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first_imgMIT’s Eric Grimson will join the OneNS coalition at St. FX University in Antigonish today, May 19, to share his insights into how Nova Scotia can better capitalize on research, development and innovation, and instill a spirit of entrepreneurship in young people. MIT is renowned for its research and development leading to a large number of patents for innovative products. It has also had tremendous success fostering innovative thinking and entrepreneurship among its students and faculty. If all active companies started, and still run by, MIT people were pulled together, it would be the 11th largest economy in the world. MIT integrates innovation and entrepreneurship with education and research. Students and faculty are adept at quickly starting companies. “MIT actively fosters an ecosystem in which students and faculty are encouraged to couple academic research with innovation and entrepreneurship opportunities,” said Mr. Grimson. “By linking academic programs with opportunities to explore novel ideas, by building spaces in which students can create ideas and enterprises in collaboration with mentors and peers, by creating research spaces that break down traditional departmental boundaries, and by working with companies to build a broader ecosystem in which students and faculty can easily interact with industrial researchers, MIT has created a thriving environment for fundamental research and transition to practical impact.” Mr. Grimson and the OneNS team, will be joined by Peter Nicholson, the inaugural president of the Council of Canadian Academies, Richard Isnor, acting vice-president of research at St. FX, and Wayne St. Amour, executive director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Nova Scotia Community College. They will focus on getting more out of universities and colleges — research and development, innovation labs and entrepreneurship. In 2012, Nova Scotia universities generated $170 million in research funding. In 2011, they accounted for 74 per cent of all research and development spending in the province, compared with 38 per cent, nationally.Private business generates more than half of this spending nationally, but only 15 per cent in Nova Scotia. For businesses to grow and become more productive and competitive, the private sector has to invest more, and make better use of post-secondary school research and development. Bringing universities and business together in promising areas of economic growth is also important. The Ocean Innovation Centre in Dartmouth will, for example, allow researchers to work closely with industry to improve and create new products, processes and services. Accelerators and incubators, which provide the support startup businesses need to get off the ground quickly, and access to venture capital are also vital for new companies. “Nova Scotia has the most ocean science-related companies per capita of any state or province in North America,” said Martha Crago, vice-president of research at Dalhousie University. “Some of them evolve from universities others, like Acadian Seaplants, keep expanding and exporting to new markets because they do research and development.” The One Nova Scotia Report on Building our New Economy called for research funding in Nova Scotia to double to $360 million, the number of research and development partnerships between businesses and Nova Scotia universities and the community college to double from about 1,000 to 2,000 per year, and a 10 per cent increase in the number of working-age Nova Scotians with post-secondary certifications or completed apprenticeships.last_img read more


first_imgSister Nivedita University has joined hands with Motes & Bots, an AI-enabled IoT company from Singapore, with operations in India and Thailand. Going forward, SNU and Motes & Bots will collaborate to set up the Connected Intelligence Research Lab integrating AI, BI, IoT and other Data Science Programs in the curriculum and would offer internships to students in India and Thailand. Experts, lecturers, guides and mentors from Motes & Bots will be an integral part of SNU, training the students to evolve as ace entrepreneurs and use this exclusive platform to roll out new products. Also Read – The Puja carnivalDebasish Sen IAS, Addl. Chief Secretary, Department of IT and Electronics, Government of West Bengal inaugurated the EXPERIENCE ZONE of AI:THINGS at Sister Nivedita University. Swami Sarvottamananda, Pro Vice Chancellor, Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Education and Research Institute, Dr Suborno Bose, Chairman, IIHM, and Sweeya Santipitaks, Consul General, Consulate of Thailand – Kolkata were the Guests of Honour at the inaugural ceremony. Kallol Sen, Founder and CEO of Motes & Bots, explained about how AI-enabled IoT is catalysing a quantum jump in both the way we live our lives and the way businesses operate. Speaking on the launch of its flagship AI:THINGS Experience Zone, Sen, an IIT-Kharagpur/IIM-Calcutta alumnus, said that Motes & Bots focuses on designing and developing AI-enabled IoT products and services for the world market, under the brand name AI:THINGS. The Company is setting up its nationwide distribution network and chain of AI:THINGS Experience Zones to accelerate the mass adoption of AI-enhanced lifestyles. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraSubhajit Roychowdhury (IIT Kharagpur/AIM Manila alumnus), a very successful Management professional in Thailand and Co-Founder of Motes & Bots, in his address said that Motes & Bots operates through three verticals: Smart Homes, Smart Institutions (Smart Hotels, Smart Offices, Smart Universities) and AI-driven Security and Surveillance (for governments and industry). He emphasised on the fact that the company is led by a team of some of the best brains in the world and uses cutting-edge technologies to create great economic values in today’s ever-connected world. Satyam Roychowdhury, Chancellor of Sister Nivedita University in his address emphasised that SNU is built on the path of Sister Nivedita and blessed under the shadow of Swami Vivekananda. The university offers educational programs in a wide array of streams like Engineering, Law, Literature, Natural Science, Pharmacy, Nursing, Fine Arts, Designing, etc., along with research initiatives through PhD Programs. All the courses are designed parallel to the industrial needs of the global economic structure of the contemporary market.last_img read more


9 August 2007The security situation in Timor-Leste remained tense today, with United Nations police officers and their international and national colleagues fully deployed to end post-election violence in the small South-East Asian country that the world body helped shepherd to independence from Indonesia in 2002. There were no reports of serious security incidents in Dili, the capital, but police conducted an operation against people who had been throwing stones at passing vehicles, arresting and charging 14 people. Yesterday in Dili district police continued to receive reports of rock throwing and public disturbances, mostly at night, with 11 UN cars damaged and 19 people arrested throughout the day. At a news conference today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative Atul Khare again strongly condemned the violence which he said was regrettably being committed by people who claim an allegiance to the former ruling party FRETILIN. The worst affected areas yesterday were Watulari and Viqueque subdistricts, east of Dili, where 110 houses were burnt in violence stemming from longstanding ethnic tensions, according to initial indications. In Oecussi, the subdistrict administration building was burnt down. The UN enhanced its peacekeeping and policing roles in Timor-Leste after violence attributed to differences between eastern and western regions broke out in April and May last year, killing at least 37 people and forcing 155,000 others, 15 per cent of the population, to flee their homes. Tensions have risen again after the 30 June legislative elections failed to produce a single outright winner. A new Government led by former president Xanana Gusmão was sworn in yesterday. read more


16 October 2008The pre-trial chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has given prosecutors one month to submit additional materials related to their request for an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir for alleged war crimes, including genocide, in the strife-torn Darfur region. In July, prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo presented evidence against Mr. al-Bashir for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide allegedly committed by him though members of the State apparatus, the army and militiamen known as the Janjaweed.Some 300,000 people are estimated to have been killed across Darfur, an impoverished and arid region of western Sudan, as a result of direct combat, disease or malnutrition since 2003. Another 2.7 million people have been displaced because of fighting among rebels, Government forces and the Janjaweed.This is the second case arising from the situation in Darfur, which was referred to The Hague-based Court by the Security Council in 2005.On Tuesday, the ICC pre-trial chamber issued a decision requesting prosecutors submit the additional supporting material relating to the arrest warrant by 17 November.The pre-trial chamber issued arrest warrants in May 2007 for Ahmad Harun, former Sudanese Minister of State for the Interior and now the Minister of State for Humanitarian Affairs, and Ali Kushayb, a Janjaweed leader.Last month, Mr. Moreno-Ocampo urged international leaders to better protect civilians in Darfur and allow the ICC to successfully prosecute crimes committed in the war-torn Sudanese region.“We presented a solid case. The evidence shows that crimes against Darfurians continue today,” Mr. Moreno-Ocampo said.Sudan’s President “has complete control of his forces, and they are raping women today, they are promoting conditions in the camps to destroy complete communities and they are still bombing schools,” he added.In a related development, the head of the UN-African Union (AU) hybrid peacekeeping mission in Darfur, known as UNAMID, today attended the opening session of the Initiative of the People of Sudan for Solving the Darfur issue in the capital Khartoum.Along with UNAMID Joint Special Representative Rodolphe Adada, others in attendance at the gathering included Amr Musa, Secretary-General of the League of Arab States; and Jean Ping, AU Chairperson. read more


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It costs just $2.50 per month to save the life of each hungry person in southern Africa, yet the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) still faces a $157 million shortfall as it seeks to feed 9.7 million people until next April, many of them struggling to find food for even one meal a day. “Governments have the financial power to save lives in southern Africa,” WFP Regional Director Mike Sackett said yesterday during a visit to Europe to drive home his appeal to all countries, both traditional and non-traditional donors from the European Community as well as oil-producing states, to rise to the challenge.“The children of southern Africa need help now – before their tiny emaciated bodies appear on television screens,” he declared of the six worst-hit countries – Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.“People are struggling to survive and the harshest months are still ahead. It’s tragic that there is so much wealth in the world but so little of it is ever shared with those whose very existence depends upon it.”While the United States has given more than $104 million this year and the European Union $64 million to the current appeal, no funds have yet been pledged by the oil-rich states even as oil prices reached record highs for most of the year, he noted.Southern Africa is experiencing its fourth consecutive year of food shortages, exacerbated by crushing poverty and the world’s highest rates of HIV/AIDS. Many people’s problems are further compounded by recent hikes in the price of maize and other staple commodities. Prices usually rise during the lean season, from December to the March/April harvest, when maize is scarcest on the market and people have consumed their own reserves, but this year the lean season started in August, and now food in not only in short supply, but also largely unaffordable.Many people in rural communities are now living a hand-to-mouth existence, eating wild foods which amount to little more than fibrous seed pods and nuts from certain trees. Across the region there have been reports of people dying as a result of eating poisonous wild foods – some are toxic unless cooked for many hours. Almost every day newspapers carry horror stories about families dying because they have not properly prepared their meagre meals of wild foods, WFP spokesperson Jo Woods reports from the front of the battle against hunger in Zambia.In Tiki Mwiinga village in the south of the country, Josephine Kachabe, 83, does not remember a year worse than this. Previously she would receive help from neighbours, but this year everyone is desperate and the only aid she gets is from children who try to find her wild foods lying on ground.Everyone in the village wears rags. The sun-bleached fields lie fallow. The dogs are starving and many people believe they will be next. Many children have stopped going to school. It’s a four-hour walk away and many are too weak to make the journey. They say feel exhausted and fall asleep on the roadside. “I feel most sad that we are not receiving any help,” Josephine says, summing up the feelings of many as the desperation becomes overwhelming. “I think if help comes it will be too late; I will be dead.” read more


AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jan 23, 2015 10:09 am MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – The stock market is edging lower after four straight days of gains as investors absorb quarterly financial results from U.S. companies.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index eased four points to 2,058 as of 12 p.m. Eastern time Friday. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 62 points to 17,751. The Nasdaq bucked the trend. It rose six points to 4,756.The large cost of ensuring timely deliveries hurt UPS during the holidays and the company cut its annual outlook. Its shares fell 10 per cent, one of the biggest drops among S&P 500 stocks.The yield on the 10-year Treasury slid to 1.82 per cent from 1.87 per cent late Thursday.U.S. stock indexes ended the previous day with big gains after Europe’s central bank unveiled a program to revitalize that region’s economy. US stock market edges lower at midday; UPS slumps on weaker outlook read more


Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,599.68 up 200.44 points):Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Up 61 cents, or 2.57 per cent, to $24.34 on 10.9 million shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Up 17 cents, or 4.17 per cent, to $4.25 on 7.9 million shares.Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. (TSX:IVN). Miner. Up 57 cents, or 14.81 per cent, to $4.42 on 7.3 million shares.Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Oil and gas. Down 63 cents, or 1.13 per cent, to $55.27 on 6.7 million shares.OceanaGold Corp. (TSX:OGC). Miner. Up six cents, or 1.59 per cent, to $3.83 on 6.5 million shares.Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G). Miner. Down 22 cents, or 1.05 per cent, to $20.83 on 6.1 million shares.Companies reporting major news:National Bank of Canada (TSX:NA). Bank. Up 98 cents, or 1.73 per cent, to $57.66 on 1.4 million shares. The Montreal-based bank had $497 million of net income in the first quarter, nearly double its profit of $261 million in the comparable period the previous year. The bank was hit by a $236-million writeoff of its investment in another financial group.Torstar Corp. (TSX:TS.B). Publishing. Up eight cents, or 4.73 per cent, to $1.77 on 117,388 shares. The parent company of the Toronto Star reported $1.1 million in net income or one cent per share in the final three months of 2016. It was the second consecutive quarterly profit recorded in 2016 by the company, which ended the year with a 12-month net loss of $74.84 million. In 2015, Torstar had a fourth-quarter net loss of $234.5 million or $2.91 per share, and a full-year loss of $404.84 million. Torstar’s revenue fell to $685.1 million in 2016, including $188.4 million in the fourth quarter, compared with $786.6 million in 2015, including $213.7 million in the fourth quarter of that year. by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 1, 2017 2:45 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 1, 2017 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX read more


“Slow Food and FAO share the same vision of a sustainable and hunger-free world, safeguarding biodiversity for future generations,” said FAO, Director-General José Graziano da Silva, signing a three-year Memo of Understanding with Slow Food.“Today’s agreement, providing for a number of important joint initiatives, brings us a step closer to that objective.”Under the agreement, FAO and Slow Food will join forces “to promote more inclusive food and agricultural systems at local, national and international levels,” according to a news release the Rome-based agency sent today. The project, which can help conserve the use of neglected crops, and reduce food losses and waste, can also help produce inventories of local, indigenous and underutilized species that are potentially important to food security, the UN agency noted. The collaboration will also focus on adding value to animal products and boosting incomes for farmers and others in the food chain, as well as providing better access to markets for small farmers by strengthening producers’ organizations and cooperatives. The new agreement will build on projects FAO already has underway, including the Hunger-Free Africa initiative grouping FAO, African Union and Brazil’s Instituto Lula to eradicate hunger from the continent starting with four countries – Angola, Ethiopia, Malawi and Niger.Another possible area for collaboration is support to rural women through the ongoing Dimitra project run by FAO, the European Commission and Belgium. This participatory information and communication project highlights women’s key role in food production so that their interests are better taken into consideration.According to the news release, FAO is also looking into the possible development of toolkits for the international Education of Rural People (ERP) Partnership, which aims to remove existing constraints and ensure education and skills training for all rural people. read more


A winner of the International Press Freedom Award, Mr. Valdez Cárdenas was shot yesterday in Culiacán in the Mexican state of Sinaloa. “This crime is yet another stark reminder of the dangerous conditions in which all too many courageous journalists exercise their profession,” said Irina Bokova the Director-General of the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is a statement condemning the murder. She went on to emphasize that attacks on journalists “undermine the fundamental human right of freedom expression as well as freedom of information.” Mr. Valdez Cárdenas reported extensively on the Mexican drug trade and he received the Committee to Protect Journalists’ International Press Freedom Award for his reporting on crime and drug trafficking. According to UNESCO, he was shot near the offices of Riodoce, the weekly he founded and edited. HE was also a correspondent for other outlets, notably La Jornada daily newspaper and Agence France Presse. According to UNESCO, Ms. Bokova has denounced the killings of three other Mexican journalists so far this year. Since 1997 UNESCO has released approximately 80 responses to assassinations of journalists in the North American country. read more


Pedon visits his father in hospice care following the Buckeyes’ 80-64 victory over Michigan State on Jan. 7. Credit: Courtesy of Ryan PedonRyan Pedon still remembers the exact seats he sat in for Ohio State men’s basketball games in St. John Arena with his father, mother and sister when he was growing up.Section 7A, row 14, seats 1, 2, 3 and 4.For nearly 15 years of his childhood, Pedon sat in those seats next to his father, Felix Pedon. Ryan, hired to be an assistant coach for the Buckeyes in June, remembers the time spent in that arena as well as anything else from his youth. His mind often wanders back to those seats, especially now — now that he could be close to losing his best friend.Felix has battled Lewy body dementia since his diagnosis eight years ago. At age 86, after years of watching Ryan’s games as an athlete, and now as a coach, he is nearing the end of his battle.Ryan, who departs Thursday for the Big Ten tournament in New York City, is unsure if his father will be alive when he returns.“My gut says about a week, but I don’t know,” Ryan said Tuesday. “I don’t know what to base that off of. I’m not a doctor. Just kind of watching him, looking at him in his hospice bed right now. He’s peaceful. I don’t think he’s having trouble breathing at the moment, so maybe a week or two.”On most road trips, Ryan has been able to effectively compartmentalize his feelings. He said he is always trying to balance his roles as a coach, father, husband and son.But given the health of his father, Ryan’s trip to New York for what could be several days will be different.Felix has always had a family member by his side since his diagnosis. Now that his health is beginning to fail him, Ryan might not be there at the end, something with which he has made peace.“At this point, I think I know my dad would want me to be with the team,” Ryan said, breaking down in tears. “And as much as I’d like to be there for him at the end, you put your faith in the man above and you’ve just sort of got to let the chips fall where they may. Sort of, you leave him in the Lord’s hands. I think that’s probably the best thing I could say.“I’ve got to be there with our team and hope I’m around when it happens, but if I’m not, then I know we’ll have other family that will be here.”—If there was a golden child in the family, it was Ryan, said Dean, his second-oldest half-brother. Felix was always heavily invested in sports, having played tennis until a knee operation in 2008, as well as coaching basketball, baseball and football at St. Catherine’s high school for several years.Dean said Felix knew once Ryan, his fifth son, was born, he had a future basketball player.“My dad came out and he was so proud that he had another boy,” Dean said. “He said, ‘He can dribble with both hands and he goes right to the basket.’ And that truly is how he introduced Ryan to me.”From an early age, Ryan’s parents encouraged him to play basketball — to a certain extent.  Ryan had a basketball “bigger than he was,” said his mom, Sally. He took it with him wherever he went, until his mom found it deflated in the trunk of the family station wagon one summer.Ohio State assistant coach Ryan Pedon looks onto the court during the Buckeyes’ final home game of the 2017-18 regular season on Feb. 20, 2018. Ohio State won 79-56. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Assistant Sports EditorWhile Sally expressed concern that her son was becoming too “one-dimensional,” Felix encouraged the habit, building a basketball hoop in the backyard above the garage and frequently playing with Ryan. He even put lights around it so Ryan could continue playing until midnight, often keeping the neighbors awake.When they couldn’t play in the backyard, they went to a local community center.Ryan and his dad were so close, Ryan made him the best man at his wedding in 2010. It was, as Felix shuffled down the aisle, that the family doctor — who was a friend and neighbor in attendance at the wedding — noticed what he believed to be symptoms of Parkinson’s.His disease was originally diagnosed as a form of Parkinsonism, Sally said, but around a year later was identified as Lewy body dementia after Felix underwent multiple tests at Ohio State.“I didn’t know a lot about Lewy body, and I certainly did a little bit of research, but it was something that we found out would be a gradual, you know, sort of a gradual progression,” Ryan said.Given that it is a slow-moving disease and his dad still seemed to be in relatively fine condition — though he began to lose motor skills — the family felt fortunate in some respects. “I don’t want to make it seem like in 2010 it was a death sentence either, because it wasn’t,” Ryan said. “The last eight years, it was probably a blessing that we could see it coming a little bit, too, as opposed to — when it’s a loved one, I think we’re all different with how we respond to death of loved ones. Everybody’s different, but I know our family, we were appreciative that we were able to say our goodbyes and sort of see it coming.”—For a while, most of the Pedon family was away from Columbus. Four of the five sons lived out of state, as did Ryan’s sister, Amy. However, Ryan was hired to join head coach Chris Holtmann’s staff at Ohio State in the summer, bringing him back home to his father.Men’s basketball assistant coach Ryan Pedon sits with his father, Felix Pedon in the Schottenstein Center during a family visit in 2017. Credit: Courtesy of Ryan PedonHaving grown up the son of a Buckeye fan and raised as one, Ryan felt pride at the chance to be able to tell his father that he would be coaching at Ohio State. It had always been a dream of the Pedon family for Ryan to be able to return to Columbus. The dream, unfortunately, was met with a morbid moment.“When I told him I was coming to Ohio State — I’m sorry I’m getting choked up a little bit here,” Ryan said, “But he said, the night I told him I was coming to Ohio State, he said, ‘I can die a happy man.’”Shortly after being hired, Ryan took his parents and his high school basketball coach on a tour of the Schottenstein Center. The group ventured throughout the arena, seeing where the shoes are kept in the locker room, the coaches’ offices and the court with empty seats.Sally said Felix was so proud and that it felt like a dream come true for him to receive a tour of the Buckeyes’ home arena by his son — one of the coaches.Felix was in better shape during the tour of the arena, but as the season neared, his health declined. Ryan said he is unsure if his dad was even able to comprehend or fully watch a game with Ryan as an Ohio State coach on TV given his current mental state.“The saddest thing is he was looking forward to — that was his goal in rehab this fall was to get better and stronger so he could go to that [Nov. 5 matchup against Wooster],” Sally said. “It was sad that he did not get to make that game or any this season.”Ryan visits his dad as frequently as he can. Often, he goes by himself when he can find the time. Whether it’s on the way home from games, before a road trip or just some free time, Ryan tries to spend time with his dad whenever possible.“It’s been pretty cool to be able to go, and with the season we’ve had and go there and tell him that, ‘Dad, we just beat the No. 1 team in the country. We beat Michigan State,’” Ryan said. “You go after games, and sometimes I’ll go real early in the morning. Sometimes I’ll go real late at night. But I just go and sit there and just talk to him.”Ryan has not opened up about his father’s disease much with his fellow coaches. In fact, Holtmann said he asks Ryan about his father more often than Ryan brings him up. Holtmann said he knows Ryan has gone through a lot and encourages him to take time off should he need it.“He needs to know he has my blessing to do that and more than anything, I’m encouraging him to do that, if that’s what he feels like he needs,” Holtmann said. “But he also may feel like, hey, like he told me, ‘My dad would want me to be doing this.’”Even with Ryan having said it has been nice to have the eight years with his father rather than an unexpected loss, Ryan will be losing the person he calls his father, his role model, his best friend.Sally, who has spent countless hours watching the two play pickup basketball outside and going with them to play golf, knows it will be hard on Ryan. It will be hard on everyone in the family. “I’m proud of my kid,” Sally said. “It’s the end of an era. Ryan and his dad have been the closest of all the children.”When he steps onto the team bus that will take him to the airport to board a plane for New York City on Thursday, Ryan won’t know for certain whether he will see his father alive again.But he will forever see his father in his memories, always in that same row, always in the same seats. read more


first_imgResearchers from the University of West of England in Bristol investigated the linguistic origins, history and geographical distribution of surnames as part of the four-year study, PA reports.Professor Richard Coates said his team focused on surnames as there is “widespread interest in family names and their history”.  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. “Our research uses the most up-to-date evidence and techniques in order to create a more detailed and accurate resource than those currently available,” explained Professor Coates.”We have paid particular attention, wherever possible, to linking family names to locations.”Some surnames have origins that are occupational – obvious examples are Smith and Baker; less obvious ones are Beadle, Rutter, and Baxter.”Other names can be linked to a place, for example Hill or Green, which relates to a village green. Surnames which are ‘patronymic’ are those which originally enshrined the father’s name – such as Jackson, or Jenkinson.”There are also names where the origin describes the original bearer such as Brown, Short, or Thin  though Short may in fact be an ironic ‘nickname’ surname for a tall person.” A new comprehensive ‘dictionary of names’ revealing the origins of more than 45,000 of the most popular in Britain and Ireland has been published.The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland features the most common surnames and details about their origins.Smith, Jones, Williams, Brown and Taylor are among the most common names, while names including Farah, Twelvetrees and Li are amongst the 8,000 family names explained for the first time. Nearly 40,000 family names on the list are native to Britain and Ireland, while the remainder can be traced to immigrants who have settled from the 16th century to the present day.The team analysed records from published and unpublished sources dating from the 11th to the 19th century for the study.Where does your surname come from? This simple search could tell you. last_img read more


first_imgDespite market volatility and downward pressure on commodity prices, the mining industry’s economic contributions to Canada remain strong during the downturn, according to a new report from the Mining Association of Canada (MAC). “The findings of this report serve as a reminder that even during a downturn, the mining industry plays a vital economic role in Canada’s rural and remote communities and in our largest cities,” said Pierre Gratton, President and CEO, MAC. While most of the figures are from full year 2014, they still make for interesting reading.MAC’s latest annual Facts & Figures report revealed the industry directly employed more than 375,000 people in 2014. The mining industry also remains the largest private sector employer of Aboriginal peoples in Canada on a proportional basis, with employment levels poised to increase as the industry develops. The report also found the mining industry is deeply interconnected to other sectors of the Canadian economy, with more than 3,700 companies supplying goods and services to the Canadian mining industry. In 2014, Canada’s mining sector contributed C$57 billion to the national GDP, up from C$54 billion in 2013, and mining industry exports continued to account for upwards of 20% of the Canadian total.The report notes several policy areas that are essential to securing the estimated C$140 billion in potential new mining investments that could come to fruition over the next decade in Canada. “A downturn is not a time for governments to lose focus on mining,” added Gratton. “There are actions that can be taken now so that Canada is well positioned to attract new investment and seize growth opportunities when the cycle improves, as it invariably will.”These policy areas include:• Ensuring the regulatory process is robust and efficient, and includes meaningful consultation with Aboriginal communities;• Addressing the costs of operating in remote and northern Canada where infrastructure is lacking. The introduction of new tax measures and/or a northern-specific fund within the proposed Canada Infrastructure Bank can help facilitate the building of critical infrastructure;• Enhancing funding for Aboriginal skills training initiatives to enable Aboriginal peoples to access well-paying and highly-skilled jobs in mining; and• Supporting the industry’s innovation priorities to facilitate continuous improvement in the sector’s environmental and health and safety performance.To download a copy of Facts & Figures 2015, visit www.mining.ca/facts-and-figures-2015.last_img read more


Serbia and Sweden are the teams which will start Main Round in Gothenburg at Women’s EHF EURO 2016 in Sweden. These two teams played fantastic thriller in Stockholm last night which ended – 30:30, after 60 minutes of great battle.Kristina Liscevic netted equalizer only four seconds until the final whistle and silenced 6.000 domestic fans at HOVET Arena.Both teams start with three points.Spain are almost out of the tournament after win over Slovenia 30:18 which gives them a chance to chase rivals, but with no points in Gothenburg.France, Netherlands and Germany will bring with them to Gothenburg two points each. Dutch girls showed their TOP quality against France 18:17, while Germany had tough job in clash with Poland 23:22, the team who are going home after three matches.STANDINGS:Sweden 3Serbia 3The Netherlands 2France 2Germany 2Spain 0 ← Previous Story Romanian goalkeeper Dedu stops Olympic winners Next Story → Norway and Denmark close to semi-finals! read more


first_imgiPhone 4 : le correctif de l’antenne toujours attenduÉtats-Unis – Nouveau coup dur pour Apple. Le problème d’antenne constaté sur l’iPhone 4 ne serait pas corrigé avec la prochaine mise à jour du système d’exploitation mobile iOS.”L’antennagate” d’Apple semble devoir connaître encore quelques rebondissements, au grand dam de la firme à la pomme. Un membre du personnel d’Apple en Australie affirme en effet que la mise à jour 4.1 d’iOS, le système d’exploitation de l’iPhone 4, ne contiendrait pas de correctif pour le problème de réception dont pâtit le smartphone. Voilà une nouvelle qui devrait déclencher la colère de plus d’un possesseur d’iPhone dernière génération, obligé de tenir son appareil de manière particulière pour bénéficier du réseau. Apple n’a pas souhaité commenté cette information mais le PDG Steve Jobs devrait présenter la mise à jour 4.1 demain.Le 1 septembre 2010 à 12:11 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


first_imgRussian central midfielder has just joined the Ligue 1 team, but will not debut soon because of an ankle injuryAleksandr Golovin was the best footballer of the Russia National Team during the 2018 World Cup.This attracted Ligue 1 club Monaco, and the team paid for his transfer from CSKA Moscow to the small European country.But the midfielder’s debut will have to wait because he just got an ankle injury.“I have an ankle injury, the operation is not required,” Golovin told Sport-Express.“The process of recovery will take about three-to-four weeks,” he said.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.The Russian player joined Ligue 1 Monaco just last month but was not feature on the Trophee des Champions last week.His team lost 4-0 against Paris Saint-Germain.? Aleksandr Golovin souffre d’une entorse de la cheville droite contractée ce jour à l’entraînement. pic.twitter.com/nptD7jeoKt— AS Monaco ?? (@AS_Monaco) August 8, 2018last_img read more


first_img Software Tech Industry 1 Share your voice Comment Cryptocurrency site AirSwap has been a Brave browser ad tester. Revenue from Brave ads are shared between you and the browser startup at this phase of the technology’s testing. Screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET Brave has connected its browser ad technology to your wallet so you can get paid for seeing those ads.The browser startup, led by former Mozilla Chief Executive Brendan Eich, blocks conventional website ads by default. But in January, it started testing ads that appear as notification pop-ups for those who activate the system. Now that test has expanded so you’ll get paid if you see or click on the ads, though it’s limited to the developer test version of Brave for now, Brave said Friday.Brave sends 70 percent of the ad revenue to you and keeps 30 percent for itself, but don’t expect a windfall. Eich said he expects that those who opt in should earn at least $5 a month, paid not in ordinary money but in the basic attention token (BAT), a cryptocurrency the company established. By default, the browser transfers that BAT back to website publishers, YouTubers and Twitch videogame streamers, a system designed to subsidize free online content, though you can also keep the BAT and eventually should be able to cash it out.Brave’s ads are designed to preserve privacy, with the browser itself matching ads to its own assessment of your interests without telling advertisers or website publishers anything about you other than the verification that you saw an ad. It’s the polar opposite of today’s online advertising technology, perhaps best exemplified by Facebook’s personal data collection.During initial testing, many of Brave's ads are for cryptocurrency companies. Brave's ad payments use the startup's BAT cryptocurrency.During initial testing, many of Brave’s ads are for cryptocurrency companies. Brave’s ad payments use the startup’s BAT cryptocurrency. Stephen Shankland/CNET The browser startup has ambitious hopes to reform the ad system so that the web isn’t reduced to a collection of paywalled subscription services. But the more obvious reason people download the browser is for performance: Blocking ads significantly reduces memory bloat and saves battery life. The ad system today works only on personal computers running Windows, MacOS and Linux, but Brave plans to expand it to Android phones and iPhones.Brave also plans later to let publishers show ads directly on their websites. With that system, the publishers will keep 70 percent of the revenue and Brave and Brave users will each get 15 percent. Tags Advertising Brave browserlast_img read more


first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowWith special session halfway over, Alaska legislators at a stalemate over budgetSean Doogan, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageWith a special legislative session halfway over, little progress has been made by Alaska legislators toward passing a state budget and addressing a multibillion-dollar state deficit.Season’s first major wildfire burns near TokDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe season’s first major wildfire response is underway near Tok. The North Robertson Fire, about 30 miles northwest of Tok is being fought from the air and on the ground.Alaska VA faces issues, but is making steady progressZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAlaska isn’t immune from national issues affecting the country’s VA system, however the state’s branch of the department has made progress. in the last few years.State proposes fine for safety violations at Ahtna-owned gas exploration wellElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageThe state is proposing a $380,000 fine for Alaska Native corporation Ahtna, Inc., for safety violations at a gas well near Glennallen.Survivors look back on the Japanese bombing of Unalaska 75 years agoLaura Kraegel, KUCB – Unalaska75 years ago, Japan bombed Unalaska, killing more than 40 Americans and triggering the evacuation of hundreds. In the aftermath, many Aleutian residents survived. But the number is dwindling as decades pass.Alaska officials show no strong response to U.S. leaving the Paris accordsRachel Waldholz, Alaska’s Energy DeskPresident Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord drew muted reactions from Alaska officials on Thursday.Demolition of Polaris building in Fairbanks on holdRobert Hannon, KUAC – FairbanksThe Fairbanks City Council is back to square one on a plan to demolish the deteriorating Polaris Hotel. The long vacant downtown high rise is plagued by mold, asbestos and other issues, but a city plan to acquire the building and take it down has suffered a setback.Igiugig staves off opening new landfill by recyclingAvery Lill, KDLG – DillinghamRural Alaskan villages are not typically known for their recycling prowess. For communities off the road system, it can be a hassle not only to ship products in, but also to deal with junk when it has served its purpose. For the village of Igiugig, however, recycling is a priority.Warmer Kodiak seasons mean more fruitKayla Desroches, KMXT – KodiakSummer is fast approaching, which means Kodiak gardeners are looking forward to crops of kale and other hardy greens – and also fruit. The last few years of warm weather means that more apples and even pears have popped up around town.AK: McPherson Music leaves behind a legacy of Ketchikan performersLeila Kheiry, KRBD – KetchikanMcPherson Music has been the cornerstone of Ketchikan’s music scene since the 1980s. Now, though, McPherson Music is for sale.49 Voices: Frage Schaefer of PalmerWesley Early, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThis week we’re hearing from, Frage Schaefer from Palmer. Schaefer is an electrician who grew up in Point Hope.last_img read more


first_imgGano Forum president Kamal HossainThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) is now at the final stage to forge a ‘greater alliance’ in a bid to ensure an impartial election when the nation will go to polls at the end of the year.BNP leaders say the greater alliance may be forged under the leadership of eminent jurist and Gano Forum president Kamal Hossain who has already called for a greater national unity to restore democracy and bring change in politics and governance.The principal opposition BNP is willing to simultaneously launch movement with AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury-led Jukta Front (united front), Gano Forum and several left-leaning parties, according to the BNP leaders.BNP insiders say they still hope Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury, also a former president and one of the founders of the BNP, will play a leading role in the new alliance during the current crisis period of the BNP and the nation.BNP policymakers are, however, apprehensive of B Chowdhury’s joining of the greater alliance as he suddenly fell ‘ill’ the day Gano Forum leader Kamal Hossain, at a joint programme with Jukta Front, proclaimed national unity.The BNP has decided to forge the greater alliance led by Kamal Hossain if B Chowdhury eventually does not join the process, according to the party high command.BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, after returning home from the United Nations via London, has held an exclusive meeting with Kamal Hossain.A key leader of BNP talked to the leaders of Gano Forum, Jukta Front and two left-leaning parties last week, about formation of the greater opposition alliance.They struck certain issues including democracy, elections, voting rights and restoration of rule of law as common ground to work together, BNP leaders claimed.However, the leaders of the other parties have an objection to Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, one of the key components of BNP-led 20-party alliance. Gano Forum, Jukta Front and left-leaning parties will not form any alliance with the BNP, if Jamaat is there.“The left alliance has no scope to join the new alliance if the BNP is there,” president of Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) Mujahidul Islam Selim told Prothom Alo.He said the left alliance is working to bring out the country from the grip of two parties – the AL and the BNP.Kamal Hossian-led Jatiya Oikya Prokriya (national unity process) is trying to unite other parties outside of the ruling AL camp and its partners ahead of the national elections.As part of the plan, the leaders of Jukta Front and Oikya Prokriya organised a campaign tour to Khulna. They planned a rally at Mohanagar Natya Mancha on 22 September.Except Jamaat-e-Islami that opposed the country’s liberation and the AL and its partners, any other party including the BNP is invited to the rally.A formula of polls-time neutral government may be announced from the rally, leaders of Jukta Front and National Oikya Prokriya said.Badruddoza Chowdhury is scheduled to be the main speaker at the rally.BNP leader Mirza Fakhrul has acknowledged receiving the invitation, saying that the party will decide on whether to join the rally of National Oikya Prokriya.The leaders of Kamal-led National Oikya Prokriya are learned to have continued their dialogue with like-minded parties to forge a greater unity. They have held talks with six parties of the 8-party Left Democratic Alliance (LDA).The Ganasanghati Andolan, a partner of LDA, on Wednesday afternoon held a meeting with Kamal Hossain at his residence.“We’ve discussed with the National Oikya Prokriya on our proposed national charter,” Andolan’s chief coordinator Zunaid Saki told Prothom Alo.On 15 September, the Jukta Front and National Oikya Prokriya unveiled a five-point demand and nine goals ahead of the national election. B Chowdhury was to attend the programme, but he was absent for his ‘illness’. Senior leaders of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) were also not present. Later a rumour of breach in the National Oikya Prokriya came to the fore.Dismissing the rumour, BDB secretary general Mahi B Chowdhury said the Jukta Front and the Oikya Prokriya will jointly hold rallies across the country in the coming days.Efforts are on to bring other parties, except the anti-liberation party, to the Oikya Prokriya.Stakeholders said B Chowdhury-led Jukta Front may split if it does not join the greater unity.Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (national socialist party) president ASM Abdur Rab and Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna are key components of the Oikya Prokriya. Rab and Manna joined Kamal Hossain’s tour to Khulna.Gonoshastya Kendra founder Zafrullah Chowdhury, who is known to be sympathetic to the BNP, also joined him.BNP leaders said they are optimistic about forging a greater alliance.The BNP is ready to make concessions to the alliance, on matters such as distribution of seats and leadership role, the party insiders added.At a programme in the city on Wednesday, Mirza Fakhrul reiterated the necessity of forging the national unity. “Nobody will come and rescue you so there is no alternate to the unity,” he said.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam.last_img read more


first_imgKolkata: Police have arrested an auto-rickshaw driver for assaulting a girl after she demanded a clarification from the accused for refusing her a ride to Ganguly Bagan area.The incident took place near Jadavpur 8B bus stand on Monday evening. The victim was standing near the bus stand along with a friend to get an auto-rickshaw to reach home at Ganguly Bagan. The victim had gone to Jadavpur University to meet some of her old friends there. She left for home at around 8.30 pm from the university. The victim is a former student of Jadavpur University and now stays in Mumbai. The victim told police that she had been waiting there for a few minutes but no auto-rickshaw drivers were willing to take her to her destination. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAlmost half an hour later, the victim tried to stop an auto-rickshaw but the driver denied to take her. The helpless victim asked for an answer as to why he would not take passengers for the mentioned route.As she demanded an explanation, the driver got down from the vehicle and slapped her. He has been identified as Asish Saha, who was arrested by the police on late Monday night. The victim girl also alleged that on duty policemen did not co-operate with her after the incident. The victim’s friend went to seek help from a police sergeant posted nearby, who refused to go to the spot. The officer told her friend that he would not be able to go there and would send forces. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe accused driver fled the spot immediately. The victim girl later lodged a complaint at the local police station on Monday night on the basis of which police have started a probe.Sadhan Pandey, state consumer affairs minister, said he had spoken to the state transport minister in this regard.He also said the state government will soon roll out Auto-rickshaw policy. The minister has urged people to register complaints with both the transport and consumer affairs department if they are heckled by auto-rickshaw drivers inany manner.last_img read more