Citi works to defend wealthy clients from rival bank poachers

first_imgHit by the massive fraud in its Gurgaon branch perpetrated by its rogue relationship manager Shivraj Puri, Citibank is planning to compensate the victims, even as it moved ‘damage control’ interactions with its High Networth Individual (HNIs) customers into high gear.Puri allegedly diverted over Rs 300 crore of funds from customers and non- customers of Citibank, into personal accounts and had been investing in equities market for over a year.In a statement issued issued on Saturday, Citi said it had been in contact with “impacted customers” and was in the process of reconciling the amounts involved with the customers. It is in the “process of working towards a fair compensation for them,” the bank said.Other banks, meanwhile, have been moving to try and snatch some of Citibank’s HNI customers citing that lack of sufficient risk management systems had led to the fraud.”A couple of days back, I have got a call from Citibank guys asking me to participate in their HNI meet, perhaps to explain their side of the (fraud) story. I am not even a Citibank customer. I see it as an exercise to retain or boost customer base in the wake of the fraud,” said one of the top three executives of a listed broking house, who wished not to be named.Sources said Citi had been responding to a flood of calls on the issue after the scam broke, though the number has been tailing off in recent days.Citibank, however, declined to comment on the issue of rising interactions with HNI customers.advertisementPolice investigation into the issue, revealed that Puri had attracted these funds from some people, including those of Hero Honda promoters, by offering a high returns of two per cent per month. Puri is in police custody for further investigations. About 40 persons or representatives of institutions or companies had walked into the trap laid by Puri.Most of those affected were wealth management customers of Citibank, with high net investible resources. While Citi’s wealth management entry threshold is Rs 36 lakh, it has a far more lucrative private banking business.The entry norms are reported to be much higher – Citi does not divulge details of its private banking business, but banking sources said only clients with minimum investible resources over Rs 5 crore qualified.It offers a range of services to such clients, including Trust Services, Philanthropic Advisory, Art Advisory, Aircraft Advisory and Sports Advisory.Sometimes wealth management involves investment of surplus funds of customer in their bank accounts for maximum returns and releasing funds for specific occasions of the customers like education, marriage and the likes in the customer’s family.Thus, wealth management is driven by returns and trust, which is what other banks want to emphasise and grab Citibank customers away. “This is an opportunity for us to enlist Citibank customers, citing that our bank has better risk management systems and practices compared to that bank,” a relationship executive of another bank, who is not authorised to speak to press, lamented.However, the institutional advisors feel that the Gurgaon fraud of the bank, that raised questions about the customer handling practices followed by banks in general, is unlikely to hit HNI business for them, though ‘sentiment’ has been affected to an extent.An institutional equities head of a listed broking firm said, “It is not a big issue for our business. But sentiment- wise, yes, it has some impact.”SALVAGING GOODWILLCitibank is planning to compensate the victims as it moved ‘damage control’ interactions with its High Networth Individual (HNIs) customers into high gearCiti has been in contact with ” impacted customers” and was in the process of reconciling the amounts involved with the customersOther banks, meanwhile, have been moving to try and snatch some of Citibank’s HNI customers citing that lack of sufficient risk management systems had led to the fraudSources said Citi had been responding to a flood of calls on the issue after the scam broke, though the number has been tailing off in recent daysInstitutional advisors feel that the Gurgaon fraud is unlikely to hit HNI business for them, though ‘ sentiment’ has been affected to an extentlast_img read more

10 months agoBurnley goalkeeper Nick Pope: Great to be back

first_imgBurnley goalkeeper Nick Pope: Great to be backby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley goalkeeper Nick Pope is back in action after recovering from shoulder surgery.Pope played in his first match since dislocating his shoulder in July after turning out for the club’s under-23s on Monday.The 26-year-old played the full 90 minutes of an away clash against Sheffield United, which the Clarets won 3-1.Pope made his England debut in early June and was part of the Three Lions squad for the World Cup in Russia.He said: “It was great to be back, it’s been a long injury spell for myself but to get back and play a real game and 90 minutes was great.“I try to help out where I can, I remember playing those sorts of games when I was their age.“So, it was good to be one of the experienced ones there today, I think that’s part of the experience and part of my job to step down and help the younger lads out.” About the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoMelchiot tells Chelsea striker Abraham: Get nasty like Drogba!

first_imgMelchiot tells Chelsea striker Abraham: Get nasty like Drogba!by Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTammy Abraham needs to develop a nasty streak like former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba. That is according to ex-Blues defender Mario Melchiot.Abraham has already proven his goalscoring chops, having blasted in seven this season. But Melchiot thinks his game can reach another level.”Tammy Abraham is a real finisher but, as much as I like him as a player, he’s sometimes got to be more of a bad boy,” Melchiot told talkSPORT.”You know why? When you play against players like Virgil van Dijk, the striker has to have a bit of badness in him. A bit of nastiness.”OK, look at the guys I played against, like Ryan Giggs. He was so elegant, he dribbled beautifully, but trust me, if I kicked him he would have got up and either kicked me back or found a way to do it – he was one of the best players I played against.”Tammy needs that too. As cute as he looks, he’s young, fresh and exciting to watch, he needs to have that.”If you look at Drogba, [Jimmy Floyd] Hasselbaink, these guys weren’t cute when you played against them.”Be a little bit of a bad boy! Bring that badness out of you!” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Notre Dame Football’s Version Of “Bad Lip Reading” Is Hilarious

first_imgNotre Dame player laughs after doing bad at "Bad Lip Reading".Any version of “Bad Lip Reading” (video of people talking with their voices dubbed over) is usually ridiculously funny. This rendition, produced by Notre Dame football, is no different.Quarterback Malik Zaire and defensive lineman Jay Hayes are in the studio providing the voice-over work. They are both really, really funny. The footage from the video is from last season. If you’re an Irish fan, you should definitely watch this, but if you’re just a fan of laughing a lot, check it out as well. A little something to brighten up your Monday…Courtesy of Malik Zaire and Jay Hayes.— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) March 21, 2016last_img

Canadian in custody in Belize as police investigate Toronto womans death

first_imgThe Canadian government says a citizen is in police custody in Belize in connection with the deaths of a Toronto woman and her American boyfriend.A spokesman with Global Affairs Canada said Thursday afternoon that consular officials are assisting the family of the detained Canadian and are in contact with local authorities.Police in Belize have said 52-year-old Francesca Matus and her American boyfriend, Drew DeVoursney, died of strangulation.Their bodies were found on Monday in a sugar cane field in the country’s Corozal district.They were last seen leaving a bar around 11 p.m. six days earlier.DeVoursney’s mother said earlier on Thursday that the U.S. embassy in Belize told her two people were questioned in the case and have since been released.last_img

Peace Region forecasted to experience milder winter season

first_imgThis year we will experience a weak El Nino, combined with the Blob ( an area of warmer water temps found in the North Pacific). This means El Nino delivers Pacific air to Western Canada instead of Arctic air (warmer) and the presence of the Blob causes the jet stream to track further north. These two working together give the signal of milder weather.This season, mild Pacific air will be more dominant then cold Arctic air and precipitation should be closer to normal amounts of 190 cm of snow and not the 340 cm received last year.“For the next 7-10 days will be quiet with temperatures going up and down, these are considerably milder days with no severe cold spells as there is a lack of persistent Arctic air,” said Gillham. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – This winter season will be milder than normal temperatures, forecasted as a whole for the region.“Compared to the severity of previous winters this winter will be a bit gentler than normal,” said Doug Gillham, Meteorologist for the Weather Network.To forecast weather, Meteorologists use computer models that are designed to simulate dominant jet stream patterns globally for that upcoming season. By looking back to the past for similar patterns and then applying what happened during that winter, comparing the influence of El Nino and La Nina produces weather forecasts.last_img read more

February 6 2002 The slab viewed from the crane i

first_imgFebruary 6, 2002 The slabviewed from the crane is ready for the big day. [Photo by David Tollas & text by TT] and Monisha, inspectthe concrete forms before the concrete is brought in.Ê [TT] The main characterfor the today’s event, “the boom pump”, unwinds its arm to get readyfor its role. [Photo by SueAnaya & text by TT] “The pump” couldshoot 3 cubic yards per minute of concrete. 3 ready-mixed concretetrucks joined in with 28 cubic yards of “plastic” ammunition. [TT] [Photo and textby: TT] The crewscreed the surface while other members place the concrete into theform. [Photo by NadiaBegin & text by TT]last_img

Virtual reality headset shipments took a sharp de

first_imgVirtual reality headset shipments took a “sharp decline” year-on-year in Q2 2018, though the outlook for the market remains positive, according to IDC.The research firm’s ‘Worldwide Quarterly Augmented and Virtual Reality Headset Tracker’ recorded a 33.7% drop in global headset shipments in the second quarter but predicted this to be a “temporary setback as the VR market finds its legs”.The largest contributor to the overall decline in shipments was the shrinking category of ‘screenless viewers’ or smartphone headsets, which fell from 1 million units shipped in Q2 2017 to 409,000 in Q2 2018.“Screenless viewers brought a lot of attention to VR in the early days as the entire market was artificially propped up by brands like Samsung, Alcatel, and Google that bundled the headsets with smartphones,” according to the report.Tethered VR headsets shipments declined 37.3% in Q2 2018, which IDC attributed to brands like Oculus and Sony being unable to maintain the momentum established during a period of price reductions in Q2 2017.However, standalone VR headset shipments grew 417.7% during the quarter, largely due to the global availability of the Oculus Go and Xiaomi Mi VR devices, which IDC said shipped 212,000 units.“The arrival of new products, such as the Oculus Go and HTC Vive Pro, and new brands, combined with the need for greater headset fidelity all point to a positive outlook for the quarters ahead,” according to the report.IDC also noted that VR is starting to see more commercial deployments, with roughly 20% of VR headsets destined for the commercial sector in Q2 2018, up from 14% in Q2 2017.“One of the major issues with the VR market is that consumers still find it difficult to try a VR headset. This is where the commercial market has an opportunity to shine,” said Jitesh Ubrani senior research analyst for IDC Mobile Device Trackers.IDC’s programme vice president for devices and augmented and virtual reality, Tom Mainelli, said: “In a market where mainstream VR content is still lacking, a growing number of vendors are looking to commercial as a way to build their business while they wait for the consumers to catch up.“These vendors are moving beyond entertainment-focused B2C deployments to real-world training scenarios in companies of all sizes, all over the world. IDC expects commercial buyers to represent an increasingly important percentage of the market going forward.”last_img read more

Some 83 of US smart TV owners now connect their d

first_imgSome 83% of US smart TV owners now connect their device to the internet, up from 70% in 2014, according to new research by Parks Associates.The study claims that smart TV ownership increased from 34% to 53% of US broadband households between 2014 and 2018, while ownership of streaming media players has grown from about 21% to almost 40% over the same period.“More connected devices open more opportunities for streaming and OTT services in the home prompting more service announcements such as AT&T’s plans to offer a tiered video streaming service,” said Elizabeth Parks, senior vice president of Parks Associates.The stats were released ahead of Parks Associates’ inaugural Future of Video conference, which is due to take place on December 10-12 at the Marina del Rey Marriott in Marina del Rey, California.last_img read more

The gold shares opened down a hair at the open of

first_img The gold shares opened down a hair at the open of the New York equity markets yesterday morning…but they didn’t stay there long…and by shortly after 10:00 a.m. they were in positive territory…and remained there for the rest of the day.  The small rally that gold had in early electronic trading lit a bit of a fire under its associated stocks…and the HUI rallied right into the close…finishing almost on its high, up 2.94%. Despite silver’s rather sluggish price performance yesterday, the silver shares did pretty well for themselves, as Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed up a respectable 2.87%. I note that gold has now broken above its 50-day moving average Gold traded flat until about lunchtime Hong Kong time on their Tuesday morning…and from there developed a negative bias that lasted until shortly after 12:00 o’clock noon in London.  From there it rallied back to unchanged by the close of Comex trading in New York. But in the electronic market that followed, the gold price added another ten bucks or so going into the 5:15 p.m. EDT electronic close.  But after Monday’s big run-up in price, it was a surprisingly uneventful day. Gold closed the New York trading session at $1,347.70 spot…up $12.50 from Monday.  Volume, net of roll-overs out of the August delivery month, were pretty light…around 103,000 contracts. Both platinum and palladium ran into selling pressure in late Far East and early London trading yesterday…but both rallied back as the Tuesday trading session wore on.  Platinum finished up a few bucks…and palladium finished down a few bucks. (Click on image to enlarge) Yesterday was the cut-off for Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report…and I’ll be more than interested in what the numbers show when the CFTC posts them on its website at 3:30 p.m. EDT on that day. In overnight trading, most of the gains that gold and silver chalked up in the Tuesday afternoon electronic trading session in New York, were quickly dispatched during Far East trading on their Wednesday…and nothing much has happened since.  Volumes are nothing special…and the dollar index isn’t doing much, either. I have no idea what to expect during the New York trading session today.  Will prices continue to rally, or will JPMorgan et al engineer a ‘failure’ at the 50-day moving average?  Or will it be another quiet day?  Who knows.  Not me, that’s for sure.  JPMorgan may have an idea, but whatever they have planned, they certainly won’t be letting anyone know in advance. See you here tomorrow. Bron says that “This, is backwardation!!! (Click on image to enlarge) With the July delivery month winding down, there shouldn’t be too much in the way of surprises between now and next Monday.  But, for whatever reason, the CME didn’t update their Daily Delivery Report with yesterday’s activity, so there is no Issuers and Stoppers Report for Tuesday. I must admit that I was surprised to see that there was another withdrawal from GLD yesterday.  This time it was 48,307 troy ounces…and as of 9:26 p.m. EDT, there were no reported changes in SLV. There was no sales report from the U.S. Mint. There was more big moment in silver inventories over at the Comex-approved depositories on Monday.  They reported receiving 605,399 troy ounces…almost all of it into JPMorgan’s warehouse…and they shipped out 1,144,722 troy ounces.  The link to that action is here. In gold, these same depositories reported receiving a smallish 9,920 troy ounces…and all of it was received by Scotia Mocatta.  The link to that activity is here. Bron Suchecki from ‘down under’ at The Perth Mint, lays the backwardation issue to rest with these two charts that Nick Laird…also from ‘down under’…provided. Bron posted the current gold chart that everyone says shows backwardation in gold…and as Nick Laird said in this column last night…”That’s not backwardation.”center_img Silver was under selling pressure right from the beginning of trading at 6:00 p.m. EDT on Monday evening in New York.  After a brief spike, it was all down hill until shortly after 12:30 p.m. BST in London.  What followed was an uninspiring rally that lasted until shortly after 11:00 a.m. EDT in New York…and after that, the silver price traded pretty flat until 2:15 p.m. in electronic trading. Then, like gold, the silver price ran up a bit…getting as high as $20.50 spot before trading sideways for the rest of the day.  Silver closed at $20.49…down 5 cents from Monday’s close.  Volume, net of July and August, was around 41,500 contracts. The link to Bron’s actual posting on this, is here…and it’s an absolute must read. And I hope that these two charts put an end to this ridiculous discussion about what is, and isn’t, backwardation.  It’s really unfortunate that there are no barriers to writing on the Internet, as the unsuspecting reader is getting very bad advice from people who really aren’t qualified to give advice of any kind.  And the louder the shouting from some of these ‘analysts’…the bigger the crowds they seem to draw.  This is the 21st century equivalent of selling snake oil out of the back of a covered wagon.  So be on your guard, dear reader. I’m happy to report that I don’t have a lot of ‘stuff’ for you today, so I hope you can find the time to read what interests you. I do know that JPMorgan has continued to be the dominant taker [or stopper] of delivery notices in the current July delivery month for silver. Leaving out the delivery notices the bank has stopped for clients, JPMorgan has taken, in its own name or house account…2,633 deliveries out of the 3,171 total deliveries made so far this month (including hundreds of contracts delivered by clients of JPMorgan to JPM’s house account). The more than 13 million ounces that JPM has taken delivery of this month would indicate that JPMorgan made a conscientious determination to acquire this silver, as does the data that show the bank has bought millions of shares of SLV (and may be covering additional millions of ounces of SLV short positions) and has bought back more than 125 million ounces held short in COMEX futures contracts. – Silver analyst Ted Butler…20 July 2013 After a very robust start to the week in both gold and silver on Monday, the Tuesday trading action turned out to be a dud.  The only thing of interest was the fact that both metals posted their largest gains of the day in electronic trading after the 1:30 p.m. EDT Comex close…and I’m not sure what to make of that. I note that gold has now broken above its 50-day moving average…and it remains to be seen how the shorts will react to this event as time goes by, as there were no signs of panic short covering yesterday…unless what happened in electronic trading qualifies, but I think not.  Here’s gold’s 6-month chart… The dollar index closed late Monday afternoon in New York at 82.22.  It rallied about 15 basis points by mid-morning trading in London…and then sank just below the 82.00 level just minutes before 3:00 p.m. EDT in New York.  From that low, the index rallied a handful of basis points and closed at 82.03 on the day…down 19 basis points from Monday.  Nothing to see here. Sponsor Advertisement Skyharbour Resources Ltd. (TSX.V: SYH) owns a 100% interest in approximately 400,000 acres of land between seven uranium properties in the uranium rich Athabasca Basin region in northern Saskatchewan. 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It takes the taxi driver three tries to find the n

first_imgIt takes the taxi driver three tries to find the neighborhood and at least another three wrong turns on narrow unpaved roads before he locates the company’s front gate. Each time he gets turned around the driver reaches for a cell phone. On the other end of the line Odgerel Gamsukh directs the driver to Gamsukh’s garage door business. Neither man seems bothered by the multiple interruptions and resulting delay. Mongolians are used to it taking a little extra time to get around, especially in the ger areas of Ulaanbaatar.If street addresses mean little in the city center, where residents commonly give directions based on landmarks instead of street names, they mean even less in the surrounding ger areas, named for the circular felt tents in which many residents live. In these neighborhoods, the route that takes you from one place to another is sometimes a grass-covered hill. That is because the government has yet to catch up with the city’s rapid growth. Sixty years ago only 14 percent of Mongolia’s population lived in the capital of Ulaanbaatar, the country’s largest city. Today it is approximately 45 percent, more than one million people. The majority of them, 60 percent, live in ger areas that often lack basic services such as sewer systems, running water and trash collection. The coal that area residents burn to warm their homes is the main cause of winter air pollution that now rivals Beijing’s.It is out of this unplanned and polluted sprawl that Gamsukh is determined to create a green community. If that sounds difficult, his next goal – honoring Mongolia’s nomadic past while at the same time creating a sedentary community – seems almost impossible. Yet that hasn’t stopped the 34-year-old power plant manager turned architect, just like he didn’t let the frozen ground stop him from attempting to install underground pipes last winter.It did slow him down, just as a lack of funding slowed construction of his company’s environmentally friendly office and warehouse. It is Gamsukh’s doggedness that others working in the ger areas admire, including Badruun Gardi, whose non-profit social enterprise, GerHub, is also focused on making individual gers and ger neighborhoods more eco-friendly.Gardi is not an engineer or an architect or even an entrepreneur like Gamsukh. He studied cultural psychology. Like Gamsukh, he is in his 30s and is working in the same district, Songino Khairkhan. He was drawn to the ger areas because of the extreme pollution and a need for a solution. Gamsukh grew up in the ger area where he built the company office and remembers how empty it used to be, a natural playground where he could catch grasshoppers. In time more and more immigrants came, each claiming a little more of the land for their families until the open area was divided into small plots of land marked by large fences. Under Mongolian law, every Mongolian is entitled to a free plot of land, making it hard for the government to control growth.Blame The Mountains, The Valley — And CoalIn December 2016, Ulaanbaatar experienced pollution levels five times higher than in Beijing, sparking a public outcry. Despite a new national program aimed at reducing air pollution, the situation has not markedly improved. Heavy coal burning combined with unfortunate geography – a valley surrounded by mountains – have helped the city become one of the world’s most heavily polluted. According to a 2011 study published in Air Quality, Atmosphere and Health by Ryan Allen, an assistant environmental health professor with Canada’s Simon Fraser University, one in ten deaths in the capital can be attributed to air pollution.Those most affected are children whose immune systems and lungs are not fully developed. Fine particulate matter — PM 2.5 — increases the risk of respiratory infection in children. In Ulaanbaatar PM 2.5 is usually six to seven times the World Health Organization allowance, but can be as much as 25 times higher. One of the leading causes of death for children under 5 here is acute lower respiratory infection, accounting for 15 percent of under 5 childhood mortality cases under age 5.On January 30, PM 2.5 levels of 3,320 micrograms per cubic meter were reported in the capital, 133 times above WHO recommendations, according to UNICEF Mongolia. A joint report by UNICEF and the Mongolian National Center for Public Health titled “Mongolia’s air pollution crisis: A call to action to protect children’s health” warns that the financial cost of treating air pollution related diseases in children will increase by 33 percent by 2025 if levels do not decrease.Gardi does not have biological children of his own, but he worries about his two young nieces. “It’s so heartbreaking to see” the physical effects of air pollution on children, he says. “So I think everyone has to be trying to do something.””He’s also kind of trying to inspire people,” says Gardi. “To show what the possibilities are.”In Gamsukh’s office those possibilities seem endless. Books, papers and sketches cover a desk and table. Dressed in jeans and a t-shirt, Gamsukh, whose dark hair has a slight orange tint, comes off as artistic. But the sketches he produces are not dreamy musings. They are technical drawings supported by mathematical calculations. They are solid, like the sturdily built Gamsukh. Many are already being implemented, including a partially completed passive solar heated immobile ger that adds windows, insulation and solar collectors to the traditional model. Passive solar heating design uses windows, walls and floors to collect, store and distribute heat in the winter and reject it in the summer. Designs vary depending on the climate in which they are built, but shade can be used to block the sun in summer without taking away from warmth in winter because the sun is higher in summer.When it is finished, Gamsukh plans to call it home. He is also testing another modified ger that uses solar power and those underground pipes he tried to dig in winter for heat.The only project he has not yet attempted to take beyond the drawing board stage is the neighborhood kindergarten. Like other government-provided services, schools are in short supply in ger areas. The design itself is modeled after his company office – his first experiment in sustainable architecture. His inspiration was Earthship, a passive solar house first constructed in New Mexico in the 1970s made of natural and upcycled materials by pioneering architect Michael Reynolds. Gamsukh thought the model would work well in ger areas because it didn’t require a lot of infrastructure or outside building materials.”You can just build wherever you are, like the earth you’re sitting on,” says Gamsukh.Old Tires Aren’t Cheap — But Dirt IsAnd that is pretty much what he did when he began constructing his office in 2013. Of course, his Mongolian model had a few alterations. Old tires, the material used for exterior walls in original models, are not cheap in Mongolia, so he went with something that was – dirt. Gamsukh points to the inside wall of the office’s main room, it is held up by bags of dirt. He moves into the kitchen, pointing out how the ceiling is supported by scaffolding salvaged from a construction site. The strawberries in the sink come from the indoor garden warmed by the south-facing wall made entirely from sheets of salvaged glass.Because Gamsukh had limited funds ­– the entire project cost five million Tugriks or about $2,000 – he wasn’t able to include as much insulation as he would have liked. As a result the structure is only 70 percent effective at heating itself, which is not enough in an Ulaanbaatar winter when temperatures can fall to 20 below zero Fahrenheit. Gamsukh built a rocket stove, an efficient stove made from found materials that sucks smoke or soot into a burn tunnel where they combust instead of being blown out as they would in a normal fire to make up the difference. He claims the stove is so efficient at burning coal that the end product is not black smoke but a white vapor. Like everything else, he learned about it in a book and through YouTube videos. That is because in Mongolia both the problem, air pollution, and the solution, green building, are relatively new. Although traditional Mongolian culture involved a close relationship with nature, modernization has changed that, says Tungalag Ulambayar, adviser to the Minister of Environment and Tourism.When nomadic people moved to towns they didn’t question whether the ger, perfect for the uncertainty of the Mongolian plateau, would be suitable for urban areas.”People think, that’s our home so we can just bring it, settle in,” says Ulambayar.A 21st-Century GerPortable, lightweight, cool in the summer and easily warmed in the winter by burning animal dung, gers are the perfect housing for nomadic herders, explains Gardi of GerHub. In the city though, they become “one of the worst kinds of housing” options. Without access to livestock and their dung, ger inhabitants rely on coal for heating. It is the same fuel they use to heat the simple wood homes that some build to replace their gers. Because Mongolians lack experience building houses, the buildings are poorly insulated and often lack basic infrastructure, says Gardi.Instead of starting from scratch, Gardi and his team at GerHub struck on the idea of building off what almost every Mongolian already has, a ger. They plan to slowly make them more efficient by plugging each into an assembly that has a lot of the infrastructure that’s missing in the ger district such as a toilet system with gray water recycling, a shower with its own tank and electric heating through a radiator and under floor heating system. Many ger residents can access electricity thanks to a government program that offers free electricity at night to ger area residents in an effort to encourage them to use electricity instead of coal. The plug-in is incremental and affordable, andresidents can customize, choosing the features they want “almost like a Lego,” says Gardi. Over time he expects owners to remove the ger and use the plug-in as the foundation on which they build a house.Working with Rural Urban Framework at the University of Hong Kong and other partners, GerHub completed a plug-in prototype in the summer of 2017. The cost, $14,000, is too high in a country where the average annual income was $3,550 in 2016, according to the World Bank. Gardi wants to get it down to $8,000, about what he has seen people pay to build simple wood homes in ger areas. GerHub will not be building dozens of plug-ins, instead they want to use the plug-ins to inspire other individuals and groups to continue to experiment with the model and improve on it.”We’re showing the possibilities,” says Gardi.Those possibilities don’t end with the plug-in. GerHub is also looking at smaller more affordable fixes like a $20 polycarbonate sheet that can temporarily seal the opening in the top of a ger. The clear seal will allow light in but also keep cold out. Gardi is testing the invention this winter. Even if it fails, Gardi will consider it a success of sorts.”I think people just have to try things out,” he says. “So for GerHub, what we do at any given time, we want to have say ten projects going in tandem all with different partners. And nine of them may completely fail.” If one project is successful, that is enough for Gardi.Everybody’s Coming To UlaanbaatarGamsukh’s company foreman, Chingis, is incorporating a number of heat-saving techniques into the wood home he is building in Songino Khairkhan, including thick insulation and south facing windows. Chingis believes anything that helps reduce the amount of coal burned in winter is worth the effort. Although more coal is burned in the ger areas than in other areas of the city, he still prefers living here.”I want to build something with my hands. My wife wants to grow vegetables,” he explains. “In city center you can’t do that.”Gamsukh also sees the freedom and possibility but recognizes that most outsiders view ger areas in a different light.”Foreign visitors talk about ger district (area) like a ghetto,” he says.That isn’t what Gamsukh sees. He sees young men, former nomads like Chingis, who moved to Ulaanbaatar after high school in search of a better future. People filled with energy who understand the danger air pollution poses and want to do something to change the way they live.Climate change is one reason cited for the migration. In recent years, Mongolia’s rate of average temperature increase has been three times higher than the global rate. This dramatic change in temperature has been blamed for an increase in the number of dzuds, extremely cold winters following dry summers that result in the death of a large number of livestock. The dzuds in turn have been cited as one of the driving forces of migration to Ulaanbaatar. The government has tried to prohibit migration to the capital.Experts like Ulanbayar, with the Ministry of the Environment, believe migration is influenced by a number of factors such as family, education and a general trend toward urbanization. In Ulaanbaatar this urbanization results in ger areas. Although they are often called ger districts, they are in fact neighborhoods or khorros within the city’s nine districts, explains Enkhtungalag “Tunga” of the non-government Ger Community Mapping Center.”It’s not informal settlement,” says Tunga. “It’s just unplanned settlement.”While she hopes the government will eventually service the ger areas, Tunga believes the best solution in the meantime is for residents to be proactive in improving their own living situations. It is the people living in the ger areas after all who know the problems and possible solutions best, she says. People like Ulzii Togtoh who turned a trash-filled crater in the 12th Khorro in Chingeltei District into a scenic lake where people can boat in summer and ice skate in winter.”Life in the ger area is hard. Starting from the soil there is not much greenery in the ger area,” says Togtoh.He wanted a place where children could play in the outdoors so he leased the land from the government and invested his own money in cleaning it and building a lake house for the community. Solutions like this are not something the government is in a position to provide at present, says Tunga.”You can’t really simply expect the government, who’s already in a lot of debt, to be providing infrastructure to ger areas,” she says.A Shortage Of KindergartensGanbat Badamtsetseg is governor of the 31st Khorro in Songino Khairkhan District where Gamsukh is working. The khorro was founded in 2011 and still doesn’t have a paved road, sewage system, running water or adequate schools. There are 2,000 kindergarten-age children and just one kindergarten originally designed for 50 children, says Badamtsetseg. Her annual budget is whatever she can talk the government into providing. This year she asked for about $8,433,000 to pave a road and build a school and kindergarten.She received about $8,500. Unlike in the khorro where she last worked, which was composed of apartments and not gers, there are no large businesses in the ger area to help fund improvements. There is also no space. Badamtsetseg unfurls a large map of her khorro pointing out where her 13,000 residents live and the lack of empty space.”The problem with building a kindergarten and school is the public land,” Badamtceceg says. “There is no land to build it on.”Like Tunga, her hope for change lies with local residents, people like Gamsukh.”Right now, since we can’t build a big apartment here and put everyone in it, this passive solar building is our best way to reduce the pollution and give more comfort,” she says.She credits Gamsukh with being the first person to unite and organize people toward green and sustainable building to reduce air pollution in the 31st Khorro. For the last half decade he has come to almost every khorro meeting to talk about green building. Now, she believes, people are listening. This year ten 31st Khorro families won a government-funding competition for their proposal for an electrical heating system and another 38 families are applying for non-governmental funding for central heating.In addition to the groups Badamtsetseg mentions, Gamsukh has established his own neighborhood association. He counts several hundred members, 34 of whom pay dues. One of them is a 43- year-old metal worker who goes by the nickname Bilge. When he first moved to the capital, Bilge stood on the side of the road with a sponge and bucket and washed cars. His home was an empty ger. Now he lives in a wooden house, which includes an adjacent metal working workshop. Having his home and business in the same location is one advantage of the ger area, but Bilge wants to see more resources in the 31st Khorro like internet and banks.”I’m tired of waiting for the government to take action,” says Bilge. “It’s like empowerment, we can make change.”Like Gamsukh, Bilge is a self-starter. When he wanted to incorporate some of the traditional Mongolian culture into his modern life he found someone to teach him archery and someone else to instruct him in throat singing. He has been known to interrupt conversations to demonstrate his skills in the guttural style of singing.”As Mongolians we have a lot of great traditions, but under communism it was separated,” says Gamsukh, who is also learning throat singing. “Now our generation is trying to figure out our traditions.”That is why even though Chingis will soon have a new efficiently heated wood house he will still keep his ger, ensuring the ger areas maintain their name and cultural history without the pollution. Chingis plans to use his ger as a guesthouse and summer play area for his kids so he doesn’t have to “just lay it down”.”Me and my wife grew up in a ger,” says Chingis. “We want to keep the tradition alive to pass to our children.”Katya Cengel is the author of the upcoming “Exiled: From the Killing Fields of Cambodia to California and Back.” She reported from Mongolia on a fellowship from the International Reporting Project (IRP). You can find her on twitter @kcengel Copyright 2018 NPR. 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The Food and Drug Administration has approved the

first_imgThe Food and Drug Administration has approved the first identical alternative to the EpiPen, which is widely used to save children and adults suffering from dangerous allergic reactions.The FDA Thursday authorized Teva Pharmaceuticals USA to sell generic versions of the EpiPen and EpiPen Jr for adults and children who weigh more than 33 pounds.The devices enable people to automatically inject the hormone epinephrine into the thigh when experiencing potentially life-threatening allergic reactions to bee stings, peanuts, drugs or other substances.The EpiPen, which is made by Mylan, has sparked controversy because of its price. It can cost as much as $600 for a package of two pens, and the pens have to be replaced periodically. There have also been periodic shortages of the devices reported around the country.The FDA says the approval of the new products should help with both cost and availability.”Today’s approval of the first generic version of the most-widely prescribed epinephrine auto-injector in the U.S. is part of our longstanding commitment to advance access to lower cost, safe and effective generic alternatives,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement announcing the approval.”This approval means patients living with severe allergies who require constant access to life-saving epinephrine should have a lower-cost option, as well as another approved product to help protect against potential shortages,” Gottlieb said. Teva has not said how much it plans to charge. In a statement, the company said the firm is “applying our full resources to this important launch in the coming months and [is] eager to begin supplying the market.”In 2016, Mylan released its own generic version of the EpiPen costing roughly half the original price.But today’s approval is the first from a competitor that is a true “therapeutic equivalent,” according to the FDA. Although other generic versions of epinephrine auto-injectors have been previously approved, the new product is the first that can be easily substituted for customers by their pharmacists. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit read more

The rate of cesarean sections around the world is

first_imgThe rate of cesarean sections around the world is increasing at an “alarming” rate, reported an international team of doctors and scientists on Thursday.Since 1990, C-sections have more than tripled from about 6 percent of all births to 21 percent, three studies report in The Lancet. And there are no “signs of slowing down,” the researchers write in a commentary about the studies.C-sections now outnumber vaginal deliveries in parts of southeast Europe, Latin America and China. Even in poor countries, the rates can be extremely high at clinics. For example, in Bangladesh, less than 60 percent of births occur at a clinic, but when they do, about 65 percent of them are C-sections.The rates can be even higher in private clinics. For example, in Brazil, 80-90 percent of births in private clinics are now C-sections, compared with about 30-40 percent of births in public hospitals.Such high rates are due mainly to an increase of elective C-sections, says Salimah Walani, the vice president of global programs at March of Dimes, a U.S. maternal and child health organization. “The procedure is done when it is not really necessary or indicated,” she says.Then the surgical procedure can do more harm than good for moms and babies, Walani says.For a mom, an elected C-section can raise the chance of death by at least 60 percent, and in some circumstances as much as 700 percent, several studies have reported. And it increases a woman’s risk of life-threatening complications during childbirth, such as bleeding, uterine rupture, hysterectomy and cardiac arrest by about fivefold. This risk rises even further in subsequent deliveries.For babies, C-sections raise the chance of obesity and autoimmune diseases later in life. When the procedure occurs before 39 weeks, an early birth increases the infant’s risk of respiratory problems.So what’s driving the global rise of C-sections?It’s likely three factors working together: financial, legal and technical, says Holly Kennedy, a professor of midwifery at the Yale School of Nursing and contributed to one of the studies.”As an obstetrician told me … ‘You’re going to pay me more [to do a C-section], you’re not going to sue me and I’ll be done in a hour,’ ” Kennedy says.When it comes to C-sections, there seems to be an optimal rate that provides the most benefit to women and babies.Doctors are still debating what that optimal rate is — and it probably depends on the location. The World Health Organization suggests it lies between 10 and 15 percent, while a more recent study found it is a little higher, around 19 percent.North America and Western Europe are well above this optimal rate, with 32 percent and 27 percent of babies in 2015 delivered by C-section, respectively. The only region with a higher rate than North America is Latin America and the Caribbean, where 44 percent of all deliveries were C-sections in 2015.To bring these rates down, hospitals need to pay doctors equally for vaginal births, a team of researchers write in a commentary.At the other end of the spectrum, sub-Saharan Africa is still struggling to give moms access to C-sections when required. Across this region, the C-section rate has changed very little since 2000, hovering right around 5 percent.So many moms around the world end up with less-than-optimal care when it comes to C-sections: It’s either too little too late, or too much too soon. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit read more

This story is part of a collaboration between The

first_imgThis story is part of a collaboration between The Public’s Radio and the ProPublica Local Reporting Network. Conner had just gotten out of the shower and gone back downstairs to where his infant son was napping. Barbara heard Conner scream and ran up the stairs of her home in Warwick, R.I.Conner handed her 6-month-old Alijah, who was limp.Barbara tried to stay calm as she carried her grandson into the living room. She’d watched medical shows on TV where they did CPR on babies.”He’s turning purple!” Barbara shouted as her daughter, Jessica, spoke to a 911 operator. (We’re not using last names at the family’s request to protect their privacy.)”Do we give him mouth-to-mouth? What do we do?” Jessica, the baby’s aunt, asked the 911 operator at one point.She never got a good answer.The 911 operator — whom officials refused to identify — asked the same questions repeatedly, wasting crucial time. She gave incorrect information. And she failed to recognize that the baby was in cardiac arrest, meaning that his heart had stopped and he was not breathing, according to three emergency medical experts who reviewed a recording of the 911 call obtained by Barbara and provided to The Public’s Radio.The call on that Friday morning in February 2018 lasted nearly four minutes, at which point emergency medical services personnel arrived. During the call, the 911 operator never instructed the family in how to perform a basic, potentially lifesaving treatment: cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR.By the time the baby arrived at the hospital, it was too late. Alijah was dead.”I’ve listened to thousands of calls,” said Dr. Jeff J. Clawson, medical director for the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch, a nonprofit in Salt Lake City. “I would say that this particular call is in the top 15 worst calls I’ve ever heard in my life, maybe in the top 10.”When it comes to out-of-hospital cardiac arrests such as this one, among the most serious calls the 911 emergency system handles, Rhode Island seems set up to fail, experts in emergency medical dispatch say.The American Heart Association says that providing CPR instructions over the phone for emergency 911 calls involving cardiac arrest is the standard of care. Knowing how to perform CPR in person, experts say, is very different from instructing someone to do it by phone, akin to the difference between knowing how to tie your shoes and trying to explain it by phone to someone who has never done it before.But there are no national training requirements for 911 call-takers. And the United States is a patchwork of different systems where performance varies widely.On average, about one in 10 people in the U.S. who go into cardiac arrest outside a hospital survives. But even in a small state like Rhode Island, experts say, the survival rate could double or triple with earlier CPR — potentially saving hundreds of more lives a year.The benefits are well documented. Seattle launched its program in the 1980s. “They saw very quickly that they were literally snatching lives from the jaws of death among patients who had cardiac arrest in their homes and in the community,” said Dr. Mickey Eisenberg, medical director of King County Emergency Medical Services.At the urging of groups like the American Heart Association, Louisiana, Wisconsin and Kentucky passed laws last year requiring 911 call-takers and other emergency dispatchers to be trained in telephone CPR.For the roughly half of Americans who don’t know CPR, as well as others who are reluctant to perform it, the guidance they receive from a 911 operator can be crucial.”I continue to see cases where I think that we could have saved people, and that’s driving me crazy,” said Dr. Joseph R. Lauro, an emergency physician affiliated with Brown University. “It’s something that we can do. It’s something that’s been studied. It’s something that happens elsewhere. So why the hell aren’t we doing it?”Rhode Island public safety officials have defended the way their system is set up, pointing out that call-takers are certified in CPR and basic first aid. A spokeswoman for the Rhode Island Department of Public Safety said in an email that officials were prohibited from discussing specifics of the 911 call involving Alijah, citing state confidentiality laws. The agency also declined to answer questions about the call-taker, who was not identified in the recording.The final autopsy report, which Barbara shared with The Public’s Radio, said the baby had been propped on his left side with a bottle in his bassinet. “He was later found unresponsive on his back.”The report states the cause of death as “sudden unexplained infant death.”Doctors who reviewed the 911 call, Alijah’s autopsy report and a patient care report prepared by the local fire department said it’s impossible to know whether Alijah would have survived with earlier intervention.Throughout the investigation of Alijah’s death, the baby’s aunt, Jessica, said nobody asked them about the emergency response to their 911 call or told them it had been mishandled.”I mean, there were a million other questions,” Jessica said. “But no one ever said, ‘You know, what was the 911 call like? Did they give you clear instructions?’ “Barbara shook her head. “Not once,” she said. “None of them.”***Since the full version of this story was published last month, the head of the Rhode Island State Police has pledged to conduct a thorough review of procedures and training provided to 911 call-takers.Lynn Arditi is a health reporter for The Public’s Radio in Providence, Rhode Island. Email her at, and follow her on Twitter: @LynnArditi.The Public’s Radio and ProPublica are spending the year examining Rhode Island’s 911 emergency system. Copyright 2019 The Public’s Radio. To see more, visit The Public’s Radio.last_img read more

Amazon ignores Trumps attacks as it molds a business empire

This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Trump has hurled one charge after another at the company over the last week. He’s assailed Amazon’s contract with the U.S. Postal Service as a “scam,” accused the company of not paying enough taxes, and declared that its large lobbying operation gives it an unfair advantage. Much of this isn’t new for Trump, who suggested during the presidential campaign that Amazon could face antitrust scrutiny if he were elected.Trump’s attacks have targeted what Amazon is best known for: rapidly shipping just about any product you can imagine to your door. But the company CEO Jeff Bezos founded more than two decades ago is now a sprawling empire that sells groceries in brick-and-mortar stores, hosts the online services of other companies and federal offices in a network of data centers, and even recently branched into health care.Amazon relies on a nearly 30-member in-house lobbying team that’s four times as large as it was three years ago as well as outside firms to influence the lawmakers and federal regulators who can help determine its success. The outside roster includes a retired congressman from Washington state who was a senior member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee when he stepped down.”Amazon is just not on an even playing field,” Trump told reporters Thursday aboard Air Force One. “They have a tremendous lobbying effort, in addition to having The Washington Post, which is as far as I’m concerned another lobbyist. But they have a big lobbying effort, one of the biggest, frankly, one of the biggest.”Overall, Amazon spent $15.6 million on lobbying in 2017. That’s less than Boeing, Comcast and AT&T spent during the same period, according to the political money website Open Secrets.Amazon does not own the Post. Bezos does. He and the newspaper have previously declared that Bezos isn’t involved in any journalistic decisions.Trump’s charge that Amazon pays “little or no taxes” may have merit. Matthew Gardner, a senior fellow at the left-leaning Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, said in February that Amazon “has built its business model on tax avoidance.” Amazon reported $5.6 billion of U.S. profits in 2017 “and didn’t pay a dime of federal income taxes on it,” according to Gardner. Citation: Amazon ignores Trump’s attacks as it molds a business empire (2018, April 6) retrieved 18 July 2019 from The company declined to comment on Trump’s remarks or its lobbying operations.Amazon has grown rapidly since it launched in 1995 as a site that sold books. It has changed the way people buy paper towels, diapers or just about anything else. And its ambitions go far beyond online shopping: its Alexa voice assistant is in tablets, cars and its Echo devices; it runs the Whole Foods grocery chain; the company produces movies and TV shows and it designs its own brands of furniture and clothing.The company is in the midst of launching an independent business with JPMorgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway that is seeking to lower health care costs for employees at the three companies. Given the three players’ outsize influence the alliance has the potential to shake up how Americans shop for health care and the initiative sent a shudder through the industry when it was announced in January.Amazon Web Services is angling for a much larger share of the federal government’s market for cloud computing, which allows massive amounts of data to be stored and managed on remote servers. The CIA signed a $600 million deal with Amazon in 2013 to build a system to share secure data across the U.S. intelligence community.A partner of Amazon Web Services, the Virginia-based Rean Cloud LLC, in February scored what appeared to be a lucrative cloud computing contract from the Pentagon. But the contract, initially projected to be worth as much as $950 million, was scaled back to $65 million after Amazon’s competitors complained about the award.Lobbying disclosure records filed with the House and Senate show Amazon is engaged on a wide variety of other issues, from trade to transportation to telecommunications. The company also lobbied lawmakers and federal agencies on the testing and operation of unmanned aerial vehicles. Amazon has been exploring the use of drones for deliveries, but current federal rules restrict flying beyond the operator’s line of sight.The $15.6 million Amazon spent on lobbying last year was $2.6 million more than in 2016, according to the disclosure records. The bulk of the money—$12.8 million—went for Amazon’s in-house lobbying team. The nearly 30-member unit is led by Brian Huseman, who worked previously as chief of staff at the Federal Trade Commission and a Justice Department trial attorney.As most large corporations do, Amazon also employs outside lobbying firms—as many as 14 in 2017.In Amazon’s corner is former Washington congressman Norm Dicks of the firm Van Ness Feldman. Dicks was serving as the top Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee when he ended his 36-year congressional career in 2013. He represented the company on information technology matters and “issues related to cloud computing usage by the federal government,” according to the records, which show Van Ness Feldman earned $160,000 from Amazon last year. Online retail giant Amazon is ignoring Donald Trump’s barrage of taunts and threats, focusing instead on expanding its reach into a swath of industries that the president’s broadsides haven’t come close to hitting. 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AI for code encourages collaborative open scientific discovery

first_img Explore further We can think of the semantic flow graph we extract as a single data point, just like an image or a paragraph of text, on which to perform further higher-level tasks. With the representation we have developed, we can enable several useful functionalities for practicing data scientists, including intelligent search and auto-completion of analyses, recommendation of similar or complementary analyses, visualization of the space of all analyses conducted on a particular problem or dataset, translation or style transfer, and even machine generation of novel data analyses (i.e. computational creativity)—all predicated on the truly semantic understanding of what the code does.The Data Science Ontology is written in a new ontology language we have developed named Monoidal Ontology and Computing Language (Monocl). This line of work was initiated in 2016 in partnership with the Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis. Provided by IBM More information: E. Patterson et al. Dataflow representation of data analyses: Toward a platform for collaborative data science, IBM Journal of Research and Development (2017). DOI: 10.1147/JRD.2017.2736278 Credit: IBM Credit: IBM Credit: IBM Citation: AI for code encourages collaborative, open scientific discovery (2018, August 16) retrieved 18 July 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Using machine learning to detect software vulnerabilities Credit: IBM We have seen significant recent progress in pattern analysis and machine intelligence applied to images, audio and video signals, and natural language text, but not as much applied to another artifact produced by people: computer program source code. In a paper to be presented at the FEED Workshop at KDD 2018, we showcase a system that makes progress towards the semantic analysis of code. By doing so, we provide the foundation for machines to truly reason about program code and learn from it. This story is republished courtesy of IBM Research. Read the original story here. Semantic flow graph representation produced automatically from an analysis of rheumatoid arthritis data. Credit: IBM The work, also recently demonstrated at IJCAI 2018, is conceived and led by IBM Science for Social Good fellow Evan Patterson and focuses specifically on data science software. Data science programs are a special kind of computer code, often fairly short, but full of semantically rich content that specifies a sequence of data transformation, analysis, modeling, and interpretation operations. Our technique executes a data analysis (imagine an R or Python script) and captures all of the functions that are called in the analysis. It then connects those functions to a data science ontology we have created, performs several simplification steps, and produces a semantic flow graph representation of the program. As an example, the flow graph below is produced automatically from an analysis of rheumatoid arthritis data.The technique is applicable across choices of programming language and package. The three code snippets below are written in R, Python with the NumPy and SciPy packages, and Python with the Pandas and Scikit-learn packages. All produce exactly the same semantic flow graph.last_img read more

LS adjourned till 2 pm

first_imgJanuary 03, 2019 RELATED Triple talaq bill needed greater scrutiny, says Opposition SHARE Published on Lok Sabha proceedings was adjourned till 2 PM, minutes after the lower house assembled again at noon.Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourned the lower house till 2 pm after warning protesting members and suspending some of them for the next four days.PTI adds:Speaker Sumitra Mahajan suspended unruly members of the AIADMK and TDP for repeatedly disrupting proceedings in Lok Sabha.This was the second time the house was adjourned in the day. Earlier, the Lok Sabha was adjourned till noon following ruckus created by MPs from the AIADMK and the TDP over various issues.Despite 24 members of the AIADMK being suspended on Wednesday by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan for unruly behaviour, seven party members trooped into the Well, holding placards and shouting slogans against construction of a dam across the Cauvery river. They also flung papers in the air. The AIADMK has 37 members in the House.The TDP members were also in the Well as they sought to raise the issue related to Andhra Pradesh.A peeved Mahajan warned the protesting members and asked them to go back to their seats. “This is not fair… I will have to name you,” she said. Together, there were more than 15 members from both the parties in the Well.Two questions were taken up during the Question Hour even as the members continued to shout slogans.Members from the Congress wanted to raise the Sabarimala issue and Mahajan told them that the matter can be raised later. Ruckus continues in House over Rafale, Cauvery COMMENT COMMENTS All set for debate on triple talaq Bill in Lok Sabha SHARE SHARE EMAILlast_img read more

Huawei rolls out its Freelace Bluetooth earphones at RM369

first_img Nation 09 Jul 2019 Penang building in pilot project for fibre-level speeds over copper cables Huawei’s FreeLace Bluetooth earphones – which can connect to and charge off a smartphone using its built in USB-C – is now available in Malaysia for RM369.Huawei says its earphones solve the common annoyance of attempting to discover and connect to Bluetooth devices, by using Huawei HiPair technology to pair the device. This is done by inserting the earphones’ USB Type-C into any Huawei smartphone running EMUI 9.1.Plugging it into the USB Type-C port of any smartphone, tablet or PC will also quick charge the earphones, with a five-minute charge delivering up to four hours of playback time.On a full charge, it can last for up to 18 hours of playback, 13 hours of talk time or up to 12 days on standby mode. AdChoices广告The FreeLace’s USB-C is hidden where the volume button connects the right earbud to the left side, and can be revealed by pulling the earbuds apart.In addition to volume adjustments, the in-line controls also support additional inputs like a two-second long press that activates the voice assistant and a double-tap that skips the current music.Huawei says the 9.2mm dynamic driver unit, made of an ultra-thin TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) diaphragm and titanium plating, delivers punchy bass and smooth treble.Its microphone module incorporates a dual-cavity design which features an additional channel for air ventilation, greatly reducing the effect of wind on voice pick-up for clearer calls when outdoors.Some other features of the FreeLace includes a Magnetic Switch which keeps the earbuds clipped together and automatically puts them to sleep when they’re clipped together. The built-in Hall sensor also automatically wakes up the device once the earphones are separated.The earphone is made of memory metal wrapped in liquid silicon which moulds to the user’s preference while being soft and comfortable. The memory metal also reduces tangling. The FreeLace is available in two colours – Graphite Black and Amber Sunrise – for RM369 in all Huawei Brand Stores and Huawei Online Official Store for RM369. {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Related News Tech News 08 Jul 2019 Canon is launching a compact wireless camera via a crowdfunding platformcenter_img Culture 16h ago Of Nostalgia And Emotional Ties To Stuff Related News Huawei FreeLace Bluetooth earphones, which cuts down on the fuss of wires and Bluetooth, is now available for RM369. — Huaweilast_img read more