zoom More than 230 cruise ships are expected to transit the Panama Canal during the 2016-2017 cruise season, which begins on October 4, 2016 with the transit of the Coral Princess, on a voyage from Los Angeles, California, to the U.S. East Coast.“We expect the major cruise lines will use the Panama Canal route during the cruise season, which lasts until April 2017,” said international trade specialist Albano Aguilar of the Vice Presidency for Planning and Business Development.Similar to previous years, the main cruise lines, including Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Celebrity Cruise Line and Norwegian Cruise Line, will offer itineraries with full or partial transits through the Panama Canal.Smaller cruise ships will also transit through the waterway, including the Voyager Safari and National Geographic Sea Lion, with shorter seven- and eight-day itineraries, respectively, along the west coast of Central America.During this season, Regent Seven Seas, Holland America Line and Noble Calidonia will have ships transiting with new itineraries through the Canal. Regent Seven Seas Explorer will transit on January 2, 2017, Holland America Line’s Eurodam on April 13, 2017, and Noble Calidonia’s Hebridean Sky on April 17, 2017.After completing more than 160 successful transits through the new locks, the Panama Canal is now accepting booking requests for Neopanamax passenger vessels for transit dates beginning April 1, 2017. To date, 11 reservations have been made for passenger vessels to transit the Expanded Canal starting October 2017, for the 2017-2018 season.
May 30 • Alienware redesigns its thin gaming laptops and offers OLED May 29 • The laptops of tomorrow will make us even more productive — and it’s terrifying Share your voice Tags May 29 • The outrageous computer cases of Computex 2019 See All May 30 • Computex 2019: Every announcement you need to know Computex 2019 • Rene Haas, head of Arm’s intellectual property group, speaking in 2018 Stephen Shankland/CNET For a preview of the top-shelf Android phones that’ll arrive in 2020, check out the Arm Cortex-A77 processor design — and the 20% speed boost it should bring to smartphone chips.UK-based Arm designs chips and licenses those designs to companies like Samsung, Qualcomm and MediaTek. Some companies, like Apple, license only the chip instruction set, the interface that software uses to command a chip. Others license complete CPU designs, like the A77. Licensees combine those chip brains with other components, like Arm’s new Mali-G77 graphics processing unit, into a single package called a system on a chip.The A77’s performance boost over today’s chips, known as A76s, requires more power out of your phone’s battery, says Rene Haas, president of Arm’s intellectual property licensing group. Arm announced the new chip technology at the Computex show in Taiwan, along with plans by MediaTek to use it in chips coming early in 2020.Better performance is important for getting more out of our phones. We’re holding onto our phones longer, but when we do upgrade, speed lets us tap into new features, like useful speech-to-text transcription, video editing and gender-swapping Snapchat filters.What remains to be seen is whether Arm’s A77 will help Android phones close the performance gap with Apple’s iPhones. Apple’s iPhone XS scores 4,797 on the Geekbench speed test using Apple’s own processors, compared with 3,414 for the Samsung Galaxy S10 using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 chip — the phone version Samsung sells in the US.Different chipmakers can choose to boost performance with features such as better graphics, dedicated circuitry for AI and larger amounts of cache memory for high-speed data access. All that makes chips bigger and more expensive, though, so chipmakers make different decisions about the best choices for their products.Arm also says its G77 graphics processing unit design is 40 percent faster than the current G76. That’s chiefly useful for gaming, where players can get fancier imagery or smoother motion, but also for higher resolution displays that have to churn through more pixel data.”The game will never stutter,” Haas said. And the extra performance is also good for the larger displays of folding phones, like Samsung’s Galaxy Fold.Though the A77 brain doesn’t come with dedicated circuitry for AI work the way higher-end processors from Apple and some others do, Arm offers an AI option through its Project Trillium designs. And even without that, lots of software uses the plain old CPU for AI. Arm’s optimization work gives a significant boost to AI software frameworks like Google TensorFlow, Haas said.Lots of mobile chipmakers employ other AI chip designs, but Haas thinks they’ll come into the Arm fold. “Unless it’s quite a bit higher performance, you have to ask yourself why you should build this when you can get it from Arm,” he said. 3 Comments Computex 2019 reading • Android phones due for 20% speed bump in 2020 with new Arm chip tech Mobile Qualcomm Processors ARM Samsung Apple
Sheikh HasinaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday expressed her optimism that people of Bangladesh would once again elect Awami League in the forthcoming polls.“Awami League enjoys massive popularity as the people still believe that the country would go ahead with Awami League remaining in power. Surveys of a number of international organisations have also predicted it,” she said.The prime minister was speaking at the first meeting of the National Election Conducting Committee of Bangladesh Awami League at her Gonobhaban residence in the capital this evening.Terming honesty one the main strengths of Awami League, the prime minister said “a vested quarter is hatching conspiracy and seeking intervention of undemocratic forces to dislodge Awami League from power.”“But no one can yield any benefit from such hope as no one from ‘Uttar Para’ will come to install them to power,” Sheikh Hasina, also Awami League president and chairperson of the election conducting committee, said.Welcoming the initiative of some political parties of forging the anti-Awami League platform, the prime minister said the government would allow them to hold meetings anywhere in the city.“The government is not gagging freedom of speech. So, if necessary a permanent ‘moncha’ would be erected at Suharawardi Udyan to allow speaking every day against the government,” she said.“But action would be taken against those who would spread falsehood and try to push the country towards anarchy,” she warned.Co-chairman of the committee HT Imam, member-secretary and Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader, presidium members, central committee leaders and representatives of different associated bodies of the party were present.Sheikh Hasina said the people of Bangladesh re-elected Awami League to power in 2014 overcoming all barriers created by BNP and anti-liberation forces.“Country’s development is visible now as Awami League came to power in 2014. People understood that the country can prosper when Awami League remains in power,” she said adding that today the people are living in peace with sound economic standing.She said Awami League was defeated in 2001 through conspiracy and despite their win BNP and anti-liberation force Jamaat-e-Islami unleashed a reign of terror in the 1971 fashion.“They made the country champions in corruption for five consecutive terms and turn the country into an abode of murder, terrorism, militancy and corruption,” she said.Sheikh Hasina said some civil society members are shedding tears for those who are responsible for making the country a land of grenade and bomb attacks.They are blind and their doors of openness are closed,” she said adding they do not see any progress of the country during the tenure of the Awami League government.“We don’t want Bangladesh to go back to the past situation again,” the prime minister said urging the party leaders and workers to work with devotion to woo the people to cast their votes for Awami League in the coming general election.Criticising BNP for appointing lobbyist in the USA to conduct campaign against the government, the prime minister said they are actually engaged in damaging the country’s image.Sheikh Hasina castigated BNP for spreading false information on inviting the BNP delegation by UN secretary general, saying he (secretary general) was in Ghana at that time to attend the funeral of Kofi Annan.“So what is the benefit of BNP in lying to misguide the people,” she questioned.
Countries like Bangladesh may lose competitive advantage in attaining economic growth to come out of poverty by creating mass urban employment in the garment industry, a Bloomberg article says.It has pointed out that automation is making textile manufacturing less labour-intensive.“This is a crucial question because as technology advances, there’s a concern that the traditional path out of poverty might be closing,” reads the article titled “Bangladesh Versus India in the Development Race”.The author, Noah Smith, observed that technological advancement might cause the industry to migrate back to rich countries like the US, “where labour is expensive but capital is relatively cheap”.“The developing world is at risk of premature deindustrialisation. If Bangladesh fails due to competition from rich-world robots, it will bode ill for countries such as Ethiopia that are looking to hop on the escalator to prosperity,” the article said.“That would leave India’s service-centric development model as the only feasible path.”It mentioned that Bangladesh is one of the biggest beneficiaries of the process of rising wages in developed countries and shifting of low-tech, labour-intensive manufacturing industries to counties with cheaper workers.This economic development path, the article pointed out, “has no doubt come at a real human and social cost — Bangladesh’s workers suffer harsh working conditions and many industrial accidents, including a horrific factory collapse in 2013 that killed more than a thousand people.”“But overall, the tried-and-true industrialization strategy seems to be working.”Referring to some economists’ argument, the article said automation “hasn’t closed off the traditional path, and that there is still plenty of work for industrious people in poor countries.”It raised a twin question: “Will Bangladesh, with its traditional approach to growth, catch up and overtake India? Or has India stumbled upon a new development model that cuts out the need for a country to do a stint as the workshop of the world?”The article further observed that Bangladesh is scrambling to diversify into more valuable manufacturing industries such as autos and electronics.Smith explained that although the leaders of Bangladesh and India have similar goals, the difference in the country’s development models is making for an interesting experiment.“If Bangladesh grows faster, it will suggest that manufacturing, starting with textiles, is still the ticket to industrialisation; but if Bangladesh falters and India sustains its growth, it will imply that poor countries should look to services first,” the author concluded.
Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull reacts during House of Representatives Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, 21 August 2018. Photo: ReutersAustralia’s embattled government moved to adjourn parliament on Thursday which would allow its ruling Liberal party to hold a second leadership vote for prime minister.Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership looked doomed on Thursday after several senior ministers tendered their resignations and called for a second ballot.Turnbull narrowly won a ballot on Tuesday against former home affairs minister Peter Dutton. Dutton and senior ministers on Thursday called for a second leadership contest.
Share Shelby Knowles for The Texas TribuneSingle-use bag ban advocates held a press conference before the Texas Supreme Court prior to oral arguments on the legality of Laredo’s ban on Jan. 11, 2018.The city of Austin announced Tuesday it will no longer enforce its ban on plastic bags after the Texas Supreme Court ruled that a similar ban in Laredo violated state law, KUT reported.“Following the recent ruling from the Texas Supreme Court, the City will not enforce our current rules,” a spokesperson for the city said in an emailed statement. “While it’s disappointing that the City is losing a tool to help protect the environment, we are also confident that the Austin community will continue to do their best to minimize plastic bag waste.”The court ruled unanimously on June 22 that a state law on solid waste disposal pre-empted Laredo’s local ordinance, resolving a long-standing question over whether local governments are allowed to impose such bans.Cities including Fort Stockton, Port Aransas, and Brownsville had implemented similar bans in recent years, and the court’s decision held that those bans are unenforceable as well. The ruling drew applause from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and criticism from environmental groups.On Monday, Paxton sent letters to 11 cities across the state with plastic bag bans as a reminder that such those ordinances are now “illegal” and “unenforceable.” “Municipalities ignoring this law are unlawfully passing their duty to manage solid waste on to their residents and retailers in violation of settled Texas law,” Paxton wrote in letters to Port Aransas and Brownsville, among others. “A dislike of state law is no justification for a municipality to violate it.”
The U.S. Census Bureau is starting a major field operation for the 2020 population count Monday.The agency is sending people door-to-door to verify addresses, including in Houston.The canvassing is in addition to the Census Bureau’s new use of satellite technology to identify new housing developments throughout the United States.The Census Bureau’s geography division chief, Deirdre Dalpiaz Bishop, said they are also using information from the U.S. Postal Service and from local, state and tribal governments.“For 65% of the addresses, we’ve been able to indicate stability. Things are looking good,” she told News 88.7. “But for the 35% where we’re not sure, we need to send people out into the field to validate.”Canvassing will go on until October. Once all addresses are validated, the Census Bureau will mail out invitations asking people to respond to the Census. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaHouston’s skyline from the air X 00:00 /00:46 Listen Share