‘Liberians Proud of 13 Yrs. of Peace’

first_imgLiberia’s first post-conflict democratically elected President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has told a multi-stakeholder forum on sustaining peace through transition in Liberia that her countrymen and women are proud of the 13 years of consecutive peace and stability that they have enjoyed so far. “Their hopes lie in a peaceful nation that will be able to improve on the opportunities that they will enjoy. We are proud of this peace and want to ensure that it is sustained,” the President said yesterday, Thursday, October 20, when she delivered a special statement during the one-day multi-stakeholders forum on sustaining peace in Liberia, which was held at the Monrovia City Hall.Admitting that the nation faces difficult economic times, the Liberian leader said the meeting aimed to examine how Liberia can address issues that might tend to take away from the progress made so far and the progress that the nation continually wants to keep making in peacebuilding.“There is no question about it,” she told the gathering. “Our economy is being stressed, following three shocks. The shock of the tenacious disease that we faced, thanks to all of you and to the diligence of our citizens, we were able to resolve it in an unanticipated shorter period of time; the shock of decline in the global prices in our major exports; and it should not have been a shock, but it is a shock of UNMIL’s transition for the unanticipated, accelerated pace of the transition.”The President further stated that being able to combat the above shocks is the agenda her administration now has and those who are with her in examining and realizing the challenges know that she’s is making great efforts to ensure that the government maintains its full participation in the UNMIL transition.“So far we are pleased that working with the [UNMIL] SRSG and his team here, working with the supporters in New York, through the Liberia Configuration as well as the Peacebuilding Commission, we have been able to keep on course with the drawdown and the anticipation that we are going to continue with this transition and have it successfully because there is a good reason to say ‘Liberia is proud in coming of age, in assuming its own security responsibility,’” the President added.She stressed that although it is a challenge for her administration, “it is something that we must do for our own national integrity and our own national ownership.”Pres. Sirleaf assured her Liberian and international guests, including representatives of foreign missions accredited near Monrovia, that Liberia will maintain in addressing her challenges.“This government’s commitment to peace and sustainability is very sound and very solid.”Making opening remarks earlier, Ms. Gwendolyn S. Myers, Executive Director, Messengers of Peace-Liberia, told the audience that the condition of the Liberian youth, with regards to empowerment and employment, indicates negative societal perceptions in some quarters about the potential for high-risk youths to cause instability.“As to be expected, there are residual tensions from the 14 years of war with emerging structures both at national and local levels connected to former warring factions, like the national veterans. There is lack of basic social services, education, health security, lack of communication and inactive participation of young people, low family values or moral values and a weak private sector,” she stated.Ms. Myers, who represented the youth on the high table, where President Sirleaf and Foreign Minister Marjon Kamara were seated, informed everyone that while there is a proliferation of youth groups across the country with very limited resources, there is no coherent approach to tapping into this valuable resource as there is lack of coordination of programs by the government and its partners. The forum was organized by the Liberian government in collaboration with the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission (UNPBC).Making his closing statement, Mr. Olof Sloog, Vice-Chair, UN Peacebuilding Commission, applauded the Liberian government, including the President and her Cabinet, for “spending almost their entire day listening and engaging in dialogue with civil society actors.”According to him, this doesn’t happen in every country around the world – which shows the commitment of the government and people toward maintaining the peace and sustainability. “Every interaction across the floor has come with comments and showing the way forward; again this doesn’t happen in every country,” he stressed.He urged the civil society to continue to constructively engage the government, adding: “Be bold, be peaceful, but be constructive.”Speaking earlier, UNMIL SRSG Farid Zarif called on the participants to take and turn all that had been discussed into an action plan for implementation. “There is so much potential in this country: a lot fertile land; plenty of water; able-bodied smart men and women. Put together, that is all we need to bring about the difference to change the quality of life in this country.”Also speaking, Liberia’s Peace Ambassador, Rev. William R. Tolbert III, among other points, stated that as it relates to agriculture, there is a need for liberalization. “The policy needs to be revisited as it is very hard for Liberians to go to the bank and get a loan than for foreigners. Why is it so?”The Peace Ambassador also spoke about rural to urban migration, which, he said is taking place and that in order to make and keep the peace, government needs to look at revitalizing the economy in communities, especially in former major concession areas like Bong Mines inBong Co; LAMCO in Yekepa, Nimba County; and Liberia Mining Co. in Tubmanburg, Bomi County.For her part, Foreign Minister Marjon V. Kamara, who climaxed the day-long forum, called on every stakeholder to embrace the dialogue and work collectively with the Ministry of Internal Affairs, which is responsible for maintaining internal peace. “We have come to the end of a very candid and inspiring exchange of views both at the technical and higher levels of government on the all-important issue of sustaining the peace during and after the withdrawal of UNMIL,” the Minister stated, as she thanked everyone for their participation and the “wonderful ideas that you have shared today.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Fabinho linked with early exit as Juventus join AC Milan in showing interest

first_img LATEST Latest Transfer News Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ IN DEMAND Juventus are the latest Serie A club to express an interest in Liverpool’s Brazilian midfielder Fabinho.The 25-year-old only moved to Anfield in the summer from Monaco as part of a deal that could eventually be worth more than £40million. Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January 1 REVEALED The Italian champions have previously eyed Fabinho and are keeping a close eye on his situation at Anfield.He is reportedly happy to fight for his place at Liverpool at the moment, but that could change if Juve firm up their interest and he continues to sit on the sidelines. LIVING THE DREAM Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland targets center_img Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti targets RANKED The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer However, he has yet to nail down a spot in the first team since then and it has led to rumours that he could be set for an early exit.AC Milan have shown an interest in the Brazilian and are willing to take him on loan in January if Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp would agree to it.But, according to Sport Mediaset, they will have to fight off competition from Juventus to sign the Brazil international if he does become available. moving on Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Fabinho has struggled to cement his place in the Liverpool first team so far last_img read more

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MASS FOR THOSE BEREAVED BY SUICIDE ACROSS DONEGAL

first_imgA MULTI-DENOMINATIONAL Service of remembrance for families and friends bereaved by suicide will take place in Stranorlar on Sunday week, September 29.This service, which has not been held in a recent years, is again being organised by a local woman, Angela Crawford, who lost her daughter to suicide.A large turn-out is expected at the service. The service takes place in the Church of Mary Immaculate, Stranorlar, at 7pm and everyone is welcome. MASS FOR THOSE BEREAVED BY SUICIDE ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: September 18th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:serviceSUICIDElast_img read more

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Retiring school chief looks back

first_imgCASTAIC – Glancing out her office window, Superintendent Beverly Silsbee thinks about the changes she’s seen over time in education. The scene has greatly evolved in the 27 years that she’s worked for the Castaic Union School District. It’s evolved not only inside the classroom, where a diverse student population now sits among computer keyboards and gleaming monitors, but outside as well, in the town of Castaic. The place, once a mere truck-stop town off Interstate 5 where migrant workers filled the fields, has blossomed through the years with houses, young families and their children. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The relationship between the two has shaped the kindergarten through eighth-grade school district into what it is today. And Silsbee has been along for the ride all the while, from teacher to principal to superintendent. But the ride is coming to an end for the 58-year-old, who has seen the district evolve from 350 to 3,500 students. In June, she will retire. “I heard Castaic was a sleepy little town,” she said. “But as soon as I came on, it’s been very fast and furious.” When she first came on board at Castaic Elementary School, she was one of three teachers leading instruction in all subjects before sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students. Five years later, she was spending her days teaching and overseeing state and federal projects for the district. During that time, she wrote many grants. The experience taught the teacher about the district and its role with special programs, such as bilingual education. Later she was promoted to assistant principal and then principal. In 2000, she stepped in as deputy superintendent while the district did a search for a new superintendent. In the end, Silsbee got the job. She’s held the title for five years. Looking back on the years that she’s spent in education, Silsbee said the quality of instruction has improved. Standard-based instruction from the state has brought more consistency to classrooms. Teachers are better prepared, have more meetings and are more collaborative. “When I started, teachers did what they did behind closed doors and didn’t necessarily do what their neighbors did,” Silsbee said. Also when she started, technology was as advanced as a ditto machine. But now teachers and students have computers and do research on the Internet. Public education, over time, has also become more closely scrutinized by politicians and others. The field is constantly bombarded with new ideas, especially societal concerns, from health to physical fitness to obesity. Silsbee said all of those issues have their place in public education but at the same time, they can’t all fall on the responsibility of schools, because it starts to rob classrooms from time spent doing multiplication tables and reading. As she looks to the future, Silsbee said she sees three big factors that will most affect the district – school funding, No Child Left Behind and growth in the Santa Clarita Valley. All are challenges, and all are out of the district’s control. But they are issues that the district must continue to address and manage, she said. The district should also focus on the valley’s changing demographics. There have been problems with diversity at some of the district’s schools, Silsbee said, adding that it’s also a societal issue. She said classrooms need to continue welcoming diversity and differences. “Violence and media are all reflected in our schools and are issues we need to address,” she said. “Health and obesity, those are challenges for the future.” Sue Doyle, (661) 257-5254 sue.doyle@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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MAN AVOIDS LOSING LICENSE AFTER FISH-TAILING INCIDENT

first_imgA young Donegal man has avoided losing his driver’s license despite undertaking dangerous driving manoeuvers in icy conditions.  Christopher McGarrigle, 22 with an address at 10 Radharc Na Mara, Falcarragh was charged with dangerous driving on December 28th last.Gardaí observed Mr McGarrigle ‘fish-tailing’ twice during what was described in court as very icy road conditions at the time. Gardaí were forced to pull the driver of the Lexus car over and speak to him.Gardaí observed that Mr McGarrigle was carrying two passengers on-board, and subsequently charged him for undertaking such dangerous driving manoeuvers.Frank Dorrian, who was acting on behalf of the defendant, said his client was a person with excellent character, and that he had no previous convictions.Frank Dorrian said, “He’s a person with excellent character and has no previous convictions.“He’s currently working in London, and has been in steady employment since he was 17 and he’s 22 now.“He’s a hardworking young man who wants to put this incident behind him and deeply regrets his driving.“He assures me he will not drive like that again and has learned a valuable lesson.When addressed by Judge Paul Kelly the defendant expressed his remorse for the incident.Mr McGarrigle said, “I’m very sorry for what I done, I really regret it now and I won’t do it again.Judge Kelly then responded by saying, “You could’ve regretted it more if you had caused a serious accident.Judge Kelly said he wouldn’t disqualify Mr McGarrigle from driving but fined him €300 and gave him three months to pay it.MAN AVOIDS LOSING LICENSE AFTER FISH-TAILING INCIDENT was last modified: March 3rd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtsnewslast_img read more

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CIARAN WHELAN BACKS MAYO TO WIN – WELL A DUB WOULD!

first_imgDublin legend Ciaran Whelan feels there is probably more pressure Mayo to a certain degree and that this evening’s clash against Donegal is “the first big acid test” for joint-managers Pat Holmes and Noel Connelly.Donegal fans will travel in large numbers to Croker.“Have Mayo learned from the mistakes of the past? We all know they’ll beat most teams by playing an attacking style of football and pressing high up the pitch. Yet, they leave space at the back and that makes them vulnerable and Donegal will only relish that.“Mayo should take note at the way Donegal hit Dublin with sucker punches last year (All-Ireland semi-final] and then look at how Kerry, on the other hand, held their defensive shape and made life difficult for Donegal in the All-Ireland final. Michael Murphy and Aidan O’Shea will be central to the outcome of this quarter-final, with Whelan claiming that “Mayo don’t have anyone in their back six that is capable of marking Michael Murphy,” before adding that “the plan they come up to cope with his strength will have to be a good one”.On O’Shea’s deployment at full-forward, Whelan said: “He is going to attract a lot of attention from Donegal and that might free up a bit of space for the Mayo half-forward line to punch holes and pick off a few scores.”Midfield, not surprisingly, will also be key as the Sunday Game pundit offers his verdict.“Donegal tend to win games on the back of midfield dominance. Seamus O’Shea and Tom Parsons are a good pairing for Mayo there and if they can cut off the threat from Paul Durcan’s kickouts, then that could go some Way in Mayo getting the victory.“If they can keep a few of Donegal’s bigger players quiet I think they’ve got the quality in their ranks to get over the line. I’m going to go for Mayo and trust that they’ll get the balance right in their game plan especially in keeping it tight at the back.”CIARAN WHELAN BACKS MAYO TO WIN – WELL A DUB WOULD! was last modified: August 8th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Ciaran Whelandonegaldublinlast_img read more

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Rajiv in as Pearl of Africa rally kicks off in Kayunga

first_imgRajiv is fresh from winning the Kayunga Autocross. (PHOTO/Courtesy)KAYUNGA – Budding rally champion Rajiv Rupareria joins a host of other drivers as the Pearl of Africa Rally 2019 5th Round kicks off in Busiika, Kayunga on Friday.The two-day championship has attracted over 50 drivers from the region, chief organiser Mr. Dusman Okee told PML Daily.“This will be the fifth round of Africa Rally Championship (ARC) as well as the fourth round of the National Rally Championship (NRC),” Mr. Okee, the President of The Federation of Motorsport Clubs of Uganda, said.New entrant Rajiv Ruparelia, is an add on to the already exciting menu with seniors like Arthur Blick, Leon Ssenyange and Ronald Ssebuguzi as well as foreign drivers making the event.Dusman Okee, says that as Uganda hosts the rally, it will give the country more mileage.“The event has given us more mileage as a hosting nation,” he saidA statement from Rajiv Ruparelia Rally Team says that Rajiv, who is participating under his “Double Trouble” team has confirmed his participation in the Pearl of Africa rally competition after taking on former champions Posiano Rwakataka and Ronald Ssebuguzi in the recent Kayunga Autocross where he emerged victorious.“We are ready. We will be racing in the Peal of Africa Rally. This will be an immersive experience, we can’t wait,” he said.The Shell V-Power Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally (POAUR) 2019 will be the 5th Round of the Federation Internationale de I’Automobile (FIA) Africa Rally Championship.The total length of the rally will be approximately 476 Kms. It will be run on gravel roads in the private sugar cane plantations 90 Kms east of Kampala, around the town of Kayunga and Busiika.Comments Tags: Arthur blickleon ssenyangePearl of Africa Rally 2019Rajiv RupareriaRonald Ssebuguzitoplast_img read more

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Facebook Home Shows Endless Possibilities For Android Launchers [Poll]

first_imgRelated Posts dan rowinski What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … If you really love Facebook on your smartphone, today is a big day for you. Facebook Home – the social giant’s new skin for Android – launches today. Facebook also has a dedicated phone running home, the HTC First, which is now available at AT&T stores. Are you so addicted to the world’s largest social network that you would turn your phone into a Facebook-centric love fest?Are there any other services that you cannot live without where you would want your smartphone to be all in all the time with it? For instance, would you want an Instagram Phone? Maybe a Spotify Phone? Twitter Phone? Or maybe it would be an Amazon Phone? All of these companies could do what Facebook has done and create a launcher skin that lays on top of Android and give their service the front-and-center treatment.If you could have any skin you wanted on a smartphone, what would it be? That is the topic of this week’s ReadWrite Mobile poll.Facebook Home user interface What Facebook Home DoesThe HTC First – also known as the “Facebook Phone” – is really just an Android with an application layer that gives the user the option to use Facebook as its application “launcher.” That is Facebook Home. A launcher is the user interface that companies use to differentiate experiences on Android. For instance, Samsung’s “TouchWiz” is technically a launcher. So is HTC’s “Sense.” In fact, if we really want to get into it, the stock Android user interface that can be found in Google Nexus devices is technically its own launcher as well. Another term for launcher is “skin.” On the HTC First, if you do not want to use Facebook Home, you can strip it away and the launcher left underneath is just plain Android. When you turn on a device with Facebook Home, you get a screen that slowly scrolls through your Facebook newsfeed. This is called Cover feed, where you can swipe to see recent updates from Facebook. If you get a message from Facebook Messenger, your friend’s head will pop up on the screen, no matter what app you are using. You can toss the head around the screen, then throw it out on the bottom when the conversation is done. This is known as ChatHeads and it is oddly pleasing, in a weird, sadistic type of way.The launcher will allow you to open any apps that you have downloaded through Google Play. The app drawer accessible through Home is essentially the portal between Facebook’s custom user interface layered on top of Android and Android itself. That’s it. Facebook Home is not complicated (though it can be a little confusing going between the Home experience and Android). It is sleek, kind of fun and really delivers exactly what it sets out to do – make your smartphone all Facebook, all the time.Opportunity For EverybodyBecause Home is so simple at its base level, Facebook has essentially created the blueprint for any company to do the exact same thing to Android. Facebook does have a bit of an advantage because it has a variety of services it can bake into Home (like Messages, Camera, Newsfeed, Pages and so forth), but the basic principle is easy to replicate.There are several third-party launchers for Android available through Google Play. There is the ADWLauncher, GO Launcher, Launcher Pro, Regina 3D Launcher, Crazy Home, Zeam Launcher and an endless count of others. These all provide interesting user interfaces for Android but none are really tied to a specific service. For instance, Twitter could probably make a great launcher for Android. The micro-blogging service is transforming from a straight message platform to get into the TV space, the music space and direct people to apps and media through its new Cards feature that it is rolling out. We call this Portal 2.0 and it would look great as a central user interface to a smartphone.Amazon could easily do the same thing. The e-commerce king has the transactional elements to turn your smartphone into a buying machine while also serving up music, video and apps. An Amazon Android phone has long been rumored to be in the works. Amazon is likely more interested in forking Android (creating its own build based on the source code that Google releases) than just layering its own functionality on top the way Facebook has. That is, after all, what it did for the Kindle Fire device.Instagram? Why not. It doesn’t have the apps and media, but it can use Android for that and have deep Facebook integration anyway (it is owned by Facebook). And you could have all those pretty Instagram pictures scrolling as your home screen.The possibilities are basically endless. Heck, even Apple could create a launcher for Apple based on iOS features. Are custom-built launchers from prominent third parties something that users want? You tell us. Take the poll and let us know in the comments how you would skin and Android to make it the perfect device for you. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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Nubia Red Magic review: A phone fast at running games but that is all

first_imgLast year, the mobile industry took mobile gamers seriously after popular online multiplayer games such as PUBG MOBILE and Fortnite proved to be extremely successful. Asus came up with ROG Phone, a smartphone dedicated for mobile gaming with a tweaked Snapdragon 845 chipset. Soon after, many brands from China came up with dedicated gaming smartphones. Xiaomi came up with the BlackShark and Poco brands for catering to two distinct groups of consumers. Nubia also came launched the Red Magic and followed it up later in 2018 with the Red Magic Mars.In India, Nubia wanted to a re-entry that would be noticed. So, instead of coming up with a sub-Rs 20,000 smartphone, the company chose the gaming segment as its priority and launched the Red Magic. Priced at Rs 29,999 with the variant that has 8GB RAM and 128GB storage, it undercuts the fan-favourite OnePlus 6T by a huge margin. However, when you look at its specifications, especially the older Snapdragon 835 chipset, it does struggle to appeal when you consider that Xiaomi sells the Poco F1 for at less.So, does the Red Magic make sense at a time when the world is gearing up for the ultra-powerful next-generation Snapdragon 855-powered smartphones? It’s surely fast and runs the games well. But yet, I have to say no. And that’s a pity because I do find that the Red Magic pretty good in some areas and would have liked to recommend it. So, why I can’t? Read on.Nubia Red Magic design: You can’t ignore itAt a time when all smartphone manufacturers are adopting the fragile glass as the primary material for building the bulk of a phone, the Nubia Red Magic is a step in the opposite direction. The Red Magic is a metal unibody phone, and this means I can use the phone without snapping bulky and ugly case on it. Wonderful! Metal is also more durable against damage and ages better than any glass smartphones because it hides scratches and wear-and-tear better.advertisement However, unlike most other metal-body phones, the Red Magic goes for an unconventional design, a design that no other manufacturer would have dared in today’s highly competitive market. The side-effect of this is the hint of impracticality. You can’t use the Red Magic while it is placed flat on a table without wobbling it every time you tap on it. Just look at the rear of the Red Magic.But that aside, look at the phone’s unique pyramid-like shape with a central ridge that features a massive RGB LED light. It delights the gamer in me. It is enough to get me excited about a smartphone. Why don’t other companies put big RGB lights at the back of their phones?And if this wasn’t enough, Nubia went on four red-coloured accents for the heat vents and the speaker, which is undeniably cool. Even the camera is housed in a trapezoidal module surrounded by red accents. The fingerprint sensor matches the rest of the theme. The subtle Red Magic branding and the Nubia logo towards the bottom complete this extremely excitable rear panel.Sadly, when you look at the front, after all that excitement that rear of the phone delivered, you feel bored. The front is dominated by a large 6-inch display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. This translates to bigger bezels on the top and bottom. There’s no hint of a gaming phone here — no red accents, no graphics, no RGB lighting — nothing! The side features the usual array of buttons and a OnePlus-style slider. However, the slider is only used in enabling or disabling of the GameBoost mode. More on that later.In short, the design of the Red Magic is kinda exciting. The front could have been better, but otherwise, the phone looks cool and different.Nubia Red Magic display: Nothing to see hereOne of the most important criteria that a gaming smartphone needs to hit right is the display. After all, a display is the only way powerful specifications can show their efforts. Since the Red Magic was conceived in early 2018, It comes with an 18:9 display with a thick forehead and chin. In my opinion, this design is better than a notched implementation. But this is where my good impressions end. A 6-inch IPS LCD display with full HD+ picture resolution isn’t bad by any means. However, the panel’s colour rendition is simply average. The LCD panel produces dull colours with average contrasts. Sunlight legibility is decent while viewing angles are reasonably wide. I have seen better LCD displays at this price point or even in phones that are priced way cheaper than this one. Nubia lost an opportunity here.advertisementNubia Red Magic performance: Goliath to DavidsWhen the Red Magic was launched, I was wondering whether a gaming smartphone would keep up with the modern slew of Snapdragon 845-powered smartphones with its old Snapdragon 835. With my doubts intact, when I started reviewing the phone, I loaded up the Red Magic with most of the high-resolution graphics-intensive games such as PUBG MOBILE, Fortnite, Asphalt 9, Freefire, F1 Mobile Racing and Need for Speed: No Limits. And sure enough, as I expected, the Red Magic deal with them all magically.The RGB light is enough to get me excited about a smartphone. Why don’t other companies put big RGB lights at the back of their phones?The Snapdragon 835, despite being so yesterday in the eyes of geeks and gamers, still holds itself well in managing whatever the latest gaming titles can throw at it. PUBG Mobile came at a time when the Snapdragon 835 was in its heyday, hence it ran on the highest graphics settings. Asphalt 9, being a slightly modern title, compromised the frame rates while Fortnite chose to stay comfortable in medium settings. Gameplay was smooth most of the time, thanks to the overclocked 2.45GHz Snapdragon 835 processor and 8GB RAM.There is one more factor that helps with the surprisingly smooth performance, stock Android interface. Yes, instead of loading their custom Red Magic interface, Nubia knew enthusiasts in India value stock Android over everything else. Therefore, they took the AOSP launcher and added their performance modifications to it. With probably lesser load from the operating system, the phone could dedicate entire resources to what’s on priority. Nubia also made several under-the-hood optimisations to make sure the software supports the hardware when consistent peak performance is required. I played PUBG MOBILE and F1 Mobile Racing for close to two hours and never throughout the session I saw the phone panting for breath. The heat was kept under control — thanks to the air cooling. The GameBoost mode claims to kill background processes and boost performance. However, what I liked is that the Gameboost slider also puts the phone in Do Not Disturb mode. This disables all notifications, which improves concentration. The Gameboost mode also activates the RGB light show on the rear. There are four lighting patterns to choose from. While playing, the light show keeps going on. This gives a very gaming-laptop-like vibe.The audio performance is reasonably good. The single loudspeaker at the back is very loud and manages to cover a wider range of frequencies, with distortion happening only on the loudest volume levels. Audio through the 3.5mm headphone jack was impressive.Sadly, the same cannot be said when I wasn’t gaming. Optimising a stock Android interface for gaming is good, but tuning it for basic smartphone usage is also necessary. It is 2019 and the Red Magic is running on Android Oreo 8.1. What irks, even more, is that the security patch if from August 2018. Therefore, in terms of security, you are left vulnerable.advertisement The operating system also lacks proper optimisation and comes with a lot of bugs. There were occasions that I had to resort to rebooting the phone at least three times a day. The sound profile would weirdly go into DND mode, even when I have selected the Ring mode. The interface is also unpolished, especially with an unbalanced grid on the home screen.The biggest issue I have with the software part is that it’s very boring for a gaming smartphone. I understand that stock Android boosts performance, but I would have preferred a customised interface with exciting wallpapers, themes and sounds — something similar to OnePlus Oxygen OS. The dull interface doesn’t differentiate it from any other budget smartphone with a stock Android Oreo interface. Maybe an Android Pie update could sort things in the future, but I don’t see a promised update in the foreseeable future considering the security patch is still stuck 6 months ago.Nubia Red Magic camera: Neither bad nor excellentThe Red Magic sports a 24-megapixel rear camera with an F1.7 lens and phase-detect autofocus. Unlike the trend of putting dual cameras, there’s only a single sensor at work for the rear. With slight AI enhancements at work, the camera shoots some decent looking photos. In the daylight, the Red Magic’s camera is up there with other phones in its price segment. Images contain bright and vivid colours while contrasts are impressive in daylight scenarios.In low light ambience, the camera starts losing details because of aggressive noise suppression. Exposure management also falls drastically. Pictures clicked at night barely show anything in them. Video recording is capped to 2160p@30fps. The quality is rather average and with lack of any stabilisation, it leaves a lot to be desired.IMAGE SAMPLESThe 8-megapixel front camera is average at its best. The colours are fairly good but the images aren’t sharp. The selfie camera is good enough for video calls — not useful for anything more than that.Nubia Red Magic battery: You will drain out before it doesA gaming smartphone needs a big battery to keep up with the demands of power users. With a 3800mAh battery, the Red Magic can easily last for an entire day, considering close to two hours of gaming, frequent music streaming, texting, video streaming and occasional selfie sessions.Optimising a stock Android interface for gaming is good, but tuning it for basic smartphone usage is also necessary.On the days when I wasn’t gaming, the Red Magic stood at 50 per cent of stamina before I retired for the day. There’s an equivalent of Quick Charge 3 fast charging mode available (Nubia doesn’t mention Qualcomm’s branding anywhere) that tops up the battery from 50 per cent to 100 per cent within an hour. When the battery falls under 10 per cent, it can reach 60 per cent under 40 minutes.Should you buy the Nubia Red Magic?If your inner 9-year-old prefers to flaunt a flashy device with RGB lighting and exciting design for no reason other than putting a smile on your face, the Red Magic is easily the best for you.It’s the most exciting looking smartphone I have seen in recent times. If the design isn’t your sole reason to spend money on this one, the raw performance is what deserves your money. Even with an older Snapdragon 835 chipset, the gaming optimisations make sure you will be good to go for at least another two years before you are in dire need of an upgrade. That said, the Red Magic has its own set of flaws that can’t be overlooked. The display is average, the camera performance is sub-par and the gaming-focussed design is impractical to live with on a daily basis. The biggest issue though is the unpolished, unsecured and bug-riddled software that makes this otherwise great phone unusable at times.The elephant in the room is also the price of Rs 29,999. At this price, you can get Asus ZenFone 5Z with a Snapdragon 845, 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. Xiaomi offers the Poco F1 with the same hardware like the Asus but with added liquid cooling, a bigger battery and more practical kevlar body. We have seen these phones perform at the very threshold of what’s possible in the world of mobile gaming on Android.Therefore, it becomes difficult to recommend the Nubia Red Magic over the others. Maybe the Red Magic Mars with a Snapdragon 845 and capacitive touch triggers should have been the phone Nubia should have brought to India at this stage. Nonetheless, It’s a good start for Nubia and I expect them to compete with the established ones more aggressively.ALSO READ | Asus TUF FX505 review: Latest Intel processor and sturdy build make this a dependable gaming laptopALSO READ | Asus ZenFone 5Z review: The OnePlus 6 killer?ALSO READ | Xiaomi Poco F1 review: New flagship killer in townNubia Red Magic review7.5/10ProsImpressive designGaming performanceBig batteryConsDull displayOutdated softwareAverage cameralast_img read more

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