LG G6, Vivo V5s and other smartphones launched in the market this week

LG has finally launched its flagship smartphone LG G6 in India this week. Whereas Vivo V5S was introduced in India on Thursday. Expanding its 4G series, Zen Mobiles on Friday launched Zen Admire Metal. Many other smartphone maker companies also introduced their products in the market. We will tell you about all the smartphones launching this week that entered the market.

LG G6
South Korean electronics company LG’s latest flagship smartphone G6 has been launched in India. The LG G6 will be available in the local market for Rs 51,990 from Tuesday.

This phone runs on Android 7.0 Nougat. The LG G6 is the company’s first smartphone to come with the company’s UX 6.0 skin. It features a 5.7-inch Quad-HD+ (2880 x 1440 pixels) FullVision display. Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor has been used in the handset. And along with it there is 4 GB RAM LPDDR4 RAM. Only 64 GB storage variant has been introduced in India. There is support for microSD card up to 2 TB in the handset. Handset has dual rear camera. A camera comes with a 13-megapixel wide sensor. Its aperture is F / 2.4. At the same time, the second camera is with a standard sensor of 13 megapixels. This sensor with F / 1.8 aperture is equipped with optical image stabilization. On the front panel you will find a 5 megapixel sensor with F / 2.2 aperture. The battery of the smartphone is 3300 mAh.

Vivo V5s
Smartphone maker Vivo launched its new smartphone V5S in India. Vivo V5s smartphone will be available for Rs 18,990. Like many old handsets of Vivo, the most important feature of this smartphone is the selfie camera.

picture of vivo v5s
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Vivo V5s sports a 5.5-inch HD (1280×720 pixels) IPS display. 1.5 GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6750 processor has been used in the handset. 4 GB RAM is available for multi-tasking. The inbuilt storage is 64 GB and users will be able to use microSD card up to 256 GB if needed. The handset will run on Funtouch OS 3.0 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The secondary camera of V5S is 20 megapixels. Flash has also been given for better selfies and Face Beauty 6.0 is available as software. With the selfie camera, users will be able to record videos of full-HD resolution. At the same time, its primary camera is of 13 megapixels. There is a 3000 mAh battery available to power the Vivo V5s.

Zen Admire Metal
Zen has launched its new budget smartphone Zen Admire Metal. The price of Zen Admire Metal Smartphone is Rs.5,749.

Zen Admire 5 Inch in Metal (720×1280) HD IPS display. There is a 2.5D curved glass for protection. The device is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor. The phone has 1 GB RAM and 16 GB storage. Storage can be increased up to 32 GB via microSD card. Admire Metal sports a 5MP autofocus rear camera with flash. There is also a 5-megapixel front camera with flash. The smartphone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. This phone will be available in Champagne, Metallic Gray color. There is a 2500 mAh battery to power the phone.

iVOOMi M1 and M1+
Chinese electronics company iVOOMi on Tuesday introduced two new affordable handsets Mi 1 and Mi 1+ smartphones under its ‘Me’ series. The price of these smartphones is Rs 3,999 and Rs 4,999 respectively.

iVOOMi M1 and iVOOMi M1+ flaunt 5-inch HD IPS display. 2.5D curved glass has been given. These phones run on Android Marshmallow 6 operating software, which can be upgraded to Android 7.0 Marshmallow. Both these phones have 1.2 GHz quad-core processor and 1 GB RAM. The Mi 1 has a front and rear camera of 5 megapixels. Whereas Mi 1+ has 8 megapixel rear and 5 megapixel front camera. Both these phones have an LED flash on the rear. 8 GB inbuilt storage has been given in Mi 1 while 16 GB inbuilt storage has been given in Mi 1+. The storage of both can be increased up to 128 GB via microSD card. To give power, these smartphones have a 3000 mAh battery.

meizu e2
China’s smartphone maker Meizu has launched a new handset E2 in the local market. The key highlights of the Meizu E2 include the 3400mAh battery, fingerprint sensor, and display. Meizu has introduced two variants of this smartphone – 3 GB RAM + 32 GB storage and 4 GB RAM + 64 GB storage.

Meizu E2 sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1920×1080 pixels) display. Its pixel density is 403 PPI. The 2.3 GHz Helio P20 processor has been used in the smartphone. As we mentioned earlier, there are two variants of the handset. If needed, you will be able to use microSD card up to 128 GB. Coming with fingerprint sensor, this smartphone will run on Android based Flyme 6 OS. Meizu E2 has a 13 megapixel rear camera. It is equipped with PDAF, F / 2.2 aperture and panorama mode. At the same time, the sensor of the front camera is 8 megapixels.

ZTE Blade Max 3
Chinese company ZTE has launched its new Blade series smartphone Max 3. The ZTE Blade Max 3 is priced at $199.99 (roughly Rs. 12,800).

ZTE Blade Max 3 sports a 6-inch (1080 x 1920 pixels) resolution display. There is 2.5D Gorilla Glass for protection. An octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor has been given in this smartphone. The phone has 2 GB RAM. Inbuilt storage is 16GB which can be expanded up to 128GB via microSD card. The phone has a DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) that is claimed to deliver a high-quality audio experience for headphones. The new Blade Max 3 sports a dual camera setup of 13MP for RGB and 13MP for Monochrome with PDAF. The phone has a 5 megapixel front camera. The new handset has a fingerprint sensor on the rear. ZTE Blade Max 3 runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. There is a 4000 mAh battery to power this phone.

ZTE Max XL
ZTE has launched its new smartphone Max XL in the US. The ZTE Max XL is priced at $129 (roughly Rs. 8,200).

The ZTE Max XL is a large screen smartphone that comes with a 6-inch 1080p IPS FullHD display. Gorilla Glass 3 has been given for protection. This phone has a 1.4 GHz octa-core Snapdragon 435 processor. This chipset was launched in February last year. This phone has 2 GB RAM. Inbuilt storage is 16GB which can be expanded up to 128GB via microSD card. This phone runs on the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat. While many flagship smartphones like Samsung Galaxy S8 also run on Android 7.0 Nougat. This phone has a big battery of 3900 mAh. The phone sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash while a 5-megapixel front-facing camera is provided for taking selfies and video chats.

Blu R1 Plus
Miami-based company Blu has launched its new smartphone Blu R1 Plus in the US. The Blu R1 Plus is priced at $160 (roughly Rs. 10,000) for the 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage variant, while the 2GB RAM/ 16GB storage variant costs $140 (roughly Rs. 9,000).

Blu R1 Plus sports a 5.5-inch HD display. Curved Gorilla Glass 3 has been given for protection. This phone has a 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek processor. The phone comes in 3 GB RAM / 32 GB storage and 2 GB RAM / 16 GB storage variants. Storage can be increased up to 64 GB via microSD card. The R1 Plus is a dual sim smartphone. For photography, there is a 13MP rear camera with LED flash. At the same time, there is an 8-megapixel front camera for selfie and video chat, which comes with front LED flash. This phone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The 4000 mAh battery given in it will work to power the R1 Plus.

My gaming life – early years | GamesYouLoved

 

Retrogaming has become increasingly popular over the last few years with a wide variety of gamers; from those who were around at the time right through to the ‘Playstation Generation’ and beyond.

Article by Darren Browne – PART ONE – THE EARLY YEARS

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I consider myself lucky to have been a teenager in the middle of the console boom of the 90’s when gaming became part of the mainstream and I thought I would share some of my memories of growing up around this time – hopefully the younger crowd out there will find it interesting and the older gamers will enjoy reminiscing! Please feel free to let me know your thoughts! There’s plenty to write about so I’ve broken it down to The Early Years (earliest memory to 1990), 1990-1999 and then 2000 up to present day

 

The earliest memory I have of computers was way back in 1984 when I was just 7 and played Booty at a school friend’s house on his older brother’s Commodore 64 – I remember the cassette cover better than the game mainly due to the fact it had the old British Telecom logo on the packaging and was just a logo I recognised.

We moved house a year later so it would be a while before I got to play on a C64 again but my new school had a BBC Acorn and myself and a friend became the school ‘computer monitors’ – this basically meant wheeling the computer ’round to whatever classroom was using it that day, loading up software such as Postman Pat or Granny’s Garden and showing the teachers how to use it. In return we got to play games such as Daredevil Dennis and Repton during our breaks. My first competitive memory of gaming started the day one of the teachers brought in a new game, Mr Ee (a clone of Mr DO!)! My friend and I would take it in turns to try & beat each other’s record on who could get furthest in the game to get kudos from our classmates! Because home computers were still a few years away computer games were something I only got to experience during school hours.

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It wasn’t until I came to write this that I realised my first true home video game experience was on the console that pretty much started everything! A school friend had an Atari 2600 handed down to him by his older brother (who had got a NES for Christmas) and in the summer holiday of 1987 I would go to his house and play The Smurfs, Pitfall and Keystone Kapers. Sadly we never played on his brother’s NES – an experience that ended up being reserved for visits into town with my parents where I would get to play Super Mario Bros on the demo unit in Rumbelows!

Around 1987 my friends started getting ZX Spectrum +2’s and after playing games such as Daley Thompson’s Decathlon and Yie Ar Kung Fu I started bugging my parents for one – as the eldest of 4 kids my parents couldn’t afford to get me the latest model but one glorious day my dad came home with my first ever computer – a 2nd hand rubber-keyed 48k ZX Spectrum!

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At the time I was always jealous of the kids who had the built-in cassette deck of the Spectrum +2 but as I’ve got older I’m glad I got to own and appreciate the rubber-key excellence of the 48k – I’ve recently ordered the new Bluetooth version from Elite to relive some old memories! The games I got with my Speccy were pretty tough; Airwolf and Saboteur being particularly unforgiving but luckily there were quite a few people with Spectrum’s by this point and I was able to get my hands on better (and easier) games by swapping with each other (and occasionally copying!). The tapes on the cover of Crash magazine also meant getting a chance to play something new on a regular basis!

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There were so many great games on the Spectrum and I’m sure everyone has their favourites for reasons that are personal to them. Ocean software were the giants of this time and it seemed as though every game was a hit – Head Over Heels, Robocop, Batman (both versions), Op Wolf/Thunderbolt & Rainbow Islands (to name just a few!) – the artwork for the games by Bob Wakelin is very memorable and I have both Rainbow Islands and The New Zealand Story posters at home as I still enjoy playing those two games today! On the subject of artwork Oliver Frey needs a mention as the covers for Crash were also stunning – something I didn’t fully appreciate at the time due to my young age but so impressive looking back now. Other titles I remember playing a lot were Ghostbusters, Afterburner, and Way Of The Exploding Fist but my fondest memories are from the hours I clocked up playing Andrew & Phillip Oliver’s Dizzy titles.

In 1989 the Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles (‘ninja’ being too violent at the time!) were everywhere and having spent our pennies playing the arcade game in the Summer, we all wanted a version to play at home and it didn’t take long for a game to be released – nothing like the arcade but everyone still wanted it. I couldn’t afford the £9.99 game outright so I ended up copying it from a friend (I know, throw me in jail!) – I guess Imageworks/Konami had anticipated this however and the game had copy protection which requested random words from the manual. I was so desperate to play the game I spent over an hour writing out these codes by hand (probably in place of some homework that was due in the next day)!

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Around this time consoles were increasing in popularity – instant loading and superior graphics definitely caught your attention as a 12 year old! The only magazine worth having by this point was Computer & Video Games (C&VG) as you got to see so much more than just your own system and there were the Sega and Nintendo adverts to entice you!

The TMHT game ended up as a NES exclusive leaving kids (and I suppose parents) with the tough choice that year of either the NES or the Sega Master System – the first real console war had begun..

 

Bitcoin Struggles As More Bearish Signs Appear; Can Bulls Defend $15,500?

  •  BTC’s price lost its all-time high as price struggled to break above $17,000. 
  •  BTC’s price continues to look bearish with the market’s current state, as things look uncertain for most traders and investors. 
  • BTC’s price looks weak as the price struggles to hold above $16,000, with the possibility of reclaiming the daily 50 Exponential Moving Average (EMA) remaining bleak.

The price action displayed by Bitcoin (BTC) has continued to look disheartening, with the FTX effect affecting small crypto projects like Genesis as the market continues to look weak on each passing day signifying the bottom is not yet in leading to the price of many altcoins, including Bitcoin (BTC), battling for survival. The Domino effect of the FTX saga and other huge investors has left the market at a standstill as the market has yet to make a major move after previous weeks saw the price of Bitcoin (BTC) perform well. Most altcoins have lost their key support and have traded with over 90% loss, with many hoping for a crypto revival. (Data from Binance)

Bitcoin (BTC) Price Analysis On The Weekly Chart

The past few days have been filled with so much turbulence in the crypto space as many altcoins have struggled to show strength after losing their key support holding off price decline.

The current uncertainty surrounding the market has resulted in reluctance on the part of traders and investors to make altcoin purchases, as there is no assurance if they would be heading up any time soon.

FTX and now Genesis news has had a huge impact on the price of BTC, sending the price into a spiral movement to a region of $15,500 as the price bounced off this region with what looked like a temporary demand zone to hold off a big sell-off.

After the price of BTC closed below the weekly high of $17,000, there are high chances of the market going lower, with the prices of BTC looking more bearish with the weekly open.

Weekly resistance for the price of BTC – $17,500.

Weekly support for the price of BTC – $15,500.

Price Analysis Of BTC On The Daily (1D) Chart

Daily BTC Price Chart | Source: BTCUSDT On Tradingview.com

The price of BTC remains considerably weak in the daily timeframe as the price trades below the $16,500 resistance after bouncing off from the region of $15,500.

With rumor building of a likely bankruptcy of Genesis, this could affect the price of BTC and other smaller assets, with the price facing a possibility of losing the region of $15,500. 

If the price of BTC breaks above $15,500, we could see more sell-off as this has been a temporary region to hold bears. 

Daily resistance for the BTC price – $17,500.

Daily support for the BTC price – $15,500.

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Wordle today: #520 answer and hint for Monday, November 21

 

The answer to today’s Wordle is just a quick click away, and if you’d like to read some hints and tips to make your daily game more successful then you’ll find those and plenty more just below. I can also offer a fresh clue for the November 21 (520) puzzle as well—whatever Wordle help you need, you’ll find it here.

I don’t like starting my Wordle week with a close call, but here I am. It took longer than I hoped it would to find the yellows and greens I needed to help me form the final answer, and that’s why I only just scraped by with a win on the very last go.

Wordle hint

A Wordle hint for Monday, November 21

This word refers to a statement, rule or idea that is generally accepted as true. There isn’t necessarily any hard evidence for it, but these maxims are still widely taken as such by most people. There are three vowels to find today. 

Wordle help: 3 tips for beating Wordle every day 

If there’s one thing better than playing Wordle, it’s playing Wordle well, which is why I’m going to share a few quick tips to help set you on the path to success:

  • A good opener contains a balanced mix of unique vowels and consonants. 
  • A tactical second guess helps to narrow down the pool of letters quickly.
  • The solution may contain repeat letters.

There’s no time pressure beyond making sure it’s done by midnight. So there’s no reason to not treat the game like a casual newspaper crossword and come back to it later if you’re coming up blank.

Today’s Wordle answer

What is the Wordle 520 answer?

No idea? No problem. The answer to the November 21 (520) Wordle is AXIOM

Previous answers

Wordle archive: Which words have been used

The more past Wordle answers you can cram into your memory banks, the better your chances of guessing today’s Wordle answer without accidentally picking a solution that’s already been used. Past Wordle answers can also give you some excellent ideas for fun starting words that keep your daily puzzle solving fresh.

Here are some recent Wordle solutions:

  • November 20: BRAVE
  • November 19: AVERT
  • November 18: GLYPH
  • November 17: THERE
  • November 16: BAKER
  • November 15: SNARL
  • November 14: MAPLE
  • November 13: INANE
  • November 12: VALET
  • November 11: MEDAL

Learn more about Wordle 

Every day Wordle presents you with six rows of five boxes, and it’s up to you to work out which secret five-letter word is hiding inside them.

You’ll want to start with a strong word (opens in new tab) like ALERT—something containing multiple vowels, common consonants, and no repeat letters. Hit Enter and the boxes will show you which letters you’ve got right or wrong. If a box turns , it means that letter isn’t in the secret word at all. 🟨 means the letter is in the word, but not in that position. 🟩 means you’ve got the right letter in the right spot.

You’ll want your second go to compliment the first, using another “good” word to cover any common letters you missed last time while also trying to avoid any letter you now know for a fact isn’t present in today’s answer.

After that it’s just a case of using what you’ve learned to narrow your guesses down to the right word. You have six tries in total and can only use real words (so no filling the boxes with EEEEE to see if there’s an E). Don’t forget letters can repeat too (ex: BOOKS).

If you need any further advice feel free to check out our Wordle tips (opens in new tab), and if you’d like to find out which words have already been used you’ll find those below.

Originally, Wordle was dreamed up by software engineer Josh Wardle (opens in new tab), as a surprise for his partner who loves word games. From there it spread to his family, and finally got released to the public. The word puzzle game has since inspired tons of games like Wordle (opens in new tab), refocusing the daily gimmick around music or math or geography. It wasn’t long before Wordle became so popular it was sold to the New York Times for seven figures (opens in new tab). Surely it’s only a matter of time before we all solely communicate in tricolor boxes. 

UN expert questions sincerity of Myanmar’s prisoner release

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SEOUL, South Korea — The recent release of thousands of prisoners in Myanmar is likely an attempt by its military-controlled government to “create a veneer of progress” in the country to sway international opinion, a U.N. expert said Monday.

Myanmar freed about 5,700 prisoners on the occasion of the National Victory Day last Thursday. Among them were foreign nationals — an Australian academic, a Japanese filmmaker, an ex-British diplomat and an American. Australia, the United States and rights groups welcomed the releases while calling for Myanmar to free others unjustly detained.

“I of course welcome this release, but I caution that this is part of the junta’s efforts to create a veneer of progress in Myanmar to sway international opinion,” Thomas Andrews, the U.N. special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, told a news conference in Seoul. “The international community must not applaud the junta for this release or take it as evidence that the junta is softening.”

He said he received reports that some were immediately arrested again and that within 24 hours of last week’s release the military rained down heavy artillery on a village in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state, killing at least 10 people.

According to a rights monitoring organization, about 16,230 people have been detained on political charges in Myanmar since the military took over after overthrowing Aung San Suu Kyi’s democratically elected government in February 2021.

Andrews spoke at the end of his six-day trip to Seoul, where he said he discussed with South Korean officials their steps against the Myanmar government to ensure South Korean business activities don’t benefit the military. Andrews also met with Myanmar nationals living in South Korea.

He said that the world needs to rethink and recalibrate its response to a crisis in Myanmar, which he said “hit a dangerous inflection point.” He urged South Korea to build on the positive steps it has taken including publicly denouncing the military takeover, imposing an arms embargo and a moratorium on forced returns of Myanmar nationals back to their country.

“Korea should forcefully discredit any claims that the junta’s planned elections are legitimate, impose economic sanctions on targets associated with the junta, and expand its humane treatment of those Myanmar nations residing in Korea while encouraging Myanmar’s neighbors to do the same,” he told reporters.

“Strong, strategic and coordinated action in support of the people of Myanmar, including through cutting off the junta’s access to revenues and weapons, can make a critical difference,” he said.

A Modern California Home Built to Beat the Desert Heat

 

Autumn has arrived in Palm Desert, Calif., and residents are rejoicing, as the season brings more-amenable temperatures after the scorching summer.  For local homeowner Daniel Simon, 54, leaving  behind the heat means he can resume making the most of his modern, 5,000-square-foot house, where his weekends are often spent entertaining.

Mr. Simon, an elevator contractor and native of Southern California, divides his time between Orange County, where his primary residence has views of Newport Bay; a horse ranch in the mountains above Coachella Valley; and Palm Desert, where the home’s four bedrooms, five bathrooms and six distinct sitting areas welcome his guests on a grand but comfortable scale.

 

The Budget

  • Foundation and framing: $430,000
  • Windows and glass doors: $355,000
  • Indoor kitchen: $325,000
  • Outdoor kitchen: $75,000
  • Landscaping: $300,000
  • Pool: $125,000
  • Wine room: $55,000
  • Media room: $85,000
  • Two indoor fireplaces: $30,000

In early 2018, he paid $1.3 million for an empty 1/3-acre lot at Bighorn Golf Club, where he has clubhouse privileges that he says required an initiation fee of $100,000. He went on to spend $3.875 million to build, furnish and landscape the single-story house. The home’s key decorative touches include a fountain-enhanced courtyard pond just inside the main entrance and the great room’s $7,500 hand-carved basalt table, which sets the tone for the airy living space.

In the infernal summers, the 14-foot-high great room shuts out the heat and keeps in the cool, while glazing on all sides lets in the views of the mountains and the desert that drew Mr. Simon to the area in the first place.  He spent $155,000 on his heating, cooling and ventilation system, which includes seven air-conditioning units. Underfloor heating for the bathrooms comes in handy in the winter, when nighttime temperatures can drop into the 40s.

In mild weather, Mr. Simon uses an iPad to open up the interiors with retracting doors. The great room and the patio become a single indoor-outdoor space, where he can sip his morning coffee made in his indoor kitchen’s built-in Miele machine.

Morning habits are key, says Mr. Simon, who describes himself as “an early guy.” His choice of an east-facing lot means he can enjoy desert sunrises and be spared the harsh afternoon sun.  “A lot of people want to face south or southeast,” he adds, but he says that choice is desirable only a few months of the year.

Mr. Simon worked with Marc Whipple of Whipple Russell Architects, a Southern California studio, to design the home. The house features two gas fireplaces—one in the living room and another in the main bedroom, costing a total of $30,000—and a large fire pit on the patio. A $125,000 saltwater infinity pool in the back corresponds to the pond and fountains near the front, which cost $50,000.  

Yoav Weiss, Whipple Russell’s project architect on the Simon property, says his client wanted to encounter natural elements from every vantage point. Fireplaces, mountains, or water features can be seen from the remotest corners of the home and patio.

It was a structural challenge to keep the views completely horizontal. The goal was to make the property as level as possible, says Mr. Weiss, by blending the great room with the outdoor space.  The same porcelain-tile flooring was used inside and out, but to allow for drainage outside—essential in a climate where rare but strong downpours are an annual occurrence—the patio area was dug out and then built up again.

Inside, the porcelain tiles have grouting, but outside, lack of grouting between the same tiles allows for runoffs “without any thresholds, steps, or undulating sloping surfaces,” he says. Mr. Simon spent $75,000 on the indoor porcelain flooring and $50,000 on the outdoor version.

The indoor and outdoor kitchens also mirror each other with similar stone backsplashes and white islands. They cost a total of $400,000. Mr. Simon turned both into so-called entertainment kitchens, equipped with bar areas that can become audience seating for when a hired chef prepares a meal.

 

Back inside, Mr. Simon has richly patterned wallpaper, hardwood floors and area rugs to create textural contrasts in the bedrooms. For his $85,000 media room, which can be wide-open for TV viewing or isolated for a movie, he contrasts the high-tech sleekness of the screen with a backing of rough-hewed cowhide.

A glass-walled, climate-controlled wine room, with display space for nearly 200 bottles plus a stone table for tastings, is a cooling visual contrast to the desert views outside.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The single-story home combines an $85,000 media room and wallpaper-adorned bedrooms with a great room that features views of desert landscaping and a $55,000 wine room.

Mr. Simon had a previous Coachella Valley home in nearby Rancho Mirage. A big change in his new property is the landscaping—away from what he calls a lush country-club vibe with grass, flowers and palm trees. Now, more conscious of water usage and deferring to the requirements of the golf course’s development company, he has desert plantings, including cactuses, agaves and yuccas.  Forgoing grass entirely, he opted for a small area of artificial turf between the main bedroom and the outdoor Jacuzzi. 

Anne Attinger, the local landscape architect who worked with Mr. Simon, says the lot takes advantage of mature tree canopies that technically belong to the golf course but merge seamlessly into Mr. Simon’s yard, filling up the view with yellow flowers in the spring. “He got lucky,” she says.

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Former Deputy Rector Of Benue State Polytechnic, Oche Enenche, Shot Dead

Oche Enenche, a former Deputy Rector of the Benue State Polytechnic, Ugbokolo and lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Electronics, was, weekend, shot dead by the criminal gangs tormenting motorists and commuters on the busy Otukpo-Eke-Ugbokolo-Otukpa highway.

His murder came as the Information Officer of Ukum Local Government Area, LGA, of Benue State, Mr. Orbunde Ephraim was on Saturday, November 12, 2022, also shot dead by unknown gunmen in Zaki Biam, the Local Government Headquarters.

The immediate past chairman of Ukum LGA, Steve Ayua who appointed Ephraim as council’s Information Officer said the killers tailed the victim to his house and shot him in the stomach.

Ayua said, “I appointed him (Ephraim) the Information Officer of Ukum LGA but I don’t know if the new chairman retained him or not, but he was shot last night and was taken to a private hospital, unfortunately, he didn’t get prompt medical attention and he eventually passed on.”

Meanwhile the former Deputy Rector was reportedly killed by gunmen on Friday evening while on his way back to Ugbokolo from Otukpo in the company of his wife.

According to a lecturer of the institution who spoke on the condition of anonymity, the deceased had traveled in his personal car to Otukpo town with the wife for a private engagement “and it was while on the way back to Ugbokolo on Friday around 4pm that they ran into an ambush by the armed men who have been attacking motorists on that road almost on a regular basis.

“From what we gathered, he drove into the gunmen and they flagged him down. And they didn’t waste a minute, as he was stopping they shot and killed him.

“They also made attempt to kidnap his wife but because the security personnel who were not too far away from the point of the incident rushed to where the gun shots came from, the armed men on sighting the approaching military personnel fled into the bush abandoning the woman.

“I must tell you that the murder of the Engr. Enenche is one too many on that road. Only few months ago we also lost another lecturer to a similar incident aside the numerous travelers that ply that road that have either been killed, kidnapped or shot at by these gunmen.

“We have been appealing for intensified security patrols on that stretch of road but nobody would listen to us. It is unfortunate that our former Deputy Rector was mindlessly murdered in this manner. Maybe his death would compel the police and other security agencies to pay attention to our cry because the Otukpo-Eke-Ugbokolo-Otukpa highway has become the most dreaded road in the state.

Chairman of Okpokwu LGA, Mrs. Amina Audu, who confirmed the incident said “It was a case of kidnapping or armed robbery. It happened on Friday not up to 30 minutes after I drove pass the spot when someone called me that they had killed a man who was in a car with his wife and that they were taking the woman away.

“But security men who were alerted immediately swung into action and trailed the gunmen. They left the woman and she was rescued. the man killed was a former Deputy Rector of the State Polytechnic, Ugbokolo.”

Contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Superintendent, SP, Catherine Anene, said she was yet to receive detail of the incidents.

Abia: ‘Politicians Are Buying Citizen’s PVCs For N5,000’ – APGA Raises Alarm

The All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, has alleged that some politicians were buying the PINs of Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs, for N5,000 in Abia State.

APGA has raised the alarm, alleging a plot to rig the 2023 polls in Abia State.

Augustine Ehiemere, the APGA chairman, on Sunday, November 13, 2022, raised the alarm while unveiling the party’s Campaign Council in Umuahia.

He claimed that some desperate politicians go about collecting the pin number in the Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs, of unsuspecting voters under the guise of giving them empowerment.

“Some greedy politicians go about pretending to be empowering people by sharing N5000 to unsuspecting voters and collecting the pin number in their PVCs. Abians should resist them.

“This is nothing but an attempt to rig the 2023 elections. INEC and security agencies should rise to the occasion,” he said.

Ehiemere urged security agencies in the state to caution their officers and men against being used by the government in power to intimidate and harass members of the opposition.

He cited the recent arrest of APGA House of Assembly candidate for Obingwa, Chikezie Nwosu, at a filling station where he was distributing free petrol to motorists.

“We wish to state without equivocations that APGA, as a party, will no longer tolerate any further intimidation by anybody.

“Heads of security agencies in Abia should caution their field officers against being used as tools to suppress the opposition.

“We won’t accept a repeat of the recent intimidation of our candidate who was whisked away by security agents while distributing free petrol to motorists at a petrol station in Aba.

“They arrested him alongside others that were with him. It took the intervention of Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe for those arrested to be released.

“We won’t tolerate this rascality and impunity again,” he warned.

APGA called for a united action against any attempt to muzzle the opposition in Abia State.

“We call on the opposition parties in the state to rise in unison and vigorously resist the despotic tendencies of the ruling party.

“We also call on the  Inter Party Advisory Council, IPAC, to rise to the occasion.

“All these intimidations, destruction of billboards of opposition candidates, denying opposition access to public places and fabrication of petitions to incriminate key opposition members must stop!”

The APGA Chairman, said that but for the non-violent posture of his members “as a disciplined political party, there would have been bloodshed when recently, thugs and agents of the ruling party attempted to deface APGA campaign office at Okpara Square Umuahia”.

He challenged heads of security agencies to prove their political neutrality by stopping agents of the ruling party from further provocations against the opposition.

“Recently the State Director of DSS and Commissioner of Police summoned all chairmen and secretaries of political parties and told us to promote peace and avoid politics of bitterness.

“Now the security agencies should tell the party in power to stop denying opposition parties access to public facilities during their campaigns.

“The party in power should rein in their agents from such action that could cause crisis in the state.

“We have not and will not take laws into our hands because we don’t believe in violence.

“But our gentleness should not be taken for timidity. We won’t take it kindly again if any attempt is made to deface billboards of our candidates,” he added.

APGA urged Abians to vote wisely in 2023, based on competence, capacity, and antecedents of candidates.

“Abians should be wise and ask these emergency philanthropists jostling for their votes, how many persons they have empowered in the past, or if they have any investments in the state.

The APGA Chairman cleared the air over the party’s governorship candidate, Professor Greg Ibe, declaring that “he is hale, hearty, and very fit to govern the state” if elected.

Ehiemere dismissed those making a fuse out of Ibe’s health condition as propagandists.

New Jersey – How Long Does It Take to Get Temporary Disability In NJ?

New Jersey’s Temporary Disability Insurance (TDI) program provides New Jersey workers who suffer physical or mental illness or injury up to 26 weeks of financial support following a non-work-related disability. This is a short-term disability program, unlike the federal Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI or SSD) program, which is only available to workers or former workers who suffer long-term disabilities lasting at least one year.

Because the New Jersey Temporary Disability Insurance program is intended to respond to the needs of workers with short-term disabilities, it’s important that the program’s claim process is as quick and as efficient as possible. Generally, the waiting time from application to approval is between two to several weeks.

 

Is There Any Waiting Period Before You Can Apply for NJ’s TDI Benefits?

 

There is no waiting time to file your TDI claim, but there is a “waiting week,” built into the system.

 

When you receive your TDI payments, you will notice that the payments begin covering your 8th day of missed work, not the first week you were disabled. But don’t worry; after you are disable for at least 22 days, the state will then pay you for your first 7 days of disability.

 

You can and should file your NJ TDI claim as soon as you experience your first day of missing pay due to a disability. If you know in advance that you will become disabled, planning for a scheduled surgery perhaps, you can file your claim for Temporary Disability Insurance Benefits in advance. Filing in advance does not begin the review or approval process, but it does allow you to collect and organize all the medical information and documents necessary to process your claim when the date arrives.

 

How Are Your NJ TDI Benefit Amounts Calculated?

 

To determine the amount of your New Jersey Temporary Disability Insurance benefits, the state looks back at your earnings for the past 5 quarters (15 months) and uses the earliest 4 quarters as your “base year.”

 

Your base year is used look at the average pay you made in any “base week,” which is any week in which you earned $240 or more. When your average base week pay is identified, the state sets your TDI benefit amount at 85% of that pay.

 

Example:

 

Here is a table illustrating how a person’s last 5 quarters are used, focusing only on the earliest 4 quarters. The total they earned in each quarter is shown, as are the number of base weeks they had in each of those 4 quarters. Then the total earned is divided by the number of base weeks to arrive at their “average base week pay.”

Previous Completed Quarters  Timeframe Covered     Total Earnings      Number of Base Weeks
Quarter 510/1/21 – 12/31/21$5,50013 base weeks
Quarter 47/1/21 – 9/30/21$5,50012 base weeks
Quarter 34/1/21 – 6/30/21$5,50012 base weeks
Quarter 21/1/21 – 3/31/21$4,00010 base weeks
Quarter 110/1/20 – 12/31/20$4,20011 base weeks
  • 1). Total earnings in the earliest 4 quarters of the previous 5 quarters: $18,200
  • 2). Total number of base weeks in the earliest 4 quarters: 45 base weeks
  • 3). Average base-pay during earliest 4 quarters: $18,200 divided by 45 = $404.44
  • 4). 85 percent of average base pay ……………………………………………………….= $343.77

 

In this example, the TDI claimant’s weekly benefit payment will be $343.77 throughout the duration of their claim period.

 

NJ Temporary Disability Insurance Maximum Weekly Benefit Amount

 

There are limits to the amount any claimant can receive from New Jersey’s Temporary Disability Program. The formula described above is used for everyone, both qualifying low wage earners and workers making high wages.

 

However, the new maximum level any TDI claimant will receive in 2023 is $1,025 per week. This may seem high for many workers who earn less than that amount even when they are working. It’s helpful to remember that the TDI program is paid from a fund contributed to by all New Jersey workers in the form of payroll deductions.

 

The same percentage is deducted from each worker’s paycheck across the board. The higher earning workers pay a larger amount into the TDI system funds and get a proportionately higher benefit payment up to a maximum cap.

 

If you need help determining if you or your family member qualifies for New Jersey Temporary Disability benefits, contact our office to speak with one of our highly trained disability advocates or attorneys. LondonDisability is eager to lead you through the process.

 

2023 Maximum Weekly Benefit Amount – Workers will receive 85% of their average earnings up to a maximum of $1,025 per week.

 

2023 Minimum Earnings Requirement – To qualify in 2023, you will need to have worked 20 weeks earning at least $260 weekly or have earned a combined total of $13,000 in the base year. 2023 Worker Contribution Amount for Temporary Disability Insurance – There will be no Temporary Disability worker contributions deducted for the 2023 calendar year.

 

2023 Worker Contribution Amount for Family Leave Insurance – Workers will contribute 0.06% of the first $156,800 in covered wages. The maximum Family Leave worker contribution for the Waiting Week for Temporary Disability, Explained.