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HTC’s Financial Woes Put Pressure On Microsoft & Facebook

first_imgdan rowinski What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Android#Facebook#HTC#Microsoft#Windows Phone Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Once-vaunted smartphone maker HTC is scraping the bottom of the barrel. On Monday it posted its sixth straight quarter of declining revenues and barely made an operating profit in the first quarter of 2013. While it may be time to officially place HTC on the ReadWrite Deathwatch list, the biggest impact of HTC’s declining financial position could be trouble for two of its most important partners, Microsoft and Facebook.Facebook Home Microsoft Could Be Left On The SidelinesNext to Samsung and Nokia, HTC is one of the few major smartphone manufacturers that builds Windows Phones. For those that pay attention to these kinds of things, the HTC 8X is perhaps the most sleek, beautiful and powerful Windows Phone around, including Nokia’s flagship Lumia devices. Despite their beauty, though, HTC’s entries into the Windows Phone market have not created a lick of excitement. For HTC or for Windows Phone. Despite recent gains, Windows Phone remains a bit player in the Smartphone Wars next to iOS and Android. It’s stuck in a fight with resurgent BlackBerry for the scraps from Apple and Google’s table. On the flip side, Windows Phone has not been a boon for HTC. If it was, we would not be discussing the mess that is the Taiwanese manufacturer’s situation right now.With the declining profit, HTC only has so much bandwidth to tackle the various issues on its plate. And there are a lot of issues. It is rolling out a huge marketing campaign for its flagship HTC One Android device. It plans on entering the low-end smartphone market to take advantage of high growth regions like China and India. It has to address the components shortage that has led to the month-long delay of the launch of the HTC One. The One has to be HTC’s priority. The flagship phone is an all-in bet for the company and it needs to channel its resources to get consumers to buy it. The biggest factors for adoption will be how well HTC can distribute the smartphone to carriers across the globe and then effectively market it to high-end consumers. Where does that leave Windows Phone and Microsoft? Likely on the sidelines. HTC has to have learned the lesson that producing even really good Windows Phones will not give it an appreciable bump in revenue. And the manufacturer has only so many bullets it can shoot at once.The Facebook EffectFacebook is in a different spot than Microsoft in its partnership with HTC. The HTC First will be an Android phone launching with the Facebook “Home” skin/launcher later this week. Initial impressions are mixed. On one hand, Facebook created an interesting skin to lay on top of the Android operating system. It looks good, has some intriguing features and should foster Facebook app development for the Android environment. On the other hand, if you do not really care for Facebook, Home is not going to be worth the trouble. Hence, neither will the HTC First. The First is also working with last year’s hardware specs. Really, there is little special about the phone itself other than the application layer that Facebook is adding. The First is naturally limited by design from both the hardware and software angles.Yet there is something to be said for Facebook Home launching on the HTC First. Like Opening Day in baseball, expectations are still fresh and hope is still alive – even for franchises extremely unlikely to end the season on top.Facebook is doing all the heavy lifting when it comes to the software of the HTC First. And since HTC is not pushing the bounds on new components, it theoretically should cost the company very little to develop and produce the “Facebook Phone.” If we  assume that Facebook will also handle the marketing of the device and HTC’s partnership with Facebook becomes a no-lose, possibly big win proposition. If HTC can take what is essentially a proof-of-concept smartphone and make any real revenue from it, everybody wins.  Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Burning the Candle at Both Ends: How to Combat Burnout

first_imgBy David Lee Sexton, Jr., Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT, & Hannah Hyde, M.Ed.The Helping Professions’ KryptoniteBurnout, sometimes known as compassion fatigue, affects those who are highly committed to their work, yet still experience negative outcomes (Francis, 2016).Individuals working in helping professions, such as counselors, social workers, or nurses, are especially susceptible to the effects of burnout due to the increased stress associated with such positions through near constant contact with clients or patients (Spicuzza and De Voe, 1982). However, Francis (2016) indicates that there are other factors that can increase employees’ risk of experiencing burnout, such as workplace incivility and ostracism. Spicuzza and De Voe (1982) emphasize that the experience of burnout is very personal; it may be triggered by varying events for different individuals and result in varying symptoms. However, it is generally characterized by the manifestation of gradually increasing levels of both physical and emotional exhaustion.Beating BurnoutTo combat the effects of burnout, Francis (2016) emphasizes the importance of engaging in self-care. Take breaks at work, eat and hydrate regularly, and set boundaries to ensure you do not agree to extra work you cannot manage (Francis, 2016). In addition, Francis suggests developing a total of five unique coping skills to help deal with daily stressors. These can include any hobbies or activities that an individual enjoys or finds comfort in, such as exercise, reading, gardening, mindfulness techniques, or simply getting a solid eight hours of sleep each night.One interesting strategy proposed by Spicuzza and De Voe (1982) is engagement in mutual aid groups. Mutual aid groups have been described in various ways. Perhaps the most applicable description addressing how mutual aid groups can benefit those experiencing burnout in the helping profession comes from Kirschenbaum and Glaser (1978); they indicate that mutual aid groups provide stimulation of ideas, practical advice and assistance from similar individuals, and social support (as cited in Spicuzza and De Voe, 1982).One of the most useful structures involves forming a group composed of individuals who all work in the same setting and know what challenges are faced by their peers (Spicuzza and De Voe, 1982). In addition, each member should understand the focus and goals of the group, in this case, burnout and its prevention/management. Finally, regular meetings are encouraged to ensure that support is offered frequently and continually.In addition to engaging in self-care and seeking social support, Hendriksen (2016) insightfully suggests that individuals experiencing burnout attempt to find the root cause. She identifies the following six potential work problems that may be facilitating burnout: unreasonable workload, lack of autonomy, insufficient rewards or recognition, lack of fairness, lack of sense of community within an organization, and incongruence between work and one’s values.When one knows what the cause of burnout is, one is more empowered to make changes to reverse the effects of burnout (Hendriksen, 2016).Click the image to download and print the PDF Ways to Combat Burnout handoutReferencesFrancis, D. C. (2016). In your corner: Combating burnout or compassion fatigue. Tar Heel Nurse, 78(5), 14.Hendriksen, E. (2016, November). How to recover from job stress and burnout. Psychology Today, Retrieved from, F. J. & De Voe, M. W. (1982). Burnout in the helping professions: Mutual aid groups as self-help. Personnel and Guidance Journal, 61(2), 95-100.last_img read more

Militant hideout busted in Rajouri, assault rifles seized

first_imgSecurity forces on Sunday busted a terrorist hideout in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir and recovered two AK assault rifles along with some ammunition, a senior police officer said. The hideout was unearthed during an ongoing search operation in some villages including Gadyog in Budhal area, Senior Superintendent of Police (Rajouri), Yougal Manhas, said. Besides the two AK rifles, two magazines and 60 rounds of ammunition were also recovered from the hideout, which was believed to be set up by terrorists when they were active in the area over a decade back, he said. Mr. Manhas said no one was arrested in connection with the recovery during the operation which was still continuing.last_img read more

MS Dhoni threatens to sue Hindi daily after match-fixing allegations

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni, India’s limited-overs captain, has hit out at Hindi daily Sun Star, which carried a sting operation with former India team manager and Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) secretary Sunil Dev. (Also read: Here’s why Nehra hates playing football with his India teammates )Dev had alleged that Dhoni had fixed the fourth and final Test against England at Old Trafford in 2014. He said Dhoni had chosen on bat on a wet wicket after the team management had decided to field should the captain win the toss. India went on to lose the Test by an innings and 54 runs.However, Dev denied these claims and threatened to initiate legal proceedings against the Hindi daily if this information was circulated again.According to a report in the Deccan Chronicle , Dhoni’s legal firm C&C Associates, have sent a notice to the newspaper.”The said video contains footage of an absolute dubious sting operation of the aforementioned Mr (Sunil) Dev, which in the present circumstances is nothing but a false propaganda initiated by you to defame my client”, the notice said. (Also read: Red cards trial in cricket for on-field bad behaviour ) “In fact the so called Indian cricket official (Sunil Dev) who you have credited to be the source of information has strongly denied the incident.??”Our client (Dhoni) reserves the right to institute proceedings for the recovery of damages up to Rs 100 Crores from you on account of the defamation, mental agony and trauma caused to him due to this by causing loss of his reputation,” the notice went on to say.advertisementDhonis lawyers Rajneesh Chopra and Pratik Malik given the Sun Star 48 hours to either prove their claim or issue an outright denial.In that Old Trafford Test, India were bundled out for 152 in their first innings but Dhoni had top-scored with 71. After England piled up 367, India fared no better in their second innings, being bowled out for 161 when Dhoni had hammered a 22-ball 27. The Jharkhand wicketkeeper batsman is among the most respected cricketers in the world, having led India across all formats for nearly a decade. Dhoni retired from Test cricket in 2014 but continues to lead in ODIs and T20s.last_img read more

ICC Champions Trophy: Virat Kohli bounces back after duck to slam classy fifty

first_imgVirat Kohli bounced back in style with a superb half-century against South Africa after falling for a five-ball duck against Sri Lanka. Kohli was removed by Nuwan Pradeep in a crucial Group B match at the ICC Champions Trophy at The Oval on Thursday.Chasing 192 for a win, India were jolted early when opener Rohit Sharma departed with the defending champions on 23 in 5.3 overs. Kohli then joined forces with Shikhar Dhawan to lead India’s fightback in a must-win game at the Oval.The duo then stitched together 128 runs for the second wicket to bail India out in a low-scoring match. The stand also helped India reach their third successive semi-finals in ICC tournaments in three years.Kohli looked uncomfortable at the start but kept his cool to convert his start into a good score and guide India into the semi-finals. He played some flamboyant shots to keep the crowd entertained.The India skipper reached his 41st fifty off 71 balls when he played a short ball towards the third man for a single.Virat Kohli in ODIs batting 2nd – ave 65.18, S/r 93.13, 100s: 17batting 2nd (winning) – ave 92.80, S/r 97.19, 100s: 15#CT17#IndvSA- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) 11 June 2017Kohli had smashed an unbeaten 81 off 68 balls against Pakistan at Edgbaston on June 4 as India started their campaign with a massive 124-run victory over their arch-rivals.The 28-year-old was in sensational form for most of the packed Test season at home. In fact, he became the only batsman in history to make successive double hundreds in four successive series. However, he went through a slump in form against Australia and then endured a middling IPL, managing just over 300 runs.advertisementBut once again under pressure in a run-chase, Kohli brought his A-game to the park and dismantled a strong South African attack to take India home in a match that saw a tense build-up because of the stinging defeat to Sri Lanka at the same venue.last_img read more

Xiaomi Redmi Y3 with 32MP selfie camera coming to India soon, company teases

first_imgLooks like launching three phones — Redmi Go, Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7 Pro — wasn’t enough for Xiaomi India. On Wednesday, Xiaomi India Managing Director Manu Jain tweeted about the coming of a new smartphone. And it is none other than the successor to the selfie-focused Redmi Y2, which launched in the country last year. The company is yet to reveal the name of the upcoming Y series phone but rumours suggest that it will be the Redmi Y3. Similar to the Redmi Y2, the upcoming Redmi Y3 will also be a selfie-focused smartphone.In the tweet, Jain confirmed that the upcoming Redmi Y series smartphone will come with 32-megapixel selfie camera. Now, that a huge jump from the Redmi Y2. Launched last year the Redmi Y2 sports a 16-megapixel selfie camera. Notably, for the Redmi Y2 Xiaomi uses 4 in 1 Pixel binning technique. We believe for the upcoming 32-megapixel Redmi Y3 the same technique will be used. Looks like Xiaomi India is extremely excited about its upcoming Y series phone.In the tweet, Jain noted, “Mi fans! I got my hands on upcoming #Redmi phone & it is amazing! Went on a selfie rampage & the results are totally incredible.?? ‘Y’ am I taking so many selfies? BTW I clicked ’32’ selfies with 32 @XiaomiIndia colleagues! ?? Can’t wait to share more details with you. #Xiaomi..”Recently we have witnessed several smartphones come with a 32-megapixel camera on the front. Some of them are — Vivo V15, V15 Pro, Huawei P30 Pro, among others. As of now nothing else is known about the Redmi Y3. Considering Xiaomi is going with the all glass body and dot drop notch for its recent phones, the same can be expected from the Redmi Y3 too. It is safe to expect the Redmi Y3 to come with Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7 Pro design. This suggests that the Redmi Y3 will be a much-upgraded version of the predecessor Redmi Y2.advertisementAs far as the specs are concerned, the Redmi Y2 comes with a 5.99-inch full-screen display with 1440x720p resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio. On the hardware front, the Redmi Y2 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor paired with up to 4GB RAM + 64GB storage which can be expanded up to 256GB via microSD card. The Redmi Y2 includes a 16-megapixel selfie camera on the front, while on the back the phone includes a 12MP+5MP AI dual rear camera configuration. The Redmi Y2 is backed by a 3000mAh battery and also supports dual SIM slot.In India, the Redmi Y2 3GB+32GB model currently sells for Rs 8,999, while the 4GB+64GB model of the phone comes for Rs 10,999. The Redmi Y2 is available in funky colours like gold, dark grey, blue, rose gold, and black.ALSO READ | Exclusive: Nubia Alpha wearable smartphone, Nubia Pods to launch in May 2019 along with Red Magic 3ALSO READ | Qualcomm launches Snapdragon 730, 730G and 665 SoCs, aims to offer premium experience in Rs 20,000 phonesALSO READ | Oppo Reno launched: 10x periscopic zoom camera, fullscreen display and Snapdragon 855 from Rs 41,000last_img read more

a month ago​Chicago Fire gain approval to switch stadiums from 2020

first_imgTagsMLS NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ​Chicago Fire gain approval to switch stadiums from 2020by Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe Chicago Park District board has approved a deal to move Chicago Fire’s home games to Soldier Field, the home stadium of the Chicago Bears National Football League (NFL) franchise, in time for the 2020 MLS season, reports, move follows an agreement between the MLS outfit and the Village of Bridgeview, which saw the club pay a US$60.5 million release fee to leave the district’s SeatGeek Stadium, with the club expected to sign a three-year lease at Soldier Field, including an option to extend by a further eight years.Chicago Red Stars, the National Women’s Soccer League NWSL) outfit, will continue to play their home fixtures in Bridgeview. last_img read more

Report: Tottenham 3 Aston Villa 1

first_imgTanguy Ndombele scored a sensational debut goal as Tottenham came from behind to beat Premier League new boys Aston Villa 3-1 thanks to Harry Kane’s late double.John McGinn’s ninth-minute goal seemed set to mark Villa’s return to the top flight in style, with Champions League finalists Spurs – playing without the benched Christian Eriksen for over an hour – struggling to break down Dean Smith’s side.Eriksen’s introduction sparked urgency into Tottenham’s attack and, after Tom Heaton had made a fantastic stop to deny Davinson Sanchez, Ndombele slammed home a brilliant equaliser at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Another terrific Heaton stop kept Eriksen at bay, but Villa’s resistance was ended when Kane capitalised on a mistake from Jack Grealish before excellently tucking in his second to add gloss to a hard-fought win.FULL-TIME: A superb second-half display as we come from behind to take a deserved three points on the opening day!#THFC 3-1 #AVFC— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 10, 2019Villa’s defence struggled to cope with Lucas Moura’s movement in the early stages and the former Paris Saint-Germain forward should have done better with a free header he directed straight at Heaton.Lucas’ miss swiftly proved costly – McGinn keeping his composure to slot beyond Hugo Lloris after Danny Rose failed to track the midfielder’s run.After Kane headed over before half-time, Moussa Sissoko was the next to let Villa off the hook, lashing wildly at a close-range strike.But Spurs’ equaliser finally came with 17 minutes remaining – Ndombele curling in a wicked first-time strike, which looked as though it brushed off Tyrone Mings en route to the back of the net, after Heaton had pulled off a fine save from Sanchez’s header.Heaton prevented Eriksen capping a superb cameo with a goal soon after, but Villa’s defence could not hold on, and Spurs hit the front with four minutes remaining as Kane slotted in following sloppy play from Grealish.Spurs were not finished there, however, and Kane helped himself to a well-taken second to make for a scoreline more comfortable than Tottenham’s wasteful display warranted. What does it mean? Spurs must cling onto EriksenEriksen may well leave Tottenham before the end of August, if rumours linking the former Ajax star with a move to Real Madrid are to be believed.Based on this display, however, Mauricio Pochettino must do all he can to keep hold of Eriksen, who changed the game once he entered the fray.Ndombele lives up to the billingTottenham edged out some of Europe’s top clubs to secure Ndombele’s signature and the France international stepped up when it mattered.The 22-year-old only scored three times for Lyon last season but showed real composure to curl in Spurs’ equaliser.Rose fails to cover himself in glory    England full-back Rose looked set to be leaving Tottenham after he was left out of the club’s Asian tour in pre-season but, despite a reported late bid from Watford, the 29-year-old stayed put.He had a moment to forget, though, when he failed to keep track of McGinn before his slip allowed Villa’s goalscorer to get a shot off.Key Opta Facts- Tottenham have won 37 Premier League games after finding themselves behind at half-time, more than any other side.- Spurs have won five of their six opening games in the Premier League against promoted sides, only losing in 2007-08 against Sunderland.- Courtesy of the strikes from Aston Villa’s John McGinn and Tottenham’s Tanguy Tanguy Ndombele, this game was the first match to see both sides have a player score a Premier League debut goal since Burnley (Scott Arfield) versus Chelsea (Diego Costa) in August 2014.- Harry Kane has scored six goals in six Premier League appearances against Aston Villa, netting a total of four in his last two league meetings with the Villans.- Jack Grealish has lost each of his last 19 Premier League games, the longest run of consecutive defeats suffered by a player in the history of the competition.What’s next?Manchester City began their title defence in style in Saturday’s early kick-off with a 5-0 win over West Ham and Pep Guardiola’s side are next up for Tottenham at the Etihad Stadium. Villa, meanwhile, host Bournemouth. read morelast_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar and cricket fraternity condole death of Madhav Apte

first_img Next Sachin Tendulkar and cricket fraternity condole death of Madhav ApteMadhav Apte, who played 7 Test matches for India, was the fourth-oldest living Indian Test cricketer, younger only to DK Gaekwad, CD Gopinath and Chandrakant Patankar.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiSeptember 23, 2019UPDATED: September 23, 2019 16:25 IST Former India opener Madhav Apte passed away on Monday. (IANS photo)HIGHLIGHTSFormer India Test opener Madhav Apte passed away aged 86Apte was instrumental in bringing in Sachin Tendulkar into the CCI sideMembers of cricket fraternity offered their condolencesFormer India Test opener Madhav Apte passed away aged 86 after suffering a cardiac arrest here on Monday morning. The cricket fraternity, including BCCI, paid their respects to Apte.India great Sachin Tendulkar took to Twitter to recall the time when he played against Apte and how Apte was instrumental in bringing him to play for Cricket Club of India (CCI) at the age of 15.Have fond memories of Madhav Apte Sir.I got to play against him at Shivaji Park when I was 14.Still remember the time when he & Dungarpur Sir let me play for the CCI as a 15-year old. He always supported me & was a well wisher.May his Soul Rest In Peace Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) September 23, 2019The BCCI also offered condolences on the death of Apte, saying he will be remembered as one of the country’s most loved cricketers.”He will remain one of the most loved cricketers and the BCCI extends its deepest condolences to his family and friends in this hour of grief,” the BCCI said in a statement.Madhav Apte, who played 7 Test matches for India, was the fourth-oldest living Indian Test cricketer, younger only to DK Gaekwad, CD Gopinath and Chandrakant Patankar.Other former cricketers and members of the fraternity also paid their condolences to Apte.I am in mourning at the passing of Shri Madhav Apte. Deep, genuine cricket lover, quality batsman himself (7 tests at an avg of 49.3), and a classy, dignified human being. From an era where love for the game was unconditional. Wonderful host, great story-teller.advertisementHarsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 23, 2019At a loss of words, hearing about the passing away of Madhav Apte Sir.I knew him as a kid and looked up to him for advice. He always motivated me and pushed me to do well.Both me and my father had the privilege of playing cricket with him.May your soul Rest in Peace Sir! KAMBLI (@vinodkambli349) September 23, 2019Saddened to hear the passing away of Shri Madhav Apte. He was one of the finest batsmen for India and Bombay. Condolences to his family members, friends and closed ones. #RIPYusuf Pathan (@iamyusufpathan) September 23, 2019Saddened to hear about the demise of Madhav Apte ji. Great story teller and played cricket till he was 71. My thoughts and prayers with his family. Kaif (@MohammadKaif) September 23, 2019He had a test average touching 50 despite not getting enough opportunities. Played active cricket till he was 71. A legend of Mumbai and Indian cricket passed away today. You will be missed Madhav Apte sir. #MadhavApte #rip Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) September 23, 2019In his Test career, he scored 542 runs at an outstanding average of 49.27.He hit three half-centuries and one century that came against the West Indies in Port of Spain where he notched up his highest score of 163 not out. However, he had a much better first class record where he scored 3,336 runs from 67 matches, including six hundreds and 16 fifties. His highest first class score was 165 not out.After retirement, Apte became president of the Cricket Club of India in Mumbai.Also Read | Former India cricketer Madhav Apte dies aged 86cFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jatlast_img read more

NOL Not a Good Buy for Maersk?

first_imgzoom The acquisition of Neptune Orient Lines (NOL), the parent company of the APL, may not be such a good idea for Danish container shipping company Maersk Line, according to the latest warnings from debt markets.“Maersk Line could possibly derive some synergies from an acquisition but Maersk Line is one of the few profitable companies in the sector and it could dilute margins initially,” Marie Fischer-Sabatié, a senior vice president at Moody’s Investors Service, told Bloomberg.Earlier this week, NOL confirmed that it was in preliminary talks with French CMA CGM and Maersk regarding a potential acquisition of NOL by either of the two ocean carriers.However, the company stressed that there is no assurance that any such discussions will result in any definitive agreement or transaction, or that any offer for NOL will be made.The yields on both companies’ bonds have gone up this week following the confirmation, Bloomberg said.There are significant obstacles to an eventual sale of NOL, seeing that the attractiveness of APL’s business has diminished significantly since 2009.“These are mainly related to the difficulty of reaching an agreement on the firm’s valuation. Although NOL’s share price soared by 6% in early trading following the announcement, it closed flat at S$1.055 on 9 November and continues to trade at a 24% discount to its book value of S$1.38 per share, reflecting the market’s scepticism that a sale can be successfully concluded,” Alphaliner believes.In its struggle to return to profit, NOL resorted to sale of various assets, including its logistics arm, APL Logistics, for USD 1.2 billion in 2015. However, the attempts did not reap fruit as APL is still in red with a net loss of USD 96 million.According to Alphaliner, APL has seen its global capacity share fall to 2.8% from 4.2% in 2010.On the other hand, aside to its recent track record for losses and debt, NOL does have some terminals in Asia, the US and now Europe that are included within its APL liner division. APL has 56 owned ships, (plus another 40 or so that it charters-in) with the largest being its 10 x 14,000 teu units.News on the potential consolidation is seen as a good sign as container shipping market struggles with overcapacity and low freight rates. However, it is not likely that NOL’s merger with either of the interested carriers would result in immediate improvement in the sector as further consolidation is needed, as indicated by Fischer-Sabatié.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Man alleged to have stolen 25 million from Whitecap First Nation Casino

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe accountant who allegedly stole 2.5 million dollars from the casino on the Whitecap First Nation near Saskatoon has turned himself in.His lawyer says Hugo Gallegos is back to fight the charge and should not have been handcuffed after his court appearance.last_img

Liberals propose billions for affordable housing including individual benefits

first_imgOTTAWA – A Liberal government fond of promising help for those working hard to join the middle class unveiled billions in housing help Wednesday that could make a difference to hundreds of thousands of households — but only in a few years when federal money finally flows to new units and tenant benefits.The release of the national housing strategy on National Housing Day was designed to tout tens of billions in planned and expected spending over the next decade and solidify the federal government’s re-entry into the affordable housing sector.Included in the plan was a promise to introduce legislation to make housing a fundamental right, create a new, portable housing benefit for low-income households, and prioritize funding for the most vulnerable populations like women fleeing domestic violence.But the plan itself rests heavily on provinces and territories kicking in matching funds, without which federal dollars won’t flow.Even then, it won’t happen until April 2018 and not until 2021 in the case of the new housing benefit.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the reason much of the money won’t be spent until after the next election in 2019 is because the federal government needs to take the time to get the details right and satisfy myriad local, provincial and territorial needs.“We are looking at the realistic horizon that is going to not just put a Band-Aid on the problem, but create the kind of deep change and lasting impact that we know Canadians are going to need,” he said at an event in Toronto.“When we say the federal government is back for the long term, we mean it — and that starts with getting it right from the very beginning.”NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh called the plan “timid” because of the delays in spending when the money is desperately needed now.And Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said the strategy does nothing for lowering the high cost of housing ownership in major urban centres, only making a passing reference to exploring further options.What the plan does is pull together almost $10 billion in planned spending, $11.2 billion in housing money outlined in this year’s budget, and $4.8 billion the Liberals promised to keep spending on funding to affordable housing providers. The rest is all from provinces, territories and the private sector to total about $40 billion over a decade.There are also strict strings attached.A new housing fund to create 60,000 new affordable housing units and allow repairs to 240,000 more, through grants and loans, will prioritize mixed-income developments and require about one-third of all those units to be offered at 80 per cent of median market rents for a 20-year period. (A mix of other funding is poised to create an additional 40,000 new affordable housing units.)The $4-billion portable housing benefit could eventually help 300,000 households by 2028 and provide on average $2,500 a year in help, but only if provinces and territories match $2 billion in federal money and ensure the extra money doesn’t cause a jump in private rents. Mitigating inflationary pressures account for why the documents speaks of targeting the money to those in community and social housing.The strategy also says the government plans to create a federal housing advocate and table legislation to enshrine housing as a human right, requiring regular reports to Parliament on federal efforts to ease the housing burden for hundreds of thousands of families.The details of that idea and others in the strategy still need to be worked out, prompting municipal and housing groups to lend cautiously enthusiastic support for the plan.Recently released census data found that 1.7 million households were in “core housing need” in 2016, meaning they spent more than one-third of their before-tax income on housing that may be substandard or does not meet their needs.The government hopes the strategy will lift 530,000 of those families out of that core housing need category, help 385,000 more avoid losing their homes and lift 50,000 out of homelessness.Wednesday’s news included precious little help for Indigenous communities, which is getting a separate plan that Trudeau said the government is still finalizing. Separate plans are in the works for First Nations, Inuit and Metis.last_img read more

African leaders at UN call for agricultural investment to replace food aid

24 September 2008Investments in the agriculture of developing countries should replace food aid as part of the reforms needed to face the challenges of this century, African presidents told the General Assembly on the second day of its annual high-level debate today. “We can no longer continue to apply 20th century solutions to the more complex problems of the 21st century,” Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade said. “The moment has therefore arrived for an in-depth reform of the mechanism of cooperation for development.”President Blaise Compaoré of Burkina Faso said the crisis of soaring food prices showed the irrelevance of current agricultural policies and the fragility of the system of production and trade.Meanwhile, Mozambican President Emilio Guebuza highlighted the importance of global cooperation to enhance agricultural productivity in developing countries by improving access to inputs and boosting investment in infrastructure to increase market access.For his part, President Bingu Wa Mutharika of Malawi pointed to the detrimental impacts of severe climate changes on food production, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, lamenting that little concrete international action has been taken on the issue.Mr. Wade advocated replacing financing measures that involved long and complicated procedures with investments based on direct assistance to beneficiaries, putting equipment, other agricultural input, and technical training at their disposal. “In contrast to traditional financing, this innovative partnership offers an immediate and credible response to the food crisis, the rural exodus and the troubling phenomenon of illegal immigration,” he said.He assailed the agricultural subsidies in rich countries, which “continue to poison international trade and seriously afflict the economy of developing countries, particularly in Africa.”Mr. Compaoré called for massive investment in rural areas, greater control of water and a more efficient distribution of seeds and fertilizers, citing a decrease in recent years both in the volume and effectiveness of development aid.He also called for international help in combating drug trafficking and the effects of climate change and environmental degradation.Mozambique’s President said the causes of the current global food crisis are myriad, and that countries must join forces to help poorer nations make the leap from “their current subsistence farming into commercial agriculture.”Mr. Guebuza noted that his country is home to natural resources that are favourable to mixed-farming.“However, the shortage of financial resources and the weak [banking network] in the rural zones, associated with the lack of infrastructures and technology to secure the development of a commercial agriculture, have not allowed us to scale up our production to the levels that could meet the food needs of our population,” he said.Mr. Mutharika, the Malawian leader, said that food production has been affected by climate events such as hurricanes, floods, droughts and desertification.“The high dependence on rain-fed agriculture, especially in developing sub-Saharan countries, has also placed such nations at the mercy of the vagaries of nature,” he said.Characterizing global food insecurity as a “collective challenge,” he called on the international community to increase investment in agriculture, especially food production.President Pedro Rodrigues Verona Pires of Cape Verde also underlined the need to boost agricultural production. “The food crisis has endangered hundreds of millions of people,” he told the Assembly. “It is clear that urgent action is needed to guarantee greater agricultural production able to satisfy present and future needs.“This goal requires the promotion of agricultural policies that are consistent with the needs of the situation, the participation of rich and technologically advanced states as well as the technical support of international organizations.“It demands that attention be paid to modernization, increased production and agricultural productivity in the affected countries and regions,” he added, citing his own country and Africa at large.Ghana’s President John Agyekum Kufuor said the various forms of economic and other assistance to developing countries need to better coordinated if the globally agreed targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are all to be achieved on time.“The whole idea of aid is to empower beneficiary countries to stand on their own feet to become effective partners in the global market, from which neither the rich nor poor countries can abstain, given the increasing inter-dependence of the world,” he said. read more

Heres An Idea Falcons Throw To Julio Jones In The Red Zone

The 51 receivers on the chart above average a scoring strike every 157.1 yards. Jones averages a TD for every 262 yards he accumulates, which is the third most extreme discrepancy in the sample.2Only Vincent Jackson and Willie Snead have Jones beat here, with 343.6 and 270 yards per touchdown respectively. The Dallas Cowboys’ Dez Bryant, meanwhile, leads all receivers in fewest yards per touchdown, 92.7, but that’s probably no accident: Bryant has long made it clear that he expects a big portion of the touchdown glory — or someone, possibly everyone, is going to hear about it.Jones’s scoring woes almost defy explanation. Receivers who thirst for touchdowns are generally undersized players who do their damage between the 20s. But Jones is one of the game’s largest targets at 6-foot-3, 220 pounds. He’s also one of the position’s best athletes, crushing his scouting combine in speed, jumping ability and agility. It’s tough to imagine a better receiver his size on the NFL boundaries when it comes to getting both feet down inbounds and defying gravity in the process. If an NFL quarterback were to design a perfect red-zone weapon in a lab, he would look a lot like Jones.Incredibly, Jones’s lack of scoring seems to be by design. His percentage of QB Matt Ryan’s targets drops steadily the closer Atlanta gets to the goal line: from 32.8 percent of passes when the Falcons are at least 80 yards from the end zone to just a little more than half that — 16.7 percent — when they’re in the red zone. Julio Jones is unlike most other star receivers. He doesn’t scream at his quarterback or sulk or throw a tantrum when passes don’t come his way. He’s happy to share the wealth with his teammates. In short, he’s no diva.But if any NFL wide receiver has earned the right to complain on the sidelines, it’s Jones. The Falcons star hasn’t scored a touchdown this season — and in fact has underperformed his whole career when it comes to scoring. His touchdown rate has never come close to matching his outsized production everywhere else on the field. So maybe the Falcons — who have scored just 17 points in each of their past two games (both losses) heading into their Super Bowl rematch with the Patriots on Sunday — would actually benefit from Jones flipping a Gatorade cooler or two.Since 2014, Jones has been nothing short of unstoppable. He’s been the NFL’s most productive receiver when measured by yards per game, the second best in terms of receptions per game and the third best in yards per target.1Among all wide receivers and tight ends who have averaged at least 50 yards in at least 25 games since 2014. In those three-plus seasons, he’s averaging 104.8 yards but a ho-hum 0.4 touchdowns per game, which is roughly the same as less-heralded wideouts such as Allen Hurns, Emmanuel Sanders and Jordan Matthews. For an elite receiver, Jones is solidly middle-of-the-pack in touchdown production: Last Sunday, Atlanta lost to the Dolphins in the final minute when Ryan forced a pass in double coverage to second-year tight end Austin Hooper (36 career catches) instead of giving Jones a chance to make a play. The result was a game-ending interception at the Miami 6-yard line. While Jones said nothing, head coach Dan Quinn made it clear that he wasn’t pleased with bypassing his team’s best weapon.Atlanta’s strange unwillingness to use its best receiver has now spanned three offensive coordinators. When the current one, Steve Sarkisian, was handed the keys to the offense that in 2016 led the NFL in scoring, he saw one major area where the unit could improve.“Is there a way to get Julio more touches in the red zone and finding those matchups?” Sarkisian said at the time.The answer, apparently, is “no.”Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

Lazy Zebras beat Kadetten

Definitely it wasn’t afternoon for the best handball of Alfred Gislason guys, but THW Kiel celebrated their third win in EHF Champions league this season! “Zebras” beat extra motivated Swiss champions Kadetten Schaffhausen 32:29 (19:15) in front of 9.500 fans at Šparkasen Arena.HW KielLandin (1.-13. oNe save), Wolff (13.-60., 15 saves); Duvnjak (5), Toft Hansen (1), Lackovic (3), Sprenger, Weinhold, Wiencek (4), Ekberg (4), Zeitz (4), Brozovic (1), Vujin (4/1), Nilsson (4), Santos (2); Trainer: GislasonKadetten SchaffhausenBringolf (n.e.), Marinovic (1.-60., 14/1 saves); Meister, Delhees (1), Liniger (2), Küttel, Richwien (1), Graubner, Pendic (1), Szyba (2), Csaszar (8/2), Alili, Maros (8), Koch (3), Muggli, Tominec (4); Trainer: Walther ← Previous Story Barca beat Veszprem in EHF CL derby! Next Story → TATRAN beat Chekhovskie Medvedi after great first half time read more

Watch Kingdom Hearts III Is A Game To Play Before You Die

first_imgStay on target Watch: ‘Diablo III’ Is A Game To Play Before You DieWatch: ‘Tetris’ Is A Game To Play Before You Die There are tons of video games out there, way more than any person could ever play, and many of them you shouldn’t play. But some games are so good, so iconic, so important that you should absolutely play them if it’s the last thing you do. And Jordan Minor from, along with some friends from Mashable, is here to tell you what those games are in Games To Play Before You Die, a new show that’s pretty self-explanatory.This week, we’re talking about Kingdom Hearts III, the Disney/Final Fantasy mash-up action-RPG that took a lifetime to come out, so you better play it before you die. Watch us talk about the epic conclusion of fighting against the heartless darkness side by side with Donald Duck. Learn what Disney movies represented here shine and which ones don’t. And figure out whether or not this was all worth it.For more thoughts on Kingdom Hearts III read out befuddled review, listen to us lament Mickey Mouse’s spotty presence in the series, try to understand the lore for yourself, decide whether or not the new theme song slaps, and check out the Kingdom Hearts board game.Buy Kingdom Hearts IIIlast_img read more

Public comment sought on state roads strategy

first_imgThe Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council plans to host an open house for the public to learn about and comment on the draft Washington Transportation Plan – 2040 and Beyond, released by the Washington State Transportation Commission.The open house is from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 10 in the Columbia Room at the Vancouver Community Library, 901 C St., Vancouver. For questions about the open house, call RTC at 564-397-6067.Public input will help shape how local and regional challenges are addressed, from city sidewalks to water, rail and air transportation.The draft 2040 plan is especially focused on emerging technology, system resiliency in extreme weather and natural disasters and long-term transportation funding.The draft plan is available online at: Physical copies are available by calling 360-705-7070. Comments, due by Sept. 20, can be submitted on the website or by email to: or mailed to the Transportation Commission, P.O. Box 47308, Olympia, WA, 98502-7308.last_img read more

Acrobats fall during Ringling Bros circus stunt

first_imgPROVIDENCE, R.I. — A support frame collapsed during an aerial hair-hanging stunt at a circus performance Sunday, sending eight acrobats plummeting to the ground. Nine performers were seriously injured in the fall, including a dancer below, while an unknown number of others suffered less serious injuries.The accident was reported about 45 minutes into the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus’ 11 a.m. Legends show at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence.Stephen Payne, a spokesman for Feld Entertainment, the parent company of Ringling Bros., said the accident happened during an act in which eight performers hang “like a human chandelier” using their hair.He said the metal-frame apparatus from which the performers were hanging came free from the metal truss it was connected to. The eight women fell 25 to 40 feet, landing on a dancer on the ground.All the performers have been doing “some variation of this act for some time,” Payne said, though he didn’t know how long. The current incarnation of the act began in January with the launch of the show, he said.last_img read more

Paswans brother an MP dies

first_imgNew Delhi : Lok Janshakti Party MP from Bihar’s Samastipur Ramchandra Paswan died on Sunday afternoon following brief illness. He was 57 and the younger brother of Union minister and LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan. Party leader Chirag Paswan said his uncle breathed his last at 1.24 pm at the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital here. Ramchandrawas admitted to the hospital last week after suffering a heart attack. His body will be kept at his residence in New Delhi and on Monday, at the LJP office in Patna for paying last respects. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us He is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter and will be cremated in the Bihar capital on Monday. “With deep sorrow I wish to inform that my uncle Ramchandra Paswan is no more. He breathed his last at 1.24 pm at Ram Manohar Lohia hospital in New Delhi,” Chirag Paswan tweeted. “The body Ramchandra Paswan ji will be kept at his residence at 18, Rajindra Prasad road from 5 pm onwards for paying last respects. The body will be taken to Patna, where it will be kept at Lok Janshakti Party’s office there from 11 am to 3 pm for paying the last respects. He will be cremated at 4 pm in Patna,” he said.last_img read more

Groups Say EPA Doing Too Little About Oil Drilling And Earthquakes

first_imgListen Dave FehlingDrilling rig in La Salle County, TexasDrilling an oil well brings up millions of gallons of contaminated water that has to be injected back down into the ground into special, deep wells, wells that in north and east Texas have been suspected of causing earthquakes. Drilling also generates tons of a muddy, oily, chemical-laced waste that is often put in shallow pits, many of them unlined.Adam Kron is a lawyer with one of three national environmental groups that just filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.“The industry is generating more waste than ever before and EPA has yet to even review the rules since 1988,” says Kron, a lawyer with the Environmental Integrity Project.Kron says the suit would make the EPA update its rules and enforce them uniformly from state-to-state. Kron sites an example: He says state regulators in Oklahoma have moved to restrict injection wells in places where earthquakes are more likely, but Texas?        “Texas is still completely in denial about injection wells, “ Kron said on a conference call with reporters.The drilling industry disagrees.“It’s easy for them to say, ‘Oh, Texas is an unregulated free-for-all’, but like so much of what they said, it’s completely not true,” says Steve Everley, a senior advisor to a drilling industry group, Energy In Depth.“They claim that nothing has happened since the 1980s. That is completely false and they know it,” Everley told News 88.7.Last year, the EPA said in a response to similar allegations that it has been working with the industry and with state regulators on the drilling waste issue, including on rules to reduce the risk of earthquakes from those injection wells. Share X 00:00 /01:22 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: last_img read more