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The 2017 Election: What Can We Learn from the Process?

first_imgThe 2017 election has many things to consider. In one of our Editorials during the campaign, we emphasized that crowds were not a determining factor for winning an election.This happened at the time when pulling huge crowds was giving politicians the feeling that they had already won the election. It may be recalled that during the launch of the Liberty Party (LP) campaign, the political leader, Charles Walker Brumskine, was so optimistic as to admit, “By all means, we must win this election.”Provisional results coming in, however, are showing that Brumskine may or may not win third place. The huge crowds had deceived him by receiving his T-shirts and maybe money.There were overwhelming endorsements here for Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai, to the extent that he urged partisans of the Unity Party (UP) and other sympathizers to vote and have a one round victory to save money for other things instead of a runoff.Again, results are giving George Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) the lead, thus giving CDC partisans the hope that they have already won the election.In fact, when UP launched in September, the entire Monrovia was locked, prompting Boakai to shed tears of joy. With the huge crowds seen at that time, UP partisans and sympathizers are becoming frustrated that instead of “Think Liberia, Love Liberia and Build Liberia” to win the minds of Liberians, “Change for Hope” is rising high in the results so far.Presidential candidates are not the only contestants facing disappointment from voters in this election. Representative candidates seeking reelection and wanting to be elected are also in the game.Liberians are becoming very skeptical in electing candidates. A candidate is nowadays x-rayed on the basis of his/her past performance. After purchasing T-shirts, bags of rice and other things to convince voters, many candidates especially those seeking reelection, have been voted out for what voters consider “Poor performance” on their part.Some who felt their education and experiences could take them through are now thrown out and replaced by the least educated ones.Since politicians have become adaptable to giving out cash for votes; voters use the money and disappoint the candidates in the end.Cash for votes is also dangerous for voters. After spending his/her money, remember, a victorious candidate who ascends to the Legislature will reimburse whatever was used to win, and development fund will not be accounted for.Trucking voters from one place to the other on Registration and Election days has become customary in our electoral system. During the voter registration exercise in February, aspirants went about transporting people here and there, and this caused people to leave their constituencies to go to another area, thus leaving their districts sparsely populated.This does not only lead to victory for a candidate that the residents in that district may not prefer; it also causes reduction in the voter turn-out in the event of a runoff, eclipsing the chances of one presidential candidate or the other.Now that both politicians and voters have developed the techniques to deceive each other, let our politicians improve by living tomorrow’s life today.Be honest and sincere to tell voters what your job requires and how well you will do it, instead of making promises that you do not have the means to fulfill.Keep voters’ expectations reasonable. Fulfill promises you make and explain to voters the workings of government instead of keeping them in suspense.Voters, on the other hand, should properly evaluate candidates on the basis of their knowledge of the job and the potential they have to do it well, instead of looking up to politicians for money and T-shirts.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Galatasaray make approach for ex-Arsenal forward

first_img Former Arsenal forward Gervinho 1 Galatasaray have made an approach to sign former Arsenal forward Gervinho.The Ivory Coast star, who is currently plying his trade with Roma in Serie A, was set to move to Abu Dhabi-based Al Jazira earlier this month but the deal collapsed at the last minute.And now the Turkish giants are looking to step in and strengthen their squad with the acquisition of the 28-year-old, who spent two seasons at the Gunners from 2011 to 2013.It has been revealed by Italian news outlet Corriere della Sera that Galatasaray are able to meet the former Lille striker’s 2.5m salary requirements and offer a fee of around 5m for his services.Gervinho, who has a contract at the Stadio Olimpico club until 2018, made 34 apperances in all competitions last term – scoring seven goals.last_img read more

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Reaction to Arsenal defeats is ‘a farce’ says Wenger after losing 2-1 to Watford

first_imgArsene Wenger has described the reaction to Arsenal defeats as “becoming a farce”.Speaking after the Gunners were knocked out of the FA Cup with a 2-1 home defeat to Watford in the quarter-finals, the Arsenal manager maintained calm heads are needed in the aftermath of this latest setback.Wenger has previously guided the club to success in the competition on a record six occasions, including the last two finals, but faces missing out on silverware this season.Arsenal’s next match is the away leg of their Champions League last 16 tie with Barcelona, having lost 2-0 at home to the same, formidable opposition, while they currently trail Premier League leaders Leicester by eight points. Wenger’s team have lost four of their last six matches in all competitions to leave them staring at failure on all fronts, but the Frenchman dismissed his critics.“You’re always in the middle of a drama,” he explained of the reaction to Arsenal’s defeats. “It’s becoming a farce.“We have lost a game, we are sad, and we want to focus on the next game.“You know Arsenal have lost games in their history and we lose again in the future, and we have to stick together and cope with it and prepare for the next one with a complete belief.”last_img read more

Sam Vokes grabs vital away goal in Europa League ‘Battle of Britain’

first_img Vokes strikes late to break Aberdeen hearts highlights predicted 2 Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes possible xi who plays? Sam Vokes struck a vital late equaliser to hand Burnley a vital away goal in their Europa League tie against Aberdeen.The Dons had taken the lead through Gary Mackay-Steven’s well-taken penalty in the first half, but could not hold on. gameday How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence smart causal Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener NEW ERA 2 Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more The hosts weathered a brief storm before threatening again. Cosgrove had a shot saved as a break caught Burnley wide open and Mackay-Steven forced a flying save from Lindegaard with a header from eight yards.Shinnie dropped into a back five after Johann Berg Gudmundsson and substitute Vokes had efforts off target for the visitors and Aberdeen again came close when McGinn fired just wide.But the tie turned when Vokes brought down a knockdown eight yards out and gave the 2,000 away fans cause for celebration and optimism ahead of next week’s second leg at Turf Moor. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Aberdeen were pressed in for much of the rest of the half but they soaked up the pressure and looked purposeful in attack. The half-time situation could have been worse for Sean Dyche’s side but Graeme Shinnie shot weakly at Lindegaard after robbing Ashley Westwood and driving to the edge of the box.Aberdeen had two players in defence who were making their debuts after missing the whole of last season with knee injuries, but former Hamilton captain Michael Devlin was hugely impressive while Tommie Hoban just about emerged unscathed from a difficult night against Aaron Lennon after joining on loan from Watford on Wednesday.They protected Joe Lewis until the 49th minute, when the goalkeeper produced a brilliant point-blank stop from Jack Cork’s diving header before getting a crucial touch to Lennon’s driven cross. The Clarets will welcome a reverse fixture at Turf Moor on August 2 where they know the onus will be on the Scottish Premier League side to score.Finances suggested the game should have been a mismatch – Burnley raked in £120million for finishing seventh in the Premier League while their hosts collected £2.3million for a fourth consecutive runners-up spot in Scotland.But Aberdeen had more than an edge in European experience, not just from their 1980s heyday which saw them win the European Cup Winners’ Cup and Super Cup. The Dons are well used to competing in the summer months in recent years while Burnley were making their return to European competition after a 51-year absence. However, both teams will be well aware of the significance of the away goal.The visitors suffered an early blow when they lost England goalkeeper Nick Pope to a shoulder injury. His replacement, Anders Lindegaard, was soon picking the ball out of the net after well-placed German referee Daniel Siebert spotted an illegal challenge with the arm by James Tarkowski, which left Cosgrove clutching his face. Mackay-Steven sent the Danish substitute the wrong way from the spot. How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? Latest Football news Mackay-Steven celebrates his penalty How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? ALTERED last_img read more

FROM DONEGAL TO THE KLONDIKE – A JOURNEY THROUGH TIME

first_imgDonegal author Michael McMonagle brings the reader on an epic journey across America in his new book which is to be launched at An tSean Bheairic, Falcarragh on Friday evening.Inspired by the adventures of nineteenth-century Irish emigrant to America, Micí Mac Gabhann, who detailed his exploits in the book,Rotha Mór an tSaoil, Michael McMonagle travels across the Great Plains, the Rocky Mountains of Montana, and the vast Alaskan wilderness giving his insights into two very different eras in America.A seasonal labourer, Mac Gabhann worked on farms in ‘The Laggan’ and Scotland before emigrating to the United States to seek his fortune in the Klondike Gold Rush, however, unlike many of his contemporaries, he returned to Ireland. Footprints Across America by Michael McMonagle weaves the two journeys together and highlights the strong links between both eras.The reader is brought to historic places like Butte and Dawson City, mining ghost towns, Native American reservations, ranch houses and isolated Alaskan villages.The author drags the reader up mountains and down rivers. In these out-of-the-way places, the voices of cowboys, shamans, exotic dancers, soldiers, chancer miners and Native Americans emerge to paint an insightful picture of life in America today, while the author also paints a compelling picture of the life of an emigrant caught up in the excitement of the Gold Rush.Special guests at the launch include Noel Ó Gallchóir, Aogán Ó Fearghail, President-elect of the GAA, and Cathal Mac Suibhne (ex regional manager with Údarás na Gaeltachta) who will give a lecture on “Teach Mhicí Mhic Gabhainn” .  FROM DONEGAL TO THE KLONDIKE – A JOURNEY THROUGH TIME was last modified: September 23rd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:An tSean BheairicFalcarraghlast_img read more

Get time-off requests early to cut friction

first_imgNEW YORK – Small-business owners are starting to deal with an annual headache: Everyone wants the day after Thanksgiving off. And the week after Christmas. Any owner who’s suffering through the annual holiday vacation crunch – which can mean either too few staffers on hand or a business populated by disgruntled workers – needs to rethink the company’s policy on time off or, if there isn’t a policy, to create one. The vacation problem is often twofold: a lack of planning on the owner’s part and a lack of communication with employees. “More often than not, we think of it when we are right up against the holidays,” said Mary Massad, director of corporate recruiting services for Administaff, a Houston-based human resources firm. “Most employees have already started thinking about their plans long ago.” Massad said many business owners postpone dealing with the issue because they don’t want to have to tell a staffer no. But the fact is, if you set expectations well in advance, your employees will be prepared. You might also find that they’re willing to negotiate among themselves. Someone who was off last Christmas week might be willing to forgo the week off this year. “If you appeal to their sense of teamwork, some employees will think about it and say, ‘You know, I don’t have to do that,”‘ said Leigh Branham, a human-resources consultant in Overland Park, Kan. If you’re planning to put a vacation policy together, you can find plenty of resources online or in the business section of bookstores or libraries. Online, you can find sample vacation policies at sites including the CCH Business Owner’s Toolkit, www.toolkit.cch.com/text/p05(underscore)4390.asp and itsSimple.biz, www.itssimple.biz/biz(underscore)tools/tools/persle(underscore)m.htm l. Talking to other business owners can help you decide what policy works for you. Another resource is the Service Corps of Retired Executive, whose members give free counseling to small-business owners. You can reach SCORE on the Internet at www.score.org, or call 1-800-634-0245. But even if you don’t formulate a written policy, you can avoid the angst of the holiday season by communicating with employees. You can start by posting a vacation sign-up sheet in January and letting the staff know how many people are allowed to be off on the same days. You also need to discuss vacations as the year progresses. Branham suggested reminding employees quarterly that they need to let you know their vacation plans. One reason why it’s important to monitor your employees’ vacation plans is so you can be sure they’re taking their allotted time off. Massad noted that employees need to take a break. Having some time off helps them do their work better. It might be tempting to let an employee just keep working, since less vacation time means fewer disruptions in the company routine. But don’t fall victim to that idea. And while we’re on the topic, be sure you take some time off yourself. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The best way to keep disappointment and strife to a minimum is to formulate a vacation policy, detailing how much time off each staffer gets, how far in advance they need to request it and how conflicts will be resolved – for example, by seniority or on a first-come, first-served basis. Another very important issue: what happens to time off that isn’t used during the year. You’ll also want to include the holidays on which the company will be closed. There’s much at stake in creating a vacation policy. You need to be sure you have enough staffers to get the work done. A lack of planning can lead to a lot of hard feelings among co-workers and hurt morale in general. Nobody wants to find out at the last minute that he or she won’t be able to go home for the holidays, and the ones who get time off don’t wants to feel the resentment of their angry colleagues. But planning for vacations or creating a time-off policy tends to be one of those tasks that gets put aside once the crisis has passed. “They get through the hectic time, they swear they’re never going to do it again, and they find themselves back there the next year,” Massad said. If that sounds like your modus operandi, be forewarned: You’ll likely face a similar crunch well before the 2006 holiday season. For example, July 4 falls on a Tuesday next year, and you can bet right now that most of your staff will want July 3 off as well. last_img read more

What price level should a farmer start marketing their grain?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLCWeather forecasts are positive and crop conditions are favorable. Trade issues are still completely unknown. Dec corn has had a 25-cent trading range in the last 10 trading sessions. For the next 45 days I think weather will still be dictating prices.Market actionTwo long-standing orders for my 2018 anticipated corn production against the Dec’ 18 hit last week.5/22/15 — 5% sold at $4.255/24/18 — 10% sold at $4.28 Current 2018 corn positionWith these two sales, just under 40% of my ’18 anticipated production is sold at an average price of $4.22. I have additional option strategies that depending on where corn prices are in late November could add additional sales to my ’18 crop:Over $4.20 — 20% more sold at $4.20$3.60 to $4.20 — 10% more sold at a level between $4.20 and $4.40Below $3.60 — No additional corn sold. What price level should a farmer start marketing their grain?I attended a grain marketing seminar recently when a farmer in the audience asked the presenter at what level he should start making sales. The presenter said he couldn’t say without knowing the farmer’s breakeven point. I then quickly asked, “Are you saying that a farmer with a $3.90 breakeven should have a different marketing strategy than a farmer with a $4.30 breakeven? If so, what would be the difference?” The advisor, realizing the flaw in his answer, ultimately never answered the question.Many advisors recommend that farmers know their breakeven points and scale sales up from there. While I’m a huge proponent of farmers knowing their true break even points and believe it’s absolutely essential when developing a grain marketing strategy, this information alone isn’t enough to build a solid grain marketing foundation for making marketing decisions.Here is a real examples that illustrates this point. In 2017 I knew two farmers living 75 miles apart. In January both did their budgets assuming normal yields based upon APH yields from their insurance records. Their breakeven points were within 2 cents of each other at $4.15 Dec futures. Once harvest was complete in the fall, Farmer A harvested his worst crop ever with only 50% of the budgeted number of bushels, while Farmer B harvested 25% more than budgeted. This meant Farmer A’s breakeven point increased nearly $2 per bushel to about $6 per bushel. Farmer B’s breakeven decreased $1 per bushel to about $3 per bushel. Regardless of Farmer A’s marketing strategy, he never had a chance to make a profit, while Farmer B didn’t have to have a strategy to make a profit.It goes without saying that weather and final yield result uncertainty are the hardest things that farmers have to deal with in maintaining a profitable farm operation year after year.So, should farmers wait to sell until after harvest once final yields are confirmed? I don’t think it’s usually in farmers’ best interest to wait until after harvest to sell because historically the best futures levels usually (but not always) occur during the middle of summer. Plus, farmers can take full advantage of market carry, which is only available if they’ve sold their corn by harvest.So, how do farmers manage this yield uncertainty? There are a lot of passionate opinions on social media alone on this subject. My philosophy is: I can’t predict when times will be good or bad, so I just plan for a normal or average year. That way I bank the extra profit in the good years and pull from that reserve during the bad ones. Over time farmers who assume normal yields and weather in their marketing plans will fare better than those that try to predict the weather and their yields.For Farmer A, it was a year of trying to lose the least amount possible. In the end, Farmer A was happy to get $4 for the ’17 crop, because many farmers nearby him complained of only getting $3.60. Farmer B, who also averaged $4, realized their good fortune from their yields, and put some of the additional profits in savings for a future dry year that is inevitable. They were extremely happy to have sold corn for $4 instead of $3.60 as well. For farmer B it was all about maximizing profits last year. Breakeven points: Additional considerations for farmersFirst, farmers need to know their TRUE breakeven point. This value should include fair market rental value for the land they own, a cost of living expense, and custom rates for their equipment to minimizing “fudging” on depreciation and repair costs. All of the other variable costs are pretty straight-forward and easy to budget.Next farmers should also consider their breakeven point in relation to other farmers across the country. I account for basis levels when doing this because I want to arrive at what the average futures level is for the average farmer across the country. I rely on different University studies across the Corn Belt to help me determine the average farmer’s breakeven point. Then I compare my breakeven to see if it is very near the average farmer or just slightly lower. I feel that if my breakeven points are way below these estimates, then I’m not being aggressive enough with my farming practices or marketing. Conversely, if my breakeven points are higher, then I’m likely either not efficient enough or I’m being too aggressive with risk levels in my marketing.In my experience, farmers who don’t compare their breakeven to others and estimate too low will often market their grain too early or too low and miss out on their full profit potential. When farmers’ breakeven points are higher than average, they risk never having a chance to sell their grain at profitable levels. These farmers might want to find ways to reduce costs rather than hope for significant rallies to make up the difference.I find that with this kind of information, I have a good foundation to maximize my profit potential and can develop a solid grain marketing strategy. The market seems to almost always trade at some point in the year at or above the breakeven point of the average farmer. I want to be ready for that price level and have a portion of my grain sold at that point. Then I can scale up my sales beyond that value within my marketing strategy. Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. He can be contacted at jon@superiorfeed.com.last_img read more

ScienceShot: The Climate of Middle-Earth

first_imgOne does not simply model the climate of Mordor; unless, of course, you are the University of Bristol’s Dan Lunt, who has created a climate simulation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Using supercomputers and a model originally developed by the U.K. Met Office, his study compares Middle-earth’s climate with those of our (modern) and the dinosaur’s (Late Cretaceous) worlds. The Middle-earth model (pictured, showing predicted ground coverage: with grass in light green, trees in darker green, desert in yellow, and ice in white) reveals that the Shire—home to the Hobbits—would enjoy weather much like England’s East Midlands, with an average temperature of 7°C and about 61 cm of rainfall each year. An epic journey to Mount Doom, however, would see a shift in climate, with the subtropical Mordor region being more like Los Angeles or western Texas. The study—released today on the University of Bristol’s website and available in English, Elvish, and Dwarvish—also shows that the elves probably sailed from the Grey Havens because of that region’s prevailing easterly winds, while the dry climate east of the Misty Mountains is formed by a rain shadow. Lunt, who undertook the work in his spare time, hopes his work might create interest in the possibilities offered by climate modeling. His paper shows how any climate (imagined, real, or future) can be simulated, he notes, while discussing both the strengths and limitations of such models as well as the importance of understanding how climates are affected by increased levels of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

Huawei Mate 20 X 5G confirmed to launch, may come with smaller battery

first_imgEarlier this week, China Unicom happened to reveal official renders and retail packaging of the Mate 20 X 5G. Now, Huawei has confirmed that a 5G version of last year’s Mate 20 X is indeed in the works, but there is no word yet on its exact date of launch. The Mate 20 X was launched last year along with the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro. It is the largest device in the Mate 20 series, touting a massive phablet-like 7.2-inch display and a large 5,000mAh battery, among other things.The renders revealed by telecom operator China Unicorn suggest the design and specs of the Mate 20 X 5G will be similar to the non-5G version. It is expected to sport the same 7.2-inch OLED display with a waterdrop notch, the same Kirin 980 SoC and Leica triple camera setup as the regular Mate 20 X. The biggest difference, of course, is that the upcoming Mate 20 X will come with a 5G chipset, which will most likely be Huawei’s Balong 5000 modem.Reportedly, another change in the specs is that the Mate 20 X 5G will come with a smaller 4,200mAh battery. It will be interesting to see how much this would compromise the battery life considering the phone is expected to come with the same phablet-sized display. However, Huawei might make up for it by offering 40W SuperCharge fast charging support for the upcoming device.The Mate 20 X 5G will not be the first Huawei phone to support 5G as that title belongs to the Huawei Mate X. To recall, the Mate X is Huawei’s first commercial foldable smartphone that is due to launch in select markets later this year. The Mate X has been confirmed to launch in India as well, although an exact launch date is yet to be revealed.advertisementChina Unicom revealed in a post on Weibo that a total of 15 5G phones can be expected to launch this year from 12 brands that include Huawei, Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi and more. OnePlus and HMD Global have already confirmed in the past that they will launch 5G phones in 2019. OnePlus may just be the next brand as it gears up to launch the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro in May.ALSO READ | Huawei P30 Pro review: A camera powerhouse that is also a great smartphonelast_img read more