APTN National NewsResidents from across Nova Scotia, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal alike, came out to downtown Halifax to show their support for the Idle No More movement.The crowd quickly made it clear that this movement isn’t going away any time soon.APTN National News reporter Ossie Michelin has this story.
Mumbai: Actress Deepika Padukone on Monday unveiled the first look from the upcoming film “Chhapaak” in which she will be seen playing real life acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal. Deepika tweeted the first look from the film, directed by Meghna Gulzar. In the image, the “Padmaavat” star is seen with prosthetics of scars and burns on her face. She captioned it: “A character that will stay with me forever…Malti. Shoot begins today! ‘Chhapaak’. Releasing January 10, 2020.” Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka Deepika will turn producer with the film. “It’s a very important story and it’s a true life incident, so hopefully good things will come out of it,” she had said earlier. The film also stars Vikrant Massey. Deepika’s look has been lauded by film fraternity members. Actress Huma Qureshi reacted: “Wow! This is going to be epic”, while Arjun Kapoor wrote: “Beautiful. Deepika Padukone, Meghna Gulzar and the entire team deserve to be given credit for this remarkably accurate visual portrayal.” Filmmaker Rahul Dholakia wrote: “How inspiring, interesting – more power to you gutsy ladies Deepika and Meghna – love and wishes.” read more
In order to know which type of team collaboration tool is right for your organization, “you really need to map out what you’re ultimately going for and, because team collaboration is becoming so central to so many other pieces, you need to decide what those other pieces look like,” Myers said. If your users have lots of meetings, Webex Teams, with its Web conferencing hook, might be your best choice. But if you’re looking for a PBX replacement, then a UCaaS suite with team collaboration, such as RingCentral offers, could be the optimal choice. And so on. That’s a talking point Myers will pick up on later this month in her Enterprise Connect session, “How Team Collaboration Is Fueling Convergence.” The session, which is one of five in the Team Collaboration Tools & Workspaces track, will take place on day two of Enterprise Connect — Tuesday, March 19 — at 8:00 a.m. in Osceola B. Join her for an update on what’s happening with team collaboration, and the changes it’s bringing to the UC landscape. See All in Team Collaboration Tools & Workspaces » Log in or register to post comments As recently as three years ago, when disparately located business users talked about collaborating with each other, they likely would have meant Web conferencing, or maybe even audio conferencing. While conferencing of all sorts certainly hasn’t disappeared, it’s fading as the go-to reference point for collaboration. In its place? Team collaboration, a la applications like Cisco Webex Teams, Microsoft Teams, and Slack, among others. Taming Teams: Microsoft Looks to Inspire Partners Kevin Kieller July 16, 2019 Pushes the multiplier effect of the cloud, and highlights embedded Teams capabilities And, in the meantime, tune in to our No Jitter On Air podcast for her advice and perspective on the role artificial intelligence will play in team collaboration, the importance of scrutinizing security capabilities, and understanding the pricing nuances of these solutions. Click on the player below to begin listening now! team.jpg As a baseline, most current-generation team collaboration tools offer one-to-one and group messaging, persistent spaces for team activities, document sharing, whiteboarding, video conferencing, voice –within the app if not across the PSTN — and integrations with third-party apps like document repositories or CRM systems, Myer said. “And if you’re looking at a solution that doesn’t have one of those baselines, then you probably should be looking further because you’re going to find enough other options that have them all,” she added. Slack Modernizes Desktop Client Beth Schultz July 22, 2019 Touts greater efficiency, responsiveness, and reliability… all of which should help workers be more productive. With such richness a necessity out of the gate, team collaboration vendors seek to differentiate themselves based on their traditional areas of expertise. Myers gave a few quick examples: Cisco, with its UC heritage and strength in Web and video conferencing, has integrated Webex Teams into Webex Meetings. Microsoft, the king of enterprise office productivity, has made Teams a central component of Office 365 and easily accessible via Outlook. RingCentral, with its “as-a-service” perspective, is making team collaboration part of the overall communications workstream. And Slack, as a pure-play, launched with the desire to enable team collaboration within persistent rooms and provide all the tools that teams can use to boost productivity. As Diane Myers, longtime VoIP and UC analyst with IHS Markit, told me in our latest No Jitter On Air episode, “Collaboration can mean many things to different people, … but today it really has coalesced around team collaboration.” And she explained why the shift is happening so quickly: because team collaboration is what vendors have put their tool and interface efforts behind, and these applications are becoming the entry point for employees who need to collaborate with others inside and outside the company. Still not registered for Enterprise Connect? No worries! Register today, and you can save $200 off the price of admittance by using the code NJPOSTS.Tags:News & Viewsteam collaborationSlackMicrosoft TeamsWebex TeamsRingCentral GlipDiane MyersTeam Collaboration Tools & WorkspacesAI & AutomationAnalyst InsightDigital TransformationEnterprise ConnectMeetings Articles You Might Like Taming Teams: Where’s My Data? Kevin Kieller July 02, 2019 This simple storage question has a complex answer that any multinational organization considering Teams needs to explore. Why Slack Should Be Concerned about Microsoft Teams Kevin Kieller July 25, 2019 Likable though he may be, Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield is missing the point about his company’s chief competition. And, if you just need a standalone app by itself, you have those options to consider, as well, with Slack being the poster child. However, Myers noted, most team collaboration apps today are “integrated in and coupled with other pieces.” Slack Debuts New Enterprise Security Controls Beth Schultz August 06, 2019 Enhancements aim to provide the ability to deploy Slack at enterprise scale in “safe, secure, and centralized way.” read more
Lantern File PhotoOhio State senior running back Carlos Hyde will not face charges for a reported assault at a Columbus bar more than a week ago.The assault reportedly happened at Sugar Bar 2, located at 303 S. Front Street, at about 2:00 a.m. on July 20, according to Sgt. Richard Weiner of the Columbus Police Department.The alleged victim met with Columbus Police July 27 and informed officers she was not going to press charges against Hyde, Weiner said.Weiner told The Lantern further action regarding Hyde will not be taken by CPD.“The case is closed,” Weiner said.A copy of the raw surveillance video from the bar was obtained by The Lantern Tuesday afternoon where it appears Hyde engaged in an altercation with the alleged victim but it is unclear if physical contact was made by either of them.Hyde was suspended indefinitely by coach Urban Meyer July 22 after he was named a “person of interest” in the alleged assault case.An OSU athletic spokesman said Tuesday the football program has no information that can be shared.The alleged victim released a statement to NBC4 Tuesday, explaining why she decided not to press charges.“Some of the media has rushed to judgment regarding the incident to ensure they are the first to report the information, whether it be factual or false,” the statement said, according to NBC4’s website. “This has been overwhelming, frustrating and disappointing. It is unimaginable to be exposed to these false reports, claims and rumors and for anticipated 4 months expected to bring this incident to a conclusion.”The alleged victim also thanked Columbus Police for the officers’ “patience and professionalism” during the investigation process. She said police told her she has up to two years to consider criminal charges against Hyde.Hyde did not respond to The Lantern’s request for comment Tuesday afternoon.If reinstated, Hyde is expected to be a starter for the Buckeyes this season. He led the team with 16 rushing touchdowns and finished second overall with 970 rushing yards during OSU’s undefeated 2012 season.Hyde was also named to the 2013 preseason Doak Walker Award watch list, an award given to the top college football running back. read more
As we cross the one-quarter mark of the NBA season — with the Clippers in first place out West, the Kings playing .500 ball, and the Jazz and Rockets near the bottom looking up — things are starting to come into clearer focus. That clarity is more than welcome, given how topsy-turvy the league has been for the first month and a half of play.We know a lot will change between now and April, but for the time being, here are the five things we’ve been most and least surprised by so far this year.Surprising: The Celtics haven’t been good, and the Jazz have been even worse.Boston, finally healthy after losing two of its best players last year, has been one of the bigger mysteries of the season. The Celtics have been elite defensively again this year,1At least from a statistical standpoint. They haven’t been very good at limiting individual scoring outbursts at all. but the offense — which almost never gets to the line — can’t get out of its own way much of the time.Before the season began, Jaylen Brown expressed a belief that the starting wings (him, Gordon Hayward and Jayson Tatum) have nearly identical skill sets, which was affecting chemistry. And after watching them for a month and a half, we can’t say that he was wrong. With that in mind, Brad Stevens’s recent lineup shift to bring the struggling Hayward off the bench could help matters.Hayward and Brown, in particular, have both shot far better from the floor when playing apart from each other. Hayward sports a solid 53.9 percent effective field-goal rate without Brown but just 39.7 percent with him. And Brown’s 50.5 percent effective field-goal rate without Hayward is well above the 38.5 percent mark he posts while sharing the court with Hayward.Their net ratings also improve when playing apart. The Celtics outscore opponents by 9 points per 100 possessions with Hayward but without Brown, and Boston wins by a margin of 1.5 points per 100 when Brown is on the court but Hayward is on the sideline. But the Celtics hemorrhage 2.2 points per 100 possessions with the two playing together.Using floor-spacing forward Marcus Morris as a starter may work better because of his rugged screen-setting ability. His off-ball screens, useful for a lineup with so many scoring options on the wing, produce the best scoring efficiency of any player on the team2Minimum 15 screens. at 1.12 points per possession when both Tatum and Hayward are on the floor and a whopping 1.53 points per possession when Tatum and Brown are playing together, according to Second Spectrum.It’s also worth keeping an eye on Terry Rozier, who, to this point, has regressed badly on the offensive end after a highly encouraging postseason run, in which he filled in admirably for the injured Kyrie Irving.As for the Jazz, this — 10-12, and third-to-last in the West — is what happens when your league-best defense from last season is merely a middle-of-the-road one, and your offense not only fails to improve but actually morphs into one of the NBA’s five worst in that same window.What’s behind Utah’s slide? A handful of theories have been discussed. But two things stand out to me: 1) The team’s schedule — the toughest in the league3Similar to last season, when their December schedule was the toughest individual month played by any NBA team. So perhaps this is reason for optimism. — has been front-loaded, and 2) a number of players aren’t playing to their capabilities.Outside of a one-week stretch at the end of October, Donovan Mitchell has been terribly inconsistent, struggling badly from outside. Dante Exum’s offense still isn’t catching up to his defense. And perhaps the biggest issue: Ricky Rubio has been awful on both sides of the ball thus far — even more than he was to start last season, when he had just joined the club and was learning the ropes.Rubio has generally been able to hang his hat on his defense and his passing whenever he’s struggling to shoot. But this season, he has sometimes looked a half-step slower laterally on D, allowing nearly a 10th of a point more per drive he defends, at 0.98 points per play, than he did last season, according to Second Spectrum. And while opponents have long sagged off Rubio, daring him to shoot, that experiment has paid far greater dividends this season, as he’s logged just a 46.6 percent effective field goal rate on jumpers when given 6 or more feet of open space4Shots from at least 10 feet away. — down from 53.5 percent just last year, and the worst percentage he’s connected on since the 2013-14 campaign, according to NBA Advanced Stats.It’s still a little early to consider changing the lineup — especially after Rubio played so well at times last postseason. But if he doesn’t turn it around in the next month or so, it might be worth trying a new starting five and letting Mitchell handle the ball more. (Utah, realizing it needs more punch on offense, traded guard Alec Burks and two future second-rounders Wednesday for sharpshooter Kyle Korver.)We wrote this summer that we believed the Jazz could be true contenders this season — which looks incredibly wrong at the moment. But we said then that much of Utah’s hopes would hinge on Rubio’s play. For better or — to this point — perhaps for worse, that seems to be the case.Not surprising: The Grizzlies got back to Grit ’N’ Grind.A lot of people either wrote off or simply forgot about the Grizzlies after a dismal 2017-18 campaign in which they finished with 22 wins and the second-worst record in the league. But the case for believing in Memphis this season was relatively straightforward: This group, finally healthy with the return of Mike Conley and a more motivated Marc Gasol, had its best players back and added considerable two-way talent over the summer through a handful of deals.Rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. looks like a potential star at times and is already the real deal defensively. The Memphis defense can be overly aggressive at times in helping from the weak side, which leaves corner shooters open more often than most teams. But the Grizzlies’ D is a top-5 unit, and it gets downright nasty when Jackson and Gasol play together, surrendering just 96.8 points per 100 possessions in 287 minutes. (Oklahoma City, which leads the NBA in defensive efficiency, allows 102.6 points per 100 possessions.)In case you need a sign of how smart the Grizzlies’ offseason pickups were, consider this: The team’s three most-efficient rotation players5By effective field goal percentage, counting only those who have played at least 100 minutes. to this point — Omri Casspi, Shelvin Mack and Jackson — were all acquisitions from this summer. Gasol is fourth on that list, but right behind him is Garrett Temple, for whom the Grizzlies traded.So don’t be too surprised if Memphis continues to hang around in the playoff race. There were indications all along that the Grizzlies would find themselves in the midst of this conversation.Surprising: Derrick Rose’s offense came back to life.Rose’s first career 50-point game earlier this year got considerable attention, but that game was no fluke: This whole season in Minnesota has been a consistent one for the former MVP. From an efficiency standpoint, he’s actually never played this well before.He’s shooting a career-best 49.8 percent from the field, and his 60 percent mark from a true shooting standpoint is 5 points better than he’s had in any other season. Rose used to be among the NBA’s worst 3-point shooters — enough of a liability that he essentially stopped taking triples altogether in New York — but he’s been good from that range, too. The 30-year-old, who’s long been a surprisingly good midrange shooter despite having the flattest shot in the game, is better than 48 percent from 3-point distance on almost four attempts per game to this point. His hot start even has him ranking as one of the NBA’s 15 most efficient offensive players, according to ESPN’s Real Plus-Minus metric.It’s still early, but this shooting display — even if his numbers fall off some — figures to lengthen his career, a meaningful development based on how things were going 10 months ago. We knew his otherworldly athleticism wouldn’t be the same after all his injuries, but a steady jumper has changed his outlook.Not surprising: The Rockets-Melo marriage failed.We, like many others, fully recognized the potential pitfalls with Houston’s Carmelo Anthony acquisition this summer. He seemed a less-than-ideal fit, particularly as a sort of replacement for the switchy wing defenders the Rockets lost in Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute. So it’s not necessarily shocking that the experiment didn’t work.But never did we imagine that the team would pull the plug as quickly as it did. Houston cut bait on the fallen star just 10 games in — even though other clear problems seemed to exist (like the lack of depth behind Clint Capela, or Eric Gordon shooting far worse than he ever has). Still, it’s somewhat difficult to knock the haste with which the Rockets made the decision: They couldn’t afford to fall too far behind in the loaded Western Conference, where the playoff race figures to be a bloodbath, and they began playing far better after making the pragmatic choice to hold Melo out of the rotation. But even after winning five straight at one point earlier in the month, Houston now finds itself mired in a four-game skid, meaning that there’s more for this club to figure out.Surprising: California’s other NBA teams have been legitimately good.It was totally fair to wonder whether Los Angeles might be a factor in the Western Conference playoffs this season, but who would’ve thought that the Clippers would be the team making that kind of noise at this point in the year? (In fairness, LeBron James and the Lakers have played well lately, too, and may very well find themselves in the same conversation as we move forward.)A number of things illustrate how and why Doc Rivers’s team finds itself atop the West for the time being. The guard rotation of Patrick Beverley, Avery Bradley and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has done a fantastic job of defending; the Clippers have held opposing starting guards to 40.9 percent shooting, the NBA’s fourth-lowest figure through Tuesday’s games, per the ESPN Stats & Information Group. Danilo Gallinari, who hasn’t played more than 65 games in a campaign in six seasons, has missed only one game thus far and is shooting better than he ever has from outside.But above all else, the Clips have thrived because Tobias Harris — tied with Giannis Antetokounmpo for the league’s best effective field-goal percentage among wing players with at least 300 shot attempts — has quietly pieced together the offensive profile of a superstar this season. Between the huge leap he’s made and the gains of Victor Oladipo, the Orlando Magic front office has to be beside itself after trading away both players.And while Golden State has been Golden State so far, another Northern California team has been making a move. The Kings own a 10-10 mark and have been one of the more entertaining clubs so far. Just about everything begins and ends with their blistering pace. It seems possible that their ability to maintain that 106-possessions-per-48-minutes tempo for entire games may work to their advantage in the clutch, when Sacramento’s opponents simply don’t have anything left.Sacramento ranks 22nd in defensive efficiency in the first quarter, 25th in the second period and tied for 16th in the third, yet it sits sixth in fourth-quarter defense, right behind the defending champ Warriors. And get this: Despite the pace at which they play, the De’Aaron Fox-led Kings have yet to commit a clutch-time turnover this season — they’re the only team that can still make such a claim this late in the season. It’s part of the reason they are 8-3 — best in the Western Conference — in contests separated by 5 points or fewer with five minutes or less remaining, per NBA.com.Not bad for the NBA’s third-youngest team, one whose young players all seem to have taken a step forward this season.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more
THERE ARE ALMOST 400 children under the age of 16 enrolled in projects aimed at those at risk of dropping out of mainstream education.Details provided by Minister Ruairí Quinn show that €4 million has been spent in the last year on the various projects and centres aimed at engaging with children and retaining them in education.On the frontline are Youth Encounter Projects, which were stablished in the 1970s as non-residential facilities for children at risk of getting into trouble with authority or are at serious risk of dropping out of mainstream school.There are five YEPS – three in Dublin and one each in Limerick and Cork – providing 120 places for children. The current overall enrolment is 107, according to Quinn’s department and these projects receive a pay and non-pay allocation of €1.124 million to cover the employment of all ancillary staff and cover school running costs.Life Centres, which are informal education centres established by the Christian Brothers in 1996, are also aimed at children who have dropped out of school. There are two Life Centres in Dublin and Cork which receive a grant of €114,000 towards running costs and 2,768 teaching hours under the ETB co-operation hours scheme at an estimated cost of €233,000.Positive resultsA drug treatment centre in Cork also provides services for 14-18-year-old boys including educational and training courses, and a project that was established in Dublin’s inner city to tackle the joyriding problem in the 90s also offers courses to young teens with funding from the department.A small portion of the overall funding in the Youthreach education programme includes provision for under 16s with over 200 enrolled in associated centres.Projects and schemes like these have shown positive results in Ireland and in other parts of Europe in retaining young people in the education system.The most recent report on school-leavers from the Department of Education found that 4, 300 students in 2010 dropped out of mainstream education before fifth year. More than 2,500 only got as far as first or second year and a further 1,777 did not remain in school beyond that.Read: Fee-paying students more likely to go straight to college>Column: What happens to the people failed by our education system?> read more
Then on the ground there was a fireman, he touched my leg and pulled me into where the fire stairwell was. You couldn’t see anything. I just ran down the stairs. There wasn’t that many people on the stairs. By AFP Source: lisa o’carroll/Twitter Firefighters spray water after a fire engulfed the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in west London Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesRESIDENTS AND EYEWITNESSES of last night’s horror fire at a London tower block have described the horrors of the night, including watching children being dropped from windows many storeys in height.Twelve people have now been confirmed to have died after a massive fire ripped through the 24-storey Grenfell Tower apartment block in west London in the early hours of this morning, trapping residents inside as 200 firefighters battled the blaze.People watched in horror as neighbours found themselves trapped or in desperation leapt to their doom as flames raced through the stricken tower.The last time Hanan Wahabi saw her brother was when he and his family waved to her from their home in an upper floor after she had safely left the blazing building.Wahabi, 39, who lives on the ninth floor of the tower, said she was awoken by smoke at around 1:00am this morning. “I could see there was ash coming through the window in the living room, which was partially open,” she told AFP, sitting outside a local community centre.I looked out and I could see the fire travelling up the block. It was literally by my window. I slammed the window shut and got out.After she escaped along with her husband and 16-year-old son and eight-year-old daughter she called her brother, who lives on the 21st floor, to see if he was all right.“The fire hadn’t reached the top of the block at that point,” Wahabi said.He said he had been told to stay inside, stay in one room together and put towels under the door. I told him to leave. He said he was going to come. Then I called him and he said there was too much smoke. 35 Comments Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTube“I literally just heard screaming, I saw people jumping out of their windows, the building was literally on fire, the ambulances, the police. It was horrendous,” she said.31-year-old Amanda Fernandez was evacuated from a different part of the housing estate.“When you live around here, you know people. And to stand helpless watching the fire and counting the floors, and thinking, ‘Who lives on that floor? Who lives on that one?’ Most of the people I know lived higher than the 10th floor,” she said.Others reported seeing mobile phone lights and white cloths, and hearing screams for help from the windows, as the flame rose through the building at astonishing speed.Samira Lamrani told the Press Association that she saw a woman try to save a baby by dropping the child from a window “on the 9th or 10th floor” and the baby was caught by members of the public below.“A woman was gesturing that she was about to throw her baby and if somebody could catch her baby,” she said. Share344 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Somebody did and a gentleman ran forward and managed to grab the baby. Incredible. Fire still visible on 10 floors almost 24 hours after blaze started in Grenfall Tower pic.twitter.com/MZtVvk2LpM— lisa o’carroll (@lisaocarroll) June 14, 2017 http://jrnl.ie/3444772 ‘Babies dropped from 10th floor windows’ – eyewitnesses describe a night of horror in London At least 12 people lost their lives in the blaze, a number which is expected to rise. Jun 14th 2017, 10:14 PM Meanwhile a vigil is being held outside the Notting Hill Methodist Church in west London.Earlier, two eyewitnesses told the Press Association they saw children dropped by their parents into the arms of people on the ground.One said a baby was dropped from the ninth or 10th floor, another that she saw a five-year-old boy dropped from a fifth or sixth floor window.Khadejah Miller, who was evacuated from her home nearby, recounted a night of horror. Source: Westway Trust/Twitter The last time I saw him they were waving out the window, his wife and children. The last time I spoke to his wife, he was on the phone to the fire brigade. I’ve not heard from them since, the phone is not going through, the landline isn’t going through. That was about 2am.‘Saw people jumping out’Locals have leapt to the aid of those affected by the massive fire, with a local gym being converted into an emergency shelter, with thousands of donations collected in the hours after the tragedy. Loads of people haven’t got out of the building.‘Saw them dying’Some evacuated residents found refuge in nearby St Clement’s Church and sat dazed on the pews as volunteers handed out food and drink.66-year-old Clarita Ghavimi said she escaped with a tea towel over her mouth and was helped down by two men.“I was shaking and crying,” she said, still clutching the tea towel in her sooty hands.Adi Estu (32), who was in her pyjamas and a coat, said: “I saw people flashing their lights for help, families flashing their mobile phones like a torch. But the smoke covered them and then the fire destroyed everything”.We saw them dying. How can you forget that?With reporting by Cianan Brennan© – AFP, 2017Read: Republican congressman shot at baseball game ‘remains in critical condition’ tonightRead: Four killed and others injured after San Francisco warehouse shooting Wednesday 14 Jun 2017, 10:14 PM We are overwhelmed by generosity of community. At this point we ask you to hold off on further donations while we prioritise #grenfelltower pic.twitter.com/9CVubrkfkA— Westway Trust (@WestwayTrust) June 14, 2017 Short URL 34,184 Views ‘I’m a goner’Another survivor at the community centre, wearing shorts, a T-shirt and trainers and with a blanket draped around his shoulders, said he saved his own life with just moments to spare.“My neighbour’s smoke alarm went off and I thought he might have done some cooking,” he said, giving only his first name of Eddie.I was in bed and I heard people shout fire, fire, I opened my door and loads of smoke came in. Then two seconds later my neighbour (on the fifth floor) called and said, ‘Get the fuck out the building’!”I went into the bathroom and I got the towel and wet it and wrapped it around my head. I run out into the hallway, close the door behind me and ran for where I thought the fire exit was. I didn’t find it. It was a matter of life and death – I thought, ‘If I’m in this for another five seconds, I’m a goner’. read more
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram At midnight on Tuesday 9 August 2011, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) wants to know where you are, what language you speak, and where you come from. The Census, which takes place every five years, is the largest statistical collection undertaken by the ABS. Its aim is to measure the number and key characteristics of people in Australia on Census night, and the dwellings in which they live. The 2006 Census data revealed that the second most common language (other than English) spoken in Australian homes is Greek, at 1.3 per cent of the population, behind Italian (1.6 per cent), and above Cantonese at 1.2 per cent.On August 9, the shutter will open and close for this snapshot of the Australian people, which influences future policy making and funding decisions by Federal and State Government in relation to schools, hospitals, roads, health services and public transport. This time around the ABS is promoting the completion of the Census online and expects some 30 per cent of Australians to use the eCensus, compared to 10 per cent in 2006. As Census night falls at the beginning of August, many Greek Australians are likely to be on vacation, and the ABS has confirmed that even with the online process available, this cannot and must not be used by individuals who normally reside in Australia who will be overseas on August 9. Data gathering for the Census is reliant on recording information from individuals who are physically located in Australia on Census night. Though there are questions on the form which ask for basic information on members of the household who are temporarily absent, ABS spokesman David McHugh told Neos Kosmos that this information was important “to get the family/household structure coding correct, and will not account for absent usual residents in the count.” The primary method used to account for Australian residents who are overseas on Census night will rely on information collected on incoming and outgoing passenger cards completed at Australian border controls (ports and airports).These figures are then compiled to calculate the number of residents temporarily overseas (or RTOs) on Census night. “RTOs are Australian residents who were not in Australia on Census night, but who returned to Australia within 12 months after Census night, provided they were not away overseas for 12 months or more, says McHugh, “so Greek Australians who are overseas on Census night will be accounted for in official estimates of Australia’s population.” Whilst the RTO process will provide data on the number of residents temporarliy overseas on Census night and their country of birth, Neos Kosmos points out, that the RTO calculation will not supply data beyond that basic information, as RTOs are not required to complete Census forms and therefore details of their ethnic heritage (a question on the Census form) remain unidentified.Paul Lowe, Head of the ABS Population Census Program told Neos Kosmos that whilst the Census form is unchanged from 2006, to improve the quality of the data gathered, the ABS will focus on improving coverage, “especially for small geographic areas, small population groups and communities in remote areas. This time around there’s a big push on the Internet option – the ‘eCensus’ online form itself will still be in English, but there will be online help available via our website. People can also ring our enquiry service. We’ll be providing translators there that will guide people through the census form and answer any questions.” For those concerned about the issue of confidentiality, the ABS executive stressed that no individual outside the ABS has access to the individual Census responses. “We are independent from government. That separation is crucial. No other government agencies including Centrelink and the ATO will see the responses,” says Lowe. “We’ve got a one hundred year history of keeping people’s information private and confidential, we take it very seriously. If people are concerned about the Census collector seeing their information, they can do it online, and if they still want to do it on paper, they can always request a privacy envelope.” For detailed information in English on how to complete the census go to www.abs.gov.au/census or call the helpline 1300 338776. If you want to speak to someone in Greek about navigating the Census form, call the multilingual helpline on 1300 340120. You will hear various languages before the instructions in Greek. Press 9 to go directly to a Greek speaking agent. read more
Shazam : les paroles désormais synchronisées à la musiqueL’application de reconnaissance auditive Shazam, qui permet d’indentifier le titre d’une chanson au moment où elle est écoutée, vient de passer en version 4.8. Une mise à jour très intéressante puisqu’elle apporte une nouvelle fonctionnalité : la synchronisation des paroles. La nouvelle mouture de Shazam, l’application qui identifie instantanément le titre d’une chanson, vient d’être publiée. Disponible gratuitement sur l’App Store (lien non disponible), elle offre une nouveauté qui devrait sans aucun doute faire des adeptes. Baptisée LyricPlay, cette fonctionnalité permet d’obtenir en plus du titre d’une chanson, ses paroles. Elle offre une visualisation en plein écran des paroles synchronisées sur la musique taguée.La mise à jour 4.8 apporte en outres quelques améliorations et correctifs, lit-on dans son descriptif. Gratuite et illimitée depuis le mois de septembre, après avoir été restreinte à cinq recherches par mois, l’application est également disponible dans une version payante, Shazam Encore, qui permet d’éviter la publicité. Car c’est en intégrant celle-ci que Shazam peut à nouveau être proposé selon un modèle entièrement gratuit.Le 17 novembre 2011 à 10:46 • Maxime Lambert read more
KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: SDSU West, Stadium Site FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — SDSU West proponents Friday praised the Superior Court of California’s recent decision to reject a lawsuit alleging improper use of the San Diego State University name.The lawsuit was filed in April by FS Investors-associated backers of the SoccerCity initiative, which proposes a 23,500-seat soccer stadium and mixed-use spaces for the Mission Valley stadium site.Friends of SDSU, a coalition of university alumni, community and business leaders, instead calls for a new 35,000-seat Aztecs football stadium and other amenities at the site.Both initiatives appear headed to the November ballot, pending legal review. Whichever receives the most votes — provided its over 50 percent — will earn rights to negotiate with the city over plans for the stadium site.The lawsuit claimed Friends of SDSU tricked San Diegans into signing a petition to get the initiative on the ballot by making it appear that the university had sanctioned the proposal. By law, the school is prohibited from endorsing an initiative.Bill Hammett, Friends of SDSU steering committee member, said the court’s rejection of the lawsuit affirms the SDSU West initiative’s place on the November ballot.He said the decision “also makes it clear that the frivolous FS Investors-backed lawsuit lacked any merit in its allegations, because SDSU West fully complies with California State Law, San Diego City Charter and the California Education Code.” Superior court rejects improper use lawsuit against SDSU West proposal Updated: 11:32 AM Posted: June 15, 2018 June 15, 2018 read more
Vijayawada: The Krishna District Under-13 football (five players) team won Silver Medal in the championship held at Kurnool from July 6 to 8, said the district football association president N Sinivas Rao on Tuesday. Speaking at a felicitation programme organised at Indira Gandhi Municipal Corporation Stadium, Srinivas Rao said that the district under-13 football team excelled in the tournament. He said that about 20 football players have been selected to the Nationals after Ravi Kumar assuming charge as coach. Chief coach Mahesh Babu said that football sport has spread to rural areas these days and players are excelling in this sport. He congratulated the players for winning the Silver Medal in the tournament. District football association secretary Sarala Srinivas Rao, treasurer Bhanuchander, players and parents were present. read more
Tech Mahindra, one of the three technology companies of the Mahindra Group, is poised to report higher revenues in the current fiscal and the next year on the back of a string of positive developments, according to brokerage IDFC Securities.In a note, the brokerage said Tech Mahindra’s growth in the coming years would spurt on “improved outlook” in the telecom and enterprise verticals, in addition to strong deal pipelines. IDFC Securities based its note after interacting with the top management of Tech Mahindra.”We expect revenue momentum to improve in FY17, led by deal closures in the telecom vertical and sustained momentum in the enterprise vertical. However, impact from waning challenges in the communication vertical would only ensue fully over FY18-19. We expect bottoming-out of expectations in FY17 and steady improvement in underlying fundamentals of the communication business to act key earnings growth drivers,” the brokerage said.Its revenues from enterprise business are likely to see sustained growth in the coming years, helped by revenues from Pininfarina S.p.A.. The company acquired the Italian brand in automotive and industrial design in December last year.”We expect the Enterprise vertical to sustain FY16 momentum further aided by inorganic contribution (Target, Pininfarina, BIOAgency). TechM’s organic growth should be in-line with the industry. The management expects the optimism in BFSI to continue (on low base and customer-specific opportunities),” the note added.New deal closuresThe brokerage said that Tech Mahindra has closed two out of five large deals in the past two quarters and lost two closely contested deals. “The management retained its commentary on the Communication vertical (deal pipeline improved ~20% yoy in Q1FY17). We expect deal wins to improve in the vertical, in line with peers’ performance,” IDFC Securities said.Tech Mahindra was confident of generating revenues in the range of #300-310 million every year from Lightbridge Communications Corporation (LCC), a global network engineering firm providing services to the telecommunications industry. The company acquired LCC in November 2014.Tech Mahindra shares were trading at Rs. 454.90 on Friday at around 2.30pm on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE). IDFC Securities put the 12-month target price for the firm as Rs.550.The 52-week high and low for Tech Mahindra shares are Rs. 581.95 and Rs. 407.50, respectively. read more
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The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July. The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. 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Palliative chest radiotherapy for lung malignancies has shown to be effective in relieving serious chest symptoms from tumor bleeding or mass effect on major airways, vessels and nerves. However, there is a lack of consensus for an optimal palliative RT regimen. Researchers sought to assess the overall efficacy of split-course palliative chest RT for symptom relief in patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer. Additionally, researchers investigated the impact the regimen’s two-week break has on survival outcomes. Investigators reviewed the records of 140 patients treated between 1995 and 2006, who were prescribed to an initial 25 Gy in 10 fractions through anterior-posterior/posterior-anterior beam arrangements. After two weeks of rest, selected patients were given an additional 10 Gy (anterior-posterior/posterior-anterior) followed by off-cord beams to a final dose of 50 to 62.5 Gy. Symptomatic relief was observed in 52 to 84 percent of patients with durable palliation in 58 percent. The researchers observed: “The built-in two-week break allowed for selection of patients for high-dose palliative radiation and balanced treatment benefits with potential side effects. Cancer survival was not adversely affected by treatments in this population with mostly advanced disease.” The researchers added that the two-week break may be an option for patients who cannot tolerate an uninterrupted course.Reference: Metcalfe, Su K.; Milano, Michael T.; Bylund, Kevin; Smudzin, Therese; Rubin, Philip; Chen, Yuhchyau. Split-Course Palliative Radiotherapy for Advanced Non-small Cell Lung Cancer. 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Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Tuesday, November 15, 2016 Posted by View the Northern Lights in a bubble of happiness KILPISJARVI, Finland — This ain’t your average igloo. Northern Lights travel specialists, Off the Map Travel, is inviting couples to enjoy a romantic night in Finland in a glass-roofed, mobile hotel room.Towed by a snowmobile for easy mobility, the Aurora Bubble Sled is featured in a four-day, three-night ‘Lapland Aurora’ program in Finland, priced at £1099 per person, based on double occupancy with all meals (excluding flights). Included are private transfers from Tromso (Norway) and activities including Northern Lights hunting, use of the outdoor hot tub and sauna, and a night staying in the unique Bubble Sled.Starting in December, the Aurora Bubble Sled will travel into the Finnish wilderness behind a snowmobile before being left overnight for guests to hunt for the Northern Lights. After listening to an expert talk about the Northern Lights and the sled itself, guests will return to the sled, which is filled with bean bags, reindeer skins and a sleeping kit. With a thermostat-controlled heating system, guests are ensured a warm and cozy night under the Arctic night sky.More news: Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise ratesKilpisjärvi, Finland is one of the top places in the world to see the majestic Aurora Borealis. The ‘Lapland Aurora’ itinerary can also be combined with a four-day ‘Tromso Experience’, during which guests stay in a waterfront hotel. Pricing for the ‘Tromso Experience’ add-on begins at £875 per person.For more information visit offthemaptravel.co.uk or ilovenorthernlights.com. Travelweek Group read more
No related posts. Environmentalists spread corn kernels and beat drums outside of San José’s Legislative Assembly on Wednesday as four lawmakers announced their support for a bill that would place a moratorium on the expansion of genetically modified organisms in Costa Rica.“This moratorium is urgent,” said José María Villalta, a lawmaker with the Broad Front Party and one of the bill’s sponsors. “GMOs pose risks to life and biodiversity, while only benefitting large corporations.”The bill would prohibit the creation of new GMO projects or the expansion of those currently in Costa Rica. Companies that already have permission to grow or use GMOs could continue, but any genetically modified material would have to be contained indoors.While environmental groups applauded the bill, biotechnology firms called a moratorium “unnecessary.”“It is important to stress that countries resort to moratoriums when there is a reasonable doubt about a new technology,” said Martín Zúñiga, executive director for biotechnology company CropLife Latin America. “Agricultural biotechnology is a science that has been sufficiently investigated and proven to be positive for the world.” Facebook Comments read more
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. federal agencies, parks, museums and monuments began to reopen Thursday morning, after a chastened Congress ended a bitter funding standoff that triggered a 16-day government closure and drove the nation toward the brink of default.The agreement struck by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., funds agencies through mid-January, calls hundreds of thousands of civil servants back to work and raises the $16.7 trillion debt limit.“There are no winners here,” President Barack Obama said Thursday at the White House. “These last few weeks have inflicted completely unnecessary damage on our economy.”Obama called on Congress to resist “pressure from the extremes” and “understand that how business is done in this town has to change.” He urged lawmakers to pursue a “balanced approach to a responsible budget” and to pass comprehensive immigration reform and a new farm bill.And he offered thanks and encouragement to federal workers as they returned to their jobs. “What you do is important, and don’t let anybody else tell you different,” he said.Top officials in his administration conveyed the same message.“Good morning folks, thank you for your service,” called out Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, as no-longer-furloughed civil servants streamed from the nearby Smithsonian Metro station through the doors of agency headquarters.Vice President Joe Biden greeted employees at the Environmental Protection Agency, and White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough shook hands with returning workers at the guarded gate outside 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.At the National Zoo, officials turned the popular panda cam back on, revealing an older, fatter and more robust black and white cub than was last seen more than two weeks earlier. The cub, now nearly two months old, gained two pounds during the shutdown, the zoo announced Thursday.The Department of Veteran Affairs said it would issue benefit payments to about 5 million veterans, survivors and their families on Nov. 1 as scheduled now that funding has been restored. The VA had warned that if the shutdown continued to the end of the month, it would run out of funds and be unable to issue checks, a disclosure that caused major consternation among lawmakers and veterans.The bill passed late Wednesday ended a stalemate created last month, when hard-line conservatives pushed Republican leaders to use the threat of shutdown to block a landmark expansion of federally funded health coverage.That campaign, however, succeeded mainly in undermining popular support for the Republican Party. By the end, dozens of anxious GOP lawmakers were ready to give Obama almost exactly what he requested months ago: a bill to fund the government and increase the Treasury Department’s borrowing power with no strings attached.The Senate overwhelmingly ratified the deal Wednesday evening, 81 to 18, with more than half of Senate Republicans voting yes. A few hours later, the House followed suit, approving the measure 285 to 144. Eighty-seven Republicans joined a united Democratic caucus in approving the measure, allowing Congress to meet a critical Treasury Department deadline with one day to spare.Obama signed the measure into law shortly after midnight, reopening parks and monuments across the nation, restoring government services and putting furloughed federal employees back on the job.In his remarks Thursday, Obama said the shutdown and the threat of a U.S. default probably slowed economic growth, set back hiring and increased borrowing costs, adding to deficit that has been shrinking.“That’s not a surprise that the American people are completely fed up with Washington,” Obama said. “At a moment when our economic recovery demands more jobs, more momentum, we’ve got yet another self-inflicted crisis that set our economy back. And for what? There was no economic rationale for all of this.”He added: “Probably nothing has done more damage to America’s credibility in the world, our standing with other countries, than the spectacle that we’ve seen these past several weeks. It’s encouraged our enemies, it’s emboldened our competitors, and it’s depressed our friends, who look to us for steady leadership.”Obama predicted that “we’ll bounce back from this,” but he cautioned that it “won’t be easy.” He said, “There’s a lot of noise out there, and the pressure from the extremes affect how lot of members of Congress see the day-to-day work that’s supposed to be done here.”“So let’s work together to make government work better instead of treating it like an enemy or purposely making it work worse,” Obama said. “Don’t break what our predecessors spent over two centuries building.”He said he had a simple message “for all the dedicated and patriotic federal workers” who were furloughed or worked without pay during the shutdown: “Thank you. Thanks for your service. Welcome back. What you do is important. It matters. You defend our country overseas. You deliver benefits to our troops, who have earned them, when they come home. You guard our borders. You protect our civil rights. You help businesses grow and gain footholds in overseas markets. You protect the air we breathe and the water our children drink, and you push the boundaries of science and space, and you guide hundreds of thousands of people each day through the glories of this country.”But Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, a leading opponent of Obama’s health-care law, declined to rule out another shutdown over the issue. “I will continue to do anything to stop the train wreck that is ‘Obamacare’,” Cruz told ABC News on Thursday. Pressed on whether he would rule out a second shutdown, he said only that he would “stand with the American people working to stop ‘Obamacare’.”The measure Obama signed into law early Thursday guarantees federal workers back pay for time spent at home, aids flood-ravaged Colorado and provides extra cash for fighting wildfires in the West. And it grants the D.C. government, which relies on Congress to approve its budget, authority to manage its own affairs through the 2014 fiscal year.Enforcement of the debt limit is suspended until Feb. 7, setting up another confrontation over the national debt sometime in March, independent analysts estimated. Meanwhile, federal agencies are funded through Jan. 15, when they might shut down again unless lawmakers resolve a continuing dispute over deep automatic spending cuts known as the sequester.“Republicans and Democrats in Congress have come together around an agreement that will reopen our government and remove the threat of default from our economy,” Obama said Wednesday. “We can begin to lift this cloud of uncertainty and unease from our businesses and from the American people.”Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray, D-Wash., met over breakfast Thursday morning with her House counterpart, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to start a new round of talks aimed at averting another crisis. The ranking minority members of each committee, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., and Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., also participated in the meeting.Ryan told reporters that the lawmakers “had a very good conversation” and agreed that their goal was “to do good for the American people, to get this debt under control, to do smart deficit reduction and to do things that we think can grow the economy and get people back to work.”Murray said the group was determined to address “the challenge that has been handed to us over the coming few short weeks.”“We believe that there is common ground in showing the American people that as Congress we can work and make sure our economy is growing and that people are back to work and that we can do the job we were sent here to do,” Murray said. “To find common ground between our two budget resolutions and set a path forward for Congress to work on.”Obama on Wednesday night repeated his vow to work with Republicans to rein in a national debt that remains at historically high levels.“With the shutdown behind us and budget committees forming, we now have an opportunity to focus on a sensible budget that is responsible, that is fair, and that helps hardworking people all across this country,” Obama said at the White House.Few held out hope that the talks would yield an ambitious plan to overhaul the tax code or restructure federal health and retirement programs, the biggest drivers of future borrowing. But there were signs that Republicans may be more inclined to compromise and less inclined to follow what Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., called “the fringe elements” of the GOP.“The reality is there’s a much larger population within our caucus that recognizes reality for what it is,” said Schock, who represents the middle-America town of Peoria. “At the end of the day, whatever we pass will have to be a bipartisan bill. The sooner that our conference recognizes that we’re going to have to negotiate with the other side, the more we can get done.”The fight over the health-care law originated on the Senate side of the Capitol, with Sens. Cruz and Mike Lee, R-Utah, as well as former senator Jim DeMint (S.C.), who now heads the conservative Heritage Foundation. Cruz and Lee voted against Wednesday’s agreement, as did GOP presidential hopefuls Sens. Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Rand Paul (Ky.).However, Boehner and the Republican-controlled House waged the fiercer battle, passing bill after bill to defund, delay and otherwise undercut the Affordable Care Act, only to watch those bills die in the Democratic-controlled Senate.Cruz rejected the idea that Republicans had won nothing during the six-week fight. While the measure contained just one small adjustment to the health-care law — strengthening safeguards against fraud among recipients of federal health-insurance subsidies — Cruz said the debate succeeded in calling attention to the harm he asserts the law is causing consumers, employers and the U.S. economy.Still, the price the House paid for waging what many Republicans saw as an unwinnable fight was ultimately devastating. Democrats, for their part, quietly recorded a partisan victory. But after a shutdown and debt-limit fight estimated to have sucked as much as $20 billion out of the U.S. economy, there was no celebration.“I’m tired,” Reid said after the Senate voted Wednesday night. “Concluding this crisis is historic. But let’s be honest: This was pain inflicted on the nation for no good reason.“We cannot — we cannot, cannot — make the same mistakes again.”Washington Post staff writers Leah Binkovitz, Jackie Kucinich and David A. Fahrenthold contributed to this report.© 2013, The Washington Post Facebook Comments No related posts. read more
Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories Comments Share What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Beanie Wells got the start in Thursday night’s preseason opener and, well, let’s just say he had a solid, if unspectacular night.Wells tallied 22 yards on six carries, including a nice 15-yard run, but failed to score on four tries from the Raiders’ eight yard line.But, as is typical of the preseason, stats don’t always tell the story of whether or not someone had a good night. Especially with regards to a back’s blocking. “There were a couple times where I saw Beanie step up,” Whisenhunt said. “One of the areas that he really needed to improve on from last year was his pass protection.”As great to hear as that is, a running back’s main job is to pick up yards on the ground. Wells, Ryan Williams, LaRod Stephens-Howling and Alfonso Smith did just that, picking up 90 yards on just 21 carries (4.2 YPC). “They ran hard,” Whisenhunt said. “We still have a lot of things to work on as far as with the team and hitting the right holes.”Establishing a running game may be as important for the offense’s development as anything else. If Wells and/or Williams can become reliable options things will open up more for Kevin Kolb and the passing game. Of course, that’s easier said than done, as the Cardinals have had just one 1,000 yard rusher (Edgerrin James in 2007) during Whisenhunt’s four years in the desert.ArizonaSports.com’s Craig Grialou contributed to this report read more
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