Magistrates’ Offices Turn to Courtrooms

first_imgSeveral Magisterial Courts’ Judges, who attended Monday, November 11, official opening of the November 2013 Term of Criminal Courts (A,B,C,D and E) left  the occasion seriously    disappointed, after they were publicly accused by a senior lawyer, Cllr. Sam Cooper, of using their chambers (offices) for courtroom activities.Cllr. Cooper is the president of the Montserrado County Bar Association.He was responding to Judge Korboi Nuta of Criminal Court ‘A’, when the Judge asked the Liberian National Bar Association (LNBA) to collectively join in the fight against corrupt practices in the Judiciary.Judge Nuta said the public believed that judges are corrupt, “That does not mean justice is also corrupt, magistrates are likewise judges, so it falls on all of us (lawyers, judges and Magistrates) to respond directly and promptly to that criticism,” the Criminal Court Judge insisted.Supporting Judge Nuta’s statement, Cllr. Cooper emphasized that “Magistrates have completely abandoned their various Magisterial Courts and are taking party litigants into their chambers (offices).  What are they doing there?” he wondered. “Are they doing it to extract money from poor people, who bring cases to them?”He further questioned the gathering, most of whom were lawyers, judges, jurors, and party litigants.“I am very much disappointed over such attitudes, and we need to do something about it immediately” Cllr. Cooper insisted. “Look at them, “said Cllr. Cooper drawing the audience, including the Magistrates attentions, “Most of them are my friends, but I would not be afraid to say it, because we lawyers are facing serious problems with these kinds of attitudes.”“I will repeat,” He said, “they are only using their offices to hear cases.”“Your Honor, you have to take-up time to visit their respective courtrooms, and you will see what I am saying here.” “They are no longer using courtrooms. They are running the courts in their chambers.”“Your Honor, I thought the courtroom should be a place where Magistrates should be hearing cases.”“That does not exist anymore; if you were to go to their courts, you would have to wait for hours before seeing them,” he added,“Even, if you were to ask any of their staff, they would tell you that our bosses are in chambers.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Dinosaur Classification Is a Mess

first_imgAre there a thousand species of dinosaurs – or far fewer?  John Horner, a dinosaur hunter himself, thinks the classification is a mess and wants to clean it up.  According to Science Magazine News Horner is worred that “with almost 1000 types of dinosaurs on record and a new species being named somewhere in the world every 2 weeks—too many supposedly new discoveries are actually duplicates of animals already on the books.”  Another paleontologist, Michael J. Benton, estimates that over half of the named dinosaurs are misclassified.    Apparently human pride is to blame.  “Part of the problem, Horner says, is that scientists are sometimes too keen on finding and naming new dinosaurs.”  Naming a new dinosaur gets you noticed and published.  As a result, fossil hunters tend to focus on the differences instead of the similarities.  Additionally, “paleontologists are coming to realize that the bones of an adult dinosaur can be very different from those of a juvenile animal of the same species and can easily mislead scientists into thinking they are two different species.”    Ignoring these pitfalls can lead to misinterpretations about dinosaur evolution.  “Early in their development, Horner explains, the skulls of young dinosaurs may resemble the relatively unspecialized skulls of primitive ancestral species.  To avoid confusion, paleontologists must know precisely where a specimen came from, how it appeared while still encased in rock, and which level it occupied in a geologic formation.”  Horner has proposed a “Unified Frame of Reference” (UFR) to fellow paleontologists to try to rein in these problems.This is terrible.  What will they tell the children who memorized the names of some of these dinosaurs and love to show off their knowledge?  How can they tell them some of the creatures never existed?  It will break their hearts and shake their confidence in scientists.    Classification is a problem not only for dinosaurs, but for all organisms.  Knowing where to draw the line between species is a human problem, because there are not joints in nature that will provide reliable division points.  The biological species concept (species are groups that produce fertile offspring), for instance, does not help with asexual microbes and fossils.    Maybe there are only two kinds of dinosaurs: big ones and little ones (like potatoes).  Or maybe ones that walked on all fours and ones that walked on two hind legs.  Whatever scheme works for your purposes can be defended as scientific; even using as a criterion those that reproduce after their kind.(Visited 37 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Cities- Remodeling of Urban Communities

first_imgShanghai, China – 8th June, 2010:  South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Mr. Yunus Carrim has officially launched the June month theme of “Cities: Re-modeling Urban Communities” at South Africa’s Pavilion at Shanghai Expo. During the month, the Pavilion will showcase how South Africa has successfully redesigned and rejuvenated communities during the past 16 years following the abolition of apartheid in 1994 to create modern communities which promote racial, social and physical integration.Centered around four core pillars of Work, Live, Gather and Move, the exhibition at the South Africa Pavilion focuses on how investment in urban infrastructure has improved social activity, housing, public life and transport.  Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Mr. Yunus Carrim explained “Cities that recognize effective transport investments can contribute to spatial transformation and greater urban productivity.The 2010 Soccer World Cup has accelerated city transportation planning and there is a new focus on creating an efficient network of public transportation – building a new high speed train, enlarging the country’s airports, improving the freeway system, tarring roads in township areas, build new taxi ranks and upgrading local bus systems.While the transformation is by no means complete, we are aiming to ensure that, over time, everyone will be able to enjoy decent accommodation, excellent services, and quality of life in sustainable neighbourhoods and vibrant urban spaces.”South Africa’s examples of how it is overcoming the issue of not just urban regeneration but spatial remodeling of entire communities, demonstrates embodiment of “Better City, Better Life” put into practice.Having built more than 2.7 million houses since 1994, South Africa has also built sustainable settlements which reduce energy use and are also better designed to encourage integration and create true communities.  The creation of decent housing also helps to stabilize the communities, creating jobs which in turn create a sense of pride among residents.The theme of “Cities: the Re-modeling of Urban Communities” will run for the duration of June at the South Africa Pavilion at Shanghai Expo.  In addition to exhibitions, activities will include seminars to promote the exchange of ideas about how to design communities which can give inhabitants a “Better City, Better Life.” Upcoming themes will focus on Trade and Investment; Tourism; and Science and Technology.Notes to Editors:South Africa’s Pavilion design uses a traditional housing design of a Rondavel house with a modern twist as the centerpiece showcasing contemporary, modern living and showcasing how the home is the heart of the community.Against this powerful backdrop, the Pavilion showcases a different theme each month through Shanghai Expo.Background on South Africa – China Relations in brief1998: Formal establishment of diplomatic relations between South Africa and China2000: South Africa and China sign the Pretoria Declaration on partnership relations, followed by the establishment of the Bi-National Commission (BNC), under which five sectoral committees, respectively on diplomatic affairs, trade, education, science and technology, and defense, have been set up.2007: Cabinet Lekgotla’s decision of July 2007, identified China as the test case for coordinated planning and implementation of the country’s international relations; marketing South Africa abroad; and strengthening South Africa’s economic diplomacy – today being realized by Shanghai Expo.2008: 10 year anniversary of diplomatic ties.  Strategic Partnership Dialogue between the Republic of South Africa and the People’s Republic of China launched on 7 January 2008 as another vehicle to consolidate the bilateral relations between the two countries.For further information regarding this press release, please contact MS&L:Alvena SoTel: +(8621) 5465 8486Mbl: [email protected]last_img read more

Gandhi’s memory lingers in South Africa

first_img11 Albermarle Street, Troyeville, Joburg, where Gandhi lived with his family for a while. Gandhi as a young activist. The restored Kallenbach kraal house, now a museum and guesthouse called Satyagraha House, in Orchards, Joburg.(Images: Lucille Davie) The impressive bronze Gandhi bust at Constitution Hill in Hillbrow.(Image: Janine Erasmus) Gandhi stands tall in Gandhi Square in downtown Joburg(Image: Lucille Davie)MEDIA CONTACTS• Constitution Hill+27 11 381 3102RELATED ARTICLES• Heritage agency charts new course • Values, heritage can be learnt here• ConCourt art tells South Africa’s story • A house of peace and simplicity Lucille DavieSixty-five years ago today Mahatma Gandhi, one of the 20th century’s great spiritual leaders, was assassinated in India, at the age of 78. On 30 January 1948 Nathuram Godse pushed through a crowd around Gandhi, and fired three shots at point-blank range. He died on the spot.Gandhi’s 21-year South African sojourn nurtured the creation of his Satyagraha or passive resistance philosophy, spurred on by the racism that engulfed him from the moment he stepped off a ship in Durban. Satyagraha means “truth force” in Sanskrit.His memory lives on in Johannesburg, the city he lived in for a good deal of his years in South Africa. A large, impressive bronze bust rests outside a permanent Gandhi exhibition at Constitution Hill, now the home of South Africa’s Constitutional Court, but then a place where Gandhi was briefly incarcerated several times.There are other places in the city where his spirit can be felt – Satyagraha House, Gandhi Square, and Tolstoy Farm.He is remembered in Durban too, where he lived for 10 years. In 1894, a year after he arrived in South Africa, he founded the Natal Indian Congress and in 1903, the British Indian Association in the Transvaal. He began the Indian Opinion soon afterwards, and a year later he established the Phoenix Settlement in Durban, an area of 100 acres, with the aim of promoting justice, peace and equality.Gandhi, who is credited with being the driving force behind India’s independence from Britain in 1947, was, despite his small stature, a giant for many around the world. He inspired civil rights movements through mass civil disobedience. He is said to be the inspiration behind the African National Congress, whose policy of non-violent resistance remained in force until 1961, when a decision was taken to create an armed wing to overthrow apartheid.He resisted discrimination and intolerance, particularly in India’s treatment of the untouchables, and its attitudes to Muslims. He was tolerant and knowledgeable of other religions. Although a Hindu, he believed that everyone’s relationship to God was a personal affair and in this sense he was a man of all religions.Historian Jad Adams writes in the controversial Gandhi: Naked Ambition that he was ahead of his time in many ways. His ideas on healthy eating are fashionable today. He successfully fasted for peace in Calcutta, although fasting later became a manipulative political tool elsewhere. His simple style of living and dressing is still admired.“As a man, he is most remarkable for making every day, perhaps every minute, a matter of reaching forward, for never settling in any one place in his long, intricate spiritual journey,” writes Adams.This does not mean he was without contradictions and imperfections, but he will always be thought of as the “father of the nation”, says Adams, referring to India.Arrival in South AfricaGandhi arrived in South Africa in 1893 to handle a legal case in Pretoria, and settled in Durban before moving to Johannesburg in 1903.Several events in South Africa were decisive in his growth – he was thrown off a train at Pietermaritzburg on his way to Pretoria, and after struggling to find a hotel in the city, he was told that he could not eat in the dining room of the hotel. Later, he was removed from the pavement outside President Paul Kruger’s house and told to get a pass to walk Pretoria’s streets.Gandhi said of his experience in South Africa: “Truly speaking, it was after I went to South Africa that I became what I am now. My love for South Africa and my concern for her problems are no less than for India.”Nelson Mandela is quoted as saying: “The spirit of Gandhiji may well be a key to human survival in the 21st century.”His time in JohannesburgThe early period of Gandhi’s stay in Johannesburg was taken up with establishing his legal firm, but from 1906 he became actively involved in politics.When Gandhi first came to the city he lived in rooms behind his law offices in Rissik Street. Henry Polak was a partner in his law firm and Gandhi later moved into Polak’s house in the suburb of Bellevue East.He also stayed in a house at 11 Albermarle Street in Troyeville, this time with his family whom he had brought up from Durban. The house is now a provincial heritage site.Gandhi used to practise as an attorney at the Johannesburg Law Courts, the city’s first law courts, in what was known as Government Square, and in use until 1911. The law courts were demolished in 1948 and made way for the city’s main bus terminus. Although still a transport hub, the square has been renamed Gandhi Square in recognition of the man who worked there.In 2003 the City of Johannesburg unveiled an elegant bronze statue of Gandhi in the square, depicting him as a young lawyer, with a book under his arm, looking determinedly forward, with the breeze blowing his cloak to one side. He looks into the centre of the square, and standing on top of a five metre-tall plinth, is an imposing figure.Gandhi was a concerned citizen and when the Anglo-Boer War broke out in 1899, he became involved. A contingent of 7 000 non-combatant Indians came out to South Africa to help with the British war effort. Gandhi was a loyal British subject and encouraged local Indians to help – he got together 1 000 stretcher-bearers.Bubonic plague struck Johannesburg in 1904, at the Indian settlement behind what is now the Market Theatre in Newtown. Gandhi was not deterred by the disease’s contagiousness and together with an Indian doctor, set up an emergency hospital, recruited several volunteers, rolled up his sleeves and nursed the sick.Asiatic Law Amendment OrdinanceIt was a racist law in Johannesburg that helped Gandhi formalise Satyagraha. The Asiatic Law Amendment Ordinance of 1906 proposed that Indians and Chinese were to register their presence in the Transvaal by giving their fingerprints and carrying passes. The protest to the act united the two communities and they decided to oppose the ordinance by peaceful methods.Protestors got together at the Empire Theatre in Ferreira Street, since demolished and now a rather nondescript Ferreira House, and Gandhi spoke to the protestors under the theme of violence begets violence.“Up to the year 1906 I simply relied on appeal to reason. I was a very industrious reformer … But I found that reason failed to produce an impression when the critical moment arrived in South Africa,” he is quoted as saying in Eric Itzkin’s Gandhi’s Johannesburg, birthplace of Satyagraha.“My people were excited – even a worm can and does turn – and there was talk of wreaking vengeance. I had then to choose between allying myself to violence or finding out some other method of meeting the crisis and stopping the rot, and it came to me that we should refuse to obey legislation that was degrading and let them put us in jail if they liked. Thus came into being the moral equivalent of war.”He and hundreds of others were arrested, and taken to the Fort on Constitution Hill.Transvaal colonial secretary Jan Smuts called Gandhi to his office and offered to repeal the law if Indians and Chinese registered voluntarily. Gandhi was censured by the community for agreeing to this – he was called a traitor and severely beaten.Meanwhile, the community registered under the law but Smuts went back on his word – the new law was passed as the Transvaal Asiatic Registration Act of 1907. In response Gandhi encouraged his colleagues to burn their passes, which happened outside the Hamidia Mosque in Newtown. The mosque still stands.Gandhi and his passive resisters did not win the battle. As a British subject he made an appeal to the British and they put pressure on the Transvaal government, which eventually repealed the act. But when the Transvaal became self-governing in 1907 it promptly reintroduced the Pass Law Act in 1907 and even after further burning of registration certificates, the movement started losing momentum and by the middle of 1909, most Indians had registered for fingerprinting.Satyagraha HouseThe Kraal, the house where Gandhi lived with his architect friend Hermann Kallenbach for several years in the residential suburb of Orchards, has recently been lovingly restored by a French tour company, and renamed Satyagraha House.It was opened in late 2011 and operates as a museum, guesthouse, and restaurant, being marketed as a heritage destination for “liberation tourism”.The house, at 15 Pine Road, was completed in 1908 and Gandhi and Kallenbach lived in it until the end of 1909. It was built on a kraal principle, with two-bedroom rondavels abutting a lounge which led on to a stoep, from which a kitchen flows. The previous owners enclosed the stoep with tall wooden concertina doors, which have been retained, as has the addition of two bedrooms at the back of the house.An interesting feature of the house is that the rondavels do not open into the dining room, but have outside doors. Kallenbach wished to keep them as independent structures, to emulate a conventional kraal. In addition, the original house had no passages.The house is a metaphor of simplicity, just as Gandhi lived his life, with period pieces imported from India. It is finished with pure white walls and wood and white concrete floors, with black framed windows and doors, and black ceiling beams juxtaposed against the thatch roof. Tables, chairs and cupboards are in natural wood, while curtains and linen are Indian cotton. Decor in the rooms consists of woven baskets, smooth black ceramic pots and grass mats. Artefacts include kitchen implements from the early 1900s, a weaving machine and chests.Large black and white photographs fill the walls, together with panels with quotes capturing his philosophy, and an extensive book collection in both French and English.The guesthouse has nine rooms in the house and cottage, a later addition which has remained, as well as a new section. Guests can also stay in the loft room, where Gandhi slept on a mattress on the floor.In those days the house was surrounded by virgin veld.Tolstoy FarmHermann Kallenbach later bought 1 100 acres of land 35 kilometres south-west of Johannesburg, and gave it to Gandhi and his passive resisters. It became known as Tolstoy Farm and was run on the principles of a kibbutz. Men and women were housed separately; they grew their own vegetables and fruit trees.Itzkin describes the farm: “At its height Tolstoy Farm supported a community of about fifty adults and thirty children but by April 1912 most of the Satygrahis’ families had left, since passive resistance had been suspended after an interim agreement with Smuts. Gandhi left the farm on 2 January 1913, leaving behind only Kallenbach and the Africans who lived there.”All that remains of the farm these days is the open space and the pleasing vistas.Exhibition at Constitution HillA permanent exhibition at Constitution Hill, titled Prisoner of Conscience, traces Gandhi’s history in the country, and with photographs, quotes, artefacts and audio material, details the experiences that shaped his development. It is housed in the former visitors’ centre of Number Four, one of the country’s most brutal apartheid prisons.The exhibition symbolises Gandhi’s transformation through his attire – from a besuited lawyer to wearing rough prison garb to a man in a simple cotton tunic, on his departure for India in 1914, aged 46. Gandhi was transformed from a shy lawyer into a world-renowned leader.Of his short spells in jail on what’s now Constitution Hill, he said: “I am not in the least thankful for having been released. I preferred the solitude and peace of prison. It gave me the opportunity and time for meditation.”Hindu crematoriumGandhi played a role in the building of the first Hindu crematorium in Johannesburg, and the first in Africa. In 1908 he was approached to help find a suitable plot for a crematorium. He negotiated with the town council and land in the Brixton Cemetery was allocated for the crematorium.Finally, after Gandhi had left the country, the wood-burning crematorium was built in 1918, and it stands today as a national heritage site. A gas-fired crematorium, which is still used, was built next to it in 1956.Gandhi felt his job in South Africa was complete, and he made plans to leave the country, which he did in 1914, to develop further his ideology in India.Gandhi wrote in one of his autobiographies that he would “always be a South African Indian”.• Satyagraha House: Tours of the house are available, with or without lunch. The house is open from 8am to 5pm, Mondays to Sundays. Book a 45-minute tour on +27 11 485 5928.last_img read more

Zuma shares experience with Sri Lanka

first_img18 November 2013President Jacob Zuma was back in South Africa on Monday after attending the Commonwealth heads of state summit in Colombo, Sri Lanka, where he took the opportunity to share some of South Africa’s experiences in national reconciliation.Zuma met with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the leadership of the Tamil National Alliance for talks on the sidelines of the three-day summit, which ended on Sunday.According to the Presidency, Zuma discussed “the role that could be played by South Africa in assisting the people of Sri Lanka to resolve their problems through engagement”.The Sri Lankan government is under international scrutiny for its conduct during the final stages of its military campaign against the Tamil Tiger rebels, when tens of thousands of civilians died.The civil conflict ended in 2009 after nearly three decades of fighting. As many as 40 000 civilians were killed in the last months of the conflict, as government troops advanced on the last stronghold of the Tamil Tiger rebels, who were fighting for an independent homeland.During the weekend summit, Zuma also participated in a dialogue between heads of state and youth leaders, which saw the establishment of the Commonwealth Youth Council.He urged Commonwealth leaders to continue championing the aspirations of the youth and to ensure that their voice was represented in Commonwealth actions at national and international level.With regard to the United Nations’ post-2015 development agenda, Zuma said: “Poverty eradication, addressing income inequalities and job creation must remain the overarching objectives of the development agenda beyond 2015.”Zuma said the theme of the summit – “growth with equity: inclusive development – resonated with South Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP), a policy blueprint for achieving a more inclusive economy while addressing the country’s socio-economic imbalances.In a joint communique issued at the close of the summit, the leaders committed to work on post-2015 development, including debt financing and climate change.They reaffirmed the right to development for all individuals, and vowed to focus on making growth more inclusive for all, including for vulnerable groups, women, youth and the disabled.The communique also welcomed progress being made in strengthening relations between the G20 and Commonwealth countries, including the establishment of the Annual Commonwealth Dialogue and regular G20 outreach with the Commonwealth.“Heads [of state] also acknowledged the work being done by the Commonwealth members of the Global Governance Group 3G in encouraging the G20 to engage the wider UN membership. They welcomed Australia’s forthcoming assumption of the G20 presidency, and noted that this offers an important opportunity to reflect Commonwealth priorities in advancing global development policy challenges.”Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Office 365 For Business Is Here. Good Luck Figuring Out What It’ll Cost You

first_imgOffice 365, Microsoft’s cloud-based office suite, is moving the turf war against Google Docs to the business world with today’s announcement of business-ready subscriptions. But you’ll need a spreadsheet to figure out which of six different options you’ll need – not to mention what it’ll cost.It’s easier to first explain what the different subscription options have in common. All but two – Office 365 Small Business and Enterprise E1 – include desktop versions of Access, Excel, InfoPath, Lync, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, SkyDrivePro and Word. Similarly, each user has the capability to use the service on a total of five PCs or Macs, except for – again – Office 365 Small Business and Enterprise E1.The differentiator, it seems, lies in the number of users you’d like to authorize. According to Microsoft’s pricing page, here are the maximum number of users you can sign up for various Office 365 for Business options:Office 365 Small Business and Small Business Premium: 25 usersOffice 365 MidSize Business: 300 usersOffice 365 Enterprise E1 and E3: Unlimited usersThe Small Business option offers no desktop applications to install and no mobile app options. Nor does the Enterprise E1 option, though it serves an unlimited number of users, while the Small Business plan is limited to just 25.I told you it was confusing.Pricing shakes down to users per month (or sometimes per year, just to keep it nice and complicated).Office 365 Small Business: $6/user/month (or $60/user/year)Office 365 Small Business Premium: $15/user/month (or $150/user/year)Office 365 Enterprise E1: $8/user/monthOffice 365 MidSize Business: $15/user/monthOffice 365 Enterprise E3: $20/user/monthIf you’re at all interested in an Office 365 option for your workplace, I’d recommend you get out a spreadsheet and start figuring out what plan works best for you. (Though the desktop version of Excel won’t be available to you if you’re using Office 365 Small Business or Enterprise E1!) Microsoft seems to have crafted a sweet spot for mid-sized businesses, but your mileage will of course vary.Image courtesy of Microsoft 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#Microsoft#Office 365 Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affaircenter_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… brian proffitt Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy M40: Everything you need to know before its launch on June 11

first_imgSamsung will officially announce the Galaxy M40 in India tomorrow i.e Tuesday, June 11. The company will launch the smartphone at 6pm, which is when we will know its official price in India along with the specs. Ahead of the Galaxy M40 launch, a lot is known about the device already. Samsung has revealed key design details and has also hinted at the processor powering the device.The Galaxy M40 is the fourth smartphone in the popular Galaxy M-series. It will slot above the Galaxy M30 as far as hierarchy goes. The company recently said that it plans to launch the Galaxy M40 with a price tag around Rs 20,000, although the exact pricing will only be revealed tomorrow.Galaxy M40 will be sold onlineThe Galaxy M lineup is an online-only series with Samsung typing up with Amazon to sell these phones on the e-commerce platform. The Galaxy M40 will also be sold on Amazon India and will also be available on Samsung’s online store. Samsung will announce the sale date of the Galaxy M40 at 6pm on Tuesday, June 11.First phone in its segment with a punch-hole displayIt is no secret that the Galaxy M40 will come with an Infinity-O display, which is probably going to be the biggest highlight about the device. We have seen this kind of display on flagship phones like the Galaxy S10, but the Galaxy M40 will now be the most affordable phone with a punch-hole display in India.From what past rumours have told us so far, the Galaxy M40 will offer s 6.3-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display and the punch-hole cutout will be on the top left corner.advertisementGalaxy M40 gets a Snapdragon processorThe Galaxy M40 will also be the first in the Galaxy M-series to get a Qualcomm chipset. The company has confirmed that the Galaxy M40 will be powered by a Snapdragon 600-series processor, but the exact chipset will only be revealed today. Past reports suggest that this will be a Snapdragon 675 chipset. This is a 2GHz octa-core processor based on a 11nm process and is paired with a Adreno 612 GPU.Galaxy M40 with 32MP triple camera setupSamsung has also confirmed that the Galaxy M40 will come with a 32MP triple camera system. The primary camera will use a 32-megapixel sensor for sharp and detailed photography, while the second and third cameras are said to offer an ultra wide-angle lens and depth sensing, respectively. Up front, the Galaxy M40 will sport a 16-megapixel selfie camera.Everything else expected to come to Galaxy M40The Galaxy M40 should launch running Android Pie with One UI on top considering it is launching halfway through 2019. Based on past reports, the Galaxy M40 will launch with up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The Galaxy M40 is also said to house a 3,500mAh battery and should support fast charging like the Galaxy M30.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy M40 full specs revealed ahead of June 11 launch in Indialast_img read more

VikingsLions Is The Biggest Game Of Week 12

Cincinnati1592111– Carolina91274– AFFECTED TEAMCURRENTIF MIN WINSIF DET WINSSWING 3. Arizona (4-5-1) vs. Atlanta (6-4) — 70 total ‘swing’ points Baltimore32243814– 1. Minnesota (6-4) vs. Detroit (6-4) — 101 total ‘swing’ points Baltimore32%14%46%32– CHANCE OF MAKING PLAYOFFS Houston80867412– Cincinnati1529524– According to the Elo ratings that our NFL predictions are based on, the five best teams in the AFC are New England, Kansas City, Denver, Buffalo and Oakland — all in the East or West divisions. Since it’s looking unlikely that the AFC South or North will produce a wild-card team, Steelers-Colts will go a long way toward determining two divisional playoff spots and not much else.Indianapolis is in a rough position because of a bit of karmic payback: Although the Colts have outperformed their point differential the past few seasons, the Texans (6-4, outscored by 34 points) are managing the same feat this year. The Colts will need some help to win the AFC South even with a win. The Steelers, meanwhile, have a slightly better point differential than the Ravens, with whom they’re tied for first in the North, but it’s come against a slightly easier schedule. Pittsburgh is a good bet to make it in with a win, and not all the way out of it with a loss. Denver76%58%89%30– Detroit58%32%79%46– Pittsburgh5559527– Minnesota65894643– Despite a narrow lead in the NFC South, the Falcons are in stronger shape than they may seem to be. Elo thinks Atlanta is way better than 5-5 Tampa Bay and 4-6 New Orleans, and although the Panthers still rank high (by Elo), they’re unlikely to win a division tiebreaker and their remaining schedule is rough. That means that if Atlanta wins on Sunday, the Falcons will make a pretty big playoff jump — and if they lose, their NFC South rivals make only modest gains. Washington, which currently holds the second wild-card spot in the NFC, would prefer that Arizona all but end its playoff hunt with a loss. 2. Pittsburgh (5-5) vs. Indianapolis (5-5) — 96 total ‘swing’ points CHANCE OF MAKING PLAYOFFS Buffalo2627252– Only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome shown Arizona1122418– AFFECTED TEAMCURRENTIF PIT WINSIF IND WINSSWING Atlanta78%64%87%23– Only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome shown CHANCE OF MAKING PLAYOFFS New Orleans101285– Kansas City83967322– AFFECTED TEAMCURRENTIF KC WINSIF DEN WINSSWING N.Y. Giants6667653– Tampa Bay1519136– Only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome shown AFFECTED TEAMCURRENTIF CIN WINSIF BAL WINSSWING With Thanksgiving upon us, we’re entering the home stretch of the NFL regular season. So what are the most important games of Week 12?One way of looking at this — as we did in 2014 — is to figure out how much every game affects each team’s playoff chances. We do this by using the model behind our 2016 NFL predictions to calculate each team’s playoff “swing” based on a game outcome. For example, we estimate that if Oakland beats Carolina, the Raiders’ playoff chances will rise to 88 percent from 81 percent. If they lose, their chances will drop to 70 percent — an 18 percentage point swing.1 Some detail on what this means. Our NFL predictions are based on 100,000 simulations of the rest of the season and are updated after every game ends. In the simulations in which Oakland beats Carolina, the Raiders make the playoffs 88 percent of the time. In the simulations in which they lose, they make the playoffs 70 percent of the time. But at the end of Week 12, it’s unlikely that Oakland’s playoff probabilities will be exactly 88 percent or exactly 70 percent, because the team’s chances depend on the outcome of several games, not just their own. Carolina’s chances would see a more modest swing (rising to 17 percent from 9 percent if the Panthers win and falling to 4 percent if they lose); Buffalo, Atlanta, Miami and several other contenders could also see their probabilities change.By summing up these individual swings, we can get sense of which games will make the largest total impact league-wide. Here are this week’s top five, ranked by total swing: Miami2931283– Only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome shown Pittsburgh55%70%42%28– Oakland8182803– This is another big game toward determining the AFC North winner. Cincinnati is very much alive despite its 3-6-1 record and even though star receiver A.J. Green is out with a hamstring injury for the next few weeks — the Bengals would improve to a roughly 1-in-3 chance of making the playoffs with a win here. Baltimore can make similar gains, and Pittsburgh, which has beaten Cincinnati but lost to the Ravens in Week 9, would rather the Bengals win. CHANCE OF MAKING PLAYOFFS 5. Kansas City (7-3) vs. Denver (7-3) — 66 total ���swing’ points Indianapolis22123119– Only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome shown Washington5653585– CHANCE OF MAKING PLAYOFFS AFFECTED TEAMCURRENTIF ARI WINSIF ATL WINSSWING The NFC North is on the line, and, for once, the Packers aren’t involved. Going into 2016, Green Bay had made the playoffs for seven consecutive seasons, winning an average of 11 games each year. So it’s come as some surprise that the Packers have basically played their way out of playoff contention by Week 12 — we give them just a 6 percent chance of making it to the postseason. Rising in their place are the Lions and Vikings. The winner of their game on Thursday will be in strong shape; the loser will be more likely to miss the playoffs than make them. 4. Cincinnati (3-6-1) vs. Baltimore (5-5) — 68 total ‘swing’ points The Broncos have already lost to the Raiders, who sit on top of the AFC West at 8-2. A loss to the Chiefs would put Denver in a dangerous situation, at risk of losing a division tiebreaker or a wild-card tiebreaker (or both!) to an AFC West rival. A Denver loss would have a pretty big impact: Since 1995, 7-4 teams have made the playoffs 68 percent of the time, but we’d give the 7-4 Broncos just a 58 percent chance if the Chiefs knock them off.CORRECTION (Nov. 23, 2:10 p.m.): A footnote in an earlier version of this article said incorrectly that FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction model does not project ties and gave an incorrect number of simulations in which the Oakland Raiders and the Carolina Panthers were projected to win their game on Sunday. In 100,000 simulations of the NFL season, Oakland was projected to win the game 58,042 times, not 57,955, and Carolina was projected to win 41,791 times, not 42,045.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

Commentary The roar likely will never be restored for Tiger Woods

The man who electrified the sporting world when he won the 1997 Masters by a record 12 strokes at the age of 21 is not the player he once was. Tiger Woods is now 35 years old. He is still on pace to break Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major victories. However, Woods has gone 11 majors without winning, the longest streak of his career. Heck, he hasn’t won since Sept. 23, 2009. That’s not to say Woods still won’t break Nicklaus’ record. In early March, Nicklaus said it was too early to dismiss Woods’ chances. But that was before the Masters performance Woods turned in this past weekend. Yes, the literal “Tiger roar” returned to Augusta, Ga., as Woods made a Sunday charge on the front nine. In the past, Woods has made clutch putt after clutch putt to run away with the victory while others faded. That didn’t happen this weekend. He missed short putt after short putt. Even after leader Rory McIlroy collapsed, Woods couldn’t capitalize, and finished No. 33 in putting at the Masters. It’s fair to say the aura is gone. The younger players aren’t scared of Woods anymore. Sure, McIlroy buckled. But Jason Day, Adam Scott and the eventual Masters champion, Charl Schwartzel, all of whom are younger than Woods, didn’t blink. The 26-year-old Schwartzel birdied his last four holes on Sunday. How’s that for wilting under Woods’ pressure? Pressure is something Woods also puts on his body. Even his revamped swing involves incredible torque on his left leg. Shortly after he won the 91-hole 2008 U.S. Open, Woods revealed he’d been playing with a torn ACL in his left knee for more than 10 months, and had also suffered a double stress fracture in his left leg two weeks before the U.S. Open. Woods’ surgery to repair his left knee following the tournament was the third on his left knee since 2003. On Monday, Michael Wilbon, co-host of ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption,” said Woods should play more in order to induce more muscle memory and that Woods can’t afford to take so many tournaments off in between majors anymore. But, it appears Woods has no plans of doing that. Early last month, Woods was asked why he’d only played nine competitive rounds so far in 2011. “Well, because I have a family. I’m divorced,” Woods said. “If you’ve been divorced with kids, then you would understand.” The only court Woods had to appear in following his personal transgressions was divorce court. He split from former wife Elin Nordegren on Aug. 23, 2010 — but he was executed in the court of public opinion. Perhaps he truly has become a family man. Whether it’s an incomplete game, a lost aura, an injury history or family devotion, it’s clear Woods is a different man. What remains to be seen is whether he can break Nicklaus’ record, something that’s always been his No. 1 goal. read more