allowed to pursue oil drilling wherever they want to, but the people who lived on the land need to be first consulted. Nenquimo said that ministry officials did visit their community in 2012 but didn’t get their consent because the Waorani were on a hunting trip.Related Video:“A three-judge panel ruled in the Waorani’s favor, finding that the process did not afford the Waorani free, prior, and informed consent, and that their territory could not be included in an oil auction,” said The New Yorker. “The ruling could impact other indigenous groups whose lands are also up for oil exploration.”Amazon Frontlines said in a press release that this ruling “could mark a watershed moment in the indigenous movement to permanently protect their rainforest from oil drilling, and other extractive projects. ”Related Article: Last of His Tribe: Only Known Survivor of Extinct Amazon Tribe Videotaped in JungleSpokesman Oswando Nenquimo cautioned that “the fight is far from over. The government will appeal because they still want the oil beneath our land. Indigenous Nations across the Amazon and the world must band together to protect our homes.”In May 2019, over 30,000 people sent emails to the President of Ecuador, his ministers, and the court, demanding that Waorani rights be respected.Nancy Bilyeau, a former staff editor at Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and InStyle, has written a trilogy of historical thrillers for Touchstone Books. Her new book, The Blue, is a spy story set in the 18th-century porcelain world. For more information, go to www.nancybilyeau.comlast_img read more

Avitas Sleek New Laptop is One of the Best Surprises of Computex

first_img Author Bio Phillip Tracy is a senior writer at Tom’s Guide and Laptop Mag, where he reviews laptops and covers the latest industry news. After graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Phillip became a tech reporter at the Daily Dot. There, he wrote reviews for a range of gadgets and covered everything from social media trends to cybersecurity. Prior to that, he wrote for RCR Wireless News and NewBay Media. When he’s not tinkering with devices, you can find Phillip playing video games, reading, listening to indie music or watching soccer. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndo247 SportsRanking The Highest-Paid NBA Players In 2019247 SportsUndoAdvertisement TAIPEI, TAIWAN — I admit, my expectations were low walking into Avita’s booth at Computex 2019. The company’s first pair of laptops, the Clarus and Liber, felt derivative, which all but confirmed my fears that Avita would be just another brand selling MacBook lookalikes at a low price.However, after spending some hands-on time with the new Admiror, it feels like the Hong Kong-based company has turned a corner. Spelling error aside, the Admiror is a genuinely compelling laptop with a unique design that should appeal to students and creative professionals who want their tech stand out.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/avita-admiror-price-specs?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 The Admiror will ship in August in Hong Kong before rolling out worldwide. An official U.S. release date and price have yet to be determined.The Admiror has an ultrasleek chassis that merges premium materials with a colorful, fashionable design. The soft-touch deck is reminiscent of the XPS 15, while its rounded aluminum frame brings the Microsoft Surface Book 2 to mind.Avita will sell the Admiror in a variety of colors: green, pink, blue, copper and brown. The dark blue variant was my favorite of the bunch, but they all look better than the boring silver and black we see so often.MORE: Best Ultrabooks: Lightweight and Travel LaptopsWhile it looks like a speaker grille, the curved aluminum shield below the laptop’s display is actually decorative. Instead, dual speakers flank each side of the deck and are accompanied by another pair underneath.Another eye-catching feature is the laptop’s gigantic touchpad. While I appreciate the size of it, the shiny black surface felt sticky, as if I were moving my fingers across a laminated plastic film each time I moved the cursor. I’m hoping the touchpad will grow on me because my first impression was that it could be a deal-breaker. The keyboard was less of a problem. In fact, the clicky keys felt and looked a lot like those on the XPS 15.There are a lot of strange things going on with the Admiror, but perhaps the most surprising is just how light it is. At just 2.8 pounds, the 14-inch version weighs less than the Huawei MateBook X Pro (2.9 pounds) and only slightly heavier than the Lenovo X1 Carbon (2.5 pounds).Regarding the display, the Admiror will come in both 14-inch and 15.6-inch versions. The 14-inch model I saw had a 1080p resolution but an Avita rep told me that a 4K panel will also be offered. We weren’t particularly impressed with the performance of Avita’s other laptops. Fortunately, the Admiror can be configured with some decent specs, including an Intel Core i5-8265U or i7-8565 CPU up to 8GB of RAM and either a 256GB or 512GB SSD. Battery life is rated at 10 hours, but we’ll have to put it through our own tests to determine real-world endurance.I didn’t think I’d be saying this, but I’m genuinely looking forward to reviewing the Avita Admiror when it lands in the U.S.Avita Liber – Full Review Avita Clarus 14 – Full Review Huawei MateBook D 14 inch (AMD) – Full Review center_img Phillip Tracy, Phillip Tracy,last_img read more