Maratha quota is a betrayal: OBC groups

first_imgA day after Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced a new Socially and Educationally Backward Class (SEBC) category under which Marathas will be given reservation, organisations of the Other Backward Classes (OBCs) said on Monday that this was an attempt to give a share of their reservation to that community. They said the BJP-led State government had betrayed the OBCs. “As per Section 340 of the Constitution, the term Socially and Educationally Backward Class is being used for the OBCs. How can Marathas be termed so and get the same reservation? This is nothing but an attempt to encroach on our legal share of reservation, and OBC organisations across the State will unite against this,” Shravan Deore, president, Maharashtra OBC Organisation, said.He said the State Backward Classes Commission report, by giving Marathas the SEBC status, had included them in the OBCs. They would hence be eligible for a share of OBC reservation. The Chief Minister’s claim it would not happen had no basis. “In addition, the report of the Backward Classes Commission, which the government is talking about, should be scrutinised. The commission had an overwhelming majority of Marathas, and the report came out in favour of Marathas,” he said. “We will show our power through vote bank. It was we who supported the BJP in 2014, and it will be us who will bring them down in 2019,” he said. The Opposition parties on Monday alleged that the government was delaying reservation for Marathas. Former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said that with the report of the Backward Classes Commission in hand, why was the Chief Minister waiting to announce the exact quantum of the reservation? “What’s the need of a sub-committee? Why has the report not been tabled in Assembly yet,” he asked.Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil said this reservation would not help Marathas benefit in Central exams or services. “This government had announced reservation for Dhangars in the first Cabinet meeting. It has now passed the topic to the Centre,” he said.last_img read more

Curtly Ambrose says WI pacers don’t scare batsmen now

first_imgWest Indies cricket is in a shambles and its fast bowlers have forgotten how to intimidate batsmen, feels legendary pacer Curtly Ambrose who does not foresee a return to past glory for the team anytime soon.”The present standard is very, very bad and the only way interest can be revived is if we start winning some matches,” said Ambrose, who took 405 wickets from his 98 Tests.Ambrose is disappointed that West Indian fast bowlers have forgotten the art of intimidating batsmen.”I think it’s very important for a fast bowler to be intimidating. He must intimidate batsmen. I used to do it. I liked to soften them up,” he recalled.The giant fast bowler, who terrorised the best in the world throughout the 90s, feels slow pitches have contributed a lot to the decline of pacers in the Caribbean.”Two things have contributed to the downfall of West Indies cricket. Firstly, the pitches in the Caribbean have really slowed down and secondly, there is no deal of great experience which is being passed around in the dressing room,” he lamented.He recollected his early playing days when interaction with Malcolm Marshall helped him finetune his skills.”When I joined the team, I learnt a lot by just interacting with Malcolm Marshall, and later with Courtney Walsh. Now, these guys (the present team) have nobody to talk to; they are just sharing between them whatever little they have learnt from international cricket.”Even though Ambrose was aggressive, it never affected his economy. A third of his 3000-odd overs in Test cricket were maidens and his career economy rate was a mere 2.31 runs per over.advertisementHe didn’t play much against India but his affection knows no bounds for Sachin Tendulkar.”When I first watched him, it was in England in 1990 when he appeared a schoolboy. Yet watching him hit his first century at the age of 17, you knew here was a special talent,” he said.Two years later, they were squaring up in a World Cup game in Basin Reserve Park in Wellington and Ambrose dismissed Tendulkar with a delivery that kicked off from short of good length to take his outside edge.”He was a young guy and I was senior. So I needed to keep that equation,” Ambrose laughed.Being reluctantly pushed into cricket by his mother at a rather late age of 21, Ambrose made it to the West Indies team within three years. Yet, it took him the next two years to really start thinking about the game seriously.”The mantle of being world champions was falling off and a guy like me really had to learn very, very quickly. It helped that I was naturally very strong, very competitive and very aggressive,” he said.For the Antiguan, the toughest batsman he ever bowled to was David Boon of Australia, not to mention former Aussie skipper Steve Waugh with whom he nearly exchanged fisticuffs.However, Ambrose still has a great deal of respect for Waugh.It was the Trinidad Test of 1995 series against Australia. Waugh was repeatedly hit on the body by Ambrose’s bouncers.He let out his steam with a few chosen ones and enraged Ambrose to the extent he stood next to him, glaring and a physical contest wasn’t far away.”I really wanted to hit him. We were trailing the series. I was being frustrated. But we settled it then and there. It didn’t go beyond the pitch.”Ambrose though had the last laugh when he won the Test for West Indies and helped them square the series 1-1.– With PTI inputslast_img read more

Focusing on shorter formats will give Zimbabwe realistic chance in world cricket, says Heath Streak

first_imgZimbabwe, who lost to South Africa by an innings and 120 runs in the first-ever four-day Test, should look to concentrate more on the shorter formats according to their coach Heath Streak.Zimbabwe were bowled out twice on Day 2 of the one-off Test at St George’s Park on Wednesday. The bottom-ranked Test nation could only manage to eke out five session from the day-night fixture. It highlighted their inability to deal with quality bowlers and challenging conditions as both Morne Morkel and Keshav Maharaj picked up five wickets each in the first and second innings respectively.Talking about the game and the way forward, Streak said that maybe it’s right for Zimbabwe to concentrate more in ODIs and T20Is as it will give them a realistic chance of competing at a higher level”Maybe there is an argument for us to focus a lot more of our resources and time into short-format cricket to give us ourselves more of a realistic chance of competing at a higher level rather than hanging around near the bottom of the table,” he told reporters.Streak also added that if Zimbabwe were to play more Tests, they might have to settle for games against the likes of newcomers Afghanistan and Ireland.”I think if you get a bit of context to the Test rankings, with an incentive to get to the next level, with maybe a promotion-relegation type of thing, it’s worth looking at,” Streak said.”Obviously we would like to play against the top countries but maybe we could play them at home so we can set up the conditions to favour us,” he added.advertisementZimbabwe’s Test venues in Bulawayo and Harare have extremely slow wickets and their weakness to deal with pace was exposed the moment they travelled to South Africa and were thrown in at a bouncy surface. They only managed to survive 72.4 overs against the South African attack on fast pitches. Added to that, they were playing with the pink ball for the first time in their maiden day-night Test and that didn’t help either.Captain Graeme Cremer said that the team always knew it was going to be difficult but he admitted that in the end South Africa were too good for them.”We knew it was always going to be tough. When we saw how the ball moved around under the lights, we knew it was tough, especially with their attack (and) at the end of the day they were too good for us,” Cremer said.”I don’t think we were overwhelmed by the atmosphere. We were surprised seeing the ball move so much, and we didn’t assess the conditions,” he added.Zimbabwe next month head to Bangladesh for an ODI tri-series against their hosts and Sri Lanka before moving on to Dubai where they take on Afghanistan.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Eddie Jones feels chill of the fans after uncomfortable defeat by Ireland

first_imgIreland rugby union team Support The Guardian Reuse this content Share via Email Six Nations 2018 … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Eddie Jones insists England are ‘moving forward’ despite Ireland defeat Since you’re here… England rugby union team features Sportblog Rugby union Share on Messenger Ireland’s Joe Schmidt relieved to seal Grand Slam with win over England – video England 15-24 Ireland: how the Six Nations players at Twickenham rated Pinterest Read more Maro Itoje shouts instructions to his England team-mates. Photograph: MB Media/Getty Images Twitter Topics The scoreline, 24-15, was ugly enough but it still flattered Jones’s side, who forced their way into the game only once it was all but over, their last try a late gloss on a game in which they had been entirely out-played. “These things are sent to test you,” Jones said afterwards, “to test your resolve, to test your purpose, to test the character of your team.” He was talking about the defeat but he seemed about 80 minutes late.The real test of his team’s resolve, purpose and character started when the referee blew the first whistle, not the final one. And England failed it. Read more Earlier in the week Jones spoke about how much he loved pressure. “It’s the best time in rugby, when you are under the pump and you have got to produce it.”He believes you should leave those little loose stones in your shoes. “Players like to get comfortable,” he said last year.“They like to have a nice house, drive a Range Rover, like to do the same thing every day in training. To get them to have the courage to try to be different is the biggest trick. Encouraging them to do that consistently, to be different, don’t be comfortable, be uncomfortable.”Jones has spent the past two years pushing this team to be uncomfortable. He thinks the 4×4 in the driveway is the modern sportsman’s pram in the hall. Seven points down, England decided to kick a penalty to the corner soon afterwards, squandering a shot at goal that they really could not afford to spare.The next time they had to make a similar decision the deficit had been doubled. They were 14-0 down after their defence had been unstitched by CJ Stander after Sexton’s dummy wrap-around.England kicked four penalties to the corner, to try to push their way over.The last attempt was when Ireland were down to 14 men, after Peter O’Mahony had been sent to the sin-bin. But they still could not do it. They were as enthusiastic as they were ineffective.This was in sharp contrast with the rapier finishing of Jacob Stockdale, who settled the game when he chased down his own chip, grounding it just before he slid over the deadball line.Jones had only just had that line moved back, because his team wanted more space in which to play. “When you’re having a bad run,” he said, “everything goes wrong.”After the game Jones was booed by the Twickenham crowd during his post-match interview.“Our effort was outstanding. We played with character and we stuck at it,” Jones said, “and we just weren’t good enough.”The World Cup is 18 months away. His words were cold comfort on a chilling day. Six Nations Facebook Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Share on Twitter 0:50 Share on LinkedIn It was suffering weather. The kind of cold that makes you pull down your hat and stamp the ground, shuffle your feet and clench your teeth – fitting conditions, then, for an England team struggling through three defeats in a row.This latest, the first at home since Eddie Jones took over, stung like Saturday’s wind. It has been a long winter for England and there is not a hint of spring yet. There were certainly no green shoots to be seen at Twickenham, just green shirts – in front, on top, either side, and all around – Irishmen every last where you looked. Share on WhatsApp He flogs them physically – and sometimes mentally, too – to prepare them for games such as this one, a real bed-of-nails Test match.England had everything to prove, everything to play for, back home after back-to-back defeats, in a grand-slam match against an Irish side who have just overtaken them in the world rankings and one who robbed them, of course, of their own shot at the slam when they beat them in Dublin this time last year. On top of all this it was St Patrick’s day, too.It was a sobering one, as it turned out, for the English at least. They were blown away by an Irish side that were sharper, stronger and smarter. England kept coming, just as they did against France last week and Scotland before that, but again all that effort did not get them anywhere. Jones praised their spirit. But, to be honest, there was not a lot else he could pick out.The tone was set in the opening minutes, when Dylan Hartley and Kyle Sinckler both came at the Irish, charging hard heads down, and both were bounced back on their behinds. The Irish would not be bullied, did not bend or bow – and for most of the match England did not know where else to go.Ireland took control when Garry Ringrose pounced on a loose ball after Anthony Watson had fumbled a catch under a high kick from Johnny Sexton.Perhaps there was a hint of a knock-on from Rob Kearney, as he was challenging Watson for the ball, but not enough to sway the TMO. Play Videolast_img read more

Ramsey urged to avoid Bale mistake and join Juve

first_imgAaron Ramsey has been urged to avoid making the same mistakes Gareth Bale did when joining Real Madrid, with John Toshack looking for a fellow Welshman to embrace life in Italy alongside Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus.A move to the Serie A champions is seemingly edging closer for the Arsenal midfielder, with Goal revealing that he has a lucrative offer on the table from the Bianconeri.He is set to become a free agent this summer, as his contract at Emirates Stadium runs down, and various landing spots have been mooted since an extension offer from the Gunners was withdrawn and the exit door swung open. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Juve are expected to get their man and a fellow countryman believes a switch to Turin would be a wise move for the 28-year-old, if he immerses himself in a different culture away from British shores.Former Wales and Real Madrid boss Toshack told Gazzetta dello Sport: “He has a unique opportunity to play with Cristiano Ronaldo, to grow, to improve, and that’s a lucky break for a lad who hasn’t had much luck.“I remember watching TV when he really hurt himself playing against Stoke in 2010. I was stunned. It took him nine months to get back, but the experience helped forge his character.“He grew up over time, but now he’s 28 years old and ready to explode.“Juventus are doing really well when it comes to free agents and contracts running down, picking up top players for free like Emre Can and Sami Khedira.“They’ve already got a great talent like Miralem Pjanic and World Cup winner Blaise Matuidi, so it’s an excellent midfield.”Aaron Ramsey Arsenal JuventusToshack added: “I would recommend to everyone, football players or not, to go abroad.“I’ve made it a point of my management career to go out and get to know new cultures. I can assure you that for British players, it’s not easy to move abroad.“It’s crucial that Aaron doesn’t make the same mistake that Bale did at Madrid.“He needs to learn the local language straight away. That might also be why it’s best he join Juve in the summer and not in January.”While backing Ramsey to make a move to Italy, Toshack concedes that a player he handed an international debut to in 2008 still has much to learn.He said: “He was always a talent, but I don’t know if I’d call him a star yet. For the moment he is playing for a big club and very soon he’ll be at a huge club.“That says a lot about his quality, even if I haven’t quite figured out what his best position is yet. That is an issue Juve will need to clarify straight away.“I don’t know if Aaron is disciplined enough to play in front of the defence. I am also not sure he scores enough to play close to the strikers.“He might do better in a three-man midfield, where he has the possibility to push forward, or perhaps in a three supporting the centre-forward.“In modern football you do need to be versatile and he is a modern player.”last_img read more

Access to Information Unit Launches Booklet

first_img It highlights the journey of a group of friends as they seek to use the ATI Law to finish a school project. The Access to Information Unit launched its youth information booklet titled, ‘Abby and Friends ATI Adventure’, on March 26, at the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Library, Tom Redcam Drive, in Kingston. The Access to Information Unit launched its youth information booklet titled, ‘Abby and Friends ATI Adventure’, on March 26, at the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Library, Tom Redcam Drive, in Kingston.The booklet was designed to inform young people, especially high school students, about the Access to Information Act (ATI), primarily through storytelling.It highlights the journey of a group of friends as they seek to use the ATI Law to finish a school project.The publication takes its readers on a knowledge-filled type of adventure, with an activities section, as well as answers to frequently asked questions about the ATI.In his address, State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, welcomed the publication, and encouraged the Unit to partner with the HEART Trust/NTA in creating an animated format of the book.“[Here] we can tell the story through animation. We have a youth digitisation project at the HEART Trust/NTA with some excellent young animators. Why not let us bring Abby to life. So, yes they can read the book, but imagine if we could also pop in a video that we can play,” Mr. Green said.“This is something that the Ministry of Education will be willing to partner on, and that is something I believe we should do as the next step,” he added.Meanwhile, Acting Director, Access to Information Unit, Tomica Daley, said following the implementation of the ATI in 2004, the Government, through the ATI Unit, has sought to create awareness of the Act and encourage the various publics to utilise it.“Consequently, the Unit identified the youth cohort as significant participants as early democratic participation is integral to shaping our future,” Mrs. Daley said.She noted that the idea for the publication came about in 2016 when the team at the Unit recognised that it had little promotional material relating to the youth.“When we conducted school public education outreach, children and youth often had to be provided with materials designated for adults, specifically the adult brochure and copies of the law.Naturally, this affected our ability to generate interest among this very important cohort, our youth, and so we concluded that there must be another way,” the Acting Director said.“We undertook this project to produce a booklet that would resound with the youth population and, more specifically, those attending secondary institutions. I am very proud to see that this project is now a reality as our hard work has been rewarded and today we are able to launch the Access to Information booklet – Abby and Friends, ATI Adventure,” she added.To date, the Access to Information Unit has entered into several partnerships, including the implementation of ATI corners in high schools.“We have forged a partnership with the Jamaica Library Service to have the book placed in their branches islandwide and community mobile units, as well as in the schools where they operate,” Mrs. Daley said.The Unit has also partnered with the Kingston Bookshop in hoisting a banner on their social media pages and websites and, through this initiative, persons will be directed to visit the ATI website where they will be able to download an electronic copy of the booklet.Additionally, the Unit will be entering into a partnership with the Ministry of Education to have the booklet introduced in high schools across the island as students prepare for School Based Assessments or to just undertake general research.“We are very excited about the introduction of this booklet and the impact it will have on our ability to increase not only awareness of the Act, but also its utilisation,” Mrs. Daley said. In his address, State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, welcomed the publication, and encouraged the Unit to partner with the HEART Trust/NTA in creating an animated format of the book. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Interview: Trials and Tribulations of the Dry Bulk Market

first_imgThe dry bulk shipping market has been hit hard by the downturn of the Baltic Dry Index (BDI) that fell to unprecedented lows this year. Vessel oversupply and dwindling demand, especially from the world’s top importer China, have caused numerous headaches for the ship owners across the board, some of them even forced to seek bankruptcy protection.Interested in what could be the way forward for the market based on the current development, World Maritime News spoke with Mr Rahul Sharan, an analyst specializing in dry bulk shipping market at shipping consultancy firm Drewry.WMN: Would you say that the worst has passed for the dry bulk shipping market?Sharan: “This is a bit tricky. One thing is for sure, owners cannot survive for long on such low earnings. Increasing demolition – and demolition of young vessels – says it all. Supply is expected to grow at its slowest pace in 10 years. So, a lot will depend on demand this year. To sum it up – this might be the worst time for Dry bulk owners, and we do not expect any recovery before 2016.”WMN: Various market forecasts predicted a recovery of rates in the second quarter of 2015. Are there any signs of that? If so, could you elaborate on that?Sharan: “With a precarious demand outlook and a heavily lopsided oversupply, any recovery before 2016 is highly unexpected. Drewry does not expect any recovery this year – rates might increase in the second half of 2015, but a slight increase, which will not be enough to break even, cannot be termed as a recovery, can it?”WMN: What sector within the dry bulk shipping market has seen the highest and lowest rates in the first quarter of 2015? What are the expectations for average rates in the following period?Sharan: “Though the entire dry bulk market has seen a substantial fall in the earnings in 1Q15, the bigger vessels –especially Capesizes – have seen the biggest fall (35%) from the previous quarter and a fall of more than 40% from the same quarter last year.  The Handysize market saw the smallest drop (10%) from the previous quarter, largely because of its more versatile trade and because of its larger backhaul cargo reach.”At least 30% more supply than requiredWMN: What sector could push the market forward?Sharan: “More than two-thirds of the entire dry bulk market is based on iron ore and coal trade. The present sluggishness in the market is because of the slow growth of iron ore trade and an even slower outlook for coal trade. I think a push in the iron ore and coal trade has the potential to reinvigorate the dry bulk market.In the long run, African mineral exploration has a greater potential to give some impetus to the dry bulk trade, which will help total tonne-miles to grow faster than overall seaborne commodity trade.” WMN: How would you describe the current supply-demand balance in the sector, bearing in mind the recent trend of scrapping older vessels and subdued newbuilding orders?Sharan: “At present, there is at least 30% more supply than required. The recent trend of high scrapping and subdued ordering is helping to shrink the oversupply, but the questions remain:1) How long is it going to continue? With an increase in rates, owners might stop scrapping and start ordering2) The rate at which the oversupply is contracting is very slow. It will take years before a more respectable supply-demand balance is achieved.”WMN: We have seen owners switch from bulker newbuilding orders to conversion to tankers, what could be the impact of this trend should it continue?Sharan: “Should the bad market continue, conversions are here to stay. Vessels which are scheduled to get delivered this year and the keels are laid out are difficult to get converted. However, those vessels which are scheduled to get delivered in 2016 or later are fit candidates for conversions. If this continues, the chance of recovery in 2016 becomes stronger.”WMN: Modern, energy-efficient vessels are entering the scene. Can we expect higher demand for these vessels any time soon?Sharan: “Yes, we are already seeing a higher demand for modern vessels. We did a similar analysis in our Dry Bulk Forecaster 1Q15 for Capesize vessels and found that almost 90% of the available fixtures were for modern vessels. Pollution norms, better fuel efficiency and cheaper rates are attracting more modern vessels than older ones. “WMN: What are your predictions in case the glut continues throughout the year? How will the shipowners respond, and are we to witness more bankruptcies?Sharan: “We predict some improvement in the rates later this year. However, these improvements are not going to be good enough for operators to break even. We have already seen many owners going bankrupt over the past couple of years. Sustained low earnings, especially for cash-strapped owners, might force more of them to file for bankruptcy.”WMN: You estimated that the dry bulk shipping trade volumes increased by 8.3% in 2014. Are there any indicators pointing that the rise is continuing in 2015?Sharan: “No, there is a substantial softening in trade volumes in 2015. We expect trade volume growth to be below 4% this year – largely on account of low iron ore and coal trade to China and a low coal trade growth to India.”WMN: How much of an increase in volumes is needed to counteract the vessel oversupply?Sharan: “This could not be done in a year. As already stated above, there is an oversupply to the tune of 30%. And more than fleet growth it is vessel speed that will affect supply over the next couple of years. An increase in speed will directly increase supply. It is difficult to make an estimate, but sustained low supply growth and buoyant demand are the key factors in improving rates.”WMN: What could help the dry bulk shipping sector rebound?Sharan: “Sustained control of supply growth (which is already happening) and sustained growth in demand would help. Stubbornly low iron ore prices are testing Chinese miners’ resolve to remain active – sustained low prices might force many of them to shut down and help create some much-needed import demand. On the other hand, a surge in infrastructure development in Africa will help boost tonne-mile demand. Mozambique has yet not become a major force in coal exports as was expected, as the country’s two main ports, Nacala and Maputo, are not yet developed to handle large volumes and similarly, inland logistics need to get updated.” WMN: Indian coal imports have been seen as a sign of hope for bulk shipping as China’s imports reduced considerably. Are these estimates correct?Sharan: “Indian coal imports are expected to continue supporting the dry bulk market. India’s coal imports have risen by 20-25% annually over past 10 years. However, the Indian government has already re-allocated many coal blocks to end-users and the government is planning to increase efficiency in coal mining to make India self-sufficient. But, given the huge demand for energy in the country, a good pace of 7-8% growth in coal imports is expected.”Indian coal imports are expected to continue supporting the dry bulk marketWMN: What other emerging markets are expected to keep demand flowing?Sharan: “India cannot feed the coking coal demand of its steel industry, which is growing at a fast pace. We expect an increase of more than 8% in coking imports to the country, helping demand for Panamax and Supramax vessels.South Korea’s appetite for iron ore is growing at a good pace. Iron ore imports to Korea increased by 16% in 2014; further growth of 4-5% a year is expected in the next four or five years.Another area for growth would be minor bulk trade. With Indonesia restricting its exports of unprocessed minerals, China is trying to source them from farther locations. The Ebola break-out in Western Africa restricted any shipping activity in the region last year. With the outbreak under control, trade to and from Africa might help the dry bulk trade.”World Maritime News Staff; Images: Dianalast_img read more

Target Canada announces exclusive designer collaboration with Beaver Canoe

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted May 16, 2013 11:33 am MDT Target Canada announces exclusive designer collaboration with Beaver Canoe TORONTO – Target is bringing an added dose of Canadiana to its stores north of the border through a new partnership with Beaver Canoe.The U.S.-based retailer has announced an exclusive collaboration with the Beaver Canoe brand, which is part of Roots Canada.In what is billed as a first for the brand, the Beaver Canoe for Target collection will feature home decor products.The home collection will include more than 65 pieces, including furniture, pillows, lighting, frames, vases and candles.The Beaver Canoe collaboration with Target will also encompass a clothing collection for the retailer which will include hoodies, sweatshirts, T-shirts, track pants and long-sleeve tops for toddlers to adults, in addition to outerwear and accessory offerings for men and women.Prices for items in both the home and apparel collections will range from about $8 to $100.The partnership marks the second exclusive collaboration between Roots and Target. The retailer carries the Roots Outfitters collection, including fashions for women, men, boys, girls and toddlers.“Our first collaboration with Target was such a valuable opportunity for us as we were able to make Roots more accessible to Canadians,” said Roots co-founder Michael Budman in a statement.“We are looking forward to continuing our relationship with Target through the launch of the new Beaver Canoe collection, a brand that carries such a nostalgic feeling for Canadians.”The apparel line is slated to arrive in Canadian stores on Sept. 8 with the home collection set to hit stores on Sept. 15.Beaver Canoe was founded in 1982 as a partnership between Roots and Camp Tamakawa located in Ontario’s Algonquin Park to build canoes designed by famed outdoorsman Omer Stringer.Target began opening its first stores north of the border in March and is expected to launch between 125 and 135 locations in Canada. read more

Video Business report with Mike Eppel – Feb 12 2014

Video: Business report with Mike Eppel – Feb. 12, 2014 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Feb 12, 2014 6:27 am MDT It was budget day in Ottawa on Tuesday and we’re still in a deficit — sort of, senior business editor Mike Eppel explains. business report|federal budget

Ashley Madison reaches US112M deal in American lawsuits over data security

Ashley Madison reaches US$11.2M deal in American lawsuits over data security by Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 17, 2017 2:13 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 17, 2017 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Toronto-based parent company of the infidelity dating site Ashley Madison says it has reached a US$11.2-million settlement in American class-action lawsuits stemming from a massive security breach two years ago.Ruby Corp., which was previously known as Avid Life Media, says the proposed settlement must first be approved by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, where the lawsuits have been consolidated.The lawsuits came after a cyberattack that exposed the personal dealings and financial information of millions of purported clients.They allege Ashley Madison misled consumers about its security measures and had inadequate safeguards in place.The company says it denies wrongdoing but agreed to settle to “avoid the uncertainty, expense, and inconvenience associated with continued litigation.”It says more information about the settlement and claims process will be released if the proposed deal is approved.Late last year, the company said it has paid more than US$1.6 million in settlements related to an investigation led by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, with half the money going to the FTC and half to the states participating in the probe.As part of that agreement, Ruby Corp. vowed to maintain a comprehensive information security program and “refrain from past business practices that may have allegedly been misleading to consumers.”But in that case as well, the company stressed that it neither admitted nor denied the allegations made by the FTC and the various state attorneys general.Investigations by privacy officials in Canada and Australia concluded last year and found Ashley Madison had inadequate security safeguards and policies when it was targeted by hackers.Before the hack put Ashley Madison under international scrutiny, the company was dogged by allegations that it resorted to fake profiles of women or so-called bots to lure unsuspecting male customers.The company maintained the accusations were false but said last year that a report found the bots were still active in some parts of the world until late 2015. A man looks at the Ashley Madison website in this photo illustration in Toronto on Thursday, August 20, 2015. The Toronto-based parent company of the infidelity dating site Ashley Madison says it has reached a US$11.2-million settlement an American class-action lawsuits stemming from a massive security breach two years ago. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy read more

At highlevel forum UN stresses importance of education in building culture of

“We have to teach our children the values of peace, tolerance, equality and respect. They should be under no illusions as to the self-destructiveness of the alternative,” said the President of the General Assembly, Peter Thomson, who convened the all-day event in New York with a focus on early childhood development. “We must equip them with the skills and education they need to peacefully resolve disputes; to confront injustice and intolerance; and to reject all forms of discrimination and hate,” he added. Mr. Thomson noted that creating peaceful and just societies is dependent on eradicating poverty, increasing inclusive prosperity, promoting human rights, strengthening the rule of law, and building effective and accountable institutions – the goals of the Sustainable Development Agenda which has guided the international community’s anti-poverty efforts since 2015. “Fostering a culture of peace requires all of us – individuals, nations and international organisations – to work together to promote understanding of our common humanity,” the senior official said. “We must promote intercultural respect, strengthen interreligious understanding, and inspire people’s hopes for the future. Above all we must unite for peace.” The event brought together representatives from UN Member States, UN system entities, civil society, media, the private sector and others with an interest in exchanging ideas and suggestions on ways to build and promote a Culture of Peace, and to highlight emerging trends that impact its implementation. In addition to early childhood education and investment in children, Secretary-General António Guterres stressed the need to invest in youth to promote world peace. He called young men and women “the barometer of social discontent, economic marginalization and political exclusion,” and said they must be recognized as active agents of change and custodians of peace. In a speech delivered by his Senior Advisor on Policy, Ana María Menéndez, the Secretary-General also recognized women’s contributions and participation in long-term peace efforts. He said that women’s meaningful participation generates a different perspective in solving problems, and needs to be supported in all aspects of life. Mr. Guterres also highlighted the importance of investing in inclusion and cohesion, so that diversity is seen as a benefit and not a threat. “To prevent intolerance, violent extremism and radicalization, we need to promote the inclusion, solidarity and cohesion of multi-ethnic, multicultural and multi-religious societies. It is the best antidote to racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism,” he noted. The first such forum on the Culture of Peace was held in September 2012, and recognized the need for continual support to further strengthening the global movement for peace. read more

Brock tweets its way to the top

#BestInCanadaFor the second straight year, Brock University has been recognized as having the best Twitter account among all Canadian universities.Analytics firm Engagement Labs named its honour roll of the top performing colleges and universities using social media, noting Brock’s responsiveness makes it a leader on Twitter.“The home of the badgers, Brock University, backed up their first-place ranking on Twitter for Canadian higher education with excellent response strategies,” Engagement Labs said in a news release detailing the rankings. “Brock made the grade when it took the time on Twitter to respond to questions from their followers, making sure to give timely and informative updates to their inquiring minds.”Brock also performed well on the two other social platforms ranked, coming in at No. 5 for its Instagram use and No. 12 on Facebook out of the top 30 post-secondary institutions.“Brock University has an amazing story to tell, and we consider social media one of the best ways to share our story,” said Gord Hunchak, executive director of Marketing and Communications. “It’s great to see the efforts of our social media teams recognized as leaders among Canadian post-secondary institutions.”Social media co-ordinator Jocelyn Titone, who recently went on leave, said the recognition is an honour and acknowledgement that the University’s commitment to using social media to engage with students is paying off.“Social media – especially Twitter – is fast and immediate. A lot of our students turn to Twitter to ask questions, learn what’s happening on campus and offer us feedback,” Titone said. “Prospective students tweet about their applications to Brock, parents ask questions and alumni reminisce about their time on campus. In order for us to stay relevant to our audience, one of our social media goals is to provide excellent customer service by engaging with as many people as possible as quickly as we can.”Cate Talaue, interim social media co-ordinator said social media builds and strengthens the University’s relationship to its audiences.“Our main purpose on social media is to engage students while they’re on campus and when they become alumni, as well as being their resource for all things Brock,” she said.She said a variety of different platforms are utilized to reach past, present and future Badgers.The @BrockUniversity Twitter account has more than 35,000 followers and the Facebook page also has 35,000.The @BrockUniversity Instagram account has 13,300 followers and continues to grow.Another social platform growing in engagement is @BrockUni on Snapchat.“The mortal enemy of social media is the status quo, so if you want to engage your audience, it means re-thinking your strategy and experimenting with new tools and messages,” Talaue said. “At Brock we don’t think social media needs to be formal or stiff. Being part of the Brock community means being welcoming, inclusive, warm, fun and full of Badger pride – all of which our platforms speak to.”Click here to read the story about last year’s win. read more

DroneAssisted Phone Smuggling Ring Busted in China

first_img These Razer Cases Will Keep Your iPhone 11 Cool While GamingiPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More Problems Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img If you’ve ever stood within 20 feet of a drone, you know it’s not the most subtle technology.Which is probably why criminals using the unmanned aerial vehicles to smuggle smartphones through China were caught.Police last week busted six gangs and detained 26 suspects caught flying electronic devices across the border from Hong Kong to Shenzhen.According to state-owned news agency Xinhuanet, the bootleggers erected a 650-foot cable linking two high-rise apartments on either side of the border. Then, under the shadow of night, they used drones and a power winch to transport bags of mobile phones between the buildings.“It’s the first case found in China that drones were being used in cross-border smuggling crimes,” the Legal Daily reported, citing Thursday’s news conference by Shenzhen customs.Drone Life identified the gadgets as modified DJI Phantom 4s, popular among aerial photographers.These modern-day pirates took fewer than two minutes to move a small bag of 10 handsets from one side to the next, suggesting they could smuggle as many as 15,000 phones across the border in one night.It remains unclear how long the trafficking ring has been running (Digital Trends described a “six-month period”). But when Shenzhen authorities caught up with the gangs on Feb. 1, police estimated the contraband—many refurbished iPhones—cost upwards of 500 million yuan (nearly $80 million).Now, local law enforcement plans to fight fire with fire: Xinhuanet suggested the authorities will “counter” with their own high-tech devices, including drones and high-resolution monitors “to enhance their capability to detect criminal activities.”Apple’s smartphone sells for less in Hong Kong than mainland China, creating the temptation to smuggle iPhones through customs to make quick cash. But when strapping 102 devices to your body and trying to act natural fails, drones are a logical plan B.After all, it worked for former armed robber Craig Hickinbottom, who organized drug-smuggling drone flights from behind bars.last_img read more

Mount Pleasant running a threeyear replacement levy

first_imgSchool district officials are generally hopeful when they run a levy, but perhaps no local school district officials are as hopeful as those in the Mount Pleasant School District, a K-8 district at the entrance of the Columbia River Gorge near Washougal with about 55 students.As part of the new state funding model for education, local levies are capped at $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value. In the replacement three-year maintenance and operations levy Mount Pleasant is running on April 23, the district is asking for $155,000 per year. The estimated levy rate to get the district there is $3.53 per $1,000 of assessed value in 2020, $3.48 per $1,000 in 2021 and $3.43 per $1,000 in 2022.“We’ll only be allowed to collect what the law allows,” Superintendent Vicki Prendergast said. “There is legislation that may change that, so we wanted to have that flexibility.”By asking for more than the law allows, the school board would be able to raise collections if the state Legislature raises the cap. That’s currently one option being discussed in Olympia, where legislators are dealing with complaints that local school districts are facing budget deficits.The district’s voter-approved 2019 levy rate for 2019 would have been $2.91 before the levies were capped. That amount would have brought in roughly $155,000 for Mount Pleasant, according to Kristin Correll, business manager for Educational Service District 112, which works with the district. With the changes to the levy cap, the district is anticipating collecting approximately $79,988 for the 2019 calendar year, a loss of about $75,000.last_img read more

Newsweek Reports 23M Loss During Q1

first_imgOverall, the Washington Post Co. reported a net income of $45.4 million during the period, compared to a loss of $19.2 million during the same period last year. The company’s newspaper publishing division, which includes the Washington Post, reported an operating loss of $13.8 million, an improvement over a loss of $53.8 million during the first period in 2009. Revenues slipped 3 percent to $155.8 million.The division’s online revenue—generated primarily by washingtonpost.com and Slate, jumped 8 percent to $23.7 million, the company says. Two days after announcing that it was putting Newsweek up for auction, the Washington Post Co. says the magazine lost $2.3 million through the first quarter of 2010, which ended April 4. Meanwhile, advertising revenue at Newsweek plummeted nearly 40 percent during the quarter, the company says. Overall, the magazine’s revenue for the period was $29.4 million.The Washington Post Co. attributes the profit decline, in part, to a net pension credit of $8.3 million and $1.6 million for the first quarter of 2010 and 2009, respectively. Revenue during the period was impacted by Newsweek publishing one fewer issue during the period versus the same period in 2009 and the sale of Budget Travel late last year.last_img read more

ALM Eliminates 35 Positions in Edit and Production

first_img“Last year, ALM embarked on an aggressive initiative to modernize the way we deliver news and information to our customers by building a ‘digital-first’ organization. This initiative led us to make new investments in digital technologies and we’re now better equipped to meet the needs of our readers in today’s business environment. Now that we’ve begun to roll out a number of new digital products and tools to our customers, the next phase of this initiative requires us to make some changes to our organizational structure in order to realign ALM’s editorial and production teams. “On June 27, 2013, we announced the elimination of 35 positions. Although the decision to reduce staffing is never easy, this was the result of a careful analysis of what was needed for us to create a more nimble and productive editorial team. Our goal is to build an efficient editorial structure that takes advantage of our national scale and works cooperatively across our portfolio of publications so that we’re better positioned for the competitive business environment that media companies must confront in this era. “To be clear, this is not a short-term, cost-cutting move. ALM’s management team and board of directors is pleased with the company’s recent financial performance. These organizational changes are an important step toward ALM’s long-term success in today’s digital world by becoming more operationally efficient in the way we deliver legal news and information to our customers.”The 35 positions represent less than 7 percent of the editorial and production staff, says Michielsen, who adds that there are new positions opening up as a result of the reorganization. Four have been identified so far. Nevertheless, private equity-backed b-to-b companies are historically run very lean and one source says the cuts had to run deep. “Hard to believe they had 35 ‘surplus’ positions floating around editorial,” he says. ALM is still backed by Apax Partners, which reduced its 71 percent stake in the company to 51 percent in 2009 when ALM was spun off from Incisive Media as a standalone company. The Royal Bank of Scotland took the other 49 percent. At the time, the deal dropped ALM’s debt from $450 million to $300 million. Lately, ALM has made a major push into the mobile market, launching iOS apps and dedicated mobile sites for 14 of its national and regional brands. One of the after-effects of creating a “digital-first” operation, as many publishers are doing these days, is what to do with a sizable share of the employee base that’s been dedicated to the print products. In the case of legal information media company ALM, it’s had to cut 35 positions among its editorial and production ranks. The cuts were made at the end of June and there were no associated print closures. The official statement from Kevin Michielsen, chief operating officer of ALM, which employs about 800 people, claims that the eliminations were not a cost-cutting measure, but rather intended to streamline operations: last_img read more

SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS First Look At Strategic Plan Student Handbooks New Technology

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington School Committee meets this Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 7pm in the Large Instruction Room at Wilmington High School.There are some newsworthy items on the agenda, including:The School Committee will review the district’s strategic plan report. A vote is expected at a June meeting.The School Committee will hear a presentation on the 2019-2020 WHS Student Handbook. A vote is expected at a June meeting.The School Committee will hear a presentation on a new recommended Elementary Science Program.The School Committee will hear a presentation on the WHS Senior Exploration Program.Superintendent Brand will make an announcement in the Director of Technology and Digital Learning search.Superintendent Brand will provide an update in the Woburn Street Elementary School Assistant Principal Search.Superintendent Brand will discuss an Executive Session posting to hear a Wilmington Teachers’ Association Grievance.Superintendent Brand will discuss the possibility of adding a Middle School Student Representative to the School Committee.The School Committee will review the SEEM Collaborative’s FY20 budget.The School Committee will consider approving an out-of-state field trip for the WHS World Language students to Costa Rica in April 2020.The School Committee will hear some sort of presentation from Wilmington girl scouts.The School Committee will appoint new members to its various subcommittees.The School Committee will also hear from its student representative report, subcommittee reports, and public comments.An Executive Session Meeting will follow the meeting.The meeting will be telecast live by Wilmington Community Television on WCTV — Channel 9 on Comcast and Channel 37 on Verizon.  The meeting will also be streamed on WCTV’s website HERE.Wilmington Apple intends to report on many of the items above – and any other news that comes from the meeting — over the next two weeks. Wilmington Apple will live-tweet the meeting HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: Homework, Bullying, Vaping, Grants, Gymnastics & More To Be Discussed At June 12 MeetingIn “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE To Discuss New School Year, New Administrators & New Goals At August 28 MeetingIn “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: Big Issues To Be Discussed At May 8 MeetingIn “Education”last_img read more

SP to appoint special branch police by tests

first_imgOngole: The Prakasam police introduced revolutionary changes in the appointment of personnel to work in the special branch. Keeping aside recommendations and requests, SP Siddharth Kaushal decided to cleanse the special branch, an important arm in the police department to maintain law and order. He ordered all the existing SB staff to prove their worthiness and offered an opportunity to other personnel to serve in the mufti. Based on the instructions from the SP, SB DSP VS Rambabu and SB CI N Srikanth Babu conducted a written test, technical test using android phone and software applications to the existing 30 SB staff and 25 personnel from other wings on Friday. After the test, the DSP and CI assessed the candidates through a primary interview and sent for final interview with the SP. After the interview with him, the SP selected the toppers with experience, skills, commitment and honesty to work with him in the special branch.last_img read more

Philips LED bulb with rad design set for January arrival

first_img 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. (Phys.org) —Netherlands-based Philips’ SlimStyle LED bulbs will be arriving on January 2 at Home Depot stores, and the SlimStyle appears to be a promising newcomer in lightbulbs, with a flat design, energy-saving benefits. and ease of use for consumers. Intended as a replacement for 60- watt incandescents, SlimStyle is highly efficient; it uses only 10.5 watts, yet still puts out 800 lumens. Explore further Kickstarter project team claims its LED bulb world’s most efficient Citation: Philips LED bulb with rad design set for January arrival (2013, December 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-12-philips-bulb-rad-january.html This lightbulb is shaped such that a string of LEDs are arranged into a horseshoe shape that arc out from the base. The shape is not just about grabbing attention; the technical advantage is that the SlimStyle does a good job in dispersing heat and does away with the need for heavy heat sinks. In a GigaOM report on the SlimStyle, a Philips spokeswoman e-mailed comments about the bulb’s design “The flat surface,” she said, “helps conduct heat away from the LEDs, eliminating the need for the heavy aluminum heat sinks associated with LED bulbs. This eliminates the cost of the bulb, while still delivering omnidirectional light.” Illumination in Focus further reflected on the significance of the design: “Philips has once again created an LED-based retrofit lamp with a novel shape that still delivers an omnidirectional beam that the company expects to win Energy Star certification. The design looks somewhat akin to a doughnut on top of an Edison base although there is only a flat area rather than a whole in the center of the doughnut. The solid-state lighting (SSL) design enabled a new approach to thermal management that does not rely on a visible metal heat sink.”Chris Davies, meanwhile, writing in SlashGear, had a look at the SlimStyle, and observed still another advantage in its design, and that is its ease of use for those who may otherwise struggle with conventional bulbs. The elderly or infirm with weak grips, for example, might find the SlimStyle easier to manage with just a twist. The plastic body, too, will feel sturdy enough so that the user does not worry about cracking or breaking the bulb while handling it.The introduction comes at a good time for Philips, as 2014 in the US also marks the point when 60- and 40-watt incandescent bulbs will be phased out. In 2014, the bulb will no longer be manufactured or imported. That also means that consumers in 2014 will be especially interested in finding alternative “green” LED fixtures and can expect promotional messages of better efficiency, The phaseout is In line with the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.This Act is designed to help raise the efficiency of products, buildings, and vehicles. © 2013 Phys.orglast_img read more