MONTREAL — A broken water pipe has flooded a tunnel on a major Montreal artery, submerging three cars.The west-end Atwater tunnel connecting downtown and neighbourhoods to the southwest flooded Tuesday morning after utility workers accidentally punctured the pipe.It filled with several feet of gushing water, which reached the roofs of vehicles belonging to subcontractors working nearby.Authorities say there were no injuries, and the water did not flood any nearby homes.Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante visited the site and warned the process of shutting the valve and pumping out the water would take several hours. She said workers from Energir, a natural gas company, broke the 60-centimetre water pipe.Benoit Dorais, the borough mayor in the southwestern Montreal district, said it wasn’t clear how long it would take before roads leading to the tunnel could reopen.The Canadian Press
By Bryn MillerRabat – Like in previous elections, the Spanish Popular Party won by large margins in the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla, located in Morocco’s mainland.Spanish voters failed to break the six-month political deadlock in the congressional elections on Sunday, leaving the conservative Popular Party (PP) and Acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy in a caretaker role. Rajoy has been in power since 2011, when his party won 186 out of 350 seats in the congressional election. In the next round of congressional elections in December 2015, PP received only 29% of the vote, failing to achieve a majority. The conservative party was unable to form a coalition with one of the other three main parties. Since December, the PP and Rajoy have assumed a caretaker role and the government has remained in deadlock.Rajoy’s party received 33% of the vote on Sunday, beating out the center-left Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) by 10%, leftist United Podemos by 13%, and fourth-place Ciudadanos by 20%. However, the PP was unable to negotiate a coalition deal for the majority.Due to the PP’s repeated success in the elections, Rajoy has asserted this this result gives him the right to resume office even without attaining a majority. However, the PSOE has stated that it will not negotiate a coalition agreement with the PP nor accept Rajoy’s governance, indicating that Spain’s political deadlock will continue.The PP received the highest margins of victory in Ceuta and Melilla, Spain’s two autonomous cities within the borders of Morocco. 52 percent of voters in Ceuta and 50 percent in Melilla voted for Rajoy’s party in Ceuta. Popular Party representatives and Rajoy have visited the cities numerous times, especially before election cycles, to symbolically affirm their commitment to keeping the enclaves.Morocco has clashed with Spain over control of the two enclaves for decades. Although the current international stage appears favorable for Morocco’s attempts to claim the cities, Rajoy’s government would be unlikely to surrender them. Spain has always insisted that the two enclaves are Spanish cities, and denied the existence of a dispute with Morocco over their status.
Rabat – Twelve people, including a child, have been killed in a terrorist attack on a military parade in Ahvaz, in southwestern Iran.Twelve people were killed and around sixty others were injured when unknown gunmen opened fire on an Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) parade in Ahvaz, southwest Iran, Saturday, September 22, Iranian news agencies reported.At least 8 members of the IRGC were killed in the attack, as well as “women and children” who came to watch the parade, Iranian state-run news agency IRNA reported. The attackers opened fire from behind the stand during the parade.Iranian forces killed two of the terrorists in a clash after the attack and captured two others, according to Iran Press. The Khuzestan province deputy governor, Ali-Hossein Hosseinzadeh, said in an interview with Tasnim News Agency that 10 people had been killed and 21 other people had been injured in the attack that disrupted the military parade in Ahvaz.Iran’s foreign minister Javad Zarif pointed the finger at a “foreign regime” through his Twitter account.“Terrorists recruited, trained, armed & paid by a foreign regime have attacked Ahvaz. Children and journos among casualties. Iran holds regional terror sponsors and their US masters accountable for such attacks. Iran will respond swiftly and decisively in defense of Iranian lives,” Zarif wrote.Terrorists recruited, trained, armed & paid by a foreign regime have attacked Ahvaz. Children and journos among casualties. Iran holds regional terror sponsors and their US masters accountable for such attacks. Iran will respond swiftly and decisively in defense of Iranian lives. pic.twitter.com/WG1J1wgVD9— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) September 22, 2018According to Iran Press, the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahvaz claimed responsibility for the attack.The group receives support from Saudi Arabia and the UK, Iran Press asserted.IRGC spokesman Ramezan Sharif said the attackers belong to a terrorist group supported by Saudi Arabia, Press TV reported.“The individuals who fired at the people and the armed forces during the parade are connected to the al-Ahvaziya group which is fed by Saudi Arabia,” Sharif said.
“[The Secretary-General] congratulates them on their commitment to selecting their leaders through the ballot box,” according to a statement issue by a UN spokesperson on Sunday. The UN chief encouraged all stakeholders to enable the electoral institutions to exercise their responsibilities in full, “including by addressing any complaints through the appropriate channels and procedures.” In a similar vein, as the polls closed on Saturday, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) tweeted: “Patience and level-headedness now required for Afghanistan electoral bodies necessary time to conduct their work counting votes, reviewing complaints and announcing results. Parties must meet their obligations, respecting codes of conduct and helping ensure stability in period ahead.“UNAMA commends all voters who cast their ballots … and all the Afghan actors who helped make it possible. The mission condemns those who resorted to intimidation and violence to try and derail democracy,” the mission said earlier on Twitter. UNAMA reiterates the importance that all parties act responsibly in the period ahead, respecting that only @AfghanistanIEC is authorized to issue official election turn-out figures. UNAMA has not & won’t speculate on turn-out numbers. UNAMA awaits IEC announcement. #Afghanistan pic.twitter.com/OcjVXSUqQi— UNAMA News (@UNAMAnews) September 28, 2019
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.”
Anti-terrorism posters that were likened to “offensive” Nazi propaganda have been withdrawn by the British Transport Police after an “anti-Semitism” row.The “See It. Say It. Sorted” campaign to stop terror threats on the rail network was heavily criticised for alleged racist imagery.Passengers complained that the posters echoed those used to advertise a so-called degenerate art exhibition in Nazi Germany in 1937, which is said to have led to a sharp rise in anti-Semitic feelings. The campaign, launched at major railway stations across Britain last week, was supposed to encourage the public to use their “eyes and ears” to help the authorities prevent attacks.But the force has since decided to remove the posters after admitting they had caused “upset”. Assistant Chief Constable Alun Thomas said: “The images on each of the posters in this campaign were specially created in order to avoid using photographs of any specific individuals or groups.”However, we are aware that one particular image has caused considerable distress due to its similarities with offensive historic propaganda. It is highly regrettable that this image, and its connotations, were overlooked during the development of this campaign.”We recognise and understand the upset that has been caused by this. We and our campaign partners have listened to the feedback we have received and this poster has now been withdrawn.” One’s a Nazi poster, the other’s British Transport Police. Which is which? pic.twitter.com/n2VCM8h49c— Christopher Fowler (@Peculiar) November 7, 2016 He added: “There are clearly lessons for us to learn with regards to quality assurance and better audience research in any future campaigns.”The Advertising Standards Authority said it had received 13 complaints by Tuesday evening about the posters, which people claimed were racist and appeared to resemble Nazi propaganda. The poster was compared to Nazi imagery Apparently wearing a coat now makes you a terror suspect… Especially if you look like a Jew as depicted by the Nazis pic.twitter.com/JNeOXRwpGJ— Jack Mendel (@Mendelpol) November 4, 2016 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Central Bank HQ Central Bank writes to firms over concerns on ‘fitness and probity’ of some senior managers The Central Bank has observed a number of cases where individuals didn’t provide “material information” on their applications. Image: Rollingnews.ie This is critical to the protection of the public interest and to ensuring that there is public trust and confidence in the financial system.“This responsibility does not end when staff are hired to a position; firms must ensure that staff are fit and proper on an ongoing basis. Staff must be competent, but must also act with integrity at all times,” she added.Rowland also said she expects to see a “demonstrable change” in how firms and individuals engage with its fitness and probity process in future. 18,526 Views Central Bank HQ Image: Rollingnews.ie Short URL By Sean Murray Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/4581979 Tuesday 9 Apr 2019, 6:30 AM THE CENTRAL BANK of Ireland has written to the management at all financial services firms under its regulations to remind them of their legal obligations under the fitness and probity regime.The letters come as the watchdog identified a number of incidents which should have been reported to it by financial institutions but were not. The regime – introduced in 2010 – is aimed at ensuring individuals who work in these firms meet the highest standard of competence, integrity and honesty.There is evidence that some firms who identified concerns about an individual and took steps to address this, including suspension or dismissal, failed to report these concerns to the Central Bank, it said.Furthermore, the Central Bank has also observed a number of cases where individuals have not provided “material information” on their applications to the Central Bank for approval to senior roles at these institutions.“On occasion applicants have failed to disclose material facts which are either known to proposing firms, or would have been known if proper due diligence of their proposed candidates had been conducted,” it said.In theory, under the fitness and probity regime, the Central Bank could refuse the appointment of a person to a senior role if its concerns over that individual have not been addressed. It can also remove people from roles they currently occupy.In its letter to firms, the Central Bank says it expects these companies to review its fitness and probity policies, procedures and practices, and then be in a position to demonstrate how these concerns have been considered and acted upon. Its director general of financial conduct Derville Rowland commented: “The Fitness and Probity regime is central to our role as a gatekeeper for the financial system, ensuring that we can fully assess whether the most senior people working in the financial services industry are fit and proper. 7 Comments Share38 Tweet Email2 Apr 9th 2019, 6:31 AM
Ouganda : la forêt Mabira sacrifiée pour la canne à sucre ?La forêt tropicale de Mabira, qui couvre environ 300 kilomètres carrés à l’est de Kampala, la capitale de l’Ouganda, pourrait être en partie cédée à la société indienne Scoul (Sugar Corp. of Uganda Ltd), spécialisée dans la culture de canne à sucre. Une annonce qui provoque la colère des défenseurs de l’environnement.Une partie de la forêt ougandaise de Mabira, réserve protégée depuis 1932, pourrait être cédée à une filiale de la firme Scoul, pour la culture de la canne à sucre. “La compagnie sucrière à Lugazi devrait s’élargir en obtenant une partie de la réserve de la forêt de Mabira, qu’elle a demandée par le passé” a en effet annoncé le président Yoweri Museveni, dont les propos sont rapportés par le Daily Monitor. “Ce n’est pas un ordre exécutif. Ce sera une décision parlementaire” a-t-il toutefois tenu à souligner. “Nous devrions discuter de cette question avec prudence. Je ne peux pas faire partie d’une erreur historique en ne montrant pas la voie à suivre aux Ougandais” a-t-il déclaré, tentant d’apaiser les activistes écologistes.À lire aussiLa migration de millions de crabes rouges filmée sur l’île de ChristmasCes derniers s’opposent fermement au sacrifice d’une forêt qui abrite de nombreuses espèces menacées, des singes et des oiseaux notamment. “Cette forêt date de bien plus longtemps que l’Ouganda en tant que pays, donc on devrait la laisser intacte. Elle constitue une importante source d’eau pour le lac Victoria, pour le Nil mais aussi pour les pays en amont. Mabira fournit aussi des herbes médicinales pour de nombreuses personnes qui ne peuvent se permettre d’avoir recours à la médecine moderne”, explique le professeur Oweyegha-Afunaduula, cité par Radio Nederland Wereldomroep Afrique.Des manifestations et des affrontements En 2007 déjà, une partie de la réserve avait été accordée à la société indienne, qui possède des plantations des deux côtés de la forêt. Mais de vives protestations s’étaient alors élevées à Kampala, et le projet avait été suspendu. Trois personnes au moins avaient été tuées lors d’une manifestation en faveur de la protection de la réserve, suite à de violents affrontements avec les forces de l’ordre. “Cette fois-ci, nous n’avons pas formé de mouvement de masse pour protéger Mabira. Mais cela ne signifie pas que les gens se laisseront faire. La situation est actuellement comparable à un volcan sur le point d’entrer en éruption”, affirme le professeur Oweyegha-Afunaduula.Le 10 septembre 2011 à 15:25 • Maxime Lambert
Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGrand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands – February 8, 2018 – Following on from the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, government services have resumed across all sectors, but it is important for the general public and our clients to be aware that there remain challenges in a number of key areas which currently impact service delivery.The islands of Grand Turk, South Caicos and Salt Cay which account for 54% of government staff, suffered significant damage to government infrastructure during the last hurricane season. This is in addition to damage to schools which accounted for the majority of loss.As of today there remain a significant number of displaced departments which are currently being housed within other departments whilst they await repairs to government infrastructure. This includes critical departments such as the Information Technology, Customs, Planning, Land Registry, Public Works, Land Survey, Internal Audit and other departments on the island of Grand Turk. Following on from the Hurricanes the Ministry of Infrastructure conducted damage assessments and costing on all government buildings.In the area of communication, we have noted a marked improvement in communication services on the island of Grand Turk which should result in the full functionality of department phones. To this end persons can now once again reach departments through the switchboard numbers 946-2801 and 338-2801, while a full listing of government direct extensions is also posted on the governments website for easy reference. Kindly note that the departments telephone lines operate on a Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) system which relies on the stability of the network itself.Revenue and Expenditure systems have suffered a number of challenges during recent months due to internet and communication instability, but with recent improvements by telecommunication providers this should shortly be resolved.We take the opportunity to thank our clients for their patience during this period and do hope that we can work to expeditiously resolve all remaining concerns.Please see below an updated listing of the affected departments new operating locations:Customs Department – Treasury Department, Front StreetCentral Information Technology Unit – Treasury Department, Front StreetPublic Works Department – Former Chief Minister’s Office, Government Compound, Pond StreetPlanning Department – Former Chief Minister’s Office, Government Compound, Pond StreetWater Undertaking Department – Former Chief Minister’s Office, Government Compound, Pond StreetLand Registry Department – Attorney General’s Chambers, Waterloo Plaza, Airport RoadValuation Department – Attorney General’s Chambers, Waterloo Plaza, Airport RoadSurvey and Mapping Department – Attorney General’s Chambers, Waterloo Plaza, Airport RoadCrown Land Unit – Attorney General’s Chambers, Waterloo Plaza, Airport RoadElections Department – Strategic Policy and Planning Unit, South BaseInternal Audit Department – Audit Department, Tony Clarke Office ComplexRoad Safety Department – Printing Department, Ruthann Lightbourne PlazaMinistry of Education, Youth and Sports – Franklyn Misick Building, Church FollyTCIG Press ReleasePhoto by Magnetic Media, Providenciales Police Headquarters after Hurricane Irma Editorial: Listen to your Mama TCI Premier Responds To Beaches’ Letter Announcing Closure Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#hurricaneirmatci, #hurricanemariatci, TCIG Seriously, Sixth Form registration begins at Clement Howell High Aug 15
“We think about labeling very carefully,” said Condé Nast’s Dirk Standen. “We aren’t trying to fool our readers.” Lacy agreed, continuing, “From my perspective, we all have to look at things that are non-traditional,” but reiterating seconds later that, “print is the fundamental underpinning of any media program.” “The silver bullet is our knowledge of the consumer,” added Lacy, “and our ability to move away from our reliance on things like direct mail and the newsstand.” “There’s not a day that goes by when I’m not asked for a cover,” added Essence editor-in-chief Vanessa De Luca. “They want to be associated with a brand that’s trusted. They can’t create that relationship on their own.” On a panel about native and content marketing, Hearst Magazines digital media VP Lee Sosin stated that the recently-released FTC guidance on best practices in native advertising will level the playing field and help legacy brands rise to the top, ostensibly due to their relative adherence to transparency and journalistic integrity compared to less-established startups in a crowded digital field. “We have the greatest content makers in the world,” said Condé Nast president and CEO, Bob Sauerberg, on an afternoon panel that included Ripp, Hearst Magazines president David Carey, Meredith chairman and CEO Stephen Lacy, and Rodale Inc. chairman and CEO Maria Rodale. See also: AMMC Day One Recap Like advertisers, individuals still recognize the power of being associated with popular magazine brands, reported the speakers on a panel about selling celebrity news. Ripp closed an optimistic CEO panel by urging the audience to “seize this moment of disruption in magazine media,” but the discussion wasn’t the only highlight of an event program brimming with marquee names—both within magazine media and without. When Stelter turned the discussion towards just what types of efforts the companies were making to embrace change, Ripp reported that Time Inc. had just hired its first ever chief data officer, arguing that everything publishers do is in some way a data collection effort now. Promoting greater synergy among brands, too, is key. Sauerberg said video for Condé Nast. Lacy described learning to better interact with the consumer and shifting marketers “to the bottom of the purchase funnel.” Rodale, whose company announced the bold move to cut print advertising from Prevention on Monday, said there’s simply not as much to lose anymore, so even the largest publishers feel free to take risks. “Consumer revenue, in any shape or form,” stated Rodale. “Trust in the media is at an all time low. Consumers are willing to pay for media that’s free of bullshit.” “The only thing that limits us is our creativity and our willingness to think differently,” added Time Inc. EVP of business development, Erik Moreno. Indeed, where the “Independents” touted all of the bold and innovative ways they’re embracing and thriving in a fast-evolving magazine media world on Monday, Tuesday’s programming allowed the industry’s giants to reassert both the enduring prominence of their brands and their positions as powerful creators in today’s content-hungry environment. Secret service personnel weaved through the crowd of magazine media pro’s at the Grand Hyatt in advance of First Lady Michelle Obama taking the stage alongside actresses Lena Dunham and Julianne Moore to promote the White House’s charitable education initiative Let Girls Learn. Condé Nast, Hearst, Meredith, and Time Inc. pledged a combined $9 million in advertising space to the cause. Obama drew some cheers from the sharp audience when she referred to her successor as the “First Spouse.” Magazine covers remain a powerful commodity, the panel argued, and publishers are in a position to leverage that authority, said The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group president Janice Min. Stelter closed the discussion by asking each participant to name their biggest growth area for the year ahead. “We’ll keep fighting for the print business,” said Sauerberg, adding that consumers love magazines and predicting that this connection will allow magazine media to flourish as the economy—and advertisers’ bottom lines—improves. Brand power, after all, extends across any medium. None of the five executives blinked when asked by CNN’s Brian Stelter what made them nervous in today’s climate. Arguing that all media is naturally disruptive, Carey said publishers have been forced to adapt and have become much better at subscription generation. Time Inc. chairman and CEO, Joe Ripp, closed day one of the American Magazine Media Conference (AMMC) Monday afternoon by declaring that, once again, “content is king.” “No one has ever said, ‘I’m dying to see my client at the top of the feed on ESPN.com,'” said ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com editor-in-chief Chad Millman. “You can’t make a poster out of that.” Elsewhere on the event program, Arianna Huffington promoted her upcoming book, “The Sleep Revolution,” and late-night host Seth Meyers chatted about the Iowa caucuses over lunch with Gayle King, New York Magazine columnist Jonathan Chait, Time editor Nancy Gibbs, and Vanity Fair contributing editor Michael Kinsley.
Washington: The US is working on a two-pronged strategy to defuse fresh tensions between India and Pakistan after New Delhi revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, senior officials from the Trump administration here said. The first strategy is to exert pressure on Pakistan to refrain it from indulging in any cross-border infiltration or providing material or financial support to terrorist activities in India, particularly in Kashmir, they said. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us The second strategy is to encourage India to bring normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir and ensure that human rights of the people there are protected, political prisoners are released and channels of communications are reopened. President Donald Trump is “calling” on Pakistan “to prevent the infiltration of militants across the line of control and to crack down on terror groups on its territory that have attacked India in the past”, a senior US government official said. Also Read – Imran calls on Pakistanis to take part in ‘Kashmir Hour’ Advertise With Us Reflecting on the first part of the strategy, another official said in the midst of the escalating Indo-Pak tensions, it is important that Islamabad demonstrates its commitment to not let its soil being used for cross border terrorism. Referring to the massive infiltration of terrorists and non-state actors by Pakistan inside India in 1989, the official said the US has warned Islamabad against repeating any such tactics. Advertise With Us “The 1989 playbook was a failure for both the people of Kashmir as well as for Pakistan,” the official said, adding that the US does not want Pakistan to use the current Indo-Pak situation for massive infiltration of terrorist and non-state actors inside India. US officials have also warned Pakistan of facing an imminent prospect of being blacklisted by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) if Islamabad doesn’t act on its commitments against terrorism financing. France-based FATF is an inter-governmental organisation to develop policies to combat money laundering and terrorism financing. Recently, in a telephonic conversation with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, Trump asked him to tone down the rhetoric against India and avoid escalating tensions over the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. On the second part of the strategy involving India, US officials said the Trump administration are focussing on human rights issues in Jammu and Kashmir, particularly in the Kashmir Valley. The US “continues to be very concerned by reports of detentions” and continued restrictions in the region, a senior state department official said. “The US urges respect for individual rights, compliance with legal procedures and an inclusive dialogue with those affected,” the official added. The human rights issue, another official said, is likely to come up during the meeting between Modi and Trump in France on the sidelines of the G-7 summit. “The president will likely want to hear from Prime Minister Modi on how he plans to reduce regional tensions and uphold respect for human rights in Kashmir, as part of India’s role as the world’s largest democracy,” the official said.
Sometimes 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. 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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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An Indian patient who drank toxic bootleg liquor is treated at Kushal Konwar Civil Hospital in Golaghat district in the northeastern Indian state of Assam on 23 February, 2019. Photo: AFPNinety-three workers have died and at least 200 others have been hospitalised in northeastern India after drinking toxic liquor, officials said Saturday, in the latest case of alcohol poisoning in the country.The deaths in Assam state came less than two weeks after tainted liquor killed about 100 people in the northern states of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.”The number of dead (in the district) has now increased to 58, and another 75 people are undergoing treatment” in local hospitals, Dhiren Hazarika, deputy commissioner of Golaghat district in Assam, told AFP.Another official from the neighbouring district of Jorhat said that 35 people had died there after consuming a batch of “spurious liquor”.Hazarika said people started falling sick after consuming a batch of illegally produced liquor late Thursday.The victims, who include many women, worked at local tea estates in the region. The death toll could rise further as both officials said some of the afflicted were in a critical condition.”The people came to the hospital with severe vomiting, extreme chest pain and breathlessness,” doctor Ratul Bordoloi, joint director of Golaghat’s health department, told AFP.Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has ordered an inquiry.State police said they had arrested one man for selling the liquor, and authorities said two excise department officials were suspended for failing to take adequate precautions over the sale of the alcohol.Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma told AFP that state authorities had collated “at least 80” deaths in the districts. “But apart from this some more people died outside the hospital,” he added.”I also met the family members and relatives and ensured them that the perpetrators will not be spared,” Sarma said in a Twitter comment.Some media reports, citing anonymous sources, said that more than 100 people had died and the exact number was still being verified by authorities.Cheap, locally made liquor is common in parts of rural India and bootleggers often add methanol — a highly toxic form of alcohol sometimes used as an anti-freeze — to their product to increase its strength.If ingested in large quantities, methanol can cause blindness, liver damage and death.Hundreds of mainly poor people die each year in the South Asian country from tainted liquor, which normally costs just a few US cents a bottle.Of the estimated five billion litres of alcohol drunk every year in India, around 40 per cent is illegally produced, according to the International Spirits and Wine Association of India.Many Indian states have implemented or pushed for prohibition, which, according to critics, further increases the unsupervised manufacture and sale of alcohol.
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