TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index rose moderately Tuesday as investors awaited a highly-anticipated rate decision from the Bank of Canada.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index climbed 43.86 points to 15,149.14, helped by gains in the metals, energy and material sectors.Bank and insurance stocks, which mostly benefit in a higher-interest rate environment, also finished the session ahead.In currencies, the Canadian dollar dipped 0.19 of a U.S. cent to an average trading price of 77.40 cents US.All eyes will be on the loonie Wednesday as expectations run high that Canada’s central bank will raise its key interest rate for the first time in nearly seven years amid signs of an economic recovery.Speculation has been swirling for several weeks amid repeated hints from Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz that Canada’s economy has strengthened sufficiently following a crash in oil prices.The Canadian dollar climbed quickly as a result last week, but has since pulled back slightly in the past two days.Peggy Bowie, a senior trader at Manulife Asset Management, says if the rate hike happens as anticipated, the loonie will likely “see some sideways action” because expectations have already been baked in.Otherwise, for the news to have a dramatic impact on the dollar, investors will have to be surprised by either a larger-than-expected rate increase or no increase at all.“There is a feeling that Poloz will follow what is going on with the Federal Reserve and the Bank of England,” she said. “A rate hike here isn’t going to cramp the growth that has been happening.”Bowie says the markets will be particularly interested in the governor’s remarks following the announcement to see if there will be any hints about the future pace of increases.South of the border, markets were in a wait-and-see mode as Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen is scheduled to address Congress on Wednesday and Thursday. Investors will look for clues as to how aggressively the Fed will continue to raise rates and start to unwind its big bond-buying program.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average saw an uptick of 0.55 of a point to 21,409.07, the S&P 500 index shed 1.9 points to 2,425.53, and the Nasdaq composite index climbed 16.91 points to 6,193.30.Commodities were higher with the August crude contract up 64 cents to US$45.04 per barrel and the August natural gas contract ahead 12 cents to US$3.05 per mmBTU.The August gold contract gained $1.50 to US$1,214.70 an ounce and the September copper contract was up two cents at US$2.67 a pound.— With files from The Associated PressFollow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter. read more

Ramanujam said militant and extremist organisations remain banned in the state, while a strict vigil is maintained to curb overt and covert activities. It said that relevant agencies of the two countries have ongoing cooperation and no such information has been brought to the notice of the Government of India.About 150 terrorists, trained in India, have landed in Sri Lankan shores in the garb of fishermen to destabilise the country, a local newspaper reported on Monday quoting Sri Lankan state intelligence. The police today denied reports that some 150 LTTE cadres have infiltrated the north and east from Tamil Nadu.When contacted by the Colombo Gazette, police spokesman S.P Ajith Rohana said that the police did not have any information of such infiltration and felt the report was a “bogus” news item. ‘The suggestion contained in the news item regarding the training of terrorists at three secret camps in Tamil Nadu, India is entirely erroneous and baseless,” the High Commission said. Meanwhile the Indian High Commission in Colombo also denied the news report. The Tamil Nadu Police meanwhile on Monday termed as “totally baseless” the Sri Lankan newspaper item on the existence of three LTTE camps in the state which reportedly trained 150 cadres of the banned outfit.“There are no such training camps in Tamil Nadu. Some time back a similar report surfaced in Sri Lanka and later it was retracted by seeking to put the blame falsely on the Indian media,” DGP K Ramanujam said in a statement.He said the news item stated that over 150 LTTE cadres underwent special arms training in three secret camps in Tamil Nadu and then returned to Sri Lanka disguised as fishermen to carry out a destabilisation campaign. “Any activist identified is lodged in a special camp. There is therefore no question of any training camps functioning or being allowed to function in Tamil Nadu,” he added. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Amnesty International has written to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) ahead of its 23rd session beginning on May 27, calling for a credible and independent international investigation into allegations of crimes under international law committed by Sri Lankan government forces and allied armed groups as well as the LTTE.The human rights group says investigation should be conducted in accordance with international standards and, where sufficient admissible evidence is found, lead to the criminal prosecution of individuals found responsible in full conformity with international standards for fair trial. It also called for the strengthening of UN measures to prevent intimidation or reprisals by or tolerated by the Sri Lankan government against individuals who seek to cooperate or have cooperated with the UN, its representatives and mechanisms in the field of human rights. Amnesty International has also called for stronger action, including at the UN Human Rights Council’s 24th Session, if by 1 September 2013 the Government of Sri Lanka has still not taken substantial real measures for accountability and ended systematic attacks on freedom of expression, association and assembly. In the letter, Amnesty International also urged the government to publicly acknowledge that human rights violations have been committed against individuals exercising their right to freedom of expression, and demonstrate unequivocally that such attacks and threats, harassment, and intimidation will not be tolerated, regardless of the opinions such individuals hold and express, and regardless of the rank or political affiliation of the suspected perpetrator.“Ensure that all suspected perpetrators of crimes under international law are prosecuted in proceedings which comply with international standards for fair trial. Ensure that all attacks on individuals, irrespective of the identity of perpetrators or victims, are promptly, independently, impartially and effectively investigated. Those suspected of committing or complicity in attacks must be prosecuted in proceedings that meet international fair trial standards. Make public the report of the 2006 Commission of Inquiry on 16 serious violations of human rights, that includes the findings of  investigations into the killing of five students in Trincomalee and the 17 ACF aid workers, and, as recommended by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in February 2013, accept international assistance to resolve outstanding cases,” the letter said. (Colombo Gazette) read more

The spokesman said that yesterday around 724 Army deserters had been arrested.The Army has in the past declared amnesty periods for the deserters to surrender and avoid disciplinary action. Over 700 army deserters have been arrested in a special operation launched by the military, the Army media unit said.An Army spokesman told the Colombo Gazette that the operation to arrest deserters will be conducted for a week.

by John Cotter, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 12, 2015 11:59 am MDT Last Updated Jun 12, 2015 at 4:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email EDMONTON – Backlash against the temporary foreign worker program has made Ottawa leery of finding a new way for the food-processing sector to get the people it needs to fill vacant jobs, officials say.Mark Chambers is with an industry group that has presented a plan to the federal government on how it should deal with a labour shortage that he says is hobbling exports.It calls for a new program to make it easier to hire foreign workers who would become permanent residents of Canada and ultimately citizens, he said.“We have laid it out in black and white, but I think the challenge is it is a political hot potato,” said Chambers, who is a manager at Sunterra Farms, a hog operation near Acme, Alta.Chambers said the federal government wants the industry to hire Canadians to fill vacant jobs in slaughter and processing plants in rural areas.So does the industry, he said, but Canadians who live in urban areas with high unemployment rates just don’t want the available jobs.The meat industry estimates it is currently short about 1,000 workers. That will be exacerbated July 1 when the federal government is to cap the number of new foreign workers that companies can hire at 20 per cent.Chambers said Ottawa has been aware of the labour shortage for more than a year, but there is no indication it will back off its plans. Next year the cap is to be cut to 10 per cent.The Canadian Meat Council said the shortage is jeopardizing the industry at a time when government is working to bolster agriculture.The new Canada-Europe Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement calls for duty-free access to the European Union for 50,000 tonnes of beef products and up to 81,000 tonnes of pork.Ron Davidson, a council spokesman, said that will be tough to fill without enough workers.Davidson said the government got lots of positive media coverage last year when it announced changes to the temporary foreign worker program because of problems in the mining and banking sectors.But that controversy should not get in the way of a new program for agriculture, he suggested.“We don’t want temporary foreign workers,” he said. “We want permanent workers. And if there aren’t Canadians who are willing to do the job, then we wish to be able to bring in people who want to immigrate to Canada and be Canadian citizens.”Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said the government does have some programs that allow foreign workers to become permanent residents, but acknowledged that more needs to be done.“Our government knows the red-meat sector needs long-term employment solutions, not temporary fixes,” Ritz said in an email.“The goal of the temporary foreign worker program review was to ensure Canadians are given the first chance at available jobs, regardless of the industry, and that the programs operate in the best interests of Canadians and our economy.”The industry group hopes to meet with federal officials this summer.Chambers said Ottawa’s approach is frustrating. He noted there are already 20 vacant jobs at Sunterra Farms, which has a small meat-processing plant.“We now have some new markets in Asia, but if we can’t get enough people cutting the meat, we won’t be able to capture those opportunities. It makes no sense.”Canadian companies may have to export more live animals to the United States for processing, which would mean lost jobs and economic growth, he said. Food processors want foreign workers that can become Canadian citizens read more

University of Louisville Hospital FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – A University of Louisville administrator has faced tough questioning from state lawmakers delving into details of the school’s plan to purchase financially ailing Jewish Hospital.The financing package revealed last month includes the state backing the deal by loaning $50 million to UofL – half of which would be forgivable if certain conditions are met.- Advertisement – That funding will require legislative approval after Kentucky lawmakers convene in early January for their 2020 session. The financing for the deal received some initial pushback from some lawmakers during a meeting of a Medicaid oversight legislative panel on Monday.Leitchfield Republican Sen. Stephen Meredith says there are some serious reservations about the deal.(Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)Related Article: Don’t stop the presses: UofL studying printing solar panels9/9/2019 1:01:21 PM (GMT -4:00) read more

Brock University Athletics closed out the first half of the 2014-15 season the same way much of the last four months have gone – with another victory.“What a fall the Badgers have had,” said interim director of Athletics Chris Critelli. “Gold, silver and bronze was a predominant colour this autumn. Homecoming was the best in Brock’s history, the Seymour-Hannah Centre was packed and electric for the Steel Blade, we sold out our basketball home opener, increased participation for PAWS and B4B, and won the last game of the semester in men’s hockey.“The first half of the season was a success, and with more sports to come we can look to the court, rink, mats, pool and pistes for more excitement and championships.”The fall of 2014 was full of victories and athletic achievements as Brock University celebrated 50 years as an institution. The Brock baseball and men’s rowing teams both captured OUA titles, giving the Badgers 102 (33 national and 69 provincial) championships in school history.The Brock baseball team also captured silver at the OUA/OCAA championships, finishing the 2014 season with a 32-4 overall record – one of the top finishes in its 20-year history. Men’s rowing took home bronze at Elk Lake in Victoria, B.C. at the Canadian University Rowing Championships.The Brock women’s lacrosse team captured OUA silver for the third time in school history. The men’s rugby, men’s golf and women’s rowing teams all captured OUA bronze, while the Brock men’s lacrosse (12-2 overall) and cheerleading teams placed top four at their respective national championships.The Badgers had some top conference honours led by the baseball trio of head coach Jeff Lounsbury (OUA Coach of the Year), Justin Gideon (OUA Top Hitter) and Justin Ayles (OUA Top Pitcher).Connor Fitzsimmons led the OUA men’s rugby team in scoring for his second straight season, finishing with a career-high 100 points, adding seven tries, seven drop goals and 22 converts. Greg Davidson led the CUFLA Lacrosse West Division in points, highlighted by a career-high 47 goals.The Brock men’s rowing led the way with 21 OUA All-Star selections: Taylor Ashwood, James Potts, Grayson Gray, James Myers, Austin Cameron, Bryan Haakman, Michael Brunton, Zachary Whiteley, Eric Buchanan, Matthew Wortley, Will Bryden, Matthew Finley, David De Groot, Justin Buttigieg, Jacob Thomas, Brandon D’orazio, Zachary Lewis, Patrick Branch, Lucien Brodeur and coxswains Amy Maclean and Earl Cabaluna.Men’s rowing also had 11 CURC All-Canadian honours, which included Matthew Finley, David De Groot, Taylor Ashwood, James Potts, Grayson Gray, James Myers, Matthew Wortley, Brandon D’orazio, Lucien Brodeur, Will Bryden and coxswain Amy MacLean.Both the Brock baseball and men’s rugby team had five OUA-All-Star selections. Justin Gideon, Justin Ayles, Phil Owen, Phil Steer and Dan Nicoletta earned OUA baseball All-Star honours, while Connor Fitzsimmons, Tyler Mirco, Chris Gladney, Matt Mufandaedza and Ben Thompson were selected as OUA men’s rugby All-Stars.Brock men’s lacrosse had five CUFLA West Division All-Canadians selections including Brandon Slade, Brandon Staal, Gage Board, Nico Beaudoin and Parker Baile.The Brock golf and women’s lacrosse teams both had a school record four OUA All-Stars. Men’s golf finished with three all-star selections, including Brett Mitchell, Adam Graham and Taylor Tyminski, while Shannon Rowan earned an OUA All-Star for the women’s golf program.Earning OUA All-Star honours for women’s lacrosse were Kendra Byers, Eyrn Matisz, Breanne Gillie and Sarah Simpson. Byers was also named the Top Graduating Senior in the OUA.Rounding out the OUA All-Stars for the Badgers were Eric Bradey (men’s soccer) and Katie Faust (women’s rugby).Click here for more 2014 first-half highlights. read more

See more NBA predictions Things That Caught My EyePlayoff LeBron is hereLeBron James posted 45 points in Sunday’s win over the Indiana Pacers, with a further 9 rebounds and 7 assists. The Cavaliers will advance to face the Toronto Raptors, so if LeBron hopes to keep up his otherworldly performance now would be the time to do so. It’s not particularly clear if anyone else on the Cavs plans to show up, after all. [FiveThirtyEight]Ovechkin is the greatest to never make a conference finalAlex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals is by far the best forward — based on point shares through their age 32 season since 1987 — to have never once make a conference final. His postseason disappointment is in a lot of ways the result of a tough time closing out series — his Caps are 3-7 in game sevens. [FiveThirtyEight]Baker Mayfield to BrownsBaker Mayfield was drafted by the Cleveland Browns with the first overall pick in the NFL draft. As long as we’ve had data on QBR seasons, since 2004, Mayfield singlehandedly posted two of the six best seasons ever, and his quarterback rating of 92.1 in his final two seasons is the best of any quarterback in the set. On the other hand, he is going to Cleveland. [ESPN]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?Barkley to NYCThe New York Giants are making a go of it and drafted Saquon Barkley with the No. 2 overall pick. This gives Barkely the fourth-highest paid salary among running backs in terms of average annual value. New York desperately needs a shot in the arm for the run game; they haven’t finished with a top-10 rushing season in eight years. [ESPN, ESPN]Jets to enjoy bakeoffWith their third pick in the draft, the New York Jets drafted quarterback Sam Darnold. This means that the Jets currently have five quarterbacks on the roster, including Christian Hackenberg, Bryce Petty, Josh McCown, Teddy Bridgewater and Darnold. For those of you unfamiliar with the sport, there can only be one single quarterback on the field at a given time, so this is far too many quarterbacks. [ESPN]Harden rolls over JazzJames Harden posted his sixth career playoff game where he scored 40 or more points in a win over the Utah Jazz. His 41 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists helped the Houston Rockets dispatch Utah 110-96 in the series opener. [ESPN]Big Number(s)53 percentWe have a bona fide favorite for the NBA title. The Houston Rockets are a 53 percent chance of winning the title, while everybody else combines for only 47 percent chance of taking the championship. It certainly appears their rivals for the title will be from either Toronto or Philly; they each have a respective 42 percent and a 37 percent chance of representing the East in the NBA Finals. [FiveThirtyEight]Leaks from Slack: gfoster:I don’t speak Italian. But this looks cool.AI Image Labandrea:Oh that is cool. You can tell something is cool when you’re impressed even though you don’t actually understand any of the words. Mama mia! Oh, and don’t forgetNew Orleans longreaad We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe Predictions NBA All newsletters read more

Ohio State sported jerseys dating back to 1942 during Saturday’s meeting with Michigan, but the game’s result continued a tradition established in the last decade. The No. 8 Buckeyes rolled to their seventh consecutive win over rival Michigan, beating the Wolverines, 37-7, and clinching a share of their sixth straight Big Ten title in front of 105,491 fans at Ohio Stadium. As part of the Nike Pro Combat series, OSU wore custom-designed uniforms to honor the 1942 national championship team. The 2010 Buckeyes (11-1, 7-1) likely won’t be a part of any title game, but moved a step closer toward a BCS bowl invite with their ninth win in the last 10 games against Michigan (7-5, 3-5). “It’s always the same feeling,” linebacker Ross Homan said. “Every time we beat Michigan, it’s always a great feeling and a success.” It took the Buckeye offense a quarter to warm up on a chilly Columbus afternoon. After a scoreless first frame, OSU exploded for 24 points in the second quarter. Devin Barclay opened the scoring with a 33-yard field goal to cap a 10-play, 74-yard OSU drive. “They put in some schemes that we hadn’t seen before, and it took us a little while to adjust to them,” senior offensive lineman Bryant Browning said. “I thought as the game went on, our offense was more effective.” An 18-yard punt placed the Buckeyes’ next possession at the Michigan 35-yard line. Five plays later, quarterback Terrelle Pryor found Dane Sanzenbacher for a 7-yard touchdown. Michigan responded with an 80-yard drive, culminating with a 1-yard touchdown run by Michael Shaw, but Jordan Hall returned the ensuing kickoff 85 yards to push the OSU lead to 17-7. “Words can’t explain it,” Hall said. “I’ve been waiting for it so long. We’re supposed to give the ball to the ref after we score, but I don’t even know where I put it.” The Buckeyes then cashed in on a lost fumble by Michigan running back Vincent Smith with a 60-yard touchdown drive. Pryor connected with DeVier Posey across the middle, and the junior receiver dove into the end zone to increase OSU’s advantage. Pryor completed 18 of 27 passes for 219 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Posey hauled in five catches for 81 yards. Turnovers hindered Michigan’s first-half productivity. The Wolverines twice turned the ball over on downs and also lost a pair of fumbles. “We took advantage of their turnovers,” Pryor said. “Normally if you win the turnover margin, you have a good chance of winning.” Despite outgaining the Buckeyes 258-229, Michigan trailed 24-7 at halftime. Quarterback Denard Robinson, widely considered the Heisman trophy favorite throughout the first half of the season, rushed for 105 yards before intermission. However, coach Rich Rodriguez said at halftime that the sophomore dislocated a couple of fingers on his non-throwing hand. Robinson sat out Michigan’s final drive of the first half and much of the second half. “It wouldn’t have been much of a problem, but he likes to grip it with that hand and he couldn’t get any feeling back,” Rodriguez said. “He tried to go back in the second half but he just couldn’t do it. It’s unfortunate because he was playing well today.” Sophomore Tate Forcier, whom the Buckeyes picked off four times in Ann Arbor, Mich., in last year’s matchup, took over. He threw an interception on the first play after halftime. The Buckeye running game struggled before the break. Dan “Boom” Herron totaled minus-1 yards on five first-half carries. His fortunes changed in the third quarter. Herron scored from 32 yards out on OSU’s opening drive of the second half, his 11th straight game with a touchdown. “It was a strange game offensively where we kind of led with the pass in the first half and all of a sudden we got a couple turnovers and we are looking more at leading with the run the second half,” coach Jim Tressel said. “It wasn’t like all of a sudden a snowstorm came in or something. It was just that’s not what we needed to do and we always talk about we do what the team needs, and first half we needed to throw it.” Michigan punter Will Hagerup didn’t travel to Columbus after being suspended for what the team called “a violation of team rules.” After backup punter Seth Broekhulzen pinned the Buckeyes at their own 2-yard line, Herron thundered down the sideline to the end zone. A holding call against receiver Dane Sanzenbacher near the end of the run turned a 98-yard touchdown into an 89-yard pickup. Herron’s rush tied the school record for longest play from scrimmage. Gene Fekete gained 89 yards on a carry against Pittsburgh in 1942. “I didn’t think it was a penalty but I don’t make the calls,” Sanzenbacher said. “I wouldn’t change what I did if I could do the play again, if that makes it any better. Sorry to Boom to steal his touchdown. I was just trying to help clear the way for him to get into the end zone.” Herron finished with 22 carries for 175 yards, the third time he has topped the century mark in the last four contests. The game resembled the last trip the Wolverines made to the Horseshoe, when they fell 42-7 in Rich Rodriguez’s first season in 2008. read more

Dear Editor,In a previous letter, I emphasised that the coming constitutional reform process would yield nothing but wasted time and money, unless we cultivate a culture of deference to, and compliance with, the provisions of the Constitution of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana (“the Constitution.”)The recent directive by the President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana (“the President”) to the Police Service Commission (“the Commission”): to halt further promotions until further notice, provides cause to echo that sentiment.The law on this matter is unambiguous, unlike the constitutional provisions on the appointment of a chairman for the Guyana Elections Commission. Article 226 (1) makes it pellucid that “save as otherwise provided in this Constitution, in the exercise of its functions under this Constitution, a Commission shall not be subject to the direction or control of any other person or authority.”Undoubtedly, the President is a person to whom this Article refers, and the Police Service Commission is a commission contemplated by this provision. Therefore, the President’s direction for the Commission to halt promotions can only be seen as subjecting it to such direction or control which the constitution aims to prevent.In this context, it is pertinent that Article 226 (1) be read together with Article 8, which provides that “this Constitution is the supreme law of Guyana, and if any other law is inconsistent with it, that other law shall, to the extent of the inconsistency, be void.”The Constitution has given power to the President, and it has also set limitations on his power. The Constitution gives the President power to make certain appointments to the Commission, in accordance with set guidelines.The rule of law, as a constitutional doctrine, adds weight to the principle and law: that the President, and all other office holders for that matter, must exercise power in accordance with the law, resisting urges to act arbitrarily and conveniently. The President therefore exercises his power subject to constitutional limitations. He is inferior to the Constitution; he is even its subordinate.The President has not provided the public with a reason for this directive. It is unclear whether he has provided one to the Commission. If the President believes there is legal validity in his actions — and it does not seem that there is — he should so state forthwith.This is not to say, however, that adducing same would validate the direction. Article 226 (1) and Article 8 combine to render the power exercised, its effect and its source, unconstitutional and void.As things stand, the Commission is not bound by this direction. Even so, the Honourable President ought to withdraw this directive, perhaps after seeking the advice of the learned Attorney General.This is my opinion, at least. After all, it is the court which has the last say as to what the law is.Therefore, perhaps it may be necessary to approach the Court to have the question of the President’s powers with respect to the Police Service Commission settled, as was done regarding the interpretation of Article 161 (2). In a society where the principle of constitutionalism is adhered to only when it is convenient to so do, or where compliance is compelled by the judiciary, perhaps increased judicial proceedings is a viable alternative.Yours sincerely,Chevy DevonishLaw student Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHalted Police promotions: Former AG says legal action looming if directive not withdrawnAugust 15, 2017In “Court”President directs PSC to halt Police promotionsAugust 8, 2017In “latest news”Halting PSC’s promotions: President’s directive challenged in courtAugust 18, 2017In “latest news” read more

first_imgYou know the drill by now: Intel releases a new generation of processors and a few weeks afterwards all the computer manufacturers have new products on the shelves. This cycle brings along with it deals on last generation’s gear, including products that are otherwise never discounted, as well as shortages of products that are always widely available. For 2012 Intel’s Ivy Bridge has been released, and the company’s second generation Core architecture, Sandy Bridge, will fade away, quietly shuffling to the department stores and discount bins that are home to 12+ month old processors.Lenovo is getting an early jump on the Ivy Bridge update with a refresh of their entire ThinkPad lineup. This update includes a new model, albeit one with an old-sounding name, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon.The ThinkPad X1 has been Lenovo’s flagship ultraportable for about a year now, though it failed to capture our hearts and minds the way that the X300 did in 2008. The X1 Carbon is an 14-inch ultrabook that weighs 3 pounds and uses a roll cage made of carbon fiber, as opposed to the ThinkPad’s standard magnesium. It will be the lightest 14-inch ultrabook on the market when released and is slated to have a number of useful features, including the ThinkPad’s top-notch keyboard, rapid charging (up to 80% in 30 minutes), Dolby audio, integrated 3G with Lenovo’s contract-free mobile access, a backlit keyboard, and a 1600×900 display. On those of those it will have all the business features that IT managers want to see, like vPro.Lenovo isn’t just releasing one computer though, they have new T (workstation), L (value), X (ultraportable), and W (performance workstation) series systems too. In this 2012 ThinkPad Cheat Sheet you can review the updates. For each model you can assume it’s getting Ivy Bridge, which means a better CPU and improved graphics.X230 – starting at $1179 – up to 24 hours of battery life. It’s getting 4G radio for the first time. Also mini DisplayPort, USB 3.0, backlit keyboard optionX230T – $1479 – 12-inch convertible tablet with also mini DisplayPort, USB 3.0, and the backlit keyboard optionT430 – $879 – 14-inch workhorse, will be lighter then the previous generationT530 – 15-inch, with the option for an full HD display with 95% color gamutT430s – $1379 – light version of the T430 gets Thunderbolt with Core i7 processor optionW530 – not listed – Gets the newest Nvidia graphics, a smaller color calibrator (it’s in the palm rest), and DisplayPort 1.2L430 and L530 – $879 – Gets a 180-degree metal hinge, switchable discrete graphics option, EPEAT GoldIn addition to the new processors, the ThinkPads for 2012 will be getting USB 3.0, optional 4G, Dolby sound, and the “Precision keyboard. That’s right, the ThinkPad line (even the T series) is moving to an island-style keyboard, as we saw happen with the Edge line not so long ago. Welcome to a brave new world of typing ThinkPad users!While this looks to be just another release cycle for Lenovo, there were some bigger-than-normal changes. Lenovo clearly wants the headline to be the X1 Carbon ultrabook — it’s the type of computer Intel thought of when they funded the ultrabook initiative and it looks to be a solid flagship for Lenovo, unlike the disappointing X1. Like the X300 before it, many of its cool feature should trickle down to the rest of the lineup. The big news for ThinkPad diehards will be the shift over to the “Precision” keyboard, which mark san inflection point for the ThinkPad almost as significant as the death of the 4:3 display. Lenovo has complete faith in their new keyboard design and most of us acknowledge them as being very good, but it’s still a step away from something people know and love. The vast majority of people will be won over.The new X, T, L, and W ThinkPads will be available in early June. The X1 Carbon ultrabook will be available “this summer”. No pricing information has been released yet for it.Check out the full gallery below…ThinkPad X1 Carbon – sideThinkPad X1 Carbon – sideX1_hero_04X1_hero_03X1_hero_06X1_hero_05X1_standard_00X1_hero_08X1_Standard_02X1_standard_01X1_standard_03X1_standard_05X1_standard_04X1_standard_06L430_hero_04T430_standard_06T530_hero_04T430s_standard_03X230t_standard_02W530_standard_01ThinkPad X230last_img read more

first_imgMicrosoft officialise le rachat de SkypeMicrosoft a officialisé le rachat de Skype pour 8,5 milliards de dollars, ce jeudi. Il s’agirait de l’acquisition la plus élevée de tous les temps. Microsoft vient d’officialiser le rachat de Skype pour 8,5 milliards de dollars. Ce rachat avait été entrepris en mai dernier. Il s’agit de l’acquisition la plus élevée de tous les temps selon 20 Minutes. Un communiqué de presse émis par Microsoft est titré ainsi : “Microsoft Officially Welcomes Skype”. L’opération a été validée par les autorités américaine et européenne. Cependant Microsoft possédait le même type de messagerie, Windows Live Messenger.L’ancien PDG de Skype,Tony Bates a déclaré : “joindre nos forces à celles de Microsoft est le meilleur moyen d’accélérer notre mission et de capitaliser sur notre position, à l’intersection des communications sociales, mobiles et vidéo.” Les activités de Skype continueront d’être gérées comme auparavant en Europe, en Asie ou aux Etats-Unis. De même, les produits Skype seront distribués de façon autonome.L’utilisation de Skype pourrait bien être combinée à l’avenir à Lync, à la console Xbox 360 ou bien encore aux téléphones Windows Phone… Le 14 octobre 2011 à 15:18 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgGabon : 5 tonnes d’ivoire brûlées au nom de la lutte contre le braconnageLe gouvernement du Gabon a mis le feu à ses réserves d’ivoire jeudi dernier pour envoyer un message clair aux braconniers. Le pays ouest-africain milite contre la chasse illégale de la faune et en particulier des éléphants dans l’ensemble du continent. Une population d’animaux qui décline dramatiquement.L’ivoire brûle sur le sol de Libreville, capitale du Gabon. Un brasier gigantesque composé de 1.200 défenses d’éléphants et d’innombrables artefacts en ivoire a été allumé jeudi matin par le Président gabonnais lui-même, Ali Bongo Ondimba. Au total, cinq tonnes de cette matière qui compose les “dents d’éléphant”, détenus légalement ou saisis dans les cargaisons illicites ont été réduites en cendres. L’objectif est d’éviter qu’elles ne retombent dans le circuit du trafic et ne viennent l’alimenter.Le message aux braconniers est explicite : “le Gabon a une politique de tolérance zéro à l’égard des crimes contre la faune. Nous mettrons en place les institutions et les lois pour renforcer cette politique”, a assuré solennellement Ali Bongo Ondimba devant le bûcher. “Nous ne voulons pas que nos enfants héritent d’une forêt totalement vide. C’est pour cette raison que nous ne pouvons permettre à ce trafic de survivre”.Supprimer l’ivoire pour mettre fin au braconnage Cet acte, hautement symbolique, intervient quelques jours après qu’une milice de braconniers s’est introduite dans l’une des réserves naturelles pour l’okapi dans le pays voisin, en République Démocratique du Congo (RDC). Les assaillants y ont tué 13 okapis et six personnes, donc deux rangers du parc, en réponse à la répression du gouvernement contre le braconnage et l’extraction minière sur l’aire protégée. En effet, le braconnage a atteint des seuils épidémiques en Afrique, en raison de l’augmentation de la consommation de gibier et de la demande croissante en Asie de l’Est pour l’ivoire et la corne de rhinocéros.”En prenant la décision de brûler ses stocks d’ivoire, le Gabon souligne son engagement dans la lutte contre le crime lié à la vie sauvage, et notamment contre la contrebande d’ivoire. Supprimer l’ivoire en circulation dans les marchés est pour l’heure le seul moyen de mettre un terme à la recrudescence des massacres d’éléphants”, a déclaré Jason Bell, Directeur du programme des éléphants au Fonds international pour la protection des animaux (IFAW (lien non disponible)).Une non-application des lois qui menace les éléphantsLe Gabon héberge plus de la moitié des éléphants de forêt d’Afrique (Loxodonta cyclotis). Or, début 2012, une vague de braconnage de huit semaines a sévi au Cameroun, pays frontalier du Gabon. Pas moins de 650 pachydermes ont été abattus par des chasseurs à cheval, soit près de 50% des spécimens du Parc national de Boubandjida.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”La non application des lois rend les populations d’éléphants vulnérables, notamment celles d’Afrique de l’ouest et d’Afrique centrale. S’il incombe à ces Etats de prendre leurs responsabilités pour protéger les éléphants, la communauté internationale se doit de les accompagner dans leurs efforts. Tant qu’il y aura une demande pour l’ivoire, les éléphants continueront d’être tués”, a précisé Jason Bell dans un communiqué de l’IFAW.Dans un audit indépendant, le WWF a confirmé que le Gabon a bien brûlé l’ensemble de ses stocks d’ivoire pour lutter contre le braconnage.Le 3 juillet 2012 à 09:37 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgCity officials are set to discuss a proposed hotel and office space development in east Vancouver, at the corner of S.E. 123rd Avenue and Fifth Street.There, Portland-based developers PBS Engineering and Environmental, Inc. aim to build a four-story, 87-room hotel and a three-story, 15,000-square-foot office building.The 2.56-acre property is owned by Sorg Hospitality LLC, of Battle Ground, which is registered to Alkesh Patel, who has 11 other companies registered in Washington, according to the Secretary of State office.Officials will discuss whether to grant a conditional-use permit to start construction. The hearing will be held 6 p.m. Dec. 8 at Vancouver City Hall, 415 W. Sixth St.last_img read more

first_imgMaurizio Sarri’s constant brushes with Italy’s football authorities may probably cost him the chance of ever becoming Chelsea’s next boss, Sky Sports believes.A 20k Euro fine and two-game ban in January for a reportedly homophobic abuse of Roberto Mancini seem to be taking the west London club away from appointing him. The 60-year-old Sarri, however, denied being homophobic but was still banned for “directing extremely insulting epithets at the coach of the opposing team”.There are indications that Chelsea has so far refused to pay the £7m release clause being demanded by Napoli’s owner. But it’s his growing list of transgressions that could end Sarri’s chances of replacing Antonio Conte.There have been a series of transgression incidents involving Sarri, including an obscene gesture to supporters of Juventus in Turin, oral abuse of his own players and sexist remarks about female journalists.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.Even after his recent touchline spat with Mancini, the former Manchester City manager, when asked what happened, said:“You have to ask Sarri what happened. Men like him shouldn’t be in the world of football.“He is 60 years old and must be ashamed.”last_img read more

first_imgNellore: Congress activists staged a protest at the Clock Tower in Gudur town on Monday, demanding an immediate decision on construction of Dugarajapatnam Port in the district. They also demanded Special Category Status (SCS) to the State respecting the AP Reorganisation Act.Former MP Chinta Mohan said that the port is 400-year old and the Congress previously had spent around Rs 18 crore for its viability issues and the agency revealed that the Port would become 5th biggest port in the world and still it has been neglected by the previous governments. He said though the issue of construction of the port has been mentioned in the Reorganization Act it was ignored. He said, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy assured for the port during his election campaign and now he is keeping mum. Also Read – TDP flays government for sand problems Advertise With Us The Congress leader demanded to place the issue in his agenda while meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He also said that there is a need for SCS for development of the State. He asked why the YSRCP had not taken up any steps to get the SCS to AP after coming to power. BJP and YSRCP leaders are not giving any clarity on the issue of Dugarajapatnam Port. He explained that huge employment opportunities are possible once the port works commence. Local Congress leaders were also present.last_img read more

first_img Play ‘Fallout 76’ Nuclear Winter Battle Royale as Long as Yo…Tesla Cars Get Racing Game, YouTube, and ‘Fallout’ at E3 2019 Over the past generation or so Bethesda has cultivated some of gaming’s more alluring, if threatening, worlds. There’s the icy endless fantasy realm of Skyrim, the 1950s nuclear post-apocalypse of Fallout, and Doom 2016’s metal merger of Mars and Hell.When you have worlds that tempting, naturally players are going to want to immerse themselves in them even further. And Bethesda is making those wishes come true with its commitment to virtual reality. I recently got to play Skyrim, Fallout 4, and the new Doom: VFR in first-person VR.Let’s start with Skyrim. I had never played this beloved entry in the Elder Scrolls franchise before, so when I strapped on the horned PlayStation VR helmet the frozen vistas in front of me were totally new. Granted, the PlayStation VR is the weakest, non-phone VR hardware out there, but Skyrim is also a six-year-old game so it runs better than you may expect. There was a persistent blurriness that was probably a combination of my unfocused eyes and the game’s performance. But the game never felt like it could fall apart at any moment, unlike some releases of Skyrim.Without room-scale tracking, I was forced to use buttons on dual Move controllers to wander around and leave head movement to a minimum. However, I could see my hands out in front of me and equip them with various spells and weapons using a more streamlined menu system. With a wave of both my actual and virtual hand I could shoot ice daggers at a rat. And as I ventured down into a dungeon, I found a giant spider covering the crypt in webs I could burn away. Depending on your physical tolerance for VR, playing a game as long and massive as Skyrim might be impossible. But if you can, you now theoretically never have to leave the world Todd dreamed up.Most of those strengths also apply to Fallout 4 in VR, only moreso because I played it with the much more capable HTC Vive headset. I could turn my head all around to get a real good look at radiated Boston. Using the circle pads I could also smoothly walk right into a set of power armor. If anything, the inherent sci-fi gee-whiz factor of a VR helmet is a better fit for truly role-playing in the Fallout universe.This was pretty much a straight port of Fallout 4. I played an early encounter helping members of the Minutemen against a Deathclaw. But there are a few VR tweaks. You can view your Pip-Boy and access all of its functions by just staring at your wrist, which feels really natural. Meanwhile, the new V.A.T.S. combat system slows down time so you can line up shots by targeting weak points with your own hand movements. These systems successfully meld the complexity of Fallout’s deep systems with the intuitive immediacy VR controls demand.Finally, I played Doom: VRF (great name) which, despite sharing a lot with last year’s Game of the Year Doom 2016, is a whole new game set in iD Software’s space hell. Featuring a storyline given as much respect as previous Doom games, players inhabit a robot fighting off demons both in a Mars installation and the underworld itself. The three weapons in the demo included the pistol, plasma rifle, and shotgun, all packing as much power as their proper Doom counterparts.Doom 2016 was one of the fastest, most intense first-person shooters in years. And the VR version adapts a surprising amount of its mechanics considering VR is technology that requires you mostly stand still. Like in other VR games, you can point to a spot on the map and press a button to teleport there. But you can also quickly dash around in any direction while moving your head independently to effectively sprint through an enemy encounter.Doom 2016 is also famous for its gory glory kills, and Doom: VFR’s version of these moves has you directly teleporting into injured Cacodemons and the like to blow them to smithereens. Doom: VFR may not be as faithful a translation as, say, Doom on Nintendo Switch. But as a new VR game built on Doom’s proven ideas, it’s impressive how much of the original game Doom: VFR manages to maintain.Individually, all of these demos impressed me as big, substantial, hardcore games you could fully play in VR. When’s the last time that happened, Resident Evil 7? However, I will say playing these different demos back to back did give me the worst VR-induced headache I’ve had in a long time. So you may want to pace yourself at home. Bethesda’s suite of VR games, Skyrim on PlayStation VR and Fallout 4 and Doom: VFR on HTC Vive, drops this holiday. Bethesda really is just going to put its games on every device imaginable.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Other animals (besides humans) such as chimpanzees and dolphins have demonstrated in various ways that they are capable of dreaming up solutions to problems in their head and then carrying them out. Called “aha” moments by researchers, such thinking, a form of insight, is one of the hallmarks of higher intelligence. Most people who have ever worked with elephants will attest to the fact that they are indeed intelligent creatures; though no one (at least in the research community) had ever witnessed an elephant using insight to solve a problem. This has perplexed scientists for several years, and has caused them to study the seeming paradox. It appears now that the team working with Kandula has seen it in action, that previous research had been attacking the problem from the wrong angle.In the new study, the team did what countless others before had done. They set some fruit up out of reach of the test subject elephants then lay some bamboo sticks about hoping one of them would get it in his or her head to use the stick to knock the fruit down so they could eat it. Every attempt at this failed. The next go round fared much better. Explore further Citation: Study shows elephants capable of insight (2011, August 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Elephants in Experimental Conditions. Image: PLoS ONE 6(8): e23251. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0023251 More information: Foerder P, Galloway M, Barthel T, Moore DE III, Reiss D (2011) Insightful Problem Solving in an Asian Elephant. PLoS ONE 6(8): e23251. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0023251AbstractThe “aha” moment or the sudden arrival of the solution to a problem is a common human experience. Spontaneous problem solving without evident trial and error behavior in humans and other animals has been referred to as insight. Surprisingly, elephants, thought to be highly intelligent, have failed to exhibit insightful problem solving in previous cognitive studies. We tested whether three Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) would use sticks or other objects to obtain food items placed out-of-reach and overhead. Without prior trial and error behavior, a 7-year-old male Asian elephant showed spontaneous problem solving by moving a large plastic cube, on which he then stood, to acquire the food. In further testing he showed behavioral flexibility, using this technique to reach other items and retrieving the cube from various locations to use as a tool to acquire food. In the cube’s absence, he generalized this tool utilization technique to other objects and, when given smaller objects, stacked them in an attempt to reach the food. The elephant’s overall behavior was consistent with the definition of insightful problem solving. Previous failures to demonstrate this ability in elephants may have resulted not from a lack of cognitive ability but from the presentation of tasks requiring trunk-held sticks as potential tools, thereby interfering with the trunk’s use as a sensory organ to locate the targeted food. © 2011 Study: Elephants might seek revenge ( — Kandula, a seven year old Asian elephant living in Washington D.C.’s National Zoo, has proven that elephants are as smart as those that spend a lot of time around them have believed. In an experiment carried out by researchers at the zoo, the little elephant figured out all on his own, without resorting to trial and error, how to go get a cube to use as a footstool to help him reach some food that was just out of reach. The research team, led by Preston Foerder of the City University of New York, has published the results of their study on PLoS ONE. Play This video shows the elephant’s first use of the cube as a tool to acquire food. In the second experiment, the team set the fruit up out of reach as before, but this time, tossed a heavy duty cube into the enclosure. At first nothing happened; in fact, it took eight 20 minute sessions before Kandula, suddenly appeared to get an idea after studying the fruit for a few moments. He immediately ambled on over to where the cube lay, then rolled it over to a position just below the fruit, stepped up with his front feet so as to prop himself up, then very easily grabbed the fruit. It may be that Kandual is exceptionally bright however as the neither of the other two elephants came up with the solution to the problem.The authors note in their posting that now that they have seen an elephant using insight, they themselves have had an “aha” moment of their own. Expecting elephants to use a stick to help get food, they say, is akin to asking a person with eyeballs in his hands to look at something after handing them something to hold. Elephants use the tip of their trunk to both touch and smell while searching for food; filling it with a prop would essentially blind them in their search. Duh.last_img read more

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Sponsored Stories Saqi Jan, police logistics expert in the district, said four soldiers and four police were killed in the attack. Earlier the spokesman for the provincial governor, Omar Zawaq, said another three policemen had been killed.Jan said that police had regained control of the area around the district police headquarters after several hours of fighting. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.Afghan security forces are facing one of the biggest challenges of the 14-year insurgency, as they take on the Taliban without the backing of international combat forces, most of which withdrew last year.In some regions, the Taliban have joined forces with other groups, notably the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan and the East Turkistan Independence Movement. The black flag of the Islamic State group has also been raised in some regions, notably in the north, but the group that now controls large parts of Iraq and Syria is not believed by officials to have an institutional foothold in Afghanistan.The Taliban recently released an open letter to the IS group, telling them to stay out of Afghanistan.The Afghan insurgents have also released an appeal to supporters, coinciding with Ramadan — the holy month marked by fasting — that began across most of the Muslim world on Thursday. The statement on the group’s website notes regular alms giving by Christians and Jews, and calls on Muslims to donate to its cause. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — At least 11 members of Afghanistan’s security forces have been killed in a Taliban assault on government buildings in an unstable district in southern Helmand province, officials said on Thursday.They said that four soldiers and seven police officers were killed when the insurgents overran Musa Qala — which has shifted between government and Taliban control for years — late on Wednesday. Top Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology “Muslims, too, out of their true spirit of faith are not to forget their Muslim brothers defending and upholding the truth in Afghanistan and extend a helping hand in the form (of) financial aid,” it says, providing an email addresses for contributions.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more

first_imgSource = Tourism Accommodation Australia Hotel industry disappointed with JetstarHotel industry disappointed with Jetstar’s decision to partner with unregulated accommodation operatorsAustralia’s peak accommodation representative body, Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA), expressed disappointment that Jetstar had entered into a partnership agreement with unregulated short-term accommodation provider, Airbnb.“Hotels, motels and serviced accommodation operators have been great supporters of Jetstar since it launched in Australia and we actively partner with them in providing holiday packages as well as accommodation for their crews, so it is disappointing that they would sign with an unregulated short-term accommodation operator such as Airbnb,” said TAA CEO, Carol Giuseppi.“While we have no issues with genuine ‘sharing’, the sector has become increasingly dominated by commercial operators with multiple properties that involve no sharing. They contribute little to taxes or jobs, and bypass many health, safety and development regulations.“That’s why so many cities around the world are moving towards greater regulation of accommodation listings with Airbnb. In many states up to one third of these listings are operating in the commercial space without meeting the same regulatory requirements that hotels, motels and serviced apartments have to meet.”last_img read more