first_imgHow OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture There are things you know you should do to make your life easier and prevent bigger problems. Maybe it’s meal planning to save money on crappy takeout. Maybe it’s buying better tires because you can see that the weather is changing for the worse. Or maybe it’s setting up two-factor authentication on your accounts so your business doesn’t get hacked.Technology mistakes cost businesses big, and they can also keep them from experiencing growth, staying relevant, and realizing their full potential. The upside? Some of the most common tech mistakes that businesses make are also the easiest to fix. If you’re still limping along with any of these misguided practices, it may be time for a change.You’re stuck on the ground.It’s great to have your feet firmly planted on the ground, right? Well, not always. If you’re talking about tech, it’s good to spend some time in the clouds. Large cloud providers provide benefits through infrastructure, data access from anywhere, and higher levels of service.David Wagner, CEO and president of cybersecurity company Zix, says cloud providers typically provide vigorous security, a priority for any organization that wants to remain competitive. When you move to the cloud, you can save money by kicking your dusty old servers to the curb while still commanding the strong security and technical expertise of cloud providers.Your single password is the name of your pet.If you’re skipping that pesky password update and two-factor authentication, you’ve saved yourself about 90 seconds of your life — while making your business a sitting duck. There’s no excuse for not having a more secure login process. Two-factor authentication requires you to use a password to login as usual, but goes one step further and forces you to confirm the login via a text message or phone call.So why all the fuss? Two words: security breach. When it comes to cyberattacks such as Heartbleed and WannaCry, no one is safe. From the everyday Joe to the largest businesses in the country, data breaches are ubiquitous. Fortunately, with Google Authenticator, Facebook Code Generator, LastPass, and other two-factor authentication and password management systems, it’s getting easier to protect your business. The implications of a breach are simply too significant to ignore the tools available to you.You’re the expert who knows everything.Technology is highly dynamic. That means that training within a company must continually evolve. If you don’t focus on keeping up, the amount of new information produced by the tech world would short-circuit your brain before you even had time to finish your morning coffee. The only way to stay on the cutting edge of the technological evolution is to routinely sharpen that blade.Give yourself and your staff as much training as possible, not only on new technologies, but on systems currently in use as well. According to some estimates, office workers fully grasp less than 20 percent of the features available in the software applications they use. That’s lost potential. Training takes time, but it leads to better, more streamlined workflows. It teaches staff how to automate repetitive tasks by using features they already have at their fingertips. When you accept that you and your business will be lifelong tech learners, you’ll stay one step ahead of the pack.You think you’re smarter than robots.More businesses every day are jumping on the artificial intelligence bandwagon, and for good reason. AI can help optimize business operations, sift through huge amounts of customer data, and capture information that can help you make better decisions. If you think you can do it better, you can’t. None of us can. The robotic takeover of the manual, repetitive, and number-crunching tasks of our businesses is inevitable.You can use this development to your advantage, or you can attempt to fight off the robot revolution. But honestly, you’d be better off joining forces. Businesses are already taking advantage of the benefits of AI with chatbots, personal shoppers, big data analysis, marketing research, and more. Take note of what your competitors are doing with AI, and follow suit.You think you’re immune to the ‘blue screen of death.’If you’ve ever lost a work presentation right before a big meeting, you understand the importance of data backup. But somehow, even though we’ve all been there at one time or another, a Carrier Access report found that a whopping 75 percent of small businesses still don’t have a disaster recovery plan in place. In fact, only 25 percent of small businesses are entirely confident that their data could be restored if it were destroyed or stolen.Businesses lose huge amounts of data every day because they either didn’t have reliable backup or failed to make sure it was running correctly. If you think it won’t happen to you, it will. Set up data backup for your business, verify that your mission-critical information is included in that backup, and perform tests periodically to make sure you can restore your data successfully.Outdated technology practices will keep your company mired in competitive quicksand. To return your business to solid ground, begin by addressing these five tech mistakes. Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite How to Get Started in China and Have Success China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Related Posts Tags:#AI#artificial intelligence#cloud apps#cloud based computing#cybersecurity#security breach#tech training What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. last_img read more

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first_imgUS-based business intelligence & visualization software provider Qlik has carried a unique survey, to find out how literate employees are when it comes to usage and knowledge of data and information.And India has secured top spot in all categories.When compared to countries in the Asia Pacific, the average data literacy rate was found to be just 20%; but when it comes to Indian employees, then the data literacy rate was found to be a staggering 45%, which is more than double of the average rate.Read it at Trak Related Itemslast_img

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first_imgA tribal ginger farmer identified as Satminlun Gangte, 24, was killed on the spot when a Chinese-made hand grenade exploded on October 7 night at a mountainous field in Tollen village under Machi police station in Tengnoupal, the border district in Manipur. According to a delayed official report on October 9, Gangte, hailing from Churachandpur district, succumbed to shrapnel injuries before he could be taken to a hospital.On Monday night, Gangte was burning some twigs to clear the area for ginger cultivation when the grenade exploded, police said. Police say that the grenade might have been left behind to target the security personnel who have spread their dragnets to nab drug traffickers and anti-social elements in the border mountains.Of late there have been some bomb blasts in Tengnoupal district, police said. There were two bomb attacks in the last eight days, targeting the Moreh police station in this district. Meanwhile, official reports said that personnel of 43 Assam Rifles have sealed the 354-km-long Manipur-Myanmar border following series of violent incidents and arrest of drug traffickers.last_img read more

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first_imgChristian Standhardinger. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netFilipinos have long been regarded as the best basketball players in Southeast Asia.So it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that Filipino ballers are coveted in the region with 10 players enlisted as Heritage Imports this upcoming 2017-2018 ABL season.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH ABL tips off on Friday with the Slingers taking on Nanhai Kung Fu in China, while Alab opens its campaign at Mall of Asia Arena against Hong Kong Eastern on Sunday. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Headlining the list is 2017 PBA Draft’s top overall pick Christian Standhardinger, who will bolster the already potent Hong Kong Eastern Sports Club.The Fil-German forward will reinforce the deadly frontline for the defending champion Long Lions for the next six months in Hong Kong before debuting for the San Miguel Beermen in the PBA.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFil-Am playmaker Jason Brickman will once again orchestrate the offense for Mono Vampire Basketball Club.Ex-PBA players have also taken their act to the ABL hoping to reinvigorate their careers overseas. No regrets for Perez, Lyceum after finals loss: ‘It was a good experience for us’ Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next Former Ginebra first-rounder James Forrester seeks to revive his career with ABL newcomer Formosa Dreamers of Taiwan, ex-Blackwater forward Reil Cervantes will reinforce Westports Malaysia Dragons, and former GlobalPort slasher AJ Mandani will fortify last season’s runner-up Singapore Slingers.Hardworking forward Lawrence Domingo goes on a return trip for Alab Pilipinas as the 23-year-old will once again serve as the Heritage Import for the home crew.The ABL also provides a new opportunity for unheralded Filipino ballers, some of which are hoping to get a second wind in their basketball careers, or chance to introduce themselves to the public.Guard Paul Zamar of UE partners with Brickman in Thailand with Mono Vampire, while former Adamson forward Patrick Cabahug teams up with Cervantes for the Dragons.Nanhai Kung Fu Basketball Club of China will also roll the dice with little-known Caelan Tiongson of Biola University and Jonathan Bermillo of Bishop’s University.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgReiterating his demand for a joint parliamentary committee(JPC) probe, sacked Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi said both the central and Delhi government are equally to be blamed for the scam.He said as the contracts were okayed by then Sports Ministry, then why only OC has been targeted.”Only OC officials are being questioned and arrested in the CWG scam”, he added.last_img

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first_imgJoshna Chinappa bagged bronze on Saturday is squash women’s singles at the Asian Games 2018 after losing her semi-final tie.Joshna lost 1-3 to Malaysian young talent Sivasangari Subramaniam.Joshna secured a medal despite losing her match as both the losing semi-finalists in squash get the bronze medal without any bronze medal play-off.Earlier, Joshna got the better of Joey-Chan Ho-ling of Hong Kong 3-1 (11-5, 12-10, 5-11, 12-10) in the quarter-finals to also assure herself a medal.Asian Games 2018, Day 7: Live UpdatesIt is the first individual medal for Joshna at the Asian Games. She was part of bronze and silver medal winning teams in 2010 and 2014.Joshna praised her teenager opponent after losing her match.”On paper I was the higher seed but it doesn’t really mean anything in sports sometimes. I think she played really well. Disappointing to have a lead & then lose match, something I need to go back & work on,” Joshna was quoted as saying by Times of India.Meanwhile, Dipika Pallikal Karthik also settled for a bronze medal is squash women’s singles after losing her semi-final match against defending champion Nicol David of Malaysia, who is a four-time Asian Games singles winner.David defeated Dipika in three straight sets 7-11, 9-11, 6-11 to ease into the final.Saurav Ghosal will also play his semi-final later in the day.Saurav and Dipika had claimed a silver and bronze in the singles at the 2014 Incheon Games. Three medals in the singles squash event in an edition will happen for the first time for India.advertisementGhosal had defeated compatriot Harinder Sandhu 3-1 (9-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-7). Ghosal, a three-time Asian Games singles medallist, will take on Leo Au of Hong Kong in the semi-finals.last_img read more

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first_imgIndian bowlers were made to toil extremely hard on Day 3 of the fourth Test at Southampton and in the end they had 8 wickets to show for their efforts on a pitch which is becoming easier for batting but it is England who will be the happier side thanks to their 233-run lead at the end of the day’s play.Resuming on their overnight score of 6 for no loss, England rode on splendid batting efforts from Jos Buttler and Joe Root to reach 260 for 8 at stumps in their second innings with a healthy lead over India.Buttler top-scored for the hosts with 69 runs while Root made 48 in a much improved batting display from the English team second time around. Keaton Jennings also contributed with 36 runs while Sam Curran will resume his innings at 37 on the fourth day.India vs England 4th Test Day 3: HighlightsHow quickly India get Curran out on Sunday will decide the quantum of runs that India would need to chase. The match could end on Day 4 if weather permits.For India, it was Mohammed Shami who was the pick of the bowlers as he took 3 wickets for 53 runs in 13.5 overs while Ishant Sharma got two important wickets. Ravichandran Ashwin bowled 33 overs in the day and had one wicket to show for his efforts while Jasprit Bumrah, India’s main strike bowler, could only manage one wicket in 19 overs.India vs England 4th Test Day 3: As it happenedIt could now be a tricky chase for the Indian line-up especially with the track being two paced where handling Stuart Broad could prove to be a difficult proposition.advertisementThis was Buttler’s ninth Test fifty and he showed a lot of application even though he was troubled by the initial spell from Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami.A sweet gesture: Pastries and strawberries for Virat Kohli after 6000 Test runsHe survived a good spell of reverse swing from Shami and was ready to cut down on the shots square of the wicket.He only played the deliveries on the drivable length as his 122-ball innings had seven boundaries.In fact, England were in trouble at 122 for 5 when Joe Root was run out for 48. The lead was not even 100 runs but it was Buttler, who took the attack back to the opposition camp as Ravichandran Ashwin (35-7-78-1) despite being economical was not half as effective as Moeen Ali.The Tamil Nadu off-spinner couldn’t use the footmarks created by the trio of Mohammed Shami (3/53), Ishant Sharma (2/36) and Jasprit Bumrah (1/51 in 19 overs).His only success was Stokes, who has been showing his defensive traits in this series with some dogged resistance. He was finally out caught in the slips to Ajinkya Rahane after a stand that lasted for 22 overs.Buttler however continued to defy the Indian bowlers in company of Curran as they also consumed nearly 17 overs.Finally, it was the second new ball that did the trick as Ishant angled one into Buttler to trap him leg before.Curran however, batted in a positive fashion hitting Bumrah for a couple of boundaries.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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first_imgAustralian striker Sam Kerr, Brazilian star forward Marta along with Norway’s Ada Hegerberg and German international Dzsenifer Marozsan, among others were named in the 15-woman list to be nominated for this year’s Ballon d’Or award, the first time one of football’s top honours will have a women’s category.Kerr has starred for national women’s side, the Matildas, on numerous occasions including at the Tournament of Nations recently where she scored four goals, spurring her team to victory over the top ranked USA.Previously claiming a number of titles including Asian player of the year, young Australian of the year and the Football Media’s Association player of the year, the 25-year old holds the record for leading all-time goalscorer in the U.S. women’s football league.The Ballon d’Or has been awarded since 1956 by France Football Magazine for best male player in the world with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi dominating the last few years with five wins each.It will be presented in Paris on December 3.Women’s Ballon d’Or nominees:Lucy Bronze (England)Pernille Harder (Denmark)Ada Hegerberg (Norway)Amandine Henry (France)Lindsey Horan, (USA)Samantha Kerr (Australia)Fran Kirby (England)Saki Kumagai (Japan)Amel Majri (France)Dzsenifer Maroszan (Germany)Marta (Brazil)Lieke Martens (Netherlands)Megan Rapinoe (USA)Wendie Renard (France)Christine Sinclair (Canada)(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

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first_img Next The MNML Leather Highlander Travel Bag Makes Short-Term Trips a Breeze Previous Taxa Outdoors’ Rugged Mantis Travel Trailer Just Got Even Better 7 Best Travel Coffee Mugs for Morning Joe To Go Currently on a seven-month trip to visit all 59 U.S. National Parks, travel photographer Renee Hahnel and her husband Matthew have perfected the art of living on the road.The photo/blogging duo was sent on this epic road trip by plant-based, vegan protein company EVOLVE to form an extensive guide to the scenery, views, activity, hikes, and (duh) best photo ops. And hats off to the Hahnels, because if you’ve ever driven cross-country or been away from home traveling for a prolonged time, you know how difficult it is to normalize your lifestyle — and, most of all, your travel meals.EVOLVE’s Trish Griffin, a registered dietitian and sports nutritionist, tells The Manual, “Traveling can put extra demands on your body. By taking in the right foods at the right time, you will be better equipped to stay alert and energized to drive, hike, and explore, wherever the road may take you.”Matthew and Renee HahnelGriffin adds that if you’re on the road for outdoor exploration, changing altitudes, and exerting effort, upping your fluid intake and staying hydrated is key. You should also decrease salt intake; eat high-carbohydrate, moderate protein, low-fat meals; and consider smaller meals with more snack options. “Happy gut, happy traveler,” Griffin says. “And stick to the foods you’re familiar with!’For examples of what those foods, snacks, and meals could look like, we sat down in the Hahnel’s cozy van over a post-hike EVOLVE protein mocha to talk van-burners and easy dinner recipes. Plan your next cross-country adventure with these nuggets of food wisdom and never rely on fast-food again (and read up on our guide to living in a van while you’re at it).Travel eating almost always sucks. How do you avoid gut-turning fast-food?Having a van with a kitchen definitely allows us to living more “normally” on the road and eat healthy when restaurant/grocery choices are limited. Plus, being able to sit down together for a meal, at a (small) table with home-cooked food is a massive perk.What are your travel snack essentials?Fruit, cheese and crackers, nut butter, or a protein shake. We love the EVOLVE mocha shake for a super quick refuel pre- or post-hike.How about meals? Is it possible to cook hearty, healthy dishes from a van?We eat a lot of meals that have a fresh component to it (e.g. vegetables, salad, fish), plus a pre-made/packaged ingredient (e.g. rice, pasta, sauces) for ease of preparation and to save time. Plus, we couldn’t live without our hot drinks like tea, coffee, and hot cocoa.What three easy meals can any traveler make on the road (in a van)?For a filling and yummy breakfast, we love throwing some potatoes, spinach, broccoli, red bell peppers, and eggs in a pan and frying them up. We’ll add cheese, salt, and pepper for seasoning. Protein pancakes are also fun to make on slower, meandering mornings — using EVOLVE protein powder and fresh berries.For lunch, we don’t have a toaster in the van, but will use a frying pan to toast — topped with cream cheese and smoked salmon. Cous cous, vegetables, and tuna is another “throw-it-together” type of lunch for us.Then a healthy and easy dinner option is pan-cooked fish fillets and salad or cooked vegetables.What cooking equipment do you have?We mostly use our two burner propane stoves, medium fry-pan/pot, kettle, chopping board, and pot drainer. We also frequently use insulated tumblers so our drinks stay hot or cold. Plus, we have an electric fridge in the van and a pantry. The fridge increases the variety of foods we can store and it’s always nice having a cold drink after a long hike!Why are nutritious meals important while you’re on the road? We do a lot of hiking and exploring, so staying fueled and healthy is a must. We also have some long driving days and need to stay alert and focused.What other “accessories” do you suggest bringing to enhance the travel dining experience? Mood lighting and music always make a pleasant dining experience. We have some fairy lights, candles, and portable speakers in the van.center_img 1 of 12 Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits Pickpocket Prevention: Don’t Become a Mark While Traveling Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

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first_imgLa nomination de deux nouveaux procureurs de la Couronne a été annoncée aujourd’hui 25 septembre par le Service des poursuites publiques. Il s’agit d’Adam McCulley à Halifax et de Katrina Trask à Dartmouth. « M. McCulley et Mme Trask ont des antécédents juridiques uniques, affirme Martin Herschorn, directeur du Service des poursuites publiques. Leur expérience et leur enthousiasme seront des atouts pour notre équipe. » Adam McCulley est originaire de Lower Sackville. Il a reçu un baccalauréat ès arts de l’université Mount Saint Vincent en 2003, et un diplôme de technicien juridique du Nova Scotia Community College en 2006. Pendant son emploi à titre de technicien juridique en contentieux pour l’équipe de protection de l’enfance du ministère de la Justice de la Nouvelle-Écosse, M. McCulley s’est inscrit à l’école de droit Schulich de l’université Dalhousie, d’où il a obtenu son diplôme en 2017. Il a fait son stage au ministère de la Justice de la Nouvelle-Écosse. M. McCulley est président et ancien trésorier du conseil d’administration du centre communautaire Sackville Heights. Il est entraîneur de hockey certifié par Hockey Canada. Mme Trask est originaire de Winnipeg. Elle a obtenu un baccalauréat ès arts en 2008 et un juris doctor en 2012 de l’université du Manitoba. Mme Trask a fait son stage chez Taylor McCaffrey, à Winnipeg. En 2013, elle a été nommée avocate-recherchiste pour la Cour d’appel de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador. En 2016, elle a été nommée administratrice des décisions du Collège des médecins et des chirurgiens de l’Ontario. En 2018, elle a été nommée procureure de la Couronne pour le ministère de la Justice de la Saskatchewan, à North Battleford. Mme Trask est ancienne membre du conseil du Canadian Centre on Disability Studies et elle a été bénévole auprès du projet national des plaideurs non représentés, du Provincial Council of Women of Manitoba et de la Elizabeth Fry of Manitoba. Elle parle couramment les deux langues officielles.last_img read more

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20 December 2010The United Nations climate change chief today called on countries to follow up on the recent conference in Cancún with higher global emissions cuts and the rapid launch of new institutions and funds. The United Nations climate change chief today called on countries to follow up on the recent conference in Cancún with higher global emissions cuts and the rapid launch of new institutions and funds. The agreements reached at the conference, which concluded in the Mexican city of Cancún on 11 December, include formalizing mitigation pledges and ensuring increased accountability for them, as well as taking concrete action to tackle deforestation, which accounts for nearly one-fifth of global carbon emissions. Delegates at the 16th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) also agreed to ensure no gap between the first and second commitment periods of the Kyoto Protocol, an addition to the Convention that contains legally binding measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and whose first commitment period is due to expire in 2012. “Cancún was a big step, bigger than many imagined might be possible. But the time has come for all of us to exceed our own expectations because nothing less will do,” said UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres. She stressed that the ‘Cancún Agreements’ needs to be implemented as quickly as possible, and be accompanied by “credible accountability systems that will help in measuring real progress.” If all these targets and actions are fully implemented, UN estimates show they could deliver only 60 per cent of the emission reductions that science says will be needed to stay below the agreed two degree rise in average temperatures, and two degrees does not guarantee the survival of the most vulnerable peoples. “All countries, but particularly industrialized nations, need to deepen their emission reduction efforts and to do so quickly,” said Ms. Figueres. Agreement was also reached in Cancún on a package to help developing nations deal with climate change, including new institutions, funding channels and a technology transfer mechanism to help the developing world build its own sustainable, low-emissions future, adapt more effectively to climate change, and preserve and protect its forests for the good of all nations. Ms. Figueres stressed that these institutions must be launched quickly, noting that millions of poor and vulnerable people around the world have been waiting years to get the full level of assistance they need. She added that the UNFCCC will support all governments in this new work, and said she hoped that it will be possible to point to new and concrete examples of success when the parties to the Convention a year from now in South Africa. “I expect in particular to see rapid decisions on appointing the board of the new Green Fund and the Committee of the Technology Mechanism. I also look forward to receiving the details of fast-start financing from industrialized countries so the secretariat can compile the information that shows clearly the amounts that have been raised and are being disbursed,” she said. The Green Fund establishes a long-term climate finance institution for the first time under the oversight of the parties to the UNFCCC and with a 24-member board that balances representation between developed and developing nations. “Cancún has significantly expanded the menu of climate implementation and resources available to countries under the United Nations,” said Ms. Figures. “The imperative to act is now.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also highlighted the achievements of the Cancún conference in a message to the closing ceremony for the International Year of Biodiversity, held in the Japanese city of Kanazawa on Saturday. In particular, he noted the important agreement reached on REDD Plus, backed by the financial resources to implement it. Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) is an effort to create a financial value for the carbon stored in forests, offering incentives for developing countries to reduce emissions from forested lands and invest in low-carbon paths to sustainable development. REDD-Plus goes beyond deforestation – which some estimates show has contributed up to one-fifth of global carbon emissions, more than the world’s entire transportation sector – and includes the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks. “By promoting the conservation and sustainable management of forests we can not only mitigate climate impacts and increase resilience, but go a long way towards slowing the accelerating rate of biodiversity loss,” Mr. Ban said in the message, which was delivered by Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Cancun read more

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Business report with Mike Eppel – Jan. 30, 2014 Spotlight on the technology sector at the start of the trading day, senior business editor Mike Eppel explains. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Jan 30, 2014 5:55 am MDT business report|technology sector

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by Sandra Prusina Posted Nov 24, 2016 4:15 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 24, 2016 at 4:16 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Alberta|Shannon Phillips Alberta makes deal to stop coal-fired electricity by 2030 Related Stories Alberta revamps how it deals with electricity in approaching era of green powerAlberta lauds federal coal phase out; matches provincial one now underway The province has struck a deal with three major power producers to formally end coal-fired electricity by 2030.Environment Minister Shannon Phillips says Alberta will pay three major power producers a total of $97 million a year over the next 14 years.The money is to compensate them for the shutdown and to help them transition to cleaner forms of energy.The payments are to be spread amongst TransAlta, Capital Power and ATCO, and are to come out of the current carbon levy on heavy emitters.There are 18 coal-fired electricity plants in Alberta, and all but six are already scheduled to shut down before 2030.As part of the deal, the power producers will keep their headquarters in Alberta, will continue to invest in the province and will provide support to communities affected by the transition. (Pixabay) read more

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Top 5 fields of technology | Top 10 PCT applicants According to the UN World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) annual review of international patent filings, a leading Chinese telecoms giant overtook a Japanese firm as the largest applicant last year, and China and the US together accounted for 87 per cent of the total growth in filings under WIPO’s Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).Under that system, some 215,000 applications were filed in 2014, a 4.5 per cent increase over the previous year, WIPO said in a news release.The agency also noted that “in a significant development,” the US became the biggest filer of international trademark under the so-called WIPO Madrid System, which the agency described as “a one-stop solution for registering and managing marks worldwide.”WIPO Director General Francis Gurry said: “The rapid growth in international patent applications underscores the increasing importance of intellectual property as it moves from the periphery to the centre of the global economic system.”The agency noted that telecoms giant Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. of China, with 3,442 published applications, overtook Panasonic Corp. of Japan as the largest applicant in 2014, while the US-based Qualcomm Inc. was the second largest applicant in 2014, with 2,409 published applications, and China’s ZTE Corp. took third place with 2,179 applications.Who filed the most PCT patent applications in 2014? The US was the primary country of origin for filers in 2014, with 61,492 applications and 7.1 per cent growth. Japan followed with 42,459 applications, representing a 3 per cent decline on 2013. Applicants from China filed 25,539 applications – an 18.7 per cent annual increase.The annual review also noted that Europe “showed signs of improvement as it strives to address a challenging economic environment,” reporting that for the first time since 2007, the top three European Union countries recorded growth in filings, with strong growth coming from France and the United Kingdom. Among the top 10 filing countries, China (+18.7 per cent) is the only country that saw double-digit growth in 2014. The UK recorded the second fastest growth rate (+9 per cent), followed by the US (+7.1 per cent). In addition to Japan, Switzerland (-5.9 per cent) and Sweden (-0.5 per cent) are the two other countries among the top 10 with less PCT applications in 2014 than in 2013.WIPO noted the top three applicants have similar patent filing profiles, with digital communication accounting for the bulk of their total filings. Universities and public research organizations show a strong presence, accounting for 26 per cent of pharmaceutical filings. This is in contrast to computer technology and digital communication where these entities accounted for 4.6 per cent and 2.8 per cent, respectively.The University of California, with 413 published applications, is the top applicant among educational institutions followed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (234), the University of Texas System (154) and Harvard University (147). US universities occupy nine of the top ten positions among educational institutions.According to the findings, which also reviewed dispute resolution activities, since the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Centre administered the first Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy case in 1999, total WIPO case filings have passed the 30,000 mark, encompassing over 58,000 domain names.In 2014, cybersquatting case filings with WIPO increased by 2 per cent, with 2,634 cases concerning 5,591 domain names lodged by trademark owners alleging abuse of their mark. WIPO, a UN specialized agency based in Geneva, is the global forum for intellectual property policy and services. Top 10 countries read more

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The Race For The Top Pick In The 2015 NFL Draft

The 2-12 Jacksonville Jaguars host the 2-12 Tennessee Titans Thursday night, ending this season’s sad slate of Thursday night games with the saddest game of all. But this awful matchup still matters. The top pick of the 2015 NFL draft is in play.This week, we added each team’s chances of getting the No. 1 overall pick to our weekly playoff implication interactives. In 50,000 simulations, just Tampa Bay, Tennessee, Oakland, Jacksonville and Washington managed to clinch the No. 1 overall pick at least once (the New York Jets blew their chances with last week’s win). The Buccaneers are your clubhouse leader, getting the pick in 54.8 percent of simulations, while the Titans are second at 25 percent.The size of that gap is a little misleading. The Buccaneers don’t control their own destiny, and the loser of Tennessee at Jacksonville will be nipping at their heels:The game also affects a much weirder scenario. If two teams from different conferences finish with the same record and strength of schedule, the pick will be decided by coin flip. These flips aren’t so uncommon, but they’ve never decided who gets the No. 1 overall. Before Thursday’s game, there is a 2 percent chance the top pick will be decided by a Tennessee vs. Tampa Bay coin flip. If the Titans lose, that figure bumps up a bit to 3.2 percent.But which team would actually keep the pick? The presumed top player of the 2015 draft is Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. None of the teams in contention saw impressive QB play in 2014: Josh McCown is old, Zach Mettenberger is shorn, Blake Bortles is bad and Derek Carr is dinky. Washington is just a mess, but they’re pretty much out of the running.Jacksonville and Oakland are the most likely to trade the first pick, as Bortles and Carr have likely done enough in their rookie seasons to warrant a second look. Tennessee and Tampa Bay would be much more likely to take Mariota. This means the St. Louis Rams – or even the Philadelphia Eagles – could be keeping an eye on an otherwise terrible Thursday night game, crossing their fingers for a Jacksonville loss.Mike Beuoy contributed analysis. read more

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first_imgHe said: “The system clearly needs to be looked at properly and I’ll be demanding ministers explain what’s happened and what they’re going to do to prevent it happening again. The Skidmore family has now set up a fund in Lisa’s memory to raise money to help send children affected by murder on holiday this summer. Lisa’s Magical Memory Fund can be found on http://uk.virginmoneygiving. com/SomeoneSpecial/ LisaSkidmore1 .A Ministry of Justice spokesperson said: “This was an appalling crime. We have apologised to the family for the failings in this tragic case, and our thoughts remain with them.“NPS Midlands is working with the police to take decisive action on the recommendations made in the reviews into this case, including staff undergoing additional specialist training to help prevent any repeat.” Leroy Campbell serving a whole life term for the murder of Lisa Skidmore An 81-year-old great-grandmother who was strangled by a man who had just raped and murdered her daughter has been refused compensation after being told her injuries were not severe enough.The decision comes despite it being revealed recently that serial killer Levi Bellfield claims to have received nearly £6,000 after making a claim against the prison service for a swollen lip sustained in a prison fight in jail. Margaret Skidmore was punched into submission by Leroy Campbell, before he wrapped a vacuum cleaner cord around her neck, rendering her unconscious.Hours earlier Campbell, a serial sex attacker who was on probation, had brutally raped and killed Mrs Skidmore’s 37-year-old daughter Lisa, whose body was lying in a bedroom upstairs.The body responsible for awarding taxpayer-funded payments to victims injured as a result of violent crime, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, has now ruled that Mrs Skidmore is undeserving of any compensation. This is despite the government run National Probation Service (NPS) conceding that there were serious failures in Campbell’s supervision.Ian Austin, Labour MP for Dudley North, called on the government to review its Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme. Leroy Campbell serving a whole life term for the murder of Lisa Skidmore “Ordinary decent people who go out to work and pay their taxes will be absolutely furious that their money gets handed out to someone like Bellfield, but a victim of a crime like this doesn’t get a penny.”Believing Mrs Skidmore to be dead following his assault, Campbell set fire to the house and fled. Neighbours were able to rescue Mrs Skidmore and she was taken to hospital where doctors told her she had a fractured jaw and cheekbone as well as extensive bruising.In a letter to the family, the CICA disputes whether Mrs Skidmore’s jaw had been broken and says it does not consider her fractured cheek bone to be ‘a continuing significant disability’.It adds: ‘The widespread bruising to your head, black eyes, bloody nose, bloodshot left eye, swelling over your cheek, tenderness around your jaw and bruising and cuts to your neck are not listed in Annex E. [We are] therefore unable to make an award for these injuries as they are not qualifying injuries.’Mrs Skidmore said: ‘It’s not about the money, it’s the principle. It adds insult to injury because right from the very start my family has had no rights in this case.’Campbell was given a whole life sentence last May after pleading guilty to the rape and murder of Lisa Skidmore, the attempted murder of her mother and arson with intent to endanger life.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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“This page explicitly states that women wanting to buy swimwear should first scrutinise their bodies for their flaws and buy swimming costumes which make their bodies look as close to a feminine ideal as possible.”Former competitive swimmer Catherine Oliver agreed, tweeting: “A huge reason I quit competitive swimming at 15 was feeling incredible uncomfortable of my body in a swimming costume.”This is hugely disappointing @Swim_England. You should be supporting swimmers of all abilities, shapes, and sizes, not shaming them!”Swim England responded to criticism, and said in a statement:  “Thank you for bringing this to our attention. This is an old web page that does not represent the views of Swim England and the content has now been removed. We apologise for any offence caused and hope this doesn’t put you off swimming.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. She wrote in a letter: “I feel pretty jaded and used to sexism by now, but I was pretty shocked to find this material published by the national governing body for swimming in England. This is so damaging. When you have low self-esteem/a negative relationship with your body (which a lot of women do bc patriarchy), exercise like swimming is so good for your relationship with mind & body – but messages like this create even more barriers to getting involved. https://t.co/KNoofFTtk0— Emily (@emily_wight) October 30, 2018 Swim England has apologised over advice published on its website for budding swimmers, which advised women to hide their “flabby stomachs” and “boyish figures.”On a page promoting swimming as exercise, the UK’s official swimming body said women should  “draw attention towards [their] more appealing characteristics” when choosing a swimsuit.The article suggested how women could “accentuate curves” or hide a“boyish body”.It also said that women with “flabby stomachs” should choose a “loose tankini instead of a bikini or 1-piece” and warned that bikinis “totally expose a jiggly belly, and trying to squeeze into a one-piece will not slim your stomach, only emphasise it”.The article suggested that overweight women wear dark colours to “minimise” their shape.The organisation’s stated aim is to “help people learn how to swim, enjoy the water safely, and compete in all our sports” and to “inspire everyone to enjoy the water in the way that suits them”.However, many complained that their advice about swimwear could put women off swimming.PhD student Simone Webb found the page when researching how to get back into swimming again, and complained to the organisation about the “sexism”. read more

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Opposition Leader, Dr Bharrat JagdeoThe Alliance for Change’s (AFC) announcement that they will be contesting the Local Government Elections (LGE) in November 2018, separate from the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) is part of a ploy.This is according to the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) on Sunday evening via a press statement.“… the intent can be gleaned from its public statement in which it indicated that it will not contest in all of the Local Authority areas. The trickery is that they will come into certain PPP strongholds in which APNU will not contest, as a Trojan horse, pretending to be independent of the APNU in order to garner some sympathy votes in these areas,” the Opposition has asserted.According to the PPP, the AFC has consistently taken public positions on issues, attempting to fool the populace, only to strengthen its negotiation leverage with APNU.“The deceitful, unscrupulous politics of the Alliance for Change (AFC) has reared its ugly head once again. This political party, since collating with the APNU in 2015, has adopted inconsistent, flip-flopping and deceptive political postures as it struggles to survive as a relevant political force. We have seen how it flip-flopped on many issues in the past, including; the parking meter contract, VAT on education, the sugar industry and even before they entered into the Coalition, Khemraj Ramjattan is on public record saying that the AFC will never enter into a Coalition with the APNU/PNC because if it does so, it will be ‘dead meat’”.As such, the Opposition is maintaining that if the smaller party within the Coalition believes they can pull off  “such clumsy stunts” then it is illustrative of the lack of respect which they have for the intelligence of the Guyanese electorate.“We call upon every single Guyanese not to allow themselves to be used by this moribund cabal of untrustworthy politicians, grasping at the last straw for their survival” said the PPP.From left: AFC Chairman Khemraj Ramjattan, Party Leader Raphael Trotman and General Secretary (GS) Marlon WilliamsOn Sunday, the AFC disclosed that they will not be contesting the upcoming LGE with APNU.Prior to this announcement, the AFC had said it would contest LGE with APNU.The Party is now saying that the decision to no longer contest together was reached following inconclusive negotiations with APNU.However, the AFC outlined that it applies only for LGE 2018 and does not, in any way, affect the APNU+AFC Coalition Government, nor does it change the AFC’s position on coalition politics at the national level.The AFC said it remains, and reaffirms that it is, committed to the APNU+AFC Coalition.Further, the party’s Management Committee has resolved into the LGE Campaign Committee and is chaired by David Patterson who has been appointed Campaign Director.Ms Juretha Fernandes has been appointed Deputy Campaign Director.Appointments to other positions will be done subsequently.The AFC has stated that it is in full preparation mode for LGE.The party is currently determining which municipalities and constituencies it will strategically contest as it does not envision contesting in each Neighbourhood Democratic Council and in every constituency of all municipalities until subsequent election cycles. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAFC says it wants to prove itself by going solo for LGEAugust 8, 2018In “latest news”APNU+AFC coalition not in jeopardy says President on LGE splitAugust 7, 2018In “latest news”LGE 2018: PPP says it’s contesting 8 constituencies in WakenaamOctober 6, 2018In “latest news” read more

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first_imgA Vancouver man accused of trying to strangle his girlfriend to death reportedly told the victim that “demons were telling him to kill her and her family,” and “he was going to ‘listen to the demons,’ ” according to court records.Jo Rodriquez Reynosa, 31, appeared Monday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of attempted second-degree domestic violence murder in connection with the Sunday incident at the Candlewood Suites in Vancouver.His bail was set at $1 million.The victim, 25-year-old Demi Bolger, suffered bruising and abrasions on her hands, arms and back, and bruising and a bump on her forehead. Responding Vancouver police officers also noted a large red mark on the front of her neck. She was taken to a local hospital for treatment, according to an affidavit of probable cause.Bolger said she used a broken glass to cut Reynosa’s arms in an attempt to stop the attack. He, too, was taken to the hospital, where he struggled with eight to 10 people as they restrained him on a gurney. Reynosa also reportedly said that he ingested 10 Xanax pills, court records state.According to the affidavit, Reynosa picked Bolger up Saturday and told her to pack clothes for a surprise two-day getaway. He then took her to the hotel at 2010 S.E. 192nd Ave., and shortly after arriving told Bolger that demons were telling him to kill her and her family, and himself. He also stated that people were trying to kill his family. The next morning, Reynosa told Bolger he was going to “listen to the demons.”last_img read more

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Lazio fall for a scam worth almost 2 million euro

first_imgLazio have reportedly been scammed by an email and have paid 2 million euro for the final instalment for Stefan de Vrij, the former Dutch team Feyenoord’s defender, to fraudsters.According to SkySports, hackers who were well aware of the transfer and the final portion of the sum he was acquired for have tricked the club into sending the money to the wrong back account in the Netherlands.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.Lazio followed the instructions in the email they received, which claimed the Dutch champions were seeking the money to be transferred to the bank account in the email. However, since Feyenoord claims they have no idea about this email and the cash transfer, it is highly likely that Lazio have fallen for a scam.The prosecutor, who has been taking care of this case, has reportedly tracked the money in question to a Dutch bank account, which, however, has nothing to do with Feyenoord.last_img read more

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