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Yogi’s fresh fiat to District Magistrates on stray cattle

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first_imgUnder pressure to tackle the menace of stray cattle, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has instructed all District Magistrates in the State to ensure that stray cattle and destitute cows are sent to shelter homes “under any condition” by January 10, a week’s time. The cow shelter, popularly known as “kanji house”, has also been renamed as the Gau Sanrakshan Kendra or the Cow Conservation Centre. In a meeting held with all DMs through videoconferencing late on Wednesday, Mr. Adityanath instructed them to transport stray cattle and destitute cows to these centres and ensure their nutrition and security. If these centres are without proper walls, they should be provided with fences while caretakers should also be appointed. Mr. Adityanath’s fresh instructions come less than 48 hours after the State Cabinet headed by him decided to levy additional cess on excise items to fund “temporary” cow shelters in both urban and rural areas.It comes amid uproar by farmers that stray cattle are damaging their crops and that the menace has increased since the BJP came to power in U.P. in March, 2017. Fed up with the problem, villagers in Aligarh and Firozabad last week even locked up hundreds of stray cattle in government health centres and schools to draw the government’s attention. In urban areas, many road accidents have been blamed on stray cattle.However, Mr. Adityanath has directed officials to take tough action against those who have abandoned their cattle or tie their animals in government buildings or schools. According to a government spokesperson, Mr. Adityanath said “anti-social elements” try to tie up stray cattle in government buildings and schools with the intention of creating “a tense situation”, often leading to a law and order problem.‘Fine for release’“If a person comes to free their animal from the Gau Sanrakshan Kendra, a fine will be imposed on them,” a government spokesperson said, quoting Mr. Adityanath.“The CM has instructed all DMs to take interest on cow conservation and work on a campaign level,” said the spokesperson.last_img read more

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Anilao Windsurf Regatta 2019: Historic windfoiling and fun-filled freedom

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first_imgOcean cleanup intermissionWhile the windsurf enthusiasts bathe in the sun and watch the games unfurl, chairperson and MC Anna Marco announces that there will be an ocean cleanup orientation held by partner organization Pure Oceans. A few more announcements later, the Pure Oceans booth remains uncrowded.At the booth, founder Pia Ocampo and SEA Institute interns gather to segregate plastic waste from a cleanup they had conducted the morning before the regatta started. A few minutes in and not one regatta-goer attends the orientation. Efforts, however, do not go to waste as they tally and segregate the trash from the shore and the surface of the water, both by category and by brand.“In an hour, we were able to get about six kilos of plastic — not much, but the data will help in helping the community also find out how they can manage their plastic waste, and keep it out of the ocean,” Ocampo points out.Alongside Pure Oceans, SEA Institute president Robert Suntay also makes an appearance at the booth in support to Pure Oceans.SEA Institute had also partnered up with last year’s regatta and conducted activities for kids that aim to promote marine conservation in the Verde Island Passage, which he refers to, alongside many scientists, as the most biodiverse spot in the world.A sense of freedomIn the second day of the regatta, the sailors once again weave through the waters and pump their sails to gather more wind. In the end, open class category sailor Vinna Dolor glides past all the other sailors from other classes, including bemedaled athletes. It is a big accomplishment for the 17-year-old sailor, considering she is one of the few women in the male-dominated sport.Ninna shows off her blistered hands from gripping and pumping the sails, but the pain wears off when she accepts her Open Class Women’s first place award. Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next From afar, 1980s synthpop music blares from the stereos propped on the shores of Janao Bay, but inside the beach resort, everyone is calm and quiet. Sails lie still on the grounds of the inn as the sailors wait for an announcement — that is, it is time to race again.The first round of races begins with the novices and the class C sailors. As the red flag goes up, the young and aspiring sailors start to go offshore and into the water. In another minute, the yellow flag goes up and they put their sails upright. The countdown to the green flag begins and the sailors become one with their equipment. They look straight into the first buoy as the green flag goes up. The Anilao Windsurf Regatta 2019 has officially set sail.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesFirst foil race in the PhilippinesThe first two rounds of novice and class C races finish, and the beaming sailors drag their sails back to the shore. A new wave of sailors then prepare for a new round — only this time, they also prepare to make history. Windsurfers show skills, encourage marine conservation at Anilao Regatta PLAY LIST 04:07Windsurfers show skills, encourage marine conservation at Anilao Regatta03:01Winners of the first ever foil windsurfing contest in the Philippines04:23Anilao getaway: Windsurfing and dolphins02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed LATEST STORIEScenter_img The sailors each carry a different kind of surfboard above their heads — one that has a fin-like rig attached to the bottom of the board. This is called a windfoil board, and for the first time ever, it hovers the waters of Anilao for the first foil race in the Philippines.Windfoiling, just like windsurfing, also uses a sail and a surfboard. What sets it apart from traditional windsurfing is the hydrofoil rig that allows the board to hover about three feet above the water, making it easier to sail faster and without much traction.“Windfoil is the evolution of windsurf,” former national team sailor Harold Madrigal explains.In the first round of the first foil race in the country, Madrigal and Geylord “Evang” Coveta, also a former national team athlete and 2012 RS:One world champion, sail neck-and-neck while “I Ran” plays from the shore where everyone squints to catch a glimpse of the tight race.In the end, Madrigal, despite practicing with the foil board for only two months, places first in the first foil race in the regatta while Coveta, who is also new to the foil board and practiced only three days before the race, places second.ADVERTISEMENT Must-win for Painters The young sailor describes her experience in the water as she sails first to the finish line: “Feeling mo lumilipad ka, tapos ang saya sa feeling ng parang lumulutang ka sa tubig, na nakikisabayan ka sa hangin.” (You feel like you’re flying, and it’s a fun feeling to be floating on the water, being one with the wind.)This is an experience shared by the tightknit windsurf community in Anilao — “a sense of freedom,” as 16-year-old sailor and foil slalom second runner-up Joaquin Jimenez calls it.“It’s you, your equipment, and the wind. It’s up to you where you want to go and how fast you want to go,” he expresses.INQUIRER.net/Ryan LeagogoThe Anilao Windsurf Regatta closes with the awarding ceremony where the sailors gather inside the Janao Bay Inn, laughing and cheering with their purple Propan TLC-sponsored clappers as they share inside jokes.This year’s regatta has proved once again that the community is just getting bigger, as organizer Nicole Alvaro de Arellano says. Next year, she hopes that the event reaches even wider audiences, including the windsurf communities in Boracay and Taal.As chairperson Anna Marco announces the names of the race winners, she reminds the sailors to “keep on sailing.” Windsurfing often goes unnoticed in the Philippines. Many sailors and regatta participants only hope for more recognition as they train to compete internationally.Despite challenges, the Anilao windsurf community continue to support each other as they persist with their passion for the water sport, unwavering. Whenever it gets too hard as windsurfing remains overlooked, what the Anilao Windsurf Regatta does is keep it alive, reminding every participant, guest or sailor, to keep on sailing. JBRELATED STORIES:Anilao: Windsurfing, dolphins, and a 101 on marine conservationAnilao Windsurf Regatta returns for 17th year MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte INQUIRER.net/Ryan LeagogoAt 8 a.m., with sunlight sprawled out along the shores of Anilao beach in Batangas, residents and tourists rise to witness the clear waters glisten and crash against the rocky shores. For many, it is just another weekend to relax by the beach and swim away the pressures of the weekday grind, but for the people of Janao Bay Inn Beach Resort, it is time to set sail.The Anilao Windsurf Regatta has been going on for about 22 years. The small community of Anilao sailors gather every year to celebrate their love for windsurfing. It is a sport known to Filipinos, though not so popular. Being that Anilao is commonly known as a diving attraction, windsurfing often remains unheard of especially here. Thus, whenever it is time for the year’s regatta, the sailors and windsurf enthusiasts make sure they make noise.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policylast_img read more

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Esha Gupta says sorry for racist comment on Nigerian footballer. Internet is unforgiving

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first_imgActress Esha Gupta who was trolled for showing her middle finger on the Internet in a boomerang video last year has been recently slammed by social media for making racist comments on a Nigerian footballer.Esha, the Arsenal supporter criticised Alexander Iwobi for his performance in the recent football game in a WhatsApp conversation. She had shared a screenshot of the WhatsApp conversation on her Instagram stories.In a tweet shared on the micro-blogging site, Esha Gupta was seen expressing her racist remarks on the footballer on her Instagram story. “Solves our winger issues. I can’t see that gorilla faced Iwobi running down the flank again. He’s so bad ya,” read the screenshot.How do you feel about an Arsenal brand ambassador making these racist comments about an Arsenal Academy graduate? @Arsenal pic.twitter.com/Dfcpvl58mFChris (@LondonGoona) January 27, 2019According to IANS, Esha’s friend who was having the conversation with her on WhatsApp called Iwobi a “gorilla” and said that “evolution stopped for him”. To that, Esha Gupta replied, “Haha… I don’t know why they don’t bench him more.”After the backlash on Instagram, Esha had apologised on her Twitter account. She tweeted, ”Guys I am sorry you thought it was racist. Was bad on my part, being a sports lover. Sorry guys, forgive the stupidity.”Guys m sorry you thought it was racist. Was bad on my part, being a sports lover. Wallah never meant it. Sorry guys forgive the stupidity #gooner4lifeEsha Gupta (@eshagupta2811) January 27, 2019Later, she tried to clear her remarks by saying that she did not realise it was directed towards racism.advertisementShe tweeted, ”It was our frustration during the game. Sorry as I didn’t realise it directed towards racism.”Esha added, ”We laughed over the spur of the moment which was the game results. I have been the victim of racism before. This is not something I am proud of. It was a fault. Sorry guys!”It was us discussing our frustration during the game.sorry as I din realise it directed towards racism.laughed over the spur of the moment, which was the games result guys.been victim of racism myself before. But this is not something m proud of. It was a fault,sorry guysEsha Gupta (@eshagupta2811) January 27, 2019Even after claiming to be the victim of racism in the past, the actress tried to joke around it. However, this conversation was not appreciated by her fans who later slammed the actress for making such jokes.Here’s how Twitterati took the remark:to prove you’re really sorry, can u donate money to the transfer budgetBen (@BenWatsonAFC) January 27, 2019″oh that was my bad guys, the racism just slipped out a lil bit and I just put it on my Instagram by mistake lol” Kinda dumbass apology is thisDaniel Ogbonnaya (@naphtrax) January 27, 2019Wether it was or wasn’t intentional, I think you should know that apology isn’t going to fly with anyone. It looks meek and insincere.Daniel Ogbonnaya (@naphtrax) January 27, 2019Apologize to @alexiwobiE (@ErwinSlk) January 27, 2019Don’t bother. She’s not actually apologetic, just full of excuses.Anonymity (@heretocorrectyo) January 27, 2019Don’t put #gooner4life after such stupidness we don’t wanna be associated with such dumbasseryname: yega (@YEGASMITH) January 27, 2019I’m sorry you thought it was racist is the biggest non-apology I’ve ever seenhargav (@ThatIndianGuy) January 27, 2019Making Racist remarks to a Academy graduate of your beloved club after being a club ambassador and role model and trying to save yourself with that hashtag. Ironic.Subh@yan (@warriorROONEY) January 27, 2019On the work front, Esha Gupta will be seen in JP Dutta’s Paltan, Indra Kumar’s Total Dhamaal and an Iranian film titled Devil’s Daughter. Esha was last seen on the big screen in Milan Luthria’s Baadshaho.ALSO READ: Is Esha Gupta getting married to Hardik Pandya? This is her responseALSO READ: Esha Gupta shows the finger in video. Trolls call her frustratedALSO WATCH | Acting was like awakening for me, says Esha Guptalast_img read more

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a month agoLiverpool star van Dijk: Napoli loss no cause for panic

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first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool star van Dijk: Napoli loss no cause for panicby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveVirgil van Dijk has called for calm after Liverpool’s loss to Napoli in the Champions League.Van Dijk made a rare mistake for Napoli to make it 2-0 through Fernando Llorente in the dying stages of Tuesday’s clash at the San Paolo Stadium.But the Dutchman insists the result will not have a far-reaching impact on the Reds.”I don’t know if it’s a wake-up call,” the defender said of defeat in Naples. “Both sides were full in the game and thought it was going to be a draw. Obviously the penalty changed it all and we’re going home with no points but it shouldn’t be a wake-up call. “We’ve been performing since the start of the season outstanding so there’s no reason for panic. “The majority in the game we played well, we put them under pressure and we created opportunities on the break. “There’s a lot of positive things apart from the result. We have to try to win our other games and we now focus on Chelsea.” last_img read more

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Scholarships and Celebration Focus of International Womens Day

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first_imgWomen across Nova Scotia are celebrating International Women’s Day, today, March 8. The Advisory Council on the Status of Women and Nova Scotia Community College held two events, one in Halifax and one in Bridgewater to honour the accomplishments of women in trades and technology. The organizations are involved in two projects, Techsploration and Women Unlimited, that encourage women’s participation in science, trades and technology occupations. “Today, we’re telling women to consider jobs in science, trades and technology. They’re good jobs that provide a secure income,” said Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, Minister responsible for the Advisory Council on the Status of Women Act. “Women working in these fields are changing the face of their workplaces, increasing the diversity, and leading the way for future generations.” “NSCC provides a supportive training environment for women enrolled in our trades and technology programs,” said Joan McArthur-Blair, NSCC president. “From here, we need to ensure we are sending our female graduates to job sites that do not marginalize them because of gender, but recognize these women for what they bring to the workforce–a great deal of talent and skill.” Two scholarships were announced in Halifax. Carolyn Hatcher and Cheryl Decourcey announced $1,000 in funding on behalf of the Rotary Club of Dartmouth for a woman studying in trades and technology at the community college. As well, an anonymous donor is providing a one-year scholarship for a woman in one of these programs. In Bridgewater, Michelin renewed its scholarship for a woman who has taken part in the Young Women’s Conference at Lunenburg campus and who is entering as a full-time student in a trade or technology program at the Nova Scotia Community College. Events focusing on women in trades and technology took place at several campuses of Nova Scotia community college. As well, the Advisory Council on the Status of Women and the Women’s Place women’s resource centre in Bridgetown celebrated women’s art and music in venues around the community.last_img read more

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Caribou Legs runs into legal trouble on his crosscountry journey

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first_imgCharlotte Morritt-Jacobs APTN National NewsA resident of the Northwest Territories has been running across Canada to raise awareness about violence against women.Hels also run into some legal trouble along the way.The man they call “Caribou Legs” is currently running through his territory.cmorrittjacobs@aptn.calast_img

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NDIT appointed by BC Hydro to administer Site C agricultural compensation fund

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first_imgNDIT is an independent corporation that was established in 2005 that has managed more than $80 million in funding for partner organizations, including administration of BC Hydro’s $800,000 Generate Opportunities, or GO Fund.Hydro said that NDIT will manage the fund and act as a secretariat to the regional decision-making board, which is responsible for overseeing the management and disbursement of the fund.Northern Development Initiative Trust and the board will work together to develop a strategic five-year plan, fund application packages and evaluation criteria, as well as a financial management plan.For more information about the Peace Agricultural Compensation Fund, visit www.sitecproject.com/AgFund. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – BC Hydro announced today that it has appointed the Northern Development Initiative Trust as the financial administrator of its Peace Agricultural Compensation Fund.The $20-million fund, which was launched earlier this year, supports agricultural priorities in the Peace Region.Hydro said it set up the fund to recognize the role that agriculture plays in the local economy and the potential effects of the Site C project on agriculture.last_img read more

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Statistics Canada reports wholesale sales up 19 per cent in April at

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Statistics Canada reports wholesale sales up 1.9 per cent in April at $55.2B OTTAWA – Canadian wholesale sales posted a better-than-expected April as they gained 1.9 per cent to total $55.2 billion, a second consecutive monthly increase.Economists had expected an increase of 0.3 per cent, according to Thomson Reuters.Statistics Canada said Wednesday sales were up in four of seven subsectors with growth led by the motor vehicle and parts subsector, which added 9.3 per cent to total $9.9 billion.Excluding the auto-sector wholesale sales gained 0.4 per cent.In volume terms, wholesale sales increased 2.0 per cent.The wholesale sales data followed disappointing manufacturing sales figures released earlier this week that showed factory sales contracted 2.1 per cent in April.The Canadian economy shrank at an annualized rate of 0.6 per cent over the first three months of the year and economists have been watching for signs of a rebound in the second quarter.In addition to the gains in the auto sector’s wholesale sales, Statistics Canada said Wednesday that the miscellaneous subsector rose 3.0 per cent to $7.5 billion.Sales in the machinery, equipment and supplies subsector also increased 1.5 per cent to $11.3 billion, more than offsetting the declines in February and March.The food, beverage and tobacco subsector fell 2.0 per cent to $10.4 billion.Sales up in seven provinces, with Ontario accounting for most of the gain.Inventories rose 0.5 per cent to $71.8 billion, the highest level on record. by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 17, 2015 7:07 am MDT Last Updated Jun 17, 2015 at 8:24 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Most activelytraded companies on the TSX

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Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,528.78, up 16.73 points):Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Down 97 cents, or 5.41 per cent, to $16.95 on 10.5-million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Oil and gas. Up 17 cents, or 2.88 per cent, to $6.08 on eight-million shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Up 22 cents, or 5.25 per cent, to $4.41 on 7.9-million shares.Redknee Solutions Inc. (TSX:RKN). Application software. Up three cents, or 1.82 per cent, to $1.68 on 6.7-million shares.Iamgold Corp. (TSX:IMG). Miner. Up 61 cents, or 8.84 per cent, to $7.51 on five-million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up one cent, or 0.51 per cent, to $1.99 on 4.8-million shares.Companies reporting major news:Restaurant Brands International Inc. (TSX:QSR). Fast food restaurants. Up $1.81, or 3.09 per cent, to $60.37 on 725,059 shares. Restaurant Brands reported a big jump in its quarterly profit despite flat revenue compared with the same time last year, which it attributed to the negative impact of currency fluctuations. It earned net income for common shareholders of US$90.9 million or 38 cents per share in the three months ended June 30. That’s up from US$11.0 million or five cents per RBI share in the second quarter of 2015.SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. (TSX:SNC). Engineering. Up $1.74, or 3.11 per cent, to $57.62 on 497,776 shares. Montreal-based engineering giant SNC-Lavalin tripled its second-quarter profit with help from its engineering and construction sectors as well as through cost reductions. SNC-Lavalin generated a net income of $88.5 million or 59 cents per share, compared to $26.5 million or 17 cents per share the same time last year, thanks in part to higher margins in its infrastructure, oil and gas and energy sectors. Most actively-traded companies on the TSX by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 4, 2016 2:58 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 4, 2016 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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TSX streak of record highs comes to a halt Wall Street continues

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by David Hodges, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 17, 2017 9:28 am MDT Last Updated Feb 17, 2017 at 4:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The five-day streak of record highs for Canada’s main stock index came to an end Friday while U.S. markets continued hitting new peaks ahead of a holiday weekend for traders on both sides of the border.In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index lost 25.54 points at 15,838.63 after a positive session Thursday that marked an eight consecutive day of advances.Real estate stocks racked up some of the biggest gains on the TSX, while materials, gold and base metals dragged down the index.On Wall Street, stock indices inched ahead to record highs Friday, albeit barely, after a late afternoon push erased losses earlier in the day.The Dow Jones industrial average added 4.28 points to 20,624.05 and the Nasdaq composite advanced 23.68 points at 5,838.58. The S&P 500 gained 3.94 points at 2351.16, capping the fourth straight week of gains for the index, its longest such streak since July.“Certainly ‘Trumpenomics’ is one of the dominant market themes on the minds of investors today,” said Todd Mattina, a strategist and chief economist at Mackenzie Investments.“It really represents a waiting game to get more clarity about the types of policies that Donald Trump will implement in the coming weeks,” he added, describing the U.S. leader’s economic package as a complex mix of helpful and hurtful policies.“On the positive side of the ledger you’ve got tax reform, you’ve got deregulation. But on the unhelpful side you have increased economic policy uncertainty.”Trump’s performance at a news conference Thursday, filled with jaw-dropping moments in which he aired feelings of personal grievance and referenced the political upside of war, “just reinforced that significant, very elevated degree of uncertainty on economic policy going forward,” Mattina added.While Trump remains a dominant market theme, Mattina said overseas considerations also weigh heavily.“Other important factors are increased political risk in Europe,” he said, pointing to France’s upcoming presidential election and concerns about the increasing odds of a win for Marine Le Pen, president of the National Front.Like Trump, the leader of the far-right party has made her anti-immigrant and anti-European stance clear.“There’s also Brexit-related concerns as the U.K. heads toward its so-called ‘cliff edge’ negotiations with the European Union at the end of March,” Mattina said.In commodities, the April crude oil contract added three cents at US$53.78 per barrel, while the March contract for natural gas lost two cents at US$2.834 per mmBTU.The April gold contract dropped $2.50 to US$1,239.10 an ounce and March copper fell 1.15 cents to US$2.707 per pound.The Canadian dollar fell 0.11 of a U.S. cent at 76.34 cents US.Stock markets in Toronto and New York will be closed Monday, with the United States marking Presidents Day and Canadians off for various provincial holidays, including Family Day in Ontario.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter. TSX streak of record highs comes to a halt, Wall Street continues peaking read more

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European Union the Guardian newspaper among recipients of UN food agency awards

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The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) gave the Jacques Diouf Award to the EU for its ‘EU Food Facility,’ an initiative that has benefited more than 59 million people in 49 developing countries by improving agricultural production of small farmers in response to high food prices.The EU shares the award with the Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) from India, which is being honoured for its innovative efforts to lift extremely poor women out of poverty and hunger, FAO said in a news release.The Guardian global development team received the Boerma Award “for its reporting on agriculture, food security and poverty, with emphasis on progress made towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals,” FAO said. The award is presented biennially to a journalist or a group of journalists who have helped to focus public attention on the world food problem. The Edouard Saouma Award, which is presented to an institution that has efficiently implemented a project funded by FAO’s Technical Cooperation Programme, was awarded to the Kenya Forest Service for its sustainable livelihood development project in the Mau forest complex, the largest indigenous montane forest in East Africa.The Organización del Sector Pesquero y Acuícola del Istmo Centroamericano won the Margarita Lizárraga Medal 2012-2013 for its significant contribution to sustainable fisheries and aquaculture development and to the practical application of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries in the Central American countries.FAO also recognized outstanding contributions by three of its field officers, who received B.S. Sen Awards: FAO project manager David Doolan kept FAO operations going through difficult conditions in Pakistan; senior officer Patrick Durst was recognized for his 19-year career in the Asia-Pacific region; and emergency coordinator Luca Alinovi implemented innovative approaches to upscale operations in famine-torn Somalia.The awards will be presented on 15 June at the start of the 38th FAO Conference, the agency’s governing body. read more

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How Your Favorite Baseball Team Blows Its Money

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For an article on FiveThirtyEight today, Mike Lopez and Noah Davis charted the relationship between spending and win percentage for every baseball season since 1985. They found that the relationship between money and winning in baseball is as strong now as it’s been any time in the free-agency era. Below you’ll see that relationship for each team in the majors. Each season is one dot in the figure, and the colored line is a smoothed curve fit through the points. Essentially, the higher the curve, the more the team’s money was well-spent. The gray line is an aggregation of all the data points across the entire league, and that line shows a pattern: More money generally means more wins.Read more: Don’t Be Fooled By Baseball’s Small-Budget Success Stories »

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Cryptic Studios discovers its user database was hacked in 2010

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first_imgSuccessful hacks that end in user account information being stolen seem like a commonplace event nowadays. They are usually followed by the service that was hacked issuing a statement, ensuring everything is being done to catch the hacker, and that your account password needs changing.Cryptic Studios, the developer behind games such as City of Heroes, Champions Online, and Star Trek Online, has just discovered its user database has been hacked. There’s just one problem: they made the discovery and issued a statement on April 25, 2012, but the hack occurred in December 2010!The realization a hack occurred 16 months ago was due to “increased security analysis.” The details taken included user account names, handles, and encrypted passwords. Cryptic also confirmed that the encryption has been broken (at least partially), meaning additional information may have been accessible to the hacker simply by logging in.Logging into an account allows access to the following personal information:First and last nameE-mail addressDate of birthBilling addressFirst 6 digits and last 4 digits of registered credit cardCryptic say they have no evidence of this additional information being accessed, but why would they? If the hacker had the account password then access would just register as the legitimate user logging in.To combat the hack Cryptic has reset all passwords for accounts affected by the security breach. However, the fact this happened so long ago means you may have already been stung by your details being taken. If you have any other accounts using the same password as your Cryptic account, go change them immediately.Read more at Cryptic Studioslast_img read more

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Vimeo lance un outil pour améliorer la musique des vidéos

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first_imgVimeo lance un outil pour améliorer la musique des vidéosAvec Enhancer, la plate-forme vidéo propose à ses utilisateurs un service dans le cloud permettant de piocher dans une base de données musicales, afin améliorer la qualité de leurs films au niveau sonore.Vimeo veut donner à ses utilisateurs l’occasion d’augmenter la qualité de leurs vidéos, notamment celle de leur bande son. La plate-forme a lancé son service Enhancer. Il permet d’ajouter à son film une bande son parmi un choix de plus de 50.000 musiques disponibles, sur le Vimeo Music Store, sans avoir à quitter le site web, explique Boursereflex. Cette suite d’outils basée dans le cloud offre ainsi la possibilité d’ajouter une bande son à une vidéo déjà importée, d’ajuster les niveaux audio et de contrôler les points de début et de fin de la musique. “Vimeo souhaite aider ses utilisateurs à proposer des vidéos encore meilleures”, s’est félicitée Dae Mellencamp, Présidente de Vimeo. “Combiner nos projets éducatifs, comme la Vimeo Video School, avec ces nouvelles fonctionnalités de personnalisation va simplifier la création de vidéos que l’on aura envie de partager avec sa communauté”. Car, comme elle se plaît à rappeler, “une bande son peut faire la différence entre une bonne et une excellente vidéo”. Et entre une bonne et une excellente vidéo, ce sont plusieurs milliers de clics et de revenus publicitaires supplémentaires… Le 4 juin 2012 à 19:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Farmer Leader Feature Roy Bardole of Iowa

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first_imgRoy Bardole, current member and past Chair of the World Soy Foundation Board, has been a proud supporter of the Foundation since its beginning, as well as innovative leader in the industry.Roy Bardole, current member and past chair of the World Soy Foundation Board, has been a proud supporter of the foundation since its beginning, as well as innovative leader in the industry. As a fifth generation farmer from Rippey, Iowa, he believes he’s not just growing soybeans and corn. Instead, he’s growing the food and feed that will eventually become protein—the primary building block for malnourished people.Roy says, “A child starved of protein will grow up to be less than they could be. It’s my responsibility as a producer to contribute to a better tomorrow with a generation that can think and reason better. By donating the value of just an acre of soybeans, I can make a difference.”Roy’s support of the Foundation has inspired others, including his grandson, Schyler Bardole. Schyler wanted to support the Foundation’s work in Haiti in 2010 after a 7.0 earthquake. He organized a fundraiser to send SoyCows as a more sustainable solution. In 2011, Roy and Schyler traveled to Haiti together to see the project that they helped fund.The foundation appreciatively recognizes Roy’s past and present support in reducing malnutrition worldwide. We would like to invite you to join Roy and other farmer leaders like him to make a difference by donating the value of an acre of soybeans today. To learn more about Roy, check out this interview here. To donate simply calculate the value of an acre of soybeans in your operation (yield multiplied by price) and either click the Donate Today button below, visit www.worldsoyfoundation.org or send your check to: World Soy Foundation; 12125 Woodcrest Executive Drive, Suite 100; St. Louis, MO 63141.The World Soy Foundation is a 501c3 charitable organization. Your gift is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.last_img read more

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Wolf hunting to resume near Denali National Park

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first_imgWolf hunting will resume Monday near Denali National Park and Preserve despite calls from conservationists to reinstate a “wolf buffer” near the park.Alaska’s Fish and Game Commissioner Sam Cotten closed the season at in May in an area to the north and east of the park after reports that two wolves were legally shot in the area.The Alaska Dispatch News reports that the issue stems from a 2010 decision by the Board of Fame that removed a buffer zone around the northeast area of Denali National Park where wolf hunting and trapping was banned.The buffer-zone debate has resurfaced as the park’s wold population wanes. A recent report from the National Park Service showed 48 wolves living in Denali, down from more than 100 ten years ago.last_img

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2016 Was Record Year For Houston Home Sales

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first_imgDave FehlingHouston area Realtors sold 76,449 homes in 2016, including 6,628 in December.Last year, Realtors sold 76,449 single-family homes in Greater Houston – almost 1,000 more than in 2014, the previous record year, and up 3 percent from 2015.Cindy Hamann, chairman of the Houston Association of Realtors, said many were surprised when the market seemed to stabilize in the first quarter after a below-average 2015.“About April it started picking up and then after the election things started happening,” she said. “I think the consumer was tired of the doom and gloom and tired of the election and everybody got back to business.”Only upper-end homes seemed to be affected by the oil downturn, Hamann said.“Our luxury properties took a dive during the latter part of the summer,” she said. “That’s when oil companies and (other) companies were starting to lay off.”But by the end of the year, the upper-end market had recovered.In December, sales of homes above $500,000 increased 23 percent compared to a year earlier.Hamann expects sales of all homes to increase even more in 2017. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:04 Listen Share Xlast_img read more

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5 TV Shows To BingeWatch During A Winter Storm

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first_img Share Thomas Gloning/Getty ImagesTV Shows To Binge-Watch During The ‘Bomb Cyclone’The snow and severe cold of the “bomb cyclone” currently hitting the East Coast is no joke.But for a TV nerd, a storm that shuts down work and school means more time for binge-watching!It may be only a day or two, so viewing choices are crucial. Can’t waste time with dramas that go nowhere or marginally funny sitcoms (yes, Twin Peaks and Curb Your Enthusiasm, I’m talking about you). I’m here to give you some suggestions tailored to your tastes. Hopefully, these shows will act like a hot bowl of chicken soup and a thick, warm blanket.If you’re a sci-fi geek looking to disappear into new worlds …Netflix‘s latest season of Black Mirror is the perfect getaway for a day inside; an anthology series with exquisitely framed stories on how technology can transform society and individuals. It’s like The Twilight Zone for an era of Snapchat and self-driving cars. Season four’s batch of six episodes stand out because few fans can agree on which episodes are best.This unapologetic Star Trek geek loved “USS Callister,” a story about a coding nerd who creates a virtual reality fantasy game where all the people who torment him at work are recreated as characters in a Trek-like starship which he commands. “Black Museum” is a convoluted but compelling story about how human consciousness is stored inside artifacts within the most depressing exhibits on Earth. And “Arkangel” is a Jodie Foster-directed morality play on the dangers of installing a chip that allows parents to see what their kids see and affect perception through a tablet computer. Before long, you’ll be tethered to your streaming device like one of the characters from the episode.If you’re a comedy nerd with a taste for period drama … Amazon‘s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is the tale of a 1950s housewife who develops a career in stand-up comedy after her husband — who she had been supporting in his hobby as a comic — leaves her. It’s partly a look at the early days of stand-up (Midge Maisel enlists the help of legendary comic Lenny Bruce to hone her act). And it’s a wonderful showcase for star Rachel Brosnahan, who snaps off the one-liners (provided by creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, of Gilmore Girls fame) as if she were born to play this character.If you’re a sucker for stories about blood feuds between powerful men …Showtime‘s Billions was one of the best dramas no one talked about last year. Its most recent, 12-episode season is available for viewing through the premium cable channel’s streaming platforms, and earlier seasons are available through Amazon. The show features Damian Lewis as the billionaire head of a top New York hedge fund and Paul Giamatti as the U.S. attorney obsessed with arresting him. Giamatti’s final scene in the season is one of the best moments of acting I saw on TV last year. If you’re a Star Trek fan on a budget …The first half-season of the newest Trek TV series, Star Trek: Discovery, is available for viewing on the streaming service CBS All Access. (It costs $5.99 with ads, but you can sign-up for a free, 7-day trial and watch the first nine episodes of Star Trek: Discovery in one binge.) This show has boldly tried re-inventing and updating Trek, and, after the first episode, it works. You’ll see one of Trek’s coolest heroes in Sonequa Martin-Green’s Starfleet mutineer Michael Burnham, a human orphan raised as an adopted daughter by Mr. Spock’s dad, Sarek. What self-respecting Trekkie could pass up that?If you love behind-the-scenes stories about the craziest figures in music…The Cinemax series Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Tour Bus is an overlooked gem. Judge (co-creator of King of the Hill and Silicon Valley) puts together Behind the Music-style documentaries about legendarily dysfunctional figures like Johnny Paycheck and Jerry Lee Lewis. He interviews relatives, employees and members of their backup bands. Then, he animates their stories. Judge recreates a scene of Lewis shooting up a dental lab with a machine gun, and one of Paycheck’s backup musicians declaring “there’s nothing worse than a hillbilly with a hit record.” It’s funny, shocking and a great counterbalance to the perfectly manicured images some country artists present these days. (Tales From the Tour Bus is available by subscription on Cinemax, or for $1.99 per half-hour episode on YouTube or Google Play.)Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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What Issues Will Shape The 2019 Houston Mayors Race

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first_img 00:00 /00:47 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Wikimedia CommonsHouston City Hall.The 2019 Houston mayor’s race is starting to heat up, with Mayor Sylvester Turner facing at least four challengers.His challengers so far include City Council Member Dwight Boykins and former City Council Member Sue Lovell to his left, and former Kemah Mayor Bill King and attorney Tony Buzbee to his right.Bob Stein of Rice University says the left-right dynamic will help shape the contest as next year’s national election draws closer. But Stein says the race will also be a referendum on Turner’s record on issues like negotiations with firefighters.“He has been pushed on issues like Prop B and particularly what I will call issues of development,” Stein said. “He’s now looking at a big backlash against his project for I-45, which is not only a traffic congestion issue but it’s also a development issue in terms of bringing in tax base.”The field isn’t closed yet. Candidates have until August 19 to file to get on the ballot. X Sharelast_img read more

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The spirit of the east

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first_imgOn that note, it is incontestably indicative that twenty-two reputable, senior artists from the Singapore Art Society (of Singapore) are collaborating with Art Spice Gallery in the capital city of India, in this intriguing, large-scale exhibition.Supported by prestigious names like Singapore Airlines, Singapore Embassy, Singapore Tourism Board, luxury car, Mercedes-Benz and a premium magazine, The Ideal Home and Garden; this is a stupendous collaboration that proves to be a monumental cultural exchange between magnificent India and the industrious Lion City. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’In this exhibition, the 22 Singaporean artists, each with a unique style of paintings, are representatives of the ‘Nanyang’ spirit. The term ‘Nanyang’ is often used to denote the idea of a regional identity and culture for the overseas Chinese in Southeast Asia.  In it, ‘Nanyang’ artists express their personal unique painting styles in their artworks, often through a blend of multiple stylistic techniques of the East and West, resulting in a varied body of works unified by their focus on Southeast Asian subjects. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHaving grown up in Singapore during the developmental period, some of these artists have experienced the tensions between tradition and modernity, enabling them to incorporate these elements into their painting styles. Such is the essence of the ‘Nanyang’ spirit.Conquering the gap between traditional Chinese and Western influence, these iconic artists have brought the ‘Nanyang’ spirit into their art development, and has also achieved acclaim for their artistic excellence within the international art market. Thus, the remarkable collection of art in this exhibition is an engaging voyage into Singapore, with paintings and drawings that re-create multiculturalism, wherein, one cannot help but be fascinated by the incredible ease at which the nation embraces numerous ethnicities and related physical spaces, such as its very own Little India and Chinatown.Apart from Terence Teo Chin Keong (the current President of the Singapore Art Society), the other esteemed artists of the exhibition are Chan Chang How, Lim Choon Jin, P. Gnana, Low Puay Hua, Dr Ho Kah Leong, Wang Fei, Cheng Yoke Khoon, Seah Kang Chui, Koeh Sia Yong, Chiew Swee Fah, Eng Siak Loy, Lee Choon Kee, Ang Hiong Chiok, Wong Hai and Anne Lim Geok Kuan.WHEN: 12 to 21 MarchWHERE: Art Spice Gallery, Metropolitan Hotellast_img read more

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