Grants awarded through the new Mineral Resources Development Fund will help in the search for new mineral discoveries, move projects closer to production and attract investment into Nova Scotia. Energy and Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette announced the 28 grants totaling $799,800 today, July 11. “Nova Scotia’s mining industry is an important component of the province’s rural economy,” said Mr. Mombourquette. “This program will support prospectors and exploration, assist in growing the province’s mineral sector and help train the next generation of young people entering the industry.” The Mineral Resources Development Fund was introduced in Budget 2018-19, replacing a smaller program. The fund is timed with a renewed national focus in Nova Scotia’s mineral opportunities stemming from the success of the Atlantic Gold mine, the only new gold mine to open nationally in 2017. This new provincial initiative is designed to encourage investment and development in the mineral resource sector. The fund supports grassroots prospecting to more advanced mineral exploration. It also provides marketing grants that enable prospectors to promote their mineral prospects and assists in securing research grants that build partnerships between university researchers, prospectors and mineral exploration companies. “The Mineral Resource Development Fund is a huge benefit to the exploration community and highly beneficial to the rural economy of Nova Scotia,” said Lindsay Allen, owner-operator of ELK Exploration Limited in Terence Bay. “I’m hopeful we can make some new discoveries.” Eighteen of the 28 grants are going to prospectors, many of which are one-person companies or junior exploration companies. Grants provide essential support for them to find mineral deposits and promote their projects to investors. Geology departments at Dalhousie, Memorial, Acadia and Saint Mary’s universities also received a portion of the approved grants. In addition to funding the research, the program links industry with innovative university researchers while providing training and support for the next generation of mineral deposit geologists. For a full list of grant recipients and more information on the fund visit http://www.novascotia.ca/natr/meb/mrdp/mrdp_results.asp .
Government is piloting new supports for young people on income assistance to help them become independent and get into the workforce more quickly. The EDGE pilot program is a job search and readiness program designed for young adults aged 18 to 26 who receive Employment Supports and Income Assistance. The program is the first of its kind in Nova Scotia. “This program is part of our commitment to helping young people find a path into the job market,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “We want to make sure every Nova Scotian has the opportunity to be part of the economy and succeed in this province. I’m proud that young adults came forward to help design this program that builds skills and confidence.” EDGE is delivered in peer groups, with mentorship and youth-focused supports. It helps young adults develop skills and gain access to the resources they need in a supportive environment designed to meet their needs. “I am so pleased to be able to offer our young adults more options to help them reach their goals,” said Minister of Community Services Kelly Regan. “The program resulted from listening to young people and responding to what they need to be independent.” “Going through a patch of hard luck, EDGE helped by connecting me with peers in the same situation, a good atmosphere to socialize and work in, and helped ease my sense of frustration and isolation,” said Brandon, 25, program participant. The program is delivered in two sites, by three service providers, MetroWorks in Halifax Regional Municipality, and Community INC., partnered with The Portal Youth Centre in Kentville. “The EDGE program efficiently helped us fill two positions with well-prepared and responsible young people,” said Rachel Bedingfield, Kentville Department of Parks and Recreation. “We value our role in mentoring local young people to build skills and experience. It is clear that because these youth are supported by the EDGE staff and program, they are continuing to be successful in their jobs.” “Programs like EDGE not only support youth with employment, but they also drive economic development by strengthening our future workforce to meet the needs of our diverse business community,” said Dave Rideout, president and CEO of MetroWorks. Government has invested $1 million in the EDGE pilot program. Under changes to Employment Supports and Income Assistance, the department is building supports to help young people build connections to communities, self-confidence, a career path and independence from income assistance, breaking the cycle of poverty from generation to generation. Those interested in learning more about the EDGE program in these regions should contact their Employment Supports and Income Assistance caseworker or call 1-877-424-1177.
Thiruvambady (Ker): Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday sought to dismiss Prime Minister Naredra Modi’s assertion that Kerala was as dear to him as Varanasi, alleging that the PM was meting out stepmotherly treatment to non-BJP-ruled states and he did not expect any cooperation from him. In his speech, thanking the voters of the Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency for electing him, Gandhi claimed that the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was blinded by “hatred and anger” and viewed those not following the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideology as not Indians, while vowing to fight it. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist He was addressing a gathering at Engapuzha near here, a tiny town in Kozhikode district and part of his Lok Sabha constituency, after a roadshow on the third and final day of his thanksgiving visit to Wayanad. “The prime minister considers BJP-ruled states and non-BJP ruled states differently. I know, he will never consider Kerala the way he considers Uttar Pradesh because the CPI(M) is ruling here,” he said, referring to Modi’s speech at Guruvayur in Kerala on Saturday. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France After offering prayers at the famous Krishna temple in Guruvayur, Modi had said the BJP was not working for mere electoral politics and that it was keen on building the country and ensuring that India got its place of pride in the international arena. “Elections have their place in democracy and it is the responsibility of the winner to take care of the 130 crore people. Those who made us win or those who did not, both are our (people). Kerala is as dear to me as Varanasi,” he had said, referring to his Lok Sabha constituency in Uttar Pradesh. The Congress chief, however, said he was not expecting any cooperation from the prime minister and the BJP-led central government for the development of Wayanad and Kerala. Referring to his Saturday meeting with the CPI(M) MLA from Kalpeta, which falls under the Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency, Gandhi said there might be “ideological differences” (between the Congress and the Left), but those would be set aside and both parties would work together for the development of Wayanad. But, such cooperation was not coming from the prime minister and the BJP, he charged. “Because they are blinded by hatred and anger…because either you follow the ideology of the RSS or you are not an Indian…. We will fight that and I promise you that we will not be ruled by Nagpur (where the RSS is based),” Gandhi said. As in the last two days, hundreds of party workers and locals, including women and children, greeted Gandhi during the roadshow at Engapuzha in the morning. Several people in the crowd were seen wearing T-shirts with slogans such as “Rahul we need you” and “Rahul pada” (army). Before leaving for New Delhi in the afternoon, Gandhi would take out one more roadshow at Mukkam, near here. This is the All India Congress Committee (AICC) president’s first visit to Wayanad after his thumping poll victory with a margin of about 4.31 lakh votes. The Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) swept the parliamentary election in Kerala, winning 19 of its 20 seats. Besides Wayanad, Gandhi had also contested the polls from his pocket borough of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh. He lost the Amethi poll battle to Union minister Smriti Irani. After arriving in Kerala on June 7, the Congress chief took out massive roadshows in various parts of his high-range constituency, which spreads over three districts — Wayanad, Malappuram and Kozhikode. He accepted memorandums and complaints from people and spent time listening to the grievances of representatives of tribals and farmers at the Wayand district collectorate on Saturday. During his roadshows, Gandhi lashed out at Modi and assured the people that he would raise the issues of not only Wayanad, but of entire Kerala in Parliament. Reviving his attack on Modi after the polls, he alleged that the prime minister’s election campaign was filled with “lies, poison and hatred”, while his party stood for “truth, love and affection”. Gandhi’s visit to Kerala came days after he offered to resign as the Congress president in view of the party’s dismal showing in the second consecutive general election. But the offer was rejected by the Congress Working Committee, the highest decision-making body of the party.
New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday recorded the voice samples of TMC MP Aparupa Poddar and ex-TMC MLA Sovan Chatterjee at the agency offices in Kolkata’s Nizam Palace, in connection with the Narada sting operation case. As per directions of the Supreme Court of India, the CBI had earlier summoned 11 accused to record their voice samples for investigation in the case. In addition to Poddar, the list included leaders such as former TMC MP Sultan Ahmed and current Transport Minister in the West Bengal government, Suvendu Adhikary among others. Sources said that Adhikary is to appear before agency officials to record his voice sample on Thursday. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Earlier, the CBI had sought sanction to prosecute Adhikary and three TMC MPs – Prasun Banerjee, Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar and Saugata Roy in the case from Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla. The case pertains to a series of videos that were released by Narada News in the run up to the 2016 Assembly polls in the state. The videos purportedly showed several TMC leaders demanding and accepting bribes. However, the implicated leaders have maintained that the sting operator, Mathew Samuel, owner and Editor of Narada News, had pretended to donate to their election campaign and that the money was not a bribe. Interestingly, while the tapes show an IPS officer accepting a bribe on behalf of now-BJP leader Mukul Roy, the agency has not yet sought sanction to prosecute him.
HALIFAX – The typically frigid weather that grips the Maritimes at this time of year may be hindering the growth of some plants — but in a dreary corner of a Halifax park, a large plant that is more suited to the hot desert is about to put on the show of its life.The agave americana, a plant native to Mexico and the southwestern United States, is blooming for the first time since it sprouted 25 years ago inside a greenhouse at Halifax’s Public Gardens.With the arrival of spring, the large plant has been moved outside, where its asparagus-like stalk is expected to grow nine metres over a few weeks, then branch out with clusters of blooming flowers — and then die.The agave is turning heads in the downtown core.Earlier this week, some onlookers stopped to include the plant in selfies.“It’s exciting,” Taylor MacGillivray said, standing at the tropical display bed. “Even going to Mexico you’d be lucky to see it.”Photos of the agave on the Halifax Public Gardens’ Facebook page have garnered hundreds of likes and shares.“We were really excited last Monday when this plant started to show that it was going to flower,” said Heidi Boutilier, a horticulture specialist.A professed “plant geek,” Boutilier said the agave’s blooming period usually lasts a few weeks.Boutilier confirmed that once the agave flowers, the plant will die — a process that is well known to those familiar with desert plants.The blue agave plant can be used to produce tequila, but staff at the Public Gardens have no intention to brew their own batch, Boutilier said.“We let it do its thing,” she said. “We aren’t going to cut it down and harvest it. We’re just going to let her take her natural course.”
HALIFAX – Police in Halifax say a pedestrian who was struck by a car has been ticketed for allegedly failing to activate the lights at a crosswalk.They say a male pedestrian was struck by a car at a marked crosswalk equipped with amber lighting on Saturday night.Halifax Regional Police say the pedestrian failed to activate the crossing lights before entering the roadway.They say witnesses confirmed that the lights were not flashing at the time of the incident, and officers made sure the lights were in working order.They say the pedestrian was sent to hospital for treatment, but his life is not thought to be in danger.He was issued a ticket under a section of the Motor Vehicle Act that prohibits entering a crosswalk without activating the lights if they’re available.
Rabat – In his speech to the nation commemorating his 20th year in power, the King addressed a central issue for Morocco; Western Sahara. King Mohammed VI took the opportunity to reaffirm Morocco’s unwavering position on the question of its territorial integrity. Morocco will accept no solution that throws doubt over its sovereignty in Western Sahara.He said, “the celebration of the glorious Throne Day is a most fitting occasion to reiterate our unwavering commitment to the Moroccanness of the Sahara, to our national unity and territorial integrity, and to full sovereignty over every inch of the Kingdom’s territory.” On the same subject, the King expressed satisfaction with Morocco’s achievements at the international level. He cited its partnerships and dialogues with the United Nations, the European Union, and the African Union.In his speech, King Mohammed recalled that the United Nations, the only legitimate body responsible to find a political solution to the conflict, has acknowledged Morocco’s commitment towards finding a pragmatic and fair settlement to the conflict.The UN Security Council has repeatedly drawn attention to Morocco’s Autonomy Plan, submitted to the UN in 2007. The council has acknowledged the viability of the initiative as a political solution to the conflict. The Autonomy Plan is part of Morocco’s ongoing plan, to build a democratic and modern society based on the rule of law, individual, collective, and economic freedoms, as well as social development in the region.In his speech, the King also highlighted to Morocco’s partnerships with the European Union and the African Union.This year, Morocco and the EU agreed to strengthen their partnership by renewing their fisheries deal despite maneuvers from the Polisario front to sabotage the accord.The King also commented on Morocco’s Pan-African gaze. The country’s return to the African Union has helped it to quell any claims which question Morocco’s sovereignty over Western Sahara.Morocco’s return to the AU bolstered the deflection of hostile moves and limited the AU’s involvement in the conflict. King Mohammed VI said that his country “maintains its sincere adherence to the political process conducted under the exclusive auspices of the United Nations.”He also added that Morocco’s position is clear “in terms of its fundamental convictions: the way to achieve the desired settlement can be none other than through Moroccan full sovereignty and within the framework of the autonomy initiative.”
“This is the largest amount of food assistance ever delivered in a single emergency operation over such a brief period,” said WFP Executive Director James Morris. “The task of providing such volumes of food aid to the entire population of Iraq over seven months is an incredible achievement carried out under very difficult circumstances.” In a dispatch from WFP headquarters in Rome, the agency said it provided up to 500,000 tons of food – or some 20,000 truckloads – every month through Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Kuwait, Iran, Jordan and the Iraqi port of Um Qasr, supplying 18 governorates inside Iraq. With the logistics operations now being scaled down, only Jordan, Syria and Um Qasr, remain active, the agency said. As WFP completes its emergency operation at the end of October, the focus has shifted to gradually handing over the supply chain of the Public Distribution System to the United States-led Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) and the Iraqi Ministry of Trade (MOT), the WFP said. Part of WFP’s role in ensuring a steady supply of food into Iraq is the renegotiation of Oil-for-Food contracts under Security Council Resolution 1483. Since August, WFP has negotiated 294 contracts for 2.2 million tons of food valued at more than $900 million for delivery into Iraq through June 2004, the agency said. “Although Iraq has benefited from a better cereal harvest and the lifting of economic sanctions, much of the country’s population is poor and still in need of assistance, according to a recent FAO/WFP food supply and nutrition assessment,” the statement said. “While a food crisis has been averted, the nutritional situation of several million mothers and children in central and southern Iraq is still cause for concern.”
Given the scarce resources local councils have at their disposal people will rightly question if this is a sensible use of public moneyMaurice Golden, MSP 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. The idea was for adults to use it outside school hours, but that was kicked into touch after a solitary resident complained the plan would lead to more noise.Residents say they are astonished that money which would normally be spent on books or teachers will be spent instead on an acoustic fence.Shop owner Shah Arshad, 28, who runs the Serve N Save shop just yards from the pitch, said: “This shop has been run by my family for 30 years and I’ve never heard any noise from people playing football.”It’s incredible really – it’s caused a real stir in the community. People really don’t understand why the council is so keen to spend the money on a fence.”Council officials then took the matter further, suggesting worshippers attending Sunday services at nearby St Peter’s Church could be offended by profane shouting from footballers.As a result, use of the all-weather pitch has been limited to pupils of two primary schools while plans are drawn up for the noise blanketing wall.It is due to be built by August.Neighbour Johnny Millar, 28, a print assistant, said: “The only word to describe this is ludicrous. There’s always been a pitch there and my friends and I played on it when we were younger.”There’s never been an issue – I spoke with the local priest as well and he said none of his parishioners were against it or had spoken to the council.”It seems one moaner is going to cost us all.”Maurice Golden, Tory MSP for West of Scotland, said: “The decision to build the acoustic fencing should be reviewed immediately.”Given the scarce resources local councils have at their disposal people will rightly question if this is a sensible use of public money.”Acoustic fences can be found near busy roads to keep noise to a minimum.The structures work by either “absorbing” sound waves or “reflecting” them back.In 2011, supermarket chain Morrisons agreed to build an acoustic fence around its supermarket delivery yard in Paisley after residents complained lorry traffic was keeping them awake.And a year later St Mirren Football Club built a partial wall at its training ground amid complaints residents at a nearby upmarket housing estate could hear “foul language” from its players.Last night, West Dunbartonshire Council defended the outlay – which would be enough to pay for 132,275 meals on wheels or hire nine full-time teachers.Convener of planning, councillor Lawrence O’Neill, said: “We are finding the cash from the existing school budget. There has only been one complaint but if we increase the use of the pitch we can expect to see that number increase.”Ultimately we are finding money to ensure the pitch is not wasted and more young people can enjoy the use of the facility.” Council bosses are spending up to £500,000 on a sound-blocking fence at a football pitch after a single complaint.Labour-run West Dunbartonshire Council considered scrapping hot school dinners, school milk and paid traffic wardens as it battles a £6.2 million shortfall.One local slammed the expenditure as “ludicrous”.Building the sound-blocking “acoustic fence” will cost at least £250,000, but the final bill could be as much as £500,000, according to some estimates.The new state-of-the-art 3G pitch pitch at Bellsmyre Education Campus, in Dumbarton, opened last summer and replaced a previous worn-out pitch.
The Duke of Edinburgh has met Royal Marines who have completed a mammoth 1,664 mile trek – his final official Royal event before he retires from public engagements.In the grounds of Buckingham Palace, Philip celebrated the achievements of servicemen who have taken part in the 1664 Global Challenge, a series of strength and endurance feats raising funds and awareness for the Royal Marines Charity. Despite his age, Philip’s decision – which was fully supported by the Queen and was not medically related – came as a surprise as he still appeared to relish meeting people and carrying out his public role. The Duke of Edinburgh meets Royal Marines in the forecourt of Buckingham PalaceCredit:Yui Mok/PA During the event, Philip will also meet veterans and cadets before receiving the 1664 Global Challenge baton.The parade will end with a march past, a royal salute and three cheers for the Captain General.Over the years, Philip has attended many Royal Marines events and in 2014, to mark the Corps’ 350th anniversary, the Duke wore his full ceremonial uniform as Captain General to the state opening of parliament. Royal Marines from around the globe have also been taking part in extreme events including a 34-mile swim underwater and a company of Royal Marines lifting more than 20,000 tonnes and running 10,000 kilometres. Prince Philip doffs his hat at his final solo public engagementCredit:Yui Mok/PA The Duke of Edinburgh attending the Captain General’s Parade Credit:Yui Mok/PA The Queen’s Consort announced in May he would be retiring from royal engagements after more than 65 years supporting the monarch in her role as head of state and attending events for his own charities and organisations. Buckingham Palace has stressed although the Duke’s diary of engagements will come to an end on Wednesday, he might decide to attend certain events, alongside the Queen, from time to time.The Queen’s public schedule continues as normal, but other members of the Royal Family will step up in support of the monarch in her role as head of state. The Duke is known for his quips and over the past few months has been joking about his impending retirement, even telling celebrity cook Prue Leith at a Palace event “I’m discovering what it’s like to be on your last legs”. Prince Philip with military leaders in the grounds of Buckingham PalaceCredit:Yui Mok/PA His association with the Royal Marines dates back 64 years to June 2, 1953 when he was appointed Captain General in succession to the late King George VI.The challenge, which recognises the year 1664 when the Corps was founded, has seen Royal Marines all over the world raising money for the military unit’s charity with a number of ingenious feats. The Duke of Edinburgh waves goodbye at his final official solo engagementCredit:EDDIE MULHOLLAND FOR THE TELEGRAPH In the forecourt of Buckingham Palace Philip, in his role as Captain General of the Royal Marines, attended a parade to mark the finale of the 1664 Global Challenge. The 1,664 mile running challenge began in Plymouth on April 25 with Royal Marines running 16.64 miles a day for 100 days, with the gruelling trek due to end at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday.The Duke will meet some of the runners including two Royal Marines who have completed the entire distance. Philip, 96, was praised at the time for his public service with Prime Minister Theresa May leading the tributes saying he had given the Queen “steadfast support”, while Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the Duke’s “clear sense of public duty” had inspired people for more than 60 years. Show more The Duke of Edinburgh, pictured inspecting troops during the annual Trooping the Colour parade in 2012, is Captain General of the Royal MarinesCredit:Dominic Lipinski/PA 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.
THE RECENT CONTROVERSY surrounding the inaugural City of Culture was a perfect opportunity for the Minister for the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan to step up to the plate and show some long overdue leadership. Unfortunately, the Minister simply confirmed what many observers have suspected for quite sometime now; that he is in the wrong job.Events in Limerick got off to a well-publicised start with the artistic director and two festival programmers resigning over numerous issues, one of which was tension between the creative team and the CEO – who had been appointed without any due procedure. She, too, later resigned. However, the board that oversaw this fiasco is still in place.Minister Deenihan was notably quiet during the fallout. His contribution totalled a single press release, after much of the controversy had already blown over, and a radio interview on RTE’s This Week programme in which he deflected responsibility from himself and stated that he only knew what was happening from what he “had read in the papers”.An inability to represent the Arts with any real knowledgeThe Minister’s advisers must surely have winced at the point of the interview where he awkwardly referred to the famous French street theatre company Royal de Luxe as “a puppet show I think’” Admittedly, most people you meet down the pub on a Friday night aren’t going to know much about Royal de Luxe, but the majority of theatre professionals will know that they are a street theatre company. Is it unreasonable to expect that a minister representing the arts would know it too? It may seem like nitpicking, but it highlights the fact that Minister Deenihan does not appear comfortable when representing the Arts.The two main issues around Jimmy Deenihan’s incumbency are a lack of leadership and an inability to represent the Arts with any real knowledge. Despite the Coalition policy of austerity it is apparent that other ministers are fighting tooth and nail for their departmental budgets not to be cut. Minister Deenihan seems content to sit back and allow his department take one for what he considers to be the greater good of the country. Whenever he is drawn on the specifics of cuts to the sector, he is quick to refer to the wider sacrifices that the people of Ireland are making.When recently asked by Clare Daly “if he will restore the 30% cut in arts funding which has taken place over the past five years, as a necessary measure to protect our culture and local artistic jobs and centres”, the Minister responded: “Difficult choices needed to be made in this year’s budget. As has been made clear, this budget is above all about strengthening our economy, creating jobs and exiting the bailout”.The Minister has also made certain recommendations to Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan about the Arts, but despite requests from various organisations such as the National Campaign for the Arts, these recommendations are not in the public forum. Why the lack of transparency?Professional background is importantThe current mishap that is Minister for the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht is easily tracked. Having entered political life after a glorious career as a Kerry footballer (he was part of the five-time winning All-Ireland Kerry team), Jimmy Deenihan entered local politics as a member of Kerry County Council. He was first elected to Dáil Éireann in 1987 as the Kerry North representative. In 2010 he became the Fine Gael spokesperson for the Arts, Sport and Tourism which, considering his background on the pitch, made certain sense.However, when Fine Gael came to power in 2011, Enda Kenny retitled several departments and what was erstwhile the Department of Sport, Culture and Tourism became the Department for Sport, Tourism and Transport, with a Department for the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht being established. Even Deenihan must have scratched his head at being passed up for the Sports posting. He has never looked comfortable as a spokesperson for the Arts, and deserving of a ministerial post as the party members may have believed him to be, he was not high enough up on the FG food chain to take the responsibility of Sport, Tourism and Transport, which went to the ever-ambitious Leo Varadakar.Admittedly, Deenihan could have turned the job down; but since when do cabinet members turn down a ministerial post based on a gross lack of knowledge concerning the department they are taking over? From John O’Donoghue to the late Seamus Brennan to Martin Cullen, none of the recent ministers with responsibility for the Arts have had what could be considered a professional background in the area which would qualify them for the job.The fact that politics and arts do not mix particularly well in Ireland has become more problematic in recent times, and it is a problem that must be addressed for the sake of the Arts in Ireland. People involved in the Arts, or the much spoken about “arts community” are not apolitical, on the contrary many artists create work in order to question, disrupt and reflect what is happening within the political system. However, many feel that becoming too cosy with the establishment will hinder their ability to question how we, as a people, are governed.The potential to become a multi-billion euro industryAnd yet people involved professionally in the arts are more than a “community”, they are part of a multi-million euro industry, with the potential to become a multi-billion euro industry. This means that a stronger engagement with the establishment becomes very important, if not essential.So how do we move forward? There is no quick answer to that, but people working within the Arts must begin to consider a number of questions.Firstly, if not Jimmy Deenihan then who?Looking around the ministerial or even cabinet table there is no single person who jumps out as a suitable candidate for the role of Minister for the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Politicians who are also artists, such as Michael D Higgins, are a rarity. Notably when President Higgins was in office as Minister for the Arts he re-established the Irish Film Board, dissolved Section 31 and set-up the most interesting television station in the country, TG4. He essentially created the ground work for a thriving sector. Where will the next person with such vision come from?Secondly, at a time when the Arts is in need of strong leadership and knowledgeable representation, which is more dangerous; an inept minister or no minister at all? If the ministerial post is gotten rid of, a stakeholder board made up of representatives from arts organisations could be put in place to administer government funds. Such a stakeholder organisation already exists in the form of the National Campaign for the Arts (NCFA).The NCFA is an organisation that has tasked itself with forming a long-term strategy for the Arts in Ireland. If this organisation was given the powers outlined above there would, no doubt, be long and difficult debates about who should receive money – regional arts organisations would surely relish the opportunity to have their voice heard – but at least knowledgeable parties would be making the relevant decisions. Some will undoubtedly balk at the irony of the NCFA taking up such a role. Founded in 2009 the NCFA was set-up to tackle recommendations in the McCarthy Report that the Arts do not need a ministerial representative. However, it could be argued that the McCarthy Report was a political tool conceived to scaremonger, as opposed to a practical guide to running an economy. Now is a time for practicality and unity within the Arts Community.What is clear is that structural reform is needed, the recent events in Limerick have highlighted this. The time for that reform is now.Eoin Lynch tweets at @Eoinlyncho and blogs at www.theartsblog.Column: Limerick City of Culture must not be allowed to failWe’re interested in your ideas and opinions – do you have a story you would like to see featured in Opinion & Insight? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Source: Gizmodo6. The siren scent of the chipperIt’s kicking out time. You exit the nightclub… And it calls to you. The delicious, heady smell.CURRY CHIPS BURGERS KEBABS ROLLS PIZZA SLICE ONION RINGS. Source: Quite Peculiar7. A dusty sandal mixed with kebab remnantsThe morning after. Ah. Lovely.I see you’ve chosen the high-class perfume Eau De What The Hell Happened Last Night And Why Do I Smell Like Kebab Sauce Oh My God? Such delicate high notes of dehydration and regret. Source: ShutterstockWhat smells do you associate with a night out on the tiles in Ireland? Manners, now!Read: 11 scented candles that truly capture the essence of Ireland>Read: 8 gestures that every Irish person understands>Read: 7 smells that will remind you of a Sunday morning> NOTHING PROVOKES THE memory like your sense of smell.Smells can bring you back to a time and place in your life in an instant. Just close your eyes and you’re there.Except sometimes… Well, sometimes, you don’t wanna go back there.1. Aftershave/perfume mingling with BOYou can’t hide a crispy pit, ladies and gentlemen. Don’t try to Lynx or Charlie it all away. It just makes it WORSE. This shouldn’t be the dominant smell of an Irish nightclub, but let’s face it. It is. Source: Perfumery Source: Erin Nekervis2. The auld carpet underfootThat carpet holds a multitude of sins within its fibres. And it likes to release those sins back to haunt revellers. In smell form. Source: ξωαŋ ThΦt (slowly back…)Remember when the smoking ban came in? Pungent.3. Sticky spillageIf things get rowdy, stuff gets spilled. In some bars, that translates to a pretty overwhelming smell of beer from someone who was on the unfortunate end of a spillage tsunami. Source: Oscbene Pickle4. That sweet stench of desperationYou know that old song “Love Is In The Air”? Well. Not quite. But there’s certainly a heavy scent of longing from some quarters of the dancefloor. Source: Cheezburger5. Chats in the smoking areaGoing to just pop outside with your smoker friend to keep them company for a minute? Bang. Stink.
A new IMF staff paper criticising the global economic impact of tax avoidance identifies Ireland in the top ten of US outward foreign direct investment.Corporate tax avoidance has a negative impact on all economies, particularly those of developing countries, the paper reports.According to GDP-weighted averages, Ireland comes second to Bermuda as a conduit for the relocation of taxable income from alternative factors for US multinational enterprises.Prepared by staff from the IMF’s Fiscal Affairs Department, the paper criticises tax avoidance practices, saying that identifying the source of income or the residence of companies complicate taxation procedure, as do disparities between global and domestic tax issues:There is a distinction between worldwide tax systems, under which a country taxes the income of companies resident there wherever that income arises, but gives a credit for taxes paid abroad, and territorial systems, under which the residence country exempts business income of resident companies arising abroad—but, in practice, there is a spectrum between these extremes.It warns that tax arrangements “that are felt to result in unfair allocation of the tax base” could, if not addressed, increasingly “undermine the coherence of the international system”.The paper says that the spread of tax incentives in developing countries which undermine revenue to those countries “may to a large extent be a spillover reaction to policies pursued in other countries: a clear instance of tax competition”. Because developing countries typically derive a large proportion of their income from FDI, allowing tax breaks and incentives on such revenue is particularly harmful to their economies.The staff paper suggests redefining ‘immovable property’ to cover mining and petroleum rights and then ensuring that the direct or indirect disposal of such property is taxable under domestic capital gains tax systems. “Such provisions would appropriately cover only significant changes of ownership (of, say, at least 10 percent), to avoid having to identify small transactions,” it adds.It also calls for challenges surrounding the discovery of offshore transactions and tax collection to be addressed by ensuring that the relevant regulatory authority be advised of indirect ownership changes. This information should also be shared with the revenue authority.Read: US economy suffers sharpest contraction in five years >
By now, there’s a massive, yet unconfirmed, number of brand new owners of the HP TouchPad tablet. As you read this, thousands of apps are being installed, the UI played with, and the device as a whole is being re-judged. Compared to other tablets in the market, the TouchPad is still a major competitor when it comes to hardware, and yet it’s only $99 right now… if you can find one. So, they will continue to fly off the shelves until there are none left and the people at HP can move on with their lives.What happens when that “new gadget smell” wears off, though? The honeymoon effect with your new, heavily-discounted device wears off and you’re left with a tablet that isn’t likely to get any better than it is right now unless you do something yourself. The Preware community already has a nice collection of things you can do to play with any WebOS device, but even that has its limits. So, what are you to do with that shiny new tablet? Well, eventually, you’ll be able to put Android on it.RootzWiki, the Android-focused rooting, modding, and development forum has put together a small team dedicated towards assembling Android for the TouchPad, as well as performing the hacks necessary to shoehorn the OS on the device. The team has put forth a clear plan of attack and is documenting the process along the way using both the RootzWiki forum as well as a separate “TouchDroid” Wiki. Each of the team members purchased their own TouchPads, but also have a donation link available in case they brick one of their TouchPads, or if one needs to be the victim of a teardown for additional information.Basically, they will attempt to put (stock) Android 2.3.5 from the Android Open Source Project on the device at first. If that succeeds, they will move in to CyanogenMod, a popular Android rom that has a full suite of tablet enhancements for large screens. When the next version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, becomes available, the team plans to port that to the TouchPad as well, provided Google sticks to their plan to release Source once again when that version comes out.This attempt has garnered a mixed bag of responses from TouchPad users. There are those who would rather keep their stock WebOS experience still, though I refer you to the first paragraph for my opinion on that. There are those who welcome the Android port with open arms, and likely bought the tablet with that in mind from the beginning. While I am an Android user, I must say that I am a huge fan of the WebOS experience and have preferred it over Android for some time now.I’m not the only one, apparently. James Kendrick recent wrote that what he would rather see happen is closer to what RIM has in store for the Playbook. Some sort of emulator to allow Android apps to run on the TouchPad, while still following the rules and multitasking principles of WebOS. I have to say, that idea excites me. I feel that solution would certainly be more elegant, and would preserve much of what we have come to appreciate from WebOS. I do know, however, that making that work is a great deal more difficult then just shoehorning Android onto the TouchPad. So while I am excited at the possibility, I will refrain from holding my breath.Another notion that was raised was the possibility of seeing Windows 7 or Windows 8 on the tablet in the future. Essentially, if the TouchPad gets opened up for Android, the sky will be the limit for modders who want to push the limits of this device. So many things will be possible as long as there is an audience and developers interested in making the TouchPad do “all of the things.” If you have a TouchPad, keep your eyes on the RootzWiki guys, as they will most certainly be making noise about their developments regularly.
Obésité : de nouveaux gènes de prédisposition identifiés chez l’enfantSelon une étude révélée dimanche lors d’un consortium international, des chercheurs ont réussi à identifier deux nouveaux gènes de prédisposition à l’obésité chez l’enfant. La découverte apporte un nouvel éclairage sur les causes potentielles de la maladie.Alors que de nombreux pays multiplient les initiatives pour lutter contre l’obésité infantile, c’est une découverte importante que viennent de révéler des généticiens lors d’un consortium international appelé Early Growth Genetics. Ceux-ci sont parvenus à identifier deux nouveaux gènes qui augmenteraient le risque de développer de l’obésité dès l’enfance. “Des études précédentes ont identifié des mutations génétiques contribuant à l’obésité de l’adulte ou à des formes extrêmes d’obésité de l’enfant, ou encore à des obésités présentes dans de rares syndromes, mais on en sait très peu sur les gènes impliqués dans l’obésité courante de l’enfant”, ont souligné les chercheurs cités par l’AFP.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Pour identifier ces gènes, les scientifiques ont combiné les résultats de 14 études d’association pangénomique, c’est-à-dire couvrant l’ensemble du génome, conduites aux Etats-Unis, Canada, Australie et Europe, incluant 5.530 enfants obèses et 8.300 non-obèses (groupe témoin), tous d’ascendance européenne. Ce procédé d’association pangémonique consiste en fait à cribler le génome pour rechercher la quasi-totalité des variations génétiques les plus fréquentes dans un groupe d’individus. Ceci permet au final d’identifier les variations génétiques de prédisposition car elles se montrent plus fréquentes chez les individus atteints que chez les autres. L’étude publiée dimanche dans Nature Genetics a ainsi permis aux chercheurs d’identifier les deux fameux gènes : OLFM4 situé sur le chromosome 13 et HOXB5 sur le chromosome 17 qui n’avaient jamais été impliqués dans la survenue de l’obésité jusqu’ici. D’après les données révélées, ces structures interviendraient au niveau de l’intestin. Les observations ont même établi un lien entre OLFM4 et la flore microbienne intestinale, déjà reconnue comme jouant un rôle dans la prise de poids ou l’apparition d’obésité. Si cette découverte ne constitue qu’un petit pas dans la lutte contre l’obésité, elle offre un nouvel éclairage sur les causes potentielles de la maladie.Ainsi, “il reste encore beaucoup de travail à faire, mais ces résultats pourraient, à terme, aider à concevoir des interventions de prévention (alimentation, activité physique…) et des traitements pour les enfants, en se basant sur leur génome individuel”, a noté l’un des principaux auteurs, Struan Grant du Center for Applied Genomics du Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Le 9 avril 2012 à 16:18 • Maxime Lambert
WILTON MANORS, Fla. (WSVN) — Police are searching for two burglars who were caught on camera breaking into a business in Wilton Manors, Monday.Surveillance video captured the masked thieves breaking through the glass of the front door at the Dollar General, located along North Andrews Avenue near Northwest 29th Street.The burglars grabbed dozens of items, then ran away.If you have any information on their whereabouts, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Share your voice Culture Gaming 0 Post a comment Many gamers these days like to play online with friends. Discord helps them do that. Getty Images You may never have heard of Discord, but you might soon. The chat app built initially for gamers has been steadily expanding outside that world as it’s increasingly used by YouTube personalities, podcasters, hackers and more. Overall, the company says it counts more than 250 million registered users, or basically the same number of people who’ve signed up to play the cultural phenom Fortnight. More than 56 million people log in each month on the app, which marks its fourth anniversary Monday. “As Discord has grown, it’s gone mainstream,” the company said in a statement. Discord is praised for its sleek design, similar to business chat software Slack. Discord While it’s true the 165-person company has become popular outside of gaming, its most popular “servers” (or, chat rooms) are typically gaming related. The top server is for Fortnite, followed by a similar battle game Spellbreak, then Fortnite competitor PUBG. Microsoft’s world building game Minecraft, Supercell’s strategy game Clash Royale and Ubisoft’s Rainbow 6 military survival game are also popular. Its good-natured gaming roots and slick design have made it popular among gamers looking to easily chat with friends or organize a gaming session from across town or on another side of the world. It’s often called “Slack for gamers,” a reference to the similarly designed business software that’s expected to hold an initial public offering this year. But Discord has a darker side. White supremacists and hackers have gravitated to the platform, in part because of its ease of use and insufficient bureaucracy to track and punish them. That’s different from companies like Facebook and Twitter, which have employee bases many times larger than Discord’s and have taken a harder line, even using computer programs to identify and then excise bad actors from their communities. Still, San Francisco-based Discord is pushing forward. It’s launched a game sales service to compete with the likes of Fortnite maker Epic and Valve’s popular “Steam” store. The company declined to say how many games it’s sold through that effort. Tags
Card Slots CPU 4GB Combo Headphone/Mic Jack Optical Drive 767 3277.57 0 700 1400 2100 2800 3500 4200 Weight Review Intel HD Graphics 615 3DMark Fire Strike1 of 12Tests notebook graphics performance.HP Envy x2 (2018)HP Envy x2 (Qualcomm)Lenovo Yoga Book C930Microsoft Surface Pro 6Samsung Galaxy Book 2Category Average (as of 10/31/18) Specifications Mobile Broadband Windows 10 Home 802.11ac Ports (excluding USB) 763 128GB Ports (excluding USB) Hard Drive Size Not Tested Hard Drive Speed Hard Drive Type 11.5 x 8.3 x 0.3 inches Nano SIM M.2 SSD HP is coming out swinging with the Envy x2 ($1,149), a detachable 2-in-1 tablet with an included keyboard and stylus. We were impressed with the Qualcomm-powered version of the Envy x2 for its excellent battery life and comfortable keyboard, but we bemoaned its terrible performance and app-compatibility issues. Without those limitations, the Intel version of the Envy x2 is an intriguing device, but it’s a tablet that is ultimately let down by other glaring faults.article continued below Design Adopting the aggressive design of the Envy laptop line, the x2 is a silver CNC-machined aluminum slate with stylish chrome trim. The rear of the tablet has a rough, sandy texture that is easy to grip and does a good job resisting fingerprints. HP’s modern logo is centered on the back of the rectangle, below a thin chrome line that traces the rear-facing camera. A metal and chrome mix gives the x2 tablet an undeniably premium look and feel, making it a good fit for business execs. Unfortunately, the elegant design doesn’t translate onto the front of the device, where the 12.3-inch display is bordered by thick black bezels. Durability is also a concern: I noticed the tablet’s frame flex when applying pressure to its top edges. The Envy x2’s accompanying keyboard attachment lets you use the detachable as a traditional laptop. The keyboard cover’s polyurethane-leather case comes with a deep-blue color and matching chrome HP logo. If only the case were as practical as it is beautiful. The x2 lacks a rotating kickstand and, instead, folds into only two positions when in laptop mode. I found myself adjusting my posture to get the display at the optimal angle, which proved frustrating when video conferencing. A mix of metal and chrome give the x2 tablet an undeniably premium look and feel, making it a good fit for important business execs. The case converts into a protective folio, but to line everything up, you need to detach the tablet from the magnetic strip and move it into the joint before closing. I’m nitpicking here, but constantly reconnecting the tablet onto the keyboard can get annoying. I also wish the pen attached to the tablet with a magnet instead of a fabric slot on the keyboard. Lapability — or how comfortable a device is when used on your lap — is an issue with any detachable tablet, but it’s especially troublesome with the Envy x2. When my palms weren’t weighing down the deck, the Envy x2 had a tendency to tip backward. And although the strong magnets tightly lock the display into the deck, there were times when the keyboard stopped working because the Envy x2 still thought I was in tablet mode. As frustrating as they are, these issues are overshadowed by a glaring flaw with the keyboard trackpad. While typing this review with the tablet on my lap, I discovered that pressing my palm down on either side of the deck engaged the left- and right-click buttons, making me inadvertently highlight blocks of text or open the context menu. If you plan on using the Envy x2 on your lap, this is a deal breaker. Note: A replacement unit HP sent us exhibited the same issue. Back to the good. The Envy x2 is a very slim, lightweight tablet and wasn’t the least bit inconvenient when I brought it on a short flight. At 1.7 pounds (2.5 pounds with the keyboard cover), the tablet weighs about as much as the Microsoft Surface Pro 6 (1.7 pounds), the Lenovo Yoga Book C930 (1.7 pounds) and the Samsung Galaxy Book 2 (1.8 pounds). Ports The Intel version of the Envy x2 has a USB Type-C port on each side for charging and connecting to peripherals. Oddly, the Snapdragon model has only one USB Type-C port. There is also a headphone jack and an SD card slot on the left side and a nano-SIM port on the right, next to a volume rocker. The power button is positioned on the top-right edge of the Envy x2. Display Forget about pixel density. The Envy x2 has an excellent display, despite having a lower resolution than its competitors. When I watched a trailer for the upcoming film Robin Hood, the 12.3-inch display clearly depicted the stitching in the raggedy canvas worn by the town’s angry serfs as they staged a violent protest in the streets. In an epic slo-mo shot, I could make out the design of the bow and see strings quiver as our heroic outlaw nocked an arrow and let fly. Colors are punchy and accurate on the Envy x2’s panel. In a trailer for the Liam Neeson-led revenge film Cold Pursuit, the blinding white of the frosty environment sent a shiver down my spine, while the legendary action star’s heavy brown coat stood out in stark contrast against the arctic tundra. The Envy x2 has an excellent display, despite having a lower resolution than its competitors. Those strong characteristics are backed by benchmark scores. According to a colorimeter, the display covers a strong 120 percent of the sRGB color gamut. That tops the premium laptop average (116 percent), but falls well short of its main competitors, including the Surface Pro 6 (136 percent), Yoga Book C930 (144 percent) and the Galaxy Book 2 (200 percent). The display on the Qualcomm version of the Envy x2 (121 percent) is about as colorful. MORE: Laptops with the Best Display Brightness The Envy x2’s screen gets plenty bright, reaching a peak brightness of 342 nits. That matches the Yoga Book C930 (342 nits) and tops the premium laptop average (313 nits), but the Surface Pro 6 (408 nits), Galaxy Book 2 (350 nits) and Qualcomm-based Envy x2 (486 nits) get brighter. Keyboard, Touchpad, Active Pen Despite my qualms about the detachable cover, the keyboard is actually very comfortable to type on. The keys are large, appropriately spaced and offer snappy, clicky feedback. Furthermore, the keys’ 1.5 millimeters of travel and 70 grams of actuation force are ideal. I only wish the flexible deck didn’t bounce so much when I pressed down hard on the center keys. The 3.9 x 1.7-inch touchpad is smaller than what you typically find on a traditional laptop, but I didn’t have any issues completing Windows 10 gestures like pinch-to-zoom and three-finger swipes to switch apps. I just hope HP can fix the touchpad clicking issue in future versions. The sleek aluminum HP Active Pen was smooth and responsive when I drew a picture using 3D Paint. In fact, it felt like I was doodling with the same amount of accuracy that I’d get with a pen and paper. Like the Surface Pen, the Active Stylus Pen requires a AAAA battery. Performance The HP Envy x2 performed better than expected in my real-world performance tests. I only experienced brief slowdowns when loading my favorite websites on 15 Google Chrome pages. Despite its low-powered processor, the Envy x2 ran four 1080p videos — two on YouTube and the others on Twitch — without any major hiccups. I noticed minor lag, but nothing that forced me to close tabs. Powered by the aging Intel i5-7Y54 CPU, the Envy x2 scored a 6,776 on the Geekbench 4.1 benchmark, destroying the ARM-based Galaxy Book 2 (Snapdragon 850; 3,575) and the Snapdragon-powered Envy x2 (Snapdragon 835, 2,989). However, other Intel-powered 2-in-1s offer much better performance, like the Surface Pro 6 (Core i5-8250U; 13,761). Even the Yoga Book C930 (Core i5-7Y54; 6,825), which has the same dated CPU, edged out the Envy x2. The average premium laptop (13,060) score is almost twice as high as the Envy x2’s. The Envy x2 struggled in our Excel Macro Test, requiring 2 minutes and 54 seconds to match 65,000 names with their corresponding addresses. The Surface Pro 6 (1:12) cuts that time in half, and the premium laptop average (1:32) is also below 2 minutes. The Envy x2 was also outpaced by its Qualcomm-based twin (2:43) and the Galaxy Book 2 (2:18), while the Yoga Book C930 (3:23) lagged far behind. The 128GB M.2 SSD inside the Envy x2 is sluggish, needing 40 seconds to duplicate 4.97GB of mixed-media files for a rate of 127 megabytes per second. That is well short of the premium laptop average (500 MBps), and behind the Surface Pro 6 (203 MBps) and Yoga Book C930 (242 MBps). However, the Galaxy Book 2 (118 MBps) and Qualcomm-based Envy x2 (108 MBps) couldn’t keep pace with this Intel-powered Envy x2. Other Intel-powered 2-in-1s offer much better performance than the Envy x2. The Envy x2’s Intel HD Graphics 615 GPU can’t play the latest AAA games, but it has enough oomph to run web games and less-demanding titles. With a score of 53,648 on the 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited graphics test, the Envy x2 falls far behind the Surface Pro 6 (UHD Graphics 620; 73,697) and the premium laptop average (87,574), but it did better than the Yoga Book C930 (HD Graphics 615; 51,245) and the Galaxy Book 2 (Snapdragon 850; 30,420). MORE: Laptops with the Best Overall Performance The Envy x2 did a decent job in our real-world gaming test, playing the racing game Dirt 3 at 57 frames per second. That isn’t as smooth as the Surface Pro 6 (81 fps), but it is at least better than the Yoga Book C930 (30 fps) and Galaxy Book 2 (24 fps), the latter of which struggled to surpass our playability threshold of 30 fps. Audio The Envy x2’s front-firing speakers may be capable of only filling a medium-size room, but the audio they pump out is very good. When I listened to Flora Cash’s “You’re Somebody Else,” the vocals sounded crisp and undistorted, while the acoustic instruments were balanced and forward. The Bang & Olufsen-tuned speakers don’t do as well in the lower frequencies, and there is a predictable lack of bass. For example, when I listened to Sir Sly’s “Altar,” the dominant drum rhythm sounded weak and the midrange vocals were a bit on the tinny side. Battery Life While it doesn’t last as long on a charge as the Qualcomm version (14:22), the Intel Envy x2 will remain powered for an entire workday. HP’s tablet lasted an excellent 10 hours and 23 minutes on the Laptop Mag Battery Test, which involves continuous web surfing over Wi-Fi at 150 nits. That almost matches the endurance of the Galaxy Book 2 (10:41), and it crushes the dual-screen Yoga Book C930 (6:30). The Envy x2 also outlasted the Surface Pro 6 (9:20) and the premium laptop average (8:36). Heat The Envy x2’s detachable keyboard remained cool under a heavy workload, but the tablet itself heated to uncomfortable temperatures. The underside hit an average of 104 degrees Fahrenheit and maxed out at 107 degrees Fahrenheit after we watched a 15-minute HD video. The touchpad and center of the keyboard heated to only 80 degrees. Software The HP Envy x2’s Windows 10 Home operating system is filled with pre-installed software. From HP, there are apps for switching audio inputs, getting your PC setup and adjusting stylus settings. On top of that, there is a folder with four separate diagnostics, support and documentation programs. HP also peppered in a printing app, Bang & Olufsen audio controls and a recovery manager. Apps from third-party companies include the oft-condemned McAfee Security alongside Netflix, Priceline and a Solitaire game. As per usual, Microsoft loaded up its operating system with the Candy Crush Saga games, LinkedIn, Amazon, Hidden City, Solitaire (because one isn’t enough) and Minecraft. The Envy x2 ships with a one-year warranty. See how HP performed on our Tech Support Showdown and Best and Worst Brands rankings. Cameras The Envy x2’s 13-megapixel rear-facing camera takes detailed, color-accurate photos. The lens captured small architectural details in an image I shot of the New York Public Library. I could even make out the facial expressions of the statues on top of the building after I zoomed in. Unfortunately, parts of the sky were overexposed by the bright sunlight shining into the corner of the lens, and you’ll want to use your smartphone for low-light images. As mentioned in the design section, the limitations of the keyboard case make it tricky to position the webcam. But once you get it angled correctly, the 720p lens does a decent job. In a selfie that was taken under harsh indoor lighting, my face was plenty detailed, and I could make out strands in my scruffy hair. Color accuracy was also strong; the shirt I was wearing was the correct hue of olive green, and my skin had its typical red complexion. There was a fair amount of noise in the images I captured, though, so those who frequently video chat should consider buying an external webcam. How much does the Envy x2 cost? The Envy x2 comes in one configuration. The $1,149 model is equipped with a Core i5-7Y54 CPU, Intel HD Graphics 615 GPU, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. HP had the tablet on sale for $949 at the time of writing. We previously reviewed a $999 version of the Envy x2 with a Snapdragon Qualcomm 835 processor. Bottom Line The Envy x2 excels where it matters most, and yet, it’s difficult to recommend this tablet ahead of its competition. A fantastic display, long battery life and a snappy keyboard are ultimately undone by the underwhelming performance of the Envy x2’s aging processor. The tablet’s poor performance would be easier to ignore if there weren’t so many problems with the Envy x2’s detachable keyboard cover. If you can stretch your budget, we recommend the Surface Pro 6 (starting at $899). Although you’ll have to buy the keyboard and pen separately, this detachable 2-in-1 has excellent performance, a gorgeous display and a practical design. If you don’t need a detachable, consider the Yoga C930. This $1,300 bendback 2-in-1 has a sleek aluminum design, fast performance and standout speaker quality. And if you don’t mind Apple’s ecosystem, the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro (starting at $999) is a fantastic tablet, despite the limitations of iOS 12. 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The location of the accident (A) (Image: Inrix) There are currently delays of around an hour as a result of the collision, with congestion stretching back to J17 A534 (Sandbach / Crewe) according to Traffic England. A Cheshire Police spokesman added delays were expected to continue on the road into the evening. He said: “Colleagues from Cheshire Fire have removed two casualties from the coach and handed them over into the care of paramedics. “We’re still seeing a large build up of traffic on the M6 Southbound as a result of the earlier collision at Junction 16. “Please avoid the area if possible, seeking alternate routes or waiting for the traffic to be flowing again before travelling. “Normal traffic conditions are expected between 8.30pm and 8.45pm.” It is unclear how many vehicles apart from the coach were involved in the accident. Read MoreMan, 32, punched reveller who performed oral sex on him The coach caused damaged to a nearby barrier – leading to overnight repairs being required (Image: Alsager Fire Station/Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service) The two casualties, a man and a woman, were both removed from the coach on longboards and handed into the care of paramedics. A total of 20 passengers were on the coach at the time of the accident, with the fire service confirming the other 18 passengers, who had got off the coach before firefighters arrived, had been moved to a ‘safe area’ after a cordon was set up. All traffic on the motorway was temporarily held until 3pm – but now only one lane and the exit slip road remain closed. A Highways England spokesman said: “M6 J16 southbound exit slip road for A500 is closed for barrier repair work following extensive damage from accident this afternoon. “Expected closed into the late evening. Traffic for Stoke-on-Trent and A50 use J15.” Read MoreTwo officers CLEARED of misconduct over death of man, 34, in police van Firefighters had to remove the door to rescue the two people trapped inside (Image: Alsager Fire Station/Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service) National Express apologised for the delays the accident caused and confirmed two passengers had been taken to hospital. A spokesman said: “A National Express coach was involved in an incident on the M6 earlier this afternoon. “The vehicle was a 325 service from Manchester to Birmingham “Following the accident two passengers were taken to hospital. “The other passengers were moved by an alternative vehicle and have since arrived in Birmingham and been spoken to by our staff. “Arrangements have been made to continue their journeys or they have completed their journeys in Birmingham.” Read MoreBar worker, 21, killed himself in Stoke-on-Trent park The 325 services usually stop at Stoke-on-Trent as part of their route. North West Motorway Police said they were called a separate accident on the M6 northbound between J16 and J17 after reports of a vehicle fire. Firefighters from Crewe, Nantwich and Middlewich were called, but this was revealed to be a false alarm. The force also confirmed the slip road would be shut overnight for barrier repairs. A spokesman said: “J16 M6 SB exit slip will be closed overnight due to damage to the barrier.” We’ll bring you live updates as we get them on the feed below. Read MoreCrash victim, 18, still fighting for life after A50 smash killed teenage driver Two people are in hospital after being left trapped in a National Express coach following a multi-vehicle accident on a slip road of the M6 motorway. Traffic data company INRIX reports the exit sliproad on the southbound carriageway J16 A500 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent) remains closed The slip road is set to remain shut overnight to allow emergency barrier repairs to take place. One lane of the southbound carriageway was also closed, but has now reopened – however long delays continue in the area. Emergency services, including four fire engines, were called to the scene – and a man and woman have now been extracted from the coach. Neither passenger is believed to have been seriously injured. A Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said fire engine from Crewe, Sandbach, Congleton and Alsager have managed to get into the coach to reach the trapped people – who are now being attended by paramedics. She said: “At around 3pm firefighters were called to a collision on the Junction 16 slip road on the M6 southbound. “On arrival crews discovered that two people were trapped on a coach. “Firefighters used specialist cutting equipment to cut the coach’s doors off and widen the opening. “Police and the Highways Agency were also in attendance. “The slip road at Junction 16 and lane one of the motorway were closed while the incident was being dealt with. “Firefighters were at the scene for around an hour and 20 minutes.” Read More’Superior and arrogant’ businessman jailed for seven years Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.Key EventsSummary as of 6pm17:5821:35End of live reportThis live report is now ending for the night. The slip road remains closed and it is unclear when it will reopen tonight.20:31Statement from National ExpressA National Express spokesman said the company apologised for the delays the accident caused.He addedA National Express coach was involved in an incident on the M6 earlier this afternoon.The vehicle was a 325 service from Manchester to BirminghamFollowing the accident two passengers were taken to hospital. The other passengers were moved by an alternative vehicle and have since arrived in Birmingham and been spoken to by our staff.Arrangements have been made to continue their journeys or they have completed their journeys in Birmingham.”19:37Slip road expected to be closed late into night19:29More photos from the accident on the M6Alsager Fire Station tweeted these photographs (Image: Alsager Fire Station/Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service) (Image: Alsager Fire Station/Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service)18:38Coach belonged to National ExpressThe coach involved in the accident (Image: North West Motorway Police)18:29The broken down lorry being clearedThe broken down lorry on the M6 (Image: Highways England)18:28Delays reducingA Highways England spokesman said:Delays M6 southbound from J18 – J16 are now reducing quickly following this afternoons accident near J16…. our contractors are just towing clear an un-related broken down HGV to get an extra lane open. “18:11Lane on main carriageway reopensThe lane on the main carriageway has reopened, but the slip road remains closed.17:58KEY EVENTSummary as of 6pmEmergency services were called just before 3pm to an accident involving a coach and other vehicles on the exit sliproad of the M6 southbound at junction 1620 passengers were on board the coach at the time of the accident. 18 were evacuated and moved to safe area with two more trapped inside.Four fire engines were called to the scene and cut their way into the coach to rescue the pair, a man and a woman, who were handed over to paramedics.One lane of the M6 itself, and the exit sliproad remain closed.Long delays continue, with congestion reported back towards junction 18 – with delays expected until almost 9pmThe exit slip road will remain shut overnight for emergency barrier repairsWe’ll keep you updated throughout the evening17:53Slip road to be closed overnightNorth West Motorway Police have confirmed the road slip road will be closed overnight.A spokesman said: ““J16 M6 SB exit slip will be closed overnight due to damage to the barrier.”17:38Delays expected to continue on M6 until just before 9pmA Cheshire Police spokeswoman said:M6 Latest: We’re still seeing a large build up of traffic on the M6 Southbound as a result of the earlier collision at Junction 16. Please avoid the area if possible, seeking alternate routes or waiting for the traffic to be flowing again before travelling. Normal traffic conditions are expected between 8.30pm and 8.45pm.”17:28Delays on M6 continueA Highways England spokesman said:“Extra lane now open M6 southbound J17 – J16… still some long delays 45mins from J18 through Cheshire. this afternoon.“Be aware due to the earlier accident the J16 south exit slip road remaining closed due to barrier damage which is expected to be repaired overnight.”17:24Broken down lorry adding to delays There is also a broken down lorry in the queues blocking lane one (of three). 16:51Casualties removed from vehicleCheshire Fire and Rescue Service have removed both casaulties, a man and a woman, from the vehicle and they are now in the care of paramedics.16:23A Cheshire Fire and Resce Service spokeswoman said:There were a total of 20 passengers on the coach, including the two casualties. Passengers are currently in a safe area after a cordon was set up.”16:22Total of 20 people on board coach at time of accidentThere were a total of 20 people on board the coach at the time of the accident.16:16Slow traffic reported on northbound carriageway as well Slow traffic due to people slowing to look at accident on the opposite side on M6 Northbound between J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) and J16 A500 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent).There is an accident at J16 on the southbound carriageway. 16:16Delays of an hour now reportedDelays of an hour are now reported on the southbound carriageway, with congestion still reported back to junction 17.16:07Full update from Cheshire Fire and Rescue ServiceA spokesman said: “Crews have removed the doors and gained access to the coach.“Paramedics are in attendance to deal with the casualties.“The slip road at Junction 16 and lane one of the motorway are now fully closed while the incident is being dealt with.2Police and the Highways Agency are also in attendance.”16:06People inside being treated by paramedicsThe two people who were trapped are being treated by paramedics, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service have confirmed.16:06Firefighters have entered the coachCheshire Fire and Rescue Service have confirmed they have got into the vehicle16:03Cheshire Police confirm they are at the sceneA Cheshire Police spokesman said:Emergency services are currently responding to a collision involving a coach on the #M6 Southbound near to Junction 16. More details to follow.”15:57Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service statementA spokeswoman said: At around 3pm firefighters were called to a collision on the Junction 16 slip road on the M6 southbound.Crews are currently removing the doors of a coach to remove two people who are trapped in the vehicle.This incident will be updated when more information becomes available.” 15:57Four fire engines at the sceneFour fire engines, from Crewe, Sandbach, Congleton and Alsager are at the scene.15:56Two people trapped in coach in accident on M6Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service say two people are trapped in the coach on the M6 – and firefighters are working to free them.15:49Reports of separate incident on M6 northboundNorth West Motorway Police have just tweeted there is an accident on the M6 northbound between J16 and J17. We have no further information on this at this stage but will keep you posted.15:46Delays now up to 50 minutesDelays are now up to 50 minutes15:30What we know so far:Accident took place at around 2.50pmA number of vehicles, including a coach, are involvedThe accident has taken place near junction 16 on the southbound carriageway of the M6One lane and the exit sliproad are closedEmergency services are at the sceneThere are delays of around 40 minutes, with traffic reaching back to junction 1715:2840 minute delays against trafficThere are now 40 minute delays against traffic.15:1830 minute delays against expected trafficThere are currently 30 minute delays against expected traffic, according to Traffic England.
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