The Mi Max 2, just like the Mi Max before it, is a super-sized 6.44-inch phone with a monster of a battery inside it. The Mi Max 2, just like its predecessor, is a niche phone designed first and foremost for multimedia consumption for people who don’t want to invest in tablets which on most occasions lack voice calling.Also Read: Xiaomi Mi Max 2: The good, the bad and the ugly The Mi Max 2, just like last year’s Mi Max, looks very promising, at least on paper. But, is it any different from the Max? Is it any better?Just like the original Mi Max, the Mi Max 2 also boasts of a full-metal body. But, while in the case of the Mi Max, the antenna lines were a clear eye-soar differentiating the middle (all-metal) portion with the (plastic with brushed metal finish) top and bottom, the Mi Max 2 has re-positioned antenna lines. These have been pushed towards the extreme edges – like in the iPhone 7 — so the Mi Max 2, in fact, looks like it has been carved out of a single slab of metal. It certainly looks strikingly better then the Mi Max, particularly from the behind.The front is meanwhile, the same as the Mi Max. So is the fingerprint scanner placement. The Mi Max 2 has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and curved 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass (unspecified) on the front with backlit capacitive keys. Just like the Mi Max, the Mi Max 2 also has an impressive screen-to-body ratio giving you ample real estate, literally as well as figuratively.Xiaomi has again, managed to somehow keep its internal proportions — girth and weight — in check. It weighs just 211 gram and measures only 7.6 mm in line with the original Mi Max. Mind you, it also has a bigger 5,300mAh (over the Mi Max’s 4,850mAh) battery inside. It’s, still pretty much, a giant that’s surprisingly super light on its feet.Xiaomi has again used a full-HD (1080×1920 pixels which roughly translates to 342 pixels per inch) IPS panel in the Mi Max 2. Now, a 6.44-inch screen and a 1080p resolution may not add up. Or at least that is what you will think. The Mi Max did not have a breathtaking display, but, the colours that it produced were spot on. The Mi Max handled — and reproduced — colours so well you didn’t mind that it wasn’t as bright as the company’s other premium phones. It’s the same story with the Mi Max 2 as well and although having more pixels – courtesy a higher resolution display – doesn’t necessarily guarantee an outstanding display, you can’t help but crib what if the Mi Max 2 had more pixels? Also, 1080p screens are kind of staple for Xiaomi but the company is able to somehow pull this off in its more premium offerings like the Mi 5 and Mi 6 leading us to believe that it makes use of a higher standard/higher quality display panel in its flagships.The Mi Max 2 runs Android Nougat-based MIUI 8 out-of-the-box. As always, latest software iteration does not necessarily translate to drastic changes in Xiaomi’s interface. The MIUI 8 in the Mi Max 2 looks almost exactly (save some exceptions) like MIUI 7 in last year’s Mi Max. There are notable changes in the software on-board the Mi Max 2 however, according to Xiaomi. The Mi Max 2 comes with improved one-handed usage features (including a one-handed mode and a shortcut menu) according to Xiaomi, and would be getting a split-screen multitasking feature in the days to come. A split screen multitasking feature — which was absent in the Mi Max — will indeed make a lot of sense on a 6.44-inch phablet. Question is why the feature isn’t available in the Mi Max 2 out-of-the-box in the first place because one of the headlining features of Android Nougat is split-screen multi-tasking. Still, the Xiaomi phone running Android Nougat-based software doesn’t ship with the feature out-of-the-box.The Mi Max 2 is powered by a 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor clubbed with Adreno 506 GPU. The company seems to have hit the sweet spot with this mobile processor. The Snapdragon 625 is notably the first 600-series chipset to be built on the power-efficient 14nm finfet process. The technology essentially allows a processor — the Snapdragon 625 in this case — with multiple cores to hit higher clock speeds without overheating and draining the battery quickly. As opposed to the Mi Max which was gunning for raw power courtesy the Snapdragon 650, the Mi Max 2 is all about power saving and thermal efficiency courtesy the Snapdragon 625. But, there’s a catch. The Adreno 506 GPU (inside the Mi Max 2) is good, just not better than the Adreno 510 inside last year’s Mi Max, meaning, although the Mi Max 2 should handle basic games well, GPU-intensive games would still leave you a something to be desired.The Mi Max 2, unlike the Mi Max, will be available in only one 4GB RAM and 64GB storage variant in India for now. It supports expandable storage of up to 128GB via a hybrid micro-SD card slot. It further supports dual-SIM, 4G LTE (VoLTE-ready) and USB Type-C (as opposed to micro-USB 2.0 in the Mi Max) for charging and data syncing. There’s also an IR blaster that can be used in tandem with the Mi Home app to control smart home appliances. The biggest highlight of the Mi Max 2 is, perhaps, the fact that it supports stereo speakers making it quite a steal for multimedia junkies. Xiaomi has a 4GB RAM/128GB storage version of the Mi Max 2 also that it sells in China, but because the price of that version may touch Rs 20,000 in INR, chances are Xiaomi may not launch it in India.The Mi Max 2 sports a 12-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.2 aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus and a dual-LED (dual-tone) flash. Interestingly, the Mi Max 2 comes with the same Sony IMX 386 image sensor as the one on-board the company’s flagship Mi 6. The Mi Max 2 will be capable of recording 4K videos as well. On the front, the Mi Max 2 comes with a 5-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture. The original Mi Max came with a 16-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.0 aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus and dual-LED (dual-tone) flash along with a 5-megapixel camera on the front with f/2.0 aperture.The Mi Max 2 is backed by a massive 5,300mAh battery which is rated to deliver up to 2 days of battery life on regular usage. The Mi Max 2, according to Xiaomi, can offer two times more talk-time than the Nokia 3310 (2017). In comparison with the Nokia 3310 (2017) feature phone which offers 22 hours of talk-time, the Mi Max 2 can apparently offer up to 57 hours on single charge, claims Xiaomi. The Mi Max 2, at the same time, can offer up to 31 days of stand-by, just like the Nokia 3310 (2017), according to Xiaomi.The Mi Max 2 also supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 — can charge by up to 68 per cent in 1 hour according to Xiaomi — and Parallel Charging which means that you can continue to use the device even while charging.Also Read: Xiaomi Mi Max review: A giant that’s surprisingly light on its feet advertisementadvertisementPricing and availability: The 4GB RAM and 64GB storage version of the Mi Max 2 has been launched in India at a price of Rs 16,999. It will be available for buying from both online (Flipkart, Amazon India and Mi.com/in) and offline (Mi Home stores in Bengaluru) channels.
The ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup 2018 was launched in Wellington on Thursday.16 teams will participate in the event that brings together future stars who will compete across four cities and seven venues in New Zealand from January 13 to February 3.The World Cup launch function was attended by Grant Robertson, Minister for Sports and Recreation of New Zealand, ICC chief executive David Richardson, New Zealand cricket chief executive David White and event brand ambassador Corey Anderson among others.Speaking on the occasion, Richardson thanked New Zealand Cricket for hosting the tournament for the third time and extolled the importance of the event in grooming players from around the world.He said, “The ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup is special for so many reasons. It gives players an unrivaled experience of global events, a real flavour of international cricket at senior level and a glimpse into what life as one of the world’s best is really like.”#U19CWC Ambassador @coreyanderson78 is one of the many current internationals who have played in the tournament over the years, but who are the possible 2018 #FutureStars?https://t.co/v9xE97v4B9 pic.twitter.com/etKbbc6qFA- ICC (@ICC) November 30, 2017″This event plays an important role in developing the participating teenagers into international professionals, teaching them invaluable lessons in camaraderie, discipline, leadership, playing under pressure and of course in the spirit of the game.”A host of past and present stars have come through the U19s since its inception in 1988. The fact that a number of current captains including your very own Kane Williamson, Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Joe Root, Sarfraz Ahmed, Dinesh Chandimal and Eoin Morgan have all played in the event demonstrates the calibre of cricket we have come to expect at this event.”advertisementNew Zealand all-rounder Anderson remembered how the tournament helped shape his career.”It is an honour for me to be associated with this tournament as its Brand Ambassador. I played in two U19 World Cups – in 2008 and 2010 – and can’t forget the experience of playing with the upcoming best from around the world,” he said.”I was lucky to have figured in the tournament along with players like Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Kane Williamson and Joe Root, all of who have gone on to lead their respective sides in world cricket. The tournament provides players with many learnings which hold them in good stead as they develop into top-class cricketers.”Details of the Trophy Tour for the tournament were also revealed during the event, which was attended by current players from the New Zealand and the Windies sides, who are due to play in the first match of their two-Test series at Wellington’s Basin Reserve from Friday.The ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Trophy Tour will commence in Wellington on December 1 and will culminate in Lincoln on December 13.The Windies are the defending champions of the tournament, which is widely acknowledged as a platform to inspire the next generation of cricketers and fans.Australia and India have been most successful in the tournament, winning the title three times each. Pakistan are the only side to have defended the title when they emerged victorious in the 2004 and 2006 editions while England and South Africa are the other teams to have won the tournament.
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has suspended Greece defender Kostas Manolas from a World Cup playoff match for trying to manipulate his disciplinary record.FIFA says Manolas was judged to be guilty of “intentionally seeking a yellow card” in a World Cup qualifying game. It triggered a one-match ban which he served in Greece’s final qualifier, cleaning his record for the playoffs.The FIFA sanction announced Friday is an additional ban for deception.Manolas will miss the first leg of the playoffs at Croatia on Thursday. He is eligible for the return game three days later in Greece.The Roma defender was shown a yellow card for timewasting in the 90th minute of Greece’s 2-1 win at Cyprus. He then sat out a home game against Gibraltar three days later, which Greece won 4-0.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Caio’s 93rd-minute winner lifted Benfica to a 2-1 victory over Fiorentina at the International Champions Cup on Wednesday.Penalties were on the horizon amid a deadlock after Haris Seferovic’s ninth-minute opener was cancelled out by Dusan Vlahovic prior to half-time in Harrison, New Jersey.But substitute Caio ensured spot-kicks were not required courtesy of a thunderous half-volley with the last kick of the match at Red Bull Arena. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Fiorentina star Federico Chiesa was named on the bench again for Vincenzo Montella’s men amid ongoing links with Serie A champions Juventus.#ACFFSLB | Final whistle! #ICC2019 #ChampionsMeetHere #WeAreBenfica pic.twitter.com/30OTdWRMc6— SL Benfica (@slbenfica_en) July 25, 2019And Fiorentina started slowly as Seferovic put Benfica ahead in the ninth minute after some fine work from new signing Raul de Tomas.Signed from Real Madrid following Joao Felix’s big-money move to Atletico Madrid, De Tomas created some space on the edge of the area and slid in a ball to Seferovic, who stepped in front of his opponent and poked home past Pietro Terracciano.De Tomas almost made it 2-0 in the 24th minute but the Spanish forward’s volley forced Fiorentina goalkeeper Terracciano into a great finger-tip save.Benfica looked the more likely to score, however, Fiorentina managed to equalise five minutes later thanks to Vlahovic.After impressing against Guadalajara, the 19-year-old drifted onto his left foot and fired a low shot into the bottom corner of the net from the top of the penalty box.#FiorentinaBenfica 1-1#GoalSequence#Vlahovic pic.twitter.com/KqiSOzFgto— ACF Fiorentina (@acffiorentina) July 25, 2019An unbelievable chance went begging for Fiorentina – who introduced Chiesa at half-time – when Vlahovic hit the post and Marco Benassi somehow skied the ball over the crossbar with an empty net at his mercy in the 49th minute.Benfica went close to restoring their lead nine minutes into the second half, but Rafa Silva’s curling effort was just inches wide of the post.The Portuguese champions did get their second goal as they won it at the death thanks to Caio, who found himself unmarked at the back post and fired a ferocious shot into the roof of the net. read more
Dietary fats can enter the brain through the bloodstream, and cause alterations that could lead to depression, according to a study that may pave the way for new therapies to treat the disorder. The team also found that by decreasing the expression of a specific enzyme, symptoms of obesity-linked depression can be reduced. Study shows that saturated fatty acids enter brain through the bloodstream, and thereafter accumulate and affect crucial brain signals related to depression. Obesity and depression have long been linked, however the mechanisms of how obesity affects depression and vice versa have not been understood.
WASHINGTON — The federal government posted a record budget deficit in February, pushing the overall deficit for the first five months of the budget year up 39 per cent from a year ago.The Treasury Department says in its monthly report that the deficit hit an all-time high for February of $234 billion. That surpasses the old February deficit record of $232 billion set in 2012, the last year the deficit for the year topped $1 trillion. For the first five months of this budget year, the deficit totals $544.2 billion.In its new budget sent to Congress last week, the administration is projecting that this year’s deficit will total $1.09 trillion and will remain above $1 trillion for the next four years.Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press
The head of the United Nations inquiry into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri presented his report to Secretary-General Kofi Annan today, after an earlier mission found Lebanon’s own investigation seriously flawed and Syria primarily responsible for the political tension preceding the murder.The report by Detlev Mehlis, appointed by Mr. Annan in June to head the UN International Independent Investigation Commission (UNIIIC), was transmitted to the Security Council.Mr. Hariri’s assassination in February in a bomb attack, which also killed 20 others, led to renewed calls for the withdrawal of all Syrian troops and intelligence agents, who had been in Lebanon since the early stages of the country’s 1975-1990 civil war. Syria withdrew its troops from its smaller neighbour in April.Mr. Mehlis carried out intensive investigations in both Lebanon and Syria. Last month, he named the heads of Lebanese intelligence and security agencies as suspects.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – NFL Films is producing a virtual reality series showing life in and around the league.The nine-part series announced Thursday by the NFL and Google will debut Thanksgiving Day on the league’s YouTube channel . Later episodes will be available on a virtual reality app designed for Google’s Daydream.It’s the NFL’s first foray into producing content in virtual reality.The series will give viewers a 360-degree perspective for players, coaches, executives, cheerleaders and fans showing how they prepare for game day.The first episode will give fans a weeklong look at the Philadelphia Eagles defensive line and include exclusive game day access to the Eagles bench and sideline. Other episodes will feature the Miami Dolphins cheerleaders, the football culture in Green Bay and the San Diego Chargers organization.___AP NFL website: http://pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL NFL Films producing 9-part virtual reality series by The Associated Press Posted Nov 3, 2016 12:17 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 3, 2016 at 1:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
TORONTO – Shaw Communications Inc. added more wireless subscribers and lost fewer TV, Internet and landline customers than expected in its most recent quarter, sending its shares higher.Shaw (TSX:SJR.B) shares rose 4.63 per cent to $28.72 in morning trading, surpassing a 52-week high of $28.63, after the company released its quarterly results.The company said Wednesday it recorded its best consumer subscriber trends in the quarter ended Feb. 28 since the second quarter of its 2012 financial year.Shaw lost 5,294 consumer subscribers between its cable and satellite TV, Internet and phone services, compared with a loss of nearly 42,000 in the same quarter last year.The company attributed the results in part to an attractively priced, high-speed Internet package that can be paired with its BlueSky TV Internet-protocol television product, which was launched earlier this year.Drew McReynolds, an RBC Dominion Securities analyst, wrote in a note that he estimated the company would lose 30,000 subscribers this quarter.The smaller number came from higher-than-expected Internet subscriber growth as the company added 13,466 customers and lower-than-expected cable TV losses, he wrote.Shaw shed about 7,000 cable TV subscribers, while McReynolds had anticipated a decrease of 26,000.The company also added about 33,000 wireless customers compared with McReynolds’s estimate of 20,000.The Calgary-based company said it earned $147 million in its latest quarter as revenue grew 13 per cent compared with a year ago, boosted by its Freedom Mobile wireless business.The profit amounted to 30 cents per share for the quarter ended Feb. 28 compared with a profit of $164 million or 32 cents per share in the same quarter last year.Shaw, which sold its Shaw Media subsidiary in April 2016, said its profit from continuing operations totalled $147 million in what was its second quarter, up from $116 million a year ago. Revenue increased to $1.30 billion, compared with $1.15 billion in the same quarter last year.Excluding its wireless division, which was acquired in March last year, revenue for the quarter from Shaw’s combined consumer, business network services and business infrastructure services divisions was up 1.1 per cent.The company also announced Alek Krstajic will be stepping down as chief executive of Freedom Mobile. Krstajic had been chief executive of Wind Mobile, the company that Shaw acquired and rebranded as Freedom Mobile.Shaw said Paul McAleese will join the company as chief operating officer of Freedom Mobile.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter. by Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 12, 2017 5:43 am MDT Last Updated Apr 12, 2017 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Shaw Communications shares jump on better-than-expected subscriber numbers
For our purposes, “general archival” included bits such as Simpson’s outtakes with Marcus Allen. “News archival” is news footage from the time period, like that of the Eula Love shooting in L.A. and footage of the trial. “Archival Interviews” include all interviews that weren’t filmed expressly for the documentary, like one with a young O.J. Simpson about his retirement from football to pursue acting. “Football highlights” are self-explanatory and “original Interviews” were filmed for the documentary.You can guess how much of the breakdown goes. Episode 1, for instance, spends 41 minutes on Simpson’s football career — no other episode lingers here for more than three minutes — because Simpson’s fame began on the field. At the same time, the episode focuses on the civil rights movement, particularly in Los Angeles, and Simpson’s separatist lifestyle as a superstar on USC’s campus, away from the movement. To capture moments such as this, we also broke the series down into thematic elements, including personal life, context, trial and football.Here, “personal life” included bits like Simpson’s friend, Joe Bell talking about his childhood. “Trial” consists of archival news footage and interviews from the Nicole Brown Simpson murder trial. Football consists of his highlights from USC and the NFL or interviews specific to his football career. There are nearly 34 minutes of contextual footage in Episode 1, such as race riots in Los Angeles or Simpson signing autographs on USC’s campus, to display the two contrasting worlds during the late ’60s.Episode 2 gives 44 minutes of cultural context, as Simpson’s superstar status blossoms while the relationship between blacks and the LAPD continue to deteriorate. You see his iconic Hertz and Chevy commercials against a contrasting image of the Rodney King beating. Simpson’s personal life also gets around 45 minutes of footage, displaying the rich and powerful friends he sought while he pursued a post-NFL career in Hollywood, and his violent, abusive and controlling relationship with Nicole Brown Simpson is introduced.Episode 3 begins with the murder scene of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. There are nearly 40 minutes of archival news footage and 20 minutes of general archival footage from the double murder and the ensuing trial. The Bronco chase is covered in this episode, as well as Simpson’s own friends saying he was guilty of the crime. This is the O.J. Simpson we are more used to witnessing.An hour and 21 minutes of Episode 4 is dedicated to the trial, the most footage of any kind of any episode from OJMIA. It had 45 minutes of news archival footage and 26 minutes of original interviews about the trial. There is no footage on Simpson’s personal or football life in this episode. Episode 5 gives us the least amount of cultural context — by now, the stage hasn’t just been set, it’s being cleared — with 30 minutes dedicated to his personal life and 45 minutes for Simpson’s civil trial and his robbery case in 2007.We’re used to seeing the post-murder trial O.J. Simpson — a broken-down, has-been felon the world presumes committed a pair of murders for which he was acquitted. A lot of things went into the story that took Simpson from stardom to prison, and OJMIA arranges those disparate pieces of the timeline in a way that, somehow, makes sense of them. By now you’ve heard about “O.J.: Made in America,” ESPN’s five-part documentary about O.J. Simpson’s life and alleged crimes, which wrangles a complex story set against a complex cultural backdrop. Part of what makes the documentary work is how widely each chapter varies from the previous one — the series tracks Simpson’s early life, his football stardom, the murders of Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman, the trial that followed and its eventual aftermath. Each of these is its own sort of story, told its own sort of way using a mix of original interviews and archival footage. Episode to episode, that mix varies a great deal.We took a shot list provided by our colleagues at ESPN Films (we’re in the same division of the company) and broke it down into general archival, news archival, archival interviews, original interviews and football. VIDEO: An interview with director Ezra Edelman
“We are now focused on doing all that we can to support the children, young people, their families and carers, and the many caring and dedicated staff who are affected during this very difficult time.”Aurora stressed the allegations specifically relate to the children’s home and not an adjoining school also run by the company.Executive director of People Services at Bristol City Council, Dr Jacqui Jensen, said: “Ofsted has taken enforcement action and issued the care home with a suspension notice.”Allegations such as this are very concerning and therefore the welfare and needs of the children, young people and their families are our top priority.”She said the council was helping to review each child’s care plans to make alternative arrangements.It is thought the school was attended by 28 children and young adults. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. A care home for children with special needs has suddenly closed and staff have been suspended amid allegations of child cruelty. St Christopher’s Children’s Home cares for vulnerable children with complex needs and is run by Aurora Group.Avon and Somerset Police confirmed it was investigating “allegations of child cruelty offences” relating to the centre in the north Bristol area.The nature of the alleged offences as well as the number of children affected remains unknown as officers said that the investigation was in its early stages. Ofsted has removed the Carisbrooke Lodge care home’s registration while police investigate.A police spokesman said: “We’re investigating allegations of child cruelty offences relating to a special education school in the north Bristol area. We’re working with our multi-agency partners to ensure that safeguarding measures are being put in place and Ofsted has been notified. “Parents have been contacted. Some members of staff have been suspended while our investigation continues. We cannot go into further details at this stage for legal reasons.”In a statement, Aurora said it was “deeply concerned about the serious allegations against a small number of staff who were immediately suspended.””They were reported to the authorities straight away in line with our safeguarding procedures,” it added.
Despite being cheaper than most large televisions, you don’t see many people going the projector route for their home theater. It requires a lot of setup, and whatever you decide to project your television onto looks boring when it is not in use. Can you imagine having just one flat white wall in your house? It would look pretty bad. What if, when your television was off, that wall was a piece of art? A student in Berlin has put together a sculpture that allows him to play with projected light in a way that might make you re-think your home theater setup.The demonstration video put together by Karim Mansour is nothing short of mesmerizing. A dark wall reveals itself to be a jagged, uneven series of smaller surfaces when beams of light timed to music hit the wall. As the song progresses, the projected lights dance in a variety of shapes, and each time you see the lies and dots hit the wall, something amazing and different happens. The whole experiment is designed to demonstrate how light behaves when it is projected across so many different surfaces, and the results are beautiful.How could this be adapted to modern technology? Maybe your projector wall is designed so the individual pieces can be shifted to a piece of art when not in use. Or, maybe you want the wall to always look like that, so The West Wing is more exciting. Either way, this experiment makes me want to turn all the lights off in my house and play with high powered lights of my own.via Vimeo
The new-look Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC) will take on a more advisory role, under changes to multicultural policy made by the Coalition government. The government’s new Multicultural Victoria Bill passed the Lower House this week and is expected to meet no resistance in the Upper House, paving the way for significant changes to the way multicultural policy is done in Victoria. The government says the changes will improve the speed and efficiency with which multicultural policy decisions are made, while the opposition has flagged concerns over lack of community consultation and excessive new bureaucracy. The main changes to the VMC are structural, with the government establishing eight regional councils that will be chaired by Commissioners and will report back to the VMC. Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Nick Kotsiras says this will result in gathering opinions from a more diverse range of voices from across the state. “Each of those councils will be made of local, grass-roots community people who will know the area. So instead of having 12 people from Melbourne, hopefully eight of those will come from across Victoria,” Mr Kotsiras told Neos Kosmos. The regional councils will report to the VMC, which in turn will take its findings to a ministerial interdepartmental multicultural services advisory committee, which will be responsible for advising the minister on multicultural policy. Mr Kotsiras says this is aimed at streamlining the bureaucratic process, but the opposition is concerned that it’s creating an unnecessary extra layer of bureaucracy that renders the VMC an advisory body, rather than a policy-making one. “Much of the important legwork, the important administrative work goes to a new set of bureaucrats in the Department of Premier and Cabinet,” Opposition Leader and Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs Daniel Andrews told Neos Kosmos. “Our fear would be that that group of… public servants will be a very small piece, in a very big department,” he said. According to Mr Kotsiras, the restructure increases the independence of the Commission by giving it the power to investigate issues without direction from the minister, and therefore giving it power to criticise government decisions. “[The VMC] is now the voice of the community and not the voice of the government,” Mr Kotsiras said. “The Commission can now investigate any systemic failures in services and request information from departments, then come to me and working together with me, overcome those failures,” he said. The flip side to this is that the VMC has effectively lost all its policy-making functions, for no good reason, Mr Andrews said. “I think the Victorian Multicultural Commission before these changes… was a solid Commission, a good Commission…[that] had the broadest range of responsibilities – not just advocacy, but the administration and the development of policy.” The opposition has also raised community concern that the creation of new regional bodies might impede the work of existing ethnic organisations. “There are already very, very hard-working and well-established ethnic community councils right across our regional areas and Melbourne suburbs. There is a bit of concern out there that these new arrangements could cut across a lot of the good work that’s done now,” Mr Andrews said. He says existing ethnic organisations have also raised concerns with him about the lack of consultation by government prior to presenting the bill to parliament. The government, however, dismisses this claim stating that it did four years of consultation while in opposition. “I travelled Victoria, I spoke to everyone and as a result I came up with this policy,” Mr Kotsiras said. “This is made up because of the consultation with the committees, asking them ‘what would you like to see?’ Our policy that I took to the last election wasn’t me sitting in a room, working out what to put down on paper, it was about listening to people,” he said. The VMC restructure has also seen all previous Commissioners stood down with the option to reapply, though former chairman George Lekakis has accepted a new role overseeing the welfare of international students. The Opposition Leader paid tribute to Lekakis in Parliament on Wednesday. “There is no stronger supporter in our great state of the cultural diversity, the harmony and the respect that set us apart, than George, and on behalf of the Labor Party I commend him for his leadership and the role he played,” Mr Andrews said. The multitudes of multicultural goodwill from the Coalition, however, have been cast into shadow by comments about the Muslim community made on Facebook by Liberal MP Bernie Finn. According to the Herald Sun, Mr Finn wrote that he failed to understand “how concerns about a religion that seems to sanction decapitation can be construed as racism”. Mr Finn was lambasted in Parliament over the comments, the opposition branding the comments as racist “dog whistle” politics. Premier Ted Baillieu declined to respond to Mr Finn’s comments as he had not seen or heard them. The Multicultural Victoria bill will progress to the Upper House in early May. 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Grève des médecins : pas de consultations le 11 mars prochainFrance – Quatre syndicats de médecins ont appelé à la grève jeudi 11 mars prochain pour dénoncer un “système de santé sans pilote et à la dérive”. Ils demandent également une révision à la hausse des honoraires.MG France, Union généraliste, Union collégiale et le SNJMG (Syndicat national des jeunes médecins généralistes) ont appelé à la grève le 11 mars prochain. Ils prévoient également une journée sans télétransmission des feuilles de sécurité sociale le 8 mars et certains ne répondront plus directement aux appels téléphoniques dès 19h à partir du 1er mars.Les médecins généralistes demandent la revalorisation de leur profession en tant que spécialité, comme le prévoit normalement la loi. Cette révision autoriserait l’augmentation du prix de la consultation à 23 euros, contre 22 actuellement.Le 11 mars, les infirmiers-anesthésistes sont également appelés à la grève pour lutter contre la dévalorisation de leur profession.Le 26 février 2010 à 11:54 • Emmanuel Perrin
Le 19 juillet, Cassini prendra une photo de la Terre depuis l’orbite de SaturneDans un communiqué, la NASA a annoncé que la sonde Cassini, actuellement en orbite autour de Saturne, prendra le 19 juillet prochain, un nouveau portrait de la planète à anneaux. Mais cette dernière ne sera pas seule sur le cliché, puisqu’on pourra également y apercevoir la Terre.Terriens, préparez-vous à prendre la pose et dire “Cheeeeese” ! Le 19 juillet prochain, la sonde Cassini prendra de nouveaux clichés de Saturne et notre superbe planète bleue sera dans la ligne de mire de ses objectifs. C’est ce qu’affirme le Jet Propulsion Laboratory de la NASA qui a calculé les positions des deux planètes à cette date. La sonde Cassini, elle, se trouvera à quelque 1,44 milliard de kilomètres de nous lorsqu’elle prendra le cliché, soit une distance 10 supérieure à celle qui nous sépare du Soleil.La Terre apparaitre alors sous la forme d’un petit point bleu entre les anneaux de Saturne. Le cliché sera en fait une petite partie d’une plus grande mosaïque, un portrait multi-images, du système de Saturne que Cassini est en train de composer. “Alors que la Terre sera seulement d’environ un pixel en taille vue depuis la position de Cassini, l’équipe est impatient de donner au monde une chance de voir ce à quoi ressemble la Terre depuis Saturne”, explique Linda Spilker du projet Cassini.Une opportunité spéciale”Nous espérons que vous nous rejoindrez et ferez signe à Saturne depuis la Terre, pour que nous puissions commémorer cette opportunité spéciale”, ajoute t-elle dans un communiqué du Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Cassini commencera ses observations à 21H27 GMT (soit 23H27 heure française) et s’arrêtera 15 minutes plus tard, alors que Saturne éclipsera le Soleil du point de vue de la sonde. Au moment du cliché, l’Amérique du Nord et une partie de l’océan Atlantique seront eux en pleine lumière.Par le passé, Cassini a déjà réalisé à deux reprises des mosaïques du système de Saturne en 2006 où il y avait déjà la Terre et en 2012. Néanmoins, l’image du 19 juillet sera la première à montrer le système de Saturne avec la Terre en couleur réelle, telle que nos yeux humains la verraient. Ce sera également la première fois que la sonde use de sa caméra la plus précise pour observer la Terre et sa Lune. La position de l’engin permettra de tourner les instruments en direction du Soleil, sans que ses détecteurs ne soient endommagés. “Depuis que nous avons pris une vue de la Terre à travers les anneaux de Saturne en septembre 2006 et que ceci est devenu l’une des images préférées de Cassini, je voulais le faire encore une fois, mieux”, a commenté Carolyn Porco, de l’équipe d’imagerie de Cassini au Space Science Institute de Boulder. “Cette fois, j’ai voulu transformer l’évènement en une opportunité destinée à tous à travers le monde, pour savourer le caractère unique de notre planète et le caractère précieux de la vie qui s’y trouve”. De précieuses vues sur les anneaux de Saturne À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreAvec son équipe, cette spécialiste a donc cherché dans le calendrier une date à laquelle la Terre ne serait pas caché par les anneaux de Saturne et c’est le 19 juillet qui s’est présenté. Mais les clichés qui seront pris seront également précieux dans l’étude la planète et des attributs qui l’entourent. “Regarder vers le Soleil à travers les anneaux fait ressortir les plus petites particules des anneaux, dont la largeur est comparable à l’épaisseur d’un cheveu et qui sont difficiles à voir pour les télescopes au sol”, précise Matt Hedman de la Cornell University.”Nous sommes particulièrement intéressés à observer les structures à l’intérieur de l’anneau E poussiéreux de Saturne, qui est sculpté par l’activité des geysers de la lune Encelade, du champ magnétique de Saturne et même de la pression des radiations solaires”, ajoute t-il. (crédits photo : NASA/JPL-Caltech)Le 22 juin 2013 à 13:28 • Maxime Lambert
LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V 1900-Piece Set for $105Adam Savage approved! The Saturn V is considered by many to be one of the best sets of 2017. You’re getting a whopping 1,969-piece set that measures over 3 feet tall. At this price you are only paying 5 cents per brick. The finished rocket can also be separated into its three stages, and the included lander can also be fitted inside one of the compartments.Get it on Amazon for $104.99LEGO Ideas Old Fishing Store 2049-Piece Set for $130This is another incredible LEGO Ideas set that has dropped in price for the first time, ever. The Fishing Store has a mind-boggling amount of detail both inside and out with plenty of unique and printed pieces. The entire store can be easily opened up so that you can access all parts of the interior. This is another outstanding value at only 6 cents per brick. This is one of my favorite LEGO builds of all time!Get it at Walmart for $129.99 with Free 2-Day ShippingAlso get it on Amazon23% off Batman: The Complete Animated Series Limited Edition (Blu-ray)This super popular set normally sells for $112.99, but today it has been discounted an extra 23% off. This set includes all 85 remastered episodes of the Batman animated TV series on Blu-ray as well as three Funko Pops and a deluxe art book. The release date has been pushed slightly back to October 30, but now it will now include a digital copy of the series.Check out our video comparison between the remastered version and the original. It’s like night and day.Get it on Amazon for $87.39Out Thursday – EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Video Card for $799.99An RTX 2080 video card has just dropped back down to $799.99 on Amazon. These new RTX generation cards will be released this Thursday, but you can already preorder them now. Performance for the RTX 2080 should be better than the current king, the GTX 1080 Ti.Get it on Amazon for $799.9955″ Vizio P55-E1 4K True HDR Smart HDTV for $699.99The P series is Vizio’s gold standard and today’s price is the absolute lowest I’ve seen. This is the Vizio to get if you want image quality as close to the Sony XBR X900E, LG OLED, and Samsung QLED models without paying a ridiculous price. Like the M-series, it boasts full HDR support. Myself, I’ve typically gone with Sony and Samsung in the past, but my next TV purchase will likely be a Vizio P-series TV.Get it at Walmart for $699.99Get the 65″ Vizio P65-E1 for $949.99
Clarification: In an earlier version, it was stated that Chef Jet was associated with Jet Tila, but a casino spokesperson said, “Chef Jet is a fast casual pan-Asian concept inspired by renowned Jet Tila who has been featured on the Food Network and has many locations nationwide.Just a few days after announcing the addition of Michael Jordan’s Steak House and Line & Lure Seafood Kitchen and Tap, the Ilani Casino Resort said Thursday it’s adding sushi and high-end cocktails to the menu.Located on the Cowlitz Indian Reservation in north Clark County, the $510 million casino’s restaurant line-up will now include Rose & Thorn, a high-end bar and restaurant, and Longhouse, a raw bar, sushi and noodle shop.While there’s still no word on whether patrons will find a buffet, they can expect to now choose from an array of options: steak, seafood, sushi and “upscale international street food.”The casino, west of Interstate 5 at Exit 16, is being jointly developed by the Cowlitz Tribe and the Mohegan Tribe in Connecticut.
Looking (And Listening) For Alaska’s Rarest WhaleJohn Ryan, KUCB – UnalaskaIt’s like finding a needle in a haystack. But at least these needles make noise. Researchers are cruising the Gulf of Alaska looking, and listening, for one of the world’s rarest animals. It’s the North Pacific right whale.As The Final Dock Pilings are Drilled, a Hoonah Controversy is Put to RestElizabeth Jenkins, KTOO – JuneauThe final pilings for a new cruise ship dock are being driven at a Hoonah tourist attraction, marking an end to the nearly decade-long saga that split the community.Marijuana Regulators Run Low on Time And MoneyZachariah Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageThe group setting up Alaska’s rules for commercial marijuana is on pace to finish regulations by a November 24th deadline. But just barely. Former YKHC Network Manager Indicted for Child Porn DistributionBen Matheson, KYUK – BethelA former computer network manager at the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation is accused of possessing and distributing vast amounts of child pornography.Berkowitz Moves to Unravel The ‘Gordian Knot’ of City’s Homelessness ProblemZachariah Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageThe city of Anchorage is hiring a new coordinator to deal with issues associated with homelessness. Though the topic is usually framed as an urban issue, politicians often complain the city is shouldering the burden of a state-wide problem.Shell Ready To Drill For Arctic Oil As Delayed Icebreaker ArrivesJohn Ryan, KUCB – UnalaskaShell’s wayward icebreaker made it to the company’s Arctic Ocean drilling site Tuesday. The arrival of the Fennica after a month’s delay means the company could get to drill for oil beneath the Chukchi Sea this summer. 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 Audio A Two-Wheeled Crusade Against Transphobia Hits the RoadAnne Hillman, KSKA – AnchorageReports show that violence against transgender people is rising nationwide. But one Anchorage woman is trying to fight transphobia locally by raising awareness that they’re part of the community, too. Her plan involves a bike, flashy pink nails, and an achingly long ride.
Human Rights day is observed every year on December 10 to improve the physical, social, cultural and spiritual well being and welfare of the vulnerable group of people globally. On this occasion movies talking about gender-based violence will be showcased and discussed in the national Capital. American Centre in collaboration with Cinedarbaar will be organising a two-day Gender-Based Violence film festival on the December 11 and 12 at The American Center Auditorium. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The festival will show five films that brings stories of such violence. The festival will begin with the film The Accused starring Kelly McGillis, Jodie Foster, Bernie Coulson. The film is about a young woman who suffers from a brutal rape and her justice for it. This will be followed by North Country starring Chalize Theron, Jeremy Renner, which is again based on a sexual harassment case.The second day of the festival will show films like The Color Purple starring Danny Grovel, Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey which tells a story of a black Southern woman who struggles to find her identity after suffering for years from an abusive father. The second film What’s Love got to Do with it starring Angela Bassett, Lawrence Fishburne, is about a singer who breaks free from her abusive husband. The festival will close with Safe Haven starring Juliane Hough, Josh Duhamel, Cobie Smulders which tells a story about a young woman with a mysterious path and her bond with a widower forces her to confront the dark secret that haunts her. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe films will be followed by discussions with Prabhleen Tuteja. Prabhleen Tuteja, is Delhi based activist, an ardent gender practitioner with an experience of working with diverse constituencies ranging from grass roots to policy makers. She will explore gender based violence theme in context to the film screened. Her sessions will focus on lack of public sensitivity and by intervention on cases of violence against women. She would also bring attention to role of men and masculinity to intervene on gender based violence. For the second day she will put emphasis on role of society and relationships and women’s situation in the same. When: December 11 and 12 Where: American Center Auditorium, 24 Kasturba Gandhi Marg