Harvey Norman Promotion

first_imgNRL Touch Football’s major partner, Harvey Norman, has a great deal for members through the TFA website and newsletter. The new Fitbit Blaze is available now. Get fit in style with Fitbit Blaze and smart fitness watch designed to help you maximise every workout and every day with features like heart-rate monitoring, sleep tracking, GPS and more. Click here for more information. Run into your local store to get your Fitbit Blaze today!Stay tuned to the TFA website and newsletter for more great Connected Health and Fitness deals from Harvey Norman. Related LinksHarvey Norman Deallast_img

Former College QB Gus Ragland Joins Notre Dame Staff

first_img Former Miami University QB Gus Ragland (Moeller) told @WCPO he joined @NDFootball as an offensive analyst. @MiamiRedHawks @LetsGoBigMoe— Mike Dyer (@MikeDyer) June 26, 2019Ragland joins a Notre Dame team that is coming off a 12-0 regular season that resulted in a trip to the College Football Playoff.The Irish were ultimately overwhelmed in the Cotton Bowl by eventual national champion Clemson, but are slated to bring in several strong recruiting classes in the years to come.Notre Dame has a much harder path to the College Football Playoff next year as well with huge games against Georgia and Michigan highlighting the schedule. Miami (OH) quarterback Gus Ragland is taken down by Notre Dame's Jerry Tillery.SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 30: Gus Ragland #14 of the Miami (Oh) Redhawks fumbles the ball after being hit by Jerry Tillery #99 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium on Seotember 30, 2017 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Notre Dame is adding an experienced quarterback to the football coaches’ room next year. Former quarterback Gus Ragland, fresh off a successful senior year in college, is slated to join Brian Kelly’s staff.According to Mike Dyer of WCPO, Ragland revealed that he will be joining the team as an offensive analyst this coming year. Ragland was a three-year starter at Miami University of Ohio, throwing for over 6,000 yards and 56 touchdowns to only 13 interceptions for the RedHawks.Ragland has prior experience with Notre Dame as an opponent, having led Miami against the Fighting Irish in a losing effort back in 2017. He had a respectable 262 passing yards and two touchdowns in the game, but the defense was overwhelmed as Notre Dame torched them in a 52-17 blowout.He leaves Miami as a top ten quarterback in most statistical categories. His 56 touchdowns are third in school history.last_img read more

Propane Tank Close to Kings County Academy Assessed

first_imgThe Department of Education and Annapolis Valley Regional School Board have decided not to move students into the new Kings County Academy until after the removal of a nearby propane tank. An assessment, conducted Dec. 16, determined the propane tank complies with Canadian Safety Association Propane Tank Storage and Handling Code and there are no unusual hazards associated with its location. However, an additional assessment received Feb. 18, about effects of a potential explosion, revealed cause for concern. “Safety is always our highest priority,” said Education Minister Ramona Jennex. “After reviewing the assessment, the department and the board agree to err on the side of caution and wait until the propane tank is removed before occupying the school.” The school will not be ready for potential occupancy until mid- to late-April. The school board voted on March 2, to move into the school for the beginning of September, if the propane tank has been removed. “Our goal is to have students and staff enter the school knowing they are safe and secure,” said school board chair Lavinia Parrish Zwicker. “Moving into the school over the summer is an attractive option because it will limit disruption at the end of the school year.” The Town of Kentville is working with the owner of the propane facility to relocate its operations to the industrial park and acquire the land for recreational purposes. The town has already acquired two adjacent properties and is optimistic that the propane tank facility will be relocated in time for the board to occupy the school in September. “The propane facility has operated safely at this location for many years,” said Mayor David Corkum. “However, we look forward to soon having them operate from a better site in the industrial park.”last_img read more

Deputy Minister Appointments Announced

first_imgThe province is reassigning senior-level positions to reflect changes to government departments and to best serve Nova Scotians, Premier Darrell Dexter announced today, May 31. “These new appointments will ensure government’s senior management team is able to most effectively meet the needs of Nova Scotians,” said Premier Dexter. “Nova Scotia is fortunate to have such a talented and dedicated team of deputy ministers to oversee government programs and services across the province.” Rosalind Penfound will become the deputy minister of Agriculture as well as Fisheries and Aquaculture. Ms. Penfound has served previously as deputy minister of Agriculture, as well as the Public Service Commissioner, experience that will help lead the departments of Agriculture and Fisheries and Aquaculture through their moves outside HRM. Frank Dunn, currently associate deputy minister of Education, will act as deputy minister of Education while the province embarks on a national search for a permanent deputy minister. Paul Lafleche will become deputy minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. Margaret MacDonald will move to become deputy minister of Treasury Board, also overseeing the Chief Information Office, and Liz Cody will become the deputy minister of Finance. Doug Stewart will become associate deputy minister of Treasury Board. Mr. Stewart most recently was appointed to work with the Chignecto Central Regional School Board through its budget process. In his new role, he will focus on the longer-term sustainability of the province’s finances, beyond the four-year fiscal plan. These changes will come into effect Monday, June 11.last_img read more

The wealth of modern nations

first_imgThe wealth of nations today—as of individuals—is a direct function of human resource. Wealthy nations are wealthy because they have developed their human resources. Individuals are wealthy because they have developed their human resource. And how do modern nations develop their human resource? Very simple: by sending all their children to quality schools and educating them. Countries that have paid attention to educating their children are the richest countries in the world today. And vice-versa. Countries that have paid poor attention to educating children are today the poorest countries of the world. Also Read – A special kind of bondThere is a direct correlation between children’s education and the wealth of a modern nation. For education is the only sure path today to growth, development, and wealth. But there is something very unique about the way education can be imparted. Educating someone, anyone for that matter must always follow a linear path. No one can enter a University unless she or he has gone through high school. No one can get into a high school unless she or he has completed middle school. No one can get into middle school unless they first get into a primary school. Also Read – Insider threat managementAnd there lies India’s problem. We build IITs and IIMs and Medical, and Engineering Colleges (these days lavish private universities that could be mistaken for resorts) and provide fee subsidies and positive discrimination quotas for our poor and socially marginalised in these institutions of higher learning. Which is all very good. But we continue to ignore our schools, especially our primary schools, especially schools for the poor. The catch is that these subsidies and quotas for the poor in Universities, IITs, IIMs, Engineering and Medical Colleges are useless unless you can get into them. And you cannot get into them unless you get into a good primary school first, at the age of five or six. And to get admission into a decent primary school, a child’s parent must pay a huge fee, which poor parents just cannot afford. The poor have, therefore, to depend on government schools, which provides education of the poorest possible quality. Poor children do not stay in such schools long. They drop-out soon, far before they complete those 10 (let alone 12) years in school. Or more correctly, they are pushed out. The children of the poor are pushed out of such government schools through weak pedagogy, bad teachers and poor classrooms. Meanwhile, there is also a strong pull factor working drawing poor children out of schools. Unmindful of its harm, society, including the child’s own parents and their middle-class and lower-middle class and even upper crust employers and most social, political and administrative leaders do not discourage children of the poor from working. Indeed, they often actively encourage child labour. While diligently sending our own children to private schools paying high fees, we in India, the middle classes, and our social aristocrats and political and administrative leaders, actively discourage the children of the poor from going to schools, often rhetorically asking parents of deprived children, what use would they get through educating their children. The unstated answer being: nothing. Child labour prevents the education of children and depresses human capital of individuals and nations. Since education and human resource are linked indirectly to poverty and directly to wealth, an uneducated individual is also an individual in poverty, while an educated individual is usually a person above poverty. A simple experiment will prove this. Stand at any busy roadside junction anywhere and identify any 10 graduates. Nine out of the 10 would not be poor. Identify any 10 uneducated people. Nine out of the 10, would be poor. Try out a contrary survey. Survey 10 people who are poor. Nine of the 10 are likely to be uneducated. Finally, locate 10 people who are not poor. Nine of the 10 would be educated. This is a universal truth today! What is thus true of individuals is also true of nations. Rich nations of the world today are those that developed their human resource through quality school education, particularly primary education. Such wealthy nations would congruently also have severe laws against drop-out, truancy, and child labour. Poor nations of the world, on the contrary, are nations that pay no heed to school education. These nations have little focus on primary and school education and thus are unable to raise their human resource. They continue to be poor as the small percentage of their educated elite are unable to create enough wealth to keep the huge numbers of their uneducated out of poverty. Although changing slowly, India, unfortunately, still suffers from the same syndrome. There is a strongly held but unarticulated belief amongst us that good primary and school education is necessary only for us and our ilk; that scarce resources need not be spent on educating children of the poor; that educating such poor is a poor use of resources. There can be no more foolish thinking than that. In a country like India where we have a Peace Laureate who won the Nobel Prize for his fight against child labour, such thinking only makes for a sad and contradictory situation. So long as we do not educate all our children in the highest quality schools, making at least 10 or even 12 years of school education compulsory, and enact and implement strong truancy laws, and laws against erring employers, our potential as a 135-crore strong country cannot be achieved. Our uneducated will continue to be poor and keep the country poor. And imagine if we did. The country would be a storehouse of human resource and our economy would be booming. If China has a thriving economy today, it is because over three decades ago they decided to send all their children to schools and keep them there. China with a population of nearly 140 crores of mostly educated young people, the result 30 years later is there for all to see. Its growing human resource will soon enable it to overtake the US –with a much smaller 25-crore population, albeit educated and even though importing the best human resource from across the world–as the number one economy in the world. More proof is staring before our eyes. Small countries like Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, et al not to speak of the countries of Europe became economic giants by focusing on educating their children. And yet we do not see. It is time our Union Budget and our State Budgets exponentially increase our spending on good quality free compulsory school education, starting with primary schools and going up to high schools. Else, our demographic dividend of 135 crores will soon become a demographic demon. Indeed, poverty today is the handmaid of the uneducated, and wealth is the handmaid of the educated; whether of individuals or of nations. (The author is a former Indian and UN Civil Servant. He belongs to the 1978 batch of the IAS and worked with the ILO in India and abroad for 20 years. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Little Prairie Elementary School in Secure and Hold

first_imgUPDATE – The Secure and Hold has been lifted and the RCMP has concluded the investigation and determined there is no risk to students at this time.CHETWYND, B.C. – School District 59 has released information that Little Prairie Elementary School is currently in a Secure and Hold.According to SD 59, the Secure and Hold was initiated at approximately 10:45 a.m. in response to hearing shots fired in the ravine near the school. The School District says students are being kept in their classrooms and the exterior school doors are locked. All of the students are safe and there is no direct threat to the school.The RCMP are currently investigating.last_img

Knappet Industries Ltd awarded tender for 100th fourlaning

first_imgCity staff also share the ‘bypass’ road (Northern Lights Drive) utilizes this route and heavy industrial traffic will be impacted as well.The first and second phase of this project was completed simultaneously in 2017 and2018 construction seasons with the aid of a “New Building Canada Fund – Small Communities Fund” grant.The Storm Sewer extension under the CN Railway Tracks was commenced in the Autumn2018 and will be completed early in the Spring of 2019.This project, Phase 3, will complete the upgrading of 100th Street from 110th Avenue to 119th AvenueKnappet Industries was chosen as the lowest bidder out of the following;Knappett Industries (2006) Ltd.Submitted Tender Price $ 5,826,567.60 (GST included)• No irregularities noted FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. –  Council awarded the tender for the 100th Street four-laning from 114a avenue to the bypass.Knappett Industries (2006) Ltd. will do the work after bidding $5,826,567.60.City staff expressed this is a key corridor in the community. As all traffic going or coming from the north of town, travel on this section of 100th Street and because of this city staff will ensure that there is a good traffic and communication plan because the motoring public will need to find alternate routes during the construction of this portion of 100th Street. Chapman Industries Ltd.Corrected Tender Price $ 5,921,067.06 (GST included)• A math error on item 58 increased the Tender Price by $0.71Interoute Construction Ltd. Dba DGS Astro PavingSubmitted Tender Price $ 6,400.607.56 (GST included)• No irregularities notedlast_img read more

Equifax says USfocused theft of data touched certain Canadian residents

MONTREAL — Canada’s Privacy Commissioner has asked credit monitoring company Equifax to provide a full report on its large-scale security breach, including details on how Canadians were affected.The agency reached out to the company Friday after it received complaints about the hack of sensitive personal.“Given the potential sensitivity of the information, we expect that Equifax will adopt measures to help affected individuals,” spokeswoman Valerie Lawton wrote in an email.Canadians are getting little information from Equifax regarding the status of their personal information after the company revealed on Friday that it was the victim of a massive security breach during the summer.Equifax said the private information of up to 143 million people in the United States had been compromised, along with certain Canadian and U.K. residents. The company is refusing to say how many Canadians were affected or what data had been stolen in those cases.Equifax also said it would work with Canadian and U.K. regulators but didn’t disclose which ones were involved.In the United States, the theft included consumers’ names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some cases, driver’s licence numbers.Equifax Canada said Friday it had no information to add to what its parent announced.Equifax discovered the hack July 29, but waited until Thursday to warn consumers. It’s not unusual for authorities to ask a company to delay public notice of a major hack so that investigators can pursue the perpetrators.The Atlanta-based parent company has set up a dedicated website and call centre to help consumers determine if their information may have been affected.The website is http://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com and the call centre is at 877-323-2598.However, it may be prudent to wait before checking the status of your information. Social media users have flagged language on Equifax’s website that appears to suggest that people who sign up for its TrustedID Premier security service waive their rights to participate in a class-action lawsuit.New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman tweeted that such language was “unacceptable and unenforceable”. “My staff has already contacted @Equifax to demand that they remove it,” he added.There have been cases where Canadian consumers have launched class action suits after learning their information had been involved in a cross-border cybersecurity breach.Bob Hudyma, a cyber security expert, at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Information Technology Management, said Equifax is being tight-lipped over concerns about other lawsuits.“There’s no doubt that their legal department has been very, very busy in insuring that they maintain the strongest possible position in these unfortunate circumstances,” he said in an interview.Shares of Equifax were down more than 14 per cent at US$122.63 in heavy trading Friday afternoon at the New York Stock Exchange.The credit scores compiled by Equifax and similar companies, such as TransUnion and Experian, are used by lenders to decide whether to approve financing for homes, cars and credit cards.“This is clearly a disappointing event for our company, and one that strikes at the heart of who we are and what we do,” Equifax CEO Richard Smith said in a statement. “I apologize to consumers and our business customers for the concern and frustration this causes.”Prior to the Equifax release, the biggest hack on record involving Social Security numbers involved about 80 million people during a hack at health insurer Anthem Inc.Yahoo, which was targeted in at least two separate digital burglaries that affected more than one billion of its users’ accounts throughout the world, currently holds the record for the biggest release of confidential information.The California-based Internet company, which has since been acquired by American telecom carrier Verizon, didn’t reveal a 2013 cyberattack until September 2016.But Yahoo’s breach didn’t release Social Security numbers or drivers’ licence information — two pieces of government-issued information that are commonly used to determine a person’s identity.With files from the Associated Press read more

Heat and heart problems

Another population at risk in this heat — people with heart problems.Cardiologists at the Cleveland Clinic say when the body sweats to get rid of excess heat and cool the skin, the heart is pumping harder to move blood through the body. This could lead to a spike in heart rate and possible complications for those with heart issues, like high blood pressure or abnormal rhythm.Experts say stick to air conditioned comfort and stay hydrated.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09

UN relief chief calls on Middle East to channel more aid through

Making the keynote address at an international humanitarian conference in Dubai, Jan Egeland said that his most recent missions, including trips to Uganda and Sudan, showed beyond doubt that the international community needed to strengthen its collective efforts to address the “pressing, but often forgotten,” humanitarian challenges of today.“There needs to be greater recognition of the positive role that the Middle East plays in the delivery of charitable and humanitarian assistance. However, I would also point out that greater participation within the multilateral system could help bring about that recognition,” he told government, UN and development representatives at the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development Conference and Exhibition.“The international humanitarian response will be strengthened through greater cooperation; the United Nations humanitarian system will be reinforced and diversified; and the countries and aid agencies of the Middle East will be better able to tap international resources, help set the agenda and generate international recognition for their humanitarian activities.”“Strengthening humanitarian partnerships and networks within the region and between the Middle East and other regions represents a win-win situation for all involved,” Mr. Egeland pointed out, saying also that the humanitarian community continued to be “perceived as too UN- and too Western-centric,” something the UN was trying to rectify.He also highlighted various areas of recent collaboration, including contributions or pledges from the Governments of Kuwait, Pakistan, Egypt and Qatar, as well as the new Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), which will have up to $450 million available to be used as grants for jump-starting life-saving relief operations immediately when a natural disaster or other crisis strikes.“We also value the excellent working relationship we have with Red Crescent organizations of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and other Gulf States. Our open, frank and constructive dialogue with charitable organizations from the Arab-Muslim world enables us better to understand specific challenges and constraints,” he concluded. read more

Rising dollar falling sales Dollar squeezes US corporate profits from Apple to

FILE – In this Oct. 22, 2012 photo, a worker carries a crate of Pepsi for delivery in Bangkok, Thailand. When beverage giants Coca-Cola and PepsiCo turned in their quarterly results last week, both blamed the dollar for cutting into their profits because, like most U.S. corporations, they rely on overseas sales. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – The biggest obstacle for Coca-Cola and Pepsi these days isn’t tied to taste tests, the declining popularity of sugary drinks or even their century-long rivalry. It’s the surging U.S. dollar.The two soda giants rely on overseas customers for roughly half of their revenue. When they turned in their quarterly results last week, both reported a drop in sales. The strong dollar made all the difference: strip it out and shrinking sales suddenly rise.The dollar has been a source of constant complaint this earnings season. Global corporations from Avon Products to Yum Brands have said their quarterly results would have been much better if it hadn’t been for the rising dollar. For some, the currency’s strength has meant the difference between a profit and a loss.“It has really hit earnings,” said Jack Ablin, chief investment officer at BMO Private Bank.Over the past year, the dollar has climbed 17 per cent against major currencies. The surging dollar and plunging oil prices are the main reasons analysts keep cutting their forecasts for corporate profits even though economists expect the U.S. economy to pick up speedBack in October, analysts estimated that companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index would post profit growth of 11 per cent for the final three months of 2014. That forecast now looks overly optimistic. With only a handful of companies left to report, corporate profits are on track to rise more than 7 per cent, according to S&P Capital IQ.Forecasts for this year have taken a much bigger hit. In December, for example, analysts projected that profits would increase 9 per cent in the first quarter. Today, they expect them to shrink more than 2 per cent over that same period.A strong U.S. dollar might seem like a badge of honour, a reflection of U.S. economic power in the global economy, but for much of Corporate America, it’s bad for business. Almost half of all revenue for companies in the S&P 500 comes from outside the United States, mainly Europe and Asia. So when the dollar rises against the euro, it hurts in two ways: Prices of American-made goods become more expensive to customers in Europe, and goods that move off foreign shelves translate into fewer dollars, showing up as lower revenues and earnings on quarterly financial reports.Take Avon Products, a company that depends on customers in Latin America for nearly half of its sales. The cosmetics company reported that its revenue fell 12 per cent and adjusted earnings sank 41 per cent. Erase the dollar’s move against foreign currencies and the picture looks entirely different. Revenue would have climbed 5 per cent, and adjusted earnings would have soared 29 per cent.At Procter & Gamble, revenue fell 4 per cent in the quarter but would have increased 2 per cent if the dollar had stayed put. And the maker of Tide detergent and Pampers diapers doesn’t think the drag from the dollar is over yet. It estimates that the currency’s rise will shave $1.4 billion from its profit over the course of the full year.“This is the most significant fiscal year currency impact we have ever incurred,” said P&G’s chief financial officer, Jon Moeller, in a conference call discussing the latest results.The list of companies complaining of currency swings includes nearly every major industry. Microsoft, Google and other tech giants have taken a hit along with Bristol Myers Squibb, Pfizer and other drugmakers. Even Apple, which turned in a record profit of $18 billion in its latest quarter, said the rising dollar cost the company $2 billion in sales. Electric-car maker Tesla, the hotel chain Hilton, and the navigation device maker Garmin have joined the ranks of the dollar debilitated. On Thursday, Wal-Mart slashed its sales forecast for the rest of the year in half, largely because of the dollar.“A lot of the companies I follow have cut their earnings guidance for the year, and it was all a result of FX,” said Bill Stone, chief investment strategist at PNC Asset Management, using Wall Street’s shorthand for currency moves — foreign exchange. “It wasn’t their underlying business that was the problem. It was just FX.”Overseas sales used to provide a boost to U.S. companies. When the economy floundered during the Great Recession, firms expanded their businesses abroad, harnessing faster growth across Asia and South America.What once looked like a prudent move, however, has come back to bite them. U.S. economic growth is outpacing Europe and Japan, and growth in China and other emerging giants has cooled off. The result: a rising U.S. currency means falling revenue for U.S companies.Most analysts on Wall Street believe the dollar will continue gaining against the euro and Japanese yen. Jim Paulsen, chief investment strategist at Wells Capital Management, said those expectations are based on the idea that Europe will continue to struggle. What if Europe’s recent efforts to revive its economy work? Paulsen said it could knock the dollar down, easing the burden for big U.S. companies.Last month, the European Central Bank launched a stimulus effort that sent the euro to record lows against major currencies. That might sound like a bad thing, but it could actually turn things around. The euro’s drop means that European goods are cheaper for overseas buyers. That could give a boost to countries with big export industries, such as Germany and Italy, and help pull the region out of its long slump. If that happens, the euro should start recovering, sapping strength from the U.S. dollar.“Everybody right now seems convinced that the dollar is going to stay strong,” Paulsen said. “But I think that a weaker dollar is the story this year. That will be the real surprise.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Rising dollar, falling sales: Dollar squeezes US corporate profits from Apple to Wal-Mart by Matthew Craft, The Associated Press Posted Feb 20, 2015 10:08 pm MDT read more

Ahead of General Assembly summit UN and AU chiefs discuss stronger partnership

“The Secretary-General thanked Ms. Dlamini-Zuma for the African Union’s continued support to the work of the United Nations, in particular, to the offices based in Addis Ababa,” a UN spokesperson said following the meeting in New York.Mr. Ban and Ms. Dlamini-Zuma are meeting on the sidelines of the high-level General Assembly debate which is due to start at the UN Headquarters on Tuesday. The two officials also discussed issues of common interest in the Central African Republic (CAR), where a half-million people are estimated to be in dire need, made worse by fresh fighting in the northwest.The CAR – which has been marked by decades of instability and fighting – witnessed a resumption of violence last December when the Séléka rebel coalition launched a series of attacks. A peace agreement was reached in January, but the rebels again seized the capital, Bangui, in March, forcing President François Bozizé to flee.The recent fighting has further eroded even the most basic services in the country and exacerbated an already dire humanitarian situation affecting the entire population of 4.6 million people, half of whom are children. Currently, 1.6 million people are in dire need of assistance, including food, protection, health care, water, sanitation and shelter.Mr. Ban and Ms. Dlamini-Zuma also discussed the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) where some 80,000 people have been driven from their homes in a new outbreak of violence in the eastern part of the country. Over the past year the fighting with the M23 in the Goma region has displaced more than 100,000 people, exacerbating an ongoing humanitarian crisis in the region which already includes 2.6 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) driven from their homes in clashes with other rebel groups and 6.4 million in need of food and emergency aid.Mr. Ban, particularly through his special envoy to the Great Lakes Region, Mary Robinson, has stressed the importance of implementing the 11-nation Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the DRC and the region signed earlier this year as a comprehensive approach to sustainable peace in the region.The AU, similarly to the UN, is tasked with overseeing its implementation, along with the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), the Southern African Development Community (SADC).Today’s discussions also focused on Mali, Somalia, Guinea-Bissau, and Sudan and South Sudan, as well as the situation in Western Sahara.Also today, Mr. Ban met with. Joyce Banda, President of the Republic of Malawi and current chair of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) together with Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba. According to a readout of the meeting, Mr. Ban welcomed SADC’s “important contribution” to the pursuit of peace and stability in the Great Lakes region and its strong support both to the Framework, and to the Uganda Talks between the Government of the DRC and the M23.He also expressed appreciation for SADC’s constructive role in Madagascar and underlined UN’s readiness to work in support of these efforts. read more

Bye week a chance to develop young players take time off

Sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa celebrates during a game against Maryland on Oct. 4 in College Park, Md. OSU won, 52-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorLife doesn’t stop for Ohio State football players when they get a week off, but it certainly slows down — especially for the upperclassmen.Coming off a 52-24 win against Maryland on Saturday, the Buckeyes have a week off before returning to the field at Ohio Stadium on Oct. 18. Coach Urban Meyer said he is taking the week to give some younger players heavier reps, while lightening the workload for experienced starters.“This (week) I am getting (freshman defensive lineman) Jalyn Holmes a million reps right now and some of the players have to get ready to go,” Meyer said Wednesday. “Some of them though — (senior defensive lineman Michael) Bennett, we have pulled off of him a little bit.”Along with Bennett, Meyer said sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa is getting fewer game-style reps in practice this week.Senior defensive lineman Steve Miller said the week off has been less intense than the Buckeyes’ first bye week of the season, and added it’s been a good chance to make sure some young players get the practice time they need.“It’s been more laid-back for this break,” Miller said Wednesday. “Just trying to get some of the young guys ready.”While the week off doesn’t mean the players can shut it down quite yet, the upcoming weekend without a game gives them a chance to get away. “We don’t practice on Sunday night because I want them to get out of here,” Meyer said. “(Freshman linebacker) Raekwon McMillan I know is going home to see his mom. He has earned that right to go do that.”McMillan played his high school football in Hinesville, Ga.But if players choose not to head home, Meyer said he wants them to keep football on their mind.“It is our second weekend (off). Some guys aren’t (going home) so maybe they will be over to coaches’ houses on Saturday and we are going to finalize plans,” he said. “I want them somewhere, if they are not going home, I want them around a coach.”Miller said he’ll likely be on the list of players who don’t have to spend their weekend with one of the OSU coaches.“I’m gonna probably go home, probably see my family and rest up,” Miller, a Canton, Ohio, native, said.Even though he gets a chance to spend some extra time with his family, Miller said the bye week doesn’t necessarily come at a good time for the Buckeyes.“It’s been strange, because it’s real early,” he said. “And we really aren’t that banged up yet, so it really (isn’t) that bad to be taking a break.”OSU’s first bye week came after a 66-0 win against Kent State in its third game of the season. That win shifted the team’s momentum after a 35-21 loss to Virginia Tech the week before. Coming out of that week off, the Buckeyes’ offense posted 710 yards against Cincinnati before routing the Terrapins for a third consecutive win.Meyer said that first week off “came at the right time,” but added he doesn’t have the same feelings this time around.“You could see we played pretty well afterwards,” he said. “This one, I don’t know. All I know is it remains to be seen. It is uncomfortable to be honest with you.”Meyer said he has looked at past years, and there hasn’t been a time one of his teams has had two bye weeks so early in the season.While his coach isn’t quite excited to be taking a break, junior offensive lineman Jacoby Boren said it hasn’t been all negative. Boren said he and others on the team have been fighting through minor injuries, so a week off can help them get healthy.“I think it’s working right now, and we’ll see how everything else works out,” he said.After the week off, the Buckeyes are scheduled to face Rutgers on Oct. 18 at Ohio Stadium to cap off homecoming week. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. read more

Handson the Intelpowered Lenovo K800 smartphone

first_imgThere a lot riding on a phone like the Lenovo k800. For starters, it’s the first serious mobile offering from Lenovo with aspirations of coming to the US. It’s also the first phone to run Intel’s x86 Medfield chip. So, with companies like nVidia, Qualcomm, and Samsung all preparing the next wave of ARM-based chips, the K800 also needs to show that is has enough muscle to stay relevant, and enough battery power to last. We spent some time with the K800 during CES 2012 to see how it could hold up against the current crop of devices. HardwareLenovo has taken their flair for design and applied it directly to their K800. The phone is pretty much a brick when you pick it up, the back’s angles allow your hands to seat the phone pretty comfortably though. Considering Motorola’s recent angular design and what we’ve seen from the K800, it looks like Medfield phones are going to stand out a bit as the “unique” ones in the class. The phone is just about the same length and width as the Galaxy Nexus, but a good deal thicker in most parts. Smaller hands will probably not have a lot of love for this phone. What it lacks in beauty, it more than makes up for in being almost as light as the Galaxy Nexus, and just as sturdy feeling. There are three capacitive buttons across the bottom of the device that are not as clear as the standard buttons in terms of what they actually do, but after you jump that temporary learning curve the experience is the same, and the buttons are very responsive. The screen on the K800 is certainly above par. It is capable of deep blacks and rich colors, and none of those pesky subpixels to be found. In a side by side comparison, I found the Galaxy Nexus to show slightly brighter colors, but certainly nothing that would be noticed in day to day use. Basically, the screen on the K800 is solid. Software and PerformanceThe K800 is absolutely saturated in Lenovo’s UI for Android. I’m positive that if you were to hand a stock Android device and a K800 to an average user, they would swear it was a different OS entirely. Every menu, every option, every screen was heavily modified to the Lenovo UI. Some of these changes, like the homescreen, were awkward and not very obvious to use. As a first time user who had been a Stock Android user, the change was awkward at best. Some elements, like the music, photos, and movies manager were an amazingly intuitive re-design. These managers assemble content into piles on the screen based on shared content types like artist or genre. Flipping through the piles was not only easy, but didn’t feel like it was adding any work to the process of finding the song or photo. Provided Lenovo has a decent startup walkthrough, the Lenovo UI could be a huge plus to heavy media users. The most impressive part of the Lenovo UI was the performance. For such a heavily themes version of Android to flow just as smoothly as a Galaxy Nexus, you can clearly see the Medfield chip shining in this. Not just navigation, either. When playing movies you could seek around with zero lag, there was basically no load time when looking though piles of photos, every part of the phone was equally snappy and flawless. If this is an indication of things to come, ARM manufacturers had better be paying close attention. Final ThoughtsI have some reservations about the Medfield chip in a practical, day-to-day setting. This demonstration was amazing, but the US models of Medfield devices will have to bolt on things like LTE to even be considered relevant. By the time Medfield devices hit the states, three of the four major US carriers will be showing off LTE-powered phones and the big question on everyone’s mind when it comes to those devices will be battery life.Intel had played a solid hand, and it is possible that x86 phones will become a real competitor in the market, but we’ve still yet to see real world Tegra 3, Exynos, or Krait phones, and we know they are on the way this year. The K800 makes a solid argument for the future of Intel in the mobile space, and I think the next 12 months in mobile are looking more and more interesting every day.last_img read more

Greece in a frenzy to impress creditors

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece’s pension and tax systems are set to face reforms earlier than expected, following the government’s decision on Thursday to submit two bills to parliament to be voted on Sunday night, rather than Wednesday.The move is said to have been decided upon to secure the backing of MPs before Monday’s meeting in Brussels, when Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos is due to face his eurozone peers.It didn’t take long to cause a stir however, with Labor unions calling a 48-hour general strike for today and Saturday. This will see the city face three days of action, as a 24-hour strike had already been scheduled for Sunday, resulting in public transport disruptions, along with the closure of schools, public service offices, and hospitals will have low numbers of staff on duty.According to Kathimerini, there was concern that if Mr Tsakalotos couldn’t present adequate progress at the impending meeting, that the Eurogroup would issue a stern message for Greece, resulting in rebellion from coalition MPs.In a statement issued by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ office on Wednesday night, the reforms were described as a means to “fully secure people’s pensions, protect the weak, spread the burden of taxes and social security contributions more fairly and safeguard the sustainability of the pension system”. Today the PM is expected to meet with Syriza MPs in a bid to rally their support to secure a positive review by creditors. While it remains uncertain at this stage whether the proposed reforms will meet the International Monetary Fund’s standards, there has been speculation that following Monday’s meeting Eurozone officials are planning to issue a statement expressing commitment to relieve Greece’s debt.last_img read more

Une nouvelle méthode pour inscrire les données sur des disques durs

first_imgUne nouvelle méthode pour inscrire les données sur des disques dursUne nouvelle méthode d’écriture sur les disques durs promet des gains de vitesses phénoménaux. Le procédé mis au point par une équipe internationale de chercheurs se sert de la chaleur pour inscrire les données sur les disques durs.  Sur les disques actuels, les données sont inscrites grâce à des électroaimants que l’on fait tourner à l’aide d’un champ magnétique. Une certaine orientation de l’aimant représente le 1, l’autre le 0, ce qui permet d’écrire en les informations en code binaire. Mais générer ces minichamps magnétiques est relativement lent et couteux en énergie. De plus, étant donné la taille nanoscopique des “aimants” dans les disques dur actuels, une simple surchauffe peut suffire à les faire tourner.  Mais à l’université de York, l’équipe du physicien Thomas Ostler a pris le problème à contre-courant en développant une nouvelle méthode justement basée sur la chaleur. “Pendant des siècles nous avons cru que la chaleur détruisait l’ordre magnétique. Aujourd’hui, nous démontrons, avec succès, qu’elle peut permettre d’enregistrer une information sur un support magnétique”, s’enthousiasme Alexey Kimel de l’université Radboud de Nimègue, aux Pays-Bas cité par Sciences et avenir.  Leur méthode consiste en fait à frapper un disque avec une impulsion laser ultrarapide, ce qui inverse ses poles magnétiques, y enregistrant l’information. “Au lieu d’utiliser un champ magnétique pour enregistrer l’information sur un médium magnétique, nous avons mis au travail les bien plus importantes forces magnétiques internes de la matière et n’utilisons plus que la chaleur pour enregistrer l’information”, précise Thomas Ostler. Fruit d’un travail d’équipe entre des chercheurs d’Espagne, de Suisse, d’Ukraine, de Russie, du Japon et des Pays-Bas, cette méthode révolutionnaire permettrait alors des vitesses d’écriture sur les disques jusqu’à plusieurs centaines de fois celles des disques durs actuels. Elle serait également bien moins couteuse en énergie, grâce à l’économie de champs magnétiques, comme l’explique l’étude publiée dans la revue Nature Communications. Toutefois, il s’écoulera sans doute des années avant qu’une telle technologie fasse son chemin depuis les laboratoires jusqu’au grand public.Le 12 février 2012 à 14:11 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Quand dingénieux appareils sinvitent dans la savane pour photographier les lions

first_imgQuand d’ingénieux appareils s’invitent dans la savane pour photographier les lionsDeux frères, Will et Matt Burrard-Lucas sont parvenus à capturer d’incroyables clichés des lions de la réserve naturelle de Masai Mara, au Kenya, grâce à leur ingénieux prototypes télécommandés : les BeetleCams. Voici venu le temps d’une nouvelle ère pour les photographes animaliers ! Plus question aujourd’hui de risquer sa vie pour tenter d’obtenir l’image de l’année. La BeetleCam assure désormais aux amoureux des safaris une qualité imparable des photographies pour une sécurité optimale. Ce petit prototype, développé par les frères Burrard-Lucas est composé d’un appareil photo numérique reflex monté sur une série de roue dirigées à distance au moyen d’une télécommande. L’appareil est en outre protégé par une coque blindée lui assurant une résistance à toute épreuve.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?La première édition des BeetleCams a été testée pour la première fois en 2009 lors d’un safari en Tanzanie. Les deux frères ont utilisé deux engins pour prendre en photo la faune sauvage. Une expérience qui, d’un point de vue pictural est un franc succès, mais qui donne du fil à retordre aux deux inventeurs. “Nous sommes revenus à la maison avec quelques photos superbes d’éléphants et de buffles, mais une de nos BeetleCam a été détruite et l’autre a été perdue lors d’une rencontre avec un lion” confie sur son site Will Burrard-Lucas.
Fort de cette expérience, et poussée par l’ampleur médiatique que prend leur entreprise, les deux frères commencent à élaborer en 2011 la seconde édition des BeetleCams destinées à relever un défi unique : réussir à photographier les lions de la réserve naturelle de Masai Mara, au Kenya. Les deux nouveaux dispositifs, plus solides et plus fonctionnels, résistent cette fois à l’aventure et permettent à leur créateur de capturer d’impressionnants clichés des félins. “Nous avons obtenus une série de photographies de lions qui a dépassé toutes nos attentes !” souligne Will Burrard-Lucas. Les deux frères s’attèlent désormais à mettre en place la 3e génération de BeetleCams encore plus performante et destinée à la vente.  


Découvrez les photographies des lions prises par les BeetleCams sur MaxisciencesLe 13 mars 2012 à 14:01 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Committee to Hold Hearing on Biotech Labeling Legislation in May

first_imgHouse Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) held a meeting this week where he outlined a timetable for his committee to consider the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act.The legislation, introduced earlier this year by Reps. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) and G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), would provide a uniform, science-based approach to national food labeling.According to Upton, the full Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on the legislation in May, followed by a mark-up by the Health Subcommittee in June and mark-up by the full Committee in late July or September.Upton emphasized that the decision by a Circuit Court judge last week not to overturn a bill enacted by the State of Vermont on the basis that it violates the Commerce Clause on disruption of interstate commerce could lead to a proliferation of similar legislation in other states, and an unmanageable “patchwork quilt” of different state laws and regulations nationwide.He indicated that, unlike last year when the Pompeo-Butterfield bill was not taken up by his committee, the chances of moving it through the House and the Senate are better this year. Upton called on members of the Grocery Manufacturers of America and its allies in the food and agriculture sectors to increase their efforts to add additional sponsors to the House bill, and to push for similar action in the Senate.  ASA is a strong supporter of the legislation, which would provide for federal preemption of state biotech labeling laws and require the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to establish standards for voluntary labeling of products that do not contain biotech ingredients.The American Soybean Association (ASA) attended the meeting with Upton.last_img read more

Ahead of Uber IPO drivers plan strike over wages job losses

first_img Uber Uber and Lyft drivers are planning a strike Wednesday.  Getty Images Drivers for Uber, Lyft and other rideshare apps are planning to go on strike Wednesday ahead of Uber’s initial public offering.Participants in cities including Los Angeles, New York City and London will join the strike from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET, according to the New York Taxi Workers Alliance. Drivers will also hold a rally at Uber’s and Lyft’s New York headquarters at 1 p.m. ET.”Wall Street investors are telling Uber and Lyft to cut down on driver income, stop incentives and go faster to Driverless Cars,” Bhairavi Desai, executive director of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, said in a statement. “With the IPO, Uber’s corporate owners are set to make billions, all while drivers are left in poverty and go bankrupt.”Last month, Uber filed for what could be one of the largest tech IPOs ever. The company is expected to go public this week.  The New York drivers’ demands include greater job security, higher incomes and regulated fare for rides. “Don’t use Uber, don’t use Lyft,” the New York Taxi Workers Alliance tweeted. “Log off of all the apps! Support app drivers demanding job security and livable incomes!” An Uber representative said the company will continue to work with drivers to improve their experience. “Drivers are at the heart of our service — we can’t succeed without them — and thousands of people come into work at Uber every day focused on how to make their experience better, on and off the road,” the representative said.A Lyft representative said drivers’ hourly earnings have increased in the last two years. “We know that access to flexible, extra income makes a big difference for millions of people, and we’re constantly working to improve how we can best serve our driver community,” the representative said. STRIKE STRIKE STRIKE! We are calling on all people of good conscience in NYC to log off of the apps in 7 AM to 9 AM Wednesday, May 8th to support our strike. Don’t use Uber, don’t use Lyft. Log off of all the apps! Support app drivers demanding job security and livable incomes!— NY Taxi Workers (@NYTWA) May 3, 2019 Share your voice Tags 0 Mobile Post a commentlast_img read more

The Taco Bell hotel is real and for 169 you can reserve

first_imgEnlarge ImageWait, can I buy that pillow?? What about that art? Taco Bell It sounds silly, but the thing I’m most excited for is the Taco Bell hotel this summer. (And yes, my friends and family have warned me about the dangers of my TBell love.) While staying at the hotel, exploits, and I’m sure hella ‘grammable, activities will include the brand’s Freeze Lounge, “dive-in movies” (which I assume means watching classics from the pool), live performances from artists on TBell’s Feed the Beat list, a salon offering “taco-inspired nail art” and more unannounced events.If the brand’s pop-up at Comic-Con for the Demolition Man anniversary was any indication, we can expect this hotel to be fully decked out. And if the sheer number of money spent giving away Taco Bell-inspired Xboxes is any indication, I’d say no expense will be spared here.The best news is that now we know it truly exists! We have pictures, we have an address and we have dates. Share your voice 3 Can’t stop thinking about this, and I must find a way to stay here 🌮🛎 pic.twitter.com/xFxR4Ab7Ab— cait petrakovitz 👑 (@misscp) May 17, 2019 Commentscenter_img When: The hotel opens oh-so briefly, from Aug. 8 through Aug. 12.Where: Palm Springs, California. The hotel will have 70 rooms you can book with either one or two queen or king beds, some with a pool view. Pricing starts at $169 (about £133, AU$244) for one night.What to eat: We won’t know till July, but I’d assume tacos and burritos, quesadillas and maybe even some nacho fries.How: You can officially make reservations for the mythical hotel next Thursday, June 27, at 10 a.m. PT.Why: Because Taco Bell is decking out the hotel, duh? It’s unclear what more reason you could need to bookmark the site and set a million alarms for what will now be referred to only as TBell Day 2019.the-bell-a-taco-bell-hotel-resort-pool-viewSeriously, are those pool floats on sale? What else can I buy here? Taco Bell Tags Culturelast_img read more