Inquirer 7: Most memorable performances of Filipinos in world stage in 2017

first_imgMeralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In the amateur scene, welterweight Eumir Marcial and light heavyweight John Marvin showed Malaysia in the Southeast Asian Games what Filipinos can do with a couple of hands covered in leather.Marcial won the gold after bludgeoning Thailand’s Pathomsak Kuttiya to earn a 5-0 unanimous decision while teammate Marvin took a wild approach for his gold.Marvin needed just 21 seconds to capture his prize after he annihilated Malaysian Adli Hafidz B. Mohd Pauzi.Meanwhile, a trio went a collective 6-0 in the pro stage in 2017 with IBF World super flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas collecting three wins in the year.Milan Melindo defended his IBF World light flyweight belt twice but lost in the unification of the WBA strap against Japan’s Ryoichi Taguchi.And although Donnie Nietes fought just once this year that resulted a unanimous decision win over Komgrich Nantapech, the IBF World flyweight champion once held the WBO World light flyweight belt for almost five years only vacating it to move up in weight.3. Breaking the iceThe members of the Philippine men’s ice hockey team celebrate their gold-medal victory in the 29th Southeast Asian Games ice hockey tournament Thursday night at the Empire City Arena. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/ SEA GAMES POOLThe Filipinos’ triumph in the ice hockey tournament in the 2017 SEA Games may never be comparable to the Miracle on Ice, but what they did is still nothing short of spectacular.The Mighty Ducks walked into the final round as virtual underdogs as they faced off against a powerful Thailand team that hasn’t lost in four years.That unbeaten streak finally ended as the Filipinos put five past Thailand’s goal line to take the gold medal after a 5-3 victory. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours With his impressive victory over Garcia, Biado joins Efren “Bata” Reyes, Ronato Alcano, Alex Pagulayan, and Bustamante as the Filipinos who won the competition.6. Tabal powers throughMary Joy Tabal wins the first gold medal for the Philippines when she ruled the women’s marathon at the 2017 SEA Games in Putrajaya, Malaysia. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZMary Joy Tabal not only ruled the SEA Games women’s marathon event by a literal mile, she also waylaid a controversy that almost prevented her from competing.The owner of the country’s first gold medal in Malaysia, Tabal was initially cut from the team after conflict with the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association.After all that, though, Tabal was still reinstated into the team and the Rio Olympian is of a different pedigree than her Southeast Asian opponents.7. Folayang goes full landslideFILE – ONE Championship: Kings of Destiny at Mall of Asia Arena last April 21. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWhen Eduard Folayang defeated the legendary Shinya Aoki in 2016 for the ONE Championship World lightweight title, the first thing he sought to do was prove that he really is a force to be reckoned with.Folayang’s time came on April 21 when he defended the strap against New Zealand’s Ev Ting at Mall of Asia Arena.And in front of his countrymen, Landslide delivered as he controlled Ting for five rounds with methodical strikes to earn him the unanimous decision win. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 4. A double-double for triathletesWomen’s triathlon gold medalist Kim Mangrobang. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLSimply put, the Philippines flat out dominated the competition in the triathlon of the 2017 SEA Games.The podium was practically draped in the Philippine tricolor as both the men’s and women’s teams capture the gold and silver medals in the competition.Nikko Huelgas broke the two-hour barrier for the gold in the men’s division after he clocked in 1:59:2 while teammate Leerams Chicano was at 2:01:27.Kim Mangrobang and Ma. Claire Adorna then doubled up on what their compatriots did.Gold medalist Mangrobang finished the race in 2:11:14 while Adorna was at 2:18:58.5. A double in the billiards world stageFilipinos are back in the throne room of the billiards castle after a seven-year absence.Carlo Biado outsmarted compatriot Roland Garcia, 13-5, to become the Philippines’ first World 9-Ball Champion after Django Bustamante did the feat in 2010. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompsoncenter_img The Philippines, after Tabora’s triumph, now have eight World Cups in both the men and women’s division making it the third winningest country in the competition behind United States (19) and Canada (9).Tabora denied favorite Siti Sayifah of Malaysia 236-191 in the final.2. Leather can turn to goldEumir Felix Marcial of the Philippines (Blue) competes against Pathomsak Kuttiya of Thailand (Red) in the finals of the men’s middleweight class of the 29th Southeast Asian Games boxing competition. Marcial prevailed to claim the gold medal. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLThe Philippines has always had a glorious boxing history stemming from Gabriel Flash Elorde up until the greatest Filipino slugger in Manny Pacquiao.And in 2017 a troop of Filipinos earned their Masters and Doctors degrees in the Sweet Science.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Melindo falls to Taguchi in unification bout 1. Krizziah Tabora ruled the worldFEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkWorld Cup champion: Krizziah Lyn Tabora. —GRIG C. MONTEGRANDEThe name Krizziah Tabora would probably just go over the heads of the casual sporting spectator, but the bespectacled athlete is the current queen of the bowling world.Tabora’s triumph in the 53rd QubicaAMF World Cup in Mexico ended the absence of a Filipino woman atop the women’s division throne since Lita dela Rosa and Bong Coo won in 1978 and 1979. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Before the fireworks go off and the clock hits midnight, allow Inquirer to set you up for some reminiscing in the world of sports.Basketball and volleyball moments had been taken care of, so it’s time for the Filipinos who garnered international recognition to be given the mazel tov.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

UL Physics Department Receives Equipment

first_imgThe Physics Department of the University of Liberia has received equipment departmental staffers consider most needed and valuable to the department in the post-war era.Materials reaching the department include Triple Beam Balances, Oscilloscopes, Signal Generators, Audio Oscillators, Spectrophotometers, Capacitor Indicators, Analyzers, Paper Cutters, textbooks and Evaporating Dishes.The senior lab demonstrator of UL Science College, John Y. Flomo, Sr., speaking to the Daily Observer following the presentation of the materials, noted that the equipment now returns the department to its pre-war status.According to him, the UL Science College only has a small quantity of laboratory materials for students doing freshman and sophomore courses; but junior and senior courses have not had materials since normal activities began after the war.“Prior to the war we had all these equipment and [more], but [they were] all looted.  For us to see them coming back again after the war to the Physics Department is a blessing to us as people who are training others to replace us,” Mr. Flomo said.Mr. Flomo noted that prior to the arrival of the equipment; they were doing what he called “Touch experiments” to acquaint students with what equipment to use in doing certain experiments.He explained “Touch experiment” to be exhibitions of data and names of equipment, and explaining their functions so that students upon seeing or coming across them in the future would not be surprised.The Dean of the Science College, Dr. Ophelia I. Weeks, a scientist by profession, stressed that the arrival of the equipment will be beneficial to the targeted population only if it is maintained and not stolen.She also raised concerns about the tightness of the room in which the equipment is stored, noting further that none of recepticals are connected to make the equipment function.Jusu Hena, a Geophysicist working with the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) is the negotiator who arranged for the equipment with some families in the United States to be sent to Liberia.Mr. Hena pledged to negotiate for more equipment to come to the university to help give Science knowledge to Liberians, but cautioned that donors will only be happy to send them if they (equipment) are well maintained.Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Physics Department, Dr. Bobby D. Sebo, acknowledged the arrival of the equipment and pledged the staff’s commitment to their security.He added that the presence of the equipment in the department will enhance lab demonstration and teaching. Challenges facing thehighest government-owned institution of learning in the country are enormous.Inadequate laboratory equipment, poor infrastructure and scarcity of textbooks, amongst others are some of the challenges facing the state-run university.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Opposition MPs irritated over unpreparedness of Govt members

first_imgOpposition Members of Parliament (MPs) grew infuriated over the unpreparedness of Government parliamentarians in the National Assembly.During the sitting of the National Assembly on Thursday, the Opposition MPs raised concerns over the answers provided by the Government members to pertinent questions being asked on public affairs.The Government MPs would respond by promising to deliver the requested information at a later date, claiming that the data is not available at hand.PPP/C MP Juan Edghill questioned whether the Government MPs are diverting from parliamentary practice to bring along technical personnel in order to provide information to the National Assembly.He contended that if they continue in this vain, then no information would be disclosed for the public.Subsequently weighing in on the situation, PPP/C Chief Whip Gail Teixeira contended that such occurrences never prevailed in the House before.“Your inability to answer questions is not fair… These are simple questions being asked and the Ministers are totally unprepared,” she expressed.She reminded that the Government Ministers are accountable to the taxpayers of this country and therefore they have a reasonability to answer the questions posed by Opposition MPs who represent the rights of a significant portion of the population.Teixeira asserted that the Government MPs’ approach in the National Assembly sends the wrong message. “(It is) a level of arrogance… it’s like you’re saying we don’t have to answer you, we don’t have to account to nobody,” she said.Teixeira added, “When the Ministers answered this way, we have to be irritated, we aren’t fools sitting in this House.”last_img read more

New Ma Juah Market Dedicated

first_imgThe government of Liberia, through the Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs has finally relocated marketers of the Ma Juah market, who for the past eight years have been temporarily squatting on a parcel of land inVai Town near the Gabriel Tucker Bridge that connects Monrovia to Bushrod Island.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, on Friday, officially dedicated and turned over to the leadership of the old Ma Juah market the newly renovated premises that previously hosted the Liberia Tractor Company (LIBTRACO) in Waterside.The new site was secured through a lease arrangement between the office of the President and the owners of the property on a long term basis. She promised to make the first buy as soon as the marketers have completed their relocation and begun to use the facilities.President Sirleaf admitted that it took a long time to secure a new long term site but was delighted that this was finally resolved. “For close to eight years we had a problem finding premises that would be really suitable to accommodate the large number of people and to give them a place where they could do their business with some comfort, space and facilities including water and latrines,” she said, adding, “We had to make sure when we moved the marketers, we moved them into a better place,” President Sirleaf said.She praised the collaboration of all those who worked with the Ministry of State to make the relocation a success, noting that as a result of all parties working together as a team with a very strong commitment, today she can say that her promise has been fulfilled. “I’m so glad that we finally did it,” she said.In separate remarks earlier, the Monrovia City Mayor Clara Doe Mvogo, president of the Liberia Marketing Association Lusu Sloan, and the supervisor of the Ma Juah Market, Dad Sumo Wonkulah thanked President Sirleaf for sponsoring the initiative and stated that they were very appreciative of the new premises. They said that although it had been eight years in the making they were also happy that the relocation finally became a reality.The building was turned over to President Sirleaf by Albert Saingbe, head of finance and administration at the Liberia Reconstruction and Development Company.It is very easy for markets to spring up in Liberia as there seem to be no enforced policies or regulations that dictate how or where a market should be established in Liberia. Marketers search for front views where their produce and merchandises can’t be missed by customers. As a result, most often they end up crowding the main streets right in front of pedestrians. This might have been the same factor that led to the establishment of the Ma Juah market in Vai Town, though market authorities say it was not the case.According to them, marketers began selling at the Vai Town location initially on an Easter Sunday in 2006 when their market tables were broken down in the Waterside market by officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) under the directive of Munah Sieh-Brown, who was Police Director at the time.Meanwhile, prior to the relocation exercise, marketers at the Ma Juah Market, which is named in honor of the grandmother of President Sirleaf, have been protesting the move complaining that the space in the new premises is inadequate for them and the location lacks the potential for business to boom.  Some of the sellers have expressed their disappointment over the process as well as the environment designated for the relocation.There were about 500 to 600 marketers occupying the old site in Vai Town, but the new location, according to reliable sources, can only host between 200 and 250 vendors. They also complained of the poor drainage system at the new site.Besides the drainage being too small, during heavy downpour of rain, people have to wear boots to enter market area. It is also no secret that during continuous rainfall, the nearby Messurado River overflows and runs through pipes that are connected to the building thereby causing serious havoc, reports say.Market authorities told reporters in Monrovia that they are not against development even though any relocation process carries its own pains, losses and benefits.  However, if the process must be welcomed by the beneficiaries, somewhere better should already be set aside because relocation has its own impact on business people.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

High Court Rules Against Two Men in Sex Slaying Case

first_imgCanada’s top court has ruled against two men connected to the sex slaying of a 13 year old Edmonton girl in April of 2005 The Supreme Court of Canada judges ruled unanimously in both cases restoring the first-degree murder conviction of 23 year old Joseph (Snowman) Laboucan, originally from Fort St. John and dismissing the appeal of 38 year old Michael Briscoe.The two were part of a group, which lured the young teen victim to a secluded golf course in Edmonton where she was raped and killed. – Advertisement -At trial two years later, Laboucan was convicted of first-degree murder, but Alberta’s appeal court overturned that conviction. Briscoe was found not guilty of first-degree murder, kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault.However, the Alberta Court of Appeal overturned his acquittal and ordered a new trial.last_img read more

Gallery: The top tourist attractions in tiny Gauteng

first_imgThe diversity in South Africa’s Gauteng province belies its small size. Known for its work-hard mentality, it also offers a wealth of things to do and see for fun. Local and international travellers will be more than spoilt for choice. The Nelson Mandela Bridge in Braamfontein has become an iconic landmark of Johannesburg’s skyline. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY-2.0, via Flickr)Compiled by Mary Alexander and Priya PitamberIt’s September. It’s spring in South Africa – and Tourism Month, celebrated this year with the theme “Tourism for All”. To inspire your next road trip we bring you nine galleries, one for each province, showcasing our country’s remarkable beauty and diversity.A thriving tourism industry means South Africa is closer to achieving its National Development Plan goals of skills development and creating decent employment through inclusive economic growth.Travel is also about exploring your own back yard. Through its Sho’t Left initiative, South African Tourism encourages local holiday travel. It helps to make planning a holiday easier with choosing, budgeting for, booking and paying for a trip, and more.Gauteng confirms that dynamite comes in small packages. The tiniest province of the country, taking up only 1.4% of land area, it is home to the country’s eclectic economic hub, Johannesburg, and the capital city, Pretoria. But it also offers a range of unforgettable leisure experiences for any traveller.Between Johannesburg and Pretoria in Midrand, the Nizamiye Turkish Masjid is a majestic structure. It is the first Ottoman-styled mosque in the southern hemisphere. Its large dome rises 32 metres and it is flanked on each corner by 55-metre minarets. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY-2.0, via Flickr) The Cradle of Humankind near Johannesburg is one of the richest hominid fossil sites in the world. Maropeng, meaning “returning to the place of origin” in Setswana, is the fun visitor centre in the Cradle of Humankind. It’ll change the way you see the world. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY-2.0, via Flickr) Vilakazi Street in Soweto is one of the most famous streets in South Africa. It housed two Nobel Peace Prize winners: Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY-2.0, via Flickr) Huge, colourfully painted cooling towers dominate Orlando in Soweto. Once part of a power station, they now add another tourist attraction to the township: adventure. Thrill-seekers are able to bungee jump off the two 100-metre-high towers. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY-2.0, via Flickr) “It was the opposite of grand, but it was my first true home of my own and I was mightily proud. A man is not a man until he has a house of his own.” This was how Nelson Mandela described his first home, on Vilakazi Street, in his autobiography Long Walk to Freedom. Today the humble Soweto abode, Mandela House, has become a must-see for travellers. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY-2.0, via Flickr) Maropeng, the visitor centre in the Cradle of Humankind, is housed in the Tumulus Building. It is shaped to be “evocative of a giant burial mound”. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY-2.0, via Flickr) The Food Market Shed, popularly referred to as The Sheds at the Fox Precinct in downtown Johannesburg, has become a popular place to sample arts, crafts and artisan foods. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY-2.0, via Flickr) Located in the heart of Braamfontein on Juta Street, the Neighbourgoods Market offers a range of lovingly hand-crafted food and beverages. People can enjoy their meals outdoors, watching the hustle and bustle of city life. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY-2.0, via Flickr) South Africa’s Union Buildings is the official seat of the government. The classic building was designed by Sir Herbert Baker in 1908 and completed in 1913. The gardens around it hold monuments of historical figures, including a 9-metre-tall bronze statue of Nelson Mandela. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY-2.0, via Flickr)The city of Johannesburg is constantly changing to the pulse of its people. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY-2.0, via Flickr)last_img read more

Qualified business income deduction for sales to cooperatives: Proposed regulations

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Barry Ward, Leader, Production Business Management, Director, Ohio State University Income Tax SchoolsSoon after the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act became law in December of 2017 it became evident that cooperatives had been granted a significant advantage under the new tax law. Sales to cooperatives would be allowed a Qualified Business Income Deduction (QBID) of 20% of gross income and not of net income. Sales to businesses other than cooperatives would be eligible only for the QBID of net income, which was a significant disadvantage. Suddenly cooperatives had an advantage that non-cooperative businesses couldn’t match and most of the farm sector scrambled to position themselves to take advantage of this tax advantage. Some farmers directed larger portions of their sales or prospective sales toward cooperatives. Non-cooperative businesses lobbied for a change to this piece of the new tax law while looking for ways to add a cooperative model to their own businesses to stay competitive.Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 in March of 2018, which eliminated this advantage to cooperatives and replaced it with a new hybrid QBID for sales to cooperatives which offered more tax neutrality between sales to cooperatives and non-cooperatives. While this new legislation leveled the playing field between cooperatives and non-cooperatives, it left many questions unanswered; chief among them was how taxpayers should allocate expenses between sales to cooperatives and non-cooperatives.One area that was clarified for calculating the QBID for all businesses including cooperatives was how certain deductions should be handled with respect to the Qualified Business Income Deduction (QBID).For purposes of the QBID (IRC §199A), deductions such as the deductible portion of the tax on self-employment income under § 164(f), the self-employed health insurance deduction under § 162(l), and the deduction for contributions to qualified retirement plans under § 404 are considered attributable to a trade or business (including farm businesses) to the extent that the individual’s gross income from the trade or business is taken into account in calculating the allowable deduction, on a proportionate basis.Under the final regulations, expenses for half the self-employment (SE) tax, self-employed health insurance, and pension contributions must be subtracted from preliminary QBI figure, before any cooperative reductions are made (if applicable).While final regulations on the new QBID were published on Jan. 18, 2019, there were still many questions left unanswered as to how the deduction would be handled in relation to cooperatives. As the QBID is calculated differently between the income from sales to cooperatives and non-cooperatives, taxpayers and tax practitioners were left with uncertainty.A simplified explanation of the steps used to calculate the QBID under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) §199A for income attributable to sales to cooperatives is listed here:Step 1: First, patrons calculate the 20% §199A QBID that would apply if they had sold the commodity to a non-cooperative.Step 2: The patron must then subtract from that initial §199A deduction amount whichever of the following is smaller:9% of the QBI allocable to cooperative sale(s) OR50% of W-2 wages paid allocable to income from sales to cooperativesStep 3: Add the “Domestic Production Activities Deduction (DPAD)-like” deduction (if any) passed through to them by the cooperative pursuant to IRC §199A(g)(2)(A). The determination of the amount of this new “DPAD-like” deduction will generally range from 0 to 9% of the cooperative’s qualified production activities income (QPAI) attributable to that patron’s sales.Parts of the new tax law do offer some simplification. Calculating the QBID isn’t necessarily one of those parts. The result of all of these calculations is that income attributable to sales to cooperatives may result in an effective net QBID that is:Possibly greater than 20% if the farmer taxpayer pays no or few W2 wages and coop passes through all or a large portion of the allocable “DPAD-like” deductionApproximately equal to 20% if the farmer taxpayer pays enough W2 wages to fully limit their coop sales QBID to 11% and the coop passes through all allocable “DPAD-like” deductionPossibly less than 20% if farmer taxpayer pays enough W2 wages to fully limit their coop sales QBID to 11% and the coop passes through less than the allocable “DPAD-like” deduction.On June 18, the IRS released proposed regulations under IRC §199A on the patron deduction and the IRC §199A calculations for cooperatives. The proposed regulations provide that when a taxpayer receives both qualified payments from cooperatives and other income from non-cooperatives, the taxpayer must allocate deductions using a “reasonable method based on all the facts and circumstances.” Different reasonable methods may be used for the different items and related deductions. The chosen reasonable method, however, must be consistently applied from one tax year to another and must clearly reflect the income and expenses of the business.So what “reasonable methods” might be accepted by the IRS? The final regulations (when they are provided) may give us further guidance or we may be left to choose some “reasonable” method in allocating expenses between the two types of income. Acceptable methods may include allocating expenses on a prorated basis by bushel/cwt or by gross sales attributable to cooperatives and non-cooperatives. Producers may also consider tracing costs on a per field basis and tracking sales of those bushels/cwt to either a cooperative or non-cooperative.Included in the proposed regulations released in June was a set of rules for “safe harbor”. A taxpayer with taxable income under the QBID threshold ($157,500 Single Filer / $315,000 Joint Filer) may ratably apportion business expenses based on the amount of payments from sales to cooperative and non-cooperatives as they relate to total gross receipts. In other words, expenses may be allocated between cooperative and non-cooperative income based on the respective proportions of gross sales that fall to cooperatives and non-cooperatives.Some questions that haven’t been answered clearly is how certain other income should be allocated between income from cooperatives and non-cooperatives. Tax reform now requires farmers to report gain on traded-in farm equipment. In many cases, farm income will be negative and all of the income for the business will be from trading-in farm equipment. The question is how do we allocate this income (IRC §1245 Gain)? Some commentators contend that none of these gains should be allocated to cooperative income which would eliminate the issue, however, the depreciation deduction taken on the equipment was likely allocated to cooperative income, thus reducing the effect of the 9% of AGI patron reduction. This would suggest that these gains may have to be allocated between cooperative and non-cooperative income.How should government payments be allocated? If a farmer sells all of their commodities to a cooperative and receive a government payment (i.e. ARC or PLC), should that be treated as cooperative income or not. Hopefully, the final regulations will provide some further clarity on these issues.The information in this article is the opinion of the author and is intended for educational purposes only. You are encouraged to consult professional tax or legal advice in regards to your facts and circumstances regarding the application of the general tax principles cited in this article.last_img read more

Android 4.2 Gets New Features, But Keeps Jelly Bean Name

first_imgTags:#Android Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement We thought we might be getting a new tasty treat from Google on Monday. Speculation was that the new version of the Android operating system in the Nexus devices announced yesterday would be called “Key Lime Pie” or some other tasty desert name beginning with “K.” But instead all we got was Android 4.2, an extension of the existing “Jelly Bean” operating system. The naming decision is correct, though. Android 4.2 is not a whole new addition to the Android family but more of a feature extension to Jelly Bean 4.1. The design and user experience remain the same, even as many existing features are updated and bulked out. The New FeaturesPhoto Sphere Camera: Just like Apple did in iOS 6, Google has added a “panorama” camera function to stock Android. Basically, it is the ability to take larger pictures by moving the smartphone camera and then digitally stitching together multiple images. Some of Android manufacturers, like Samsung, had already done this but it was not an existing feature of Android itself. Update: As many of you have noted, yes, the “panorama” function has been around since Ice Cream Sandwich. The Photo Sphere function is an extension of that, with the ability to stitch vertical photos together and photos from multiple angles. Gesture Typing: Ever use Swype, the “gliding” input gesture from Nuance? It is a classic Android third-party feature that many cannot live without. You move your finger around the keyboard from letter to letter without lifting it up. This is another excellent addition to stock Android, though many manufacturers, like HTC, already used the gesture swiping method. Multi-User Tablets: The ability for multiple people to use a single tablet and customize it to their own preferences, such as personalized home screens and widgets. This is one area where tablet computers are merging with traditional PC functionalities. It should be of great use to families that want to share tablets.Wireless Sharing: Like Apple’s AirPlay, this lets Android users display their device’s screen on your TV. This is another third-party Android service that is being incorporated intto the stock version.Daydream: Display useful information, kind of like a screen saver, on your Android device while it is idle.Actionable Notifications: Hinted at during Google’s introduction of Jelly Bean at the Google I/O conference in June. It is partly a function of Google Now, where notifications are “cards” that can be acted upon from the drop down menu.Expanded Google Now: Google’s “Now” project is one of the most important at the company, with a large and growing team. It is not surprising that semantic mobile search is getting more robust with Android 4.2. Apple did the same thing with Siri in its latest iOS 6 release. Expect Google to feature Google Now in most Android updates going forward. For Google, this is the future of personalization between the user and the device. Overall, increased device intelligence and identity is the future of smartphones.  Android Beam: Google put a lot of work into making Android “feel” smoother and faster. That includes Android Beam, the Near Field Communications (NFC) function that enables people to share photos, websites, music, directions or videos with a single touch. This is not a new Android feature, but an improvement of its initial introduction in 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Apple’s iOS has nothing similar. Resize-able Widgets: Another Jelly Bean 4.1 feature improved in 4.2. I have not been able to play with 4.2 yet but hopefully the widgets, which are supposed to be responsive to other widgets on a homescreen, work better than they did in version 4.1.What To Make Of 4.2As you can see, there is not a ton that is exactly “new” to Android here. Stuff like the “panoramic” camera and gesture typing come to stock Android from existing third-party add-ons. It is likely that Google is licensing technology from companies like Nuance (which owns Swype) to perform these functions.Google is also copying the best iOS functions, like wireless sharing an adapter for HDMI-enabled TVs instead of the Apple TV device the iPhone needs. Expandable notifications, resize-able widgets and the Google Now upgrade are all remnants from what Google announced at I/O as well. So Android 4.2 doesn’t really deserve a new name. We’ll have to wait a while longer for Key Lime Pie, or whatever it turns out to be.  The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … dan rowinskilast_img read more

Carnival 2019 in Goa: over 60 people with disability take part in float parade

first_imgThe parade with over 60 colourful floats, had its interesting characters. A man dressed like Mahatma Gandhi and a look-alike of Prime Minister Modi walking together attracted public attention. A float on the controversial Traffic Sentinel Scheme of Goa police urged people to obey traffic rules. There was also a scene on the Pulwama attack with a terrorist and Army Jawans, one on Goa’s formalin-in-fish controversy and a float by people from Kerala thanking Goans for assisting during Kerala floods. The Carnival parade will now move on to other cities for the next three days. The Carnival, the four-day annual pre-Lent festival of fun and frolic began with festive fervour in Panaji on Saturday.This year, it was a carnival with a difference, as more than 60 people with disabilities, either on modified two-wheelers, wheelchairs or with white canes, participated in the float parade. They used a special float organised by the Disability Rights Association of Goa (DRAG) along with Enable Travel and Ezy Mov to promote Goa as an accessible and inclusive tourist destination for people with disability. The highlights of the parade were live music by wheel-chair-bound music-teacher and singer Jolene Dias and DRAG president Avelino de Sa on a floating wheelchair.Rustom Irani and Shama Noorani from Enable Travel dressed as a King Momo and Queen Momo and participated in the parade in their wheel-chairs.“I thank Goans for inviting me for participating in this marvellous carnival. I am coming to Goa for the third time, but this is the first time I am participating in the carnival and I love it so much,” an excited Mr. Irani told The Hindu. While it was also Ms. Noorani’s first time to the Carnival, she was participating because it was made accessible. “I am really excited,” she said. Mr. de Sa said that participation in this carnival parade for many people with a disability, especially wheel-chair-bound people who had an accessible pandal to sit and watch the parade from, was a “dream come true.” He thanked Goa Tourism and his partners Enable Travel and Ezy Mov for “making it a reality.”DRAG had also made special arrangements for a wheelchair accessible pandal for people with disability and the elderly to view the Miramar-Panaji Carnival parade.As the crowd cheered , King Momo, mythical king of the Carnival and his entourage led a colourful parade of floats from Miramar near here to Dona Paula. King Momo declared the mock decree of “Eat, Drink and Make Merry” during his “4-day reign”, to the chants of “Viva Carnival” from the huge crowd that had lined up for the Miramar parade route. The parade showcased diverse participants under various categories, displaying different themes and messages, including group walkers for visually impaired from National Association for the Blind. The floats highlighted various social, environmental, and wildlife issues. last_img read more

Spinal cord injury

first_imgA severe spinal cord injury often causes loss of feeling and paralysis, the loss of movement and voluntary control over the muscles in the body. Spinal cord damage also causes loss of reflex function below the point of injury interrupting bodily functions such as breathing, bowel control, and bladder control. In the event of a spinal injury prompt medical attention can help to minimize further spinal cord damage.Review Date:4/16/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.last_img