Owner of Quebec Ontario water parks says women must continue to wear

first_imgLIMOGES, Ont. – The owner of two popular water parks in Ontario and Quebec says women will not be allowed to go topless on the premises.Groupe Calypso Valcartier issued a statement Wednesday to say women must continue to wear swimwear covering their breasts and the lower parts of their bodies.The parks are in Limoges, Ont., and Valcartier, near Quebec City.The decision follows a human rights filed in Ontario earlier this month targeting the city of Cornwall over its policy of not allowing women to go topless at municipal pools.Calypso’s water park in eastern Ontario and seven hotel companies were also named in the complaint filed with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.Louis Massicotte, CEO of the water park’s parent company, says the decision to maintain the topless ban was made after consulting clients and legal advisers in both Quebec and Ontario.“It is not out of a sense of modesty that we have made this decision but rather it is simply because we have listened to the views of our family-oriented clientele on this matter,” Massicotte said.In December 1996, the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled that a woman’s topless stroll down a street in Guelph was not obscene, making it legal for all women in Ontario to be topless in public.Groupe Calypso Valcartier says it won’t comment on the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario application, but reiterated its respect for the rights of everyone, including children, who visits its facility.last_img read more

Mayors dispute commissioners report on former Victoria police chief

first_imgVANCOUVER – Two mayors responsible for Victoria’s police department are disputing a section of a report by British Columbia’s police complaints commissioner that says they mishandled harassment complaints against a former police chief.Barb Desjardins, mayor of Esquimalt, B.C., said that while she doesn’t dispute the findings of commissioner Stan Lowe’s review of two investigations and subsequent discipline proceedings involving former chief Frank Elsner, she does object “to the tone and the commentary and allegations within the report.”“It should be a factual report of what happened, what the results were and what the recommendation is. It should not be commentary and speculation on our actions,” she said.Lowe could not immediately be reached for comment on the position taken by Desjardins and Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps.In the report released Sept. 26, Lowe said Helps and Desjardins “predetermined the outcome of the internal discipline process from the outset, and set about navigating a course to allow the former chief to remain in his post.”Elsner, who resigned in early 2017, was found to have committed eight counts of misconduct, including lying to investigators, encouraging a witness to make a false statement and having unwanted physical contact with two female officers.Lowe also said Elsner had been “caught in a web of untruths” that began when the former chief sent inappropriate Twitter messages to the wife of an officer in his department.Attempts to reach Elsner for comment since Lowe’s report was released have been unsuccessful.Elsner apologized shortly after the public learned an internal investigation was probing inappropriate messages he allegedly sent to the wife of an officer.In 2016, Elsner petitioned the B.C. Supreme Court to stop investigations against him, saying he was being targeted by a group that wanted him ousted as police chief. The court agreed to limit the scope of the commission’s investigation.The mayors, in their position as co-chairs of the Victoria and Esquimalt Police Board, hired an internal investigator to look into the complaints about Elsner, Lowe said.The investigator reported to the mayors that numerous witnesses had made allegations of bullying and harassment, including “inappropriate comments and behaviour towards women,” against the former chief, Lowe’s report said.“The mayors chose not to expand the investigator’s mandate to include these allegations,” the report said. “On the contrary, the correspondence indicates that they instructed the investigator not to pursue these allegations or consider them in any respect in drafting the investigation report because they were outside the scope of the investigator’s mandate.”Helps directed a request for comment to a statement posted on her website, in which she said the board followed the advice of its legal counsel in its handling of the Elsner case.“One of the most upsetting elements of this whole situation is the insinuation that I would protect a man (allegedly) engaged in bullying and harassment,” she said. “I have been working on women’s issues and women’s rights since I was 15 years old. To suggest we were planning to ignore the allegations brought forward by female members of VicPD is simply untrue. It makes no sense. And to those who know me, it’s just not plausible.”Lowe’s report includes an email exchange between the two mayors dated Dec. 3, 2015, at 2:32 a.m., which it said “rushed to conclude” the investigation because rumours were swirling about the chief.“I believe for this reason we have to make a decision asap and then call the board to inform them of it,” Desjardins wrote to Helps, according to the report. “Please look at your calendar to see what could be cleared to move things up. This must be top priority in my mind.”Lowe said “the difference is glaring” when the outcome from the mayors in the internal discipline process is compared to the result of a separate process led by two retired judges.The mayors’ investigation led to a reprimand, whereas the judges’ process led to suspension, demotion and dismissal.Desjardins objected to Lowe’s characterization.“It is absolutely false, it is accusatory and I’m not on trial,” she said. “It is suggesting something that is absolutely false, and we had no opportunity to provide feedback.”Helps said the mayors also hired an investigator, who was endorsed by the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner.Lowe is calling for changes to the Police Act to strip mayors of the power to discipline police chiefs. Desjardins and Helps both said they support the recommendation, but indicated that they’d like a chance to discuss the tone of the report with the solicitor general.Lowe has recommended that when allegations of misconduct are made against a chief or a deputy chief they should be handled by a discipline authority that is led by a retired judge because of the relationship mayors have with those senior officers.last_img read more

Griffin Poetry Prize to be awarded to Canadian and international poets in

first_img— British poet Alice Oswald for “Falling Awake” (Jonathan Cape/W.W. Norton & Company) Advertisement Saskatchewan-raised, Ottawa-based poet Sandra Ridley was recognized for “Silvija” (BookThug). Indigenous poet Jordan Abel is shown during an interview with The Canadian Press in Toronto on Thursday, May 25, 2017. One of the most lucrative prizes in poetry will be handed out at a gala event in Toronto tonight. A long poem about racism and the representation of indigenous peoples from Nisga’a writer Abel is among the three Canadian titles shortlisted for the award. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn A long poem about racism and the representation of indigenous peoples from Nisga’a writer Jordan Abel is among the three Canadian titles shortlisted for the award. Advertisement Advertisement TORONTO — One of the most lucrative prizes in poetry will be handed out at a gala event in Toronto tonight. Rounding out the Canadian short list is “Violet Energy Ingots” by Toronto-based Hoa Nguyen (Wave Books). Born in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta and raised in the Washington, D.C., area, Nguyen is a permanent Canadian resident who teaches at Ryerson University. The international short list includes: The Griffin Trust was founded in 2000 by chairman Scott Griffin, along with trustees Margaret Atwood, Robert Hass, Michael Ondaatje, David Young and Robin Robertson. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img The Griffin Poetry Prize will award $65,000 each to two winners — one Canadian and one international. — “In Praise of Defeat” by Moroccan poet Abdellatif Laabi, translated from French by Donald Nicholson-Smith (Archipelago Books) Judges Sue Goyette, Joan Naviyuk Kane and George Szirtes each read 617 books of poetry from 39 countries, including 23 translations. Login/Register With: The Griffin is billed as the world’s largest prize for a first-edition single collection of poetry written in or translated into English.BY LAUREN LA ROSE — British poet and philosopher Denise Riley for “Say Something Back” (Picador) The Vancouver poet, who resides in Castlegar, B.C., made the list of seven overall Griffin finalists for “Injun” (Talonbooks). — American writer Jane Mead for “World of Made and Unmade” (Alice James Books) Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Timorese police assume control of law and order from UN forces in

25 July 2009Timorese police forces have taken over law enforcement duties from the United Nations in a third district of the fledgling country, the UN peacekeeping mission reported today as it continues to gradually hand over responsibility to local officers. The hand-over in Manatuto district, located in the centre of the country, follows similar changes last month in the Oecussi district and in May in Lautém district in the far east.Atul Khare, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative to Timor-Leste and the head of the mission (known as UNMIT), presided over a ceremony today in Manatuto with Timorese Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão to mark the change.Members of the national police force (known as PNTL) will now have primary policing responsibility, while UN Police will maintain a presence for a time so that they can monitor, advise and support the PNTL.Manatuto district has a population of nearly 40,000 people and is renowned for its salt production and for an abundance of tamarind.UNMIT and the Timorese Government are working together to progressively hand over policing responsibilities district by district, based on rigorous assessments of whether the PNTL is ready to assume responsibility.UN Police took over law enforcement duties in 2006 after fighting – attributed to differences between eastern and western regions – erupted following the firing of 600 striking soldiers, or one-third of the armed forces. Ensuing violence claimed dozens of lives and drove 155,000 people, or about 15 per cent of the total population, from their homes. read more

UPFA maintains opposition to National Government

He said that the UPFA has been able to take firm decisions when it was in power and so it will form a UPFA Government even after August 17 by correcting any mistakes it made in the past. The United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has reiterated its opposition to a National Government and said that instead it will look to form a UPFA Government.Former UPFA Parliamentarian Dullas Alahapperuma said that the current National Government had failed to meet the expectations of the people. Speaking at a media briefing in Colombo today, Alahapperuma said that the UPFA will form a UPFA Government with Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Prime Minister and Maithripala Sirisena the President. The United National Party (UNP) has said it will form a National Government if it wins the election and will look to take forward the policy of Good Governance. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Government asserts Aava group influenced by Indian films not LTTE

The Government today asserted that the Aava group in the North had been influenced by Indian films and not the LTTE.Responding to a question in Parliament today, Deputy Minister of Law and Order Nalin Bandara Jayamaha said that most members of the Aava group and under the age of 18. Bandara said that he had visited the North with the Minister of Law and Order recently and looked into the issue involving the Aava group. He said that most members of the Aava group had been arrested and investigations had revealed that they were influenced by South Indian films. Nalin Bandara said that the swords used by the Aava group were home made and a key member of the group had also cried while being questioned by the Police.The Deputy Minister also said that the Aava group has so far not committed any murders but had only assaulted people and caused injuries to people using their home made swords. Nalin Bandara insisted that the Aava group was not linked to terrorism and rejected attempts to spread fear in the South using the Aava group. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Manitoba deficit slightly higher than forecast net debt jumps 14B

by Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 30, 2014 2:39 pm MDT Manitoba deficit slightly higher than forecast; net debt jumps $1.4B AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WINNIPEG – Manitoba’s deficit was slightly higher than expected last year, says a report that is bound to provide ammunition to the opposition parties.The annual public accounts document released Tuesday shows the deficit for the 2013-14 fiscal year was $522 million — $4 million higher than budgeted. The report, approved by the auditor general, is the final verdict on the year’s fiscal numbers.Expenses were higher than expected in some areas, such as auto insurance claims at Crown-owned Manitoba Public Insurance due to a long cold winter with icy roads. On the plus side, it was a good year for crops, and retail sales were up as well.Finance Minister Jennifer Howard said the government stayed close to its target while spending money on infrastructure and job creation.“We have managed to stay on track by focusing our resources on jobs, infrastructure and the health and education services that families count on.”But the extra red ink may raise more concerns about the NDP government’s promise to balance its budget by 2016-17, which is an election year. The province has been running deficits since 2009 and earlier pushed back a promise to be in the black by 2014.Last month, Moody’s downgraded Manitoba’ fiscal outlook. The credit rating agency cited concerns the government might not meet its target.Tuesday’s report showed the provincial net debt jumped by $1.4 billion to $17.3 billion. As a percentage of GDP, it increased to 28.8 per cent from 27.3. As a percentage of government revenues, it moved up to 122 per cent from 117.The government has defended its deficits as the best way to ride out the global economic slowdown. Howard has repeatedly said the Opposition Tories would implement deep spending cuts if elected, while the NDP believes spending has stimulated job growth and kept the provincial economy growing.To that end, the government also released a report Tuesday to show how it has spent money raised from last year’s controversial decision to raise the provincial sales tax to eight per cent from seven. The New Democrats promised to use all the extra cash for core infrastructure such as roads and bridges.The government raised $190 million in the last fiscal year from the tax increase, the report said. Infrastructure spending increased by $115 million, but the province said the unused money will be carried forward and spent in future years.Jon Gerrard, a Liberal member of the legislature, said the government is misleading people by saying the infrastructure money has been set aside for future use.Given the fact the NDP ran a deficit, “all the tax revenues raised in 2013-2014 were spent. They spent the $75 million on other items,” Gerrard wrote in a statement. read more

Curtis Samuels touches too few for OSU in stunning loss

OSU junior H-back Curtis Samuel (4) runs for a touchdown during the second half of the Buckeyes game against Penn State on Oct. 22. The Buckeyes lost 24-21. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorSTATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The goal for any offense is to get the ball into the hands of its playmakers. It’s to give the ball to those athletes in space with the hope of creating a long gain. For the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes, at some times that can be challenging due to the amount of raw talent on the field. But through the team’s first six games, junior H-back Curtis Samuel asserted himself as the most dynamic player on the sideline.When looking back on its loss against Penn State on Saturday, OSU might want to consider using Samuel more.In the first quarter, Samuel registered zero touches and the Buckeyes scored zero points in a quarter for the first time all season. However, the inefficiency of the offense wasn’t an anomaly, and the stagnation begins with not getting the ball in Samuel’s hands.OSU had accumulated just 61 yards of offense after the first quarter, not one of those belonging to Samuel. It took redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett until the under-10 minute mark of the second quarter to get the ball to Samuel, which resulted in a first down and 15-yard gain. His next catch, too, moved the sticks.On that drive, Barrett threw a touchdown pass to redshirt junior tight end Marcus Baugh, putting the Buckeyes up 9-0.Samuel began to be more involved in the beginning of the second half. It was almost as if OSU coach Urban Meyer remembered how important Samuel is to the offense. The Brooklyn native took his first carry of the night for 74 yards for a touchdown, taking the wind out of Penn State’s sails.Then, all of a sudden, Samuel wasn’t anywhere to be found in the run game. He had just one carry after the touchdown run and he was held to 10 total touches for the game with 139 total yards of offense. The Buckeyes stagnant offense allowed Penn State to get back into the game, with some help from OSU’s special teams, and ultimately ended in a 24-21 loss — the first of OSU’s season.Meyer simply said after the game that Samuel is much too important to the success of the offense to have just 10 touches and two carries.“We got to get him more than that,” he said.The two games where OSU’s offensive inconsistencies were the most prevalent were Indiana and Penn State. Against the Hoosiers, Samuel did not have a touch in the first quarter and did not record a reception. Against Penn State, Samuel surpassed his average of 5.3 receptions per game, but only had two carries, which is seven attempts lower than his season average.Play calling is one factor in an offense that is having difficulty with moving the ball, and execution is another. Redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber and senior H-back Dontre Wilson are two other dual-threat players who are used in the passing and running game, but the offense doesn’t have an urgency to get one guy the ball over the other.“It’s not like, ‘hey, Curtis has got to touch the ball, Dontre has got to touch the ball, Mike Weber has got to touch the ball.’ We’re not doing that,” Barrett said. “I’m going to tell you that from here on out, there’s not going to be any, ‘hey, let’s get Curtis the ball on this play.’ It’s not going to be like that.” In 2015, OSU had an embarrassment of riches concerning the talent at skill positions. That team struggled in finding the right amount of touches for each player on the offense. This season, in many ways OSU is still finding a balance in its offense. However, it is coming at the expense of neglecting Samuel.Although Meyer said he needs to get the ball to Samuel more, Barrett said that the offense doesn’t function best when one player is singled out to get the ball.“We’re going to run our plays and if Curtis happens to get the ball, then Curtis happens to get the ball,” Barrett said. “Our offense runs very well when that happens. We’re not going to start going backwards into ‘this person has to get the ball, that person has to get the ball’ because then you’re just predictable. That’s not how we play. That’s not good football.” read more

WHO group finds mobile phone use possibly carcinogenic

first_imgThe International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of the World Health Organization (WHO), raised more than a few eyebrows this week when the group announced that it has now classified radiofrequency magnetic fields, like those emitted by wireless devices including mobile phones, as “possibly carcinogenic” to humans.To come to the new classification, a group of 31 scientists from 14 countries met in Lyon, France from May 24 through the 31st to look into the matter. The group reviewed hundreds of studies on the subject including exposure data and studies of cancers in humans and animals to reach their conclusion. Based on their findings, the IARC found limited evidence that users of wireless phones had an increased risk of developing glioma and acoustic neuroma. Glioma is a rarely curable form of cancer commonly found in the brain while acoustic neuroma is a benign tumor with symptoms including hearing loss and deafness.AdChoices广告The IARC stopped short of quantifying the increased risk, but did cite a study of past cell phone use in their press release which found that heavy users, those who used their cell phone 30-minutes per day over 10-years, were at a 40% increased risk for gliomas. The new 2B classification given by the organization doesn’t mean that there is a definitive risk. In fact, the specific language used is that there “could” be a risk which justifies a need to keep a close eye on the link between cell phone use and cancer.While more long-term mobile phone use studies are necessary, wireless users are nevertheless encouraged to minimize their exposure through the use of hands-free solutions and texting when possible. The cautious tone being taking by the IARC is possibly due to the wide spread use of mobile phones. The group estimates that there are currently 5 billion mobile phone subscriptions worldwide.Read more at the IARC (PDF)Brian’s OpinionIn reality this finding by the IARC doesn’t tell us anything new. It simply shows once again that after hundreds of studies a definitive link between mobile phone use and cancer is still allusive. Part of the difficulty in proving such a link is that long-term studies may require decades of use. By the time the study has completed, wireless technology may have changed many times which could end up only resulting in a firm link being proving between cancer and long-term exposure to an old wireless technology.IARC’s pragmatic approach, which includes recommendations to minimize exposure, may seem overly cautious, but what is driving those recommendations is the fact that an estimated 5 billion people use wireless phones. With those kind of numbers, even a small risk could result in millions of users developing cancer due to heavy use. When put in those terms, there is little harm in bringing some attention to the possible risk and suggesting ways to minimize exposure through hands-free solutions and texting.Let’s be clear, though. We know nothing more today about a possible link between cancer and mobile phone use than we did last week. The only thing that has changed is the IARC’s belief that more information is needed and that steps can be taken now to minimize exposure in case a risk is ever determined.last_img read more

Cronin gets first Six Nations start with Carty set for Ireland debut

first_img 42,143 Views Cronin gets first Six Nations start with Carty set for Ireland debut in Italy Joe Schmidt has made four changes to his starting team for the Six Nations. Friday 22 Feb 2019, 1:49 PM SEAN CRONIN WILL make his first Six Nations start for Ireland in Sunday’s clash with Italy in Rome [KO 3pm Irish time, Virgin Media].The 32-year-old Leinster hooker will win his 68th cap for Ireland but, incredibly, he has never started a game in the championship before. Cronin will make his first Six Nations start for Ireland in Rome. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOMeanwhile, Connacht out-half Jack Carty is set for his Ireland debut off the bench at Stadio Olimpico.The introduction of Cronin is one of four changes head coach Joe Schmidt has made to the starting XV that beat Scotland in round two, all of them coming in the pack.With regular captain Rory Best rested, Munster man Peter O’Mahony leads the team.Dave Kilcoyne gets an opportunity at loosehead prop, while Ultan Dillane comes into the second row and Ulster’s Jordi Murphy starts at number eight.Schmidt has named an unchanged backline of Rob Kearney, Keith Earls, Chris Farrell, Bundee Aki, Jacob Stockdale, Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray, although it’s understood that injuries to Joey Carbery [hamstring] and Jordan Larmour [finger] tied his hands in that regard. Robbie Henshaw remains on the comeback trail.Similarly, it’s understood that Jack Conan [abdominal injury] picked up an injury in training this week, meaning Murphy gets a starting opportunity in the number eight short.Dillane comes into the second row to partner Connacht team-mate Quinn Roux, while Cronin and Kilcoyne make up the front row along with the retained Tadhg Furlong. Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloudSubscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: 127 Comments Subscribe Share30 Tweet Email1 center_img Feb 22nd 2019, 1:49 PM Jack Carty in Ireland training. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOThe experienced Sean O’Brien and O’Mahony continue in the back row alongside Murphy.With Best and loosehead Cian Healy rested and Andrew Porter released to Leinster, Niall Scannell, Jack McGrath and John Ryan are set for their first appearances of this year’s championship off the bench.Similarly, Iain Henderson returns from injury to provide second row back-up, while Andrew Conway is another player set to make his first appearance of the Six Nations after being named as the 23rd man. Ireland (v Italy):15. Rob Kearney14. Keith Earls13. Chris Farrell12. Bundee Aki11. Jacob Stockdale10. Johnny Sexton9. Conor Murray1. Dave Kilcoyne2. Sean Cronin3. Tadhg Furlong4. Ultan Dillane5. Quinn Roux6. Peter O’Mahony (captain)7. Sean O’Brien8. Jordi MurphyReplacements:16. Niall Scannell17. Jack McGrath18. John Ryan19. Iain Henderson20. Josh van der Flier21. John Cooney22. Jack Carty23. Andrew ConwayMurray Kinsella, Andy Dunne and Gavan Casey look ahead to Ireland’s Six Nations meeting with Italy and discuss the week’s biggest stories in the latest episode of The42 Rugby Weekly. By Murray Kinsella Short URL https://the42.ie/4507723 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Watch NASA Is Building and Testing Its Mars 2020 Rover at JPL

first_img NASA is giving the world a sneak peek of the building and testing process for its Mars 2020 rover and you can watch the Red Planet project online.A live-stream from a Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) clean room will give fans a glimpse of the behind-the-scenes work of the Mars 2020 rover, which involves engineers assembling and testing the Mars 2020 rover before it heads to space next year, Space.com reported. You can watch all the action on NASA’s YouTube channel or on NASA’s Mars 2020 Mission webpage.“There is so much happening and changing in the clean room, I come here every opportunity I get,” John McNamee, Mars 2020 project manager, said in a press statement. “It is great that we can share this part of our journey to the Red Planet with the public anytime they want.”Called “Seeing 2020,” the webcam will stream live webchats with Mars 2020 and JPL social-media team members, and these online talks will take place twice daily, every Monday to Thursday, at 2 p.m. EST and 7 p.m. EST.The Mars 2020 Mission is expected to launch next July and touchdown inside Mars’ Jezero Crater in February 2021. Once it arrives on the Red Planet, the Mars 2020 rover will conduct a series of tasks, including leveraging a pair of high-definition cameras, also known as Mastcam-Z shooters, that aim to increase the rover’s driving and core-sampling capabilities. The cameras will also allow scientists on our planet to take note of mineralogical, morphologic, structural, and textural details on the Red Planet.More on Geek.com:NASA Scientists Install HD ‘Eyes’ in Mars 2020 Rover ExoMars 2020 Rover Operations Control Center Opens in ItalyNASA Puts Mars 2020 Rover to the Test NASA Captures ‘Red-Handed’ Avalanche on Mars in Mesmerizing PhotoBest Skywatching Events in September 2019 Stay on targetlast_img read more

Tag team match is set for this weeks 49 WWE Smackdown

first_img Pinterest Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Google+ Smackdown Live Preview: Daniel Bryan still wants an apology, King of the Ring Quarterfinals Now Playing Up Next John Oliver Takes On The WWE Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Erick Rowan Facebook Now Playing Up Next WWE Intercontinental Champion Daniel Bryan and Dolph Ziggler vs. Sheamus and Bad News Barrett was announced for this week’s 4/9 WWE Smackdown on Syfy.That match will be taped on Tuesday night in Dallas, Texas.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipCesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The BarVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:59/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:55 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next WWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi Arabiacenter_img John Cena Videos Articles WhatsApp Cesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The Bar Seth Rollins WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Now Playing Up Next Twitter WWE Royal Rumble Card Update For 2019 WWE Smackdown Results – 9/3/19 (King of the Ring Quarterfinals, Daniel Bryan apology) Videos Articles WWE star Ruby Riott reveals new tattoos, Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella’s dog passes awaylast_img read more

2nd suspect involved in Oakland Park burglary in court

first_imgOAKLAND PARK, FLA. (WSVN) – A second suspect accused of a home burglary in Oakland Park faced a judge in court.Twenty-six-year-old Yves Fanor is one of two men accused of breaking into a home while people slept inside.Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies charged Fanor with burglary of an occupied dwelling, grand theft and dealing in stolen property.The burglary happened along Northeast 43rd Court and Third Avenue back on Aug. 30.Fanor is being held on $31,000 bond.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Ellen Klucznik Named To Deans List At Lehigh University

first_imgBETHLEHEM, PA — Dean’s List status at Lehigh University, which is awarded to students who earned a scholastic average of 3.6 or better while carrying at least 12 hours of regularly graded courses, has been granted to Ellen Klucznik, of Wilmington, in the Spring 2019 semester.About Lehigh UniversityFor more than 150 years, Lehigh University (lehigh.edu) has combined outstanding academic and learning opportunities with leadership in fostering innovative research. The institution is among the nation’s most selective, highly ranked private research universities. Lehigh’s four colleges – College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and Economics, College of Education and the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science – provide opportunities to 7,000 students to discover and grow in a learning community that promotes interdisciplinary programs with real-world experience.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Lehigh University via Merit.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Ellen Klucznik Named To Dean’s List At Lehigh UniversityIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 3 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Regis CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 3 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At MCPHSIn “Education”last_img read more

AirPods vs Galaxy Buds The best wireless earbuds are

first_img How To • 17 tricks to help you get the most out of your Apple AirPods Galaxy Buds are Samsung’s answer to Apple’s AirPods Apple AirPods $159, £159, AU$229 Review • Apple AirPods updated review: Getting better with age Apple Mentioned Above Apple AirPods See It 13 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Design: AirPods are light, Galaxy Buds are snugIt’s hard to miss the AirPods when they’re dangling from someone’s ear: The bud rests inside the ear while the Q-tip-like cylinder sticks out down your earlobe. The AirPods are only available in white. The Galaxy Buds are slightly bigger and protrude more than the AirPods, but they sit more snug in your ear thanks to different wingtips that you can swap out for a better fit. The Buds come in black, white or yellow.The Galaxy Buds sit securely in your ear thanks to interchangeable tips so you can choose the best size for your ear. Angela Lang/CNET The fit and comfort level obviously depends on the shape of your ear, but in general we found the AirPods were slightly more comfortable, especially for extended wear, because they’re so lightweight. The Galaxy Buds looked nicer and more subtle in our ears. Both stayed in place during everyday activities like commutes and workouts, but the Galaxy Buds felt more secure because of the tighter hold. The tips of the AirPods make them susceptible to falling out if you brush up against them with your hand. Neither one is fully water resistant, but the Galaxy Buds have an IPX2 rating which means they’ll withstand intense sweat sessions.The downside (or upside depending on what you’re looking for) of having a tighter seal is that the Galaxy Buds block out more ambient noise than the AirPods, even when you’re not listening to music. The open design of the AirPods means you hear a lot more of your surroundings and you don’t have to take them out to have a conversation when you’re not listening to anything. We’ll discuss the actual sound quality in more detail later. Both these earbuds magnetically clip in to their cases for storage and to recharge the battery. The Galaxy Buds have a slightly larger case that looks a bit like a cylindrical pillbox or contact lens case, while the AirPods have a smaller case that reminds me of dental floss. Winner: Samsung Galaxy Buds for a more secure fit (although we do prefer the AirPods’ case)Features: What else can these buds do?The AirPods and the Galaxy Buds pair automatically with their companies’ respective devices as soon as you crack open the case. The first time you bring the buds near the phone, just tap to connect and you should be ready to go. The connection experience is not as seamless with devices outside of their respective ecosystems, but you can still pair them both manually from the Bluetooth settings on any phone, tablet or laptop.  apple-airpods-6Click open the case and your AirPods or Galaxy Buds connect to your phone. Angela Lang/CNET Once paired, both buds let you tap to control calls, music playback or summon a voice assistant (Siri or Bixby, respectively). Customize the AirPods controls from the Bluetooth settings on your iPhone and pick from four different options: play and pause, skip forward, go to the previous track or summon Siri. When paired with Android, the Galaxy Buds can be customized through the Galaxy Wear app. They offer the same tap controls as the AirPods, plus the ability to adjust the volume from the buds. You can increase or decrease ambient noise and tune the sound quality from the app. If you’re using the Galaxy Buds with an iPhone, however, you’ll only be able to use the default controls. The level of customization on the Galaxy Buds is unbeatable, but if you do choose to customize the taps, remembering what gesture controls what feature may take some time to master. If you lose either of these buds, you can use your phone to find them, but neither of the “find my buds” features is perfect. On the iPhone they only show the last location where they were paired, and sometimes didn’t ring or show up as found until they were next to the phone. The Galaxy Buds don’t show their location on a map and only play a chirping sound when you ping them — an effect that only works if the buds are turned on and connected. Remember, you won’t be able to ping either of the buds if you’re using them with a device outside the ecosystem. Bottom line, try not to lose either one.Winner: Galaxy Buds for the level of customizationSound quality: Galaxy Buds offer more for audiophilesOut of the box, the sound quality on the Galaxy Buds is notably richer. Because of its tighter fitting design, you don’t have to pump up the volume as much to hear your music. If you’re listening to the AirPods by themselves, the sound quality is perfectly adequate. It’s only when listening to them side by side with the Galaxy Buds that we noticed they sound a littler thinner and weaker. The AirPods’ more open design also means you also need to crank up the volume if there’s a lot of ambient noise competing with them.airpods-galaxy-buds-2You’ll be able to hear more of your surrounds when wearing the AirPods. Angela Lang/CNET Sound on Galaxy Buds is tuned by AKG, and you have the option to customize the sound profile in the Galaxy Wear app. The app also gives you an Ambient Sound setting that brings in more outside noise when paired with Android devices and has a Voice Focus option that makes voices stand out. In the real world, these features do let in more ambient sound and let you hear voices more clearly, but it can sound like you are in an echo chamber, and you still don’t get as much ambient noise coming through as you do with the AirPods. The AirPods don’t have a native app, but you can use an equalizer in your music app to adjust the sound. We still preferred the AirPods over the Galaxy Buds for walking commutes or runs where you have to be aware of your surroundings, even with the Ambient sound option enabled. For calls, we had the opposite experience. Both buds have dual microphones, but the AirPods isolated the voice better in the call while the Galaxy Buds let in more ambient noise. The AirPods sounded much clearer and louder to the person on the other line. Winner: Galaxy Buds for sound quality, AirPods get points for call qualityPerformance and battery: Which can go longer?The Galaxy Buds support Bluetooth 5, while the AirPods have Apple’s W1 chip. We conducted an informal range test where we paired them both with their respective phones, started streaming from Spotify and left them on a table. Both were able to get an impressive distance from the table before the music started to cut out, but the AirPods were able to get about 5 feet (1.5 meters) further than the Galaxy Buds. apple-airpods-galaxy-buds-9USB-C or Lightning? Angela Lang/CNET The Galaxy Buds did, however, outlast the AirPods in terms of battery life by almost 2 hours. We were able to get about 5 hours of continuous playback with the AirPods and almost 7 hours with the Galaxy Buds. But the AirPods hold more charge in the case than the Galaxy Buds, so you’ll be able to get more juice out of them on the go if you don’t have access to an outlet. The AirPods use a lightning cable to charge, while the Galaxy Buds have a USB-C port. But the Galaxy Buds have a charging superpower up their sleeve that the AirPods don’t have yet: wireless charging. Not only can the case be charged on a charging dock, if you have a new Galaxy S10, S10 Plus or S10E you can use your phone to charge them in a pinch. Winner: Toss up. The AirPods have a slightly longer range and more total battery life, but the Galaxy Buds last longer on a single charge and can charge wirelesslyLet’s break it down: Which one is the best?The Galaxy Buds are the clear winners. They have more features and offer greater customization at a cheaper price than the AirPods. But it also depends on your use case. The Galaxy Buds are the obvious pick if you have a Galaxy or Android phone and your main priority is sound quality. But the AirPods may be better if you’re looking for seamless integration with your iPhone and want a well-rounded set of buds that you can wear in just about any scenario.  See Galaxy Buds at WalmartThat said, it’s important to keep in mind that the AirPods are 2 years old at this point and can still hold their own against the brand-new Galaxy Buds. Apple is expected to release a sequel to the AirPods in the coming months, so check back for updates to this comparison when that happens.  See AirPods at Walmart 9:34 News • Apple AirPods 2 deal: $139.99 (save $19) Apple AirPods vs. Samsung Galaxy Buds: How to choose? See it at Walmart Apple AirPods $138 See it Editors’ note: This story compares the original AirPods, first release in late 2016, with the 2019 Samsung Galaxy Buds. Shortly after it was posted, new 2019 AirPods were released. Read the new AirPods review for more information.Samsung’s new Galaxy Buds are giving Apple’s AirPods a run for their money. Like the AirPods, they are in-ear, truly wireless headphones. They have a magnetic charging case that can give you a boost on the go and seamlessly integrate with Galaxy phones. Unlike the AirPods ($159, £159 or AU$229), the Galaxy Buds ($130, £139 or AU$249) can charge wirelessly. The Galaxy Buds also cost less (apart from in Australia).But the specs don’t always tell the whole story. We tested both these buds for about a week to find out which one comes out on top — and help you decide which is right for you. • Preview • What it’s like to live with AirPods Versus Samsung Galaxy Buds CNET may get a commission from retail offers.center_img Monoprice Share your voice Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 AirPods vs. Galaxy Buds Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $184 Walmart See It Comments Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? 38 Mobile Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products featured on this page. Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. 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Kalyana Lakshmi cheques at beneficiaries doorsteps soon in

first_imgKodangal: Local legislator Patnam Narender Reddy visited the Bomraspet mandal Praja Parishad President (MPP) office and distributed Kalyana Lakshmi cheques to 104 newly-married couples and later handed over the land passbooks to farmers as part of the Rythu Bandhu scheme on Wednesday.On the occasion, the MLA said that the the government was contemplating to deliver the Shaadi Mubarak and Kalyana Lakshmi cheques at the doorsteps of the beneficiaries and very soon this will be implemented. Also Read – TSBB, NGC promotes eco-friendly Ganeshas Advertise With Us The MLA further added that the TRS government under the leadership of Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao was taking up various welfare and development programmes for the poor and downtrodden. He said the government was giving highest priority to the farming sector and was providing financial assistance to farmers in the form of Rythu Bandhu and providing Rs 5,000 per acre as input subsidy to the farmers. Also Read – CM KCR praises PRO for his books on Telangana Advertise With Us The MLA directed the revenue officials concerned to complete all the pending works of land record reviews and corrections as early as possible and ensure that no farmer is deprived of government’s financial support. “We have come across some complaints that the revenue officials were deliberately delaying the land record updating. We will not spare those who are harassing the farmers and will take strict action against them,” warned the MLA. The programme was organised by Bomraspet MPP Hemli Bai, who presided over the programme at the Mandal Praja Parishad office.last_img read more

Risheehat Tea Estate to reopen from today

first_imgDarjeeling: Following the meeting between the management and trade unions convened by the Assistant Labour Commissioner in Darjeeling, it was decided to reopen the Risheehat Tea Estate from Thursday. The meeting resolved that wages will be cleared on March 28 and arrears will be paid on March 30.”The workers also have to ensure that there is peace in the gardens and that the management does not feel insecure,” stated Balam Tamang, president, Darjeeling Terai Dooars Plantation Labour Union (DTDPLU- affiliated to the GJM). Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe management of Risheehat Tea Estate near Darjeeling town had declared a suspension of work on March 19. The suspension of work came on the heels of Himalayan Plantation Labour Union (HPWU- affiliated to the GNLF) stopping the plucking of first flush tea leaves over non-payment of arrears. “The decision was taken to reduce the hardship of the workers, in their greater interest,” stated Sandeep Mukherjee, principal advisor, Darjeeling Tea Association. The garden, situated 15km from Darjeeling, has a workforce of more than 1,100. In another development, the Kanchenview Tea Estate in Darjeeling has been closed down. Mukherjee claimed that the lockout is owing to industrial unrest.last_img read more

Acer Nitro 5 AMD Review

first_img Bluetooth 5391 6559 15.35 x 10.47 x 1.05 inches Ports (excluding USB) Wi-Fi Model Highest Available Resolution Windows 10 Graphics Card HDMI 2.0 Bluetooth 5.0 Video Memory RAM Upgradable to Operating System 7,200rpm 4 3DMark Fire Strike3DMark Ice Storm UnlimitedBattery Life (Test Ver 2.0)Budget Gaming TestColor AccuracyColor GamutDirt 3: Complete EditionDisplay Brightness (Nits)Far Cry New Dawn (1920 x 1080, Ultra)Geekbench 4.3GTA V (1920 x 1080 on Very High)Hard Drive SpeedHitman (1920 x 1080 on Ultra with DirectX 12)Hitman 2 (1920 x 1080 on Ultra with DirectX 12)Metro Last Light (high, 1080p)Metro: Exodus (1920 x 1080, DirectX 11) – UltraRise of the Tomb Raider (1920 x 1080 on Very High)Shadow of the Tomb Raider (1080p, Highest, DX12)SteamVR Performance Test Specifications Ports (excluding USB) Ports (excluding USB) SD memory reader 3.1 x 4.1-inch Display Size Headphone/Mic Mobile Broadband Secondary Hard Drive Speed RAM 5.22 pounds 8GB Ports (excluding USB) 1920 x 1080 Native Resolution Hard Drive Speed 3DMark Fire Strike1 of 19Tests notebook graphics performance.Acer Nitro 5 (AMD)Acer Nitro 5Asus TUF Gaming FX504Dell G3 15Category Average (as of 05/31/19) Ports (excluding USB) Optical Drive USB 2.0center_img RJ-45 882 Wi-Fi 802.11ac USB Ports Hard Drive Size Review Warranty/Support Touchpad Size HDD AMD Ryzen 5 2500U USB 3.0 Optical Drive Speed Kensington Lock Ports (excluding USB) Advertisement Secondary Hard Drive Size AMD Radeon RX 560X 6828 USB Type-C 1 TB Secondary Hard Drive Type Size CPU 1920×1080 Ports (excluding USB) Card Slots Weight Hard Drive Type The AMD version of the Acer Nitro 5 is a super-cheap gaming laptop at just $670, but it is severely underpowered compared with its Intel counterpart. Even if you ignore its subpar performance, this Nitro 5’s battery life is a little short, and the speakers leave a lot to be desired. Sure, it has a comfortable keyboard and a bunch of ports, but that’s not enough for us to fully recommend the AMD Nitro 5.article continued below See our List of Favorite LaptopsClick on one of our top pick pages below to see which were selected as “Best in Class” by our seasoned tech editors.Best GamingGaming LaptopsFind the right mobile rig for your style of play.Best GamingBest Cheap GamingGaming Under $1000Play your favorite titles, without spending a fortune.Best under $1000#1 Gaming LaptopAlienware 13 (OLED Display)Our favorite gaming laptop right now is beautiful, powerful and portable.See it on DellOr Continue Reading Below… Price and Configuration Options I tested the base model of the Nitro 5, which runs for $670 and comes outfitted with an AMD Ryzen 5 2500U processor, an AMD Radeon RX 560X GPU with 4GB of VRAM, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB 7,200-rpm HDD. For $699, you can get the same configuration with a 256GB SSD instead of a HDD. There’s an 8th Gen Intel configuration that starts at $949 and is packed with a Core i7-8750H CPU, a GTX 1050 Ti GPU, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB HDD. Meanwhile, the new Nitro 5 caps out at $879 and comes with a Core i5-9300H processor, a GTX 1650 GPU, 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. Design The Nitro 5 sports a sleek faux-aluminum finish over its curved, car-like plastic hood, which is accompanied by a black, glossy Acer logo as well as a red-accented hinge with an engraved Nitro logo. However, the lid flexed like Arnold Schwarzenegger in his body-building days when I put pressure on it. Meanwhile, the interior of the Nitro 5 screams “budget gaming.” Picture this: red keyboard font combined with red backlighting, a red-accented touchpad and a red hinge. Of course, the budget gaming design isn’t without incredibly thick bezels. The Nitro 5’s lid flexed like Arnold Schwarzenegger in his body-building days when I put pressure on it. At 5.2 pounds and 15.4 x 10.5 x 1.1 inches, the Nitro 5 is the same size as its Intel counterpart, but just slightly heavier, as the Intel Nitro 5 weighs 5.1 pounds. The Nitro 5 is also much larger than the Dell G3 15 (5.2 pounds, 15 x 10.2 x 0.9 inches) and the Asus TUF Gaming FX504 (5.1 pounds, 15.1 x 10.3 x 1 inches). Ports There’s a good amount of ports on the Nitro 5. On the left, there’s a Kensington lock slot, an RJ45 Ethernet port, one USB Type-C port, an HDMI 2.0 port, one USB 3.0 port and an SD card slot, while the right side features the power jack, two USB 2.0 ports and a headphone jack. Display The Nitro 5’s 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080 display is relatively bright, but it could be more colorful, even for a budget gaming laptop. I took a contract in Hitman 2, and when I landed on a beach in the dead of night, I was able to see the entire the sandy landscape, including the mountains behind the house of the person I was hired to gank. And as I crawled my way through beachgrass toward the house, I could spot each strand of the ammophila plant growing out of the sand. However, the grass and the lights coming from the house didn’t exactly bleed with color. In the trailer for Doctor Sleep, the neon theater sign glowed a particular red that couldn’t really pop. Despite that, the screen was bright enough to capture most of the dark street outside the theater, including the license plate of a lone car. I could also spot the sharp strands of hair on Ewan McGregor’s head. The Nitro 5’s 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080 display is relatively bright, but it could be more colorful. According to our colorimeter, the Nitro 5’s panel covered 61% of the sRGB color gamut, which falls under the 69% budget gaming laptop average as well as the Intel Nitro 5’s 70%. To be fair, the G3 15 and TUF Gaming FX504 produced only 61% and 66%, respectively. MORE: Laptops with the Best Display Brightness At 261 nits of brightness, the Nitro’s display surpassed the 247-nit category average, as well as the Intel Nitro 5 (257 nits), the G3 15 (231 nits) and the TUF Gaming FX504 (220 nits). Keyboard and Touchpad The Nitro 5’s keyboard doesn’t boast the most attractive design, with its red-on-red color palette. And while the keys don’t deliver the satisfying click of more premium gaming laptops, the keyboard was pretty comfortable to type on. I nailed 75 words per minute on the 10fastfingers.com typing test, which is slightly faster than my usual 70 wpm average. The keys traveled at 1.5 millimeters and required 70 grams of force to actuate, well within our preferred range on both accounts. The 4.1 x 3.1-inch touchpad is a decent enough size and offers a soft surface, but the entire touchpad looks like it’s sinking into the frame when I click on it. Despite that, Windows 10 gestures like three-finger tabbing and two-finger scrolling work as intended. Audio While the Nitro 5’s bottom-firing speakers carried NF’s “Let You Down” through a small office, it could’ve been louder. The vocals sounded decent, but it was just sharp enough to be irritating when I listened closely. Most of the percussion sounded muddy, apart from the heavier beats, and the bass was subpar overall. In the opening cutscene for Hitman 2, the waves featured in the background of the exposition were distorted and uncomfortable to listen to. Even when it transitioned to gameplay, I ran as far away from the ocean I could to get from it. Agent 47’s conversation with his handler was soft but articulate. The gunshots, however, sounded hollow and unsatisfying. MORE: The Best Headsets for Immersive Gaming You can customize the audio via the Dolby Audio app, which features presettings like Dynamic, Movie, Music, Game and Voice. It also has a full equalizer that you can adjust yourself. Gaming, Graphics and VR Acer armed the Nitro 5 with an AMD Radeon RX 560X GPU with 4GB of VRAM, which don’t deliver a great gaming experience. I ran around in Hitman 2 attempting to locate my target in their super-expensive beach house, but the game ran at a choppy 38 frames per second on Medium settings at 1080p. On our budget Rise of the Tomb Raider benchmark (Medium, 1080p), the Nitro 5 averaged 39 fps, which is just shy of the 46-fps budget gaming laptop average. The TUF Gaming FX504’s GTX 1050 GPU didn’t make the average either, but it still beat the Nitro 5 with 42 fps. Meanwhile, the GTX 1050 Ti GPU in the Intel Nitro 5 (51 fps) and G3 15 (50 fps) performed significantly better. The Nitro 5 also scored worse than the rest on the Hitman benchmark (Ultra, 1080p), hitting 34 fps and dropping short of the 41-fps category average as well as the performance from the Intel Nitro 5 (42 fps) and G3 15 (41 fps). MORE: The Best PC Games to Play Right Now The 17 fps from the Nitro 5 basically made Grand Theft Auto V unplayable at Very High, 1080p. It scored nearly half of the budget gaming laptop average (32 fps), and couldn’t make it to the playable frame rates that the Intel Nitro 5 (31 fps) and the G3 15 (33 fps) displayed. On the SteamVR Performance Test, the Nitro 5 was deemed Not Ready, scoring a 3 out of 11. While the Intel Nitro 5 (3.4) and G3 15 (3.5) couldn’t make the 3.6 category average, either, they were closer than the Nitro. Performance Packed with an AMD Ryzen 5 2500U and 8GB of RAM, the Nitro 5 slowed down after opening 20 Google Chrome tabs and one 1080p YouTube video while Hitman 2 ran in the background. If a gaming laptop can’t manage that, then it’s not much of a gaming laptop. On the Geekbench 4.1 overall performance benchmark, the Nitro 5 scored 8,774, which is nearly half the budget gaming laptop average (14,507). Sporting an Intel Core i5-8300H, Intel Nitro 5 (14,987) and the G3 15 (14,976) climbed over the average, while the TUF Gaming FX504 (12,716) trailed slightly. MORE: Best Graphics Performance The Nitro 5 took 18 minutes and 1 second to transcode a 4K video to 1080p on our HandBrake benchmark, well off the category average (14:57). The Intel Nitro 5 completed it a little faster (17:22), while the G3 15 (13:16) and TUF Gaming FX504 (11:15) went full speed ahead. Acer’s 1TB HDD copied 4.97GB of data in an exhausting 1 minute and 39 seconds, translating to a measily 51 megabytes per second, which is three times less than the budget gaming laptop average (163 MBps). The Intel Nitro 5’s 256GB SSD nailed 318 MBps, while the G3 15’s 128GB SSD (121) and the TUF Gaming FX504’s 1TB HDD (95 MBps) fell behind the average. Battery Life The Nitro 5’s battery life isn’t bad for a gaming laptop, but it could be better. After it continuously surfed the web over Wi-Fi at 150 nits of brightness, the battery life lasted 4 hours and 7 minutes, just below the 4:25 budget gaming laptop average. While the TUF Gaming FX504 (3:57) didn’t do any better, the Intel Nitro 5 lasted almost 40 minutes longer, at 4:44, and the G3 15 hit a solid 6:37. Webcam As you might imagine, the Nitro 5’s 720p shooter doesn’t exactly cut it for streaming. My face looked like a pile of blotchy pixels. The blue color on my shirt actually came off well, but the heightened contrast made my skin look pale. The webcam even blew up most of the ceiling due to the lighting. If you pick up the Nitro 5, make sure to grab yourself an external webcam. Heat Because of its plastic shell, the Nitro 5 doesn’t get too hot under pressure. After playing Hitman 2 for 15 minutes, the underside of the chassis measured 105 degrees Fahrenheit, which is 10 degrees above our 95-degree comfort zone. The center of the keyboard and touchpad hit 105 and 81 degrees, respectively. And the hottest the machine got was 127 degrees, on the underside’s vents near the hinge. On our normal benchmark, which requires running a 15-minute HD video, the hottest that the Nitro 5’s underside got was 90 degrees. Meanwhile, the center of the keyboard hit 86 degrees and the touchpad made it to a mere 76 degrees. Software and Warranty Unlike some other budget gaming laptops, the Nitro 5 does have a gaming utility app, which monitors your CPU, GPU and fan speed. You can adjust the fans to auto or max, and you can even customize the speed with a simple slider. There’s also a CoolBoost setting, which increases the maximum fan speed. The app also lets you adjust the power plan to either Power Saver, Balance or High-Performance while it’s in AC or Battery mode. The usual Acer fodder includes Acer Product Registration and Acer Collection S; the former is self-explanatory while the latter features apps that Acer thinks you should download, like Netflix and Hulu. MORE: The Best Gaming Laptops The machine also features the typical Windows 10 bloatware, such as Candy Crush Saga, Cooking Fever and Candy Crush Friends, because you can’t ever have enough Candy Crush in your life. The Nitro 5 comes with a one-year limited warranty. See how Acer performed on our Tech Support Showdown, Best and Worst Brands and even Best and Worst Gaming Brands ranking. Bottom Line Even for $670, Acer’s AMD Nitro 5 is hard to recommend, mostly because of its underwhelming performance and graphics. To top it off, the battery life and speakers are equally subpar. If you’re set on getting a Nitro 5, you might as well pick up the newest model, which starts at $729 and sports a 9th Gen Core i5 CPU and a GTX 1050 GPU. 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