Kenora riding up for grabs

first_imgAPTN National NewsThere is a lot of attention being paid to the Kenora riding in this federal election.The Conservative-held riding is home to 40 First Nation communities and many of them go without clean water to drink.The race has some high profile candidates running, including the former leader of the provincial NDP and a former Liberal federal Aboriginal Affairs minister.APTN’s Dennis Ward has a look at this so-called swing riding.last_img

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WestJet says system outage partially resolved experiencing some delays

first_imgCALGARY – WestJet Airlines Ltd. says it has partially resolved a computer system outage and has started to resume regular operations.The airline says some flights have been delayed and it is experiencing longer lines at check-in because of the issue.WestJet recommended passengers arrive early at the airport and check their flight status ahead of time because of the problems.Travellers had reported on Twitter that there were long lines and kiosks off-line at some airports, as well as issues with booking on the company’s website.Last October, the airline said computer problems caused delays for dozens of flights.last_img

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School District 60 provides update on construction of new school

first_imgBoyd also says that all of the Contract reviews are now complete and the District will now be making final negotiations with contractors.As for what to call the new school, a name for the school has yet to be released.Some of the names suggested include Anne Roberts Young, Beatton Heights, and Ross H. MacLean.The Board has been reviewing the names and will announce the selected name once a decision is made.The new Elementary School is being constructed from across the Fort St. John Hospital at a cost of $31.3 million. Construction started in 2018 and is expected to be complete by the Fall of 2020. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At a recent School District 60 meeting, Staff provided an update on the construction progress of the new school.Assistant Superintendent of Special Projects, Doug Boyd, says the construction crews have been working on schedule even through the frigid temperatures.“We’ve had some beautiful weather and some extremely cold weather. The crews are very diligent at trying to maintain the schedule.”last_img read more

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Moroccan Minister in favor of the castration of rapists

first_imgFez- Moroccan Minister of Solidarity and Family, Bassima Hakkaoui, said in a statement to the Press that she is in favor of the castration of rapist.In a statement to the Moroccan daily Al Akhabr in its issue of Saturday 14 December, the PJD Minister said that the rapist who have been condemned once and relapse should be castrated.The Minister said that this measure was proposed by some NGO’s, adding that she is ready to discuss it. I am ready to “discuss a proposal made by some NGOs on the castration of rapists,” the Minister was quoted by the same source as saying.Rape has become a common occurrence in Morocco in recent years and no social category is immune from it.The latest example was reported by the daily Al Quds, which pointed that a man from Tifelt, a small town near Rabat, the country’s capital, raped his mother-in-law, on the absence of his wife.Last weekend a man was arrested in Fez and charged of raping 70 women aged between 6 and 45 years.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

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Survey US manufacturing grew again in April

WASHINGTON – U.S. manufacturing expanded in April for the second straight month, suggesting that factories are adapting to a strong dollar and economic weakness overseas, according to a private survey.The Institute for Supply Management said Monday that its manufacturing index came in at 50.8 last month, down from March’s 51.8 reading but above the 50 threshold that signals growth. The March number had snapped a five-month losing streak for manufacturers.Export orders grew faster in April. Still, the index came in below economists’ expectations, and new orders and production grew more slowly last month than they did in March. A measure of employment fell, suggesting that factories are cutting workers.Eleven of 18 manufacturing industries reported growth last month, and 15 reported increases in new orders and production. “This morning’s report brings another welcome sign of stabilization for the US manufacturing sector,” Barclays economist Rob Martin wrote in a research report.The dollar surged last year, but has fallen since January, giving American factories some relief. A strong dollar makes U.S. goods more expensive in foreign markets. Bradley Holcomb, chair of ISM’s manufacturing survey committee, expects manufacturing to show resiliency “if the dollar continues to behave itself.”The ISM, a trade group of purchasing managers, surveys about 200 U.S. companies each month.Last week, the Commerce Department reported that orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting goods rose in March, rebounding from a drop in February. But the gain was generated by rising demand for military equipment, a volatile category. Excluding defence, durable goods orders dropped 1 per cent in March.The American economy has drawn more strength from services than manufacturing. The ISM’s services index has come in above 50 every month since January 2010. Survey: US manufacturing grew again in April FILE – In this Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, file photo, the second Boeing 737 MAX airplane being built is shown on the assembly line in Renton, Wash. On Monday, May 2, 2016, the Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, issues its index of manufacturing activity for April. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File) by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press Posted May 2, 2016 8:21 am MDT Last Updated May 2, 2016 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Nova Scotia government imposes wage package on 75000 civil servants

Mark Furey leaves a media scrum in Halifax on Monday, August 31, 2015. Nova Scotia’s labour relations minister has scheduled an announcement for later today in which he is expected to proclaim a bill imposing a wage package on civil servants. Government sources who requested anonymity have confirmed Mark Furey will proclaim Bill 148, which was passed by the Liberal government in December 2015 and would impose a four-year wage package on civil servants. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan Nova Scotia government imposes wage package on 75,000 civil servants by Keith Doucette, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 22, 2017 5:48 am MDT Last Updated Aug 22, 2017 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s Liberal government finally moved on a contentious piece of labour legislation Tuesday, effectively imposing a wage package on the province’s 75,000 public sector employees and drawing a fiery response from the union representing the majority of them.Premier Stephen McNeil said the proclamation of the Public Services Sustainability Act was being done in the “best interests of Nova Scotians,” but the union president called that insulting.“It’s the arrogance of this government that just really cooks my goose,” said Jason MacLean, president of the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union (NSGEU).The act was passed in December 2015 to ensure third party arbitrators could not bind the government to wage settlements. At the time, McNeil promised it would not be brought into force until it was needed.The government’s move came two weeks after the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union (NSGEU) — the province’s largest — filed for arbitration on behalf of nearly 8,000 civil servants after last-ditch conciliation talks broke down. Those workers included corrections, child welfare and court employees.The new act would also cover thousands of other workers, including those in health care who are yet to reach new deals with the province.“I’ve made it very clear that an unelected, unaccountable arbitrator will not determine the taxpayers’ ability to pay,” McNeil told reporters.The act doesn’t end arbitration but does limit arbitrators from making awards that exceed the wage guidelines.It sets a wage pattern of three per cent over four years that will allow increases of one per cent in the third year of the contract, followed by 1.5 per cent in the fourth year and 0.5 per cent on the final day of the package.A retirement allowance is also frozen retroactive to April 1, 2015. The so-called public service award is a lump sum payment for retiring workers with at least 10 years of service.New employees will no longer be eligible for the payment under the government’s change.MacLean lashed out at the government’s move, even though he said he wasn’t surprised by it.“You have Stephen McNeil who I believe is a snake, and then you have (labour relations minister) Mark Furey who is basically the dishonourable middle man. These guys are taking control of where labour goes,” MacLean said in an interview.MacLean pointed out his union members are also taxpayers who will now have less money to spend as the province struggles with a sputtering economy.“And now he (McNeil) took away their public service award which is adding insult to injury because it is something that was freely and collectively bargained,” he said.McNeil said the act will be referred to the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal under the Constitutional Questions Act to obtain an opinion.He said the government is confident the law will stand up to constitutional scrutiny.“We believe the constitution says that everyone is entitled to open and free collective bargaining. We believe we’ve gone that process. We have been at the table many times with our (bargaining) units,” he said.MacLean said the union would wait to see how the Nova Scotia court rules, adding that the union also stands ready to mount a Charter of Rights challenge before the Supreme Court of Canada.“The NSGEU will not rest and they will make this government miserable,” said MacLean.The act exempts groups that already have agreements, including judges, doctors, physician residents, teachers, and about 15,000 management and non-union positions.McNeil was asked whether he believed his party’s re-election May 30 was an endorsement of his approach to the labour file.“This has been an endorsement on the direction of our government. We also know that Nova Scotians wanted our government to live within its means and they believe the approach that we were doing was a positive one.”Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie said the government’s move is part of “an expensive game.”“We are now condemned to years of legal costs,” Baillie said. “Millions of dollars that’s not going to go to doctors or health care because the government couldn’t get the job done in the normal way and has resorted to this kind of gamesmanship.”NDP critic Susan Leblanc said the government’s court referral signals a lack of confidence in legislation that she said will further sour labour relations in the province.“It basically says we don’t want to go any further in these negotiations, this is what we want, this is what’s going to happen, we’re allowed to do this, we are going to push it through. It’s a bullying tactic.”Earlier this year the government drew the ire of more than 9,300 public school teachers when it ended a 16-month contract dispute by passing legislation that imposed a contract settlement.The bill also gave teachers a three per cent wage increase over four years and froze their long service award retroactive to July 2015.It came after teachers had previously rejected three tentative agreements. read more

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Womens tennis Di Lorenzo and Kowase win first NCAA doubles championship in

Ohio State senior tennis player Miko Kowase is the all-time winningest singles player in program history. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsFor the first time in Ohio State women’s tennis history, a pair of Buckeye players will return to Columbus with an NCAA doubles championship.Sophomore Francesca Di Lorenzo and senior Miho Kowase — the all-time winningest player in OSU women’s tennis history — bested Alabama freshman Maddie Pothoff and senior Erin Routliffe on Monday, splitting the first two sets 6-7 and 6-4 before winning the super-tiebreaker, 10-7.Francesca and Miho take the breaker 10-7 and win the NCAA Doubles National Championship!! #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/4GCDaXjgNi— Ohio State Women’s Tennis (@OhioStateWTEN) May 29, 2017The first set came down to the wire, with both pairs tied at six games apiece. Each team traded points in the tiebreaker, until eventually the Crimson Tide pair was able to win two straight, winning the tiebreak 7-5 and sealing the first set with a 7-6 victory.The Buckeyes seemed to set the tone from the start of the second set, shutting out their opponent with four straight points to win the first game on break, and winning their serve in the next game. But the Crimson Tide pair won their second game serving, and added a break back to even the set at 2-2.After Alabama took a 3-2 lead, the Buckeyes went on a three-game win streak, tallying two wins while serving and one on break. The Scarlet and Gray pair lost one more game in the set, but were able to seal a 6-4 victory.Now heading to a super-tiebreaker, Di Lorenzo and Kowase needed at least 10 points and a margin of victory of at least two to win the match. The pair jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, and though the Crimson Tide duo fought back to keep it close, the Buckeyes were able to lock up the 10-7 win over Routliffe and Pothoff. read more

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3 notes from Urban Meyers Monday press conference

OSU coach Urban Meyer claps on the sideline during a game against Penn State at Ohio Stadium on Oct. 17. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo Editor Ohio State coach Urban Meyer spoke to the media on Monday to talk about the top-ranked Buckeyes’ 38-10 win over Penn State and the team’s upcoming week. Meyer declined to answer the most pressing question about who his starting quarterback for Saturday’s contest against Rutgers will be, but he acknowledged that in his mind he has an idea of who it will be.Here are three highlights from his press conference.Best foot forwardMeyer expressed high praise of the Buckeyes’ effort in the victory over the Nittany Lions. “Probably our best all-around effort,” he said.To relay it in a quantitative way, 19 players graded out as “champions” for their performances against Penn State.Offensively, there were two players of the game in redshirt sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett and senior left tackle Taylor Decker.Meyer said Decker “probably” played his best game of the year, while also touting the entire unit’s showing on Saturday.Junior defensive end Joey Bosa was the defense’s player of the game. Meyer called the performance from Bosa, who finished the game with seven tackles and one sack, “dominant.”On special teams, junior punter Cameron Johnston garnered the nod for player of the game. The Geelong, Australia, native had four punts downed inside the 10-yard line, including one at the 4-yard line and another at the 2.“He’s really, really good at his job,” Meyer said of Johnston.The coach admitted that the Buckeyes did have a couple weaknesses in the game, but he remained positive about the win.“Overall, really proud of our guys,” he said.Good guys touching the ballMeyer has mentioned throughout the season that he and his staff brainstorm the amount of touches that players will get during each forthcoming game. On Monday, he offered insight as to why the staff does so.“We have a big belief that scheme isn’t what wins games. That’s very important. That’s not what wins,” Meyer said. “What wins are the dynamic players that touch the ball.”He referenced Barrett’s 13-yard touchdown run in the second quarter against Penn State as proof for his point.Meyer admitted the called play was “probably the perfect play” for that situation, but why it worked was not because quarterbacks coach Tim Beck radioed it in; it’s what the guys on the field did, Meyer said.“(Barrett) read the defensive end. The end grabbed the tailback. The tight end came up and fit up on the corner, who squeezed. The wide receiver blocked the X at tackle, grabbed the mike linebacker, and J.T. went in for a touchdown,” Meyer said. “So you can spend all your time on scheme, and they don’t come out and play. So more important than scheme is who is physically touching that ball.”Meyer said sometimes there might be a temptation to force the ball to certain players based on the number of touches the coaches set before the game, but he doesn’t believe it is an issue.“That’s how we do that. I’ve always believed that,” Meyer said. “The good guys have got to touch the ball. They’ve earned that right.”Torrance GibsonFreshman Torrance Gibson’s name is talked about often, despite him never seeing the field for the Scarlet and Gray through seven games. The former five-star recruit from Florida came to Columbus as a quarterback but opted to spend his freshman campaign at wide receiver in an attempt to play.Gibson suffered a foot injury in August that set him back in his quest to contribute for OSU, but he has been healthy for the past few weeks. However, against Penn State, he was not in uniform.“You just have to earn your right to dress, and he didn’t do it last week,” Meyer said. “Just academics and that kind of stuff. Nothing serious. It’s just to go out there, you have to do a series of things.”Meyer said that Gibson is still on the team and he anticipates the freshman to be back shortly.As for his transition to pass-catcher, Gibson is doing great, Meyer said.“His production and grasp has been better,” he said.Gibson’s 2015 campaign appears to spurious as he switched to wide receiver to avoid having to redshirt. Now, it looks like that there is real possibility he will.“We haven’t made that decision,” he said. “He was playing so good and got dinged, and all of a sudden right in the season do you burn his redshirt? Those are things we’re going through right now.” read more

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Red Dead Redemption 2s First Gameplay Trailer is Mighty Impressive

first_img Rockstar Games has today released the world premiere gameplay trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2. Previous trailers have focused on the game’s story, but now, we’re given a better understanding of what we can all expect to play. Based on what was shown today, it’s clear Rockstar is about to deliver one of the most ambitious open world titles in years.Like its predecessor, Red Dead Redemption 2 allows players to experience what it was like living in the Wild West. Well, sort of, considering how both games take place when that era in American history is either ending or effectively over. This time, the game’s narrative focuses on an outlaw named Arthur Morgan who, along with the Van der Linde Gang, makes a living off the harsh land anyway that he can. Considering how he’s an outlaw, this means a whole lot of robbing and killing. However, there’s more to the game than one would initially suspect.As the trailer demonstrates, players can now build a community of outlaws and folks who choose to live away from modern society. The game will include base camps players must maintain by bringing in food and supplies. There also appears to be a social aspect to camps. Outside of camps, players can engage in all manner of activities including hunting, fishing, fighting, duels, and more. One explores the vast world either on horseback or on foot.If you follow me on Twitter then you know how hyped I am for this game. The original Red Dead Redemption is one of my absolute favorite games, and I expect the sequel will be even better. Rockstar promises more gameplay trailers to come so I think it’s safe to say we’ll get a healthy dose of Red Dead Redemption 2 content from now until it releases on October 26 for PS4 and Xbox One.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Hands-On: ‘Stranded Sails’ Is a Relaxing Farm Sim AdventureHere’s an Hour of Incomprehensible ‘Death Stranding’ Gameplay Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Thuram reveals when he met Messi and advises Dembele

first_imgFrench legend Lillian Thuram, revealed details of when he first heard about Lionel Messi and sent Ousmane Dembele a bit of useful advice.French defender Lillian Thuram has been retired from football for some time now, he does altruistic work now and always finds time to reminisce about his past life as a player when he shared a dressing room with the likes of Lionel Messi between 2006 and 2008.During the time when Leo first played against a professional club even before his official debut, Thuram was part of that Juventus squad that the Argentine faced in a friendly match when both squads played the Gamper Trophy.The Frenchman missed the game at that time, but he remembers Lionel Messi’s name even from that time.“The first time I heard about Messi I was playing for Juventus,” Thuram told Marca.“The squad went to play the Gamper Trophy. I didn’t make it, I stayed in Turin. I believe I was coming back from the national team.”“When the squad returned, everybody kept talking about this 17-year old kid whose name was Messi and was impossible to stop.”“It was years later when I arrived in Barcelona, that I was able to assess that he would make it big. He was simply the best,” he added.David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.When asked about his compatriot Dembele’s discipline situation, Thuram had some words of wisdom to share with the young player.“He is a great player, that’s the most important thing. I would advise him to learn from the veterans,” he continued.“I was young as well and you have to learn from your elder when you arrive at any club. We can’t make a big fuzz out of the whole subject.”“If I only talked about all the football players who were undisciplined that I came across in my career, I would talk for a whole month,” he concluded.Thuram on Dembélé: “The important thing is he’s a top player. I’d tell him when you move clubs to learn from the veterans. There’s no need to turn his term into drama. If I could talk about the great players I’ve seen not doing the right things, I’d be talking for over a month.” pic.twitter.com/6U6d4EdsQm— Barça Centre (@barcacentre) December 26, 2018last_img read more

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Interstate 5 ramps to close for resurfacing

first_imgRoad resurfacing work this week will close offramps connecting Interstate 5 and East Fourth Plain Boulevard tonight, according to the city of Vancouver.The ramps will close from 10 tonight to 5 a.m. Friday, according to the city, while crews resurface Fourth Plain. The work could also cause delays and possible lane closures on Fourth Plain between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. today, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.The work is part of the city’s broader 2013 Pavement Management Program. The section of Fourth Plain being treated this week stretches from Main Street to Fort Vancouver Way.Crews are using a treatment known as “microsurfacing,” which uses a liquid polymer blended with liquid asphalt and small rock. The process seals existing asphalt, and fills minor rutting and surface damage in an effort to extend the life of the street, according to the city.last_img read more

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G20 ends with gestures for Trump on climate trade

first_imgUS president Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) pose prior to a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, 8 July, 2017. Photo: AFPWorld leaders made concessions on trade and climate language to Donald Trump Saturday at the end of the most fractious and riot-hit G20 summit ever, in exchange for preserving a fragile unity of the club of major industrialised and emerging economies.In a departure from final summit declarations that tend to outline consensus on issues that range from fighting terrorism to financial governance, the extraordinary conclusions this year spelled out differences on core issues.It acknowledged Trump’s decision to go his own way on taking the United States out of the 2015 Paris climate accord and clearly stated Washington’s wish to continue using and selling fossil fuels that are a main driver of global warming.The declaration also stated for the first time the right of countries to protect their markets with “legitimate trade defence instruments”-wording that essentially gives Trump wiggle room to push on with his “America First” policy.Trump, carried to the White House on a wave of public fury over deindustrialisation in vast areas of the United States, had launched “Buy American” and “Hire American” campaigns.The nationalistic stance has set him on collision course with many of America’s allies, who warned Trump against an isolationist path and starting a round of trade war.“Where there is no consensus, the communique spelt out the discord,” said host Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was praised by Russian President Vladimir Putin for finding an “optimal compromise” on the touchiest issue of climate.French President Emmanuel Macron also hailed the approach, saying that the club found an “indispensable balance” through the text and halted any backsliding on fighting climate change, which is blamed for melting ice caps, rising seas and severe weather events.The French leader, at his first G20 gathering, also took the opportunity to announce a new climate summit for December 12, which he said would focus on climate financing.Trail of destruction -If the meetings within the tightly secured G20 summit venue were anything but harmonious, outside, chaos and violence gripped Germany’s second city.Ten minutes’ walk from the summit venue, charred road barricades, trashed shops, debris and shattered glass bore testimony to an anarchic Friday night of street clashes between protesters and police, when commandoes chased militants who hurled rocks from rooftops.The clashes had blocked US First Lady Melania Trump at her residence on Friday, forcing her to miss a tour of Hamburg harbour, and for G20 organisers to completely alter a programme for spouses of visiting leaders.On Saturday, thousands of anti-riot cops were again on guard, as helicopters hovered overhead, with at least 20,000 demonstrators on the march again.Trump vs. Putin -Within the summit walls, world leaders were dancing a delicate diplomatic waltz, with discord not only dogging the main G20 conferences, but also adding tension to the atmosphere in bilateral asides.Host Merkel herself admitted that “deep differences” remain with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after they met on the sidelines of the summit.But it was Trump’s first head-to-head with Russia’s leader President Vladimir Putin that stole the show.A day after Trump slammed Moscow’s actions in Ukraine and Syria, the two men had a “robust and lengthy exchange” about allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 US election, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said.But Tillerson, who was present at the meeting that ran two hours and 15 minutes, also said the two alpha-male leaders “connected very quickly” with “very clear positive chemistry”.Trump said Saturday that the tete-a-tete was “tremendous” while Putin gave an upbeat assessment of ties ahead with the US leader.“There is every reason to believe that we will be able to at least partially re-establish the level of cooperation that we need,” Putin said.While scoring at his Russian encounter, Trump still faced another thorny meeting later Saturday, when he was due to hold talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping.North Korea’s first intercontinental ballistic missile test this week was expected to top the discussions, with Trump warning Thursday that Pyongyang’s military sabre-rattling would bear “consequences”.Trump had also said he is considering a “severe” response to Pyongyang’s “very, very bad behaviour”.Ahead of the talks with Xi, Tillerson said the US would continue to press China to do more to rein in North Korea.“Our engagement is unchanged with China and our expectations are unchanged,” Tillerson said. “We have not given up hope.”last_img read more

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HP Is Making Ink Cartridges From Trashed Pop Bottles

first_img Most of the news you read about ink cartridges is bad, and understandably so. Ink is one of the priciest liquids around by volume, printers waste unknown amounts to keep printheads “healthy,” and they quit working way before all the ink gets used up.This week, however, the folks at HP had some really good news about their ink cartridges to share for a change. They’ve teamed up with Pittsburgh-based Thread, a company that turns empty pop bottles into new products, to make their cartridges more eco-friendly. In the past, Thread has worked on a number of fashion projects. They collaborated with Timberland on a line of boots and have produced fabric for Kenneth Cole.HP’s new ink cartridges will do more than just reduce the environmental impact of their inkjet printers. They’ll also go a long way toward helping the company meet the new social responsibility goals. They announced this at this year’s Power of Print event.Literally turning one man’s trash into another man’s treasure is just a small part of what Thread does. Apart from reclaiming tons of discarded PET, Thread also works diligently to improve the lives of the people doing the reclaiming.HP will now work with Thread and its other partners in the First Mile Coalition to help out in Haiti. The Coalition strives to reduce child labor (particularly in dangerous landfills) and get those children into schools. Adults who take their place are provided job training and, more importantly, safety training and medical care. The Coalition is also giving local entrepreneurs a hand up by investing $150,000 in small and medium Haitian businesses. Stay on target Tokyo 2020 Unveils Olympic Medals Made From Old ElectronicsRIP Drogo: Jason Momoa Shaves Beard to Inspire Change last_img read more

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Facebook looking for meaning in user posts with deep learning algorithms

first_img Citation: Facebook looking for meaning in user posts with ‘deep learning’ algorithms (2013, September 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-09-facebook-user-deep-algorithms.html © 2013 Phys.org As anyone who uses Facebook knows, friending people means adding their posts to your personal newsfeed. As the number of friends grows, so too does the number of newsfeed entries. Eventually, a point is reached where it becomes untenable. To deal with this problem, Facebook has created algorithms that are meant to pick out what it believes are the most relevant posts and only send those to the newsfeed, rather than deliver them all. Thus far, this approach has met with mixed reviews from its user community. The company is hoping that giving its algorithms more smarts, will help improve the quality of newsfeeds.Deep learning isn’t something Facebook created, it’s an idea that has been around for several years, Microsoft and Google have used it (Google most famously to help identify cats in YouTube videos). IBM uses it too, as part of Watson, the supercomputer that beat Jeopardy champions on television. Netflix is experimenting with similar technology to help improve its movie suggestion algorithms and might serve as a guide for how successful Facebook might expect to be with its initiative (movie suggestions are still not all that relevant). But perhaps, that’s not the point at all. Instead, maybe it’s the process that is the real news. Big companies are starting to spend a lot of money on neural networks with the idea of a big payoff. Surely Facebook would be happy if they could improve their newsfeed, but the real motive, as with any big business, will always be about improving the bottom line. And if deep learning algorithms can figure out a way to coax users into clicking on more ads, than the initiative will most certainly be deemed a success by all concerned. More information: via TechReview (Phys.org) —Officials at Facebook have apparently decided to get serious about making sense of posts by its vast user base—according to MIT’s Technology Review, officials with the company (specifically Chief Technical Officer Mike Schroepfer) have announced that they have put together a team of eight professionals with the mission of developing what the software industry has begun calling “deep learning.” Deep learning is a type of software programming where algorithms are created that allow for building simulated neural networks. Such neural networks are capable of “learning” by analyzing patterns over time. Facebook, TR reports, is hoping to use its algorithms to better target ads, and also to improve its newsfeed.center_img Explore further Study examines viral reach of hashtags on Facebook 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.last_img read more

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The Global Cloud Video Conferencing Market is poised to grow strong

first_imgThe study offers an extensive analysis of Cloud Video Conferencing Market key drivers, opportunities, key segments, regions, and major manufacturers. Additionally, the competitive scenario in different geographies is outlined to assist new entrants, leading market players, and investors to determine emerging economies. Insights presented in the report would benefit market players to develop strategies for the future and gain a strong position in the global market.Cloud based video conferencing solutions introduce the possibility of engaging in face to face video conferencing. In the context of China-US trade war and global economic volatility and uncertainty, it will have a big influence on this market. Cloud Video Conferencing Report by Material, Application, and Geography – Global Forecast to 2023 is a professional and comprehensive research report on the world’s major regional market conditions, focusing on the main regions (North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific) and the main countries (United States, Germany, United Kingdom, Japan, South Korea and China).In this report, the global Cloud Video Conferencing Market is valued at USD XX million in 2019 and is projected to reach USD XX million by the end of 2023, growing at a CAGR of XX% during the period 2019 to 2023.The report firstly introduced the Cloud Video Conferencing basics: definitions, classifications, applications and market overview; product specifications; manufacturing processes; cost structures, raw materials and so on. Then it analyzed the world’s main region market conditions, including the product price, profit, capacity, production, supply, demand and market growth rate and forecast etc. In the end, the report introduced new project SWOT analysis, investment feasibility analysis, and investment return analysis.A sample copy of this premium research report is available @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/3247164#utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=shraddha_kThe major players profiled in this report include:Huawei TechnologiesZTE CorporationCompany CCisco SystemsWest Unified Communications ServicesArkadin International SASOrange Business ServicesThe end users/applications and product categories analysis:On the basis of product, this report displays the sales volume, revenue (Million USD), product price, market share and growth rate of each type, primarily split into-On-premiseCloud-basedOn the basis on the end users/applications, this report focuses on the status and outlook for major applications/end users, sales volume, market share and growth rate of Cloud Video Conferencing for each application, including-Corporate EnterpriseHealthcareInquire for Discount @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/3247164#utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=shraddha_kAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek Paliwal Big Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail help@bigmarketresearch.com Cloud Video Conferencing Market last_img read more

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Brisbane Abu Dhabi reaffirm Sister City partnership

first_imgBrisbane and Abu Dhabi have re-announced their sister city relationship, during a Brisbane business delegation to the Emirati capital.Lord Mayor of Brisbane Graham Quirk said that the re-confirmed partnership will help benefit both cities through increased business and investment opportunities.“The Abu Dhabi-Brisbane relationship has generated more than $450 million worth of economic benefits for Brisbane companies since 2009,” Mayor Quirk said.“This relationship has also seen the transfer of valuable knowledge and skills between the city’s local government agencies, as well as secondary education exchanges and the delivery of a multi-million dollar upgrade of local laws and regulations.“Over the next five years, business and cultural exchanges will be pursued in areas such as international education, infrastructure, investment and knowledge sharing.”The Brisbane Lord Mayor is currently in Abu Dhabi with 30 business delegates to meet with local business leaders and the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund. The delegation will also visit a range of industry and business precincts and receive briefings on local market conditions for trade and investment.Source = ETB News: Tom Nealelast_img read more

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How Vacancy Impacts Home Sales

first_img Vacant homes sell for less and take longer to sell, according to a recent report from Redfin. Redfin’s analysis revealed that vacant homes sell for $11,306 less and spend six more days on the market than comparable occupied homes.“Although vacant homes are easy for buyers to tour at their convenience, the fact that the sellers have already moved on is often a signal to buyers that they can take their time making an offer,” said Daryl Fairweather, Chief Economist for Redfin. “It’s also likely that sellers who are in a comfortable enough financial situation to own a property that’s sitting empty aren’t as motivated to get the highest possible price for their home as sellers who need the cash from their first home in order to buy the next one.”Redfin notes that in every metro analyzed, vacant homes sell for less money than occupied homes, though the difference varied by location. For example,  Omaha, Nebraska, and Greenville, South Carolina, both saw the biggest gap between occupied and vacant home prices, with vacant homes selling for 7.2 percent, or about $15,000, less on average than occupied homes.While vacant homes are still discounted in West Coast cities, they typically experience a smaller price differential on average. In San Jose, buyers get the smallest discount on vacant homes, which sell for just 0.9 percent less than homes that aren’t vacant, followed by Las Vegas (-1.5%) and Orange County (-2.3%).While most markets see vacant homes take longer to sell than occupied homes, San Jose flips the script. In San Jose, vacant homes spend an average of one and a half fewer days on the market than occupied homes.“When the Bay Area real estate market is ultra competitive like it was in 2018, vacant homes tend to sell faster than the ones occupied by their owners or tenants,” said Redfin Agent Chad Eng. “Vacant homes are accessible 24/7, which means homebuyers can see them and put in an offer quickly in hopes of beating out other potential buyers.” Home Prices sales Vacancy Vacant Homes 2019-05-20 Seth Welborn May 20, 2019 518 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News, Originationcenter_img How Vacancy Impacts Home Sales Sharelast_img read more

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first_img LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The unprecedented sudden cancellation of one of television’s top comedies has left a wave of unemployment and uncertainty in its wake.Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet and the swift axing of her rebooted show put hundreds of people out of work, with some wondering whether they would be paid, most knowing they wouldn’t be, and few with any legal recourse.“A lot of people there are just middle class Americans making a living and now they’re out of work, especially at a time when we’re ramping up into production for the fall season,” Rebecca Sun of the industry trade publication The Hollywood Reporter said in an interview with The Associated Press. “It is pretty devastating for all of the people who worked on that show who are now collateral damage as a result of their star’s racist beliefs.”Contractual details for those involved with the show, including Barr, were not immediately clear, and would play out in the coming months.Experts say high-profile figures in the television industry typically have contractual clauses that give them significant severance for shows that are not produced.Lower-level workers are generally out of luck at an unfortunate time. Though “Roseanne” and many shows just had their season finales, jobs for next season are mostly taken.Ben Sherwood, president of Disney-ABC Television Group, apologized in a memo Wednesday to “the many men and women who poured their hearts and lives into the show and were just getting started on next season. We’re so sorry they were swept up in all of this and we give thanks for their remarkable talents, wish them well, and hope to find another way to work together down the road.”The cancellation came on the first day of meetings for the newly assembled writers for the fall season of “Roseanne.” They arrived after Barr’s tweet, but before ABC President Channing Dungey’s announcement that the show was finished, leading to what executive producer and writer Dave Caplan said were “a lot of bittersweet hellos — and a couple hours later, a lot of very difficult goodbyes.”“Everybody is still in shock at how quickly this all went down,” Caplan told The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday. “It’s unfortunate because the writers did pass on other jobs to take this job and nobody really knows yet what kind of compensation they’re going to get.”For cast and crew members that did have longer-term contracts, Barr’s show-sinking tweet could be deemed, strange as it sounds, an “act of God.” A “force majeure” or “act of God,” legally, is some unpredictable event such as an earthquake or a riot that changes the underlying circumstances.“It means something outside of the control of the parties. Roseanne’s speech wasn’t in the control of ABC,” said F. Jay Dougherty, a professor who specializes in entertainment and media law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. “It wouldn’t surprise me if this was treated by the studio like that kind of event, giving the studio a right to terminate contracts.”Barr herself suggested on Twitter lately that she may try to take some action.“You guys make me feel like fighting back,” Barr tweeted to her followers Wednesday. “I will examine all of my options carefully and get back to U.”Her contract may have a “morals clause,” however, which are often included in the contracts of television stars, athletes and other prominent figures, demanding a standard of behaviour as the face of an enterprise.“If there is a morals clause in her contract, then breaching that would give the studio a right to terminate her contract, and possibly even sue her for damages for breach of contract,”“We can’t predict whether there will be lawsuits or not,” Dougherty said, “but I don’t think there will be successful lawsuits.”___Mike Cidoni Lennox and Nicole Evatt in Los Angeles and David Bauder in New York contributed to this report.___Follow Andrew Dalton on Twitter: https://twitter.com/andyjamesdalton . In this image released by ABC, Roseanne Barr, left, and Laurie Metcalf appear in a scene from the reboot of the popular comedy series “Roseanne.” 18.4 million viewers tuned in for its premiere. The unprecedented sudden cancellation of TV’s top comedy has left a wave of unemployment and uncertainty in its wake. Barr’s racist tweet and the almost immediate axing of her show put hundreds of people out of work. (Adam Rose/ABC via AP) ‘Roseanne’ cancellation brings unemployment, uncertaintycenter_img by Andrew Dalton, The Associated Press Posted May 30, 2018 11:09 pm PDT Last Updated May 31, 2018 at 6:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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Four more teams join NBA 2K League Raptors Uprisi

first_imgFour more teams join NBA 2K League; Raptors Uprising GC set for playoffs TORONTO – Four more franchises are joining the NBA 2K League next season, bringing the number of teams in the virtual basketball circuit to 21.Affiliates of the Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves will join Raptors Uprising GC and 16 other teams in the league’s second season.The esports league is headed to its first post-season, which starts Friday with the final slated for Aug. 25. All games are streamed live on Twitch from New York City.Raptors Uprising, which started the season at 1-5, is currently fourth in the standings at 8-6. It will face Cavs Legion GC in the first round of the post-season.The other original NBA 2K League teams are 76ers GC, Blazer5 Gaming, Bucks Gaming, Celtics Crossover Gaming, Grizz Gaming, Heat Check Gaming, Jazz Gaming, Kings Guard Gaming, Knicks Gaming, Magic Gaming, Mavs Gaming, Pacers Gaming, Pistons GT, Warriors Gaming Squad, and Wizards District Gaming. by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 15, 2018 10:54 am PDT Last Updated Aug 15, 2018 at 11:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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