Xiaomi Mi 6 first flash sale crosses 10 lakh pre-registrations

first_imgAfter a long wait, Xiaomi announced the most awaited flagship of the year – Mi 6 on April 19. Soon after the launch, the Xiaomi smartphone was made available for pre-orders for its first flash sale set for April 28. However, as of now, the handset will only be available in China. The smartphone has received over 10 lakh (1 million) pre-registration already on JD.com.The 1 million mark is based only on the number of pre-bookings on Jingdong (JD.com). However, the Chinese smartphone maker also has a tie up with a few other online retailers carrying out Mi 6 flash sale on April 28. So, if numbers are to be considered, the pre-registration number must have almost crossed 20 lakh (2 million) or even more by now. No confirmation has come on the pre-registration numbers from Xiaomi.Also Read: Xiaomi Mi 6: Full specs, price, features and everything else you need to knowXiaomi Mi 6 will be up for flash sale exclusively on JD.com, Giztop, and a few more online retail store in China on April 28.  It is just another 4 days to go for the first flash sale for the Mi 6, and the pre-registration numbers are still increasing at a rapid pace. However, a previously leaked report revealed that Xiaomi will only be selling about 80,000 units approx, which means not all the users pre-registering the device will be able to get the device. This information is not confirmed by the company and the number of units may vary accordingly.As per the Chinese retail website — JD.com, the Xiaomi smartphone has already been booked by 1,108,192 consumers to be specific. The number is expected to increase, and this is because of the popularity that the smartphone started gaining ahead of its launch and also for the amazing features that it sports, especially the processor. Xiaomi Mi 6 is powered by Qualcomm’s latest octa-core Snapdragon 835 processor, which is also seen on the recently announced Samsung flagships – Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus.advertisementAlso Read: With Mi 6, Xiaomi brings iPhone 7 Plus camera technology to massesIn terms of specifications, Xiaomi Mi 6 features a 5.15-inch 1080p display and is powered by Qualcomm’s latest processor – the Snapdragon 835. Further, the smartphone comes with 6GB of RAM and is backed by a 3,350mAh battery. The Mi 6 is available in two storage variants – 64GB and 128GB. On the camera front, the smartphone features a dual camera setup at the rear with 12-megapixel wide-angle sensor, while on the front the device sports an 8-megapixel selfie snapper.As per the pricing, the Xiaomi Mi 6 comes in two variants – one with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage for CNY 2,499 (approximately Rs 23,500), while the higher-end variant with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage for CNY 2,899 (approximately Rs 27,000). There is no information on the Indian release as of yet. However, with the overwhelming response by the consumer, Xiaomi may very soon launch the Mi 6 globally. Also, the company is also rumoured to announce the Xiaomi Mi 6 Plus in the upcoming days.last_img read more

TOUCH A HIT ON FOX SPORTS

first_imgIn recent weeks a package of the 2006 NTL Mens, Womens and Mixed Open was shown on Fox TV. This was a great step forward for Touch as we have been off the main-stream television screens for quite a number of years.TFA would like to thank all of the state offices, who contributed financially to assist TFA in producing the package and having it shown. To date, the feedback has been extremely positive, with Touch fans Australia-wide complimenting the footage that was shown, as well as the clips introducing the sport and basic elements of the game. The success of the package was a credit to all of the staff, team management and players, who worked hard to ensure the sport was shown in a professional light. There was certainly no shortage of highlights for the package, with the Sydney Mets Mixed side putting on a touchdown show, the Womens Open final between the Mets and Sharks proving a very tight affair and the Mens Open final giving us one of the best NTL finals to date.(The Garry Sonda through-the-legs special was definitely one for the highlights reel!)With FOX Sports being available in around 1.75 million homes and over 6,000 commercial venues, the potential of the showing to increase awareness and knowledge of the sport is huge.Following on from the success of the showing in Australia, the package was also picked up by ABC Asia Pacific, who will be showing the package in up to 50-60 Asia Pacific nations in coming weeks. The package has already been shown in Hong Kong and here is a list of countries that may view the NTL Touch Football package in the future:Cook IslandsFijiFrench PolynesiaGuamSamoaKiribatiSolomon IslandsNauruNew CaledoniaNiueMarianasPalauPapua New GuineaTahitiTokelauTongaTuvaluVanuatuWallis and FutunaAfghanistanArmeniaAzerbaijanBangladeshBhutanBruneiCambodiaPeoples Republic of ChinaEast TimorFederated States of MicronesiaHong KongIndia IndonesiaKazakhstanLaosNepalSri-LankaTibetTurkmenistanUzbekistanJapanMacauMalaysiaMongoliaMyanmar (Burma) North KoreaPakistanPhilippinesSingaporeSouth KoreaRepublic of China (Taiwan)ThailandVietnam.TFA will be selling copies of the 2006 NTL package on DVD in the coming weeks, so if you missed out on seeing the package or want to see it again, keep an eye on the TFA website for when they’re available and for how to place your order.last_img read more

10 months agoChelsea No2 Zola: Ampadu has very important future here

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea No2 Zola: Ampadu has very important future hereby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea No2 Gianfranco Zola admits they’re delighted with the progress of Ethan Ampadu.Ahead of facing FA Cup opponents Nottingham Forest today, Zola discussed the teen.Ampadu committed his future to Stamford Bridge in September with a new five-year deal and assistant manager Zola stated he is highly rated at the club.The Blues legend said: “Ampadu is… when we spoke about Ampadu, me and a lot of staff, everybody shares the same opinion: he’s going to become an important player for this club.”He has intelligence, he has attitude. He has all the, in my opinion, qualities to become a top player. As a staff we value him a lot and when there is an opportunity he will get time.” last_img read more

Atlantic Canadians pass lostwallet honesty test – with a few exceptions

first_imgFREDERICTON – Atlantic Canadians are a largely honest people, if a lost-wallet experiment is any indication.The region’s credit unions took 12 wallets and left them in public places across the four provinces.Jennifer Murray, director of brand marketing for Atlantic Central, representing the region’s 47 independent credit unions, said they believed that the values of honesty, trust and fairness are alive and well in the region, and wanted to test their theory.“We assembled them with things like receipts, bus tickets, around $100 cash, a credit union debit card, and a little insert that said if lost, please contact, and we included a contact number,” she said Tuesday.Murray said the experiment was conducted a few weeks before Christmas, and they were pleased that, within hours, they began to receive calls.She said nine of the wallets were returned, with all their contents intact.“We still don’t know what happened to the others. They may still be out there,” she said.Murray said she was impressed with the honesty of the people who found the wallets.Most said simply that if they lost their wallet, they would want it returned to them. Many said they know the hassle of replacing identification cards and wouldn’t want it to happen to them.The good Samaritans were allowed to keep the money, while the credit unions also made a donation to a charity of their choice, she said.“And actually some people who returned the wallets decided to top-up the donation with the money that was in the wallet. It’s fantastic and speaks to who we are as Atlantic Canadians,” Murray said.Murray said she couldn’t break down the results by province or community.last_img read more

Alan Major joins Ohio State mens basketball team in noncoaching role Kyle

Former Charlotte head coach Alan Major, right, hired by Ohio State. Courtesy: TNSAfter three seasons of not meeting expectations, it appears Ohio State coach Thad Matta is bringing back another member of his staff that brought him some of his best teams.Alan Major is returning to Matta’s staff for the 2016 season, but this time in a new role. The team said he will serve the role of director of recruiting and player development.Major has spent plenty of time working under Matta. He was an assistant coach to Matta at Xavier University from 2001 to 2004 and went on to OSU to coach under Matta again. From 2004 to 2010, Major helped to recruit and develop big men. He left after the 2010 season to serve as the head coach of UNC-Charlotte for five seasons where he accumulated a career record of 67-70 before leaving the team due to health issues during the 2014-2015 season.Prior to his time with Matta, Major served as an assistant coach at Cal Lutheran from 1992-95, Pacific from 1995-98, Southern Illinois from 1998-99 and Pacific again from 1999-2000.“Alan has many skills and talents above and beyond those he’s utilized as a coach over the years,” Matta said in an email. “I want him to help us develop a complete and well-rounded student-athlete. Alan is the perfect fit for this position.”Major is no stranger to developing players. In his vast college basketball career spanning 23 years serving as either assistant coach or head coach, he has coached such players as former OSU first round NBA selections Greg Oden, Mike Conley and Evan Turner as well as former Xavier star and first rounder David West and Pacific No. 1 overall selection Michael Olowokandi. Nearly everywhere he has gone, Major has found success. While Major worked with Matta both at Xavier and OSU, he contributed to a 234-77 record in his nine years. He reached the NCAA a total of seven times, once at Xavier reaching the Final Four (2004) and once going as far as the national championship game (2007). In 2008, the pair won the National Invitation Tournament title.Along with Major, OSU announced that former manager and graduate assistant Kyle Davis has been promoted to the video coordinator position vacated after Jake Diebler left for an assistant coaching job at Vanderbilt.Davis served as recruiting coordinator for the summer until Major was hired. As a graduate assistant in 2015-16, Davis helped the coaching staff with coordinating recruiting visits and preparing nearly all video footage used for game preparation. This is his first coaching job. read more

Blessing in disguise produces Will Lauricellas passion success

Before his fateful back injury, if you had asked New Jersey native and high school quarterback Will Lauricella where he’d be in two years, he wouldn’t have told you he’d be a javelin thrower on the track and field team at Ohio State. When faced with a stress fracture in his lower vertebrae, Lauricella made a life-changing decision. “I decided for my safety not to do football anymore and all my friends were doing track and field so I decided to go out for the team with them,” Lauricella said. “I fell in love with it.” Lauricella made the choice and hasn’t looked back. The freshman placed first at four consecutive meets before finally meeting his match at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, on April 29. Lauricella decided to look at the positive side of the losing performance. “The Drake Relays was the biggest learning experience of my life for my javelin career,” he said. “I learned that, to be successful in the javelin in a college career, you just really have to be consistent and throw your marks.” Consistency has defined Lauricella’s performance this season. In all five outings, he’s thrown more than 60 meters. Sophomore teammate Aaron Roberts is impressed with what’s he’s seen from Lauricella. “Obviously, he’s off to a great start to his career,” Roberts said. “He won his first three or four meets and that’s really awesome. … For a freshman to come in and really help us out like that is a huge benefit for our team, and he’s set himself up for a great four years here.” When Lauricella arrived, there was much discussion that he may be redshirted. However, Lauricella’s throws impressed his coach so much that they decided to start him as a true freshman. “We were going to redshirt him, but he was looking so good in practice we decided, ‘Let’s just throw him in,’” coach Robert Gary said. Even Lauricella wasn’t entirely sure he was ready to face top collegiate competition. “We were talking about redshirting at first,” Lauricella said. “I only have a couple years under my belt of this, but the fact that I have such a good chance to even win Big Tens or score high is just great so far. I never thought I’d be at this point.” Gary was confident Lauricella was ready to perform. “We just thought, ‘Let’s not waste it; let’s let him go,’” Gary said. Going into the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, Lauricella is ranked fourth among Big Ten javelin throwers. But his sights are set on taking first place this weekend. “I’m hoping for one to three, but I really think if I throw my best and the competition throws the way they’ve been throwing, I should be shooting for one or two,” Lauricella said. But no matter where he places, Lauricella said he’s happy with his first season at OSU. “I would say being injury-free and winning my first couple meets in college was the most rewarding part,” he said. “I never would have thought that I could come in and be so successful.” In his first season, Lauricella planted firm roots within the track and field program. He’s developed a unique bond with his coaches, and Gary likes to give his thrower a hard time. “I call him ‘Jersey Shore’ guy,” Gary said. “You know, always tan, hair always looks good.” When Lauricella’s father posted his son’s nickname as “Will the thrill,” Gary had to poke fun. “Everyone keeps giving me a lot of stuff for this nickname,” Lauricella said. “To be honest, it’s really not my nickname. My dad put it up there and coach Gary found it, and they’ve been calling me it since. … They like to make fun of me for it, but I’m starting to embrace it.” In his time at OSU, Lauricella’s performance has surprised even himself. Always a hard worker, Lauricella said he knows he has had help along the way. “I really have to thank my high school coach and the professional help I got during high school also,” he said, “but none of this would have been possible without coach (Kevin) Mannon and everything that he’s taught me since I got to Ohio State.” Lauricella is still learning, and feels his best is still to come. Although he’s a long way from New Jersey, Lauricella says he feels at home at OSU. “It’s absolutely a whole different world,” he said. “I’m used to only seeing populated areas. It’s very nice. It’s very laid-back. It’s much more lax. Everyone’s a lot nicer out here … no complaints about it. I’m very happy where I’m at.” read more

Football Ohio State adds 4star linebacker Javontae JeanBaptiste to 2018 recruiting class

Ohio State earned its second commitment on National Signing Day and its 26th member of the 2018 recruiting class with linebacker Javontae Jean-Baptiste.The four-star from Oradell, New Jersey, gives the Buckeyes their fourth linebacker in the class along with Dallas Gant, Teradja Mitchell and K’Vaughan Pope.Jean-Baptiste is currently ranked as the No. 219 overall recruit in the 2018 class, according to 247Sports composite. He is also the 16th-best linebacker and sixth-best recruit in the state.Ohio State only has one other current player on its roster from New Jersey, although that area has been a hotbed for recruits since Urban Meyer became head coach for the 2012 season.Jean-Baptiste was primarily recruited by safeties coach and defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, who told Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports that he will return to the Buckeyes in 2018 after being reportedly interested in the New England Patriots defensive coordinator job.Ohio State currently ranks behind Georgia as the No. 2 overall recruiting class.Correction: The original publication said Ohio State had the No. 1 overall 2018 recruiting class, where it in fact is ranked behind Georgia at No. 2. read more

Chelsea contemplating shock swap deal with Morata for AC Milan star

first_imgChelsea’s patience with Alvaro Morata appears to be waning with the club reportedly considering using him in a swap deal involving AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, claims Corriere Dello SportThe Spaniard was signed by Chelsea last summer from Real Madrid for £57m as the replacement for their main forward Diego Costa, who officially rejoined Atletico Madrid in January.After a promising start to life at Stamford Bridge for Morata with seven goals in his first eight games for Chelsea, the 25-year-old’s form quickly faded and he only managed to find the back of the net a further eight times in his next 39 appearances.Morata has now been linked with a return to Juventus this summer, but it is Milan who have emerged as the front-runners for his services.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.The Rossoneri have offered to exchange their teenage goalkeeper Donnarumma for Morata, which is believed to have captured Chelsea’s interest due to the growing uncertainty surrounding Thibaut Courtois’ future.The Belgium international has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid this summer and previously spoke of his desire to leave for Spanish capital at some point in the future to be near to his two young children.Courtois has just a year remaining on his contract at Chelsea and the London club may be tempted to sign Donnarumma as a potential replacement.The 19-year-old has been touted as one most promising young goalkeepers in Europe and could become a solid long-term replacement for Courtois.last_img read more

Congressman Hunter The Green New Deal is the Old Socialist Steal

first_img March 8, 2019 KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Congressman Duncan D. Hunter wrote an op-ed about the Green New Deal. He published it on his website, but you can read it below:“America was founded on liberty and independence – not government coercion, domination, and control. We are born free, and we will stay free. Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.”That was President Trump’s declaration during his recent State of the Union address. The need for such an obvious statement would have been unfathomable a few years ago. Aside from Bernie Sanders, there were not many Members of Congress who would openly describe themselves or their policies as socialist in nature. Times have changed. The socialist label has become a badge of honor for today’s liberals and, apparently, a prerequisite for any Democrat who is considering a run for the White House. In this environment, President Trump’s declaration was necessary and, I believe, will go down as a defining moment of his presidency.Case in point, the Green New Deal (GND), a proposal to radically transform our economy and impose expensive government mandates on the American people. This policy has inexplicably become the rallying cry of liberal Democrats. From hard-charging newly elected representatives to presidential hopefuls racing to raise money, liberal Democrats have gone all in on new legislative efforts that seek to eliminate all greenhouse gas emissions from every sector of the economy within 10 years. Under the GND plan, 100% of all power demands will be provided through clean and renewable energy sources.While this sounds worthwhile, in reality, what would such an effort actually entail? All industries would be under the knife. From methane-producing cows, to cars and planes. From traditional fossil fuels to clean-burning liquid natural gas. Even nuclear power plants that produce tremendous amounts of reliable, CO2 free energy would not escape this overzealous mandate.Every building will have to be upgraded or replaced (yes, replaced!) to achieve full compliance. Our transportation system would be totally overhauled by huge increases in electric vehicle production and air travel will be supplanted by a tremendous expansion of high-speed rail (insert California high-speed rail joke here.)How do supporters of the GND propose to eliminate all these power sources and convince the private sector to support such an effort? Incentives? No, the GND approach is the same as any socialist endeavor—the government becomes the prime economic driver, creating massive bureaucratic regulation and taking draconian punitive actions against American citizens and private businesses that do not achieve the coordinated response and complete transition from fossil fuels.What is the cost of the GND? Beginning estimates start at $6.6 trillion per year, but realistic expectations have the cost much higher. This coming from the same group who claimed a $5 billion investment into our border security was too much. Who is going to pay that cost? Working Americans, through higher taxes and expensive government mandates. Our choices – gone. Our desires – irrelevant. Our quality of life – inconsequential. The only thing required to put this plan into place, our pocketbooks and our silence. Well, they will get neither.Before considering such a massive overhaul of our economy, we need to take a step back into reality. Right now, the U.S. is a world leader in reducing carbon dioxide emissions. To imply different is a disservice to the accomplishments we have achieved. We should always strive to be better stewards of our environment, to breathe clean air, to drink clean water, to preserve America’s natural resources for generations to come. The socialist left would have us believe that this objective is completely inconsistent with energy production, but they are wrong, these are not mutually exclusive goals. The federal government continues to make investments in green technology research and private companies, fueled by a free market and competition, are making great strides in manufacturing cleaner cars, safer buildings, and more efficient power plants.GND advocates will argue they want a “democratic and participatory process,” that their proposal is only a House Resolution, without the force of law, an expression of Congress with which to start a dialogue and conversation. Any such conversation, however, must start with truth. The truth is America did not get where it is through top down government mandates that kill the innovative spark that fuels small business and defines the very nature of our energetic and expanding economy. America got to where it is through the ingenuity and tenacity of the American people, empowered by the freedoms enshrined in our constitution. The stark reality is that the massive economic overhaul that the GND requires would be a march towards socialism.The Green New Deal is the old, tired Socialist Steal, a plan that has the government picking winners and losers. A plan that deserves to be rejected. A more productive conversation and dialogue is finding ways to encourage the private sector and free market in innovative energy science to do what it does best, invest in America.Congressman Duncan Hunter represents the 50th Congressional District of California. Posted: March 8, 2019 Congressman Hunter: The Green New Deal is the Old Socialist Steal By Congressman Duncan D. Hunter KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

China reportedly halts applications for new game licenses

first_img Post a comment 0 Tags Share your voicecenter_img China’s media regulators have stopped accepting applications for new games.  Getty Images China is again pushing pause on video games as it works through a backlog of applications caused by an earlier halt to new game licenses. The country’s media regulators have stopped accepting new applications for commercial video game licenses, according to a Financial Times’ report published on Wednesday. Central regulators reportedly haven’t accepted applications since September. This comes after China in August halted the approval of new game licenses due to a “restructuring of power” in government agencies. While China’s media regulating agency, the State Administration of Press and Publications, reportedly resumed approving commercial game licenses in December, developers will have to wait for the current backlog to get approved in order for the license application process to move forward, according to Financial Times. The agency has reportedly approved over 500 games since December, including Tencent’s Perfect World Mobile, but new games will have to wait to debut.  Tencent, one of the biggest game developers in China, reportedly lost over $160 billion in market value in the first half of 2018, and smaller companies were struggling to survive, according to Bloomberg. China’s State Administration of Press and Publications didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.  Gaming Politicslast_img read more

MercedesBenz Concept EQV previews an attractive electric van

first_img • Mercedes-Benz EQV concept electrifies the humble van We’ll start with the most important part, the powertrain. The EQV is front-wheel drive, containing all its motive-force bits in the front end. Its electric motor puts out 201 horsepower, and it’s combined into a single unit with the transmission, cooling system and power electronics. Juice comes from a 100-kWh lithium-ion battery, which gives the EQV a range of about 249 miles and a top speed of 99 miles per hour. With fast charging, it can add about 62 miles of range in 15 minutes or so.Enlarge ImageThe best electric vehicles don’t look all that different from today’s cars, and the EQV fits that bill to a T. Andrew Hoyle/CNET From an aesthetics standpoint, the EQV looks very close to the Mercedes V-Class that debuted at the end of January. There are a few touches to let you know it’s electric, like a sleeker grille and headlight combination, as well as some unique alloy wheels with blue accents, but it’s largely the same on the outside as the V-Class. The EQV’s interior is just a bit fancier, with blue and rose-gold elements all over the place. The Nappa leather appointments are obviously more suited to the EQV as a passenger vehicle, but odds are that there will be a stripped-down commercial version that can take a little more abuse, too.While the production EQV will likely arrive within the next year or so, Mercedes-Benz has bigger plans beyond that. The automaker hopes to electrify its entire portfolio — that is to say, it will offer at least one electrified variant of all its models — by 2022. The future is electric, but it seems Mercedes-Benz doesn’t want to wait until the absolute last minute to hop on the bandwagon. 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Mar 8 • VW is still ‘100 percent’ investigating a pickup truck for the US 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Mar 7 • New Peugeot 208 debuts i-Cockpit with 3D HUD Combo dashboard 0 Mercedes-Benz on Tuesday unveiled the Concept EQV at the Geneva Motor Show. The concept is an all-electric van that’s slated to enter production in the near future. The actual production version will be introduced properly at the Frankfurt Auto Show this fall, but for now, the “concept” version gives us a pretty good idea of what to expect. Geneva Motor Show 2019 Mercedes-Benz See All More From Roadshow Mar 7 • The Ferrari F8 Tributo is the last of the nonhybrid V8s Geneva Motor Show 2019center_img Tags Now playing: Watch this: Mercedes-Benz 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 52 Photos Apr 17 • The 2020 Jaguar XE gets its first major visual refresh Electric Cars Concept Cars Vans Future Cars Post a comment reading • Mercedes-Benz Concept EQV previews an attractive electric van 1:38 Mercedes-Benz Concept EQV looks prepped for production Share your voicelast_img read more

Africans outraged over Trump shithole remarks

first_imgUS president Donald Trump speaks to the media as he meets with Norwegian prime minister Erna Solberg in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, US, on 10 January 2018. ReutersAfricans reacted angrily Friday after Donald Trump reportedly referred to their nations as “shithole countries”, with many lashing the US president for racism and ignorance.The 55-nation African Union condemned the remarks while the southern African state of Botswana hauled in the US ambassador to complain.The comment “truly flies in the face of accepted behaviour and practice,” said Ebba Kalondo, spokeswoman for AU chief Moussa Faki.“This is even more hurtful given the historical reality of just how many Africans arrived in the United States as slaves, and also terribly surprising as the United States remains a massively positive example as just how migration can give birth to a nation,” Kalondo said.The comments were “clearly” racist, Kalondo said, but stressed the US was “much stronger than the sum total of one man.”Trump made the remarks on Thursday in a meeting with lawmakers on immigration reform, The Washington Post and The New York Times reported. On Friday, Trump tweeted an implicit denial, saying “this was not the language used”.The United Nations slammed Trump’s reported remarks as “shocking and shameful” and “racist”.“You cannot dismiss entire countries and continents as ‘shitholes’ whose entire populations, who are not white, are therefore not welcome,” Rupert Colville, spokesman for the UN human rights office, told reporters in Geneva.Botswana summoned the US ambassador to the country to “clarify if Botswana is regarded as a ‘shithole’ country”, according to a foreign ministry statement which called Trump’s comments “irresponsible, reprehensible and racist”.This is not the first time Trump has rubbed Africans up the wrong way-he was widely derided last year after he twice referred to Namibia as “Nambia”.On social media, users across the continent on Friday posted images of modern skylines and beautiful nature from their countries with the ironic hashtag “shithole.”Many Africans reminded the US of its historic role in the continent’s woes.“President Trump, One day, I’ll take you to a ‘shithole’ country called Ghana,” wrote Ghanaian Edmond Prime Sarpong on Facebook.“First stop would be Osu Castle, Elmina Castle, and the over 40 Forts that detained about 30 million slaves, beaten and shipped out like sardine cans and then I will tell you the history of Africa and why people like you made that a ‘shithole’ continent.”‘Nothing new’Prominent Kenyan commentator Patrick Gathara, told AFP that Trump’s words were nothing new from a “racist and ignorant” administration, nor from the West at large.“This is no different from what Hollywood and Western media have been saying about Africa for decades. We have consistently been portrayed as shitty people from shitty countries.”Some acknowledged problems in their countries, but blamed this on their poor leaders as well as western nations such as the US.“Please don’t confuse the #shithole leaders we Africans elect with our beautiful continent… Our motherland is the most blessed continent that has been raped by imperialists in collaboration with our shitty misleaders for generations,” wrote Kenyan activist Boniface Mwangi on Twitter.In South Africa, the ruling party declared “ours is not a shithole country” and described Trump as “extremely offensive”.“It is not as if the United States doesn’t have difficulties. There are millions of unemployed people in the US, millions of people who don’t have health care services or access to education and we would not deign to make comments as derogatory as that,” said Jessie Duarte, the deputy secretary general of the African National Congress (ANC).‘It’s our shithole’Nigerians however did not hold back, with many on Twitter saying their country was a “shithole”, but that it was “our shithole” to criticise.Even war-torn South Sudan weighed in, with president Salva Kiir’s spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny slamming the comments as “outrageous”.However Juba businesswoman Jenny Jore, 31, told AFP that Trump’s remarks were “on point”.“It is thanks to our African leaders that we are insulted that way,” she said.Trump’s latest comments also provided ample fodder for talkshow hosts.South African comedian Trevor Noah, star of “The Daily Show”, described himself as an offended citizen of “South Shithole” and also called Trump out for racism, especially for saying he preferred immigrants from Norway.“He didn’t just name a white country, he named the whitest-so white they wear moon-screen,” he said.last_img read more

Apples Tim Cook Slams Facebook Privacy Is a Human Right A Civil

first_imgApple CEO Tim Cook criticized Facebook as the social media site continues to make headlines in light of data-privacy concerns raised by the Cambridge Analytica scandal.At a town hall event hosted by MSNBC’s Chris Hayes and Recode’s Kara Swisher, Cook had some heated words for the social media giant.Cook said Facebook’s detailed personal information on its users should not exist in the first place. “I think the best regulation is no regulation, is self-regulation,” he said, according to NBC News. “However, I think we’re beyond that here, and I do think that it’s time for a set of people to think deeply about what can be done here.”Facebook is in hot water after it was revealed that Cambridge Analytica, linked to the Trump campaign, tapped personal information from up to 50 million Facebook users without the their consent. “Privacy to us is a human right,” Cook said. “It’s a civil liberty, and something that is unique to America. This is like freedom of speech and freedom of the press. Privacy is right up there with that for us.”When asked at the event what he would do if he were in Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s predicament, he responded, “What would I do? I wouldn’t be in this situation.”Zuckerberg has apologized for the breach of information. In a statement posted on his personal Facebook page, he wrote, “We will learn from this experience to secure our platform further and make our community safer for everyone going forward.”Speaking about Apple’s business practices, Cook said, “The truth is we could make a ton of money if we monetized our customer, if our customer was our product. We’ve elected not to do that.”Cook’s interview is part of MSNBC’s “Revolution” series, which will air on April 6 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

Police should take suo motu action against BJP leaders for encounter comment

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Wednesday the police should take suo motu cognizance against those BJP leaders who advocated the “Uttar Pradesh model” of encounters in the state to wipe out criminals. Banerjee also condemned the lynching incidents across India, saying the country belonged to each and every citizen irrespective of his or her caste, creed and religion. “Some BJP leaders are threatening to conduct encounters in West Bengal. I don’t know why the police did not file a suo motu case against them and take action. The police should take suo-motu cognizance,” she said while speaking on the floor of the assembly. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata The Trinamool Congress supremo’s comment came in the backdrop of two senior state Bharatiya Janata Party leaders saying on Monday that the party would follow the “Uttar Pradesh model” of giving free hand to the police to wipe out criminals in encounters if it comes to power in the state. Referring to the incidents of lynching in the country, the chief minister said: “I strongly condemn what happened in Jharkhand. People are living in fear. They are killing people.” Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state Tabrez Ansari, 24, was allegedly tied to a pole and thrashed with sticks by a mob in Jharkhand’s Seraikela Kharsawan district last Wednesday on the suspicion of theft. The newly-married youth was purportedly seen in a video being forced to chant “Jai Shri Ram” and “Jai Hanuman”. He succumbed to his injuries on Saturday. Banerjee accused the BJP of promoting communal divide in the country. “The country is for all — for Muslims, Hindus, Chirstians, Jains, Sikhs. I fear that the BJP might change the Constitution,” she said. “Is it a fault of someone to be born in a certain religion or caste? Is it my fault that I have a certain surname?” “The Union Home Ministry is sending advisories to Bengal over law-and-order issue. But what about the law and order issue in Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand or Haryana? Did they send any advisory to these states? The answer is no. This (sending of advisories) is politically motivated to malign Bengal,” she said. The chief minister said the administration would take stern action against those who indulge in engineering riots and spread fake news. Banerjee claimed that the entire administration was taken over for the past six months by the Election Commission because of the Lok Sabha election, accusing the poll body of functioning at the behest of the BJP. “I admit that there were some gaps in last six months as the entire administration was taken over by the EC. Just like in other part of the country, the BJP has undermined each and every institution in the state,” she said.last_img read more

Dbacks president Derrick Hall Franchise still f

first_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Although, Jaworski believes Skelton has a future as a“solid NFL quarterback,” he also thinks the performancefrom Sunday was a step in the wrong direction. “There’s no question John Skelton took a step back thisweek, he looked a little bit confused,” Jaworski said.“Bad decisions, bad read, bad throws; those things come tothe forefront against good football teams.” Jaworski also commented on the future of the Cardinalsfrom the quarterback standpoint. “I think it’s always a positive when you got a Kevin Kolb,when you have a John Skelton and to have two quarterbacksthat for the most part you can count on,” Jaworski said. 0 Comments   Share   Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories center_img It wasn’t hard to see why head coach Ken Whisenhuntbenched QB John Skelton on Sunday. The second year player threw for 99 yards, no touchdownsand three interceptions, which earned him the third worstQB rating in Cardinals history. Though Skelton didn’t exactly have a dream day, ESPNanalyst Ron Jaworski sees a bright a future for thequarterback. “I’ve seen enough from John Skelton now that I believehe’s got a big upside,” Jaworski said on Arizona Sports620’s Burns and Gambo. “Normally the young quarterbackslike this, it’s the mistakes that kill them, I’ve seenenough good throws from John, I’ve seen enough audibles atthe line of scrimmage, I’ve seen enough of those littlethings that growing quarterbacks have to learn. I do see aquarterback that has a future in this league.” Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinkelast_img read more

OFF TO THE POUND…A4 Audi estate car seized by pol

first_img OFF TO THE POUND….A4 Audi estate car seized by police in Derry.THE police in Derry would like a quiet word with the owner of this Audi A4 car which was found abandoned on a bad bend and blocking a farmer’s property.PSNI Foyle say on its Facebook page: “Could the owner of this Audi A4 estate which was left for a considerable period of time on the Beragh Hill Road, make contact with Constable Brogan of Ballyarnett NPT at Strand Road PSNI Station ASAP.“We would like to know why it was parked blocking a farmers property, was on a bad bend, had a number of dodgy tyres, was full of empty tins of alcohol and had a bong in the rear seat. “It’s also showing no insurance and was found on a public road.“We have seized it for now and happy to discuss it with the owner if located.“Police checks regarding the owner have been inconclusive thus far.”POLICE KEEN TO TRACE ‘INCONSIDERATE’ OWNER OF THIS ABANDONED AUDI CAR was last modified: January 6th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweetcenter_img BERAGH HILL ROADCONSTABLE BROGANPOLICE KEEN TO TRACE ‘INCONSIDERATE’ OWNER OF THIS ABANDONED AUDI CARPSNI FOYLElast_img read more