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first_imgIndian American hotelier Nik Patel of Orlando, Florida, has been allegedly accused of engaging in a new multimillion-dollar loan fraud while he was on bonded release last year, according to the Orlando Sentinel.According to the Orlando Sentinel, federal prosecutors filed new documents on Saturday, March 3, while Patel sentencing hearing was scheduled for Tuesday morning in Chicago before U.S. District Judge Charles P. Kocoras.Read it at News India Times Related Itemslast_img

first_imgSpeaking to Jason Lloyd of The Athletic, the three-time NBA champion once again bared his dream of one day calling the shots as an owner of an NBA franchise.“To be an owner of any team would be crazy,” he said. “If this thing opened up and I’m in a position financially, and I’ve got the right team around me, obviously. “FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAlthough he certainly welcomes the thought of owning the team that drafted him No. 1 overall in 2003, James knows that the plan remains far-fetched at best at this point.“But who’s to say Dan will (sell)? I’ve always kept it just player/owner at this point. I guess once I come down to that point, if the conversation needed to be had, I’ll have it. But I don’t have it right now,” he explained. Bucks’ Kidd fined $15,000 for criticism of officiating Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) reacts during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in New York. The Nets won 112-107.  AP Photo/Frank Franklin IINetizens have often joked about how LeBron James owns the Cleveland Cavaliers due to his supposed involvement with the franchise’s management decisions.But if everything falls into place, “The King” could actually one day purchase the Ohio-based squad, if current owner Dan Gilbert decides to put it up for sale in the future.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Last May, James also shared his goals of owning a team upon retirement.READ: NBA: LeBron James bares ownership aspiration upon retirementHowever, those aspirations have to wait, as the four-time NBA MVP still has plenty of basketball left in him, and he hopes to lift the Cavaliers from its slump in the ongoing 2017-2018 NBA regular season.  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares HEERENVEEN, Netherlands — Brittany Bowe led an American one-two in the 1,000 meters Feb. 13 at the speedskating world championships, beating teammate Heather Richardson into second.A year after a disastrous showing by the U.S. speedskating team at the Sochi Olympics, the Americans dominated early at the Thialf oval.Richardson set a new track record of 1 minute, 14.49 seconds in her pairing against defending champion Olga Fatkulina of Russia only to see Bowe shatter it again with her winning time of 1:13.90. Karolina Erbanova of the Czech Republic was third.Bowe said her entire season had been focused on the race.“Since the beginning of the year, my goal has been world single distance championships gold medal in the 1,000,” she said.Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic won her second title in as many days, adding victory in the 5,000 meters to the 3,000 win from Feb. 12.Sablikova, the Olympic champion, finished in 6:52.73. Carlijn Achtereekte of the Netherlands won silver and German veteran Claudia Pechstein was third.Defending champion Denis Yuskov of Russia took more than a second off the track record to win the men’s 1,500 in 1:43.36.Denny Morrison was second, 1.72 seconds behind Yuskov, and Koen Verweij of the Netherlands was third.World record-holder Shani Davis could not emulate his American teammates Bowe and Richardson, finishing fourth.The Netherlands, dominant at last year’s Olympics, picked up its second gold of the championships in the final race of the second day when its men won the team pursuit.Canada was second and South Korea third. Dutchman Jorrit Bergsma won the 10,000 on the opening day.last_img read more

first_imgThe Indian football team on Thursday climbed one spot to the 96th in the recently released FIFA rankings. India were ranked 97 in the previous rankings but moved up a rung after FIFA implemented a new ranking system called ELO.Meanwhile, World champions France predictably shot to the top of the rankings while previous leaders Germany slumped to 15th after their humiliating first round exit in Russia.France were followed by Belgium, the team they beat 1-0 in the semi-finals, with Brazil dropping one place to third after their quarter-final exit against the Belgians. Surprise finalists Croatia leapt from 20th to fourth.Quarter-finalists Uruguay climbed nine places to fifth while England’s run to the semi-finals took them up to sixth place from a previous twelfth.Argentina dropped to 11th after a chaotic campaign which included a 3-0 group stage defeat by Croatia on the way to a last 16 exit against France where they lost 4-3.Hosts Russia, who began the tournament at a modest 71st place, leapt 21 spots after their surprise run to the quarter-finals.FIFA said its new formula, approved by the FIFA Council before the World Cup, relied on adding or subtracting points, depending on the results of matches, rather than averaging points over a given period of time.The global football governing body said the new system was developed over two years during which “a large number of different algorithms was tested and extensively discussed”.FIFA said the new system would no longer weight matches according to which region they were played in and this would provide “fair and equal opportunities for all teams across all confederations”.advertisementFIFA said the removal of an annual average point calculation, which was part of the previous formula, would have a number of benefits, including reducing the ability of teams to influence their ranking by avoiding friendlies.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

first_imgLondon, Oct 26 (AFP) In an historic move football fans attending the England v United States friendly on November 15 will not be allowed to take bags into Wembley, according to Football Association (FA) chief executive Martin Glenn.Glenn said the action was being taken because security forces had informed the FA Wembley is a “prime target”.Glenn told The Daily Telegraph terror attacks such as the one at the Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena last year that left 22 people dead illustrated how vulnerable such live events are.”We know from security forces that Wembley is a prime target,” he said.”The next match, when America play here, for the first time we are doing a bag-drop where you can’t take bags in.”You will get to airport-style security at some point. Just think of the Manchester (Arena) bombing.” Security at major sporting events in Britain such as FA Cup finals and racing festival Royal Ascot has increasingly become a feature in recent years with armed police and sniffer dogs deployed. (AFP) APAAPAlast_img read more

first_imgBlue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska has announced it’s leaving the federal Affordable Care Act’s public insurance exchanges.The state’s largest health insurer says it will leave the government health insurance marketplace effective January 1st, citing increased costs and decreased competition and consumer choice as other insurers across the country have bowed out of the exchanges.Blue Cross Blue Shield says that since it began selling individual plans through the exchanges, “we have lost approximately $140 million.”Its decision will not affect Medicare supplement or group plans.With Blue Cross Blue Shield’s exit, only Aetna and Medica Health are left to offer individual policies on the exchange to Nebraskans for 2017.last_img read more

first_imgIvan Perisic admits it was painful missing out on Man Utd moveby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich winger Ivan Perisic has revealed it was “painful” to miss out on a move to Manchester United. The Croatian was on the cusp of being signed from Inter Milan by Jose Mourinho two years ago.”How close was I going there? Very close,” he told The Athletic . “It was an amazing thing for me when Jose called me. It was difficult to say no to him. In fact, I really, really wanted to join him and play for United.”It was a dream of mine to play in all the big leagues. But it didn’t happen. It was painful for me. But I don’t want to go into the details. I only found out myself the real reasons two years later.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgTV presenters Ant and Dec have announced a brand new documentary project, as they set out to spend time with HRH The Prince of Wales to mark the 40th anniversary of The Prince’s Trust for ITV and track the journey since His Royal Highness set up the organisation in 1976.As long-term ambassadors for the charity, over the next year the pair will accompany The Prince on key engagements and get more involved in the work The Trust does to support vulnerable young people in the UK. The 90-minute special will air on ITV early in 2016, the year The Prince’s Trust celebrates its 40th anniversary.Ant and Dec are a similar vintage to The Trust – both were born the year before it was founded in 1976 – and together with His Royal Highness they will reflect on the four decades that have passed since The Trust set out to improve the lives of disadvantaged young people in the UK, meeting some of those it has supported along the way and hearing their extraordinary stories.Ant and Dec will gain a close perspective as they visit courses and Prince’s Trust Centres to get an inside look at the efforts made to help 13 to 30 year olds, many of whom come from a care background, and who deal with a range of challenges such as homelessness, mental health issues, unemployment, difficulties at school and offending.Ant and Dec said: “We are hugely excited to be working with HRH The Prince of Wales on our first project of this kind. We’ve worked with The Prince’s Trust for years and know what an incredible job they do of supporting young people right across the UK.“This is a unique opportunity for us to get under the skin of a great organisation and its founder, to pose the questions we’ve always wanted to ask and to see the achievements of the young people celebrated.”Commenting last year on the occasion of the duo’s National Television Award celebrating 25 years in television, The Prince of Wales said: “I have had the great pleasure of meeting them on many occasions over the last fifteen years, as avid and generous supporters of The Prince’s Trust taking time out from their extremely busy schedules to support and inspire those young people who come to us in disadvantaged and difficult situations.“As role models, they have led by example, showing a work ethic and a dedication that I know is appreciated by, and encouraging to, the many courageous young men and women who come to my Trust seeking guidance in trying to make a better life for themselves and in turn, in some cases, their families and communities.”Martina Milburn CBE, Chief Executive of The Prince’s Trust, said: “The Prince’s Trust has made positive changes to generations of vulnerable young people since its inception and we’re really excited that Ant and Dec are going to be highlighting the work we do to mark this milestone in our history.”The documentary will be directed by award-winning director Michael Waldman for Spun Gold Productions. Filming will start early in 2015 and they are already working closely with Clarence House and The Trust to bring the story of the organisation to life.The documentary is commissioned for ITV by Richard Klein, Director of Factual and Andrew O’Connell, Commissioning Editor Factual. Andrew said: “We are delighted to be following The Prince’s Trust over a year to celebrate this landmark occasion. This special programme will see Ant and Dec spending time throughout the year with The Prince and seeing at close hand the work he does within the Trust aimed at enhancing young people’s lives up and down the country. This promises to be a major event in the schedule and a real treat for our viewers!”

Daniela Neumann, Creative Director at Spun Gold, adds: “We are so very proud to be producing such a landmark documentary to mark the 40th anniversary of The Prince’s Trust. We can’t wait to provide viewers with unprecedented access into the charity and more importantly highlight its life changing work that has touched so many lives and made a profound impact on our nation. It is always an honour to work alongside The Prince of Wales, and Ant and Dec are undoubtedly the nation’s most loved presenters. With their warmth and down to earth approach it is going to be such a moving and illuminating film.”last_img read more

Rabat – Hakan Gürdal has been appointed managing director of Ciments du Maroc (Cimar), succeeding Nabil Francis who was in office till July 2016, the subsidiary of HeidelbergCement Group announced Thursday.The new director of Turkish descent officially took office on September 21, said the cement group. Gürdal graduated from the Technical University of Yildiz in Istanbul in Mechanical Engineering and from the University of Istanbul (MBA in International Management) and joined Çanakkale Çimento in 1992.He was appointed member of the Board of Directors of HeidelbergCement in February 2016, and since April 2016 he is been in charge of the Africa-Eastern Mediterranean region. Additionally, he has been responsible for Purchasing since January 2017. Cimar posted a net profit up by 19.8 percent to MAD 603 million in the first six months of 2017.The half-year result was positively impacted by a significant increase in export volumes compared to 2016, the company said in a financial communication published on the website of the Casablanca Stock Exchange.The volume of Cimar’s cement sales its subsidiary Indusaha reflect the year-on-year decline of sales in the month of Ramadan, down 6.9 percent from June 30, 2016, with national cement consumption falling by 9.2 percent, noted the statement.Operating revenues therefore amounted to MAD 2.02 billion, an increase of 1.1 percent compared to the first half of 2016, while EBITDA (gross operating income) remains stable at MAD 929 million.The company explained that the tax reduction over the past six months compared to the same period in 2016, is justified by the fiscal deficit recorded in 2016, which is itself induced by the depreciation of assets held in Egypt. As a result, the half-year net profit rose significantly, it added.For its part, the self-financing capacity (CA) improved by 2.2 percent to MAD 781 million.The cement manufacturer also noted that the Board of Directors met on September 19, 2017 in Casablanca to oversee the progress of the plans for the acquisition of a crushing center in Dakhla as well as that of the Nador Crushing Center project.The Board also reviewed the ongoing external growth strategy studies. read more

BANGKOK — Shares were mixed in Asia on Wednesday ahead of the Federal Reserve’s policy statement. Fresh news on China-U.S. trade talks raised spirits, helping Chinese benchmarks to trim early losses.The Shanghai Composite was flat at 3,090.62 and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng fell 0.2 per cent to 29,399.89.White House officials said Tuesday that top U.S. trade and economic officials will visit China late next week for another round of negotiations on their dispute over Beijing’s industrial policies and other issues.The sources, who spoke on background because they weren’t authorized to comment publicly, said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will lead the delegation.The news suggests hope for progress, albeit delayed, in the tariffs war between the two largest economies. Business lobbyists say an agreement now probably won’t be reached until late April.Elsewhere in Asia, Japan’s Nikkei 225 index gained 0.2 per cent to 21,608.92, while the S&P ASX 200 gave up 0.3 per cent to 6,165.30. South Korea’s Kospi was virtually unchanged at 2,177.10.Shares were higher in Taiwan, Thailand and Indonesia but fell in Singapore.Global investors are looking ahead to the Federal Reserve’s interest rate policy update due later Wednesday. The central bank has signalled that it will be “patient” in raising interest rates.“Against the backdrop of heightened concerns over U.S.-China trade and ahead of the Fed meeting, Asia markets may well trade cautiously once again,” Jingyi Pan of IG said in a commentary. She added that “the broad sense is that regional markets will be attuned toward the Fed meeting.”The Fed has made clear that with a dimmer economic picture in both the United States and globally, it no longer sees the need to keep raising rates as it did four times in 2018. Among the key factors, besides slower growth, are President Donald Trump’s trade war with China, continually low inflation levels and Prime Minister Theresa May’s struggle to execute Britain’s exit from the European Union.U.S. stock indexes closed mostly lower Tuesday after a late-afternoon splash of selling erased early gains, ending a weeklong rally.The benchmark S&P 500 ended barely lower, losing less than one point to 2,832.57, its second loss over the past seven trading days. It’s still up 13 per cent so far in 2019.The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 0.1 per cent to 25,887.38. The Nasdaq composite gained 0.1 per cent to 7,723.95, while the Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks gave up 0.6 per cent, to 1,554.99.More stocks fell than rose on the New York Stock Exchange. Major indexes in Europe finished higher.CURRENCIES: The dollar rose to 111.55 Japanese yen from 111.40 yen. The euro slipped to $1.1349 from $1.1351 on Tuesday.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude oil lost 4 cents to $59.25 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It gave up 9 cents to close at $59.29 a barrel on Tuesday. Brent crude, the international standard, gained 9 cents to $67.70 a barrel.___AP Business Writers Damien J. Troise and Alex Veiga contributed.Elaine Kurtenbach, The Associated Press read more

Worcester, Massachusetts – During an informative lecture in Morocco in November 2016, respected Kuwaiti businessman and scholar Tareq Al-Suwaidan became frustrated when he found only French instructions as he tried to set up his microphone. He condemned the language for its uselessness in the contemporary world and insisted that Moroccans quickly make English a priority.Al-Suwaidan argued that English is the language of science, tourism, civilization, business, and more. This engaging display of dissatisfaction resurfaced a 60-year-old debate among Moroccan society: Should the country embrace English as its second language instead of French?From 1912 to 1956, Morocco existed under a French protectorate. During this time, French culture and style had considerable influence on the country. Some city streets came to resemble those of Paris, and, causing the current debate, the French language became strongly established in the Moroccan school system. In their first grade, young Moroccan students learn classical Arabic. Usually just one year later, they learn French in a systematic way that quickly establishes it as their second formal language.In contemporary Moroccan society, however, a unique dialect, Darija, is spoken, a combination of colloquial Arabic, Amazigh (Berber), French, and Spanish. Making communication even more complicated, a considerable portion of the Moroccan population speaks one or more Amazigh dialect as their mother tongue.The national language debate from this multitude of spoken languages asks which ones should be prioritized for new generations of Moroccan students.Could English be a unifying force?A powerful argument within this debate is whether English should be required in the early years of students’ instruction in a fashion similar to French today. By teaching English around second grade, young Moroccans would be exposed to the language early and consistently to make it a dominant, although unofficial, second language.Moroccans who stress the need to embrace English in schools argue that it is more useful than French in today’s world. English is spoken in more countries, used by most international businesses, and is the predominant language of publications within the hard sciences.Although most high schools teach in Arabic while preliminary university courses teach in French, most Moroccan universities teach higher level graduate courses in English to widen their students’ access to the globe.Teaching English to Moroccans as their second formal language would increase Moroccan youths’ employability in the professional world and lead to increased international opportunities.“When you learn English, you have more opportunities to study or get jobs all over the world,” says Rabat native Kenza El-Korchi who now studies and advises student projects in Worcester, Massachusetts. However, English is most commonly offered by wealthy or private schools in Morocco or in language centers located only in large cities.Read also: Moroccan Intellectuals Sign Petition Against French in SchoolsEmbracing English in all public and private schools would both unify the school system in Morocco as well as extend the privileges of English academic and professional opportunities to the entire population.Only the self-motivated learn EnglishAlthough English is what Moroccan American university student Anass Harmal calls “trendy” or “cool” among youth in Morocco, there is no uniformity in the ways it is taught and the abilities of those who speak it.Testimonies from multiple of Harmal’s peers indicated that their schooling in Morocco is not what helped them learn the language well. Progress learning English in school was often stunted by teachers and administrators resetting the curriculum for new students or focusing only on basic linguistic skills.“I actually got good at English by watching movies and forcing myself to practice,” says university student Hicham El-Ferouali. Moroccans must be personally motivated to properly learn English. Establishing English in all Moroccan schools would eliminate this condition.On the other side of the debate are Moroccans who strongly identify with the French cultural influence of the 20th-century protectorate. Although the new Moroccan Constitution (2011) officially recognizes only Arabic and Amazigh as the national languages, more than one-third of Moroccans regularly speak French, often better than Arabic.Those who argue in favor of French do not wish to replace Arabic as the country’s first language. Instead, they aim to maintain the Francophone aspects of their national identity as well as teach the sciences in French throughout all schools.Many debate that English should be learned for the sake of a more universal understanding of the hard sciences, but many informational publications are written in French as well.Read also: Moroccan Political Parties Agree to Teach More School Subjects in FrenchStill, there are instances when speaking French in Morocco is socially inappropriate. For example, in northern cities like Tangier, Spanish is often spoken in addition to Arabic and Darija, and French speakers are viewed as visitors or strangers.In many Moroccan medinas (old cities) where there is a concentration of Amazigh speakers, those who speak French may be considered arrogant or privileged.What about non-European languages?Further complicating the Moroccan language debate, some prefer that Amazigh or Darija should be taught in schools as the nation’s second language or that Morocco should focus primarily on classical Arabic. Those who urge the importance of these languages sense a national or cultural neglect of Morocco’s fundamental identity if the educational focus is on European languages.Amazigh is indigenous to the country and was spoken before Arabic or French influences reached North Africa. Arabic is the language of the Qur’an, the most important religious text to most Moroccans.Although classical Arabic is taught to young students, Darija has affected the public’s overall grasp of the classical rules of the ancient language. This problem is also true for the linguistic technicalities of classical French. Today, these formal and traditional languages are most often used in official documents and in paperwork.Some Moroccans fear the widespread adoption of English will make what little of classical Arabic is still used fade even more and compromise Morocco’s identity.Those who argue for teaching Darija or Amazigh in schools hope to differentiate Morocco from the world’s other Arabic-speaking countries as they preserve and solidify their unique national and cultural identity.Read also: 150 Moroccan Activists Endorse Arabic in Schools Over FrenchThe languages Moroccan children are taught to speak depends on if they attend a public or private school—French, Spanish or English—or if they are handed down Amazigh by their family.The nation exists in a dialogue of persons who speak any combination of two, three, or four languages. The strength of each of the languages advances Morocco’s diversity to new generations, but whether English or French contributes to prosperity is still up for debate.Whichever conclusion may be accepted by the Moroccan government in the future, Moroccan educational reform is on the horizon. read more

by Crystal Laderas Posted Feb 1, 2016 11:35 am MDT Last Updated Feb 1, 2016 at 3:56 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Government of Alberta Twitter NDP promises up to 4,000 jobs with Petrochemicals program The NDP government is taking aim at developing the petrochemical sector as a way to create thousands of jobs in Alberta and attract billions in investment.On Monday morning, the province announced the new Petrochemicals Diversification Program which will encourage companies to invest in new facilities by providing royalty credits.“This program builds on the royalty review panel’s recommendation for a value-added natural gas strategy to support further upgrading and production of higher-value energy products in Alberta,” states Energy Minister Margaret McCuaig-Boyd in a news release.The province says it will create up to 3,000 new positions during construction and another 1,000 jobs once operations begin. It’s expected to attract between $3 billion and $5 billion in investment.“Today’s commitment to diversification in the petrochemical sector is part of the government’s economic action plan—a plan to create jobs, diversify our economy and add more value to our resources,” states Deron Bilous, Minister of Economic Development and Trade.Through the $500 million program, the government will award royalty credits to certain petrochemical facilities through a a competitive application program. Credits will be awarded once projects are completed and feedstock consumption begins.The Chair of the Alberta Industrial Heartland Association, Ed Gibbons, says this should be good for the long term.“We’ve got to get the engineers working in Calgary and we’ve got to keep the contractors and construction people working in our area. And we’ve got to keep people working afterwards that have gone through instrumentation and other technologies that are working in our plants. So it’s keeping the dollars within our boundaries,” says Gibbons.The province notes that petrochemical facilities don’t directly benefit from royalty credits because they don’t pay them, but they can be traded or sold to an oil or natural gas producer. Those credits can be used towards producers’ royalty payments to the government. read more

A Brock business professor has received a top award for her research and contributions to human resources.Deborah Zinni, associate professor of Human Resources Management, was awarded the Right Management HR Academic of the Year Award at the annual Human Resources Summit Awards on Jan. 26.Deborah ZinniZinni is chair of Organizational Behaviour, Human Resources, Entrepreneurship and Ethics and first got involved in human resources as an employee more than 30 years ago.“I found I really had a knack for it in terms of organizing things and being able to deal with employees,” she said. “I like the way that HR systems work together with management systems to help organizations reach their goals.”Over the past 25 years, she has sat on numerous committees at the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA). She is also past president of the Toronto West Human Resources Professional Chapter, and twice a year, helps students prepare for their national certification sponsored by the Canadian Council of Human Resources Association.Since becoming a professor in 2002, her research interests have included union participation, the unionization of graduate students and the retention of Aboriginal employees. Most recently she has authored several papers on the volunteerism of older workers in healthcare. She has authored several textbooks, and increased the number of students studying Human Resources at Brock by working with her colleagues to develop the undergraduate MBA and MSc graduate programs.The award, Zinni said, makes her feel honoured to be following in the footsteps of human resources professionals she respects.“I’m very honoured to get that award,” she said. “There are a lot of other deserving people as well who do a lot to help the profession.”Zinni’s favourite part of teaching, however, is the students.“I really, really enjoy seeing students succeed. I just love when they leave here and are working in the field and I get an email from them telling me about how they’re doing.”The HR Summit Awards are presented by the HRPA and the Canadian HR Reporter. read more

first_imgMineSight presented numerous improvements in last week’s release of Atlas 1.9, many of them in response to direct requests from mine planners. “We are dedicated to ensuring our clients get more time to make decisions while MineSight takes care of details,” said Glenn Wylde, MineSight Vice President-Technical. “Short-term planning in particular is fraught with pressure so Atlas is designed to make life easier for mine engineers.”Atlas 1.9 adds a whole new world of CAD design. Gone are the days of countless click-click-clicks to design mining cuts. Atlas’s automatic activity designer builds mining activities straight from a centreline, and clipped to a limiting boundary, allowing users to easily adjust the swath and target tonnes or volume. Quick hotkey adjustments can revise the swath and all automatically built cuts can be pushed to the activity model and be assigned to a resource. “We want the user to be able to spend more time refining the schedule than perfecting CAD skills,” said Wylde.Atlas 1.9 further integrates MineSight Axis for grade control. Axis users will now be able to build their daily dig mining blocks directly from Atlas or MineSight Planner. You can quickly build remaining stocks of block-outs from fleet management dig-points. Improved Gantt printing, simple to configure rolling reports and the automatic ability to complete tasks by a given date are also included in Atlas 1.9.Since being introduced last year, Atlas has been adopted by planning departments in some of the world’s biggest mines. Together with recent improvements, which saw support for complex coal and improvements to Resource Gantt charts, Version 1.9 continues to build the software’s reputation as an essential product for mine planning.last_img read more

first_imgHD is caused by the mutation of a single gene on chromosome 4, which causes a part of the DNA (known as a CAG motif) to repeat many more times than it is supposed to. The length of the CAG repeat is known to be a major determinant of the age at which HD symptoms are likely to begin, although its contribution to progression is unclear.In people without noticeable symptoms, there has been little evidence of a decline in function over two years, limiting the ability to test new drugs early in the disease course.But in this latest study, the TRACK-HD investigators aimed to identify some of the earliest biological changes in individuals with presymptomatic HD. This would give additional power to predict how the disease may progress beyond that already expected from age and CAG length.DiagnosisTheir research showed that over three years, baseline measures derived from brain imaging were the clearest markers of disease progression and future diagnosis, above and beyond the effect of age and CAG count, in gene carriers up to 20 years before they were expected to show symptoms.In individuals up to 10 years away from developing symptoms, there was also significant deterioration in performance on a number of motor (movement) and cognitive (intellectual function) tasks compared with controls, and the frequency of apathy increased.According to Tabrizi, a new generation of drugs will be ready for human trials in the very near future.Diagnosis in HD is something of an artificial construct at onset of motor symptoms, and this study now gives us a number of other, more well-defined parameters that correlate with disease progression. Something that suggests we’re moving towards a more biological, as opposed to physical, definition of disease progression that reduces the importance of an ‘onset event’ is great news.She added that by extending the clinical trials to include individuals who are currently free of overt symptoms “there is a realistic future possibility that treatments in the pipeline can significantly improve the quality of life for patients and families”.For more information or support, visit the Huntington’s Disease Association of Ireland website.Read: Unborn babies could be tested for 3500 genetic conditions> NEURODEGENERATIVE GENETIC DISORDER Huntington’s disease leads to psychiatric problems and cognitive decline in those who develop it, and has no cure.The child of a person affected by it themselves has a 50 per cent chance of inheriting Huntington’s, but there is now news for those who may be at risk of the disorder and who want to ensure they receive treatment as soon as possible.Around 500 people in the Republic of Ireland have the condition, making approximately 2500 people at risk of developing HD, the Huntingon’s Disease Association of Ireland says.SymptomsScientists have identified a set of tests that could help identify whether and how Huntington’s disease (HD) is progressing in groups of people who are not yet showing symptoms.The latest findings from the TRACK-HD study, published in The Lancet Neurology, could be used to assess whether potential new treatments are slowing the disease – up to 10 years before the development of noticeable symptoms.Lead author Sarah Tabrizi from University College London’s Institute of Neurology explained that currently, the effectiveness of a new drug is decided by its ability to treat symptoms.These new tests could be used in future preventative drug trials in individuals who are gene positive for HD but are not yet showing overt motor symptoms. These people have the most to gain by initiating treatment early to delay the start of these overt symptoms and give them a high quality of life for a longer period of time.last_img read more

first_imgOne of the much talked about options to replace traditional gasoline is biofuel. But not all biofuels are created equally and, in fact, some may actually be even more harmful to the environment when it comes to production.In particular, fuel made from the jatropha curcas plant. A recent study showed that producing fuel from the jatropha actually creates up to six times more greenhouse gases compared to traditional fossil fuels.Italy-based Kenya Jatropha Energy Ltd is currently looking to create a 10,000 hectare plantation in Kenya to use exclusively for growing Jatropha for biofuel use. However, locals are contesting the arrangement claiming that the plantation will not only force people to move their homes, but will also be damaging to the environment as well.Via the BBClast_img read more

first_imgIf you’re one of the few people who still uses Yahoo! over Google for your search, you will be happy to know that Yahoo! launched a new product today: Search Direct.If you’re familiar with Google Instant, you pretty much will get the hang of Search Direct. When you start to type a query into Yahoo! Search, the site will start showing your results with each new character you enter. You can usually find what you’re looking for before you finish typing out your whole query and press enter.AdChoices广告It’s now live at search.yahoo.com, but is not yet on the main Yahoo! page. Yahoo! said at a press conference today that it’s looking to help match users with “answers, not links,” as Google Instant does. According to TechCrunch, Yahoo! SVP of Search Products Shashi Seth said they’re very different products. He said the next generation of search, whether it’s on web or mobile, will be more answer-driven, and less searching for links. Though it has the same idea as Google Instant, Search Direct is indeed a little different.When you start typing, a small rectangular widget pops down from the search bar to show you results if they’re available. For example, searching for a city will give you weather widgets and nearby sports team schedules. Shashi said the results are generated by a completely different infrastructure from its normal search servers. Yahoo! is boasting its rich, contextual results in this new search.Yahoo! will be allowing advertisers to embed images or videos in the right-panel to monetize the new feature. This isn’t in effect yet, but it will eventually be, and Yahoo! is excited to make it available on the iPad.Microsoft will be doing Yahoo!’s paid search and algorithmic backend, which Yahoo!’s Executive Vice President and Chief Product Officer Blake Irving said will free up Yahoo!’s engineers to work on other improvements.Check out the video below from Yahoo! to see it in action. via TechCrunch.last_img read more

first_imgHadopi : 49% des Français continuent de télécharger illégalementSelon une étude menée par l’Hadopi, près de la moitié des internautes (49%) affirme consommer des biens culturels de manière illégale. Rendue publique hier au Midem de Cannes, une étude menée par la Haute autorité pour la diffusion des oeuvres et la protection des droits sur Internet (Hadopi), montre que la moitié des internautes français reconnaît avoir toujours recours au téléchargement illégal. Si 36% des personnes interrogées affirment avoir recours au piratage de façon exceptionnelle, 13% téléchargent illégalement de manière régulière. Ce sont surtout les jeunes qui sont en ligne de mire. L’étude de l’Hadopi révèle en effet que pas moins de 70% des 15-24 déclarent consommer les biens culturels de façon illicite, contre 55% des 25-39 ans et 32% des plus de 40 ans.Selon l’Hadopi, la pratique “ne ralentit pas et se diversifie”. Fait étonnant, 29% des sondés affirment télécharger illégalement depuis… “moins de six mois”, alors que la loi Hadopi et ses sanctions avaient déjà été adoptées. Pire encore, 50% affirment ne pas avoir l’intention de changer leur comportement.L’étude pointe du doigt un autre paradoxe : ceux qui piratent sur Internet sont également ceux qui achètent le plus de biens culturels…Il y aurait également une “confusion entre le légal et l’illégal, notamment du fait du caractère payant de certains services illégaux”, indique l’Hadopi. Plus de la moitié (53 %) des internautes pensent que les sites payants sont forcément légaux, alors que ce n’est pas le cas.Cette étude a été réalisée en ligne du 25 octobre au 4 novembre 2010 auprès de 2.687 internautes répartis en deux échantillons représentatifs de la population d’internautes français.Le 24 janvier 2011 à 09:09 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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It connects with Alexa, Amazon’s virtual voice assistant, so you can use hands-free control to dim the lights, turn on the TV, and play digital content with a few voice commands. Take 50 percent off this smart home device at Amazon’s Black Friday sale. It’s only $59.99 compared to $119.99.Buy it HereEcho Dot (3rd Generation) With Sengled Color Smart Lighting Kit for $79.98Wouldn’t it be nice to turn the lights on and off with your voice? Well, you can with the Echo Dot (3rd Generation) and Sengled Color Smart Lighting Kit. This smart device pack, which connects with Alexa for hands-free control, is on sale for $79.98 during Amazon’s Black Friday Deals week.Buy it HereMore on Geek.com:Black Friday 2018: Top Deals for Gaming, Tech, and Smart Home GadgetsGeek Guide: How to Score the Best Black Friday Deals for Gaming, Tech, and MoreSony Reveals Official Black Friday PlayStation Dealslast_img read more