Proposals being made at NAFTA table wont send Canada away Trudeau

first_imgMEXICO CITY – The leaders of Canada and Mexico said Thursday they’re not walking away from NAFTA talks in the wake of the latest aggressive proposal from the U.S.Both Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said the proposal — a sunset clause on any new North American Free Trade Agreement — remains just that, an idea.“We will continue to take very seriously the work we do and we will not be walking away from the table based on proposals put forward,” Trudeau said at a joint news conference with Pena Nieto in Mexico City’s stately National Palace late Thursday evening.“We will discuss those proposals, we will counter those proposals and we will take seriously these negotiations.”Negotiations for a revamped NAFTA are now in their fourth round and the U.S. sunset clause idea is the latest in a series of moves that have frustrated Canadian and Mexican negotiators. More challenges lie ahead — rules for auto parts could come as early as Friday. An original suggestion from the U.S. that American and regional content levels be beefed up has already drawn condemnation.Trudeau and Pena Nieto talked with their aides and then their foreign affairs and trade teams for close to two hours Thursday afternoon. Trudeau’s visit is his first official trip to Mexico and follows Pena Nieto’s trip to Canada in June 2016.While the two sides were discussing a range of issues, the ongoing talks to rework NAFTA were a large part of the discussion.Pena Nieto suggested that while observers have made predictions that certain proposals could tank the talks, that’s only speculation.“I would not pay much attention to any statements other than that which happens (at) the negotiation tables,” he said, according to an English translation of his remarks.Pena Nieto indicated he was paying attention to a suggestion from U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday that should NAFTA talks fail, bilateral deals could be negotiated instead.Afterwards, Trudeau didn’t rule out the notion, and Pena Nieto said he did discuss it with the prime minister Thursday.But he said he also heard Trump say that the three countries could find a creative way to negotiate a new trilateral pact.“I think that Canada and Mexico share the idea that the NAFTA agreement is a good mechanism, it’s not the only one but it’s a good mechanism to potentialize the development of the North American region and to turn it into the most competitive one.”Efforts by Canada and Mexico to deepen their own bilateral connections, however, were on full display Thursday.In the room during the news conference were dozens of Mexican firefighters who assisted in combating wildfires in B.C., while prior to their meeting, Pena Nieto took Trudeau past a photo display of Canadian relief efforts in the wake of devastating earthquakes in Mexico last month.Trudeau had stopped by a Red Cross aid distribution centre earlier Thursday as part of his government’s approach of engaging in more public diplomacy events to encourage foreign relations.But the formal side is equally important. Trudeau will address the Mexican Senate on Friday, one of only a handful of foreign leaders to have ever done so.last_img read more

Chariot Oil Gas Upgrades NewlyAcquired Asset Offshore Morocco

Rabat – Chariot Oil & Gas has announced a new independent report that shows the Anchois gas resources have been upgraded to approximately one trillion cubic feet. The new report includes the new satellite prospects, including “Anchois North,” which according to consulting firm Netherland Sewell & Associates has a 43% chance of geological success. Chariot Oil & Gas also claim that the Anchois project has the potential to include five more satellites. Their main blocks of interest lie off the coastline of Mohammedia and Kenitra, north of Rabat. Larry Bottomley, chief executive of Chariot, said, “this independent third party evaluation confirms that the Anchois discovery and its nearby satellite prospects present Chariot with an exciting and commercially attractive development opportunity”. The news comes after Chariot announced in April the acquisition of the Lixus license, which hosts Anchois. Experts say that Anchois will act as a Kickstarter for a hub-approach in the region.According to Chariot’s website, Morocco holds some of the most competitive fiscal and commercial terms in the world. The firm added that other incentives of operating in Morocco include a robust regulatory framework and highly regarded state oil company, ONHYM (the National Office of Hydrocarbons and Mines). ONHYM is a partner in the Lixus license, with a 25% stake in the asset.The acquisition came after a disappointing year for Rabat Deep’s exploration well off Morocco’s coast, coupled with the failure of the Prospect S well offshore Namibia.This low-risk, low-cost acquisition has been good news for Chariot Oil & Gas, with their shares rising more than 100% in the weeks after the deal. read more

Regulators want more details about 94B WalgreensRite Aid drugstore chain combination

by Tom Murphy, The Associated Press Posted Dec 11, 2015 8:26 am MDT Last Updated Dec 11, 2015 at 12:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – This June 21, 2013 file photo shows the script “Walgreens” over windows at the store in Wexford, Pa. The Federal Trade Commission wants more information about Walgreens’ $9.41-billion plan to buy rival drugstore chain Rite Aid, a sign that regulators may be worried about the deal’s impact on competition. Walgreens said Friday, Dec. 11, 2015 that it fielded a request for additional information beyond what the companies have already been required to provide under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976. Walgreens said it expected the request. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) Regulators want more details about $9.4B Walgreens-Rite Aid drugstore chain combination The Federal Trade Commission wants more information about Walgreens’ $9.41-billion plan to buy rival drugstore chain Rite Aid, a sign that regulators may be concerned about the deal’s impact on competition.Walgreens said Friday that it fielded a request for additional information beyond what the companies have already been required to provide under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976. Walgreens said it expected the request.A former Justice Department attorney said regulators ask for more information when their initial review of a deal suggests that there are “serious competitive concerns.”“I think it’s a big deal,” said Allen Grunes, who led merger investigations as an antitrust attorney with the Justice Department. Grunes is a co-founder and attorney at the Konkurrenz Group in Washington and is not connected to this case.Walgreens said in a brief statement that the companies still expect to close their deal in the second half of next year. Spokesman Michael Polzin declined to comment when asked whether the company has any concerns about the acquisition passing regulatory review.The request for additional information is not a sign the deal is doomed. Regulators could do nothing, or they might challenge the acquisition or ask the companies to shed some stores. Health insurers Anthem Inc. and Aetna Inc. also have received requests for more information regarding their respective, pending acquisitions of rivals Cigna Corp. and Humana Inc.Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. runs 8,173 U.S. stores, while Rite Aid Corp. has around 4,600. Walgreens has said that Rite Aid’s presence in the Northeast and Southern California will help the combined company cover the entire United States.The drugstore chain also told investors after announcing the deal in late October that the agreement calls for divesting up to 1,000 stores if required by regulators. But the company also said it believes it will probably have to get rid of less than half that number.Grunes said regulators don’t take these requests for additional information lightly because they generally cost companies millions of dollars to fulfil. He said they often involve requests for more information on business and pricing plans, contracts with suppliers and customers and documentation of expected savings from a deal, among many other things.“It’s generally a major undertaking,” he said.Shares of Deerfield, Illinois-based Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. fell 2.6 per cent, or $2.20, to $81.22 in afternoon trading Friday while broader indexes fell more than 1 per cent. Shares of Camp Hill, Pennsylvania-based Rite Aid Corp. fell 5 cents to $7.82.Walgreens shares have slipped 7 per cent, as of Thursday’s close, since the day before the companies announced their deal, while Rite Aid’s stock has jumped 30 per cent. read more

Ohio State womens basketball trounced by Michigan State in Big Ten tournament

INDIANAPOLIS — Flashback to last week, and the No. 9 Ohio State women’s basketball team (24-7, 15-4) was on its last breath in triple overtime against Michigan State (24-7, 13-4) in East Lansing, Michigan, before ultimately falling 107-105 to the Spartans.Saturday’s matchup at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse between the same two teams lacked the competitiveness that the last meeting contained, as Michigan State stomped over the Buckeyes 82-63 in a Big Ten tournament semifinal.Redshirt junior forward Aerial Powers led Michigan State in the victory, scoring 31 points and grabbing 12 rebounds while her co-star, junior guard Tori Jankoska, brought in 23 points. Sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell wasn’t her usual self on Saturday night, as she struggled mightily from the field to the tune of a 4-of-18 shooting performance, yet she still lead the Buckeyes in scoring with 20. “At the end of the day, as a team, we just didn’t come to ready to play,” said OSU senior guard Cait Craft. In the quarterfinal game against Rutgers, senior guard Ameryst Alston exited to the locker room early due to a wrist injury on a loose ball play at the end of the third quarter. As a result, the big question that loomed over the spectators in the building Saturday evening was, “Will Alston play?”Nearly 18 minutes prior to tipoff, OSU coach Kevin McGuff would answer that question, submitting the official starting lineup card with Alston’s name sketched in.“She had a sprained wrist and the doctor said that she couldn’t hurt herself any further and she wanted to give it a go,” McGuff said. “She’s a tough kid and she wanted to contribute in, but she couldn’t tonight.”Throughout Alston’s time on the floor, she would act as a sort of decoy for the Buckeyes, not making any attempt to drive to the basket, nor crashing the boards like she is known to do. The wrap on her right wrist inhibited her from making too much happen with the ball in her hands.In the first quarter, Alston would exit the game for the first time with 4:53 on the clock, and wouldn’t check back in until 5:04 left in the second. The senior leader would not attempt a shot until late in the second when she put up a desperation floating layup that did not come in contact with any part of the basket.With Alston unable to shoot the ball pain-free, the Buckeyes had to try and stay afloat with a missing element to their offense. They sank. “We did miss Ameryst a lot defensively and offensively,” Mitchell said. “But, like (Craft) said, at the end of the day, we’ve got to be tough and work.”OSU went a staggering 9-of-32 from the field in the first half. A third of those made shots came from Mitchell.The sophomore, who dropped a program-record 48 points in the last meeting with Michigan State, had to put the team on her back. But taking over a game against a strong zone defense like the Spartans’ is no easy task.Mitchell would go into the break with eight points, visibly frustrated with the inability to get clean shots off like she was able to previously against the Spartans.“That kid can get her shot,” said Michigan State coach Suzy Merchant. “The biggest thing is that we extended so she didn’t get six, eight, 10 shots out there with us just hanging out.”Unlike its matchup against Rutgers the evening prior, OSU was unable to hold Michigan State from catching fire from the field. More specifically, Powers proved why she is a finalist for the Wooden Award shooting 8-of-12 from the field and ending the half with 19 points.Jankoska was quiet against Purdue in the quarterfinals Friday night, failing to hit any shots from beyond the arc, but she was able to turn it around against the Buckeyes. She knocked down two deep balls, spacing out the floor for the Spartans and allowing Powers to have more room to work.“Tori didn’t let yesterday’s game affect her,” Powers said. “And I think that shows a lot of leadership, that she came out hungry and aggressive.”Although the Buckeyes have been known for their ability to turn their game up a notch in the second half, they were in too much of a hole to counter the high-scoring Spartans.Michigan State had no problem weaving through the OSU defense and following Powers’ lead. The 6-foot forward knocked down shots from the perimeter, while also showcasing her elusiveness off the dribble and powering to the basket. The Scarlet and Gray would continue to claw at the Spartans in the fourth quarter, outscoring Michigan State 27-10 over the last 10 minutes, but it wasn’t nearly enough to prevent them from heading back to Columbus a day early.McGuff and the Buckeyes will head back to the drawing board in preparation for the NCAA tournament, in the hopes of finding their midseason form and making a run for another trip to Indianapolis for the Final Four.“That’s the great thing about college basketball, you get to tip it up again here before too long,” McGuff said. “We just have to get back to the gym and kind of get back to being who we are.”The mentality has been the same for Ohio State from the get-go: one game at a time. Heading into the NCAA tournament, McGuff said the Buckeyes do not plan on changing that mentality anytime soon.Michigan State will move on to the championship game of the Big Ten tournament against the top-seeded Maryland Terrapins. The ball is scheduled to be tossed up for tip at 7 p.m. on Sunday. OSU sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell (3) walks off the floor in despair after losing in the Big Ten tournament semifinals to Michigan State, 82-63, on March 5 in Indianapolis. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Asst. Sports Editor read more

Opposition submits list of 11 nominees for GECOM Chairman

Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo over the weekend submitted a list of 11 nominees to President David Granger for the post of Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission.This came a mere two days after the meeting between himself and President David Granger where both agreed that the process of selecting a chairman of GECOM was vital and would be done within days.The nominees include Annette Arjoon-Martins; BS Roy (Retired Justice of Appeal); Gerry Gouveia (Captain); Joseph Singh (Retired Major General); Kashir Khan (Attorney-at-Law); Krishnadatt Persaud (former Senior Magistrate); Lawrence Latchmansingh; Norman McLean (Retired Major General); Onesi La Fleur; Ramesh Dookhoo and William Ramlall (Retired Puisne Judge).The names submitted by the Opposition Leader were pulled from the initial three lists that were submitted in 2017 and rejected by President Granger, who went on to unilaterally appoint Retired Justice James Patterson. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGECOM Chairman: Granger rejects 5 nominees, shortlists 4July 9, 2019In “latest news”President proposes 8 nominees for GECOM ChairmanJuly 8, 2019In “latest news”Opposition, Govt to meet today to “hammer out” nominees for GECOM ChairmanJuly 8, 2019In “latest news” read more

WI Rising Stars U17 championships Guyana to clash with Windward Islands

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRegional U-19 set to bowl off next Monday in St KittsJuly 19, 2017In “latest news”GCB congratulates Guyana U-19 team‏August 4, 2014In “Sports”Guyana U-15 wing out for Regional tournamentApril 12, 2019In “latest news” The 2019 Guyana Under 17 prior to departureThe jaded Guyana U-17 Team will meet Windward Islands in their third-round match today, Tuesday July 9.In their first-round match, Guyana U-17 lost to Trinidad and Tobago by nine wickets at the National Cricket Centre in Couva, Trinidad and Tobago. The second round match saw the Guyanese team suffering a seven-wicket defeat against Barbados at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Trinidad &Tobago.Those results were not surprising, considering that this Guyana U-17 team is one of the poorest ever selected. Its Trinidad & Tobago counterpart has seven players with national experience, while not one Guyana player has ever played inter-county cricket. The magicians we have for selectors should take responsibility for the team’s outstandingly poor performance and for the last-moment preparations that were put in place for the team.In the opening round, the Guyanese were bowled out for 91, with only West Indies U-15 player Mavindra Dindyal scoring 46. He was the only bright performer. The second match saw the highly talented Matthew Nandu scoring an unbeaten 71 as Guyana posted 141 for nine in their allotted 50 overs. Captain Sheldon Charles also scored 21 runs in opening the batting.These players will be aiming for a strong finish to save themselves from further embarrassment. Guyana will play Jamaica and the Leeward Islands in their final two rounds of matches, which will conclude on July 13, 2019.The Guyana Under-15 captain, Zeynul Ramsammy, was not given the opportunity to lead the team, after he had led the Under-15 team in a strong tournament last year.Numerous talented and capable players were omitted, and a few average performers were selected to represent Guyana U-17.The likes of West Indies U-15 players Isai Thorne and Rampertab Ramnauth were among the notable omissions. Jonathan Rampersaud, Daniel Mootoo, Ricardo Ramdehol, Abdul Ramsammy and Shamar Yearwood were among the players with previous Regional experience who were omitted although eligible for selection this year. (Brandon Corlette) read more

No decision yet on elections – GECOM

Even after having its first meeting since Justice Claudette Singh was appointed the new Chairperson, the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has not yet made a decision with regards to the holding of early elections.INews understands that the commission will be awaiting the written ruling of the Chief Justice (ag) Roxane George on the challenge against the house-to-house registration exercise, which is currently undergoing.The CJ ruled that the that the house-to-house exercise is not unlawful or unconstitutional. However, she did note that it is unconstitutional for qualified persons to be removed from the National Register of Registrants if they are not in the jurisdiction or is otherwise not at their residence during the registration exercise.In the more than two hours long meeting, the Commission discussed matters pertaining to the exercise and the preparation for elections in keeping with the Guyana Constitution following the passage of the no-confidence motion against the Government. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPresident to meet GECOM todayAugust 8, 2019In “latest news”H2H Registration to be haltedAugust 27, 2019In “latest news”Pres. Granger hopes for GECOM’s position on early elections within a weekAugust 9, 2019In “latest news” read more

Victoria brown coal to hydrogen pilot project takes off

first_imgConstruction has started on a A$500 million ($353 million) pilot project looking at the feasibility of turning brown coal from the Latrobe Valley, in Victoria, Australia, into hydrogen for liquefaction and export to Japan.Works have begun on liquefaction facilities linked to the Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC) project at Port Hastings, Victoria, which the government says has the potential to create A$2 billion in exports for Australia.On the other side of Australia, Fortescue Metals recently partnered with CSIRO on hydrogen technologies to support the development of new industries, create jobs and pave the way for low emissions export opportunities for the country.Hydrogen production operations for the pilot phase of HSEC have been established at the AGL Loy Yang mine, with operations leveraging existing coal gasification technologies adapted specifically for Victorian brown coal. Hydrogen will then be transported to a liquefaction and loading terminal at the Port of Hastings Victoria, Australia.“Once converted to liquid, hydrogen will be shipped to Japan using a world-first, innovative liquefied hydrogen carrier, purpose built for hydrogen transport,” the HESC said.Australia’s Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, Matt Canavan, said today’s sod turn symbolised new job and investment opportunities for the region, as well as the nation.“Australia is well placed to become a global leader in hydrogen production and this pilot project is a crucial step towards making this vision a reality. The Australian and Victorian Governments have committed A$50 million each to the A$500 million project, which is also supported by the Japanese Government and Japanese industry,” he said.“This project promises to be of huge benefit to both nations and particularly the state of Victoria, which has the opportunity to develop an alternative and value-adding use of its abundant brown coal reserves in the Latrobe Valley.“The use of hydrogen is part of Japan’s vision of a clean energy future and any emissions from the pilot project will be fully offset, with commercial scale operations required to use carbon capture and storage to ensure a low emission source of hydrogen.”Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Simon Birmingham, said the project was the first of its kind in Australia and was built on the strong and long-standing trade partnership between Australia and Japan.“This pilot project is the first step in creating a commercial scale hydrogen supply chain which could lead to billions of dollars in export earnings for Australia and help Japan meet its strategic energy targets for 2030 and beyond,” he said.“As global demand for hydrogen continues to grow, strategic investments such as this one have the potential to turn Australia into a major global exporter of hydrogen, particularly to countries such as Japan and South Korea.“Australia has long been a reliable supplier of energy needs and there is no doubt that we are uniquely placed to continue to meet those global needs by becoming a leader in hydrogen energy. Future commercial scale operations in the Latrobe Valley and around the country will help transform Australia into a hydrogen powerhouse, delivering significant economic benefits and thousands of extra jobs for Australians.”For funding purposes, the pilot phase is split into different delivery portions – a Japanese funded portion and an Australia funded portion.The Australia funded portion is coordinated by Hydrogen Engineering Australia (HEA), a consortium comprised of project partners including Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI), J-POWER, Iwatani Corporation, Marubeni Corporation and AGL. This portion involves refining the hydrogen gas in the Latrobe Valley, transporting it to the Port of Hastings, converting it to liquid and then loading it onto the marine carrier.The Japan funded portion of the HESC pilot phase is coordinated by the CO2-Free Hydrogen Supply Chain Technology Association (HySTRA), acting on behalf of KHI, J-POWER, Iwatani Corporation and Shell. The Japanese funded portion includes converting brown coal to gas in the Latrobe Valley, transporting liquid hydrogen by sea and then unloading it in Japan.The HSEC project will be developed in two phases:The pilot phase will demonstrate a fully integrated supply chain between Australia and Japan over one year by 2021;The decision to proceed to a commercial phase will be made in the 2020s with operations targeted in the 2030s, depending on the successful completion of the pilot phase, regulatory approvals, social licence to operate and hydrogen demand.last_img read more

MAXAM hopes new highenergy cartridge watergel catches on in Latin America

first_imgMAXAM has used the backdrop of the 34th edition of the Perumin conference in Arequipa, Peru, to announce a new production line of cartridge explosives to be made at its Cocachacra plant in the country.The manufacture of RIOGEL, alongside the initiation systems and RIOXAM ANFO products the company produces at its Cochachacra plant, should increase MAXAM’s capabilities in Latin America, it said.RIOGEL is the latest generation of high-energy cartridge watergel developed by MAXAM and has important advantages over other products. “Thanks to its high energy, it allows optimal rock fragmentation, increasing the productivity of the operation,” the company said, adding that it guarantees a good blasting result even under dynamic pressure.“With a better balance of oxygen in its composition, RIOGEL reduces the emission of toxic fumes such as nitrogen oxide and carbon monoxide,” MAXAM says. This shortens the return times to blasting fronts and, thus, optimises the operations’ performance.It also comes with environmental benefits given its manufacturing process requires 95% less water than an emulsion.José Luis Alonso, General Manager, MAXAM in Peru, said: “In addition to offering innovative products that allow us to increase the productivity of our customers, at MAXAM we have the technical capabilities to respond to their specific needs. We offer adapted and valuable solutions in Peru, Chile, Ecuador, Bolivia and the rest of South America.”The company is showing the advantages of RIOGEL as well as its innovations and latest developments in blasting services during the Perumin tradeshow, from September 16-20.last_img read more

3Dshooting watching Honeycombpacking GSlate coming from TMobile In March

first_imgBack at CES, T-Mobile played it coy when it cme to details concerning the forthcoming LG G-Slate. It would be easy to assume given their silence on the G-Slate that it was bound to be a dud, but not so: T-Mobile has just sent out the full spec list of the G-Slate, and it looks… impressive. Why impressive? Because it’s the first 3D Android tablet out there.Boasting a 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor, 32GB of storage, a gyroscope and accelerometer, the big eyebrow archer is the stereoscopic rear-facing video cameras capable of 1080p 3D capture, with one of those little occulli doubling as a 5 megapixel still camera with LED flash. A third webcam up front allows you to video chat over 3G or WiFi.Not only can you film home movies in 3D with the G-Slate, you can also watch them in 3D, although you’ll need glasses to do so (probably passive, since lugging around active-shutter 3D glasses with your tablet is a laugh). You can even output this content to a 3DTV in 1080p thanks to the built-in HDMI port.Intriguing, but price has yet to be revealed. As for release date, LG claims it’ll be hitting the US in March, and be one of the very first Honeycomb tablets. We can’t wait to see it.last_img read more

De nouvelles inondations font 12 morts au Vietnam

first_imgDe nouvelles inondations font 12 morts au VietnamDes pluies diluviennes s’abattent sur le Vietnam depuis le mois d’octobre, et de nouvelles inondations touchant le centre du pays depuis une semaine se sont montrées meurtrières. Douze victimes sont à déplorer, ont annoncé les autorités.Ces douze décès portent à 180 morts le bilan des inondations qui dévastent le Vietnam depuis le début du mois d’octobre, a annoncé hier le Comité national de la lutte contre les catastrophes naturelles. Un bilan qui pourrait être revu à la hausse puisque deux personnes sont à l’heure actuelle portées disparues dans le centre du pays.À lire aussiLe syndrome de Cotard, l’étrange maladie qui fait croire à une personne qu’elle est morteCinq provinces vietnamiennes sont touchées par cette troisième vague d’inondations. Parmi elles, celle de Thua Thien-Hué, où se trouve l’ancienne Cité impériale du pays et où quatre des douze décès ont été enregistrés.Ce sont à ce jour près de 37.000 maisons qui ont été inondées ou endommagées, tandis que 10.000 personnes ont dû être évacuées. Les deux premières vagues d’inondations qui se sont abattues sur le pays avaient engendré 167 décès en octobre dans plusieurs provinces du centre, l’une des régions les plus pauvres du Vietnam. Un pays qui, en cette période de l’année, est régulièrement frappé par des tempêtes tropicales et des inondations.Le 17 novembre 2010 à 15:04 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Forza Horizon 3 includes Halos most famous ground vehicle the Warthog

first_imgForza Horizon 3 has gone gold, meaning that the game will now be sent off for burning on to Blu-rays and queued up for upload on to Microsoft’s servers. This announcement isn’t much of a surprise given how Forza is an annual series, but it has been two years since the release of Forza Horizon 2 and fans of that offshoot have no doubt been eagerly anticipating this follow up.On top of announcing the game’s gold status, Microsoft also revealed Forza Horizon 3 will include a vehicle familiar to fans of Halo. That’s right, it’s none other than the Warthog — which has been requested for many years now.Despite the fact that the Warthog is from a game taking place hundreds of years in the future, the vehicle itself looks very modern. Driving this around the current day settings of Forza Horizon 3 won’t seem too odd. Unfortunately, its turret has been removed, which means you won’t be blasting other vehicles away to earn cheap and easy victories.Those who have played Halo 5 or the Master Chief Collection can get the Warthog as a free download when Forza Horizon 3 launches on September 23. Those who haven’t played either of the two aforementioned Halo games will get the chance to earn the Warthog via a special “Forzathon” event coming to the game in October.Forza Horizon 3 will have new features like four player campaign co-op, the return of the auction house and storefronts, and new events to try out or customize yourself. As with all current Xbox One exclusive releases, this game will be available on PC through the Windows Store. Those who buy it for the Xbox One will get a free code for the PC version.For more information on Forza Horizon 3, make sure to check out the game’s website.last_img read more

Facebook Floods the Internet With Lies Google Tries to Bring Back Truth

first_imgStay on target Let’s talk about truth and lies on the internet. I know, this is ironic coming from me.Facebook is great at giving people things they, like from funny videos to links to heartwarming blog posts. And even if you don’t like some racist meme, somebody’s uncle sure does. But those are all opinions. Whether it admits it or not, Facebook has also become a powerful news delivery platform. And the thing about news is it’s supposed to be true even if you don’t like it.Providing over a billion users all over the globe with news is a monumental responsibility, and unfortunately, Facebook has been failing. This week Caitlin Dewey at The Washington Post wrote a story about how the social media monolith continues to surface fake news stories in its Trending slot. Trending topics as a feature was designed to give users news that, while personalized to their interests, was still true. However, according to Facebook these days 9/11 was an inside job, Siri is a physical being that can come out of your iPhone to do chores, and Megyn Kelly got canned from Fox News for backing Hillary Clinton. All bogus!You’d think Facebook with all of its money could hire some human beings who could spot out these lies before they’re spewed across the net. You’d be right. Facebook used to have editors who did exactly that. You know, like a real media organization. But in an ironic twist of fate, the desire to remove human bias from the news just left the news even more susceptible to misinformation and political whims.Facebook came under fire from those who felt editors of certain political stripes (the Left) were using their power to suppress alternative viewpoints. So Facebook switched to a pure algorithm to determine newsworthy topics based on things like how many articles linked to them. It didn’t matter if those articles came from flagrantly partisan and outright fraudulent sources. Satire, conspiracies, mindless trivia, distorted half-truths, or outright lies. Shovel ‘em all in! Who cares? And so here we ar0e, falsehoods reign.At journalism school, I saw this video, Epic 2014, speculating on what the future of news would be like in a world dominated by strictly mechanical customizable aggregators. Parts of it are pretty dated (lol, Friendster), but the core horror still rings true.For the most part, facts are facts, regardless of politics. And staying aware of what is and isn’t a fact, breaking out of our own biases, is especially important in a year where Donald Trump might be the next president of the United States. However, despite Facebook’s failings, technology can in fact be an ally in this moral imperative. Just ask Google.Google recently announced it will now fact-check stories that appear in Google News. The search has already labeled stories for years with tags like In-Depth, Opinion, and Wikipedia. But now boxes for important news stories will also contain links to other credible stories users can use to fact check the article. It’s not a perfect system as it still relies on online resources we’ve already proven are disturbingly malleable, but it’s something. To help, Google is using’s ClaimReview markup, and other fact-checking sites can apply to offer their services.Machines and algorithms are not inherently objective. They aren’t the perfect and cold pieces of steel we think they are. They inherit the flaws of their human creators. And confusing facts with fiction, willfully or not, is a very human flaw. So as tech-savvy citizens and newshounds, it’s up to us to make sure in the future truth isn’t lost in the code. Podcasts Are TV Shows Now With ‘Limetown’ Trailer7 Icebreakers for Facebook’s New Dating Service last_img read more

Citizen Security Justice Programme Employability Survey Link

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 8, 2017 – Nassau – With two (2) days left before the registration process ends for the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) Employability Survey, the Bahamas Department of Labour along with the Ministry of National Security makes final efforts to ensure that as many at-risk, unemployed youth between the ages of 16-29 years of age are able to fully embrace this opportunity for both soft skills and technical skills training and job placement.The launch of the programme signals a step in the right direction towards an alternate approach to crime reduction and employability, targeted specifically towards youth that fall in the requisite categories.   The demographic of young persons (Bahamian or Permanent Residents) between the ages of 16-29 years old, who are currently unemployed and have not completed high school is the target grouping.Patricia Rolle, Department of Labour, Public Employment Services Officer noted that while the focus areas include Kemp Road, East Street, Englerston, Bain & Grants Town, Yellow Elder, Fox Hill, Nassau Village, and Centreville persons from all areas in New Providence are eligible to apply once they meet the criteria.Chet Pratt, Programme Consultant announced today that an online survey link is now accessible to the public who wish to register, but may not have the ability to physically visit the Department of Labour Offices at Rosetta Street or Robinson Road.   The survey link is Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP), facilitated by the Ministry of National Security in partnership with the Department of Labour is funded by a $20 million loan from theInter-American Development Bank (IDB).   The programme seeks to address four (4) major pillars which include Community Crime Prevention, Employability and Training of At-Risk Youth, Improving the Efficiency of the Court System and methods of reducing the recidivism rate through a parole system. Press Release: Ministry of Labourcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

EXCLUSIVE Uber uses bottomup feedback to inform cultural change

first_imgEmployee Benefits Connect 2019: Global transportation organisation Uber uses bottom-up feedback and employee resource groups to inform its organisational culture, helping to create a sense of belonging for its 21,000 employees across more than 60 countries worldwide.Opening the conference agenda at Employee Benefits Connect 2019 today (Wednesday 27 February), Raashi Sikka (pictured), diversity and inclusion lead at Uber, explained how focusing on individual employees is a key driver for the organisation’s inclusion agenda.She said: “We wanted to ensure that our employees across different markets had a great sense of belonging. We wanted to make sure they were equipped to take immediate and individual actions so that they can model and be carriers of inclusion in their own way, in their own cities, in their own markets.”A central part of this approach is Uber’s employee resource groups, where like-minded employees and allies can come together. The organisation has approximately 12 groups in total, including Women of Uber and Uber Pride, for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) staff and allies.“They are really essential elements for us in understanding our employee population and what they are going through,” Sikka said. “They have the pulse of the organisation. Use those employee resource groups to really become champions. Use them to know what’s going on in the organisation, to get the pulse of what people want, what employees are saying, and to really [be] a strong ally.”Uber’s diversity and inclusion strategy, which it started building around two years ago, has five strands in total. Drivers of its approach include empowering managers to be inclusive leaders, making a difference in the societies employees serve, and using qualitative and quantitative data to understand employees’ motivations; this in turn is used for decision-making around HR strategy and benefits.The business is also concentrating on reviewing its people systems and processes, such as HR policies and its employee benefits package; it aims to remove bias and barriers to employee success. “I do think culture has to be extremely sound, because that is what brings people together, that is the backbone of the organisation,” Sikka added.Leveraging data is an important part of the diversity and inclusion puzzle, but Sikka noted that it must be blended with storytelling: “Numbers are one piece and how [employers] use those numbers to really [impact] business from a storytelling perspective is completely different, so making those two things happen together is what’s really important.”Another facet is management and, in particular, how line managers and people managers can use the daily contact they have with staff to help them perform, as well as creating environments where employees feel they can talk openly and honestly. This, Sikka explained, leads to a learning community.To this end, Uber conducts manager training. This covers topics such as how to be an active ally to inclusion groups. The organisation further hosted a two-day workshop for leadership as part of its Culture Forward programme; this was rolled out last year. The information shared during this workshop was then cascaded to line and people managers. Uber is looking at embedding diversity and inclusion within its existing manager training, to ensure it runs through the organisational culture as thoroughly as possible.With such a dispersed and remote workforce, communications to create community are important for Uber. Sikka observed that the strong focus on organisational mission is particularly helpful when it comes to connecting and bringing together a worldwide workforce.This is reinforced by a weekly global staff call, where employees have the opportunity to discuss what is happening in the business and pose questions to senior leadership. Sikka said: “Uber has always had a really strong employee culture from the start. Our mission and what we were trying to achieve and what we still are trying to achieve is something that connects everyone together.”Although Uber has undoubtedly made strides in its diversity and inclusion approach, Sikka commented that the organisation is still very much in the early stages of its strategy. She concluded: “It does not have [an] end point. For us, success is progress and any forward progress is success.”last_img read more

TAG Heuer pushing brand in Chinese market says CEO

first_imgThe head of luxury group LVMH’s Swiss watchmaking business said on Saturday the company is pushing its TAG Heuer brand in the Chinese market, as rivals scale back their investments due to weaker demand.”We’re pushing a lot, we’re especially pushing now, much more than ever because all the brands are dis investing,” TAG Heuer Chief Executive Jean-Claude Biver said in an interview. “This means our investment now becomes much stronger.”TAG has only minimal exposure to China and Hong Kong and its growth this year is mainly from the United States, Britain, Japan and Australia, Biver said in Montreal, during a company event for the Canadian Grand Prix.Biver said TAG’s sales grew 20 percent during the first five months of 2016, compared to the same period in 2015, on greater demand from the four countries and for its “smart watches” that connect to the internet.While Biver previously expected to sell 40,000 to 50,000 of the connected watches, he said he now hopes to deliver 60,000 and is facing demand for 80,000 watches.Biver said he still expects double-digit sales for the TAG Heuer brand in 2016.”We will try to keep the pace,” he said. “But the world is so difficult at the moment.”He said Swiss watch industry sales declined 9 percent during the first five months of 2016 on an annual basis, because of weaker demand from China and other emerging markets. He said the Swiss watch industry as a whole has greater exposure to China than TAG does.”For me the most important thing is that I beat the Swiss watch industry,” Biver said. “If I do better than the industry it means I gained market share. The more the market is difficult, the more important it is to gain market share.”last_img read more

Zach Galifianakis admits that he once stole and wore Justin Biebers underwear

first_img“So, we walk up to my bedroom, my sister and my niece, and I go, ‘I’ve been saving these for you,'” Zach revealed. Turns out the surprise didn’t go well because his niece certainly didn’t appreciate the gift. “The look on my niece’s face,” Galifianakis said, laughing. “She did not accept it, she was not into it at all, which I’m glad that she wasn’t.” We wonder what Mr Bieber has to say about all this.Currently, Bieber is in the middle of planning his second and official wedding with Hailey Baldwin. “Hailey is working with a planner,” the source revealed to PEOPLE earlier this month. “They are both excited.” On David Letterman’s Netflix show as Zach Galifianakis made his appearance, he explained how he once stole Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber’s underwear and wearing them! On My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, Galifianakis spoke about how he didn’t have an extra pair of underwear on him and hence did what had to be done.”We had a trailer for the guests and he was done with his,” the actor said. “So, I go to his trailer to get the stuff off me. He’s gone. Anyway, I didn’t have any underwear. I didn’t bring underwear, I brought pants and a shirt, but I forgot to bring extra underwear. I can’t wear this underwear.” The incident took place back in 2013 when the two celebrities filmed an episode of Galifianakis’ talk show, Between Two Ferns.Zach further added, “So, I see a pair of underwear in the corner,” with Letterman, 72, cutting in, “Assuming it belongs to Mr Bieber.” Galifianakis replied, “Well, I needed a pair of underwear. But the fact that it was his probably was more interesting. I put them on. Then I started thinking about it. A lot of levels, it’s wrong.” Turns out the actor retained the underwear for years because “I have nieces”. He basically planned on presenting his nieces with the singer’s underwear.last_img read more

Windows 81 introduces mouse lag that renders some games unplayable

first_imgIf you are a gamer who got caught up in the excitement of Windows 8.1 being released last week, you may be regretting your decision to upgrade right now. The reason? Some games have been rendered unplayable due to serious mouse lag on Microsoft’s latest operating system.Microsoft has changed the way the mouse interactions work in Windows 8.1 and any game that does not read raw mouse data (or DirectInput) is now experiencing severe mouse lag. Affected games include, but are not limited to Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Metro 2033, Stalker: Call of Prypiat, and the Call of Duty games.The situation is thought to be worse if you are using a mouse that has a very high DPI or high polling-rate. For now, there’s no fix from Microsoft, but a workaround that makes things better (not perfect) has appeared from the Reddit community.The temporary fix/improvement involves right clicking on the executable of the game you want to play, clicking on properties and then clicking the compatibility tab. Once there, select Windows 8 as a compatibility mode and check “disable scaling on high DPI settings” as well. You will also want to make sure you are running the game as an administrator.Like I said, this doesn’t fix the problem, but could make a game playable again. And that’s about as good as it’s going to get until Microsoft figures out what’s causing the problem and issues a fix. Alternatively, some game developers may offer their own fix by patching a game to change how it interacts with the mouse.last_img read more

Ancient pestle shows Paleolithic people ground oats for food

first_img Citation: Ancient pestle shows Paleolithic people ground oats for food (2015, September 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Interior of Grotta Paglicci, Italy, with wall paintings. Credit: Stefano Ricci Grinding stone from Grotta Paglicci, Italy. Credit: Stefano Ricci. Swollen, gelatinized starch grain from the Paglicci grinding stone. Credit: Marta Mariotti Lippi Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (—A team of researchers from a variety of institutions in Italy has found evidence of oat grinding by Upper Paleolithic hunter-gatherers—a stone pestle with bits of grain still intact. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes the stone relic and their study of it and offers some theories on why they believe the early people were grinding grains. In what the researchers describe as the earliest known example of the consumption of oats, the pestle, which was found in Grotta Paglicci (a cave first discovered in the 1950’s) in Southern Italy, represents an attempt by early Europeans to make oat grain more palatable. A closer look at the grain remains on the pestle revealed that they had been heated prior to grinding, a sign of an attempt to dry it before processing, just as is done today. The resulting powder, a type of flour, the group notes, was then likely used to make a type of porridge or perhaps as the main ingredient in a baked bread.The relics at the Grotta site have been dated back to approximately 32,000 years ago and were left by a people known as the Gravettian culture—hunter-gathers that also left behind paintings on cave walls, other works of art, evidence of technology and an elaborate burial system. Heating grains before processing would have made sense, the team notes as the climate was much colder and wetter during that period. They also note that grinding oats into flour would have made it easier to carry as people moved to new locations in search of food and to store it over a long cold winter. © 2015 More information: Multistep food plant processing at Grotta Paglicci (Southern Italy) around 32,600 cal B.P., PNAS, analyses on a grinding tool recovered at Grotta Paglicci sublayer 23A [32,614 ± 429 calibrated (cal) B.P.], Southern Italy, have demonstrated that early modern humans collected and processed various plants. The recording of starch grains attributable to Avena (oat) caryopses expands our information about the food plants used for producing flour in Europe during the Paleolithic and about the origins of a food tradition persisting up to the present in the Mediterranean basin. The quantitative distribution of the starch grains on the surface of the grinding stone furnished information about the tool handling, confirming its use as a pestlegrinder, as suggested by the wear-trace analysis. The particular state of preservation of the starch grains suggests the use of a thermal treatment before grinding, possibly to accelerate drying of the plants, making the following process easier and faster. The study clearly indicates that the exploitation of plant resources was very important for hunter–gatherer populations, to the point that the Early Gravettian inhabitants of Paglicci were able to process food plants and already possessed a wealth of knowledge that was to become widespread after the dawn of agriculture. Study of grinding stones suggests adaption to ice age may have led to birth of agriculture in China It is not likely that the early people were cultivating the oats—scientists believe farming did not come about till much later—instead, those early people had to walk about looking for specific plants that had the types of grains they could use, gather them together and then grind and store them—a laborious process, but one apparently well worth the effort. They note that other grinding stones dating back to roughly the same time frame have been found before, but they were used to grind roots and cattails—they suspect more study will result in finding that more stones were used to grind grains as well. Explore further 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.last_img read more