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  • Upgrading Your Operating System

    first_imgI am presently using Apple OS 10.9.3. That’s the operating system that runs my Apple computers.The big number, 10, indicates the major revision Apple made to its operating system many years ago (in fact, it was the introduction of a whole new operating system). The second number, 9, is an indication of relatively significant improvements and adjustments made to the operating system. The last number, 3, is an indication of the minor bug fixes and improvements Apple has made as they’ve discovered them.The big number for you is the decade of your life. I am on version 4. The second number is the number of years you are into that decade, making my operating system 4.6.When an operating system is improved, new functionality is added or older, core functions are improved. What is no longer useful or necessary is culled away, making room for a more modern, more functional, and more robust operating system.Let’s look at your software, your operating system.You: UpgradedHave you upgraded your operating system? When was your last major upgrade?What new beliefs have you adopted? What mental programs have you eliminated because they are no longer useful and exchanged for more powerful, more useful programs? What core beliefs have you improved? What viruses did you have to uninstall? What frustrating processes have you eliminated by removing the underlying code?What new programs have you installed? What new actions are you now taking that you weren’t taking before? What have you learned that has allowed you to take these new actions? What actions have you optimized for better performance?Have you done anything to upgrade or maintain your hardware?What new results are you now capable of producing because of your most recent upgrade? What results can you produce more easily?Is it time to upgrade your operating system? Is it time to stop running old programs that no longer serve you and install more empowering programs? Is it time to run new programs that produce new and better results?What exciting new innovations are coming in the next version of your operating system?last_img read more

  • ScienceShot: Ancient Bees Pulled From Tar Pit

    first_imgThe La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles, California, are famous for the thousands of bones of saber-toothed cats, mammoths, and other outsized creatures that scientists have dug out of its oozy pools. But sometimes it’s the little things that count. In a paper published online today in PLOS ONE, researchers working at the site have now identified two beautifully preserved nests of the leafcutter bee (Megachile gentilis), so-called because the female insect constructs the nests out of leaf fragments glued together with saliva and leaf sap. And when they peered inside the nests using micro-CT scanning, they found equally well-preserved pupae of the insects (lower image and video). Comparison with modern pupae of this still extant species (upper image) confirmed the taxonomic identification, and also gave the team important information about the climate and environment at the pits during the period between about 35,000 and 40,000 years ago when the bees were buzzing around the area. Although the team could not identify the exact species of leaves the nests were made from, they were able to narrow them down to woody trees, shrubs, or vines, rather than herb plants, thus giving an indication of the local vegetation; and the climate at the time would probably have been mild, because modern leafcutter bees live in conditions that are rarely below freezing.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

  • Black hopes Meralco learns from costly miscues in q’finals exit

    first_imgCayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games “I told the players that it’s all about learning experience. Obviously in the end, there’s going to be one winner so everybody else is gonna be losers. It’s just heartbreaking because we should’ve won the game, we we’re right there, and we made the mistakes down the stretch to lose the game,” he said.Meralco squandered a golden opportunity to advance to the semifinals a number of times, losing hold of its 14-point lead in the third frame and a five-point edge in the last 2:29.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWith the Bolts holding on to a tight 89-88 edge, Ranidel de Ocampo was whistled for a technical foul for not reporting to the scorer’s table, but Chris Newsome muffed the accompanying freebie with 12.3 seconds remaining. Though the KaTropa failed to score on the other end, Newsome turned the ball over anew as his pass to the foot of Joshua Smith got picked up by Jayson Castro, who would go on and send the game to overtime.The tough sequences late in the game obviously took a toll on the Bolts as a deflated crew failed to match up against TNT in the extra five minutes. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Creamline nears bronze finish WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIt may sound repetitive, but coach Norman Black truly believes that the lessons learned from Meralco’s failed campaigns should be building blocks for the team going forward.The Bolts bowed out of the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals in heartbreaking fashion, a 104-96 overtime loss to TNT on Friday, but there’s no reason for the team to bow their heads.ADVERTISEMENT What ‘missteps’? Black knows that accepting defeat is tough after almost tasting the win, but he’s hopeful that these bitter experiences will serve his team right once these situations arose again.“Right now, my backcourt, who I should say are two second-year players, are very talented but is only in the league for five conferences, so just give them a chance to mature and get the experience needed to make the right plays in that situation,” he said, referring to Newsome and Baser Amer. “Hopefully, when we get into this situation, we won’t make those same mistakes.“But there’s a reason for optimism for Meralco, especially with the way Amer made the leap this conference.“He took over the leadership for the team at the point guard position and he’s been very productive. I thought he was our leading scorer this conference and probably one of our leading assists guys and one of our leading rebounders. He did well this conference and hopefully, he can build on that,” he said.The Bolts will have ample time to do just that as they are set to welcome back Allen Durham in the season-ending Governors’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead in Cavite blast, firecenter_img LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

  • Student first, athlete second: Celine Domingo divides time between volleyball, thesis work

    first_imgMANILA, Philippines—Celine Domingo is making sure that she’s a student first and an athlete second.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES View comments The field is set: 2019 NBA playoffs matchups finalized Domingo averaged 11.9 points in the tournament’s first nine games and ranked no.13 in scoring, but she suffered a drastic drop in her production in FEU’s past three games.She went scoreless against Ateneo then had 12 combined points in the Lady Tamaraws’ matches against University of the Philippines and the Lady Bulldogs.“I know this shouldn’t be an excuse but I have a hard time adjusting because I’m the type of person who sleeps early,” said Domingo. “It’s actually frustrating for me because your mind is telling me to push it but your body is the one that just gives up.”Domingo added that her thesis doesn’t require her to spend hours upon hours in the library and instead demands her and her group mates to go out on the field.The 5-foot-9 middle blocker routinely goes to Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife, La Mesa Dam Water Shed, and UP-Diliman to do on-site studies for her thesis titled Motivation and Satisfaction in Visiting Urban Green Parks in Quezon City.ADVERTISEMENT And Domingo does her schoolwork right after the team’s training at around lunchtime.Another part of Domingo’s student-athlete struggle is the Lady Tamaraws’ schedule in the tournament.FEU has a game set on Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena against University of Santo Tomas at 4 pm and it’s on that day that Domingo’s set to defend the thesis.“Our defense is on Sunday, and we have a game on Sunday so I’m putting my fate to the Lord,” said Domingo. “Our schedule is yet to be released and I hope we go in the morning so I can catch up to our game at MOA.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Far Eastern University’s middle blocker has been on a roller coaster ride in her past three games in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament that included a zero-point game against Ateneo.Domingo said she’s not solely focused on volleyball during the past weeks and instead had to divide her time for training and completing her thesis for her BS Tourism course at FEU.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I’m focusing on my thesis now and it’s getting harder by the moment,” said Domingo in Filipino after FEU’s romp of National University, 25-21, 25-19, 25-22, Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Center.“Before we played Ateneo, I think there were three nights that I only had three hours of sleep each. And now I’ve been sleeping for three to five hours because there are a lot of deadlines I have to catch up on.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Philippine Arena Interchange inauguratedlast_img read more

  • Greece Faces Croatia as World Cup Qualifying Reaching its Climax

    first_imgThe lineup of teams at the World Cup in Russia will be confirmed over the next week.Here’s a look at the two-leg European and intercontinental playoffs matches, as well as how African qualifying is shaping up:Greece is bidding to reach a major tournament again after an embarrassing qualification campaign for the 2016 European Championship.Without defender Kostas Manolas, who is banned from the first leg, the Greeks will play at Croatia on Thursday and then host the return match on Sunday.Manolas is out because FIFA suspended him for trying to manipulate his disciplinary record by deliberately earning a yellow card against Cyprus on Oct. 7. The decision compounded problems for coach Michael Skibbe, who is missing midfielder Petros Mantalos and striker Tasos Donis because of injury.Croatia is set to miss defensive midfielder Milan Badelj for both matches against Greece.The Croatians and the Greeks were in the playoffs for the 2014 tournament in Brazil. Croatia eliminated Iceland 2-0 on aggregate, while Greece beat Romania 4-2 on aggregate.___NORTHERN IRELAND vs. SWITZERLANDNorthern Ireland is within reach of its first World Cup in 32 years after hitting its target of second place in a group won by defending champion Germany.Switzerland, ranked No. 4 in August, finds itself in a tense playoff despite nine straight wins to start qualifying.On Monday, Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic was still looking back to the 2-0 loss at Portugal last month, saying he had imagined playing a “nice friendly” game this week. He acknowledged his team was too passive against Portugal, and challenged players he did not identify to take more responsibility now.The Swiss need to forget about that match before the first leg Thursday at Windsor Park, where only Germany has beaten Northern Ireland in a competitive match in the past four years.Switzerland has a nine-game winning streak at home in tournament qualifiers, and hosts the return on Sunday in Basel.___ SWEDEN vs. ITALYFour-time champion Italy has participated in every World Cup since failing to qualify for the 1958 tournament, which coincidentally was held in Sweden.But Italy has showed poor form recently, ever since a 3-0 loss to Spain in September. After that match, Italy edged Israel 1-0, drew 1-1 with Macedonia and beat Albania 1-0.While Sweden didn’t qualify for the last two World Cups, it impressed in qualifying with a win over France and finished ahead of the Netherlands.“We are winners just by being here,” Sweden coach Janne Andersson said.The first leg will be in Sweden on Friday, with the return match on Monday in Italy.Sweden went unbeaten at home in qualifying at Friends Arena and striker Marcus Berg scored eight times in nine matches.___DENMARK vs. IRELANDBeing in the playoffs for a major tournament is nothing new for Ireland.This will be the team’s ninth time, and they have lost five of them — including against France ahead of the 2010 World Cup when Thierry Henry clearly handled the ball in the build-up to the crucial goal.The first leg will be in Denmark on Saturday. Ireland will host the second leg on Tuesday.Ireland has effectively already won one playoff — by beating Wales 1-0 in its final qualifier — and will likely rely on the counterattacking tactics that worked so well in Cardiff.While there are no real stars in the Ireland team, Denmark has a standout in Christian Eriksen — one of European soccer’s best playmakers over the past few years at Tottenham. He scored eight times from midfield in qualifying.The Danes’ 4-0 win over Poland in group play highlights their potential and they are also higher in the FIFA rankings, at No. 19 compared to Ireland’s No. 26.The managers — Martin O’Neill and Age Hareide — are former teammates at English club Norwich.___AUSTRALIA vs. HONDURASThis is the scenario Australia aimed to avoid when it switched from Oceania to the Asian Football Confederation after the 2006 World Cup: A last-ditch intercontinental playoff in the Americas for a spot at soccer’s marquee event.Australian players traveled from three continents to assemble in Honduras this week to prepare for Friday’s first leg. The return match will be in Australia on Wednesday.It was a similar scenario when the Australians played Uruguay for a place at the 2006 tournament. Uruguay won 1-0 in Montevideo, and Australia leveled it up with a 1-0 win in Sydney before advancing 4-2 on penalties. It ended a long drought for the Socceroos, who had failed to advance from the last playoff stage in 1986 (against Scotland), in 1994 (against Argentina), in 1998 (against Iran), and in 2002 (against Uruguay).Tim Cahill, the only player still active from that playoff series in 2005 and now Australia’s all-time leading scorer, is in doubt because of an ankle injury.___NEW ZEALAND vs. PERUNew Zealand will return to the scene of one of its greatest triumphs when it hosts Peru on Saturday.In 2009, New Zealand beat Bahrain 1-0 in front of a crowd of 35,000 at the Wellington Regional Stadium to qualify for the World Cup for the second time. It had previously qualified in 1982, the same year in which Peru made its last World Cup appearance.The return leg will be in Peru on Wednesday.Rory Fallon, who scored New Zealand’s winning goal in that match eight years ago, has been recalled to the All Whites after a one-year absence. He is currently playing for Dorchester in the seventh tier of English soccer. That win over Bahrain briefly put soccer center-stage in a rugby-mad country and Saturday’s match will likely do so again. The match is a sellout.Peru, ranked No. 10, starts as the overwhelming favorite against 122nd-ranked New Zealand but have a significant setback, with striker Paolo Guerrero ruled out after failing a doping test. Guerrero scored six goals in qualifying.___AFRICAAfrica’s last three World Cup places will be decided on the final group games in qualifying, when Ivory Coast could miss out and Congo could qualify for the first time since 1974.Two of the five groups are settled, with Nigeria and Egypt already through.Tunisia and Congo will tussle for a place from Group A. Tunisia has a three-point advantage, so Congo needs to beat Guinea and hope Tunisia loses at home to Libya. If that happens, the World Cup place will go to the team with the best goal difference.Morocco and Ivory Coast face a straight shootout in Group C when Morocco travels to Abidjan. Ivory Coast must win to sneak through to the World Cup and deny former coach Herve Renard, now with Morocco.Senegal can seal its place on Friday in a contentious qualifier against South Africa, a game ordered by FIFA to be played again because of match-fixing by the referee. Senegal lost the initial game but if it wins on its second chance, it’ll be through to the World Cup.That will lead to serious discontent from the other teams. Burkina Faso, hoping to go to the World Cup for the first time, has already appealed against FIFA’s decision.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

  • SINTRONES introduces new in-vehicle computer for railway applications

    first_img Continue Reading Previous LDRA, QNX, and Direct Insight host seminars on safety- and security-critical systemsNext PLS: UDE enables synchronous debugging of AURIX multi-chip systems SINTRONES announced the new RBOX-1000, specifically designed for use on railway, tram and road transportation sectors. RBOX-1000 can support rolling stock application, public transport surveillance and facial identification on rail with optimized performance, innovative features and design.New RBOX-1000 designed with Intel Gen6 Core i7-6600U CPU, isolated 110VDC input 6 x GbE with optional PoE In-Vehicle Computer and EN50155 Railway Applications. It is aiming to provide high computing performance for railway applications offer all current PC functions and up-to-date technology, as well as robustness, safety and long-term availability. The new RBOX-1000 was engineered using dual hot swappable SATA storage RAID 0,1,5 and EN50155 Tx temperature and class S2 interruption.More technical features including: 2 x SO-DIMM DDR4 up to 32GB memory, 6 x Intel I210AT LAN chipset, and watchdog timer support, offer 1 – 255 steps. A well designed I/O system provides 2 x USB 2.0 Parts, 6 x 10/100/1000 Mb/s with M12 X-code LAN port (optional PoE total 100W max.), HDMI video port, 2 x SIM card sockets supported onboard with eject and 2 x mini-card slots expansion bus.The RBOX-1000 is approved for a temperature range of -40 ~ 85°C for storage and 40 ~ 70°C EN50155 Tx for operations. This makes the railway computer perfectly suited for rolling stock application. It resists strong vibrations and shock (EN50155, EN61373) with certifications EN50155, EN50121-1, EN50121-3-2.Continuously, RBOX-1000 has compact design on size 482 x 300 x44mm, weight 2500g, and 1U 19” rock mount with wireless router to fit-in and connect with current digital management system on railway and tram, like train public transport surveillance and facial identification.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

  • 10 months agoBerger urges Liverpool to go for Double

    first_imgBerger urges Liverpool to go for Doubleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool hero Patrik Berger has urged Jurgen Klopp not to prioritise trophies this season.After sneaking through to the last 16 of the Champions League, courtesy of a 1-0 win over Napoli earlier this month, Berger sees no reason why they cannot dominate both at home and abroad.He told the Mirror: “It won’t be easy to get to the final again because the teams they have to face are great sides. But that European run has definitely helped them at home as well.”Any trophy would be fantastic for them to win, but, obviously, the fans want the title because they have had to wait so long.“Liverpool won the Champions League in 2005 and 2001 was a pretty good year too. But they still haven’t won the Premier League and that’s something that those fans would love to see change.“Liverpool is all about the trophies, so I wouldn’t mind the Champions League and the Premier League, that would be the dream. Why not be greedy?” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

  • 24 days agoKeane: Hard work watching this Man Utd team

    first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Keane: Hard work watching this Man Utd teamby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Roy Keane is having a tough time watching his former side.The Red Devils were unable to maintain their one-goal lead over Arsenal on Monday night, eventually walking away with a point.And Keane says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team is lacking quality.”It’s hard work watching them, but I bet it’s hard work for the players too,” Keane told Sky Sports .”It’s just not happening, but you have to persevere, you have to stick at it, and hopefully things will change.”But they have to get a big result soon, just to give the players a bit of confidence.”He added: “We talk about winning games consistently, we talk about getting momentum into your team.”The effort was there, but there was a real lack of quality. United could have won it 2-0, 3-0, but Arsenal deserve a little bit of credit, they responded well at half time.”But belief, confidence, a combination of those things is needed.”United aren’t cutting teams open, they get the goal really from a counter attack, and that’s where the team are at the moment.” last_img read more

  • Brookland Elementary Officially Opens

    first_imgStudents joined together with educators, community members andgovernment today, Feb. 7, to officially open Brookland ElementarySchool in Sydney. The Primary to Grade 6 facility welcomed more than 500 studentslast September, replacing Colby, Sacred Heart, and St. Josephschools. “Brookland is a wonderful school,” said Education Minister JamieMuir. “The students and staff have brought the spirit of thethree predecessor schools to a fine new building with all themodern amenities. “There’s no better example of that spirit than the money they’veraised for the regions hit by the tsunami in South Asia — $2,300and counting.” Darlene Morrison, chair of the Cape Breton-Victoria RegionalSchool Board, said Brookland holds great promise for children inthe area. “I am convinced that this new school will allow everyone –students, teachers, parents and the community — the opportunityto find answers, to discuss and share problems, and to worktogether for the ultimate goal of a thorough education for everychild,” she said. The participants marked the event by unveiling a commemorativeplaque. Student performers provided entertainment. The school is home to 24 classrooms, a spacious gym, an art room,a music room, and a multi-media room. It devotes 3,716 squaremetres (40,000 square feet) to teaching and learning with spacefor storage and support. The new school is part of an eight-year, $400-million investmentby the province in its children. It was built at a cost of almost$11 million.last_img read more

  • Ontario legislature resumes amid two Liberal trials focus on labour and pot

    first_imgTORONTO – Major labour law changes, including a $15 minimum wage, and marijuana will be on the front burner as Ontario’s legislature returns from its summer break on Monday.But the business of legislating also resumes at the same time as two Liberal trials get underway and are sure to dominate Ontario politics.Both opposition parties will likely try to keep reminding people of the Election Act bribery charges trial in Sudbury related to a 2015 byelection and mischief and the breach of trust trial in Toronto related to the cancellation of two gas plants before the 2011 election.Premier Kathleen Wynne is set to testify in the bribery trial in Sudbury on Wednesday.“It’s a sad day for the people of Ontario that they will be seeing their premier as a witness on the stand in court on Wednesday,” Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown said in a statement.Wynne was asked last week if she was worried the trials would overshadow her agenda.“I really don’t have control over that,” she said. “My job is to implement our plan to make sure that we do everything that we can to make this a fair place to live.”Wynne and her team have been pushing the fairness theme hard over the past months. Expect that to continue through the fall and all the way to the June 2018 election.A key part of that is the Liberal government’s labour bill that would increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour in 2019 as well as give equal pay for part-time workers, increased vacation entitlements and expanded personal emergency leave.Public hearings on the bill were held this summer and it will go back before the House with some tweaks for second reading, before being sent for a second round of committee hearings.Though the minimum wage increase has proven popular in government polling, business groups have been campaigning hard against the phase-in period, saying the increase — it is currently set to rise to $11.60 in October — is too much to absorb that quickly.The business groups say they’ll continue to press for amendments to the bill, but they’re also eager for the government to unveil a promised package of offsets to help businesses cope with increased costs the labour bill will bring.That is set to be announced in the fall and Economic Development Minister Brad Duguid has said a break for small businesses will come “likely on the tax side.”The NDP will continue to push for more changes to the labour bill, including more vacation days and paid sick days. Party Leader Andrea Horwath also indicated in a statement she would turn part of her attention to Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown — who is leading in the polls.“Patrick Brown won’t tell us what his plans are, but after years of standing with Conservatives who cut like Stephen Harper, Mike Harris and Tim Hudak, we can expect his priorities to be conservative cuts and conservative privatization,” she wrote.Legislation to control the sale of recreational marijuana is set to be tabled this fall, after the Liberal government on Friday announced its plan to sell pot to people 19 and older in as many as 150 standalone stores run by the province’s liquor control board.Opposition parties and cannabis activists slammed the plan and are expected to continue to be vocal as the legislation is crafted and goes to public hearings.Other policies the government has previously said will come this fall include:— The next long-term energy plan— Police oversight legislation— Legislation to create two new northern ridings— An updated Police Services Act— Ticket sales and resales legislation— Legislation to create safe zones around abortion clinicslast_img read more

  • Contractual Teachers Camp Out in Front of Rabats Parliament

    Rabat – Saturday night to Sunday morning, young contractual teachers decided to camp outside of Rabat’s parliament in protest of the government’s recent decision to keep contractual teaching positions.The teachers, aged 20-30, donned white coats and carried banners with slogans such as “the people for the abolishment of contractual employment” and “freedom, dignity and social justice” as they marched around Rabat during the day. There were approximately 10,000 protesters on Rabat’s streets, according to Reuters.Read also: Government Tells Contractual Teachers to Go to Work, Threatens FiringAs night fell, the protesters marched from the Ministry of Education to the Parliament, where they lit candles and set up an improvised camp in front of Rabat’s parliament. Authorities initially attempted to negotiate with the contractual teachers, but when the teachers refused to leave after two hours, police and auxiliary forces used water cannons and batons in an attempt the disperse the protest. March 23 was chosen as the day for this large protest in reference to a mass student protest in Casablanca that occurred on the same date in 1965, which ended in as many as 100 deaths according to the Union Nationale des Forces Populaires (UNFP).The protest follows the government’s unwillingness to change the laws on contractual employment. Contractual employment doesn’t allow the teachers to seek a permanent position in the education sector, and they can be fired with 30 days of the contract being signed. Contractual teachers are also only paid MAD 5000 month, putting in them in the government’s ninth pay grade. Many are protesting to receive a raise to the 10th pay grade, adding an extra MAD 1500 to their salary. Approximately 55,000 contractual teachers have been hired since the practice was introduced by the government in 2016.The protests began on March 3 and are showing no signs of slowing down. On March 10, the government tried to find solutions to ease the tension, such as proposing the contractual teachers by hired within the regional academy they currently work, but protesters said this was not enough and they would keep protesting until the contractual hiring of teachers was abolished completely.Government Spokesperson, Mustapha El Khlafi, in response to contractual teachers rejecting the government’s proposed solutions, said that the protests have “nothing to do with their interest, but they aim to disrupt public utility.”Read also: Former Head of Government Benkirane Criticizes Protesting Contractual Teachers, Citing Islam read more

  • Morocco Offers Ivory Coast 120 Scholarships for Coming Academic Year

    Rabat – Morocco is offering 120 scholarships for high-achieving Ivorian students, Ivorian media has reported.The local newspapers quoted a statement from the Ivorian ministry of foreign affairs as indicating that the scholarships are for the 2019-2020 academic year and would be available for grasp until mid-August for students interested in pursuing their studies in Morocco. Of the scholarship offers, 100 are for university degrees while the remaining 20 will be taken at vocational schools in Morocco, the ministry explained.  The news comes as a further illustration of the “strong friendship” between Morocco and Ivory Coast. The West African country is a known, outspoken supporter of Morocco’s “African diplomacy” or South-South agenda, in addition to backing the Moroccan autonomy plan in Western Sahara.Last month, Ivory Coast became the first country to open a consulate in Laayoune. Idrissa Traore, the Ivorian ambassador to Rabat, said that the move was not merely symbolic. Rather, he proposed, his country wished to overtly express its commitment to its “strategic partnership” and “multidimensional relations” with Rabat.As Morocco capitalizes on its “African gaze” in foreign relations, the country has maintained its policy of attracting more African students. The goal, according to Moroccan authorities, is to make the North African country a continental hub for scientific research and academic collaboration.Read also: Moroccan Company to Build Hospitals in Ivory CoastMorocco has long been one of the most prized study destinations in Africa, especially for students from francophone Africa. In recent years, scholarships and learning agreements with a number of governments across Africa have helped improve Morocco’s image in the continent, boosting its aspirations for continental leadership. read more

  • Independent BC MLA blasts government for farmland sales to global corp

    by Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 1, 2015 3:50 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 1, 2015 at 6:13 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Independent B.C. MLA blasts government for farmland sales to global corp. VICTORIA – An Independent member of the legislature says British Columbia must protect valuable farmland after an international company bought more than 12,000 hectares it plans to turn into forests.Vicki Huntington, who represents the agriculture-rich Delta South riding, said Thursday that the latest purchase by British-based company Reckitt Benckiser included about 320 hectares of ranch land near Dawson Creek.She said the land deal occurred less than one month after the Ministry of Agriculture announced, after meetings with the company, that its land-purchase policy was under review and further deals were halted.“They’ve got to deal with this issue because it’s real,” Huntington said. “It’s significant to the production of forage for our farmers, and the ministry is just not doing its job effectively in this regard.”She said the 320-hectare property located just west of Dawson Creek is valuable cattle-grazing land. It was part of B.C.’s agricultural land reserve.The company’s website says it has planted seven million trees in efforts to achieve net-zero emissions from its manufacturing operations.“We aim to have net-zero emissions from manufacturing through planting trees,” it said in a statement on its site.“By converting land used, or previously cleared, for cultivation back to forest, we help to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere that would otherwise have remained there contributing to global warming.”Huntington, who is a member of an Opposition agriculture committee, said farm land is becoming increasingly more valuable, especially with ongoing drought conditions.She said local politicians in the Caribou and Peace River regions have expressed concerns since last April about the company’s agricultural land purchases.Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick said his ministry does not endorse turning farms into forests and received assurances in June that Reckitt Benckiser would not buy any more agricultural land.But he said the latest purchase in July involved a deal that was already in the works.“In my mind, and the government’s mind, it is not appropriate for anyone to be taking good agricultural land out of production by planting forests,” Letnick said.He said a solution is being worked out with the company, but that he could not elaborate.Reckitt Benckiser is a manufacturing company that produces a diverse range of products including household cleaners, acne creams and hot dog condiments. read more

  • Brock alumnus shares how he found purpose by erasing hate

    Rather than succumb to his weaknesses, Corey Fleischer (BA ’06) harnessed and used them to create change in the world.In hopes of inspiring others to do the same, the Brock alumnus returned to campus on Tuesday, March 19 to share his story.In a room full of Brock students, alumni, staff, faculty and community members, Fleischer gave an impassioned talk about how he overcame the barriers of his learning disability and dread of an uncertain future through the discovery of his life’s mission: erasing hate.Founder and President of #ErasingHate Corey Fleischer (BA ’06) shared how his journey from Brock University led to the creation of the worldwide movement that targets and eliminates hate graffiti for free.The founder of the global #ErasingHate movement, which sees hate graffiti around the world removed for free, was honoured with the Brock University Alumni Association’s (BUAA) Community Engagement Award at the event.Growing up in Montreal, Fleischer said he struggled for many years to maintain his grades because the education system was ill-equipped to support him and his learning disability. It was not until he attended a prep school in Maine on a hockey scholarship that he “learned how to learn,” transforming his disability into one of his biggest strengths.“My greatest problems with my learning were realistically my greatest attributes. I had to learn things differently than other people,” said Fleischer. “This process helped me to think outside the box. It’s not so much about what you’re learning, but how you learn it.”With the help of various campus services and the compassionate guidance of Brock Learning Disabilities Program Co-ordinator Dianne Jansen (MEd ’10), Fleischer discovered his passion for Women’s Studies at the University and graduated in 2010.After Convocation, Fleischer returned to Montreal, where he started his own power-washing company. While he was able to make a living off his successful business, Fleischer felt like his life was missing substance.That changed the day he encountered a swastika spray painted in a public space.Although he initially ignored to the urge to remove the hate symbol, it didn’t take him long to realize this was a task he needed to take on.In the 15 seconds it took for him to clean the vandalized intersection, he found the feeling he had been searching for his whole life.Brock alumnus Corey Fleischer returned to campus for the first time in 10 years to receive the Brock University Alumni Association’s Community Engagement Award on Tuesday, March 19.After his first removal of hate graffiti, Fleischer spent five years privately scouring the streets of Montreal looking for disparaging graffiti he could remove in his spare time. Then, in response to an upsurge in incidences, Fleischer shared photos of his erasures on Facebook. What he did not anticipate was the viral response and flood of media requests that followed, turning his once private act of volunteerism into a public, global movement.In the first five years, Fleischer erased about 50 instances of hate graffiti on his own, averaging 10 pieces per year. Now, Fleischer estimates #ErasingHate removes more than 50 pieces of hate graffiti daily, ranging from homophobic and Islamophobic remarks, to anti-Semitic symbols and racial slurs, around the world.“What we’re seeing is social change taking place through social media,” he said.“A lot of people think you need unattainable things to make a difference, like millions of dollars or complicated algorithms, but you don’t. The difference between me and everyone else in this room is I have a power-washer, water, a phone and the drive to make a difference … All it takes is one person to say, ‘I’m not taking this anymore’ and you’d be surprised how quickly things can change.”When Fleischer left Brock and stopped playing hockey, his role as protector of his teammates disappeared along with it. Since founding the #ErasingHate movement, Fleischer says he has a new team, only it is much bigger now.“Erasing Hate was built on helping your neighbours. It’s about inspiring people to step up when something is wrong and to do something about it.”Fleischer’s quest to make a difference around the world made him an obvious choice for the BUAA’s Community Engagement Award, which recognizes a Brock graduate who has made outstanding contributions to their community and in doing so, has enriched the lives of others. “Corey was a natural fit as this year’s recipient,” says Jayne Morrish (MA ’12), Chair, BUAA Recognition of Excellence Committee. “Corey embodies this award’s vision every day, but on a global scale.“He has dedicated his life to making the world a kinder, friendlier and more accepting place, while also spreading the message that youth can overcome any challenges that come their way. This, coupled with his passion for authentic engagement, made Corey the ideal candidate for the Community Engagement award, and I am so proud to count him among my fellow alumni.” read more

  • Millionaire seeks greater share in divorce because he is a genius prompting

    first_imgReferring to the use of the use of the word ‘genius’ in court to describe Mr Work’s investment skills, the judge remarked: “I personally find that a difficult, and perhaps unhelpful, word in this context.“To my mind, the word ‘genius’ tends to be over-used and is properly reserved for Leonardo Da Vinci, Mozart, Einstein, and others like them.”But Mr Work, who says his share should be nearer two-thirds, is preparing to take his case to the Court of Appeal after his lawyers complained that Mr Justice Holman had been wrong not to give credit for a special contribution. Mandy Gray When Oscar Wilde reputedly told a US customs official that he had nothing to declare but his genius, he was, it is assumed, joking.But genius has become a term used in everyday life to describe everything from hot-housed children to footballers, pop stars and celebrity chefs.Now a panel of judges in the Court of Appeal is to be asked to grapple with the meaning of the word in the case of a multimillionaire husband seeking a bigger slice of the wealth he once shared with his wife in a divorce settlement. Randy Work, an American financier, is seek to overturn as order at the High Court last year awarding his estranged wife, Mandy Gray, half of a fortune, totalling more than £140 million.His lawyers argue that his performance as an investor was so stellar that the usual principle of dividing assets half and half in divorce settlements should be put aside.They argue that he was not left with a fair cash share following a divorce battle with his unfaithful wife because his “special contribution” to their fortune had not been recognised. Mandy Gray arriving Royal Courts of Justice with her lawyer Fiona Shackleton Credit:Nick Ansell /PA Albert Einstein Mandy Gray, 45, arriving Royal Courts of Justice with her lawyer Fiona Shackleton  The court heard last year how, during a stint in Japan working for a US private equity firm, he had earned $7 billion for his employer, taking home a multimillion income himself.Under the Matrimonial Causes Act the usual principle of equal division can be permitted if it would be unfair to disregard the conduct of one party to the marriage.Last year Mr Justice Holman rejected the argument, concluding that Mr Work’s contributions to wealth creation were not “wholly exceptional”.  Mandy Gray was awarded half the couple’s fortune Credit:Nick Ansell /PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Allowing the appeal to go ahead Lady Justice King said that Mr Work’s lawyers had argued that Mr Justice Holman had appeared to have accepted that “genius” was a prerequisite for a finding of special contribution.Appeal judges are now expected to consider the case at a hearing in London in February.At one point during last year’s hearing Mr Justice Holman told Mr Work: “I am not sure you and I are on the same planet”.Mr Work had argued that his wife was only entitled to £5 million from their fortune because, he said, she had failed to abide by a Texan post-nuptial agreement.Throughout the case the judge urged the couple to settle their differences, telling them there was “plenty of money to go round” adding: “People who are struggling to afford two-bedroom houses have difficulties.”The couple began living together in 1992 and married in 1995 in California. They separated in 2013 and have two teenage children. To my mind, the word ‘genius’ tends to be over-used and is properly reserved for Leonardo Da Vinci, Mozart, Einstein, and others like themMr Justice Holman A judge last year said the word ‘genius’ should really be used for people like EinsteinCredit:AP last_img read more

  • Tougher AIM requirements were needed says Cobbetts partner

    first_imgIn March, the London Stock Exchange cracked down on AIM’s mining and oil & gas sectors by issuing new guidance in a bid to tighten up the process of coming to the AIM market. The new guidance now clarifies when resource companies must provide an expert’s report on their reserves and resources (known as a Competent Persons’ Report) in the admission document, what the report should contain and to what standard it should be produced. In addition it explains the reporting standards required following admission whenever the company updates the market (see the article by Alexander Keepin in the June issue of IM). Charles Bond, corporate partner at leading law firm Cobbetts LLP, says: “It is no secret that there has been a sense of unease amongst investors, advisers and the wider public markets community, that the flexible approach to regulation which has been so attractive to companies wanting to come to AIM, could also lead to a major upset. Lack of full technical disclosure by these companies has been a real concern, especially when compared to other regimes.” “However, the general consensus amongst the AIM community is that the new guidance has provided more confidence in the market and is a positive sign of things to come, indeed setting a standard for the main market.” Bond continues: “Although some commentators may say that the guidance is only that and does not go far enough to bring AIM into line with other markets, it does provide the advantage of retaining the markets’ appeal of flexibility whilst maintaining credibility. Both of these factors are particularly important in attracting international companies, particularly as the sector for markets and exchanges enters into an era of consolidation.” With so many rules and regulations to consider, Bond offers some advice to resource companies looking to be admitted: “With many resource companies already on the market, investors are now beginning to look for companies with international assets that are going into production rather than merely exploration. In addition, companies coming to London must make sure that their corporate governance is in order, including having the right mixture of non-executives and executives on the board and being able to demonstrate clear internal reporting and control procedures. ”Advisers play a fundamental part in the whole process and finding the right one for your business can also be difficult: “Nomads are essential in navigating the whole process but with some 80 to choose from, it can be tricky to find one that best suits your needs. Choose one that you have a good relationship with, who represents investors relevant to your sector and who has a good reputation. Other advisers needed are reporting accountants, a broker (normally covered by the Nomad), a PR adviser, and of course, a UK legal adviser.”last_img read more

  • Katarina Tomasevic joins Nantes Loire Atlantique HB

    ← Previous Story DKB Bundesliga: Goppingen beat Kiel – Flensburg joins championship race! Next Story → Iwan Ursic to GC Amicitia Zürich Katarina TomasevicNantes Loire Atlantique HB Serbian goalkeeper Katarina Tomasevic (29) will continue proffesional career in French team – NANTES LOIRE ATLANTIQUE HB. The leader of the Second French League almost secure the first position and promotion to the French elite. A part of the ambitious project is signing of one of the best European goalkeeper from the last Women’s EHF EURO 2012 in Serbia, where Tomasevic was guilty why France didn’t achieve semi-final.Tomasevic plays for German Thuringer. She has also experience of playing in Austria (Hypo), Denmark (Esbjerg) and Spain (Bera Bera) with domestic RK Zajecar, etc… read more

  • Ronaldo leaves a massive tip at Greek resort

    first_imgSealing a move to Juventus appears to have put Cristiano Ronaldo in a very generous mood with the star having reportedly left an unbelievable £17,850 tip at a restaurant in a luxury Greek resortThe five-time Ballon d’Or winner was spending some at Greece for his summer vacation with his family following Portugal’s last-16 exit at the World Cup last month.His time in Greece will be mostly remembered as the place where he sealed his move to Juventus with even the club chairman Andrea Agnelli having flown over from Italy to meet Ronaldo and seal the deal that saw him end his glorious nine-year spell at Real Madrid for a move to the Serie A champions.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.But it turns out that there will be other things that the locals will remember Ronaldo for with the New Zealand Herald reporting that the new Juventus man was so impressed with the service that he received at the Costa Navarino resort in the Peloponnese region of Greece that he decided to leave them a massive cheque of £17,850 as a thank you gesture for everything they had done for him and his family.The 33-year-old specifically asked the management at the hotel to split the cheque equally between all their employees.While he gave away a lot of money there, Ronaldo should be able to quickly recuperate with his new lucrative contract at Juventus set to see him earn €30m a year.last_img read more

  • Digicel TCI new CEO Erik Staaf launches LTE first in Turks and

    first_img Related Items:ceo, digicel, erik staaf Digicel T&T Donates Supplies to Anguilla and British Virgin Islands Thousands without power in TCI Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you TCI Govt meets with Digicel and Carnival Cruise Lines Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 26 Mar 2015 – LTE technology is finally launched in the Turks and Caicos and since yesterday mobile phone users could activate the service only at Digicel. At a luncheon held at Blue Haven Resort, media learned of the expansive offerings of the company and met its new CEO, Erik Staaf who explained Digicel is heavily focused upon being the ‘home of internet & entertainment’. With a new commercial marketing campaign, produced by local company Spotlight Communications, Digicel used familiar faces including Takara Bain, former WIV news anchor to explain the faster speed of LTE. Staaf said it is four times faster than 4G and 120 times faster than 2G. During the announcement, we also learned that all Ministry of Education schools will receive free internet, will see a smart or digital classroom established by Digicel, that current 4G customers only need change their settings – the LTE comes at no extra cost, that prepaid customers need a special SIM card to access the new mobile data service and all will get free Netflix and Rdio, a music streaming app free in the first month.last_img read more