Royal Enfield Himalayan vs Mahindra Mojo: Clash of the unnatural

first_imgIt’s that time of the year when waking up to a gloomy, dark setting doesn’t upset the mood. Rather, quite the opposite happens. The relentless northern summer has simmered its rage, flora and fauna seem brighter, livelier while the clouds play hide and seek with the rising sun. Nature it seems has switched on its HDR mode to alleviate the mood for the day.ALSO READ:Ducati Diavel Carbon stays true to its devilish looks and nameYes, monsoon has finally hit the subcontinent in its full glory with the weatherman having promised an above average season. While you’re reading this, motorcyclists all over the country would be prepping their waterproof riding gear. But what are they riding this season?There are times when the Mojo has to look on as the himalayan decides to have fun off the road. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)As the rains attempt to fill the past year’s shortfall, Indian motorcycle manufacturers seem to be putting in an effort to fill in an obvious void in the market. Touring motorcycles. Surprisingly, the higher spectrum of the genre has seen constant action with players like Triumph, Ducati, Kawasaki and Suzuki among others keeping us scribes busy with pressers. But in the past half year or so, two very important launches happened and in equally crucial segment. The sub-500cc category has been undoubtedly dominated by Royal Enfield with their steeds touring well beyond our international borders but none of them could be passed as a proper all-season, all-terrain tour master.advertisementUntil now that is. With the Himalayan breaking cover and quickly finding home in many garages, Royal Enfield seems to have successfully solved the hardcore wanderer’s predicament. Mahindra Two Wheelers on the other hand has taken aeons to finally launch their halo product, bringing their much needed Mojo back from the grave. What I’m getting to here and as the spread on the previous page suggests, is a head-on battle.1. The Himalayans clocks may seem busy in design but are well thought out. 2. Customary ADV beak, notice the oil-cooler in the background. 3 & 4. Rear brake locks easily while the front is progressive. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)ALSO READ:Aprilia SR150 first ride reviewWith a weekend set in the scenic locales of Jim Corbett National Park, NH9 made for a perfect battleground. Sparse traffic in the wee hours of the morning meant that I could take my eyes off the road ahead and admire the Mojo’s quirky looks. While the rear has definite appeal of a motard and things are pleasing to the eye till the chunky fuel tank; the shock of the massive headlamp casing makes one look at the motorcycle twice over. A plot that works with many who get instantly curious about the motorcycle.Despite the attention-garnering face, the Mojo falls a point behind the Himalayan in desirability. That’s simply because Royal Enfield motorcycles have strong aspirational value among the Indian clientele. Ask a guy in his mid-twenties of the motorbike he would want to go to Ladakh on and you almost know what the answer is going to be. So even with a bare-bones, industrial styled and functional exterior design that completely lacks body panels, the Himalayan edges forth.Short and non-adjustable windscreen generates turbulence, irritant on a long ride. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)While the Mojo levels the game when it comes to quality and features with commendable build quality, it just couldn’t match the Himalayan’s usability in varied conditions and rider comfort. That said, Karan riding the Mojo in the pictures, may appear to be seated relaxed la cruiser-style but he’s in fact stretching 10mm further to reach the handlebars compared to the RE.ALSO READ:The Honda CB Shine SP performs well in the urban jungle Handlebars, that are located 80mm lower than the Himalayan’s and footpegs situated equally further away from the seat centre. This makes the riding position a bit laid-back compared to the Himalayan’s sportier riding position which is a more preferred posture when riding cross-country. The softer seat on the Mojo causes the derriere unpleasantness much earlier while the Himalayan’s grippy textured and firmer art-leather seat is more forgiving. This often overlooked yet vital aspect of a touring motorcycle helped the RE gain three more points in overall rider comfort.(Photo: Nishant Jhamb)Switching saddles and riding the Mojo, I could recall the slightly confusing riding position from the time when I first rode it. When the marvellously engineered engine is put into the picture, the mind conjures sportier, more aggressive  ergonomics. Where the Himalayan’s clunky motor doesn’t bring anything new to the table, the Mojo packs a free-revving, 4-valve, DOHC set-up. The latter loves a fast pace where the road permits and the engine will make no qualms about mechanical stresses.advertisementMojo boasts of commendable build quality but it just couldnt match the Himalayans overall usability. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb) Going through the well-spaced six-cogs, it steadily inches away from the Himalayan from a standstill, reaching 2.2 seconds earlier to 100kmph. The Himalayan’s loses time in shifting through the short ratios and absence of a sixth gear makes top-end performance a bit stressful. Quite naturally, roll-on figures narrate the same story as the RE noticeably takes more time accelerating in-gear from a lower speed. This, despite its 2Nm advantage over the Mojo’s peak torque and near identical kerb weight.ALSO READ:Indian Roadmaster brings in elegance and classRE aimed at ease of repair and convenience of operating a simple architecture rather than a modern, electronics-laden engine. But it almost seems lazy on the manufacturer’s part to ignore the fact that in 2016, engine manufacturing has come a long way to effectively form a cohesion between micro-computers and traditional mechanicals. Understandably, chances of repairing a bust fuel-pump or replacing a faulty sensor at places in the deep reaches of the Himalayas are grim. Lower-compression of 9.5:1 also ensures that sensitivity to bad fuel in those areas is not a factor that the RE will be bothered with unlike its nemesis here.1. Mojos clocks have poor sunlight legibility. 2. Seat is too soft for touring. 3. Exhaust features removable dB killers. 4. J Juan brakes offer impressive bite. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)But all said and done, the Mojo still trundles away with a whopping 12-point lead after topping the Himalayan in every aspect of performance, claiming bragging rights of having the better engine of the two in this competition.Not all is lost for the Himalayan though as an engine is only as good as the cycle parts moving it. The Mojo might pack a modern upside-down fork, fancy Pirelli Diablo Rosso 2 tyres along with a unique frame but they don’t translate to exceptional handling characteristics. The raked front and long wheelbase offer great stability at higher speeds and flowing corners but tighter corners and slower speeds make it almost clumsy to handle. The Himalayan’s traditional 43mm, braced long-travel forks do tend to show signs of flexing if you corner hard and fast.ALSO READ:Mahindra Mojo lives up to its sports tourer credential The Mojo claims bragging rights of having the better engine of the two in this comparo. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb) But the adaption of a rear monoshock working in conjunction with the Harris Performance-conceived tubular frame sees spectacular results. It just needs a tad more commitment and confidence from the rider to show its effortless handling abilities. Turning radius is tight as the bars move much more than the Mojo’s, lock-to-lock thus negotiating a tall motorcycle like itself is also quite easy.Where the Mojo relies on the superb tyres for grip the Himalayan shines with its frame and suspension setup despite using dual-purpose Ceat Gripp XL tyres. Oh and you can forget about potholes and rough surfaces as the Himalayan gobbles them up without a hiccup. Hence being equal in grip and stability on the points sheet, the Himalayan still tops the Mojo with more points in overall dynamics.advertisement(Photo: Nishant Jhamb)So a blackened eye here and a bruised chin there, both competitors have had a fair shot at exchanging blows with each other. But statistics, as it seems, will have their way in favour of the Mojo.ALSO READ:Honda Navi: Something really new(Photo: Nishant Jhamb) In our test, it proves to be the more frugal one with an overall efficiency of 23.6kmpl, delivers more range with a bigger 21-litre fuel tank and packs a trusty 5-year warranty package with the extended warranty option (2+3 years and a total of 50,000km). The Mojo bags 9 points in the cost comparison despite being Rs 7,000 more than the Himalayan.So which one of these home-grown touring heroes gets to claim the enemy’s flag?Verdict Truth be told, this comparo was harder than I thought it would be. With both motorcycles scoring points so close to each other, the final result boiled down to just five points. Points that tipped the scale in favour of the Himalayan. Even with a stronger engine and superior cycle parts, the Mojo just doesn’t impress with its handling characteristics.ALSO READ:Ducati 959 Panigale is a stealWhich is where the Himalayan’s simple engineering gets it to places that the Mojo will struggle in. However, both revel in their own advantages where the Mojo will outpace the Himalayan on fast highway stretches, the latter will leave the former panting on an uncharted trail ride.What’ll be exciting is if Mahindra transforms the Mojo with a more aggressive steering geometry and ergonomics while the Himalayan gets an advanced, more powerful engine. I hope to be penning that road test down, sipping a cuppa in the hills, on another beautiful rainy morning.last_img read more

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A-Rod 40th Birthday Home Run

first_imgARLINGTON, Texas — Alex Rodriguez had quite a 40th birthday bash.A-Rod became the fourth player in major league history to homer as a teen and in his 40s, marking his birthday by lining an opposite-field shot to right against his former team to help the New York Yankees beat the Texas Rangers 6-2 on July 27.“It’s amazing, hitting one as a teenager and hitting one here today,” Rodriguez said. “A lot has happened, and I’m just happy to be here.”Ty Cobb, Rusty Staub and Gary Sheffield are the only other players to homer before turning 20 and then at age 40 or after, according to STATS.“It’s remarkable what he’s been able to do, and how good he was at such a young age, and he continues to play well at an older age,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said.Rodriguez has 24 homers this season and 678 in his career, fourth on the all-time list. The latest came two days after he went deep three times against Minnesota in his previous game.“Very impressive, but you know we’re not surprised by much that he does anymore,” said third baseman Chase Headley, now playing the position A-Rod had in New York before his season-long suspension a year ago for violations of baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract.A-Rod’s solo drive in the sixth off Matt Harrison (1-2) was the designated hitter’s big league-best sixth homer on his birthday, STATS said, breaking a tie with Todd Helton, Chipper Jones, Derrek Lee and Al Simmons.“Yeah, it’s pretty depressing being 40. I’ve had a lot of texts and emails that I’ve joined an exclusive club,” Rodriguez said. “But I’m definitely grateful and happy.”When he was traded to the Yankees before spring training in 2004, Rodriguez was only three seasons into the $252 million, 10-year contract he signed with Texas after starting his career with Seattle from 1994-2000. He got a $275 million, 10-year deal from New York after the 2007 season.Didi Gregorius had a career-high four RBIs and matched his best with three hits, including a two-run homer in the third. His two-run single in the seventh made it 6-2.The AL East-leading Yankees won for the seventh time in eight games, and their seven-game division lead is their largest since leading by 7 1/2 games on July 29, 2012. New York’s 15-5 record in July is the best in the majors.Ivan Nova (3-3) allowed two runs and five hits in five innings. Chasen Shreve, Justin Wilson and Dellin Betances followed with hitless relief.Harrison gave up six runs and six hits in six innings, his third start since coming back from spinal fusion surgery.“I feel like I didn’t get loose until about the fifth inning,” he said. “The third inning I made some bad pitches to start that inning off and got some trouble there. After us scoring the two runs I went and gave it back to them, gave the momentum right back.”(STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Benzema Scores 2 In Hazard’s Debut For Real Madrid

first_imgMADRID — Karim Benzema scored two goals to lead Real Madrid to a 3-2 win over Levante in the Spanish league on Saturday with home fans treated to the sight of star signing Eden Hazard making his competitive debut.Hazard had not played for Madrid since his club-record transfer from Chelsea after a thigh injury he picked up preseason had sidelined him for Madrid’s first three league matches.By the time he stepped onto the field to loud applause in the 60th minute at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, Benzema’s double and another goal from Casemiro had given Madrid the advantage it needed to end a run of two straight draws.Real Madrid’s Eden Hazard, left, vies for the ball with Levante’s Enis Bardhi during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Levante at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)Levante got back into the match in the second half with strikes from Borja Mayoral and Gonzalo Melero. Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois saved a powerful header in stoppage time to ensure the victory.Benzema opened the scoring with a header in the 25th and added a second after a slick pass from James Rodríguez six minutes later. The French striker has four goals in four rounds.Madrid pulled to within one point of leader Atlético Madrid, which visits Real Sociedad later Saturday. Defending champion Barcelona hosts Valencia in the late game.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Adult Learners Graduate in Sydney

first_imgInspired by her mother’s own return to learning at the age of 48, Lorraine Dalton enrolled in the Sydney Adult Education Centre to make a better future for her son. Ms. Dalton, a second-generation adult learner, completed Grade 10 nearly a decade ago, but went back to school and this year, earned her high school diploma. “It’s hard to believe that I am graduating. I am so glad that I made that first step to a better future for my son and me,” said Ms. Dalton. “My son and my mother are my number one supporters. My family is very proud of what I have accomplished in such a short period of time.” This year, more than 500 adult learners across the province will receive their high school graduation diploma through support from the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning. Today, June 27, Ms. Dalton is one of 32 students graduating in Sydney. The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning co-ordinates a range of education programs for adults who want to improve their reading and math skills, or complete their high school diploma. This year marks the school’s fifth anniversary and the graduation of about 2,000 adult Nova Scotians with a high school diploma. “There have been more than 20,000 enrollments in the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning in five years. It meets a significant need in our province for adults to improve their education, and ultimately, their job skills,” said Education Minister Karen Casey. “I congratulate the graduates for taking steps toward a brighter future for themselves and their families.” The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning works in partnership with Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC), regional school boards, Université Sainte-Anne, and community-based learning organizations to offer programs at more than 170 sites across the province. The high school graduation diploma for adults was introduced in 2001. “Over the past 10 years, Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board has been very proud to support adult learners in their life-long learning path through the adult high school program,” said Rick Simm, principal of Sydney Adult Education Centre. “To date, our board has seen 505 adults complete their credits and receive their high school diploma. It is so rewarding to see the accomplishments that they have achieved for themselves, their future and for their families.” The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning is part of the provincial government’s Skills Nova Scotia initiative that involves job skills training, workplace learning, and basic literacy skills upgrading.last_img read more

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Holocaust Remembrance Day

first_imgPremier Rodney MacDonald is encouraging Nova Scotians to support Holocaust Remembrance Day, Tuesday, Jan. 27. It has been over 60 years since the Holocaust. The tragedy saw the lives of six million innocent Jewish men, women and children killed at the hands of the Nazis. “The Holocaust was a brutal genocide that must never be allowed to fade from memory,” said Premier MacDonald. “The murder of millions of people for simply being Jewish was an horrific crime against humanity. It was an incomprehensible event and for that very reason, should never be forgotten.” Canada was instrumental in urging fellow United Nations countries to vote in favour of a resolution to officially mark a day of Holocaust remembrance. Information on Holocaust Remembrance Day events are available by contacting the Atlantic Jewish Council at 902-422-7491, ext 226.last_img read more

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Man who lost fingers to frostbite in trek to Canada gets refugee

first_imgWINNIPEG – More than five months after he almost froze to death walking across the Canada-United States border, eventually losing his fingers to frostbite, Razak Iyal was granted refugee status Tuesday.“If I go back to Ghana, I might lose all my life. But here I am, I just lost my fingers, but I’m still part of the society,” Iyal, 35, said after his closed-door Immigration and Refugee board hearing.“I thank God that I’ve been accepted to stay in Canada, to be a Canadian. And what I have in me, I’ll make sure I share it with the community, with the people.”Iyal was among the first in the recent wave of refugee-claimants sneaking across the border from the United States out of fear of being deported back to their home country.After meeting up with another man from Ghana, Seidu Mohammed, at a bus station in Minneapolis, the two men took a bus to Grand Forks, N.D., and then a taxi to an area near the border.It was Christmas Eve and the overnight windchill dipped to —30 C as the men walked though snowy fields in the darkness for hours. They were not dressed for such an excursion, and suffered severe frostbite before being noticed by a trucker after crossing into Canada.They would spend weeks recovering in hospital. Iyal lost all his fingers but kept his thumbs. Mohammed lost all ten digits.“I can do a lot of things that people who have fingers can do,” said Iyal, who dreams of bringing his wife to Canada and opening an electronics business similar to one he had in Ghana.Iyal said he fled Ghana because his five siblings were out to kill him in a dispute over the inheritance of his late father’s property. A local politician was involved, he said.After he arrived in Canada, some media reports in Ghana said he was a homosexual. It’s not true, he said, but the reports added to the danger he would face if returned home due to the African nation’s treatment of gays and lesbians.“There is no place in Ghana, which is geographically a very small country, that he could ever be safe,” his lawyer, Bashir Khan, told reporters.Iyal and Mohammed both had their claims for asylum rejected in the United States, so they would have been turned back at an official border crossing under the Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement.Like hundreds of others in recent months, they opted to try to sneak across the border, knowing that they would get a refugee hearing if they made it on to Canadian soil before turning themselves in.Mohammed, who is bisexual and a professional soccer player, had his refugee claim approved last month.last_img read more

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iHeartRadio Announced as Official Radio Partner of the Boots and Hearts Music

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO  – Saddle up country fans! iHeartRadio Canada announced today that it has teamed up with Boots and Hearts to become the official radio partner of Canada’s largest country music festival. As part of this exclusive partnership, iHeartRadio has launched Boots and Hearts Radio, which features music from the hottest country artists playing at the 2018 Boots and Hearts Music Festival, including country heavyweights Florida Georgia Line, Alan Jackson, Thomas Rhett, Dallas Smith, Billy Currington, Brett Young and more.Anchored by hosts of the iHeartRadio New Country Countdown, Sophie Moroz and Jeff Hopper, the brand new, commercial-free, Boots and Hearts country music station features artists from the 2018 line-up, and those that have previously headlined this must-attend summer festival, as well as exclusive interviews from them. Boots and Hearts Radio is available now on the iHeartRadio app.Spanning four days from August 9-12 in Oro Medonte, Ont., just north of Toronto, Boots and Hearts provides country music fans with performances from more than 40 artists, 60 hours of live entertainment, and many other attractions, creating a truly unique festival experience. iHeartRadio will also have its own activation space on the grounds during the festival, with live coverage across multiple Bell Media country radio stations, including live interview content and updates from Burl’s Creek Event Grounds. Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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TimorLeste joins UNESCO its president awarded peace prize

Timor-Leste has become the 189th Member State of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) after signing the agency’s constitution yesterday in London. UNESCO has been active in the young Southeast Asian nation since the late 1990s, supporting media development and cultural preservation projects, and helping in establishing the first two community radio stations there. The organization also announced yesterday that Timor-Leste President Xanana Gusmão will be awarded this year’s Houphouet-Boigny Peace Prize on 10 June. The Prize, which includes a cheque for €122,000, a diploma and a gold medal, is awarded annually to the person, institution or organization who contributes significantly to the promotion, research, preservation or maintenance of peace. read more

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Relief trust fund set up to help Fort McMurray businesses

by audreywhelan Posted May 5, 2016 7:02 am MDT Relief trust fund set up to help Fort McMurray businesses The Alberta Chambers of Commerce is bringing back the Chamber Relief Trust Fund to help businesses affected by the devastating wildfires in the Wood Buffalo Region.It was first initiated during the 2013 floods.President and CEO Ken Kobly says he’s been in touch with the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce and told them there will be support after there is a solid assessment of the situation.The provincial organization will be collecting donations for the relief fund from local chambers around Alberta. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email (John Knox, Rogers Media) read more

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Womens Soccer Ohio State scores eight goals in win over Morehead State

After coming off of a cancelled home-opening match against Duquesne last Sunday, Ohio State regained momentum after its win over No. 5 Florida by gaining an 8-0 victory against Morehead State.Ohio State (2-2) tied for the third-most goals in one single game in school history. Freshmen forward Emaly Vatne scored three of the eight goals in Thursday night’s win, recording the 15th hat trick in Ohio State history, scoring in the 41st, 68th and 73rd minutes against Morehead State. Vatne said she is most proud of her team’s professionalism on the field tonight. “We approached this game with a really good attitude,” Vatne said. “We didn’t let up in one moment of the game, so I think that’s something we should really be proud of.”In the 22nd minute, freshmen defender/midfielder Talani Barnett notched a goal from eight yards inside the right post, giving Ohio State the early lead. A minute later, freshmen forward Kayla Fischer found success by scoring a goal in the first half, recording her third goal of the year. Junior midfielder Alyssa Baumbick also picked up two goals, resulting in her first pair of goals of the season.   In the 57th minute, sophomore forward Marissa Birzon, crossed over from the left wing to tally Ohio State’s fifth goal of the night.     Vatne said, as a group, Ohio State really found a rhythm and were able to capitalize on the moments when they got the opportunity to play. Head coach Lori Walker-Hock spoke about the importance of gaining confidence looking ahead to conference play in a couple of weeks. Walker-Hock also said the best part of this kind of a game is being able to get a lot of people on the field and gaining some experience. “That’s where a game like this really benefits us is getting that experience for some of our young players and clearly our young players connected pretty good tonight,” Walker-Hock said. The Buckeyes will resume action this Sunday as they take on Notre Dame at 1 p.m at Alumni Stadium. read more

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Private schools are socialism in action conference told

Private schools are “socialism in action”, the head of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference has said.HMC schools, which include Eton, Harrow and Winchester, allow wealthy parents who can afford school fees to subsidise the education of those from less well-off backgrounds, according to Mike Buchanan. He pointed to the recent decision taken by Millfield School in Somerset to cut fees by 10 per cent amid concerns they are no longer affordable to middle classes.Writing in the Times Education Supplement magazine, Mr Buchanan said some will “scoff” at the move, on the basis that fees at the boarding school still remain “unreachable” for most people.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––“Some will point out that many other less well-known schools have been exercising cost and fee restraint for years without fanfare or publicity,” he wrote.“Both would be missing the point about a wider dynamic happening in society of which fees in independent schools are just part of the picture.”Mr Buchanan, who is executive director of HMC, said it is “often forgotten” that many private schools serve “ordinary, middle-class communities” where hard-working parents choose to spend some of their money on “buying a different form of education for their children which, they judge, is not available from the state”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Private schools’ abilities to provide bursaries and fee assistance for children from poor households, as well as sharing facilities and expertise with local state schools, are all made possible from fees.“It may be obvious, but the activities above are paid for from fees paid to the school by parents. I’ve always thought of this as socialism in action,” Mr Buchanan said.“This means relatively well-off, fee-paying parents are funding the free and assisted places for others as well as the cost of the partnerships with state schools. They do so willingly in the knowledge that it adds to the breadth of experiences and, hence, the understanding their own children gain.” read more

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A 785inch iPad exists in Apples labs

first_imgThe rumors surrounding what Apple has planned for the next round of its smartphones or tablet devices are plentiful, and for the most part highly speculative. But news of a 7.85-inch iPad existing in Apple’s labs carries more weight because of the person who revealed it.John Gruber, Apple supporter, writer, and owner of the Daring Fireball blog, is the person breaking this news by way of The Talk Show podcast. He doesn’t usually state such definite things unless he’s very confident a device exists. The fact one does exist probably won’t surprise anyone who knows how Apple works.The iPad we see sitting on store shelves is the culmination of many design iterations created within Apple’s labs. To think they hadn’t experimented with a smaller model would be a mistake. With new competition coming from Amazon’s Kindle Fire and a number of other tablets carrying smaller displays, why would they not experiment with a tiny iPad?According to Gruber, the 7.85-inch device uses a display with the same 1024 x 768 resolution of the original iPad. That means its 163 pixels per inch is sharper than the old iPad while being significantly cheaper to produce.With the new iPad flying off the shelves, and the Kindle Fire assault seeming to have little impact on Apple’s market share, it seems likely the smaller iPad will remain an experiment in the labs. As Gruber rightly points out, Apple doesn’t really have a need to release a smaller model when the 9.7-inch iPad is dominating the market and no one is complaining about it being too big.More at The Talk Show, via The Vergelast_img read more

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La Ligue de protection des oiseaux célèbre son 100e anniversaire

first_imgLa Ligue de protection des oiseaux célèbre son 100e anniversaireLa Ligue de la Protection des Oiseaux (LPO) est née voilà déjà cent ans. Un anniversaire célébré le 29 novembre au Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle. Ce siècle passé à protéger les oiseaux et leurs milieux naturels, Allain Bougrain Dubourg, le président de l’association le résume en trois mots : “consternation, détermination et satisfaction.”En 1912 était créée la Ligue de protection des oiseaux (LPO), afin de lutter contre le massacre du macareux moine en Bretagne, un oiseau marin devenu le symbole de l’association reconnue d’utilité publique en 1986. Mardi, au Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle de Paris Allain Bougrain Dubourg, le président de la LPO, a résumé les cent ans d’action de l’association en trois mots : “Consternation, détermination, et satisfaction”, rapporte l’APF. “La consternation parce que l’on a trop vu d’espèces fragiles, d’espèces agressées et de nature violée, la détermination car on agira toujours sur le terrain, et la satisfaction parce que quand on se bat on réussit”, a expliqué Allain Bougrain Dubourg.À lire aussiCette perruche imite à la perfection R2-D2, le robot de Star WarsCent ans après sa création, la LPO compte 450 salariés, 5.000 bénévoles actifs et quelque 45.000 membres. Elle est aujourd’hui l’une des premières associations de protection de la nature en France. Il ne s’agit pas seulement pour elle d’agir pour la préservation des oiseaux. C’est toute la nature qu’elle s’attache à protéger. “L’oiseau qui était notre motivation première est devenu une vitrine pour le vivant. La biodiversité et là, on est dans l’urgence pour la préserver”, a expliqué le président de l’association à l’AFP. Et de rappeler que “40 % de l’économie mondiale repose sur les services rendus par la nature”. Or aujourd’hui, “ces services sont en déclin de 60%” déplore-t-il.L’urgence réside selon Allain Bougrain Dubourg dans la préservation des milieux victimes de l’agriculture intensive, et notamment les zones humides. La LPO gère plus de 20.000 hectares de milieux naturels, répartis sur 130 sites dans 21 régions françaises, lit-on sur son site Internet. Mais “les capacités de dégrader le vivant sont plus violentes que la capacité de redonner vie” souligne son président.Le 1 décembre 2011 à 12:04 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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New details explain deadly policeinvolved shooting in NW MiamiDade

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – New details have emerged about a killer confrontation involving Miami-Dade Police in Northwest Miami-Dade, Monday afternoon.Fifty-year-old Rolando Delgado, who was killed in a police-involved shooting in Northwest Miami-Dade, not only failed to cooperate with police officers, but also posed a credible threat.According to Miami-Dade police, Delgado refused orders from police officers to get out of a vehicle, which was believed to be stolen, when they approached him.They also said the 50-year-old threatened officers with a machete, forcing them to open fire.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Back to School Festival for Baltimore County Students

first_imgKevin LilesKevin Liles’ For A Better Baltimore Foundation is sponsoring a Back to School Festival, noon to 4 p.m., at Security Square Mall in Baltimore County with the hopes of helping children focus on preparing for a new school year.The event, co-hosted by BCPS Superintendent Dr. Dallas Dance and Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz will feature educational games, free backpacks and school supplies, as well as live entertainment and free immunizations. This third annual Back to School Festival is an opportunity for school children of all ages to celebrate and prepare for the arrival of the new school year, which begins Aug. 27.The traditionally well-attended festival is open to all county students and will include a variety of community resources and children’s activities, as well as several surprise celebrity guests.For more information, visit http://www.lilesforbaltimore.org/.last_img read more

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WB replaces Bidhannagar Police Commissioner 4 times

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal government has changed the Commissioner of Bidhannagar City Police four times in four days, raising questions about clarity in the top level of the administration. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also handles the Home (Police) portfolio. Laxmi Narayan Meena, who was the Commissioner of Asansol-Durgapur City, is the current Bidhannagar Commissioner of Police, a government order said on Wednesday. Earlier, Bidhannagar CP Gyanwant Singh, who was replaced by N. Ramesh Babu during the general elections, was given back his charge on Sunday. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata Next day, an official statement directed Nishat Parvez, who was the Deputy Inspector General(DIG) Operations of the Criminal Investigation Department, to replace Singh as the Bidhannagar CP. On Tuesday, there was again a fresh order which cancelled Pervez’s appointment and directed him to continue in his old post. The Commissioner of Siliguri City Police, Bharat Lal Meena was given the charge for a day, to be replaced by Laxmi Narayan Meena through a new notification on Wednesday. Bharat Lal Meena was reinstated as the CP of Siliguri City Police.last_img read more

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Changes for Destination Port Stephens

first_imgDestination Port Stephens has a new chief executive officer, a new board and has won a grant from the NSW government to expand the promotion of the seaside destination.Janelle Gardner was recently announced as the chief executive officer, and at the annual board meeting last week. Also, a new board was elected for 2014-15, comprising Michael Aylmer as chair, David Nye as deputy chair, Andrew Macdonald as treasurer and Kim Latham, Mike McIntosh, Dom Grundy, Janene Rees, Sharon Aldrich and newcomer to the board, Malcolm Anderson, as fellow board members.The NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, has given Destination Port Stephens a $92,500 grant to boost its marketing program under the Government’s dollar-for-dollar Regional Visitor Economy Fund. Destination Port Stephens chief executive officer Janelle Gardner, said she was excited to head the new-look organisation and would use the new funds to market the region as the leading regional destination in NSW.“I am thrilled at the opportunity to lead our revitalised organisation forward and to strengthen the role Port Stephens’ $400 million-a-year tourism industry plays as the economic driver of the region,” Ms Gardner said.“Access to funding is incredibly competitive at the moment so we are very excited that we were successful in our application. We will use the grant for marketing activities aimed at increasing mid week, low season visitation.”Destination Port Stephens has also developed a new membership model which is $110 per annum providing an opportunity for all business in the region to get involved and support the development of a sustainable and successful visitor economy. Source = ETB Travel News: Megan Tranlast_img read more

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Viking has released four new ocean cruise itinerar

first_imgViking has released four new ocean cruise itineraries to South America, Australia, Asia, the Mediterranean and beyond.These latest offerings from Viking are:· 30-day Mumbai to Mediterranean Passage — Mumbai to London. Priced from $13,495 per person in a Veranda stateroom, visit romantic Muscat, fascinating Luxor, charming Valletta, vibrant Granada and more…· 28-day Australia, Indonesia & Asia — Sydney to Hong Kong. Priced from $13,495 per person in a Veranda stateroom, encounter natural and manmade marvels as you call on some of the Eastern Hemisphere’s most fascinating ports, including Sydney, Komodo, Manila and Xiamen.· 26-day Jewels of Southeast Asia — Hong Kong to Mumbai. Priced from $13,495 per person in a Veranda stateroom, delve into the ancient heritage and modern wonders of Southeast Asia, with overnight stays in Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh City and Colombo.· 22-day South America & Around Cape Horn — Buenos Aires to Santiago. Priced from $12,595 per person in a Veranda stateroom, take in South America’s scenic wonders as you sail around the continent’s southern tip. Explore Montevideo, the Falkland Islands, Puerto Montt and more… Vikinglast_img read more

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Cyprus hopes to lift capital controls in the coming months

first_imgBy Angelos AnastasiouPRESIDENT Nicos Anastasiades said the government hopes to lift capital controls, imposed after the March 2013 bailout, within the coming months.Anastasiades was speaking at a business forum in Doha, Qatar, where he yesterday ended an official three-day visit.“The capital controls imposed on the Cyprus banking system are to be completely lifted in the near future, in the coming months, and we are now witnessing increased inflows from foreign residents,” he said, appealing to Qatari businessmen to invest in Cyprus..Anastasiades said that during his meeting with Emir of Qatar both sides reaffirmed their commitment to further enhancing Cyprus-Qatar cooperation, at all levels, including economic cooperation.“Attracting investments is the Cyprus government’s top priority,” he said as investments were the catalyst for economic growth, job creation and prosperity.He said despite its economic woes, Cyprus still retained its competitive advantages. These included its competitive corporate tax rate of 12.5 per cent, and an extensive network of double taxation treaties, including one with Qatar itself.He spoke also of the safe and business-friendly environment and the highly qualified workforce.“In Cyprus opportunities for growth exist in most economic sectors, including shipping, tourism, large-scale development projects, education, health and renewable energy,” said Anastasiades.Cyprus’ hydrocarbons discovery created excellent prospects for investments and cooperation, he added.Evaluating his visit to Qatar after its conclusion, Anastasiades described it as very “important and productive”, and announced forthcoming visits to Cyprus by delegations from various investors, or even “on behalf of the Emir himself.”“That is an important element”, he said with regard to the imminent visits. “If we can be persuasive, we will benefit.”With regard to the possibility of Qatari companies investing in Cyprus, Anastasiades noted particular interest shown in “Cypriot construction and other companies”, and referred to “interest in various sectors of the economy which we are in a position to respond to.” This includes a reported interest in the semi-state electricity authority, which is slated for privatisation.Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides also alluded to possible investments by Qatari state or private concerns. “We did not come here to ask for free funds. What we want is to ensure that investments by any party – whether state or private – will offer mutual benefit to both sides,” he said.Minister of Energy, Giorgos Lakkotrypis reported “very encouraging messages from Qatar” but warned against complacency.“The degree to which these opportunities are exploited, when and if the investment funds come to Cyprus, is also up to our side,” he said.The minister visited the natural gas liquefaction terminal in Doha, the largest in the world, where he saw installations and asked for the exchange of technical knowledge, which is one of the items agreed in the Memorandum of Understanding signed on Monday with Qatar.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementBad Digestion Slowing You Down? Top Doctor Reveals What You Need To DoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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