EDC says probe clears staff after corruption claim related to SNCLavalin

first_imgOTTAWA — Export Development Canada says an independent review has cleared its personnel of any wrongdoing after a claim that its staff turned a blind eye to bribery and corruption in a 2011 transaction involving SNC-Lavalin.The Crown corporation launched a three-month probe after CBC News reported allegations by an unnamed SNC-Lavalin insider stating it was well known within the engineering firm that “technical fees” in its proposals included cash earmarked for local consultants or agents.The source alleged these technical fees can amount to millions of dollars and should have been detected by EDC personnel as they evaluated SNC-Lavalin’s application for support on a project in Africa.EDC, which acts as a credit agency for Canadian firms looking to do business abroad, provided SNC-Lavalin with between $250 million and $500 million worth of “political risk insurance” for its deal to work on the Matala Dam in Angola.A spokeswoman for the Crown corporation says it’s only providing statements on the review’s findings and cannot release the report itself because it contains confidential commercial information.The probe conducted by the law firm Fasken involved interviews with EDC staff as well as a review of 1.7 million records related to SNC-Lavalin and the project.“Fasken did not find any evidence that EDC personnel had knowledge of, or were wilfully blind to, bribery and corruption in relation to the project as had been alleged,” the Crown corporation said in a statement.The law firm, EDC says, is conducting an additional review of its transaction screening process.A spokeswoman for SNC-Lavalin declined to comment on the CBC report when it came out last spring, except to say the allegation in the story dated back to prior to 2012. The company has argued that despite past bad behaviour by some executives, it has cleaned house.Earlier this year, the beleaguered Montreal-based firm was at the heart of a political controversy that engulfed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberal government for months.Trudeau lost two senior cabinet ministers, a top aide and the country’s top public servant as a result of allegations that his former attorney general, Jody Wilson-Raybould, was improperly pressured by the Prime Minister’s Office last fall to halt a criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin.The prime minister has denied his officials acted inappropriately.Since the winter, a number of public opinion polls have suggested support for the Liberals slid following the SNC-Lavalin affair.Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Govt preparing list of profit-making arms of CPSEs for listing

first_imgNew Delhi: The Finance Ministry is in the process of shortlisting profit making subsidiaries of CPSEs having a minimum stipulated net-worth, which can be listed on the stock exchanges, an official said. Currently, profit making CPSEs with a minimum net-worth of Rs 500 crore are listed on the exchanges. The Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) will be consulting administrative ministries and central public sector enterprises (CPSEs) before finalising the names of the subsidiaries for the stock exchange debut. “We are drafting a list of subsidiaries of CPSEs which can go in for listing through initial public offer. The net-worth threshold for such listing too would be decided after deliberation,” an official said. In 2017-18, there were 257 operational CPSEs, of which 184 were profit making. Most of the profit-making subsidiaries of CPSEs are in coal, power and oil and gas sector. The official said, CPSE arms having a track record of making profit for at least three years are likely to be picked up for listing. The DIPAM, the official said, is preparing the pipeline of state-owned companies which can be listed on the stock exchanges in the current financial year or subsequent fiscals. The pipeline is necessary as the government holding in most of the bluechip CPSEs is close to 51 per cent. Though the listing of CPSE subsidiaries will not fetch any money to the government directly but it will get money in the form of dividend from the parent company. In 2016, the DIPAM came out with capital restructuring guidelines for CPSEs, which mandates that they must pay a minimum annual dividend of 30 per cent of profit after tax or 5 per cent of the net worth, whichever is higher.last_img read more

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British Royal Couple to Receive Moroccan Culinary Artist Khalid Dahbi

Rabat – Dahbi will be honored for his charity work in the UK and Morocco, and especially for his noble efforts following the London disaster of Grenfell Tower catching t fire on 14 June 2017.To show compassion, Dahbi invited the Grenfell Tower survivors to an evening where they were served a 4-course Moroccan inspired menu cooked by him. Further meetings were held in the following days of the tragedy and were meant to help the survivors forget at least for one night what they have been through and enjoy Moroccan cuisine. Dahbi is expected to be received by Britain’s royal couple Sunday evening at the residence of the British ambassador in Rabat.Who is Khalid Dahbi?Khalid Dahbi is a Moroccan chef and entrepreneur originally from Rabat who left his family and beloved country behind at the age of 16 to travel to Europe to build his own career.Despite being from a wealthy family, Dahbi did not want to live under its shadow and headed to Geneva, Switzerland, to work as a volunteer.After studying business management and volunteering in workcamps for children and needy people, Dahbi went then to study culinary arts in Naples, Italy.Dahbi’s professional journey began in France. The Moroccan chef worked first as a cook before collecting experience to work as a chef in the country’s top restaurants, including Le Meurice and L’Arpege.In 1999, Dahbi settled in London and worked with the best chefs there, such as Gordon Ramsay, Macro Pierre White, and Jamie Oliver, among others.Dahbi’s experience in culinary arts enabled him to become a Resident chef at the Quintessentially Group, a British concierge company founded in 2000.On June 2018, Dahbi established his own restaurant in Central London called Beso Moorish. The restaurant presents Mediterranean dishes with each one having a story to tell about all the places he had been.Dahbi is also the first Moroccan in the UK to import the finest caviar in the world through his company, KD Luxury. The company sells also products with 24 karat gold.Additionally, Dahbi did not limit himself only on preparing delicious dishes, but his skills go beyond that, as he is a fashion designer and the first to design a handbag made from python and crocodile skin through a line called Antoine Amato. read more

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TSX New York markets plunge amid North Korea nuclear test concerns

TORONTO — North American stock markets experienced major sell-offs after investors returned from the Labour Day holiday weekend to weigh growing tensions between the United States and North Korea.Tuesday was the first day of trading since North Korea on Sunday conducted its most powerful nuclear test to date, triggering U.S. warnings of a “massive military response.”On Bay Street, the Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index plunged 101.45 points to 15,090.15 in a broad-based decline that saw nearly all sectors finish in the red.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average nosedived 234.25 points to 21,753.31, the S&P 500 index lost 18.70 points to 2,457.85, and the Nasdaq composite index gave back 59.76 points to 6,375.57.“I think the bottom line today is we’re back to fuller trading volumes. We’ve come through the summer doldrums where volatility was quite light, where markets really didn’t do much,” said Andrew Pyle, a senior wealth adviser at Scotia Wealth Management.“I guess they’ve had a good run at ignoring a lot of the political and geopolitical risks facing the market.”While much of Tuesday’s focus has been the latest nuclear test announced by North Korea, Pyle said the markets are also starting to get a sense that investors are losing patience with Washington in terms of coming forward with a lot of the fiscal stimulus that has been basically built into this market since U.S. President Donald Trump’s election.“Now investors are starting to get a little anxious that we’re not seeing those promises that were delivered,” he said.“And I think with the volumes back in the market, now we’re seeing a truer depiction of the risks and how they affect the markets.”In currencies, the Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 80.83 cents US, up 0.12 of a U.S. cent from last Friday.The loonie had surged nearly one cent US at the end of last week on news that the Canadian economy blew past second-quarter expectations with growth at an annual rate of 4.5 per cent.It is widely expected the Bank of Canada could hike its benchmark rate Wednesday for the second time in recent months when it unveils its latest decision on the key interest rate.In commodities news, the October crude contract was up $1.37 to US$48.66 per barrel, marking the third trading day in a row in which oil prices gained ground.“In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, demand for crude is picking up,” Pyle said. “It’s not a change in fundamentals, just a bounce from levels that were overly depressed.”Elsewhere in commodities, the December bullion contract advanced $14.10 to US$1,344.50 an ounce, the October natural gas contract was down 10 cents to US$2.97 per mmBTU and the December copper contract moved up one cent to US$3.13 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter. read more

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Finance Ministry denies claims Arjun has post in the Ministry

The Ministry of Finance says Arjun Mahendran, the former Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka is not working in any capacity in the Ministry of Finance.The Finance Ministry denied media reports that Mahendran currently acts as an advisor to the Ministry of Finance on the Central bank. (Colombo Gazette)

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Opinion Exclusion of Landon Donovan puts Jurgen Klinsmann on the hot seat

US men’s soccer coach Jurgen Klinsmann waves to the fans after a game against Mexico Sept. 10 at Crew Stadium. The US won, 2-0.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe United States Men’s National Team’s all-time leading scorer won’t be playing at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but the story isn’t about Landon Donovan.The story is about USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann after he decided to leave the 32-year-old forward off his 23-man roster for Rio de Janeiro.By leaving him at home, Klinsmann has placed himself firmly on the hot seat – especially in the eyes of American fans.Donovan is not the player he used to be, nobody can argue with that, but he is still more than just a shell of his former self. While he may not have the same pace and goal scoring ability as he had in the past, Donovan has played in three World Cups and could bring much needed leadership and poise to a young squad.The facts are simple; Donovan wasn’t one of the best 23 in Klinsmann’s eyes, and the coach better hope he’s right. The U.S. is set to take on a tough group that many are dubbing the “group of death.” Germany is a talented and deep team, Portugal boasts Cristiano Ronaldo among other stars and Ghana has always had the USMNT’s number.Before releasing his roster, nobody would have blamed Klinsmann if his team didn’t make it out of the group stage. Now, after making the most polarizing decision possible – save cutting captain Clint Dempsey or Everton goalie Tim Howard – the former Germany boss has increased the pressure on himself to astronomic levels.Even though Donovan was not going to be a starter for every game, there is nobody who would have been upset to see him on the team. With Donovan at home, fans have a reason to hate Klinsmann for the first time since he took over the squad in 2011.Overall Klinsmann has been wildly successful as the U.S. coach. He led the team to a 12-game winning streak – an all-time best for the USMNT. The U.S. qualified for the World Cup in spectacular fashion and boasts possibly its most talented roster of all time.Yet nobody will be talking about young stars such as Bayern Munich’s Julian Green or AZ Alkmaar striker Aron Jóhannsson. The chatter won’t even be about Dempsey, Howard or Sunderland’s Jozy Altidore. By excluding Donovan, Klinsmann took all the spotlight away from the players who will be in Brazil and put it firmly on the one who won’t.This is a make-or-break tournament for the U.S. If the team can make it out of the group stage, the talent is validated. If they don’t – especially without Donovan – it will be a failure, no matter how unfair that may be considering the draw.Regardless of Klinsmann’s contract extension that is set to keep him with the team until 2018, if this 23-man squad doesn’t deliver, he will be in a pile of trouble with the fans and, quite possibly, his bosses.Donovan’s exclusion is now an excuse to band together against the coach, while his inclusion would have had absolutely no negative implications.Klinsmann claims the players he chose are just ahead of Donovan’s current ability, but I can’t imagine 31-year-old forward Chris Wondolowski – he of just 19 international appearances – will do any better than Donovan could.I certainly hope the coach ends up looking like a genius by making it out of the group, and he should be hoping the same.By ditching Donovan, Klinsmann has placed the target firmly on his own back. read more

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Ohio State womens hockey coaches Nate Handrahan Keith Maurice resign

Former OSU women’s hockey coach Nate Handrahan.Credit: Lantern TVAfter just four seasons, Ohio State women’s hockey coach Nate Handrahan and one of his assistants has resigned.An OSU spokesman confirmed the resignation in an email to The Lantern Wednesday afternoon, as well as the resignation of Keith Maurice, who joined the program in May 2013.The spokesman did not provide a reason for the resignations.The OSU women’s hockey team went 67-64-15 in four seasons under Handrahan, including a 17-16-3 mark this season.In the 2012-2013 season, the Buckeyes posted a 19-win season, the second most in team history.Handrahan was just the second head coach in the 15-year history of the program. read more

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More than half of declining schools kept or improved their Ofsted rating

first_imgMore than half of schools retained or improved their Ofsted rating despite declining academic performance, a new report has revealed.According to analysis of pupil progress figures, 1,221 primary schools and 228 secondary schools had “deteriorating substantially” since their last inspection by the schools’ watchdog.  But despite this decline, 962 primaries and 152 secondaries received the same Ofsted rating or higher upon re-inspection.Furthermore, 47 per cent of declining primaries and 33 per cent of declining secondaries actually improved their Ofsted ratings, in spite of the decline in academic progress made by pupils.The research, by the Education Policy Institute (EPI), looked at the value added between key stages 1 and 2 (ages seven and 11) for primary schools and between key stages 2 and 4 (ages 11 and 16) for secondary schools.Schools were identified as “deteriorating substantially” if they declined by at least 15 percentiles per year. The EPI identified 64 ‘outstanding’ primary schools and 47 ‘good’ secondary schools which had declined since their last inspection. Of those schools, a third of primaries retained their outstanding rating, while half of the secondaries were not downgraded.The report raises concerns over the reliability of the schools’ inspectorate and whether ratings are fairly given for all schools, particularly those with challenging intakes.Schools with more poor pupils less likely to be judged ‘outstanding’Figures highlighted by the EPI suggest that schools with more disadvantaged pupils are less likely to be judged ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ than schools in affluent areas.Only 14 per cent of schools with the most disadvantaged students – schools with at least 23 per cent of pupils on free school meals – are ‘outstanding’, compared with 48 per cent of schools with 5 per cent of pupils on free school meals.David Laws, executive chairman of the EPI  and former Lib Dem schools minister said the report raised “important questions” over improvements to the system. Report author Jo Hutchinson, said: “Our research suggests that the Ofsted inspection system may not be fully fair and equitable to schools with challenging intakes.”While there are potential explanations for lower overall rating of some schools with challenging intakes, including higher rates of teacher turnover and fewer experienced teachers, when we benchmark the distribution of Ofsted judgments against the value-added progress of pupils, some of the outcomes we observe are not explained by levels of academic performance in the lead-up to the inspection.”In particular, our analysis suggests there may be too many ‘outstanding’ judgments for schools with very low levels of deprivation and for schools with very few pupils with low prior attainment.”‘Ofsted inspectors look beyond raw attainment’Commenting on the report, a spokesperson from Ofsted said inspectors looked beyond raw attainment when making judgments.”All children deserve access to the highest standards of education. We should never make excuses for schools that are underperforming, even in challenging circumstances.””Inspectors do look beyond raw attainment when making their judgements. Indeed, under Sir Michael Wilshaw we have increasingly focused on the progress children make from their different starting points.”As a result, inspectors do mark down coasting schools in leafy suburbs where we see pupils not making as much progress as they should. “Ofsted judgements do not always seem to pick up sharp declines in a school’s academic performance,” he said, “we need to understand why this is, and whether some schools are being rated fairly or not.”Secondly, there is a very strong link between Ofsted’s ratings and how many disadvantaged pupils are attending the school. Schools with low numbers of children on free school meals are much more likely to get an outstanding rating from Ofsted. But when we look at the school value-added data, this pattern of rating results simply does not look to be justified.”He continued: “We need to ensure that the Ofsted rating fully reflects the work that school leaders and teachers are doing – otherwise we may deter the best teachers and leaders from teaching in our most challenging schools.”  Ofsted judgements do not always seem to pick up sharp declines in a school’s academic performanceDavid Laws ‘Schools with low numbers of children on free school meals are more likely to get an outstanding rating from Ofsted’Credit:PA children in class  “Inspectors use their professional judgement to look at performance over time, the progress being made by pupils currently in a school and the effectiveness of leadership and management.  That means we would not automatically mark down a school for a “sudden decline” in a single performance measure in a single year, as this report seems to suggest we should, if other evidence shows a school remains good or outstanding overall.    “It is also important to note that our inspection methodology, including the frequency of inspection, has changed significantly over the 10 year period covered by this report.”However, teaching unions called the report “deeply worrying”.Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) called on Ofsted to “address its apparent failure to spot the decline in academic performance in schools that have previously been rated good or outstanding.””There is no excuse not to treat schools fairly,” she said. 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. Inspectors do mark down coasting schools in leafy suburbs where we see pupils not making as much progress as they shouldOfsted spokespersonlast_img read more

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AIMS symposium to discuss stateoftheart and emerging technologies

first_imgThe AIMS (Aachen International Mining Symposia) Third International Symposium on Mineral Resources and Mine Development in Aachen, Germany (May 26-27, 2010) is expecting some 370 participants and 30 exhibitors from all over the world. In co-operation with the RAG Deutsche Steinkohle AG and the European Association of Mining Industries (Euromines), this year’s event will provide a forum for presentation, discussion and evaluation of state-of-the-art and emerging technologies in the field of mineral resources and mine development.There will be some 50 mineral resource presentations by experts from Australia, Canada, India, Japan, Papua New Guinea, USA and Europe, with special topics including:Identification of critical raw materialsDemand and possible supply of critical raw materialsRisk management with regard to a secure supplyViews, statements and needs of governments, sectors and enterprisesSuccessful policies, strategies and concepts for a safe minerals supplyManagement of mineral resources.The mine development section will focus not only on the physical development of mining projects but also on preparatory and supporting issues, including:Planning, organisation, logisticsFinancingOperational experiences (shaft-sinking, roadheading, surface mine development)Machine technology and equipmentLegal aspects and permitsEnvironmental issues.The program is still being finalised, however the list of papers and abstracts can be downloaded from www.aims.rwth-aachen.de, where you can also register for the event.last_img read more

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Royal Gold CEO addresses US mining industry

first_imgIndustry leader provides industry outlook at AEMA 123rd Annual Meeting. Tony Jensen, President and CEO of Denver-based Royal Gold, Inc, addressed a sold-out Industry Outlook Luncheon yesterday at American Exploration & Mining Association’s (AEMA) 123rd Annual Meeting, Exposition & Short Courses in Reno, Nevada.Jensen addressed several important issues facing the modern mining industry. “The supply of gold is limited by the laws of nature and it is becoming more difficult to find, permit and develop deposits, all of which restricts supply. These very properties stand in stark contrast to fiat currencies over time.  Gold is scarce, it is a store of value and it is a competitive investment for all portfolios,” he commented.“The mining industry must discover, permit, build and operate for long term value, rather than concentrating on short term headwinds. The AEMA advocates for companies engaged in the important work of growing and sustaining America’s mining industry for the future.”“Tony is one of the most respected voices in our industry and we are privileged to have him share his thoughts and insight with us today.” said Laura Skaer, AEMA Executive Director. “Royal Gold has been a long time AEMA member and their contribution to the mining industry is undeniably powerful.”Royal Gold is engaged in the acquisition, and management of precious metals streams and royalties. Its gold-focused, worldclass portfolio includes 39 producing and 23 development-stage royalties or similar interests.The Annual Meeting is the second largest annual mining convention in the US, featuring 250 exhibitors, a core shack, 27 technical sessions and over 100 speakers, and will bring more than 2,000 people to the Reno area. The Annual Meeting runs through Friday, December 8.last_img read more

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Motorola Xoom will cost 799 3G 600 WiFi

first_imgThere’s a lot of talk of the so-called Apple Tax, or the premium that a consumer pays to buy an Apple product. For almost a decade, stalwart Windows PC advocates have argued that buying a similarly-specced Apple desktop or laptop adds hundreds of dollars to the price of the machine. For what it’s worth, that argument is true, even though Apple enthusiasts will argue that you are paying for a more solidly constructed and reliable machine. Even so, you know where the Apple Tax doesn’t exist at all? With the iPad, because even a year after release, the competition still can’t seem to manage to release a decent Android tablet that matches the iPad WiFi 16GB’s $499 price.Case in point? The much-anticipated new Motorola Xoom, one of this year’s most admired Honeycomb tablets, is going to sell for nearly $800. That’s for the 3G version, obviously, but even the WiFi-only version will cost $600.These numbers are official. They come directly from Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha, who openly admits that Motorola can’t seem to compete with Apple’s tablet hardware without charging more.“Competing with Apple you have to deliver premium products,” said Jha. The thing is, while Apple manages to deliver premium tablets at a consumer price, the competition is releasing them at premium prices as well.The Motorola Xoom isn’t the only Android tablet coming in well above the price of the iPad: the HTC Flyer is now rumored to cost $730 when it launches. What we’re seeing here is the industry being caught with its pants down: Apple has invested heavily in the tablet supply chain, and they’ve dominated most of the parts. To eke out a tablet, the competition is simply having to pay a lot more to build one than Apple is… and it’s all about being behind the curve and letting Apple dictate the industry. Yeesh.Read more at Reuters.last_img read more

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Review Seagate GoFlex Satellite wireless hard drive

first_imgThe phrase “wireless hard drive” probably isn’t one you’ve heard before, but Seagate has gone ahead and done it–got an external hard drive and slapped on a battery and wireless router. With this $200 contraption people can stream video, music, and images to their portable devices (though it’s basically designed to work with the iPad and iPhone).The value proposition of the Satellite wireless hard drive is that it enable users to augment the storage of their mobile device, like a WiFi iPad. Want more storage when you are traveling? Apple will bump you from 16GB to 64GB for $200, but Seagate will get you from 16GB to 516GB for the same amount. Plus the Satellite can connect to multiple devices at once. It also gives users the option of streaming video or downloading it. Streaming might seem like the more attractive option but it’s not, it means you are using the Satellite for all 90 minutes of that movie you are watching. You can download a movie in a fraction of that, save it to your iDevice, and then watch it from there while the external hard drive goes into a power-sipping idle mode.It all probably sounds cool, if you are the type of person that needs mass storage on-the-go. Ideal users could be parents with multiple children who are driving across the country. The Satellite sits in the front seat while the kids pull in as much video as they could ever want on their iPads and iPods.Streaming works through a free app or through the device’s browser. You just need to connect to the Satellite the way you would any router or mobile hotspot.In theory, that’s all there is to it–you load up your drive with whatever media you want (via USB, not WiFi) and then download or stream at your leisure. Up to three people can stream at once, but more activity means battery life will be affected. The Satellite should last for 5 hours of use while the idle life is 25 hours.In practice things don’t always go quite so well. Connecting to the Satellite is easy, but to do so you need to sign off from your normal WiFi connection, so forget about downloading any email (not that you would be if you are in the car, but at home this is annoying). From there you can go right to Safari and it will connect with the drive. There is an app that does the same thing… but who needs another app?When working with the Satellite you can sort by video/photos/music/documents or browse through the clunky folder-based UI. Find some music you like, click it, and the iPad will stream the track. Press back, find a video, and after some loading time it will start playing. You can either stream or download (only with the app) media this way. Streaming video tends to be smooth, but if you aren’t working with optimized video there can be annoying frame rate issues.Through the browser/app you can do advanced features like reboot the GoFlex, change your SSID, add/chance a WiFi password, and so on. There is some loading time with each click, but overall things go smoothly.Just be to completely clear: The Satellite works, but there are issues. Some operations, like photo viewing, can be slow and the app does not work in the background (so you can’t switch to something else while it works). Also the drive is formatted in NTFS which can be a pain for the Mac users who will be buying it. The user interface feels pretty bad as well–if the device sees an incompatible video it’ll show up as if you can play it, but then it will attempt to download which can take minutes before you know what’s going on. ID3 tags and other meta information are missing, which will surely bother the enthusiasts that want to take 500GB of media with them. Also missing are playlists, music sorting, and slideshows, which means it’s bad at viewing images and playing music.Also, you can’t play music in the background using the app. Close the app and the music stops. You can get around this by using the browser, but even then you can only play one track before you need to press “Back”, find another track, and have it reopen in the streaming media player.The biggest problem with the Satellite might just be that it’s not from Apple. That means it’s kept almost entirely out of iOS’s walled garden. Using the app you can save a video or track to the iPad as “Local Content”, but not into your Videos or iTunes libraries. Anything you save will live apart from the rest of your iPad’s media, which is insanely annoying.There is a lot to like about the GoFlex Satellite, but the hurdles in front of it are considerable. As a wireless hard drive and a USB 3.0 drive it works well, but as a way to play media it’s not much fun to use. If the family techie wants to set things up then hand off the iPad to someone else, great, but if you need to explain to the kids why their video doesn’t live with the rest or why they can’t play music while they look at pictures, then you’ll understand why the Satellite missed its mark.Aside from the clunky UI and a few other shortcomings Seagate did what they could to play nicely with iOS, but it’s far from ideal and way behind the rest of the iOS experience.seagate_satellite_04seagate_satellite_04seagate_satellite_03seagate_satellite_02seagate_satellite_01seagate_satelliteseagate_goflex_satellite_002last_img read more

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Heartbreaking Maltas iconic Azure Window arch has collapsed after a storm

first_img“Heartbreaking”: Malta’s iconic Azure Window arch has collapsed after a storm You might have seen the arch in Game of Thrones. “A three-month geological study published in 2013 had concluded that erosion was inevitable,” said the authority.The Azure Window was created after two limestone sea caves collapsed. It soon became a popular tourist site, attracting thousands of people every year.It was featured in Clash of the Titans and was the backdrop for the wedding between Khal Drogo and Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones. https://jrnl.ie/3278474 Mar 9th 2017, 10:22 AM The striking natural limestone arch near the Dwejra Bay collapsed yesterday morning after bad weather hit the island.The Malta Tourism Authority said that concerns about the Azure Window’s long-term future had grown over the past year. Source: Alan Grech/Twitter Peter Vella, Director of the Malta Tourism Authority for the UK and Ireland said: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Went to #Dwejra this morning and my heart broke a little bit.Goodbye #AzureWindow 💔 I took 1st photo in Sep 2016, 2nd photo today. pic.twitter.com/VJYQIXL08I— 𝐒𝐩𝐚𝐠𝐡𝐞𝐩𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐞 (@YesMissMurphy) March 8, 2017 41,291 Views THE FAMOUS AZURE Window landmark in Malta, located on the island of Gozo, has collapsed following a storm.Malta’s Prime Minister, Joseph Muscat, described the news as “heartbreaking”, underlying how proud the country was of the stunning natural arch. Share81 Tweet Email1 49 Comments Source: Joseph Muscat/Twittercenter_img By Aoife Barry Short URL Falling rocks had even led to a ban on accessing the site – although the Malta Today newspaper reported earlier this week that people were continuing to ignore the ‘no entry’ signs.In January, waves from rough seas broke off a large slab at the base of one of the arch’s cliffs. Bye Bye Tieqa. The best shot I ever took of the iconic landscape. Always wanted to give it another shot 🙁 #Dwejra #AzureWindow #Malta pic.twitter.com/UvOFGpPm5m— Alan Grech (@Alan_Grech) March 8, 2017 We are deeply saddened to lose such a magnificent landmark. The Azure Window was a spectacular site and a natural wonder. Although this is a very sad day for Malta & Gozo Dwejra still has other great sites for tourists, such as the inland sea and the Fungus Rock.Read: Not bad for March: Sunny spells and temperatures in the mid-teens> #Dwejra #AzureWindow site today. Picture by @Armed_Forces_MT pic.twitter.com/9reBk7nmr5— Joseph Muscat (@JosephMuscat_JM) March 8, 2017 Khaleesi, part of your home is gone! 🙁 #RIP #AzureWindow @GameOfThrones @emiliaclarke pic.twitter.com/nqO7TN5D26— Ryan Paul Abela (@RyanPaulAbela) March 8, 2017 Source: Ryan Paul Abela/Twitter Source: Joseph Muscat/Twitter Source: Stephanie Murphy/Twitter Thursday 9 Mar 2017, 10:22 AM The site from where one could admire it-Tieqa tad-Dwejra. Heartbreaking. pic.twitter.com/S4XV6MyKRu— Joseph Muscat (@JosephMuscat_JM) March 8, 2017last_img read more

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Woman who helped raise 300m for cancer research dies from breast cancer

first_img Thursday 30 Mar 2017, 1:42 PM Image: Richard Shotwell/AP By Associated Press Short URL 24,608 Views Share376 Tweet Email 14 Comments Mar 30th 2017, 1:42 PM center_img Noreen Fraser at Variety’s Power of Comedy event at Avalon Hollywood in Los Angeles in 2012 Image: Richard Shotwell/AP http://jrnl.ie/3315189 Noreen Fraser at Variety’s Power of Comedy event at Avalon Hollywood in Los Angeles in 2012 NOREEN FRASER, A TV producer whose own cancer diagnosis turned her into an activist against the disease, has died. She was 63.Fraser died on Monday at her Los Angeles home of metastatic breast cancer, her family said.She joined forces with other prominent women, including TV presenter Katie Couric, to found Stand Up to Cancer. The organisation holds celebrity-filled telethons and has raised a reported $300 million-plus (over €280 million) for research since 2008.Its aim is to get lifesaving treatment to patients more quickly through collaborative research.Another of its founders, producer Laura Ziskin, died of breast cancer in 2011 at age 61.Family milestones Fraser’s personal crusade began after she was diagnosed in 2001 with breast cancer, her husband, TV producer Woody Fraser, told the Los Angeles Times.“She didn’t know if she’d see her children graduate from grade school, then high school, then college,” he said, adding that she got to witness those events but not her daughter’s upcoming wedding.Fraser established the Noreen Fraser Foundation in 2006 to fund women’s cancer research. At her direction, the foundation’s assets were transferred last year to the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of California, Los Angeles, where a research lab is named after her.Fraser, a native of Cleveland, produced TV shows including Entertainment Tonight and Home Show.Besides her husband, she is survived by children Madeline and Mack, her parents Jackie and Fred Friend and eight siblings.Read: American Airlines co-pilot dies during airport approach in New MexicoRead: Fears cyclone will turn parts of Great Barrier Reef into ‘underwater wasteland’ Woman who helped raise $300m for cancer research dies from breast cancer Noreen Fraser was a TV producer in the US. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Chandelier Bakery has got the goods

first_imgWhy: Chandelier Bakery celebrated its one-year anniversary in February. The bakery is owned and operated by Monica Kersey and is in the historic Padden House on Northeast 78th Street between Northeast Andresen and St. Johns roads. Chandelier is open seven days a week with a few breakfast and lunch options, along with a full selection of baked sweets.What I tried: I stopped in for a bowl of chili con carne, which is served with a cornbread muffin. I took home an assortment of baked items that included a cinnamon roll, an almond croissant, a classic whoopee pie, a cranberry orange scone, a peach and a lime macaron, a cheesecake bar and a breakfast vegetable strata.The chili was served piping hot in a goodly sized portion. Everything about the chili was traditional and not too complicated — beans and meat in a tomatoey chili sauce, which was just spicy enough. There was a touch of corn in the mix, as well, which I found delivered a snappy element to the texture. The cornbread muffin that accompanied the chili was warm and soft and not too sweet. I appreciated that it was cornbread and not corncake.Of the items that I brought home, I was most excited to try the cinnamon roll. I wondered if I had finally found one made in a cupcake tin that was not doughy. To my delight, it was perfectly baked through and did not posses any under-baked areas. The cream cheese frosting generously topped the roll and lasted, without need of rationing, to the last bite. In that the cinnamon roll is baked in a muffin tin, there is a minimal amount of golden brown crust to enjoy.The almond croissant was not a light, flaky pastry. It was instead a doughy roll filled with sweet almond paste and topped with sliced almonds.last_img read more

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Stabaek sweating over Keitas injury

Stabaek sweating over Keitas injury

first_imgBy Sulayman BahNorwegian top tier outfit Valerenga are sweating over the injury of yet-to-be-capped Gambian player Muhamed Keita.Keita, sustained what looked like an injury and lasted barely thirty minutes in the club’s slender 1-0 win over Kristiansund in a domestic league game last week evening.The 26-year-old started the game but got replaced by teammate Henrik Johansen as Valerenga held on to their fragile advantage till game’s end.It was the Gambian-born’s sixth appearance since joining on a free transfer after seeing a proposed deal to move to Azerbaijan’s giants Qarabag hit the brick walls.The extent of Keita’s injury hasn’t been publicly declared but the player remains out on the peripheries.Muhamed missed out in his club’s 2-0 defeat to Sarpsborg last Sunday.last_img read more

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Apple Card likely to roll out internationally Goldman Sachs exec says

first_img Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Apple Card may reach international markets after it’s launched in the US. Screenshot by Jessica Dolcourt/CNET Apple’s credit card could come to international customers following its US launch, according to Goldman Sachs International’s CEO.The Apple Card, which is both virtual and physical, was revealed at the tech giant’s event Monday. Apple noted that it’s teaming up with investment bank Goldman Sachs and Mastercard to release the card. Apple Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Comment See All More from the Apple event reading • Apple Card likely to roll out internationally, Goldman Sachs exec says Everything Apple announced Apple TV Channels streaming service is here, wants to run the show All the Apple TV shows and series announced Apple introduces new Apple Card, a virtual credit card See all our Apple event coverage Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it The Apple Card is Apple’s new no-late fee credit card Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019center_img First published at 5:36 a.m. PT.Updated at 6:35 a.m. PT: Adds background. Apple Pay Apple Now playing: Watch this: • 1:52 Share your voice We know it’ll work globally, but no mention was made of an international release. However, Goldman’s Richard Gnodde later told CNBC that it’s likely.”With that product, we are going to start in the US but over time, absolutely, we will be thinking of international opportunities for it,” he said Tuesday.Apple said Apple Card will be available in the US this summer and didn’t have any further details to share.Goldman didn’t immediately respond to a request for further comment. Tags 1 Internet Services Tech Industrylast_img read more

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YK Delta Residents Speak On Possible King Salmon Fishery Closure

first_imgFacing the possibility of a total closure of the King salmon fishery this summer and new dip-net openings, people from the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta are speaking up on all sides of the issue.Download Audiolast_img

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bloodiest clash 9 shot dead 20 injured in firing over a land

bloodiest clash 9 shot dead 20 injured in firing over a land

first_imgLucknow: In a shocking incident reported from Sonbhadra district in Uttar Pradesh, nine people were killed and at least 20 injured in firing over a land dispute in Ghorawal village on Wednesday. The deceased included six men and three women. A senior police official said that two men, nephews of the village head, have been arrested so far. A house-to-house search is underway to nab those involved in the shootout, police said. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us The land in the district’s Ghorawal area earlier belonged to an IAS officer and he had sold it to village head Yagya Dutt, who wanted to take its possession, said Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police (DGP) OP Singh. When Dutt reached the spot with his henchmen in 10 to 12 tractors, local villagers tried to stop them from taking over the land, police said. Those accompanying him then showered a volley of bullets on the villagers, killing nine of them. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us “Nine persons have been killed and 19 injured in the incident of firing,” District Magistrate Ankit Kumar Agarwal said, adding that the incident had taken place over a land dispute. “The sub-divisional magistrate and the superintendent of police are on the spot. Nine people have been brought to the district hospital until now; of these, some are injured and some are dead. Advertise With Us However, the final number of deaths can be confirmed only after all the ambulances carrying the dead bodies reach the district hospital,” he said. “We have also alerted the Madhya Pradesh police and, if needed, action against the IAS officer will also be initiated,” he added. Sonbhadra is the second largest district in Uttar Pradesh and is the only one in the country sharing its boundary with four other states — Madhya Pradesh, Chhattishgarh, Jharkhand and Bihar.The injured have been rushed to the hospital where the condition of some of them was stated to be critical. “When the village head started work on the land he had bought, he was confronted by some villagers, which led to a tiff between the two sides,” said a police officer. “A clash then took place and several people were killed. Two men identified as Ganesh and Vimlesh, nephews of the village head, have been arrested as the police took prompt action. A hunt is on for the others and all the culprits will be nabbed very soon. Sonbhadra SP is already on the spot and we have also briefed the chief minister about the situation.” Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has taken cognisance of the incident and expressed condolences to the families of the deceased. The CM’s Office in a tweet said that Adityanath has directed DGP Singh to personally monitor the case. The incident, the bloodiest clash over land in recent years in the state, comes just a day before the Monsoon Session of the state assembly begins. The opposition has been criticising the BJP government state over law and order in the state.last_img read more

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