first_imgThe State Bank of India (SBI) is going to shut six non-viable foreign branches in China, Sri Lanka, Oman, Saudi Arabia, France and Botswana by 2019, following orders from the Finance Ministry, DNA reported.The processes of closing have been started for the Tianjin branch in China and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. The Tianjin branch will be closed by Sept. 30, 2018 while the Jeddah branch will be shut by June 30 this year. The branch at Muscat in Oman will be closed by March 31 2019. The dates for closure of the SBI branches in Paris and Botswana are Sept. 30, 2018, and March 31, 2019, respectively. The one at Jaffna in Sri Lanka will also be closed by Sept. 30, 2018, the report said.Over 10 other branches of the SBI are under review. The bank’s branch in Tel Aviv in Israel would continue to be in  operation since its presence is required due to strategic reasons such as bilateral trade linked to defense procurement.Eleven branches will, also be studied further for various reasons, according to the report. These branches are at Manama, Bahrain; Ilford, United Kingdom; Gulshan, Bangladesh; Seoul, South Korea; Yangon, Myanmar and California in the United States.The Department of Financial Services (DFS), a wing of the Finance Ministry, has asked for an immediate implementation of the reforms agenda, the publication said, adding that SBI had a meeting with officials of Bank of Baroda and Bank of India to identify geographies for consolidation of overseas operations.SBI has also decided to depart from non-core businesses in three years in a bid to improve its financial health. The largest Indian public sector bank is present in 37 countries and serves the largest number of Non-Resident Indians. In 2017.The bank recently started a global NRI center at Kochi, Kerala, to centralize its NRI operations, spread across various states and branches. Kerala is among the states that receive the highest amount of remittances in the country. The Kochi center will act as a single point of contact for SBI branches, customers, relationship managers, representative offices and foreign offices. Related ItemsSBIState Bank of Indialast_img read more

first_imgThe World will observe the Car Free Day on September 22 and Gurgaon is all set with its policies and the plans for the celebration. The Millennium City plans on observing the Car Free Day on every Tuesday starting from September 22.The main focus of  World Car Free Day is to promote walking, cycling and the public vehicles as one of the options for mass transit. Following the objective,  Haryana government has concentrated the four main regions of Gurgaon namely; DLF Cyber City, Cyber Park area, Golf Course Road and the Electronic City. About 60,000 cars cross these areas everyday and the initiative has been taken to reduce traffic and pollution. The government will provide shuttles for the people to and from the metro stations and other public transits.In the past couple of decades, many countries have held events and tried to control the number of private vehicles on the road. Here is a list of  past events in other cities in the world:Bogota, Colombia: Bogota holds the record for the World’s largest car free weekday event which was held in the entire city. In the year 2000, Bogota held the World’s first scale project and even launched a challenge to the rest of the World.Budapest, Hungary: Budapest observed a World Car Free Day on July 2005 which was organised by World Carfree Network and the Clean Air Action Group. This was done with partnership of Hungarian Traffic Club and Hungarian Young Greens.Low Countries: In 1956, the Car Free Day was first observed in countries like Netherlands and Belgium. There was a Suez crisis in these countries and  from November 1956 to January 1957, the countries were car free.advertisementParis, France: France is one the countries which has banned private vehicles commonly on the streets.  In 1988, ‘Cities without cars’ programme was launched in Paris by Ecoplan. This was later carried out in the year 1992 and 1997 and since then France has banned vehicles usually and kept the cities car free, encouraging other countries to do the same.Washington D.C., the United States of America: On September 29, 2009,  Washington D.C. celebrated the World Car Free Day. The city administration provided free bike repairs, yoga classes and made groups that encouraged sustainable living and development.Jakarta, Indonesia: Since October 22, 2007, Jakarta has made the Car Free Day a monthly thing. On the World Car Free Day, Jakarta closed off it’s main avenue and encouraged locals to play sports and do regular street activities on the roads.Kaohsiung,Taiwan: On October 22, 2007, Taiwan administration celebrated the World Car Free Day in Kaohsiung. The city council organised the event and encouraged the use of cycles and public vehicles. The government made the use of public vehicles free for a week.Beijing, China: Though China hasn’t officially celebrated a large scale World Car-Free Day, it has imposed restrictions on the factories and the use of cars in big cities like Beijing. China’s administration put a ban on public vehicles for two weeks this August-September and on the end of the weeks, the citizens observed a clear sky and were able to breathe in fresh airlast_img read more

first_imgIf you’re one of those people who are regular at the gym, or do not shy away from showing up at the park for an early morning jog, you’d be able to tell the difference between the surfaces you run on.While people may want to stick to one kind of surface, whether track or indoor, there are a few who are known to run in varying depths of water, snow, grass and even trails. Also read: WATCH: Varun Dhawan’s latest fitness regime has him walking upside downBut if you don’t like to run outdoors, there’s always the treadmill–a treadmill, being electric, lets you set your own speed and for that matter, incline, but there’s no wind resistance, something a runner experiences during an outdoor run.Did you know though, that different running surfaces can have different effects on your body?Although running on roads might lead you to a coffee shop or a cafe, the hard pavement makes the workout tougher on the joints. Plus, with Indian roads, you have to watch out for potholes, besides traffic.A study published in 2008 in the journal, Foot and Ankle International, looked at how different running surfaces affected the rate at which 291 elite runners got tendinopathy (tendon injury).Also read:From procrastinating writer to marathon finisher, not a motivational storyAt some point during the study, 56.6 per cent of runners suffered from Achilles tendon (the most common injury), followed by knee pain at 46.4 per cent. Compared to running on a sandy, soft surface, running on asphalt actually decreased the risk of tendinopathy.advertisementSo, where should you be running?”A variety of surfaces is better than sticking with one consistently,” says Dr Daniel Ferris, professor of movement science at the University of Michigan’s School of Kinesiology. Chair of USA Track and Field’s Sports Medicine and Science Committee, Dr Bob Adams, agrees: “You want cross-training,” he says. “The ideal would be to run some on the pavement, some on the trail, and some on the track.”Also read: 5 tips for the first-time runner, from a first-time runner So, here are the advantages and disadvantage of running on the following surfaces:Running on trackAdvantage: Track is easier on your body than pavement and is ideal for speed workouts. Disadvantage:  Running in circles in the same direction can increase the stress on the leg facing the track’s centre, it is advised to change direction after each lap.Running on grassAdvantages: Grass has low impact and is gentle on your legs, making your legs work harder, resulting in improvement in leg strength.Disadvantages: Uneven surface can increase the risk of injury; it can be slippery, when wet.Running on treadmillAdvantage: Treadmills have special features such as step counters and heart-rate monitors, so fitness progress can be tracked.Disadvantage: According to Spine Health, the cushioned surface of the treadmill may still inflict too much of a jarring impact on the back or stress the hip, knee and ankle joints. Testing the surface and rebound is critical.last_img read more

first_imgDidier Deschamps insisted Paul Pogba cannot win games for Manchester United on his own as the France head coach defended the star midfielder and his leadership qualities.Pogba helped France to World Cup glory in Russia but he has struggled to replicate that form at United in the Premier League amid a tense relationship with manager Jose Mourinho.Mourinho stripped Pogba – who was substituted in Saturday’s shock defeat to West Ham – of his vice-captaincy responsibilities, while the pair were involved in a training-ground confrontation on Wednesday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Mourinho has also insisted that “no player is bigger than the club” while addressing the issues with Pogba and claimed that “after weeks of analysing and changing opinions with my coaching staff, we made the decision Paul is just a player and not a captain.”But Deschamps has come to the defence of one of his star men, claiming that the 25-year-old’s attitude has always been positive and pointing out that the way of playing and the team around him may be the issue at the club level. Asked about Pogba’s performances for France compared to his displays at United, Deschamps said: “For Paul it depends not only on him but also the team he is in, the collective way of playing. It is not a case of one player who makes the team win.”Deschamps went to explain that, in his opinion, Pogba’s “demonstrative” attitude may lead to some false representations of him as a player and a person.”There are a few things people ought to know,” he continued. “First of all there is an image of Paul that doesn’t correspond to who he is.”Maybe it is because he is a bit eccentric, a bit demonstrative.”He has been with me since 2013 – that is five years now – and the way he functions is not about him for himself, it is him as part of the group. That is really important.”His image in the media makes everything quite complicated. The amount of the transfer to Manchester United is ridiculous … it wasn’t easy to manage.”During this World Cup he managed to get a normal image back. The fact he talks, it liberates him a bit, but the most important thing is that Paul came to this World Cup with a very precise idea: he wanted to prepare himself to be world champion. That is what he had in his mind.”Deschamps also praised Pogba and his leadership within the France squad, saying: “He has taken many things upon himself. He has been a leader.”Each time he had to talk and express himself it was always very positive. It’s the words he uses and the atmosphere and feeling that comes across.”He is not the only one but he is one of the leaders who took it upon himself because the group needed it. On the pitch he did what needed to be done as well.”last_img read more

first_imgArsenal Walcott sends heartfelt letter to parents who lost son named after Arsenal star Last updated 2 years ago 21:52 6/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Theo Walcott Arsenal 2017 Getty Images Arsenal Premier League The Gunners winger passed on his condolences to the supporters following the death of their child, who was named Theo Theo Walcott has sent a heartfelt letter to grieving parents following the death of their son, who was named Theo in recognition of the Arsenal star.Walcott 6/5 to score v BournemouthEdward Herdman, who is based in Texas, took to Twitter to share the correspondence from the England international, who himself has two children. Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Thank you so much @Arsenal & @theowalcott for this incredible letter regarding my son who we lost earlier this year. Such a class club. #afc pic.twitter.com/rvrPFTcW4v— Edward Herdman (@edherdman14) September 6, 2017The letter begins: “Dear Emma and Edward, it was with great sadness that we learned recently of the passing of your baby son Theo.”On behalf of us all at Arsenal Football Club, we extend to you our very sincere condolences. As a father of two young children myself, I cannot begin to imagine how you both must be feeling at this time.”My heart goes out to you and everyone close to you. I know that the feelings you have for Theo will stay with you all forever, and be proud that you are loving parents to this most wonderful child.”I feel very honoured to learn that I had an influence in you naming your son Theo. This is very touching for me. My thoughts are with you both.”Stay strong and remain very proud of yourselves. I am in utter admiration of you both. With very best wishes, Theo Walcott.”last_img read more

first_imgIf there is one thing more damning than the racist cartoon of Serena Williams published in Melbourne’s Herald Sun earlier this week, it’s the paper’s response to accusations of racism. And that’s saying something. Because the cartoon is bad. It’s Hattie McDaniel in Gone With the Wind, Mammy Two Shoes from Tom and Jerry, going out in the cotton fields with Topsy to eat watermelon, Aunt Jemima’s pancakes bad. It’s Donald Trump, Boris Johnson, Pauline Hanson, Jeremy Clarkson after a bottle of scotch and a screening of Katie Hopkins’ documentary on white South African farmers bad.In the cartoon, Williams’ hair provides a bulbous, bloated, outsized frame for an enormous lolling tongue that’s bigger than her knee; nostril to nostril, her flat, expansive nose is roughly the size of her shoulder. It is not a caricature of Williams, whose lips, nose and tongue are not particularly pronounced and are rarely, if ever, remarked upon. It is a caricature of black people – and more specifically black women – that went straight through the editing process as though the 20th century had never happened. (Never mind the fact that Naomi Osaka, Williams’ Haitian-Japanese opponent, is portrayed as a white woman). When a furore broke out on social media, the cartoonist, Mark Knight, said: “The world has just gone crazy.” Share via Email Share on Pinterest Topics Australian media Tennis Read more Race Reasonable people may disagree on how she handled the situation. But there is no reasonable defence for this cartoon, since the point could easily have been made without reducing the world’s most decorated tennis player to a minstrel mammy.The problem is not that the cartoon’s critics don’t understand the distinction between racism and satire; it’s that Knight and his editors have yet to grasp the distinction between satire and cliche. When you uncritically, and ostensibly unwittingly, recycle a centuries-old image that both demeans and degrades, you do not practise satire – you peddle cliche. As such, the cartoon fails on its own terms and the ultimate tantrum is theirs. For having vocally exercised their right to be offensive, they now take umbrage at the inevitable and predictable outcome: the right of others to be offended.• Gary Younge is a Guardian columnist• This article was amended on 14 September 2018, changing all references to ‘the Herald’ newspaper to the Herald Sun, for the sake of clarity. Carys Afoko Share on LinkedIn Opinion The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Share on Messenger The Serena Williams cartoon exposes Australia’s ignorance on race … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Serena Williamscenter_img Read more Serena Williams’s treatment shows how hard it is to be a black woman at work Since you’re here… Share on Twitter Support The Guardian US sports comment Read more Melbourne Reuse this content Share on WhatsApp That’s about the only thing he’s got right so far. The world did go crazy. Everyone from JK Rowling to Nicki Minaj to Martin Luther King’s daughter slammed the cartoon’s glaring bigotry. There was no chalk dust here: it wasn’t a close call.So what could be worse than this? Well, as though to prove the point made by Australia-based academic Alana Lentin, both Knight and his editors at his Murdoch-owned paper seemed hellbent on illustrating that they “lack the racial literacy needed either to challenge racists or to discern racism, in cartoons or elsewhere”. On Twitter, a parade of white men from the Herald Sun and News Corp stepped forward to summarily dismiss all accusations of racism and sexism as “PC BS” and condemn “ill-informed critics” (read: academics, civil rights leaders and social commentators) who disagreed as being “oversensitive”. Knight went on to criticise his detractors for “making stuff up” and say he was “upset they were offended”.In an editorial the next day the paper blamed the “social media hordes” for “[attempting] to defeat cartooning – and satire – with a politically correct barrage”. It also published the cartoon again on the front page, alongside others it claimed could also cause offence, with the headline “Welcome to PC World”, a label “Satire Free Zone” and the words: “If the self-appointed censors of Mark Knight get their way on this Serena Williams cartoon, our new politically correct life will be very dull indeed.”And so it is that we once again enter the culture wars, stage right, with aggressors posing as victims, bigotry masquerading as satire, free speech condemned as censorship; and any calls for sensitivity, historical context, moral responsibility, equality, accuracy, decency, fairness or accountability dismissed as “political correctness”. Rhetorical straw men are pummelled to within an inch of their lives and, in this case, a real black woman is deprived of her dignity. Share on Facebook This has nothing to do with censorship. Nobody, to my knowledge, is claiming this cartoon should be illegal. And if they have, they are wrong. Within the limits of laws regarding incitement to racial hatred (which I don’t believe apply in this case) Knight has the right to draw a racially offensive cartoon and the Herald Sun has the right to publish it. But that right should not be mistaken for an obligation.This is not an issue of freedom of speech but editorial judgment. If someone submitted a cartoon at the height of the #MeToo moment that portrayed Rupert Murdoch as a pimp on account of the sexual harassment in the upper echelons of Fox News, the Herald Sun would almost certainly have refused it. Questions of taste, propriety and proportionality come into question. The question of where one draws the line in these moments is an important one. But we should never be in denial that there is a line and only some people get to draw it. (I’m going to stick my neck out and guess there are very few women of colour on the editorial staff at the Herald Sun.)Moreover, just because you have the right to do something doesn’t mean you should do it. As I have argued in the past, people have the right to fart loudly in lifts and sleep with their in-laws, but they tend not to because such antisocial behaviour generally will diminish them in the eyes of others. If you want to do those things then you must, within reason, take responsibility for what comes next. We have now reached a peculiar juncture where accusations of racism make some people more upset than racism itself. Having dismissed as political correctness arguments that place Knight’s picture firmly within the history of racist and sexist cartoons – that catch-all cop-out when all other justifications for offensiveness have been exhausted – they then don the camouflage of satire.Satire is crucial to the cartoonist’s trade. Cartoons work best when they push boundaries, challenge perceptions, create an image that text would struggle to conjure. They point to the dummy on the floor, Williams jumping on the racket and the umpire saying to her opponent, “Can you just let her win?” as though we don’t understand that it’s intended as a commentary on what they label her “tantrum” at the US Open, when she confronted what she felt were the umpire’s harsh decisions. “The cartoon about Serena is about her poor behaviour on the day, not about race,” protested Knight. They think we don’t get it. We get it.What we don’t get is why that should necessitate drawing Williams with lips the size of a baboon, a nose the width of the Mississippi and the tongue of a camel. Satire involves humorous exaggeration, irony and ridicule. It is not a cover for any and every careless, racist stereotype an illustrator cares to indulge in. Alana Lentin last_img read more

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer does not believe Sunday’s Premier League showdown between Manchester United and Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham is an audition for the Old Trafford job. Pochettino is regarded as the number one candidate for the United role at the end of the season, while caretaker manager Solskjaer is also in the mix. Solskjaer has led United to five successive wins since replacing Jose Mourinho last month – the Norwegian favourite bringing entertaining football back to the Theatre of Dreams.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? However, Solskjaer – on loan from Molde – is set for his toughest test in charge of the side and insisted the blockbuster clash is not about him or counterpart Pochettino. “No. It’s not about me at all,” Solskjaer told reporters when asked if the match was an audition for the permanent job. “It should always be about the players, because it’s not about me. It’s not about him.  “We don’t kick a ball at all. They kick a ball. Of course, we might make a decision here or there, but it’s down to the players to perform and I’m sure my boys are ready.”Manchester United are sixth in the Premier League, 10 points adrift of third-placed Tottenham, after 21 matches, with Solskjaer having already admitted that his side had to have victory to stand any chance of catching Spurs in the league table.Essential reading ahead of Sunday’s big game! #MUFC — Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 12, 2019 A goal from Harry Kane and two from Lucas Moura saw Tottenham take a 3-0 over the Old Trafford outfit in their first league meeting this season while Jose Mourinho was still in charge.  But United have looked a very different side under Solskjaer, rolling up 16 goals over his five matches at the helm while surrendering just three.  A win on Sunday would move the club back to within six points of the top four, fourth placed Chelsea having taken a 2-1 win over Newcastle on Saturday and would pull them level on points with Arsenal who sit fifth.  Following Sunday’s match United will not be back in action until Premier League match next Saturday against Brighton.last_img read more

first_img She cites legal stipulations restricting defence attorneys from using the backgrounds of complainants and survivors to question their credibility in trial proceedings, and the holding of in-camera hearings for all sexual assault cases, including those involving children, among the notable achievements. Canada’s High Commissioner to Jamaica, Her Excellency Laurie Peters, says she is heartened by the progress made in improving the local justice system’s response to the incidence of sexual assault and the treatment of survivors.She cites legal stipulations restricting defence attorneys from using the backgrounds of complainants and survivors to question their credibility in trial proceedings, and the holding of in-camera hearings for all sexual assault cases, including those involving children, among the notable achievements.Other key gains highlighted by Ms. Peters include the introduction of a criminal bench book to better aid judges in directing juries during trials, and establishment of the Centre for theInvestigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA), which she notes “has been doing a very good job… in improving the investigative and support services provided to complainants”.The High Commissioner was speaking at the recent launch of the ‘Model Guidelines for Sexual Offence Cases in the Caribbean Region’, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.While acknowledging CARICOM countries’ progress in promoting gender equality, Ms. Peters said sexual violence perpetrated against boys, girls and women remains a “significant problem”.She cited a 2016 Inter-American Development Bank-funded report on crime and violence in Jamaica, which indicated that almost 60 per cent of all sexual assault victims were girls aged 10 to 19.Further, that almost 50 per cent of women were forced into sexual relationships by age 20.The High Commissioner said against the background of this and other “sobering” statistics, development and introduction of the Model Guidelines for Sexual Offence Cases in the Caribbean document represents a significant milestone for Jamaica and the wider region.“These guidelines provide internationally accepted best practices in the management of sexual offence cases. They provide very important guidance to justice-sector stakeholders involved in the reporting, investigation, prosecution and adjudication of sexual offences. Additionally, they provide a rights-based approach to the treatment of complainants and vulnerable witnesses, including children, who are involved in sexual assault cases,” she added.Ms. Peters expressed the hope that the guidelines will be adopted by regional countries, “and that their implementation will result in a variety of outcomes, including speedy adjudication of cases and reduction of case backlogs, over time”.Meanwhile, Chief Justice, Hon. Zaila McCalla, who spoke at the launch, lauded the Office of the Children’s Advocate (OCA) for spearheading drafting of Jamaica’s Child Justice Guidelines and training judicial officers and other stakeholders in the application of these provisions.She also expressed gratitude to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and other international partners for assisting with the sensitisation and training of judges in adjudicating cases involving children, whether as witnesses, victims or offenders.Mrs. McCalla further thanked the Justice Ministry’s Victim Services Division (formerly Victim Support Unit) for their involvement, noting that the session organised for judges “opened our eyes and informed us that there must be a new way of dealing with children in our justice system”.The Model Guidelines for Sexual Offence Cases in the Caribbean Region was launched in tandem with the Jamaican judiciary under the Can$90-million Judicial Reform and Institutional Strengthening (JURIST) Project, which is being funded by the Government of Canada and administered under Global Affairs Canada.The multi-year project is being implemented by the CCJ on behalf of the Conference of the Heads of Judiciary of CARICOM.The CCJ and other regional partners are contributing some $4 million to the initiative.Global Affairs Canada is the department that manages Canada’s diplomatic and consular relations and leads the country’s international development and humanitarian assistance programmes. Canada’s High Commissioner to Jamaica, Her Excellency Laurie Peters, says she is heartened by the progress made in improving the local justice system’s response to the incidence of sexual assault and the treatment of survivors. The High Commissioner was speaking at the recent launch of the ‘Model Guidelines for Sexual Offence Cases in the Caribbean Region’, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. Story Highlightslast_img read more

first_imgzoom Siport21’s Simulation Center has received 171 seafarers last year, who have developed Training Programs in the Real-Time Bridge Simulator. This number represents a record for the company since its foundation.The 171 seafarers were from 16 different nationalities, from European countries to India. Moreover, they belong to the crew of 18 shipping and maritime agency companies: BP Shipping, Knutsen OAS España, Northern Marine Management, Teekay, Shell, MOL, Vships, Kline, Exmar, Pronav, Wilhelmsem, Balèaria, Höegh, Azalea, Gaslog, Dynagas, SCF Unicom and Ras Gas. Also, pilots of the Port of Castellon (Spain), Palma de Mallorca (Spain), Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Spain), A Coruña (Spain), Sines (Portugal), Rio Parana (Argentina) and Rio de La Plata (Argentina) have manoeuvered in Siport21’s Simulation Center.The Training Programs of Siport21 are developed to training seafarers in specific situations, using vessels where they usually sail –it has developed more than 40 models of vessels- and specific ports selected by the client. For Pilot training, they have maneuvered vessels normally calling their own port or new vessels which have been assessed for future access.To this aim, it is necessary to collect a series of data about the ship and the port selected in order to create a reliable simulation and achieve total immersion within the Real-Time Bridge Simulator.Siport21 Real-Time Simulator Center is DNV approved, (Det Norske Veritas), for the execution of port designs studies (port approach of vessels manoeuvring under different physical and environmental conditions for the adequate layout design of the port, the approach channel and the manoeuvring zones). The certificate is also valid for Pilots, Captains and Officers education and training, either in a basic level or for specialised, advanced or retraining courses.This year, as a new activity, Siport21 has extended its Training Programmes for providing courses of Maritime Resource Management (MRM). The aim of these courses is to minimize the risk of incidents by encouraging safe and responsible behavior. The courses meet the requirements laid down in the IMO International Convention on Standards of Training Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCWS), celebrated in 1978.Siport21, February 13, 2014last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – Heavy rain in Ontario this summer might be a nuisance for residents, but it’s proving to be fatal for the province’s turtles.A turtle conservation group in Ontario said Monday it has already taken in 620 injured turtles this year, twice the amount of cases it had in all of last year.“It’s been incredibly overwhelming,” said Donnell Gasbarrini, a program manager at the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre, an organization based in Peterborough with locations throughout Ontario.“By June, on some days we took in over 20 turtles a day.”Gasbarrini said the heavy rain this summer has flooded areas where turtles generally nest, causing the reptiles to travel more than usual. The extra movement means that more turtles are being struck by cars as they cross roadways, she said.Ontario has eight different species of turtles, and seven of them are considered at risk. Of those, three are endangered.Turtles already face immense challenges to their survival like poachers and new roads that run through wetlands, she said.This year, many turtles were also taken to the centre’s various locations because they ventured out during warm spells in the middle of winter, but couldn’t survive in the open when it became cold again.Because turtles take an unusually long time to reach maturity — up to 20 years — the loss of one male can be devastating to their population, she said.Gasbarrini said the spike in injuries and deaths could spell long-term trouble for the province’s turtle population.“It’s very difficult because we’ve run out of space, we are for sure beyond capacity,” she said.Most of the turtles treated at the conservation centre have been struck by a car and their extensive injuries take over a year to heal, she said, adding no other facility is equipped to take them.Those who encounter turtles on a road should pick it up or coax it with a shovel to the shoulder, making sure to move the turtle in the direction it’s facing since the reptiles sometimes travel for kilometres to their destination, she said.She warned to take extra care with snapping turtles and make sure to grab them from the back of the shell.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Montreal-born poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has died at the age of 82.A posting on Cohen’s official website gave no other details but said a memorial would take place in Los Angeles at a later date.The posting says Cohen’s family has requested privacy “during their time of grief.” Cohen, who favoured black suits, fedoras and tweed caps, was born in Montreal on Sept. 21, 1934, to a middle-class family.He studied at the same high school as Canadian poet Irving Layton — who he credited as one of his influences — and after learning the guitar formed a country group known as the Buckskin Boys.A big break came in 1966 when Judy Collins recorded his standard “Suzanne,” and he came out with his first album “Songs of Leonard Cohen” the same year.BY THE CANADIAN PRESS.ADDITIONAL STORY LINKSROLLING STONE MAGAZINE CBCBBC Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

first_img(Liberal MP Robert-Falcon Ouellette. APTN/File photo)Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsIndigenous Liberal MP Robert-Falcon Ouellette says he plans to vote against his party’s proposed bill to legalize medically assisted dying.Ouellette, who represents a Winnipeg riding, said the decision to vote against the bill is rooted in deeply held spiritual beliefs.“I think symbolically, for the community where I am from, that I will need to demonstrate that I believe in a certain path and that this is the path I am choosing,” said Ouellette, in an interview Wednesday.Ouellette said he doesn’t believe he will face any repercussions from voting against the bill. Liberal MPs are being allowed to vote their conscience on the issue.“I think it’s a very personal thing,” said Ouellette.The Liberal government introduced a bill last week to make medically assisted death legal for consenting adults over 18 years of age. The bill would make assisted death legal for people who are in “an advanced stage of irreversible decline” and suffering from ailments where natural death is “reasonably foreseeable.”The government introduced the bill facing a June 6 deadline set by the Supreme Court which struck down the ban on physician assisted dying last year. The high court said consenting adults suffering from “grievous and irremediable” ailments should be able to seek medically assisted death.Ouellette said the federal government should work around the deadline and delay legalizing assisted death for at least five to 10 years until it’s absolutely clear what sort of impact it would have in all corners of Canadian society.“I think we need to take more time, especially in light of Attawapiskat,” said Ouellette.Attawapiskat, a Cree community in Ontario’s James Bay region, recently declared a state of emergency after suffering through 11 suicide attempts in a 24-hour span.“I think there are communities that have this issue and if you allow, all of a sudden, this to occur…it might be very difficult,” he said. “If grandma, grandfather decides they had enough in life…if they weren’t able to carry on, why should I carry on? If they weren’t strong enough, why should I be strong enough? I think that is a question that is asked in Attawapiskat more often than not and the ripple effect of assisted dying is not the same in Toronto as in other places.”Ouellette said his views are known within the Liberal caucus and to Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, an Indigenous politician who was a regional chief for the Assembly of First Nations. Wilson-Raybould played a key role in developing the assisted dying bill.“People know my viewpoint on it,” he said.Ouellette said part of his current position on the issue was influenced by a conversation he had with his Sundance chief about three years ago.“We were talking about suicide and he was talking in the lodge about this and he said, ‘Never forget the spirit of suicide, you have to fight the spirit of suicide, make sure it doesn’t come into our lives,’” said Ouellette. “I am afraid if we open this little door right now we won’t be able to fight that suicide spirit.”Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett told reporters this week she didn’t believe the proposed bill, if it becomes law, would impact communities dealing with suicide like Attawapiskat. She said there is some concern medically assisted dying is sometimes referred to as assisted suicide.“The more we can keep that separate, the better,” said Bennett.The House of Commons debate on the bill is scheduled to begin Friday.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarrera–with files from Canadian Presslast_img read more

HIKKADUWA, Sri Lanka — Sipping fresh coconut water while sunbathing on deserted Hikkaduwa beach, Alexi Konchayenko, a sports trainer from Ukraine, struck a stoical note.Bomb blasts can happen “anywhere, anytime,” he said, adding that he was not afraid. “Sri Lanka is an amazing country. This is my first visit and I will tell my friends also to come.”His is a lone voice — and a lone presence. Sri Lanka was the Lonely Planet guide’s top travel destination for 2019, but since the Easter Sunday attacks on churches and luxury hotels, foreign tourists have fled.Many of those booked to come in the next few months have cancelled. Hotel occupancy across the island has plummeted by 85% to 90%. The tropical beaches, restaurants and shops are empty.The co-ordinated suicide bombings on April 21 not only destroyed lives but also wiped out the livelihoods of Sri Lankans who depend on tourism.More than 250 people, including 45 foreigners mainly from China, India, the U.S. and the U.K., died in the Islamic State group-claimed blasts.Tourists normally come to Hikkaduwa, in the southwest, for the strong waves that are perfect for surfing and sparkling clear waters made for snorkeling. Today, of the 27 hotels, very few are open. Most, along with the eateries that line the 6-kilometre (3.7-mile) stretch of palm-fringed beach, are closed.Among the few hotels still open is Hikkaduwa Beach Hotel. On April 21, all 50 rooms were occupied; today, only a handful. “It’s a real disaster. We don’t know what to do right now,” said Sanjeewani Yogarajah, an executive with the hotel. She said the attack has cost the hotel 5.5 million Sri Lankan rupees ($31,000), forcing the hotel’s management to send half the staff home.Some tourism officials say the damage to the industry after the bombings is worse than during the 26-year civil war between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and the government which ended a decade ago. At least then, the violence was mostly contained to the north of Sri Lanka, they said. This time, no part of the island has remained untouched by the blasts.Lankesha Ponnamperuma, general manager of hotel chain Hikka Tranz, is one of the luckier ones. While most hotels report wholesale cancellations, he is surviving thanks to business from local residents. Last Friday, two-thirds of the 150 rooms were booked, mostly by domestic tourists.“I haven’t sacked anyone yet. Instead, we are training our people to adjust their expenditure and helping them restructure their bank loans,” Ponnamperuma said.The president of Sri Lanka’s Hotels Association, Sanath Ukwatta, said hotels have offered 30-50% discounts to entice local residents.Such a strategy won’t solve the problem, he said, but will “help at least to keep the hotels going.”The manager of a clothing shop said the owner had shut the group’s other two shops and the factory too. “Business collapsed after April 21,” said Kumari, who declined to give her surname.According to government figures, there has been an 80% drop in arrivals since the attack. Tourism accounts for 4.9% of Sri Lanka’s GDP. Last year, 2.3 million tourists visited the island, generating $4.4 billion in revenues, a nearly 12% jump from 2017. Around half a million Sri Lankans directly depend on tourism while 2 million depend on it indirectly.One of them is Mohomed Musflick, the owner of a souvenir shop in Galle which is full of wood carvings, local paintings and postcards. “I have not sold one item. There are no tourists and we are in a huge crisis,” he said.While life is gradually returning to normal on the island with offices and schools re-opening, the tourism industry is in a sombre mood over the slump in foreign tourists. Tour operators from Russia, Norway and Britain have cancelled bookings going right up to April 2020.A travel ban issued by nearly a dozen countries is the greatest cause for concern. “The ban is our main worry. Until it is removed or softened, we can’t start our marketing to attract tourists. If it is lifted soon, we are hopeful we can bounce back this year or otherwise definitely next year for sure,” said Yogarajah.In the meantime, Sri Lanka’s government should target “people and countries resilient to this kind of attacks and situations, such as Russia, Israel and India,” said Anusha Frydman, managing director of the Lavanga Resort and Spa.The industry is clear about what else it wants from the authorities: Ensure that stringent security measures are in place to reassure potential visitors; persuade politicians to put their differences aside and adopt a bipartisan approach on national security; and work fast to get the travel ban lifted.To help the industry cope, the government has put together a relief package comprising easy loans at special rates and reduced taxes. The government also plans to formulate a $100 million insurance fund for compensation to any tourist injured or killed while visiting the island.“In the past we have had many serious crises and we have recovered. I am quite positive we can do it again,” said Jan van Twest, general manager of the Fortress Resort and Spa near Galle, where 750 room nights have been cancelled from May to October.“But we need to recover, recover very fast,” he said.Bharatha Mallawarachi, The Associated Press read more

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh last week wrote to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, saying that he himself had ensured that India dilute the wording of the draft to safeguard against any inclusion of monitoring mechanism.India has also not been on the same page with Russia and China on Syria. Both Russia and China vetoed a UNSC resolution against Syria. Kadakin said that Syria would be at the forefront of all major international issues that are discussed here this week. “Sri Lanka was India’s sovereign decision. The resolution was politically motivated and has discredited the UNHRC,” said Kadakin. “We are against any country imposing its will on other countries. Nobody can say that he (Syrian President Bashar al-Assad) must go and that unilateral advantage be given to the rebels,” Kadakin said.“But we need to understand the position of our partners…at the summit the leaders will try to coordinate their positions,” he said.Iran too is likely to be discussed at length at the BRICS summit with Russia ready to express concern over threat from Israel and the US which, the ambassador said, could jeopardize peace in Asia and also destabilize global economy. “Hopefully, the new summit will give a clear warning signal against military adventurous plans in the Gulf and will speak with authority in favour of renewed constructive dialogue of the international community with Iran over its nuclear programme,” he added. (TNN) Without criticizing India directly for backing the US-initiated resolution against Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council, Russia has described the resolution as “politically motivated” and one that has ended up discrediting the Council itself.The remark by Russian ambassador to New Delhi Alexander M Kadakin, ahead of the BRICS summit in New Delhi, has brought to the fore differences among the grouping which is seeking better coordination on major international issues. “Why did it all of a sudden decide to take up a country-specific resolution? That is not how the UNHRC works,” he added. Both Russia and China had voted against the resolution censuring Lanka for human rights violations. read more

“If Mike Trout walked into your neighborhood bar, would you recognize him?” The New Yorker’s Ben McGrath raised that question in a provocative essay last month.I’m reasonably certain that I would recognize the MLB outfielder if he walked into One Star. But McGrath’s point is well-taken. Despite being (as McGrath aptly calls him) a “once-in-a-generation talent,” Trout is relatively anonymous. Based on Google search traffic so far in 2014, Trout is only about as famous as Henrik Lundqvist, the New York Rangers goaltender. He’s one-fifth as famous as Peyton Manning — and one-twentieth as famous as LeBron James or Lionel Messi.Trout’s also much less famous than Derek Jeter, a shortstop who hit .256, with four home runs, this year.That Jeter fellow, as you may have heard, played his last baseball games Sunday. Jeter’s case for being a once-in-a-generation talent is weaker than Trout’s. Jeter never won an MVP (although he probably should have won one in 1999). He rarely led his league in any offensive category. He was one of the best baseball players for a very long time — but he was not clearly the best player at any given time. In that respect, he’s more similar to Pete Rose or Nolan Ryan or Warren Moon or Patrick Ewing or Nicklas Lidstrom — great players all — than generational talents like Peyton Manning or LeBron James or Willie Mays or Ted Williams.Jeter, however, was probably the most famous baseball player of his generation.Google Trends maintains data on Google search traffic since 2004, a period that captures the second half of Jeter’s career. Google searches aren’t a perfect proxy for popularity — as you’ll see, infamy can also get you a lot of Google traffic — but they’re a reasonably objective approximation of it.I looked up the search traffic for Jeter, along with that for every other baseball player to post at least 30 wins above replacement (WAR) from 2004 through 2014. (Jeter’s WAR, controversially, was only 31.4 during this period; about 50 players rated ahead of him.) I also included every MLB MVP winner since 2004 — along with Trout, who might finally win an MVP this year. The chart below lists everyone else’s search traffic relative to Jeter’s.Jeter leads in Google traffic. The only players within 50 percent of him are Alex Rodriguez, Barry Bonds and Ichiro Suzuki.Rodriguez and Bonds, of course, have made news in recent years, mostly for their use of performance-enhancing drugs. Suzuki is a better comparison, but most of his search traffic is because of his extraordinary popularity in Japan. In the United States, Jeter generated five or six times as much Google interest as Suzuki did.Otherwise, Jeter laps the field. Based on the Google numbers, he’s been about nine times as famous as his Yankee contemporary Mariano Rivera. He’s been about five times as famous as David Ortiz, another legendarily “clutch” performer. He’s been about 30 times as famous as Jimmy Rollins, a fellow East Coast shortstop and one who did win an MVP award.Jeter’s also considerably more famous than today’s best-in-a-generation players. Even in 2013 — when he was hurt and played in only 17 games — Jeter was about as popular as Trout, Clayton Kershaw and Andrew McCutchen combined, at least according to Google.Playing in New York almost certainly had something to do with this. Lots of Yankees and Mets rank high on the Google list. Robinson Cano, the former Yankee, has gotten twice as much search traffic as the Philadelphia Phillies’ Chase Utley though the two are highly similar statistically.But I hope that Trout, Kershaw, McCutchen or Bryce Harper does something extraordinary this postseason and begins to build a legend of his own. It’s not healthy for a sport when its most popular player is 40 years old. read more

2018St. John’sDuke1977Villanova2117Marquette17611511 2007AuburnArkansasAlabamaLSU1577 Win No. 1Win No. 2Win No. 3 2017NebraskaIndiana1910Maryland1840Iowa17671577 *Georgia had two qualifying streaks in 2007-08, which overlapped. We included only the streak with the lowest starting rating.Source: ESPN, Sports-Reference.com 1997MissouriNebraskaTexasOklahoma1619 SeasonTeamOpponentEloOpponentEloOpponentEloStarting Elo 2017NebraskaIndianaMarylandIowa1577 1997MissouriNebraska1764Texas1810Oklahoma18681619 1970W. ForestUNCDavidsonUNC1627 1977VirginiaMaryland1843W. Forest1828Clemson18901583 1985Miss. St.AlabamaLSUGeorgia1586 2008Georgia*Ole Miss1758Kentucky1788Miss. St.18931599 1985Miss. St.Alabama1827LSU1831Georgia17671586 The Johnnies’ win streak came out of nowhereLowest Elo ratings for teams just before starting a three-game win streak against opponents who each had at least a 1750 Elo rating, 1950-2018 *Georgia had two qualifying streaks in 2007-08, which overlapped. We included only the streak with the lowest starting rating.Source: ESPN, Sports-Reference.com 2008Okla. St.BaylorTex. A&MKansas1607 SeasonTeamNo. 1No. 2No. 3Starting Elo The 2018 St. John’s Red Storm might go down as the most erratic team in men’s college basketball history. When they were losing, they couldn’t do anything right. But now that they’re winning, they’re taking down some of the most feared programs in the country. No team has ever rattled off a more impressive series of victories from a less likely place than the Johnnies did over the past week and change.But let’s roll things back a bit. To start things off, coach Chris Mullin’s squad began the season 10-2 — tied for the program’s second-best start to a season in 32 years. Although most of those wins came against relatively weak opponents, the team was competitive late in each of its losses (to Missouri and Arizona State, both of whom rank among the top 40 in Ken Pomeroy’s power ratings). Coming off a season of progress in Mullin’s second year at the helm, things finally appeared to be looking up for the Storm in their quest to return to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2015.Then the wheels fell off. Starting with their first Big East game of the year, a loss to Providence three days after Christmas, the Johnnies proceeded to drop 11 straight games. Before the calendar could even flip to February, St. John’s had matched its in-conference loss total for all of last season. An early season-ending injury to sophomore guard Marcus LoVett, who’d finished second on the team in scoring last season, helped tank the offense,1It dropped from 120th nationally in KenPom’s rankings before the losing skid to 165th. and the defense collapsed from 13th in Ken Pomeroy’s ratings to 41st over the span of a month.St. John’s found numerous ways to lose during the streak. For instance, there was the 25-point loss to Butler, in which the Storm almost instantly found themselves in a 19-2 hole and scored just 45 points all game (the school’s second-worst offensive output in a game since 2010-11). Then there was the marathon back-and-forth defeat against Georgetown that it took two overtimes to decide — and that the Johnnies led by 5 with 24 seconds left in the first overtime, only to watch Hoyas forward Marcus Derrickson tie the game with a personal 6-1 run.After their 11th straight loss, a hard-fought 73-68 defeat against sixth-ranked Xavier, the Johnnies’ future looked even more bleak. Games against Duke, Villanova and Marquette were coming up, so there was little to suggest that the Red Storm would be able to pull their season out of its death spiral.And that’s when one of the most absurd eight-day turnarounds in college history started: an upset win over the then-No. 4 Blue Devils to snap the losing streak. An even bigger upset at Villanova, which was No. 1 at the time. A relatively — dare I say it? — routine victory over a tough Golden Eagles squad, with the kind of second-half performance that good teams grind out. All the while, sophomore guard Shamorie Ponds has transformed into a superstar, averaging 34 points per game on 55 percent shooting during the shocking three-game winning streak. For a team that might not even make the NIT, they’ve looked like a tournament dark horse in recent days.How unexpected was this sudden reversal? Our Elo power-rating data goes back to the 1949-50 season, and over that span there have been 1,207 streaks where a team won three games in a row against opponents who each had Elo ratings over 1750 — the mark of a good team.2For reference’s sake, a 1750 Elo would be the equivalent of an Oregon or Maryland — the 57th-best team in the nation this season, according to Elo. Of those 1,207 teams, none had a lower Elo at the start of their streak than St. John’s, who’d dropped to a 1511 rating at its nadir (which was a low point since Dec. 2016, and the program’s fifth-lowest rating in a season since 1964). Statistically speaking, the Johnnies might have been the least likely team in history to rattle off those three particular wins at that particular moment in time. 1970W. ForestUNC1835Davidson1751UNC18271627 2000MarquetteDepaul1768Louisville1800Charlotte17671621 1977VirginiaMarylandW. ForestClemson1583 2018St. John’sDukeVillanovaMarquette1511 2007AuburnArkansas1770Alabama1761LSU17671577 2008Okla. St.Baylor1767Tex. A&M1928Kansas20511607 2008Georgia*Ole MissKentuckyMiss. St.1599 The Johnnies’ win streak came out of nowhereLowest Elo ratings for teams just before starting a three-game win streak against opponents who each had at least a 1750 Elo rating, 1950-2018 Win 2000MarquetteDepaulLouisvilleCharlotte1621 The victories over Duke and Villanova alone were historic. According to Elo, St. John’s was the lowest-rated team ever to knock off two teams with ratings over 1900 in back-to-back games, toppling a record that had previously been held by the 1957-58 Nebraska Cornhuskers (when the Huskers beat No. 4 Kansas and then No. 1 Kansas State). But unlike that Nebraska team, which lost the following game, the Red Storm tacked on another impressive win to bring their streak up to three in a row.They’ll try to extend it to four straight on Wednesday night, against DePaul in Chicago — and according to Pomeroy’s projections, there’s a 49 percent chance that St. John’s will pull it off. If so, it would only add to one of the most up-and-down seasons the sport has ever seen. Even after three big wins, the Red Storm still aren’t on anybody’s NCAA tourney radar. In fact, with 13 losses already on the books, maybe the only sure way for St. John’s to get to the dance would be for them to win the Big East Tournament — possibly by knocking off Villanova again. But hey, stranger things have already happened. read more

first_imgDes chiens pour lutter contre le braconnagePour la première fois, des chiens dressés et récemment affectés à la lutte anti-braconnage dans un parc national congolais, ont permis aux rangers ayant découvert une carcasse d’éléphant de remonter la piste des responsables de son abattage illégal.     Les rangers du parc national des Virunga, dans l’est de la République démocratique du Congo, disposent d’une nouvelle arme dans leur lutte contre les braconniers : des chiens. Dressés dans un centre spécialisé de Suisse grâce à des bénévoles de la police allemande, les cinq limiers sont notamment affectés à la traque des tueurs d’éléphants. Encadrés par des rangers spécialement formés, deux de ces chiens ont pu, dès la semaine dernière, donner la mesure de leur flair, comme le rapporte BBC News. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Déployée par hélicoptère sur le site où des rangers venaient de découvrir une carcasse de pachyderme amputée de ses défenses, une partie de l’unité canine s’est mise en action. Les chiens ont suivi la piste olfactive sur 7 kilomètres, conduisant leurs maîtres jusqu’à un petit village de pêcheurs, près duquel les braconniers, après avoir ouvert le feu, ont fui, contraints d’abandonner leurs armes.”Nous sommes extrêmement satisfaits du résultat. Après une année de formation intensive, chiens et rangers se sont avérés être une arme très efficace contre les braconniers trafiquants l’ivoire”, a déclaré Emmanuel de Merode, directeur du Parc national des Virunga. Les gardes du parc continueront de travailler avec l’unité canine dans ce parc, fortement infiltré par des groupes armés, selon les autorités.Le 11 mars 2012 à 09:43 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Asus dévoile les caractéristiques de ses ultrabooks Asus va lancer pas moins de quatre modèles d’ultrabook d’ici la fin de l’année, dont deux reprendraient le design d’appareils existants.La marque taïwanaise va jouer à fond la carte des ultrabooks, ces PC portables hyper fins et puissants, basés sur l’architecture Ivy Bridge d’Intel. Pas moins de quatre de ces machines sont au programme, dont deux (UX21A et UX31A) reprendraient les lignes des actuelles UX21 et UX31. Un clavier rétroéclairé ainsi qu’une dalle IPS allant jusqu’au Full HD 1080p (1920×1080 pixels) y seraient néanmoins ajoutés, explique PC Inpact. Les deux autres, baptisés UX32A et UX32Vd sont pour leur part des nouveautés. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?La série des UX32 comprendra un écran de 13,3 pouces (34 cm) et s’appuiera sur une puce vidéo HD Graphics 4000 pour l’UX32A et une GeForce GT 620M 1 Go avec la technologie Optimus pour l’UX32Vd. Ils disposeraient en outre d’un module Wi-Fi 802.11n compatible WiDi, ainsi qu’une puce Bluetooth 4.0, et offriraient de 2 à 4 Go de mémoire vive. Un peu plus lourds que les autres ultrabooks de la marque (1,45 kg), ils disposeront de 6 à 7 heures d’autonomie et seront vendus à partir de 800 dollars (610 euros).L’UX21A (11,6 pouces soit 30cm) et l’UX31A (13,3 pouces), quant à eux, embarqueront un processeur Ivy Bridge (Core i5 ou Core i7 ULV) qui serait accompagné de 2 Go à 4 Go de DDR3, ainsi que d’un SSD allant de 64 Go à 256 Go en S-ATA 6 Gbps, suivant les modèles. Pour la connectivité, le Wi-Fi 802.11n compatible WiDi, du Bluetooth 4.0, ainsi qu’un port réseau gigabit sont au programme. Côté connectique, on retrouvera deux ports USB 3.0, un lecteur de cartes SDXC sur le 13,3 pouces et une sortie micro HDMI. Ils seront plus chers que la série UX32 avec un premier prix à partir de 800 euros (1050 dollars) pour le modèle de 11,6 pouces alors que pour le 13,3 pouces se vendra à partir de 840 euros (1100 dollars) environ. Reste à attendre la commercialisation pour confirmer ces performances… Le 14 mars 2012 à 15:45 • Emmanuel Perrin read more