Canada’s Silicon Valley consul general opens up about techlash, Sidewalk Labs

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press TORONTO — When Rana Sarkar was appointed consul general of Canada in San Francisco in 2017, he was entering the job with years of experience at KPMG Canada, the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto and the Canada-India Business Council.But most of the challenges facing the industry he was about to delve into have seldom been encountered before — struggles around digital rights, a backlash against technology, questions about the social responsibilities of innovation businesses and growing worries about the role of smart cities.Sarkar sat down with The Canadian Press to discuss some of these issues.  You’ve been in this role for roughly a year and a half. What has your focus been on?I think the issues we have been dealing with are investment traction, working with our Canadian ecosystem to ensure they are better connected and improving the rate and velocity of connectivity between Canadian companies and companies more locally. Part of what we are trying to do is increase flow and that is not just companies looking to raise money or sell or any of that. Those are part of it, but it is also exposing them to things that are going on and other ecosystems.There are a lot of Canadians in Silicon Valley and it’s an ideal time for them to be looking back at Canada and helping refresh their lens in terms of what is taking place in Canada. Most of them have family and professional contacts out here, but they are just starting to explore re-entry or are looking at opportunities in Canada. We are obviously encouraging that because of the dynamism of opportunities back here.So it’s not just our imagination that the U.S. tech scene has started to care more about Canada?No, especially because of the challenges of the Bay area. They are hitting a point where cost is an issue. We have staff travelling in great distances, two hours one way. The cost of living in the area and the cost of owning the average house in the Bay area is now $940,000 or 4.5 times the average in the U.S. Getting your kids to school is tough. It’s a challenge for a lot of people if you haven’t won the super lottery.‘Techodus’ is very hot in the Bay area right now and Austin, Denver and Seattle are often seen as secondary locations, but Canada is seeing a lot of attention as well. I have a couple of people on our school run that basically commute to Vancouver every week, which is an interesting phenomenon.Are the people coming here just heading for typical tech hubs — Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal?They are also looking at Alberta. I think Calgary and Edmonton are doing a good job at attracting people back to their ecosystems, but that is just anecdotal at this stage.I think there are real opportunities for the revitalized Winnipeg. I think Halifax is finding a real boom. I was just there recently and Halifax is probably booming more than in the post-war period.The Valley and tech is going to spread out. What you are going to start seeing is thinner firms that are more geographically spread out and are more purposeful and their growth is attentive growth. People are going to be able to work remotely and from a variety of places. That would mean the revitalization of a whole bunch of different communities.Does that mean you think the arrival of Uber, Amazon and Microsoft are good for Canada’s innovation economy? I think you can hold two ideas at the same time. I think you can say if we have smart growth of the ecosystem and people building jobs and opportunities, it’s a good thing.I think we do need to pay more attention to intellectual property. We need to pay more attention to types of businesses we are building and how we are supporting them. The things we are doing in terms of investing in the ecosystem and the incentive programming is actually important work and has been successful. Not everything is going to be successful. Not everything is going to be a home run, but we need to be making this push urgently.In your job you must feel like you have to strike a balance between attracting the big companies to Canada and making them care about the country, but also encouraging entrepreneurs here to feel like they can grow and build a hit business here without leaving.Absolutely.My job is not to be down there to be luring big tech companies. My job is to be having conversations with tech companies. We are having tough conversations with them as we should and as we need to. I think this next couple of years all of us are going to be engaged in much tougher conversations on this issue.I don’t think we should look to the Valley like it’s the nineties and the only way we can grow is if we raise a round (of funding) in the U.S. I think you go down to find partners and inspiration and a sense of what is happening in the global marketplace.Speaking of issues, so many of the conversations in Canadian tech lately have been around Sidewalk Labs and the smart city it is hoping to build with Waterfront Toronto. How do you feel about the project?I think what’s in the best interest of cities should always be paramount. Tech is additive, but I also think there’s a danger in ‘techlash’ itself, where we could overcorrect and become closed off to the opportunities in technology, which are also significant.Are we striking a good balance right now?This is going to be a contested conversation. It is going to be forward and back. It is going to be messy. There are no straight lines here, but I think where the conversation gets enriched is when people have higher degrees of literacy and are more fluent on the issues, so it is not one or two spokespeople from polarized sides, but everyone contributing with an informed view.Aside from data, at every tech talk, there seems to be a persistent question: How do you build the next Shopify? Is that something we should be focused on?I think we do need anchor tenants. We need companies of scale that have global ambitions and unique intellectual property.So then what are your priorities for 2019?I think part of it is building capacity internally within our organization so we are better embedded.I think I am focused on being a part of critical conversations and making sure Canada’s voice is at those tables. These are not easy conversations. The days of tech utopianism are over, but I am still a tech optimist, but I think we need to do a lot of work around it. read more

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More than 30 people perish in UN plane crash in DR Congo

4 April 2011Only one person out of 33 passengers and crew members has survived a United Nations plane crash today at the main airport in the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The plane, which had been travelling from the north-eastern city of Kisangani, was attempting to land in heavy rain at N’Djili airport in Kinshasa when it crashed about 1.30 p.m. local time after missing the runway.Alain Le Roy, the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, told journalists that initial indications were that bad weather was a key factor in the accident.The UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) reported that the plane was carrying 29 passengers and four crew members. All but five of the passengers worked for the UN, with the others working for international organizations or non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Most of the UN staff on board worked for MONUSCO but some were serving with UN agencies.Ambassador Néstor Osorio of Colombia, which holds the rotating presidency of the Security Council this month, said the Council’s 15 members expressed their “profound sorrow.” He offered his deepest condolences to the families of the victims.MONUSCO has set up a task force in the wake of the crash to lead the investigation and determine what follow-up actions are needed. Counsellors are being provided for affected staff and a hotline is also being established for the families and friends of the crash victims.The peacekeeping mission said the names of the victims will be released after their bodies have been positively identified and the next of kin informed. read more

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Mullaitivu journalist arrested over Navy complaint

A journalist based in Mullaitivu was arrested today over a complaint filed by the Navy.He was subsequently released on bail. Tamil Guardian said that its Mullaitivu correspondent Shanmugam Thavaseelan was arrested a day after he was questioned by the Police.The journalist’s lawyers argued that the allegations leading to his arrest were fabricated and part of a targeted campaign of harassment and intimidation. The reason given for the arrest was that he had assaulted and caused injury to the Navy officer during a protest staged by families of the missing. (Colombo Gazette)

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G7 leaders will hear Canadas new approach for boosting world economy

ISE, Japan – A group of powerful world leaders is about to hear a starkly new take on what Canada thinks must be done to revive the stagnant global economy.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will promote Canada’s growth-boosting plan to his Group of Seven counterparts this week in Japan.Trudeau’s theme: government investment is better than belt-tightening.This approach will sound different to G7 leaders than the message they likely heard from Trudeau’s predecessor, Stephen Harper.The ex-Conservative leader, who lost power to Trudeau’s Liberals last fall, regularly called upon the global community to apply budgetary restraint.Trudeau’s approach is expected to be well-received by most of his G7 peers at the two-day summit, which begins Thursday in Japan’s Ise-Shima region.Most of the leaders have supported the use of fiscal tools to foster growth, but countries such as Germany and the United Kingdom are likely to stick to their cost-cutting approaches.Peter Boehm, Trudeau’s personal representative at the G7, said it’s important to strike the right balance.“Each country has a particular set of circumstances so fiscal stimulus is obviously important for the government of Canada as it is for other governments as well,” Boehm, the deputy minister of international development and Canada’s ambassador to Germany from 2008-2012, told reporters.“There’s also a debate that continues on structural reform and austerity and the idea is to get the mix right. In some countries you need to look at different types of stimulus measures and what you can do to grow the economy. The signal that the leaders send in the collective is important for markets and it’s important for how the international financial institutions will react.”One of Canada’s closest G7 allies in the anti-austerity camp is Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who met with Trudeau and International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland on Tuesday in Tokyo.“Prime Minister Abe has been a real pioneer in emphasizing the need for governments to use fiscal tools,” Freeland, who participated in Trudeau’s bilateral meeting with Abe, told reporters Wednesday in Tokyo.“And, as you know, our government very much is in agreement … So, we’ll be very pleased to engage in that discussion.”Japan, however, has a huge amount of debt compared to Canada and has been forced to try a combination of approaches to lift growth, including asset purchases or “quantitative easing.”The situation is better in Canada, where the Liberals say low interest rates combined with the country’s relatively low debt-to-GDP ratio have created good borrowing conditions.As a result, they have committed to running years of budgetary deficits in order to double federal infrastructure spending over the next decade to $120 billion.“Canada, at this meeting, will be speaking strongly on the side of investing in growth, rather than in favour of austerity,” Freeland said.The government believes the G7, which also includes the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Italy and Germany, provides a good forum to share Canada’s approach.Trudeau is scheduled to get one-on-one time Thursday with French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the sidelines of the summit.However, he likely will have a tough time persuading Merkel to make a big shift away from her cost-reducing stance.The G7 leaders will also discuss a range of other subjects, including security, refugees, health, climate change and the empowerment of women.Canada is expected to try to encourage G7 partners to join Ottawa in refusing to pay ransoms to kidnappers.The issue is of particular significance for Canada after militants in the Philippines beheaded Canadian hostage John Ridsdel last month. Ridsdel was kidnapped alongside fellow Canadian Robert Hall, who is still being held by the group.“I think we’re seeing a summit where there won’t be a single, burning issue,” John Kirton, director of the G8 Research Group at University of Toronto, said in a recent interview.Kirton believes U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Hiroshima is likely to attract the majority of the media attention away from the summit.Obama will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit the city, which was levelled by an atomic bomb during the Second World War.But Kenjiro Monji, Japan’s ambassador to Canada, said in a recent interview that the global economy will be the “main theme” of the summit. He added it’s very important the G7 strikes a strong message about growth.One expert said while the G7’s anti-austerity camp holds the consensus, the challenge is finding a way for heavily indebted European countries to make that shift.Either way, G7 countries will closely watch how Trudeau’s plan unfolds, said Matt Browne, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington.“It would not surprise me in the years to come that the example of Canada, should it prove to be successful, … would then indeed set an example for others to follow,” said Browne, whose organization is run by high-ranking figures in Democratic politics.With the other leaders at the summit facing domestic hurdles, Browne said newcomer Trudeau and his relatively fresh slate are in a unique position.“I think that allows him to be braver,” he said when asked about the four years of majority government Trudeau has in front of him.Obama, meanwhile, is seen by many as a “lame-duck” president as his final term nears its end.British Prime Minister David Cameron is swamped ahead of next month’s vote on whether the United Kingdom should leave the European Union — the so-called Brexit.Browne said observers feel Hollande’s presidency has been a disaster.In Germany, Merkel faces lower levels of growth than expected and the inability of the labour market to integrate refugees, he added.Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi must cope with one of the highest government debt loads in the European Union. Renzi has opposed Germany’s austerity position, insisting that spending is the best way to boost growth.Abe also has to deal with a massive amount of public debt and a parliamentary election later this year, which will force him to postpone a planned hike in the national sales tax.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted May 25, 2016 6:04 am MDT Last Updated May 25, 2016 at 11:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives to a press conference in Tokyo, Japan on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick G7 leaders will hear Canada’s new approach for boosting world economy read more

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First nonstop flight from Australia to UK arrives in London on historic day

first_imgThe flight marked a “historic day for aviation”, said airline Chief Executive Alan Joyce. The new link with Perth is around three hours quicker than routes that involve stopping in the Middle East to change planes or refuel. It also enables faster journeys to Sydney and Melbourne than flying via Dubai.Western Australia’s premier, Mark McGowan, was among more than 200 passengers to arrive on the flight.He tweeted a picture of the Australian delegation of politicians and officials, the flight’s pilots and a didgeridoo player in Aboriginal dress and body paint at the terminal. History made. ✈️The @Qantas Dreamliner has landed in London, carrying more than 200 passengers. A new era of travel and opportunities for Western Australia’s economy has officially begun. pic.twitter.com/mlrHGV1h7X— Mark McGowan (@MarkMcGowanMP) March 25, 2018 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. A momentous occasion on the flight deck of #QF9#QantasDreamliner pic.twitter.com/dRTh79ZxUb— Qantas (@Qantas) March 24, 2018 Perth is officially the western gateway to Australia. Now connected directly to London in just over 17 hours. Congratulations @Qantas on a perfect flight, lots of happy passengers along the way. #QF9 pic.twitter.com/341nRMj0RU— Mark McGowan (@MarkMcGowanMP) March 25, 2018 “From today it will be the first link between Australia and Europe that has ever occurred non-stop in aviation,” he told reporters at a launch event. “We are so excited.”About 730,000 British tourists visit Australia every year and the new service could boost interest in the state of Western Australia, often overlooked in favour of the country’s east coast, said Tourism Minister Steven Ciobo.”There will be more opportunity than ever before for us to continue to showcase and highlight all the very best parts of Australia, including some of the most magnificent and iconic parts of Western Australia,” he said. The service was a “game-changer”, said Mena Rawlings, Britain’s high commissioner to Australia.”To have the opportunity to get on a plane at Heathrow and step out in Perth is just phenomenally exciting and I’m sure we are going to see lots and lots of people taking advantage of that.”Qantas plans to introduce non-stop flights from Australia’s east coast to Britain in the next few years. The maiden flight of a new non-stop regular service between Australia and the UK has arrived at London Heathrow.Qantas 9 (QF9) touched down at Terminal Three at 5.02am on Sunday, just over 17 hours after setting off from Perth at 7pm local time (11am GMT) on Saturday.The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner completed the 9,226-mile journey to arrive slightly earlier than the scheduled arrival time 5.10am.The UK’s longest non-stop regular passenger flight will set off back for Perth at 1.15pm on Sunday.The route is 24 per cent further than the UK’s existing longest service, operated by Garuda Indonesia between Heathrow and Jakarta (7,275 miles).last_img read more

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The New DuckTales Might Have the Best Cast Ever

first_img DuckTales, Danger Mouse and Inspector Gadget are all getting rebootedDuckTales Remastered is everything you wanted it to be Stay on target Woohoo! As cautious as we were about the DuckTales reboot, a cast announcement video alleviated a lot of our fears.As a way to get us hyped for the show in the only way Disney knows how–by getting the theme song stuck in our heads–a video was released showing the cast performing a version of the iconic track. The video doubles as a cast announcement video and not only do we get more nostalgic as it goes on, we also get more excited as it drops more names.Here’s a quick rundown of the cast, which features major players from Doctor Who, Parks and Recreation, Community, and Saturday Night Live.Number 10 himself, David Tennant, will be playing Scrooge McDuck (the original actor, Alan Young, passed away earlier this year). His nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie, will be played by Danny Pudi (Abed on Community), Ben Schwartz (Jean-Ralphio on Parks and Recreation), and Bobby Moynihan (SNL), respectively.Outside the main family, Beck Bennett (SNL) will be playing Launchpad McQuack, Kate Micucci (Steven Universe) will be Webby, and Toks Olagundoye (Castle) will be Mrs. Beakley.The cast is full of famous faces, but most also have experience in voice over. Tennant, for example, played the Fugitoid in the most recent Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles show. Schwartz was on BoJack Horseman and did voice consulting for BB-8. Moynihan is on We Bare Bears, Micucci and Olagundoye were on Steven Universe, and Bennett is in the upcoming Sing.The original DuckTales is a classic cartoon, especially for 90s kids. It combined sharp wit, adventure, and memorable, original characters. In this age of reboots (which I don’t always think is a bad thing), it’s always worrisome to see a classic property get redone. Seeing a cast as good as this–one that is full of obvious energy and enthusiasm–gives us a little more hope. At the very least, it’ll be worth watching to hear these talents’ voices come out of our favorite characters.DuckTales will be returning in 2017 to Disney XD.Also, here’s the original theme. Have fun.last_img read more

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Apple Unveils Apple Watch Series 3 With BuiltIn Cellular Support

first_imgStay on target iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More ProblemsApple Arcade Launches Next Week Today during the Apple event held at the Steve Jobs Theater, Apple came forward and announced its Apple Watch Series 3 today, which will be the first in the line of smartwatches to include cellular connectivity out of the gate. This means you’ll be able to take your watch with you everywhere you go without the aid of your iPhone to make phone calls, text your friends, and do plenty of other cool stuff without worrying about Bluetooth connectivity to your phone or being chained to the device.The new watch will include a new, faster dual-core processor compared to the upcoming iPhone 8’s six-core processor, which is 70% quicker than the previous model. This time you’ll actually be able to converse with Siri, and your Wi-Fi connectivity will be improved as well, with 50% more power efficiency. The battery life is getting bolstered as well, a consistent pain point with the smart watch, as now the watch should feature 18 hours of battery life, a significant improvement over the first series’ performance.The Apple Watch has risen to become the “number one watch in the world,” over companies like Fossil, Rolex, and Omega, which is a pretty important statement when you consider the fact that just last year it was #2 in the ranking, having experienced 50 percent year-over-year growth in the interim. There weren’t any specific sales numbers given during the livestream of the event, but it’s safe to say they’re pretty impressive.The new Apple Watch Series 3 will set you back $399 if you opt for the model that can connect independently of your phone, and $329 for the base model. You’ll be able to choose between new watch bands, including designs from Nike and Hermes, if you’re feeling fancy.Preorders are opening up on September 15, but the watch itself will actually be up for grabs later this month on September 22. That’s good news if you’re wanting to pick up an Apple Watch for the first time and don’t really need to upgrade, because you’ll also be able to pick up one of the Series 1 starting at $249. With the improvements made across the different models, however, you may just want to go ahead and pony up the extra cash for the Series 3 base model. It would make more sense.Better start saving up those pennies now, especially if you’re also going to be upgrading to the newly-announced iPhone X, which just made its debut today during the same Apple event.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Vancouver womans computer hacked over the phone

first_imgKatrina Wegner admits she felt naive after she was duped by a man who hacked into her computer over the phone last week.The Vancouver resident got a call from a man claiming to be with Microsoft support who said her computer was running slowly and sending out error reports. Her caller ID showed a number from Ontario, Canada. At first, he seemed legitimate. Having just sent her Windows 8 phone to the Nokia store for repairs, she thought they might have found a problem with the computer since the two sync. He walked her through steps to remotely gain access to her computer — having her type in codes and commands. She gave her IP address and computer ID. “The way that he got into my computer seemed really official,” Wegner said. From there, he pulled up her notebook and typed in prices for a program that he said prevented hackers from entering her computer. When she told him she didn’t have enough money for the program, she saw the cursor move toward the webcam. She couldn’t move the cursor and told him someone was accessing her webcam. He softly chuckled. “That freaks me out,” Wegner said. “Some people just have no respect for other people’s property.”She asked for his phone number and he recited her own number back to her, at which point she pulled the battery out of her computer and hung up.last_img read more

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ASME Prez Blurring AdEdit Line Compromises Industrys Health

first_imgNEW YORK—Ad revenues are down. Headcount is down. Attendance at events—including this one—is down.Even entrees to the National Magazine Awards, which will be presented here on Thursday night, are down. And pressure from advertisers on magazine publishers to blur the line between advertising and editorial is way up. Yet, even in this economy, succumbing to that pressure would be a mistake, said David Willey, editor of Runner’s World and president of the American Society of Magazine Editors, at ASME’s annual board meeting Wednesday.“It has gotten more and more prevalent,” Willey said of advertising on covers.  “Even in this economy, ASME will continue to stand for its core principals.”“When brands and marketing become comingled, trust in our brands is compromised—as is the long-term health of our brands.Added Willey: “The future of our industry will not be determined by marketers.”During the panel discussion that followed ASME’s election of officers, talk turned to the economy.“I hate to say it, but [magazine advertising] is never going to come back to anything of what it once was,” said Allen Sloan, Fortune’s editor-at-large.  “Since we pretty much give away our magazines—and they depend on print advertising—we’re going to have to charge more for our magazines.”Said Sloan: “Waiting for the Lord of Advertising to come and save you just isn’t going to work.”last_img read more

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Motorola One Visions 48megapixel camera has night mode and costs 299 euros

first_img Storage Yes 3,000mAh Connector Night mode, 15W TurboPower charging, Android One support 4GB Kirin 710 chipset, octa-core Expandable storage £399 5.6-inch gOLED; 2,220×1,080-pixels 432ppi Yes 3,500mAh 4GB Price (AUD) 6.2-inch; 2,340×1,080 pixels Mobile software 4K USB-C 151.3 x 70.1 x 8.2 mm 5.19 oz.; 147g Back 154.8 x 73.6 x 8 mm USB-C AR in Google Maps, Timelapse video shooting RAM Android 9 Pie Huawei Honor 20 Lite Price (GBP) 3,400mAh 48-megapixel (OIS), 5-megapixel depth sensor 6.3 oz.; 180g 25-megapixel 6.1 x 2.9 x 0.31 in. Motorola One Vision vs. Pixel 3A vs. Honor 20 Lite Google Pixel 3A Tags Video capture Share your voice Motorola One Vision Display size, resolution The Motorola One Vision comes in blue and bronze. Motorola Motorola thinks you’ll get on board with its vision of a budget, “pure” Google phone that seems to do it all. The Motorola One Vision comes packed with camera features like a 48-megapixel shooter, a dedicated night mode promising to take clear shots and portrait lighting modes for all your photos, including selfies. Throw in Android Pie, a headphone jack and expandable storage for a 299 euro price, and you’re looking at a phone that’s ready to throw down. (The cost converts to $336 and AU$480.)The Motorola One Vision has a 6.3-inch display with a tall, narrow body and a 21:9 aspect ratio that’s designed to play YouTube and Netflix videos better since these are cinematic dimensions. It’s splash-proof, uses Google Photos by default, and can guarantee monthly security updates for three years as part of Google’s Android One program. It’ll also be one of the first in line to upgrade to Android Q once that’s ready this summer.All of this is good, but where Motorola really wants to shine is in bringing generous, top-end photo features to a phone of this price. Let’s start with the 48-megapixel sensor, which uses pixel binning to combine pixels into 12-megapixel images that are meant to make photos less noisy. There’s also a 5-megapixel depth sensor on the back right next to that, which assists in that coveted bokeh depth effect no phone camera combo can do without.motorola-one-vision-row-sapphire-gradient-camera-detail-2The cameras boast some impressive tools. Motorola The camera tools are extensive, including features found on $1,000 phones, like a dedicated Night Vision shooting mode and camera AI to identify scenes and auto-adjust settings so they’ll (hopefully) look their best. There’s also a capture mode that takes a shot when it deduces everyone’s smiling (this has been included on other Moto phones like the G7) and a smart composition mode that will reframe your photo based on the rule of thirds.Finally, there are those portrait lighting modes for both the 25-megapixel front-facing camera (a hole punch design) and for the rear camera. I’m interested in seeing how smooth these are. Other budget and midprice phones use similar software to emulate the iPhone’s portrait lighting, but their execution can be a little rough.The Motorola One Vision will sell in bronze and sapphire colors globally, but not in the US or Canada. The phone arrives in Brazil on May 15, In Saudi Arabia and Thailand on the 16th and in Mexico a week later. In mid-May it heads to Europe, before coming to select countries in Asia, Australia and the Middle East. 2.2 GHz octa-core Samsung Exynos 9610 2.0GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 USB-C 8-megapixel 4K £249 128GB Phones 6.3-inch; 2,520×1,080 pixels 64GB Converts to $336 4GB $399 No Nano-SIM or microSD 6.0 x 2.8 x 0.3 in. 415ppi Yes Fingerprint sensor Headphone jack 441ppi Back Weight (ounces, grams) N/A Converts to AU$480 Android 9 Pie Dimensions (millimeters) 5.78 oz.; 164g Front-facing camera Converts to £258 Comment Up to 512GB Android 9 Pie Dimensions (inches) Price off-contract (USD) 12.2-megapixel 160.1 x 71.2 x 8.7mm Pixel density Converts to $323 Back Processor Battery Camera 128GB AU$649 4K Converts to AU$465 24-megapixel, 8-megapixel, 2-megapixel depth 1 32-megapixel Special features 6.3 x 2.8 x 0.34 in. Google Huawei Motorola Samsunglast_img read more

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Alas Lord Shiva needs an umbrella here

first_imgBhupalpally: Come rainy season, Lord Shiva in Ganapeshwaralayam needs an umbrella to protect Him from soaking.There is no end to the misery of 13th century-built Kota Gullu, a cluster of temples, which continues to lie in utter neglect. With the State Archaeological and Endowments departments continue to turn a blind eye, Ganapeshwaralayam and a cluster of 21 sub-temples located near Ganapuram village that reflect the architectural marvel of the Kakatiyas s in shambles. Also Read – Good response to police health camp in Nirmal Advertise With Us According to epigraphical evidence, one Ganapathi Reddy installed the Ganapeshwara and donated land during the regime of King Ganapathi Deva (1199-1262 AD). The east-faced Ganapeshwaralayam is flanked by a 60-pillared Natya Mandapa on the south and Kateshwaralayam on the north. The other 19 shrines are dotted around the main temple. The mud fortification around the temple complex (which is no more), settled its name as Kota Gullu, according to local lore. Also Read – Police detain 10 ganja peddlers in Mancherial Advertise With Us Kota Gullu was destructed by the armies of Delhi Sultane Ghiyath al-Din, the founder of the Tughluq dynasty, in 1323. The red sandstone-built temples came to light in 1930s after languishing in the wilderness for centuries due to the interest shown by Prof. Ghulam Yazdani, the first director of Archaeological Department appointed by the VII Nizam – Mir Osman Ali Khan. Advertise With Us In 2009, the then Tourism Minister Anam Ramanarayana Reddy laid a foundation stone for the development of the temple. Later in 2014, the then Speaker S Madhusudhana Chary launched works of temple restoration with an estimated cost of Rs 2 crore. However, the authorities who constructed Haritha Hotel failed to resurrect the temple. Since then Kotagullu Parirakshana Committee run by the locals is looking after the temple.With the rainwater started to seep in and falling on the sanctum sanctorum, the Committee has put up an umbrella besides covering the roof with polythene sheet. The Intach National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) Warangal Chapter convener M Panduranga Rao, who was entrusted with the responsibility of reconstructing the temple, told The Hans India that non-availability of Stapathi, the renovation works made no progress. Even though the temple is in ruins, 50 to 70 tourists visit it every day, according to temple priest.last_img read more

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HC declares Rimjhim Police Town Italian City projects illegal

first_imgHigh CourtThe High Court on Monday declared the ‘Rimjhim Police Town’ and ‘Italian City’ housing projects in Rupganj upazila of Narayanganj district illegal.A bench of justice Syed Md Dastagir Hossain and justice Md Ataur Rahman Khan passed the order after hearing a rule issued earlier, reports UNB.Following a writ petition, the High Court on 24 October last year issued the rule asking the authorities concerned to explain in two weeks as to why their inaction to keep the water flow unhindered and protect arable land of Kajla Beel in the upazila should not be declared illegal.Four locals, including Badshah Miah, filed the petition attaching reports published in different newspapers.On 23 November, the HC imposed a ban on filling earth in Daricharitaluk, Charitaluk, Pubergaon, Basonda, Paiska, Kuriail, Karotial and Kutubpur Kajla areas of Bholabo union for implementing the housing projects.Already 700 acres of cropland have been filled up in the name of Rimjhim Police Town and Italian City projects damaging the environment in the area, said advocate Taimur Alam Khandaker, who appeared for the petitioners.last_img read more

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Aussie accents taking over the streets of NYC

first_imgThe phrase ‘shrimp on the barbie’ is quickly replacing ‘schmear the bagel’ in NYC. The phrase ‘shrimp on the barbie’ is quickly replacing ‘schmear the bagel’ in New York City (NYC), according to NYC & Company vice president tourism development Makiko Healy, who says hearing the Aussie accent in NYC is more common that you’d think.In Sydney this month for Visit USA Travel Trade Promotions, Ms Healy said Australian visitors are key for NYC tourism, with Aussies still ranking in as the City’s fifth largest source of overseas travel and the number on US destination for Australian travel.Since 2006, travel from Australia into NYC increased by 157 percent, according to the bureau’s statistics, while last year Aussie arrivals increased by 4.5 percent compared to 2011, from 532,000 to 556,000.Hoping to build on growth, NYC & Company will join other destinations across the US at this year’s Visit USA Trade Promotions to promote the destination and achieve targets of $70 billion in economic impact and 55 million annual visitors by 2015.“We look forward to building increased business from every corner of Australia this year and welcoming more Australians to New York City in the year ahead,” Ms Healy added.Visit USA Travel Trade Event is a five-day business to business event travelling to Sydney (15 and 18 February), Brisbane (19 February) and Melbourne (20 February).Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J.last_img read more

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MBA Expect 2012 Originations to Hit 900B

first_imgMBA: Expect 2012 Originations to Hit $900B Agents & Brokers Fixed-Rate Mortgage Home Prices Home Sales Housing Affordability Investment Investors Jobs Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Applications Mortgage Bankers Association Mortgage Rates Processing Refinance Service Providers Shares Stocks Unemployment 2011-10-12 Ryan Schuette October 12, 2011 446 Views Sharecenter_img in Data, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Fewer refinance applications will drive mortgage originations substantially lower over 2012, with loan volume plunging from $1.2 trillion over 2011 to $900 billion over the new year, according to recent study by the “”Mortgage Bankers Association””:http://www.mbaa.org/default.htm (MBA).[IMAGE]The trade group forecasted that the nation’s GDP will near 1.7 percent over 2012, a few percentage points above 1.3 percent seen this year but far from recovery territory, as euro zone markets tilt toward a continental recession and the U.S. economy stays just above a nominal recession.The MBA tied historically low mortgage rates, plodding existing-home sales and home prices, and a laggardly unemployment rate to the notion that the U.S. will continue to experience trouble ahead in mortgage originations.””We think growth driven by consumer spending on durables and business spending on new plants and equipment will keep the US [sic] out of recession, but there is significant uncertainty around this forecast,”” “”Jay Brinkmann””:http://www.mbaa.org/AboutMBA/GovernanceandManagement/Management/JayBrinkmann.htm, MBA’s chief economist and SVP for research and education, said in a “”statement””:http://www.mortgagebankers.org/NewsandMedia/PressCenter/78185.htm. He said that weakening European financial markets could spill into the U.S. financial system, further eroding U.S. consumer confidence and the national business climate, positioning the world’s largest economy for “”a short, and relatively mild recession”” with [COLUMN_BREAK]little “”material impact on the economic outlook”” as a result of any policy solutions from lawmakers.Among other things, the MBA said that the unemployment rate will jump to 9.3 percent over 2012, up from 9.1 percent this year, with benchmark fixed-rate mortgages expected to remain near rock bottom by lingering in the range between 4.4 percent and 4.9 percent over 2012 and 2013, respectively.Total existing-home sales will hover at around 4.9 million units over this year and the next, approaching 5.2 million as 2013 leads the hobbling economic recovery into greener pastures, according to the trade group. It also said that home prices “”will continue to decline before starting a reversal in mid to late 2012,”” with purchase originations on a marginal climb to $412 billion over the new year, slightly up from $400 billion this year but still a far cry from $472 billion seen over 2010.Also in the cards, according to the MBA: fewer refinance applications, which will fall to $783 billion in 2012 from $1.1 trillion this year. Refinance originations will crest at $495 billion over 2012 and 2013 after a slow and inexorable dip.””Purchase volume will stay low as home sales in 2012 remain little changed from 2011,”” Brinkmann said. “”A faster economic recovery led by the housing market would mean faster home price growth and more sales volume, increasing purchase originations somewhat, but would cut off refinance volume sooner than in our forecast.”” And whither the road ahead for a gloomy national outlook?””[R]egardless of which path the economy and mortgage rates take, we are predicting another tough year, with origination volumes at their lowest point since 1997,”” Brinkmann added. “”Continued slow economic growth will mean that unemployment will remain elevated through 2012, which could slow the improvement in delinquency and foreclosure volumes, meaning that in addition to lower production volumes for the industry, mortgage servicers will also continue to be under pressure.””last_img read more

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first_imgOn the success against the Seahawks in Seattle:“Well first of all, you start with Carson, because he’s played great up there the three times we’ve won. John Brown was huge. J.J. Nelson was huge last year. The big thing, you’ve got to run the football against Seattle, and you need to hit chunk plays. It’s just so hard to go down the field without chunk plays against them.”On if RB David Johnson’s return next season is another reason to return as head coach:“That’s a great one. About 2,000 – maybe 2,500 – good reasons.”On if he can rely on chunk plays from the Cardinals defense if he can’t get as many as he’d like from the offense:“Yeah, that was a huge. That game was close, and then all of a sudden – boom – we got a defensive touchdown. Field position is always a major battle with Seattle. If we can get an interception or just a three-and-out when they’re backed up, that is huge when you’re playing a team that good.”On Stanton dancing down the sidelines like he did a couple seasons ago:“I hope he’s chasing somebody, dancing as good as he did that time.”On what he still loves the most about coaching:“The relationships. The relationship with the players. Building a roster. There really isn’t anything I don’t like about it.” TEMPE, Ariz. – Head coach Bruce Arians, now in his fifth year with the Arizona Cardinals, meets the media several times leading up to gameday.Here, in this space, with help from the Cardinals’ media relations staff, we’ll highlight many of the key topics and personnel conversations he has with reporters following practice.Opening statement:“Injuries in the ball game: Antoine Bethea tore a pec and will be out. Everybody else, we’ve got some bumps and bruises, but he’ll be the only guy that’s going to miss this ball game. Whether it requires surgery or not, it’s pretty much up to him at this point in time.” “Yeah, I doubt it. They’re out there walking at 4:30 in the morning. They’re here every day. They’re the earliest ones here.”On what it would mean for QB Drew Stanton to win this week’s game in Seattle:“Oh gosh, yeah. He was so close up there a couple years ago, and we dropped an easy touchdown pass. We just blew that game. But yeah, it’d be great for him. Not that he needs being legitimized at all in our locker room, but I think it would help with the fans, to know how good of a player he really is.”On if Stanton’s touchdown passes against the Giants really showed his ability:“That one to John Brown? Yeah, both of those skinny posts were great throws.”On what he meant when he said Stanton is a “calming influence” on him:“Yeah, he knows, half the time, what I’m going to say before I say it, and he’s already got the answer. I can yell at him and it’s just, ‘OK.” It’s just normal conversation with him. I don’t have to guard what I say to Drew or Carson. I have to guard what I say to Blaine (Gabbert) because he hasn’t been around long enough. But yeah, he’ll come up to me, ‘Hey, this is what I saw. We had already picked these two plays, but I like this one better now that what I’m seeing out there.’ Great. You don’t get that from a lot of guys.” (AP Photo) On how the team will deal with not having S Antoine Bethea for the final game:“’Bettch’ and Nick (Rapone) will figure out a way. Harlan (Miller) will get in there in nickel package, I’m sure. He played up there last year and did a good job. We’ll find a way to get Justin (Bethel) back in there in nickel and dime, which he’s playing already, and Ty (Tyrann Mathieu). We’ve got plenty of guys. Taking five interceptions out of there is tough, though.”On Bethea’s season:“Oh, a great season.”On if Bethea’s performance is another sign that players aren’t too old to play:“Yeah, ‘Toine’s still young, and he takes great … He should have another great year next year.”On what he liked most about S Budda Baker’s personality when he scouted him before the draft:“He loved football. He was a football junkie. Always there, coaches raved about him. His skill level is one thing, but his enthusiasm for the game was huge.”On the coaching staff and if he expects any changes:“No. I wouldn’t anticipate any. Just look at what we’ve done and see what we’ve the last half of the season and see what we can do better.”On the possibility Assistant Head Coach/Offense Tom Moore and Pass Rush Specialist Tom Pratt retiring: Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “I never think about it. That’s why I get tired of (people) asking the question. I never think about it. I only think about Seattle. Last week, I only thought about New York, trying to figure out a way for that offensive line we’re playing with to block these guys.”On if he thinks about the state of the team if he were to retire:“Steve’s (Keim) done a great job, and I don’t take any credit for the talent that’s on the team. That’s Steve, and he’s done a great job. It’s a very talented roster, and it’ll be even more talented next year.”On if he’s intrigued by the prospect of finding the Cardinals next quarterback:“Oh gosh, yeah. That’s always been the most exciting thing in coaching for me. I go back to that year with Andrew Luck. It was one of the most fun years, other than Chuck’s illness, just fun coaching every day and watching him grow – same thing with Peyton (Manning). It’s just fun watching those guys grow.”On if one year with a young quarterback is enough to teach him what he needs to know:“I would think so. It’s just a matter of if the excitement is there just to continue doing it.”On if it’s time to retire if the excitement of coaching is no longer there: On if he likes interacting with the media:“You guys are great. Even Jody (Jackson).”On why he would leave if he still loves coaching:“Who says I am? Everybody out of town. Everybody out of town.” On his excitement for next year considering the strong finish by the Cardinals defense:“Oh God, throw Markus Golden back in the mix, and you get Haason (Reddick) back inside, Budda (Baker). There’s a lot of – Robert (Nkemdiche), Olsen Pierre – there’s a great young defense, and ‘Bettch’ (James Bettcher) has done a great job of getting them playing. And then you add those pieces back, and add maybe some more in the draft, it could be a very dominant defense.”On If Defensive Coordinator James Bettcher is ready to be a head coach:“I think, yeah, he could be a head coach easily.”On criticism of Bettcher and his defense early in the season and the defensive turnaround:“Yeah, and when you’re not playing to what you think you should be playing, everybody’s going to criticize you. Our team didn’t play as well as we should have in September and October, overcoming the early injuries. It’s easy when you get the fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth injuries. It’s really hard when you get the first four, and it’s like ‘Oh, here we go again. Here we go,’ and (it’s) kind of doom and gloom around the team for a week or so. Now it’s just, ‘OK, who is it this week?’ And you pick up the pieces, and you go. It’s really easier now than it was back then, looking at injuries.” The tape showed a really, really good defensive effort – outstanding in all red zone, third down, everything, shutting down the run. Our defense is playing the way they’re capable of playing and should have been playing all year, but really happy to see them playing this well this late in the season. Offensively, I thought Drew (Stanton) did a heck of a job in the red zone for us – two touchdowns. If you want to ask me about this fake news story that has come up – I’m quoting the President now – nothing has changed. I don’t know where all that (expletive) came from. Nothing has changed in the last month and a half, and everybody keeps asking the same question.”On why his potential retirement is a topic of conversation:“I have no idea. I don’t even know who the heck this guy is and where these supposed meetings took place. It was fun; it was good reading.”On if the retirement stories are upsetting:“I’m getting a little tired of it, yeah. There’ll come a time and a place when we decide what we’re going to do. I guess Larry’s (Fitzgerald) put up with this for eight years. So, I guess I can put up with it for one.”On the process through which he will make a decision on retirement: Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “Oh, that’s when you know it’s time. I got up at 5 this morning and was excited to get here. So, that hasn’t changed.”On how much his improved health has impacted his love for the job:“That’s made a big difference. Having no major things happen this year has been huge.”On if it’s nice to end the season with a game that provides obvious motivation:“Yeah. This is fun – to get to 8-8 and to play Seattle. It seems like we play them the last game every year. This is our playoff game. So yeah, our guys will be motivated just like they’re going to be super motivated. They have to win to get in. It should be a great game.”On how satisfying it would be to knock a division rival out of the playoff race:“If you’re going to be a spoiler, that’s the one you want to do it against.”On if WR Larry Fitzgerald’s or QB Carson Palmer’s decisions to play in 2018 will influence his decision to return:“No. Not at all. Not at all. They’re all separate.”On if it’s interesting that all three of their decisions regarding next season have been grouped together and if this narrative will continue next year if they all return:“Then you’ll just be asking the same questions next year. Yeah, it’s kind of par for the course right now.” “We’ll come back on the plane and get everything finalized for the season, get all the reports – like we always do – get all our end-of-the-season business done, sit down with my wife, son and daughter, and we’ll talk about and see what we want to do. Make a decision sometime between Monday and February, whatever Michael (Bidwill) lets me.”On his departure from the Steelers and if retirement has been considered before:“Yeah, that was a re-fired not a retired. But, we were very fine with that at that time. She (wife Christine) was really fine with it, and then obviously the call from Chuck (Pagano) and we hit the lottery as far as coaching goes. It’s been an unbelievable six years since then. That’s the one thing when you think about it and say, ‘Oh my gosh. What if they win the Super Bowl next year, and you’re not going to be there? Why would you walk away?’ Dick LeBeau always said, ‘If I was going to retire at 70, then I would have missed two Super Bowls.’ It’s like, ‘I know, I hear you.’ Love these guys. We have such a great group of guys, and the character showed up Sunday of what our team’s all about.”On if he thinks about retirement often: The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories 2 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Abercrombie Kent h

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Abercrombie & Kent has released its 2016 private jet brochures, ‘Around the World by Private Jet’ and ‘Cuba & South America by Private Jet’.‘Cuba & South America by Private Jet’ details the 23 journey to six countries from 6 to 28 September 2016, during which Geoffrey Kent, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Abercrombie & Kent, will be a special guest.Mr Kent comments that “For years, I have dreamed of combining the greatest destinations in South America into a single comprehensive journey. Cuba & South America by Private Jet fulfils that dream and then some, with an impressive itinerary that begins in Cuba, where I join you on a fascinating people to people programme.”Passengers spend three nights in Cuba, Colombia and Peru before journeying to Easter Island for two nights, Patagonia for three nights, Buenos Aires for two nights, Iguazu Falls and Pantanal for three nights before completing the trip in Rio de Janeiro for two nights.Luxury accommodation ranges from the Saratoga Hotel in Cuba and the Sofitel Legend Santa Clara Cartagena in Colombia, to the Torres del Paine National Park lodge in Chile.Prices are $99,500 per person, double occupancy and the tour is limited to 50 guests. ‘Around the World by Private Jet’ is a 26-day itinerary to  Islands, Savannas and the Amazon. With a maximum capacity again of 50 guests, the journey promises the epitome of luxury and unique travel experiences.Geoffrey Kent writes “I personally designed this voyage to combine some of my favourite places with exotic destinations visited by only a privileged few. Since its debut om 2014, this journey has sold out two consecutive years and, having travelled on its inaugural departure myself, I am confident it will once again meet with an enthusiastic response.”Guests will visit the Amazon River, Easter Island, Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Bali, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Kenya and Monaco, staying in accommodations such as Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Resort, the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay and Amangalla, Sri Lanka.They join the ‘Connections by Abercrombie & Kent’ and ‘Luxury Polar Expedition Cruises‘ brochures for 2016.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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Public advised not to come in contact with Athalassa park lake water

first_imgThe forestry department on Thursday urged the public to avoid coming into contact with the water from the lake in the Athalassa national forest park until investigations were completed to find what exactly killed fish there last month.In an announcement, the forestry department said they were continuing investigations to find the cause of death of a large number of mainly goldfish and young carp in the lake in March.The department said that lab tests ruled out viral fish disease and any other pathogenic agent, but that the biological and biochemical analyses made by the Department of Water Development (WDD) and the state lab, found the existence of eutrophication in the lake.Eutrophication occurs when too many nutrients are present in the water, usually as a result of runoff from the surrounding land. Microorganisms such as algae and plankton thrive in a eutrophic lake, resulting in their overpopulation, which could have serious negative effects on fish and birds.The forestry department said that, in cooperation with the WDD, they will carry out further analyses to examine the effects of eutrophication on the quality of the lake water.In order to definitively resolve the problem, the forestry department said, it will consider the possibility of a holistic management of the lake.The forestry department urged the public to avoid coming in contact with the lake water until further notice.It said that the numbers of dead fish located in the lake were significant, but not very large in relation to the populations living in the reservoir.The same phenomenon was observed in February 2014 but at a much bigger scale. The problem at the time, the forestry department said, had been high levels of the phytoplankton Prymnesium parvum in the water. This plankton species, is capable of producing toxins that can cause extensive fish kills.You May LikeCampusPlus5 College Degrees That Will Be Gone In 20 YearsCampusPlusUndoInstant Voice TranslatorGenius Japanese Invention Allows You To Instantly Speak 43 LanguagesInstant Voice TranslatorUndoHealthy Life7 Reasons Why You Should Sleep On Your Left SideHealthy LifeUndo Verstappen wins crazy German Grand PrixUndoBrazil prison riot kills 52, with 16 decapitatedUndoNew York state decriminalizes pot, stops short of Cuomo’s legalisation callUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Afendoulis takes oath of office in Lansing

first_img State Rep. Chris Afendoulis, R-Grand Rapids Township (right), takes the ceremonial oath of office administered by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley.  From left to right is Afendoulis’ mother, Tina; his wife, Phyllis; and his daughters, Elena, Sophia and Mari. Afendoulis was elected last November as the state representative for the 73rd House District. Residents are invited to contact Afendoulis and his staff toll free at (855) 347-8073, via email at ChrisAfendoulis@house.mi.gov, and by mail at P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909. Categories: Afendoulis News 15Jan Afendoulis takes oath of office in Lansinglast_img

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Rep Bumstead Sen Hansen thank local students for visiting the Capitol

first_img LANSING, Mich. — State Rep. Jon Bumstead, R-Newaygo (left), and Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart (right), welcomed Shelby High School juniors and seniors, as well as government affairs students from Shelby and Hart Middle Schools. The students visited their lawmakers at the Capitol on March 17. 28Apr Rep. Bumstead, Sen. Hansen thank local students for visiting the Capitol Categories: Newslast_img

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Rep Webber hosts coffee hour in district

first_img21Jun Rep. Webber hosts coffee hour in district Categories: Webber News State Rep. Michael Webber of Rochester Hills will host a coffee hour for residents of the Greater Rochester Area interested in sharing their thoughts and questions with the representative.Webber will be at the Festival of the Hills. The event includes children’s games, live entertainment and Michigan’s 2nd largest fireworks show. The family friendly event will be at Borden Park on 1400 E. Hamlin Road in Rochester Hills on Wednesday, June 28 at 6 p.m.No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Webber at MichaelWebber@house.mi.gov or 517-373-1773.#####last_img

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