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UBA Liberia Enters Proof of Concept Agreement with LRA for Tax Payments via Mobile…

first_imgThe United Bank for Africa (UBA) has entered into a partnership of “Proof of Concept Agreement with the Liberia Revenue Authority,” Lonestar Cell MTN and Orange Liberia  for use of mobile money to pay taxes to Government of Liberia.The agreement was signed yesterday .The purpose of the agreement is to execute a pilot project for collection of taxes and fees on behalf of the Government of Liberia through the use of existing mobile money platforms with the Telecommunication Companies and UBA as the sole collecting bank.According to the agreement, UBA is to ensure the timely transfer of funds from the Telecom Partner’s account with timely remittance of funds from the Transitory Account to the General Revenue Account at the CBL.The telecommunications partners are expected to create an application platform, which will be used by the bank to collect the taxes.UBA’s Managing Director Olalekan Balogun, signing on behalf of the bank, considered the agreement as a step forward for the tax collection system of the Government, as UBA is prepared to fully fulfill its part of the agreement.Balogun called on taxpayers to explore the system when it goes live and embrace the new form of tax collection.UBA said the bank is focused on leading the digital banking sector in Liberia by bringing efficiency in the payment system and conveniences to customers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

High marks for car barrier

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Vendors in the program are evaluated based on several factors, including on-time delivery of products, living up to warranty terms, compliance with the Trade Agreement Act, compliance with the scope of their contracts, maintaining current approved price lists, and ensuring that prices listed in the GSA Advantage! program match those on the current approved price list. Delta has supplied counterterrorist barricade systems to more than 160 U.S. embassies and consulates in 130-plus countries as well as for embassies of the United Kingdom and other nations. In the United States, Delta barricades are at more than 110 federal buildings, including courthouses and FBI locations. More than 85 percent of all U.S. nuclear power plants are protected by Delta vehicle barricade systems. Delta Scientific systems also protect high-rises, Singapore’s parliament, European castles and homes in Beverly Hills. Delta Scientific Corporation has its headquarters in Valencia and a manufacturing plant in Palmdale. The company makes vehicle-barricade systems, parking-control equipment and guard booths. VALENCIA – Vehicle barrier manufacturer Delta Scientific said it received an “outstanding” vendor rating from the Government Services Administration. The GSA negotiates contracts between vendors and the U.S. government so that any federal agency can directly purchase products and services at pre-negotiated terms and pricing. Delta has supplied more than $54 million worth of equipment to the federal government via the program. “Our GSA contract permits U.S. agencies to make direct purchases of Delta’s counterterrorist products in a timely manner, enabling them to better protect our nation’s infrastructure and U.S. troops overseas,” said Delta Scientific Senior Vice President David Dickinson. “We are pleased to report that, after completing an on-site audit of our business practices and contract management, the GSA has given Delta a rating of Outstanding.” last_img read more

Home Players Enjoy Luck Of The Draw At Australian Open

The draw ceremony last week for the Australian Open turned into a draw celebration for the hosts: Australian tennis players got relatively easy matchups in the first round. Their draws were among the most favorable for a host country’s players since Grand Slam tournaments started awarding prize money in 1968. And so far the Aussies have taken advantage, with three men in the third round for the first time since 2004.Host nations’ national tennis associations run the Grand Slam events, and organizers like to be able to showcase home players. So, a draw like this year’s might look suspicious. But there’s no evidence that hosts rig draws in favor of their players. If anything, home-nation players have had rougher matchups than you’d expect by random chance.The difference is small, but the toughest Slam, even including this year’s draw, has been Australia’s. Last year’s was as tough as this year’s was easy, a point hinted at by Craig Tiley, CEO of Tennis Australia, at the draw ceremony last week.Draw luck matters a lot in Grand Slam tennis, because most players are placed randomly. In each of the men’s and women’s singles tournaments, just 1 in 4 players gets a seed, which governs roughly — though not precisely — where they’re placed in the first round. The other three-quarters of players could go anywhere. One-third of them have to face a seed, including one unlucky soul who worked all year to make the tournament, only to face the top seed. The other two-thirds get to play another unseeded player.The winners of those matchups get a seeded player in the second round, unless that favorite was upset in the first round. For unseeded players struggling to make ends meet, good draw luck at one of these lucrative events could mean their biggest paycheck of the year.The draw has been so favorable to Australians that three men have reached third-round matches Friday without having to face an opponent with a Top 20 seed. Two of them face each other, which means an Australian man will reach the fourth round for the first time since 2012.That kind of home advantage has been more the exception than the norm. I checked by looking at men’s singles draws back to 1968 and women’s singles draws back to 1981 at all four Grand Slam tournaments, as provided by Jeff Sackmann, who runs tennisabstract.com. The draw sizes and number of seeds varied in the earliest years in the data set. I tossed the draws that had first-round byes and focused only on unseeded players, because they’re the ones most subject to draw luck. I also excluded host-nation players who made their way through the qualifying draw, because they’re usually slotted in after the rest of the draw has been set. Then for each event, I compared how many seeded opponents the home players could have expected to draw in the first round with how many they did.For instance, this year, with a 128-player draw and 32 seeds, each unseeded player had a 1-in-3 chance of drawing a seed in the first round. Eight Australian men and six Australian women were unseeded and reached the main draw without having to play the qualifying tournament. Just two of them drew seeded opponents in the first round. On average, we’d have expected four and two-thirds of them to draw seeded opponents.That makes this year’s Australian Open one of the luckiest draws for the hosts in our data set of 178 Grand Slam events. Just twice was there both a bigger ratio and a bigger gap between expected and actual seeds drawn: at the 2003 Australian Open, when unseeded home players got two seeded opponents instead of the expected five, and at Wimbledon in 2001, when unseeded British players drew just one seed instead of the expected four and two-thirds.But there is no nefarious pattern here. Last year’s Australian Open was one of the worst for hosts, whose unseeded players could have expected to draw 4.5 seeded opponents but instead drew eight. Wimbledon in 2002 was one of the toughest for hosts, a year after the cushy draw. And the favorable 2003 Australian Open draw followed two straight unfavorable ones for the hosts.Overall in the data set, home-nation unseeded players have drawn 4 percent more seeded opponents in the first round than expected by chance. That’s probably a fluke, particularly for the French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, where the difference between actual and expected seeded opponents is in the narrow range between -1 percent to 6 percent. The Australian Open has been the toughest for home players, with 16 percent more seeded opponents than expected. It would take a few more draws like this year’s to even that out. read more

Travel notice issued for The Bahamas by the CDC

first_img Related Items:cdc issue travel notice for the Bahamas, dr. perry gomez, zika recorded in The Bahamas Universal Health Insurance Commits to being Affordable Ministry of Health Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppFrom the region, The CDC has now issued a travel notice for The Bahamas because the country has recorded its first case of locally transmitted Zika Virus.The local transmission is reported in Nassau, which is the economic, government and tourism center of The Bahamas.  Bahamian Health officials on Monday confirmed that four cases of Zika have been confirmed for New Providence, 83 suspected cases are on wait and see and within that group; eight are pregnant women.Dr Perry Gomez, Health Minister said the expectant mothers are being treated and are doing well; their cases are said to be a originating from a mix of travel and local transmission. Recommended for youlast_img read more

Imperial Beach city official shot and killed while vacationing in Mexico

first_img KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom December 29, 2017 Updated: 1:59 PM Posted: December 29, 2017center_img Imperial Beach city official shot and killed while vacationing in Mexico IMPERIAL BEACH (KUSI) — Imperial Beach city officials were shocked to learn of the murder of City of Imperial Beach Administrative Services Director Doug Bradley while on vacation in Ixtapa, Mexico, over the Christmas holiday.Bradley, who was born in Huntington Beach, California, was an avid surfer and was killed on the day before he would have turned 50 years old. He was on vacation in the resort town of Zihuatanejo.News sources from Mexico indicate the State Secretariat of Public Security (SSP) was informed at 8:00 AM, Thursday, December 28, that Bradley had been shot and killed during a robbery in Ixtapa. Bradley was killed after being chased by gunmen in the resort town of Ixtapa about 4 a.m. Thursday, according to news sources in Mexico.Police apparently did not learn of Bradley’s death until about four hours after the incident.“Doug Bradley was loved by all that knew him,” said Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina. “He was always positive, loved to surf, and had helped to turn around the City of Imperial Beach’s financial management as well as restructure city administration to make it more efficient and resident friendly. He will be missed by everyone who knew him and worked with him.”The City of Imperial Beach is working with the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City to help repatriate Bradley’s body back to the U.S.Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo is a resort region on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, 150 miles northwest of Acapulco and about 1,700 miles south of the U.S. border. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

GAO Most US Installations Underprepared for Climate Change

first_imgA Government Accountability Office report issued Wednesday says a majority of U.S. military installations surveyed in a recent study have based their resiliency plans on past weather patterns instead of climate change projections.GAO visited or contacted 23 military installations and reported that DOD does not consistently assess climate change risks at its bases and that many installations are not factoring in rising greenhouse gas effects in their resiliency planning.“GAO also found that most of the installations had not used climate projections because they lack guidance on how to incorporate projections into their master plans,” the report says. “Not assessing risks or using climate projections in installation planning may expose DOD facilities to greater-than-anticipated damage or degradation as a result of extreme weather or climate-related effects.”Of the 23 installations the GAO surveyed, 15 followed a Pentagon mandate to incorporate current research of climate change and extreme weather effects in their base master plan, but eight did not.The report came as the House Armed Services Committee debated several climate change amendments in its fiscal 2020 defense policy bill.Readiness Subcommittee Chairman Rep. John Garamendi (D-Calif.) told reporters Wednesday that provisions had been included requiring DOD to “prepare for threats posed by climate change.”Earlier this year Garamendi and Readiness Ranking Member Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) visited Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., and Marine Corps Base Station Camp Lejeune, N.C., to view damage from recent natural disasters. The three installations will require at least $12 billion to recover, according to DOD. ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

Juanes Wins Best PopRock Album 18th Latin GRAMMYs

first_imgNominated in the category alongside Juanes tonight were Mikel Erentxun, Jarabe De Palo, Miranda!, and Joaquín Sabina.Raised in Medellin, Colombia, Juanes began playing guitar at age 7, and started his first band, Ekhymosis, at 15. After releasing five albums with Ehkymosis and achieving domestic success in his home country, Juanes began recording as a solo artist in 2000. On the strength of his debut solo album, Fíjate Bien, won three awards at the 2nd Latin GRAMMY Awards, including Best New Artist, and Best Solo Rock Album.Tonight’s win is Juanes’ ninth career win in the Rock Field of the Latin GRAMMY Awards, having previously won categories such as Best Solo Rock Vocal Album and Best Rock Song. He previously won Best Pop/Rock Album for 2014’s Loco De Amor .See The Complete List Of Winners From The 18th Latin GRAMMYs Erika EnderPhoto: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images Juanes Wins Best Pop/Rock Album | 18th Latin GRAMMYs Facebook Luis FonsiPhoto: Davide Becker/WireImage.com Juanes Wins Best Pop/Rock Album Latin GRAMMY Natalia Lafourcade, winner of Best Folk Album for Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos, Vol. 1) and Best Long Form Music Video for Musas, El Documental — Natalia LafourcadePhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Eduardo Cabra Wins Latin Producer Of The Year Justin Bieber Wins First Career Latin GRAMMY Residente Wins Best Urban Song Latin Academy Honors Women In Entertainment Photo: Juan Naharro Gimenez/Getty Images Twitter Prev Next Luis Fonsi, “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year Rubén BladesPhoto: David Becker/Getty Images ResidentePhoto: Bryan Steffy/WireImage.com Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY JuanesPhoto: Lester Cohen/Getty Images “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year Watch Mon Laferte Win First Career Latin GRAMMY Eduardo Cabra Wins Latin Producer Of The Year Photo: John Shearer/WireImage.com Photo: Rich Polk/Getty Images Natalia Lafourcade Best Folk Album | Acceptance Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY Luis Fonsi and Bomba Estéreo’s Li SaumetPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Natalia Lafourcade Best Folk Album | Acceptance Luis Fonsi: “Despacito” Wins Record Of The Year Email What’s Your Favorite Latin GRAMMY Performance? 2017 Latin Special Awards Honors Living Legends Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images “Despacito” Wins Latin Record Of The Year MalumaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Los Del RíoPhoto: David Becker/WireImage.com Flor De Toloache | Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album ResidentePhoto: Kevin Winter/WireImage.com Residente Wins Best Urban Song “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year Juanes Wins Best Pop/Rock Album Latin GRAMMY More 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards Watch Mon Laferte Win First Career Latin GRAMMY Rubén Blades Wins Best Salsa Album Latin GRAMMY Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights Los Del RíoPhoto: David Becker/WireImage.com Vicente García Wins Best Singer-Songwriter Album Rubén BladesPhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Natalia LafourcadePhoto: Michael Tran/FilmMagic Photo: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY Photo: Rich Polk/Getty Images Vicente GarcíaPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images Luis Fonsi, “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year Luis Fonsi: “Despacito” Wins Record Of The Year Vicente GarcíaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Luis FonsiPhoto: Davide Becker/WireImage.com Juanes Wins Best Pop/Rock Album Latin GRAMMY juanes-wins-best-poprock-album-18th-latin-grammys See The Full List Of 2017 Latin GRAMMY Winners CncoPhoto: Aaron Davidson/Getty Images Vicente GarcíaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Rubén BladesPhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Natalia Lafourcade, winner of Best Folk Album for Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos, Vol. 1) and Best Long Form Music Video for Musas, El Documental — Natalia LafourcadePhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Latin Academy Honors Women In Entertainment Residente Wins Best Urban Song Ruben BladesPhoto: Maury Philips/Getty Images Alejandro SanzPhoto: JB Lacroix/WireImage.com “Despacito” Wins Latin Record Of The Year Mon Laferte Wins Best Alternative Song Photo: Juan Naharro Gimenez/Getty Images Latin Greats Receive Their Special Awards Natalia Lafourcade Best Folk Album | Acceptance Latin Greats Receive Their Special Awards Luis Fonsi and Bomba Estéreo’s Li SaumetPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Alejandro Sanz’s Indelible Contributions To Music Rubén Blades On Best Salsa Album Win News Los Del RíoPhoto: David Becker/WireImage.com Luis Fonsi: “Despacito” Wins Record Of The Year Vicente García Wins Best New Artist Latin GRAMMY Cnco & More: Latest Latin GRAMMY Performers Natalia LafourcadePhoto: Michael Tran/FilmMagic Mon Laferte Wins Best Alternative Song “Wow. Thank you very much to everyone really. To the Academy for this recognition. Bull, Nene, Sky, wherever you are, many, many thanks. Jesus Lopez [and] all of the family at Universal Music. Rebeca Leon, Lionfish [Entertainment]. To my wife who is the channel to my life. My children at home — Luna, Paloma and Dante — to my mother, Alicia. Colombia, this is for you. I’m here because of you and for you I’ll be here until the end. To Rafa, Henry. To the team that’s always with us. Many thanks to the band that accompanies me. Many, many thanks.” — JuanesThe win brings the Colombian icon’s impressive total of Latin GRAMMY career wins to 22. He was nominated for a total of five awards, including Album Of The Year. Photo: John Shearer/WireImage.com Natalia Lafourcade Wins Folk Album Latin GRAMMY What’s Your Favorite Latin GRAMMY Performance? Cnco & More: Latest Latin GRAMMY Performers Luis Fonsi and Bomba Estéreo’s Li SaumetPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Luis FonsiPhoto: Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images Natalia Lafourcade, winner of Best Folk Album for Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos, Vol. 1) and Best Long Form Music Video for Musas, El Documental — Natalia LafourcadePhoto: David Becker/Getty Images Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights Vicente García | Best Singer-Songwriter Album Rubén Blades On Best Salsa Album Wincenter_img ResidentePhoto: Kevin Winter/WireImage.com Justin Bieber Wins First Career Latin GRAMMY JuanesPhoto: Lester Cohen/Getty Images 2017 Latin GRAMMYs: What Happened And Who Won Big? Rubén Blades Wins Best Salsa Album Latin GRAMMY “Despacito” Wins Latin Record Of The Year Ruben BladesPhoto: Maury Philips/Getty Images NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Nov 17, 2017 – 12:57 pm Juanes Wins Best Pop/Rock Album Vicente García Best New Artist | Acceptance Speech Vicente García Wins Best Singer-Songwriter Album Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights MalumaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images ResidentePhoto: Bryan Steffy/WireImage.com Luis FonsiPhoto: Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images Vicente García Wins Best New Artist Latin GRAMMY Rubén Blades Wins Album Of The Year Latin GRAMMY Vicente García Wins Best Singer-Songwriter Album ResidentePhoto: Kevin Winter/WireImage.com Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Rubén Blades Wins Album Of The Year Latin GRAMMY Mon Laferte Wins Best Alternative Song See The Full List Of 2017 Latin GRAMMY Winners See Stars On The 18th Latin GRAMMYs Red Carpet JuanesPhoto: Lester Cohen/Getty Images CncoPhoto: Aaron Davidson/Getty Images Eduardo Cabra Wins Latin Producer Of The Year Photo: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images Vicente GarcíaPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images Erika EnderPhoto: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images Alejandro Sanz’s Indelible Contributions To Music Colombia, todo es por ti 🙏 #LatinGRAMMY #misplanessonamarte— JUANES (@juanes) November 17, 2017 See The Full List Of 2017 Latin GRAMMY Winners Vicente García Best New Artist | Acceptance Speech Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights Rubén Blades Album Of The Year | Acceptance Speech Watch Mon Laferte Win First Career Latin GRAMMY Flor De Toloache | Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album Alejandro Sanz’s Indelible Contributions To Music “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year See Stars On The 18th Latin GRAMMYs Red Carpet Vicente García Best New Artist | Acceptance Speech Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY Vicente García | Best Singer-Songwriter Album Juanes Wins Best Pop/Rock Album Latin GRAMMY Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights Luis FonsiPhoto: Davide Becker/WireImage.com Watch Eduardo Cabra Accept Producer Of The Year Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY 2017 Latin Special Awards Honors Living Legends The Colombian was nominated for a total of five awards, including Album Of The YearBrian HaackGRAMMYs Nov 16, 2017 – 5:26 pm Juanes has won the Latin GRAMMY for Best Pop/Rock Album, for Mis Planes Son Amarte, at the 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards. Rubén Blades Album Of The Year | Acceptance Speech Flor De Toloache | Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album Alejandro Sanz: Person Of The Year Highlights https://twitter.com/juanes/status/931332743354392576 Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Residente Wins Best Urban Music Album Latin GRAMMY Watch Eduardo Cabra Accept Producer Of The Year Cnco & More: Latest Latin GRAMMY Performers 2017 Latin GRAMMYs: What Happened And Who Won Big? Photo: John Shearer/WireImage.com Rubén Blades On Best Salsa Album Win Vicente GarcíaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Natalia Lafourcade Wins Folk Album Latin GRAMMY Rubén Blades Album Of The Year | Acceptance Speech Ruben BladesPhoto: Maury Philips/Getty Images Vicente GarcíaPhoto: John Parra/Getty Images 2017 Latin GRAMMYs: What Happened And Who Won Big? Photo: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images Natalia Lafourcade Wins Folk Album Latin GRAMMY Vicente García | Best Singer-Songwriter Album Latin Academy Honors Women In Entertainment Photo: Rich Polk/Getty Images Vicente García Wins Best New Artist Latin GRAMMY 2017 Latin Special Awards Honors Living Legends Erika EnderPhoto: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images Photo: Juan Naharro Gimenez/Getty Images Luis FonsiPhoto: Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images MalumaPhoto: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Watch Eduardo Cabra Accept Producer Of The Year Alejandro SanzPhoto: JB Lacroix/WireImage.com What’s Your Favorite Latin GRAMMY Performance? CncoPhoto: Aaron Davidson/Getty Images Rubén Blades Wins Best Salsa Album Latin GRAMMY Alejandro SanzPhoto: JB Lacroix/WireImage.com Rubén Blades Wins Album Of The Year Latin GRAMMY Luis Fonsi, “Despacito” Wins Song Of The Year Justin Bieber Wins First Career Latin GRAMMY Natalia LafourcadePhoto: Michael Tran/FilmMagic See Stars On The 18th Latin GRAMMYs Red Carpet ResidentePhoto: Bryan Steffy/WireImage.com Latin Greats Receive Their Special Awards Read morelast_img read more

How Google plans to make foldable phones and popup selfie cameras better

first_img Foldable Phones Tags 3 Jul 10 • How to get Android 10 right now “Developers don’t plan their apps … with the idea that there would be two different screens with two different aspect ratios,” said Samat. “We wanted to make that as easy as possible to code for. If you make it easy and people can start experimenting and seeing what’s possible; it can accelerate the entire category.” Google’s tools for app developers stems from its close collaboration on the Galaxy Fold. After working with Samsung and other, undisclosed phone brands, Google is opening up its code and tools to other OEMs (original equipment manufacturers).Google’s interest in Android for foldable phones doesn’t stop with its partner OEMs. The company is also working on its own foldable Pixel, at least for internal testing. “We’re definitely prototyping the technology. We’ve been doing it for a long time,” Mario Queiroz, Pixel’s development lead, said in an interview last week at Google’s headquarters. “I don’t think there’s a clear use case yet.” The Oppo Reno’s camera pops up at a jaunty angle. Oppo What about pop-up selfie cameras?Phones with front-facing cameras are also getting a makeover. There are now several models that pop up or slide out of the body, and Samsung Galaxy A80 has three cameras that swivel to take photos in either direction. The One Plus 7 is rumored to have a pop-up camera, too, when it launches on May 14.Cameras that live in the phone’s body aren’t just for show. As with foldable screens, pop-up cameras exist to give you more screen space — in this case, by removing the front-facing sensors from the phone’s face. This design is a way around having to add a screen notch. captura-de-pantalla-2019-03-08-a-las-14-14-35The OnePlus 7 is rumored to have a front-facing pop-up camera. Slashleaks “I think there’ll be many interesting different form factors in the way people innovate with the front-facing sensors,” said Samat. “We’re starting to see this form factors come to life.Google is working with OEM partners to make sure that the different phone-makers don’t need to worry about the camera’s exact location in order to use Android’s camera software. Every phone has a slightly different camera array, which means developers have to add code to optimize their apps. To that end, Google is building out a library called CameraX , which gives developers “a layer of abstraction” so they don’t have to code for each new configuration a phone might take. The CameraX library comes shipped as a developer library on top of Android. The benefit of CameraX doesn’t stop at pop-up cameras. It has the potential to help third-party camera apps faster, more stable and more consistent, too. Our Galaxy Fold didn’t break. Here’s what’s good and… • Now playing: Watch this: Now playing: Watch this: For example, they can turn a phone into a tablet, as with the Fold and Huawei Mate X. We could also see narrow phones that open vertically, as with the throwback flip phone style of the rumored foldable Motorola Razr, and even designs that bend around your wrist like a watch.”Historically, a mobile phone and a tablet have been two devices. If you think about them being the same device … it can be quite delightful,” said Samat, who has used the Galaxy Fold. Google’s support for foldable centers on App Continuity, which helps you switch apps between foldable phones’ smaller and larger screens without skipping a beat. This software is especially critical because, while device-makers have internally prototyped foldable phones for years, most developers are brand new to the design. reading • How Google plans to make foldable phones and pop-up selfie cameras better Google I/O 2019 10:12 Google I/O 2019 Aug 26 • Android Q has a name: Android 10. Here’s how you’ll use it Jul 24 • Nest Hub Max: Google’s 10-inch Assistant smart display costs $230, debuts Sept. 9 Share your voice Aug 12 • Google will ask you to migrate your Nest account soon: Here’s what you need to know 60 Photos 4:54 See All Google can read the writing on the wall: foldable phones and devices with selfie cameras that pop up from the body are set to pick up steam in 2019, and Android has to be ready. On Tuesday at I/O 2019, Google officially confirmed that it’s including tools in Android Q that will help keep the OS humming along on phones with moving parts. Google had already declared last November that it would support foldable designs like Samsung’s Galaxy Fold.Foldable phones are especially timely, promising to shake up the phone industry with new designs that can expand your screen space without making devices larger. Although early problems with the Galaxy Fold caused a delay in releasing the phone, which Samsung is scrambling to fix, other devices like the Huawei Mate X, rumored foldable Motorola Razr and designs that bend around your wrist like a watch could potentially tangle up Android apps without Google’s guidance.”We’re seeing perhaps the reinvention of the mobile form factor,” Sameer Samat, VP of product management for Android and Play, said of foldable phones during an interview. “While it’s very early, we may look back on this and understand how profound it was.” Android Q beta: What’s new? Close up with the Galaxy Fold screen, notch and hinge Comments Android 10 (Android Q) Google Originally published at 4 a.m. PT.last_img read more

Laurus Labs IPO Things to know about the Hyderabadbased company

first_imgLaurus Labs, a Hyderabad-based company that manufactures medicines for Hepatitis C and other diseases, is coming out with an initial public offering (IPO) comprising fresh issue of equity shares and sale of stake by existing investors through the offer for sale (OFS) route.The fresh issue of shares will enable the company to raise about Rs. 300 crore and shares being offloaded by existing investors, including private equity firm Warburg Pincus.The company intends to utilise the proceeds of the public issue to partly pre-pay long-terms loans and for general corporate purpose.Laurus Labs and its subsidiaries had outstanding loans worth Rs. 1,115 crore, including foreign currency component worth $41 million, as of June 30, 2016, according to documents filed with the capital markets regulator, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi).The company is promoted by Dr. Satyanarayana Chava, Dr. Raju Srihari Kalidindi, Dr. Lakshmana Rao C V and others.Key details of Laurus Labs and IPO (based on offer document and FY2016 annual report):The 11-year-old company posted a net profit of Rs. 141.6 crore on turnover of Rs. 1,780.8 crore during the financial year 2015-16, up from Rs. 73.6 crore and Rs. 1,326 crore in the preceding financia year, according to its 2015-16 annual report. Sales from outside India contributed about 36 percent to its revenues in 2015-16.Dr. Satyanarayana Chava, Dr. Raju Srihari Kalidindi, Dr. Lakshmana Rao C V and others hold about 27 percent stake in the company, with Chava’s holding alone at 17.02 percent.The company has five manufacturing facilities, all located in Andhra Pradesh.Its existing investors include Warburg Pincus Group, Aptuit (Asia) Private Limited and FIL Capital Management (Mauritius) Ltd.The company has filed 130 patents till 2016.It has a fully-owned subsidiary called Laurus Synthesis Inc. in the U.S. The price band and dates of the public issue are yet to be finalised.The shares issued will be listed on the BSE and NSE; the company has received “in-principle” approval from the two stock exchanges.The book running and lead managers to the public issue are Kotak Mahindra Capital Company Limited, Citigroup Global Markets India Private Limited, Jefferies India Private Limited and SBI Capital Markets Limited.last_img read more

Devils Hole pupfish found to be a lot younger than thought

first_imgDevils Hole pupfish (Cyprinodon diabolis). Credit: Olin Feuerbacher, USFWS / Wikipedia The existence of small, goldfish sized, dark blue fish living in a water filled fissure in the Mojave Desert has led to many theories regarding how they got there and how they have survived. For many years, the consensus has been that they got there due to flooding during the Pleistocene epoch, approximately 10 to 20,000 years ago. How they managed to survive for so long in such a remote, small and hot environment has been a mystery. But now, new evidence suggests that the pupfish may not have been living in the Hole for nearly that long.Prior research has shown that the pupfish are a unique species—with features that are unique to them alone among pupfish, such as the lack of a dorsal fin, bigger eyes and darker scales. To learn more about the origins of the species, which scientists have described as having the smallest range of any vertebrate on Earth, the group conducted a genetic analysis of 56 pupfish from around the Death Valley area (including one of the pupfish from Devils Hole which was found dead) and other parts of the world, sequencing over 13,000 different stretches of DNA—a process that allowed them to create a family tree. To gauge the historical age of the pupfish from Devils Hole, the team averaged the rate of gene mutations in its cousins. Doing so showed that the fish likely first inhabited their isolated environment approximately 105 to 830 years ago and then evolved very quickly to allow them to survive.The researchers did not find any evidence that might explain how the fish got there during that time frame, but suggest it is possible that people living in the area put them there as a means of maintaining a food source in the desert, or perhaps birds carried fish eggs from other, less remote water sources. Biological sciences professor publishes pupfish research Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B Explore further © 2016 Phys.orgcenter_img (Phys.org)—A team of researchers from several institutions in the U.S. has found evidence that suggests that pupfish living in Devils Hole are not nearly as ancient as has been previously assumed. In their paper published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the team describes a genetic study they conducted on the fish and others that are related to them, and what they found as a result. More information: Christopher H. Martin et al. Diabolical survival in Death Valley: recent pupfish colonization, gene flow and genetic assimilation in the smallest species range on earth, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (2016). DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2015.2334AbstractOne of the most endangered vertebrates, the Devils Hole pupfish Cyprinodon diabolis, survives in a nearly impossible environment: a narrow subterranean fissure in the hottest desert on earth, Death Valley. This species became a conservation icon after a landmark 1976 US Supreme Court case affirming federal groundwater rights to its unique habitat. However, one outstanding question about this species remains unresolved: how long has diabolis persisted in this hellish environment? We used next-generation sequencing of over 13 000 loci to infer the demographic history of pupfishes in Death Valley. Instead of relicts isolated 2–3 Myr ago throughout repeated flooding of the entire region by inland seas as currently believed, we present evidence for frequent gene flow among Death Valley pupfish species and divergence after the most recent flooding 13 kyr ago. We estimate that Devils Hole was colonized by pupfish between 105 and 830 years ago, followed by genetic assimilation of pelvic fin loss and recent gene flow into neighbouring spring systems. Our results provide a new perspective on an iconic endangered species using the latest population genomic methods and support an emerging consensus that timescales for speciation are overestimated in many groups of rapidly evolving species. Citation: Devils Hole pupfish found to be a lot younger than thought (2016, January 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-01-devils-hole-pupfish-lot-younger.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more