Dell Adds AMD Option to Inspiron PCs, Offering More Performance Options for Consumers

first_imgOur customers expect versatility, convenience and most importantly, choice, when it comes to our leading Inspiron line. The Inspiron brand is founded upon providing easy to use laptops and 2-in-1s that keep consumers connected and productive – delivering an intuitive user experience, quality design and flexible form factors.That’s why, following the launch of two of our noteworthy Inspirons, we’re focused on continuing to expand the diversity within our Inspiron family and provide our consumers with the features they desire. Today, both the Inspiron 14 and 15 5000 and Inspiron 14 5000 2-in-1 are available with the new 2nd Generation AMD Ryzen™ Mobile Processors with Radeon™ Vega Graphics, adding to the Intel configurations launched in the fall. Announced at CES 2019, 2nd Generation AMD Ryzen mobile processors deliver fast performance and an exceptional entertainment experience to consumers no matter the activity or task at hand.Additionally, the new Inspiron laptops and 2-in-1 are equipped with built-in Dell Cinema, Dell’s best-in-class and easy to use sound, streaming and color software solution to provide a breathtaking and uninterrupted personal theater experience.Available in both a 14- and 15-inch option, the new AMD-powered Inspiron 5000 laptop is stylish, portable and delivers fast, responsive performance. It includes a FHD IPS wide-viewing anti-glare display option and a narrow bezel design to deliver a beautiful viewing experience at a range of angles. The 14-inch features a 2.7mm camera using temporal noise reduction to increase image quality in low light. Available with plenty of ports, including a multifunctional Type-C™, and packaged in a Platinum Silver color, the new Inspiron 5000 laptop offers mobility, simplicity and style at an exceptional value for consumers.In addition, the new Inspiron 14 5000 2-in-1 is a reliable and flexible 2-in-1 combining performance and dynamic design to support the versatile needs of today’s consumers. The 2-in-1 is packed with features to suit everyday requirements, specifically equipped with a narrow bezel FHD IPS wide-viewing display, a multifunctional Type-C™ port, a convenient touchscreen with Active Pen compatibility. Along with AMD Ryzen Mobile processors, the 2-in-1 is also available in a new color option, Ink, a deep, mature blue, paired with cool-to-touch aluminum palm rest to deliver a sleek and attractive look.We’re excited to bring the latest innovation from AMD to some of our best-selling Inspiron PCs. Perfect for the everyday user looking to stream 4K content at home or finish a homework assignment, the added performance provides the power they need.The Inspiron 15 5000 (5585) will be available on Dell.com on April 2. The Inspiron 14 5000 (5485) and Inspiron 15 5000 (5585) will also be available in select retailers in North America shortly after. Both will start at $529.99.The Inspiron 14 5000 2-in-1 (5485 2-in-1) will be available on Costco.com in the coming months starting at $699.99.*Inspiron 15 5000 (5585) will not be available in EMEA.last_img read more

Smoking material to blame for Albert Street fire in Johnson City

first_imgJOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — The Johnson City Fire Marshall says the fire at 67 Albert St. was accidental in nature. No injuries were reported. The Fire Marshall says the fire was caused by “improperly discarded smoking materials” on the second floor front porch.center_img Five adults were displaced from the fire but are able to stay with friends and family.last_img

Russell wins Pandya duel as Knight Riders end losing streak

first_imgANDRE Russell was in the runs again as Kolkata Knight Riders overcame Hardik Pandya’s onslaught for Mumbai Indians to end a six-game losing streak in the Indian Premier League.West Indies all-rounder Russell blasted 80 from just 40 deliveries to help the Knight Riders reach 232-2 – the highest score posted by any team in this season’s competition so far.Shubman Gill made 76 as he combined with opening partner Chris Lynn (54) to put on 96 for the first wicket, laying the ideal platform for Russell, who came out to bat at number three.Kolkata smashed 75 runs from the final five overs of their innings and appeared set for a comfortable victory when they reduced their opponents to 58-4 in reply.Pandya made them work for the win by plundering 91 in a hurry – hitting nine sixes in his 36-ball knock – before he was caught by Russell, who capped a fine display by also taking 2-25 with the ball.Sunil Narine and Harry Gurney also claimed two wickets apiece as Mumbai finished up on a respectable 198-7, leaving the final margin of victory at 34 runs.ANDRE’S GIANT HITTINGRussell had called for Kolkata’s management team to be flexible when it came to his batting position and he was duly given the chance to impress with a promotion up the order.After managing a single from his first four deliveries, the Jamaican blasted back-to-back sixes at the end of Rahul Chahar’s spell as he quickly moved through the gears.He also took a liking to Lasith Malinga in the closing stages, smashing the Sri Lankan paceman for 20 runs in the final over of the innings to post his best score in a highly productive campaign.Russell has now reached the landmark of 50 IPL sixes in 2019, while his tally of 486 runs means he sits only behind David Warner (611) in the top-scorers list.Mumbai lost Quinton de Kock for a four-ball duck as they struggled in pursuit of such a huge target. Gurney trapped Rohit Sharma lbw for 12 and Russell won the battle with West Indies team-mate Evin Lewis, who edged behind to depart for 15.Pandya arrived at the crease following the dismissal of Suryakumar Yadav (26) and, together with Kieron Pollard (20), added 63 for the fifth wicket.last_img read more

Bonner’s patient 73 guides Scorpions to easy win over Canada

first_imgJAMAICA Scorpions overcame Canada with steady bowling led by Dennis Bulli and purposeful batting led by Nkrumah Bonner to clinch their third successive win in the Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup on Monday.Entering the game needing a win to intensify their bid for a place in the Final Four in Trinidad at month-end, the Scorpions simply outlasted their opponents in a daytime, Group A game at the Conaree Cricket Centre.In pursuit of 245 to win, Bonner showed his class in an organised, unbeaten 73 from 79 balls that included eight boundaries to lead a successful run chase for the Scorpions on another batting paradise at the ground adjacent to the Robert Bradshaw International Airport in the St. Kitts capital.The Scorpions were 81 for three in the 20th over when Bonner arrived at the crease and anchored a succession of partnerships that got the Scorpions over the finish line to complete the tournament sweep of the Canadians, following a four-wicket win last Saturday in a day/night game at Warner Park.Bonner shared 85 for the fifth wicket with his captain Rovman Powell that changed the course of the innings and stayed until the end, which came with 13 balls remaining when Bulli lofted a delivery from Nitish Kumar to the deep cover boundary for four.The result kept the Scorpions in third place, behind group leaders Barbados Pride and hosts Leeward Islands Hurricanes, against whom they play in their final two matches this coming Wednesday and Sunday respectively, at Conaree.Bulli had earlier ripped out the Canada top-order batting with 4-40 from his allotted 10 overs and later earned the Player of the Match award.But the Canadians, on the back of a half-century from Harsh Thaker, fought to reach 244 for nine from their allocation of 50 overs, after they chose to bat.Thaker struck four fours and one six in 60 from 85 balls and led strong top-order batting. Kumar scored 42, Rayyankhan Pathan made 33, Jeet Metha got 32 before Shreyas Movva coming late in the order added 21.Pathan and Metha shared an opening stand of 69 before Canada stumbled to 92 for three in the 20th over, and Thaker led the recovery in a 56-run partnership with Kumar and a couple of small stands with his captain Kanwarpal Tathgur and Shahid Ahmadzai.Canada subsided to 212 for eight, after three wickets – two to rugged West Indies fast bowler Oshane Thomas – fell in the space of seven balls, but Movva and Kanwar Mann frustrated the Scorpions with a stand of 32 in the final five overs.Group “A” games continue today, when hosts Leeward Islands Hurricanes face last year’s champions Combined Campuses & Colleges Marooners in a daytime contest, starting at 9 .00hrs. at Conaree. This game will be webcast “live” on the CWI website, www.windiescricket.com, and the Windies Cricket YouTube channel. Group “B” play also resumes today with Guyana Jaguars and Windward Islands Volcanoes in a day/night, feature game, starting at 1:30 p.m. at the Queen’s Park Oval in the Trinidad & Tobago capital of Port of Spain. This game will be televised “live” on ESPN Caribbean in the region.A few miles due south, the United States and group leaders West Indies Emerging Players lock horns in another day/night contest, starting at 1:30 p.m. at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba.This game will also be webcast “live” on the CWI website, www.windiescricket.com and the Windies Cricket YouTube channel.(Sportsmax)last_img read more

Women 2.0’s Founder Labs Expands to New York City

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Founder Labs boasts a great list of mentors and guest speakers, and the expansion to New York will add to that. Venture capitalist Fred Wilson will be serving as a mentor, along with his wife Joanne Wilson, both of whom pennedblog posts this morning announcing the new program: “There is a lot coming together in NYC right now. We’ve got startup fever in addition to spring fever. And Founder Labs is a great addition to the landscape. If you are a woman with an idea for a mobile application/business and need some help developing it, you should really consider Founder Labs.”Applications for the first NYC program open April 20, and applications for the next San Francisco Founder Labs will open on June 24. Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#events#start Women 2.0 announced today that, thanks to its success, its Founder Labs pre-incubator program will become its own, separate organization. Moreover, the program will expand from its current San Francisco location to New York City, with the first East Coast program set to begin in May.Founder Labs has been a core piece of the Women 2.0 mission: that is, to increase the number of female founders of tech startups. The pre-incubator program lets participants keep their day jobs, with its sessions held on nights and weekends. It’s a fast-paced, five-week program, focused on building mobile apps, giving participants hands-on experience validating an idea, and working with others.It’s all about establishing a “founder history,” in the words of Women 2.0 co-founder Shaherose Charania, helping prospective entrepreneurs move from idea, to team, to prototype. audrey watters A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

D’Antoni to coach Team Stephen in NBA All-Star Game

first_imgMOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni questions a call during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans in New Orleans, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. The Pelicans won 115-113. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW YORK — Houston coach Mike D’Antoni will lead Team Stephen in the NBA All-Star Game.D’Antoni and his staff earned coaching honors Friday when the Rockets clinched the best winning percentage in the Western Conference through games of Feb. 4 among eligible coaches. Golden State’s Steve Kerr is ineligible because he coached in the game last year.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Kemba Walker hits big 3-pointers in Hornets win   Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH D’Antoni has led the Rockets to a 34-13 record, second in the league to Golden State’s 39-10.The 2017 NBA Coach of the Year will be coaching in the All-Star Game for the second time, having led the West to a rout in 2007 in Las Vegas when he coached the Phoenix Suns.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe NBA has gone to a new format this year in which captains LeBron James and Stephen Curry drafted teams. D’Antoni will coach Curry’s team on Feb. 18 in Los Angeles, while the East coach will be in charge of Team LeBron. Toronto’s Dwane Casey has the inside track there with Boston’s Brad Stevens ineligible. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Nextlast_img read more

D-League: Marinerong Pilipino averts meltdown, snaps 2-game skid

first_imgPBA IMAGESMarinerong Pilipino squandered an early 21-point lead but recovered just in time to end its two-game losing slide with a 92-78 win over Batangas-EAC Tuesday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at Ynares Sports Arena.Rian Ayonayon saved the Skippers in the payoff period where he scored eight of his 16 points. He also had six rebounds, two assists, and two steals to help even his team’s slate at 2-2.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Quarters: 32-13, 48-32, 71-62, 92-78. LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next “It only shows that anybody can compete this conference,” said Banal. “We have to bring the right kind attitude every game, which is to respect every opponent that we have. Clearly that game shows how competitive the field is and how well prepared they will come in facing us.”Diego ended up with 20 points and four rebounds for the winless Batangas-EAC (0-3), while Earvin Mendoza got 15 markers, seven boards, and five dimes.The Scores:MARINERONG PILIPINO 92 — Banal 17, Ayonayon 16, Pasaol 13, Iñigo 10, Paredes 10, Tolentino 8, Subido 7, Babilonia 4, Toth 3, Brill 2, Tratter 2, Lopez 0, Terso 0.BATANGAS-EAC 78 — Diego 20, E. Mendoza 15, Bautista 11, Maguliano 11, De Joya 10, Garcia 6, Dela Peña 3, Altamirano 2, Laude 0, Martin 0, J. Mendoza 0, Neri 0, Pate 0, Tampoc 0.ADVERTISEMENT Compton downplays coaching duel with Alas: ‘I did not outcoach him’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “After back-to-back losses, that’s what a team would want to happen in our next outing,” said a relieved coach Koy Banal. “Good thing the players listened and followed what we instructed because we’re pressured against a team that will keep on fighting.”Gab Banal just missed out on a double-double with 17 markers and nine boards, while Alvin Pasaol had his best game to date, firing 13 points and six rebounds off the bench.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMarinerong Pilipino had a blistering start where it took a 36-15 lead early in the second quarter and was seemingly on its way to an easy rout.Jeric Diego brought the Generals back to life, leading the 30-point third quarter which got his side within three, 52-49, midway in the frame but the Skippers pushed the gas pedal again and built a 10-point cushion en route to the victory. AFP official booed out of forum Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View commentslast_img read more

Infrastructure Minister reports in House of Assembly

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 24 Aug 2015 – Hon. Amanda Missick ensures that the use and function of basic amenities such as water consumption along with fundamental government services throughout the TCI remains the main goal of her government. Strides have been made within Grand Turk to increase water supply per day. However, certain areas in the Ridge are still operating in limited quantities.Additionally, the minister noted that as a result of upgrading the plants’ technology, there would ultimately be an increase and continuous distribution of water throughout Grand Turk.Furthermore Minister Missick spoke about completed repair works to the Blue Hills Jetty as well as ongoing efforts to repair and redesign roadwork throughout the TCI some of which to be completed this year. Traffic relief coming for Blue Hills says Minister Related Items:amanda missick, infrastructure Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp PNP Party says it led wooden pier removal by Beaches PNP Party takes credit for Beaches pier resolutionlast_img read more

Wilmingtons Latest Legal Notices Week of February 10 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are the latest legal notices related to Wilmington, published during the week of Sunday, February 10, 2019:190162 — Madaglia Estate190173 — Rooney — 80 Church Street190174 — Wilmington Planning Board — 773 Salem Street190177 — Hudson Estate(NOTE: The above public notices is from MassPublicNotices.org.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Government”Wilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Government”Wilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of September 1, 2019)In “Government”last_img read more

Arijit Singh to Diljit Dosanjh 5 Celebs we had no idea were

first_imgRadhika Apte: The darling of Netflix and unconventional cinema in India, Radhika Apte, has been married for a long time. Radhika is in a long-distance marriage with London based musician Benedict Taylor. Talking about how they manage the distance, Radhika had said, “There have been times when it turns into a month-and-a-half due to our schedules, but we don’t ever stretch it beyond that. If you really want to be with somebody, you make that effort; it automatically becomes a priority. And it’s very intuitive, it’s what we need, and what we want to do.” Tulip Joshi: Another famous name, Tulip Joshi, is married. Not many know that the actress married Captain Vinod Nair. He served the Indian Army and is now the owner of Kimmaya Consulting, which is reportedly a million-dollar company.Shekhar Ravjiani: Singer and composer, Shekhar Ravjiani, is married too. The dapper-looking musician is married to Chhaya Ravjiani and the couple has an adorable daughter named Bipasha. Weddings and divorces grab some of the biggest headlines in the entertainment world. However, few celebs choose to keep their weddings a secret. Let’s take a look at five celebs we had no idea were married.center_img Arijit Singh: The most bankable and loved singer of the recent times, Arijit Singh, has someone at home he croons those melodious songs to. Though Arijit’s marital life never made it to the headlines, it recently came to the limelight that the singer apparently has tied the knot twice. As per reports, the singer had first tied the knot with a reality show contestant but, their wedding didn’t last long. Many years later in 2014, Singh, tied the knot in a close-knit ceremony with his childhood sweetheart Koel Roy.Diljit Dosanjh: This might break a million hearts, but, ladies, Diljit Dosanjh is taken. We might not know the name of his wife but the rapper, singer and actor chooses to keep mum every time the talk of troubles in his marital life surfaces. In an interview with Mumbai Mirror, Diljit had said, “Achi rumour hai(this is a great rumour). I don’t have a lot of money to stay in the news, so I’m happy these things are surfacing. I don’t speak about my personal life. You can say good or bad things about me, but I won’t tolerate if someone says anything about my family.”last_img read more

Myanmar top Buddhist body bans hardline group

first_imgPolice have arrested five people this month after a fight broke out in a Muslim neighbourhood of Yangon when dozens of hardliners raided a house believed to be hiding Rohingyas.hardline Myanmar has been gripped by deepening religious tensions that have repeatedly spilled into violence, partially attributed to anti-Muslim rhetoric spread by nationalist groups like Ma Ba Tha.The Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee, Myanmar’s highest Buddhist authority, sent a letter to government ministries on Tuesday ordering the group to cease all activities by mid-July or face prosecution.“People, either as individuals or as a group, cannot take any actions under the name of Ma Ba Tha,” said the letter, which was seen by AFP and carried the signature of several monks including senior figures from Ma Ba Tha.“Ma Ba Tha signboards across the country are to be taken down completely by July 15 at the latest,” the Sangha committee added, warning any infractions would be punished under both Buddhist and civil law.But Ottama, a Ma Ba Tha monk in Yangon, said the group still planned to hold its annual meeting this weekend despite the ban.“The most certain thing is that we will hold the Ma Ba Tha conference on the 27 and 28 of this month,” he told AFP.A statement from the group said the official conference would be cancelled, but there would now be a meeting to discuss the Sangha committee’s decision instead.The Sangha’s sanction comes just weeks after the same committee, which represents the upper echelons of the clergy, banned the country’s most notorious monk Wirathu from preaching for a year.Once dubbed “the face of Buddhist terror,” the Mandalay-based monk has led calls for restrictions on the country’s Muslim minority and frequently spews vitriol online warning of an Islamic takeover.Wirathu has since made several public appearances with his mouth taped shut to symbolise how he has been silenced by the authorities, and this month made a provocative visit to the north of Rakhine State.Religious tensions have soared since a group of Rohingya Muslims attacked police posts on the border with Bangladesh last October, sparking a bloody military crackdown that has drawn widespread international condemnation.Since then nationalists in Yangon have held protests, stopped Islamic religious ceremonies and most recently forced two schools to shut their doors over accusations they were illegally doubling as mosques. Myanmar’s top Buddhist body has banned hardline group Ma Ba Tha, according to a document sent out on Tuesday, a move aimed at curbing the movement’s influence amid rising Islamophobia.last_img read more

GD filed against Kamal Hossain for threatening journos

first_imgJatiya Oikya Front convenor Kamal Hossain. File PhotoA general dairy (GD) was lodged with Islamic University police station in Kushtia on Friday against Jatiya Oikya Front chief Kamal Hossain on allegation of threatening journalists, reports UNB.Acting editor of Bangla daily Bangladesh Shomoy Mostafizur Rahman, and also a professor of Folklore Studies department of the university, filed the complaint, said Raton Sheikh, officer-in-charge of the police station.”Since the incident didn’t happen in Kushtia, we cannot take up the case. The complaint has been accepted as a general dairy,” said the OC.In his GD, Mostafizur Rahman alleged that Dr Kamal Hossain, after paying tributes at Martyred Intellectuals Memorial in the capital’s Mirpur area, threatened journalists when one of them asked him whether there was any connection of Oikya Front with the war criminals of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami.In the complaint, he also said Dr Kamal not only threatened the journalists but also criticized them during a live broadcast saying, “How much money have you received? Why are you asking these unnecessary questions? What’s your name? I’ll see you … which media do you work for … will remember you.”Mostafizur Rahman also mentioned that it was a threat to media as well as disrespect to the glorious image of society as thousands of people were watching it on television channels. “This incident has scared the media workers as well,” he said in the complaint.Such threats and fearsome comments by Dr Kamal Hossain are contrary to constitutional rights of independent journalism as well as a threat to freedom of expression, he mentioned adding that this act is a criminal offence as per the Digital Security Act 2018 and Bangladesh Penal Code.Confirming the filing of the GD, SM Tanvir Arafat, Superintendent of Kushtia police, said the GD was forwarded to Darus Salam police station of Dhaka Metropolitan Police.last_img read more

PUC To Houston And Dallas Electricity Customers Start Shopping For Better Rate

first_img X We just reported this week how a consumer group’s latest analysis shows people in Houston and Dallas have, for years, been paying more for electricity than people in Austin and San Antonio.Electricity in Austin and San Antonio is sold by the cities themselves which own their respective utility companies.Houston and Dallas are deregulated markets where people have to choose from dozens of electricity marketing companies offering a myriad of rate plans.Since Texas developed the deregulated market over a decade ago, customers in those areas have collectively paid $24 billion more for electricity, according to the Texas Coalition for Affordable Power.A day after that group released its latest report on the difference in prices, the members of the Public Utility Commission of Texas shot back, saying the de-regulated market is working.“Notwithstanding the so called reports that are put out by certain groups,” said Public Utility commissioner Ken Anderson.  “Anybody who’s paying an average of the high and low prices isn’t shopping.”Anderson said people in the deregulated markets can get good rates if they take the time to pick the right plan.But finding those great deals can be difficult because the commission’s own Power to Choose website can be deceptive allowing some marketers to offer what look like low cost rate plans that aren’t. That’s according to consumers and to PUC chairman Donna Nelson.“I really want you all to be looking at these one and a half cent offers because I think they’re deceptive on the face,” said Nelson to staff members, who are working on an over-haul of the website to make the offers more honest.  Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:21 Sharelast_img read more

Harvey Could Blow A Hole In States Education Budget

first_imgLaura IsenseeA young boy shows his lunch bag to HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza on the day most of the district’s schools returned to class following Hurricane Harvey, Sept. 11, 2017. Share Listen 00:00 /01:03 Xcenter_img As the House Public Education Committee met to gauge the financial losses Harvey inflicted on school districts, State Representative Gary VanDeaver (R-New Boston) urged his colleagues to consider what he called “the elephant in the room.”“It could take years for property values to come back,” said VanDeaver. “So we could see a real drop in recapture for the next ten years.”Texas relies on tax receipts from property-rich school districts to help pay for poorer ones, a system known as recapture.State Education Commissioner Mike Morath explained what that meant, given the damage to schools across Southeast Texas: “Just the facilities remediation alone could eliminate roughly $500 million a year in recapture payments in the state budget.”Houston ISD’s chief financial officer, Rene Barajas, said HISD is working with FEMA and its insurance to reduce its burden from recapture payments. That would leave the district with more money for disaster relief.  But he said it’s unlikely property values will fall so far as to take the district out of recapture altogether. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: last_img read more

Intertwining IndoAfrican dreams

first_imgIndia and Africa are intertwined by their history of freedom struggles against their colonial rulers, as also by their future, pursuing similar developmental strategies to bring prosperity to their citizens. Underlying our strong political relationship are common political perspectives on issues like terrorism, security of ocean routes, larger geopolitical role for developing countries and convergence of interests on climate change. Equally important, the synergy of our economic relations is bolstered by the natural economic complementarity of our respective comparative advantages, the raison d’etre  of  mutually beneficial trade among equals, generating most optimal “Win-Win” options for both of us. Also Read – FM favours cess over additional tax for compensating statesIn fact, the Indian developmental model, especially post-liberalisation of 1991, predicated on large scale public investments in critical infrastructure, followed by domestic entrepreneurial initiatives in consumer goods and services, in a democratic setting, is proving to be a sustainable option and role model for many African countries. India needs immense natural resources to lift its teeming millions out of poverty. We need metals, minerals, coal, oil and gas, to build cities and run industries. Africa needs technology and investments, to leverage their natural resources, but on equal and fair terms, which India offers. Indian technology is “Triple A”, – “Appropriate, Affordable and Adaptable”, which is best for Africa.  Also Read – Indian eves lose to NZ in four-nation series openerThe Continent with the youngest population needs capacity building of its manpower, which Indian companies do well. For instance, the African infrastructure in the hinterland is being built by project companies like OIA, involving construction of thousands of kilometres of electricity transmission and distribution and rural electrification lines or hundreds of kilometres of water pipelines or massive agro-processing plants. We engage local firms and manpower to execute an increasing proportion of the jobs, as they pick up expertise working with us on various projects.  The transfer of knowhow to local partners makes perfect business sense for Indian private sector players, since localisation progressively reduces costs of execution. Significantly, the infrastructure built by Indian firms is changing the face of African economies, since it is not aimed at extracting their natural wealth but linking up with their people, lighting up homes and energising industries and magnifying African agricultural productivity. When the top African leaders arrive in October, Modi is sure to make India-Africa development combination unparalleled and unbeatable.last_img read more

How jogging helps you stay sharp

first_imgExercise can enhance the development of new brain cells that play an important role in learning and memory of adults, new research has found.The process of developing new brain cells in the adult brain is called adult neurogenesis, the scientists explained.The researchers found that mice that spent time running on wheels not only developed twice the normal number of new neurons, but also showed an increased ability to distinguish new objects from familiar objects.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“Our research indicates that exercise-induced increase in neurogenesis improves pattern separation by supporting unique and detailed long-term representations of similar but nevertheless different memory items,” explained lead investigator Josef Bischofberger, professor at University of Basel in Switzerland.“Pattern separation is involved in many memory tasks of everyday life. For example, when learning the game of chess, it is critically important to remember the different shapes of pieces like the pawn and bishop,” Bischofberger explained. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixFor the study, the researchers tested two groups of mice that were housed either without (sedentary) or with running wheels (voluntarily running) using a novel object recognition task to assess learning and long-term memory. The researchers found that whereas distinct objects were remembered and recognized by both cohorts of mice, only the running mice could faithfully distinguish similar looking objects. Investigators determined therefore that the running mice had developed better pattern separation capabilities than sedentary mice.The study was published in the journal of Brain Plasticity.last_img read more