South Korean major LG took the wraps off its next flagship phone, aka the V30, on Thursday ahead of IFA 2017 in Berlin. The V30, which is successor to last year’s audio-centric phone, the V20, comes with an unusual 18:9 Full Vision display — instead of a regular 16:9 – much like the G6. This means that the V30 is not only an audio-centric phone, it is video-centric as well. The V30 will be available in as many as four colour options: Aurora Black, Cloud Silver, Moroccan Blue, and Lavender Violet.Although LG hasn’t revealed pricing of the phone, the V30 will be available for buying — at least in Korea — starting from September 21 with other regions, including India, to follow. It is a high-end phone so we can totally expect it to be priced above Rs 50,000 in India.The launch of the V30 comes just days after Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note 8, its big flagship phone. In the market, the V30 will be facing some tough competition from the Note 8 which belongs to a series that has always been received favorably by consumers. Just like the V30, the Galaxy Note 8 too is a fully-loaded phone so the competition between these two phones is going to be interesting. Also, by the time the V30 hits the market in late September, we will also have the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 7S Plus out. The V30 will also face tough challenge from the Apple iPhones, although it may sport a price that may make it relatively more affordable compared to the iPhone 8. advertisementThe USP of the V30 much like the G6, according to LG, is its “big screen that fits.” The phone comes with ridiculously slim bezels allowing the display to take up over 80 per cent of its front side: a concept also seen in Xiaomi’s futuristic Mi Mix and Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. LG has so far stayed clear of using an OLED panel (not strictly though as the forgettable G Flex 2 did house one) but all this changes now with the V30. The V30 is LG’s first true flagship phone from LG, in a long time, to come with a curved OLED — called Full Vision by the company — display which is also HDR 10-ready. In simple words, the LG V30 is a phone with screen that is right up there at the cutting-edge of the technology. The V30 is not only an audio-centric phone, it is video-centric as well. And it comes with dual cameras But, more importantly, the V30 is also compatible with Google’s Daydream virtual reality platform. As per Google’s Android Compatibility Definition Document (CDD) for Android 7.0 Nougat, a Daydream VR-ready phone’s “display must support a low-persistence mode with less than or equal to 5 ms persistence. Although Google doesn’t specifically demand an OLED display as a requisite for Daydream the requirement for low persistency (and low latency) invariably means that only phones with an OLED panel and not an LCD panel qualify for Daydream. The V30, as a result, supports Daydream VR out-of-the-box. Google has further announced that its recently announced ARCore will be coming to the V30 in the days to come. The LG V30 also launches with Android Nougat but it is expected that it the coming months the phone may get the Android Oreo update. The V30 has a 6-inch QHD+ 18:9 Full Vision display with a 2880×1400 pixel resolution, which roughly translates to 538ppi and this when combined with LG’s Android 7.1.2 Nougat-based UX software will allow users to run apps in two perfectly square windows side-by-side. The feature, which seems to be a gradual progression of Android 7.0’s split-screen multitasking capabilities, has been extended to the camera software as well. Much like it is in the LG G6.Also Read: LG Q6 review: Honey, I shrunk the G6Speaking of camera, the LG V30 comes with a dual camera system on the rear, consisting of one 16-megapixel standard angle (f/1.6 aperture) and one 13-megapixel 120 degrees wide angle (f/1.9 aperture) lens. LG is touting the V30’s rear camera system as the world’s first camera system to ship with an aperture of f/1.6 which should technically entail in outstanding low light photography because it may help the phone capture more light. In addition, the dual camera system on-board the V30 uses crystal clear glass lens instead of plastic and that should also aid in better photos.On the front, the V30 sports a 5-megapixel camera with a “wide” 90-degree field of view.Inside the LG there is powerful core hardware. The LG V30 is powered by a top-of-the-line Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor paired with 4GB of RAM. It comes with 64 and 128GB of internal memory which is further expandable via a micro-SD card slot. It is backed by a 3,300mAh battery with support for both fast and wireless charging.advertisementUnlike its predecessor, the V30 dumps LG’s trademark secondary ticker screen for a floating bar feature that can be customized to fit up to five apps for easy access. There’s an always-on display feature and a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC for immersive audio. The V30 also supports Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) technology for high-resolution audio streaming.On the outside, the V30 comes with a ‘minimalist’ design, much like the G6, consisting of Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and metal, and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. Additionally, the V30 is also dust and water resistant – IP68-certified – as also MIL-STD-810G certified so it can technically survive harsh environment.Also Read: LG V20 Review: Android Nougat supercharged
Australian skipper Steve Smith has rubbished claims of ‘captain’s calls’ and favouring his teammates when it comes to national selection, saying the accusations were ‘absolute garbage’.Smith’s comments came as the selection looms over the highly-anticipated Ashes Test series against England, beginning on November 23 at Gabba in Brisbane.The 28-year-old, who is not a part of Australia’s three-man selection panel for Test and ODI cricket, came under fire when some of the former players claimed that he had too much of a say in the national selection.Strongly refuting the claims made by the former cricketers, Smith insisted that he was not a selector, but he certainly expressed his views regarding the team.”I’m not a selector, but I certainly speak to the selectors a lot and express my views. All this rubbish about me picking my mates, it’s absolute garbage. I certainly don’t agree with that,” cricket.com.au quoted Smith, as saying.Last week, Smith had admitted that he did have an involvement in NSW’s decision to leave out veteran Ed Cowan and rope in Test aspirant Daniel Hughes from the Sheffield Shield opening match against South Australia.While Cowan had praised Smith for delivering an honest feedback regarding his axing, he admitted that the skipper had to live and die by selection decisions that are made with his input.Though Smith has bristled at the suggestion, he asserted that he was unconcerned about the claims.”People can say what they like. I’ll read it, but it doesn’t bother me. I’ll just get on with it,” Smith said.advertisementAustralia’s selection panel, which was revamped in March this year, comprises of coach Darren Lehmann, Trevor Hohns and Greg Chappell for Test and ODI cricket, while Mark Waugh and Hohns look after the T20 side.
The Touch Football South Australia (TFSA) State Cup will be held this Sunday, 2 December at the TFSA Playing Fields in Adelaide. Teams from City Touch, Mallee and Adelaide University will battle it out in the Mixed division, with games to commence at 10.00am. For more information, please visit the TFSA State Cup website – www.sastatecup.mytouchfooty.com To keep in touch with Touch Football South Australia on State Cup day, please join them on their Facebook and Twitter pages:Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballSA Twitter – www.twitter.com/TouchFootballSA Related Links2012 SA State Cup
Updated Bracket Round 1 CompleteThe NCAA Tournament has been nothing but spectacular thus far, and we’re only through the first round of action. While Thursday brought a number of upsets – including two 12-seeds knocking off 5-seeds, it had nothing on Friday. For the first time in NCAA Tournament history, a 13-seed, a 14-seed and a 15-seed all won on the same day. And that was before all of the insanity that went down just after midnight.In the second round, we have some incredible matchups. Yale vs. Duke. Kansas vs. UConn. Iowa vs. Villanova. And of course, Kentucky vs. Indiana.Here’s an updated look at the bracket. By the time you’re back at work on Monday, it’ll be trimmed down to the Sweet 16.As a reminder, there are eight contests slated for Saturday. Here they are, in order:(3) Miami vs. (11) Wichita State: 12:10 PM ET(4) Duke vs. (12) Yale: 2:40 PM ET(4) Kentucky vs. (5) Indiana: 5:15 PM ET(4) Iowa State vs. (12) Arkansas Little-Rock: 6:10 PM ET(1) Virginia vs. (9) Butler: 7:10 PM ET(1) Kansas vs. (9) UConn: 7:45 PM ET(3) Utah vs. (11) Gonzaga: 8:40 PM ET(1) North Carolina vs. (9) Providence: 9:40 PM ETLet’s hope round two is as exciting as round one.
TORONTO – None of Canada’s TSX 60 companies were headed by a woman and two-thirds did not include a single woman among top earners during their latest fiscal year, reveals a Canadian Press analysis of corporate Canada’s highest ranks.Despite pressure to improve gender equality in Canadian workplaces — and a myriad of initiatives and corporate pledges to boost female representation — top-earning women continue to be paid less than their male counterparts, while the number holding the powerful management roles of chief executive officer and chief financial officer has shrunk compared to five years ago.Among the companies on the TSX 60 index, a cross-section of the largest and most heavily-traded Canadian stocks, none listed a woman as its chief executive officer in its most recent compensation disclosure. Just three had a woman as CFO. That compared to one CEO and eight CFOs in 2012.Less than eight per cent of the top paid management roles were held by women.Only 25 women were among a total of 312 named executive officers (NEO) — defined by regulators as a company’s most highly compensated roles — in the latest management information circulars of TSX 60 companies, which, like all Canadian public firms, are required to disclose a list of NEOs each year. The findings on NEO compensation include salaries as well as other forms of compensation such as share-based awards, incentive plans and pensions.The Canadian Press analysis paints a bleak picture of a corporate landscape in which women remain a significant minority, and those in the upper ranks are paid an average 64 cents for every dollar earned by the average male NEO. That’s even more dismal than the average of 74 cents for every dollar of annual salary made by men among the entire working population, according to the most recent Statistics Canada data.Over the last year, the Me Too movement, which began as a reaction to allegations of sexual harassment and assault against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, has become the latest iteration of a long-standing drive for equality for women in the workplace.Many women in corporate Canada are hopeful the recent attention has sparked a broader conversation that will expose the unseen barriers women face when climbing the corporate ladder and fuel the push for gender parity, according to dozens of women in senior management roles and corporate governance experts who spoke to The Canadian Press.“I can’t remember anything in the last 15 years that has sent such strong shock waves through corporate Canada,” said Charlene Ripley, general counsel and an executive vice-president at mining company Goldcorp Inc.“This Me Too movement has been a catalyst to shock people into awareness of so many issues, when it comes to bad culture.”And yet, the C-suite remains a domain largely occupied by men.Two-thirds, or 40 of the TSX 60 index of influential companies, did not cite any women NEOs in 2017 disclosures. (Loblaws Companies Ltd. and parent George Weston Ltd. are both listed on the TSX 60, and both cite Sarah Davis, president of Loblaw, as an NEO.) That figure is little changed from 2012 data, though the analysis of that year was limited to 59 firms because oil and gas heavyweight Nexen was delisted after being acquired and did not put out an NEO list.“I am surprised that there has been no movement,” said Janice Fukakusa, former chief administrative officer and chief financial officer of the Royal Bank of Canada and one of the few women on the list of NEOs.“The only way you can increase participation is for women to look up and see themselves represented. So, this is not a good statistic for us.”Over the past five years, 36 per cent, or 116 men who were deemed NEOs in 2012 were still on the influential list in 2017, while just six women remained in the elite group five years later, representing 30 per cent.The eye-opening data suggests the efforts to accelerate gender diversity haven’t yielded the desired results, said Camilla Sutton, president and chief executive of Women in Capital Markets.“If you took the pulse of the nation, in terms of the change that’s happened versus the change that the data suggests, I don’t think that would be correlated at all,” she reflected on the analysis.“The data would suggest that we’ve gone backwards, on many measures.”The analysis also makes apparent that the long-standing gender wage gap is a problem even for women at the top of their game.In 2017, the average total compensation for female NEOs was $3.24 million, compared to $5.08 million for men — a difference of 36 per cent. That’s a slight improvement from the 38 per cent gap in 2012.The disparity is even wider among the earners at the very top.The highest paid male NEO, auto parts maker Magna International Inc.’s president and chief executive Donald Walker, received a total compensation package worth $25.54 million.Meanwhile, the highest paid female NEO, Marianne Harrison, Manulife Financial’s president and chief executive of the insurer’s U.S. division, was paid $5.96 million. Harrison declined to comment for this story.A dozen women on the NEO list who spoke to The Canadian Press suggested a range of reasons for why they think women still lag behind men in terms of representation and compensation.They pointed to an overreliance on the ‘old boys’ club’ for executive searches, an unwillingness within some companies to challenge cultural norms that have left women out of top jobs, little workplace support for women, as well as a lack of confidence and risk-taking among women.Nora Duke, an executive vice-president of sustainability at electric utility holding company Fortis Inc. who is among the women on the list, believes there are few women in prominent roles because of the time it takes for leadership positions to become available and women to rise to a level that makes them attainable.“I don’t think (companies) necessarily choose to discriminate against women, but I think there are some natural biases,” she said, noting that many organizations are packed with men in leadership roles, who have worked together for years.“It is a comfortable situation and you just tend to continue in that format, until you really make a point of thinking differently about it… I think it is this concept of unconscious bias.”The Canadian Press reached out to all of the TSX 60 companies who did not list any women NEOs to ask why.Companies that responded said women are better represented in senior leadership roles and on their boards of directors than in their corporate management suite. The firms also pointed to various ongoing and new initiatives to further foster diversity in their highest ranks and on their board, and public pledges to do so. Eight companies declined to respond, and six did not respond to multiple requests for comment.Still, the executive women interviewed by The Canadian Press felt that the lack of women in the companies’ upper ranks makes it harder for those climbing the career ladder to picture themselves at the top, and gives women less of a voice at the executive table to help shape the corporate culture.While the Me Too movement is centred on the sexual misconduct and harassment women face, there is an optimism that its momentum can help propel progress on other fronts, including inclusion in the corner office and equal pay.“It really does give women that empowerment to speak up, about even things like staffing decisions … There is a broader good that’s happening,” said Fukakusa, now the chair of the board of the Canada Infrastructure Bank.Changes will come, albeit slowly, many women agreed.Goldcorp’s Ripley said she is disappointed that she is among the few women to reach the elite levels of TSX 60 companies.“I am hopeful that in the coming years there will be more women on the list,” she added.“But there is a long way to go.”—With files from Zaid Noorsumar
WHISTLER, B.C. – Communities from across the Peace Region were recognized by the provincial government at the annual Union of B.C. Municipalities conference in Whistler for their climate leadership as the Province dished out over $7 million from the Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program.There were seven communities in Northeast B.C. that received a cumulative total of just over $318,000 in funds through CARIP this year.Fort St. John received $101,051, while Dawson Creek received $77,301. Other communities and their totals are listed below: Chetwynd: $31,476Tumbler Ridge: $26,585Taylor: $18,863Pouce Coupe: $3,854Northern Rockies Regional Municipality: $59,439“Local governments are taking significant strides to address climate change,” said Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Selina Robinson. “A record number are measuring their emissions this year, and we’re here to support communities that are advancing initiatives and innovations that make life better for people by protecting our environment.”The government also announced that both Dawson Creek and the Peace River Regional District were two out of 45 local governments in B.C. that achieved carbon-neutrality in 2017.Since the Province began requiring local governments to tally their carbon footprints in 2012, Dawson Creek has achieved carbon-neutrality every single year, while the PRRD was officially carbon-neutral in 2015 and 2017.“Local governments in British Columbia are integral partners in meeting our climate action goals, showing tremendous leadership and commitment,” said George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. “I welcome the communities who have achieved carbon neutrality for the first time this year. Our government is focused on seeing strong, sustainable and clean economic growth that makes life better for people living in B.C.”Demonstrating a provincewide commitment to addressing climate action at the community level, 187 out of 190 local governments have signed on to the B.C Climate Action Charter.
Tokyo: More than 600,000 Japanese people over 40 are living in complete isolation from society, staying at home for more than six months without social interaction, the government estimated on Friday. The phenomenon is so widespread in Japan it even has its own name — hikikomori — defined as someone who does not go to school or work for six months and does not interact with anyone outside their family during that time. A government survey published on Friday estimated there were 613,000 hikikomori aged between 40 and 64, nearly three-quarters of whom were male. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”The number was bigger than we had imagined. Hikikomori isn’t an issue only for younger people,” a Cabinet Office official in charge of the survey said. Until recently, it was thought to be an issue mainly affecting teenagers and people in their 20s but ageing Japan is seeing a growing number of middle aged hikikomori cloistering themselves away for longer periods of time. Around half of those included in the survey had been reclusive for more than seven years, the government said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe figure is higher than the estimated number of hikikomori under the age of 39, thought to be around 541,000 according to a similar government survey published in 2016. Many of the hikikomori are thought to be financially dependant on their ageing parents. Rika Ueda, who works for a non-profit group that supports parents of hikikomori children, said she was not surprised by the survey. “The government data backs our own survey showing there are many older hikikomori,” Ueda said. “But we were unaware that there are those in their 60s,” she said.
Ohio State then-redshirt sophomore tight end Rashod Berry (13) shakes off a defender while running the ball in the third quarter of the Ohio State-UNLV game on Sep. 23. Ohio State won 54- 21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State doesn’t have much room to complain about the year-to-year cycle of losing and replacing players. Massive turnover is just part of the cycle as a college football program — and given their recruiting prowess, the Buckeyes have it easy. That does not mean things always run smoothly.A large base of high-level talent means the program loses players to the NFL every year. The coaches have pressure to turn first-year starters into NFL-caliber players. And while coaching and developing those athletes, the staff must prepare for the future by recruiting against the nation’s top teams.The cycle often changes. Last year, the Buckeyes had several second-year players at key positions. They entered the season returning its starting quarterback, an All-American center, a bookend left tackle, the deepest defensive end group in the country and an experienced group of linebackers.But as spring wraps up, Ohio State once again is in the position of relying on a smattering of first-year players to step up into roles in which they are relied to be major contributors. That, of course, begins at the quarterback position, but extends elsewhere. Out went J.T. Barrett, Rimington Trophy winning center Billy Price, first-team All-Big Ten left tackle Jamarco Jones and tight end Marcus Baugh, a two-year starter.Ohio State then-freshman defensive end Chase Young (2) attempts to take down Michigan State quarterback Brian Lewerke (10) in the second half of the Ohio State-Michigan State game on Nov. 11. Ohio State won 48-3. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorDefensive ends Tyquan Lewis, Sam Hubbard and Jalyn Holmes, along with defensive tackle Tracy Sprinkle, are gone. Behind them, the defense lost its leader in linebacker Chris Worley and two-year starting linebacker Jerome Baker. Safety Damon Webb and cornerback Denzel Ward also have left the team.The Buckeyes will likely have first-year starters at tight end, center, right tackle, defensive end, defensive tackle, linebacker, safety and cornerback. The large amount of new starters is not necessarily a bad thing to head coach Urban Meyer, who preaches competition — even at quarterback.“There’s zero stress, minimal stress when you have great players that are competing,” Meyer said on March 5.Despite the anticipation that Ohio State will rely heavily on unproven players, optimism about the situation is not hard to find. Because the Buckeyes have recruited better than ever before, the expectation exists that former five-star recruits and four-star prospects will step into primary roles in the fall.Several former five-star prospects — sophomores defensive end Chase Young, linebacker Baron Browning and cornerbacks Jeffrey Okudah and Shaun Wade — will compete for open spots, along with many four-stars and a few three-stars. Even when a former three-star prospect — like sophomore Thayer Munford, who is penciled in as the starting right tackle — grabs a spot, he is seen as a worthy starter because he beat out highly regarded recruits for the role.The expectation also differs by position. Not only are Okudah and Wade former five-stars, but they play a position at which Ohio State has had immense success. Whoever wins the starting center role — Brady Taylor, Josh Myers or Matt Burrell — will feel massive pressure in replacing Ohio State’s second consecutive Rimington winner. That is especially true on the defensive line, historically a position group of strength that does not just hope to have a major impact, but views that as a necessity.Ohio State freshman cornerback Jeffrey Okudah (29) breaks up a pass in the fourth quarter of the 2017 Cotton Bowl against University of Southern California on Dec. 29 in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Ohio State won 24-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo Editor“I think the standard’s been set,” Meyer said. “We just can’t drop below that.”But not everyone pans out, which often gets forgotten. Redshirt junior cornerbacks Kendall Sheffield and Damon Arnette, junior wideouts Austin Mack and Binjimen Victor and redshirt senior linebacker Dante Booker slid into starting roles with opportunities to take advantage with big seasons. Though none completely failed in their roles, none significantly broke through. So while Ohio State should be confident in redshirt junior tight end Rashod Berry, sophomore safety Isaiah Pryor and redshirt sophomore defensive end Jonathon Cooper taking a step forward, a cautiously optimistic attitude might be the best approach.This situation is not new for Ohio State. Nor is it unfamiliar to Meyer. And sometimes, despite the lack of experience, a fresh group of talent works well.In 2014, the last time Meyer returned to Columbus with a national-championship trophy, the Buckeyes’ core consisted of first-year players in key positions. In his first season as the starter, Barrett tossed passes to first-year starter Michael Thomas and handed the ball off to first-year starter Ezekiel Elliott. A bevy of first-year starters — Darron Lee, Vonn Bell, Tyvis Powell, Steve Miller and Eli Apple — helped turn the defense into a feared unit.In a sport with more than 130 teams at the Division I level, it might seem insane to see a national championship berth — or, at the very least, a College Football Playoff appearance — as an expectation. But Meyer did not just earn a $1.2 million raise to view a New Year’s Six bowl game as a success. Ohio State did not make offensive coordinator Ryan Day and defensive coordinator Greg Schiano the first two million-dollar assistant coaches in program history with the goal of anything other than a national championship.In order to raise the level of play to that level, the Buckeyes must ensure a high level of play from their first-year starters.
The new Spain head coach Fernando Hierro has defended David de Gea and gave him a huge vote of confidence after his mistake that gave Portugal a thrilling 3-3 draw in their World Cup opener on Friday.The Manchester United goalkeeper allowed Ronaldo’s shot to slip through his grasp to land into the net. But Hierro went ahead to defend him after the game, saying via SkySport:“We’re not going to point the finger of blame at anyone,”Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“Of course there are moments when things don’t go as well but we know what we want, and what we are asking our players and everyone is to see us as a team.“We don’t have any doubts about De Gea and he doesn’t have any doubts about himself either. I gave him a long embrace, we know that being a goalkeeper requires special psychology and is a difficult position to play in.“He has had lots of good days. We are a family, we are a team, and we stick together.”