Lawrence Cannon told the fourth day of the high-level debate, being held at United Nations Headquarters in New York, that “there is no greater commitment for Canada than our mission in Afghanistan,” with more than 2,800 military personnel and 100 civilians deployed to try to stabilize the country and foster peace and development. Mr. Cannon noted that the Canadian Parliament has adopted a resolution to end the country’s military mission to Afghanistan at the end of 2011 and therefore Ottawa looked to Afghan leaders to make progress on a series of key priorities. They include good governance, anti-corruption measures, political reconciliation, economic growth, reconstruction and cooperation with Afghanistan’s neighbours. As the leaders tackle those challenges, “they must do so in a way that promotes, protects and improves human rights in a concrete manner – particularly the rights and lives of women and girls in Afghanistan.” 26 September 2009Afghanistan’s political leaders need to step up and make progress on multiple fronts, from good governance to economic growth to regional cooperation, to ensure the country is on the path to self-sufficiency after decades of war and misrule, Canada’s Foreign Minister told the General Assembly tonight. read more


After leading the Brock Badgers men’s basketball team to a fifth-place finish at the U SPORTS National Championships, Charles Kissi is taking a year off from his head coaching duties. But it certainly won’t be a vacation.Kissi has been named an assistant coach for Raptors 905 — the NBA G League affiliate of the Toronto Raptors — by Raptors 905 head coach Jama Mahlalela and ownership group Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment.“Anyone who knows me and my coaching style knows I’m constantly trying to get better,” said Kissi. “This is just part of that professional development process, but I’ve just been fortunate to do that through the Toronto Raptors.”Kissi has been part of the Raptors family since 2011, when he attended a coaching open house. He spent a year being mentored by former Raptors head coach Dwane Casey, attending practices, sitting in on film sessions, going to games and travelling with the team during their summer league and training camps. He has been connected to the organization ever since.“I’ve always credited the Raptors as being a big part of my development and that’s without being completely 100 per cent immersed in it,” Kissi said. “I’m looking forward to being at that level full time.”Throughout his time with the Raptors organization, Kissi worked alongside Mahlalela, who was named head coach of the 905 team recently after serving as an assistant coach with the NBA squad since 2013.“In taking this job, one of my first mandates was that I was given the opportunity to provide other opportunities to Canadian coaches,” Mahlalela said. “I wanted to look at the U SPORTS scene and see who would be a good fit for what we were doing. I think the work Charles has done with Brock has been tremendous.”The Raptors 905 head coach called hiring Kissi a “natural progression.”“He’ll be a key cog in my staff with many responsibilities,” he said. “I’ll be leaning on him for advice. His time at Brock and his experience as a head coach is something I’ll be tapping into.”To take on the new role, Kissi knew he had to step away from Brock, where he serves as head coach of the men’s team and manager of basketball operations.“Professional development is something we value greatly here at Brock University and we know that both Charles as a coach and the basketball program as a whole will greatly benefit as a result of this,” said Brian Hutchings, Vice-President, Administration.While Kissi’s specific role hasn’t been decided yet, he knows he’ll be involved in plenty of in-game planning, and suspects his focus will be on the defensive side of the game. What’s to come after the first year is yet to be determined.“My plan is to go there and try to do what I do everywhere: try to get better as a coach, add value to the team and continue to progress,” he said. “At every step I’ve tried to think of what’s best for my family, for me and for the team.“If nothing else, I’ll come back here and the program will be better off because of the experience I’ve had,” he said.“The precedent for this sort of secondment in U SPORTS has been set in the past with some of the best coaches in the country stepping away to coach professional or national teams,” Hutchings said. “In the end it’s something that has proven to benefit the coaches and the varsity teams they returned to.”Kissi is grateful to Brock for the opportunity.“I want to thank the entire Brock community and my whole department for supporting this. It would have been easy for them to say ‘see you later,’ but they see value in it and that shows good leadership. I’m grateful for that for sure.”Kissi also thanked his players and fellow coaches who trusted him as he rebuilt the program, and the Brock students and community supporters who he called “the best fans in the country who have created an incredible atmosphere for this University.”The coach is confident he’s leaving the team in good shape. The Badgers won a record number of games in 2017-18 and made it to the National Championships for the first time in 10 years.“My job when I came in here was to leave it better than when I found it, even if I’m just leaving for a short time,” said Kissi, who has coached the Badgers for five years. “My plan has always been to step away when the program is healthy. It’s not my program, I’m just the caretaker of it.”The next interim caretaker of the Badgers men’s basketball team is expected to be named in the coming few weeks, but Kissi said he will only be a phone call away over the next year if he’s needed.“I’m really looking forward to attending a few games this year and watching the progress the team makes,” he said. read more


Ohio State sophomore infielder Conner Pohl (39) takes a swing at a pitch in the fourth inning of the game against Ohio University in April 10. Ohio State won 4-0. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State infielder Conner Pohl and outfielder Dominic Canzone began last season as little more than benchwarmers. But both caught fire during the middle of the campaign and established themselves as key contributors on the team. Now, in Ohio State’s resurgent season that has the Buckeyes as a contender in the Big Ten, Canzone and Pohl find themselves in the thick of everything that has gone right for their team. Going from unproductive benchwarmer to middle-of-the-order run producers took time for both players, but both made the transition through a similar process.Pohl and Canzone, now sophomores, both view their increased confidence as the fundamental difference between the two seasons. “At the beginning of freshman year, I wasn’t sure of my abilities,” Canzone said. “I wasn’t producing and constantly felt like I was letting my brothers down. I think that the key part of my turnaround was being more confident and understanding that the guys behind me will pick me up if I don’t succeed.”Canzone began his freshman year just 3-for-29 over his first 11 games, but slashed .394/.435/.533 with three home runs and 12 stolen bases the remainder of the season. Now he is one of the team leaders with a .358/.426/.514 slash line with four home runs and a team-leading nine stolen bases.Pohl got off to a similarly slow start, but it was about it more than just not hitting. It also came more from lacking a clear defensive position and not receiving enough playing time. Now splitting time at first and third base, Pohl has played enough to put his bat to good use, slashing .333/.419/.459 with five home runs.“I’ve seen a great deal of growth and maturity within them, relating to how they go about competing and their comfort and confidence within the game,” head coach Greg Beals said.Although Canzone did not know any of his teammates prior to joining the team just one year ago, his reference to them as his “brothers” captures how quickly these strangers became paramount in his life. He said the constant bonding the teammates do off the field directly translates to how they interact on the field and how well they perform. Pohl emphasized the importance of everyone’s role on the team — not just the starters. As a new starter, Pohl’s role has changed since he was a freshman trying to find his place on the team.Beals said the challenges of a young player trying to carve out a role on the team was made all the more challenging during the worst season in program history in 2017.“Learning how to play at a Division I level for the first time is a challenge for any player,” said Beals. “It was a challenging year for us as a program [last year] and probably for them too. But they’re sophomores now. They’ve been around the block a full time and got a ton of experience.”That experience gives Beals confidence both his two young players can become leaders for the next core group of players to come through the program. “They both bring a lot to our team offensively and have the potential to be leadership-type guys,” Beals said. “Canzone really shows that already. Pohl is a little more quiet but they both have leadership characteristics that I’m excited about.”Canzone also understands the responsibility that comes with being a starter and batting leadoff.“It’s a big role — leading off the game and trying to get it started on the right note,” Canzone said. “The biggest thing in baseball is being calm and not tense, relaxing, and focusing on the next play. I finally started to do this when I became comfortable in knowing that whoever’s hitting behind me is going to have my back.”Canzone saw the biggest improvements in his game when he kept himself taller in his stance and started sticking to a specific routine. Pohl’s game changed most when he started focusing on overall performance rather than on hits. “I wasn’t trying to do a whole lot outside of trying to get base hits,” Pohl said. “I was swinging at pitches that I shouldn’t have and trying to do too much with the ball, rather than focusing on the bigger picture.”These two starters will be looking at that bigger picture while they continue their baseball careers this season. Both have gone from benchwarmers to being ranked as top Big Ten prospects in the 2019 draft class. The trajectory for the pair only seems to be aiming upward. read more


Mr Adams said he is likely to get the couple a kitchen implement for their wedding gift.”We were trying to choose between like a blender or bread maker. You know something classy, like a good blender,” he told ET.”Like a Vitamix, yeah. She’s gonna need a Vitamix for sure.”Other co-stars who have arrived in the UK include Sarah Raffetry, who plays Donna Paulson, and Rick Hoffman, who plays Louis Litt.Jacinda Barrett, who appears on the show and her husband Gabriel Macht, who plays lead character Harvey Spector, were in London earlier in the week – but confusingly they spent last night in Cannes, leading some to wonder whether they would jet back for the wedding. Suits fans have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of Patrick Adams, Meghan Markle’s close friend and confidant, who played her husband in the show.The star, who plays Mike Ross in the show, has kept a low profile in recent days, keeping fans guessing as to whether he would come to the wedding.However, it appears he will indeed be there on the big day, as he has arrived in England, alongside his actress wife  Troian Bellisario.He headed straight to the pub, sampling the ale at The Royal Standard of England in Beaconsfield.Appearing to enjoy himself in the traditional British tavern, he said it was his “new favourite bar”, and confirmed he had tried the pints on offer.Enjoying the history the UK has to offer, he posted a picture of the sign denoting the pub’s age on Instagram.The pub claims to be the oldest freehouse in England. He celebrated their engagement after it was announced, writing: “Playing Meghan’s television partner for the better part of a decade uniquely qualifies me to say this: Your Royal Highness, you are a lucky man and I know your long life together will be joyful, productive and hilarious.”Meghan, so happy for you, friend. Much love.” 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


first_imgThis would expand the remit of GSOC to more effectively investigate complaints against members of the Garda Síochána by members of the public, by having the powers to question senior members of the Force…Bring in a one person Ombudsman model (in place of the current three-person system).“There are a variety of ways this may be structured, for example, one Ombudsman assisted by two assistants,” the committee says.Why?The appointment of a single Ombudsman would ensure a greater degree of accountability and ensure that there is no possibility of dissenting opinions or divergence in the Ombudsman’s findings.Ban gardaí and former gardaí from serving on GSOC. According to the committee:This is of fundamental importance to ensuring an oversight body that is fully independent and free from political or Garda interference. Furthermore, this would reinforce a practice whereby an Garda Síochána is accountable to the citizens it serves to protect. THE JUSTICE MINISTER has been handed a 12-point report on how garda oversight could be strengthened.The Oireachtas Justice Committee — made up of TDs and senators from Government and opposition parties — published their interim report today.Amongst the panel’s main recommendations:Make the Garda Commissioner accountable to GSOCAccording to the committee: Dealing with whistleblower complaints… The Committee says GSOC should introduce new structures to allow whistleblowers to raise issues of concern, safe in the knowledge that their complaints will be treated with sensitivity and confidence.It’s also recommended that a ‘helpline’ be set up to offer advice, and a separate ‘hotline’ to allow complainants to report an incident.The new Garda Authority…The proposed new Garda Authority should be run as a “shadow organisation” before it’s officially established.“This is to ensure that the right administrative structure is in place before the Authority assumes any real investigative and administrative powers,” the committee recommends.It also says there should be a “gradual process of transferring powers” to the new body.Furthermore:Ministers should have no role in appointing the authority. It should be the responsibility of the Public Appointments Service.The new Authority should take over the appointment of senior garda officers. The new body should be required to present an annual report to both House of the Oireachtas. Longer-term goals…As part of its longer term objectives, the authority should work towards establishing a Northern Ireland-style Criminal Justice Inspectorate, the committee says:Such bodies under its remit may include an Garda Síochána, the Courts Service, the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Legal Aid Board, the Probation Service and the Ombudsman Commission. Other organisations such as the State Pathologist and Prison Governors may also fall within the remit of an expanded authority.The full report, sent to Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald last week, can be viewed here.The document published today is an interim response only. A full review of the Garda Síochána Act 2005 is ongoing — and is expected to be published in the autumn.In full: Alan Shatter’s statement to the Dáil on the garda whistleblower claimsRead: GSOC welcomes Cooke report, Gardaí say they’re reviewing itlast_img read more


first_imgChildren born today will die 20 months sooner than expected because of air pollution The new research shows that air pollution now rivals smoking as a fact in life expectancy reduction. THE LIFESPAN OF children born around the world today will be reduced by up to 20 months as a result of global air pollution, a new study has claimed. The State of Global Air research carried out by the Boston-based, Health Effects Institute, put toxic air in fifth place ahead of alcohol use and road deaths, as a leading killer worldwide. The report claimed that in China, where air pollution and smog is a serious issue for citizens, life expectancy is reduced by around 30 months, while in African countries it is reduced by 24 months. Globally, the average reduction to a person’s lifespan as a result of toxic air is around 20 months, and is attributed to diseases such as lung cancer, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and heart disease. The inhalation of particulate matter (PM) – which is a combination of microscopic particles found in the air as a result of pollutants such as fossil fuels – is the cause of many lung diseases. In 2017 alone, air pollution contributed to almost five million deaths in countries across the world – the equivalent of nearly 1 in 10 people. “Air pollution exposure is linked with increased hospitalisations, disability, and early death from respiratory disease, stroke, lung cancer, and diabetes, as well as communicable diseases like pneumonia,” it said.  By Conor McCrave Apr 3rd 2019, 9:01 AM 46 Comments 13,048 Views Image: Shutterstock/Tatiana Grozetskaya Wednesday 3 Apr 2019, 9:01 AM Short URL Image: Shutterstock/Tatiana Grozetskaya Share311 Tweet Email https://jrnl.ie/4574216 “This means a child born today will die 20 months sooner, on average than would be expected in the absence of air pollution.”While researchers behind the report said there has been some gains in reducing air pollution and PM exposure, it added, ” much work remains to be done to further reduce air pollution and its heavy toll on population health”. Last year, statistics showed that around half a million people in Ireland are estimated to have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), a disease which causes breathlessness, coughing and regular chest infections. Meanwhile, the Irish Cancer Society said lung cancer affects 2,500 Irish people every year, and claiming the lives of more Irish men and women than any other type of cancer.  Air pollution collectively reduced life expectancy by one year and eight months on average worldwide, a global impact rivaling that of smoking.  Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more


first_img Top Movies and TV Panels to Keep on Your Radar for SDCC 2019’The Flash’ Season 5 Finale Recap: 2 Big Bads and 1 Pre-Crisis Ever since The Flash came back from its midseason break, it’s been especially somber. It’s not bad, but it’s not the upbeat, optimistic counter to Arrow that it used to be. It’s understandable that Barry is in a dark place right now, given Iris’s impending death. But it really feels like he consistently learns all the wrong lessons from his experiences. That gets frustrating after a while no matter how much we still love the show.This episode focused on Barry diving into the Speedforce to rescue Wally. If you’ll remember last week’s episode, Savitar tricked Wally into taking his place inside the Speedforce prison after Barry shunned him from the group for having Savitar in his head. Smart. To ensure he doesn’t get lost, H.R. and Cisco come up with an inter-dimensional tether that will allow them to pull Barry and Wally back out of the Speedforce. It uses Goldtooth, which is like Bluetooth but it works across dimensions. Solid joke, 7.5/10.Once inside the Speedforce, Barry is confronted by manifestations of every person that sacrificed their life for him. First, it’s Eddie Thawne, Iris’s first fiance, who we haven’t seen since he killed himself to erase Eobard Thawne from existence back in season one. He tries to convince Barry to leave, but Barry insists he’ll do what he has to save Wally. Eddie points him to an elevator that will take him closer, but there’s a catch. The elevator contains a time wraith.Grant Gustin as Barry Allen and Rick Cosnett as Detective Eddie Thawne (Photo: Robert Falconer/The CW)For the most part, the inside of the Speedforce is pretty underwhelming. It’s just a bunch of existing sets with a blue filter over the shots. That said, it does lead to some pretty great fights between Barry and whatever obstacle the Speedforce throws in the way of him reaching Wally. He’s able to outsmart the wraith fairly easily and make it into the elevator. On the next floor, the Speedforce just gets mean. He sees Caitlin holding a baby, and he’s confronted by Ronnie, Caitlin’s fiance who sacrificed himself to close the black hole between seasons one and two. Starting to notice a pattern here? So does Barry. He reasons that everyone he meets in the Speedforce sacrificed themselves for the greater good. Ronnie reminds him that their sacrifices weren’t for the greater good, they were for Barry.Time for Barry to head to the next floor, but now instead of a time wraith, Black Flash is after him. Yes, that thing apparently took some time off from chasing Eobard Thawne in Legends of Tomorrow to harass Barry. The Death of Speedsters chases him around the room in the best fight scene of the episode. The Barry vs. other speedster formula may be getting tired in the show’s third season, but it does lead to some great-looking battles. Barry can’t deal with Black Flash, and for a second it looks like he’s going to die in the Speedforce. But since there are more episodes left in the season, we know that’s not happening. He’s able to hurt Black Flash long enough to escape, but it requires severing his Goldtooth connection with the real world.Robbie Amell as Ronnie (Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW)Onto the final floor, Barry gets to see just what kind of hell Wally’s trapped in. He’s in a hospital room, forced to watch his mother die over and over again. Well, that’s just a little messed up. And now that Barry doesn’t have his tether, he has to take Wally’s place rather than pulling him out. There’s one last obstacle in his way. Captain Cold is back. Yes, he reveals that Barry inspired him to start playing the hero, leading to his death on Legends of Tomorrow. He fires his cold gun, but Barry is saved at the last second by Jay Garrick. When Barry severed his Goldtooth connection, Cisco vibed to Earth-3 to ask Jay for help. Jay helps Wally defeat Cold and takes Wally’s place in the Speedforce, allowing Barry and Wally to head home.Grant Gustin as Barry Allen and Wentworth Miller as Leonard Snart/Captain Cold (Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW)What was going on back on Earth-1 while all this was happening? Not much. Honestly, these scenes mostly felt like filler. Jesse is angry about losing Wally and wants to fight Savitar herself. H.R. does a terrible job of discouraging her and only makes her angrier. Also, I’m so tired of “Can I talk to you?” scenes in the S.T.A.R. Labs hallway. Find another way to move the story along, please. To its credit, this subplot does lead to a brief, but exciting action scene between Jesse and Savitar. After finding out that the blade Barry cut off Savitar last week is trying to rejoin with the rest of his armor, Jesse uses it to find him. H.R. deduces that Savitar must want his armor intact because, without it, he’s vulnerable. He tells Jesse to find a weak spot in the armor. She does and stabs him in the shoulder. The important takeaway from this week: Savitar is not a god. He’s human and vulnerable under that armor.After that revelation, the episode fizzles out to the point where I didn’t even realize it had ended. The two best couples in all of superhero television break up for a while. Jesse goes to Earth-3 to replace Jay, leaving Wally behind. And Barry tells Iris they need some space while this Savitar business is going on. You know, when there’s a chance the love of your life might die within a few weeks, spending less time with her seems like the worst idea.Candice Patton as Iris West and Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West (Photo: Robert Falconer/The CW)Last night’s episode of The Flash, despite being stuck in the somber slog of this stretch of the season, was elevated by the return of familiar characters and some pretty great fight scenes. It was cool to see Eddie and Ronnie and Captain Cold back again, even if it wasn’t really them. By the end, it seems Barry finally learned that he can’t obsess over trying to change the future, so hopefully, that will change up the formula of future episodes. Of course, we already know next week is going to be something special. Next week is the big musical crossover with Supergirl. Yes, we’ll finally get to hear Barry sing. Stay on targetlast_img read more


first_img Stephen Hawking Commemorated With Black Hole-Inspired CoinYou Could Own Stephen Hawking’s Thesis, Wheelchair Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetcenter_img Stephen Hawking’s final theory on the origin of the universe was published this week.First reported in March, an updated thesis submitted 10 days before his death provides evidence for the presence of a “multiverse” less complicated than we thought.As the story goes, our universe began with the Big Bang. During a period of rapid expansion (known as inflation), the cosmos swelled from subatomic to golf ball-sized almost instantaneously—possibly creating various pocket worlds, i.e. the multiverse.New research, however, suggests that 53 Earths occupying the same space are separated because they vibrate at different frequencies those universes may not be so different from our own.In their paper, Hawking and collaborator Thomas Hertog, of KU Leuven in Belgium, claim the decades-old concept of eternal inflation—that expansion lasts forever throughout most of the universe—is wrong.“The problem with the usual account of eternal inflation is that it assumes an existing background universe that evolves according to Einstein’s theory of general relativity and treats the quantum effects as small fluctuations around this,” Hertog said in a statement published by the University of Cambridge.“However, the dynamics of eternal inflation wipes out the separation between classical and quantum physics,” he continued. “As a consequence, Einstein’s theory breaks down in eternal inflation.”Instead, the scientists developed a variation based on the string theory concept of holography, which proposes that the universe is a large and complex hologram. In the new theory, eternal inflation is reduced to a timeless state defined on a spacial surface at the beginning of time.Duh.“When we trace the evolution of our universe backwards in time, at some point we arrive at the threshold of eternal inflation, where our familiar notion of time ceases to have any meaning,” Hertog explained, according to Cambridge.Moving forward, Hertog plans to study the implications of this new theory on smaller scales, accessible via space telescopes. He’s looking for a smoking gun: most likely primordial gravitational waves—ripples in spacetime—generated at the exit from eternal inflation.The still-unconfirmed hypothesis does not go so far as to disprove the idea of multiverses; it simply reduces them to a smaller range, making the theory easier to test.Hawking and Hertog’s research was published late last month in the Journal of High Energy Physics. (Though it’s not exactly recommended reading for a layman.)last_img read more


first_imgIn comments made to reporters following Belle’s annual shareholders’ meeting this week, Gana had pointed to fellow Manila casino operator Bloomberry Resorts’ impending development of a second Solaire IR in Quezon City.“When [Bloomberry] does that, we’d be totally in our rights to ask PAGCOR for a second license to level the playing field. So that’s definitely on our mind,” he said.“We figured it’s going to be easier once Solaire opens the Quezon City casino … the thing is to be flexible based on unfolding economic and political situations, so we will have to seek an opening.“Right now the hope is to get a license … we’re not partial. In fact some provincial locations are even better than Metro Manila, or Clark.”In a separate clarification announcement on Wednesday following similar comments from Chaiman Willy Ocier, PLC said, “We confirm that Premium Leisure Corp is always open to expansion opportunities. We note, however, that any expansion of City of Dreams Manila are merely exploratory at this time, and no definite plans have been made as of yet.” RelatedPosts Load More Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IR Japan to conduct nationwide prefectural survey to confirm IR intentions Real estate investor Belle Corp and its gaming subsidiary Premium Leisure Corp (PLC) – the joint venture partner in Melco Resorts’ City of Dreams Manila – have confirmed their interest in developing a second Philippines IR. And it might not be in Manila.Responding to inquiries from the Philippine Stock Exchange on Wednesday following news reports stating it was eyeing such an expansion, Belle Corp backed up earlier comments from President and Chief Executive Officer Manuel A. Gana although it added, “Any matters regarding an application by Belle or its subsidiary Premium Leisure Corp for a second license for an integrated resort with PAGCOR are still being explored, and there are no definite plans at this time.” 181 Chinese nationals arrested in dispute over POGO accreditation statuslast_img read more


first_imgPEABODY, MA — The following Wilmington students have been named to the fourth quarter honor roll for the 2018-2019 academic year at Bishop Fenwick High School:Principal’s List (3.70 Unweighted GPA)NoneFirst Honors (3.30 Unweighted GPA)Rachel DiFronzoSecond Honors (3.00 Unweighted GPA)None(NOTE: The above announcement is from Bishop Fenwick.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Bloom & DiFronzo Named To Honor Roll At Bishop FenwickIn “Education”Wilmington’s DiFronzo & Medros Named To Honor Roll At Bishop FenwickIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Natalie Medros Named To Honor Roll At Bishop FenwickIn “Education”last_img read more


first_img Unboxing the Nintendo Switch Super Smash Bros. Ultimate… Share your voice The Nintendo Switch is bringing in lots of money for the Japanese company. James Martin/CNET Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa is prepared to dump home consoles if the market demands it.”We aren’t really fixated on our consoles,” he told Nikkei, as translated by Nintendo Everything and reported Sunday by Eurogamer.”At the moment we’re offering the uniquely developed Nintendo Switch and its software — and that’s what we’re basing how we deliver the ‘Nintendo experience’ on. That being said, technology changes,” he said. “We’ll continue to think flexibly about how to deliver that experience as time goes on.” Furukawa noted that through Nintendo’s decades of developing consoles, it always looked to the next generation of hardware.”In the long term, perhaps our focus as a business could shift away from home consoles — flexibility is just as important as ingenuity,” he said.For now though, Nintendo will likely stick with them. The Switch sold more than 8.7 million units between its March 2017 launch and November 2018, and Nintendo is expected to sell 17.3 million of the consoles worldwide in 2019. Furukawa wants to expand Nintendo’s mobile games since it offers a “continuous stream of revenue.” He also highlighted the “synergy” he anticipates from its theme park and movies. Super Nintendo World will open at Universal Studios Japan in 2020, and a Super Mario Bros. animated movie is scheduled for 2022. (Hopefully it’ll be better than the last Mario movie.)Nintendo’s mobile games made $348 million in 2018, according to marketing analysis firm Sensor Tower. Strategy RPG Fire Emblem Heroes was its top earner, having brought in $230 million, with the September release Dragalia Lost earning around $58.4 million.In July, a month after he assumed office, Furukawa won 96.5 percent approval from shareholders.Everything about Fortnite: What you need to know about the hit game.What we know about the Disney+ streaming service: It’s getting ready to rival Netflix. Nintendo 3:37 Consoles Video Gamescenter_img Comments 2 Now playing: Watch this: The 29 best games on the Nintendo Switch 29 Photos Tagslast_img read more


first_imgFlat-rolled iron products15%27.50% Chickpea, Bengal gram, Masur dal30%70% GoodOld tariffsNew tariffs Flat-rolled stainless steel products15%22.50% Artemia20%30% Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu, who was in Washington last week, said that both nations had agreed to hold official talks soon to address the issue. Prabhu told reporters that India would soon send an official team to work out the details and start comprehensive negotiations, but a date for that has not yet been set.[With inputs from IANS] Railway Minister Suresh PrabhuTwitter/TERIThe global trade war continued to heat up after the European Union (EU) and India imposed tariffs on American goods in response to Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminium.The tariffs come weeks after the Trump administration implemented a 25 per cent tariff on steel and 10 per cent tariff on aluminium, affecting trade partners like Canada, Mexico, and the EU.Trump has threatened countries all over the world, saying he would impose additional tariffs if they chose to respond. In the case of the EU, he targeting European car manufacturers such as BMW and Bentley.European Union tariffsThe EU announced it would launch tariffs on some $3.2 billion worth of American goods such as whiskey, tobacco, Harley-Davidson motorcycles and peanut butter, according to The Independent. A 50 per cent tax was also added on items such as footwear, clothing and washing machines.Speaking to the Irish Parliament on Thursday night, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said the EU would “do what we have to do to rebalance and safeguard” against the US tariffs. “It goes against all logic and history,” he said, adding “Our response must be clear but measured.”The statement echoed the words EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström remarks on Wednesday that the 28-member bloc was “left with no other choice” than to impose retaliatory measures.The EU has also filed a case with the World Trade Organisation (WTO), claiming Trump’s tariffs were “pure protectionist” and “illegal”. They also threatened a second round of tariffs on some $4.3 billion worth of US products if the dispute was not resolved.India imposes tariffsOn Thursday, the Indian government announced that it would raise customs duty on 29 American products including iron and steel products. A Finance Ministry notification said that the duty hike would come into effect immediately, while the hike on artemia (shrimp) would be effective from August 4.The country earlier sought an exemption from the US tariffs, as Trump has provided for a month to the EU, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico and South Korea, but the administration refused.The new tariffs affect a wide variety of products-GoodGoodOld tariffsOld tariffsNew tariffsNew tariffsGoodFlat-rolled iron productsOld tariffs15%New tariffs27.50%GoodFlat-rolled stainless steel productsOld tariffs15%New tariffs22.50%GoodChickpea, Bengal gram, Masur dalOld tariffs30%New tariffs70%GoodShelled almondsOld tariffsRs. 100/kgNew tariffsRs. 120/kgGoodUnshelled almondsOld tariffsRs. 35/kgNew tariffsRs. 42/kgGoodShelled walnutsOld tariffs30%New tariffs120%GoodApplesOld tariffs50%New tariffs75%GoodPhosphoric acidOld tariffs10%New tariffs20%GoodArtemiaOld tariffs20%New tariffs30%GoodMobile phone manufacturing equipment, earth moving equipmentOld tariffs15%New tariffs25% Shelled walnuts30%120% Shelled almondsRs. 100/kgRs. 120/kg Mobile phone manufacturing equipment, earth moving equipment15%25% Apples50%75% Phosphoric acid10%20% Unshelled almondsRs. 35/kgRs. 42/kglast_img read more


first_imgKolkata: State Health department has prepared a district-wise joint action plan to check vector-borne diseases and stressed the importance of better surveillance and supervision in the districts.State Health department has instructed district administrative officials to put in place district-level monitoring teams to conduct better surveillance through mobilisation of designated officers who will carry out a detailed survey and submit the report on a daily basis to the district monitoring committee. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe district-wise joint action plan will help the department to strengthen the surveillance process and help the health workers to carry out a drive against the vector-borne diseases in a better way, believe the senior health officials. Due to incessant rainfall, the number of cases related to vector-borne diseases like Dengue, Malaria, Chikungunya has gone up in the state and if people are not aware of how to check the diseases, then it may go up further. According to World Health Organisation (WHO), changes in agricultural practices due to variation in temperature and rainfall can affect the transmission of vector-borne diseases. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned that various posts like sanitary inspector, supervisor have already been created in the districts.Teams have also been constituted which will visit houses and record the daily activities and mention their findings before finally submitting them to the supervisors.The Health department has made it mandatory for the teams visiting houses to fill up five different forms. They will also have to make a list of places where Aedes larva is found and then hand over the list to the vector control team in the district. The vector control team will examine the list and hand over to the sanitary inspector.The state-level monitoring committee will chalk out plans on how to check the spread of the diseases after considering the problems of a particular area. The committee will also guide the health workers and formulate resource mobilisation.The vector control team will also fill up a feedback form and submit it to the district magistrate and the chief medical officers of health in the districts. The chief medical officers in the districts will also prepare a surveillance report on a daily basis and submit it to the state Health department.According to a senior Health department official, stress has been given on to identify the fever clusters and develop an integrated action plan which will study and monitor individual cases.The hospitals have been identified in each district where blood samples would be tested. The official also said all the arrangements are there in the hospitals for diagnostic management.WHO says vector-borne diseases account for more than 17% of all infectious diseases, causing more than 7,00,000 deaths across the globe annually.Around 3.9 billion people in over 128 countries are at risk of contracting dengue, with 96 million cases estimated per year. Malaria causes more than 4,00,000 deaths every year globally, most of them children under 5 years of age.last_img read more


first_imgEvernote limits free users, increases pricing by Martin Brinkmann on June 29, 2016 in Internet – Last Update: June 29, 2016 – 19 commentsEvernote announced changes for paying and free members of the service in a blog post on the official website yesterday.The price of Evernote Plus and Premium goes up by $1 and $2 per month respectively, while free users will be limited to syncing data between two devices.The new pricing structure is already implemented on the site which means that new subscribers will have to pay more for the service.Evernote Plus subscribers pay $3.99 instead of $2.99 per month now, an increase of about 25%. The plan limits new uploads to 1GB per month but does not limit the number of devices data can be synced between.Evernote Premium subscribers pay $7.99 instead of $5.99 per month under the new pricing structure, which is also an increase of about 33%. Premium users are limited to 10GB of new uploads per month, and get exclusive features such as customer support via live chat or the scanning and digitizing of business cards on top of that.Evernote limits free users, increases pricingNew basic users are limited to syncing data across two devices, a sharp change from syncing across unlimited devices. Evernote is however accessible on the Web from all devices.Basic users will be able to use Passcode lock on the mobile app which was a paid feature previously though.On Basic, you can access notes on up to two devices, such as a computer and phone, two computers, or a phone and a tablet, as well as on the web, so you can continue to take your notes with you throughout your day. Passcode lock on the mobile app, formerly a paid feature, is now available on Basic as well.Evernote notes that existing users won’t see the price increase or feature limitation immediately. Subscribers should look for a message from the service in the coming days that provides details about the change.What’s clear is that existing subscribers will be impacted by the change as well in the near future. The FAQ hints that the changes will be rolled out gradually over the next several days.The FAQ suggests that “not everyone will be affected by a price change”. Subscribers affected by the change will be notified by email in the next few weeks according to Evernote.Evernote Business pricing is not affected by the change.Evernote states that the change in pricing is needed to stay competitive and improve company products, and that it is not backed by a multi-billion Dollar company that is making revenue elsewhere to support free or lower priced services.We don’t take any change to our pricing model lightly, and we never take you for granted. Our goal is to continue improving Evernote for the long-term, investing in our core products to make them more powerful and intuitive while also delivering often-requested new features. But that requires a significant investment of energy, time, and money. We’re asking those people who get the most value from Evernote to help us make that investment and, in return, to reap the benefits that result.Closing WordsWhile it is too early to tell how the announced changes will affect Evernote’s customer base, it seems likely that at least part of it will move to comparable services such as OneNote.Now You: Do the changes affect you?SummaryArticle NameEvernote limits free users, increases pricingDescriptionEvernote announced changes for paying and free members of the service in a blog post on the official website yesterday.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more


first_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall CAIRO (AP) — Clashes between Egyptian security forces and Muslim Brotherhood supporters killed at least six people on Friday, after demonstrations in Cairo at the start of a major religious holiday weekend descended into violence.It was the deadliest toll at Islamist protests for months in the capital, and came as part of a violent crackdown on the Brotherhood, which authorities have banned and labelled a terrorist organization. Top Stories In late June, Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat was assassinated in Cairo by a car bomb — an attack for which the Islamic State affiliate also claimed responsibility.Last week, another car bomb ripped into the Italian Consulate in Cairo, destroying a section of the historic building in a powerful blast that was the most significant attack yet on foreign interests in Egypt.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies It said that police had gained control of the Talibiya area, which is located near the main road that leads to the famed Giza pyramids, and had arrested 15 Brotherhood supporters.The ministry said the man killed in Nahia was a known Brotherhood supporter and demonstrator who had previously been detained by police. The town is fervently anti-government and is considered a no-go zone for security forces.Political violence has increased in Egypt, two years after Islamist President Mohammed Morsi was ousted by the military, following mass protests against his rule. After Morsi’s ouster, his successor and current President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi launched a sweeping crackdown on dissent that has killed hundreds and jailed thousands.Attacks on security personnel and officials also intensified after Morsi’s ouster, and outlawed demonstrations continue regularly in poor suburbs and villages.Egyptian authorities blame most attacks on Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood group, which denies using violence. But Brotherhood ranks have grown divided recently on whether to use force to confront the government in response to the nearly 2-year-old crackdown against them.Egypt also faces threats from multiple insurgent factions, including the Islamic State affiliate in the Sinai Peninsula, which the military says killed at least 17 soldiers in a July 1 assault there. Officials from several branches of Egypt’s security forces previously told the AP that that attack killed dozens more. The fighting erupted when hundreds of Brotherhood supporters staged a march in the Talibiya neighborhood of Giza, which is part of greater Cairo, after morning prayers following the end of the holy month of Ramadan and the start of the major Muslim holiday, Eid al-Fitr.Skirmishes broke out between marchers on one side and local residents and police on the other. The violence quickly escalated with live ammunition and shotguns, a security official said, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.Brotherhood supporters took to social media to accuse security forces of firing at peaceful protesters, while the Interior Ministry and police officials said in a statement that they were fired upon by armed protesters.A video circulating on social media showed a crowd of young demonstrators in a standoff with police, shooting fireworks in their direction and burning flares before fleeing as explosions are heard. It could not be independently verified but it corresponded to events reported by The Associated Press.The ministry said in a statement that five demonstrators were killed in the Talibiya clashes, and one in the nearby town of Nahia, an Islamist stronghold where another group of protesters clashed with police. A total of 15 people were wounded. Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milkcenter_img Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Parents, stop beating yourself up Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more


first_imgLondon’s West End Theatre District(Image Britannica.com) Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H A shortfall in hotel bookings during this year’s London Olympics has lead to some unexpected bargains being offered throughout the normally expensive city. With some hotels having set room rates at three times the standard levels in anticipation of the Games, many properties are facing low occupancy during what was expected to be a boom period for the UK capital.To help combat this, some hotels in central London have cut their prices by as much as 30 percent below the usual rate, the Guardian reported.And there are even bigger reductions to be found, with the Hilton Metropole near Regent’s Park, for example, dropping rates to £160 (US$ 248) a night on any Friday and Saturday in August, compared to the £238.80 ($US371) per night it would cost in September.According to the newspaper, hotel bookings in the city are down by around 35 percent over last year, with visitors from traditionally strong long-haul markets like the US, Australia and Japan, turning their backs on London in favor of other European destinations. “When the Olympics are on, normal tourists are scared away because cities are perceived as expensive and too difficult to deal with,” said Tom Jenkins, executive director of the European Tour Operators’ Association, whose own survey last November showed that advance bookings for the Olympics period were down 90 percent compared with last year.“This presents consumers with a big opportunity.”Also on the chopping block are tickets for some West End shows, with many hits being offered at half price during July and August.According to Chris Ryan, director of marketing for Encore Tickets, which sells two million West End theatre tickets a year, theatre seat bookings are down by 20 percent or more this year.Consequently, shows such as Billy Elliot and Shrek The Musical are offering tickets for around 32 percent and 16 percent off respectively, the Guardian reported.However, the biggest discounts are being offered for shows that would normally attract lower prices; for example, tickets for The 39 Steps are being sold for £12.50 (half the usual price), while Chicago is offering discounts of up to 40 percent.last_img read more


first_img(L-R) Personal travel managers Lyn Tyson, Maria Furnari, Danielle Goncalves, Beverly Burt, Alma Araullo, Sue Kuti and Teresa Reyes hard at work updating their boutique, small ship and river cruising product knowledgePersonal Travel Managers cruise through training dayA total of 27 personal travel managers (PTMs) and representatives from six boutique, small ship and river cruise suppliers came together at Sydney’s Rydges World Square for a day of product training that was described by attendees as an “awesome day”.TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager, Michael Gazal, says the training days, which are organised by the company’s National Partnership Office (NPO), take place on a regular basis throughout the year.“We believe very strongly in the benefits that come from providing our PTMs with a steady stream of specialist training, ensuring that they are equipped with the latest information and best business practices,” he explains.TravelManagers’ fun and information boutique product, small ship & river cruise training day, held in Sydney: (L-R) Kerrie Baguley, Janice Lee, Diane Craig, Mamita Mishra, Kelly Chapman, Lana KanchikParticipating suppliers including Wild Earth Travel, Buffalo Tours and Uniworld were each allocated a 45-minute slot in which to update attendees on their latest product offerings. Lyn Tyson, who is representative for Pymble, NSW, describes the day as “excellent”.“The number of suppliers and the length of presentation were both spot on,” Tyson continues, adding that she finished the day with an increased awareness of unique cruising opportunities that she is looking forward to sharing with her clients.Gazal explains that the product training days are organised by TravelManagers’ seven state-based Business Partnership Managers (BPMs), and each training day has a different focus, with plans already under way for USA & Canada, Luxury Ocean Cruises and Groups days.“Our BPMs are also responsible for the running of Business Days in all state capitals and a number of regional centres, (which allow attendees to work on the wellbeing and future of their individual businesses), plus an annual state Trivia night and twice-annual State Meetings.”(L-R) Julianne Gazal-Rizk, Katia Mora, and Chantel Addison brushed up on their product knowledge and spent a fun day catching up with colleagues at TravelManagers’ boutique, small ship and river cruise training day in SydneyGazal adds that the Business Days are run on an informal basis in which the sharing of ideas is encouraged and PTMs bring along best practice examples for sharing, critiquing and refining. Topics range from how to write a blog to building an Instagram following, and tips and tricks for maximising the use of the front/mid office system.“It’s important that our PTMs are able to get together in a format that not only enhances their product knowledge, which helps them to provide a better service to their clients,” says Gazal, “but also that we nurture the camaraderie and the practice of mutual help and respect that is an important part of TravelManagers’ culture.”Danielle Goncalves, representative for Erskineville, NSW, agrees that the training day was both informative and enjoyable, and says she is looking forward to the next one.“It was an absolutely fantastic day: I loved it!”For more information or to speak to someone confidentially about TravelManagers please contact Suzanne Laister on 1800 019 599.Source = TravelManagerslast_img read more


first_img Share Raj Date, deputy director of the “”Consumer Financial Protection Bureau””:http://www.consumerfinance.gov/, is moving on from the agency at the end of January 2013, according to a report from “”_The Wall Street Journal_””:http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323551004578116901565158098.html?KEYWORDS=cfpb.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]A CFPB spokesperson told _WSJ_ Date plans to leave the bureau “”after the CFPB finalizes the slate of mortgage rules Congress mandated.””Date ran the CFPB until Elizabeth Warren’s departure from the bureau in 2011. His leadership lasted until January 2012, when President Obama named Richard Cordray as director in a controversial recess appointment. Cordray appointed Date as deputy director the following day.The spokesperson added that after spending “”more than two years building the agency at a breakneck pace,”” Date has “”no current plans for his career after the CFPB, other than to spend more time with his family.””A replacement for his position has not yet been named. Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2012-11-14 Tory Barringer November 14, 2012 420 Views center_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing CFPB Deputy Director to Leave Bureaulast_img read more


first_img CoreLogic Ecopia Geo-spatial data homes HOUSING property intelligence property maintenance Risk Structure 2019-04-19 Radhika Ojha CoreLogic, the California-headquartered global property analytics solutions provider, has announced an expanded integration of data products from Ecopia Tech Corporation, increasing its coverage of building footprints from 85+ million to 169+ million across the country.According to CoreLogic, by ingesting Ecopia.AI’s building footprints, and associating its own property attributes to each footprint, the resulting Structure Footprint offering is the most comprehensive roof-top location intelligence solution available today.The Structure Footprint product identifies not only the location and outline of relevant structures on a parcel, it also assigns known addresses associated with the structure, and includes universally unique structure identifications. The expanded integration of Ecopia U.S. Building Footprints means CoreLogic can now offer complete continental U.S. coverage paired with precise and detailed structure attributes such as gross square footage, land use, number of stories and year built; fueling enhanced risk assessment and granular location-based decision-making.“We’re excited about the compelling opportunity this expanded collaboration with CoreLogic presents, which highlights our ability to mine vast amounts of geospatial imagery data to generate and update HD Vector Maps at a continental scale,” said Jon Lipinski, Co-Founder and President at Ecopia. “Ecopia.AI leverages proprietary artificial intelligence to extract and update highly-accurate building footprints from the most recent high-resolution satellite imagery of the continental U.S., as provided by DigitalGlobe (a Maxar company). CoreLogic is then ingesting Ecopia.AI’s building footprints and associating CoreLogic property attributes to each, resulting in a best-in-class property intelligence offering.”“CoreLogic has long recognized the value of granular structure-level GIS data and has spent significant time and effort to ensure that we maintain the highest quality standards,” said Matt Karli, Senior Leader, Product Management, CoreLogic Insurance and Spatial Solutions. “Expanding our collaboration with Ecopia allows us to leverage the strengths of both organizations by combining high-quality footprint polygons with our existing structure attribute information. Through this increased coverage, we’re now poised to provide even more value to our clients by continuing to increase the number, depth, and quality of structure details available.”For additional granularity, Structure Footprint data can be combined with other CoreLogic Location Information products, such as ParcelPoint and SpatialRecord. Structure Footprint is also available within RiskMeter and the PxPoint Geocoder. CoreLogic Expands Collaboration With Ecopia in Headlines, News, Technologycenter_img April 19, 2019 765 Views Sharelast_img read more


first_imgBy Jean ChristouThe National Health Scheme (NHS) will not be implemented this year and in the best case scenario, it will be September 2016 until it is ready, Health Minister Philippos Patsalos told the Cyprus News Agency in an interview published on Thursday.In June 2014, the minister had informed parliament’s health committee that the first phase of the NHS would be implemented by July 2015, the second in January 2016 and the third in July 2016.Patsalis told CAN the ministry now had no clear indication when the NHS could be implemented until the Health Insurance Organisation (HIO) announces a date for when its software system would be up and running.“This is one of the key pieces for the proper functioning of the NHS, and it not yet ready,” Patsalis said.Scenarios that have recently come to the table during discussions on the issue indicate at best the system would be ready by September 2016, and in the worst case scenario, the first quarter of 2017.“So unfortunately there are issues which puts the ministry into a position where it cannot implement the NHS in 2015,” the minister added.“It was pretty much expected, as it was known that the schedules were tight and the troika knew that.” Implementation of the NHS is part of the memorandum agreed with international lenders for the island’s €10bn bailout.Patsalis said the HIO has not even completed dialogue on the software system and was not even close to issuing tender invitations though the ministry has allocated €10.5m to the organisation for the software.“It is the responsibility of the Health Insurance Agency. We put a lot of pressure on the agency to give us a date for when the software would be ready, they informed us verbally at the end of 2014 that the software would not be ready and that they are still discussing among themselves after which they will give us an exact date,” the minister said.Following a meeting with the HIO last week, Patsalis said they were given the best case scenario date of September 2016 and the worst-case scenario of mid 2017.“But even in best-case scenarios, delays are always expected,” he added.“The NHS is a huge and complex undertaking and a lot needs to be done and the most crucial part of that is the software and right now there is no software.”He did concede that there were other potential delays relating to health services personnel. Various staff unions within the sector have been pursuing their own demands within a new NHS, many of which are still outstanding or have not even started yet.“So without saying that the delay is the sole responsibility of the HIO, it does  however have a huge share of responsibility,” he added.Also he said discussions with the troika had not been completed on the issue. He said troika or ‘the institutions’ as it is now called, would be here next month.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more