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International Leader in Ocean Tech Focal Technologies Positioned to Grow

first_imgFocal Technologies, an internationally recognized, Dartmouth-based ocean technology company is expanding its local operation to increase productivity and global competitiveness. Focal Technologies plans to create up to 60 positions over the next five years at its Dartmouth location. The province, through Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI), is supporting the company with a five-year payroll rebate to a maximum of $700,000. “Focal Technologies is a home-grown Nova Scotia company that has showed huge success,” said Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Percy Paris. “They will create high-value jobs with competitive salaries; this is in line with the jobsHere plan to grow the economy.” Focal Technologies has been a valued employer in Nova Scotia since 1983, with more than 150 full-time, permanent people jobs in the Burnside facility. During its rapid expansion, the company will look to hire production technologists, product assemblers and engineers. “Having the province’s support will help enable us to increase productivity and remain a strong global competitor,” said Mike Glister, managing director, Focal Technologies. “By hiring additional full-time permanent employees, we will be able to reduce lead times on our major products to our customers.” During the British Petroleum Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010, Focal Technologies products were used to transmit images from the ocean floor. The company’s products have also been used in ocean research and were used in the discovery of both the Titanic and the Bismarck. “Ocean-related organizations contribute more than 7 per cent to the provinces annual GDP,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO, Nova Scotia Business Inc. “There is significant opportunity to grow the sector, and supporting Focal Technologies will help showcase Nova Scotia on the international stage.” Focal Technologies has delivered trusted technology products and services to the global offshore petroleum, oceanographic, seismic and maritime industries for close to 30 years. To learn more about Focal Technologies, visit . Nova Scotia Business Inc. is Nova Scotia’s private-sector-led business development agency. NSBI is the investment attraction arm of the province and helps businesses in Nova Scotia meet growth potential through advisory services, trade development, financing and venture capital. Go to for more details.last_img read more


Chinas exports fall in Aug as US trade war rumbles

first_imgBeijing: China’s exports fell by 1.0 per cent on-year in August, official data showed Sunday, amid a bruising trade war with the US that has roiled markets in the world’s top two economies. The drop comes after a surprise 3.3 per cent rebound in July despite the yearlong battle with Washington and weakening global demand. But economists cited by Bloomberg had forecast a 2.2 per cent rise ahead of the release of Sunday’s figures by the customs administration. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalChina’s trade surplus also dropped sharply in August to $34.83 billion, from $44.58 billion the previous month, while imports continued a four-month decline at 5.6 percent on-year, matching the July figure. Washington imposed new tariffs on September 1 as it stepped up its high-pressure campaign to coerce Beijing into a new trade deal. The additional levies come on top of the 25 per cent tariffs on $250 billion in imports already in place. China said Thursday that new talks with the US would be held in Washington in early October. In a sign of continued pressure on the Chinese economy, Beijing’s central bank announced Friday it would cut deposit reserve requirements for banks.last_img read more


Cynthia Nixon To Host A Night Of A Thousand Genders

first_imgThe Ackerman Institute’s Gender & Family Project will present its second annual benefit, A Night of A Thousand Genders, on Monday, March 23, 2015, from 6:00-8:30pm at Joe’s Pub (425 Lafayette Street).The evening begins with cocktails followed by a very special one-night-only cabaret evening celebrating the beauty and resilience of gender expansive youth and their families.The second annual Night of a Thousand Genders will be hosted by Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award winner Cynthia Nixon (“Sex and The City”) and will feature performances by Drama Desk nominee Lindsay Mendez (Wicked), American Singer/Songwriter Joe Stevens (“Last Man Standing”), Kyle Taylor Parker (Kinky Boots), and Youth Pride Chorus, with Music Direction by Emmy Award-winning composer Lance Horne.The first annual Ackerman Institute’s Gender & Family Project Family Award will be given to the Jazz Jennings Family. By opening up to media, Jazz Jennings and her family were among the first families to raise public awareness about the lives and needs of gender expansive youth and their communities. The Ackerman Institute’s Gender & Family Project is honoring the amazing and proud mother, father and siblings who have fought to keep Jazz safe, happy and thriving.The first annual Community Award will be given to the Central Park East 2 Middle School. Over the past year, CPE2 has collaborated with The Ackerman Institute’s Gender & Family Project, focusing on inclusivity in the classroom. They have developed gender inclusivity curriculum and policies in a continuation of their anti-bullying efforts and dedication to the well being of each child.The event is sponsored by the Ackerman Institute for the Family and by Honorary Chairs, Academy and Grammy Award-winning lyricist and composer, Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell and Pippin) and award-winning author Kate Bornstein (“Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and The Rest of Us” ). The event Co-Chairs are Jane Miller Rennert, Jeremy Matz, and Christopher Scott.A Night of a Thousand Genders begins with cocktails at 6:00PM followed by the benefit performance beginning at approximately 7:00PM. Following the event there will be an After Party in the Library at the Public Theatre with music by Casey Spooner (Fischerspooner). All proceeds from this annual event will support The Ackerman Institute’s Gender & Family Project’s mission to raise awareness about the critical need for more services supporting families of gender expansive youth, at home and in schools, as well as expanding its staff and scope of services in the greater New York area and beyond.“We are extremely excited and grateful for the support of Cynthia Nixon and the talented performers for this event,” said Jean Malpas, Director, Ackerman Institute’s Gender & Family Project. “Ms. Nixon is a fierce and articulate advocate for a more inclusive world. We are deeply grateful that she has chosen to lend her voice to our crucial message: Acceptance is Protection.“‘Acceptance is Protection’ is The Ackerman Institute’s Gender & Family Project’s beacon and we are dedicated to spread acceptance, and therefore protection, and celebrate our transgender and gender expensive youth. We are on the ground working together with families, caregivers, schools, communities and professionals to translate this message of acceptance into an everyday reality. Our program has expanded quickly and dramatically to respond to the significant needs for family services. We welcome our growing community and look forward to creating the safe and gender inclusive environments all children and adolescents need.”Find out more here.last_img read more


National Energy Board gives Trans Mountain pipeline conditional OK

The National Energy Board has recommended that the federal government approve the contentious $6.8-billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion with 157 conditions.The federal regulator has issued its long-awaited report on the project after a two-year debate that cost millions, galvanized aboriginal and environmental protests and prompted mass arrests.A three-member review panel recommended Ottawa approve Kinder Morgan Canada’s proposal to triple the capacity of the pipeline, which carries crude from oilsands near Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C.But Kinder Morgan will first have to address 157 engineering, safety, environmental and emergency preparedness conditions.The positive recommendation has cleared a major hurdle for the project, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet set to make a final decision by the end of the year.There was fierce opposition to the project and the process throughout the energy board’s hearing, with the British Columbia government and cities of Vancouver and Burnaby opposing the expansion. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email (Courtesy: by Posted May 19, 2016 2:17 pm MDT National Energy Board gives Trans Mountain pipeline conditional OK read more


Most actively traded companies on the TSX

by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 27, 2017 2:46 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 27, 2017 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,506.47, down 143.07 points):Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY). Bank. Down $1.81, or 1.90 per cent, to $93.66 on 12.2 million shares.Home Capital Group Inc. (TSX:HCG). Financial Services. Up $2.03, or 33.89 per cent, to $8.02 on 11.4 million shares. Shares regained some ground on Thursday after losing $11.10 on Wednesday. The Toronto-based mortgage lender secured a $2-billion credit line and said it’s exploring its strategic options, suggesting it could be up for sale. Home Capital said it hired RBC Capital Markets and BMO Capital Markets “to advise on further financing and strategic options.”Toronto-Dominion Bank (TSX:TD). Bank. Down $1.60, or 2.43 per cent, to $64.17 on 8.9 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Down 25 cents, or 1.04 per cent, to $23.83 on 8.8 million shares.Bank of Nova Scotia (TSX:BNS). Bank. Down $2.10, or 2.71 per cent, to $75.31 on 7.8 million shares.Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO). Bank. Down $3.11, or 3.12 per cent, to $96.59 on 6.3 million shares.Companies reporting major news:BlackBerry Ltd. (TSX:BB). Wireless communications. Up 17 cents, or 1.36 per cent, to $12.67 on 1.3 million shares. Canadians will be able to buy a new BlackBerry-branded smartphone with a physical keyboard starting next month. The KEYone, a phone made in partnership between TCL Communication Technology Holdings Ltd. and BlackBerry will be available for pre-order at some partners as of May 18.Canam Group Inc. (TSX:CAM). Steel. Up $5.99, or 96.61 per cent, to $12.19 on 3.04 million shares. The company is preparing to end its 33-year run as a public company after partnering with a U.S. company and Quebec investors to take the structural steel specialist private. After a few years of reflection, the leadership of the company founded in 1960 concluded that the constraints of being public no longer fit with its vision.Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan (TSX:POT). Fertilizer. Up 51 cents, or 2.25 per cent, to $23.17 on 2.5 million shares. The Saskatoon-based company reported $149 million of net income in the first quarter, equal to 18 cents per share, that’s double the $75 million or nine cents per share in the first quarter of 2016. Potash says demand for its main product is expected to be strong for the remainder of the year and its 2017 earnings outlook has improved since January. PotashCorp now expects to earn between 45 and 65 cents per share this year, about 25 per cent better than its previous estimate.Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU). Oil and gas. Up 12 cents, or 0.29 per cent, to $41.75 on 3.9 million shares. The Calgary-based company reported earnings of $1.35 billion or 81 cents per share in the first quarter of 2017, compared with $257 million or 17 cents a year earlier. Suncor has a potential opportunity to make further purchases in Alberta’s oilsands if foreign multinationals continue to exit the sector, the oil and gas company’s chief executive said Thursday. Suncor feels no pressure to buy but is watching closely for opportunities and has the financial strength to act, Suncor CEO Steve Williams said Thursday on a quarterly conference call with analysts. read more


Thames charter firm accused of racism after it refused to rent riverboat

The company said that trouble with “illegal drugs”, “threatening behaviour” and unlicensed distribution of alcohol had led them to adopt a “cautious” policy towards future bookings.In documents put before Judge Ian Avent, Mr Reid said: “They are discriminating against us as a group because of our race.”The incident which caused them to change their policy involved promoters who were Afro-Caribbean breaking the terms of their contract by re-selling alcohol on the boat.”The only connection or similarity between the promotion that occurred and the subsequent events that were cancelled was the ethnicity shared between the promoters.”All were black, of Caribbean or African descent.”He added that some large parties had been allowed to go ahead, saying: “Only events planned by promoters of Afro-Caribbean or African descent were cancelled.” Terry Reid, who is spearheading the action, told Central London County Court that he had booked TLC’s largest boat, The Dixie Queen, a replica 19th Century paddle steamer, for a soul and reggae event on July 8 2017.But the company subsequently told him his party on the river would not be going ahead, due to incidents on the Dixie Queen during an event some weeks previously. She also denied that bosses at TLC were aware of the race of the people who organised the cancelled parties.And she said the events flagged up by Mr Reid as having been allowed to go ahead were not waved through because the promoters were not black.They were green-lighted because they involved organisers who had “regularly” hired boats from TLC before without any trouble being caused, she added.Ms Fear Davies said the earlier event was “disorderly” and claimed that “on-board staff had concerns that illegal drugs were being consumed”.”There was threatening and abusive behaviour towards the defendant’s crew and employees, alcohol was brought on board in a large box, which was placed in the area where the DJs were based, and distributed, possibly sold,” she said.If repeated, the situation could have resulted in the company losing its licences, which would be “disastrous” to its business, said the barrister.”As a consequence of the event and the risks that event had exposed its business to, the directors of the company reviewed its policy in relation to hiring out its vessels,” she said.The case reached court for a brief pre-trial hearing and will now return at a later date yet to be set. The Dixie Queen, a replica 19th Century paddle steamer A Thames riverboat charter firm has been accused of racism after refusing to rent out their flagship paddle steamer to a group of men organising soul and reggae parties, citing “drug and violence” fears.In a landmark legal action, four events promoters have taken Thames Luxury Charters Ltd (TLC) to court bringing claims under the Equality Act, insisting they were denied access to services simply because they are black.Terry Reid, Orlando Gittens, Patrick Joseph and Henry Agwuegbo are suing the company which claims to have “the most elegant fleet” on the river.The four men each made bookings which were cancelled after TLC claimed to have experienced trouble during a soul music event on one of their boats, involving Afro-Caribbean promoters.But the company denies discrimination, insisting that the parties were cancelled solely due to a change of policy and a decision to take a “more cautious approach” to bookings. A previous party on board the Dixie Queen attracted troubleCredit:Champion News A river boat cruises down the River Thames as the sun sets behind the Canary Wharf financial district of London But barrister Harriet Fear Davies, representing TLC, denied the claims in the company’s defence to the action.”It is denied that Thames Luxury Charters Ltd withheld services from Mr Reid based on his race as alleged or at all, or that it acted in breach of the Equality Act,” she said.She said the decision to cancel the events was a pragmatic move by bosses, which was made for the good of the business and did not target Afro-Caribbean individuals. River Boat parties have become increasingly popular in LondonCredit:REUTERS/Simon Dawson Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more


Geeks become the new jocks as British universities now have more gaming

 “The wider Esports community has grown massively, with professional teams paid big salaries and flown around the world to be in tournaments . “What we see is a lot of university students with technical skills getting involved, we have students who have developed their own custom software.”Some universities, which have a particular enthusiasm for gaming, have different societies for particular types of games, for example, Warwick University has a Nintendo Society as well as an Esports Society. The average university Esports team consists of 6.5 players, according to data from NSE. Around 90 per cent of players are male, 70 per cent of them are studying courses in STEM subjects.Mr Tilbury explained that inter-university games can be played by students from the comfort of their own bedrooms, but players would meet up in person for the final of a tournament.The NSE co-ordinates with BUCS, the umbrella organisation that organises sports matches, to ensure that gaming matches to do deter students from playing other sports, he added.   The most popular reason students cited for competing in gaming championships was “making and maintaining friendships”, and “improving and becoming a better player”, according to a survey by the NSE. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. For the first time there are more students taking part in “Esports” than football Mr Tilbury said that the surge in interest from university students echoes the growth in the gaming industry more generally. “Interest in Esports has been there for a long time,” Mr Tilbury said. Getting a place on a university sports team used to be a ticket to social prestige. But it appears that geeks have become the new jocks, as British universities now have more competitive gaming teams than any other sport.For the first time there are more students taking part in “Esports” than football, according to figures compiled and British Universities and College Sport (BUCS) and  National Student E-sports (NSE).Esports have now overtaken football as the sport with the highest number of teams at British universities. There are 685 Esports teams spread across 73 universities in the UK, compared to 662 football teams.The next most popular sport is hockey with 546 teams, followed by netball with 432 teams and then Rugby Union with 425 teams.Jon Tilbury, director at NSE which organises inter-university gaming tournaments, said that while university gaming societies have been around for 15 to 20 years, it is only in the past five years or so that they rapidly increased in popularity.Some societies now have hundreds of members, he said, and certain universities have separate societies for particular games. For the first time there are more students taking part in “Esports” than football read more


Prince George Princess Charlotte Prince Louis and Archie make full Royal Family

The Cambridges enjoy a picnic Prince Harry and Prince William on the polo field When the Duke of Cambridge and Duke of Sussex went head-to-head on the polo field, it was the latest in a lifetime of friendly rivalry on the sports field.On Wednesday, for the first time, the brothers had very special cheerleaders on their sides, as their four children enjoyed a full family outing to support them. Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis and Archie Mountbatten-Windsor made their first public appearance together at the polo, in a rare day out that saw the Queen’s great-grandchildren at play. The Duchess of Sussex cradled two-month-old Archie, kissing him on the head and carefully holding his wriggling body as she watched the polo. Archie’s older Cambridge cousins, meanwhile, seemed veterans of the polo-watching scene in comparison, with Prince George wielding his own mallet as they entertained themselves.  Princess Charlotte and Prince George play football Prince Louis explores his new surroundingsCredit:Tim Rooke The three Cambridge children, meanwhile, enjoyed the day out in their own way, with activities from football to a picnic out of the boot of their car. It also came after persistent rumours of a rift between the in-laws, with their working differences leading to the split of their official households and Royal Foundation earlier this year. The Cambridges and Sussexes had been together at the christening at Windsor Castle on Saturday, but were only seen together in an official photograph issued afterwards.  The Cambridge familyCredit:Splash Proceeds from the day will go to benefit African Parks, The English Schools Swimming Association, Fields in Trust, Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund, The Household Cavalry Operational Casualties Fund, The Invictus Games Foundation, Irish Guards Appeal, Map Action, Mountain Rescue England and Wales, The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, Rhino Conservation Botswana, The Royal Marsden, RFU Injured Players Foundation, The Passage and the Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust. Prince Louis explores his new surroundings The brothers played against one another, with the Duke of Cambridge’s team eventually winning 7-6 in a spirited match which saw them captured on camera gritting their teeth as they fought for the ball on horseback.  Prince Harry says hello to his son Archie Prince Louis reaches for Aunt Meghan and Archie Their tiny cheerleaders waited on the sidelines with the Duchesses, who had their hands full keeping four children entertained. The joyous outing came after a difficult week for the Sussexes, in which they have been criticised for the secrecy around formal elements of Archie’s christening and the Duchess’ “private” appearance at Wimbledon.  The match raised more than £1 million for charities close to the Dukes’ hearts, with causes including conservation, mountain rescue, and the Invictus Games.  The Cambridges enjoy a picnicCredit:Tim Rooke Princess Charlotte and Prince George play footballCredit:James Whatling The Duchess of Sussex with ArchieCredit:James Whatling Prince Louis reaches for Aunt Meghan and ArchieCredit:Max Mumby Prince Louis, who at one point put the Duchess of Cambridge’s sunglasses on and stuck his tongue out, made his first appearance at a match, toddling confidently around the grass and pointing enthusiastically to the horses. The family gathering, at the Billingbear Polo Club in Berkshire, was officially in aid of the Khun Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Memorial Polo Trophy, named after the late owner of Leicester City who died in a helicopter crash in October. Prince Louis stole the show, making a break from his mother to take a closer look at some horses and, at one point, donning sunglasses and reaching up to his Aunt Meghan with his tongue sticking out. Princess Charlotte impressed onlookers with her footballing skills, which she appeared to have been practising with her football-mad father.  The Duchess of Sussex with Archie Prince Harry says hello to his son Archie after the matchCredit:James Whatling The appearance of the Duchesses and their children had not been previously announced, but the charity polo match had been publicised by the palace, with invitations issued to host of photographers and journalists to watch on from the sidelines.  Today, they appeared at ease in front of the cameras, with new mother the Duchess of Sussex concentrating on keeping a bare-footed Archie in the shade of the trees. Prince Harry and Prince William on the polo fieldCredit:PA After the match, a sweaty Prince Harry came to visit his wife and baby son, who was by then wrapped in a blanket ready to go home.  Five-year-old Prince George, who is now on his school summer holidays joined in, and was seen climbing in a car boot as his siblings sat down for snacks.  The Duchess of Cambridge holds Prince LouisCredit:Max Mumby The Cambridge family The Duchess of Cambridge holds Prince Louis read more


Cyber Snipa Sonar 51 Championship Headset brings deathmatchers into the game

first_imgThe sound of a footstep reverberating down a hallway. The echoes of a far-off rocket launcher fight, suddenly silenced with a scream. The sound of an opponent’s MP5 suddenly clicking on an empty barrel. Situational awareness is important to pro gamers… and especially so at the competitive level. In fact, most of the upper echelon of deathmatchers don’t even bother with speakers. Instead, they immerse themselves entirely in a game by strapping on a pair of expensive over-the-ear headphones, allowing them to hear all the audio cues that might help them track down a stealthily lurking enemies.For this caliber of hardcore gamer, the biggest problem is finding a gaming headset that totally immerses them without skimping on features. To appeal to this genus of deathmatcher, Cyber Snip has just introduced their newest gaming headset: the Snipa Sonar 5.1 Championship Headset.Just take a look at the Snipa. This is a headset that means business. Much of the Snipa’s functionality is eponymously described, though: this is a 5.1 surround sound headset, featuring an adjustable boom mic, and a large design that screams hardcore.Also screaming, though? The sound quality. Each of the Snipa’s ear cups contains four individual speakers as well as a dedicated subwoofer. Those four speakers each align with the polar directions and are responsible for positional sound, while the subwoofers allow you to feel every explosion. A remote control allows you to adjust volume for each channel separately along with overall volume.The price is surprisingly low: just $79.95 for a pair of Cyber Snipa Sonars, and each one comes with a padded carrying case. Unfortunately, this is a USB only headset, so you’ll need to have a port free, but otherwise, this looks like a stellar deal: an affordable pair of pro-caliber headphones married with an excellent mic for shouting out your fatality taunts.Read more at Cybersnipa (via Slashgear)last_img read more


The death of the hobby shop

first_imgLike many geeks out there, I look forward to the precious time I get to indulge one of my hobbies. As a father, that has gotten so much harder for some of my hobbies, but way more fun for others.As a Games Workshop junkie, a model train nerd, an occasional R/C vehicle fan, and a fan of games ranging from Engel to FRAG I find myself drawn to one place for my needs for just about all of these things – my local hobby shop. These little cubby holes in strip malls all over the US have been providing a most necessary of services to nerds as collectors of random bits of everything. If I wanted a set of custom color rods for my Necron’s blasters, or some tall grass for my Tau scouts to crouch in, or even just a new set of dice after my son lost YET ANOTHER of my D6, my local hobby shop has got my back. I can have conversations with the people that work there that may not amount to more then “I’m looking for something that would do this…” and the thing I want is either already there of will be there in a day or two.Something happened this week that I could not have imagined would have ever happen, certainly not to my hobby shop. The local hobby shop was closed up, with writing on the windows explaining that they had gone out of business. No big deal, I thought. While it’s a shame that this one is now closed since it’s so close, I can always go to another. Wrong. When I looked, every hobby shop within 50 miles of my house had been closed.It took me a day or two, but I finally tracked down a previous owner of one of these places. I had to know what would have caused this. The same hobby shop that had played host to full houses of all night gaming tournaments, R/C races, and seemed to always have people in it every time I was there couldn’t keep things going? Turns out, all of the real moneymaking purchases were now being made online.I take advantage of my Amazon Prime account every chance I get, and I tell the world how amazing it is all the time, so I’m probably pretty guilty here. Sicty seconds online verses the hour including driving and talking and mulling in store… no brainer, right? Still, there are items I would rather hold in my hand before purchasing to make sure it’s what I want, especially for model kits and trains and the like. Also, there’s a highly social aspect of the hobby shop. Fellow hobbyists who are maybe doing something you hadn’t thought of, or found some cool new thing, for example. When I went to look online after this conversation for a digital replacement to my hobby shop, I was less than impressed. None of the places I found really provided that one-stop experience, and the individual websites often used different payment gateways and shipping or return policies.How far does this go? As a Games Workshop fan, I’ve noticed that their US headquarters has moved, and the locations around here have consolidated and are now closed two days a week. Arcades only seem to exist on the boardwalk of beaches around me. We’ll probably soon be referring to baseball card collecting as a lost art, and I can’t tell you the last time I’ve walked down my street and seen kids huddled around Pogs, Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Magic the Gathering, or really anything like that. The hobby shop seems to be a real victim of the digital marketplace, and nobody even noticed it die.last_img read more


Intempéries  elles font sept morts en Algérie

first_imgIntempéries : elles font sept morts en AlgérieAlgérie – De fortes averses se sont abattues mardi et mercredi sur plusieurs régions d’Algérie. Ces intempéries auraient causé la mort de sept personnes. Les pluies qui frappent le nord de l’Algérie depuis mardi ont fait au moins sept morts selon un bilan provisoire de la Protection civile. Quatre victimes ont en effet été découvertes mercredi par les équipes de secours, leurs corps avaient été emportés par les eaux en crue d’un oued de la région de M’sila, à 250 kilomètres environ au sud d’Alger. Mardi soir déjà, ce sont trois personnes qui avaient péri à Djelfa, l’une d’elles s’étant elle-aussi noyée dans les eaux en crue d’un oued. Ces cours d’eau sont généralement à sec en cette période de l’année. Les pluies ont par ailleurs causé d’importants dégâts matériels et de nombreuses routes, dont des nationales, sont aujourd’hui encore interdites à la circulation.D’après les prévisions de l’Office national de la météorologie, les intempéries ne devaient pas se calmer avant ce jeudi après-midi. Le 20 août 2010 à 16:17 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


Streaming Samsung rachète le service mSpot

first_imgStreaming : Samsung rachète le service mSpot 8,8 millions de dollars, c’est la somme que Samsung entend débourser pour s’offrir la start-up mSpot, éditrice d’un service de streaming sur mobile basé sur le cloud. Concurrent de Spotify, Pandora, iCloud ou encore Amazon Cloud Player, ce service réunit aujourd’hui quelques 6 millions d’utilisateurs.Samsung vient d’annoncer son intention de racheter la jeune société californienne mSpot.Spécialiste du streaming, cette start-up édite un service dédié aux terminaux mobiles basé sur le cloud, concurrent de Pandora et Spotify, comme d’iCloud et iTunes Match d’Apple.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Fort des 6 millions d’utilisateurs qu’il comptait lors de son dernier bilan, mSpot permet sans téléchargement de regarder des vidéos sur le web, écouter la radio, de la musique, et visionner divers contenus multimédias. Le service sera ainsi intégré aux futurs terminaux tablettes et smartphones de la firme coréenne, bien que des applications offrant les même fonctionnalités soient déjà disponibles pour les terminaux Android comme pour l’iPhone et l’iPad.La transaction est estimée à 8,8 milliards de dollars par les médias américains. Mais ni Samsung, ni mSpot n’ont confirmé ce montant. Ce rachat entre dans le cadre de la nouvelle stratégie du géant sud-coréen, qui n’entend plus se contenter de la construction de terminaux. Samsung souhaite étendre son champ de développement en se concentrant sur le marché du logiciel et ainsi rivaliser avec son principal rival, Apple. L’acquisition de mSpot n’est donc certainement que la première d’une longue liste.Le 13 mai 2012 à 18:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


Cambodian Animal Feed Millers Receive Technical Assistance

first_imgDr. Carlos Campabadal (left) with Mr. Pich Hyd (right), feed production and pig farm manager of Kaksethan Chroukmeas Development Co., Ltd’s feed mill in Cambodia.ASA WISHH organized an animal feed workshop this week in Cambodia, providing technical assistance to local feed millers in an effort to help them grow the animal production industry with U.S. soy.Around 20 feed millers and swine producers attended the workshop, which covered quality control, mixing, pelleting and cooling.Dr. Carlos Campabadal, a Kansas State University (KSU) International Grain Program (IGP) feed technical expert, presented at the workshop and providing five feed millers with technical assistance.In June, WISHH will bring a trade team to the KSU International Grains Program (IGP) feed course.Funding for Campadah’s trip and part of the IGP Feed trade team expenses is provided by the Kansas Soybean Commission.last_img read more

TMC sabhapati stabbed to death

first_imgKolkata: Sofiar Rahman, Sabhapati of Taldi-Beliaghata, was stabbed to death at Sasan in North 24-Parganas on Wednesday evening while taking part in a victory march to celebrate a TMC candidate’s uncontested win from the Gram Panchayat.The miscreant was caught by the others who beat him to death.The Trinamool Congress has won uncontested in several areas, similar to that of Taldi-Beliaghata Gram Panchayat and it was decided that a victory procession on Wednesday evening would be taken out. Besides the party workers and supporters, a large number of people from the area also took part. The situation turned worse when the procession reached Taki Road. The miscreant attacked the anchal sabhapati all of a sudden and before anyone could react, the miscreant stabbed him repeatedly in his stomach. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsEveryone was spellbound for a few seconds finding the party leader falling on the ground and he was bleeding profusely.The miscreant attempted to flee but was caught by others who were present at the spot and they started beating him up.The Trinamool Congress workers rushed Rahman to a nearby hospital where he was declared brought dead.Police took the miscreant to the hospital where he was also declared brought dead.A probe in this connection has been initiated and eyewitnesses are being questioned as well. The cops are trying to find out whether anyone else is involved in the incident.Jyotipriya Mallick, the party’s president of the district, alleged that other political parties are behind the incident. He said that the party is trying to create tension as they cannot fight politically and they know that the masses are not with them.last_img read more

GNU Octave 510 releases with new changes and improvements

first_imgGNU Octave team released version 5.1.0 of the popular high-level programming language, last week. GNU Octave 5.1.0 comes with general improvements, dependencies, and other changes. What’s new in GNU Octave 5.1.0? General Improvements The Octave plotting system in GNU Octave 5.1.0 supports high-resolution screens (the ones with greater than 96 DPI such as HiDPI/Retina monitors). There’s a newly added Unicode character support for files and folders in Windows. The fsolve function is modified to use larger step sizes while calculating the Jacobian of a function with finite differences, thereby, leading to faster convergence. The ranks function is recoded for performance and has now become 25X faster. It also supports a third argument that can specify resolving the ranking of tie values. Another function randi has also been recoded to produce an unbiased (all results are equally likely) sample of integers. The function isdefinite now returns true or false instead of -1, 0, or 1. The intmax, intmin, and flintmax functions can now accept a variable as input. There is no longer a need for path handling functions to perform variable or brace expansion on path elements. Also, Octave’s load-path is no longer subject to these expansions. A new printing device is available, “-ddumb”, that can produce ASCII art for plots. This device has been made available only with the gnuplot toolkit. Other Changes Dependencies: The GUI now requires Qt libraries in GNU Octave 5.1.0. The minimum Qt4 version that is supported is Qt4.8.The OSMesa library is no longer used. To print invisible figures while using OpenGL graphics, the Qt QOFFSCREENSURFACE feature must be available. The FFTW library should be able to perform FFT calculations. The FFTPACK sources are removed from Octave. Matlab Compatibility: The functions such as issymmetric and ishermitian now accept an option “nonskew” or “skew” for calculating the symmetric or skew-symmetric property of a matrix. The issorted function can now use a direction option of “ascend” or “descend”. You can now use clear with no arguments and it will remove only local variables from the current workspace. Global variables will no longer be visible, but will exist in the global workspace. Graphic Objects: Figure graphic objects in GNU Octave 5.1.0 now have a new property “Number” which is read-only and that can return the handle (number) of the figure. But if “IntegerHandle” is set to “off” then the property will return an empty matrix []. Patch and surface graphic objects can now use the “FaceNormals” property for flat lighting. “FaceNormals” and “VertexNormals” can now be calculated only when necessary to improve graphics performance. The “Margin” property of text-objects has a new default of 3 rather than 2. For the complete list of changes, check out the official GNU Octave 5.1.0 release notes. Read Next GNU Health Federation message and authentication server drops MongoDB and adopts PostgreSQL Bash 5.0 is here with new features and improvements GNU ed 1.15 released!last_img read more

US man with postpolio syndrome protests inhumane conditions in Costa Rica prison

first_imgRelated posts:US real estate developer accused of $7 million fraud Suspected US serial child predator taught at American Nicaraguan School US man accused of sexually assaulting a minor in Escazú U.S. man accused of soliciting a minor for sex in Costa Rica says he is being extorted When Iranian-American Cyrus Sepehr was thrown into a preventive prison in Costa Rica under suspicion of fraud, he could still walk. But in just four months he’s been relegated to a wheel chair, and the left side of his body is now paralyzed, according to his attorney, José Brenes.The 52-year-old Sepehr, who was diagnosed with post-polio syndrome (PPS) in 2014, is seeking his release from the notoriously underfunded and overcrowded San Sebastián prison south of San José, due to his illness. He and his defense team successfully have argued to Costa Rica’s Supreme Court that he does not receive enough medical attention for his PPS, which affects polio survivors by bringing back the disease’s symptoms decades after the initial virus is eliminated.“The inhumane conditions that exist in the prisons are worsening his health – it’s [a case of] neglect of a human being,” Brenes said. “He needs constant medical attention including comprehensive physical therapy.”Sepehr’s friends and members of his family say they will hold demonstrations in several countries Tuesday morning to raise awareness of what they call a violation of human rights. Locally, a protest will take place in front of the U.S. Embassy in San José, joining others at consulates in the U.S. states of California and Florida, the nation’s capital, Washington D.C., and in Germany. Cyrus Sepehr, who has post-polio syndrome, says he lost about half his body weight since entering a Costa Rican prison in September 2015. (Courtesy of Kate Sepehr)In a phone call with The Tico Times last Friday, Sepehr said a former real estate partner is wrongfully accusing him of charging for properties that the ex-partner claims Sepehr never gave him. Sepehr said the transfer of two properties, both in Puntarenas province, was done clearly within the law and that 500,000 shares were transferred to the former partner.The man filed a fraud complaint at the Prosecutor’s Office in San José’s and Sepehr was arrested by Interpol in Costa Rica upon arriving at Juan Santamaría International Airport outside the capital, on May 3, 2014. He was then released from preventive prison on $1 million bail, he said. After being ordered to stay in the country, Sepehr collapsed and was taken to CIMA Hospital in Escazú, a southwestern suburb of San José. He remained a patient at CIMA from May 2014 to April 2015, the daily La Nación reported.Costa Rica crime: A murky justice system?From this point the story becomes murky, and details vary depending on whom you ask. Authorities say Sepehr illegally fled the hospital, and prosecutors accused him of violating the terms of his conditional release on bail. Sepehr and his attorney, however, both said he left the hospital legally. Sepehr then traveled to Nicaragua, where he was arrested a few months later and extradited to Costa Rica under the initial fraud charge from the San José Prosecutor’s Office.Sepehr said that not only is he being jailed unjustly because of his deteriorating health, but also that the fraud charge against him is baseless.“I don’t understand why a prosecutor would take a case like that,” Sepehr said. “The only thing that really explains this is their ignorance or corruption.”According to a legal document obtained by The Tico Times, the Costa Rican Supreme Court ruled in favor of an appeal filed by Sepehr’s defense team in December 2015, stating that the Justice Ministry must provide Sepehr with proper medical attention or transfer him to a hospital.“Conditions like overcrowding, lack of hygiene, and the absence of minimum treatment for dealing with diseases, added with the post-polio syndrome, make his stay more and more difficult,” the Supreme Court stated in its ruling on Dec. 7, 2015. Sepehr lacks the sufficient space needed for someone in his condition and even the basic medical rehabilitation necessary to combat PPS, the court added.Sepehr told The Tico Times that nothing has changed since the Supreme Court decision, and he depends on other inmates to feed him and help him go to the bathroom because his paralysis has become severe since last September.“The Supreme Court has already given the orders to remove him but they haven’t acted on those orders,” Brenes said. “What we’re hoping for is that they quickly resolve this situation, primarily by freeing him and putting him under house arrest while the investigation continues.”Due to the U.S. Privacy Act, a spokeswoman from the U.S. Embassy in San José said she could not comment on Sepehr’s case or the protests planned in front of the embassy on Tuesday at 10 a.m.Sepehr said he and his wife became Costa Rican residents in 1995, and they always considered the country to be their home.Said Sepehr: “This was home until I found out this paradise has a negative side, which is its justice department.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more


Helicopter gunships used in Mexico resort battle

first_img 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Sponsored Stories Mexico’s federal police said late Thursday that two government Blackhawk helicopters fired on at least 10 vehicles as they tried to flee the complex with drug cartel operator Gonzalo Inzunza. The vehicles were hit by gunfire in the Wednesday battle and were “left useless, causing the assailants to disperse.” Five presumed cartel gunmen were killed in the battle.Police found 14 sniper or assault rifles at the scene, which one federal official confirmed were of heavy caliber. Two federal officers were wounded in the gunfight.The bullet-ridden, burned-out vehicles were left just outside the complex, which federal police did not identify. But Puerto Penasco city spokesman Cristobal Garcia confirmed Friday that the shootout actually began inside the Bella Sirena complex, where Inzunza was staying at a beachfront villa. The resort has units for both sale and rent, but it was unclear if the reputed capo owned or was renting the unit in which he was staying.Garcia insisted that “these are not people who live in Puerto Penasco … perhaps they were here on a holiday.”But federal police said Inzunza, 42, “has set up his center of operations in Puerto Penasco,” to run drug-trafficking networks that stretched through at least seven other states, from the Caribbean coast state of Quintana Roo in Mexico’s southeast to Baja California in the country’s northwest. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   MEXICO CITY (AP) – Two government helicopter gunships opened fire on 10 vehicles fleeing a luxury beach condo complex during this week’s gun battle at the Gulf of California resort of Puerto Penasco, Mexican authorities said.New details emerged about the raging gun battle that ensued after federal forces tried to capture a reputed top lieutenant of the Sinaloa drug cartel who was staying at a beachfront villa.center_img The resort is located in Sonora state, which has been relatively free of the drug violence that has plagued other northern border states. The Sinaloa cartel may have chosen the Sonora-Arizona area as a base because other border areas are under the control of rival cartels or feeling the effects of government crackdowns, authorities said.“It appears that this guy (Inzunza) was opening a very important border (trafficking) corridor,” said Benitez. “Puerto Penasco is an area with a lot of movement, a lot of traffic, and it’s perfect for setting up a corridor to sell cocaine, heroin or marijuana and ship it into the United States,” Benitez said, noting the government “is shutting off the other big corridors in Texas and California.”“The Sonora corridor was the one left for the Sinaloa cartel, and the federal government is trying to prevent Sinaloa from setting down roots there,” Benitez said.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility They said Inzunza “had a personal relationship with Ismael (“El Mayo”) Zambada,” long viewed as the No. 2 leader of the Sinaloa cartel, after Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. Inzunza’s body was not found at the scene, and federal officials said they believed the fleeing gunmen took his dead or wounded body with them, as cartel gunmen sometimes do with fallen gang members or leaders.Federal police said late Thursday that an analysis of blood stains found in the vehicles show that Inzunza was among those killed or wounded.Drug cartel shootouts at Mexico’s beach resorts generally have been rare, though some have been reported in the past in the Pacific coast resort of Acapulco. Prosecutors in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz said Friday they had found seven bodies dumped on a beach just south of the seaside city of Veracruz. They did not provide identities or a cause of death.In the past, top drug traffickers have sometimes been caught, killed or almost caught at beach resorts, but they appear to have largely left resorts and their tourists alone. No foreigners, visitors or residents were harmed in the Puerto Penasco raid.Raul Benitez, a security expert at Mexico’s National Autonomous University, said Inzunza, who had a 3-million-peso ($230,000 reward) on his head, may have chosen Puerto Penasco not for the sun and sand but because it is located about an hour from the U.S. border. How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more


Sofitel has announced the largest Sofitel property

first_imgSofitel has announced the largest Sofitel property in the Middle East with development partner MKM Commercial Holdings LLC. Expected to open in early 2019, Sofitel Dubai Wafi will join the luxury brand’s growing portfolio of 14 hotels and 4400 rooms in operation and under development in the Middle East.Sami Nasser, Chief Operating Officer, Luxury Brands, AccorHotels Middle East, commented: “We are delighted to work with MKM Commercial Holdings, one of our long standing partners, to develop this impressive project that will undoubtedly become a future flagship for Sofitel in the region. The development of this property is aligned with our strategy to operate one of our leading luxury brands across strategic locations in theMiddle East.”Sofitel Dubai Wafi will feature 501 luxury guestrooms, inclusive of 86 suites, ranging in size from 55 to 625 square metres, in addition to 97 studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom serviced residences to be operated on an extended-stay basis. The property will offer a number of dining concepts including an Asian specialty restaurant, gastro pub, a unique destination restaurant, bar and lounge on 43rd and 44th floors, a French lobby café, an all-day restaurant and a pool bar. Guests will have the option to relax and unwind at the SoSpa or use a comprehensive gymnasium, outdoor pools, private cabanas and a kids’ club. Business travellers will have access to 10 meeting rooms in addition to a 1115-square-metre ballroom.Guests of Sofitel Dubai Wafi will enjoy close proximity to Wafi Shopping Mall, Downtown Dubai, Business Bay and the Dubai International Airport. Corporate clientele will have convenient access to primary business and exhibition centres including the Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai Healthcare City and the Dubai International Conference and Exhibition Centre. Located adjacent to Raffles Dubai, both properties will form a luxury cluster within Wafi offering guests a range of shared amenities and services.H.H. Sheikh Manna Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, Chairman of MKM Commercial Holdings said: “We are excited to sign this agreement with AccorHotels, our trusted partner for the Sofitel Dubai Wafi. We are confident that the Sofitel, through its distinct brand positioning and expertise in the luxury segment, will be able to complement our existing Raffles Dubai while cementing the strength of hospitality offerings present within the expanded and revitalised Wafi.”AccorHotels has 39 existing properties in the UAE, in addition to 23 others under development. In the Middle East and Egypt, AccorHotels currently operates 95 hotels encompassing 28,800 rooms across the luxury to economy segments. The Group’s regional network is expected to double in number, bringing over 25,000 additional rooms and nearly 2400 branded residences to the Middle East.last_img read more

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first_img by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 6, 2019 11:39 am PDT TORONTO — Buffy Sainte-Marie is set to be inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.Organizers say the acclaimed singer-songwriter will receive the honour at the SOCAN Awards in Toronto on April 1.Sainte-Marie’s 1964 peace anthem “Universal Soldier” was inducted to the same hall of fame in 2005.It’s among countless accolades the musician, Indigenous rights activist and educator has received throughout her career.She also won an Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe Award for co-writing the 1982 song “Up Where We Belong,” which was performed by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes for the film “An Officer and a Gentleman.”The 78-year-old performer also has several Junos, a Polaris Prize, a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, and is an Officer of the Order of Canada.“I’m honoured to be recognized in the company of so many Canadian songwriters that have inspired me,” Sainte-Marie said in a statement.“As a songwriter, I never set out to be courageous or political, I just wanted to tell my stories as authentically as possible, and bring light to the truth.”Born on the Piapot Plains Cree First Nation in Qu’Appelle Valley, Sask., Sainte-Marie gained fame as a socially conscious folk singer and pioneer of electronic music in the 1960s.Her varied career has also included a five-year stint on “Sesame Street” and founding the Nihewan Foundation for American Indian Education as well as the Cradleboard Teaching Project.Her other songs include “Now That the Buffalo’s Gone,” “Power In the Blood,” and “Generation.”The Canadian Press Buffy Sainte-Marie talks about diversity and inclusion at the Belong Forums, a public lecture series as part of the Year of Belonging, in honour of Dalhousie University’s 200th anniversary, in Halifax on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Sainte-Marie is set to be inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Buffy Sainte-Marie getting Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame honourlast_img read more

Growing cooperation with Italy in energy sector

first_imgItaly is currently Cyprus’ third largest trade partner with energy being the sector with the most significant potential, Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides has saidThe promising hydrocarbon discoveries in Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone constituted an important parameter of the growing cooperation, the minister said at a reception on Friday night on the occasion of Italy’s national day.Christodoulides said that Cyprus and Italy were working together to address challenges and accomplish common goals, such as upholding the European project, bringing Europe closer to its citizens, as well as promoting peace and stability in the Eastern Mediterranean. He also expressed Cyprus’ appreciation for Italy’s support to efforts for a settlement to the Cyprus problem.“Cyprus and Italy are bound together by a shared value base, common interests and goals and a common European vision for our countries, and the Mediterranean region,” he said.“As reliable partners in the European Union, we have expanded and intensified our cooperation through a dynamic dialogue in an array of fields ranging from political, to economic, to cultural cooperation.”He said the cooperation within the framework of the so-called ‘MED7’ – the seven Southern European Union member-states was tangible proof of “our commitment to addressing shared challenges.”“At the same time, we are collaborating closely to expand our economic cooperation. Italy is currently Cyprus’ third-largest trading partner “and there is certainly room for further cooperation”.Italian energy giant Eni has significant investment in Cyprus’ EEZ.“The energy sector is one that holds significant potential; the promising hydrocarbon discoveries in the exclusive economic zone of the Republic of Cyprus constitute an important parameter of our growing cooperation,” Christodoulides added.Italian Ambassador to Cyprus, Andrea Cavallari, said Italy is and would remain at Cyprus’ side, as a true and close partner.He also referred to the new government in Italy. “Under this new leadership, Italy will continue to act responsibly in Europe and in the world, affirming those democratic values and principles that are enshrined in our Constitution”.“We know that we can count on Cyprus to pursue together our shared goals: in Europe, to restore the trust of our citizens in a common European project based on greater solidarity and shared responsibilities among EU members; in the Mediterranean region, to make sure that this ancient cradle of civilization remains an area of peace and prosperity for all,” Cavallari added.You May LikeAngelino's3 Ways To Get The Best K-Cup Coffee For Your KeurigAngelino’sUndoThe-Best-Info10 Dog Breeds for Kids and FamiliesThe-Best-InfoUndoTopixQuiz: Can You Identify All These Historical Objects?TopixUndo Urgent work planned on collapsed section of Nicosia wallsUndoTwo of serial killer’s victims buried in PhilippinesUndoFilms and food at RialtoUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more