Organizations Receive Funding to Improve Accessiblity

first_imgThe province is improving access for persons with disabilities through investments in 19 community facilities and venues. The Community ACCESS-ability Program will provide almost $108,000 for accessibility-related capital improvements such as renovations, installations, and equipment. “This funding will help non-profit community organizations and groups provide accessibility to facilities,” said John MacDonell, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “This investment will make life better for Nova Scotians with disabilities by removing barriers in public buildings and spaces.” The program will provide a grant of up to two thirds of the costs, to a maximum of $10,000. The organization is responsible for raising at least one third of the project’s funding from other sources. “We appreciate the funding that will allow us to provide wheelchair-handicap walkways and ramps for our many visitors and local residents,” said Ohra Colins, president, Greville Bay Shipbuilding Museum Society/Age of Sail Heritage Museum. “This means lower levels of both main buildings, adjacent buildings and our beautiful new Wharfwalk will become accessible to everyone to enjoy.” A list of approved projects can be found at .last_img read more

Bluenose II Update

first_imgLunenburg boat builders have begun work to replace the rudder on the Bluenose II. Service contracts were finalized this week with several Nova Scotian companies. Snyder’s Shipyard will construct and install the wooden rudder, Lunenburg Industrial Foundry and Engineering is providing the berth and other services, and Canadian Maritime Engineering will fabricate rudder components called pintles and gudgeons. A fourth contributor who will provide the manual steering gear is still to be determined. The work will begin immediately in Lunenburg at the off-season dock of the Bluenose II and will eventually move to the Lunenburg Foundry’s berth, where Snyder’s Shipyard will continue the installation. Work, including sea trials, will be completed during the off season. The cost for the project remains within the previously announced build budget of $25 million.last_img read more

Djoker is a deadly spider Opponents coach

first_imgLondon: Playing Novak Djokovic is like facing a killer eight-legged spider that can reach everything you throw his way — so says the coach of his Wimbledon quarter-final opponent David Goffin. The defending champion and world number one takes on Belgian 21st seed Goffin on Centre Court on Wednesday for a place in the semi-finals. Goffin’s coach Thomas Johansson said he had a game plan to drag Djokovic out of his comfort zone. “It’s almost impossible to find any weaknesses in his game,” the 2002 Australian Open champion said of Djokovic. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together”He doesn’t have a big serve but it is very, very accurate. From the baseline he’s a wall. “I remember hitting with him many years ago; it’s like hitting against a spider. It feels like everything is coming back. Playing Novak Djokovic is like facing a killer eight-legged spider that can reach everything you throw his way — so says the coach of his Wimbledon quarter-final opponent David Goffin. The defending champion and world number one takes on Belgian 21st seed Goffin on Centre Court on Wednesday for a place in the semi-finals. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenGoffin’s coach Thomas Johansson said he had a game plan to drag Djokovic out of his comfort zone. “It’s almost impossible to find any weaknesses in his game,” the 2002 Australian Open champion said of Djokovic. “He doesn’t have a big serve but it is very, very accurate. From the baseline he’s a wall. “I remember hitting with him many years ago; it’s like hitting against a spider. It feels like everything is coming back. “You really have to try to put him in uncomfortable positions on the court — otherwise he will kill you.” Goffin, 28, has matched his best-ever performance at the Grand Slams by reaching his first Wimbledon quarter-final. Four-time Wimbledon champion Djokovic, 32, has a 5-1 record over Goffin — but the Belgian won their last encounter, on clay in the Monte Carlo quarter-finals in 2017. “It’s very important for David to have beaten him once. Most of the guys never have,” Johansson said. “Novak is the guy to beat here. You can talk about Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer but he is the defending champion. “We are the underdog — and we like it.” Johansson, 44, has been working with Goffin on tactics to contain Djokovic, namely a much-improved slice and drawing the top seed to the net. “We will try to find a good solution because rallying with him is not an option,” the Swede said. Goffin is only the fifth Belgian man in history to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals — and, along with Xavier Malisse in 2002, the only one to do so since 1924. Malisse, 38, said the odds were heavily in favour of Djokovic — but Goffin could still spring a surprise. “It’s going to be tough. Everyone knows it — including him,” the former world number 19 said. “But it’s one match. If he’s on good form and Djokovic is off a bit, gets a little stressed or nervous, that can change things. “It’s about 60 to 65 percent in Djokovic’s favour.” Goffin’s route to the last eight has seen him knock out Bradley Klahn, Jeremy Chardy, 11th seed Daniil Medvedev and Fernando Verdasco. Belgium’s Kim Clijsters, a two-time Grand Slam champion, said her compatriot had been playing better than ever. “It’s very exciting,” said the retired 36-year-old.last_img read more

CPPIB ekes out 1.1% return on investments in Q3 despite December downturn

TORONTO — Canada Pension Plan Investment Board says it was able to overcome a general downturn on stock markets near the end of 2018 to record a 1.1 per cent return in its third quarter.The investment manager for the Canada Pension Plan said its CPP Fund had $368.5 billion of assets at Dec. 31 — up $200 million from the quarter ended Sept. 30. The increase was after $3.8 billion in net cash outflows to the CPP during the quarter, which offset most of the $4 billion of net income achieved by CPPIB through its investment activities.Chief executive Mark Machin says that broad declines in global stock markets created a challenging investment environment during the quarter, especially in DecemberBut Machin added that CPPIB benefited from its diversified investment portfolio and the positive impact of a decline in the Canadian dollar compared with other major currencies, which increased the relative value of its foreign investments.CPPIB’s annualized net real rate of return over 10 years — which adjusts for inflation — was 8.2 per cent. The Canadian Press read more

Ontario Securities Commission to pay $7.5 million to three whistleblowers

TORONTO — The Ontario Securities Commission announced that it has awarded $7.5 million to three whistleblowers, the first payout of its kind by a Canadian securities regulator.The payments were paid to individuals relating to separate matters for voluntarily providing “high quality, timely, specific and credible information” that helped the commission obtain monetary payments for enforcement actions.OSC chief executive Maureen Jensen says the whistleblower program has proven to be a “game-changer” for the commission’s enforcement efforts, but would not be successful without people coming forward to provide valuable information about harm to Ontario’s capital markets.Enforcement director Jeff Kehoe added that the OSC hopes the announced payouts and whistleblower protections will encourage others to come forward.The commission says it makes all reasonable efforts to protect the confidentiality of whistleblowers and not disclose information that might reveal their identity.The OSC says its mandate is to “provide protection to investors from unfair, improper or fraudulent practices, to foster fair and efficient capital markets and confidence in the capital markets, and to contribute to the stability of the financial system and the reduction of systemic risk.”The Canadian Press read more

Algerian Security Services Continue to Arrest Protesters During Peaceful Demonstrations

Rabat – Algerian security services have made multiple arrests of anti-government protesters, who have been rallying against the Algerian regime since February 22.Despite the resignation of former Algerian president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, and other elites from his era, protesters are determined to continue their protests. The demonstrators are demanding  a major shift into democracy despite warnings from the military.On June 18, Algeria’s military chief of staff General Gaid Salah issued a warning to the protesters, calling on them to respect the army. General Salah said that protesters “hold grudges and animosity towards the army and its command,” describing them as enemies.Throughout the weeks of protests, demonstrators have carried  banners to speak their minds about the transition period and the crisis their country is facing amid the continued unrest.The  slogans include protests against the army, including demands for the resignation of Salah.Salah has been urging the protesters to respect the date scheduled for the election,  July 4, following a transition period.The Constitutional Council in Algeria, however, canceled the election, emphasizing that the conditions are not suitable to hold an election amid unrest.Protesters have been calling for a free and fair elections, emphasizing that they will not stop protesting until the entire Bouteflika cohort leaves political power to a new generation of politicians.Security services in Algeria have initiated crackdowns on protesters, including a high number of arrests throughout the weeks of protests.The arrest of protesters angered opposition political parties.Algerian political party Socialist Forces Front (FFS)  condemned the “systematic repression and violence used” on the protesters during a peaceful march.The party demanded all individuals detained be released immediately. read more

Former military intelligence head arrested over Noyahr incident

Major General Karunasekara was detained at the Military Hospital where he was receiving treatment. (Colombo Gazette) Former military intelligence head Major General (Retired) Amal Karunasekara, was arrested by the Police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) over investigations into the abduction and assault on journalist Keith Noyahr.The Police said that Major General Karunasekara was accused of being involved in the 2008 abduction of the then Associate Editor of The Nation, Keith Noyahr.

Prof publishes book about Olympics of pop songs

Eurovision performers Ryan Dolan of Ireland (left) and Robin Stjernberg of Sweden give Prof. Karen Fricker and her new book about the Eurovision Song Contest the OK. Photo by Lisa Wikstrand.For Prof. Karen Fricker, studying theatre and performance doesn’t just mean watching and thinking about plays. For nearly the last decade, it has also meant attending “Europe’s favourite TV show.”Fricker, assistant professor of dramatic arts at Brock, spent a week last May in Malmö, Sweden, where she launched her co-edited book Performing the ‘New’ Europe: Identities, Feelings and Politics at the Eurovision Song Contest, at the heart of the annual pop song festival, which is watched by an estimated 170 million people globally.The Eurovision contest is “a venerable cultural tradition based on the fabulously frivolous premise of choosing Europe’s favourite pop song,” Fricker writes in her blog.“While Eurovision music is often critiqued as out-of-date and market-unfriendly as live entertainment broadcasting, the contest is state-of-the-art, and it’s fascinating to see what innovations are experimented with each year,” she adds.Fricker also gave a keynote address at the conference, “A Transnational Vision for Europe?” at Malmö University, as did her co-editor Milija Gluhovic (University of Warwick, U.K.).With the launch of the book, published by Palgrave Macmillan, and the conference, Fricker attracted considerable international media attention as a Eurovision expert. She has also covered the contest as a journalist for the Irish Times for the past nine years and wrote a blog post this year for the Guardian about the U.K. and Eurovision.Fricker is travelling in continental Europe and Ireland – some work, some play – but spoke to The Brock News via email.TBN: You’ve spent a lot of time and done a lot of research on the Eurovision Song Contest. What attracted you to it?KF: I first encountered the contest in Ireland in the early 2000s and was captivated by the idea of an Olympics of pop songs. I soon realized the contest is a unique annual celebration of European unity (and disunity!) and an occasion for the performance of all sorts of identities – familial, national, regional and gendered.TBN: And is this what led to the May launch of the book you co-edited with Milija Gluhovic? KF: My first Eurovision research project (2005-07) was about fandom, and this recent project, which was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council in the U.K., looks at the relationship between the contest and changes to Europe since the fall of the Berlin Wall. The main outcome of this project was the co-edited book Performing the ‘New’ Europe.TBN: Can you tell us a little about the book?KF: The book has nine chapters by different scholars and contest stakeholders, looking at the contest from a variety of national, cultural and disciplinary perspectives. For example, we have a chapter on Russia’s strategic use of the contest to advance the Putin regime’s political and cultural agendas; several chapters about the strong feelings – positive and negative – the contest engenders in viewers; and other chapters reading images of femininity and masculinity in the contest for what they say about gender, sexuality and power in the ‘new’ Europe. And that’s just a sampling!TBN: You also gave a keynote address in Malmö this year?KF: Milija and I were keynote speakers at an international Eurovision conference, presenting versions of our own book chapters. I spoke about the U.K.’s fraught relationship to the contemporary (Eurovision contest), arguing that this reflects a crisis of post-imperial collective identity. Milija discussed the ways in which the contest has been connected to human rights and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activism in Azerbaijan and Serbia.TBN: Where will you go from here?KF: I have been attending the contest as a journalist as well as scholar since 2005, which has been an amazing experience: nine European cities, nine intense, unique, and endlessly entertaining competitions. The publication of this book marks the end of my current contest research, and now I need to focus on other projects, in particular finishing a book about the Québec director Robert Lepage. However, I will be looking for angles to get to Denmark next May for Eurovision 2014. It’d be hard to leave the contest behind. read more

Ohio State womens volleyball set to welcome Big Ten newcomers Maryland Rutgers

OSU sophomore middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe watches the ball during a match against Penn State on Oct. 31 at St. John Arena. OSU lost, 3-0.Credit: Kelly Roderick / For The LanternAfter playing the majority of its games on the road this season, the No. 18 Ohio State women’s volleyball team looks to defend St. John Arena against Big Ten newcomers Maryland and Rutgers.Of the 24 matches played by OSU this season, only eight outings, including three tournament matchups, have been played in Columbus this year.Sophomore middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe said she’s glad the team doesn’t have to travel as much, and added that the Buckeyes need to approach every game with the same mindset.“It’ll be a lot nicer being able to stay home, not traveling as much (and) obviously having a home court advantage too,” Sandbothe said. “But I mean, we’re road warriors, as well as being home warriors.”The Buckeyes (16-8, 7-5) are scheduled to play the Terrapins (9-14, 2-10) on Friday and the Scarlet Knights (7-18, 0-12) on Saturday.The majority of Buckeye juniors and seniors, with the exception of junior middle blocker Tyler Richardson, as she is a transfer from Middle Tennessee State, have experience playing the Terrapins. The Buckeyes played Maryland in invitational play during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons. The Scarlet Knights and the Buckeyes haven’t played one another since the 1981 season.Junior transfer outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell has the most experience playing the Terrapins, as she faced them two times as a player at Duke.“Maryland’s a very scrappy team and they fight very hard,” Campbell said. “They have really good pin hitters.”She added that if the Buckeyes “scrap and play defensive as hard as (Maryland does),” they can come out with a win.In her career against the Terrapins, she has averaged 12 kills, 7 digs, an assist and a service ace per game.The Terrapins and Scarlet Knights come into Columbus at the bottom of the Big Ten, but have made strides compared to last season.The Scarlet Knights are also the only Big Ten team without a win in conference play this season.The Terrapins will be led by senior outside hitter Ashleigh Crutcher, who ranks seventh in the Big Ten in kills per set with an average of 3.55, while the Scarlet Knights will be led by junior defensive specialist Ali Schroeter, who ranks fifth in the Big Ten in digs per set with an average of 4.39.Both matches are scheduled for a 7 p.m. start. read more

Newcrest Cadia returning to full production starts deposition of tailings into old

first_imgOn 23 April 2018, Newcrest announced to the market that it had received approval from the New South Wales (NSW) Department of Planning and Environment to use the first 200 m of the old Cadia Hill open pit as a tailings storage facility. On May 5/6 Newcrest began depositing tailings into the Cadia Hill open pit following the completion of the construction and commissioning work for the pipeline infrastructure. After a short ramp up period, Newcrest expects Cadia to return to full production rates before the end of the current financial year.Newcrest continues to review and determine the cause of the Northern Tailings Facility (NTF) embankment slump. A prohibition notice issued by the NSW Resources Regulator on depositing tailings in the NTF remains in place. Newcrest Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Sandeep Biswas, said: “I again applaud the efforts ofour people at Cadia who have worked hard to safely restore the operation to normal production. It has been a significant additional challenge to acquire and build the required infrastructure in such short time. Today’s announcement is a true testament to the dedication and commitment of our people, the support we have received from the State Government and local government authorities, and the constructive engagement and support we have received from the Cadia district community.”last_img read more

BMW joins Airbus in warning about the consequences of Brexit uncertainty

first_img Friday 22 Jun 2018, 9:00 PM Updated Jun 22nd 2018, 9:00 PM CAR MANUFACTURER BMW has joined Airbus in warning that uncertainty about Brexit is forcing it to reconsider its investment in manufacturing in the UK.Earlier today the aviation giant, which employs 14,000 people at 25 sites across Britain, warned in a risk assessment yesterday that it would be forced to “reconsider its footprint in the country, its investments in the UK and at large its dependency on the UK” if Britain leaves the single market and customs union without any deal in place.The UK is due to leave the EU in March 2019 but current trading arrangements will remain in place until December 2020.While Prime Minister Theresa May has repeatedly expressed the desire to bring the UK out of the single market and customs union, the lack of clarity on what would replace it has been a hallmark of negotiations with the EU so far.With the potential for no deal to be reached, Airbus said it needed to take appropriate action“Put simply, a no deal scenario directly threatens Airbus’ future in the UK,” Tom Williams, chief operating officer of Airbus Commercial Aircraft, said in a statement.The company estimates that delays and disruptions to its production that would be caused by the trade barriers that would spring up would cost it up to €1 billion a week in lost turnover.It said a no-deal Brexit “would be catastrophic” for the aviation group.Even if there was an “orderly” Brexit with an agreement and transition period, Airbus said that its business would still be impacted.It said: “The new EU/UK relationship will entail new procedures, regulatory regimes, duplication of tasks, divergence of standards etc… potentially leading to higher complexity, more effort, more cost, more risks; more friction/delay in our cross-channel, deeply integrated supply chain operating today on a just-in-time basis.”Williams added that in any scenario, Brexit has “severe consequences” for the aerospace industry and Airbus in particular.“While Airbus understands that the political process must go on, as a responsible business we require immediate details on the pragmatic steps that should be taken to operate competitively,” he said. Jun 22nd 2018, 7:58 AM Share179 Tweet Email4 File photo Without these, Airbus believes that the impacts on our UK operations could be significant. We have sought to highlight our concerns over the past 12 months, without success.BMWCarmaker BMW also warned that uncertainty was affecting the investment climate.Ian Robertson, special representative of the BMW Group in the UK, told the BBC: File photo Image: Andrew Matthews/PA Images 142 Comments BMW joins Airbus in warning about the consequences of Brexit uncertainty Airbus said that it could pull out of the UK if there’s a “no deal” Brexit. As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: By Sean Murray Short URL If we don’t get clarity in the next couple of months we have to start making those contingency plans – which means investing money in systems that we might not need, in warehouses that might not be usable in the future, in effectively making the UK automotive industry less competitive than it is in a very competitive world right now.With reporting by © AFP 2018  53,623 Views Image: Andrew Matthews/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

The 5 Best Alternatives to FaceTime for Android

first_imgStay on target If you’re not an iPhone owner but still want to get in on the smartphone action that’s totally okay! There are plenty of great Android phones to look forward to. But Apple’s experience in mobile software still gives them the edge in a number of areas, and video chatting is one of them. FaceTime, iOS’s native video app, is a solid program that has been polished to a shine, and it’s quickly becoming a generic verb like Xerox. You don’t video chat someone, you FaceTime them. With an Android phone, though, you can’t.That’s what’s great about the open marketplace of ideas that is the Google Play store, though. If you need an Android alternative to FaceTime, you have not one, but several, to choose from. We took the leading candidates for a test drive to compare them with each other, taking into account price, reliability, restrictions, and features. Here’s our list of the five best alternatives to FaceTime for Android.Google HangoutsThe out-of-the-box alternative to FaceTime isn’t all that bad. Hangouts is Google’s service for both real-time text chat and video. One of the best things about it is that it’s massively cross-platform and linked to your Google ID. Not only does Hangouts work great on every Android phone, you can take it to your desktop — even your Mac desktop. Hangouts replaced Google Talk as the native chat app within Gmail (and Google+, but let’s not talk about that) a few years back, and the team has refined it a lot since then.One thing that’s cool about Hangouts is that it works beyond simple person-to-person connections. The platform supports multiple-person conversations for up to ten people. Google also offers a mobile version for iOS. One advantage that Hangouts has over FaceTime is its data latency management. While Apple recommends only using FaceTime while connected to a wireless Internet connection, Hangouts deals much better with standard cellular data rates. In addition, voice calls to other Hangouts users are completely free.If you have an Android phone (five of which you should check out), you should also have a Google account — it’s the key to all of the company’s awesome services, including Hangouts. Keeping your address book in order lets you merge all of your message streams into one easy-to-follow feed. The only complaint that we had is that there are occasionally unexplained glitches and bugs during calls, but they were rare.SkypeWhen you think about video chat services, Skype is the gray-haired grandfather that still manages to hang on. First released in 2003, the system shared a back end with music-sharing system Kazaa (remember music-sharing systems?). It grew steadily until 2011, when it was acquired by Microsoft to replace Windows Live Messenger. Obviously, that makes it the default messaging client for Windows phones, but the Android versions are quite solid.Early versions of Skype for Android weren’t well-integrated with your mobile device’s address book, making adding contacts a chore. In 2014, the 5.0 update finally brought it into harmony with the Android ecosystem, allowing it to access your existing contents. This simple change rocketed Skype into the upper echelon of Android video chat services.Skype’s video chat services work in a variety of bandwidth situations, and keeps a constant monitor of the quality of the call you are currently on. You are able to score the call afterwards, and depending on what hardware you are using to make the video call, the video can be transmitted in HD.Basic Skype accounts are free and allow you unlimited one-on-one video chat across any supported platform — mobile and desktop alike. Skype used to charge a subscription fee for multi-user video chats, but now group chats are included in the basic service. They do still charge either by the minute or with a monthly subscription for calls to phone users outside of the Skype service.ViberViber started out as a text and audio messaging app, but quickly realized that they would need to add features to compete in a crowded marketplace. First they worked to replicate audio chat like Skype, and then in 2014 introduced video chat functionality. Although they are relatively new to the marketplace, Viber has build their brand into a strong alternative to existing platforms like FaceTime and Skype.One of the best aspects of Viber is the app’s clean and intuitive design. Whereas Skype and Hangouts seem like desktop legacy apps that have been awkwardly transitioned to mobile experiences, Viber was built from the ground up with your phone screen in mind. In 2013, they did introduce a desktop app as well, but the clear focus is still on mobile.The biggest weakness that Viber has in comparison with the other apps on this list is that it has no way of communicating with users outside of its service. Unlike other platforms that utilize SMS protocol, you can’t send messages to contacts who aren’t Viber users from within Viber. And where most people with Android devices have Google accounts by default for Hangouts, it’s not the case here. The service does boast 280 million users around the world, so it’s not just a niche thing.TangoIf you’re looking for a full service replacement for FaceTime for Android, and you have friends willing to jump ship, Tango (not to be confused with Google’s AR Project Tango) might be just what you’re looking for. The app had its initial release in 2009, and unlike the other offerings on this list, Android is Tango’s primary platform — although there are builds for iOS and Windows phones, Google’s OS is its native element. That means that hardware optimization is at its peak, leading to a smoother user experience and better call quality.On a WiFi-only device, you can interact with any of Tango’s 200 million users without needing a cellular connection. The service supports voice calls, video calls, text, and image chat. Accounts are free and the signup process is quick and painless. If you want to try and get your friends onboard with you, Tango will actually let you send text messages and emails to your friends to try and get them to sign up for the service. As long as everyone you want to talk to is using Tango, it’s a solid all-purpose communication tool. Note that, unlike other services, Tango’s video chats are one-on-one only.The makers of Tango are focused on presenting their app as not simply a communication tool, but as a full-fledged social network. That means a public profile and news feed, games, stickers, and other bells and whistles. If you’re looking for something that does video calls like FaceTime but also a whole hell of a lot more, Tango might be your jam.ooVooOne of the latest up-and-comers in the video chat space is ooVoo, which has quickly accumulated a significant user base across multiple platforms. The service launched for Windows PCs in 2007 and branched out to mobile in 2011, first for iOS and then for Android. In 2013, the company made their SDK public, allowing developers to add ooVoo-powered video chatting functionality to their own apps. This was a great move, growing their userbase and getting their technology out in front of the public.OoVoo has one of the most robust group video chat interfaces of any of the apps on this list, effortlessly supporting calls with up to a dozen people. Their audio processing is also excellent, with noise cancellation algorithms working on your signal to prevent too much static from overwhelming voices. Because ooVoo is a fairly light app, its bandwidth requirements are minimal, and it does a good job even with 3G connections, although wireless internet is better.Like Skype, ooVoo lets you place voice calls to other ooVoo users for free. You can also purchase credits to use the app to place voice calls to phone lines. The service is ad-supported, but a Premium upgrade ($2.99 a month) removes them, as well as increases your storage space on the app’s servers to 1,000 minutes. A Premium Mobile account gives you no ads on your phone for just 99 cents a month as well. In our opinion, the ads aren’t intrusive enough to make payment necessary, but it’s nice to support the service if you like it.FaceTime alternatives do existWho needs Apple, anyways? These FaceTime for Android alternatives do everything their video chat app does and more. Developers are constantly improving the experience as well, so you can expect the apps in this feature to see new services and better stability the longer they’re offered. While it’s easy to just stick with Hangouts, there’s certainly a lot to be gained from experimenting with other Android FaceTime alternatives as well, depending on what friends and co-workers are using. We unreservedly recommend the five apps on this list. Android Q is Android 10 In Brand UpdateGoogle Pixel Phones Talk to 911 For You last_img read more

Shutdown looming Congress and White House seek budget deal

first_imgWASHINGTON — Congressional leaders and the White House are pressing to strike an accord on a $1.3 trillion catchall spending bill, though disputes remain over immigration, abortion and a massive rail project that pits President Donald Trump against his most powerful Democratic adversary.An agreement by Monday would pave the way for a House vote on Wednesday. Action is needed by midnight Friday to avert another government shutdown.The bipartisan measure is loaded with political and policy victories for both sides. Republicans and Trump are winning a long-sought budget increase for the Pentagon while Democrats obtain funding for infrastructure, the opioid crisis and a wide swath of domestic programs.The bill would implement last month’s big budget agreement, providing 10 percent increases for both the Pentagon and domestic agencies when compared with current levels. Coupled with last year’s tax cut measure, it heralds the return of trillion-dollar budget deficits as soon as the budget year starting in October.While most of the funding issues in the enormous measure have been sorted out, fights involving a number of policy “riders” — so named because they catch a ride on a difficult-to-stop spending bill — continued into the weekend.last_img read more

Zabaleta outlines West Ham improvement plan

first_imgWest Ham United’s Pablo Zabaleta has outlined where the club must improve despite picking up their first win of the season.The Hammers came from a goal down to defeat AFC Wimbledon in the Carabao Cup 3-1 thanks to goals from Issa Diop, Angelo Ogbonna and Javier Hernandez.The victory puts an end to the three game defeat suffered by new manager Manuel Pellegrini who’s still in search of his Premier League win as West Ham boss.However, Pablo Zabaleta believes there is still room for improvement.“We conceded the first goal of the game and it was tough,” the Argentinian told the club’s official website. “Them going down to ten men made it a little easier for us but we need to improve in the final third.”declan rice, england, West ham UnitedReport: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…“We are creating so many chances and we need to be more clinical and of course improve on set plays too, because we conceded in the last game on a set play as well so we need to be stronger than that.”Next up for the Hammers is Premier League new-boys Wolves at the London Stadium on Saturday and Zabaleta admits a win is imperative for confidence.“We needed a win after three defeats in the Premier League, especially to bring back confidence to the players, the staff and everyone,” he added.“We know we are improving every day and now we need to get three points against Wolves.”“This is the best way to improve as a team. Winning games, gaining confidence and playing games in the way the manager wants us to play. I hope, going forward, we can continue to create those chances in every game, but be better in the final third.”last_img read more


first_img Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppWASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 7 (JIS): A collection of over 200 postcards, depicting Jamaica’s rich history, is currently on display at an exhibition being hosted by the Embassy of Jamaica in Washington, D.C. The exhibition, titled: ‘Greetings from Jamaica, a Country of History in Postcards’, displays the compiled collection of Jamaican Speech Pathologist, Marva Shand McIntosh, who resides in the United States capital.It was formally opened on December 3 by Jamaica’s Ambassador to the USA, His Excellency Stephen Vasciannie.The displays include the first locally produced postcard, titled ‘Jamaica 1877 Paid’, dating back to the year 1877.That initial production coincided with Jamaica’s admission to the membership of the International Postal Union (IPU), which facilitated locals with the opportunity to mail postcards overseas, unlike the previous arrangement which restricted them to intra-island postage.The exhibits also include several series capturing the January 1907 earthquake that rocked Jamaica; as well as the advent the island’s tourism industry during the early 20th century. Speaking at the exhibition’s opening, Ms. McIntosh said the displays also depict and cover several other themes topics. These include: the ingenuity of the Jamaican people; rivers and beaches; the military; grand hotels; sugar estates; art; cultural traditions; sports; churches and a synagogue; transportation; gardens and groves; markets; King Street, downtown Kingston; country life; education; health; mineral baths; memorials; and agriculture, specifically activities related to banana and sugar cane cultivation. Ms. McIntosh advised that most of the postcards being exhibited were mailed from Jamaica to Europe and North America. She said postcards were initially used in Jamaica for business purposes during the early years period they emerged, as well as friendly correspondence during World War II.She pointed out that postcards leaving the island during the war, between the 1930s and 1940s, were given special markings, which can still be seen on a number of the exhibits currently on display.Ms. McIntosh said the exhibits also include more recently produced postcards particularly those depicting the work of renowned Jamaican photographer, Ray Chen. Related Items:international postal union, jamaica, Jamaican Speech Pathologist, Marva Shand McIntosh, postcard, stephen vasciannie Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Recommended for youlast_img read more

Prizewinning underwater photos will make you want to learn to dive

first_img Paddle through 16 breathtaking and prize-winning underwater photos Tags Share your voice Post a comment 0 16 Photos Sci-Tech “This year’s outstanding underwater images in the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition continue to raise the bar for underwater photographers,” said Scott Gietler, owner of Bluewater Photo and Travel and publisher of Underwater Photography Guide. “Myself and the other three judges were honored to be viewing such amazing results of the dedication and drive of the human spirit.”More than $80,000 in prizes were awarded in 16 categories in the contest’s seventh year. Our gallery above displays the first-place winners from each category.The Best of Show image, taken by British-born photographer Duncan Murrell, shows three giant devil rays performing a graceful ballet. Other photographs include a clown fish caring for its eggs, a friendly seal, and a giant ray investigating an underwater diver. Not all of the shots are peaceful, however. In one, a crab devours a molted fellow crab, with a hungry gaze and no mercy. No one said underwater life was easy.CNET Magazine: Check out a sample of the stories in CNET’s newsstand edition.Netpicks: What’s on your favorite video streaming sites around the web. Some of us can barely take respectable photographs on land, never mind trying to do it well below the ocean’s surface. That’s why these just-announced winning images from the 2018 Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition, organized by the Underwater Photography Guide, made such a splash.last_img read more

SP Sunil Dutt hands over aid to kin of deceased home guard

first_imgKothagudem: Superintendent of Police Sunil Dutt on Friday distributed a cheque to the family of a home guard who died recently due to ill health. The SP handed over the cheque for Rs 4.5 lakh to the family members in his chamber. On the occasion, the SP appreciated the Home Guards Association for donating their one-day salary to the kin of the deceased.The SP later interacted with the deceased home guard’s family members and enquired about their financial status. Home guards RI Damodhar, Home Guards Association president Satyanarayana and other officers attended the programme.last_img read more

3 killed in Gaibandha road crash

first_imgAt least three people were killed including a mother and her child as a bus crushed a CNG-run auto-rickshaw at Chaumatha area on Dhaka-Rangpur Highway in Polashbari upazila in Gaibandha, reports UNB.The victims’ names could not be known immediately.Officer-in-charge of Gobindaganj highway police station, Abul Basar said a Dhaka bound bus of Zarin Paribahan hit a CNG-run auto-rickshaw around 4:30pm at Chaumatha area killing three people including a woman and her child on the spot.Police seized the bus but its driver managed to flee, he said.last_img read more

There wont be a 3DS Lite system is fully packed from the

first_imgWith the Nintendo 3DS handheld out in less than 2 months, many gamers will be asking themselves whether to buy or wait for the 2nd generation of the device. And who can blame them? Look at the DS which got multiple design updates and improvements.But according to Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata, the 3DS will be undergoing no such revisions. The reason? There just isn’t any room for manoeuvre inside the device.In the latest Iwata Asks Q&A the “make it thinner” request from gamers over the years is discussed. Changes in materials used and the miniaturization of components has made that possible in previous generations of hardware. But when it comes to the 3DS, that’s not the case. Iwata explains:The first thing (Nobuo) Nagai-san (Nintendo General Manager, Manufacturing Division), who’s in charge at the Uji plant, said to me when he looked over the designs for Nintendo 3DS before mass production began was “This time it’s fully packed right from the start.” There is therefore no “short-term” plan to make a more compact version of the 3DS. Iwata adds:That’s why we don’t have any short-term plans for creating a more compact version of Nintendo 3DS like we did with Nintendo DS Lite. So unless some major material breakthrough happens, or several of the components in the 3DS, which are already as compact as can be, somehow get smaller, the 3DS will remain in its launch configuration going forward.Read more at Iwata Asks, via CVGMatthew’s OpinionSo this isn’t just Iwata trying to get us to buy a 3DS now rather than waiting. What he’s saying is, every component in the 3DS is as small as it can be at the moment, but at the same time there is no space left inside the device. In other words, if one of those components is miniaturized further it doesn’t matter, it would take several components to get smaller before they could even think about making the 3DS more compact.Even if such compacting happens, and soon, Nintendo won’t update the 3DS for at least 12 months in my opinion. So the choice really comes down to: do I want to own a 3DS before the middle of 2012 or not? And even if you wait it may just be new colors you get the option of, not a thinner device.last_img read more

The Software Tools in My Companys Arsenal

first_img Startups need to do a lot with a little. The right software can make a big difference and picking the right “stack” to handle all your company’s key functions is a critical decision.The end of the year is a great time to look at your technology systems to see what’s working. My company,, recently made some software choices to help our team of 15 in multiple locations stay in touch, collaborate and be more productive. I’ve shared my thinking about the software that my staff and I selected in the hopes that some of these choices might be helpful to you.Related: Is This Industry Disruptor Ripe for Disruption?        1. Customer relationship management software.I choose Insightly mostly because of its very tight integration with a range of Google apps (now called Google for Work). It was  easy to learn and to deploy through the Google log-ins and fairly priced.“One of the most important aspects of purchasing a sales system is the number of people using it,” TechnologyAdvice advisor Cameron Council tells me via email. “Some sales software systems are specifically designed for smaller teams, while others work great in larger organizations.””Interoperability with other systems is key, but not every add-on and special feature is always necessary or useful,” Cameron adds. An add-on might be a marketing-automation function to schedule “distribution of content that will continue nurturing your relationships.”  2. Help desk and customer-support software.For my company’s help desk, I chose Freshdesk, a product that feels like a robust, feature-rich service.  Freshdesk provides an intuitive on-site chat function, a ticket-logging feature and customer-service-agent management. One worthy feature is the ability to set up a custom toll-free number, replete with a phone tree that logs support tickets for the correct agents.Support software becomes expensive when multiple licenses must be purchased, so spend some time on your decision. Pay attention to the quality of the design and user interface. Decide how your staffers wish to interact with customers via online chat, ticket logging, email or phone, and then choose a platform built around it.Related:  With Open-Source Software, You Don’t Have to Start From Scratch3. Cloud storage and backup and file-sharing tools.I choose Google Docs and Google Drive for the strength of their real-time collaboration possibilities. Developing documents in Google Docs seems more like chatting than writing, which is amazing for working in teams, especially remote ones.A Google Drive makes it easy to comment and collaborate on documents and files. The only downside is that the drive can become impossibly disorganized without a clear file organization. Also the folder-sharing features can be somewhat nonintuitive for new users.“Many free platforms are easy to implement and use, but organization can often become a challenge,” Cameron explains. “The size of the team is a key factor in the type of file-sharing system purchased” or how a free platform is organized.Whether you select free or purchased software, opt for something that can be customized as the business grows, Cameron writes, adding, “Understand the types and sizes of files you’ll be creating and how you’d like to share them to account for storage space and accessibility.”Cameron adds that some cloud storage systems offer server backup and encryption so identify the company’s needs so as to not buy unneccessary functions.Related: The Best Software Tools to Run a Startup4. Issue tracking.Tracking bugs seems like a small aspect in a company’s workflow until it has a lot of users. Effective issue tracking is vital to the ongoing development of a product. My development and testing teams chose DoneDone for its simple design, robust reporting feature and strong user management.A ton of issue-tracking tools exist: Decide whether your company can track issues by using a function inside another tool, such as a project management or collaboration tool. If you opt for a standalone tool, decide if you want an open source or a software as a service product. If your company has a technical staff, open source tools might suffice.5. Project and task management software.I chose Wrike for its user-friendly design, Facebook-style, real-time activity feed, easily organized and nested folders and granular control over the permission levels of users.Wrike offers a nice balance between ease of use and on-demand complexity for more technical users. The only downside is that certain new features are limited to a costly enterprise edition.“Most startups would probably benefit from the online collaborative workspace provided by project management software, especially those with multiple teams and projects” or widely distributed staffers, Cameron writes by email. After a company identifies a project-management setup that’s suits each department, Cameron says, “most platforms can be modified to work with almost any methodology and any size team, while a few are designed specifically for visual engagement.” Related: Apps Our Pros Can’t Live Without6. Social media management tools.Buffer solved the problem of scheduling social-media updates through simple browser extensions, which is why I chose the company’s software. My firm uses the business version of the Buffer tool in order for multiple users to access and update our key social-media networks.”If you are simply trying to post content and increase visibility,” tap “free tools to help manage and schedule your accounts,” Cameron says. Expanded social-media suites provide more comprehensive strategies for businesses “interested in tracking analytics, driving leads, or engaging in social listening,” he adds.”Many of these larger suites also have free basic plans,” he notes.7. Web analytics software.I chose Google Analytics for its real-time traffic data and goal conversion tracking and it’s completely free. Plus its iPhone app  feeds my unhealthy addiction to web traffic data.Acknowledging that every corporate website is unique, Cameron says identify the data vital to your organization. Google’s free tools “help you track to see which keywords your business is ranking for in its search engine,” he adds, noting that other software products specialize in search engine optimization and offer services such as A/B testing and heat mapping.8. HR softwareMy company was using TribeHr to manage employees’ time off and for certain performance-management functions. But my employees now just use a Google Doc to enter their time off and don’t input any kind of further reporting.My company has adopted many of the principles of a results-only-work-environment or ROWE and I thought it made sense to keep things simple. Our company is small enough that the results recorded usually speak for themselves. We handle performance issues with conversations.“If you do want to implement a full HR platform, you need to decide what you want to track and what you want it to control,” Cameron says. Some platforms offer personal time off, health insurance, payroll tracking features. “You’ll want it to have an easy-to-use dashboards,” for the users.Related: 5 Ways HR Technology Can Improve Performance Reviews December 8, 2014 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 7 min read Listen Now Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. How Success Happenslast_img read more