Doug Engelbart, Inventor Of The Mouse, Dies at 88

first_imgTags:#computers#now A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Family members report that Douglas Engelbart, American inventor and father of the computer mouse, passed away last night at the age of 88. Engelbart made a number of groundbreaking contributions to computing. His pioneering work on human-computer interactions at Stanford Research Institute (now SRI) paved the way for his prototype of the first mouse in 1963. That invention led to the development of a range of modern technologies, including hypertext, networked computers, and precursors to graphical user interfaces. Related Posts He was a dedicated evangelist of computers and their enormous potential for addressing urgent and complex problems, and was just recently featured in an article for The New York Times titled “Who Made That Mouse?”Born in Portland, Ore., as the middle son of three children, Engelbart married his first wife, Ballard, who died in 1997 after 47 years of marriage. He is survived by his second wife, Karen, and his four children. Here’s a video of Engelbart and his colleagues presenting the computer mouse in its public debut in 1968. Engelbart image via Wikipedia; playground mouse image via Flickr user bfishadow, CC 2.0 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… readwritelast_img read more

Harver is on the Way to Reinvent High-Volume Hiring with $15M Series B Funding

first_imgBrad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite 4 Painless Ways to Pay off Small Business Loans… A leading pre-employment assessment platform Harver has raised $15M in Series B funding led by Insight Partners, bringing the company’s total funding to $35M. The company with offices in New York, Amsterdam, and London aims to digitally transform volume recruiting into an enjoyable process for recruiters, hiring managers and candidates alike. For more information on Harver, visit here.Through a combination of scientifically validated assessments and customized situational judgment tests, companies can make data-driven hiring decisions and mitigate against unconscious bias.Recruiters and hiring managers see how the candidates’ skills and characteristics match the role and the company, rather than having to make assumptions based on their background or previous experience. With Harver, organizations can focus on assessing characteristics that are truly predictive for success on the job.Harver is helping clients like KPMG, Zappo, and Booking, to manage large volumes of applicants and at the same time, provide an engaging candidate experience.Besides applying on mobile, Harver also allows candidates to self-schedule interviews and receive updates on their application process. As a result, recruiters and hiring managers save hours on pre-screening, leaving them with more time for other, arguably more important tasks.“In a reality where technology takes care of all the tedious work while removing biases, recruiters can do what they love to do: build a true connection between the applicants and the organization. Harver will provide this reality,” says Barend Raaff, CEO at Harver.By automating parts of their recruitment process, organizations can significantly decrease the time spent on filling their vacancies. One of the largest European supermarket chains, Albert Heijn, reduced their time to hire by 40 percent after implementing Harver.The company is planning to use the recent investment to further expand its product. The investment will help more companies digitally transform their recruitment process, empowering recruiters and hiring managers to make fast and data-driven hiring decisions.“We have been at the forefront of recruitment innovation since the inception of our company. This investment will enable us to take another leap forward in eliminating bias from the recruitment process and create a level playing field for all job seekers,” concludes Raaff. Related Posts Business Loan vs Equity Financing: How to Fund … Pyze Announces $4.6 Million Funding Round for A… Tags:#Harver#hiring#Hiring Process#Reinvent high-volume hiring Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. Venture Capital Is Just One Funding Option, Rem…last_img read more

Gadkari announces plan for cruises from Mumbai

first_imgUnion Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday unveiled plans for holiday cruises from Mumbai to Bali, Indonesia, via Kochi and Andaman and Nicobar. He also said that norms for sea plane operations would be finalised shortly.The minister, speaking to the press on the side lines of a government function in the city, said that Indian tourists visit Singapore, Bangkok, Bali, and that a lakh of Indian tourists travel to Singapore to take cruise holidays; instead they could take a cruise there. “This will become a big tourism attraction. Our effort is to develop cruise tourism here.”On the seaplane tourism initiative, Mr. Gadkari said, “All rules have been formalised by Air Traffic Control authorities. It will be finalised this month.” He also said that a convention of travel and tourism operators was being organised in Mumbai to discuss development of the holiday cruise industry along the Western coast.last_img read more

NRC must for Bengal: BJP leader

first_imgA exercise to update the National Register of Citizens (NRC) will be conducted in West Bengal if the BJP comes to power in the State, party general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya said here on Saturday. “The NRC will definitely be conducted in Bengal if the BJP comes to power here as it is also facing severe infiltration issues,” Mr. Vijayvargiya told presspersons at the BJP State headquarters. He said the exercise was required not only in West Bengal but also in all metro cities in the country.‘Backing infiltrators’He criticised West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for opposing the NRC update in Assam, and accused her of “siding with infiltrators” for the sake of votes.“I want to ask Mamata Banerjee why she is siding with infiltrators. Unfortunately some people are more concerned about indulging in appeasement policies and vote bank politics than the progress of the nation. The prime example of such mentality is Ms. Banerjee,” Mr. Vijayvargiya said.He accused the Chief Minister of double standards on the infiltration issue. As an MP, she flung papers at the Speaker’s podium after an adjournment motion over Bangladeshi infiltration into West Bengal was rejected in the Lok Sabha on August 5, 2005.“What happened in the past 13 years that you [Ms. Banerjee] have made a u-turn and is siding with the infiltrators,” he asked.BJP State president Dilip Ghosh told The Hindu that an NRC exercise was “necessary” in West Bengal as more than one crore infiltrators resided in the State. “Earlier the Communist Party of India(Marxist) used the infiltrators [for political mileage] and now Mamata Banerjee is using them,” he said. TMC protestsThe Trinamool Congress organised a State-wide protest against the detention and alleged assault of a delegation of party MPs and MLAs at the Silchar airport by the Assam police. Senior party leaders led marches against the Centre. Minister Subrata Mukherjee said the protests would continue on Sunday.last_img read more

Pilots shut off wrong engine after bird hit: DGCA report

first_imgThe final investigation report of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation on a bird hit suffered by a Delhi-Mumbai GoAir flight on June 21, 2017, has revealed that the pilots turned off the wrong engine and flew the plane on the engine that had ingested the bird. The report, made public on Tuesday, stated that after about three minutes the crew realised the mistake and tried to restart the other engine mid-air. They then declared an emergency and returned to Delhi, managing to land on a single engine on the second attempt. There were 156 passengers on board at the time of the incident. “The incident was caused by incorrect identification of engine affected with high vibration followed by non-adherence to recommended procedures, lack of situational awareness, poor Cockpit Resource Management and poor handling of aircraft during emergency subsequent to bird strike,” the report prepared by the office of Director of Air Safety (Western Region) said. Mid-air scareAccording to the findings, during take-off roll at around 115 knots, the aircraft — an A320 — encountered a bird strike on engine number 2. “Both crew noticed abnormal sound and vibrations but the pilot in command decided to continue the take-off probably wanting to investigate the problem after getting airborne. After the take-off, the situation was incorrectly assessed and engine number 1 (unaffected engine) was shut down. The aircraft was climbing with the single engine — engine 2 (affected engine), for over three minutes,” the report said. It pinned the blame of the “incorrect assessment” on the First Officer. As the aircraft stopped climbing at around 3,330 feet altitude, the crew realised their mistake and attempted to start engine number 1 but encountered start valve fault. The investigation also revealed that another pilot flying as Staff On Duty entered the cockpit after pressing the cockpit buzzer several times. The pilot in command submitted that he allowed the SOD inside the cockpit because the buzzer was distracting. “The SOD was heard asking information on the problem to cockpit crew while they were performing their duties in-flight and after landing as well,” the report said. As per the pilot in command, there was no information by Air Traffic Control about bird activity but the Air Traffic Information Services reported bird activity in its broadcast. The report also mentioned that after the incident, while taxiing to the allocated stand for parking, the crew took a wrong turn and parked the aircraft in an incorrect orientation.last_img read more

Mary Kom sets sights on Rio Games

first_img 0 × RELATED SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on Mary Kom settles for a bronze mary-kom mary-kom SHARE April 22, 2016 COMMENT Ace boxing star Mary Kom is gearing up to repeat her success in London Olympics, where she won the Bronze medal, in the forthcoming Rio Olympics.But to make it to the Rio Games, she will have to first qualify at the upcoming tough round of boxing championship to be held in Kazakhstan next month.Sharing here journey and her experiences, the boxing star said, “I believe, nothing is impossible if there is focus and dedication to achieve any goal.”Referring to her humble background, she said, “I come from a simple, poor, lower middle class family and with determination and dedication have made it to the Olympic podium in spite of several hurdles and opposition at home. Before marriage, it was tough to convince my parents and after marriage, it was yet again difficult to convince my husband to pursue boxing career,” she said.Speaking at a function here today where she was inducted as the Brand Ambassador for the Hyderabad-based hospitality and club chain Country Club Hospitality and Holidays Ltd, Mary Kom said, “It has been a tough fight in life too as I have to take care of three children. My husband, a footballer who played for Mizoram, has been extremely supportive of my passion for boxing. This has given me the flexibility to pursue the sport.”“My immediate focus is to give my best at Kazakhstan which will enable me to quality for the Rio Games. Once I achieve that I will get bigger laurels for the country,” she says with a sense of confidence and pride.Rajya Sabha nominationAsked about being shortlisted by the Centre for nomination to the Rajya Sabha, Mary Kom said, “I never aspired for any position. But will accept with humility any role given to me.”“Ours is a country where it is difficult for women to pursue a sport like boxing. When I started to take up the game years ago, it was even difficult to imagine a women boxing. But things have changed over the past few years with the government encouraging women to take up a sports like boxing and creating infrastructure,” she explained.Asked about the proposed academy, Mary Kom said the Boxing academy she was setting up is advanced stage of completion and will be launched later during the year. Mary Kom to be brand ambassador of Northeast sport COMMENTSlast_img read more

Its raining discounts as carmakers woo customers ahead of GST

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 15 (PTI) As customers wait for prices to come down after GST implementation, automobile companies are wooing them with attractive limited period discounts of up to Rs 2.5 lakh across a range of vehicles sold in the country. Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Honda, Nissan, Mahindra and Mahindra and Ford India have all come out with different schemes that are valid for June only. Dealers of the countrys largest car maker, Maruti Suzuki, are offering discounts between Rs 25,000 and Rs 35,000. The highest discount is offered on its entry-level hatchback Alto. Similarly, M&M is offering benefits ranging between Rs 27,000 on Scorpio to Rs 90,000 on XUV500 till June 30. Hyundai Motor India dealers are offering discounts ranging between Rs 25,000 on Elite i20 and all-new Xcent to Rs 2.5 lakh on premium SUV SantaFe. Besides, it is offering discount of Rs 45,000 on entry level model Eon, up to Rs 73,000 on Grand i10 and Rs 90,000 on mid-sized sedan Verna. Honda Cars India, on the other hand, is offering up to Rs 14,500 discount on its hatchback Brio, Rs 50,000 on compact sedan Amaze, Rs 17,000 on premium hatchback Jazz and Rs 60,000 on B-RV under a special scheme valid during June. “We are giving price protection to the customers for cars retailed from June 10 to June 30 which means that customers will buy the car at pre-GST price now. Post GST implementation whatever the difference in ex-showroom price it will be returned back to the customer by the dealer,” a Honda Cars India spokesperson said. Ford India is offering discounts of up to Rs 30,000 on its compact SUV EcoSport, sedan Aspire and hatchback Figo to pass on benefits of new tax rates under GST. The company is offering discount on EcoSport in the range of Rs 20,000 to Rs 30,000. On the other hand, Figo and Aspire are cheaper in the range of Rs 10,000 to Rs 25,000, depending on the variant. Japanese carmaker Nissans dealers are also offering benefits of up to Rs 80,000 on sports utility vehicle Terrano and around Rs 25,000 on small car Micra. Industry analysts said the companies have been forced to come up with the discounts as potential customers have held back on purchases expecting prices to come down after the implementation of GST. Under the GST rates, cars will attract the top rate of 28 per cent with a cess in the range of 1-15 per cent on top of it. While small petrol cars with engine less than 1,200 cc will attract 1 per cent cess, that with a diesel engine of less than 1,500 cc will attract 3 per cent cess. Large cars with engine greater than 1,500 cc and SUVs with length more than 4 metres and engine greater than 1,500 cc will attract a cess of 15 per cent. German luxury car maker Audi has already slashed prices of its models in India by up to Rs 10 lakh till June 30. Rival BMW also said it is offering “benefits up to 12 per cent” on ex-showroom prices that include GST benefits, depending on choice of the model. Besides, Mercedes Benz has announced reduction of prices of its vehicles produced in India by up to Rs 7 lakh. Tata-Motors owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has cut prices of select models by up to Rs 10.9 lakh with immediate effect to pass on benefits of new tax rates under GST. In the two-wheeler space, niche bike maker Royal Enfield is pre-emptively extending the GST benefits to its customers and is ready to implement the on-road price revision on purchases beginning June 17 on products where applicable. Already, Bajaj has announced reduction in prices of its motorcycles by up to Rs 4,500 with immediate effect to pass on the expected benefit of GST to customers. PTI MSS RKL ARDadvertisementlast_img read more

Dont beg for Bharat Ratna for Dhyan Chand: Bansal

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 27 (PTI) There is no need to beg for Bharat Ratna for hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand and we are only belittling his achievements by making such demands, former India hockey coach A K Bansal said today. Iconic cricketer Sachin Tendulkar had become countrys first sports person to receive Bharat Ratna in 2014 while many believed Dhyan Chand deserved to be the first recipient of the highest civilian honour. Recently, the Sports Ministry had written to the Prime Ministers office, requesting that Bharat Ratna be bestowed upon the highly revered hockey legend. “Why are we begging for award for Dadda (Dhyan Chand). He should have been the first to get it. Whether he gets it or not, the cult of Dhyan Chand will remain forever,” Bansal said while speaking during a panel discussion on significance of National Sports Day. The discussion, in which former Dronacharya and Arjuna awardees participated, was organised by Delhi Sports Journalist Association (DSJA) and Physical Education Foundation of India. “We are belittling what he has done for the sport by again and again asking for this honour for him but I think, the chorus will continue until he gets it,” Bansal, a recipient of Dronacharya in 2010, said. Bansal rued that level of hockey has gone down when compared to Indias golden past but appreciated the progress made by other sports in the country. Olympian and firebrand boxer Akhil Kumar said efforts should be made to develop a sports culture and the responsibility lies with the parents and teachers. “What National Sports Day means? It means that people should be aware about fitness. It was always about physical fitness and gradually it became competitive,” Kumar, a recipient of Arjuna awardee in 2005, said. “The coaches and physical education teachers have to be trained. Along with the athletes, the coaches also should be assessed and non-performing coaches should be removed.” Akhil, who is a national observer for boxing along with Mary Kom, said he does not believe in the concept of employing sports psychologists. “I dont trust the psychologists. I would trust myself. When you enter the ring all the psychology remains outside the ring. The one who cant trust his own abilities what will he do?,” he said in his inimitable style. Judo coach Yashpal Singh said sports persons who have achieved something at the highest level must give back to sport. He also urged the government to allow sports persons, working in many government departments, to spend more time in working at grassroots level. Seniors Sports journalists also spoke on the occasion and stressed that coverage of local sports was much required. They rued that much importance was given to European football by media houses these days instead of local sports. PTI AT ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

CFB Expert: This Top-10 Team Is Losing On Saturday

first_imgAn overhead view of Boone Pickens Stadium.STILLWATER, OK – NOVEMBER 7 : A general view of the stadium during the game against the TCU Horned Frogs November 7, 2015 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The Cowboys defeated the Horned Frogs 49-29. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)On Wednesday afternoon, Associated Press college football expert Ralph Russo released his score predictions for Week 9’s slate of games. Within Russo’s picks sat his “Upset Special” where he names his upset of the weekend.This time, a top-10 program is on upset alert. According to Russo, the Texas Longhorns might want to take a long, hard look at their next opponent or they’ll be walking out with a loss.The Longhorns head to Stillwater this weekend to challenge the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Russo thinks the Longhorns will be leaving with their second loss of the season, effectively ending their hopes of a run at the College Football Playoff.Here’s the score prediction.No. 6 Texas (minus 3½) at Oklahoma StateLonghorns have lost three straight to the Cowboys, who are pretty much out of the Big 12 race but could play spoiler … OKLAHOMA STATE 24-21, UPSET SPECIAL.Oklahoma State and Texas kick off from Boone Pickens Stadium at 8:00 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on ABC.Can the Cowboys salvage their season with a huge upset win over Texas?[AP]last_img read more

Shipowners Look to IMO for Next Steps on CO2 File

first_imgzoom Members of the European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee agreed recently on a compromise position on the monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of CO2 emissions from maritime transport, which lays the foundation for a global measure to reduce CO2 emissions from international shipping.Shipping being a truly global industry, regional legislation often runs the risk of reducing the competitiveness of the European maritime transport sector in this fast-moving and volatile globalised environment. The need for measures adopted and enforced at international level is therefore essential for the preservation of the EU’s competitive edge.The compromise position adopted by the European Parliament essentially enlarges the scope of the initial Commission proposal for an EU law on the matter. According to the European Parliament, the MRV system should not only monitor CO2 but also Nitrogen Oxyde emissions.What is more, the European Parliament also supports the inclusion of smaller ships in the system by lowering the threshold of 5000 GT (gross tonnage) to 400 GT.However, by doing so, the EU might actually undermine its own efforts to pave the way for an agreement at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).“We realize that the position taken by the European Parliament is a basis for negotiation with the Council of Ministers” said Patrick Verhoeven , ECSA Secretary General. “We are however concerned about several of the contents, namely the inclusion of other emissionsand the lowered threshold to 400GT, which might prove to be an obstacle for a speedy agreement at IMO level”.“EU Member States have however given a clear political signal that any solution to curb global CO2 emissions must result from an international agreement at IMO level” added Mr. Verhoeven, referring to a joint submission to the next IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee, made by the EU Member States and the European Commission, which proposes the key elements for a system to collect data on CO2 emissions and energy efficiency of ships.ECSA, February 4, 2014; Image: iStocklast_img read more

Synthetic milk racket busted in MP 62 held

first_imgBhopal: Madhya Pradesh police have busted a racket involved in manufacturing synthetic milk and other products and distributing them to branded outlets in various states, a police officer said Saturday, adding that 62 people have been arrested. The Special Task Force (STF) Friday raided factories based at Ambah in Morena district and Lahar in Bhind district of the Gwalior-Chambal region, around 400 kms from here, Superintendent of Police Rajesh Bhadoriya told PTI. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed Police seized huge quantity of chemicals and preservatives besides around 10,000 litres of synthetic milk, over 500 kg of spurious ‘mawa’ or condensed milk and around 200 kgs synthetic cottage cheese in the operation. The arrested persons were allegedly supplying highly toxic synthetic milk and milk products like ‘mawa’ and cottage cheese to branded outlets in Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Haryana, he said. “As many as 20 tankers and 11 pick-up vans containing spurious milk and other products were seized,” the SP said. Also Read – 14-yr-old girl raped, strangled to death in UP’s Shamli Synthetic milk was being supplied to various areas in MP, UP and Rajasthan located closer to Morena and Bhind districts while other synthetic products to farther districts. “A huge quantity of liquid shampoo, detergent, refined oil, maltodextrin powder, sodium thiosulfate and other chemicals were seized during the raids,” the SP said, adding that the accused were using high quantity of preservatives. He said STF sleuths also raided a dozen other locations on Saturday but found these premises locked.last_img read more

Mishap averted as fire broke before office time

first_imgKolkata: Residents of the fire-ravaged building at 60, Chowringhee Road feel that the timing of the fire had contributed in averting a major disaster at the building.The building is commercial and the three blocks in the establishment houses more than a dozen offices with a banquet hall located at a lane in the same address that leads to Bishop Lefroy Road, the residence of Satyajit Ray. “The incident took place around 9.20 am. I was using the lift when the fire alarm inside the lift started blinking. I went to the top floor of the building where I live with my family and found that a column of smoke has started engulfing the space outside our room with the top floor of the B Block on fire. I told my family members as well as another family who lived just adjacent to our flat to come down immediately and we came down using the staircase,” said Gautam Singh, who lives with his wife and three children. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”I had just switched on the air conditioner and it made a strange sound. I heard the fire alarm in the building and immediately came down. There would have been a stampede if it was after 10 am as around that time people come to office,” said Shreya Das, who works at a private computer training institute located in the third floor of B Block. It is just the floor above this institute that had caught fire, she said. “The fire alarm was ringing. I came out of the room to find that my adjacent flat was on fire. I used the staircase and came down immediately. It was extremely difficult to breathe in that floor,” said Sarala Khanna, who lived with his brother-in-law just in the adjacent apartment beside the fashion designing institute that caught fire. “We are not sure whether the things in our room are intact or not. But we are lucky to have escaped the disaster,” she said. Apart from the Khanna family, the premises owner Dipak Mukherjee has an apartment in the B Block. All other apartments are commercial.last_img read more

UN antiracism conference winds down amid NGO expulsions for bad behaviour

23 April 2009The ongoing United Nations anti-racism conference in Geneva concluded its general debate today after hearing statements on new forms of racist discrimination and expelling three non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for disruptive behaviour. A number of the UN agencies spoke at the five-day Durban Review Conference, which comes to a close tomorrow, including the International Labour Organization (ILO), which warned that saying no to racism in the work is key to promoting respect, tolerance and inclusiveness.For its part, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) highlighted its own role in countering pseudo-scientific theories of racial superiority. In a related development, the High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, in her capacity as Secretary-General of the conference, took steps to banish three NGOs as a result of unacceptable behaviour inside UN premises “in clear violation of the rules laid down regarding the conduct of NGOs during the conference,” according to a press release.The ousted Union des Etudiants Juifs de France (UEJF) participants were “extremely prominent” during disruptions that took place on the opening day of the Conference.“There has, in the view of the organizers of the Conference, been a clearly orchestrated effort by members of this NGO, possibly in league with others, to disrupt the conference,” the release sad.Two delegates from the Neda Institute for Political and Scientific Research were intercepted with inciting materials, possibly in coordination with other organizations, and the distribution of any materials, especially offensive ones, outside designated areas is clearly prohibited. The third group to be kicked out of the conference was COEXIST for similar behaviour as UEJF, during several of the same incidents. On the Conference’s opening day, delegates of several nations walked out of the room during Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s address, which Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said were intended to “accuse, divide and even incite” and are a roadblock to tackling the scourge of racism.On Tuesday, the conference unanimously adopted an outcome document, emphasizing the need to address all manifestations of intolerance with greater resolve, calling on States to take effective, tangible and comprehensive measures to prevent, combat and eradicate all forms of racism, and urging countries which have not yet done so to create and implement national plans to combat intolerance, among other steps. read more

Annan strongly condemns heinous suicide bombing in Jerusalem

“The Secretary-General strongly condemns the suicide bombing that took place today in Jerusalem,” a statement issued by Mr. Annan’s spokesman Fred Eckhard said. “He extends his condolences to the Government of Israel and the families of the victims and wishes speedy recovery for the wounded.”The Secretary-General urges the Palestinian Authority to take all necessary measures to put an end to terror and to bring to justice the organizers of such heinous crimes,” the statement added. read more

Saputo boosts dividend but warns of challenges from Canadian competition

LAVAL, Que. – Dairy and cheese giant Saputo boosted its dividend Tuesday but warned that stagnant domestic growth and intense competition will eat into the benefits of a recent acquisition in the United States.“We’re used to seeing year over year increases in profit, but Canada is very, very challenging and we’re fighting every single day to keep our markets and to keep our margins so it will be a challenge going forward,” said chief executive Lino Saputo Jr. in an interview at the company’s annual meeting.With limited per capita consumer growth for decades and several key players fighting to steal market share, Saputo has been fighting back to preserve its leading position.The company cut costs by closing two Canadian plants last year and is opening a new large distribution centre in Montreal to replace several smaller facilities. Additional efforts could be considered over the coming year depending on volumes, cross-border shopping and competition, he said.“I think the low-hanging fruit, we’ve picked them. Right now we don’t have anything else to announce but I guess we’ll have to be creative to see where else we can cut. Sometimes it could be just synergizing a couple of activities together.”The Quebec-based company had also been expected to benefit from its US$1.45 billion acquisition in January of Morningstar Foods, a subsidiary of Dean Foods Company.However, the most recent quarter also saw higher non-cash charges related to the Morningstar deal, as will as higher interest expenses. The company’s income tax rate was also higher than last year, rising to 29 per cent from 28.1 per cent.Saputo (TSX:SAP) raised its dividend 9.5 per cent or two cents per share to 23 cents per share as it earned $136.7 million in the first quarter. This was up from $121.8 million for the same period last year.The company earned 69 cents per diluted share, up from 60 cents a year earlier, on both a net and adjusted basis.However, Saputo missed analyst forecasts as its adjusted profit was expected to surge to 73 cents per share, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.Saputo’s revenue did slightly better than analysts expected — rising to $2.17 billion in the three months ended June 30, up from $1.7 billion a year earlier and $2.05 billion in the quarter ended March 31.Saputo said he is evaluating several acquisition opportunities but declined to say if any are imminent or will materialize. The company has $2.7 billion in financing to support one or several deals. The United States remains a focus for expansion, along with Latin America and Oceania.“We have an appetite for acquisitions, but it has to be the right acquisition at the right time (and) at the right price.”Even without a transaction, Saputo’s U.S. division hasn’t yet fully capitalized on Morningstar, which produces dairy and non-diary products, including creams and creamers, ice cream mixes, whipping cream, aerosol whipped toppings, iced coffee, half and half and value-added milk.Saputo’s global expansion has reduced the contribution of its Canadian operations to about 48 per cent of revenues, from 85 per cent when the company went public. Those numbers should continue to dwindle, the CEO noted.With a large processing capacity on both sides of the U.S. border, Saputo stands to prosper and adjust to stagnant consumption if the Canadian government adjusts the milk supply management system. But Saputo said it’s tough to make decisions while several trade deals remain unresolved.“There is still a lot of uncertainty there and a lot of the rules of the game that have not been specified to us yet,” he said.Earlier, Saputo reassured shareholders that the company’s future remains bright despite the challenges in Canada. He also said the company has turned around its Vachon operations and has no plans to sell the bakery division.“What the future holds in five years or 10 years from now, I don’t know, but at this present time we’re holding onto that division and we’re going to continue to exploit its resources.”Saputo is Canada’s largest dairy processor and among the top 10 in the world. Its products are sold in more than 40 countries.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, its shares lost 45 cents at $47.24 on Tuesday. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Saputo boosts dividend but warns of challenges from Canadian competition by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 6, 2013 10:08 am MDT read more

Rafael Nadal wins second straight Rogers Cup mens title

Rafael Nadal has added a fifth Rogers Cup title.The tournament’s top seed made quick work Daniil Medvedev in the men’s final Sunday, defeating the Russian 6-3, 6-0 at IGA Stadium in just 70 minutes.Nadal, 33, won last year’s Rogers Cup in Toronto, where he also triumphed in 2008.The Spaniard’s other two victories on Canadian soil came in Montreal back in 2005 at age 19 over Andre Agassi — his first-ever hardcourt conquest — and against Milos Raonic in 2013.Currently ranked second in the world, Nadal improved to 41-6 in 2019 and raised his third trophy of the season at the US$5.7-million ATP Tour Masters 1000 series event after also winning on clay in Rome and at the French Open.He advanced to Sunday’s showdown with Medvedev after Gael Monfils withdrew from their scheduled semifinal with an ankle injury.The Frenchman was forced to play a quarterfinal delayed more than 18 hours by inclement weather against Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut on Saturday afternoon. Monfils only had a short time to recover before the subsequent match with Nadal, and decided against risking further damage.Nadal fought off a break point in the first game of Sunday’s opening set before going up 3-1 when Medvedev double faulted. Then leading 5-3, the Spaniard sealed the set with a great passing forehand shot down the line after Medvedev came to the net.Medvedev, who was playing Nadal for the first time, was broken again to open the second set. Despite clearly being second favourite in the eyes of the crowd, fans tried to spur theRussian on down 2-0, but his shaky performance continued as he was broken again to fall behind even further when his shot went long on another break.Then trailing 4-0, Medvedev was broken again when his shot went into the net. Nadal served out from there to clinch the 83rd tournament win — and 20th on a hardcourt — of his singles career.The Spaniard also defended a hardcourt title for the first time in walloping an opponent that hadn’t lost a set all week before Sunday.The 6-3, 6-0 score was the most lopsided men’s final at the event since American star John McEnroe defeated countryman Vitas Gerulaitas 6-0, 6-3 in 1984.Seeded eighth at the tournament and starting the week ranked No. 9 in the world, Medvedev was the first Russian to play in a men’s Rogers Cup final since Marat Safin won back in 2000 when it was called the du Maurier Open. Andrei Chesnokov was also victorious in 1991, while Yevgeny Kafelnikov lost the 1999 final.The 23-year-old Medvedev defeated countryman Karen Khachanov 6-1, 7-6 (6) in the only semifinal to be played Saturday, and will jump over his fellow Moscow native into eighth in the overall rankings when the new list is released Monday.Medvedev entered Sunday with a 4-4 record against top-10 opponents in 2019, including a quarterfinal victory in Montreal over world No. 4 Dominic Thiem of Austria. A four-time winner on tour, Sunday marked his fifth final of the year, including last weekend’s loss to Nick Kygrios in Washington.Fans in Montreal were invited to arrive at IGA Stadium early to watch the women’s final from Toronto on the television screens placed around the venue’s grounds, but many didn’t make it time to see Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu’s victory over Serena Williams because the American star retired trailing 3-1 in the first set due to injury.The Rogers Cup alternates the men’s and women’s tournaments between Montreal and Toronto every year.With the victory, Nadal stretched his lead atop the all-time Masters 1000 series title list to 35, two more than world No. 1 Novak Djokovic. He also reached his 51st final, moving past No. 3 Roger Federer for top spot.Medvedev fell to 1-7 all-time against the Big 3, with his only victory coming against Djokovic at Monte Carlo back in April.Djokovic and Federer both skipped this year’s event in Montreal, but are scheduled to participate at the upcoming Cincinnati tournament as preparations swing into high gear for the U.S. Open.Spain’s Marcel Granollers and Argentina’s Horacio Zeballos, playing together for the first time, defeated Robin Haase and Wesley Koolhof of the Netherlands 7-5, 7-5 to win the men’s doubles final at the Rogers Cup.Tournament director Eugene Lapierre said even with all tickets being refunded for the previous Saturday’ night session after Monfils bowed out — and a draw minus Djokovic and Federer — the 2019 edition in Montreal would eclipse the previous high of 216,000 spectators that went through the turnstiles in 1997.He added that while a roof on IGA Stadium is a long-term goal, there are other areas where the fan and player experience can improve.“Some things might need great investments, but the way we are doing things with our team is to look at the details,” Lapierre said. “People love the site. All week they’ve been telling me how beautiful it was.“But we do see the small details that are wrong, and we take notes, and we are going to improve them for next year.” read more

Alan Major joins Ohio State mens basketball team in noncoaching role Kyle

Former Charlotte head coach Alan Major, right, hired by Ohio State. Courtesy: TNSAfter three seasons of not meeting expectations, it appears Ohio State coach Thad Matta is bringing back another member of his staff that brought him some of his best teams.Alan Major is returning to Matta’s staff for the 2016 season, but this time in a new role. The team said he will serve the role of director of recruiting and player development.Major has spent plenty of time working under Matta. He was an assistant coach to Matta at Xavier University from 2001 to 2004 and went on to OSU to coach under Matta again. From 2004 to 2010, Major helped to recruit and develop big men. He left after the 2010 season to serve as the head coach of UNC-Charlotte for five seasons where he accumulated a career record of 67-70 before leaving the team due to health issues during the 2014-2015 season.Prior to his time with Matta, Major served as an assistant coach at Cal Lutheran from 1992-95, Pacific from 1995-98, Southern Illinois from 1998-99 and Pacific again from 1999-2000.“Alan has many skills and talents above and beyond those he’s utilized as a coach over the years,” Matta said in an email. “I want him to help us develop a complete and well-rounded student-athlete. Alan is the perfect fit for this position.”Major is no stranger to developing players. In his vast college basketball career spanning 23 years serving as either assistant coach or head coach, he has coached such players as former OSU first round NBA selections Greg Oden, Mike Conley and Evan Turner as well as former Xavier star and first rounder David West and Pacific No. 1 overall selection Michael Olowokandi. Nearly everywhere he has gone, Major has found success. While Major worked with Matta both at Xavier and OSU, he contributed to a 234-77 record in his nine years. He reached the NCAA a total of seven times, once at Xavier reaching the Final Four (2004) and once going as far as the national championship game (2007). In 2008, the pair won the National Invitation Tournament title.Along with Major, OSU announced that former manager and graduate assistant Kyle Davis has been promoted to the video coordinator position vacated after Jake Diebler left for an assistant coaching job at Vanderbilt.Davis served as recruiting coordinator for the summer until Major was hired. As a graduate assistant in 2015-16, Davis helped the coaching staff with coordinating recruiting visits and preparing nearly all video footage used for game preparation. This is his first coaching job. read more

Buckeyes seeking lucky No 7

Six years ago, the Ohio State Buckeyes were at the end of arguably their most disappointing season under coach Jim Tressel. Heading into the last week of the regular season, the Buckeyes were 6-4 and looking ahead to what would be the first non-January bowl game of the Tressel era. Then one game changed the outlook of not only the entire season, but also the entire OSU football program. On Nov. 20, 2004, the Buckeyes stunned the No. 7 Michigan Wolverines in Ohio Stadium behind 391 yards of total offense from quarterback Troy Smith. In one game, the Buckeyes went from a disappointing team that lacked an identity to a team with a quarterback of the future who provided them with just that. It was also the start of a streak of domination in the rivalry for the Buckeyes, who have won six straight contests against the Wolverines, outscoring them 181-101 in that stretch. Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez is hopeful that a win Saturday against the Buckeyes will provide a similar reversal of fortunes for the Wolverines. “It’d mean an awful lot, certainly for our fans and for our university, but more importantly for our seniors and our players because they haven’t had the chance to win that,” Rodriguez said. “We’ve got to perform better and get some wins to make us feel better and make our fans feel better.” In his first two seasons as Michigan’s coach, Rodriguez’s teams have lost 42-7 and 21-10 to the Buckeyes. This year’s Wolverine team is the most formidable — at least offensively — that Rodriguez will bring into “The Game.” Unlike Rodriguez’s first two seasons, Michigan’s offensive personnel now fit its spread scheme. The Wolverines have found success behind dual-threat quarterback Denard Robinson, an early-season Heisman candidate who fell out of contention because of injuries and a three-game losing streak in the middle of the season. Robinson has rushed for 1,538 yards and 14 touchdowns and has thrown for 2,229 yards, 16 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, leading the Wolverines to a 7-4 record that will land them in their first bowl game under Rodriguez. Tressel said Robinson’s ability to both run and throw the ball makes him difficult to prepare for. “It’s impossible to simulate him because there’s no one like him,” Tressel said. “It’s a tremendous challenge because it gives you all of the problems that a Wildcat offense gives you with a great running back back there. But along with it, it has all of the passing problems.” Robinson has played a critical role in Michigan’s offense, which is ranked 10th in the nation in rushing, with 257.4 yards per game, and 15th in the nation in points scored, with 36.8 points per game. Michigan’s defense has failed to find the same success that its offense has, as it is ranked 99th in the country in scoring, giving up 33.5 points per game. Despite the statistics, Robinson said he hasn’t lost confidence in his team’s defense. “I think our defense is one of the best defenses in the nation,” Robinson said. “I don’t care what nobody say. We play against them every day, and they help us get better.” Tressel agreed that the statistics don’t necessarily tell the tale of the Michigan defense. “They’ve given up too many big plays, but the thing I love about them is I see them flying around and I see a lot of young guys who aren’t young anymore,” Tressel said. The longest streak in the rivalry thus far came from 1901-1909, when the Wolverines got the better of the Buckeyes for nine straight years. A win on Saturday would move OSU two games away from matching that streak. “There’s been pressure every year. It’s something that comes with it,” OSU wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher said. “Nobody wants to be the team that breaks the streak.” With a share of the Big Ten title and a potential sixth straight trip to a BCS bowl game still within grasp, the Buckeyes have more than just pride to play for. OSU defensive end Cameron Heyward said the Buckeyes understand the high stakes. “A lot. A share of the Big Ten title and our biggest rival,” Heyward said. “Michigan is always going to play their best against us. We wouldn’t have it any other way to go out against a quality opponent. It’ll be a rough one, but we’re ready for it.” Regardless of bowl game implications, the Buckeyes remain focused on extending their winning streak over the Wolverines to a lucky No. 7. “The Ohio State-Michigan game is the focus,” Tressel said. “There are tons of by-products for everybody, but the single most one everyone knows that’s ever coached or played at Ohio State is that you’re defined by your Ohio State-Michigan games.” read more

Commentary Bengals looking to bounce back against the New England Patriots

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green, right, is stopped after catching a pass for a short gain by Cleveland Browns defensive back Joe Haden at FirstEnergy Stadium Sunday, Sept. 29. The Browns won, 17-6.Credit: Courtesy of MCTThe Cincinnati Bengals return home to face the undefeated New England Patriots this Sunday in a game that has great implications.If the Bengals pull out the win, last week’s loss to the Cleveland Browns will be viewed as an anomaly. But with a loss and perhaps another weak outing by quarterback Andy Dalton, the Bengals may find themselves searching for ways to salvage their season.At home, the Bengals (2-2) are undefeated and performed much better against the pass than they have on the road. They have held Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks in check, forcing Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers into a two interception performance and limiting Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers to 278 yards of total offense.Meanwhile on the road, Jay Cutler of the Chicago Bears and Brian Hoyer of the Browns were able to find the holes in Cincinnati’s secondary to help their respective teams win. Bengals fans can only hope that this pattern continues in week five when they face three-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady.However, the Patriots, though undefeated, have question marks of their own. Brady began the season with a significantly inexperienced group of receivers who have struggled to stay on the same page as their quarterback. But the wide receivers have shown recent signs of improvement as both Kenbrell Thompkins (127 yards receiving) and Julian Edelman (118 yards receiving) had strong games last week against the Atlanta Falcons.On defense, New England must deal with the loss of defensive tackle Vince Wilfork who sustained a season-ending injury (achilles) against Atlanta. Wilfork is key to the Patriots’ ability to stop the run. Over the last five seasons, New England is ranked ninth against the rush with Wilfork on the field and dead last without him.But the Bengals cannot concern themselves with their opponents’ strengths and weaknesses at this point. They have the talent to beat almost any team in the league, as evidenced by their comeback victory over the Packers. But when they fail to execute on offense, they are capable of losing to any opponent, including a team depleted of its starting quarterback, just like the Browns.While Hoyer gave an inspired performance, Cincinnati’s lack of offense was the biggest factor in the loss. The Bengals converted only four of 14 third down attempts against Cleveland and gained only 16 first downs. Meanwhile, the Falcons lost to the Patriots in week four despite picking up 26 first downs. If offensive coordinator Jay Gruden cannot make the proper adjustments and Dalton continues to miss open receivers, the promise that surrounded the Bengals before the season will quickly vanish. read more

LNH Furious PSG win in Chartres

3.Nimes4301130:1266 20:00St. Raphael31 – 23Ivry 20:45Nimes32 – 28Toulouse 9.Toulouse4112113:1123 STANDINGS: 20:45Cesson Rennes32 – 29Nantes 10.Nantes4112132:1293 7.Aix4121120:1214 1.Paris SG4400135:1068 12.Tremblay410395:1012 Paris Saint Germain are still unbeatable in the FRENCH LNH! Zvonimir Noka Serdarusic guys beat the newcomers in the French elite – Chartres 32:20 in comfortable 60 minutes which gave a chance to all players to get some minutes.Three teams still keep rhythm with the leaders, Saint Raphael, Nimes and CESSON Rennes, while MOntpellier have a chance to be fourth if win in Chambery tonight.RESULTS: 4.Cesson Rennes4301111:1116 5.Creteil4211112:1195 6.Montpellier320193:844 20:00Aix27 – 26Tremblay 13.Dunkerque4103100:1012 20:30Chartres20 – 32Paris SG 20:00Dunkerque23 – 25Creteil 2.St. Raphael4301112:1046 LNHPSG Handball 11.Ivry4103109:1232 ← Previous Story Interesting start in Baltic Handball League Next Story → VIDEO: Where are you going? 8.Chambery Savoie311188:863 14.Chartres400490:1170 read more