Nubia N2 with 5000mAh battery, 16-megapixel selfie camera launched in India at Rs 15,999

first_imgNubia launched a new smartphone to the Indian market, called the Nubia N2. The key highlight of the smartphone is its massive 5000mAh battery and 16-megapixel front facing camera. Nubia N2 is launched at a price tag of Rs 15,999 and will be available exclusively on Amazon India starting today noon. The smartphone is launched in Champagne Gold and Black Gold colour and both the variant will be available for buying.Commenting on the launch, Mr. Eric Hu, Country Head, Nubia India said, “With every Nubia product that is introduced in India, we are increasing our ability to respond to feedback of our customers. Big battery, steady performance and great camera have been universal themes around which our customers have sought improvisation from us. Keeping this in mind, we have introduced Nubia N2. With proprietary Neo Power technology, and 5000 mAh battery, this device lasts 3 days on a single charge. Nubia is overwhelmed with the affection it has received in India market and we are determined to introduce products that continue to enrich lives of our customers.”In terms of specifications, the new Nubia N2 sports a 5.5-inch HD display screen with HD 1280×720 which comes coupled with 2.5D Glass protection. The smartphone runs on nubia UI 4.0 based Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system and is powered by MTK Octa-Core 64-Bit A53 architecture processor. Nubia N2 comes packed with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage memory which can be further expandable up to 128GB via a microSD card slot.On the optics front, the device sports a 13-megapixel camera on the rear which is further coupled with SONY IMX 258 sensor and includes a 16-megapixel camera as a selfie shooter. “The rear camera on Nubia N2 is equipped with a variety of special effects filters – Mucha, Fisheye, Film, Miniature and many more, letting you take fresh and exciting photos,” says the company. The new Nubia N2 is backed by a non-removable 5000mAh battery set up which is said to offer 12 hours of web browsing, 60 hours of voice call, 41.5 hours of music, 11 hours of video streaming or 8.4 hours of gaming. “All uninterrupted with ONE CHARGE,” says the company. The device also comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack and also supports USB Type-C.advertisementlast_img read more

India ready to grind it out in England, better prepared than 2014: Pujara

first_imgIndia batsman Cheteshwar Pujara feels the team is better prepared for the upcoming England Test series than their last experience in the UK in 2014.Four years back, India had lost the five-match series 3-1 with the visiting batsmen struggling to cope against the seam and swing movement of the English bowlers.Virat Kohli, India’s best all-format batsman in recent years, endured the worst time of his career on the last trip with scores of 1, 8, 25, 0, 39, 28, 0, 7, 6 and 20 in the five Tests and finished the series with an average of 13.50.Pujara himself managed just 222 runs in the series at 22.20. But the Saurashtra cricketer is confident of a good show from the Indian players this time around.Also read – James Anderson mocks Virat Kohli ahead of India-England Test series”Playing county cricket is always helpful as it allows you to get used to the conditions. England is the toughest place to bat because you have to get used to the weather, and the seaming conditions.”We have played a lot of cricket outside the sub-continent since our last tour of England in 2014 and that experience will also come in handy,” Pujara told Hindustan Times.Pujara has spent the last few months in the country playing county cricket for Yorkshire but hasn’t been in the best of form. In Six matches he amassed just 172 runs at a poor average of 14.33 with a highest score of 41.Also read – Virat Kohli takes a dig at England batsmen after James Anderson’s controversial remarkPujara also struggled against Afghanistan in the one-off Test scoring just 35 runs.advertisement”There have been some seaming tracks in India as well and most of the batsmen are experienced in handling the conditions now. We are better prepared this time,” Pujara said.Despite not scoring much in county cricket, Pujara reckons just the experience of playing in English conditions will be key to scoring here.”I don’t want to comment much on technique, but this experience (county) will definitely come in handy. The ball swings for good 40 to 50 overs in England and playing more in these conditions allows you to know where to focus.Also read – Home pitches hide Virat Kohli’s weaknesses, says James Anderson”Temperament is the key in these conditions. One should be ready to grind it out when the ball is moving. Once you settle in, you can gauge the movement off the pitch and in the air and that is when you can play your shots,” Pujara said. Cheteshwar Pujara said that his county stint has helped him get adjusted to English conditions (Reuters Photo)Since the last trip in England, Pujara has scored 2659 runs in 34 Test matches with 8 hundreds and 12 half-centuries. Along with Kohli, Murali Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane, Pujara has been one of the mainstays in the batting lineup for India at No. 3.But despite his overall record in the longest format, India experimented with his batting position this year when KL Rahul was sent ahead of Pujara in the one-off Test in Bengaluru.Also read – For Australia, Virat Kohli is similar to Steve Smith: Pat CumminsPujara is known for his traditional approach to batting in Test cricket which might seem a bit slow in modern-day cricket but the right-hander isn’t too worried about his batting position and said that the strategies are made according to match situations.”There is no set role for anyone to be honest. You need to change your game according to match situations. When you play in difficult conditions, you have to play according to the merit of the ball. I know what things to do to succeed in this format and I play accordingly.Also read – Tendulkar hopeful of a good show from Kohli, Team India in England Tests”The track also determines what kind of a strategy you have as a batsman, and that is why there can’t be any particular roles. As a team we discuss what needs to be done and that’s how we go out and perform,” Pujara said.On how the team is planning to deal with India’s biggest two threats – James Anderson and Stuart Broad – Pujara said, “You need to understand that they are a good team. You can’t have a strategy around two or three players. Anyone can be dangerous.”As batsmen we know their seam duo (James Anderson and Stuart Broad) are tricky customers, but we have to prepare against the others too. Similarly as a bowling unit we will have to work on all their batsmen. Yes, some have been more successful against us but we will have a plan for all of them.”advertisementlast_img read more

Klopp slams Ramos’s ruthless and brutal show in Champions League final

first_imgLiverpool manager Juergen Klopp tore into Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos’ display in the Champions League final in May.Ramos’ challenge on Mohamed Salah forced the Egyptian to go off early in the first half and also miss the first World Cup game in Russia. Klopp said that Ramos was ‘ruthless and brutal’ in that game and had wrestled Salah to the ground.”We are opening that bottle again? It is action-reaction-action-reaction and I don’t like that but — if you watch it back and you are not with Real Madrid — then you think it is ruthless and brutal. I saw the ref taking charge of big games at the World Cup and nobody really thinks about that later. But in a situation like that somebody needs to judge it better,” Klopp said in a news conference ahead of Liverpool’s International Champions Cup game against Manchester United at the Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor.”If VAR is coming then it is a situation where you have to look again. Not to give a red card but to look again and say: ‘What is that?’ It was ruthless.”Also read – Salah hits out at Ramos over Champions League final injurySalah had a remarkable first season with Liverpool, scoring 44 goals across all competitions and helped Liverpool reach the Champions League final after a decade. But, the challenge cut down his time on the pitch as he left the pitch in tears in Kiev.Salah’s going off was a major blow for Liverpool as their goalkeeper Loris Karius, who it later emerged had suffered a concussion during the match, made couple of blunders to concede two goals against Madrid who won 3-1.advertisementKarius clashed with Ramos early in the second half and was seen holding the side of his head after the collision, which came before he made the mistakes that led to the goals.Also read – He grabbed my arm first, says Ramos after being blamed for Salah’s injuryRamos later brushed off allegations that he had deliberately injured Salah, saying he was being unfairly painted as a pantomime villain.”I’m not sure it is an experience we will have again — go there and put an elbow to the goalkeeper, put their goalscorer down like a wrestler in midfield and then you win the game. That was the story of the game,” Klopp said.”Ramos said a lot of things afterwards that I didn’t like. As a person I didn’t like the reactions of him. He was like: ‘Whatever, what do they want? It’s normal’.”No, it is not normal. If you put all of the situations of Ramos together then you will see a lot of situations with Ramos…It is like we, the world out there, accepts that you use each weapon to win the game. People probably expect that I am the same. I am not.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Acquired Brain Injury Group Announced

first_imgGovernment is moving forward on its commitment to help brain injury survivors with the formation of the Acquired Brain Injury Advisory Group. The 13-member group will be chaired by the Brain Injury Association of Nova Scotia’s executive director Leona Burkey, and executive director of Continuing Care at Department of Health and Wellness, Ruby Knowles. The group met for the first time today, Nov. 6, in Halifax. “Helping to develop Nova Scotia’s first Acquired Brain Injury Strategy is an exciting project,” said Ms. Burkey. “While we have high-quality medical services in the province, we must do more to help survivors’ recovery and their return to a productive life.” The group will provide input and make recommendations to the Minister of Health and Wellness on key strategic priorities to support the development of an acquired brain injury strategy by summer 2016. Between 50,000 and 60,000 Nova Scotians have an acquired brain injury, which can occur after a head injury or an illness such as meningitis. Brain injury survivors may experience changes in their cognitive, physical, emotional or behavioural abilities which can last a lifetime. “I completed university and earned a degree after my brain injury,” said Jake MacDonald, of Wolfville. “My hope is that this committee will make more Nova Scotians aware of what people with brain injuries can do – with proper support – instead of what we can’t do.” Additional members may be added to the group if needed.last_img read more

Chris Evans Hosts Young Hollywood Event

first_imgVanity Fair senior West Coast editor Krista Smith and Captain America star Chris Evans on Tuesday hosted Vanity Fair and FIAT’s toast to “Young Hollywood” in support of the Concord Youth Theatre, a nonprofit educational organization committed to making high-quality live theater accessible, relevant, and memorable for young people and their families.This invitation-only event was held at No Vacancy in Hollywood. Guests enjoyed the new Grey Goose Le Melon mule, while enjoying music by D.J. Ms. Nix. This event was part of Vanity Fair Campaign Hollywood.Among the guests were Jaimie Alexander, Dave Annable, Odette Annable, Jordana Brewster, Katie Cassidy, Carly Craig, Zoey Deutch, Rocsi Diaz, Tom Felton, Lyndsy Fonseca, James Frecheville, Max Frost, Nolan Funk, Troy Garity, Jessica Gomes, Maggie Grace, Grace Gummer, Joe Jonas, Nick Jonas, Michael B. Jordan, Stacy Keibler, Zoe Kravitz, Zoe Lister-Jones, Claudia Lee, Jessica Lowndes, Jessica Lu, Kellan Lutz, Jena Malone, Taryn Manning, Kate Mara, Alanna Masterson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Max Minghella, Cameron Monaghan, Crystal Reed, Louise Roe, Vinessa Shaw, Kiernan Shipka, Cobie Smulders, Sasha Spielberg, Bella Thorne, Laura Vendervoort, Ed Westwick, Rumer Willis, Katheryn Winnick, and Steven Yeun.last_img read more

Conditional ban on Pak will not work Gambhir

first_imgNew Delhi: Sharing his views on the demand to boycott Pakistan in the upcoming 2019 World Cup in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack, former India opener Gautam Gambhir on Monday said a conditional ban on the neighbouring country will not work. Known for being forthright, Gambhir also said that India should even be prepared to “forfeit” the final of the World Cup tournament starting on May 30 in England and Wales, if it comes up against Pakistan in the title clash. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”This is what BCCI needs to decide and I have always maintained there can’t be conditional bans…either you don’t play them anywhere or open doors for them…what’s happened in Pulwama is absolutely not acceptable,” Gambhir told mediapersons here. “I am sure it’s going to be difficult to boycott Pakistan in World Cup but they are not playing them in bilaterals…best they can do is stop playing in Asia Cup as well, that’s what I believe,” the 37-year-old said. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterCiting the example of the 2003 World Cup when England lost two points after refusing to travel to Zimbabwe, Gambhir also urged the nation to stand behind the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) if it decides to boycott Pakistan, and India fails to qualify for the semis of the showpiece event as a result. “If BCCI decides that India should not play Pakistan, they should be mentally ready and the country should be too. It can’t be a conditional ban, there could be repercussions as well, and no media should blame India for not qualifying for the semi-finals.. the entire media and country should back the team as well,” Gambhir said. The cricketer also felt that the lives of martyred soldiers are of much more importance than the match and even if the men in blue face the green brigade in the final, India should refuse to play. “There is nothing wrong in forfeiting the game and losing two points. The lives of 40-41 soldiers, who lost their lives are far more important,” asserted Gambhir. “My point is if India decides to forfeit, then the entire country should back the team Even if India have to play Pakistan in the World Cup final, even if you have to let go of that final, they should be ready for it,” he added. Gambhir also denied the rumours of him joining politics. “There are lot of rumours on that front but I haven’t thought about joining as yet because it is a completely different field. I just got Padmashri two days back, haven’t really thought about it. I am still doing commentary,” Gambhir added.last_img read more

Rabat University and Mississippi State to Set Archeology Program

Rabat – A delegation from Mississippi State University (MSU) recently came to Morocco to develop relations with the International University of Rabat (UIR). The MSU delegation, representing the Office of the Provost, the political science and public administration department, and the anthropology and Middle Eastern cultures department, met Morocco’s Minister of Culture and Communication Mohamed Laaraj and officials of the UIR to explore academic partnerships.MSU and UIR are developing a study abroad program in which students spend a month working on digs, cultural integration, and language immersion, according to Peter Ryan, MSU’s associate provost.Read Also: Colombian contemporary literature pays a gracious visit to the International University of RabatMSU’s Associate Vice-President of International Programs Julie Jordan said, “We are especially excited to expand the academic collaboration to include archeology, anthropology, and Middle Eastern cultures with Morocco’s UIR and Archeology and Heritage National Institute (INSAP).”“Morocco’s rich history and culture makes it an exceptional place for our students to explore some of the oldest civilizations in the world,” added Jordan. The 2017 archaeological discovery of 300,000-year-old Homo sapiens remains gave a new impetus to archeology in Morocco.MSU and UIR launched a program in 2015 that allows Moroccan students to study in MSU to obtain a UIR engineering degree and a MSU master’s degree. read more

Morocco Considers Selling 51 of La Mamounia Hotel in Marrakech

Morocco is planning to sell shares in Marrakech’s La Mamounia hotel to the private sector, according to a draft addendum to the 2019 Finance Bill.The finance department drafted an amendment to the 1989 privatization law, reported L’Economiste Monday. The updated bill will be scheduled for discussion at the next government council November 1. Two sources “familiar with the plan” have confirmed that the Moroccan government plans to sell a 51-percent stake in the luxurious La Mamounia hotel next year, reported Bloomberg. “The government is expected to fix a minimum price and invite bids sometime in 2019,” according to Bloomberg.La Mamounia’s value is expected to be more than MAD 3 billion, a source familiar with the plan told L’Economiste. The assets of the sale would “serve to amortize the [state] debt and improve the institution’s cash flow,” the source said.Economy minister Mohamed Benchaaboun estimated that the treasury’s deficit in 2018 would end at 3.8 percent instead of 3 percent of GDP as planned for in the 2018 Finance Bill.Without revenue from privatization, the budget deficit is expected to stay almost flat at 3.7 percent in 2019.The privatization plan will generate MAD 10 billion, Benchaaboun told l’Economiste Friday.Benchaaboun said that Morocco will privatize some public companies to help reduce the budget deficit to 3.3 percent of GDP in 2019. Previously, on October 22, Benchaaboun had estimated privatization would generate MAD 8 billion.The La Mamounia decision comes to improve the governance of public companies and increase state resources.“The hotel had stopped distributing dividends to shareholders for eight to 10 years through 2017, mainly because of the repayment of loans obtained to fund a major overhaul, Marrakech Mayor Mohamed Larbi Belkaid told Bloomberg.La Mamounia hotel is a prestigious hotel known worldwide. It was built in 1923 and received a makeover at the hands of French designer Jacques Garcia in 2009.The hotel has earned many awards since its reopening in 2009.In February, interior design magazine Architectural Digest listed La Mamounia among the “7 Most Historically Significant Hotels in the World.”On May 10, the Spanish version of UK travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler awarded La Mamounia “Best Urban Hotel in the World.”Many worldwide celebrities have visited La Mamounia. Winston Churchill was a frequent visitor of the hotel, and he described it as “one of the most beautiful places in the world” to Franklin Roosevelt in 1943, wrote the Architectural Digest. Statesmen, Hollywood stars, artists, and literary figures, including Charles de Gaulle, Charlie Chaplin, Edith Piaf, Marlene Dietrich, and Yves Saint Laurent, have all stayed at the hotel.Morocco’s state-run railway network ONCF owns 60 percent of La Mamounia. The state-owned investment management fund, Caisse de Depot and Gestion (CDG), and the city council of Marrakech own 20 percent each. The privatization is part of the actions that the government plans to restore state coffers to avoid an increase in the budget deficit.In addition to La Mamounia, the Moroccan government also plans to privatize the Tahaddart thermal power station in northern Morocco. The Tahaddart site opened in 2005 in the Tangier region and has a capacity of 385 megawatts. Shareholders include the Moroccan National Office of Electricity (ONEE), the Spanish Endesa company and Siemens. According to L’Economiste, ONEE owns 48 percent of the station, Endesa 32 percent and Siemens 20 percent. The Tahaddart station building cost MAD 3 billion to build. read more

Sierra Leone UN envoy appeals for fullscale peacebuilding efforts

Oluyemi Adeniji, who heads the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL), made the call on Tuesday in the eastern town of Koidu at a ceremony marking the commencement of work to rebuild a market destroyed during the war.The market, which Mr. Adeniji said could serve as a rallying point for the people of the Kono District where Koidu is located, is being rebuilt by recently disarmed ex-combatants as one of UNAMSIL’s quick impact projects. The effort is funded by the UN Development Programme and the British Government. More than 400 ex-combatants will be employed in the project, which will be completed within two months. read more

US consumer spending up slightly inflation at 4year high

US consumer spending up slightly, inflation at 4-year high WASHINGTON – U.S. consumer spending rose at only a sluggish pace in January, even as signs of growing optimism about the economy have emerged.Consumer spending increased 0.2 per cent in January, after a 0.5 per cent gain in December, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. Spending on services — from haircuts to health care — was flat, and Americans spent less on long-lasting goods such as autos and appliances.Prices also rose in a sign that inflation has perked up a bit. A measure of inflation closely watched by the Federal Reserve rose 0.4 per cent in January and has increased 1.9 per cent in the past 12 months. That’s the biggest year-over-year gain in more than four years.That nearly matches the Fed’s target of 2 per cent and may make a rate hike by the Fed more likely in the coming months.Excluding the volatile food and energy categories, core prices rose 0.3 per cent in January and 1.7 per cent in the past 12 months.Surveys of consumers have shown a burst of optimism since the presidential election, yet that has only intermittently translated into more spending. The Conference Board’s consumer confidence index jumped to a 15-year high in February after a modest dip in the previous month.Measures of consumer health are important for growth because consumer spending drives about 70 per cent of economic activity.Income growth accelerated slightly in January, the data showed, rising 0.4 per cent. That was slightly better than the previous two months.Yet rising inflation is offsetting some of that gain and may slow spending in the coming months. Adjusted for taxes and price increases, Americans’ incomes actually slipped 0.2 per cent in January, the largest decline in more than three yearsWednesday’s figures suggest that the economy is still growing at a modest pace. Growth was just 1.9 per cent at an annual pace in the final three months of last year, the government said Tuesday. That was sharply lower than the 3.5 per cent increase in the third quarter. by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Mar 1, 2017 6:31 am MDT Last Updated Mar 1, 2017 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Disability is not inability says Ban urging equal rights for all to

‹ › Disable disability A disabled boy plays with his wheelchair in a rehabilitation center. Photo: Masaru Goto / World Bank UN global survey explained why so many people living with disabilities die in disasters. Photo: UNISDR Marking the 10th anniversary of a United Nations treaty that protects the rights of persons with disabilities, senior UN officials today highlighted the critical role people with disabilities play as invaluable partners to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.“Through the power of music and the arts, these talented women and men are living examples of our core message: disability is not inability,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a video message, referring to artists from the Beautiful Mind Charity, “4WheelCity” and the Samulnori team who are performing at UN Headquarters.“Let us work together for a world of opportunity and dignity for all, a future of inclusion, one in which we all gain by leaving no one behind,” he added.Implementing the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for all persons with disabilities is the main focus of the Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) as they meet in New York from today through Thursday.Gathering hundreds of disability advocates and government delegates, the 9th Session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD constitutes one of the largest and most diverse international meetings on disability in the world.The UN is underlining that the annual review of the Convention will examine the implementation of the binding agreement adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2006 to reaffirm that the one billion persons with disabilities – 15 per cent of the world’s population – must enjoy all human rights and fundamental freedoms.“There is still much more we can do to fully implement the CRPD and make rights a reality for the more than one billion persons with disabilities around the world,” said the UN Chef de Cabinet, Edmond Mullet, speaking on behalf of the Secretary-General at the opening of the meeting.“The Conference of States Parties offers a good opportunity to reflect on important lessons and move forward – as your theme puts it – in ‘Implementing the 2030 development agenda for all persons with disabilities: Leaving no one behind,’” he stressed.Mr. Mullet also highlighted some of the progress made in recent years, such as disability-inclusive strategies being featured in the Sendia Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, while most recently at the World Humanitarian Summit, stakeholders highlighted the importance of furthering humanitarian actions that are responsive to the needs of persons with disabilities.In his opening remarks, General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft said international commitments to the rights and advancement of persons with disabilities are deeply rooted in the UN Charter. Indeed, they have been elaborated on over many decades through the Convention, as well as the outcome document of the 2013 High-level Meeting on Disability and Development of the General Assembly. Disabled workers at a chalk factory in Ghana’s capital, Accra. Photo: Irin/Evans Mensah “And finally, now, thanks to the advocacy of disability organizations and concerted efforts of many others, they have been included at the heart of the 2030 Agenda – an agenda that promises to leave no one behind,” he said, adding that in the SDGs, disability is not about needs but about rights and empowerments.“Persons with disabilities have been given specific prominence across a range of the goals as well as in relation to data collection and monitoring of the SDGs,” he said. Recalling that yesterday, his office organized a General Assembly panel discussion on disabilities and that yesterday morning, civil society also held its annual forum which this year focused on leaving no one behind, Mr. Lykketoft said that the high level of interest and participation in these meetings was very encouraging.Disabilities and the Sustainable Development GoalsThe Conference is also the first UN gathering on disability since the adoption of the SDGs in September 2015. Disability is referenced in various parts of the SDGs’ targets, including in relation to education (to ensure equal access to all levels of education, including for persons with disabilities); growth and employment (to promote decent work and equal pay for all); inequality (as Goal 10 calls for the empowerment and inclusion of all regardless of any status including disability), accessibility of human settlements, as well as data collection and monitoring of the SDGs.Eliminating poverty and inequality for all persons with disabilitiesWith 20 per cent of the world’s poorest persons living with disabilities, the link between poverty and disability will be a key emphasis of the meeting. Persons with disabilities are statistically more likely to experience poverty, while poverty itself also increases the incidence of disability.The link between poverty and disability is particularly striking as 80 per cent of persons with disabilities live in developing countries. This also marks disability as a significant cross-cutting issue of the new development agenda.The rights of persons with mental and intellectual disabilitiesThe meeting will also address the rights of persons with mental and intellectual disabilities as there is a growing recognition within the international community that invisible disabilities, such as mental, psychosocial or development disabilities, are some of the most neglected yet essential conditions to take into account in order to achieve internationally agreed development goals.While exact numbers are unknown, persons with such disabilities represent a significant proportion of the world’s population. Millions of people worldwide suffer from mental health conditions and an estimated one in four people globally will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime.The UN estimates that almost one million people die due to suicide every year, and it is the third leading cause of death among young people worldwide. Mental health conditions, including alcohol abuse, are among the ten leading causes of disability in both developed and developing countries. In particular, depression is ranked third in the global burden of disease, and is projected to rank first in 2030. read more

Spotlight on Mexico Auto industry rides the crest of a wave

There are also strong indications that the new government is serious about achieving further economic reform and business liberalisation. For example, the cross-party “Pact for Mexico” seeks to break open the energy market to competition, with the opportunity for further cost reductions for manufacturing industry.Mexico’s automotive Achilles’ heel has long been the size of the local vehicle market, with sales falling short of the levels that might be expected in the world’s 11th most populous country. However, recent trends have been encouraging – car sales topped the one million mark in both 2012 and 2013, and further modest growth was recorded for the first quarter of this year.Another challenge facing the auto sector in Mexico is to grow the production volumes and capabilities of second- and third-tier suppliers to keep pace with the expansion at the top of the automotive pyramid. This is an area where there are good opportunities for UK companies. There is an immediate demand for – amongst other components – forgings, castings, plastic injection mouldings, fasteners and electrical parts. And, of course, companies with a manufacturing base in Mexico can supply the whole NAFTA region, and beyond, without paying any customs duties.While Brazil is playing a defensive game in the automotive sector, with its domestic industry and market protected behind high tariff walls, Mexico is taking a more expansive, outward-looking approach. Whatever the outcome in the Estadio Castelao on 17 June, Mexico’s auto industry seems certain to be a premier league player for many years to come.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) VW produces 330,000 engines a year in Mexico, plus the Beetle and Golf Over the next two weeks, the footballers of Mexico and Brazil will be facing one another in the group stages of the World Cup. While few are expecting Mexico to triumph in that encounter, the contest for the title of leading automotive producer in Latin America is much closer.Currently, Brazil has a narrow lead, achieving seventh spot in the global league table for 2013, with a total production of 3.75 million vehicles. Mexico was one place, and approximately 700,000 units, behind. However, with Mexican manufacturing (led by the motor industry) consistently out-performing its Brazilian rival over the last two years, and with $10 billion of new automotive investment expected to flow into Mexico by the end of 2015, the positions may well be reversed.Mexico is also out-stripping its NAFTA partners – particularly Canada – and is predicted to account for 25% of all automotive production within the free trade area by 2020.Two key factors that have underpinned Mexico’s success in attracting investment from both VM’s and Tier 1 suppliers is a competitively-priced and increasingly well-skilled labour force, and a wide range of free trade agreements. With hourly rates for a production engineer of between $6.50 – $8.00 (and general workers earning as little as $3.00 per hour), Mexico has a significant – and long-standing – attraction as a manufacturing location within NAFTA. Its network of free trade agreements is the widest in the world – 44 international partners (including the EU) and still counting. read more

Google to buy Nest for 32 billion in cash

first_imgGOOGLE HAS ANNOUNCED it will be buying smart thermostat company Nest Labs for $3.2 billion in cash.The company, which created the Nest thermostat and Protect smoke alarms, will continue to operate as normal and the deal is expected to close in the next few months.The co-founder and VP of Nest Labs, Matt Rodgers, said in a Q&A that users’ data will not be shared with Google and will only be used for the company’s products and services. Our privacy policy clearly limits the use of customer information to providing and improving Nest’s products and services. We’ve always taken privacy seriously and this will not change. Nest’s CEO and co-founder Tony Fadell said on the Nest blog that the deal will help it  ”fully realise our vision of the conscious home and allow us to change the world faster.”In a statement announcing the deal, the CEO of Google Larry Page said: Nest’s founders, Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers, have built a tremendous team that we are excited to welcome into the Google family.They’re already delivering amazing products you can buy right now – thermostats that save energy and smoke/CO alarms that can help keep your family safe. We are excited to bring great experiences to more homes in more countries and fulfil their dreams! The deal has not mentioned how the two companies will work together, although Google had been one of the company’s main investors since May 2011, having invested $100 million in Nest so far.Nest Labs specialises in creating smart objects for households. Its most famous product is the Nest thermostat, which learns your daily routine so it knows when to adjust the temperature in your house. It claims to save up to 20 per cent on heating bills and is available in the US, Canada and the UK. (Video: Nest/YouTube)Read: Gmail change will soon allow anyone on Google+ to email you >Read: Google teams up with automakers to bring Android to cars >last_img read more

MidMarch to be the first test for state coffers

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The inflexible payments Greece has to make to its creditors this year are set to peak in the summer. January is the easiest month, as the repayments due then amount to just 515 million euros, but the dues will increase almost every month that follows, reaching their highest in July and August, when 8.8 billion euros will have to be paid out in total.If Greece chooses to forfeit some of its obligations, it will be choosing the path of a partial or complete default, opening a new chapter in the history of its economy.In total the state’s 2015 dues add up to 22.5 billion euros and concern the repayment of bonds held by the European Central Bank, the repayment of International Monetary Fund loans, the payment of interest and bonds that were not included in Greece’s debt restructuring (private sector involvement, or PSI), as well as other loan obligations.This month Greece must disburse 515 million euros to the IMF and in interest payments. In February this will grow to 1.6 billion euros and in March to 2.5 billion. Finance Ministry officials say that it is from mid-March that the problems will start, as at the moment the country’s existing cash reserves amount to 1-2 billion euros and will suffice to cover requirements up to mid-March. Solutions such as a new extraordinary issue of treasury bills will then be examined.Once March is over, things will ease up briefly, as in April maturities add up to 615 million euros and in May to 1 billion. The problems will grow again in the summer, as Greece has to pay obligations of 2.6 billion euros in June, 5.1 billion in July and 3.7 billion in August. That is because two bonds held by the ECB, worth 3.5 billion and 3.2 billion euros, mature in July and August. If Athens has not reached an agreement with its creditors on the last inspection by then, payment will be impossible and other solutions must be found, ministry officials said.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Eusebio Roma lacked the desire to win

first_imgEusebio Di Francesco has criticised his team’s lack of desire to win in their 2-0 loss to Bologna.Bologna have only managed to secure a point in the last four fixtures without a single goal to their name but eased past Roma at the Dall’Ara this afternoon.“You all seem to think you know the answers, so maybe I should ask you questions? We always end up talking about numbers, statistics, but not the determination and fire in the belly,” the Coach told Sky Sports Italia.“If you have 74 percent possession and lose 2-0, it means something is missing in your attitude. If you lose every duel with Bologna, then you weren’t determined enough.“I genuinely can’t tell you what system we’re going to use next time, because first and foremost I need to find the right men and then work around their characteristics.“I don’t think a tackle is a tactical issue, it’s about desire, timing and fire. You can’t teach that, I’ve been a player and I know what it means to be out there.Rick Karsdorp, Roma, Serie AKarsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.“I am trying everything to shake them up. We missed goals from a couple of yards today. We had 280 crosses with only Edin Dzeko in the box, which is something I don’t want.“Perhaps the lads are so eager to score that they aren’t sharp enough in their choices. I have to change. I have to change. We lack defensive solidity and this brings us to embarrassing performances.“The thing that drives me crazy is that this season we had more time to work in pre-season training, yet the defensive moments we practiced over and over again weren’t there.“This is why I tried to change things. We’ve got seven games in a row coming up and I could change before because it didn’t matter how many players we changed, we were all working in the same direction.“If something doesn’t snap inside the players, then we’re going to struggle. We could just sit there in front of the goal and hope the right cross comes in, but that is not my philosophy of football.”last_img read more

Microsoft appears to dump Cortana in Skype for Amazons Alexa

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment 0 Share your voice Tags Microsoft tech teaches children who are blind how to…center_img Skype may soon have a new assistant. Getty Images As of April 30, the Cortana bot will no longer be a part of Skype. Skype users have reported seeing notifications saying the Cortana bot, the chatbot version of Microsoft’s voice assistant, will no longer be available on the video app. Instead, Microsoft is advertising a new Amazon Alexa voice assistant integration, according to OnMSFT. “We are constantly evaluating and testing our products to ensure they offer the best and most productive experiences,” a Microsoft spokesperson said in an email. “We are discontinuing the Cortana bot within Skype, but Cortana suggestions are still available.” A Microsoft spokesperson said Cortana’s exit and the Alexa promotion were unrelated. After the Cortana chat bot retires, Cortana suggestions will still be available in Skype. This means you’ll be able to access smart replies, emoticons, and other tools. Cortana was first added to Skype in 2014, letting people place calls with their voice. It was later brought to the Android and iOS versions of the app and then Skype for desktop. The Cortana bot let you do things like find information or set tasks while in Skype. Twitter user Florian Beaubois also spotted that Microsoft is offering 200 free minutes of communication to users who link their Skype and Amazon accounts. Originally published March at 9.31 a.m. PT.Update, at 12.07 p.m. PT: Adds response from Microsoft. Internet 4:33 Alexa Cortana Amazon Microsoft Skypelast_img read more

New Ecobee smart thermostat sensor leak on Lowes website

first_img Share your voice Ecobee may have a new smart thermostat right around the corner.  James Martin/CNET Ecobee appears to have a new smart thermostat on the horizon, at least according to a product page on Lowe’s website. Spotted by smart home blog Zatz Not Funny, the new Ecobee SmartThermostat with voice control — apparently not following the company’s tradition of numerical successors to products — switches from plastic to a glass design, adds dual-band WiFi, support for Bluetooth and improves Amazon Alexa support to allow for calling, drop in and messaging. In addition to the updated Alexa support, a listing for the new product shown in Zatz’ screenshot includes a bullet point for “Spotify Connect”, suggesting that the thermostats will also be able to tap into Spotify, perhaps for those times where you want to listen to music through your thermostat. In addition to the new thermostat, a new SmartSensor also is in the works, with better battery life, range and occupancy detection according to the leak. More: In search of a smart thermostat? Here are our favorites.Lowe’s has since pulled the new thermostat and sensor from its site, though Zatz suggests that pricing will be similar to the Ecobee4, which first retailed for $249 when it launched in 2017.  Smart Thermostats Tags Post a comment 0 Lowe’s Rumors Ecobeelast_img read more

Federal Fisheries Money Heads to Senate

first_imgThe U.S. Senate is poised to pass a spending bill that includes more than $150 million for federal programs important to Alaska’s fishing industry and marine navigation.Download AudioIt includes $4 million for electronic monitors for the fishing fleet. Alaska fishermen on small boats have asked for cameras as a substitute for some of the human observers that record catch data. Sen. Lisa Murkowski told her colleagues electronic monitors will allow the mission to continue while “recognizing that our small fishermen just simply cannot put another body on their boat as they’re out working.”The bill also includes $25 million for sonar mapping of coastlines, with an emphasis on the need for more data on the Bering Straits and the Arctic. It has $6 million for removing marine debris, especially debris from Japan’s 2011 tsunami that washed up on federal land.The bill funding commerce, justice and science programs passed the Senate Appropriations Committee this week. Both Alaska senators sit on that committee, and Murkowski sits on the subcommittee that drafted the bill.last_img read more

Rising seas peat may have caused Ice Age extinction event

first_imgA research paper published yesterday says large ice age mammals may have gone extinct in northern Alaska when grassland turned to peat and rising sea levels covered the Bering Land Bridge.Download AudioAlaska and California researchers studied bones of ice age horses, steppe bison and woolly mammoths to determine why they died out.Lead author Daniel Mann says the Earth’s environment was much more unstable during the ice ages and flipped back and forth every few thousand years.He says during the times when grasslands were abundant large animals would have been attracted to northern Alaska.Mann says when the Earth’s large ice sheets collapsed at the end of the last ice age, the melt led sea water to rise, which cut off a migration route back to Asia.last_img read more

Yes Bank shares zoom nearly 30 on clean score in RBIs divergence

first_img Wells Fargo Outage Causes Website, App Errors Several brokerages have rerated the stock with a “buy” rating, according to the Live Mint. While Motilal Oswal has a target price of Rs 270, SBI Cap has a target price of Rs 315. The RBI divergence report shows that Yes Bank will keep on improving its retail franchise and in turn reduce concentration risks and capital consumption, JM Financial said. A watchman steps out of a Yes Bank branch in Mumbai, India, September 21, 2018REUTERS/Francis MascarenhasShares of Yes Bank surged nearly 30 percent after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) cleared the lender of any disparity in reporting bad loans. Yes Bank said in an exchange filing on Wednesday that RBI’s risk assessment report for 2017-18 showed the Mumbai-based lender had complied with norms and had zero divergence in its asset classification. The shares rose 28.96 percent in early trade on Thursday, to hit Rs 218.Yes Bank investors, who took huge risk after the drubbing the stock got in the recent past, were in for a surprise on Thursday. The stock had a very turbulent phase through the fiscal year, falling 39 percent. The bank was hit badly by the uncertainty over Chairman Rana Kapoor’s tenure and the RBI stricture limiting his term last year. RBI’s order limiting his term to January 31 had dealt one of the biggest shocks to the lender’s stock. Following the central bank move, Yes Bank’s stock fell 39 percent, wiping out a staggering Rs 32,722 crore of the shareholder wealth. Reserve Bank of IndiaReutersHowever, the announcement of a new CEO in January changed the outlook. Now, the clean score in RBI divergence report has added another boost to the shares. “The report observes NIL divergences in the bank’s asset classification and provisioning from the RBI norms,” Yes Bank said in the filing. The RBI makes the divergence report after checking if lenders follows regulatory norms with respect to non-performing asset classification and provisioning. The difference between RBI’s inspection findings and the lender’s own appraisal is termed as divergence.What’s divergence report?RBI had found that Yes Bank’s divergence was too wide for comfort in the previous years. According to Bloomberg, Yes Bank’s divergence of bad loans was at Rs 4,176.70 crore during FY16. The same stood at Rs 6,355 crore, or three times the reported bad loan amount, in FY 17. This had led the central bank to initiate action against Yes Bank and curtail the CEO’s term.Yes Bank, one of India’s leading private banks, had a turbulent journey after the central bank move. India’s fifth largest private sector lender by assets has faced intense media scrutiny in the midst of multiple regulatory checks, senior level resignation and a stock price decline.Yes Bank shares rose 5 percent on January 15 after reports said Deutsche Bank boss Ravneet Gill was likely to become the embattled lender’s CEO. Gill will take over as CEO on March 1. Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:03/0:45Loaded: 0%0:04Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:42?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more