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first_imgIt’s likely that Nova Scotians will be humming Here Comes the Sun at 8 a.m., on Sunday, Feb. 2., if Shubenacadie Sam forecasts an early end to winter. But, according to folklore, if Sam sees his shadow, winter will be here for another six weeks. Given Nova Scotia’s winter so far, with rapid temperature changes and storms, many people are ready to put away their shovels and snowblowers. “Thanks to our position on the continent, the world will hear Sam’s prediction an hour before his Ontario and American cousins emerge into the dawn light,” said Natural Resources Minister Zach Churchill. “We have lots of activities planned for the Wildlife Park and I invite all of Sam’s fans to join us there.” Shubenacadie Wildlife Park visitors can enjoy free hot drinks along with snowshoeing, crafts, face painting and a 10 a.m. guided wetlands walk, because Feb. 2 is also World Wetlands Day. Local performers The Alternators will be playing at 10 a.m. There is no admission, but donations for Feed Nova Scotia are encouraged. Ducks Unlimited, Clean Nova Scotia, the Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and the departments of Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources will attend. A celebration breakfast will be served at the Shubenacadie Legion, 42 Mill Village Rd., between 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., co-sponsored by the Lions Club. Cost is $7 per person, free for children younger than 5. There’s also a $25 family rate. With the Sochi Olympics starting later in the week, Shubenacadie’s bronze medalist rower, Tracy Cameron, will be a special guest at the Wildlife Park and the celebration breakfast. The Tin Shop Museum will be open from 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., and the movie Groundhog Day will be shown at the Shubenacadie Community Hall, 2484 Main St., at 1 p.m. For more information on events, visit and .last_img read more

first_img requiring forest harvesters leasing Crown land to post proposed harvest site maps online for public comment before final harvest decisions are made adding of provincial, county and facility wait times for nursing homes and residential care facilities to the wait time page of Health and Wellness website, including how many people are waiting for a long-term care bed posting of information on funding agreements, as well as six-month progress updates on targets, on the Department of Business accountability website development of Fisheries and Aquaculture’s online mapping tool with information about existing and potential aquaculture sites around the province. Government’s Open Data portal at provides Nova Scotians with free, easy access to provincial government data. It allows the public to access more than 300 different data sets ranging from weather, traffic volumes, public tender awards, maps and more. To read the Information Access and Privacy Services Annual Report 2015-2016 visit By joining other countries around the globe in Celebrating Right to Know Week from Sept. 26 to Oct. 2, Nova Scotia is underlining its commitment to improved transparency in government. Right to Know Week helps raise awareness of the public’s right to access government information and promotes freedom of information as a fundamental democratic right. In January 2017, as part of government’s continued commitment to strengthen access for Nova Scotians, government will launch an online system for making access to information requests. As well, some completed freedom of information and protection of privacy (FOIPOP) requests will be posted online. Information related to child and youth services, personal information or confidential business information will not be released online. The Information Access and Privacy Services 2015/2016 Annual Report shows that there have been steady improvements in the turnaround times of requests. Government offices received 2,285 FOIPOP applications and completed 81 per cent of the responses within 30 days, an increase from 78 per cent in 2014. Centralizing these services has provided more timely and consistent responses to applicants. Government’s recent efforts to increase transparency include: last_img read more

Speaking at a press briefing in Geneva, the UN’s top relief official for Somalia said the world body would continue to work with Somali communities where peace and security permitted, and to help Somalis reconstruct their livelihoods.”The sanctity of the UN flag – and all that it stands for in terms of peace and development – must be restored so that vital humanitarian assistance can be delivered where it is most needed,” said Maxwell Gaylard, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia. “The UN is urging faction leaders to talk rather than fight, in the interest of the Somali people.”In Mogadishu, a current wave of crime – notably kidnappings – has made work in the city difficult, according to Mr. Gaylard, who noted that three UN national staff had been abducted and eventually released in the past six months.Meanwhile in the southwestern town of Baidoa, intermittent but heavy fighting took place in late July and early August, forcing the temporary evacuation of staff, while in southwestern Gedo region, the laying of landmines during clan fighting has hampered access to parts of the drought-stricken region.While some regions of Somalia have become more difficult to access in recent months, others – notably the northwest – have been peaceful and enjoying that “peace dividend” by benefiting from not just humanitarian aid, but also recovery and development assistance, Mr. Gaylard said.The UN, which appealed for some $83 million in funding for Somalia for 2002, has as of August received just over 40 per cent of that amount. Many urgent needs remain unmet, especially in the protection and security sector, education, economic recovery, and coordination. read more

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today appointed Peter Sutherland, an international businessman whose decades of experience include heading the global body governing trade, to serve as his Special Representative for Migration.In his new role, Mr. Sutherland will help the Secretary-General prepare for the General Assembly’s high-level dialogue on international migration and development to be held in mid-September.The new envoy will help the Secretary-General to prepare an overview of migration and development issues requested by the General Assembly that will cover a range of issues, including migration’s impact on development and the movements by highly skilled and educated migrant workers.The overview will also draw on the report and recommendations of the Global Commission on International Migration, a 19-member expert body which was formed by the Secretary-General in 2003.In a statement released by his spokesman, Mr. Annan said he will also rely on Mr. Sutherland to draw global attention to the overview during the run-up to the high-level dialogue.Welcoming the new assignment, Mr. Sutherland spoke positively about recent trends. “Migration can be an enormous force for good: one of the great drivers of economic growth, individual liberty and personal prosperity,” said the 59-year-old Irish national. “The goal is to maximise the benefits of migration and minimise potentially negative impacts.”Mr. Sutherland served as Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), formerly known as the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, between 1993 and 1995 and as the European Community Commissioner responsible for Competition Policy from 1985 and 1989. Before that, he was the Attorney General of Ireland in the early 1980s. He has served as chairman of BP plc since 1997 and as Chairman of Goldman Sachs International since 1995.An honorary Ambassador for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Mr. Sutherland has previously been a member of the Commission on Human Security, the idea for which was launched at the UN Millennium Summit in 2000. read more

In a statement from his spokesperson, Mr. Ban, who is currently in the Middle East, strongly denounced the actions of the group known as the Islamic State (IS) and its allies. “Equally repugnant are reports that Turkoman, Yazidis and Shabaks are facing abductions, killings or the destruction of their property,” Mr. Ban continued, “and that the homes of Christian, Shia and Shabak residents in Mosul have been marked.”He stressed that any systematic attack on the civilian population due to their ethnic background, religious beliefs or faith may constitute a crime against humanity, “All armed groups, including IS and associated formations, must abide by international humanitarian law and protect civilians living in areas they control.”Mr. Ban noted that recently “minority communities that have lived together for thousands of years” in Ninewa province, whose main city is Mosul, have come under direct attack and persecution by IS and associated armed groups. In the past few weeks, tens of thousands of members of ethnic and religious minority groups have been displaced or forced to flee and seek refuge, while many others have been executed and kidnapped.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, who visited Iraq last week to see the conditions facing some of the displaced families, warned that Iraq risks “full-fledged sectarian war and complete fragmentation” as Iraqis continue to flee their homes and minority groups are targeted. The UN will continue to intensify its efforts, in cooperation with the Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government, to address the urgent humanitarian needs, Mr. Ban said, including the minority groups displaced by terrorist threat. read more

The new front door to Brock University officially has a name.The transformational construction project that is giving a new look to the base of the iconic Schmon Tower when it opens this fall, will be known as the Rankin Family Pavilion, named to honour a significant donation by Niagara businessman Tom Rankin.The $2-million gift was announced Wednesday, May 16 before Rankin toured the construction site with Brock President Gervan Fearon and other University officials.First announced in November 2016, the $19-million Brock LINC project moved forward with funding from both the federal and provincial governments. The Rankin Family Pavilion will be a striking two-storey complex that will provide space for students to gather and to nurture Niagara’s growing culture of innovation.Project Manager Scott Roper shows Tom Rankin the different finishes that will be used in the Rankin Family Pavilion.The project is converting the former open-air pedestrian mall in front of Schmon Tower into a modern, purpose-built 41,000-square-foot research, innovation and commercialization centre that places entrepreneurship at the entranceway to the University.It will provide the Brock community with the space to experience and experiment with entrepreneurship and will add a strategic asset within Niagara’s innovation ecosystem that supports a greater number of research and development partnerships between Brock and Niagara’s businesses and social organizations. Brock is known for its leadership in experiential and co-op education, and the new facilities will advance entrepreneurial teaching and learning at Brock.“Students and researchers will work alongside entrepreneurs, industry partners, community members and social service groups,” said Brock University Vice-President, Research Tim Kenyon. “They will combine their disciplines in the pursuit of open-ended innovation that seeks to improve public services or create new enterprises for Ontario’s knowledge-based economy.”Rankin, a well-known Niagara businessman who started Rankin Construction in 1978 and a former Brock University Board of Trustees member, said the space will be a central hub for the University.“With the Maj.-Gen Isaac Brock statue right in front of it and the Goodman School of Business right there, everything kind of emanates from that spot,” he said.Rankin is thrilled to be supporting a project he has been thinking about for years.“A number of years ago when I was on the Board of Trustees I had this idea of closing it in. I saw the potential in making this a real focal point for the University,” he said. “It’s going to be a great front entrance to Brock.”Fearon thanked Rankin for his generosity, and said public institutions such as Brock rely on the support from their community.“For years now, Brock University’s students, faculty and staff have benefited greatly from the generosity of Tom Rankin,” said Fearon. “His support has been invaluable. And now he is once again demonstrating the importance that he places on post-secondary education within our community of Niagara, and for that we are extremely grateful.”The Rankin Family Pavilion further makes Brock an outstanding attractive university for students to pursue their post-secondary education goals, he added.Not only is Rankin Construction a respected company behind major civil projects such as the Meridian Centre in downtown St. Catharines, Rankin is known as a generous philanthropist whose impact on the community includes the annual Rankin Cancer Run, which has raised $7.5 million for local cancer care facilities.In 2017, Rankin was the recipient of the Niagara Region’s T. Roy Adams Humanitarian of the Year Award and was honoured with an honorary doctorate by Brock.“I grew up in Catholic schools and we were always taught to be generous to your fellow human beings,” Rankin said. “I often say I’m an entrepreneur with a conscience. I’ve never been in business just to make money.”The Rankin Family Pavilion is expected to open this fall. read more

Buckeye fans cheer prior to the start of the first half in the game against Michigan State on Jan. 7 in Value City Arena. Ohio State won 80-64. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo Editor

The NFL draft starts Thursday night, and during the coverage you’ll probably hear about safe and risky picks. In some cases, the risk is specific to the player. Perhaps Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is a risk for his history of alleged off-the-field misconduct, while his counterpart at Oregon, Marcus Mariota, comes with worries that his stock was inflated by the Ducks’ spread offense. But some of the risk is also considered intrinsic to certain positions, while other positions carry a reputation for being particularly low-risk.The trouble, though, is that there’s no way to prove which positions consistently offer good returns on draft investment — at least not with football data in its current state. And in large part, that’s because we can’t really evaluate on player performance as accurately for the so-called non-skill positions.For instance, taking a quarterback (like Winston and Mariota) might seem like a hazardous bet to make early in the draft. But it’s possible that QBs only appear risky relative to other positions because we can more readily measure a quarterback’s performance statistically. In other words, when Ryan Leaf posts a 39.0 quarterback rating as a rookie, he’s easy to identify as a bust, but his linebacking equivalent might be harder to recognize.Here’s another example. You could use Pro-Football-Reference’s Approximate Value (AV) to estimate the odds that a player’s performance1We’re looking at the first five seasons of a player’s career. will live up to the expectations of where he was drafted, and break those numbers down by position:You’d find that the average offensive lineman2Weighted by the expected value of the pick, so that successful high picks are rewarded more — and highly-touted disappointments are more heavily penalized. meets or exceeds the median AV expected of his draft slot about 59 percent of the time — the NFL-wide average across all positions is, by definition, 50 percent — while the average receiver3Lumping together wide receivers and tight ends. provides positive value for his pick slot only 41 percent of the time. And quarterbacks wouldn’t be far behind receivers on the “risky” list, beating expectations at a rate of only 43 percent.But there’s another clear pattern in the AV data: The positions that seem like the riskiest picks are also the ones where we have the most data to differentiate between good and bad performances. Coincidence? Probably not.An offensive lineman’s AV is based solely on his team’s offensive performance, his own playing time and any accolades he receives (like Pro Bowl or All-Pro nods). So, short of being outright benched, there’s very little he could do to distinguish himself negatively under the structure of the study above (or those like it). A skill-position player struggling to meet expectations, on the other hand, can be identified via his inferior yardage, touchdowns, turnovers and the like. (To the extent that those metrics are even good descriptors of player performance.)It’s similar to the phenomenon that causes linemen to boast a far higher Pro Bowl “retention rate” than other offensive positions, particularly quarterbacks. The less information voters have to go on, the more they rely on a player’s priors (and perhaps rightly so). And the same can go for the draft, where certain positions can feel safer simply because we don’t have glaring, easily-quantifiable evidence to the contrary.The answer, of course, is more data. When Chase Stuart conducted a more granular (if anecdotal) look at offensive tackles using ProFootballFocus grades, for instance, he found what seems to be a healthy bust rate even for a position often tagged as one of the most reliable. Then again, PFF grades aren’t universally accepted as gospel, either; besides, they only go back to the 2007 season (as opposed to 1950 for AV).That’s why, for now at least, it may not be possible to truly say whether certain positions are more or less likely to live up to their draft-day expectations. It’s another unanswerable question to throw onto the pile of things about the NFL draft that we just don’t know. read more

first_img Geek Pick: Sengled Smart Wi-Fi LED Has Multicolor Beauty and BrainsGeek Pick: Abode iota Is an All-In-One Security Kit Even in this technological age (or maybe because of it), The Flintstones remains a powerful piece of pop culture. Far from the animated Honeymooners rip-off, it began as the chronicles of the modern stone-age family is the swinging sixties grandfather of all adult cartoons like The Simpsons and Family Guy. It’s a part of the wonderful Hanna-Barbera universe and has inspired everything from vitamins to John Goodman live-action movies to Shmoo crossovers to a surprisingly woke new comic book.One of the best worldbuilding running jokes on The Flintstones is its menagerie of animal-powered appliances. Stuffing dirty dishes into a pelican’s mouth because dishwashers don’t exist may look like animal cruelty and/or slavery. But that bird don’t mind. Along with being amusing visual gags, the animal appliances help further the central metaphor of The Flintstones that the seemingly hyper-modern and automated world of the then-contemporary 1960s really isn’t that different from primitive, savage, caveman times.These days the most modern technology you can get is a smart device. Whether it’s a hairbrush or a trash can, everything is connected to the internet in some way. And digital assistants give these devices voices and personality. But what smart device has more personality than a dinosaur that mows your lawn or a bird that plays your records? So while we wait for Siri and Alexa to start saying “It’s a living,” here are our favorite examples of the Flintstones Internet of Living Things.Pterodactyl AirplaneWho needs a pilot when the plane itself is a living thing with a brain and a soul?Pelican DishwasherCertain animal mouths are cleaner than human mouths, so washing dishes inside of pelicans makes more sense than you’d think.Sawfish KnifeSea creatures are some of the weirdest creatures in the world, so if you told me people actually use sharks as knives in the real world, I’d believe you.Dinosaur LawnmowerThis dinosaur doesn’t seem too happy eating grass. Maybe it’s because its sharp teeth are made for eating meat instead?Turtle Drum SetThis is perhaps the cruelest machine on this entire list. Beat a turtle with sticks solely for your own amusement. The turtle looks happy, but it’s begging for death.Rabbit BrushUsing a rabbit’s bushy tail to apply makeup works in theory, but do you really want to wipe an animal’s butt on your face to look pretty?Pig Garbage DisposalThis is kind of a win-win. The family gets rid of unwanted food, and the pig gets a nice meal.Woolly Mammoth HoseTrunks are one of the more versatile organic appliances in the Flintstones world. Along with being hoses, they’re also used as vacuum cleaners.Brontosaurus CraneTurning a huge and mighty dinosaur into a tool for changing the very land itself reflects the triumph of mankind in the world of the Flintstones.Woodpecker CameraA normal camera captures the world as it is, but a “photo” carved by a woodpecker has an artist’s touch.Turtle/Bird Record PlayerThe turtle gets a raw deal, but if the bird has any ambition, it could take this opportunity to show off its sick DJ skills.Lizard Can OpenerFun fact, you have to replace these lizard can openers pretty often since the soda erodes their crucial buck teeth.LightersAlthough it got more kid-friendly as it went on, The Flintstones began as a revolutionary primetime cartoon for adults. And nothing is more adult than pulling out a lighter and having a smoke. Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_img NASA is tracking two medium-sized asteroids that are expected to safely zoom by our planet this weekend.The space rocks will fly by Earth overnight from from September 13 to September 14 EDT, NASA said in a press update. Near-Earth asteroid 2010 C01, which is estimated to be 400 to 850 feet in size, will safely cruise by our planet at 11:42 p.m. EDT on September 13, while the second object, 2000 QW7, which is about 950 to 2,100 feet in size, will pass by Earth at 7:54 p.m. EDT on September 14.If you’re concerned about these Near-Earth objects (NEOs) coming in close proximity to our planet, NASA says not to worry: Orbit calculations ruled out the chance that the asteroids could pose a threat to Earth.“These asteroids have been well observed—once since 2000 and the other since 2010—and their orbits are very well known,” said Lindley Johnson, planetary defense officer and program executive for the Planetary Defense Coordination Office at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. “Both of these asteroids are passing at about 14 lunar distances from the Earth, or about 3.5 million miles away, but small asteroids pass by Earth this close all the time.”Happening soon: two medium-sized asteroids will safely pass Earth! Both objects are passing by about 3.5 million miles – nearly 14 times the distance between Earth & the Moon.Find out how @asteroidwatch is tracking near-Earth asteroids:— NASA (@NASA) September 12, 2019NASA’s Near-Earth Object (NEO) Observations Program scouts, tracks, and monitors near-Earth asteroids and comets. Astronomers supported by the program use telescopes to follow-up with the discoveries and make more measurements. The Center for Near-Earth Object Studies, which is located at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, also uses this information to calculate high-precision orbits for all known near-Earth objects and predict future close approaches by them to our planet.At the start of this year, the number of spotted NEOs totaled over 19,000 and as of now, it has surpassed 20,000. Over 95 percent of these objects were detected by NASA-funded surveys for the past 21 years.More on Uncover New Evidence of Asteroid That Killed DinosaursNASA Picks 4 Potential Spots for Asteroid Bennu Sample ReturnDon’t Worry: An Asteroid Won’t Collide With Earth This Year Stay on target Japan’s Hayabusa-2 Probe Packs Up Space Rock Cargo From Asteroid RyuguNASA Picks 4 Potential Spots for Asteroid Bennu Sample Return last_img read more

first_imgHOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and a survivor of the Pulse Nightclub massacre in Orlando were among the honorees at the 2017 Diversity Honors, Saturday night.7News anchor Craig Stevens emceed the event at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood.The celebration kicked off Harvey Milk Day, which recognizes those who are changing the world by living authentically, like Pulse Nightclub survivor Isaiah Henderson. “This means the world to me, and I don’t want to get emotional, but I’m really glad everyone can support one another, so thank you,” he said.Money raised at the event will go to the Harvey Milk Foundation and the Pride Center at Equality Park in Wilton Manors.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Tags Gaming Accessories Components Share your voice 1 17 Photos Some of the best games of 2018center_img The 17 most anticipated video games of 2019 1:18 Comment Gigabyte’s looks like one of the midrange, dual-fan implementations. Gigabyte/Nvidia Nvidia today shipped its newest mainstream gaming graphics chip, the GTX 1660 Ti, in keeping with our expectations based on earlier rumors. Though there’s no Nvidia reference design card — those are the “Founders Edition” models — cards incorporating the chip should start at around $280 (£260 in the UK, which is around AU$475).The GPU strips out much of what makes the new flagship RTX cards notable — primarily the cores, which enable games to incorporate real-time ray-tracing. But it’s based on the newer Turing architecture compared to the 10-series’ Pascal, offering better parallel processing, adaptive shaders, a unified memory architecture and more cache than the GTX 1060 that it ostensibly supersedes.It also lacks a couple of features from the RTX series: no support for VirtualLink, the standard for single-cable VR, or the SLI bridge for dual-card configurations. Like ray-tracing, those are features you probably won’t miss for a little while. No headsets support VirtualLink as yet and the 1660 Ti wouldn’t really be a card you’d stick in multi-GPU configurations, anyway.While there are rumors circulating that it might have some undisclosed AI-accelerating Tensor cores for DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling, which does a better job than before at upsizing small textures in higher-resolution gameplay with a lower performance hit), they’re either incorrect or they’re there for production reasons but purposefully disabled. This card’s meant for fast 1080p gameplay and midrange gaming systems — budget systems with 450-watt power supplies configured to not-so-cheap levels.Folks who’ve had a chance to benchmark a card (such as Anandtech) put it in the performance class of about 30 percent or so better than the GTX 1060. It’s equal to roughly a GTX 1070 (it has 2GB less video memory than the 1070’s 8GB) and somewhat slower than an AMD RX Vega 56 — both of which are more expensive. Nvidialast_img read more

first_imgA House of Fraser store.Getty Images.Iconic British department store chain House of Fraser has gone into administration after talks with investors and creditors failed to reach any solution.The fate of 169-year-old House of Fraser, which employs 17,500 people, was sealed when C.banner, a Chinese company, pulled out of a deal to pump in money earlier in the month and this sounded the death knell for the store. The latest development has likely put thousands of jobs at risk. Administrators Ernst & Young say House of Fraser would continue trading and all its 59 shops, including 31 that were going to be closed as part of restructuring agreement would remain open for business as it attempts to sell the business and its assets. What does going into administration mean?The administration is invoked when a company becomes insolvent – its debts get bigger than its assets. The firm’s management is taken over by insolvency practitioners. Once this happens, all legal action against the firm is stopped for two months.During this period, the administrator takes control of all assets and business operations and acts in a manner, which is in the best interests of the creditors so that they can repay them as much as possible.So what went wrong for House of Fraser?1. The internetThe advent of the internet has had an adverse influence on traditional brick and mortar stores, with digital retailers like Amazon dealing a body blow from which very few stores have recovered.House of Fraser was slow to latch on to the changing internet landscape. As far back as 2004, trade body, Interactive Media in Retail Group called it an ‘online laggard’ for failing to grasp the trading opportunities that the internet provided.2. No unique selling productAll is not gloomy despite the rise of internet and it is presumptuous to assume that every traditional store is doomed but people need a reason to visit them whether virtually or physically.House of Fraser took over many smaller department stores like Dickins & Jones, DH Evans and Army & Navy but in doing so, it killed diversity of High Streets and failed to replace these brands with a unique product of its own. This resulted in a lack of pulling power to woo customers and fight off rivals.What made it worse was the fact that a lot of stuff sold within the stores was not House of Fraser’s; it was sold by more than 600 third-party concession workers. As a result, the store’s own brand took a back seat.3. One store too manyAccording to analysts House of Fraser should have cut down the number of stores it had many years ago. But instead, it went on acquiring more assets, often with expensive lease agreements made by previous owners.When it initiated the rescue plan, House of Fraser had 59 stores in the UK, comparable to John Lewis and less than Debenhams but these two have been more successful in reinventing themselves and staying relevant in a very competitive marketplace.4. Ownership and management issuesThe last decade and a half have been turbulent for the group as its ownership changed twice.Amid all the confusion and takeovers, what was clearly lacking at House of Fraser was long-term planning and strategy.The uncertain period kicked off in 2003 when Tom Hunter, a Scottish billionaire, made an unsuccessful hostile bid.More attempted takeover bids were made till 2006 when it was sold to a Baugar-led consortium for £351 million. Seven years later there was yet another takeover talk with Galeries Lafayette, a French department store.In 2014, Chinese department store group Nanjing Xinjiekou, part of Sanpower, bought House of Fraser for £480m.Management of the chain fell victim to ‘revolving door’ syndrome. The appointment of current chief executive Alex Williamson in July 2017 was controversial as he had no retail experience having previously worked for nine years at sporting company Goodwood.His predecessor Nigel Oldy was in the hot seat for less than two years when he quit in November 2016, leaving the company without direction just before Christmas, the main shopping period of the year.last_img read more

first_imgRajiv KumarTwitterIndian economy is slowing down to an alarming level. Almost all the sectors from Auto to FMCG is witnessing subdued demand. Initially denying any major issues, the government finally accepted that the economy needs an overhauling. NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Rajiv Kumar on Thursday called for extraordinary steps to deal with a slowdown in the country’s financial sector, which has been the key issue for economic de-growth.Indirectly, Rajiv Kumar put the ball in the central government’s court to take measures to spur economic growth. However, in complete contrast, the government’s chief economic adviser (CEA) Krishnamurthy Subramanian argued against any bailout package and termed it as “moral hazard”. As per a report in The Times of India, the difference between two major office bearers of government is critical as it is running out of options to revive the economy, which is facing slowdown and job losses across sectors.Kumar said the country has not faced such a situation in the past 70 years of its independence and urgent intervention is required to infuse growth as the entire financial sector is under stress. Kumar said, “Nobody is trusting anybody else… within the private sector nobody is ready to lend, everyone is sitting on cash…you may have to take steps which are extraordinary.” He highlighted indiscriminate lending by financial institutions between 2009 and 2014 as a key reason behind stress in the financial sector. chief economic adviser (CEA) Krishnamurthy SubramanianReutersMeanwhile, CEA Subramanian had a completely different viewpoint on infusing stimulus to spur growth. But, Subramanian seemed to differ with Kumar’s views on providing a stimulus to accelerate growth.”Since 1991 we are a market economy, and in a market economy, there are sectors which go on sunrise and then go through the sunset phase. If we basically expect the government to use taxpayers’ money to intervene every time when there are some ‘sunsets,’ then I think you introduce possible moral hazards from ‘too big to fail’ and as well as the possibility of a situation where profits are private and losses are socialized, which is basically an anathema to way the market economy functions,” he argued.India Inc has been demanding a stimulus package from the government to revive growth and prevent job losses. The auto sector that has registered double-digit growth for more than a decade is now struggling with production cut and job losses to subdued demand. Many in the industry as well as in government are voicing against a package. Rajiv Bajaj, MD of Bajaj Auto have argued that the industry should first look at their own shortcomings before asking any fiscal stimulus. Similarly, Power secretary Subhash Chandra Garg argued that rather than providing a fiscal stimulus, the government should cut interest rates and make credit available to supply money in the financial sector.last_img read more

first_imgAmazon may be offering you up to $90 in store credit for buying EA games, but Sony has decided to reward you for convincing other people to spend their cash.Sony is continuing to think up new ways to try and boost sales of the PS Vita handheld. Last year it was confirmed there would be no price drop on the hardware until later in 2013. At the same time, Sony rolled out a new bundle to try and revitalize sales as well as considering a PS3/PS Vita bundle, which has yet to materialize.A new offer has appeared, though. Sony is offering a $20 PSN card and 1,000 Sony Rewards points to anyone who convinces a friend to buy a PS Vita.All you have to do is Register with Sony, which involves giving them your name, email address, and PSN ID. After that, you can start referring people and Sony will handle the rest. As an added incentive, Sony is offering one million Sony Rewards points to whoever refers the most people during the promotion.The offer is open now and runs until February 28, giving you exactly a month to convince your friends and family to spend a few hundred dollars on a PS Vita.There are a few important rules and restrictions related to this promotion, however. The $20 PSN card is limited as a reward for the first 10 people you refer and who purchase. Meaning the maximum you can earn is $200 and 10,000 points. Getting more than 10 people to buy hardware (who is seriously going to achieve that?) is only worth it if you want to be in with a chance of winning the million points (worth $10,000).Sony has also put restrictions on how you can communicate the offer to your friends and family. Only email, Facebook, and Twitter messages are allowed as a way of enticing them to purchase a PS Vita. So no running your own advertising campaign to entice hundreds of people you don’t know to use your referral code.last_img read more

first_img Journal information: Science A power law is where a relationship between two quantities exists that can be described mathematically where one measurement is directly related to the outcome of another. In their perspective the authors describe it as related via an exponent which can be mathematically described. One example is where the surface area of a sphere is firmly fixed to its radius, i.e. the area increases proportionally as the radius does. In such cases, its scalable, it doesn’t matter how large or small the sphere is, its surface area can still be calculated using the same formulaic relationship. It’s also meaningful, i.e. the relationship formula can be used to actually calculate sphere surface areas.In their perspective, the authors use the relationship between the metabolic performance of an organism and its body size, which biologists describe using allometric scaling, a power law, to make their assertions. Research has shown that using such a formula allows scientists to calculate the second when obtaining the first through measurement, regardless of body size, a clear and useful thing when studying virtually any organism.In their perspective, however, the authors point out that not all areas of science are so compliant, which leads to all manner of assumptions regarding outcomes that may or may not be true. One prime example is when researchers collect data points and find they can draw a line though them, which suggests a correlation. Unfortunately, quite often other lines could have just as easily been drawn, indicating there was no correlation at all. The point here is that in scenarios where the power law cannot be applied, researchers are often left to make educated guesses, going on little more than intuitive leaps based on past experience. This is especially important when it is a practicable impossibility to obtain a reasonably large sample size.They also point out that many instances occur in research where the power law is applied in ways that don’t actually make sense. For example, if a line is drawn though a set of data points showing correlation, it won’t matter much if that line doesn’t offer any real insight into what is being demonstrated.Because of such scenarios, the authors conclude that it might behoove the scientific community, both researchers and readers of scientific papers alike, to apply some bit of skepticism to such claims when they are made. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Citation: A frank discussion of the power law and linking correlation to causation (2012, February 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from An example power-law graph, being used to demonstrate ranking of popularity. To the right is the long tail, and to the left are the few that dominate (also known as the 80-20 rule). Image: Wikipedia.center_img ( — Michael Stumpf a mathematics professor at Imperial College in London, and Mason Porter a lecturer at Oxford have teamed together to write and publish a perspective piece in Science regarding the inexact science of trying to apply the power law to situations in science where it’s not always easy to show a direct link between correlation and causation, a key problem they say, in much of the science that is conducted today. © 2011 Libel case against the scientific journal Nature begins More information: Critical Truths About Power Laws, Science 10 February 2012: Vol. 335 no. 6069 pp. 665-666. DOI: 10.1126/science.1216142The ability to summarize observations using explanatory and predictive theories is the greatest strength of modern science. A theoretical framework is perceived as particularly successful if it can explain very disparate facts. The observation that some apparently complex phenomena can exhibit startling similarities to dynamics generated with simple mathematical models (1) has led to empirical searches for fundamental laws by inspecting data for qualitative agreement with the behavior of such models. A striking feature that has attracted considerable attention is the apparent ubiquity of power-law relationships in empirical data. However, although power laws have been reported in areas ranging from finance and molecular biology to geophysics and the Internet, the data are typically insufficient and the mechanistic insights are almost always too limited for the identification of power-law behavior to be scientifically useful (see the figure). Indeed, even most statistically “successful” calculations of power laws offer little more than anecdotal value.last_img read more

first_imgVivek Vinay Natya Sangit, conceptualised by Devajit Bandopadhyay and to be performed by Riddhi Bandopadhyay and Sujoy Prasad Chatterjee, took all back to Swami Vivekananda’s valuable lessons on the concepts of universal truth and social awakening. Held to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, the event at NSD’s Adhikalp brought together some of the best minds in the Capital.Chatterjee, one of the best known elocutionists and theatre artistes from Kolkata, enthralled the audience with the recitals from  Vivekananda’s poetry as Riddhi Bandopadhyay performed the vocal renditions connected to the verses. Bengal has a very distinctive musical heritage and traditionally music pervades all cultural practices, especially celebrations. Continuing with that legacy, Chatterjee points out that Vivekananda was a trained musician himself and his songs were heavily influenced by Bangla Natyasangeet. What was performed was a selection of songs from the Sangit Kalpataru that connects Vivekananda’s verses along with the songs, like the song Shango Amar Dhula Khela from the play Bhisma by DL Roy was performed alongside the poem My Play is Done. Chatterjee, who is all set to perform his first international solo show at Singapore on 29 May, added that the celebrations did not only focus on music, the teachings of the great man are inherent in beautiful connect of poetry and songs.last_img read more

first_imgWhich Chromium browser gets the fastest updates? by Martin Brinkmann on May 29, 2017 in Google Chrome – Last Update: May 29, 2017 – 24 commentsMany web browsers are based on the open source Chromium web browser. There is Google Chrome obviously, Opera and Vivaldi, and many, many more including Yandex Browser, SRWare Iron, Slimjet or UC Browser.All of these browsers are based on Chromium, but how fast are they updated when a new Chromium version is published? Is Chrome really the fastest to get these updates, or are other browser makers even faster than Google?Do some browsers lack behind when it comes to updates? A delay in regards to security updates may increase the browser’s attack vector when you are using it for instance.In short: we take a look at the past four months, and find out when popular Chromium-based browsers got updated in that time. Note that we included only stable browsers in the overview. This means that a browser like Brave is not included (yet) for instance.Chromium browser update historyThis article looks only at stable releases of the following browsers: Comodo Dragon, Google Chrome, Opera, Slimjet, SRWare Iron, UC Browser, Vivaldi.You can check the Chromium version in most of these browsers by loading chrome://version (or about://version).May 201717.5.2017 — Comodo Dragon — Chromium 57.0.2987.9310.5.2017 — Opera 45 — Chromium 58.0.3029.11009.05.2017 — Chrome 58 — 58.0.3029.11003.05.2017 — SRWare Iron — 58.0.3050.002.05.2017 — Chrome 58 — 58.0.3029.96April 201727.04.2017 — Vivaldi 1.9 — Chromium 58.0.3029.8219.04.2017 — Slimjet 14.0 — Chromium 5719.04.2017 — Chrome 58 — Chromium 58.0.3029.81March 201729.03.2017 — Vivaldi 1.8 — Chromium 57.0.2987.11129.03.2017 — Chrome 57 — Chromium 57.0.2987.13327.03.2017 — SRWare Iron — Chromium 57.0.3000.023.03.2017 — Comodo Dragon — Chromium 55.0.2883.5921.03.2017 — Opera 44 — Chromium 57.0.2987.7416.03.2017 — Chrome 57 — Chromium 57.0.2987.11009.03.2017 — SRWare Iron — Chromium 56.0.2950.109.03.2017 — Chrome 57 — Chromium 57.0.2987.98February 201728.02.2017 — UC Browser 6.1 — Chromium 50.0.2661.10208.02.2017 — Vivaldi 1.7 — Chromium 56.0.2924.8807.02.2017 — Opera 43 — Chromium 5601.02.2017 — Chrome 56 — Chromium 56.0.2942.97A look at the resultsIf you take a close look at the table, you will notice that third-party Chromium-based browsers lack behind more or less when it comes to updates.The biggest “lagger” is UC Browser, which was last updated in February 2017 to a Chromium version that was released in April 2016.Other browsers don’t lag that much behind releases, but they are not updated super fast either. The Comodo Dragon browser falls in that category which seems to lag one or two versions behind the browsers that get updated more frequently.Opera, Vivaldi and also SRWare Iron are updated regularly (usually once a month), and each update brings along with it a Chromium version increase.While the updates are not as often as those of Google Chrome, it is probably not too big of an issue. Google Chrome is updated more frequently, and when it is updated, it is with newer builds of Chromium when compared to the releases of Vivaldi or Opera.ConclusionThere is a wide disparity when it comes to Chromium-browser releases. Some browsers are updated infrequently only, and they may lack versions behind when compared to releases of browsers that are updated regularly.This is bad from a security perspective for the most part, as security fix implementations are delayed. This means that the browser is vulnerable to attacks that are fixed already in other browsers.A rule of thumb would be that a browser should be updated at least once a month to keep up with Chromium development. Anything less means that it will lag behind and remains vulnerable to security issues that were fixed already by the Chromium team.Now You: Do you run a Chromium based browser? Which and why?SummaryArticle NameWhich Chromium browser gets the fastest updates?DescriptionWhich Chromium-based browser on the desktop is updated the fastest, and which lags behind when it comes to updates of the web browser?Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgIncentive tool Delta Edge Wallet now live at Delta Pro agent portal Travelweek Group Share Tuesday, July 18, 2017 Posted bycenter_img BOSTON — Delta Edge Wallet, new from Delta Air Lines, gives travel agency and corporate customers a point system to manage complimentary tickets, upgrades and vouchers.A recent addition to the Delta Professional travel management portals, Delta Edge Wallet provides the ability to search and request available complimentary ticket and upgrade inventory, access awarded incentives, and view real-time transaction history and reporting. Travel professionals can also send drink and WiFi vouchers directly to their travellers’ FlyDelta App.Currently on the Delta Professional Corporate website the airline’s partners can manage their Delta Edge benefits, including Delta Edge Wallet, as well as on-demand access to Sky Partner reports featuring contract performance as well as beyond contract value. With the enhanced website, partners now have quick access to a new user-friendly design, at a glance operational statistics and targeted news, says Delta.Delta Professional was launched in 2014 as a self-service travel management portal providing easy access to industry news, benefits, and customer reporting.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winter“Delta Pro has long been recognized by our customers as a game changer, and with these added benefits, especially the Delta Edge Wallet, it really showcases that we are listening to our customers who can, now, easily manage complimentary tickets and upgrades as well as enhance their travelers’ trip by sending amenities directly to the Fly Delta app,” said Kristen Shovlin, Delta’s Vice President-Sales Operations and Development.For travel agents, the Delta Professional website has a range of self-service tools including applications for managing waivers and booking preferred seats as well as Delta University. These applications have now been expanded to include quicker access to travel exceptions information, the ability to allocate ASRP points to the branch level and two additional waiver types. For more details see Tags: Delta Air Lines << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more