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Dwindling fortunes of Bristol Hotel Gurugrams 1st 5star property

first_imgGurugram: Situated in one of the most central areas of the city, the news of Rs 150 crore Bristol hotel resulted in a large number of citizens enquiring of what had happened. From the time it became operational in 1998, Bristol hotel was a go-to place for the residents at a time when the nightlife of the city had not fully developed.Even though it was widely acknowledged that the hotel belonged to former Chief Minister Bhajan Lal, it never faced much of problems even though there have been rumours that various illegal activities occurring at the hotel. Of late, the hotel had begun incurring heavy losses due to the competition from other hotel brands and the commercial malls that also took away the business of it neighbouring Edmonton Mall. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccording to sources, the land of the hotel that is spread at the area of three acres is situated at the junction of Gurugram Faridabad Road and MG Road. Interestingly one of the most famous structures that had come up in the area, the area where the hotel is situated is also known as Bristol Chowk. Having lost out to its peers in the business of selling room, the management of the hotel had begun to position its hotel for various banquet functions and conventions. According to employees even though there was a substantial business that was coming in it was still not enough for the hotel operations to be in the green. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”With the opening of the major hotel brands in the city, we had incurred a lot of losses but we were relying on the set of the loyal customers who had been there for us more than 20 years. We are one of the first hotels that began functioning in 1998. Moreover, the Edmonton Mall that is situated alongside it also had a lot of commercial units much before the malls came in,” said one of the employees who also expressed fear about his future following the attachment of the hotel.last_img read more


October 18, 2019 0

Prince Harry Welcomes Home The Walking With The Wounded South Pole Team

first_imgPrince Harry has been reunited with his fellow South Pole adventurers who revealed that he has a special skill essential for expeditions – latrine building.Prince Harry speaks at the Walking With The Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge welcome home press conference.Credit/Copyright: www.princehenryofwales.org/At a welcome home press conference, Prince Harry met up with some of the men and women with whom he trekked across the frozen wastes of Antarctica to reach the most southern point of the globe. Among those on the Walking With The Wounded South Pole 2013 expedition were 12 injured servicemen and women from the UK, US and the Commonwealth – and The Prince praised their efforts as an “unbelievable achievement”.Actor Dominic West took part in the challenge and joined the group that greeted The Prince when he arrived at a central London hotel. Prince Harry had shaved off his beard he grew during the challenge, but the British star was still sporting his dark beard. West said: “He was very much part of the team, he seemed to specialise in building latrines, he built this incredible castellated structure with blocks to keep out the wind and it even had a loo roll holder.”Surrounded by his fellow trekkers, Prince Harry spoke about the Walking With The Wounded charity that organised the challenge to the South Pole. He said: “Inspiring others is one of the corner stones of this charity, to demonstrate to those who have experienced life-changing injuries that everything is possible.“I hope this truly unbelievable achievement by everyone behind me, and back in America, Canada and Australia… will remind everybody that they can achieve anything that they want to.“Our wounded, injured and sick do not want pity, they simply want to be treated the same way they were before they were injured – with respect and admiration.”The adventurers faced such extreme weather conditions during their 200-mile (322km) odyssey that organisers had to call off the competitive element of the trek. But working as one unit, the UK team and squads from the US and Commonwealth made it to their Antarctic goal together on Friday December 13.Prince Harry could not resist joking about the British contingent reaching the South Pole first: “Team UK did win – we did – those are the facts, we had a chat and decided to give the trophy back and share it among everybody else – to the Australian contingent if they’re watching, sorry.”His Royal Highness was the official patron of the gruelling trek and the challenge was filmed for a documentary that will be screened in the spring.Source:PrinceHenryOfWales.orglast_img read more


October 16, 2019 0

Rinelle Harper ready to repeat call for inquiry at roundtable in Ottawa

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA – Rinelle Harper, the 16 year-old girl who survived a brutal attack in Winnipeg to become the embodiment of the violence faced by Indigenous women, plans to call for a national inquiry if she speaks during the national roundtable in Ottawa Friday.Harper, who is sitting next to Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde at the main table, said during the lunch break she hadn’t spoken yet during the meeting and was unsure if she would.Harper, however, came prepared with handwritten notes she’d use if the moment came and she decided to speak to the roundtable delegates, who range from premiers to federal cabinet ministers to the families of murdered and missing Indigenous women.Harper allowed APTN National News to view a part of her notes. She had them tightly folded in her pant pocket.“For me, the inquiry would help women to come forward and report the assaults that happened to them,” said a portion of Harper’s notes. “The inquiry would be a chance for women and their families to heal from the past.”Harper was found along the Assiniboine River in Winnipeg by a passerby on the morning of Nov. 8, 2014. She had been left for dead. Winnipeg police said Harper was attacked twice, the second time after she crawled out of the river.Police charged a 20 year-old male and a 17 year-old male in connection with the attack. Both the accused were First Nation males.Not all family members of the missing and murdered are in favour of an inquiry.Elisapee Sheutiapik, from Iqaluit, said the money that would be spent on an inquiry would be better used by services.“With the money you are going to spend on an inquiry get us mental health workers, get us housing,” she said. “We don’t need an inquiry.”Sheutiapik’s teenage sister Mary Ann Birmingham was found stabbed to death in Iqaluit 29 years ago. The murder is still unsolved.A man from Iqaluit named Jopie Atsiqtaq was initially charged with the murder, but a judge determined during a preliminary hearing there was not enough evidence to proceed to full trail.Atsiqtaq was later convicted for the 1986 murder of a man and his mother.news@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more


October 14, 2019 0

UN health agency recommends measures to extend life expectancy

Worldwide, life expectancy can be increased by 5 to10 years if governments and individuals make combined efforts against the prevailing major health risks, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) says in its latest annual report, issued today. The World Health Report 2002 — Preventing Risks, Promoting Healthy Life identifies major principal global threats of disease, disability and death, quantifying their actual impact from region to region and providing examples of cost-effective ways to reduce those risks, applicable even in poor countries. “This report provides a road map for how societies can tackle a wide range of preventable conditions that are killing millions of people prematurely and robbing tens of millions of healthy life,” said WHO Director-General Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland. From more than 25 major preventable risks selected for in-depth study, the report finds that the top 10 globally are: childhood and maternal underweight, unsafe sex, high blood pressure, tobacco, alcohol, unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene, high cholesterol, indoor smoke from solid fuels, iron deficiency and overweight/obesity. Together, they account for about 40 per cent of the 56 million deaths that occur worldwide annually. An estimated 170 million children in poor countries are underweight, mainly from lack of food, while more than 1 billion adults worldwide – in middle income and high income countries alike – are overweight or obese. The report says about 500,000 people in North America and Western Europe die from overweight/obesity-related diseases every year. “The cost of inaction is serious,” WHO warns, predicting that unless action is taken, by the year 2020 there will be 9 million deaths caused by tobacco, while 5 million people will die due to obesity. If all of these preventable risks could be addressed as WHO recommends, healthy life spans could increase as much as 16 plus years in parts of Africa, where life expectancy is low, just 37 years in Malawi for example. Even in the richer countries, such as those in Europe as well as the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Japan, healthy life spans could increase by about five years. read more


October 6, 2019 0

Senior UN officials concerned over journalists deaths in Iraq

“I deplore the fact that so many journalists in Iraq are paying for their commitment to their profession with their lives,” Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said in a statement in Paris. “Their chosen task of informing the public is particularly difficult and dangerous in times of war. I wish to express my grief for their heavy losses and my admiration for their courage.”Referring to three journalists killed in Baghdad yesterday – Reuters news agency cameraman Taras Protsyuk, Spanish television channel Tele 5 cameraman José Couso, and Al-Jazeera correspondent Tarek Ayoub – Mr. Matsuura reiterated his call of 26 March for belligerents to respect established international agreements.“On no account must journalists be targeted,” he said, recalling Article 79 of the Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions, which states that “journalists engaged in dangerous professional missions in areas of armed conflict shall be considered as civilians.”For his part, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Sergio Vieira de Mello, declared: “The right to freedom of information is dealt a fatal blow whenever a journalist is killed or wounded in the performance of his or her vital role.” read more


October 6, 2019 0

Urgent action needed to eradicate child labour by 2016 says senior UN

Child working in the rice fields, NigerAgriculture currently accounts for 59% of all children in child labour. © ILO/M.Crozet Street musician, Poland The use of children in illicit activities is one of the worst form of child labour. © ILO/J.Maillard Young girl working to support her family, Nepal Child labour deprives girls and boys of their childhood and is harmful to their physical and mental development. © ILO/R.Bhandari “Let us be clear. We will not meet the 2016 target and that is a collective policy failure. We have to do better,” the Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Guy Ryder, said at the opening ceremony of the Third Global Conference on Child Labour in Brasilia.The ILO’s latest global estimates on child labour, released in the run-up to the conference, show that since 2010, the number of child labourers has fallen by one-third to 168 million. Yet in spite of that drop, Mr. Ryder warned that globally, the number of child labourers is still very large – only 27 million fewer than the entire population of Brazil.“These children constitute 168 million reasons for our presence here today,” he said, adding that progress is not happening fast enough.Mr. Ryder stressed that child labour is not only a problem of poor or developing economies but that it affects all countries, and he urged participants to direct their efforts towards policies and actions that have been successful.“We are seeing child labour concerns mainstreamed into public policy in multiple, relevant fields. We see greater clarity about the need for better school-to-work transition and skills-matching. We see a new global consensus on the need to ensure social protection floors for all people,” he said. Bonded child labourer, Pakistan Child labour is work that children should not be doing because they are too young to work and should be in school. © ILO/M.Crozet Child prostitute, India The use of children in prostitution and pornography is considered to be one of the worst forms of child labour. © ILO/A.Khemka Street vendor, Colombia The share of total child labourers in services rose from 26% in 2008 to 32% in 2012. © ILO/J.Maillard Illiterate child in rural Brazil Brazil is recognized as an international reference in the fight against child labour; however, there are still many illiterate children in the country which will most likely fall victims of child labour. © ILO/K.Cassidy Child soldiers, Democratic Republic of Congo Trafficking and forced recruitment if children for armed conflicts is another worst forms of child labour. © ILO/M.Crozet Street child, BoliviaDespite the fact that the global economic crisis seemd not to have had an impact on child labour, poverty is still one of the root causes of the issue. © ILO/M.Crozet Candy seller, Peru Despite the number of child workers has declided by one-third between 2010 and 2012, 168 children are still in child labour. © ILO/E.Gianotti ‹ ›Child labour is predominant in agriculture, and in other sectors of the informal economy, and Mr. Ryder underlined the role of enterprises and trade unions in discussing how to clean up their value chains, protect and respect human rights at work and remedy violations.Mr. Ryder also warned that there is a danger that as the “long march” against child labour appears to be entering its final phase, the international community could move its attention away from the struggle to end the scourge. “That would be tragic and must not happen. The call from Brasilia must be for a renewed, collective effort.” read more


October 2, 2019 0

Information on Senate meeting held Jan 17 2018

Amendments to the Faculty Handbook were approved during Senate 656 held Jan. 17 and can be viewed at www.brocku.ca/university-secretariat/facultyhandbook.The meeting’s summary report, which includes information on the amendments, is available online.


October 2, 2019 0

Criminal investigation launched after battery found inside chocolate Easter bunny

first_img 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. The hollow milk chocolate Easter bunny has been recalled Credit:Co-op A spokesman for the Co-op said: “The health and safety of our customers is uppermost in our minds.”We are concerned about one incident of alleged product tampering involving our hollow milk chocolate Easter bunny foil figure, which has been found to contain a small battery inside.”This follows an incident at Christmas when two similar products were targeted and contaminated.”Just over 3,000 units of the product, which costs £1, have been sold nationwide and customers are being urged to return them to stores for a full refund.Anyone who is concerned should contact Co-op customer services on 0800 0686 727. The hollow milk chocolate Easter bunny has been recalled  A criminal investigation has been launched after a battery was found inside a chocolate Easter bunny.The Co-op has initiated a UK-wide recall of its hollow milk chocolate Easter bunny figures as a precaution following an alleged tampering incident in Nottingham.The National Crime Agency and police forces are assisting with the investigation, the supermarket said.last_img read more


September 25, 2019 0

Hospital food divide doctors and nurses eat better than sick patients

first_img“At the same time, our British farmers and fishers face the uncertainties of the future outside EU markets for the good food they produce. This Government could address both issues head on by encouraging the NHS to buy excellent quality British produce.” The survey found that 50 per cent of hospitals had not met all of the five basic Hospital Food Standards required by the NHS Standard Contract for hospitals, which set out guidelines for nutrition, hydration, animal welfare and sustainability. One fifth do not provide patients with a hot meal if they miss mealtimes.Just 13 per cent of hospitals achieved the Soil Association’s ‘Food For Life Served Here’ catering mark for patient food, which guarantees that produce has arrived fresh from local suppliers, yet 21 per cent of hospitals achieved the accreditation for staff food.Katherine Button, coordinator of the Campaign for Better Hospital Food, said: “We applaud the 77 per cent of hospitals cooking food for their hardworking staff freshly on-site, but sadly only 30 per cent of hospitals are doing their patients the same courtesy.”Hospitals must start to prioritise patient food, as they already do for staff. Sick patients who are recovering from illness also deserve freshly prepared tasty and wholesome food cooked with care. “The Government has failed to take seriously the dire state of hospital food for too long and now half of London hospitals are not meeting even basic food standards.”Good food plays an essential role in recovery, well-being and morale, and patients and staff in NHS hospitals deserve better.” Although the research only looked at London hospitals, the campaigners said the results were indicative of the picture across the country.The report also found that although staff were eating more fresh food than patients, there was still little healthy food available 24 hours a day.  Around two-thirds of hospitals surveyed do not yet have healthy food available for staff working night shifts. And just two hospitals had shops where more than half of produce was healthy.Jo Ralling, Jamie Oliver Food Foundation Campaign Manager and supporter of the campaign, said: “The Campaign for Better Hospital Food’s report is a must read for all policy makers in the country.“We’ve had legal food standards for schools and prisons for a decade, there’s no reason we can’t extend these same protections to hospitals. Let’s all work together to get NHS patients and staff the good healthy food they deserve.”A Department of Health spokesperson said the government had introduced legally binding food standards, but the Care Quality Commission can only prosecute where a patient might be harmed by lack of nutrition of hydration. 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. Doctors and nurses enjoy better food in hospitals than the sick, a new report has found, with one in five patients forced to eat reheated airline-style food from plastic containers.A survey by the Campaign for Better Hospital Food found that fewer than one third of London hospitals serve freshly cooked meals to patients but 77 per cent provide fresh food for staff in canteens.Half of the hospitals surveyed are also failing to meet basic standards for nutrition and hydration, the report found, leading campaigners to call for tough new legal requirements for patient food similar to those which exist for schools and prisons.Prue Leith, the restaurateur and cookery expert, is spearheading the campaign after noticing the ‘inedible, foul-smelling sludge’ served to her mother when in hospital. She found that hospitals were operating on a budget of just £1.49 per meal.”I’ve been peripherally involved in trying to improve hospital food for ages. A friend died in the Marsden and right till the end her meals brought her  a small moment of pleasure. She looked forward to them. But other hospitals don’t seem to realise the importance of good food – not just nutritious food: it has to be palatable to get eaten –for both health and pleasure.   Prue Leith center_img Prue Leith is calling for the same food standards for hospitals that schools and prisons must adhere toCredit: Andrew Crowley Telegraph  A doctor holding a stethoscope “This report shows that at the moment most hospitals are not serving fresh, tasty and wholesome food so we must have legal standards, like those already in place for school food and prison food, to make sure good food is a priority in our hospitals. The majority of doctors and nurses are able to eat freshly cooked food, but fewer than one third of patients doCredit:Lynne Cameronlast_img read more


September 25, 2019 0

Why Animals Might Act A Little Strangely During Augusts Upcoming Eclipse

first_imgStay on target If you’re looking forward to checking out the upcoming solar eclipse on August 21, you might want to educate yourself on what possible effect it could have on the animals in your life and around you. There are definitely behavioral changes to look out for, as Dr. Don Moore of the Oregon Zoo attests by way of ABC’s News10, and you should keep it in mind on the day we experience the event.Wild animals will have long since adjusted to specific light and dark cycles in their lives that will be disrupted during the eclipse when the moon’s shadow completely covers the moon. It could result in animals becoming nervous, going to sleep early, or even thinking that it’s time to relax when the sun isn’t exactly where it should be.This could trickle down to your pets going to sleep or resting up when you might not expect them to, eat at a different time, or exhibit weird little signs like that when you don’t expect it. Of course, this may not happen at all. The best thing to do, experts say, is to keep calm and don’t act any differently to keep your pets calm too. It is a normal day with something abnormal happening right in the middle of it, but that’s no reason to freak out and make your pets do the same.The sky will completely turn to dusk around in the afternoon as it crosses over the lower half of 48 states for the first time in a century and will last about two minutes. Make sure neither you or your pet are looking straight at the sun and purchase protective glasses if you’re interested in viewing the eclipse when it occurs. And remember to let your pets know it’s okay by acting like everything is okay as well.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Photos: Solar Eclipse 2019 Stuns South American Viewers’The Gifted’ S2 Finale Recap: Death, Destruction & Hope for Season 3 last_img read more


September 20, 2019 0

Woman struck killed by trolley In Encanto

first_img KUSI Newsroom, November 26, 2018 Woman struck, killed by trolley In Encanto SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A woman was struck and killed by a Metropolitan Transit System trolley in the Encanto area, police said Monday.The crash happened about 10 p.m. Sunday near the intersection of 65th Street and Imperial Avenue, San Diego police Officer John Buttle said. The intersection is about three blocks from the Encanto Trolley Station.The woman was pronounced dead at the scene, Buttle said. No details about the victim were immediately available.The MTS Orange Line was shut down in both directions as a result of the crash. Trolley service has since been restored.Officers from the San Diego Police Department’s traffic division were investigating the circumstances of the crash. KUSI Newsroom Posted: November 26, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitterlast_img read more


September 17, 2019 0

ASAUSB Outline Benefits to Farmers of Coalition Effort for Soy Health Claim

first_imgFarmer leaders of the American Soybean Association (ASA) and the United Soybean Board (USB) today announced at a press conference that a proposal by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the health benefits of soy protein could lead to increased profit opportunities for U.S. soybean farmers. USB Chairman Byron Lemoine, USB Executive Committee member David Durham, who chairs USB’s Domestic Marketing Committee, ASA President Mike Yost and ASA First Vice President Marc Curtis, who chairs ASA’s Public Affairs committee, explained how the FDA action will have consumers in the U.S. and around the world seeking foods labeled to contain soy protein. The FDA has proposed that including soy protein in a healthy diet reduces serum cholesterol and may reduce the risk of heart disease.ASA’s Marc Curtis said, “One in five Americans have what health experts consider high blood cholesterol levels of over 240. That’s about 54 million people in this country alone who would greatly benefit from soy protein as part of a healthy diet. If these 54 million people with high blood cholesterol would consume the recommended 25 grams of soy protein each day, the ASA estimates the demand for soybeans would increase by more than 55 million bushels annually.””Soybean checkoff investments were used to analyze the potential economic impact of increases in the human consumption of foods containing soy protein,” stated USB’s Byron Lemoine. “As a result of that analysis, soybean checkoff investments were used to help assemble scientific evidence needed to help secure the soybean health claim from the FDA.”USB’s David Durham said, “Soybean checkoff investments have played an important role in documenting the healthful benefits of soy protein. For example, checkoff investments made by Qualified State Soybean Boards, most notably the Illinois Soybean Checkoff Board, and USB have helped prove the beneficial relationship between soybean protein and the lowering of cholesterol levels.””During FDA’s public comment period that ends on January 25, 1999, ASA will be working with members of Congress, and with other agriculture and food organizations to coordinate support for the proposed rule,” ASA’s Mike Yost said. “We plan to provide interested parties with research data and other educational materials that substantiate our position in this claim. A final rule is expected by March of next year.”The United States produces half the world’s supply of soybeans with an annual yield of 2.7 billion bushels. In 1997, the total U.S. crop value exceeded $17.5 billion.last_img read more


September 16, 2019 0

OLED laptops are almost ready for prime time

first_img Alienware redesigns its thin gaming laptops and offers… Now playing: Watch this: Now playing: Watch this: HDR video streaming as SDR to the LCD sometimes looked better than the same content streaming as HDR to the OLED, which had muddy shadows. Though the laptop supports HDR for games, the MX150 can’t really run any games that support HDR. (Though HDR by itself shouldn’t impact performance, it usually comes with some other visual baggage that does.) But the dark blacks and bright colors pep up any game, as long as you don’t need to search the shadows. Our evaluation unit also gave me some trouble. At times its sleep mode is closer to a coma. The screen goes dark and the only way to poke it back to life is to hard shutdown (by holding the power button) and reboot. It also hated my powered CalDigit Thunderbolt dock, entering an endless cycle of “I recognize the mouse, I don’t recognize the mouse” ad nauseam. Also for the keyboard. Somehow, it stopped recognizing its own power adapter while attached to the dock. Normally I’d suspect the hub, but I’ve never had an issue with it attached to a previous generation of the same laptop. razer-blade-oled-3The Razer Blade Advanced. Sarah Tew/CNET Razer Blade Advanced The Blade also comes with a touchscreen version of the OLED display, which is novel for a gaming system (though more common than it used to be). While it pushed the brightness higher than the other laptops, it also had an odd gamma curve that reminded me of film’s with a knee and a shoulder, as if it’s intended to bring out more detail in the highlights, but less in the shadows. That, and the high brightness, is probably why it doesn’t result in as compressed a tonal range as the HP in HDR mode when you’re not viewing HDR content. Still, though, I had trouble getting any HDR with really bright zones to look good. It just doesn’t map gracefully to the lower brightness.  Plus, it was kind of hard to see the shadows or appreciate the blacks, because the screen is so reflective. I couldn’t find an angle where I wasn’t staring at the overhead lights or myself (even in the dark). Laptops Monitors Tags HP Spectre x360 15 aims to flip MacBook Pro lovers 21 Photos Share your voice Why OLED screens are great Since OLED produces primary colors by running electricity through organic compounds rather than layers of various materials, the colors have tighter spectral responses. The primaries can hit higher saturations, which means they can more easily produce a lot more colors. Fewer layers — because of the lack of a backlight — means thinner screens too. razer-oled-spectral-power-distributionThe spectral power distribution of the Razer Blade Advanced’s OLED screen. Measured with CalMAN 5 Ultimate by SpectraCal and a Konica Minolta CS-2000 spectroradiometer. Pointy is good for color accuracy. Screenshot by Lori Grunin/CNET And because an OLED pixel can be completely off, it can produce effectively perfect blacks, and a glowing pixel next to a black one bleeds less light, which would make the black look lighter. That means you get higher contrast. With a backlight, at best you can turn off zones of LEDs to get better blacks and control light bleed — a technology called local dimming — and it’s never quite as contrasty.  Varying the backlight also increases the time it takes to change a pixel’s brightness, and the bigger the difference between the brightness of side-by-side pixels, the longer it takes. That lag, called “response time” is important for gaming, where pixel states need to change as fast as possible to prevent blurring where you don’t want it.  OLED’s response time is as close to instantaneous as you can get with current technologies, though it’s still subject to moving picture response time blur. To get even closer with an LCD you have to use TN (twisted nematic), which otherwise is a real drop in quality over other options, such as the more common IPS (in-plane switching).  But a laptop faces some significant drawbacks that a TV or phone doesn’t. Such as:Since it can individually control pixel brightness values, OLED is more power efficient overall than LCD for mixed content. But for a mostly white screen, like when you’re shopping on white-background Amazon or working in white-background background Google docs, firing up all those OLED pixels to a comparable brightness takes a lot more power. It does make them easier on the eyes, though, despite the battery life hit.TVs and phones don’t have to run Windows, either. Their displays are tightly integrated with the software and the best ones are factory calibrated with selectable color profiles. Microsoft doesn’t require custom color profiles for monitors, and most end up with the Generic PnP profile, which makes assumptions that don’t necessarily apply to OLED. So no matter how accurate the screen is — and OLED can be very, very accurate — if a video says to the graphics subsystem “give me a saturated red,” the default profile shouts back, “You want red? I’LL SHOW YOU RED!!!” It doesn’t know how to optimally map the broader range of colors properly or how to not crush all the detail in the dark shadows.While OLED has a fast response time, the screens only come in 4K, so you run into the fixed 60Hz refresh-rate limit. Depending upon the games you play, ugly frame-rate sync artifacts like tearing and stutter may overshadow the OLED’s pleasing pop and fast pixel response times. The RTX 2080-based systems are fast, but not fast enough for consistent 60fps 4K gameplay, and if you drop to a lower resolution for better frame rates, you’ll need to use software-based vsync or cap the frame rate to get best results. Then there’s the HDR question: does it or doesn’t it? Unfortunately, Windows HDR is still a crapshoot. You flip a software switch and, depending upon your monitor’s capabilities, it puts the system into a mode that “understands” streaming HDR video, HDR-capable games and wide-color-gamut-supporting applications. But it’s a black box — most of the time you can’t tell if it’s actually working for HDR content. You know it’s enabled because the display blanks for a few seconds, the system interface’s brightness drops dramatically and all the colors look desaturated. Windows has to do that because it swaps in a different tonal response curve that accommodates HDR, cramming everything else into a small section. As a result, some HDR content looks better, but some looks worse than the comparable standard-definition-color playback on an LCD. The HP and the Razer both fully support Windows HDR — by “fully,” I mean they send the “yes” flag to the OS for supporting streaming video, gaming and wide color gamut — while the Alienware only does streaming. 02-alienware-m15The Alienware m15. Sarah Tew/CNET The same, but different The only manufacturer of OLED laptop panels is Samsung, and it only makes one panel at the moment. There’s some variation across the executions, though not as much as I expected. Unsurprisingly, all three displays cover the same gamut: over 100% of D65 P3, with the primaries reaching well beyond the edges. They also had good gray-scale tracking with the screen set to 100% and 70% brightness levels. That’s the ability to maintain a consistent white point across grays, and one of the most important factors when looking for a color-accurate display.  Though the panel is technically capable of reaching a maximum brightness of 600 nits, that doesn’t mean the manufacturer has to drive it that high — that’s one of the ways executions can vary. And in this case only Razer did so; Alienware hit 510 nits and HP 470. Those are only for 1% of the screen in the latter two (about 1.3 square inches) and 2% for the Razer (about 2.6 square inches). 10% is the standard, and there the Razer hit 572 nits while the other two maintained a steady 470 nits.  For full-screen — you know, when you’re doing laptoppy things — they all settled in the 380-400 range. But at 70% brightness, which I consider a good working level, it was closer to 200-230. While that’s the same as newer LCD screens, that brightness looks a lot better on OLED because of the contrast. Now playing: Watch this: Preview • HP’s Spectre x360 15 will make your MacBook Pro friends jealous 1:31 Razer Blade Advanced 2019 From left to right, the Alienware m15, Razer Blade Advanced and HP Spectre x360 15. Sarah Tew/CNET To try to wrap my head around the good, bad and ugly of kitting out your laptop with a 4K OLED screen — yes, there is some ugly — I spent some quality time with three OLED-equipped laptops, the Alienware m15, Razer Blade Advanced and HP Spectre x360 15 (the latest design is a bigger version of the x360 13). As an upgrade when you’re contemplating buying a laptop, it can be a tricky decision. Those brighter-than-bright colors and deep blacks are alluring, and if you just care about lots of colors and contrast, it’s a no-brainer if you can afford it. Generally, it will add $150-$300 to the price, depending upon what the step-down option is. The Razer Blade, for example only offers the OLED touchscreen for its 4K option, for $300, and the configuration beneath it has a 1080p 240Hz display. The HP Spectre x360 15, however, can be configured with a run-of-the-mill 4K touchscreen. For that, the OLED step-up is only $150. It’s a low enough amount that it inspires serious consideration, but high enough that it’s not a no-brainer. And 15-inch OLED models are a lot more common now than they were when 13-inchers like the Alienware 13 R3 debuted in 2016. Dell HP Microsoft Razer Samsung Razer lights up with a new display and updated Blade… 1:10 HP Spectre x360 15 However, the Razer also seemed to get “stuck” halfway between HDR and SDR modes when switching back and forth, in that HDR video would occasionally look like it was crushed into the smaller SDR space — low brightness, desaturated colors and whites clipped to gray. Games, of course, look great. But the lights in HDR mode that look searing in Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice on a 1,000-nit display, didn’t sear quite as much. As as aside, the power cord for the laptop is horrible. I like that it’s got a heavy duty wrap, but it’s so stiff that it’s impossible to get it out of the way — despite the connector that lets it lie behind the system. I’ve already written about my experience with the m15’s OLED incarnation, but have one follow-up comment. I said that it incorporates EyeSafe’s blue-light reduction technology. I finally got a chance to run some spectral analyses to compare it to the other screens, and… the spectral power density looks identical to the Razer (I think the HP’s coating changes its spectral characteristics slightly). It turns out that the screen probably already incorporates Samsung’s reduced blue-light emission technology.hp-spectre-x360-15-oled-3The HP Spectre x360 15. 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September 10, 2019 0

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first_imgKnown for presenting thought-provoking and groundbreaking exhibits, Anubhav Nath, Director of Ojas Art Gallery has come up with ‘Ascending Roots’, an exhibition of indigenous and urban contemporary artists, which is conceptualized by Rahul Kumar.The show, which will be on view from September 7 – 30 at Ojas Art Gallery, will host 70 artworks in various mediums like paintings, lithographs, sculptures, intaglio, drypoint, drawings, watercolours, acrylic on canvas and oil on canvas by 10 revered artists including Ashish Kushwaha, Abhishek Verma, Deepak Kumar, Jignesh Panchal, Mahalaxmi, Mayur and Tushar Vayeda, Mayank Shyam, Shahanshah Mittal and Sher Singh Bheel. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBringing alive both contemporary folk art and urban contemporary art, the exhibit celebrates young artists handpicked from each of the categories. The common binding theme lies in the beauty of the absence of any theme. The works will represent the most preferred subject by the artists themselves thus giving the spectators an insight into a fresh perspective. The purpose of any art is to express, to tell a story. Contemporary-folk artists create works with the same fundamentals at the core but have adapted to the plethora of modern day material. This has, in turn, made room for the artworks to move beyond the impermanence of drawn-on-the-walls to an object, a painting on paper or canvas. Art today is multi-dimensional derived from themes that are the urban or global phenomenon. In contrast, urban-contemporary art is always a reflection of an individualistic expression. The works take upon the global trends but with an individualistic take and with varied media and reconditioning techniques. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSpeaking about the exhibit, Anubhav Nath, Director of OJAS Art Gallery, says, “Ascending roots is about exploring the cross-pollination of thoughts and emotions, media and techniques, and style and imagery across the two categories. It is an invite for the spectators to ponder if the boundary lines separating the groups be erased.” I feel it is important to bring the two genres of art under one roof. To allow the works to be seen next to each other. We decided not to add the load of theme for the show. It is now up to the viewers to find if and how there are connections, says Rahul Kumar, Curator of the show.last_img read more


August 31, 2019 0

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August 12, 2019 0

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January 24, 2019 0

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January 15, 2019 0

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January 13, 2019 0

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