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Eagles and Giants Face Facts

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, NJ— Instead of meeting in the regular-season finale for a playoff berth, the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants are facing the consequences of missing the playoffs again.Chief executive officer Jeffrey Lurie didn’t wait for the season to end to start the Eagles’ transition after missing the playoffs for the second straight season. Coach Chip Kelly was fired Tuesday after three seasons, the first of which ended with an NFC East title.Giants co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch have not indicated what’s going to happen with Tom Coughlin. New York has not made the playoffs since 2011, and this year will finish with a third straight losing season. It’s the longest seasonal losing streak for one of the NFL originals since missing 17 straight seasons (1964-80).What makes this decision so hard for the owners is that the 69-year-old Coughlin has led the Giants to two Super Bowl titles in his 12 seasons, and he is well liked.However, the Giants had several chances to take control in the NFC East this season and squandered them. They lost six games either in overtime or in the final 1:14 of regulation and they have faltered in the home stretch, losing five of six games.Both teams enter the final game Sunday at MetLife Stadium with 6-9 records. The winner finishes in second place in the division. The loser gets a trip to London in 2016 for a game against the Rams.“To be honest, this is the 16th game of the season and that’s where I’m focused,” Coughlin said. ” I won’t let myself go in those other directions because we have a job to do, and that’s what we’re going to do. All these other issues will clear up in time, but not before then.”Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur was elevated to Eagles interim coach and will be in charge Sunday. He was Cleveland Browns coach in 2011-12.“The future is uncertain right now,” Philadelphia quarterback Sam Bradford said. “We play the Giants on Sunday and that’s all that I’m focused on, that’s all everyone in this locker room is focused on.“And then after that’s over with, the season is over with, you can sit down and think about it from there.”Giants players have taken a similar approach.“The whole team, everybody, wants to end on a high note and play well,” quarterback Eli Manning said. “Understand we’ve got a great opportunity to go play football, something we all love to do, and we cherish these opportunities. So let’s go out there and play at a high level and enjoy playing the game.”Some things to watch on Sunday:ODELL’S BACK: Every camera is going to be focused on Odell Beckham Jr. as the second-year receiver returns from a one-game suspension for multiple violations of player-safety rules in a game against Carolina on Dec. 20. Expect him to be on his best behavior, although he intends to play with the same intensity that has marked his first two seasons in the league.Beckham has 91 receptions for 1,396 yards and 13 touchdown catches this season. He needs one more TD to set the team single-season record; he is tied with Homer Jones (1967).SHURMUR WATCH: It will be interesting to see how much the interim coach does with the offense. Will he let the Eagles huddle or continue with the up tempo that Kelly employed?“I can’t imagine they change too much,” Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo said. “There will be a couple of wrinkles here and there. What is a little challenging is the tendency part of it. Normally we would try to get a beat on the play caller has a tendency to run this and that. That won’t be there.“Maybe two years working with Pat in St. Louis will help.”Shurmur was Rams offensive coordinator when Spagnuolo was the coach.WHO’S NEXT?: Speculation is rampant on Kelly’s replacement. One name bound to be mentioned on Sunday is Sean McDermott, the Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator who was Eagles defensive coordinator after Jim Johnson died.On the Giants’ front, this one is wide open. Their tendency is to pick from within, or an NFL assistant with ties to the Giants, or a former head coach. The list is long and needs to be studied. The good news is they will have cap space in the offseason.GIANTS DEFENSE: New York is last in the league in total defense and passing defense. Entering the final game the Giants have two healthy safeties: rookie Landon Collins and Brandon Meriweather. Cooper Taylor and Craig Dahl have concussions. There is a chance former Tulsa quarterback G.J. Kinne, who has been playing safety on the practice squad, might be promoted for the game.EAGLES DEFENSE: Philadelphia has owned the Giants under Kelly, winning four of five, including three in a row. The Eagles’ front seven has had its way in those games. Manning was sacked three times and threw two interceptions in the 27-7 loss earlier this season. The Eagles also had eight tackles for losses and five quarterback hits in limiting New York to 247 yards.TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Dimuth Karunaratne discharged from hospital after blow to neck in Canberra Test

first_imgSri Lanka opener Dimuth Karunaratne has been discharged from the hospital hours after he was taken there for assessment of a blow he suffered on the back side of his neck on Saturday in Canberra, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has confirmed.”Dimuth has been discharged from Canberra hospital following assessment and all cleared. A further update will be provided on his playing status tomorrow prior to play,” SLC said.Dimuth Karunaratne fell to the ground, wincing in pain after he was hit on the back of his neck while trying to duck to a bouncer from Australia pacer Pat Cummins on Day 2 of the ongoing second Test between Australia and Sri Lanka at the Manuka Oval earlier in the day.Sri Lanka will take a call on whether or not the retired hurt batsman will take the field on Sunday before the third day’s play.Cummins along with members of Australia and Sri Lanka cricket teams were looking on anxiously as the medical staff rushed on to the ground for immediate assistance. The nasty blow brought back memories of the fatal blow that Australia opener Philip Hughes suffered in 2014.pic.twitter.com/bxVvpbKBFRMr Gentleman (@183_264) February 2, 2019Karunaratne was batting on 48 as he and Lahiru Thirimanne had put on a solid 90-run opening stand in reply to Australia mammoth first-innings total of 534. The left-hander, it seems, misjudged the bounce as the Cummins bouncer didn’t climb as expected and struck the batsman.Sri Lanka cricketer Angelo Mathews shared a photo of Karunaratne being treated at the hospital and called his neck band-wearing cricketer a “tough cookie”.advertisementGet well soon @IamDimuth we know your a tough cookie and team needs you.Get well first and go get a biggie pic.twitter.com/Dsvcgura8TAngelo Mathews (@Angelo69Mathews) February 2, 2019Meanwhile, Pat Cummins was a relieved man after hearing Dimuth Karunaratne was not in any danger.”It’s never a nice feeling seeing someone go down like that. The good thing was he looked like he was moving his hands and the physio said he seemed all right when he left,” Cummins said.”I wish him all the best and hopefully he’s doing all right. You never like seeing that. It’s just one of those things that happen in cricket. Whether it’s your teammate, another teammate, you just hope they’re OK.”Sri Lanka slumped from 90 for 1 to 123 for 3 at stumps on Day 2 after Karunaratne was stretchered off the field. The visitors stare at an uphill task as they are already trailing 1-0 in the two-match series.Also Read | Never like seeing that, says Pat Cummins after flooring Karunaratne with a bouncerAlso Read | Australia vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test, Day 2 in Canberra: As it happenedAlso See:last_img read more

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Ben Stokes recalled from pavilion after no-ball dismissal in 3rd Test vs West Indies

first_imgEngland all-rounder was recalled from the dressing room after he was dismissed off a no-ball on the first day of the third Test against West Indies in St Lucia on Saturday. Stokes enjoyed a most unusual reprieve when he was caught-and-bowled for 52 by Alzarri Joseph, who took a sharp catch as the ball cannoned towards him.After walking back to the pavilion, Stokes was removing his protective equipment when the third umpire declared that Joseph had indeed bowled a no-ball after reviewing the footage. The onfield umpire signalled a no-ball and also recalled Stokes from the pavilion.Jonny Bairstow had already joined Jos Buttler in the middle but made a quick u-turn and walked off the field as Stokes returned to rousing cheers from the England camp and their fans.However, he benefitted from MCC’s April 2017 decision to define Law 31.7. The law governs the status of a batsman “leaving the wicket under a misapprehension”.The law has given the authority to the umpires that they can recall the batsman if they are satisfied that a batsman has left the field under a “misapprehension of being out”.”An umpire shall intervene if satisfied that a batsman, not having been given out, has left the wicket under a misapprehension of being out. The umpire intervening shall call and signal Dead ball to prevent any further action by the fielding side and shall recall the batsman.”A batsman may be recalled at any time up to the instant when the ball comes into play for the next delivery, unless it is the final wicket of the innings, in which case it should be up to the instant when the umpires leave the field.”advertisementStokes and Buttler were involved in an unbroken fifth-wicket stand of 124 to help England reach 231 for four at stumps on Day 1 of the third Test.”Thank God for technology. It’s a first for me and it’s probably something they need to get control of. In international cricket you shouldn’t be walking off, getting into the changing rooms, and then back out there two minutes later,” Stokes said at the end of first day’s play.”It’s a good job I didn’t take my pants off. It was just a bizarre bit of cricket all round.”I tried to get myself back in that same frame of mind I was when me and Jos were going well out there. There was a lot of cheering going on so I had to blank that out and start again.”Stokes was unbeaten on 62 while Buttler was on 67 as England took the upper hand for the first time in the series. England have already lost the series after defeats in the first two Tests of the three-match contest.Also Watch:last_img read more

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IOC selective blindness continues but Rio 2016 scandal looks all too familiar

first_imgTopics Rio Games vote-winner questioned by police over ‘rigged bidding process’ Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Pinterest As the Olympic flame was lit before beginning its journey to Rio last year the IOC president, Thomas Bach, intoned: “The Olympic flame means hope to us all.” Mr Bach will likely be feeling hopeful now, with the news that the Rio home of Brazil’s Olympic committee chief has been raided, along with various other addresses, as part of a major investigation into international corruption and vote buying for the 2016 Olympic Games.Bach will be hopeful that this is just a cosmic misunderstanding, hopeful that the £155,000 cash the police reportedly relieved Carlos Nuzman of was just one of those classic things everyone keeps in their cupboard, hopeful that the usual horse will ride to the rescue. (Which is to say, hopeful that Fifa – the IOC’s Swiss neighbours, and fellow candidates for an international ASBO – will do something even worse to distract attention.) Support The Guardian Since you’re here… International Olympic Committee Lewis Hamilton Share on Facebook Sport politics Reuse this content Rio 2016 Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on Messenger Sportblog Share on LinkedIn Olympic Games comment As for the residents of the Rio favela who demanded water and sanitation and instead saw £22m spent on a cable car … they might be as sarcastically “hopeful” as they ever were. A year after the IOC blew out of town with billions in its coffers, Rio is effectively bankrupt, with public employees from hospital workers to teachers unpaid for weeks. Swings and roundabouts, isn’t it? The Olympic flame never goes out, but without federal handouts, the lights in Rio would.But even back then, it should have been clear to Bach that residents of Rio didn’t feel remotely hopeful when a mega-event they could ill afford came to town. If he found the local reaction somehow opaque, for others the clues were fairly readable. The protesters. The stoning of the torch relay. The spectacle of half-empty Olympic venues appearing to fall into disrepair even during the fortnight of competition.Instead, he preferred not to look too hard. Selective blindness is in many ways his organisation’s default position – consider the IOC’s failure to ban Russia from Rio despite the discovery of what Wada’s former chief investigator called “the most outrageous doping and cover-up and corruption possible”. And on Tuesday, as news of the raids broke, the word from Lausanne was determinedly myopic again: “The IOC has learned about these circumstances from the media and is making every effort to get the full information. It is in the highest interests of the IOC to get clarification on this matter.”Why are they always the last to know? Perhaps because the highest interests of the IOC are not in admitting how their tax-free money siphon works, but in ensuring it has new feeding grounds lined up. Details of various bribery and corruption investigations have been seeping out ever since the Rio Games. Mr Bach’s priority has seemed to be elsewhere: cutting a deal with Paris and LA, locking in the only cities remotely interested in hosting the 2024 and 2028 Games, and buying himself a bit of breathing space to work out how best to secure his parasitic event’s future in a world where you increasingly need to be stupid, corrupt or an ambitious autocracy to even have thoughts of hosting a Games.Tuesday’s raids should at least prove sobering for the man who piously reacted to the Fifa scandal by declaring: “We hope that now, finally, everyone at Fifa has at last understood that they cannot continue to remain passive. They must act swiftly to regain credibility because you cannot forever dissociate the credibility of Fifa from the credibility of football.” Quite how much credibility Olympic sport has to lose is a matter of opinion – but Bach’s passivity is becoming ever more awkward to maintain.Lewis Hamilton: poetry in motionGiven the always-precarious state of the journalism game, I was thrilled to discover that Lewis Hamilton writes about as well as I drive. I could easily envisage a professional future where we solve literary crimes together in a gullwinged supercar.For some, alas, last week’s highest profile literary crime was Lewis’s poem to Princess Di, which he penned and posted to Instagram on the anniversary of her death. There was much to enjoy in this heartfelt opus, from Lewis’s assured couplets “Hearts still full of the love she gave/20 years since she laid in her grave” to the intriguing decision to tag in @vanmorrisonofficial. Arguably more enlightening was the section which ran “The people’s princess/Who came to see/The love from a Country /We’d hope she’d lead.” I confess I had no idea that Diana had ever been earmarked as a future leader of Britain – much less of Monaco – but if that was indeed the case, it puts a whole new light on things, even after all this time. And, indeed, all this light.Either way, you can’t knock the results of Lewis wearing his heart on his sleeve, next to other commercial sponsors such as Epson and Bose. Indeed, he specifically credits feeling more in touch with his heart with his recent surge of success. “I feel more heart and passion within myself,” he explained at the weekend. “I have found more in myself in the last three or four races. Silverstone was an empowering weekend and sparked a forest fire within me and hopefully that reflects in the way I am driving … While I feel like I always drive with my heart, and my heart is the power and force behind what I do, I think my mind is like the rudder and I feel it has been steering me in the right direction.”Can it really be a coincidence that Hamilton is hitting poetic form at the same time? I refuse to believe this is correlated and not causal.Perhaps there is something for Gareth Southgate to consider. As you will be more than aware, Southgate is leading England’s endless search for the precise combination of abstract nouns that will make them much better at football/more appealing than second‑half snifters in a Maltese bar. Heart, pride, identity … perhaps England could begin each international week with a poetry ritiro, where the entire squad is confined to a room until they have written a poem to lament or commemorate something vaguely topical. It doesn’t matter how bad it is – indeed, perhaps the worse the better. Really very bad poetry seems to go hand in hand with a performance uptick. Share on WhatsApplast_img read more

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More Early-Childhood Institutions Certified

first_imgStory Highlights State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, says the total number of certified early-childhood institutions (ECIs) across the island has increased to 128. Mr. Green said the Government remains committed to improving the standard of education at the early-childhood level, and the Early Childhood Commission (ECC) is continuing its work to ensure that ECIs are compliant with the Ministry’s operating standards. Speaking on September 26 at the handover ceremony for the renovated Middlesex Infant School in Holland Bamboo, St. Elizabeth, the State Minister pointed out that two years ago, there were no registered ECIs, adding that there are 2,513 ECIs in the island. State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, says the total number of certified early-childhood institutions (ECIs) across the island has increased to 128.Speaking on September 26 at the handover ceremony for the renovated Middlesex Infant School in Holland Bamboo, St. Elizabeth, the State Minister pointed out that two years ago, there were no registered ECIs, adding that there are 2,513 ECIs in the island.Mr. Green said the Government remains committed to improving the standard of education at the early-childhood level, and the Early Childhood Commission (ECC) is continuing its work to ensure that ECIs are compliant with the Ministry’s operating standards.“What we said to the Commission is, let us move from saying we have the standards to getting the schools certified, so we can say the schools have met the standards. When we started the journey, I can tell you there was a lot of pushback, because some schools believed that they would never meet the standards. So, when we started, we had absolutely no school that was certified to our 12 standards,” he noted.The State Minister said that while significant strides have been made in getting some ECIs up to par with the Commission’s operating standards, more needs to be done to get the remaining institutions certified.“What they need is a little push. That is what we want to see, more schools becoming certified, and not just to say they are certified, but because it makes a difference in the teaching and learning of the children. We want to ensure that when they leave our infant schools that they are well equipped for modern-day reality,” he said.The State Minister emphasised that private partnership is needed to get more ECIs fit for certification.The Standards cover a wide range of areas, such as Staffing; Developmental/Educational Programmes; Interactions and Relationships with Children;  Physical Environment; Indoor and Outdoor Equipment, Furnishings and Supplies; Health; Nutrition; Safety; Child Rights, Child Protection and Equality; Interactions with Parents and Community Members; Administration; and Finance.last_img read more

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Carriers More Reliable in March

first_imgzoom Liner shipping service reliability across the three core EastWest trades hit a five-month peak in March with an aggregate on-time performance of 64%, according to Drewry’s Carrier Performance Insight.The latest result represents an 8.5 percentage point gain over February and is the second best average (after October 2014) since the start of the new data series in May 2014.The improvement seen in March was attributed to much improved services in the Asia-Europe trade and gradually easing congestion on the US West Coast following the resolution of the port labour dispute. However, services on the Transatlantic took a backwards step in the month.Maersk Line was the most reliable carrier in March with an average on-time performance of 81%The most reliable carrier in March was Maersk Line with an average on-time performance of 81%, followed by K Line (73%), Cosco and MSC (both 70%). At the bottom of the rankings were Zim (39%) and PIL (38%).“It is good news for shippers that service reliability is on the rise, although it comes from a low base and the industry average still has plenty more scope to improve. We expect the upwards trend to continue as USWC operations return to normal, but the sharp drop in AsiaEurope freight rates is a risk as carriers could look to make cost savings detrimental to reliability,” said Simon Heaney, senior manager of supply chain research at Drewry.last_img read more

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DP World Australia Terminals Secure Swires PNG PI Services

first_imgzoom Port and terminal operator DP World Australia has announced the return of Swire Shipping’s Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Pacific Islands (PI) service to its Brisbane and Sydney terminals.The first service to return to DP World Australia will call at Sydney on September 8, 2016, and in Brisbane on September 13, 2016.“We are delighted to win back Swire Shipping’s Pacific Islands service to Brisbane and Sydney,” Brian Gillespie, DP World Australia Chief Commercial Officer, said.DP World Australia operates four ports across Australia including Brisbane, Fremantle, Melbourne and Sydney.Swire Shipping’s PNG service operates three multi-purpose vessels from Australia to PNG and the Solomon Islands.The company’s PI service is a multi-purpose service catering for container and breakbulk cargo. The service links Australia with New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji, the Samoas, Tonga, Kiribati and the Marshall Islands.last_img read more

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Tunisia Nabil Maaloul to coach Moroccos Raja of Casablanca

first_imgRabat- Tunisian soccer coach Nabil Maaloul is believed to be new manager of the Raja of Casablanca. According to Alyaoum24, the Tunisian manager will replace Mohamed Fakhir who was dismissed on Thursday after successive defeats with his former team. Maaloul will sing his contract next Wednesday.Mohamed Fakhir played a pivotal in helping Raja of Casablanca win Morocco’s football soccer last year, which qualified the club to participate in the FIFA Club World Cup scheduled to take place in Morocco in December. Nabil Maaloul was the coach of Tunisia’s national team until its defeat last September versus Cap Verde on the last game of the preliminary round of the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014.But The Disciplinary Committee of FIFA sanctioned Cape Verdean Federation of Football (FCF) for fielding an ineligible player during the same match.last_img read more

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Dubai Police Chief Compares Israel to Islamic Occupation of Spain

Rabat – Dubai Deputy Police Chief Dhahi Khalfan stirred controversy in a tweet yesterday saying that Muslims occupied Andalusia in Spain for hundreds of years.“Muslims occupied Al Andalus for eight centuries, and Al Andalus returned to its people. Be patient. Every power goes down, no matter the time,” Khalfan said.A flood of replies followed Khalfan’s post, mostly denying that Muslims occupied the Iberian peninsula.One user who commented made a reference to the early 20th-century Spanish poet Lorca Federico. “The Spanish poet Lorca considered the Muslim exit from Andalusia the greatest disaster that Spain ever knew.”والله انك لا تستحق عناء الرد ولكن افعل حتي لا تغرر بمن لا يقرأالشاعر الإسباني لوركا عد خروج المسلمين من الأندلس اكبر كارثة حلت بتاريخ اسبانياالفرنسي جوستاف لوبون والألمانية زيجريد هونكة والأمريكي جوزيف ماك جب والأمريكي واشنطن ايرفنج وغيرهم لا يحسبون دخول المسلمين اليها إحتلالا— المسلمون فى الاندلس (@andalucian711) February 19, 2019The user was likely referring to a quote by Lorca on the city of Granada, in which he said that the city “lost an admirable civilization.” “A relationship with the Israeli people is possible, but not with the Israeli government,” Khalfan argued in another tweet. “Israeli citizens can go to any Arab country, but Israeli officials cannot communicate with us unless a Palestinian state is established. Maybe this has to do with the human side, far from politics,” he continued in the same post.احتل المسلمون الاندلس ثمانية قرون وعادت الاندلس لأهلها ..اصبروا ..لكل قوة زوال مهما الزمن طال.— ضاحي خلفان تميم (@Dhahi_Khalfan) February 19, 2019In following tweets, police chief struck a different tone.He compared the mindset of Israeli officials to Nazi ideology, “in terms of the sense of superiority.”القادة السياسيين الاسرائيليين يعيشون بعقليات متخلفة يهيمن عليها ما هيمن على عقلية هتلرتماما من حيث الشعور بالفوقية.— ضاحي خلفان تميم (@Dhahi_Khalfan) February 19, 2019A month ago, Saudi blogger Mohammad Al Shammari made a similar comment to Khalfan’s. Al Shammari said “Muslims came to Spain as invaders. They captured over 600,000 people and after four centuries, the church regained its land from the invaders.” “If logic says that land belongs to whoever invades and imposes power over it, then we should treat Israel with the same logic,” added the blogger.While relations between some Arab countries and Israel saw some rapprochement in recent years, many popular and grassroots movements have protested the moves. In late October, an Israeli official accompanied her country’s judo team to the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam, where the Israeli anthem was played for the first time in the UAE’s history. Israeli Minister of Culture Miriam Regev was later invited on an official visit by officials in the United Arab Emirates to tour the country’s largest mosque, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.Last month, a Moroccan movement called for the boycott of pro-Israel French Jewish singer Enrico Macias, amid rumors of Morocco-Israel normalization following an alleged high-level secret meeting between Morocco’s foreign minister Nasser Bourita and Israel’s Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu. read more

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A look back at the tech trends of 2012 and whats expected

A look back at the tech trends of 2012 and what’s expected to develop in 2013 by Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 23, 2012 5:00 am MDT TORONTO – Another year, another iPhone. More surprisingly, Apple fans were tempted with not just one new iPad, not two, but three, including the latest mini-sized tablet.Research in Motion released new phones but not many noticed.Microsoft was set to close 2012 on a big note but missed the mark.There were baby steps made to introduce mobile commerce to Canadian consumers, while digital video viewing went mainstream.Here’s a look at the trends that emerged in 2012 and are likely to develop in the year ahead, and the busts of the past year.APPLE FACES MAJOR CHALLENGES IN ’13It took a very long time for any other manufacturer to develop a tablet that came even close to Apple’s iPad, but that gap has now closed considerably — particularly with solid tablets released this year by Asus and Samsung. Google struck a major pre-emptive blow against the iPad mini by pricing its small Nexus 7 tablet at just $209 and up. When the iPad mini was released months later, it looked expensive starting at $329. Apple will need game-changing hardware or software for its next iPad or it risks losing a large chunk of the tablet market to cheap — and just as capable — competition.There’s a similar smartphone threat as cheaper Google Android phones have overtaken the lower-end of the mobile market and the top-of-the-line models have proven to be real iPhone rivals. Windows phones have yet to catch on, although they’ve shown promise, and it remains to be seen if RIM can successfully re-establish itself as a mobile leader with its new BB10 operating system.Apple will also have to rebound from the Google Maps controversy that forced the company to acknowledge that it made a mistake in dropping the popular app without having something just as good ready for its customers to use.WEB VIDEO CONTINUES TO GROW, IS MOBILE NEXT?Earlier this year, a survey suggested almost one in four Canadians were spending more time watching online video over the course of a day than time on the couch in front of their TV. Another 16 per cent said the time they spent watching content online and on TV was about the same. Between watching a few minutes of video at a time on YouTube, catching missed TV episodes on network websites, and streaming movies off Netflix, Canadians have learned there’s plenty to watch even when there’s nothing good on the dial.A recent survey commissioned by the federal government found one in three Canadians said they now download or stream films online and 12 per cent said they do it either daily or at least once a week.The same survey stated that 48 per cent of respondents had a smartphone and 24 per cent had a tablet they could watch video on. But mobile viewing is still being held back by data prices, which make streaming of high-quality video too pricey to be a daily habit. Luckily, coffee shops, fast food outlets and airports have begun to offer free WiFi that can be used to watch a TV show or YouTube clips while waiting around. If mobile pricing doesn’t come down in 2013 — and it’s not expected to — mobile viewers will have to hope that the encoding efficiency of video is drastically improved so less data is used per stream.BREAK OUT YOUR DIGITAL WALLETStarbucks regulars have probably noticed fellow customers occasionally handing over their smartphone to pay for their coffee or latte. It’s one of the first popular examples of the digital wallet concept, electronically storing purchasing power on a smartphone. In the case of the Starbucks app, it’s a link to a customer’s prepaid credit that’s commonly stored on a gift card. The latest Apple devices come loaded with something called Passbook, which allows users to store electronic copies of flight boarding passes, movie and sports tickets, travel points and coupons. The next step is a technology called near field communication, a way to securely send data wirelessly, including payment information for purchases. CIBC took a small step in that direction this past year by starting to offer digital wallet services for its customers with NFC-capable BlackBerrys. Royal Bank signalled it will be following suit and you can expect other financial institutions will add their names to the list in 2013.Mobile e-commerce — shopping on a smartphone or tablet while on the go — is also expected to rise next year, although it may see somewhat slow growth in Canada. A poll commissioned by Google and released in May suggested only 20 per cent of Canadians had ever made a mobile purchase and only 16 per cent expected to boost their mobile shopping in the following year.A YEAR TO FORGETIt was a tough year of waiting for those holding out hope for Research in Motion as its BB10 operating system, the company’s last hope of staying alive in the smartphone space, was built up and prepped for an early 2013 release. Those who have had a sneak peek have suggested RIM has finally caught up and developed a slick mobile experience that may rival the iPhone and Android phones. But it doesn’t appear there are enough consumer-friendly bells and whistles to sway Apple fans and the company is instead expected to focus on re-establishing its dominance in the corporate market. Meanwhile, it was a stomach-churning roller coaster ride for stock holders who watched their investment cut in half from the start of the year to the summer, before rebounding in the fall. But just when it looked like the ride was over, the company’s latest earnings release spooked the market and prompted another steep stock decline of more than 20 per cent on Friday.It could’ve been a monster year for Microsoft — with the huge releases of its Windows 8 PC operating system, a new mobile phone operating system, and the new Surface tablet — but all hit the market without much fanfare. Windows 8 was panned as a confusing, unfocused user experience that left many users with a frustrating first impression. Windows Phone was better received, particularly for its fresh, new approach to displaying apps, photos and social media content on its home screen. But it hasn’t connected with the mass market yet. And despite a large marketing campaign, the first version of Microsoft’s Surface tablet managed to attract some early attention but failed to be seen as a real iPad rival. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Laurentians profit rises in first quarter to 355M loan losses increase

by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 5, 2014 7:54 am MDT MONTREAL – Laurentian Bank of Canada reported $35.5 million of net income in its fiscal first quarter, up eight per cent from a year earlier.The Montreal-based bank’s profit amounted to $1.16 per share, up from $1.07 per share or $32.8 million in 2013, before adjustments.Excluding some items, Laurentian’s adjusted earnings for the quarter ended Jan. 31 were $39.3 million or $1.29 per share. That compared with $39.1 million or $1.30 per share last year.Total revenue was up one per cent, rising to $216.1 million compared with $213.9 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2013.But the bank’s provision for loan losses increased by $2.5 million to $10.5 million in the first quarter, up from $8 million in the first quarter of 2013.“The increase in the first quarter of 2014 reflects a return to more normalized overall loan losses from the 2013 low levels,” the bank said in a news release.Laurentian, Canada’s eighth-largest bank by market capitalization, has its base in Quebec and a presence in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia. It has about 3,800 employees.Shares in Laurentian Bank were down 23 cents to $46.27 at noon.Desjardins analyst Michael Goldberg said that Laurentian’s results were in line with his expectations, but said the bank’s share price was “likely derailed by concerns about credit quality.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Laurentian’s profit rises in first quarter to $35.5M, loan losses increase A patron enters a Laurentian Bank on March 20, 2012 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson read more

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UN rights experts urge review of standards for treatment of prisoners

“It is very important to prohibit solitary confinement to some categories under no circumstances, like minors, people with mental disability, women – especially pregnant or feeding babies,” Juan E. Méndez, Special Rapporteur on torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, told journalists in New York. Mr. Méndez, who is among the independent experts at the UN Headquarters this month to brief the General Assembly’s main social, humanitarian and cultural body (Third Committee), added that even for people who do not fall within these categories, solitary confinement should never be indefinite and never prolonged.The Special Rapporteur also emphasized the need to extend the application of the UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners to all places of deprivation of liberty, including mental hospitals and police stations. “It is rather obvious that unless the Rules are revised, to adequately reflect the recent advances in international law and best practices, it is unlikely that penitentiary staff will look beyond what the current Rules require,” he underscored in a news release ahead of the briefing.He insisted that the Rules must contain guidelines for the proper, independent and impartial investigation of all incidents of torture or cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment in detention centres.In his briefing to the media, Mr. Méndez also highlighted standards for the investigation of every allegation of torture and cruel and degrading treatment. “The debate today shows what the standard should include after the review is widely shared and it’s no longer a matter for specialists, but it will in all likelihood include a concern for the human rights of people who are deprived of freedom,” the Special Rapporteur said. He added that he plans to visit Mexico, Thailand and possibly Georgia, in 2014, but also noted difficulty in trying to schedule visits to Bahrain, Guatemala and the United States, where he has asked to visit prisons in California, Colorado, New York, and Pennsylvania. Also addressing the media, Claudio Grossman, Chair of the UN Committee against Torture, who noted that only 154 of the 193 Member States have ratified the Convention against Torture.Journalists also heard from Malcolm Evans, Chair of Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture (SPT), the largest of the UN human rights treaty body.Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back, in an unpaid capacity, on specific human rights themes. read more

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Indianas big 3 dooms Ohio State mens basketball

It was clear who Indiana’s top three players were in its victory against Ohio State. The trio of Victor Oladipo, Cody Zeller and Christian Watford each scored more than 20 points (they combined for 70) to out-score the entire Buckeye team and fuel the top-ranked Hoosiers to an 81-68 victory Sunday at the Schottenstein Center. It was also clear who OSU’s best player was. Deshaun Thomas, as he has most of the season, led the Buckeyes in scoring with 26 points. But after Thomas, there appears to be a void as to who the Buckeyes can rely on a night-to-night basis offensively and, as Indiana showed, three scorers are better than one. “You’re not going to win too many games with three guys scoring over 20,” said junior guard Aaron Craft. Craft has emphasized all season the importance of winning at home, especially in conference play. The top-five teams in the Big Ten standings are separated by two games or less, and have lost a combined three home conference games. Indiana (21-3, 9-2) and OSU (17-6, 7-4) saw firsthand earlier in the week the challenges of winning on the road. OSU lost in overtime to No. 3 Michigan on Tuesday, and Indiana lost at the buzzer to unranked Illinois two days later. Zeller, a preseason All-American sophomore center, only shot six times in that loss, something the Hoosiers were ardent on improving against the Buckeyes. The Hoosiers fed their 7-footer early and often as he scored the game’s first bucket, had 12 points at halftime and finished with 24. “We really needed to get the ball in the paint,” said Indiana coach Tom Crean. “It was very important that the ball hit the paint because our statistics, when they hit the paint, are very high percentage-wise. We did the best job all of (our Big Ten games) of feeding the post today.” Perhaps more important, Zeller drew two early fouls on sophomore center Amir Williams, forcing him out of the game. Three Buckeye big men tried their luck against Zeller, but the three Buckeyes combined for five fouls in the first half and 10 for the game. Williams finished with four fouls, and senior forward Evan Ravenel fouled out. “Sometimes the refs are going to call it tight, sometimes the refs aren’t,” Ravenel said. “You can’t worry about it.” Indiana’s best option offensively was Oladipo, who matched Thomas’ effort with 26 points of his own on 8 of 10 shooting. In the first half’s waning minutes, the junior guard converted back-to-back acrobatic buckets, the last of which cam when he grabbed a loose ball, sprinted down the lane and finished with a high-flying, two-handed slam to give Indiana an eight-point advantage. Oladipo also grabbed eight rebounds and dished three assists. The Buckeyes took their first lead, 13-11, when Thomas connected on a 3-pointer from the wing, eliciting a roar from the sold-out crowd at the Schottenstein Center – some of which had been camping out in anticipation of the game since Wednesday. But Indiana, supported in part by two first-half 3-pointers from Watford, took a 41-33 lead into the locker room. Watford, a senior, hit four long balls on the day and finished with 20 points. Three free throws from Thomas drew OSU within four early in the second half, but as was the case for most of the game, Indiana answered with a run of its own as Oladipo sunk a 3-pointer at the 15:32 mark to extend the lead back to nine. The Buckeyes never got closer than seven for the rest of the game. “We’d make a run and they’d make a 5-0 run back at us and kept their composure,” Craft said. OSU coach Thad Matta agreed. “We couldn’t gain that momentum,” Matta said. “Unfortunately we didn’t guard them at the level we needed to guard them.” Indiana shot 59 percent in the second half and 53 percent for the game. OSU shot 42 percent. Thomas was the only Buckeye in double figures until below the 3:30 mark in the second half. Craft finished with 16 points and sophomore forward LaQuinton Ross added 11. The loss marks the end of a difficult week for OSU and broke the Buckeyes’ streak of 121 consecutive games without consecutive losses. Between Michigan and Indiana, the Buckeyes played two of the top three teams in the nation during a six-day span. “Typical week in our conference,” Craft said. “We got a few games left and every one of them is going to be a dog fight just like these were.” The Buckeyes play Northwestern Thursday at the Schottenstein Center at 7 p.m. and the Buckeyes like their chances for the rest of the season. “I feel as though we have the ability and the team and the personnel to beat those guys any day of the week going forward,” Ravenel said. read more

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Une nouvelle espèce de vers identifiée dans les profondeurs marines

first_imgUne nouvelle espèce de vers identifiée dans les profondeurs marinesUne nouvelle espèce de vers, de la famille des entéropneustes a récemment été identifiée dans les profondeurs marines, près de la dorsale médio-atlantique.Un physique singulier aux tonalités roses vives, voici comment pourrait être décrit ce ver récemment identifié au cours d’une expédition en haute mer. La créature, retrouvée à près de 2.700 mètres de profondeur au niveau de la dorsale médio-atlantique, fait partie des 12 nouvelles espèces découvertes dernièrement. Le spécimen a d’ores et déjà été affilié à la classe des entéropneustes, auparavant connue pour constituer un groupe homogène d’individus vivant en eaux peu profondes et appelés “fouisseurs”. “Les vers peuplant les eaux peu profondes sont à peu près tous les mêmes, contrairement à ceux vivant dans les profondeurs, qui ont dû modifier leur morphologie pour faire face aux défis imposés par leur environnement” indique au National Geographic, Karen Osborn, biologiste et évolutionniste, au Museum national d’histoire naturelle de Washington.Pour répondre aux conditions extrêmes de son milieu, le spécimen identifié a évolué vers une morphologie tout à fait particulière. Le haut de son corps présente une trompe composée de “lèvres” extrêmement développées et recouvertes de poils minuscules. Ces protubérances spécialisées lui permettent ainsi de capter plus facilement des particules alimentaires, assez rares dans ce type d’habitat. “De cette façon, il peut ramasser plus de particules en suspension et plus rapidement”, souligne la scientifique.Un mode de déplacement surprenantÀ lire aussiUn plongeur se fait attaquer par un lion de merA l’inverse de leurs semblables vivant à la surface, ces vers fouisseurs des profondeurs ne peuvent pas se permettre d’être passifs. Ils se déplacent ainsi constamment à la recherche de nourriture sur le sol marin, selon une trajectoire formée de cercles concentriques. “Ils se nourrissent des couches superficielles de sédiments, plus riches en nutriments” indique Karen Osborn.En outre, ces entéropneustes sont dotés de capacités de contrôle de leur flottaison, leur permettant d’évoluer dans les eaux jusqu’à 20 mètres au dessus du fond marin. Selon la spécialiste, ceux-ci utiliseraient leur contenu intestinal comme lest. Elle développe : “Ces vers vident leurs intestins des sédiments et des sables qu’ils contiennent afin d’en faire des ballons de muqueuse qui les aident à les faire décoller”.Le chaînon manquant de l’histoire évolutive?Selon les scientifiques, l’espèce nouvellement identifiée représenterait d’un point de vue évolutif, un véritable fossile vivant. Les études portées sur le spécimen pourraient ainsi dans le futur amener à comprendre le passage entre le groupe des invertébrés et l’apparition des premiers vertébrés. “Les entéropneustes appartiennent à un phylum qui est considéré comme le plus étroitement lié à la structure fondamentale du groupe des chordés qui comprend notamment les oiseaux, les poissons, les êtres humains, et beaucoup d’autres espèces de vertébrés” explique Karen Osborn. Elle conclut : “L’étude de ce groupe nous aide à comprendre ce à quoi ces premiers chordés ressemblaient”.Découvrez les images surprenantes de ce nouveau ver marin sur MaxisciencesLe 22 novembre 2011 à 14:01 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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JUSTIN BIEBER IN TURKS AND CAICOS FOR NEW YEAR

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Crown Land Motion by PDM demands better process Former US President Barack Obama Visits Turks and Caicos Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 02 Jan 2015 – Online reports say that Justin Bieber rang in the New Year in the Turks and Caicos. While there is speculation on who his lady friend might be, there appears to be more certainty on the fact that he is indeed in the TCI. Hailey Baldwin is reported as the blonde beauty with whom Bieber, the Grammy Award winning recording artist from Canada is jet skiing with in published photos. The Inquisitr.com says: “Social media posts reveal the singer and model, daughter of actor Stephen Baldwin, have been joined on their island break by pal, videographer Alfredo Flores, Hailey’s sister Alaia, engineer Josh Gudwin, producer Julian Swirsky and the Biebs’ mom, Pattie Mallette. The presence of Gudwin and Swirsky suggests the “Confident” star will spend some of his time working, most likely on his new album which arrives in 2015.” Related Items:hailey baldwin, justin bieber, new year, turks and caicos Hurricane Hit Territories Labelled “Too Wealthy” for British Aidlast_img read more

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ASA Soybean Marketing and Production College—Maximizing Your OnFarm Profit

first_imgWeed management and herbicide resistance issues, new precision ag technologies in production, global sustainability requirements to meet world soybean demand and many other issues are all having an impact on soybean farmers’ profitability. ASA created the new Soybean Marketing and Production College to educate soybean producers on how to capitalize on these growing trends and new technologies to maximize on-farm profitability.The event will take place on July 30 in Minneapolis.The Soybean Marketing and Production College will feature a keynote presentation from Matt Roberts of Ohio State University, who will provide a grain market situation and biofuels outlook.Attendees will also have the ability to attend three intensive, hands-on workshops where growers will dig deep down on the following breakout session topics:Develop an integrated weed management plan for your farm to maximize profitabilityThe U.S. Soy Sustainability Pledge to the worldUtilizing precision agriculture to maximize yieldsIn addition there will be a special presentation for all attendees on succession planning.For more information and to register, go to https://soygrowers.com/learn/soy-marketing-production-college/.last_img read more

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Missingplane inquiry turns focus to the 239 people on board

first_imgBEIJING — Like an Agatha Christie whodunit, the investigation of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is now focusing on a finite circle of suspects: the 227 passengers and 12 crew members of the missing plane.While loath to call it a hijacking, Malaysian officials say they believe someone on the plane with expertise in the navigational and communications systems of the Boeing 777 diverted it from its Kuala Lumpur-to-Beijing flight path.“In view of this latest development, Malaysian authorities have refocused their investigation into the crew and passengers on board,” Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said at a news conference Saturday. But, he said, “despite media reports that the plane was hijacked, I wish to be very clear we are still investigating all possibilities for what led … Flight 370 to deviate from its flight path.”‘Failed hijacking’?U.S. investigators renewed their background checks on the passengers and crew Saturday.They have turned up no evidence of any “traditional” Islamic terrorist link to the plane’s disappearance. But they remain intrigued about who might have diverted the jumbo jet westward from its planned course.“This is feeling like kind of a failed hijacking,” a federal law enforcement official said anonymously.The official said U.S. authorities theorized that once the plane was diverted toward the Indian Ocean, it was flown erratically at high altitudes in an attempt to depressurize the cabin and render the passengers unconscious. “That could have neutralized any threat from them to take the plane back,” he said.last_img read more

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Like It Or Not Drones Will Soon Be Buzzing Overhead

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » March 16, 2016 The federal government and private partners still have lots of work to do to integrate drone aircraft into the national airspace system, but the process is moving faster than many skeptics thought possible, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said this week.Huerta joined several government and industry representatives Monday for a panel to discuss the future of unmanned aviation at SXSW Interactive. The FAA chief announced that his agency’s unmanned aircraft system (UAS) registration system for private drone operators has seen the number of registrants swell from about 180,000 hobbyists in January to nearly 400,000 in mid-March.To put that in perspective, there are about 320,000 aircraft registered in the FAA’s decades-old manned registry, Huerta said.The FAA also released the Android version of its B4UFLY app, which drone pilots can use to determine if it’s safe to fly in specific locations. An iOS version of the app was already available, and Huerta said the FAA is now making its B4UFLY app available as an open-source platform “available to the public for innovators to build on.””Aviation and aerospace has always been about how do we innovate but also how do we collaborate,” he said. “Today, we’ve made progress on important rules, as well as with our No Drone Zone campaigns for the Pope’s visit and the Super Bowl, and with our micro-drone committee.”The FAA’s MicroUAS aviation rulemaking committee is scheduled to deliver recommendations for regulating unmanned aircraft weighing under 55 pounds to the agency by April 1, he said. Huerta said the regulatory framework would be “technology neutral.” That is, it will be based on how aircraft “meet certain standards of performance” regardless of how they achieve those levels, rather than a traditional framework built solely around weight and technology specifications.”No single thing we’re doing constitutes a silver bullet. Rather, we’re creating a growing toolbox for integrating drones into the national airspace,” he said.Despite delays, Huerta said the FAA has achieved all of this in just six months since kicking off an aggressive new program to integrate drones into a regulatory framework, counter to predictions by skeptics that the process would be mired in “task force”-style bureaucratic meanderings for a much longer time.What does the future hold?The FAA chief was joined in a panel by representatives of NASA, Intel, PrecisionHawk, and Aerobo. All offered their takes on the many ways various industries and society itself could be changed by the maturation of commercial unmanned aircraft, and in particular by micro-drones. Predictions ranged from the reshaping of transport and delivery via autonomous aircraft to the potential rise of a brand-new speed sport, drone racing.Diana Marina Cooper of PrecisionHawk, a maker of remote sensing applications and data processing services used to map safe flying routes for drones, suggested “voting by drone” — cast a vote, send it off via drone — and pointed to the use of remote-controlled aircraft to inspect crops and gather agricultural data.Aerobo’s Jon Ollwerther described how his company is helping change the way news is gathered with its customized, flying media-gathering platforms. “What’s going to happen is that the extraordinary is going to become commonplace,” Ollwerther said. “Nobody thinks about an ambulance on the street today, but it was extraordinary thing 100, 150 years ago. Now we’re seeing people get used to having drones do media gathering, whereas it was a novelty just a few years ago.”Intel’s Jacqueline Lewis noted that drones were being pressed into search-and-rescue operations, “like when a hiker gets lost in the wilderness or after an avalanche.” She talked up Intel’s RealSense technology, which is being used to help drones avoid collisions, and which the chip giant demonstrated at CES earlier this year.Meanwhile, John Cavolowsky, director of NASA’s Airspace Operations and Safety Program, guessed that the development of new applications for micro-drones will flower in many different areas, seemingly all at once. “It won’t be a linear development for little drones, but an emergence. We’ll see many applications with true public benefit, in areas like safety, security, and health matters,” he said. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. This story originally appeared on PCMag 4 min readlast_img read more

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