National Housing Policy in Sight

first_imgMr. Samuel Thompson, Managing Director of the Liberia National Housing Authority (NHA), has disclosed that with the help of consultants, for the first time in Liberia’s history, the NHA has among other things, produced a new draft National Housing Policy to guide projections for providing 512,000 housing units in Liberia by 2030, the target year for Liberia to have achieved middle-income status. That means, delivery of these dwellings would require a build rate of 30,000 new dwellings every year – for the next 17 years – if Liberia is to become a middle income country.“Clearly, the old approach of the NHA actually engaging in the direct provision of homes has not worked and cannot be expected to bridge the glaring deficit in decent and affordable housing,” an NHA statement signed by managing director, Samuel W. Thomason explained.Based on those ongoing development plans, the NHA says a two-day National Stakeholder’s Colloquium is scheduled for April 17-18, 2014 and is expected to bring together a wide range of participants from across Liberia to deliberate on the draft policy. Mr. Thompson says the policy draft would then be presented to the donor community, the cabinet and the Legislature for further review and input before being finalized for formal launching. The new National Housing Policy should provide a rational and holistic framework for passing new legislation, reforming existing organizations and creating new institutions to effectively address the significant housing needs of the country.   Hopefully, Mr. Thompson said, the exercise will also erase the misconception among both policy makers and the general public that the housing sector simply provides a social good.  Housing, he said, is known worldwide as a powerful engine for economic growth, job creation, and poverty reduction for large numbers of people, economic justice and expansion of the tax base.   Also, progress in the provision of decent, affordable housing also has a direct bearing on national security, “because it gives a larger number of families a reason to maintain peace and stability.” The NHA was established by an Act of the National Legislature to, among other things, join the overall growth and development of the Liberian economy by serving as an engine of economic growth, economic justice and individual upliftment of the citizens.However, a recent media report branded the Housing Autority a “failure”, an assertion which the NHA leadership says is unfounded. Mr. Thompson disclosed that his administration remains resolute toward meeting the country’s National Vision 2030 development framework and Agenda for Transformation that mandates the NHA to expand access to affordable housing for low income households in all counties. Based on that, in June 2012, the NHA in collaboration with the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), Ministry of Public Works, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Ministry of Planning developed a plan called “Program for the Construction of 5,000 Housing Units and Home Ownership for Low to Middle Income Earners,” which are yet to become fruitful due to other challenges the entity is faced with.So far, however, a US$10 Million low-interest, 10-year fund has been provided by the CBL to LBDI to lend for housing construction and mortgage loans.  Old and New Matadi residents are now tapping into these funds to purchase homes they were only occupying as tenants up to 2011. NASSCORP also provided an initial CSR funding of US$1 Million to acquire land and build the first 58 housing units and cover project management costs at the NHA Brewerville Housing Estate.  However, the NHA is still awaiting approval from the Ministry of Finance’s (MOF) Debt Management Committee for a proposal submitted in September, 2013 to borrow US$2 Million from the CBL funds to build an additional 100 housing units at Brewerville, which has a purported waiting list of almost 300 applicants to purchase homes at the Estate.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Davos: New kids on the blockchain

first_imgWith blockchain technology becoming more acceptable, the Global Blockchain Business Council hosted standing room-only events in Davos – a change from a year ago when the founding of GBBC received scant attention.Through the work of the GBBC “business leaders can learn what blockchain is and why they should care and how it can improve their business”. – Jamie Smith (Image: GBBC)Sulaiman PhilipThe theme for this year’s meeting of the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos was “Creating a shared future in a fractured world”, referring to the rise of nationalist and protectionist policies taking hold in governments across the globe.The disruption to traditional industries and high finance being caused by digital technology was also a concern for the attendees in Davos.The Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC) was launched at the WEF meeting in Davos last year without much fanfare. A year later, the association of business leaders interested in Bitcoin and blockchain solutions hosted some of the most popular sessions in Davos, focussing on business solutions and the role of technology in the future economy across sectors.Sessions with names like “Blockchain beyond Earth” and “Redefining human value” were on offer in pop-up venues for attendees who knew about blockchain solutions but not what that meant exactly. Jamie Smith, chief executive of the GBBC, had a simple explanation, as she told the BBC: “The original internet was created to move information, and it did. The information we send to each other, has to be actually stored somewhere, so it’s stored in databases.”The problem is that hackers are getting really good at beating the security systems put in place to protect that information. Recently, that information was stored in thousands of databases on server farms. Blockchain breaks those farms into thousands of separate pieces. “Instead of breaking into a house, now you have to break into a town or city full of houses.”GBBC hosted events in Davos were oversubscribed due to the growing interest in the technology. (Image: GBBC)What is blockchain?Blockchain has no one meaning, instead it covers a wide range of technologies and digital solutions. Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are the best known examples of a blockchain solution. At its simplest, blockchain is the shared archive technology that powers cryptocurrencies, but it also allows for encrypted data on anything from money to medical records. The benefit of this protected data is the technologies ability to update information instantly and inform all parties in real time.It is part of the ongoing process of digitisation, but it is also more than just speeding up making business processes more efficient. Blockchain redefines how buisness processes are designed and implemented. It has the power to redefine the way that lawyers, bankers, accountants and even governments do business by creating peer-to-peer channels.Education, not apprehensionThe GBBC’s purpose is to educate and advocate for the advancement of the blockchain ecosystem. It brings together thought leaders at roundtables like those organised in Davos to help business and governments understand how the technology will change the way business, and the business of government, is conducted.Valery Vavilov, CEO of the Bitfury Group, is one of the fouders of the GBBC and a leading advocate for blockchain technology. His company develops the circuit boards, chips and servers at the heart of blockchain technology and builds Bitcoin data centres.At Davos he was vocal in encouraging corporations to develop and incorporate the technology into their digital infrastructure. “Without the security provided by the computing power of the Bitcoin blockchain, the property prized most — immutability — is no longer a given and is just one hack away from someone corrupting not just identity information, but real value as well.”Smith told the BBC that GBBC’s presence was just the beginning of their campaign to educate leaders about blockchain and the future of finance. They will continue to provide forums where “business leaders can learn what blockchain is and why they should care and how it can improve their business”.What is making their work easier, she said, is the speed with which the technology is being adopted across the globe. Rwanda’s land registries are run using the technology and India is using it for their population database.How governments and business are re-learning how to manage data using blockchain technology was discussed at a GBBC hosted event in Davos. (Image: GBBC)Police forces and NGOs are looking at ways to use blockchain to prevent human trafficking. At the same time national health departments are using it to create reliable personal medical records. Commercial retail giant Walmart is embracing the technology to track its food imports from China. “Not  understanding [blockchain] is close to malpractice. The next generation will expect this kind of technology.”South African financial institutions have embraced blockchain technology because it makes online financial transactions more secure. Banks, including Rand Merchant Bank, ABSA, FirstRand, Standard Bank, Nedbank, and Capitec have come together to discuss the best way to adopt the technology in the South African market. As Farzam Ehsani, chair of the South African Financial Blockchain Consortium, explained to news website My Broadband in July 2017: “Consider fax machines or telephones – without a particular protocol or standard that allowed these devices to communicate with one another, they wouldn’t be very helpful. Blockchains are similar. They require all the participants in the network to agree on how to agree.”The consortium has developed an autonomus blockchain for the country called Springblock, that is hoped will be adopted for all finacial transactions. “We are exploring all aspects of what this technology can offer to better serve all South Africans,” Ehsani said.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Establishing new forage stands

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This month provides one of the two preferred times to seed perennial cool-season forages. The other preferred timing for cool-season grasses and legumes is in late summer, primarily the month of August here in Ohio. The relative success of spring vs. summer seeding of forages is greatly affected by the prevailing weather conditions, and so growers have success and failures with each option.Probably the two primary difficulties with spring plantings are finding a good window of opportunity when soils are dry enough before it gets too late, and managing weed infestations that are usually more difficult with spring plantings. The following steps will help improve your chances for successful forage establishment in the spring.Make sure soil pH and fertility are in the recommended ranges.  Follow the Tri-state Soil Fertility Recommendations (https://forages.osu.edu/forage-management/soil-fertility-forages) .  Forages are more productive where soil pH is above 6.0, but for alfalfa it should be 6.5 – 6.8. Soil phosphorus should be at least 15 ppm for grasses and 25 ppm for legumes, while minimum soil potassium in ppm should be 75 plus 2.5 x soil CEC. If seedings are to include alfalfa, and soil pH is not at least 6.5, it would be best to apply lime now and delay establishing alfalfa until late summer (plant an annual grass forage in the interim).Plant high quality seed of known varietal source adapted to our region. Planting “common” seed (variety not stated) usually proves to be a very poor investment, yielding less even in the first or second year and having shorter stand life.Plant as soon as it is possible to prepare a good seedbed in April. Try to finish seeding by late April in southern Ohio and by the first of May in northern Ohio. Timely April planting gives forage seedlings the best opportunity to get a jump on weeds and to be established before summer stress sets in. Weed pressure will be greater with later plantings, and they will not have as strong a root system developed by early summer when conditions often turn dry and hot.Plant into a good seedbed. The ideal seedbed for conventional seedings is smooth, firm, and weed-free. Don’t overwork the soil. Too much tillage depletes moisture and increases the risk of surface crusting. Firm the seedbed before seeding to ensure good seed-soil contact and reduce the rate of drying in the seed zone. Cultipackers and cultimulchers are excellent implements for firming the soil. If residue cover is more than 35% use a no-till drill. No-till seeding is an excellent choice where soil erosion is a hazard. No-till forage seedings are most successful on silt loam soils with good drainage and are more difficult on clay soils or poorly drained soils.Plant seed shallow (¼  to ½ inch deep) in good contact with the soil. Stop and check the actual depth of the seed in the field when you first start planting. This is especially important with no-till drills. In my experience, seeding some seed on the surface indicates most of the seed is about at the right depth.When seeding into a tilled seedbed, drills with press wheels are the best choice. When seeding without press wheels or when broadcasting seed, cultipack before and after dropping the seed, preferably in the same direction the seeder was driven.In fields with little erosion hazard, direct seedings without a companion crop in the spring allows harvesting two or three crops of high-quality forage in the seeding year, particularly when seeding alfalfa and red clover.For conventional seedings on erosion prone fields, a small grain companion crop can reduce the erosion hazard and will also help compete with weeds. Companion crops usually increase total forage tonnage in the seeding year, but forage quality will be lower than direct seeded legumes. Take the following precautions to avoid excessive competition of the companion crop with forage seedlings: (i) use early-maturing, short, and stiff-strawed small grain varieties, (ii) plant companion small grains at 1.5-2.0 bu/A, (iii) remove companion crop as early pasture or silage, and (iv) do not apply additional nitrogen to the companion crop.During the first 6 to 8 weeks after seeding, scout new seedings weekly for any developing weed or insect problems. Weed competition during the first six weeks is most damaging to stand establishment. Potato leafhopper damage on legumes in particular can be a concern beginning in late May to early June.The first harvest of the new seeding should generally be delayed until early flowering of legumes, unless weeds were not controlled adequately and are threatening to smother the stand. For pure grass seedings, generally harvest after 70 days from planting, unless weeds are encroaching in which case the stand should be clipped earlier to avoid weed seed production.last_img read more

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The RESNET Standard Becomes the New Ventilation Battleground

first_imgJust because I haven’t written about the jockeying over ventilation rates and strategies with the ASHRAE 62.2 committee doesn’t mean nothing’s going on. If you’ve been following the battle over this issue, you know that Joe Lstiburek, PhD, PE, got fed up with ASHRAE and introduced his own ventilation “standard” in 2013. Then the “Great Ventilation Debate” happened in Detroit, and he got back on the ASHRAE 62.2 committee.Stuff happened and now RESNET just put an interesting amendment out for public comment. Follow that?A brief history of the recent battleLet’s go over the recent history quickly because we want to get to the current state of affairs, right? (Plus I’m on an airplane that will be landing in an hour and then I’ve got to go watch the fireworks with my stepson. No, really. It’s the 4th of July.) So here’s my quick chronology.The 2010 version of the residential ventilation standard, ASHRAE 62.2, gets adopted for programs and codes. The simplified version of the rate is 1 cfm per 100 square feet of conditioned floor area (CFA) plus 7.5 cfm per person. (The number of people isn’t the actual number of people; it’s the number of bedrooms plus one.) Everyone’s happy, mostly.The 2013 version of ASHRAE 62.2 changes the first part of the calculation. It goes from 1 cfm per 100 square feet of CFA to 3 cfm per 100 square feet. The result is that the total rate nearly doubles. The natives become restless. Dr. Joe introduces BSC-01, his ventilation “standard.” (I put that in quotes because it’s not really a standard in the same sense that 62.2 is. There’s no consensus process or public comment behind it. Now that you know that, I’m going to drop the quotes, but you can do air quotes when you read it if you like.) It basically goes back to the 2010 rates of 62.2 but also includes credits to adjust the rate based on the ventilation strategy. The revolution has begun.At the 2014 Affordable Comfort conference in Detroit, the Great Ventilation Debate resulted in Dr. Joe becoming a member of the 62.2 committee again. Everyone sings Kumbaya. Got it? That’s where things were last time I wrote about this issue.The 62.2 committee discusses ratesIn 2014 I started going to the ASHRAE 62.2 committee meetings. The June meeting that year was in Seattle. Joe Lstiburek and Max Sherman spoke to each other, as you can see in the photo below (Image #2), but not much happened at that meeting.No, the first big move came at the 2015 meeting in Atlanta. There the committee voted on proposals to lower the ventilation rate and give a credit to balanced ventilation. The vote at the meeting was in favor of those proposals, but when absent committee members voted later, the proposals failed.At the 2016 meeting in St. Louis last month, the committee voted again on lowering the rate. They wanted to take the square footage part of the equation from 3 cfm per 100 square feet of CFA to 2.2 cfm per 100 square feet.Those in favor of higher rates made various arguments to support their reasoning, but none had any hard evidence behind them. Max Sherman made what I thought was the worst argument: He quoted the first ASHRAE president as saying, “Ventilation is next to godliness.” What he didn’t say was that in the 19th century, medical doctors often advised people to keep their homes closed up because they thought fresh air made people sick, so the big battle then was just to get any ventilation at all.When the committee voted, the result was 10 in favor of lowering the rate and 8 opposed. The motion failed because it needed a 2/3 majority to pass.Following that discussion, the committee considered a proposal to give a credit to ventilation systems that distributed the air throughout a home. The vote was similar. A majority voted for the credit, but not a 2/3 majority. It failed, too.Meanwhile, at the code hearings…While Lstiburek was trying to get his ideas adopted into the ASHRAE 62.2 standard, he was simultaneously working to get them adopted into the building code. The code hearings have to keep up with their three-year cycle of publishing updated codes. Since the 2015 codes came out, they’ve taken up the issue of ventilation rates.Through the 2015 IRC, the ventilation rate was set at the ASHRAE 62-1989 rate:0.35 air changes per hour but not less than 15 cfm/personLast year at the code hearings, that rate was updated to:(0.01 cfm/square foot of conditioned floor area) + (7.5 cfm/person)That’s basically the rate from the 2010 version of ASHRAE 62.2 and Lstiburek’s BSC-01. There’s no acknowledgment of the differences between ventilation strategies, though. It’s the same rate whether you do exhaust-only, supply-only, or balanced.This change has happened already. It has passed. It will be in the 2018 IRC/IECC.But there’s another part of the code that needs to be changed to realize the rate change fully. Three years ago, I wrote about something new that appeared in the last code cycle (the codes get updated every three years): The IECC adopted another compliance pathway. It’s a performance, as opposed to prescriptive, path and meeting the code is based on hitting a certain number on what they call the Energy Rating Index (ERI). That index is basically the same thing as the HERS Index and it’s in the 2015 IECC.But now the building code needs another change if they want the ERI to be calculated using the code-mandated ventilation rate rather than what RESNET says. The code has to make a change even if RESNET adopts the amendment described below because the code language for the ERI points to RESNET’s current standard. So, they’re working to fix that. The language to do so is:The ERI reference design ventilation rate shall be as specified by Equation 15-1 of Section M1507.3.3 of the International Residential Code.If it passes, that would mean the ERI will always be calculated based on the ventilation rate specified in the building code, not what RESNET or any other ERI organization specifies.RESNET’s sticky situationAnd now you know how the code change is connected to RESNET through the Energy Rating Index. That ties RESNET to the building codes pretty strongly. Actually, RESNET was bound to the code before the ERI because the HERS reference home is based on the 2004/2006 IECC.Recently, RESNET sent out a notice of a proposed amendment to the home energy rating standard. The changes mostly have to do with how the ventilation rate is calculated for the reference home, but there are a few other updates in there, too. If you download the proposed amendment, you’ll see that references to the 62.2-2013 rate are struck through and replaced with 0.01 x CFA + 7.5 x (Nbr+1) cfm.I asked Joe Lstiburek about the amendment, and he sent this response in an email:RESNET is currently in conflict with the IRC on ventilation. RESNET by referencing ASHRAE is setting a higher ventilation rate than the code. RESNET is in the ratings business, not in the business of setting ventilation rates. If other programs such as Energy Star or LEED want to set a ventilation rate in order to participate in their program, that is up to Energy Star or LEED. And RESNET should rate those houses accordingly. But in terms of rating standard newly constructed houses, RESNET should follow the code.If RESNET does not adopt this amendment then there is a high likelihood that the proposed IECC code change allowing RESNET to provide an alternative path for code compliance will lose at the Final Action Hearings in Kansas City in October unless the proposed code change is modified to bring it into compliance with the IRC. Building officials do not like third-party groups setting important code changes such as ventilation rates that the building officials do not get to approve as part of their code process.Additionally, the current language penalizes balanced ventilation in favor of exhaust ventilation. This is a bad precedent. Better ventilation systems are penalized in favor of poor ventilation systems. RESNET raters are aware of this as are builders and both are gaming the ratings system. Balanced system get rating point hits as compared to exhaust-only systems.He’s right, and there’s an important point in here that often trips people up. I got confused about it myself when I was new to the home energy rating field. A HERS rating is just an analysis. There are no thresholds you have to meet to “pass” anything. It’s supposed to be an objective look at the energy use of a house compared to a “reference home.”That’s what Lstiburek is saying in the first paragraph above. The reference home, by definition, is supposed to be based on the code. Now that the code and ASHRAE 62.2 have parted ways, RESNET has to make a choice: Do they want to stick with the building code, as they should? Or will they follow a ventilation standard that’s not being used much? I’m in favor of sticking with the code.If you’d like to learn more about the RESNET amendment or to make a comment, go to the RESNET page for this amendment. Once there, you can read the comments that have already been posted.SummaryThe building code has changed the ventilation rate required in new homes. They’re working on getting the calculation for the ERI based on the new code-required ventilation rate. If RESNET wants the HERS Index to qualify as an ERI, they need to make a change, too. Here are the three scenarios:If the code language above gets adopted and RESNET passes its amendment, the ERI will be based on the new IRC ventilation rate and the HERS Index will be the same as the ERI.If the code amendment passes but RESNET’s doesn’t, RESNET will have to make changes to calculate the ERI separately from the HERS Index. They might need to have separate calculations anyway for programs and jurisdictions that use different ventilation rates.If the code language above does not pass, the ERI path probably won’t be as appealing to builders because they’ll take a hit in ERI points for meeting code instead of ASHRAE 62.2-2013.Isn’t it fun to get into the world of ventilation standards and codes! But guess what? This isn’t new. Here’s a quote from the book Ventilation and Heating by John Shaw Billings, M.D.:“It is in the determination of [the ventilation rate] that the young architect or engineer is likely to find his chief difficulties, owing to the great divergence of opinion among the authorities to whom he will probably refer for guidance.”That was written in 1893. As it says in the Bible, there’s nothing new under the sun. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, building science consultant, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. Check out his in-depth course, Mastering Building Science at Heatspring Learning Institute, and follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. RELATED ARTICLESHow Much Fresh Air Does Your Home Need?Ventilation Rates and Human HealthDesigning a Good Ventilation System Resistance May NOT Be Futile in the Residential Ventilation WarsAn Interview with Dr. Joseph Lstiburek ASHRAE 62.2 Committee Chair Defends Ventilation StandardWhat is the Deal with Ventilation Requirements? GBA Encyclopedia: Ventilation Choices Just Right and Airtight Unintended Consequences Sucklast_img read more

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Timberwolves waive oft-injured center Nikola Pekovic

first_imgLATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Nikola Pekovic. APMINNEAPOLIS — Nikola Pekovic’s combination of size and strength made him a productive and popular player early in his career with the Minnesota Timberwolves.He just may have been too big for his own good.ADVERTISEMENT Sixers like Fultz first, Lakers eye Ball as NBA draft looms Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken He had Achilles tendon surgery on his right foot in 2015 as a last-ditch effort to revive his career, but the pain returned. He spent most of last season in Montenegro.Pekovic still has one year remaining on this contract, but the team was able to work out an arrangement so that they can gain some salary cap relief heading into free agency, an important step for a team that wants to be aggressive in adding veterans to a young core that won just 31 games last season. What ‘missteps’? 1 dead in Cavite blast, firecenter_img MOST READ Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The Timberwolves waived Pekovic on Tuesday (Wednesday Manila time), likely ending a career that was derailed by foot and ankle problems over the past three seasons. Pekovic missed all of last season and played only 12 games the previous season, a disappointing development for a player that was on his way to being one of the most effective centers in the league when he signed a five-year, $60 million contract in 2013.The 6-foot-11, 307-pound native of Montenegro was coming off a season in which he averaged 16.3 points and 8.8 rebounds and formed a formidable pick-and-roll tandem with Ricky Rubio. He was limited to 54 games in the first season of his new deal, but still averaged 17.5 points and 8.7 rebounds that season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCalled “The Godfather” for his menacing appearance on the court, Pekovic was a fan favorite. Affable off the court, he remained a popular figure with his teammates, who desperately missed his toughness and efficiency over the past couple of seasons.The chronic foot issues really started to set in during the 2014-15 season, when he played in just 31 games. The Timberwolves and Pekovic tried numerous methods to address the problems, including surgeries, diets and different workout regimens. In the end, nothing worked. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide View commentslast_img read more

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Lava launches 3G calling tablet IvoryS at Rs 8499

first_imgIndian handset maker Lava has announced the launch of its IvoryS tablet for Rs 8,499.In a press release, the company said, “17.78cm (7.0-inch) Lava IvoryS is an extremely stylish and sleek device weighing only 300 grams to make it highly portable and convenient to use. It is packed with enhanced features making it a perfect choice for youngsters and working professionals who like to have a device having great design and at the same time, like to enjoy on-the-go connectivity, entertainment and longer usage at an affordable price.”The Lava IvoryS comes with 7.0-inch multi touch capacitive display having  a  resolution of 1024×600 pixels.  It is powered by a MT8312 1.3 GHz dual core processor and Mali 400 GPU clocked at 416 MHz. The device has 1-GB of RAM and 4-GB of internal memory that is expandable upto 32 GB. It offers dual SIM (3G+2G) capabilities and runs on out-of-the-box Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.Lava IvoryS sports a 3.2-megapixelrear camera with flash for low light images and a VGA front camera for 3G video-calling. It packs a 2,800 mAh battery which, as company claims,  will provide up to 200 hours of standby time and 8 hours of talk time. On the connectivity options, it supports Wi-fi, Bluetooth, USB tethering, GPRS and EDGE.It comes preloaded with apps and games like Opera, Hungama Music App, WhatsApp, PayTM, EA games.Speaking about IvoryS, S.N. Rai, Co-founder and Director, LAVA International said, “We are very happy to announce the launch of our latest sleek and affordable offering, IvoryS, 17.78cm (7.0) tablet which is an extension of our Ivory Series. IvoryS is especially designed for youngsters and young working professionals to engage them with stylish product that meets their requirements of entertainment and connectivity at an affordable price.”advertisementPriced at Rs. 8,499, Lava IvoryS comes in grey and white colours and will be available across national retail chain stores, multi-brand outlets and online stores.last_img read more

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a month agoOgbonna: West Ham players not about money and flash cars

first_imgOgbonna: West Ham players not about money and flash carsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham defender Angelo Ogbonna says there’s excitement amongst the players about what they can achieve this season.The calibre of the players themselves at West Ham has also gone up. New £50million striker Sebastian Haller has netted in each of the club’s last two Premier League wins.“We are blessed because we not only have good players but good people. Diop. Rice, Fredericks. Some players go out and they buy cars and spend money. These players are West Ham are humble with their feet on the ground.”Ogbonna is equally respectful of Monday’s hosts Aston Villa, despite defeats in three of their four League games so far.“It will be a tough game,” he told the Mirror. “A game for us to see how far we have come.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoBarcelona crisis; players admit ‘opponents do not respect us anymore’

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona crisis; players admit ‘opponents do not respect us anymore’by Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona captain Leo Messi was furious after their shock defeat to Granada.The game marked the Argentine’s first appearance in the LaLiga, but his presence made little difference.After the 2-0 defeat, Messi could be heard in the away locker room raising his voice.Another player was also heard, rapping: “We played less well than at Anfield. Opponents do not respect us anymore. “We have become a team that plays without soul.” last_img read more

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a month ago​Man City midfielder Fernandinho: Let’s see how I perform against attacking teams

first_img​Man City midfielder Fernandinho: Let’s see how I perform against attacking teamsby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Fernandinho is not getting carried away regarding his centre-back performances.The defensive midfielder has needed to move further back in the starting lineup, given injuries to Aymeric Laporte and John Stones.But he knows that despite two wins and clean sheets against Shakhtar Donetsk and Watford, there are many tougher tests to come.”I’m still in an adaptation process,” he said to reporters.”It’s something new for me although I did know since the end of last season that playing as a centre-back was a possibility.”I’ve started training it from the beginning of this season so it’s still new, but I’m trying to learn from that experience.”The way we play makes it a bit easier because we keep the ball with us most minutes.”But when an opponent attacks more through crosses or behind-the-line runs… let’s see how I’m going to perform.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Results of Ticket Amnesty to be Announced Shortly

first_imgThe results of the recently concluded traffic ticket amnesty are currently being evaluated by the Ministry of National Security. Portfolio Minister, Hon. Peter Bunting, said an assessment of the exercise, which ran between July and December 2012, is being undertaken, adding that an announcement on the matter will be made shortly. He was speaking at Thursday’s (January 10) weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Liguanea Plains held at the Eden Gardens complex, St. Andrew. The six-month amnesty provided for motorists to settle unpaid tickets issued prior to September 2010, with no additional fees or penalties incurred, once payment is made in full. The exercise is reported to have netted some $340 million in outstanding payments for fines imposed for breaches of the Road Traffic Act.     Mr. Bunting said the record of payments made “whether at the tax offices or the courts,” will be updated and “we will do an assessment of where we are”, before the announcement is made. Regarding motorists, who did not conclude the process before the amnesty’s expiration, Mr. Bunting assured that no bench warrants for arrests will be enforced for the time being, adding that “hopefully, in another week or two, we will make an announcement”.last_img read more

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