Interactions of water, ice nucleators and desiccation in invertebrate cold survival

first_imgFour case studies are used to examine the relationships of water, ice nucleators and desiccation in the cold survival of invertebrates and the viability of frozen plant material: the freeze intolerant Antarctic springtail Cryptopygus antarcticus (Willem) (Collembola, Isotomidae), the freeze tolerant larvae of the fly Heleomyza borealis Boh. (Diptera: Heleomyzidae), the freeze intolerant Arctic springtail Onychiurus arcticus (Tullberg) (Collembola, Onychiuridae) and meristems of the currant Ribes ciliatum Humb. & Bonpl.(Grossulariaceae) from Mexico. Prevention of ice nucleation, lowering the water content by removal of osmotically active (freezable) water are critical features of the different cold survival strategies of the three species of invertebrates. In C. antarcticus, which desiccates rapidly by losing water via the cuticle to the atmosphere, the number of ice nucleators (and their activity) increases with lowered ambient temperature. During prolonged cold exposure ice nucleators are masked, but re-activated rapidly by water uptake in this species. Larval H. borealis do not readily desiccate and conserve their body water, 20-25% of it being bound (osmotically inactive). Experiments showed that a high proportion (c. 80%) of slowly cooled larvae survived exposure to -60degreesC. By comparison O. arcticus is able to sustain up to 40% loss of its body water and desiccation lowers its supercooling point to promote over winter survival. Dehydration leading to partial vitrification of currant (R. ciliatum) meristems improves their viability after cryopreservation in liquid nitrogen. From this comparison of four biological systems, it is concluded that the role of water and its activity at sub-zero temperatures are fundamental to the survival of freezing conditions by all the species studied. Although similar features exist in the four systems, no common basic mechanism was found.last_img read more

Greggs names new chief exec

first_imgGreggs has appointed Ken McMeikan – currently retail director at Sainsbury’s – to be chief executive of the group. He will join the board of the bakery giant on June 1.Sir Michael Darrington will retire at the end of July after 24 years as managing director of Greggs but will remain on the board as a non-executive director. Announcing McMeikan’s appointment, Greggs chairman Derek Netherton said: “When we began the process to find a successor to Mike Darrington we recognised that he would be an extremely hard act to follow. We are therefore delighted to have found in Ken McMeikan a person with the right mix of abilities and personal qualities to lead the business in the next stage of its development.”Netherton added that McMeikan’s “considerable retailing experience” would “greatly complement the skills and expertise that already exist within the Greggs senior team”.McMeikan, 42, joined Sainsbury’s in 2005 after a short period as chief executive of Tesco Japan. Previously he had spent 14 years in operational roles with Tesco, becoming chief executive of the Europa Foods convenience store business following its acquisition in 2002, with responsibility for integrating it into the Tesco Express format.Netherton also paid tribute to Sir Michael for “his outstanding contribution to the considerable growth and development of the business over the last 25 years, and particularly for his strong and unflagging leadership”.Sir Michael welcomed McMeikan’s appointment and said his experience would “prove particularly relevant and helpful in progressing the development of Greggs as a much more unified and customer-focused national brand”.last_img read more

Wendy’s CEO lectures on brand relevance

first_imgThe Wendy’s Company President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Emil Brolick spoke Friday in the first installment of the annual “Boardroom Insights” lecture series sponsored by the Mendoza College of Business.With nearly three decades of experience, Brolick has done work that includes marketing, brand leadership and product development in companies such as Yum, A&W, Long John Silver’s, Taco Bell and The Wendy’s Company. His lecture Friday explored the idea of “brand relevance” and ways in which the actions of brand leaders affect a brand’s ability to obtain and maintain relevance in a changing world.Consumers are exposed to thousands of brands, Brolick said. There often is a stark dichotomy between well-positioned and poorly positioned brands. In order for a brand to qualify as well positioned, Brolick said it must have particular characteristics.“First of all, it ought to be unique,” he said. “Secondly, it ought to be defensible from the competition, and thirdly, it ought to be profitable.”Brolick said brand leaders should act conscientiously in positioning their brand by considering the effects of everything they do and by striving to create and uphold a good brand name.“One of the things you are going to want to think about as an individual is, is your brand something that is being actively positioned and thought about in a very constructive and authentic kind of way, or are you kind of being positioned by default?” Brolick said.To illustrate the difference between well-positioned brands and brands positioned by default, Brolick discussed the personal brands of Warren Buffett, Barack Obama, Lou Holtz, Steve Jobs and Brian Kelly. While Warren Buffett conscientiously formed his personal brand, Brolick said Steve Jobs likely was positioned by default, as evidenced by his reputed aggressive personality.Once a company or individual commits to a focus on brand relevance, Brolick said they must keep themselves open to change and adaptation and avoid the “tyranny of incrementalism.” Brand leaders must be willing to set new and different goals for themselves, Brolick said.“Change is inevitable,” he said. “There is no doubt. And today, it is going faster and faster, but you have to somehow figure out how to change, how to evolve, how to grow, but still be grounded and be the same person. Brands have to do this all the time.”Although Blockbuster failed to adapt to the changes that occurred when Netflix started up, Brolick said the Disney brand has changed tremendously since the creation of Disneyland. ABC News, Marvel Comics, Touchstone pictures, Disney Cruiselines and Pixar are evidence of the growth of Disney as a brand, he said.“Did [the Disney] brand change, or did the leadership in the people behind this brand change?” he said. “… This is a key thing: People are the difference in organizations.”Brolick said he credits the people within organization as the ultimate source of differentiation between brands. The “journey of growth” for brands and individuals depends on the personal experiences, personal education and personal observations of brand leaders, Brolick said. The power or weakness of a brand depends on individuals’ abilities to take advantage of these three steps in their journey.“Have as many fabulous experiences as you can in your life and your career,” he said. “All the time when someone says ‘Emil, we’re thinking about this for you,’ I say ‘I am in.’ It is a new experience; I can get excited about this; I want to do this; I want to demonstrate that I can make a difference. I am in.”Brolick closed the lecture with a Michelangelo quote: “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short, but in setting our aim too low and achieving our mark.”“We are all very fortunate to have been somehow part of a university like this,” he said. “And I truly believe that God expects the most from those that he has given the most, and He has given all of us an awful lot.”Tags: Boardroom Insights, brands, Emil Brolick, leaders, Mendoza, The Wendy’s Companylast_img read more

2019 SAL Beach Games set for June 14

first_imgThe first ever African Beach Games slated for the island of Cape Verde is set to commence from the 14- 23 June 2019.Beach Soccer would be the headline sport for this event.SAL 2019 is the first ever game of its kind anywhere in the world and Africa is the proud host continent with several countries expected to participate in the two weeks tournament based solely on sand.According to the press officer for team Ghana, Baaba Tando, a final list of athletes along with the confirmed disciplines would be submitted to the organizers in the coming days.The host city, SAL, has been selected because Cape Verde intends to launch its international tourism campaign using sports as an attraction.Beach Soccer would be the headline of a total of 11 disciplines to be staged at the event. The other sports include beach volley, beach handball, open water swimming, coastal rowing, karate kata, freestyle football, kiteboarding and new sports such as beach tennis, beach basketball, and beach athletics.The games which are under the Ghana Olympic Committee supervision has given Ghana the opportunity to present at most 85 athletes cutting across the 11 selected disciplines for the tournament.The GOC has had a series of meetings with the heads of the various sports federations to put in place a strategic preparation schedule for the tournament as well as decide which disciplines Ghana would participate in during the tournament.It is imperative that Ghana puts its best foot forward to afford the nation medal opportunities at the Games.Sal, one of the 10 islands of the Cape Verde archipelago situated 460km due west of Senegal, is an island of year-round sun, blue azure sea, and vast white sand beaches. It is these features that made the island the perfect location for the 1st African Beach Games.last_img read more

OVERTIME

first_imgBILL NEAL :10 You may have read it here, for that matter, you may have been there. Where you may ask? Well, of course, I’m talking about the 2nd and 3rd best parties given by an individual this year. The 2nd being Debbie Norrell’s birthday bash at the Comfort Inn in Penn Hills a few weeks ago and now holding down third place, the Vince Neal blowout held earlier this year at Hosanna House.Yeah, both came with great “free” food, top of the line D.J. and old school flavor. But boys and girls, there’s a new party king at the table now! Charles “Buddy” Allie (quite possibly the nicest guy in the whole wide world) took over the No. 1 spot with his “65”-year-old birthday par-tay at the Airport Marriott…okay, right there huge points. Then you add to that not only the Pittsburgh Corvette Club, but Cleveland and D.C. as well, yep, the free food, TeeJay the D.J. (Baaaddd Boy) and the discounted overnight accommodations (you know what I’m saying). But here’s the killer, when you cap off the night with a birthday gift to yourself and roll in the room on a classic $100,000 Harley Davidson motorcycle…well, as I always say…Game Over!:09 In case you haven’t heard, Notre Dame football is back and is real. Now ranked 3rd in the nation after going into Oklahoma rustling up some steers for what many consider an upset. The Golden Dome shines again.:08 When I see the great Michael “Air” Jordan with the additional “50” pounds he’s put on, I don’t’ feel so bad about mine. See, it happens to the best of us. Father Time wins every time! I think it’s now safe to say “Air” Jordan has been grounded.:07 Eddie “E.J.” Jefferies is up and about and kickin’ that stroke in the butt. The power of prayer, mmmaaannn! If you see him “South of the Border Down Mexico Way,” call me right away! Don’t ask, you wouldn’t understand.:06 Alright “Chapman” here we go again. I’ll do it for you, but not everybody. Henry Chapman gets locked in with what I call the second wave of great guards that came along after the Larry Richardsons, Dwight Clays, Norm Nixons, etc. Chapman and many others including Myron Brown, Warner Macklin, David “Puffy” Kennedy, and Darren Walls, man all them cats could play. I mean really play. But what they all did for real, for real, is play that “D.” Hey Chapman, as fast as you used to be, I still caught you. You’re now “In the Locker Room.”:05 Pitt beat Temple. They’re supposed to. That’s when you know your program is back on track… when you beat the teams you’re supposed to…that’s right, you guessed it…Shut up!!:04 Speakin’ of Darren Walls and Notre Dame and I was, congratulations to his son’s successful career there and his now NFL career. “D-Walls” aka “Skywalker” was most certainly one of the ten greatest point/2 guards in Pittsburgh City League history. Quite simply, he could do it all; “D” you up, shoot it, slam on ya and more than all that, is a great young man. But what would you expect. That’s the “Wall’s” tradition and legacy. All the Walls boys were great athletes and good people. Love ya “D.”:03 Big LeMaison thanks to everyone that came out to the bed and breakfast jazz set with the beautiful Allure Models and the legendary Kenny Blake. The evening was a huge success. 50 strong took in the beautiful mansion in Penn Hills owned and operated by Bill Thompson. Special thanks to our sponsors, Judge Dwayne Woodruff, Gibson’s Soul Food Restaurant, Simmies Seafood Restaurant, The Green Forest, Mohann’s Restaurant, Eat-n-Park, The New Pittsburgh Courier, The Massage Institute of Penn Hills, Tracy Lynn Jewelry and, of course, the great Champions Executive staff.:02 Hey, Mr. John R. Laymon Jr., now that the error of my ways has been corrected. Pat a brother on the back and yeah you’re “In the Locker Room.” And in case ya’ll forgot, JL could shoot the ball with the best of them. I know, I know, it’s the North Side way!:01 The “D” is back in Pittsburgh. Vick and R.G.III are a distant memory. Bring on Eli and the New York Giants.:00 Double Overtime:Coming up Dec. 9, mark your calendars for the 37th Annual Willie Stargell Pittsburgh MVP Awards Banquet, honoring the great Michael Moorer, former heavyweight world champion, Buddy Allie, world track champion, Coach Terry Smith, Coach Harvey Smith and others. More information coming. This is gonna be nice!~ GAME OVER ~last_img read more

Goodbye Steamboats, Hello Herons

first_imgMonaghan explainedthe designs went throughmany iterations beforelanding on something thateveryone could agree on. “Herons are just so majestic,” she said. “My other favorite landmark is the train station,” she added and Mery agreed and said it connotes “home.” Monaghan made sure to add details like windowpanes on the train station and the window boxes below that, at the real train station, are always filled by the Little Silver Garden Club with plantings that reflect the season. The heron signs include nautical roping lashed around the top of the sign’s posts and Monaghan said she’s asked that the borough plant seagrass at the base to complete the water way feel. Six of the signs feature the distinctive Little Silver Train Station, a nod to the borough’s busy downtown hub, and two signs feature a white heron soaring over the water, a delightful sight for travelers traveling over the Gooseneck and Oceanport Avenue bridges. By Amy Byrnes At the end of October, new, cheerful “Welcome to Little Silver” signs started popping up around town, reflecting the borough’s history and geography. Silverweb designer and co-owner Nora Monaghan, who’s lived in Little Silver for 23 years, said she especially wanted to highlight Little Silver’s extensive water ways and the stately white birds that she sees whenever she’s driving in and out of the borough. The classic markers had a distinctly colonial vibe and featured illustrations of a steamboat and the year Little Silver was established. center_img Silverweb of Red Bank, a graphic design firm, created the new welcome signs. The firm had helped create a logo and website for recent Little Silver Day celebrations and was happy to work with the borough council members on the design, materials and size of the signs for the $19,000 capital improvement project. “It was really a compliment,” said Silverweb co-owner Jackie Mery. A heron is featured on new signs announcing Little Silver.Photo by Amy Byrnes Once they came up with two designs, the borough went out to four sign fabricators to bid on the project and the winner was Stone Graphics Company, Inc. in Farmingdale. Owner Chris Stone said they applied the same weather resistant paint process used for signs the company created for Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida that’s durable and – depending on care and environmental conditions – should welcome visitors to Little Silver for years to come. But lately they had started to show their age and were “literally falling apart,” according to Mayor Robert Neff. Public works employees were finding sign parts in the grass. It seemed they were too far gone for fixing. “We thought it was time to bring the signs up to date,” he said. LITTLE SILVER – For decades, iconic carved wooden signs have welcomed people to the riverside borough. “I wanted it to be perfect,” she said.last_img read more

SANTA ANITA MOVES FIRST POST TIME THIS SATURDAY TO 11:45 A.M. IN ORDER TO ACCOMMODATE $12 MILLION PEGASUS WORLD CUP INVITATIONAL FROM GULFSTREAM & 10-RACE SUNSHINE MILLIONS/CAL CUP PROGRAM

first_img–30– ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 25, 2017)–In an effort to better accommodate both the inaugural running of the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational from Gulfstream and a 10-race Sunshine Millions/California Cup card locally, Santa Anita Park has moved first post time on Saturday up to 11:45 a.m. Approximate post time for the Pegasus World Cup is at 2:44 p.m. PST.The Pegasus, which features an epic rematch between all-time North American money-won leader California Chrome and Breeders’ Cup Classic Champion, Arrogate, has generated tremendous interest nationwide and Santa Anita is thus expecting a large crowd for it and its Sunshine Millions/Cal Cup program, which will include five stakes for horses bred or sired in California.Separated by just a half-length in their only meeting, Arrogate prevailed in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic here on Nov. 5, but it was “Chrome” who took home his second Eclipse Award Horse of the Year title this past Saturday, in addition to being voted Eclipse Champion Older Dirt Male.A California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit, California Chrome has been trained throughout his amazing career by 79 year old Art Sherman, who sent him out to win the 2014 Santa Anita and Kentucky Derbies. Owned by California Chrome, LLC, he has now won 16 of his 26 starts and has amassed earnings of $14,502,650.Trained by Bob Baffert and owned by Juddmonte Farms, Arrogate followed up on a record setting 13 ½ length win in the prestigious Grade I Travers Stakes Aug. 27, with his Classic win over “Chrome” in what was only his sixth career start. He was thus voted Eclipse Champion 3-year-old Male for 2016.For scratches, changes and complete Sunshine Millions/Cal Cup entries and morning line information, please visit santaanita.com.last_img read more

Tanaka Ready For Fenway Park

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares ST. PETERSBURG, Florida — Masahiro Tanaka is well aware of what awaits in his first start at Fenway Park on April 22: The Green Monster and Boston’s fanatical fans.New York Yankees teammate Jacoby Ellsbury will also be returning to the ballpark where he helped the Red Sox win World Series titles in 2007 and last year.“I’m sure that the fans will be heated up a bit,” Tanaka said through an interpreter. “I’ve seen the two teams play (on TV), and I understand there’s a rivalry between the two teams. It should be a good experience going up on the mound that day and I’m very much looking forward to it.”Tanaka has a simple plan for the 37-foot-high Green Monster in left field. “I understand that if you give up flyballs, it might be dangerous,” he said. “So, I think the best thing to do is try to get as many groundball outs as possible.”Tanaka is 2-0 with a 2.05 ERA in three games with 28 strikeouts and two walks in 22 innings. The 28 strikeouts are the most by a Yankees pitcher in his first three career starts.Tanaka went 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA last year to lead the Rakuten Golden Eagles to their first Japan Series title, then signed a $155 million, seven-year contract with the Yankees.Jon Lester is slated to start for Boston. New York Manager Joe Girardi expects Ellsbury to get a mixed reception after leaving the Red Sox to a sign a $153 million, seven-year deal with New York.“You can’t think about what they’re going to do,” Ellsbury said. “You can really only focus on what you can do. Not worry about all that other stuff you can’t control.“I gave the organization everything I had for a third of my life. Nine years in an organization — drafted by them, came up and won two World Series. I left it all on the field.”last_img read more

From Asus ZenFone 5Z to Xiaomi Mi A2: 5 top phones launching in India in July

first_imgIf you’re into phones and crazy tech, July will be just right for you. Not only will July mark the launch of some much awaited devices like the Xiaomi Mi A2, it will also set the stage for the future in two of the most futuristic devices the world of tech has ever seen, the Oppo Find X and the Vivo Nex S. Not to forget, if you’re someone banking on nostalgia, BlackBerry will have something to say as well, in the QWERTY-backed KEY2. Asus is meanwhile all set to launch its own take on the OnePlus 6, in the ZenFone 5Z.There will be many more launches of course, but, here are the top 5 that we’ve handpicked for you that should keep you excited. Also, here’s a word of advice: if you’ve been saving on buying a new phone, you might as well wait some more, just in case you’re not missing out on these cool phones.Asus ZenFone 5Z: July 4The Asus ZenFone 5Z is virtually identical to the iPhone X. Only it runs Android. The phone is carved out of glass and metal, and boasts of an impressive screen-to-body ratio of 90 per cent that’s 6-7 per cent higher than Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ phones. The phone is almost border-less, barring a notch up-top and a chin portion at the bottom. Asus says its notch is smaller than Apple’s.It has a 6.2-inch 1080p+ screen inside a 5.5-inch form-factor. And an unusual 19:9 aspect ratio that can be toned down — to 18:9 and 16:9 — via settings for specific apps to make best use of apps that don’t support it for now. The panel is LCD.advertisementThe ZenFone 5Z is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with up to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of internal storage. It is backed by a 3,300mAh battery with support for fast charging — but sadly no wireless charging — and charges over Type-C. There are stereo speakers on-board, and the phone supports High-Resolution audio via compatible wired and wireless headphones.The ZenFone 5Z comes with a dual camera system consisting of a primary 12-megapixel sensor — a Sony IMX363 — with large 1.4um pixels, and large f/1.8 aperture, with dual-pixel phase detection autofocus, four-axis optical image stabilisation, and electronic image stabilisation for videos. The secondary camera, meanwhile, consists of an 8-megapixel wide-angle sensor that assists in portrait photography or photos with shallow depth of field. On the front, the phone comes with an 8-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture.Oppo Find X: July 12The Find X is a phone straight out of the future. It is an all screen and no bezel phone. Or at least, the closest that it can get to realising this dream in the current scenario. The Find X achieves this by taking forward things that Vivo started with its recently launched X21, and adding all sorts of crazy to it, down to the T. The Find X, to begin with, has a whopping 93.8 per cent screen-to-body ratio.And how does it go about achieving such a ridiculous amount of screen real estate? Well, for one, it does not have a notch nor a prominent chin. The Find X, as crazy as it is, features an all-glass front and back. A completely clean front and back. There are no physical buttons. Or cameras. That’s right, the Find X does not ship with conventional cameras. Instead it features a motorised system that pops out every time you need the cameras, or face unlock. The system is similar to the pop-out system found on the Vivo Nex only in the case of the Find X, it involves both the front and rear cameras that sit nestled inside the glass sandwich and pop out only when you want them to.It is missing out on a trick or two though. The Find X does not have a fingerprint scanner and instead supports only 3D facial recognition. It does not have a 3.5mm headphone jack as well.Rest of its spec-sheet is pretty high-end. The Find X comes with a 6.4-inch 1080p+ display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor under the hood. It comes with up to 8GB RAM and up to 256GB storage. The dual-SIM phone runs Android 8.1 Oreo-based Colour OS and is backed by a 3,730 mAh battery with support for VOOC fast charging. The phone sports a dual camera system on the rear consisting of one 16MP camera and another 20MP shooter. On the front, the Find X comes with a 25MP camera.advertisementVivo Nex S: July 19The Nex S is a phone with no bezels, no notch and a pop-up selfie camera. The USP of the Nex phone is its futuristic design. The Nex has an all-glass front (and back), and an over 90 per cent of screen-to-body ratio. This is because the Nex does not ship with a notch. There’s a small chin at the bottom but overall, the Nex is the most bezel-less phone in the market right now, bested by only the Oppo Find X. It is, in fact, the commercial variant of the concept Apex phone that Vivo had showcased at MWC 2018.The Nex does now have a forehead, and as such, the earpiece and sensors are placed underneath the display. It comes with a rather unconventional pop-out selfie camera that’s built out of mechanical parts.Elsewhere the Nex — the Nex S — sports a third-generation in-display fingerprint scanner that’s said to be faster and more accurate than the one we saw on the recently launched Vivo X21. The regular Nex A ships with a conventional rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.Hardware specs include: 6.59-inch 1080p+ AMOLED display, dual rear camera system consisting of one 12-megapixel sensor and another 5-megapixel sensor for depth sensing. The Nex further comes with an 8-megapixel front camera. The phone runs Android 8.1 Oreo-based Fun Touch OS and is backed by a 4,000mAh battery.BlackBerry KEY2: ETA: End of July-Early AugustNow, if the original KEYone wowed you with its one-of-a-kind nostalgic physical QWERTY and BlackBerry’s push for a safe and secure software ecosystem, the KEY2 will literally blow your minds with everything that’s in store.The BlackBerry KEY2 looks exactly like the KEYone, although a few changes that have been brought in, this year, should help improve ergonomics and hand-hold feel. This includes a more compact chassis and a re-positioned convenience key, that’s now located on the right along with the power and volume rocker.The USP of the KEY2, still remains to be, its full-scale physical QWERTY that lies in continuation with the touch screen. The QWERTY still supports touch-gestures like scrolling and Flick Typing for predictive texting, as also 52 app shortcuts via short and long press. The space bar still doubles as a fingerprint scanner. Only this time, the keys are up to 20 per cent larger so they should feel less cramped than the ones on-board the KEYone. BlackBerry is also introducing a new Speed Key that lets you use custom shortcuts from anywhere on the screen. On the KEYone, you could use them only from the home screen.Elsewhere, the BlackBerry KEY2 comes with a 4.5-inch 1080p IPS LCD screen with an unusual aspect ratio of 3:2. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor with 6GB RAM. The phone comes with up t 128GB of internal storage which is further expandable by up to 256GB via a micro-SD card slot. The phone is backed by a 3,500mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 3.0 over USB Type-C.The KEY2 runs Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box with BlackBerry’s usual suite of security and productivity applications: meaning that it’s also being pitched as the most secure Android smartphone in the world. The phone has “device security built in from the start,” according to the company, with tools like hardware root of trust and a secure bootloader, quite literally encrypting the phone to the T.advertisementMoving on, the KEY2 comes with a dual rear camera system consisting of one 12-megapixel camera (f/1.8 aperture) and a secondary 12-megapixel camera (f/2.6 aperture) for depth sensing and up to 2X optical zoom. There’s a dual tone LED flash and support for 4K video recording. On the front, the KEY2 comes with an 8-megapixel camera.Xiaomi Mi A2: End of July-Early AugustXiaomi is gearing for a global product launch, and while it doesn’t say what’s in store, speculations are rife that the Mi A2 may soon be a reality. The company has now announced a new Mi Explorer program that will let select Mi fans travel to the global launch event for no cost, as well as gain exclusive access to the product, possibly the Mi A2. These Mi fans will possibly be the first to experience the device, that’s set to launch anywhere between July 23 and Jul 26.Since the Mi India social media handle has been at work here as well, it is obvious that it will have implications for the Indian market, and that it’s hinting at a global launch, there’s a very high possibility that the Mi A2 may just be in the offing. The Mi A1, to recall, was globally launched in India last year in September. Only this time, Xiaomi is switching places. This global unveiling will happen in Spain, which isn’t surprising since Europe seems to be Xiaomi’s next frontier after having successfully captured the Indian market.It must be noted though that the Mi A1 isn’t the only Xiaomi product that has been globally announced outside of China. There have been more, including the hard to get Redmi Note 5 Pro. But since the company just launched the Redmi Note 5 Pro, a Redmi Note 6 Pro, so early in the life-cycle is a little hard to fathom. Although, it can’t be negated altogether as well. Or, Xiaomi may launch something else entirely, you may never know. But it takes no genius to ascertain that most people would be vouching for the Mi A2, especially after the super popular phone that was the Mi A1.And Xiaomi already has the Mi 6X live and kicking in China and since the Mi 5X became the Mi A1 for the Indian market, it is anticipated that Xiaomi already has the necessary hardware ready. All it needs to now is to outfit it with Android One software, and we’ll be good to go.last_img read more

Pochettino Juan Foyth is not to blame for Spurs defeat

first_imgTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino insists Juan Foyth’s costly error was not the reason behind their 4-2 derby defeat to Arsenal on SundayDespite taking a half-time 2-1 lead through goals from Eric Dier and Harry Kane, Spurs conceded three times after the break.Alexandre Lacazette’s goal, in particular, caught the eye after Foyth was robbed from possession within his own half before the Frenchman’s deflected 20-yard strike went into the net.Lacazette’s effort handed Arsenal the lead back with Lucas Torreira finishing things off shortly afterwards.But Pochettino refused to blame Foyth and claimed the Argentine defender was one of Spurs’ best players on the day.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“How many players on the halfway line miss the pass? A lot,” said Pochettino, according to Goal.“And then it is 50 metres to arrive at the goal. Because he is young it is easy to blame him, it is easy.“But for me, Juan was one of the best players on the pitch. If we put this pass that wasn’t good in that action out of the 90 minutes, by far [he] was the best. By far.”20-year-old Foyth has made five appearances for Spurs this season.last_img read more