Talking about Slack with Rich Phelps

first_imgOn Tuesday, October 20, 2015, I had an online conversation with Rich Phelps, eXtension Project Manager, about Slack. Slack is “a messaging app for teams” that can facilitate collaboration, particularly for distributed teams.The conversation, which was presented as a webinar, focuses on why you might want to use Slack and how it is different than other communications tools. Since this was a discussion, rather than a show and tell, I’m posting the audio recording here, in case you are interested.Audio Player/files/2015/10/2015-10-20-Slack.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Download MP3Thomas Vander Wal has a great post about what makes Slack different: Slack is more than chat: Why it is the trojan horse to better enterprise that is worth reading if you want to know more about Slack.Author: Stephen Judd (+Stephen Judd, @sjudd)This article (Talking about Slack with Rich Phelps) was originally published Tuesday October 20, 2015 on the Military Families Learning Network blog, a part of eXtension. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.last_img read more

HC stay on teacher’s suspension welcomed

first_imgCivil rights groups in Rajasthan have welcomed the High Court’s intervention in the suspension of a teacher of Jai Narain Vyas University in Jodhpur in connection with a complaint lodged against Prof. Nivedita Menon of Jawaharlal Nehru University, who was accused of making some “anti-national” remarks during a conference last month.‘Panel order not obeyed’Justice Dinesh Mehta at the High Court’s principal seat in Jodhpur on Monday stayed the JNV University’s order of February 16 placing Rajshree Ranawat of the English Department under suspension on charges of not obeying orders of a fact-finding committee by failing to appear before it. Dr. Ranawat had asked the committee to provide her security for deposing in view of the threats issued by a group of students.The single-judge Bench stayed the university syndicate’s decision and issued notices to the Vice-Chancellor and the Registrar, seeking their response by the next date of hearing on April 17. “Until further orders, [the] effect and operation of the order dated February 16, 2017, placing the petitioner under suspension will remain stayed,” said the court order. During the hearing, the court expressed surprise that the university had suspended a teacher simply because of her invitation to a particular person to address a conference.The university had set up a three-member panel to conduct an internal inquiry into the episode. Some students and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad activists had forced the university to shut down for a day while protesting against Prof. Menon’s lecture.The People’s Union for Civil Liberties said it was “extremely pleased” with the High Court’s intervention in the matter. PUCL State president Kavita Srivastava and general secretary Anant Bhatnagar pledged their support to Dr. Ranawat in her struggle for justice and said they would intensify the struggle for academic freedom in all universities and educational institutions.‘Anti-national remarks’The JNV University Registrar and some others had lodged police complaints against Prof. Menon and Dr. Ranawat, alleging that Prof. Menon had made anti-national remarks on Kashmir and the Indian Army at a conference on “History Reconstrued through Literature: Nation, Identity, Culture” organised by Dr. Ranawat.last_img read more

NCAA Season 93: San Beda ekes out win over Perpetual

first_imgSAN BEDA 57 – Doliguez 11, Bolick 10, Presbitero 9. Mocon 8, Tankoua 6, Potts 5, Noah 4, Adamos 3, Bahio 1, Abuda 0, Carino 0, Oftana 0, Soberano 0, Tongco 0.PERPETUAL 53 – Dagangon 17, Eze 11, Pido 11, Ylagan 7, Hao 3, Coronel 2, Mangalino 2, Clemente 0, Lucente 0, Tamayo 0, Yuhico 0.Quarters: 10-9, 21-20; 37-35; 57-53. CEU shocks Flying V, advances to D-League Finals MOST READ Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO / DENNIS ABRINA/UPHSan Beda banked on Robert Bolick and Clint Doliguez in the clutch as it slipped past Perpetual, 57-53, on Thursday for their sixth straight win in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Perpetual Help Gym in Pasig.Doliguez drained the go-ahead triple with 59.0 seconds to play to push his side up, 55-53.ADVERTISEMENT Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Prince Eze had a chance to tie the game for the Altas, but botched his free throws with 34.4 secondsremaining, before Bolick canned the dagger freebies in the final 6.9 to help the Red Lions move up to 7-1 in the standings.Rookie Doliguez fired 11 points, eight rebounds, and two assists, while Bolick did it all for San Beda with 10 markers, 11 boards, and seven dimes to atone for his eight turnovers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Even if it’s an ugly win, I’ll take that,” said coach Boyet Fernandez. “I will not argue that the game is a credit to my boys because they really played well today. Again, I salute Perpetual, the team, the coaching staff because they did a really good job in preparing for us.”Prince Eze led Perpetual with 11 points, 17 rebounds, and three blocks as the Altas fell to a 3-5 card.The Scores: Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years agolast_img read more

India defeat England by 6 wickets in 3rd ODI at Nottingham

first_imgSuresh Raina celebrates after taking the wicket of England’s Alex Hales (right), during at Trent Bridge cricket ground in Nottingham, England, on August 30, 2014. Photo: APAmbati Rayudu scored an unbeaten 64 as India relied on an all-round performance to defeat England by six wickets in the third cricket one-dayer and take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series on Saturday.Rayudu, who was drafted in place of an injured Rohit Sharma, stitched 87 runs with Suresh Raina (42) from 14.5 overs for the fourth wicket as India chased down the modest target of 228 with 42 balls to spare.Ravichandran Ashwin, however, took home the Man of the Match award for his excellent performance with the ball as he picked up three wickets giving away just 37 runs.Ajinkya Rahane, who was promoted to opener’s slot, made 45 while Virat Kohli struck 40, his highest innings score of the tour so far, as the Indian batsmen had an easy outing against a pedestrian-looking English bowling at Trent Bridge.Rayudu grabbed his chance of making it to the playing eleven with both hands as he scored his third half century in his 14th ODI. He hit six fours in his 78-ball unbeaten knock.Rayudu himself struck the winning runs a two off James Tredwell as India reached 228 for four in 43 overs to fashion a clinical win to the celebration of the Indians at the dressing room and sizeble supporters at the stand.Ravindra Jadeja was the other unbeaten batsman on 12.The visiting batsmen played sensible cricket without taking much risks after their bowlers, led by off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (3/39), had put them on top by dismissing England for 227.advertisementShikhar Dhawan was the lone Indian batsman who did not make a substantial contribution in the match which saw home side paceman James Anderson being booed by Indian supporters.Anderson was involved in an ugly spat with Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja in the first Test at the same venue here. India had lost the five-match Test series 1-3.The first ODI at Bristol was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rains. The remaining two ODIs of the series will be played at Birmingham (Sept 2) and Leeds (Sept 5).Teams:England: Alastair Cook (C), Alex Hales, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Steven Finn, James Tredwell and James AndersonIndia: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (C & wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami and Mohit Sharma.Scorecard:last_img read more

Greek soccer league matches delayed for fear of violence

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s sports minister has postponed the start of top-tier soccer matches for more than two weeks due to fears of violence.The Greek championship had been due to start Saturday but Stavros Kontonis says it will be delayed until “at least” Sept. 5.In a statement Thursday, Kontonis said that police officials suggested the postponement, arguing that a festering squabble involving the Greek soccer federation, league organizers and clubs posed serious security concerns if matches went ahead.Kontonis said there were fears that “the slightest excuse might trigger extensive violence” between fans.Several clubs had threatened to abstain from the league games amid a dispute over how referees are chosen.The soccer federation has accused Kontonis of meddling in its affairs.last_img read more

France survive Tonga scare and set up England game to decide Pool C winner

first_imgFrance rugby union team Share via Email Tonga rugby union team Having secured second place in the pool behind England, three-times finalists France now head to Yokohama seeking victory over Eddie Jones’s men for a kinder route through the knockout rounds.France had laboured to a 33-9 win against the USA on Wednesday but they were switched on on Sunday , when the flair and enterprise of Virimi Vakatawa and Alivereti Raka caught the eye. The latter burst away from a botched lineout before offloading to Vakatawa for the first try in the fifth minute as France went 10-0 up. “For me, happy playing next to another Fijian,” Raka said of his partnership with Vakatawa. “We talk a lot and we are talking on the same level so it’s easy for us.” Quick guide Italy duo receive three-match bans for lifting tackles France lost momentum after their fast start, with handling errors and passes floating forward and wide but their defence remained solid and they hit top gear again when the scrum-half Baptiste Serin caught Tonga napping with a quick-tap penalty, whipping the ball wide to a charging Raka, who kicked a grubber past the last defender and collected it on the try line.Tonga needed to respond and did so. Snatching the ball out of a ruck, the scrum-half Sonatane Takulua was rewarded with a try after a lengthy TMO review to make it 17-7 at half-time.The match turned on its head shortly after the interval, with a thrilling try for the flanker Charles Ollivon ruled out by the TMO because of a forward pass. Tonga immediately won a turnover with a bone-jarring tackle in midfield and the wing Cooper Vuna hoofed the ball downfield where it bounced wickedly and straight into the arms of Malietoa Hingano, who barged over. Support The Guardian Rugby World Cup 1999 Was this helpful? Thank you for your feedback. Thank you for your feedback. Topics Rugby World Cup Hide • Fixtures, tables and results• Top try and points scorers• Stadium guide• Referee guide• Our latest minute-by-minute live reports• Sign up to The Breakdown, our free rugby union email newsletterTeam guidesPool A: Ireland, Japan, Russia, Samoa, ScotlandPool B: Canada, Italy, Namibia, New Zealand, South AfricaPool C: Argentina, England, France, Tonga, USAPool D: Australia, Fiji, Georgia, Uruguay, Wales Photograph: Christophe Ena/AP Show All Blacks fall behind before brushing aside brave Namibia at Rugby World Cup Prop Andrea Lovotti and replacement Nicola Quaglio will miss Italy’s final Rugby World Cup Pool B game against New Zealand, as well as any potential quarter-final and semi-final, after both receiving three-match bans for lifting tackles, a judicial committee said on Sunday.Lovotti was sent off for dropping Duane Vermeulen on his head in the 43rd minute of Friday’s game against the Springboks while Quaglio was cited for his involvement in the same tackle as Italy went on to lose 49-3.”If Italy does not progress, the balance of the suspensions will be served in the players’ upcoming Pro14 matches,” the committee said. Reuters Share on WhatsApp Read more Quick guide Our Rugby World Cup 2019 coverage Show France redoubled their intensity at the breakdown and the pressure told as Tonga’s discipline waned. Ntamack knocked over two penalties to make it 23-14 and the match appeared settled when Penaud cantered over in the 68th minute. But again the try was ruled out to leave French fans howling, with a knock-on by the full-back Maxime Médard spotted by the TMO and setting up Tonga for their last desperate yet fruitless charge. But the France wing Damian Penaud, caught out of position for the final try, soared high to tap back the restart kick and allow France to hold on. “Today it was different to what we wanted to do – it was quite a hard game,” said the France coach, Jacques Brunel. “The most important thing is that we got our ticket to the quarter-finals, so I’m happy about that.”Tonga, whose 19-14 win over Les Bleus in New Zealand remains a fairytale chapter in World Cup history, were 17-0 down before half-time but battled back valiantly. For a fleeting moment it seemed there could be a repeat of the Wellington result but two second-half penalties from the assured boot of the young fly-half Romain Ntamack gave the French a cushion that proved just sufficient.“Definitely frustrated, again we didn’t get off to the best of starts and that probably told in the end,” said the Tonga coach, Toutai Kefu. “The guys dug in there … there was a period in the second half when the game was in the balance and the guys hung in and hung in. You can’t question their effort.” Share on Pinterest Rugby World Cup 2019 match reports … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on LinkedIn Since you’re here… Was this helpful? Read more Share on Facebook France 23-21 Tonga: Rugby World Cup 2019 – as it happened Hide Rugby union France survived a frantic fightback from Tonga to grind into the quarter-finals with a nerve-jangling win that only just banished the ghost of their surprise defeat to them at the 2011 tournament. The upshot was that they join England in the knockout stages, sending Tonga out with three successive defeats, while also eliminating Argentina and the USA.In a dramatic finale, the Tonga flanker Zane Kapeli collected a cross-kick for a late try, Latiume Fosita’s conversion bringing them within two points with under a minute left. Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Bureau to Recognize Technical Volunteers on World Standards Day

first_img The Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) will join with the rest of the world in celebrating the work of thousands of volunteers, who have contributed to the development of standards, on World Standards Day, October 14.A standard is a document that provides requirements, specifications, guidelines or characteristics that can be used consistently to ensure that materials, products, processes and services are fit for their purpose.Director of the Standards Division at the BSJ, Julia Bonner Douette, informed that some 100 technical committee members, who give freely of their time, expertise, and knowledge in developing national and regional standards and comment on international standards, will be recognised at a Technical Committee Appreciation Luncheon at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston.Mrs. Bonner Douette, who was addressing a JIS Think Tank on October 10, said that the day’s theme: ‘International standards ensure positive change’, speaks directly to the work of volunteers as, by sharing their knowledge and creating standards, they provide business, government and society with a solid platform for positive change.“For WSD, we want to bring to the attention of the wider public, an understanding that standards are a part of our everyday life…we standardize the cars we drive, our clothes, our buildings, so standards are the base of our existence and should be viewed as a pillar for improvement and platform for change,” she stated.Other activities to commemorate WSD include a church service at the St. Andrew Parish Church on Sunday, October 13. The BSJ will also be participating in a series of media interviews geared at promoting awareness of the day.October 14 marks the day that delegates from 25 countries met in London in 1946, to create a new international organization focused on facilitating standardization. Months later, on February 23, 1947, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) started operations. Story Highlights Other activities to commemorate WSD include a church service at the St. Andrew Parish Church on Sunday, October 13. The BSJ will also be participating in a series of media interviews geared at promoting awareness of the day. The Director of the Standards Division at the BSJ said that 100 technical committee members will be recognised at a Technical Committee Appreciation Luncheon.last_img read more

Prosauropod Dinosaur Dig Begins this Month

first_imgIt’s the stuff novels and movies are made of — the romance andlore of hunting for dinosaurs that has consumed humans forcenturies. On Friday, July 16, a small group of Fundy GeologicalMuseum staff and volunteers will embark on a once in a lifetimeopportunity to participate in a fossil dig. The group, led by palaeontologist Tim Fedak, will return to NorthAmerica’s richest prosauropod dinosaur site located on NovaScotia’s Fundy shore, near Parrsboro, Cumberland Co. Several dinosaurs have been found at this site, but Mr. Fedak’slast excursion in the summer of 2000 yielded the most completeand largest example of Canada’s oldest dinosaur — theprosauropod. Prosauropods belong to a group of herbivorous dinosaurs, whichrange up to eight metres in length, and are characterized by along neck, long tail and small head. The prehistoric beasts mayhave been a forerunner to the much larger and more recentsauropods, like the brachiosaurus and apatosaurus. Although several prosauropods were collected in North America inthe 1880s, Mr. Fedak notes that the Nova Scotia animals areunique. “It seems likely that we are looking at a new type ofprosauropod dinosaur,” he said. In addition to this ground-breaking research, Mr. Fedak’s recentexamination of a very small prosauropod specimen collected in1986 revealed that the dinosaur was less than a year old at thetime of its death. The discovery of the young animal suggests thepresence of egg shells and other yearlings, which is greatinspiration for dinosaur hunters everywhere. Mr. Fedak and his crew will also be keeping an eye out for skullmaterial. Ongoing preparation of previously collected material atthe Fundy Geological Museum revealed additional neck bones, whichindicate the presence of a second skull. The fragile skull bones,so crucial in species identification, are extremely susceptibleto erosion. The dinosaur bone quarry is located near the base ofa sandstone cliff, which is subject to a tidal range of more thanfive metres and an erosion rate of about one metre per year,giving the workers an even greater sense of purpose. Funding for the two-week expedition has been provided by theJurassic Foundation. The foundation was established in 1997 byUniversal Studios and Amblin Entertainment to fundpaleontological research projects. For more information on prosauropod research in Nova Scotia,visit the museum’s website at museum.gov.ns.ca/fgm/lab/lab.html .last_img read more

Independent Quebec would deal more quickly with asylum seekers Lisee

first_imgMONTREAL – An independent Quebec would deal more quickly with asylum seekers and would not afford them the same rights as a citizen, Parti Quebecois Leader Jean-Francois Lisee said Tuesday.The party’s position on border security can be found in a series of leaflets and videos aimed at promoting independence and educating the electorate.The PQ made the documentation public in advance of a convention this coming weekend where Lisee will have a confidence vote on his leadership.Border security is a major talking point in the province, as thousands of people, mostly from Haiti, have crossed illegally into Quebec from the United States since June and applied for refugee status.“The Supreme Court of Canada has decided that as soon as you have your foot on our territory, you have all the rights of a Canadian citizen,” Lisee said.That statement is not entirely true, as refugee applicants are not entitled to vote or to hold a Canadian passport.Asylum seekers do benefit, however, from an appeal process that can extend their stay in Canada significantly even if they are denied refugee status.If Quebec separated from Canada it would not sign the Safe Third Country Agreement, allowing asylum seekers to cross at regular channels instead of trudging through forests, Lisee said.He added an independent Quebec would draw inspiration from European countries, where an applicant’s asylum status is considered different from that of a citizen and the process moves far more quickly.“In other countries asylum seekers are considered asylum seekers and not citizens,” Lisee said.Other issues in the PQ’s leaflet and video project on independence include taxes, agriculture and pipelines.A sovereign Quebec would get to keep the money its citizens give to Ottawa and put it toward the public pension plan. Lisee said Quebec leaving Canada would mean it could fight more strongly for its agricultural sector and be able to veto any pipeline project crossing over its territory.last_img read more

Jayalalithaa seeks release of Indian fishermen in Sri Lanka

Bringing to his notice two incidents of three fishermen each from Kottaipattinam in Pudukottai district and Sethubavachatram in Thanjavur district being captured by the Sri Lankan Navy, Ms. Jayalalithaa said “these incidents are a rude shock, coming as they do, when Tamil Nadu is eagerly awaiting the home coming of the 104 fishermen whose release has been announced after several months of incarceration in Sri Lankan Jails.” (Colombo Gazette) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has requested the Indian Government to take expeditious steps to secure the release of six fishermen belonging to Tamil Nadu captured by the Sri Lankan Navy, The Hindu newspaper reported.In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, she urged him to direct the Ministry of External Affairs to also secure the release of 68 fishing boats and nets. read more

Militias disrupting disarmament and reintegration efforts in DR of Congo – UN

Denouncing militia activities, the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) is calling on the leaders of the Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC) and the Front of the Nationalists for Integration (FNI), who are to become senior officers in the national army, to assume their responsibilities and instruct their members to hand in their weapons within the framework of the disarmament and reintegration programme.Ituri has been torn by factional conflicts for years, most recently earlier this month when thousands of refugees fled into neighbouring Uganda from ethnic fighting between the militias. The UPC is Hema and the FNI Lendu.MONUC also denounced threats made against militia members who want to give up their arms.According to the latest statistics, as of Monday, 2,474 former fighters have entered into the transit centres in Ituri, and 14,499 weapons and munitions have been handed in.In other action, the UN Mission has been distributing humanitarian aid in some towns along the Congo River in the country’s east while UN peacekeepers have been distributing drinking water, in collaboration with Doctors Without Borders, in Kimbanséké, a poor district of the capital, Kinshasa, where a typhoid epidemic has broken out. read more

US newhome sales fell to 350000 in June a sign weak growth

by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Jul 25, 2012 10:44 am MDT WASHINGTON – Americans bought fewer new homes in June after sales jumped to a two-year high in May. The steep decline suggests a weaker job market and slower growth could make the housing recovery uneven.The Commerce Department said Wednesday that sales of new homes fell 8.4 per cent last month from May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 350,000. That’s the biggest drop since February 2011.Sales in the Northeast plunged 60 per cent in June to the lowest level since November.’Nationwide, sales in May and April were revised much higher. June’s sales pace is 15.1 per cent higher than the same month last year. But sales remain well below the 700,000 annual rate that economists equate with healthy markets.“While a housing recovery is under way … fits and starts are to be expected and clearly this summer is one of the ‘fits,’” Dan Greenhaus, chief economic strategist at BTIG LLC, said in a note to clients.Home builder stocks fell sharply after the report came out. Hovnanian Enterprises fell 5 cents to $2.41, Beazer Homes fell 10 cents to $2.38 and Toll Brothers fell 60 cents to $29.84.The housing market has started to show signs of recovery this year.Builders are more confident and breaking ground on more homes. Mortgage rates are at record lows. And home prices nationwide have stabilized after losing a third of their value in the past six years. Sales of new and previously occupied homes have risen, although the increases have been choppy.Sales of previously occupied homes fell in June to their lowest level since October. But sales were up 4.5 per cent from a year ago, evidence that a modest recovery is still under way.One trend that is holding back sales has been low inventories. There were 144,000 new homes for sale in June, just above May’s 143,000 — the lowest on records dating back to 1963. At the current sales pace, it would take 4.9 months to exhaust the June supply. A six-month supply is generally considered healthy by economists.The reduced inventory is pushing up overall home prices, which have turned up in recent months. The median price of a new home, however, fell 1.9 per cent in June from May to $232,600.“With no excess inventory of unsold new homes, any sustained recovery in new home sales should quickly translate into firmer prices,” Steven Wood, chief economist at Insight Economics, said.Low inventories are also spurring more building. Builders broke ground last month on the most new homes and apartments in nearly four years. And permits to build single-family homes rose to the highest level since March 2010. Surveys also show that builders are more confident in the market, partly because they are seeing more interest from potential buyers.However, many people are still having difficulty qualifying for home loans or can’t afford the larger down payments that are being required by banks. That’s likely holding back sales.Though new homes represent less than 20 per cent of the housing market, they have an outsize impact on the economy. Each home built creates an average of three jobs for a year and generates about $90,000 in tax revenue, according to statistics compiled by the National Association of Home Builders.Economists expect housing will add to economic growth this year for the first time since 2005. But home construction and remodeling have become such a small part of the economy that the increase will likely have only a modest impact.Other than housing, the economy has been weakening. Americans have cut their spending at retail stores for three straight months, the longest stretch of cutbacks since the recession. A survey earlier this month found that manufacturing activity contracted in June for the first time in nearly three years.And hiring is slowing. Employers added an average of only 75,000 jobs a month from April through June. That’s much lower than the average of 226,000 a month added in the first three months of this year.On Friday, the government will issue its first estimate for economic growth in the April-June quarter. Economists have cut back on their forecasts in recent weeks, and now expect growth at an annual rate of only 1.5 per cent. That’s below the 1.9 per cent pace in the first three months of the year. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US new-home sales fell to 350,000 in June, a sign weak growth may slow housing recovery read more

Taseko aims to prove in court that federal government wrong to reject

Taseko aims to prove in court that federal government wrong to reject B.C. mine VANCOUVER – A mining company that has filed two Federal Court applications against the federal government over the rejection of a $1.5-billion mine in B.C. now wants a full trial.Taseko Mines (TSX:TKO) spokesman Brian Battison says the company has filed an application asking that both applications be set for a single trial, which he said would give the company greater access to legal tools as it attempts to argue the federal government’s decisions were unfair.Earlier this year, the government cited the potential impact on a lake considered sacred by area First Nations in rejecting the New Prosperity mine, which is located about 125 kilometres southwest of Williams Lake, B.C.Taseko first filed an application challenging a report written by a review panel with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, and then filed a second application once the government turned down the project.The Tsilhqot’in (sill-KOH’-teen) nations say they’re looking forward to getting into the courtroom as Taseko fights for the largest undeveloped gold and copper deposit in Canada.In June, the Tsilhqot’in won a decades-long court case that recognized their aboriginal title over 1,750 square kilometres of territory west of Williams Lake in a case unrelated to the mine. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 25, 2014 3:04 pm MDT read more

Emergency Leitrim Council meeting calls a halt to mining firm drilling in

first_imgDemonstrators who gathered outside the offices of Leitrim County Council in Carrick-on-Shannon yesterday. Source: James MolloyLEITRIM COUNTY COUNCIL unanimously passed a motion in an emergency meeting last night calling for a stop to drilling work by mining firm Tamboran Resources in Belcoo, County Fermanagh.Communities claim that the drilling is the first stage in the fracking process.Councillors voted unanimously to ask the Taoiseach and the Minister for Energy and Natural Resources Alex White to intervene with British prime minister David Cameron and Northern First Minister Peter Robinson to immediately call for an end to all drilling works by Tamboran Resources. Love Leitrim group at the peaceful presence outside Leitrim county council buildings. Source: Love LeitrimThe councillors also want White to meet with them on the matter stating that it was a matter of urgency.It is believed that campaigners have been protesting at the drilling site for a number of days. The company has erected a high security apparatus, which councillors, who have visited the site said are very “imposing”.The meeting ended with councillors further pledging that they would show solidarity to protesters holding vigil by arranging to visit and attending meetings organised by the community there.Read: “We are not going to win overnight.” – Anti-fracking activists as company prepares to start drilling?Column: Will fracking be added to our energy mix? Ireland has questions to answer first>last_img read more

PS3 firmware updated and restraining order placed on Geohot

first_imgSony have released a new firmware update (3.56) for the PS3 in an attempt to counterbalance Geohots hack which saw the individual and his team sued by Sony recently over several legalities, one of which was piracy caused by the exploit.However Sony have not confirmed that the update is designed explicitly to stop jailbreaking, but its recent restraining order against Geohot (aka George Hotz) was a minor victory for the corporate (or was it?, keep reading).A San Francisco court granted Sony a temporary restraining order which bans Hotz from offering to the public, creating, posting on-line, marketing, advertising, promoting, installing, distributing, providing, or otherwise trafficking any info or software that is related to circumventing the PS3’s security.Yet if Sony thought it had won the battle the company were mistaken as all this has done is made a martyr of Geohot. Already we have read reports that the 3.56 update has been hacked by a Wii hacker called Youness Alaoui, (aka KaKaRoToKs). Apparently he stated on Twitter the he has been able to unpack the firmware and publish its signing keys, thus allowing for custom firmwares to be created that would mimic the official update and allow hacked PS3s access to the PSN network.With this news Sony’s only hope to combat ongoing piracy is to deploy serial keys with PS3 games, but would this still be enough to deter all but the most determined hackers?Read more at CrunchGearlast_img read more

Pyrros Dimas Syriza made me leave Greece

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Olympic weightlifting champion and former MP Pyrros Dimas gave an interview to a sports-themed radio station in Athens and blamed the government for his decision to seek employment in the US. “From the moment Syriza came to power, they cut 55 per cent from the Greek federation,” Dimas said, explaining that this all but prevented new talent from emerging and taking part in international athletic competitions. The Olympian pointed out that only the Weightlifting Federation was affected by funding cuts, attributing this to his own voluntary involvement. “It was like they were telling me to pack up and leave,” said Dimas, who now lives and works in the US as a weightlifting adviser. “Syriza essentially sent me away. It was a political decision,” he said.Dimitris Papadimoulis, a Syriza member of the European Parliament, dismissed the claim by Dimas saying in a tweet that he “more likely found a better job in the US, rather than was booted out” and attributed the funding cuts to the doping scandals which had put the federation to shame.last_img read more

Gattuso happy with improved Milan

first_imgGennaro Gattuso is impressed with AC Milan’s current brand of football and went on to praise the team after their win over Cagliari.With fellow top-four rivals securing wins prior to their clash, Milan knew anything less than a victory will see them in the seventh positionHowever, Gattuso’s men responded with an emphatic 3-0 win thanks to a Luca Ceppitelli own goal, followed by strikes from new boys Lucas Paquetá and Krzysztof Piatek to complete the rout.“We did well tonight, played good football and could’ve had more goals. I didn’t like the attitude of the midfielders in the first half, as we weren’t taking enough control,” the Coach told Football Italia via Sky.“I’ve liked our performances for a while and said we needed to get both phases right, attacking and defending. We were fortunate today.“Now it’s about hunger, the desire to work together as a unit. I don’t want to hear ‘I’ from anyone, it’s about ‘us.’“For many years we’ve reached the spring and Milan have been outside the race for the Champions League, but we need to break that trend and fight hard to be in a strong position when the final weeks arrive.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….The former Rossoneri midfielder praised Calhanoglu for his effort on the flanks and his impact on the game.Way to go boys, determination begets success 👏🏼Bravi ragazzi, siamo sempre con voi 🔴⚫️#MilanCagliari pic.twitter.com/Rq2RB7Ii8s— AC Milan (@acmilan) February 10, 2019“I expect more from Hakan Calhanoglu because he has remarkable technique, but then you have to look at how much he runs, the distance he travels and the work-rate. I think he is unfairly maligned, I like the way he interprets that role.“He’s not a real winger, I know that, but he can unite the midfield with the attack and give a lot of quality to the side.”Milan will face fellow top-four rivals Atalanta in their next encounter on Saturday.last_img read more

Friend Wolter confessed killing girlfriend because she narced on him

first_imgIn an encounter with an old friend at the Clark County Jail, Dennis Wolter allegedly confessed that he killed his girlfriend, Kori Fredericksen, in May 2011 because she “narced him out.”Dannielle Williams said Thursday that she was taken into custody on May 26, 2011, for a parole violation related to a DUI conviction. Inside a Camas police patrol car, she encountered an old friend — Wolter — who also was being transported to the Clark County Jail, though she didn’t recognize him at first. She was seated in the front, while he was in the backseat.“We were just making small talk,” she testified. “Then, I realized I recognized him.”They talked as they waited outside the jail’s booking area. Here is how she recalled the conversation for jurors:” ‘What are you in for?’” she asked” ‘Murder,’ ” he replied.” ‘Wow, tough luck,’ ” she said. ” ‘I’m here for DUI.’ “” ‘Who did you kill?’ ” she asked him.” ‘Kori,’ ” he said.She said she didn’t immediately register who Kori was, then realized the victim was her ex-boyfriend’s stepmother. She asked Wolter why he killed Fredericksen, Williams said.“He said she narced on him,” Williams testified.“‘Karma is a bitch,’” she told Wolter. “‘What goes around, comes around.’” She testified that she was referring to Wolter’s wrongdoing when she made the comment.“‘It was quick and easy this way,’” Wolter replied.He then asked her to apologize to her ex-boyfriend for killing his stepmother, Williams said.Williams said she was offered a possible sentence reduction in exchange for her cooperation in testifying. However, the judge in her case declined to reduce her sentence, she said. Nevertheless, she said, she decided to testify against Wolter.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly June 10 2014

first_imgIndividual news stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download AudioSullivan Calls On Begich To Sign Pledge Discouraging Outside InfluenceLiz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DCU.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan is calling on incumbent Mark Begich to sign a pledge to discourage outside groups from running political ads in the race. The pledge would impose a financial penalty on a campaign that benefits from Outside spending. Begich campaign isn’t buying it.Mallott, Walker Criticize Gov. Parnell For Skipping DebatesAlexandra Gutierrez, APRN – AnchorageSince April, gubernatorial challengers Byron Mallott and Bill Walker have gone after incumbent Sean Parnell for skipping debates. They hit that point again on Monday, at a candidate forum hosted by the National Congress of American Indians.HAARP Demolition Reportedly ‘Put On Hold’Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchorageThe Gakona High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program may have been saved in the nick of time. According to Alan LeMaster, who runs a lodge at Gakona Junction, five room  reservations made by U.S. Air Force officials for this week have been canceled, he says, because demolition of the research facility has been “put on hold.” LeMaster told APRN that leaders of  the demolition project told him that a “cease and desist” order has been issued for  the scheduled demolition.FAA Approves BP’s North Slope Drone UseAnne Hillman, KSKA – AnchorageFor the first time in Alaska, and the United States, a company is flying drones over land for commercial purposes. BP is using Unmanned Aerial Systems to inspect roads, gravel pads, and pipelines on the North Slope. It’s the first time the Federal Aviation Administration has approved drones for this type of use.Land Trust For Alaska Tribes Is A Popular ConceptLori Townsend, APRN – AnchorageAt a wide ranging press conference during day three of the NCAI gathering in Anchorage today, BIA Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn said the concept of taking land into trust for Alaska tribes is a popular one.National Archives Departure Impacts Broad CommunityAnne Hillman, KSKA – AnchorageThe National Archives in Anchorage is closing its doors to researchers in less than two weeks, despite impassioned pleas by historians and researchers. But they aren’t the only ones who use the stacks of historical records.AIDEA Briefs Federal Commission On Ambler RoadZachariah Hughes, KNOM – NomeThe state says it will cost as much as $400 million to build a controversial proposed mining road to Ambler. But some opponents of the road think that figure is too low.Utah Official Advocates For Land Transfer In AlaskaDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksAlaska is not alone in its conflicts with the federal government over land management. Leaders in some Lower 48 western states want Alaska to join an effort to gain control of federal lands within their borders.Wells Fargo Donates Land To EklutnaJoaqlin Estus, KNBA – AnchorageWells Fargo is donating sacred land to the village of Eklutna.Sitka Wood Carver Tommy Joseph Comes To The Anchorage Museum Joaquin Palomino, APRN InternTlingit wood carver Tommy Joseph was in Anchorage last week to repair a totem pole that will become part of the Anchorage Museum’s collection.last_img read more

4 get Bangla Academy award

first_img.Four personalities have been chosen for the Bangla Academy Sahitya Puroshkar 2018.Director general of Bangla Academy poet Habibullah Siraji announced the names at a press briefing at the academy on Monday afternoon.The award recipients are poet Kazi Rosy (Poetry), Mohit Kamal (Literature), Syed Mohammad Shahed (Essay and Research) and Afsan Chowdhury (Literature on Liberation War Affairs).The winners will receive a cheque for Tk 2 lakh and crests each..However, awards are not being given for translation, biography and travelogue, drama, science, technology and environment, and juvenile literature categories this time.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina will distribute the awards among the recipients at the inaugural ceremony of the month-long Amar Ekushey Book Fair on 1 February.Last year, twelve personalities were given the Bangla Academy Sahitya Puraskar 2017.Bangla Academy Sahitya Puroshkar (Bangla Academy Literary Award) is given by the Bangla Academy of Bangladesh in recognition of creative genius in advancement and overall contribution to the field of Bengali language and literature.last_img read more