Chance for WC aspirants to shine in series deciding 5th ODI

first_imgNew Delhi: India will have to quickly put behind a massive bowling failure, sloppy fielding and tactical mistakes to tame a resurgent Australia in the series-deciding fifth ODI here Wednesday. The cricketing world has applauded India’s current bowling attack as one of its most potent but the failure to defend a mammoth total in Mohali came as a reality check for it. Even the ever-reliable Jasprit Bumrah was taken to cleaners by Ashton Turner with ease, though the way captain Virat Kohli handled his quota of overs did leave many perplexed. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherKohli and the Indian team definitely missed the calming presence of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, whose understanding of game situations has been helpful in pressure situations. Without doubt, the PCA stadium pitch was flat, offering nothing to the bowlers but a world-class attack was expected to defend a 350-plus total. The blazing knock by Turner, who was helped by the Indian team’s butter-fingered fielders helped Australia turn it around. In Ranchi the team bowled first and in Mohali, Kohli opted to bat first, taking the dew into consideration but on both days, the opposite happened. It was dry when India chased in Ranchi but dew helped Australia’s chase in the fourth ODI with the Indian bowlers struggling to grip the ball. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenAt the Feroze Shah Kotla ground, the wicket is usually low and slow but the team would not like to be surprised in the key game which makes the toss crucial. Not many runs have been scored in the last two ODI matches played here with India losing to New Zealand by six runs in October 2016 and winning against West Indies by 48 runs in October 2014. The Twenty20 games have been full of runs, though. The hosts can heave a sigh of relief with Shikhar Dhawan striking form. The Delhi left-hander managed to silence critics who had been after him due to a prolonged lean patch. At his home ground, he would look to get some more runs but it remains to be seen if the batters get a surface which assists stroke-play. Going by history, the surface should be ideal for wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal as the slow bowlers have done well in the previous games. Usman Khawaja has been the man for Australia this series. His stellar show at the top has been instrumental in the visitors’ turnaround in the series. Getting him early would be crucial to India’s chances. With skipper Aaron Finch, Peter Handscomb and new sensation Turner contributing in the team’s good run, this Australian side is definitely on the right track to regain its status as one of the most formidable sides. The winner-take-all contest will also be the Indian team’s last in the 50-over format before the World Cup, making ti the players’ final chance to make an impression on the selectors minds. Vijay Shankar has done a reasonably fine job with the bat in the limited chances he has got but Rishabh Pant did not do any good to his wicket-keeping reputation by missing chances in Mohali. As a batsman, though, his utility is beyond doubt. The top and middle-order is largely settled and tomorrow’s game will be one last chance for Pant, Shankar, KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja to do something special and prove their worth. Jadeja may figure in the playing XI tomorrow, considering that his left-arm spin on the Kotla wicket would be effective. Teams (from): India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Rishabh Pant, Vijay Shankar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Australia: Aaron Finch (captain), Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Jhye Richardson, Adam Zampa, Andrew Tye, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Alex Carey, Nathan Lyon and Jason Behrendorff. Match Starts: 1:30 pm.last_img read more

Ford shifting 550 jobs to boost SUV production in Kentucky

Ford Motor Co. said Tuesday it will shift 550 jobs to its Kentucky Truck Plant to boost production of its Expedition and Lincoln Navigator to meet growing demand for its large SUVs.Growing sales for the Expedition and Navigator are driving a 20 per cent production boost at the Louisville plant, the automaker said.To boost the truck plant’s workforce, Ford said it will shift the jobs away from its crosstown factory — Louisville Assembly Plant, which makes the Ford Escape and Lincoln MKC.Growing demand for large SUVs is fueling the employment boost at the truck plant.“Kentucky Truck Plant is home to two of Ford and Lincoln’s most successful vehicles,” said John Savona, Ford vice-president, North American manufacturing. “After seeing a continued increase in customer demand for Expedition and Navigator, we are boosting production for a second time to meet it.”Retail sales of the Expedition eight-passenger SUV surged 35 per cent last year, Ford said. Navigator sales grew 70 per cent in 2018, posting the vehicle’s best sales year since 2007, it said.The truck plant’s production will increase after the summer shutdown in July, Ford said.To produce even more Expeditions and Navigators, Ford said it has increased the line speed at Kentucky Truck Plant. After a production review by a group of salaried and hourly workers, the plant added more workstations and split up some tasks, the company said.Ford also said it’s launching a new “Better Big” marketing campaign for the Expedition.Ford’s announcement that it’s boosting production of its large SUVs is the latest signal of the auto industry’s shift to SUVs and trucks.The last compact car recently rolled off the line at a massive General Motors assembly line in Ohio, part of a major restructuring in which the automaker plans to shed as many as 14,000 workers and shift its focus to making trucks, SUVs and electric and autonomous vehicles.Toyota announced last week that its Georgetown, Kentucky, facility will get a $238 million investment to produce hybrid versions of Lexus ES 300 sedans starting in May and the RAV4 SUV starting in January 2020.Bruce Schreiner, The Associated Press read more

Advancing the State of UC Security

The second area is a combination of network encryption and anomaly detection. Last week at the Ribbon Perspective conference in Washington, D.C., Ribbon made a few announcements to help advance UC security. First, it is integrating its SBC platform with 128 Technology to provide the underlying zero-trust networking and end-to-end FIPS 140-2 compliance. Second, it has launched the Protect platform, which can take the logs from many different UC platforms, stitch them together, and use machine learning to ferret out suspicious activity such as toll fraud, robo-callers, registration attacks, and other suspicious activity. Phish-Prone Testing, Keep Your Enterprise Secure Scott Murphy August 21, 2019 Phishing testing teaches employees to detect and respond to malicious emails, helping to create a culture of security. Log in or register to post comments With the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, the California Consumer Privacy Act, and other regulations, along with regular breaches affecting businesses around the world, minimal compliance is no longer good enough. As a result, many enterprises are getting more proactive than ever regarding their security, privacy, and compliance strategies.Tags:News & ViewsUC Security frameworkHotshot.mobiJourney.aizero-trust networkingMicrosoftidentity managementSecurityAI & AutomationCloud CommunicationsNews & ViewsProduct NewsUnified Communications Articles You Might Like IT Security Refresh: The Cyber Defense Matrix Terry Slattery October 02, 2019 With the Cyber Defense Matrix, enterprises can measure their security coverage and discover gaps in their IT strategy. A third area for advancement relates to data loss prevention and controlling and logging what information is going in and out of an organization. One way of doing this is using digital signatures. Zoom early this year announced its support for audio signatures, which adds an ultrasonic watermark to audio streams so that UC admins have a way to identify the source of any leaked audio. Figure 1, below, shows a three-tiered UC security model with consumer, enterprise, and advanced security grades. Based on discussions with 20 large enterprises, feedback shows that about 80% of enterprise UC interactions need consumer-grade security and 15% enterprise-grade, while 5% require advanced security. Advanced security is required for protecting intellectual property, for compliance requirements such as M&A deals, and to ensure privacy. See All in Security » Stay tuned for more exciting products and services aimed at helping enterprises refine their digital relationship management strategies to ensure security, compliance, and privacy. UC interaction security has its own unique challenges, requirements, and solutions from standard Web and application transaction security, as I discussed earlier this year in a Enterprise Connect 2019 session and No Jitter podcast. Here I’m going to dive into some advanced UC security functions and companies and products that are stepping up to help ensure these are available when and where required. The Threat of Toll Fraud Persists Irwin Lazar September 16, 2019 With a toll fraud prevention and mitigation strategy, enterprises can identify and mitigate potential toll threats – sometimes before they even happen. Three-tiered UC security framework The first area of advancement is in a combination of identity management and ensuring multifactor authentication (MFA) along with validation and providing a hardened application to run on the end device. A couple of interesting companies to highlight are: Keeping Your Communications Systems Safe Takes Practice Gary Audin August 29, 2019 Don’t assume you’re ready for a security attack if you’ve never exercised what you have in place. — Its mission is to provide compliant messaging, collaboration, and identity management for business, built on a zero-trust foundation. Some of its unique features include the use of location and time as additional authentication factors. To receive a message, users must be at a geo-fenced location; optionally, the message can be set to expire after a period of time. One early use case is for deployment to a remediation team in need of a secure platform following an enterprise directory breach. Some incident response teams are proactively establishing secure off-band communications channels as part of their remediation and response plans by simply restricting all access to trusted members’ known — Remember Brett Shockley, onetime Avaya CTO, Cisco VP, and Spanlink CEO, and Michael Frendo, who had been EVP, Worldwide Engineering at Polycom? They and others have formed this company, which offers a zero-knowledge identity management network. One use case is for inbound and outbound calls between a bank and customer. The bank and the customer are able to validate one another biometrically, never having to exchange or store private information. The private data channel they establish has the added benefits of enabling zero-knowledge proofs of account and identity credentials, as well as eliminating the need for the customer to re-authenticate on agent transfer through an encrypted transfer of trust.Microsoft — Microsoft, the market leader in enterprise identity management with its Active Directory platform, purchased LinkedIn for $26 billion in 2016. With all its work in the cloud, blockchain solutions, and LinkedIn data, it’s easy to see how Microsoft will be rolling out additional identity management services and incorporating them into its team collaboration application, Teams. Make Teams, Slack, Other Collaboration Tools Ultra-Secure Sorell Slaymaker August 21, 2019 Read how Hotshot adds location and time elements to its MFA strategy and discover how you can protect your enterprise with a zero-trust architecture. Slaymaker_UCsecurity.png cybersecurity_774.png read more

UN calls for suspension of DR Congo military units involved in mass

Investigations conducted over the past three months by the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in DRC (MONUSCO) in the town of Minova and surrounding villages found that two units of the Congolese armed forces (FARDC) engaged in mass rapes and other human violations in late November 2012, said UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky.As a result of these findings, MONUSCO addressed a letter on 4 February to the FARDC’s chief of staff requesting the formal suspension of support to these units. It subsequently sent a second and final injunction on 18 February, in line with the UN’s Human Rights Due Diligence Policy.“The UN Mission is in touch with Congolese authorities at the highest level to ensure that the alleged perpetrators, including Congolese armed forces commanders, be brought to justice and held accountable,” Mr. Nesirky told reporters in New York today. “The Mission will maintain, together with other partners, its support to Congolese judicial authorities to pursue their investigations and will offer its support for any trial to be held.” read more

Womens soccer Buckeyes down rival Michigan off of Princes gamewinner

OSU junior forward Nichelle Prince (7) dribbles the ball during a game agaisnt Minnesota on Sept. 17 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost 1-2. Credit: Lantern File PhotoIn a rivalry game against Michigan Saturday night, the Ohio State women’s soccer team returned to Columbus with a much needed victory.  The Buckeyes edged the Michigan Wolverines 2-1, with a winning recipe that combined early scoring in both halves and strong defense and goalkeeping. OSU improved their record to 10-5-3 (4-3-3 Big Ten), while Michigan lost its third game over the last five matches, falling to 9-4-3 (5-3-2 Big Ten).  Junior forward Sammy Edwards propelled the Buckeyes to an early 1-0 lead in the fifth minute, corralling a loose ball inside the Michigan goalkeeper’s box, with a shot finding the back of the net.OSU sophomore goalkeeper Devon Kerr’s strong play received praise from coach Lori Walker, as Kerr was named the player of the match for the Buckeyes. Kerr registered five total saves, including a crucial one-on-one faceoff versus Michigan’s Ani Sarkisian, who broke through the defense, taking a shot which Kerr dove to save.Kerr’s only goal given up on the night was in the 32nd minute, where she deflected a shot and Michigan took advantage of the rebound, evening out the score at 1-1.The Buckeyes returned from halftime with aggressive play that paid off. Senior forward Nichelle Prince scored a goal from short distance in the 53rd minute, reclaiming the lead for OSU at 2-1.The game continued to be competitive on both sides late into the contest. The Michigan offensive attack proved a test for Kerr, but ultimately, her two crucial saves from short distance held strong for the Buckeyes. Likewise, Prince had one last late opportunity in a shot that bounced off the Michigan crossbar, nearly widening OSU’s lead to 2-1.  The Buckeyes finish the regular season at Penn State Wednesday night at 6 p.m. read more

College Football Chaos Could Be Lurking Below The Top 3 Teams

✓2 ✓2 LSUSEC✓ IowaBig Ten✓ Source: CFB at NC StateACC✓ ClemsonACC✓✓✓1 ✓2 ✓2 So far, this year’s college football season has played out with relatively little chaos. Sure, 28.5-point underdog Old Dominion beat Virginia Tech, BYU toppled Wisconsin, and Purdue put a big dent in Ohio State’s playoff chances just last week. But most of the leading preseason favorites are still in good shape to make the College Football Playoff with five weeks to go before the conference championship games (and a week before the selection committee’s first set of rankings is released).If the season ended today, the committee would have an especially easy choice with its top three: Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame, each of which is a prestige program with an undefeated record. Picking the fourth slot, however, would be a little trickier, as there’s a crowded field of worthy one-loss contenders. And that’s what sets this season apart: The sheer potential for madness is quite high, even if it hasn’t manifested itself yet.We can map out how this season compares with others at the same point in time (i.e., through the week in which most FBS teams have played seven games) by classifying how many teams usually fit into the categories that my boss, Nate Silver, laid out in his 2015 story advocating for an expanded playoff field:Tier 1 contains undefeated teams from major conferences.1“Major” being the Power Five (plus Notre Dame). Before the playoff was introduced, these were the BCS conferences. As a general rule, these teams automatically make the playoff, since there are basically never more than two or three of them by the end of any given season.Tier 2 contains one-loss teams from major conferences and undefeated teams from minor conferences. These teams have a decent playoff chance, particularly if they win a major conference title, because they’re the next in line to be picked after the list of Tier 1 teams is exhausted.Tier 3 contains two-loss teams from major conferences and one-loss teams from minor conferences. These teams seldom make the playoff, though it’s not completely impossible.Tier 4 is everyone else.This season, there are only three teams in the running for Tier 1 — the aforementioned trio of Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame. That’s a lot fewer than usual for this point in the schedule; since 1992,2The first year of the Bowl Coalition, a rough signpost for the beginning of the modern bowl era. the average season had featured 5.9 Tier 1 teams at roughly the same moment in time. While this means the committee doesn’t have to hope that a bunch of undefeated teams lose by season’s end — which usually happens anyway when they play one another, or other high-tier teams, in the final weeks and in the conference championships — it has left us with an unusually large number of Tier 2 teams: 14, to be exact, or 1.7 more than the usual average since 1992. Those are the teams that generate controversy, because they all have playoff cases with some level of credibility, and there are always far too many of them to make for an easy decision between them.We can, of course, break that second tier of teams into subgroups based on a few other characteristics. Nate found that one-loss major-conference winners figure to make a four-team playoff field about 72 percent of the time, while one-loss non-champs make it only 47 percent of the time. Undefeated minor-conference champs are in the back of the line, with history saying they should find themselves among the top four only about 25 percent of the time. (Although UCF would take those odds right now, considering that minor-conference teams have made the playoff 0 percent of the time since 2014.) Here’s a summary of the current Tier 1 and 2 teams, along with the factors that might further differentiate them: FloridaSEC✓ Washington St.Pac-12✓ TeamConf.Play in a major conf.?lead their conf.?Have an Undefeated record?Have One loss?TIer TexasBig 12✓✓✓2 AlabamaSEC✓✓✓1 Ohio StateBig Ten✓ ✓2 OklahomaBig 12✓ MichiganBig Ten✓✓✓2 Central FloridaAmerican✓✓2 ✓2 KentuckySEC✓ ✓2 Does the team … ✓2 ✓2 West VirginiaBig 12✓ Breaking the 2018 College Football Playoff field into tiersUndefeated and one-loss NCAA teams in the 2018 season by tier. Tier 1 teams are undefeated teams from major conferences (plus Notre Dame), while Tier 2 teams are either major conference teams with one loss or minor conference teams with no losses. Notre DameInd.——✓1 South FloridaAmerican GeorgiaSEC✓ ✓2 ✓2 Many of these teams will sort themselves out by playing one another before selection day. Of the teams above, only Clemson, Notre Dame, NC State, Washington State and Iowa won’t face another Tier 1 or Tier 2 team before the conference championships. All of the others will play at least one, while Georgia (which plays Florida and Kentucky) and West Virginia (Texas and Oklahoma) will each face two fellow members of the list. So by definition, the field of playoff-worthy teams will be whittled down significantly as we head down the stretch run.But with so few Tier 1 teams to slot in automatically — and so many to deliberate over from Tier 2 — the committee could be faced with plenty of good, old-fashioned college football debates by season’s end. Like so many other college football seasons before it, 2018 is probably saving its best (and craziest) for last.Check out our latest college football predictions.CORRECTION (Oct. 25, 2018, 7:30 p.m.): A previous version of the table in this article indicated that Notre Dame is a member of a major conference. The university’s football program competes as an independent but is treated as a major-conference team for the purposes of our tier system.CORRECTION (Oct. 26, 2018, 11:45 a.m.): A previous version of this story said only four teams would not face another Tier 1 or 2 opponent over the rest of the regular season. A fifth, Washington State, was mistakenly excluded. read more

John Goldfinger Palmer murder at centre of police appeal after Spanish fraud

“Despite Mr Palmer’s past, despite the rumour and conjecture about his criminality and associations, he remains a man – a father and partner – who was murdered in cold blood at his own home.”We police without fear or favour and we will continue to do all we can to bring his killer or killers to justice.”Mr Palmer was also convicted of a timeshare fraud in 2001 in which 16,000 victims lost an estimated £33 million.He served eight years in prison for the crime, but police said the number of people who lost money in the scam, meant there were thousands of people who might have had a motive to want to harm him. The professionalism of the hit on Mr Palmer meant the police were convinced his murder was an underworld assassination.The killer had poked a hole through a five foot wooden fence surrounding the property in order to spy on Mr Palmer, who was burning rubbish in the only part of his his large wooded garden that was not covered by CCTV.At around 5.30pm the gunman climbed over the fence and approached Mr Palmer face to face.Police believe there may have then been a brief exchange before the his assassin opened fire, hitting Mr Palmer in the right elbow, the right side of the chest and the right side of the stomach.It is thought the 65-year-old then managed to stagger away for about 20 metres before collapsing on the ground.The gunman then calmly walked up to his prone figure and emptied another three bullets into him, hitting him in the left arm, the top of the back and the left hand side of his torso. Senior investigating officer Det Supt Stephen Jennings of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate said: “We know that Mr Palmer has always been the subject of scrutiny and speculation, both in the underworld and media, in relation to: his connection to organised criminals; specific high profile crimes; that he was a police informant; and that charges brought against him in Spain were about to be dropped.”However in the last year there have been significant developments and events within the criminal underworld that may now mean people who have information may feel able to come forward.”The fraud trial in Spain has now concluded. There is always nervousness within the underworld when a trial is looming. Now that it has concluded people may feel they can talk to us.”At the time of Mr Palmer’s death speculation was also rife that he may have been a key figure in the Hatton Garden safety deposit burglary, which happened two months before he died. However criminal matters in relation to that offence have now concluded and there is nothing to suggest he was involved.”We know that the key to solving Mr Palmer’s murder lies within the underworld. Loyalties do change and people may now feel able to come forward. The murder spyhole That trial has now concluded however, with those convicted receiving custodial sentences and substantial fines.Essex Police are hoping that following the conclusion of the trial loyalties may have changed and someone may now be willing to come forward with information. A reward of £100,000 remains on offer. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Police investigating the murder of notorious gangster, John ‘Goldfinger’ Palmer have renewed their appeal for information following the conclusion of a major fraud trial in Spain, in which he had been due to stand as a defendant.Mr Palmer, who earned his nickname after being implicated in the infamous Brink’s-Mat gold bullion heist in 1983, was shot six times in the garden of his secluded mansion on 24 June 2015.Police initially failed to spot the fact he had been gunned down and put his death down to natural causes, with the wounds thought to be the result of recent gall bladder surgery.But last year the Essex force said it believed Mr Palmer had been gunned down at close range by a professional hitman.In the weeks prior to his death Mr Palmer and ten others had been charged with various offences in relation to a real estate fraud in Tenerife and there was speculation in the underworld that he may have been seeking a deal with Spanish prosecutors in order to have the charges dropped. While there was no evidence that was the case, police believe that may have been one reason people may have wanted him dead. The murder spyhole read more

Languages mistress at £30k a year private school struck off after forming

A languages mistress at a £30,000-a-year private school has been struck off after forming an ‘inappropriate’ relationship with a pupil which saw her shower girl with gifts and letters.Dolores Papin, 42, gave the student a birthday gift, wrote to her home address and spent time alone with her while teaching her at the £30k per year, Sibford School in the heart of the Cotswolds near Banbury in Oxfordshire.Ms Papin admitted to giving the child gifts. “I did give a birthday card, a book and a stress ball to the student in April 2017 for her birthday,” she said. She also gave the pupil a cushion in November 2017 and a joke book in March 2018, the hearing in Coventry was told.Ms Papin also admitted she walked around the school alone with the pupil in May 2018 on several occasions despite instructions to “avoid all communication” with the student and to avoid situations “where there is only you and (the) pupil present”. Ms Papin was also engaged in inappropriate communication with the pupil, including writing to her at her home address and giving her a letters.The teacher wrote to the child: “I care too much about you to let you down and then I get carried away trying to help you…” and, “I have been trying to give you some space this week as I feel I tend to invade it too much.” The Teaching Regulation Agency panel noted that the teacher’s actions were deliberate, and persisted, despite a management instruction which was put in place to prevent further inappropriate contact with the pupil.She was prohibited from teaching indefinitely but may apply for the prohibition order to be set aside from May 17, 2021.Kathy Thomson, who chaired the hearing said Ms Papin showed some “late,limited insight into her actions from around March 2019. “Prior to this, Ms Papin’s view had been that Pupil A and the school were, to some extent, to blame for the development of the inappropriate relationship.”In a statement Sibford School said it “takes all safeguarding concerns very seriously and will always take appropriate steps to safeguard the welfare of our community,” the statement said . Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

New broadcasting charge wont be used to save ailing newspapers

first_imgOtherwise the notion that the public service broadcaster […] is going to retain two orchestras, and is going to retain a significant emphasis on Irish culture, and is going to do investigative journalism, and so on… I think is just unrealistic.While he said he had sympathy with the view that society “must preserve what is best in newspapers”, the notion of extending a broadcasting charge to fund the print media was “one that I would need to take some convincing on”.“Pretty much everybody, except those concerned with the unfortunate fodder crisis, have made application to me to say they should be cut into the public service broadcasting charge.”The minister had previously said that the charge, when first interested, would be no higher than the €160 annual fee currently charged for a TV licence – and that people who were currently exempt from TV licence requirements, such as old age pensioners, would remain exempted from its replacement.Read: Independent radio stations praise calls for ‘broadcasting charge’Column: I love RTÉ, but I don’t want an internet tax to pay for it THE PROPOSED REPLACEMENT to the TV licence – a mandatory broadcasting charge to pay for public service broadcasting – will not be used to help newspapers overcome their financial troubles.In an exclusive interview with, communications minister Pat Rabbitte said that while the newspaper industry is in trouble, the new public service broadcasting charge needs to be ringfenced to ensure at least a minimum amount remains with RTÉ as the national broadcaster.Once other national and local broadcasters are given a contribution to cover the costs of their public service programming, Rabbitte said, it was unlikely that any money would be made available to newspapers.Last week, former Irish Times editor Conor Brady called on Rabbitte to undertake a programme similar to that operating in France, where it was agreed that major internet companies like Google would invest money back into the traditional media.Speaking at the launch of the Press Ombudsman’s report, Brady said that while industries sometimes died, “the news industry is not like coalmining or car assembly, or turning out plastic buckets: it is an indispensable part of the democratic process.”Others have called more explicitly for newspapers and other news outlets, including websites, to be given a share of the funding from the public service broadcasting charge on the basis of their important news output.When put the proposal to Rabbitte, however, the minister seemed to rule out allowing newspapers or other media to share in the proceeds from the broadcasting charge, which he said should be ready for introduction “at some stage in 2014″.“There has to be an irreducible minimum [of state funding for RTÉ],” he said.last_img read more

Asus branded Nexus 7 tablet banner image leaked

first_imgWith the keynote for Google I/O just kicking off, there has been a couple of last minute leaks, one such leak is a genuine image coming from the Google Play Store. If you modify the URL of the banner image for the Galaxy Nexus, changing ‘galaxy_nexus’ for ‘nexus_7’, you’ll be greeted with the image shown above.The hardware looks just like the leak we saw the other day, the interesting aspect of the image is the UI. It looks like Google have decided to make the UI similar to that which appears on phones. The only difference being that you can now fit 6 icons into the dock, making use of the extra screen real estate. I’m not entirely taken with this design change, though it does seem to make more sense on a 7-inch screen, whether this will affect other tablets remains to be seen.With the keynote taking place right now, it won’t be long until we have 100% confirmation of the changes being made in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.More coming soon!last_img read more

These incredible Irish documentaries are available online for the first time heres

first_img Image: Loopline/IFI Short URL Share Tweet Email21 These incredible Irish documentaries are available online for the first time – here’s what to watch Some recommendations on what you can view from Volume 1 of the Loopline Collection, which was released on the IFI Player earlier this week. 33,403 Views 2 Comments THIS WEEK SAW the launch of the Loopline Collection on the IFI Player, which grants access to a wealth of Irish documentaries and video from the last 30 years.The influential Irish production, Loopline Film, was founded by filmmaker Sé Merry Doyle and its films covered a range of topics on Irish life from the Dublin street trader protests of the 1980s, to intimate documentary portraits on the likes of godfather of Irish modern art Patrick Scott and poet Patrick Kavanagh.Volume 1 of the Loopline collection is the first selection from the 900 hours of footage that has been digitized and stored by the Irish Film Institute (IFI) through the BAI (Broadcast Authority of Ireland) Archiving Scheme.The documentaries, television programmes, and video footage tell the story of Ireland through the last 30 years and more and hold up a light to many of the social issues during an often turbulent period in recent Irish history.We had a look through some of the titles on the IFI Player to give some recommendations from this great resource of Irish film and documentary. Alive Alive O: A Requiem for Dublin (1999) Source: Loopline/IFIDirected by Sé Merry Doyle, this film chronicles the lives of Dublin street traders while examining the changing streets and societal structures of Dublin City as money flowed in from the Celtic Tiger, old buildings were torn down to be replaced with upmarket properties, and drug-use became a serious problem in many inner-city communities. It was filmed in stages over many years, and uses rare archival footage that captures the demolition of the tenement houses on Sheriff Street, and former social hubs like the Iveagh Market slowly being closed down.The documentary features lyrical moments with the poetry of Paula Meehan, and photos and video from different time periods that attempt to strike at the heart of what Dublin as a city means to its community and what happens when – in some of the interviewees’ view – that city abandons that community.Footage of a young U2 playing a benefit concert on Sheriff Street in 1982 features, as well as songs by Frank Harte.Mairéad Farrell: An Unfinished Conversation (2014) A still from Alive Alive O: A Requiem for Dublin. Image: Loopline/IFI Source: Loopline/IFIDirected by Martina Durac, this documentary investigates the life and death of Mairéad Farell who was shot dead, along with two other members of the IRA, by the SAS in Gibraltar in 1988. The film follows Bríona Nic Dhiarmada, who was writing a book on Mairéad Farrell just before she was killed, as she visits her home town, Armagh Prison where Farrell was incarcerated, the scene of the killings, and has conversations with politicians, historians and those who knew her.The film attempts to go behind the mythologising and demonisation of Farrell and tries to understand who she was as a person.Spoken in both Irish and English, Mairéad Farrell: An Unfinished Conversation is an insight into the mindset of someone who was not only willing to live, but also die for her beliefs.  Essie’s Last Stand (1999) Source: Loopline/IFIDirected by Liam McGrath, this 20 minute documentary looks at 76-year-old Essie Keeling and her fight – alongside her dog Georgie and neighbour Karl Byrne – against eviction from property developers.The film can’t help but draw comparisons to Dublin’s current housing crisis when viewed 19 years later, as the developers in question want to turn her home into luxury apartments (at one point offering her £1,000 to make her leave).Though short in duration, the film also demonstrates the power of protest and community when Keeling, Georgie and Byrne find allies in the locals who are also under threat from an ever-changing Dublin during the Celtic Tiger years.A Good Age (TV series, 1997) Source: Loopline/IFIThis was a six-part series, directed by Sé Merry Doyle that looked at aging by tackling its myths and misconceptions through in-depth interviews with elderly Irish people approaching retirement.Each episode tackles a different topic through titles like Ageism, Looking After Yourself and Fighting Back, and explores elements around age like media coverage, housing schemes, consumerism and its impact on senior citizens. Each episode runs for just under half an hour and features an array of colourful characters that are not afraid to speak their mind when it comes to how they believe wider society should view and treat those stepping into older age.All titles can be viewed on the IFI Player App or website.  By Andrew Roberts A still from Alive Alive O: A Requiem for Dublin. 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Macedonia is still Greek as far as registered trademarks are concerned

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek companies using “Macedonia” as part of their trademark will not be affected by the Prespes Agreement and will continue to enjoy Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) and Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status.Secretary General of Commerce and Consumer Protection Dimitris Avlonitis told journalists that their registered trademarks are in tact. These are by definition geographical qualifications referring to specific areas rather than countries per se.Mr Avlonitis stated that the Prespes Agreement includes a provision for a consultation committee to be set up. This committee will be sent up by the end of 2019 under the jurisdiction of the Foreign Ministry and will operate for a three-year period.At the moment there are only 19 registered trademarks containing the “Macedonia” place name, and there has been no rise in the number of Greek companies applying for registration with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).“The fact that registrations are few is neither good nor bad. It is a question of business choices, and Greek companies will not be disadvantaged,” he stated.last_img read more

Ford offering free repairs for millions of drivers

first_img(WSVN) – Ford has begun offering repairs at no cost for more than a million owners.Those who own Ford Explorers will be granted free repairs at any Ford dealer, after concerns over possible carbon monoxide leaks.Drivers have complained of nausea, headaches and losing conciousness.The free repairs will last from Nov. 1 through Dec. 31st.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Mosque shooting terrorist attack on Muslims Trudeau

first_imgSix people were killed and eight wounded when gunmen opened fire at a Quebec City mosque during Sunday night prayers, in what Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called a “terrorist attack on Muslims”.Police said two suspects had been arrested, but gave no details about them or what prompted the attack.Initially, the mosque president said five people were killed and a witness said up to three gunmen had fired on about 40 people inside the Quebec City Islamic Cultural Centre. Police said only two people were involved in the attack.”Six people are confirmed dead – they range in age from 35 to about 70,” Quebec provincial police spokeswoman Christine Coulombe told reporters, adding eight people were wounded and 39 were unharmed.The mosque’s president, Mohamed Yangui, who was not inside when the shooting occurred, said he got frantic calls from people at evening prayers.”Why is this happening here? This is barbaric,” he said.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement: “We condemn this terrorist attack on Muslims in a centre of worship and refuge”.”Muslim-Canadians are an important part of our national fabric, and these senseless acts have no place in our communities, cities and country.”The shooting came on the weekend that Trudeau said Canada would welcome refugees, after U.S. President Donald Trump suspended the U.S. refugee program and temporarily barred citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States on national security grounds.A Canadian federal Liberal legislator, Greg Fergus, tweeted: “This is an act of terrorism — the result of years of sermonizing Muslims. Words matter and hateful speeches have consequences!”The premier of Quebec province, Philippe Couillard, said security would be increased at mosques in Quebec City and Montreal.”We are with you. You are home,” Couillard said, directing his comments at the province’s Muslim community. “You are welcome in your home. We are all Quebecers. We must continue together to build an open welcoming and peaceful society”.New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said police were providing additional protection for mosques in that city following the Quebec shooting. “All New Yorkers should be vigilant. If you see something, say something,” he tweeted.’NOT SAFE HERE’French President Francois Hollande condemned the attack.”The terrorists wanted to attack the spirit of peace and tolerance of the citizens of Quebec,” Hollande said in a statement on Monday. “France stands shoulder to shoulder with the victims and their families”.Like France, Quebec has struggled at times to reconcile its secular identity with a rising Muslim population, many of them from North Africa.In June last year, a pig’s head was left on the doorstep of the cultural centre.”We are not safe here,” said Mohammed Oudghiri, who normally attends prayers at the mosque in the middle-class, residential area, but did not on Sunday.Oudghiri said he had lived in Quebec for 42 years but was now “very worried” and thinking of moving back to Morocco.Mass shootings are rare in Canada, which has stricter gun laws than the United States, and news of the shooting sent a shockwave through mosques and community centres throughout the mostly French-language province.”It’s a sad day for all Quebecers and Canadians to see a terrorist attack happen in peaceful Quebec City,” said Mohamed Yacoub, co-chairman of an Islamic community centre in a Montreal suburb.”I hope it’s an isolated incident.”Incidents of Islamophobia have increased in Quebec in recent years. The face-covering, or niqab, became a big issue in the 2015 Canadian federal election, especially in Quebec, where the majority of the population supported a ban on it at citizenship ceremonies.In 2013, police investigated after a mosque in the Saguenay region of the province was splattered with what was believed to be pig blood. In the neighbouring province of Ontario, a mosque was set on fire in 2015, a day after an attack by gunmen and suicide bombers in Paris.Zebida Bendjeddou, who left the Quebec City mosque earlier on Sunday evening, said the centre had received threats.”In June, they’d put a pig’s head in front of the mosque. But we thought: ‘Oh, they’re isolated events.’ We didn’t take it seriously. But tonight, those isolated events, they take on a different scope,” she said.Bendjeddou said she had not confirmed the names of those killed, but added: “They’re people we know, for sure. People we knew since they were little kids.”last_img read more

India seeks to portray sense of calm in lockeddown Kashmir

first_img By: Emily Schmall Share This! Emily Schmall,Load Comments,Lawsuit: LA Sheriff’s Department denied Muslim inmates’ religious needs Tagsfree press Hindu nationalism homepage featured Islam Jammu and Kashmir journalists Kashmir Narendra Modi Pakistan,You may also like Columns • Opinion • Simran Jeet Singh: Articles of Faith Opinion We are not all the same, and in our difference we are divine August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email US agency: Hospital forced nurse to participate in abortion Share This! Catholicism Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,NEW DELHI (AP) — Just before midnight on the eve of the biggest political change in Indian-administered Kashmir in decades, authorities shut down internet access, mobile and landline phones and cable TV in the disputed region home to 12.5 million people.Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist-led government presented an order in Parliament on Aug. 5 revoking the autonomy of India’s only Muslim-majority state. The following day, lawmakers passed a bill to split the state, Jammu and Kashmir, into two federal territories.Government officials have filled the communications void by asserting the changes have widespread acceptance in Kashmir, across India and internationally — a portrayal that hasn’t stood up to scrutiny.RELATED: India ends Kashmir’s separation, giving hope to Hindus looking homewardBy circulating photos and videos with rousing Kashmiri folk music but no voices — evoking 20th century wartime newsreels — India’s foreign ministry asserts life is returning to normal. Independent news reports suggest otherwise.Kashmir has been disputed territory since 1947, when India and Pakistan won independence from British rule. Each claimed Kashmir and they have fought two of their three wars over it, with each now administering part of it.The nuclear rivals approached war again in February, when a suicide bombing in Indian-administered Kashmir killed 40 paramilitary soldiers. India responded by bombing an alleged terrorist training camp in Pakistan.The response was meant to signal Modi’s hard-line stance on Kashmir, where soldiers are authorized to shoot civilian demonstrators with marbles and pellets, blinding some people.The Indian government has also regularly cracked down on communications, especially in the Himalayan region where most people oppose Indian rule and want independence or a merger with Pakistan.India leads the world in the number of internet shutdowns, according to the U.S. nonprofit Freedom House, and communication blackouts in Kashmir under Modi have become commonplace. Of the 340 total internet shutdowns in India since 2014, more than half were centered there, including 55 this year, according to the New Delhi-based Software Freedom Legal Center.The government usually cuts internet service ahead of expected uprisings, citing the British colonial-era Indian Telegraph Act of 1885 “in the interest of public safety and for maintaining public order,” according to the center’s executive director, Sundar Krishnan.The shutdowns have a compounding effect, disrupting business and education and demoralizing people.“It’s obstructing the free flow of information but it’s also bringing many elements of a modern society to a grinding halt,” Krishnan said.As New Delhi deployed tens of thousands of additional troops early this month to reinforce its control in Kashmir — already one of the world’s most militarized regions — India’s foreign ministry escorted foreign journalists, including a reporter with The Associated Press, to a Hindu pilgrimage site elsewhere in the region. Officials billed it as an opportunity for journalists to see a side of Kashmir beyond the protests and clashes.Days later, the government evacuated the pilgrims, and the communications curtain in Kashmir came down. Since then, no foreign journalists have been permitted entry to Kashmir.On Aug. 7, with an indefinite curfew and a ban on public assembly imposed, a news video showed a chaotic protest with the sound of shots fired.On Twitter, Jammu and Kashmir police slammed the video as “completely fabricated and incorrect,” a description repeated by India’s home and foreign ministries.“The situation is calm, people are cooperative, and restrictions are being relaxed to ease the situation,” the police tweeted.Foreign ministry spokeswoman Garima Paul posted a link to a TV interview with a sympathetic Indian broadcaster in which S.P. Pani, the inspector general of Kashmir police, denied media reports of police firing there.The government later conceded that the news video wasn’t fake but continued to maintain that no protest involving more than 20 people had taken place, despite video evidence to the contrary.RELATED: How South Asian Americans are reckoning with Partition’s legacy 72 years laterOn Aug. 10, the start of the three-day Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha, India’s foreign ministry released a slew of photos and videos. In one, an aerial shot showed brisk vehicle traffic on a bridge. Another showed a busy square in Srinagar, the region’s main city, and another a crowded intersection on the road leading to Srinagar’s famed attraction, Dal Lake. Another was labeled Pulwama, one of Kashmir’s most restive districts, and showed streets humming with activity, not a soldier or barricade in sight.None of these scenes matched independent news reports.The curfew was briefly eased for Muslim Friday prayers, but the following morning, many people remained indoors, with shops and most health clinics closed.Another set of images released by the foreign ministry on Aug. 12 depicted men and boys kneeling in prayer outside mosques in Jammu and Kashmir. But some of the region’s largest mosques were closed, and others in the government videos were mislabeled, purporting to show mosques in Kashmir but actually showing worshippers in Jammu, where the Hindu-majority population supports the government’s moves.Worried that the world was getting a distorted view, Kashmir Times Executive Editor Anuradha Bhasin filed a Supreme Court petition demanding an end to the communications restrictions, which she said were hampering the work of her staff. The court on Wednesday ordered the government to reply to the petition within seven days.By limiting the ability of journalists to report on the region, she said, the coverage of Kashmir has been overwhelmingly biased in favor of Modi.“The government has its own publicity department, but over and above that, you have these big moneyed television channels, you have certain sections of print media who are virtually working as extensions of the government publicity department,” she told The Associated Press.“They are also giving a one-sided picture,” she said.The Press Council of India, a media watchdog that is statutorily tasked with ensuring freedom of the press, has tried to intervene in Bhasin’s case with its own petition, defending the ban as “in the interest of the integrity and sovereignty of the nation.” Share This! By: Emily Schmall Share This! 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Houston Chosen To Be Part Of Smart Transportation Technologies Program

first_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /03:59 Houston is one of nearly two dozen communities just selected to participate in a national transportation program.The focus of Transportation for America’s Smart Cities Collaborative is to find new ways to improve urban transportation through technology and other methods.Houston Matters learns more from Russ Brooks and Maureen Crocker from the Smart Cities program. Share Listenlast_img

Tunes from Seven Sisters

first_imgThe President of India, Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the event titled Songs & Dances of Northeast organised by North-Eastern Council (NEC) and Ministry of Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER) on April 11 at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium. Almost fifteen thousand people including a large number of young people from the eight North eastern States packed the giant stadium cheering the most popular bands of Northeast. A grand performance of songs and dance by 130 artistes from the eight northeastern states – Assam, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Sikkim – and their unique dances, choirs and foot-tapping music from their bands was the feature of the day-long festival held here for the first time to acquaint and connect people with the vibrant cultural diversity of this region. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Speaking on the occasion, the President said, “The states of North East are an important part of the country. Despite their small population, they have made immense contribution to the nation. The people of the region took active part in the freedom struggle. Many of their political personalities have enriched national life. Song, dance and music are part of the everyday life of the people of the region, who are known for their hospitality and courtesy. The region has rare flora and fauna, natural scenic beauty and rich cultural heritage. The festival showcasing the rich, cultural ethnicity and diversity of North East India will help bridge the gap between the people of the North-Eastern States and the rest of India.” Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Jitendra Singh, the Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Mukul Sangma and other Governors and Chief Ministers of the eight North-Eastern States were present on the occasion. This event will be held by rotation in different parts of the country in collaboration with one of the eight States of the region.  Leading bands like — Imphal Talkies(Aizawl) , PhuNingDing, Minute of Decay, SilmanMarak, Mizoram Folk Artist, Girish and the Chronicles, MonirajHazarika, Shillong Chamber Choir (Meghalaya) , Testeo Sisters (Nagaland) and the acclaimed Indian Idol’ winner Amit Paul were the main attraction of the event.Hundreds of visitors queued up to become a North Easterner for a day by slipping into their traditional dresses and sharing the North Easterner side of themselves. There was no end to savoring the ethnic food from the all eight North Eastern Regions prepared by the chefs who were specially flown down from different corners of North East. The interest in knowing about the tourist destination was so encouraging that the tourist officers were carried away by the unprecedented response. The festival concluded by a special number created for the occasion by the Shillong Chamber Choir.last_img read more

ACV wants agents to Like Subscribe to its new YouTube channel

first_img MONTREAL — Air Canada Vacations has launched ACV TV, a dedicated YouTube channel for the travel trade.Utilizing the video sharing site as another medium to stay connected with its partners, agents will be able to view personalized messages from ACV’s Senior Management team and stay informed with relevant updates on products and incentives. Agents are also encouraged to share, comment and like the content posted on ACV TV.The first videos on the channel come from Managing Director Nino Montagnese and Vice President, Sales & Partnerships George Platanitis regarding the tour operator’s new Europe and Cruise brochure.For questions regarding the new collection, agents may contact their Area Sales Manager or email Click here to watch the videos and subscribe to ACV TV. Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Air Canada Vacations Travelweek Group center_img ACV wants agents to Like & Subscribe to its new YouTube channel Posted by Monday, April 10, 2017 last_img read more

Boeing airliner deliveries tumble amid problems with 737 Max

first_imgBoeing airliner deliveries tumble amid problems with 737 Max By: The Associated Press << Previous PostNext Post >> Share CHICAGO — With the 737 Max jet still grounded after two deadly crashes, deliveries of new Boeing jets are falling far behind last year’s pace.Boeing said Tuesday that it delivered 30 commercial airliners during May, down 56% from the 68 it made in May 2018.Deliveries of 737s plummeted from 47 a year ago to just eight last month. All eight were an older model of 737, call the NG.Boeing is still building Max jets in Washington state, but they are being parked for now.The Chicago-based company has 4,550 unfilled orders for the Max but stopped deliveries after regulators around the world grounded the plane following crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia that killed 346 people. It’s working on changes to flight-control software implicated in the crashes.Boeing reported a cancelled order for 71 Max planes that were to be leased to Jet Airways until the financially struggling Indian carrier suspended all flights in April. Boeing has not reported other large cancellations despite the Max’s grounding.More news:  Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise ratesOrders for all Boeing airlines were “anemic” in May but should be better at next week’s Paris air show, said Cowen Research aerospace analyst Cai von Rumohr.Shares of Boeing fell $4.47, or 1.3%, to close at $349.33 on Tuesday. They have dropped 21% since early March, shortly before the second Max crash. Tags: boeing, Boeing 737 MAX Wednesday, June 12, 2019 last_img read more

New York New York – Reported by Elite Traveler t

first_imgNew York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineThe pure art of watchmaking… In offering a stunning new demonstration of the major horological complication represented by the tourbillon, the Manufacture Vacheron Constantin has opted for an impressive display of its skills and knowhow. The highly technical content focusing on essentials – namely performance and aesthetic appeal – is clothed in a pure, understated exterior designed to highlight this combination. The new Patrimony Traditionnelle 14-day Tourbillon is the ultimate embodiment of the watchmaking art – a status that is further accentuated by the fact that it meets the new Hallmark of Geneva requirements which are no longer confined to the movement alone, but also take account of the finished watch. This extension of its scope represents a major evolution for a label of quality that is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year and has clearly decided to respond more clearly than ever to the expectations of an increasingly well-informed clientele.Vacheron Constantin has long since established its expertise in the field of tourbillon movements. Often associated with another horological complication, the tourbillon produced by the Geneva-based Manufacture reveal remarkable expertise and undeniable audacity. Building on this experience, the Maison has chosen to explore a new path by developing a tourbillon calibre as pure as the case housing it, while displaying performances unequalled in the realm of this complication. The Vacheron Constantin movement design engineers and watchmakers thus cooperated in developing a new mechanical hand-wound tourbillon movement – Calibre 2260 – endowed with an exceptional 14-day power reserve.In order to provide a full 14-day power reserve, the new Vacheron Constantin Calibre 2260 is equipped with four barrels mounted in coupled pairs. They are all connected and all unwind simultaneously, but naturally four times slower than a single barrel. The four barrel-springs amount to a total length of around 2.20 metres and each enables approximately 13 development rotations, all in a calibre whose diameter is of only 12 ¾ lignes (29.10mm)! Other than the practical aspect of this power reserve, these barrels guarantee a longer stability in time.The architecture of this new Calibre 2260 features, comprising 231 components, two large bridges (instead of the three appearing on the previous Vacheron Constantin tourbillons). The large surfaces thus available serve to highlight the lavish finish of this movement, including the Côtes de Genève that are thus given full scope for expression. Having two extra bridges serves to enhance the precision in terms of assembly, but represents an additional difficulty for the watchmaker who thus has less easy access to the movement. The tourbillon carriage is inspired by the brand’s signature Maltese Cross and provides a splendid showcase for the exceptional level of finishing of each movement part, including a number of interior angles, all naturally hand-bevelled. The rounding off of the tourbillon bar alone takes over 11 hours of manual craftsmanship to achieve an optimal effect.In addition to the tourbillon combined with small seconds at 6 o’clock, Vacheron Constantin Calibre 2260 also drives the slightly off-centred hour and minute functions, as well as a 14-day power-reserve display appearing on a 280° segment for improved readability. The 12 o’clock positioning of the latter indicator on a silver-toned opaline dial, as well as the external minute circle, are inspired by several pocket-watches stemming from the rich heritage of Vacheron Constantin.The new Patrimony Traditionnelle 14-day Tourbillon faithfully reflects the design codes that have forged the reputation of this line imbued with a sense of purism and rigorously high standards. A slender bezel, a case middle with a fluted base, a screw-down case-back fitted with a sapphire crystal, facetted hour-markers (double at 12 o’clock), 5N pink gold dauphine hands and an historically inspired opaline silver-toned dial adorned with a variety of finishes: all these refined elements contribute to the unmistakable identity of this restrained and technical collection and serve as a reminder that tradition and modernity quite naturally rub shoulders at Vacheron Constantin.… in keeping with the new Hallmark of Geneva criteria This Patrimony Traditionnelle 14-day Tourbillon is the first Vacheron Constantin watch to be officially approved according to the new Hallmark of Geneva criteria.Instated by the Grand Council of the Republic and Canton of Geneva in 1886, the Poinçon de Genève is a guarantee of origin, quality of craftsmanship, durability, and expertise. Now celebrating its 125th anniversary, the Hallmark of Geneva is undergoing a major transformation, particularly in order to take account of the evolution in the techniques and materials used in the watch industry.As of 2012, the certification no longer concerns the movement alone, but instead the watch as a whole. Component production as well as verification of the entire set of operations leading to the finished watch are now the object of a systematic and more demanding monitoring procedure conducted by independent State-sworn agents. Once a movement has been officially approved in accordance with the Hallmark of Geneva requirements, periodic unannounced inspections will be made in the company in order to verify the compliance of production processes. The inspections will in particular serve to check that the assembly, adjustment and casing-up are indeed performed in Geneva, as well as to evaluate the quality of the components produced and the assembled movements.Rather than just the movement, the entire watch is now stamped with the Hallmark of Geneva. The exterior of the timepiece is thus taken into account, and in particular the elements connecting the movement to the case, meaning the casing-up rings, the clamps and braces and the dog screws. All components must also comply with the production processes and finishes laid down by the Hallmark of Geneva.The testing of the completed watch is now an integral part of the requirements of the quality label. All the technical characteristics, for example the water resistance or power reserve are duly cross-checked and periodically tested by the Hallmark of Geneva authorities. . Finally, the precision of the watch as proven by a wear simulation test becomes an essential element in awarding the label. The Hallmark of Geneva authorities conduct precision measurements for a full seven days to ensure that the variation in rate does not exceed one minute per week. All these elements testify the high quality of the timepieces whilst guaranteeing the independence of this certification. .Vacheron Constantin’s unprecedented Patrimony Traditionnelle 14-Day TourbillonThe first Vacheron Constantin timepiece to be approved according to the new criteria as of 2012, the Hallmark of Geneva appears on the movement and caseback.www.vacheron-constantin.comlast_img read more