Exclusive: U.S. defence firms want control over tech in Make-in-India plan

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Sep
20

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – U.S. defence firms offering to set up production lines in India to win deals worth billions of dollars want stronger assurances they won’t have to part with proprietary technology, according to a business lobby group’s letter to India’s defence minister.

These companies are also saying they shouldn’t be held liable for defects in products manufactured in collaboration with local partners under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Make-in-India’s drive to build a military industrial base.

Lockheed Martin and Boeing are both bidding to supply combat jets to India’s military, which is running short of hundreds of aircraft as it retires Soviet-era MiG planes, and its own three-decade long effort to produce a domestic jet is hobbled by delays.

Lockheed has offered to shift its F-16 production line to India from Fort Worth, Texas, and make it the sole factory worldwide if India orders at least 100 single-engine fighters.

The U.S. firm has picked Tata Advanced Systems as its local partner under the defence ministry’s new Strategic Partnership model under which foreign original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) can hold up to a 49 percent stake in a joint venture with an Indian private firm which will hold the majority of shares.

The U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC) wrote to India’s defence minister last month seeking a guarantee that U.S. firms would retain control over sensitive technology – even as joint venture junior partners.

“Control of proprietary technologies is a major consideration for all companies exploring public and private defence partnerships,” the business lobby, which represents 400 firms, said in the Aug. 3 letter, reviewed by Reuters and previously unreported.

“To allow foreign OEMs to provide the most advanced technologies, the partnership arrangement between an Indian owned ‘strategic partner’ company and a foreign OEM needs to provide an opportunity for the foreign OEM to retain control over its proprietary technology,” it said, noting this wasn’t explicit in the policy document.

TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER

Technology transfer is at the heart of Modi’s drive to build a domestic industrial base and cut a reliance on imports that has made India the world’s biggest arms importer in recent years.

Without full tech transfer in previous arms deals, India’s mainly state-run defence factories have largely been left to assemble knock-down kits even for tanks and aircraft produced under license from the foreign maker.

Modi’s advisers have vowed to change that, insisting on transfer of technology so that critical military equipment are designed and manufactured in India.

Benjamin Schwartz, USIBC’s director for defense and aerospace, said the new Indian policy offered a roadmap for establishing partnerships between U.S. and Indian companies, but it raised some questions for the firms.

He said he was not in a position to name those companies concerned by the Indian policy, but there was a “general desire to see increased clarity” on several aspects, including the control of proprietary technologies.

QUALITY ISSUES

The USIBC also opposed a clause in the new rules that held foreign firms jointly responsible for the quality of the platforms provided to the military, saying legal liability is a significant factor in business decisions.

“We recommend the MoD (Ministry of Defence) affirm that foreign OEMs will not be liable for defects outside their company’s control,” the USIBC said.

Lockheed did not respond to a request for comment. Boeing, which is bidding for a separate contract to sell its F/A-18 Super Hornets for India’s aircraft carrier fleet, declined to comment on the USIBC letter. But the company’s India president, Pratyush Kumar, told a conference this month there were concerns about Indian private firms’ lack of experience in the aerospace sector.

Only state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd had made planes under license, while some private players were starting from scratch, having never built even an aircraft component. Kumar said he could not find a single example worldwide of a private enterprise with limited experience building out a plane under transfer of technology.

“Look at Turkey, look at Japan, look at Brazil – look at multiple countries. In all cases there is a fine balancing act of co-opting the capabilities of both public and private enterprise,” Kumar said at a conference organised by the Centre for Air Power Studies, a think-tank of the Indian air force.

India’s defence ministry offered no response to the concerns expressed by the trade lobbying group on the strategic partnership model, which will also apply to building submarines and helicopters as part of a $150 billion modernisation drive.

But an official, referring to sensitive technology, said the government has made clear in the past that foreign firms can be allowed to increase their stake beyond 49 percent if the technology they bring in is state-of-the art.

“It can be done on a case-to-case basis,” the official said.

Mukesh Aghi, president of the U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum, said that despite the starting problems, defence manufacturing looked set to be a breakthrough area in ties between India and the United States.

“It’s the next big thing. There is strong support from the (U.S. President Donald) Trump administration to take this forward.”

Reporting by Aditya Kalra and Sanjeev Miglani; Editing by Ian Geoghegan

Rishi Kapoor-Neetu in a loved-up pic from 1989

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Sep
20

In the age of social media, Thursdays call for the multitude to reminisce over the good old days by posting throwback pictures. Our celebs are no different and following this trend religiously.

Actress Raveena Tandon took her Instagram to share a picture of herself and Bollywood’s ‘Baba’ Sanjay Dutt. The picture is believed to be from her first film ‘Zamane Se Kya Darna’ with Jr. Dutt. In her caption, she called Sanjay her “most favourite actor” and said, “#throwback90s my first film with #sanjaydutt #zamaanesekyadarna #mymostfavoriteactor always super entertaining and super fun !!!”

On the work front, Raveena was last seen in the Bollywood film ‘Maatr’ for which she received a lot of appreciation from all quarters.

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iOS 11 will soon be available to download – here’s everything you need to know

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Sep
19

It’s finally the day many iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users around the world have been waiting for. The final iOS 11 version will be rolling out on Tuesday to compatible devices around the world. iOS 11 was available in beta since June, and we have already discovered its best tricks since then. It brings over a large number of new features, and it’ll totally change the way you use the iPad. You may have already tested iOS 11, but most users haven’t, and they’ll receive software update pings later on Tuesday — here’s what they need to know.

Compatible devices

iOS 11 is indeed the biggest update for iPad ever, and a major release for iPhone. But not all iOS devices are created alike, meaning that various older models are about to be “killed.” Rather than offer a sub-par experience, Apple chose to simply discontinue support for older models, which means some users won’t get to use iOS 11 on their existing gadgets.

You have to have at least an iPhone 5s, iPad mini 2, or iPod touch 6th generation to run iOS 11. Here’s the full list:

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Backup first

This isn’t the first time Apple releases an iOS update, and it’s likely you won’t encounter any issues whatsoever. But let’s keep in mind that hundreds of millions of iOS device users will install iOS 11 at the same time. On the off chance that something goes terribly wrong, you wouldn’t want to risk losing some of your personal data, including precious memories.

Whether you back up your phone or tablet automatically, or whether you do it manually, take a few minutes to make sure you do it before iOS 11 rolls out.

While you’re at it, you might want to delete content that you hardly use, including apps and videos, to make room for the update. There are still plenty of iOS 11 users who rock 16GB devices.

The actual update process

Like every year, there are two ways of updating your phone. One involves wires, and one doesn’t. The easiest way to do it is to go to the Settings app when you receive a prompt that iOS 11 is available for download, and start the process. Now, you’ll have to make sure you’ve got a steady internet source to download the file, which may be as big as 2GB. Battery life is also something to pay attention to. The update process won’t start unless you have at least 50% charge left.

You can choose to do it via iTunes, but you’ll need to hook up the iPhone to your computer. The advantage here is that you get to backup your device locally before the update starts, and your iPhone charges while you wait.

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You can also postpone the update to tonight, and have the iPhone or iPad upgrade itself while you’re asleep and while it’s charging. By the time you wake up and assuming everything goes well, you’ll find yourself using an iOS 11 device.

Finally, if Apple does end up experiencing any server issues once it starts rolling out iOS 11, you should wait before upgrading. Do it tomorrow or in the following days. After all, you’ve waited this long for it.

Downgrade still an option

If for any reason, you don’t like iOS 11, you’ll be able to downgrade to iOS 10.3.3 right away. For a time, Apple will continue signing both operating versions for each device, so now will be the chance to do so. Say you’re still attached to your iOS 10 jailbreak, or you want to use some 32-bit apps that developers aren’t overhauling for iOS 11, then you’ll just have to switch back to iOS 10 as soon as you can. Also, if you find iOS 11 to be too slow on the older iPhone 5s and iPad mini 2, you should also consider reverting back to last year’s software update.

Rubel denied immigration clearance to fly to South Africa

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Sep
19

Fast bowler Rubel Hossain could not travel with the Bangladesh Test squad to Johannesburg on Saturday after he was denied a boarding pass by the airlines. Till this report was filed, Rubel remained in Dhaka and his availability for Bangladesh’s three-day warm-up match against SA Invitations XI from September 21, remained in doubt.

Even though Rubel had a valid visa like his team-mates, the South Africa immigration authorities have a new provision in which, despite anyone having a visa, they issue “Okay to board” assurances to the airlines, specifying who can fly. Rubel’s name was missing from that list.

Bangladesh Cricket Board CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury said that the board was communicating with Cricket South Africa while the airlines were also aiding them to quickly resolve the issue.

“There is a new provision that the passenger needs to have an ‘Okay to Board’ clearance from the ultimate destination. It is the responsibility of the concerned airlines before issuing the boarding pass to any individual,” Chowdhury explained. “We are in touch with Cricket South Africa and hopefully, the matter will be resolved soon. He will fly to South Africa with the first available flight once the matter is resolved.”

Rubel was one of three players – alongside Subhasis Roy and Mahmudullah – to have earned a recall in the Bangladesh Test side. There are, however, four other fast bowlers in the touring party, including Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Shafiul Islam and Subashis, that Bangladesh can rely on.

Exclusive: India eyes spending cuts as glitches in GST hit revenue

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Sep
19

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India could be forced to cut spending on key infrastructure such as railways and highways as lower-than-expected tax collections and sluggish growth have upset the government’s budget calculations, two finance ministry officials said.

Tax receipts were about $7.8 billion in July – a little over half the monthly target – mostly because millions of firms failed to comply with the new Goods and Services Tax (GST) system that harmonises all state and central sales taxes but is still a work in progress.

The big worry is that economic growth, which slipped to a three-year low in the last quarter, could take a further hit if the public spending that largely underpinned expansion were to be slashed.

“There is a concern over lower tax collections,” a senior finance ministry official said.

The revenue shortfall could be at least 800 billion rupees ($12.5 billion) if the current trend continues until the end of the year, a second official said, forcing a re-think in government spending.

He said receipts from individual and corporate income tax may slightly overshoot the target of 9.8 trillion rupees ($152.8 billion) for the whole year, partly due to a crackdown on tax evaders. And in coming months, GST collections may pick up.

Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity.

Without spending cuts, the second official said, the fiscal deficit could slip to 3.5 percent of GDP, from the target of 3.2 percent that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has set for 2017/18.

GST “CHAOS AND PANDEMONIUM”

The main problem has been the introduction of the GST, billed as India’s biggest tax reform in 70 years.

Ambiguous rules, an onerous return filing system and glitches with its IT back-end have made doing business far more complicated for many companies. Frequent changes in tax rates after the GST’s launch have heightened business uncertainty, resulting in many firms failing to register for the new tax.

Manpreet Singh Badal, finance minister of Punjab, told Reuters the new tax was launched in a “hurry resulting in a lot of chaos and pandemonium”.

Punjab, for example, had suffered a revenue shortfall of about 8 billion rupees in the first month of its launch, he said as the textile, engineering goods and other small industries were hit. The state expects to raise near 395 billion rupees ($6.17 billion) in tax in 2017/18.

Under a GST deal, the central government has to compensate states if their receipts fall below an annual growth of 14 percent in taxes for the next five years.

India’s GDP growth itself has slowed to 5.7 percent in the April-June quarter from 7.9 percent a year earlier, a slowdown also partly blamed on the introduction of the GST, adding to the pressure on the state coffers.

Dividends from state-run companies are expected to fall and a $11 billion share sale programme is slowing down.

“If the revenues remain below target, then the government could cut spending on railways and road transport,” the second finance ministry official said.

Aiming to boost growth, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley increased budgetary allocations for the railways by one-fifth to 550 billion rupees and by 24 percent for highways development to 649 billion rupees this fiscal year from a year ago.

Complicating the finance ministry’s budget arithmetic further, the Reserve Bank of India announced last month that its annual surplus, a dividend transferred by the central bank to the government each year, would be only $4.9 billion, less than half the initial estimate, largely due to costs of Modi’s shock “demonetisation” initiative last year.

“This is an abnormal year. A shortfall in tax and non-tax revenue could give a shock,” said N.R. Bhanumurthy, an economist at the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, a Delhi-based think-tank funded by the finance ministry.

He said the economy was still recovering from Modi’s move to withdraw 86 percent of high value banknotes as part of a fight against graft.

TAX COLLECTIONS

A finance ministry spokesman said tax receipts were expected to improve as problems related to the new GST system and the technology underpinning it were tackled.

In his annual budget presented in February, finance minister Jaitley had projected a 17 percent growth in tax collections, while estimating spending of nearly $335.05 billion in the current fiscal year.

Jaitley also has to set aside funds for India’s stressed state-run banks, which need nearly $60 billion in extra capital to meet new international banking rules by March 2019 according to Fitch Ratings estimates.

Balancing those demands while trying to control the fiscal deficit would involve a cut in public spending, analysts said.

Soumya Kanti Ghosh, chief economist at State Bank of India, said in a research note this month that first-quarter economic growth was supported by higher state spending, but the need to rein in the fiscal deficit could force the government to cut expenditure. ($1 = 64.1300 Indian rupees)

Additional reporting by Rajesh Kumar Singh; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani and Alex Richardson

Tabu roped in for Ajay Devgn’s untitled romcom

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Sep
19

After the last picture of Kareena Kapoor Khan posing with a choreographer during her dance rehearsals from the sets of ‘Veere Di Wedding’ went viral recently, there are some more pictures from the sets that are doing rounds on the social media.

The new picture has the ‘Begum of Bollywood’ posing with a bunch of people from the sets of the film after she shot for the dance number. The actress will reportedly be styled by Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla for the dance sequence in the film. After the shooting kick started recently, this one happens to be the first dance number of the film which reportedly features the actress. The song number has been choreographed by Feroz Khan.

Dressed in her rehearsal attire of a casual loose blue shirt and black pants with a stylish ponytail, Bebo is all smiles for the camera.

After delivering her baby boy Taimur, the actress has been working out rigorously to shed her post pregnancy weight. ‘Veere Di Wedding’ will be Kareena’s first film after her pregnancy. She was seen rehearsing for a dance sequence recently.

Produced by Rhea Kapoor, the film also stars Sonam Kapoor, Swara Bhaskar and Shikha Talsania in prominent roles.

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Jailbroken iPhone vs Non-Jailbroken iPhone Speed Test Shown In Video

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Sep
18

It has been a debate ever since the early days of jailbreaking. Does the act of jailbreaking an iPhone cause performance to increase or decrease? Sure, jailbreaking opens up some new features and capabilities but at what cost? Now, we have a jailbroken iPhone vs non-jailbroken iPhone speed test shown on video to help fuel the debate.

Jailbroken iPhone vs Non-Jailbroken iPhone Speed Test

YomiTosh created a video where he compares the app loading speeds of several popular apps on both a jailbroken and non-jailbroken iPhone. He has some fun with the video showing a Connor McGregor iPhone vs a Floyd Mayweather iPhone. With jailbreaking enjoying some major success lately, this video may be very important to some people who are wondering if they should stick with stock iOS or try one of the jailbreaking solutions that could be coming down the road.

Check out the video for yourself below:

As you can see, this is far from a scientific test. The video relies on an informal countdown and two different fingers working at exactly the same time. Still, the margin for error is low and there are some major differences in the two devices.

In the jailbroken iPhone vs non-jailbroken iPhone speed test; it appears that stock iOS loads most apps faster than the jailbroken device. However, the jailbroken device does give the illusion of faster loading times with quicker animations. You can see this several times in the video where the icon will be tapped and the app opening animation will begin. The animation starts immediately on the jailbroken device and the app appears to open faster. However, the actual content in the app loads faster on the non-jailbroken device.

The difference isn’t very great in a lot of apps and, unless you saw them working side by side, you wouldn’t know the difference. With that said, there were a few apps where there was a very noticeable difference. For example, the camera app is open and ready to use much faster on stock iOS.

Why is there a difference when comparing devices in the jailbroken iPhone vs non-jailbroken iPhone speed test? It’s hard to say. My guess is that the jailbreaking process bogs down the system just enough to slow some features like app loading. Keep in mind that jailbreaking is often an ongoing process. Once you jailbreak, your device has to continuously perform certain tasks or hacks to stay jailbroken. This is why some jailbreaks are tethered and some are untethered. All that means is that some jailbreaks need to be re-done periodically to ensure the device remains jailbroken.

Of course, a jailbroken iPhone vs non-jailbroken iPhone speedtest is only part of the story. Most people don’t jailbreak their device to increase performance with things like app launching. People jailbreak iPhones to gain more control over their devices and open up new features. If you are jailbreaking to get a faster iPhone then you are probably jailbreaking for the wrong reasons and you’re better off sticking with stock iOS. If you want to see and experience the wider range of features and customization offered by jailbreaking then you’re on the right track.

What do you think? Does the jailbroken iPhone vs non-jailbroken iPhone speed test influence your decision to jailbreak now or in the future? Or, do you agree that a speed test doesn’t tell the full story of jailbreaking?

Kent, Hampshire invited for WI Regional Super50

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Sep
18

Kent and Hampshire have been invited to take part in West Indies’ Regional Super50 competition, the domestic one-day tournament, which is set to take place early next year ahead of the start of the 2018 English season.

If the offer is taken up, it will be the second successive year Kent have been part of the competition. They finished third in Group A during the 2016-17 tournament with three wins from their eight matches.

Last year’s edition started in late January and if either county did take part it would require a month-long stay in the Caribbean which would come with significant associated costs. The region has become a regular feature on the pre-season scene for English counties.

There could be a significant presence for English cricketers in the Caribbean ahead of the 2018 English summer with the Lions touring for four-day and one-day series against West Indies A in February and March.

Hardik Pandya and spinners secure India’s win against Australia in Chennai ODI

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Sep
18

CHENNAI, India (Reuters) – Hardik Pandya’s all-round brilliance and some excellent bowling by the Indian spinners secured a 26-run victory against Australia under the Duckworth-Lewis method in the rain-hit first one-day international on Sunday.

Pandya struck a career-best 83 and Mahendra Singh Dhoni made 79 to help the hosts overcome a top-order collapse and post 281-7 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.

However, a lengthy mid-innings rain break left Australia needing 164 runs in 21 overs to go 1-0 up in the five-match series.

Glenn Maxwell smashed 39 and James Faulkner made 32 not out but Pandya (2-28) and India’s spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal (3-30) and Kuldeep Yadav (2-33) combined to restrict Australia to 137-9.

Earlier, home captain Virat Kohli’s decision to bat appeared to backfire when Nathan Coulter-Nile’s three-wicket burst reduced India to 11-3 inside six overs.

Kedar Jadhav and Rohit Sharma then added 53 runs for the fourth wicket to arrest the slide.

Jadhav lived dangerously to score his 40, while Sharma made 28 before both fell to Marcus Stoinis, leaving India reeling at 87-7 in the 22nd over.

A 200-plus score looked a distant dream for the hosts at that stage but Pandya and Dhoni had other ideas.

Pandya clobbered Adam Zampa for three successive sixes in a 24-run over, bringing up his fifty off 48 balls in the process.

The all-rounder blasted five sixes and as many fours in his 66-ball blitz before falling to the leg-spinner.

Dhoni, who took 67 balls to score his first boundary, accelerated towards the end and raised 72 runs with Bhuvneshwar Kumar who scored 32 not out.

Australia wobbled early in their chase as Jasprit Bumrah bowled Hilton Cartwright and then took a swirling skyer to dismiss rival skipper Steve Smith.

Yadav dismissed David Warner for 25 but Maxwell looked in murderous mood as he clobbered the left-arm wristspinner for three successive sixes.

Chahal ended Maxwell’s 18-ball blitz and went on to claim two more wickets as India triumphed despite dropping three catches which could have cost them dearly in such a small chase.

Eden Gardens in Kolkata will host the second one-dayer on Thursday.

Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi; Editing by Clare Fallon

Bollywood celebrities wish Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his birthday

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Sep
18

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Jailbroken iPhone vs Non-Jailbroken iPhone Speed Test Shown In Video

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Sep
17

It has been a debate ever since the early days of jailbreaking. Does the act of jailbreaking an iPhone cause performance to increase or decrease? Sure, jailbreaking opens up some new features and capabilities but at what cost? Now, we have a jailbroken iPhone vs non-jailbroken iPhone speed test shown on video to help fuel the debate.

Jailbroken iPhone vs Non-Jailbroken iPhone Speed Test

YomiTosh created a video where he compares the app loading speeds of several popular apps on both a jailbroken and non-jailbroken iPhone. He has some fun with the video showing a Connor McGregor iPhone vs a Floyd Mayweather iPhone. With jailbreaking enjoying some major success lately, this video may be very important to some people who are wondering if they should stick with stock iOS or try one of the jailbreaking solutions that could be coming down the road.

Check out the video for yourself below:

As you can see, this is far from a scientific test. The video relies on an informal countdown and two different fingers working at exactly the same time. Still, the margin for error is low and there are some major differences in the two devices.

In the jailbroken iPhone vs non-jailbroken iPhone speed test; it appears that stock iOS loads most apps faster than the jailbroken device. However, the jailbroken device does give the illusion of faster loading times with quicker animations. You can see this several times in the video where the icon will be tapped and the app opening animation will begin. The animation starts immediately on the jailbroken device and the app appears to open faster. However, the actual content in the app loads faster on the non-jailbroken device.

The difference isn’t very great in a lot of apps and, unless you saw them working side by side, you wouldn’t know the difference. With that said, there were a few apps where there was a very noticeable difference. For example, the camera app is open and ready to use much faster on stock iOS.

Why is there a difference when comparing devices in the jailbroken iPhone vs non-jailbroken iPhone speed test? It’s hard to say. My guess is that the jailbreaking process bogs down the system just enough to slow some features like app loading. Keep in mind that jailbreaking is often an ongoing process. Once you jailbreak, your device has to continuously perform certain tasks or hacks to stay jailbroken. This is why some jailbreaks are tethered and some are untethered. All that means is that some jailbreaks need to be re-done periodically to ensure the device remains jailbroken.

Of course, a jailbroken iPhone vs non-jailbroken iPhone speedtest is only part of the story. Most people don’t jailbreak their device to increase performance with things like app launching. People jailbreak iPhones to gain more control over their devices and open up new features. If you are jailbreaking to get a faster iPhone then you are probably jailbreaking for the wrong reasons and you’re better off sticking with stock iOS. If you want to see and experience the wider range of features and customization offered by jailbreaking then you’re on the right track.

What do you think? Does the jailbroken iPhone vs non-jailbroken iPhone speed test influence your decision to jailbreak now or in the future? Or, do you agree that a speed test doesn’t tell the full story of jailbreaking?

Spectators injured after partial collapse of stand

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Sep
17

Three spectators suffered injuries, and a further 200 had to be moved to another part of the ground, following the partial collapse of a temporary stand at the Emirates Riverside during the T20I between England and West Indies.

The incident took place at around 9.30pm, midway during England’s innings, in the north-east corner of the ground. According to a report in the Daily Telegraph, a section of the floor appeared to have caved in, and there were reports that a female spectator had been injured after falling through the hole.

A statement from Durham County Cricket Club read: “During the course of the second innings between England v West Indies at Emirates Riverside, three spectators were injured when a small section of the North-East Terrace flooring became unstable causing them to fall.

“Stewards took precautionary action and evacuated that area of the stand efficiently. The stand is a permanent fixture at the venue and had passed inspections in the week prior to the match.”

The Riverside, which has hosted 26 international fixtures since being opened in 1995, was recently barred from hosting Test matches following a financial bail-out from the ECB that also resulted in the club losing its first-division status.

Police arrest man at Dover port, search house in London bomb manhunt

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Sep
17

LONDON (Reuters) – British police arrested an 18-year-old man in the port of Dover and raided a house in a small town outside London on Saturday as they hunted for whoever planted a bomb on a commuter train that injured 30 people a day earlier.

Prime Minister Theresa May put Britain on the highest security level of “critical” late on Friday, meaning another attack may be imminent, and deployed soldiers and armed police to strategic locations such as nuclear plants and defence sites.

In what authorities called a “very significant” development, officers arrested a man at about 7.50 a.m. (0650 GMT) in Dover, from where passenger ferries sail to France. Five hours later they raided a property in Sunbury, a commuter town southwest of London, and evacuated nearby premises as a precaution.

Reuters photographs showed police cordons in a modest suburban street in Sunbury, in the county of Surrey, around 11 miles (18 km) from Parsons Green where the bomb exploded.

“This is a very significant arrest. The police have made very good progress but the operation is ongoing,” said interior minister Amber Rudd, adding that the threat level remained at “critical”.

“There is no doubt that this was a serious IED (improvised explosive device) and it was good fortune that it did so little damage.”

In what was the fifth major terrorism attack in Britain this year, the home-made bomb shot flames through a packed commuter train during the Friday morning rush hour in west London but apparently failed to detonate fully.

The militant group Islamic State claimed responsibility.

According to media reports, the bomb was attached to a timer, unlike other recent blasts which have typically been suicide bombs.

Pictures showed a slightly charred white plastic bucket with wires coming out of the top in a supermarket shopping bag on the floor of a train carriage.

The Parsons Green station where the attack took place reopened by Saturday morning.

Armed police patrolled the streets of London near government departments in Westminster and were guarding Premier League soccer grounds hosting matches on Saturday, including the national stadium at Wembley.

Cressida Dick, Britain’s top police officer, sought to reassure the public as she joined colleagues patrolling the entertainment district on the south bank of the Thames.

“Yesterday we saw a cowardly and indiscriminate attack which could have resulted in many lives being lost,” she said. “London has not stopped after other terrible attacks and it will not stop after this one.”

CRITICAL THREAT LEVEL

The last time Britain was put on “critical” alert was after a suicide bomber killed 22 people at a concert by the American singer Ariana Grande in Manchester in May.

The threat level remained at the highest setting for four days while police raced to establish if the man had worked alone or with the help of others. Prior to that it had not been triggered since 2007.

Prime Minister May said the public should not be alarmed by armed officers on the streets, a rare sight in Britain. “This is a proportionate and sensible step which will provide extra reassurance and protection while the investigation progresses,” she said in a televised statement late on Friday.

The bomb struck as passengers were travelling to the centre of the British capital. Some suffered burns and others were injured in a stampede to escape from the station, one of the above-ground stops on the Underground network. Health officials said none was thought to be in a serious condition.

“I was on the second carriage from the back. I just heard a kind of ‘whoosh’. I looked up and saw the whole carriage engulfed in flames making its way towards me,” Ola Fayankinnu told Reuters.

“There were phones, hats, bags all over the place and when I looked back I saw a bag with flames.”

Islamic State has claimed other attacks in Britain this year, including two in London and the Manchester pop concert.

Western intelligence officials have questioned similar claims in the past, saying that while Islamic State’s jihadist ideology may have inspired some attackers, there is scant evidence that it has orchestrated attacks.

Reporting by Kate Holton; Editing by David Clarke and Robin Pomeroy

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iOS 11 jailbreak: Here’s why you should remain hopeful

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On September 12, Apple unveiled three new iPhones, including the premium iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus that are powered by iOS 11, the latest major version of the company’s mobile operating system. While iOS 11, which will be release to the public on September 19, has many new features and improvements, iOS jailbreak developers will still be looking at breaking the codes once it is made available for download.

We haven’t seen any major jailbreak release ever since iOS 10.2 was jailbroken in January. However, a group of security researchers had recently demonstrated a functional jailbreak for iOS 11 beta 2 and iOS 10.3.2 at a mobile security conference in Shanghai, China in June.

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Since developers were able to compromise an iOS 11 beta, it’s safe to assume that a fully-developed iOS 11 jailbreak could also be released in days to come. It was unclear if the iOS 10.3.2 and iOS 11 jailbreaks demoed at the event were only for research purposes, but the fact that iOS 11 was jailbroken gave us hope that a jailbreak would be developed if the exploits used by the hackers are not patched.

While Apple has rolled 10 beta versions of the iOS 11, it’s not confirmed if the company has already fixed the exploit that led Liang Chen of Tencent Keen Lab to develop the iOS 11 jailbreak tool, according to iPhone Hacks.

iOS jailbreak developer Luca Todesco, famous by his Twitter handle @qwertyoruiop, released the first iOS 10 jailbreak called Yalu in December 2016. The tool was compatible with only select 64-bit devices like the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

In January, Todesco came up with a more stable version of the Yalu jailbreak tool for iOS 10.2, which supported all 64-bit devices, excluding the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

The tool, however, had some limitations. For example, it was a semi-untethered jailbreak, requiring users to run it again to re-jailbreak their iOS devices if they are rebooted.

Apple apparently patched the Yalu jailbreak exploit in iOS 10.2.1 and iOS 10.3 firmware updates, because of which there has not been any jailbreak for iOS 10.2.1 or later versions of the operating system.

‘This makes up for all the years of struggle’

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When Essex’s coach rolled into Chelmsford, to be greeted by a small but fervent crowd of staff and supporters, the newly crowned County Champions were not quite at full quota. One or two, including Alastair Cook, had made their own way home, while a few others had stayed on in Birmingham – where Essex claimed the victory that secured the title – to celebrate a success that few beyond confines of the club thought likely six months ago.

There were pre-emptive drinks at Edgbaston, followed by a night out for some members of the squad – though the captain, Ryan ten Doeschate, was in bed by 9.45pm with a Lemsip for a nightcap – as they awaited the result from Taunton, which duly followed on Friday, confirming Essex could no longer be caught by Lancashire. When that moment came, on the motorway heading back from the Midlands, one or two hangovers may have suddenly eased.

At the county ground, there were cheers and champagne once the players had disembarked, blinking into the sunlight of a world where Essex are Division One winners. Chris Silverwood, Essex’s head coach, had challenged them at the start of the season to go out and upset the established order and, with eight wins out of 12, they have embodied that ambition. “One team, one dream,” as it says on the side of the bus.

“It was a weird sensation knowing it was done yesterday,” ten Doeschate said. “The bus was a little subdued today with some of the lads staying up in Birmingham but coming here and seeing guys like Keith Fletcher and the staff coming to receive us is what it’s all about. It will take a few days to realise the scale of what we’ve achieved.

“It’s without doubt the proudest moment of my career and you look at someone like James Foster who’s been here even longer. This makes up for all the years of struggle and all the years of nearly-beens.

“The numbers tell a story and Jamie Porter and Simon Harmer deserve so much credit for the way they’ve run through teams and I also think the amount of match-winners we’ve had is different to other years. On a more tangible level Chris Silverwood has brought a far more relaxed environment and has squeezed every inch out of the squad we’ve had. That’s probably the reason why we’ve won so many games.”

While many supposed Essex would be in a fight to avoid relegation, as had been their fate on three previous trips up to Division One, there was much greater confidence among the team management – to the extent that written in the three-year plan, among short-term goals, was “win Division One”. To do it in the season after being promoted is about as short-term as you can get.

Silverwood’s calm, cheery presence has been at the heart of two hugely successful years in Championship cricket, something the chief executive, Derek Bowden, set down as their main goal when looking to appoint Paul Grayson’s successor in 2015. Such has been his transformative effect at a club which had been treading water for several years that Silverwood is now a candidate to step up to international level with England.

Having stopped for every request from fans – including a few impromptu hugs – and wiped the fizz from his hair, Silverwood was keen to divert the credit to his players. “The result we’ve got is borne of all the hard work we’ve put in,” he said. “You do hope, at the start of every campaign, you want to win trophies. We start with the philosophy of every game’s a must-win game and we wanted to make our presence felt. It keeps you in the present, keeps your feet on the floor.

“The guys have been absolutely fantastic, they’ve believed in the plan, believed in each other. As a team they’ve grown, you could see the confidence growing all season. Any given point, people have put their hands up. It’s not the same few, yes, we’ve had two run-away wicket-takers in Ports and Harmer but we’ve also had 12 centuries by eight different people, so it just shows everybody has put their hand up.”

This has been a success that will be celebrated beyond the county borders, from the urban outskirts of London right across the vast swathe of East Anglia, from where Essex draw their talent. Glasses will be raised at clubs such as Maldon, where Cook started out, and in Tom Westley‘s part of Cambridge; at Wanstead Snaresbrook and Ilford and South Woodford, where the likes of Foster, the long-serving wicketkeeper, Varun Chopra and Nick Browne learned the game.

So closely bound is the Essex first-team squad that, as was noted in the Times earlier this week, four of them were born in the same maternity ward in Whipps Cross, including Porter, the leading wicket-taker in Division One and, perhaps, another homegrown England prospect.

Keith Fletcher, who masterminded Essex’s success during the late 1970s and ’80s as they started out on a run of six titles in 13 years, wore a crinkled smile as he greeted the current lot, while ten Doeschate was awaiting a phone call from Graham Gooch. Both Fletcher and Gooch sit on the cricket committee (which is now an advisory body), along with Ronnie Irani, David Acfield and Bowden. Essex is a club that sets much store by its history and tradition and the only sadness on a day of joy was that the likes of Brian “Tonker” Taylor and Doug Insole, both of whom passed away this year, could not be there, too.

about future deeds – starting with going through the campaign unbeaten – before summing up what success means to those parochially passionate supporters for whom the boxy, hemmed-in old ground of “Chelms Fort” is cricket itself.

“The boys have done really well, I’m really happy for them, and maybe it’s time to recreate the glory days,” he said, “but we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves. We respect all those guys and this is a little bit for them, those boys have done so much for the club, the likes of Graham Gooch, the Fletches, if weren’t for them we wouldn’t be here now, so a big mention to those guys.

“Essex is my home, this is where I’ve enjoyed my cricket, this is where all my best mates are. Tendo, he’s my best mate. This is the best… This is what I’ve dreamed of, to win trophies with Essex. I’m really happy with the fans, as well. They come here week in, week out. We have one of the best supports around the country – 50-over games, T20, we have good crowds for four-day games. I’m really happy for them. They deserve it as well. It’s been a special year.”

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