Cartoon: The Silver Lining

first_img4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App More Noise to Signal. Tags:#Cartoons#web 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… rob cottingham This one’s for the engineers, the programmers, the database administrators, the sysadmins, the networking gurus, and the rest of that army of people that gets deployed when a major outage happens.While the rest of us grouse that we can’t check in at our local haunts, or log on with our Twitter app of choice, or vote a story up or down on Reddit – or even do something a little more directly tied to social or economic productivity – those folks are working brutal hours under intense pressure to get everything back up again.And while we’re firing off #fail hashtags and loudly musing about how we’re seriously considering competitors and alternatives, they’re closing off issues, squashing bugs, rooting out corrupted files or finding that one fried capacitor that brought everything down.Yes, someone or some group of people out there was responsible for the decisions or actions – or lack thereof – that led to the latest outage, and they should be held accountable. But every once in a while, it’s nice to shift the recrimination generators into idle, and thank the people who get us all back up and running again.(And while we’re at it, say a nice word or two to the folks whose web apps are affected by those outages, and who keep fielding the “Why the hell isn’t MyFavoriteTrendyOnlineService.com running?” calls from people who think cloud computing is how the weather service gives such accurate forecasts.) 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Wijnaldum: Salah competing with Ronaldo & Messi

first_imgLiverpool Wijnaldum: Salah competing with Ronaldo & Messi but has plenty to prove Chris Burton 19:40 5/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mohamed Salah Liverpool 2017-18 Getty Images Liverpool Mohamed Salah Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Real Madrid v Liverpool Real Madrid UEFA Champions League The Liverpool midfielder has been impressed by the Egyptian forward this season and hopes to see him maintain those standards in the years to come Mohamed Salah “can definitely compete” with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, says Liverpool team-mate Georginio Wijnaldum, but still needs to prove his consistency over a number of years.The Egypt international has been the undoubted star of the show for the Reds in 2017-18, with a stunning debut campaign delivering 44 goals, numerous prestigious awards and a Champions League final berth.It has been suggested that Salah now sits alongside Messi and Ronaldo in the running for the 2018 Ballon d’Or, with his efforts comparable to those put in by talismanic figures at Barcelona and Real Madrid. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Wijnaldum admits that his in-form colleague deserves to be placed in that talent bracket, but says there is still much work to be done if he is to cement a standing alongside the very best in the business.The Netherlands international told ESPN FC: “It’s difficult to say. Messi and Ronaldo do it for years, but this season, he can definitely compete with them.”But if you want to speak about the level of Messi and Ronaldo, a player has to do it for many more years.”I don’t know how many years they have been doing it, how many years they have been first and second in the Ballon d’Or, it is unbelievable.”[Antoine] Griezmann is another player you can say is there with Ronaldo and Messi, but it is difficult to say.”What I do know is that a player has to do it for many more years to compete with those two because what they are doing is unbelievable.”I don’t think you will ever see players who are so consistent, playing the way they are doing – scoring goals, being important for their club, winning trophies and individual trophies.”Liverpool and Salah are to get a good look at Portuguese superstar Ronaldo on Saturday when they face Madrid in the Champions League final.He poses the biggest threat to the Reds’ hopes of tasting European glory, but Wijnaldum insists Jurgen Klopp’s side will not lose sight of the other star turns at Zinedine Zidane’s disposal.Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid“He [Ronaldo] is really good and he showed it, even in the times when people said he wasn’t in good form. He still scored goals and helped Real win games.”He will always be a threat, for every team he plays against, because he has already showed everything and that will also give Real confidence because, even if he is not in form, he can be dangerous.”If I look at Real Madrid as a team, I see a lot of good players. That is why we have to be aware of everyone.”They have so many good players, so much quality, almost all of them are world-class players. It is not only Ronaldo.”Even if you take Ronaldo out, you have to manage to defend against the other players because they have a lot of quality where they can create chances or score goals.”You have [Toni] Kroos, Marcelo, [Sergio] Ramos at set pieces. A lot of them can make the difference.”It is not only our front three, midfield or the defenders — I think we have to do it as a team and I think we have to play the perfect game to win it.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

a month agoChelsea winger Hudson-Odoi: Lampard appointment helped contract decision

first_imgChelsea winger Hudson-Odoi: Lampard appointment helped contract decisionby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveCallum Hudson-Odoi says Frank Lampard’s appointment gave him an “extra boost” towards signing a new contract with Chelsea.The 18-year-old signed a new five-year contract on Thursday after over a year of negotiations.And Hudson-Odoi has credited Lampard’s presence will helping him decide his long-term future.”I’ve been thinking for a while what it would be like to be playing for Chelsea for the next five years and how everything might go, especially now Frank is here as the manager. “It’s a great feeling for all of us because we know he gives everybody a chance if you’re playing well and working hard.”He’s a very good manager. I can tell that by what he’s trying to do and the things he’s trying to implement into our football. He has the mentality of winning, which we all want and we all need, so him coming in was just an extra boost for me.”He’s already given me confidence, having a chat with me here and there, and it’s great when a manager has faith in you. I’m delighted he’s here and I’m looking forward to working more with him.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

DP World London Gateway Opens Logistics Hub

first_imgzoom The first distribution center at DP World London Gateway Logistics Park was officially opened on July 20th.The first phase of this high tech unit, which comprises 16,800m² (180,000 sq ft) of distribution and logistics space and 2,400m² (25,000 sq ft) of office space, has been finished to BREEAM “very good” standard. “DP World London Gateway is an excellent example of the benefits inward investment brings to UK infrastructure and the economy. Any project that gives the country an edge, whether it be generating supply chain efficiency or leading the way in environmental sustainability, should be commended”, said Robert Goodwill MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, who attended the opening ceremony.Based on market demand, DP World is now planning to increase the size of the centre to 36,000m² (380,000 sq ft).The DP World London Gateway Logistics Park is located adjacent to the UK’s newest deep-sea terminal on the door-step of the largest consumer market in Western Europe. HE Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman, DP World, said: “DP World London Gateway is transforming UK supply chains and this new logistics hub has been constructed to the highest quality and environmental standards. It is the perfect example of how retailers and cargo owners can achieve cost savings by positioning themselves strategically, here, in the right location for trade.”John Eynon, Managing Director, Import Services Limited, said: “In just two months of operations at the new London Gateway Logistics Centre, the strong demand for our services means we are already approaching capacity of phase one and now seeking to accelerate development of additional warehousing space at London Gateway.”last_img read more

Template for Municipal Website Launched

first_img Designing and developing a website has become a lot easier fortowns and other municipalities in Nova Scotia. A template todeliver web-based information and services to their residents isnow available to all municipal units. “The template is a packaged, flexible approach to helpmunicipalities build a functional, user-friendly website withoutinvesting a lot of time, money and resources,” said Barry Barnet,Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “Thisproject is about the sharing of knowledge without reinventing orre-investing in the wheel.” Stephen Feist, municipal advisor for Service Nova Scotia andMunicipal Relations, compares the website template with a car. “We provide all the parts . . . the engine, wheels, gear shifts,etcetera for a high-performance vehicle. The municipality canthen design the interior and exterior by choosing their colours,style and design. Each municipal unit can have its own uniquewebsite but it will follow the same logical pattern fornavigating through the website.” Municipal units such as the Town of Lunenburg are anxious toadopt this new municipal website template. “I think it’sexcellent,” said Bea Renton, town clerk for the Town ofLunenburg. “The headings and pathways of the template are laidout in a very sensible manner. We will be incorporating thetemplate into our website.” Debbie Kampen, chief administrative officer for the town ofTrenton, shares Ms. Renton’s enthusiasm. “It is an easierformat,” said Ms. Kampen. “The public can get informationanytime; they are not tied to our business hours. It’s a 24-7option for them.” The website template is one of many initiatives of the NovaScotia e-Government Provincial Municipal Joint Venture Group. The group includes representatives of Service Nova Scotia andMunicipal Relations, several municipalities, the Union of NovaScotia Municipalities (UNSM) and the Association of MunicipalAdministrators (AMA). Formed three years ago, the joint venturegroup’s goal is to work towards seamless e-government. Frompaying a parking ticket to lodging a complaint about the dog nextdoor, it will all be done seamlessly and electronically. “One of the first tasks of the joint venture group was to developa website template that is functional and effective for all userssuch as citizens, businesses or councilors who live in themunicipality,” said Steve Feindel, director of e-Service forService Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “We started workingwith Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) to jointly define adesign and structure that would allow website clients to accessmunicipal and provincial services through the internet moreeffectively.” A lot of time and research went into developing an improvedwebsite for CBRM. “Based on the actual design of that website,we’ve created a template that could be used again and again forall municipal units,” said Mr. Feindel. “All they have to do isplug in their information and change the colour schemes, photosand layout. Why bother re-inventing the wheel when we alreadyhave something that works well?” “The website template is just part of a larger picture of e-government and all the things that Service Nova Scotia is doingjointly with the municipalities, the UNSM and the AMA,” said Mr.Barnet. “This is the start of many things to come. Canada is aleader in e-government within the world and we, in Nova Scotia,are in the forefront for providing e-services and we want tocontinue to be in the forefront.” For a copy of the website template, see the Service Nova Scotiaand Municipal Relations website atwww.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/muns/municipaltemplate/default.asp or call902-424-5200 (metro Halifax) or toll-free 1-800-670-4357 for a CDcopy of the website template. SERVICE N.S./MUNICIPAL RELATIONS–Template for Municipal WebsiteLaunchedlast_img read more

Rôles améliorés pour les comités décole consultatifs en septembre

first_imgLe rôle important des comités d’école consultatifs sera davantage renforcé à compter de cette année scolaire. En plus de représenter la voix de la communauté scolaire, les membres des comités géreront un budget qui facilitera la réussie des élèves et offriront des conseils sur l’élaboration des politiques régionales et provinciales en matière d’éducation, en débutant par une nouvelle politique sur la supervision pendant les activités parascolaires plus tard cette année. « La voix locale est d’une importance critique, particulièrement alors que nous concentrons nos efforts pour faire en sorte que tous les élèves soient appuyés de façon équitable et bien accueillis dans notre système d’éducation, affirme Zach Churchill, ministère de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance. Nous savons que chaque communauté est différente et a des besoins ou des préoccupations qui sont propres à sa population étudiante. Nous voulons offrir aux membres des comités plus d’outils et d’occasions de faire en sorte que ces points de vue soient représentés dans le processus de prise de décisions. » Un groupe de présidents de comités d’école consultatifs et de directeurs d’école a été consulté plus tôt cette année pour apprendre ce qu’ils souhaitent voir dans le cadre de ce rôle amélioré. Le document sommaire des commentaires et suggestions peut être consulté au http://ednet.ns.ca/fr/SAC . Les changements suivants seront apportés au rôle des comités d’école consultatifs à compter de cette année : « Ces changements sont motivants, car ils permettront d’améliorer la communication entre le gouvernement provincial, les régions et les communautés scolaires, signale Bill Kaulbach, directeur du Cobequid Educational Centre. Les parents et les élèves ont maintenant une voix dans les décisions concernant l’utilisation des nouveaux fonds pour appuyer la réussite et le bien-être des élèves. » Les changements visant à améliorer le rôle des comités d’école consultatifs sont apportés dans le cadre de l’engagement du gouvernement provincial à faire en sorte que les voix régionales et la diversité soient bien représentées dans le processus de prise de décisions. Les comités sont formés du directeur d’école, d’enseignants, d’élèves, de parents et de membres de la communauté. Chaque école de la province ou chaque famille d’écoles dans les plus petites communautés peut former un comité d’école consultatif. Toute personne intéressée à se joindre à un comité d’école consultatif ou à en former un dans sa communauté scolaire est invitée à communiquer avec le directeur de l’école. budget (5 000 $ par comité plus 1 $ par élève) pour faciliter la réussite des élèves; voix plus forte dans l’élaboration de politiques grâce à l’intercommunication entre les comités, les centres régionaux pour l’éducation, le Conseil scolaire acadien provincial et le ministère; possibilités accrues d’apprentissage et de réseautage grâce à des possibilités de perfectionnement professionnel et à la participation aux rencontres régionales et provinciales; plus grande flexibilité dans la composition des comités pour faire en sorte que les membres reflètent bien la diversité de la communauté scolaire.last_img read more

Forecasters call for cool dry Halloween across much of the country

first_imgTORONTO – Forecasters say the relatively cool, stable weather conditions expected this Halloween will feel like a particularly festive treat coming on the heels of a tumultuous week in much of the country.The Weather Network says parts of Ontario and Quebec will be digging out of a snowstorm in the days leading up to Oct. 31, while high winds are expected to batter areas including the Prairies and Atlantic Canada.Compared to those conditions, chief meteorologist Chris Scott says Halloween will feel like a reprieve across most of the country.Scott says temperatures are expected to be relatively cool and near average in most of Canada, even in regions that have experienced unseasonable highs for most of the month.He says most of the country will get a break from major precipitation that day, though bands of snow may still surface north of Fort McMurray, Alta.Scott says the areas contending with high winds may not be out of the woods come trick-or-treat day, adding that may pose some complications for Halloween decorators.“It’s not so much on Halloween day but on the Sunday and Monday leading up to Halloween,” Scott said in a telephone interview. “We will see very strong winds. And depending on where those are … some of these inflatable Frankensteins may be floating down the street.”Scott said the bulk of the windy conditions will be found in Atlantic Canada, though he said storm systems passing near the Prairies may result in stiff breezes there as well.The best conditions will be found in British Columbia, Scott said, adding that cities such as Vancouver and Victoria that typically find themselves under cloudy skies this time of year can expect dry weather and seasonably average temperatures. Southern Alberta, which will be feeling the chill from cooler temperatures in the run-up to Halloween, may also find some relief on the day of, he said.Scott said Canadians from Manitoba through Quebec may be less enthused about the Halloween forecast.Those provinces have all basked in temperatures well above seasonal norms, he said, with some areas experiencing days at a stretch where temperatures hovered around 20 Celsius.He said those balmy periods are likely done for the season, with temperatures forecast to revert to average daytime highs of up to around 10 degrees for Halloween.Scott said parents may want to consider having kids wear an additional layer under their costumes as they adjust to the return to cooler conditions.last_img read more

Kevin Nealon To Host 2014 Melanoma Research Foundation Golf Classic

first_imgActor and comedian Kevin Nealon will reprise his role as host of the annual Melanoma Research Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic on November 10th at the Lakeside Golf Club in Burbank, CA.Kevin is partnering with the MRF for the third year in a row to raise critically-needed funding to fight melanoma, a cause close to the actor’s heart. After losing a friend to skin cancer, Kevin committed to advancing melanoma research, education and advocacy.“I am happy to partner with the MRF and the Celebrity Golf Classic to help combat melanoma. I have personally felt the impact that skin cancer can have as I lost a long-time friend to this disease,” said Kevin. “The last two years have been so important and I’m proud to help fund more research, education and advocacy in the battle with this deadliest form of skin cancer.”Attending golf enthusiasts and celebrities will play an important role in advancing the fight against melanoma while playing a round of golf with some of their favorite celebrities and VIPs at one of the nation’s prestigious members-only golf clubs. Each golfing foursome will be joined by one of Kevin’s celebrity friends. Celebrities who attended the 2012 and 2013 events included Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, stars from Mad Men, Dexter, 24, Ray Romano, David Spade, Vinnie Jones, Joe Pesci, Richard Karn, Mark Moses, Scott Elrod, Joe Mantegna, David James Elliott and Gregory Harrison.“Kevin is a passionate supporter of melanoma prevention and research, and the MRF is pleased to continue fighting this disease in partnership with him,” said Tim Turnham, executive director for the MRF. “Kevin’s commitment and that of his friends help us reach more people across the nation who might not be aware of the risks of UV exposure and dangers associated with melanoma.”As tournament players conclude their rounds, cocktails will be served before a dinner reception and awards presentation. Following the awards ceremony, Kevin will host a joke telling contest in which three celebrity judges will award the funniest joke presented by any interested tournament attendee.If you would like to join Kevin and the MRF at the Celebrity Golf Classic and help advance the goal of finding a cure for melanoma, please contact Emily Lauer-Bader at (202) 742-5901. To learn about sponsorship opportunities, email elauer-bader@melanoma.org.The MRF is grateful for the generous support of the following 2014 event sponsors: Kevin Nealon, City National Bank, Dunkin Donuts, Craig Stern, John W. Carson Foundation, One America and Crackle.last_img read more

Moroccos International Agricultural Show up to 400 K visitors in five

Meknes  – The in Morocco (SIAM) received, in its 9th edition in Meknes, around 400.000 visitors during the first five days, a step on the way of attaining one million visitors by the end of the show on May 3rd, said SIAM organizer Jaouad Chami at a press briefing.“We received on Sunday about 150,000 visitors who flocked to this show, which is has become over the years a must-see African Agriculture event”, he said.The 9th edition will run for 10 days rather than 5. The first 5 days will be opened to professionals while the public will have access to the fair over the remaining period.    Over 29 conferences have been held so far, Chami said, noting that the show is considered as a potential for cooperation between African countries represented at the show.The show surface area was expanded to 172,000 m² which provides a new look to SIAM.Held under the patronage of King Mohammed VI, the 9th edition of the show, in which the European Union (EU) is the guest of honor, includes exhibitions, conferences and B to B meetings and a competition for the 2014 SIAM trophy. read more

Monks Police slammed over incident involving Rohingya refugees

Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said that Rohingya refugees have been in Sri Lanka since 2008 and yet monks were protesting only now. “It is a shameful act and every right-minded citizen of this country especially Buddhists must condemn this action by this so called priests and I also urge the Police to take the strongest possible action against the perpetrators of these crimes against these innocent refugees,” he said. (Colombo Gazette) Senaratne said the monks behaved in a manner which disrespected Buddhism. Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said that cabinet will discuss the incident and look at how such incidents must be addressed in future.Monks from the Sinhale Jathika Balamuluwa led a mob and surrounded a house in Mount Lavinia yesterday where the Rohingya refugees were staying. He also questioned the Police for allowing the monks to threaten the refugees while Police officers looked on. The monks then entered the house with the Police and live streamed the Police taking the refugees out.Some monks were heard threatening the refugees telling them to go back to Myanmar and also accusing the Police of eating from the hands of the Muslim refugees and protecting them.The refugees were taken from the house and placed under protective custody at the Mount Lavinia Police station and from there they were taken to Boosa. Meanwhile, Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera also condemned the incident by a group of “thugs in robes” and urged the Police to take the strongest possible action against the perpetrators.“In fact I condemn these actions not only as the Minister in charge of Media. I am also condemning it as a Buddhist, a Buddhist who is very proud of the fact that Buddhism is a religion of non-violence and compassion,” he said.The Minister said the refugees were rescued at sea by the Sri Lanka Navy in April this year, and were under the care of the UNHCR, waiting to be resettled elsewhere in a third country, the United States or Canada. The Government today slammed the actions of a group of monks and the Police over the incident involving Rohingya refugees at a safe house in Mount Lavinia.Cabinet spokesman Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said that the behavior of the monks was unacceptable. read more

NHL players stay with CBA labour peace set to at least 2022

National Hockey League players have decided not to opt out of the collective bargaining agreement, guaranteeing labour peace until at least 2022.The NHLPA announced its decision Monday just before the deadline to trigger its opt-out clause. Not terminating the CBA is a positive sign that negotiations are progressing toward an extension.Meetings between owners and players have been going on since February and increased in frequency in recent weeks. The league did not opt out of the CBA, with Commissioner Gary Bettman citing momentum and the importance of labour peace overriding the issues owners might have.Players have bigger issues than owners after making significant concessions in the last CBA agreed to in 2013. Escrow payments, health care, Olympic participation and what qualifies as hockey-related revenue are things players have cited as some of their top concerns — many of which could be addressed in a potential extension.___More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/tag/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsStephen Whyno, The Associated Press read more

Finance Minister Joe Oliver vows balanced budget in 2015

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DAVOS, Switzerland – Finance Minister Joe Oliver says he will not budge from his plan to deliver a balanced budget come April, even with the recent decline in crude oil prices.In an interview with The Canadian Press at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Oliver said Thursday he’s rejecting suggestions that a small federal budget deficit would be economically acceptable and he insisted the government won’t return to a deficit.“We do not intend there be a deficit because we feel it’s important to maintain confidence in the Canadian economy, to maintain confidence on the part of investors,” Oliver said.Experts suggest the federal government books will teeter on running another deficit in 2015-16, although the Harper government insists it will meet its commitment to balance the budget.The promise was made years ago and is expected to be a key issue in this year’s federal general election.“We think it’s wrong morally to transfer debt to our children for our current expenses,” Oliver said. “And we want to be in a strong fiscal shape to respond to international shocks.”One those shocks is the price of oil, a key Canadian export.Since last summer, the global price of oil plunged from more than US$100 a barrel to under US$50 a barrel — with the biggest drop coming after the OPEC oil cartel said in late November that it wouldn’t cut output to prop up the price.In November, Oliver warned falling oil prices could cut $2.5 billion per year from the federal books between 2015 and 2019. Since that calculation, the price of crude has tumbled further.Oliver’s comments came a day after the Bank of Canada shocked the business world by dropping a key lending rate by one-quarter of a percentage point in response to the huge decline in crude oil prices since November. Economists had expected the rate to be stable until it was increased sometime this year, although the timing was a matter of debate.The low price of crude is expected to remain for some time and many Canadian oil and gas producers have announced plans to cut back spending by billions of dollars — creating a ripple effect through the entire economy.The finance minister said that he wasn’t aware in advance of the Bank of Canada’s decision to cut its trend setting rate Wednesday to 0.75 per cent, but added he was “not surprised” by the announcement by the central bank and that it had no bearing on his decision to delay the release of the upcoming federal budget.Oliver announced last week he would postpone the release of the 2015 federal budget until April at the earliest.The budget usually comes before the end of the fiscal year on March 31.Despite the criticism from opposition parties, Oliver says the delay will give him more time to analyze the situation.Oliver wouldn’t say if the government would dip into its $3 billion contingency fund to offset the loss of federal revenues from oil, but acknowledged his “flexibility” has decreased as prices have dropped.“We do not intend to cut programs but we must recognize that flexibility has decreased, that’s clear,” Oliver said.He also attempted to mitigate comments by federal Employment Minister Jason Kenney, who suggested the Conservatives would have to consider spending cuts, but predicted they will keep the government’s hands off its contingency fund.“My portfolio is Finance and I am aware of the thoughts (of Mr. Kenney),” Oliver said. “We will not make cuts (in social programs), and we will honour our commitments.”As for the International Monetary Fund’s recent downgrade of its 2015 growth forecast for the Canadian economy, Oliver was not particularly worried.Earlier this week, the IMF said it expected economic growth of 2.3 per cent in Canada in 2015, down from 2.4 per cent in its forecasts issued three months ago. The agency is lowering its overall outlook for global growth.“They only reduced the growth of 0.1 per cent,” Oliver said. “It’s not a big percentage. We will review the projections of 15 private sector economists before the budget and we will make our tax conclusions. “The IMF also decreased its projection for next year’s growth to 2.1 per cent — a drop from the 2.4 per cent forecast it made in October.The Bank of Canada was even more pessimistic in a revised estimate issued Wednesday along with the rate cut. The central bank now estimates 2015 GDP growth will be 2.1 per cent (after dropping to 1.5 per cent in the first half of the year) and 2.4 per cent in 2016. Finance Minister Joe Oliver responds during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on December 10, 2014. Finance Minister Joe Oliver says he will not budge from his plan to deliver a balanced budget come April, even with the recent decline in crude oil prices. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld Finance Minister Joe Oliver vows balanced budget in 2015 by Julien Arsenault, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 22, 2015 5:51 am MDT read more

EYEWITNESS Conniving…

…on MarriottSome folks were puzzled the Muckraker’s still tearing down the Marriott investment even though the PPP Government that built it, has been out of office for two and a half years. Hellooooo!!! If AHI owns the hotel and NICIL owns AHI and the Government owns NICIL, doesn’t the present PNC-led Government own the Marriott? But you see where this is heading, don’t you, dear reader?Most recently, they’ve been harping on the US$27 million debt to Republic Bank that the Government recently started servicing. If the Government hadn’t started servicing the loan – which is like a mortgage, (to all you homeowners out there) – then Republic would’ve been able to sell off the Marriott to recoup its US$27 million. But as you homeowners know, the property, in this case the Marriott, is worth MUCH MORE that the mortgage/loan.The Government doesn’t just have the debt – IT HAS THE PROPERTY!!! So what the Muckraker was angling for was for one of friends pick up this prime piece of real estate dirt cheap!In their latest salvo, the Muckraker revealed as much when they griped that the contract to obtain the Marriott brand by AHI forbid the sale of the hotel to any competing brand!! And we know who wants to pick up the brand, don’t we? Think of that AFC financier who was on the FUCOP committee (Fund for United Candidate for Opposition Presidency) with the Muckraker. And who owns a hotel. Wink…wink…But while the Government hates the PPP guts, it has its own connivers. Even right now, without the critical Entertainment Complex – the Marriott’s clearing its operational expenses. With the Exxon investment coming on stream and investors flocking to Guyana like flies to exposed honey, the Marriott’s worth at least THREE times that US$27 million right now.Quick now…if you were a foreign visitor with big bucks and forced to choose between the Marriott and all the other hotels to rest your head, which one would you choose?So, to the consternation of the Muckraker, the Government’s looking for a PPP arrangement (Public Private Partnership NOT People’s Progressive Party!!) to complete the Entertainment Complex.  As predicted by the PPP when they went out on a limb to complete the Marriott – this will generate much more revenues than needed to service the Republic bank loan.As one director was quoted as saying, the Marriott will then become a CASH COW!!…on corruptionOne owner of a security firm just complained about corruption in contracts being awarded in his sector – in addition to infrastructural projects. He’s not alone – pick a sector, ANY SECTOR, scratch the surface and you’ll see rampant, corruption oozing out.What do you call appointing geriatrics to run (run down?) GuySuCo when in their BEST years, they merely pencil pushers?Let’s not even mention procurement in pharmaceuticals or pharmaceutical warehouses!! The PNC dominated City Council of course, has set such new lows for conniving and corruption it’ll take a most adept limbo dancer to beat them!! The English statesman Lord Acton once famously observed that “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”What this government has done in only two and a half years is to turn Acton on his head by proving that “corruption is power and absolute corruption is absolute power”.But then the PNC had 28 years of practice during their first stint in office, didn’t they?…on scholarshipsAfter the outcry following two sitting Ministers (with their mega-salaries) and all kinds of insiders being awarded Government scholarships, a named panel was established to screen online applicants. But not who’ll make the final cut.Could we at least get the names of new 500+ scholarships awardees? Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGovt, Princess Casino collude to quash Marriott Casino tenders – JagdeoJune 9, 2019In “Business”Marriott Hotel was not ‘pawned’ – AHI rubbishes newspaper articleDecember 2, 2014In “Business”‘Pegasus Hotel will be affected by Marriott’ – AFC’s GaskinJune 2, 2014In “Politics” read more

An iPhone 5S motherboard image leaks complete with quadcore A7 processor

first_imgIt is widely expected that Apple will refresh its iPhone line-up later this year with the introduction of the iPhone 5S. We aren’t expecting much of a change between the iPhone 5 and 5S in terms of how it looks. That’s based on the fact Apple doesn’t seem to be investing much at the moment in new production equipment, meaning not much in the way of new hardware features. With that being the case, Apple will be focused on upgrading the components inside the handset.The image you see above is thought to be a leaked shot of the motherboard that will ship inside the iPhone 5S. As usual, this has come from an unknown source that website iOSDoc trusts along with a few details of what we can expect with the refresh in terms of software updates.Apparently, that A7 processor you see in the image is a quad-core chip that will be clocked at 1.2GHz. Although the A6 inside the iPhone 5 runs slightly faster at 1.3GHz, it’s only a dual-core chip so the A7 should offer noticeable performance gains and allow the smartphone to just do more. The GPU is expected to be switched out for the quad-core PowerVR SGX554MP4, which is used in the 4th-gen iPad. There’s also expected to be 2GB of dual-channel LPDDR2-1066 RAM on board instead of the 1GB the iPhone 5 currently uses. Again, that should allow more headroom for the software and apps you want to run on the phone.With new hardware also comes some software updates and usually a few surprises from Apple. The introduction of the iPhone 5S is expected to include iOS 7 rolled out alongside an updated version of Siri.All that new hardware means there’s bound to be significantly more draw on the battery. Apple will have to counter that either with a more aggressive battery management system, or by managing to squeeze a larger battery inside the case.last_img read more

Why are more and more Irish charities not publishing their financial information

first_img Share497 Tweet Email4 Feb 13th 2018, 7:01 AM Tuesday 13 Feb 2018, 7:00 AM Read: Could an underground Dart solve Dublin’s traffic gridlock? It’s being considered> By Patricia Quinn Short URL 3,741 Views Why are more and more Irish charities not publishing their financial information? ‘How can charities ask us to trust them more, when they tell us less?’, writes Patricia Quinn. center_img Patricia Quinn https://jrnl.ie/3829749 MORE IRISH CHARITIES are not publishing detailed financial information about the sources of their revenue, and what they’re spending it on.While large companies (more than 50 employees, more than €12m in turnover) must file their financial statements in full, smaller companies can avail of a size exemption, permitting the accounts to be filed as “abridged”.This means that while they must produce a directors and auditors’ report, balance sheet and notes – no information about income and expenditure during the year has to be provided.Due to a recent change in the Companies Act, Irish nonprofit companies – including thousands of social enterprises and charities – can now avail of this exemption and they are doing so in steadily increasing numbers.In 2016 – the year when companies limited by guarantee were first able to avail of the size exemption – the percentage of registered charities availing of the exemption was 24%. In 2017, the number grew to 32%.Concerning trend The organisations concerned cover a wide spectrum, some receiving substantial funding from government and from the public. They include nonprofits working in community development, culture, education, health and social services.This is a trend that should be of concern to anyone interested in the question of public trust in charities.Why do some charities avoid publishing financial information about their revenues, and what they’re spending them on? These are matters which, survey after survey tells us, are of keen interest to the public.How can charities ask us to trust them more, when they tell us less?Given the extent of regulation in place, it is perplexing that the authorities that fund charities and regulate them haven’t been able to apply common standards that recognise the public interest in this information.A regulatory paradox In fact, an unfortunate and surely unintended consequence of regulatory provisions combine to keep this information out of public view.Government funders – who according to Benefacts analysis provide service fees or grants totalling more than €5.3billion to about 2,700 Irish nonprofits – have very strict requirements about what must be provided in the financial reports of organisations receiving public funds. But there is no stipulation that these accounts are to be shared with the public, just that they be provided to the government funder.As a result, hundreds of nonprofits are able, perfectly legitimately, to file a full set of accounts with their government funder or funders, and an abridged set of accounts with the Companies Registration Office (CRO). Source: Shutterstock/TheaDesignIn addition, the Regulator of Charities is unable to require charities that are incorporated as companies to attach accounts to their annual return, because under the Charities Act, 2009, companies that are charities are explicitly excused from having to file their accounts with the Charities Regulator because they already file them with … the CRO.These disclosure trends have come to light thanks to the work of Benefacts, which is funded by Government and philanthropies to make the work of Irish nonprofits more accessible and more transparent.It has uncovered these trends because a team of financial analysts opens all of the financial statements filed by nonprofit companies each year with the CRO, digitises their contents and incorporates them into a database which is a unique source of free public information on the entire nonprofit sector, updated daily.This is how, for the first time, disclosure trends based on real numbers – not estimates – have been published.Where do charities’ best interests lie?The good news is that while nearly one third of charities are choosing to limit their public disclosures, the leaders of major fundraising charities who are the members of the Charities Institute of Ireland are doing everything they can to promote greater and more transparent voluntary disclosure through the adoption of best practice – and highly transparent – charity reporting standards.So most of the nonprofit directors and charity trustees who are sitting around boardroom tables in the coming weeks have a decision to make.As they review the results for 2017, they need to consider whether they want to recommend to their members that the accounts be filed in full. The law (and their auditors) says they don’t have to, but a wider sense of their responsibility to stakeholders might tell them otherwise.Patricia Quinn is the founder and managing director of Benefacts, a social enterprise established in 2014 to promote the transparency and accessibility of Irish nonprofits and their work. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 70 Comments Managing director of Benefacts last_img read more

Google La reconnaissance faciale sinstalle sur le réseau social

first_imgGoogle + : La reconnaissance faciale s’installe sur le réseau socialGoogle + s’inspire une nouvelle fois de Facebook avec l’arrivée d’une nouvelle fonctionnalité : la reconnaissance faciale. Lancée vendredi, elle n’est pas automatiquement intégrée comme c’est le cas pour le réseau social de Mark Zuckerberg, mais proposée en option aux membres du site communautaire du géant de Mountain View.Les membres de Google + ont désormais la possibilité d’identifier les personnes apparaissant sur les photos publiées sur le réseau social grâce à un système de reconnaissance faciale. Une fonctionnalité proposée depuis un moment par Facebook. Mais si ce dernier l’avait activée par défaut, suscitant alors la colère de nombreux internautes, ce n’est pas le cas de Google +, qui tient à préciser que cet outil de reconnaissance faciale est optionnel.À lire aussiGoogle coupe les ponts avec Huawei : ce que risquent les utilisateurs d’Android”En activant la fonction ‘Find My Face’, Google + peut pousser les gens qui vous connaissent à vous identifier quand votre visage apparaît en photo”, se félicite sur le réseau social (lien non disponible) Matt Steiner, un ingénieur de la firme de Mountain View. En laissant aux internautes le choix d’activer ou non cette fonctionnalité, Google prouve qu’il sait tirer les leçons des erreurs de son rival.L’arrivée de la reconnaissance faciale sur Google + n’est pas une surprise. En juillet dernier, le géant de la recherche sur Internet s’est offert la société PittPatt, spécialiste du domaine. Il fallait donc s’attendre à la voir débarquer rapidement sur le réseau social qui se rêve aussi populaire que Facebook.Le 13 décembre 2011 à 12:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

CONSTITUTIONAL REVIEW REPORT COMES AHEAD OF JMC IN LONDON

first_img Related Items:british overseas territories, Constitutional Review Committee, foreign commonwealth office, joint ministral council, peter beckingham, rufus ewing Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp NEW CHAIRMAN, PNP keeps Ewing Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 27 Nov 2014 – Government will today present to media the findings contained within the report of the Constitutional Review Committee. A press conference is planned for this afternoon. The information comes just before the Premier is due to head off to London for the JMC or the Joint Ministerial Council for British Overseas Territories on December 1-4, 2014. Hon Dr. Rufus Ewing and Govenor, HE Peter Beckingham will both attend. It is believed the Premier will use this JMC as an opportunity to share the views of islanders with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on the 2011 version of the Constitution, perhaps even talk of independence will come up. MM is also told the country’s Tourism Minister is seriously exploring opening a significant presence for the TCI in London. PNP Convention Feb 19 Weekend; South Caicos woman announces at large interest Coming budget proposes police recruitment and aerial surveillance, says Premierlast_img read more

Amnesia Brewing to move headquarters to Washougal

first_imgAmnesia Brewing on Thursday announced on Facebook that it has sold its Portland operations and will be moving the rest of its operations to its Washougal site at 1834 Main St.The brewery opened in Washougal last year, an expansion into larger space to accommodate a bigger production facility. The Washougal brewery is located in an early 1900s brick storefront that most recently housed a pawn shop and has been renovated to include a tasting room and pub in addition to the brew house.Washougal’s economic development boosters have said the new brewery business validates revitalization efforts in the city’s downtown core.last_img

Spotify Taps Condé Nasts Dawn Ostroff as Chief Content Officer People on

first_imgTheresa DiMasiTheresa DiMasi has announced her departure from her role as VP head of content and editor-in-chief of Weight Watchers, saying that it was “time for a change.” During DiMasi’s tenure with the brand, she headed content for Weight Watchers digital platforms, as well as its print magazines and books, and was responsible for creating the editorial content vision across both U.S. and international markets.Prior to this role, DiMasi served as the founding editor-in-chief of Brides.com, and before that as managing editor of Epicurious.com, Concierge.com, Style.com, MenStyle.com, and YM.com, earning eight Webby awards within three years. Weight Watchers has not yet announced her successor.Hearst has tapped Beth Buehler as VP of operations, a new role at the company. Buehler was one of a handful of execs to join Hearst through its acquisition of Rodale, where she had served as COO since 2016. Buehler’s initial role at Hearst was ambiguous; an announcement shortly after the Rodale acquisition was finalized stated only that she would oversee “strategic integration as the companies are brought together.”Starting next week, Buehler will report to Hearst Corp. COO Mark Aldam, who said in a statement that “Beth’s experience leading operations and strategy across business functions will be instrumental in our efforts to colalborate more effectively … and bring more value to each of our operating teams.”Larry MlawskiTrusted Media Brands has tapped Larry Mlawski for the new role of VP, revenue operations, starting on July 3. He will report directly to CFO Zach Friedman and will be based in New York City.Mlawski most recently held the title of global programmatic partnerships and operations lead at Linkedin where he was responsible for guiding the process, revenue and delivery programs for the global advertising display business. Friedman says that Mlawski will bring “tremendous experience to the team, especially in his ability and knowledge of using audience based products and platforms to drive revenue growth.” The new owners of Turf magazine, Group C Media, Inc., have announced plans to relaunch the B2B publication and have made two editorial hires in order to lead the project. Ronnie Hall is rejoining the publication in his former role of editor-at-large and Dan Ulrich was made publisher of Turf/LawnSite Network. Being reintroduced as a special supplement in the October 2018 issue of Facility Executive magazine, Turf is set for an expansion into a standalone quarterly print publication in 2019. Ronnie HallHall has over three decades of experience in editorial work at green industry B2B publications, including serving as editor-at-large and editor-in-chief of Turf, and before that holding various editorial positions at Landscape Management, Lawn Care Industry and Athletic Turf.Ulrich comes from LawnSite Network where he held the role of senior brand manager. In his new role, he will take charge of shaping the print and digital direction of Turf, as well as developing new initiatives and working with clients to provide marketing solutions.Jada Gomez was tapped as executive editor of Bustle, where she will oversee lifestyle, books and entertainment. Starting July 9, she will report to managing editor Amanda Chan. Gomez is joining the brand from Cassius where she served as deputy editor in charge of managing daily editorial coverage of entertainment and pop culture.  Music media publisher Future has made two editorial appointments to its Guitar World and Guitar Player publications this week. Damian Fanelli was promoted to editor of Guitar World from his position as online managing editor, where he was responsible for growing the brand’s Facebook following from 68,000 to over one million in just over a year. Christopher Scapelliti is taking on the role of editor of Guitar Player, and will be responsible for revamping the magazine’s content and design by including artist features, in-depth tutorials and more exploration of guitar equipment. Lauretta CharltonThe New Yorker’s Lauretta Charlton is leaving her post as assistant news editor to join the New York Times as editor of the Race/Related team, which works across departments to cover issues involving race. In her former role, Charlton helped to develop and lead features such as The Current, The New Yorker Recommends, and the Listening Booth.Jessica Sabbath was promoted to managing editor of Virginia Business, succeeding Paula Squires who retired earlier this year. Having been with the magazine since 2006, Sabbath most recently served as senior editor and before that as special projects editor. Steve Walsh was appointed as managing editor of CoStar, a B2B real estate news operation, this week, and will share editorial duties with Tim Trainor, who was the former leader of CoStar’s news operation until April. Walsh joins the brand from CQ Roll Call where he was a securities editor.Bloomberg News has made several recent editorial hires to its economics team: Shawn Donnan is joining the team in August as a senior reporter covering world trade and globalization. Jenny Leonard started last month with Bloomberg as a trade reporter in Washington.Chang Shu is taking on the position of chief Asia economist.Tim Mahedy was tapped as an economist covering U.S. and Canada.Simone Stolzoff started as a tech reporter for Quartz in San Francisco this week. He will be tasked with covering automation, tech ethics and the culture of Silicon Valley.Bankrate.com’s chief content officer, Lou Ferrara was named chief creative and content officer of Circa.Joe Keohane joined Medium as a features editor this week where he will edit longform features, essays and more.Michael Cahill was appointed to head of audience for Inverse from his position of growth strategy and operations at Greatist. Dawn OstroffCondé Nast Entertainment’s Dawn Ostroff is leaving her post as president and is heading to Spotify to take on the role of chief content officer. In her new position, Ostroff will lead Spotify’s content partnerships across multiple platforms including music, audio and video, and will oversee several departments in their dealings of editorial, video, creator services and content operations. Ostroff is succeeding Stefan Blom who departed in January.Having been with CNE since its launch in 2011, Ostroff was responsible for guiding the publisher’s 19 brands as they expanded into film, television and in new aspects of digital media. Prior to Condé, she held the served as president at the CW, where she lead a primetime slate responsible for programs like “Gossip Girl,” “One Tree Hill” and other popular titles. Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move…last_img read more

Gold prices continue on downward spiral

first_imgGold prices have declined for the second consecutive week since November 9 as they are now down by 7.4 percent. Silver has also seen a slump in price as it has gone down by 8.17 percent.The trend is unusual for jewellery sector this time of the year as India, the world’s second biggest consumer of gold, usually sees a surge in prices due to the demand during peak wedding season.However, the main reason for the price fluctuation can be traced to the Narendra Modi government’s announcement to ban high-value currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000.Both, gold and silver, witnessed a slight surge in prices on November 9, a day after the announcement of the currency ban, increasing from Rs 43,850 to Rs 45,000 and from Rs 30,850 to Rs 31,750, respectively.This has been correlated to the sudden surge of customers who were exchanging their illegal notes with jewellers, albeit at a premium favouring the jewellery merchants. But the government was quick to plug such leakage as it made it mandatory to submit PAN details for buying jewellery to restrict conversion of black money to white. Notices were also sent from the excise department to about 600 jewellers in the country.While the share price of Titan was down 3.25 percent to trade at Rs 306.95, it was up by around 4.83 percent for Gitanjali Gems, which was trading at Rs 55.30 at National Stock Exchange on Monday. Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri was trading 0.24 per cent up at Rs 61.40 at NSE.last_img read more