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first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 9 (PTI) Former national champion Tania Sachdev said Indian chess has “come a long way” since her nascent playing days but feels a lot more needs to be done to make the game popular in the country. “Chess in India has come a long way since I started playing. Today multiple tournaments are held in the country for young girls and women. The cash prize has also increased but theres still a long way to go,” Tania told PTI. “The way Indians are performing is a boost to our country. Theres so much talent in the country. The All India Chess Federation is doing a lot to support the players, but there is always more scope,” she added. Claiming that Europe owes its success in the sport to different professional leagues, Tania said, “In Europe there are more opportunities as more tournaments are held with higher prize money. There are also different leagues that exist there.” Trying do away with the misconception that chess is an unpopular sport in India, the Arjuna Awardee said the game fails to attract deserved attention here as it is not viewer friendly. “Chess is a very popular sport in India. As chess is not televised, it doesnt receive the kind of attention it deserves,” she said. Tania is a Woman Grandmaster and an International Master and had won a gold medal at the Commonwealth Chess Championship at Colombo earlier this month. PTI APA SSC SSClast_img read more

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first_imgAustralia coach Darren Lehmann has hailed ‘Bradman-like’ Steve Smith for his consistent form with the bat and believes the 27-year-old has the potential to become one of Australia’s great captains.Smith’s emerging side lost a tight four-match series to India 2-1 on Tuesday but he did lead them to a first Test match victory in the country since 2004 when they beat the world’s top-ranked side inside three days in the series opener in Pune. (Australian media continues nasty tirade against Virat Kohli)CLICK TO WATCH FULL VIDEOThe unorthodox batsman was the top scorer in the series with 499 runs, which included three hundreds, and Lehmann said his consistency was similar to former great Donald Bradman, who retired with a career Test batting average of 99.94.”He’s been brilliant,” Lehmann told reporters in Dharamsala. “He’s been unbelievable. He’s been Bradman-like with the bat but all the stuff behind the scenes has been exceptional. (Steve Smith asks: Can we come in for a drink? Ajinkya Rahane replies: I’ll get back to you)”Really pleased for him and what he’s brought to the team as a leader. The way they’ve gone about it has been impressive.”He’s led from the front, the captain. Three hundreds in four Test matches is pretty special.” (Ajinkya Rahane should stay on as India’s Test captain: Mitchell Johnson)Last year, Australia suffered a 3-0 whitewash in Sri Lanka before Smith’s men were beaten at home in the first two Tests of a three-match series by South Africa.An overhauled side gained a consolation win against the Proteas in a day-nighter at Adelaide Oval and then hammered visiting Pakistan 3-0. (Virat Kohli blasts detractors: If someone pokes us, we won’t back down)advertisementAustralia’s Pune win halted India’s unbeaten streak of 19 Tests, surprising many after the touring side arrived in the country on the back of nine straight losses in Asia.Lehmann was confident Smith, ranked number one among Test batsmen, could match the success achieved by Australia’s modern captains like Michael Clarke, Ricky Ponting, Steve Waugh and Mark Taylor. (Virat Kohli blasts detractors: If someone pokes us, we won’t back down)”Yeah I think so. He’s a cricket nuffie (obsessed with the sport), loves the game,” Lehmann said. “He’s passionate about the game, loves the game, loves his players. Helps support staff out.”Behind the scenes, he’s into it every day, making sure everyone is okay. I’ve been so proud of him as a leader. He’s a different leader to Michael, to Ricky, to Taylor, to Waugh. And he’s working out his own identity as a captain. (If anyone pokes us, we won’t back down: Virat Kohli) “Everyone is proud of him. So pleased with where he is going. He’ll just get better and better.”last_img read more

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first_imgThere are people in the world who genuinely enjoy organizing: They get all hot and bothered at the sight of color-coordinated file cabinets, their #2 pencils are always sharpened and aligned perfectly, and their pocket scheduler gets more action than a lothario’s little black book.… this guide is for the rest of us.Listen, I get overwhelmed by the very concept of “organization” – it sounds no fun AT BEST, and at worst it just seems overly rigid and downright disheartening.In school, I was known for carrying around an overstuffed, battered Trapper Keeper that was as likely to contain half-eaten bologna sandwiches as tattered, dog-eared assignments.As an adult, I once infamously misplaced my iPhone for half a day in the REFRIGERATOR, and just last month I absent-mindedly tossed a pair of freshly-folded socks right into the toilet.But once I started freelancing, I had to learn to be NOMINALLY organized, or I would have been sunk.Here are three easy tips that help me be a perfectly functional, productive, and (dare I say) organized freelancer – even if I occasionally have to fish some wet socks out of the john.1. Do it by sectionIt’s especially hard to work up enthusiasm for the Sisyphean task of organizing years and years worth of work, despite the fact that you can hear the desk creaking ominously under the weight of old projects.DON’T DESPAIR.Instead, assign yourself one little manageable task at a time. It can be useful to segment physical tasks from more abstract, nitty-gritty ones.For instance, if you need to sort out your tax information, take one day just to gather the receipts in one location. The next day, start categorizing them.It doesn’t have to be perfect and it doesn’t have to happen tomorrow. Take small, small steps. Don’t try to do too much all at once, or you’ll burn out.Join the Union (it’s free!)Become a member2. Make technology your friendThe future is here! Use technology as a tool to eliminate clutter and streamline your work.If paperwork is your problem, digitize your records.* Keep physical copies of only your most important documents.*Special note from the author: MAKE SURE TO BACK UP IN SEVERAL PLACESIf you struggle with organizing your billing, check out some easy invoicing apps.If your workflow is disjointed and you’re constantly distracted, time itself may be thwarting your efforts to organize. Use your mobile phone’s timer to work on the 45/15 schedule – it’s a lifesaver!Tech solutions don’t have to be complex. Just using your phone to jot down a thought, or adding appointments to a Google calendar can make a big difference.3. Cut out wasteNothing helps disorganization fester faster than too much stuff.As you start organizing, focus on THROWING OUT UNNECESSARIES.Hint: if you have a sneaking suspicion that you don’t need something… you’re probably right.Don’t just stop at chucking physical junk, lose processes that no longer serve you as well.If you’re not entirely sure whether you may need something at a later date, put it in storage. This way, you can clear the decks for new projects!You don’t have to be a file-lovin’, pencil-sharpenin’ control freak to organize! It only takes a few little tweaks to turn your horrifying dystopian clutterscape into a manageable, dynamic system.Trust me – if this bologna-sandwich toting free spirit can do it, anybody can.… now, has anybody seen my iPhone?Kate Hamill lives and works in New York City, where she consumes an inordinate amount of Sriracha daily. You can catch up with her on Twitter at @katerone.last_img read more

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first_imgNova Scotia’s Grade 12 students have shown a marked improvement in reading and writing, but continue to have difficulties with mathematics in provincial exams, according to the 2005 edition of the Minister’s Report to Parents. The fifth annual report card on student achievement revealed improved assessment results over last year in a number of subject areas, including physics, English and Grade 6 reading. The provincial average on the academic Grade 12 English exam has improved from 58 per cent in 2004 to 64 per cent in 2005. There was also a significant and continued improvement in English/communications 12. The pass rate in physics jumped substantially to 59 per cent from 51 per cent. The provincial average for that course improved three per cent to 55 per cent. But the provincial examinations also showed weakness in other subjects. “There are areas where students have made significant progress, such as in reading in the elementary years and language arts in high school,” Education Minister Jamie Muir said today, May 5. “There are also areas where there are still significant challenges, like mathematics at all levels.” The results for advanced mathematics 12 and mathematics 12, which count toward 30 per cent of a student’s final mark, were disappointing with a provincial average of 54 per cent in advanced math and 41 per cent in math 12. This is the second year for the provincial math examination, but it is the first time a sample of tests has been marked centrally by the province. The assessment results for the two math exams, which were written in January and June of 2005, will now provide baseline data for future comparisons. Mr. Muir said work is underway to improve achievement in mathematics at all grade levels. Over the past year, the department has targeted resources at improving students’ understanding of math. In the Mathematics Strategy, schools have increased the amount of time spent on math, added math mentors and math leaders to help guide teachers in every board, and increased course options at senior high. There are also more learning resources being made available, including a high-quality study guide to help Grade 12 students writing the provincial math exam and a new online item bank that allows teachers and students to become familiar with the type of questions encountered on the assessment. Next year, the province will begin a new mental math initiative designed to help elementary and junior high students develop a greater fluency and deeper understanding of basic concepts. The department has also taken steps to introduce prerequisites for all high school math courses so that more students are placed in courses where they can reasonably expect to achieve success. Forty-four per cent of Grade 12 math students took advanced math 12, even though the course is designed for the top 20 per cent of students and for those who plan to take pure science or engineering degrees in university. In advanced math 12, the highest mark scored was 100 per cent; the lowest was just five per cent. “Many of our students are aiming high, and that’s good,” said Mr. Muir. “But it’s also clear we need to make sure students choose the most appropriate courses for their career path.” Averages and pass rates in chemistry were lower this year, but the drop was not statistically significant. The average for chimie 12, written by French immersion students, dropped six per cent points this year to 52 per cent. Grade 6 students again did well in reading, with 88 per cent meeting or exceeding expectations. The elementary literacy assessment, administered to almost 10,000 students last October, showed 79 per cent of students met or exceeded expectations for writing. In the 2004 assessment, 89 per cent met or exceeded expectations. While writing success dipped for English-speaking students, the writing performance of Francophone students improved significantly, up four per cent this year to 68 per cent, meeting expectations. Eighty-three per cent of French-speaking Acadian students met expectations in reading. The 2,555 students who did not meet expectations are now on literacy support plans. “This is exactly why we do provincial assessments. They allow us to identify not only which students need help, but how the system is performing and where we need to improve,” said Vince Warner, the province’s director of evaluations and assessments. The 2005 Minister’s Report to Parents has been expanded this year and contains more information about student achievement provincially, nationally and internationally. Included for the first time are school-by-school results for the Elementary Literacy Assessment. Teachers played a key major role developing, field-testing and marking the provincial assessments. The 2005 Minister’s Report to Parents is available on the website at www.ednet.ns.ca/pdfdocs/reports/2005MinistersReport-e.pdf .last_img read more

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first_imgTen employers in the province have been recognized for championing persons with disabilities in the workplace. They were presented with the Lieutenant Governor’s Persons with Disabilities Employer Partnership Awards today, Dec. 2, in Halifax. Micco Companies, based in Halifax, was selected from the 10 regional recipients, for the provincial award for outstanding achievement. The award acknowledges and honours employers who promote best practices towards the employment, independence, and service to persons with disabilities. The other winners are: Brenda and Warren Chapman, Changes Hair Studio, Amherst Carol Church, Church’s Valufoods, Marion Bridge, Cape Breton Regional Municipality Scott Clements, Clements Janitorial Services, Bridgewater Donnie Mariner, Foodland Village Grocery, St. Peter’s, Richmond Co. Laurie Wheatley, Lewis Mouldings, Weymouth, Digby Co. Shelly Delaney, Marco’s Grill and Pasta House, Yarmouth Dave LeBlanc, Sobeys (Atlantic Team), Halifax Eric Turner, Turner’s Handyman and Snow Removal, Kentville Sherry Keen, Windsor Elms Village, Falmouth, Hants Co. “I commend all the employers recognized for their commitment to building a more inclusive society for our citizens,” said Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant. “On behalf of all Nova Scotians, I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the award finalists and Micco Companies, as the provincial award recipient, for their well-deserved recognition this evening.” Nominations were accepted by the Collaborative Partnership Network from regional groups. Members of the network, Team Work Cooperative and the Workbridge nominated Micco and work closely with its team to deliver training for clients. “This is a tremendous honour,” said Micco general manager Colin MacDonald. “MICCO Companies is proud to employ incredibly talented people across the board, the employees that have come to us through Team Work and the Workbridge are no different. “They are talented, passionate and hard working and we are the beneficiaries of their success at work year round.” The awards coincide with the United Nations International Day for Persons with Disabilities on Dec. 3. They were presented at the 6th Annual Symposium on Inclusive Employment and Education: Ability Starts Here – From Conversation to Action, being held today and Tuesday. The David and Kathleen Mooney Altruism Award was also named at the symposium. Claredon Robicheau of Clare, Digby Co. was recognized for his commitment to human rights, volunteer work and forming the first community-based transportation system in the province. The award is presented in memory of David Mooney of Yarmouth, who dedicated many years to helping persons with disabilities. The Collaborative Partnership Network works to create and maintain employment partnerships between persons with disabilities and employers. There are 198,685 persons with disabilities in Nova Scotia. The network has worked with nearly 2,000 people who are either returning to work or entering the labour force and this number grows every year. Through the network people can gain access to training, job referrals and access to resources.last_img read more

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TORONTO — The materials sector helped lift Canada’s main stock index in late-morning trading, while U.S. stock markets were mixed.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 44.34 points at 15,528.89.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 67.27 points at 24,947.59. The S&P 500 index was up 15.67 points at 2,696.72, while the Nasdaq composite was up 87.17 points at 7,270.25.The Canadian dollar traded higher at 76.09 cents US compared with an average of 75.80 cents US on Wednesday.The March crude contract was up 97 cents at US$55.20 per barrel and the March natural gas contract was down 1.5 cents at US$2.84 per mmBTU.The April gold contract was up US$12.10 at US$1,327.60 an ounce and the March copper contract was up 1.65 cents at US$2.78 a pound. Index and currency in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) The Canadian Press read more

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Uganda’s leader told the General Assembly today that his country is on track to achieve most of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and is stepping up efforts in the two areas it is lagging behind in – maternal and child health.President Yoweri Museveni said that the African Great Lakes nation has developed a national roadmap to speed up reduction of maternal and child mortality and morbidity. The strategy focuses on effective antenatal care and skilled attendance at birth, among others.“In Uganda, we have never believed in donor-anchored MDGs as a sustainable solution,” he told the Assembly’s annual high-level segment as it entered its second day. “MDGs should be anchored on the growth and transformation of the economies of the target countries.”The President said that he is glad that the “cloud of Afro-pessimism” is dispersing, noting the growing recognition of Africa’s promise by the West.The continent’s economies, he pointed out, have become “roaring lions,” despite their under-developed infrastructure.Should infrastructure bottlenecks – including electricity and transport – are resolved, Africa’s potential is limitless, Mr. Museveni said.“If our partners could concentrate on assisting infrastructure development, Africa’s transition would be that much faster,” he said, welcoming aid in relevant sectors. 24 September 2010Uganda’s leader told the General Assembly today that his country is on track to achieve most of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and is stepping up efforts in the two areas it is lagging behind in – maternal and child health. read more

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1 December 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon plans to roll out changes in his senior team as he prepares to embark on his second term at the helm of the United Nations, including to his top political, economic, disarmament, and communications advisers, his chief of staff announced today. Vijay Nambiar told journalists at UN Headquarters that Mr. Ban is keen to ensure the right mix of change and continuity in the senior leadership team for his second five-year term, which begins next month.“The Secretary-General’s intention is to build a new team that is strong on substance and diverse in composition, complementing one another and working as a team,” said Mr. Nambiar.In this process, Mr. Ban will focus on those senior officials who already have five years of service, as well as try to balance the need for fresh perspectives with the need for maintaining continuity of purpose.“He will continue to focus on empowering line departments as well as on leveraging organizational synergy by streamlining work process and minimizing institutional duplication,” Mr. Nambiar added.“We are announcing these changes in advance in order to give ample time for us to seek nominations, and to ensure a smooth transition.”Mr. Ban is currently undertaking a thorough review of his entire team, with the aim of rolling out the changes in a phased manner. It is expected that eight Under-Secretaries-General will leave around the first half of 2012. They are Muhammad Shaaban, Under-Secretary-General for General Assembly Affairs and Conference Management; Kiyotaka Akasaka, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information; B. Lynn Pascoe, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs; and Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs.Also on the list are Sergio Duarte, High Representative for Disarmament; Cheick Sidi Diarra, Special Adviser for Africa; Abdoulie Janneh, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA); and Ján Kubiš, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Europe (ECE). Mr. Kubiš was last week appointed as the Secretary-General’s next Special Representative to AfghanistanThe selection process has also begun for five Assistant Secretary-General positions at the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA).Mr. Ban thanked the departing senior officials for their dedication and hard work, adding that they have “contributed much to the reassertion of the importance and relevance of the Organization,” said Mr. Nambiar.Additional announcements about other senior adviser positions will be made in the coming days, he added. read more

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In keeping with Sri Lanka’s international obligations as a member of the United Nations, the Government of Sri Lanka abides by the provisions of the UN Security Council Resolutions in relation to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the Foreign Ministry said. There have been several instances where, at the point of data entry into the Customs Automated Data Processing System by the Consignee/ Customs House Agent, the country of export had been selected inadvertently as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, instead of the Republic of Korea.Having clarified this inadvertent error to the PoE, the Sri Lanka Customs has now initiated a mechanism to prevent repetition of such errors in the future. (Colombo Gazette) The Government has denied reports it violated a UN resolution on North Korea.The Foreign Ministry said that its attention has been drawn to news reports regarding textile imports from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to several countries including Sri Lanka during the period October 2017 and March 2018. The Ministry said that the information contained in the news reports in relation to Sri Lanka are erroneous. Accordingly, necessary domestic regulations in relation to the implementation of relevant UN Security Council Resolutions have been gazetted on 06 October 2017, 19 April 2018 and 14 May 2018 respectively (reference: Extraordinary Gazette Nos. 2039/32, 2067/14 and 2071/3).Sri Lanka says it cooperates closely with the UN Security Council Panel of Experts (PoE) for the implementation of the respective Resolutions, and provides responses to questions raised by the PoE from time to time. read more

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by News Staff Posted Oct 16, 2012 10:19 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email IBM’s 3rd-quarter earnings unchanged; revenue drop, ‘challenging’ conditions rattle investors SAN FRANCISCO – IBM’s revenue slipped below Wall Street’s expectations in the third quarter as the technology company dealt with jittery customers and a weakening euro that undercut its results. Despite the problems posed by the wobbly economy, IBM’s earnings held steady.Much of revenue shortfall was blamed on the economic deterioration in Europe and other parts of the world. That has resulted in weakened international currencies, translating into fewer dollars on sales made abroad.IBM management also raised the spectre of slowing demand for the company’s technology-consulting services and business-software products as corporate customers become more cautious and debt-laden government agencies deal with budget cuts.After a solid start to the third quarter, business became “more challenging” in September, Chief Financial Officer Mark Loughridge told analysts during a conference call Tuesday to discuss the quarterly earnings report.Loughridge sounded confident that several business software deals that didn’t get done during the summer will be completed before the end of this year to help boost IBM’s fourth-quarter earnings.IBM Corp. signalled its belief that its business will hold up by standing behind its previous earnings forecast for the full year.Investors, though, seemed a little worried. IBM shares shed $7.30, or 3.5 per cent, to $203.70 in extended trading after the third-quarter numbers came out.IBM, which is based in Armonk, New York, is considered a good gauge of technology demand because it sells to major companies and governments throughout the world. It also boasts a nearly decade-long record of uninterrupted prosperity. The latest three-month period marks the 39th consecutive quarter in which IBM’s earnings per share was higher than the previous year.The company has been able to thrive because it locks many of its customers into contracts that guarantee regular payments even in tough economic times.Even so, IBM isn’t completely insulated from economic downturns. That was in evident during the third quarter in Europe, where massive government deficits in several countries are hurting the continent’s economy. IBM’s revenue in its region that includes Europe declined 9 per cent from the same time last year, more than any other part of the world.The weaker euro contributed to the erosion. That’s because sales made in Europe are converting into fewer U.S. dollars than a year ago.IBM earned $3.8 billion, or $3.33 per share, in the July-September period. The company delivered the same net income a year ago, but its per-share earnings were 14 cents lower in the 2011 quarter because the company had more outstanding stock then.This year’s results included a last-minute $160 million charge that the technology services and business software company absorbed for a U.K. court decision that will increase its costs for paying pensions to some of its retired employees. The adverse court decision came at the end of last week.If not for the costs of past acquisitions and retirement charges, IBM said it would have earned $3.62 per share. On that basis, IBM’s latest earnings were a penny above the average estimate among analysts polled by FactSet. The adjusted earnings of $4.2 billion represented a 5 per cent increase from the same period last year.Revenue for the quarter fell 5 per cent from the same time last year to $24.7 billion. That figure was about $700 million below the average estimate of analysts surveyed by FactSet.Analysts had factored the strengthening dollar into their projections, but apparently underestimated the impact. read more

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TORONTO – The Canadian dollar rose slightly against the U.S. dollar Thursday morning even as commodity prices pulled back despite positive economic data out of Canada and the U.S.The loonie was up 0.05 of a cent at 101.25 cents US after earlier falling against the greenback.Traders are waiting for news from budget negotiations in Washington. A deadline for reaching a deal is just days away.The House of Representatives planned to move ahead on what Speaker John Boehner called “Plan B,” but President Barack Obama has threatened to veto it. A deal must be made by the end of the year to avoid sweeping tax increases and government spending cuts that many fear could drive the U.S. back into recession.Analyst John Curran of Canadian Forex also noted that traditional risk currencies, like the Canadian dollar, are under pressure as traders engage in some year-end profit taking.“Given the slow pace of movement on our beloved currency pair over the past few months don’t hold your breath for a quick pop higher,” he said, although thin holiday markets may provide a surprise.“For those looking to clear up any pre-holiday requirements I suggest you do so before week’s end,” Curran said in a note.February oil futures lost 27 cents to US$89.71 a barrel, while February Gold prices fell $27.70 to US$1,640 an ounce and copper prices slipped seven cents to US$3.54 a pound.Statistics Canada said average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees rose to $909 in October, up 0.9 per cent from September.On a year-over-year basis, earnings were up 2.8 per cent. That reflected a number of factors, including wage growth and changes in the composition of employment by industry as well as the average number of hours worked.Statistics Canada also reported retail sales edged up 0.7 per cent to $39.4 billion in October, the fourth straight monthly increase. In volume terms, retail sales increased 0.3 per cent, with eight of 11 subsectors reporting gains.The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 3.1 per cent over the July-September quarter as consumers spent more and state and local governments added to growth for the first time in nearly three years. But the economy is likely slowing in the current quarter.The U.S. Commerce Department’s third and final estimate Thursday of growth for the July-September quarter was revised up from its previous estimate of a 2.7 per cent annual growth rate.However, the number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week by 17,000, reversing four weeks of declines. The Labour Department reports that a seasonally adjusted 361,000 people sought unemployment aid the week ended Dec. 15, up from a revised 344,000 the week before.Meanwhile, sales of previously occupied homes in the United States jumped to their highest level in three years last month, bolstered by steady job gains and record-low mortgage rates.The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that sales rose 5.9 per cent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.04 million in November. That’s up from 4.76 million in October. Loonie up slightly against U.S. dollar as commodity prices slip AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 20, 2012 12:47 pm MDT read more

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Such is the finding of a new report presented today at EXPO Milano by the FAO and the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM), a group of 13 countries cooperating in the fields of agriculture, food, fisheries and rural territories in the region.“The Mediterranean diet is nutritious, integrated in local cultures, environmentally sustainable and it supports local economies,” explained Alexandre Meybeck, Coordinator of FAO’s Sustainable Food Systems Program. “This is why it’s essential that we continue to promote and support it.”The Mediterranean diet’s focus on vegetable oil, cereals, vegetables and pulses, and its moderate intake of fish and meat, has been associated with long and healthy living. Because it is largely plant-based, the diet is comparatively light on the environment, requiring fewer natural resources than animal production.But globalization, food marketing and changing lifestyles – including in the roles women play in society – are altering consumption patterns in the Mediterranean, away from fruits and legumes towards more meat and dairy products, according to the report.With products being increasingly sourced from outside the region and diverse local landscapes being transformed by monoculture production, traditional food systems are affected by these shifting dietary habits.Tourism, urban development, depletion of natural resources, as well as a loss of traditional knowledge all contribute to the rapid diminishing of genetic diversity in crops and animal breeds across the Mediterranean, the report warns. While Southern countries continue to struggle with undernutrition, a number of others throughout the region are burdened with obesity and overweight. At the same time, the region as a whole is seeing a rise in chronic diet-based diseases that increasingly lead to disability and death.In this context, policy makers, researchers and the food industry need to pay more attention to increasing food consumption and production in ways that preserve local resources and knowledge. Awareness campaigns should drive up consumer demand for traditional Mediterranean products, with an eye on better integrating current food trends and consumer habits with the use of local products across the region. In support of such goals, CIHEAM today issued the Med Diet EXPO Call to Action, pushing for efforts to preserve Mediterranean agro-ecosystems, make the region’s food systems more sustainable, and ensure food security and nutrition for a growing population. FAO and CIHEAM are jointly developing case studies on ways to increase production sustainably and promote adherence to traditional diet patterns. The Call to Action also details a three-year pilot project in CIHEAM countries, along with special guidelines for improving the sustainability of diets in the Mediterranean. read more

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first_imgThe Metallurgy & Materials Society of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (MetSoc of CIM) is proud to host both 2017 conferences on World Gold and Nickel-Cobalt as part of the 2017 Conference of Metallurgists (COM2017; August 27-30). The three-day conference, taking place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Vancouver, features a technical program offering more than 250 presentations and posters that cover myriad areas of interest in the minerals, metals and materials fields – from scientific advances through to industrial practice. COM2017 is also marked by two special symposia on innovation: one that recognizes leading Canadian female engineers, and the other is aimed at identifying ways to enable innovation in the mining and metallurgical industries.Women of Innovation, Wednesday, August 30, 2017: The Influence of Leading Canadian Female Engineers. The symposium will highlight the experiences and achievements of innovative Canadian female engineers.“It’s an important opportunity to understand innovation in engineering using a gender lens and to develop future strategies to encourage more women to consider careers in engineering and how to create an inclusive engineering culture” said Dr Mary Wells, Chair, Ontario Network of Women in Engineering and Associate Dean Outreach, University of Waterloo.Enabling Innovation in Metallurgy, Wednesday, August 30, 2017: For anyone interested in seeing a report card on the mining industry’s record on innovation and advice on what can be done about it. The session is co-sponsored by MetSoc and Canada Mining Innovation Council (CMIC). The speakers, specially invited from academia and industry will tackle topics ranging from the impact of Corporate Culture to Successful Collaboration to Open Access in scientific publications.Special 1-day registrations are available for the Women of Innovation and Enabling Innovation symposia. For details, visit http://web.cim.org/com2017/conference/registration.cfmThe Metallurgy & Materials Society (MetSoc) of CIM (Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy & Petroleum) serves members, society and others involved in the research, development and application science and technology for environmentally responsible extraction, fabrication, utilization and recycling of metals and materials www.metsoc.org.last_img read more

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first_imgIt’s quite likely that you’ve never heard of Kylo, but the big-screen browser made by Hillcrest Labs has been providing a great living room surfing experience for more than two years. Now, the company has announced that they’re open sourcing Kylo under the Mozilla Public License (MPL 2.0).Going open is a logical move by the makers of the Gecko-powered browser, and it’s one that will allow developers of home theater-focused linux distributions (and other media center software) to more easily customize and adapt Kylo to suit their particular needs.Since it’s built on Mozilla’s core, Kylo offers rich support for web standards like HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript, and it also plays nice with NPAPI plug-ins like Flash. That’s handy for those times when you just can’t avoid Adobe’s oft-maligned tech, like when you really, really need to play a game of Robot Unicorn Attack.One bit of functionality Kylo offers that other browsers don’t is built-in support for Hillcrest’s Freespace pointing devices, which offer gesture-powered navigation controls. The Kylo/Freespace one-two punch is used by Warpia TV, the slick PC-to-TV streaming solution that was introduced at CES 2012.Kylo is currently available for Windows, Mac, and Linux, and Hillcrest recently pushed an update that offers better support for 1080P televisions. With a full-on HD interface on board, the Kylo dashboard and overall browsing experience is more crisp, clear, and enjoyable than ever before. If you’re running an HTPC — or even occasionally hooking up a laptop to your HDTV with an HDMI cable — it’s well worth your time to take Kylo for a test drive.last_img read more

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first_imgHadopi : le fournisseur d’accès Free résiste à la Haute autoritéFrance – Les premiers courriers électroniques d’avertissement émanant de la Haute autorité pour la diffusion des œuvres et la protection des droits sur internet (Hadopi) ont été envoyés hier, lundi 4 octobre. Les fournisseurs d’accès internet (FAI) ont commencé à relayer ces mails de mise en garde à leurs abonnés. Tous, sauf un : Free. “Nous n’avons pas relayé les e-mails de l’Hadopi. Afin d’encadrer les échanges portant sur des données personnelles au sujet desquelles la Cnil [Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés, ndlr] porte une attention particulière, nous avons proposé le principe d’un conventionnement dans le courant de l’été au ministère de la Culture et à la Hadopi. A ce jour, nous n’avons eu aucun retour concret sur cette étape structurante pour le passage en production” a déclaré le service de presse de Free. Le fournisseur d’accès estime que son refus de jouer les intermédiaires entre ses abonnés et les pouvoirs publics est légitime, tant qu’une convention entre les FAI, le ministère de la Culture et la Haute autorité n’aura pas été signée. La Hadopi désapprouve, affirmant que l’envoi de ses courriers électroniques d’avertissement est obligatoire, mais Free n’en démord pas : il respecte la loi. Mieux : selon le FAI, ce sont ses concurrents qui collaborent avec la Haute autorité qui sont hors-la-loi : “Visiblement, l’ensemble des autres opérateurs se sont entendus pour relayer les premiers e-mails ce matin à 10h30. Ils ont décidé de collaborer, nous nous contenterons juste de respecter la loi”. Alors, que dit-elle au juste cette loi sans cesse citée ? Selon le décret du 26 juillet 2010, la seule obligation incombant aux FAI est la communication des coordonnées des internautes à partir de leur adresse IP. nulle mention n’est faite des courriers d’avertissement…À lire aussiLa dernière mise à jour de la Freebox Revolution bloque les publicités sur Internet Selon une information non confirmée, SFR refuserait comme Free de transmettre les e-mails de l’Hadopi. Quoi qu’il en soit, la mise en place de la Haute autorité continue à déchaîner les passions. Reste à savoir quels rebondissements nous réserve l’avenir !  Le 5 octobre 2010 à 15:55 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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first_img Review: ‘Crackdown 3’ Is a Terry Crews Xbox SimThese Are the Games You Should Check Out in February 2019 Stay on target This week saw the release of Crackdown 3, a game that Xbox One owners have been waiting for since the release of the system. Developers Sumo Digital had lots of big promises for the latest-gen installment in their super-powered open world franchise — most notably a city of New Providence hosted in the cloud that would be fully destructible, allowing players to make their mark in new and hilarious ways. That didn’t really pan out – although the game (which came out last week) is perfectly fine, it sure doesn’t live up to the promises and delays that went into making it.Sometimes delays are necessary — look at Nintendo announcing that Metroid Prime 4 isn’t shaping up like they wanted it to, so they’re spending more time in the kitchen. But sometimes no matter how much polish you use, a turd is still a turd. Here’s a catalog of 11 games that were delayed a long time and still came out disappointing.Gran Turismo 5Sony’s Gran Turismo racing series have always been famous for incredible attention to detail, with developers traveling to racetracks to record engine noises for every single car in the game. So it’s not surprising that as the game moved to more advanced systems, it took longer and longer to produce each installment. Gran Turismo 4 hit the PS2 in 2005, and prior to that point each game had taken three years or so to drop. But when the PS3 was announced in 2006, one notable absence was a new Turismo. The game was in progress, but a first trailer wasn’t shown until 2009. It finally dropped after a few more delays the next year, but people weren’t happy about the results of five years of work. One of the biggest complaints was that the “1000 cars” in the game were made up of 200 new vehicles and 800 lower-poly PS2 models that had just been upscaled.Black & WhiteAt this point it’s almost a cliche to say that Peter Molyneux over-promises and under-delivers, but back in 1998 we hadn’t learned that lesson. High off of the success of Populous, Molyneux’s Lionhead Studios wanted to push the “god game” into the modern era with a title that let you shepherd a civilization with the help of a massive bestial avatar. The game was advertised to include an adaptive AI like nothing the world had ever seen and fans waited with bated breath for the September 2000 release date. Until Molyneux pushed it to 2001. This is an interesting example because game sites at the time fell for the hype and gave the title solid reviews, only to re-evaluate their ratings a while later when Black & White‘s myriad flaws became more visible.DaikatanaLet’s just get this one out of the way right up top, because it still stands as one of the most over-hyped delayed disappointments in gaming history. After popularizing the FPS genre with Doom and Quake, everybody wanted to see what John Romero would do next. In 1997, he announced Daikatana, a time-traveling first-person shooter with AI companions and 64 different kinds of enemy monsters, all to be developed in seven months to be released for Christmas of that year. Needless to say, that didn’t happen. The game eventually hit stores in 2000 and was a commercial flop, selling just over 40,000 copies in its first year against a prediction of 2,500,000. Yikes.Too HumanSilicon Knights was a studio with problems. The Canadian developers had struck gold with the Legacy of Kain series and followed it up with one of the Gamecube’s few must-play third-party titles in Eternal Darkness. Coming off those highs, it’s not surprising that gamers were hyped for Too Human. The action adventure was originally slated for the PlayStation in 1999, then development shifted to the GameCube and finally the Xbox 360, which the game debuted on in 2008. Nine years in development didn’t do Too Human any favors, as it was panned by critics for being short and sloppy. Even worse, a legal dispute with Epic over the Unreal Engine ended up getting every copy of the game pulled from sale.Duke Nukem ForeverWhen you talk delayed games, Duke Nukem Forever is in a class of its own. 1996’s Duke Nukem 3D was a huge hit and creators 3D Realms immediately started work on a sequel. We’re going to cut to the chase and let you know that Duke Nukem Forever came out in 2011, a whopping 15 years later. The game wasn’t sitting idle all that time, either – 3D Realms went through multiple game engines and dropped several trailers over the years. Eventually they outsourced to Gearbox Software to finish the thing. So did a decade and a half in the oven make for a delicious game? Not really, alas – DNF was clunky, immature and dated and was a critical and commercial failure.SporeWill Wright’s place in the game design pantheon is absolutely undeniable — just the creation of Sim City laid the path for a whole genre, and then he struck gold again with The Sims. So when he announced that his next game was going to let you control an organism from single-celled primitivism to space exploration, people bought in 100 percent. Spore was first announced in 2005, and at that point it had been in development for half a decade. Its original release date was 2007, but it was pushed back a full year. When it finally landed, gamers were frustrated to find that Spore was basically five loosely-connected, shallow minigames without any of the depth and replayability that Wright was famous for.APB: All Points BulletinThe MMORPG craze of the early 2000s led a lot of studios into previously uncharted territory. Creating a fun single-player experience is a lot different than making a persistent world occupied by hundreds of gamers. So when David Jones, one of the brains behind the original Grand Theft Auto games, set out on his own with his new studio Realtime Worlds, the announcement that they’d be creating a cops and robbers online experience called APB was very interesting. Development began in 2005 for Windows and Xbox 360, and in 2008 Jones announced the game would release that same year. That didn’t happen — a beta dropped in 2009, with the final release in summer of 2010. After spending a rumored $100 million, the end product was… not great. A mish-mash of mission-based PvP action, the game barely lasted the year before servers were shutdown and it was bought and relaunched as a free-to-play title.PreyWe’re not talking about the very fun 2017 game here, but rather 2006’s initial entry into the franchise. The late 1990s and early 2000s were the boom period for first-person shooters, with studios competing against each other to bring out the next hot twist on the Doom and Quake formula. id Software veteran Tom Hall left the company to join 3D Realms and brought his ideas for Prey with him, and development of the game began in 1995. Hall left a year later to rejoin John Romero at Ion Storm, but 3D Realms kept on grinding away on Prey, which was intended to feature destructible environments and space-warping portals. After a few years, they put the project on hold until 2001. It finally shipped in 2006, and while reviews were decent there was no denying that those ten years could have been spent better.Mighty No. 9For what seems like years, fans clamored for Capcom to make a new Mega Man game that would take the legendary series’ jumping, blasting, tough as nails gameplay to modern consoles. And then the producer of many of the best MM games, Keiji Inafune, left Capcom to start his own studio and Kickstarted a title that looked like it would do exactly that. Mighty No. 9 was advertised with beautiful, cartoon-quality graphics and fast action, but the project hit numerous roadblocks. The studio tried to crowdfund another game while Mighty was still in development, and the team just couldn’t deliver an experience on par with Capcom’s classics. The final release was ugly, clunky, and disappointed Kickstarter backers who had been waiting nearly three years.Perfect Dark ZeroRare almost single-handedly proved that first-person shooters could work on consoles with GoldenEye on the Nintendo 64, and then followed it up with original IP Perfect Dark to refine on their techniques. That game was also a hit, so the team set to work on a sequel as a launch title for the upcoming GameCube. Then business threw a spanner in the works as Rare was acquired by Microsoft in 2002 and Perfect Dark Zero came with it. They refitted the game to work on the Xbox, but with a new console coming up the decision was made to delay it even more so it could be a launch title for the 360. That didn’t work out well, as the team had to cut a bunch of stuff to make deadlines. The game wasn’t savaged by the press, but general consensus was it wasn’t worth waiting five years for.Aliens: Colonial MarinesOn paper, Aliens: Colonial Marines looked like a can’t-miss. One of the best sci-fi franchises of all times, developed by the brains behind Borderlands. But this game just didn’t come together for a bunch of reasons. The game came together by chance when a Gearbox designer ran into Ridley Scott and used that meeting to pitch to Sega, who had the license. Boasting both a single-player campaign and co-op, Colonial Marines started development in 2007 but didn’t hit retail until 2013. During that time, Gearbox had contracted with a bunch of other studios to work on the game, creating a final product that was inconsistent and super buggy. One minor code error made the game’s alien AI incredibly stupid and unchallenging, and Gearbox also got tons of pushback for faked pre-release screenshots that looked way better than anything in the actual game.More on Geek.com:The Most Exciting Video Games of 2019These Are the Games You Should Check Out in February 201911 Games That Killed the Companies That Made Themlast_img read more

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first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Santa Claus made a trip to Fort Lauderdale to visit the city’s good boys and girls ahead of Christmas Day.Santa got some time in the sun when he hitched a ride with Fort Lauderdale Beach’s Fire Rescue team, Wednesday.He spent time with families enjoying the nice weather before treating them to candy canes and gifts.Santa even took the time to snap some photos.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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first_imgNews “Aretha! A GRAMMY Celebration…” Announced all-star-lineup-pay-tribute-aretha-grammy-celebration-queen-soul NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Aug 16, 2018 – 11:28 am Aretha Franklin’s GRAMMY Highlights Facebook Twitter A historic CBS tribute to be broadcast in 2019 will tape at the Shrine Auditorium in L.A. on Jan. 13, 2019 with performances by GRAMMY winners and 61st GRAMMY Award nomineesPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Dec 27, 2018 – 6:31 am The Recording Academy’s tradition of tribute specials continue with “Aretha! A GRAMMY Celebration For The Queen Of Soul,” a one-of-a-kind tribute concert and passionate remembrance of Aretha Franklin. The special will be taped on Jan. 13 and aired sometime in 2019 on CBS with performances from outstanding GRAMMY winners and nominees. All-Star Lineup To Pay Tribute At “Aretha! A GRAMMY Celebration For The Queen of Soul” Email GRAMMY winners celebrating her legendary repertoire include Yolanda Adams, Andra Day, Shirley Caesar, Alessia Cara, Kelly Clarkson, Common, Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Patti LaBelle, and BeBe Winans. They will be joined in song and tribute by artists nominated for the 61st GRAMMY Awards — coming soon on Feb. 10, 2019 — Brandi Carlile, Chloe X Halle, H.E.R., Janelle Monáe, and SZA.”For more than six decades, her extraordinary artistic achievements coupled with her passionate dedication to her philanthropic work — which ranged from children’s and artists’ issues to civil rights activism — served as a testament to her power, majesty, and genius,” said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. “These gifts positioned her as a true cultural icon, and the Recording Academy is honored to celebrate her inspirational legacy” https://twitter.com/celinedion/status/1030123347798110210 The unforgettable night will be hosted by movie and television actor, writer, director, and producer Tyler Perry. “Aretha! A GRAMMY Celebration For The Queen Of Soul” is presented together with AEG Ehrlich Ventures, CBS and Clive Davis.”Aretha was more than the Queen of Soul; she was a national treasure,” said Davis. “This unique concert — featuring many of today’s greatest artists — will celebrate Aretha in a spectacular manner befitting her once-in-a-lifetime talent.”Presale tickets for this live concert at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium will go on sale Friday, Dec. 28 at 10 a.m. PST (use code “Aretha”), with general tickets going on sale Monday, Dec. 31 at 10 a.m. PST via AXS.com. Stay tuned for additional unique performance announcements as the special night approaches.Aretha Franklin’s GRAMMY History: Remembering The Queen Of SoulRead morelast_img read more

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first_imgUAS Chancellor John Pugh. (Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)University of Alaska Southeast Chancellor John Pugh will retire in May. He announced his retirement Monday in an email to Southeast campus councils and the UAS Alumni Board of Directors.Pugh has overseen several major changes at the Juneau campus during his tenure, including the construction of the Egan Classroom Wing, the recreation facility and the freshman residence hall. Pugh said two things he knows will be on the next chancellor’s list of priorities will be to increase recruitment and continue to improve graduation rates.“We have not been where we would like to be,” Pugh said.“We have had great improvements in our retention rates but we need to continue to work on our program completion rates–that part we are still lagging behind our peers and averages nationally–and we can do that.”UAS, which also oversees campuses in Ketchikan and Sitka, currently has two years left to implement their seven year strategic plan. Pugh said leadership at the university has made great progress on the plan and it’s something the new chancellor will also get to be a part of.“We really do have remarkable leadership right now at UAS and it’s good timing because I think they will carry on,” Pugh said. “Obviously anybody new comes in might have some different vision, but we’re in a seven year strategic plan and we’re committed to completing it. I think everybody here has been a part of that and pretty committed to it, so I think that will continue.”Carla Beam, vice president of university relations, said that University of Alaska President Pat Gamble will travel to Juneau in the next few weeks to meet with faculty and community members.“President Gamble does anticipate that this will be a collaborative process and we expect it to go very smoothly,” Beam said. “We’ve got quite a few months yet to look, but we will want to get community input and then map out the process as we know a little bit more.”Pugh was first hired by UAS in 1987; he became chancellor in 1999. He has also served as dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and dean of faculty. Before joining the university, Pugh served as commissioner of the state’s Department of Health and Social Services from 1983 until 1986.last_img read more

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