SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension A successful routine counts as one point, and the team with the most points after a 10-minute round wins.READ: PH bags silver medal in men’s sepak takrawPassing should be seamless because it’s a race against time. A failed routine would require the ball to be served—which takes precious time.“So it’s important that you communicate very well with you teammates,” said Bobier.“I think we did well considering we only trained for four months,” he added. “Malaysia has been a team for years. But I think we can still improve and raise our level.”ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses PH goal scorer Cubon hurt but will be ready for Indonesia LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago View comments Rhemwil Catana of Philippines. during the Chinlone event at the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur where Chinlone team won the 1st silver for the country. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZKUALA LUMPUR—Chinlone, the event that broke the Philippines into medal column, requires hand-foot-eye coordination as much as cohesion and team work.Team member Johnjohn Bobier said they may have came up short in skills department — after settling for silver behind gold winner Malaysia — but not in camaraderie.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES For one, Bobier said the team regularly takes a shower together.READ: Sepak takraw targeting 2 golds FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We are like family. We shower together. Eat together and dress together,” said the 25-year-old Army First Class.Chinlone, a discipline under the sport of sepak takraw, requires six players in a circle performing a routine of kicking a ball made of wicker one after another. Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd MOST READ
Raipur, Aug 29 (PTI) Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh today said that the state government will develop a Khelgaon (sports village) in Bilaspur district and set up a state-level sports authority.”The sports talent will be supported, nurtured and groomed to excel on the world stage like the Olympics, CommonwealthGamesand Asiad,” Singh said, speaking at a state sport awards distribution ceremony here.He felicitated as many as 103 sportspersons and coaches.Rajnandgaon-based hockey player Renuka Yadav (22) who was a part of 16-member Indian womens hockey squad for Rio Olympics was also felicitated with a special award of Rs 10 lakh.The sports training centre at Bilaspur will be developed as a Khelgaon and a state level sports authority will be constituted for Chhattisgarh, the Chief Minister said.A pension scheme for the sports-persons who are above 60 years old and who have taken part in Olympics, CommonwealthGamesor Asiad will be launched, he said.Also, an accident insurance scheme will be started for the players, he added.An action plan to nurture the sports talent for the next ten years will be drafted, he said.”The young talent between the agegroup of 8 to 12 years will be identified at district,divisionand state level and will be provided training in various sports. The players will be selected for individual games like athletics, swimming, archery…those players (in the age group 12-16 yrs) whose performance is on par with national level players will be directly selected for the training,” the CM said.The sports-persons working in the police force and other government departments would be sent to the nationallevel academies for training. Those who win medals at the national level too will be sent for training at national academies at the cost of the government, the CM added.advertisementSingh also announced a class-II job for Renuka Yadav in the state sports department after she passes std 12th.Laxmirani Manjhi, who was part of Indian archery team at the Rio Olympics, was also felicitated. PTI TKP KRK IKA PTP
Danang (Vietnam), Oct 2 (PTI) India ended their campaign in the 5th Asian Beach Games at 16th spot with 24 medals, including two gold, here today. Shweta Ramdas More won the gold in womens 48kg-52kg class traditional martial arts event by beating Nguyen Thi Tuyet Dung of Vietnam on the final day of the competitions here. India won 2 gold, 4 silver and 18 bronze in the Games to end at 16th spot in the medal table. India were, however, fifth in terms of total number of medals won. Hosts Vietnam topped the medal table with 139 medals (52 gold, 44 silver and 43 bronze), followed by Thailand (90) and China (49) in the top three. Earlier, Deepa Prakash Gawale won a silver medal in the womens Dragon Tiger Form Vovinam event. A 208 member contingent represented India in 13 different sports disciplines in the Asian Beach Games. PTI PDS PDS
Last week, Vivo sent out a press release to announce that the company will be launching its futuristic Nex S phone in India on July 19. To recollect, the Vivo Nex S was first launched in China alongside the mid-range Vivo Nex A phone last month. India is Vivo’s second choice to bring the Nex S phone after China, Vivo’s home market. There’s no word if Vivo will also launch the Vivo Nex A in India or not. Possibly it will not, at least not for now. Ahead of the official launch of the phone, the India price and availability of the Vivo Nex S have been leaked.MySmartPrice has managed to obtain the price of the Vivo Nex S. According to them, the Vivo Nex S will launch in India with a starting price tag of Rs 48,990. Meaning, the Vivo Nex S will be much cheaper than that of the Oppo’s Find X that has come to India only yesterday. The Oppo Find X has been launched in India for a price of Rs 59,999.The leaked report also claims that Vivo will be launching the Nex S in two variants in India. The base model will come with 128GB of internal storage, while the top-end model will pack a 256GB of storage. The leaked price of Rs 48,990 is supposedly for the 128GB storage model.According to the report, Vivo has partnered with Amazon India for selling the phone in India. The Vivo Nex S will be available for purchase via Amazon India store in India. The phone is said to go up for pre-order on July 19 exclusively on Amazon at 1PM IST. It is important to note both the price and the availability of the Vivo Nex S are yet to be confirmed by the company. Hence, this information should be taken with a pinch of salt.advertisement The Vivo Nex S is a futuristic phone. The Vivo phone is different from other flagship phones like the iPhone X, OnePlus 6, Xiaomi Mi 8 and others because it doesn’t come with a notch. Vivo Nex S comes with a pop-up camera and no bezels.The handset comes with a pop-out selfie shooter on the top, above the display that’s built out of mechanical parts. The earpiece and the fingerprint sensor of the Vivo Nex S are placed underneath the display, just as the Mi Mix.The Vivo Nex S comes with a third-generation in-display fingerprint scanner and is powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 chipset paired with 8GB RAM. The smartphone sports a 6.59-inch 1080p+ AMOLED display and dual rear camera system. The primary camera consists of a 12-megapixel sensor, while the secondary camera includes a 5-megapixel sensor for depth sensing. On the front, the Nex S comes with an 8-megapixel camera. The phone runs on Android 8.1 Oreo-based Fun Touch OS and is backed by a 4,000mAh battery.
Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger The Los Angeles Angels have landed the most coveted free agent in baseball, Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani.The 23-year-old, dubbed ‘Japan’s Babe Ruth’, has been highly coveted by Major League Baseball clubs due to his rare two-way skills – his fastball has reached over 100mph and powerful left-handed swing allows him to play in the line-up when he is not pitching.Ohtani, who turned down the New York Yankees, ultimately chose the Angels over the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, and Texas Rangers.Ohtani was coveted by every team because of his exceptional skills but also because he represents an extraordinary bargain due to baseball’s rules around international players. The Angels will have to pay the $20m posting fee to Ohtani’s previous club, the Nippon Ham Fighters, but he will not be paid a huge salary. Ohtani, who will join two-time MVP Mike Trout, will sign a minor league contract and can receive up to $2.3m in international bonus money. “This morning, after a thorough, detailed process, Shohei Otani has decided to sign with the Los Angeles Angels,” Nez Balelo, the co-head of Otani’s agency CAA Baseball, said in a statement. “Shohei is humbled and flattered by all the time and effort that so many teams put into their presentations and sincerely thanks them for their professionalism. In the end he felt a strong connection with the Angels and believes they can best help him reach his goals in Major League Baseball.“I want to thank the clubs and everyone else for respecting our intent to make this very important process as private as possible. We were resolved to having a fair, methodical process. Teams clearly put in a lot of work, and we are grateful for that. The past few weeks also further demonstrated Shohei’s incredible thoughtfulness, attention to detail and determination to make an informed decision. Baseball … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share via Email Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIn US sports news MLB (@MLB)Shohei Ohtani has decided to sign with the @Angels. Club hasn’t confirmed. #HotStove pic.twitter.com/hnYw5RrorFDecember 8, 2017 Since you’re here… MLB Share on Twitter Los Angeles Angels “He read every page of every presentation and listened to every word in each meeting, and he was so impressed that it was not an easy choice. While there has been much speculation about what would drive Shohei’s decision, what mattered to him most wasn’t market size, time zone or league but that he felt a true bond with the Angels. He sees this as the best environment to develop and reach the next level and attain his career goals. “More than ever, I believe this is not only a special talent but a man of special character, and like everyone else I’m excited to see him in Major League Baseball.”The Angels are coming off their second consecutive losing season and haven’t won a play-off game since 2009, but their combination of a promising young core and a beautiful West Coast location clearly appealed to Ohtani. Share on Facebook Topics
Real Estate practitioners are being encouraged to keep current with their training, by Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Real Estate Board/The Commission of Strata Corporations, Sandra Watson Garrick. Story Highlights Real Estate practitioners are being encouraged to keep current with their training, by Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Real Estate Board/The Commission of Strata Corporations, Sandra Watson Garrick.Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’, recently, Mrs. Watson Garrick explained that in November 2013, it became mandatory for all real estate dealers and salesmen to comply with the Proceeds of Crime Act.She noted that in addition to the mandate to educate practitioners and the public, in 2014, The Real Estate Board was given the responsibility of supervising real estate dealers and salesmen to ensure that they comply with the Act.“As part of knowing what to comply with, training is a requirement of the law, and so we have to ensure that that training is provided. So, the Board organises and ensures that the professionals have access to that training,” the CEO explained.Additionally, she said that persons also need to be aware of the Registration of Strata Titles Act, so that when they are marketing real estate they are able to guide their clients properly.The CEO stressed the importance of participating in the continuous education training, noting that the “industry as it began in 1988 when the Real Estate Dealers and Developers Act was passed, is nothing like it is now, as so much has happened that persons need to be aware of so that they do not misinform the public”.The CEO emphasised that the Board will be requiring real estate practitioners to do 20 hours of training biennially, with eight of those hours being mandatory.In an effort to address this issue, the Board has launched its Real Estate Training Institute, which will provide training for practitioners as well as for persons who are interested in other aspects of real estate.The Institute offers anti-money laundering training as well as continuous education training.“The whole aim is to ensure that we have people coming out of our training who can pass on good information to members of the public and guide them in their purchase of real estate,” the CEO said.Additionally, she said that persons involved in property management also need to be aware of what is required under each Act.She said that as part of the Board’s mandate, public education, as well as continuous education of the industry, has to be done, as there are constant amendments to The Proceeds of Crime Act as well as numerous requirements from the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF), an organisation that implements counter-measures against money laundering.The Real Estate Board regulates practitioners in the real estate industry; registers and licences real estate dealers and salespeople; registers real estate developers and conducts monitoring to ensure compliance with the law, and to protect the purchasers involved in transactions. “As part of knowing what to comply with, training is a requirement of the law, and so we have to ensure that that training is provided. So, the Board organises and ensures that the professionals have access to that training,” the CEO explained. The CEO stressed the importance of participating in the continuous education training, noting that the “industry as it began in 1988 when the Real Estate Dealers and Developers Act was passed, is nothing like it is now, as so much has happened that persons need to be aware of so that they do not misinform the public”.
More than a full year since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s swearing in as Canada’s leader, CTV News’ Chief Anchor and Senior Editor Lisa LaFlamme leads A CONVERSATION WITH THE PRIME MINISTER, airing Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, the CTV GO app, and CTVNews.ca. The year-end, one-hour interview special provides Canadians with an up-close glimpse at the Prime Minister as he reflects on the year past – covering off a range of topics including the economy, the outcome of the U.S. election, pipelines, carbon taxes, the cash-for-access controversy, and what lies ahead for Canada in 2017.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and CTV News’ Lisa LaFlamme walking through his Papineau Riding in Montréal. Twitter Advertisement “A CONVERSATION WITH THE PRIME MINISTER is a longstanding holiday tradition and one that we’re proud to uphold, offering viewers a long-form, informative conversation with the country’s leader that gets to the heart of topics and issues that affect all Canadians,” said Wendy Freeman, President, CTV News.This year’s edition of A CONVERSATION WITH THE PRIME MINISTER takes place in Prime Minister Trudeau’s Papineau, Que. riding.In addition, the one-hour program features an exclusive interview with Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, offering intimate insight into the Trudeau family dynamic, a glimpse into their everyday life raising three young children, as well as the organizations and special projects that Grégoire Trudeau supports.Encore presentations of A CONVERSATION WITH THE PRIME MINISTER air on CTV News Channel on Thursday, Dec. 29 at 8:30 p.m. ET, and on Friday Dec. 30 at 2:30 p.m. ET. A CONVERSATION WITH THE PRIME MINISTER can also be seen on Saturday, Dec. 31 at 9:30 a.m. ET on CTV News Channel, and at 10 p.m. ET on CTV2. The program also airs on Sunday, Jan. 1 on BNN at 9 a.m. ET, 2 p.m. ET, and 9 p.m. ET; on CTV at 11 a.m. ET, CTV2 at 12 noon; and on CTV News Channel at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET.A CONVERSATION WITH THE PRIME MINISTER has been an annual year-end CTV tradition since the network’s first interview with Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson in 1967. Since then, successive Canadian Prime Ministers have shared their perspective on the year gone by and their hopes for the future in hour-long special presentations.Anton Koschany is Executive Producer of A CONVERSATION WITH THE PRIME MINISTER. Rosa Hwang is Producer. Wendy Freeman is President, CTV News. @LisaLaFlammeCTV @CTVNews @CTVNationalNews facebook.com/CTVNews facebook.com/CTV @CTV_television Login/Register With: Advertisement About CTVCTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 14 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at CTV.ca. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Social Media links Facebook Advertisement
The mission welcomed the recent statement by the Serbian Foreign Minister to the Security Council that UNMIK is the exclusive administrative authority in Kosovo and that resolution 1244 is the only legal framework, said Larry Rossin, the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative, said.“However, this now places responsibility on Belgrade to avoid or avert any action that challenges this authority.”In his meeting with Slobodan Samardzic, Mr. Rossin emphasized that last week’s attack on and occupation of UNMIK’s District Court building in Mitrovica, as well as Serbian Railways continued use of the rail line, are violations of the mission’s exclusive mandate. He noted that such moves are at odds with Serbia’s direct assurances to the Council.The Deputy Special Representative urged Mr. Samardzic to immediate take measures to end these and other challenges to UNMIK’s authority and to refrain from making inflammatory public statements during his visit to Kosovo, which has been administered by the UN since Western forces drove out Yugoslav forces amid inter-ethnic fighting in 1999.Although both he and Special Representative Joachim Rücker are ready to enter into direct talks with Belgrade, recent developments create an unfavourable atmosphere for such discussions.“For dialogue to be potentially fruitful, we need the authorities in Belgrade to take effective steps to counter such challenges – before, during and after – whether unambiguous public statements, practical use of influence or cessation of direct improper intrusions,” Mr. Rossin said.Last month, the Assembly of Provisional Institutions of Self-Government in Kosovo – where ethnic Albanians outnumber Serbs and other minorities by nine to one – declared independence from Serbia, and since then both Mr. Rücker and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon have underlined the need for restraint from all sides. 16 March 2008Meeting with Serbia’s Minister for Kosovo, a senior United Nations official today underscored that challenges – which violate Belgrade’s pledges to the Security Council – to the mandate of the world body’s mission, known as UNMIK, must come to an end.
20 October 2010The top United Nations official in Afghanistan today welcomed the publication of preliminary results of last month’s parliamentary elections, but cautioned that the electoral process is not over, with considerable fraud having been identified. More than 4 million voters took part in the 18 September elections for the Wolesi Jirga, or lower house of Afghanistan’s parliament, which were organized by the country’s Independent Election Commission (IEC). At least 2,500 candidates – including nearly 400 women – vied for the parliament’s 249 seats covering all 34 Afghan provinces, plus the Kuchi constituency.Staffan de Mistura, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative, recognized the IEC’s hard work to release the election results.He also commended the IEC for its significant improvements in managing the post-polling day process, noting that the body has detected irregularities and is committed to ensuring the process is transparent. Last year’s presidential elections, eventually won by incumbent President Hamid Karzai, were marred by widespread fraud.“The number of votes invalidated and identified by the IEC point to considerable fraud and electoral irregularities on election day,” Mr. de Mistura said in a statement.He emphasized that the electoral process is not over and the results are not yet final, and the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) must now wrap up its adjudication of complains and review candidates submitted by the IEC for alleged electoral violations.“We are now looking attentively at this next stage of the process which should also ensure that those who are proven to have committed fraudulent acts are held accountable,” Mr. de Mistura said.“The United Nations hopes that this critical part of the electoral operation is also carried out with diligence and in a timely manner. The United Nations will continue to provide technical and operational support to both electoral institutions.”
Alan Doss, a citizen of the United Kingdom, would replace retired United States Air Force Major-General Jacques Paul Klein as the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and head of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). Mr. Klein’s contract expired in April.Mr. Doss has had a long and distinguished career with the UN, having served as Principal Deputy SRSG in Côte d’Ivoire since June of last year. Before that, he was Deputy SRSG in Sierra Leone, while concurrently holding the positions there of UN Resident Coordinator, UN Humanitarian Coordinator and UN Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative.His previous assignments in the UN included posts at headquarters in New York, at the UN complex in Geneva, Switzerland, as well as in Thailand, China, Kenya, Niger, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Benin.
Source: Journey to Extremism in Africa: Drivers, Incentives and the Tipping Point for Recruitment report.Government action the ‘tipping point’In one of the study’s most striking findings, 71 per cent of recruits interviewed said that it was some form of government action that was the ‘tipping point’ that triggered their final decision to join an extremist group.Seventy-one per cent those interviewed said that it was some form of government action that triggered their final decision to join an extremist group The actions cited most often were killing or arrest of a family member or friend. Against this backdrop, the study urges governments to reassess militarized responses to extremism in the light of respect for the rule of law and human rights commitments. It also highlights the importance of focusing on development in addressing security challenges. “Delivering services, strengthening institutions, creating pathways to economic empowerment – these are development issues,” Mr. Dieye added. Another key recommendation calls for local-level interventions, such as supporting community-led initiatives building social cohesion, as well as amplifying the voices of local religious leaders who advocate tolerance. However, it cautions that these initiatives must be spearheaded by trusted local actors. Key findingsBased on responses to questions including on family circumstances, childhood and education, religious ideologies, economic factors, state and citizenship, the study also finds that:Majority of recruits come from borderlands or peripheral areas that have suffered longstanding marginalization and report having had less parental involvement growing up.Most recruits expressed frustration at their economic conditions – with employment the most acute need at the time of joining – as well as a deep sense of grievance towards government: 83 per cent believe that government looks after only the interests of a few, and over three-fourths said they have no trust in politicians or in the state security apparatus.Recruitment in Africa occurs mostly at the local, person-to-person level, rather than online, as is the case in other regions – a factor that may alter the forms and patterns of recruitment as connectivity improves. Some 80 per cent of recruits interviewed joined within a year of introduction to the violent extremist group – and nearly half of these joined within just one month.In terms of exiting a violent extremist group, most interviewees who surrendered or sought amnesty did so after losing confidence in the ideology, leadership or actions of their group.The report is based on a two-year, in-depth study, including interviews with some 495 voluntary recruits who joined Africa’s most prominent extremist groups, including Boko Haram and Al-Shabaab. According to UNDP estimates, some 33,300 people in Africa have lost their lives to violent extremist attacks between 2011 and early 2016. Violence perpetrated by the Boko Haram terrorist group alone has resulted in the deaths of at least 17,000 people and displaced millions in the Lake Chad region. “This study sounds the alarm that as a region, Africa’s vulnerability to violent extremism is deepening,” Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, UNDP Africa Director, said today at the launch of the report in New York. “Borderlands and peripheral areas remain isolated and under-served. Institutional capacity in critical areas is struggling to keep pace with demand. More than half the population lives below the poverty line, including many chronically underemployed youth.”Exploring the factors that shape the dynamics of the recruitment process, prompting some individuals to gravitate toward extremism, where the vast majority of others do not, the study Journey to Extremism in Africa: Drivers, Incentives and the Tipping Point for Recruitment, also finds that many who joined faced marginalization and neglect over the course of their lives, starting in childhood. With few economic prospects or outlets for meaningful civic participation that can bring about change, and little trust in the state to either provide services or respect human rights, the study suggests that such an individual could – upon witnessing or experiencing perceived abuse of power by the state – be tipped over the edge into extremism.
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This week’s Conversation with Goodman podcast host Susan LeBlanc talks to Ransom Hawley, founder of Caddle, a reward-based application that is garnering national attention.An experienced sales and marketing professional, Hawley left his job to pursue his idea full-time and started Caddle in 2015.When scouting locations for his company, Hawley chose Niagara for the support he’s received and its proximity to Toronto.Through the Caddle app, consumers can benefit from earning cash through their participation and brands benefit from a better way to target their consumers.“Caddle is a reward based platform that improves the way brands connect and engage with consumers,” explains Hawley. “We reward consumers for engaging in ads, answering surveys and purchasing products.”“We engage and educate the consumer and introduce them to the product via the ad and survey and then convert with purchase in that digital coupon,” Hawley said.“We offer that holistic and linear marketing platform and from a consumer perspective, you get to earn a little bit of extra money in your spare time.”Hawley, who had the opportunity to pitch Caddle on CBC’s Dragons’ Den show, attended the Improving Your Pitch event hosted by BioLinc, Brock’s business incubator run by the Goodman School of Business.This podcast is the latest in the Conversations with Goodman series which is produced by the Goodman Marketing, Communications and Alumni Relations team and features guests from the Goodman community.
It looks like Bethesda and Mojang, the team behind Minecraft, are the latest set of gaming companies involved in a legal dispute. This one is over the indie developer’s use of the term “Scroll”s in an upcoming game title. Bethesda is less than happy with the word choice, asserting that it will create confusion, causing damage to their longstanding Elder Scroll series of RPGs. Doesn’t make any sense? Well then you’re not a lawyer.Bethesda, through their legal team, contacted Markus Persson (usually known as Notch) and asked for more information about Scrolls. This is a far cry from a lawsuit, but when it’s followed up by a 15 page legal document telling Notch to refrain from using the term in his next game them, things get a bit more serious. (As far as we know there has been no lawsuit yet, but in the title of his blog post Notch did write “Bethesda are suing us”.)For their part Bethesda and their Swedish legal council don’t seem to want to play ball with the up-and-coming Mojang, who’ve done extremely well with Minecraft but lack the deep pockets of a major publisher. Minecraft has proven that Notch and his team know how to succeed and despite the ridiculousness of prohibiting another company from using an unadorned word (Notch said he was willing to agree to never put a word ahead of “Scrolls”), this does seem to fall under the category of routine trademark protection. He objects to the Bethesda’s claim that their Elder Scrolls trademark prevents the use of the word “scrolls” (and presumably “elders”) by other gaming companies, but is willing concede come ground as the word is clearly in their title.Bethesda does come off as looking like the evil empire in this situation. Notch has already alluded to them being the next Langdell, as in Tim Langell, the game developer and founder of Edge Games. Langdell claims to hold the trademark for the word “edge” as it related to video games, and has sued, multiple times, to protect it. He sued EA in response to Mirror’s Edge and Mobigames for their iPhone game Edge. (If you haven’t figured it out by now, comparing Bethesda to Langdell’s antics was not a compliment.)More at Notch’s blog, via eurogamer
Image: Shutterstock/Peter Gudella By Gordon Deegan Short URL 37,247 Views A TEENAGER TOLD gardaí that she wanted to murder a social care worker and appeared annoyed when her assault on the worker didn’t lead to that outcome.In the aftermath of the assault on 2 May last year on the way back from a court appearance, the 17-year-old told gardaí that it was “music to her ears to hear [the social care worker] scream and cry while asking her to stop”.During the assault, the teenager was sitting in the back of the car and lunged without warning at the social care worker who was driving.The girl dug her nails into the social care worker’s eyes, tearing her eyelids.The social care worker – who was accompanied in the car by a colleague – stopped the car and the teenager repeated: “I am going to kill you”.HospitalisationThe teenager tore clumps of hair from the head of the social care worker and wrapped her legs around the victim’s head and chest, refusing to let go, and bit the care worker on the hand, continuing to pull at her hair and scrape her face.The social care worker required hospitalisation and at the garda station, the teenage girl – in State care since she was a child – told gardaí that she had a list of staff she wanted to assault for various reasons.The girl was sentenced to five months in detention for the 1 May assault last year.The details of the assault are included in a written judgement by the Court of Appeal where it has upheld a High Court ruling that the teenager be detained on foot of a Special Care order.The original High Court decision was made last December and was appealed by the teenager.RulingIn her ruling, Ms Justice Máire Whelan said that the Special Care Order “was both necessary and proportionate and was validly made”.In the conclusions to her 22,000 word judgement delivered on 12 April but published by the Courts Service on Thursday, Ms Justice Whelan found that “the degree of cruelty and dysfunctionality experienced by the girl during childhood was extraordinarily severe including the withholding of basic care and sadistic conduct”.Ms Justice Whelan stated: “The evidence of the impact on her welfare and development of this is overwhelming, and bears out the argument that she does require the special care now proposed and that there is every chance that her welfare and development will benefit from the therapeutic care that is proposed.”Ms Justice Whelan found that the High Court was correct in its conclusion that a special care order was in the best interests of the teenager and offered the best prospects of addressing the compelling evidence of real and substantial risk of harm that her own behaviour poses to her life, health, development, safety and welfare.In the judgement, Ms Justice Whelan said that the 17 year old “was born into a household of extreme depravity and domestic violence” and her parents were locked into what was described as “a sadomasochistic relationship”.A psychological report stated that the child’s father prevented the mother from breastfeeding or tending to the baby.The report cited found that the child was physically and emotionally abused by her father and when she was old enough “the father recruited her to join him in the abuse of the mother”.A 2017 risk assessment of the girl found that the care provided by parents was absent, unreliable and cruel.The child’s mother was not allowed to hold or soothe the child when she cried, according to the report. The girl’s father was described as ‘sadistic’ and ‘cruel’ in the report.The mother left the family home with the girl in 2010 to stay in a women’s refuge.In 2012, after perpetrating a violent attack on her mother, the girl was the subject of a care order and has remained in care ever since.The girl’s formal education concluded when she was aged 14. The judgement records that in recent years, the girl has engaged in criminal conduct.The teenager told her Guardian ad Litem (GAL) that her reported long-term plan and ambition was to move to Los Angeles to work as a sex worker and in the adult porn film industry in order to achieve fame.The GAL concluded that the girl should remain in special care for a period of time – the Child and Family Agency (CFA) is supportive of the High Court ruling. No Comments Apr 27th 2019, 6:31 AM https://jrnl.ie/4608710 Saturday 27 Apr 2019, 6:30 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email3 Teenager attacked social care worker who was driving car, tearing out clumps of hair The teen lunged at the social care worker as they were driving a car. Image: Shutterstock/Peter Gudella
OGM : la Bulgarie interdit la culture du maïs Mon 810A l’instar de plusieurs pays européens, et notamment la France, la Bulgarie a banni de son territoire la culture du maïs génétiquement modifié Mon 810, du géant américain Monsanto. Une décision annoncée au début du mois par le gouvernement bulgare.Dans un communiqué relayé par Sciences et Avenir, le gouvernement explique avoir pris cette décision d’interdire la culture du maïs Mon 810 face aux éventuels risques de contamination de l’environnement et de disséminations dans les autres cultures. La Bulgarie est ainsi le septième pays de l’Union européenne, après la France, l’Allemagne, la Hongrie, le Luxembourg, la Grèce et l’Autriche, à activer la clause de sauvegarde permettant aux Etats d’interdire sur leur territoire les cultures OGM. Le maïs Mon 810 est avec la pomme de terre Amflora du groupe allemand BASF, le seul OGM autorisé à la culture en Europe. Toutefois, quinze autres plantes génétiquement modifiées sont en ce moment dans l’attente d’autorisations de culture. Pour accélérer ce processus, bloqué par l’impossibilité pour les 27 de se mettre d’accord sur l’épineux sujet des OGM, la Commission européenne a proposé en juillet dernier de laisser les Etats libres d’autoriser ou interdire ces cultures sur leur territoire, et ce sans avoir à faire appel à la clause de sauvegarde. Le 11 février prochain, la Commission leur soumettra ainsi sept motifs invocables de refus des cultures d’OGM. Parmi ces motifs, sont évoqués la préservation des cultures traditionnelles, l’assurance pour les consommateurs de trouver des produits sans OGM, ou encore le maintien de l’ordre public. Le 8 février 2011 à 14:58 • Emmanuel Perrin
Senators Cathy Giessel (R-Anchorage) and Berta Gardner (D-Anchorage) joined Gov. Bill Walker on APRN’s Talk of Alaska, Oct. 27, 2015. (Photo Courtesy of the Senate Majority)In Juneau this week, lawmakers are wrestling with the question of whether to take a larger stake in the Alaska LNG gas line project. Specifically, they must decide whether to buy out one of the state’s partners, TransCanada. Download AudioThe decision would put the state on the hook for as much as $7-billion more in up-front construction costs if the project ends up going forward. But the governor and his team argue it’s worth it to get more control — and perhaps more revenue down the line.Before we get into whether or not it’s a good idea to buy out TransCanada, let’s back up, and remember how we got here. Specifically, let’s head back to the era of Governor Sarah Palin.Palin: And now it’s time for a new generation of energy for Alaska. It’s time for our gas line.Palin signed the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act, or AGIA, to try to jump-start work on a pipeline. Basically, the state put up to $500 million on the table to help develop a natural gas line from the North Slope to the Lower 48. The company that won that contract, in 2008, was TransCanada.Fast forward to 2012, and cheap shale gas had swamped the market down South.“It was like betting on the Cubs for the World Series,” said Larry Persily, who has followed the state’s gas line efforts as a state and federal official, and now advises the Kenai Peninsula Borough. “It was just a loser.”A pipeline through Canada no longer made sense. So the three major North Slope producers — ExxonMobil, BP and ConocoPhillips — proposed a different plan: a pipeline that would export the natural gas to Asia.That was the birth of the Alaska LNG project.This screenshot shows TransCanada’s homepage on Oct. 27, 2015. The company has pipeline projects all over North America.But the state was still committed to its partnership with TransCanada. By then, of course, Gov. Sarah Palin was out, and Gov. Sean Parnell was in. His team struck a deal with TransCanada, bringing it in as a partner on the state’s 25 percent share of the new project — as a way to get out of the old project.“It was the cost of getting a divorce,” Persily said. “And, also, I think the state saw TransCanada as an experienced pipeline partner with expertise, with knowledge, with history. And TransCanada was willing to put up its share of that upfront money, and the state has not exactly been rolling in cash the last few years.”That’s the deal that now-Governor Bill Walker would like to exit. For Walker, it’s all about control.“Alaska needs to lead this project,” he said in an interview just before this week’s special session. “We should be the head of the team. We should be driving this effort.”Right now, the state shares its 25 percent vote on project decisions with TransCanada. Walker said that’s simply not enough. He sees the gas line as the economic future of the state.“It’s a must-have for us,” he said. “It used to be something on someone’s wish list in the past. But now it’s an absolute must-have, because of what it would do for Alaska. So no one is more motivated than we are to make sure this happens.”The Walker administration also makes a second point: they say buying out TransCanada just makes economic sense.Right now, TransCanada is essentially acting as the state’s banker. It’s paying the upfront costs for all of the work on the project. But under the current deal, the state must reimburse those costs. If the project falls through, the state will pay back anything TransCanada has spent — plus 7 percent interest. If the project succeeds, the state will essentially pay those costs as part of its deal to ship gas down the pipeline.Walker and his team think the state could finance the project more cheaply itself, and without a partner, make more money once the gas starts flowing.Many lawmakers agree. But some, especially in the legislature’s Republican leadership, still have questions.“It does sound good that we would be at the table 100 percent,” said Anchorage Republican Cathy Giessel, speaking on Tuesday’s Talk of Alaska. “But this is a $45 billion — minimum $45 billion — project.”Giessel chairs the Senate Natural Resources Committee. Without TransCanada, she said, the state will have to come up with a lot more money in the near term.“We need to make sure that the state can afford this, and what the financing would look like,” she said. “And so that’s what we’re digging into right now.”The Administration is asking for $158 million to buy out TransCanada’s share, cover agency costs, and finish the project’s early planning phase (called “pre-FEED” or pre-front end engineering and design).But the real costs come down the line. If the state buys out TransCanada and the project goes forward, the state’s share of construction costs would be an estimated $14 to $16 billion — double what it is if TransCanada stays. Giessel says it might make more sense to let TransCanada face the challenge of coming up with that money, even if it cuts into the state’s revenue down the line.“We have healthcare. We have public safety to deal with. There’s education,” she said. “All of these are calls on the cash that the state has. We have a broader responsibility than just building a gas pipeline.”Anna MacKinnon is co-chair of the Senate Finance Committee. She brought up another issue: expertise. Without TransCanada at the table, do state agencies like the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation and the Department of Natural Resources have the expertise to manage the state’s share of the project?“There may be the technical expertise at the state,” she said. “We need to understand that to make the decision.”Despite these reservations, lawmakers — including MacKinnon — seem to be leaning toward the buy-out. MacKinnon said for her, it comes down to a new way of doing business. When the Trans Alaska Pipeline was built, the state didn’t own any of it. (The state gets its revenue through royalties, and production and property taxes.) This time, the state wants to own a piece of the pie, with all the risk — and reward — that entails.
Cyrus Mistry’s removal as chairman of Tata Sons on Monday is bound to impact shares of Tata Group companies on Tuesday. The Group, whose market capitalisation was $125 billion on October 6, 2016, has about 30 listed entities including TCS, Tata Steel and Tata Motors that are Sensex heavyweights. Tata Sons, the Group’s holding company, appointed Ratan Tata as the interim chief of the company.Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), which had a market capitalisation of Rs 4,78,390 crore, closed at Rs 2,427.85 on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Monday. The entity, which is also India’s biggest software services exporter, is the most-valued Indian company. Tata Motors shares ended 2.67 percent higher at Rs 559.10 apiece, while Tata Steel closed 0.26 percent down at Rs 426.20. Other listed entities of Tata Group included Voltas, Rallis India, Tata Elxsi, Tata Chemicals, Tata Coffee, Tata Global Beverages, Indian Hotels Company, Tata Communications, Tata Power, Tata Metaliks and Tata Sponge Iron.In terms of Tata Group turnover, it dropped 4.8 percent to $103.51 billion in 2015-16 from $108.78 billion in the preceding fiscal. There is speculation that the Shapoorji Pallonji Group has claimed Mistry’s removal as “illegal” and likely to challenge the decision of Tata Sons, reported CNBC-TV18. Mistry was appointed the chairman of the company in December 2012.The BSE Sensex closed 102 points higher at 28,179, led by ONGC, Tata Motors and ICICI Bank. Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) were net sellers of Indian equities worth Rs 325 crore, according to provisional data published by the National Stock Exchange (NSE). Domestic institutional investors (DIIs) were net buyers of stocks worth Rs 333 crore.
Stay on target The tech world constantly swings back and forth between making products bigger and making them smaller. Larger devices can fit more features but smaller devices are more convenient. Whether it’s the iPhone or Nintendo DS, we just can’t seem to make up our minds about whether bigger is better or not.However, for 21-year-old Belgian software developer and multimedia student Ilhan Ünal the answer was obvious. He’s set a Guinness World record by building the biggest functioning Game Boy ever: the Game Boy XXL.Check it out!The Big Game Boy (Game Man?) is 101 x 62 x 20 cm and features oversized versions of everything on Nintendo’s influential original 1989 gaming handheld from the D-pad and buttons to the battery light to the pea-soup green display. But we don’t know if it can survive a Gulf War explosion like some other Game Boys.On the back is the familiar cartridge port where you can slot in and play real Game Boy games like Tetris or Pokemon, all powered by a Raspberry Pi. However, as Ünal demonstrates, grappling with the huge controls makes fast twitch actions a bit tougher with our weak and tiny human bodies. It’s a pretty big prop for small hands.Ünal said to Guinness he wanted to build this humongous piece of retro tech because he thought it would make people happy, and with all of the information available online, he believed he could pull it off. It wasn’t easy. The Game Boy genius had to fit the project in-between classes, jobs, and his personal life while making use of school lab laser cutters. But once finished the boy-sized Game Boy became widely popular throughout school and eventually the world now with Guinness noticing it. Hopefully Ünal can use this attention to work on other inventions.You can read more about Ünal’s massive nostalgia handheld over at Guinness World Records as well as in this year’s Guinness World Records: Gamer’s Edition in bookstores. Finally, a Game Boy worthy of God’s pocket.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits
The “Lofotr” viking ship and the smaller “femkeiping”. Both recosntructions based on excavations from the Gokstad find. Credit: Geir Are Johansen/Wikipedia Experimentation suggests Vikings could have used sunstone to navigate © 2018 Phys.org Citation: Computer simulations show Viking’s sunstone to be very accurate (2018, April 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-simulations-viking-sunstone-accurate.html A pair of researchers with ELTE Eötvös Loránd University in Hungary has run computer simulations that suggest that tales of Vikings using a sunstone to navigate in cloudy weather might be true. In their paper published in Royal Society Open Science, Dénes Száz and Gábor Horváth describe the factors that contributed to their simulations and what they found by running them. More information: Success of sky-polarimetric Viking navigation: revealing the chance Viking sailors could reach Greenland from Norway, Published 4 April 2018. DOI: 10.1098/rsos.172187AbstractAccording to a famous hypothesis, Viking sailors could navigate along the latitude between Norway and Greenland by means of sky polarization in cloudy weather using a sun compass and sunstone crystals. Using data measured in earlier atmospheric optical and psychophysical experiments, here we determine the success rate of this sky-polarimetric Viking navigation. Simulating 1000 voyages between Norway and Greenland with varying cloudiness at summer solstice and spring equinox, we revealed the chance with which Viking sailors could reach Greenland under the varying weather conditions of a 3-week-long journey as a function of the navigation periodicity Δt if they analysed sky polarization with calcite, cordierite or tourmaline sunstones. Examples of voyage routes are also presented. Our results show that the sky-polarimetric navigation is surprisingly successful on both days of the spring equinox and summer solstice even under cloudy conditions if the navigator determined the north direction periodically at least once in every 3 h, independently of the type of sunstone used for the analysis of sky polarization. This explains why the Vikings could rule the Atlantic Ocean for 300 years and could reach North America without a magnetic compass. Our findings suggest that it is not only the navigation periodicity in itself that is important for higher navigation success rates, but also the distribution of times when the navigation procedure carried out is as symmetrical as possible with respect to the time point of real noon. Journal information: Royal Society Open Science Explore further For the time period 900 to 1200 AD, Vikings, by nearly all accounts, ruled the northern Atlantic. Their skill in building strong boats and in navigation allowed them to travel throughout the North Atlantic. Prior research has suggested the Vikings used a type of sundial to navigate, which was apparently quite accurate. But what did they do when it was cloudy or foggy? Viking tales passed down through the generations claimed it was through the use of sunstones, which allowed Viking navigators to find the sun even on cloudy days. But proving the tales true has been problematic—no sunstone has ever been found on or near a Viking shipwreck. A crystal was found on a 16th-century English shipwreck in 2002—and English sailors could have learned to use them from the Vikings—but much stronger evidence is needed.Most who have studied the possibility of a sunstone assume it was a form of crystal—it has been noted that some crystals, such as those formed from calcite, cordierite, and tourmaline, can split sunlight into two beams even when it is cloudy—and when the crystal is turned, splitting the two beams at the same brightness, a navigator could see the polarized rings around the sun—effectively showing its placement in the sky.Száz and Horváth noted that thus far, no one has actually tested the use of such crystals to navigate from Norway to Iceland, Greenland, or even North America, likely because one or two excursions would not be enough to prove its usefulness, especially if it was not cloudy very often during such a journey. A better approach, they thought, would be computer simulations of multiple trips from one single point in Norway to one point in Greenland. After inputting data describing such trips, the researchers ran the simulations multiple times over the course of two specific virtual days, the spring equinox and the summer solstice. They ran the trials for different types of crystals and with differing intervals between sunstone tests.The researchers report that they found mixed results overall, depending on which type of crystal was used and how often a mariner made a sun reading. In the best-case scenario, however, they found that using a cordierite crystal for a minimum of every three hours was approximately 92.2 to 100 percent accurate. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.