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first_imgThe Aggotts have stormed into the finals of the D Grade Albert Park competition.The team containing Nathan Buckley, Paul Licuria, Gillon McLachlan, and Hamish McLachlan have won the last five games straight to finish fourth.The Aggotts will play in the Semi-Final next Tuesday, 19 August 2008 against the Contexxables.A Semi-Final appearance did not seem likely after losing their first four games of the season. But under the guidance of Victorian Game Development Officer, Ali Tuai, the team has learnt some of the basics of Touch Football to be successful.To keep up to date, please visit the Albert Park website – www.albertparktouch.com.aulast_img


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first_imgAs the race lasts more than two and a half hours, I had ample time to wander around the interior of the track, to stop back by the racing paddocks, and to visit several of the hospitality areas set aside for people who either bought or lucked into exclusive passes. (I was in the latter column.) At a Grand Prix race, you will see people dressed in their finest, with jacket and tie and martini in hand, and you will see people sans shirt or shoes sipping from cans with coozies. And everyone looks right at home. There are groups of grown men shouting and swearing and gaggles of kids playing and laughing. There are vintage cars lined up beside modified modern street racers. There is, to cut to the chase, a broad swath of Americana on display, but again, everyone looks to be right where they belong. A prevailing sense of camaraderie and cheer defines the mood whether you are right there by the track as the cars shriek past or well removed from the race grabbing food from a concession stand.Seeing as my son had inadvertently dropped my phone in a toilet the day before I left for the race, I was strangely untethered while attending the Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park. Once separated from the group with whom I’d attended the event — a mix of other writers and reps from Ferrari — I was on my own in what should have been a strange environment, but yet it felt like a generally warm and welcoming place. Everyone wanted to be where the were, and to share the experience of the race and racing culture with others.Though I must admit I was far from disheartened when I left the park. After all, I did so in a Ferrari 488 that was still mine to enjoy for another 48 hours. And unlike the cars back on the racetrack, my ride was a convertible. The Maserati Quattroporte: Luxury You Can Sort of Almost Imagine Affording You can hear the whine of the engines from several miles away. From the expansive grassy field near the track, the whine grows to a howl. You step out of your car and approach Lime Rock Park with a growing sense of excitement and nervousness; the power of the vehicles you will soon see becomes all the more clear as the decibels increase. Finally, as you cross the bridge into the area ringed by the racetrack, the cars will almost invariably rush by below you, and now the howl is a deafening roar; you can’t even hear yourself think, but if you could, your thoughts might be something along the lines of this: holy shit.Cars will almost invariably pass below you while you cross one of the two bridges leading into the heart of Lime Rock Park because the track is just 1.5 miles long, which means most race cars complete a circuit in about one minute. Lime Rock is one of the shortest tracks on the professional IMSA Grand Prix circuit (that’s International Motor Sports Association, FYI), but most drivers and fans see this as an asset, not an issue: it means tighter turns, explosive straightaways, and more technical challenges for the men and women behind the wheels of some of the fastest automobiles on earth. What It’s Like to Drive a NASCAR Race Car (and Where You Can Get Behind the Wheel) Editors’ Recommendations A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing center_img Lime Rock Park was opened in 1957 and the track layout has not changed in the six decades since it first saw use. In its standard configuration, the track requires a driver to complete seven turns per circuit. The current record for a single lap is a hair over 43 seconds. (1.5 mile track… 43 second lap. If you do the math, you’ll see that it equals fast.) Lime Rock is the oldest continuously operating race track in America, and is the third oldest overall (there’s a track in Wisconsin that dates from 1955 and one in California from the same year as Lime Rock). Today, it is the site of many of the world’s major auto racing events, such as the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Grand Prix event I recently attended.On the drive up to the race (for the record, I was driving a blue Ferrari 488 Spider that was mine for the weekend — it was superlative), my knowledge of auto racing was essentially limited to what I’d researched in the preceding two weeks when the opportunity to attend the event arose. By the end of the weekend, I’d learned a fair amount more about auto racing, including two very important takeaway points: First, I now have a much better understanding of why people like professional racing, which in a nutshell is because it is undeniably compelling to watch. And hear. (For the record I don’t mean stock cars on a huge ovular track. That remains arcane to me.) Second, I now know that when you go to a race, you should bring hearing protection.Prior to the race, I had the opportunity to spend time in the paddock of the Scuderia Corsa racing team, meeting their celebrated driver Christina Nielsen a few hours before she climbed into her Ferrari 488 GTE (she would split the driving with her teammate Alessandro Balzan) and sticking my head into a race car that would soon be screaming around the track at speeds faster than most of us will ever approach when not in flight. There’s Never a Bad Time to Visit Whistler, the Four-Season Outdoor Playground NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy The inside of a race car looks more like the cabin of a space vehicle than it does to the interior of the car in your driveway. From wires and tubes to strange buttons and levers to the reinforced cage built around the driver’s seat, these things are intimidating in their complexity and in the clear power waiting to be tapped as the vehicle sits at rest. How much power are we talking about? Well, the car I drove up in has a standard 660 horsepower. Yeah.Amazingly, as it turns out, the Ferrari 488 has too much horsepower for the race in question; its abilities must be limited in order to bring the vehicle down to match the stated specifications all competing cars have to meet. But don’t worry, it’s still very fast. And loud. As are the other cars that shared the track with the Ferrari team, such as Corvette C7.R, a BMW M6 GTLM, and a Porsche 911 RSR.After the start of the race, I spent time near several of the tightest curves — which have names like Big Bend, Righthander, and West Bend — and when a pack of GTLM (GT Le Mans) race cars speeds by at about a hundred feet away from you, it’s breathtaking. I mean that almost literally. The engines certainly drown out all other sound. Even from the middle of the multi-acre area ringed by the track, where you can find concessions, retail, restrooms, hundreds of classic and modern cars, and thousands of racing fans, there is basically nowhere you can go where the roar of the engines will not stir you.last_img read more


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first_imgOrion Span, Inc./FacebookIf it seems like everyone and every thing is getting into space these days, that’s because they are. Even Elon Musk’s car has seen more of our galaxy than you have.That’s should change now that one pioneering company has announced they’re accepting reservations for the world’s first space hotel. The future is indeed now, folks.Orion Span has a simple mission: “Build and Sustain Human Communities in Space Accessible to All.” Its first step toward achieving that goal is a private space station dubbed Aurora Station. The exclusive hotel will provide adventurous, well-heeled travelers with a zero-gravity experience, stunning views of Earth and its polar regions from afar, and the opportunity to participate in legit research projects like growing food in space alongside professional astronauts.Aurora Station will orbit once every 90 minutes at an altitude of 200 miles above Earth. During the initial 12-day stay, hotel guests will be treated to a nearly endless cycle of sunrises and sunsets. Seats aboard the hotel are limited to just six total, including two crewmembers, so it will be an exclusive club indeed.If it seems like commercial space travel has opened up rather quickly for the average Joe, that’s because it has. Orion Span is fast-tracking the process of getting non-astronauts into space. The usual 24-month training regimen to prepare for life in orbit has been reduced to just three months. Via the company’s proprietary, three-stage Orion Span Astronaut Certification (OSAC), prospective space travelers take an online course (seriously), complete an in-person training process in Houston, Texas, and wrap up the entire process on Aurora Station. However, we can’t help but think that some things — space travel training least among them — shouldn’t be rushed. Reservations are open now. Orion Span plans to have the Aurora Station space hotel in orbit by 2021 and accepting guests by 2022. The price for a 12-day stay is a reasonable USD $9.5 million provided you secure a USD $80,000 deposit. It does include a “free” ride to take passengers between Earth and the hotel.If that’s too rich for your blood, don’t worry. We’ll (hopefully) be at the debut media reveal, so we’ll send you a postcard from orbit. The MNML Leather Highlander Travel Bag Makes Short-Term Trips a Breeze Editors’ Recommendations Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer last_img read more


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first_imgzoom Charterers representing twenty percent of global shipped tonnage now have policies in place to avoid using the most inefficient ships based on the GHG Emissions Rating, according to a nonprofit organisation Carbon War Room.In the past two and a half years, usage of the GHG Emissions Rating and the A to G scale has increased by more than 450 percent, from 350 million shipped tonnes when Cargill, Huntsman, and UNIPEC began their usage to 1.95 billion shipped tonnes today. The GHG Emissions Rating now influences 24,700 vessel movements annually, according to Jose Maria Figueres, Chairman of the Board, Carbon War Room.The GHG Emissions Rating allows charterers and other stakeholders to assess the efficiency of vessels. It utilizes an A to G scale, where A represents the most-efficient ships, and G the least efficient.In addition to allowing companies to avoid chartering inefficient vessels, the data held on each individual ship is also used by some companies as a guide for calculating their carbon footprint from maritime shipping.For example, the Mosaic Company, a producer and marketer of concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients which charters around 130 vessels annually, now excludes all G-rated vessels for international shipping and uses the GHG Emissions Rating as a guide for calculating and reporting its maritime carbon footprint.Neil Beckingham, Director of Sustainability at The Mosaic Company, said: ”By using more-efficient ships, we are gaining cost efficiencies and furthering our efforts to reduce Mosaic’s carbon footprint. Given the success of GHG Emissions Rating vetting, we are reviewing options to also exclude F-rated vessels. Emissions from shipping currently represent less than five percent of Mosaic’s carbon footprint.”last_img read more


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first_imgGeographically, Asia and the Atlantic World are far removed from each other, however, an international team of historians is exploring the possibility that, historically, these two areas are more alike than once thought. On Tuesday, May 20, and Wednesday, May 21, The British Asia – British Atlantic Network will hold an international workshop in Halifax to present their findings and increase public awareness of the project. Atlantic World is an historical study term that covers the Atlantic Ocean rim’s five continents from the 15th to 19th centuries. Created in 2001 and boasting participants from Canada, India, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the Netherlands, the network has spent seven years examining how historical similarities between Asia and the Atlantic World in earlier centuries, can help us make sense of the complex processes that shape the world in which we live. Co-sponsored by the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and Saint Mary’s University, the workshop will feature a special public presentation by the project’s co-ordinators at the Maritime Museum on Tuesday, May 20, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Huw Bowen of Swansea University, Elizabeth Mancke of University of Akron, and John Reid of Saint Mary’s University will outline how creating a network of historians can promote understanding of key issues and welcome questions, comments and discussion. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is located at 1675 Lower Water St., Halifax.last_img read more


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first_imgAujourd’hui, 2 février, le Syndicat des enseignants de la Nouvelle-Écosse a choisi de mettre fin à son partenariat avec le Conseil pour l’amélioration des conditions en salle de classe. Je suis déçu. Le conseil a fait d’excellents progrès au nom des enseignants et des élèves de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Le travail du conseil a directement entraîné le plafonnement de la taille des classes plus tôt aux premier et deuxième cycles du secondaire. Nous avons ajouté 139 enseignants dans nos classes, et nous avons maintenant un plafonnement de la taille de toutes les classes, à tous les niveaux, à l’échelle de la province. Pour la première fois, nous avons une politique provinciale sur l’assiduité qui, selon les directeurs d’école, contribue déjà à l’amélioration de l’assiduité des élèves, et nous trouvons de nouvelles façons pour les enseignants de passer plus de temps à enseigner à nos enfants et moins de temps à faire des tâches administratives. Le conseil dirige maintenant son attention vers une politique d’évaluation et d’appréciation du rendement qui aidera les enseignants en ce qui a trait aux échéances, à la correction et à la simplification des bulletins scolaires. La perte des occasions d’améliorer les choses pour les enseignants et les enfants m’inquiète beaucoup. Le conseil nous permet de communiquer directement avec les enseignants pour connaître leurs points de vue. Le conseil a reçu un financement de 20 millions de dollars, et il lui reste 9,8 millions de dollars à dépenser en 2018-2019. Nous souhaitons collaborer avec les membres du conseil afin d’utiliser cette somme pour améliorer nos salles de classe. L’objectif du conseil est d’établir un partenariat direct entre le ministère de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance et les enseignants afin de nous permettre d’aborder plus efficacement les enjeux que les enseignants considèrent comme des obstacles à l’enseignement. Nous voulons travailler avec nos partenaires. Notre objectif commun est d’améliorer les choses pour nos élèves. Nous avons vraiment des représentants exceptionnels au sein du conseil et ils sont tous entièrement dévoués à l’amélioration des conditions en salle de classe pour les enseignants et les élèves. Au nom du gouvernement, je tends la main aux enseignants en classe de cette province et je leur offre un partenariat. Nous maintenons notre engagement envers les objectifs du conseil, au nom des enseignants et des élèves. -30-last_img read more


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first_imgSix stories in the news for Monday, May 13———EASTERN ONTARIO REELING FROM OTTAWA RIVER FLOODINGWith more rain forecast for early this week there are concerns the flooding situation along the Ottawa River could still get worse before it improves. Armed Forces personnel have been working to try to save homes in eastern Ontario communities that have declared states of emergency due to historic water levels in some areas. They’re helping with sand bagging and other flood mitigation operations. Laurentian Valley, along with Pembroke and Ottawa have all declared states of emergency as water levels along the Ottawa River rise.———CENTRAL B.C. WILDFIRE PROMPTS EVACUATIONSWildfire crews in the B-C Interior are looking ahead to another day of battling two fires — one east of Fraser Lake and the other east of Kamloops. The Fraser Lake area blaze is by far the biggest. It grew from just a few hectares to about 250 hectares within a matter of hours on Saturday. A local state of emergency was declared Saturday night and people were ordered to leave an area near the community of Lejac, about five kilometres east of Fraser Lake. However, the order was rescinded last night. The B-C Wildfire Service said the fire was 70 per cent guarded but zero per cent contained. About half of B.C. is under a “high” fire danger alert.———NDP CLIMATE PLAN TO SLASH EMISSIONS IN HALFThe federal N-D-P is pledging to cut Canada’s emissions almost in half over the next decade. The pledge is part of a climate change motion the party is expected to introduce in the House of Commons today. New Democrat leader Jagmeet Singh says the motion forms the broad strokes of his climate change action platform for the fall federal action. It includes a promise to slash emissions in line with what the United Nations recommends, which would mean they’d have to be close to half of what they are now. The N-D-P would also eliminate federal aid for the fossil fuel industry, and slam the door on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.———OPPOSITION FORCE EMERGENCY MEETING OF DEFENCE COMMITTEE ON NORMAN AFFAIRThree Conservative and one New Democrat MP are requesting the House of Commons national defence committee be reconvened to examine the government’s conduct in the investigation and prosecution of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman. Norman was the second-in-command of Canada’s military before he was suspended and then charged with breach of trust over alleged leaks of secret information about a navy shipbuilding contract. Federal prosecutors stayed the charges on Wednesday, saying they had no reasonable prospect of getting a conviction.———POLITICIANS SEEK TO ENHANCE NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR’S APPEALPoliticians have stressed the need to make Newfoundland and Labrador an appealing place for young people as the province’s May 16th election date draws near. But newcomers say there’s still a lot of work to be done to convince people to stay. Kerri Neil researches sociology and immigration at Memorial University and says the poor economy and high unemployment are key factors driving people of all backgrounds to move away.  Neil adds that the threat of rising power rates, high taxes and stagnant wages have made the problem worse.———DIGITALLY MINING QUEBEC’S FUTUREBitfarms’ machines are solving math problems in order to collect or mine Bitcoin, the world’s most famous digital currency. Companies have sprouted all over the world in an attempt to cash in on the cryptocurrency industry. But Bitfarms stands out. The Montreal-area company is trying to set itself apart as much by its infrastructure and vertically integrated business model as for its attempt to reduce the social stigma associated with the industry’s voracious energy usage. Since its inception in 2017, Bitfarms has been rushing to retrofit factories in Quebec regions emptied out by the decline of the province’s manufacturing industries.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— NDP unveil plan to make web giants like Netflix and Facebook pay their fair share of taxes.— Gov.-Gen. Julie Payette welcomes Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic on her official state visit.— Alex Trebek, host of Jeopardy, takes part in the official opening of the Centre for Geography and Exploration in Ottawa.— Supreme Cannabis Company Inc. will release its third-quarter results after market close.— Ensign Energy Services Inc. to release its first quarter results.— Labour Minister Patty Hajdu makes an announcement on government support to Canadian youth facing barriers to employment.— Premier Jason Kenney and Finance Minister Travis Toews will speak about their plan to create jobs and get Albertans back to work.———The Canadian Presslast_img read more


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Rabat – Nekour Center for Culture and Freedom called on the head of the Moroccan Government to recognize the Amazigh New Year as a national holiday.The El Hoceima-based NGO said that all Moroccans must be given a day off in order to celebrate the Amazigh New Year.The NGO also said that the Amazigh culture and language have contributed in the enrichment of the Moroccan culture and identity, therefore it the Amazigh New Year should be recognized as a national holiday to all Moroccans. Known as “Yennayer”, Amazigh people across North Africa celebrate the new Amazigh New Year on January 12th.Yennayer is the first day of the agrarian calendar year used since ancient times by Amazigh people throughout North Africa. Even though this day has not yet been recognized officially in Morocco as a national holiday, most of Moroccans never miss this occasion to celebrate and exchange wishes and prayers during this day, which marks the beginning of a new Amazigh year.Although Amazigh New Year Event is celebrated by many Moroccans, every January 12, only few people do realize the symbolic and historical implications of this event.Under different names, Yennayer is celebrated by both Arab and Amazigh speaking communities. The Arab speaking community in old cities referred to this traditional event as “Haguza” or “Aam Alfilahi” (the Agrarian year). However, The Amazigh people, more precisely those dwelling in the south east of Morocco, call it “Id Suggas” (the night of the year). “Id Suggas” is a very traditional festivity on the Eve of the Amazigh New Year. read more


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Rabat – Royal Air Maroc and Qatar Airways signed on Wednesday a strategic commercial partnership agreement in Dubai, aviation website aeronautique.ma reported. The partnership was signed by Royal Air Maroc President Driss Benhima and Qatar Airways boss Akbar Al Baker on the sidelines of the 22nd edition of the Arabian Travel Market (ATM), the region’s leading travel industry showcase.Under the agreement, Royal Air Maroc will launch a regular route connecting Casablanca to Doha with three frequencies a week. The new route will operate using Boeing 787 Dreamliner recently purchased by the Moroccan national carrier. Both companies will offer 10 flights a week between Doha and Casablanca. “This partnership which strengthens the relationships between Qatar and Morocco will offer many advantages to customers of Qatar Airways who travel to Casablanca and African destinations,” said Qatar Airways boss Akbar Al Baker, adding that “this is good news for passengers including businessmen who travel to Africa as well as for tourists.”On the occasion RAM president Driss Benhima said “the Moroccan company is pleased to conclude this historic partnership that consolidates fraternal relations between the two countries.”“This agreement is a crucial phase in the history of the Royal Air Maroc since it allows the setting up of a bridge between Asia and Africa that will facilitate the movement of customers in the best conditions due to the extensive network of Qatar Airways in Asia and the dense network of Royal Air Maroc in Africa,” Benhima added. read more


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BEIJING — Chinese tech giant Huawei has announced plans to release a next-generation smartphone based on its own technology instead of U.S. components, stepping up efforts to compete directly with Western industry leaders.Thursday’s announcement comes as Huawei Technologies Ltd., the world’s biggest maker of network gear for phone companies, combats U.S. warnings the company might be a security risk.Richard Yu, CEO of the company’s consumer unit, said Huawei plans to unveil what it bills as the first foldable 5G smartphone next month. The phone is based Huawei’s Kirin 980 chipset and Balong 5000 modem instead of chips from U.S. vendors.Developing its own mobile phone chips instead of using outsourced ones allows Huawei to keep more of its revenue and reduces the risk of disruption of U.S. supplies.The Associated Press read more


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Direct negotiations between both sides, the first to be led by the Troika comprising the European Union, Russia and the United States, were held on Friday in New York.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative Joachim Rucker yesterday said he welcomed the “New York Declaration” of the two parties reaffirming their commitment to engage seriously until the end of the process on 10 December. “In this context, it is very important that the parties also reaffirmed their commitment to avoid provocations and refrain from any activities or statements that might jeopardize the security situation,” Mr. Rucker said.”It is too early to say what the final outcome of negotiations will be. However, it is significant that the Contact Group reaffirmed its Guiding Principles: that there be no partition of Kosovo, no union with another state, no return to the pre-1999 status, and that any settlement needs to be acceptable to the people of Kosovo.”On the eve of this first round of direct talks under the Troika-led negotiations, Contact Group Ministers said resolving of Kosovo’s status quickly is crucial to the region’s stability and security of the region and to Europe as a whole. They reiterated their endorsement of the Mr. Ban’s assessment that the status quo is cannot be sustained and is damaging for the Serbian province’s political, social and economic development. “It is also very significant that the Ministers stated that any settlement needs to be acceptable to the people of Kosovo,” said Mr. Rucker.They also voiced their appreciation for the work of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) and the Kosovo Force (KFOR) for their contributions towards a multi-ethnic, peaceful and democratic society.”I wish to reassure all people of Kosovo that these efforts will continue,” the Special Representative said. 30 September 2007Following direct talks between Belgrade and Pristina, the Secretary-General’s top envoy to Kosovo expressed optimism that the status process of the Serbian province – which the world body has run since western forces drove out Yugoslav troops in 1999 amid ethnic fighting – can be concluded soon. read more


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“The economic crisis, resulting in loss of employment and a decrease in remittances, has also hampered households’ access to food,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said following a food security survey conducted by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN World Health Organization (WHO).A good harvest of wheat, vegetables and fruits, and aid from WFP and its partners prevented the situation from deteriorating even further.The spring floods and mudflows also destroyed or damaged 70 schools, mainly in the southern province of Khatlon, where 3,000 children have been unable to return to their schools. Some 500 of these have been resettled in Khuroson district where they are now enrolled in schools in neighboring villages.But these schools are far away from the children’s homes and do not have desks, chairs or learning materials for the additional pupils. The newcomers have no proper clothes or school books and are attending classes while standing for up to five hours. The provincial administration has allotted land for a new school, but construction has not yet started due to a lack of resources. 23 September 2009Some 390,000 people in Tajikistan, about 9 per cent of the rural population, face severe food insecurity due to both chronic vulnerability and the impact of this spring’s floods, the United Nations reported today. read more


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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Apr 15, 2013 12:36 pm MDT The Toronto Stock Exchange among the big losers Monday after China reported weaker than expected economic growth.A senior economist with BMO Capital Markets tells 660News, investors are also nervous about the ongoing debt crisis in Europe and mixed figures coming out of the U.S.Sal Guiettera says commodities are among the things investors unload whenever there is concerns about growth moving forward.Guiettera says with Canada being a resource based economy, any kind of sell off has a big impact on us.Among the stocks being hardest hit are gold and oil and the Canadian dollar is also trading lower.Guiettera says strong demand for homes and ramped up consumer spending, helped Canada weather previous economic storms, but not this time.He says Canadian consumers appear to be tapped out and are more interested in tackling their own debt problems instead of opening up their wallets or purses.There are signs economic conditions will improve later in the year south of the border , which will help economic growth north of the 49th parallel. Prospects of weaker global economic growth hurt Canada read more



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Trevor Thompson (right) looks on during the 2014 Spring Game April 12 at Ohio Stadium. Thompson announced his decision to transfer to Ohio State April 13.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorTo say the Ohio State basketball team is going through an overhaul is a bit of an understatement.First, the Buckeyes saw the careers of two of the most decorated players in program history — a total of 119 wins — come to a close on a cold, windy day in Buffalo, N.Y., more than three weeks ago when senior guards Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. battled to a 60-59 loss Dayton in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.Two days later, sophomore guard Amedeo Della Valle told coach Thad Matta of his intentions to leave Columbus and head back home to Europe to pursue a professional basketball career.Then only six days later, OSU got hit with another departure — this time its leading scorer — when junior forward LaQuinton Ross announced his intentions to follow in Della Valle’s footsteps and leave early to pursue a pro career.But with 40 points per game lost from the 2013-14 season, Matta didn’t flinch. In fact, he might even come out on top.Barely two weeks after adding Temple transfer and redshirt-junior forward Anthony Lee to his roster, OSU’s basketball coach landed another big man, as Virginia Tech freshman Trevor Thompson committed to OSU Sunday, per a report by ESPN College Basketball Insider Jeff Goodman.“I love the academics, the fans, my new teammates and the coaching staff,” Thompson told ESPN. “It was the perfect fit.”Thompson also took to Twitter to announce his decision, one day after attending the OSU football Spring Game.“Well it’s official I’m a Ohio State Buckeye Show Me Love #BuckEyeNation !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” Thompson tweeted from his personal account, @TrevBallinTrey2, at 1:29 p.m. Sunday.Thompson, a 6-foot-11 center who will likely sit out the 2014-15 season per NCAA transfer rules unless he chooses to request a waiver from the NCAA because of his father’s medical condition, averaged 5.0 points and 4.7 rebounds per game this past season at Virginia Tech.An OSU spokesman did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s request for comment about the transfer Sunday. Attempts to contact Thompson directly also were unsuccessful.The addition of Thompson brings the scholarship count of the men’s basketball program to 12, one below the NCAA allotted 13.If Thompson does sit out the 2014-15 season, he is set to be one of two centers on OSU’s roster in 2015-16, as junior centers Trey McDonald and Amir Williams are scheduled to enter their final season of eligibility next year. The other center who is set to be on roster with Thompson is David Bell, who is a member of Matta’s 2014 recruiting class.That class also includes guard D’Angelo Russell and forwards Jae’Sean Tate and Keita Bates-Diop.Other members slated to be a part of next year’s squad that saw action in 2013-14 aside from Williams and McDonald — who combined averaged 9.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per game this past season — include junior forward Sam Thompson, junior guard Shannon Scott and freshman fowrward Marc Loving. Freshman Kam Williams figures to be in the mix as well after sitting out last season as he battled back from illness. read more


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first_imgiPhone 5 rumors are so two days ago. iCloud rumors are what are really cool right now. The web has been buzzing with talk about iCloud after Apple released its iCloud developer preview yesterday. Today, however, we’re hearing rumors about a new service for iTunes that would allow you to re-download your purchased content beyond just music.According to a source close to Apple, the company is extremely close to launching a full-on re-downloading service called iTunes Replay. The service would allow users to re-download content they’ve purchased on iTunes and potentially stream the content via Apple TV and iOS, although there was no mention of the desktop. The service would allow users to access movies and TV shows from the cloud instead of downloaded files.Just this week, Apple released a software update to the Apple TV and made back-end changes in iTunes on desktop and iOS devices that allows users to re-download and stream TV shows they’ve bought and either accidentally deleted or lost during a hard drive crash. This feature was already available for books, apps, and music. However, this update did not include movies, which is something iTunes Replay will add to its re-download list.iTunes Replay will give users access to movies they bought as far back as Jan. 1, 2009, but not all content will be available for re-downloading when the product is launched. Any that has been licensed for replay will don a special arrow icon to denote whether or not its iTunes-Replay-eligible. Some content may also have a download cap on it. Much like the way that content bought on iTunes is only available to download to five devices max, you may only be able to download a movie or TV show up to five times.There’s no word on whether there will be a streaming limit yet. But similar to Netflix and Hulu Plus, it may be possible to stream purchased content from any computer as long as it’s stored on Apple’s servers.Apparently the name “iTunes Replay” is just something used internally at Apple, so there’s a chance it could change by the time the service is released to the public. Whatever the name, we can expect to see it in the coming weeks.via AppAdvicelast_img read more


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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Most pundits agree the Greek economy will have to rely more on private investments and exports to return to sustainable growth in the medium term. Privatizations have an important role to play in this endeavor, along with a strong, well-capitalized banking sector. However,given the seemingly strong foreign interest, the recent delay in Eurobank’s share capital increase is not a good omen. The partial privatization of the core bank should not be allowed to fall victim to any negotiating tactics between the Greek side and its creditors on the bailout program and the domestic political cost.The Greek recession would have been less acute, despite the huge fiscal drag, if local banks could have performed their intermediary role and financed exports along with some investment projects. That did not happen. We argued a few weeks ago that the economy needs well-capitalized banks to help it on the road to recovery and sustainable growth rates in the medium term. That means local banks will have to clean up their balance sheets by bearing the brunt of future provisioning losses and proceed with fresh capital injections if necessary.Eurobank, one of the four pillar banks, will have to undertake a share capital increase of about 2 billion euros or more. The bank, which is 95 percent-owned by the Hellenic Financial Stability Fund (HFSF), was planning to do so in February. The corporate action would have been preceded by the determination of its capital needs by the Bank of Greece based on BlackRock Solutions’ diagnostic tests on loan books and the approval of the new bank recapitalization law by Parliament.However, the planned share capital agreement has been delayed until March. Insiders attribute it primarily to disagreements between Athens and the ECB on some parameters underpinning the stress tests which will affect the ensuing capital shortfalls. They also link the delay to the creditors’ dissatisfaction with unilateral Greek actions on fiscal matters such as keeping the reduced value-added tax rate for restaurants, the law on home foreclosures and the 2014 budget. Whatever the reason, the delay means the new bill on bank recapitalization, which reportedly allows for the share capital increase to take place at market prices, will have to be voted in Parliament closer to the European and local elections scheduled for May.Undoubtedly, this is not a positive development for the part-privatization of Eurobank, the economy or the privatization agenda in general. This is because the share capital increase may become a point of political contention, and the rising political cost may postpone the vote on the new draft bill till after the May elections, even leading to its cancellation. We don’t think this is in the best interest of the country and should be avoided.We think Greece should take advantage of the market’s upbeat mood about the Euro periphery and grab the money on the table because it may not be there in a few months from now. This way, the HFSF will not have to pay for Eurobank’s share capital increase – or if it does, just a small amount – preserving the 10- to 11-billion-euro buffer for other purposes. Readers are reminded the bailout program set aside close to 50 billion euros for the restructuring and the recapitalization of local banks. The remaining 10 to 11 billion euros could be used either for the banks’ future capital needs or/and partly filling the country’s 2014-15 financing gap, estimated at around 14 billion euros by the troika, according to recent reports.Critics rightly point out that the HFSF’s 95 percent stake in Eurobank will be diluted if the share price is set at or close to 0.30 euros, a discount over the current market price. It is true the HFSF’s stake will be diluted around or below 50 percent according to analysts and it will initially suffer a loss of several hundred million euros since its average acquisition share price is around 1.25 euros after taking over the “good” Hellenic Postbank (TT). However, this is an accounting loss. The actual loss or gain will be realized later when the HFSF sells its shares.The bank’s officials insists there is genuine interest from foreign funds, including Fairfax, to participate in the share capital increase. If so, it is reasonable to expect the HFSF’s initial loss to be cut as soon as the new shares start trading because they will likely rally on the success of the capital exercise and the part-privatization. This will likely benefit other banking stocks in which the HFSF has a majority stake, meaning the value of its stakes in the four core banks will rise.Critics of the share capital increase at market price also argue against private participation so that the HFSF enjoys the upside when Eurobank starts producing the kind of profits envisioned and sells later. It is a valid argument but one should also take into account that projected future profits are uncertain and the foreign money may not be on the table at the time. Also, one should not underestimate the impact of the failure to partially privatize Eurobank on the Greek stock market on bonds and investor sentiment toward the country. In addition, the HFSF’s buffer will be reduced if it pays for Eurobank’s share capital increase of 2 billion euros or more and therefore less money will be available for other purposes.Consequently it is important that the privatization agenda is advanced at a time the country needs foreign capital the most and the banking sector is strengthened by enhancing its capital to regain market confidence and access other forms of liquidity. Greece should pass Eurobank’s litmus test.last_img read more


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first_imgMédecine vétérinaire : des animaux équipés de prothèses à découvrir en imagesMonde – Partout dans le monde, vétérinaires et orthoprothésistes rivalisent d’ingéniosité pour réparer ou remplacer pattes, nageoires et autres becs endommagés. Leur but : éviter l’euthanasie à des dauphins, des lamas, des chats voire des aigles ou des tortues de mer victimes de maladies ou d’accidents.  Comme les êtres humains, les animaux peuvent parfois être victimes d’une amputation, consécutive à une maladie ou un accident. Dans le milieu naturel, ils sont alors généralement condamnés à une mort certaine, leur infirmité les empêchant de se déplacer, d’échapper à leurs prédateurs et de se nourrir. En captivité, le handicap induit par la perte d’un ou plusieurs membres pousse généralement propriétaires ou soigneurs à euthanasier les animaux concernés, au vu des coûts médicaux et des séquelles engendrés par l’amputation. Il existe pourtant de nombreux exemples d’animaux sauvés par l’homme grâce à la mise au point d’ingénieuses prothèses, souvent développées sur mesure pour ces patients à quatre pattes ou à nageoires. Des équipements qui témoignent de l’ingéniosité et de la détermination de certains vétérinaires, orthoprothésistes et soigneurs lorsqu’il s’agit de sauver un chat amputé des deux pattes arrière, un dauphin ayant perdu l’extrémité de sa queue ou une tortue privée de plusieurs nageoires. Maxisicences vous propose de découvrir quelques-uns de ces surprenants exemples en images : https://www.maxisciences.com/proth%e8se/dauphin-tortue-ou-aigle-des-animaux-sauves-par-des-protheses-sur-mesure_art8945.html#Le 30 août 2010 à 13:01 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


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first_img Hitman was one of my favorite games from 2016. This was actually the first time I played anything from the venerated stealth franchise, and I absolutely loved it. The variety of ways to take out targets blew me away. The amount of detail developer Io Interactive put into each of the game’s different locales is something that also impressed me. It was an overall high-quality experience that exemplified what a stealth game should be. Despite all the drama that happened between Io and Square-Enix, a sequel, Hitman 2, is arriving later this year by way of publisher Warner Bros.At this year’s E3, I went hands-on with the upcoming stealth title. Afterwards, I got a chance to chat with Io Interactive’s Sven Liebold about Hitman 2. We discussed the game’s new narrative structure, how the engine handles so many on-screen NPCs, post-launch content, and how Hitman is now the torch bearer for AAA stealth games.The last Hitman game came out two years ago and the collected edition (with all chapters) released early last year. Why is this game coming out so quickly?We started development of Hitman 2 pretty much right after the previous Hitman finished. The team obviously learned a lot from our previous game. We knew we could improve a lot, so we embarked on that mission. We’re very happy to show the first results of our efforts.Hitman 2 isn’t an episodic game like the previous installment. Why did you decide to release the full game all at once this time around?This time the main game releases day and date physical and digital on November 13. What that means is we need to emphasize two aspects, primarily. First, players can basically go through the story of the main game at their own pace. They can do so with as much replay or as little replay as they want, completely in one place.When it comes to post-launch content, all the stuff that people loved like elusive targets are back. Escalation contracts, the challenge packs, contracts mode, all of that will come back in Hitman 2. With all of this live content coming on day one, we will be able to offer much more varied content simply because we already have an entire buffet, if you will. An entire palate is available.When you combine the amount of content already in the base game with all of the post-launch content, it sounds like Hitman 2 is going to last for many, many hours.I think it’s no surprise to say it’s very hard to estimate the amount of gameplay in Hitman. With the previous game, most players — depending on how they approached missions, how often they tried different approaches and how much they replayed — played for about 15 hours. We’ve also seen 500 to 600 hours. Even thousands of hours. It’s really varied depending on how you approach it.In the first Hitman, each chapter was its own self-contained story. There was a narrative thread through all of them, but for the most part, they were individual tales. Are each of the chapters in Hitman 2 also self-contained?There are six stories in the main game. Story-wise, Hitman 2 is a direct continuation of the previous Hitman so we will have an overarching story again. Of course, our assassination sandbox will stay intact.Is it hard to come up with so many different assassination scenarios in each chapter? That doesn’t sound easy.Coming up with them is actually not the hard part. Some of the guys have worked on Hitman for quite a long time. You can imagine there is already a large backlog of different ideas and approaches. We’re not going to run out of those any time soon.To that point, I want to discuss our Miami demo. It’s a completely new setting that we are bringing to Hitman. We haven’t really done anything like that; the sandbox and its complexity and its fidelity. It was tempting for us was to try this approach; to have this fully simulated race and then a target being part of the race — a mobile moving target that is part of it. The race is a timed event. It’s not a scripted event. We didn’t have that before. We are trying some new recipes and some new things that we think are super promising and that we also hope our players will enjoy.Will other chapters feature new things and surprises like the Miami level?We definitely have more surprises up our sleeves. I can promise you that.Let’s talk about the graphics. Were they enhanced in any way since the last game? Are you taking advantage of the power afforded by consoles like the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X?In regards to that [mid-gen consoles], we’re still optimizing, so there is nothing specific I can get into just yet. We’ll be able to talk about that very, very soon.It’s our own engine, it’s a proprietary engine, and we have optimized it quite significantly since last time. We have very targeted, pinpointed improvements to the engine that happened [since the last game]. We are always trying to improve our underlying tech.One thing I found impressive about the last Hitman and the Miami demo is the amount of characters on screen. I never noticed any slow down or any stutter while playing. Was it difficult to achieve this?I’m happy you mentioned the crowds. Crowds in Hitman locations is an important thing for us. With the Miami location, we’re looking at almost 2000 NPCs active at the same time. We worked on crowd fidelity and crowd scale quite a lot. There’s also a new feature in the Miami demo where you can blend into crowds. You can hide in them. The crowd is a gameplay feature, which is an awesome addition to the experience, in our opinion.Can you go into more detail about post-launch content?If you go to Hitman.com, you can see the premium editions that we will offer on top of the Standard Edition. This includes all the post-launch live content that I mentioned before. All of that stuff comes in the Standard Edition as well. On top of that, we have the Silver Edition which includes one expansion, and we have the Gold Edition which includes an expansion pass.With Metal Gear and Splinter Cell no longer around, Hitman is currently the biggest AAA stealth game out there. How does it feel knowing players now look to Hitman for their stealth game fix?To that, I can only say that we are super focused on what we are doing. There is a lot of belief, a lot of passion at Io for this game. 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