Logistics Units Push Cosco Shipping to Profit

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Cogent Holdings Limited COSCO Shipping International (Singapore) returned to profit in the first quarter of 2018, following the acquisition of two logistics units.The company’s profit for the period was at SGD 2.8 million (USD 2.1 million), compared to a loss of SGD 78.9 million (USD 58.8 million) seen in the same quarter a year earlier.Turnover from continuing operations increased to SGD 40.6 million for the first quarter of 2018 as compared to SGD 11.4 million reported in the previous year, mainly due to turnover of SGD 32.1 million from the newly acquired logistics businesses, namely Cogent Holdings Limited and PT Ocean Global Shipping.“The company aims to expand its logistics network in South and Southeast Asia through acquisitions and investments and is looking into potential targets to acquire and investment opportunities,” Gu Jing Song, Vice Chairman and President of the company, said.“We have only just started on our transformation journey and there is much to be done,” he added.last_img read more

Canada could face 20 Standing Rocks says Mohawk chief as Ottawa rejects

first_img(Supporters at a camp on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reservation. Standing Rock is currently battling construction of an oil pipeline in North Dakota. APTN/File)Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsCanada could face “20 Standing Rocks,” said a Mohawk chief in response to the Justin Trudeau government’s revelation Thursday it doesn’t plan to include consent as part of its consultation approach with First Nations on major resource projects.Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr told reporters Thursday the Trudeau government believes it only needs to accommodate and consult First Nations before proceeding with major resource development projects and not obtain “free prior and informed consent.”It’s a position at odds with Supreme Court of Canada rulings which have stated that obtaining consent is part of the consultation spectrum the Crown faces when dealing with First Nations on issues that impact rights, title and territory. The position also undercuts a key element of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples which the Trudeau government has claimed it plans to embrace as part of its efforts toward reconciliation.Kanesatake Grand Chief Serge Simon said he’s not surprised the Trudeau government says it does not believe it needs to obtain consent to proceed with major projects that impact Indigenous territories.“New infrastructure to bring in more oil from the tar sands? Forget it, it’s not going to happen,” said Simon, who is grand chief for the Mohawk community at the centre of the 1990 Oka crisis. “I don’t care what Jim Carr says that no consent is necessary….. Consent, it’s what we are demanding and he will never get our consent, not for something like this…. What if we gave Canada 20 Standing Rocks? I wonder if his position will change then?”Simon was referring to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe which is currently trying to stop construction of an oil pipeline through North Dakota. The Standing Rock’s opposition to the pipeline triggered a historic Native American-led movement that has led to intense clashes with U.S. authorities and hundreds of arrests.“We always knew the Trudeau government, a lot of his ministers, are influenced by the fossil fuel industry and a prime minister is only as good as how he handles the economy,” said Simon. “If we keep doing this, our children and their children are going to suffer the brunt of climate change.”Simon is one of the lead spokespeople for an anti-pipeline alliance supported by about 85 First Nations and tribes which have signed a treaty to oppose new oil pipeline projects.Carr made his comments laying out, for the first time, the Liberal government’s position on consultation in Ottawa Thursday when he was asked by reporters to comment on the release of a report from a three-person ministerial panel on the $6.8 billion proposed Trans Mountain expansion pipeline project.The project would twin Kinder Morgan’s existing pipeline and increase capacity to 890,000 barrels of oil per day from the current 300,000 bpd. The 1,150 kilometre pipeline project would run from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C.In its report, the panel raised several questions about the project, including how the Liberal cabinet could square its commitment to reconciliation and to the UNDRIP principle of “free prior and informed consent” with the pipeline’s approval.Facing repeated questions from reporters on the government’s position regarding free, prior and informed consent, Carr made it clear that consent is not part of the Liberal government’s equation when it comes to its approach to consultation. The government only believes it needs to consult and accommodate.“We believe that to meaningfully consult and accommodate Indigenous peoples in the context of these energy reviews is the principal responsibility of the government of Canada,” said Carr, according to a transcript of the exchange. “That’s what we have done and that’s what we’ll continue to do.”Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde said Friday he expects the Trudeau government to abide by its commitments on UNDRIP.“The government endorsed (UNDRIP) without qualification, and the UN declaration states the requirement of free, prior and informed consent by First Nations over any activities that can impact our rights, our people or our territory,” said Bellegarde, in a statement. “We fully expect Canada to honour that commitment and to work with First Nation to develop a national plan for implementing the UN declaration, including a joint law and policy review.”International human rights lawyer Paul Joffe, who also worked on UNDRIP, said Carr’s description of the government’s position does not comply with Supreme Court decisions, nor the international declaration.“It is highly problematic and it’s not helpful to the discussion and it’s not helpful to reconciliation,” said Joffe, who was provided with a transcript of Carr’s statements.Joffe said the concept of consent in UNDRIP has been demonized, twisted and misinterpreted to mean a “veto.” He believes the Trudeau Liberal government doesn’t seem to grasp that consent is part of international human rights law and part of the tapestry woven by Supreme Court decisions on Aboriginal rights and title.“For the minister to say we are going on the basis of consultation and accommodation, that doesn’t quite make sense, the way he is using it,” said Joffe. “Consultation is a spectrum, it hangs on the facts and the law. It might be minimal consultation in some cases…but at the other end of the spectrum, the Supreme Court said in the Haida case, that on very serious issues it would require the full consent of the Aboriginal nation. That is the full spectrum. On very serious issues, it would be consent.”In its 2004 Haida decision, the Supreme Court, quoting the previous 1997 Delgamuukw decision, describes the spectrum of consultation.“The content of the duty (to consult) varied with the circumstances: from a minimum ‘duty to discuss important decisions’ where the ‘breach is less serious or relatively minor;’ through the ‘significantly deeper than mere consultation’ that is required in ‘most cases,’ to ‘full consent of the Aboriginal nation’ on very serious issues,” said the court in Haida.The Supreme Court’s 2015 Tsilhqot’in also mentions consent.Joffe said he doesn’t understand how the Liberal government could both embrace UNDRIP and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) 94 calls to action and yet ignore the principle of obtaining free, prior and informed consent.“There is a further point which makes it very troubling what the minister is saying. The TRC in their 94 calls to action…indicate that they call on federal, provincial, territorial and municipal governments to adopt and implement the UNDRIP framework for reconciliation,” said Joffe. “So if one now attacks or undermines UNDRIP, one is also undermining the TRC calls to action.”During the last federal election campaign, candidate Justin Trudeau told APTN’s Cheryl McKenzie his government would respect a First Nations “no” on major resource development projects.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Alert in Romania for Disappearance of Prominent Arab Businessman

Rabat – Famous Kuwaiti businessman, Mohammed Al Baghli has allegedly gone missing under suspicious circumstances on Wednesday, in the South-Central Province of Prahova, Romania.A report by Kuwaiti channel Al Majlis said Mohammed Al Baghli, 75, disappeared on the evening of August 5th after he went out for his usual jog at 8:30 pm near his palace in the Kiya Village of Nishio City, in Prahova County.His disappearance has alarmed the country as it has been reported by nine Romanian television stations and published on the front page of Romanian newspapers. Romanian Police have mounted an extensive search operation. Al Baghli’s family, on the other hand, have offered a large ransom amount for any information leading to the missing man, who has owned a palace in the European country for nearly 20 years.According to Erem News, Romanian authorities believe the businessman could have been kidnapped for ransom, taking advantage of his weakened health as he could not jog too far from his place of residence.In addition, a former Police official in the village indicated that the Kuwaiti businessman could have lost his way or suffered from health problems. It is also possible he was attacked by bears or dogs, as the area is filled with such animals.Mohammed Al Baghli is one of the most prominent Gulf investors in Prahova. This Province is rich in natural resources including oil, natural gas, coal, limestone, sandstone, gravel, mud, and mineral water.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Key documents missing from Balapitiya high court

Several key documents have been reported missing from the Balapitiya high court, the police said today.The police said that thieves had broken into the archives and stores of the court and stolen the documents. The police said that an investigation has been launched into the incident. (Colombo Gazette)

Cost of multibillion dollar Labrador hydro project continue to riseminister

by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 12, 2016 3:02 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 12, 2016 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Newfoundland and Labrador’s natural resources minister says the cost of the multi-billion dollar Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project has gone up while construction work has fallen even further behind previous forecasts.Siobhan Coady told the provincial legislature that an interim report prepared by EY, formerly Ernst and Young, has concluded that current material risks aren’t reflected in a forecast done last September which has also been characterized as “not reasonable.”The previous forecast said the project was another 10 per cent over budget and wouldn’t be generating power until 2018.Coady says the government expects a new schedule and cost reforecast for the project will be completed by the end of May.The most recent cost estimate provided by Nalcor pegs the total cost at $9.2 billion — $7.653 billion for the generating facility and transmission lines and $1.577 billion for the Maritime Link portion built by Emera.Coady says EY will deliver a final report once cost estimates have been reforecast. Cost of multi-billion dollar Labrador hydro project continue to rise:minister read more

The Number 14 rolls into Brock

Axis Theatre Company’s production of The Number 14 hits the stage at the Centre for the Arts this month.The hyper school children on a field trip, the grumpy octogenarian, the slowpoke dumping the contents of her piggy bank into the fare box and the teenager singing along to the white noise pouring out of his headphones for all to hear – if you’ve taken the bus, you’ve probably taken a seat next to at least one of them.And though at the time it might make one long for the driver to just get them to their stop already, it all adds up to the makings of a raucous, slice-of-life comedy that’s more fun to watch than live.The trials and tribulations of public transit riders are what fuels the laughs in The Number 14, a sketch comedy performance that rolls back into Brock on Jan. 31 for its 20th anniversary.Described as “a hybrid of commedia dell’arte and The Carol Burnett Show, Saturday Night Live and Cirque du Soleil” by one Vancouver reviewer, The Number 14 stars just six actors playing 60 characters aboard a city bus.The Number 14 has been making stops on stages throughout the world since it first left the station at Vancouver’s Axis Theatre Company 20 years ago, featuring a cast of absurd, hilarious characters.Mostly, though, they’re also easy to relate to, noted director Wayne Sprecht. “This is what we hear from the audience: ‘Hey, how come you’re doing me up there?’ or … ‘I know someone who’s just like that,” said Sprecht, who suffersfrom motion sickness on the bus.It’s that personal connection with audience members that has given The Number 14 so much mileage, he added.Over the years, the content has been tweaked with the addition of new actors and new perspectives brought along for the ride. Still, there are the usual suspects in every performance – much like there are on every commute – like the “acrobatic lady” who gets tossed around the bus, Sprecht said.And that’s just how the audience wants it, particularly because many are repeat viewers, having taken a ride on The Number 14 numerous times over the years.“There are some classic routines, I just can’t mess with them at all. The audience will get mad at me,” he explained.It’s not just Vancouverites who love it, though. The Number 14 got a New York Drama Desk nomination in 1998, earned four Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards and garnered a Dora Mavor Moore nomination during its travels.But for those thinking they’ll just catch The Number 14 the next time, know this: Axis Theatre will be putting the brakes on the performance once its 20th anniversary tour wraps up in Montreal this May.“It felt right,” Sprecht said about the decision to end the play’s run. “It just comes down to going with your instincts and moving on.”Bus fare is discounted for children and students. But be sure catch it now, before it rolls out of town forever. Tickets are available for $20 for all Brock faculty and staff. read more

RaidersRavens Preview Capsule

OAKLAND (2-8) at BALTIMORE (5-5)Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT, CBSOPENING LINE – Ravens by 10 1/2RECORD VS. SPREAD – Oakland 3-7, Baltimore 4-6SERIES RECORD – Ravens lead 8-3LAST MEETING – Ravens beat Raiders 30-17, Oct. 8, 2017LAST WEEK – Raiders beat Cardinals 23-21; Ravens beat Bengals 24-21AP PRO32 RANKING – Raiders No. 31, Ravens No. 15RAIDERS OFFENSE – OVERALL (22), RUSH (23), PASS (17).RAIDERS Defence – OVERALL (26), RUSH (31), PASS (17).RAVENS OFFENSE – OVERALL (12), RUSH (16), PASS (12).RAVENS Defence – OVERALL (1), RUSH (3), PASS (2).STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES – Raiders snapped five-game skid last week, Ravens ended three-game slide. … Ravens D co-ordinator Don Martindale got start in NFL as Raiders LB coach in 2004-08. … Baltimore WR Michael Crabtree scored 25 TDs with Raiders from 2015-17. … First meeting between Oakland coach Jon Gruden and Ravens coach John Harbaugh, who is 4-2 vs. Raiders. … Ravens 5-1 at home vs. Raiders. … Raiders QB Derek Carr ranks third on franchise list with 115 TD passes. Carr has gone five straight games without INT. He has 12 TDs and eight INTs. … Oakland RB Doug Martin needs 34 yards rushing to reach 5,000 for career. … Oakland’s Maurice Hurst tied for third among NFL rookies with four sacks. … WR Jordy Nelson availability game-time decision. He has 25 catches for 353 yards and three TDs in first season with Oakland. … On injured reserve after six games, Oakland RB Marshawn Lynch still leads team with 376 yards rushing. … RB Jalen Richard leads Raiders with 51 catches. … Baltimore K Justin Tucker perfect vs. Oakland, 11 for 11 on FGs and 14 for 14 on PATs. Tucker has made nine straight FGs of at least 50 yards. … Ravens rookie QB Lamar Jackson expected to make second NFL start after running for 117 yards on 27 carries last week. … Jackson ranks second on Ravens with 256 yards rushing. … Ravens RB Alex Collins tied for fourth in NFL with seven rushing TDs. … Rookie RB Gus Edwards had career-high 115 yards rushing vs. Bengals. … Baltimore 12-3 at home vs. teams from West Coast. … Ravens 19-4 at home in November under Harbaugh. … Baltimore LB Terrell Suggs needs 1 1/2 sacks to tie Lawrence Taylor and Leslie O’Neal for 13th place on NFL career list. … Ravens P Sam Koch has 21 kicks inside 20 and will make team-record 203rd consecutive start Sunday. … Fantasy tip: Double-threat Jackson can get yards and potential TDs on ground and through air.___For more NFL coverage: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_NFLThe Associated Press read more

Terry Francona Takes Over As Manager of Cleveland Indians

Terry Francona, who managed the Boston Red Sox to a pair of World Series championships, will take over as skipper of the Cleveland Indians, a team in desperate need of leadership that has won.I’m really excited,” Francona said on the air as an ESPN analyst, his job for the past season. “People who don’t know me may have thought I was looking for something different.”The Indians chose Francona over Sandy Alomar Jr., who served as the club’s interim manager for the final six games after Manny Acta was fired on Sept. 27. Francona and Alomar, who spent the past three seasons as a coach in Cleveland, were the only candidates to interview for the Indians’ opening.Alomar has been offered a spot on Francona’s staff, most likely as bench coach.After he was fired as Philadelphia’s manager, he worked in Cleveland’s front office as an adviser in 2001. He also spent a portion of the 1988 season on Cleveland’s major league roster and his father, Tito, played with the Indians from 1959-64.Francona has stayed close with Indians president Mark Shapiro and general manager Chris Antonetti over the past decade. He said the chance to work with them again is what intrigued him most about the Cleveland job, which will have its challenges because of a much smaller payroll than he enjoyed in Boston.“It’s a good story, almost a family feeling,” Francona said after his interview on Friday. “I don’t think you can take a job because of that, but it still means a lot to me. Because of Chris and Mark and my relationship, I am excited to try to tackle, or attempt to tackle, every challenge that comes our way and do it together.”There are some major challenges in Cleveland, where fans have been waiting for a World Series winner since 1948.The Indians were a major disappointment this season, going 68-94. They were within 3 1-2 games of first place on July 27, but went 5-24 in August — the worst month in the franchise’s 112-year history — and finished 20 games out in the AL Central. Acta didn’t get to finish his third season with the club.“We have better talent than our record shows,” Antonetti said earlier this week. read more

Britains most complained about advert is a rapping chicken which enraged vegans

first_imgThe TV ad showed parents telling their children that they would like to celebrate Christmas “traditionally” by sitting by the fire, singing carols and having long conversations. The mother then laughed at the visibly upset children and explained it was a jokeCredit:Advertising Standards Authority/PA The ASA ruled that the ad did not ridicule or denigrate Christians or Christianity, so was unlikely to offend on those grounds.8. Telefonica (O2). 125 complaints. Not upheld.O2’s ad about free screen replacements attracted complaints when it featured two men kissing and breaking one of the couple’s phone screens when he was pressed on to a table by the other man. Complainants believed it was too sexually explicit and scheduled inappropriately at times when children were likely to be watching. Some also felt the portrayal of a same-sex relationship was offensive to their religious beliefs.The ASA said the scene in question was brief and did not contain any graphic or overly sexual imagery, ruling that it did not require a scheduling restriction and the depiction of a gay couple would not cause serious or widespread offence.9. Macmillan Cancer Support. 116 complaints. Not upheld.The TV ad showed a father talking to his daughter, receiving chemotherapy, vomiting in a sink, sitting slumped in a bath and crying in a car before being comforted by a nurse. People complained that the imagery was overly graphic and distressing to viewers.The ASA found that the scenes served to illustrate the reality of living with cancer and addressed the serious nature of the illness appropriately. 10. Mars Chocolate UK (Maltesers). 92 complaints. Not upheld.This ad appeared in the top 10 for the second year, with complainants believing the woman’s description of having a spasm during a romantic encounter with her boyfriend to be offensive and overly sexual. Some also felt it was offensive to portray the woman, who was in a wheelchair, in this manner.The ASA found the woman’s conversation to be light-hearted and did not believe it would cause serious or widespread offence. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruled it was unlikely that the ad would cause distress or serious or widespread offence, as there were no explicit references to animal slaughter.2. MoneySuperMarket.com. 455 complaints. Not upheld. The top ten most complained about adverts of 20171. Kentucky Fried Chicken. 755 complaints. Not upheld.KFC’s ad featuring a chicken dancing to a rap soundtrack as it headed to slaughter attracted complaints that it was disrespectful to chickens and distressing for vegetarians, vegans and children. The fast food chain issued an apology and pulled the adsCredit:Advertising Standards Authority/PA Many complainants found the ad to be offensive on the grounds that it was overtly sexual and possibly homophobicCredit:Advertising Standards Authority/PA The fast food chain issued an apology and pulled the ads 5. McDonald’s. 256 complaints. Not investigated, ads removed. Britain’s most complained about advert in 2017 featured a rapping chicken which enraged vegans, the Advertising Standards Agency has revealed. The campaign for fast food chain KFC, attracted 755 complaints that it was disrespectful to chickens and distressing for vegetarians, vegans and children.However, the ASA did not ban it after deciding it did not include any explicit references to animal slaughter and was therefore unlikely to cause serious or widespread offence.The ASA received a total of 29,997 complaints about ads last year.Only two of the 10 ads that attracted the most complaints were removed from media – one for Dove, discussing breastfeeding in public, and the second for McDonald’s, featuring a boy and his mother talking about his dead father – with both companies swiftly cutting short the campaigns themselves in response to public outcry.Video: KFC dancing chicken advertcenter_img Many complainants found the ad to be offensive on the grounds that it was overtly sexual and possibly homophobic The ad featuring a boy and his mother talking about his dead father, and her disclosing that both father and son loved a McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish burger, drew widespread criticism that it trivialised grief, was likely to cause distress to those who have experienced a close family death and was distasteful to compare an emotive theme with a fast food promotion.The fast food chain issued an apology and pulled the ads.6. RB UK Commercial (V.I.Poo). 207 complaints. Not upheld.A fictional Hollywood starlet shares her secret on how to maintain good toilet etiquette, by using the V.I.Poo air freshener.Many people found the ad unsavoury. The ASA ruled that the campaign was a light-hearted way of introducing the product and did not consider its reference to the “devil’s dumplings” likely to break rules on offence.7. DSG Retail (Currys PC World). 131 complaints. Not upheld.The TV ad showed parents telling their children that they would like to celebrate Christmas “traditionally” by sitting by the fire, singing carols and having long conversations. The mother then laughed at the visibly upset children and explained it was a joke. Complainants believed the ad was offensive because it promoted materialism and equated Christmas with watching TV instead of Christianity. The TV ad showed parents telling their children that they would like to celebrate Christmas "traditionally" by sitting by the fire, singing carols and having long conversations. The mother then laughed at the visibly upset children and explained it was a joke. The ASA decided that each of the remaining eight ads had not crossed the lineon offensiveness and so did not uphold the complaints.Two of the most complained-about campaigns also featured in 2016’s top 10 list – a Match.com ad showing a lesbian couple kissing passionately and an ad for Maltesers featuring a woman who described having a spasm during a romantic encounter with her boyfriend. This MoneySuperMarket.com campaign also appeared in the ASA’s top 10 list for 2015 and 2016, and once again featured the two #epicsquads – the strutters and the builders – and a new female character.Many complainants found the ad to be offensive on the grounds that it was overtly sexual and possibly homophobic.The ASA ruled it was unlikely to condone or encourage harmful discriminatory behaviour.3. Unilever UK (Dove). 391 complaints. Not investigated, ads removed.Dove produced a series of ads that contained statistics and opinions about breastfeeding in public. Complainants said the language, such as “put them away”, might encourage criticism of breastfeeding and some were concerned that the ads might encourage neglecting crying babies.Dove issued an apology and subsequently pulled the ads and amended their website.4. Match.com. 293 complaints. Not upheld.The ad featuring a lesbian couple kissing passionately also appeared at number three on 2016’s list, and had attracted almost 1,200 complaints over the two years.The ASA ruled that it was not too sexually explicit for children to see. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. MoneySuperMarket.com appears in the top 10 for the third year running with its campaign featuring twerking builders, with 455 complaints that it was overtly sexual and possibly homophobic making it the second most complained-about ad of 2017.Others making the top 10 featured a fictional Hollywood starlet using the V.I.Poo toilet air freshener, an ad for Currys PC World which drew complaints that it equated Christmas with watching TV instead of Christianity, an O2 ad featuring two men kissing, and a Macmillan Cancer Support campaign that showed a father receiving chemotherapy, vomiting in a sink and crying in a car.ASA chief executive Guy Parker said: “Tackling misleading ads continues to be the bread and butter of our work, but 2017 again showed that it is ads that have the potential to offend that attract the highest numbers of complaints.”But multiple complaints don’t necessarily mean that an ad has fallen on the wrong side of the line. We look carefully at the audience, the context and prevailing societal standards informed by public research before we decide.”last_img read more

GALLERY Check out how quiet Busaras is during the strike

first_imgTHE COUNTRY’S BIGGEST bus station was eerily quiet today.Bus Éireann’s HQ at Busaras was virtually empty today, with only a handful of services running around the country today as a result of a strike by members of the National Bus and Rail Union.The workers, who are opposing pay cuts as part of Bus Éireann’s efforts to stem its financial losses, account for 1,100 of the company’s 2,500 workers – but many other staff are refusing to pass picket lines.The disruptions could continue for some time – and some school buses could be disrupted in the morning.Here’s how Busaras looked – as workers picketed outside and only a handful of travellers stepped inside.last_img

Geek deal 55 off 1TB of SOS Online Backup

first_imgEver since I had my first 286 desktop PC, I was backing up files. Even when all my files had to be stored on floppy, due to limited hard drive space, I made backup copies of those floppies. Now that hard drive space is not limited to mere megabytes, I’ve been through a bunch of backup strategies.The good old “copy/paste” method, dropping files to an external drive or DVD, was rather simple, but like many I lacked the discipline to keep up with it. As a ThinkPad user, I tried to let the built-in backup software do its thing for a while. I even gave third-party imaging software a shot, making full and incremental backups that could be browsed like an external drive whenever I wanted.In the end, none of those options stuck. They all had a number of disadvantages that kept them from being truly seamless and easy to use. Now that we live in the age of the cloud with true broadband internet connectivity, remote backup is a viable and every attractive option.The market of cloud storage service providers is huge and expanding every day. If you need to backup a large amount of data from a number of machines, it can be even more difficult to pick the right provider for your needs. This deal from SOS Online Backup gets you incredible savings on an award-winning online backup service.Recommended by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and a four time PCMag Editor’s Choice award winner, the business plan from SOS Online Backup offers an amazing 1 Terabyte of storage. You can schedule an unlimited number of backups on an unlimited number of machines, setting them to run as often as you need.SOS even covers your mobile devices, easily backing up and restoring your Android and iOS devices. For a limited time, you can get 55% off the 1TB business plan, coming to $59.95 per month with no long-term commitment.Visit LogicBuy for 1TB of SOS Online Backuplast_img read more

All sources point to the same iPhone 5 design

first_imgWe’ve seen a lot of crazy things from Apple launches in the past, but this year the leaks have all pointed to the same device design. We’ve suspected for a while now that the new iPhone would have a larger screen and LTE capabilities. We’ve suspected this because we’ve seen casing prototypes, glass leaks, and several credible sources pointing to essentially the same design as the final build for the new iPhone. As we sit right around the corner from the announcement, it feels almost like the iPhone 5 is already here.Several sources recently have all but confirmed the basic size and shape of the new iPhone. iMore’s Rene Richie has either had an incredible lucky streak when it comes to guessing the announcement date and the details behind the device, or one of the contacts in his iPhone is Tim Cook. On top of this, several Chinese case manufacturers have reported that the new iPhone mold that is being given to them to make cases looks exactly like the renders and leaked shells we’ve been seeing for weeks. In fact, we know so much about this phone that the design of the new iPhone has already been copied and patented in China, which may cause issues for Apple when releasing this phone to that market.With all of the information that we already have, I am curious as to what the announcement of the new iPhone will be all about. We’ve seen some interesting things so far, and while I am not sure that Tim Cook will drop a “one more thing” at the event, it feels almost like we’ve just scratched the surface of this launch. Historically Apple has been a very secretive company when it comes to just about everything. Does the volume of information we have right now show that the era of secrecy has come to an end, or are we in for one really impressive Apple launch event?via iMorelast_img read more

Messi says Argentina deserved to beat Iceland

first_imgLionel Messi claimed Argentina were far more superior to Iceland in the World Cup clash and deserved more than the 1-1 draw.Argentina took the lead early in the first half when Aguero scored, but the debutants in the tournament evened the score out via Alfred Finnbogason. Messi was then awarded a penalty, but failed to convert it, which caused a stir in the football world.“We had a hard time creating chances,” Messi stated, according to SportsMole. “We’re going to go out there to beat Croatia (on June 21).”FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“We were superior (to Iceland). We tried but it wasn’t to be. Missing the penalty hurt.”“Worried? No, I’m angry and it hurts because I missed the penalty. I feel responsible for not having the three points. It would have changed everything.”“We are calm. We don’t have to go crazy. We just started and we know it won’t be easy. It hurts because we deserved to win,” the Argentinian superstar went on to add.last_img read more

SCCL initiates works on Naini coal block

first_imgHyderabad: High level arrangements are being made for the opening of Naini coal block in Orissa by SCCL. SCCL CMD N Sridhar met Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and State Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi on Wednesday in Bhubaneshwar and discussed the details related to Naini coal block. The CMD explained that for meeting the demands of the State and country the Ministry of Coal has allotted the block situated at Angul district in Orissa to Singareni and requested the State Government for full co-operation in issues relating to forest, transfer of revenue lands, rehabilitation and railway lines. Also Read – International Persian Summer School concludes at MANUU Advertise With Us The chairman explained that out of the 912.79 hectares required for the mine, 783.27 hectares of forest land along with 129.52 hectares of land belonging to 6 villages are present and only 14 families need to be rehabilitated. The Singareni CMD handed over cheque for Rs one crore to Chief Minister on the occasion as assistance to the recent heavy rains and floods in Orissa State.last_img read more

The Secret Origins of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

first_imgAliens are serious science. The search for extraterrestrial intelligence, or SETI, constitutes major research projects at radio telescopes the world over, and it is championed by the non-profit institute that shares its name. Multiple experiments on the subject, and citizen science projects like SETI@home, have been going strong for decades. Every year, papers, conferences and initiatives discuss how best to seek out — and maybe even talk to — E.T.But it wasn’t always that way.While UFO sightings and depictions in movies and comics spiked during the 1950s, the topic of aliens was considered unprofessional among scientists. Only a handful of professionals would speculate on the possibility of alien life, and even they made sure it was only a small part of their research. So when a group of science luminaries from a variety of disciplines met at a rural observatory in West Virginia to talk about little green men, they did so in secret.last_img read more

National Poll Finds Majority of Women in Favor of Annual Mammogram

first_img August 31, 2015 — Fifty-seven percent of American women believe they should receive a mammogram annually, according to the Truven Health Analytics-NPR Health Poll. However, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued guidance earlier this year which suggested that women should get a mammogram every two years starting at age 50, provided they do not have a family history or find a lump.Truven Health Analytics and NPR conduct a bimonthly poll to gauge attitudes and opinions on a wide range of health issues. The latest survey asked respondents to share their views and experiences with mammograms. The results found that 38 percent of American women have had a mammogram in the last year. Among women who did not undergo the screening in the past year, various reasons were given for why. The most frequently cited (24 percent) was that they were either too old, too young or the test did not apply to them. Among those citing age, most were outside the USPSTF target group, with just 1.6 percent within that 50-74 age range.Other reasons cited for foregoing the screening included “do not need one” (15 percent), “doctor did not recommend,” (12 percent) “no time,” (10 percent) and “elected not to have” (9 percent).“The proper evaluation and treatment of localized breast cancer is an area of active research. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends biennial breast cancer screening with mammography in all average risk women between the ages of 50-74,” said Michael Taylor, M.D., chief medical officer at Truven Health Analytics. “With the Affordable Care Act mandating that insurers provide screening mammograms at no additional charge, patients have no reason not to be diligent about receiving a regular screening.”Twelve percent of respondents said they believe the screening is only necessary every two years, as recommended by the USPSTF; more than half (57 percent) said they think they should undergo a mammogram annually. These results suggest the new guidelines have not yet been fully absorbed by the general public. Overall, 48 percent of respondents said they were aware of the ACA provision that requires mammograms for no additional charge.For more information: www.truvenhealth.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. 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Amazon Managed Streaming for Apache Kafka Amazon MSK is now generally available

first_imgLast week, Amazon Web Services announced the general availability of Amazon Managed Streaming for Apache Kafka (Amazon MSK). Amazon MSK makes it easy for developers to build and run applications based on Apache Kafka without having to manage the underlying infrastructure. It is fully compatible with Apache Kafka that enables customers to easily migrate their on-premises or Amazon Elastic Cloud Compute (Amazon EC2) clusters to Amazon MSK without code changes. Customers can use Apache Kafka for capturing and analyzing real-time data streams from a range of sources, including database logs, IoT devices, financial systems, and website clickstreams. Many customers choose to self-manage their Apache Kafka clusters and they end up spending their time and cost in securing, scaling, patching, and ensuring high availability for Apache Kafka and Apache ZooKeeper clusters. But Amazon MSK offers attributes of Apache Kafka that are combined with the availability, security, and scalability of AWS. Customers can now create Apache Kafka clusters that are designed for high availability that span multiple Availability Zones (AZs) with few clicks. Amazon MSK also monitors the server health and automatically replaces servers when they fail. Customers can now easily scale out cluster storage in the AWS management console to meet changes in demand. Amazon MSK runs the Apache ZooKeeper nodes at no additional cost and provides multiple levels of security for Apache Kafka clusters which include VPC network isolation, AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM), etc. It allows customers to continue to run applications built on Apache Kafka and allow them to use Apache Kafka compatible tools and frameworks. General Manager of Amazon MSK, AWS, Rajesh Sheth, wrote to us in an email, “Customers who are running Apache Kafka have told us they want to spend less time managing infrastructure and more time building applications based on real-time streaming data.” He further added, “Amazon MSK gives these customers the ability to run Apache Kafka without having to worry about managing the underlying hardware, and it gives them an easy way to integrate their Apache Kafka applications with other AWS services. With Amazon MSK, customers can stand up Apache Kafka clusters in minutes instead of weeks, so they can spend more time focusing on the applications that impact their businesses.” Amazon MSK is currently available in the US East (Ohio), US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), EU (Ireland), EU (Frankfurt), EU (Paris), EU (London), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), and Asia Pacific (Sydney), and will expand to additional AWS Regions in the next year. Read Next Amazon rejects all 11 shareholder proposals including the employee-led climate resolution at Annual shareholder meeting Amazon to roll out automated machines for boxing up orders: Thousands of workers’ job at stake Amazon resists public pressure to re-assess its facial recognition business; “failed to act responsibly”, says ACLUlast_img read more

Spain vs Italy and Japan vs Venezuela are your semifinal matchups for

first_imgPHOTOS: Check out the greatest images from Thursday’s #U17WWC quarter-finals so far here – http://t.co/MJ5p6TcweC pic.twitter.com/a3taAEGytj— #FIFAWWC (@FIFAWWC) March 28, 2014 Related posts:Japan and Spain will meet in the Under-17 Women’s World Cup championship on Friday in San José President Chinchilla gives public employees a half-day Friday to boost attendance at the Under-17 Women’s World Cup championship Italy eliminates U-17 Women’s World Cup hosts Costa Rica with 1-0 victory Japan defeats Spain, 2-0, to win Under-17 Women’s World Cup Venezuela opened the quarterfinals of the Under-17 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica with a tightly fought victory over Canada on Thursday afternoon. The Vinotinto held off the Canadians, 3-2, to become the first team to advance to the semifinals of the tournament.In the evening matches, Italy squeaked by Ghana and Japan crushed Mexico to claim their own spots in the penultimate round. Italy edged Ghana on penalty kicks (4-3) after the Black Maidens scored in the 90th minute to tie the game, 2-2. Meanwhile, Japan had no trouble with Mexico in the Asian squad’s 3-0 triumph.During the final match of the night, Spain shut down Nigeria, 3-0, as the Spaniards took the last semifinals berth.The final four is set for Monday in Liberia, the capital of the northwest province of Guanacaste. Japan and Venezuela clash first at 5 p.m., followed by a meeting between European rivals Italy and Spain at 8 p.m. The matches at Edgardo Baltodano Briceño Stadium are both sold out. Tickets are available for the championship and third-place game on April 4 at the National Stadium in west San José.Costa Rica’s under-17 women’s team was eliminated in the first round of the World Cup, but not before breaking attendance records at the tournament. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

20 students rewarded with bursaries

first_img20 students from Ladysmith, Bergville and surrounding areas were rewarded with bursaries this morning (Saturday) at the Crown Hotel.The bursaries will allow them to study overseas. The students have received full scholarships from the government of India and they will jet off to India for 3 years to study.Emnambithi/Ladysmith Municipality will assist with visas, passports, processing of applications, transport to the airport and paying for the students’ landing fees, which amounts to about R7000.A short programme was rolled out at the Crown Hotel this morning, which was attended by the students and their parents, as well as council and municipal officials.After the programme, a scrumptious lunch was served to all. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img read more

CFPB Proposes Regulation Changes

first_img CFPB Equal Credit Opportunity Act 2017-03-24 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News, Servicing The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released a proposal to amend certain regulations in the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA). The intent is to provide additional flexibility for mortgage lenders in the collection of consumer ethnicity and race information. The proposed amendments should provide greater clarity to lenders regarding their obligations under the law, and according to the CFPB will promote compliance with rules intended to ensure customers are treated fairly.”This law is a key part of the government’s commitment to root out discrimination,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray. “This proposal will help industry comply with the law and help protect consumers against illegal discrimination.”The ECOA was enacted in October 1974 to make it unlawful to discriminate against any credit applicant based on race, race, color, religion, national origin or sex, except in certain circumstances. The CFPB’s proposal to amend regulation B of the ECOA would provide compliance flexibility for individual mortgage lenders, and would also support the broader mortgage industry’s ability to use consistent forms and compliance practices. The proposal would allow more lenders to use application forms with expanded requests for information from a consumer regarding ethnicity and race.Creditors may have to collect and retain certain information about applicants for certain loans under Regulation B, and in some cases, financial institutions may be required to report applicant information under Regulation C. The CFPB had previously issued amendments to Regulation C in October 2015, including changes to the collection of ethnicity and race information from applicants. The proposed amendments to Regulation B would give credit institutions additional flexibility in how it collects applicant information, so that they may better align with Regulation C.The proposal would allow creditors to collect information from applicants in situations when they would otherwise not be required to do so.The entire proposal can be found here. CFPB Proposes Regulation Changescenter_img March 24, 2017 605 Views Sharelast_img read more