Mumbai: Kingston Technology Company, Inc., a world leader in memory products and technology solutions, today announced it is among the top 10 list of semiconductor chip buyers globally as determined by Gartner, Inc. Gartner studied the total allocated market looking at total chip spending across many verticals including PC, data center, smart phone, IoT (Internet of Things) and other applications. Kingston is ranked number 8 having spent an estimated $7.84 billion (USD) for 2018, according to Gartner. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this yearKingston climbed to the top 10 for the first time since Gartner began its design total allocated market (TAM) research in 2007. The increase is fueled in part because Kingston is a top memory manufacturer for many of the OEM and ODMs that produce smart devices and Kingston continues to offer value and service in these market segments. In 2018, Kingston produced over 14 trillion Megabytes of memory across all product lines including DRAM, SSDs and embedded solutions, a massive amount that reinforces its strength, position and importance in the industry. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in IndiaGartner stated that chip spending in recent years has been driven mainly by the growth in consumption of PCs and smart phones. Leading OEMs in these areas gained more market share and increased their chip buying power as a result. Gartner further predicts that other growth markets will ignite future demand such as new business opportunities in China focusing on Cloud servers and Internet of Things (IoT) endpoints that will arise in and after 2022. With Kingston’s buying power, global partnerships and manufacturing facilities located in China and the Asia-Pacific region, Kingston is positioned to take full advantage of these growth opportunities. “While server and system memory continue to be the foundation of Kingston’s success, our strength over the past 15 years has been to diversify our product portfolio to address industry changes and adapt to ever-evolving market needs,” said Craig Tilmont, director of marketing, Kingston. “We are one of the top suppliers of SSDs in the channel and have been supplying embedded memory solutions for almost a decade in various industrial applications including medical devices, diagnostic equipment and in-flight entertainment systems. Kingston memory solutions are also found everywhere including consumer products such as fitness trackers, smart watches, robotic vacuums and security video doorbells.”For more than 30 years, Kingston has created memory products and storage solutions that empower innovation. Today, Kingston ships to 125 countries and employs over 3,500 people around the world. Kingston develops products to increase productivity and overall system performance, with solutions for servers, desktops, and IoT devices. Kingston makes technology solutions that facilitate people’s everyday needs and supports them wherever they are.
BELLA COOLA, B.C. – A pair of police officers on British Columbia’s central coast went beyond the call of duty to rescue a local constituent over the long weekend.RCMP say constables Casey Charles and Marina Coan were called when someone spotted a juvenile eagle with a broken wing on the bank of a local creek.Police say in a new release that the officers searched for the bird and saw it was unable to fly and in distress.A call to a conservation officer, who in turn contacted the Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society, provided information on how to catch the eagle.Police say Charles donned some chest waders, leather gloves and armed himself with the “eagle catching tools” of a leather jacket, fishing net and a dog kennel, before he waded in to safely catch the bird.The eagle had a meal of fish and spent the night at the detachment before being flown to the society’s facility in Metro Vancouver where it’s expected to be rehabilitated and returned to the wild.
A Russian Antonov An-124 heavy lift aircraft lands in Iqaluit MondayKent Driscoll APTN National NewsIqaluit plane spotters were in their glory Monday as one of the world’s largest aircrafts came to town.The Russian Antonov An-124 arrived to deliver a helicopter that will help bring power back to the nearby community of Pangnirtung.On April 2, Pangnirtung, located 45 minutes northeast of Iqaluit, lost most of its power plant to fire.Back-up power was restored days later but residents were limited to the amount of power they could use including stove top cooking rather than ovens and people in the community of 1,500 are only permitted to do laundry in shifts to conserve energy.Schools, the health centre and government offices only just opened its doors, with limited services, this week.The Ruslan’s massive cargo space and lift were able to carry both the Erickson S-64 Skycrane helicopter and a new generator for Pangnirtung.The helicopter will be reassembled in Iqaluit and will transport the new generating equipment for Pang.The giant Antonov could not deliver its cargo directly to the community because the runway is too short.It is expected to take the helicopter four trips over two days to complete the drop-off.After that, power workers will install and test the new equipment, so Pangnirtung will be on temporary generators for a while longer.In the “kneeling” configuration, the cockpit flips up and the fuselage dips to the tarmac, allowing the massive jetliner to deploy the S-64 Skycrane helicopter.Erickson s-64 Skycrane:The helicopter was originally manufactured by Sikorsky Aircraft as the S-64A Skycrane, and sold to the Army as the CH-54A Tarhe. The CH-54 performed with an outstanding service record in Vietnam, supporting the Army’s First Cavalry Division, Airmobile by retrieving over 380 damaged aircraft, saving an estimated $210 million. The S-64 was the first helicopter built as a flying crane, with an aft-facing pilot station that gives the pilot an unobstructed view of the load being carried and full positive control of the aircraft during precision operations. (Source: Ericksonaviation.com)One of only 26 Antonov An-124 Ruslans lands in Iqaluit on April 13.Antonov An-124 Ruslan: The AN-124-100 commercial aircraft has been developed on the basis of the AN-124 “Ruslan” heavy military transport aircraft. It is the biggest serial heavy lifter in the world and has a double-deck fuselage layout. The AN-124 has been used to deliver 90 ton hydraulic turbines, the Liebherr large dimension mobile crane, the USA Euclid mine truck, the fuselage of the Tu-204 passenger aircraft, a 109 ton locomotive, General Electric GE90 aircraft engines, various combat vehicles, Lynx anti-submarine helicopters, a spaceship in its container and other unique cargoes. (Source: antonov.com)
Raipur: Four Border Security Force (BSF) personnel were killed and two injured in an encounter with Naxals in Chhattisgarh Thursday, police said. The encounter comes a week before polling for the first phase of Lok Sabha elections is held in the state. The skirmish took place around noon in a dense forest near Mahla village in Kanker district when a joint team of BSF’s 114th battalion and the District Force was out on a search operation, police said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “Four BSF troopers were killed and two injured in the incident,” Deputy Inspector General (anti-Naxal operations) Sundarraj P told PTI. The patrolling team had launched the operation from the BSF’s Mahla camp, located around 250 from Raipur, he said. When the security men were advancing through a forest patch, a group of naxals fired at them, leading to a gun battle, he said. The deceased were identified as BSF’s assistant sub- inspector Boro, and constables Ramkrishnan, Someshwar and Ishrar Khan, he said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Assistant commandant Gopu Ram and inspector Gopal Ram were injured in the exchange of fire, he said. Soon after being alerted, reinforcement was rushed to the spot, he said, adding that a search operation was underway in the area. The bodies and the injured personnel were brought to the BSF’s Mahla camp later, he said. Polling in the Kanker Lok Sabha constituency will be held along with two other seats – Mahasamund and Rajnandgaon – in the second phase of Lok Sabha elections in Chhattisgarh on April 18. Polling for other two phases in the state will be held on April 11 and 23.
Casablanca- According to Moroccan daily newspaper Assabah, the body of a 13-year-old girl, who was raped, tortured then murdered, was recently found in a farm in Moulay Yacoub, located in the region of Fès-Boulemane, Morocco.A girl aged 13 years old was found dead in a farm located in the small city of Moulay Yacoub. According to daily Assabah, the farm, located in a village called Oulad Mimoun, belongs to a Moroccan politician. According to the same source, the young girl had been violently raped and tortured before she was dropped dead in the said farm. Local Police also found physical signs of severe torture on her body. Inspections of the corpse showed that the murderer had used a knife to torture his victim. Around forty people, mainly residents of Oulad Mimoun village, were interrogated during police investigations, which led to the arrest of a 30-year-old man suspected of committing the crime. According to Assabah, the suspect, who works as a butcher in the village, admitted having committed the crime. The suspect told the Police that he had kidnapped the young girl on a public road while she was trying to take a bus to school. The suspect also admitted having raped the girl in an orange field not far from the location where her body was found. The suspect allegedly made use of one of his butchering knives to torture the 13-year-old girl while raping her, before dropping her dead.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed.
“Also noting with concern that the National Action Plan and the LLRC’s report do not adequately address serious allegations of violations of international law, Expressing concern at the continuing reports of violations of human rights in Sri Lanka, threats to judicial independence and the rule of law, and failure by the Government of Sri Lanka to fulfill its public commitments, including on devolution of political authority to provinces as called for in Sri Lanka’s constitution,” the resolution says. 2. Reiterates its call upon the Government of Sri Lanka to expeditiously implement the constructive recommendations made in the LLRC report and to take all necessary additional steps to fulfill its relevant legal obligations and commitment to initiate credible and independent actions to ensure justice, equity, accountability, and reconciliation for all Sri Lankans;3. Urges the Government of Sri Lanka to formally respond to outstanding requests, including by providing unfettered access, by special procedures mandate holders, in particular the Special Rapporteurs on independence of judges and lawyers; torture; human rights defenders; freedom of expression; freedom of association and assembly; extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions; and the Working Group on enforced or involuntary disappearances;4. Encourages the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and relevant special procedures mandate holders to provide, in consultation with, and with the concurrence of, the Government of Sri Lanka, advice and technical assistance on implementing the above-mentioned steps; 5. Requests the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, in consultation with relevant special procedures mandate holders, to present a report on the provision of such assistance and progress on reconciliation and accountability, including investigations of violations of international law, in Sri Lanka to the Human Rights Council at its twenty-fifth session. (Colombo Gazette) It also: 1. Welcomes the report of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the human rights situation in Sri Lanka; The resolution recalls the constructive recommendations contained in the LLRC’s report, including the need to credibly investigate widespread allegations of extra-judicial killings and enforced disappearances, demilitarize the north of Sri Lanka, implement impartial land dispute resolution mechanisms, re-evaluate detention policies, strengthen formerly independent civil institutions, reach a political settlement on the devolution of power to the provinces, promote and protect the right of freedom of expression for all and enact rule of law reforms. The draft resolution of the United States on Sri Lanka which is to be submitted to the UN Human Rights Council next month, has noted with concern that the National Action Plan does not adequately address all of the findings and constructive recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) of Sri Lanka.Titled Promoting Reconciliation and Accountability in Sri Lanka, the first draft of the resolution to be submitted by the US reaffirmed that it is the responsibility of the Government of Sri Lanka to ensure the full enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms of its entire population.
Nominations are open for the Human Resources Distinguished Service Award for Leadership.The award recognizes a permanent staff member who has a consistently proven record of leading and working collaboratively, engaging faculty and staff, furthering the development of a respectful work and learning environment and culture, and building strong relationships and partnerships that enable the University to implement its strategic plan and related initiatives effectively.A maximum of one Human Resources Distringuished Service Award for Leadership will be awarded in any given year when merited. It will include a certificate of recognition and $500.This award is presented at the President’s Annual Holiday Celebration in December.Eligibility: Staff members should be active ongoing employees with at least 10 years of service at the University. All permanent employees with benefits entitlement are eligible.Criteria guidelines:The award recipient will have demonstrated a majority of the following characteristics: Champions a people-focused engagement approach and truly cares for others Devotes him or herself to serving the needs of the members of the University Listens and builds a sense of community through compassionate, collegial and mutually respectful relationships Builds consensus within groups through his/her powers of persuasion and credibility Embodies trust in all her/his actions Focuses on meeting the needs of those that he/she leads Promotes an environment of teamwork and collaborative decision making Develops employees to bring out the best in them and facilitates personal growth in all those who work with her/him Facilitates success by ‘leading from behind’, without seeking reward or recognition Wears her/his sense of humour as a valued facet of his/her characterAdministration of the award:Application forms and endorsement forms are available from the Office of Human Resources and Environment, Health and Safety or at brocku.ca/hr-ehs/employment-resources Nominations must include a completed application form from the nominating person along with three additional endorsement forms of support. Any member of the Brock community may submit or support a nomination. (Nominators/referees should nominate or support only one person in any given year).Selection committee: A committee, comprised of six people as follows: at least one OSSTF member, one CUPE 1295 member, one BUFA member, one SAC member and one member of the administrative/professional staff group, will review all applications and make recommendations to the president. The manager of Human Resources or his/her designate shall chair the committee. The benefits officer shall serve as secretary to this committee. The committee will meet in November to review applications for the awards and make recommendations to the president based on the criteria established and referred to in the nomination form. The chair of the committee will also solicit feedback on behalf of the committee from the staff member’s immediate supervisor and division head.Forward nomination and endorsement forms to Human Resources by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4, 2011 in a sealed envelope marked “Confidential — Human Resources Distinguished Service Award for Leadership Nominations.” Direct any questions to 905-688-5550 x3808 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Video of Annan’s remarks to the Council “May I commend the members of the Security Council for having reached this significant agreement on what obviously is a particularly important resolution to address the complex situation in Iraq. The process has been difficult. But the outcome is a clear demonstration of the will of all the members of the Security Council to place the interests of the Iraqi people above all other considerations,” he told the Council immediately after the 15-member body voted unanimously to adopt the new text. “Our common objective is to restore peace and stability to a sovereign, democratic and independent Iraq as quickly as possible. It is critical to the Iraqi people, the region and the entire international community that we succeed in reaching the goal of an Iraq that is at peace with itself and with its neighbours, and is contributing to stability in the region.” The Secretary-General also said that he would do his “utmost to implement the mandate established by the Council, bearing in mind the constraints on building up the required capacity and my obligation to care for the safety and security of United Nations staff. I am grateful to the Council for the flexibility that the new resolution gives me in this respect.” “Although at this moment the United Nations has only a skeleton presence on the ground, we are determined to continue helping the Iraqi people as best as we can, from both inside and outside the country, primarily in providing humanitarian assistance,” he added. “As circumstances permit, I plan to proceed with the other tasks indicated in the resolution. I have no doubt that we all look forward to the earliest possible establishment of an elected Government that will return Iraq to full sovereignty,” Mr. Annan concluded.
by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 19, 2012 5:16 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – It’s looking likely that a push for change at Canadian fertilizer giant Agrium Inc. will come down to a shareholder vote, the founder of New York hedge fund Jana Partners LLC said Monday.Barry Rosenstein made his remarks to The Canadian Press after his fund, which has a six per cent stake in Agrium, announced it wants to replace five directors on Agrium’s (TSX:AGU) 11-member board with its own nominees.The Jana slate includes Rosenstein, former Liberal agriculture minister Lyle Vanclief and three men with the executive experience in distribution that the fund says is lacking on Agrium’s board.In its more than decade-long history, Jana has managed to avert shareholder showdowns.“We’ve done close to 50 of these and we’ve never had one go to a vote because the companies ultimately come to the realization that we have shareholder support,” said Rosenstein.“I can tell you at this point every indication is that this is heading to a vote and we wouldn’t be going forward if we didn’t feel extremely confident that shareholders will support our directors based on their experience and their track record of creating value.”Among other things, Jana wants Agrium to spin off its retail business, which supplies products such as fertilizer to farmers, from the part of its business that makes those products.In a release, Agrium CEO Mike Wilson showed no signs of backing down and said shareholders are on the side of his company’s board and management.He said the board’s independent directors spent two months evaluating Jana’s ideas with its independent financial adviser, Morgan Stanley, before unanimously deciding the retail spinoff was a bad idea.“The facts are straightforward. Agrium remains committed to its highly successful integrated strategy,” Wilson said.“Jana has been trying for over six months to obtain support for its idea that Agrium should spin off or sell its retail operations. Agrium’s shareholders have overwhelmingly rejected Jana’s ideas. As a result, we believe Jana’s attempt to run its own slate for Agrium’s board is almost certain to fail.”Jana has said the retail spinoff, along with a better cost management and capital allocation, could add $50 to Agrium’s share price of around $100.Recently Agrium has bumped up its dividend and bought back $900 million in stock — moves Jana has applauded.Jana’s statement on Monday accused the current Agrium board of failing to address its criticism and of failing to keep shareholders informed — particularly about the weakness of its third-quarter financial results, which generally missed analyst expectations.It also reiterated its allegation that Agrium suddenly switched its list of perceived industry peers as the battle went public over the summer in order to bolster its argument that retail shouldn’t be spun off.“I think shareholders will make decisions for themselves and won’t be influenced by the company making false claims about shareholder allegiance to what is persistent underperformance and undervaluation of the stock,” said Rosenstein.“The real question shareholders should be asking now that they see our slate of nominees is why would the company not want these people in the board? Every one of them adds a dimension that the company sorely lacks and every one of them has stellar reputation, experience and track record.”A source familiar with Jana’s thinking said the fund has not decided which of Agrium’s 11 board members it’s looking to replace, but it will probably “lean heavily” on the group Agrium has previously cited as having adequate distribution experience.Most of Jana’s nominees are American and it wants to make sure enough Canadians remain on the board, “so you can also assume that Americans will probably be more targeted.” the source said.When it comes to replacing Wilson as CEO, the source said Jana hasn’t “gone there” and “that would obviously be a significant escalation.”Earlier this year, another U.S. activist hedge fund, Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square Capital Management L.P., successfully ousted the CEO of Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. (TSX:CP) following a bitter proxy fight.Besides Vanclief and Rosenstein, Jana is proposing David Bullock, a former chief operating officer of United Agri Products, which was acquired by Agrium several years ago; Stephen Clark, a former CEO of Brenntag North America, and Mitchell Jacobson, chairman and a shareholder of MSC Industrial Direct Co. Inc. (NYSE:MSM).Agrium shares closed up about three per cent at $101.01 on Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Agrium board targeted for shakeup by Jana Partners; 5 new directors proposed
“There is still a gap between intent and full implementation that will allow vulnerable countries to make the most of their own abilities and adapt at a faster and more decisive scale,” Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Christiana Figueres said while in Kathmandu, Nepal.She was addressing the 8th Annual Community Based Adaptation Conference, which focused on issues such as how to ensure international finance can reach communities in need and how the private sector can better support such communities to adapt to climate change.“Nepal itself is estimated to be losing one per cent of its GDP [gross domestic product] to floods and landslides alone, a figure that will only rise unless the global community puts in place the policies and the pathways to bend the emissions curve down and climate proof communities and development here and across the vulnerable world,” said Ms. Figueres.Ms. Figueres drew attention to the UN-backed Green Climate Fund (GCF), established to become a major conduit of finance for developing country climate action, and in urgent need of resources. “At least ten billion dollars are urgently needed as initial capitalization so the GCF can operate quickly and at scale,” she said.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is convoking a climate summit this September, expected to build momentum for a strong global climate agreement in 2015. This weekend, a special two-day high- level meeting will be held from 4-5 May in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, to encourage announcements of greater action and ambition by world leaders at that upcoming summit.
VELUX EHF CL Round 2 derby match was played in Hungarian Veszprem, where domestic team beat Rhein Neckar Lowen 30:29. The winner was decided in the last seconds of the clash, when Andy Schmidt didn’t score against Mirko Alilovic. Croatian goalkeeper hooked the ball with his fingers before she hit the post. That was the beginning of big celebration in “Veszprem Arena”… EHFMirko Alilović ← Previous Story Hungarians win EHF CL derby: Veszprem beat RNL! Next Story → EHF TV: VELUX EHF CL Round 2 “BEST 7”
A new packaging design for vegetables has two major benefits: it reduces waste and encourages people to do some gardening themselves.Designed by a student named Ben Huttly from the United Kingdom, the packaging consists of 100 percent biodegradable twine to wrap the produce, combined with a similarly biodegradable tag. But there’s more to it than that. The tag is also laser etched in order to eliminate the use of inks and dyes and, even better, it has seeds embedded in it so that you can grow your own vegetables as well. You can literally plant the tag.AdChoices广告Of course, as cool as the idea is, and as important as growing your own food is, chances are most supermarkets wouldn’t go for packaging that inspires consumers to by less.Via GOOD
Chennai: Congress in Tamil Nadu on Monday took potshots at superstar Rajinikanth for likening Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah to Lord Krishna and Arjuna and asked him to read the Mahabharat properly. A day after the actor made the remark while appreciating Amit Shah for scrapping Article 370, Tamil Nadu Congress Committee President K S Alagiri said he did not expect such a reaction from him, adding he was surprised by it. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us States including those in the North East enjoyed special privileges like Kashmir did (previously), he said in a statement and wanted to know why these were not scrapped by the Centre. The reason for doing away with Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir alone was due to its “Muslim majority” status, he alleged. The Congress leader wanted to know if the actor toed the “one kind of justice for Kashmir and another for other states,” policy of Amit Shah. Also Read – Fresh restrictions imposed in Kashmir Valley Advertise With Us PM Modi and Amit Shah combine are not Krishna and Arjuna, he said and asked: “How can those who snatched away the rights of crores of people could be Krishna and Arjuna? Dear Rajinikanth, please read Mahabharat again, please go through it again properly,” he added. On Sunday, the Rajinikanth had congratulated the Union Home Minister for the Centre’s initiative on Kashmir. Prime Minister Modi and Shah were like Lord Krishna and Arjuna, he had said. However, “we don’t know who is Krishna and who is Arjuna,” added the actor-turned politician. The Krishna-Arjuna combination is credited with playing a key role in the Pandavas winning the Mahabharata battle against the Kauravas.
Best friendship song till date…thanks to DSP sir for superb music and ultimate BGM… Awesome music and lyrics. Especially “Nestamante emitante kanna vallu ivaleni aasthenanata” Explained the meaning of friendship with just one line.Mahesh anna looks fantabulous. Pooja hegde is so cute. A come back movie for allari naresh. #ChotiChotiBaatein #Maharshi #ChotiChotiBaatein excellent song with meaningful lyrics. Thank you so much sir @ThisIsDSP for giving this beautiful song. Blockbuster on the way. No words just Wow!!! #ChotiChotiBaatein #Maharshi Music peaks @ThisIsDSP you rocked it bro #MaharshiFirstSingle @urstrulyMahesh stills lyrics by @ShreeLyricist #SSMB25 Superbbbb lyrics and refreshing music by #DSP Repeat mode #ChotiChotiBaatein Akhil Raju @akhilrajus3555 Fantastic, Superb, Mind blowing, Un believable Couldn’t get better n best lyrics than this.. The best Friendship song I’ve ever heard.. Love u Mahesh MaharshiTwitterThe makers of Vamshi Paidipally’s Maharshi have released the first song Choti Choti Baatein on Friday. This track, which is getting good reviews, is about Mahesh Babu and Allari Naresh’s friendship. (Scroll down to listen to this first song from the film.)Maharshi is the landmark 25th movie of Mahesh Babu, whose fans are expected everything from it to be big and special in his career. The makers have released the first look of the actor, which has struck a chord with them and doubled their curiosity. They are now eagerly waiting for the release of its soundtracks online.Director Vamshi Paidipally confirmed that the first single of Maharshi will be released on Friday morning. He tweeted, “#ChotiChotiBaatein The Journey of Freindship with Superstar @urstrulyMahesh @hegdepooja & @allarinaresh begins tomorrow at 9:09 a.m. Every Freindship has a Story.. Cherish & Celebrate your Story with this song.. A @ThisIsDSP Musical.. @KUMohanan1 @ShreeLyricist #Maharshi.”Devi Sri Prasad, who has composed music for Maharshi, retweeted Vamshi Paidipally’s post and confirmed that it is going to be a melodious number. The music director tweeted, “A Sweet Melodious Song coming your Way.. #chotichotibaatein #MAHARSHI1stSINGLEonMARCH29th Hope U wil all Love it !! ❤️.”Maharshi is touted to be a romantic action drama film, written Vamsi Paidipally. According to the leaked report, Allari Naresh is a childhood friend of Mahesh Babu in the story of Maharshi and his death leaves an impact on the latter that changes his life and he decides to bring changes in the society. This is for the first time Naresh has teamed up with Mahesh Babu and is all thrilled about the movie.Allari Naresh also tweeted, “Follow us @urstrulyMahesh @hegdepooja and I on our journey of friendship……and your journey of friendship – through us with #ChotiChotiBaatein from #Maharishi tomorrow at 9.09am. A @ThisIsDSP musical, helmed by @directorvamshi . @KUMohanan1 @ShreeLyricist.”Harish Shankar, who is a close friend of director Vamshi Paidipally, has apparently listened to Choti Choti Baatein from Maharshi. He claimed that the first song is going to be a chartbuster track. He tweeted, “Trust me guys one of the best compositions of @ThisIsDSP and I can say a chart buster is on the way.”Aditya Music, which has bagged the audio rights of Maharshi, released the first song from the film on its official YouTube channel. Mahesh Babu took his Twitter page to share the link to the lyrical video with his followers, while Vamshi Paidipally dedicated the track to all friends. The director tweeted, “#ChotiChotiBaatein… Dedicated to all the Friends and their Friendship Stories… :)”Shree Mani has penned the lyrics for the song Choti Choti Baatein, which is all about beautiful memories of friendship. Besides composing tunes, Devi Sri Prasad has also crooned this melodious number, which has struck chord with the film goers and raised the bar of expectations and curiosity about Maharshi. This track is not only getting positive reviews, but also taking the social media by the storm.Here are some of the viewers’ review of Maharshi first song Choti Choti Baatein shared on YouTube and Twitter:Manikantavamsi @manikantavamsi9 Srinivas Ponnam Lovely Shazi @LovelyShazi1 Prince Lucky @SurampudiVeeru Sandeep maheshbabu Meghana Venkateshan Sai Kiran bullet Sana #ChotiChotiBaatein – Awesome music & Lyrics.. One of the best song for Friendship and visually it’s going to be a treat for sure. Superstar @urstrulyMahesh look & the montage scenes between MB, @allarinaresh & @hegdepooja !! #Maharshi Awesome sounding with some best guitar portions Bring it more in album Mahesh Babu Fan @IamMaheshFan Wowwww….DSP.. Wt a lovely music…this one only we want from you…Love u #DSP❤️❤️❤️ Ravi Sankar @RaviSan67818066 It was a nice song by DSP….. very happy to hear maharshi’s first song on friendshipWatch the official lyrical video of Maharshi first Song Choti Choti Baatein here
Popular on Variety Seth Rogen says he’s been directly in touch with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey about verifying “white supremacists” on the social platform — and the actor-comedian now is ripping into the tech exec over the issue.Rogen, in a tweet Tuesday, wrote: “I’ve been DMing with @jack about his bizarre need to verify white supremacists on his platform for the last 8 months or so, and after all the exchanges, I’ve reached a conclusion: the dude simply does not seem to give a fuck.” Some of the accounts banned in late 2017 included the Traditionalist Worker Party, a group of white supremacists known for its anti-semitism, the pro-confederate League of the South, as well as the American Nazi Party. Twitter also banned accounts from individuals associated with these groups, as well as far-right extremists from the U.K., including the anti-immigrant group Britain First.In February, Dorsey said the company’s efforts to improve “information quality” extend to providing tools to help users ascertain the credibility of sources. “Twitter is a very good mirror for what’s going on in the world,” Dorsey said, speaking at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference. “At our worst it makes people be a lot more reflexive, and at our best it encourages people to be a lot more reflective.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Twitter declined to comment. Dorsey had not responded to Rogen’s tweet as of press time.Hate speech and abusive behavior more broadly have been issues threatening Twitter’s growth and they’ve periodically flared into PR problems for the company. Dorsey has routinely pledged to make “safety” a No. 1 priority at Twitter and has said he’s implemented a program to measure the “health” of conversations on the platform.Last December, Twitter banned several accounts associated with far-right extremists, including at least one that has been retweeted by President Trump, as part of instituting new rules against hate and harassment.
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The only things the Digital Storm Avon has working against it is that its 17.3-inch display could be more colorful, and its speakers are annoyingly quiet. However, between its overwhelming power and included three-year warranty, the Avon is a solid overall gaming laptop.article continued below See our List of Favorite LaptopsClick on one of our top pick pages below to see which were selected as “Best in Class” by our seasoned tech editors.Best GamingGaming LaptopsFind the right mobile rig for your style of play.Best GamingBest Cheap GamingGaming Under $1000Play your favorite titles, without spending a fortune.Best under $1000#1 Gaming LaptopAlienware 13 (OLED Display)Our favorite gaming laptop right now is beautiful, powerful and portable.See it on DellOr Continue Reading Below… Price and configuration options I tested the starting configuration of the Digital Storm Avon, which costs $1,999 and comes with an Intel Core i7-9750H processor, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q GPU with 8GB of VRAM, 16GB of RAM and a 500GB Digital Storm Performance Series SSD. A step up from that is the $2,349 model, which nets you a 32GB of RAM and a 1TB Digital Storm Performance Series SSD. But if you want to go all out, you can configure the Storm Avont with two 1TB Samsung 970 Pro SSDs, which will run you $3,242. Design The Digital Storm Avon” hood is composed of a metal-polycarbonate hybrid, and it has a brushed finish accompanied by a glossy white-and-black Digital Storm logo. It’s discreet, but relatively bland. It’s possible to not be gaudy as heck and still be stylish, but this laptop doesn’t quite pull it off. I also noticed that the corners of the chassis were uncomfortably sharp. There is a thin light bar just below the lip, which does look rather neat. And when I lifted the lid, I was greeted to a sci-fi mechanical keyboard that blasted waves of RGB lighting. Most of the deck has a soft-touch black design, while just above the keyboard is a faux-aluminum gray accent that highlights the game mode button (increases fan speed) and power button. The bezels are pretty thin, and the webcam is up top, which is nice. When I lifted the lid, I was greeted by a sci-fi mechanical keyboard that blasted waves of RGB lighting. Despite its 17-inch stature, weighing in at 5.7 pounds and 15.5 x 10.24 x 1.6 inches, the Digital Storm Avon felt relatively light in my hands. Of course, that doesn’t compare with its 15-inch competitors, like the Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic (4.6 pounds; 0.7 inches), the Razer Blade 15 (4.7 pounds, 0.7 inches) and the Lenovo Legion Y740 (5 pounds, 0.9 inches). Ports This baby has ports for days. On the left side of the Digital Storm Avon, you’ll find an RJ45 port, one USB 2.0 port and seperate inputs for the headphone and microphone jacks. The backside holds the power jack, one USB Type-C port, an HDMI port and two Mini DisplayPorts. Meanwhile, the right side has two USB 3.1 ports and an SD card slot. Display The Digital Storm Avon’s 17.3-inch, 1920 x 1080 display is bright, but it’s not the most colorful. However, it has a lovely 144Hz refresh rate. I played Middle-earth: Shadow of War, and Talion’s red-and-black armor shined as the character stood in front of a colorful mossy stone wall, but overall the color still didn’t pop. Although I did see most of my surroundings in the dark caverns of a stronghold, the display could have been brighter. However, I enjoyed how smooth the movement was as I bounced around and sliced fools with my sword. In the trailer for Ford v Ferrari, the red chairs and table that Christain Bale and Matt Damon sat in during the diner scene were colorful but not as bold as they could’ve been. While Bale was driving at night, I found it a little difficult to make out the inside of the vehicle. Despite that, the panel was sharp enough that I could see the light stubble on Damon’s face. According to our colorimeter, the Digital Storm Avon’s panel covered 111% of the sRGB color gamut, and while that beats the 110% mainstream gaming laptop average, it still falls behind the Aero 15 Classic (117%), the Razer Blade 15 (149%) and the Legion Y740 (112%). MORE: Laptops with the Best Display Brightness Despite that, the Digital Storm Avon has the brightest display of the bunch, at 277 nits, which climbs over the category average (269 nits), the Aero 15 Classic (246 nits), the Razer Blade 15 (262 nits) and the Legion Y740 (267 nits). Keyboard and touchpad Nothing beats those sweet, sweet clicks. The Digital Storm Avon’s mechanical keyboard is, oh, so pleasantly clicky and is just what every gamer needs at their fingertips. Not to mention that each key looks like a badass alien ship with individual RGB lighting. You can customize the lighting via the GamingCenter app, where you can scroll through multiple presets like Wave and Raindrop, or even simply assign each specific key a color of your choosing. Digital Storm offers a three-year limited warranty by default, which is pretty sweet considering that most companies force you to shell out more money for that amount of time. I nailed 76 words per minute on the 10fastfingers.com typing test, which speeds past my current 70 wpm average. The keys travel at 2.2 millimeters, which is even better than our 1.5 to 2.0 mm preferred range. Each key required about 64 grams of force to actuate, meeting our 60g minimum. The 5.1 x 3.9-inch touchpad is soft and spacious, but the clicks are a little too stiff for my taste. Windows 10 gestures, such as two-finger scrolling and three-finger tabbing, work as intended. Audio The Digital Storm Avon’s bottom-firing speakers were disappointingly quiet and could barely fill a small office with Bohnes’ “Zombie Love.” The heavy bass that opens the song sounded muted and left very little impact. Even the drum beats throughout the song were too soft. And while the vocals were clear, they were just too quiet. MORE: The Best Headsets for Immersive Gaming I played Shadow of War, and I could barely hear what the orcs were saying when I rolled up on them and went ham. The sound that emanated from my sword was dull, as if I hadn’t sharpened my blade in years. And when I launched arrows at my foes, it sounded like I was throwing twigs, instead of providing that satisfying snap of a released arrow. There’s no audio app provided with the Digital Storm Avon. I would definitely recommend a good gaming headset if you’re going to invest in this rig. Gaming, graphics and VR Underneath the hood of this 17-inch beast lies an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q GPU with 8GB of VRAM. This machine shredded through Shadow of War at 104 frames per second as I sliced my way through an army of orcs to a 50x combo on Ultra, 1080p without breaking a sweat. On the Rise of the Tomb Raider benchmark (Very High, 1080p), the Digital Storm Avon nailed 66 fps, which matched the Legion Y740’s identical GPU and put it over the 43-fps mainstream gaming laptop average. With the same GPU, the Aero 15 Classic (55 fps) and the Razer Blade 15 (60 fps) performances were slightly behind. The Digital Storm Avon soared to the triple digits on the Hitman benchmark (Ultra, 1080p), hitting 108 fps, which crushes an average mainstream gaming laptop (76 fps) as well as the Aero 15 Classic (98 fps), the Razer Blade 15 (96 fps) and the Legion Y740 (96 fps). On the Grand Theft Auto V benchmark (Very High), the Digital Storm Avon averaged 88 fps, which flies past the 54-fps category average. It once again defeated the Aero 15 Classic (75 fps), the Razer Blade 15 (76 fps) and the Legion Y740 (67 fps). The Digital Storm Avon scored a perfect 11 on the SteamVR Performance Test, rolling past the 7.9 category average. While the Aero 15 Classic also had a perfect score, the Legion Y740 was off by 0.1, hitting a 10.9. Performance Powered by an Intel Core i7-9750H processor with 16GB of RAM, the Digital Storm Avon barreled through 40 Google Chrome tabs and five 1080p YouTube videos, even while Shadow of War was running in the background. On the Geekbench 4.1 overall performance test, the Digital Storm Avon killed the competition with a score of 23,766, which soars past the 20,738 mainstream gaming laptop average. With the same CPU, the Aero 15 Classic got 23,516, while the Core i7-8750H in the Razer Blade 15 and Legion Y740 hit 22,379 and 21,629, respectively. MORE: The Best Gaming Laptops The Digital Storm Avon took just 7 minutes and 1 second to transcode a 4K video to 1080p on our HandBrake benchmark, which is over 3 minutes faster than the 10:20 category average. Meanwhile, the Aero 15 Classic (10:04), the Razer Blade 15 (12:53) and the Legion Y740 (9:23) couldn’t even get close to the Avon’s time. Digital Storm’s 500GB SSD copied 4.97GB of data in 12 seconds, which converts to 424 megabytes per second, and while that’s faster than the 422 MBps mainstream gaming laptop average, it loses out to the competition. The Legion Y740’s 256GB SSD hit 566 MBps, while the 512GB SSDs in the Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic (727 MBps) and the Razer Blade 15 (636 MBps) performed even better than that. Battery Life The Digital Storm Avon’s battery life isn’t awful for a gaming laptop, but it could be better. After continuously surfing the web over Wi-Fi at 150 nits of screen brightness, the battery lasted 3 hours and 45 minutes. That runtime is just short of the 4:00 mainstream gaming laptop average. The Digital Storm Avon destroyed the Legion Y740 (2:16), but couldn’t catch the Aero 15 Classic (6:58) or the Razer Blade 15 (5:02). Webcam The Digital Storm Avon’s 720p shooter produces low-resolution, blotchy images. The only color it really highlighted was the red stripes on my flannel shirt, but I couldn’t make out the yellow, green or pink at all. The ceiling was also blown out due to the high contrast of lights. It’s safe to say that you should spring for an external webcam if you plan on streaming. Heat While the Digital Storm Avon hit some relatively high temperatures, it never felt overly warm to the touch during gameplay. After it ran Shadow of War for 15 minutes, the underside of the laptop hit 117 degrees Fahrenheit, climbing above our 95-degree comfort threshold. Meanwhile, the center of the keyboard and touchpad hit 95 and 87 degrees, respectively. The hottest the machine got was 140 degrees, on the top right underside. On our normal heat test, which requires the laptop to stream a 15-minute 1080p video, the underside measured 101 degrees, the center of the keyboard read 94 degrees and the center of the touchpad peaked at 87 degrees. Software and Warranty The unique software in the Digital Storm Avon is relatively bare-bones. It has an app called GamingCenter, where you can set the laptop to Game Mode or Office Mode, which automatically manages fan speeds. With the app, you can also determine the temperature of your CPU and what your network speeds are. And, of course, you can customize the keyboard backlighting and light bar via the app as well. MORE: Best and Worst Laptop Gaming Brands There is also Windows 10 bloatware, such as Gardenscapes, Candy Crush Friends and Asphalt Street Storm Racing. Digital Storm Avon offers a three-year limited warranty by default, which is pretty sweet considering that most companies force you to shell out more money for that amount of time. Bottom Line The Digital Storm Avon ($1,999) boasts several great features, such as its excellent performance, super-satisfying mechanical keyboard and even the inclusion of a three-year limited warranty. However, a gaming laptop with quiet speakers doesn’t make for the best gaming laptop. If you’re willing to dive into premium gaming laptops, you can get the Razer Blade 15 ($2,649), which offers a more colorful 15.6-inch display and long battery life packed into a head-spinning design. But overall, the Digital Storm Avon is a good choice if you want power and a great typing experience to give you an edge when you game. 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Key participants in the VR healthcare market include Microsoft, Google, Mindmaze, DAQRI, Psious, CAE Healthcare, Medical Realities, Atheer, Augmedix , Oculus VR, Firsthand Technology, Siemens Healthineers, Philips Healthcare, 3D Systems, VirtaMed and Virtually Better. News | Advanced Visualization | April 04, 2019 Technological Advancements Expected to Drive Virtual Reality Growth in Healthcare New industry report says emergence of advanced cloud based platforms, which helps to develop new cloud technology globally Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more Fitness management is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 16.2 percent during the forecast period. Research studies show that VR workouts are so exciting and satisfying to our brains that players are instantly shifted into immersive states that make exercising exciting and feel less tiresome. Several companies have been trying to adopt VR in developing their products. News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more The VR healthcare market is divided into hardware and software. The hardware segment accounted for the largest market share of approximately 65 percent in 2018. The hardware segment is divided into position trackers, semiconductors, cameras, displays, and projectors and sensors, among others. News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more Hospitals and clinics accounted for the largest share of 26.1 percent in 2018. This segment is likely to see an improvement in the adoption of VR. Fundamental challenges faced by hospitals and clinics are clinical operations management and data management due to the rising number of patients with chronic diseases and the increasing need for enhanced patient outcomes. Technological changes help healthcare centers develop good service quality by rendering care at low expense with shorter time to service. Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more April 4, 2019 — Increasing demand for innovative diagnostic techniques, neurological disorders and increasing disease awareness are expected to drive growth of virtual reality (VR) in the healthcare market over the next several years, according to new research from Reports and Data. The report projects the market will reach a value of $6.91 billion by 2026. Advancements in the field of information technology (IT), including laptop, computer, internet connectivity and mobile applications will also be a significant factor stimulating market demand.Due to the constant technological advancement of related products, prevalence of neurological and psychological disorders, and presence of a sophisticated healthcare infrastructure, the North America region accounted for the highest market share in 2018 at 44.21 percent. Emerging technological advancements in IT and government support for integration of these technologies in the medical field contribute to a large share of the market, according to Reports and Data. Advantages such as improved flexibility and activity, and being able to deploy new applications more quickly are the major reasons for growth in this region. In the United States, organizations with 100 employees or more are approving cloud-based applications.Further key findings from the report suggest: Full immersive virtual reality is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16.58 percent during the forecast period. Different medical training institutes have combined fully immersive VR, medical data and highly advanced medical simulation technologies to enable modern medical education and training globally. This adaptability works as a practical teaching tool today and will continue to do so in the near future, according to Data and Reports. This will serve as an excellent vehicle for promoting the development of VR to the next level of medical practice. The use of head-mounted displays (HMDs) in applications such as patient care management, medical training, pharmacy management and education would be the primary driver for the growth of HMDs in virtual reality in healthcare. Head-mounted displays are gaining attention due to their applications in training, visualized data, telemedicine, simulation, video recording, telemonitoring and more. The Asia Pacific (APAC) region is estimated to register the highest CAGR of 16.6 percent during the forecasted period. More institutions and organizations in the APAC region are adopting the VR approach. As a result, VR has now become a favored option for modernization. Related Content
Sydney Airport reported a 12 percent spike in earnings before depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) for the year ending 31 December 2010. According to the airport’s end of year report, its profits grew to AU$733.3 million, up from the 2009 figure of AU$690.2 million. Sydney Airport’s chief executive Russell Balding said the results are outstanding and demonstrates, “Sydney’s appeal as the gateway to Australia”. “EBITDA growth of 12 percent has been driven by the completion of a significant multi-year investment program across the business, solid increases across all revenue streams and strong traffic growth,” Mr Balding said. Passenger numbers also grew in 2010 by up to 7.8 percent, boosting retail income by 10.5 percent to AU$212.9 million. In all areas of business the airport’s revenue increased by 10.5 percent to AU$943 million from AU$853.2 million. Amongst international visitors, the airport saw growth from China, Korean and Japan markets. “The growth in the Chinese market over recent years has been very strong,” Mr Balding said. “The number of Chinese arrivals into Sydney has nearly doubled from 147,148 in 2004 to 282,641 in 2010.“The 2010 figures on flights into China, including both Australian outbound and Chinese inbound, show exceptional growth at 26.2 percent over 2009.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J
Share in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News June 13, 2014 565 Views Stonebridge Ordered to Pay $30,000 for RESPA Violations The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced it is charging Parsippany, New Jersey-based Stonebridge Title Services Inc., with violating the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) by offering kickbacks for business referrals.In a consent order released Thursday, CFPB ordered Stonebridge to pay a civil penalty of $30,000.”Kickbacks drive up the costs of getting a mortgage and put law-abiding companies at a disadvantage,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray with the release of the consent order.After being tipped off by HUD, CFPB investigated Stonebridge’s business practices and found it violated RESPA by paying commissions to third parties in exchange for title business referrals.RESPA permits commissions for business referrals only if the referrer is an employee of the company. However, CFPB determined Stonebridge was offering commissions to independent contractors who were “not bona fide employees,” according to CFPB.According to the consent order, “Beginning in at least 2008 and continuing until at least 2013, Stonebridge paid referral commissions of up to 40 percent of the title insurance premiums they received from consumers to Independent Salespeople for the referral of title insurance work to Stonebridge.”The independent salespeople did receive W-2 tax forms for their income through Stonebridge, but CFPB determined Stonebridge’s actions were still illegal because the individuals were not company employees.”The Consumer Bureau will continue to take action against companies that seek to attract consumers through illegal schemes,” Cordray said Thursday. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Kickbacks 2014-06-13 Krista Franks Brock
Go back to the e-newsletterEtihad Airways has announced an increase in capacity between Abu Dhabi and Cairo with a fourth daily scheduled flight, effective 27 March 2016.Since its launch in 2004, over two million passengers have flown on the Cairo route, making it a key market among the 116 global destinations currently served by Etihad Airways.“Etihad Airways is focused on offering guests more choice. The introduction of a fourth daily flight to Cairo demonstrates our commitment to a market that has shown strong growth in passenger and freight traffic since the route was launched almost 12 years ago,” said Kevin Knight, Etihad Airways’ Chief Strategy and Planning Officer. “Attracting both commercial and leisure business, the additional flights linking Cairo and Abu Dhabi with connections beyond will help cater for the growing demand on one of our most popular North African and global routes.”Go back to the e-newsletter