Sunday, January 31, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
Thailand – More than a dozen Asian nations aim to double the numbers of wild tigers by 2022 and prohibit the building of roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects that could harm their habitats.
However, a draft declaration that was to be adopted by the 13 countries Friday includes no new money to finance the conservation efforts which scientists said must be more than doubled. The draft, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press, mentions only a commitment from countries to use money from ecotourism, carbon financing and infrastructure projects to pay for tiger programs.
"With political will and implementation of the needed action, the extinction of the wild tigers across much of their range can be averted," the declaration states. "Tiger conservation is important to protect biodiversity and preserve a vital part of our national heritage."
Officials at the first Ministerial Conference on Tiger Conservation, in Thai coastal resort of Hua Hin, were to adopt the declaration Friday. It will then be considered for approval by heads of state of the 13 countries in September at a meeting in Vladivostok, Russia.
Tiger numbers in recent decades have plummeted because of human encroachment — with the loss of more than nine-tenths of their habitat — and poaching to supply a vibrant trade in tiger parts. From an estimated 100,000 at the beginning of the 20th century, the number of tigers today is less than 3,500.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
"As of now, a demolition act is unlikely. The analysis will bare the cause," Suleiman told a account conference.
Fourteen bodies accept so far been recovered abreast the blast armpit three-and-a-half km (two miles) west of the littoral apple of Na'ameh. Eighty-three cartage and seven aggregation were on the flight, Transport Minister Ghazi al-Aridi said at the airport.Ethiopian Airlines CEO Girma Wake said he had appear with Lebanese authorities who did not affirm there were survivors.
The Lebanese government declared a day of mourning. Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri visited the airport to accommodated addled ancestors cat-and-mouse for account of survivors, some of whom were affronted that the even was accustomed to booty off in bad weather."They should accept delayed the flight for an hour or two to assure the passengers. There had been able lightning bolts and we apprehend that lighting strikes at planes abnormally during booty offs," a about of one of the cartage told a bounded television station.
"BALL OF FIRE"
Lebanese army convoying boats and helicopters were analytic a baby breadth off Na'ameh, 10 km (six miles) south of Beirut.The aggressive agent for U.N. peacekeepers in Lebanon, Colonel Diego Fulco, said two ships from its amphibian assignment force were at the blast armpit and a third was on its way. Two U.N. helicopters were additionally at the scene, he said.
State-owned Ethiopian Airlines has positioned itself as a above amateur in all-embracing air cartage in Africa and has afresh broadcast its Asian network.It has approved flights to Lebanon, accouterment for business audience and the hundreds of Ethiopians who assignment there as calm helpers. Lebanese aerodynamics sources said some of the cartage had been en avenue to Angola.
Last Friday the airline appear an adjustment for 10 of Boeing's Next-Generation 737-800s for a absolute amount of $767 million.The aftermost above adventure involving Ethiopian Airlines was in November 1996 back 125 of the 175 cartage and aggregation died afterwards a hijacked Boeing 767 comatose into the sea off the Comoros Islands.
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[CES 2010] Sennheiser has come together with sporting giant Adidas to unveil the Sennheiser/adidas sports earphones which was specially developed to meet the needs of athletes, but it does make you ponder - you don't see Usain Bolt tearing up the tracks while listening to Taylor Swift on his iPod, do you? Perhaps they mean those who lead an active lifestyle - now that we can believe. These earphones are robust, sweat resistant and water resistant as well. Featuring a special fin design that takes slightly more effort to slip it in than a standard pair of earphones, the payoff is well worth it since your earphones would more or less stay in place regardless of how much you punish yourself physically in the workout. Of course, there was no place on the showfloor to run around to test the fins' effectiveness, but a head bangin' session with their iPod shuffles saw the headphones stay in place. You will be able to choose from the OMX 680 Sports, MX 680 Sports, CX 6809 Sports and PMX 680 Sports models, where all of them come with a variety of eartips, a case and a volume control connector. Sweet!
Monday, January 11, 2010
Brilliant! The Aino’s is a well crafted handset. It’s well balanced and very streamlined and the weight, although a little on the heavy side, gives the handset a definite feel good factor. The pop slider lives up to the term. It’s very smooth and can be opened or closed with a simply flick. Volume/Zoom keys are on the same side as the shutter release for the handset’s 8MP camera (with LED flash). Sony’s proprietary USB slot is located on the other side. Sadly they didn’t think it relevant to have a 3.5mm socket; instead the Aino comes with a Bluetooth enabled receptor that can be hooked up to a wired set of earphones. The Aino comes with the new chargers that have a secondary proprietary port built in so one could use a wired headset while charging though one isn’t included with the phone.
The Bluetooth adapter for the handsfree can also be charged when it’s placed in the bundled cradle. The Aino uses microSD cards to increase memory capacity and comes with an 8GB card. The slot is unfortunately located under the rear panel, but thankfully that’s quite easy to pop open.
The 3 inch display’s touch functionality can be accessed only in landscape mode for media. The resolution is 240 x 432 with 16million colors, but for some strange reason, I noticed, the resolution seemed a little askew in the media mode in terms of overall clarity. However I do like the idea of having the touchscreen specific to only one aspect of the handset's overall feature set although that does have a small measure of disadvantage as well. Read on.
Features and Performance
Sony Ericsson’s UI has, sadly, remained unchanged. It’s always been colorful and very animated, which also leads to a burden on the battery. I found a little bit of lag in the Aino’s UI, even when I selected the least animated theme. Refreshing new data in the media section was also a bit slow. In contrast though, the touchscreen media UI was quite responsive and well laid out thus making it very user friendly. While the handset does have an accelerometer to rotate web pages and the media gallery there’s no virtual keyboard as it does not activate the touch sensitive one so you’ll have to struggle to use the alphanumeric keypad in portrait mode. And there’s your disadvantage right there, since the browser can’t be accessed from the touch sensitive media menu.
I’m quite disappointed with the audio functionality that the Aino brings to the table. While the quality of playback is not in question the decibel level is just too low. Mumbai city is deafening most of the time and without a decently high volume level you’ll never be able to enjoy your audio with the Aino. The Bluetooth tether for the handsfree is also a little large with a rather ‘Disco-like’ indicator system. SE has included quite a few very visually attractive visualizations to the player and of course EQ presets and a customizable option which do make a difference to the quality, while the volume still remained low.
The FM radio worked out well enough and managed to get all the available stations tuned in record time. Reception was quite decent in most places but not too great on my commute. A voice recorder is also on board. SE’s TrackID and access to the PlayNow section for downloading contend are available as well. Since the company hasn’t yet got codec support for DivX or XviD files you’ll have to spend a little time converting videos to 3GP or MPEG4. The videos that did convert were easy to watch on the 3 inch display.
The Aino is a very active handset in the connectivity department. Its Wi-Fi connectivity offers access to your PS3 for media streaming, but seriously that’s not really a very big deal as you can access just that console and no other device at all. Thanks to Sony Ericsson’s MediaGo PC software you can wirelessly transfer your data selected on the PC to the handset. I recommend doing this while the handset is charging as Wi-Fi does tend to suck the life out of the handset. Other connectivity options include 3G, EDGE/GPRS and Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP.
A Facebook application is provided for the Social Networker in you to quickly access and update your status, check up friend’s activities et al. A YouTube application allows you to stream videos from the site in an easy to use mobile friendly UI. You can also configure your Picasa and Flickr accounts quite easily to upload images. And of course POP and IMAP email accounts can also be quickly set up.
Another disappointment is that the handset, although equipped with a GPS module only comes with apps like Wisepilot and Google Maps that are primarily A-GPS enabled so quite pointless if you have no reception. The Tracker application is quite handy for those who enjoy jogging or walking as recreation or sport.