Tributes paid to women’s justice campaigner Beth Adamson after tragic…

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Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service[Anglican Communion News Service]  Colleagues and supporters have paid tribute to a leading campaigner for gender justice within the Anglican Communion, Beth Adamson-Strauss. Beth Adamson, as she was known, a Methodist who was a volunteer for the U.S.-based Episcopal Church, died on Aug. 5 in hospital where she was receiving treatment for serious injuries caused by an accident two weeks earlier. For several years she had led the Episcopal Church’s campaigning on gender justice issues at the United Nations; and helped to organise delegations from both the U.S.-based church and the wider Anglican Communion to the annual U.N. Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) meetings in New York.“Beth has touched so many people with her passion, determination, wisdom and joyful heart,” Canon Terrie Robinson, the Anglican Communion’s director for women in church and society, said. “Through her faith-filled and tireless work at the U.N. and with Anglican delegations to UNCSW, there are women and girls the world over who have been inspired and energized by her to be strong champions for gender equality, even in the most difficult circumstances.“I am one of them and I will always be grateful to her. Our love and prayers are with Beth’s husband Ned and their family. Beth will be sorely missed by so many.”Rachel Chardon, the former general program and administrative officer at the Anglican Communion Office at the United Nations in New York, said: “For many years, Beth and I led delegations to the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women on behalf of the Anglican Communion Office at the United Nations. Together, we worked on every aspect of preparing women from around the world to attend this annual two-week session. This included a Time Line that would generate over a seven month period materials for study that addressed the priority theme set for that year with the main purpose of empowering women.“When the two-week event concluded, these women had bonded and they soon returned home with new resources to share with their respective communities. Beth was exceptional in this charge! As a volunteer to the Office, Beth was a key support in engaging all elements of gender awareness via the various bodies of the United Nations and served as a sounding board for ideas approaching various issues.”The Rev. Margaret Rose, ecumenical and interreligious deputy to Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and former Episcopal Church director for women’s ministries, said: “Beth was instrumental in organizing what was then called Anglican Women’s Empowerment. She has since continued that work through the Anglican Communion office, the U.N. Working Group on Girls and much more.“But as important as her accomplishments, which were many, was Beth herself, whose generous spirit called out the best in every one she touched. . . Ned Strauss, Beth’s husband, wrote about ‘our Beth’ – and that is indeed who she was: a woman who consistently offered herself to others, that they – we – might be more whole.“She carried and offered the ‘light of Christ’ to all, and experienced the world with joy and wonder. In the face of suffering or poverty or pain or injustice, Beth refused to give up hope and was instrumental in addressing systemic change in every possible way.“She knew we were in it for the long haul and her legacy will be that none of us gives up the hope which propelled her and us to continue the struggle.”Beth Adamson (right) chats with Caroline Christie, a UNCSW delegate from the Episcopal Church. Photo: Anglican Communion News ServiceThe Episcopal Church’s representative to the United Nations, Lynnaia Main, also paid tribute to Adamson, saying she was “beloved by so many.”She added: “I can hardly think of any person with more light, joy, smiles, smarts, energy, kindness and love for God and others than Beth. Some light has gone out of my life, all of our lives, with her passing.“Beth had worked for many decades in the arena of women’s and girls’ empowerment, with the Episcopal Church’s women’s ministries and with the Anglican Communion. She served for many years as a member of the leadership team for the Anglican Communion Office at the United Nations in its work with the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.“She expanded her work to focus at the crossroads of church, United Nations and girls’ empowerment, most especially through the UN’s Working Group on Girls (WGG). She served as co-chair of the WGG and continued to be very active there. She was an integral part and pillar of so many communities at the UN, an astute observer of the political machinations of the UN and an excellent and very knowledgeable strategist in reaching member states to advocate for girls’ rights.”Main spoke about Adamson as “a valued mentor and colleague” and how “the warm and totality of her embrace and inclusiveness in welcoming newcomers to UNCSW” was “so much appreciated”.She said: “her joyous love for people was genuine and I never ever heard her say a critical word about anyone. She managed to be light-hearted, quick to laugh and fun to be around while at the same time being totally serious about and committed to her work. She was especially good at being a mediator who could hold together worlds in tension, bringing them in closer relationship to each other through her patient relationship-building. She was a master negotiator and very much a motherly influence on the girls in her care.”Every year on Oct. 11, the International Day of the Girl Child, Beth would take a group of “girl advocates” from the Working Group on Girls to the Episcopal Church Center in New York. “They would visit our space so the girls could practice their lines and relax prior to their Girls’ Speakout at the UN for the International Day of the Girl Child event,” Main said. “Those girls loved Beth – I watched her nurture many young women with her kindness and encouragement.”She pledged that  Adamson’s “exemplary work will continue to move forward, as we honour her presence, her gifts and her legacy, but we can never replace her,” she said. “We have loved her and learned so much from her. We will continue the spirited work she’s done, as best we can, inspired by her example, a gift to us and the world.”In 2015, Adamson was presented with an Award for Global Service in recognition of her for her dedicated work to strengthen Anglican women’s presence at the UNCSW. The award was created to honour volunteer service that furthers the work of the Anglican Communion through the vehicle of the U.N. Office.Speaking after her death, Strauss said that had she survived, it was likely “that she would never fully recover her cognitive ability or her fine motor skills.” He said: “so now, she can rest and be totally at peace.” A private family funeral service is being planned in Exeter, Nebraska, where she was born and raised, ahead of a celebration of her life for friends and supporters in Redding, Connecticut, most likely in September. 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Mediation over Galway manager fails

first_imgMediation between players and management has failed, with little or no possibility of the parties agreeing on the next step, after a vote of no confidence from the players last month. The issue will be before a County Board meeting on Monday, with the Independent reporting that a two-thirds majority will decide Cunningham’s fate.last_img

Buy Thurston County Fair Passes Now and Save

first_imgFacebook48Tweet0Pin0Submitted by the Thurston County FairDiscount admission passes and carnival ride armbands for the 2017 Thurston County Fair are now available at the Thurston County Fair Office. The fair will run from Wednesday August 2 to Sunday August 6.Discount Advance Purchase Fair Passes & Carnival Ride ArmbandsWhat:Season Pass – $10 to $21One-day unlimited carnival rides armband advance purchase — $25*Children ages five and under are always FREE!When: On sale now through Tuesday, August 1, 2017.Where: Thurston County Fair Office at 3054 Carpenter Road SE in Lacey, 98503Get the biggest savings with your advance purchase of carnival ride armbands for only $25 each—that’s $5 off the regular price! Carnival armbands are good for unlimited carnival rides for one day during the 2017 fair that runs Wednesday, August 2 through Sunday, August 6.Season passes are also bargain at 40 percent off the full price daily admission rate. Remember, admission for children five years old and younger is always free!For even more savings, bring your carnival armband on August 2, for “One Buck Wednesday.” All adult, youth and senior admission prices are just $1 with a non-perishable food donation per person to the Thurston County Food Bank. Doors open at 10:00 a.m. on One Buck Wednesday. Be sure to check out all of the One Buck Wednesday specials, including one buck food specials.Kid’s Day is Thursday, August 3, when all admission tickets for kids 6 to 14 years old are just $2 when purchased at the gate. August 3, is also Buddy Day when you can get two carnival armbands for $30 if you and a buddy are both present at the time of purchase. You cannot advance purchase for the Buddy Day special.Friday, August 4, is Military Appreciation Day at the fair, where admission tickets are $2 at the gate when fairgoers present their military ID.To learn more about 2017 fair events, entertainment and exhibits, contact the Thurston County Fair Office at 360-786-5453 or visit Thurston County Fair website.last_img read more

Dam City Rollers begin defence as West Kootenay Roller Derby League begins

first_imgDam City has undergone a roster change this year; two of the team’s core veteran skaters will be imparting their knowledge from the sidelines this season.The team has been practising hard since the beginning of January, refining their team work and incorporating new skills, drills, and strategies into their arsenal. Tickets for the March 14bout are available in advance at Central City Shoes for $10 or at the door for $15. Kids 12 and under $2.Bouts are also scheduled for April 18thand May 23rdin the Trail Cominco Gymnasium.The semi-final bouts will take place at the Selkirk College Castlegar Campus on June 7, followed by the WKRD finals on June 27  at the NDCC Arena in Nelson.To get the full seasons schedule and ticketing information please visit www.kootenayrollerderby.com Castlegar’s Dam City Rollers are out to defend its 2014 West Kootenay Roller Derby crown when the 2015 season kicks off Saturday at the Selkirk College Gymnasium in Castlegar.Dam City, which finished last season without a defeat, opens defence against 2015 finalist Nelson Killjoys at 5 p.m.The feature match has Salmo/Slocan Valley Brutality will be taking on the Rossland Trail Roller Girls at 7 p.m.last_img read more

Wrong forum Chris Gayle

first_imgWhat is the problem with Christopher Henry Gayle that is causing this continuous display of his manhood and sexuality in the public space?The T20 cricket batting superhero had another on-air amorous approach aimed at a female journalist conducting a post-performance interview during a game in the Australian Big Bash League (BBL).It was only last year, on Antigua home soil, that Big Chris committed what Foster’s Fairplay assessed then and still now, as a trend towards vulgarity.On that occasion, in a pre-game interview, the former West Indies captain was reported to have been asked by a female interviewer: “How does the pitch feel so far in terms of the training (and) the weather”?The response was: “Well, I haven’t touched yours yet, so I don’t know how it feels.”The question in this columnist’s view did not indicate cricket savvy, but Gayle put the query on a sexist plane.Following the story from Down Under, what is interesting is a comment by a Jamaican sports journalist considered, in this corner, to be ‘from the top drawer’.FOOT-IN-MOUTH DISEASENoted for his incisive analysis, after listening to excerpts from the recent interview with Gayle and the woman, he made the point: “I thought Gayle had learnt his lesson.”No such luck, Leighton. There is no stopping the loose talk coming from the swashbuckling opening batsman, as he seems to be stuck in the groove of ‘putting his foot in his mouth’ on these occasions.This time, his 41 off 15 balls was being recounted when what he chose to highlight was his attraction to the lady’s eyes and proceeded to issue an invitation on set for the woman to “have a drink” later.The “Do not blush, Baby” followed.Subsequently, the BBL boss, obviously and justifiably incensed, has issued sanctions against our boy, Chris. First up, he will no longer be featured in the coverage of the games. His wearing of on-field microphones to facilitate comments during the fast-paced spectacle is now denied. Added to this, the now-beleaguered entertainer has been docked US$7,200 (AUS$10,000.)In response to the many negative remarks from all over, there have been shouts of “Overkill!”, “Killing an ant with a hammer!” and the like. The view expressed there is that Gayle’s flirtatious foray did not deserve such adverse comment.In general, it is also the talk that the matter has been “blown out of proportion”. Some have responded to the most popular comment, which is that the approach was “inappropriate”.Another famed radio talk show host and academic has said that the measure of that description is dependent on how acceptable it was to the lady in question, Mel McLaughlin.Also, it has been mentioned that she was made to feel “uncomfortable”, while carrying out the requirements of her job.culture-dependent viewOn the matter of discomfort, the only opinion in the public space has not, to this columnist’s knowledge, come from the lady herself, but rather from what she was alleged to have said to her superior. Foster’s Fairplay is in total disagreement with the highly respected talk show host on the matter of the lady’s acceptability or not. That is immaterial in this corner. Depending on culture, socialisation, or plain lack of decency on the part of the target, the foulest language in requesting sexual attention can find favour in certain quarters but can be rejected, as it should be, in others.This columnist, in his youthful days, trying to adhere to lessons taught, lost many a battle, failing to land the booty, while the vulgar approach won the hand, and whatever else was on offer from the female. Unacceptability is a legitimate call, regardless of its source.As for the suggestion that the story has received an overabundance of mileage, this is how journalists eat, drink, and enjoy life’s blessings. Put a little one-Test medium pacer in the superstar’s position, the hue and cry would be considerably less – if heard at all.The so-called extra publicity comes from the elevated territory, and Gayle and his supporters must be aware of this as they line up in his support.Foster’s Fairplay sums up the varied arguments and counter arguments: It was the wrong forum for the comment.Take the thought elsewhere, Chris.last_img read more

Fernandes ‘proud’ after QPR’s defeat against Wolves

first_imgTony Fernandes took to Twitter after QPR’s home defeat against Wolves, insisting that the players could be proud of their efforts.Rangers were beaten 2-1 at Loftus Road, where James Perch was sent off during the first half.The result means Rangers have lost two of their three matches since Ian Holloway’s return as manager, but the co-chairman remains positive.Was always going to be hard with 10 men but we played with real heart and never gave in and could have nicked a point . Proud of the boys— Tony Fernandes (@tonyfernandes) December 1, 2016   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Spotlight on words at Arts Fest

first_imgTwenty-six-year-old Thando Mgqolozanamade his literary debut at this year’sfestival with his novel, A man; who is nota man. Mgqolozana’s work challenges thepractices of male circumcision in theXhosa culture.Khanyi MagubaneFind out more about using MediaClubSouthAfrica.com materialWriters took to the streets in Grahamstown on 7 July as part of Wordfest, the literary programme at the National Arts Festival that seeks to highlight the need for the proper development of a reading culture in South Africa.The 200 writers who gathered outside the Wordfest venue at Rhodes University in the town were also there to protest against the poor state of reading levels in South Africa.The initiative was supported by a number of prominent people in the literary programme, including the convener of Wordfest and professor of poetry at Rhodes University Chris Mann, and Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture MEC Xoliswa Tom, who launched event.This year’s programme will include lectures from academics, readings from authors, book launches and poetry recitals.The book chain store Exclusive Books has also set up a small shop at the venue.The opening keynote address was delivered by award-winning author Mandla Langa, whose latest novel, Colours of the Chameleon, recently won the Commonwealth Prize for Literature in the Africa region.Langa spoke about the struggles that South Africans have had to overcome, focusing specifically on his own childhood, growing up in the township of Umlazi in KwaZulu-Natal province. As a child he was unaware that the Bantu education, as it was referred to during apartheid, he was receiving was of a much lower standard than that of white students in the country.But, despite the social difficulties of growing up in a township, Langa recalls how he immersed himself in books and reading.His love of reading exposed him to poets and authors within his own community. He was groomed by late legendary South African poet Mafika Gwala. He recalled how seeing his first published poem in a literary journal moved him.“When, some years later, one of my poems was published in a magazine, Ophir, edited by Peter Horn and Robert MacNamara, I was over the moon.“I remember going around, getting free drinks in shebeens [home taverns], this boy who’s got a poem published in a real magazine, alongside names of white people, no less. That’s when, to put it mildly, my troubles started. I had found a role that would define me.”But Langa’s elation didn’t last after enrolling in the University of Fort Hare’s English programme.According to Langa, his English lecturer frequently and openly told him, and his fellow black students, that they would never pass “his English”. This did not deter Langa, who went on to finish his degree.Going into exile in the late 1970s, he lived in various countries including Nigeria. During a theatre production based on the infamous 16 June 1976 Soweto uprising, by students from the University of Ibadan, Langa was painfully reminded of his homesickness and the conflicts in his home country.“I remember that, as soon as the students’ performance got to the enactment of the Hector Pieterson shooting, the soldier standing next to me, who was a big man, started weeping uncontrollably.“I also wept. I wept for my country, for the fact that we were thousands of miles from home. In those years it was difficult to think of the possibility of apartheid’s end.”Langa’s speech centred on the need for South Africans to move forward, not to be stuck in one particular era, but also not to forget what had happened in South Africa at the time. He used the metaphor of walking, which he says also inspired former president Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom.“Nelson Mandela’s journey in Long Walk to Freedom mirrors the efforts to raise up black American slaves through education by Booker T Washington, who wrote Up From Slavery, another form of walking – it’s less about the physical activity of walking than about attitude; an attitude that, granted, derives its inspiration from walking.”Breaking the silenceAlso launched at the festival was the controversial book by first-time writer, 26-year-old Thando Mgqolozana. His novel, A man; who is not a man, published by the University of KwaZulu-Natal, challenges the practices of male circumcision in the Xhosa culture.During his opening address, the young Eastern Cape writer spoke about his own experience with circumcision. He said that it is difficult for him to see what was once a proud ritual to usher boys into manhood, become a thorny issue veiled in silence in his community.“I felt the need to break the silence and publish this book because the fear is no longer. I wanted to start a debate on this issue, and lift the veil of secrecy around the issue of the death of initiates.”A number of Xhosa traditionalists attended the launch as the topic of male circumcision has long been regarded as an exclusively male issue, and could not be addressed in a public forum including women.Mgqolozana said he was prepared to field tough questions from Xhosa traditionalists, who may have been offended by the book. Instead, he was met with an unexpected amount of support from the audience. He said he was touched by the encouragement from, especially, elder males who, in acknowledging the sacredness of the practice, felt that the writer had taken a leap of faith in openly addressing it.The issue of male circumcision has been a hot topic in the South African media as a number of young men have died due to alleged medical complications. The South African Press Association reported on 7 July 2009 that a 37th Eastern Cape man died after an initiation ritual. The youths, most of them between the ages of 13 and 22, died after undergoing the traditional practice at illegal initiation schools.“You are brave because us man folk don’t talk about such things in front of women folk. But it is good for you to talk about it, because when tradition changes and it results in death, that’s a problem,” said one attendee during the question-and-answer session.“Now is the time for the custom to be transformed. How many deaths must we witness until we do something about it?” asked another attendee.Mgqolozana criticised the House of Traditional Leaders, a body set up by government to deal with traditional issues, whom he says has failed to protect the age-old practice.“They have failed us. The government has tried to come up with legislative laws to try and govern practices around male circumcision. However, the House of the Traditional Leaders has rejected the promulgation of this Act.”Mgqolozana was referring to the Children’s Act number 38 of 2005, which also includes a section on male circumcision.According to the law, males under the age of 16 may not be circumcised, unless:performed for religious purposes in accordance with the practices of the religion concerned and in the manner prescribed, orperformed for medical reasons on the recommendation of a medical practitioner.Mgqolozana says he hopes the book will encourage young and old to open up, as well as integrate women into the conversation, as many mothers are losing their children.“This book doesn’t really have a target audience, but I hope that people who practise male circumcision will read this book.“I’m hoping that the fathers will get my argument, and that the mothers will finally know the secrets of circumcision as they deserve to know what is happening.”The young writer says his mother, though, has been a tough one to convince, “She read the book overnight and she sms’d me the next morning and she said ‘this is really a work of fiction’.”Wordfest will continue at the National Arts Festival until 10 July.Do you have any queries or comments about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at [email protected] linksWordfest National Arts Festival University of KwaZulu-Natal presslast_img read more

Google takes world on a tour of Robben Island

first_img24 April 2015As South Africa prepares to celebrate Freedom Day this year, the 21st anniversary of its first democratic elections, the Robben Island Museum and Google have announced the release of the first-­ever Street View imagery of Robben Island, as well as an audio-­visual tour hosted on Google Cultural Institute.A collaboration between Google and the Robben Island Museum to make the Unesco World Heritage site accessible to the world via the internet represented an effort to marry history with the future, the museum said in a statement. Mandela’s 2×2 prison cell. He rolled and unrolled his bedding each night as the majority of space in the tiny cell was taken up by his desk and book shelves. (Image: Google Cultural Institute) Sibongiseni Mkhize, chief executive of the Robben Island Museum, said at the launch that the museum was embracing technology to avoid becoming “irrelevant”. “We are using technology to enhance the story of the island.” He said the educational element of the island would be highlighted with this new partnership.“The reason Robben Island is now a museum is to educate people about the part of South Africa’s heritage that is embodied in the island’s multilayered history. Together with Google we are making this heritage accessible to people all over the world,” he said.Luke McKend, country director for Google South Africa, said that they had launched the project just days ahead of Freedom Day because “Robben Island is a symbol of South Africa’s fight for freedom”.“Once a symbol of the oppressive apartheid regime, Robben Island is now a memorial and a reminder of the human spirit’s irrepressible search for freedom. We hope you’ll take a moment to step back in time to explore and be inspired by the island’s story of hope and humanity,” McKend writes on the official Google blog.It is hoped that the tour will help educate people around the world about the prison colony, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned by the apartheid regime for nearly two decades. WATCH: Former Robben Island prisoner Vusumsi Mcongo recalls the incident that led to the closure of the lime quarry on the island. The newly launched guided tour of Robben Island includes a virtual visit to Mandela’s prison cell as well as to activist Robert Sobukwe’s house. It uses a combination of Google’s Street View technology, videos of a tour guide (former political prisoner Vusumsi Mcongo) as well as original still images.As part of this project, Google Maps will also develop teaching notes on Robben Island for educators who will be using this interactive tour as an educational tool.Ahmed Kathrada, a veteran of the anti-apartheid struggle, a former inmate and close friend of the late Mandela, welcomed the initiative at the launch on Wednesday.“Not being able to see or interact with children for 20 years was possibly the most difficult thing to endure during my time on the island,” he said. “There’s a poetic justice that children in classrooms all over the world will now be able to visit Robben Island using this technology.” The house on Robert Island where Robert Sobukwe was sentenced to solitary confinement during the 1970s. (Image: Google Cultural Institute) Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom said, “The internet is the world’s most powerful source of information and thanks to Google’s partnership with the Robben Island Museum, more people than ever before have access to this World Heritage Site.“We hope that this initiative not only allows for the world to reflect on South Africa’s struggle for freedom, but also showcase its beauty,” Hanekom said.The Robben Island Museum announced in April that they would be overhauling the ailing user experience on the island. The app and partnership with Google was a step in the overall improvement of the island, the museum said.The Nelson Mandela Centre for Memory also confirmed it would update their Cultural Institute exhibits with new layouts and add Street View panoramas of Robben Island.The Robben Island interactive tour can be accessed on mobile phones, from desktops and from Google’s Cultural Institute, where Robben Island Museum will host five exhibits depicting the history of the island.Download the app from the Google Store SAinfo reporter and news24.comlast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+: Full specs, top features, India price and everything you need to know

first_imgSamsung launched the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ in India on Wednesday. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ mark a fresh start for Samsung after the disaster that was the Galaxy Note 7. Samsung builds some beautiful phones. The Note 7 was a beautiful phone. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are also very beautiful phones. But, unlike the Note 7, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ have a lot of added responsibility on their shoulders. It won’t be easy. Still, you can’t take away the fact that the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ look like pretty amazing phones, at least for now.The new Galaxy S phones from Samsung are an evolved lot that have plenty under the hood to make one excited. They have a fancy new edge-to-edge design, lots of horsepower courtesy a next-generation mobile processor, improved cameras and smart AI tricks. The new Galaxy S phones also have as many as three modes of biometric authentication, and a feature that lets you connect these phones to a monitor the way Microsoft’s Windows Continuum does. We take a closer look.Specifications:Processor: The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ available in India will be powered by a 2.3GHz octa-core Exynos 8895 processor clubbed with Mali-G71 MP20 GPU. The US version of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor inside.RAM: Both the phones come with 4GB of RAM.Internal storage: Both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ come with 64GB of internal memory which is expandable by up to 256GB via a micro-SD card.advertisementScreen: The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ come with what Samsung calls as an Infinity display. Both the phones boast of an edge-to-edge screen and an unusual 18.5:9 aspect ratio instead of a regular 16:9. While the Galaxy S8 is a 5.8-inch phone, the Galaxy S8+ has a 6.2-inch screen. Both the phones have a 2960×1440 pixel (WQHD+) resolution and Super AMOLED panels. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ also come with Samsung’s trademark always-on functionality.Rear camera: Both the phones come with a 12-megapixel (Dual Pixel) rear camera with f/1.7 aperture and optical image stabilisation. While the rear camera is largely the same as the one in last year’s Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, Samsung has made software tweaks to enhance post-processing that should result in slightly better results. At the same time, the camera app now houses a barrage of fancy new animations to add AR effects to photos.Front camera: On the front, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ sport an 8-megapixel camera with autofocus.Also Read: Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ launched in India, price starts at Rs 57,900 Software: Both the phones run Android Nougat-based TouchWiz UI or more precisely Samsung Experience UX.Battery: While the Galaxy S8 has a 3,000mAh battery, the Galaxy S8+ has a larger 3,500mAh battery inside. Both the phones support fast and wireless charging.Special features:– Both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, from the onset, are exact replicas of each other. The Galaxy S8+ is simply a larger Galaxy S8 with a bigger battery. Samsung isn’t launching a new Edge phone this year, because probably, both its new Galaxy S phones have just the right amount of curves and Edge-functionality built right into them. There was no need for a stand-alone curved-display phone this year round.– Both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ still boast of a glass and metal body, but unlike their predecessor phones, Samsung’s 2017 flagships have near bezel-less screens. These have Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on both the front as well as on the back.– The front, in the case of the Galaxy S8 and S8+, is clean and without any buttons. Contrary to reports, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ phones do have a front-mounted home button, only that it is software-based now. So are the back and recent keys. While the home button is pressure sensitive — and gives haptic feedback when pressed something on the lines of Apple’s Force Touch — it is also now possible to edit and re-position the back and recent keys. Both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ also come with a dedicated Bixby button.– Bixby is Samsung’s take on Apple’s Siri and Google’s Assistant. It responds to both touch and voice and has the ability to translate as many as 52 languages. Apple’s Siri, for your reference, maxes out at 30. “At launch, Bixby’s Voice function will integrate with several Samsung native apps and features including Camera, Contacts, Gallery, Messages and Settings, with the plan to expand its capabilities to include more Samsung and third-party apps in the near future,” Samsung said. Bixby, for instance, can be used to search for images. Also, it can be used to get details about nearby places. There’s a catch however, in that, it supports only US English and Korean languages for now. Also, Bixby doesn’t support voice commands yet.advertisement– The Galaxy S8 and the S8+ have a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner that lies adjacent to the camera module. In addition, Samsung’s new Galaxy S-phones also come with an iris scanner and facial recognition for added security. Samsung Knox and Samsung Pay are also built-in.– Just like their predecessor phones, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are IP68-certified for water and dust resistance.– Samsung has also announced a dock and a feature called DeX that is very similar to Microsft’s Windows Continuum. “Samsung DeX is a unique solution that transforms your smartphone into a desktop by providing a secure desktop-like experience. With Samsung DeX, users can easily display and edit data from their phone, making working from a smartphone faster and smarter,” the company said.India price and availability: The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ will be available for buying starting from May 5 — with pre-orders beginning from today — both online and offline in as many as five colours: Midnight Black, Orchid Grey, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue and Maple Gold. Both the phones will ship with AKG-tuned headphones. While the Galaxy S8 has been priced at Rs 57,900 the Galaxy S8+ will cost buyers Rs 64,900.last_img read more

College Spun’s Staff Picks For Week 7 Of The 2015 Season

first_imgCollege Spun's picks for week 7 of the 2015 CFB season.college spun staff picks week 7Week six of the college football season produced a few big upsets, like Washington over USC and Texas over Oklahoma, along with a few almost-upsets, like Michigan State vs. Rutgers, TCU vs. Kansas State and Florida State vs. Miami (FL). Week seven is shaping up to be the most interesting of the season thus far, however.This week, we’ve got UCLA vs. Stanford, Michigan vs. Michigan State, Alabama vs. Texas A&M, Florida vs. LSU and USC vs. Notre Dame. Currently, Matt Hladik and Dustin Tackett hold a slim lead over the field in our weekly competition. Here are our picks for this weekend’s games:staff picks week 7 1staff picks week 7 2staff picks week 7 3Who do you have?last_img