Been wondering lately what you’re meant to do when you realise your coaching accreditation has reached the expiry date or is soon to expire? The ATA has updated the criteria and forms used for renewing your coaching accreditations (level 1, level 2 and level 3). These can be accessed by the links provided or through the My ClubTouch site. Use the Touch Coach link and then enter Coach Information, then Level 1 or Level 2 Update. LEVEL 1 COACH UPDATE LEVEL 2 COACH UPDATE LEVEL 3 COACH UPDATE In the top left hand corner of each page you will see a ‘download file’. This is the file you will need to download, print, fill in and return to your State office and ATA. All coaches will also need to sign and return the Code of Ethics form to the ATA with payment of $16.20, this can also be found on the My ClubTouch site or by using this link. CODE OF ETHICS FORM Payment can be made by cheque or money order, as well as by credit card. Simply ring Dave McMurray at the ATA office on (02) 6285 2703 to pay by credit card over the phone. These links will provide you with information on the re-accreditation procedure, as well as forms to download, print, fill in and return to the ATA office. Feel free to contact ATA if you have any queries about this process. By Rachel Moyle, email@example.com
zoom Indian Cochin shipyard and French containment systems specialist Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT) have signed an agreement that will enable the yard to construct India’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers.In a deal signed on Monday, Cochin received a license by GTT for the construction of LNG carriers using GTT’s membrane containment systems after successfully completing the GTT qualification process including membrane tank mock-up installation. Cochin is the first Indian shipyard to be licensed by GTT.“Going forward, we feel that this technology would help the yard to tap the huge shipbuilding prospects in the LNG vessel segment. Our partnership with Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has been a critical factor in CSL completing GTT’s stringent qualification requirements,” Commodore K Subramaniam, Chairman and Managing Director of CSL, said.Indian shipyards lack the necessary expertise in construction of these complex ships, therefore India’s Cochin Shipyard Ltd entered into a deal with South Korean Samsung Heavy Industries to share the technology and know-how.“In the scope of an energy transition towards cleaner energy, such as LNG, India will need LNG carriers equipped with the latest technologies, which GTT will provide. We also feel building LNG ships in India, with the assistance of Samsung Heavy Industries, will not only enhance the initiative of “Make in India” objective of government of India, but will also provide excellent opportunity to an Indian shipyard in the growing LNG market,” Philippe Berterottière, Chairman and CEO of GTT, said.As a result, Cochin will have all the necessary technology and be ready to bid for Gail India’s LNG carriers to be built locally, three out of nine ships in total.
New Delhi: Two IAS officers were dismissed and nine from IPS suspended on corruption charges in the last five years, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said on Wednesday. During last five years, i.e., May 2014 to May 2019, sanction for prosecution under Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, was granted against 23 officers of Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and four from Indian Police Service (IPS), he said. After obtaining sanction of the central government, the state government or investigating agency files the charge-sheets to prosecute the accused IAS / IPS officer before the court of law, the minister said in a written reply to Lok Sabha. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaRecoveries are made from the officers in accordance with the decision of the court of law, said Singh, Minister of State for Personnel. “During last five years, two officers of Indian Administrative Service have been dismissed on corruption charges, and nine officers of Indian Police Service have been suspended,” he said. In another reply, Singh said 43,946 complaints were received by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) during the calendar years 2018 and 2019 (till May 31, 2019). Of these, 41,755 complaints were disposed of, he said. The action taken on these complaints included filing of 14,903 anonymous/ pseudonymous/vague/unverified complaints, forwarding of 26,463 complaints to the appropriate authorities with jurisdiction, and sending 389 complaints for inquiry to Chief Vigilance Officers (CVOs) or Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the minister said.
APTN National NewsSmoking rates in the Northwest Territories are among the highest in the country.Aboriginal youth make up a large percentage of those smokers.APTN’s Wayne Rivers reports a new program underway in Yellowknife hopes to help these kids butt out by bringing them back to their firstname.lastname@example.org
Marrakech – The fifth annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES 2014) officially opened Thursday in Marrakech in the presence of high level delegations from around the world.Held under the patronage of King Mohammed VI, the opening session of this global forum was marked by the reading of a message from HM King Mohammed VI to the participants in this summit.During this global conference, held for the first time in an African country, participants will to address several issues, including exploiting technology potential to boost innovation and entrepreneurship. Several workshops will be organized on the sidelines of this summit with a special focus on entrepreneurship themes, such as smart cities, social entrepreneurship, innovation, health professions, agriculture and food security.The works of the 2014 GES were launched Wednesday with a special tribute to women entrepreneurs by celebrating the “Women’s Entrepreneurship Day” (WED/Nov. 19), a global movement to celebrate, empower and support women entrepreneurs worldwide.US president Barack Obama had announced the holding of this forum for the first time on African soil, during his speech at the US Africa Business Forum last August as part of the first USA-Africa Summit.MWN with MAP.
Foreign Minister Marapana noted appreciation for U.S. support in the aftermath of the bombings and conveyed Sri Lanka’s interest in deepening cooperation to prevent future attacks. The United States and Sri Lanka had wide ranging discussions in Washington during which the US extended strong support to Sri Lanka in its fight against terrorism.US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met with Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana yesterday (Thursday). The Secretary reiterated the United States’ condemnation of the attacks that Sri Lanka suffered last month, which also killed five Americans, and strong U.S. support for Sri Lanka in its fight against terrorism. Both welcomed the approval of a $480-million Millennium Challenge Corporation compact as an important development that will contribute to prosperity and economic sovereignty in Sri Lanka.Secretary Pompeo also welcomed Sri Lanka’s renewed commitments to accountability, justice, and reconciliation.
“At a time when the number of children returning to school is surging, more resources are needed to keep up the momentum,” Jean Arnault told a ceremony at the Amani school. “A huge funding gap of some $173 million exists for this year alone.”The money is needed to build new schools, improve teaching materials, develop fresh curricula and hire more teachers.Compared to last year, the number of girls attending school – a practice that was banned until the Taliban were toppled from power – has increased by 30 per cent. Mr. Arnault said the emphasis on women’s education in the new Afghan Constitution should give further impetus to this positive trend. Referring to radical elements opposed to girls’ education, Mr. Arnault said, “it is distressing to hear periodically about the actions of a few who continue to burn schools in different parts of the country.”“Let this be an opportunity once again to condemn these acts,” he said, stressing that those responsible “will not be able to sway parents or slow the country down.” Also today, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced a joint effort with the Afghan Ministry of Education to bring learning closer to home for 500,000 female students across the country by developing 10,000 community-based schools in areas lacking a formal school facility. The schools will be based in existing local structures, such as a public building, the mosque or even private homes, according to UNICEF, which will also provide tent classrooms to villages where no alternative is available for housing classes. Last year more than 4 million children were enrolled in formal education in Afghanistan, including 1.2 million girls. In the 2004 academic year, UNICEF estimates that up to 5.5 million children will return to school as demand for learning continues to grow. The community-based school programme is one element of a broad campaign to bring an additional 1 million girls into school by 2005.
“Blackpool’s fortunes have been in decline since traditional coastal holidays fell out of favour in the 1960s, with the advent of package holidays abroad,” it said. British beach resorts used to be glamorous destinations known for their nightlife and natural beauty. But the decline of the British seaside holiday has seen the coastal communities plagued by heroin, new figures show.Beach resorts are now notorious for poverty and deprivation – and some of them have become the sites for the highest rate of drug death in the country. Their slide into poverty and drug abuse has been highlighted by the Office for National Statistics, which said six of the top 10 locations for heroin deaths are in coastal resorts. Its statistics show that Blackpool has had the highest number of deaths relating to heroin or morphine misuse since 2010, a figure which has now risen to 14 per 100,000 people, almost double the figure for the second-most seriously affected area, Burnley. It highlighted research by Public Health England which found that “social factors, including housing, employment and deprivation, are associated with substance misuse and these social factors moderate drug treatment outcomes”.Blackpool is the fourth-most deprived area out of 326 districts and unitary authorities in England. Across England and Wales deaths due to heroin or morphine have risen by almost eight times since 1993, and by two-thirds since 2012, to reach 1,209 by 2016. Figures released last year showed that the average age group of those dying from heroin use had become older, as the “Trainspotting generation” who became addicts in the 1980s and 1990s, aged.The overall highest rate of death from drug abuse in 2016 was among people aged between 40 and 49, overtaking those aged 30 to 39. The national average is 1.7 in England and 2.3 in Wales. Seaside towns make up more than half of the top 10, with Bournemouth, Portsmouth, Hastings, Thanet and Swansea also experiencing among the highest numbers of deaths. The other locations are Burnley, Reading, Hyndburn and Neath Port Talbot.The ONS said evidence suggested high levels of death due to drug misuse was linked to deprivation, which in the case of seaside towns, was likely to be down to their decline amid the rise in popularity of foreign holidays and cheap flights abroad. Two girls enjoy ice creams on the sands at Blackpool, circa 1958. British holiday resorts have suffered due to cheap flights abroad Credit:Hulton Archive 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.
Paul Ceglia, the man who’s been caught up in a legal battle with Facebook for months now, still says he owns half of Facebook. Back in April, Ceglia claimed he had new proof to back up his assertion, and had hired a big-name law firm to support him in court. Now that big-name law firm, DLA Piper, has dropped his case.Ceglia’s assertion that he owns half of Facebook ties back to a promise he claims Mark Zuckerberg made to him back in 2003. Facebook and Zuckerberg both deny the exchange ever took place, but when Ceglia re-appeared in April with DLA Piper in town, people started to take notice.DLA Piper said they had done a “thorough investigation” into Ceglia’s claims, and thought they had enough merit to defend in court. Facebook promptly responded by saying they had done their own investigation, which had turned up Ceglia’s criminal record and conviction for fraud, among other damaging things.In essence, Facebook’s position was that Ceglia may have known Zuckerberg at one point, but there was no promise to give him half of the company’s value, and Ceglia was making the whole thing up. To boot, they claimed that his background proved that Ceglia was the type to make fraudulent claims like this, and that he should be ignored.Fast forward to this week, where DLA Piper has quietly withdrawn from the case completely. In addition to DLA Piper, a massive international law firm that’s more than familiar with technology and intellectual property law, Ceglia was also represented by Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman, a smaller law firm who had also pledged to take on his case.Now, however, Ceglia finds himself without any legal representation in his battle with Facebook. Both law firms refuse to give out any details on why they dropped the case, citing attourney-client privilege. However, it’s clear that Facebook turned over additional information based on their own investigations that may have led to them leaving Ceglia’s side. Whether Facebook could definitively prove that Ceglia was lying is one thing, but it’s likely at least that they could prove his claim couldn’t stand up in court.All of this hasn’t stopped Ceglia, though. He’s already signed up a new law firm based in San Diego to handle the ins and outs of his case, and he’s still working with Paul Argentieri, the lawyer who’s been with him since the beginning of his case. It’s worth noting that Argentieri is also the lawyer who unsuccessfully defended him in the fraud case that led to Ceglia’s last conviction.Read more at PaidContent
Good news for pale skin: Scientists have come up with a drug to help people tan without exposure to the sun Applied as a cream to the skin, the drug allowed red-haired mice to develop a deep tan. 27 Comments By AFP Jun 17th 2017, 8:00 AM 19,699 Views http://jrnl.ie/3443802 AFTER TEN YEARS of research, scientists have come up with a drug that could help people tan without exposure to the sun, potentially reducing the risk of skin cancer.The drug stimulates cells that produce the pigment that absorbs ultra-violet light, the researchers said in the US journal Cell Reports published on Tuesday. They stressed that further tests are needed to safeguard against potential side-effects in humans.Applied as a cream to the skin, the drug allowed red-haired mice to develop a deep tan. Like their pale-skinned human counterparts, the mice are particularly susceptible to the damaging effects of the sun’s ultra-violet rays.The original breakthrough in mice was announced more than a decade ago, in a study published in the British journal Nature in 2006. But it has taken scientists that much time to work out how to make much thicker human skin absorb the substance.The initial report revealed that a substance called forskolin gave red-haired mice a deep tan without exposure to UV light. But because human skin is relatively hairless compared to animals’, it has evolved to be much tougher in order to protect against heat, cold and other environmental factors, and the topical substance could not penetrate it effectively.“Human skin is a very good barrier and is a formidable penetration challenge. Therefore, other topical approaches just did not work,” said David Fisher, chief of dermatology at Massachusetts General Hospital, a professor of dermatology at Harvard Medical School, and one of the authors of the study.“But 10 years later, we have come up with a solution,” he said.It’s a different class of compounds, that work by targeting a different enzyme that converges on the same pathway that leads to pigmentation.The scientists tested the substance on samples of human skin kept in laboratories and found that it darkened in proportion to the dosage applied. The tan lasted several days.In animal tests, red-haired mice became “almost jet black in a day or two with a strong enough dose,” the researchers observed. When the dosage was removed, normal skin regeneration meant the color faded within a week or so.“We believe the potential importance of this work is towards a novel strategy for skin cancer prevention,” Fisher said.“Skin is the most common organ in our bodies to be afflicted with cancer, and the majority of cases are thought to be associated with UV radiation,” he said.The long-term aim would be to create a cream that develops a tan without exposure to sunlight but which also absorbs harmful UV rays like traditional sun screens.- © AFP 2017Read: ‘You’d itch until there was blood – the pain was a better feeling’Read: Here’s what fruits and vegetables looked like before we domesticated them Image: Shutterstock/progressman Image: Shutterstock/progressman Saturday 17 Jun 2017, 8:00 AM Short URL Share51 Tweet Email9 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Motorola Corvair : la tablette qui se prenait pour une télécommande6 pouces, Gingerbread (aka Android 2.3) et surtout des ports Infrarouges et Zigbee RF4CE, pour contrôler n’importe quelle télévision à distance, telles sont les promesses de la nouvelle Motorola Corvair. Il existe bien des options pour contrôler ce que l’on regarde via Wifi, ou Bluetooth. Mais cela ne fonctionne qu’à l’aide d’une box. Pour la télévision elle-même, la commande est en technologie infrarouge, un port qui n’équipe plus les appreils portables depuis longtemps. Car si l’infrarouge ne coute pas cher, son inconvénient est d’être arrété par n’importe quel obstacle. Pas un problème quand l’on regarde la TV, mais une option absurde pour les téléphones. En incorporant ce port IR à sa nouvelle tablette, Motorola lui donne donc la possibilité unique d’interagir avec les télévisions ou encore les lecteurs DVD. Ce n’est cependant pas tout. La Corvair sera également équipée Wifi et ZigBee RF4CE (un bluetooth amélioré). Elle pourrait donc théoriqument streamer du contenu aux télévisons équipées de Wifi. La batterie proposée fait 4000 mAh, ce qui donnera une bonne autonomie à l’appareil.Puisque le packaging est prêt, le produit doit être presque finalisé et la commercialisation proche. Il faudra sans doute seulement attendre jusqu’en Janvier, jusqu’au CES ou Motorola présentera sans doute sa tablette, la plus petite de toute sa gamme.Le 12 novembre 2011 à 16:12 • Maxime Lambert
Ten people were displaced after a fire destroyed a Vancouver fourplex Sunday morning.The fire was reported just after 6:30 a.m. at 10801 N.E. Seventh St. in the Marrion neighborhood in central Vancouver, said Capt. Dave James, spokesman for the Vancouver Fire Department.Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke and fire coming out of a unit, James said.No one was reported injured.Four people were inside the apartment. They told firefighters they had returned home at 2 a.m. One person, who had been sleeping in the garage, said he had used a candle for lighting before falling asleep. When the man woke up at 6:30, the garage was on fire near where he left the candle, James said. When the man was unable to put the fire out, he got others out of the apartment and called 911.The fire spread to the attic of the unit, causing heavy smoke damage to the other three units.The apartment where the fire started was “pretty much gutted out,” James said.
The Fairbanks North Star Borough assembly passed a truancy ordinance last night. The ordinance lines out local policy addressing chronic unexcused absence from school including fines for repeated offenses.The approved ordinance is less strict and cumbersome than one in state law. It reflects a request from the school board for a policy more aimed at getting students back in class, but many parents who testified at last night’s assembly meeting took offense.Shalom Perkins, a mother of six, objected to the idea of government involvement in whether or not kids go to school. “The removal of parental rights from the decisions made about one’s children, especially with regards to their education, upbringing and beliefs is wrong,” she said.Perkins expressed concern that the truancy policy, which must be approved by the school board, could later be amended to be more onerous. School Board member Sue Hull said school board board administrative regulations would be much more specific then the ordinance, but emphasized the need for local truancy regulations, especially for high school kids.“Parents are often frustrated, as are teachers, that there aren’t some teeth. They see these kids that think they can pass without being in class and the teachers and others know they can’t, and then they get behind and end up dropping out of school. So staff as well as parents have asked that there be more teeth in our attendance policy so that kids would take it more seriously,” Hull said.The truancy ordinance passed the assembly 7-1, with member Lance Roberts opposed. It now goes before the school board.Among other business attended to by the assembly last night was passage of an ordinance amending local zoning to allow operation of alcohol distilleries in the downtown area. The change was prompted by local businessman who plans to start a small scale craft distillery and tasting room in the old Fairbanks City Hall building on Cushman Street.
The Air Force is jamming Global Positioning System signals periodically around military airfields in Alaska during Red Flag training exercises now under way in and around Eielson Air Force Base. Officials say the GPS interference testing could affect other devices that rely on GPS.Download audio:Air Force pilots will periodically be flying without the navigational help of a GPS system at times during Red Flag training exercises being conducted out of Eielson Air Force Base.The Federal Aviation Administration is advising pilots flying around Eielson Air Force Base, Fort Greely and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson over the next few days to expect unreliable or unavailable signals for their aircraft’s GPS set.Air Force Lt. Col. Allen Knapp says it’s being done to prepare Air Force pilots to operate in environments in which GPS is not available.“In a modern contested environments, most of the modern battlefields that our will face, the reception of GPS is definitely not guaranteed,” Knapp said. “It’s something that is going to be up for grabs. And it helps to have our airmen experience GPS being denied here in a training environment, like Red Flag, prior to an actual engagement where they lose their GPS reception.”The FAA has issued several advisories in recent days informing pilots about the periodic GPS interference testing around the military airfields over the next 10 days, during Red Flag.The agency says pilots may experience GPS problems at different times and at different altitudes. But the F-A-A says pilots should expect anomalies anywhere within 365 nautical miles from Fort Greely, up to 40,000 feet. Knapp says pilots should also expect GPS anomalies today through Friday within 150 nautical miles of Eielson, at 40,000 feet; and within 120 miles of JBER, at 40,000.This week’s GPS interference testing around Eielson and Greely is being conducted from mid-morning to around 12:30 p.m. and again from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. daily. The schedule will vary beginning this weekend, with once-a-day testing scheduled for some days.FAA officials ask pilots to report all GPS anomalies they encounter during the testing to the agency’s Anchorage Center to help them measure the extent of the problem.Knapp says the Air Force jamming should not affect cellphones or other mobile devices. But he says motorists will encounter problems with their vehicle’s GPS sets is they’re near any of the three military air bases during the tests.He says members of the public may also notice problems when using devices that rely on GPS for time calibration.“I can’t tell you that we categorically we will not affect anything else,” Knapp said. “More and more, technologies are drawing upon that (GPS) and using that for the services they provide.”The FAA says additional Notices to Airmen will be issued throughout the testing period to keep pilots apprised of any changes in plans for the testing.
Gamers have been enjoying Fallout 4 for a couple of weeks now, and modders are clearly getting to grips with the game’s secrets. The big find during week one was an infinite bottle caps exploit. We’ve just come to the end of week two, and someone has discovered a hidden weapon in the form of a harpoon gun.The discovery was made by modder xxdeathknight72xx while looking through the game’s code. Not only was the weapon discovered, it’s possible to unlock it for use. The most unusual feature is the reload animation including bubbles, which suggests this is a weapon that was meant for underwater combat.There are a number of reasons the harpoon didn’t make it into Fallout 4. The first being that there’s no underwater combat in the game. That may be because underwater combat is always terrible or Bethesda plans to add it (and this weapon) as part of some future DLC pack. It could also be the case that the development team ran out of time and this is a weapon that never got fully implemented and the bubbles in the animation is just an amusing bug.Whatever the case may be, it looks like a lot of fun to use based on the video footage above. It not only decapitates enemies, their heads spin on the harpoon if it ends up stuck in a wall afterwards.If you;d like to try the harpoon gun for yourself, then head on over to the nexusmods page for it.
Kolkata: Without naming the BJP, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee came down heavily on the party and urged people to put up a united resistance and foil the onslaught on Bengali language and Bengal’s rich heritage and tradition by those who are doing this in a very calculated manner.”Forget about me. Please get united and foil this monstrous attempt that is forcing us to forget our language and the attempt to malign and defame Bengal with an ulterior motive.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataShe was addressing a gathering at the Hare School ground in connection with the re-installation of the statue of Pandit Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar at Vidyasagar College which was vandalised by a group of people who had attended the road show of BJP national president Amit Shah on May 14. Without naming the saffron party, Banerjee said: “By demolishing the statue of Vidyasagar they had actually tried to force us to forget our heritage and culture. Can you wipe out the name of Vidyasagar by pulling down his statue?” Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateBanerjee maintained: “What are they up to? Are they trying to convert Bengal into Gujarat. We have a lot of respect for Gujarat. We should love our own culture and language and respect the culture of others. There is no harm in loving our own language and culture.” The Chief Minister alleged that there is a deliberate attempt to malign Bengal. She said some days ago an actor had come to meet her and said during his recent visit to Delhi some people had asked him why every person in Bengal carry arms with them. “This is being done in a very calculated manner. They have purchased a section of the media. In the past few days, 25 Yadavs have been killed in Uttar Pradesh. But did you get a single line in any newspaper? They have spent crores of rupees to buy them.” She further said: “What do they expect from us. Few days ago, they criticised Raja Ram Mohan Roy, the first modern man. Should we sit quietly and digest what they have said or raise our voice against the canard. Bengal was the epicentre of India’s freedom movement. We had foiled the attempt to partition Bengal by Curzon. Gandhiji had spent August 15, 1947, in Kolkata. We should resist any attempt to defame our state.”
Laptops get refreshed almost every year and sometimes even months after the last update. Of course, you don’t have to go out and replace yours with every new version, but after 10 years, you might notice some slowdown.Member tbarb enlisted us to help find them a laptop within the $900 to $1,300 range to replace their 10-year-old Lenovo ThinkPad. The user wants the machine to have at least an 8th Gen Intel Core i7, 16GB of RAM, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 GPU, a 15.6-inch (1920 x 1080) display, and an SSD and HDD combo. Their primary focus would be using Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop and TradeStation.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/best-thinkpad-replacement?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 They also requested a laptop with a DVD drive, but to be honest, that’s very uncommon on premium laptops nowadays, and we suggest getting an external one. So, tbarb, here are the laptops we recommend to replace your ThinkPad:Dell XPS 15You can get the Dell XPS 15 (4.2 pounds, 0.7~0.5 inches) for $1,329, and it’ll come with a Core i7-8750H processor, a GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q GPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD.We tested a version with 16GB of RAM, and it transcoded a 4K video to 1080p on our HandBrake benchmark in 10 minutes and 12 seconds. For graphics performance, it ran Rise of the Tomb Raider (Very High, 1080p) at 22 frames per second.This machine’s 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080 display is incredibly vibrant and vivid, covering 115 percent of the sRGB spectrum and emitting 371 nits of brightness. It has a low-travel keyboard, at 0.7 millimeters (we prefer travel between 1.5 to 2.0 mm), but the keys feel bouncy and relatively comfortable to type on. However, the keyboard does not have a number pad.MORE: Best Dell and Alienware LaptopsIf you plan on using the Dell XPS 15 on the go, you should find some comfort in that it lasted 11 hours and 53 minutes on our battery test. The machine isn’t cheaply made, either, as it sports a sleek aluminum exterior and a sturdy carbon-fiber interior.Lenovo Legion Y7000If you want to stay in the comfort zone of Lenovo land, then the Legion Y7000 (5.3 pounds, 1.1~0.9 inches) is a great option. It keeps the price down to $1,099 and comes with beefy specs like a Core i7-8750H processor, a GTX 1060 GPU, 16GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, and a 1TB 7,200-rpm HDD.This speed demon crushed our HandBrake benchmark in just 9 minutes and 24 seconds. It even ran the Rise of the Tomb Raider benchmark at 37 fps, pushing above the 30-fps playability threshold.The Legion Y7000’s 15.6-inch, 1080p display is surprisingly colorful, too, hitting 153 percent of the sRGB color gamut. But it could be just a little brighter, as it averaged 277 nits. True to Lenovo’s standards, this keyboard is satisfyingly clicky, with 1.4 millimeters of travel.MORE: Best Lenovo LaptopsHowever, in comparison with the XPS 15, this machine’s battery life is subpar. It lasted 4 hours and 28 minutes on our battery test, which is technically good for a gaming laptop. The Legion Y7000 also has an aluminum top-cover, but the interior is plastic.Alienware m15Like the XPS 15, the Alienware m15 (4.8 pounds, 0.8~0.7 inches) leaps slightly out of budget, at $1,329, but it comes with a Core i7-8750H CPU, a GTX 1060 GPU, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hybrid drive.Our review unit was slightly more powerful than that. Its 16GB of RAM carried it through the HandBrake benchmark in 9 minutes and 51 seconds. And its GTX 1070 hit 49 fps on the Rise of the Tomb Raider benchmark. We imagine that the GTX 1060’s performance will be closer to the Legion Y7000’s.The Alienware m15’s 15.6-inch, 1080p panel isn’t the brightest or most colorful screen out there, but it boasts a smooth 144-Hz refresh rate that’s hard to resist fawning over. The display covered 150 percent of the sRGB spectrum and registered 277 nits of brightness. This machine’s keyboard delivered enough feedback to be comfortable to type on, despite its 1.1 millimeters of key travel.MORE: The Best Gaming LaptopsThe GTX 1070 version had an impressive 6 hours and 25 minutes of battery life, and presumably, the GTX 1060 model will last slightly longer. The Alienware m15’s chassis is made mostly of anodized aluminum.Bottom LineIf you’re more interested in value for performance, the Lenovo Legion Y7000 is a great choice, but it has a larger profile. The Dell XPS 15 is a slimmer and sexier alternative, with a much more discrete chassis. However, you might not want to miss out on the Alienware m15’s smooth 144-Hz panel. Hopefully, this response helped you in your quest to replace your ThinkPad! Let us know what you decide to go with.Credit: Laptop Mag As soon as Rami Tabari sprung out of the College of Staten Island, he hit the ground running as a Staff Writer for Laptop Mag. He reviews every shape and form of a laptop as well as all sorts of cool tech. You can find him sitting at his desk surrounded by a hoarder’s dream of laptops, and when he navigates his way out to civilization, you can catch him watching really bad anime or playing some kind of painfully difficult game. He’s the best at every game and he just doesn’t lose. 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No related posts. On Sunday, January 6, all traffic on Route 27 will go toward the capital to help those vacationing outside of San José make a quicker return from the Pacific region.The change will force drivers traveling from San José to Caldera to use alternate routes.The reversible lanes will be used on the stretch of the Caldera Highway (Route 27) connecting Pozón de Orotina (Alajuela) to Ciudad Colón (San Jose) from noon to 8:00 p.m.Drivers heading to the Pacific during these hours should use Route 3 (Atenas-Aguacate-Orotina) or Route 239 (Puriscal-Turrubares-Orotina). Facebook Comments
A former CIA operative who was convicted by an Italian court of kidnapping a Muslim cleric in Milan in 2003 has been detained by authorities in Panama, raising the prospect that he could be extradited, according to Italian news reports.Robert Seldon Lady was among 23 U.S. government employees — most of whom worked for the CIA — who were convicted for their roles in snatching a cleric with suspected ties to al-Qaida off a busy street in Milan and secretly transporting him to Egypt.The 2005 case became a source of embarrassment for the CIA and called attention to the controversial practice known as “extraordinary rendition,” in which terrorism suspects secretly captured in the years following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks were delivered to governments suspected of engaging in torture.The CIA declined to comment on Lady’s reported detention, and it was unclear whether he was taken into custody at the behest of the Italian government. Officials at the Italian and Panamanian embassies in Washington declined to comment.Lady and other defendants in the case left Italy before the trial but were convicted in absentia. Lady could face a prison sentence of up to nine years if he is returned to Italy, according to Italian news reports.Lady’s apprehension could create a diplomatic dilemma for the United States, which pressured the Italian government to abandon its prosecution but has never formally acknowledged that many of the defendants were CIA employees.The case comes at a delicate time for the Obama administration, which has been seeking to block attempts by Edward Snowden, a former U.S. intelligence contractor, to seek asylum in Latin America. Snowden has been charged with stealing and then leaking information about U.S. surveillance programs.The target of the Italian rendition was a cleric, Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr, known as Abu Omar. CIA officials had suspected that he was part of a network funneling young Muslim recruits to al-Qaida or other militant groups. He was on his way to a mosque in Milan on Feb. 17, 2003, when he was snatched from a sidewalk, put into a van and subsequently delivered to Egypt, according to Italian court records and media accounts.U.S. intelligence officials involved in the case have said that the agency obtained permission from Italian intelligence to carry out the operation. But an investigation by the country’s independent judiciary identified U.S. operatives through cellphone call records and other data that exposed the agency’s clumsy tradecraft.Lady was not directly involved in the capture of Abu Omar, but the CIA’s base chief in Milan is said to have supervised the plan. Former CIA colleagues said Lady, who spent part of his childhood in Honduras, has been living in Latin America and had served there for the CIA.Italian news services reported that border police in Panama stopped Lady as he entered the country on Wednesday.Lady’s apparent apprehension “is the fault of the U.S. government for not protecting its personnel with diplomatic immunity,” said Mark Zaid, an attorney for Sabrina De Sousa, who was stationed in the U.S. consulate in Milan and convicted by the Italian court. De Sousa has denied that she worked for the CIA.© 2013, The Washington Post Facebook Comments No related posts.