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Shosholoza shines in Marseille

first_imgWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Team Shosholoza showed its mettle once more on the weekend, not in America’s Cup racing in the South African-built RSA 83 yacht, but in match-racing at the Marseille International Match Race. The team’s performances were up and down as skipper Pablo Cian and his crew experienced two days of vastly differing fortunes in the round robin part of the racing. That’s because the conditions were markedly different on the two days. American Ed Baird, racing with the America’s Cup-winning crew from Team Alinghi, topped the standings with eight victories and three defeats. His record included wins over Cian, as well as the top seeds, reigning world champion Ian Williams of Great Britain and Frenchman Sebastian Col. SAinfo reporter On Friday, in the stronger winds, Shosholoza struggled, losing all four of her races, but her record of sevens wins and four losses was enough for the South African boat to qualify in second place of the round robin. The quarterfinals weren’t kind to Ed Baird either. He was beaten by New Zealander Adam Minoprio and the ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing Team. Minoprio went on to win the title. On the first day, Thursday, the air was light and the emphasis was on timing and speed. On day two, Friday, the breeze got up and the action was fast and furious. Explaining his decision, Cian said: “We had a great day the first day of the event, and a terrible day on Friday when we lost the last four races of the round robin. “Damien had a terrible first day and a great day yesterday, so we reckon that today will be our turn. And we chose him too because regardless of what happens, we will remain good friends.”center_img Ideal conditionsThe light air conditions on Saturday looked ideal for Shosholoza, and she drew a penalty on Iehl in the pre-start. However, things didn’t unfold as Cian had hoped, and after three successive wins Iehl had secured a semi-final place. A perfect seven victoriesCian and his crew excelled in the light conditions on Thursday, taking part in seven races and recording a perfect seven victories. World champion Ian Williams was beaten by Australian Torvar Mirsky, who finished third, with Iehl taking fourth place. Cian chose to face Damien Iehl of France and his French Match Racing Team, thinking that he had made a safe choice. While he and Shosholoza shone, turning in assured performances and dominating victories, the other crews struggled to dominate like Cian and company had done; after the opening day, five teams were tied on six points, occupying from fourth to eighth place. Cian and his crew managed to finish on high note when they won a sail-off against Williams to secure seventh place, with the British star relegated to eight spot. 17 March 2009 QuarterfinalsThe top eight yachts then qualified for the quarterfinals; the top four finishers had the added advantage of being able to select their opponent in the last eight.last_img read more

Press release: South Africa remains an attractive investment destination

first_imgBrand South Africa welcomes South Africa’s performance in the World Bank’s 2017 Africa Competitiveness Report which was released on Thursday 04 May during the WEF Africa Conference in Durban.South Africa remains an attractive investment destination and is open for business says Brand South Africa chief executive, Kingsley Makhubela.Johannesburg, Friday 05 May 2017 – South Africa picked up second place in the Africa Competitiveness Report and the country’s global ranking for 2016-17 improved with nine places – from 56 in the 2014-’15 report to 47 out of 138 countries worldwide. The sectors in which South Africa excelled included financial market development, business sophistication, innovation and technological readiness.Brand South Africa’s CEO Dr. Kingsley Makhubela said: “South Africa continues to demonstrate resilience despite unfavourable conditions and has held steady in the face global economic uncertainty. Today our nation is one of the most sophisticated and promising emerging markets globally and this has been reinforced by the World Banks’ 2017 Africa Competitiveness Report findings.”“We are in the midst of an increasingly open and integrated world economy where countries compete for investment and human capital that are critical to their economic growth. These rankings paint a picture of a country’s ability to attract investments, raise per capita GDP, create jobs and wealth for itself, and ultimately raise the standard of living for its own people.”In recent weeks – South Africa was reported to have also made a comeback in the 2017 A.T. Kearney Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Confidence Index, and was ranked as the fourth most attractive investment destination in Africa according to the latest Africa Investment Index 2016 by Quantum Global’s independent research arm, Quantum Global Research Lab published in April 2017.“These results indicate that South Africa’s efforts to respond to socio-economic development challenges. Although much remains to be done, the current assessment of South Africa’s competitiveness, by an independent, international organisations, should inspire us to keep going. Our country continues to develop and deepen cooperation with the world to take full advantage of trade, investment and development opportunities provided for our nation, the African continent and our people,” concluded Dr Makhubela.last_img read more

Are We Really Better Off With Building Codes?

first_imgBut aren’t we just building what buyers want?Joe Wilson recalls visiting a house well along in construction during an open house in his area. The builder was the head of the local building association for years. The house Wilson toured had five bedrooms and three and a half baths and would sell for $430,000 or more.“I spent some time going through and noting the 2×6, 16-in. on-center traditional (non-OVE) framing, the numerous unplugged gaps at penetrations, the builder grade vinyl windows, the lack of caulk or sealant or gaskets at plates and sills, a ripped piece of housewrap dangling from under the brick,” he writes. “Rolls of glass batt were in the garage, ready to go.”But three couples he saw at the open house were focused on the square footage, the size of the closets, and the granite, all of which brought a smile to the builder’s face.Later, the builder said no one had ever inquired about the possibility of building with a more modern approach.“He didn’t seem greedy, just like he saw his work as a business and that he wasn’t ‘custom,’” Wilson says. “He even offered me the names of three builders he said did custom work. ‘You’ll pay for it, but you’ll get what you want.’”He wonders whether builders and buyers can be taught to look at houses differently, but he doesn’t seem especially hopeful. After restoring historic buildings for more than three decades, Roy Harmon seems a little disillusioned, if not outright confused, with the current state of residential construction.Most of the buildings he’s worked on are more than a century old, built at a time when carpenters served apprenticeships but building codes did not exist. The only reason the buildings eventually fail is because of neglect, not inherently poor construction.In contrast, there are a “myriad” of building code requirements these days, but no training requirements to become a home improvement contractor or carpenter.“As a result, for the past 20+ years, thousands of plastic shacks called homes have been thrown together, by greed-driven developers that seem to dabble in the grey zone just below ‘minimum code requirements,’ ” Harmon writes in his Q&A post. “The untrained, inexperienced workers are all that this process seems to have afforded.”Harmon wonders whether we’re better served by skilled builders who really know what they’re doing, or a strict code enforced in an age of poorly trained labor and a focus on the bottom line. And in our haste to build green, are we sure that LEED standards and green materials will meet the test of time? RELATED ARTICLES Are Energy Codes Working?Code Green Blogs by Lynn UnderwoodReport from the ICC Code Hearings Free Digital 2009 International Energy Conservation CodeWrestling With the Bay State’s “Stretch” Code ProposalAverage Cost of Meeting 2009 IECC? Not MuchGearing Up for California’s New Green Building CodeEnergy Code Gets Slightly More Stringent Q&A Spotlight: Home Appraisal Woes Building codes are not the issueCodes are the result of the problem, not its cause, says Tony Olaivar. If it weren’t for building codes, shacks would still be common. Moreover, he adds, “I’d be willing to suggest that the shacks contemporary to your historic homes did not stand the test of time.”Codes, he adds, are actually improving over time: “Every time a house burns or collapses or an insurance claim is filed, there are statistics gathered. There’s plenty of science that goes into all of it. Don’t get discouraged.”“All current codes exist because of prior failures and catastrophes (both natural and man-made),” writes Andy Ault. “Codes don’t cause the substandard results, they exist because of them. And with the adoption of new requirements into some of the upcoming 2012 codes (such as air leak testing in the IECC) they are finally moving past simple life safety and actually getting into VERIFIED building performance.”GBA Senior Editor Martin Holladay makes another point: although it’s easy to take a rosy view of old-time carpentry practices, the longevity of buildings was not always assured. While he’s seen lots of solid historic homes where he lives in Vermont, the opposite also is true. “I’ve also see older homes with failing foundations that lean or bulge and older homes with rotten sills and sagging ridges and undersized rafters that look like a sway-backed old mare,” Holladay writes. “Plenty of builders in the old days didn’t use a span table and cut corners by framing their homes to what they considered were the minimum requirements — and they guessed wrong.”While imperfect, building codes are intended to eliminate those kinds of problems.“With rare exception I can’t think of many aspects of building codes that don’t add to the safety or performance of houses, although enforcement is sometimes limited because of budgets of the municipalities,” Allan Edwards says. Does the appraisal process contribute to the problem?Steve El thinks so. Because we’re a mobile society, families have to keep resale in mind, and lending is based on the appraised value of a home.“This is where a big problem creeps in, in my opinion, and that is the manner in which values are placed on homes is broken,” El says. “Take two next door houses on identical lots, where the houses have the same basic floor plan. One home is built to code minimum and the other is superbly built to a much higher standard.“For mortgage appraisal purposes, the two homes will appraise almost the same. There will be just enough ‘extra’ tagged on to the superbly built home’s appraised value to make the mortgage appraisal process look — repeat LOOK — legitimate. But in my opinion, the process has nothing to do with value.”Were buyers better educated to demand value and fix the appraisal process, then builders would be forced to follow suit or be out of a job, he says.Actually, says Riversong, the appraisal business isn’t broken. Appraisals “very accurately” reflect market value because they’re based on comparable sales in the same area.“If we want to have the intrinsic qualities of a thing valued then we need to be willing to acknowledge that kind of value in the marketplace,” he says. “Everything in our culture is superficial, shallow, short-term and narrowly-focused. It is our society which is broken. Until we fix that, we cannot expect our valuation formulas to be based on anything other than what we are willing to pay for.” Corporate model discourages quality outcomeOld World apprenticeships and craft guilds have been left behind, writes Robert Riversong, as the building industry adopted a standard corporate model for success.“We quickly became an industrial society with adversarial labor unions to attempt to win a few concessions from the bosses,” he says. “The corporate model of business, with profit as the guiding principle, became the standard for all enterprise — and the easiest way to maximize profit is through mass production and minimizing costs, including both materials and labor.“Both government regulation and building codes were the reaction to the problem, not the problem itself.”As Tony Olaivar put it, “all jobs have gone the way of McDonald’s,” with scant training for employees because that made it easier to fire them “at the drop of a hat.”Riversong sees workers in this system are “just another economic input which can as easily be undercut or outsourced as any resource input.”To add to these troubles, labor has become so specialized that building projects now require overseers to draw all the players together. Even then, there aren’t many “Master Builders” around who can see a project through from design to finish details.“When we return to understanding house building as a trade or craft and not a business, we might rediscover some of the pride in workmanship that was once the hallmark of well-crafted and durable architectural design and fabrication,” Riversong says. “And we will need to find ‘profit’ in our sense of satisfaction of a job well done rather than in adding cost that makes such a basic human need as shelter unaffordable for the masses.”There are efforts underway to train young workers, says Andy Ault, including Skills USA and Construction Challenge .“It’s no small task to try to convince tech savvy kids that it’s desirable (and maybe even ‘cool’) to be a contractor these days,” Ault writes. “So we all have to do our part to support and volunteer for these groups and put our time and effort where our complaints are. “ That’s the subject of this week’s Q&A Spotlight. Our expert’s opinionHere’s what GBA Technical Director Peter Yost has to say:I think there are really three separate but related issues in this discussion: codes, performance-based value, and education.First, a quote from an Environmental Building News feature article entitled “Sustainability and Building Codes” (EBN Vol. 10, No. 9), which I co-authored with David Eisenberg of the Development Center for Appropriate Technology (David is the director of DCAT, the leading organization for green building codes in the U.S.):“Building codes have long been used by societies to protect individual and general welfare, and to hold practitioners accountable for their work. As long ago as 1750 B.C., Hammurabi, the Babylonian king of Mesopotamia, created his famous Code of Laws covering a wide range of public and private matters. Number 229 of this Code states: “If a builder build a house for someone, and does not construct it properly, and the house which he built fall in and kill its owner, then that builder shall be put to death.” This type of “performance” code must certainly have had an impact on quality of construction, but it very likely stifled innovation!”We need and benefit from the codes because they, by-and-large, make for safer and better buildings. But I think codes must be performance-based (including third party performance verification) or we get silly prescriptions, such as “warm-in-winter” vapor retarder locations or “seal all holes” for air tightness.And we not only need performance in the codes, we need it in all aspects of the building industry; from design to construction to appraisal to sales. The single most significant purchase almost all of us make in our lives is a home, and yet most of us do NOT approach the purchase as a performance-based value proposition. That is just crazy, because we do performance-based purchasing for other large, long-lived products such as cars, and computers, and appliances, why not homes?And the need for education of how buildings really work is just as pervasive. We are asking more of our homes, but not asking more of all those who touch them—architects, builders, code officials, realtors, and homeowners. Every sector needs building science education about how buildings work; the codes can’t and were never meant do it on their own.last_img read more

Modi takes his India connect far into future with Teacher’s Day speech

first_imgStudents in a school at Mayur Vihar Ph I listening to Narendra Modi’s speech on Teachers’ DayIt was the day of the Pradhan Shikshak. Millions of young children came under the Modi spell on Teacher’s Day as the prime minister reached out with a powerful televised speech to schools across the nation. In a first for an Indian prime minister, Modi addressed a multitude of young minds, encouraging them to follow their dreams while reiterating his commitment to the cause of education for girls and of toilets in all schools.”I have noticed that girls drop out of schools by the time they reach Class 3 or 4 just because schools don’t have separate toilets for them. They don’t feel comfortable. There should be toilets for boys and girls in all schools. We should concentrate on girl students not quitting schools,” Modi said in his live 90-minute speech. The speech was perhaps too long, and attention spans had begun to wither nationwide when the prime minister made the switch to a brief but lively interactive session.Commenting on the lack of good teachers in the country, the Prime Minister said it is regrettable that nobody wants to be a teacher nowadays, and hoped that this situation will change. “There is a demand for good teachers across the world as there is a lack of good teachers. India is a big nation, Can’t we dream of exporting high quality teachers? Can’t we make the young students want to become teachers and serve the nation? There was a time that the most respected person in the whole village was a teacher. This situation has changed now but we can get the old situation back,” Modi said.advertisementJust back from a successful and eventful Japan trip that also showcased his lighter side, Modi resumed his charm-all campaign as he answered questions about his pranks as a student. The 90-minute speech had the serious mixed well with the quirky as Modi encouraged students to work hard to achieve their dreams but advised them to sweat it out on the playground too.Asked by a student about his stern headmaster image, Modi replied: “I am a task master. I do a lot of hard work and extract hard work from others. I told officers in my first interaction that if you work for 11 hours, I am ready to work for 12 hours, if you work for 12 hours, I am ready to work for 13 hours.”But it wasn’t all work and no play. “I want to ask the students how many of them sweat profusely four times in a day. No one?see if there are no sports in life then this life won’t bloom. You should play, and enjoy in this life. Books, TV and computers should not limit your life. This life is beyond these things,” said Modi while encouraging students to read about life histories of great personalities. “I request students to read about life characters of people. It will teach you about history of those times. Read about life of people from any field, be it sports, cinema, business, science or any other field. These days everything is being done by Google Guru. It does give you information, but no knowledge,” Modi said.Incidentally, this wasn’t the first such event for Modi; he has been addressing students across Gujarat on Teacher’s Day since 2008 in a similar manner in his previous capacity of chief minister. One of the themes of his speeches, then as now, was skill development as opposed to academic milestones. “(It’s) not just degrees, but skills are also essential,” Modi reiterated on Friday.Modi also made mention of his ‘Digital India’ campaign and asked teachers to introduce students to modern technology. “I request all teachers to make best use of technology. It is a social crime if we keep our students away from modern technology. It should be our endeavour that students get to know modern science and technology,” said Modi, who took questions through video conferencing from students from Leh, Thiruvananthapuram, Port Blair and many other remote places.Modi also asked citizens to contribute to education and devote their time in teaching at a nearby school. “If educated people, no matter how high an official you are, in India spend one period in schools near them then we will have rectified the complaint that there aren’t good teachers,” he said.Addressing students, Modi said that there is no climate change but only our tolerance and habits have changed. The PM encouraged students to imbibe practices to save energy. “Climate has not changed. We have changed. Our habits have changed. Our habits have got spoiled. Due to that, we have destroyed our entire environment.advertisement”The entire world is facing an energy crisis. Coal, gas and petroleum have their limits. So where will one produce electricity from? Sometime or the other, we have to move towards the direction of saving electricity. Saving electricity is the best way of providing it to those to whom it has not reached and that too with minimal cost. Power production cost is very high. But saving electricity is very cheap,” he said.last_img read more

Xiaomi Mi 5X with stock Android could be next Xiaomi phone in India, launch on September 5

first_imgXiaomi is gearing to launch a mystery dual camera phone in India on September 5. Although little is known about Xiaomi’s upcoming phone, chances are it could be the Android One-based phone — codenamed the Xiaomi A1 — that the company is said to be secretly working on with Google. The said phone is said to be a revamped Mi 5X running stock or vanilla Android, which in this case could be the stock or stock version of Android Nougat.This possibly explains why the company is teasing that it will hold a global launch of the new phone in India on September 5. The Mi 5X was launched earlier in China in July and hence teasing a global launch of the that phone in India would be very strange.Also, it is worth remembering that currently Xiaomi has only only two high-end phones with dual cameras. One is the Mi 6, which the company is not bringing to India (this is something India Today had reported several months ago), and the other phone is the Mi 5X. So chances are that either we will see a Mi 5X in Android One avatar in India on September 5 or the company will announce a new variant of the Mi 5X or Mi 6, specifically created for the Indian market.Xiaomi VP and India MD Manu Kumar Jain has previously hinted on Twitter, that the company may launch the Mi 5X in India in September. “Can’t wait for you guys to check out Xiaomi’s first dual-camera phone in India. Coming next month,” Jain had written on Twitter in early August. On Monday, he took to Twitter again, only this time round he has revealed that the phone that the company will launch in India on September 5 does not exist yet. Xiaomi will globally launch the phone in India on the said date, which invariably means the device in question can’t be the Mi 5X the way it exists right now.advertisementXiaomi is rumoured to be working with Google on a new Android One phone. The phone would likely be a cost-effective handset geared towards emerging markets like India with promised timely OS updates right from Google. The Xiaomi A1 would likely be a re-branded Xiaomi Mi 5X with more or less the same innards but updated software. As opposed to its other phones that run MIUI, the Xiaomi’s Android One phone may run a stock version of Android. Although the latest version Android is now Oreo, if Xiaomi indeed launches a new Android One phone that will be all likelihood powered by Android Nougat.Save the date: 5 Sept 2017! Flagship Dual Camera launching soon #XiaomiGlobalLaunch #FlagshipDualCamera. RT if you are excited. @xiaomi pic.twitter.com/psEDjh786s— Manu Kumar Jain (@manukumarjain) August 28, 2017The Mi 5X notably brings the Mi 6’s dual rear cameras to the masses. The Mi 5X, just like the Mi 6, (also) comes with a dual camera setup on the rear — 12-megapixel + 12-megapixel — where one lens is wide-angle while the other is telephoto. The Mi 6 dual cameras offer 2X optic zoom and 10X digital zoom (just like the iPhone 7 Plus) and therefore technically result in clearer distant shots and professional bokeh effects in portraits. The Mi 5X should be more or less on similar lines. Although on paper the cameras in the Mi 6 and the Mi 5X seem same, there are some differences. The Mi 5X uses a slower F2.2 lens on its primary camera compared to the F1.8 lens in the Mi 6.The Xiaomi Mi 5X comes with a full metal unibody design and a rear mounted fingerprint scanner. The phone, with its all metal body and dual rear cameras looks remarkably like the iPhone 7 Plus from every nook and corner. Everything from the 2.5 D curved glass on the front to the antenna lines placement on the back, screams the iPhone. The only visible difference is seen in the fingerprint scanner placement. As opposed to the iPhone 7 Plus that comes with a front-mounted fingerprint scanner, the Xiaomi Mi 5X sports one on the back. It comes with physical capacitive — soft keys — keys on the front and will be available in three colours: black, gold and rose gold (pink).On the hardware side, the Mi 5X comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor clubbed with 4 gigs of RAM under the hood. It comes with 64GB of internal storage and USB Type-C for charging and data syncing. It is further backed by a 3,080mAh battery.Chances are Xiaomi may call its new phone the Mi 6i or something that would in turn entail in a flagship-grade experience both aesthetically as well as philosophically. But that’s just speculation for now.advertisementAlso Read: Xiaomi Mi 5X: Top specs, features, price and everything you must knowlast_img read more

Tenant strike expected to end after Toronto landlord drops bid to raise

first_imgTORONTO – A two-month rent strike at a west Toronto highrise is expected to end after a landlord abandoned a bid to raise tenants’ rents by more than double the amount recommended by the government.Property management firm Nuspor Investments issued a letter to tenants of a 189-unit building in Toronto’s rapidly gentrifying Parkdale neighbourhood on Monday, saying it had decided to withdraw its application to Ontario’s Landlord and Tenant Board for the special increase.“I’m over the moon,” said Kerry Riordan, one of around 55 tenants who have refused to pay their rent since Feb. 1. “This is obviously what we’ve been working towards, and we were totally prepared to go into month three, so this is definitely much better.”Last year the government of Ontario extended rent control — which previously had applied only to units that came into use prior to November 1991 — to all residential properties in the province, setting an annual cap, or “guideline” for rent increases tied to the Consumer Price Index. The cap for 2018 is 1.8 per cent.But a long-standing policy in the Residential Tenancies Act allows property owners and managers to apply to the Landlord and Tenant Board for the right to raise rent beyond the guideline in order to recoup costs of certain capital expenditures or “extraordinary” increases in tax.Nuspor applied to raise rents on around 130 units at the Parkdale building by 3.4 per cent, claiming that it spent more than $300,000 in 2015 and 2016 on improvements to the building’s lobby, lighting, heating and garbage compactor.Affordable housing advocates said the provision essentially lets landlords pass off the costs of major work onto tenants, often driving them out of their homes.“(We were) going up against people who have a lot of money and a lot of power and it’s nice that the little guy won,” said Riordan, who added that she’d like to continue advocating for fair rents. “A lot of other people involved who are going through exact same thing in other buildings.”Tenants will meet on Wednesday to discuss ending the strike, Riordan said. They will likely pay their April rent once they know Nuspor is definitely dropping its application, she said.“After that (meeting) we’ll figure out next steps and we’ll probably all pay our rent first and foremost,” Riordan said.Rents will still be 1.8 per cent higher than last year, in accordance with Ontario guidelines, but tenants will not have to pay the additional 1.6 per cent Nuspor applied for.David Wills, a PR representative hired by Nuspor, said the company dropped its rent increase application because of the acrimony it was causing amongst tenants.“We were getting complaints from tenants about (an advocacy group) doing door-knocking campaigns in the building and people didn’t like that,” he said. “They were feeling pressured to join.”Police were called on three separate occasions when family members related to building staff said they felt they were being harassed or intimidated by those opposed to the rent increase, Wills said.The property managers are still confident, however, that they would have had their increase application approved, Wills said.“We believe that the work we did met the criteria that is laid out by the province,” he said. “It’s pretty formulaic.”To be eligible for a higher-than-permitted rent increase, a landlord must show that their capital expenses were made to keep the property “in a good state of repair,” protect the “physical integrity” of the building, improve energy or water conservation, or maintain or increase security or provide access to people with disabilities.last_img read more

Katy Perry Concert Tickets To Benefit Charity

first_imgInternational superstar, Katy Perry, will kick off the North American leg of her highly anticipated PRISMATIC WORLD TOUR on June 22nd in Raleigh, North Carolina.The 46-city tour is presented by Goldenvoice, a division of AEG Live. She will be touring in support of PRISM, which debuted at number one on The Billboard 200 and remains in the Top Ten three months after release. The platinum album has given Katy her biggest ever single with “Roar”, while “Dark Horse” just became her lucky 13th Top Ten hit on The Billboard Hot 100.Katy is teaming up with Tickets-for-Charity again to offer fans some of the very best seats in the house to benefit important charitable causes, available exclusively at www.ticketsforcharity.com. Additionally, $1 from each ticket sold for the North American leg of THE PRISMATIC WORLD TOUR will be donated to UNICEF.“THE PRISMATIC WORLD TOUR is coming to light up some of my favorite North American cities this summer, as well as some new cities that you introduced me to through your video requests” said Katy. “This colorful show will bring you all the songs you know as well as ones from my new album, PRISM. I’m so excited that I got to hand-select some of my favorite artists to join me on this journey – I know you’ll love Capital Cities, Kacey Musgraves and Tegan and Sara as much as I do.”The state-of-the art stage, specifically designed by Katy for THE PRISMATIC WORLD TOUR, allows her to get closer to her fans than ever before. The one-of-a-kind set design will provide concert-goers with a truly magical experience from every angle in the arena. Ticket offerings include a limited number of general admission tickets in the intimate “Reflection Section”.last_img read more

Knicks Raymond Felton Out With Fractured Finger

New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton, the team’s second-leading scorer and floor general, will be sidelined up to six weeks because of a broken finger.It is a blow to the Knicks, who have been among the strongest teams this so far this season. While Carmelo Anthony has been mostly brilliant, it has been Felton’s open-court speed and floor generalship that has been significant to their success.“This is not a season-ending injury,” Felton told reporters in Phoenix, according to Newsday. “It’s something that will last four to six weeks at the most.”Felton, who is averaging 15.8 points and 6.3 assists, broke his right pinkie finger in the third quarter when he and Steve Nash dove for a loose ball in the Los Angeles Lakers’ Christmas Day win over New York. X-rays  revealed the fracture.He flew back from the West Coast Thursday to meet with a doctor to determine if surgery is needed; the team went on to Sacramento.“I may need surgery,” Felton told reporters, according to the New York Post. “I got to do what’s best for my hand so I can get back and help this team.”With Felton sidelined, savvy veteran and future Hall of Famer Jason Kidd started in Felton’s place in Phoenix Wednesday, when J.R. Smith hit a jump shot at the buzzer. Kidd, 39, was outstanding with 23 points, eight assists and six rebounds in 31 minutes. The Knicks are 21-8.“We just have to go back and assess it and see where we are and go from there, but again, like I said, injuries occur,” Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. “Key guys get banged up here and there, and we have enough guys on our team that guys just got to step up and play until guys get back. That’s how it’s got to be.” read more

WiFi 6 will double your networks range and triple its speed

first_img Share your voice The Wi-Fi Alliance wants you to look for the Wi-Fi 6 logo.  Stephen Shankland/CNET We get it. 5G is a big deal. But honestly, you likely use Wi-Fi networks as much or more with your phone and PC, so tune out the 5G noise for a moment and appreciate what’s coming with Wi-Fi 6.”While 5G is getting much of the limelight, Wi-Fi 6 will have a bigger impact in our connected lives — and sooner,” said FeibusTech analyst Mike Feibus.Wi-Fi 6, the consumer-friendly new name for the tech standard actually called 802.11ax, won’t just boost data-transfer speeds — though it’ll do that, by a factor of three or so. It’ll also reach into corners of our house farther away from network gear, better handle the crush of people at airports and stadiums, and sidestep interference from your neighbors’ noisy network. On your phone or laptop, it should save your battery life, too.No wonder wireless chip designer Qualcomm is betting big on Wi-Fi 6. The company on Tuesday showed off a quartet of processors that’ll bring Wi-Fi 6 to a new range of network equipment — and a number of partnerships designed to telegraph its clout with the technology. “Wi-Fi is ubiquitous and widely accepted,” said Rahul Patel, leader of Qualcomm’s Wi-Fi chip division in an exclusive interview with CNET ahead of Qualcomm’s Wi-Fi event. But with more devices in our houses, and activities like gaming and streaming video putting new demands on networks, there’s a network traffic jam, he said.”Cord cutting is real. What was typically one TV in the average home is now five or six different screens,” Patel said. “There’s a tremendous amount of content sourced through the home that wasn’t before. There’s a congestion problem.”Upgrades — if you payOne of Wi-Fi 6’s biggest advances is OFDMA — orthogonal frequency division multiple access, if you must know — an efficiency-boosting technology purloined from mobile networks. Another is MU MIMO, short for multiple user, multiple input, multiple output. And then there’s 1024 QAM — quadrature amplitude modulation — which bumps up data rates by 30%.Check my colleague Ry Crist’s Wi-Fi 6 explainer for all the details. But here’s what it boils down to, compared with Wi-Fi 5, aka 802.11ac:Double the range — though Qualcomm has built-in mesh networking technology that’ll let multiple wireless access points cooperate to bathe your house in Wi-Fi radio signals.Triple the speed — useful not just for watching 4K video but also for uploading from our phones.Better reliability — good for avoiding video chats plagued by stuttering.Before you get too excited about Wi-Fi 6’s improvements, though, remember that you won’t benefit from Wi-Fi 6 in your home unless you buy new network gear — or wait for your internet service provider like AT&T, Verizon or Comcast to upgrade what they likely supplied you with.Rahul Patel, general manager of Qualcomm's connectivity and networking businessRahul Patel, general manager of Qualcomm’s connectivity and networking business Stephen Shankland/CNET Don’t hold your breath for that. But even there, the shortcomings of today’s Wi-Fi will push ISPs to invest in home network equipment when frustrated customers call, Patel said. “The last thing Comcast wants is a loss of a subscriber to AT&T.” That’s only one side of the Wi-Fi 6 network. You’ll also need new PCs, phones, video streamers, security cameras, smart speakers and anything else that would benefit from Wi-Fi 6’s new range and speed. (Though a few phones like the Samsung Galaxy S10 include Wi-Fi 6.) Qualcomm ships 4 billion Wi-Fi chipsQualcomm isn’t the only company hoping to siphon off some of your upgrade budget. Intel is already selling its Wi-Fi chips, and Patel acknowledges that Broadcom — his former employer for 13 years — is a serious competitor.But Qualcomm has a lot of power. It’s shipped 4 billion chips since 2005, the company revealed for the first time. And its strength in smartphones gives it an ability to ensure new network technology works on both sides of the network connection.Nearly every one of the 225 phone models using Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 855 processor also uses the company’s Wi-Fi chips, the company said. And even though Wi-Fi 6 hasn’t yet arrived in phones, even its existing Wi-Fi 5 products will be able to tap into a battery-saving Wi-Fi 6 technology called target wake time (TWT) that lets phones snooze more often and wake up for network activity less.Qualcomm’s chips reeled in Rivet Networks, a company that sells network modules to demanding gaming PC buyers.”Intel was first to market, and their hardware is really solid, so it made sense for us to introduce Wi-Fi 6 to PCs based on their chipset,” said Rivet Chief Executive Michael Cubbage. But it’ll use Qualcomm chips in newer products. “There is a lot of cool stuff we can do with it,” like simultaneous dual-band access that lets Rivet send top-priority gaming and communication data over the fast 5GHz channel and keep everything else out of the way on the 2.4GHz band, Rivet said.Qualcomm has four Wi-Fi 6 chips for networking equipment. The top-end Networking Pro 1200 can handle a whopping 1,500 simultaneous connections to phones, PCs and other devices.Qualcomm has four Wi-Fi 6 chips for networking equipment. The top-end Networking Pro 1200 can handle a whopping 1,500 simultaneous connections to phones, PCs and other devices. Qualcomm Even with Wi-Fi 6’s advantages, Patel doesn’t expect a rush to upgrade access points. Most people stick with what they have in the house. But you’ll still benefit from Wi-Fi 6, he predicts, because some of its biggest advantages come in places like universities, airports, hotels and offices, where lots of people are using the Wi-Fi network.Better Wi-Fi outside your homeSome of the companies most excited by Wi-Fi 6 are those that cater to customers with hundreds of users. The top-end new Qualcomm chip, the Networking Pro 1200, can handle a whopping 1,500 simultaneous connections to devices like phones and PCs.”Wi-Fi 6 … breaks the mold of existing Wi-Fi design to allow true high-density and simultaneous connectivity,” said Dave Chen, a marketing manager at Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Aruba subsidiary. By using multiple radios on its access points, each of its Wi-Fi 6 products can accommodate thousands of devices.Wi-Fi 6 is more responsive and predictable, too. “This does wonders where large numbers of users are simultaneously accessing latency-sensitive applications like Wi-Fi calling, 4K streaming video and even augmented reality,” he said.Qualcomm President Cristiano AmonQualcomm President Cristiano Amon says Wi-Fi 6 and 5G networks complement each other. Stephen Shankland/CNET Aruba is enthusiastic about Qualcomm’s new chips — but not so enthusiastic that it overlooks rivals. It’s been selling Wi-Fi 6 network gear since the end of 2018.The upshot is that your life online should get better at home and away.”Wi-Fi 6 is really a sea change. It’s so much better at handling traffic and keeping it moving — through all corners of the home,” Feibus said. “Pick your next router carefully. If you do it right, you’re not likely going to need to buy another one for a very long time.”And one of Qualcomm’s top executives, President Cristiano Amon, isn’t afraid to raise expectations about the new technology.”The benefits are so significant that I believe this is the most significant Wi-Fi technology transition to date,” Amon said.Originally published Aug. 27, 10 a.m. PT.Update, 10:32 a.m. PT: Adds details from Qualcomm’s Wi-Fi event. 40 Galaxy S10E is worth every penny 20 Photos 8:29 Now playing: Watch this:center_img Comments Tags Mobile Meet the Wi-Fi 6 routers that support 802.11ax Qualcomm 5G AT&T Wi-Fi HP Intel Verizonlast_img read more

3 Morgan State University Students Win Recognition as Extreme Science Scholars

first_imgThree Morgan State University students will get tuition help because of their outstanding academic excellence. Oreoluwa Adesina, Hashmath Fathima and Dennis Aryee were all recognized as Extreme Science Scholars by the school this September. The program is part of the school’s Extreme Science Internship program, which allows students to research alongside Morgan faculty during the school year. It is open to graduate or undergraduate students who are pursuing a degree in math, science, engineering or technology. “This program represents an investment in the future generation of scientists and engineers within the state of Maryland who will hopefully go onto careers in the government, academia and industry,” the school said in a press release.The program is funded by the Army Research Laboratory.  The ceremony was hosted by Dr. Alvin Kennedy, interim dean of Morgan’s School of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences; with special guests, Dr. Lori Graham-Brady, associate director of the Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute at Johns Hopkins University, and Dr. John Beatty, senior materials researcher at the Army Research Laboratory.last_img read more