first_imgAPTN National NewsA British Columbia man who was assaulted while in a police jail cell by an RCMP officer has settled his case out of court.But his family is still seeking justice for the assault that left him with permanent brain damage.APTN’s Tina House has this story.last_img

Supreme Court has ordered the implementation of a one year jail term on the former Officer In Charge (OIC) of the Welikada Police Kamal Amarasinghe for assaulting a lawyer.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s Chief of Staff was escorted out of city hall on Thursday.Mark Towhey said that he did not resign as he was escorted from city hall premises by security while reporters peppered him with questions about the allegations the Mayor had been caught on videotape smoking crack cocaine.      Towhey refused to elaborate on his advice to Ford about the alleged cellphone video, but did say it was up to the Mayor to decide whether or not to take the advice.      Ford’s office did little to explain why it was replacing Towhey, only to wish him well in his future endeavours.      And Mayor Ford exited city hall without commenting on the decision. read more

Police are reviewing video footage of a truck colliding with a building in Silver Lake Park in Port Dover.OPP say on Feb. 9 at about 3 a.m. a white pickup truck was captured on security surveillance footage hitting a building, causing about $3,000 in the process. The driver then left the area in an unknown direction.The truck is described as a white coloured Ram 1500 with chrome and black coloured running boards, black tonneau cover and had a burnt out passenger side headlight.The OPP is continuing to investigate and is seeking the public’s assistance with this investigation. Anyone with information that can identify the driver or the owner of the truck is being asked to contact the Norfolk County OPP Detachment at 1-888-310-1122.Mischief to vending machineTwo males were captured on video Friday night damaging a vending machine in Simcoe. Between 11:30-11:45 p.m., unknowns attended a car wash on Queensway East and attempted to enter a vending machine located on the property. No entry was made but minor damage was reported.Bike stolen from house A grey and black coloured GT Aggressor bicycle was stolen from a home on Eagle St. in Delhi Feb. 8. The incident took place sometime between 4 and 6:15 p.m.Mischief to vehicleSometime between 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 7 and 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 8, someone used a sharp instrument to damage the paint on a vehicle parked on Union St. in Simcoe.Attempted theft at Delhi ArenaWould-be thieves broke into the Delhi Arena early Friday. They went into various dressing rooms at the facility but nothing was taken, said police.Tools stolen from Caledonia businessOn Feb. 6 at about 9:21 p.m., a white SUV attended a business on Greens Road in Caledonia. A suspect was seen removing fuel from holding tanks and then entering a pickup truck where they removed a number of power tools.The suspect vehicle then left the area last seen eastbound on Greens Road.OPP continue to investigate is asking anyone who may have noticed any suspicious persons or vehicles, or who may have any information regarding this incident to contact them at 1-888-310-1122.Break and enter in CaledoniaSometime between Feb. 8 at 5 p.m. and Feb. 9 at 7:45 a.m., someone forced their way into a business on Greendale Drive in Caledonia. They removed an air compressor and laminate flooring before fleeing the area.Vehicle stolen in HagersvilleA black 2005 Lincoln Navigator SUV that was locked and parked in the driveway of a residence on King St. West in Hagersville has been stolen. The incident took place between Feb. 9 at 10 p.m. and Feb. 10 at 5:55 a.m. read more

Alexandar Simic, representative of the Kosovo Serbs, had joined discussion and had been “officially accepted by all members” of the Joint Working Group on the Legal Framework for Provisional Self-Government, said the panel’s Chairman, Johan Van Lamoen.On 5 April, Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica had agreed to urge the Kosovo Serbs to participate in the process in his meeting with Hans Haekkerup, head of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK).Mr. Van Lamoen said that “90 per cent or more” of the first draft, to be presented on 13 April to Mr. Haekkerup, was a consensus document. Outstanding issues included the institution of President, the constitutional court and the possibility of holding “popular consultations.” A request cutting across ethnic lines was to call the document an “interim constitution.” read more

At open hearings, Mr. Taylor’s defence lawyer, Terrence Terry, will say that since the former Liberian President was head of state at the time of the indictment, he should be immune from prosecution under international law and that the SCSL had no power to enforce his arrest outside of Sierra Leone, according to a news release from the Freetown-based court.Mr. Taylor avoided arrest in Ghana and is now in exile in Nigeria.Mr. Norman’s lawyers were preparing to say he could not be indicted for recruiting child soldiers because there were no international statutes against it, according to the SCSL.Lawyers for other indicted people will assert that their clients were covered by the Lomé Accord barring further proceedings against them and that the SCSL, an independent tribunal established jointly by the United Nations and the Sierra Leonean Government, has not been lawfully established, the Special Court said. read more

Cenovus sells oil and gas royalty business to Ontario Teachers’ for $3.3B CALGARY – Cenovus Energy Inc (TSX:CVE) has agreed to sell its royalty portfolio to the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan in a $3.3-billion deal in a move to strengthen its balance sheet and secure a better valuation for its assets.The Calgary-based oil producer said Tuesday that it will transfer ownership of its wholly-owned subsidiary, Heritage Royalty Limited Partnership, to the pension fund in a deal expected to close by the end of July.Heritage holds 1.9 million hectares of oil and gas royalties and fee lands in Western Canada.Amir Arif, an analyst at Cormark Securities Inc., said that while Cenovus already had a fairly good balance sheet after raising $1.5 billion in an equity sale in February, the extra cash will give the company the option of going ahead with some projects it has put on hold.“It positions the company to start outspending cash flow again . . . once we get some clarity on the royalty review,” said Arif.Cenovus Energy had already confirmed on June 19 that it was in talks to sell its royalty lands but had provided no details.The final deal included some extra royalties on Cenovus production that analysts weren’t expecting, but Arif said the company secured a great price for the assets.Last year Heritage Royalty had revenues of approximately $320 million based on average production of some 14,800 barrels of oil equivalent per day. Tuesday’s deal puts a value of $223,000 for each barrel a day of production.Kyle Preston, an analyst at National Bank of Canada, said that before the deal the royalty assets weren’t being fully valued in Cenovus’ share price.“This was really a way to realize some value for shareholders, while also providing that additional flexibility in this environment.”Preston said that while companies are always looking at maximizing valuations, there is a definitely more focus on it today.“This environment forces them to really roll up their sleeves and look for any incremental value they can find.”Last year Encana Corp. spun out its royalty portfolio in a $1.67-billion public offering to create PrairieSky Royalty Ltd (TSX:PSK).Preston said that it made more sense for Cenovus to do a straight sale given the favourable price offered by Teachers’ and the extra costs and complications of a public offering.He said that the Teachers’ Pension was able to offer the strong price thanks to a lower cost of capital than other companies, and in return it secures one of the largest fee-simple land packages in Canada, a type of land title that gives the owner mineral rights to the property in perpetuity.Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. has also been considering the sale of its royalty portfolio, with company spokesperson Rouzana Barron saying in an email that the company is targeting 2015 for a decision on its assets. by Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 30, 2015 4:52 am MDT Last Updated Jun 30, 2015 at 3:46 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

“Low levels of violence and high levels of participation from society have been monumental achievements,” Ambassador Baso Sangqu, the Permanent Representative of South Africa and head of the Security Council delegation to Timor-Leste, told reporters in the country’s capital, Dili, on Tuesday. “But challenges still remain.”In May, Timor-Leste celebrated its 10th anniversary since its restoration of independence. The independence celebrations coincided with the inauguration of a new president, Taur Matan Ruak, who was voted into office in April. The country also held parliamentary elections in July, which were largely peaceful and held in an orderly manner, according to observers.In his comments, Ambassador Sangqu stressed Timor-Leste would continue to have the support of the world body once the peacekeeping operation known as the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT), which was tasked with supporting the Government to consolidate stability and enhancing a culture of democratic governance, departs.UNMIT was first established by the Security Council in August 2006 in the wake of a major political, humanitarian and security crisis which erupted in the country in April of that year.“Challenges are more focused now on issues of social and economic development, and strengthening the institutional capacity of the State,” Ambassador Sangqu said. “The relationship with the UN will now focus on those issues.”The Council delegation leader also noted that the close relationship and cooperation between UNMIT and the Government had contributed to many successes, particularly in the security sector.“The relationship between the Government and the Mission itself has contributed a great deal in the successes that have been registered over the years,” he said. “When we visited a police station, we could testify to the strong relationship that has been developed and which has led to the professionalization of the national police.”The peaceful elections and strengthening of the police force, Ambassador Sangqu added, will ensure security and peace endure in the country in years to come. read more

“Whilst aid agencies, under the joint leadership of the Government of Afghanistan and OCHA [UN Office of Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs], work closely to help respond to the immediate needs of the most vulnerable people, displaced families across the country as well as returnees continue to face many other complex challenges,” said Bo Schack, UNHCR Representative in Afghanistan. Severe weather, including rain, snow and sub-zero temperatures, hit parts of Afghanistan during winter, particularly impacting the living conditions of the urban poor and the 782,000 people internally displaced by conflict in the country – a figure that includes 130,000 recorded as newly displaced in 2014.“UNHCR hopes that the newly endorsed National Policy on Internally Displaced Persons will lead to renewed efforts to find real and long-term solutions to these displaced people,” Mr Schack said. “The longer-term reintegration of IDPs [internally displaced persons] and Afghan refugee returnees in Afghanistan requires the continued support of the Government and development agencies. A serious commitment to solving this problem is essential.”The situation in the capital’s informal settlements remains of concern and the UNHCR joined the Afghan Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation (MoRR) and other humanitarian partners in giving out warm clothing, heating material, kitchen-sets and dignity kits to over 2,300 internally displaced and returnee families in distribution centres in the city today.A total of around 6,000 families in Kabul City are expected to benefit from the winterization assistance, a mix of vulnerable recently returned refugees and internally displaced people, as well as others at particular risk in the cold winter weather such as the disabled, the elderly and single mothers.The agency’s efforts are part of a coordinated response to provide winterization assistance to over 32,000 displaced families – 225,000 individuals – across the country, with a focus on the most vulnerable people and on remote and isolated areas in the Western, Central, Central Highland, Southern and South-Eastern Regions, some of which are cut off from the rest of the country during the winter months. read more

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has launched a study to improve the finance sector’s understanding of how companies in the UK automotive supply chain operate, with the aim of creating more accessible finance options suited to their needs.Working with the Smith Institute, the study will set out recommendations to better support business growth in the supply chain, assessing the financial relationship of UK-based OEMs to Tier 1 companies and examining the existing barriers to obtaining finance.Supporting the work stream of the Automotive Council, the study will help to counteract the ‘hollowing out’ of the UK supply base and to encourage a wider range of finance options for businesses.In the UK, approximately 25% of automotive companies are Tier 1 suppliers which supply direct to OEMs, with the remaining operating at Tier 2 and below level. Over 80% of all component types required for vehicle assembly can be sourced from the UK supply base, and UK-based OEMs typically spend around £7.4 billion annually on sourcing in the UK.The report will be launched in June with events in London and the West Midlands and SMMT is calling on automotive companies to participate in an industry survey to ensure that the report fully represents their views and experiences finance in the supply chain sector.Click through the link to participate in the survey and provide your input on this important issue.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

A city worker has been banned from every pub in Greater London after a judge ruled he cannot handle his drink.Robert Tolley, a father-of-two who works as a divisional director at EC3 Brokers, had been drinking for six hours at a lunchtime leaving party before he launched an unprovoked racist attack on two members of the public.A court heard he bumped into Sheikh Ahmed and Sayema Khanom at Liverpool Street Station.While on an escalator, he pushed Mr Ahmed and apparently threw a punch in his direction. Tolley then called Mr Ahmed a “brown dog” and Ms Khanom a “Kumar prostitute”.Speaking at Westminster magistrates’ court, District Judge Snow said: “Since you cannot control yourself while you are drinking, we are going to try and curb your drinking.”Tolley has been told he cannot enter any pub, bar or nightclub in Greater London or Wiltshire, where Tolley lives, for a year.Greater London encompasses the 32 London boroughs as well as the City of London. The Campaign for Real Ale says there are 3,823 pubs in this area. Marcia Evans, prosecuting, said: “On Feb 21 at about 8.15pm at Liverpool Street Station, the complainants had been exiting Bishop Gates’ exit when Mr Ahmed noticed the defendant. He was on the escalator with his partner. The defendant came quite close to her. 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. “He goes down the escalator, he pushes Mr Ahmed and Ms Khanom tries to intervene in the dispute. “There is a suggestion of a punch but nothing landing.”The judge added: “The aggravating features of this offence are that there were two victims here, not one, and the incident took place at a very busy central London station.“From your own point of view, the reason this is going to be dealt with by community order is because the court will not tolerate this type of offence.”Tolley, 48, of West Manton, Wilts, who said he was “deeply ashamed”, admitted two charges of racially aggravated common assault.  A spokesman for his workplace said: “EC3 Brokers first became aware of this terrible incident today and we can confirm Robert Tolley has been suspended until the conclusion of a disciplinary procedure.” read more

first_imgAfter four and one-half years in Chapter 11, ASARCO emerged from bankruptcy Wednesday with the closing of a full payment re-organisation plan proposed by Americas Mining Corp (AMC) and ASARCO, wholly owned subsidiaries of Grupo Mexico represented by Haynes and Boone, and Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy. The plan pays all ASARCO creditors in full and returns control of the US copper giant to its corporate parent, AMC. In recommending confirmation, Judge Schmidt said closing of the parent’s plan would culminate perhaps the most successful major bankruptcy re-organisation in history.The plan was developed, proposed, confirmed and closed by Haynes and Boone’s senior bankruptcy Partner Charles A. Beckham, Jr., and Bob Moore, his co-counsel with Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, and their respective teams.US District Judge Andrew S. Hanen in Brownsville, Texas signed the confirmation order that returned control of ASARCO to AMC. The district court’s decision affirmed a recommendation from US Bankruptcy Judge Richard S. Schmidt, who presided over a three-week confirmation trial in August.Judge Schmidt recommended to Judge Hanen that the AMC plan be confirmed over a competing plan proposed by ASARCO and supported by numerous creditors and the United Steel Workers. In recommending confirmation, Judge Schmidt said closing of the parent’s plan would “culminate perhaps the most successful major bankruptcy reorganization in history.”“We worked very hard to convince both the bankruptcy court and the district court that the plan proposed by AMC presented the best recovery to the creditors of ASARCO,” Beckham said. “We are gratified that our plan was approved over a competing plan that would have taken control of ASARCO away from its parent.“We have always had faith that the courts would treat Grupo Mexico fairly and would conclude that the Grupo Mexico plan gives the company the brightest possible future while treating creditors and employees fairly,” he said. “Closing of the parent’s plan is the culmination of years of effort by Haynes and Boone and Milbank working closely together as a team to achieve a great result for our client.”Pursuant to the Grupo Mexico plan, AMC has contributed $2.2 billion in cash to ASARCO. Combined with about $1.4 billion in cash on hand and other considerations, creditors will be paid in full.“We are very appreciative of Haynes and Boone’s hard work to get to this best possible result for ASARCO and its creditors,” said Jorge Lazalde, ASARCO Vice President and General Counsel. “We are looking forward to rekindling our relationships with the company, its employees, its creditors and the communities in which ASARCO operates to ensure that ASARCO will thrive as a strong, competitive company for many years to come.”last_img read more

first_imgThe Materials Handling Engineers’ Association (MHEA) is starting 2017 with a new member on board, Sempertrans. “A manufacturer of high-quality conveyor belt solutions for more than 50 years, Sempertrans offers a broad range of technologically-advanced products for use in mining,” MHEA reports.Sempertrans boasts production facilities in Poland, France, China and India, making it one of the largest and most technologically advanced conveyor belt manufacturers in the world. Its global application engineering and field service teams provide customers with tailored design and configuration services.Established in 1938, the MHEA supports the technical and commercial interests of companies supplying and using powder and bulk handling equipment around the world Companies join the association to gain from a unique technical marketing knowledge base and to share good practice.As a member of the MHEA, Sempertrans will enjoy a host of member benefits including industry-level promotion, networking, knowledge-sharing, conferences, seminars, and publications.Alan D’Arcy, Sempertrans Head of Global Service and UK Sales & Technical Consultant said: “The MHEA brings people and companies together who are informed and relevant in what we class as a niche and specialised industry, so we hope to add to that mix.”President of the MHEA, Michael Kaye, commented: “On behalf of the membership, I would like to welcome Sempertrans to the MHEA and thank them for supporting our industry association It is gratifying to see a growing number of overseas members, demonstrating the value and importance of the association for a broad range of businesses within the industry worldwide.”last_img read more

first_imgA MAJOR EARTHQUAKE struck a remote area in southwestern Pakistan today, killing at least 39 people as houses collapsed and possibly pushing up the earth to create a new island off the country’s southern coast.The Pakistani military said it was rushing troops and helicopters to Baluchistan province’s Awaran district, where the quake was centred, as well as the nearby area of Khuzdar. Local officials said they were sending food and tents for people who had nowhere to sleep as strong aftershocks continued to rock the area.Most people were killed when their houses collapsed before they could rush outside, according to the chief spokesman for the country’s National Disaster Management Authority, Mirza Kamran Zia, who gave the casualty toll. He warned that the death toll might rise and said they were still trying to get information from officials in the district.“We all ran out for safety in the open field in front of our house. Many other neighbors were also there. Thank God no one was hurt in our area but the walls of four or five house collapsed,” said Khair Mohammed Baluch, who lives in the town of Awaran, roughly 50 kilometres south of the epicentre.Pakistan’s chief meteorologist, Mohammed Riaz, put the magnitude of the quake at 7.7, while the US Geological Survey in Golden, Colorado said it was magnitude 7.8.Pakistani officials are investigating whether the powerful earthquake pushed up the earth and formed a new land mass.Baluchistan is Pakistan’s largest province but also the least populated.The area where the quake struck is at the centre of an insurgency that Baluch separatists have been waging against the Pakistani government for years. The separatists regularly attack Pakistani troops trying to suppress the uprising as well as symbols of the Pakistani state, such as infrastructure projects.Baluchistan is also poorly developed with little economic activity.Hundreds of food packages and 1,000 tents were sent to the affected areas along with doctors and paramedics, provincial governmentspokesman Jan Mohammad Buledi said.The quake was felt as far away as New Delhi and even registered on Irish seismographs.last_img read more

first_imgTAOISEACH ENDA KENNY has predicted that the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland will eventually form a unified single state – though he does not anticipate it happening in the near future.Speaking at a question-and-answer session in Cleveland, where he is promoting investment in Ireland, Kenny said he believed a unification of the two countries would happen ‘one day’.This would require a referendum to be approved in both countries, under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement, and was not likely to happen in the near says he told guests: “The priority is keeping peace on the streets.”The Taoiseach told the group that though Ireland’s economy was still stuttering, there were signs of an economic turnaround, with exports growing and the high-tech sector flourishing.“We are moving steadily in the right direction,” the site quotes the Taoiseach as telling the City Club of Cleveland.He warned, however: “We cannot be complacent about the challenges that lie ahead. It is a long and difficult road.”Kenny also assured the audience that Ireland’s corporate tax rate of 12.5 per cent would not be changed, and that Ireland’s inflation was among the lowest in Europe.The Taoiseach is today attending the Mayo Society of Greater Cleveland’s annual banquet, and returns to Ireland tomorrow.Read: Referendum on united Ireland ‘inevitable’ – Gerry Adamslast_img read more

first_imgVance: “The public has quickly lost trust in the process that has been designed to weigh their input, and I don’t blame them for that. Not only do I believe that the public is owed an apology, I also believe they’re also owed an explanation. This pattern of misleading Alaskans and declining to explain has caused real damage to the integrity of the board. Now is the time for accountability and transparency.”  Representative Vance: “Chairman Morisky has had sufficient time to respond to questions and concerns brought up by the Kenai Peninsula delegation and as of this time, we have not received any response. A transparent process is integral to the proper stewardship of our fishing resources. The fact that Alaskans continue to be circumvented by the Board of Fish is unacceptable.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Homer Representative Sarah Vance and Governor Mike Dunleavy sat down last week to outline a plan to repair what they say is “public trust” in the Alaska Board of Fish. Governor Dunleavy: “Restoring the people’s trust in government is one of the central foundations of this administration. We have an obligation to ensure that every law is followed, every public hearing is properly held, and every voice is heard on the issues that matter to Alaskans – from fishing regulations to a balanced budget and a full Permanent Fund Dividend. I’m grateful for Rep. Vance’s desire to ensure that public trust in our Board of Fish is restored, and I’m looking forward to working with her to achieve that goal.”center_img Representative Vance’s office filed a public records request with the Department of Fish & Game requesting access to the internal communications and phone records of the Chairman and members of the Board of Fish. The joint action comes on the heels of a series of letters and public records requests that sought to understand how the Board of Fish was able to systematically circumvent the public input process earlier this year on the Kenai Peninsula.last_img read more

first_img Tags Meet the SpaceX Falcon Heavy, the world’s most powerful rocket 13 Photos Elon Musk Space SpaceX 1 Comment Culture Sci-Tech Tech Industry Online Share your voice The business end of the SpaceX Starship hopper prototype. Elon Musk/SpaceX SpaceX will launch test flights of the Starhopper to a height of up to 5,000 meters.Elon Musk’s company is expecting a maximum altitude of 16,400 feet, according to documents filed with the US Federal Communications Commission and spotted by The Verge.”The vehicle will fly vertically from the ground to under 500 meters for its low-altitude tests and up to 5000m for its high-altitude tests,” the filing says.Starhopper will be launched out of the SpaceX South Texas launch site in Boca Chica, Texas, the documents add.Musk last month shared footage of the Starhopper lifting off and hitting its tether limits.The Starhopper isn’t meant to reach space, but rather test the single Raptor engine-powered tethered prototype of the Starship that eventually aims to get humans off the Earth to Mars.Musk is planning to launch a Starship full of artists around the moon in 2023.The hopper first fired up on April 3, with the US Federal Aviation Administration originally posting an airspace closure of up to 1,000 feet high around the Boca Chica facility “to provide a safe environment for rocket launch and recovery.”last_img read more

first_img See it Mobile Tech Industry AT&T 5G network has some of the fastest speeds we’ve… Sprint Apple iPhone XS Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $999 5G may not be everywhere, but everyone’s talking about it. picture alliance It’s not just Uncle Larry who’s confused. Potentially millions of people don’t appear to understand whether their smartphone is capable of running on 5G wireless technology, or whether they’re even surfing with it now or not. Decluttr, a phone refurbishment service, surveyed 2,000 US smartphone owners in late May and found that about a third of respondents believed they had a device capable of 5G wireless connections. Of them, 40% were Apple iPhone owners (Apple hasn’t yet released a 5G iPhone), and 31% owned a Samsung device (Samsung’s Galaxy S10 5G phone only went on sale a couple months ago, for $1,300). Moreover, 62% of those who thought they had a 5G-capable device say they’ve noticed improved mobile service.  Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Tags $999 Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors See It Boost Mobile Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Now playing: Watch this: Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Share your voice $999 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. reading • About one in three Americans think they have 5G Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Apple 9:40 A closer look at V50 ThinQ, the first 5G phone from LG • Best Buy 0 5G 4G LTE AT&T Samsung Sprint T-Mobile Verizon Apple See It Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier See It 12 Photos $999 See All null The data is the latest sign of confusion over the next-generation wireless technology, which has only become available in some large cities like New York, Chicago, London, Sydney and Seoul. CNET’s own tests in 13 cities found the technology is living up to some of its hype, with speeds better than many people’s wired home internet connections. But coverage is spotty and inconsistent for now. “Blazing speeds, a responsive network, and extensive coverage make up 5G’s Holy Grail,” wrote CNET’s Jessica Dolcourt. “And while carriers want to act fast to build out their networks, the customer should move slower. You may not have much of a choice if 5G isn’t live in your area.” And for those who don’t, there appears to be a bit of confusion. Some of that is sown by the carriers themselves. AT&T, for example, has begun marketing “5G E” service, a rebranding and upgrade of its existing 4G LTE service, promising faster speeds. Some tests found AT&T’s 5G E was slower than competing 4G service. And in April, AT&T settled a false advertising suit with its competitor Sprint, which accused AT&T of “numerous deceptive tactics to mislead consumers” about 5G. All that confusion appears to have taken a toll on the consumers that Decluttr surveyed, who may be overestimating the technology in their devices. Among those the firm surveyed, 46% of all customers on AT&T, 40% of those on T-Mobile and 27% of people on Verizon also believed they had a “5G capable” device. “Whilst 5G may be the word on everyone’s lips, many Americans don’t truly understand this upgrade to the mobile network,” Decluttr said in a statement. Representatives for Apple, Samsung and the various US carriers didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. last_img read more

first_imgSerilingampally: State BJP Executive Committee Member Jnanendra Prasad expressed anguish over the worse condition of roads and drainage in several areas of Miyapur division.After conducting a ‘padayatra’ in several areas to know people’s problems, the drainage was found to be serious, as it was affecting people’s health causing many diseases, he said.Prasad stated that the movement of people was becoming difficult with the roads in the area becoming water-logged, dotting with potholes. He pointed out that because of such unbearable conditions in several areas, people’s lives had become problematic. Prasad vowed that the party would chase both officials and people’s representatives to find solutions to the public issues. Among those who accompanied Prasad during the ‘padayatra’ were party leaders Narayan Reddy, Lakshman, Prasad, Varahalu, Chandu, Papayya, Maruthi,last_img read more

first_imgDomestic equity benchmark indices extended gains for the consecutive session on Friday, as investors hoped that the Modi government would to able to pass the Goods and Services Tax (GST) bill in the ongoing winter session of Parliament.While the BSE S&P Sensex was up 169 points or 0.65% to end at 26,120 points, the 50-share Nifty closed at 7,942 points, up 58 points or 0.75%.The Sensex opened at 26,003  and hit an intra-day high of 26,185 and low of 26,937 before closing the session above 26,000 levels.The indices shrugged the weakness off in the global markets, as the investors stepped up buying of shares in the sectors like financials, metal and capital goods.”After a poor November series, indices have started off the December series on a smooth note. Equity market ended with smart gains on Friday ignoring negative cues from Asian and European markets. Market participants seem to be ignoring the weakening Indian rupee as well,” said Amar Ambani, Head of Research, IIFL.On the global front, the Chinese stock index plunged by about 6% after the reports said that the government has ordered a probe over suspected violation of norms by some brokerages in the country. Other Asian markets also ended lower, with Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index ending 1.8% down.Among the BSE sectoral indices, Bankex, Capital Goods and Finance were the top gainers, while Consumer Durables and Telecom were the biggest losers.Banking shares rallied after the media reports said the government is looking to set up high-level panel to deal with the growing bad loans of the banks. The non-performing assets of public sector banks increased to 6.03% in the first quarter of this fiscal year compared to 5.20% in the March quarter of 2014-15.”NPAs are a result of many factors. There is not one silver bullet that is going to deal with them… It will require us to take a multi-dimensional approach.” Business Standard quoted Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha, as saying.While shares of Oriental Bank of Commerce, Bank of Baroda, Union Bank of India and Syndicate Bank rallied ended over 5% higher, State Bank of India, IDBI Bank, Andhra Bank, Bank of India, Canara Bank, Punjab National Bank and Allahabad Bank were up in the range of 3-4% each.Meanwhile, the Indian rupee fell to a two-year against the US dollar amid rising chances of US Federal Reserve interest rate hike next month.last_img read more