Tamil Nadu film directors call for IPL boycott over Cauvery water dispute

first_imgAfter Rajinikanth called for the boycott of the Indian Premier League (IPL) being hosted in Tamil Nadu, film directors of the state today backed the protest against hosting the cricket matches, saying it would divert the attention of the youth away from the Cauvery water issue.Addressing a bunch of journalists at the Chennai Press Club, film director Ram said, “We are not against the IPL or cricket but the time is not right now when so many people in Tamil Nadu are struggling. We are protesting the IPL because then our cause will gather more attention.””The protest on IPL does not mean we are going to stop anything. But bringing attention to this will uplift our cause,” director Vetrimaaran said.Renowned directors including Bharathiraja, Ameer, RK Selvamani, Cheran, V Sekar, Thangar Bachan, Satyaraj, Vetrimaaran, Ram, V Gowthaman and Subramaniya Siva also formed a collective forum for the welfare of Tamil art and literature that will raise various issues of the state devoid of politics.The film directors also met Tamil Nadu’s governor Banwarilal Purohit over the Cauvery water dispute.On Friday, actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth requested players of Chennai Super Kings to sport black arm bands during the match as a sign of protest to demand the formation of the Cauvery Management Board.Also read: Supreme Court pulls up Centre on Cauvery, asks govt to comply with earlier orderWATCH | Cauvery water war threatens to sink IPL; Telugu actress Sri Reddy tells her casting couch story; morelast_img read more

A recruiting wish list for Mike Gundy and the Cowboys

first_imgDarrion Daniels is on OSU's wish list. (Scout)Darrion Daniels is on OSU’s wish list. (Scout)National signing day is only a few months away, and there are several top-rated recruits that have their eyes on the Cowboys.For what is usually a strength on the recruiting trail, the Cowboys only have one wide-receiver commit, three-star speedster Jalen McCleskey.Gundy and company have been pursuing another receiver, Tyron Johnson, since December of last season when he was offered a scholarship. Johnson is a five-star receiver from New Orleans who holds offers from OSU, Auburn, Texas Tech, Clemson, LSU and Mississippi State among others. Johnson is a quick receiver with elite speed and great hands.Johnson named Oklahoma State in his final 10 schools in August, and he had this to say about OSU after his visit: “Oklahoma State had some real nice facilities and I really like Coach Eric Henderson. He is a New Orleans guy so it’s like a little piece of home is up there. They play in the Big 12 and you know how much they throw the ball in that league.”Another prospect to keep an eye on is four-star offensive guard and Casady High School product Josh Wariboko.Wariboko was previously committed to OU before deciding to decommit in April, and was offered by OSU the following day.The Cowboys have five offensive lineman verbal commits in the 2015 class, and the offensive line has certainly been an area of emphasis in this class.The Cowboys have only one linebacker, Za’Carrius Green, currently committed in the recruiting class that will wrap up in February.That may change soon, as the Cowboys hosted four-star linebacker Christian Folau from Salt Lake City last weekend and seemed to enjoy his visit tweeting this:[1. Ed note: Nice boots, Gundy.]https://twitter.com/1_LBEAST/status/534041446639484928Folau was committed to Stanford before deciding to open his recruiting back up after not meeting the ACT requirement for Stanford.The 6-foot-1 linebacker is a team captain and student body president at East High. Folau is considering OSU along with UCLA, Utah, USC, Oregon and Washington.There are two defensive tackle prospects that are interested in the Cowboys. The first, Darrion Daniels, is a four-star prospect who made a visit to Oklahoma State last weekend for the Texas game.Daniels is considering OSU and also has offers from OU, Texas Tech, Baylor, Iowa and several SEC schools.The second is Tim Settle, a 6-foot-3 300 pound thumper from Manassas, Virginia. Settle is an alpha on the football field, finishing his sophomore season with 72 tackles, 25 tackles for loss, three sacks, five pass deflections, and two fumble recoveries.Tim Settle is a MONSTER. (Via Gannett)Tim Settle is a MONSTER. (Via Gannett)Settle has made several visits to Stillwater, and the five-star defensive tackle seemed to enjoy his visit last time he was in Stillwater. “It was really fun, it was a great time,” Settle said of his Oklahoma State visit in the Washington Post.“Their weight room was top notch. It had everything you needed that most colleges don’t have, and their training coach was amazing. The campus was beautiful.”The 2015 football recruiting class, ranked 29th in the nation according to 247, already looks pretty good. With the addition of any of these recruits the class could very well be on its way to a top 25 national ranking by February.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Herb Hand Responds To Pitt’s OC With List Of Reasons Why Penn State Is The Better Program

first_imgPenn State fans in whiteout game against Ohio state.UNIVERSITY PARK, PA – OCTOBER 27: Penn State students cheer their Nittany Lions after staging a “white out” during the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Beaver Stadium October 27, 2007 in University Park, Pennsylvania. Ohio State won 37-17. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)Well, that was fast. It was just a few hours ago that new Pitt offensive line coach John Peterson trolled Penn State, tweeting out a graphic with the claim that the Panthers are the “premier” program in the state of Pennsylvania. Nittany Lions offensive line coach Herb Hand, a big-time fan favorite, has already responded. Hand checked off a number of facts – including academic rankings and attendance – that he believes prove that Penn State is actually the best program in the state. He also posted a clip from one of Saturday Night Live’s “Mic Drop” skits.Win bowl game✔️ Better record vs common opponents✔️ More seats full on game days✔️ Higher academic ranking (US News&W/R)✔️ (#PssstOurState)— Herb Hand (@CoachHand) January 22, 2015#WeAre pic.twitter.com/E3sc0p8w9l— Herb Hand (@CoachHand) January 22, 2015We have a feeling that this is far from over. We’ll keep you posted.last_img read more

Anthony Martial can score 20 goals a season, says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

first_img Reuters LondonFebruary 1, 2019UPDATED: February 1, 2019 16:36 IST Anthony Martial extended his Manchester United deal until 2024 on Thursday (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSOle Gunnar Solskjaer says Anthony Martial should develop his career by emulating Cristiano RonaldoMartial has scored 10 goals in all competitions this season”Martial is a fantastic finisher, so he needs to get more chances,” Solskjaer saidManchester United forward Anthony Martial can score more than 20 goals a season and should develop his career by emulating Cristiano Ronaldo, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said on Friday.Martial, who extended his United deal until 2024 on Thursday, has scored 10 goals in all competitions this season, only seven short of his career-best tally of 17 in his debut season at Old Trafford in 2015-16.When asked if Martial could score more than 20 goals a season, former United striker Solskjaer replied: “He has the capability.””I’d like him to make a few more runs in behind. He doesn’t miss chances… Those five or six extra goals that I used to do with tap-ins, by making those runs, go a long way.”He’s a fantastic finisher, so he needs to get more chances. I keep telling him you need to read and sniff whether there’s going to be a chance.”Solskjaer said Martial should look to model his career on Ronaldo, who scored 42 goals in all competitions in his penultimate season at the club to pick up the Ballon d’Or award in 2008.”That’s up to any player if you make a decision on how to develop your own career. You talk about Cristiano’s career, what he’s made, how he’s got there… Cristiano was the best,” Solskjaer said.The Norwegian confirmed Paul Pogba, who picked up a knock in Tuesday’s 2-2 draw with Burnley, was fit for Sunday’s Premier League trip to Leicester City while Martial could return after missing the last game due to injury.advertisement”We’ve not had a proper session since the game so hopefully both of them can get through that. Anthony will do some rehab work but I would imagine he will be involved,” Solskjaer added.Also Read | Manchester United agree fee with Chinese club Shandong for Marouane FellainiAlso Read | Premier League January transfer spending fall for first time since 2012Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Anthony MartialFollow Ole Gunnar SolskjaerFollow Manchester United Next Anthony Martial can score 20 goals a season, says Ole Gunnar SolskjaerAnthony Martial, who extended his Manchester United deal until 2024, has scored 10 goals in all competitions this season, only seven short of his career-best tally of 17 in his debut season at Old Trafford in 2015-16.advertisementlast_img read more

Rahul and Deepak Chahar to play together for India for the first time

first_img Next No data available! Rahul and Deepak Chahar to play together for India for the first timeIndia vs West Indies 3rd T20I: Rahul and Deepak Chahar have now become the 4th pair of brothers to play for India in the international cricket after Amarnath, Pathan and Pandya brothers. graphs advertisement view more view less commentary India Today Web Desk GuyanaAugust 6, 2019UPDATED: August 6, 2019 21:53 IST Rahul Chahar made his India debut in the 3rd T20I against West Indies. ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSRahul Chahar made his India debut during the 3rd T20I against West IndiesRahul Chahar and Deepak Chahar played for Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings respectivelyDeeepak Chahar, with 22, wickets was the third highest wicket taker in the IPLRahul Chahar became the latest leg-spinner to break into the India team after he was handed his international debut in the 3rd T20I against West Indies at the Providence Stadium in Guyana on Tuesday. Rahul Chahar will play alongside his brother Deepak Chahar as the two would be in action for India together for the first time.Rahul Chahar was handed his debut cap by India captain Virat Kohli as the 20-year-old became the fourth youngest T20I debutant for India.Having clinched the series already, India tried a new playing XI combination for the final game. Rahul Chahar replaced all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, while Deepak Chahar came in place for Khaleel Ahmed. Vice-captain Rohit Sharma was rested and KL Rahul replaced him in the side.Rahul and Deepak Chahar have now become the 4th pair of brothers to play for India in the international cricket with Mohinder and Surinder Amarnath, Irfan and Yousuf Pathan, Hardik and Krunal Pandya being the other three pairs to feature for India.Rahul and Deepak Chahar were born seven years apart and are cousin brothers. The two have already been at opposite ends of one of the fiercest rivalries of the IPL when Deepak got the better of his brother Rahul as he dismissed him for a duck in the IPL final in Hyderabad.20-year-old legspinner Rahul Chahar will make his India debut today in the third T20I against West IndiesHow do you think he’ll get on?#WIvIND LIVE https://t.co/BLwOeTRm5h pic.twitter.com/BptzRexnh9advertisementICC (@ICC) August 6, 2019Deepak has already represented India in the ODIs and a T20Is and was named in the T20I squad for West Indies on the back of an impressive performance for the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL 2019. With 22 wickets, the right-arm pacer ended up as the team’s second-highest wicket-taker (after Imran Tahir), and the third-highest in the tournament.Rahul Chahar earned his maiden call-up to the national side on the back of excellent show with the ball for India A last month. The leg-spinner claimed six wickets in three outings as India-A won the series 4-1.The young leggie alsp starred in Mumbai India’s record title winning IPL season. Rahul picked up 13 wickets from 13 matches at an impressive average of 23.69 with an economy rate of 6.55.Rahul has so far played 14 first-class matches and picked up 63 wickets at 26.44 including 6 five-wicket hauls while in 24 List-A games he has got 42 wickets at 24.52. He is averaging 23.33 in T20 cricket with 27 scalps from 16 matches.Deepak on the other hand, had his best season in the IPL this year with 22 wickets in 17 matches at an average of 21.90 and gave away just 482 runs in the process. He was a key wicket-taking option for skipper MS Dhoni with the new ball in the Powerplay overs.India defeated West Indies by 4 wickets in the opening T20I and won the following match by 22 runs by DLS method after rain stopped play to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.Also See For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Rahul ChaharFollow Deepak Chahar scorecardlast_img read more

Study: Mega-Ships Not that Mega After All?

first_imgzoom With the ever greater inflow of mega-ships in the global fleet it seems that the cost savings introduced by these behemoths have bottomed out as savings are decreasing and might not even be realized, a study about the impact of mega-ships on maritime transport.The study was published last week by the International Transport Forum (ITF) at the OECD, an intergovernmental organisation with 54 member countries, acting as a strategic think tank with the objective of helping shape the transport policy agenda on a global level.Doubling the maximum container ship size over the last decade has reduced total vessel costs per transported container by roughly a third. However, these cost savings are decreasing with size; the cost savings of the newest generation of containerships are four to six times smaller than the savings from the previous round of upsizing, the study shows.Approximately 60% of the cost savings of the most recent container ships are related to more efficient engines and not to scale. In addition, mega-ship development and the related container fleet capacity growth has taken place despite sluggish growth of world containerized seaborne trade.“The massive ordering of new mega-ships has resulted in oversupply of container ships, which will most likely dampen some of the cost savings due to larger ships, as low demand results in fewer savings per transported container. The transport costs due to larger ships could be substantial,” the study said.There are size-related fixes to existing infrastructure, such as bridge height, river width/depth, quay wall strengthening, berth deepening, canals/locks and port equipment (crane height, outreach).Mega-ships also require expansion of infrastructure to cater to the higher peaks related to mega-ships; as a result, more physical yard and berth capacity is needed. These annualised transport costs related to mega-ships could amount to USD 0.4 billion, according to the ITF’s rough and tentative estimations.Cost savings of the newest generation of containerships 4-6 times smallerRoughly a third of the additional costs might be related to equipment, a third to dredging and another third to port infrastructure and port hinterland costs. A substantial share of the dredging, infrastructure and hinterland connection costs are costs to the public sector in many countries, the study finds.Supply chain risks related to bigger container ships are rising as well. There are also concerns about insurability of mega-ships and the costs of potential salvage in case of accidents.“Mega-ships also lead to service and cargo concentration, reduced choice and more limited supply chain resilience, especially since bigger ships have coincided with increased cooperation of the main shipping lines in four alliances,” the study adds.Therefore, ITF believes that public policies need to better take account of this and act accordingly. Key question is how the costs for the public sector imposed by mega-ships could be covered.“More balanced decisionmaking would be needed, with clearer alignment of incentives to public interests, policy support to enhance supply chain productivity, more regional collaboration and the creation of an appropriate forum for a discussion between liner companies and all other relevant transport actors,” ITF said.According to the study, further increase of maximum container ship size would raise transport costs, raising the question on whether such increases would be desirable.“The potential cost savings to carriers appear to be fairly marginal, but infrastructure upsizing costs could be phenomenal. Introduction of one hundred 24,000 TEU ships in 2020 would require substantial investments in those places where these ships would be first introduced (Far East, North Europe, Mediterranean), but would also – via cascading effects – result in introduction of 19,000 TEU ships in North America and 14,000 TEU ships in South America and Africa. This would imply additional investment requirements there as well,” the study said.last_img read more

Changements au règlement sur la chasse le dimanche

first_imgLe ministère des Ressources naturelles lève l’interdiction de chasser le dimanche pour les deux premiers dimanches de la saison de chasse générale au chevreuil. Ces deux jours, le changement s’appliquera à toute la faune dont c’est la saison de chasse, sauf à l’orignal. En 2015, la chasse le dimanche sera permise les 1er et 8 novembre. « Les ressources naturelles de la Nouvelle-Écosse sont à la disposition de tous et nous devons les utiliser d’une manière durable, a dit le ministre des Ressources naturelles, Zach Churchill. Après une consultation du public et des discussions avec les intéressés au sujet d’une gamme d’options, j’ai voulu trouver une solution qui tiendrait compte des positions de chacun. Permettre la chasse les deux premiers dimanches de la saison de chasse générale parvient à fournir l’équilibre que nous cherchions. » Des modifications au règlement prévu par la loi sur la faune (Wildlife Act) préciseront aussi les distances que les chasseurs devront respecter autour des exploitations agricoles et des terres affectées à la culture des arbres de Noël. Les modifications faciliteront aussi les choses pour les chasseurs qui pourront aider les fermiers à composer avec la faune nuisible. La sécurité du public a joué un rôle important dans la décision. Les accidents de chasse sont rares en Nouvelle-Écosse et n’impliquent presque jamais des personnes autres que des chausseurs. Nous mènerons une campagne de sensibilisation à l’approche de la saison de chasse pour que les Néo-Écossais soit au courant du changement apporté à la chasse le dimanche. Les droits des propriétaires fonciers ont également été un point d’intérêt durant les consultations. Nous encourageons vivement les chasseurs à respecter la volonté des propriétaires fonciers concernant la chasse sur des terrains privés.last_img read more

PNBs recovery of bad loans doubled to 20000 cr in FY19

first_imgNew Delhi: State-owned Punjab National Bank (PNB) recovered Rs 20,000 crore of bad loans during the financial year ended March 2019, almost double the recovery amount in the preceding year, its Chairman Sunil Mehta has said. The bank suffered losses allegedly after jewellers Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and some bank employees collided to defraud PNB of about Rs 1,000 crore. The scam was unearthed in February 2018. In the bank’s annual report, Mehta said the financial year 2018-19 started off on a tepid note. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep”With the biggest financial incident in terms of severity and enormity, the bank had a huge task before it to overcome the crisis and turnaround,” he added. In spite of challenges, he said the bank was able to narrow its net loss to Rs 9,975 crore against the loss of Rs 12,283 crore during 2017-18, and high level of net non-performing assets (NPAs) saw a sequential reduction from quarter-to-quarter. The net NPA reduced from Rs 48,684 crore in March 2018 to Rs 30,038 crore. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs”The recovery momentum has continued with gross recovery of more than Rs 20,000 crore up to March 2019 as compared to recovery of Rs 9,666 crore during March 2018,” Mehta said. The annual report further said that despite the challenging circumstances, the bank has added over Rs 1 lakh crore to the domestic business to reach Rs 11.45 lakh crore as at March 2019 with year-on-year growth of 11.1 per cent, “reflecting the unstinted faith of our customers”. The bank’s gross domestic advances grew 14.1 per cent y-o-y to reach Rs 4.91 lakh crore. It also took initiative in identifying wilful defaulters and notices were issued to various borrowers who were found to have committed an act of wilful default. As a result, as on March 31, 2019, 1,142 borrowers were declared as wilful defaulters, according to the annual report.last_img read more

Moroccan Industrial Energy and Mining Production Increases 17 in 2017

Rabat – The index of industrial production, energy and mining excluding petroleum refining (IPIEM) continues its upward trend, according to figures published recently by the High Commission for Planning (HCP), with a 1.7 percent increase in the second quarter of 2017 compared to the same period of 2016.According to analysts at the Office of the High Commissioner, this growth mainly due to the increase in the production index of the food industries by 8.1 percent, the chemical industries by 5.4 percent, clothing and furs by 7.8 percent, the automotive industry by 5.1 percent, transport and equipment by 7.2 percent and publishing products by 5.9  percent.However, non-metallic mineral products took a strong hit with a 11.3 decrease. According the HCP, the cement production index also witnessed a significant decrease of 13.7  percent, followed by losses in the electrical machinery and equipment of 7.2 percent, metal products with 10.7 percent, the paper and cardboard industry with 4.7  percent and leather, travel goods and footwear with 3.6 percent. The same source also reported an increase in the index of mining production which increased by 33 percent. This development is the result of an increase in the index of production of miscellaneous mining products and metallic minerals by 34.7 and 1 percent, respectively.The HCP analysts also noted an increase in the index of electric power generation by 5.3  percent during the second quarter of 2017.As of the results of the first quarter of 2017, IPIEM excluding petroleum refining recorded a slightly higher increase of 2.3 percent compared to the same period of 2016. For the HCP, this development “results in particular from the increase in the production index of the chemical industries of 10.6 percent, that of clothing and fur articles of 7.9 percent, the automotive industry with 12.3 percent, the food industry with 0.6 percent, and transport and equipment by 12.4  percent.Three months earlier (fourth quarter of 2016), the HCP reported an increase in IPIEM excluding petroleum refining by 1.8  percent compared to the same period in 2015.In a note relating to this period, the High Commission had attributed this evolution to the increase in the respective indices of production of the chemical industries (+ 5.8 percent), clothing and fur articles (+ 9.1 percent), food industries (+ 1.7 percent), the automotive industry (+ 11.4 percent), electrical machinery and equipment (+ 11.9 percent) and machinery and equipment (+ 7.8 percent). read more

Contractual Teachers Hope of Resolution for Ongoing Crisis

Rabat – Contractual teachers broke their strike, resuming classes on Monday, April 29 after months on the picket lines. Nearly two weeks later the  Ministry of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research entered into talks on Friday, May 10, to negotiate a mutual agreement with representatives of teaching bodies, including trade unions and syndicates, in the hopes of ending the crisis.According to members of the teachers’ representatives, the outcomes of the meeting include setting  a second meeting on May 23, provided that both parties relinquish their high demands to facilitate“open dialogue.” During the meeting, the Ministry of Education  promised that it will refer contractual teachers’ demands to the government amid a rising wave of week-long strikes. Cell 9 teachers, made up of 4700 teachers, are currently staging a demonstration at the Parliament building in the capital of Rabat. Read also: Female Proctor Sends Housemaid to Oversee Contractual Teachers’ ExamsPrevious MeetingsDuring the heat of protests in Rabat and across a number of Moroccan cities, the two bodies held several meeting which did not reach a resolution, as both the education ministry and teachers’ representatives accused each other of going back on the promises made at the 13 April Meeting. Despite returning back to work “for the sake of students,” contractual teachers, who are still threatening to hit the streets again, wore badges symbolic of ongoing protests.Teachers’ DemandsEver since the first strike broke out in Rabat in February 20, contractual teachers have been protesting employment under fixed-term contracts, which they regard “discriminatory” in that it does not guarantee them the same rights teachers on permanent contracts enjoy. For teachers, calling for the abolition of fixed-term contracts meant enjoying social, financial, and psychological stability and no longer working “on the whims” of academy officials school directors, or inspectors, who can terminate the contract at any time under the current terms.Read also: Moroccan Education: ‘Cell 9 Teachers’ To Strike for 3rd Consecutive WeekTeachers resorted to all sorts of protesting measures to put pressure on the government to have their demands met.The education system is going through a period of turbulence not only at the level of staff, but also in terms of  pedagogical direction, where the language of instruction has divided opinion between pro-Arabic and Amazigh and pro-French. However, the possibility of cooperation between the Ministry of Education and the teachers’ unions brings some hope of an end to the crisis. read more

SriLankan surpasses benchmark in punctuality

SriLankan Airlines achieved the airline industry benchmark of on-time performance on 85.26% of its flights in August 2015, the result of a sustained effort throughout 2015 to improve punctuality, the National carrier said in a statement.SriLankan’s performance in August was ranked 16th out of 50 international airlines rated by the global flight data service Flightstats (www.flightstats.com). It placed SriLankan ahead of other reputed international airlines. SriLankan’s performance was not far off that of the 91.48% of first placed S7 Airlines of Russia. “To improve our on-time performance was a key strategic initiative among my overall objectives, to enhance our product and service delivery. I am pleased that within a very short period of time the staff have all responded and rallied to this call, and delivered outstanding results. August is a peak month for us and to achieve this result during this period is an even more credible achievement,” said Rakhita Jayawardena, CEO of SriLankan Airlines. On-Time Performance is a key performance indicator in an industry in which each airline tries to gain a competitive edge through higher standards in customer service. SriLankan began 2015 with a less than desirable 66% of flights on-time, but quickly began to improve each month, recording over 80% in April, May, June and July.This achievement was the result of the professionalism of all departments involved with aircraft operations, together with support from SriLankan’s partners and service providers at its hub at Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo and all its destinations around the world.SriLankan’s success is due mainly to a high level of awareness created among staff and partner organisations on the importance of punctuality. With aviation being one of the most regulated industries globally, there are no shortcuts, but a complete focus on best practices. Safety is the number one priority in aviation with no flexibility to compromise, and SriLankan’s exemplary safety record demonstrates how serious it is in offering a product on-time with the highest possible safety standards. The co-operation of partners such asairport operators, security, immigration and customs, is vital. Airlines also have to contend with issues beyond their control such as weather, airport congestion, air traffic control issues, and airport infrastructure issues.SriLankan’s Punctuality Improvement Committee constantly monitors every flight, including the performance of every department and station, and examines reasons for delays. These include diverse departments such as Flight Operations, Engineering & Maintenance, Schedules Planning, Airport Service Delivery, Airport Service Support, SriLankan Cargo, SriLankan Catering, Commercial, Security, and Inflight Service. read more

Zeid calls for timeline for transitional justice in Sri Lanka

“I urge the Government to embrace and make the broadest possible use of the report, following its inclusive and thoughtful consultations. What is needed now is agreement on a comprehensive strategy, with a time-line and detailed benchmarks, to address all the transitional justice pillars identified in Resolution 30/1 – which as the Foreign Minister recently reminded us, was co-sponsored by Sri Lanka,” he said.He also said that Sri Lanka’s ratifications of the Convention on Enforced Disappearances and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities are also significant steps forward. The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein today called for an agreement on a comprehensive strategy, with a time-line and detailed benchmarks, to address all the transitional justice pillars identified in Resolution 30/1 on Sri Lanka.The High Commissioner told the UN Human Rights Council during the 34th session today that his office has continued to provide technical assistance to Sri Lanka, complemented by frequent expert missions and support by the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund. He also urged Sri Lanka’s Government to regularly consult the independent commissions, and particularly the Human Rights Commission, which have an invaluable role in strengthening good governance. (Colombo Gazette) “They now require rapid integration into domestic law, in accordance with international standards.  Following last year’s legislation to set up an Office of Missing Persons, I recommend that there be swift progress in establishing this body, which could play a crucial role in resolving enforced disappearances,” he said.In the face of rising frustration among victims, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said a number of confidence-building measures must be accelerated. These include the release of land occupied by the military, which remains slow. While an effort is underway to repeal the Prevention of Terrorism Act and replace it with legislation that complies with international human rights law, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein says this work has yet to be concluded.“Numerous pending cases under the Prevention of Terrorism Act have not yet been resolved.  It will also be essential to effectively operationalise an appropriate vetting procedure – including an independent, civilian human rights component – in advance of any future deployment of military and police personnel to UN peacekeeping missions,” he said. “I note promising progress regarding constitutional reform, with the Parliament establishing itself as a constitutional assembly. Inclusive public consultations conducted by the Public Representations Committee were followed in November by reports from six subcommittees appointed by the Constitutional Assembly to make recommendations regarding fundamental rights, the judiciary, finance, law and order, public service and centre-periphery relations. But these reports have not yet received adequate consideration,” he said. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said that although progress to establish transitional justice mechanisms has been slow, he was heartened by the recent report of the Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms, synthesising  thousands of submissions from across all ethnic and religious groups. “The design of truth and reparations processes appear to be underway, but these efforts need to be in consultation with the victims and civil society.  It is important for the country’s future to send the signal that impunity is no longer tolerated. I am particularly troubled by the lack of progress in a number of emblematic cases. The consistent failure to effectively investigate, prosecute and punish serious crimes appears to reflect a broader reluctance or fear to take action against members of the security forces. Combined with a general lack of trust in the impartiality of the justice system regarding past violations, this continuing unwillingness or inability to address impunity reinforces the need for international participation in a judicial mechanism. For this to be credible, it should include a special counsel, foreign judges and defence lawyers, and authorized prosecutors and investigators. The National Consultations also identified international participation as a way to gain the trust of the victims,” he added. read more

Research empowers high school coaches to deal with doping issues

Philip SullivanHigh school coaches generally know when their athletes are doping, studies have shown. But they don’t necessarily know how to deal with the problem face-to-face.Brock professor Philip Sullivan and his research team have been awarded funding from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to address this gap between knowledge and intervention.Through WADA’s Social Sciences Research Grant Program, the associate professor in Physical Education and Kinesiology has been given $31,200 US for a two-year research program he has undertaken with his former supervisor, Deb Feltz, from Michigan State University.Sullivan, who has spent much of his life as an athlete or coach, said the project came as a result of a deficiency in coaching education.Skills development and sport knowledge – including the types of banned substances in use and the symptoms they present – are apparent in many coaching education programs, he said. But many coaches lack confidence to confront athletes they suspect might be using performance-enhancing drugs.The first phase of the project involves establishing a measurement for what Sullivan calls coaching confidence. To do this, the research team will focus on high school football players and coaches in Ontario, New York State and Michigan. Football coaches are being contacted this fall to participate in a focus group, from which a survey to measure coaching confidence will be crafted. Football was chosen because it is a common sport on both sides of the border.Once the coaching confidence measurement has been tested for its statistical significance, the second phase of the project involves creating an intervention designed to increase coaching confidence. The intervention, likely in the form of a half-day workshop, will include such tools as role-playing, and will take place before the start of the football season. Coaches’ confidence will be measured before the workshop, during the football season, and then once the season is over.The ultimate aim would be to develop workshops to be implemented by coaching bodies in other sports, and eventually, in other countries.Sullivan’s research team includes a student, Kaitlyn LaForge, who just completed her Masters in Applied Health Sciences and is in her first year of the PhD program at Brock. The study will be done through Brock’s Centre for Healthy Development Through Sport and Physical Education, of which Sullivan is co-director.Links:• Past Researcher of the Month profiles• Philip Sullivan faculty page read more

The Great Mines of Petra Diamonds – reports coming up – production

first_imgPetra Diamonds is to be the next subject of our Great Mines series. The company has come a long way in 15 years and has acquired some great mines along the way, like Finsch and Cullinan in South Africa and Williamson in Tanzania. If you are interested in providing input to these article, john@im-mining.com. The first, overview, article appears in the April issue. This is followed by Cullinan in May, Finsch in June and the Kimberley operations in July. Petra has just announced production and sales trading for the six months ended 31 December 2011, ahead of the publication of the Company’s interim results for the Period on 28 February 2012. Highlights include production up 64% to 953,553 ct (H1 FY 2011: 582,102 ct):Production growth mainly due to the introduction of Finsch into the Group from 14 September 2011Further production increase expected for H2 FY 2012 due to:o full six months’ contribution from Finscho two additional ROM treatment plants coming on stream (Kimberley Underground’s Wesselton plant and the Williamson plant)Petra on track to reach its production target of over 2 Mct for FY 2012SalesRevenue up 13% to $101.4 million (H1 FY 2011: $90.0 million)Carats sold up 16% to 678,772 ct (H1 FY 2011: 584,234 ct)Difference between carats produced and carats sold (ca. 275,000 ct) due to:o Finsch closing stock of ca. 195,000 ct (as the acquisition completed during the Period there was no opening stock)o the early sales cycle cut-off for all the South African mines due to the December holiday period which meant that closing stock was on average higher than June 2011Significant carat sales increase expected for H2 mainly due to increased production from Finsch and net release of ca. 100,000 ct closing stock (end H1 vs end H2)Revenue growth affected by weaker prices during the Period; the market stabilised in late H1 and Petra expects this trend to continue in H2, though some volatility may be experienced due to global economic conditionsJohan Dippenaar, Chief Executive Officer, commented: “Petra recorded strong production growth for the Period, mainly due to the acquisition of the Finsch mine. Revenue growth was affected by the weakening in rough diamond prices since July 2011, but the long-term outlook for the rough diamond market remains positive due to the growth in demand from emerging markets set against a flat or declining supply trend. Petra’s position as London’s largest quoted diamond mining group, with a premium listing on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange, positions the Company to benefit from investors looking to gain exposure to these fundamentals. Petra expects to enter the FTSE 250 index in March 2012.”last_img read more

Listen to the TheScoreie commenters jogging playlist

first_imgEARLIER THIS YEAR we asked the readers of TheScore.ie what your favourite tunes were when going out for a run.You answered in your droves and the suggestions contained everything from classical to heavy metal and dance to indie.Here are some of the songs you chose and because we’re nice like this, we also put together a full Spotify playlist which you can listen to here.Enjoy:Running up that Hill – PlaceboYouTube: drklrd88Enter Sandman – Metallica YouTube: creasedjffHeart – MmothsYouTube: SynesthesiaeFilmsKilling in the Name – Rage Against The MachineYouTube: hcworldwideSmells like Teen Spirit – NirvanaYouTube: NirvanaVEVOAround the World – Daft PunkYouTube: emimusicHearts on Fire – John CaffertyYouTube: Grownupcartoons120 of 121 voters decide LeBron James is the NBA MVPThe 10 types of Championship Manager playerlast_img read more


first_img MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Stay on target Kong: Skull Island is a movie I expected to mostly like and ended up mostly liking. Granted, I acknowledge I’m an easy mark for exactly this kind of nonsense: When a movie opens with lost islands, hidden civilizations and “Hollow Earth Theory,” chances are good, I’ll have a good time with it. If said film also decides to a giant monster movie? As far as I’m concerned, the work’s already done – I’m going to be onboard.And I was overall very much onboard with Kong: Skull Island. This isn’t a great film, but it’s a good one: It delivers on the premise, it’s very well directed, the cast is performing admirably even if their roles are (by design) essentially disposable. And even though it’s clear well before we get to the obligatory post-credits scene that we’re mostly doing tentpole-franchise world-building work here the whole thing holds together just fine as afternoon-matinee creature features go. It doesn’t even feel too long or in too much of a hurry to cram in too many set pieces – which puts it well above most other big FX-driven blockbusters we’ve been getting lately.It must also be said: Even though I feel like I’m playing into the marketing machine by even bringing it up… yeah, it’s quite a lot better than the Godzilla remake (to which it’s meant to serve as a nominal prequel) was, largely thanks to a near-complete lack of pretense and a palpable sense of joy at reveling in the possibilities of the giant monster gimmick. The whole broader enterprise still feels like it’s missing a central sense of “self” or a unifying theme (as in the first wave of Marvel Universe movies were building to the very specific idea of The Avengers whereas this yet unnamed Kaiju-Universe is building more ambiguously toward “Hey! Various monsters will at some point meet each other!”) but complaining too much about that feels like penalizing B-movies for being B-movies.It helps that the setup is pretty novel. This isn’t a “sequel” to King Kong so much as it’s a “reworking” of the basic setup: It’s the early-70s in the last days of the Vietnam War instead of the 1930s, Kong is an unambiguous good guy instead of a monster we can kind of get behind (if we overlook all the women he was apparently perfectly okay having sacrificed to him until he finally got a blonde one) and the whole Beauty & The Beast quasi-romance thing is 99% gone from the story to make room for more action and monster mayhem.The basic idea is that John Goodman is the founder of still-nascent Monarch (a shadowy quasi-government agency dedicated to monster hunting, in case you also forgot everything that happened before the final ten minutes of Godzilla) who wants to prove that giant monsters are actually a thing and believes that the newly-discovered “Skull Island” is the place to go looking. He’s able to talk the U.S. Government into giving his team a military escort on the premise that claiming an island full of monsters might be a nice “pick-me-up” for everybody now that the Vietnam War has come to a downer ending. What they don’t realize is that Skull Island is actually an access point to an underground lair of giant man-eating lizards held in check only by the island’s alpha-predator protector Kong, so when the army shows up to agitate things he attacks them. And everyone winds up in scattered teams all trying to get to the same extraction point.One team mainly consists of Tom Hiddleston as a good-guy mercenary, Brie Larson as a photographer and Jing Tian and Corey Hawkins as part of the Monarch team; while the other is the (mostly monster-chow) army detachment led by Samuel L. Jackson as an unhinged Colonel who decides that killing Kong will help him feel better about being denied a “win” in Vietnam – eventually joined by John C. Reilly as a wacky Navy pilot who’s been stranded on the island since World War II. Reilly is pretty much the non-monster reason to see the movie; the only one whose character feels like he’s there to BE a character first instead of mainly moving the plot forward (though Shea Wigham does what he can in as Jackson’s underwritten foil). He’s one of our great living character actors, and this kind of cleanup batting is exactly why the job was invented.Honestly, what I enjoyed most about this is that it’s a throwback monster movie but not working the same angle you always see in the genre. It’s not really doing the Japanese Kaiju aesthetic like Godzilla and Pacific Rim or the Jurassic Park science-gone-bad thing or even making a direct reference to the original King Kong. If anything, the reference point here feels mostly akin to the 70s Doug McClure monster-movie cycle (AT THE EARTH’S CORE, LAND THAT TIME FORGOT, WARLORDS OF ATLANTIS) which is a weirdly untapped moment in the genre that I’ve always had a lot of affection for.But that’s kind of also where I have reservations: Kong absolutely feels like the super-expensive version of a goofy old B-movie, but… at this level, it loses the low-tech charm that makes those films so endearing in the first place. Sure, seeing hundreds of millions of dollars spent on a screenplay that would’ve been right at home back in the old drive-in days is kind of a novelty in itself; but I just couldn’t shake the feeling that I would’ve enjoyed this even more if it really was just a guy in a dumpy gorilla suit stomping around on miniature sets. And wrestling with foam-rubber monsters – especially since even with all the special effects it still adheres the standard goofy monster movie logic where you can hear a mountain-sized gorilla coming from miles away unless the scene requires his presence to be a surprise, or any body of water being able to conceal any size monster with no displacement, that kind of thing.Still, I can’t deny that it’s a fun movie and I enjoyed it, even if there isn’t much to it. And I can safely say that if I’d seen it when I was eight years old, I’d probably have watched it 50 more times.last_img read more

Premier League chairman calls racism Totally unacceptable

first_imgScudamore says the Premier League has to do much more to address the problem of fans discriminating players.Richard Scudamore – the executive chairman of the Premier League – believes the competition has “inadvertently fostered safe places for excessive aggression,” according to Fox Sports Asia. Raheem Sterling suffered racist abuse by a fan during Manchester City’s 2-0 loss against Chelsea, and Scudamore calls it “totally unacceptable.”“Abuse of the kind we have seen in football recently is appalling and totally unacceptable. Raheem Sterling is showing great courage in speaking out and we must listen to him, and to other players,” Scudamore said.“We must support them and redouble our efforts to ensure that everyone involved in our competition understands that discrimination will not be tolerated.“We strive to make our grounds safe and welcoming for all fans. We are a multicultural and diverse football competition, we have players from all backgrounds and fans from all over the world.“However, the need for vigilance has never been greater as norms of decency in society appear to be shifting, particularly since the advent of social media.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…Scudamore also acknowledged that while the Premier League has made great progress addressing racism, that there remains much to be done.“While football has made huge progress and society has made big strides in improving attitudes and behaviors, we clearly have not done enough,” Scudamore added.“In creating exciting, passionate environments we have inadvertently fostered safe places for excessive aggression to be displayed.“Nowhere else – not on the street or in a pub – would people be brave enough to shout abuse at a group of very fit young athletes at such close proximity.“We all need to take a close look at where that boundary should lie: between the adrenaline of passionate support and the wholly unacceptable vitriol and abuse masquerading as tribalism.“Our clubs, the authorities and the FA are working towards further and urgent improvement – it is essential for the future of the game.”last_img read more

SUV fleeing BSO deputies crashes in North Lauderdale

first_imgResidents watching the scene unfold said the incident probably could have been prevented.“Like, 99.9 percent of the time, they always get caught, so if you know you’re going to get caught, just don’t even bother,” said Amber Joseph, a resident who lives nearby. “Work for what you want. Don’t just try to steal everything, ’cause this ends up happening.”The intersection at Rock Island and McNab Roads was been been blocked while officials worked the scene. It has since reopened.If you have any information on the whereabouts of the third suspect, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. NORTH LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – At least five people were injured after an SUV fleeing from Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies crashed in North Lauderdale.The crash happened in the area of Rock Island Road and McNab Road in North Lauderdale, just after 1:30 p.m., Tuesday.Officials said it began when deputies began chasing a stolen silver Ford Explorer carrying suspects wanted for an armed robbery at the Cash America Pawn store in Lauderdale Lakes.The chase began on Interstate 95 before going westbound on the wrong side of the road. The car then drove through a residential area before going back on the main roads and ending with a crash.“As I was going home, I saw this police vehicle rushing east on McNab,” said witness Marcelin Joseph.Several people were hurt in the crash and taken to the hospital. The extent of their injuries is unknown.Three suspects were reported to have been in the Explorer at the time. Two have been taken into custody while a third is still believed to be at large. last_img read more

You might see FedEx robots delivering packages this summer

first_img“The FedEx SameDay Bot is an innovation designed to change the face of local delivery and help retailers efficiently address their customers’ rising expectations,” said Brie Carere, FedEx’s executive vice president and marketing and communications boss, in the release.AutoZone, Lowe’s, Pizza Hut, Target, Walgreens and Walmart are among FedEx’s retail partners in the project. It hopes to test the bot this summer in markets including Memphis, Tennessee. Other locales weren’t specified, pending final city approvals.The mayor of Memphis voiced his support for the project.”We couldn’t be more excited that FedEx chose its hometown as one of the pilot cities for this revolutionary innovation,” Jim Strickland said in the release. 1 Sci-Tech Tech Industry Fedex’s SameDay Bot blends in perfectly. FedEx/Screenshot by CNET FedEx is rolling into autonomous delivery, and soon.The company will do a trial run of the SameDay Bot, a robot for same-day and last-minute deliveries, in selected cities this summer, it said Wednesday. SameDay Bot can travel on sidewalks and roadsides to bring you smaller items, and it’s based on the technology used in the iBot mobility device. It also uses multiple cameras and lidar sensing to avoid obstacles and negotiate various surfaces. 17 Photos Share your voice Meet all the cute, friendly, useful robots of CES 2019 Tags Lowe’s Target Walmart Robots On Tuesday, SameDay Bot delivered a warm pizza to Jimmy Fallon and $100 gift cards for the Tonight Show audience, in a “global unveiling” that showcased its ability to navigate a variety of terrain and the roominess of its container for packages.More and more companies are looking to adopt autonomous delivery options. In January, Stop & Shop announced plans to deploy a fleet of driverless grocery delivery vehicles in the Boston area, while Nuro launched Kroger grocery delivery pods in Arizona back in December. Commentlast_img read more

Handson with the new Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700

first_img See it Share your voice 45 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Bose’s new Noise Cancelling 700 Headphones live up to… Bose QuietComfort 35 II Mentioned Above Bose QuietComfort 35 II (Black) One of the biggest external changes is to the headband. The QuietComfort 35 II has a high-tech resin (read: plastic) headband, while the Headphones 700’s headband incorporates a single, seamless piece of stainless steel that would seemingly make it a little sturdier. However, as a result of the new design, there’s no hinge, so they don’t fold up, just flat, and you simply lay them into their protective carrying case, which is larger than the QuietComfort 35 II’s case.Read more: Bose Earbuds 500 are the AirPods killers worth waiting forSome will like that you don’t have to bother folding the headphones while others will prefer the smaller case. I did like that there’s a little compartment in the case — its door closes magnetically — for storing the USB-C charging cable and the cable for wired listening. It’s worth noting that the port on the headphone is the smaller 2.5mm variety so, bizarrely, it’s a 2.5mm to 3.5mm cable. Enlarge ImageThe headband is reinforced with a seamless piece of stainless steel. Sarah Tew/CNET In the past, Bose has tried to shave weight off its headphones, but this model is actually about half an ounce heavier than the QuietComfort 35, which will remain in the line for now. You can feel the weight difference, but I didn’t find the headphone any less or more comfortable than the QuietComfort 35 II; it just feels a little different on your head.Built to communicateBose is really touting the voice communication features of the headphone. While the overall sound quality is a relatively small step up from the QuietComfort 35 II — more on that in a minute — the Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 should perform significantly better as a headset for making calls. The new microphones are designed to pick up your voice better (some of them are beam-forming mics) and reduce noise around you so people can hear you better in noisier environments. That goes for voice assistants as well — the headphone supports Siri, Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa, all of which should better understand what you’re saying in noisier environments.There’s also an adjustable sidetone feature that allows you to hear your voice in the headphones. The QuietComfort 35 II has some light sidetone that not everybody notices, but you can really sense it in this new model. 32-bose-noise-cancelling-headphones-700Enlarge ImageThe headphones fold flat into their case. There’s a small compartment for storing the cables. Sarah Tew/CNET In Bose’s Music companion app for iOS and Android, you designate which assistant you want to use and then access that assistant with a button push like you do on the QuietComfort 35 II. However, if you choose Alexa, Bose says you’ll be able to activate Amazon’s voice assistant by simply saying the wake word “Alexa.”Read more: Best headphones for 2019I didn’t get to try that feature — Bose is still tweaking the software for the headphones — but if it indeed works, this will be one of the few headphones to offer always-on Alexa. The Jabra Elite 85t, another headphone equipped with lots of microphones that’s great for making calls, was supposed to have this feature but Jabra ended up leaving it off after it discovered that it had too great an impact on battery life.31-bose-noise-cancelling-headphones-700Enlarge Image Sarah Tew/CNET I asked a Bose rep about the possible adverse impact on battery life when using always-on Alexa because the Noise Cancelling Headphones 700’s 20 hours of battery life is shorter than that of a lot of its competitors (a quick-charge feature does allow you to get 3.5 hours of battery life from a 15-minute charge). The rep said that it did not have an impact on battery life and that the battery life was the same whether you had Bluetooth on or off, say, if you were in wired mode on a plane. He did add that you can use the headphone in wired mode if the battery dies. Presumably it won’t sound as good, but at least it will work.New for BoseThis is the first Bose headphone equipped with touch controls. The touch area is on the right side of the right ear cup. I found that they worked well and that same Bose rep told me that Bose’s engineers were aware of the problems that some Sony WH-1000XM3 users were having with that headphone’s touch controls in cold weather and that the Noise Cancelling 700 Headphones had been tested in the cold. Supposedly, the touch controls work but we’ll have to wait until winter to test it out ourselves (maybe someone in the southern hemisphere where it will soon be winter can test it for us). Typically, Bose hasn’t offered users much in the way of customizable settings but it is here. You can adjust the level of noise-cancelling in the app and there’s a dedicated button on the headphone that allows you to toggle between low, high and a zero noise-cancelling mode that Bose refers to as a true “transparency” mode.24-bose-noise-cancelling-headphones-700Enlarge ImageThe headphones are slightly heavier than the QuietComfort 35 II but are just as comfortable. Sarah Tew/CNET Impressively, when you’re in that transparency mode you essentially hear the outside world as your ears normally would. In the demo, it was hard to tell the difference between having the headphones on your off. Holding the noise-cancelling button puts you right into transparency mode so you can talk to someone while you’re wearing the headphones — to a flight attendant on a plane, for example.They’re also enabled with Bose AR, the the company’s audio-augmented reality platform, and in the future, Bose says it will add new features — the headphones are firmware upgradable — including an equalizer for tweaking the sound to your liking, a Dynamic Transparency mode that allows you to hear the outside world but muffles loud noises like sirens as they crop up and a Noise Masking feature that creates white noise to help you block out the outside world and help you concentrate without listening to music. Bose lists those features as “coming soon.”45-bose-noise-cancelling-headphones-700Enlarge ImageThe touch controls are on the right ear cup. Sarah Tew/CNET Sound comparisonsSo how do they sound? Well, I brought along the QuietComfort 35 II and Sony WH-1000XM3 to the event to make some quick comparisons. I’ll need a little more time with them to make a final judgement on sound quality, but my initial impression is that they do sound a little better than the QuietComfort 35 II, with slightly more overall clarity and bass definition. I listened to a few of our test tracks, including Alt-J’s 3WW, Ran ‘n Bone Man’s Human and Spoon’s You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb and came away thinking that the Sony’s bass had more energy and a little more oomph it but the Bose’s bass sounded a little tighter. I’ll be interested to hear what CNET’s home audio editor Ty Pendlebury and Steve Guttenberg, who writes CNET’s The Audiophiliac column, think of the new Bose’s sound compared to the Sony’s when I get a review sample later this month.I’ll post a full rated review around the time the headphone ships on June 30, but for now I’ll say that despite the Noise Cancelling 700’s high price, it will tempt a lot of people who might be looking to upgrade their noise-cancelling headphones, particularly those who value some of the new voice — and voice calling — features Bose is touting.   Here’s a quick look at the Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 key specs, according to Bose.Weight: 254gOver-ear designNew acoustic and electronics package with new digital signal processingNew 8-microphone system11 levels of noise cancellationAdaptive voice systemBuilt-In voice assistants (one-touch access)Low-power wake word (for Amazon Alexa voice assistant)Conversation modeActive EQ Sound Management (coming soon)Touch controlsOver-the-air updatesBluetooth 5.0Bluetooth range: Up to 33 ft. (10m)Battery charging time: Up to 2.5 hoursQuick charge time: 15 min for 3.5 hoursBattery life: Up to 20 hoursUSB-C chargingSupported codecs: SBC and AACTwo color options: Black and silverPrice: $400Shipping date: June 30This story originally published June 5. Review • Bose QuietComfort 35 II review: The best, now with Google Tags Dell CNET may get a commission from retail offers. News • Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones are still $52 off at Amazon $299 Abt Electronics Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Update: Read the full Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 review, which includes direct comparisons to the Bose QuietComfort 35 II and Sony WH-1000XM3.Last week Bose unveiled the Noise Cancelling Headphones 700, the long-awaited successor to its popular Bose QuietComfort 35 II noise-cancelling headphones. They aren’t available until June 30, but I got some early hands-on time with the headphones at a Bose media event in New York, where I played around with a final production unit that was running beta software. $299 See It $299 See It Amazon Bose Sony 4:49 $299 Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 Mobile Accessories Headphones 12 See It Walmart The first thing you’ll notice about the Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 is that they have a totally new design — and it really is a new headphone, both on the outside and the inside, with new drivers and a total of 8 microphones to help enable Bose’s “evolved noise-canceling functionality.”The design and technology upgrades come at a price: The Noise Cancelling Headphones cost $400 or £350 (Australian pricing isn’t yet available but the UK price converts to about AU$640). That list price is $50 higher than that of the QuietComfort 35 II and the Sony WH-1000XM3, CNET’s current top-rated noise-cancelling headphone. Both those models are on sale right now for $300.Pre-order at AmazonNote that CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site. Commentslast_img read more