Xiaomi Mi A2 India price dropped and it is now the best phone to buy under Rs 15,000

first_imgEven before the latest price cut, the Xiaomi Mi A2 was very well one of the best phones to buy under Rs 20,000. Now after the price cut, the second Android One phone from Xiaomi is no doubt the best phone available under Rs 15,000. Why? Because it offers stock Android experience, now runs on Android 9 Pie, shoots almost flawless pictures from both main and selfie camera, and is one hell of a phone. And now it is one hell of a phone under Rs 13,999.Last week Xiaomi India announced that the company has five surprises to reveal this week and the first one turned out to be a price cut of up to Rs 3,000 for the Mi A2. The India price of Xiaomi Mi A2 now starts at Rs 13,999. This is for the base model of the phone which comes packed with 4GB RAM plus 64GB storage. The top end model of the Mi A2 with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage now retails at Rs 15,999.This price segment is crowded with some very good phones from Nokia, Asus, Realme and Honor. Soon you may also get Samsung M10 and Samsung M20 here. But I believe that right now if you are looking for a phone under Rs 15,000, get the Mi A2 at Rs 13,999 as it makes more sense than ever before.To begin with, the Xiaomi Mi A2 is arguably the phone with best camera at this price point. In this segment, most phones often struggle to click detailed pictures with spot-on colours and good dynamic range, but that definitely isn’t the case with the Mi A2. Both the cameras back and selfie camera of the Mi A2 are really good.advertisementIn our Xiaomi Mi A2 review we mentioned:”While the Mi A2’s main USP is arguably its Android One software, that isn’t its most killer feature.Not only does the Mi A2 offer a complete package with respect to paper specs, it’s the closest that you can get as far as realizing them in actual usage is concerned. In fact, it’s safe to say that the Mi A2 offers the best dual camera implementation on a mid-level budget phone right now.”The Xiaomi Mi A2 comes with two cameras on the back. Of these, one uses a 12-megapixel sensor (Sony IMX 486 sensor) and another a 20-megapixel sensor (Sony IMX 376 sensor). Both the sensors have an f/1.75 aperture lens. On the front, the Mi A2 sports a 20-megapixel camera with LED flash.At the same time, the Mi A2 has a lot more to it than the killer cameras. It has stock Android interface, which is always nice to get in a phone. It is durable and feels sturdy in the hands. The best bit is that Xiaomi has finally – although after a long wait – upgraded the Mi A2 to Google latest Android 9 Pie update. It also makes the Mi A2 one of the cheapest phones running on Pie.The Mi A2 is also a great performer. It is powered by a 2.2Ghz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor which is notably one of the most powerful mid-range processors you can get in a phone right now. The Mi A2 is pretty good at handling the day to day tasks with ease and no sign of lags.Talking about the performance in our Xiaomi Mi A2 review we mentioned:”Performance-wise the Mi A2 is still at par with the best in business which isn’t surprising considering the hardware (and stock Android software) that is inside the phone. The Xiaomi Mi A2 is, in fact, one of the most powerful phones that you can buy at its price point.”Notably, Xiaomi has reduced the price of the Mi A2 for the second time in India in the last two months, which more or less hints at the coming of the Mi A3. Rumours about the Mi A3 have already started flooding the internet and we expect that the phone could go official as early as the first half of 2019. But that is still no reason not to pick the Xiaomi Mi A2 if you are looking to get a phone under Rs 15,000.ALSO READ | After Mi A2, Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro now gets massive price cut in IndiaALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 with waterdrop notch, dual rear cameras leaked in official looking posterALSO READ | Xiaomi Mi A2 India price permanently reduced by upto Rs 3,000, new price effective from todaylast_img read more

Photos: Referees Make Embarrassing Call To End Game

first_imgA general view of Boise State's blue field.BOISE, ID – SEPTEMBER 3: The sun lights the foothills of Boise in this overhead shot of Bronco Stadium before the start of the game between the Oregon Ducks and the Boise State Broncos on September 3, 2009 at Bronco Stadium in Boise, Idaho. Boise State won the game 19-8. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)On Friday night, No. 23 Fresno State took on Boise State in a matchup of Mountain West foes. The Bulldogs took a 17-3 advantage well into the third quarter before the Broncos woke up and scored three touchdowns over the final quarter and a half to win the game 24-17.With the win, both teams sit at 8-2 on the season and are primed to meet yet again in the conference title game later this season.The win did not come without some controversy. Late in the fourth quarter, Boise State iced the game with a first down – but it might not have been a first down.Here’s a look at the chains during the “first down” call by the officials.Uhhhhh, Fresno State just got TOTALLY hosed … this was called a first down that ended the game for Boise State. pic.twitter.com/MGE7tCl0jk— Pete Fiutak (@PeteFiutak) November 10, 2018It looks like Fresno State should have had one last shot to tie the game, but the officials decided otherwise.In the end, both teams sit at 8-2 on the year and are primed for solid bowl games.last_img read more

Work Begins on Rome Gully

first_imgRepair work has started on sections of the Rome Gully, which is adjacent to communities along the Lyndhurst Road/Rousseau Road corridor, in Kingston, in an effort to ensure the safety of residents and motorists in the area. The work, which commenced on October 31, include: cleaning of the gully; repacking, and extensive repair of existing damage. The gully suffered significant erosion prior to, and consequent on the passage of Hurricane Sandy on October 24, which unleashed torrential rains which caused heavy flooding in the channel. Speaking to journalists on November 1, following a tour of the area, Minister of State in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, Richard Azan, informed that the work forms part of emergency repairs in order to maintain the structure. “There is a house that is in danger right now and we are trying to make sure that we save that house (along with several others). Additionally, the invert under the bridge is also damaged,” he said. The State Minister added that the repairs are expected to yield significant benefits for both communities and adjoining areas. Regarding the cost of the work, Mr. Azan said he was unable to give a specific figure, as the initial estimate had to be revised in light of additional damage that was sustained during the Hurricane’s passage. In the meantime, the State Minister noted that ongoing maintenance of the gullies across the island is critical in ensuring that the structures are safe. “It is something that we have to put (forward), as part of overall plan to maintain the gullies, not only the big ones but the small drains as well,” he added. For his part, Corporate Communications Manager, National Works Agency (NWA), Stephen Shaw, said the work is critical “as the bridge which spans the gully along Rousseau Road is in danger of collapsing, as the inverts under the bridge have been significantly eroded.”last_img read more

Hejre Platform Planted in North Sea

first_imgzoom The 8.400-tonne jacket for the Hejre platform, arrived at its location in the Danish sector of the North Sea on May 22, and the last steel pile for fastening the legs of the support structure was rammed into the subsoil on May 30.”Our people on the project and our suppliers have done a fantastic job in delivering and installing the jacket in the North Sea.Now, we enter a new project phase. where we will be drilling the production wells, installing the oil and gas pipelines and modifying the Gorm E platform from which the oil will be transported to shore,” said Flemming Horn Nielsen, head of DONG Energy’s Danish oil and gas business.The launch of the jacket from a barge into the North Sea took less than one minute.The ballast tanks of the barge were filled with water, making it tilt slightly, so that the giant steel construction slid into the sea.The fitted floating tanks and compartments in the construction kept it floating, before it was erected to a vertical position in a controlled process and lowered onto the seabed.Drilling of the production wells will commence in the near future.June 3, 2014last_img read more

Vopak Closer to Buying Exmars FSRU Business

first_imgzoom Belgian LNG and LPG carrier owner and operator Exmar NV has entered into a floating LNG storage and regasification (FSRU) transaction deal with tank storage provider Royal Vopak.The move comes less than four months after the parties launched exploratory discussions on the possibility of an acquisition of Exmar’s share in its FSRU business by Vopak.The companies have now signed an agreement on the purchase of the FSRU business by Vopak and the possible cooperation between Exmar and Vopak in future projects.Under the acquisition deal, Exmar’s participation in FSRU assets, FSRU projects under development and a corresponding part of the Exmar organisation would be transferred in stages.Contract finalization is subject to consent and cooperation of multiple stakeholders including current partners in the FSRUs and customary approval from authorities, with the ultimate scope of the deal dependent on the outcome of this process.Exmar, which is the co-owner and or operator of 10 FSRUs, has one FSRU and one FLNG facility under construction.The FSRU, being built by China’s Wison shipyard in Nantong, is expected to be delivered by mid-2017.last_img read more

Chelsea Manning no threat to Canada should be allowed in advocates say

first_imgOTTAWA – A U.S. soldier convicted of leaking thousands of classified documents poses no security threat to Canada and ought to be allowed into the country, advocates said Monday.Chelsea Manning tried to enter Canada last month to travel to Montreal and Vancouver, but was turned away at the Canada-U.S. land border when officials determined her crimes were akin to a violation of Canadian treason laws and made her inadmissible.Her case was referred to the Immigration and Refugee Board for a hearing, but advocates want Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen to step in, using his authority under immigration and refugee law to waive the original decision.More than forty organizations and individuals wrote to the minister late last week, including academics, civil liberties organizations, Canada’s association of Quakers and activists Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis, among others.“Ms. Manning’s case is an exceptional one. It’s exactly the kind of one where the minister should be exercising his direction,” said Lex Gill, a technology law researcher and advocate.“There are very strong public interest reasons to allow Ms. Manning to come into Canada and there is no public safety risk in allowing her to do so.”A spokesman for the minister said Hussen had no comment.“As this matter has been put before the courts it would be inappropriate to comment on this matter,” Hursh Jawal said in an email.No hearing date has been set yet for Manning’s case before the immigration appeals division.There’s a lengthy backlog before that section of the Immigration and Refugee Board; as of the end of September, there were more than 10,000 cases waiting for a decision and hundreds of new ones are filed each month.The 29-year-old transgender woman was known as Bradley Manning when she was convicted and sentenced to 35 years in prison after turning over hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks that exposed previously withheld details of the U.S. military effort in Iraq and Afghanistan.She is appealing her conviction and technically remains a member of the U.S. military while those court proceedings are underway.But she was released from military prison in May after serving seven years; in his last days in office, President Barack Obama commuted the rest of her sentence.Shortly before she was turned away from Canada, Harvard University reversed its decision to name her a fellow after the nomination caused an uproar.Both Canadian academics and civil rights groups said in their letters they’d welcome the chance to have Manning speak at their institutions, not just about the material she released but on her work as an advocate in her own right for government transparency and LGBT rights.“Letting Chelsea enter Canada would affirm Canada’s values of dialogue, freedom of expression, and human rights,” wrote Christopher Parsons from the University of Toronto.“More than that, letting Chelsea in is simply the right thing to do.”last_img read more

Katharine McPhee Donates 50000 To Hurricane Sandy Victims

first_imgWABC/NEW YORK talk-show host Geraldo Rivera hosted a live show November 12th at a The Salvation Army disaster relief site at Island Park, Long Island to raise money for Hurricane Sandy victims.Rivera was joined by the star of “SMASH” and former American Idol singer Katharine McPhee, who donated $50,000 through her McPhee Outreach charitable foundation.Stewart Rahr, the self-made pharmaceutical billionaire, called in live on the air and donated $50,000 to directly benefit Hurricane Sandy victims in the Rockaways section of Queens. Mr. Rahr is listed as #298 on the Forbes 400 according to Forbes Magazine. Rahr sold his pharmaceutical distribution company for $1.3 billion, and set aside $100 million to establish the Rahr Foundation with which he donates to many charitable causes.“I was born and raised in Queens and the devastation is just awful. I am pleased to be blessed to help some of the people who have been harmed by Hurricane Sandy and want – and need – to do more to help people,” said Stewart Rahr.“Too often, successful people forget the struggles of others, but not Stewart Rahr the philanthropist. Stewart is someone I am happy to call a friend – he is thoughtful, enormously generous, and deeply compassionate. Everyone involved in raising money for victims of Hurricane Sandy deeply appreciates the one and only Stewart Rahr,” said Geraldo Rivera.last_img read more

TIFF ADDS NATALIE PORTMANS VOX LUX AS FEST COMPLETES ITS LINEUP

first_img Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Women directed 34% of this year’s TIFF lineup, the fest reports, up from the 33% from 2017. Natalie Portman as a Madonna-like pop superstar in Vox Lux and Isabel Huppert as a sinister widow in Greta help round out the big-screen offerings for next month’s Toronto International Film Festival, Sept. 6-16.The two movies complete the festival’s Special Presentations slate of highly rated filmmakers and storytellers, bringing the program’s total to 24 titles. Along with the 46 Discovery program titles by new international filmmakers that were also announced Tuesday, TIFF’s 2018 roster is complete: 255 features and 88 shorts, 343 films in all.That’s up three titles from 2017, which had 340 films (256 features and 84 shorts), but the total is still far lower than in other years, before TIFF trimmed its offerings to make the 11-day fest more manageable. Facebooklast_img read more

Somalia UNICEF immunizes 100000 children and women in camps

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has announced plans to immunize approximately 100,000 internally displaced Somalis living in camps along the Mogadishu-Afgoye corridor this week.The vast majority of Somali children under the age of five – 95 per cent – have not received the full recommended course of vaccinations. The new drive will provide those to 47,600 children as well as 56,000 women who have fled recent violenceUNICEF’s Representative to Somalia, Christian Balslev-Olesen said UNICEF is spearheading efforts to reach the displaced in response to Somalia’s volatile security conditions. “If you consider that ten percent of the country’s population has had to flee their homes – with these numbers increasing every day – then we have to find effective means of delivering services to these people. This is why UNICEF and its partners have organized campaigns like this one to reach every child.”Somalia has some of the worst social indicators for children in the world: one in eight children dies before his fifth birthday, one in three is chronically malnourished, hardly a third of families have access to clean drinking water, just 30 per cent of children go to school and on average people only live to the age of 47, according to UNICEF.“If the United Nations is to remain relevant and improve the lives of Somalis, then we need to be more aggressive in how we reach children who need us,” said Mr. Balslev-Olesen.This week’s immunization campaign is one of three that UNICEF and its partners will organize in the coming weeks, said the agency, which is also working to deliver clean water, sanitation and education facilities, as well as to improve the delivery and quality of health and social protection services.With the fall of Somalia’s Government in 1991, the country’s health system has faced severe challenges in providing essential services to its population. But UNICEF said recent data coming out of the country indicates that effective awareness-raising campaigns and temporary and mobile health delivery points can significantly reduce the number of children dying from measles and polio.UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) said they can reach 3.5 million children and women in the next two years for as little as $15 per person per year. This cost will enable, among other critical child survival interventions, the delivery of measles, polio, diphtheria, tetanus and tuberculosis vaccines to children under five along with a capsule of vitamin A to boast their immunity. Women of reproductive age will receive iron supplementation and tetanus toxoid immunization. 6 December 2007The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has announced plans to immunize approximately 100,000 internally displaced Somalis living in camps along the Mogadishu-Afgoye corridor this week. read more

Azath Salley to contest Parliament polls

“This is taking a racial twist. We must stop this,” Salley asserted.Salley said that if the UNP fails to give him nominations to contest the August 17 election, he will contest as an independent candidate in order to keep his promise to the people of Kandy. (Colombo Gazette) He also said that at talks held with UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe he was told that the UNP had proposed that only two Muslims contest in Kandy on behalf of the UNP. Salley said that the UNP had in the past fielded more Muslim candidates from Kandy but now that number is being reduced.He also accused the UNP of attempting to reduce the overall number of Muslim candidates contesting future elections from the party. Salley said that the people of Kandy have requested him to contest the election from Kandy and represent the people of Kandy in Parliament. Muslim Tamil National Alliance (MTNA) leader Azath Salley says he will be contesting the Parliament elections from the Kandy District.Speaking to reporters in Kandy today after meeting the Chief Prelates of the Asgiriya and Malwattu chapters, Salley said that he will contest the election either with the UNP or as an independent candidate. read more

Melon Days 2019 Brings Visitors From All Over

Green River hosted its annual Melon Days celebration over the weekend, bringing in large crowds from throughout the world. Activities to be enjoyed included games, vendors, dancing and music, just to name a few. The city’s park was packed with crowds looking for entertainment and the free watermelons provided by local Green River growers.The annual highlight was the parade that graced Main Street on Saturday morning. Folks young and old lined up to watch the floats pass by and fill bags with candy. Marching bands from Emery and Carbon High Schools led the parade with music. Miss Utah Dexonna Talbot was also featured in the parade this year.The Melon Days celebration was made possible by the City of Green River and several other sponsors as well as the watermelon growers, including the Veteres, Dunhams and Thaynes. read more

Brock Media Clips for Friday Aug 10

Here’s a look at some of the media attention Brock University received recently.Let’s talk about anxiety: Brock University Associate Professor of Child and Youth Studies Ayda Tekok-Kilic shared insight into the impact anxiety can have on a person’s life in a Hamilton Spectator article that explored a St. Catharines teen’s experience.China threatens to hold Apple hostage: In a recent opinion piece by Gordon G. Chang on the Daily Beast website, Brock University Associate Professor of Political Science Charles Burton discussed the Chinese public’s perception of the country’s escalating trade sanctions with the U.S.Music helps singer overcome personal struggles: Brock University alumna Sam Marchionda is preparing to perform her one-night show “This Is Me: Unplugged” on Oct. 12 in Niagara Falls. The Hamilton Spectator wrote about Marchionda’s struggle with anxiety and depression and the ways she has overcome her mental health issues through musical performance and setting goals for herself.The weird reason Roman emperors were assassinated: Research from Brock University Assistant Professor of Economics Cornelius Christian and Liam Elbourne of St. Francis Xavier University about the correlation between low rainfall and the assassination of Roman emperors was recently profiled in articles on the Fox News website and the Smithsonian website.Brock names Madhav Trivedi as interim men’s basketball head coach: Madhav Trivedi’s appointment as Brock’s new interim men’s basketball head coach was featured in articles in the St. Catharines Standard and the Newstalk 610 CKTB website.If you know of an appearance or story about a Brock faculty member, student, athlete or alumni, please drop us a line with a link to the story at universitycom@brocku.ca read more

Womens basketball Mitchell developing into more of a leader for Buckeyes

OSU then-sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell (3) goes up for a shot during a game against Northwestern on Jan. 28 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Lantern file photoOhio State junior guard Kelsey Mitchell is already one of the best players in women’s college basketball. But even she has room to grow.OSU coach Kevin McGuff pushed Mitchell to enroll in a leadership course this semester. Assuming a leadership role is new to the Cincinnati, Ohio, native.“I’m not one of those people that likes to tell people what to do, but coach McGuff has put me in that role,” Mitchell said. “I think that class has helped me become more vocal. I’m a little bit more outgoing.”Mitchell said she now has made it her goal to become more of a leader for the Buckeyes. McGuff has already seen improvements.“She’s talking more, she’s more engaged,” McGuff said. “She’s obviously a great kid, one of the hardest workers I’ve ever been around, and she’s a fierce competitor. But she’s also got a really good feel for the game, and I think that you see her sharing that more with her teammates.”Out of Princeton High School near Cincinnati, Mitchell was a consensus five-star prospect and was considered by some as the No. 1 overall prospect in her class. She was the 2014 Gatorade Player of the Year in Ohio and was a finalist for the Naismith Girls’ High School Player of the Year award.Mitchell immediately found success at OSU. She was the unanimous Big Ten Freshman of the Year after becoming the first-ever freshman to lead the country in scoring at 24.9 points per game. Her 873 total points on the year set a school and Big Ten record, and she set NCAA records for most three-pointers in a season (127) and most consecutive games with a three-pointer (35).The guard didn’t slow down in her sophomore season. She broke her own school record for points in a season with 889 and scored the most points in a single game in OSU history with a 48-point performance against Michigan State on Feb. 27. She was a consensus All-American and finalist for several national awards, including Naismith Player of the Year.Mitchell now sits at 1,762 career points. She’s on pace to chase down former OSU forward Jantel Lavender (2,818 points) for the all-time school scoring record. With 253 made three-point field goals, Mitchell needs just 18 to surpass former guard Caity Matter for the OSU record.Mitchell’s accomplishments in her two years at OSU have led McGuff to believe that she is the best player he has ever coached.“She’s really special,” McGuff said. “She can really, really play and we’re really fortunate to have her here.”OSU junior guard Alexa Hart also believes Mitchell is a fantastic teammate, and has incredible basketball ability. For Hart, it’s the dedication that Mitchell brings to the game that puts her above the rest.“She comes in the gym when no one else is in the gym and just works hard,” Hart said. “She comes in any time of the day, whenever she can, and works out.”Mitchell is on her way to becoming one of best guards ever to come out of Ohio State, but that’s not something she thinks about too much.“I’m not really into that. I just come to the court, play and go to school,” Mitchell said. “There are so many great players that came through Ohio State, so to even be a part of that conversation is something that I’m really, really grateful for.” read more

Ohio State football finalizes 2013 schedule

The path to what some fans hope will be a national championship season is now set in stone as Ohio State football finalized its 2013 schedule Friday. Fifteen days after Vanderbilt canceled its trip to Columbus for next year, the Buckeyes added San Diego State for a Sept. 7 contest against the Aztecs in Ohio Stadium. “San Diego State has a fine football program and we are happy to be able to add them to our schedule,” OSU athletic director Gene Smith said in a released statement. “We have had an excellent relationship with SDSU over the years with three exciting, competitive games since 2001.” The 2013 game will be the fourth time the two teams have met since 2001. The Buckeyes, which hold a 3-0 advantage in the series, have outscored the Aztecs, 70-31 over the course of contests in 2001, 2003 and 2005. SDSU, which finds itself currently a member of the Mountain West Conference, will move to the Big East next season a long with fellow MWC member, Boise State. Other non-conference opponents for the 2012 season include Buffalo, Florida A&M and California. OSU continues its 2012 campaign against Illinois Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more

Revenue to waive tax on sale of properties for owners in arrears

first_imgREVENUE HAS SAID that it will waive the Capital Acquisitions Tax (CAT) for property-owners in arrears if they come to an arrangement with their bank to sell for less than they originally paid and have the bank write off the balance.Under CAT legislation, the write-off, or debt forgiveness, would normally be considered as a gift from the bank, with the property-owner then faced with a potential tax rate of 33 per cent on the balance.However an ebrief from the Revenue Commissioners last week provides that in these instances, Revenue’s approach will not be that the financial institution made a gift of any sort.For example, an person who bought an apartment for €300,000 in 2008, borrowing €250,000 on interest only terms could now sell it, with the bank’s consent, for €140,000. The borrower would agree to pay an on-going payment of say €500 for 5 to 7 years and the bank would write-off the €80,000 balance. Under this new rule, a CAT charge will not arise and the borrower will not incur an extra debt to pay to Revenue.Recent figures show that the proportion of buy-to-let mortgages in arrears stood at 18.9 per cent and tax experts Taxback.com was that the ruling will be welcomed by many struggling mortgage holders in this situation.“We believe that this update could apply to a significant number of individuals with buy-to-let properties that they must sell as they cannot afford the repayments and therefore must agree upon terms with the bank,” said Christine Kelly of Taxback.com.Read: Mortgage holders in arrears are older and more likely to have children – report>Read: IMF: European help, progress on mortgages crucial to exit from bailout>last_img read more

Nintendo 3DS Owners Reporting Black Screen of Death

first_imgThe 3D hasn’t caused the eyeballs to pop out of any small children’s heads (yet), but the recently released Nintendo 3DS is already getting its first round of user complaints, courtesy of the newly christened “black screen of death,” an homage to the infamous Windows error that has plagued users for years.The message reads, “An error has occurred. Hold down the POWER button to turn off the power, then turn it on and try again.” Users have reported seeing it on a number of games, including Lego Star Wars, Ghost Recon, Star Wars, and Monkey Ball. It can occur during game play or startup. At present, it appears to only affect a small number of users. No official word from Nintendo yet.last_img read more

Reality of life as a Greek stray

first_imgIf you’ve travelled to Greece, you’ll remember catching a glimpse of a stray cat or dog in an alleyway. You may have even stopped to take a photo of one against a whitewashed wall during your island holiday. But the reality of life for these street animals is far from idyllic. Even if they survive the scorching heat of summer and the severe drop in temperatures during winter, they still have to contend with their biggest threat of all – people. “Looking into animal welfare issues in Greece is not for the meek,” says Chrisanthy Efstathiou, one of the organisers of the Penny Marathon, a 42-kilometre run held every year in Athens to raise awareness of the plight of stray cats and dogs. “Trying to help these animals is a harrowing experience. You often feel alone and desperate and there is a huge sense of despair because there is no support and no light at the end of the tunnel.” In addition to the casual Greek practice of dumping a cat or dog onto the street when the owner has a change of heart, Chrisanthy says it is just as common to come across stories of abuse and neglect, with animals chained up to a post in the middle of nowhere without food, water or shelter or left on an apartment balcony for an entire lifetime. But there’s also the relaxed attitude that many Greeks have towards poisoning, shooting and torturing these animals. “It’s not fiction,” adds Chrisanthy. “These people then post their photos on Facebook as a way to document their trophy killing. It is sickening and disturbing but this is the reality.” There are strict laws that exist in Greece for animal abuse violations. “I think this is one of the avenues we can use to create some change,” says Marilia Karamani, one of the founders of Filozoiki Oikonomiki Voitheia, a group run by (and for) Greek animal welfare volunteers. “The laws are there, we just now need to convince the authorities and the community that this abuse is a crime that needs to be punished. The system needs to be used as a legitimate way to get justice, however long it takes,” she explains. In addition to promoting legal recourse, Marilia believes there needs to be a greater emphasis on promoting what is acceptable and unacceptable behaviour towards companion animals. “When it comes to neutering or spaying an animal, a Greek will fight you tooth and nail that it is against nature, and then they’ll dump their pet once a litter is on its way. This can mean 20 new pups or kittens on the street just from this one animal in one year.” As is the case with many animal shelters around the world, Greek shelters (many of which are set up by volunteers and self-funded) are filled to the brim with animals looking to find a home. “Greeks are more likely to buy a so-called full-breed from a puppy mill. We need to promote the benefits of stray adoption and to understand that we have a moral responsibility to give these unwanted animals a chance at life,” notes Marilia. Chrisanthy and Marilia are among hundreds of animal welfare volunteers across Greece who fill the void that is government incompetence and community indifference. These volunteers sacrifice their time, energy and their small income to help. The Penny Marathon, which will take place on 14 July this year in both Athens and Sydney, is a way to acknowledge their struggle and contribution and raise awareness of the issues faced by Greece’s stray, abused and neglected cats and dogs. For more information and to make a donation, log onto ‘The Penny Marathon 2012’ on Facebook. The marathon is proudly supported by KAE International Euromovers, Lea’s World Travel and Neos Kosmos. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Opera sinvite sur les tablettes tactiles

first_imgOpera s’invite sur les tablettes tactilesPlutôt discret sur PC, Opera veut se relancer sur le secteur des mobiles. Demain, l’éditeur lancera une nouvelle mouture de son modèle de navigateur, exclusivement réservé aux tablettes sous Android.Opera mise sur les tablettes Internet. Après la version pour iPhone et Android d’Opera mini qui a connu un grand succès (76 millions de personnes l’utilisent, selon le NouvelObs.com), le navigateur norvégien reste sous Android avec une nouvelle mouture. Demain, il présentera “Opera for tablets”. Le navigateur a choisi de présenter de grosses icônes en page d’accueil et s’est focalisé sur la navigation tactile et le multitouch. A priori, le logiciel est gratuit et permettrait à Opera d’asseoir sa place sur ce nouveau marché.Le 5 janvier 2011 à 14:36 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

MLA Gudem Mahipal Reddy distributes prizes to winners in T10

first_imgPatancheru: Local MLA Gudem Mahipal Reddy on Saturday attended the valedictory function of the Gurukul State-level T-10 cricket tournament at the school in Jinnaram. Zilla Parishad Chairperson Manjusri was present. The MLA gave away prizes to the winning teams.Speaking on the occasion, Reddy said the State government was providing quality education along with sports to poor students and extending incentives to them. He advised students to develop interest in sports. Jinnaram MPP D Ravinder Goud and other speakers too wanted students to show equal interest in both studies and sports. Among those present at the function were the ZP Vice-chairman, MPTC Members, sarpanches, youth.last_img read more