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Aegon Championships: Novak Djokovic accepts wildcard entry at Eastbourne

first_imgThree-time Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic has accepted a main draw wildcard to play at the Aegon International in Eastbourne starting June 23, the organisers said on Wednesday.This is the first time since 2010 that Djokovic will play a grass court event between the French Open and Wimbledon.”This will be my first trip to Eastbourne, I have heard great things about the tournament,” Djokovic, who will be the tournament’s top seed, said in a statement.”I am looking forward to fine-tuning my grass court game there ahead of Wimbledon.”The Serb, who turned 30 last month, dropped outside the top two in the world for the first time since March 2011 after a quarter-final defeat to Dominic Thiem at Roland Garros earlier this month.Djokovic will be joined by France’s Gael Monfils and American duo John Isner and Steve Johnson at the grass courts of Devonshire Park ahead of the Wimbledon championships starting July 3.last_img read more

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Cowboys’ Shoplifter Randle Will Play

first_imgIRVING, Texas — Dallas running back Joseph Randle says he made a “huge mistake” when he was arrested on a shoplifting charge that led to a fine from the Cowboys, but no suspension.Randle was charged with a Class B misdemeanor of theft between $50 and $500 after he was accused of taking $123 worth of cologne and underwear from a department store at a suburban Dallas mall on Oct. 13.Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Randle would be fined “significantly” but would play Oct. 19 against the New York Giants.Randle met with Garrett on Oct. 14 and addressed his teammates before practice Oct. 15. He said he appreciated their support.“They know people mess up,” Randle said. “I’m just trying to take full responsibility and really just move on from it.”According to the arrest report, Randle was caught on video placing items later identified as a “tester” bottle of Gucci Guilty Black cologne and a two-pack of Polo underwear into a Dillard’s bag after making a purchase at the store at Stonebriar Centre, about 30 miles north of Dallas.The 22-year-old Randle was stopped by a security guard in the parking lot and later told a police officer that when he saw the “old guy,” referring to the security guard, he thought to himself, “All right, y’all got me.”The arrest came a day after one of Randle’s best games in two seasons with Dallas in a 30-23 victory against Super Bowl champion Seattle. He had a 38-yard run and a key tackle on a late kickoff.“Well, I really just made a huge mistake. I disappointed a lot of people who really care about me, like my brothers on the team, coaches, this whole organization,” Randle said. “I let a lot of people down. I’m just going to try my best to make it up to them.”Quarterback Tony Romo said he had talked to Randle.“He obviously wants to make better decisions in the future and I think that the way that he sounds, he will,” Romo said. “We’re his pseudo-family here, so we’ve got his back.”The Cowboys (5-1) play their first NFC East opponent in the Giants (3-3).(SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Burnley close on Europe but boos for Bong anger Brighton and Hughton

first_imgIt was also a point towards Brighton’s objective of survival, although Southampton’s victory over Bournemouth cut the gap between Hughton’s side and the bottom three to five points. The Brighton manager said: “I thought we were the better side; we looked more like carving something out.“Burnley have a way of playing which is very effective. For the large majority of the game I thought we dealt with that threat.“There is probably a tinge of disappointment that we didn’t get the win. Out of the two teams, if there was one that deserved a win more, I thought it was us.” Gaëtan Bong stands by accusation that Jay Rodriguez racially abused him Chris Hughton felt Brighton could have taken more than a point in their battle for survival but was more unhappy with the treatment of Gaëtan Bong by Burnley supporters. While the home fans could celebrate their team being virtually assured of European football next season for the first time in more than 50 years, some showed their backing for the club’s former striker Jay Rodriguez by booing Bong’s every touch.Rodriguez, now at West Brom, was accused of racially abusing the Brighton defender when the two Albions met in January. This month the charge was found to be “not proven” by an independent commission but both clubs continue to back their own player’s version of events. Hughton said of Bong’s treatment at Turf Moor: “I thought the reaction of the Burnley supporters every time he got the ball was shameful. They should look at the two statements that came out – one from the independent committee and one from the FA – because I thought their reaction was shameful.” Burnley Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Sign up for The Fiver, our tea-timely football email. Read more Premier League Topics Bong and co had the satisfaction of claiming a point towards survival, while Burnley are now six points clear of Everton with two games remaining and have a far better goal difference, so are almost certain to be in the Europa League.The Clarets, whose last European campaign was in 1966-67, came closest to scoring when Kevin Long hit the post in the first half. Sean Dyche said of the prospect of Europe: “It’s a fantastic achievement if we get there. We weren’t as good as we can be, a long way from it at times, but the habits were there, the will to play was there; we were just short of quality. It’s hard to sit here on a soft performance to question the players. Over the season they’ve been absolutely fantastic and they’ve earned the right.“The points we’ve got on the table in the Premier League, you can’t cheat that. You can have a lucky spell but you can’t be lucky all season. It takes organisation, delivery of performance, the mentality to take on each game, and we’ve had that in abundance.” Share on Twitter Reuse this content Brighton & Hove Albion Share on Facebook match reports In a frenzied first-half passage of play Mat Ryan made two desperate saves from Ashley Barnes and Jack Cork, with the ball breaking for Long, who hit a post. The rebound off the woodwork and appeared to strike Lewis Dunk on the arm but Roger East refrained from awarding the home side their first Premier League penalty in more than a year.“There is no point in me talking about penalties,” Dyche said, jokingly. “Cartoon capers, someone just sneaks a club out on someone’s head, we might get one then, but they might not see it. Eventually we’ll get a penalty, you imagine.” Read more Share via Email Share on Pinterest The Observer Cenk Tosun rouses Everton to leave Huddersfield teetering above drop zone Share on LinkedInlast_img read more

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Public Sector Workers Assured of Lump Sum on Retirement

first_imgMinister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Hon. Horace Dalley, is assuring public sector workers, particularly security groups, that there is no need to take the option of early retirement, in order to secure pension lump sum entitlements.“The reformed pension system, to come on stream in 2016, will preserve the lump sum entitlement. This government is aware and is extremely sensitive to the fact that retirees depend on this lump sum payment to start their new lives in retirement,” Mr. Dalley said.The Minister, who has responsibility for the Public Service, was making his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, on July 2.Mr. Dalley explained that with pension reform being one of the major prior actions required by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), to secure an agreement, the Government had started “earnestly on this mission, because we know that the present pension arrangement is unsustainable.”He further explained that as part of moving the process along, the work of the Joint Select Committee of Parliament was concluded and a report tabled and debated in the House.However, he noted, as the negotiations with the IMF progressed, and wage talks with public sector unions intensified, Cabinet decided that pension reform could not be implemented at this time, but that the pension reform process continues, with a new implementation target date of April 1, 2016.Contact: Alphea Saunderslast_img read more

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ABS Grants AIP for Hyundai Heavys FPSO Hull Design

first_imgzoom South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has received an Approval in Principle (AIP) for its floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) hull design from classification society ABS.ABS and HHI worked together with the objective of developing a technically feasible and class compliant FPSO hull design, using the latest technologies while maintaining high safety standards.The AIP demonstrates the design substantially complies with Class and Regulatory requirements, giving regulatory agencies and other key stakeholders confidence in the design, according to ABS.The design basis is storing 2 mbbl of crude oil in the barge-shaped hull, applying mainly shipbuilding standards, and combining offshore production facility features, such as a 25-year lifetime without drydocking, and structural reinforcement for topside structure installation.“The newbuilding conversion FPSO hull design can be built for about half the cost as compared to a conventional FPSO hull,” Jae-Eul Kim, HHI Senior Vice President, Shipbuilding Division, said.“In the current difficult energy market, the competitive ready-to-convert FPSO hull, with AIP from ABS, offers a practical approach to floating production units—enabling stakeholders to take confident financial investment decisions,” Kim concluded.last_img read more

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Indemnité de soignant

first_img Les critères d’admissibilité pour le récipiendaire des soins incluent : être résident de la Nouvelle-Écosse, être âgé de 19 ans ou plus et posséder une carte santé de la Nouvelle-Écosse valide; avoir une déficience ou une invalidité considérable, ce qui est déterminé par une évaluation des soins à domicile; faire l’objet d’une évaluation du revenu puisque l’indemnité est uniquement offerte aux soignants qui offrent des soins à une personne à faible revenu. Les soignants admissibles en Nouvelle-Écosse pourront recevoir de l’aide financière en reconnaissance de leur rôle important et à l’appui de leurs efforts visant à aider leurs proches ou leurs amis. « Nous reconnaissons le rôle très important que les soignants jouent dans la vie des gens auxquels ils offrent des soins, a dit Maureen MacDonald, ministre de la Santé. Nous savons que les soignants ont eux-mêmes besoin de soutien afin de pouvoir continuer à offrir des soins aux membres de leur famille ou à leurs amis. » Pour être admissible à l’indemnité de soignant, d’une valeur de 400 $ par mois, le soignant et la personne qui reçoit les soins doivent tous deux répondre aux critères du programme. Les critères d’admissibilité pour le soignant incluent : être âgé de 19 ans ou plus, être résident de la Nouvelle-Écosse et posséder une carte santé de la Nouvelle-Écosse valide; offrir des soins pendant 20 heures par semaine ou plus à une personne qui répond aussi aux critères. Des renseignements supplémentaires sur l’indemnité de soignant sont disponibles au www.gov.ns.ca/health. Toute personne qui souhaite présenter une demande ou obtenir plus d’information peut composer le numéro sans frais 1-800-225-7225.last_img read more

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Time for change on harassment including on Parliament Hill minister

first_imgOTTAWA – There is nothing new about sexual harassment on Parliament Hill, says Employment Minister Patty Hajdu, but it is time to get serious about supporting its victims and stopping it from happening in the first place.“We talk a lot about getting women into politics and if we can’t actually protect the women staffers in our own workplaces, we have a long ways to go,” the Liberal minister said Monday after she opened the debate on proposed legislation to support safe federal workplaces.“This isn’t something that’s a brand new phenomenon,” she told a news conference. “What we’re saying is actually what women have been saying, which is ‘time’s up,’ that it’s time to take action, and that we have the tools to do so.”The legislation, introduced last fall, is aimed at giving workers and employers a clear course of action to better deal with allegations of bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct.Later Monday, MPs agreed with a motion tabled by NDP House leader Ruth Ellen Brosseau to fast-track the legislation, known as Bill C-65, sending it straight to the House of Commons human resources committee for further study.The proposed changes would merge separate labour standards for sexual harassment and violence, subjecting them to the same scrutiny and dispute resolution process, which could mean bringing in an outside investigator to review allegations.The proposed rules, which also apply to banks, transportation, telecommunications and other federally regulated industries, would enforce strict privacy rules to protect victims of harassment or violence.Once passed, the legislation would also allow anyone unhappy with how a dispute is being handled to complain to the labour minister, who could step in to investigate and order sanctions for employers.The new rules would also — for the first time — bring parliamentary staff under the protection of the Canada Labour Code.Staffers would also have access to a neutral third party to examine their complaints, so that they are not forced to rely upon the MP or senator who employs them, especially if that person is also the alleged abuser.That aspect of the legislation has taken on increased significance as the #MeToo movement has reached Parliament Hill, including allegations against Liberal MP Kent Hehr, who resigned from cabinet last week pending an investigation.Last week also saw Patrick Brown step down as leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives, months ahead of a provincial election, following a CTV News report that included an allegation of sexual misconduct stemming from his time as a Conservative MP.And then Monday, a report by Maclean’s magazine said the federal Conservative party was aware of an allegation of sexual assault against former Ontario MP Rick Dykstra, yet allowed him to remain on the ballot in the 2015 campaign.Dykstra, who left his post as president of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives over the weekend, has not returned a request for comment.The Liberals asked the opposition parties for the debate on Bill C-65 last week, before the allegations against Brown came to light.“It’s a culture where people who are victims of harassment or sexual violence do not feel safe to bring those complaints forward,” Hajdu said Monday in the House of Commons.Conservative MP Michelle Rempel responded with an impassioned speech on how what life can be like for women on the Hill, where many influential people, often with big egos, work long hours with others in precarious positions.She added that “for all the talk of feminism,” women at all levels are still used as “photo op props” and remain vulnerable to abuse.“We are still given hugs and cheek kisses that linger a bit too long,” she said. “To fit in, we still laugh at the lewd jokes and maybe even tell one ourselves, to be considered safe to socialize with and one of the boys.”She said women are shamed for standing up for themselves as well as for choosing to stay silent.“These things are used to control us, to demean us, and to silence us.”Rempel urged everyone who witnesses harassment to speak up, rather than forcing victims to do it themselves.“We cannot be bystanders any longer,” she said, calling on the government to require everyone — from volunteers and interns to MPs and ministers — to take training on how to prevent sexual harassment from happening in the first place.Of the report on how her own party handled allegations against Dykstra, she said: “Those people should be ashamed of themselves.”— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitterlast_img read more

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Delays at Sturgeon Refinery add to Alberta heavy oil price discount woes

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:CNQ)The Canadian Press CALGARY — A new refinery touted as part of the solution to Alberta’s oversupply of heavy oil likely won’t begin processing oilsands bitumen until year-end, several months later than expected.That means 80,000 barrels per day of diluted bitumen that would have been delivered to the $9.7-billion Sturgeon Refinery near Edmonton is instead joining the queue to be placed on overcrowded pipelines leaving the province.Ian MacGregor, CEO of co-owner North West Refining, Inc., says multiple equipment failures have prevented the startup of the part of the refinery designed to break down heavy, sticky bitumen into an upgraded oil that can then be converted into consumer products.He says the refinery contains some 7,000 pieces of equipment and getting them all to operate in concert is taking more time than expected, with the latest setback involving a heat exchanger that was apparently damaged during installation.Sturgeon, the first new refinery built in Alberta in more than 30 years, was completed 12 months ago and has since been producing diesel from synthetic crude upgraded at an Alberta oilsands mine.MacGregor says the refinery is benefiting as high discounts on prices on stranded Alberta heavy oil have also begun to affect light oil and synthetic oil, leading to its feedstock costing as much as US$30 per barrel less than usual.He says the refinery is currently producing between 35,000 and 40,000 barrels per day of diesel.“I think we’re going to be running on bitumen by the end of the year,” he said in an interview.“It will take a while to come up to full capacity because as we put bitumen into it, we’ll find other problems.”The refinery is a joint venture of North West Refining and Canadian Natural Resources Ltd., which is to provide 25 per cent of its bitumen feedstock. The rest is to come from the government-owned Alberta Petroleum Marketing Commission.last_img read more

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As BJP keeps Advani Joshi out Shanta makes first move says will

first_imgShimla: With BJP deciding to keep former Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani and party stalwart Murli Manohar Joshi out of the contest, Himachal BJP senior Shanta Kumar, 85, has made the first move.Shanta Kumar on Friday announced that he will not contest the upcoming Lok Sabha poll. He is currently sitting Lok Sabha member from politically sensitive Kangra Parliamentary constituency, which had won four times including 2014. His statement comes at a time when the party’s Parliamentary Board was set to meeting in Delhi on Friday night and finalise the candidates’ second list. Top BJP leaders including Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, former CM Prem Kumar Dhumal and state BJP president Satpal Satti are in Delhi for discussions on the probable candidates. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”On Thursday night, things are thrashed to a large extent. Now, the central parliamentary board will put its seal,” said a senior BJP leader, who indicated that Kangra will get a new candidate. Three-time state Chief Minister Shanta Kumar is among BJP and Jan Sangh ‘s most potential and front line leaders in Himachal Pradesh, who was the face of the state’s politics and had a role in building-up the BJP in the Congress dominant state. Shanta Kumar had also remained a cabinet minister under Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KReports say barring Hamirpur – where three-time MP Anurag Thakur is sure to be retained as ‘winnable’ candidate in Himachal Pradesh, there is quite a suspense on rest of the three seats viz Mandi, Shimla and Kangra. The biggest upsurge is in Mandi Parliamentary constituency in the home district of Chief Minister where former Communication minister Pt Sukh Ram’s grandson Ashray Sharma has staked his claim for the ticket. Sukh Ram’s son Anil Sharma, who was a minister in the earlier Congress government, had defected from the party before the poll and joined the BJP ahead of the 2017 polls. He is now a minister in the Jai Ram Thakur government. Sukh Ram has been camping in Delhi to meet the top BJP leaders even as state leaders including Chief Minister has refused to give any credence to Ashray Sharma’s claim for the ticket. Not Sharma alone, there are two other contenders against Ram Swaroop Sharma. Maheshwar Singh, a senior BJP leader and three-time former MP from Mandi, is lobbying hard for the ticket. He had lost the assembly poll in 2017 elections. Brigadier Khushal Thakur, a Kargil war veteran, is also seeking ticket and he had quite a following of his own in the area as being a war hero. Jai Ram Thakur has held two successive meetings in Mandi during past one week to send a message that the party will not tolerate any indiscipline if any leader tries to overstep the mandate of the party to decide on the ticket. He has also clearly told Anil Sharma, Pt Sukh Ram’s son and his cabinet minister to control his son. Some BJP leaders from Mandi had also sent a complaint to the party asking for action against Ashray Sharma and his father Anil Sharma for trying to jeopardise the party’s prospects in Mandi. The rebellion is also brewing in Shimla (reserve ) parliamentary constituency against the sitting BJP MP Virender Kashyap. Party leader H N Kashyap, a who had successfully contested the seat in 2004 is back strongly lobbying of the ticket alleging that he had been given unfair treatment by the party ever since he had lost the poll.last_img read more

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UN signs host country agreement with South Africa ahead of world racism

The host country agreement for the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination Xenophobia and Related Intolerance was signed in Geneva by South African Foreign Minister Dlamini Zuma and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, who is the Secretary-General of the Conference. The forum will take place in Durban from 31 August to 7 September 2001.The host country contract, which defines the responsibilities related to the holding of the conference, was the last official requirement before participants arrive for the largest international anti-racism congress ever.

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Avon Products eliminating more than 400 jobs leaving Ireland and other markets

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Avon Products eliminating more than 400 jobs, leaving Ireland and other markets by The Associated Press Posted Apr 8, 2013 8:47 am MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Avon is eliminating more than 400 positions and abandoning or restructuring smaller or underperforming businesses in Africa, the Middle East and Europe, including an exit from Ireland.The company said Monday that the job cuts, which equate to about 1 per cent of Avon’s 39,100 employees, will occur across all regions and segments. It is part of a turnaround plan under CEO Sheri McCoy, with the goal of achieving mid-single digit percentage revenue growth and $400 million in cost savings by 2016.Avon expects to complete almost all the cuts before year’s end.The New York company will take charges of around $35 million to $40 million before taxes and expects annualized savings of between $45 million and $50 million.The jobs cuts come on top of the 1,500 positions trimmed in December, when the company announced that it was exiting Vietnam and South Korea.The direct seller of beauty products has been struggling to turn around its business at home and in emerging markets. It has also wrestled with a bribery probe in China that began in 2008 and has since spread to other countries.In its most recent quarter, Avon Products Inc. posted a wider fourth-quarter loss as it marked down the value of its Silpada jewelry business and restructured. It was still better than Wall Street had expected, however, and McCoy, who took over Avon one year ago, said there were signs that business was stabilizing.Avon Products shares rose 35 cents, or 1.7 per cent, to close at $20.61 Monday. read more

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Veolia Water Technologies selected to deliver the Greenbushes Lithium Mine Water Treatment

first_imgLocated in Greenbushes, Western Australia, the Talison Lithium mine is a leading producer of lithium in Western Australia. The lithium mined is used in batteries for consumer electronics, electric bicycles, buses and passenger vehicles. It is also used in aerospace alloys, wind turbines, glass and ceramics.The mine site is located adjacent to the town of Greenbushes in Western Australia. It is approximately 250 km south of Perth and is the biggest hard rock Lithium mine in the world. The Greenbushes Lithium Mine Water Treatment Plant will be constructed utilising some of Veolia Water Technologies core technologies.After extensive engineering and test work, Veolia Water Technologies will provide a water treatment plant solution based on ACTIFLO® clarification, CeraMem® ultrafiltration, high recovery RO and two stage EVALED® thermal evaporation. The water treatment plant is designed to treat a maximum feed flow of 150 m3/h and achieve the highest overall water recovery possible.This new water treatment plant will enable Talison Lithium to double the output from the Greenbushes Operations, and satisfy the environmental requirements to reduce lithium contained in the onsite mine water prior to discharge to the environment.While preliminary activities have already commenced, the construction of the Greenbushes Lithium Mine Water Treatment Plant is scheduled to be completed and operational in 2019.Talison Lithium is a leading global producer  of lithium. Talison Lithium’s headquarters are in Perth, Western Australia and the Company has over 140 employees located in Australia, Canada, Chile and China. Talison Lithium currently produces lithium concentrate at its lithium mineral project in Western Australia located in the town of Greenbushes. The lithium orebody at Greenbushes is unique in that it contains large zones of high grade lithium ore. Lithium has been produced from the Greenbushes operations for over 25 years and Talison Lithium currently exports over 350,000 t of lithium products annually to a global customer base.last_img read more

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Boat carrying over 100 Haitian migrants stopped off Cuban coast

first_imgCUBA (WSVN) — More than 100 migrants have been stopped at sea after authorities spotted their overloaded freighter off the coast of Cuba.The boat was spotted as it began taking on water on Saturday, about 20 miles off the northeast coast of Cuba.There were 127 people on board the boat from Haiti.Fifty of them were repatriated on Tuesday. The others were taken into custody by the Cuban Border Guard after they refused to board a U.S. Coast Guard cutter.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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BJP leader Gadila Srikanth Reddy donates 15 lakh for urs

first_imgPatancheru: Former ZPTC member and BJP leader Gadila Srikanth Reddy on Wednesday announced a donation of Rs 1.5 lakh to the urs celebration of Hazrat Mahbub Subhani Dargah.He made the announcement when members of the Madina Youth Association, one of the organisers of the urs, called on him and extended an invite to participate in the event slated for August 29 at Kyasaram village. Among those present in Reddy’s camp office were party activists Govardhan Reddy, Madhukar Reddy, Kyasaram Ward Member Dhanraj, association members Ameer, Jakir, Azeez, S R K Yuvasena Members Nizamuddin Baba, Narender, Shakeel, Sai, Srikanth, Dasarath Datta and Jahangir.last_img

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Viacom says its board has not had access to Redstone

first_imgViacom Inc said on Saturday its board members have been unable to meet with controlling shareholder Sumner Redstone because his daughter Shari is blocking access to the media mogul.Viacom’s criticism of Shari Redstone comes a day after Sumner Redstone, 92, removed Viacom Chief Executive Officer Philippe Dauman and Viacom board member George Abrams from the seven-person trust that will determine the fate of Redstone’s $40 billion media empire that includes Viacom and CBS Corp in the event of his incapacitation or death.”It is clear that Shari Redstone has isolated her father and put his residence on lockdown, which provides clear evidence of her exercise of undue influence,” a spokesperson for Viacom said in a statement.Many attempts by Viacom’s board to meet with Sumner Redstone have been denied, Viacom said.In response, Shari Redstone said in a statement on Saturday: “I fully support my father’s decisions and respect his authority to make them.”Reuters reported on Tuesday that Redstone, who turns 93 next week, had the power to remove certain members of his trust, including Dauman.Sumner Redstone removed Dauman and Abrams as trustees and directors of his privately held movie theatre company National Amusements Inc after he expressed concerns about Viacom’s performance to them and received no response, according to a statement from Michael C Tu, a lawyer representing Redstone.Viacom, like other media companies, has suffered from falling ratings at its cable networks as younger viewers migrate to online and mobile video.A spokesman for Dauman on Friday called the steps to remove him from the trust “illegal and invalid.”The move by the elder Redstone is a victory for his daughter, who is also on the trust and vice-chair of CBS and Viacom, giving her more certain control to determine the fate of her father’s empire.Shari Redstone and Dauman have clashed in the past. She opposed his elevation to the post of executive chairman of Viacom in February, a role her father supported.The Sumner M Redstone National Amusements Inc Trust owns about 80 percent of Redstone’s privately-held National Amusements Inc, which in turn owns 80 percent of the voting rights in both Viacom and CBS.After Sumner Redstone dies or is incapacitated, the trust will determine all matters that come to a shareholder vote at both companies, including potential mergers or acquisitions.With the removal of Abrams and Dauman, Shari Redstone will have majority support among the trust’s members, who include Shari’s son, lawyer Tyler Korff, and David Andelman, another lawyer who is on the CBS board.The trust’s other members are Norman Jacobs, Sumner Redstone’s divorce lawyer, and Leonard Lewin, an attorney who represented Redstone’s first wife, Phyllis, in her divorce from Sumner.last_img read more

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Sony made a custom PS4 controller for gamer with cerebral palsy

first_imgWhen it comes to gaming news, negativity tends to make the headlines. Whether it’s developers being laid off, games being delayed, gamers fighting over which system is better, or whatever it is that people are outraged about during any given week, it can appear as if the gaming world is filled with nothing but bad news. There is still some good out there, however, as was proven by a Sony employee who did something to help a fellow human being with special needs.Like many of us, Peter Byrne is an avid gamer. However, he has cerebral palsy, which means he has to hold his controller in a manner that is uncommon. Because of how he holds controllers, he accidentally hits the PlayStation 4’s DualShock 4 touchpad, which inadvertently causes him to pause games or bring up in-game maps. This frustrated him to the point where he decided to contact Sony to let the company know about his predicament. The following day, he was contacted by an employee named Alex Nawabi, who said that he would personally help Byrne out with this matter.According to New Jersey News 12, Byrne received a packaged last Tuesday that contained a modified DualShock 4 controller. This controller has the touchpad disabled, with a different button replacing its functions. Nawabi says that this is the first time he has ever done anything like this and that the controller took him over 10 hours to construct. Nawabi also built a second controller for Byrne in case anything happened to the first one.AdChoices广告It’s always nice to hear stories like as this. The gaming world can be a pretty grim place, but there are still decent people out there who are looking out for one another. We hope Peter enjoys playing on his new controller for many years to come.last_img read more

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Apple Will Open Up And Share AI Research

first_img Apple has always been a company that closely guards its in-house research projects. Usually, the only glimpses we see are when they file yet another patent application. Now they’re going to open things up.According to a report from Bloomberg, Apple has decided to publicly release their artificial intelligence research. Their lack of willingness to share was cited last year as one of the main reasons that Apple was falling behind the pack when it came to AI.While other industry players like Facebook, Google, IBM, and Microsoft have been publishing away, Apple’s team has continued working in isolation. And not just from the outside. It’s also been reported that Apple’s AI researchers haven’t even been allowed to collaborate with other teams in Cupertino.This change in attitude shouldn’t come as a huge surprise, however, given the letter that Apple recently submitted to the NHSTA. Though the letter was about the safety of self-driving cars, director of product integrity Steve Kenner made several statements that related to artificial intelligence.AI does, after all, play a critical role in a self-driving vehicle’s systems. Speaking about crash data, Kenner said: “by sharing data, the industry will build a more comprehensive dataset than any one company could create alone.” You could apply that statement to AI research as well.Kenner also noted that “Apple looks forward to collaborating with other stakeholders,” and that the company “encourages collaboration.” One way to do that: sharing the results of in-house research.Another reason not to be surprised by the about-face: Apple’s recent hiring of prominent AI researcher Russ Salakhutdinov from Carnegie Mellon. As you’d expect from an academic, Salakhutdinov has published extensively… and he probably wouldn’t have agreed to join Apple if they didn’t plan on letting him continue. Stay on target Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesMIT’s AI Knitting System Designs, Creates Woven Garments last_img read more

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5 Things to do after a fresh install of GNULinux

first_img5 Things to do after a fresh install of GNU/Linux by Mike Turcotte-McCusker on November 04, 2017 in Linux – 37 commentsSo, regardless of what distribution being used, there are things that I do after every single install I do, and I thought perhaps I would share some of them with you; perhaps something I do is missing from your setup and you might like to include it!I am going to leave out the things that you find in every other list…like “Download your favourite music player!” as this is redundant, and pointless to list.The list includes the following five suggestions: increase audio quality, making sure the firewall is enabled,1. Increase audio qualityI’m not going to get into the deeper explanation behind audio and its quality; suffice to say I use expensive headphones, speakers, and every possible opportunity I have to enhance the quality of my sound. So, when I install a new OS, one of the first things I do is make sure that my tunes sound good for while I’m following the rest of my setup. To do so, we need to edit a configuration file for PulseAudio.sudo nano /etc/pulse/daemon.confIn this, there are three lines we need to find:; resample-method = speex-float-1 ; default-sample-format = s16le ; default-sample-rate = 44100The last two lines are above/below eachother, but the first line is a little ways above them in the configuration file.  Edit these, to look like thisresample-method = src-sinc-best-quality default-sample-format = s24le default-sample-rate = 96000NOTE: You MUST ensure that the ; is removed from all three, for this to work. ; signifies a comment, or in this case, deactivated.After this is done, save and exit the configuration file, and then we need to restart PulseAudio:pulseaudio -k pulseaudio –startAaaand voila! Your music will now sound better than it would have previously. You’d be surprised.2. Make sure firewall is enabled.Most distributions tend to have UFW installed as the default firewall, but not all of them enable the firewall by default. Always always always, make sure you enable the firewall.The default ‘home’ setting is usually fine for most people, just simply turn the firewall on, and you’re done. However, if there is no firewall installed, you’ll want to install ‘gufw’ which will also include UFW itself, as well as a graphical tool for it.3. Disable any unnecessary servicesThis one varies from distro to distro, on what needs to be disabled or not, but things like printer support are not needed if you don’t own a printer, etc.Typically, GNU/Linux systems do not run a trillion services to shut down like Windows, but always good to look, and see. Most distributions and environments have a services list in the system settings. The Antergos Cinnamon one, looks like the photo above.4. Install TimeshiftPreviously I wrote an article about how to install Timeshift into Linux Mint, but really I would advise installing it into any system you use, if it’s not included with the distro. Timeshift is almost crucial for someone like me, who can’t run the risk of losing everything in the case of a crash or other mishap. Get it. Use it.5. Install ClamAV / Clamtk antivirusYes, it’s true, a GNU/Linux system is far less likely to be infected by a virus than Windows, but it’s not invincible. I wrote an article about how to install the ClamAV antivirus with Clamtk GUI and highly recommend it as well.What about you? What are the top five things you do besides the usual installation of generic applications?SummaryArticle Name5 Things to do after a fresh install of GNU/LinuxDescriptionMike reveals five things that he does immediately after installing a new Linux distribution; includes improving audio quality, setting up antivirus, and more.Author Mike TurcottePublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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Jacó Happenings

first_imgCacao Lounge opened December 16, 2012, as new concept of delectable art chocolates, and desserts with fresh flowers in a lounge setting. The Cacao lounge is a new concept developed over five years by partner owner and designer Marianna love.The concept is everything dipped in chocolate, in a relaxed atmosphere. These special treats and chocolates are the recipes of Marianna and her mother from Sicily. The lounge has a café bar that serves local Atenas coffee and specialty desserts like chocolate-dipped bacon and jalapenos. A large fountain flows daily with milk chocolate in which to dip all the delectable items. Handmade chocolates and desserts are displayed, but special orders are available as well. Fresh flowers line the staircase to the upstairs, air-conditioned lounge. Flowers are the other mainstay of Cacao lounge, and with 31 years experience in weddings and events, Cacao lounge is the perfect location for lovers and wedding planners.The second luxury lounge features custom designed sofas, chairs and small tables with a great view, restful music and Internet. Cacao lounge has a romantic atmosphere and is available for private parties as well as the general public. Reserved parties can include up to 25 people, cost varies depending on the custom menus. Owners Clint Stallard and Marianna love originally worked together for some 15 years. Clint was Marianna’s assistant in a wedding and design business, and now he’s the official partner in this new concept.Cambridge University has selected Falcon International School of Playa Herradura as one of only 100 schools from around the world to be represented in their 2013 Guide to Excellence in Education. Congratulations to Falcon and their community on this outstanding recognition and representation of Costa Rica. Falcon is internationally accredited by the Southern Association of Cooleges and Schools (SACS) and recognized by the MEP.  Registration is now open for the 2013-2014 school year.  For a complete list of the schools selected, this book can be found online at http:/.cusu-excellence2013.org.–Christina Truittchristina_truitt@yahoo.com Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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