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CM must stop five-star campaign, return to Mumbai: Nana Patole

first_imgThe Opposition on Sunday criticised Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for continuing with his political campaign despite many parts of the State being flooded due to incessant rains. State Congress campaign committee chief and former MP Nana Patole asked Mr. Fadnavis to return to Mumbai and control the situation, warning that if he failed to do so, Congress workers would storm into Mantralaya and take charge of the disaster control room.“At a time when many parts of Maharashtra are facing risk from floods, Mr. Fadnavis is busy in his five-star political campaign using public money. The State machinery is busy hosting the CM at various places, and as a result, citizens are living in constant fear of losing everything to the floods. The Chief Minister should have handled the flood situation instead of going on a political campaign,” he said.Mr. Patole said Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, Nashik, Navi Mumbai, Raigad, Sangli, Kolhapur and Pune are in grave danger owing to rising river water levels. “The State government should immediately call it a natural calamity and sufferers should be distributed relief money through State Disaster Relief Fund,” he said, adding that a Congress delegation will be visiting the Chief Secretary on Monday.Leader of Opposition in the Council and Nationalist Congress Party leader Dhananjay Munde, too, censured Mr. Fadnavis, calling his political campaign insensitive. “Who will save the people of Maharashtra? The ruling party is busy organising tours and campaigns with an eye on election. The administration is being run through tours,” he said. The government, however, said the CM and Chief Secretary are monitoring the situation and relief operations. “Directions have been issued to district collector offices to ensure relief operations are conducted wherever needed. The district administration has been given the powers to take decisions. We are monitoring everything and the CM is being informed of every action,” said an official from the Chief Minister’s Office.last_img read more

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Rondina says ‘no one to blame but ourselves’ amid losing skid

first_imgUST’s loss to UP was the first time that Rondina got outscored with Diana Carlos and Isa Molde’s 32 and 24-point outputs eclipsing the Golden Tigress’ 23.And Rondina knows she didn’t play up to her level against the Lady Maroons.“I’m also mad at myself, I committed so many mistakes,” said Rondina who went 23-of-57 in her spike attempts. “We really threw the game and we weren’t able to recover quickly enough to give ourselves a chance to win.”UST’s conundrum started as early as the first set when they held a 19-10 lead but allowed UP to come back and force the set to go into the 30s.And although the Lady Maroons flunked in the first set, they eventually built the foundation that allowed them to keep the Golden Tigresses at bay until the final point.ADVERTISEMENT Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Golden Tigresses have yet to win back-to-back games in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament, but they’ve already registered two straight defeats after losing to National University and University of the Philippines.Cherry Rondina knows, though, that there’s no one to blame for that terrible standing and inconsistent showing so far but the Golden Tigresses themselves.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We talked how we can fix our problems, there’s no one to blame but us,” said Rondina in Filipino. “The coaches fought for us, now it’s up to us to keep fighting.”After their 31-33, 25-23, 25-16, 25-12 loss to the Maroons on Wednesday, the Golden Tigresses dropped a 2-4 record but remained at fourth place thanks to a three-way logjam at the second spot. AFP official booed out of forum University of Santo Tomas’ contender status is slowly falling apart.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Rondina added that there’s nothing to go but up for them and she vowed that UST will recover.“We haven’t lost hope and I told them every time we’ll go into battle we should’ve the mindset that we will win,” said Rondina. “I can say this, and I can be proud of this, that my teammates and I can win.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Haruna, Gaco carry Go for Gold past pesky Batangas-EAC Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus View commentslast_img read more

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SPORT-WT20-DILSHAN 2LT(SPB7)

first_imgThe senior cricketer said that the team will use its The senior cricketer said that the team will use its experience of playing in India, including in IPL, to defend the World T20 title.”We came here to win the World Cup. We have come to play good cricket, starting from tomorrow (when Sri Lanka take on New Zealand in a warm up match at the Wankhede Stadium here). We have a lot of experience (playing in India), playing in IPL and other tournaments as well.”Just before this World (T20) Cup we played three T20s against India which is good for the youngsters who are coming for the first or second time. We know how to adjust to wickets, conditions,” he added.On his former captain and teammate Mahela Jayawardanes new role as Englands batting coach he said, “This is not the first time (such a thing is happening). (Chaminda) Vaas is coaching Bangladesh. That is the part of their life. I dont think anything for us.” On the chances of him bowling off breaks in the tournament, he said he will try and bowl three overs after discussing with captain Angelo Mathews.”Then the team can have more balance,” he said. PTI NRB SSR RSY CM CM BASlast_img read more

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Iowa Releases “See You In Pasadena” Rose Bowl Hype Video

first_imgAn exterior view of the Rose BowlRose BowlIt has been 25 years since Iowa last played in the Rose Bowl. The Hawkeyes will be back in Pasadena Jan. 1 to take on Stanford.Iowa fans are justifiably excited for the occasion, even if their team narrowly missed out on the College Football Playoff. This weekend, the Hawkeyes dropped a very cool “See You in Pasadena” hype video for the game, featuring highlights from this season and homage to the program’s past Rose Bowl squads.  Smelling roses #Hawkeyes @rosebowlgame https://t.co/JfihBC86PR— Hawkeye Football (@HawkeyeFootball) December 12, 2015Hawkeye fans, are you ready yet?last_img read more

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Traffic Advisory Cumberland Co Highway 104 Cobequid Pass

first_imgMotorists are advised that both sides of the Cobequid Pass are blocked with vehicles trying to get up the hill to the toll plaza. Tractor trailors are blocking the approaches to the toll plaza on either side, preventing other vehicles from proceeding. Motorists should expect delays and are asked to take a different route. Transportation staff on on the scene to help remove the vehicles.Empty, high-sided vehicles are encouraged to take Trunk 4 due to high winds. Check 511 for updates. -30-last_img read more

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Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img LUNENBURG COUNTY: Varner Bridge Work is underway on a new bridge beside the existing Varner Bridge on Route 208 near New Germany. The bridge is open during construction, but there may be occasional, brief closures during normal construction activities. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. The new two-lane bridge will be completed this year. INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 4 – Port Hastings Rotary Starting Monday, March 4, Trunk 4 at the Port Hastings Rotary will have partial lane closures during the installation of an overhead sign. The work will last until the end of March. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge is closed until further notice for repairs. A detour is available via Crowdis Cross Road, West Big Interval Road and Hatchery Road. PICTOU COUNTY: Bridge Work, Brookville Road Work is taking place on two bridges over McLellans Brook on Brookville Road in Pictou County so vehicles can carry oversized loads of wind turbine components to Irish Mountain. Work has begun on the bridge near the intersection of Brook Road. It will continue to have two-lane traffic, but delays are possible. Work on the bridge near the intersection of Willard Fraser Road has begun. Traffic will be limited to one-lane and controlled by traffic signals. Work on both bridges will be finished by Sunday, March 15. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Eddy Road Eddy Road to Fort Lawrence, near Amherst, is closed until further notice. COLCHESTER/HANTS COUNTIES: Highway 102, Shubenacadie River Construction is taking place on Highway 102 at the bridges over the Shubenacadie River until September. Traffic is moving in both directions, however drivers are urged to travel with extra caution in the area. VICTORIA COUNTY: Gillis Bridge Gillis Bridge on North Branch Road, just past Uisge Ban (USH-AK BAHN) Falls Provincial Park, is closed until further notice. Access to the park is not affected. -30- GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge, on Route 344 at Middle Melford, is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. KINGS COUNTY: Whitman Bridge Whitman Bridge, on Whitman Road between Maple Avenue and Ward Road in Aylesford, is closed for repairs until further notice. The detour route is Maple Avenue, Victoria Road, and Ward Road. DIGBY COUNTY: Melanson Mills Bridge Melanson Mills Bridge on Marc Comeau Road is closed until further notice to replace the deck. A detour route is in place. NEW WORK INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction. CONTINUING WORKlast_img read more

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Déclaration du ministre Zach Churchill

first_imgAujourd’hui 26 mars, la Commission sur l’intégration dans l’éducation a publié son rapport intitulé « Nos élèves, notre avenir ». Il s’agit de la première fois en vingt ans que le modèle de l’intégration dans les salles de classe est évalué. Le rapport est réfléchi et complet, et il démontre clairement que les membres de la commission s’étaient engagés à trouver un modèle d’intégration qui accorde la priorité aux élèves. Tout comme les membres de la commission, le gouvernement s’est engagé entièrement à adopter une approche axée sur les élèves envers l’éducation, ainsi qu’un modèle d’intégration dans les salles de classe qui est efficace. La commission a souligné que nous devons adopter une approche basée sur les besoins pour pouvoir offrir un modèle qui favorise réellement l’intégration dans l’éducation. Dans le cadre de ce modèle, nous offrirons un plus grand soutien et davantage de perfectionnement professionnel aux éducateurs et du financement supplémentaire pour les spécialistes en matière de comportement, de santé et d’éducation afin d’aider les élèves et les enseignants. La commission nous a demandé de travailler avec nos partenaires dans le système d’éducation et au sein du gouvernement pour unifier notre système et notre approche afin d’assurer la réussite de tous nos élèves, peu importe leurs besoins. Nous acceptons les grands objectifs du rapport et nous devons maintenant collaborer avec nos partenaires pour examiner les recommandations de plus près et mettre en place des changements d’ici septembre. Notre travail a commencé par le programme de prématernelle, qui donne aux éducatrices de la petite enfance une occasion de déterminer quels enfants ont besoin de soutien et quelles mesures de soutien sont nécessaires avant le début de la vie scolaire des enfants. Nous adopterons également les recommandations du rapport de Mme Avis Glaze intitulé « Relever la barre » qui offre un plan pour des bases plus solides sur lesquelles on peut miser pour apporter d’autres changements proposés par la Commission pour l’intégration dans l’éducation et le Conseil pour l’amélioration des conditions en salle de classe, au profit de tous les élèves. Le rapport de la commission et le rapport de Mme Glaze mettent le système d’éducation au défi de s’unifier pour atteindre un objectif unique, soit d’aider tous les enfants à réussir, peu importe où ils sont dans la province et peu importe leurs besoins. Le gouvernement a prévu 15 millions de dollars dans le budget de cette année pour créer un nouveau modèle d’intégration dans l’éducation afin d’appuyer les nombreux changements qui sont en cours. Nous allons maintenant lire le rapport plus attentivement et nous collaborerons avec nos partenaires du Syndicat des enseignants de la Nouvelle-Écosse et au sein du gouvernement, y compris le comité sur les programmes et les services d’éducation spéciale, les directeurs généraux des écoles, les directeurs d’école et le Conseil pour l’amélioration des conditions en salle de classe afin de déterminer les prochaines étapes. Je remercie sincèrement la Dre Sarah Shea, Monica Williams et Adela NJie pour leur travail ardu, leur professionnalisme et leur expertise sur cette question sensible et importante qui touche la vie des élèves et de leurs familles. -30-last_img read more

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US consumer confidence tumbles in December

first_imgWASHINGTON — U.S. consumer confidence tumbled this month as Americans began to worry that economic growth will moderate next year. But consumer spirits are still high by historic standards.The Conference Board, a business research group, says its consumer confidence index fell to 128.1 in December, down from 136.4 in November and lowest since July.The index measures consumers’ assessment of current economic conditions and their outlook for the next six months. Both fell in December. Consumers’ expectations for the future dropped to the lowest level in more than two years.The U.S. economy is healthy. Unemployment is the lowest in nearly five decades. But the Federal Reserve has gradually been raising interest rates, financial markets have been volatile and global growth is slowing.Paul Wiseman, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Oil sands giants granted more time for cleanup after missing targets

EDMONTON — Alberta’s energy industry has found that cleaning up oil sands tailings is much harder than it thought.The province’s energy regulator says all oil sands companies affected by tailings reduction rules missed what were supposed to be legally binding targets — some by wide margins. All were given extra years to meet reductions that should have been done by now.[np_storybar title=”Tight oil helps Alberta solidify energy superpower status” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2013/06/06/alberta-tight-oil-solidifies-superpower-status/?__lsa=6fe6-6eed”%5DWhile the oil sands grab all the headlines, conventional oil from Alberta is also likely to emerge as a strong contributor, cementing the province’s position as an energy — albeit landlocked — superpower, leaving other provinces in the dust. Read more. [/np_storybar]“It’s tougher than they thought,” Terry Abel of the Energy Resources Conservation Board said Tuesday. “It’s tougher than we thought, too.”Reclaiming mine tailings has been one of the industry’s major environmental challenges. Much of that waste material is composed of particles so fine they take years or even decades to settle out of tailings ponds. Without a way to hasten the process, oil sands tailings ponds have grown from 50 square kilometres in 2006 to 176 square kilometres now.In 2009, the board released regulations that were developed in consultation with industry and were designed to force energy companies to produce fewer tailings. By this year, operators were supposed to be removing at least half of those fine particles from their waste water and storing them so that they’d be firm enough to support a vehicle within a year.But a recent report, which covers up to the end of 2012, found that none of the four licensed operators that so far come under the regulation was on track to meet that goal.Suncor, supposed to be removing 30% of its particles, was capturing 8.5% of them. Syncrude’s Mildred Lake project was removing 8.8% of the 12% required — although it exceeded targets in previous years.Shell’s Muskeg River and Jackpine projects, on the hook for 23.5 and 15.5% removals respectively, were at 8.8% and zero.Five other oil sands licensees are either not yet producing or haven’t been producing long enough to be required to report their removals.The energy conservation board has given most operators, including those who aren’t yet reporting, until the end of 2015 to meet the 50% guideline.Some, such as Imperial Oil’s Kearl and Shell’s Muskeg River projects, have until 2016. Canadian Natural Resouces Ltd. gets until 2017.New, unproven technologies just aren’t up to speed yet, said Abel.Some operators, such as Suncor, hoped to dry thin layers of tailings in the sun, but have found the weather unco-operative.“(Our system) is still a relatively new technology in the early stages of development and commercialization,” said spokeswoman Sneh Setal. “Since the first trial back in 2008, we’ve learned a great deal about the practical challenges of implementing (it) on a commercial scale.”Syncrude had reliability problems with a tailings facility that prevented it from meeting its 2012 targets, said spokeswoman Cheryl Robb.“We’re pretty proud of the plan we’ve put together,” Robb said. “We recognize we have more work to do.”Companies have promised to catch up by removing a higher percentage of particles in future years. But the board notes that the longer the wait, the harder the catch-up.“Delaying the previously approved annual fines capture will make achieving the required cumulative fines capture in later years much more difficult,” says its analysis of the plan from Canadian Natural Resources.No enforcement has been taken against any of the companies. Abel said operators have been working hard to meet the goals, collaborating on best practices and spending billions on tailings reductions.“The big issue is that despite all of those efforts, they’re running into problems making that work within those complex operations,” Abel said. “We found that both they and ourselves were probably aggressive in setting those targets and believing we could get those performances as quickly as we were hoping.”Enforcement is a possibility if operators still aren’t meeting their goals after the next report, expected in two years.“We fully expect … if they don’t make progress on those operations, we’ll take action against them in the future,” said Abel.That’s not good enough, said Jennifer Grant of the Pembina Institute, a think-tank focused on developing innovative sustainable energy solutions.She points out that the board had already allowed operators some flexibility on deadlines, even though regulations were written with industry input.“There’s been a real shift in terms of that original thinking and what we’re seeing today.”Grant suggested there are many new tailings technologies available and answers are probably nearer than industry suggests.“I don’t think addressing tailings is an insurmountable technical challenge. Operators could meet the tailings directive. It’s really a question of whether they’ll be forced to.” read more

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Brocks Wellness Day recognized with award

Brock University has been awarded a certificate of merit in Canada’s Healthy Workplace Month 2012 in the best practices category for its annual staff Wellness Day.The University was one of five workplaces with more than 500 employees recognized in the competition sponsored by Canada’s Healthy Workplace Month, a year-round program that encourages workplaces to promote healthy practices throughout the year.Winners are chosen based on the quality of the submission, creativity, uniqueness and staff involvement.Brock’s Wellness Day is organized by Environment, Health and Safety and the Brock Wellness Committee.Brock’s submission to the competition will be featured on the Canada’s Healthy Workplace Month website until October 2013. read more

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Man treated for smoke inhalation in Hamilton house fire

One person has been treated for smoke inhalation following a house fire in Hamilton’s Gibson neighbourhood.Firefighters were called to a home at Sanford Ave. and Barton St. E around 8 p.m. Wednesday.Officials say the blaze started in the kitchen.It quickly spread to the attic and damaged part of a neighbouring home.Firefighters found evidence of hoarding inside the home and it was declared uninhabitable.

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Genivar says its global expansion wont be hampered by Quebec corruption cloud

MONTREAL – Genivar Inc. says ambitious plans to expand its engineering and construction consulting business won’t be hampered by the corruption cloud that’s hanging over Quebec’s construction industry.Chief executive Pierre Shoiry said Thursday that he welcomes efforts by the provincially-appointed Charbonneau commission to help remove the negative public perception that hangs over the industry.“Anything that the government can do to improve the perception of the public and the confidence of the public towards our industry, I support totally,” he said after the company’s annual meeting.The inquiry, which was formally launched this week and begins hearings next month, was called to examine alleged links with criminal groups and corruption.Shoiry said Genivar (TSX:GNV) hasn’t been called upon to testify and has taken all the appropriate measures to ensure its employees “work in an ethical way and according to the laws.”While the inquiry is expected to expose problems for the Quebec industry, Genivar said the information shouldn’t scare off potential acquisition targets from joining the company.“The people appreciate what they see at Genivar. We’ve had so far over 50 acquisitions since the IPO and I’d say right now our best references are the acquisitions that we’ve made.”The Montreal-based engineering and construction consultant wants to boost its annual revenues to $1.5 billion within three years, primarily through acquisitions in Canada and around the world.That would boost its workforce of 5,500 to nearly 14,000, including half from outside Canada.Its efforts have attracted the financial support Canada’s two largest pension fund managers. The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec have each acquired a 10 per cent stake in Genivar for $80 million.In 2011, Genivar added 10 companies and earned $50 million on $651.9 million of revenues.Earlier this month, Genivar missed expectations again by reporting that its earnings in the first quarter fell to $10.1 million on higher acquisition-fuelled revenues.Meanwhile, Shoiry said Genivar hasn’t won contracts at the expense of its larger rival SNC-Lavalin (TSX:SNC), whose reputation has been tarnished by a police investigation and the discovery of $56 million of undocumented payments.“We’ve never counted on problems with other firms to grow our business,” he said, noting that Genivar’s business model is different since it doesn’t do construction.It is a “pure play design firm” with a low-risk model.“You’ll never hit a home run but you’ll never wipe out either,” Shoiry added.After an independent SNC investigation issued a series of recommendations to improve its internal controls, Genivar said it examined its own policies and found they fully complied.Genivar expects its Canadian operations will grow by 10 to 15 per cent through organic sales and acquisitions over the next few years.It is targeting Atlantic Canada, Western Canada and Ontario to further reduce its dependence on Quebec. Its home province accounts for 47 per cent of revenues, down from 90 per cent when it went public in 2006.It is also targeting opportunities in industrialized countries such as the United States, France and Commonwealth countries such as Australia and Britain.“We’re looking for industrialized countries that have similar industry models than we have here in Canada and we believe that right now there are good opportunities to do this global expansion,” he said.Some markets have become depressed, presenting opportunities to buy reputable firms.It has no interest in Eastern Europe, Portugal or Spain.“Our strategy has never been to look at turnaround companies or bad companies, we’re looking for good companies and obviously in our international strategy we’re looking for bigger acquisitions.”The recent acquisition of a Colombian firm with about 400 employees is a good model of its expansion plans.It is targeting companies in emerging markets that have geopolitical stability but doesn’t want these investments to generate more than 10 per cent of overall revenues.“Right now our main focus is some emerging markets but mostly industrialized countries.”On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Genivar shares fell six cents at $24.13 in Thursday trading. Genivar says its global expansion won’t be hampered by Quebec corruption cloud AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted May 24, 2012 5:00 pm MDT read more

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Microsoft firstquarter profit falls 22 per cent ahead of Windows 8 launch

Microsoft first-quarter profit falls 22 per cent ahead of Windows 8 launch by News Staff Posted Nov 2, 2012 6:28 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Microsoft Corp.’s net income fell 22 per cent in the latest quarter as it deferred revenue from the sale of its upcoming Windows 8 operating system to PC makers — and as PC sales in general took a dive.The economic troubles in Europe also weighed on results, which missed Wall Street expectations.The software company said Thursday that net income was $4.47 billion, or 53 cents per share, in the fiscal first quarter, which ended Sept. 30. That was down from $5.7 billion, or 68 cents per share, a year ago.Analysts were on average expecting 56 cents per share, according to FactSet.Revenue fell 8 per cent to $16 billion, missing the average analyst estimate of $16.5 billion.Microsoft’s stock initially fell more than 3 per cent in extended trading after the release of the results but recovered to $29.04, which was 46 cents, or 1.5 per cent, below its price at the close of regular trading.Analyst Collin Gillis at BGC Financial said executives reassured investors on a conference call, noting that trends in Microsoft’s Server and Tools business, which has been the fastest-growing division, were better than they appeared at first glance.That division makes software for servers and software developers, and is moving from licensing it out program by program to striking multi-year licensing deals. That’s curbing the growth rate for now but sets the company up for better performance in the future, Gillis said.Analysis of the Windows results were complicated by the deferral of $783 million in license fees for PCs pre-loaded with Windows 8. Microsoft, which is based in Redmond, Wash., can’t recognize the revenue until the units go on sale on Oct. 26.It also deferred $384 million in license fees from PCs that shipped with Windows 7 but are eligible for a $15 upgrade to Windows 8, and $189 million for the PCs that shipped with the new version of Office or are eligible for an upgrade.Excluding those deferrals and other adjustments, net income was $6.66 billion, or 65 cents per share, down 7 per cent from last year. Revenue was flat with last year’s figure at $17.3 billion.Excluding the deferrals, revenue for the Windows division fell 9 per cent from a year ago, roughly in line with the decline in global PC shipments in the third quarter reported by research firms Gartner and IDC. Consumers held off buying PCs ahead of Windows 8 and probably steered some of their electronics dollars toward tablets and smartphones.Windows 8 is the most significant revamp since Windows 95 and sports a completely new look that’s intended to be consistent across PCs, tablets and smartphones. It’s designed from the ground up for touch-sensitive screens, and Microsoft has high hopes that it will keep Windows relevant in a world where tablets are starting to eat into PC sales. It’s also making its own tablets for the first time, and is set to launch them along with Windows 8.In the Business Division, Microsoft’s largest, posted a 1 per cent increase in revenue, excluding the deferrals for Office. read more

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Week In Westminster – Week ending Friday 17 February 2012

DOWNLOAD1. UK car manufacturing hits 16-month high2. Government launches new funding scheme to help strengthen UK supply chain3. National Apprenticeship Service launches ‘AGE 16 to 24’ scheme4. Prime Minister holds insurance summit5. Week aheadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

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Raspberry Pi turned into shared network display using VNC

first_imgVirtual Network Computing, better known as VNC, is something most geeks have stumbled across and used during their time sat in front of a PC. It allows for the control of other, remote machines by transmitting the keyboard and mouse input from one to the other while showing the user the output from the other machine.VNC offers up another mode, however, which allows the output of one machine to be displayed on another for others to watch rather than interact with. It’s called listen mode, and computer programmer Rob Hague has managed to get it working on the Raspberry Pi $25 PC using VNC Viewer.Being able to just watch what is happening on the screen in front of you may not sound too exciting, but then you have to remember Raspberry Pi is first and foremost aimed at the education sector. Using this VNC solution you could easily have a teacher demonstrating something on a PC with all the students viewing it through their Raspberry Pi rather than straining to see a projection at the front of the class.With my limited knowledge of VNC I assume that is possible, but even if it isn’t the system still allows one-on-one screen viewing and switching with each student if they need to see how something is done. It also works with any OS that can run VNC, meaning Windows, Mac, and Linux hosts work.Hague achieved the demonstration you see in the video below by getting TightVNC loaded and working on the Raspberry Pi. For the Mac, he used Vine Server as the built-in solution OS X Lion relies on “doesn’t support reverse connections.” Both pieces of software are free to use, meaning this will hopefully work for everyone from the day the $25 PC ships.As you can see, there is some lag, but it’s minor. Also, it’s being run on an alpha board, not the final hardware, so performance is sure to improve upon release.More at Rob Hague’s Blog, via Raspberry Pilast_img read more

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Every Greek is an ambassador for Greece

first_imgI am a Greek, who was born in Egypt and who migrated to Australia with my parents at age seven. I always had the strong sense that I am Greek and I have always been proud of that. It was mainly my parents who cultivated this love for my country from a young age, however, I believe that what also played a big role is the fact that we lived, and still live, far from our country of origin. This has created the need to become more connected with our culture. I grew up in Melbourne, studied psychology, became a psychologist, and now work in the field of Human Resources (Organisational Development) which specifically focuses on the development of strategic programs that increase employee effectiveness and which improve organisational performance. My hobby is music and my favourite instrument which I have been playing for ten years is the touberleki. I currently perform regularly at private and public events and I also teach drumming to Greek and non-Greek students of all ages. Who are the Greek ambassadors and how did this group begin? What has been particularly troubling me in recent times are the problems that Greece is facing. My dream would be to see Greece overcome these problems and one day return to her old glory. For several months, I have had many conversations with Greek Australian friends on how we as Greeks of abroad can help Greece in its current crisis. One night I had the vision that Every Greek is an Ambassador for Greece, and that we all have a role to play to help our country. So I decided to start the initiative Greek Ambassadors, with the aim of creating a sense of pride in every Greek for their country, regardless of their geographic location, and to encourage positive action for helping Greece. The initiative’s main purpose is to unite all Greeks, creating a network between Greeks in Greece and of the diaspora, encouraging action and discouraging apathy. The Greek Ambassadors will determine what the critical needs are and how we can work together more closely to deal with these difficulties, whilst also supporting our fellow countrymen who have lost their jobs, their wages and their self-esteem. While the first ambassadors formed in Melbourne, our group has expanded very quickly around world through facebook, reaching approximately one thousand five hundred members within only a few months. So far, we have explored some ideas and one of the activities we are planning is a fundraiser to support those who are suffering and most in need, through Greek charitable organisations. Our group also believes that it is important that we respond to negative portrayals of Greece in the media, and so far we have responded through making formal complaints against such reporting. How you can become a Greek Ambassador? Shortly, we will be announcing more details about our fundraiser and other activities, and we invite all Greeks of Australia to take part, as their success relies on the help of all of us. If you would like to join the group Greek Ambassadors you can contact us through facebook (Evy Yannas or Νικος Κολενδριανος), or via email eyannas@hotmail.com or changez@live.com.au. We all have the opportunity to be part of something special by becoming a Greek Ambassador. It is very important that we understand the tremendous power and potential that we have as Greeks. It is a fact that our population abroad is about the same as that in Greece. What other nationality can make that claim? We need to realise our potential and to unite through this common purpose. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Large Hadron Collider Shut Down For 2Year Upgrade

first_imgThe world’s largest and most powerful particle collider is shutting down for two years.All experiments by the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) are on hold while the complex receives “major improvements and upgrading.”Operators on Monday turned off the machine, ending its “very successful” second run—during which the LHC collected “an enormous amount” of data, more than 300 million gigabytes of which is now permanently archived by CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research).In layman’s terms, that’s about 1,000 years of 24/7 video streaming.“The second run of the LHC has been impressive, as we could deliver well beyond our objectives and expectations, producing five times more data than during the first run,” according to Frédérick Bordry, CERN director for accelerators and technology. “With this second long shutdown starting now, we will prepare the machine for even more collisions” at a higher energy level.During the two-year break, known as Long Shutdown 2 (LS2), the accelerator complex and detectors will be reinforced and upgraded in preparation for its next run in 2021, as well as the High-Luminosity LHC (HL-LHC) project, which will begin after 2025.This isn’t a vacation for CERN scientists, though.While the Large Hadron Collider gets spruced up, physicists will comb through data from its second run, looking for “very rare processes,” Eckhard Elsen, director for research and computing, said in a statement.“They will be busy throughout the shutdown examining the huge data sample for possible signatures of new physics that haven’t had the chance to emerge,” he explained. “This will guide us into the HL-LHC when the data sample will increase by yet another order of magnitude.”It took CERN—in collaboration with more than 10,000 scientists from 100-plus countries—10 years to build the largest machine in the world. The LHC lies some 574 feet beneath the France-Switzerland border near Geneva, where scientists test predictions of particle physics theories.Following its first data-taking period from 2010 to 2013, the accelerator was taken offline and upgraded over two years, restarting again in early 2015 for a second research run.“In addition to many other beautiful results, over the past few years the LHC experiments have made tremendous progress in the understanding of the properties of the Higgs boson,” CERN Director-General Fabiola Gianotti said in a statement.Named after physicist Peter Higgs (one of the scientists who proposed the mechanism), the Higgs boson was discovered at CERN in 2012. It has been studied ever since, analyzed for the way it decays or transforms into other particles.“The Higgs boson is a special particle, very different from the other elementary particles observed so far,” Gianotti added. “Its properties may give us useful indications about physics beyond the Standard Model.”Other LHC experiments have produced a wide range of results and hundreds of scientific publications, including the discovery of exotic new particles.Proton beams will resume in spring 2021, with the LHC’s third run.More on Geek.com:Large Hadron Collider Shuts Down, Weasel to BlameThe Large Hadron Collider Has Been Recreated in LEGOScientists Prank CERN With Fake Human Sacrificelast_img read more

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FA plead for information after cocaine abuse reports

first_imgThe FA has released a statement on Friday reiterating their stance on drug use among footballers after reports alleged cocaine use by an England international.Newspaper reports on Thursday claimed that an England international took cocaine during a pre-Christmas team party, but the identity of the player has been sealed.The FA, however, refused to respond specifically to the claims, but have implored anyone with evidence of allegations of drug use to contact them or the UK Anti-Doping (UKAD).“The FA operates one of the most comprehensive national anti-doping programmes in the world.” An FA spokesperson told Sky Sports.“In partnership with UK Anti-Doping, we have targeted research and intelligence-led programme in place to identify potential doping risks in the game.LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 19: Antonio Conte, Manager of Chelsea sprays his team with Champagne following his sides victory in The Emirates FA Cup Final between Chelsea and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium on May 19, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)Religious leaders are happy after FA’s champagne ban Manuel R. Medina – April 24, 2019 The traditional celebration will change starting this year after the Football Association has abandoned the tradition of awarding the winners with a case of champagne.“Although incidents of doping in English football are very rare, it remains a priority for The FA to find and sanction anyone found taking performance-enhancing or recreational drugs.“We encourage anyone with information about any anti-doping violation in football to report it to The FA, via anti-doping@thefa.com, or to UK Anti-Doping by visiting: www.reportdoping.com.”last_img read more

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