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Investor Alert for Venture Pro Trader

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first_imgThe Nova Scotia Securities Commission is alerting investors that Venture Pro Trader is not registered to sell securities in Nova Scotia. At least one Nova Scotia investor was contacted directly by a representative of this company who was attempting to sell them gold options. The commission urges Nova Scotians to exercise extreme caution when dealing with firms that are not registered in Nova Scotia. It is illegal to solicit investments in Nova Scotia without registering with the commission and complying with Nova Scotia securities laws. To see if a company or person is registered, you can check the Canadian Securities Administrators’ National Registration Search athttp://www.securities-administrators.ca/nrs/nrsearch.aspx?id=850 To report a scam go to http://nssc.novascotia.ca/recognize-and-report-scam The Nova Scotia Securities Commission is the provincial government agency responsible for regulating the investment industry in the province. -30-last_img read more

Back with a bang

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first_imgMaking an indelible mark as one of India’s greatest women athletes, PV Sindhu created history after clinching her first Badminton World Federation’s (BWF) title. For the past two years, Sindhu had reached the World Championship finals on two occasions, only for Nozomi Okuhara (2017) and Carolina Marin (2018) to prevent her from taking the last leap. Shining atop the podium, third-time lucky Sindhu finally grabbed her place in just 38 minutes of play. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhHaving lost this title to the same opponent two years back in Glasgow in a 110 minute epic finale, Sindhu came on top this time, eliminating Okuhara in 38 minutes with a telling score of 21-7 21-7. A dominating and ruthless performance by Sindhu forced critics to chew upon their comments on her inability to deliver in finals of major tournaments. Now, she is the first Indian shuttler to claim the world championship. She is often under scrutiny for choking in big matches, having already lost the previous two BWF finals and also a historic gold at Rio Olympics. This win came as a huge sigh of relief, bringing confidence in her way ahead. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”This is my answer to the people who have asked me questions over and over. I just wanted to answer with my racket and with this win – that’s all,” Sindhu was quoted saying to BWF’s official website. “I felt really bad after the first World Championships final and last year, I was angry, I was sad. I went through all my emotions, asking ‘Sindhu, why can’t you get this one match?’ but today I came and I told myself to play my game and not worry – and it worked out,” she added. Chief national coach Pullela Gopichand informed the media that there was no special or different kind of preparation for this year’s final, considering the epic final the two players were involved in two years ago in Glasgow. The gold is her fifth medal at the World Championships, making her the joint highest medal-winner in women’s singles in the World Championships history with former Chinese Olympic champion Zhang Ning, who too won an identical one gold, two silver and two bronze. Hopefully, this tournament has paved the way for the best. With Sindhu reaching her prime form, she is at that stage of her career where expectations will undoubtedly be high. As the Tokyo Olympics is right around the corner, all eyes will be on Sindhu to deliver India a long-awaited gold medal. This win will surely bolster her and the camp’s confidence to go on and dominate the sport in the years to come. Most importantly, she won the battle against the demons within herself.last_img read more

Premiers forge ahead with Indigenous meeting despite boycott by three groups

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first_imgEDMONTON – Canada’s premiers met with a reduced group of Indigenous leaders Monday after three national bodies — including the Assembly of First Nations — boycotted the event.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said work was done discussing issues such as the socioeconomic challenges for Indigenous women and the state of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.“I think we reached agreement and a fairly shared common purpose on these issues, and I think we’ll see some good work coming out of it,” Notley told reporters.She and the leaders of Canada’s provinces and territories met with National Chief Robert Bertrand of Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, and Francyne Joe, president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada.Referring to the absentees, Notley said, “Although we regret that they were not here today, we are fully committed to engaging with these leaders face-to-face around a common table.“We are also steadfast in our resolve to making progress on issues that are critically important to Indigenous people.”Earlier Monday, the heads of the Assembly of First Nations, the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and the Metis National Council announced in Toronto they were boycotting the meeting to draw attention to their bid for “full and meaningful inclusion” in the larger annual gathering of provincial and territorial leaders known as the Council of the Federation.Perry Bellegarde, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, said Canada’s Indigenous Peoples are not just another special interest group and won’t stand to be treated as such.“We’re not ethnic minorities. We are Indigenous Peoples with the right to self-determination, because we have our own lands, we have our own laws, we have our own languages, we have our own identifiable peoples and we have our identifiable forms of government,” he said.Though the groups have met with the premiers in the past, they said long-standing issues have come to a head in the last year, particularly when contrasted with the federal government’s more inclusive approach.“Unless we start taking a stand, they’re not going to really listen to us,” said Clement Chartier, president of the Metis National Council.Back in Edmonton, Bertrand declined to say what he thought of the boycott decision, but said it’s in the best interests of the people he represents to meet the premiers face-to-face.“It was well worth our while to have been present here,” said Bertrand.“Mainly for having made connections with all the premiers of the provinces. This way if in the future there are any problems, you can pick up the phone and discuss it with either the premier or with another person who will be able to help us.”Joe echoed those remarks: “My membership expects me to do whatever I can to discuss the issues that are affecting our women.“We hope that the others will join us at some point so that we can work together to address these issues.”New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant said it’s unfortunate that the process of how best to meet detracts from a focus on improving the lives of aboriginal people.“Process can be very important, but at the end of the day it’s only important because we’re all trying to achieve results that will improve the quality of life of Indigenous people,” said Gallant.The premiers meet Tuesday and Wednesday in the Alberta capital for the summer meeting of the Council of the Federation.B.C. premier-designate John Horgan is being sworn in Tuesday and therefore is not attending.— With files from Paola Loriggio in Torontolast_img read more

Mahinda fires back at Maithripala rejects allegations

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President Maithripala Sirisena had yesterday written to Rajapaksa saying he will not be made Prime Minister even if the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) gets the number of seats required in Parliament to form the next Government.In a letter to Rajapaksa, President Sirisena, who is also the chairman of the UPFA, said that a senior member of the SLFP who has not been the Prime Minister before, should be made the new Prime Minister in a UPFA Government. He also noted that he handed over the chairmanship of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) to Sirisena a few days after he lost the Presidential elections in January this year. Rajapaksa urged Sirisena to respect the wishes of the people following the Parliamentary elections the way he respected the wishes of the people in January after the Presidential election. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today fired back at President Maithripala Sirisena, rejecting some of the allegations mentioned in a letter the President had sent Rajapaksa yesterday.Rajapaksa, in his short letter, said that he returned to politics based on a request made by the public and several party members. President Sirisena urged Rajapaksa to support senior SLFP members like Nimal Siripala de Silva, John Seniviratne, Chamal Rajapaksa, Athauda Seniviratne, A.H.M. Fowzie, Susil Premjayantha, or Anura Priyadharshana Yapa to be appointed the next Prime Minister.He reminded Rajapaksa that even when the Parliamentary elections were declared he had advised Rajapaksa not to contest the election.The President accused Rajapaksa of working with vengeance and malice and not with a good heart, despite what he attempts to portray to the public. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Choral series continues Saturday

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The latest installation of the Viva Voce choral series features Harris Loewen with Brock’s choirs on Saturday, Nov. 27.Loewen, a choral conductor and associate professor in the Department of Music, will lead the choirs through the Saturday evening performance “We Are the Music Makers.”Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students and $5 for children 13 and under. Tickets are available from the Centre for the Arts box office in person or by calling 905-688-5550 x3257.The performance will be at St. Thomas Anglican Church, 99 Ontario St.

BCs economy to grow in 2017 but regional divide exists credit union

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by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 15, 2016 10:20 am MDT B.C.’s economy to grow in 2017, but regional divide exists: credit union AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VANCOUVER – A B.C. credit union says Vancouver, Victoria and Kelowna will lead the province in economic growth next year while other regions of the province will grow slowly.Central 1 Credit Union says housing prices in Victoria and Kelowna will stabilize in 2017 after big price jumps this year. Metro Vancouver is expected to show what it describes as a “modest” decline in median home values of four per cent.The economic region in Kootenay will see mild growth and unemployment stuck at about eight per cent.Central 1 says the trend of lost jobs and declining population in the Cariboo might stop but won’t reverse through 2018.The north coast and Nechako will continue to lose population and experience weak employment growth.Bryan Yu, the credit union’s senior economist, says the province’s economy remains on a “solid footing.”“Economic activity will continue to be underpinned by solid consumer spending, but growth will be curtailed by lower employment growth and weaker housing activity.”He forecasts GDP growth to fall to 2.3 per cent in 2017, while the growth in employment will slow to 1.1 per cent after a surge this year.The credit union says the province’s mixed growth prospects mean the continuation of a regional economic divide, with the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island and Kelowna driving the economy.“In contrast, the economic cycle outside these markets will remain tempered with still challenging conditions in the economy,” Yu said in a news release on Thursday. “Weak commodity-related investment, closer reliance on Alberta’s oil economy and subdued global growth will continue to constrain economic activity.”Yu also warned that uncertainty surrounding a new softwood lumber agreement and the “likelihood” of tariffs is a risk for lumber production.“For the province as a whole through 2018, consumer demand will largely be driven by population growth, which is forecast to remain at a modest 1.2 per cent a year,” Yu said. “International immigration is forecast to rise given higher federal immigration targets, while a relatively stronger economy will continue to attract workers from other regions of the country.”The Canadian Federation of Independent Business said Thursday that B.C. was leading the country in the number of jobs that stood vacant in the third quarter at 3.5 per cent, the highest it has been since early 2008. read more

Jim Harbaugh reported to be Michigan head coach

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Then-San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh before an NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Dec. 15, 2013.Credit: Courtesy of TNSThe Michigan Wolverine football program is set to welcome back one of its own.Former Wolverines quarterback and San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh has been selected as the next head football coach at Michigan, according to multiple reports.Harbaugh, a Toledo native, played quarterback for the Wolverines from 1983 to 1986, starting in his final three seasons under then-coach Bo Schembechler and amassing 5,449 yards and 31 touchdowns over his college career.Following a 14-year NFL career with the Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens and San Diego Chargers, Harbaugh worked as an assistant for his father, Jack, who was the head football coach at Western Kentucky University, before working as an assistant for the Oakland Raiders and ultimately landing his first head coaching job at the University of San Diego.From San Diego, Harbaugh was named head coach at Stanford in 2007, leading the Cardinal to its first 11-win season in 2010.After four years in Palo Alto, Calif., Harbaugh became the head coach of the 49ers in 2011 and led them to Super Bowl XLVII in 2012 — a game which the 49ers lost to the Baltimore Ravens, coached by Harbaugh’s brother, John.After an 8-8 finish to the 2014 season, it was reported that Harbaugh and the 49ers were ready for a mutual departure, which led to Harbaugh’s return to Ann Arbor, Mich.Harbaugh is set to be welcomed back to Michigan as its next football coach on Tuesday during the Wolverines’ basketball game against Illinois, according to reports. read more

Kids Love The World Chess Championship — Even The Draws

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Twelve-year-old Aidan and his 10-year-old sister, Sarah, live in Brooklyn and took the subway to the match. Aidan was a Carlsen fan, too — he didn’t really have a reason, but he respected Carlsen’s popularity and that he has an app. “As you can see, Magnus Carlsen is down a pawn, and I’m wondering what’s gonna happen next,” Aidan told me between frequent neck-wrenching glances back to the screen where the game was being shown. I asked him to make a prediction. “Oh, I wouldn’t do that,” he said.Sarah admitted that Aidan was the stronger player but said that she’s catching up. Who is her favorite chess player? “I’d have to say probably not one of those people,” she said, gesturing toward the screen. “I like female chess players.”David Brodsky, 14, came in from Westchester County and was standing in the cafe with his mom, watching the game unfold on an iPad. He learned to play chess “a long time ago” and is now ranked fourth in his age category in the U.S. “I don’t think it’s going exactly according to plan for Carlsen,” he said. “I was surprised he didn’t win Games 3 and 4.” This was Brodsky’s first time at the match, but he’d been watching on the internet: “I think I’m rooting for Carlsen this match. I don’t want some boring draw.”At the postgame press conference, another kid, maybe 10, asked if it was “weird” that the two grandmasters were drawing every game. The crowd laughed.“It’s quite normal that games end in a draw, even when there is a fight,” Carlsen told him. “But, yeah, it is unusual that every single game has been drawn. But I don’t necessarily think it will happen from now on. We’ll see.”Game 8 begins Monday afternoon. I’ll be covering the rest of the games here and on Twitter. The line to enter the World Chess Championship venue in lower Manhattan on Sunday afternoon snaked around a plaza in the South Street Seaport. Winter had arrived in New York that morning. Temperatures hovered in the 30s, a stiff wind blew under a gray sky, and a giant Christmas tree stood half-decorated nearby. The shivering sellout crowd was anxious to get inside. They wanted to warm up — and to see someone win a game of chess already.One out of two ain’t bad. The two grandmasters they were there to see agreed to a draw after just over two hours and 33 moves of a largely forgettable Game 7 in the best-of-12 match.With Sunday’s result, this year’s championship is quickly becoming the Groundhog Day Match: All seven games so far have been draws. The race to 6.5 points and chess’s highest title is now knotted at 3.5-3.5.1Wins are worth 1 point, draws are worth half a point for each player, and losses are worth 0 points. If the match is tied after 12 games, four relatively speedy tiebreaker games will be played on Nov. 30. Each player would get 25 minutes for his moves. Despite a few promising chances, the defending champion and world No. 1, Magnus Carlsen of Norway, has yet to break through the brick walls erected by his challenger, Sergey Karjakin of Russia. Karjakin earned a minor victory of another kind Sunday, however. Thanks to this series of draws, he improved his world ranking from ninth to seventh in the ratings, leapfrogging the American Hikaru Nakamura and former world champion Viswanathan Anand of India.At least Sunday’s opening offered something new. Karjakin, playing as white, began by pushing his queen’s pawn forward two squares, and Carlsen returned the favor. Karjakin then pushed a pawn up to join the other on the left, deploying what’s known as the Queen’s Gambit. In this strategy, white offers one of its pawns as sacrifice to black, in exchange for control of the center of the board and promising attacking chances. In this game, Carlsen declined to take the pawn, instead moving one of his own up a square. Declining the Queen’s Gambit like this is called the Slav Defense. The Slav looks like this: The Norwegian slid his rook in the corner over two squares to c8, hoping to get it involved in the fight. But the Russian sparked a calculated volley of captures to his advantage. First, he put black in check by moving his knight to f6, revealing his bishop along the long diagonal in the process. Then all hell broke loose. In quick succession: bishop took knight, bishop took bishop, bishop took rook, bishop took knight, bishop retreated, bishop took rook, queen took queen, rook took queen, rook took bishop. When the dust settled, the board was decimated, and a mass grave of boxwood pieces lay at its side. Karjakin then quietly took Carlsen’s black pawn on a6, coming out of the skirmish ahead.But in the end, the one pawn advantage just wasn’t enough firepower. Karjakin won the battle but drew the war. According to the database of chessgames.com, Carlsen had played the Slav just four times before as black, winning only once. Perhaps he’d cooked up some Norwegian Slavic magic in his chess lab back in Oslo.With Carlsen’s 10th move, the two grandmasters found themselves deep in the wilderness, in a position that had been seen only three times before in top play, per the ChessBase database. Had Carlsen unleashed a secret weapon?The position may have been rare, but the computer engine Stockfish saw the balance of the game as quite even. The only real tactical eyebrows were raised an hour or so later, on Move 16, when Carlsen (black) faced this position: This world championship match has been visited by more than its fair share of problems and scandal: a world chess official’s troublesome Syrian ties, hacking fears, applications for restraining orders, expensive tickets and monotonous results.The chess kids in New York didn’t seem to care.On Sunday, the venue was lively, and in many areas, the floor was littered with backpacks, sodas, snacks, chess boards, chess pieces and cross-legged children.One, sitting in the front row of a cafe viewing area, was poring over a copy of “Carlsen: Move by Move” as if it were a holy text. (The 25-year-old Magnus, who became a grandmaster at 13, was a favorite with the younger set.) A contingent from P.S. 166’s Manhattan Knights chess team giggled nearby. Mothers and fathers watched admiringly over speed chess games, their children sitting on their knees to reach the pieces.Logan, 8, and his friend Kai, 8, were spread out on the floor in the back of the viewing hall, re-creating the grandmasters’ game using a board of their own. They came from the Bronx and elsewhere in Manhattan to watch.“Magnus is my favorite player who’s living, but he’s not my favorite,” Logan told me between potato chips. “My favorite is Bobby Fischer. He made some amazing moves, and I looked over some of his games. There were some interesting moves, and Magnus also made some interesting moves so far.” (Fischer grew up in Brooklyn.) Early on in Sunday’s game, Logan thought Carlsen might have the better position, but he and Kai foresaw a draw. Bobby Fischer at a chess tournament in New York at age 13. Bettmann / Getty Images read more

Scouting OSU spearing the Spartans

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Michigan State quarterback Tyler O’Connor passes the ball during the Spartans game against Eastern Michigan on Sept. 20, 2014. The Spartans beat the Eagles 73-14. Credit: Courtesy of TNSTell me if you heard this before. The Ohio State Buckeyes and the Michigan State Spartans do battle with one hoping to continue its push towards a national championship. This seems to be the theme when OSU coach Urban Meyer meets Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio late in the season.Despite Sparty’s 3-7 overall and 1-6 Big Ten record, the motif of win-or-go-home motivates the No. 2 Buckeyes in the heart of the College Football Playoff discussion.The back-and-forth blows by the Scarlet and Gray and the Green and White have built the matchup as one of the year’s most anticipated games each season. For the past three years, the winner of the Big Ten battle has altered college football’s national landscape.In 2015, one celebratory windmill at a time, Michigan State then-junior kicker Michael Geiger triggered tears in the eyes of OSU fans after hitting the game-winning field goal as time expired. This year OSU finds itself in the same spot, but determined to keep its season alive.“(We) just want to beat Michigan State,”  Meyer said. “It means a lot.”OffenseThe Spartans offense has a much different look in 2016 than it did a season ago. No Connor Cook under center, no Aaron Burbridge or Macgarrett Kings at wide receiver and no Jack Conklin on the esteemed offensive line highlight the amount of talent that departed from an offense that returned just four starters.Senior quarterback Tyler O’Connor — a name that might be familiar to Ohio State — is the starter. O’Connor played for the injured Cook last season against OSU and controlled the offense enough to dethrone the Buckeyes from the undefeated ranks and destroy OSU’s chance at a second straight national title.This year, O’Connor hasn’t lit up the stat sheet, but he remains in the top half of the Big Ten in passing efficiency. The senior from Lima, Ohio, is completing more than 61 percent of his passes, but averages less than 200 yards passing per game. His favorite target is senior wide receiver R.J. Shelton. The Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, native has reeled in 47 passes this season for 710 yards and five touchdowns. He averages just under five receptions per game and is averaging more than 15 yards per catch. Shelton is O’Connor’s most targeted wide receiver on passes 20 yards or more.“As a coach, there’s always concern,” said co-defensive coordinator Greg Schiano. “When you put the tape on and I watch (Michigan State’s) explosive play reel and it’s 30 plays of passes alone, you’re talking three explosives a game. If that happens to you, that could be 21 points.”In the running game, another Ohio native, L.J. Scott from Hubbard, leads the Spartan backfield with 775 yards and five touchdowns. Statistically, the Spartans rank 67th in the nation in total offense, which plays right into the hands of OSU, which is ranked third in the nation in scoring defense.“They go deep into their roster and got some outstanding football players,” Dantonio said on Tuesday regarding OSU’s defense. “They run and tackle very effectively.”DefenseOSU had its single worst offensive output with Meyer on the sidelines last season against Michigan State. OSU gained just 132 total yards in an abysmal performance that caused former running back Ezekiel Elliott to call out the coaching staff for only getting 12 carries, just four in the second half. However, to credit Michigan State, the Spartans’ front seven always present a physical challenge to the Buckeyes.“Even when we won 49-37 two years ago, you walk away from that game saying, ‘wow, that was physical,’” said redshirt junior guard Billy Price. “You have to respect those guys. They’re cut from the same fabric we are.”The biggest departure from the 2015 Michigan State defense that won the Big Ten was three-time, second-team All-American Shilique Calhoun. Now playing for the Oakland Raiders, Calhoun had been an integral part of a defense that made it difficult on Price and the rest of the offensive line.However, junior defensive lineman Malik McDowell is still on the Spartans’ defensive front, and requires a great deal of attention from opposing teams. McDowell sat out last week’s game with an injury and Dantonio said that either McDowell will either be starting or won’t play on Saturday.The Spartans rank sixth in the Big Ten and 30th in the country in total defense. Junior linebacker Chris Frey leads their defense with 81 tackles and will play with a chip on his shoulder, having grown up down the street from OSU in Upper Arlington.OSU redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett said that to have success against the Spartans this year, the offense will need to pick up yardage on first and second downs.“First down, (we) weren’t getting positive yardage and were playing behind the chains and weren’t able to get in rhythm,” he said.Barrett’s breakout game came against Michigan State in 2014 when he threw for 300 yards and accounted for five total touchdowns. He said  the preparation for that game enabled his success.“I think we were playing well as a team and we knew we were the underdogs in that game so we wanted to come out, play hard for each other and it came to be a good game for us, especially offensively,” Barrett said.BreakdownThe 2016 Spartans have been the biggest bust in the Big Ten this season. They started the conference season ranked in the top 10 and quickly plummeted down the rankings with seven consecutive losses.Despite all that, Meyer sees a team that is still capable of pulling off a colossal upset.“(They’re) extremely dangerous,” Meyer said. “As well-coached as any team in the country.”Barrett and the offense are playing at a very high level at the right time of the season and are going into East Lansing with a lot of confidence. OSU scored 60-plus points in two straight games for the first time since 1996. On paper, Ohio State should dominate the game on both sides of the ball. If history says anything about the two teams, the game will be decided in the late stages of the game. However, expect OSU to roll through this one pretty handily.Score: Ohio State 41-16 read more

Deep designs

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Last week in Perth, the Australian Institute of Architects gave its highest national award for public architecture to Fender Katsalidis Architects, the celebrated practice that has been responsible for some of the most iconic high-rise buildings in Australia. But this time Nonda Katsalidis was heading in a different direction. MONA – the Museum of Old and New Art and the largest privately funded museum in Australia was designed in collaboration with its founder, the eccentric art collector David Walsh. MONA’s very existence is based upon presenting antiquities and contemporary art from Walsh’s collection. As a self-made millionaire, Walsh set out with MONA to subvert the very notion of what an art museum is. The multi-million dollar gallery opened its doors in January 2011 and two of its exhibits give a taste of its distinctive content. One of its key works, Cloaca Professional, by Belgian artist Wim Delvoye is a machine based upon the human digestive system, which relieves itself at regular intervals, producing excrement.Another work exhibited last year was by Greek-born artist Jannis Kounellis; Untitled comprised a steel frame from which joints of beef hung that slowly decayed. Carved out of a vast sandstone escarpment along the Derwent River, MONA’s giant subterranean sandstone walls provide the backdrop for the often provocative exhibits. Its 6500 square-metre underground gallery space has no windows and extends over three levels. Arriving by ferry from Hobart, the museum’s jetty transforms into a flight of steps cut into the escarpment. According to Walsh, the inspiration for the steps was the path to the temple on the summit of the Greek island of Naxos. MONA drew 600,000 visitors in its first 18 months and won the 2012 Australian Tourism Award for best new development. David Walsh, who made his fortune by developing gambling systems, has described the museum as a “subversive adult Disneyland”. Australian Institute of Architects’ jury chairman Brian Zulaikha praised MONA’s temple-like structure. “This beautiful, poetic and still very functional museum is imposing but it’s not unfriendly. You feel like you’re entering a new world of art.” Nonda Katsalidis told reporters that whilst he had been initially “daunted by the personality of David Walsh, who has got very strong ideas …it had been a pleasure to work with him”. “This museum has actually struck a chord and we’ve won lots of awards for all the participants – the lighting , engineering, and the graphics have won awards. It is very satisfying when the whole team gets this sort of pat on the back,” said Katsalidis. Known for their distinctive sculptural quality, Katsalidis’ buildings often feature diverse materials and textures such as exposed steel left to weather or rough-hewn timber. Nonda Katsalidis is one of Australia’s foremost architects. Born in Athens in 1951 he migrated to Australia as a five-year-old. A graduate of Melbourne University and RMIT, his cutting edge high-rise tower designs have won many awards in Australia and overseas. He established his practice with fellow architect Karl Fender in 1996. Katsalidis is also a developer of some of Australia’s tallest residential buildings such as Melbourne’s Eureka Tower which he also designed.last_img read more

Survey of needs has data to mine

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first_imgIn 2013, when Clark County surveyed low-income households about their top needs, dental care was a big priority and housing was rated more middle-of-the-pack.“It was a need, but it wasn’t a high need. It wasn’t a crisis at that point,” said Rebecca Royce, program coordinator at Clark County Community Services.Fast-forward to last summer, when 1,165 households took the confidential Low-Income Needs Survey: food, utility assistance, employment services and housing rose to the top. There is nuance within each of those needs. With housing, some people need help paying rent. Others seek help covering move-in costs, and some people are trying to repair their credit.Every three years, the county has to conduct the survey, which helps shape funding decisions. The survey looks at how many people report having specific needs and how they rank those needs.The survey is a requirement from the federal government for administering Community Services Block Grant funding, of which Clark County gets about $450,000 annually. The 2016 survey, included in the more detailed Community Needs Assessment, will direct 2019, 2020 and 2021 funding.Each time the survey is conducted, Royce said, county workers try to refine it and are focusing on getting more accurate, thorough data. Last summer, they got responses from people living in every ZIP code in the county.last_img read more

Richarlison gets first Brazil callup

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first_imgEverton winger Richarlison has finally had his dream come true as he has been drafted into the Brazilian national due to Pedro’s injury.Richarlison, 21, has always been keen on playing for his national team but was gutted when he missed out from the recent squad list.When the national team was announced on the day before the Blues took on Southampton, he was not in the squad and his disappointment was palpable in interviews.However, an injury to Pedro over the weekend has now opened the door for the 21-year-old, and he has been officially named to the team that will take on the United States national team (USMNT) on Friday 7th September and El Salvador four days later.Richarlison, do Everton, está convocado e vai assumir a vaga de Pedro, desconvocado por lesão. Bem-vindo! #SeleçãoBrasileira #GigantesPorNatureza pic.twitter.com/soKgWIi2TZ— CBF Futebol (@CBF_Futebol) August 27, 2018Neymar, BrazilNeymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.Speaking to outlet UOL Esporte after missing a call-up the first time, Richarlison said –“I was really looking forward to the call for Friday. I watched with great anticipation, but unfortunately, it was not this time.“I can not say why [I have not been called], there are 24 names and it’s difficult for the coach to choose, I’ll keep working to be on the next list.“I feel more prepared, I already know the rhythm and style of the Premier League, which helps me on the way to the achievements. I want to be the top scorer of the league, take Everton back to the Champions League and therefore reach the Brazilian national team.”Richarlison is suspended for the Blues next three games after being sent off over the weekend.last_img read more

Employee Benefits Awards 2016 deadline fast approaches

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first_imgThe deadline for entries for the Employee Benefits Awards 2016 is fast approaching.Submit your entries by 29 January to be in with a chance to gain recognition for your benefits achievements.The annual Employee Benefits Awards provide employers with an opportunity to gain recognition for their benefits achievements. There are 23 categories to enter, ranging from pensions and healthcare to voluntary and motivational benefits, and everything in between, so make sure your organisation or clients are in the running.Each year the awards categories are reviewed to ensure they are in line with the latest market trends, resulting in the creation of three new categories for 2016: Best use of benefits technology; Best healthcare communications; Best benefits strategy for a multi-generational workforce.The well-established event will give 2015’s winners a chance to defend their titles, while new entrants and those previously shortlisted will have the opportunity to demonstrate why they should be the recipient of a coveted Employee Benefits Award in 2016.Entries can relate to new initiatives launched in 2015, as well as to those launched prior to 2015 if it is clear how the success of longer-running schemes relates to recent strategy developments and quantifiable achievements.There will also be an award for the Employee Benefits professional of the year. Email your nominations to eb.editorial@centaur.co.uk.The awards process will culminate in the much-anticipated Employee Benefits Awards and Summer Party, which will be held on Friday 3 June 2016 at the Artillery Gardens at the HAC.For more information and to enter, visit: www.employeebenefitsawards.co.uk.last_img read more

TPR to prosecute Stotts Tours Oldham for pensions autoenrolment failure

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first_imgThe Pensions Regulator (TPR) is to prosecute bus services organisation Stotts Tours Oldham and its managing director for failing to automatically enrol 36 employees into a workplace pension.The Greater Manchester-based organisation and managing director Alan Stott have been summoned to appear at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on 4 October 2017 to face eight charges of wilfully failing to comply with the organisation’s duties under the Pensions Act 2008.Stotts Tours Oldham has been accused of not complying with section 45 of the Pensions Act 2008, which states that employers must make prescribed arrangements by which employees become active members of an automatic-enrolment pension scheme. Alan Stott has been accused of failing to comply with section 46 of the Act, by either consenting or conniving in the organisation’s offence, or allowing the offence to be committed by neglect.The maximum sentence that can be delivered in a magistrates’ court for this form of non-compliance is an unlimited fine. If a case were to be heard in a crown court, the maximum sentence that can be applied is two years’ imprisonment.This is the first time that TPR has launched a prosecution for these offences.Stotts Tours Oldham was unavailable for comment at the time of publication.last_img read more

Lab Results Pending for Oily Seals Harvested Off St Lawrence Island

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first_imgSheffield and Ahmasuk are asking anyone who sees potentially oiled wildlife to contact them immediately. (Photo: Jenn Ruckel, KNOM. Flier courtesy of Gay Sheffield)Two seals recently harvested off Gambell were found coated with a dark oily substance. While the hunters on St. Lawrence Island believe it was oil on the animals’ coats, testing done by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has not confirmed that.“They tested the flipper samples that were sent in from each seal—a front flipper. And there was no petroleum product on the flippers that were tested,” said Gay Sheffield, Marine Advisory Program agent at UAF. “There are some other skim samples that were sent in from the jaw and face area, and I have not heard the results of those.”Sheffield is a member of the local team searching for the source of the oily substance—and she said it’s reminding her of the oiled seals harvested in 2012. Laboratory tests found that two seals that were taken from near St. Lawrence Island two years ago were, in fact, oiled. That’s why Sheffield was nervous when two more stained seals were found this year.This is not a common occurrence for our region, and Kawerak Subsistence Director Brandon Ahmasuk says it’s challenging to pinpoint the source due to the small number of oiled animals found in the wide area. Still, he said, he’s frustrated by the lack of answers and the shortage of help from larger agencies like the U.S. Coast Guard.“It’s a food security for the inhabitants of the region. You know, this is their food—they don’t take it lightly,” said Ahmasuk. “But outside agencies don’t seem to take that into consideration that this is a people’s food source. They can’t simply go to Walmart Supercenter or Fred Meyer’s. Their supercenter…it’s the sea. It’s just that plain and simple. But more often than not it’s just overlooked.”In order to not get overlooked, Ahmasuk said, he and Sheffield, through local organizations, have emphasized their concerns to state and federal agencies.“Because they are so far away from us, a lot of stuff we have to do ourselves,” said Ahmasuk. “When one of the residents from the surrounding villages come across something… I mean, for the past three years, now? Me and Gay, we’ve been sending out the word for sick seals, oiled wildlife, anything out of the ordinary to give us a call.”While local responders are closer in case of a crisis, the Coast Guard has much-needed resources—however, those resources are based out of Kodiak, and Ahmasuk said they’re not guaranteed to be close by in case of an emergency.The Coast Guard is the lead response agency for oil pollution and is required to test potential oil samples, like the ones Sheffield submitted from the two seals, in order to determine the source—sort of like an oil fingerprint. That’s while DEC runs tests to see if the substance is actually oil. Sheffield also sent tissue samples to the North Slope Borough Department of Wildlife Management, which she said assisted with testing back in 2012.Meanwhile, a local pilot reported seeing an oil-like substance in the water between Shishmareff and Wales about two weeks ago. Sheffield filed a report with the National Response Center and says the Coast Guard was scheduled to do a C-130 reconnaissance flight over St. Lawrence Island and the Bering Strait area late last week. The two incidents are thus far unconnected, but Sheffield and Ahmasuk say they’re waiting for more information, and they’re asking anyone who sees oiled wildlife to take a picture, and contact them immediately.last_img read more

Saudi road crash kills 2 Bangladeshi umrah pilgrims

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first_imgNazim Uddin and Joynal Abedin. Photo: UNBTwo Bangladeshi nationals, who went to Saudi Arabia to perform umrah, were killed in a road accident at Wadi-e-Jinn in Madina on Monday, reports UNB.The deceased were Joynal Abedin, 75, and his nephew Nazim Uddin, 60, from Sadar upazila of Narsingdi. They went to Saudi Arabia for performing Umrah.Witnesses said a car hit Joynal and Nazim in the evening when they went to visit the Wadi-e-Jinn (Jiner Pahar), leaving the duo dead on the spot.The accident also left several other people injured, they said.last_img

Notchs new game 0x10c is a space MMO

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first_imgMarkus Persson, also known as Notch, made a name and a small fortune for himself by developing Minecraft. More recently his development studio Mojang created a Humble Indie game in 60 hours and managed to raise over $682,000 for various charities.Development on Minecraft continues and Scrolls is in the works, but Notch has turned his focus to a new game and yesterday posted a teaser site detailing what it is.The game carries the unusual name of 0x10c and will be an MMO set in space. Just as CCP does with Eve Online, the game will continue to progress even when you aren’t logged in, suggesting your character/ship can be setup to do things while you are away.Details are obviously very thin at the moment, but Notch has given us a general outline of the background to the game. It’s actually set in the year 281 474 976 712 644 AD in a universe on the edge of collapse. The player is tasked with managing a ship that has a generator and fully-functional 16-bit CPU.What’s interesting is the generator has a limited wattage that the player needs to manage based on what they want running on their ship. Everything requires power, so a strategy will be required depending on what you want your ship to do (mine, combat, courier?). It also looks as though the CPU will be programmable with Notch releasing the full spec as a text file.Space battles, engineering, mining, trading, looting, and an advanced working economy are all promised. The game will also follow the same model as Minecraft where it gets released early allowing players to take part as it develops rather than waiting for the finished experience.0x10c is sure to have thousands of players signing up from day one because this is Notch, and he’s already proven he knows how to make a popular game. Only time will tell if he has an idea that works as well as Minecraft.Read more at 0x10clast_img read more

The Top 5 Cloud IT Challenges Facing Businesses in 2015

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first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » 4 min read Let’s call 2014 “the year that cloud apps struck back.”On the plus side, it was a year of rapid growth in the cloud. Osterman Research found that the businesses it surveyed use an average of 14.3 cloud apps. IDC estimated that spending on public cloud services grew to $56.6 billion in 2014.But the growth has outpaced corporate controls, which has led to three worrisome cloud trends in 2014:Businesses juggled too many cloud apps. The cloud was supposed to end IT complexity. Unfortunately, in many cases, it’s just replaced management complexity with administrative complexity. A study from Capgemini found that nearly half of CIOs believe that they are using more apps than they need—which is pretty significant when you consider the time each app demands of IT admins for security, integration, mobility, billing and, worst of all, endlessly adding, removing and changing user and device settings. The key takeaway: it’s time to stop adding apps and start consolidating functionality and vendors.Too many people had access. From US Airways’ inadvertent pornographic tweet to Uber employees monitoring customers’ travel data, hindsight has made clear that many companies lack checks and balances. The key takeaway: Businesses need more stringent controls over who can access and utilize corporate cloud apps.Passwords became the weakest link. From corporate Dropbox folders to nude celebrity photos, 2014 was rife with high-profile cloud hacks that took advantage of weak passwords. At the same time, a recent survey found that 89 percent of ex-employees retained at least one login and password from their former employer. The key takeaway: strong passwords, single sign-on solutions and strict access termination processes are more essential than ever.The IDC study referenced above also estimates that spending on public cloud services will more than double by 2018 to reach $127 billion. The risks will grow just as fast.Related: Dark ‘Cloud’ Forming: The Struggle to Balance Security and Employee PrivacyHere are five trends I expect to be talking about this time next year:1. Extremely high reliability will no longer be a luxury.According to Intuit, 37 percent of SMBs are already fully cloud adopted. For any business that relies on the cloud for mission-critical services, the classic 99.9 percent uptime guarantee is no longer enough—not when that amounts to 8 hours of downtime a year. Look for 99.999 percent uptime (which promise less than 26 seconds of downtime a month) to be the new standard.2. The cost of litigation will make compliant archiving the new norm.Most businesses associate compliant archiving with HIPAA and SOX. But archiving will become essential for all businesses, not just regulated businesses. That’s because compliant archiving slashes the mounting burden of eDiscovery (a 2014 report by eDiscovery.com found an average of 479 GB collected in eDiscovery projects prior to filtering and processing). This isn’t just email archiving, though—chat transcripts, too, for example, will also need to be archived to protect your company.Related: The Celebrity-Hacking Scandal Is a Rude Wake-Up Call on Cloud Security3. Businesses will begin to take the ex-employee menace seriously.In September, the FBI warned that “disgruntled and former employees pose a significant cyber threat to US businesses.” The question is: will businesses institute rigorous access auditing and offboarding policies before the inevitable headline-grabbing hack?4. Administrators will look for opportunities to consolidate providers.If the average of 14 cloud apps per SMB are all sourced from different providers, that means there are 14 separate vendors to pay, 14 control panels to manage, 14 support teams to work with, and so on. It will become increasingly important for companies to consolidate providers to more effectively manage their entire cloud.5. Companies will take control over data on mobile devices.According to SMB Group, 83 percent of SMBs have deployed mobile apps to improve productivity. Imagine how much corporate data now lives on personal phones and tablets. Businesses will recognize the need for mobile device management—and will embrace apps that don’t just sync data across devices, but make it simple for administrators to both remotely wipe data as well as to restore it when devices are lost or stolen.Related: Our Collective Mobile Security Blind Spot Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. January 7, 2015last_img read more

Kids fly stay free in Florida with Sunwings latest promotion

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first_img Travelweek Group Kids fly & stay free in Florida with Sunwing’s latest promotion Share TORONTO — Sunwing is giving families an extra reason to smile with its Kids Fly & Stay FREE sale on vacation packages to Florida.During this limited-time promotion up to two children aged two to 12 years will be able to fly and stay free when accompanied by two paying adults. Packages include flights, hotel and complimentary car rental if booked now.The sale runs until Nov. 9, giving families the chance to save on select vacation packages available across several winter dates to Orlando, St. Pete/Clearwater, Miami and Daytona Beach, departing from Toronto, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City.In Florida, for example, Sunwing offers the luxurious Sole On The Ocean Resort and Spa, situated in Sunny Isles and offering exclusive access to a private beach, plus water sports and a bistro curated by a Michelin star chef.In Daytona Beach, families can opt for the Residence Inn Marriott Daytona Beach Oceanfront, an all-suite hotel that comes fully equipped with kitchens, living rooms and balconies.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterThose heading to Orlando can choose from many family-friendly accommodations, including Sheraton Vistana Resort Villas, which is centrally located just minutes from Disney.And in St. Pete/Clearwater, families can choose to stay at Sirata Beach Resort and Conference Centre, which features miles of private white-sand shores and a beachfront playground.All Sunwing vacation packages to Florida include airfare, accommodations and a mid-size rental car, plus return flights on Sunwing Airlines. Tags: Promotions, Sunwingcenter_img Monday, November 5, 2018 Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more