World Cup ‘a lesson in tackling abuse’

first_img20 August 2010South Africa must work to retain the high level of community awareness and effective law enforcement that prevented an increase in human trafficking and women and child abuse during the 2010 Fifa World Cup, says Minister for Women, Children and Persons with Disabilities Noluthando Mayende-Sibiya.Mayende-Sibiya said this week that the available information indicated that the predicted upsurge in human trafficking and other forms of abuse during the World Cup never materialised.On the contrary, reports on the contingency measures put in place in all 2010 host cities indicated that children who went missing during the World Cup were reconnected with their families.“The experience of the 2010 Fifa World Cup indicates that it is possible to minimize incidents of abuse through a combination of high community awareness, social cohesion and effective social and law enforcement services,” Mayende-Sibiya said.“We need to retain the same high level of law enforcement, solidarity and the spirit of ubuntu demonstrated by our people during the World Cup.”She said her department would use the build-up to the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children campaign to retain community awareness on issues of trafficking and abuse.As part of Women’s Month, the government sought to tackle the various limitations affecting women’s lives in the country.“Our programme seeks to reach women of different social backgrounds in their localities,” Mayende-Sibiya said. “We have met young women from universities to discuss issues of education. We have gathered with women from various churches and prayed together for a society free of all forms of abuse of women and girls.“On Women’s Day, August 9, we gathered close to 30 000 women in East London, where they received an address from the President. We have debated issues affecting women at national Parliament and in provincial legislatures.“We have met influential women in the private sector to discuss issues of the ‘glass ceiling’ put on women.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

State of the Nation: all eyes on Zuma

first_img13 February 2014All eyes will be on President Jacob Zuma on Thursday night as he delivers the sixth and final State of the Nation address of the current administration. The speech will be delivered to a joint sitting of Parliament in Cape Town at 7pm, and broadcast live on national radio and television.SAnews features editor Chris Bathembu takes a glance at the highlights of Zuma’s previous five addresses.2009It was a cold winter afternoon on 3 June 2009 when Zuma delivered his first State of the Nation speech following the elections of that year. The world economy was reeling from the effects of the recession. More than 900 000 South Africans had lost their jobs between 2008 and 2009, while some companies continued to cut staff due to rising costs of oil and energy.It was not going to be an easy speech for Zuma. Some cringed when he announced that between June and December 2009, the economy would have created about 500 000 job opportunities. The key element to the jobs drive would be the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP), which had achieved an initial target of one-million jobs by 2009.Zuma also knew that something needed to be done fast to cushion the poor from the aftermath of the most devastating economic crisis since the great depression. He announced the introduction of the training layoff scheme. Though it was met with opposition from Cosatu and the National Youth Development Agency, the plan would help to protect workers who would ordinarily have faced retrenchment. Companies in distress would also be assisted to train inexperienced workers. In the end, these workers would, instead of being retrenched, be kept in employment for a period of time and re-skilled.Zuma also announced that a scaled-up Industrial Policy Action Plan would be developed. The lead sectors in this were to be the automotive, chemicals, metal fabrication, tourism, clothing and textiles, and forestry sectors.This paved the way for the development of the New Growth Path (NGP) a year later. The NGP identified five key priorities, namely education, health, the fight against crime, creating decent work, and rural development and land reform, which would form the focal point for the rest of the five-year term of the current administration.Zuma ended that speech by saying: “Since the implementation of our programme will take place in the face of the economic downturn, we will have to act prudently. No wastage, no rollovers of funds – every cent must be spent wisely and fruitfully. We must cut our cloth according to our size.”2010It was 11 February, and this speech was to be delivered in the evening and broadcast on national television, to allow working people to follow it from home. There was much hype around it, as the date coincided with the release of Nelson Mandela from prison in 1990.As expected, Zuma began his address by reminding South Africans of Mandela’s release, a watershed moment in the country’s history. Then it was down to the business of the day.Zuma reminded the nation that the global economic crisis had cost the economy about 900 000 jobs. He announced that to provide a safety cushion for the poor, the government would extend its child support grant to children over 14 years of age, and over the following three years to children aged 15 to 18 years.More than 480 000 public works job opportunities had been created, he said, which was 97% of the target set the previous year. The jobs were in construction, home and community-based care, and environmental projects.Zuma’s major announcement for 2010 was the R846-billion he said the government would spend on public infrastructure. The New Growth Path, he added, had been adopted as the official framework for economic policy and the driver of the country’s jobs strategy.Zuma also announced that all grade 3, 6 and 9 pupils would henceforth write literacy and numeracy tests that were independently moderated. The government had set a target of increasing the number of matric students who were eligible for university admission to 175 000 a year by 2014.Zuma wrapped up that speech by saying: “Inspired by our icon Madiba, it is my honour to dedicate this 2010 State of the Nation address to all our heroes and heroines, sung and unsung, known and unknown. Let us work together to make this year of action a successful one for our country.”2011This speech, delivered on 10 February, was all about jobs. Zuma announced the establishment of a Jobs Fund to the tune of R9-billion over three years to finance new job-creation initiatives. The Industrial Development Corporation had set aside R10-billion over five years for investment in economic activities with high job potential. Up to R20-billion was to go towards tax allowances or tax breaks to promote investments, expansions and upgrades in the manufacturing sector.Zuma also announced that South Africa had joined the Brazil, Russia, India, China (BRIC) grouping of influential emerging economies.He noted that more than 400 000 additional people had been connected to the country’s water supply the previous year, while about 81% of the country was now electrified, compared to 63% in the year 2000.About R44-million had been recovered from public servants illegally benefiting from housing subsidies. Just over 5-million HIV tests have been conducted since the launch of the testing campaign the previous April.Zuma concluded that speech by saying: “We must therefore act together as a united people, for national reconciliation, for nation building, for the birth of a new world.”2012This speech, delivered on 9 February, focused on several key things that government would have to do to grow the economy, introducing the National Development Plan (NDP) as key to the elimination of poverty and inequality over the next two decades.Zuma used this speech to report back on a number of issues. The Jobs Fund, which was announced in 2011, had begun operating and 2 500 applications had been received in the first round. Project allocations of over R1-billion had been committed. In addition, seven projects with an investment value of R8.4-billion had been approved for the R20-billion tax incentive announced in 2011.Transnet would invest R300-billion over seven years in capital projects. Of this amount, R200-billion had been allocated to rail projects and the balance to projects in the ports.Zuma said the state would develop a major new south-eastern node to improve the industrial and agricultural development and export capacity of the Eastern Cape and expand the province’s linkages with the Northern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. In the former Transkei, part of the Eastern Cape, a dam would be built using the Umzimvubu River as the source in order to expand agricultural production.More than 220 000 solar geysers had installed in homes nationwide. The target was one-million solar geysers by 2014-2015.Zuma wrapped up that speech with these words: “I would like to appeal to all our people to join hands as they always do, as we deal decisively with the triple challenge of unemployment, poverty and inequality. Nobody will do this for us, it is in our hands. And we are all equal to the task.”2013Zuma began this speech by referring to the crisis in the Eurozone, which is South Africa’s major trading partner, accounting for around 21 percent of the country’s exports.He also spoke at length about the National Development Plan (NDP), which outlines interventions to put the economy on a better footing. The speech set the target for job creation at 11-million by 2030 – while noting that the economy needed to grow threefold to create the desired jobs. Zuma said that the government would have spent about R860-billion rand on infrastructure since 2009. Various projects were being implemented around the country.The Judicial Commission of Inquiry, led by Judge Ian Farlam, had been appointed to probe the tragedy in Marikana, where more than 44 people were killed during a strike by miners.Investments amounting to R400-million in green economy projects had been approved for municipalities, other organs of state, community organisations and the private sector across all provinces.The Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Units had secured over 363 life sentences, with a conviction rate of 73%, for crimes against women above 18 years old and 70% for crimes against children under 18 years of age.Zuma ended the speech by saying: “As South Africans, we should continue to have one primary goal – to make our country a truly great and prosperous nation.”Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Machine Vision on the Horizon: Vitamin D Launches Object Recognition for Video

first_imgRelated Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting jolie odell Tags:#start#startups The company is based in Menlo Park and has received small amounts of angel funding from investors that include HTC CEO Peter Chou.In 2005, Jeff Hawkins, Palm Computing founder and brain researcher, founded a company called Numenta. Numenta’s HTM technology is focused on a new generation of artificial intelligence, or more specifically, enabling computers to recognize, learn, and understand patterns in massive amounts of data. Their HTM platform, the foundation for Vitamin D’s app, is also applicable to a broad class of other problems, from machine vision to fraud detection to semantic analysis of text. HTM is based on a theory of neocortex first described in Hawkins’ book On Intelligence and was subsequently turned into a mathematical form by Numenta co-founder Dileep George.Other HTM-based applications solve such problems as recognizing objects in images, recognizing behaviors in videos, identifying the gender of a speaker, predicting traffic patterns, doing optical character recognition on messy text, evaluating medical images, and predicting click through patterns on the web. Check out some sample applications and their demo packages, developed in conjunction with Vitamin D.The demos show small video clips being processed in real time for machine recognition of humans in video, even in low light, in crowded environments, and in environments with multiple moving objects. It is important to note that HTM systems are trained rather than programmed in the traditional sense. According to the Numenta website, “Sensory data is applied to the bottom of the hierarchy of an HTM system, and the HTM automatically discovers the underlying patterns in the sensory input. HTMs learn what objects or movements are in the world and how to recognize them, just as a child learns to identify new objects.”Vitamin D CEO Celeste Baranski said, “We’ve witnessed the incredible growth and importance of searching text-based content. But we’re still in the dark ages when it comes to finding things in video… There is a clear need for a better way to detect, recognize, and filter objects. Vitamin D Video is the first of many smart applications that will unlock the value inside video across a broad range of consumer and business applications.”center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A 2-year-old Silicon Valley startup is working on technology to solve the problems of machine vision. Their new product, launching today at DEMO, will lay the foundation for true video search, wherein software will learn, recognize, and understand patterns and take subsequent actions rather than relying on machine-readable tags and metadata.In its current form, Vitamin D Video is targeted for video analytics and monitoring, but the underlying technology, called Hierarchical Temporal Memory, or HTM, is modeled on the human neocortex and is the stuff of AI-yet-to-come.Vitamin D, founded by some of the key UX, engineering, and marketing folks behind the original Palm and Treo products, tells us that their video application can distinguish between people and other objects in live or archived video in ways that no other system can, not even the highest enterprise-grade analytics and monitoring technologies.It condenses enormous amounts of video into distinct and valuable events very quickly. It also has zero configuration and a simple rules wizard that sets up notifications for specific events.Ultimately, Vitamin D Video could eliminate the need for humans to stuff text-based data around their videos. “Vitamin D envisions a near future in which all the world’s video can be searched, monitored, understood, and reacted to in more automated ways,” company rep Allen Bush wrote to us in an email. “If computers could understand video content without having to be told by humans, many disruptive applications would surface.”This application will be available to any user with a simple webcam or IP camera and will be free throughout the beta testing period. Vitamin D sees the app as particularly useful for video surveillance and security as well as mobile capture and lookup, contextual advertising, entertainment, and general visual search. Interested parties can check out their demo.last_img read more

My Best Advice for Your Sales Kickoff

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now If I could offer you only one piece of advice for making your sales kickoff a massive success, it would be this: Coordinate the content into one integrated whole. Let me explain.It is rare that you get your entire sales force together in one place for a few days, so everyone is going to want time with the whole group, and a good many people on your team are going to want certain workshops. You are never going to have enough time, but you know that.It’s also expensive to put together a sales kickoff meeting. You have to deal with logistics, hire keynote and content speakers, handle catering, and deal with entertainment. All of this is critical, and it is more work than most people recognize.It is important that the sales force is entertained and educated, but it is more important that they return back to work with the ability to take action on what they learned. This means one of your primary goals should be to weave all the content together, building to the outcome that you want.Keynote speeches must be entertaining. They also have to contain some major learning outcome. A great keynote can provide the content that creates a mindset shift in the sales force. That mindset shift serves as the platform on which to build the rest of the content.Breakout sessions need to educate, and they should teach new skills to accompany the mindset shift enabled by the keynote. This is where mistakes are usually made, and they usually begin with content around product. Product is important, and salespeople need a deep understanding of what they are selling. The mistake is to provide product content alone, separated from the mindset shift and separated from the sales skills.This can very easily be improved by connecting the product to the theme, and then tying it tightly to the skills being developed in the breakout sessions. Here is a quick example.Let’s say your keynote speaker talks about how buyers have changed the way they buy. The skill set training might be around identifying where the buyer is in their process, requiring the salesperson to leverage that information to open a conversation about the new outcomes enabled by the product.The integration of content around the outcomes you are trying to enable isn’t easy to do, and there is no chance you won’t have content that falls out of your major outcomes. But it is still the best way to ensure that you achieve the result of having your salespeople leave capable of doing something they were not capable of doing when they arrived.last_img read more

Ahmednagar cop suspended for ‘anti-Modi’ WhatsApp post

first_imgPune: A policeman, who was serving as a bodyguard to senior Congress leader Balasaheb Thorat in Ahmednagar district, has been suspended after he allegedly penned an “objectionable” post against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and shared it via social media, the police have said.According to sources, Ramesh Shinde was one of Mr. Thorat’s bodyguards at his residence in Sangamner, Ahmednagar.He allegedly criticised Mr. Modi in a WhatsApp post recently. The matter was taken seriously and an inquiry was ordered, the police said.Cyber cell inquiry“Action was taken against Mr. Shinde after a detailed inquiry by the district police’s cyber cell,” Ranjan Kumar Sharma, Superintendent of Police, Ahmednagar, said.‘Many other complaints’Mr. Sharma said there were many other complaints against Mr. Shinde, besides the WhatsApp post. “Hence we initiated disciplinary action by suspending him,” he said. He said the policeman was suspended on Thursday.“His behaviour as a government servant was inappropriate, with regards to forwarding the objectionable post. There are certain norms to be followed in government service and Mr. Shinde violated them,” Mr. Sharma said.Mr. Shinde shared the post, which allegedly took a dig at Prime Minister Modi, to various WhatsApp groups. The post subsequently went viral, which prompted an investigation into it by the cyber crime police, who traced it to Mr. Shinde. — With PTI inputslast_img read more

BJP leader Anil Parihar, brother shot dead in Jammu and Kashmir

first_imgBJP’s Jammu and Kashmir secretary Anil Parihar and his brother Ajeet were shot dead at point-blank range by unknown gunmen at Kishtwar in Jammu division on Thursday evening. The authorities imposed an indefinite curfew on the town as a “precautionary measure.” An official said the attack took place at Tapal Gali, a narrow lane, close to the residence of the BJP leader.“A hunt has been launched to nab the assailants. We are investigating who are behind the killings,” Senior Superintendent of Police, Kishtwar, Rajinder Gupta said.Before joining the BJP, Mr. Anil had contested the 2008 Assembly elections on the J&K National Panthers Party ticket from the Kishtwar constituency. His brother was a government employee, who also owns a stationery shop. “The brothers after closing their shop were going home when the assailants opened fire. They took bullets in the upper body and the head. They were declared dead at the local hospital,” said a police official.The incident sparked massive protests in communally sensitive Kishtwar district. Two police officers were injured in clashes with the protesters. The police said they were probing “both militancy as well the local angle.” Deputy Commissioner Angrez Singh Rana, who decided to impose curfew on the town, warned the administration of “violent reaction endangering property and lives of locals.” The Internet service has been suspended in the region.The incident comes at a time when J&K is set to witness a nine-phase panchayat poll this month.Former Chief Minister and National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah offered his condolences. “It’s sad news. My condolences to Anil and Ajit Parihar’s family and colleagues,” said Mr. Abdullah.last_img read more

Back to square one

first_imgLATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Executing well under numbing endgame pressure, Meralco scored an 85-83 nipping of Barangay Ginebra that squared the PBA Governors’ Cup title series at 2-2 at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Friday night.Clearly, the win gave the Bolts momentum with the series now down to a best-of-three.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It was a game we had to win,” Black said inside a packed press room while seated beside Baser Amer, one of the heroes down the stretch.“We knew that losing this game and going 1-3 down would be very difficult.”Amer hit a triple with 76 seconds remaining which made it 83-81 for Meralco. He was scoreless in Game 3. Import Allen Durham was the other big performer for the Bolts, shooting 10 points in the fourth period, including the marginal layup off a tight Reynel Hugnatan pass.Ginebra had a chance to at least forge extension, but the Kings on the floor failed to call a timeout with under 20 seconds left that could have given coach Tim Cone the chance to draw up a good play.“Our players just couldn’t see us,” Cone said, referring to his entire staff that was trying to get the attention of their players.Black’s biggest concern now is how to get his players fresh for Game 5, set Sunday at Philippine Arena in Bulacan, especially Durham, who is averaging more than 44 minutes in the series.“He’s probably tired, there’s no question about that, but he’s driven to win. ” Black said of the Best Import awardee.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP View comments QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Norman Black put it as plainly as he could: “We have a series now, guys.”ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Ginebra import Justin Brownlee had 34 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists, but missed Ginebra’s last shot which could have necessitated overtime.Earlier, San Miguel Beer’s June Mar Fajardo scooped up a fourth straight Most Valuable Player award after just five seasons in the league.The 27-year-old Fajardo said he wants more championships for San Miguel, which failed in its Grand Slam bid after losing to Ginebra in the Final Four.“In winning championships, everyone is happy,” said Fajardo. “I’m the only one who gets a bonus for winning the MVP.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PSL unveils foreign cast Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:42Cops track down 4 persons of interest in ambush of DOLE employee01:42Cops track down 4 persons of interest in ambush of DOLE employee01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

Danny Kingad: student by day, fighter by night

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I am still studying, but I learned how to manage my time with the help of my coaches and senior teammates,” the Team Lakay member said. “I love this sport, I love to compete because this is my passion.”Kingad (5-0) is in his second year of his Physical Education major and he had to lessen the units he takes per semester so he can properly juggle his time training and studying.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd in the process of finishing his degree, the 22-year-old plans to disprove the stereotype that professional fighters don’t put a premium on education.“I am giving everything I have in training for this fight and bringing home the belt will be a testament that pursuing your passion is not a hindrance in securing your future through education,” said Kingad. MOST READ Kia pleads for understanding: ‘Give us a chance to prove our philosophy’ Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion PHOTO FROM ONE CHAMPIONSHIPThere are two things that Filipino mixed martial artist Danny Kingad wants, the ONE Flyweight title and his college diploma from University of the Cordilleras.Kingad is set to face ONE Flyweight champion Adriano Moraes for the title on November 10 at Mall of Asia Arena and as he hits the bags at night preparing for the fight, he does the same thing on his books in the morning.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort “It is also a way of breaking the stigma that fighters have in our society.”Kingad is aware that being a professional fighter is not a lifetime job and having a college degree will open avenues for him in the future.“Education is very important because my career as a fighter will not last for long time,” said Kingad who had his first professional fight in 2014. “By the time I reach 38 or 40-years-old, I need to retire and have another job to support my family.”ADVERTISEMENT Team Lakay’s rough start lights a fire under Danny Kingad PLAY LIST 01:04Team Lakay’s rough start lights a fire under Danny Kingad00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

Redmi Note 6 Pro quick review: Finally a Xiaomi Note with top-notch camera

first_imgXiaomi is India’s top smartphone company. In fact, according to IDC report that came out just a day ago, it has been the top phone company in India in terms of number of phones sold for the last five quarters. There are several factors behind the company’s success in India, but one of the major has been the popularity of its Redmi Note series. And to ensure that the Redmi Note phone continues to be on top of a smartphone buyer’s mind, Xiaomi is now launching the Redmi Note 6 Pro in India. The Note 6 Pro will go on sale in India, possibly at a price of Rs 17,999 or Rs 16,999, from November 23.Now, ahead of the official launch of the Redmi Note 6 Pro on Novembers 22, over here at India Today Tech we have spent some quality time with the upcoming phone. And we can tell you that it is impressive. Xiaomi has announced that the Redmi Note 6 Pro will available for purchase on Flipkart and Mi.com. The first sale of the phone is scheduled for November 23. In India, Redmi Note 6 Pro will be available in four colours: Red, Blue, Red, and Rose Gold.The key highlight of the Redmi Note 6 Pro is its four-camera system. The phone has two camera sensors on the rear and two on the front. The Redmi Note 6 Pro comes with a 12MP + 5MP camera configuration on the rear. The primary camera supports dual-pixel autofocus feature (basically better focus speed in low light) and has a lens with a wide aperture of f/1.9, while the secondary camera uses a 5-megapixel sensor for depth sensing. On the front, the Redmi Note 6 Pro sports the main camera that uses 20-megapixel sensor and secondary camera with 2-megapixel sensor for portrait selfies.advertisementCaptures great pictures with good details and coloursConsidering that the Redmi Note 5 Pro was pretty good at clicking pictures, the expectations from the Redmi Note 6 Pro are high. After using the Note 6 Pro for two days, I can say that the new Xiaomi phone does great job in this area. I’m absolutely in love with the pictures that the phone clicks, especially the selfies. The camera of the Redmi Note 6 Pro manages to capture minute details in a scene, with spot on colours. Whether you are clicking photos inside a room or outdoors — sadly under the hazy Delhi winter sky — the cameras of the Redmi Note 6 Pro will likely not disappoint you. Having said that, I feel the performance in blazing sun could have been better. Photos clicked in direct sunlight look little washed out as far as colours are concerned, even if they have ample details. For instance, photos of plants and leaves clicked under the burning sun didn’t look as green as they are in reality (check camera samples below).In low-light, the Redmi Note 6 Pro produces great results. The best aspect is that the pictures clicked in low light don’t appear too grainy, or miss out on colours or details. Shot on Redmi Note 6 Pro under the blazing sun. The Redmi Note 6 Pro captures great details and spot on colours. The Redmi Note 6 Pro does wonders with its main camera. Portrait shot clicked with Redmi Note 6 Pro. Picture clicked in low-light with Redmi Note 6 Pro.The front camera system in the Redmi Note 6 Pro is as good as the rear one at its job. It clicks flawless selfies. The Redmi Note 6 Pro is the first Xiaomi phone to come with two selfie cameras on the front, and they sit on a wide notch. The front camera also offers features like studio lighting, something that has been made popular by the iPhone. Selfie clicked on Redmi Note 6 Pro. Portrait selfie clicked with Redmi Note 6 Pro.Bright display, sleek designThe Redmi Note 5 Pro was Xiaomi’s first mainstream in India with somewhat slim bezel. The Redmi Note 6 Pro follows the same design lines. The bezels are slim, and for the first time in a Redmi Note phone, you get a notch. If you don’t like the notch, there is an option to hide it. The sleek metallic finish body of the phone makes it easy for the user to hold and operate the device with one hand.The Redmi Note 6 Pro sports a 6.26-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD display that has an aspect ratio of 19:9. It is a bright display, and you won’t mind watching a Netflix movie or YouTube clip on it. The phone comes with options for changing the colour tone of the display to warm or cool, depending on the requirement.advertisementWhat else is there in the Redmi Note 6 Pro?In terms of core hardware, the Redmi Note 6 Pro isn’t a major upgrade over the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Design too is somewhat similar. From the back side, both the phones look almost the same with vertically aligned cameras, with a single tone dual LED placed between them. Following the camera module, there’s a rear-mounted circular fingerprint sensor in the Redmi Note 6 Pro which is fairly fast, but the face unlock is much quicker and often takes less than a second to unlock the phone.Similar to the Redmi Note 5 Pro, the Note 6 Pro is also powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset. In India, the phone will be available in two variants – one with 4GB RAM/64GB storage, while the second model packs 6GB RAM and 64GB storage, which is expandable by up to 256GB. And just like the Redmi Note 5 Pro, the Redmi Note 6 Pro also packs a massive 4000mAh battery and comes with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 support. This is also the first Redmi Note series phone to come with MIUI 10 out-of-the-box. The performance of the phone is typical Xiaomi: fast. And MIUI 10 is a typical Xiaomi: optimised well and similar to the latest iOS features, including some of the animations. We will have more to say about the MIUI 10, battery life and Note 6 Pro performance in full review but my brief impression of both the Note 6 Pro software and hardware is positive.last_img read more

UNC Releases Notice Of Allegations, Which Includes “Lack Of Institutional Control”

first_imgUNC Notice Of Allegations letter form the NCAA.UNC Notice Of Allegations UNC/TwitterUNC/TwitterNorth Carolina, which had been served a notice of allegations back on May 20 relating to an academic fraud investigation, has released the NCAA’s findings this afternoon. The organization is alleging five major violations. Each of them are considered “Level 1” – severe breaches of conduct. The Notice Of Allegations includes 325 pieces of “Factual Information” relating to the case.You can read the entire 59-page NOA here. If you’re looking for a summary of the major violations, we’ve listed them below. Per the NCAA:1. It is alleged that beginning in the 2002 fall semester and continuing through the 2011 summer semester, the institution provided impermissible benefits to student-athletes that were not generally available to the student body. 2. It is alleged that from April 2007 to July 2010, Jan Boxill (Boxill), then philosophy instructor, director of the Parr Center for Ethics, women’s basketball athletic academic counselor in the Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes (ASPSA) and chair of the faculty, knowingly provided extra benefits in the form of impermissible academic assistance and special arrangements to women’s basketball student-athletes. 3. It is alleged that in 2014 and 2015, Deborah Crowder (Crowder), former student services manager in the African and Afro-American Studies department, violated the NCAA principles of ethical conduct when she failed to furnish information relevant to an investigation of possible violations of NCAA legislation when requested to do so by the NCAA enforcement staff and the institution. Specifically, Crowder refused to participate in an interview with both the institution and the enforcement staff despite at least three requests for her participation. 4. It is alleged that in 2014 and 2015, Dr. Julius Nyang’oro (Nyang’oro), former professor and chair of the African and Afro-American Studies department, violated the NCAA principles of ethical conduct when he failed to furnish information relevant to an investigation of possible violations of NCAA legislation when requested to do so by the enforcement staff and the institution. Specifically, Nyang’oro refused to participate in an interview with both the institution and the enforcement staff despite at least five requests for his participation. 5. It is alleged that the scope and nature of the violations set forth in Allegation Nos. 1 and 2 demonstrate that the institution violated the NCAA principles of institutional control and rules compliance when it failed to monitor the activities of Jan Boxill (Boxill), then philosophy instructor, director of the Parr Center for Ethics, women’s basketball athletics academic counselor in the Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes (ASPSA) and chair of the faculty. Further, the institution exhibited a lack of institutional control in regard to the special arrangements constituting impermissible benefits athletics academic counselors and staff within African and Afro-American Studies (AFRI/AFAM) department provided to student-athletes. North Carolina has 90 days from the issuance of the allegations to respond. Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham is expected to address the alleged violations during a press conference at 1:30 PM ET.last_img read more