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Viggo Mortensen to Chair the Twelfth Glenn Gould Prize Jury

first_img Twitter Advertisement The 12th Glenn Gould Prize Jury: Actor Viggo Mortensen attends the premiere of “Good” at the Museum of Jewish Heritage on December 11, 2008 in New York City.”Good” New York Premiere – ArrivalsMuseum of Jewish HeritageNew York, NY United StatesDecember 11, 2008Photo by Jemal Countess/WireImage.comTo license this image (16310100), contact WireImage.com The JurorsViggo Mortensen (Denmark/USA) – actor, poet, painter, photographer, musician, publisherFrançois Girard (Canada) – award-winning film and opera director (32 Short Films About Glenn Gould)Ute Lemper (Germany) – singer and actress, the premier cabaret artist of our timeThe Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, PC (Canada), former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, novelistFoday Musa Suso – (Gambia/USA) – musician, composer, kora virtuosoNaeemeh Naeemaei (Iran) – painter and conservationistSondra Radvanovsky (Canada / USA) – internationally acclaimed operatic sopranoHoward Shore, OC (Canada) – Academy Award-winning composer of over 80 film scores and concert worksKat Von D (Mexico/USA) – celebrated tattoo artist, television personality, musician, makeup entrepreneur and style icon A celebratory concert in honour of the jury will take place April 13 at 8:00 p.m., Koerner Hall, details to be announced.. Facebook Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: Professor Ye Xiaogang (China) – internationally renowned composer, Vice President of the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music Advertisement The Glenn Gould Foundation is honoured to announce the members of the Twelfth Glenn Gould Prize Jury, convening April 11 – April 13, 2018 in Toronto to select the next Prize Laureate.Viggo Mortensen, acclaimed actor, writer, poet, musician, painter, photographer and publisher will chair.The Glenn Gould Foundation has assembled a diverse panel of outstanding artists and world citizens who bring a broad and multi-disciplinary range of perspectives to their deliberations.  The Foundation believes that the combined wisdom and experience of these remarkable jurors will ensure that the tradition of The Glenn Gould Prize is not only honoured, but also extended. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The Foundation thanks those members of the public who took the time to submit nominations.  Your hard work will be reviewed by our Jurors and will receive their careful consideration.The jury will engage in a lively, thoughtful and intellectually rigorous process to weigh the exceptional and diverse achievements of the nominees.JOIN US – on Friday April 13 at the Leslie and Anna Dan Galleria at Koerner Hall, The Royal Conservatory of Music at 12:30 p.m. for a public press conference in which the jury will announce their selection for the Laureate of The Glenn Gould Prize (free admission).last_img read more

Kaska First Nation wants veto rights of gas and oil developments on

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Kaska First Nation is made up of three separate Nations in southeast Yukon.They are disappointed Premier Darrell Pasloski has rejected their offer to establish a government-to-government round table to resolve outstanding issues with Kaska.For instance, repealing Section 13 of the Yukon Oil and Gas Act which gives Kaska veto rights over oil and gas development in their traditional territory.APTN National News reporter Shirley McLean has the story.last_img

Shiv Sena tears into BJP over midnight political drama in Goa

first_imgMumbai: In a scathing attack on the political drama between the BJP and its allies in Goa over the leadership issue, the Shiv Sena on Wednesday dubbed it as a “terrible state of democracy”, saying they did not even wait for late chief minister Manohar Parrikar’s ashes to cool down.The “shameless game of power” started even before Parrikar’s ashes could merge with the land of Gomantak, the Sena said in an editorial in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’. It claimed that had the BJP waited till Tuesday, its government in Goa would have fallen and one of the two deputy chief ministers would have joined the Congress and got the desired post, it claimed. BJP MLA Pramod Sawant was sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Goa just before 2 am on Tuesday, capping a day of hectic parleys between the saffron party and its allies to put a new government in place in the state. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsAfter multiple postponements of the oath ceremony on Monday, the day Parrikar was cremated with state honours, 11 other ministers, including those from BJP’s allies Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and Goa Forward Party (GFP), were also sworn in. “In the end, those who were eyeing their shares like cats ended the game post Monday midnight with the swearing in of Sawant as the chief minister along with his two deputies,” the Uddhav Thackeray-led party said.last_img read more

Is federal carbon tax killing jobs Experts say answer isnt black and

REGINA — The Saskatchewan government says the federal carbon tax is killing jobs, but experts and even the province’s trade minister say it’s not that easy to calculate.The government reports that jobs are down in the oil and gas sector by about 1,400 and by another 1,500 in mining compared with July 2018.The province brought in its own tax on excess emissions from heavy industry in January, but consumers became subject to the federal carbon tax in April, because Saskatchewan did not have its own pricing deemed acceptable by Ottawa. The province is taking its challenge of the federal tax to the Supreme Court.“You’re not going to be able to directly link exactly to the carbon tax,” Trade Minister Jeremy Harrison told The Canadian Press in a recent interview.“It is killing jobs because it’s making us less competitive.”One of Premier Scott Moe’s arguments against the tax is that it costs jobs.Harrison concedes job losses in the energy sector are not the result of any sole factor, but a confluence of different issues.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.He points to a lack of new pipelines as well as to federal legislation that overhauls how large energy projects are approved and restricts tankers off the British Columbia coast. He says those things put Canada at a competitive disadvantage compared to other jurisdictions.The carbon tax is another layer, says Harrison, although he adds it’s hard to measure its immediate impact over a short period of time.At the same time as Saskatchewan voices its concerns, the province reports an increase of more than 12,000 mostly private-sector jobs in the last year.It is killing jobs because it’s making us less competitiveHarrison says job growth and the carbon tax’s effect on employment are not “mutually exclusive.”“The fact that we’ve been creating private-sector jobs outside of the energy sector, outside of the mining sector, speaks to a wonderful entrepreneurial spirit in the province.”Trent Wotherspoon, finance critic for the NDP Opposition, says the government is playing “fast and loose” with an important file and didn’t even factor in potential costs of the carbon tax in its last budget.Alberta comes at the numbers from a different position.The NDP there brought in a provincial carbon tax when it was in power, but Premier Jason Kenney’s United Conservatives got rid of it not long after they won the April election.An email from the Environment Department says economic modelling estimates the repeal will create 6,000 new, full-time private-sector jobs and increase GDP by $1.3 billion.Alberta is also challenging the federal tax, which Ottawa says it will apply to the province in the new year.Some experts say not enough time has passed and not enough research has been done to know what impact federal carbon pricing is having on jobs.Trevor Tombe, an economics professor at the University of Calgary, points to two studies published in recent years that examine British Columbia’s carbon tax. Terence Corcoran: Trudeau’s Liberals just got struck by the first shot in Canada’s carbon-tax rebellion Father Raymond J. de Souza: Carbon taxes remain a great way of … collecting more taxes New Conservative ad campaign claimed Trudeau’s carbon tax has ‘come into effect’ — except it hasn’t One study concludes the province’s revenue-neutral tax doesn’t hurt employment. It says while jobs in “carbon-intensive and trade-sensitive industries” were affected, employment rose in clean industries.The other study reports between one to two per cent increases in unemployment rates among men with low to medium education levels.“It’s not at all clear that B.C. has had employment losses. Maybe it has if you look in certain specific areas, but it’s not an economy-wide issue,” says Tombe.“Looking at the question in a black-and-white way is probably not the right way for these particular leaders to go about doing it.”He adds that the carbon tax is likely to result in a lower rate of economic growth until it reaches its maximum of $50 a tonne in 2022. He says any action to reduce emissions comes with an economic cost in terms of GDP growth.Brett Dolter, an economics professor at the University of Regina, says statements that the carbon tax is “job-killing” need to be tested.“Any analysis of the impact … would need to consider that 90 per cent of the revenue raised through the carbon tax is returned to households through rebates on their income tax returns,” he wrote in an email.“People will still have money to spend, but they may spend it on goods and service that pollute less, and jobs will shift accordingly.” read more

I hope that you are resting because you found life hard and

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “I hope you can make rabbit ears and witty rhymes up there, because your loopy humour was your gift to us and now it is your gift to them.”How they will laugh. I envy them that.”Montefiore said she had always tried to look after her younger sibling.”I hope they are looking after you now in Heaven and that you are letting them, and that you heal,” she said.She concluded: “Most of all, my dearest Tara, I hope you know that we love you, with all our hearts, we really do.” It said: “My darling Tara. I hope you know how much we miss you.”From the moment you were born we were a family of five, but now we are four and that just isn’t right.”I hope you’re aware of all the lovely things people have written about you, and that you are touched, because you never believed you lit up a room or made people feel special, but you did. You really did.”I hope that you are resting, because you found life hard and now it is done.”My beloved sister, I don’t think you realised that success is never about the big things, but about the small things, and that just being you was enough.” Tara Palmer-Tomkinson in 2009 The sisters pictured arriving together for their brother’s wedding Credit:Tim Graham /Getty I’d like to share my final words to Tara, which I read at her funeral today. Thank you for your love and support x https://t.co/9V7JReUEpG pic.twitter.com/pwet6SRA4k— Santa Montefiore (@SantaMontefiore) February 27, 2017 For all those who loved Tara, this is her final song, played at her funeral today. Wise, raw and poetic. https://t.co/2djhi4XUDu— Santa Montefiore (@SantaMontefiore) February 27, 2017 Tara Palmer-Tomkinson in 2009Credit:Ian West /PA Palmer-Tomkinson, 45, died on February 8 from a perforated ulcer.Author Montefiore posted her tribute on Twitter and Facebook.She addressed the moving eulogy to her late sister, saying she knew she was there in spirit. The sisters pictured arriving together for their brother's wedding  Tara Palmer-Tomkinson’s sister has shared her emotional eulogy after the socialite was laid to rest at a private funeral.Santa Montefiore said she hoped her sister was being looked after in Heaven and that she was resting, because she “found life hard and now it is done”. Show more Montefiore, 47, said she hoped “the old Dummer dogs” had welcomed her sister because she adored the dogs and they would “make Heaven feel more like home”.”I hope the angels wrap their wings around you, because, although you shrank from embraces in life, you need to be hugged. You really do,” she continued.last_img read more

EYEWITNESS No equity…

…in tax payingThere’s a report that Exxon paid absolutely NO taxes on revenues of US$13.7B from petroleum products it extracted in, of all places, Australia! Your Eyewitness says “of all places” because most folks think corporations only avoid paying taxes to backward, Third World countries like Guyana and the Congo! Did everyone miss the news about Apple (which is as American as…well…apple pie!) registering its European business in Ireland – which has the lowest taxes in the continent?It did that, of course, to avoid paying taxes in the US!! But when Ireland revised its tax laws in 2013, Apple moved its US$252B cash assets to the tax haven of Jersey islands – as revealed in the Paradise Papers!! Why pay the US 35% or even Ireland’s 12.5% when you can get away with .0005%!! The irony is the EU just slapped a US$13Billion fine on Apple – which Ireland doesn’t want to accept because it doesn’t want to offend Apple!!And this is where we return to Exxon and its financial practices. Are folks so naïve to believe multinationals will “do the right thing” and pay taxes because we’re so poor and backward. Hey! In the neo-liberal world of business we now inhabit, the rule is “Show no mercy! Take them for as much as you can get!!” The thing is – if one corporation doesn’t make as much profits as they can, they soon get eaten up by those that do. It’s a ‘corporation eat corporation” world out there!!But we’re even more confused about the outrage in Guyana about what Exxon may pay in taxes here. As the contract will reveal – if it is ever released, and that’s not likely!! – Exxon will be allowed to first deduct up to 75% of revenues to cover its “development and operational “expenses. Which accounting firms in the world (not just Guyana’s) can figure out the REAL expenses when Australia’s couldn’t – after Exxon ran them through the maze of 500+ offshore paper companies. That’s how the world turns!But Guyana wont even get this “maze” treatment. “Why?” you ask dear reader? As your Eyewitness has been pointing out for over a year, the contract Trotman “renegotiated” says that EXXON’s TAXES WILL COME OUT OF THE GOVERNMENT OF GUYANA’S REVENUES!!! Yep! You heard that right…GUYANA will be paying Exxon taxes!! So if you have a gripe…take it up with the government..And you moan and whimper, “But that’s not fair!”? Well, like they say, “all is fair in love and war”. And in the neo-liberal capitalist model we now enjoy, business is the new form of war!!And as our Foreign Minister Greenidge, advises, “Please…no cussing. Of Exxon”!!…in Parking metersThe Gang of Four at City Hall and Smart City Solutions must’ve figured the dust has settled over their Parking Meter heist. The City Council Committee proposed citizens should be happy to fork over $150 per hour for the privilege of parking in our fair city! Now your Eyewitness does believe parking meters are a legitimate vehicle (forgive the pun!) to raise revenues and at the same time control congestion in the city.But at the same time, these must be balanced against the economic realities our people face. Can an average city worker afford to pay $1200/daily for parking? That’s $24,000/monthly! You be the judge, dear reader. But the folks at MAPM have opposed to the “settlement” for even more valid and fundamental reasons: the contract was void from the beginning!!At a minimum, they point out, the law demands that there should’ve been a bidding process?Why don’t we begin there? If Smart City is so good, they should win, no? …in Crime Chief demotionPublic Security Minister Ramjattan assured us Crime Chief Blanhum did a “fantastic” job and would be back after his vacation. Now after Blanhum’s demoted, he says it was the Commish’s call.He doesn’t know his own job description? Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Shafted again…June 3, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Budget Blahs…November 28, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: A fair share…January 16, 2018In “EYEWITNESS” read more

Onesta presented the 20 Invincibles

The most succesful coach in the Modern Era of Handball, Claude Onesta announced 20 French players for the upcoming last phase of preparation for the EHF EURO 2012 in Serbia. From 2nd to 13rh January, Karabatic and friends (Accambray and Guigou) will practice for the tournament in his born country, where in Preliminary Round France will play against Spain, Hungary and Russia.Goalkeepers: Thierry Omeyer, Daouda Karaboué, Cyril DumoulinBacks: Nikola Karabatic, Daniel Narcisse, Jerome Fernandez, Guillaume Gille, Sébastien Bosquet, William Accambray, Xavier Barachet, Kévynn Nyoka.Wingers: Samuel Honrubia, Michael Guigou, Guillaume Joli, Luc Abalo, Arnaud BingoPivots: Bertrand Gille, Didier Dinart, Cedric Sorhaindo, Gregory Detrez. ← Previous Story Hungary wins “Christmas Cup” in Slovakia Next Story → Over 4000 fans decided – Heidi Loke is the World’s Best Female Handball Player 2011 read more

Greece makes April cover of National Geographic Traveller

first_imgGreece is making headlines again, but this time it’s not about its questionable economy. With the travel industry seeing a recent spike in demand for Greek holidays among UK travellers, National Geographic Traveller (UK) has featured Greece on its April cover with the title: ‘A Modern Classic. Greece: a creative renaissance’. Within the edition artists, musicians, chefs, and entrepreneurs are featured, giving readers an insight into how the crisis has created the opportunity for some to turn traditions on their head in a bid to pursue their dreams.“Not only are UK tour operators reporting that bookings to Greece are significantly up for 2017, but it seems the country is also in the midst of a creative bloom,” said National Geographic Traveller (UK) deputy editor, Glen Mutel. “Our cover story shines a light on some of the people who have contributed to this, from graffiti artist Cacao Rocks – who appears alongside his work on our eye-catching cover – to sculptor Stathis Alexopoulos.”The feature was put together by contributor John Malathronas, who said that it became very clear through his research that “Greeks are proud of their ancestry”, even now in darker and more challenging times.“The resourceful way they’re coping with the financial crisis demonstrates an ingenuity and creativity equal to any they’ve exhibited in times of calamity throughout the 30-odd centuries of their history,” Mr Malathronas said.Among the UK operators seeing a surge in the number of travellers venturing to Greece are Kuoni, who reported a 30 per cent year-on-year increase in bookings, while Thomas Cook has seen a 40 per cent rise and it’s not just to the popular islands, but the mainland destinations also. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

LArchaeopteryx un dinosaure aux plumes noires

first_imgL’Archaeopteryx, un dinosaure aux plumes noiresL’Archaeopteryx, un dinosaure longtemps considéré comme l’oiseau le plus ancien, avait probablement des plumes noires. C’est ce qu’avancent des chercheurs américains, après avoir réussi à isoler sur le fossile d’une plume des cellules renfermant des pigments.Dinosaure ayant vécu à la fin du Jurassique il y a 156 à 150 millions d’années, l’Archaeopteryx a pendant longtemps été considéré comme le plus ancien des oiseaux. Puis les chercheurs ont découvert qu’il existait en réalité de nombreux dinosaures dotés de plumes à l’époque du Jurassique. Toutefois, le mystère du coloris de son plumage demeurait intact.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Mais aujourd’hui, une équipe de chercheurs américains avance qu’il était très probablement noir. Ryan Carney, qui a dirigé l’étude ayant mené à cette conclusion, explique dans un communiqué publié sur le site Internet de l’Université de Brown, avoir réussi à isoler sur le fossile d’une plume du premier Archaeopteryx découvert, c’était en 1861 en Bavière, des cellules renfermant des pigments. Ces cellules sont des mélanosomes. Elles produisent la mélanine, un pigment de couleur foncée très répandu dans le règne animal. Après avoir comparé ces cellules avec les mélanosomes de près de 90 espèces d’oiseaux actuels, les chercheurs affirment, “avec 95% de certitude” que le plumage de l’Archaeopteryx était noir. Ils ignorent en revanche toujours quelle pouvait être l’utilité de cette couleur pour le dinosaure. Plusieurs hypothèses sont évoquées, comme une protection contre les rayons solaires, un camouflage, ou encore la possibilité que cette couleur ait pu aider le dinosaure à voler.”Nous ne pouvons pas dire pas que c’est la preuve que l’Archeopteryx volait. Mais ce que nous pouvons dire, c’est que chez les oiseaux modernes, ces mélanosomes donnent une plus grande force et une meilleure résistance aux plumes” souligne Ryan Carney.Le 26 janvier 2012 à 10:13 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Herrera Beutler on House GOP Its time for my colleagues to face

first_imgAs the federal government shutdown entered its third week, U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler said Tuesday that it’s time for her Republican colleagues in the House to face reality and support a spending plan that doesn’t fight the 2010 health care reforms. In a statement, the Camas Republican called attacks on the Affordable Care Act a poison pill that’s preventing Congress from reopening the federal government. Until Tuesday, she was mum on the House GOP’s budget negotiations, saying she wanted to give her leadership time to craft a solution. “If this shutdown lasts much longer, negative impacts could be widespread,” Herrera Beutler said, noting the potential impact to veterans’ benefits, food assistance for low-income women and children, and permits for professional crabbers and fishers. “In Longview, people who are critically injured must now wait for life flights to come from Oregon,” Herrera Beutler said, because “the local hospital’s helicopter can’t get (Federal Aviation Administration) certification during a shutdown. I can’t stand by and let this happen any longer.”Herrera Beutler said she still opposes President Barack Obama’s health care reforms. “But this president will not bend or compromise on this issue even if the shutdown lasts until the end of his term, and this continued fighting is making it less likely that we can make progress on the issue, or on improving our economy or lowering our debt,” she said.last_img read more

Coinvestment rate for apprenticeship training to be halved for small employers

first_imgAutumn Budget 2018: Small employers’ co-investment rate for apprenticeship training is to be cut from 10% to 5%, chancellor Philip Hammond announced in the Autumn Budget 2018.The government is providing up to £240 million of funding to allow for the halving of the rate.Stephen Martin, director general of the Institute of Directors, welcomed the move. He said: “The low take-up of apprentices by small businesses has been a quandary for the government since the levy was introduced, and employers will cheer the decision to reduce the co-investment rate for small firms.”The measure follows changes to the apprenticeship levy announced earlier this month, which will enable large employers to transfer up to 25% of their annual apprenticeship funds to smaller firms, including those in their supply chain, from April 2019.Martin said: “Coupled with the chancellor’s recent announcement on levy transfers, this latest move should help to unblock the apprenticeship pipeline for non-levy payers.”Ben Rowland, co-founder of training organisation Arch Apprentices, said: “It’s brilliant that the government is taking steps to reinforce apprenticeships as the way to boost skills and productivity and we hope employers will increasingly recognise them as an opportunity to accelerate their business performance and bring new life to their teams.“Apprenticeships have been proven to create enthusiastic, loyal employees who report greater levels of satisfaction and are more likely to stay at the company long after their apprenticeship has finished.”Ian Brinkley, acting chief economist for the CIPD, meanwhile, believes the latest measure is unlikely to boost the number of apprenticeships offered by small firms, commenting that many lack the capacity to take on apprentices.He said: “The levy is still far too rigid to work in practice for many employers. We need a more flexible training levy that can help organisations fulfil a number of training and development needs rather than shoe-horning funds and efforts into the apprenticeships model alone.“It’s vital that the government continues to review the operation of the levy to ensure it delivers the right results for all businesses and individuals, and that it can meaningfully help address the UK’s productivity challenge. The other big issue on skills is the need to provide small businesses with much more locally provided support on developing people management capability to boost both job quality and firm performance.”last_img read more

WHS GIRLS TENNIS Wildcats Drop 2 Straight But Carolyn Roney Shines

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The WHS Girls Varsity Tennis Team lost to Burlington High, 4-1, on Wednesday, May 9 in Burlington.Wilmington junior Emily Hill was defeated by Madison Metzdorf, 6-1, 6-1.Wilmington junior Lia Kourkoutas was defeated by Arya Bhat, 6-2, 6-1.Wilmington sophomore Carolyn Roney defeated Liz Gillespie, 7-6, 6-4.Wilmington junior Jessica D’Arco and senior Krista Brown were defeated by Jessica Abrevaya and Alexandria Fioya, 6-1, 6-1.Wilmington seniors Jill Roche and Lauren Field were defeated by Niti Seereeram and Madison McDonald, 7-6, 6-3.The WHS Girls Varsity Tennis Team also lost to Belmont High, 3-2, on Thursday, May 10 in Wilmington.Wilmington junior Emily Hill defeated Caroline Dustin, 6-2, 6-2.Wilmington junior Lia Kourkoutas was defeated by Julia Logan, 7-6, 6-0.Wilmington sophomore Carolyn Roney defeated Simona Casale, 6-1, 6-2.Wilmington junior Jessica D’Arco and senior Krista Brown were defeated by Eliza Jones and Izzy Lefebrve, 6-0, 6-0.Wilmington seniors Jill Roche and Lauren Field were defeated by Cassie Wang and Julie Choi, 6-4, 7-5.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS GIRLS TENNIS: Wilmington Drops Close One To Burlington HighIn “Sports”WHS GIRLS TENNIS: Wildcats Defeat Stoneham & Wakefield On Back-To-Back DaysIn “Sports”WHS GIRLS TENNIS: Wildcats Fall To Burlington, But Beat WakefieldIn “Sports”last_img read more

Festival ambience at Birla School

first_imgVijayawada: Birla Open Minds Play School witnessed a colourful Sri Krishna Janmashtami celebration on the school premises here on Friday. Speaking on the occasion, the school director Neelima Sunkara said the event was organised for both the parents and children. This was good opportunity to explain the children about the importance of the festival. The school children participated in several dance performances with high spirits. Skits were performed to explain children the value of friendship and teachers supported them perform well. The Utti breaking episode stood as a milestone of the Janmashtami celebrations, she added.last_img read more

BNPJamaat will have no option after today Joy

first_imgSajeeb Wazed Joy casting vote. Photo: BSSPrime minister Sheikh Hasina’s son and her ICT affairs adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy on Sunday expressed his firm optimism about the win of the ruling party in the 11th general elections, reports UNB.”I am fully confident about the win,” he said while talking to newsmen after casting his vote at Dhaka City College centre in the morning.He said that he is optimistic about the win as people of the country will go for development. “They will vote for Boat, they will make the Boat win for another term so that we can advance the ongoing development.”Joy alleged that last couple of months the BNP and Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami leaders and activists and the ‘war criminals’ were trying hard to make the election controversial and they were lobbying in foreign lands.He said that everybody knows that there is no scope of win of BNP-Jamaat.Joy said that BNP-Jamaat clique unleash terrorist acts and whenever police arrest them they say that police are arresting the terrorists for nothing.”They will kill people, carry out terrorist activities and they can’t be arrested, these killing should be stopped,” he said.He hoped the killing spree of the BNP-Jamaat clique will be stopped after today. “Today is the election day, they will have no option after today,” he said.last_img read more

UK to Hire Digital Safety Tzar

first_imgThe UK today unveiled online safety laws that require social media companies and tech firms to protect their users—or else.An independent regulator will be appointed to enforce the new standards, purported to be the first of their kind.The legislation includes a mandatory “duty of care,” which demands that organizations take reasonable steps to keep users safe and tackle illegal and harmful activity on their services.If (as Facebook continuously demonstrates) they fail, businesses may be forced to pay a substantial fine or wait out a temporary closure of their site. The government is also in talks to potentially impose liability on individual members of senior management (we’re looking at you, Mark Zuckerberg).“The Internet can be brilliant at connecting people across the world, but for too long these companies have not done enough to protect users, especially children and young people, from harmful content,” according to Prime Minister Theresa May, subject of many a mean-spirited meme.Part of the Online Harms White Paper—a joint proposal from the Home Office and Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport—the rules cover digital behavior like inciting violence and violent content, encouraging suicide, disinformation, cyber bullying, and children accessing inappropriate material.Content relating to terrorism or child sexual exploitation and abuse will be doubly monitored.“We have listened to campaigners and parents, and are putting a legal duty of care on Internet companies to keep people safe,” she continued. “Online companies must start taking responsibility for their platforms, and help restore public trust in this technology.”The proposed laws apply to any company that allows people to share or discover user-generated content or interact with others online—including social media platforms, file-hosting sites, public discussion forums, messaging services, and search engines.“The era of self-regulation for online companies is over,” Digital Secretary Jeremy Wright said in a statement. “Voluntary actions from industry to tackle online harms have not been applied consistently or gone far enough.“Tech can be an incredible force for good and we want the sector to be part of the solution in protecting their users,” he continued. “However, those that fail to do this will face tough action.”Citizens have 12 weeks to respond to today’s proposed legislation, either online or via email.“The tech giants and social media companies have a moral duty to protect the young people they profit from,” Home Secretary Sajid Javid said. “Despite our repeated calls to action, harmful and illegal content—including child abuse and terrorism—is still too readily available online.”More on Geek.com:Facebook Lifts Curtain on News Feed AlgorithmWhatsApp Now Lets You Block People From Adding You to Group ChatsPSA: Don’t Change Your Twitter Birthday to 2007last_img read more

Gorillas filmed performing amazing feat of intellectual ability

first_img Explore further (Phys.org) — Researchers working in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda have filmed gorillas dismantling snares set by poachers to catch smaller game. Previously, anecdotal evidence had suggested that silverback gorillas had been seen dismantling snares. In this instance it was two young blackback, mountain gorillas that were involved. The team, part of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund’s Karisoke Research Center, filmed first a silverback motioning towards the snare. Next, two young male blackbacks arrived on the scene, surveyed the situation, then proceeded to take apart the snare, avoiding being caught in it in the process. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Gorillas filmed performing amazing feat of intellectual ability (2012, July 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-07-gorillas-amazing-feat-intellectual-ability.html Gorilla King Titus dies in Rwandacenter_img Image: Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund / gorillas.org © 2012 Phys.org Snares are small loops of plant leaves or rope, fashioned in a noose and laid on or near the ground. They are attached lightly to a bent bush and strongly to a tree. If an animal steps in the snare, the rope is released from the bendy bush causing the noose to tighten around the victim, who cannot run away because of the tether to the tree. Some victims are retrieved when poachers come to check their snares; others die from dehydration.Those who work with gorillas have known for quite some time that the animals possess a brain that supports an intellectual level that far surpasses most other animals, including most other primates. In short, they’re really smart. Unfortunately, there is not much documented evidence to support such claims due to the few studies that have been done to measure it. This is because there are relatively few animals available in captivity that can be studied and because of the limited environment in which the animals live in the wild, which means, practically speaking, they don’t often run into situations that require much brainpower. But when they do, researchers say, it can take your breath away.To dismantle a snare, the gorillas pull the bent branch back, breaking it and releasing the tension in the rope. In the film, the two young gorillas get right to work indicating they’d done it before, and the researchers report that once finished the duo moved to another snare and disabled it as well.The researchers also note that the snare destroying episode came shortly after the death of an infant gorilla that had become trapped in a snare; in trying to escape it had broken its shoulder which led to gangrene setting in.Snares are common in protected parks in Africa as poachers set traps hoping to get some bush-meat either for consumption directly or to sell on the black market. The snares are not normally strong enough to trap a full grown gorilla or even a juvenile but present a significant threat to those still very small. The researchers report that the recent death of an infant was the second this year.last_img read more

eRevMax expands its footprints in Kenya with Sun Africa Hotels

first_imgSource = eRevMax – Sun Africa Hotels eRevMax expands its footprints in Kenya with Sun Africa HotelsSun Africa Hotels, one of the fastest emerging hotel chains in Kenya, has selected eRevMax to benefit from real-time channel management powered with business intelligence data. Five properties of the group are using Channel Manager Web, a cloud based platform for updating rate and inventory (ARI) across all connected travel channels and maintain real-time availability through pooled inventory. Available on eRevMax’s pioneering hotel operating solution LIVE OS, the application also provides real-time visibility into property level business performance to monitor and improve key metrics like rate, booking production, pace and compliance in a centralized manner.Located at some of the most popular tourist places in Kenya, Sun Africa Hotels manages 8 leisure properties. RateTiger’s 2-way XML connectivity with all leading OTAs in Europe and North America, two of their biggest international markets, will help Sun Africa Hotels to update rates and availabilities across their online distribution channels in real-time ensuring online sales optimization as a part of its growth plan across East Africa region.“We’re one of the fastest growing hotel chains in Kenya and offer some of the finest hotels and lodges in East Africa. With Channel Manager Web by eRevMax we can maintain real-time availability and dynamic pricing based on analytics provided on LIVE OS. This has helped us to improve our online presence by maintaining real-time room availability up to the last inventory across all distribution points in resulting better occupancy,” said Rahul Sood, Group Managing Director and Chief Executive-Africa at Sun Africa Hotels.Stuart Derricott, VP Global Sales at eRevMax commented, “Given that Sun Africa Hotels primarily caters to international guests, along with luxury domestic travellers, it is important for the hotels to be present in all global online sales channels and metasearch sites.  Our channel ecosystem has helped their hotels to improve exposure and tap new markets. Backed by the real-time data and analytics they can respond to market dynamics more efficiently, and optimize online revenue.”Channel manager Web by eRevMax, powered with sophisticated analytics, distribution capabilities and interactive reporting dashboard, help hotels make informed decision based on key insights and streamline all aspects of their revenue management for driving better results.Sun Africa HotelsSun Africa Hotels offers the perfect combination of bush and scenic safari holidays with varied choices and the presence of hotels make it simple for travelers to choose. Sun Africa Hotels is an expanding chain of some of the finest hotels and lodges in East Africa offers the highest standards of hospitality and service at all of their hotels and lodges located at the best places in Kenya.8 properties of the Sun Africa Hotels are set amidst the scenic environments of Kenya that influence guests with a memorable holiday experience they will not forget. Sun Africa Hotels offers high quality service in accommodation and conference room facilities at very competitive rates. You will enjoy the tranquil beauty of our private conservation area and its wildlife. We offer an exciting variety of entertainment from traditional dancing to live bands.About eRevMaxeRevMax is a travel technology company that helps hotels to maximise online revenue opportunities through real-time distribution, market intelligence and connectivity solutions. The company provides specifically tailored solutions within its core product brands – RateTiger, RTConnect and LIVE OS.RateTiger product suite offers the industry’s leading ChannelManager for online distribution, Shopper for rate benchmarking and BookingForce to help drive direct bookings from the hotel’s brand.com. RTConnect provides seamless 2-way XML integration of channel management functionality with the hotel’s central systems. LIVE OS offers hotels a single sign-on platform to access multiple applications, while offering technology partners a chance to get in front of hotels allowing greater distribution of promotional opportunities.eRevMax is working closely with over 200 certified channel and technology partners as well as 9000 hotels worldwide helping them increase revenue opportunities and streamline business processes.last_img read more

Firm Solutions and assure360 Officially Merge

first_img in Headlines, News, Technology July 20, 2017 628 Views Two technology and outsourcing companies used in the financial services, real estate, and legal industries have joined forces. Now, Firm Solutions and assure360 have the ability to offer new and unique technology compliance solutions for law firms and servicers, and all under one brand name: Firm Solutions.With the decision to become a single-company, Firm Solutions’ leadership now enabled to deliver a more modernized and complete offering to the industry.“Law firms and mortgage servicers are both in the process of recalibrating to the new-normal of the default servicing industry,” said Scott Brinkley, CEO of a360inc. “As the market continues to transition from the capacity challenges of recent years to the mounting compliance and performance burdens, new solutions and new thinking are imperative. Demand for innovative technology and new approaches to data-enabled outsourcing options that offer operational efficiency gains and ensure compliance will continue to increase.”The newly formed Firm Solutions also announced plans to debut an all-new platform to launch in the fall, which will be custom built for the changing compliance, vendor management and audit requirements that law firms and servicers face today.“As we continue to evolve our practice management solutions, this strategic decision enables us to deliver a more streamlined, cohesive and complete offering to the industry. Organizationally and operationally, this single-company approach will enable us to better develop, deliver and market the innovative solutions we know the industry needs,” continued Brinkley. “With new products poised for release and the active pursuit of additional strategic acquisitions, the industry can expect more major announcements in the immediate future.” Firm Solutions and assure360 Officially Mergecenter_img assure360 Company News Firm Solutions HOUSING legal services mortgage Outsourcing Service Providers technology solutions 2017-07-20 Staff Writer Sharelast_img read more

AP PhotoKelvin Kuo

first_img(AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo) Larry Fitzgerald reached a new milestone on Sunday against the Detroit Lions.The Cardinals’ receiver became the NFL’s all-time leader in receptions with one team following his 14-yard reception in the third quarter.It was Fitzgerald’s 1,282nd reception with the team, passing Hall of Famer Jerry Rice.Entering the Lions’ game, Fitzgerald had 1,281 career receptions and 47 receptions for 508 yards and five touchdowns this season. Related LinksCardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald passes Terrell Owens in all-time rec. yardsAntoine Bethea named Cardinals’ Walter Payton award nomineeIt wasn’t Fitzgerald’s first receiving milestone this season.He passed Hall of Famer Terrell Owens for No. 2 on the all-time receiving yards list on Nov. 11 against the Kansas City Chiefs.Fitzgerald still needs about 6,000 yards to pass Rice (22,895 receiving yards) for the lead in that category. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 9 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Antiquities department pressured to change stance on Mathiatis gold mining

first_imgPressure is being exerted on the antiquities department to change its stance over protecting ancient artefacts in Mathiatis, in a bid to grant a company the licence to mine gold in the area, Greens MP Charalambos Theopemptou charged on Friday.Speaking after a session at the House transport committee, he said that although discussion over the company’s application had come to an end when the environment department negatively opined on their environmental study, efforts had been exerted which managed to change the stance of the antiquities department.Theopemptou said scientific procedures should be followed and having a company entering an area as sensitive as that of Mathiatis and begin working because it wanted to was wrong.The firm, Hellenic Copper Mines (HCM), in a statement said they were fully prepared to abide by the requirements set out by the antiquities department which have been studied and deemed sufficient.The proposed project, calls for the mining and transport of ore from the Strongylos mine in Mathiatis to the Skouriotissa gold plant.HCM said the environment department had been clear that the project could operate with appropriate environmental conditions but for a small part of the total area requested.Thus, the company submitted an objection over the delay in issuing a permit, it added.Maps submitted by the government department support their position that reserves in the Strongylos mine are not ancient but from 1930-1940 which were made by American firm CMC extracting gold ore, the statement said.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoComparisons.orgCalifornia Drivers With No DUI’s Getting A Big Pay DayComparisons.orgUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more