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Lenovo Yoga Book review: It’s unlike any laptop you’ve seen before

Lenovo Yoga Book review: It’s unlike any laptop you’ve seen before

first_imgThe Yoga Book, from Lenovo, is unlike any laptop you’ve seen before. Because, it isn’t a laptop in the literal sense. It is, in fact, a tablet masquerading as a laptop. The Yoga Book, by principle, is like the Surface-range of productivity tablets from Microsoft which means that it is a 2-in-1 designed to offer the best of both worlds. And yet, it is miles apart. For better or for worse.The Yoga Book is no plain Jane tablet. It isn’t a powerful laptop (equivalent) either. It’s something in the middle, something very different.Also Read: Lenovo’s Yoga Book is not a Microsoft Surface Pro 4 replacement “We are not trying to replace a particular device (like the Surface) with the Yoga Book. This will either become your second or third device if you also include a smartphone into the array,” a Lenovo spokesperson explained to me.”If you look at the device, it is an attempt to change the fundamental consumer behaviour and how they interact with technology. It’s a big bet that we have taken.”The Yoga Book is drop-dead gorgeousNot that the Surface isn’t. But, there’s something very eye-catchy about the Yoga Book that sets it apart from other convertibles, including the Surface. For one, it is trademark Yoga which (in 9 out of 10 times) means it ought to be beautiful. The name Yoga, for your reference, implies that the device can be twisted and turned in a way that makes it suitable for 2-in-1 use.The centre of attraction, here, is Lenovo’s characteristic Watchband mechanism where the hinge resembles a long section of the strap of a wrist watch. In the case of the Yoga Book, it’s a “custom-made three-axis hinge, with 130 different mechanical pieces comprising five different materials,” according to the company. The single-hinge mechanism allows you to easily rest the device flat on a surface with both the keyboard and screen facing up (not that it’s any useful, but at least you know the option is available).advertisementMoreover, the 2-in 1’s weight is distributed evenly across its multiple hinge points adding to the device’s overall sturdiness. And it shows while deploying the various modes, namely browse, watch, create and type. Switching between the various modes is easy and there’s no considerable wobbling unless you’re holding it in your lap.The Watchband hinge, without a doubt, gives the Yoga Book a distinct edge over counterparts especially in the style department. At the same time, weighing in at 9.6mm and 690 gram, it also doesn’t compromise (at all) on portability considering that it comes with a pre-attached keyboard as opposed to a Surface that adds this functionality via a separate accessory.It is equally well-built as well. The magnesium-aluminum alloy chassis of the Yoga Book screams out premium from every nook and corner. The pre-attached keyboard has (also) been designed with the same level of craftsmanship.The Yoga Book is straight out of the futureThe Watchband hinge is just a drop in the ocean, if you were to talk about the Yoga Book. This is because we’ve all seen the hinge before. The Yoga Book has another ace up its sleeve, the one that is the 2-in-1’s ultimate USP. It’s called the Halo keyboard.  Lenovo is very clear about the Yoga Book. It is looking to tap into a consumer’s behavioral pattern with the device. As such, human interaction and involvement occupy centre-stage. The first step was getting rid of (any) wonky physical keyboards. Lenovo, still, wasn’t satisfied. What did it do then? It got rid of physical keyboards altogether. It, still, comes with a keyboard, you know. Only, it is completely touch-based and offers tactile feedback.There’s something very eye-catchy about the Yoga Book that sets it apart from other convertibles, including the Microsoft Surface”The ability to type words (on a laptop) actually goes down (when you’re on the move) because your hands start trembling. You need a stable surface. By making the Yoga Book dependant on (touch-based) typing or handwriting, we are actually increasing the mobility quotient of this device. We are looking to target people who are fairly mobile and don’t rely on a specific work place to work on.””The big playback of this device is how it takes inputs and that is what we want people to experience and push for.”The Halo can be seen as a capacitive screen, only it works like a keyboard and a full backlit one at that. At the touch of a button, the Halo keyboard on-board the Yoga Book transforms into an open canvas. The possibilities are thereon, endless, literally and figuratively. This is made possible through the Yoga Book’s Real Pen stylus and Book Pad accessories.advertisementThe Yoga Book, in a nutshell, allows two types of interactions. One involves the more traditional typing (there’s also a track-pad), while the other lets you jot down notes, or draw and doodle stuff which is then digitised (and stored) using Lenovo’s own note-taking app or even third-party solutions. At the heart of this is Lenovo’s Create Pad, a Wacom digitiser, which converts analog feedback into digital format. It supports up to 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity with 100-degree angle detection.The keyboard performance is comparable with an actual physical keyboard, claims Lenovo. Moreover, its performance can improve within 2 hours of usage, as it (quickly) adapts to your typing pattern. It also learns with time, and offers auto-correct and typing suggestions, similarly.  The Create Pad, additionally, allows for two types of interactions. One involves the more traditional doodling, while the other lets you digitise hard-copies. For the latter, the Real Pen stylus comes with real ink refills that you can use to write stuff on the Book Pad accessory. The device supports any paper, but, the papers inside the Book Pad are perfectly designed (in shape and size) for the purpose.”I think the appeal of this device is fairly generic. It’s not specific to a very narrow set, that only an illustrator would use it, only a person who makes a living out of design would use it. Whether it is a young student, whether it is a young professional, whether it’s an illustrator, anybody who has felt the limitation of a normal laptop is someone who will ideally be appealed by this device.”The Yoga Book is a tablet first & a laptop for occasionsThe Yoga Book is a tablet first. It mustn’t be confused with a laptop. Else, you would be grossly disappointed. The tablet comes with a 10.1-inch 1080p IPS display and is powered by a 2.4GHz quad-core Intel Atom x5-Z8550 processor clubbed with 4GB LPDDR3 RAM and 64GB of internal memory. The tablet supports 4G LTE (single SIM) and expandable storage of up to 128GB via a microSD card slot. It comes with the usual set of sensors like G-Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Hall Sensor and GPS. While globally it is available in Android 6.0 Marshmallow and Windows 10 versions, in India, only the latter is available for now.The tablet sports an 8-megapixel rear-camera with auto-focus and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera with fixed focus. It is backed by an 8,500mAh battery which is claimed to offer up to 13 hours of usage on single charge.One look at its spec sheet, and it’s pretty clear, the Yoga Book is a very standard affair. A basic tablet which may (or may not) seem to be a one-trick pony — ala the Halo keyboard — depending on how you look at it. Being a standard tablet on paper means, it must also be dealt like one in actual usage. It’s safe to say the Yoga Book does well — as a tablet — as long as you’re aware of its limitations.advertisement”Are we looking at it as a replacement for somebody who is using an i5 processor or a Surface? No. The Surface has positioned itself at what a laptop can do. Yes, it’s better. But we are positioning the Yoga Book for mobility and productivity together. It is not in the same league as the Surface, in terms of all-round performance. It’s just meant for a different audience. But, it’s not that it lags behind.”The screen is bright and produces mostly accurate — if a little washed out — colours. Viewing angles are good, but, the screen because it is very reflective is prone to glare when you’re out and about in direct sunlight. The performance is good for a basic tablet which means basic tasks are handled well. So are basic games. For your reference, it is possible to do light Photoshop alongside four or five active Chrome tabs running in the background. And it runs mostly cool as a cucumber, so that’s a big plus. The speaker setup (aided with Dolby audio) gets loud with little or no distortion at peak olume.  Battery life is good (by basic tablet standards) but is nowhere close to what Lenovo claims. Battery life goes for a toss, even further, when you’re using the Yoga Book in laptop mode. All in all, it can last for up to 10-12 hours on more generalised usage but the iPad still remains a gold standard to beat in this regard.The Yoga Book is a hit or a miss as a laptop & that can be a problem”I don’t think that there is any other device quite like this, whether you look at the dimensions of the device, whether you look at the weight of the device, whether you look at the thinness of the device and then what the device does in terms of taking inputs on handwriting and drawing.”The problem is, the Yoga Book is a hit or a miss as a laptop and that’s not necessarily a good thing. The Yoga Book — as a 2-in-1 — works well as long as you stick with the Real Pen stylus for input. It is actually quite fast at taking input via this method, which means scribbling notes and doodling stuff on it and seeing them come to life in Lenovo’s note-taking app is a pleasure that one would understand only through experience. The 2-in-1 is also pretty quick at digitising notes using real ink.A different world awaits you as soon as you activate the on-screen keyboard, however: a world that kills the Yoga Book’s sole purpose of existence. First and foremost, typing on an open canvas (with no key press and key travel) is not your everyday cup of tea. It’s going to take a lot of practice (and determination) to get used to it. Secondly, the Halo keyboard feels like a work in progress. Every key press (pun intended) is accompanied with an odd lag or two, so much so that each time you think you’ve gotten used to it, it breaks your momentum making you start all over again. Every physical keyboard (even the one that Microsoft builds for the Surface) has (a) some key travel and (b) no lag, and the two when combined give you a seamless typing experience. You become aware where each and every key is (after sometime) and your fingers start to move like clockwork. You start typing even without necessarily looking at them. Such is not the case with the Yoga Book. In fact, the main USP of Lenovo’s new 2-in-1 is also its weakest link.Should you buy it?Lenovo’s Yoga Book, at this point of time, feels like a laboratory experiment. It’s not a failed experiment though. The Yoga Book works well as a tablet and not so well as a laptop. It is slightly better than a regular tablet — even though its battery life leaves a lot to be desired — and still far from being an ideal laptop. It is in the middle of it all and Lenovo is well aware of its limitations. At Rs 49,990 the Yoga Book is a lot about the experience, even though it doesn’t give you the best of it.In a way it is like a periscope that gives you a slight peek into the unseen future. Hopefully, the next-generation — should there be any — would be better. For now, the Yoga Book is for early adopters: the geeks who love futuristic technology the way they love Star Wars. For everyone else, you’re better off with a Surface or anything that comes with an actual physical keyboard. If you’re looking for a 2-in-1 that is.Also Read: Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro Review: Sexy but not a workhorseLenovo Yoga Book7.5/10Good stuffWell-builtCompact form-factorWorks well as tabletGood audioBad stuffScreen prone to glareHit or a miss as laptopAverage battery lifeShort on connectivity portslast_img read more

Érik Lamela expected to be named in Tottenham squad to face Leicester

Érik Lamela expected to be named in Tottenham squad to face Leicester

first_imgTottenham Hotspur Share via Email Mauricio Pochettino believes that the return of Érik Lamela’s “energy” can provide impetus to Tottenham Hotspur’s season after disappointing results against Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion have left his side 13 points adrift of the leaders, Manchester City.The Argentina winger is expected to be named in a Premier League matchday squad for the first time since last October when Spurs face Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday, having told Pochettino he has fully recovered from hip injuries that required two operations. Lamela, who joined from Roma in 2013 for a then club record £30m, featured for an hour for Tottenham’s under-23s in their defeat by Chelsea last week and is in contention for a place on the bench, although Pochettino said the player’s return to first-team action would be closely monitored.“Some players have the capacity to play from the beginning after an injury and have the same performance before they were injured,” the manager said. “Others need more time because their body is different. I always said that he needed time to recover his feeling.”Asked if Lamela had been worried that he might never play again after so long out, Pochettino said: “I never said he was worried, only he was waiting to feel again that emotion for him to step up and say: ‘Now I believe I can cope with the pressure to play and I am sure I am going to give my best.’”The draw against a managerless West Brom on Saturday means Tottenham have the same number of points as at this stage last season, although Pochettino was keen to point out that their advance to the knockout stages of the Champions League as group winners ahead of Real Madrid is evidence of progress. But whereas Spurs were at this point seven points behind the leaders Chelsea before finishing as runners-up, the emergence of Manchester City as title favourites has made their task of finishing one place higher this season even more difficult.A lack of forward options has at times held Tottenham back this season – they have scored fewer goals than any other side in the top six – and Pochettino expects the return of Lamela to give his team an extra dimension in attack.“I think for the team it is important,” he said. “To have another option to play, to have the capacity to play in a different way, for the team it is very healthy. I think we miss his energy – his energy is massive. You can feel when he is on the pitch he is always available to run, to press. And when he has the ball he has the capacity to beat opponents. I think we miss him because he is a completely different option.”Tottenham resisted the temptation to replace Lamela in the summer despite injury problems that have restricted him to 85 Premier League appearances. His contract is up for renewal at the end of next season but Pochettino clearly has faith that the 25-year-old, signed by André Villas-Boas, will return to his best after such a testing year.“He was very down,” Pochettino said. “He’s still so young but it was a massive problem for him. To get through two hip operations, you need to be strong. But he has a massive energy and is a very energetic person. When you see him in the dressing room or restaurant he is always moving. He is hyperactive – that’s how he is on the pitch. He loves to run, loves to feel the ball at his feet.” Premier League Mauricio Pochettino Share on LinkedIn Leicester City news Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Topics Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Greenhouse Farm Flourishes in Trench Town

Greenhouse Farm Flourishes in Trench Town

first_imgThe South St. Andrew community of Trench Town, known as the cradle of reggae music, having produced some of the island’s top musicians including reggae icon Bob Marley, is now yielding bounty of a different sort. In the heart of the community, lies a flourishing greenhouse, where residents are engaged in cultivating vegetables to feed their families, while earning an income. At first, the residents saw the farming activity as a means of food security for their families. But as tangible benefits are reaped, and persons are earning money to offset their living expenses, greenhouse farming is growing on the residents. “Right around the community, the people love the farming,” says Project Manager of the Trench Town Greenhouse, Donovan English. The Trench Town Greenhouse farming project started in 2011 through the initiative of the Agency for Inner City Renewal, headed by Richard Lambie, a Canadian of Jamaican parentage. The agency helped the residents to craft a project proposal for financing, which was sent out for funding and financial institution, CITIBANK and not-for profit organization, United Way of Jamaica, sponsored the initiative. The project is fully community-owned, with the residents building and planting the greenhouse, and are now reaping and selling the produce. They benefited from training in greenhouse agronomics, construction, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. So far, they have produced some of the best crops of pak choi, callaloo and tomatoes. Up to 20 pounds of tomatoes are reaped daily from inside the 30 by 40 square feet greenhouse. Housewives, schools, and businesses purchase crops from the greenhouse farm and vendors at the nearby Coronation Market also source produce from the farm. “From they hear that the thing is here, they come give us support,” Mr. English states. Six young men are employed full time on the farm, planting and replanting vegetables, and tending to their care, including uprooting weeds and watering. Among them is Mark Ffrench, who sees the project as a blessing.last_img read more

Danish Trio Sets Up USD 300 Mn Ship Investment Fund

Danish Trio Sets Up USD 300 Mn Ship Investment Fund

first_imgzoom Danish pension funds PensionDanmark, Danica and Navigare Capital Partners have established the Maritime Investment Fund I to buy, lease and sell ships.Namely, under the new fund, the parties plan to build a diversified portfolio of maritime assets including dry bulk, container, offshore, product, crude oil and chemical tankers, to put on charter to operators.The three investors have agreed to invest more than USD 300 million in the new fund, which will eventually invite other institutional investors to participate.“The new investment fund will give institutional investors a possibility to invest in a broad portfolio of vessels. This is new and very positive for shipping in Denmark, Blue Denmark,” Henrik Ramskov, Managing Partner in Navigare Capital Partners, said.“We are investing in a strong and experienced team with a broad set of competences, and this together with the attractive price on new as well as secondhand vessels, is a key reason for us to see this as a good investment,” Jesper Langmack, Investment director Danica Pension, said.last_img read more

Nisshin Splashing Over USD 600 Mn on Newbuilds

Nisshin Splashing Over USD 600 Mn on Newbuilds

first_imgzoom Japanese shipping company Nisshin Shipping has been tied to an order for up to 25 new ships at Chinese and Japanese shipbuilders as the company pushes forward with its ambitious fleet modernization plan.The order, estimated to be worth around USD 666 million, includes four small chemical tankers, seven Ultramax bulk carriers, and 14 Panamax bulkers, data from VesselsValue shows.Oshima Shipbuilding won the most orders, a total of 14 newbuildings, seven 62,000 DWT bulkers and seven 82,000 DWT bulk carriers. The Panamaxes are valued at USD 25 million apiece, while Panamax newbuilings are priced at USD 27 million each, bringing the total order value at the yard to USD 364 million.The deliveries are scheduled to start in 2019 continuing into 2020 and 2021.Japanese shipbuilder Usuki Zosensho has secured an order for four 21,000 cbm chemical tankers of 19,700 dwt. The new tankers, priced at USD 33.5 each, are slated for delivery in 2020, according to VesselsValue.China’s Jiangsu Nantong Ship Heavy Industry was tied to the remainder of the batch, a total of seven 82,000 dwt bulkers worth USD 24 million apiece. As disclosed, the newbuildings are set to join Nisshin’s fleet in 2020.The latest order for seven Panamaxes at Jiangsu Hantong, comes on the heels of an order placed by Nisshin with the shipbuilder in July this year. To remind, the contract comprises five firm orders scheduled for delivery in 2018, while the two optional units, if ordered, would be handed over in 2019.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Asiad champion Japan beat Mexico in FIH Series Finals

Asiad champion Japan beat Mexico in FIH Series Finals

first_imgBhubaneswar: Asian Games champion Japan started their preparation for next year’s Tokyo Olympics in the right earnest, beating Mexico 3-1- in their opening match of the FIH Series Finals hockey tournament here Friday. Having already qualified for the Olympics being the hosts as well as continental champions, Japan are taking this tournament as a preparation for the quadrennial event. World no. 18 Japan’s campaign got off to a perfect start when Hirotaka Zendana (3rd, 34th minutes) converted two penalty corners while Shota Yamada (21st) scored from a penalty stroke to emerge winners in the Pool B encounter. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach Arun But Japan were in for an early shock when Erik Hernandez gave world no. 39 Mexico the lead as early as the third minute. The lead, however, was shortlived as within seconds Zendana struck from Japan’s first penalty corner to draw level. Thereafter, the Japanese slowly and steadily got their footing in the match and controlled the proceedings. Japan will play South Africa in their next match Saturday, while Mexico will be up against USA. The top two teams of the ongoing FIH Series Finals will seal their berths in the FIH Olympic Qualifiers to be held in October-November this year.last_img read more

After rain mercury slips to 254 degre C in Delhi

After rain mercury slips to 254 degre C in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: Showers in many areas of the national capital brought down the mercury on Saturday. The maximum and minimum temperatures recorded on Saturday were 32.5 degrees Celsius and 25.4 degrees Celsius respectively, both two notches below normal. The Safdarjung Observatory, which provides official figures for the city, recorded 5.25 mm of rainfall till 5.30 pm, the IMD said. Delhi has recorded 189.8 mm rains since July 1 to July 26, which is three per cent more than the monthly average, officials said. Overall, it has received 201 mm rains which is 19 per cent less than the seasonal average since June 1, according to IMD data. The MeT department has predicted cloudy skies for Sunday with light to moderate rain and thundershowers.last_img

TSB investigating after Air France plane forced to land in Labrador

TSB investigating after Air France plane forced to land in Labrador

first_imgGOOSE BAY, N.L. – The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is investigating after a California-bound airliner operated by Air France was forced to land in Labrador due to engine troubles.Air France says the plane was diverted to Goose Bay Saturday afternoon after one of its engines was seriously damaged part way through the flight from Paris to Los Angeles.The airline says it has arranged for two flights to carry the 497 passengers on board the diverted plane to their destination Sunday.Passengers were stuck inside the damaged aircraft for hours on Saturday while officials at the small airport attended to scene.Social media users posted photos and videos of the plane flying through the clouds with a shredded engine.The TSB says it is sending investigators to look into the incident.last_img read more

Brian Pallister and wife explain how he got lost and broke arm

Brian Pallister and wife explain how he got lost and broke arm

first_imgWINNIPEG – Manitoba’s premier is giving some more details about a wilderness hike in New Mexico where he broke his arm and became lost.Brian Pallister has refused to do media interviews about the ordeal, which happened on Monday but was only revealed to the public on Friday.Instead, he and his wife, Esther, answered questions posed by a member of his staff in a video posted on Facebook that’s just over four minutes long.Pallister says the solo hike was supposed to be only six or seven hours, but getting injured and lost meant the ordeal was close to 11 hours.His wife called police when he didn’t show up where he was supposed to and a New Mexico State Police officer found him, injured, at a trailhead.When asked by the staffer why he didn’t call for help on his cellphone, the premier replied that cell reception isn’t the kind of thing one finds on a wilderness trail.Esther explained the she was able to get a signal at the spot where she was supposed to meet her husband, and called police.“You hike wilderness hikes to get in touch with nature, not to get in touch with daily challenges. So Esther and I have done a lot of hikes over the years like this,” said Pallister, his left arm in a sling, when asked by his staffer why he was hiking alone.“It won’t deter us from going out and hiking again but I’m glad to be home, glad to be alive and thankful for the help and support of a lot of people that got me back.”Pallister was on vacation during a one-week break between legislature sessions and the hike was in the Gila Wilderness, a 2,200-square kilometre protected area in southwestern New Mexico.Lt. Elizabeth Armijo of the New Mexico State Police said rescue volunteers prepared for a search after Pallister’s wife phoned, but it was called off when he was located at the main entrance for the Mogollon Trail.“I could hear a siren, which was a great sound after, you know, ten hours-plus of not knowing if anybody else was around,” Pallister said.It wasn’t clear in the question-and-answer with the staffer whether Pallister had a phone with him or not.In Saturday’s video, Esther noted she had her phone with her, even though there was no reception, so she could take photos.Pallister said that two things kept him going during the ordeal. The first was thinking about Esther and his kids. The second, he said, was some Coors Banquet beer that he remembered was in the cooler in their car.Esther said the doctor has told her husband to rest, which she said will be hard for him.“He doesn’t rest easily. The doctor says it can take six weeks for this type of a fracture to heal, so we have to work hard to make sure he stays as steady and immobile as possible,” she said in the video.Pallister also noted that his medical expenses in the United States will be covered by travel insurance he purchased.—by Rob Drinkwater in Edmonton with files from Steve Lambert in Winnipeglast_img read more

Sinking Ships Endlings set for Hulu CBC

Sinking Ships Endlings set for Hulu CBC

first_imgAdvertisement US streamer Hulu and Canadian pubcaster CBC have greenlit Endlings, a new half-hour sci-fi series from Toronto’s Sinking Ship Entertainment.Created and executive produced by Sinking Ship partner J.J. Johnson together with Blair Powers and Matt Bishop, the project will go to camera in Canada later this year. In addition to 2020 premieres on Hulu and CBC, the tween-skewing series has also presold to Norddeutscher Rundfunk (Germany), CBBC (UK), Universal Kids (US), ABC (Australia), SVT (Sweden) and NRK (Norway). Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img

Hiphop kids rock the stage

Hiphop kids rock the stage

first_imgAPTN National NewsAnchor Dana Foster checks out the latest events during Aboriginal Music Week in Winnipeg, and organizer Alan Greyeyes tells APTN National News about the next big thing in Aboriginal hip-hop.last_img

Markets update

Markets update

On the markets at 9:50 a.m. (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index is up 23.92 points to 15,051.08.The Dow Jones industrial average lost 9.79 points to 21,404.55.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index added 0.56 of a point to 2,425.74.The Nasdaq composite index gained 8.26 points to 6,161.34.The Canadian dollar was trading at 77.62 cents US, up from Friday’s average price of 77.60 cents US.

South Korean Court acquits Lankan man in rape case

South Korean Court acquits Lankan man in rape case

An appeals court in Korea on Tuesday found a Sri Lankan man accused of raping a South Korean college student not guilty, citing a lack of evidence, the Yonhap news agency reported.The Daegu High Court acquitted the 49-year-old, identified only by the initial K, of charges that he sexually assaulted and robbed 18-year-old student Chung Eun-hee, who later died in a car accident right after the crime in 1998. Lee pointed out that it is hard to believe that the suspect who did not have close relations with the witness would have told the person details of the crime.While acknowledging the possibility that the suspects could have sexually abused the victim, the judge said they cannot be punished because the statute of limitations for rape has expired.Prosecutors said they will appeal the case to the Supreme Court. While the case was concluded as a mere accident at that time, prosecutors launched another investigation in 2011 as K’s DNA was found to match that of the semen found in Chung’s underwear. Two alleged accomplices returned to Sri Lanka in 2001 and 2005, respectively. The court, however, said there was not enough evidence to verify that the suspect committed the crime.“The key witness’ testimony that he heard the specifics of the crime from an accomplice is not admissible and even if it is, it lacks credibility,” said Judge Lee Beom-kyun. read more

The top 10 movies on the iTunes Store

The top 10 movies on the iTunes Store

iTunes Movies U.S. charts for week ending July 7, 2019:iTunes Movies US Charts:1. Shazam!2. Dumbo3. Captain Marvel4. Escape Plan: The Extractors5. Spider-Man: Homecoming6. Us (2019)7. Plus One8. Hotel Mumbai9. The Upside10. Wonder ParkiTunes Movies US Charts – Independent:1. Plus One2. Hotel Mumbai3. After4. Teen Spirit5. Hereditary6. Cold Blood7. The Rewrite8. Ophelia9. High Life10. In Search of Greatness__(copyright) 2019 Apple Inc.By The Associated Press, The Associated Press

Special team errors stifle Ohio State in Gator Bowl loss against Florida

Special team errors stifle Ohio State in Gator Bowl loss against Florida

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Ohio State football team committed two special teams errors against the Florida Gators in the 2012 Gator Bowl. The miscues cost the team 14 points and, perhaps, a great deal more. Florida redshirt sophomore wide receiver Andre Debose scored on a 99-yard kickoff return to break a 7-7 tie in the second quarter. Later, a blocked punt was recovered by freshman Graham Stewart and returned 14 yards for a touchdown to give the Gators a 21-10 lead in the third quarter. The two mistakes resulted in 14 points for Florida, which won the game, 24-17. Gators redshirt senior quarterback John Brantley connected on a 16-yard pass with fellow redshirt senior Deonte Thompson to open the scoring late in the first quarter. OSU was quick to respond, and freshman quarterback Braxton Miller connected with senior wide receiver DeVier Posey on a 5-yard touchdown pass at the 11:25 mark of the second quarter to tie the game. Debose was the next Florida player to touch the ball, and he made the touch count. Debose went untouched by the Buckeyes on his 99-yard return, which restored Florida’s lead at 14-7. The kick return, which was the third of Debose’s career, broke a 29-year-old Gator Bowl record for the longest kick return. “The speed factor wasn’t a thing — nobody touched (Debose) on the kickoff return,” OSU coach Luke Fickell said after the game. “I don’t think it was just straight speed. It comes down to one-on-one battles, and we didn’t do a good enough job of winning the one-on-one battles.” OSU sophomore kicker Drew Basil booted a 47-yard field goal to cut Florida’s lead to 14-10 heading into halftime. That was as close as OSU came to canceling its deficit as the second costly Buckeyes’ error came on their first possession after the break. Junior punter Ben Buchanan’s third punt of the game was blocked by Florida redshirt senior halfback Chris Rainey and returned 14 yards for a score by freshman Graham Stewart. The score put the Gators ahead, 21-10. “You’ve got to give (Florida) credit for, obviously, bringing great pressure and for winning some one-on-one battles,” Fickell said. “That (the play) was huge.” After the game, redshirt senior linebacker Tyler Moeller took partial responsibility for the blocked punt, saying he could have blocked out Florida players better on the play. “We beat ourselves today,” Moeller said. “The punt wasn’t entirely my fault, but I was there. The special teams didn’t do our job, and that really hurt us today.” Sophomore right tackle Jonathan Hankins said the kickoff return and the blocked punt threw OSU off. “(The plays) hurt us because for a while, we weren’t on the field as much,” Hankins said. “When we did get on the field, we were kind of rusty. We weren’t as loose.” Miller completed a touchdown pass to junior running back Jordan Hall with less than a minute to play in regulation, cutting OSU’s deficit to 24-16, but the comeback attempt fell short. Fickell said the loss, caused at least in part by the special teams errors, hurt his players and him. “It’s not something that ever goes away,” he said. “That’s what I told the players after the game — it should hurt. When you remember that feeling, that’s what makes you better.” OSU concludes its season with a 6-7 record, the Buckeyes’ first losing record since 1988. New head coach Urban Meyer, along with the members of his newly hired coaching staff, are in control of the team. OSU players have a 7 a.m. Tuesday meeting with Meyer, according to multiple players. read more

New child protection inspections to bring Ireland in line with international standards

New child protection inspections to bring Ireland in line with international standards

first_imgPROGRESS IN IRELAND’S child protection procedures are moving forward, with the announcement yesterday of new inspections by the Health Information and Quality Authority for Ireland’s child welfare services.The inspections will see the State’s children and families services subject to independent inspection and monitoring for the first time.Director of Regulation at HIQA, Phelim Quinn, told TheJournal.ie that this move is on the back of the government’s political priorities for children who are at harm or at risk of harm.“While there’s not an explicit link to the Children’s Referendum, we do believe this is part of the general government policy as it moves forward,” he said.Quinn said these inspections are “a vital stage in the process of delivering high standards in care”.“It also brings us in line with what happens in other countries internationally who are subject to regulation,” he said. “It’s an important function of the State because it has vested control into these services.”“This being our first round of inspections, we are a bit behind but we’ve learned a lot from those countries that have a system in place and we’ve looked at how they’re doing it,” he said. “In every country, the set of services are unique to that country, for example, the particular financial challenges here.”Quinn said these inspections will be looking at services’ abilities to respond appropriately to a child who is referred to them in relation to their risk, “whether it’s in relation to physical abuse, neglect, sexual abuse or anther form of harm”.“It’s too early to say that we have confidence or a lack of confidence in services because we’ve just completed the first inspection but we should now be able to see whether or not patterns are emerging,” he added.Related: Child protection and welfare services to be monitored for first time ever>last_img read more

Health care forum features legislative candidates

Health care forum features legislative candidates

first_imgThe public is invited to meet local state legislative candidates during a health care forum from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St.Confirmed participants include Democrat Chris Thobaben, who’s challenging state Rep. Brandon Vick, R-Felida, for the 18th Legislative District, Position 1; Democrat Kathy Gillespie, who’s running for the 18th Legislative District, Position 2, against Republican Larry Hoff; and Democrat John Thompson, who’s challenging Rep. Richard DeBolt, R-Chehalis, for the 20th Legislative District, Position 1.The public will be able to ask candidates about their ideas for health care policy reform. Contact Dale Porter, the Southwest Washington regional director at the Washington chapter of Health Care for All, at dale@healthcareforallwa.org.last_img read more

Chattogram waterlogging will not be resolved next year CDA

Chattogram waterlogging will not be resolved next year CDA

first_imgThe re-excavation works of 16 canals, including Chaktai Khal, in Chattogram city are underway. Photo: UNBThe re-excavation of 16 canals of the port city Chattogram, including Chaktai Khal, is progressing fast, aiming to bring relief to the city dwellers from the waterlogging problem, but it will not yield results immediately, the authorities said.The government undertook a Tk 56.16 billion mega project, titled ‘Canal re-excavation, renovation and expansion to eradicate water logging of Chattogram’, on 9 August 2017 to end the longstanding waterlogging problem in the city, reports UNB.“We cannot assure the city dwellers that we’ll be able to give them the full relief from waterlogging crisis in the upcoming monsoon, but we hope there’ll be a positive result,” said CDA chairman Abdus Salam.In the last monsoon, he said, city dwellers experienced serious waterlogging in Halisahar, Agrabad, Chaktai, Khatunganj, Dewanbazar, greater Bakalia, Chawkbazar, Muradpur, Shulokbahar, Bahaddarhat, GEC intersection and Probortok intersection.Once the re-excavation work on the 16 canals is completed, the residents of the areas will get relief to some extent, he added.The 16 canals are — Chaktai Khal, Birza Khal, Rajakhali Khal-1, Rajakhali Khal-2, Rajakhali Khal-3, Mirza Khal, Hijra Khal, Mahesh Khal, Mariambibi Khal, Kolabagicha Khal, Domkhal, Chaktai Diverson Khal (also known as Baklia Khal), Bamunshahi Khal, Noakhal, Nasir Khal and Khandakia Khal.Under the Tk 56.16 billion project, the implementing agency will re-excavate 36 canals of Chattogram city, construct drains nearby to remove rainwater, acquire 96 acres of land, and construct 176,000 metres of retention wall, 85.68 kilometres of road, 48 PC bridges and six culverts.The work of the project of Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) are underway under the supervision of the Bangladesh Army. Work of the project started in July 2017 and is expected to be completed on 30 June 2020.The re-excavation work of a canal in Chattogram city is underway. Photo: UNBAccording to the engineering department of Chattogram City Corporation, there are a total of 57 canals in the city with their total length of 163.50km.Among them, the longest canal is Khandokio as it is 8.4 km long while the second longest canal is 7.5 km Rajakhali. The length of Chaktai and Mahesh Khal which are very important for the city’s drainage system is 6km and 6.3km respectively.The chairman said RCC retention walls on both sides of those canals will be constructed at a cost of Tk 26.4 billion to make sure these are not grabbed after renovation.Besides, a total of 38 bridges and culverts on the canals will be re-constructed, costing about Tk 3.40 billion. Three water reservoirs will also be built.Apart from that, 300 kms of drain will be renovated so that water can easily move to the canals in addition to constructing 100 kms of new drain.Brigadier general Rezaul Mazid, director general of 34 engineering construction brigade, and duty-officer of Army for canal re-excavation work, said the work is in full swing and it will be possible to keep waterlogging at a tolerable level from the next monsoon, he said.Lieutenant colonel Mohiuddin Ahmed, the chief engineer of CCC, said water-logging problem will not be solved only by renovating Chaktai and Mahesh canals. “People also need to ensure that they will not throw garbage into the canals.”Mohiuddin said spot-based solution is needed at GEC, Muradpur and Bahaddarhat intersections to end the waterlogging problem. Eviction of the illegal establishments from both sides of the canals has started, he said adding that there will be positive results from next monsoon.Urban experts, however, said re-excavation of canals will not bring any permanent solution to the waterlogging problem. The encroachment of Chatkai Khal and the navigability problem of the Karnaphuli River also contribute to the problem.They emphasised the need for coordination among the army, CDA, CCC, WASA, PDB, Karnaphuli Gas Authority, public representatives and local people for permanent solution to the crisis.last_img read more

Advocate says Costa Ricas medical marijuana bill doesnt go far enough

Advocate says Costa Ricas medical marijuana bill doesnt go far enough

first_imgRelated posts:Canada’s next big move? It may be legalizing pot. 92 percent of California patients say medical marijuana works Big Tobacco need not apply for work in the cannabis market Medical marijuana proposal in Costa Rica gets Health Ministry review Tuesday was a big day for marijuana news in Costa Rica.Medical marijuana advocates made their case at the Legislative Assembly in San José, an Alajuela lawyer got off the hook for growing pot on his roof, and the Public Security Ministry announced a two-metric-ton marijuana seizure in Limón.Gerald Murray, director of the Costa Rica Medical Cannabis Movement, testified during a legislative commission in favor of medical marijuana, but called for even broader provisions to the medical marijuana bill currently being studied by lawmakers.Ruling Citizen Action Party (PAC) lawmaker Marvin Atencio presented a bill in August 2014 that would legalize the growing, processing and sale of cannabis for medical and industrial use. Costa Rica would be the first country in Central America to legalize medical marijuana if lawmakers decide to pass the proposal.Murray called for reforms to the bill that would allow almost anyone to grow cannabis and expand the medical conditions for which cannabis-based medicine could be used, to include all ailments – not just HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, cancer and epilepsy. He also advocated for a national cannabis laboratory that would be overseen by the Health Ministry and the Costa Rican Social Security System, which operates the country’s socialized health care system.Murray said he did not advocate legalizing recreational marijuana use.“Instead of talking about new taxes we should be talking about developing new industries like this,” Murray told The Tico Times. The development of a legal medical marijuana market in Costa Rica could be a $1 billion industry, Murray claimed, and put Costa Rica in the vanguard of changing attitudes around the world about cannabis. A flier announces a lobbying visit to the Legislative Assembly by the Costa Rica Medicinal Cannabis Movement, on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016. (Courtesy Movimiento Cannabis Medicinal Costa Rica)Pushing pot forwardThe head of the legal affairs commission where Murray testified was headed by National Liberation Party (PLN) lawmaker Juan Luis Jiménez. Last October, Jiménez traveled to Denver, Colorado, on a fact-finding visit about legalizing marijuana, a trip paid for by Murray’s Medical Cannabis Movement. Lawmakers Paulina Ramírez (PLN), Gonzalo Ramírez of the Costa Rican Renovation Party (PRC), Johnny Leiva of the Social Christian Unity Party (PUSC), and José Alberto Alfaro of the Libertarian Movement Party (ML) also traveled to the U.S. state of Colorado, where marijuana is legal. There, the lawmakers met with public officials from the state Senate and governor’s office, and toured a cultivation center, a marijuana edibles company and a dispensary, among other locations during the four-day trip.If Bill No. 19,256 fails to move forward, Murray urged lawmakers to re-introduce his proposed reforms as a standalone bill.Just over 50 percent of Costa Ricans approve of legalizing marijuana for medicinal use, according to a September 2015 poll by CID-Gallup for the business newspaper La República.One of the proposed reforms included allowing Costa Ricans to grow seven plants for personal use, something that recently got a lawyer arrested in Alajuela. Mario Alberto Cerdas Salazar, an attorney who has been in the news several times for growing marijuana on his roof — which is within eyesight of the courthouse in Alajuela — was was set to be arraigned Tuesday for allegedly growing marijuana with intent to distribute. Police found marijuana plants in his residence on three occasions in August and December 2014 and February 2015. He faced up to 24 years in prison if convicted.But when Cerdas showed up in court Tuesday judges threw out the case in a two-to-one decision, saying there was no evidence that Cerdas planned to sell the pot. Judge Carolina Leitón said in her ruling that growing marijuana in Costa Rica is illegal with intent to sell it, but the plant itself was not evidence enough for a drug trafficking charge. Leitón said that police could seize the plants if Cerdas continues to grow them.Marijuana advocates cheered the news, but the Public Security Ministry’s announcement was closer to the reality of marijuana’s current legal status in Costa Rica. Authorities said they had seized of more than two metric tons of marijuana in Westfalia, Limón, after it had been trafficked from Jamaica. One suspect is in custody in that case. Facebook Commentslast_img read more