Government subjects news websites to licencing requirement

first_img SingaporeAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts May 30, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government subjects news websites to licencing requirement RSF’s denounces Singapore’s disregard of press freedom ahead of its Universal Periodic Review RSF_en October 15, 2020 Find out more News News Organisation SingaporeAsia – Pacific to go furthercenter_img Help by sharing this information News Singaporean website prosecuted over election coverage Follow the news on Singapore Reporters Without Borders is appalled to learn that Singapore’s leading news websites will have to apply to the city-state’s Media Development Authority (MDA) for a publishing licence.According to the MDA, which regulates the media, news websites with a Singaporean IP address and more than 50,000 visitors a month will have to obtain a licence from 1 June in order to continue operating.“While it is understandable that radio and TV stations should be licenced, because of the limited number of broadcast channels and the need to regulate frequencies, imposing a licencing system on news websites is utterly absurd and cannot be justified by a need for a ‘more consistent regulatory framework,’ as the MDA has suggested,” Reporters Without Borders said.“This measure violates the principle of media freedom enshrined in article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which functions as an international standard for 160 countries even if Singapore has not signed it. The criteria used to define which sites need licenses are also highly questionable and are indicative of a desire to exercise prior control over news and information.“The authorities are almost certainly trying to increase their ability to censor websites that cover local events and have a significant impact on public opinion. Making these sites deposit a ‘performance’ bond will probably also lead to self-censorship, especially by sites that do not charge and whose income barely covers their operating costs.”Reporters Without Borders added: “We urge the Media Development Authority to rescind this measure, which runs counter to the principles of freedom of information, freedom of the media and freedom of expression.”News websites are currently registered automatically under the Broadcasting Act, which will have to be amended to take account of the new regulations. Under the new rules, news websites that post more than one article a week on Singapore and have more than 50,000 unique Singaporean visitors a month over a period of two months will need an individual licence whose conditions include “a performance bond” of 50,000 Singaporean dollars (39,500 US dollars).Sites will be regarded as “news websites” if they post political, social or economic content, or any other content about Singapore, in any language and regardless of whether or not they charge for content.For the time being, the licencing requirement is limited to “local” sites under Singaporean jurisdiction. Ten sites are already known to be affected – the local version of Yahoo! ( and nine sites owned by Singapore Press Holdings or Mediacorp. “Local” is understood to mean sites with the Singaporean country domain name “.sg” even if they are owned by foreign companies.Communication and information minister Yaacob Ibrahim said the Broadcasting Act would be amended by next year to included news websites based aboard that target the Singaporean market. Each licence will be issued for a year, at the end of which the MDA will decide whether it should be renewed.Licenced sites will be required to remove “prohibited content” such as articles “undermining racial or religious harmony” with 24 hours of being notified by the authorities. The MDA insists that the existing news content guidelines have not been changed. Nonetheless, the deadline for removing prohibited content is new. Singapore is ranked 149th out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. October 2, 2020 Find out more News Coronavirus: State measures must not allow surveillance of journalists and their sources April 10, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Arsenal legend Alan Smith rates Chelsea’s January moves for Gonzalo Higuain and Christian Pulisic

first_img Comment Arsenal legend Alan Smith rates Chelsea’s January moves for Gonzalo Higuain and Christian Pulisic Advertisement Chelsea signed Christian Pulisic and Gonzalo Higuain in January (Pictures: Getty)Arsenal legend Alan Smith has rated Chelsea’s January deals for Gonzalo Higuain and Christian Pulisic.The Blues signed Argentina striker Higuain on loan from Juventus last week, shortly before allowing Alvaro Morata join Atletico Madrid.Higuain spent the first half of the season at AC Milan, scoring eight goals in 22 appearances for the Italian club.At the start of the month, Chelsea paid almost £60million to sign United Stated international Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityA number of European clubs were interested in securing a deal for Pulisic but Chelsea won the race and he will arrive at Stamford Bridge in the summer.AdvertisementAdvertisementAsked about Chelsea’s business in the January transfer window, former striker Smith told Sky Sports: ‘They have gone to the top end in terms of players and fees in Higuain and Pulisic.‘They did need a striker and they have filled that gap, but Higuain does need to get fitter and acclimatised to this style of football.‘However, there is all sorts going on there, so it is not just a question of putting in a striker and all being well. Maurizio Sarri was keen to bolster his squad last month (Picture: PA) Maurizio Sarri wants answers after Bournemouth thrash ChelseaTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:30FullscreenMaurizio Sarri wants answers after Bournemouth thrash Chelsea is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘Pulisic is a young player with a lot of potential, although he was not pulling up trees at Dortmund and he lost his place to Jadon Sancho.‘But the deal will give them pace and width next season and they have lightened the wage bill.‘And they needed a striker and given there were not many out there with that sort of pedigree, they have done well.’Chelsea, who suffered a shock 4-0 defeat to Bournemouth on Wednesday, face Huddersfield Town on Saturday.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 1 Feb 2019 8:35 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.4kShareslast_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces $98 Million Investment in Water Infrastructure Projects in 11 Counties

first_img October 15, 2019 Press Release,  Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the investment of $98 million for 16 drinking water, wastewater, storm water, and non-point source projects across 11 counties through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST).“The projects approved today continue to demonstrate the commonwealth’s commitment to partnering with communities to ensure clean, safe water facilities for Pennsylvania’s citizens,” said Governor Wolf. “This funding plays a vital role in rebuilding our aging infrastructure and restoring a strong foundation for communities to continue to grow.”The funding for these projects originates from a combination of state funds approved by voters, Growing Greener, Marcellus Legacy funds, federal grants to PENNVEST from the Environmental Protection Agency, and recycled loan repayments from previous PENNVEST funding awards. Funds for these projects are disbursed after expenses for work are paid and receipts are submitted to PENNVEST for review.“PENNVEST funding has provided much-needed financial assistance to Pennsylvania’s communities for decades, but as the need for costly infrastructure improvements continues to grow, so must our responsibility to be a commensurate partner in those investment increases,” said Governor Wolf. “Restore Pennsylvania will bolster existing efforts like these to reach out to more communities and re-establish safe, working infrastructure.”A list of project summaries follows:Drinking Water ProjectsArmstrong CountyWest Kittanning Municipal Authority – received a $305,000 loan to replace 600 water meters, providing remote read capability, as well as upgrades to the telemetry for a water tank. The project will aid in water conservation efforts and reduce expected water loss and associated costs for the community.Clarion CountyMunicipal Authority of the Borough of St. Petersburg* – received a $4,400,000 grant to construct a water treatment plant and replace 7,400 feet of asbestos cement waterline, as well as numerous service connections and fire hydrants. The project will replace an aging treatment plant and address public health concerns by eliminating turbidity and residual chlorine deposits.Erie CountyErie City Water Authority* – received a $32,000,000 loan to address Capital Improvement Plan upgrades, including a pump station replacement, construction of a one-million-gallon water storage tank, and expansion of a water treatment plant. The project will make significant infrastructure improvements, and increase water pressures, and ensure a continuous source of safe potable water for the community.Wastewater ProjectsArmstrong CountyMunicipal Authority of the Borough of Kittanning – received a $435,000 loan to perform upgrades to a sewage treatment plant, including two trickling filter distribution mechanisms, repair of clarifier concrete and a stormwater inlet, and upgrades to a data acquisition system. The project will ensure appropriate treatment of discharge water into the Allegheny River.Cambria CountyJackson East Taylor Sewer Authority** – received a $5,500,000 loan to install 22,000 feet of gravity sewer and 3,000 feet of force main, as well as a new pump station and pump replacement in two pump stations. The project will eliminate the use of failing on-lot systems throughout the area and eliminate pollution of nearby properties and streams.Dauphin CountyCapital Region Water** – received a $13,000,000 loan to implement four phases of Capital Improvement Plan green infrastructure improvements in South Allison Hill, Camp Curtain, Lower Paxton Creek, and Uptown areas surrounding the city of Harrisburg. The project will reduce wet weather discharges into the Susquehanna River and aid in satisfying a local consent order.Lancaster CountyChristiana Borough Authority – received a $450,000 loan to rehabilitate and repair 19 existing sanitary sewer manholes and approximately 3,150 feet of main sewer line. The improved system will benefit a small local community and rehabilitate a collection system that has reached the end of its useful life.City of Lancaster** – received an $11,200,000 loan to upgrade an existing pump station, replace and expand 5,600 feet of pipe, and upgrade 4,500 feet of interceptor piping. The project will replace a conveyance system at the end of its useful life, but is also part of a long-term control plan to bring the system into compliance with a federal consent decree.Northumberland CountyUpper Augusta Township – received a $250,326 loan and a grant of $2,938,720 to install a sanitary sewer system and extension line to service the village of Mount Pleasant. The project will eliminate the use of 46 septic tanks and add 18,700 feet of force main. The project will eliminate the use of a non-compliant wastewater treatment plant and ensure safe and efficient public sewage.Wyoming CountyLemon Township & Tunkhannock Township Joint Municipal Sewer Authority** – received a $3,317,652 loan and a grant of $10,008,698 to construct a wastewater conveyance system and treatment plant, including a low pressure sewage collection system. The project will eliminate the use of contaminated drinking wells and work to improve an impaired local lake.Storm Water ProjectsDelaware CountyRidley Township – received a $2,287,945 loan to install 8,105 feet of storm sewer, 108 inlets, three manholes, 390 feet of infiltration trench, and a 7,500 square-foot infiltration bed. The projects will eliminate local flooding and install green infrastructure. The project will eliminate local flooding concerns, which pose a threat to public safety, and install green infrastructure, improving water quality.Non-point Source Water Quality Improvement ProjectsBerks CountyChester County Conservation District – received a grant of $895,700 to construct an agricultural liquid waste storage and collection system as well as a stormwater piping and collection system. The project will reduce nearly 9,000 pounds of nitrogen from a local waterway which serves as a drinking water resource for local communities and will also control agricultural stormwater run-off.Cumberland CountyEast Pennsboro Township Authority – received a $500,000 loan to design and construct a new stormwater system as well as retrofit existing facilities and restore local streams. The project will serve 10,000 residential customers and will reduce siltation due to urban runoff, assisting the community in complying with municipal separate storm sewer system requirements.Delaware CountyStormwater Authority of the City of Chester** – received a $9,946,801 loan to install 9,200 feet of pipe, 125 catch basins and 50 manholes. The project will improve water quality in local waterways and drastically reduce siltation.Lancaster CountyChester County Conservation District – received a grant of $429,513 to construct a concrete waste storage structure, unloading pad, 200 feet of drain, and various other agricultural improvements. The project will eliminate more than 2,000 pounds of nitrogen, improving local waterways and reducing agricultural stormwater run-off.Chester County Conservation District – received a grant of $454,148 to construct a concrete cattle lot, reception pit, and cover for manure storage to reduce run-off. The project will eliminate more than 4,000 pounds of nitrogen, improving a local waterway and controlling agricultural stormwater run-off.* denotes projects that have Drinking Water State Revolving Funds** denotes projects that are funded with Clean Water State Revolving Funds Governor Wolf Announces $98 Million Investment in Water Infrastructure Projects in 11 Countiescenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Ja’neh Links Full Bench of Supreme Court to Oil Deal Withdrawal

first_imgJustice Ja’neh takes oath as witness at the impeachment trialIn his cross-examination testimony on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at the Senate on Capitol Hill, embattled Associate Justice Kabineh Mohammad Ja’neh told Jurors (Senators) that all five Supreme Justices, including the Chief Justice, approved and signed the document decided by the government and oil companies involved in the Road Fund Case to withdraw the matter from the High Court.He then wondered, “why is Justice Ja’neh the only one on trial?”Justice Ja’neh went through the third day of cross-examination under intense non-stop seven hours grilling from the Senators (jurors), especially from Senators H. Varney Sherman and Augustine Chea, who used more than two hours of that period to cross-examine Ja’neh.He defended that his action to send the Road Fund case petition to the full Supreme Court Bench was in line with the Constitution, and the function of a Justice in Chambers purely based on constitutional controversy. Ja’neh emphasized that questions of how much money was already collected through the Road Fund project was not part of his decision to seek the full bench attention.He said to even reawaken that decision by the Supreme Court, and include it in the current impeachment proceedings, is a violation of the Constitution, which he said stipulates that any legal decision taken by the Supreme Court and lower courts cannot be called into questioned or revised by any of the other two branches of the Constitution. “The same privilege is accorded to legislators, while performing their functions in Chambers.”Arguing for the House of Representatives that filing a petition seeking a writ of prohibition from the Supreme Court was intended to bring the two branches at loggerhead, and as such, it constitutes a ground for impeachment, Justice Ja’neh said: “I believe that any Liberian who feels aggrieved is at liberty to seek judicial redress, including members of the judiciary. I know no law that prevents a person from doing so, or that doing so constitutes a misconduct.”Asked by Senator Oscar Cooper whether one can impeach a Justice or Justices of the Supreme Court for their opinion and constitute action of impeachment, especially with respect to the Road Fund Case, Justice Ja’neh maintained that the impression he is getting now is that when an honest citizen of Liberia files a petition before a court of law questioning the conduct of the Legislature, you must be very careful in even ordering a conference.“Under the Liberian Constitution, when a judge refuses to issue habeas corpus, it damages who will be brought before that judge . Under the Constitution, any conduct, action taken by a judge in the normal course of his duty is not a subject of review or sanction by any authority in this Republic. Those who wrote our Constitution were of the view that when you begin to hold judges for what they say or do, then the independence required to do this job as contemplated by the Constitution is effectively removed,” Ja’neh told the hearing.He added, “if we don’t like the law, we change it, but as long as it remains in the book, they are the laws of Liberia.”Asked again as to whether the Legislature has the power to retry a case that has already been decided upon by the entire Bench of the Supreme Court, like in the case of the Anne Yancy Constance land case, Justice Ja’neh explained that the law in this jurisdiction is that a matter decided by even a Magisterial Court, Justice of the Peace Court “which courts are at the lowest echelon of our judicial system cannot be a proper subject of a review by either the Executive Branch, or the Legislative Branch of the government; not to talk about a decision rendered by the honorable Supreme Court, that is the law.”Once the Supreme Court has decided a matter, whether it is by a motion to dismiss, or a review of the records on the merit to the extend that the rights of the parties have been determined, Justice Ja’neh maintained the matter is decided, and that case is closed. “And therefore, there can be no authority by any branch of government to reopen that case.”“Those who wrote our Constitution had good reasons for putting it in the way they did it. In our court system judges, who have the same ranking, circuit judges for example, whatever a colleague does in terms of rendering a decision or taking an action, even if that action was wrong, you as a circuit judge of that same ranking, will have no authority to review that action or decision. There is no law in this jurisdiction that gives the Executive branch or any other branch the authority to review what has been done by the honorable Supreme Court of Liberia. If we were to allow that, then we will only be welcoming chaos.”Justice Ja’neh has been finally discharged from the stand, while the proceedings continues.Meanwhile Retired Associate Justice Philip A. Z.Banks, is yet to be called on the stand as ‘expert witness’ for the respondent.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Liverpool’s Lovren passed fit to return for Chelsea game

first_imgDejan Lovren will return to the Liverpool squad for Friday’s game at Chelsea but Emre Can remains sidelined.Lovren missed the Reds’ 4-1 win against champions Leicester at the weekend after suffering an eye injury in training.But the defender has since returned to training and been passed fit for this week’s game at Stamford Bridge.Can has also returned to training following an ankle injury but he is not yet fit enough to be considered for selection.Chelsea will be without skipper John Terry, who has been ruled out after straining ligaments in his foot.See also:Chelsea youngsters beaten by SwindonSwindon v Chelsea U23s player ratingsThe stats that prove Oscar has been transformed by Chelsea boss ConteChelsea not planning to sell ‘fantastic’ FabregasConte confirms Luiz will face LiverpoolChelsea v Liverpool: five key battlesPreview: Chelsea ready to defend unbeaten run against LiverpoolFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Local Roundup: Redwoods women’s cross country wins Think Pink Invitational in Redding

first_imgRedding >> The College of the Redwoods women’s cross country team placed five runners in the top 12 to win the Think Pink Invitational on Friday in Redding.CR was led by freshman Mariah Smither, who placed third behind race-winner Talia Swangler of Butte and Sacramento City College’s Jasmine Loyola with a time of 19:32 on the 5K course.Following Smither across the finish line for CR were Amelia Wirt (20:30, 6th), Monica Mays (21:21, 10th), Maria Avila-Overton (21:24, 11th) and Tasawi Williams …last_img

Cape Town gets new nature reserves

first_imgThe Western Cape’s precious flora andfauna is be even better conserved in future,once Cape Town has established its 16new reserves.(Image: Formore free photos, visit the image library)MEDIA CONTACTS • Cliff DorseBiodiversity coordinator: EnvironmentalResource Management Department,City of Cape Town+27 21 514 4189Mark ReidThe City of Cape Town will soon submit an application to the Western Cape provincial government for the proclamation of two new nature reserves in the city, and the expansion of an existing reserve.The news follows a positive reception to the announcement made in early 2011 that Cape Town plans to proclaim 15 new reserves under the Protected Areas Act of 2003. A public participation process followed, which was supplemented with radio interviews and newspaper articles and received a mostly enthusiastic response.According to the new proposal, the Diep River reserve, the Zoarvlei and Rietvlei wetlands and the Milnerton Race Course nature reserve – all located in the city’s northern suburbs – will be merged into one and called the Table Bay Nature Reserve.The existing False Bay Ecology Park on the southern coast has been extended to include portions of the coastline and will become the new False Bay Nature Reserve, while the small 3.6ha Botterblom Park in Durbanville, on the northern boundary of the Cape Town metropolitan area, has already been declared a new nature reserve.Wealth of biodiversityIn a recent press release, Belinda Walker of the mayoral planning committee stated, “In addition to the intrinsic value of Cape Town’s unique biodiversity and open spaces, the city’s nature reserves are economic and social assets for the local community.”Cape Town is world-renowned for its wealth of biodiversity, a major tourist drawcard. The region boasts over 3 250 native plant species and 19 different vegetation types.Urbanisation and other factors have put much of this natural treasure at risk, and 319 species are threatened with extinction, according to the Red List of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Already 13 plant species are extinct in the wild, so the time to act is now.Biodiversity provides the region with vital benefits like food, shelter and protection against wind, sand and flood erosion. If biodiversity is allowed to deteriorate, the effects of climate change may be severely felt. Cape Town will become a more sustainable city if natural systems in its urban environment are conserved and enhanced.One of the city’s greatest attractions as a tourist destination is its vast open spaces. Currently there are more than 30 nature reserves and natural areas scattered across Cape Town. This network of open spaces provides protection for vulnerable fauna and flora, and also contributes to education, recreation and conservation of natural heritage, as well as job creation.Protecting our natural heritageOn the Cape Town website, a report states that many of the city’s nature reserves do not have adequate conservation protection. Those which do have conservation protection have expanded, but official reserve boundaries have not been adjusted accordingly. Once the boundaries have been officially established, these newly acquired areas will also be protected.Once the proclamations are finalised, city management plans to establish advisory committees to help oversee the reserves. These committees will be made up of representatives of the community parties as well as various specialists. They will facilitate communication between all parties concerned, and will ensure sound management of the reserves in the future.last_img read more

The hottest sets of wheels and hi-tech gizmos

first_imgAs television sets get ‘smart’, phones double up as personal organisers and music systems turn living rooms into acoustic ensembles, there’s ample variety for the gadget-loving guy today. Be it convertible sports cars that satisfy your need for speed or classy collectors’ pieces for watch lovers, choose your indulgence from,As television sets get ‘smart’, phones double up as personal organisers and music systems turn living rooms into acoustic ensembles, there’s ample variety for the gadget-loving guy today. Be it convertible sports cars that satisfy your need for speed or classy collectors’ pieces for watch lovers, choose your indulgence from our top picks.Watch outThe Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day and Date is the ultimate in luxury. The glitzy watch whose design dates back to 1956 has wrist accessories in gold and one variant even comes studded with diamonds. This model gets its name from the tiny calendar placed inside the dial. This Rolex also boasts of the Oyster waterproof design, which was first invented in 1926 but has been updated to keep up with the times by the watchmaker ever since. The design can withstand water up to a depth of 100 metres. The fluted case back is screwed on using a special tool exclusive to Rolex watchmakers. Imperative for the effective functioning of the day-date feature, this case provides protection from water as well as dust, shock and pressure.Cost: Rs 27 lakh.Where: Rolex Boutique, UB City, Bangalore.Tel: 22113976.Hot wheelsLaunched in 2010, the Ducati Diavel remains one of Ducati’s top-selling models. This sports cruiser is a beefy machine with a commanding presence weighing 207 kg but is still agile and free flowing-signature characteristics of the Italian brand. Its name, rather appropriately, is inspired by the word for the ‘devil’ in the Bolognese dialect.The design team responsible for this motorbike says that they have tried to create a machine that is reminiscent of an athlete on the starting blocks, with regards to their frontal design for the bike. So the product does not represent anger so much as it exudes readiness, dominance and confidence, bordering on superiority with features such as a massive 240 section rear tyre that encases stunning custom 14-spoke wheels with machinefinished detailing and 162 horse power. This Ducati has a hands-free ignition where an electronic key in a rider’s pocket communicates with the motorcycle from a distance of two meters through a designated code.Cost: Rs 25 lakh.Where: Aadya Motors, Nagawara, Bangalore.Tel: 66534537.advertisementTop gearPowerful, dynamic and bold-these are the words that come to mind when you glance at the R8 Spyder, the high-performance sports car by Audi. The sporty Audi single frame and the large air intakes are instant indicators that this is a smart, sleek and stylish sports car. The rear spoiler is automatically extended at 100 km/h and retracts into the vehicle silhouette at 35 km/h. The hand made V8 mid-engine generates 316 kW (430 bhp) and accelerates the Audi R8 Spyder from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.8 seconds going up to a top speed of 300 km/h. The mid-engine concept ensures a balanced load distribution and excellent handling properties. The interiors have a classic motor racing feel-ergonomically shaped sports seats with highquality seat covers.The heated rear window can be lowered electrically and also serves as a wind deflector when the hood is open. The car comes equipped with a sound system ensuring excellent sound quality, whether the roof is open or closed. The designers have paid great attention to the utilities inside the cabin like an illuminated storage compartment in the rear panel that offers space for sunglasses, an iPod or the optional CD changer.Cost: Rs 1.3 Crore.Where: Audi Bangalore, Hosur Main Road, Electronic City, Bangalore.Tel: 28521547.Game onThe PS VITA makes sure you’re never too far from your favourite game. A successor of the PlayStation Portable, this is a competitor to the Nintendo 3DS. PS stand for PlayStation and ‘vita’ means ‘life’ in Latin. It’s a fun-sized gizmo in a ‘super oval’ shape with a five-inch OLED touch screen and supports Bluetooth and WiFi. 3G services are available only in the higher-end model. Internally, the Vita has a four-core ARM Cortex-A9 MP Core processor and a four-core SGX543MP4+ graphics processing unit. It wows with the combination of touch features and buttons as opposed to only touch in gadgets like the iPhone. Play games like FI 2011 and FIFA Football on this gizmo. You can browse Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and Skype. It even has two 0.3 MP cameras (front and rear). Standard memory cards cannot be used with the PS VITA. Instead, you need to buy specific PS VITA memory cards, which are a tad more expensive, and are available in sizes between 4GB to 32GB.Cost: Rs 25,000.Where: Sony Centre, 100 ft. Road, Indira Nagar, Bangalore.Tel: 42116677.Smart talkIf you thought the iPhone was the height of ‘style meets substance,’ then think again. The Tag Heuer Night Racer Titanium has arrived, blending in the technical aptitude that Tag Heuer is known for, along with great class and style. Made from titanium, this phone designed by the popular watchmakers is corrosion resistant, shockproof, airtight and twice as light as steel. In addition to standard features like an Android operating system, larger keyboard for easier typing, it also has a new download manager and support for languages, voice and video chat, along with many business and entertainment applications. Other features include 11-hour music playtime that is compatible with different file formats and a 5 MP camera. With its stylish looks and power packed features, this luxury mobile phone is all that you could possibly want it to be.Cost: Rs 2.9 lakh.Where: F10-A, UB City, Vittal Mallya Road, Bangalore.Tel: 40982109.advertisementClass apartOwn the road when you get behind the wheel of this six cylinder, automatic six speed sedan. The BMW 7 Series is beautiful and boasts of features that are bound to make many a head turn for a second look. In India, it is available in three engine variants. It has an unmistakable look with modified front apron and striking LED headlights, which makes sure it gets noticed whether day or night. Just as impressive is the interior of the car. Velour floor mats and the newly-designed leather seats offer optimum lateral support for unbeatable long-distance comfort. Individual seats are even available in the rear of the car. Couple this with the standard rear seat entertainment package with a new 9.2-inch flat screen monitor, 6-disk DVD changer and 16-speakers audio system for state-of-the-art acoustics. A new and upgraded engine means fuel savings of up to almost 25 percent.Cost: Rs 1.4 crore.Where: Navnit Motors, Hosur Road, Near Electronic City, Bangalore.Tel: 28520060.Sound alertThe new Bose Videowave Entertainment System combines a home theatre sound system, LCD display and a music player in this revolutionary product. For the first time, all your digital entertainment needs are contained in one high-performance unit and operated with a single click pad remote control and interface on the screen. The click pad comes with a built-in sensor and only has buttons for the most basic functions. In fact, it doesn’t even need to be aimed in the right direction when being operated. The product allows connection for up to five high-definition entertainment players, through a single, hassle-free cable and comes with a dock for iPods/iPhones. Some unique features include video mute, which allows a user to enjoy music without the picture; and audio calibration technology ensures the best sound possible for any room as it recognises the room’s size, even furniture, and adjusts the sound automatically.Cost: Rs 4.8 lakh.Where: The Bose Store, The Forum Mall, Kormangala, Bangalore.Tel: 22067645.Mean machineWho doesn’t love a Harley? The romantic notions that this legendary monster motorbike conjures of youth, freedom and the road less travelled has led many a bike lover to the highway, not only in the USA, its country of origin, but around the world. The options available to Harley fans in India have been stepped up a notch with the introduction of the Harley Davidson Ultra Classic Electra Glide (CVO). A Harley like no other, the Ultra Classic has temperature controlled seats, handlebar grips, bucket seats for the pillion and speakers too. The bike is literally a mobile island of comfort that also makes a great style statement. Touring models, like this particular one, are recognisable by their large saddle bags, rear coil-over air suspension and are the only models to offer Radios/CBs.Cost: Starting at Rs 35 lakh.Where: 55/2, Lavelle Road, Bangalore.Tel: 41487676.advertisementSpeed thrills Quench your ‘need for speed’ with this high-octane creation by German super car makers, Porsche, the Panamera Turbo. This Porsche is a dream machine that has been created and engineered to manoeuvre the German autobahns but also works just as excellently on roads across the world. Originally launched in 2009, despite the three years past since then, the Panamera still remains the final word in luxury road travel in India. Powered by a 4.8-litre twin-turbo engine, an output of 500 hp and 700 Nm of torque, it can go from 1 to 100 kmph in just 4.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 303 kmph. Porsche’s answer to the BMW 7 series, the Audi A8 and the Mercedes-Benz S Class, virtually every part of this car can be customised. This smart car even remembers a driver’s seat and exterior mirror positions through memory packages. The front seats can also be heated to an optimal temperature and the audio system comes with a voice-control feature that allows the user to give speech commands for help with navigation or even just to listen to the radio.Cost: Rs 2 crore.Where: Porsche Centre Bangalore, 28 Lavelle Road, Bangalore.Tel: 89495911.Big pictureBang and Olufsen, the Dutch designers known for their elegant style and technical superiority, have brought out a phenomenal tech toy that promises to provide a viewing experience like no other. On a Beovision 4-103, the details are lucid, the colours rich and lifelike and the movements on screen smooth and fluid. If 3D doesn’t quite cut it for you, then the active shutter glasses give each eye the advantage of full resolution, which makes you feel as close to the onscreen action as possible. And no need to worry about your eyesight because the adaptable VisionClear picture technology ensures that the highest picture quality is delivered irrespective of the environment. This means that regardless of whether the surroundings are bright or dim or day or night, the Automatic Picture Control sensor continually measures ambient light to adjust light output from the screen to ensure that your eyes are never under strain.Cost: Rs 40 lakh for an 85 inch screen.Where: Bang and Olufsen, UB City, Bangalore.Tel: 41738875.Smart clickThe Canon EOS C300 is not for your family vacations, but for the serious photographer and filmmaker. Released to satiate the needs for high-end and even Bollywood film makers in India, the camera features a Super 35 mm-equivalent approximately 8.29 megapixel CMOS sensor ideally suited for digital cinematography. With a compact body design, the Canon EOS C300/C300 PL delivers exceptional maneuverability, enabling shooting from vantage points that are all but inaccessible to large cinema cameras, such as close to the ground for highimpact low-angle shots and alongside walls. Earlier models of Canon cameras have been used in the production of movies like Stanley Ka Dabba, and Agent Vinod.Cost: Rs 9.4 lakh.Where: Canon Image Square, Park Sqaure Mall, ITPL, Whitefield, Bangalore.Tel: 28026547.last_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