BlackBerry passport to come with a price tag of $599

first_imgCanadian smartphone giant BlackBerry has formally confirmed the price of upcoming smartphone ‘Passport’ at $599 (around INR 36,500). With the launch of Passport, BlackBerry plans to monetize its long standing USP- QWERTY keypad.Reportedly the brand will host an event in Dubai, London and Toronto to unveil the new device, and within the following weeks it will be made available in other key markets including a few in Asia. Besides, it is being speculated that the device is likely to make its debut in India on September 29. However the prices may vary due to the local taxes imposed by the government in various markets.Speaking about the specifications BlackBerry Passport, features 4.5 inch (1440X1440 pixels) display with 453ppi pixel density. The gadget runs on BB10 OS. It is powered by a 2.2 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 800 series processor, Adreno 330 GPU clubbed with a 3 GB RAM. Passport offers 32 GB inbuilt storage which can be further expanded to up to 64 GB with the help of a microSD card.The device sports a 13 MP rear camera powered by a BSI sensor and also houses a 2 MP front camera. Amongst the connectivity options the single SIM device offers the latest 4G LTE as well as 3G connectivity along with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Near-field communication (NFC), Glonass, Micro-USB and GPRS / EDGE.BlackBerry, who once dominated the smartphone market has lost a major chunk of its share to Android technology. With the launch of QWERTY smartphone it aims to make a comeback in this space.last_img read more

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Ravichandran Ashwin condemns stone pelting on Australia cricket team bus in Guwahati

first_imgIndian all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin has condemned the stone pelting incident on the Australian team bus, saying that it was not at all acceptable.A rock was allegedly thrown at the Australian team bus as they returned to the team hotel from the Barsapara Cricket Stadium following their eight-wicket win over India in the second T20I of the three-match series in Guwahati.Taking to Twitter, Ashwin said that the stone thrown on the Aussies bus showed the nation in bad light and, therefore, it was important for all the people to act in a more responsible way.”The stone thrown at the Aussie team bus shows us in bad light, let’s all act more responsibly. A vast majority of us are capable of that,” the off-spinner tweeted.The stone thrown at the Aussie team bus shows us in bad light, let’s all act more responsibly. A vast majority of us are capable of that.???- Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) October 11, 2017We are a country that treats ours guests with great respect and hospitality. Contd- Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) October 11, 2017Earlier, Australian opener Aaron Finch tweeted a picture of a broken window saying, “Pretty scary having a rock thrown through the team bus window on the way back to the hotel!!”Pretty scary having a rock thrown through the team bus window on the way back to the hotel!! pic.twitter.com/LBBrksaDXI- Aaron Finch (@AaronFinch5) October 10, 2017The rock, believed to be roughly the size of a cricket ball, was thrown at a window on the right-hand side of the bus while it was returning from the stadium.advertisementIt should be noted that no injuries were caused to any of the players or the support staff.Meanwhile, Assam’s Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma apologised for the incident, adding that a strict action would be taken against the guilty.”Our deep apology. People of assam never endorse such behaviour.we will punish the guilty,” he wrote on Twitter.In a similar incident, a small rock or stone was thrown at the Australian team’s bus in September in Chittagong during their two-Test series against Bangladesh.The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) at that time had immediately increased security for the Australian team to ensure there were no further mishaps.India and Australia will now head to Hyderabad to lock horns in the series-decider T-20 match of the three-match series, which is to be played on October 13 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.last_img read more

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India have a good future but ISL has not progressed, says Robert Pires

first_imgRobert Pires knows a thing or two about football. The Arsenal legend and former FC Goa star on Thursday said the Indian Super League has not made much progress since it was launched amid much fanfare five years ago.Pires signed for FC Goa in the opening season of the ISL in 2014 and then after a year-long stint with the club, the world-cup winning Frenchman announced retirement.”I think it (progress from Season one to five) is the same because you need to experiment with other footballing philosophies to strengthen the base. They need an Italian, French or maybe a Spanish or Portuguese to introduce them to other philosophies which will help the ISL to grow,” Pires, who is a La Liga ambassador, said.However, the 44-year-old remained optimistic about the future of Indian football, provided the sport perfects the balance between coaching and training.”I played in season one and there was a lot of passion among the players. I saw some good Indian talent out there.”India has a good future ahead but they need good academies, coaching and training to move forward. The mix of all these can lead to maybe an Indian playing in La Liga one day and that sort of progress is very important for development of football,” Pires said. La Liga side Girona FC and and Australian A-League’s Melbourne City FC played their pre-season friendly against Kerala Blasters FC in July. Pires emphasised that matches like these would help Indian clubs grow.”It is a good start. Girona — I know it is not the best team in La Liga — coming and playing its season friendly against Kerala is great. It can help Indian football. Get some good teams here. And if things go like this, 2-3 years down the line we can expect top sides like Barcelona and Real Madrid.”advertisementAsked about his time in ISL and plans for coaching, Pires didn’t rule out a comeback to India.”Playing for FC Goa was a great experience for me. Right now I am enjoying my role as ambassador for La Liga and Arsenal, but yes if ISL needs my help I will be happy to provide my services.”Pires, who inaugurated La Liga’s first football school said: “La Liga Football Schools is an excellent initiative to help develop the game in India. It will give access to the world’s best curriculum and facilities to young children in the country who want to pursue football.”La Liga football Schools are being launched across the country, in cities including Mumbai, Pune, Bengaluru, Kochi, Kolkata and New Delhi.La Liga aims to have over 30 schools, training over 3000 nationwide by the turn of the year.The intensive training programme will be overseen by Technical Director, Javier Cabrera, who is a UEFA PRO Licensed Football coach with wide experience of working with professional football clubs and academies.Students from age group of 6 to 18 years will be the focus for the programme, which will be delivered using LaLiga’s technical curriculum and detailed methodology.”Launching the first LaLiga Football School is a very proud moment for us. We want every child in India to have access to the best training methodology to realise their full potential in the game and for that, we are going to deliver our training programmes across the country,” head of La Liga India, Jose Cachaza said.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

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Feds to give provinces 75 per cent of pot tax revenues own

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s finance ministers struck a deal Monday on how they plan to share tax revenues during the cost-heavy startup phase of a legalized marijuana market — but they also kept their options open, just in case lucrative days lie ahead.The new agreement will see the federal government give the provinces and territories a 75 per cent share of federal excise tax revenues from the sale of legalized pot, a portion of which will be meted out to cities and towns to help them defray the cost of making cannabis legal across Canada.Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced the two-year deal after a day-long meeting with his provincial and territorial counterparts.Ottawa, which intends to legalize recreational cannabis in July, will retain the remaining 25 per cent share to a maximum of $100 million a year, with any balance over and above that limit going to the provinces and territories.Over the first couple of years, ministers predict legalized marijuana will involve significant startup costs, such as the creation of the new pot market itself, beefed up enforcement, public-awareness campaigns and additional health services.Morneau said that in each of the first two years, he expects legalized pot to generate only about $400 million in excise tax revenues. Ministers doubt the funds will be enough to cover their startup costs.But after that, Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa suggested there’s potential for the brand new market to generate far more for public coffers.“Going forward, we know that there is demand for cannabis — there’s quite a bit already and the illicit market is rather huge,” Sousa said after Monday’s announcement.“The federal government has estimated around $400 million or so in revenues in the first year or two years — it may grow and it likely will grow substantively.“So, we want to take the appropriate measures now to combat the illicit market, get it out of the system and then go forward… to deal with revenue.”Sousa added that the $100-million cap on the federal share is an important piece of Monday’s agreement because now, “if there is a surge in the marketplace, we can accommodate it more effectively as we grow and respond to that marketplace.”Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial governments have long insisted that legalization is not about revenues. They say the priority is about protecting kids and taking weed profits out of the black market.Morneau said the decision to provide a larger share to the provinces will allow them to “fairly deal with their costs” and enable them to work with municipalities, which had been asking for at least a one-third portion of the revenue to help ease the local burden of costs like law enforcement.To eliminate the illicit market, the ministers agreed to keep the per-gram price of legal pot at roughly $10, or even lower.“Our expectation is that by keeping prices low, we will be able to get rid of the black market. However, that will happen over time,” Morneau said during the closing news conference, his counterparts lined up behind him.“Of course, we’ll stay very much on top of this.”He said the ministers are scheduled to gather again a year from now to assess how the framework is working.Quebec Finance Minister Carlos Leitao said the introduction of safety, prevention and distribution costs will require considerable investments that won’t be covered by his province’s estimated $60-million share of excise tax revenue in each of the next two years.“In the first couple of years, we will not be making money on this,” Leitao said.The original model put forward by the federal government proposed an even 50-50 split, a plan that was immediately shot down by the provinces, many of which wondered aloud what sort of costs Ottawa would be incurring to deserve such a share.Earlier Monday, Sousa said the federal Liberal government had successfully made the case that it, too, would have costs, but was showing flexibility on related revenue and cost-sharing questions.Ottawa’s initial estimates suggested the total pot of tax revenue from marijuana sales could eventually reach $1 billion per year.Morneau said Monday that the federal government has already committed more than $700 million over the coming years towards pot legalization in areas like policing and border security. He added he expects that number to rise.During the meetings, the ministers also discussed the federal government’s proposed tweaks to the formula behind equalization payments, as well as the three-year review of the Canada Pension Plan. They also explored the state of the global economy and heard a presentation from Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz.Talks also took place on a national strategy to improve the sharing of information on corporate ownership between jurisdictions, a measure designed to clamp down on tax avoidance, tax evasion, money laundering and terrorist financing.“We agreed to take concrete steps to make sure that we had knowledge of who owns companies across our country so that we can do a better job at ensuring that we don’t have tax evasion, that we don’t have money laundering, that we don’t have terrorist financing in any part of our country,” Morneau said.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

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Bombardier signs deal to sell Aventra trains in United Kingdom

first_imgBERLIN – Bombardier Transportation (TSX:BBD.B) has signed a deal to supply 333 new rail cars, along with a contract for maintenance work, with a U.K. rail company.Corelink Rail Infrastructure and West Midlands Trains will receive 333 new Bombardier Aventra vehicles for use on the United Kingdom’s West Midlands Trains franchise.The rolling stock and maintenance contracts are worth about $928 million Canadian.Bombardier will produce the electric carriages at its facility in Derby, England, with the new trains expected to be delivered between 2020 and 2022.Bombardier was named the preferred bidder for the contract in October.“Our modern Aventra trains will be built in the Midlands for the Midlands, and will transform the travel experience for passengers on the new West Midlands Trains franchise,” said Richard Hunter, the U.K. managing director for Bombardier Transportation.“This is part of a huge investment happening up and down the country and will make a real difference to passengers,” said Chris Grayling, the U.K. secretary of state for transport.“We are delivering the biggest rail modernization program for over a century. West Midlands passengers will see longer, more frequent trains, faster journeys and a more reliable service for passengers.”Montreal-based Bombardier’s transportation division is headquartered in Berlin.last_img read more

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UN agencies join forces to combat human trafficking and migrant smuggling

31 October 2011The United Nations agencies that deal with helping refugees and with fighting crime signed a joint agreement today to work together more closely to combat human trafficking and migrant smuggling. The memorandum of understanding, signed by the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Yury Fedotov and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) António Guterres, aims to combine the work of both entities in overlapping issues to more effectively target criminals involved in human trafficking and to better protect their victims.“UNODC’s mandate in combating organized crime is complementary to UNHCR’s work of protecting refugees. As we have often seen with human trafficking and migrant smuggling, criminals prey on society’s most vulnerable,” said Mr. Fedotov at the signing in New York.“Refugees, in search of a better life, can become victims of these criminals and it’s important that we offer coordinated assistance to those who need it the most.”“The 21st century is the century of people on the move. Climate change, food insecurity, urbanization, population growth, all these trends are combining and forcing people to move and there are complex protection gaps,” Mr. Guterres said, adding that this opens opportunities for illegal and forced migration.“Money moves freely, goods tend to move more or less freely, but there are enormous obstacles for the movement of people,” he said, stressing that human trafficking presents a situation where human rights are at their most vulnerable.“We need to make sure that we crack down on the criminals that perpetuate this new form of slavery and protect their victims, which is why working together is so relevant for us,” he said.Mr. Guterres also called on the international community to increase its investment to combat human trafficking in the same way that it has invested in fighting drug trafficking saying this type of crime is just as relevant and also needs and urgent response and commitment.The agreement will focus on four defined regions based on the agencies’ work: Latin America, the Gulf of Aden, Afghanistan and its bordering countries, and North Africa. read more

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Map Library hosts GIS Day

The Map Library is hosting a whole day of events on Tuesday, Nov. 15 to celebrate GIS Day.Participants from various departments will gather to hear faculty and students describe how GIS and other mapping strategies are used to visualize research. There will also be workshops on data use and GIS, as well as geography trivia — with prizes.Although GIS has been used on campus for many years, the campus site license purchased by James A. Gibson Library last spring has provided wider access to the software.The event is part of Geography Awareness Week, which is Nov. 13 to 18. Tuesday’s events are held in partnership with the Brock University Geographical Society, the Brock Environmental Sustainability Research Unit and the Library Data Research Service. It will include a pizza lunch and a GIS cake.• Download a PDF file of the full list of events read more

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UN rights expert calls on Singapore not to execute convicted drug trafficker

A United Nations human rights expert today called on the Government of Singapore not to execute a man sentenced to death for attempting to traffic heroin, declaring that the execution violate international legal standards. “Making such a penalty mandatory – thereby eliminating the discretion of the court – makes it impossible to take into account mitigating or extenuating circumstances and eliminates any individual determination of an appropriate sentence in a particular case,” the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions of the UN Commission on Human Rights, Philip Alston, said.“The adoption of such a black and white approach is entirely inappropriate where the life of the accused is at stake. Once the sentence has been carried out it is irreversible,” he added.Nguyen Tuong Van was sentenced to death for attempting to traffic just under 400 grams of pure heroin through Changi Airport in December 2002.Mr. Alston noted that the Singaporean Government had in the past stated that the death penalty is primarily a question for the sovereign jurisdiction of each country, but he said matters relating to the functioning of the criminal justice system are legitimate matters of international concern when questions of non-compliance with international standards are involved.He added that the Singapore Court of Appeal had failed to examine the most relevant case of all in rejecting the condemned man’s appeal, one in which the United Kingdom’s Law Lords endorsed the statement that “No international human rights tribunal anywhere in the world has ever found a mandatory death penalty regime compatible with international human rights norms.”Noting the longstanding commitment of the Singaporean courts to the rule of law, Mr. Alston called upon the Government to take all necessary steps to avoid an execution which is inconsistent with accepted standards of international human rights law.Responding to Mr. Alston’s statement, a spokesman for Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs stressed that there is no international consensus on capital punishment and “it is the sovereign right of every country to decide whether or not to include it within its criminal justice system.”In comments released to the press, the spokesman said Mr. Alston “grossly misrepresented” the facts when he claimed that the Singapore Court of Appeals had not considered the most relevant precedent case. The spokesman added that since Mr. Nguyen was tried “in an entirely open, fair and transparent manner,” the case did not fall within Mr. Alston’s mandate. “We have previously protested Mr. Alston’s abuse of his office and will continue to do so as necessary,” the statement said. read more

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Ban condemns South Sudans decision to expel UN humanitarian coordinator

“The Secretary-General calls on the Government of South Sudan to reverse its decision immediately. He further urges the Government to cooperate fully with all United Nations entities present in South Sudan,” said a statement attributable to Mr. Ban’s spokesperson released today.Mr. Lanzer, who also is Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), has been “instrumental”, read the statement, in “addressing the increasing humanitarian needs of conflict-affected communities in the country,” and “ensuring that life-saving humanitarian assistance reaches the most vulnerable,” according to the statement.“This has been necessary because of continuing violence by both parties in the absence of a comprehensive peace agreement.”Mr. Lanzer was coming to the end of his term, and in order to ensure continuity for this critical function, the Secretary-General has already appointed his successor, Eugene Owusu, whose nomination was announced on 29 May.South Sudan’s ongoing conflict began in December 2013 and has been marked by brutal violence against civilians and deepening suffering across the country. Some 119,000 people are sheltered in UN compounds there while the Organization estimates that the number of people in need for 2015 will include an anticipated 1.95 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) and a projected 293,000 refugees.In recent weeks, however, the fighting in the country has worsened considerably, with reports of widespread killings, rapes, abductions and the burning and destruction of towns and villages, particularly throughout South Sudan’s Unity state.In addition, UN human rights monitors have been denied access to various sites in the State by members of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLM/A) as they sought to verify the allegations. read more

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We cannot lose momentum on the road to peace in Yemen UN

More than 3.3 million have been displaced, 600 in the last 12 months. Millions of Yemenis are hungrier, sicker and more vulnerable than a year ago.,The resolution calls also on the parties to strengthen the economy and the Central Bank.Mr. Lowcock noted that the Yemeni rial is losing value, and without intervention, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) estimates that the exchange rate is likely to slide further – devastating for the millions of people who need “food, fuel and medicines.”Turning to additional funding for the 2019 UN Coordinated Humanitarian Response Plan, he recalled that last year, $2.4 billion, or 83 per cent of requirements, were eventually raised.“In response to the deterioration in the situation we have seen especially over the last six months, humanitarian agencies will need even more money,” he argued.He outlined that on 26 February, the Secretary-General would convene a high-level pledging conference in Geneva where “We are counting on all our donors to announce even more generous funding”.“Millions of Yemenis are looking to us for assistance and protection, and we need to see more and faster progress on all the humanitarian elements of your resolution to make any practical difference to their lives” concluded the Humanitarian Coordinator. Martin Griffiths told Council members he was “under no illusion that these are very sensitive and challenging days” for both the Government coalition, and opposition Houthi leaders, “and for Yemen as a whole.”Mr. Griffiths updated the Council that since the consultations in Stockholm, President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi and Abdelmalik Al-Houthi, leader of Houthi opposition movement Ansar Allah, have recognized the meetings “as an important step towards a comprehensive resolution to the conflict” and were determined to build on that progress through more dialogue.Noting that the 18 December ceasefire in and around Hudaydah had been largely adhered to, Mr. Griffiths said the fighting was now “very limited” compared to the clashes beforehand, which threatened the lives of hundreds-of-thousands of civilians living inside the Houthi-held port and city.“This relative calm, I believe, indicates the tangible benefit of the Stockholm Agreement for the Yemeni people and the continued commitment of the parties to making the agreement work,” he asserted.The special envoy credited the Council’s “swift authorization” of December’s  resolution 2451, and rapid deployment of ceasefire monitors as “a clear signal to the parties and the Yemeni people of the international community’s desire to turn the agreement into facts on the ground” and hoped that security arrangements and the humanitarian access routes agreed in Stockholm will be implemented swiftly.This relative calm, I believe, indicates the tangible benefit of the Stockholm Agreement  — UN envoyTurning to the major city Taiz where the two sides have battled for control for more than three years, the UN envoy recalled its “enormous historic significance” and called its people a driving economic and cultural force.“Civilians in Taiz have suffered far too much for too long, and the destruction in the city has been terrible”, he underscored. “The flow of humanitarian aid needs to increase, and people need the chance to rebuild”, he added, pointing out that the Stockholm consultations provided a platform for this.On the prisoner exchange agreement, Mr. Griffiths said that although implementation has been “gradual and tentative”, the UN was working with both parties to finalize the lists each submitted in Stockholm and would follow up with talks on 14 January in Amman, Jordan.“I hope these talks will allow many thousands of prisoners to go home and be reunited with their families”, he said, asking for the Council’s support in encouraging the parties to “overcome any challenges that may be encountered along the way.”Mr. Griffiths lamented that no consensus was reached on the Central Bank of Yemen or opening the Sana’a airport, which would significantly contribute to the economy and help relieve humanitarian suffering.“I continue to work with the parties to resolve them,” he maintained, urging both sides to “exert restraint in their media rhetoric”.With the goal of reaching a lasting political settlement, Mr. Griffiths said “Sweden was just a start” and that it was important to keep up the momentum in moving the process forward.Calling speedy implementation “crucial”, he stressed that a lot of work needs to be done “before the parties can reach a comprehensive peace agreement”.The UN envoy spelled out: “We need to convene the next round, but we need substantive progress on what was agreed in Stockholm”.“Progress in Sweden is a basis for confidence. It would be conducive to further progress at the next round of consultations”, he concluded.,‘Implement what was agreed in Sweden’UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock was next to brief the 15-member Council and began with positive news that the Stockholm Agreement, and resolution 2451, “is already having an impact”.Civilians in Hudaydah “are a little more confident and a little less afraid that they will be victims of air strikes or caught in crossfire as they go about their lives” he said, although, he added that the wider humanitarian situation in Yemen “remains catastrophic”.Mr. Lowcock laid out what humanitarian agencies are doing to meet Yemen’s needs, including the World Food Programme’s (WFP) December operation, providing a record 9.5 million people with emergency food assistance.“WFP will expand operations to reach 12 million people a month, including the 10 million most at risk of famine, and two million acutely-vulnerable Internally Displaced People (IDPs)” he elaborated.Humanitarian agencies continue to roll back what was the world’s worst cholera epidemic last year, improve IDP living conditions, and mitigate hunger and malnutrition for 240,000 people facing catastrophic levels of food insecurity. “Altogether, operations in Yemen this year will, if funding is available, reach 15 million people – about half the population,” he informed.He acknowledged the seriousness of WFP’s recent strong statement against the theft of food intended for civilians, seeking action from defacto authorities over food aid misappropriation, saying “Steps to improve targeting and delivery mechanisms are being taken as we speak”.Security Council resolution statusThe relief chief also updated the Council on humanitarian issues related to Resolution 2451, beginning with access.“The humanitarian scale-up that Yemenis need will not be possible if aid workers and supplies cannot travel safely and freely to where they are needed”, he said, pointing out that enough grain for 3.5 million people had been sitting unused, possibly spoiling in the Red Sea Mills and humanitarian warehouses of Hudaydah.,“All parties must allow and facilitate safe, timely and unhindered humanitarian access, in line with international humanitarian law and the requirements of Security Council resolution 2451,” he said, saying that WFP still had nearly 500 containers stuck in Aden port.Regarding the economy, he said: “Your resolution also points out that paying pensions and civil-servant salaries across the country is another key element of strengthening the economy.”,Situation at a glance: More than 24 million people, or 80 per cent of the population, need humanitarian assistance. 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UN chief lauds Fijians as natural global leaders on climate environment hails

“Fiji has taken on the sceptics and the deniers” in a loud and clear voice, he said, “and the world is listening”.The Secretary-General outlined that Fiji was the first small island State to preside over the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and in 2017, became the first emerging market to issue a sovereign “green bond”, dedicated to environmental conservation. It introduced an Environment and Climate Adaptation Levy; launched a rural electrification programme to reduce diesel emissions; and has relocated villages and established guidelines on how to support people displaced due to climate change..@UN chief @AntonioGuterres continues his journey in the Pacific islands to fight the “battle of his life” for #ClimateAction.His second day in Fiji: pic.twitter.com/M6VcfG1HGJ— UN News (@UN_News_Centre) May 16, 2019 Gender equality, diversity and inclusion. Education and healthcare. Decent jobs and economic opportunities. Fundamental freedoms and democratic values.,Carbon pricing must reflect the true cost of emissions, the UN chief said, “from climate risk to the health hazards of air pollution”. That means not constructing any coal plants beyond 2020 and replacing jobs in fossil fuel industries with “cleaner, healthier alternatives, so the transformation is inclusive, profitable and just”.Noting “rampant” overfishing and plastic pollution that is “poisoning and depleting” the oceans, he emphasized that “the world must do more”.“The coming years will be a vital period to save the planet and to achieve sustainable, inclusive human development,” he said. “The alarm bells keep ringing”.“We must address this global emergency with ambition and urgency”, the Secretary-General concluded, adding “every country has a role to play”. “Other countries in the region can learn from your example”, he congratulated.Mr. Guterres pointed to the Fijian legislature as another of the country’s important achievements calling it “a place of inclusiveness, equality, diversity and tolerance”.“We need that spirit more than ever at this time”, he said, noting rising anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim rhetoric, the persecution of Christians and other forms of xenophobia and racism.The UN chief stressed the importance of showing solidarity in response to a “dangerous upsurge in hatred” and to combat the hate speech “coarsening our public dialogue in many countries and regions of the world”.Citing the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as “our blueprint for a fair globalization built on prosperous, peaceful and resilient societies on a healthy planet”, he commended Fiji for being the first parliament in the world to undertake an SDG self-assessment.Climate change defines our timeNoting that climate change is “the defining issue of our time”, Mr. Guterres acknowledged how Fijians have suffered cyclones, floods and droughts, or lost their homes, schools or crops to rising seas, saying “the United Nations stands with you, I stand with you”.He flagged the importance of financing, underscoring that given the amount of climate change that has already occurred, investment in adaptation “is especially crucial” in the Pacific region. “We need developed countries to fulfill the pledges they have madeto support action in developing countries – including by mobilizing the public and private sector to reach $100 billion per year to support mitigation and adaptation”, the UN chief said, adding that the “successful replenishment of the Green Climate Fund” is also vital.,To help generate ambition, Mr. Guterres announced that he is convening a Climate Action Summit in September.“My message to leaders is very clear: Don’t come with a speech; come with a plan”, he asserted. “I want leaders to showcase their plans to enhance Nationally Determined Contributions by 2020, and to cut emissions radically by 2025” by ending subsidies for fossil fuels and unsustainable agriculture and shifting towards renewable energy, electric vehicles and climate-smart practices.,Keys to sustainable growth, peace and prosperity: Respect for human rights and the rule of law. read more

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Asia and Pacific on course to miss all Sustainable Development Goals says

Under-Secretary-General Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana was in New York to take part in the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, the main UN platform for monitoring the progress that countries are making towards the Agenda, which is the UN’s blueprint for ending poverty and preserving the planet.Sound policies are needed to tackle #ClimateChange, #poverty & #inequalities. Here’s what policymakers can do to strengthen civic engagement, empowering #AsiaPacific ➡️ https://t.co/s5MxJFq2vN #HLPF @UNDP @UNDPasiapac @ADB_HQ pic.twitter.com/4s4NDLRxNh— United Nations ESCAP (@UNESCAP) July 18, 2019 ESCAP’s latest Sustainable Development Goals Progress Report shows that, when it comes to some of the Goals, the region is actually going backwards. These are the goals related to access to clean water and sanitation (Goal 6), decent work and economic growth (Goal 8), and responsible consumption and production (Goal 11). There are, said Ms. Alisjahbana, several reasons for this: “There is water scarcity, because of the pressure of urbanization, and the management of natural resources and the environment are making the situation worse. As for moving towards sustainable consumption, that has to do with behaviour and lifestyle. With increasing wealth you consume more, but what you consume is something that is actually not sustainable.Governments, said the head of ESCAP, must ultimately be responsible for investments in sustainable development. Investing in basic infrastructure costs money, but there is a considerable multiplier effect, that has a positive effect on the economy. Countries with smaller financial resources should look at raising money through fiscal reforms rather than looking for aid, and risking becoming dependent, she added.The Progress Report complains about a lack of data, an important point because, says Ms. Alisjahbana, without the correct data you can’t track progress, or evaluate the best actions to take going forward. Improved data must go hand in hand with improved capacity for analysing data, which means national statistical offices, and SDG monitoring.Despite the many challenges facing the region’s efforts to achieve the Goals, Ms. Alisjahbana remains optimistic. The situation, she believes, can be turned around, through better cooperation, as well as the abundant talent and expertise found in the region.You can hear, and download the full interview with Ms. Alisjahbana here: read more

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FBI translator married Islamic State fighter she was hired to spy on

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3369822 AN FBI TRANSLATOR who was hired to spy on a German member of the Islamic State group instead apparently grew attracted to him and snuck off to Syria to get married.According to court documents seen today, Daniela Greene, who had a “top secret” security clearance, told her colleagues at the Detroit office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation that she was heading to Germany to see her parents for a few weeks in June 2014.Instead she flew to Turkey and snuck across the border to meet up and marry an IS fighter. He was not identified in the documents, but according to CNN, he was Denis Cuspert, a notorious former German rapper who went by the name of Deso Dogg.Cuspert was officially designated a terrorist in early 2015 by the US State Department, which described him as an IS recruiter focusing on German speakers, and noted that he had appeared in numerous IS videos, including one in which he was holding the severed head of an Islamic State opponent.It was not clear how Cuspert, also known as Abu Talha al-Almani, wooed her. Court testimony suggested they may have communicated privately via a Skype account he used that Greene did not report to her FBI colleagues.Quick marriage, then regretGreene, who was born in Czechoslovakia and married a US soldier, began work at the FBI in 2011, with no problems until her mysterious disappearance in June 2014.Immediately after her arrival in Syria she married Cuspert, on 27 June, 2014, according to court documents recently unsealed. But within days Greene, now 38, began to seek a way out,“I really made a mess of things this time,” she told a friend in a July 2014 email from IS territory.“I don’t know how long I will last here, but it doesn’t matter, it’s all a little too late,” she said in a subsequent email. In another, she said she recognised she could be imprisoned for years if she returned.Court documents did not explain how she escaped from IS territory, but by early August, less than two months after travelling to Syria, she returned to the United States and was arrested.She immediately confessed and began cooperating with US prosecutors. Her cooperation “was significant, long-running and substantial,” said an investigator, supporting a lenient sentence.Ultimately she pleaded guilty to one charge of “making false statements involving international terrorism,” based on what she originally told the FBI about her travel plans. She received a relatively light 24 month prison sentence, and was released last year.© – AFP 2017Read: ISIS cyber criminal who hid USB drive in cufflinks sentenced to 8 years in prison Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email2 FBI translator married Islamic State fighter she was hired to spy on According to CNN, he was Denis Cuspert, a notorious ex-rapper. Tuesday 2 May 2017, 8:17 PM Short URL Image: DPA/PA Imagescenter_img An archive picture, dated 20 June 2005, shows the former rapper Deso Dogg (real name: Denis Cuspert) posing in Berlin. Image: DPA/PA Images May 2nd 2017, 8:17 PM 39 Comments By AFP An archive picture, dated 20 June 2005, shows the former rapper Deso Dogg (real name: Denis Cuspert) posing in Berlin. 33,956 Views last_img read more

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Westworld Brings Back One Dead Person and Makes a Lot More

first_imgStay on target Evan Rachel Wood Just As Disturbed by Humanoid Sophia As Everyone ElseTop Movie and TV Trailers to Watch From SDCC 2019 We’re rapidly heading toward the end of the second season of Westworld. By now, we’ve realized that its philosophy isn’t quite as deep as it wants it to be. The big reveals are often telegraphed just a little too far ahead, or if they’re not, they’re based on the camera keeping crucial information just out of frame. Somehow though, that’s all OK. If you’re still watching this show week to week, you’ve had to admit to yourself that you’re not actually here for all that. You’re here for a story that’s pulpy and fun, brutal wild west violence and gorgeous cinematography. And old-timey player piano versions of pop music. Can’t forget that. And for all its attempts to be more, Westworld is still really good at giving us what we really want.That can make the moments where it tries to be more a little groan-inducing, though. Like Robert’s return, which predictably involves a lot of big words about small points. It’s great to see Anthony Hopkins again. He commands every scene he’s in, and it’s been weird having Ford’s presence still be in the park without him. But there’s nothing more Ford likes to do than wax endlessly about the nature of humanity. It worked in Season One. He was an old man reaching the end of his life, wanting to tell one last story. Which I guess is the one where Dolores leads a violent robot revolution. All of his philosophic monologues were important because they pointed to the thing he was setting up.Shannon Woodward (Credit: John P. Johnson/HBO)Now, he’s an electronic ghost using the same monologues to talk about things that have already happened. Yes, Dellos had a bigger investment plan in mind when they funded the park. The goal was to sell people on immortality, on backups of themselves. And also to collect data on their guests’ darkest desires. We knew all this. And to be fair, this scene hints at some other, more nefarious purpose that we’ll find out about in the future. That doesn’t stop lines like “we thought we were coding the hosts, but we were decoding the guests!” or “The hosts were the control, the guests were the variable!” any less ridiculous. Even when said with all the considerable gravitas Jeffrey Wright can muster.Thankfully, unlike many of Ford’s scenes last season, this all does lead somewhere. First of all, it has a cool and satisfying reveal. That scene from last week with Blue Dress Dolores testing Bernard for Arnold fidelity happened inside the Cradle, basically a virtual testing environment for Westworld. Bernard is constructed from both Ford’s and Dolores’ memories of Arnold. Because Dolores, Arnold’s creation, knew him even better than Ford could.The other thing all this conversation leads to is the sense that Ford may have constructed Dolores’ Wyatt personality with a little bit of himself. There’s a cool parallel between Dolores changing Teddy’s mind and Ford taking Bernard’s free will. They take over another person’s autonomy for the exact same reason. Who they are won’t allow them to survive. Dolores changed Teddy’s entire personality into a violent killer so he’d do what she asked. Now Ford took Bernard’s free will for the same reason. And under the same pretense of ensuring his survival. Now, when Bernard starts participating in all the action of this episode, there’s an overtone of sadness to it. You can see he really doesn’t want to lie and send Elsie away. He doesn’t want to pick up a gun and murder Dellos guards. But Ford is forcing him to, even while Bernard begs him not to make him do these things.Tessa Thompson (Credit: Jordin Althaus/HBO)Where it’s all leading, what purpose this all serves, we don’t know yet. That’s something saved for the remaining three episodes of the season. This episode finally returns to the furthest timeline, the one with Dellos soldiers cleaning up the place, and uses it as a cool and chilling bookend to the rest of the story. The very opening of the episode has Charlotte Hale discovering that Bernard is actually a host. While investigating the area where he killed Teresa Cullen, they find a room full of other Bernards. And yeah, it’s creepy as hell. This time, there’s no amount of skull-bashing that will get him out of this. The Dellos team captures him, and soon Charlotte Hale is using Bernard’s own programming to waterboard him. That’s one of the most uncomfortable, yet believable sci-fi ideas this show has come up with. As horrific as it is to watch, I’d like it if Westworld gave us more horrors like this.As Hale asks where Bernard took Peter Abernathy’s control unit, he begins searching his memory for the answer. That’s the framing device for the whole episode, and it’s a pretty effective one. We see Dolores storm into the headquarters while Bernard is still having his conversation with Ford. She almost kills Hale with a surgical saw, but Hale gets away while Dolores is distracted by her dad. I have to hand it to this show, it set out to make us feel completely for the hosts and very little for the humans. It succeeded. For all of William’s family drama, we don’t know enough details about it to really care. And the one storyline from last week that promised to dive into that a little bit (him meeting up with his daughter), is completely ignored this week. The hosts, though. We really empathize with them. That moment where Peter is lucid enough to remember Dolores is real and heartbreaking. They both know this is their last moment together. Their relationship may be artificial, but that doesn’t make it any less real to them. This show also makes the hosts’ malfunctions look like the effects of a brain disease like Alzheimer’s. That makes a fleeting lucid moment like this feel even more real.Louis Herthum, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden (Credit: John P. Johnson/HBO)I mentioned William, though and while his story doesn’t link him back up with his daughter just yet, it does give us a great fight scene. This episode had a lot going on, and it still managed to have nonstop action that made the hour fly by. He finally met up with Maeve, which is a confrontation we’ve been waiting for forever. He just happened to be chased into the same cabin where she and her former daughter were hiding. That triggered a painful memory in Maeve, and she starts firing on him. More than that, she uses her power to make his host allies turn against him. What really makes this moment so satisfying is the whole time, William thinks he’s dealing with Ford.He talks to the hosts like game masters. He’s convinced that, though the consequences are real, this is still all part of an elaborate game. And it’s so satisfying to see that attitude run up against a group of people who don’t give a shit what he thinks this is. He doesn’t die. Not yet anyway, but he’s in bad shape. This is probably how his daughter catches up to him next week, and she’ll probably make sure he lives. For now though, he’s forced to contend with the fact that he’s done some horrible things to beings who remember them. He’s had to face consequences for his actions before he realized there would be any. He’s not happy about that, and it’s wonderful.Rodrigo Santoro (Credit: John P. Johnson/HBO)Maeve gets shot up pretty bad in the confrontation too. Just as Lawrence is about to kill William, Dellos security shows up. They save William by killing Lawrence. They also take Maeve’s daughter. As Maeve tries to run after them, she’s shot multiple times. Again, she doesn’t die. That would be a really unsatisfying end for her anyway. Lee shows some basic decency and convinces the security team to spare her, saying that they need to study her. As she’s brought to the main building, we get a fascinating conversation between her and Dolores. Their interactions have always been brief, but they’re always interesting. Maeve looks at Dolores and sees the horrors she’s committed.Maeve may have killed people, but Dolores has gone much further. As much as we’re meant to sympathize with the hosts, this is Westworld showing us that they are just as capable of evil as we are. Despite Dolores’ earlier emotional reunion with her father, she tells Maeve that relationships, like her daughter, are just chains to keep them in the park. Maeve calls Dolores on that. Does Dolores really believe what she says, or is it just justification? It’s what allows her to twist Teddy’s personality into something unrecognizable. Making him into someone who could punch the Dellos security head’s face into the ground until he didn’t have a face anymore. It’s what lets her rip her father’s brain out to further her own goal.Thandie Newton, Simon Quarterman (Credit: John P. Johnson/HBO)This episode had a lot going on, but it pulled it all together into an exciting package. While I wished we saw more of William’s daughter, I loved what this week’s episode did to his story. It also, as it always does, left us wanting more for next week. Just like Angela did when she blew herself, a security guard and the entire Cradle up. Bernard knows where the key that was inside Peter’s head is. How he knows that, whether Dolores still has it, or why it’s there… of course we don’t get any of that. That’s the “leave us wanting more” part. And I can’t wait to find out (or not) next week.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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WWE releasing new ECW Unreleased DVD in January

first_img Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Twitter Joey Styles posted the following on Twitter today, confirming that WWE will be releasing “ECW Unreleased Volume 3” DVD & Blu-Ray in January 2015:“MORE #ECW! Coming January from @WWE Home Video, ECW Unreleased Volume 3 hosted by me, @TheBlueMeanie & Stevie Richards (@MichaelManna)! #bWo”Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipApple TV+ To Be Offered For $4.99 Per MonthVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:32/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Google+ Facebook Julian Edelman Launches Youtube Channel Digital and DVD release date for “Fighting With My Family” based on WWE’s Paige revealed Skydivers Nearly Collided With US Fighter Jets Now Playing Up Next Apple TV+ To Be Offered For $4.99 Per Monthcenter_img Stars of “Fighting With My Family” learn what it takes to be a WWE Superstar Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next ‘Slofies’ Now a Thing as Apple Launches iPhone 11 WhatsApp La dirección del FMI se le resiste a Inglaterra Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Match announced for next week’s 205 Live, 8-Man Elimination from TLC PPV in 2015last_img read more

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The best buy was Piatek not Ronaldo Italian newspaper

first_imgAccording to research by Corriere Della Sera, the goals scored by the Polish striker outweigh anything the Portuguese has done so far in the league.Cristiano Ronaldo joined Italian Serie A giants Juventus for 100 million Euro.Meanwhile, Polish striker Krzysztof Piatek was bought by Genoa for only 4 million.And for the Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera, the goals by Krzystof are more important.The Polish attacker has scored 13 goals, one less than Ronaldo this season.”Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.The best buy is not Cristiano Ronaldo but Krzysztof Piatek,” wrote the newspaper.“The goals are counted but they are all equal only in fantasy football. In reality, each of them has a different weight in terms of points won.”“The Genoa striker was a real deal for Preziosi, who signed him for only 4 million euros and Piatek has immediately shown his qualities, scoring 13 goals, only one less than Ronaldo, who cost 100 million,” they added.“If this was not enough, his goals have much higher importance for Genoa than Ronaldo’s for Juventus.”“The 13 goals of the Polish striker have guaranteed the Rossoblu 10 of the total 20 points in the standings,” they concluded.last_img read more

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Pilot Killed In Alaska Plane Crash Identified

first_imgLuna’s uncle Carlos Luna says his niece was 32. She was originally from Camarillo, California. The action comes after the passenger and the pilot of a Beaver floatplane operated by Taquan Air were killed when the aircraft crashed in Metlakatla Harbor on Monday afternoon during a scheduled commuter flight from Ketchikan. Thomas says the floatplane was being towed to land. Eds: Corrects model of Taquan plane in May 13 crash to Otter, not Beaver.___10 a.m.Federal officials say an Alaska air carrier involved in two deadly floatplane crashes in a week has voluntarily suspended operations. The pilot was identified as 51-year-old Ron Rash of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He was identified by Police Chief Bruce Janes. Monday’s crash followed the May 13 midair collision of a Taquan Air Otter floatplane with another floatplane. Six people died in that crash and another 10 people were injured.___12:20 p.m.An Alaska tribal health organization says the passenger killed in the state’s latest floatplane crash was a staff epidemiologist. The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium in a statement Tuesday said that Sarah Luna joined the group nearly a year ago. Taquan Air officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Ketchikan Gateway Borough spokeswoman Deanna Thomas said in a statement that the passenger and the pilot of a Beaver floatplane operated by Taquan Air crashed in Metlakatla Harbor Monday afternoon. The Federal Aviation Administration says the halt of flightseeing and commuter flights is in place until further notice. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Photo by Aerial LeaskKETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on a second fatal Alaska floatplane crash in a week (all times local):3:20 p.m.The police chief of Metlakatla has identified the pilot of Monday’s deadly commuter plane crash in that Alaska community. Monday’s crash followed the May 13 midair collision of a Taquan Air Otter floatplane with another floatplane. Six people died in that crash and another 10 people were injured. The two died when a Beaver floatplane operated by Taquan Air crashed in Metlakatla Harbor on Monday afternoon. Consortium spokeswoman Shirley Young says Luna was flying to the community of Metlatkatla to provide health services when the plane crashed. The accident followed the May 13 midair collision of a Taquan Air Beaver floatplane with another floatplane. The victims in the latest crash were not identified because their families were being notified. Luna and the pilot of a Beaver floatplane operated by Taquan Air were killed when the aircraft crashed in Metlakatla Harbor on Monday afternoon. The pilot’s name has not been made public. Monday’s crash followed the May 13 midair collision of a Taquan Air Beaver floatplane with another floatplane. Six people died in that crash and another 10 people were injured.___6:25 a.m.Authorities say the second Alaska floatplane crash in a week has killed two people in the same region where two floatplanes collided last week in an accident that left six people dead. Clint Johnson, chief of the National Transportation Safety Board in Alaska, says witnesses reported the crash occurred during landing. Thomas says the circumstances of the latest crash are not yet being made public. Also killed was 32-year-old passenger Sarah Luna, a staff epidemiologist with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium.last_img read more

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This 200 Fender Newport portable wireless speaker is on sale for 100

first_img Fender Newport $149 5 Photos The Cheapskate Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. 2:11 Share your voice Mentioned Above Fender Newport 4 places you should put smart speakers in your home See It $182 CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! CNET may get a commission from retail offers.center_img 2 The Fender Newport is a Bluetooth wireless speaker that packs great sound in a compact frame while still sporting the stylings of the company’s famous guitar amps.  Aloysius Low/CNET It’s too bad it’s too late to grab this for Father’s Day, because it has “Dad” written all over it. The Fender Newport is a wireless speaker modeled in that classic Fender style, perfect for anyone looking for a slick alternative to the standard Bluetooth brick. Read more: Great last-minute Father’s Day gifts you still have time to get When it debuted late in 2017, the speaker sold for $200 — and that’s still the price pretty much everywhere. However, for a limited time, and while supplies last, Music123 via eBay has the Fender Newport portable Bluetooth speaker for $99.99. Shipping is free, but delivery will take two to four business days — a bit too late for Father’s Day, alas. See it at eBayThe front of the speaker says a lot — it looks like a Fender amp! — but it’s on top where you really get the feels. You wouldn’t think knobs and switches could be a big deal, but, well, see for yourself:fendernewport-04The speaker uses physical controls for a more personal touch.  Aloysius Low/CNET I haven’t had the pleasure of trying one of these myself, but CNET did a hands-on preview of the Newport, so I’ll turn you over to that. Here’s a key takeaway:The Fender Newport packs lots of sound for its size, thanks to its two woofers and one tweeter. The sound is bold and balanced. It’s not too bass heavy, but you can turn that up if you like. The highs are clear with no cracking, even at full volume — which, I might add, is loud enough to hear clearly two rooms away. Fender promises around 12 hours of battery life, but unfortunately you have to use a proprietary charger and power brick; you can’t just connect a standard Micro-USB charger or the like.That said, I’m liking this deal a lot. So many Bluetooth speakers are so boring-looking. This one oozes cool. Fender’s Newport Bluetooth speaker is all about the classic look Walmart Preview • This Bluetooth speaker has old-school looks and great sound Wireless & Bluetooth Speakers See it Comments Tags Now playing: Watch this: Bluetoothlast_img read more

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