SIXTY SECONDS IN TOUCH

November 7, 2019

first_imgIn other WA news, Karratha claimed their sixth straight North West Championship title in the Touch Football outpost of Broome on the June long weekend. The Hedland Touch Association sent four teams to Broome, with their top side well prepared for the challenge of stealing the North West crown from Karratha, and it showed in results on Saturday that these two were shaping as the teams to beat during the tournament.Both teams won round games convincingly on the Saturday, while Tom Price 1 had a shock draw against Hedland 2, and Broome 1 scored twice in the dying stages against Karratha 2 to win 6-5. Meanwhile, Karratha 1 and Hedland 1 powered into Sunday with more strong wins.Karratha started the final with a flurry of touchdowns, and quickly jumped out to a 3-0 lead. Men’s tournament MVP Naps Levi, and captain-coach Lincoln Tavo helped Hedland settle into the match, but the international experience of Brian Fitzroy, along with former NTL rep Tobie Burnnand and WA 18’s player Carolyn Levien. But it was to be Karratha’s day – 6-4 sealing their sixth straight North West Championship. In news out of WA, the Western Australia Board of Management met on the weekend and granted affiliate status to a new Touch Football Club, United Touch. The club is set to run in Perth on Friday nights, which is the only night not occupied by a club in the metro area. Excellent news! In the NRL tipping competition Kiwi Mongrel is proving hard to catch, maintaining his number one ranking, as is ‘jjj’ in the AFL ladder. With plenty of matches to go however, anything can happen! The South East Queensland Touch League kicked off last Friday night, with over 600 players set to take part in this year’s Mens and Womens Open competition. For the full wrap of the first night of competition, see the TFA website this afternoon. Socceroo fever is taking over and to follow the name trend, TFA are looking for suggestions for a team name for the sides heading to the World Cup in South Africa in 2007. Some suggestions have already been the Bilbies, Emus, Numbats, Wallaroos…if you think you have a better suggestion, send it to media@austouch.com.au The online survey for the Fox TV package is closing on Friday 17 June. To take part in the survey you’ll need to subscribe to the front page of the website or email media@austouch.com.au. TFA will be releasing the survey for the final time tomorrow, so make sure you subscribe today if you want to take part. TFA is calling for Youth Coaches for the Australian Junior Teams, check out all the info in the following story: TFA CALLS FOR YOUTH COACHESAround 40 teams gathered in Townsville over the weekend for the North Queensland Touch Championships. Teams traveled from as far north as Weipa and Thursday Island, west to Mt Isa and south to Mackay. A full wrap will be available on the TFA website this afternoon. Welcome to the mid-week edition of Sixty Seconds in Touch, I’m sorry for the delay in this week’s news update, I’ve enjoyed a couple of days break but I’m back with a mountain of news in Touch from around Australia… The ACT and Victorian Touch sides are set to battle it out this Sunday at the NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the Canberra Raiders game at Olympic Park. So make sure you’re there to see Touch take centre stage between 1:25pm and 1:55pm on Sunday June 18 at Olympic Park, it’s a great opportunity to promote our sport. Queensland Touch and Sandstorm Beach Club co-launched the Queensland Touch State of Origin Campaign and the Sandstorm Beach Touch competition last Friday. Olympic Gold Medalist Natalie Cook (Beach Volleyball) is also the director of Sandstorm and worked hard to promote the two events together with the Queensland Touch staff. For the full wrap of the day’s action and also the one on one interviews with Natalie Cook and Womens Open Captain Sharyn Williams, check out the TFA website this afternoon. Another new affiliate that recently kicked off in Victoria, Parkville Touch, are enjoying some good publicity on their first competition, To read the story printed in their local newspaper, click here: PARKVILLE TOUCH KICKS OFF ESUS Touch Shoes have started to sell with the National Training Squad set to be fitted at their upcoming camp. If you are interested in buying a pair of shoes you can call the TFA office on 1800 654 951 and you can visit the story on the ESUS shoes here: ESUS SHOES Wallsend Touch in NSW are holding a 25th Anniversary Ball for all past and present players, volunteers, referees and administrators. For all the details check out www.nswtouch.com.au To place an order for a copy of the NTL package shown on Fox Sports or the raw footage of the Mens, Womens or Mixed Open finals, just ring 1800 654 951 and speak to Rachel or email media@austouch.com.au. The Fox Package is just $20, while the raw footage is $30. For players, coaches and referees the raw footage is great training material as it includes the commentary from the referees during the games. TFA are updating the AusTouch website which will be ready soon for viewing. It will be full of new information and resources for anyone interested in the AusTouch program.last_img read more

Jeffery Simmons Releases Statement On Injury Suffered During Training

October 26, 2019

first_imgA general view of Mississippi State's football field.STARKVILLE MS -OCTOBER 10: General view of Davis Wade Stadium during the game between Troy and Mississippi State on October 10, 2015, in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)Mississippi State defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons was projected to be a first-round pick in this year’s NFL Draft. However, Simmons suffered a torn left ACL during training this past weekend, putting that status in doubt.Simmons said he will undergo surgery next week. His injury occurred while he was participating in positional drills during a workout.Simmons is obviously out for the upcoming NFL combine, and his draft stock will drop. Still, he seems to be handling the situation well.He released a lengthy statement about his injury on Twitter this afternoon.“I just want everyone to know that no matter what, God makes no mistakes. He is preparing me for GREATER things ahead! He has shown me so much in my life these last couple of years and is the time for me to NOT give up! I will undergo surgery early next week and then begin the rehab process. I am going to come back stronger and more determined than ever. If it is in God’s will, no matter which team drafts me this April, I will work extremely hard to get healthy and become a leader in that organization.”pic.twitter.com/0NAzPv0bvY— Jeffery Simmons (@GrindSimmons94) February 12, 2019The 6-foot-4, 300-pound Simmons recorded 63 tackles (18 for loss) and two sacks this season.For his career, he racked up more than 160 tackles and seven sacks.Simmons had been ranked No. 13 on Mel Kiper’s latest Big Board for the 2019 draft.last_img read more

Teekay Tankers Sees Signs of Market Upturn in 2017

October 23, 2019

first_imgzoom 2017 will present some headwinds to crude tanker rates due to cuts to OPEC production, rising oil prices, and fleet growth, however, this dip in the current market cycle will be relatively short and shallow according to Teekay Tankers, part of the Teekay Corporation.In addition, lower fleet growth, strong oil demand growth, particularly in Asia, and a potential increase in long-haul movements from the Atlantic basin to the Pacific basin is expected to provide support towards the next market upturn, according to Teekay.“We expect that the effect of OPEC cuts on Teekay Tankers will be mitigated, as OPEC oil is primarily transported on larger tankers and cuts in OPEC production are expected to be partially offset by increased non-OPEC production from the Atlantic region, which is typically transported by mid-sized tankers. In addition, while we do expect 2017 will be a challenging year overall for the tanker market, with approximately 40 percent of our fleet booked on fixed-rate time-charters and strong support from our lightering and other fee-based businesses, we believe Teekay Tankers has a strong base of cash flow to help reduce the effect of future tanker market volatility,” Kevin Mackay, Teekay Tankers’ President and Chief Executive Officer, said.Tekay offered its take of what is in store for the tanker market in 2017 in its financial report for the Fiscal Year 2016.The company ended the FY 2016 with a net profit of USD 62.86 million, a 65% drop compared to 179.64 million net profit reported for the FY 2015, despite a rise in the revenues.Total revenues in the FY 2016 stood at USD 526.9 million, as compared to USD 514.2 million in revenues recorded in the FY 2015.”Tanker rates continued to be seasonally strong early in the first quarter of 2017; however, rates have recently begun to soften due to several factors, including, among others, regional refinery maintenance, an increasing number of newbuilding tanker deliveries and the effect of OPEC supply cutbacks on overall tanker demand, especially in the Arabian Gulf,” Mackay said.During the fourth quarter of FY 2016, the company completed the sale of a Medium-Range (MR) product tanker and an older Suezmax tanker in November 2016 and January 2017, respectively, with one older Suezmax tanker sale scheduled to be completed in late-February 2017.Since October 2016, Teekay Tankers entered into, and extended, time charter-out contracts for two Suezmax tankers and one Aframax tanker. These contracts have an average rate of approximately USD 20,800 per day and firm periods of 12 months each. The contracts commenced in December 2016 and February 2017.last_img read more

Mein Schiff 2 Remains in TUI Cruises Fleet

October 23, 2019

first_imgzoom German cruise line TUI Cruises revealed that Mein Schiff 2 will remain part of the company’s fleet.As explained, the cruise line’s second cruise ship will continue to sail for TUI Cruises under another name and will not, as originally planned, be transferred to Marella Cruises.The British Marella Cruises, part of TUI UK & Ireland, will acquire Golden Era instead of Mein Schiff 2, according to the company.“Demand for cruises in the German-speaking region continues to be high and Mein Schiff 2 is extremely popular with our guests,” Wybcke Meier, TUI Cruises CEO, said, adding that the ship will remain “a centerpiece” of TUI Cruises’ fleet until April 2022.Mein Schiff 2 has been deployed in the service of the Hamburg-based cruise line since 2011. Previously known as Celebrity Mercury, the vessel was purchased from Celebrity Cruises at the end of February 2011 and underwent a complete refit at Lloyd Werft shipyard.In line with its fleet expansion efforts, TUI Cruises will introduce two new ships – one in 2018 and another one in 2019.Consequently, TUI Cruises, a joint venture between TUI group and Royal Caribbean Cruises, will have a fleet of seven ships.Additional newbuild, Mein Schiff 7, is scheduled to join the company in 2023.last_img read more

Van Dam Shipping to Install Wind Assisted Propulsion System

October 23, 2019

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: eConowind The Netherlands-based Van Dam Shipping has signed a contract for the installation of an eConowind wind assisted propulsion system on one of its cargo ships.The Ventifoil system, scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2019, would be installed on the 3,600 dwt cargo vessel MV Ankie.The modular Ventifoil units are in the form of non-rotating wing with vents and an internal fan that use boundary layer suction for maximum effect. This installation will feature two, 10-meter wings along with two extensions of six meters that will generate significant force allowing the vessel to reduce motor power and thus save energy.“We expect the reduction in fuel costs over a period of approx. three years will equal the costs of the system and thus fulfill our dream of using the wind again in modern shipping, which has been 40 years in the making,” Jan van Dam, owner of van Dam Shipping, said.The deal represent the first commercial order for eConowind’s system, which completed sea test trials earlier this year.The wind-assist system was developed over the past three years supported by an EU backed grant and this first installation “marks a significant milestone for the company in bringing their technology to a shipping market eager to deploy credible decarbonization solutions,” eConowind noted.Van Dam Shipping will participate in further testing of the concept in the new EU Interreg backed Wind-Assist Ship Propulsion (WASP) research program, which from October will study practical use of wind-assisted systems in day-to-day operation as well as actual savings over an extended period of time.last_img read more

Moroccos Sofyan Amrabat Leaves Feyenoord for FC Bruges

October 12, 2019

Rabat – Moroccan footballer Sofyan Amrabat has officially joined Belgium’s FC Burges with a 4-year contract, leaving Feyenoord Rotterdam where he played for a year. Sofyan Amrabat naar Club Brugge! #WelkomSofyan ???Feyenoord ?? Club Brugge? 4 jaarTRANSFER | https://t.co/Benj1l6HLi pic.twitter.com/DHMovnIKSD— Club Brugge KV (@ClubBrugge) August 24, 2018The Belgian club announced the arrival of the 22-year-old midfielder on Friday, August 24, on its social media pages. Last summer, the midfielder left Utrecht for Feyenoord where he signed a 4-year contract for €5 million. Last season, the Atlas Lion played 31 games for the Dutch club (making 2 goals and 2 assists), including six in the Champions League. Martin van Geel, the technical director of Feyenoord, explained the player’s departure on the team’s website.“Sofyan has been telling me for months that he has a lot of problems with his play role at Feyenoord. it’s very unfortunate to learn his departure, because the competition is part of a high-level club, and of course you try to manage that.”“If a player wants to leave immediately, the ultimate goal is to find a solution that always puts the interests of the club at the forefront and takes into account the circumstances,” he added. The 22-year-old footballer made his debut for the Moroccan national football team in a 1-0 friendly win against Tunisia on March 28 after an invitation from Herve Renard, the coach of Morocco’s national football team.Renard praised the footballer for his good performance during the match.On November 11, 2017, he officially joined the Moroccan team in his first game against Côte d’Ivoire for a World Cup qualifier (2-0). In May 2018, Renard chose Amrabat to take part in the 2018 World Cup in Russia with his brother Nordin Amrabat.Sofyan Amrabat made a 2018 World Cup appearance against Iran in Morocco’s first game at the tournament. He replaced his older brother Nordin Amrabat in the 76th minute in the right-back position. However, it was not enough as Morocco lost to Iran 0-1 with an own-goal from Aziz Bouhaddouz. In his youth, Amrabat also represented the Netherlands Under 15 team in 2010. He later represented the Morocco national Under 17 football squad at the 2013 FIFA Under 17 World Cup. read more

Buffalo sauce latte 5 outthere food and drink concoctions from big chains

October 8, 2019

VANCOUVER — Tim Hortons is drawing inspiration from chicken wings for its newest latte flavour: Buffalo sauce.The limited-edition drink, available only in two Buffalo, N.Y.-area restaurants, contains both Buffalo sauce syrup and seasoning — hold the blue cheese dip.Here’s a look at some other interesting concoctions from big chains in recent years:——–Starbucks: Unicorn FrapuccinoAmerican coffee chain Starbucks launched a limited-edition drink named after a mythical creature in April that caused a social media frenzy.The Unicorn Frapuccino capitalized on millennials’ collective obsession with the single-horned creature. Customers flocked to Starbucks to order the pink-and-blue drink sprinkled with “fairy powders” and post photos of the beverage.Some Starbucks baristas struggled with the drinks’ popularity, taking to social media to complain about the sticky ingredients and lengthy process involved in making each order.——–Burger King: Coloured bunsBurger King put a spin on its classic Whopper burger by changing up the colour of its buns from classic beige to black and later red.The burger chain released a black-bunned Whopper for Halloween in 2015, which had the side-effect of turning some diners’ poop green.The following year, the company released the “Angriest Whopper.” The burger bun was bright red and infused with hot sauce.——–Taco Bell: Chicken taco shellTaco Bell reinvented the classic taco shell by replacing it with a piece of crispy chicken.The Naked Chicken Chalupa launched across the U.S. this January after being tested in select markets over the previous two years.The chicken taco shell comes years after Taco Bell spiced up the topping-carrier by turning a Doritos nacho-cheese flavoured chip into a shell.——–Pizza Hut: Hot-dog stuffed crustIn 2012, Pizza Hut launched its hot-dog bites pizza in Canada and several years later started selling it across the U.S.It called the creation with its hot-dog stuffed crust “arguably the most American of pizzas.” By the time it launched in America in 2015, the company gave diners the option to upgrade the crust to a pretzel finish.——–KFC: Chicken bunsIn 2010, Kentucky Fried Chicken released its double-down sandwich in Canada. The bunless sandwich came served between two slabs of seasoned fried chicken.The sandwich’s sodium and calorie count raised eyebrows among nutritionists, and the parent company’s chief marketing officer said at the time they wouldn’t recommend consumers eat this all the time, but rather think of it as an occasional indulgence.——–Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter. read more

Teen charged after senior assaulted

October 7, 2019

A teenager was charged this week after a senior citizen in Port Dover was assaulted.The victim summoned police around 9:15 a.m. Wednesday.“Through the course of the investigation, it was determined that a 16-year-old female became involved in a verbal altercation which then turned into a physical confrontation with a senior inside a residence,” Const. Ed Sanchuk, spokesperson for the Norfolk OPP, said in a news release.“It was also determined that the youth had damaged property prior to police being contacted.”The accused has been charged with assault and mischief under $5,000. She cannot be identified under terms of the Youth Criminal Justice Act. read more

Displaced Iraqis returning to northern areas as UN steps up relief effort

October 6, 2019

“In the north of Iraq, the number of people returning to Erbil and Sulaymaniyah is increasing and shops re-opening,” David Wimhurst told the press in Amman. He added that others are still leaving Dahuk.Responding to the anticipated flow of Iraqis, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has dispatched experienced emergency officers to monitor borders, establish offices, and strengthen the agency’s existing operations in the region, according to spokesman Peter Kessler.”The Jordanian Hashemite Charity Organization/UNHCR camp at Ruwaished can now accommodate up to 2,000 refugees,” he said, adding that five metric tons of high-energy biscuits and 1,000 ready-to-eat rations are in stock. Meanwhile, amid reports of burning oil wells in southern Iraq, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) is preparing a study of the key environmental issues that will have to be faced in the post-conflict humanitarian and reconstruction effort.In another development, Geoffrey Keele, a spokesman for the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), said the agency is now involved in an operation to help safeguard the welfare of extremely vulnerable children in institutions in the Iraqi capital Baghdad. Yesterday was Eid Naroos, the Festival of Spring, a holiday that in Iraq is particularly associated with children and a time of re-birth. UNICEF national staff in Baghdad delivered supplies of rice, flour, high-protein biscuits and tinned meat to four institutions in central Baghdad housing up to 800 children. UNICEF staff who visited the homes reported that the children were clean and well kept, but “very disturbed” by what was happening.”When staff asked the children what they wanted, it is not perhaps surprising that the children asked for the bombing to stop,” Mr. Keele said.Responding to the particular suffering of children during wartime, UNICEF has procured and positioned a total of $9.1 million in health, water, and nutrition supplies in Iran, Turkey, Kuwait and Jordan. In addition, two trucks containing essential medicines and water purification tablets have arrived in Baghdad from Jordan. read more

UN antiterrorism panel looks at terrorist threats to peace and security

October 6, 2019

“Regarding technical assistance, the committee is increasing cooperation with states, which, while possessing the necessary political will to implement the resolution, are having difficulties doing so,” Ambassador Inocencio Arias of Spain said in an open briefing of the Security Council.The Committee was also strengthening its ties with regional and sub-regional organizations, he said.”The Committee reflects a consensus among all United Nations members, which has affirmed the need to struggle, with all means possible within the UN Charter, against all acts of terrorism,” Ambassador Arias said.A balance needed to be struck to determine the amount of attention given each state and, in that regard, he had drafted a working paper on criteria to be used for requesting information and for finding ways to treat states equally, but with flexibility.Meanwhile, 48 countries had been late in submitting reports by 30 September, he said. Governments that were late would be listed in a CTC report he would submit to the Security Council on 31 October.Following his briefing, the representatives of more than 30 countries participated in the Council’s daylong debate.At the end of the session, Ambassador James Cunningham of the United States, which holds the rotating Presidency of the Security Council, said in a statement that over the next 90 days “the CTC is invited to focus on practical measures to increase the means available to states to combat terrorism, helping them to identify and solve the problems in implementing the (governing) resolution.” read more

UN expert calls on Assembly to adopt declaration on the rights of

October 6, 2019

Rodolfo Stavenhagen, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous people also warned the Assembly’s Third Committee yesterday of the “implementation gap” between legal standards and substantive change in the lives of indigenous people. He said that in many countries, international norms and principles were not always applied in domestic legislation, adding that public officials were often ignorant of international norms and the jurisprudence of courts did not reflect international standards.Currently, the UN estimates that there are some 370 million indigenous peoples living in different parts of the world.José Antonio Ocampo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, backed the call for adoption of the Declaration, saying that it provided the international community with a comprehensive international standard towards which all should strive together.Mr. Ocampo noted that too often indigenous people experienced violations of their basic human rights and were excluded from national development processes, pointing out that the UN had an obligation to continue to promote respect for the full and effective participation of indigenous peoples in development processes at all levels. While many delegations expressed support for the Declaration some expressed strong reservations, although almost all the 15 representatives from countries and regional groups that took part in the debate expressed concern over the problems facing indigenous people and urged greater international cooperation to address these issues. In her response, the representative of New Zealand, Rosemary Banks –– speaking also on behalf of Australia and the United States –– said those countries could not accept the adoption of a text that was confusing, unworkable, contradictory and deeply flawed. For example, she said that the Declaration’s reference to self-determination could be misrepresented as conferring a unilateral right of self-determination and possible secession, thus threatening the political unity, territorial integrity and stability of existing Member States.The representative of Colombia, Claudia Blum, also expressed concerns over the manner in which the Human Rights Council had adopted the Declaration, noting that more work was needed to achieve a text that could be adopted without reservations. The Council adopted the draft Declaration in June at its first session after the legislation had been debated for years. read more

Higher shipping volumes fuel 13 revenue jump record earnings at Canadian Pacific

October 3, 2019

Higher shipping volumes fuel 13% revenue jump, record earnings at Canadian Pacific CALGARY – Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) reported an eight per cent increase in shipping volumes in the second quarter, but warned growth could stall later this year if current drought conditions hurt wheat crops in Canada and the U.S.The company said Wednesday revenue hit $1.6 billion in the three months ended June 30, an increase of 13 per cent over $1.45 billion a year earlier, driven mainly by higher volumes in bulk products such as coal, potash and, to a lesser extent, grain.Net income for the period rose 46 per cent to a record $480 million, or $3.27 per diluted share.Adjusted earnings were $2.77 per diluted share, beating consensus analysts’ estimates by five cents, according to Thomson Reuters.CEO Keith Creel credited efficiency gains and cost control for the results but added on a conference call it’s too early to adjust CP Rail’s four-year guidance.“I think overall it’s prudent to wait until there’s more clarity on some of these key items before we revisit our outlook, which we will likely do at the end of the third quarter,” he said.Chief marketing officer John Brooks said the company’s concerns mainly involve grain volumes from North Dakota and southern Alberta and Saskatchewan.Canadian Pacific says its operating ratio — a measure of efficiency that balances revenue with expenses — improved by 330 basis points to 58.7 per cent compared with the second quarter of 2016.Edward Jones analyst Daniel Sherman said he was impressed with CP Rail’s volume growth and its focus on marketing but the reluctance to change guidance is concerning.The company reported that its workforce rose about two per cent to 12,200 staff during the quarter.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter. by Dan Healing, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 19, 2017 2:29 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 19, 2017 at 4:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

UN envoy in Darfur extends condolences following fatal plane crash in Sudan

October 2, 2019

“The Acting Joint Special Representative of UNAMID, Aichatou Mindaoudou, is saddened by today’s plane crash, which took the life of an entire delegation chaired by the Minister of Guidance and Endowments, Ghazi Al-Saddiq, as well as the crew,” a UNAMID news release stated.According to media reports, 32 people, including the Minister and other Government officials, died when a plane taking them to an Islamic festival crashed near the town of Talodi, in the southern state of South Kordofan.“On behalf of UNAMID, Ms. Mindaoudou offers her deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families of all victims and to the Government and the people of Sudan,” the news release added. read more

Modest global growth set to continue for rest of year says UN

October 2, 2019

According to the UN World Economic Situation and Prospects Update as of mid-2015 report, launched earlier this week, growth of world gross domestic product (GDP) will improve slightly from 2.6 per cent in 2014 to 2.8 per cent in 2015, which is 0.3 percentage points lower than the forecast contained in the January version of the report, with the downward revision reflecting a deterioration in growth prospects of economies in transition and several large developing countries, especially in South America.“The current world economic situation is characterised by five ‘lows’: low growth, low trade flows, low inflation, low investment, and low interest rates, combined with two ‘highs’: high equity prices, and high debt levels,” said Pingfan Hong, Director of the Development Policy and Analysis Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).Growth divergence between the various regions will likely widen this year, according to the report, which attributes it in part to differing impacts from recent drops in the price of oil and other commodities.In the short-term, growth prospects for most commodity-exporting economies have been downgraded, while commodity-importers have tended to benefit from the lower prices in the form of reduced inflationary, fiscal and balance-of-payment pressures.There are significant downside risks related to the impact of the upcoming monetary policy normalization in the United States, ongoing uncertainties in the Euro area and potential spillover from geopolitical conflicts and persistent vulnerabilities in emerging economies.The risk factors are not only interconnected but could be mutually reinforcing and could possibly lead to weaker than expected expansion of the global economy.The overall subdued performance of the world economy since the global financial crisis has raised concerns of a “new normal” of lower growth. The broad-based weakness in investment worldwide not only holds back current growth, but also reduces potential growth in the future.“It is somewhat concerning that, despite highly accommodative monetary policies and historically low global interest rates, real investment has been weak in many parts of the world since the global financial crisis,” said Ingo Pitterle, the Development Policy and Analysis Division team leader for the report. read more

Google Facebook Twitter et MySpace sallient pour riposter

September 20, 2019

first_imgGoogle + : Facebook, Twitter et MySpace s’allient pour riposterFurieux de l’apparition des données Google + dans les résultats de recherche du géant de Mountain View, qu’ils accusent d’abus de position dominante, les concurrents du réseau social se sont alliés pour riposter. Ils ont développé un outil permettant d’ajouter leurs contenus aux résultats de recherche de Google.Les concurrents de Google + n’ont pas attendu les conclusions de l’enquête réclamée à l’autorité américaine de la concurrence, la FTC (Federal Trade Commission), pour réagir à l’intégration des données du réseau social dans les résultats de recherche de Google grâce au service Search Plus Your World. “Nous pensons que tout ceci est mauvais pour les gens, les éditeurs, les organisations et les utilisateurs de Twitter” déplorait le site de micro-blogging après la mise en ligne de ce nouveau service privilégiant Google + au détriment des autres réseaux sociaux.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Twitter s’est alors allié à Facebook et Myspace pour riposter, et développer un système permettant d’ajouter leurs contenus aux requêtes sociales du numéro un de la recherche sur Internet. Ironiquement baptisé Don’t be evil (Ne soyez pas malveillants), en référence au slogan de la firme de Mountain View, cet outil mis en ligne sur le site dédié, Focus On The User (lien non disponible), peut être intégré par les navigateurs Chrome, Firefox et Safari.Il a pour but de montrer aux internautes “ce que devrait être Google”, et prouve que le géant de Mountain View pouvait intégrer aussi facilement les données de Google + que celles des autres réseaux sociaux à Search Plus Your World, un service pour l’heure réservé aux internautes américains. Le 29 janvier 2012 à 18:00 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Smartphones Samsung Galaxy une faille critique et un début de solution

September 20, 2019

first_imgSmartphones Samsung Galaxy : une faille critique et un début de solutionUne faille critique a été trouvée par un internaute sur le forum Xdadeveloppers. Elle toucherait les smartphones munis de processeurs centraux Exynos 4210 et 4412. Manque de chance, ce sont ceux des téléphones Samsung les plus vendus par le constructeur coréen : les Galaxy SII et S3, ainsi que le Galaxy Note 2.L’alerte a été donnée par de nombreux sites internet : les smartphones Samsung incorporant des processeurs Exynos 4210 et 4412 disposent d’une faille critique située à la racine des téléphones, et donnant accès à l’ensemble de leur mémoire physique. Un hacker malveillant pourrait tout à fait l’utiliser pour y installer une application lui permettant de prendre le contrôle du dispositif.Les smartphones concernés ne sont pas moins que les produits phares de la marque : les Samsung Galaxy SII et S3, ainsi que le Samsung Galaxy Note 2.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Pour l’heure, le constructeur a été averti par OP, le développeur ayant mis à jour cette “découverte”, mais la firme n’a pas encore communiqué sur cette information. Les utilisateurs n’ont cependant pas attendu que Samsung propose un patch pour confectionner un “pansement” d’urgence.Les développeurs à la rescousse des utilisateursUn salut temporaire a été organisé par des développeurs sur Internet, à travers une solution téléchargeable depuis cette page. Ce programme n’est pas payant, s’effectue à la volée et ne déplace pas ou ne change aucuns des programmes ou fichiers contenus sur le téléphone. Il fonctionne sur tous les téléphones victimes de cette faille de sécurité, et pourra, par la suite, être désactivé quand Samsung proposera une solution plus “officielle”.Cette faille de sécurité constitue cependant une véritable tuile pour Samsung, en guerre ouverte avec Apple pour la suprématie des ventes de smartphones en cette fin d’année.Le 17 décembre 2012 à 17:28 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

September 18, 2019

Souttar impressed by Belgiums ruthlessness

first_imgScotland defender John Souttar has revealed that Belgium are the best team he has ever faced after his country were hammered 4-0 by Roberto Martinez’s men.The Hearts defender was earning his first senior cap and lamented three individual Scotland errors which led to Belgium goals.Souttar, 21, insisted he can learn much from the experience after dealing with some of the planet’s most talented players. Scotland now face Albania in their first Nations League tie on Monday evening, and Souttar admitted they must eradicate mistakes quickly. “It was the biggest test for me by far,” he said, as quoted by EdinburghNews. “It was a learning curve for me playing against them. I felt good and I enjoyed it. I felt that we did some good stuff in the game but the result obviously dampens it.Kevin De Bruyne, BelgiumThere’s no midfielder like De Bruyne: Roberto Martinez Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to the Belgium boss, the best midfielder in the world is Kevin De Bruyne after a fantastic Monday display against Scotland.“The difference was three individual errors, costing three goals. They punish you and they’re ruthless. Their finishing is ruthless and their movement is ruthless. If I’m going to be where I want to be, I’m going to have to play people like that and learn from it. On a selfish note, it was good to go up against players like that.”“We’ve got to learn quick. The manager [Alex McLeish] has come in and put his own philosophy in. You can see the change of formation so we have to learn quickly. Monday will be a completely different game. All focus sn on that now because that’s the important one.”“Belgium are second in the world for a reason. They are a top team and you saw in the World Cup how good they are,” he said. “They knocked Brazil about the park and it was always going to be tough. To test yourself against that at this stage of my career is brilliant. “It’s something I’ve strived for for a long time.”last_img read more

The eyetracking HTC Vive Pro Eye is a sign of VR to

September 10, 2019

first_imgA look inside the Vive Pro Eye at the eye-tracking tech around the lenses. Scott Stein/CNET I knew the Vive headset I was wearing was too tight. This was the HTC Vive Pro Eye, a new model introduced at CES this month in Las Vegas, that adds full-on eye-tracking. It’s otherwise very similar to the existing high-end Vive Pro headset that HTC introduced in 2018. I’ve gone through enough eye-tracking setups to know that it would work better on my glasses if loosened just a bit. Looking up, down, following a blue dot… and the setup worked. From that point on, it was hard to tell that eye tracking was even happening. But it was. Eye tracking has been a promised feature in VR and AR for years, and has been available previously in modified VR headsets. Tobii, a prominent eye-tracking technology company, built its tech into the HTC Vive Pro Eye. I’ve used Tobii eye tracking on Vive headsets before this, and it’s been available as an upgrade option for those who wanted it. But the Vive Pro Eye is the first VR mass-market hardware with eye tracking available standard. It won’t be the last. Now playing: Watch this: I’ve been doing VR from 9:30am to 3:23pm. Stopping now. Here is me, again unflattering, in a Lockheed flight simulator w @htcvive pro eye tracking. #CES2019 pic.twitter.com/kV5AyCWS33— Scott Stein (@jetscott) January 8, 2019 I aced the VR public speaking @htcvive eye tracking training program by Ovation. Like, demolished it. #ces2019 (high score for the day!) pic.twitter.com/d2DJsjmp9g— Scott Stein (@jetscott) January 8, 2019 A heat map after my speech showed exactly where my eyes were wandering, and a test score rewarded me for dividing my gaze between both sides of the room, and between teleprompters and audience. It turns out I aced my public speaking exam. And eye tracking was able to deliver analytics that regular VR headsets can’t. Lockheed Martin’s Prepare3D flight simulation software had me sitting in a chair with flight simulator controls and with VR it felt like I was in a cockpit studded with readouts. While following directions, the training software could also follow my eye movements and help me know if I was looking in the right places, or if I was becoming distracted. An MLB Home Run Derby VR experience that will be installed around MLB ballparks had me batting against virtual pitches with an actual connected bat, but also using my eye movement to engage with pitches and control my swings. 1:47 Share your voice Day of VR, ongoing: unflattering photo of me getting in a car w eye tracking ⁦@htcvive⁩ Pro. #CES2019 pic.twitter.com/YoQvVc44UT— Scott Stein (@jetscott) January 8, 2019 The Vive Pro Eye is aiming for enterprise markets (which makes sense, since the Vive Pro Eye is expected to cost more than $799 for the headset alone), and Tobii’s already built analytics tools using eye tracking to help examine how people interact with advertisements or store layouts. It sounds like eye tracking will largely be a tool used to study engagement, improve graphics and also help improve controls (if I can look at something and then move my hand to control that one thing, it will massively improve aiming). Qualcomm’s next-generation mobile VR headsets are expected to have eye tracking. Mixed-reality headsets like the Magic Leap One and possibly the next-gen Microsoft HoloLens will include it. And in the next few years, every VR and AR headset in existence will probably have it, too. htc-vive-pro-eye-stillThe Vive Pro Eye looks like the Vive Pro… the eye tracking is inside. CNET Some potential killer apps Ovation’s public speaking training software was one of a half-dozen or so eye-enabled experiences at HTC’s CES preview of its enterprise-focused VR hardware, coming out by midyear. I stood up in front of an audience in a simulated CES press conference, delivering a speech off a teleprompter. I gestured with my hands, tried to keep my delivery interesting. The avatar crowd followed me with their eyes, looking right at me. And thanks to embedded eye tracking, I was looking right at them. HTC Vive Pro Eye tracks your eyes with pinpoint accuracy,…center_img CES 2019: The tech changing the way we play video games 15 Photos CES 2019 1 Tags VR’s next frontier: Foveated rendering Eye tracking can help improve graphics on lower-powered devices by using foveated rendering, showing in highest detail only what the fovea or center of eye takes in. Graphics on high-end PCs can be pushed even further, too, by using the same technique. I saw this in action in ZeroLight’s demonstration of a virtual BMW car showroom, where I walked around and checked out details of a BMW M in VR and looked at dashboard details in high resolution, changing interior details and colors for comparison. Once the demo was paused, I saw how the Vive Pro Eye rendered everything in my vision at higher resolution, and fuzzier at the edges. But eye tracking has a weirder, darker side: Who will know where I’m looking? And will companies like Facebook, Google, and other VR and AR manufacturers make sure that data is handled responsibly? I’m reminded of a conversation I had last year with a mixed-reality executive who reminded me that eye tracking could eventually be a form of mind reading.. .perhaps even a flag for future behavioral tendencies. Imagine a future in which a “wandering eye” becomes a literal Minority Report-style “precrime.” Eye-tracking technology is a great and mysterious power, and headsets and phones are going to gain it really soon. The Vive Pro Eye is just the start. Virtual Reality BMW Google HTC Wearable Tech Commentlast_img read more

Khushbu slams Azam Khan for his khakhi underwear remarks on Jaya Prada

September 5, 2019

first_imgA collage of Jaya Prada and Khushbu Sundar.PR HandoutActress-turned-politician Khushbu Sundar has come to the rescue of BJP candidate Jaya Prada, who was attacked below-the-belt by Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan.Speaking at an election rally, Azam Khan had claimed that it was he who brought her to Rampur and took her to every street of the constituency. “I did not let anyone touch her body. It took you 17 years to identify her real face but I got to know in 17 days that she wears khaki underwear,” Azam Khan had said while addressing an election rally on Sunday,”His comments have been condemned by actress and Tamil Nadu Congress leader, Khushbu Sundar. On her Twitter page, she wrote, “#MrAzamKhan you are a bot to manhood..your words prove men like you can stoop to any level to show superiority..Your language against #MsJayaPrada shows ur class and ur cheap misogynist mindset..no man in his senses or with an iota of respect for women will ever comment like this. [sic]”It may be recalled that Khushbu Sundar had slapped a person, who misbehaved with her recently at an election rally in Bengaluru.Coming back to Jaya Prada, she won two Lok Sabha elections from Rampur in 2004 and 2009 on Samajwadi Party ticket. She was expelled from the party in 2010 for anti-party activities. Last month, she joined the BJP and now contesting against Azam Khan.Meanwhile, an FIR against Azam Khan has been filed against him for his objectionable comment under IPC Section 509 for insulting the modesty of a woman.Reacting to his comment, Jaya Prada said, “He shouldn’t be allowed to contest elections. Because if this man wins, what will happen to democracy? There’ll be no place for women in society. Where will we go? Should I die, then you’ll be satisfied? You think that I’ll get scared and leave Rampur? But I won’t leave,””It isn’t new for me, you might remember that I was a candidate from his party in 2009 when no one supported me after he made comments against me. I’m a woman and I can’t even repeat what he said. I don’t know what I did to him that he is saying such things,” she added.last_img read more

August 31, 2019

With kid gloves

first_imgIn a bid to expand the market for Children’s film and encourage talent in the country, Children’s Film Society India (CFSI) has announced the launch of a three day National children’s film festival (NCFF) for the first time ever. The move comes close on the heels of the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s cleanliness drive announcement and in keeping with his vision, the CFSI has announced the central theme of the festival as ‘Swachhta’. The NCFF, the event will focus on Children’s films which are either made or shot in India or the makers are Indian. The festival will kick-start at the capital’s Siri fort Auditorium from 14 November, Children’s Day and will conclude on 16 November 2014.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The festival will screen a score of unreleased films with CFSI’s production and latest offering, Pappu Ki Pugdandi leading the pack. Other fresh content that will be put up in the festival are Shortcut Safari which will be premiered for the first time  The Goal, Mahek Mirza , EkAjooba- are yet another CFSI production, Kummati,  Krish Trish and Baltiboy-3 are few curated movies amongst others. The films are carefully handpicked to create an opportunity for children to experience qualitative content made exclusively for them. Some of these films have won several awards, globally.NCFF has garnered eyeballs from the country’s celebrated Bollywood personalities such as Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgn and Sonakshi Sinha, who have culled out time from their busy schedule to wish CFSI and NCFF through video bytes. Sania Mirza is the Guest of honour and celebrities such as Jimmy Shergill and Shaimak Davar team will participate in cultural programmes and workshops.last_img read more