Nenshi aims to entice Vancouver tech sector workers to Calgary

first_imgVANCOUVER (660 NEWS) – Naheed Nenshi has ventured to the coast and hopes he won’t be returning to Calgary alone. Nenshi is hoping to convince people in the thriving west coast tech sector to move to Calgary.Nenshi aims to do two things with the trip, number one is traveling with Calgary companies, in order to do business with some Vancouver companies.“The second reason I am here is to steal your children. We are also doing a tech hiring fair with a bunch of Calgary tech companies who have jobs to fill that are looking to Vancouver candidates, so it’s a bit of both.”Nenshi believes the trip can be beneficial for everyone involved.“I’m hopeful that we’ll be able to create better business relationships to help Vancouver companies grow here, but also to help support the Calgary economy as well.”He says Calgary is dealing with some problems like a historically high unemployment rate, but we may need outside help to fix those issues.“We really need people who have worked in a healthy tech ecosystem like Vancouver, whether it is software engineers, or coders, or folks who can help our businesses grow.”He says the tech sector will help the city’s economy diversify as it would help other industries, like financial services and life sciences, grow.Nenshi says Vancouver will want to avoid some of the issues that have been found in Silicon Valley with exorbitant housing costs that would limit the number of young people able to live in the city.Vancouver already has a high cost of living in comparison to many other Canadian cities, which could be one reason why people would want to come over the Rockies to Calgary.Calgary’s Mayor also says he looks forward to dealing with the newly elected mayor of Vancouver, Kennedy Stewart.“I am happy to talk to Vancouver people about the economy, the environment, energy and pipelines.”With files from Breakfast Television on City TV.last_img read more

Indias Vice President to Visit Morocco Tunisia

By Kainoelani LeeRabat – India’s Vice President, Hamid Ansari will partake in a five-day tour on May 30 that will take him to the North African countries, Morocco and Tunisia, according to the Business Standard.The first day will consist of touring Morocco’s capital Rabat, with invitation from Abdelilah Benkirane, prime minister and head of government of Morocco. “This visit intends to further strengthen the cordial relations between the two countries, further develop and diversify profile of bilateral economic cooperation and explore new avenues of co-operation and partnership on a wide range of issues of shared common interest,” an external affairs ministry statement said.During Ansari’s visit in Morocco, he will hold discussions and meeting with King Mohammed VI and Prime Minister Benikirane. The Moroccan prime minister and Vice President will also launch the India-Morocco Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Rabat, together.Ansari will also meet with leading intellectuals and imams of Morocco, as well as deliver a speech at Mohammed V University in Rabat.He will also visit Marrakesh, and be hosted by the governor of Marrakesh.After the tour to Morocco ends, he will begin his the second leg of his visit in Tunis, on June 2, for a two day visit, at the invitation of Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid.“India has very cordial bilateral relations with Tunisia,” another external affairs ministry statement said. “The economic cooperation between the two countries is deepening with Indian investments in the phosphate sector. During this visit, further avenues of cooperation in various areas of growth would be discussed,” it added.During Ansari’s visit to Tunisia, he will hold discussion with President Beji Caid Essebsi and Prime Minister Essid on various issues that they all hold a common interest towards.Ansari will also be received by the president of the Assembly of the Representative of the People of Tunisia, where he will meet with members of the parliament from multiple parties. The Vice President will also meet with the Tunisian-India Parliamentary Group.He will then deliver a key note address to the Tunisian diplomatic corps and leading scholars and think tanks at the Tunisian Institute for Strategic Studies.Ansari will be accompanied by union Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers Hansraj Gangaram Ahir and four members of parliament on his visits to both countries. read more

Recycling proper waste treatment can be veritable gold mine – UN environmental

Some 3.5 billion people, half the world’s population, lack crucial waste management services, significantly harming environment, health and economies, the United Nations reported today, stressing that recycling and proper treatment can be a literal and metaphorical gold mine. “Open dumping, the most prevalent waste disposal method in many countries, can lead to acute health impacts for those living closest to dumping sites, most often the urban poor,” the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said, calling the statistics “staggering” as it released a new study on the problem that showed that one tonne of recycled electronic waste could yield as much gold as five to 15 tonnes of typical gold ore.“In addition, poor waste management can lead to significant environmental hazards: leachate from waste can contaminate soil and water, open burning of waste can cause air pollution and a failure to use recycled materials from waste means acceleration in the depletion of ‘raw’ materials,” it added, seeks to provide strategic guidance to countries where waste management systems are disorganized, haphazard or under-resourced.The study – Guidelines for National Waste Management Strategies: Moving from Challenges to Opportunities – released in conjunction with the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).stresses that management is not only a challenge but “a largely untapped opportunity,” with treated waste used as a recoverable resource put to profitable use.Beyond the potential amount of recovered gold from one tonne of electrical and electronic waste (e-waste), it notes that recovered copper, aluminium and rare metals would exceed by many times the levels found in typical ores. Printed circuit boards are “probably the richest ore stream you’re ever going to find,” it says.Other benefits include:Recycling a tonne of aluminium saves 1.3 tonnes of bauxite residues, 15 cubic metres of cooling water, 0.86 cubic metres of process water and nearly 40 barrels of oil, while preventing the emission of two tonnes of carbon dioxide and 11 kilos of sulphur dioxide. In 2000 recycling in the European Union generated over 229,200 jobs, which by 2008 had increased to nearly 512,340 – an annual growth rate of over 10.5 percent. The proportion of people employed in waste-related recovery activities in there increased from over 400 persons per million inhabitants in 2000, to over 600 in 2007, an increase of some 45 per cent. Globally, about one-third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted, amounting to about 1.3 billion tonnes per year. The global waste market, from collection to recycling, is estimated at $410 billion a year, not including the sizable informal segment in developing countries. Overall, an estimated 1.3 billion tonnes of solid waste is collected worldwide, a figure expected to increase to 2.2 billion tonnes by 2025, with almost all of the increase from developing countries. Moreover, decay of the organic fraction of solid waste contributes about 5 per cent of global greenhouse gases.“Even more progress can be made if production and consumption processes are re-evaluated, so that all the inefficiencies, losses and adverse impacts associated with generating and managing waste are reduced, or, for certain kinds of products, even eliminated completely,” the document said. read more

Nervous Prince Harry interviews Barack Obama for Radio 4

first_imgTheir friendship was cemented in 2015, when they met in Washington for an informal chat at the White House to promote the Invictus Games in Florida.The following year, the Obamas had dinner at Kensington Palace and met Prince George, then two, who was brought down in his pyjamas and dressing gown.The young prince  immediately charmed them by playing on a rocking horse they had given him for his first birthday and a cuddly toy dog they had sent him as a gift when Princess Charlotte was born. Barack Obama and Prince Harry watch the wheelchair basketball at the Invictus Games Prince Harry and Barack Obama discuss the format of the interview Credit:BBC Prince Harry and Barack Obama discuss the format of the interview  Prince George meets Barack ObamaCredit:Kensington Palace/Pete Souza Barack Obama and Prince Harry watch the wheelchair basketball at the Invictus GamesCredit:Samir Hussein Michelle Obama has called him “Prince Charming” and more recently, “my friend,” when he joined her in October for a surprise visit to local schoolchildren in Chicago.While Prince Harry has never publicly voiced an opinion on Donald Trump, Mr Obama’s successor, Ms Markle has been less restrained – calling him “misogynistic” while he was campaigning and even threatened to move out of the United States if he was elected.The BBC confirmed that Sarah Montague will be one of the two presenters who will host Prince Harry’s edition of Today from the BBC studio.It will mark her return to the BBC after a period of absence which is reportedly due to a battle with BBC bosses over the sizable pay gap between her and her male colleagues.The last royal to guest edit the Today show was Sarah, Duchess of York, in 2004. The interview took place in Toronto in September, when the Prince was in Canada for the Invictus Games.The conversation covered topics including Mr Obama’s memories of the day he left office and his hopes for his post-presidential life, including his plans to focus on cultivating the next generation of leadership through the Obama Foundation. Prince George meets Barack Obama The pair are firm friends and have fostered a so-called “bromance” with numerous public appearances together over the years.But when a slightly awkward Prince Harry came to interview Barack Obama for his stint as a guest editor on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, he admitted he was nervous, prompting the former US President to reassure him it was all a bit of fun.As the pair came face to face on camera, sitting across a table from each other behind the radio microphones, Mr Obama jokingly asked the Prince if he should speak with a British accent.He also wondered if he should speak faster than usual because he was a “slow speaker.”But the Prince replied: “No, no not at all. But if you start using long pauses between the answers you’re probably going to get the face.”When Mr Obama asked to see “the face” Prince Harry gave him a stern look, prompting the US politician to laugh; “I don’t want to see that face.” As Prince Harry began explaining how part of the interview would be packaged for his guest stint on the Today programme, to be broadcast on December 27, while the whole interview would be released as a podcast, a more relaxed Mr Obama appeared keen to crack on.“It’s going to be fine,” he said.“Excellent. I’m ready whenever.”Prince Harry noted: “You’re excited about this, I’m nervous about this that’s what’s quite funny.”Mr Obama reassured him it was all “fun” but offered to turn the tables and interview him instead, to which the Prince quickly replied: “No no, let’s keep it this way, I’d much prefer that.”The Obamas have been touted as likely invitees to Prince Harry’s forthcoming wedding to Meghan Markle. At the Invictus Games, Mr Obama was overheard asking Prince Harry about his relationship with Ms Markle as they watched the wheelchair basketball and was one of the first to congratulate them, on Twitter, when the engagement was announced. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Bronchiolite plus de risques pour les bébés nageurs

first_imgBronchiolite : plus de risques pour les bébés nageursUnion européenne – Les enfants ayant fréquenté les piscines auraient 1,7 fois plus de risques de contracter une bronchiolite que les autres.Une étude belge parue dans le European Respiratory Journal fait état des conséquences négatives des séances de bébés nageurs sur le système respiratoire des tout-petits. Cette activité ludique de plus en plus prisée a malheureusement des conséquences néfastes. En effet, les poumons des bébés sont fragiles et dans une piscine, ils sont exposés à la chloramine. Ce un mélange de chlore et de substances organiques comme la salive ou l’urine est irritant, et le risque de développer une bronchiolite est augmenté de 1,7 fois en moyenne chez les enfants mis en contact avec lui. Il faut toutefois noter que ce risque est proportionnel au temps passé en piscine par chaque enfant. À lire aussiAntihistaminique : qu’est-ce que c’est ? A quoi ça sert ?La bronchiolite est une maladie respiratoire infantile qui peut avoir de graves conséquences. De plus, elle peut plus tard induire des états asthmatiques. Les experts conseillent donc soit de s’abstenir, soit de prendre de bonnes habitudes. Il faut choisir une piscine peu chlorée (l’odeur est caractéristique), où les conditions d’hygiène sont strictes (douche avec savon obligatoire avant le bain). Le 21 juillet 2010 à 11:48 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Wikipédia abandonné par ses contributeurs

first_imgWikipédia abandonné par ses contributeursMalgré ses efforts pour encourager les internautes à enrichir le contenu de son encyclopédie participative, la fondation Wikimédia peine à retenir ses contributeurs qui sont de moins en moins nombreux.Wikipédia n’attire plus les contributeurs. L’encyclopédie en ligne de la fondation Wikimédia perd peu à peu les internautes qui participaient à son enrichissement. “Nous ne parvenons pas à regonfler nos rangs. Ce n’est pas une crise, mais je considère que c’est important” a en effet déploré Jimmy Wales, le cofondateur de Wikipédia auprès de l’Associated Press.À lire aussiSuivez l’activité de Wikipedia en temps réelC’est à l’occasionde la septième conférence annuelle de l’encyclopédie, organisée à Haïfa, en Israël, que ce constat a été dressé. Pour Jimmy Wales, le problème vient du fait que les contributeurs du site correspondent généralement au profil d’un “geek de 26 ans”, qui finit par avoir des projets, se marier, et cesse donc d’écrire pour l’encyclopédie participative. Quant à ceux qui continuent de contribuer au site, ils se trouvent souvent en manque de sujets. Voilà dix ans que Wikipedia existe, et son contenu est aujourd’hui très riche avec ses quelque 19 millions d’articles, laissant peu de thèmes à traiter. En mars dernier, l’encyclopédie comptait environ 90.000 contributeurs actifs. Et comme l’a déclaré Sue Gardner, directrice exécutive de la fondation Wikimédia, l’objectif est d’en recruter 5.000 d’ici au mois de juin 2012. Pour y parvenir, Wikipédia s’enrichit d’une nouvelle fonctionnalité. Baptisée WikiLove, elle permet aux internautes possédant un compte de distribuer des compliments aux autres contributeurs, afin de les encourager à participer d’avantage (voir notre article)Le 5 août 2011 à 16:05 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Rene Dupree on Bubba Ray Dudley roughing him up in WWE

first_img Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling sent this in.In quite possibly the most controversial episode of The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling Podcast to date, John and Chad welcome former WWE Tag Team Champion and La Resistance member Rene Dupree. Dupree is not one to cut corners as he gives his honest and candid take on WWE Developmental, NXT, his issues with his former tag team partner Sylvan, disdain for Bubba Ray Dudley, Hardcore Holly and also JBL. Dupree’s pull no punches style makes this a can’t miss episode and if you are a fan of the mid 2000s WWE you will recall the missed opportunity by WWE not getting behind what was the youngest wrestler ever signed by the organization.Full Episode Download Link:http://tmptow.podomatic.com/entry/2015-09-07T21_00_00-07_00Rene Dupree Shoots On Bubba Ray Dudley Purposely Giving Him Concussions:https://youtu.be/ecLftT1GzB0Did he get along with former tag team partners (Sylvan Grenier and Kenzo Suzuki):As far as Sly, no I didn’t like the guy. Does that answer your question? We don’t like each other, we haven’t talked to each other and probably never will. He (Kenzo Suzuki) was great. That’s when I got into Japanese culture was traveling with him and his wife. I spent more time in Japan then I did with the WWE or the United States. I had a seven or eight year career there but now I am winding down, I’m only 31 going to be 32 in December but I’ve had my fill with wrestling. I say that now but a wrestler never retires.Working in Japan over The United States and WWE’s current product:If you are good, you can get anybody off their ass. It took time but I learned how to get them off their ass and that’s why I stayed there so long. I learned how to get over with that crowd. There it’s different, for example if it’s an opening match they are going to treat it as an opening match but if it’s a match with significance, like a title match that has importance and has been built up right they will get more involved and into it and more into the false finishes and be just as loud as an American crowd. Now with WWE, they do everything on TV. Nobody gives a sh*t if it’s a title match or not. You don’t even know the rules or know what the hell is going on. Who gives a sh*t if it’s a title match, they switch the belt every other week, as far as tag titles or Intercontinental. I couldn’t tell you who the tag champs are or who the Intercontinental Champion is now, I don’t know.How have injuries played a part in his wrestling career coming to an end:I’m pretty much done with the whole wrestling game. I’d like to do the convention circuit so I don’t have to take any bumps because my brains are so scrambled from throughout the years that it’s starting to affect me and starting to affect my daily life. Now that I am getting older, it started when I was around 27, I started forgetting stuff, I had twenty-five concussions just within WWE. You think about well I have so many, not really when you work a full time schedule and I was there for 5 1/2 years and when you wrestle what 150- 250 matches a year to have four or five concussions a year do you think that’s highly unlikely? No, that’s normal.Did The Dudley Boyz take liberties with him in the ring:Does a bear sh*t in the woods? Oh my God. I’ve had so many concussions from Bubba Ray Dudley it’s not even funny. You know Chris Nowinski had to retire because of Bubba Ray giving him concussions right? Devon, it’s universal everyone likes Devon because he’s a pro, but Bubba can be difficult to work with.What he thinks led to The Dudleyz leaving WWE in 2005:One time in the ring, Sly screwed up a spot and then Bubba punched him in the face and bloodied his nose and Sly asked him why backstage and Bubba went off and punched him in the face again. Sylvan was very good friends with Pat Patterson and they weren’t around shortly thereafter.The WWE Developmental process and the Performance Center:Who have they developed since they’ve had that Performance Center? The ones that will become stars are the ones that will prove themselves elsewhere. Quite frankly there is not too many place to go and learn but the ones that show the heart and determination and the love for it, not some f*cking ex-football player that twisted his ankle in camp and can’t play in the NFL anymore, not some underwear model or some bodybuilder. The ones that will make it and will get over and will put up with their bullsh*t quite frankly are the guys that love it.His take on former WWE Superstars suing WWE for negligence in relation to injuries:I don’t know anything of it but I can tell you from experience that, yeah there is definitely or at least there was. I don’t know about now, I think they are trying to cover their tracks. I have no opinion of it. What happens, happens and I just want to stay clear from that place.Were there ever motions to push medical treatment:They definitely didn’t. I personally got knocked out one night. I was wrestling Rob Van Dam and he hit me with a spin kick and I was out for five hours. I was out on my feet for five and half hour! I didn’t get no concussions tests. I didn’t even go to a doctor. After a concussion you are not supposed to go to sleep, well I woke up in my bed and Sylvan called me up and said you got kicked in the head and don’t worry about it. You know how long I waited until I got back in the ring? I was back in the next night. Remember the Bob Holly Incident? I got kicked about fifth-teen or twenty times in the f*cking head with a wrestling boot. You know how hard the sole of a wrestling boot is? It’s like a steel-toed boot. Did I go get a concussion test. No. Did I go to a doctor? Yes, but just to see if anything was broken around my eye.What led to the infamous Bob Holly incident and did anyone encourage his attack:I was a kid and I made a mistake not paying a parking ticket and I offered to pay him double for whatever it is that I owed him and that wasn’t good enough. So, he threatened to kill me on a plane and threatened to run me over. The guy is a psychopath. I am a firm believer because I was about twenty and he was forty-one and I believe he was suffering from dementia to be honest with you. John Laurenitis is behind it all too because he is the one who booked me in a f*cking match with him and they knew exactly what they were doing. They knew exactly what was going to happen and they were laughing at it, the whole place is f*cking corrupt.Similar heat with JBL:JBL is a piece of sh*t.Rene Dupree’s added thoughts on JBL had to be wiped from the record. Rene also discusses being signed at 18, restarting Grand Prix Wrestling, his father’s influences, having wrestling in the blood, working for Vince McMahon, The Great Muta, Heat with The Dudley Boyz, thoughts on WWE Developmental and his run as part of La Resistance.Please subscribe to The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling on iTunes and via YouTube by searching the Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling or visit the OFFICIAL Website of the Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling: www.tmptofwrestling.com  & twitter.com/twomanpowertripRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Mourinho has been believing in Baker since 2014

first_imgFollowing the announcement of Lewis Baker’s departure for Leeds United from Chelsea, which is his fifth loan deal, one might easily wonder if he is really that precious.Which he is, indeed – at least according to Mourinho. Back in 2014, he was looking to sign Baker at Stamford, while he was still a teenager, alongside the other English hopes Izzy Brown and Dominic Solanke. In the process, throughout the duration of which his decisions were doubted on more than a few occasions, Mourinho has made some bold claims.“If, in a few years, Baker, Brown and Solanke are not national team players, I should blame myself,” Mourinho said, according to the official website of Leeds.“They are part of a process the club started without me, during that period before I came back.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“But now I have players who will be Chelsea players. And when they become Chelsea players, they will become England players, almost for sure.”“I’m not saying we’re doing it just for English football, because it is also about us.”“Chelsea is seen as a ‘graveyard’ for young talent. But at the moment, officially in the first-team squad, we have Andreas Christiansen, Nathan Ake, probably Baker, because I want to have one more English player.”Four years later, even though things have not gone exactly as predicted by Mourinho, Solanke made his English debut this year and Brown and Baker are still owned by Chelsea, despite being loaned out quite a few times.last_img read more

Turks and Caicos named as one of the safest in Caribbean Yahoo

first_img Related Items:caribbean, justin kersey, safest, yahoo news Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 03 Nov 2015 – In a Yahoo! News article on crime and safety in the Caribbean, the Turks and Caicos makes one of two lists; thankfully for this destination the author names the TCI as one of the safest places to visit in the region. The article: ‘Is the Caribbean more dangerous than you realize?’ by Sid Lipsey is trending high on Yahoo! citing the destinations which are getting travel advisories and commending the ones which are not. St Lucia, Trinidad, Barbados, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and The Bahamas, more specifically Nassau are highlighted as higher risk for robbery, armed robbery, rape, assaults and murder. The piece talks about the most dangerous cruise stops, and Justin Kersey, regional manager for the Americas at international risk management firm iJET, told Yahoo Travel that, and I quote: “Generally speaking, we have seen a slight increase in crime across the region; from Barbados to Trinidad to the Dominican Republic, we have seen a little bit of an uptick.” Kersey says the crime increase stems from a regional economic downturn. Nearby Bahamas is charting the highest numbers when it comes to rape; Jamaica, also a neighbor has recorded five tourist murders. Lipsey, who released the article today said the low crime destinations are: Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands, St. Martin — St. Maarten, Aruba and the Turks and Caicos; three of these are British overseas territories. There was recommendation for readers to be careful no matter where in the Caribbean they chose to go and that tourists, who stick to well-known areas that are in the tourist districts are generally fine. Beaches Resort does not owe TCI Gov’t; both sides want multi-million dollar dispute resolved Beaches Resort Turks and Caicos confirms indefinite closure in 2021 Recommended for you Social Media on the job, what a study revealslast_img read more

Galli leads global HR at Golin

first_imgCarrie Galli is now executive director of human resources at PR and communications agency Golin.Based in Chicago, Galli leads global HR, performing general HR duties, recruitment, spearheading diversity and inclusion, and learning and development initiatives.Galli joins from Edelman, where she was senior vice president of global learning and development. Prior to this, she held a variety of HR roles at organisations such as Foote, Cone and Belding (FCB).last_img

Amid Regional Expansion McGrawHill Construction Undergoes Restructuring

first_imgOn the heels of an announcement late last month that McGraw-Hill Construction was expanding its Engineering News-Record Network into seven new regional markets, the company rolled out a restructuring this week that resulted in an undisclosed number of layoffs throughout the organization.“The moves were taken to better meet the needs of our customers, take advantage of improved technology and processes, and position the business for growth in 2011,” a company spokesperson says in an e-mail to FOLIO:. The spokesperson declined to say how many people were let go, citing company policy to not disclose those numbers. One source, who wishes to remain anonymous, says as many as 2,000 jobs were affected by the restructuring. The company spokesperson, however, says that number is “completely inaccurate.”“Some people were walked out the door on Tuesday, while some have to stay to finish up the ongoing projects,” the source says. The spokesperson says no regional offices are closing as a result of the restructuring. McGraw-Hill Construction has locations all over the country, including New York City, Washington DC, Chicago and Atlanta.McGraw-Hill Construction is mainly divided into four business units: Dodge, an analytics business, a digital lead generation business called Sweets and the media brands—including Architectural Record, GreenSource, Constructor and Engineering News-Record.Late last month, the company said it was expanding ENR network into seven regional markets, including California, the Midwest, mountain states, the Southeast, Texas and New York. Starting with the January issue, the company says ENR will publish a total of 46 regional editions over the course of the year.In a recent conversation with FOLIO:, McGraw-Hill Construction president Keith Fox talked about the cyclical downturn in the construction industry,  calling it a “tough market” over the last three or four years, particularly in commercial building.  But despite the challenging environment, Fox says he sees opportunity. “As a data provider, as a media provider and as a company that provides intelligence to our customers, we’re more essential than we’ve ever been. When you’re competing in a difficult environment, you’re going to grow through market share, through conversion and by being smart about how you manage your business. … We’ve been successful because our customers have seen that we’re helping them drive business.”Fox declined to discuss the company’s specific revenue breakdown other than to say the Dodge database is its “core” business.last_img read more

Trump calls off G20 news conference

first_imgDonald TrumpUS president Donald Trump cancelled a press conference planned for Saturday at the G20 summit, saying he wanted to show respect to the family of late president George HW Bush.”Out of respect for the Bush Family and former president George HW Bush we will wait until after the funeral to have a press conference,” Trump tweeted.Bush, the 41st president, died Friday at 94.last_img

HIDCO to develop land beside Biswa Bangla Convention Centre

first_imgKOLKATA: Housing and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) will develop the land situated beside the Biswa Bangla Convention Centre.The decision was taken in the board meeting of HIDCO held on Saturday.The land measuring around 7-acre was used during the Bengal Global Business Summit (BGBS) held in January. A permanent stage will be constructed along with better infrastructure that includes supply of drinking water and food stalls, proper lighting arrangements among others so that the land can be used for exhibition and other similar purposes. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIt may be recalled that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had inaugurated the country’s biggest convention centre in October, 2017. The Centre has an auditorium that can accommodate 3,200 people. There are banquet halls, exhibition halls, restaurants and a 112-bed accommodation. The Centre is in high demand and meetings organised by different groups are held regularly, the last being the Chinese Education fair.In the meeting, HIDCO has also taken an important decision to construct a suspended bridge connecting the Eco Island with the Eco Park. There was a proposed ridge in the master plan of the park made in 2011-12. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe iconic designer suspension bridge will be 135 m long and 3.5 m wide. It will be made of steel. Besides a boat service, the connectivity is now maintained by a two step wooden bridge. But as the number of visitors has increased at the Eco Park, the wooden bridge is used by battery powered vehicles to ferry senior citizens and goods. Recently, senior engineers of state Irrigation and Waterways department had examined the health of the wooden bridge and have recommended re-painting with bitumen the logs that are under water.Tender to select the firm will be floated soon. The bridge will be constructed keeping in mind the character of the Eco Park, the country’s biggest urban park.last_img read more

PyPy 70 released for Python 27 35 and 36 alpha

first_imgYesterday, PyPy 7.0 was announced in a blog post. It is a triple release for different Python versions. PyPy is a compliant Python interpreter which can be considered a replacement for CPython 2.7, 3.5, and 3.6. It’s faster due to the integrated tracing JIT compiler. The release supports x86 machines with common OSes, PPC64, and s390x running Linux. Since the ARM buildbots are out of service currently, binaries for ARM architecture will not be released. PyPy 7.0 includes the following interpreters. PyPy2.7 is an interpreter with support for syntax and features of Python 2.7 which will lose official support next year. PyPy3.5, supports the stable Python 3.5 PyPy3.6-alpha which is the first official PyPy release supporting 3.6 features. All of the three interpreters share a similar codebase allowing this triple release. Until packages can be distributed downstream, wheel (whl) packages are available for some common packages. GC hooks has been improved. It’s now possible to manage the GC by using a combination of gc.disable and gc.collect_step manually. The cffi module included in PyPy has been updated to version 1.12. The cppyy backend is also updated to version 1.4. For a JIT friendly experience, use the new versions to wrap your C and C++ code. PyPy 7.0 is fully compatible with the previous version. Several issues and bugs raised by the PyPy community have been addressed. PyPy3 and Windows PyPy3.5 releases are not yet up to quality to be used in production. There are open issues and the compatibility is not complete. The utf8 branch to change the internal representation of unicode to utf8 will be added in one of the future releases. Read next Python Software foundation and JetBrains’ Python Developers Survey 2018 Python steering council election results are out for January 2019 Introducing RustPython, a Python 3 interpreter written in Rustlast_img read more

Costa Rican biker protest ends without agreement

first_imgRelated posts:Tico motorists to pay 12 percent more for vehicle circulation permits Costa Rican officials agree ‘to study’ bikers’ demands after another day of protest Deadline to pay marchamo ends at midnight Monday Marchamo Conflict May Reach World Trade Organization Hundreds of motorcyclists rallied on Wednesday outside the National Insurance Institute (INS) in San José to fight against an increase in mandatory circulation permit costs – known as themarchamo. But the protest ended in stalemate after INS President Guillermo Constenla refused to budge on the issue.Bikers are angered over a 24 percent increase in the cost of marchamos for motorcycle owners. Eugenio Badilla, coordinator of the Civic Committee of Motorcyclists, said his group doesn’t oppose a marchamo rate hike, but he considers this year’s increase “excessive,” adding that, “we won’t accept it.”Representatives of the bikers’ group met with Constenla at noon on Wednesday. But the INS official said a modification to marchamo pricing would have to be discussed by the Legislative Assembly, the Finance Ministry and the Roadway Safety Council (Cosevi).Albino Vargas, president of the National Association of Public and Private Employees, and Rafael Mora, legal advisor to the motorcyclists, also attended the meeting.Vargas said shortly after 2 p.m. that “negotiations at the time have broken down because there is no political will.” He called for the creation of a high-level committee with representatives from INS, Casa Presidencial, the Finance Ministry and Cosevi.One protester, Álvaro Valverde, called this year’s marchamo increase “an abuse of power, because now motorcycle owners have to pay higher taxes than buses or trucks.”Earlier this month, Constenla said the increase was due to an adjustment in insurance coverage policies. He added that since 2011, marchamo fees have not covered medical expenses for accidents, particularly for motorcycle drivers.Police officers kept watch over the rally, but bikers moved their protest to La Hispanidad roundabout, east of San José. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Tussling for tuna Costa Rican fishermen want more access to a local

first_imgRobert Nunes is a commercial fisherman who actively defends his peers in Costa Rica’s commercial fishing industry. He volunteers a lot of his time with Mauricio Gonzalez, director of the Camera de Palangreros (or the chamber of longliners) traveling the country lobbying for fisherman’s rights.Longlining is a type of fishing that boats set miles of hooks across the ocean and is not selective in what type of fish takes the bait placed on a hook. This has caused grief among many different groups who support, sharks, marlin, and sailfish that some people consider bycatch to a longline boat. The longline sector does not consider these species bycatch as the total catch is utilized and nothing gets wasted.But Nunes is an innovator and found a way to specifically target tuna with less than one percent bycatch. One of first to outfit his commercial boats with greenstick, an art of fishing that targets tuna and rarely catches anything but tuna. Robert Nunes (Photo courtesy of Changing Seas)Tuna are able to see what’s happening above the water and greenstick fishing uses lures that skip along the surface, so greenstick fishermen rarely catch anything besides tuna.Nunes has a six-boat operation. He fishes greenstick whenever possible and catches about 80 tons of tuna a year. That still only makes up for 40 percent of his catch though. Lots of times, tuna isn’t available so he longlines for dorado, which can catch sharks and billfish. Gonzalez, the director of the chamber of longliners, is not opposed to using greenstick, but for him, it’s a matter of cost.“We would love to fish greenstick a lot more,” says Gonzalez “If we had access to the [tuna]. We don’t have a lot of interest in many other species, but we need to make a living.”Costa Rica has rich fisheries, but every year, thousands of tons of tuna are fished by foreign vessels. While local fishermen face high costs, those from other countries extract Costa Rican tuna for pennies on the dollar.“It costs us as Costa Rican fishermen a lot more than foreign tuna boats to extract tuna from the ocean,” Nunes said.  To extract 80 tons of tuna, Nunes says he paid the government $46,178 in fees for licenses, social security, INS insurance, and taxes or $1.73 per kilo of tuna extracted from Costa Rican waters.“If you add the salaries of my employees on the boats which is part of the costs to access the resource it is over $157,000 per year,” Nunes said. That’s almost 200 times more than what the country makes off of foreign vessels.Costa Rica sells a license to a foreign boat for $54 per net ton of that vessel’s capacity. If that boat sells 300 metric tons to the cannery in Puntarenas it receives the next license gratis. The system is perpetual. In 2018 Costa Rica issued 12 tuna licenses to fishing boats called purse seiners. Four were paid for and the rest were given away for free. All the boats were flagged from either Nicaragua or Venezuela. They reported a total catch of 8,422 tons of tuna. In total Costa Rica collected $153,264.48 in fees. That means Costa Rica had a benefit of just under 2 cents or 11 colones for every kilo of tuna extracted from Costa Rican waters.Gonzalez says purse seiners are also a local fishermen’s biggest nemesis. A purse seiner set ontop of dolphins to catch the tuna below The Tico Times archivesPurse seiners surround schools of fish with up to several kilometers of net. The net is pulled in from the bottom and everything caught in the net’s radius is hauled into the boat. This type of fishing is highly regulated due to the amount of fish and bycatch a single boat is capable of producing.In the Americas, the Inter American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) allots each member country a quota of tuna it can catch with purse seiners. The IATTC allots Costa Rica around 9,000 tonnes a year, but we catch none of it.Costa Rica does not have any purse seine boats of its own and sells its quota to foreign flagged vessels. The system in place is outdated and Costa Rica benefits next to nothing by them being here.We have a lot to gain from the leaving though. As of 2014, purse seine boats can no longer work within 45 miles of Costa Rica’s shore and the sport fishing sector has seen a giant recovery in tuna. We’ve also seen more marlin and dorado which are often discarded bycatch by tuna boats.By studying bycatch records from observers on board tuna boats in 2017, FECOP found that 25 tons of what would have been marlin bycatch were saved by reducing the area they fish. One purse seiner has the capacity to catch as much tuna in one trip as the entire commercial fleet of 300 longlines catches in one year. “If there were more of the resource available to Costa Rican fishermen, we would target tuna. It is the fish that pays most at the market,” explained Nunes. “If you add the money generated by the sport fishing fleet for Costa Rica into the figures it is much more when you look at the whole picture.”The benefit of giving tuna back to Costa Ricans would have a domino effect. Better living conditions for coastal families, less pressure on controversial species and more fish for the sport fishing sector as well. It would also place another star on Costa Rica’s reputation for taking care of nature.Todd Staley has run fishing sport operations on both coasts of Costa Rica for over 25 years. He recently decided to take some time off to devote full-time to marine conservation and is the communications director at FECOP. Contact him at wetline@hotmail.com.This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5 % Club. If only 5 percent our readers donated at least $2 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.Support the Tico Times Facebook Comments Related posts:Tuna company, fishermen and environmental groups squabble over unpublished fishing decree Hooray! Now we can go fishing with our children Costa Rica declines to vote on shark protections at international convention A new hook for displaced shrimp industry workerslast_img read more

France sees growth of international domestic tourist numbers

first_imgThe summer season has been rather good for tourism in France, where it showed an overall increase in tourist numbers. The amount of visitors arriving in the country is expected to be no less than that of summer 2014. Though, the data also indicated that more and more domestic travellers are exploring their homeland.As per the first wave of a cyclical survey, conducted by the Tourism Offices of France, Rn2D, ANMSM and Atout France, the number of French tourists travelling around their home country is likely to increase during the summer of 2015, along with the number of foreign visitors.The survey noted a “good general dynamic” for the start of the season between April 15 and June 15, 2015. It is “particularly characterised by the French clientele”.The tourist numbers are usually higher than that of the same period last year, particularly on Brittany’s, Norman’s and Northerner’s coasts and in many provincial cities, as well as the whole of the South East, where the service providers reported an increase in the amount of bookings.Travellers from Britain remained the principal group among all the international tourists coming to France. They are followed by the Belgians, the Dutch, the Germans and the Italians. Other visitors such as the Russians, the Canadians, the Chinese and the Japanese are on the rise as well.last_img read more

New Zealands new national art gallery – Toi Art opens

first_imgToi Art, New Zealand’s spectacular new art gallery in Wellington, was recently officially opened by Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister, New Zealand.From art exhibitions to hands-on art activities for children, and interactive experiences like a virtual reality visit to an artist’s studio, Toi Art will showcase iconic works from the national art collection, alongside new art created especially for this space. The gallery is free to enter. The new NZ$8.4 million gallery spans two levels of Te Papa – New Zealand’s national museum which sits on the Wellington waterfront – and is part of a major renewal of all the museum’s exhibition spaces. Ardern said that the new art gallery at Te Papa is a landmark for art in New Zealand. “Toi Art is all about the fact that art is for everyone, and I believe every New Zealander will find something here that speaks to them, something to amaze and challenge them,” she said.The new gallery has 35% more floor space for art in the national museum, with flexible gallery spaces to show large-scale and immersive new works.last_img read more

Wingspan VP Moves Up to Newly Created Role

first_img April 25, 2014 441 Views Movers & Shakers Wingspan 2014-04-25 Tory Barringer Wingspan Portfolio Advisors, an award-winning diversified mortgage services company operating in the Dallas area, announced the promotion of veteran Eshna Ghosh to the newly created position of SVP of business development.Formerly a recruiter at Morgan Stanley, Ghosh joined Wingspan in 2011, working most recently as VP of business development. In that role, she was responsible for diversifying Wingspan’s client base and acting as a liaison between the company and its clients.In her new position, her duties have expanded to include oversight of Wingspan’s pursuit of new clients and the expansion of its business lines.“Eshna has been an integral part of Wingspan’s success,” said Wingspan president and CEO Steven Horne.  “With our industry and regulatory environment constantly changing, her skills at opening doors and helping to grow our business lines have been extremely successful to the business development team.” in Headlines, News, Uncategorizedcenter_img Wingspan VP Moves Up to Newly Created Role Sharelast_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires And now with the run out of the way, practice can begin.“We need to put pads on and start hitting each other a little bit and hitting somebody else,” Arians said smiling. “I’m tired of playing soccer. I mean soccer is a great game, but we play this one in the trenches and I want to see our offensive line and defensive line, and I think we can become pretty good, pretty quickly.” It marks the official start of training camp; and the players can’t participate in training camp until they pass the test which consists of a 300-yard shuttle run (50-yard intervals) to be covered in 70 seconds. “Extremely pleased, saw everything I needed to see,” said head coach Bruce Arians, who noted he stopped the run early after each player ran the drill twice.“He gave us a little break. He took it fairly easy on us,” linebacker Daryl Washington said.“Don’t need to see them run anymore in shorts. Obviously, they’re in really good shape and ready to go,” explained Arians.The Cardinals had not been together since mid-June, but each player in attendance passed the test. Rookies Jonathan Cooper (unsigned) and Ryan Swope (concussion questions) were absent Thursday.“Shows that people actually worked in the five, six weeks that we’ve had off,” center Lyle Sendlein said.Of course, this year’s run test took place inside an air-conditioned stadium as opposed to outside in the nearly 7,000-foot elevation of Flagstaff, the Cardinals’ previous training camp home.“I don’t know,” Sendlein said. “Us big guys and running don’t mix well no matter how high in the air you are. We did what we had to do.” GLENDALE — Much has changed since the whistle blew on the Arizona Cardinals’ 2012 season. There’s a new general manager, a new head coach, a new quarterback and countless other new faces tasked with returning the franchise to the playoffs for the first time since 2009.Heck, there’s even a new training camp location –University of Phoenix Stadium.One thing though hasn’t changed: The run test. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more