NBA: Pacers offered Paul George to Dubs for Klay Thompson—report

first_imgNBA: Durant offered kind words to Paul George on what to expect with ThunderSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade LATEST STORIES READ: Paul George heading to Thunder, Griffin stays with Clippers – reportsBut according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, George could have ended up with another Western powerhouse—the reigning NBA Champions Golden State Warriors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Indy reportedly offered their former prized superstar in exchange for the services of the Warriors’ sweet-stroking guard, Klay Thompson. The Dubs, however, decided to decline the offer.George confirmed that the proposed trade was in fact true and shared his two cents if the deal went through. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Ex Indiana Pacers’ forward Paul George (24) is fouled by Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson (11). (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)NBA fans were certainly taken aback when former Indiana Pacers forward Paul George was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder.The four-time All-Star was heavily pursued by multiple franchises, but eventually landed at the Russell Westbrook-led squad, which was an unlikely destination at the time.ADVERTISEMENT Mayweather, McGregor take trash-talk tour to New York Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation MOST READ “I would’ve looked forward to it, of just being in a good situation and a chance to compete for a championship,” he told the veteran sports journalist.The lanky 27-year-old forward, however, joked that such a deal might have been nixed by the league.“Yeah, I think that would’ve been the Chris Paul-to-LA situation where they denied that trade,” he added.In a subsequent tweet, Wojnarowski clarified that it was Indiana that offered the deal and that Golden State never put Thompson in the trading block.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Nandlall apologises for late submission in Red House matter

first_imgAttorney-at-Law for the Cheddi Jagan Research Centre (CJRC) Anil Nandlall apologised to acting Chief Justice Roxane George, who chided him for his late submission to the Attorney General’s Chambers regarding the organisation’s challenge to President David Granger’s revocation of the Red House leaseAttorney-at-Law Anil Nandlall.Justice George had set out precise timelines for both sides to make submissions,but when the matter was heard earlier this week, Solicitor General Kym Kyte disclosed that she never received submissions from Nandlall. According to information received, the former Attorney General explained that he had the submissions with him.Guyana Times understands that the acting Chief Justice appealed for the timelines to be honoured, saying that other predetermined timelines have been totally derailed owing to Nandlall’s late submissions.However, Justice George gave both sides until June 1 to exchange submissions after which the matter would return on June 19 for clarification. The previous dateRed Housefor clarifications was May 15.It was in December 2016 that President David Granger gave the occupants of the CJRC 48 hours to clear the premises, but the move was halted via a High Court injunction. Opposition Leader Bharrat Leader expressed that the President’s decision to revoke the 99-year lease was “unconscionable and vindictive”.last_img read more

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GAWU training sugar workers for community mobilising

first_imgSome 30 sugar workers are currently being trained by the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Unions (GAWU) to mobilise community members as the union tries to reposition itself within the restructuring process of the sugar industry. This is to enable the union to become more involved in the operations of the sugar sector, to the benefit of the workers therein.This educational project, a collaboration between GAWU and Canada’s largest private sector trade union, Unifor, will see a total of 125 members in the sugar industry being trained as “organisers”, to mobilise support not only in their workplace, but in communities as well.Among those who will undergo training are 60 GuySuCo workers from the three remaining estates – Albion, Blairmont and Uitvlugt. Training has commenced with approximately 30 of these GuySuCo workers. The Educational Project will be implemented in phases via two courses. The current course has commenced, andSome of the participants of the GAWU/UNIFOR Educational Project at the launch on Wednesdaywill run until Saturday.Speaking at the project launch on Wednesday, GAWU President, Komal Chand, pointed out that given Government’s position on the sugar industry, it is even more vital now to be alert of, and involved in, the decision-making process.He referred to State Minister Joseph Harmon previously saying there is a buyer for all the estates but then recently maintaining that the three operational estates would remain state-owned. Moreover, Chand reminded that Government had closed the four estates because of poor performance, but in its expressions of interest advertisement for the Enmore (East Demerara) Estate, said that estate was a good facility, with 80 per cent of the land prepared to accommodate mechanical harvesters, up-to-date packaging plant that will allow value-added sugar, and a capable workforce. These are all good things said of the estate, yet the nation was told, just over a year ago, that these estates were a liability.On this note, Chand urged the workers to take advantage of the training exercise.“It is a challenging moment, and that is why we want you to be real organisers for not the union only, but for yourself and your fellow workers. We want you to spend the next four days, until Saturday, trying to follow all the advice and teachings you get. It will not be a one-way; it will not be a monologue, it will be a dialogue, and you will have the opportunity to be able to speak and digest as much as possible, because we can’t afford to be what we were in the past; we can’t afford to be passive and not being able to address issues that we are supposed to,” he asserted.The GAWU President went on to remind sugar workers that the union is not just the hierarchy, but its existence and strength lies in the active involvement of its membership.This was also reiterated by Unifor President Jarry Dias, who posited that the strength of a union comes from its members and from mobilisation. “This week is about training, equipping you with the confidence of going out there to mobilise members in communities,” he told the gathering at the project launch held at GAWU’s Head Office in Kingston.The President of the Canadian trade union, which has a membership of some 315,000 members from 20 different industries, spoke of the need for workers to not sit back and accept Government’s decisions, but to equip themselves to fight back for their rights.“This is about you speaking to your members, our members. This is about you speaking to the communities; this is about us mobilising within the communities; because there is one thing that governments understand, and the only thing they understand is power, or the loss of it.“Governments take positions frequently because they think they can, and because they don’t think there is going to be a push back. But clearly, the whole issue of training 125 coordinators, community activists, is really about how do we take (back) our country and how do we take back our jobs, and that happens when you force a political agenda. That’s what happens when the labour movement is strong,” the trade unionist stressed.Dias, born to Guyanese parents, said his union could not have sat quietly and watched what was happening to sugar workers here without doing everything it could to help. UNIFOR’s investment in this training programme is a continuation of collaboration first initiated back in the mid-1990s, which was the Canadian trade union funding research and communications units within GAWU.On Tuesday, the Unifor President was one of the feature speakers of a one-day conference titled “Sugar – too big to fail” hosted by GAWU and sponsored by the Canadian trade union. Dias, in addressing those at the opening of the conference, called on sugar workers and union leaders to “fight back”, saying that they should not take the road of past “least resistance.”Meanwhile, among the other speakers at Wednesday’s launch of the GAWU/UNIFOR Educational Project was General Secretary of the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC), Lincoln Lewis, who urged the GuySuCo workers to take advantage of this opportunity.last_img read more

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MEET LETTERKENNY’S BRAND NEW GENERATION OF BEAVERS, CUBS AND SCOUTS

first_imgPictured is the 5th Donegal 1st Letterkenny Beavers, Cubs, Scouts with their Leaders along with County Commissioner and Beavers Coordinator pictured at their Investiture night in Letterkenny.The investiture ceremony is the time when a Scout, by means of the words of the Scout Promise, publicly announces their commitment to the Scout Law. At the ceremony, the Scout makes the Promise to the Scouts and Scouters of their troop and to all the Scouts of the world. It is once the candidate has made the promise that they is a Scout.MEET LETTERKENNY’S BRAND NEW GENERATION OF BEAVERS, CUBS AND SCOUTS was last modified: November 24th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:letterkennyScoutslast_img read more

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FOUR DONEGAL PLAYERS GIVEN ALL STARS

first_imgPaul Durcan won an All StarPaul Durcan, Neil McGee, Neil Gallagher and Donegal captain Michael Murphy have been named among this year’s 15 All Stars.Murphy was named at half-forward in the selection.They will be formally given their awards during a live TV ceremony in Dublin tomorrow night. Kerry won five All Stars, Mayo got three and Dublin were also awarded three.2014 GAA GPA Football All-Stars sponsored by OpelGoalkeeper 1. Paul Durcan (Donegal)Full backs2. Paul Murphy (Kerry)3. Neil McGee (Donegal)4. Keith Higgins (Mayo)Half backs 5. James McCarthy (Dublin)6. Peter Crowley (Kerry)7. Colm Boyle (Mayo)Midfield 8. Neil Gallagher (Donegal)9. David Moran (Kerry)Half forwards10. Paul Flynn (Dublin)11. Michael Murphy (Donegal)12. Diarmuid Connolly (Dublin)Full forwards13. Cillian O’ Connor (Mayo)14. Kieran Donaghy (Kerry)15. James O’ Donoghue (Kerry)FOUR DONEGAL PLAYERS GIVEN ALL STARS was last modified: October 23rd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:2014 All Starsdonegallast_img read more

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PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH DIABETES TO PROTEST AT HOSPITAL DURING MINISTER’S VISIT

first_imgParents of children with diabetes across Donegal are to stage a protest at Letterkenny General Hospital during a visit by Minister for Health Dr James Reilly tomorrow.Letterkenny HospitalThe Donegal Diabetes Parent Support Group said it is extremely frustrated and annoyed at the lack of progress in service provision for children with diabetes in Donegal.Following their meeting with Minister Reilly in April 2013, they were optimistic that a Paediatric Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialist would be appointed in Letterkenny General Hospital. At that time the minister told us we were ‘reasonable people with a reasonable request’. Since that meeting the Paediatrician with an interest in diabetes has left the service and the staff nurse working full time in children’s diabetes has been promoted to a Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) responsible for adults and children.She is replacing a diabetes CNS who is moving to an integrated post in the community.The group says this actually means that we have lost the progress previously made in securing a nurse working only paediatric diabetes.The Diabetes Expert Advisory Group recommendation states there should be 1 nurse to every 100 children/adolescents with diabetes. Donegal has the numbers to have 1.5 nurses working exclusively in paediatric diabetes. Donegal has a high prevalence rate of adults with diabetes. The current figures for the North West are:Donegal: 5354 adultsSligo: 2484 adultsLeitrim & West Cavan: 1250The group says that such high numbers of adults with diabetes leads to a heavy workload for the two hospital based diabetes clinical nurse specialists who are now expected to take on the responsibility for children also. This is a dangerous development. In relation to the children with type 1 diabetes Letterkenny hospital has:103 children up to age 15.99 years; 5 of which were diagnosed since 1st January 2014. Sixteen children were diagnosed in 2013. There are a further 40 adolescents attending the transition clinic aged 16-19 years.10 children from Donegal receive diabetes care in Sligo General Hospital.27 children are on pump therapy and receiving shared care (Dublin Hospitals) with a further 17 children waiting or undergoing assessment for pump therapy. In total 54 children are attending the Dublin Hospitals. Group spokeswoman Denise Gillespie said “A Paediatric Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialist is essential in Letterkenny to support families with children on increasingly complex insulin regimes and will reduce the frequency of clinic appointments in Dublin.“We learned at a follow-up meeting with Letterkenny management in Nov 2013 that the paediatric CNS post had not been progressed, despite the fact that the Expert Advisory Group on Diabetes states that there should be 1 Paediatric Diabetes Clinical nurse Specialist per 100 children/adolescents with diabetes.“Currently children attending Letterkenny General Hospital are at clinical risk due to the lack of a specialist Paediatrician with an interest in Diabetes and the loss of the dedicated nurse dealing with diabetes in children.“Donegal parents now feel that their concerns are not being addressed and are planning to mount a campaign through the media to highlight our frustration with the inadequate service currently being provided. Nearly every family in Donegal has someone affected with diabetes and the Donegal branch of diabetes Ireland is one of the strongest in the country, we are ready to commence a high profile campaign to achieve the care our children deserve. We feel that our patience and engagement in discussions has been pointless as we have a worse service now than before we started and this must change.”PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH DIABETES TO PROTEST AT HOSPITAL DURING MINISTER’S VISIT was last modified: March 2nd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:diabetesdonegalMinister James Reillylast_img read more

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Creative schools initiative to be rolled out to four Donegal schools

first_imgFour Donegal schools are set to have increased access to creative activities as part of the Creative Schools and Creative Clusters initiatives.Carndonagh Community School, Sn Cholmcille, Baile Na Finne (Fintown), Keadue National School, and Rathdonnell National School were all selected to participate in the Creative Schools programme for 2019-20.The expansion of these initiatives, as part of the Creative Ireland Programme, places arts and creativity at the centre of school life for over 100,000 students across the country.  Welcoming the announcement, Donegal TD and  Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh, said: “We want all children and young people in Ireland to have access to learning in creative arts, as part of a full and rounded education.“Today’s announcement represents a significant increase in our investment in Creative Schools, Creative Clusters and the Local Creative Youth Partnerships.“It will enable us to deliver more fully on our ambition to support and nurture the creative potential of our young people within our school communities.“It is fantastic that the talent of our young people is now being fostered through this range of creative programmes,” he added. “We want to nurture creative potential, help our young people develop an appetite for discovery and encourage them to acquire the skills they need to achieve their ambitions.“I look forward to seeing some of the results of these collaborations and initiatives in action in the first Creative Schools National Celebration in November.”A national celebration of the arts and creativity in schools participating in Scoileanna Ildánacha/Creative Schools will take place from 4-8 November at schools and venues across the country.Children and young people will have the opportunity to showcase their experiences of the arts and creative learning through their involvement in the initiative.Creative schools initiative to be rolled out to four Donegal schools was last modified: September 11th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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SA banking net spreads

first_imgFirst National Bank’s Ikezi Agency in Dobsonville, Soweto. (Image: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more freephotos, visit the image library.)Wilma den HartighThe number of South Africans with bank accounts has increased considerably, and according to economists this is good news for the banking sector and the economy in general.Research conducted by TNS Research Surveys for advocacy group FinMark Trust reveals that the increase in bank account holders can mainly be attributed to the rollout of state grants to more than one in five South African adults. According to the report, Finscope 2008, about 55% of social grant recipients have opted to have funds deposited directly into their bank accounts.Face-to-face interviews with 3 900 people across the country revealed that the proportion of people in the banking sector had risen to 63% from less than 50% four years ago. Nearly 50% of South African citizens in the Living Standards Measure (LSM) 1 to 5 category banked last year, up from 35% two years ago.The South African Advertising Research Foundation’s LSM system is a widely used research tool, which divides the country’s population into 10 LSM groups – 1 being the lowest and 10 the highest.“The effect of billions of rands in social grants entering private bank accounts is hugely beneficial,” said Andrew Pampallis, an economist in the Banking Unit of the University of Johannesburg Department of Economics.He explained that even if the grant funds stay in bank accounts only overnight, it means that banks can lend more against that money.“The relatively small amounts of, say R1 000, are irrelevant, but the multiple small amounts are relevant,” he explained. And as the funds are transferred from one account into another, for example as payments to clothing or grocery stores, in turn the money flows back into the economy.Doret Els, an economist at the Efficient Group, agreed with the findings of the report. “Grants are a major contributing factor to more people getting bank accounts,” Els said. She added that it is encouraging that more people are entering the banking system, and that more participation of middle-income people are entering the banking system.ELS said banks have focused on attracting more people in the LSM 1 to 3 segments, through products such as the Mzansi savings account. This product was launched in 2004 by South Africa’s four major banks and PostBank to promote bank use among low-income people. The report also confirms this: of the banked population, 17.5% use an Mzansi account.Entry-level products such as ATM cards and savings or transaction accounts are the most used, while cellphone banking is used by only 4% of the total population.The report also showed that the number of borrowers is increasing. Last year the figure rose to 28% of the adult population (9.1-million people) from 13% the year before, with the wealthiest borrowing the most.“It is important for people to enter the banking system and eventually move up and get involved in more specialised savings,” Els said.But she warned that it is also crucial to manage the availability of credit, as some account holders are not able to afford the credit they are granted.Related articlesSA banks overtake global giants Standard Bank on the money South African banker soars in Australia Useful linksFinMark Trust TNS Research Surveys South African Advertising Research Foundation Standard Bank Absa Bank First National Bank Nedbanklast_img read more

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Northeast Cleans Up Its Heating Oil

first_imgWith a few holdouts, fuel oil dealers in the Northeast U.S. have completed a  transition to ultra-low-sulfur heating oil (ULHO), a move that will bring a variety of environmental and practical benefits to both consumers and the industry. Massachusetts, Maine, and Vermont this year are completing a switch to fuel oil that contains no more than 15 parts per million (ppm) of sulfur, wrapping up a transition that began in 2012 in New York State. The effort now includes every state in the region with the exception of Pennsylvania and Maryland, according to S&P Global. Fuel oil is largely a regional fuel. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, 20% of Northeast households heat with fuel oil, representing 80% of U.S. consumers who do. In some states, the percentage of households using oil for heat is much higher. In Maine, for example, two-thirds of all households use oil as their primary source of heat, higher than in any other state, the EIA said.RELATED ARTICLESHeating with Oil or Gas: What’s to Like?What’s the Greenest Option for Home Heating?The Effect of Low Oil Prices on Climate EmissionsWind Energy Is Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions In 2016, 3.1 billion gallons of home heating fuel were sold to residential users in the Northeast. The 15 ppm sulfur content is equal to that in ultra-low-sulfur diesel used in some vehicles. Conventional heating oil has a sulfur content of 4,000 ppm. Adoption has been on a state-by-state basis after a multi-state air quality compact called the Mid-Atlantic Northeast Visibility Union embraced the idea a decade ago. Some states lowered limits on sulfur in stages. Massachusetts, for example, went to 500 ppm sulfur in 2014 and didn’t fully adopt ULHO until this year. Maryland and Pennsylvania, the number two consumer in the region, still permit heating oil containing 500 ppm sulfur. The change promises a number of environmental improvements, according to Clean Oil Heat NH, a trade group representing dealers in New Hampshire. They include reduced emissions of nitrogen oxide, sulfur oxide, and particulates, less ground-level ozone smog, and improved air and water quality. Heating equipment will stay cleaner and last longer on a diet of ULHO, the group said, and as a result should operate more efficiently. Movement started to benefit local dealers The change to ULHO began as an effort to make life simpler for local oil retailers rather than as an environmental initiative, according to John Huber, president of the National Oilheat Research Alliance, an industry research group funded by a fee on wholesale oil sales. In a telephone call, Huber said that in 1993 the U.S. Department of Environmental Protection developed low-sulfur requirements for on-road trucks, but opted not to include heating oil in the regulation. That, Huber said, made it impossible for oil dealers to use the same trucks to deliver both diesel for on-road vehicles and home heating oil. If the heating oil were delivered first and the truck refilled with diesel, there would be enough residual sulfur in the tank to contaminate the load of diesel, rendering it unsalable. “There has been a desire on the part of retailers to realign the products so they are the same again,” Huber said. The industry also saw a number of other advantages in the switch. Heating oil with a high sulfur content was causing some degradation in chimneys, and it has a tendency to gum up the heat exchanger in boilers and furnaces. Technicians, already in short supply, had to spend more time taking appliances apart to scrape out the gunk, and the sulfur is thought to lower the efficiency of appliances that burn it — on the order of 1% to 3% per year. Finally, heating oil with lots of sulfur produced sulfuric acid in the secondary heat exchangers in high-efficiency condensing furnaces that were growing increasingly common. Huber said that the specialty steels that manufacturers were forced to use to protect the exchanger from the chemical could add as much as $2,000 to the cost of a single furnace. Costs for consumers are probably a wash ULHO is harder to produce than conventional heating oil, Huber said, because it has a “tighter spec” at the refinery, but it makes the equipment that uses it easier to make. Although Huber cautioned that oil pricing is dynamic throughout the year, and as a result somewhat “not decipherable,” consumers in the end should stand to gain. “So maybe you pay 2 or 3 cents more a gallon to get it,” Huber said, “and you save 4 to 6 cents in higher efficiency appliances in your home. It’s kind of a wash, probably a benefit to the consumer. He’s paying a little more but he’s getting better quality, and he’s probably going to be using a little less.” It isn’t clear why Maryland and Pennsylvania haven’t jumped on the bandwagon. The 500 ppm sulfur heating oil allowed in those states is much cleaner than what used to be on the market, but still a far cry from the 15 ppm oil being used elsewhere in the region. Emails to environmental officials in both states were not answered. However, Ted Harris, the director of marketing for the Pennsylvania Petroleum Association, which represents oil dealers in the state, said by phone that 15 ppm heating oil would become the standard next year, as it will be in Maryland. ULHO is already being marketed in Philadelphia, a major metro area and the largest city in the state. Why Philadelphia and not the rest of the state? “Without going into the full story, there’s just been some legislative matters that have not gotten us to that level,” Harris said. “With that being said, we are on pace to be at 15 ppm by July 1, 2019.”last_img read more

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iPhone 5 Is No Surprise. Can Apple Still Keep A Secret?

first_imgTags:#Apple#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market taylor hatmaker Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Today Apple announced the iPhone 5 to much fanfare but little surprise. For a company renowned for secrecy, the newest iteration of the iPhone didn’t keep many secrets. Are we witnessing the end of the era of Apple stealth?While Apple’s iPhone 5 launch was no 2010-level meltdown, it left little to the imagination. The company is famous (or notorious, depending on whom you ask) for keeping its upcoming products under wraps, a strategy that historically yields unmatched levels of hype for its press events. Has the secret keeper lost its touch?Well, yes and no. While it’s inevitable that at least some early speculation would pan out in an actual Apple product launch, the iPhone 5 might have been one of the most predictable devices the company has launched to date – not for any preventable lapse in secrecy, per se. The iPhone 4S wasn’t really a next-gen device, adding Siri and boosting some core tech specs, so the media circus has had a bit longer to mull over the iPhone 5’s feature set. And in an hyper-competitive smartphone market defined by quad-core processors and lightning-fast 4G connections, features like 4G and the A6 processor were all but inevitable.Still, some leaks did squirm their way out in the 11th hour (and before). The morning of the iPhone 5 launch event, Apple blog 9to5Mac managed to dig up some URLs that confirmed the day’s launches — on Apple’s own website. In spite of speculation, the extremely last minute nature of the find makes it obvious that this was a slip-up on Apple’s part, revealing that the new device would indeed be called the iPhone 5 (rather than the “new iPhone”), for one thing.Yet not all supposed leaks borne out. The long-circulating rumor of a new “teardrop” design for the iPhone 5, inititally reported by The Verge, never came to pass. The iPhone 5 maintains the boxy exterior of its predecessor, nary a curve in sight. With 1.2 million workers in Apple’s Foxconn component manufacturing source alone, leaks along the supply chain to Asian publications like DigiTimes seem inevitable, but this one proved false.While many rumors panned out with Wednesday’s launch, in the case of the newest iPhone, its was more due to the inevitability of the feature set than any major slip-up or deliberate leak on behalf of the company. And with the iPad Mini still shrouded in mystery, it’s safe to say that Apple hasn’t entirely lost its tight grip on internal information.last_img read more

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