Laois hurlers Walsh Cup Round 1 clash with Dublin POSTPONED

first_img WhatsApp Pinterest By Alan Hartnett – 5th December 2019 Electric Picnic Twitter TAGSLaois senior hurlers Facebook Photo Paul Dargan The Laois hurlers Walsh Cup adventure has been delayed by a week as their Round 1 clash with Dublin has been postponed.Laois GAA released the news on Twitter last night that the game has been put off.They said: “Walsh cup game Laois Senior Hurlers v Dublin scheduled for this coming Sunday is postponed and will now take place on January 8.“Time and venue to be confirmed later.”Laois were to travel to Parnell Park this Sunday to begin the competition but that will now not happen.Eddie Brennan’s charges will now begin away to Carlow on Sunday December 15 at 2pm.And the postponement now means that Laois could potentially face three games in seven days at the start of January.They will host Westmeath in Round 2 on Sunday January 5 before then playing that refixed game on Wednesday January 8 away to Dublin.If Laois end up top of the group, they will face either Galway, Kilkenny and Wexford in the semi finals on Sunday January 12.SEE ALSO – Kingston brothers opt out of Laois football panel for 2020SEE ALSO – Books, hats and jerseys – LaoisToday store is now open! WhatsApp Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Pinterest Home Sport GAA Laois hurlers Walsh Cup Round 1 clash with Dublin POSTPONED SportGAAHurling Laois hurlers Walsh Cup Round 1 clash with Dublin POSTPONED Electric Picnic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News Previous articleHow a Munster rugby legend influenced a young Laois politicianNext articleKingston brothers opt out of Laois football panel for 2020 Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Facebook Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Twitter Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datelast_img read more

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Jacques Potvin to succeed Réne Chabot as chief actuary at IA

first_img Keywords Appointments,  Resignations and retirementsCompanies Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Jacques Potvin, vice president and chief risk officer at Quebec City-based Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc. will succeed René Chabot as chief actuary starting Feb. 16, 2018, the firm announced Thursday. Chabot — who joined IA in 1983 — will retire on Feb. 15, 2018 after more than three decades of service. He became chief actuary in 2010 and has been a member of the firm’s strategic planning committee since 2012. TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning Leah Golob PenderFund names new SVP for investmentscenter_img Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media CETFA elects new board leader “In addition to [Chabot’s] trademark passion and energy that he brings to every endeavour, I want to pay special tribute to his unique blend of high-performance leadership and a sense of urgency dedicated to serving the long-term interests of IA Financial Group,” says Yvon Charest, president and chief executive officer at IA, in a statement. Potvin, a graduate of Université Laval in actuarial sciences, is a 27-year veteran with the company. He has occupied a variety of functions including corporate actuarial services, individual insurance sales and marketing, internal audit and capital management.last_img read more

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Tourism: A key sector in planning Gaspé region’s economic recovery

first_imgTourism: A key sector in planning Gaspé region’s economic recovery From: Canada Economic Development for Quebec RegionsCanada Economic Development for Quebec Regions grants $237,000 to help three tourism organizations invest in their facilities.Gaspé, Quebec, January 18, 2021 – Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED)Around the world, tourism was one of the first industries affected by the pandemic; it will also be one of the last to be able to return to full working order. A pillar of the Canadian economy that generates $102 billion a year and represents 4% of all jobs (or the equivalent of 1.8 million workers), tourism is a major vector to diversify and develop the economy.Entrepreneurs in this sector- composed mostly of SMEs-have demonstrated resiliency, creativity and adaptability since the crisis began. To support them, the Government of Canada, through Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED), is signalling its presence with investments totalling $237,000 to boost tourism in the Gaspé region.Investing in tourism attractions on Gaspé peninsulaOnce conditions are favourable, the country’s economic recovery can only happen with the support of the tourism sector. To be ready to welcome tourists, we must continue to invest in regional attractions and establishments. With this in mind, the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Member of Parliament for Gaspésie-Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine and Minister of National Revenue, on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, today announced Government of Canada financial support for the Coopérative de solidarité de développement touristique, économique et social de Mont-Saint-Pierre, the Municipalité de Grande-Vallée and Cime Aventure. Details on the CED assistance provided under the Quebec Economic Development Program are as follows:Coopérative de solidarité de développement touristique, économique et social de Mont-Saint-Pierre, $112,000. The project aims to plan the development and promotion of the municipality’s tourism assets through feasibility studies to define concepts, plans and estimates as well as a cost analysis of each tourism development axis chosen by the community. CED’s contribution focuses on professional fees of professional resources charged with completing the study on the “mountain.”Municipalité de Grande-Vallée, $75,000. The project aims to develop the Grande‑Vallée tourism offering by establishing new interactive multimedia installations on the Pont Galipeault. It includes developing the concept, recording the audio tracks and acquiring and installing multimedia and lighting equipment.Cime Aventure, $50,000. The project aims to expand and enhance the accommodation offering at Cime Aventure. It involves building and installing 32 mobile three-season ready-to-camp units and will lead to the creation of six jobs.Helping tourism organizations make it through the crisisSince the start of the crisis, the Government of Canada has been supporting organizations in the tourism industry, including through the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF), deployed in Quebec by CED and its collaborators. As a reminder, the RRRF has made it possible to provide funding and technical support to businesses and organizations to help them maintain their activities. In this way, with the help of Sociétés d’aide au développement des collectivités (SADCs), Centres d’aide aux entreprises (CAEs) and PME MTL, 1167 organizations in Quebec’s tourism sector have received contributions through the RRRF totalling over $44 million. Thanks to this measure, some 9400 jobs have been maintained.The tourism industry, which plays a crucial role in the economic, social and cultural life of communities, represents an essential link in regional economic development. Through this support, the Government of Canada is attesting to its commitment to prepare the field for after the pandemic with a view to rebuilding a stronger, more resilient and more just economy for all.Quotes“The tourism industry has been hit hard by the pandemic, and the Government of Canada is committed to accompanying key players as they prepare to rebound vigorously after the economic crisis. We have been here since the start of this unprecedented situation, with concrete measures, and we will be here to support tourism as the health situation evolves. We must plan the economic recovery, which can only happen with the contribution of players in the tourism community, so that we can get off to a new start together and be stronger and more resilient.”The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Member of Parliament for Ahuntsic-Cartierville, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for CED“The CED assistance announced today highlights our willingness to support the tourism industry and our commitment to Canadian businesses, organizations and citizens in these difficult times. The financial contributions granted to the Coopérative de solidarité de développement touristique, économique et social de Mont-Saint-Pierre, the Municipalité de Grande-Vallée and Cime Aventure represent very good news for the Gaspé region and its attractiveness. Thanks to Government of Canada investments in the tourism industry, we are ensuring we will be ready to receive tourists from home, and then from around the world!”The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Member of Parliament for Gaspésie-Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine and Minister of National Revenue“Despite a surprising summer, the Gaspé region’s tourism industry was greatly affected by the pandemic. Businesses in the region had to adjust, establish health measures and ensure they were followed to continue their operations. They will need all possible leverage to recover economically and return to pre-pandemic activity and revenue levels.”David Dubreuil, President, Tourisme GaspésieQuick factsCED is a key federal partner in Quebec’s regional economic development. With its 12 business offices, CED is present to accompany Quebec businesses, supporting organizations and regions into tomorrow’s economy.The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, is the minister responsible for the six regional development agencies (RDAs), including CED.Recognizing the importance of the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) in supporting local tourism businesses, the Government of Canada proposed as part of the Fall Economic Statement (November 2020) an additional $500 million for RDAs.Total funding for the RRRF sits at over $2 billion, and at least 25% of this amount will be granted to boost local tourism businesses, representing over $500 million in support to kickstart tourism by June 2021. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. 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Rivian gets order from Amazon for 100,000 electric delivery vans

first_imgElectric vehicle startup Rivian has just taken an order from e-commerce retailer Amazon for 100,000 battery-powered delivery vans, with delivery of the first such vehicles to start 2021, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said September 19.By 2022, Rivian hopes to have shipped the first 10,000 of the vans to Amazon, a spokesperson told The Drive, will the full fleet of 100,000 operational by 2024.While the vehicles will be based on the Michigan-based automaker’s R1 platform and employ the same powertrain and battery, the suspension, application software and interior and exterior, all designed to Amazon’s specs, will be unique to that company’s fleet. Amazon leads US0-million bet on electric truck maker Rivian The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Trending Videos Rivian is devouring staff from Ford, Apple, Tesla, Faraday Future and moreRivian plans to optimize manufacturing by rolling out the vans on a separate assembly line in its Normal, Illinois plant so that it won’t have to push back the late 2020 launch of its upcoming R1S and R1T SUV and truck. RELATED Trending in Canada advertisement ‹ Previous Next › PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. See More Videos COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS RELATED TAGSCargo VanNon-LuxuryElectric CarsElectric VehiclesNew Vehicleslast_img read more

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Truckin’ fast: Shelby Super Snake F-150 will make 770 horsepower

first_img RELATED TAGSF-150FordPickup TruckNews ‹ Previous Next › The production version, which will be built at Shelby American in Las Vegas, will officially debut at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona in early January. See More Videos The people have spoken: Due to overwhelming public response after the Shelby F-150 Super Snake Sport concept truck was shown recently at the SEMA auto aftermarket show in Las Vegas, it’s going into production for 2020.And there’s a chance a few lucky Canadian fans will get their hands on one, since 250 are being built for the U.S. and Canada for the 2020 model year.A limited number will also be available globally. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Trending in Canada There will be two versions, starting with a 395-horsepower naturally-aspirated V8. The one we want is the supercharged V8 that churns out 770 horses, of course, and Shelby says that makes it the “fastest street-legal, limited-edition truck available through Ford dealer showrooms.” And it comes with a warranty. RELATED Hennessey’s gone ahead and built a 1,000-hp Jeep Gladiator Roush’s terrifying 650-hp Ford ‘Nitemare’ nails 96 km/h in under 4.0 seconds In Shelby American’s tests, the supercharged truck went from zero to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.45 seconds, and reached 100 mph (160 km/h) in 8.3 seconds.Both versions will be 4×4, and in addition to the extra engine oompf, the package includes Shelby-specific suspension, Borla exhaust, Baer high-performance brakes with slotted rotors, and 22-inch Carroll Shelby aluminum wheels with street performance tires.Exterior treatments include Super Snake ram-air hood, bumpers, grille, front splitter and stripes, while the interior includes a custom leather interior, Shelby gauges, billet aluminum pedals, deep-tinted windows, and faux (faux?!) carbon-fibre accents.Canadian pricing hasn’t been announced, but in American stores, the 395-horsepower version will be $68,085, or $93,385 for the supercharged one (both prices U.S.). center_img We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Trending Videos Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” advertisement PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca last_img read more

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Oak Farm Vineyards Kicks Off 2020 with Changes to Winemaking Team

first_img Previous articleAfternoon Brief, February 19Next articleNon-Alcoholic Wine Market Gathers Pace, with Significant Impetus from Consumption Trends, Opines Fact.MR Press Release ReddIt Linkedin Email Pinterest Facebook AdvertisementFamily-Owned Lodi Estate Appoints New Head Winemaker and Acquires Promising New UpstartLodi, Calif., February 19, 2020 – Oak Farm Vineyards, owned and operated by husband-and-wife team Dan and Heather Panella, is thrilled to announce Sierra Zeiter as its new Head Winemaker. Sierra takes over the role of Dan Panella, who is now Director of Winemaking.Most recently, Zeiter worked as Assistant Winemaker at Oak Farm Vineyards, where she managed and organized production on a day-to-day basis while running all harvest protocols, additions, samplings, and decisions, in collaboration with the rest of the Oak Farm winemaking team. Zeiter went to California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, to earn her Bachelor of Science degree in wine and viticulture with a concentration in enology. While in college, Sierra worked harvests at Estate Crush, Daou Vineyards and J. Lohr, and took a job at Oak Farm Vineyards shortly after graduating. Native to the Lodi area, Sierra’s goal is to help earn the Lodi wine region the credit it deserves by crafting the best possible wines from its unique terroir.“I’m forever grateful to Oak Farm for granting me this opportunity to apply my expertise to help elevate our growing wine region,” says Zeiter. “The diverse portfolio, warm personalities, and passion for quality and authenticity here at Oak Farm embodies the spirit of Lodi, and I’m honored to continue that tradition as Head Winemaker.”Filling Zeiter’s former position of Assistant Winemaker is new Oak Farm hire Marilia Nimis. Born and raised in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, a northeast region of Italy, Nimis’ passion for wine stems from her grandparents, with whom she cultivated 14 acres of vineyards in her home country. Before coming to California, Nimis expanded her knowledge of winemaking by working harvests at La Roncaia and Ferrari Fratelli Lunelli. Marilia and Sierra met last year while working a harvest in New Zealand, and Sierra was instantly impressed by Marilia’s unwavering work ethic and sought to bring her on to the Oak Farm team. At Oak Farm, Marilia brings a positive attitude, hard work, and innovative ideas, not to mention a passion for Italian grape varieties, which thrive in Lodi’s Mediterranean climate.Co-owner Dan Panella now takes on the role of Director of Winemaking, overseeing all winemaking operations and spending more time in the market, sharing his wines with potential new buyers and consumers. A third-generation farmer, Dan’s agricultural roots trace back to the days of riding a tractor through his family’s cherry and walnut orchards. After growing a foundation and love for the industry, he blended his passion for wine with a desire for involvement in the end result and opened Oak Farm Vineyards in 2004.“It’s amazing to see how far we’ve come over the past fifteen years, and Sierra has been a big part of our evolution as a winery,” says Panella. “I’m very proud of everything she has accomplished and can’t wait to see what she does next. Marilia is a go-getter, just like Sierra, and with those two working together, I’m confident that there are great things in store for Oak Farm in 2020 and beyond.”About Oak Farm Vineyards:William DeVries founded Oak Farm in 1860, and with a passion for farming and the land, turned it into one of the pioneering agricultural sites in rural Lodi, CA. Decades later, the Panella family arrived in the region, and in 1936 began an agricultural journey that ultimately culminated with the purchase of Oak Farm in 2004. Today, the 70-acre estate is home to its state-of-the-art tasting room, where they host an array of exclusive tastings and tours. Co-Owner and Director of Winemaking Dan Panella and Head Winemaker Sierra Zieter lead a talented team of agricultural specialists in building a diverse portfolio of balanced wines from a variety of Mediterranean, American, and Bordeaux varietals. The Panella family’s Italian and French heritage, along with Lodi’s Mediterranean climate and rich sandy loam soils, are at the core of the Oak Farm winemaking program. For additional information, please visit https://www.oakfarmvineyards.com/.Advertisement Home Industry News Releases Oak Farm Vineyards Kicks Off 2020 with Changes to Winemaking TeamIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessOak Farm Vineyards Kicks Off 2020 with Changes to Winemaking TeamBy Press Release – February 19, 2020 1005 0 Twitter Share TAGSOak Farm Vineyards last_img read more

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Critical Infrastructure In North West Clarendon To Get Attention

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Some critical infrastructure, such as roads, water supply systems, and community facilities in North West Clarendon, are to be worked on with money from the Constituency Development Fund (CDF).This was noted by Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce and Member of Parliament (MP) for North West Clarendon, Hon. Michael Stern, at a CDF forum, held at the Edwin Allen High School, in Frankfield, Clarendon, on June 16.He also said that other projects, such as housing assistance and welfare matters would receive help through the CDF.“Some projects such as housing assistance are automatic, since all MPs request it. Welfare matters are also permanent. No project that requires on-going sustainable payments will be supported. The CDF will help get sustainable projects up and going, but it will not help with sustainable bills,” the State Minister said.Mr. Stern pointed out that not all areas identified would be addressed, since the CDF allotment to each MP is only $20 million.“There is no way $20 million can do all the projects. In the end, we all have to select priorities,” he said.The MP explained that for some projects, a viable community-based organisation should be identified to assist with the commencement of such projects.He mentioned one particular project, the rehabilitation of the Flowers Corner Road in Spaldings, that receives funding from the CDF and overseas.“The Flowers Corner road started with CDF funds. We cut and marled the road and under the Chinese road rehabilitation programme, we are seeking to have the funding in place to do the water channels, the drainage and to asphalt the road,” the State Minister added.Meanwhile, Mr. Stern lauded the residents of the various communities who came out on Labour Day to help work on the projects, especially those which focussed on the upgrading of critical community infrastructure, such as roads and post offices.The constituency of North West Clarendon consists of the divisions of Frankfield, Thompson Town, Ritchies and Spaldings. RelatedCritical Infrastructure In North West Clarendon To Get Attention RelatedCritical Infrastructure In North West Clarendon To Get Attention RelatedCritical Infrastructure In North West Clarendon To Get Attentioncenter_img Advertisements Critical Infrastructure In North West Clarendon To Get Attention CommerceJune 21, 2010last_img read more

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Constitution Revision Commission repeal measure headed to Senate floor

first_img Feb 22, 2021 By Jim Ash Senior Editor Top Stories Constitution Revision Commission repeal measure headed to Senate floor Sen. Jeff BrandesA measure that would ask voters to abolish the Constitution Revision Commission has cleared its final committee and is headed to the Senate floor.The Senate Rules Committee voted 12-3 on February 18 to approve SJR 204 by Judiciary Chair Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg.“The CRC is bipartisanly detested and should be abolished,” Brandes said.Senate Minority Leader Gary Farmer of Lighthouse Point joined two other Democrats, Sen. Bobby Powell of West Palm Beach and Sen. Perry Thurston of Ft. Lauderdale, in opposing the measure.There is no House companion, but the measure is on a fast track in the Senate, where it was assigned to just two committees. The Senate Government Oversight and Accountability Committee approved the measure 6-0 on January 27.The measure would ask voters in November to abolish the 37-member, mostly appointed panel that meets every 20 years. The CRC,  established in 1960, meets every 20 years and has the power to put amendments directly on the ballot.Lawmakers from both parties have been calling for its abolition since 2019, after the last CRC combined a series of unrelated measures into eight ballot questions. Voters were forced to choose, for example, to approve a measure that would ban offshore drilling and indoor vaping.A similar measure sailed through all of its committees last year but the Senate failed to take it up before the 60-day session adjourned. The 2021 session convenes March 2.last_img read more

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Acer sees low-key smartphone launch; pet tracking and VR takes spotlight

first_img AcergrandPadImaxPawboStarbreezeSwisscom Related Devices AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 31 AUG 2016 Acer debuts first Chrome OS tablet LIVE FROM IFA 2016: Acer unveiled new phablet and smartphone products, although the devices did not get much of a look-in when it came to the company’s launch event today.Instead, the vendor focused on opportunities in markets such as VR, healthcare and pet tracking, as well as computing products designed to drive sales in what is something of a lacklustre market.Acer announced the acquisition of Pawbo, the company behind an eponymous “interactive wireless pet camera with treat dispensing and laser pointing capabilities.The product comes as part of Acer’s BeingWare initiative of hardware, software and services intended to “break barriers between people and technology”.Acer and partner grandPad are also working with Swisscom on a pilot programme which sees the companies’ senior care technology deployed for the first time outside the US.The grandPad Senior tablet is said to be unique because it is designed for “super seniors” (over 75 years old), offering a way for users to stay connected with family, friends and care givers.And Acer and entertainment content company Starbreeze said they have begun shipments of VR headsets to Imax, in preparation for the opening of a new VR centre in Los Angeles, with others to follow in the near future.The companies highlighted advanced display capabilities including 5K resolution and ultra-wide 210 degree field of view.PC updatesWhile Acer showcased a number of PCs here at IFA, two stood out from the rest.The company’s Swift 7 is said to be the world’s first laptop to measure less than 1cm in depth, also weighing in at just over 1Kg.With a 13.3-inch full HD display and Intel Core i5 processor, the computer has an aluminium body and black-and-gold dual tone design.Predator 21 X_03For gaming users, the company revealed what it described as “the world’s first notebook with a curved screen” and 21-inch display, called Predator 21X (pictured).As the flagship in its gaming device line, it also includes eye-tracking technology, enabling gamers to aim, identify enemies and take cover “simply by gazing at objects on the screen”.Smartphones and phabletTargeting “business professionals, frequent travellers and cost-conscious consumers”, the Iconia Talk 4S phablet includes 4G connectivity and has dual-SIM support.Featuring an HD (720 pixel) 7-inch screen, it is powered by a quadcore MediaTek processor. The company highlighted an “anti-slip finish that enables a firmer, more secure grip to help avoid accidental drops”.It will be available in EMEA imminently, with prices starting at $169.With regards to smartphones, the Liquid Z6 line is said to offer “an excellent entertainment experience with a high-definition IPS panel and an elegant 2.5D curved glass display”.The mid-range Liquid Z6 has 5-inch full HD display, quadcore processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, 8MP main and 2MP front cameras.The higher-spec Liquid Z6 Plus has 5.5-inch full-HD display, octacore processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, 13MP main and 5MP front cameras.Liquid Z6 will be available in EMEA in November, with prices starting at €119.Liquid Z6 Plus will follow in December, at €249. Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more Microsoft looks to democratise mixed realitycenter_img Steve Costello Author Acer unveils 360-deg cameras, pet trackers and PCs Previous ArticleSamsung delays Galaxy Note 7 shipmentsNext ArticleGoogle rolls out app search feature HomeDevicesNews Acer sees low-key smartphone launch; pet tracking and VR takes spotlight Tags last_img read more

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Welcome to the New Era?

first_imgIt’s a funny thing, this business of defining time periods by separate eras. We never quite know when one is ending and the next is beginning – not while that transition is happening, at least. There is no specific date on the calendar, no handy color-coded chart to help us immediately understand exactly what we’re witnessing at the time. Dinosaurs didn’t just show up on earth one day and declare it the Jurassic period; more recently, historians can’t pinpoint one singular action that ended the Renaissance. And in a transition of slightly less global significance, we might not know for years whether Sunday afternoon, when the final putt of the Open Championship was tapped into the final hole, was the exact moment when the golf world shifted from the Tiger Woods Era to the Rory McIlroy Era. It sure felt that way, though. Ultimately, history will decide if McIlroy’s third career major victory officially ushered us into this new era in the game. But in a week where Woods – who won the last time this tournament was held at Hoylake – finished 68 spots behind his youthful pal, this one appears earmarked as a milestone moment. Call it a changing of the guard or a passing of the torch or a textbook example of out with the old and in with the new, but the facts clearly outweigh any hyperbole. In the time since Woods’ last major victory, McIlroy has three of ‘em. As Woods continues to slide down the world ranking, McIlroy continues to climb. With Woods seemingly growing more frustrated with his on-course performance, McIlroy appears unburdened by any demons from his past. Years from now, we’ll very well look back on this one in the same manner that we review the 1960 U.S. Open. In a tournament that is often considered a crossroads of the generational gap, Ben Hogan was upstaged by 30-year-old Arnold Palmer defeating 20-year-old Jack Nicklaus by two strokes. Hogan would never again win a professional tournament. This latest transition period, however, likely won’t prompt such a dramatic fade, just as it won’t provoke the sudden spike that occurred when Woods won the 1997 Masters. He will win again – and he could very well win multiple major championships from the age of 38 and beyond. Instead, this has a more similar feel to the latter part of the career of the man Woods is chasing. Nicklaus was 38 when he won his 15th major title – one more than Woods owns now. That was in 1978, but two years and exactly zero wins later, the Jack Nicklaus Era had given way to one led by young upstarts like Tom Watson and Seve Ballesteros. When the Golden Bear was able to win the 1980 U.S. Open and follow it with a PGA Championship two months later, he was impinging on the next generation’s era rather than extending his own. By the time he won his 18th and final major at the 1986 Masters, his personal era was long a thing of the past. Woods prides himself on being a golf historian and so he knows all of this already. He understands that one generation giving way to the next doesn’t necessarily mean the older players will be shut out from ever winning again. Woods also realizes that although McIlroy’s early accomplishments might not be level with those from the early part of his own career, they are eerily reminiscent. The accolades, at least, if not the consistency. “The way he plays is pretty aggressively,” Woods analyzed Sunday, comparing him favorably with Phil Mickelson. “When he gets it going, he gets it going. When it gets going bad, it gets going real bad. It’s one or the other.” Rory joined Jack and Tiger as the only players in the Masters era with three major titles by the age of 25. He’s now just a green jacket away from becoming the sixth player in history to win the career grand slam, all of which should feed into this transition period. While the festivities at Augusta National have often been hailed as Tigermania, the circus will appear more like Rorymania next April, when he attempts to join that exclusive club. If that’s not enough to sound the alarms of change, then try this: Mickelson, with five major titles and more than three dozen other PGA Tour wins, is on the short list of the greatest players of all-time. He’s certainly inside the top 15, arguably amongst the top 12, pushing toward the top 10. Well, McIlroy owns three majors at an age that’s eight years younger than Mickelson when he won his first. That’s just another on a long list of reasons why the transition to a new era felt complete on Sunday. It’s not an exaggeration to state that golf has apparently entered a new time period. Every generation has eventually succumbed to the next one, but rarely has that process taken place in such an abrupt manner. History will tell us whether that’s true. Years from now, though, don’t be surprised if we look back on these days as the beginning of what’s forever remembered as the Rory McIlroy Era.last_img read more

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