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Realme 2 set to launch in India on August 28

first_imgOppo sub-brand Realme has started sending out media invite for the launch of the Realme 2 – which is going to be the first notched display phone by the company. Realme will be launching the Realme 1 successor on August 28 at an event in New Delhi, it has announced. Ahead of the launch, Realme has started teasing the phone and says that it will come with an iPhone X like notched display. The company has also confirmed that the Realme 2 will come with a much bigger battery compared to the Realme 1 and sport a dual camera setup on the rear.Realme, via an official teaser, has confirmed that the Realme 2 will come with two cameras on the back panel. The company, as of now is yet to reveal the megapixel count. But, reports suggest that the Realme 2 will consist of a primary sensor of 13-megapixel and a secondary sensor of 2-megapixel paired with LED flash. If the information turns out to accurate, this could mean that the Realme 2 will come with a much better camera setup compared to the Realme 1 which packs a single 13-megapixel sensor of the back. As of now, the front camera detail of the Realme 2 is yet to be revealed.As far as the design of the phone is concerned, the Realme 2 is expected to be quite similar to that of the Realme 1. The Realme 2 is said to boast of Oppo’s signature diamond-pattern design. We also expect the Realme 2 to be powered by an Helio P60 chipset as found in the Realme 1 and also the recently launched Oppo F9.advertisementAlongside some camera details, Realme has also revealed that the Realme 2 will boast of a massive 4230mAh battery, which is over 20 per cent bigger than that of the Realme 1 which packs a 3,4000mAh battery.As for now, Realme hasn’t revealed any further details about the Realme 2. But, considering the teasers, looks like the Realme 2 will be much better and improved version than the Realme 1 in almost all departments, be it design, display, camera, battery, hardware or software.Considering, Realme is focusing on delivering phones that fall between the Rs 10,000 to Rs 20,000 price segment, we can expect the Realme 2 to compete with some of the leading Xiaomi, Motorola, Honor and Nokia phones in the market currently.last_img read more

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The tide has turned on Sports Illustrated

first_imghttps://twitter.com/williamfleitch/status/378156426201677824https://twitter.com/tomfornelli/status/378160121026580481Here’s some more bullshit in Sports Illustrated’s big Oklahoma State exposé: http://t.co/hlAGpTNsZX— Deadspin (@Deadspin) September 12, 2013And it feels like local fans and media have joined that national fervor and kind of shrugged their collective shoulders.Unless SI has a bomb to drop — and we’re talking “Boone was running around with coeds in the new locker room” at this point — then all eyes from here on out will be on Sports Illustrated.What was your purpose? Was it as airtight as you though? Why didn’t you give a single anecdote from the other side of the story? What are you trying to accomplish here? How much, exactly, was Thayer Evans involved? What is a “win” for you? If you had to do it over again would you include the “How does a Division I program make such a large leap in such a short time?” tagline?Until now SI has been asking all the questions.I think it’s time they start providing some answers.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! I can’t believe Sports Illustrated even published that garbage. This is a dark day for a formerly esteemed publication.— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) September 12, 2013 Photo Attribution: USATSIPhoto Attribution: USATSIFrom the outset of this piece you could feel the two sides lining up:Oklahoma State vs. Sports IllustratedFans vs. Fans of journalismTime Inc. vs. the state of OklahomaBoone vs. the worldAnd at the beginning there wasn’t a lot of confidence about how this was going to go for Oklahoma State fans.Heck, Mike Holder himself apologized for the PR nightmare that was about to rain down on Stillwater.And then the first piece was released and we all kind of said “wait, that’s it?” National media folks clamored “there’s more!” and OSU faithful said “maybe, I guess we’ll wait and see.”But in the last two days it’s all come unraveled for SI. You could feel the narrative start to shift on Wednesday a little bit but then by Thursday, when Brett McMurphy poked a bevy of holes in the facts of the story, there weren’t many supporters of Sports Illustrated left.I have to admit I was one of the ones at the beginning who believed George Dohrmann wouldn’t put his name on something as puffy and uninteresting as this piece but it’s clear Thayer Evans either drugged him or has naked photos of one of his family members.And the McMurphy thing, I guess him proving that Tatum Bell wasn’t in school when SI said he was isn’t that big of a deal, until you remember that the whole arc of SI’s story right now is cemented in how well-reported and airtight it is. And that’s how it’s going to remain until you start producing documents of some sort, so hole-poking remains SI’s worst nightmare.But back to the national media. Sam Mellinger wrote this excellent piece in the Kansas City Star today about how, well, nobody who doesn’t have a degree from OSU gives a crap about any of this:The collective reaction is mostly one of the following: This happens everywhere, the story needs more proof, who cares, and/or the NCAA rules are so absurd it should be open season for schools to cheat. Those are powerful statements on their own, but the real kicker is the underlying message about the dying relevancy, credibility and viability of the institution that is the NCAA.We still care, of course, but not many other people do. In fact, I think people at this point care more about whether or not Sports Illustrated got it right or whiffed completely. A sampling:OSU sucked at football. Then they brought in a bunch of guys who smoked weed. Then they got good. This article should be in High Times.— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) September 12, 2013last_img read more

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Gov’t Invests Over US$4.7 Million to Expand BPO Space

first_imgThe Government is continuing work to expand the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector through investment of US$4,721,988.88 on further infrastructure buildout.Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, said this includes a Cabinet-approved contract in the sum of US$3,792,630.13, which has been awarded to China Harbour Engineering Company Limited (CHEC) to undertake foundation work for three BPO buildings at the Portmore Informatics Park in St. Catherine.He informed that the project sum was reduced from US$4,930,986.79.The Minister was speaking at Wednesday’s (June 7) post-Cabinet media briefing at Jamaica House.He advised that Cabinet also approved the award of a contract in the sum of US$929,358.75 to ZDA Construction Limited to build an entry lobby for the 63,000-square-foot BPO building at the Montego Bay Free Zone.Meanwhile, Minister Reid advised that a contract, valued at US$533,995, has been awarded to CSDC Systems Incorporated to effect automation of the Government’s electrical inspection processes, utilising the Application Management and Data Automation (AMANDA) software.Senator Reid also told journalists that Cabinet approved a US$1,514,200 contract to FAST Enterprises LLC for the provision of maintenance support for Tax Administration of Jamaica’s Revenue Administration Information System, for one year.last_img read more

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Ground Broken for Additional Classrooms at Immaculate

first_img The project, slated for completion by early 2019, is being spearheaded by the school’s Home-School Association (HSA) and aims to provide additional space for the student population, which averages just under 1,700, as well as increase the use of technology in the school’s curriculum. Ground was broken today (June 19) for the construction of five additional classrooms and four technology laboratories at Immaculate Conception High School (ICHS) in St Andrew, at a cost of approximately $76 million. Story Highlights Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, who took part in the ceremony, said he welcomed the initiative, which he described as the school’s response to the Ministry’s call for more schools to be built and expanded to facilitate the provision of quality high-school education. Ground was broken today (June 19) for the construction of five additional classrooms and four technology laboratories at Immaculate Conception High School (ICHS) in St Andrew, at a cost of approximately $76 million.The project, slated for completion by early 2019, is being spearheaded by the school’s Home-School Association (HSA) and aims to provide additional space for the student population, which averages just under 1,700, as well as increase the use of technology in the school’s curriculum.Funding is being provided through a partnership involving the Ministry and private-sector stakeholders collaborating with the HSA.Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, who took part in the ceremony, said he welcomed the initiative, which he described as the school’s response to the Ministry’s call for more schools to be built and expanded to facilitate the provision of quality high-school education.“The excellence that you have at Immaculate is what we want for all students,” the Minister said.“We want universal access for all students… so that we have a population that is highly skilled, trained and certified. Not only will (this) add to the local productivity on the one hand, but, equally, we will be able to attract higher quality of investments into Jamaica, so that all of us can grow and prosper,” he added.Senator Reid also lauded ICHS’s administration for its outstanding work at the institution, which, he noted, has laid the foundation for the students’ success.“All of us are proud of your performance at this noble institution (which) has been stellar, and the Ministry wants to thank you as a school and church family for your commitment to education (and) what you have been doing in uplifting the lives of our young ladies,” he added.Meanwhile, President of the HSA, Donovan Mayne, said the project represents the first major building development undertaken at the school in approximately 20 years.Mr. Mayne thanked Senator Reid for committing the Ministry’s support for the undertaking, and also the various private-sector stakeholders partnering on the project. They include the NCB Foundation and Barita Investments.Additionally, Mr Mayne expressed gratitude to the staff and students, who were instrumental in raising approximately $4 million that will go towards the project.For her part, Principal, Sister Angella Harris, also welcomed the project’s implementation, which she said will further enhance the environment for the students’ development and their exposure to technology, thereby preparing them for substantive careers.last_img read more

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Antwerp Port Readies 96-Hectare Opel Site for Investors

first_imgzoom Antwerp Port Authority is about to purchase location of the former General Motors production plant, the Opel site. The Port Authority plans to develop the entire 96-hectare site so as to attract manufacturing industry in the heart of this vast maritime complex.Both the size of the site and its location in the heart of Europe’s second-largest port make this opportunity unique. Such sites are invaluable because they make it possible to attract new industry and generate additional employment.In this particular case Antwerp Port Authority will focus on integrated development, as the size of the site and its location present a rare opportunity. With this in mind each project proposed for the site will be considered in terms of the added value that it can create for the region.The site located on the right bank of the Scheldt has excellent links with the hinterland thanks to direct connections to the road, rail and inland waterway networks. The port of Antwerp is also connected to the main European pipeline networks.Antwerp Port Authority will therefore issue invitations as soon as possible for potential investors to submit expressions of interest and proposals.To promote the further development of the port, Antwerp Port Authority continues to invest from a long-term perspective. This includes a number of strategic projects such as the construction of the Deurganck dock lock (which when it is completed will be the largest in the world, securing accessibility on the left bank), further expansion of the port area on the left bank, development of new logistics parks (Waasland and Schijns Logistics Parks), and participation in hinterland hubs.Clearly the development of the former General Motors site belongs in this category and is of great strategic importance. portofantwerp, April 16, 2014last_img read more

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Deaths rise as Nepal issues more permits for Mt Everest

first_imgNamche (Nepal): Nepal’s reluctance to limit the number of permits it issues to scale Mount Everest has contributed to dangerous overcrowding, with inexperienced climbers impeding others and causing deadly delays, seasoned mountaineers said. During the short period this season when the weather was clear enough to attempt the summit, climbers were crammed crampon-to-crampon above South Col’s sharp-edged ridge, all clipped onto a single line of rope, trudging toward the top of the world and risking death as each minute ticked by. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests'”There were more people on Everest than there should be,” said Kul Bahadur Gurung, general secretary of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, an umbrella group of all expedition operators in Nepal. Eleven people have died this season, the highest number since 2015. Most are believed to have suffered from altitude sickness, which is caused by low amounts of oxygen at high elevation and can cause headaches, vomiting, shortness of breath and mental confusion. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaOnce only accessible to well-heeled elite mountaineers, Nepal’s booming climbing market has driven down the cost of an expedition, opening Everest up to hobbyists and adventure-seekers. They are required to have a doctors’ note deeming them physically fit, but not to prove their stamina at such extreme heights. Because of the altitude, climbers have just hours to reach the top before they are at risk of a pulmonary edema, when the lungs fill with liquid. From Camp Four at 8,000 meters to the 8,850-meter peak, the final push on Everest is known as the “death zone.” The conditions are so intense at such times that when a person dies, no one can afford to expend energy on carrying the body down from the mountain. “Every minute counts there,” said Eric Murphy, a mountain guide from Bellingham, Washington, who climbed Everest for a third time on May 23. He said what should have taken 12 hours took 17 hours because of struggling climbers who were clearly exhausted but had no one to guide or help them. Just a handful of inexperienced climbers, he said, is “enough to have a profound effect.” The deaths this year on Nepal’s side of the mountain included Don Cash, a sales executive from Utah, and Christopher Kulish, an attorney from Colorado, who both died on their way down from the peak. Nepal doesn’t have any regulations on the books to determine how many permits should be issued, so anyone with a doctor’s note can obtain one for a USD 11,000 fee, said Mohan Krishna Sapkota, secretary at the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation. This year, permits were issued to 381 people, the highest number ever, according to the government. They were accompanied by an equal number of guides from Nepal’s ethnic Sherpa community. Some climbers were originally issued permits in 2014 that were revoked mid-season when 16 Sherpa guides died in an avalanche and other Sherpas, whose support as guides and porters is essential, effectively went on strike.last_img read more

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Rs 13000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs Mamata

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday announced a slew of industrial projects involving an investment of Rs 13,000 crore that is tipped to create employment for almost two lakh people.”Our state is the safest place for investment and so IT majors, namely Wipro and Infosys, are coming here. These industrial and MSME projects will come up on 1633 acre land which involves an investment of Rs 13,000 crore. There will be the employment of 2 lakh people in these projects,” she said at Howrah’s Nabanna Sabhagar event where she laid foundation stones and inaugurated a host of projects. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe Chief Minister added: “I am very much against sitting with placards protesting in front of factory gates and hosting agitations. The factories should run and if there is any discontent on the part of the employees, it can be resolved through talks. Stalling of work is not a solution. The owner and the employee should work hand-in-hand to solve any crisis.” Banerjee also took the opportunity to hit out at the saffron party (without taking any name) and said that Bengal does not believe in violence and anarchy. “There should be competition on the basis of work shunning the path of anarchy and violence. If there is a split in communities in a factory then how can it run,” she questioned. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayBanerjee further added that people who had once turned away from the state are coming back with development of Bengal taking place by leaps and bounds. “This is a pride for Bengal. We have a commitment towards the common people and also towards the industry. We want industries to come here.” Referring to the recession in the country, Banerjee said many industries are closing down with the automobile sector being the worse hit. “Bengal has registered the highest GDP growth in the country and recently we have created the potential for five lakh jobs at the Bantala Leather Complex,” she added. The Chief Minister also stressed on revamping the existing single window system of the state government. “There should be a nodal officer and officials of the government departments to expedite projects. The mechanism should be extended to the district levels also,” Banerjee said emphasizing on quick issuance of fire license and other necessary clearances for business ventures. Among the projects, Banerjee handed over some possessions to units at the Gems and Jewellery Park at Ankurhati and announced several projects including the hosiery park in Jagadishpur, foundry park at Ranihati, chemical park in Jagatballavpur, mini foundry park at Jagatballavpur and multimodal logistics park in Sankrail. The investment at the logistics park alone will be more than Rs 600 crore and more than 3,500 people will be getting employed. Banerjee also inaugurated the newly constructed head office of the state Food and Supplies department and a digital library bringing 21,500 books to the public domain. A total of 90 passenger shelters under the PWD were also unveiled. The commissioning of Phase I and foundation stone laying of Phase II of South City Anmol Infra Park and the announcement regarding setting up of Regent SME Industrial Park was also made from the venue.last_img read more

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How major US stock indexes fared Wednesday

first_imgStocks surged on Wall Street Wednesday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average vaulting more than 1,000 points, its biggest one-day point-gain ever.Investors recouped all their losses from a Christmas Eve plunge as stocks rallied across all sectors, giving the Dow and benchmark S&P 500 index its best single-day percentage gain in 10 years.On Wednesday:The S&P 500 index rose 116.60 points, or 5 per cent, to 2,467.70.The Dow soared 1,086.25 points, or 5 per cent, to 22,878.45.The Nasdaq composite gained 361.44 points, or 5.8 per cent, to 6,554.36.The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks picked up 62.89 points, or 5 per cent, 1,329.81.For the week:The S&P 500 is up 51.08 points, or 2.1 per cent.The Dow is up 433.08 points, or 1.9 per cent.The Nasdaq is up 221.36 points, or 3.5 per cent.The Russell 2000 is up 37.72 points, or 2.9 per cent.For the year:The S&P 500 is down 205.91 points, or 7.7 per cent.The Dow is down 1,840.77 points, or 7.5 per cent.The Nasdaq is down 349.04 points, or 5.1 per cent.The Russell 2000 is down 205.70 points, or 13.4 per cent.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Trade minister Carr betting on LNG to unlock trade in China and

first_img“I would say there are lots of possibilities for sectoral trade. We know the LNG possibility is real. We know that the Chinese Canadian community is very interested in deepening ties.”The distinction Carr makes is significant. An attempt to launch formal free trade talks last winter stalled because Chinese leaders flatly rejected the Trudeau government’s progressive trade agenda that would have included labour, gender and Indigenous rights.And then there’s that surprise clause in the new USMCA. It requires a member country to provide notice and information to the other two partners if it plans free trade talks with a “non-market” economy. It gives the other partners a say in the text of such a deal.The Chinese embassy in Ottawa blasted the inclusion of the new clause because it unfairly targets China’s potential trading partners, and unfairly brands it as a “ non-market” economy. Carr is so buoyant about the door-opening possibilities of shipping cleaner energy across the Pacific that he categorically discounts the effect of another surprise on the trade file this past week.He sees no obstacle in the controversial clause in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement that allows any of the countries to withdraw from the deal on six-months notice if one of the partners enters into a free trade agreement with a non-market economy, China, again.“There’s nothing in the trade agreement with Mexico and the United States that stops Canada from that. The deal has no impact on Canadian sovereignty or the capacity of the Canadian government to do business around the world,” Carr said.Carr’s job is to find new trading markets for Canada beyond its largest trading partner, the United States. The word “diversification” was conspicuously added to his job title during a July cabinet shuffle and the minister is clearly thrilled with what he sees as the LNG arrow in his quiver.Given the rocky, insult-laden, 14-month road to a new North American trade deal, the need to fulfil the promise of diversification has never been greater for Canada. Carr is also eyeing India, South America, and other Asian countries, as well as pushing for the speedy ratification of the new Trans-Pacific Partnership.He is hoping to travel to China next month, though he stops short of calling for all-out free trade with the country that is the subject of so much Trump administration ire. OTTAWA, O.N. – Jim Carr’s view of enhancing Canadian trade in Asia _ and its biggest prize, China _ is rosier these days because he’s seeing the possibilities through a new lens: LNG Canada’s new $40-billion liquefied natural gas project in northern B.C.“The most interesting development in Canada’s relationship with China happened (Tuesday),” the new minister of international trade diversification said in an interview one day after the historic announcement to build the long-awaited LNG plant in Kitimat, B.C.“What we’ll be able to say to our potential customers is that this now is real and there will be timetables.”center_img Trade experts and analysts support the careful approach that Carr advocates because it gives Canada room to talk to China without overtly angering the United States.“The Americans may still take notice but there’s nothing to stop Canada from continuing to have productive conversations with the Chinese in areas that we have common interests,” said Meredith Lilly, a trade expert at Carleton University.Lilly said the non-market economy clause is unusual and represents a new way for the Trump administration to force its allies to “pick sides” in its ongoing trade dispute with China that has seen billions of dollars of tariffs imposed on Chinese goods, and retaliation by Beijing.“You can view those as targeted at China, and the U.S. creating a template for future trade agreements with other countries beyond Mexico and Canada,” said Lilly.Derek Burney, who was a key player in the Brian Mulroney government that negotiated the original Canada-U.S. free trade deal, said he’s not convinced the clause has any teeth to prevent Canada from moving forward economically with China, which he urged the government to do “as assertively” as possible.“We have misfired in our approaches to China thus far. We have to redouble those efforts and get more serious, and not just with China, but with India as well,” he said.“China’s going to be the No. 1 economy in a number of years, not decades. We’ve got to take it more seriously.”Burney said business needs to do more to find opportunities to capitalize on the major trade deals that Canada has already completed with the European Union and South Korea, among others, as well as the new TPP that the Trudeau government hopes to ratify this fall.“I don’t see as much evidence yet of our companies taking advantage of the openings that those agreements are giving us,” said Burney. “The biggest handicap in Canada is complacency. We’ve become comfortable in the cocoon of dealing with the Americans for 75 percent of our trade.”Carr is anything but complacent.A full legislative effort is being made to ensure the rebooted TPP will be ratified this fall, giving Canada so-called first-mover advantage by being among the first six counties in the 11-country Pacific Rim pact to benefit. Meanwhile, Canada’s battalion of 1,000 trade commissioners and a newly created Invest in Canada agency are pushing hard on all fronts, said Carr.“All of it plays to the heart of our strategic investment, which is to safeguard the most important trading relationship for Canada, which we have done while expanding possibilities, which we are doing.”(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

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Algeria Places 5 Sacked Military Generals in PreTrial Detention

Rabat – The military court of Blida in Algeria issued detention orders against five top military members, who were dismissed for alleged corruption and abuse of power.According to AFP, the five military officers are Menad Nouba, Said Bey, Habib Chentouf, Abderrazak Cherif and Boudjemaa Boudouaour.The sacked major generals appeared before the court today, October 14. The officers are among a long list of military members sacked at the request of Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.The purge of military officers started in July.The court has decided to place the military officers in pre-trial detention after their third hearing.Algerian authorities also confiscated the passports of the senior military members.In September, Alg24 reported that invistgations were opened as part of others opened into several top officials suspected of corruption following the seizure of 701 kilograms of cocaine at the port of Oran in May.In September, Argentinian analyst Adalberto Agozino provided his analysis for Alternative Press Agency on Algeria’s sacking of senior military figures at this specific time.He said that Algeria is conducting a vast purge within its army and police in order to “ensure the success” of the next presidential election, which will take place in early 2019/In April, the Algerian ruling party, the National Liberation Front, called on Abdelaziz Bouteflika to run for a fifth term in the election.Former French ambassador to Algeria Bernard Bajolet criticized Bouteflika in an interview with Le Figaro.The former French official, who also served as head of the General Directorate of  External Security (DGSE) questioned Bouteflika’s ability to lead.“President Bouteflika, with all the respect I feel for him, is kept alive artificially. And nothing will change in this transition period,” he said. read more

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Leons Furniture takes over eight leases from Sears including four in BC

TORONTO – Leon’s Furniture is opening eight new stores, including four in British Columbia, marking the first time the banner will operate in that province.The national home furnishings chain says it will take over the leases of the Sears Home stores, operated by Sears Canada (TSX:SCC), at the start of the summer.The four B.C. locations are in Abbotsford, Langley, Richmond and Victoria.The company also has a presence in B.C. through its 27 Brick locations.Three of the remaining new stores will be in Brampton, Mississauga and Toronto, with another one in Moncton, N.B.Leon’s Furniture (TSX:LNF) says all the stores it acquired from Sears are scheduled to open in September.“This is a unique opportunity for us to expand our market share and lay the groundwork for continued growth,” Edward Leon, president and chief operating officer, said in a statement Tuesday.Sears Canada says turning these leases over to Leon’s will help it “become a stronger company.”“We are working on rationalizing our store network to ensure our core store physical footprint is highly productive,” Brandon Stranzl, executive chairman at Sears Canada, said in a news release. by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 23, 2016 12:01 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 23, 2016 at 1:02 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Leon’s Furniture takes over eight leases from Sears, including four in B.C. read more

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One in 10 Syrian refugees will need resettling UN agency warns ahead

“Refugees fleeing conflict and violence and arriving in Europe carry an important message: addressing their plight cannot only be the task of countries and communities that are close to wars. It is a global responsibility that must be widely shared until peace prevails again,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said in a press release. “Giving at least some Syrian refugees an opportunity to move on to better lives, and relieving the burden on countries hosting millions of refugees are important gestures of solidarity. Let us not miss this opportunity,” Mr. Grandi added. The conference is one of several key events in 2016 focused on Syria’s refugees. It follows February’s London Conference on Syria, dealing with the financial dimensions of the humanitarian challenge posed by the more than 13.5 million people in need inside Syria and the 4.8 million refugees in the surrounding region, along with the needs of communities in host countries. Tomorrow’s gathering is also in the run up to September’s summit on refugees taking place at the UN General Assembly in New York. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) underlined that the focus of tomorrow’s meeting is on the need for expanded, multi-year programmes of resettlement and other forms of humanitarian admission, including countries that until now have not been involved in such initiatives. The dangerous boat ride to Greece through the eyes of a Syrian refugee girl. Credit: UNICEF The agency also stressed that resettlement is not the only aim – other such pathways include humanitarian transfer or visas, private sponsorship, medical evacuation, family reunion, academic scholarship, and apprenticeships or labour schemes. The event will also showcase innovative approaches, new partnerships, and successful case studies, and is being presented as an opportunity for governments around the world to be part of finding solutions for Syrian refugees. Representatives from some 92 countries, 10 inter-governmental organizations, nine UN agencies and 24 non-government organizations are expected. Speakers will include the High Commissioner Grandi and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, as well as representatives from key refugee-hosting governments. Some pledges of additional resettlement and other humanitarian admission places are expected to be announced tomorrow. Given the complex international context and with Syria’s conflict continuing, UNHCR said additional places will be needed over the coming months and years, in particular to address the needs of the most vulnerable refugees and to relieve pressure on Syria’s neighbours. In line with refugee situations elsewhere, UNHCR estimates that as many as 10 per cent of Syria’s 4.8 million refugees fall into this category, and that well over 450,000 places will be needed before the end of 2018. Meanwhile, in connection with tomorrow’s conference, the Campaign Director of Avaaz, Alice Jay, will today be handing over a petition to Mr. Grandi carrying over 1.2 million signatures in support of refugees. The petition, collected since last summer calls for increased resettlement and reunification of families alongside financial support to countries on the frontline of the crisis. Avaaz, meaning ‘voice,’ is a global citizens’ movement which campaigns in 15 languages on six continents. A selection of photographs and messages of ‘Refugees Welcome’ from 23,000 Avaaz members around the world will be shared on a screen outside the conference hall tomorrow. read more

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Hexagons MS60 multistation brings the total station platform underground

first_imgHexagon’s MS60 multistation integrates laser scanning, GNSS, and imaging into the tried-and-true platform of a total station. This powerful new instrument was recently used to scan the upper level of the University of Arizona’s San Xavier underground mine. The demonstration quickly revealed the value of integrating a laser scanner into a proven survey instrument. The MS60 survey traversed through the mine with each scan always correctly georeferenced. This eliminates the office point cloud registration process typically dreaded by operators.  All images are also proper and can be taken at each setup.David Rutledge, Director, Structural Monitoring at Hexagon’s Leica Geosystems division, said the MS60 is widely used in the construction industry as a formal surveying tool, but remains underutilised in the mining industry. He believes the trend towards underground mining will increase demand for the MS60.Companies are increasingly looking to extend their life of mine by pushing deeper beneath the surface for deposits. Underground mining methods are trying to meet these demands. Those methods are encountering complexities that may be easy to overcome above ground and require domain expertise and often non-scalable customised solutions, below. According to Rutledge, the MS60 is roughly 70% total station, 30% laser scanner.  “This turns out to be the perfect ratio for underground surveying and monitoring and it’s hard to lose with this device,” he said. “Our initial on-site demonstrations show this.”In an industry where a single haul truck tyre can cost $100,000, the MS60 – which costs about half that amount – can quickly pay for itself through productivity gains. “The MS60 is one of the most powerful measurement devices in the world,” said Rutledge.last_img read more

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38 arrested for carrying out genital mutilation on girls as young as

first_imgPOLICE IN TANZANIA have arrested 38 women for carrying out illegal genital mutilation on a group of girls, a local mayor said today.The women were arrested yesterday as they performed a traditional dance around a house where police found 21 girls, aged from 3 to 15, who had recently undergone excision.“As soon as I heard about it I sent the police round,” Herman Kapufi, mayor of Same district in northern Tanzania, told national television.Kapufi said some of the girls were still bleeding while others had wounds that were healing.Female genital mutilation is still performed in some parts of Tanzania, despite having been outlawed officially in 1998.Studies estimate that 15 percent of women and girls have undergone genital mutilation – removal of the clitoris in the vast majority of cases.The practice, generally carried out with a knife or a razor blade without anaesthesia and in non-sterile conditions, attracts a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.In some communities in Tanzania, women who have not undergone excision are victims of social exclusion.Observers also cite a widespread belief that a woman who has been “cut” is more faithful to her husband.Given the conditions in which the excision is done, girls often die from their injuries or from resulting infections.- © AFP 2013.Read: Ireland’s EU presidency ‘confused and inadequate’ on female genital mutilation>Read: Female genital mutilation officially banned in Ireland>last_img read more

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BlackBerry PlayBook rooted

first_imgIf the HP TouchPad taught the world anything, it’s that people suddenly become a whole lot more interested in non-iPad tablets when they’re sold off at dirt-cheap prices. Now that RIM has done the same to the BlackBerry PlayBook, dev interest is picking up — in fact, hacker Chris Wade has already rooted his PlayBook.For the average PlayBook owner, there’s probably not a lot to get excited about just yet. You won’t be able to root your PlayBook and install CyanogenMod, for example. Right now, Wade’s root simply gives him permanent elevated permissions on the PlayBook. That means he (and other devs who follow his lead) can poke around in the tablet’s code and enable further hacking advances.Wade offers some information that will be appreciated by those who might want to root their PlayBooks. First, he plans on packaging and releasing a tool to root the PlayBook called DingleBerry.  Second, it’s an untethered jailbreak meaning it persists across reboots. Third, it’s compatible with all versions of the PlayBook OS — including the recently released OS 2.0 beta. Root access even remains intact when upgrading from one OS version to another.Wade has a history of similar software and firmware wizardry, hacking devices like the PSP, iWallet, iPod touch, and iPhone. Interestingly enough, he rooted the BlackBerry PlayBook emulator way back in April of this year. Apparently it just took a $300 price cut to convince him to pick up a physical version of RIM’s tablet and set about performing the root on an actual PlayBook.What’s next, now that the PlayBook has been rooted? Personally, I’m hoping someone with PlayBook OS 2.0 figures out how to enable the cameras for Android apps. Voice chat on Skype is nice and all, but video chat would be even better.More at Twitter and N4BBlast_img read more

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Public Broadcasting Budget Cut Almost 25 Percent

first_imgAlaska’s public broadcasters dodged a bullet when the legislature’s regular session ended Monday.House and Senate negotiators decided on a 23.5 percent budget reduction. A proposed cut more than twice that size could have forced at least five stations off the air. It also would have dramatically reduced programming at other outlets.Juneau’s KTOO building houses radio, online and TV operations funded in part by the state. Legislative budget cuts will hit public broadcasters throughout the state beginning in July. (Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)Gov. Bill Walker on Tuesday released a new operating budget for lawmakers to consider in a special session he called. But it didn’t include any change in public radio or TV funding.Officials say cutting almost a quarter of stations’ state appropriations will have significant impacts.Tom Abbott, general manager of Petersburg’s KFSK-FM, says he expects to maintain local staff and programming.“We’re going to stick with our mission, [and] that first and foremost is our local service. That will direct us toward loss of network programing. And that, of course, will be noticeable, it will be significant, it will be some favorite programs,” he says.Those include “Prairie Home Companion” and “This American Life.” He says National Public Radio shows, such as “All Things Considered,” will continue.Other stations throughout Alaska face similar challenges. The state helps fund about 25 radio and three TV operations.Stations also receive financial support through memberships, underwriting, fund-raisers and grants.KFSK’s Abbott says he hopes to raise more money locally. But he worries that could be difficult when popular shows are cut.“I would hope that that is minimal. And that people will understand the situation that we’re in and that keeping the local system intact is our priority. Network programming can come back. Personnel can’t, necessarily,” he says.Abbott says his station will hold community meetings to discuss its budget plans.At one point, the Senate proposed a 60 percent funding cut, which would have ended local service at some smaller stations.Alaska Public Broadcasting Commission member Brenda Hewitt, in an earlier interview, said those stations provide an essential service.“We could listen to national news and we could know what was happening in the nation. But you wouldn’t know what’s happening locally. Or if you cut out state broadcasting you don’t know what’s happening in the state,” she said.The legislature’s final budget eliminated earlier language directing state money toward smaller, rural stationslast_img read more

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New Gandhi statue to be installed in UK city of Manchester

first_imgLondon : A new statue of Mahatma Gandhi will be inaugurated in the UK city of Manchester later this year after a local council approved plans for it as a symbol of peace on Friday. The 9-foot high bronze sculpture by Indian artist Ram V Sutar will be installed outside Manchester Cathedral in the heart of the city to mark the 150th birth anniversary of the Father of the Indian Nation in November. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us The Mahatma Gandhi Statue Project, an initiative of Shrimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur (SRMD), a worldwide spiritual movement headquartered in India, had submitted the proposal as epitomising the city’s resilience in the aftermath of the suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande at Manchester Arena in May 2017, an Islamic State (ISIS) claimed attack which claimed 23 lives. Also Read – Imran calls on Pakistanis to take part in ‘Kashmir Hour’ Advertise With Us “Following the 2017 Arena attack, Manchester’s unique civic pride displayed the values of non-violence and compassion. We are inspired by the people of Manchester for their strength, decency and community in the face of this unparalleled tragedy,” said Manthan Taswala, spokesperson for SRMD UK, which believes in propagating Gandhi’s teachings. Advertise With Us “The statue of Gandhi will celebrate the universal power of his message. A statue in Manchester will ensure that the heart of our politics and democracy can all be blessed with his ethos,” Taswala added. The charitable organisation is being backed in its project by Manchester Cathedral, Manchester City Council and the High Commission of India and the costs are to be covered by the Indian-origin Kamani family in memory of their late scion Bhanji Khanji Kamani. Manchester City Council approved the plans submitted for the project this week without any objections from any of the members. “It’s great to see planning approval granted for the Mahatma Gandhi statue in Manchester,” said Bob May, Director at consultancy firm Turley, which provided the expert planning support for the project. “We thoroughly enjoy working on projects such as this which reflect Turley’s values and commitment to good growth, enabling us to contribute to the communities we are part of and make a positive difference in the places that we help shape,” he said. The UK has many iconic Gandhi statues, including two sculptures of Gandhi in London – at Tavistock Square and Parliament Square – as well as one each in Leicester, Birmingham and Cardiff. As part of the Indian independence movement leader’s 150th birth anniversary celebrations, SRMD UK has now planned a public event on November 25 to unveil the latest addition to these statues at a gathering in Manchester of senior figures from the Indian diaspora and government.last_img read more

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Slum fire burns dead 2 infants

first_imgFire catches the Bhashantek slum in Dhaka on Thursday. Photo: UNBFirefighters recovered charred bodies of two infants, who were killed in a slum fire in the capital city’s Bhashantek area on Thursday, reports news agency UNB.The identities of the deceased could not be known yet, said Ershad Hossain, the duty officer at fire service and civil defence control room.The fire broke out at the slum around 1:30am and spread soon, he said.On information, 21 firefighting units went to the spot and extinguished the blaze around 3:00am.Later, the firefighters recovered the two charred bodies, said Ershad.Sabbir Ahmed, officer-in-charge of Bhashantek police station, said around 1,000 shanties were gutted in the fire.However, the origin of the fire could not be known yet, the official said.last_img read more

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Government Agencies and Hospitals Face Increasing Risk of IoTPowered Cyberattacks

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 5 min read Register Now » February 19, 2017 If you paid even the slightest attention to tech media and conferences in 2016, you heard how the Internet of Things (IoT) is the next big thing. While there’s hype surrounding the tremendous opportunity the IoT offers, there are still hazards that have yet to be properly addressed. The biggest concern — safety — is a thorny topic with which enterprises are still grappling. For example, 2016’s DDoS attack on Dyn that took down several major websites such as Twitter was caused by a bot army of unsecured IoT devices. This attack is only the tip of the iceberg, and in 2017 we should expect more of the same, but websites and companies won’t be the only targets. Unless manufacturers and users of connected devices get serious about security, we will see these attacks evolve this year. I believe that there’s a significant chance these attacks could extend to major government institutions and hospitals.Why these attacks are comingAccording to a study from HP, 70 percent of IoT devices are currently vulnerable to an attack. While both manufacturers and their customers are certainly working to reduce that, a significant number of IoT devices will still be unprotected in 2017. Additionally, Gartner predicts over 20 billion IoT devices by 2020. Let’s say that in the next three years the number of secure IoT devices doubles, which means that only 40 percent will be insecure. According to Gartner’s estimate that means a total of 8 billion devices by then that are free to be enlisted in a hacker’s arsenal: roughly equivalent to the population of the Earth. That security risk is beyond anything we’ve currently seen in the realm of cybersecurity.The risk isn’t necessarily coming from the sophistication of attacks but poor security practices of IoT users. Bad practices such as using the default usernames and passwords that are supposed to be used only for setup and then changed, are making it easy for attackers to take those devices and using them as botnets. Companies aren’t doing much to stop this or other potential sources of breaches. A study showed over 90 percent of corporate executives said they cannot read a cybersecurity report and are not prepared to handle a major attack and a stunning 98 percent of the most vulnerable executives have little confidence that their firms constantly monitor devices and users on their systems. It’s clear that most C-Suite executives don’t give cybersecurity enough consideration.Even more chilling news came from a report back in April, which ranked the U.S. government (including federal, state and local agencies) as having the worst cybersecurity protocols compared to 17 major private industries, including transportation, retail and health care. As these agencies face pressure to virtualize, move to the cloud and embrace connected devices, this lack of security will leave them greatly exposed. I believe that as a result of these vulnerabilities, there is a 50/50 chance that a significant cyber warfare attack is instrumented against the U.S. government, the U.S. military, U.S. critical infrastructure or the U.S. banking infrastructure. This organization will be ill-prepared and vulnerable; it is also likely that the attack won’t originate on IoT devices owned by the government but instead will come from the outside.Can IoT breaches threaten your health?Government infrastructure won’t be the only new source of an attack that reaches tomorrow’s headlines. I also predict that a major hospital will face a HIPAA violation for using an unsecured smart medical device. Hospitals have a lot to gain from deploying the IoT for crucial data/insights to improve patient care, but so do hackers. They’re already targeting connected MRI machines, CT scanners and dialysis pumps to steal patient medical data, which is worth more than twice as much as financial information on the black market. While the FDA already recognizes that cybersecurity/HIPAA compliance is an important issue, it is not certain they get practices ready in time to prevent a major breach. And more important than data, there’s an ever-increasing chance that an IoT attack will put lives at risk if it can cause a shutdown of needed medical services.How will hospitals fight back? The best prepared ones will do so by adopting improved security practices such as: password management, policies to ensure all devices are up to date/passwords get changed, network segmentation, software-defined network overlays with security built in and improved data management policies. Vital to ensuring that these practices get used successfully will be administrators that make them part of the hospital’s workplace culture.Change your culture, build your defensesMy advice for entrepreneurs and startups is to make IoT security a serious and valued part of company culture. Bake it in while the company is still young and there’s no complacency from “doing things the way we’ve always done them.” Furthermore, do not make it solely the IT department’s responsibility to keep enterprise data safe. Every member of the organization needs to help take responsibility, follow security procedures to the letter and be vigilant for signs of danger. The good news is that there are security solutions out there to help, even with technology as nascent as the IoT. There is also a great deal of advice on the best practices to put in place, from a variety of experts and trusted sources. As Gartner cautioned at last year’s ITxpo, developing best practices can only prepare you for threats that are already known. Only innovation can prepare you for tomorrow’s threats that have yet to be discovered. A combination of advanced software and a strong internal culture will create a cybersecurity defense ready to take on potential attacks.last_img read more

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Costly burst water pipe in Limit Hill

first_imgAs from today (Thursday), the pumps will be switched on between 4pm and 9pm daily (times are subject to change).DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Given that Ladysmith has been experiencing water shortages, a concerned resident of Limit Hill has complained about a water pipe that has been leaking next to his house for some time now.“With the water-shedding that has come into effect, the town of Ladysmith cannot afford to have burst water pipes. uThukela should be fixing them promptly every time a burst occurs,” said the resident.He also stated that the leak has been costly to him personally, as it damages the walls around his property.uThukela was contacted and said they would deal with the matter immediately.Due to the water crisis Ladysmith is facing, uThukela is enforcing a water-shedding schedule.last_img read more

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