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La Fête nationale des Acadiens est le 15 août

first_img Du plaisir pour toute la famille au Musée des Acadiens des Pubnicos, Pubnico-Ouest, comté de Yarmouth, de 11 h à 15 h. Une messe sera célébrée en français au lieu historique national de Grand-Pré, comté de Kings, à compter de 11 h. Le tintamarre du Festival acadien de Clare commence à 18 h à Saint-Bernard et à Rivière-aux-Saumons, comté de Digby. Une plaque sera dévoilée aux Trois Pignons à Chéticamp, comté d’Inverness, pour rendre hommage à Jeanne Dugas, nommée personnage historique national. Le Festival acadien de Petit-de-Grat, Isle Madame, comté de Richmond, du 10 au 15 août. Un barbecue communautaire à l’École du Sommet, 500, boul. Larry Uteck, Halifax, de 16 h à 18 h. Les Acadiens de toute la province mettront leur patrimoine à l’honneur à l’occasion de la Fête nationale des Acadiens le lundi 15 août. « La Fête nationale des Acadiens est le moment de mettre à l’honneur le patrimoine de nos collectivités acadiennes et francophones et de souligner l’influence passée et présente de cette culture sur notre province, de dire Michel Samson, ministre des Affaires acadiennes. J’encourage tous les Acadiens à faire flotter leur drapeau acadien avec fierté. » Voici quelques-unes des activités qui se dérouleront dans la province : Le drapeau acadien sera hissé pour la journée à Province House, rue Hollis, à Halifax. À titre de division du ministère des Communautés, de la Culture et du Patrimoine, les Affaires acadiennes contribuent à la préservation et à l’essor des collectivités acadiennes et francophones en conseillant le gouvernement et en soutenant ses efforts pour offrir des services en français. Les Néo-Écossais peuvent « aimer » les Affaires acadiennes sur Facebook.com/Affairesacadiennes ou suivre la Province en français sur Twitter à l’adresse @GouvNE.last_img read more

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Evening dedicated to dance

first_imgIndia International Centre (IIC) hosted a dance evening in the Capital on July 11. Arunima Sengupta Basu, a disciple of Luna Poddar and Pandit Rajendra Gangani gave a graceful Kathak performance, followed by a Bharatanatyam duet by twin sisters Archana and Chetana – disciples of Guru B Bhanumati and Guru Sheela Chandrasekharlast_img

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NDIT accepting applications for grants to expand highspeed Internet in Northern BC

first_img“High costs are one of the main barriers to connecting communities,” said Jinny Sims, Minister of Citizens’ Services. “This funding will support last-mile projects that will help close the gap between urban and rural areas, and allow B.C.’s smaller communities to better participate in the digital economy.”NDIT says that submissions will be reviewed and assessed on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline for the projects to be completed is March 31st, 2020. PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – The Northern Development Initiative Trust says it is now accepting applications from ISP’s and community organizations for grant funding to allow B.C. residents living in rural, remote, and Indigenous communities access to high-speed internet.NDIT says that it began accepting applications for the Connecting British Columbia program, which is providing up to $16 million to improve rural and remote internet success, starting last Sunday. Successful applications could see last-mile projects receive up to a 50 percent contribution for eligible costs.Funding will also be available for improving connectivity to entire regions of British Columbia, with applications for transport fibre projects being accepted starting September 1st.last_img read more

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Governments provide $90 million for Canadian Natural clean tech projects

Companies in this article: (TSX:CNQ)The Canadian Press CALGARY — The federal and Alberta governments are pledging almost $90 million to fund clean technology developments at major oilsands producer Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.The commitments are expected to result in a total investment of $415 million in three projects.More than half of the federal commitment of $72.3 million, about $45 million, will go to Titanium Corp., a company working with Canadian Natural on a technology to recover valuable minerals and residual bitumen while remediating tailings at the Horizon oilsands mine in northern Alberta.An additional $10 million has been committed by Emissions Reduction Alberta, the provincial body in charge of reinvesting carbon tax proceeds.Canadian Natural is also to receive $5 million in federal funds and $5.6 million from the province for its in-pit extraction process which aims to separate bitumen from oilsands ore in the mine before transporting it to the processing centre, thus reducing transportation costs and emissions.The Calgary-based producer has also won $22.3 million from Ottawa for a lower-emission steam turbine generator at the Athabasca Oil Sands Project mining operation it owns with partners Chevron Canada and Shell Canada. read more

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As political deadlock continues UN steps up aid to uprooted Ivorians

“Humanitarian conditions have deteriorated with the shortage of shelter and our hope is that the new camp will ease pressure, in particular for the most vulnerable,” Melissa Fleming, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters in Geneva. The agency has so far registered a total of 38,600 IDPs in western Côte d’Ivoire.Ms. Fleming said the new camp is located near the town of Duékoué, and will accommodate up to 6,000 people, easing crowding at a nearby Roman Catholic mission where many of the IDPs are accommodated. Heavy rainfall last week destroyed a number of makeshift shelters in the mission compound prompting UNHCR to provide tents to some of the displaced families.Many of the IDPs have been surviving on the generosity of local families and charities. In Danané, Binhouye and Zouan-Hounien districts, more than 8,600 IDPs are staying with local families, some of whom are sheltering up to 25 people each and struggling to make ends meet.Most of those displaced in western Côte d’Ivoire fled their homes in mid-December and early January as a result of ethnic tension and violence sparked by the presidential elections held in November.The country has been in turmoil since early December when outgoing President Laurent Gbagbo refused to leave office despite opposition leader Alassane Ouattara’s UN-certified victory in the run-off poll. Mr. Ouattara has been recognized by the international community as the duly elected president.In Duékoué, the IDPs told UNHCR that they have no homes to go back to because their houses were torched and their property looted. Others alleged that they had been subjected to violence, including sexual assault, as well as arbitrary detention by armed groups acting with impunity.Fear of retaliation, lack of law enforcement and dysfunctional judicial institutions have prevented many people from reporting abuses.“UNHCR remains concerned that the political deadlock is causing widespread fear and, if not resolved, could result in displacement on a massive scale,” said Ms. Fleming.Tension has also forced more people to move closer to the Liberian while others are crossing the border to seek asylum. UNHCR has registered 36,318 Ivorian refugees in Liberia so far.According to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), 85 per cent of the Ivorian refugees in Liberia are women and children.In some communities, especially those closest to the border, refugees outnumber local inhabitants, and residents are saying they cannot absorb more people. Severe food shortages and inadequate shelter are causing security concerns over the safety of the children and women. The risk of disease outbreaks remains a major humanitarian concern, according to Marixie Mercado, spokesperson for UNICEF.In response to a measles outbreak that had killed five Liberian children in Nimba County, where 97 per cent of the refugees are hosted, UNICEF supported a vaccination campaign led by Liberian health ministry that reached 150,000 children – both refugees and Liberians – aged between six months and 16 years.The campaign included malnutrition screening in areas with large refugee populations, Ms. Mercado told a news conference in Geneva, adding that 102 children, 52 of them refugees, were diagnosed as severely malnourished. They are being treated at UNICEF-supported nutrition facilities.UNICEF, which is leading the water and sanitation humanitarian sector, has helped improve access to safe water for over 32,000 refugees and Liberians. The agency has also built 100 latrines and supported hygiene awareness in all of the affected communities. It has also distributed medicines to public health facilities and trained child protection officers.Cote 15 February 2011The United Nations refugee agency has begun setting up a new camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in western Côte d’Ivoire who fled their homes as a result of violence and uncertainty related to the current post-election political crisis in the West African country. read more

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Fears held for four UN staff after plane disappears in Bolivia

6 May 2011Grave fears are held for four United Nations staff in Bolivia whose plane disappeared during a flight to monitor coca production northeast of the capital, La Paz, yesterday. Bolivian authorities resumed the search today for the plane, which was carrying four staff from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and two military pilots, when it was reported missing yesterday afternoon in the Los Yungas region.The plane took off from La Paz about 9:30 a.m. for what was supposed to be a routine flight as part of the UN’s agency coca leaf monitoring project. But it did not return as expected at 2:30 p.m.“Obviously we are very concerned about the four staff and their situation,” said Alun Jones, a spokesperson for UNODC, who added that the Vienna-based agency was in close contact with authorities about search and rescue efforts.Robert Brockmann, the head of the UN Information Centre (UNIC) in La Paz, said that search efforts would resume at first light tomorrow.“It’s extremely difficult terrain because it’s very mountainous, and the mountains are very steep and densely forested,” he said.The missing UN staff – two men and two women – are all Bolivian nationals, and their families are being kept informed of all developments, Mr. Brockmann said.UNODC operates in more than 150 countries around the world through a network of field offices. The agency tackles drug trafficking, corruption, money laundering and organized crime, among other issues. read more

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Ranil and Lee Hsien discuss bilateral cooperation

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe met with Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and discussed further means of promoting bilateral cooperation between the two countries.The Prime Minister also met with several key Ministers, including Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister and Co-ordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies, K. Shanmugam, Minister for Home Affairs and Law, Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Foreign Affairs, S. Iswaran, Minister for Trade and Industry and Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Finance. The Prime Minister was accompanied by Malik Samarawickrema, Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade, Saman Ekanayake, Secretary to the Prime Minister, Arjuna Mahendran, Governor of the Central Bank, Nimal Weeraratne, High Commissioner-Designate of Sri Lanka to Singapore and WIshwanath Aponsu, the Acting High Commissioner. read more

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Delegates agree on generating more employment in Africa UNs ILO says

The 10th African regional meeting of the United Nations’ International Labour Organization (ILO) has agreed on a list of priorities for action over the next two to four years, including creating more employment, encouraging entrepreneurs, upgrading the informal economy and improving the observance of workplace rights.The programme of designated action was agreed on by some 400 delegates from 53 countries meeting from 2 to 5 December in Ethiopia. It aims to further the ILO’s agenda, “Decent Work for Africa’s Development,” the organization said on Friday.The meeting approved a resolution calling on African governments to provide enabling legal and policy frameworks for workplace action to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS and to remove the stigma from those infected.Delegates agreed to activate the ILO’s tripartite network of governments, employers and workers to support the African Union’s (AU) summit on employment and poverty reduction next year in Burkina Faso. The delegates asked the ILO to highlight successful initiatives to generate employment so that the summit could discuss how to replicate them in their own countries.”Through the African Union, Africa is developing a new vision and institution to tackle collectively its challenges. Through NEPAD (the New Partnership for Africa’s Development), Africa is calling for new types of partnership,” ILO Director-General Juan Somavia said at the opening of the meeting.“Through the Extraordinary Summit on Employment and Poverty Alleviation, Africa is shaping its own priorities that connect with people’s immediate needs. That creativity and commitment should be matched at the global level. It is time for a new generation of policies for international cooperation.” read more

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Food quality and safety tops annual meeting of UN standardssetting body

The Codex Alimentarius Commission, which convened today in Geneva, is set to approve a code of practice on good animal feeding that would establish a feed safety system for food-producing animals. The new system would take into account relevant aspects of animal health and the environment to minimize risks to the health of consumers. The Commission is also expected to formally approve work to revise the 23-year-old recommended international code of practice for foods for infants and children, including cases of formula contamination. During its weeklong 27th session, the Commission will also consider re-establishing the ad hoc intergovernmental task force on foods derived from biotechnology in a bid to keep up with its fast-changing applications and the increasing interest of consumers in the potential health impact of genetically modified foods. The Commission was set up in 1963 by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)and the World Health Organization (WHO) and has 170 Member States plus the European Community. The Commission traditionally met once every two years but shifts this year to meet yearly in response to a joint FAO-WHO evaluation, which called on Codex to speed up its work and adapt to the ever-increasing demands of member countries. Last year the WHO World Health Assembly called on Codex to become more effective at managing health risks in food. read more

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Newlywed saved from cancer after grandmothers doctor she bumps into on honeymoon

first_imgShe said: “I’m so grateful to that doctor for telling me what she did because she could have saved my life.”She wasn’t even working, she was just doing her shopping. No one else had ever pointed the lump out before and I didn’t think it was anything to worry about.”Without the push to get it checked out, it could have been a completely different story.”Mrs McCulloch and her then fiancé Matt, 27, who runs a groundworks company, decided to get married abroad after booking a family holiday to Cyprus in May 2015.But just days after tying the knot, Mrs McCulloch was out shopping with her grandmother Wendy, who lives on the island, when they bumped into the doctor.”She is my nan’s doctor so she was introducing us,” said Mrs McCulloch. “Almost immediately, she asked what the lump on my neck was and whether I’d had it checked.”I had only recently had my second child and had put around a stone in weight on, so I just put it down to changes in my body.”I didn’t really know how to take what she was saying as it was quite personal and out of the blue but she was quite insistent that when I got back to the UK I needed to go and see someone.” Danielle McCulloch was immediately referred to a specialist for tests after seeing her GP in Peterbrough After arriving home to Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, Mrs McCulloch went to see her GP. She was immediately referred to a specialist for tests and a biopsy, but nothing showed up.Mrs McCulloch said: “I wasn’t worried at all because I really didn’t think there was anything in it.”When the biopsy came back clear, I thought it was all just a fuss about nothing, but the doctors asked to remove the lump just to be safe.”They carried out a pretty straightforward operation to take the mass off my left thyroid, and it was only later that they revealed it was in fact cancerous.” A newlywed’s life was saved from cancer by her grandmother’s medic she bumped into while shopping on her honeymoon.Danielle McCulloch was holidaying in Cyprus just days after getting married when the medic spotted a lump on her neck after they met by chance in a supermarket.She advised the 26-year-old that it looked suspicious and told her she should get it checked out as soon as she returned to the UK.Mrs McCulloch was later diagnosed with stage three thyroid cancer just weeks later by doctors, who told her that without treatment it could have killed her. Doctors at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge found Mrs McCulloch was suffering from thyroid cancer.After having already removed Mrs McCulloch left thryoid, where the 4cm lump was growing, medics then carried out a second operation to remove the right side.She was then treated with a radioactive iodine to ensure any cancerous cells were destroyed.Mrs McCulloch, a cleaner, has been left with a scar on her neck from the treatment and will have take medication for the rest of her life.center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. She wasn’t even working, she was just doing her shopping. No one else had ever pointed the lump out beforeDanielle McCulloch Danielle McCulloch was immediately referred to a specialist for tests after seeing her GP in PeterbroughCredit:James Linsell-Clark/SWNSlast_img read more

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BBK BitTorrent box brings P2P to your HDTV

first_imgA little company called BOL has unleashed the first ever BitTorrent-certified set top box. At its core, the BBK BitTorrent Box is an Android networked media player — and similar to the hundreds of ARM-powered devices that have taken over sites like Dealextreme and Pandawill.The box is DLNA compatible and can handle loads of different video and music formats, including VOB and MKV. Like other Android set-top boxes, it’s got USB ports and an SD card slot so that you can play media stored on flash cards, thumb drives, and external hard drives.What can the BBK Box do that other devices can’t? Nothing, really, but it’s all about the packaging. The Bittorrent Box is designed to make the process of torrenting as simple as possible. All the required apps come pre-installed, and the system is ready to process torrents from external media or from URLs clicked in the system’s web browser.And like all good desktop torrent apps, the BBK Box provides a web-based interface that lets you add torrents and control transfers remotely. Just fire up the browser on your desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone, and point it to the correct URL!It wouldn’t be all that hard to set another Android device up to function like this — all you’d really need to add is a good torrent app. Still, for those who want something that requires little more than plugging in, the BBK Box might be tough to beat. As a bonus, the Box also offers built-in support for several privacy-protecting VPN services. A free trial is included and the added protection will no doubt be welcomed by many would-be downloaders.The BBK BitTorrent Box will set you back €70 ($91.50), and you’ll need a European shipping address. Those of you in the rest of the world will have to take the DIY route for now or get the box shipped to someone who can forward it on.More at BBKlast_img read more

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Man who lifted 11yearold girl from green area near her home has

first_img File image. Image: Shutterstock/ARENA Creative By Ruaidhrí Giblin https://jrnl.ie/3279072 Man who ‘lifted’ 11-year-old girl from green area near her home has jail term cut He successfully appealed his sentence with the Court of Appeal holding that it was “excessive”. Short URL Image: Shutterstock/ARENA Creative 31,937 Views Mar 9th 2017, 3:24 PM File image. The consequence for the victim could have been far more serious.Mr Justice Mahon, who sat with Mr Justice George Birmingham and Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan, said the court was satisfied that the sentence of 17 years was excessive in all the circumstances.Martin was resentenced to 14 years imprisonment with the final three suspended.Such a sentence reflected the gravity of the crime and provided for the protection of children from Martin for a considerable period of time.‘I’m not going back to prison’It was hoped he would rehabilitate himself to a point where the risk of reoffending was minimal, Mr Justice Mahon said. Furthermore, the sentence would act as a deterrent to others.Importantly, Mr Justice Mahon said, the suspended period would remain operative for five years. Martin was required to enter into a good behaviour bond for a period for five years post release.As the conditions of the bond were being read to Martin he said: “I’m not going back to prison. I’ll do everything the court asks me”. He undertook to be so bound.Counsel for the Director of Public Prosecutions, John William Fennelly BL, said the appropriate sentence was adopted.  Fennelly said it was a serious case and there were “red flags” in Martin’s prior record and in a psychological report.It was a case of a very young child being lifted from a green area next to her hall door. He said the court had to have regard to the vulnerability of young children in cases such as that.Fennelly said Martin had a “very bad record” and was as culpable for the crime as anybody else would have been having regard to what the court heard was “intellectual challenges”.He said a letter of apology on the day of the trial might not be as mitigating as other forms of remorse might be.Read: Religious groups still owe €1.3 billion for institutional child abuse > Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article A MAN JAILED for falsely imprisoning an 11-year-old girl he “lifted” from a green area next to her home has had his 13-year jail term reduced to 11 on appeal.Michael Martin (37), who was living at Shandon Court, Yellow Road, Waterford City when the incident occurred, had pleaded guilty to false imprisonment of the girl along the roadside near Oldtown, Cullohill, Co Laois on 4 March 2015.He was sentenced at Portlaoise Circuit Criminal Court to 17 years imprisonment with the final four suspended by Judge Keenan Johnson on 5 November 2015.Martin successfully appealed his sentence today with the Court of Appeal holding that it was “excessive in all the circumstances”.He was accordingly re-sentenced to 14 years imprisonment with the final three suspended for five years.Giving judgment in the three-judge court, Mr Justice Alan Mahon said three young children, all siblings, were playing on a green area next to their family home on the outskirts of a village in Co Laois when Martin arrived at the location in a silver Nissan vehicle.Martin initially asked for directions before exiting the vehicle, approached one of the children – a girl aged 11 – physically picked her up off the ground and placed her feet first into the Nissan vehicle through the driver’s door onto the passenger seat.“The girl’s quick thinking 10 year old brother ran towards the vehicle and grabbed hold of the driver’s door and attempted to open the door,” Mr Justice Mahon said.Martin then proceeded to drive away “with the boy still holding the driver’s door”.While Martin’s attention was distracted by the boy’s “brave efforts to open the door”, his sister opened the passenger door and got out of the vehicle.The children then ran home and told their father.Eventually, the vehicle was tracked to Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny and Martin was arrested.He admitted stealing the Nissan but denied any involvement in the offence initially.He was identified as the driver of the vehicle at an identification parade but continued to deny involvement. His fingerprints were found in the car as well as fibres matching the girl’s clothing.He had been on bail at the time of the offence in respect of an earlier robbery.Victim impact A moving victim impact statement was provided to the sentencing court in which the victim’s father emphasised that his daughter’s innocence had been stolen, she had lost her confidence, his family’s life had been permanently altered as a result of the offence and the victim was afraid to go anywhere on her own and was fearful of everyday things.The sentencing judge picked 20 years as the headline tariff before mitigating it to 17. The judge had remarked that he would impose a life sentence on Martin to protect society but that measure was not available to him due to jurisprudence.In total, Martin had 92 previous convictions including one for sexual assault (12 month sentence in 2000) and one for abducting a 14-year-old girl (four year sentence with two suspended in 2004).In mitigation, he had pleaded guilty, he had difficult psychological background and had tendered a letter of apology.Martin had poor education, problems with relationships, sexual and physical victimisation and mental health problems. “His general cognitive ability was assessed as being in the extremely low range of intellectual functioning”.His barrister, Kevin White BL, submitted that the Circuit Court judge erred in imposing an overly punitive sentence which amounted to “a form of preventative detention”.It was submitted by White that the lack of violence was a factor which ought to assist Martin.However, Mr Justice Mahon said the girl was subjected to violence .She was manhandled by Martin, lifted off the ground and roughly deposited in the vehicle through an open window. That was “real and terrifying violence by any measure albeit relatively short lived”.“To the extent that no greater violence was visited on the victim, only very limited mitigation should accrue,” Mr Justice Mahon said.Certain mitigating factors identified by Martin’s lawyers – the absence of serious violence, sexual assault or use of a weapon and the shortness of the episode – “cannot truly be described as mitigating factors”.Mr Justice Mahon said the abduction of a child is an offence of the most grievous nature. It invoked an understandable sense of horror in most people, especially parents of young children.“Certainly the bravery and quick thinking of the victim’s 10-year-old brother prevented what might otherwise have been a dramatically more serious event.”It was “reasonable to assume” that without the boy’s intervention “the victim would have been removed to another location, for what purpose we cannot say, but certainly not for any legitimate reason,” Mr Justice Mahon said. 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Cyprus serial killer accused of rape as decomposed child body is identified

first_imgSuspected Cyprus serial killer Nicos Metaxas, 35, is alleged to have raped a 19-year-old girl who was lured by the suspect with the promise of modelling work.The victim, a foreign woman, was raped early in 2017 in the suspect’s car. They met because he promised to give her the photographs he had shot. He is suspected to have filmed himself raping the victim on his mobile phone. It is alleged that the victim informed the suspect’s wife of the incident.READ MORE: Cyprus serial killer appears before court as child’s body is recovered from lakeMeanwhile, police found a fifth body decomposing in a suitcase in the man-made lake near the shaft where the suspect dumped a number of bodies. The latest body is that of Elena Natalia Bunea, the eight-year-old daughter of Romanian woman Livia Florentina Bunea, 36.Investigators have said that they have two written confessions from the suspect. He met his women online and has only confessed to killing seven, including two children. Most of his victims worked as housemaids on the island and disappeared between September 2016 and July to August 2018. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Is it Time for BtoB Publishers to Panic

first_imgAll of this on top of the release of the final 2007 Business Information Network numbers (see chart above), which show an overall advertising revenue decline of 2 percent—not a strong finish in the face of a decidedly gloomy 2008 economy—after essentially finishing flat at the end of 2006.With a seemingly endless onslaught of bad news, should b-to-b publishers be in a state of panic?“B-to-b companies that have been working on their transition from print to digital are in good shape today,” says DeSilva + Phillips managing partner Reed Phillips. “I don’t think it’s time to panic, unless the company has had its head in the sand for the past three to five years about its digital strategy.”Going Digital the ‘Complete Solution?’In his memo, French wrote that the company’s hiring freeze would not apply to its New Media Group, as the group’s operations “are critical to our revenue growth plans for both the near and long-term future.” French painted a somewhat dire outlook for print, indicating that Penton—like other publishers—is “facing significant increases in some of our largest, fixed operating expenses including the cost of postage and the cost of paper.”For many tech publishers, moving online has been a necessary change. “To oversimplify only a little, all [of this negative news] is a manifestation of the increasing demand for online media—both from a content consumption and marketing spend standpoint,” says one b-to-b CEO who asked to remain anonymous. “Sometimes, probably most often, this comes at the expense of print. The tech sector has been, and probably will be, the most impacted, and most susceptible to pure digital competition.”But Summit Business Media president Andy Goodenough warns that there needs to be a distinction between tech publishers and the rest of the b-to-b industry. “Our view is that print is holding up nicely and that online is growing much more rapidly. At the end of the day, though,” he says, “online is not the complete solution. A lot of b-to-b customers don’t spend their days in front of a computer. They consume their information differently. It’s critical that you know your audience and know your role in print.”The Sky Is Not FallingDespite the recessionary economy, b-to-b publishers seem to be remarkably optimistic. According to Folio:’s B-to-B CEO survey [page 36], 78 percent of publishers with less than $5 million in annual revenue and 85 percent of publishers with more than $5 million in revenue say they expect their revenue to increase in 2008. The majority of respondents said they expect 2008 revenues to increase considerably by 10 to 19 percent. “We’ve all been through economic downturns before. This is nothing new,” Goodenough says. “You have to separate the view that print is in systemic decline from what typically happens to ad budgets in times like these.”Even at Penton there seems to be a quiet understanding of the company’s efforts to cut operating costs. “I met with my department to listen to their feelings and to discuss questions and concerns,” says one management-level staffer who spoke on a condition of anonymity. “I was concerned that it may be a negative meeting … but was encouraged by what I heard. Everyone is aware of what is happening to many media companies with layoffs and restructuring. Given the state of our economy, there were not many who were surprised by our announcement.“To be sure,” the staffer continued, “no one was happy with the news, but there were a couple of comments about gratitude for having the jobs that we have. I think it was a realistic, logical perspective.”While Goodenough declined to comment on Penton, he stressed that in order to “stay just slightly ahead of the curve” b-to-b publishers should “not be complacent.”“You have to be careful what you wish for,” Goodenough adds. “If you believe the sky is falling, then it may fall. We CEOs need to keep our wits about us.” Following weeks of grim news involving some of business media’s marquee names, it would appear the state of b-to-b publishing has gone from bad to worse—in a hurry.Last month, Nielsen laid off an undisclosed number of staffers from its business media group—as many as three dozen, according to a source—part of a vast restructuring plan that calls for an elimination of some 4,000 jobs—roughly 10 percent of the workforce—in order to put a dent into the company’s $8.25 billion debt.The following day, new Ziff Davis Enterprise CEO Steve Weitzner said he was laying off a number of employees as part of a restructuring there. Then, in a frank memo to staffers, Penton Media CEO John French announced that the company would be forced to freeze its hiring and salaries and ordered a re-forecast of all budgets for the remainder of 2008—prompting noted b-to-b blogger Paul Conley to declare that trade publishing had officially fallen into a “death spiral.”last_img read more

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This 55inch 4K Roku TV is just 300

first_img Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it So that’s my quickie deal for today. See you back here tomorrow with more great stuff!CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.  Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! • 13:20 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Comments The Cheapskate Super Bowl 2019 Now playing: Watch this: reading • This 55-inch 4K Roku TV is just $300 Apple Share your voice 14 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors The best TVs at CES 2019 TVs These guys are celebrating because they just got a 55-inch Roku TV for $300. Hisense Happy Monday, cheeps! In honor of Martin Luther King Day, CNET is, technically, closed — but that doesn’t mean I’m going to leave you deal-less.Indeed, because of yesterday’s ah-mazing NFL playoffs, I feel obligated to bring you a similarly amazing TV deal. If those two games weren’t enough to whet your appetite for a newer, bigger screen, nothing will.For a limited time, and while supplies last, Best Buy has the Hisense R7 Series 55-inch HDR 4K TV with Roku for just $299.99. That’s $200 off the regular price and a pretty stellar deal on a TV with built-in Roku.See it at Best BuyHisense? This Chinese company doesn’t have quite the name recognition of TCL, which makes some of CNET’s favorite budget TVs. But it’s a direct rival, no question, and on paper its screens seem every bit as good.I’m not sure if the 55R7E is a new model or what, however, as CNET hasn’t reviewed it and it has no user ratings. I do know that Hisense announced an R8 Series at CES, with plans to ship “later in 2019.” Expected price on the 55-inch model: $600.For half that, you get what appears to be a well-rounded TV. There’s Ultra-HD resolution, three HDMI inputs and built-in Roku. And here’s a crazy idea: If you have a Best Buy near you, you could actually go to the store and check it out for yourself. What a concept! Tags Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 See All Best Buy Applelast_img read more

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Burmeister Takes Iditarod Lead Out Of Shaktoolik

first_imgAaron Burmeister in Kaltag. (Photo by Emily Schwing)Reigning Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey was the first into Shaktoolik early Monday morning, but Aaron Burmeister was the first out of the checkpoint.Both are running with 12 dogs as they enter the last 170 miles of the race. leading the charge to Koyuk.Burmeister has found himself in the lead for much of this year’s race so far – winning awards for bring the first to Huslia, Kaltag, and Unalakleet.Burmeister and Seavey are trailed by Mitch Seavey and Aliy Zirkle.last_img read more

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AK Crossborder effort tracks Taku wild salmon

first_imgAlaska Fish & Game technician James Bryant sets a minnow trap to catch juvenile salmon on April 26, 2018 on the Taku River. (Photo by Jacob Resneck/KTOO)Fish don’t care about borders. But when it comes to sharing salmon, the lines on the map matter. That demands close cooperation between the U.S. and Canada to monitor the salmon that swim between Alaska and British Columbia.Listen nowThe Taku is a transboundary river. It flows from British Columbia to Alaska. Its fish don’t notice the border and neither would Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist Jeff Williams if it weren’t for a cement marker.“As you can see from the monument, it says United States and on the opposite side of the monument it says Canada,” Williams said. “So technically, I don’t know, I’m in both countries.”Each summer, Alaska Fish and Game crews work with their Canadian counterparts to trap and tag wild salmon in this roadless area about 30 miles as the crow flies from Juneau.The tag and recapture program is mandated by the Pacific Salmon Treaty. That’s the agreement that spells out how the U.S. and Canada share wild salmon stocks.“It’s a joint project between the U.S. and Canada and the work that we do, we’re able to generate these estimates.” Williams said.Alaska Fish & Game technician John Cooney sets a minnow trap on April 26 in a downed tree on the Taku River. (Photo by Jacob Resneck)Those estimates are what’s used to manage commercial and sport fisheries between countries. Getting that data requires field crews from both countries working on both sides of the border.Fish and Game’s James Bryant is checking smolt traps from the bow of a skiff.“Each trap is just a matter of checking placement, re-baiting and checking for fish and putting them in the cooler and heading back to sort and tag them,” Bryant said.Tagging hatchery fish is common. But it takes a lot of effort to trap, tag and release wild salmon stocks. In just three or four years, some of these three-inch smolt will swim back toward the the river where they hatched. After spending several years in the open ocean, the adults weigh an average of 10 to 30 pounds. Adult chinook are prized by anglers and commercial trollers alike for their beauty, value and taste.Back at the smolt camp, the crew are assembled in a tarp-covered shack to tag the wild salmon caught that morning.Joe Simonowicz carefully adjusts the tagging needle. If it doesn’t go deep enough the wire tag can fall out. Extend it too far and it’ll kill the three-inch fish. Nobody wants that.“You just hold them in there hit the button and the needle pops out and injects the tag,” Simonowicz said. “”It hardly leaves a mark or anything.”Alaska Fish & Game technician Joe Simonowicz holds up a juvenile chinook salmon, called a smolt, on April 26 at a research camp on the Taku River. (Photo by Jacob Resneck/KTOO)The tags are pieces of wire, less than two millimeters long. There are number codes only legible under a microscope. But this information will tell researchers which river and season the fish originated. A fin is also clipped so it’s obvious which salmon have been tagged.Later in the season, adults returning from the ocean are caught and checked for markers. Because biologists can estimate how many chinook left the river and eventually return as adults, they can estimate the species’ marine survival rate.Right now it’s half of what it was a decade ago: about 1 percent.“The production we’re seeing right now is the worst we’ve ever seen in Alaska,” Ed Jones, who coordinates Fish and Game’s chinook salmon research, said. “We know how many smolt are going out. We know the numbers are good. They’re average or even above average, so it’s not a freshwater issue, this is a marine issue.”The numbers recorded on the Taku are consistent with a larger trend.Across Southeast, last year’s chinook runs were the lowest on record. This year’s projections were the poorest in agency history. That’s led fishery managers to cancel sport fishing openers and close commercial fisheries for king salmon across Southeast Alaska.The wild tagging program doesn’t answer the question of why. Why are most of the 99 percent of chinooks perishing within months after they leave the river?Alaska Fish & Game biologist Nathan Strong pilots a skiff on April 26 along the Taku River. (Photo by Jacob Resneck/KTOO)Jones said it allows biologists to rule out factors like fishing.“What’s driving it is something that’s occurring at their first few months at sea,” Jones said. “But given that that is occurring and the rates of mortality are excessive right now, we have to pull the reins back on all the fisheries and pass as many fish as we can to the spawning grounds.”Pulling back the reins means closed fisheries, something that’s been deeply unpopular among commercial fishermen across Southeast Alaska.But researchers say they are hopeful things turn around soon. Later this summer, Fish and Game will fly further into Canada to the headwaters of these rivers. There they hope to find young male salmon running up the river in force – the first clue that chinook stocks could be on the rebound.Editor’s note: The Alaska Department of Fish and Game provided transportation for the reporter to the Taku River site.last_img read more

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Top dogs for MP cops Malinois breed that served in Bin Laden

first_imgBelgian Malinois dogs or the working dog was also used in Operation Neptune by the US Navy to kill Osama Bin LadenGoogle ImagesThe Madhya Pradesh Police has inducted a special breed of Belgian Malinois dogs in their forces. These are the same dogs that protect the White House and were used to trace and kill Osama Bin laden in Pakistan’s Abottabad. Along with two Belgian Malinois, the MP Police forces have also got 12 German Shepherds and 12 Dobermans. The MP Police hope to use the strong smelling instincts and the powerful working capacity of Malinois dogs to help them in their operations.”Police forces of other countries had them. In our country, BSF and other central forces had asked them. A nine-month training course is being planned for them. The training cost is around 1 lakh per dog in nine-month which includes their diet and other things. When they will formally start serving in police, their expense will be around Rs. 8,000 per month,”  AP Singh Baghel, an officer in 23rd Battalion Dog Squad, Bhopal, told ANI.He said that the 14 new dog breeds were brought from Hyderabad and their upkeep is pretty expensive. He said that the smelling power and working capacity of Malinois dogs are superior. In India, Malinois dogs were only used in anti-poaching and wildlife conservation operations in Kanha and Perch reserves of MP. The MP Police is relying on them since they are considered all-purpose dogs and can be trained easily. They have come handy for the armed forces in various assault oprations. The dogs will be susbsequently assigned to various police officials who are going to train and take care of them.The good old working dogEven if Malinois dogs may be new entrants in the Indian police forces, they have been used for decades as a “working dog” in countries such as United States, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands as a “working dog” for personal protection, rescue operations, police teams. The extraordinary ennergy levels that Malinois dogs exhibit make them a particular favourite. In India the Indo-Tibetan Border Police and National Security Guard (NSG) commando have inducted the Malionois dogs in their contigents. Indian police personnel take part in an Independence Day parade rehearsal in Jalandhar on August 8, 2018. – Indian Independence Day is celebrated every year on August 15th to commemorate the nation’s independence from the United Kingdom on 15 August 1947. (Photo by SHAMMI MEHRA / AFP)SHAMMI MEHRA/AFP/Getty ImagesThey are also a special member of the Israeli defence forces. The dog breed became particularly popular after the United States Navy used a Belgian Malinois namded Cairo in the operation Neptune Spear in which the dreaded terrorist Osama Bin Laden was killed.last_img read more

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THAI holds 2016 Annual General Shareholders Meeting

first_imgSource = THAI Airways International Thai AirwaysTHAI holds 2016 Annual General Shareholders MeetingAir Force Convention Hall – Mr. Areepong Bhoocha-oom, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI), presided over the Company’s Annual General Shareholders’ Meeting 2016, with the attendance of THAI Board of Directors, THAI Management and shareholders, covering the following agenda:1. Operating Results for 2015At THAI’s 2016 Annual General Shareholders’ Meeting, the operating results for 2015 (January-December 2015) were acknowledged. Since the first quarter of 2015 THAI implemented the Transformation Plan approved by the State Enterprise Policy Committee on 26 January 2015. The Transformation Plan in the first phase aimed to stop the bleeding by reducing flight frequency and/or discontinuing non-profitable routes, cutting unnecessary cost items, generating revenue by adjusting sales strategies, increasing ancillary revenues and enhancing product and services competitiveness. This included personnel cost restructure in order to reduce long-term human resource costs in the long run.THAI received seven new aircraft while decommissioned 15 aircraft following the fleet rationalization strategy resulting in 95 aircraft outstanding as of 31 December 2015 which was a decrease from 102 aircraft in 2014. Nevertheless, the network rationalization strategy resulting in adjusting flight frequency and change of aircraft to match the passenger demand caused more effectiveness on aircraft utilization causing (a) increasing Available Seat-Kilometer: ASK by 0.6%, (b) increasing Revenue Passenger-Kilometer: RPK by 6.5%, (c) increasing cabin factor to an average of 72.9% comparing with 68.9% in 2014, and (d) increasing in number of passengers carried to 21.25 million passengers or an increase of 11.3% from the previous year.Strictly following the strategic and transformation plans which were closely monitored by the Management and Board of Directors, THAI and its subsidiaries reported a 2015 operating loss of THB 1,304 million from airline business, compared with THB 21,715 million or 93.4% improvement from the same period the previous year due mainly to 11.2% total expense reduction on the back of fuel expense and non-fuel expense resulting from cost management initiatives. Total revenue declined by 1.2% from 2014 mainly from 1.5% reduction in passenger revenue and 21.0% reduction in freight revenue. The main reasons for revenue decline were due to high competition, drop in fuel surcharge and strength in the Baht compared to major currencies.In 2015, THAI and its subsidiaries had gained THB 3,512 million on foreign currency exchange. THAI incurred a THB 4,167 million one-time cost from the Transformation Plan and THB 12,157 million in aircraft and asset impairments. Including all these items, the total net loss for 2015 was THB 13,047 million. Loss attributable to owners of the parent amounted to THB 13,068 million. Loss per share was THB 5.99 which was a lower loss than in 2014 by THB 1.16 (16.2%).As of 31 December 2015, total assets were THB 302,471 million, a decrease of THB 4,796 million (1.6%) from 31 December 2014, mainly due to impairment loss of aircraft. Total liabilities as of 31 December 2015 totaled THB 269,545 million, which was an increase of THB 3,574 million (1.3%) as of 31 December 2014. Total shareholders’ equity amounted to THB 32,926 million, which was a decrease of THB 8,370 million (20.3%) as compared to 31 December 2014.2. Distribution of DividendAt the 2016 Annual General Shareholders’ Meeting, the shareholders approved to suspend payment of dividend in reflection of the Company’s financial performance in 2015. The suspension of dividend payment is in accordance with the Company’s dividend policy providing that the Company shall distribute “not less than 25 percent of the consolidated net profit before gains or losses on foreign currency exchange and shall also be subject to the future investment plans, necessity and appropriateness.”3. Selection of Board of DirectorsAt the 2016 Annual General Shareholders’ Meeting, the following Directors retired by rotation: 1. Police General Chakthip Chaijinda2. Mr. Rathapol Bhakdibhumi3. Mr. Kanit Sangsubhan4. Mr. Weerawong Chittmittrapap5. Mr. Somkiat SirichatchaiAt the Annual General Shareholders’ Meeting, the following five Directors were appointed for another term:1. Police General Chakthip Chaijinda2. Mr. Rathapol Bhakdibhumi3. Mr. Kanit Sangsubhan4. Mr. Weerawong Chittmittrapap5. Mr. Somkiat SirichatchaiAttending THAI’s Annual General Shareholders Meeting were 1,831 shareholders, representing 1,595,489,723 shares.Furthermore, the Company reported progress on the transformation plan 2015 that consists of three stages, as follows:1. Stop the bleeding2. Strength building3. Sustainable growthIn 2015, six strategies were implemented, as follows:1. Route network strategy2. Fleet strategy: by selling decommissioned aircraft3. Commercial strategy: to increase revenue efficiency4. Operations and cost strategy5. Human resource management6. Manage the Company and subsidiaries as well as business unitsIn 2016, the Company’s focus is on “strength building” in order to improve its abilities to compete by concentrating on the following four areas:. Generate revenue. Effective cost reduction. Build sustainable capability. Customer service excellence THAIbook your airfares herelast_img read more

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first_img 29 Comments   Share   Top Stories Meanwhile, drafting Ohio State’s Nick Bosa is another interesting proposition. His political leanings are his own and no reason to avoid employing him on a football field. But Bosa reportedly deleted a Tweet that called Colin Kaepernick “a clown.” And while that’s nothing he needs to discuss with me, it’s something he’d have to explain inside the locker room, to the players who feel passion for Kaepernick, who believe he should be honored for his courage.The Cardinals are about to learn what the Suns discovered in 2018. The No. 1 pick in any draft is a blessing and a curse. It generally means your team is in really bad shape, too much for any one single player to overcome. And it leaves you open to armchair critics in the likely event that somebody other than the No. 1 selection has a better rookie season.Which brings us to Josh Rosen.During the lengthy Murray debate in Arizona, Rosen has become a sympathetic figure. Plenty of fans don’t understand the logic, how the Cardinals could trade up to draft Rosen, surround him with a garbage offense, effectively throw him to the wolves, marvel at the mental and physical toughness he displayed in 2018 … and then give up on him for a quarterback who is 5-10 1/8. NASHVILLE — The best drama flows from a powerful brew, the intoxicating blend of anticipation and uncertainty.Barring any leaks or pre-draft trades, the NFL will deliver on Thursday night. The payoff will last 10 minutes, the time allotted for the Cardinals to make the No. 1 pick in the draft.It won’t rival the feeling when Larry Fitzgerald outraced Pittsburgh defenders to the end zone, giving the Cardinals the lead in the Super Bowl. Or when Mark Grace singled off Mariano Rivera to start the ninth inning of Game 7. Either way, the NFL careers of Rosen and Murray will be linked together for eternity. Because the Cardinals can choose either. And because General Manager Steve Keim will be forever tarnished if he makes the wrong choice at the sport’s most important position. Remember, the two greatest quarterbacks in Arizona history effectively came off the scrap heap.That’s why Thursday is a career-defining night. For a lot of people in the organization.On Wednesday night, hundreds of people milled around the NFL’s enormous stage on fabled Broadway Street. Near sunset, organizers conducted something of a dress rehearsal. They flashed the Cardinals’ logo. They announced the pick was in. And my heart started racing, with anticipation and uncertainty, elements that make for the purest drama.Just imagine what it will feel like Thursday night when the Cardinals are officially on the clock with 10 minutes to declare their starting quarterback of choice.Ten minutes that might make or break their next decade of professional football in Arizona.Reach Bickley at dbickley@bonneville.com. Listen to Bickley & Marotta weekdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station. But it will be something to behold. It will be something to feel.Related Links98.7 FM roundtable: What should the Cardinals do at No. 1?N’Keal Harry: ‘There’s no way’ Cardinals let him slide past pick No. 33Vegas odds heavily favor Cardinals selecting QB Kyler Murray No. 1Cardinals open mini-camp with CB Peterson MIA, Rosen in chargeUntil Monday, the Cardinals have done a marvelous job at controlling the narrative. That changed when Patrick Peterson’s recurring unhappiness emerged on social media, raising all sorts of questions. Is it possible the team is fielding trade requests for three players entering a historic night in Nashville: Peterson, Josh Rosen and the rights to Kyler Murray?The suspense trumps all.Murray raised the stakes on Wednesday morning when he failed to show at a scheduled appearance benefitting a Nashville food bank. Twenty-one other draft candidates showed up for the charitable event, assembling 8,000 food kits. Murray was the only one missing.Maybe he had good reasons for arriving in Nashville unfashionably late. Or maybe it’s the nonchalant actions of a young athlete who already knows he’s the first pick in the draft with no one left to impress. But it’s a bad look, either way. Especially if Murray had committed his presence. Especially if he just wanted to avoid the 45-minute media session that followed the event.Would that be enough for the Cardinals to move away from Murray?If I’m the owner of the team, I’m demanding some answers. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)last_img read more

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