CEO Tim Cook happy with initial Apple Watch response

first_imgThe Apple Watch is the biggest gamble the Cupertino Giant has made under the reign of Tim Cook and now the company’s CEO is happy that the initial results are indicating towards a good start. The company began taking pre-orders recently and according to the officials the demand is predicted to exceed the supply.In a TV interview with CNBC, Cook exclaimed that the amount of pre-orders were great. Apple has introduced a new product line-up after a long time and the success or failure of the device can have quite a strong impact on the company’s future.The Watch is Apple’s reply to the Android Wear segment and last year was termed as the year of wearable but the brand new technology segment did not take off as expected. Pebble was one of the most successful brand in the segment but in Android Wear department there was hardly any record breaker. Motorola’s Moto 360 definitely set the pace but it was not able to reap the sales it was expected to.This year Apple Watch is aiming at changing the trend in the wearable segment and considering the past record of the company it is quite capable of doing so. The first iPhone in 2007 is one big example of how the company was able to form a cult-like status for the device line-up.The Apple Watch is available in three major variants and the cheapest version, the sports edition, comes at a price of $349 (Roughly Rs 21,800) and it goes on to $17,000 (Roughly Rs 10,58,600) for the most expensive 18 Karat version. The actual sales from brick and mortar stores will begin from April 24th and Apple is expecting an overwhelming crowd despite the promotion of online platforms for the sale.advertisementlast_img read more

Gionee Elife E8 leaked in images, may sport a 23 Megapixel camera

first_imgAccording to a report from GizmoChina, Gionee Elife E8 hasbeen leaked in a few images. The company recently announced the Gionee Elife S7which sports similar design aesthetics but the difference is obvious because ofthe slightly edgy design of the leaked phone.The phone will carry a 23 megapixel camera that will becapable of taking pictures equivalent to 100 megapixels. The camera will becapable of capturing 4K videos. Even with the high resolution module, there isno noticeable bulge in the rear camera as the device lies flat on the surface.The leaked image also shows a dedicated camera button on the right side of thephone.  The phone in the leaked imagefeatures chamfered edges.The phone is rumoured to sport a 2K AMOLED display and willbe powered by a MediaTek MT5795 which will be assisted with 3GB RAM. The phonewill feature a 3,250 mAh battery. It might come with Android Lollipop out ofthe box which will be heavily skinned by Amigo 3.0 UI.last_img read more

‘Lots of bulls*** is written about Neymar’

first_imgPSG Draxler: Lots of bulls*** is written about Neymar Harry Sherlock Last updated 2 years ago 02:57 11/13/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(7) Neymar PSG Getty Images PSG Ligue 1 Neymar Kylian Mbappé The world’s most expensive footballer has reportedly caused tension at Parc des Princes, but the German has scotched such suggestions Julian Draxler insists that PSG have no issues with Neymar, amid reports of tension in the club’s dressing room.PSG broke the world transfer recored to sign the Brazil international from Barcelona in the summer, and he has since scored 11 goals in 12 games in all competitions, as well as providing nine assists.Neymar 13/2 UCL top scorer Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player However, reports have suggested that several of PSG’s players are upset with the way Neymar is overindulged, having already fallen out with fellow forward Edinson Cavani over penalty taking duties.Draxler, though, maintains that there is no ill will towards the forward.”It is normal that many things are written about a superstar like Neymar, also lots of bulls***,” he told reporters.Neymar PSG“He’s a very polite and nice guy who knows how important he is for the team. For a player like him it is okay to demand privileges. No one at PSG is jealous or angry with him. We are happy that he is with us.”Neymar has formed a close understanding with Kylian Mbappe at PSG, the teenager shining in Paris since his initial loan move from AS Monaco.Mbappe has scored six goals in 14 games, and Draxler’s Germany will face off against the 18-year-old on Tuesday when France travel to Cologne.”We already joked in the PSG dressing room,” Draxler said. “I said that we will win, though he thinks that Germany is a bit overrated.”last_img read more

Spurs quartet returns, but Alderweireld still out

first_imgTottenham Hotspur Spurs quartet return but Alderweireld set for longer absence Guy Atkinson Last updated 1 year ago 22:52 11/16/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) MauricioPochettino-cropped Getty Images Tottenham Hotspur Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur Harry Kane Arsenal Premier League Dele Alli, Harry Kane, Hugo Lloris and Harry Winks are all back in contention for the north London derby against Arsenal Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is optimistic that that he will be able to call on Dele Alli, Harry Kane, Hugo Lloris and Harry Winks for the derby clash with Arsenal on Saturday, but Toby Alderweireld’s return will have to wait.Alli, Kane and Winks all pulled out of the England squad for friendlies against Germany and Brazil, while Lloris missed Spurs’ last Premier League game against Crystal Palace a fortnight ago with a groin injury.The quartet took part in training on Thursday and Pochettino is hopeful that they will be fit enough to face their fierce rivals, but Alderweireld will definitely be missing with a hamstring problem. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Kane 4/5 to score anytime”I hope we can count on them for the game but still we need to decide, between the medical staff and us,” said Pochettino at his pre-match press conference.”I am happy because, if they can’t play Saturday, surely they are close to playing on Tuesday [against Borussia Dortmund] and next weekend [against West Brom]. It is not a big issue like Toby Alderweireld.”We have one training session more and we also need to assess the players who have come back from the international break. We are optimistic.”TEAM NEWS: @dele_official (hamstring), @HKane (knee), Hugo Lloris (groin), @Vorm_Official (knee) & @HarryWinks (ankle) have returned to full training for the first time today.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 16, 2017On Alderweireld’s injury the news is not so positive, with Pochettino revealing the Belgium international is unlikely to feature until January.”Toby is out. We need to assess him,” he added.”We expect he will be out for longer than we did previously. Maybe [he will be back] after Christmas. That is the expectation.”Always, with this type of injury, we have to be cautious. We need to wait.”last_img read more

2014 NTL Results

first_imgCongratulations to all the winners and players recognised on finals day of the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League. Elite Eight Men’sQueensland Country Outlaws 7 defeated the New South Wales Country Mavericks 4Player of the Final – Dan Withers (Queensland Country Outlaws)Player of the Series – Pete Norman (Queensland South Stingrays)Elite Eight Women’sNew South Wales Scorpions 7 defeated New South Wales Mets 6Player of the Final – Danielle Davis (New South Wales ScorpionsPlayer of the Series – Tamika Upton (Queensland Country Outlaws)Mixed OpenSydney Rebels 5 defeated Brisbane City Cobras 4Players of the Final – Gareth Young (Rebels) and Candice Ashley (Cobras)Men’s T LeagueSouth Queensland Sharks 10 defeated South West Queensland Swans 7Player of the Final – Lewis McAlister (South Queensland Sharks)Women’s T League South West Queensland 5 defeated Hunter Western Hornets 3Player of the Final – Shenae Ciesolka (South West Queensland Swans)Men’s 30’sSouth Queensland Sharks 11 defeated Sunshine Coast Pineapples 8 Player of the Final – Remus Gentles (South Queensland Sharks)Women’s 35’sHunter Western Hornets 6 defeated South West Queensland Swans 2Player of the Final – Nicole Mitchell (Hunter Western Hornets)Men’s 40’sSydney Scorpions 7 defeated South Queensland Sharks 4Player of the Final – Chris Benfield (Sydney Scorpions)Women’s 40’s Hunter Western Hornets 6 defeated Sydney Scorpions 1Player of the Final – Amanda Moore (Hunter Western Hornets)Men’s 45’sSydney Scorpions 13 defeated Hunter Western Hornets 2Player of the Final – Alex Ferro (Sydney Scorpions)Men’s 50’sSydney Mets 6 defeated South Queensland Sharks 5Player of the Final – Joe Lancuba (Sydney Mets)Men’s 55’sSydney Scorpions 5 defeated North Queensland Tropical Cyclones 3Player of the Final – Garry Simmons (Sydney Scorpions)Senior MixedSouth Queensland Sharks 4 defeated Sydney Scorpions 3 (drop-off)Players of the Final – Scott Mitchell (Sharks) and Katrina McIlwraith (Scorpions) Related Links2014 NTL Resultslast_img read more

There’s Reportedly A Frontrunner For The Kansas Football Job

first_imgLes Miles stares at the ground tensely during a game.BATON ROUGE, LA – NOVEMBER 28: Head coach Les Miles of the LSU Tigers look on during the game against the Texas A&M Aggies at Tiger Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)A frontrunner has reportedly emerged in Kansas’ search for a new head football coach, as the Jayhawks announced on Sunday that David Beaty won’t be returning.Former LSU head coach Les Miles has often been mentioned as a possible candidate for the position.That interest is reportedly legitimate.The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman is reporting that Miles has emerged as the frontrunner for the job.“Am told by a source that there’s a lot of momentum for Les Miles at KU as the new head coach, and that he’s emerged as a frontrunner,” he reports.Am told by a source that there’s a lot of momentum for Les Miles at #KU as the new head coach, and that he’s emerged as a frontrunner.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) November 6, 2018Miles has been out of coaching since getting fired by LSU, but he’s reportedly had serious interest in returning to the sideline.Kansas is looking for an experienced, proven head coach. Miles would certainly fit that mold.Stay tuned.last_img read more

Ohio State Star Has Gaudy Goal For Next Season

first_imgChase Young celebrates a play for Ohio State football.INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – DECEMBER 01: Chase Young #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates after a defensive play in the game against the Northwestern Wildcats in the first quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 01, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)The 2019 season is going to be a year of transition for Ohio State football, but star defensive end Chase Young has big plans for his performance.Coming off of a 9.5 sack sophomore campaign, Young is taking aim at the Buckeye record books.Back in 2007, Vernon Gholston set a school record with 14.5 sacks for Ohio State.He parlayed that into becoming the No. 6 pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, after three years with the program.That could be a model for Young’s junior campaign…though I imagine he aims to have a much bigger impact at the next level.On his Instagram story, Young revealed that his personal goal for 2019 is to break Gholston’s Ohio State single-season sack record.Screenshot via Josh Poloha:Chase Young’s goal for next season: Break the single-season sacks record for Ohio State.FWIW, Elvis Dumervil (20 in 2005) owns the single-season sacks record in FBS history.— Josh Poloha (@JorshP) January 12, 2019Chase Young is already being considered a potential first rounder in the 2020 NFL Draft.Walter Football has him going No. 13 overall over a year from now.Of course, the first course of action is helping lead the defense in Ohio State’s first year under new head coach Ryan Day, and new co-defensive coordinators Greg Mattison and Jeff Hafley.last_img read more

Nova Scotia Cultural Organizations Receive 34 Million

first_imgEighty-five of Nova Scotia’s leading cultural organizations are the recipients of a $3.4-million investment from the province, Tourism, Culture and Heritage Minister Len Goucher announced today, June 15. “We are committed to strengthening our support for arts and culture in the province,” said Mr. Goucher, who pointed out that provincial funding for Culture has increased by almost 42 per cent since 2002. “As a result of a budget increase again this year, both the amount of funding available for cultural organizations and the number of organizations receiving assistance have increased.” The Operating Assistance to Cultural Organizations program is open to non-profit arts and cultural groups that have been in operation for at least one year. It is an application-based funding program that provides support with administrative and core program costs. Assistance is available to four different categories of organizations: service organizations; arts producers; festivals and presenters; and cultural facilities. An independent assessment panel –- made up of two representatives from the culture community and one staff member –- reviews the applications and makes recommendations directly to the minister. This marks the third time funding has been awarded under this program. Since it was introduced in 2005, funding for cultural organizations has increased from $2.9 million to $3.4 million and the number of organizations receiving support has grown from 68 to 85. “This year we are able to provide ongoing support to several organizations and first-time funding to six others,” said Mr. Goucher. “These organizations offer a wide range of cultural activities that strengthen our communities and enrich the experiences of both residents and visitors to the province.” The St. Cecilia Concert Society in Halifax received $8,000 to support its operations. The society presents more than 30 concerts and events each year in its primary location at the Maritime Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Halifax and in surrounding areas. “The support we receive through this program enables us to maintain a high level of excellence, while reaching out and building our audience,” said Barbara Butler, artistic director of the society. The Evergreen Theatre in East Margaretsville received $3,000 to support its operations. This organization began as a simple folk society and evolved into a year-round presenter with its own venue just a few years ago. “This funding enables us to build on the grant we received last year and take our organization to the next level with a part-time salary position,” said David O’Leary, manager. “We will be able to increase our promotion and marketing efforts and strive to become the hottest ticket in town.” The next deadline for applications for the Operating Assistance to Cultural Organizations program is Feb. 15, 2008. More information on the program can be found on the Tourism, Culture and Heritage website at culture_funding.asp or by calling 902-424-5793.last_img read more

UBS to pay US states 68M in rate manipulation settlement

first_imgHARTFORD, Conn. — Swiss bank UBS has agreed to pay $68 million to settle a multistate investigation into the bank’s role in manipulating an interest rate used to price everything from credit cards to mortgages, officials said Friday.It is the latest of several bank settlements of charges related to the manipulation of the London Interbank Offered Rate, better known as Libor. UBS has paid more than $1.5 billion in fines and penalties to U.S. and European authorities for its manipulation of Libor.The investigation involved attorneys general of 40 states. The states previously reached Libor-related settlements with Barclays, Deutsche Bank and CitiBank, collecting nearly $500 million.Libor is set every day and is a widely quoted interest rate used to price a myriad of financial instruments. The interest rates on credit cards typically use Libor as a benchmark.“Our multistate investigation will continue in order to hold accountable those other banks which harmed consumers in Connecticut and across the country,” Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen said.New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood’s office said UBS made millions in unjust gains from fraudulent conduct while government entities investing with the bank were left in the dark.“Manipulative or fraudulent conduct that undermines the integrity of our financial markets will not be tolerated,” Underwood said.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Manny Machado Picked A Great Time To Have His Best Season

Machado is one of the modern era’s best hitting trade targetsBest pre-trade weighted runs created plus (wRC+) for players who were traded at the deadline, 1975-2018 C. Beltran2011MetsGiants150 It’s been a truly miserable summer for baseball in Baltimore. Not only do the Orioles currently have MLB’s worst record, but according to the FiveThirtyEight projections, they are also on pace to lose a staggering 111 games this season. That’s so bad, it would put them in the same company as such notably putrid clubs as the 2003 Tigers (119 losses), 2013 Astros and 2004 Diamondbacks (111 losses apiece). Not even Buck Showalter’s magical managerial touch could save the Orioles from their wretched fate. (Not that they necessarily want to be saved.)Amid such horrors, there has been one bright spot in the form of shortstop Manny Machado. Through Wednesday’s games, Machado has 23 home runs (sixth most in the American League) with a .314/.383/.573 slash line. That helps make him the AL’s seventh-best hitter so far this season according to weighted runs created plus (wRC+), which measures run production relative to the league on a per-plate appearance basis. Not only is it a massive improvement over the disappointing stats Machado put up a year ago, but it represents the best hitting season of his entire career to date.Machado picked a great time to put up career numbers, since he’s set to be a free agent after the season. And it’s good for the Orioles, too, though they’ll miss their star player. When Machado is inevitably traded before the July 31 deadline, he’ll command plenty in return, even if he’s just a three-month rental for a World Series contender.But it’s tough to say Machado isn’t worth the ransom — he’s having one of the best seasons by a trade-deadline target in modern history. Going back to the dawn of the free-agent era in 1975, here is how Machado compares to the top performances by batters who were traded at the deadline,1We also included Marlins’ catcher J.T. Realmuto, whom MLB Trade Rumors has listed among the players most likely to be dealt at this year’s deadline in addition to Machado. in terms of their wRC+ for the team doing the trading: R. Henderson1993AthleticsBlue Jays182 In essence, Machado switching teams is as a big a deal as the A’s trading Mark McGwire at the 1997 deadline. (That one worked out pretty well for the Cardinals, too, with one major caveat.) Machado might not be the best fit for every contender, with questions about his defense at short and his reported unwillingness to switch positions in order to fit better with a potential trade suitor.2Maybe that stance makes sense in the free agent market, since shortstop is considered a premium defensive position. Then again, shortstops don’t seem to be paid more than other positions. But in terms of raw hitting, Machado is making the most of his walk year, and his bat could make a real difference for a top-shelf team looking for that extra edge in October — regardless of whether that team is willing to re-sign him for an increasingly exorbitant price this winter.Check out our latest MLB predictions. J.D. Martinez2017TigersD-Backs160 G. Berroa1997AthleticsOrioles145 PlayerYearTraded fromToPre-Trade wRC+Stayed w/ Acquiring Team? M. Teixeira2008BravesAngels136 M. McGwire1997AthleticsCardinals156✓ G. Parra2015BrewersOrioles138 B. Bonilla1995MetsOrioles154✓ M. Ramirez2008Red SoxDodgers141✓ C. Floyd2002MarlinsExpos147 K. Phelps1988MarinersYankees170✓ O. Gamble1979RangersYankees160✓ J. Guillen2003RedsAthletics159 H. Baines1989White SoxRangers157✓ X. Nady2008PiratesYankees142✓ S. Hairston2009PadresAthletics143 S. Pearce2016RaysOrioles147 Stats through July 10.Machado and Realmuto are both listed among MLB Trade Rumors’ top 10 2018 trade targets.Source: FanGraphs, MLB Trade Rumors M. Machado2018Orioles?155? F. McGriff2001Devil RaysCubs139✓ J.T. Realmuto2018Marlins?149? read more

Beside The Points For Monday April 9 2018

Big Number(s)46 percentThere are only six teams who are on the bubble for a playoff spot in the NBA right now. Three of them are effective locks; the Spurs, Jazz and Thunder each have a higher-than-97 percent chance of making the postseason. This leaves three teams jockeying for two playoff spots. The Pelicans and Timberwolves are in the best position, each projected to finish 47-35 and each with just over an 80 percent chance of getting in. But there’s still hope for the Denver Nuggets, who have a 46 percent chance of making the postseason. [FiveThirtyEight]Leaks from Slackchris.herring:Shoutout to @kyle’s timing this year. He’s had at least 3 stories in which a team or a player had a huge win that same night. Jokic last night, Blazers a couple weeks back. Good stuff, man.Predictions NBA Things That Caught My EyeWoods and Nicklaus are the only draws in golfTiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus are the only two players where high finishes have a statistically significant effect on Sunday ratings for the Masters tournament. When Tiger finished in the top 10, the average rating was a 10.0, and when Jack finished in the top ten the average rating was a 9.5. [FiveThirtyEight]When Dinosaurs Ruled The EarthThe fullback position is a tough one in the NFL these days. For college fullbacks, they’ve got to make an argument they can also contribute considerably on special teams lest teams overlook them in the draft. This is just part of the position; fullbacks averaged 182.4 plays per season last year, while offenses averaged 1,015.7 snaps per season, meaning you’re only going to see a fullback on offense 18 percent of the time. With a 53-man roster, that’s a tough sell. [ESPN]Sleep; it’s important!I don’t mean to blow your mind with science, but athletes need adequate sleep in order to perform at their peak performance levels. Due to the nature of the NBA schedule and also the width of America, that isn’t always feasible. There were 54 games this NBA season where one team faced a significant competitive disadvantage because of scheduling. For instance, the Denver Nuggets played in Memphis, then left immediately and traveled overnight, then lost an hour en route to Cleveland where they played their third game in five days. Indeed, the Nuggets have been the victims of these “schedule alert” games more than any other team, six of the 54 total games. [ESPN]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?Big Ten lost in Frozen FourThe Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs best out Notre Dame this past weekend to win the Frozen Four NCAA men’s hockey tournament. They were the distinct underdogs; Minnesota Duluth spent just $655,000 on men’s hockey to Notre Dame’s $1.6 million. [ESPN]College Football Playoff probably happens without a Big 12 teamWith Oklahoma sending Baker Mayfield to the NFL, the Big 12 will see its chances of sending a team to the College Football Playoff slashed to 26 percent, lower than any of the other Power 5 conferences. Part of this is that the Big 12 lives and dies based on Oklahoma’s disproportionate performance. The SEC has an 84 percent chance of sending at least one team to the playoff, the Big Ten has an 80 percent shot and the ACC has a 65 percent chance. [ESPN]Cavs should consider preventing the other team from scoring so muchThe Cleveland Cavaliers would ideally prefer to make the NBA Finals, but they have a tough time preventing the other team from scoring the ball a lot, a strategy that other teams have taken to calling “defense.” Yes, interfering with the capacity of opponents to score is, for 28 other teams, a higher priority than for the Cavs and their 29th ranked defense. If they want to beat the Raptors, Celtics or Sixers — again, all who make any attempt, however small, to stop the other team from getting points — LeBron James should consider it! [ESPN] See more NBA predictions All newsletters Oh, and don’t forgetThis is a pro-Nikola Jokic zone haters go elsewhere We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe read more

PORTUGAL Four teams on four points

10.Maia-Ismai10316261:28017 8.Aquas Santas10406254:25918 portuguese handball 3.Porto11812333:25628 4.ABC Braga10721290:23726 9.Boa Hora10316271:29617 13.AC Fafe10118248:30213 2.Benfica10901298:23328 5.Belenenses12705328:33826 Very interesting season in Portugal so far. The reigning champions Sporting CP overtook first place after win over Arsenal 47:24, but Benfica had a match less, while FC Porto are two points behind champions.Even 2016 champions ABC Braga are still in the race for the pole position. They are with 26 points on fourth place.However, four teams are more or less on four points difference…STANDINGS: 7.Madeira10505293:27520 12.Arsenal10217244:31115 6.Avanca10613275:27123 11.Xico Andebol10226257:31216 14.Sao Bernardo10019223:31111 1.Sporting11911372:26630 ← Previous Story Majda Mehmedovic to miss WCh 2017 Next Story → Veszprem want to take revenge: Better defense to break PSG Handball read more

FactCheck Are there really more Polish speakers than Irish speakers in Northern

first_img 79 Comments AT THE LAUNCH of her party’s Assembly Election campaign, DUP leader Arlene Foster took aim at Sinn Féin’s consistent calls for an Irish Language Act, and made an attention-grabbing claim. Source: Niall Carson/PAUnfortunately, the most recent official figures on language usage date back six years – to the 2011 census.Obviously, a lot could have happened since then to bring about a change in the language dynamics at play in Northern Ireland, so we’ll have to use other, more recent statistics and extrapolate from them.Immigration from Poland to Northern Ireland appears, on the whole, to have slightly increased since 2011.The annual reports of the Registrar General show that the number of people coming to live in Northern Ireland, whose last country of residence was Poland, fell slightly (by 5%) from 2,000 between Mid-2011 and Mid 2012, to 1,900 between Mid-2014 and Mid-2015.Medical card registrations by Polish nationals rose by 4% from 1,795 in 2011 to 1,872 in 2015, and National Insurance Number applications and registrations also increased, by 19% and 27%, respectively.Primary school pupils whose first language was registered as Polish have gone from 1,684 to 3,151. That’s an 87% increase, but remember in real terms it amounts to only an additional 1,467.The number of secondary school students listing Polish as their first language has fallen from 919 to 794.It should be noted that this relates to students whose first language is Polish, and not all students who can speak Polish, for which we lack figures.And finally, there has been an increase in the number of instances where a Polish translator was requested by someone engaging with the Northern Ireland health and social care services – from 20,410 in 2011 to 30,465 in 2015.So while there are certainly some signs of an increase in Polish immigration to Northern Ireland since the 2011 Census, none of these indicators are of a magnitude that would make it plausible that the number of Polish speakers has exploded to the point of rivalling the number of Irish speakers.Jerome Mullen, Honorary Consul of Poland in Northern Ireland, told FactCheck he estimates that the current Polish population there is around 30,000 or more.However, Polish language skills do not tend to spread beyond that core community, for several reasons. Mullen says there may be “100 or 200 people at the most” who can speak or read some Polish, but are not themselves Polish. Feb 12th 2017, 10:00 PM Follow TJ_FactCheck on Twitter But if we have an Irish Language Act, maybe we should have a Polish Language Act as well, because there are more people in Northern Ireland that speak Polish than speak Irish. (Emphasis added)The FactsWe asked the DUP for evidence to support that claim, and they directed our attention to a particular section of the 2011 Northern Ireland Census (pg 17). Source: NISRAThis shows that in 2011, the main language of 1.02% of Northern Ireland residents (17,731) over the age of three was Polish. For 0.24% (4,130) it was Irish.However, this is not the full picture.We dug a bit deeper into the 2011 Census, and found the following:10.7% of the population aged over 3 (184,898) had some level of knowledge of the Irish language, however minimal6% of the population aged over 3 (104,943) spoke (or could speak) Irish(You can examine all this data for yourself by downloading a spreadsheet below).So while relatively few residents of Northern Ireland had Irish as their main language, many more than that had some aptitude with the language, and around 6% did or could speak it.How does that compare with Polish? Unfortunately, we can’t say for sure, because the Census does not have similarly detailed figures for Polish speakers, as it does for gaeilgeoirí.But we do know this:In 2011, some 17,739 Northern Ireland residents had Polish passports19,747 identified as “Polish” or had a related multinational identity (such as “Irish and Polish” or “British and Polish”)19,658 Northern Ireland residents were born in Poland17,731 listed Polish as their “main language”Of those who identified as Polish (whether exclusively or in combination with another national identity), only 4.4% said their main language was not Polish.The Census has detailed (and fascinating) data on the levels of skill and knowledge in the Irish language – whether reading, writing, speaking, or understanding.But it does not have similar data for the Polish language, so we can’t say for sure how many Northern Ireland residents, in 2011, could speak or read or understand Polish, in addition to those who listed it as their main language.And unfortunately, there has been no separate research into this that we could use as evidence.However, we know that it is highly unlikely – implausible, even – that that number would even approach the equivalent figure for Irish, which 184,898 had some knowledge of, and 104,943 could speak.Some 19,747 people identified solely, or in part, as Polish in Northern Ireland in 2011 – a greater number than had Polish passports or were born in Poland.The number of Polish speakers would therefore have to be more than five times the number that identified as Polish, to match the number of Irish speakers.While we don’t have the figures to confirm it, FactCheck is willing to rule that out as a plausible scenario. Some of the reasons for that are explored in the next section.What happened since 2011? Source: BBC Talkback/Twitter 54,542 Views Sunday 12 Feb 2017, 10:00 PM There are more people in Northern Ireland that speak Polish, than speak Irish.Her comments caused a stir on Monday, with the claim featuring in headlines in the Belfast Telegraph, Irish Independent, and Irish Examiner.But is it true?(Send your FactCheck requests to, tweet @TJ_FactCheck, or send us a DM).Claim: In Northern Ireland, more people speak Polish than speak IrishWhat was said: FactCheck: Are there really more Polish speakers than Irish speakers in Northern Ireland? DUP leader Arlene Foster raised some eyebrows with her claim during the week. Is it true? .@DUPleader on SF demands: “If you feed a crocodile they’re going to keep coming back and looking for more”— BBC Talkback (@BBCTalkback) February 6, 2017’s FactCheck is a signatory to the International Fact-Checking Network’s Code of Principles. You can read it here.For information on how FactCheck works, what the verdicts mean, and how you can take part, check out our Reader’s Guide here. …And never mind that, but the cost that would be incurred, in terms of the Irish language, would be quite incredible. And all for a tiny minority of people who choose to speak the language, and of course they’re entirely entitled to do so. Short URL Find more FactChecks here Share848 Tweet Email2 You can hear a short excerpt of Arlene Foster’s remarks at the DUP’s campaign launch, in the clip above.For our purposes, we’re interested in these comments in particular: We will never accede to an Irish Language Act…It amazes me that people cannot see how [Sinn Féin] are using the Irish language as a tool to beat Unionism over the head. The reason for that almost certainly lies in the fact that Polish, as a language, is a difficult language to learn. It’s much more difficult for an Irish or English person to learn Polish than for a Polish person to learn English.Mullen says that there can be some Polish language acquisition by non-Polish nationals where marriage across nationalities takes place, but that this occurs at only a “small level”.The absence of Polish as a subject being offered to non-Polish school students also contributes to the very low level of uptake outside the Polish community itself.Conclusion DUP leader Arlene Foster at the party’s Assembly election campaign launch on Monday. Source: Niall Carson/PARemember that the number of Northern Ireland residents in 2011 who described themselves as being able to speak Irish was 104,943.Even if we allow for a generous estimate of 30,000-35,000 people of Polish identity currently living in Northern Ireland, it is simply implausible that the number of people with the ability to speak some Polish would even approach 104,943.“There’s absolutely no way that that would be the case,” says Honorary Consul Jerome Mullen.Despite the absence of clear, official data on the number of people in Northern Ireland with the ability to speak Polish, we do have a significant other data from which we can draw a conclusion.Arlene Foster’s claim was “There are more people in Northern Ireland that speak Polish, than speak Irish”.While it is true, based on the 2011 Census, to say there are more people who regard Polish as their main language, this is not the same thing as people who can speak Polish or Irish.And based on the data available to us, FactCheck is willing to rule out as implausible the possibility that the number of Polish speakers is greater than the number of Irish speakers.We rate Arlene Foster’s claim Mostly FALSE. As our Verdicts Guide explains, this means: “There is an element of truth in the claim, but it is missing critical details or context. Or, the best available evidence weighs against the claim”.To download a spreadsheet containing all the data relevant to this article, click here.This is the first time we’ve fact-checked a claim by Arlene Foster. In future, you will be able to find her FactCheck File here. By Dan MacGuill Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Melbourne to host MasterChef

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Melbourne is renowned in Australia as being the capital of food and coffee so it’s only fitting it would become the home of the hit reality tv series MasterChef Australia.The premier of Victoria, announced the decision by Network Ten and Shine Australia to bring the foodie series to Melbourne and Victoria. Minister for Tourism and Major Events Louise Asher said that: “Melbourne and Victoria is the food and wine capital of Australia and we believe MasterChef will only add to this reputation, as well as make a significant economic impact to the state through increased visitor numbers.“Chefs George Calombaris, Gary Mehigan and former creative director of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival Matt Preston have been iconic figures in establishing Melbourne as Australia’s premier food and wine destination and we are pleased to be able to facilitate them ‘coming home’ and helping to showcase Melbourne and its regions to the world.Ms Asher said Masterchef would be a great addition to Victoria’s tourism and major events calendar and would promote Melbourne around the world.MasterChef Australia will begin filming the 2013 season at Melbourne Showgrounds next year.last_img read more

Robots Not Humans May Build the First Lunar Colony

first_imgStay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Evan Rachel Wood Just As Disturbed by Humanoid Sophia As Everyone ElseMIT’s Thread-Like Robot Slides Through Blood Vessels In the Brain center_img As U.S. astronauts prepare to re-explore the Moon, Japanese scientists are working to colonize it.Researchers at ispace envision a brave new world—one in which the Earth and its satellite are one ecosystem, united via the “Moon Valley” outpost—constructed not by humans, but by robots.Robots like the 8.3-pound rover developed by the startup to house tools and extract resources on the lunar surface. Its carbon-fiber body houses four cameras for 360-degree views and another to watch for hazards, according to Wired. Future iterations may also carry tools for construction.The nameless project, originally called “Sorato” (“white rabbit”), was conceived of three years ago, when ispace planned to submit it to Google’s Lunar X Prize, Wired reported.After years of delays, the prize was dissolved in January, leaving the firm with only the beetle-shaped machine and a dream. Oh, and $90 million in first-round funding.Elon Musk’s SpaceX (which raised $61 million during its first go in 2002) has helped bring the Moon back into focus recently. Once a landmark to reach, the celestial body is now a backup plan, an auxiliary Earth to potentially house our growing population.But while robot pessimist Musk is taking a decidedly more human approach to interstellar expansion, ispace, among other organizations, sees the potential in a cyborg workforce.As Futurism pointed out, the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration (PISCES) developed a four-wheeled robot capable of building a landing pad on the Moon (but has only tested it in Hawaii).MIT and the European Space Agency, meanwhile, are exploring 3D printing as a means for constructing bases and buildings on the Moon, or even Mars.There is no telling who will cross the next-gen space race finish line first. NASA just canceled its only existing Moon Rover Project, making way for private firms Blue Origin and Moon Express to pick up the slack.last_img read more

John Laird Heck of a rally bulletproof incumbents and false alarms

first_imgNotes, quotes and anecdotes while wondering how many people who despise publicly subsidized transit systems will change their minds when they get too old to drive:“How Do You Like Me Now?” — Denny Heck is too polite to bellow the vengeful country song popularized by Toby Keith in 1999. But I’m just rude enough to repeat this line from the lyrics: “I only wanted to catch your attention, but you overlooked me somehow.”Heck, a Columbia River High School graduate, represented Southwest Washington for five terms in the Legislature back in the 1980s. But in 2010, the Democrat lost a bid for Congress to Republican Jaime Herrera Beutler. Heck, a realist, no doubt accepts this as the will of the voters. But the hometown loss had to hurt deeply.Rally time! This year, running in Olympia’s new 10th Congressional District, Heck garnered 58.5 percent of the votes and now is headed for Congress. He’s making waves even before being sworn in. Last week, Heck was appointed to the House Budget Committee, the only incoming freshman named to the influential body. Ol’ Toby must be proud. C’mon, Denny, loosen up those vocal cords and let ‘er rip!Speaking of Congress — Every two years, the anti-incumbency movement heats up, only to be shot down by this reality: Most folks correctly vote for the candidate they think is best and disregard the rest of Congress.last_img read more

Suncity reopens City of Dreams VIP club with worldfirst indoor golf facility

first_img RelatedPosts Melco Resorts is currently in the process of its own renovation at City of Dreams, with a brand-new VIP area being developed on the second floor space formerly occupied by PokerStars LIVE Macau. A Melco executive told Inside Asian Gaming that the new VIP space was partially complete with just a few more areas yet to be finalised. Construction is expected to be finished in the second half of 2019. Evan Winkler appointed President as Melco Resorts implements latest management overhaul JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Suncity Group looking to develop new resort hotel in Okinawa, Japan after US$10 million land purchase Macau’s leading junket operator, Suncity Group, has re-opened its CoD Suncity VIP Club at City of Dreams, with new features including the world’s first indoor golf facility inside a VIP club.Located on the second floor of Nüwa hotel, CoD Suncity VIP Club returned to operations following an extensive refurbishment on Tuesday afternoon but held its grand opening ceremony on Thursday night. Suncity described the club as boasting “more diversified entertainment facilities” of which the new golf facility is the highlight. Load Morelast_img read more