Podcast: Play in new window | Download (13.0MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSDr. Bob Wright has spent most of his life studying what it takes for human beings to transform themselves. I ask Bob about the differences between change and transformation, what it takes to liberate oneself, and how one develops new beliefs to replace limiting beliefs.Show NotesDr. Bob WrightTransformed: The Science of Spectacular Living (affiliate link)
A sexually transmitted cancer has been spreading from dog to dog for as long as 11,000 years, according to a new analysis. And today, each case of the cancer—known as canine transmissible venereal tumor (CTVT)—still retains genetic signatures of its very first host. That’s giving researchers a glimpse of the biology of the earliest domesticated dogs and insight into how a cancer can evolve over such long time periods.“This is definitely exciting,” says cancer geneticist Elaine Ostrander of the U.S. National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, who was not involved in the research. “Dogs have propagated and babysat and taken care of this cell line for thousands of years, and now we have an opportunity to study it.”In 2006, researchers discovered that, unlike most cancers, CTVT doesn’t arise from mutations in an individual animal; rather, it spreads from dog to dog, primarily among feral dog populations in tropical climates. During sex between dogs, cancer cells sloughed by one animal jump to its mate, where they begin forming a new tumor, most often on the genitals. In most cases, chemotherapy is effective, but that’s not true of the only other known transmissible cancer: devil facial tumor disease (DFTD), which is ravaging Tasmanian devils in Australia. DFTD—spread when the ferocious animals bite each other—kills Tasmanian devils within months and has caused the population to decline by 70%. 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Now that more advanced genetic technology is available, geneticist Elizabeth Murchison of the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom wanted a more specific timeline for the emergence of the cancer. So she and her colleagues sequenced the genomes of two CTVTs, collected from dogs in Australia and Brazil. They found that—compared with the normal dog genome—the cancer contains more than 2 million mutations, far more than any known human cancer. “I was surprised by the sheer number of mutations that we found,” Murchison says. “One in two genes carries a mutation that changes the protein it encodes.”Using previous knowledge about the average mutation rate per year for certain genes, the scientists were able to deduce that the cancer has been in existence for an estimated 11,368 years, they report online today in Science. They were also able to pinpoint genes that originated in the first host of the cancer, when it likely arose through mutations. The genes of this original dog, they concluded, suggest that it had short, dark fur and a body that resembled today’s Alaskan malamutes. Genetics couldn’t determine whether the dog was a male or female, or where it lived, but its genome did show signs of inbreeding, a potential clue as to how the tumor got started.“If this dog was inbred, maybe it was in a very inbred overall population,” Murchison says. “If so, that may have been an environment which was especially conducive for the emergence of a transmissible cancer.”Most cancers can’t spread between individuals because the potential recipient’s immune system detects that the cancer cells are foreign and kills them. In inbred populations, that may not be the case because individuals are more similar genetically, allowing a cancer to become transmissible. Once the tumor had evolved within multiple, similar hosts, it may have developed genetic mutations that allowed it to thrive in an even broader population, Murchison says. The tumor likely didn’t spread from an isolated population to the rest of the world until about 500 years ago, her team found.The new research “sets the stage for future work on what properties of the tumors and of the hosts let these cancers propagate,” Ostrander says. Although there are no instances of transmissible tumors in humans today, understanding how they emerge could help ensure it remains that way, she says.*Correction, 23 January, 3:37 p.m.: The caption and credit were incorrect; they have now been fixed.
A notice for the non-payment of house tax amounting to ₹4.35 crore has been slapped on Anand Bhavan — the ancestral house of India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru — by the Allahabad Municipal Corporation. Confirming it, Mayor Abhilasha Gupta ‘Nandi’ on Wednesday said that the notice was sent a week ago as officials at Anand Bhavan could not provide any document proving that it was a charitable building. The Mayor said the officials had also claimed that the building was handed over (to the government) as a heritage of the nation. “However, the papers supporting their claims are not with them, and are not given to us,” the Mayor said. She added that the Anand Bhavan officials were seeking discount, but on what basis it should be given, they were unable to justify. ‘Entry fee charged’“They are saying that their building is not commercial, but when the birth anniversary of former PM Indira Gandhi is celebrated, a ticket worth ₹50 is purchased by a visitor. You also charge tickets for the museum,” she said, adding that if the building was handed over to the government as a heritage structure, then it should have control over it. The Mayor further said, “They used to give a tax of ₹600 till 1990. After 1990, they have not given any tax.”
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Parliament is set to witness a full-blooded spectre on Wednesday when Manmohan Singh’s government would try and defend – what the Opposition has successfully portrayed as – the “indefensible”. The blip from sports minister Ajay Maken, blaming the NDA regime for appointing Suresh Kalmadi as the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (OC) chairman, has snowballed into a no- holds- barred debate in both Houses.A visibly cornered government was continually at the receiving end on Tuesday.Not merely because a disgraced Kalmadi is already cooling his heels in Tihar Jail, but also since the Opposition’s onslaught, backed by the CAG report and other documentary evidences, looked scathingly credible.In the Rajya Sabha, BJP veteran Arun Jaitley went for the kill and said the entire government brass, including the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), looked the other way as Kalmadi hijacked the conduct of the Games.The OC, Jaitley said, was intended to be a government entity, or at least a government- supported body, but Kalmadi got it registered as a private society.”This completed the hijack and the objections of sports ministers (Sunil Dutt, Mani Shankar Aiyar and M. S. Gill) were ignored. The Prime Minister overruled everyone, even a recommendation of the GoM, and allowed the OC to become Kalmadi’s personal fiefdom,” he said.The BJP leader demanded that the government must identify the source from where Kalmadi drew his immense powers, and pointed out that the Pune MP had claimed to be appointed as the OC chief after a series of meetings with UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.advertisement”The political heads of the government of India and Delhi are accountable to the country through Parliament. The government never took the House into confidence and presented a twisted version of the facts on this monumental fraud,” Jaitley added.Speaking for the government, Rashid Alvi (Congress) presented a feeble defence and blamed the CAG for exceeding its brief by commenting on policy matters and the appointment of Kalmadi. This led to an uproar in the House with CPM’s Prasanta Chatterjee regretting the practice of constantly attacking the CAG.The CPI’s D. Raja wouldn’t settle for describing the conduct of the Games as anything less than a “financial loot” of taxpayers’ money. “If there are skeletons in the cupboards, all should come out. The PMO had a crucial role in appointing Kalmadi and, therefore, the PM should personally respond to all this,” he said.Raja said the estimates of organising the CWG went up from Rs 1,200 crore to Rs 18,532 by 2010. “The then finance minister (P. Chidambaram) should explain this financial loot,” he added.The Opposition said heads must roll, and identified Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit as the one who must instantly go. Their other demand was that nothing less than a Supreme Court- monitored CBI probe can take the lid off the wrongdoings.In the Lok Sabha, the BJP’s Yashwant Sinha said the PM failed to act against Kalmadi despite complaints by at least two sports ministers and senior officials. ” Kalmadi could have been removed any time over the years ( from 2004 to 2010),” he said.More trouble seems to be in store for Sheila DikshitDelhi Lokayukta, Justice Manmohan Sarin, has sought the latest CAG report to explore if a case can be made out on the basis of the report, which indicted the CM. The move gains significance since the Opposition has been demanding Dikshit’s resignation on corruption charges related to the Commonwealth Games.
With age, one grows contemplative. In 46 years in the embedded business I have seen innumerable projects go awry, some of which have been my fault. As an engineer I’ve screwed some up royally; as a manager I’ve fallen into the usual traps that cause so much angst. Socrates said “The unexamined life is not worth living,” and while that dictum seems a bit harsh, it does have some wisdom. When my kids learned to drive I urged them (probably unsuccessfully) to occasionally reflect on their behind-the-wheel habits and to change those that were dangerous. In the embedded space it’s equally important to examine both one’s own imperfect behaviors that lead to project failures, and to look at the industry as a whole to learn from others’ mistakes.In this series of articles I’ve listed the top nine reasons why, in my experience, projects get into trouble. Here’s number one, a fail that is so common it could be called The Universal Law of Disaster.1 – Unrealistic schedulesI’ve done it. I’ve been a victim of it. And this seems so common it’s the zeitgeist of the industry. The schedule just does not reflect reality.And this is a problem that will never go away.We deliver a million lines of code in a month. Wow! But that means next time the company will want that sort of deliverable in two weeks. It’s called capitalism, and, while capitalism has been very good to most of us, it is an unrelenting and heartless mistress. For our competitors will figure out how to do it in three weeks, and to beat them, we must do better.When the boss gives us what seems like an arbitrary and capricious schedule we may not understand the reasoning behind it. Maybe there’s a critical show coming up. Perhaps there’s a law of nature – the launch window to Mars opens every two years, and you can’t negotiate with planetary geometry.Or there’s the need to pay the bills. In the 70s my boss demanded an impossible schedule. I protested; his response: “OK, if you can’t make that we won’t have the money for payroll, so you’ll have to lay off two people. Today.” So of course I promised to deliver on time. And of course we were late.A younger version of me used to think that once we saintly engineers got older and were promoted into management we’d break this cycle as we knew The Truth behind schedules. Alas, facing the pressures managers face, which are often far less tractable than those in implementing an SPI interface, there’s often no real choice but some sort of awful bargain with reality.Sometimes the boss can be arbitrary and capricious just to be ornery, or to score points with his superior. I think that’s less common than we suspect.And there’s the crooked aspect of scheduling and cost-estimation. Bid low but make it up in change requests. That DoD contract eventually cost the Feds half a billion dollars, but we won based on our $1m proposal. It’s a shame they wanted wings on that airplane; why didn’t they say so initially?But we’re often at fault as well. Too often we do a poor job coming up with an estimate. Estimation is difficult and time consuming. We’re not taught how to do it (see Wiegers and McConnell in the references for ideas), so our approach is haphazard. Eliciting requirements is hard and boring so gets only token efforts (see #9 in this series).Or we’re not given enough time to do a proper estimate. I find that using Wideband Delphi we need about two solid weeks of three to four peoples’ time to schedule a project that will result in 100 KLOC.Sometimes changes aren’t handled properly. There will always be scope modifications. The worst thing an engineer can say when confronted with a new feature request is “sure, I can do it.” The second worst thing is “no.”“Sure, I can do it” means there will be a schedule impact, and without working with the boss to understand and manage that impact we’re doing the company a disservice. The change might be vitally important. But managing it is also crucial.“No” ensures the product won’t meet customer needs or expectations. At the outset of a project no one knows every aspect of what the system will have to do.When facing an impossible schedule it’s tempting to throw more resources at it. That’s usually an exercise in futility. Brooks Law (see resources) states: “Adding people to a late project makes it later.” Steve McConnell (see resources) finds that throwing an infinite amount of resources at a project will net no better than a 30% speedup over a nominal schedule.Careful scheduling is vitally important. Unfortunately, even if we do a fantastic job at it, the other forces I’ve described may intervene to corrupt the end-date. But as engineers it’s our duty to present the boss with the best possible estimate we can.So there you have it, friends and colleagues. This concludes my Top Ten Reasons Projects Get Into Trouble. I hope you can avoid most of them!Resources: The Mythical Man-Month , Fred BrooksSoftware Estimation , Steve McConnellStop Promising Miracles , Karl Wiegers Continue Reading Previous Avoiding failure with ISO 26262Next Kontron: 3U VPX SBC features Layerscape quad-A72 ARM cores October 9, 2018 at 4:13 pm Jack Ganssle ( ) writes, lectures, and ruminates about embedded systems. His blog is here: www.ganssle.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Design Methods Ken_A says: “The above information is based on to solve the troubles in embedded system . I was attend the internship in trichy that help to do a projects and solve the troubleshoot problems.nFor details: https://inplanttrainingintrichy.co.in/internship-in-trichy. Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. “One more category, not listed:nMisunderstood use cases.nThe client may not communicate effectively how the product will be used in the field. Maybe some important edge case was known but forgotten until the product is deployed. Maybe the end user is not Log in to Reply jasminejoy says: October 22, 2018 at 10:42 am 2 thoughts on “How embedded projects run into trouble: Jack’s Top Ten – Number One”
Prakash Padukone is a renowned badminton player, but his daughter decided to make a career in Bollywood – a field very different to sports. And Deepika Padukone was all of 17 when she decided to move to Mumbai to try her hand at modelling.It were these modelling assignments that led to her being spotted by director Farah Khan, and as they say, the rest is history.On India Today India Tomorrow with Rajdeep Sardesai, Deepika said that she didn’t think much about moving to Mumbai back then, but now she realises what a big decision it was.”It was very very exciting. Today, when I think about the decision that I made when I was 18, I sometimes have that moment when I think ‘Wow. How did I even make that decision and how did I not realise that how big decision it was at that time. But at that time, it was very easy,” said Deepika.However, her dad Prakash Padukone revealed that it was a tough time for him as a parent. “It was extremely difficult for us. We were very nervous because she was not even 18. She didn’t have a place to stay. She was moving into a new field. At that time we felt she was too young to move out. But now when I look back, I think she did the right thing. Because in that profession, you need to start early,” said former badminton champion.Deepika added that she understood her parents’ concern but she was determined to do something big in life. “I am sure they had sleepless nights then but I think I was extremely focussed. I knew exactly where I wanted to be,” said the actress.advertisementALSO READ | Deepika Padukone in TIME 100: How the Bengaluru girl made it to the most influential listWATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE
Big 8 Beverages, Stellarton Premium Seafoods Group, Arichat, Richmond Co. Sara Bonnyman Pottery, Tatamagouche Advanced Glazings Ltd., Sydney Randsland Farms Inc., Canning, Kings Co. Wedgeport Lobsters, Yarmouth Blue Ocean, Halifax Van Dyk’s, Caledonia, Queens Co. Acadian Seaplants of Cornwallis, Annapolis Co. took home the award for Exporter of the Year at the 31st annual Export Achievement Awards, held today, May 21, in Halifax. “Congratulations to Acadian Seaplants for being named the 2015 Exporter of Year, and to all of the companies recognized today,” said Business Minister Mark Furey. “Export success like we are seeing exemplified by these companies will help us reach the goal set out by the OneNS Commission to increase the value of our exports by 50 per cent, creating more jobs and a more prosperous future for our province.” Acadian Seaplants and eight other Nova Scotia companies, recognized in their communities by regional chambers of commerce, received honours at the ceremony. They were: “Congratulations to Acadian Seaplants and all the nominees. Exporting is about relationships and understanding best practices, that’s why events such as the Export Achievement Awards are important,” said Laurel Broten, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. “Nova Scotia Business Inc.’s mandate includes working with export companies and being focused on generating a return on taxpayer investment because every $1 million of exports can create between five and 15 new jobs.” The event took place at the World Trade and Convention Centre and included information sessions for participants throughout the day. A technical briefing on Canada-U.S. cross-border business affairs for seasoned exporters was presented in the morning by Birgit Matthiesen, and an afternoon session on Going Global for first-time exporters was put on by Nova Scotia Business Inc. The Export Achievement Awards are presented by Nova Scotia Business Inc., and a number of other sponsors. For more information about the awards, visit www.exportachievementawards.com .
“I don’t know if there’s another song I could think of that could replace Bohemian Rhapsody,” Penelope Spheeris, who directed Wayne’s World, told Day 6.“It was a brilliant choice on Mike’s part from the very beginning and I think we, as a shooting team, executed it pretty well.“When the film opened in 1992, Bohemian Rhapsody — originally released by Queen 17 years earlier — returned to the top of the U.S. charts, peaking at number two.Myers has said that including the song in Wayne’s World was important because it mirrored his own adolescence in Toronto.“I wanted Wayne’s World the movie to be as cinematic and in the world as possible,” Myers told Rolling Stone in an interview. “I thought Bohemian Rhapsody would be a great way to introduce everybody.”‘It was worth the headache’Filmed over one night in Covina, Calif., the musical number is one of the first scenes in Wayne’s World.Wayne jumps into his best friend Garth Algar’s AMC Pacer and, with two friends already in the backseat, he pops a cassette into the stereo andBohemian Rhapsody begins.The scene immediately resonated with Sean Sullivan, the Canadian actor who played Wayne’s perpetually drunk friend Phil in the film.“I remember driving around in my very beat up — I think it was a Chevy Nova or something … and singing along to Bohemian Rhapsody,” recalled Sullivan.“Then I read the scene and I go, ‘They’re driving around singing to Bohemian Rhapsody. It’s like they’ve been reading my mail.’” Facebook Twitter Mercury died three months before the film’s premiere, but he knew his song — which Sullivan believes to be the singer’s best — would be featured.“Freddie, who was very ill at at the time, was thrilled and heartened by the number being in the movie,” he said.Spheeris says that the band was thankful to the film team for giving Bohemian Rhapsody a second life, and guitarist Brian May even sent a message to the director.Four and a half decades on, she adds, Bohemian Rhapsody is a pop culture staple.“It will be around forever. I hope it will be because, you know, younger generations need music like this now.”To hear more from Penelope Spheeris and Sean Sullivan, download our podcast or click the ‘Listen’ button at the top of this page. Advertisement Advertisement Mike Myers, as Wayne’s from Wayne’s World at the 2008 MTV Music Awards. Myers’s use of Bohemian Rhapsody in the film sent the song back up the charts in 1992. Rami Malek, right, plays Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody which opened in theatres on Friday. (Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press, 20th Century Fox) Gwilym Lee as Brian May, left, Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, center, and Joe Mazzello as John Deacon, right, star in Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody. (20th Century Fox) Sullivan calls the scene one of the best “rock and roll scenes” in teen film history.The scene took hours to film and Sullivan estimates that at least one hour was spent headbanging to the song’s instrumental bridge. Sullivan says it was a major pain in the neck.“When we saw the scene it was like, ‘Well, it was worth the headache,’” Sullivan said.Myers saves the QueenBohemian Rhapsody almost didn’t make it into the film, according to Myers.The producer, Lorne Michaels, wanted Guns N’ Roses to open the film. Queen had fallen out of favour by the ’90s.“I said, “I hear you. I think that’s really smart,” but I didn’t have any jokes for a Guns N Roses song. I had lots of jokes for Bohemian Rhapsody. It’s just inherently comedic,’” Myers told Rolling Stone about why he wanted the song in the movie.“I was totally unaware there was any question as to whether or not Bohemian Rhapsody would be in the film,” Spheeris said. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Rami Malek, left, and Mike Myers pose for photographers upon arrival at the World premiere of the film Bohemian Rhapsody in London. (Joel C. Ryan/Invision/Associated Press) Mike Myers is helping to revive Bohemian Rhapsody once again — but this time, he won’t be singing it.The Canadian comedian stars as a record executive in the Queen biopic named after the song. The film, which stars Rami Malek as flamboyant frontman Freddie Mercury, hit theatres on Friday Nov. 2.But despite the buzz around Bohemian Rhapsody, at the end of the day Myers will probably still be better known for his performance of the mini-rock opera in his 1992 debut film Wayne’s World.
(Susan and her three daughters get ready to evacuate La Ronge, Sask. Saturday. Jaydon Flett/APTN photo)Jaydon FlettAPTN National NewsThe town of La Ronge is at risk of being taken over by a fast moving forest fire Sunday in northern Saskatchewan, which caused the mass evacuation of over 7,000 people the day before.The fire has reached the airport on the edge of town said Chief Tammy Cook-Searson of Lac La Ronge Indian Band Sunday.“The fire is in the airport and is moving,” said Cook-Searson. “The forecasted weather is not in our favour today (Sunday).”It reached the airport Saturday night. Firefighters remained trying to stop the growing fire.Officials restricted access to the town Saturday, but APTN arrived just before the highway was closed about the time the fire was just several kilometres from town.The restricted zone is made up of three communities – Lac La Ronge Indian Band, Air Ronge and La Ronge – all made the call for an evacuation.At about 3 p.m. Saturday, nearly every gas station was backed-up with a long line of vehicles trying to leave the area.Long lines at a local gas station in La Ronge Saturday.Many residents had their own transportation, but those who required extra support were urged to meet at the Jonas Roberts Memorial Community Centre, where they could register for a bus taking stranded residents to safety.The scene was chaotic at times.Members of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band rushed through the smoky parking lot carrying backpacks, water bottles, diapers, laptops and even gaming systems.Mothers held their children close so they wouldn’t get lost in the crowd, many were crying because of the panic and confusion.A mother named Susan adjusted the mask on her youngest daughter’s face.“We’re just, I don’t know, feeling lost,” said the concerned mother of three. “This is our first time, my first time. Never had something like this happen before.”Susan had on a brave face for her three daughters. But some evacuees couldn’t contain their fear.“I’m really shaken up,” said Anthony, after getting off the phone with his sister to let her know he was safe.Anthony talks to his sister Saturday.Anthony didn’t know where he was going, and wasn’t the only one.A woman named Adele was pacing the parking lot.“Well, I’m lucky. I have a friend (to stay with) in Saskatoon,” she said. “I don’t think it really hit me yet. The whole thing is just… unreal.”Adele.Cook-Searson said Prince Albert, Saskatoon and Regina are completely full with evacuees from further north.As of Saturday morning, prior to the La Ronge evacuation, there were already 5,588 people displaced from their homes.Those from Lac La Ronge Indian Band, who don’t have friends or relatives to stay with in the nearby cities, were being sent to Cold Lake, Alberta where they will receive support from the Canadian Forces and the Red Cross.Many evacuees were distraught Saturday afternoon over rumours that the fire was only three kilometres outside the airport.An RCMP officer APTN spoke to could only said at the moment: “Everyone will be safe. There’s lots of time.”The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations have declared a state of emergency for the region and are calling on the Federal Government to help battle the flames, and support the firstname.lastname@example.orgReporter Jaydon Flett is in Prince Albert Sunday. Follow her on Twitter for more updates.@jaydon0no
24 October 2008States have an obligation to protect the human rights of migrants, according to a new United Nations-backed report, which warns that a lack of respect for migrants’ rights reduces their ability to contribute to the development of their destination countries. The report from the Global Migration Group, of which the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) is a member, calls for stepped-up measures in both countries of origin and countries of destination to ensure that rights are protected and upheld. “Much of international migration is rooted in the fact that people are not able to fully exercise their human rights in their country of origin,” said Jose Miguel Guzman, the chief of UNFPA’s population and development branch, according to a press release issued yesterday.“Others are forced by conflict or environmental changes to leave their homes. We need to find new ways of international collaboration to protect the human rights of these individuals,” Mr. Guzman added.A significant challenge in protecting the human rights of migrants is the ratification, implementation and enforcement of existing human rights instruments. The report calls for data on migrants’ age and gender to be made available so that measures put in place to safeguard the human rights of migrants can be effectively monitored and assessed.“Detailed information can shed light on the determinants of relevant migration outcomes and on whether laws and regulations governing them are being applied fairly and consistently with universally recognized human rights,” the report noted. Cooperation among governments in countries of origin, transit and destination, as well as non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society and migrants themselves is essential to ensure that international human rights instruments are implemented and that migrants are aware of their rights and obligations, according to the report.The report will be presented at next week’s Global Forum on Migration and Development in Manila, which will focus on the protection and empowerment of migrants in the context of development.
These are indicative wholesale rates for foreign currency provided by the Bank of Canada on Thursday. Quotations in Canadian funds.Australia dollar 0.9756Brazil real 0.3934China renminbi 0.1893Euro 1.4770Hong Kong dollar 0.159725India rupee 0.01917Indonesia rupiah 0.0000920Japan yen 0.01111Malaysia ringgit 0.2954Mexico peso 0.06647N.Z. dollar 0.8886Norway krone 0.1579Peruvian new sol 0.3831Russia rouble 0.02160Saudi riyal 0.3326Singapore dollar 0.9218South Africa rand 0.09258South Korean won 0.001102Sweden krona 0.1538Switzerland franc 1.2788Taiwanese dollar 0.04133Thailand baht 0.03766Turkey lira 0.3415U.K. pound 1.6471U.S. dollar 1.2472Vietnam dong 0.000055
(Updated)Months after Prince Philip Public School in Hamilton shut its doors for good, the future of the property is now in question. City officials were hoping to buy the property — and transform it into a multi-purpose community centre — something the community has been asking for. But according to the school board, the city will have to get in line.For the time being, the future of Prince Philip Public School in Hamilton won’t be in the hands of the city.The city received a letter early Monday from the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board notifying them that, at this time, they are not being considered as buyers for the property — something that clearly upset ward one councillor and mayoral candidate Brian McHattie: “I’m really outraged of the behaviour of the Hamilton District School Board but not notifying the ward councillor after having extensive meetings with community.”But according to Education Act 4-44, section 98 — when a board has a surplus of property, they must sell or lease it to 10 preferred government agencies in priority sequence.Jessica Brennan, Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board: “We see who comes in and shows interest and then we must start with those who are higher ranked than others than that preferred agencies.”McMaster University, Mohawk College and other local school boards are on that list. Each agency has 90 days to submit an offer. That deadline expired last week on Monday.The city and residents hoped to transform the 2.2 hectare property into a recreation centre to better serve the community.Jessica Brennan: “It’s really up to that preferred agency. They are the ones that get first dibs if you will, then other players in the community.”The city of Hamilton ranks number 9 on the list. Ahead of them is McMaster University.There was a lot of speculation that McMaster was interested in the property mainly because of how close its main campus is to Prince Philip. But Brian McHattie says that’s not true: “I’ve spoke with McMaster University. They’ve told me they are not going to acquire the property. I’ve spoken to the English Catholic school board and they indicated they didn’t have an interest.”It’s not clear which agency the board is currently looking at, citing confidentiality. But they will have 30 days to negotiate a fair market value.On top of the list are 4 local district school boards. It’s not known if any of them submitted an offer. But there is a possibility the property could be used as a school once again.
by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Feb 18, 2015 7:12 am MDT US home construction falls 2 pct. in January, but shows annual gains as economy improves In this Dec. 15, 2014 photo, a worker measures before cutting while working on the framing of a house under construction in Coppell, Texas. The Commerce Department reports on U.S. home construction in January on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. (AP Photo/LM Otero) WASHINGTON – U.S. homebuilders slowed the pace of construction in January, breaking ground on fewer single-family houses ahead of the spring buying season.Housing starts slipped 2 per cent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.07 million last month, down from 1.09 million in December, the Commerce Department said Wednesday.Leading that decline was a sharp 6.7 per cent monthly drop in starts for single-family houses. Still, a healing economy has caused building activity to move at a faster clip, with single-family starts climbing 18.7 per cent over the past 12 months.Despite the monthly decline, the broader economy should help boost home sales and apartment construction this year.“We have strong job growth, strong consumer confidence, still low borrowing costs,” said Jennifer Lee, a senior economist at BMO Capital Markets.In the past three months alone, the economy has gained more than a million new paychecks. Employers are adding workers at an annual clip of 2.3 per cent, the fastest rate in the more than five-year recovery from the Great Recession.The hiring has also fueled expectations that more millennials will sign leases on apartments. Builders have prepared for the additional demand, with apartment construction surging 12.1 per cent in January and 24.5 per cent over the past 12 months.The improving labour market is expected to trigger greater demand to buy homes, boosting prices and then causing builders to further ramp up construction.Metro areas with the fastest job growth are experiencing larger increases in home prices, Jed Kolko, chief economist at the real estate firm Trulia, said in a report last week.“A growing economy fuels housing demand,” Kolko said. Among the 10 metro areas with the biggest year-over-year price increases, nine had at least 2 per cent job growth, he noted.Builders are projected to break ground on 1.2 million new homes and apartments this year with activity strengthening even further in 2016 to 1.49 million homes constructed and 1.61 million in 2017, according to Macroeconomic Advisers, a private forecasting firm.Still, the gains have yet to fully appear ahead of the spring buying season.Much of January’s decline in single-family house construction occurred in the Midwest, while the South and West experienced smaller drop-offs in that segment.Starts could also fall slightly in February because the number of approved building permits declined 0.7 per cent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.05 million.The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index dropped in February, falling to a reading of 55 from 57 in January. Much of that decrease came from less buyer traffic, as winter storms this month cut into model home visits. Still, readings above 50 indicate that more builders view sales conditions as good rather than poor.Building activity should increase with warmer weather, as more potential buyers tour open houses and take advantage of mortgage rates near historic lows.The 30-year fixed rate mortgage averaged 3.69 per cent last week, compared to 4.28 per cent a year ago, according to the mortgage firm Freddie Mac. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Wearing traditional ‘siapo lavalava’ around his waist and a beaded ‘palefuiono’ with feathers on his head, the Secretary-General sat across from Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi in a roofed social centre in Siupapa, a sub-village of Saleapaga. “It has been agreed by consensus that you be confirmed with the title of Tupua,” the Prime Minister said following a traditional ‘ava drinking ceremony. Surrounded by more than a dozen chiefs from local families, as well as the Speaker of the Parliament, Afioga Hon Laauli Leuatea Polataivao Fosi Schmidt, and other senior officials, the Prime Minister said the Secretary-General will be addressed as “Your Excellency Prince Tupua Ban Ki-moon of Siupapa Saleapaga.” An elderly woman in the village confirmed that the holding of such an already rare ceremony has never before occurred in the village on a Sunday.Taking a polished coconut with the ‘ava drink, Mr. Ban toasted the village and pledged the UN’s support to working with the local communities: “I know your country is facing a lot of difficulties. First of all by climate change, rising sea tides. That’s why I am here to show my strong solidarity and unity with the people of Samoa and many other small island States.” Seated nearby were Mr. Ban’s own chiefs, of sort, including his Special Envoy for Climate Change, Mary Robinson, and Valerie Amos, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. Also joining him was Wu Hongbo, who serves as Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Small Island Developing States, which is due to begin tomorrow in the capital, Apia. Among the topics that will be discussed at the summit over the next four days are adapting to and mitigating climate change, building resilience, and sustainable management of oceans. These are important topics for the communities in Saleapaga, which on 29 September 2009 braced an 8.1 magnitude earthquake that caused sea levels to rise up to 46 feet, according to official measures. Lafi Lesa was working in Apia when she heard the news and drove back that morning. There were at least 189 people killed that day, including five from her family.“It was devastating,” she told the UN News Centre. “Sometimes we go back during the day, but not at night, because it might happen again.”After the tsunami, the community moved to its farmland, a 50-minute walk uphill. Instead of fishing, they grow bananas and taro, and raise cattle. The Government has since installed sirens to warn of a potential disaster, and people are educated in how to evacuate quickly. People still go to the beach to enjoy the sun, but the cement foundations of many houses remain desolate under coconut trees, some which are still broken years later.“People want to go back because there was easy access to roads and to operate their small businesses. Up here, because it’s more or less farmland, it is hard for them, and they can hardly adapt to changes,” said Ms. Lesa.Despite having a 25-year-old daughter who works in a bank in the capital, Ms. Lesa decided to remain on the coast after the tsunami. She has a small shop and also represents her family in the village council. With only one road to the village, however, and few opportunities for education and alternative livelihoods, she worries about the future of her community. Ms. Lesa said that she was overwhelmed by the number of delegates participating in the conference, and she hopes that their decisions this week will lead to real action.
Scott “The Torg” Torgerson apologized and tried to show remorse, but it was too little, too late. Torgerson, former co-host of “The Common Man & The Torg” radio show on Columbus’ WBNS 97.1 The Fan, was fired Wednesday as a result of an Oct. 13 tweet in which he wished death on ESPN college football analyst and former Michigan football star Desmond Howard. Torgerson and his laywer, Columbus attorney Joe Edwards, said they believe the firing was unlawful and will consider legal action as well as an investigation into ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit’s potential role in the firing. From 97.1 The Fan’s Twitter account, @971thefan, the station announced the firing, tweeting: “Scott Torgerson is no longer employed by our company as of today. We appreciate his contributions and wish him well in his future endeavors.” In an email interview with The Lantern, Torgerson said he did not initially expect to be terminated but eventually started to “hear a few things” and began to suspect it. On Friday, The Fan offered Torgerson the opportunity to resign “with a small severance,” but he declined, opting instead to request to be allowed back on the air at a Monday meeting. “I would have had to sign an agreement not to ever talk about this and could not take legal action,” Torgerson said. “The other option was termination with no severance or insurance. They gave me that option Friday and gave me the weekend to think it over. I showed up Monday for our meeting and told them I want to go back on the air. They told me that wasn’t an option. I received a termination letter (Wednesday).” From his Twitter account, @myguythetorg, Torgerson tweeted on Oct. 13: “I wish Desmond Howard would get fired or die so I can watch ‘GameDay’ again.” Torgerson later issued an apology via Twitter, tweeting: “My Desmond Howard tweet was a joke.” He said he maintains the position that the tweet was a joke, and added that he reached out to Herbstreit and ESPN college football analysts and former OSU football player Chris Spielman to apologize. “(Herbstreit and Spielman) work for ESPN and I am sure it wasn’t a good situation for them. I think everyone who listens or knows me knows it was a joke,” Torgerson said. “Now I have to deal with the (punishment) for my actions. I just don’t feel firing me is a way to handle it. I was employee of the quarter the Friday before. I would think being the sports director, strong ratings, and the income I have made for the station, that deserves a second chance.” The Fan did not respond to The Lantern‘s multiple requests for comment on Wednesday. Josh Krulewitz, vice president of communications for ESPN, declined to immediately respond to The Lantern‘s request for comment. Edwards, who knew Torgerson prior to the Oct. 13 tweet and was hired as counsel for the firing, agreed, saying he feels it was an unjust firing. Edwards told The Lantern he didn’t think 97.1, which is owned by the Dispatch Media Group, “had just cause in discharging” Torgerson. “He’s now fired. He had a job where he was doing very well, had very high ratings, was very well-liked in the Central Ohio market and now all of the sudden he doesn’t have a job. So we’re going to explore filing a lawsuit against the station and anybody else that was involved in his discharge.” Torgerson had between a year and a year-and-a-half remaining on his agreement with The Fan, Edwards said, and part of a potential investigation of his client’s firing could involve Herbstreit. Edwards, who emphasized that he can’t be sure if Herbstreit played any role in his client’s firing, said he could choose to investigate Herbstreit for “tortious interference,” or interfering with Torgerson’s contract. “At some point in time, we would like to know how Scott ended up getting fired and, at some point in time, what Mr. Herbstreit said, who did he say it to and why did he say it,” Edwards said. “That’s our interest – why did 97.1 The Fan fire Scott? And I know that Kirk Herbstreit did a radio show – his radio show on 97.1 – on Oct. 15 where he went off on Scott Torgerson. And we’d like to know, you know, did he talk to anybody else at the station? Did he call any people in management? What did he say? Why did he say that?” Torgerson said his wife, Lauren Torgerson, has been crying for days, but the couple has maintained some semblance of a sense of humor – in a nod to one of Scott Torgerson’s familiar jokes about firings, she suggested he work at a Citgo gas station for a couple of weeks. “I may do it,” Scott Torgerson said. In the mean time, Scott Torgerson said he appreciates the support he’s received from fans. “Just to the listeners … Their support has been unreal. Someone created a ‘Save The Torg’ Facebook page and in 10 days it has more “likes” than the 97.1 site,” he said. “The ‘Save the Torg’ has over (8,000), (97.1 has) under 5,400. I would have to say the listeners have spoken. They want me back and I want to be back. “I am sorry for what I did. I feel I have paid a huge price and I want to be back on air.”
Thatcham Research calls AEB the most significant development since the safety belt, which has been compulsory in new vehicles in the UK since 1965.Thatcham says AEB could save 1,100 lives in the UK over the next decade, and more than 122,000 casualties.The technology also has the potential to reduce car insurance premiums, as evidence suggests that its use can lower the risk of collisions by up to 38 per cent.Although AEB systems are expensive to replace if they are damaged, the lower risk for insurers can result in lower premiums.Research by the BBC suggests that the cost of insurance on a 2018 Volkswagen Golf with AEB is 10 per cent lower than a 2011 model without it.Overall, one in three cars on sale in the UK comes with AEB, and a further one in three has it as an optional extra. 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. Researchers suggested that car insurance premiums may be lower in the future, if AEB becomes standardCredit:Jonathan Brady/PA The technology is similar to automatic cruise control systems that detect the rear bumper of other cars on a motorway, and match their speed.More recent developments allow vehicles to detect pedestrians while performing other potentially dangerous manoeuvres, such as reversing out of a parking space. The country’s safest car has been revealed as a Volvo model that has seen no drivers or passengers killed inside it in the 16 years it has been on sale.A high-tech safety mechanism for automatic braking saw the Volvo XC90 crowned the safest vehicle ever tested, according to independent laboratory Thatcham Research.Since the launch of the Volvo XC90 in 2002, the car has sold more than 50,000 units, and researchers attribute the spotless safety record to the car’s early adoption of hazard detection technology that warns drivers of potential collisions.Updated versions of these systems are called Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), and are now able to automatically apply the car’s brakes, preventing a collision from happening.While the technology is now standard for many vehicles, including the Volkwagen Golf and several Mercedes models, the Volvo XC90 was one of the first to develop it.There are various forms of AEB, but many work using lasers, cameras or a radar to detect other vehicles or pedestrians.
Broker loses €60k case against Dicey’s nightclub after judge said he tried to headbutt bouncer Michael Halloran (29) had lodged a €60,000 case over injuries he received. Jan 24th 2017, 12:31 PM Image: Mark Stedman/RollingNews.ie Share170 Tweet Email 29,936 Views Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3202252 No Comments Dicey’s Garden nightclub on Dublin’s Harcourt Street. Dicey’s Garden nightclub on Dublin’s Harcourt Street. Image: Mark Stedman/RollingNews.ie Judge Groarke, dismissing Halloran’s case and awarding costs against him, said he had probably erred on the side of caution when admitting he had eight pints to drink on the night. The security staff was entitled to expel him.The judge said he had viewed cctv coverage of the incident and it seemed to him Halloran had tried to head butt a bouncer. Counsel said the man had performed back and front flips on the dance floor. Source: Mark Stedman/RollingNews.ie“He was drunk..aggressive..argumentative..demanding..upset..angry..and belligerent. He did sustain an injury to his head but it was not as a result of an assault or negligence on the part of staff,” Judge Groarke said.He said the actions of the bouncers were reasonable and the degree of force used was also reasonable. Halloran had conceded in evidence he had told staff he worked in insurance and that his injury was “a €100,000 case.”“Let me say that even if the case had merit it should have been taken in the District Court. I find there was no assault and no negligence on the part of staff and I dismiss the claim with costs,” Judge Groarke said.Halloran had sued P & B Security Services Limited, said to be in liquidation, and Triglen Holdings, trading as the Russell Court Hotel, Harcourt Street, Dublin.Comments have been disabled for legal reasons.Read: Man to be sentenced for sexually abusing his eight-year-old nephew>Read: Man filmed himself sexually assaulting heavily pregnant girlfriend while she slept > By Ray Managh A “DRUNK…AGGRESSIVE…argumentative..angry and belligerent” insurance broker, who claimed he had been assaulted by bouncers at a Dublin nightclub, has lost a €60,000 damages claim against the Russell Court Hotel and now faces a hefty legal costs bill.Circuit Court President, Justice Raymond Groarke, said Michael Halloran, of Braemor Drive, Churchtown, Dublin, had attempted to head butt one of two bouncers who were attempting to eject him from the club.Halloran (29) said he was a broker with Aon Insurance and on 26 January, 2012, was attending a work party with colleagues at Dicey’s Beer Garden, Russell Court Hotel, Harcourt Street, Dublin.He said he had been dancing and when a colleague was ejected he had tried to have him allowed back in but had been pushed and grabbed by the neck and arms by security staff. He had fallen, hitting and injuring his head.Halloran said an ambulance had been called but he had declined to go with them as he did not have the money with him to pay for emergency hospital treatment.Barrister Desmond Dockery, who appeared with solicitors O’Riordan and Company for the hotel, told Halloran he had been performing back and front flips on the dance floor and security staff had no option but to approach him.Dockery said:all bets were off when you head butted a member of security during an attempt to eject you. Tuesday 24 Jan 2017, 12:31 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Défaites judiciaires : Apple doit verser une amende et une indemnisationLa marque à la pomme a enchaîné deux déboires judiciaires cette semaine : l’un au Pays-Bas dans un procès contre Samsung, l’autre en Australie pour tromperie. La firme américaine devra donc payer des dommages et intérêts à la marque coréenne, pour avoir violé des brevets sur la 3G, ainsi q’une amende d’environ 2 millions d’euros, pour avoir menti aux consommateurs australiens sur la 4G du nouvel iPad.Apple a perdu une première bataille dans la guerre des brevets qu’il livre contre Samsung. La fime américaine a été condamné hier au Pays-Bas à verser des dommages et intérêts à son concurrent Coréen.”Le tribunal condamne le défendeur à verser à Samsung les dommages subis par ce dernier depuis le 4 août 2010 suite à la violation du brevet EP 269″, a indiqué le tribunal de La Haye dans son jugement.Samsung avait saisi la justice néerlandaise, estimant qu’Apple violait quatre brevets liés à la technologie de téléphonie mobile de troisième génération (3G), utilisée sur ses téléphones multifonction et tablettes. Ce brevet concerne un système de connexion à Internet utilisé par certains modèles d’iPhone et d’iPad.Quant à la somme des dommages et intérêts, elle sera calculé à partir des vendes effectués aux Pays-Bas depuis le 4 août 2010, date à partir de laquelle Apple avait les moyens de savoir qu’il violait le brevet, a estimé le tribunal.Les deux marques se livrent une dizaine d’autres batailles judiciaires dans divers pays. Apple accuse en effet à Samsung d’avoir copié l’iphone et l’ipad, tandis que le Coréen reproche à son rival d’avoir violé ses brevets sur certaiens technologies.Publicité mensongère Une semaine morose pour la marque à la pomme, puisqu’à l’autre bout du monde, en Australie, la firme américaine a été condamné à verser une amende d’environ 2 millions d’euros. La justice australienne a en effet estimé que la firme américaine avait “délibérément” trompé les consommateurs sur les capacités de son dernier iPad.Dans ses publicités, Apple indiquait que son nouvel iPad était capable de se connecter à réseau 4G, ce qui n’est pas le cas. Car en réalité, la fonction 4G sur l’iPad 3 fonctionne uniquement sur les réseaux des États-Unis et du Canada. L’affaire avait alors été portée en justice par la Commission australienne de la concurrence et de la consommation.”Les agissements (d’Apple) étaient délibérés et très graves”, a déclaré le juge Mordy Bromberg. “Une proportion significative de consommateurs de tablettes en Australie ont été face à une représentation trompeuse” du produit, a-t-il ajouté.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Après avoir été poursuivi par la Commission, Apple avait pourtant proposé en mars de rembourser ses clients australiens qui ont été floués par cette promotion trompeuse. La firme américaine avait aussi publié des annonces clarifiant les capacités de son dernier gadget.Elle devra donc payer un amende de 2,25 millions de dollars australiens (1,80 million d’euros), à laquelle s’ajoutent 300.000 AUD de frais de justice à rembourser, soit une somme totale de 2,55 millions AUD.Au vu de ces défaites judiciaires, la marque à la pomme devra donc augmenter son budget “justice” d’ici la fin de l’année.Le 21 juin 2012 à 14:00 • Maxime Lambert