Turkey President Erdogan hosts Putin Rouhani for Syria summit

first_imgAnkara: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will host his Russian and Iranian counterparts on Monday for their latest summit on Syria, with attention focused on Damascus’s push on the last rebel-held bastion of Idlib. Presidents Vladimir Putin and Hassan Rouhani will join Erdogan in the Turkish capital Ankara for their fifth summit on the conflict since 2017. Iran and Russia have been staunch supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, while Turkey has called for his ouster and backed opposition fighters. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USBut with Assad’s position looking increasingly secure, Turkey’s priority has shifted to preventing a mass influx of refugees from Idlib in Syria’s northwest. Turkey is concerned by the steady advance of Syrian forces into the region, backed by Russian airpower, despite a series of ceasefires. Turkey has 12 observation posts in Idlib to enforce a buffer zone agreement struck a year ago with Russia to prevent a full-scale Syrian offensive. But the posts look increasingly threatened, with one of them cut off from the rest of Idlib when Syrian forces advanced last month. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsRussian air strikes have continued in the region despite the latest ceasefire between Ankara and Moscow on August 31. “A large number of terrorists are still present in this zone… and fighters continue to fire on the positions of government forces,” Kremlin advisor Yuri Ushakov said on Friday. The Turkish presidency said the leaders would discuss the latest developments in Syria as well as “ensuring the necessary conditions for the voluntary return of refugees and discussing the joint step to be taken in the period ahead with the aim of achieving a lasting political solution.” Moscow is keen to see progress on establishing a constitutional committee to oversee the next stage of the political settlement in Syria. That would give Putin a political win to add to its military victories, said Dareen Khalifa, senior Syria analyst at International Crisis Group. But she said expectations should remain low. Even if they could agree on who will form the committee, “this leaves a crux of issues unaddressed for the future of the political process including the regime’s ability and willingness to undertake any kind of political reform,” Khalifa said. All three leaders are expected to hold one-on-one meetings before the summit, the Kremlin said. They will also hold a closing news conference with a view to presenting a joint declaration. Meanwhile, Turkey has other concerns regarding Syria. It has repeatedly threatened to launch a cross-border offensive against Syrian Kurdish forces, whom it sees as allied to Kurdish militants in its own territory.last_img read more

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All eyes on Williams Lake BC as firefighters brace for lightning wind

first_imgThe Canadian PressWILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. – Firefighters on the front lines of British Columbia’s raging wildfires are bracing for expected lightning and wind today, with all eyes on Williams Lake where more than 10,000 people are under an evacuation alert.Residents of the Central Interior community have been told to be ready to leave at a moment’s notice, with municipal officials warning that today’s ominous weather forecast could push fires toward the city at a rapid pace.More than 14,000 people have been displaced by about 200 fires burning across the province, and Bob Turner of Emergency Management BC says the province is preparing for the possibility of mass evacuations.He says if an evacuation order goes into effect in Williams Lake, people will be sent north on Highway 97 to Prince George, but Canadian Armed Forces aircraft and helicopters are also standing by in case airlifts are necessary.Turner says the province’s priority is public safety and he encourages people to heed evacuation orders when they are issued.But the chief of the Bonaparte Indian Band north of Ashcroft says they defied an evacuation order over the weekend and successfully stopped flames from overrunning their reserve.“My community has some really skilled firefighters, like a lot of First Nations reserves, and they came together and they stopped that wildfire from wiping out that whole community,” Chief Ryan Day said in an interview. “We actually didn’t lose anything other than the guys who had livestock, they lost a bunch of range land.”He said 60 of the band’s 280 members stayed to fight the fire.The community doesn’t have a firehall, a new water reservoir hasn’t been connected to their main supply yet and they don’t have a formal emergency response plan in place.But Day said the experience of the trained forest firefighters in his community and access to heavy equipment from other members’ agricultural businesses contributed to their success.“We weren’t prepared for it of course because it happened in a blink of an eye, but we snapped into action and everyone did their part,” he said.Evacuees who are staying in communities from Kamloops to Vancouver can’t return home yet, Day said, as hot spots and a fire near Cache Creek remain a cause for concern.news@aptn.calast_img read more

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Western Sahara Tanzania in Favor of a Mutually Acceptable Political Solution

Casablanca – According to a statement released by the MAP, following King Mohamed VI’s visit to Tanzania from October 23 to the 25, the Tanzanian President has expressed his support for a fair, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution to the Sahara issue. It also supports Morocco’s efforts to reintegrate the African Union. President Jon Pombe Joseph Magufuli expressed his support for efforts by the United Nations to find a fair and just solution to the Sahara issue.“In a spirit of reconciliation and of finding a lasting solution, Tanzania understands Morocco’s established position and welcomes its serious and credible efforts, and is ready to contribute to the implementation of relevant resolutions of the United Nations Organization on this issue,” said the joint statement carried by MAP.  During the visit, Tanzania also expressed support for Morocco’s decision to reintegrate the African Union. “We support Morocco’s integration into the Pan African family as soon as the next summit. President Magufuli also declared that Moroccans will now be able to enter Tanzania without a visa. He and King Mohamed VI also discussed the idea of opening a Moroccan Embassy in Tanzania and a Tanzanian Consulate in Morocco. read more

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Republican lawmakers in Kansas revive tax relief legislation

TOPEKA, Kan. — Republican legislators in Kansas revived tax relief legislation Thursday night without assurances that Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly would accept a new, smaller plan for helping individuals and businesses who are paying more in state income taxes because of changes in federal tax laws.The Senate approved, 27-13, a measure that is less than half the size of a tax relief bill that Kelly vetoed in March after describing it as fiscally irresponsible. Drafted by GOP negotiators for the House and Senate, it would save taxpayers roughly $90 million during the budget year beginning in July and about $240 million over three years. The House could vote on it as early as Friday to determine whether the bill goes to Kelly.Kelly has urged legislators to wait until at least next year to pursue tax legislation, arguing that Kansas must be sure first that its finances are stable. However, Republican leaders made tax relief a top priority and contend the state is receiving a “windfall” that it doesn’t deserve because of the federal tax changes at the end of 2017.The Senate’s vote came a day after the Kansas Department of Revenue reported that the state collected $81 million more in taxes than anticipated during April.“How dare we realize in one month the money it takes to pay for this bill, knowing that it’s going to increase for many months to come, and not pass the savings on to Kansas businesses and Kansas individuals?” said Senate President Susan Wagle, a Wichita Republican.Kelly framed the first, larger tax relief bill as an irresponsible return to a tax-cutting experiment under former Republican Gov. Sam Brownback that made Kansas nationally notorious because of the persistent budget woes that followed. Bipartisan legislative majorities repealed most of the Brownback tax cuts in 2017, and Kelly ran successfully against Brownback’s political legacy last year.“Folks, we’re playing the same game,” said Sen. Tom Holland, a Baldwin City Democrat.The governor said Thursday that the state has in recent years made “impulsive, poorly reviewed” tax changes and instead should do a comprehensive study of its tax system.“Above all, I believe this discussion should be guided by a thoughtful, data-driven, big-picture vision for Kansas — not by a hasty attempt to achieve an immediate political victory,” Kelly said in a statement.Wagle said supporters of the first tax bill, including the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, cut back on the potential cost of the state with the second bill to make it more palatable to Kelly.But Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, a Topeka Democrat, predicted, “This bill is destined for a veto.”Like other states, Kansas faced revising its income tax code because it is tied to the federal tax code. The federal tax changes championed by President Donald Trump lowered rates but also included provisions that raised money for Kansas, in part by discouraging individual filers from claiming itemized deductions.“This is clearly a tax increase if we don’t fix this,” said Sen. Rick Billinger, a Goodland Republican.Like the earlier bill Kelly vetoed, the new measure would allow individuals to itemize on their state tax returns even if they do not itemize on their federal returns. The bill also provides relief to corporations, particularly large firms with operations outside the U.S., but it is less weighted toward those business taxpayers than the previous measure.Unlike the earlier measure, the new plan does not attempt to apply the changes retroactively so that filers could receive refunds on what they paid this spring for 2018.___Follow John Hanna on Twitter at https://twitter.com/apjdhanna .John Hanna, The Associated Press read more

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UN welcomes 15 million in donations so far to Chinas earthquake survivors

Contributions of nearly $11 million came from commitments by Canada ($7 million Canadian), Norway ($1.5 million), Saudi Arabia ($1.5 million), Belgium (€500,000) and the European Union (€300,000). “We are very grateful for the contributions of the four nations and the European Union,” said the UN Resident Coordinator in China Khalid Malik. “By joining forces with the United Nations on the Appeal, they will help the survivors of the earthquake recover their livelihoods, return to school and have more sustainable access to health care and better living conditions.”The UN Appeal is part of its overall effort to assist the communities affected in Sichuan, Gansu and Shaanxi provinces, where an estimated 5 million buildings collapsed, 21 million buildings were damaged and over 40 million people were affected.“We have emphasized from the beginning that the needs are tremendous. We very much hope that these contributions are the beginning,” Mr. Malik said.The $33 million UN China Appeal for the Wenchuan Earthquake Early Recover Support, launched on 16 July, was designed to bridge the immediate relief effort with longer-term processes of reconstruction.The UN system in China has already delivered over $18 million in emergency relief to the affected populations and has begun working closely with the Chinese Government and the international community in the reconstruction efforts. 22 August 2008The United Nations today welcomed the $15 million received so far from the international community in response to the UN appeal to assist the survivors of May’s devastating Wenchuan earthquake, which killed some 70,000 people and left almost 5 million homeless. read more

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Annans envoy in Angola to see how UN can help reenergize peace

During his weeklong visit, Ibrahim Gambari will hold consultations with Government leaders, politicians and representatives of civil society. He is expected to brief the Security Council on his trip next Friday, the spokesman said.The raging conflict in Angola continues to drive new flows of refugees into Zambia, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).Since the beginning of December, a total of 1,184 Angolan refugees have crossed into Zambia’s Western Province, UNHCR spokesman Rupert Colville told reporters in Geneva. In the last three months, an estimated 6,700 Angolan refugees have arrived at Nangweshi and are being assisted at the temporary site. Transfers from the border are organized daily. Angolans now constitute 214,524, out of the 274,000 refugees currently hosted by Zambia.Meanwhile, refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) were also arriving in Northern Zambia, reporting isolated skirmishes and mobilization of troops from both the Government and rebel forces in the area of Fizi, in Eastern DRC, Mr. Colville said.”The persisting instability in Eastern Congo over the months has caused many civilians to flee to Zambia, which now hosts a total of 50,000 Congolese refugees,” the spokesman said. “Depending on how the situation in Eastern Congo evolves, especially the Inter-Congolese Dialogue, arrivals are expected to continue at the present rate of at least 250 per week.” read more

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Turkey open to tackling problem of internally displaced persons – UN expert

Francis Deng, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Representative on Internally Displaced Persons, said his visit to Turkey from 27 to 31 May had revealed “that an opportunity now exists for the international community to assist the Government of Turkey in the challenging task of facilitating the voluntary return, resettlement and reintegration of the displaced population.”Mr. Deng had initiated his trip in response to international concerns over the conflict in the southeast of the country between security forces and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). There was a “widely shared perception that the Government has been largely in denial of the problem to the point of not seeking international assistance in meeting the needs of those affected,” he noted.Following his extensive talks with Turkish officials, Mr. Deng reported a gap between the negative perception of Government policy and the positive attitude he found during his mission. “Discussions with ministers and officials at all levels revealed surprising openness and transparency on the part of the authorities to discuss the various aspects of the displacement problem, including its causes, in particular the conflict in the south-east and the responsibility of both sides for the displacement of the civilian population, as well as the steps which are being taken to facilitate the return and resettlement of the internally displaced,” he said.He also hailed the Government’s decision to lift the state of emergency in two of the four affected provinces during his mission, and the declared policy of lifting it in the remaining two in the near future. The Representative, who will report his findings to the Commission on Human Rights and the Secretary-General, called attention to the need for the Government to formulate a clear policy on the issue. He also recommended close cooperation among non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the service of the affected communities. “An open and constructive partnership involving the Government, civil society, and international agencies would serve to facilitate the timely and effective implementation of the Government’s return policy, while at the same time alleviating the concerns expressed by NGOs and improving the perception of the problem, both within and outside the country,” Mr. Deng said. read more

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Waning BlackBerry had 19 of Canadas smartphone market in June comScore

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 23, 2013 11:26 am MDT Waning BlackBerry had 19% of Canada’s smartphone market in June: comScore TORONTO – BlackBerry still had a 19 per cent share of the Canadian smartphone market as of June but that number has been declining, says measurement company comScore.Google’s Android platform had 43 per cent of the market, Apple’s iOS had 35 per cent and Microsoft’s mobile operating system had two per cent, according to comScore.“When we first started measuring mobile a couple of years back what we saw was that at the end of the day, the BlackBerry share was close to 40 per cent,” said vice president of sales Bryan Segal at a Social Media Week event on Monday.“Definitely share is changing. BlackBerry in Canada is still a stronghold, we measure this across the globe and this is the highest percentage of BlackBerry usage.“I’m not a forecaster … but obviously the trend is going down.”ComScore said there are now 23 million mobile phone users in Canada, with 72 per cent on a smartphone and 28 per cent still using an older so-called feature phone.About 61 per cent of Canadians had a smartphone in June, which was third highest globally. About 66 per cent of U.S. consumers and 62 per cent of U.K. mobile users had smartphones.ComScore has often reported that Canada leads the world in Internet usage and that’s still the case in a few — but not all — categories.Canadians are tops in the rankings for most web pages viewed per month and the number of monthly visits to websites. Canada’s 28 million users are second in time spent online at an average of 41.3 hours per month, behind American users who are online an average of 43 hours monthly.Canadians were also second worldwide in terms of viewing videos online.“The average Canadian watches about 25 hours per month of video, that’s all types of video: short form, long form, porn form,” said Segal.He also said Canadian users watch 300 videos per month on average. read more

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Liverpool grabs bizarre late winner in Merseyside derby

LIVERPOOL, England — Divock Origi scored a bizarre winner in the sixth minute of stoppage time as Liverpool beat Everton 1-0 in dramatic fashion on Sunday to maintain its 19-year unbeaten record over its Merseyside rival at Anfield.Virgil van Dijk mishit a speculative volley high into the air from outside the area, with the ball landing on the crossbar off the fingertips of Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. It bounced a second time onto the bar and dropped down to the waiting Origi, who headed home from a meter out.The victory kept second-placed Liverpool within two points of Manchester City after 14 games. Everton hasn’t won at Anfield in the league since 1999.Origi, who came on as a substitute for Mohamed Salah, hadn’t scored for Liverpool since May 2017, having spent last season on loan at Wolfsburg.___More AP English soccer:https://apnews.com/tag/PremierLeague andhttps://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

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For Ohio State football The Chase is on

The chase is on for the Ohio State football team, and it’s clear the Buckeyes are the hunters, not the prey. OSU held its first of 15 spring practices Tuesday indoors at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, which houses a full indoor football field. At the south end of the facility hangs a new banner with two big words adorned on the scarlet background. “The Chase,” it reads. What exactly is the chase? Coach Urban Meyer said it’s different for everyone. “We’re all chasing something,” Meyer said. “We’re 15 practices behind every team that played in a bowl game last year, so the chase is on. Some guys are chasing starting positions, some guys are chasing bowl games, some guys are chasing NFL contracts.” But though Meyer acknowledges every individual’s pursuit has a different path, it seems clear that they all are aiming to intersect at the same place: the top of the college football world. It’s no secret what Meyer and his staff are chasing. On the team schedule listed in the media room, all the regular season games are listed. Then there’s the Rose Bowl. Then there’s BCS National Championship. That’s the prey, and everything – even the stretching and calisthenics during the very first spring practice – is designed to track it down. The expectations for this OSU team could not be higher. Rising junior quarterback Braxton Miller graced the cover of the latest “Sports Illustrated,” most preseason rankings have the Buckeyes somewhere in the top three and with nine returning starters on offense, nothing short of a championship will be viewed as a success. A perfect 12-0 season during a year with a postseason ban was enough to quench the fans’ thirst during year one of the Meyer era, but with one conquest comes higher goals. The Buckeyes’ first spring practice was open to the media, and it was clear what type of operation Meyer was running. Fast. Intense. Efficient. When he huddled the team briefly before breaking out into position drills, the only audible phrases from the sideline were “as fast as you can, go for four to six seconds” and “relentless.” There were no lengthy water breaks or team meetings, and there was no time to dwell on a failed rep. Everything was under the microscope. When a long, blond-haired kicker (who was not listed on the preseason roster) dared to take a swig of water during calisthenics, it was noticed. “What, do you need water, sunshine?” defensive backs coach Kerry Coombs yelled. “We’re stretching and you’re a kicker.” He wasn’t alone. No less than a half dozen assistant coaches were roaming up and down the field yapping at players for not running in a straight line or not going fast enough. “What are you chasing?” Coombs yelled at no one in particular. “What are you chasing today? Who are you chasing today? Let’s get to work. “Today’s not a good day, not a great day. It’s toughness Tuesday.” The transition between drills was a sprint, with the veterans going first, and the newbies waiting their turns so as not to waste time with lengthy drill instructions. The whole operation was a hyper-organized chaos and that seemed to be precisely how Meyer wanted it. Meyer praised Miller afterward, who looked about as good as a quarterback with no pads and no pressure can. “I thought Braxton Miller had a heck of a day,” Meyer said. “Fundamentally, his footwork was not very good last year. I thought it was outstanding today.” He also singled out rising senior Jordan Hall, who moved to a H-back position after a 2012 season riddled with injuries. Overall the second-year coach was pleased with what he saw. His team is in much better shape than it was at this point last year, something probably best illustrated by the fact that the third question of Meyer’s press conference was about the punting situation. But if Day 1 is any indication, there will be no resting on laurels. Meyer is constantly looking toward – chasing – the future. “Who’s going to be the (former offensive lineman Reid) Fragel?” Meyer said. “We’re going to call that the Fragel award, who was a very below average football player who turned out to be a very good football player for Ohio State University. “Who’s going to be that guy that’s coming out of nowhere?” OSU won’t be a team that comes out of nowhere this season. Everyone knows about the Buckeyes and everyone knows where they want to go. Will they get there? The chase continues. read more

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Five British men arrested by Cambodian police over pornographic dancing

first_imgA Cambodian Tourist Police officer was unable to confirm any further details at the time, when contacted by the Press Association, mentioning only that the British ambassador had called.The Foreign Office confirmed they were in contact with British nationals in Cambodia, on Saturday evening (GMT).”We are assisting five British men arrested in Cambodia and are providing support to their families,” a statement said.The group confirmed during the call that all of their embassies had been in contact, and were helping the foreign nationals and their families.They said their lawyer told them they could face up to a year in prison, and that they could be detained on a six-month waiting period if the case went to trial. The group arrested confirmed their identities, They include five British men; Vincent Harley Robert Hook, 35, Daniel Richard Leeming Jones, 30, Thomas Alexander Jeffries, 22, Billy Stevens, 21, and Paul Francis Harris, 32.Job Robertus van der Wel, from The Netherlands, 22, Canadians Jessica Drolet, of Ottawa, 25, and Eden Koazoleas, 19, of Alberta, were also arrested, along with David Nikolaus Aleksandr Ballovarre, of Oslo, Norway, 22, and Paul Martin Brasch, 32, of New Zealand.They said they had been assigned a Cambodian lawyer, and were due in court on Sunday.The police website pictured a group line-up, which the prisoner confirmed to be the detained group. Two of those arrested 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. “Honestly, it was really confusing. Everyone was confused. They raided, rounded us up – there was about 80 to 100 people at this party, some of them were tourists. There were about 30 of them [police officers.]”They said they did not understand why they were being arrested, saying they saw one of the men vomiting in shock. The prisoner said from their makeshift cell on Saturday that their families were “worried sick”.”Our parents are doing what they can. It’s really just trying to keep a good vibe until we know the outcome.”They said they have been sleeping on the floor of an office at a police station in Siem Reap for three days, and emphasised they had been treated well by their captors – saying officers were friendly and had brought them pizza.An official Cambodian Police statement posted online on Saturday afternoon (GMT) referenced pornography and dancing in publicising the arrests, naming 10 suspects, who had been charged following an investigation by the Office Combating Human Trafficking and Protection of Juveniles.The prisoner said the group believed the investigation was targeting foreign expats in the south-east Asian country over foreign tourists and expats wearing bikinis in public, and in relation to expat-run pub crawls in Siem Reap.”We’re innocent,” they said. “We don’t know why we’ve been arrested – we’re getting different stories from different people.”center_img The group's ages range from 19 to 35 Two of those arrestedCredit:Cambodia Police/PA The group’s ages range from 19 to 35Credit:Cambodia Police/PA Five British men and five foreign nationals, including two women, have been arrested by Cambodian police for what officials describe as “pornographic dancing” after a raid on a party in the popular tourist destination Siem Reap.A member of the group, whose ages range from 19 to 35, told the Press Association from their cell, under condition of strict anonymity, that they were confused over their arrest.A Cambodian Police website published photographs online, appearing to show clothed and laughing tourists demonstrating sex positions.The prisoner claimed none of those arrested were in the photographs.Most of the group were described by police as expats – but some were travellers, including a British tourist who claimed to have been in the country just two weeks when he was arrested.The prisoner said they were manning the barbecue at a villa party on Thursday at 4pm local time when police arrived and began picking out revellers from the crowd.last_img read more

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PGE Vive Kielce and Barca to set new attendance handball world record

← Previous Story FULL SUPPORT: Talant Dujshebaev six more years in Kielce! Next Story → PGE Vive Kielce two months without Filip Ivic The president of PGE Vive Kielce, Bertus Servaas, informed also about his plans of organizing friendly matches between his team and FC Barcelona Lassa. At 21.12.2018. PGE VIVE Kielce will play in a prestigious 500 SuperFinal HBL. The winner will play against other opponent next year.Against Barca, Kielce will play also in the Summer of 2020 or 2021 at the PGE Narodowy national stadium. It will be the next friendly game with a foreign club taking place beyond the Świętokrzyskie region borders, after playing against PSG in Kraków, in August 2015. During the then show, that finished with a draw 32:32, the handball record attendance in the country was beaten thanks to 15.300 spectators present in the arena.This means that new world-record in attendance could be set after 44.189 fans at German Super Cup in Frankfurt a few years ago…Capacity is over 58.000 seats. read more

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Firefox easily outperforms Chrome with many tabs open

first_imgWhen the Chrome web browser appeared from Google it was notable for two reasons: the rate of development and the speed of the browser. Chrome continues to see regular releases that push forward with new/better functionality as well as continuing to get faster. It is one of, if not the fastest browser available at the moment.However, when you start to scale that performance Chrome apparently falls flat on its face. What we are talking about here is having multiple tabs open, which is a very common practice today due to the amount of content we like to look at. It’s not uncommon to have a tab open for your email, another for your social network, and another loading a YouTube video or showing your Twitter stream. The list goes on.Chrome is great for general usage up to a certain point, but when you start opening a lot of tabs it can’t cope. It’s closest rival–Firefox, can though, and in fact excels at coping with hundreds of tabs.Gregor Wagner, a PhD student at the University of California, is a part-time contributor to the Firefox browser. He decided to do some performance tests on Chrome compared to Firefox with particular focus on having lots of tabs open and how that is handled in memory.To do this he used a script that opens 150 of the most popular websites in a browser instance automatically. One page is opened in a new tab every 1.5 seconds. On the latest Firefox nightly build that process takes roughly 6 minutes and 14 seconds. On Chrome, it’s a totally different story with the time escalating to 28 minutes and 55 seconds. That’s well over 4x slower than Firefox.Here’s his actual results:In fact, Wagner found that once you get past 70 tabs Chrome really starts to struggle. The reason seems to be down to the different way in which each browser handles data and tabs. Chrome uses a multi-process model where a new process is started on a per tab basis. Firefox takes a different route and has a single process running that handles all tab data.It seems that either through a bug or design issue Chrome doesn’t end up handling every new tab as a new process. Instead some processes can end up having to cope with multiple tabs and it’s also handled unevenly e.g. one process has 2 sites where as another has 20 sites.At 150 tabs open this leads Chrome to stop responding and max out memory use at 5GB. Firefox on the other hand only used 2GB of memory and continued to work under the same conditions.Whatever the reason for this happening in Chrome, if you are someone who always has a lot of tabs open–a researcher or tech blogger, for example, then you are better off using Firefox until Google have this issue fixed. However, up to a certain point, and probably for the majority of users, you aren’t going to experience this problem.Read more at Gregor Wagner’s bloglast_img read more

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Brothers fake relationship to get out of tax

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Brothers Bill and Jim Karras went to drastic lengths to scam the Victoria’s State Revenue Office, pretending to be a gay couple to get out of paying extra tax on a property investment, a court has heard. The sham union profited them an extra $7000 on the first homeowners grant and saved them paying extra tax. Bill Karras, who in November 2010 posed as Dimitris Saravakios, made false statements in his application. He had owned three houses before 2000 and four after that year. A person is ineligible for the grant if they or their partner, before July 2000, own residential property in Victoria or interstate. Bill Karras claimed he began the relationship with Jim in 2009, and went to great lengths to prove their ‘love’, emailing a utility bill and photographs of the two hugging each other and one of them wearing blond wigs. Jim Karras, 34, was recently fined $2000 without conviction for making a false statement, while his brother, 41, pleaded guilty to four charges, including tax evasion. Bill Karras’s lawyer George Defteros described the circumstances as a “comical and farcical” attempt at fraud that was “doomed from the outset”. Bill Karras has paid back the $26,000 in stamp duty and is seeking treatment for depression and anxiety. In sentencing, magistrate Richard Pithouse told Karras his actions showed he continued to be dishonest and had not learned from previous convictions. He said Karras was “shameful” in involving his brother, who has multiple sclerosis and was a victim, and who had been ostracised by his family as a direct result of his brother’s conduct. He was jailed for nine months and convicted and fined $5000. He was bailed pending an appeal. Source: The Agelast_img read more

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Steven Universe collabs with reknowned anime studio Trigger

first_imgSteven Universe got a little push from the anime universe in this week’s episode when Takafumi Hori of the Japanese anime studio Trigger lent his talents to the animation.Hori has done key animation and direction for Trigger on Kill La Kill and Little Witch Academia, but also did stellar work at anime studio Madhouse where he helped create Ninja Scroll, Redline, and Summer Wars.This week’s episode, titled Mindful Education, shows Steven and Connie battling their inner demons over past experiences and learning how to cope with them together. Hori assisted on several sequences for the episode, and it’s obvious that the bulk occurs in the dream-like meditation session between Steven and Connie.Take a peek at some of the lovely scenes from this week’s episode below. Beware! There are spoilers! You can watch the episode over on Amazon. On Hori’s personal Tumblr, he announced the project with this message:“Boarded by Colin Howard, Jeff Liu and Rebecca Sugar. I participate as an animator. This is the first collaboration of Steven Crewniverse and studio TRIGGER! Rebecca-san, from the bottom of my heart, I’m most grateful to have been given this opportunity. And let me express my heartfelt appreciation to all of the staff!”Hori has always been a huge fan of Steven Universe. One quick look at his Twitter shows that he has a long history of drawing fan art of the characters in his spare time, and is constantly retweeting other animators on the show. There’s just so much animator-on-animator love here, you guys. Take a peek at some of his amazing Steven Universe fan art here. <> <>last_img read more

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Colleagues give grand farewell to outgoing SP KP Laxmi Nayak in

first_imgGadwal: The Gadwal police paid rich tributes to the outgoing Superintendent of Police KP Laxmi Nayak on Friday. The SP, who was going to retire on June 30, said that during his 10-month stay in Gadwal, he had received full cooperation from all sections of the society. He said particularly the police staff in Gadwal did their best to ensure the elections were held peacefully without any single untoward incident. Also Read – TRS is institutionally strong: MLA Govardhan Advertise With Us “In the past 10 months, the Gadwal police have done immensely well. Particularly, handling the security during elections was a big challenge. Five months of continuous elections had been a tough task. But with the support of each and every constable and the senior officials, we could succeed in conducting elections peacefully without any single incident of violence,” said the SP, while thanking everyone who supported him during his stay in Gadwal. Also Read – Police permission must to erect Ganesh pandals in Nizamabad Advertise With Us As a mark of respect, the police personnel conducted march past and gave a grand salutation to the SP. Later, the SP commended the Parade commander RI Nagesh and Ramesh Nayak for displaying an excellent police parade. Additional SP K Krishna, Gadwal DSP Shakeer Hussain, Armed Forces DSP T. Bharat, Gadwal Circle Inspector of Police Hanmanthu, Shantinagar Circle inspector Guru Nayudu, Alampur CI Raju, Regional Inspectors Nagesh Ramesh Nayak and all Sub Inspectors across Gadwal district took part in the farewell.last_img read more

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Apple doubled its revenues from India says CEO Tim Cook

first_imgApple Inc. CEO Tim Cook speaks at the Recode Conference in Rancho Palos VerdesReutersIn a call with investors and analysts, company CEO Tim Cook, said “Revenue from emerging markets outside of greater China was up 40 percent, with great momentum in India, where revenue doubled year over year.”The company further said that not just iPhone sales that have increased, the company is also witnessing rising demand for other products such as iPads and Macs, the Business Standard reported.However, the company has not given specific numbers for the sales in India. Apple said it saw double-digit growth in sales driven by enterprise and education customers in India.With 110 million smartphones shipping in the country every year, India currently has the second largest smartphone market in the world. It is estimated that Apple just has 3 percent market share in India’s smartphone market, BS reported.Many experts believe that Apple’s double-digit growth is not enough considering the small base of its operations in the country.Speaking on future roadmaps and how Apple’s strategy plans to be even more successful in India, Cook said, “The company is building stores. It’s building channels. It’s building markets. It’s building the developer ecosystem. It’s having the right product lineup for the market. And I feel like we’re making good progress there and are gaining an understanding of the market, but we still have a long way to go, which I sort of see as an opportunity instead of a problem.”In February this year, the government of Karnataka had announced Apple’s proposal to start manufacturing operations in Bengaluru. Following this, the company has started initial production of its iPhone SE model in Bengaluru, the Mint reported.Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice-president, said last month, “At the Apple level, India is an incredible opportunity… because what we’re seeing is huge advancements in digitisation, bypassing older technologies to newer technologies and we think that we have a really great product that can help move things even faster. And that’s the reason I’m here, that’s the reason (CEO) Tim (Cook) came here before. That’s the reason why Tim will be back and I will be back. We view this as a very long-term opportunity but with very short-term gains that we can have here.”last_img read more

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Mysores Tipu Sultan died historic death fighting British

first_imgAfghan President Ashraf Ghani (R) meeting with Indian President Ram Nath Kovind in New Delhi. Photo: AFPIndian president Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday said the erstwhile Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan died a ‘historic death’ fighting the British and called him a ‘pioneer’ in the development of Mysore rockets in warfare.“Tipu Sultan died a historic death fighting the British. He was also a pioneer in the development of Mysore rockets,” Kovind said addressing the legislators in the Karnataka assembly at a joint session to mark the diamond jubilee celebrations of Vidhan Soudha, the state legislative building.Recalling the contributions of former Mysore and Karnataka rulers, soldier, politicians and scientists in the growth of the state and the country on the whole, the President spoke of Tipu, leading to a majority of the legislators breaking into loud applause.The president’s words on Tipu Sultan come just few days after union minister Anantkumar Hegde, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, had called Tipu a “brutal killer, wretched fanatic and mass rapist”, ahead of the state’s Tipu Jayanti celebrations to mark the erstwhile ruler’s birth anniversary on 10 November.The ruling Congress in the state began celebrating Tipu’s birth anniversary since 2015, which led to violent protests by the right-wing organisations in the Mysore region and other parts of the state. The BJP in the state has been opposing the celebrations calling Tipu “anti-Hindu and anti-Kannada”.Known as the ‘Tiger of Mysore’, Tipu Sultan ruled the Mysore kingdom from 1782-1799 succeeding his father Haider Ali.last_img read more

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Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact TEMPE, Ariz. — Never again will Carson Palmer have to hear about never winning a playoff game.By virtue of the Arizona Cardinals’ 26-20 overtime victory over the Green Bay Packers Saturday, that story line has been put to bed.Now he’ll have to hear about how has never played particularly well in a playoff game.Palmer completed 25-of-41 passes for 349 yards and three touchdowns, though he was picked off twice and could have easily been intercepted a third time. For a player who had an MVP-caliber season, it was a performance that will rank among his worst of the year. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona general manager Steve Keim, a guest of Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Monday, noted how the quarterback was off at times throughout the game.“But again when we needed him the most, he came through for us,” he said. “To me that is the ability of Carson Palmer. A leader, a champion, and there’s no doubt in my mind that he will be ready to play on Sunday night.”That ability to bounce back from mistakes is something Palmer has had to learn throughout his career. The former No. 1 overall pick in 2003 is in his 13th NFL season but about to play in his first conference championship game.“Yeah, it’s easy to dwell on things like that, but the experience I have, I’ve learned from a lot of opportunities and situations,” he said. “You’ve got to forget about it and move on. There is no other thought. You’ve just got to move on.”No doubt the preference would be for Palmer to not have negative plays he needs get past, but in the NFL there are bound to be some and his confidence rubs off on the rest of the team.“I think he displayed why he’s an MVP candidate and a guy who’s so respected around this league,” Fitzgerald said after the game. “He comes out and throws three touchdowns and leads us in the second half with the way he performed. He made some great plays and got out of pressure. 0 Comments   Share   The Cardinals did win the coin toss and 65 seconds later the game, too. It was the first playoff victory for quarterback and head coach.“Yes, it feels good,” Palmer said of the milestone. “It feels better than I thought. But in no way are we done or satisfied. We’re excited but we’re excited about what’s ahead of us.”That would be the NFC Championship Game, and with that will come a whole different level of stress. That will certainly be a challenge for both Palmer, Arians and the entire team, but they’ll be preparing for it without the stigma of having never won a postseason game.Feels good, huh?“Oh man,” Arians said. “I went over and wiped Carson’s off his back and he brushed mine off my back. Those monkeys are good to get rid of.” – / 40 “That’s the kind of leader we’re all going to follow.”There is at least one more game to play, with the hope of there being another after that.With his first postseason win out of the way, now Palmer will now lead a team on the road in a playoff game for the first time. Arians does not think there will be any issues there, saying he thinks any jitters there may have been are behind the quarterback.In fact, the only time Arians said he noticed anything different with Palmer was when they were picking plays, though he has no plans on changing that approach to game planning.“We have good conversations,” he said. “It was a time to trust his feelings, and that’s one of those things that I know when to stop trying to talk him into a play because he’s not going to do what I want on that play anyway.”That’s why Arians said he never overrules his quarterback when choosing the first 20 or so plays. And as the game was heading into overtime, it was Palmer’s confidence that led the coach to feeling good about his team’s chances.“As soon as I saw Carson the first time,” he said of when he knew things would be fine. “When they scored, I turned around and the first face I saw was Carson’s, and he was pissed. So it was like, ‘We’re OK. All we’ve got to do is win the coin toss and we’ll be fine.”center_img Chalk it up as a Week 19 learning experience.“Not to be conservative in the first half when you’re picking your plays,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said of what was gleaned from Saturday night. “We talked about it, this was a game where he picked a lot of shorter completions early instead of going for them like we normally do.“I think that was part of, ‘I don’t want to screw this up.’ Now that we don’t have to worry about doing that anymore we can go back to being ourselves.”To Arians’ point, Palmer averaged just 5.28 yards per pass attempt Saturday in the first half, which saw the Cardinals score seven points, and 10.18 yards per attempt in the second half and overtime, a time frame in which Arizona scored 19 points.No doubt a big part of the statistical surge can be attributed to one pass — a 75-yard catch-and-run from Larry Fitzgerald to open overtime — but the idea that Palmer may have been playing things a bit safe in the early going is not unfounded. Take the long Fitzgerald play out of it and he still averaged 7.69 yards per attempt after halftime.But while Palmer had his fair share of issues Saturday, most with Arizona will look at how he pushed through them and was able to lead the Cardinals to a win. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) leave the field after an NFL divisional playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 26-20 in overtime. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)last_img read more

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Monarch has extended its online checkin facility

first_imgMonarch has extended its online check-in facility, which has now been made available 18 days prior to the departure of scheduled flights.Passengers wishing to take advantage of the service can check-in for their flight by logging on to the airline’s website from their own home.Tim Jeans, Monarch Airlines’ managing director, said the carrier has experienced “overwhelming demand” for the online check-in service, with approximately 20 percent of its customers currently using it.”It is fantastic that we have now been able to extend our online check-in facility from seven days to 18 days prior to travel, which will allow customers on a 14 night trip to check-in for both their outbound and return flights, and print off all their boarding passes prior to leaving the UK,” he explained.The online check-in service is available for all Monarch’s passengers travelling to or from Birmingham, Gatwick, Luton and Manchester airports.Monarch recently announced that it had added 22 additional scheduled services during the last week of the school holidays. This is because of the strong demand for cheap flights to Spain and the Spanish islands.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedMonarch makes Manchester rock of Gibraltar servicesMonarch has been placed into administration and all Monarch search results have been removed from Skyscanner. You can find more information and advice here.Monarch launch first flight to Larnaca from BirminghamMonarch has been placed into administration and all Monarch search results have been removed from Skyscanner. You can find more information and advice here.Monarch to operate new route on former XL serviceMonarch has been placed into administration and all Monarch search results have been removed from Skyscanner. You can find more information and advice here.last_img read more

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