Odegaard: My goal is to play for Real Madrid

first_imgMartin Odegaard remains determined to break into Real Madrid’s first team and sees his time on loan at Vitesse as a big step towards achieving his goal.For a player once regarded as a potential superstar and courted by Europe’s most successful sides, the hype surrounding Odegaard has died down since he joined Madrid at 16 years old.Now 19, the midfielder has spent almost two years in the Eredivisie, having joined Vitesse in the summer after an 18-month spell with Heerenveen. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! A regular starter for Leonid Slutsky’s team, he has two goals and an assist from 11 appearances in all competitions, and feels he is on the right track to reach the top of the game.”I am satisfied, I’m finding my way more and more here [at Vitesse],” he told  Voetbal International .  “Recently, I finally scored. against Heracles. With that, there was a burden lifted off my shoulders. One of my goals is to get better statistics in goals and assists.”I have to play and learn as much as possible. Of course, I hoped that I would have a place in Real’s team. I was training all summer long and got some minutes in the first team. At the end of the summer, the club and I decided that it would be better for me to play elsewhere. That would be the best choice for my own development. Then you are looking for the best conditions for yourself. After the conversation with this coach [Slutsky], I knew it would be Arnhem.”He added: “You have to be modest and keep your goal in mind. How many 19-year-olds play in the first team of Madrid? The road is long and I am convinced of myself.”Work hard, learn more in every game and make more minutes. My goal is clear: I want to play for Real Madrid. I do everything for that. My contract has already been renewed. I take that as a sign of trust. Vitesse is absolutely no step back, it is a step forward towards the top.”Odegaard scored a free-kick last week against Utrecht for his first Eredivisie goal of the season, and he expects to improve his efficiency as he matures.”I am only 19, but I have been playing professional football for five years,” he said. “Then I can expect that I will dare to be more dominant.”I understand better what this team wants, what the coach wants and how we enjoy working. I feel I have come to the perfect place to take the next step. But it is first about the team. If I am important to that, then I will also do well. The free-kick was a great reward, but I will think longer about the missed opportunity after that.”last_img read more

Sydney FC set to play PSG in pre-season

first_imgReigning A-League champions Sydney FC have all but locked in a pre-season match against PSG to be played in China on July 30.The French heavyweights were originally scheduled to play Espanyol on July 27 with Europa League qualifiers ultimately seeing the Spanish club have to withdraw.In come the Sky Blues, who will now travel to Suzhou as part of PSG’s Asia Summer Tour.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The Paris-based club will also tackle Inter and Stade Rennais during their trip to China.🆕🌏🇨🇳Les joueurs de @TTuchelofficial affronteront le @SydneyFC à la place de l’Espanyol Barcelone lors du #ChinaSummerTour2019🇦🇺 Sydney FC 3⃣0⃣ juillet -📍 Suzhou— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_inside) June 25, 2019Sydney FC’s pre-season plans remain relatively unknown though they will learn their opponent for the FFA Cup round of 32 tonight.Four of those games are set to be played between July 30-31 presenting a potential hurdle to the Sky Blues trip to China which the club are yet to officially confirm.  Steve Corica’s side won last season’s A-League grand final on penalties against Perth Glory having finished the regular season in second. The Sky Blues last high-profile friendly came in July 2017 when they hosted Arsenal at ANZ Stadium with the Premier League club claiming a 2-0 win. PSG have made a habit of going to China in pre-season over the past few years and will be bringing their first-team squad with them this year. “All the team are very enthusiastic to come back to China,” Maxwell Scherrer said in a club statement. “This will be the third time for the club, following two successful campaigns in 2014 and 2018.”We are especially delighted to discover two cities where Paris Saint-Germain has never played before and to come back here to Shenzhen, a city and a stadium we know from last year.”It is a very exciting time. Passion for football is more intense than ever in China and we want to continue to build strong ties with the local fans.”last_img read more

Amazon Executive Predicts Tech Giants Will Cause Next Round Of Conference Realignment

first_imgAn interior view of the stadium before the start of Texas A&M Aggies Maroon & White spring football game at Kyle Field.COLLEGE STATION, TX – APRIL 13: An interior view of the stadium before the start of Texas A&M Aggies Maroon & White spring football game at Kyle Field on April 13, 2013 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)When we think of college football conference realignment, it is easiest to think of things through the terms of how the sport currently works. To the point, big money deals with ESPN, FOX, CBS, and other networks have driven realignment. We’ve already seen a big blow to geography’s role in the sport.Live sports are among the only things that are currently propping up the cable model. While there are more scripted television shows than ever, few outside of your stray HBO Sunday night hit like Game of Thrones are live appointment viewing. A big sporting event, like tonight’s NBA Finals Game 1, will still draw a substantial live viewership.Even with dipping NFL ratings, college football has thrived, and Division I college football has a massive inventory of games every year, thanks to 130 teams, and at least a few dozen that can draw neutral fans in big numbers. It only makes sense that once conference media rights deals expire between 2023 and 2026, that tech companies like Amazon and Netflix could look to get into the game.Those two alone are already producing billions of dollars worth of content. The ability to show college football and drive more subscriptions would be huge.At the Big 12 meetings this week, West Virginia president E. Gordon Gee already floated the idea of the Big 12 looking to those streaming giants as potential partners after the Grant of Rights for the league is up in 2025. However, things could go way farther than that. 247Sports‘ Brian Bishop spoke to an unnamed Amazon executive and college football fan who thinks his company and its competitors could effectively blow up the current conference model.“Conference realignment will come,” he said, “but probably not in the way you’re thinking.”He explained that Amazon, Netflix and perhaps even Apple, Google and Facebook, (aka ‘FAANG’), will be more instrumental than current TV networks in reshaping what we know now as conference affiliations.Naturally, I doubted this statement, until he explained why.“We already have more cash than ABC/ESPN, NBC or CBS” he said. “And, In another five or six years, it won’t even be close. And too, ”the tech companies are far more advanced than the networks when it comes to knowing how to use the future broadcast technologies, (streaming) and that gap is growing too.”With billions in the coffers to spend on content, a company like Amazon could double what even the Big Ten is receiving with its current $2.6 billion media deal. However, the executive thinks the target will be schools, and not conferences.Again, back to my friend at Amazon. “We’re still seven or eight years away,” he said, “but if we had to restructure the landscape today, we would not start by negotiating with a conference. We don’t care about the SEC, Big 12 of Big 10 as a whole. In our opinion, those entities are not our focus.“Instead, we would want to identify 30 or 40 teams that command the biggest audience. That may be by reputation or location, but generally we all know that there are members in every one of these conferences that frankly don’t move the needle.This projects a future where rather than a set of conferences, you have teams under the umbrellas of different streaming companies that will determine where their games will be available. The Big Ten and SEC are certainly brands, but Alabama, Ohio State, and the other big programs have far more utility by themselves to a place like Amazon.This remains pretty hypothetical, and obviously this type of huge change could be a few cycles away. Still, the entire piece is fascinating, and absolutely feels like the direction in which things could move sooner than we think.[247Sports]last_img read more

Bayswater Beach in Lunenburg County Water Quality Returns to Normal

first_imgThe Department of Health and Wellness has received results of water samples for Bayswater Beach in Lunenburg County. The new samples meet recreational water guidelines. The beach was posted as unsafe for swimming on Aug. 27. The public is reminded that the Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service has ended supervision for the beach season.last_img

AP Interview Chinese editor Hu Shuli steps aside not down

first_imgBEIJING, China – Some say China’s most prominent journalist is finished.Far from it, says Hu Shuli, founder of the financial magazine Caixin.Hu listened one recent afternoon to the theories floating in China’s chattering class about why she was handing over the editorial reins at Caixin, the only newsroom known for hard-hitting, investigative reporting in China — and dismissed them.“Laughable rumours,” Hu snapped. “I’m not stepping back or stepping down. You could say I’m stepping up.”In a rare interview with the Associated Press, Hu spoke bullishly about transitioning this month into a publisher role at the newsmagazine she co-founded in 2009, and about the prospects of the “Me Too” movement in China. She spoke more guardedly about censorship and declared Caixin as free as ever to conduct its signature muckraking reporting. China watchers say the space for independent journalism in the country, already one of the world’s most censored news environments, is fast vanishing under President Xi Jinping.“We always think there are stories to do and we don’t think, ‘maybe this environment should be better,’” said Hu. “We’ve always felt we could do anything we wanted. It was just based on what our priorities are.”Hu said she was handing the operation over to her long-time deputy Wang Shuo because of her age — she turns 65 this year. She will occasionally conduct major interviews and remain involved in major editorial decisions as an adviser to Wang, who she hired as a 25-year-old two decades ago.Known for her political savvy, for 30 years Hu has published scoops that uncovered corporate malfeasance and government corruption without repercussions while other journalists fell afoul of authorities and landed in jail. Her publication blew open the government coverup of the SARS epidemic in 2003 and has questioned countless deals among powerful companies, including state-backed enterprises.Caixin’s reshuffle comes shortly after Wang Qishan, an official widely seen as Hu’s longtime ally, stepped down from the Communist Party’s top leadership body, said Willy Lam, a political analyst at the Chinese University in Hong Kong.“Ms. Hu is famous for being supercharged, full of energy,” Lam said. “It’s difficult to believe she’s stepping aside because of age. It has to do with politics.”Hu declined to discuss her relationship with Wang and denied that political factors were behind her move. In any case, Wang appears to retain significant influence: he joined a parliamentary delegation this week amid speculation that Xi might soon name him vice-president.Still, at a time when Xi demands strict ideological discipline across Chinese society, particularly in sensitive industries like media, it remains to be seen if Caixin can continue to push the envelope. A liberal historical journal, Yanhuang Chunqiu, has been shuttered and influential online commentators silenced. Caixin made international headlines in 2016 when it published an interview with a Shanghai professor who criticized China’s tightening censorship, and, when censors moved to block the interview, Caixin disclosed the takedown order in an unusual show of defiance.Pressed nearly two years later, Hu shook her head, saying she doesn’t remember the incident.Even though she has not directed coverage recently, Hu said she is proud of her staff’s reporting on sexual harassment and the #MeToo movement in China. Discussion of the subject has sometimes been censored on Chinese social media or branded as a destabilizing foreign movement. But the story has gained some domestic traction, including reports by state-run outlets like the official Xinhua news agency, which Hu praised.“China also has this kind of problem … China had the ‘women hold up half the sky’ revolutionary slogan — but the actual situation, the actual status of women — I think is a very profound issue,” said Hu, adding that she wanted to do more to promote #MeToo.Hu said most of her energy will be focused on developing Caixin’s business model.In October the company became the first Chinese news company to erect a paywall, a decision Hu made based on the success of leading western newspapers. She declined to discuss subscription or revenue numbers, but acknowledged that online revenues are not yet considered “substantial.”Wei Wuhui, a lecturer of new media at Shanghai Jiaotong University who was asked by Hu to consult on Caixin’s paywall model last year, said the increasingly restrictive political atmosphere will affect Caixin. Apart from direct censorship, it will be hurt by the scarcity of young people willing to pursue journalism.“Even students studying journalism don’t want to do journalism now,” Wei said. “In a few years, the market for investigative journalism may not exist at all.”Never mind the naysayers, said Hu.Caixin has more fertile (and safe) areas than ever to investigate in China, she said.Wang ticked off financial crimes and environmental protection as beats where he plans to beef up staffing.A month after she officially relinquished the editor position, Hu still sat in her same corner office, her books and pictures untouched. Wang still works on a long narrow table with other editors in Caixin’s main newsroom of 400 people.Her advice for Wang was that “the opportunity is his to take now,” she said, adding: “And I’m still here.”last_img read more

22 Killed 70 Injured in Car Bomb Attack in Baghdad

Baghdad – Two separate blasts have ripped through Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 22 and injuring over 70 people, according to local police.A car packed with explosives blew up in a commercial street of Baghdad al-Jadeeda, an eastern district of Baghdad, killing at least 15 people and wounding over 50, a police officer said.The second blast hit near a military checkpoint in the capital’s north. These attacks come as Iraqi forces struggle to force out Islamic State militants from Falluja, west of Baghdad.Up to 90,000 civilians are believed to still be inside Fallujah, according to the UN, which had earlier estimated the number to be 50,000.With MAP

550 held during Eelam War memorial event in Chennai

About 550 members of various Tamil outfits including the May 17 Movement, MDMK, Tamilaga Makkal Jananayaka Katchi (TMJK), Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) and others were arrested on the Marina in Chennai on Sunday when they defied the ban order and went ahead to stage a candlelight vigil for victims of the last phase of the Eelam War, the New Indian Express reported.With an intention of paying homage to the Sri Lankan Tamils killed during the last phase of Eelam War in the island nation in 2009, about 550 members of the Tamil outfits gathered on the Bharathi Salai near the Marina Beach on Sunday evening. They marched towards the beach under the leadership of Vaiko, MDMK general secretary, Thirumurugan Gandhi, coordinator of the May 17 Movement,  and Dehlan Baqavi, SDPI Tamil Nadu unit president. Before commencing the rally, they raised various slogans, urging the UN Human Rights Council to take steps to punish those who committed the genocide and war crimes against Sri Lankan Tamils during the civil war. The participants were holding placards through which they highlighted their demands such as international enquiry into the genocide. Thirumurugan Gandhi said, “To pay tribute to the departed souls is our right and it’s a tradition of Tamils. Hence, we would continue the same kind of tribute in coming years too despite the police ban.”Hundreds of police personnel were deployed at the Marina beach from the morning of Sunday and the visitors were grilled before the entering the beach.In the evening, the police  allowed common people, who wore black shirts, only after elaborate enquiries triggered by suspicions whether they were protesters.Last year too, the police arrested those who came to Marina to stage a candlelight vigil. Thirumurugan Gandhi was even subsequently detained under the Goondas Act. (Colombo Gazette) Speaking  to media, Vaiko said, “Even Sri Lanka, which had allegedly committed genocide and war crimes against Tamils, has allowed paying tributes to the victims. But the Tamil Nadu government has banned the event. It is highly deplorable”. read more

Police to investigate zookeepers death despite previously describing it as nonsuspicious

first_imgCarnivore Keeper Rosa King with the tigers at Hamerton Zoo Park, on World Tiger DayCredit:Peterborough Tel / SWNS.com Carnivore Keeper Rosa King with the tigers at Hamerton Zoo Park, on World Tiger Day The district council, which is responsible for issuing the zoo’s licence, said: “Both the police and the council are working together within routine protocols to progress investigations into the incident as efficiently and effectively as possible.”It has emerged the zoo’s owners were warned about their ageing barriers four years ago.The zoo described Ms King’s death as a “freak accident”, but it was heavily criticised in an inspection by officials in 2013 that forced it to make improvements. A Cambridgeshire Police spokeswoman said the decision to collaborate on the case had been made on Tuesday afternoon, but could not say why the force had changed its mind.A spokesman for the zoo said it was “co-operating fully with the investigation that is currently being conducted by Huntingdonshire District Council Environmental Health Department”. The wildlife park opened in June 1990 and covers 25 acres. It includes enclosures for Malaysian tigers, Bengal tigers, cheetahs, wolves, corsac foxes, kangaroos as well as a variety of birds, reptiles and domestic animals.The zoo opened a new enclosure for its Malaysian tigers in July last year. Police have launched an investigation into the death of zookeeper Rosa King, who was mauled by a tiger, despite previously describing it as “non-suspicious”.The 33-year-old was fatally attacked during an incident at Hamerton Zoo Park near Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, on Monday.Emergency services were called to the scene at around 11.15am but initially described Rosa’s death as “non-suspicious”. However, they have since launched a joint investigation with Huntingdon District Council, and officers were today seen arriving at the zoo. Show more Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

LETTER PSC maintains that President Granger and his Govt must respect

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPSC, GTUC, FITUG: Govt deliberately avoiding meeting with stakeholdersDecember 15, 2016In “latest news”‘I reject any attempt to be muzzled by the PSC’ – HarmonOctober 23, 2013In “Local News”Opposition walks out of AML Select Committee MeetingFebruary 4, 2014In “Politics” Dear Editor/News Editor,I am a member of the Private Sector Commission (PSC) Council and a member of the Governance & Security Sub-Committee. I have been intimately involved in all of the Press Statements made by the Sub- Committee in relation to the passing of the no-confidence motion in the National Assembly.I have, therefore, decided to write expressing my growing concern at the repeated and totally specious attacks on the accuracy of the Statements and on the credibility of the Commission by Mr. Rickford Burke. Mr. Burke resides safely in the USA and, of course, bears no responsibility for, nor does he suffer, the consequences in Guyana for anything he says or writes.I remember Mr. Burke, when I was a member of the Cabinet, as a young enthusiastic but radical extremist member of the PNC. Age, it seems, has neither tempered his extremism nor given him the wisdom of reason.In fact, our country faces extremely severe consequences as a result of our government’s persistence in ignoring the Constitutional requirement which followed the event of a no-confidence motion in the National Assembly on 21st December, 2018.In fact, our President has placed his government in a position of grievously violating the Constitutional provisions of Articles 106 (6) and has signaled a similar intention with regard to Article 106 (7) to function outside of the country’s supreme law which he swore to uphold.I have had a long and valued friendship with David Granger before his election as President and I have continued to hold the highest regard and respect for him, but find his government’s behaviour, with regard to the effect of the no-confidence motion respecting his Cabinet and government, unacceptable. The PSC, whose responsibility it is to speak for the stability and well-being of the business community and for the maintenance of the rule of law in the country, is perfectly within its mandate to defend a respect for the Constitution. Equally, the PSC’s mandate is to insist on adherence to the Constitution and the rule of law by all of the political parties, whether in or out of government.The PSC’s statements hold no political partiality. They are strictly confined to fact. They embrace no brief for nor opposition to any political party. The Commission’s statements do, however, quite properly, confront the reality of the very serious economic, political and social consequences for Guyana arising from the government ignoring the Constitution and behaving outside of the law.It is a fact that the no-confidence vote remains valid, as recognized by the Speaker of the National Assembly, Mr. Bartland Scotland, and ruled on by the Chief Justice, Roxanne George-Wiltshire.It is a fact that Cabinet is resigned along with the President as head of the Cabinet as required by the Constitution and as was confirmed by the ruling of the Chief Justice.It is a fact that all the Members of Parliament serving as Ministers who hold dual citizenship must now resign their portfolios and cease to function as Ministers, as, indeed, must all dual citizens currently in the National Assembly, from all the political parties, resign from being members of the Assembly.It is a fact that the President and his Ministers, excluding those of dual citizenship, remain in office until 21st March, 2019, but may no longer function as a Cabinet and only until within the period mandated by the Constitution.It is a fact that Article 106 (7) of the Constitution requires elections to be held no later than 21st March, 2019, unless a two thirds majority vote of the Assembly extends that date. It is a fact that this Constitutional imposition is not delayed by any appeal filed against the ruling of the Chief Justice.It is a fact that the President and his government, through the Attorney General, have the right to appeal the ruling of the High Court but, it is also a fact that the rulings of the High Court remain in place and active and that the President and government must, by law, act as so ruled unless overruled by a higher Court.It is a fact that GECOM, under the law, as is required by the Constitution, must be prepared to hold a General Election whenever it is due and specifically prescribed by the Constitution.It is a fact that GECOM, including the Chief Elections Officer, judged from their own public statements and those of the government, have failed in their constitutional duty to prepare for the holding of elections by 21st March, 2019.I have stated the facts conveyed in the Press Releases by the Private Sector Commission of 31st January and 4th February, 2019. All, therefore, that the PSC has stated is that the President and his government must respect the Constitution and respect the law and that GECOM must observe, respect and act in accordance with the Constitution.Yours sincerely,Kit Nascimento read more

Nintendo surprised HD games development requires double the staff

first_imgNintendo took a very different approach to the current generation of gaming hardware. They focused on motion control and stuck with SD graphics for the Wii while Sony and Microsoft embraced HD. Gamers may have enjoyed those higher resolution graphics, but development teams soon realized larger teams were needed and producing games for the PS3 and Xbox 360 cost significantly more.Nintendo has been shielded from such costs and workloads for its first party games until now. But with the shift to HD on the Wii U, the company is facing the same problems many third party developers had to deal with several years ago, and it has certainly surprised the Japanese company.If you’ve been wondering why there’s been a lack of first party titles on the Wii U, this is a major part of the reason. Nintendo didn’t realize you need about double the number of people working on a HD game compared to an SD title, therefore projects have been under-staffed and that has led to delays.Shigeru Miyamoto admitted this when talking at Nintendo’s last shareholder meeting, and used the delay of Pikmin 3’s release as a key example. Nintendo just needed more people, and didn’t realize this until projects were underway and falling behind schedule.Now Nintendo has had time to understand what is required to get a Wii U game completed, future projects shouldn’t suffer the same problem. The company has also started using what they are calling the Nintendo Web Framework, which allows games to be developed and run using HTML5. Such games won’t replace key Wii U releases, but should at least mean we get more games coming to the system from shorter development cycles.last_img read more

Henry Bolton quits Ukip after being sacked as party leader

first_img Image: PA Wire/PA Images By Ceimin Burke Thursday 22 Feb 2018, 3:34 PM 9,841 Views Henry Bolton, file photo. Short URL https://jrnl.ie/3866412 Feb 22nd 2018, 3:34 PM Henry Bolton quits Ukip after being sacked as party leader Bolton was confronted with a statement from his wife, whom he left just before Christmas, on TV this morning. FORMER UKIP LEADER Henry Bolton has quit the party just days after being ousted as leader.Bolton, aged 54, faced criticism in early January after it emerged that his 25-year-old girlfriend made racist remarks about Prince Harry’s fiancée Meghan Markle and the residents of Grenfell tower.Jo Marney wrote texts saying that “black American” Markle would “taint the royal family”, and her marriage to Prince Harry would pave the way for a “black king”.She also described Grenfell Tower, where 71 people died in a fire last June, as “a nest of illegal immigrants”.Ukip members backed a motion of no confidence in Bolton at an extraordinary general meeting in Birmingham on Saturday, five months after he won a leadership contest.The party announced that he is no longer a member after he appeared alongside former model Marney on ITV’s This morning programme today. Source: This Morning/TwitterSpeaking on the programme the couple denied they were “private racists”. “I absolutely do not believe that these comments reflect Jo’s core beliefs. They are appalling language,” Bolton said.The politician was also confronted with a lengthy statement from his wife of 11 years, Tatiana Smurova-Bolton, whom he left just before Christmas.“Rather than trying to protect the privacy of the children he hurt so badly, my still-husband has given countless interviews proclaiming his feelings for his lover while still being legally married,” the statement said. I’ve supported my husband through the 11 years of us being together in good times but also bad when we had no job or money. Now, me and my family have been abandoned and quickly forgotten. He hasn’t found the time to visit his children, who haven’t seen him for two months.READ: Ukip members vote to remove scandal-hit leader Henry Bolton>READ: UKIP leader splits with partner over ‘racist’ Meghan Markle texts> Henry Bolton, file photo. Image: PA Wire/PA Images Share18 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 18 Comments last_img read more

Le rover Curiosity photographie une éclipse solaire sur Mars

first_imgLe rover Curiosity photographie une éclipse solaire sur MarsLe rover Curiosity qui se balade toujours sur Mars, a réussi à capturer des photos d’un moment exceptionnel : une éclipse solaire provoquée par Phobos, l’une des lunes de la Planète rouge.Alors qu’il vient tout juste de fêter son anniversaire sur Mars, Curiosity n’en a visiblement pas fini de nous émerveiller avec ses clichés. Jeudi, la NASA a publié trois nouvelles photos capturées par le rover martien qui montrent une éclipse de Soleil. Celles-ci ont été prises le 17 août dernier (369e jour martien ou Sol) à l’aide des objectifs de la Mast Camera. Mais ce n’était pas le fruit du hasard. Ce jour-ci, les équipes de la NASA avaient spécialement prévu une pause pour Curiosity afin qu’il observe cet évènement céleste dont la date avait été calculée. Cette éclipse partielle annulaire est en fait due à Phobos, la plus grande des deux lunes de Mars. C’est elle qui est passée durant quelques instants devant le Soleil, formant une tache sur l’astre. Cet évènement s’étant produit aux alentours de midi, Phobos se trouvait quasiment au-dessus, bien plus près du rover qu’elle ne l’aurait été le matin ou plus tard dans l’après-midi. Ce “timing” fait que la silhouette irrégulière de Phobos apparait bien plus large qu’elle ne l’est réellement face au Soleil. Cela n’a pas suffi à créer une éclipse totale sur Mars mais les scientifiques sont ravis des clichés que Curiosity a pris et qui vont permettre d’en savoir plus sur Phobos notamment. “C’est de loin l’image la plus détaillée d’un transit lunaire martien jamais prise. Elle est même plus proche du centre du soleil que prévu, aussi on a appris quelque chose”, a déclaré Mark Lemmon de l’université A&M du Texas dans un communiqué repris par Reuters.Curiosity peut désormais se déplacer tout seul Actuellement, Curiosity est en route vers le mont Sharp, une montagne de 5.000 mètres de haut qui constitue le principal objectif de la mission du rover. Mais il reste encore pas mal de chemin à parcourir avant d’atteindre le “point d’entrée” du Mont Sharp : 7,18 kilomètres, le 27 août, selon un communiqué de la NASA. Curiosity n’arrivera donc pas à cette zone d’intérêt avant plusieurs mois. Mardi, le rover a toutefois franchi une étape d’importance : pour la première fois depuis son arrivée en août 2012, il a navigué de façon autonome. Jusqu’ici, c’était les équipes au sol qui guidaient le rover dans les chemins cahoteux au vu des données dont ils disposaient. Maintenant, le système autonav permet au rover d’examiner par lui-même les images prises et calcule un parcours sûr pour naviguer à la surface de Mars.”Curiosity prend plusieurs séries d’images, et l’ordinateur du rover analyse cette information pour cartographier n’importe quel danger géométrique ou terrain accidenté. Le rover considère tous les parcours qu’il pourrait prendre pour arriver au point désigné pour le déplacement et choisit le meilleur”, a expliqué Mark Maimone, ingénieur du Jet Propulsion Laboratory de la NASA.Une nouvelle étape de réussie avant la prochaine pause À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembre Ce premier test s’est produit dans une dépression dont les détails n’étaient pas visibles depuis la précédente localisation de Curiosity. Les chercheurs ont donc laissé le rover faire. “Nous pouvions voir la zone avant la déclivité et nous avons dit au rover où se déplacer sur cette partie. Nous pouvions voir le sol de l’autre côté, où nous avons fixé un point d’arrivée pour le rover, mais Curiosity a trouvé par lui-même comment se déplacer dans la partie inconnue qui se trouvait entre”, a ajouté John Wright qui conduit le rover depuis le JPL. Et tout s’est semble t-il bien passé. Au final, Curiosity a parcouru 10 mètres de façon autonome, sur un déplacement total de 43 mètres. Avant d’atteindre le mont Sharp, le rover effectuera plusieurs pauses dans des aires désignées comme points d’intérêt par les scientifiques. La prochaine se trouve à 500 mètres de Curiosity qui y réalisera plusieurs analyses ainsi que des prélèvements.(crédits photo :  NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems/Texas A&M Univ) Le 30 août 2013 à 13:18 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

The cougar hunt is on in Mount Hood National Forest

first_imgGovernment houndsmen from around Oregon are descending upon the Mount Hood National Forest to hunt down and kill the cougar responsible for the first fatal cougar attack in state history.At least three federal Wildlife Services agents with tracking dogs will go into the remote Hunchback Mountain area to capture and kill any cougar they find to see whether it matches animal DNA taken from the body of 55-year-old Gresham hiker Diana Bober, whose body was found Monday.“When we locate them, our intention will be to kill them and then take samples and then try to match that up,” said Brian Wolfer, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s South Willamette watershed manager.“We will not know for sure we have the correct cougar until we’re able to get those samples,” said Wolfer, who added that “we are not looking to indiscriminately kill a large number of cougars.”It takes at least two hours to hike into the scene where Bober’s body was found. The trail is as skinny as 2-feet-wide in places and includes steep drop-offs, Wolfer said. The trail is also rife with blown-down trees that make using mules to haul in a trap or cage impossible, he said.last_img read more

Pellegrini not happy with Felipe Andersons form

first_imgWest Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has backed club-record signing Felipe Anderson despite his lack of form and believes the Brazilian can still turn it around.West Ham fans are unhappy with Anderson’s work-rate, but Pellegrini believes the midfielder will find his form in the Premier League.Anderson signed for West Ham from Lazio in a transfer deal reported to worth up to £42m but has only managed one goal and one assist from 10 Premier League starts.Pellegrini told Sky Sports: “Happy with his [Anderson’s] performance? In a global way, I think I am not happy, I think Felipe is not happy. I think that everyone is not happy because he has demonstrated that he can do more.Report: Rice is committed to West Ham not a United moveReport: Rice is committed to West Ham not a United move George Patchias – September 4, 2019 Declan Rice is committed to his West Ham contract and not a move to Manchester United.In an interview reported by football.london, Rice opens up…“He had good moments in part of the game [in the league against Spurs], he also had bad moments, but he is not the first player that needs some time to know what is the Premier League.“But what I don’t have any doubt about with Felipe is his performance or his commitment with the team. He knows his performances must improve and he is giving his best to do it.“I trust a lot in him and he is always a player that can make easy mistakes but can also give you different things.”last_img read more

EAT ruling on voluntary overtimes inclusion in holiday pay raises practical considerations

first_imgIn July 2017, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) dismissed an appeal by Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council, ruling that voluntary overtime should be included in calculations for holiday pay.The case, Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council v Mr G. Willetts and others, was originally brought to the Employment Tribunal (ET) by 56 council employees who work as electricians, plumbers, roofers, storemen, operations officers and quick response operatives. They contended that the pay they received for performing additional duties on a voluntary basis, as well as the travel time linked to this work, should be taken into account for holiday pay calculations. This is to ensure that they are not financially disadvantaged by taking leave.These additional duties, which are scheduled entirely by the employees, includes out-of-hours standby shifts, attending call-outs, and voluntary overtime. The employees in question are formally contracted to work for 37 hours a week, with many also having a contractual right to work two to four hours of overtime. The voluntary duties are performed in addition to these normal working hours.The ET ruled in favour of the claimants, and although the council appealed the decision, the EAT upheld the ET’s verdict and dismissed the appeal. The EAT found that there was no distinction between contracted working hours and voluntarily worked shifts under the European Union’s Working Time Directive because normal remuneration has to be maintained for the calculation of holiday pay, which relates to the statutory four weeks of annual leave provided under EU law.The EAT found that if voluntary shifts and other additional duties performed on a voluntary basis formed part of normal pay, then this should be included in holiday pay calculations to avoid any financial disadvantages that could occur from an employee opting to take leave rather than working.How the ruling could impact employersAlthough the ruling has clarified the situation around voluntary overtime being included in holiday pay, it has failed to address the practicalities that employers need to consider to action changes in their organisations, said Stefan Martin, partner at law firm Hogan Lovells. “They’ve left a couple of questions outstanding, which is what is a normal payment? When will it qualify? That is something the courts are still going to have to interpret. […] [The case] doesn’t really answer the practical questions that would need to be worked through,” he added.For example, the reference period for calculating holiday pay has raised question marks for many employers, said Kate Hodgkiss, employment partner at DLA Piper. “The case is quite clear that it doesn’t need to be a fixed period, or the same amount on a weekly or a monthly basis, it just needs to be with a degree of regularity as to amount to normal remuneration,” she said. This could cause complexities for employers who regularly hire staff for nine months of the year, for example, or who have employees who only perform overtime in certain months, such as in the run up to Christmas or over the summer holidays.Hodgkiss added: “Do they calculate it at the point of time when the overtime is worked or do they choose a longer reference period and calculate it at the end of the year so that they’re essentially recompensing employees for when they took holiday earlier in the year? Those types of practical problems are the ones that employers really need to face because otherwise they’ll need to change the whole payroll system in order to adjust.”Looking forwardIn light of the ruling, the first step for employers should be to conduct an audit on employee pay and remuneration, including what voluntary overtime might qualify as normal pay for the purposes of holiday pay. Then, employers should consider the reference period they are going to use to calculate holiday pay. This might involve counting back 12 weeks from the first day of the holiday and averaging out what the employee’s pay is during that period, taking into account overtime, whether it is compulsory or regular voluntary overtime, explained Simon Kerr-Davis, employment counsel at Linklaters.“It would be good to see some positive steps forward to come up with a solution that both protects employees but also makes things administratively straightforward for employers to know where they stand as well,” Kerr-Davis added.last_img read more

Bengaluru 3yearold dies after being run over by school bus driver absconding

first_img[Representational Image]Wikimedia CommonsA three-year-old girl in Bengaluru was run over by a private school bus in Doddamannugudde village near Ramanagara.”While she was playing on the road in front of her house on Friday evening, a school van of a private school in the area, which was speeding, knocked her down,” the police told The Hindu.Jeevitha, the only daughter of Rajanna who is a farmer was standing outside his residence when the bus came to drop off students. The driver did not see the little girl standing and knocked her down. Her head came under the rear wheels of the vehicle and she died immediately, reports Times of India.”We learned about the incident from a few students on the bus. But all of them had left with their parents by the time we reached the spot,” a police officer was quoted as saying by TOI.An investigating officer said that a criminal complaint was filed against the driver and the vehicle was seized by the Ramanagaram Rural police. He added that the school management was intimated of the accident and was asked to give the police the details of the driver who ran away immediately after the accident. A team has been formed to trace him.This accident has happened just a few days after a 6-year-old was run over by his own school bus when he was getting out of it and the unsuspecting driver began reversing the vehicle. The incident happened at Rajarajeswari Nagar in Bengaluru.”The High Court has taken up public interest litigation on the issue. Various departments such as Transport Department, Traffic Police, and others have already held meetings on safeguarding the interests of students and taking action against errant owners,” an official of the Transport department was quoted as saying.last_img read more

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 7 future superstars that emerged from the

first_img Nicholas Pooran scored a brilliant hundred against Sri LankaTwitterNicholas PooranWest Indies is a cricketing nation that always has players with great potential but very little outcome. Nicholas Pooran is another very exciting prospect and thought of highly by people who follow Windies cricket. How good he is became clear when he scored a magnificent hundred against Sri Lanka in a tough chase. If luck had gone in the favour of West Indies, he may well have pulled off a remarkable victory. Having all the elegance of a left hander and the flair of a batsman from the Caribbean, Pooran is another one of the talented players in the West Indian batting line-up. Along with Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer, they could well become the spine of the Windies batting in future. Avishka Fernando could be the next big thing in Sri Lankan battingTwitterAvishka FernandoNo country is in greater need of future superstar batsmen than Sri Lanka. They have been struggling ever since Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara hung up their boots from international cricket. While Kusal Mendis and Kusal Perera have shown glimpses of their undeniable talent, they haven’t been able to do justice to it. Fernando could well be the man who changes that. There seems to be a bit of Marvan Atapattu about him, especially the way he plays the ball on to the leg-side. His hundred against West Indies could be the turning point in his career. However, he has to prove that, unlike the two Kusals, he can perform consistently. Alex Carey seems to be a very good batsmanTwitterAlex CareyAdam Gilchrist revolutionised the role of wicketkeeper in the team. They are no longer considered as glovemen behind the stumps but also important batsmen. Alex Carey seems to be the one who will finally provide a decent replacement to Australia for Gilchrist. In this World Cup, Carey displayed his brilliant stroke-play, both against spinners and fast bowlers, as well as his ability to find boundaries in difficult situation. Especially against spinners, he uses his long reach to great effect. He is certainly going to be a great servant of Australian cricket if everything goes well. Archer justified England’s faith in himTwitterJofra ArcherHe was a superstar in T20 franchise cricket already. But judgement was reserved as to whether he can replicate his success at the international level. It’s clear now that Jofra Archer is one of the finest limited-overs bowler in the world and is mastering that most valued art in cricket today – death overs bowling – as well as anyone. With genuine pace that inflicted injuries on both Alex Carey and Hashim Amla and a bag full of tricks like slower ball, slower bouncer, etc., he has every quality to become a leading bowler in world cricket. But what left people most confidence in his abilities was his temperament. His performance in the final, first at the end of the New Zealand innings and then in the super over, showed his class. He truly is a superstar in making. Archer delivered on the expectationsTwitter/Cricket World CupA World Cup in any sport gives young players an opportunity to turn themselves into global superstars. This is the case in cricket also. Performing well in a bi-lateral series wins a cricketer the applause of his and the opponent’s country. But a good performance on the biggest stage of the game spreads his renown all over the cricket world.In the 2019 World Cup also, there were many young or new cricketers trying to make a name for themselves. Some of them succeeded while some faltered. Now that the big event is over, we have a good opportunity to look at those young and upcoming cricketers who rose to the occasion and showed the world the talent they possess.Here is a list of 5 such men who displayed their talent and made the world realise that they could well be the next big things from their countries. Ikram showed great technique and temperamentTwitterIkram Ali KhilThe entry of this player into the Afghanistan team happened after the controversial exit of their veteran keeper-batsman Mohammad Shehzad midway through the tournament. The 18-year old didn’t just keep wickets but was even promoted to bat at no. 3. He responded by scoring a wonderful 86 in the game against West Indies. What is most impressive about this youngster is that, unlike other batsmen in his team, he seems to have a very decent technique. With many years ahead of him, he could well turn out to be that precocious talent that Afghanistan would need to make a mark in the future. Rassie van der Dussen has made a great start to his careerTwitterRassie van der DussenHe is not a young man but 30 years old. Still, Rassie van der Dussen is a newcomer in the world of international cricket. Right from his debut innings, where he scored 93, van der Dussen has looked the part in international cricket. His stroke-play is very fluent and equally good against fast and slow bowlers. There also seems to be a maturity in his game which is probably the result of experience in domestic cricket. He already has 7 half-centuries in 18 games and though yet to get a hundred, the right-hander has twice been out in the nineties. In the World Cup also, he played some brilliant innings including the last one where Rassie got his personal best of 95. He could become a very important player in the future.Afridi seemed to raise his game to a new level in the World CupTwitterShaheen AfridiThe talent of Shaheen Afridi had been recognised well before the tournament began. He had bowled good spells in his career already. But with the whole world watching, Afridi reached new heights of success. His 6-wicket haul against Bangladesh was an example of highest quality of bowling. With his great height, ability to bowl yorkers and also to swing the ball, he could turn out to be a legend. Still only a teenager, Afridi is only going to get better and, perhaps, faster. Watching him over the next few years promises to be exciting.last_img read more

White House To Order Health Care Alternatives

first_imgAP Photo/Evan VucciPresident Donald Trump speaks during an energy roundtable with tribal, state, and local leaders in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Wednesday, June 28, 2017, in WashingtonThe White House is finalizing an executive order that would expand health plans offered by associations to allow individuals to pool together and buy insurance outside their states, a unilateral move that follows failed efforts by Congress to overhaul the health care system.President Donald Trump has long asserted that selling insurance across state lines would trigger competition that brings down premiums for people buying their own policies. Experts say that’s not guaranteed, partly because health insurance reflects local medical costs, which vary widely around the country.Moreover, White House actions may come too late to have much impact on premiums for 2018.Trump was expected to sign the executive order this week, likely on Thursday, a senior administration official said Sunday.Under the president’s executive action, membership groups could sponsor insurance plans that cost less because — for example — they wouldn’t have to offer the full menu of benefits required under the Affordable Care Act, also called “Obamacare.” It’s unclear how the White House plans to overcome opposition from state insurance regulators, who see that as an end-run to avoid standards.“There are likely to be legal challenges that could slow this effort down,” said Larry Levitt of the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation.Similar alternatives have been promoted by Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, a Republican holdout during the health care debate. Senate leaders didn’t bring the latest GOP health care bill to a vote because they lacked the votes to pass it.Association plans “kind of went away with the ACA, and now the idea seems to be to re-create them,” said Jeff Smedsrud, a health insurance marketing entrepreneur. “It’s not clear what they would really look like.”Smedsrud said a different option also under consideration by the White House, to loosen restrictions on “short term” insurance plans, could be a safety valve for some consumers.Those plans generally have limited benefits and remain in force for less than a year. During the Obama administration, the availability of short-term coverage was restricted. One of Smedsrud’s companies sells short-term plans.Others warned that over time the White House order could undermine state insurance markets created under Obama’s law, by siphoning off healthy people to plans with lower premiums and skinnier benefits.The order was being drafted as Trump expressed his willingness to work with Democrats on health care after Republicans were unable to approve legislation that would have repealed and replaced “Obamacare.”The president said Saturday that he had spoken to Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York to see if Democrats would want to collaborate with him on improving health care. He told reporters before departing for a North Carolina fundraiser that he was willing to consider a “temporary deal” and referred to a popular Republican proposal that would have the federal government turn over money for health care directly to states in the form of block grants.Schumer said through a spokesman Saturday that Trump “wanted to make another run at ‘repeal and replace’ and I told the president that’s off the table.” Schumer said if Trump “wants to work together to improve the existing health care system, we Democrats are open to his suggestions.”It was unclear if the expected White House order could lead to changes sweeping enough and quick enough to help several million consumers exposed to higher premiums next year for their individual health insurance plans.It typically takes government agencies several months to carry out presidential directives, since they generally must follow a notice-and-comment process. Sign-up season for individual health insurance starts Nov. 1 and ends Dec. 15.“Whether this executive order could impact the 2018 market is yet to be seen, since the health plans have created and priced their 2018 products already, and open enrollment begins in just three weeks,” said health industry consultant Robert Laszewski.While nearly 9 million consumers who receive tax credits under the Obama-era law are protected from higher premiums, about 6.7 million other customers with individual coverage get no subsidies and will bear the full brunt of cost increases that reach well into the double digits in many states.Many in this group are solid middle-class, including self-employed business people and early retirees. Cutting premiums for them has been a longstanding Republican political promise.“If the question is, is the president interested in working with Democrats to repeal and replace — that would be our language — the answer is yes,” White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said during an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press.” ″The Democrats would use a different word for that, but the president wants to get something done.” Sharelast_img read more

Patricia L Young Named New Head of Order of Eastern Stars

first_imgPrior to the mid-1990s, any woman interested in being a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, a Free Mason organization open to women, had to be a blood relative or wife of a Master Mason. Since then, the organization periodically relaxes the rules, allowing independent women to join with sponsorship from a Master Mason.Patricia Young is the first woman, without a familial affiliation, to be placed in a leading position in the Masonic organization. (Courtesy photo)Several years ago, Patricia L. Young joined the Eastern Star when sponsored by her minister, Apostle Herbert Whitner of the United House of Prayer for All People located in Baltimore. On Jan. 7, both Young and the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia made history when she was elected Grand Worthy Matron, the first that started as an unaffiliated member.Prior to her speech during the inauguration ceremony, Whitner sang a solo. During her remarks, Young said, “I am the first Grand Worthy Matron from the Window of Opportunity which means that I had no Masonic affiliation that allowed me to come in.”Ricardo A. Montague was inaugurated as the Grand Worthy Patron of the Georgiana Thomas Grand Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Stars Prince Hall affiliation. However, the highlight of the morning ceremony was the inauguration of Phillip L. David as the 85th Grand Master of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia. David is an engineer, husband, and father of two girls.David started his address with a prayer, saying, “When times become hard and decisions will be tough, please direct me in the right way to make the correct decisions for the betterment of this jurisdiction.”Past Master Alton Roundtree, author and editor of the Masonic Digest, said Young and David will lead a group of approximately 4,000 men and women. David has plans to retain and increase lodge membership, to get members more involved in the District’s Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC), and to seek new partnerships through the commissions to reestablish a relationship with the community.Young unveiled a similar agenda, that includes retaining and increasing membership and involving lodge members in community service that includes a new project with St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Memphis.last_img read more

The iPhone SE was the best phone Apple ever made and

first_imgI only wanted one thing out of 2018’s iPhone event: a new iPhone SE. In failing to provide it Apple seems to have quietly put the model out to pasture — and for this I curse them eternally. Because it was the best phone the company ever made.If you were one of the many who passed over the SE back in 2015, when it made its debut, that’s understandable. The iPhone 6S was the latest and greatest, and of course fixed a few of the problems Apple had kindly introduced with the entirely new design of the 6. But for me the SE was a perfect match.See, I’ve always loved the iPhone design that began with the 4. That storied phone is perhaps best remembered for being left in a bar ahead of release and leaked by Gizmodo — which is too bad, because for once the product was worthy of the lavish unveiling Apple now bestows on every device it puts out.The 4 established an entirely new industrial design aesthetic that was at once instantly recognizable and highly practical. Gone were the smooth, rounded edges and back of the stainless original iPhone (probably the second-best phone Apple made) and the jellybean-esque 3G and 3GS.In the place of those soft curves were hard lines and uncompromising geometry: a belt of metal running around the edge, set off from the glass sides by the slightest of steps. It highlighted and set off the black glass of the screen and bezel, producing a of specular outline from any angle.The camera was flush and the home button (RIP) sub-flush, entirely contained within the body, making the device perfectly flat both front and back. Meanwhile the side buttons boldly stood out. Volume in bold, etched circles; the mute switch easy to find but impossible to accidentally activate; the power button perfectly placed for a reaching index finger. Note that all these features are directly pointed at usability: making things easier, better, more accessible, while also being attractive and cohesive as parts of a single object.Compared to the iPhone 4, every single other phone, including Samsung’s new “iPhone killer” Galaxy S, was a cheap-looking mess of plastic, incoherently designed or at best workmanlike. And don’t think I’m speaking as an Apple fanboy; I was not an iPhone user at the time. In fact, I was probably still using my beloved G1 — talk about beauty and the beast!The design was strong enough that it survived the initially awkward transition to a longer screen in the 5, and with that generation it also gained the improved rear side that alleviated the phone’s unfortunate tendency towards… well, shattering.The two-tone grey iPhone 5S, however, essentially left no room for improvement. And after 4 years, it was admittedly perhaps time to freshen things up a bit. Unfortunately, what Apple ended up doing was subtracting all personality from the device while adding nothing but screen space.The 6 was, to me, simply ugly. It was reminiscent of the plethora of boring Android phones at the time — merely higher quality than them, not different. The 6S was similarly ugly, and the 7 through 8 somehow further banished any design that set themselves apart, while reversing course on some practical measures in allowing an increasingly large camera bump and losing the headphone jack. The X, at least, looked a bit different.But to return to the topic at hand, it was after the 6S that Apple had introduced the SE. Although it nominally stood for “Special Edition,” the name was also a nod to the Macintosh SE. Ironically given the original meaning of “System Expansion,” the new SE was the opposite: essentially an iPhone 6S in the body of a 5S, complete with improved camera, Touch ID sensor, and processor. The move was likely intended as a sort of lifeboat for users who still couldn’t bring themselves to switch to the drastically redesigned, and considerably larger, new model.It would take time, Apple seems to have reasoned, to convert these people, the types who rarely buy first generation Apple products and cherish usability over novelty. So why not coddle them a bit through this difficult transition?The SE appealed not just to the nostalgic and neophobic, but simply people who prefer a smaller phone. I don’t have particularly large or small hands, but I preferred this highly pocketable, proven design to the new one for a number of reasons.Flush camera so it doesn’t get scratched up? Check. Normal, pressable home button? Check. Flat, symmetrical design? Check. Actual edges to hold onto? Check. Thousands of cases already available? Check — although I didn’t use one for a long time. The SE is best without one.At the time, the iPhone SE was more compact and better looking than anything Apple offered, while making almost no compromises at all in terms of functionality. The only possible objection was its size, and that was (and is) a matter of taste.It was the best object Apple ever designed, filled with the best tech it had ever developed. It was the best phone it ever made.And the best phone it’s made since then, too, if you ask me. Ever since the 6, it seems to me that Apple has only drifted, casting about for something to captivate its users the way the iPhone 4’s design and new graphical capabilities did, all the way back in 2010. It honed that design to a cutting edge and then, when everyone expected the company to leap forward, it tiptoed instead, perhaps afraid to spook the golden goose.To me the SE was Apple allowing itself one last victory lap on the back of a design it would never surpass. It’s understandable that it would not want to admit, this many years on, that anyone could possibly prefer something it created nearly a decade ago to its thousand-dollar flagship — a device, I feel I must add, that not only compromises visibly in its design (I’ll never own a notched phone if I can help it) but backpedals on practical features used by millions, like Touch ID and a 3.5mm headphone jack. This is in keeping with similarly user-unfriendly choices made elsewhere in its lineup.So while I am disappointed in Apple, I’m not surprised. After all, it’s disappointed me for years. But I still have my SE, and I intend to keep it for as long as possible. Because it’s the best thing the company ever made, and it’s still a hell of a phone.last_img read more