In Christmas in Austin, novelist Benjamin Markovits rejoins the four Essinger siblings for a yuletide gathering at their parents’ house in Texas. Set two years after we first met the German-American clan (in A Weekend in New York, 2018), resentment and yearning prove hard to hide despite the festivities. Naturally, the novel is glutted with scenes of eating and drinking, but much recent upheaval needs digesting too. Susie is reconsidering an imminent family move to Oxford to support her husband’s career, Nathan is pondering the moral purpose of becoming a federal judge and Jean is worried about introducing her boyfriend (and former boss) whose cancer remission spurred his decision to abandon his family. Yet retired professional tennis player Paul faces the most piquant dilemma because of a recent split from girlfriend Dana (A Weekend in New York centred upon how Paul’s participation in the US Open exacerbated their rift). In the hopes of a reconciliation, matriarch … [Read more...] about Christmas in Austin by Benjamin Markovits review – protean perspective on family dynamics
Year review 2018
LG Electronics USA’s newly launched line of dual inverter window air conditioning units scored the first 2018 EPA Energy Star Emerging Technology Award, Dealerscope reported. From the EPA’s perspective, the biggest deal about the new AC units is their increased energy efficiency due to dual inverter compressors, but that headline feature is just the start of the appliances’ tech chops. LG’s new room air conditioners also cut CO2 emissions, run relatively quietly, and respond to owner commands via a smartphone app, multiple voice assistants, or standard hand-held remote. “Introducing the first variable output room air conditioner to the U.S. market is a significant energy-efficiency milestone, and we congratulate LG for earning the Energy Star 2018 Emerging Technology Award,” said the EPA’s Peter Banwell. “The LG Dual Inverter window air conditioners are cutting edge units that will help consumers save on their energy bills and … [Read more...] about LG’s new A.I.-powered air conditioning makes your current AC look dumb
Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Law Minister A K Balan on Sunday said there was a "de facto" stay of the Supreme Court's September 28, 2018 order on Sabarimala women's entry issue and the state government could act only on the basis of the court's verdict. Amid tight security, thousands of devotees offered prayers at the Lord Ayyappa temple when it opened for the annual two-month-long Mandala-Makaravilakku pilgrimage on Saturday, though police said 10 women were sent back from Pamba base as they were in the "barred" age group. The five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had on November 14 in a 3:2 verdict decided to refer the issue to a larger bench to re-examine religious issues including those arising out of its 2018 verdict lifting a centuries-old ban on women of menstruating age visiting the hill top shrine. "In this case, a constitutional government can act only according to the orders of the court. Now we have a new problem. The question was whether the … [Read more...] about Sabarimala women entry: ‘De facto’ stay on SC verdict, says A K Balan
Huawei’s 2018 flagship -- the Mate 20 pro has started receiving the EMUI 10 update in Europe, which is based on Android 10 operating system (OS). This comes days after the Chinese smartphone giant released EMUI 10 for the P30 series in Europe. The company had originally teased the EMUI 10 at the IFA event in Berlin earlier this year. The smatphone maker had also unveiled the EMUI 10 update roadmap for a couple of its devices. The rollout was confirmed by several users on our forums who posted screenshots of the EMUI update on their devices. As per the screenshots, the Huawei P30 is receiving EMUI 10.0.0.168 (C431E22R2P5) which has a package size of 4.42 GB. The flagship P30 Pro is also receiving the same build, XDA Developers has recently reported. However, last year’s Mate 20 Pro, which has previously received an unofficial update for EMUI 10 for some users, is receiving a different build -- which is EMUI 10.0.0.154 (C432E7R1P5). The over … [Read more...] about Huawei Mate 20 Pro starts getting EMUI 10 update
New Delhi: Ayushmann Khurrana's upcoming outing 'Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan' went on floors today. Indian film critic and trade analyst Taran Adarsh shared the news on his Twitter handle. He also revealed the new release date of the film, alongside a picture of the movie's clapperboard with a colourful and vibrant Ganesha idol in the backdrop. Take a look at his post below: #ShubhMangalZyadaSaavdhan begins... Release date finalized: 13 March 2020... Stars Ayushmann Khurrana... Directed by Hitesh Kewalya... Produced by Bhushan Kumar and Aanand L Rai. pic.twitter.com/J9VxDFQXN4 — taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) September 10, 2019 The film will deal with the subject of homosexuality and the taboo surrounding it. The upcoming film also stars Neena Gupta and Gajraj Rao. The two had earlier shared screen space with Ayushmann in the 2018 hit movie 'Badhaai Ho'. The duo, who played the role of the actor's parents in 'Badhaai Ho', earned rave reviews for their performance in the film, … [Read more...] about Ayushmann Khurrana’s ‘Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan’ Goes On Floors; Gets New Release Date!
Between 2016 and 2017, Australia and Nigeria enjoy a prosperous trade relationship. According to the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC)’s stats on Australian trade transactions, trade between the two countries was worth approximately 100 billion Nigerian nairas (equivalent to AUD$343 million). But that was two/three long years ago and the financial markets (and the financial outlooks) of both countries have changed plenty since then. It’s worth asking, what do the economic relations between Nigeria and Australia look like today? How the Australia/Nigeria Trade Partnership Has Grown Strong Australia has already been heavily invested in Nigeria – and in the continent of Africa as a whole – because of its mining and oil activities. According to The Sydney Morning Herald’s report on Australian mining companies, in 2017, Australia became the biggest international miner on the African continent. Collectively, the 140 Australian companies … [Read more...] about What Do the Economic Relations Between Nigeria and Australia Look Like in 2019?