GM cuts jobs in response to present costs future innovation

first_imgDETROIT — Even though unemployment is low, the economy is growing and U.S. auto sales are near historic highs, General Motors is cutting thousands of jobs in a major restructuring aimed at generating cash to spend on innovation.It’s the new reality for automakers that are faced with the present cost of designing gas-powered cars and trucks that appeal to buyers now while at the same time preparing for a future world of electric and autonomous vehicles.GM announced Monday that it will cut as many as 14,000 workers in North America and put five plants up for possible closure as it abandons many of its car models and restructures to focus more on autonomous and electric vehicles.CEO Mary Barra said as cars and trucks become more complex, GM will need more computer coders but fewer engineers who work on internal combustion engines.“The vehicle has become much more software-oriented” with millions of lines of code, she said. “We still need many technical resources in the company.”The reductions could amount to as much as 8 per cent of GM’s global workforce of 180,000 employees.The restructuring also reflects changing North American auto markets as manufacturers continue to shift away from cars toward SUVs and trucks. In October, almost 65 per cent of new vehicles sold in the U.S. were trucks or SUVs. That figure was about 50 per cent cars just five years ago.GM is shedding cars largely because it doesn’t make money on them, Citi analyst Itay Michaeli wrote in a note to investors.“We estimate sedans operate at a significant loss, hence the need for classic restructuring,” he wrote.The reduction includes about 8,000 white-collar employees, or 15 per cent of GM’s North American white-collar workforce. Some will take buyouts while others will be laid off.At the factories, around 3,300 blue-collar workers could lose jobs in the U.S. and another 2,600 in Canada, but some U.S. workers could transfer to truck or SUV factories that are increasing production. The cuts mark GM’s first major downsizing since shedding thousands of jobs in the Great Recession.The company also said it will stop operating two additional factories outside North America by the end of next year.The move to make GM get leaner before the next downturn likely will be followed by Ford Motor Co., which also has struggled to keep one foot in the present and another in an ambiguous future of new mobility. Ford has been slower to react, but says it will lay off an unspecified number of white-collar workers as it exits much of the car market in favour of trucks and SUVs, some of them powered by batteries.The GM layoffs come amid the backdrop of a trade wars between the U.S., China and Europe that likely will lead to higher prices for imported vehicles and those exported from the U.S. Barra said the company faces challenges from tariffs but she did not directly link the layoffs to them.GM doesn’t foresee an economic downturn and is making the cuts “to get in front of it while the company is strong and while the economy is strong,” Barra told reporters.Factories that could be closed include assembly plants in Detroit and Oshawa, Ontario, and Lordstown, Ohio, as well as transmission plants in Warren, Michigan, and near Baltimore.The announcement worried GM workers who could lose their jobs.“I don’t know how I’m going to feed my family,” Matt Smith, a worker at the Ontario factory, said Monday outside the plant’s south gate, where workers blocked trucks from entering or leaving. “It’s hard. It’s horrible.” Smith’s wife also works at the plant. The couple has an 11-month-old at home.Workers at the Ontario plant walked off the job Monday but were expected to return Tuesday.After the morning announcement, Barra headed for Washington to speak with White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow in what was described as a previously scheduled meeting.President Donald Trump, who has made bringing back auto jobs a big part of his appeal to Ohio and other Great Lakes states that are crucial to his re-election, said his administration and lawmakers are exerting “a lot of pressure” on GM.Trump said he was being tough on Barra, telling the company that the U.S. has done a lot for GM and that if its cars aren’t selling, the company needs to produce ones that will.At a rally near GM’s Lordstown, Ohio, plant last summer, Trump told people not to sell their homes because the jobs are “all coming back.”Most of the factories to be affected by GM’s restructuring build cars that will not be sold in the U.S. after next year. They could close or they could get different vehicles to build. Their futures will be part of contract talks with the United Auto Workers union next year.The Detroit-based union has already condemned GM’s actions and threatened to fight them “through every legal, contractual and collective bargaining avenue open to our membership.”Bobbi Marsh, who has worked assembling the Chevrolet Cruze compact car at the Ohio plant since 2008, said she can’t understand why the factory might close given the strong economy.“I can’t believe our president would allow this to happen,” she said Monday. Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown said the move will be disastrous for the region around Youngstown, Ohio, east of Cleveland, where GM is one of the area’s few remaining industrial anchors.“GM received record tax breaks as a result of the GOP’s tax bill last year, and has eliminated jobs instead of using that tax windfall to invest in American workers,” he said in a statement.GM, the nation’s largest automaker, will stop producing cars and transmissions at the plants through 2019. In all, six car models were scrapped, leaving the company with nine remaining car models for its four brands, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC.Among the cars that won’t be made after next year is the Chevrolet Volt rechargeable gas-electric hybrid. When introduced a decade ago, the Volt was meant to be a bridge to fully electric cars, the company said. It has a small battery that can take it about 50 miles, then it switches to a small gasoline engine.But since it was introduced, battery technology has improved dramatically, GM said. Now the full-electric Chevrolet Bolt can go up to 238 miles on a single charge.The United Auto Workers promised to fight any plant closures and criticized GM for cutting U.S. jobs while building full-size pickups in Mexico. It also recently announced that a new Chevrolet Blazer SUV will be built there. Also, GM imports the Buick Envision midsize SUV from China.___Associated Press writers Rob Gillies in Toronto, John Seewer in Toledo, Ohio, and Zeke Miller in Washington contributed to this report.Tom Krisher, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Stage North is seeking show submissions for next year

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Stage North is looking for show submissions for their next season to be submitted before their Board Meeting on May 7th, 2019.The Theatre Society shares the call is open to the public to submit and if your play is accepted you would be asked to register as a member of Stage North. Available show slots include October, December, February, and April.To submit a show for consideration, the Board will need the following; A show title and authorThe synopsis of the showA DirectorA ProducerA Stage ManagerA budgetShow submissions need to be received Tuesday, May 7th at the Society’s Board Meeting at 6:30 PM, held at the Stage North rehearsal space.  Located at 11520 East Bypass Rd.If you are unable to attend the Board Meeting or have further questions email; stagenorth@stagenorth.calast_img read more

Fort St John Tourism seeks separation to be own entity

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Recently the FSJ Tourism Board made a presentation to City Council regarding their role working with the City as well as their desire to change a bylaw to allow them to become a society.In 2010, Tourism Fort St. John board was developed with a bylaw that has prevented and limits potential growth opportunities for the tourism organization to operate efficiently in Fort St John.The Board made a request to Council to rescind the bylaw and allow the board to incorporate as registered Society in BC rather than a Board of Council as well as retaining ownership of the branding and name ‘Tourism Fort St. John’. The Tourism Board also requested a financial commitment in the amount of $52,000.00 annually for a three year period (2020 – 2022). The annual funding would continue to provide Fort St. John with tourism services and capacity development through the creation of a business plan, a Tap Know & Go development study, professional development, stakeholder engagement, marketing, administration costs and would take over the NE BCTourism Marketing Cooperative, currently undertaken by the Visitor Centre.Council approved the motion and a repeal bylaw will be drafted for Tourism Fort St.John Bylaw No. 2049, 2010 and a fee for service agreement developed.last_img read more

Naidu meets Rahul Akhilesh Maya to forge Oppn alliance

first_imgNew Delhi/ Lucknow: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu held a flurry of meetings with Opposition leaders, including Congress president Rahul Gandhi, BSP’s Mayawati and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, in an apparent bid to rally support for a non-BJP government at the Centre. Naidu, who arrived in the national capital on Friday, also met Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar, Loktantrik Janata Dal leader Sharad Yadav and leaders of the Communist Party of India. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkHe then flew to Lucknow and met the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party chiefs. “It is a pleasure to welcome Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri N Chandrababu Naidu Ji to Lucknow,” Akhilesh Yadav tweeted. Naidu did not speak to the media after any of his meetings. Sources, however, said that Naidu and Gandhi discussed the possibility of forming a joint alliance of all Opposition parties. He told Gandhi to have a strategy ready, in case the NDA falls short of a majority and still stakes claim to form the government, the sources said. Naidu told all the leaders that “we all should come together and put our act together” to form the next government by keeping the BJP out, a source said. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygenLater, Gandhi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh and other Congress leaders met at UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi’s residence to evolve their party’s strategy. “The campaigning of this Lok Sabha Election 2019 has ended and as we await the last phase of polling, Andhra Pradesh CM Shri N Chandrababu Naidu paid me a visit to discuss the ongoing and future political scenario of our country,” Pawar said in a tweet after the meeting at his residence. Naidu met CPI leader G Sudhakar Reddy and D Raja over breakfast, asking them to “come together”. Reddy and Raja separately met Pawar at his residence. The Telugu Desam Party chief has held several rounds of discussion with various Opposition leaders, including TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee, AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal and CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury. Naidu’s TDP was a part of the NDA but quit the alliance a few months ago. On Friday Naidu said that not only the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) but any outfit which is against the BJP is welcome to join a grand alliance after the election results are declared on May 23. As Opposition leaders scramble to form a joint anti-BJP front, hectic deliberations among them are likely to continue in the days ahead.last_img read more

Tajh Boyd Clemson Rout Georgia Tech

Tajh Boyd put on a dominant performance to lead Clemson over Georgia Tech Thursday night.Boyd broke Philip Rivers’ Atlantic Coast Conference career record after throwing four touchdowns and 340 yards in Clemson’s 55-31 win over Georgia Tech. Boyd shook up the Tigers coaches, teammates and 75,324 fans at Death Valley, getting hurt at the end of the third quarter and having to be rushed back into the locker room.The QB suffered a collar-bone injury, but after discovering it was only a bruised bone, Boyd begged his offensive coordinator Chad Morris to put him back in the game where Clemson was already ahead 41-24.“If it was a dire situation I felt like I needed to play, I felt like I could’ve,” Boyd said. “But we were in a situation where it wasn’t needed.”Will the injury sideline Boyd for Clemson’s next game on Nov. 23?“No, man, I’m not going to miss my last game in the valley,” he said. “I’ll throw a pad in there and I’ll be fine.”Talking with the media after the game, the coach praised Boyd. “He’s a competitor,” Morris said. “My gosh, look at the records this guy has broken in the ACC. Wow. And in just three years.” read more

Mike Woodson To Knicks If You Have A Problem

New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson is upset, and not just because his team is off to a horrible start. Players complained in post-game interviews about a “lack of ball movement”–considered an indirect slight at star Carmelo Anthony– which is the first sign of a fractured team.And Woodson is not having it.So, Woodson, according to reports, showed the post-game press tapes to his players and told them: “If you have a problem with anyone, say it to their face, not the media.”According to Frank Isola of the NY Daily News:That was clear before Tuesday’s practice on the UCLA campus when Woodson admonished his team for comments that appeared to blame Monday’s loss to Portland on Carmelo Anthony. In separate post-game interviews, both Shumpert and Stoudemire said the lack of ball movement is what hurt the Knicks.That is usually basketball code for “Melo won’t pass.” Woodson and Anthony seemed to take it that way, and the head coach wasn’t about to allow finger-pointing to invade his locker room.According to a source, Woodson actually played MSG Network’s tape of Shumpert’s and Stoudemire’s comments and told his team, “If you have a problem with anyone, say it to their face, not the media.” That’s leadership.The Knicks has been winless in the last five road games and haven’t won since Nov. 13 at Atlanta. They are 2-5 away from Madison Square Garden and last lost eight in a row overall Feb. 5-23, 2009. read more

Dalot and his connection to Portugal is still alive

first_imgThe 19-year-old has donated a minibus to his former Escola de Futebol O Fintas in Braga, where he was developed as a footballer.Full-back Diogo Dalot moved from Porto in the Portuguese First Division to Manchester United in the English Premier League in the summer of 2018.He had barely spent one season as a professional with his club, debuting in 2017.But the 19-year-old doesn’t forget where he comes from, and he just donated a minibus to his Escola de Futebol O Fintas in Braga.“I wanted to give them something because they didn’t get anything for my transfer to here and I’m aware of their difficulties,” Dalot told the Manchester United official website.“I needed to help – it’s my job. I didn’t do it for the press. I did it because I wanted to and they’ve helped me get here.”“I think we [as footballers] can all help in some way. I don’t think it’s just all about the money, but I tried to help in this way and I think it was good for them,” he added.“I remember the days when my dad had to drive my friends and I [to matches] because they didn’t have a van for the players.””I will try and help more if I can. I gave them a shirt too and they thought it was just the shirt, so they were very surprised [about the minibus],” he continued.“I Facetimed them when I was traveling to a United game, so it was a good moment to see.”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 Red Devils will pay Crystal Palace a visit tonight, as part of the Premier League Matchday 28.“I think when we play them at [their] home it’s always a tough game,” he said.“Of course we have a few injuries so we need to stick together as always, but this time more than ever. I think we’re going to be ready for it.”“In the last game, Crystal Palace did well, but we just need to keep focusing on ourselves first and, of course, be ready for the dangers,” Dalot recalled.“I think we’ve had some very good games. The away games have been incredible. I think we are keeping the team solid and playing good football and the away games, for me, have been a good experience to be a part of.”Next up for #MUFC:🆚 Crystal Palace📆 Wednesday 27 February⏰ 20:00 GMT🏟 Selhurst Park🏆 #PL pic.twitter.com/qr00vzO854— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 25, 2019last_img read more

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Concerned parents speaking out against sex education curriculum at SDUSD

first_imgConcerned parents speaking out against sex education curriculum at SDUSD Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: San Diego Unified School District FacebookTwitter Posted: March 1, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsConcerned parents gathered Tuesday at San Diego Unified School District to send a message to the board and Superintendent Cindy Marten.They say the sex education curriculum is lewd and inappropriate. It’s their most recent effort after a year of petitioning.KUSI’s Ashlie Rodriguez was LIVE with the details. Updated: 1:23 PMcenter_img Ashlie Rodriguez March 1, 2018 Ashlie Rodriguez, last_img read more

Driver hits multiple vehicles nearly hits house in Bay Terraces

Fire closes Dennys in Pacific Beach

first_img Jonathan Halvorson, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Fire closes Denny’s in Pacific Beach SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Three people escaped unharmed Thursday from a fire that caused an estimated $1 million in damage at a restaurant in Pacific Beach.Firefighters responded to the blaze at about 12:40 a.m. at the Denny’s restaurant on the corner of Garnet Avenue and Mission Boulevard, San Diego Fire-Rescue spokeswoman Monica Munoz said.Firefighters arrived and found heavy smoke in the restaurant as well as fire in the roof and attic area above the kitchen, Munoz said.Crews were able to knock down the flames around 35 minutes after arrival, Munoz said.Three workers, who were inside when the fire started, were able to escape unharmed, 10News reported.The cause of the fire was under investigation.The blaze caused an estimated $850,000 in damage to the structure and $150,000 in damage to the building’s contents, Munoz said.San Diego County health officials were notified and the restaurant was closed down until the officials can complete an inspection. Posted: October 25, 2018center_img Jonathan Halvorson Updated: 3:34 PM October 25, 2018last_img read more

Former Hockey Coach Sentenced To 62 Years

first_imgBradley Elliott, 57, of Sterling, worked for the district as a junior varsity hockey coach at Kenai Central High School for the 2005-06 school year. He was also involved with the hockey program at Soldotna High School for three seasons, from 2007 to 2010. The victims that filed the suit are “seeking damages in excess of $100,000 from the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, the Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association and former hockey coach”, according to court documents. Elliott faces 62 years and 240 days in prison, with 42 years suspended and a $300,000 fine. A status hearing is scheduled for December 18, according to Courtview. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A former hockey coach on the Kenai Peninsula was sentenced on Monday to 62 years in prison for sexual abuse of six minors and possession of child pornography. According to charging documents, Elliott plead guilty to a total of 15 charges, including six charges of 2nd-degree sexual abuse of a minor, one charge of possession of child pornography and eight charges of indecent photography. A suit was filed against the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and the Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association in February claims the two organizations failed to “warn students” and alleges negligent hiring, training and supervision practices. The damages sought in excess of $100,000 were listed in court documents for “psychological and counseling expenses, rehabilitation expenses, physical injury, emotional distress, pain and suffering, inconvenience and loss of enjoyment of life.”last_img read more

Wilmingtons Latest Legal Notices Week of May 26 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are the latest legal notices related to Wilmington, published during the week of Sunday, May 26, 2019:190598 — Vibert — 12 Ox Bow Drive190637 — Wilmington Board of Appeals — Roberts Burke Gifford190686 — Superior Court — Ficociello — 500 Main St190693 — Benson — 26 Fairmeadow Road190694 — Land Court — Hutchison — 32 Marcia Road190695 — Land Court —  Armata — 26 Shady Lane Drive190708 — Wilmington Conservation Commission — RDA — 8 Lexington Street190709 — Wilmington Conservation Commission —  RDA — 6A Falcon Road190710 — Wilmington Conservation Commission — 100 Research Drive190711 — Wilmington Conservation Commission — 635 Main Street(NOTE: The above public notices is from MassPublicNotices.org.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of July 28, 2019)In “Government”Wilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Government”Wilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of June 30, 2019)In “Government”last_img read more

At Texas border tech cant keep pace with immigrant influx

first_img“We can’t take you anymore,” said Trump, whose grandfather was a 16-year-old German immigrant. “We can’t take you. Our country is full.”Then, changing his position on Friday, the president tweeted that he’s “giving strong considerations” to placing migrants in mostly Democratic “sanctuary cities,” a move Democrats called a politically motivated stunt. Tall Order: Building the Border Wall It’s a big, dark, windowless room equipped with a wall of large-format TV monitors. The screens show surveillance camera views of the curves and bends of the Rio Grande and its grassy, weed-choked banks. Some displays are in black-and-white, others are in infrared or color. A screen in the middle plays Trump’s favorite network, Fox News.Sitting in rows of desks in front of the TVs are a mix of about five Border Patrol agents and five National Guard troops (some of the same 5,000 active-duty troops the Pentagon has sent to the border over the last year). They’re each tasked with closely monitoring one area of the river. Not only can they control the cameras, but they’re also paying attention to inputs from buried seismic ground sensors that can pick up footsteps and vehicle movement. If they see anything suspicious, they immediately radio agents in the field.”The agents know what looks right and what looks wrong,” says Jose A. Martinez, an assistant chief patrol agent with a close-cropped crewcut, green eyes and a no-nonsense demeanor. “Rain, sleet, snow, they’re capturing video for us.”laredo-texas-borderlands-4382US Border Patrol can monitor all movements on the Rio Grande at a nerve center in Laredo, Texas. James Martin/CNET It’s up to Customs and Border Protection officers to police the US-Mexico ports of entry, but it’s up to Border Patrol agents to monitor everything in between. In the Laredo sector, Border Patrol has 34 remote video surveillance systems that focus on the 30 to 40 miles of river with the most activity.Martinez shows me a couple of these hotspots in person. We hop into his SUV with two other agents and head to a large tree-filled park on the river. People jog on dirt trails that weave around soccer fields and baseball diamonds. Cormorants skim across the water in search of fish, and redwing blackbirds chatter in the bushes. Martinez says people tend to cross the river here because they can run up the bank and easily blend in with park-goers.Set back a few dozen feet from the river is a steel tower that’s about 120 feet tall. Fixed on top is a system of daylight and infrared cameras that face up and down the Rio Grande. The footage from these cameras is what agents back at the nerve center are monitoring. They’re looking for people swimming across the river or traversing it in canoes, inflatable rafts or inner tubes.Border Patrol is increasingly relying on technology to help agents do their jobs. To spot people and vehicles crossing the border, they use everything from the surveillance towers to radar- and laser-equipped drones to a complex system of ground, radio frequency, seismic and imaging sensors.laredo-texas-borderlands-4536A remote video surveillance system keeps watch over the Rio Grande. James Martin/CNET Martinez says the tech has its drawbacks. In Laredo, the cameras are limited in how far up and down river they can scan. That means people can take advantage of gaps in the system and sneak in without being seen.”They have the advantage because they can see us, but we can’t see them,” Martinez says, pointing to thickets of trees and hilly ridges on the Mexican side. And once they get to the US side, people can still evade the cameras. He shows me a steep embankment next to the water. “Someone can just hang off the ledge right there.” We can have all the technology in the world. But if we don’t have personnel to respond, what are we going to do? Jose A. Martinez, assistant chief patrol agent for US Border Patrol Politics Texas border sees tense confrontations for immigrants 22 Photos As Martinez keeps driving, the nerve center radios saying they see about “10 bodies” aiming to cross the river near us. Martinez flips a U-turn and hits the gas. We race down a busy street, pull into an H-E-B grocery store parking lot, turn off the headlights and sit. It’s bustling with kids running around and people pushing shopping carts.”They have reached the US riverbank,” Martinez says as he gets word from the nerve center.Below the parking lot, the Rio Grande’s shore is covered with thick, head-high weeds. The nerve center agents will now rely on signals from the buried ground sensors to figure out which way the crossers are moving. Martinez gets a call that they’ve found the group about a block away.In a dark and dusty lot behind a commercial strip, a Border Patrol truck already has two people sitting in the back seat. It’s a man and woman, both from Mexico City. Other agents by the river are chasing three more immigrants and their guide. One by one, everyone is caught. They’re all from different parts of Mexico.laredo-texas-borderlands-4986Mexican immigrants are apprehended by Border Patrol agents in Laredo, Texas. James Martin/CNET A young man appears wearing tight black jeans tucked into work boots and a grey sweatshirt. The agents put him up against the truck, pat him down and inventory what’s in his pockets. He has a cellphone and charger, a notepad and a wallet with photos of people in small plastic sleeves.”We have to chase them down. We have to work for these apprehensions,” Martinez says. “These agents will drop them off and then come back out here again.”All six people will be transported to the Centralized Processing Unit, where their information will be recorded and officials will decide what to do with them, Martinez says. Most likely they will all be deported back to Mexico.Braving the riverAs the days ticked by at the former factory in Piedras Negras, people in the caravan became increasingly desperate to leave. Reports of families sneaking out and heading to the river became near daily occurrences.Mexican officials shut down the facility on Feb. 19, about two weeks after it opened. The caravan was split up. Some people stayed at shelters in Piedras Negras, but most were bused to other cities across Northern Mexico.laredo-texas-borderlands-6662The facility holding around 1,800 migrants in Piedras Negras, Mexico, closed on Feb. 19. James Martin/CNET Throughout February and March, dozens of immigrants attempted to cross the Rio Grande into Eagle Pass. In one event, Border Patrol agents apprehended a group of 56 Hondurans, mostly women and children. At least two dead bodies have been found in the river and several families were rescued from drowning. In three separate incidents, 17 Central Americans were pulled out of the same spot of the river in just one day. A couple days later, a 12-year-old Honduran boy had to be resuscitated.Given the scope of law enforcement waiting on the US side, it’s clear most immigrants trying to cross would get caught. But that was their intention. Once a person sets foot in US territory, they have the right to apply for asylum. By braving the river, migrants can jump the indefinite metering line at the bridge.When I spoke to Zuniga through that yellow chain-link fence at the Albergue Migrante, I asked her if she’d ford the river if it came to that.”Crossing the river? No. I came here with the wish to do it right. To cross the bridge calmly and to respect the laws,” she said. “I just hope that Donald Trump helps us.”Tall Order: Building the Border Wall is our Texas border series exploring what a wall and tech alternatives might mean to the people, communities and law enforcement agencies living in its shadow. Read the first story here: Trump wants a border wall. Texas may want a smarter alternative, and the third story here: In a Texas border town, a church on the edge and wildlife at risk.Originally published April 11. Update, April 12: Adds President Trump’s statement on placing migrants in “sanctuary cities.” There’s no debate that a wall — and the government’s surveillance tech — will affect people along the river. So I set out to travel the entire length of the Texas-Mexico border to see firsthand what people think and how tech is helping, or not helping, the situation. Border Patrol already relies on a complex network of cameras, videos, drones and sensors to see at night, into the water and through dense foliage. But agents say it’s not enough. What’s happening along the Texas border is like nothing seen before, according to more than 30 interviews with people who live here, federal agents, lawyers, humanitarian groups, local law enforcement and immigrants.The standoff in Eagle Pass marked one of the first times standard border security was paired with military might.And it could be a signal of what’s to come.The nerve centerOn a nondescript street in Laredo, a large border city about 125 miles south of Eagle Pass, there’s an unassuming one-story beige building built in 1969 under President Richard Nixon. This is the Border Patrol Sector Headquarters for the Laredo region, which is responsible for 171 miles of the Rio Grande.Parked out front are a handful of Border Patrol’s green-and-white pickups. Inside, the hallways are lined with basic offices. But behind one door something wholly different is going on. “The gang said it was me who called the police,” Zuniga says. “People in the community warned me that the gang members said they were going to kill me.””With 18th Street, you don’t mess around because they kill people. They massacre people,” she adds. “I can’t return to Honduras.”Zuniga’s story isn’t unique. Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala are some of the most dangerous countries on Earth because of the violence perpetrated by 18th Street and rival gang MS-13, according to investigative nonprofit Insight Crime. After Venezuela, El Salvador had the highest homicide rate in the world in 2018. Honduras came in at No. 4 and Guatemala at No. 10.The gangs first formed on the streets of Los Angeles during the 1980s and were then exported to Central America in the 1990s when the Clinton administration stepped up deportations of criminals back to their home countries. In that region, then ravaged by civil war and poverty and flooded with weapons, 18th Street and MS-13 not only thrived but became increasingly more brutal. Now, 25 years later, the gangs have become the de facto rulers of the Northern Triangle.laredo-texas-borderlands-6364Honduran immigrant Oeli Zuniga and her daughter are hoping to seek asylum in the US. For now, they’re forced to stay in Mexico. James Martin/CNET “[The migrants] are fleeing failed governmental systems that aren’t able to protect their own population from organized crime, cartels and gangs,” says Goodwin. From women, “I hear stories of rape, multiple rapes, gang rapes. … Men often talk about being kidnapped, being beaten, tortured, being hit with two-by-fours, having their feet burned.”At the Albergue Migrante, rows of folding tables and chairs are set up on one side of the yard. Migrants can sit down with Mexican immigration officials and sign up for a humanitarian visa. This would allow them to live, work and travel freely in Mexico for a year. Some people tell me they’ll take the visa and stay in Mexico. Others are determined to get to the US.But the prospects don’t look good. Even if they make it across the bridge to apply for asylum, the chance of their case making its way through the courts anytime soon is slim. Asylum applications have skyrocketed over the last decade, from around 7,000 in 2010 to more than 325,000 in 2018, according to US Citizenship and Immigration Services. And even though the number of asylum cases is only 6.5 percent of overall immigration cases in the US, there’s a backlog of roughly 320,000 claims. The average wait time for an asylum case to be heard is about three years. Once these cases finally do make it to court, they’re approved just 21 percent of the time.graph-combined Amy Kim/CNET Meanwhile, migrants like Zuniga and the hundreds of other people in the caravan are in limbo.”If you wanna stop people from coming, you have to stop the factors that are pushing them out of their homeland,” Goodwin says. “You can put as many troops down here as you want, you can beef up border patrol by 20,000 agents, and that’s not gonna solve the systemic issues.””Boots on the ground, that ain’t gonna cut it.”Cat and mouseAs Agent Martinez navigates his SUV along dirt roads next to the Rio Grande in Laredo, the sun sets in flares of orange and red over the river. This is the time when illegal activity picks up, he says.”It’s going to be 11 bodies, possibly more,” a voice pipes over his radio, using Border Patrol jargon. It’s an agent from the nerve center saying he spotted 11 people about to cross the river on his surveillance camera.Martinez says they mostly apprehend people from Mexico and the Northern Triangle, although they’ve seen people from all over the world, including Brazil, Venezuela and Bangladesh. Along with migrants, Border Patrol is also looking for drug smugglers. Laredo agents have seized 14,500 pounds of marijuana, 216 pounds of cocaine and 154 pounds of meth since October.Laredo is one of the top five border cities where people cross the river illegally. That’s mainly because it’s an urban center where they can disappear without being noticed.laredo-texas-borderlands-4804A drainage tunnel in Laredo, Texas, that Border Patrol has covered with a metal gate so no one can sneak in. James Martin/CNET “Aliens cross here every night,” Martinez says. “Why? Because they can come up and run there or there and get lost.”Martinez drives downtown to show me a 4-foot-wide drainage pipe that empties into the Rio Grande. People cross the river and then run into the drainage tunnel. Once inside, they look for a manhole cover to pop off and exit into the city. Border Patrol has covered the pipe with a metal gate and sealed manhole covers, but people still get through with bolt cutters and a hammer.”When people ask, ‘Do we need a wall?’ This right here shows you the disadvantage we’re at and how a wall will be beneficial to us,” Martinez says. “It’s a little cat and mouse game.”He says a wall would be a deterrent and give border agents more time to respond. Laredo is on the shortlist to get a wall, but the city’s mayor, Pete Saenz, is opposed to the idea. “We don’t need a physical wall,” Saenz told NPR in an interview. “We have a natural barrier.” This right here shows you the disadvantage we’re at and how a wall will be beneficial to us. Jose A. Martinez, assistant chief patrol agent for US Border Patrol 12 3:47 Now playing: Watch this: • Comments On the one hand, migrants seeking asylum are fleeing extreme violence and poverty in the Northern Triangle, which has the highest murder rates in the world and has been deemed a humanitarian crisis by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Under US law, asylum seekers are considered legal immigrants.On the other hand, Trump has vowed to halt all immigration at the US-Mexico border.So where does that leave Texas? The president has made it clear he believes a big part of the solution to stemming immigration is an 18- to 30-foot cement or steel wall. California, Arizona and New Mexico, already have fencing or walls along 60 percent of their borders, but Texas only has around 20 percent because of its natural barrier with Mexico: the Rio Grande. Everyone is leaving because it’s dangerous. The gangs have taken over all the neighborhoods. Oeli Zuniga, Honduran immigrant See Allcenter_img Tags Aug 7 • Trump’s emissions and fuel economy rollbacks will cost Americans money, study says US Tech Policy Share your voice Jul 28 • Apple’s Q3 earnings are all about the iPhone 11 hints It’s also difficult for border agents to respond before whoever has crossed the river is gone, Martinez adds. Border Patrol is stretched thin, with only 1,750 agents deployed in the Laredo sector, which covers 110,000 square miles.”We can have all the technology in the world,” Martinez says. “But if we don’t have personnel to respond, what are we going to do?”‘They were going to kill me’When the caravan of Central American immigrants made it to Piedras Negras on Feb. 4, the Mexican authorities were expecting them. Off a highway on the outskirts of town, officials had prepared a former factory with sleeping mats, blankets, food, Wi-Fi and mobile health and dental trucks.At the entrance, a big red-and-white sign reads “Albergue Migrante, Migrant Hostel.” The entire facility is roughly the size of a football field and encircled by a yellow chain-link fence topped with barbed wire. Soldiers and police guard the building. Only officials are let in. The migrants aren’t allowed to leave.Up until last summer, asylum seekers could simply show up at a US port of entry to begin their application process. But now, under a new process called “metering” instituted by Customs and Border Protection, only a limited number of asylum requests are allowed per day, depending on the bridge and port of entry. Immigrants are being forced to wait in Mexico indefinitely.laredo-texas-borderlands-6646Detained migrants line up in a former factory in Piedras Negras, Mexico. James Martin/CNET “The so-called crisis is totally manufactured by the fact that they’re metering people at the port of entry. It creates dangerous situations for the migrants who are waiting at the foot of the bridge and in the border towns,” says Jodi Goodwin, a Texas immigration lawyer. “Those individuals become desperate and have no other option but to cross the river.”In a dusty yard at the facility in Piedras Negras, hundreds wait for their chance to cross the bridge to Eagle Pass. It’s a decidedly low-tech affair, with people standing around for hours waiting to be called. The migrants say about 15 people per day are let out.”So many families are here and single mothers,” the Honduran migrant Zuniga tells me through the chain-link fence. Her light brown hair is tied back in a messy ponytail and she’s wearing a pilled green fleece over a tight pink T-shirt. “I just want them to let me out and let me go and ask for political asylum with my daughter.”Back in Honduras, Zuniga’s neighborhood in the city of San Pedro Sula was ruled by the notorious 18th Street gang. She says she tried to keep a low profile working as a grocery store clerk and raising her young daughter. But all that came to an end in early January. One evening, members of 18th Street gathered in a field near her house. All of a sudden the police arrived, Zuniga says. A shootout ensued, and some of the gang members were killed. If you wanna stop people from coming, you have to stop the factors that are pushing them out of their homeland. Jodi Goodwin, Texas immigration lawyer. reading • At Texas border, tech can’t keep pace with immigrant influx US Tech Policy Trump wants a border wall. Texas may want a smarter alternative In a Texas border town, a church on the edge and wildlife at risk Aug 6 • Trump says he’s watching Google ‘very closely,’ slams CEO Sundar Pichai Aug 6 • President Trump wants social media to catch shooters before they strike. It’s going to be hard Drones Military Donald Trump A high-tech, low-tech game of cat and mouse along the border It had all the makings of an old-fashioned Texas standoff.Hundreds of state troopers and US Border Patrol agents sat behind the wheels of black SUVs and green-and-white pickups facing the Rio Grande, their eyes fixed on the jade-colored water. A helicopter buzzed low overhead, winding along the bends of the river, while agents in a swamp boat cruised below. Four men, wearing army green uniforms and cowboy hats, rode horses up the shore, guns at the ready.Enlarge ImageThis is the second story in our Texas border trilogy, Tall Order: Building the Border Wall. Click here for the first story and click here for the third story. Amy Kim/CNET It was a quiet February morning, and all these law enforcement officers in Eagle Pass, a small Texas border town about a seven-and-a-half hour drive southeast of El Paso, were waiting for one thing: immigrants.Across the river, in the Mexican city of Piedras Negras, a caravan of about 1,800 Central American immigrants, including families with young children, had arrived at the start of the month — the first such caravan to make it to the Texas border. They had trekked more than 1,500 miles to ask the United States government for asylum. Most said they were escaping threats of violence and death in their home countries.”Everyone is leaving because it’s dangerous. The gangs have taken over all the neighborhoods,” Oeli Zuniga, 26, a Honduran immigrant traveling with her 7-year-old daughter, tells me. “We do this for our kids, so they can be in a country without so much crime and so many ugly things taking place.”In preparation for the caravan’s arrival, the US had beefed up border security. Under the direction of President Donald Trump, the Pentagon sent 250 active-duty military troops. Texas Governor Greg Abbott sent 500 officers from the Department of Public Safety. And US Customs and Border Protection outfitted its local agents with cement traffic barriers, riot gear and spools of concertina wire. That’s in addition to the high-tech cameras, sensors and radar tracking tools already in place to help monitor the 1,200 miles of Texas’ border with Mexico.laredo-texas-borderlands-6793Law enforcement lined the banks of the Rio Grande in Eagle Pass, Texas, in anticipation of a migrant caravan that arrived across the river days earlier. James Martin/CNET By the end of March, Trump declared he was cutting all foreign aid, approximately $450 million, to El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala — collectively known as the Northern Triangle. He also said he’d close the nearly 2,000-mile US southern border if Mexico didn’t do something about the migrants heading north. On Sunday, Kirstjen Nielsen, the head of the Department of Homeland Security, resigned as the president said he wants to go in a “tougher direction” on immigration.A “colossal surge” of people is entering the US and “overwhelming” the immigration system, Trump said after a visit to a California border town last week. And Customs and Border Protection confirmed it apprehended more than 100,000 immigrants on the southwest border in March, double the number for the same time period last year.last_img read more

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RGV releases first look of Telangana CMs biopic Tiger KCR on AP

first_imgTiger KCRTwitterRam Gopal Varma released the first look of Tiger KCR, the biopic on Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, on the eve of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s birthday.Ram Gopal Varma took to Twitter on April 18 to announce the biopic on Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. The directed tweeted, “It is a biopic of @KTRTRS ‘s father from the time he couldn’t bear the 3rd class treatment being given to Telangana people by the Andhras, and how he fought in a fiery way to achieve Telangana state.”Ram Gopal Varma added, “KCR and YSR are the only politicians to successfully groom their children to be worthy of them, unlike the politician in the neighbouring state of Telangana …Only the greatest of political leaders can create a biological and ideological legacy.”A word in its tagline did not go down well with some people, who trolled him. Responding to them, Ram Gopal Varma wrote, “For those who are having a problem with the word ఆడు in the tag line, it’s meant in the perspective of those who looked down upon KCR before he achieved what he did.. Am sure both KCR and ⁦@KTRTRS⁩ will understand the depth in that line.”Ram Gopal Varma revealed on April 19, “The First Look of #TIGERKCR will be out today at 11 Am.” He added, “The film #TIGERKCR will feature KCR, @KTRTRS, K Kavitha, Harish Rao, YSR, Y S Jagan, @ncbn, Lagadapati Rajagopal, Vundavalli Arun Kumar, Roshiah, Kiran Kumar Reddy, Ramoji Rao and Lokesh.. First look releasing at 11 AM today.”Hours later, Ram Gopal Varma released a video featuring him like the alter-ego of TRS supremo K Chandrasekhar Rao’s. He captioned it with, “On the eve of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister @ncbn’s birthday, I am releasing this first look of Telangana Chief Minister KCR ‘s biopic #TIGERKCR.”Ram Gopal Varma went on to describe KCR as Aggressive Gandhi. “My film will not show Andhras as villains..It’s only a few Andhrollu who did vennupotu to crores of Andhrollu by creating circumstances for separation #TIGERKCR,” he tweeted in reply to a fan, adding, “Like how the peaceful Gandhi fought the British and got India, the Aggressive Gandhi KCR fought the Andhras and got Telangana #TIGERKCR.”On the eve of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister @ncbn ‘s birthday , I am releasing this first look of Telangana Chief Minister KCR ‘s biopic #TIGERKCR pic.twitter.com/0uvX5f49KT— Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVzoomin) April 20, 2019last_img read more

OnePlus 7 Pro is an allrounder flagship with no compromises Review

first_imgSometimes little things can make a huge impact and it is what has made OnePlus stand out from the crowd all these years. The Chinese smartphone maker shot to fame in an unimaginably short period of time, but not without witnessing a fair share of troubles and mistakes that eventually led to admiring success. I’ve followed OnePlus from the early days of inception and watched it grow and seeing the brand today, with its sheer confidence, shows the world nothing is impossible.When I say “seeing the brand today”, I mainly refer to the kind of products OnePlus has grown to offer. Long gone are the days when I held the OnePlus One and admired that Sandstone finish that only OnePlus offered. Five years later, I’m holding the company’s best smartphone yet – OnePlus 7 Pro – in its satisfying glass beauty that has come a long way since the first handset, both in terms of class and price.You’ll rarely find a person who no longer recognises OnePlus, and the latest OnePlus 7-series has everyone excited. OnePlus officially unveiled the latest and most-anticipated flagship of the year, OnePlus 7 Pro, at an event in Bengaluru. I had the opportunity to test the most premium and priciest OnePlus smartphone every released over the past couple of days and here are my thoughts on the phone. OnePlus 7 Pro reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus has always demonstrated the best of its capabilities in designing the best smartphone there is to hold and look. OnePlus 7 Pro is a classy masterpiece from every angle and the company has perfected the smartphone to an unimaginable extent. That beautiful, beautiful full-screen display is truly magical and it gets 2K resolution with 90Hz refresh rate, so all those PUBG sessions will never look the same after playing it on OnePlus 7 Pro.The curved display and the curved back gives a sleek form factor to the device, which is visually appealing and great to hold. But the extra screen real estate sure makes it difficult for single hand use, but I’m willing to compromise on that for the love of a great display. The brightness of the 2K screen can blind you in a dark room, but thankfully adaptive brightness works flawlessly – best I’ve seen in phones. The colours are vibrant and lively, the screen is bright enough even when you want to use it effortlessly on a bright day. Interestingly, the sides of the screen light up beautifully when a new notification arrives. Simply loved that minimalistic touch. OnePlus 7 Pro reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro has been the flagship I’ve always wanted from OnePlus and the company has finally delivered. Better late than never. The overall design is perfect, but it is the little things that really impressed me. The earpiece on top of the display is as if it is not there – just so sleek. The alert slider and power button are on the right side and the volume buttons are on the left, all of them are within easy reach. The USB Type-C button is at the bottom, right next to the stereo. At the top, the pop-up selfie camera housing is invisible unless in use. 1/4 OnePlus 7 Pro reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanPreviousNextSpeaking of the camera, OnePlus 7 Pro’s triple camera setup on the nebula blue back cannot miss anyone’s attention. There’s a 48MP Sony IMX586 primary sensor with f/1.6 aperture, OIS and EIS, paired with a 16MP f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle lens covering 117 degrees and an 8MP f/2.2 lens with 3X optical zoom. This is an ideal setup for brilliant photos and I couldn’t agree more. OnePlus has finally heard the cries of millions of people and has greatly improved the camera on the OnePlus 7 Pro. 1/2 OnePlus 7 Pro reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanPreviousNextOnePlus 7 Pro photos have excellent colours, bright and vibrant, high dynamic range even in challenging light conditions and details that cannot be missed. Selfies are just as good. Although I wasn’t fully impressed with the Nightscape feature, that’s just me stretching hopes after using Google’s Night Sight and Huawei P30 Pro. OnePlus Nightscape works best when it is not pitch dark as it requires at least one light source nearby to give you a decent picture. To be fair, OnePlus 7 Pro’s nightscape feature doesn’t turn night into day as in the case of Huawei and Google phones but brightens the image to retain more details without having people guess whether it is night or day.The portrait shots are not perfect, but they do a good job at blurring out the background. The wide-angle lens is doing a fairly good job at covering a wider landscape and retaining maximum details. But I was thoroughly impressed with the 3x optical zoom, which retains excellent details from a distance.Here are a few photo samples I shot during my review:Wide-angle photos 1/7 OnePlus 7 Pro camera sample: Wide angleIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera sample: Wide angleIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera sample: Wide angleIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera sample: Wide angleIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera sample: Wide angleIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera sample: Wide angleIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera sample: Wide angleIBTimes India/Sami KhanPreviousNextPortraits 1/4 OnePlus 7 Pro camera sample: PortraitIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera sample: PortraitIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera sample: PortraitIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera sample: PortraitIBTimes India/Sami KhanPreviousNext3x optical zoom 1/6 OnePlus 7 Pro camera sample: 1x Normal modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera sample: 3x zoomIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera sample: 1x normal modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera sample: 3x zoomIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera sample: 1x normal modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera sample: 3x zoomIBTimes India/Sami KhanPreviousNextNightscape 1/4 OnePlus 7 Pro camera sample: NightscapeIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera sample: NightscapeIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera sample: NightscapeIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera sample: NightscapeIBTimes India/Sami KhanPreviousNextNormal 1/7 OnePlus 7 Pro camera sample: NormalIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera sample: NormalIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera sample: NormalIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera sample: NormalIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera sample: NormalIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera sample: NormalIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera sample: NormalIBTimes India/Sami KhanPreviousNextSelfies 1/2 OnePlus 7 Pro camera sample: Selfies with and without portraitIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro camera sample: Selfies with and without portraitIBTimes India/Sami KhanPreviousNextThe list of things that amazed me during the review doesn’t seem to end here. OnePlus phones have always set the benchmark for performance and what do you think OnePlus 7 Pro is capable of delivering.OnePlus 7 Pro, with its Snapdragon 855, 12GB RAM and OxygenOS 9, is an absolute beast when it comes to handling multiple apps and tasks, running high-graphics apps without any lags and effortlessly taking care of day-to-day tasks – all while managing power the best way it can. I’ve played PUBG Mobile on various phones, but nothing is quite like on OnePlus 7 Pro. The dual stereos are a boon for gamers and multimedia buffs. One of my biggest complaints with the 6T was the single down-facing speaker and it’s no longer a problem with OnePlus 7 Pro. OnePlus 7 Pro reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanThere were hardly any instances when the OnePlus 7 Pro gave up on me. In fact, the overall user experience is the best you’ll find on any phone and a huge credit goes to the OxygenOS 9. All the new features like screen recording with sound, new zen mode so you balance your digital and real lives, butter-like gestures, SMS aggregation, caller identification and all the existing clean and neat UI features contributed equally towards optimum user experience. And did I mention how great that 6.67-inch Fluid AMOLED 2K+ display is, which compliments the OxygenOS quite impressively.Another thing I noticed to have improved in the OnePlus 7 Pro is the optical fingerprint scanner, which works efficiently and in a jiffy. The whole “Fast and Smooth” mantra is applied to the fingerprint unlocking and face unlocking features in the OnePlus 7 Pro. Despite having a pop-up camera, I rarely noticed the mechanism in work. Overall, OnePlus 7 Pro is a work of art. OnePlus 7 Pro reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanOnePlus 7 Pro’s 4,000mAh battery is huge in size but the phone doesn’t give it away, which is one of the things I liked. Complete with Warp Charge 30 and full day battery life, OnePlus 7 Pro is one of the few phones you can count on. In my tests, I was able to get 22+ hours of extensive usage, which included playing games, streaming videos, browsing social media, communicating on calls and IM apps. OnePlus 7 Pro consistently delivered north of 4 and half hours to 5 hours of on-screen time, which is more than I could ask for. OnePlus 7 Pro reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanTo test fast charging, I drained the battery completely and charged to 100 percent in 80 minutes. Normally, I would charge for 30 minutes and easily get past a full day of work without having to plug the phone back in until midnight. The OnePlus 7 Pro review box also came with a Warp Car charger, which is brilliant. The fast charging in the car charger matches that of the wall charger, which is something I haven’t experienced with any car chargers. It was a life-saving feature as it allowed me to charge the phone to full during my commute to work.All said, the million dollar question is whether OnePlus 7 Pro is worth its price. Seeing how OnePlus has grown as a brand and how the OnePlus 7 Pro delivers on all fronts, I would easily recommend this flagship as a killer value for money for anyone looking for a premium smartphone in the sub-Rs 60K price range. If you’re fine with spending a bit more the next logical and reasonable device is Huawei P30 Pro, but that would require you to increase your budget to over Rs 70,000. OnePlus 7 Pro, on the other hand, starts at Rs 48,999 for the base model, but the unit I reviewed is the one with 12GB RAM and costs Rs 57,999. If you have the budget for it, you cannot go wrong with any of the OnePlus 7 Pro models. 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Meghan Markles disturbing behaviour with baby Archie motherhood overwhelming the Duchess

first_imgMeghan MarkleGetty ImagesMeghan Markle is a proud mom, but it looks like her first weeks as a mother a proving to be a little more difficult than she had anticipated according to a royal source. And that is saying something, since she is the Duchess of Sussex and has an army of helpers at her disposal. But it seems that Meghan is determined to do everything by herself.Meghan and Harry are new parents and as such want to spend as much time as they can with their newborn, but Meghan seems to be taking things a little too far. A royal source has claimed that Meghan is so wrapped up in her role as a mother that she won’t let anyone else help out, including her mother, Doria. The source said: “Meghan likes to be in control of everything.”She just can’t have anyone be alone with Archie…..She’s ignoring help…..”No one has looked after him but her.”  Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesIt is surprising that Meghan Markle doesn’t want to use the staff at her disposal. Most mothers would kill to have a staff to take care of their baby while they took some much-needed rest. Her behavior has gotten to the point that one of the nannies stormed out. Meghan is determined to keep any helping hands away from her baby. Even Meghan’s mother Doria has also found it difficult to help out.The source explained: “Meghan will only let Doria hold him for a minute, she literally runs in and out of the shower to snap him back up…..”Harry and the mum can hang with Archie but Meghan has to be holding him.”Meghan Markel needs to loosen the reins a bit for the sake of her baby and herself. She can’t control every second of baby Archie’s life, even if she desperately might want to.last_img read more

Twitter India head Rishi Jaitly quits after 4year stint

first_imgRishi Jaitly, Twitter’s India head, has announced his resignation. In a series of tweets on Tuesday, he said that he wants to “move to new opportunities.” Jaitly had joined the microblogging site’s India operations in November 2012. The news comes within two months of Twitter deciding to shut down its engineering operations in India, laying off about 20 employees in the process.He follows Shailesh Rao, who quit the San Fransisco-based social media network in July this year as vice-president, international operations, four years after joining the organisation in February 2012.Jaitly said that he is moving to Chicago, hinting that he may be joining an organisation with a civic orientation. He said he would continue to pursue his “mission” of harnessing technology for connecting people with leaders.At Twitter, Jaitly was responsible for its operations across Asia Pacific and the Middle East.Today, after 4 years of user/business momentum in India & the region, I’m sharing my intention to move on to new opportunities, same mission— Rishi Jaitly (@rsjaitly) November 1, 2016 My mission remains the same: harness tech/media’s scale to connect users/citizens to their voice/agency/leadership in places they care about— Rishi Jaitly (@rsjaitly) November 1, 2016 While a personal/civic calling takes me to Chicago, I’ll spend significant time in India/Asia, drawing on my past to further tech’s promise.— Rishi Jaitly (@rsjaitly) November 1, 2016last_img read more

Who is Nikesh Arora New CEO of Palo Alto Networks gets a

first_imgNikesh Arora has been appointed as the new CEO of Palo Alto Networks and he is being paid a whopping $128 million packageNadine Rupp/Getty ImagesCybersecurity brand Palo Alto Networks has named former SoftBank Group Corp president Nikesh Arora as its chief executive officer and chairman. Arora succeeds Mark McLaughlin, who will remain with Palo Alto as the company’s vice-chairman.Arora begins his role as the CEO and chairman at Palo Alto on Wednesday, June 6, and has reportedly been given a package of about $128 million, which is about Rs 850 crore. The 50-year-old is also investing about $20 million (about Rs 130 crore) in shares of Palo Alto, apparently to prove his loyalty to the company.”It’s sort of like put your money where your mouth is,” Fortune quoted him as saying.Who is Nikesh Arora?Born on February 9, 1968, in Ghaziabad, Arora is an Indian businessman.He is an alumnus of the IIT, BHU in Varanasi and went on to get an MBA from the Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.After starting his career with Fidelity Investments in 1992, Arora joined Google in 2004 where he had held many senior-level postsHe was the company vice president for Europe operations from 2004 to 2007 and went on to become the president Europe, Middle East and Africa from 2007 to 2009.Arora was also the senior vice president and chief business officer of Google Inc. between January 2011 and July 2014.He resigned from Google in 2014 and joined SoftBank Corp.The 50-year-old has also been on the board of directors of several other firms such as Airtel, Aviva, Colgate-Palmolive, and Richemont Sprint to name a few.As Softbank is known to have investments in Ola, Snapdeal, Oyo and a few other firms, Arora had board positions and other rights in these brands.Arora has also worked with T-Mobile and was the CEO and founder of T-Motion PLC, which merged with T-Mobile International in 2002.Arora married Delhi socialite Ayesha Thapar in 2014. He was earlier married to Kiran and the former couple have a daughter.At Palo Alto, Arora will be entitled to equity awards of about $126 million, half of which banks on him staying at Palo Alto and the other half on if the firm manages to at least double its shares. Under McLaughlin, the California-based company is known to have seen a five-fold since its initial public offering in 2012.Meanwhile, McLaughlin believes that Arora will be able to do take the firm places and seemed pleased with the appointment. “The company is executing extremely well and is the clear leader in next-generation security,” he said in a statement.”Over the course of several quarters, I have been discussing succession planning with the Board and I couldn’t be more pleased that we have found a leader in Nikesh who is ideally suited to take the company on the next leg of its journey. I look forward to working with Nikesh as we transition and serving as vice chairman of the Board.”Arora too seems immensely proud and said that he has grown very fond of the company and its values and culture and that the team will work towards providing flawless security to its customers.Apart from the stock options, Arora will draw an annual base salary of $1 million (about Rs 6.7 crore).Looking fwd to working with the Palo Alto Networks team. Mark, Nir, Lee, Rajiv, Rene and many others have built a unique company. Feel honored to become a part of it. https://t.co/vM07vameE3— Nikesh Arora (@nikesharora) June 2, 2018last_img read more