Royston’s Traditional Bakery in Long Stratton has enlisted the help of a ‘business doctor’ to help grow its bakery and coffee shop business.Royston Owen and his wife Michelle took over the bakery, formerly known as Mr Bunn the Baker, in May 2007 after spending four years as bakery manager for the previous owners Gary and Barbara Bunn.Owen has worked to create an old-fashioned, traditional bakery and coffee shop, and called in business doctor Hamish McMinn to help develop a strategy for long-term growth. “The recent economic climate has been a strong reminder that no matter how much passion you have as a baker, a bakery is a business like any other,” said Owen. “It’s easy to get too caught up in the everyday running of the bakery and forget you need a strong strategy to ensure the bakery remain successful as a business.” He said it has help him focus on what the bakery does best, as well as looking at areas in which it could improve.Business Doctors is a national network of business experts, specialising in helping small and medium sized businesses achieve growth through practical support with strategy, sales and profit growth and staff engagement.
As with current inoculations, the cost would be borne by the students’ parents, thus putting no increased financial burdens on our already-strained educational system.Depending on the dress codes of various school districts, the appearance of vests could be regimented or a provision to permit individual stylistic adornments allowed. Additionally, there could be a mandate requiring all vests be manufactured in America, thus not adversely effecting our trade deficit and helping further lower the unemployment rate.I offer this potential solution without incentives, financial or otherwise, nor do I seek any endorsements, political or personal.I only seek to enhance safety in our school systems while offending the fewest entities possible.Carl YanochScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionAs, I assume are most mentally stable individuals, I, too, am horrified by the continual violence inflicted on our nation’s schools, as was most recently exhibited in Parkland, Fla. Many solutions for these events have been offered, none of which have been enacted.For a plethora of reasons, we are no closer to finding a cure for this carnage today. There are myriad factions and special interests that find these potential solutions unacceptable or unworkable.One idea I haven’t heard suggested, and one that seems to address the objections directed at the others, has yet to be offered.Much as we mandate inoculations against various contagious diseases before permitting students to enroll in school, why not mandate the wearing of bulletproof vests for all students?While not 100 percent effective, at least their vital organs would be protected. Surely the NRA wouldn’t object, as no one’s Second Amendment rights would be violated.
THE Guyana Hockey Board (GHB) has joined forces with Buddy’s Gym, located on Sheriff Street to allow the Guyana team unbridled access to the gym facilities ahead of the Pan American Indoor Championships.During a brief ceremony on Saturday at the Gym, President Philip Fernandes collected membership cards from the representative of the Gym for both the male and female teams to utilize the venue for the next six months.Speaking to the media, Fernandes said,” I think this is a very important occurrence for the Guyana National Hockey team. In the past, we have tried our best to prepare teams with the limited resources that we’ve had and we’ve had our challenges.“Preparing a top hockey team requires a lot of different aspects, not just technical and tactical training but also psychological competence and also speed, endurance training, strength, all these different things.”He noted that this time around, the partnership means that the teams will now take their endurance levels to greater levels than they have in the past, adding the GHB sees the sponsorship as an important one in forging champion teams.The teams have no easy task as they face several first world teams including the United States, Canada and Uruguay. Fernandes is aware of this but also underscored the importance of having a high quality facility to train at.Meanwhile, coach of the team, Dwayne Scott stated, “There’s a lot that goes into this. The contribution itself we cannot be anymore grateful for it and it will definitely help us to prepare mentally and physically for this tournament.”Guyana will come face to face with the best in the Western Hemisphere when they host the Pan American Indoor championships in October of this year. Apart from the US and Canada, Mexico, Barbados, Argentina and Trinidad and Tobago are in the Mens draw. Uruguay will send a female team.
Image Courtesy: Twitter (@BLACKCAPS)Advertisement qz6NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs4l3Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E4mr4s( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 7hkiWould you ever consider trying this?😱8thmCan your students do this? 🌚cxliRoller skating! Powered by Firework Day 2 of the second Test between India and New Zealand has come to closure, and at stumps, India are on the lead with 97 runs. Following the bundle of the Kiwis batting squad by 153 runs, India have taken the lead, but are struggling with six wickets down at a score of 97 in Christchurch.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Twitter (@BLACKCAPS)New Zealand opener Tom Lathan landed a sweet score of 52, before losing his wicket to Mohammed Shami, the star of India’s bowling squad today. The 29 year old pacer started his four wicket haul today with Latham’s clean bowled dismissal in the 44th Over.Henry Nicholls and Neil Wagner also faced quick dismissals from Shami, as both of them were sent to the pavilion on scores of 14 and 21 respecrtively.Advertisement Shami also picked up Kyle Jamieson, the Kiwi youngster who missed his maiden Test half century just just one run. His stunning 49 came off including seven boundaries.New Zealand’s first innings also saw the superstar Jasprit Bumrah regaining his form. The 26 year old secured three wickets, including the hosts skipper Kane Williamson, who was unimpressive today at Hagley Oval, with only scoring 3. Jadeja picked two, and the injured Ishant Sharma’a substitute Umesh Yadav secured the wicket of Kiwi opener TOm Blundell on 30.Advertisement However, the Black Caps bowling squad shined again, led by Trent Boult, who picked up the wickets of Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara and Umesh Yadav.Starting the second innings, both of the Men in Blue openers were lacklustre on the pitch. The in form Agarwal had to leave on the second over after just scoring 3 runs, followed by Prithvi Shaw, who marvellously stroke a fifty in the first innings, lost his wicket on 14 against Tim Southee.Virat Kohli’s drought of runs in the series continues, as the captain failed to open up a big score again, after getting lbwed by Colin de Gramdhomme on just 14 runs. Rahane was bowled on 9 runs by Neil Wagner.The young Hanuma Vihari is now on strike alongside Rishabh Pant at the end of day’s play.Also read-Read VVS Laxman’s advice to Prithvi Shaw: You’re better off playing like this in New Zealand! Advertisement
By Jenna O’Donnell |HOLMDEL – Leaning into International Women’s Day, local women packed the auditorium at Bell Works last Thursday to hear and be inspired by talks from local female leaders.The #PressforProgress event on March 8, organized by Bell Works and headlined by five keynote speakers from different backgrounds and walks of life, embraced the campaign set forth by International Women’s Day 2018 which aimed to accelerate gender parity in every workplace. In the historic former Bell Labs building, local attendees listened to different ideas and advice on how they can motivate friends, colleagues and communities to be more gender inclusive.“We have the potential to inspire others,” said Casey DeStefano, who hosted the free event. “Tonight is about celebrating women and girls and their will to tell a story.”Featured speakers tackled that challenge from different angles. Some shared anecdotes from their personal lives or careers, while others offered advice and lessons learned, but all shared a recurring theme of facing the challenges and fears that come with leadership.Christine Zilinski, the Red Bank-based owner of Salon Concrete, shared a story about finding strength to persevere when faced with challenges as a small-business owner. “Don’t let your circumstances define you,” she said. “Today’s thoughts make up tomorrow’s dreams.”Jennifer Scandariato, a senior director of cloud services at Bell Works-based company iCIMS, spoke of finding the courage to be a pioneer in work and in life. “We all face fear every single day,” she said. “How we deal with it is what makes us different.”Margaretha P. Laurenzi, a director at the Community Foundation of New Jersey focused on philanthropy and the potential women have to create positive change. She welcomed many in the crowd from Impact 100 Jersey Coast, a coalition of more than 280 women that collectively funds grants in the region and invited all the women in the room to find a way to make a difference. “What can you do?” she asked, “What can you give? What will your impact be?”Jenna Gaudio, a vice president of product management at Bell Works-based Vydia, spoke about some of the difficulties of being a woman in the tech industry, illustrated by a photo taken during a company outing in which the men played basketball while a lone woman – Gaudio – shot hoops on the opposite side of the court, excluded from the game. Her other female colleagues were left on the sidelines.“They took a picture, obviously,” Gaudio said. “Then these women created a softball team. They created a running group. They created a bunch of other groups and they invited everyone.” She described how the same men who had excluded the women from playing ball with them started participating in these inclusive groups and how the teamwork and working environment has substantially improved as a result.Sarah Krug captured audience interest with a story from her childhood. She ran away from home at age 17 to follow her dream of going to Princeton University, afraid her conservative father would find her and bring her back home.She shared a personal story to show that it pays to dream big because often the things that people most fear don’t come true. “We fear uncertainty. We fear the unknown,” she said.Today Krug helps cancer patients navigate health care at Cancer 101, a patient advocacy organization.Paola Zamudio, the Bell Works creative director who organized the evening, closed the event with a whimsical video of a young girl handing out purple balloons inside the bright atrium at Bell Works. Then she encouraged the women and men in the audience to continue to strive for gender parity in their lives.Audience members left with smiles and positive feedback.Lauren Cesario of Monmouth Beach, and Lisa Becker of Fair Haven, both found out about the event through Impact 100 Jersey Coast and were glad they’d come.“It was appropriate for the times and what’s happening right now,” said Cesario. “And a very inspiring message.”Becker agreed, praising the positivity of the night.“I thought it was awesome,” she said. “I was just saying that I wish I had brought my daughter.”This article was first published in the March 15-22, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.
Eastern Washington started to chip away in the second period after a shorthanded goal by Cody Ogrin made the score 4-1. But just three minutes later, Saints first year forward Ryan Edwards returned the favour, also with a man down, to regain the four goal lead.Milligan got his second of the night to build a 6-1 Saints lead heading into the final break.The home side continued to pound Eastern Washington in the last 20 minutes, outshooting the Eagles 13-3 and 41-15 overall. Edwards scored his second of the night with just over a minute left to cap off the convincing win.James Prigione earned the win in goal, his second of the year and seventh out of 10 over the past two seasons.The win evens the Saints season record at 3-3-0-1. Selkirk is four points behind league leading Trinity Western and one in back of second-place Simon Fraser and University of Victoria.The Saints biggest test of the year will come this Friday and Saturday as they host a double header versus longtime rival Simon Fraser University. The puck drops on both games at 7 p.m. at the Castlegar Complex. The defending BC Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) Champion Selkirk College Saints have proven they are tough to beat at home after defeating the Eastern Washington University Eagles for the third straight time in as many games.Unlike in the previous week when a dramatic victory was earned in the final seconds, on Saturday night at the Castlegar & District Community Complex it was all Saints, all game as the hosts blasted the Eagles 7-1.Selkirk College flew out of the gates with a relentless attack that saw them find the scoreboard four times in the first nine minutes. Matt Martin, Alex Milligan, Thomas Hardy and Mason Spear notched the first period goals for the Saints who outshot the Eagles 12-6.
Higher costs and more concreteA big problem with PAHS construction, Holladay replies, is higher construction costs. Because it’s underground, lots of concrete will be required, he says, and that will require waterproofing in order to keep the house dry. Because a large amount of soil around the structure must be insulated, rather than just the building envelope, insulation costs also are higher. Finally, all that extra excavation will mean more spending.“If you have a fat enough budget to cover these expenses, and you trust the veracity of the anecdotes you’ve heard about PAHS comfort, go right ahead,” Holladay says. “Readers of GBA who are thinking about different approaches to energy-efficient construction, however, deserve an analysis that considers whether these added expenses yield any energy savings. In my opinion, they don’t.”You’re generalizing, Lepper replies.“You are wrong with your sweeping statement about PAHS houses being ‘much more expensive than other forms of construction,’” Lepper says. “That’s like saying that rammed earth houses are expensive. They are if you have them built by a professional in California.“You are wrong about PAHS houses needing lots of concrete because they are underground, for similar reasons. PAHS houses can be bermed, they don’t have to be underground. Mine is on a south-facing slope, and digging out the hole for it was certainly no more expensive than pouring lots of concrete to make the foundations for an above-ground house on a slope.”Earth-bermed houses need no more waterproofing than the typical basement or underground garage, Lepper says, and the earth surrounding a PAHS house is protected by a waterproof, insulated umbrella.“Your next assertion, that ‘you’ll need more rigid foam because you’re trying to heat the whole neighborhood’ makes me wonder if you are really interested in a serious discussion about PAHS (which is what Laurel was asking for),” Lepper addis. “This remark, and your vague reference to ‘physics,’ seem to indicate that, despite the evidence from homeowners, you think heat cannot be stored in the vicinity of the house and is just going to dissipate around town.“If that was the case those homeowners would be shivering for six months of the year. Why do they say their house is the most comfortable one they’ve ever owned?“Is Hait a crackpot, or could he be the genius of the insulated umbrella?” Lepper asks. Other considerationsDavison is looking for specific recommendations in key areas: the specs of the insulating and waterproofing membrane over the soil surrounding the house, and the ventilation the house will require. But GBA reader Brendan Albano suggests she is looking for answers in the wrong place.For advice on the membrane, Albano says, go to the company supplying the components for the shell. For ventilation advice, consult someone who’s familiar with PAHS construction rather than the third-year civil engineering student Davison has been speaking with. Read Malcolm Wells’ book on earth-sheltered construction, Albano advises.“And just to be clear, I’m not trying to discourage you from posting here, just pointing out to be cautious about the information you receive if you are asking for experts in one subject (standard above-ground energy efficient building, and off-grid living in these sorts of buildings) for advice about a related but different subject (below-ground PAHS energy efficient building and off-grid living in those sorts of buildlings),” he says.“And just to be clear, my biases would be to build a standard insulated home for efficiency purposes. And if you want to have it be underground for aesthetic purposes, just put it underground! Even if it’s just a big pile of dirt, PAHS is still a complex system. I would argue that if you’re after simplicity, a well insulated wall and a wood stove is much simpler than PAHS. But if you want to build a PAHS home, definitely seek out advice from people with the expertise!”Stephen Sheehy has one additional thought: recouping costs through the sale of a PAHS house might not be very easy.“One thing about PAHS is that I suspect such houses, once complete, are probably not salable at a price that would recoup much of the significant cost of construction,” Sheehy says. “So long as one is either rich enough not to care or old enough to be sure this is the last house, resale isn’t important.”Malcolm Taylor adds that PAHS construction is likely to remain a niche building technique, if only because it requires at least a large suburban lot and is unsuited to urban or multifamily construction, which makes up the bulk of the housing market.“They also use techniques outside the established construction used by builders, and the end product isn’t one familiar to the tastes marketers and culture have instilled in home buyers over time,” Taylor says. “That doesn’t mean individuals shouldn’t build one if they want to. There are all sorts of alternate types of construction, like log houses, rammed-earth, straw bale, etc., that are easy to dismiss because of their lack of general adaptability which make their individual occupants very happy.” Earth-bermed houses built with the Passive Annual Heat Storage (PAHS) approach are a little off the beaten track for most builders and prospective homeowners. These houses go back a bit: John N. Hait described the construction of an early “umbrella house” in the 1980s.As unusual as they may be, PAHS houses have their advocates. One of them is Laurel Davison, who is planning to build one in Missouri on a gently sloped lot with an unimpeded southern exposure.In a Q&A post at Green Building Advisor, Davison outlines the basics of her proposed new house: a shell made by Terra-Dome Corporation, heated mostly with passive solar with a minisplit air-source heat pump for backup heating and cooling, and a variety of energy saving electrical appliances.Davison sees several advantages to this approach, including little to no required exterior maintenance — not something she’d get with an above-ground house — and protection from tornados, always a threat in this region. No data to back up claims“I hate to be the bearer of bad tidings,” writes GBA senior editor Martin Holladay, “but I am going to give it to you straight: You have decided to adopt a discredited approach to residential construction. The design approach you are discussing (the passive annual heat storage approach) has passionate advocates but little data to back up its claims. In those respects, it resembles the earthship approach.”Elements of energy-efficient construction are already well known, Holladay adds: a compact house shape, not too many windows, a tight building envelope, and lots of insulation in the ceiling, walls, and floors.“That’s basically it,” he says. “You don’t need many cubic meters of soil around your house, nor do you need to install buried insulation to isolate this soil from other soil. Sorry, but it’s true. The PAHS approach requires large investments in measures that are irrelevant to your home’s energy performance — expensive measures with no energy yield.”While it’s true that underground houses eliminate most exterior maintenance, the cost of waterproofing details are likely to be higher than maintaining siding in conventional construction. Insulation should be located in the shell of the building, not located some distance away from the house as is the case with a PAHS house, Holladay adds. And if tornado protection is a concern, an option worth considering is building above ground with insulated concrete forms (ICFs).“There are so many aspects of the PAHS approach that make no sense that it’s hard to list them,” he says. “However, it’s probably worth warning you that many homes with earth tubes [a feature of the underground house shown in the illustration above] have abandoned and sealed the earth tubes because of problems with air quality and mold.” Do Earth Tubes Make Any Sense?Earthship Hype and Earthship RealityAll About Thermal MassSolar Versus Superinsulation: A 30-Year-Old DebateNostalgia for the Hippie Building Heyday Another PAHS advocate respondsBruce Lepper says he is building his own half-buried PAHS house with rammed-earth walls in Toulouse, France, a process he describes in his own construction blog.Lepper was convinced to try the building approach by someone who’s lived comfortably in one for years. “He says it’s the most comfortable house he’s ever lived in, and his neighbor, who ordered a copy from him, says the same,” Lepper writes.He mentions other PAHS success stories, including that of Tom Beaudette, founder of Beaudette Consulting Engineers in Montana, who built one for himself. Lepper also cites the experience of Joe LaCour, who he says converted a 1970s era house in the Pacific Northwest into a PAHS structure (see comment #13 in this GBA post).“There are many other isolated examples, but as Martin would point out it tends to be anecdotal,” Lepper says. “I’m hoping to add a little data with the buried temperature and humidity probes around our house, but that will be in the future.” “Please review my plans… and pick holes in them,” Davison writes. “I don’t guarantee to change my mind, but I do promise to research varying opinions thoroughly and supporting data would be appreciated … I have an interested builder, land, money, and a quiet winter to get all the details addressed.”The merits and pitfalls of this type of construction are the topic for this Q&A Spotlight. RELATED ARTICLES Our expert’s opinionHere’s what GBA technical director Peter Yost had to add:Having toured the Terra-Dome website, I have to admit that some of their homes in the photo gallery are pretty intriguing. That’s the Hobbit in me, and I don’t say that sarcastically; there is something comforting and cozy about any earth-bermed home. And in some ways, depending on the specific design of the home, you are essentially building a walk-out basement home.But the builder and building scientist in me cringes, based on these points:Ground-coupling. This approach — inherently cooler in summer and warmer in winter — just sort of rolls off the tongue. But it’s damn near impossible to accurately model this to get insulation levels well-tuned. Overheating and underheating when diurnal cycles and the sun and clouds don’t cooperate may well end up being the rule and not the exception. And whether or not we can accurately model ground-coupling, installing a radiant floor heating system that is ground-coupled (with no insulation underneath the coils) will heat the ground below more efficiently than the living space above.The need to be mistake-proof. With so many complex waterproofing details buried underground, you pretty much get just one chance to get it right. Any home benefits from quality of design and construction, but this approach seems to me to require it.Durable but inflexible design. Depending on the design — just how much of the roof is actually underground and how many interior walls are structural concrete — you had better get the size of your home and family perfectly matched, and you had better anticipate all the intended uses. Retrofit and addition options will be more than just limited.Cost. I took a quick look at the pricing sheet for Terra-Dome. It does not start off well: “…Insulation, waterproofing, drainage, and backfill are not included in the construction costs.” It scares me that while other per-component costs are included in the price sheet, something as essential to the design as moisture management is not included, even in a per-square-foot range of cost.Warranty. With this type of design and construction I would expect a warranty to be front and center on the website. I searched around quite a bit and found no discussion at all of system warranties.Here is the good news: This GBA Q&A Spotlight blog and the Q&A thread that inspired the blog mean that Laurel Davison has a ton of information and insights to make her eventual design and construction much more successful.
Far Eastern University recovered just in time to beat Adamson, 21-25, 27-25, 25-20, 23-25, 15-11, and extend their semifinals series to a deciding Game 3 Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Lady Tamaraws blew a 2-1 set lead and a 21-19 edge in the fourth set before leaning on Toni Rose Basas to put the Lady Falcons away in the fifth set.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Basas scored on two straight drop balls to seal FEU’s thrilling win.The Lady Tams bounced back from a fifth-set loss in Game 1 and look to complete their comeback on Monday in Game 3 for a trip to the finals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAdamson scored six unanswered points to force the fifth set.But the Lady Falcons, who are already playing minus star hitter Jema Galanza due to an injury, were dealt with another blow after their libero Jellie Tempiatura tweaked her ankle early in the final set. Joshua Umandal unleashed 23 points for the Tigers, who sent the Eagles to their first loss of the conference. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It was a double victory for FEU after its men’s team also emerged victorious from a five-setter.The Tamaraws overcame the National University Bulldogs, 25-14, 16-25, 25-22, 22-25, 15-12, to punch the first finals ticket.Ateneo, on the other hand, failed to sweep its semis duel against University of Santo Tomas, which took advantage of the absence of Blue Ealges’ top guns Marck Espejo and Karl Baysa.The Growling Tigers won, 25-22, 25-23, 22-25, 25-21, to pave way for a rubber match on Monday.Espejo and Baysa skipped the PVL to suit up for Ateneo in the UAAP Season 80 beach volleyball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES Halep secures top ranking with China Open semifinal win MOST READ BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games
In 2014, he arranged a basketball game with other former NBA players and North Koreans and regaled leader Kim Jong Un with a rendition of “Happy Birthday.” On the same trip, he suggested an American missionary was at fault for his own imprisonment in North Korea, remarks for which he later apologized.A foreign ministry official who spoke to the AP in Pyongyang confirmed Rodman was expected to arrive Tuesday but could not provide details. He spoke on condition of anonymity because the ministry had not issued a formal statement. CNN reported Rodman was in Beijing, his expected departure point for a flight to the North Korean capital.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAny visit by a high-profile American is a political minefield and Rodman has been criticized for failing to use his influence on leaders who are otherwise isolated diplomatically from the rest of the world.Americans are regarded as enemies in North Korea since the two countries never signed a peace treaty to formally end the 1950-53 Korean War. Thousands of U.S. troops are based in South Korea, and the Demilitarized Zone between the North and South is one of the most heavily fortified borders in the world. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage This combination of file photos shows former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman in Pyongyang, North Korea on Dec. 20, 2013, left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang on April 15, 2017. North Korea on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, is expecting another visit by Rodman, who has made several trips to the country but has been criticized for insensitive comments and for regaling leader Kim Jong Un with “Happy Birthday” in 2014. It would be his first visit to the country since President Donald Trump took office (AP Photos/David Guttenfelder, Wong Maye-E, Files)BEIJING — North Korea is expecting another visit by former NBA bad boy Dennis Rodman on Tuesday in what would be his first to the country since President Donald Trump took office.Rodman has received the red-carpet treatment on each of his past visits but has been roundly criticized for doing so during a time of high tensions between the U.S. and North Korea over its weapons programs.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES SMB levels up MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ What ‘missteps’? Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken
In its first major product announcement since its acquisition by Google in May this year, Motorola Mobility added three powerful Android smartphones to its Droid family in New York City on Wednesday.The three new smartphones – Droid Razr HD , Droid Razr Maxx HD and Droid Razr M will run on Google’s latest Android Jelly Bean OS.The three additions to the Motorola line-up came as the first major product news from the company since it was bought by internet giant Google a year ago in a $12.5bn deal.The Razr smartphones are reportedly powered by Google’s Android software and synched to the US telecom network of Verizon Wireless.The Motorola Droid Razr HD has a 4.7-inch display. It is reported to have 78 per cent more pixels than the Razr, and 85 per cent more color saturation than the iPhone 4S. The phone reportedly has features like a dual-core processor, a 2,500 mAh battery, and will come with pre-installed with Google Chrome. Motorola’s Droid Razr Maxx HD will reportedly come packed with a more powerful battery than the Droid Razr HD. The phone, which offers 32GB of storage, is touted to offer 27 hours of music streaming over LTE on a single charge, and 21 hours of talk time.Motorola’s Droid Razr M has a 4.3-inch super AMOLED Advanced 4.3-inch display spans from edge-to-edge (with almost no borders). It reportedly offers 8GB of storage and 1GB of RAM, sports an 8 megapixel rear camera along with 4G LTE, Gorilla Glass, NFC and 1080 p videos. Engineered with a 2,000 mAh battery, the Droid RAZR M is available in the US for pre-order. The phone is expected to hit the US stores next week.Available in sleek black or stand out white, the Motorola Razr HD will be coming soon to consumers in various countries throughout Asia Pacific, Europe, North America and Latin America. In the US, it will be available before the holidays on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network.With Agency inputsadvertisement