The Irish government has proposed new levies on plastic bags, disposable cups and waste disposal.The Republic of Ireland Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton confirmed the measures.He said they were aimed at encouraging more sustainable behaviour and were a key part of the Government’s Climate Action Plan. Under the proposals announced today (Weds), the existing plastic bag levy will increase from the current rate of 22c to 25c.It will also be extended to include medium weight plastic bags, which are often referred to as a ‘bag for life’.A waste recovery levy of €5 a tonne would apply to the three key waste recovery options: landfill, incineration and export.An increase of the landfill levy by €5 per tonne to €80 per tonne has also been proposed. Perhaps, most controversial of all is a new levy on disposable cups.The rate is to be determined following market research, but likely to be 10c, 15c or 25c, according to the department.The new and increased levies will be in place either next year or in 2021.Disposable cups and plastic bags levies proposed was last modified: November 6th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)
29 February 2012 South Africa is fast becoming one of the world’s favourite destinations for big events, meetings, conferences and exhibitions, Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk told delegates at the Meetings Africa expo in Johannesburg on Tuesday. According to Van Schalkwyk, the country has already secured over 200 international conferences over the next five years, which are expected to attract around 300 000 delegates and provide an economic boost of more than R1.6-billion. “We will encourage business travellers to stay longer to explore our country’s tourist offerings and, of course, to return with their families,” Van Schalkwyk said. Van Schalkwyk said South Africa’s capability and infrastructure for business tourism was superb. “Besides the three big national convention centres in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, our destination is home to numerous other facilities that give the world’s meetings and conference organisers the same quality, variety and choice that South Africa offers across the larger tourism sector.”National Convention Bureau of South Africa Meetings Africa is the biggest business-to-business tourism exhibition on the continent. This year’s event introduces the industry to the National Convention Bureau of South Africa, an entity that will give the larger industry a strategic and operational platform from which to boost the country’s business tourism global competitiveness. The National Convention Bureau, which starts operating in April, will be central to South Africa’s ambition to leverage the global opportunities to remain Africa’s number one host of meetings and conferences. Established in November and headed up by executive manager Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo, the Bureau will act as a “one-stop shop” for independent information and assistance, giving neutral advice on all aspects of hosting and organising any business tourism-related event in South Africa. The Bureau has set a target for 2012/13 of supporting at least 30 bids for new international meetings, with a potential of 18 000 delegates and R162-million in direct economic spend. More than 200 international hosted buyers are attending Meetings Africa this year, engaging with the South African and regional industry to conclude deals which seek to grow business tourism arrivals. The buyers, hosted by South African Tourism, come from 18 markets which include the United Kingdom, USA, Australia, Kenya, Germany, Netherlands, China, Brazil and Nigeria. Source: BuaNews
Infant killed by monkey in Agra (Eds: Recasting intro) Agra, Nov 13 (PTI) A 12-day-old baby died after a monkey snatched him from his mother and left him bruised and bitten on the terrace of a neighbour’s house in Mohalla Kachhera area here. According to the family, Sunny’s mother was feeding him on Monday evening when the monkey snatched the infant and ran away with him. Sunny’s family members chased the monkey and later found the baby lying blood-soaked on a neighbour’s terrace. The baby was rushed to a hospital where the doctors declared him brought dead, the family members said. Not ready to believe it, the family took him to another hospital, but to no avail. Eco-activist Shravan Kumar said monkeys are turning aggressive as their natural habitats have been destroyed and green cover is steadily shrinking. Residents said the monkeys loot, snatch and attack people, particularly women and children in Agra. “People do not dare to go to their terraces. Those who do have sealed their homes with iron mesh cages. You cannot leave your door open or sit in the sun,” a resident of Vijay Nagar colony Seema Gupta said. PTI CORR DIV DIV 11131419
Lying on a string cot beneath a row of pale green prayer beads that hangs from the wall, Asmeena Khan holds up a frail hand and says softly, “Please pray for me.”There is no electricity and Asmeena cannot summon the strength to wave away the flies that settle on her face. She has been bedridden since being in a car accident four months ago. Her brother says the doctors have said she is paralysed from the waist down, and will never walk again.Asmeena is the widow of Rakbar Khan, the dairy farmer who was killed by cow vigilantes on the night of July 20, 2018. After the murder of 28-year-old Rakbar, Asmeena, who has never been to school and is unsure even of her age, was left to raise her seven children. The eldest, 14-year-old Saahila, dropped out of school to help her mother with household chores and add to the family income by working as a daily wage labourer; four younger children were enrolled at a residential school in Aligarh run by a charitable society. The youngest two, aged six and three, have stayed with their mother in Tapkan village in Haryana’s Nuh district.When the accident happened. Asmeena was on her way to visit her children in Aligarh in a taxi. A truck collided with the car she was in. The driver and a 19-year-old niece accompanying Asmeena were killed. Asmeena was first taken to the medical college in Nuh and then referred to a hospital in New Delhi, as her injuries were serious.Bedridden and bereft Four months later, she still lies on a cot in her parent’s home. Rakbar’s parents have refused to take her in, says her brother Irfan. But, reasons Asmeena, “Rakbar’s father is an old man who barely makes ends meet by keeping a few goats. Rakbar’s brothers add to his income, but he can barely feed himself.”Asmeena got married when she was about 13. Three of her brothers work as drivers, two work in a poultry farm, and the youngest has dropped out of school and is learning to repair tyre punctures. Seventeen family members live in the two-room house at Tapkan. Two married sisters are visiting; they have come to find work as daily wage labourers, harvesting the ripened wheat in Nuh’s farms.Nuh’s woesHaryana’s Nuh district (earlier called Mewat), is just 75 km from Delhi and is part of the Gurgaon Parliamentary constituency. It is India’s ‘most backward district’, according to a 2018 ranking by Niti Aayog of 101 districts. The districts were graded on five parameters — health and nutrition, education, agriculture and water resources, financial inclusion and skill development, and basic infrastructure. Nuh came last. The place has also seen some of the country’s most horrific hate crimes, tracked since 2012 by data journalism website IndiaSpend. In September 2016, a 20-year-old Muslim woman and her 14-year-old cousin were gang-raped and two other members of the family murdered by four men because the family had allegedly eaten beef. A few days earlier, the Haryana Cow Welfare Commission chairman, Bhani Ram Mangla, had said the Haryana police would ‘check’ biryani dishes to ensure they don’t contain beef, which is banned in the State.The Haryana Gauvansh Sanrakshan and Gausamvardhan Act of 2015 punishes anyone for possessing beef, or transporting / slaughtering cows, with up to 10 years in jail and a fine of up to ₹1 lakh. In Nuh, 792 such FIRs were registered between November 2015 and March 2019. In that period, 1,194 arrests were made. But the lynchings seem to continue, despite a Supreme Court judgment last year that said “mob vigilantism and mob violence have to be prevented by the governments by taking strict action and by the vigil society who ought to report such incidents to the state machinery and the police instead of taking the law into their own hands.”Rakbar was murdered when he was walking back with his friend Aslam from Alwar in Rajasthan after buying cattle. Confronted by a group of gau rakshaks near Lalawandi village, Aslam managed to run and hide, but Rakbar was severely beaten. The last photograph of him, shot in police custody, shows him alive. But a few hours later, his post-mortem report states, he died of internal injuries. In his statement to the police, Aslam said he heard the attackers name the local MLA, Gyan Dev Ahuja of the BJP, who is on record saying cow slaughter is a bigger crime than terrorism.Left for deadLike Rakbar, Umar Khan and two others, Tahir Khan and Javed, were transporting cows from Mewat to Bharatpur in Rajasthan on November 14, 2017. While Tahir and Javed were beaten, Umar was shot dead, and his body thrown near the railway tracks in the Ramgarh area of Alwar.The most prominent of all lynching victims is Pehlu Khan, whose widow Jaibuna continues to live in their ramshackle house in Jaisinghpur in Nuh. The 55-year-old dairy farmer had gone to Jaipur to buy cows at a cattle fair. He was attacked on April 1, 2017 when he was returning home. Despite producing relevant documents, including a bill of sale, Pehlu and five others with him, including two of his sons, were beaten up by cow vigilantes near the Jaipur-Delhi national highway. Pehlu died of his injuries on April 3 that year.He was buried in a cemetery close to his home. A simple stone slab, painted yellow, marks his name and the date of his death but says little of the circumstances of his death, or life.In the background is a broken-down government school that seems to symbolise much of Nuh’s own predicament. Children walk home from school carrying small plates of rice with yoghurt, their mid-day meal, to share with families. Students study here until Class VIII, after which they must shift to a senior school some 10 km away. This is when many of the girls simply drop out.On the day I meet Jaibuna, she is alone at home. Two daughters, studying in Class VIII, have taken time off school to earn some money harvesting wheat. The energetic voices of children reciting the alphabet punctuate our conversation.Recorded deathJaibuna says she learned of her husband’s death on social media. Somebody had video-taped the ghastly lynching and put it up on Facebook. She began watching, then one of her children took the phone away. “He was still alive,” she says. She still hasn’t seen the rest of the clip.‘Justice’ is a big word for Jaibuna, who is just trying to get on with her life. An FIR was registered against six men. But a CID inquiry, which began after sustained protests by the family and civil society, said these men were not involved. In October 2018, witnesses for Pehlu, including his two sons and their lawyer, said they were shot at while going to court to record their statements. Police have dismissed the allegation as a ‘ploy’ to get the case transferred.For a family that works for daily wages, it can be hard to keep track of court dates and hearings. Two sons work as truck drivers and one manages the half-acre patch of land on which they grow wheat, jowar and bajra. “Nobody from the government came to visit me after what happened,” says Jaibuna. “I will never get justice from this government.”The family still owns a few goats and buffaloes. No cow has ever been bought since Pehlu Khan’s killing.(With inputs from Mohd Arif)The Delhi-based journalist writes on gender issues in India.
Ranchi: Beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) scheme in Jharkhand can now avail a free refill of their LPG cylinders which the state government claims is first such initiative in the country. The process of refill of cylinders along with distribution of 12 lakh new LPG connections will begin from August 23, a statement issued here on Sunday said. “Jharkhand is the only state where beneficiaries of the scheme are given free ovens and filled cylinders during distribution of the connections. Now, they can refill their cylinders for free,” it said. The release said that 31 lakh LPG connections have already been distributed in the state since launch of the scheme in 2016. The PMUY scheme is aimed at replacing hazardous cooking fuels used in rural India with clean and efficient LPG. Families below the poverty line are beneficiaries of the scheme.
BILLERICA, MA — On Thursday, March 14, 2019 Shawsheen Tech sent 189 students to compete at the SkillsUSA District Competition at Greater Lowell Regional Technical High School. The students competed against schools in their technical areas, challenging their knowledge, in hopes of qualifying for State Competition held this April. Shawsheen students took a written assessment in their technical/trade, an additional test for employability and SkillsUSA Knowledge, as well as an OSHA test in safety. At the end of the day, Shawsheen brought home a total of 70 medals. Gold Medal Winners:Brooke MacInnes, Grade 12, Billerica, Architectural DraftingAmaan Shaikh, Grade 12, Billerica, Automated Manual Technician – DrafterCorrina Jarzynka, Grade 12, Billerica, Culinary ArtsElaina Cobb, Grade 12, Billerica, Health Knowledge BowlSkylar McGarry, Grade 12, Billerica, Medical AssistingCaitlyn Tsoukalas, Grade 12, Billerica, Medical MathFancis O’Connor, Grade 10, Billerica, Power Equipment TechnicianMohammadali Khalifa, Grade 10, Billerica, Robotics & Automation TechnicianJoshua Cabral, Grade 11, Billerica, Team Works – ElectricianTroy Tamis, Grade 12, Billerica, Team Works – PlumberGrace Clark, Grade 11, Bedford, State Officer CandidateAshley Pergamo, Grade 12, Burlington, Automotive Refinishing TechnologyCameron Hudson, Grade 12, Burlington, MechatronicsThomas Vincent, Grade 12, Burlington, Mobile Robotic TechnologyJasin Hensley, Grade 10, Burlington, Robotics & Automation TechnicianMadison Shipka, Grade 12, Burlington, Urban Search & RescueJason Elias, Grade 11, Tewksbury, Automated Manual Technician -MachinistKevin Realejo, Grade 11, Tewksbury, Automated Manual Technician -MachinistJodi Bagrowski, Grade 11, Tewksbury, EstheticsSarah Molander, Grade 11, Tewksbury, Graphic CommunicationsLeah Veloz, Grade 11, Tewksbury, Health Knowledge BowlAllyson Haley, Grade 11, Tewksbury, Health Knowledge BowlMichael Reppucci, Grade 12, Tewksbury, Industrial Motor ControlBrooke Gerry, Grade 11, Tewksbury, MasonryJohn Nowell IV, Grade 12, Tewksbury, MechatronicsDylan Melanson, Grade 12, Tewksbury, PlumbingZachary Kelly, Grade 11, Tewksbury, Team Works – CarpenterJames MacKenzie, Grade 12, Tewksbury, Team Works – MasonAnnalea Martins, Grade 11, Wilmington, Basic Health Care SkillsZachary Dancewicz, Grade 12, Wilmington, CarpentryNathan Helmar, Grade 12, Wilmington, Diesel Equipment TechnicianJuila Messina, Grade 11, Wilmington, Graphic Imaging SublimationOlivia Sanchez, Grade 10, Wilmington, Health Knowledge BowlAndrew Miller, Grade 12, Wilmington, Mobile Robotic TechnologyCelina Barczak, Grade 11, Wilmington, Nursing AssistingAmanda Howell, Grade 10, Wilmington, Technical DraftingJames Ward, Grade 12, Wilmington, Urban Search & RescueSilver Medals Winners:Connor Rich, Grade 11, Billerica, Architectural DraftingEmily Morris, Grade 12, Billerica, Dental AssistantDaniel Matarazzo, Grade 12, Billerica, Diesel Equipment TechnicianCassidy Bulmer, Grade 12, Billerica, Health Knowledge BowlBrayden Taylor, Grade 11, Billerica, Mobile Robotic TechnologyMatthew Canadas, Grade 11, Billerica, Mobile Robotic TechnologyMackenzie Cassidy, Grade 12, Billerica, Nursing AssistingShaunna Ford, Grade 12, Billerica, Screen Print TechnologyTaylor Sacco, Grade 11, Bedford, Health Knowledge BowlAntavious Nordquist, Grade 10, Bedford, Technical DraftingChristina Paras, Grade 11, Burlington, Graphic Imaging SublimationJenna Hensley, Grade 11, Burlington, Health Knowledge BowlJames Sweeney, Grade 11, Burlington, PlumbingAnthony Prezioso, Grade 10, Tewksbury, CarpentryRachel Conway, Grade 12, Tewksbury, MasonryMichael Rosa, Grade 11, Tewksbury, Team Works – CarpenterDavid Williams III, Grade 11, Tewksbury, Team Works – ElectricianBrendan Gray, Grade 11, Tewksbury, Team Works – T2 PlumberCole Privetera, Grade 11, Tewksbury, Health Knowledge BowlMadison Musto, Grade 12, Wilmington, Team Works – MasonJessica Stevens, Grade 11, Wilmington, Technical Computer ApplicationsBronze Medal Winners:Taylor Thurell, Grade 12, Billerica, Basic Health Care SkillsZachary Langlois, Grade 11, Billerica, CarpentrySamantha Collins, Grade 12, Billerica, Health Knowledge BowlBrooke Amato, Grade 12, Billerica, Health Knowledge BowlShawn Powderly, Grade 12, Billerica, PlumbingMichael Cremens, Grade 11, Billerica, Sheet MetalVeronika Bazzinotti, Grade 12, Tewksbury, Dental AssistantCameron Loder, Grade 10, Tewksbury, Diesel Equipment TechnicianAlexa Krogstie, Grade 11, Tewksbury, Health Knowledge BowlMadison Gray, Grade 12, Tewksbury, Health Knowledge BowlTaryn King, Grade 12, Wilmington, Graphic CommunicationsAmanda Ramsdell, Grade 11, Wilmington, MasonryGold and silver medal winners have earned their ticket to the annual State Leadership & Skills Conference.At that Conference, more than 2,500 students will compete in 86 occupational and leadership skill areas. Shawsheen students will compete in the practical skills portion of each contest to become a Gold medalist from Massachusetts, earning the opportunity to join more than 6,000 students to compete in the annual national-level SkillsUSA Championships.Photos:Sweeping in Carpentry: Tewksbury sophomore Anthony Preziso (silver), Wilmington senior Zachary Dancewicz (gold), & Billerica junior Zachary Langlois (bronze)Winning the gold medal in culinary arts was Billerica senior Corrina JarzynkaTaking gold in the Health Knowledge Bowl were Tewksbury junior Leah Veloz, Wilmington sophomore Olivia Sanchez, Billerica senior Elaina Cobb, and Tewksbury junior Allyson Haley. Elaina and Leah are hoping to lead another team to nationals this year.Sweeping the Masonry contest: Tewksbury senior Rachel Conway (silver), Tewksbury junior Brooke Gerry (gold), & Wilmington junior Amanda Ramsdell (bronze)Sweeping in the Plumbing contest: Burlington junior James Sweeney (silver), Tewksbury senior Dylan Melanson (gold), and Billerica senior Shawn Powderly (bronze)Winning the silver medals in screening was Billerica senior Shaunna Ford. Shaunna is hoping for another chance to attend the National Conference and better her 4th place standing in the nation.Winning gold in Team Works: Back — Tewksbury senior James MacKenzie, Left to Right: Tewksbury junior Zachary Kelley, Billerica senior Troy Tamis, & Billerica junior Joshua CabralBring home medals in Technical Drafting were Wilmington sophomore Amanda Howell (gold) and Bedford sophomore Antavious Nordquist (silver)(NOTE: The above press release is from the Shawsheen Tech.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. 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Google Pay 99+ $899 Apple Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Authentication Best Buy Credit, debit, loyalty and gift cards Now playing: Watch this: 41 countries worldwide 29 countries worldwide Android phones with NFC and HCE support running KitKat (4.4) or higher Availability (see note below) Which one wins? Ultimately, choosing one of these payment systems is tied to your ecosystem and availability in your location. For Apple users, your only choice in the real world is Apple Pay, while Android users must use Google Pay. Samsung owners can choose between Samsung Pay or Google Pay — you can have both on your phone, but you will need to set one as the default and change that setting if you want to use the other. For sheer compatibility across the widest range of terminals, Samsung Pay wins because of MST technology. But paying in supported apps and websites is most seamless with Apple Pay, and Google Pay offers the most flexible way to pay friends, regardless of what phone they use. Editors’ note: This article was previously published on June 12, 2018. It is consistently updated with new information.Best phones of 2018: CNET editors pick the phones with the best cameras, screens and battery life. Mobile payments in the US still suck: Here’s why. iPhone X vs. Galaxy S9 Plus: Photos from our comparison 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. $899 Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier FaceID or fingerprint Now playing: Watch this: Where can you use? Works with NFC, magnetic stripe or EMV terminals, in-app purchases Samsung Galaxy phones since the Galaxy Note 5, Gear Watch and Gear Watch Active, Gear S2 and S3 Comments Credit, debit and loyalty cards 24 countries worldwide Apple Pay 4:32 Apple Pay vs. Samsung Pay vs. Google Pay See It Apple Pay is available for browser payments in Safari, and you’ll need to authenticate with your fingerprint or FaceID. You can do this from an iPhone or iPad; a MacBook Pro with fingerprint support; or a Mac and verify with an iPhone or Apple Watch. Google Pay offers browser payments as well in Chrome, Safari and Firefox, but not many online stores use it yet. Samsung Pay and Google Pay work on the 340,000 sites that use Visa Checkout, if you’re shopping from your phone. Chase Pay users also have the option to link their wallets with Samsung Pay.All three services also work when checking out in several apps. Advantage: All three Check your Apple Pay Cash balance through the Wallet app. Jason Cipriani/CNET Peer-to-peer payments Apple Pay and Google Pay are the only two services that let you pay friends. Samsung Pay does not currently have a peer-to-peer option. With Apple Pay Cash, you can send money to contacts with Apple IDs through iMessage. Unfortunately, that means you’re cut off from anyone who doesn’t have an Apple device. Money can be stored on your virtual card in the Wallet app or you can withdraw to your bank account. Apple Pay Cash is only available in the US for now. You can pay any phone number or email address from the Google Pay app on iOS, Android or from the desktop interface. (This was previously found in the Google Pay Send app.) Like Apple Pay, you can keep a balance or withdraw to your bank account. Paying friends through Google Pay is available in the US and coming soon to UK users.Advantage: Google Pay $611 Fingerprint, PIN, pattern or password See It Wide variety of banks: full list here Apple iPhone X Wide variety of banks: full list here; PayPal Amazon Wide variety of banks: full list here; PayPal Works with NFC terminals, in-app and web purchases Tags Preview • iPhone X: We’ve already got one. Here’s what it’s like. With regards to availability, once you’ve added your cards to one of these mobile wallets you should be able to use them in any country that accepts contactless payments, as long as you would normally be able to use your physical card in that location. In the case of Samsung Pay, that also includes any terminal with a magnetic card reader.When you make a transaction with Samsung Pay, you’ll see a transaction notification pop up. Lexy Savvides/CNET Technology and availability Apple Pay and Google Pay use NFC, or near-field communication, to power contactless payments. Just tap your phone to a compatible terminal and the transaction is complete. Samsung Pay uses NFC and a technology called magnetic secure transmission (MST). When you hold the phone against any terminal, it emits a signal that simulates the magnetic strip on a card. This means it works with pretty much all terminals, without the merchant having to update their point of sale systems. The one situation where MST won’t work is when you need to insert a card into a slot, like at a gas station. Offline payments are also supported on all three platforms, so you can make a limited number of transactions if you have no cell or Wi-Fi signal. You are also able to use these mobile wallets to tap and go on public transit systems in various cities around the world.Advantage: Samsung Pay Security Mobile payment systems use a method called tokenization to keep card details secure. Once you add your cards to the app, it generates a virtual account number and your real card number is never given to the merchant. When you tap your phone to make a payment, it sends the tokenized card number and a cryptogram that acts like a password. The card network then verifies and processes the payment. Apple requires you to authenticate using TouchID (fingerprint), FaceID or PIN before a payment can go through. Samsung requires an iris scan, fingerprint or PIN to confirm purchases. But Google Pay only needs your phone to be unlocked with fingerprint, password, pattern or PIN before transactions can go through. If you lose your phone, all three allow you to remotely wipe the device which will also remove all your card details. Advantage: Apple Pay (though TouchID is still more convenient than FaceID) The Google Pay interface on a phone. Google Other ways to pay You’re not only tied to the phone. Here’s how you can also use them: Apple Pay: Apple Watch (in stores); on the iPad and Mac (for online purchases). Google Pay: on some Android Wear watches. Samsung Pay: Galaxy Watch, Galaxy Watch Active, Gear Sport, S2 and S3 (but MST support is only available on the Gear S3). Mobile payments are a mess. Here’s why See it Review • iPhone X review: This iPhone XS predecessor is still a contender $949 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone X (64GB, Space Gray) Which banks? Samsung Pay Mobile payments comparison See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Compatible devices 7:31 38 Photos Boost Mobile Apple iPhones since the SE, Apple Watch, MacBook Pro with TouchID, iPads since 5th generation, iPad Pro and iPad Mini reading • Apple Pay vs. Google Pay vs. Samsung Pay: Mobile payments compared Cards Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Fingerprint, PIN or iris Works with NFC terminals, in-app purchases and web purchases in Safari • See All Mobile payments could soon make your wallet obsolete by allowing you to pay with just the tap of your phone or smartwatch. But they’ve had a slow roll-out and not all options are made equal. The three most established systems are from Apple, Samsung and Google, although some wearables from brands such as Garmin and Fitbit also offer their own payment systems. So how do Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Google Pay compare, and which one is more widely accepted right now? 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Russia expressed confidence that the long delayed concluding agreement with India on the joint production of the fifth generation fighter aircraft can be signed this year.The two countries signed an initial contract in 2010 to build the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) programme, however, they have not been able to agree to the final terms of the contract.”We are in the final stage of negotiations for the FGFA contract,” United Aircraft Corporation’s (UAC) Yuri Slyusar told the press at the ongoing Aero India airshow in Bengaluru, according to a Reuters report.The Indian RequirementsThe quibble relates to how the Indian version of the Russian-designed Sukhoi T-50 will differ from the Russian model, and over the amount of technology the Russians are willing to transfer. A Russian T-50 fighter lands at an airfield of the Sukhoi aircraft manufacturing plant in Komsomolsk-on-Amur. A new fighter aircraft seen as Russia’s response to U.S. advances in military aviation made a successful first test flight, plane maker Sukhoi said.ReutersPrime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday that India was no longer satisfied with weapon deliveries or assembling, and added that transfer of technology to local companies and production within India would be a clause attached to the lucrative deals.India is expected to spend as much as $250 billion over the next decade in modernising the defence forces and the equipment.Aero India 2015″We think there is a possibility to sign the agreement within 2015. At least the Russian side think it will be done in 2015,” Slyusar said.Meanwhile, the ageing fleet of Russian-made MiGs and French Mirage fighter jets are now being replaced with India-made Sukhoi Su-30s and its upgradations.The French are eager to see the ink dry up on the contract to supply 126 Dassault Rafale, which has been stuck over Dassault unwilling to offer the necessary guarantees for localised production of the fourth generation fighter jet.Fifth Generation Fighter AircraftThe FGFA aircraft possess more advanced design and build, which equips the aircraft with significant stealth capabilities and would provide operators with deep penetration hits in enemy territory.”FGFA planes are important in terms of future capability,” Air Force Chief Arup Raha said on Thursday, at the Bangalore air show. Russian Sukhoi T-50 PAK-FA jet fighter lands after a demonstration flight at the MAKS International Aviation and Space Salon in Zhukovsky outside Moscow.ReutersRuha noted that a firm timeline for the closing of agreement was difficult to forecast.There are a total of five fifth-generation fighter jets in existence – the US-based Lockheed Martin’s F-22 Raptor and the F-35 Lightning II (the world’s most expensive defence programme ever), both combat-proven, though the F-35 has been plagued with issues.China has developed the J-11 and the J-20 FGFA, which could end up in the Pakistani fleet, who would be unable to persuade the Americans to sell them.The Russian Sukhoi T-50 forms the final name in the short list. The initial design has been agreed between the two nations in 2013, and they continue to work on the detailed design.In December, during his visit to the country, Russian President Vladmir Putin said that Russia would continue to remain India’s top defence partner.