21 June 2011In a bid to improve the health and well-being of millions of people worldwide, the United Nations today launched a major push to accelerate progress towards the goal of halving, by 2015, the proportion of the population without access to basic sanitation. Access to sanitation has been recognized by the UN as a human right, a basic service required to live a normal life. And yet, some 2.6 billion people – or half the population in the developing world – still lack access to improved sanitation. The drive launched today, “Sustainable sanitation: The Five-Year-Drive to 2015,” was established by the General Assembly in a resolution adopted last December that called on Member States to redouble efforts to close the sanitation gap, one of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that world leaders have pledged to achieve by 2015.The resolution also called for an end to open defecation, the most dangerous sanitation practice for public health and one practised by over 1.1 billion people who have no access to facilities.“Sanitation is a sensitive issue. It is an unpopular subject. Perhaps that is why the sanitation crisis has not been met with the kind of response we need,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at the launch. “But that must change,” he added. “It is time to put sanitation and access to proper toilets at the centre of our development discussions.”Ending open defecation, in particular, will not be easy, said the Secretary-General, adding that it will require strong political commitment, a focused policy framework and reliable supply chains for both building and maintaining affordable latrines.“Most important of all, we need effective public education so people understand the hazards of open defecation. We must convince people to change these unhealthy practices.”Children under five are the most vulnerable to poor hygiene and inadequate sanitation, two of the major causes of diarrhoea. According to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the disease kills at least 1.2 million children under five each year.“We can reduce cases of diarrhoea in children under five by a third – and save an untold number of young lives – simply by expanding the access of communities to sanitation,” said Anthony Lake, UNICEF’s Executive Director.He added that focusing on total hygiene does more than improve health. “It can also improve the safety of women and girls, who are often targeted when they are alone outdoors. And providing safe, private toilets may also help girls stay in school – which we know can increase their future earnings and help break the cycle of poverty.” The Prince of Orange, Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, who is Chairperson of the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation, noted that sanitation is arguably the most overlooked and less advanced MDG target. “It is unglamorous, yet vital,” he stated. “Neglecting the need for proper toilets allows a slow moving crisis to continue.”The main messages of the new drive launched today, he added, are that sanitation is vital for health, brings dignity, equality and safety, represents a good economic investment and sustains clean environments. read more

The team began its day with a meeting with the International Foundation for Electoral Assistance, a non-governmental organization (NGO) providing advice for the United States-led Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA), spokesman Fred Eckhard said at a press briefing.Later, the team met with three members of the Governing Council: Samir Sumaidy, a Sunni; Mahmoud Othman, a Kurd; and Son Gul Omer Chapook, a member of the Turkmen minority, who expressed support for a unified Iraq in which Arabs and Kurds can live together, the spokesman said.The team is scheduled to meet tonight with a senior Shiite cleric, Ayatollah al-Sadr. read more

In 1964, Ron Hunt was a young second baseman just starting to make his bones in the big leagues. He played for the Mets, a terrible team still years away from transforming into Amazin’ glory. On May 9 of that year, they were playing the mighty Cardinals, a loaded team that would go on to win the World Series. The man on the mound that day was Bob Gibson, one of the best and most terrifying fireballers in baseball history.Gibson had staked the Cards to a big lead, and he now needed just two more outs to bag a complete-game win. Hunt was due up next, and he knew all about Gibson’s blazing fastball, his tendency to come inside with it, and his neverending quest to intimidate batters into submission.“I started messing with my shoelaces,” said Hunt 51 years later, speaking in short, hard-edged bursts from his farm in Wentzville, Missouri.At the time, he figured that fiddling with his laces and stalling for time would do one of two things: Break Gibson’s concentration, piss the big right-hander off, or both. A warning rang out from the dugout: “ ‘Gibson is gonna drill you!’ Sure enough, he hits me.”Shaking off the impact of the pitch, Hunt spotted the ball coming to rest near his feet. He picked it up, turned toward Gibson … and flipped it back to him. Trotting down to first base, Hunt was greeted by first baseman Bill White, who wanted to know if Hunt was OK after getting drilled by the one fastball that caused more nightmares than any other of his generation.“Yeah, I’m all right,” Hunt replied indignantly. “Now tell that fucker to go warm up!” 5Jason Kendall199831 2Don Baylor198635 1Ron Hunt197150 6Steve Evans191031 Flipping balls back to pitchers wasn’t something Hunt reserved for titans of the game like Gibson. He did it nearly every time after getting plunked by a pitch. And nobody in baseball’s modern era has been hit more times in one season than Hunt. He retired in 1974 with 243 hit-by-pitches (HBPs)1Don Baylor broke that post-Dead Ball Era record in 1987, and Craig Biggio subsequently passed Baylor in 2005. Hughie Jennings remains the all-time leader with 287, but he played most of his career in the 19th century., but his record-breaking season came when he was playing for the Montreal Expos in 1971. That year, he got plunked 50 times, still the highest total for anyone after 1900.2Jennings did get hit 51 times in 1896. But when you consider that spitballs were legal (and incredibly hard to control) in the 19th century (thus causing more wayward balls to hit batters), and that the overall level of play in those days was much more uneven due to a lack of talent, Hunt’s total of 50 is more impressive.It’s one thing to be a record-holder. It’s quite another to absolutely obliterate the field in one statistical category. Check out how far ahead of the pack Hunt’s 50 HBPs look compared to all other post-1900 totals. PLAYERYEARHBP 3Craig Biggio199734 7Craig Wilson200430 9Craig Biggio200128 8Fernando Vina200028 4Jason Kendall199731 That’s a 43 percent spread between Hunt’s 50 and Baylor’s runner-up effort. Pick your most unbreakable record, and Hunt’s dominance dwarfs it. Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak? Pete Rose came closer to Joe D at 44 than Baylor did to Hunt.3We’re not counting Willie Keeler’s 45-game hitting streak, from 1896 to 1897, to stay consistent on post-1900 numbers. Cy Young’s 511 wins? Walter Johnson’s 417 Ws came closer. Barry Bonds’s 73 homers in 2001? Nope. Hack Wilson’s 191 RBIs in 1930? Nope. You could argue that in modern baseball history, no player ever crushed all others in any one facet of the game the way Hunt did with his plunk-fest in 1971.When we assemble every player since 1900 who’s ever logged 502 or more plate appearances in a season,4The minimum required to qualify for a batting title. Hunt’s lonely spot way over on the right side of that chart is 13 standard deviations above average for hit-by-pitches in a season. If you’re not a math expert, think about that number this way: There’s ostensibly nothing in our everyday lives that could ever be anywhere close to 13 standard deviations above the norm — not a man who’s 8 feet tall, or 700 pounds, or blessed with a 200 IQ.When you’re 13 standard deviations ahead of any other season, it suggests somebody didn’t just get lucky — he got really, really good.“His hitting style was that he crowded the plate,” said Bill Stoneman, Hunt’s teammate for three seasons in Montreal, including his record-breaking campaign. “Back when we played, pitchers pitched inside a little more than they do now. When that pitch came inside, he didn’t budge. He just let the thing hit him.”“First I would blouse the uniform — this big, wool uniform, I would make sure it was nice and loose,” Hunt said. “Then I’d choke way up on the bat, and stand right on top of the plate. That way, I could still reach the outside pitch. That was the Gil Hodges philosophy on hitting: The two inches on the outside corner were the pitcher’s, the rest was his. I thought, ‘If I can take away those two inches, and he’s not perfect, I can put the ball in play and get some hits. And if he comes inside, I can get on base that way, too.’ ”This, to Hunt, was gamesmanship, a way for a power-deficient hitter to gain an edge on the pitcher both physically and mentally. It was also, if we’re applying the letter of baseball law, illegal. A right-handed batter, Hunt would set up with his left arm hanging over the plate. Major League Baseball’s Rule 6.08(b) stipulates that the batter must make an “attempt to avoid being touched by the ball” to be awarded first base after getting hit by a pitch. Hunt made no such attempt.“The ball would be headed toward his elbow or his ribcage,” said Dave Van Horne, who called Expos games on TV and radio for the first 32 years of the franchise’s existence. “He would turn his back away from the pitcher and deflect the ball with that spin move, so that he avoided those direct hits. To the average person, it would look like he was trying to get out of the way of the pitch, when, in fact, he just wanted to stand in there and take it.”“Did the umpires know what he was doing?” Van Horne asked rhetorically. “Sure. But I don’t think they wanted to get into many arguments with him!”At 6 feet tall, 186 pounds, Hunt wasn’t the biggest guy, even if he was strong for his size. But it was his fearlessness, as well as his quick and nasty temper, that earned him respect within the game. No other player, then or now, had the courage to flip baseballs back to pitchers after getting hit. Most players don’t want to piss off the guy who could hold your life in his hands, and really don’t want to do it when that guy is Bob Gibson.Never was Hunt’s win-at-all costs approach better on display than in 1971. His HBP pace started relatively slowly that season, with Hunt getting hit seven times in his first 33 games. Then on May 26, he put on a clinic, reaching base four times in five trips to the plate, via a walk, a trademark slap single, and two plunks in an 11-1 over the Braves. On June 6, Padres lefty Dave Roberts fired a nine-hit shutout against the Expos … and Hunt still found a way to get hit twice. On June 25, he absorbed three blows in a single day, with one HBP in the first game of a doubleheader, and two more in the nightcap; that first one came against Nolan Ryan, whose fastball could bore a hole into Fort Knox. Finally, on Aug. 7, Hunt led off the game against Reds right-hander Jim McGlothlin … and got nailed for the 32nd time that season, breaking the 20th-century record held by long-ago Cardinals outfielder Bobby Evans.But he still had 18 bruises and one major brawl to go. Ten days later, Hunt led off the top of the third against Padres righty Steve Arlin. He took a fastball in the ribs, winced, then watched the ball come to a dead stop right next to him. Keeping with tradition, Hunt picked the ball up and gently tossed it back to Arlin. His next at-bat came in the fifth, with a runner on first and nobody out. Again Arlin tried to come inside with a fastball. Again he whacked Hunt with the pitch, this time on the arm. The ball bounded a few feet up the first-base line. Hunt walked toward it, ready to scoop the ball up and lob it back. Padres catcher Bob Barton, widely regarded as a nice guy, had had enough of Hunt’s act. Barton scurried to the ball, and grabbed it before Hunt could get it. Hunt turned toward Barton, ripped his mask off with two hands, and punched him right in the jaw. A fight ensued, the benches emptied, and in the end Hunt was the only player ejected. He returned to the lineup the next day and got drilled by Padres lefty Fred Norman.Hunt took all of that beating with pride. He was keenly aware of his limited talent and reveled in beating his opponents with guile, and a mean streak.All that abuse took its toll over the years. Now 73 years old, Hunt can reel off his 15 surgeries, 12 of them from baseball: one on the left shoulder, four on the right, both knees, a steel rod in his back, you name it. And none of that counts the injuries he’d shake off to play the next day.5Hunt’s manager in Montreal, the equally scrappy Gene Mauch, knew that his second baseman frequently played hurt, so he’d occasionally lead off with Hunt on the road, then pull him in for a pinch-runner if he reached base to start the game. Don Drysdale once threw a fastball so hard, it left a baseball-shaped imprint on Hunt’s shoulder blade for weeks.Hunt eventually gave in, donning a protective rubber sleeve around his ribs that was so tight, it was painful to watch him pull it on. That one provision aside, Hunt’s body was fair game, with none of the modern armor that helped next-generation HBP leaders like Biggio trot to first base again and again.Jacques Doucet, a sportswriter for La Presse in Montreal for the Expos’ first three seasons and the French-language TV voice of the team for their final 33 years, was one of Hunt’s closest friends. They’d go on fishing trips together, with Hunt airing his grievances against half the league and Doucet sitting and listening. They remain close to this day, with Hunt offering little nuggets of baseball wisdom that never fail to make Doucet smile.“Ronnie always used to say one thing to me in jest,” Doucet said. “ ‘A lot of people give their body to science. I gave mine to baseball.’ ” read more

first_imgBridges should be built between tower blocks and residents should be able to use lifts in the event of a fire, leading fire safety experts have said following the Grenfell Tower disaster.Safety testing of exterior cladding will also have to be strengthened in the light of the disastrous fire, while assembly points for those evacuated from burning buildings need to be urgently revised.Experts at a conference, held as part of the international Firex fire and security exhibition at London’s ExCel Centre, issued the series of dire warnings as they discussed the dangers posed by the rapid spread of tall buildings around the world. The conference also heard that steps had to be taken to redesign buildings so that lifts could be used to evacuate residents, in contrast to current advice not to use them in the event of a fire.Many of those who managed to escape Grenfell Tower spoke of the chaos as firefighters climbed up the building while residents tried to flee down the same single smoke filled stairwell.Peter Summer, a lift design engineer from WSP-Parsons Brinckerhoff consultants, said: “We all know with tall buildings that we have to use lifts to evacuate. The whole strategy of how we get people out of a building has to be considered at the stage of designing that building.” But he warned many officials with responsibility for fire safety, particularly in council run residential blocks such as Grenfell Tower, did not have the information or training required to handle an emergency. There have been a series of tall building fires in the region, including one at the five-star Address Hotel, in Dubai, on New Year’s Eve 2015.Mr Evans questioned whether existing tests to measure the safety of external cladding were tough enough, since they usually failed to take into account the impact of high winds around tall buildings. Mr Summer said the time it takes to evacuate a tall building could be cut from two hours to around 30 minutes through the use of lifts, as long as they were adequately designed to withstand smoke and were contained within a fireproof core of a building.Meanwhile, Douglas Evans, a former fire safety engineer responsible for coordinating fire protection in Las Vegas, described the Grenfell Tower blaze as “the worst exterior facade fire that’s ever occurred”.But he warned there was a growing risk of a similar tragedy being repeated, pointing out that 70 per cent of tall buildings in Dubai alone are clad in non-fire resistant panels, including most of those built before 2012. Grenfell Tower after the fire  Mr Timpson, a former firefighter and head of safety for Virgin Atlantic Airways, said: “These buildings require a high level of fire safety management and in my experience the capacity of those people is woefully inadequate.“We are not keeping up as a fire community with the tall buildings that are being built and it’s not an issue until something dreadful happens like last week.”He added that the ability of architects and engineers to build ever higher was outpacing the ability of firefighters to tackle potentially catastrophic blazes which took hold in tall buildings.“There are no more tools in the box of a firefighter faced with a full height facade fire,” said Mr Timpson.He recommended that more tall buildings should be linked by walkways, such as the one between the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, allowing occupants to escape more quickly.Mr Timpson also urged the scrapping of emergency assembly points near tall buildings because of the danger of falling debris, as happened when chunks of burning cladding fell from Grenfell Tower onto residents and firefighters.center_img “An assembly point close to the building is a very bad idea as debris will fall and plane outwards in an area one and a half times the height of the buildings,” he said. Fire engineers said they fear that preparations for devastating fires similar to the one that claimed at least 79 lives last week are “woefully inadequate”.They also told the Tall Building Fire Safety Conference in London that hundreds of other tall buildings around the world are fitted with “inferior”, non-fire resistant cladding, such as the type thought to have spread the flames which engulfed Grenfell Tower.Delegates to the conference heard that the ability of firefighters to tackle such catastrophic blazes was lagging behind the growing demand for tall buildings.Russ Timpson, founder of the Tall Buildings Fire Safety Network, said that in London alone 400 new tall buildings are under construction or planned over the next few years. Grenfell Tower after the fire Credit:Eddie Mulholland We all know with tall buildings that we have to use lifts to evacuatePeter Summer, a lift design engineer from WSP-Parsons Brinckerhoff consultants 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

A man and a woman have been arrested by detectives investigating an image apparently showing the body of footballer Emiliano Sala in a mortuary.The 48-year-old woman and 62-year-old man, from towns in Wiltshire, were arrested in February on suspicion of unauthorised access to computer material, Wiltshire Police said.The image, circulated extensively on social media, is purported to show the Argentinian striker’s remains at the Holly Tree Lodge mortuary in Bournemouth after the star’s death in a plane crash.Wiltshire Police said: “There is no evidence to suggest a break-in at the mortuary, and no evidence to suggest that any staff from the mortuary, or indeed any other council employees, are involved in any wrongdoing.”The pair were arrested on February 18, but the statement was released on Monday in response to a story in the Sunday Mirror. Linda Barker, head of bereavement services at Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council, said: “We have been working with Wiltshire and Dorset Police to ascertain how images from Holly Tree Lodge mortuary were obtained.”Maintaining the private and respectful environment of the mortuary remains an absolute priority.”The female suspect, from Corsham, was also arrested on suspicion of sending malicious communications and is on conditional bail.The male suspect, from Calne, was released under investigation. A file of evidence has been sent to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to decide if it will bring criminal charges, said Detective Inspector Gemma Vinton.Ms Vinton added: “”My thoughts remain with Emiliano’s family for the pain they have endured throughout the last three months, and who should not have to go through the additional anguish of knowing such distressing images have circulated on the internet.” Sala, 28, had just signed for Cardiff City when he disappeared with the pilot of the Piper Malibu private plane when it crashed in the English Channel north of Guernsey on January 21.Sala’s body was recovered on February 6 but pilot David Ibbotson, 59, of Crowle, Lincolnshire, has not been located.The footballer’s father, Horacio Sala, 58, died at his home in Progreso in Argentina’s Santa Fe province on Friday. 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. read more

first_imgPAUL O’CONNELL IS targeting his fourth win in five visits to Twickenham as Ireland stand on the brink of a Triple Crown. The Irish captain has lost only once to England away from home but many of his teammates cannot boast a similarly impressive record.Ireland have set themselves up for a tilt at the Triple Crown and, by extension, the Six Nations title after comfortably seeing off Scotland and Wales at home. Joe Schmidt’s men were clinical and aggressive for 80 minutes in their 26-3 win over Warren Gatland’s men. They next face Stuart Lancaster’s England, a side that have beaten them in their last three outings and who overpowered Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday.“A win in Twickenham is massive, it doesn’t matter how many times you’ve done it before,” said O’Connell. “Particularly at the moment. England will be disappointed with the French game but, as Joe [Schmidt] said, they dominated long parts of that game. To go to Paris and go two tries to nil down but come back and be five points ahead is impressive. They’ll be disappointed with the finish.“They are an incredibly physical side. I worked with [England forwards coach] Andy Farrell in the summer, on the Lions Tour. They have brilliant line speed and really do put teams under pressure and force them to make mistakes. I think they are growing in confidence all the time. It’s going to be incredibly difficult for us.” O’Connell added:When we saw the fixture list, even though the second game was against the champions of the competition, always in the back of our mind would have been thinking we would be in a very good place if we were two from two. I think the competition now gets a whole lot harder when you go to Twickenham. It’s going to be a big step up.”The 35-year-old delivered perhaps the greatest ever 54-minute performance in an Irish jersey on Saturday. In less than an hour on the Aviva Stadium field, the Ireland captain led from the front at lineout, maul and breakdown.He charged headlong into swathes of Welsh jerseys on three occasions and always knocked his tacklers back. He delivered a huge hit on Wales’ tackle machine Dan Lydiate on four minutes to rouse the home support. It was Roy Keane on Marc Overmars in 2001 but it was legal. Paul O’Connell in relaxed form at Ireland’s post-match briefing. INPHO/Colm O’NeillThe captain, who missed Ireland’s victory over Scotland last week with a chest infection, was Ireland’s third highest tackler. In his 54 minutes on the pitch he landed 10 hits, just behind Jamie Heaslip and Chris Henry who both saw out the match. He also won four lineout throws and stole a Richie Hibbard dart. The huge applause that met his early substitution matched the effort the captain had exerted for the cause. O’Connell commented:I was struggling a little bit. I was still a bit sick but, you know, disappointed to come off. I was struggling a little; had my head in my hands a few times and [was] bent over a few times. That’s just not acceptable.”The lock was replaced by Dan Tuohy who fractured his arm in the first play he was involved in. Tommy O’Donnell replaced Tuohy and fellow flanker Peter O’Mahony moved into the second row.Despite a couple of sneezes in the post-match briefing, O’Connell looked in good shape for a man who only finished up a heavy dose of antibiotics two days before the match. “It’s great to have two home wins, two games into the championship The margin of victory in both games is fantastic. One of the big things Joe talked about was the amount of one-score games there were in last year’s championship and how little bits of inaccuracy can put you the right side, or wrong side, of those games. We’ve been focusing on that a lot so the margins that we have won by are brilliant.”Ireland’s 26-3 win can not be fully reported on without mention of the driving mauls that Wales simply could not handle. “With the conditions,” O’Connell explained, “the maul was always going to play a big part in the game. Once we got a lead it became a very potent weapon for us. As the ball got wetter and wetter it was a great weapon; to hold onto the ball and put a team under pressure.“All the provinces maul very well and [when] you come into camp there’s a good mixture of ideas. You add that to John Plumtree’s and Anthony [Foley] would have a few ideas when he was here with the Wolfhounds. Lineout-wise, we have four excellent jumpers and we’re able to concentrate on quite a small menu as Wales generally don’t give you a lot of lineouts. It focuses the mind a little bit.”English minds will be focused on stopping the devastating Irish maul in Twickenham. If they fail to blunt Ireland’s new weapon O’Connell may well leave with victory number four and his fifth Triple Crown.Like rugby? Follow TheScore.ie’s dedicated Twitter account @rugby_ie >Ireland break down every part of Welsh game to bring Triple Crown into viewScott Williams leaves Lansdowne Road with shoulder in a sling after BOD tacklelast_img read more

first_imgInondations au Pakistan : leur impact aurait pu être limitéL’année dernière, le Pakistan a fait face à de dévastatrices inondations, qui ont immergé près d’un quart du pays, et fait 1.760 morts environ. Une catastrophe qui, si elle n’aurait pu être évitée, aurait pu être limitée, affirme une étude menée par des chercheurs  de l’Institut de technologie de Géorgie.Ces travaux ont été publiés hier dans les Lettres de la recherche géophysique, une revue de l’American Geophysical Union. Des chercheurs ont étudié les données obtenues grâce à des modèles informatiques d’un centre de prévision météorologique européen, le CEPMMT. Des données qui si elles avaient été exploitées, auraient pu limiter l’impact des inondations qui d’après la Banque mondiale, ont fait plus de 21 millions de sinistrés, et 9,7 milliards de dollars de dommages matériels. D’après les chercheurs ayant mené cette étude, les météorologues auraient en effet pu prédire à huit à dix jours, et ce avec une grande précision, les pluies qui se sont abattues sur le Pakistan entre juillet et septembre 2010.À lire aussiOrage : 11.000 éclairs en 24 heures dans le Calvados (Vidéo)Si ces modèles informatiques de prévision avaient été traités, les inondations auraient pu être anticipées, et la population aurait alors pu être alertée et évacuée à temps, estime Peter Webster, professeur de sciences atmosphériques et de la Terre à l’Institut de technologie de Géorgie (sud-est), le principal auteur de cette étude. “Les gens ne comprennent pas la puissance des prévisions météorologiques modernes” déplore-t-il, assurant que “ce désastre et les inondations elles-mêmes auraient pu être minimisés. (…) Si nous avions travaillé avec le Pakistan, les autorités auraient pu savoir ce qui allait arriver de huit à dix jours avant”.Citée par France 24, Anna Ghelli, une scientifique du Centre européen pour les prévisions météorologiques à moyen terme, qui regroupe 33 Etats, révèle que l’organisme “ne fournit pas d’avertissements météorologiques au grand public ou aux médias”. Et d’expliquer : “Le CEPMMT fournit des prévisions numériques à ses membres qui sont responsables de la préparation des prévisions pour la population et de fournir des directives à leurs autorités respectives”. Alors que “l’alerte était présente dans les modèles informatiques cinq jours avant (…). L’absence d’accord de coopération entre le CEPMMT et le Pakistan signifie que la mise en garde de l’arrivée de ce déluge n’est pas parvenue au public pakistanais et que l’agence météorologique pakistanaise ne pouvait pas en faire la prévision”, souligne-t-elle.Le 1 février 2011 à 20:12 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_img Podcasts Are TV Shows Now With ‘Limetown’ Trailer7 Icebreakers for Facebook’s New Dating Service Stay on target Facebook reportedly sold advertising space during the 2016 presidential election to a dodgy Russian company targeting US voters.The social network on Wednesday revealed that some 470 “inauthentic” accounts and Pages, “likely operated out of Russia,” spent approximately $100,000 on 3,000 ads between June 2015 and May 2017.Officials traced the sales to a Russian “troll farm” with a history of promoting pro-Kremlin propaganda, according to The Washington Post.Citing anonymous sources “familiar with the company’s findings,” the newspaper suggested a handful of the ads directly named then-nominees Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.Facebook Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos, however, claims “the vast majority of ads run by these accounts didn’t specifically reference the US presidential election, voting, or a particular candidate.”“Rather, the ads and accounts appeared to focus on amplifying divisive social and political messages across the ideological spectrum—touching on topics from LGBT matters to race issues to immigration to gun rights,” he wrote in a blog announcement.About a quarter of the ads were geographically targeted; of those, more ran in 2015 and 2016, according to Stamos.The accounts in question have been shut down, and the company has “shared our findings with US authorities investigating these issues.”It’s not so much a question of whether the Kremlin interfered in the election: The Office of the Director of National Intelligence in January stated that Russian President Vladimir Putin “ordered an influence campaign” to discredit Clinton and “undermine public faith in the US democratic process.”The real concern is whether Russia helped to spread misinformation and influence how Americans voted.Facebook came under fire in November for allowing what many considered false news to run rampant on the popular platform—a criticism CEO Mark Zuckerberg dismissed as being “a pretty crazy idea.”The firm has since cracked down on bogus content by introducing new reporting functions and launching coalitions; it recently took action against fake accounts in France and Germany, and no longer allow Pages that repeatedly share fraudulent stories. And it’s not finished yet.Facebook is exploring “several new improvements,” Stamos said, highlighting better detection tools and more efficient early intervention against inauthentic accounts.“We’re constantly updating our efforts in this area [and] will continue to invest in our people and technology to help provide a safe place for civic discourse and meaningful connections,” he added.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

first_imgAutomatic enrolment owes its success to the harnessing of inertia. Employees are, by default, enrolled into their employer’s pension scheme and contributions are automatically deducted and invested on their behalf.However, in spite of its success in bringing so many employees into workplace pension saving, automatic enrolment is not on its own sufficient to guarantee optimal retirement outcomes. Ideally, employees should be actively engaged with retirement planning from an early age.In an era where the vast majority of private sector workers are enrolled into a defined contribution (DC) pension scheme, it is vital that they have a realistic understanding of the contribution rates required to generate an adequate retirement fund. Currently, the statutory minimum contribution required of employees is just 1% of earnings over the £5,824 lower earnings threshold. In monetary terms this is trivial.While statutory minimum rates are set to rise in coming years, it would be preferable for employees to understand from the outset that retirement saving is a significant financial commitment and are, therefore, prepared to budget accordingly.With a liberalised regime governing the use of retirement savings, it is important that employees understand exactly what their options are. Ideally, they should be considering how they might use their savings and give thought as to when this is to happen. A growing problem in future years is the spectre of longevity risk; with annuities no longer a statutory requirement it is inevitable that some retirees will outlive their savings.A workplace education programme that promotes effective engagement is the best way of ensuring that employees understand pension saving and are empowered to make informed decisions. Such a programme should start early in an employee’s working life.A key aspect of effective engagement with workplace pensions is understanding that discussion of pensions is not just for those approaching retirement but is a topic to be addressed at all stages of a career.Tim Middleton is technical consultant at the Pensions Management Institute (PMI)last_img read more

first_imgThe damage was reported to the Parks Department on Saturday. According to Blackwell the landslide was triggered during the earthquake on Friday morning: “It’s a pretty significant landslide.” Eagle Rock is located about half way between Kenai and Soldotna on the Kenai Spur Highway, between Robin Drive and Ross street. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Eagle Rock Boat Launch access road was significantly damaged due to a landslide triggered by the 7.0 earthquake on Friday, November 30.Jack Blackwell superintendent of Alaska State Parks on the Kenai: “Approximately half the hill below the access point slide into the wetlands. The road and facility had previously been closed for the season, so there were no injuries. Park engineers will be evaluating and inspecting the site to determine the steps going forward.”last_img read more

first_imgMeanwhile, Martha Spizziri, vice president of ASBPE, has weighed in as well.Stuff To Think AboutWhile ASBPE crafts its official response, I’d urge everyone in b-to-b journalism to think long and hard about the issues raised by the CIO links.To aid in that process, here’s what I see as the two crucial questions, based on my understanding of ASBPE’s ethics guidelines, my conversations with CIO staffers, the comments posted to this blog, and the emails I’ve received.1. What constitutes editorial approval?I first heard about the CIO links when I was contacted by CIO editors who were upset that they had not been consulted. They didn’t approve of the links. They didn’t insert them. And they didn’t know they would be there. What the editors told me was that the links simply appeared in their stories.ASBPE’s guidelines say that “Whether for editorial or advertising information, hypertext links should be placed at the discretion and approval of editors.” To me, the use of the plural is crucial. It seems to me that links—whether they are an ad or something else—should only be inserted by the individuals responsible for each story. In other words, each editor at a publication must decide when, and when not, to add a link.However, there is another school of thought. Abbie Lundberg, who runs the editorial department at CIO, posted a comment to my earlier post saying “As Editor in Chief at CIO, I approve the use of these links. ” Abbie also notes that another senior staffer who has since left the company also approved of the links.In other words, Abbie is saying that because the senior editorial staff approved the deal to place the links on the site, then discretion has been exercised and the links have received the “approval of editors.”Certainly many people would agree with Abbie on this. The senior editorial staff is ultimately responsible for editorial decisions.I, however, disagree.I think the ASBPE guidelines do and should require that individual editors be able to exercise choice in inserting a link into a story. If an editor thinks the link has value, the link goes in. If he doesn’t think so, the link stays out. Or, to put the question another way—would ASBPE say that the ads-in-text used by Vibrant Media don’t violate the ethics guidelines as long as the senior editorial staffer signs off on the deal? Of course not.2. Must a link have a commercial/advertising component for it to violate ethics guidelines?This is perhaps the most complex part of the equation.In a comment to my earlier post, Rex Hammock notes that “nearly every financial news site on the web has such automatic links to information about publicly traded companies. Those are in-line links that an editor does not explicitly approve every instance of their inclusion—they are baked into the CMS.”To see an example of what Rex is talking about, take a look at this story on the CNNMoney site and scroll down to the third paragraph. What you’ll find is that inserted after the word “IBM” are links to IBM’s stock price (and other material) and a Fortune magazine profile of the company.It’s unlikely that anyone would argue that these links do not have value to the reader. It’s equally unlikely that anyone would argue that the links are any more or less commercial than anything else on the CNNMoney site.In other words, such links are, by any reasonable measure, editorial links and not advertising links. And Rex is saying, correctly, that such links are widely accepted among professional journalists.Furthermore, as a general rule in 2008, such links are “baked into” the content-management systems of many of the financial-news giants. The journalists who produce stories at most of those sites don’t insert the links. The links simply appear.However, back when I worked at CNNfn, the predecessor of CNNMoney, editors did have to “explicitly approve every instance” of such links. If I remember correctly, all that was required was that you highlight the company name and click a button in the CMS. But if we didn’t do that, the links didn’t appear.Now in truth, that requirement for approval was a function of the CMS. None of us thought to insert editorial choice into the process. It just sort of happened that way. I have no idea if such “approval” is still part of the CMS at CNN. But I believe that it should be part of the process for B2B publishers. Because, as the ASBPE guidelines say, “Whether for editorial or advertising information, hypertext links should be placed at the discretion and approval of editors.”Perhaps I’m being too harsh. Perhaps I’m being too rigid. But I believe with all my heart that b-to-b journalism functions best when it allows individual editors to determine what does and does not go into a story.I hope that ASBPE agrees with me. ASBPE has not yet issued an official ruling on the controversy that began two days ago when I wrote about my concerns over CIO magazine’s use of in-text links. That’s understandable. Unlike thead-in-links controversy that I’ve written about repeatedly, the CIO issue is more complex.If you’re not familiar with the issue, please take a look at the earlier post (and make sure you read the comments, which contain a number of interesting insights.)But ASBPE has done the next best thing.Steve Roll, president of the organization, has written a thoughtful piece in which he sums up the problem for journalism ethicists quite nicely, saying that “publishing on Internet—with all of its emerging functionalities—is likely to keep providing us with a steady supply of ethical conundrums. Failing to condemn unethical practices would destroy our profession. Being too quick to condemn new practices would likely have a chilling effect on innovation.”last_img read more

first_img Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio debut with sinister Nero Edizione package 23 Photos More From Roadshow 6:41 Enlarge ImageDon’t race to dealers yet, Alfa owners. This recall is slated to start in September. Alfa Romeo Nearly 22,000 Alfa Romeo Giulia sedans and Stelvio SUVs are being recalled due to potentially optimistic fuel gauges. The 2018 and 2019 model-year vehicles may have a body control module (BCM) “built with suspect software” that could result in fuel level readings that are higher than what is actually in the tank. The danger, obviously, is that drivers could run out of fuel and either stall — increasing the risk of a crash — or become stranded.There are a series of very specific circumstances that can result in this faulty fuel readout. They involve parking on a grade of 10-plus degrees for a certain period of time (around 30 minutes) with a fuel tank that’s filled between 50-75%. According to Alfa Romeo’s parent company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the vehicle may “think it went through a refuel and add a notch or two to the fuel gauge upon restart.” That artificially raised readout will continue until the next time an actual refueling takes place.In March, 60,000 2017-2019 Giulia and Stelvio models were recalled over adaptive cruise control problems.According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notice, Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio owners covered under this fuel gauge recall will be notified by mail of the campaign, with dealers updating the body control module software free of charge to fix the issue. FCA says 21,915 vehicles built between April 5, 2018 and May 29, 2019 may be affected by the problem. The recall is expected to get underway on Sept. 13. Alfa Romeo Recalls Post a comment 2019 Lamborghini Urus review: Part SUV, part supercar 0 2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR first drive: A magnificent beast, indeed Alfa Romeo Now playing: Watch this: 2019 Maserati Levante GTS: Heart of gold Tags The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio deserves the S in… Performance Cars SUVs Crossovers Sedans Share your voicelast_img read more

first_img“It’s easy to express but difficult to influence”.What requires is an ability to influence people , to bring a change in their ideas, perspective and importantly their opinion that what matters a lot. Nowadays people have chosen social media which is serving as an independent platform for them to express themselves and influence others. Among many renowned influencers the first name that strikes to the mind is of the young talent of Bangalore “Sayyed Sohel Torvi”.Sayyed Sohel Torvi is a 26 year old entrepreneur, influencer and a magnificent motivational speaker. He is having a large scale Granite export business. Owing a company named Ababil Granite pvt.Ltd and having a healthy business relationship with well developed countries like China and Taiwan. Unlike other Influencers his modus operandi is somewhat different and appealing.Having an account on Instagram with more than 22.3k followers he is doing an astounding job. Apart from this he is also having a YouTube channel with more than 1.4k subscribers . His positive perspective about life stimulate him to create motivational contents on social media. Commendable oratory skills leading him on the path of becoming an ideal example for youth of our country. Besides a successful entrepreneur he is a man of values. He believes in encouraging and inspiring others to hustle hard day and night and achieve the target. His Goal is not only to be a successful entrepreneur of this era but also to leave an impact on an ideal number of people through his charismatic temperament. It is said that a Good leader should possess the influential quality to guide his followers, we have a dazzling exemplar “Sayyed Sohel Torvi aka Suhail Rasool”. Yes! His influential disposition made him won the NDIA Leadership Award 2019, that’s sounds amazing. His power of words and way of expressing himself segregate him from the crowd and making him one of the most puissant personality of the age. From consuming a lot of values and life lessons from his motivational content he has proved himself as a man of his words in the eyes of innumerable people.We wish him good luck for his future.IBT does not endorse any of the above content.last_img read more

first_imgAlvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz/Houston Public MediaThis Aug. 29, 2017 file photo shows a flooded subdivision near Cypress Creek in north Harris County during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.The Harris County Commissioners Court accepted Tuesday more than $909 million in federal funds to support local rebuilding efforts following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. The funds, which represent the first of two tranches coming to Harris County by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), will be disbursed over the coming months to residents with qualified claims.The majority of the funds will go toward housing related projects, starting with home repair, reconstruction, buyout and reimbursements for homeowners on repairs made at their own expense. Additionally, funds will go toward repair and new construction of rental property, and toward building affordable housing options in the county.“These funds are an opportunity for residents rebuilding after Harvey. Our case workers are prepared to help folks through the process and to direct them to other possible resources if they do not qualify,” said County Judge Lina Hidalgo. “I encourage folks to begin applying today.”Applications are already being accepted at the Harris County Project Recovery Website at www.harrisrecovery.org.  For questions call 832-927-4961 or email RebuildHarris@csd.hctx.netThe Commissioners Court also discussed the county budget, bail reform, flood control measures, and raises for county workers and elected officials at Tuesday’s meeting.Hidalgo proposed revising the county’s budgeting process in order to make it more open, equitable, and performance-based.  She is also is convening stakeholders this Wednesday to ensure the county is undergoing a coordinated, smart implementation of bail reform. “Our criminal justice system needs to be safe, fair, and fiscally responsible. Bail reform is a first step in that direction, and we need to make sure we’re implementing reform in the best way possible,” she said.  The court heard from representatives of the Harris County Flood Control District about ongoing efforts to update its floodplain map, improve monitoring, repair bayous, and remove sediment from tributaries in Harris County and neighboring jurisdictions.Hidalgo noted that half the homes that flooded during Harvey weren’t inside the floodplain and added the flood plains were not accurately mapped.  “The last floodplain revision was twelve years ago and, since then, we’ve had three 500-year storms,” the Judge said, “we’re beginning work toward a new floodplain map based on new rainfall data that will let people know whether they’re in the floodplain and ensure infrastructure projects are built to appropriate standards.” Sharelast_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Numerous arrests in connection to fake currency rackets have been recently reported in the city. The Special Task Force of Kolkata Police has nabbed a Fake Indian Currency Note (FICN) racketeer from Bowbazar area on Tuesday evening.According to a source, since the past few months, fake currency notes racketeers have been spreading their networks across the city. After being informed by the intelligence units about such activities, STF had commenced an extensive search operation and kept strict vigil in the city to crackdown on the fake currency rackets operating here. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe Special Task Force nabbed several FICN racketeers before the Lok Sabha election seized huge amount of fake notes from them. On Tuesday afternoon, STF sleuths got a tip-off that a FICN racketeer had come to Kolkata to deliver a consignment of fake notes. Working on the information, officers came to know that a man in Bowbazar area had some payments at some shops using fake notes. Around 5:30 pm, sleuths detained a man named Vinod Kumar Yadav of Muzaffarpur in Bihar while he was purchasing something using fake notes. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateDuring questioning, it was revealed that Yadav majorly carried out his activities in Bihar and he came to Kolkata to expand his network. While searching the place he was staying, sleuths found 225 notes of 2000 denomination and 100 notes of Rs 500 denomination worth Rs 5 lakh. On March 9, STF officers had nabbed two fake currency racketeers from Chandni Chowk. As the STF officers had prior information, they were keeping a strict vigil in the area. Around 1:45 pm, sleuths noticed two persons and one of them was carrying a bag. The duo, identified as Dipak Mandal alias Bhola and Joy Mandal, was intercepted and detained immediately. During questioning the duo fumbled while answering the sleuths. On suspicion, the police checked the bag and found that the duo was carrying a good number of fake notes. Immediately, both the accused persons were taken to the STF facility at Lalbazar. Later, it was found that the duo was carrying 400 notes of Rs 2000 denomination, which is worth Rs 8 lakh. After the duo was remanded to STF custody, sleuths interrogated both of them and came to know about another FICN racketeer. Dipak stated that a person named Tofajul Hoque from Malda would come to Kolkata with another consignment of fake currency notes. But he could not confirm the exact date. Based on the information, officers started gathering information regarding the suspect. On March 18, they got a tip-off that Hoque had arrived in Kolkata and was shortly about to meet a prospective buyer of FICN. Working on the information STF personnel kept a strict vigil in and around Moulali area. Around 6 pm, sleuths identified Hoque as per the description given by Dipak, and surrounded him near a petrol pump on CIT Road. During search, sleuths found 100 fake notes of Rs 2000 denomination worth Rs 2 lakh from his possession. He was arrested immediately.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Calcutta High Court set up a single-member committee to probe the April 24 incident in which Howrah police resorted to lathi-charge on the Howrah District Court premises.On Wednesday, the division bench of Justice Biswanath Somadder and Justice Arindam Mukherjee said what the police did on April 24 on the Howrah Court premises was wrong. Justice Somadder and Justice Mukherjee engaged former Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh High Court Justice (Retd.) Kalyanjyoti Sengupta to conduct a probe and submit a report before the bench within three months. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe two justice bench also ordered seven police officers, including a few IPS officers, not to enter the court premises till the report is submitted. Calcutta High Court instructed the police not to investigate the cases lodged against the lawyers. On April 24, a major clash took place between the lawyers and staff of Howrah Municipal Corporation (HMC) over vehicle parking at Howrah Court area. It was alleged that when the HMC staff asked a lawyer not to park his vehicle at the paid parking area, they got into an argument. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe argument heated up when some lawyers and law clerks allegedly arrived there and physically harassed the HMC staff and a security personnel. Within minutes more HMC staff members arrived and there was a clash between them. It was alleged that both HMC staff and lawyers started hurling bricks at each other. Later, the Rapid Action Force (RAF) had to be called and the police resorted to lathi-charge. The situation took an ugly turn when the lawyers retaliated and attacked the police personnel. To disperse the violent mob, the police fired a few tear gas shells on the Howrah Court premises. Commissioner of Police (CP), Howrah, Vishal Garg had visited the spot later.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Putting an end to speculations, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora on Friday said there is no possibility of conducting the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Bengal till the Supreme Court verdict is out.”Let the Supreme Court come out with a verdict. At the moment it is for Assam. The Supreme court has not given the verdict. I cannot give a verdict and cannot forecast,” he said. Arora is in the city to attend events organised by the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences and IIM (Calcutta) on Friday and Saturday. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIt may be recalled that after getting landslide victory in the general election, BJP leaders in Bengal had said the NRC will be conducted immediately and the infiltrators will be pushed back. The purpose of the NRC, which is being updated in Assam under the Apex Court’s supervision, is to identify bonafide Indian citizens living in the state and weed out illegal migrants. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has said over and again in her election speeches as well as while addressing party leaders that the NRC in Bengal will not be allowed. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe matter came to head after the names of 42 lakh people belonging to the Hindu and Muslim communities got deleted from the NRC. The names of the family members of former President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed had been dropped from the list of citizens. As a mark of protest, Banerjee sent party MPs led by Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar in Assam to meet the aggrieved people. However, the Assam government did not allow them to come out of the airport and were sent back. Banerjee had said during her election speeches that the Centre had asked for certain documents that the people find difficult to furnish. “If they ask someone who is above 70 years old to give a copy of the birth certificate, then the person will find it impossible to submit the document as it was not issued during his childhood. On the basis of this, if his name is dropped from the NRC then it is entirely unjustified.” In almost all the election meetings, she had strongly condemned the Centre’s role to conduct the NRC as “it was an attempt to isolate a particular community.” On her instructions, all the Trinamool Congress leaders had spoken against NRC as it was an attempt to scare people. Banerjee had threatened to launch a movement if Centre decides to conduct NRC in Bengal.last_img read more

first_imgAfter years of development and delays, SpaceX’s Crew Dragon is ready to launch into orbit. It’s the first commercially built and operated crewed spacecraft ever to do so, and represents in many ways the public-private partnership that could define the future of spaceflight.Launch is set for just before midnight Pacific time — 2:49 Eastern time in Cape Canaveral, from where the Falcon 9 carrying the Crew Dragon capsule will take off. It’s using Launchpad 39A at Kennedy Space Center, which previously hosted Apollo missions and more recently SpaceX’s momentous Falcon Heavy launch. Feel free to relive that moment with us, while you’re here:The capsule has been the work of many years and billions of dollars: an adaptation of the company’s Dragon capsule, but with much of its cargo space converted to a spacious crew compartment. It can seat seven if necessary, but given the actual needs of the International Space Station, it is more likely to carry two or three people and a load of supplies.Of course it had to meet extremely stringent safety requirements, with an emergency escape system, redundant thrusters and parachutes, newly designed spacesuits, more intuitive and modern control methods and so on.Crew Dragon interior, with “Ripley”It’s a huge technological jump over the Russian Soyuz capsule that has been the only method to get humans to space for the last eight years, since the Shuttle program was grounded for good. But one thing Dragon doesn’t have is the Soyuz’s exemplary flight record. The latter may look like an aircraft cockpit shrunk down to induce claustrophobia, but it has proven itself over and over for decades. The shock produced by a recent aborted launch and the quickness with which the Soyuz resumed service are testament to the confidence it has engendered in its users.But for a number of reasons the U.S. can’t stay beholden to Russia for access to space, and at any rate the commercial spaceflight companies were going to send people up there anyway. So NASA dedicated a major portion of its budget to funding a new crew capsule, pitting SpaceX and Boeing against one another.SpaceX has had the best of Boeing for the most part, progressing through numerous tests and milestones, not exactly quickly, but with fewer delays than its competitor. Test flights originally scheduled for 2016 are only just now beginning to take place. Boeing’s Starliner doesn’t have a launch date yet, but it’s expected to be this summer.Tonight’s test (“Demo-1”) is the first time the Crew Dragon will fly to space; suborbital flights and landing tests have already taken place, but this is a dry run of the real thing. Well, not completely dry: the capsule is carrying 400 pounds of supplies to the station and will return with some science experiments on board.After launch, it should take about 11 minutes for the capsule to detach from the first and second stages of the Falcon 9 rocket. It docks about 27 hours later, early Sunday morning, and the crew will be able to get at the goodies just in time for brunch, if for some reason they’re operating on East Coast time.SpaceX will be live streaming the launch as usual starting shortly before takeoff; you can watch it right here:[embedded content]last_img read more

first_imgThe Gonoker V8 is a new addition to our list featuring a unique look and a color display. The best part about the watch is that it also houses a camera, so you’re always ready for a shot. The Gonoker V8 is available at a discounted price of only $14.99. Head over to this link to get it.This is all for our list of discount on smartwatches. If anyone of them piques your interest, be sure to place an order as soon as you can. If you fail to do so, the discount would revert back to its original model. Moreover, we’re not sure when the discount would end so order your share as soon as you can.There will be more deals in the future, so be sure to stay tuned in for more. We will be covering an extensive range of consumer products in the coming days, so do stick around for that. As for now, what are your thoughts on our list of discount on smartwatches? Are you willing to get the Honor Band 3, Amazfit Cor 2 or the Lenovo HX03F? Let us know in the comments. Share Tweet Submit Today we have a different set of smartwatches and fitness trackers in store which are available at discount for a very limited period of time. If you’re looking for a good option for yourself, be sure to check out our list for more details on the feature list. Our list includes the Honor Band 3, Amazfit Cor 2, Lenovo HX03F and many more. So let’s dive in to see some more details on the matter.Massive Discount On Smartwatches: Featuring Lenovo HX03F, Amazfit Cor 2, Honor Band 3 And MoreAs we have mentioned earlier, our list boasts new products that are high in demands and a must-have for those into fitness tracking and more. However, we would like to point your attention to the limited availability of the discount. That’s right, the discount will end soon, which will make the price drop revert back to its original model henceforth, it would be wise for you to act fast and order your share as soon as you can. Now, let’s get down to the list.Alfawise H19Main Features:● NFC analog IC door card, after the smart door lock writes data to the wristband, you don’t have to care if you forget to carry the door card● Daily sports activity tracking, built-in pedometer, calorie data, synchronized mobile phone GPS, moving distance, multiple sports mode records, etc. Break your own records every day● Real-time health monitoring – heart rate, blood pressure, blood oxygen and sleep monitoring to take care of your health● Portable extensions for smartphones, never miss a call. Call reminder, one-click rejection, information push, remote shutter, etc.● 1.3 inch 240 x 240 TFT color display for full display of multiple text messages● IP67 waterproof, no need to worry about sweating or rainy days, swimming● 180mAh lithium-ion batteryThe Alfawise H19 is a perfect smartwatch at a fraction of the price of the flagships. the best part about the watch is that it features most of the features you will find on high-end smartwatches. Health and fitness tracking is a plus, so you’re good on that part. The Alfawise H19 is available at an impressive 21 percent off, making the price come down to just $21.99. Head over to this link to get it.Lenovo HX03FHighlights:● This fitness tracker can be used to check your heart rate automatically and keep on monitoring it.● You can also track your workouts with ease including calories burnt, steps taken, distance covered and can also provide you with daily, weekly, monthly and even yearly statistics.● It is waterproof and can be used in the humid and wet condition. It has a waterproof rating of IP68.● You can use it as a calorie counter as well so that you know exactly how much calories you have burnt throughout the day so that you can stick to your fitness routine more easily.● You can synchronize your phone ( Android and iOS ) with this fitness tracker using the App “Lenovo Healthy” and can view your notifications like calls, SMSs and others on your fitness tracker.Oriented towards those who are heavily into fitness tracking on our list of discount on smartwatches, the Lenovo HX03F is a perfect choice. From recording calories burnt to distance covered, the Lenovo HX03F has got you covered. If you’re up for it, the Lenovo HX03F is available at a massive 29 percent discount. This makes the price of the Lenovo HX03F come down to just $23.99. Head over to this link to get it.Xiaomi Mi Band 3Main Features:Display sports data● Display the time, date, walking steps, distance, and calories clearly. Let you know your sports data immediatelyClear display● 0.78-inch OLED high-resolution displayHeart rate monitor● HRM heart rate monitor function will give you real-time feedback, let you know about your heart rate anytime and anywhereSedentary remind● When you are sitting for a longer time than the preset duration, the watch would remind you with vibration or a ring that it’s time for exerciseAlarm remind● Setting the alarm clock on the phone, the watch will remind you with vibrationCalories consumption ● Master your exercise and calories consumption at any time and anywhere, monitoring your raining status at any timeSleep monitor● Are you curious about your sleep quality? sleep monitor function will give you the answerThere’s no intro required for the Xiaomi Mi Band 3 on our list of discount on smartwatches. It offers great quality and accuracy of results. Moreover, the Mi Band 3 is a favorite to many as it has been on our list for a long time. If you’re interested, the Xiaomi Mi Band 3 is available at an insane 32 percent discount, making the price come down to just $29.99. Head over to this link to get it.Huawei Honor Band 3Main Features:● Perfect Personal Health Tracker: heart rate monitor, pedometer and sleeping monitors.● Ultra-long Battery Life: it consumes less power and can generally standby for 45 days.● Waterproof Design: 50 meters waterproof standard, suitable to use at home, office and during outdoor activities.We’re all familiar with Huawei and its name in the smartphone industry. Well, the company also excels in manufacturing one of the best fitness trackers on the market. the Honor Band 3 is no exception as everything part of it screams quality. If the Honor Band 3 entices you, it is available at an astounding 35 percent discount for a limited time. This makes the price of the Honor Band 3 to come down to just $25.99. Head over to this link to get it.Gonoker A6Main Features:Materials –Durable zinc alloy ABS composite material, skin-friendly, waterproof and comfortable wearing experience.Activities tracking –Record daily steps, distance and calories consumption.Find Phone –Set the activity tracker to locate your phone by making the phone vibrate or ring.Health Tracker –Support whole point measurement, heart rate monitor, blood pressure monitor, blood oxygen monitor.Sleep monitor & Alarm –Automatically track your sleep quality, and alarm silent vibration will wake you up.The Gonoker A6 is a pretty neat option if you’re a fan of elegant design and functionality. It’s plain, it’s simple and it just does the job. It is available at a discounted price of only $15.99. Head over to this link to get it.Alfawise CY16Main FeaturesClear Display● 1.3 inch IPS high-resolution colored displayHeart rate monitor● HRM heart rate monitor function will give you the real-time feedback, let you know about your heart rate anytime and anywhereDisplay Health Parameters● This smart wristband can display the time, date, steps, distance and calories clearly. Let you know your sports data immediatelySedentary and Drinking Remind● When you are sitting for a longer time than the preset duration, the watch would remind you with vibration or a ring that it’s time for exercise and drinkingAlarm Remind● Setting the alarm clock on the phone, the watch will remind you with vibrationCalories consumption ● Master your exercise and calories consumption at any time and anywhere, monitoring your raining status at any timeSleep Monitor● Are you curious about your sleep quality? sleep monitor function will give you the answerAnother smartwatch that offers fitness-related features, the Alwawise CY16 is great in performing the functions it is intended for. The attention to quality is immense and the results are fairly accurate. If the product entices you, it is available at a good 16 percent discount, making the price come down to just 35.99. Head over to this link to get it. It’s one of the best options available on our list of discount on smartwatches.Original Amazfit Cor 2Main Features:●1.23 inch Capacitive Color IPS LCD Touch ScreenWith HD resolution 240 x 240 pixels, corning uses gorilla glass material, high quality ABS frame.2.5D arc angle and round angle design to make the screen more transparent.●Reflective Display TechnologyThe dial is always clear without a black screen. Used reflective display technology, the dial brightness will automatically adjust to the environment, giving you better and more clear eye experience.●Heart Rate MonitorBuilt-in PPG heart rate sensor, monitor your real-time heart rate in sport, make your exercise more scientific and effective.●Call ReminderWhen a call or message arrives, the watch will remind you via vibration, never miss an important call or message.●Information PushPush instant information, such as Facebook, Wechat, WhatsApp, lets you receive real-time information.●Long Standby160mAh battery capacity offers up to 5 days standby time.●5ATM waterproof, no need to worry about water ingress after swimming or sweating.The Amazfit Cor 2 is one of the finest options available on our list which offers enhanced health-centric features you will find in a single hub. The Amazfit Cor 2 is best at what it does and the company has built a strong name in the fitness segment. If you’re up for it, the Amazfit Cor 2 is available at a stunning 29 percent discount for a limited time. This makes the price of the fitness tracker to come down to just $59.99. Head over to this link to get it.Gonoker V8Key features:Dial via watch SIM card or BluetoothPedometer, Calories Calculation,Sedentary remind, Sleep monitoringMessage reminder. Once you use a smart watch, this Bluetooth watch will make your life easier and more convenient.last_img read more