Rangers’ Best Year: No Stanley Cup

first_imgGREENBURGH, N.Y. — Three days after squandering a chance to reach the Stanley Cup Final for the second straight season, the New York Rangers’ disappointment and frustration was still there for all to see.They not only failed to score with the final just 20 minutes away in Game 7 at Madison Square Garden against the Tampa Bay Lightning May 29, they allowed two goals in a 2-0 loss. They played a horrible period with hockey’s biggest prize on the horizon.And it hurt. Players were still confused June 1 as the team gathered for their end-of-season meetings with coach Alain Vigneault at their Westchester training facility.This was the team that posted the NHL’s best regular-season record. The team that had home-ice advantage. The group that felt this was its year to win the Cup.It was all there for the taking, and they didn’t take it.“It has been tough to sleep the past few nights, just thinking about the players we have,” said Rick Nash, who scored 42 goals. “It’s one of the best teams I have ever played on. It’s been a really frustrating two days to try to digest this feeling.”Even Vigneault was at a loss after meeting with his players, insisting the lingering emotions made it impossible for him to put some perspective on the season that saw the Rangers post a franchise-record 113 points.The loss was so bad that Vigneault said his 22-year-old daughter, Janie, sobbed uncontrollably for hours after the game.This was supposed to be the Rangers’ year. This was supposed to be the season they brought the Cup back to New York for the first time since 1994.They lost the finals in five games to the Kings last season, but they were in every game. After losing Anton Stralman and Brian Boyle to free agency in the offseason, there were question marks early in the season, but youngsters like Kevin Hayes, J.T. Miller, Jesper Fast, Cam Talbot and young veterans like Derek Stepan, Chris Kreider and Derick Brassard stepped up, and this team discovered it could win again and again.The confidence only grew during the season and it seemed to reach a high when they rallied from a 3-1 deficit against Washington in the conference semifinals.“Last year we were even closer and it was tough the way it ended in overtime,” goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, 34, said. “But with the group we had this year, and I think the skill and determination we also had, it’s disappointing to come up short.”The Rangers, who have played in the conference finals three of the past four years, still have a young team and their window of opportunity to hold The Cup. The only major unrestricted free agent is Martin St. Louis, who will turn 40 in a couple of weeks. The fact that he hinted at his age might indicate that he will consider retiring.Stepan, Fast, Miller and Carl Hagelin are all restricted free agents, with Stepan in line to get a big contract.“We know we’ve played a lot of good hockey over the last four years,” Stepan said. “We’ve just got to find that extra push to pass over the hump to the next step.”Vigneault said that what made him proudest this season was that his team showed up every game and worked.“We have been knocking at the door. We’re getting close to the hump and we’re almost ready to get over,” he said. “If you ask me do I believe in this group: My answer is yes.”His players feel the same way.“We keep the team together we are going to have a chance every year,” defenseman Dan Girardi said. “The way the team is built, we have hankie in net, a great D corps and great forwards, so we’re set up to do some good long runs.”The question is whether the Rangers can take those last steps next season. “It’s been something that I have been dreaming about for a long time,” Lundqvist said.(TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Pochettino Says He May Leave Spurs if They Win Champions League

first_imgAMSTERDAM — Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has suggested he may look for a new challenge if he can lead his team to the Champions League title this season.Tottenham is 1-0 down to Ajax heading into the second leg of the semifinals in Amsterdam on Wednesday.Asked whether he thought winning the Champions League would have been possible when he joined Spurs five years ago, Pochettino said: “Winning the Champions League? It should be fantastic, no? Close the five-year chapter and go home.”Pochettino was then asked if he was joking, and he replied: “It’s not a joke, why? To win the Champions League with Tottenham in these circumstances this season, maybe I need to think about maybe doing something different in the future.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

GrammaTech: protecting security-sensitive software from Spectre

first_img Continue Reading Previous SEGGER introduces emWeb portable web serverNext AAEON: COM Express type 10 module powered by 7th gen Intel Core U GrammaTech announced that mitigation against Spectre attacks has been added to GrammaTech’s Cyber Hardening Services for Intel and AMD processors, with support for ARM in development. This service allows legacy applications to be protected from branch target injection attacks without having to recompile the application.This became an overnight necessity for cybersecurity practitioners that are concerned about Spectre, the recently announced security vulnerability in modern processors that can be leveraged to leak confidential information. The cyber community has been scrambling to make patches available for popular compilers to mitigate the attack. However, recompiling application or system firmware source code is not always an option in IoT, Defense, Consumer, Medical and Industrial systems. This leaves these systems vulnerable to exploits that leak information such as personal data, passwords or other confidential information from otherwise error-free applications.Through GrammaTech’s Cyber Hardening Services, practitioners can protect critical applications and libraries from Spectre attacks. This service uses binary analysis to determine vulnerable locations in the code, then transforms the original application binary by adding mitigation code to these locations. The mitigation code follows the ‘retpolines’ approach published by Google.Cyber professionals with legacy applications who need to ensure their information remains safe and need a quick turnaround – but are unable to modify source code – can benefit immediately from this technology. To ensure your applications remain safe, contact GrammaTech for more information on Cyber Hardening Services.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

Klopp defends Zidane’s tactical nous

first_imgUEFA Champions League Klopp defends Real rival Zidane after questions of tactical nous Peter Hanson 00:16 5/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jurgen Klopp Getty Images UEFA Champions League Real Madrid v Liverpool Jürgen Klopp Zinédine Zidane Liverpool Real Madrid The Frenchman’s management skills have been defended by an opposite number at Liverpool who claims to have faced similar criticism in the past Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has defended Zinedine Zidane against critics who say he lacks tactical nous ahead of the Champions League final with Real Madrid.Madrid have the chance to win a third straight Champions League under Zidane in Saturday’s final in Kiev.However, the World Cup winner still has his detractors who claim that while his motivational skills are strong, his tactical understanding is lacking. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now But a jovial Klopp, whose own tactical awareness has been questioned in the past, talked up Zidane’s qualities.Addressing a media conference, he said: “If people think Zidane has no tactical knowledge – because people think the same about me – it would be really funny if two managers in the final had no clue about tactics. What would that say about the game?”He has been at Madrid less time than I’ve been at Liverpool and made three Champions League finals. “He’s brilliant and I unfortunately have to expect he’s brilliant. This group of players together obviously work. I saw his team playing a lot of times. It’s just fantastic football. “It’s organised when it needs to be and chaos when it needs to be. I think Zinedine was his whole life a fighter. Where he grew up in Marseille you need to be a fighter. “I saw his face when someone asked the other day about the hunger of us or Madrid. It made him angry. All of us are different but we are both here.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more


first_img This online shopping can be reached by clicking on the link in the Merchandising area of this page or alternatively by going to the “MYCLUBTOUCH” site via the link on the ATA page or by using www.myclubtouch.com.au and clicking on the shop button. $5.00 TEE SHIRTS ONLINE STORE OPENING SPECIAL $5 Tee!!! Available while stocks last!! 2003 NTL Tee – Available in grey only. Sizes M – XXL As a reward for purchasing online, ATA is offering this tee to you while stocks last, if size unavailable, next size up will be sent. Why not purchase a $5 cap as well during this offer periodlast_img read more

Jamaica Urged to Adopt Singapore Math Model

first_imgStory Highlights According to Ms Lim Kai Ling, research done by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD has shown that classroom size does not matter. Rather, it is the skill of the teacher that is important. Lead PR1ME Mathematics specialist from Singapore, Kelly Lim Kai Ling, says that Jamaica could become a world leader in mathematics by adopting the teaching methods of the Southeast Asian country.Singapore is regarded as the best in the world in the teaching and learning of mathematics.Ms. Lim Kai Ling was addressing hundreds of primary-school mathematics teachers, coaches and specialists who participated in the Amazing Mathematics Powers workshop held recently at the Shortwood Teachers’ College in Kingston.The participants at the three-day workshop were exposed to the Singaporean approach of teaching mathematics, which focuses more on critical thinking skills and less on drill and practice.Ms. Lim Kai Ling said that Singapore stresses mastery for all of its children, who will have the creative problem-solving skills that the country requires.“Mathematics is the vehicle to approach problem-solving,” she pointed out, noting that the core principles of mathematics are understand the problem, plan your approach to the problem, answer the problem and then check to see if you are correct.She said proficiency in mathematics is a higher indicator of success in life than any other element.According to Ms Lim Kai Ling, research done by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD has shown that classroom size does not matter. Rather, it is the skill of the teacher that is important.In Singapore, there are 40 students to a teacher.Clinical Psychologist and Life Coach in Jamaica, Dr. Rose Johnson, who was a facilitator at the workshop, gave the teachers pointers on how to boost outcomes by improving life in the classroom.They were urged to become effective communicators, which would allow them to foster the natural genius of the children in their charge. She reminded the teachers that they are in the profession because they want to give, and that they are the leaders in the classroom.“Let the students imagine themselves at their best. They will believe it, and then that becomes reality. Disruptive behaviour, many times, has nothing to do with school,” she pointed out.The workshop, endorsed by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, was hosted by Book Merchant Limited as part of its Scholastic PR1ME Mathematics Programme and was geared towards training the participants to teach mathematics in Jamaican schools using the Singaporean model and the PRIME Mathematics textbook.PR1ME Mathematics is a world-class programme based on the effective teaching and learning practices of Singapore, Republic of Korea and Hong Kong, which are consistent top performers in international studies.At the completion of the workshop, the participants received joint certification from the Jamaica Teaching Council and Shortwood Teachers’ College.Sponsors included NCB Foundation, JN Bank, Maxie Department Store, National Housing Trust (NHT), Shortwood Teachers’ College, Sagicor Bank, Access Financial, Kris an Charles, Yoga Angels Jamaica, LIME Foundation, Dairy Industries and Rainforest Seafoods. Singapore is regarded as the best in the world in the teaching and learning of mathematics. Lead PR1ME Mathematics specialist from Singapore, Kelly Lim Kai Ling, says that Jamaica could become a world leader in mathematics by adopting the teaching methods of the Southeast Asian country.last_img read more

Surplus Auction Scheduled for Nov 25

first_imgThe province’s upcoming surplus auction will give Nova Scotians a chance to get great deals on pickups, vans, SUVs and workshop equipment including small tools. The auction is at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 25, at Auction Advantage, 40 Orion Ct., Woodside Industrial Park, Dartmouth. The items can be viewed on auction day between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Photos are available online at www.Auctionad.ca which will be updated daily until the day of the auction. The auction will be conducted by Auction Advantage. Cash, debit, or credit cards will be accepted. All profits will go toward improving the province’s bottom line.last_img read more

Brad Pitt Pledges 100000 To Human Rights Campaign

first_imgThe Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, today announced a $100,000 gift from Brad Pitt to support the organization’s marriage efforts.Pitt has agreed to match contributions from HRC members and supporters up to $100,000 in order to direct resources to the marriage campaigns entering their final week in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington State.“Brad Pitt’s partnership with HRC in this closing week delivers vital resources into these campaigns and we’re proud to be working with him as we show that fundamental fairness will win at the ballot box,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “With his commitment, Brad joins HRC in a tremendous coalition of religious leaders, business leaders, labor groups, civil rights organizations and everyday, fair-minded Americans supporting marriage for gay and lesbian couples.”“It’s unbelievable to me that people’s lives and relationships are literally being voted on in a matter of days,” said Pitt in an email today to HRC members and supporters. “If you’re like me, you don’t want to have to ask yourself on the day after the election, what else could I have done?”Supporters can heed Pitt’s call and contribute with him to HRC’s marriage work at www.hrc.org/Brad.HRC has invested $8 million in efforts to expand marriage equality over the past two years, including $5 million in the four ballot measure states this year. HRC has staff on the ground in each of the campaigns and is currently engaged in the organization’s largest ever election year mobilization to put these campaigns – and other endorsed candidates – over the top.The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.last_img read more

TOWIE Star Presents Variety Sunshine Coach To Essex School

first_imgDebbie Douglas, from the BAFTA award-winning reality show The Only Way is Essex (TOWIE), presented a shiny new 17-seater Variety Sunshine Coach in a special presentation to pupils of Cedar Hall School in Essex.TOWIE Star Debbie Douglas Presents A Variety Sunshine CoachThe new vehicle will cater for children with moderate to severe learning difficulties and will be used to transport the children on a number of special day trips and outings, replacing their old coach.Cedar Hall provides education for pupils who primarily experience moderate learning difficulties, but who may experience speech, language, emotional, behavioural or autistic spectrum secondary disabilities. Funds for the Sunshine Coach were raised by Stonegate Pub Company through its group-wide fundraising event ’Britain’s Biggest Pub Tour’ which ran throughout the summer from May till September raising over £310,000.last_img read more


first_img Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement TORONTO, Jan. 2, 2019 – In 1989 Toronto’s Harris Institute introduced the first accelerated one-year diploma programs taught by award winning leaders. Its goal was to strengthen the Canadian music industry and prepare graduates for lifelong careers in music. At that time the music industry had begun a dramatic decline.Thirty years later, Harris Institute graduates are in leadership roles in every area of an expanding Canadian music industry. They have established a wide range of successful companies and have won or were nominated for 247 awards in the last 2 years.Over 60% of the current 62 faculty members have won awards in their subject area. Twenty-one of them have been at Harris Institute for more than 20 years and 11 are honours graduates from the institute. Twitter Advertisement In 1994 the college relocated from its original 3,200 sq.ft. campus to a 15,000 sq.ft. industrial building designed in 1908 by Massey Hall’s architect George M. Miller. It repurposed the building for education and included three recording studios designed by world-renowned studio designer and founding faculty member Martin Pilchner.Starting in 1997, Harris Institute delivered six annual ‘Peace and Reconciliation’ programs, funded by the International Fund for Ireland, to groups of 20 young adults from conflicted areas in the North and South of Ireland.In 2005 the college expanded its accelerated approach by establishing an unprecedented partnership with the University of the West of Scotland offering the option to earn a diploma and a BA or BSc degree in 20 months. In 2015 the partnership was further expanded to offer 2 diplomas and a Master’s Degree in 32 months. The degrees are awarded with full scholarships and the Master’s Degrees include partial scholarships.In 2006, Harris Institute partnered with the Moscow International Film School and the Gulf Islands Film & Television School to deliver an experimental program for 24 indigenous youth from Siberia and British Columbia’s Salmon Arm Reserve.For 10 years starting in 2007, with the support of the Ontario Ministry of Culture and the Ontario Media Development Corporation, the college offered weekend professional development courses for mid career professionals.In a partnership with Nashville’s ProMedia Training, Harris Institute introduced the first Certified Avid Pro Tools courses in Canada.Harris Institute was the only school featured in Billboard Magazine’s ‘Top 11 Schools’ and Mix Magazine’s ‘Audio Education’s Finest’. It was ranked best private school for a 6th year in the 2018 ‘Media Arts Education Report’.It is the only post secondary school in North America to have achieved 4 annual 0% Student Loan Default Rates. Its Arts Management Program has achieved 8 annual 0% Default Rates and the Audio Production Program has achieved 6.In 2015, Harris Institute was the first post secondary school to introduce a comprehensive ‘Political Correctness Policy’that ensured free speech and the open exchange of ideas.Since 1989 International students have come from 142 countries. In 2018 students came from 9 US States and 19 countries.In 2018 the college’s founder John Harris received the Cashbox Legacy Award as a Canadian music industry builder and he was featured in an FYI Music News cover story titled “The Man Who Breeds Success”.Harris Institute is celebrating its 30th anniversary by offering $30K in scholarships for programs starting on March 25 and July 15, 2019. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Land protectors not letting their guard down over mining on sacred site

first_imgJustin Brake APTN News The head of Nova Scotia’s mining association says he’s only trying to get a conversation started about mineral extraction in the province.Sean Kirby is lobbying to get mining on Kluscap mountain – a sacred site for Mi’kmaq people in the province.And while the province says it has no intention of opening up the sacred Mi’kmaq area, land defenders say they’re not letting their guard down.jbrake@aptn.calast_img

Mehdi Benatia and Maha Haddioui Moroccan athletes of the year

first_imgCasablanca – Based on a survey conducted by the Moroccan National Radio, AS Roma defender Mehdi Benatia and golfer Maha Haddioui were elected Moroccan sportspersons of the year 2013. Thanks to his impressive performances with the national team, as well as with the international soccer clubs he plays for (Udinese and AS Roma), Benatia ranked first in the masculine category, with 71 points earned in a survey that involved the participation 37 newspapers.Paralympics champion in 5000 and 10 000 meters, Amine Chentouf secured the second place with 17 points. For his part, Badr Hari, the world champion in Kickboxing, ranked third with 12 points.As for female athletes, Maha Haddioui, the only professional Moroccan athletes on the Ladies European Tour, topped the ranking with 35 points thanks to her prodigious performances in several golf tournaments.Ghizlane Siba, African champion and bronze medalist at the high jump world championship, ranked second with 32 points.The third place went to Najat El Garaa, a paralympic champion in shot put, with 22 points.Mehdi Benatia was born in France to a Moroccan father and an Algerian mother. A.S Roma signed Benatia for €13.5 million from his previous club Udinese.Maha Haddioui was born in 1988 in Casablanca. She started golf in 2001 at the age of 13 at Golf du Soleil Agadir.According to the biography posted on her official website, Maha is first Moroccan and Arab professional golfer to reach the European Tour after winning the First Stage of Qualifying School at 16 under par, and finishing 20th during the Second Stage to finally earn her European Tour Card.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Observers gobsmacked at new revelation about lost QuadrigaCX currency

HALIFAX — The revelation that the embattled QuadrigaCX cryptocurrency exchange recently lost track of more than $460,000 in crypto-coins has left some industry observers reeling with disbelief.“I’m totally gobsmacked … that such a thing could happen,” says Manie Eagar, CEO of Vancouver-based DigitalFutures, a business development consultancy that focuses on digital currency and blockchain technologies.“Whoever took over the reins and is acting as the custodian of these funds should have at least done due diligence to avoid whatever happened.”The court-appointed monitor overseeing the search for $260 million in cash and cryptocurrency owed to QuadrigaCX users revealed on Tuesday that the exchange had access to $902,743 in online digital assets, stored in so-called hot wallets as of Feb. 5.However, Ernst and Young said that on Feb. 6 someone working for QuadrigaCX “inadvertently” transferred 103 Bitcoins valued at $468,675 into a so-called cold wallet that remains beyond the reach of the company.Meanwhile, lawyers were expected to gather Thursday in a Halifax courtroom, where a judge will decide who will represent QuadrigaCX’s creditors.Insolvency expert Tim Hill said the case is highly unusual, given that QuadrigaCX has no offices, no employees and no bank accounts.“We certainly haven’t seen anything like this in Nova Scotia — and nothing in Canada that I’m aware of,” he said in an interview.The Vancouver-based exchange was shut down Jan 28 amid a flurry of speculation about the sudden death of its CEO and lone director, 30-year-old Gerald Cotten, who led his five-year-old virtual business from a home north of Halifax.Court records say Cotten, who died suddenly on Dec. 9 while travelling in India, was the only person with access to the digital keys needed to access $190 million worth of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.As well, the insolvent company owes about 115,000 affected users another $70 million in cash.“Transferring funds to wallets they can’t retrieve money from is really mind-blowing,” said Samir Saadi, professor of finance at the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management.“They know they don’t have access to those cold wallets and they still managed to make that terrible mistake …  It tells us a lot about the company’s practices. There’s no backup plans — nothing.”The selection Thursday of representative counsel, which will be overseen by Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice Michael Wood, is part of a court-ordered insolvency process that was set in motion when the virtual company was granted protection from its creditors on Feb. 5.The purpose of the federal law is to allow insolvent companies owing more than $5 million to continue to operate while drafting a plan to pay off creditors, thereby avoiding bankruptcy.The court order includes a standard 30-day stay of proceedings, which means creditors are prohibited from filing lawsuits against QuadrigaCX until the order expires. An extension is widely expected to be granted by the court on March 5.Hill, a Halifax lawyer who specializes in insolvency and debt restructuring, said the law firms that will be selected as representative counsel will be paid by QuadrigaCX’s parent company, Quadriga Fintech Solutions.“There’s a real danger here that there’s going to be no money to pay these guys,” said Hill, a member of BoyneClarke’s business litigation team and a former registrar in bankruptcy. “Unless they can move quickly to identify some assets, some money, this may not go on too long. People need to be paid.”The representative counsel will speak for the creditors in court, but there’s nothing stopping creditors from hiring their own lawyers.Lawyers from across the country have expressed an interest in the case.Much of the actual money that is owed to creditors is in the form of bank drafts, which the company has failed to deposit in a financial institution because regular banks remain leery of dealing with cryptocurrency businesses.“That’s obviously going to be a challenge, but at some point the court will be asked to assist with that,” Hill said. “The court has very broad authority in these matters.”One user of the platform, Tong Zou of Orillia, Ont., submitted an affidavit to the court, saying he is owed $560,000.The professional software engineer said he had been using QuadrigaCX since 2017.His statement was part of an application to the court to have two law firms — Toronto-based Bennett Jones and Halifax-based McInnes Cooper — appointed a representative counsel.“After speaking with various affected users, I know that the affected users are very worried, confused and in need of assistance,” Zou said in the affidavit.He said he was aware of several other users who are owed more than $100,000 — but he said they have chosen to remain anonymous.Michael MacDonald, The Canadian Press read more

UnitedHealth 1Q Earnings Snapshot

MINNETONKA, Minn. (AP) _ UnitedHealth Group Inc. (UNH) on Tuesday reported first-quarter net income of $3.47 billion.The Minnetonka, Minnesota-based company said it had profit of $3.56 per share. Earnings, adjusted for amortization costs, were $3.73 per share.The results beat Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 10 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $3.60 per share.The largest U.S. health insurer posted revenue of $60.31 billion in the period, which also topped Street forecasts. Seven analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $59.68 billion.UnitedHealth expects full-year earnings in the range of $14.50 to $14.75 per share.UnitedHealth shares have decreased almost 8 per cent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has risen 16 per cent. The stock has increased nearly 3 per cent in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on UNH at https://www.zacks.com/ap/UNHThe Associated Press read more

US UK hail adoption of historic resolution

The United Kingdom, which co-sponsored the resolution said the resolution sets Sri Lanka on a new path towards reconciliation and a more prosperous and inclusive future “We have witnessed important changes in Sri Lanka since January, which have made today’s consultative, constructive resolution possible. The goal of this resolution—and of our efforts here in Geneva—is to help Sri Lanka undertake a difficult but essential journey. And, we welcome that this resolution recognizes the critical role of continued OHCHR engagement. As Secretary Kerry reiterated last week, the United States will remain steadfast in supporting justice, promoting reconciliation, and seeking an enduring peace and prosperity for all Sri Lankans. We will continue to work bilaterally and multilaterally to support all Sri Lankan people in their efforts to achieve a Sri Lanka that is peaceful, democratic, prosperous, and realizes the full potential of all its citizens,” Harper said. The United States and Britain hailed the adoption of the “historic resolution” on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council today.The US Ambassador to Geneva Keith Harper said that the  consensus resolution expresses international support for Sri Lanka as it takes courageous steps to strengthen democracy and restore civil liberties. Minister of State for Asia, Hugo Swire said that last year the United Kingdom had pushed hard for a UN process that would shine a light on a traumatic period in Sri Lanka’s history.“We believed then, as we believe now, that for Sri Lanka to fulfil its enormous potential it must address the difficult legacy of its past. With co-sponsorship by the Sri Lankan government, today’s resolution sets Sri Lanka on a new path towards reconciliation and a more prosperous and inclusive future – a path which is clearly marked by the recommendations set out in the UN report and which, at every step, the United Kingdom stands ready to support. I recognise this has not been an easy process for Sri Lanka, but I commend its people and its government for their willingness to take these brave steps forward,” he said. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Cashstrapped Home Capital plans to sell up to 15 billion in mortgages

TORONTO – Shares of Home Capital Group (TSX:HCG) shot up Tuesday after it announced that an independent third party expressed interest in buying up to $1.5 billion of its mortgage assets, a move intended to reinstill confidence in the cash-strapped lender.The company — which has seen customers withdraw more than $1 billion from their accounts recently — said the unidentified party has indicated a non-binding intention to buy at least $500 million of qualifying uninsured mortgages immediately.The unidentified buyer could also purchase up to $500 million of additional uninsured mortgages and up to $500 million in insured mortgages, Home Capital said.The lender, which uses money deposited into GICs and savings accounts to help fund its mortgage products, didn’t disclose what the buyer would pay or when a firm deal would be concluded.The company’s stock price soared 17.86 per cent, or $1.22, to $8.05 in early trading on the S&P/TSX composite index following the news.The company’s interim chief executive, Bonita Then, said the proposed sale is to designed to give Home Capital the ability to continue serving as many customers as possible through its network of mortgage brokers.“This is another step forward in the company’s efforts to restore confidence in our operations,” added Home Capital board chair Brenda Eprile in a statement.Home Capital said it is also tightening its lending criteria and reducing some of its broker incentive programs — moves that it said could reduce the number of its new mortgages and renewals.The fate of the subprime mortgage lender is being closely watched by investors, regulators and governments, as some market observers worry its woes could undermine the broader Canadian financial sector.On Monday, the company said it has drawn $1.4 billion from a $2-billion emergency line of credit provided by the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP), one of Ontario’s largest public-sector pension funds.Home Capital’s share price has been under pressure in recent weeks following allegations from the Ontario Securities Commission that the company and three senior executives misled investors in their handling of falsified loan applications.The company has vowed to defend itself against the allegations, which it says are without merit. Lawyers for the three men haven’t responded to requests for comment.The lender has made a number of changes to its board recently in a bid to boost investor confidence. Last week it announced it is replacing company founder Gerald Soloway with former Royal Bank executive Alan Hibben.Also Monday, Home Capital announced the addition of three new board members, including two former CEOs of major Ontario pension funds, and named Eprile as chairwoman.Eprile, who joined the Home Capital board last year, replaces Kevin Smith, who will remain on the board.Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter. by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted May 9, 2017 6:37 am MDT Last Updated May 9, 2017 at 9:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Cash-strapped Home Capital plans to sell up to $1.5 billion in mortgages read more

Niagara Region and Brock University partner to evaluate 10 years of poverty

Niagara Region and Brock University have announced a partnership to evaluate the impact of the Niagara Prosperity Initiative (NPI) on Niagara’s communities.Now in its 10th year, the NPI provides $1.5 million annually to support poverty reduction and prevention activities throughout the region.The evaluation project announced Friday, May 4, is supported by $470,000 in funding delivered through the Government of Ontario’s Local Poverty Reduction Fund (LPRF). The grant, funded by the Government of Ontario and administered by its agency the Ontario Trillium Foundation, is helping Niagara Region support those in need by identifying the effect of the NPI over the last decade. The results of the evaluation will allow Niagara Region to better plan for the future in order to maximize impact.“This collaboration between Brock University and Niagara Region, enabled through the support of the Government of Ontario, is a striking example of how transdisciplinary research can engage with innovative community projects,” said Brock Vice-President, Research, Tim Kenyon. “The data, insights and characterizations of the assessment exercise will support evidence-based planning and action on social and economic development in Niagara Region. This is just one of the ways that Brock researchers are making a difference today and in the future.”The project was initiated by Brock Social Justice Research Institute Director June Corman and former SJRI Project Facilitator Rachel Hirsch. It’s now in the hands of a team of Brock researchers spanning psychology, geography, tourism, education, nursing and sociology.The NPI evaluation project will examine more than 330 projects that have received funding over the last 10 years. The NPI has supplied funding to 84 different agencies since 2008, with a particular focus on women, single parents and their children, youth, people with disabilities, newcomers, Indigenous people and seniors.Through this partnership, Brock’s evaluation team will examine how the NPI has addressed poverty in Niagara, possible approaches to enhance the initiative and future program evaluation techniques. Evaluation is a critical component of any strategy and the residents who benefit from NPI projects will see enriched outcomes from this research.The data collected will contribute to a body of knowledge that will support poverty reduction programs across the province.“The Niagara Prosperity Initiative is a unique Regional program that has supplied funding for hundreds of community programs, touching the lives of more than 1 out of 5 residents,” Regional Chair Alan Caslin said. “Evaluation of all our programs, including the prosperity initiative, is an important part of our mandate as we’re always looking for ways to enhance performance and deliver the highest value for our residents. We’re proud of what the NPI has accomplished over the past decade and look forward to our new partnership with Brock University.”This investment by the Government of Ontario is just one way the province is bolstering innovative local programs that support groups disproportionately affected by poverty. Through the Local Poverty Reduction Fund, Ontario is helping to break the cycle of poverty for children and youth, increase employment and income security, and end homelessness in Ontario.“I am pleased that the Niagara Region and Brock University are partnering together to evaluate the success of the Niagara Prosperity Initiative in addressing the issue of poverty in Niagara. With support from the provincial government through the Ontario Trillium Foundation, this assessment will provide valuable information to better support those still struggling with poverty in our community,” said St. Catharines MPP Jim Bradley. read more

Martin Jarmond hired as William V Campbell Director of Athletics at Boston

OSU Deputy Athletic Director Martin Jarmond highlights future OSU football schedules at the Fawcett Center. Credit: Lantern file photoOhio State University Deputy Director of Athletics Martin Jarmond will be the next Athletic Director at Boston College University, Boston College announced today.At OSU, Jarmond functioned directed external and internal relations and day-to-day operations of the athletics program, and served as sport administrator for Buckeye football, men’s basketball, baseball, and men’s and women’s golf programs.Jarmond was an integral part in compiling football schedules for OSU, which includes out of conference opponents until the year 2024. The Buckeyes will be playing teams like Oregon, Notre Dame and Texas at home over the next few seasons, thanks to the work of Jarmond.“I am humbled and honored to serve as the William V. Campbell Director of Athletics at Boston College,” Jarmond said in a statement. “I am grateful to (University President) Fr. Leahy and Boston College for entrusting me with this role.  I have always believed that the commitment to high academic standards and competing at the highest level athletically are not mutually exclusive.”OSU Senior Vice President and Athletics Director Gene Smith, who has worked alongside Jarmond since 2009, said in a statement he was pleased to see his collegaue move to a prestigious position, but will also miss his presence.“Martin is one of the best administrators I have ever worked with,” Smith said. “His leadership skills are exceptional. It has been a tremendous honor working with him and watching him develop into a premier athletic administrator. His contributions to The Ohio State University have been significant, and he will be missed.” read more

Hitachi Construction Machinery delves into mining industrys downtime issue

first_imgMaintenance or mechanical failures are often seen as the root causes of industry downtime, but Hitachi Construction Machinery (HCM), in South Africa, thinks there is more to this loss in productivity and profitability than this.A deeper look into the actual typical operating conditions in the mining environment reveals there are levels of downtime beyond these two, HCM South Africa said.“A closer approximation of actual production time can be reached by applying an OEE (overall equipment efficiency) analysis on a calendar time-based approach, as opposed to a loading time-based approach, since the latter is based on theoretical total time and is more likely to give an inaccurate reflection of actual production capacity,” the company said.“With a calendar time-based OEE analysis, then, a number of additional factors affecting productivity are taken into account:“Unscheduled downtime (breakdowns/failures);“Scheduled and unscheduled maintenance;“Idle time (eg operator lunch breaks);“Waiting time (eg when a shovel waits for a truck to be loaded/unloaded);“Inactivity during moves between sites, and;“Environmental disruptions (e.g. unsuitable terrain, etc).”HCM said: “From this, it is clear that the true cost of downtime is notably higher in reality than in theory, and since many of these factors are beyond the control of managers and personnel, it clearly illustrates the importance of quality and reliability of the equipment itself to the overall viability of a mining enterprise.”HCM supplies one third of all the hydraulic mining excavators in the world – a fact due in no small part to the “strength and reliability of Hitachi machines”.“In fact, it is thanks to the overall longevity of Hitachi’s machines, and the fact that customers get far more than expected from their purchases; the modular designs employed in the newer technology machines, in particular, make for timeous and effortless maintenance routines, which play a significant role in production optimisation.“Superior horsepower output, efficient engines, ergonomically designed cabs, advanced hydraulics, tough frames, and powerful arm- and bucket-digging forces make for formidable, robust machines that maximise production time to get the job done,” the company said.This also makes for lower total cost of ownership, as the customer benefits from additional value over time, according to the company. “For example, a renowned mining customer has reported seeing extended life on main components purchased with the equipment such as the rigid dump truck wheel units, on which they have achieved in excess of 25,000 hours through the application of class-leading maintenance tactics in partnership with Hitachi’s site support personnel. With a very closely managed and monitored maintenance plan, they aim to manage these components to 50,000 hours.”The company concluded: “Ultimately, it is through willingness to receive customers’ feedback and then incorporating it into their vigorous and ongoing R&D processes that Hitachi is able to optimise their machines and offer exceptional value.”last_img read more

La Jolla Village Drive reopened after construction finishes one day early

first_img February 14, 2019 Posted: February 14, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom La Jolla Village Drive reopened after construction finishes one day early SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – La Jolla Village Drive at Genesee Avenue was reopened today, one day ahead of schedule, when workers finished installing concrete girders above the intersection. Construction crews began placing the four girders last Friday, each weighing 95 tons, and had expected to re-open the roadway tomorrow.According to the San Diego Association of Governments, the concrete set and hardened faster than expected, allowing crews to reopen the heavily traveled intersection to traffic this morning.The girder installation is part of the $2.17 billion Mid-Coast Trolley Blue Line Extension, which includes a planned 11-mile extension of trolley service by MTS from Santa Fe Depot in downtown San Diego to University City.The trolley will eventually run on the raised tracks where the girders were installed.The extension will add trolley stops in Mission Bay Park, UC San Diego and Westfield UTC. SANDAG received $1.04 billion in funding from the Federal Transit Administration to complete the project.The extension and related projects are intended to reduce traffic congestion as the county’s population increases. Construction on the extension began in 2016 and is scheduled to be fully  completed in 2021.More info: https://bit.ly/2TysykI Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more