Intel® Solid State Drives Speed up Game Loading by up to 78 Percent

first_imgWhen it comes to video games, speed is the word. And game developers are constantly looking for new ways to enhance the end-user experience, getting players into the game faster so they can enjoy more exciting, immersive game play.A team of Intel engineers recently conducted tests to explore how Intel® Solid-State Drives (Intel® SSDs) might improve the end-user experience by accelerating game load times and increasing visual fidelity. The results were striking: Intel® SSDs sped up game loading by up to 78 percent while delivering more fluid character animation.“With an Intel® SSD, we can add 20 to 40 textures per frame in real time during game play without any need for scheduling,” explained Tim Sweeney, founder and CEO of Epic Games. “Latency is low enough to load resources ‘just in time,’ immediately before they are accessed, so we can build fundamentally more detailed and interesting games.”For the whole story, read our new business success story.  As always, you can find this one, and many more, in the Intel.com Reference Room and IT Center.last_img read more

Abueva, Teng lead Alaska rout of Rain or Shine in preseason

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Calvin Abueva led six Aces in double-digit scoring with 19 points that went with seven rebounds while Ronald Pascual and Jeron Teng had 15 points apiece.Abueva teamed up with Vic Manuel in the fourth quarter as the two bruisers accounted for Alaska’s last 11 points inside the final five minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingManuel finished with 12 points while Simon Enciso and Carl Cruz had 11 and 10 points, respectively.The Aces shot 61% from the field and 29 out of 36 made field goals came off assists. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Filipinos look to shock the world at ONE Bangkok card MOST READ LATEST STORIES Pre-season game between Rain or Shine Elastopainters vs Alaska Aces. Photo from PBA.phAlaska had everything clicking against Rain or Shine on Wednesday.The Aces were efficient on offense and lethal on defense to stifle the Elasto Painters, 110-97, for their first win in the preseason Wednesday at Upper Deck Gym in Pasig City.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claimscenter_img Alaska never trailed and led by as much as 17, 56-39, after a basket by Enciso.The Elasto Painters, who were without James Yap, Raymond Almazan and Jay Washington, cut to four with 5:02 left after a triple by Jeramy King.But that’s when Abueva and Manuel took charge for Alaska. Back-to-back conversions by Manuel gave the Aces a 110-95 advantage with only 1:06 to go.Ed Daquioag tallied 18 points while Maverick Ahanmisi and Chris Tiu chipped in 13 points each for Rain or Shine, which was held to only one field goal in the last five minutes.ADVERTISEMENT Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Malditas save PH from shutout After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View commentslast_img read more

HTC launches Desire 820G+ Dual SIM in India at Rs.19,999

first_imgTaiwanese tech major HTC on Thursday launched its new mid-range smartphone, the Desire 820G+ Dual SIM in India at a price of Rs.19,999. The HTC Desire 820G+ Dual SIM will be available in the colours Santorini White, Saffron Grey and Milky-way grey.Talking about its specifications, the Desire 820G+ comes with a 5.5-inch HD display with a resolution of 720×1280 pixels. It is powered by a 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6592 processor coupled with 1GB of RAM.It comes with 16GB of internal memory which is expandable up to 32GB via microSD. The smartphone sports a 13MP rear autofocus camera with LED flash and an 8MP front-facing snapper.The dualSIM smartphone runs Android 4.4 KitKat with the company’s custom Sense UI on top.The Desire 820G+ supports 3G (no 4G LTE) and is backed by a 2,600mAh battery.”At only Rs.19,990 the HTC Desire 820G+ dual SIM delivers one of the most features found with a smartphone at this price. With an outstanding user experience in a sleek, chic, slim and colourful package,” Faisal Siddiqui, president, South Asia, HTC said.Meanwhile, HTC is also reportedly looking to start manufacturing smartphones in India soon. If this happens, HTC will join the ranks of South Korean giant Samsung that already manufactured smartphones in India.Reportedly, HTC is planning to set up an assembling and manufacturing unit in Noida, Uttar Pradeesh with Global Devices Netwowrk (GDN).last_img read more

FC Pune City sign former Chelsea winger Adrian Mutu as marquee footballer

first_imgIndian Super League (ISL) franchise FC Pune City on Thursday signed former Fiorentina and Chelsea winger Adrian Mutu as its marquee player for this year’s edition of the football league.The 36-year-old Romanian, who was a part of the Juventus side that won the Serie A title twice in 2004-05 and 2005-06, was also the Coppa Italia top scorer in 2009-10. He last played for Romanian club Petrolul Ploiesti.”The commitment of the (FC Pune City) management for having me as a part of the club was one of the primary reasons for me to join. This certainly will be one of the biggest challenges of my career so far and I look forward to it,” Mutu, who scored 35 goals in 77 matches for Romania before retiring in 2013, said in a release.Pune has started the celebrations! @OrangeArmyFCPC pic.twitter.com/zU8x6lDz5j FC Pune City (@FCPuneCity) July 30, 2015The talismanic winger began his career with Romanian club Arges Pitesti and has also played for big clubs like Inter Milan and Juventus. His prolific form with Parma brought him a 22.5 million euros transfer to Chelsea in 2003. Also read: Mumbai City FC sign Bustos, Bertin, Piquionne Pune City also confirmed to have signed Ivory Coast legend Didier Zokora. The 34-year-old, who has 123 games under his belt for Ivory Coast, is the most capped player in the country’s history.”I am excited to get this chance to play for FC Pune City in ISL. I have played in many countries before and every country has presented a new challenge,” Zakora, a defensive midfielder, said.advertisement”I am sure this journey to India will be exciting and memorable one for me. I hope I can help my team become champions.”Related: Mumbai City FC sign Tunisia’s Selim Benachour Head coach David Platt said: “Adrian has experience at the highest level and a professional motivation to succeed. I’ve admired him from afar for some years and am very excited at the prospect of us working together for the benefit of FC Pune City.”Co-owner and Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan was delighted to have the two stalwarts joining his side. “In Mutu and Zokora, we have players with world class experience. I am sure all the players will learn a lot from their presence in the squad, especially about how to manage such long careers in such an intense sport,” said Hrithik.Pune in the last few weeks have also signed Costa Rican striker Yendrick Ruiz, left back Nicky Shorey and goalkeeper Steve Simonsen from England to strengthen their squad.last_img read more

Ian Chappell calls Virat Kohli a better captain than Steve Smith

first_imgFormer Australia captain Ian Chappell is in awe of India skipper Virat Kohli. In his column on ESPNCricinfo, Chappell lauded Kohli and Steve Smith for leading their teams from the front. Both made their Test captaincy debut in India’s tour of Australia in 2014-15.Chappell also said Kohli tries to “win the game for as long as humanly possible”.Kohli has been in a sensational form this year amassing 2,580 runs in international cricket, including three double centuries.The 28-year-old, who scored his career-best 235 against England in the Mumbai Test which India won to clinch the series, became the first captain ever to score double centuries in three consecutive series. (Running out of adjectives for Kohli and Ashwin: Ganguly to India Today)Chappell praised both Kohli and Smith for prioritising their duties of being batsman first.”Both Kohli and Smith have successfully managed the priority of being batting captains. Never forget that making a mountain of runs is a sure way to lead by example. Kohli has displayed the ability to lift his already high standard in times of need, and there was no better example than his second-innings century against Australia at Adelaide Oval. Not only was it an inspirational innings, it firmly declared his hand as a captain who would try to win the game for as long as humanly possible,” Chappell wrote in his column. (Also read: Virat Kohli one of the batting greats of our generation: Alastair Cook)”Even when his team was going through a horror patch of five successive Test losses, Smith remained the side’s most consistent batsman. His defiant 48 not out in Hobart, when everyone around him succumbed to the relentless South African attack, was a great example of a captain who refused to wilt,” he added.advertisementThe Aussie great, however, rated Kohli a notch above current Australia captain Steve Smith as a leader when it comes to handling of spinners.Ravichandran Ashwin has been immensely successful under Kohli’s captaincy, bagging four back-to-back Man of the Series awards for his bowling exploits.Ashwin has been the leading Test wicket-taker in 2016 with 71 wickets from 11 matches at an average of 21.32.”For a captain who understands bowling – and especially in relation to spinners – the original placing of the field and any resultant changes should come fairly naturally. If it doesn’t then the bowler and the team are in trouble.””One area where Kohli has shaded Smith is in the handling of spinners. Under his leadership R Ashwin has prospered as the leader of India’s attack. In contrast, there have been times when Nathan Lyon has struggled to the point where his selection was in doubt until he produced a much-improved effort in Adelaide,” he wrote.It’s Smith 1 and Kohli 0 in the two matches in which they have faced-off. Kohli will look to avenge the defeat when the Australia travel to India for a four-match Test series in February-March next year.”It should be a fascinating contest between these two evolving captains when they clash in early 2017. With both aspects – batting and captaincy – of equal importance, it will be the one who provides plenty of runs and inspiration for his bowlers who will be holding aloft the Border-Gavaskar Trophy,” Chappell concluded.Kohli in Tests as captain: Matches Overall Win Loss Draw Win % Highest Score Avg 21 13 2 6 61.9 235 65.50 Matches Away Win Loss Draw Win % Highest Score Avg 10 4 2 4 40.00 200 63.13 Matches Home Win Loss Draw Win % Highest Score Avg 11 9 0 2 81.81 235 67.58Smith in Tests as captain: Matches Overall Win Loss Draw Win % Highest Score Avg 17 8 5 4 47.06 192 68.11 Matches Away Win Loss Draw Win % Highest Score Avg 5 2 3 0 40.00 138 63.62 Matches Home Win Loss Draw Win % Highest Score Avg 12 6 2 4 50.00 192 70.11 (Stats courtesy Rajneesh Gupta)last_img read more

Five hockey players appointed as DSP in Punjab Police

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 26 (PTI) Nine eminent international sports persons, including five hockey players, were today appointed as Deupty Superitendent of Police under sports quota by the Punjab government. Prolific midfielder Manpreet Singh, forward Akashdeep Singh, Sarvanjit Singh, Ramandeep Singh, Gurwinder Singh Chandi and Dharamvir Singh from the Indian mens national hockey team that won the 2014 Asian Games gold were appointed as Deputy Superintendent of Police in a fucntion in Chandigarh which was attended by Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal. Manpreet and Akashdeep were also part of the team that won the historic silver medal at the FIH Champions Trophy in London earlier this year apart from representing the country at the 2016 Rio Olympics and also winning the Asian Champions Trophy this year. “It is a great honour to get appointed as Deputy Superintendent of Police. I would like to thank the Punjab government for recognising our efforts in hockey,” said Manpreet, who flew down from Kolkata, where he was playing the Beighton Cup, for the ceremony. Other sports personalities who were offered the job of DSP in Punjab Police include three-time Asian Games and Commonwealth Games medalist Mandeep Kaur, Asian Games silver medalist athlete Khusbir Kaur and Asian Games bronze medalist Amandeep Kaur from athletics. PTI SSC ATlast_img read more

OSU has new helmets and they are incredible

first_imgA closer look at #OKState’s Bronc Rider helmets for today’s Homecoming game. #OKStateHC #OSUniTracker pic.twitter.com/bFDuwhUANn— Oklahoma State (@OSUAthletics) October 25, 2014The best part is that it says Aggies on the front.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Today’s #okstate helmet. Photo by: @sarahcphipps pic.twitter.com/YnWx9Ivwrv— Oklahoman Photo Dept (@NewsOKPhoto) October 25, 2014last_img read more

Talking Horses: from the North Yorkshire Grand National to the Dubai Carnival

first_imgIt is the biggest day of the jumping season at Catterick Bridge, as nine runners go to post to chase a first prize of £16,000 in the North Yorkshire Grand National, and while I Just Know and Sun Cloud are vying for favouritism, Gonalston Cloud (2.35) could prove to be a better bet at odds of around 11-1.Nick Kent’s gelding is unlikely to be getting any better at the age of 11, but he has been a tough and consistent chaser at his best in recent seasons and goes particularly well over extreme trips such as Catterick’s three miles and six furlongs. He also tends to run into form at this point in the season, with a win on Boxing Day in 2016 followed by a close second in this race off a 3lb lower mark. Share on Pinterest Hide That form reads well in the context of this line-up, in which only Sun Cloud, who returns to fences after a spell over hurdles, has winning form at the trip. Gonalston Cloud appears to have been targeted at a return to Catterick from a long way out, having raced only once, in a hurdle race over an inadequate trip in December, since the Midlands Grand National in March, and while Sun Cloud is a solid opponent, Gonalston Cloud has far more appeal at the prices. Un Prophete (1.30) bounced back from a fall to win readily at Exeter last time out, a race in which the third and fourth horses home both won in their next outings. A 5lb rise should not be enough to stop him, while Nendrum (3.45), a 24-length winner in a decent time at Musselburgh last time out, will also be hard to beat in the closing race on the card. Du Soleil (3.25) makes most appeal on the card at Leicester while Theglasgowwarrior (3.00) and Jellmood (4.05) both go to post with obvious chances on the all-weather Flat card at Newcastle, but the pick of the action for Flat fans on Thursday is the first card of this year’s Dubai Carnival at Meydan. Thunder Snow, who took the Group One Prix Jean Prat last summer but is perhaps best remembered for his bucking bronco impression after leaving the stalls in the Kentucky Derby in May, runs in the Group Two at 4.50, while Benbatl, fifth home behind Wings Of Eagles in last summer’s Derby at Epsom, lines up for a Group Three at 4.15. blogposts Support The Guardian Horse racing tips Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Catterick 12.30 Turning Gold 1.00 Chu Chu Percy 1.30 Un Prophete (nap) 2.05 Hear No Evil 2.35 Gonalston Cloud (nb) 3.10 Pokora Du Lys 3.45 NendrumChelmsford 5.55 Ross Raith Rover 6.30 Arnarson 7.00 Hairdryer 7.30 Spiritofmintoul 8.00 Arcadian Sea 8.30 Mercury 9.00 Black TruffleLeicester 12.45 Not AnotherMuddle 1.15 Ballyrock 1.45 Acting Lass 2.20 Canyouringmeback 2.50 Fields Of Glory 3.25 Du SoleilNewcastle 1.55 Artful Rogue 2.25 Esspeegee 3.00 Theglasgowwarrior 3.35 Battle Lines 4.05 Jellmood 4.35 Aleef 5.05 Native Appeal  Topics Fergal O’Brien will steer favourite Barney Dwan away from Warwick chasecenter_img Quick guide Racing tips for Thursday 11 January Talking Horses Share on Facebook Show Horse racing Was this helpful? Since you’re here… Thank you for your feedback. Share on Messenger … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Read more Share on Twitterlast_img read more

10 months agoREVEALED: Ramsey blanked Bale urgings to choose Juventus

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: Ramsey blanked Bale urgings to choose Juventusby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGareth Bale urged Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey to join him at Real Madrid.The Mirror says Bale attempted to lure Wales team-mate Ramsey to Real Madrid, it has been claimed.The Arsenal midfielder is out of contract in the summer and looks set to join Juventus on a free transfer.Ramsey joined Arsenal in 2008 and has featured 354 times for the north Londoners, winning three FA Cups.The Gunners had been negotiating a new deal with the midfielder but discussions broke down over a stand off in pay.Despite the 25-year-old playing 25 games under Unai Emery so far this season, the Spaniard seems content with letting him go. last_img read more

Vegas Unveils Early Prediction For Alabama-Louisville

first_imgA pylon with the SEC logo on it.ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 07: An ‘SEC’ logo is seen on an end zone pylon before the Missouri Tigers take on the Auburn Tigers during the SEC Championship Game at Georgia Dome on December 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)We’re three months away from the start of college football season. The Week 1 schedule this year is awesome.One of the bigger matchups between Power 5 schools on that first weekend is Alabama-Louisville in Orlando. The Crimson Tide are the defending national champions.It would have been great to see Lamar Jackson against this Crimson Tide defense, but the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner is in the NFL. That means the Cardinals will be breaking in a new QB against Alabama.As you might imagine, the Tide are favored in this game. One Vegas sportsbook is picking them by more than three touchdowns.Las Vegas’ South Point sportsbook released its early lines for Week 1.It has installed Alabama as a 25.5-point favorite.Week 1 college football lines @southpointlv:Washington vs. Auburn -3West Virginia -9.5 vs. TennesseeMichigan -1 at Notre DameLousivlle vs. Alabama -25.5Miami, Fla. -3 vs. LSUVa. Tech at Florida St -4— David Payne Purdum (@DavidPurdum) June 3, 2018Alabama and Louisville will kick off at 8 p.m. ET on Sept. 1 from Camping World Stadium in Orlando.The game will be broadcast on ABC.last_img read more

Housing market expected to slow next year but prices still forecast to

first_imgTORONTO – New stricter mortgage rules are expected to slow the housing market next year, but prices are still expected to rise about five per cent, according to a report by Royal LePage.In its market survey forecast, the real estate firm says its house price composite, which measures prices in 53 Canadian cities, is expected to increase 4.9 per cent next year to $661,919.A new stress test for homebuyers who don’t need mortgage insurance will be required starting next year.The new rules are expected to reduce the maximum amount buyers who have a down payment of 20 per cent or more will be able to borrow starting Jan. 1.Royal LePage said some potential buyers looking to upgrade may delay listing their homes as they will not be able to access sufficient financing for a planned new home.However, it said that with further diminished affordability, it is likely that demand for entry-level properties will surge.“Insufficient housing supply in Canada’s largest cities will begin to drive significant price increases to higher than normal levels once the market adjusts to the new stress test,” Royal LePage CEO Phil Soper said in a statement.“Aggressive home price inflation is still more of a threat today than the risk of a market crash in Toronto or Vancouver. On the other side of the coin, regions where demand is soft and already struggling to absorb the supply of homes for sale may have difficulty adjusting to these measures.”The Royal LePage report suggests home prices in the Greater Toronto Area are expected to increase 6.8 per cent in 2018, while the Greater Montreal Area is expected to see an increase of 5.5 per cent.Greater Vancouver is expected to increase 5.2 per cent in 2018.Meanwhile, the Teranet–National Bank national composite house price index for November was down 0.5 per cent from the previous month, the third consecutive monthly decline.The index fell in four of the 11 metropolitan areas surveyed including Toronto, Hamilton, Ottawa-Gatineau and Edmonton.Compared with a year ago, the national composite index was up 9.2 per cent, the smallest 12-month gain since June 2016.last_img read more

Man killed wife injured in Armour Street shooting incident

A man killed and his wife was injured following a shooting incident in Armour Street today.The Police said that two gunmen had arrived on a motorbike and opened fire on a car in Armour Street. A 42 year old man, identified as Anthony Raj from Dematagoda, was killed in the shooting incident while his wife sustained injuries. (Colombo Gazette)

Another soldier succumbs to injuries

The Yal Devi train was on its way to Jaffna from Colombo when the accident occurred. Another soldier has succumbed to his injuries following an accident in Kilinochchi yesterday, taking the death toll to six.Five soldiers were initially killed when a train crashed into a military truck in Kilinochchi yesterday. Two others were injured and admitted to hospital of which one of them succumbed to his injuries last night.The truck had attempted to cross the railway line when the train had crashed into it. read more

Goodman professors win awards at ASAC 2014

Fayez Elayan (left) and Jennifer Li (right) receive their plaques from the chair of the Accounting Division, Han Donker from the University of Alaska Anchorage, during the ASAC 2014 conference. Several Goodman School of Business professors won awards at the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada 2014 conference, which was held in Muskoka May 10-13:Fayez Elayan, Jennifer Li, Zhefeng Frank Liu and Sandra Felton, all from the Department of Accounting, won the Best Paper Award in the Accounting division for their coauthored paper: “Ethical Performance, Financial Performance and the Quality of Financial Reporting.”Two professors from the department of Marketing, International Business and Strategy won awards in the Case Track division. Eric Dolansky won the Laurier School of Business and Economics Award for his case “401 Games,” and Herb MacKenzie received the Long Time Reviewer Award. read more

At GA debate Gulf State ministers pledge support for nuclearfree zone in

In his statement, Minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah stressed that Oman continues to support the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, adding that “the end of this dispute does not come through coercive policies and practices, such as sanctions and other measures with limited frames that weaken their effectiveness.”On the other hand, he urged the international community, particularly the depositary States of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), to persuade States in the Middle East to join the treaty and to subject their nuclear facilities to the comprehensive control system under the supervision of the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).Similarly, Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa said his country supports Iran’s talks with the P5+1 grouping, which is made up of the five Security Council permanent members – China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and United States – along with Germany.He also noted Bahrain’s commitment to cooperate with the UN to enhance stability in the sensitive regions and reject “terrorism, extremism and violence.”Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Bin Mohammed Al-Khalifa of Bahrain. UN Photo/Paulo FilgueirasIn that vein, he urged the international community to add the Lebanese Hezbollah to the international list of terrorism organizations “in view of their criminal terrorist acts” aimed at terrorizing civilians and “generating instability and chaos.” Addressing the 68th General Assembly debate, which concludes tomorrow, the Foreign Ministers also voiced support for the ongoing peace efforts in Syria related to the implementation of the Geneva Communiqué. “We invite the United Nations and the international community to shoulder their responsibilities by taking the appropriate deterrent measures to halt the serious violations of human rights to which the Syrian people are subjected,” said Sheikh Khalid.In addition, in his separate statement, Mr. bin Alawi also pledged support and humanitarian assistance to the displaced Syrians and those seeking refuge in neighbouring countries. read more

Military escalation will have serious consequences for Yemeni civilians warns UN Special

In a statement issued amid reports that a major air and ground assault is now underway against the key Red Sea port city, Martin Griffiths also warned that it “will have an impact” on his efforts to bring the warring parties to the negotiating table.Reiterating the UN’s “strong commitment” to reaching a political solution to the conflict, the Special Envoy said that “every opportunity” was being employed to avoid a military confrontation.He added that he and his team were in “constant contact with all the parties involved” to ensure that all of their concerns were addressed, on a political, humanitarian and security level.“I call on the parties to engage constructively with our efforts to spare Hodeidah any military confrontation,” Mr Griffiths’ statement said. “I also call on the parties to exercise restraint and to give peace a chance.”Since fighting escalated in the Arabian peninsula State in March 2015, thousands of civilians have been killed and the vast majority of the population – some 22 million people – have become dependent on humanitarian assistance. I also call on the parties to exercise restraint and to give peace a chance – Martin Griffiths, UN Special EnvoyThe attack on Hodeida is significant since it is a key access point for aid and other everyday items for ordinary Yemen.Speaking in Geneva in response to reports that fighting had intensified around Hodeida, UN Refugee Agency chief Filippo Grandi said that it would make aid access “more difficult”.“It’s not just the humanitarian access which has been on and off, but is also more important, access of goods through trade. Fuel, food, medicines, at least these three big areas. And I think that fighting will make it more difficult for that access to happen.”UNHCR had already taken the decision to pull out international staff ahead of the attack, Mr Grandi said, but not national staff, who he said were left “more exposed”.The UN refugee chief added that it was a “miracle” that more aid personnel had not become victims of the violence that claimed the life of a Lebanese national from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the city of Taiz, south of Hodeida, in April.Even before the current conflict, Yemen was one of the poorest countries in the world and imports provided almost all of its daily requirements.Across the country, the fighting between forces loyal to President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi supported by the Saudi coalition and Houthi rebels has left fewer than half of the country’s health facilities operational.Basic medical needs cannot be met, leaving ordinary Yemenis vulnerable to preventable diseases, including cholera, which affected more than one million people last year. read more

Ehire Adrianza Twins agree to 13M 1year contract

MINNEAPOLIS — Infielder Ehire Adrianza and the Minnesota Twins agreed to a $1.3 million, one-year contract, a raise of $300,000.The deal was announced Thursday, a day before the deadline for teams to offer 2019 contracts to unsigned players on their 40-man rosters.Adrianza, 29, hit .251 with six homers and 39 RBIs in 114 games for the Twins this year.He is eligible for free agency after the 2020 season.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

Prince William meets first responders to Manchester terror attack

first_imgHe added: “He was asking if we were getting enough support. “It’s nice that he took the time out to come and show us what we did is appreciated.”William also spoke to Christopher Jenkins, 29, a PCSO who was off duty on the night of the bombing but he lives close to the arena and was one of the first on the scene. The Duke of Cambridge has arrived at Greater Manchester Police HQ to meet officers who were among the first to respond to the bombing.  Prince William met Chief Constable Ian Hopkins as he arrived at the headquarters on a visit to the city on Friday morning.  The Duke spoke to some of the first responders on the scene, including Pc Michael Buckley, 47, who was off duty on the night of the bombing and waiting for his daughter Stephanie, 15, who had been at the Ariana Grande concert.Mr Buckley tended to the injured in between trying to contact his daughter, who suffered concussion and some crush injuries in the attack. Prince William meets with cadets He said: “I eventually met her in a hotel in the early hours of the morning.”She just ran to me and grabbed hold of me but I couldn’t hold her because I was covered in other people’s blood.Speaking about the scene in the arena, he said: “When I walked into the foyer of the arena it was absolute devastation, there were people screaming, others crying and others making no sound at all.”I knew my daughter was in there somewhere.”Mr Buckley said the Duke asked him about the incident.center_img 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. Mr Jenkins said: “It was absolute chaos. People were screaming and running in different directions.”I was just trying to feed back to communications as much as I could.”He added: “Prince William was asking us about what happened. He’s a good lad.”He was showing us respect and showing us gratitude for what we did.”  Prince William meets with cadetsCredit:ITNlast_img read more

RIM Playbook 16GB to be 499 available late March

first_imgWhile the HP TouchPad is on the horizon, the RIM PlayBook is heading towards a release, and we now have a price for it.A leaked image from Office Depot shows the 16GB WiFi PlayBook listed as $499. The in-store release window is Week 17, which puts it at a late March/early April release date. The only other information listed is what we already know: Flash support, dual HD cameras, BlackBerry tethering for e-mail.RIM has decided to price the PlayBook the same as the equivalent iPad model which may or may not be a wise decision. RIM is, after all, all about business customers but can also rely to some extent on BlackBerry ownerspicking up the PlayBook without needing a price advantage over the iPad.With a number of retailers deciding to sell the PlayBook, we could see a bit of movement on that price as competition kicks in.Read more at CrackBerry.comlast_img read more