Is Indian time a real thing Time to weigh in

first_img(On Thursday, Québec’s Indigenous Affairs Minister Geoffrey Kelly used ‘Indian time’ when asked why it took 8 years to write a piece of legislation. The term wasn’t received well.)Bruce SpenceSpecial to APTN National NewsEvery once in a while the phrase “Indian Time” rears its ugly head in discussions around the clean water coolers of modern day work places. Except in Aboriginal organizations. Ain’t nobody got time for that.For those of you who’ve never heard it, Indian Time means….in the vernacular of construction company foremen from bygone eras…. those damned Indians are always late.Just saying, that’s what it meant in my world.Kind of a racist thing to say though when it’s a human foible present in every people and culture the world over.How ignorant is it to attach the colloquialism to an entire people when there are individuals in every race in every country who couldn’t be on time for their own funerals if their life depended on it. I am one of those by the way.One of my best friends and mentors, an ex-military Saulteaux guy from Pine Creek, hated to be late and he never was. 10 minutes early was too late for him.As someone younger and wiser than me pointed out, we never had clocks. Didn’t need them. Winter has been coming aroundWinter has been coming around year in and year out around the same time since time immemorial.Same with spring, summer and autumn.So are the solstices, just in time for winter (or spring, or summer or fall) like clockwork.Those wild rice lakes were and still are ready for picking every September.Bottom line is, IT doesn’t exist.”bspence@aptn.caBruce Spence is the lineup editor for APTN National News. He is based in Winnipeg.last_img read more

UN troops in Liberia work to prevent crossborder violence from Côte dIvoire

Aiming to prevent the spread of recent instability in Côte d’Ivoire , the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) is conducting exercises along the border between the two countries, officials with the world body said today.The measures also are intended to reassure the population in the area of UNMIL’s ability to maintain security throughout the country, UNMIL said. Elite Irish and Swedish troops, which comprise UNMIL’s most mobile force, are carrying out the border exercises. On Friday, the head of UNMIL, Alan Doss, was in the area with a number of senior Liberian officials. They were briefed by the troops, who are formed in a “Quick Reaction Force.” The Quick Reaction Force is conducting extensive around-the-clock patrols along a 300-kilometre stretch of the densely forested and hilly border utilizing tracked all-terrain vehicles, armored personnel carriers and four wheel drive jeeps. UNMIL helicopters are supporting the Quick Reaction Force by operating air reconnaissance missions as well as inserting troops into remote areas not accessible by roads to conduct foot patrols.Intensive contact is maintained with the local population to gather information about the possible existence of weapons in the area and to detect if there have been any attempts to recruit Liberian ex-combatants to fight across the border.UNMIL said local people have “warmly received” the troops and have told the patrols they feel reassured by their presence. Speaking to journalists who accompanied the delegation, Mr. Doss said UNMIL would not want the insecurity in Cote d’Ivoire to undermine the hard-earned peace in Liberia. He emphasized that UNMIL would continue to provide the security environment necessary for the new Liberian Government to get on with the business of rebuilding the country after decades of violence and instability. Mr. Doss also stressed that UNMIL would continue to maintain a robust military presence in Liberia because “without security there cannot be stability, and without stability there cannot be development.” While in the southeastern Liberian town of Fishtown, the delegation was also briefed by UNMIL’s Chinese Engineering Battalion about its extensive efforts to rebuild Liberia’s road infrastructure. The unit has already repaired more than 700 kilometers of road, constructed numerous bridges and culverts. The contingent will soon repair the bridge connecting Fishtown and Harper to open up the area to commerce and development. read more

On UN Day Ban celebrates Organizations continuing commitment for a better world

In his message on the Day, observed annually on 24 October, the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the Charter of the United Nations, Mr. Ban acknowledged that millions of people continue to suffer deplorable exploitation through bonded labour, human trafficking, sexual slavery or unsafe conditions in factories, fields and mines while the global economy remains an uneven playing field. “The founding of the United Nations was a solemn pledge to the world’s people to end such assaults on human dignity, and lead the way to a better future,” he said. “There have been painful setbacks, and there is much work ahead to realize the Charter’s vision. But we can take heart from our achievements.” Among those achievements, Mr. Ban noted, were the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which had “inspired the most successful anti-poverty campaign ever,” numerous UN treaties addressing inequality, torture, and racism, and the on-the-ground work of UN peacekeepers and humanitarian workers. “At this critical moment, let us reaffirm our commitment to empowering the marginalized and vulnerable,” the Secretary- General concluded.“On United Nations Day, I call on Governments and individuals to work in common cause for the common good.” UN Office in Geneva (UNOG) marks UN Day. The event brought together staff from across the UN system in a formation reading “UN 70”, a reference to the Organization’s 70th anniversary, which will be observed in 2015. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré Top Afghan singers perform at a concert in Kabul to mark UN Day highlighting the United Nations’ work in support of the people and government of Afghanistan. Photo: Fardin Waezi/UNAMA UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major-General Luciano lays a wreath at the UNIFIL cenotaph in memory of fallen peacekeepers on UN Day. Photo: UNIFIL Ahead of UN Day, members of battalions from Japan, Bangladesh, Ghana and Nepal serving with the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) take part in the first round of a tug of war contest. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine Top Afghan singers perform at a concert in Kabul to mark UN Day highlighting the United Nations’ work in support of the people and government of Afghanistan. Photo: Fardin Waezi/UNAMA Ahead of UN Day, members of battalions from Japan, Bangladesh, Ghana and Nepal serving with the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) take part in the first round of a tug of war contest. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine As part of UN Day celebrations, UNAMID and UN Agencies organized a photo exhibition in El Fasher, North Darfur. Photo by Mohamed Mahady/UNAMID Top Afghan singers perform at a concert in Kabul to mark UN Day highlighting the United Nations’ work in support of the people and government of Afghanistan. Photo: Fardin Waezi/UNAMA ‹ ›The 24th of October has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. In 1971, the General Assembly recommended that the day be observed by Member States as a public holiday. As part of the observance of the Day, the UN’s Department of Public Information organized a concert, to be held in the newly-renovated General Assembly Hall at UN Headquarters in New York, featuring world-renowned concert pianist and UN Messenger of Peace, Lang Lang, and 16-time Grammy Award-winner, Sting. Performing with Lang Lang will be an international youth orchestra representing five continents, assembled especially for the occasion, to be conducted by Manuel López-Gómez. Manuel López-Gómez, as well as many of the youth musicians hail from the renowned El Sistema programme, which provides music education to children from poor social-economic backgrounds. As such, the concert offers an opportunity to highlight the United Nations’ focus on youth and the education of global citizens. It also marks an important milestone during the yearlong global observance of the 70th anniversary of the Organization. read more

Roy Halladay Was The Greatest Pitcher Of His Generation

9Felix Hernandez52.4251 The Doc was the greatest pitcher of this millenniumPitcher wins above replacement since 2000 Sources: The Baseball Gauge, 8Cole Hamels54.0160 5Roger Clemens57Curt Schilling26James Shields18 3Jack McDowell61Randy Johnson32Felix Hernandez18 4Clayton Kershaw59.4253 RKPITCHERCGPITCHERCGPITCHERCG 1Roy Halladay61.7652 5Mark Buehrle58.5330 RANKPLAYERWARCOMPLETE GAMESCY YOUNG AWARDS Yesterday’s news that the great pitcher Roy Halladay had died in a plane crash sent baseball’s fraternity of players and coaches into a state of deep mourning. Around the league, tributes to Halladay’s technical skill and work ethic poured in. As our former colleague Ben Lindbergh wrote at The Ringer, Halladay was the consummate pitcher’s pitcher — the guy other pitchers always wanted to be.But on a personal level, the reports hit me especially hard — I grew up a fan of the Toronto Blue Jays, the team for whom Halladay first made his name as an ace. I was too young to experience the back-to-back World Series titles of 1992 and 1993, so my earliest memories came of the Blue Jays teams that stunk it up in the first decade of this millennium. Halladay was the one bright spot on an otherwise mediocre Toronto squad, so it was fitting that late Blue Jays game-caller Tom Cheek gave him the nickname “Doc” — a reference, of course, to Doc Holliday. But Halladay truly was a doctor on the mound — he healed so many of his team’s ills whenever he got the nod as that day’s starter.1As Jayson Stark pointed out, in games that Halladay started between 2002 and 2011 (his prime), his team went 195-108. When someone else started, his teams went 646-670.In his 12 seasons with Toronto, Doc pitched more than 2,000 innings and won 148 games, plus received the AL Cy Young award in 2003. He pitched 10 innings in a single game not once, but twice. Alongside Dave Stieb, Halladay is widely considered the greatest pitcher in Blue Jays history. When he was traded to the Phillies in 2009, my fellow Blue Jays fans were understandably upset, but they also understood. In his four seasons in Philadelphia, Doc’s stature grew to a whole new level. In typical fashion, he wasted no time, throwing a no-hitter in his postseason debut (just months after he pitched just the second perfect game in Phillies history). On the way, Doc won an NL Cy Young award — he’s one of just six pitchers in MLB history to win the award in both leagues.Because he spent years on a scuffling Toronto team, Doc’s greatness often gets overlooked. But it shouldn’t be. Based on total pitching wins above replacement since 2000, nobody this millennium has surpassed him yet, even though he hasn’t pitched in four years. 2Randy Johnson65Livan Hernandez36Adam Wainwright19 4Kevin Brown58CC Sabathia28Roy Halladay18 10Johan Santana51.4152 6Curt Schilling57Mark Mulder25Johnny Cueto17 8Chuck Finley46Javier Vazquez23Cliff Lee16 6Justin Verlander56.6231 1Greg Maddux75Roy Halladay47Clayton Kershaw25 10Doug Drabek41Sidney Ponson23Ervin Santana16 Halladay was a bridge between pitching erasMost complete games by decade in MLB, 1990s, 2000s and 2010s 7Tim Hudson54.8250 After this period of mourning for Halladay, writers and analysts will inevitably turn their attention to his Hall of Fame chances. And according to the yardsticks that we statheads typically look at, Halladay might seem like a borderline case. Because he had fewer dominant years than Hall of Fame voters like to see — he had injury problems early in his career and then retired relatively young — Halladay’s résumé is slightly below the HOF average for starting pitchers.2Based on JAWS, a WAR-based measure that tries to evaluate a player relative to his peers at the same position by balancing career and peak value. And although he meets the Hall’s criteria on other measures such as Bill James’s Black Ink Test (which tracks how often a player leads the league in important statistical categories), he falls short on some of the big statistical benchmarks that typically mark a HOF career.However, Halladay’s accomplishments are being sold short by these kinds of evaluations. His career stretched across two major eras of pitching, from a time when starters were often asked to finish games (no matter how many pitches it took) to the modern game, where bullpens are taking over for starters earlier and earlier. Halladay helped build a bridge between those two styles of starting pitching — as mentioned above, he could (and often did) go the distance and then some, recording complete-game totals that would have been commonplace in the 1980s and ’90s, but that stood out compared with his peers in the 2000s and even the 2010s, a decade in which he only pitched three full seasons. 1990s2000s2010s 2CC Sabathia61.5381 3Zack Greinke60.7161 9John Smoltz42Bartolo Colon23David Price16 7Scott Erickson47Mark Buehrle24Justin Verlander17 Source: FanGraphs Yet he was also a thoroughly modern pitcher, dominating with strikeouts and pinpoint control, a technician in addition to a workhorse. Since 2000, his fielding-independent pitching (relative to the league) is right up there with today’s aces such as Clayton Kershaw, Chris Sale and Corey Kluber. Since many of the metrics most commonly used to judge Hall of Fame standards were built with pitchers of a different era in mind, the metrics might need to be adjusted to better reflect what’s valued in today’s best hurlers. And Halladay might serve as a great test case, since he (more than maybe anyone else) helped the game transition between those eras of pitching.Whether Doc makes it to the Hall of Fame is irrelevant right now, though. What matters right now is that every time Halladay took to the mound, people were watching. Regardless of whether you were a pitcher or a hitter growing up, you wanted to be like Doc.— Neil Paine contributed research.CORRECTION (Nov. 8, 2017, 11:30 a.m.): A previous version of the first table in this article incorrectly showed Tim Hudson as having 26 complete games since 2000. He had 25. read more

Girlguides to get a period poverty badge as they encourage girls to

Guides will also be encouraged to create a short presentation to explain a period product to an alien from another planet. Guidance for leaders says that meetings should be a “safe space for girls to share their experiences and talk freely without feeling judged or embarrassed”. It also emphasises that it is “not only girls and women who experience periods, as trans boys and non-binary people experience them too.”Girlguiding is also calling for a change in the language used for periods, arguing that using euphemisms is “confusing” and “makes them seem like something that should be secret, hidden away and never mentioned”. It is is “calling for the language to change from hygiene or sanitary products, to period or menstrual products”.  The move sees Girlguiding join a national campaign to help girls who are suffering “period poverty”, meaning they are unable to afford tampons and pads. Girls will be encouraged to bring in items to donate to their fellow Guides who can’t afford them, or to take to local food banks. Girlguiding advocate Ellie Dibben said: “From a young age we are told that periods are meant to be private, a secret to be dealt with quietly, leaving many people ashamed and often uninformed about periods. “We need to bring periods into the open and give young people the opportunity to learn and ask questions.” The Girlguides Advocate Panel The Girlguides Advocate Panel The badge includes several different types of period products The Girl Guides are to get a “period poverty” badge as they encourage girls to discuss menstruation.The organisation has joined campaigning efforts to remove taboos around menstruation and help girls who struggle to afford products such as pads and tampons.A new programme of activities designed by the charity WaterAid will see girls devise a drama to set out how they would deal with situations such as what to do if their period leaks onto their underwear or clothes while they are not at home. Units will be able to buy period poverty badges decorated with images of tampons, pads and menstrual cups to demonstrate their commitment to the cause.  The badge shows several different types of period productsCredit:Girlguiding UK Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Big cat on the loose in Cornwall as paw print raises fears

”If any animal is sighted it should not be approached.”An RSPCA spokesman said: “The RSPCA has been contacted about a suspected big cat sighting in Harrowbarrow, Cornwall, last week.”Our officer attended after reports that a labrador had been scratched by a large, black cat.”Thankfully, the dog is fine although he has scratch marks, and the owner is taking precautions to keep an eye on the dog in case of further sightings.”We will continue to monitor the situation.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A big cat is on the loose in Cornwall, police have said, after they made a plaster cast of a paw print left in the garden where a family dog was mauled.Police and the RSPCA say the paw print is far too large to be that of a domesticated cat, leading some to believe the myth of the big cats roaming Dartmoor to be true.It has been claimed that three pumas were released onto the wilds of Dartmoor by the late Mary Chipperfield, the famous circus owner, after her zoo in Plymouth closed in 1978. Her husband has denied the claims.There have been reports of big cats on the prowl around Dartmoor for years, and now dogs in the area are facing mysterious injuries.Officials have confirmed the prints – measuring almost five inches – are that of a big cat and police say “something has been here which should not be”. Th 23-year-old added: “He was covered in blood. He had a big deep gash on his front left leg and one between his toes.”On his left shoulder was a big black claw mark, as if a muddy claw had scraped down the side of him.”He’s still not interested in going out in the garden at night. He loves his garden and now can’t bear it.”The RSPCA said it had probably already caught something and was eating it in our garden and that’s why it didn’t take Marley; it was just protecting its food when it took him down.”Officers from Devon and Cornwall Police came to inspect the scene and took a cast of the large paw print left in his garden.A spokesperson said: “An officer attended the property and located the footprints in the garden. We called the RSPCA for advice and took a cast of the print which they confirmed was the pad of a large cat.”Over the years, there have been a number of similar reports across Devon and Cornwall.”There is no evidence that such animals represent a danger to humans. It is highly likely that they would avoid human contact and only represent a danger if trapped. It is believed Mary Chipperfield released pumas into the wild It is believed Mary Chipperfield released pumas into the wildCredit:Evening Standard/Getty Images James Stephenson, from the Cornwall village of Callington, close to Dartmoor, raised the alarm after his dog Marley was found with bleeding claw marks on its shoulder.He said he has seen a large cat prowling near his garden, and thinks this is the beast that mauled his pet. read more

Government can avoid further cuts with tax hike for top 10 of

first_imgA REPORT PUBLISHED today has recommended an increase in the income tax rate for the top 10 per cent of earners in Ireland, which could raise an additional €400 million, instead of further harsh cuts in the budget.The report by the Nevin Economic Research Institute (NERI) said there are “mixed signals pointing towards stability, even tentative recovery, alongside concerns on export growth, domestic demand, continued long-term unemployment and declining GDP”.It recommended that the fiscal adjustment should be €2 billion, rather than the proposed €3.1 billion package suggesting that the saving on the promissory note restructuring could be used to reduce the Budget’s scale.The remaining adjustment should be achieved with taxation measures, according to NERI, with only cuts imposed being those already agreed and announced under the two public sector wage agreements.An additional €400 million from households in the top 10 per cent of income distribution – those earning above €109,000 a year – could be raised with a 1.5 per cent increase in the income tax rate, the report found.The report’s projections include depressed but positive GDP growth of one per cent this year, increasing marginally to 1.2 per cent in 2014 and a steady decrease in unemployment out to 2016 reaching 12.1 per cent.Read: Noonan: We might have some leeway if figures ahead of Budget are positive>last_img read more

Column Croke Park II underlines the need for a unilateral approach to

first_imgTHE SECOND ACT of the Joke Park Agreement has been published after a series of dramatic walk-outs, the usual media posturing and obligatory look-important all night talks to hammer out the final deal (or play cards long enough that it looks like you fought your corner). The week that followed has seen the unions splitting in a way we really haven’t seen through the golden years of social partnership, and it seems that sector by sector there could well be industrial action to come and further pressure on fault lines.The legacy of Croke Park IThe whole idea of the agreement was to seek the same sort of non-confrontational consensus that ruled during the upwards-only salary review period of the boom. The government would seek efficiencies and in return there would be no lay-offs and the unions wouldn’t strike. Of course, all the pay raises during the boom years were supposed to deliver these mysterious and magical ‘efficiencies’, but never mind.Croke Park I managed to bring the public sector to realise such novel savings as universities tendering together for the same goods and services to avail of lower prices with their combined volume. In other words, we had to bargain with the unions to get senior employees to pick up the phone to one another and coordinate.Cork County Council managed to drop their annual travel bill by €300,000 in one year; which is fascinating when one considers that the Department of Foreign Affairs got its down by €500,000. Again in other words, the joke of an agreement saw such goodwill from union members (and it does seem from this that they are union members first, employees of the state second) that they decided to go on fewer junkets that year.Pay and allowancesThe new agreement crosses a Rubicon as far as the unions are concerned, in that it attacks certain forms of pay and allowances; cutting pay for those earning over €65,000 a year and freezing increments. I have written recently that the changes to the pay of front-line staff, who work under strained circumstances, is unacceptable. However, I don’t see much of a problem in cutting out the putting-stamps-on-letters or putting-toner-in-the-printer allowances for office workers; or being-paid-an-allowance-to-drive-a-forklift-when-your-job-title-is-forklift-driver. Similarly, the idea that folks in full time salaried jobs should work a 39 hour week merely begs the question in my mind as to why they don’t already work a 40 hour week.Our public sector has been constructed over the years like a patchwork quilt of organisations, working rules, pay agreements and bureaucratic pertinacity. One of the major accomplishments of Croke Park I was that it started to grease the wheels for moving public servants from one area of state employment to another to meet demands, such as in our social welfare apparatus. Under the union rules, when you’re hired you’re hired, and not but for a stick of dynamite, a promotion or pay increase should you move, change, adapt or acquiesce for the good of the organisation.A unilateral approach to reformIf we’re now going to see the truce between unions and the state comes apart, there should be a more unilateral approach to reform of how our public sector works. The example of Defence Forces reform in the past two decades springs to mind, when the government brought in external experts to produce a white paper on reform. It looked at the forces as they were at the time, set up for the troubles and UN deployments that were both winding down; and having a massive legacy that stretched back to British military rule of the country in terms of facilities and structures.The report looked at where they wanted to go, and a process of modernisation was implemented that changed things right down to the quality of the runners issued to soldiers for use during physical training. Facilities were closed, conditions improved and an up-or-out system came into effect.That kind of systemic and all-encompassing reform hasn’t been tried under the compromise agreements of Croke Park. It could be argued that its success in the Defence Forces lays with the dual facts that soldiers’ lives are at risk if the organisation isn’t performing at top notch; and anyway, they’re not allowed go on strike.The government should look to perform this kind of reform and improvement on an ongoing basis in any event; but in the context of the need for savings and more efficient work practices, it is particularly pertinent today. If unions are not willing to engage in the reasonably soft process of consensus built reform, public sector workers should be presented with reforms for efficiencies. Pay is a different matter, and I believe in reaching agreement there; but when it comes to work practices short of robber baron practices, employees should do as they are told.Bent over a barrelIf managers within the public sector want to frustrate reforms, they should be judged against their performance in achieving independently set targets and fired if they can’t – or won’t – do it. If workers want to strike while a deal is on the table, they should be left out in the cold. The country was bent over a barrel for too long by unions whose leaders had their heads in the trough alongside their political benefactors during the boom.These same unions, barring those on the frontline who are under a cheap attack, can get with the new programme or enjoy singing Marxist songs around the picket line fires while we move on ahead without them. There’s plenty of folks of who won’t expect a mail opening allowance during their 35 hour week who can cross those pickets.There’s a deal – it’s not ideal, but it’s a deal.Aaron McKenna is a businessman and a columnist for He is also involved in activism in his local area. You can find out more about him at or follow him on Twitter @aaronmckenna. To read more columns by Aaron click here.last_img read more

World of Warcraft Expansion Pack Fastest Selling PC Game

first_imgAfter a month of sales, Catalyst, the latest World of Warcraft expansion pack has hit 4.7 million copies–a new record that makes the title “the fastest selling PC game of all time,” according to the numbers Warcraft publisher, Blizzard. Catalyst beat out the previous record holder–Wrath of the Lich King, the previous Warcraft expansion pack. The title was released in United States, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Europe, Russia, Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Zealand on December 7th, selling 3.3 million copies its first day. The game went on sale in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau, two days later.Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime was, naturally, rather excited at the news, We created thousands of new quests, introduced new lands to explore, and extensively revamped the game world for World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, making it our biggest and most ambitious expansion yet. We’ve been floored by the community’s response so far, and we’d like to thank them for their continued passion and support for World of Warcraft, and for helping Cataclysm reach this incredible milestone. Ahead of Catalyst’s release, WoW’s base grew to more than 12 million subscribers.last_img read more

Review TrackR dongle helps forgetful people find lost wallets and keys

first_imgWe’ve got apps that help us locate our phones when we lose them. With TrackR, Phone Halo wants to give you the tools needed to add that ability to everything else in your life.If you’re anything like me, the wallet and keys are the first thing to go when you walk in the door. On a normal day, the keys have a place and the wallet has a place, but every once in while something doesn’t quite go according to plan. A late night at the bar or a week in an unfamiliar hotel may have put you in a situation where your wallet or keys are now missing. You know they are close, but you’re not positive where they might be. Too much time spent tossing seat cushions and looking under end tables has not yielded results, so you sit on the floor and rack your brain trying to re-trace your steps to remember the location of these missing items. Meanwhile, in a parallel universe, when you realized you couldn’t find your wallet you just opened the TrackR app on your phone, and the location of your wallet became clear.The Phone Halo TrackR is a small black rectangle with rounded corners and a single hole for a key chain ring to pass through it. The device isn’t much thicker than a quarter, and opens so a pair of watch batteries can be installed inside of it. Once you’ve installed the batteries, the device starts and waits to be paired with your phone. As long as you have a supported Android or Apple phone, you can pair with the little black slab. Those interested in using it in the wallet may find it’s a little too thick for comfort, but it’s light enough to go unnoticed on a key chain.Once you’ve gotten things connected, the TrackR works exactly as you’d expect. As long as your phone is within rage of this Bluetooth device, you’ll be able to ping it. The app will trigger a ringing noise from the device that gradually gets louder. Even at its loudest, however, if the TrackR is buried under blankets, for example, it will be difficult to find what you’re looking for. If you’ve set your TrackR-enabled item somewhere in a more open space, you can use the GPS function to give you a clearer look at what direction your lost item is headed. If you’re ever disconnected from the TrackR due to distance, you’re notified on your phone as soon as you are out of range.For $30, the Phone Halo TrackR is a great idea. It’s not quite thin enough for my wallet, but it works great on a key chain. There’s only a handful of Android devices supported currently, and most of them are new, but the company is dedicated to supporting more devices as development continues.last_img read more

Sennheiser X320 les joueurs du Xbox Live ont leur casque

first_imgSennheiser X320: les joueurs du Xbox Live ont leur casqueLes amateurs de jeu en ligne adopteront peu-être le casque proposé par Sennheiser, qui fait une entrée remarquée dans les casques dédiés à cette activité.Les utilisateurs du Xbox Live pourraient être attirés par le casque ultime du gamer. Le fabricant Sennheiser s’est lancé dans la conception de casque pour jeu en réseau et propose d’emblée un modèle haut de gamme.Le X320 est un casque stéréo qui dispose de la fonction Bass boost permet d’accentuer l’effet des explosions ou des tirs, d’un microphone antibruit permettant de communiquer ses équipiers. Il est possible de couper le son lorsqu’on le désire en relevant le micro. Simple et pratique. Il fallait y penser. Le X320 propose même une double commande du son : pour le jeu et pour les communications vocales, selon Relax News. Nul doute que les joueurs invétérés y trouveront leur compte.Le 25 novembre 2011 à 12:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

WTF Wednesday Wacky International Banana Museum Exists for Fruit Fanatics

first_imgIf you’re planning a trip to the museum, don’t book it yet: it’s only open for seasonal hours. You’ll have to make a quick phone call to the number listed on the site for more information. The best part? This museum is also near Coachella Valley, so you can visit after your music festivities conclude. Just remember to not go “to bananas” when you visit this bizarre fruit paradise.More on Wednesday: Bizarre Rainbow Teeth Trend Goes Viral on InstagramWTF? Wednesday: 10 Wackiest Pumpkin Spice Products You Can BuyWTF? Wednesday: The Wacky Sport of ‘Extreme Ironing’ What do Andy Warhol, Gwen Stefani, and The Jungle Book have in common? Bananas. And, if you’re a fan, we found the most “aPEELing” place for you to admire the fruit in its most bizarre forms: the International Banana Museum.Located in North Shore, California, this museum claims it hosts the world’s largest collection of banana-centric stuff. Here, there are more than 20,000 products to fulfill your fruit fantasies. ‘Nana sculptures, ‘nana record players, ‘nana soap dishes, you name it, this museum offers all the goods for banana lovers worldwide. PewDiePie Pulls $50,000 Pledge to Anti-Hate Group After Fan BacklashPolice Arrest Dutch YouTubers for Trespassing Area 51 Site Stay on target But, your pit-stop doesn’t end at checkout. You can also nosh on some banana grub at the museum’s banana bar. Indulge in a banana shake, banana soda ice cream float, chocolate-covered bananas, and banana split sundaes to get your sweet tooth on.The museum even has its own International Banana ambassador, “Platty.” This squishy mascot travels all over the world, so you’ll have to keep up with his adventures on the museum’s social media accounts.last_img read more

Employee builds plane to travel to work

first_imgSomething for the weekend: For most employees, a 15-minute drive sounds like a dream commute for a simple 10-mile journey. However Czech locksmith Frantisek Hadrava fancied a more high-flying mode of transport to get to work, opting to build his own plane instead.The ultra-light Vampira plane, which took two years to build, cuts Hadrava’s commute in half as he can now whiz to work for a 6am start in a speedy five to seven minutes, parking his personalised plane with an open cockpit in the meadow opposite the factory where he works in Ckyne.In the plane, Hadrava can cruise at a maximum of 91 miles per hour, with the propeller of the plane powered by a three-cylinder engine.Hadrava said: “It takes me about 12 to 14 minutes by car. By plane, it would take around four to five minutes if I flew directly, but I take a bit of a detour so that I don’t disturb people early in the morning. So it takes about seven minutes.”Here at Employee Benefits, we’re wondering whether salary sacrifice plane schemes will be introduced any time soon and, if so, whether the office roof counts as a designated parking space…last_img read more

Did You Know That Red Bull Has a Magazine With a 27

first_imgWhen you think Red Bull, you should think scale. Whether it’s selling more than 35 billion cans of an energy drink in more than 165 countries, sponsoring hundreds of athletes or producing a men’s lifestyle magazine that’s printed in five languages and delivers more than 2.7 million copies globally, Red Bull aims to do everything big.The Red Bulletin is the company’s print magazine iteration, and it began in 2007 when the company launched its media division, Red Bull Media House. Red Bull Media house produces a variety of content, from print to video to recorded music. However, The Red Bulletin was the company’s first formal standalone media product.It would be easy to dismiss the magazine as a content marketing play, however the business model and content tell a different story. The magazine’s revenue stream works just like most consumer magazines–subscription, newsstand and ad sales. And editor-in-chief of the U.S. edition, Andreas Tzortzis says that while content supports the parent company’s mission, it’s purpose is not just a tactic to sell more cans. “The kind of stories we do are so varied, which is one of the great challenges each month,” he says. “Because we cover stories from beyond the world of Red Bull, and increasingly that’s become our mandate, we have shifted away from branded stories and have begun to push the boundaries and explore the exceptional.” What he means is The Red Bulletin covers many of the same concepts and issues other lifestyle magazines are tackling, but instead tries to contextualize them from the brand and its consumers’ perspective.”We occupy many different spaces,” Tzortzis says. “We’re able to tell stories from other countries in the perspective of people living there. Whereas a lot of American magazines tell those stories from the perspective of an American in another country.”Tzortzis admits that The Red Bulletin borrows from a lot of different magazines in that it covers a number of lifestyle topics including sports, music and gear reviews. But he does say that he doesn’t see the magazine having a clear competitor. The magazine publishes on multiple platforms beyond print including a website and an app. It also develops videos to complement its feature stories. Nevertheless, print is still the magazine’s primary vehicle for reaching readers.”I have a soft spot for print, as does our founder” Tzortzis says. But he says there’s more to it than that. “Magazines can provide the context, we can slow down the story. So much of our world is quick-hit clips. But we place an emphasis on photography and our journalism, and I think that’s where print lives. Print lives in the ability to step back, to slow down the pace and provide the context. And for Red Bull Media House it provides the ability to branch out.” What Tzortzis means by “branch out” is that The Red Bulletin taps into a demographic different from its typical beverage consumer–specifically, men in their late 20s and into their early 30s. The magazine also recently redesigned its front of book section “Bullevard” under the direction of its new publisher Wolfgang Winter. The new design was developed in order to give the reader a “running start” to its feature well, according to Tzortzis. This is the magazine’s second design upgrade this year, after overhauling the back of the book in early 2013. And Tzortzis says to expect more upgrades in 2014.More on this topic Red Bull Magazine, “The Red Bulletin,” Priced at $4.99 a Pop Red Bull Media House Brings Its Magazine Online ESPN Relaunches Rise, Increases Circ to 1 Million Primex 2006: From E-Media to Virtual Proofing, Program Reflects a Conflicted Era The Red Bulletin Evolving into Traditional Magazine Martha 2.0: After Ad Turnaround, CEO Says ‘Survival’ Question Put to RestJust In Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest Restructuring PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV NetworksPowered bylast_img read more

Policy Bills Requirement for New Excess Capacity Study Appears to Be Delay

first_imgLanguage in the House version of the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill requiring DOD to prepare a new, more detailed infrastructure assessment likely will do little to change lawmakers’ opposition to a new round of base closures, according to an op-ed in the Hill by Frederico Bartels, a policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation. If nothing else, the pending study, due in February 2020, will provide Congress an excuse to postpone a decision on the need for a new BRAC. And while the requirements for the new study will allow for a more up-to-date assessment, the result is unlikely to change significantly from excess capacity studies the department prepared in March 2016 and October 2017. “Lawmakers are once again changing the parameters, in the hopes they will be able to avoid a new round of BRAC,” Bartels stated.The provision’s requirement for DOD to identify installations with either a capacity shortfall or excess almost certainly will serve to trigger opposition to a new BRAC from lawmakers representing districts with bases cited in the study, he said. The lack of detail in DOD’s previous estimates of its excess infrastructure probably frustrated lawmakers but was needed to avoid signaling possible actions in a future BRAC round. The best way for Congress to learn more about the military’s excess capacity is to authorize a new round of base closures, Bartels emphasized.“As it stands, Section 2812 is a delay tactic dressed up as a robust data call. The Pentagon has excess infrastructure. Whether that excess accounts for 22 percent of its holdings, or 19 percent, or even just half of that is largely irrelevant for starting a new round of BRAC,” he stated.Don’t miss a panel discussion covering the trends, politics and policies that will define the year ahead on Wednesday, June 20 at the 2018 Defense Communities National Summit. Featured speakers include Bartels along with Blaise Misztal, director of national security at the Bipartisan Policy Center; Mackenzie Eaglen, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute; and Todd Harrison, director of defense budget analysis at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.Navy photo by Chief Photographer’s Mate Johnny Bivera Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

POLICE LOG for December 12 Road Rage Over Parking Spot Package Stolen

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Wednesday, December 12, 2018:A caller reported a female party in another vehicle blocked her car in and was yelling at her over a parking spot at Winchester Family Medical Center on Salem Street. Caller took child into building and call was dropped. Police responded. Caller checked OK. (9:56am)A Hopkins Street homeowner reported she had a UPS package taken yesterday. (10:59am)A Grove Avenue resident reported an ATM scam. (11:50am)A passerby reported a small animal on the ice or in the water close to the beach at Silver Lake. Police checked area and was unable to locate. (1:25pm)Sirius XM called in an SOS from a 2018 Grey Subaru Outback in town. Company was unable to make contact with vehicle owner. Dispatch made contact. No emergency. He was just seeing what the SOS button did. (4:17pm)Animal Control Officer removed a bat from an Ashwood Avenue house. (4:38pm)Police was on hand for the Board of Appeals Meeting at Town Hall, monitoring traffic. A male party was later escorted out by an officer for disruptive behavior. (7:12pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for July 27: OUI Arrest; Woman Brings Caged Bird To Town BeachIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 18: 2 Vehicles With Same License Plate; Statue Missing From Wildwood CemeteryIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 22: Evicted Tenant Leaves Behind Cat; Driver Issued Summons; Kids Playing Ding Dong DitchIn “Police Log”last_img read more

TCS shares fall after it settles Orange County litigation for 26 million

first_imgTata Consultancy Services (TCS) shares fell marginally following news that the company has paid $26 million to Orange County, California to settle a lawsuit. The settlement ended a three-year litigation over the failure of TCS’ US affiliate to deliver a new property tax management system to the county in 2010, the deadline decided between the parties to deliver the software.The county’s litigation alleged that TCS “presented false claims in the form of invoices and reports, provided false and unachievable milestone completion dates, and intentionally understaffed the project to maximize profit.” The county said the company tried to extend what was originally a two-year, $6.4 million contract into a six-year, $17 million project.The settlement amount, according to Orange County, is four times the actual amount of the contract and five times the cost it actually paid to TCS America.As per the initial contract, TCS America was to have delivered the property tax system by July 2010 for $6.4 million. In June 2010, the delivery date was extended for a year and sanctioned $1.2 million. When TCS failed to deliver the software in 2011, the supervisors of the project approved another $2.7 million while deferring the deadline to July 2012. This brought the total cost of the contract to $10.3 million until 2012.In 2013, TCS sought a third extension for two more years while claiming that the company needed an additional $7 million, taking the total cost to $17 million, following which the county sued the company in the same year. When the county terminated its contract, it had paid the IT vendor $4.9 million in total grand for the project.The county claimed that the Indian IT services exporter violated the California False Claim Act and filed a litigation on account of “fraudulent concealment, intentional misrepresentation and breach of contract” among other charges. TCS had filed a cross-complaint asking the US District Court to dismiss claims of fraudulence. In an order dated April 1, 2016, the court turned down Tata’s plea.The county’s statement said if the litigation was not settled, it would have led to a trial on Aug. 2, 2016. It also stated that the county had spent approximately $10 million on legal and expert fees in preparation for the trial.last_img read more

Shirin Sharmin calls for solution to Rohingya crisis

first_imgDr Shirin Sharmin ChaudhurySpeaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury said the Rohingya crisis should be solved as soon as possible. She urged the international community to come up with a permanent solution in this regard.She said this in her inaugural speech at a two-day conference on promoting equality, justice and human dignity on the occasion of International Human Rights Day at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka.The Speaker said the constitution of Bangladesh ensured human rights while the government had several human rights programmes. She stressed the need for equality and poverty alleviation to attain the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals). She also said that development programmes related to employment, skills, gender, women and youth must be ensured.International affairs adviser to the prime minister Gowher Rizvi also sought the international community’s involvement over the Rohingya issue. He said, human rights organisations were publishing lists of missing people, but not checking carefully. People went missing for different reasons and they returned too, but the lists were not updated accordingly. He said law enforcing agencies had the right to arrest anyone, but had to abide by the law in doing or.Kazi Reazul Hoque, chairman to the National Human Rights Commission of Bangladesh, presided over the conference. Regarding the issue of Rohingya crisis, he said Bangladesh had improved in several sectors of human rights. Still abuse of women and children, oppression in safe custody and abduction were taking place. He expressed his concerns over these and urged the government to solve the problems.Persons involved in human rights from India, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines were , working on human rights are participating in the conference.last_img read more

EC mulls restriction on live streaming

first_imgElection commission secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed on Friday said the commission is thinking of imposing a restriction on live telecast during the general election slated for 30 December, reports UNB.He came up with the remarks while briefing newsmen at Nirbachan Bhaban in the afternoon.The EC secretary said a proposal was placed at Thursday’s meeting on the law and order for preparing guidelines for journalists but the election commissioners said journalists can enter voting centres, take photographs and even take the opinions of voters.”There’s no restriction on such activities but the EC is considering of imposing restrictions on the live telecast from vote centres. We’ll inform you in this regard later,” he said.He said ballot papers will reach returning officers in all the 300 constituencies seven days before the 11th parliamentary elections. “We’ve started the printing of ballot papers. We hope we’ll be able to reach those to the returning officers seven days before the election day,” he said.The EC secretary said there are High Court orders about candidacy in some parliamentary seats. “We’re trying to print the ballot papers in line with the court orders,” he said.Helal also said armed forces members will be deployed for 10 days from 24 December as the striking in the election.Asked whether the armed forces members will be given magistracy power, he said only executive magistrates, judicial magistrates and senior joint district judges will be on duty in the field with magistracy power.The EC secretary said 652 executive magistrates, 640 judicial magistrates and 244 senior joint district judges will perform their duties for four days from two days before the election day.Besides, over 1,000 executive magistrates will be working with law enforcement agencies, including police, Border Guard Bangladesh and Rapid Action Battalion, he said, adding, “So, there’s no scope to give magistracy power to a force (army) separately.”About the use of mobile phones by journalists in vote centres on the election day, the EC secretary said there is an EC instruction that only presiding officers and police officers in-charge can use mobile phone inside a centre. “Others can carry mobile phone but they won’t be allowed to talk over it,” he said.About preparations for the election, Helal said they completed many preparations in the last one month. “Now, we need to impart training to field-level officers — presiding officers and polling officers.”The election commissioners will provide training to the field-level officers, he said, adding that as part of it, the EC will sit in a coordination meeting in Rangamati with election officers of the three hilly districts on 18 December.The EC will hold another coordination meeting with officers of Chattogram division in the port city on the same day.About allegations that many candidates were being obstructed from going to their respective constituencies, the EC secretary said the EC sends all the allegations to the electoral enquiry committee, but it did not find the authenticity in most cases.last_img read more

PM Hasina 46 others take oath

first_imgSheikh Hasina takes oath as prime minister for 4th term on 7 January. Photo: PIDPresident Abdul Hamid on Monday administered the oath of office of ministers, state ministers and deputy ministers of the new cabinet headed by Awami League president Sheikh Hasina at Bangabhaban.Outgoing prime minister Sheikh Hasina was first sworn in, for the fourth term, at the oath-taking ceremony.The cabinet division on Sunday announced the new cabinet, including 31 new faces and dropping as many as 36 members of the outgoing council of ministers.Twenty four ministers, 19 state ministers and three deputy ministers were picked up for the oath-taking, cabinet secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam said on Sunday.Ministers take oath on 7 January. Photo: PIDThe new ministers who took oath and their portfolios are: AKM Mozammel Haque, (liberation war affairs), Obaidul Quader (road transport and bridges) Abdur Razzaque (agriculture), Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal (home affairs), Hasan Mahmud (information), Anisul Huq (law, justice and parliamentary affairs), AHM Mustafa Kamal (finance), Tajul Islam (local government), Dipu Moni (education), AK Abdul Momen (foreign affairs), MA Mannan (planning), Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun (industries), Golam Dastagir Gazi (jute and textile), Zahid Malek (health), Sadhan Chandra Mazumdar (food), Tipu Munshi (commerce), Nuruzzaman Ahmed (social welfare), SM Rezaul Karim (public works), Md Shahab Uddin (forest and environment), Bir Bahadur (CHT affairs), Saifuzzaman Chowdhury (land), Nurul Islam Sujan (railway), Yeafes Osman-technocrat (science and technology) and Mostafa Zabbar-technocrat (post, telecommunication and information technology).A total of 19 state ministers take oath on 7 January. Photo: PIDThe 19 state ministers and their portfolios are Kamal Ahmed Majumdar (industries), Imran Ahmed (expatriates’ welfare), Zahid Ahsan Russell (youth and sports), Shahriar Alam (foreign affairs), Zakir Hossain (primary education), Nasrul Hamid (power and energy), Ashraf Ali Khan Khasru (fisheries and livestock), Monnujan Sufian (labour), Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury (shipping), Zunaed Ahmed Palak (information and communication technology), Farhad Hossain (public administration), Shwapan Bhattachariya (local government), Zahid Faruq (water resources), Md Murad Hasan (health), Sharif Ahmed (social welfare), KM Khalid (culture), Enamur Rahman (disaster management and relief), Mahbub Ali (civil aviation), Sheikh Md Abdullah-technocrat (religion).Three deputy ministers are: Habibun Nahar (environment), AKM Enamul Haque Shamim (water resources) and Mahibul Hasan Chowdhury Nowfel (education).last_img read more