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first_imgThe publication yesterday of the Common Fisheries Policy Proposals for reform will spell the end for the Irish fishing industry and finally kill off our coastal communities, Donegal TD Thomas Pringle said today.The Killybegs based TD said: “The proposal to privatise fish quotas will make all the other seemingly positive proposals irrelevant if they go ahead.“The EU continues to show us where their priorities lie- with the powerful nations in the fishing industry and small countries like Ireland will be thrown to the wolves once again.” Mr Pringle said that the minister is quoted as saying “I have no doubt that this would lead to concentration of fishing into the hands of large fishing international companies without links to the coastal communities and these very large fishing vessels, in some cases factory ships, would no longer land into Ireland resulting in loss of jobs, closure of fish-processing factories and economic activity in our coastal communities”.The Donegal Deputy added: “I am calling on the minister to outline clearly now what the government can do to stop this crazy so called reform of the CFP.“It is not enough to say we will negotiate, he has to clarify have we a veto and if he will use it. The CFP has been a form of economic war that has cost Ireland dear in terms of jobs and fisheries conservation.“A whole way of life and part of a valuable heritage has been destroyed by decades of predatory control from Brussels”. NEW EU RULES WILL KILL OFF FISHING COMMUNITIES – PRINGLE was last modified: July 14th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Deputy Thomas Pringlefishing industryGreencastle and BurtonportKillybegslast_img read more

Former Warriors star David Lee sells unfinished condo for $11M

first_imgFormer Golden State Warriors’ big man David Lee has sold an unfinished property in West Hollywood’s coveted Sierra Towers for $11 million, reports the L.A. Times.Click here if viewing from a mobile device.The property actually encompasses three units and takes up an entire half floor — “a blank canvas of voluminous raw space.”  A balcony extends the length of the unit and offers expansive views of city and ocean.Paul Stukin and Joshua Greer Hilton & Hyland were the listing agents. …last_img read more

Darwinism and the Valentine’s Day Massacre

first_img“Romance, schmomance,” snarls the title of press release on EurekAlert from the Association for Psychological Science.  “Natural selection continues even after sex.”  Not only is natural selection driving the mating process in humans, in other words, but it continues even down to the level of sperm cells competing to reach the egg.  Instead of love, caring, tenderness, soul bonding, or any kind of spiritual values, this article is all about nit and grit.  Grungy descriptions of body parts and processes present the evolutionary picture as all competition and conflict, a “coevolutionary arms race between the sexes.”  Natural selection is even used to explain lustful feelings, sexual performance, rivalry, jealousy and infidelity: e.g., “the human male may want to copulate as soon as possible as insurance against possible extra-pair copulation.”  Happy Valentine’s Day, sweetheart.    Darwinism’s propensity to destroy traditional views of eros extends to agape as well.  Beginning with Darwin, evolutionists have wondered how unselfish love and self-sacrifice could have come about by natural selection.  Only humans appear moved to compassion and charity with distant people not of their own kin.  Convinced that these behaviors have a material basis, evolutionists propose selection-based explanations in the scientific literature regularly.    One such view was summarized on New Scientist in December by Richard Fisher.  Altruism is costly – sometimes with one’s life, ending all chance of passing on one’s genes.  How, then, could the gene for altruism be passed on?  While recognizing that “The origin of human altruism has puzzled evolutionary biologists for many years,” Fisher suggests that “Humans may have evolved altruistic traits as a result of a ‘cultural tax’ we paid to each other early in our evolution, a new study suggests.”  Maybe that’s like the joke about the lottery being a tax paid by people who are bad at math.  It seems a little stretched to picture Mother Theresa acting out behaviors that early apes developed as pawns of their selfish genes.    The possibility of anything beyond blind forces of natural selection producing the appearance of selfless love never enters the equation in these papers.  Both Nature and Science the week of Dec. 7 included book reviews and articles that dealt specifically with altruism and cooperation – none of them entertaining in the slightest way that real love had anything to do with it.  To these evolutionary biologists, human behavior was just a more difficult problem of the same nature as that of honeybees, and subject to the same equations: for example, Samuel Bowles wrote,1 “This study investigates whether, as an empirical matter, intergroup competition and reproductive leveling might have allowed the proliferation of a genetically transmitted predisposition to behave altruistically.”  Happy Valentine’s Day, world.    Oddly, these same scientists and mainstream journal editors do not hesitate to preach the need for scientific “ethics.”  This is usually after a major scandal, or public distrust of research threatens funding for embryonic stem cells, cloning or human-animal chimeras or whatever.  For instance, the editors of Nature Jan. 18 got downright preachy,2 encouraging scientists to lead by example with high ethical standards.  “Everybody likes a good scandal, and there is nothing like a fresh allegation of research misconduct to set tongues wagging in the scientific community and outside it,” the editorial began.  It ended with the following call to righteousness:A respectable level of ethics training for all postgraduate students is an important element of this.  It needs to be introduced at all research universities – alongside stricter rules on record-keeping, and arrangements for protecting whistleblowers, where this is missing at the national level.    But most important of all, as the first scientific studies of the factors behind good conduct confirm, is the example set by senior researchers themselves.  It is here in the laboratory – not in the law courts or the offices of a university administrator – that the trajectory of research conduct for the twenty-first century is being set.The wording carefully avoids the value-laden word morals, substituting more-nebulous and less-judgmental words ethics and good conduct.  It hints that there are biological studies of “good conduct” that play into society’s support for science.  These editorials, however, usually fail to define what good is, or why an independent researcher should subscribe to a relative ethical standard when the referred-to studies on human cooperation allow for a certain number of non-cooperators to succeed.1Samuel Bowles, “Group Competition, Reproductive Leveling, and the Evolution of Human Altruism,” Science, 8 December 2006: Vol. 314. no. 5805, pp. 1569 – 1572, DOI: 10.1126/science.1134829.2Editorial, “Leading by example,” Nature 445, 229 (18 January 2007) | doi:10.1038/445229a.So Tinker Bell just shot Cupid.  Folks, this is where the rubber meets the road in the battle between the Darwin-Only-Darwin-Only DODOs and the noble and altruistic Visigoths.  If you are repulsed at the ugliness of the wreckage left in the wake of Darwinian thinking, thank God: you still might have a soul.  We shudder at the criminal mind that will torture a child without any sense of right or wrong, and even get a perverse delight out of it, but how does that differ intellectually from what the Darwinists say about love?  They have done worse than rob it of any meaning, value, purpose and virtue.  They have turned altruism into selfishness, purity into dirt, and tenderness into conflict.  No wonder we are raising a generation of sex-crazed young people looking at a meaningless existence and deciding it’s all about me, me, me and what my selfish genes make me do.  Never before has selfishness been given complete license by a world view as it has by Darwinism.  It has made selfishness the ultimate virtue, justified by science.    There are three things you need to understand about the Darwinian explanations for love and altruism that rob the DODO heads of any credibility, and make them worthy of the utmost scorn and adamant opposition.The evidence is against them.  Here they are, 148 years after Charlie wrote his little black book, still trying to figure out “what is this thing called love?”  How long do you give a scientist time to scratch his head before the head is worn away entirely?  A decade perhaps?  Maybe two?  How many miles on the wrong road do you let a scientist take the wheel before demanding he ask for directions?In their view, nothing is good.  They cannot be allowed to call anything good, ethical, right, correct, moral or worthwhile, because those words are not in the Darwin Dictionary.  Don’t let them plagiarize Christian words; they need to be consistent and use their own.  St. Paul can write a lofty, elegant paean to agape in I Corinthians 13 because within the Christian world view, love is real.  In Darwinland, by contrast, love is an illusion, and with it, all descriptions of it are illusory as well.  They cannot speak of love as if it has some immaterial and immortal existence.  To them, it must be nothing more than a phantom produced by a certain configuration of neurotransmitters undergoing particular rearrangements in response to stimuli.  It is an artifact, an illusion, with no epistemic status.  We must slap their hands when they borrow Christian words.  We must laugh at them when they hug or weep.  We must take disinterested notes in our white lab coats when they are indignant over evil.  Only by forcing them to live in the prisons they have constructed for themselves can we offer them the possibility of repentance for what they have done to the greatest word in any language.Their view is the death of science.  The Darwinist materialists try to exempt themselves from the human race.  From their ivory towers in the air, they pontificate to the rest of us about what makes us tick.  Like gods in their own eyes, they know what is real, what is empirical, and what constitutes knowledge that is universal, necessary, timeless, and certain.  We need to unmask them and let them look in the mirror.  If humans are pawns of natural selection, then nothing is universal, necessary, timeless and certain.  Even if something in the world is universal, there is no way that a material object like a scientist could know that.  Science, therefore, under their own presuppositions, becomes impossible.  Yet, a critic counters, many atheists are doing good science, aren’t they?  Yes; but only by stealing from Christian presuppositions.  Stop the welfare and they will starve.    It is a basic principle of logic (without which all reasoning is impossible) that any self-refuting proposition is necessarily false.  It is also axiomatic that a philosophy cannot be arbitrary or inconsistent, else one could prove anything.  Since Darwinist ontology, epistemology, and moral philosophy is self-refuting, it is necessarily false.  Since it is arbitrary and inconsistent, its postulates are incapable of logical proof, including the postulate that science can provide knowledge about the external world.  A Darwinist cannot reason within his own presuppositions.  He cannot, therefore, be a scientist.  He cannot know anything.  He cannot be sure that his sensory impressions correspond to reality.  His actions must be considered products of blind selective pressures.  As a mere product of selfish genes and memes that are using his body and brain to reproduce, he cannot claim to be interested in Truth, or to know it when he sees it.  Science is impossible in this world view.It is only by forcing these materialists to face the consequences of their presuppositions that we can offer them a life preserver, provided they drop their Darwinian millstone and embrace a Christian world view where love and science are real.  (They can only grab onto it if they have some trace of unseared conscience left.)    Experience shows, unfortunately, that Darwinists are often incorrigible.  Forced into this logical corner, many of them do start acting consistent with Darwinian values: i.e., they go on the attack, resorting to conflict, competition, and survival of the fittest.  If you observe this behavior, you understand now what is happening.  Unable to reason their way out of their dilemma, they snap, snarl, and use all means to seize power and shut up their opponents.  So be prepared for a fight.  There is such a thing as a good fight.  One does not have to descend to the immoral tactics of the enemy, but should work to prevent the enemy from destroying himself and everyone else.  It’s the cop’s struggle against the sniper shooting victims at random.  Sometimes this kind of fight is the most loving act in the world.    So, happy Valentine’s Day.  St. Valentine gave his life as a martyr.  He was an altruist.  He did the most un-Darwinian thing: he valued truth and love over passing on his genes.  He followed in the footsteps of Jesus, who said, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”  Undoubtedly this happened to Valentinus because he confronted the dogmatists of his day and refused to bow to their false gods.  What the world needs now is love, tough love.  If you have it, show it.  Don’t allow destructive philosophies to wreak their havoc without a good fight.Recommended Reading:  C. S. Lewis’s novel That Hideous Strength is as timely today as when he wrote it at the end of World War II.  Lewis’s complex story, interweaving numerous themes, cannot be adequately summarized in a few words; we hope this feeble attempt at describing one of the themes will interest those unfamiliar with it to read the novel in its entirety.  A modern, liberal couple begins with a selfish, shallow view of love and sexual relationships.  They find through a horrendous experience with a monstrous scientific institution that its overt materialism is really just a cover for a deeper evil.  When the deeper evil is revealed and overcome, their discovery of true agape love ends with another discovery: that eros, in its soulish context, is also real, rich, and beautiful. (Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Aardklop 2003: ready to rock!

first_img16 September 2003Some of South Africa’s top musicians will be in action at the Castle Loud Oppiaarde Rock Festival from 23 to 27 September at the Potchefstroom University Rag Farm.It’s an opportunity for music lovers to take in a wide variety of styles, incorporating not only Afrikaans performers, but top South African musicians, as well as a guest act from overseas.The festival will, in an exciting addition, also feature a number of collaborations between artists, with some unusual combinations and interesting musical results.One of the headline acts will be the eclectic group BOO!, who have returned to South Africa for a break from touring. They have been in Europe, where they have played in The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Croatia, Hungary, Italy, England and the Czech Republic to promote their new album “TNTLC’.The French connectionAlso making the journey from Europe is the jazz collective ARFI, who will be presenting “Stories of the Uncanny’, which is sponsored by the Alliance Françoise, the French Institute and the Goethe Institute.“Stories of the Uncanny’ is a thriller filmed in 1919 which was lost for a number of decades before it was rediscovered by the Cinematheque de Paris and restored by the Kirch Group.ARFI will be performing the live sound track to the movie, which features five short stories: In the first, “Horrible Nights’, a man and a young woman visit a hotel and the next morning, when he wakes up, she has vanished without a trace. In the second story, “The Black Cat’, a drunken man murders his wife and buries her in the wall of his basement with her living cat.In the third story, “The Hand’, a man who murders his enemy is strangled by the ghost of the dead man, while in the fourth story, “The Suicide Club’, a police inspector visits a club where every night a member who draws the ace card must die. The final story presents a lighter side to things, when a marriage that is failing is revived after a stranger shows interest in a man’s wife.Bigger and betterAardklop 2003 will be even bigger than 2002’s successful production, and the programme has been expanded beyond last year’s. It was decided to include an international act for the first time, the aforementioned ARFI, while artists one would not normally associate with Aardklop, such as Mandoza and Zef Sketse, will also be performing.Adding an exciting component to the festival was a request by the organisers for certain artists to work on collaborative projects. This has resulted in combinations such as Not my Dog (winners of the South African Music Association’s best rock album) playing with Mister Fat from Brasse van die Kaap; Albert Frost teaming up with exciting new Blues’ talent Dan Patlansky; and the Brixton Moord en Roof Orkes joining forces with Karla du Plessis.The complete list of artists for OppiAarde 2003 is as follows:Albert Frost and Dan PatlanskyAlta JoubertAnika and ElrineARFI – Stories of the Uncanny (France)Arno Carstens’ New PornBOO!Brasse van die KaapBrixton Moord en Roof Orkes with Karla du PlessisddisselblomMandozaMax NormalNot my Dog with Mister FatThe NarrowValiant SwartZef SketseTickets for the Castle Lager OppiAarde concert are available at Computicket at R55 each.For more information, phone 083 258 2595 or visit the Aardklop 2003 website, which has details on the full programme and the artists.Source: Aardklop 2003last_img read more

Ukama Kitchen Incubator opens for home cooks and bakers

first_imgCariema Isaacs and Janine Roberts – both of whom are passionate about entrepreneurship and job creation – have started the Ukama Kitchen Incubator in Cape Town.Cariema Isaacs and Janine Roberts (both in middle) with business owners who are involved in the Ukama Kitchen Incubator. Isaacs says the incubator aims to preserve heritage and culture through a celebration of home- baked and cooked food. (Images supplied)Melissa JavanTwo South African women who are passionate about both the food industry and entrepreneurship, have opened the Ukama Kitchen Incubator in Cape Town.Through the incubator, unemployed women can cook or bake in a certified kitchen, explains co-founder Cariema Isaacs. This way, the women’s products will be compliant with government standards and policies, and sellable in a consumer market. The incubator was opened in December 2017.Isaacs, who wrote Cooking for My Father in My Cape Malay Kitchen, says the vision of Ukama is to transform home cooks and bakers who sell their products to support their families, into fully fledged entrepreneurs.Calling them foodtrepreneurs (food entrepreneurs), she says the plan is for the cooks to reach a bigger target market, both locally and internationally, in the future.WatchA certified kitchenCo-founder Janine Roberts says a facility needs to be certified by a regulatory body that inspects the facilities and certifies them safe to make food items for the retail market. “We are certified by Intertek and we are also halaal certified by the South African National Halaal Authority.”Roberts, who has more than 14 years’ experience in the packaging industry, adds: “Women who work from home kitchens are not able to get their products listed in the formal retail market because of health and safety regulations. Retailers need to ensure they only buy from suppliers who work in facilities that are complaint with health and hygiene requirements.”Being compliant means the cooks are able to sell to national retailers such as Pick n Pay and Checkers.For the past ten years, Roberts, a serial entrepreneur, has focused on social entrepreneurship. Her company, Ukama Packaging Solutions, is a multi-stakeholder collaboration – a bridge – between clients seeking packaging services and micro-entrepreneurs providing the labour.In addition, she established the Ukama Community Foundation, an NGO linked to the company that every day feeds about 200 children from Vrygrond in Cape Town.She has received the Tony Elumelu Foundation Top 1000 African Entrepreneurs award, as well as the Spark International Changemaker award in 2015.Behind the scenesUkama Kitchen Incubator sets up equipment for, training and development of small business owners.Foodtrepreneurs already have products on the shelves at the Ukama Kitchen Incubator, which they have sold to customers. “These entrepreneurs have products such as biscuits and shortbread, samosas, smoothies, traditional atchars and Cape Malay jams.“[We have our] very own barista, who is also disabled and we really wanted to give him a chance to manage our coffee bar,” says Isaacs.BootstrappingThe money for the business came out of the pockets of Isaacs and Roberts, although the former says their challenge is lack of funding. They have set up a Kickstarter fundraising page and so far have received several small donations. “[Due to] the lack of funding our existing product lines are focused on longer-life shelf items such as pickles and konfyt [jam].“For items where preservatives are required, such as our curry and pasta sauces, we’d have to approach a food technologist and the cost per product, per hour, per consultation is exorbitant at this stage,” says Isaacs. “We simply cannot afford it, and we would like to help these women.”Writer Melissa Javan asked Isaacs more about the Ukama Kitchen Incubator:Melissa Javan: You said you wanted to change the landscape of home cooking and baking. How do you plan to do this?Cariema Isaacs: Yes, we feel strongly that our kitchen incubator will change the landscape of home cooking and baking businesses, because there are various benefits that are derived from producing products in a commercial kitchen.The aunty who sells her biscuits in the community will always only have access to her direct neighbours, friends and family.The foodtrepreneur, or business owner, has access – through the kitchen incubator – to knowledge and skills related to logistics, buying and selling, branding, marketing, recruitment, networking, accounting and the necessary business acumen one needs to run a successful brand and business. The same aunty is now not just selling, but she is learning business skills that will equip her to focus on profit generation, rather than on just making ends meet, collaboration and management of clients.MJ: Are you still fundraising for Ukama Kitchen Incubator on Kickstarter?CI: Yes we are. We’ve not managed to receive any funding apart from small donations and support from other business partners and brands.MJ: You wrote a cookbook about Cape Malay cooking. Is Ukama going to focus on Cape Malay cooking?CI: Many of our foodtrepreneurs had been following me on social media, so it was easier for them to contact me about becoming part of this initiative. Our intention is to focus on South African heritage fare, but we also recognise the current popularity of halaal cooking and baking, and it would be foolish not to capitalise on this trend.MJ: Why is an incubator necessary for people who want to take their home cooking and baking to the next level?CI: It allows for a broader target market, and an opportunity for the entrepreneur to market their products through a commercial and certified kitchen that complies with all hygiene and safety regulations. It’s also a chance to become a fully fledge entrepreneur supported by training, mentorship and coaching.Cariema Isaacs, co-founder of Ukama Kitchen Incubator, says cooks at the incubator will be able to export their products through Ukama’s commercial kitchens. Through the initiative, South African expats will be able to get from home products “the way mom made them”.MJ: How did you and your business partner meet?CI: Janine constantly has people coming to see her asking whether she can market or package heritage food such as jams. I was approached to help a co-op of unemployed women based in Bo-Kaap, who wanted to draw tourists to their homes for cooking classes.I contacted Janine about my own product range, which is due for release in 2018, which may have included the Bo-Kaap co-op. Janine spoke to me about collaboration and the idea of starting a kitchen incubator. We put our heads together and decided to start a company and build a vision for our brand; in less than a week the Ukama Kitchen Incubator was registered.MJ: What can people who join the Ukama Kitchen Incubator expect?CI: First and foremost, we are a family, as our name suggests – “Ukama” is a Shona word for family. We work in teams while still being able to maintain our individual products and skills.There are also areas that some newbies may find overwhelming, such as working in a commercial kitchen where rules and regulations apply, where we are pedantic about our packaging, labelling, presentation and hygiene standards.Through all of this, we also have fun and learn from one another and we always praise hard work and skill.MJ: On your Facebook page, you speak about your recipe swap with Sri Lankans. Are you planning to teach people at the incubator some of these recipes?CI: Oh my gosh, yes! I think in my past life I must have been a guru or coach or a mentor. I love teaching and sharing ideas and learning from others. I am also enrolled for part-time studies at the International Institute of Culinary Arts Dubai to attain my diploma as a chef, and I feel I can bring much of that knowledge to our kitchen incubator.MJ: Can you give us two lessons you learned in business?CI: Being an entrepreneur is hard work, but one of the most gratifying roles I’ve ever had. Every part of yourself is in every facet of the brand and the business and that, for me, speaks of my own ability to adapt and transform.Stay in your lane, don’t focus on who you think the competition is and what they might be doing – be true to your own vision. The vision should be your North Star and whenever you feel low or lost, that will bring you home again and again and again.Source: UkamaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Green Goose: Save Money Using Sensors

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… You can get started today with a “Green Goose Bike Sensor Kit,” which retails for $49 plus $10 for postage. The Portland and San Francisco-based company is currently in talks with the BTA (Bicycle Transportation Alliance) in Portland and they’re already installed “in a number of coffee shops.” As well as consumers, the service is targeting employers with a “a unique sustainable savings benefit” offering for their staff. One of the features for employers is managing and auditing details for the IRS bike commute tax credit.Green Goose is currently in pre-production and running beta trials. Right now it’s offering 100 Savings Kits for bicycle owners. Eventually this type of connection, between sensors and mainstream services like banking, will be commonplace and probably won’t need to rely on gimmicks such as green eggs. But for now, Green Goose seems like a cute, interesting Internet of Things service for green conscious early adopters to try out. Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Internet of Things#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting richard macmanus Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Green Goose is a new financial management service that launched today, which connects sensor activity to your savings account. At first Green Goose sounded a little gimmicky. Using green Internet-connected eggs, it measures how much energy you expend on your bike or how much water you use in your shower – and transfers amounts from your checking account to your savings account based on the ‘savings’ you made doing those activities.What’s interesting though is that the savings are calculated based on the actions measured by small battery-powered, wireless sensors. You stick these sensors on your bike, thermostat, showerhead “and even your keychain.” Green Goose is a web-based service, along with “a very low-cost set of Savings sensors.” – these are literally green eggs (see picture to the right). The web site tracks specific actions and behaviors from users – then computes that into dollars saved. Co-Founder Brian Krejcarek told ReadWriteWeb that’s “like a Twitter feed of personal green savings.” Here’s how the sensor part works: the sensors communicate with a “Green Gateway” that then sends messages to the web site. The Green Gateway – which is also “egg-like” – has an Ethernet port that connects to your network hub via a router. The bike sensor measures miles ridden. Green Goose also plans to offer sensors for your automobile, shower (hot water), and thermostat (heating and cooling). In the future, Green Goose might also be able to pull savings data in “from open APIs like that proposed by Google Power Meter for savings earned by using less electricity.” It also plans to eventually move beyond energy to capture savings earned from making “other lifestyle decisions.”last_img read more

Realme 3 Pro vs Redmi Note 7 Pro: Xiaomi finally meets its match

first_imgXiaomi has made it big in the Indian market by offering Redmi phones that have shaken, stirred and disrupted the budget to mid-range segments, making life difficult for pretty much every other player in the market. And then Realme burst into the scene last year, taking a page out of Xiaomi’s own book by offering phones with great hardware and design at knockout prices. Realme has been launching a series of impressive Redmi competitors, culminating in what is perhaps the company’s best phone yet, the Realme 3 Pro.Priced at Rs 13,999, the Realme 3 Pro (Review) is a Snapdragon 710-powered flagship from the company that also touts a dewdrop display, gradient design, some stellar flagship-grade cameras and a long-lasting battery with VOOC 3.0 fast charging. It’s safe to say that this is a loaded device and possibly one of the best phones under Rs 15,000 right now. It also means the phone will go head-to-head against the identically priced Redmi Note 7 Pro (Review).Realme 3 Pro vs Redmi Note 7 Pro: Design and DisplayThere is no doubt that the Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with a premium design. Xiaomi has used some high-end materials such as Gorilla Glass protection on the front and back. Glass, of course, gives it a rich feel and is pretty rare to find in this segment. Add to that, the Redmi Note 7 Pro sports a 6.3-inch FHD+ display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio.While it’s true that the Realme 3 Pro does not offer an all-glass design, it doesn’t stop from being an attractive phone. In fact, the Realme 3 Pro offers better ergonomics with its 3D curved rear panel, solid metal frame and well-positioned rear fingerprint sensor and buttons on the side of the frame. It is also lightweight at 172 grams compared to the Redmi Note 7 Pro which weighs at 186 grams.advertisementThe Realme 3 Pro offers a terrific in-hand feel and it also comes in some unique gradient colours that includes Nitro Blue and Lightning Purple. The Redmi Note 7 Pro is also offered in two gradient colours, Neptune Blue and Nebula Red. After using both the Realme 3 Pro and Redmi Note 7 Pro, I have to say that the Realme flagship offers a brighter and more vivid 6.3-inch FHD+ display compared to the Redmi phone. Viewing angles are better on the Realme 3 Pro and the display looks rich and saturated with deep colours. Additionally, the Realme 3 Pro is confirmed to come with Widevine L1 certification when it ships out to consumers, while the Redmi Note 7 Pro does not support the standard yet.The Realme 3 Pro’s design is completed with a triple card slot that can handle two nano SIM cards and a microSD card slot, a single bottom-firing speaker, 3.5mm headphone jack and a microUSB port. The Redmi Note 7 Pro, on the other hand, comes with a hybrid dual-SIM tray that can either take two nano SIM cards or a SIM + microSD card combination. It also gets a speaker, headphone jack and notably a Type-C port.Realme 3 Pro vs Redmi Note 7 Pro: PerformanceThe Redmi Note 7 Pro and Realme 3 Pro get some of the most powerful mid-range processors in the market right now. While the former gets an octa-core Snapdragon 675 chipset, the latter is powered by a Snapdragon 710 chipset. They are offered with up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, and both the phones support expandable storage up to 256GB.According to benchmark tests on AntuTu and GeekBench, the Redmi Note 7 Pro’s SD675 chipset outscores the Realme 3 Pro’s SD710 SoC. However, in real-world usage with day-to-day tasks like messaging, social media browsing, multitasking and loading and running heavy apps, both the phones perform equally and admirably.Both the Redmi Note 7 Pro and Realme 3 Pro are some of the fastest and most powerful phones you can find under Rs 15,000. But the Realme 3 Pro gets an edge over the Redmi Note 7 Pro in gaming performance. The SD710 chipset comes with a capable Adreno 616 GPU that runs graphic intensive games like PUBG, Asphalt 9 absolutely smoothly on high graphics settings without lags or stutters. Additionally, the Realme 3 Pro is also the only phone among the two that supports Fortnite as of now.Realme 3 Pro vs Redmi Note 7 Pro: CameraRealme did not take the 48MP camera route as the Redmi Note 7 Pro. Instead, the company decided to take a flagship-grade 16MP Sony IMX519 sensor that can be seen on premium phones like the OnePlus 6T, and added it to the Realme 3 Pro. The result is that you get excellent sharpness and detail in photos captured in daylight. The Chroma Boost mode boosts colours saturation and dynamic range, resulting is some really attractive photos in most lighting conditions.advertisementThe Realme 3 Pro comes with versatile cameras as it also manages to capture some great macro shots that are not possible on the Redmi Note 7 Pro. The secondary 5MP depth camera does a decent job at bokehs, while the 25MP front-facing cameras captures detailed selfies with good colour reproduction. The Realme 3 Pro’s cameras also supports Super Slo-mo video recording at 960 fps, which is a first for a phone in this segment.The Redmi Note 7 Pro has already secured its position as a photography powerhouse in this segment thanks to its 48MP Sony IMX586 primary camera that can capture great detail in most lighting conditions. The standard 12MP mode uses pixel binning to stitch together photos and offer high-quality 48MP shots. The phone also comes with a 5MP secondary depth camera and a 13MP front-facing camera for selfies.After taking a bunch of photos on both the devices, here’s what I felt. Both the phones capture fantastic details and sharpness in daylight, but the Realme 3 Pro offers better dynamic range and higher contrast thanks to the Chroma Boost feature. Photos captures via the Realme 3 Pro look brighter and more vibrant, while photos from the Redmi Note 7 Pro look more natural and colour-accurate. Selfies on the Realme 3 Pro look sharper as well with punch and vibrant colours, natural skin tones and balanced exposure. Selfies on the Redmi Note 7 Pro look softer in comparison and often overexposed which leads to blown out backgrounds. But the Redmi Note 7 Pro still takes better low-light shot compared to the Realme 3 Pro. Both the phones come with dedicated long-exposure night modes that can capture a good amount of light to offer brighter, clearer photos in low-light settings. The Night mode on the Redmi phone does a great job in retaining detail and reducing noise. The Realme 3 Pro’s Nightscape feature does admirably in low-light but photos look a touch softer and blurrier compared to Redmi Note 7 Pro.Realme 3 Pro vs Redmi Note 7 Pro: BatteryThe Redmi Note 7 Pro and Realme 3 Pro come with similar battery capacities with the former getting a 4,000mAh battery and the latter coming with a 4,045mAh battery. The batteries ensure you get a solid full-day worth of juice on a single charge. If you’re not using the devices beyond the average messaging, social media browsing, and some gaming, you should get around a day and a half of battery with both the phones. A big advantage with the Realme 3 Pro is the support for VOOC 3.0 fast charging, which can charge up the device from zero to 100 per cent in 80 minutes. You also get a 20W fast charger with the box/ The Redmi Note 7 Pro does not support such fast charging speeds, and the company only ships a 10W charger with the box.Should you buy the Realme 3 Pro or Redmi Note 7 Pro?Both the Realme 3 Pro and Redmi Note 7 Pro are priced identically starting at Rs 13,999. And for that price, both the phones offer terrific value, so there is no wrong decision here. That being said, Realme seems to have a clear edge in some areas such as gaming performance, VOOC fast charging and offering versatile cameras. It is the perfect alternative to the Redmi Note 7 Pro right now.advertisementThe Redmi Note 7 Pro is also a fast-performing phone with great cameras, especially for low-light photography. It also comes with a premium glass design and a Type-C port. But the Realme 3 Pro offers more features and more bang for the buck and is perhaps the best phone under Rs 15,000 right now.ALSO READ | Realme 3 Pro review: Believe the hypeALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro review: Stylish Redmi with a cool cameralast_img read more

10 months agoOzil: I am desperate to help Arsenal teammates

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ozil: I am desperate to help Arsenal teammatesby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil is adamant a knee injury is keeping him on the sidelines.Ozil missed Saturday’s 5-1 thrashing at Liverpool with a knee complaint, with Arsenal head coach Unai Emery saying after the game: “[It’s] His knee. I don’t know if it’s big or not big, but it’s his knee.”The German playmaker also missed Arsenal’s 4-1 win over Fulham on New Year’s Day, but took to Twitter after the match to congratulate his team-mates for the victory and tell fans that he is targeting a comeback as soon as he can.Positive start into 2019 for us! Congrats Gunners! Nevertheless it was hard for me to not being on the pitch due to my injury today. I definitely want to help the team as soon as possible again. Wishing all of you a happy, healthy and satisfying 2019! #YaGunnersYa#M10— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) January 1, 2019 last_img read more

College Football’s Top 10 Coaches, Per Athlon Sports

first_imgAthlon Sports ranks college footballs best coaches.Athlon SportsAthlon Sports has ranked every college football coach, No. 1 to No. 128, ahead of the 2016 season. You can view the full list here. The top of the list is what most people care about, though, and inside Athlon Sports’ top 10, there aren’t too many surprises. The biggest “surprise” is probably that there is only one SEC coach in the top 10, but there isn’t a clear SEC coach slight. [email protected] ranked the top #CFB coaches in the country & only 1 SEC coach made the top 10 pic.twitter.com/cBaH9hzp4z— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) June 21, 2016The No. 1 and No. 2 spots are extremely obvious and unarguable. After that, there are a handful of coaches who could be deserving of the No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 spots.If you were starting a college football program tomorrow, though, Harbaugh would almost certainly be the choice behind Saban and Meyer.last_img read more

Two injured in balcony collapse

first_imgNew Delhi: Two persons were injured after the balcony of their house collapsed in west Delhi’s Mohan Garden area, police said. The two injured men were identified as Subodh (48) and Harsh (30), who is currently being treated at a local hospital. The DFS deputed two water tenders and a rescue responder to the spot and informed that there were no casualties in the case. This is not the first case two persons died and one injured after the wall of a godown collapsed in Najafgarh area of Dwarka district. The data of DFS accessed by Millennium Post claimed that in the year 2009-10 around 34 persons died whereas in the year 2010-11 the death toll increased to 112 whereas 2011-12, witnessed 47 deaths in the city. “In 2016-17 over 20 persons lost their lives due to structure collapse. From 2017 to March 2018, 11 persons died,” claimed the DFS data.last_img read more

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