Defence chief wanted discreet meeting with suspended viceadmiral emails show

first_imgOTTAWA – Gen. Jonathan Vance tried to arrange a “discreet” meeting with suspended Vice-Admiral Mark Norman to discuss the future just weeks before Norman was charged by the RCMP, newly released emails show.Norman was initially open to the idea of sitting down with the chief of the defence staff in February, but the meeting did not happen and subsequent emails suggest it was Norman who called it off.The correspondence between the military’s top two officers was obtained through access-to-information legislation and comes amid expectations that Norman will be permanently shuffled out of his position as the military’s second-in-command.Appointed vice-chief of the defence staff in August 2016, Norman was suspended five months later and charged this past March with one count of breach of trust for allegedly leaking cabinet secrets to a Quebec shipyard.The veteran naval officer has denied any wrongdoing and has said he plans to fight the charge in court.Several other senior officers have served as the acting vice-chief of defence in Norman’s absence, but there have been questions inside and outside the Forces about the long-term impact of that arrangement.Canadian Army commander Lt.-Gen. Paul Wynnyk has been tapped to take over as the third acting vice-chief of defence since Norman’s suspension, but appears poised to instead replace Norman permanently this summer.Vance, who has been in regular email contact with Norman since the latter’s suspension, first broached the subject of a face-to-face meeting on Jan. 28, as the defence chief prepared for a trip to Japan.“I would like to sit down with you shortly after I get back,” Vance wrote. “Purpose would be to take stock, discuss future and address any matters you think we should (discuss) — essentially an update from our telephone call in June.”The defence chief added that his office would set up the meeting “such that it is discreet and dignified.”The two military officers continued to exchange emails about a sit-down at National Defence headquarters on Feb. 12 around 7 p.m., after most staff had gone home.“I will meet you in person at the VIP entrance and take you right to my office,” Vance wrote on Feb. 4.“Again, would plan on seeing how you are doing and how I can help, what you want me to think about going forward and discussion about the GOFO plot,” a reference to the detailed planning that goes into senior appointments in the military.But while Norman initially agreed, subsequent emails show that the meeting did not happen.Exactly why isn’t clear. Two days before the rendezvous, Norman sent Vance a message that was almost entirely redacted by access-to-information co-ordinators at the Department of National Defence.Most of Vance’s response is similarly blacked out, though he does add that he remains “fully available to you should you wish to meet, or even by phone.” Another message a few weeks later confirms the Feb. 12 meeting was cancelled.Vance’s office declined to discuss the defence chief’s request to meet with Norman, citing the ongoing court case. Norman’s lawyer, Marie Henein, did not respond to several requests for comment.Despite not meeting in person, the emails do show that the two military officers remained in contact even after Norman was charged by the RCMP, including through at least one phone call and two formal letters from Vance to his deputy.The letters, dated March 16 — the day of the phone call — and April 11, were withheld in their entirety.The RCMP’s case against Norman revolves around the newly elected Liberal government’s decision in November 2015 to reconsider a $700-million contract the Harper Conservatives had awarded to Quebec-based Davie Shipbuilding.The contract was to convert a civilian vessel, the MV Asterix, into a temporary resupply ship that would be leased for five years, with another five-year option, until permanent replacements could be built in Vancouver.While the plan to revisit the contract was supposed to remain secret, court documents released last year show the RCMP suspected Norman of being upset with the decision and worried the government would cancel the project.Norman was commander of the navy at the time and, according to the documents, allegedly worked with Davie to try to pressure the government to stick with the project.None of the allegations against Norman has been tested in court.The Liberals ultimately decided to proceed with the project; the MV Asterix is now being used by the navy while Davie is poised to provide several used icebreakers to the Canadian Coast Guard.— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.last_img read more

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CORUS ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES PREMIERE DATES FOR SHOWCASE AND W NETWORKS FALL 2019

first_imgTORONTO – Showcase and W Network announced today fall schedules jam-packed with coveted new series and returning favourites, including show-stopping thrillers, high-flying action, compelling stories and romance. Showcase is delivering audiences more of the rich world of DC as highly anticipated premieres of Swamp Thing, Pennyworth and Batwoman make their rousing debut, while the ultimate sleuth Nancy Drew and more exclusive Hallmark Channel movies join W Network’s robust roster of spellbinding magic, mystery and drama.Showcase Premieres: Rising from the realm of DC fame, Swamp Thing premieres on Showcase with a two-night event on Monday, September 2 and Tuesday, September 3 at 10 p.m. ET, with regular episodes rolling out on Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET. The series follows Abby Arcane (Crystal Reed) as she investigates what seems to be a deadly swamp-born virus in a small town in Louisiana, soon discovering that the swamp holds mystical and terrifying secrets. When unexplainable and chilling horrors emerge from the murky marsh, no one is safe.From another comic book sensation comes Pennyworth, the origin story from the Batman universe that follows Bruce Wayne’s butler, Alfred Pennyworth. Formerly a British SAS soldier, Pennyworth (Jack Bannon) forms a security company and goes to work with young billionaire Thomas Wayne, who’s not yet Bruce’s billionaire father, in dangerous and exciting 1960s London. The new series is at your service Wednesday, September 4 at 9 p.m. ET on Showcase.Then, buzzworthy Batwoman soars onto the Showcase schedule on Sunday, October 6 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.Kate Kane (Ruby Rose) makes her debut in the city of Gotham as Batwoman, a highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence, but don’t call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a saviour, Kate must overcome her own demons before becoming Gotham’s new symbol of hope.Rounding out a two-hour super heroine programming block on Showcase are familiar faces Kara (Melissa Benoist) and Alex (Chyler Leigh) of Supergirl. Season 5 will continue to follow Kara as she struggles with battling a movement while she herself, an alien, represents one of the main things people are fearful of.Supergirl follows Batwoman on Sunday, October 6 at 9 p.m. ET. Also returning to Showcase this fall is more dark magic from the students of the Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted in the second season of The Vampire Diaries spin-off Legacies, premiering on Thursday, October 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.W Network Premieres:For the past two fall seasons, W Network has ranked as the #1 entertainment specialty network*, bringing in massive audiences with a mix of heart-warming content and immersive dramas. A new addition to W Network’s fall schedule is Nancy Drew (Kennedy McMann), with the titular character arriving on the scene on October 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, bringing an element of darkness to the whodunit series with a supernatural twist. The brilliant detective’s sense of self comes from solving mysteries in her hometown of Horseshoe Bay, Maine – until her mother’s untimely death derails Nancy’s college plans. Devastated by her mother’s passing, Nancy swears off crime-solving while crossing off the days until she can re-apply to college, but when a socialite is murdered Nancy finds herself a prime suspect in the crime, along with a group of other teens present at the scene.With the continued success of Hallmark Channel content on W Network, audiences can celebrate beautiful autumn days, full of changing leaves and apple picking, with the debut of Hallmark Channel’s Fall Harvest, beginning on Saturday, September 21, featuring back-to-back movies every weekend. Succeeding the feel-good fall event is the beloved Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas, premiering on Friday, November 1. Countdown to Christmas is W Network’s biggest event of the year, with last year’s event cementing the channel as the #1 most watched network in Canada on weekends, surpassing conventional and sports.**W Network is also delivering a second season of All American, the gripping high school football drama inspired by true events on Monday, October 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, and a second season of the cult fantasy drama, Charmed premiering on Friday, October 11 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Based on the original series, Charmed continues to follow three sisters Mel (Melonie Diaz), Maggie (Sarah Jeffery) and Macy (Madeleine Mantock) as they embrace their new magical powers. The series returns after a popular first season, where it ranked in the Top 5 entertainment specialty programs in Fall 2018 for A25-54, Top 10 for A18-34 (young adults)***.Showcase is available on National Free Preview from August 26 to September 30 and W Network is available on National Free Preview from October 1 to November 17.*  Source: Numeris PPM Data, Total TV, W Network, FL’18 (Aug 27 – Dec 30/18) vs. FL17 (Aug 28 – Dec 31/17), station rank based on CDN COM ENG Spec + Dig excluding sports ** Source: Numeris PPM Data, Oct 29/18 – Dec 23/18, confirmed data, Ind. 2+, A25-54, F25-54, A18-49, F18-49 and A18-34, AMA(000), Sa-Su 2a-2a, CDN COM ENG Spec + Dig + National Conventional Networks, Total Canada, based on 8 week average.*** Source: Numeris PPM Data. FL18 (8/27/2018 to 12/30/2018); confirmed data. Total Canada/AMA(000). A25-54, Ranker based on CDN SPEC DIG COM ENG, 3+airings and excludes sports.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Twitter:@Showcasedotca@W_Network@CorusPRFacebook:www.facebook.com/showcasetv/www.facebook.com/wnetworkInstagram:@showcasetv@W_NetworkShowcase and W Network are available through all major TV distributors, including: Shaw, Shaw Direct, Rogers, Bell, Videotron, Telus, Cogeco, Eastlink, SaskTel and the new STACKTV, streaming exclusively on Amazon Prime Video Channels.About Corus Entertainment Inc.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that develops and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompass 37 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a suite of digital assets, animation software, technology and media services. Corus is an established creator of globally distributed content through Nelvana animation studio, Corus Studios, and children’s book publishing house Kids Can Press. The company also owns innovative full-service social digital agency so.da, and lifestyle entertainment company Kin Canada. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada, Global News, Globalnews.ca, Q107, Country 105, and CFOX. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebooklast_img read more

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Amnesty International Reports Global Executions Fell 31 in 2018

Rabat – Global executions fell by 31% to the lowest figure in at least a decade, Amnesty International reports in its 2018 review of the death penalty worldwide. The review, published Tuesday, assesses all recorded executions worldwide, excluding China.Without accounting for China, the estimated number of executions in 2018 was 690. This marks a dramatic decrease from 2017 which saw 993 executions.China is the world’s top executioner with estimated execution figures in the thousands. But, as the executions in China are a state secret, the government never officially releases data. After China, the most executions took place in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, and Iraq. With at least 253 in Iran, 149 in Saudi Arabia, at least 85 in Vietnam, and at least 52 in Iraq, the four countries claim 78% of all reported executions.  While Iran still reports the highest number of executions, the country saw a staggering 50% decrease after executing more than 500 people in 2017. Amnesty attributes the reduction to changes in the country’s anti-narcotic laws.Read Also: Justice Minister: Morocco is Taking Steps Toward Ending Death PenaltyA number of other countries known for high numbers of executions, such as Iraq, Pakistan, and Somalia, also saw their numbers decrease in 2018.In December 2018, 121 countries at the UN General Assembly voted to support a global moratorium on the death penalty. Only 35 countries voted against. Morocco was among the countries that abstained. “The dramatic global fall in executions proves that even the most unlikely countries are starting to change their ways and realize the death penalty is not the answer,” said Amnesty International’s Secretary General Kumi Naidoo.However, not all of the report was positive. Thailand joined Botswana, Sudan, and Taiwan in resuming imposing the death penalty, holding the country’s first execution since 2009. Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena also announced he would resume executions for the first time in 40 years. Sirisena even posted an advertisement in February seeking executioners.   By the end of 2018, 106 countries had abolished the death penalty for all crimes and 142 had abolished the death penalty in practice or law. But, instances of people being sentenced to death increased to 19,336.Although Morocco has the death penalty and had at least 90 people on death row in 2018, it reported no executions. Amnesty noted that Morocco was among the 29 countries which recorded commutations or pardons of death sentences in 2018. The last execution in Morocco was that of Mohamed Mustapha Tabit, convicted of hundreds of counts of assault and rape, in 1993. Naidoo implored countries around the world to end the practice: “To all the countries that still resort to the death penalty, I challenge you to act boldly and put a stop to this abhorrent punishment now.” read more

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UN peacekeeping missions overwhelmed top officials warn on anniversary

The bitter reality of conflicts in many countries dwarfs the ability of United Nations peacekeeping efforts to halt warring factions and maintain security despite their best intentions, General Assembly President Miguel D’Escoto said today.Each of the 20 UN missions around the world, with more than 110,000 personnel collectively, faces a task of unprecedented scale and complexity with inadequate resources, Mr. D’Escoto told the General Assembly at a meeting commemorating the 60th anniversary of UN peacekeeping operations.“The current annual budget for United Nations peacekeeping is approximately $5.6 billion, which represents one half of 1 per cent of global military spending,” noted Mr. D’Escoto.“This mad asymmetry dooms our best intentions,” he added.The Assembly President highlighted the current crisis in the war-torn eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as an example of the difficult responsibility UN blue helmets tackle.He pointed out that the UN peacekeeping operation in the DRC, known as MONUC, has one peacekeeper for every 10,000 civilians in a conflict zone which has witnessed violence against civilians and a terrifying campaign of sexual attacks against girls and women that may be unprecedented in its scale and brutality.“The General Assembly has the responsibility to ensure that operations are equipped with the tools needed to fulfil their mandates,” said Mr. D’Escoto. “But almost without exception, they are still being sent into harm’s way with insufficient resources at their command.”The President recommended that troop-contributing countries become more involved in shaping peacekeeping mandates and “determining resources required to minimize the risk and maximize the chances of success of the operations their troops are committed to.”Peacekeeping has evolved over the last 60 years from its first mission in the Middle East – observing an uneasy cease-fire between the new State of Israel and its neighbours – to become one of the cornerstones of international diplomacy, Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro told the gathering.“The presence of peacekeepers sends a powerful signal that Member States of the United Nations are working together for solutions in the best spirit of the Organization’s Charter,” said Ms. Migiro.She noted that missions have progressed beyond monitoring ceasefires to receive wide-ranging mandates that include helping post-conflict societies rebuild, nurturing democratic governance, protecting civilians, disarming ex-combatants, supervising elections and strengthening institutions. “The evolution of peacekeeping has not come without cost,” she said. “We have seen that peacekeeping will not succeed in building true security if there is no peace to keep.”Ms. Migiro stressed that if there is no political process in place, “we cannot and should not fight a war.”Peacekeepers operate in some of the most austere and challenging environments to protect people at risk, with limited resources and a tiny fraction of global military spending, she told the gathering, underscoring Mr. D’Escoto’s message.“Peacekeepers need our support. They need clear and achievable mandates. They need the political will and material resources of our Member States,” said Ms. Migiro while asking the Assembly to be proud of what has been accomplished and pay tribute to the more than 2,500 peacekeepers and personnel who have lost their lives serving the UN.“Now more than ever, the world needs the blue helmets, and the blue helmets need the world’s support.” 7 November 2008The bitter reality of conflicts in many countries dwarfs the ability of United Nations peacekeeping efforts to halt warring factions and maintain security despite their best intentions, General Assembly President Miguel D’Escoto said today. read more

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Uneven job recovery poses challenges to most countries UN labour agency reports

“These figures present a positive development in many parts of the developing world, but paint a disturbing picture in many high income countries, despite the economic recovery,” said UN International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Director-General, Guy Ryder.“We need a global recovery focused on jobs and productive investment, combined with better social protection for the poorest and most vulnerable groups. And we need to pay serious attention to closing the inequality gap that is widening in so many parts of the world,” Mr. Ryder stressed. According to ILO’s World of Work report 2013, ‘Repairing the economic and social fabric,’ income inequalities have increased in advanced economies over the past two years, against the backdrop of increasing global unemployment – predicted to rise from the current 200 million to nearly 208 million by 2015. Over 30 million jobs are still needed to return employment to the pre-crisis levels, according to the report, while an additional 16.7 million positions are needed for the young people who will reach working age this year. This is a particular challenge for the numerous college graduates this year, as the authors note the need to advances in educational attainment with decent work opportunities as “a major global challenge for the years to come.” Young people and women almost globally find it difficult to find jobs that match their skills and aspirations. The authors praise some advanced economies for managing to recover some of the jobs lost, in particular Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the Republic of Korea, with positive signs of recovery also in Japan and the United States. Europe, in contrast, still faces significant challenges to its labour marked and its social outlook continues to deteriorate. “More and better jobs are needed so there can be a more balanced distribution of income in both advanced and developing economies,” said Raymond Torres, Director of the International Institute for Labour Studies, the research arm of the ILO. The report also shows a reduction in the middle class in many advanced economies, “fuelled in part by long-term unemployment, weakening job quality and workers dropping out of the labour market altogether.” “The shrinking size of middle-income groups in advanced economies is a matter of concern, not only for the inclusiveness of those societies but also for economic reasons,” Mr. Torres said. “Long-term investment decisions by enterprises also depend on the proximity of large and stable middle-income groups which are in a position to consume.”In developing and emerging economies, however, the size of the middle-income group has grown from 263 million in 1999 to 694 million in 2010. The growth is especially significant in the majority of Latin America, which underwent stagnation in the 1990s. The middle class grew by 16 percentage points in Brazil, an upper-middle-income group, and 46 per cent in Honduras, a middle-income group economy. In the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), of the growth among lower-middle-income countries, the middle class grew especially in Morocco, doubling from 4 million in 1999 to 9 million in 2010. However, the report authors point out that the poor and vulnerable still represented 70 per cent of the population in 2010.Authors also noted a vulnerable “floating group” comprised of people just above the poverty line, whose numbers grew from 1.1 million in 1999 to 1.9 million in 2010, mostly in low and low-middle income economies. “This emerging middle class is actually quite fragile and most or the large majority of people within this group are living just above the poverty level of $2 a day, so the middle class is not middle at all in terms of the standards that we think and we understand,” ILO economist Marva Corley-Coulibaly, who worked on the report, told UN Radio. “There aren’t additional programmes, qualities of employment, there isn’t there that additional impetus to help them to move up the economic ladder,” she said. These trends have fuelled social tensions among some developing and advanced economies. The authors conducted a social risk analysis of the data focusing on economic growth and the unemployment rate as the key factors.“Out of 71 economies for which information is available, the risk of social unrest increased in 46 of them between 2011 and 2012. The risk of social unrest is the highest among the EU-27 countries,” according to the report. Between 2010 and 2012, the countries that experienced the sharpest increases in the risk of social unrest are Cyprus, Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain; while the risk of social unrest declined in Belgium, Germany, Finland, Slovakia and Sweden.In addition, inequalities rose between 2010 and 2011 in 14 of the 26 advanced economies surveyed, including France, Denmark, Spain and the United States, while inequality levels in the majority of the remaining 12 countries were still higher than before the start of the crisis. Risk of unrest also increased among Central and South-Eastern European (non-EU) and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries, as well as those in South Asia. In the Middle East and North Africa the risk of social unrest peaked in 2008 and has remained elevated compares with the pres-crisis period. Meanwhile, the risk of social unrest declined in Sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia, South East Asia and the Pacific. Countries in Latin America and the Caribbean in particular experienced a relatively swift recovery from the global crisis, in large part due to the combination of expansionary fiscal policies and the increase in commodity prices, according to the report.The authors also praised countries like Brazil, mentioned earlier, Costa Rica, India, among others, were able to utilize productive investment, minimum wages and social protection to consolidate economic progress and reduce poverty and inequality.Among its recommendations, the ILO urges countries to adopt a more sustainable approach to fiscal consolidation, to pay more attention to the employment and social impact of different macroeconomic policies. read more

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Monster Pitch Finalist Hundred Dollar Burger

This is the second in a series of four stories featuring the finalists of Monster Pitch the annual student business competition hosted by the Goodman School of Business student club Brock Innovation Group. This year’s competition will be held at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre Monday, April 3.Don’t let the name fool you — Ryder Damen’s business, Hundred Dollar Burger, has little to do with an expensive food craving.Instead, the concept has evolved from the third-year Biological Sciences student’s passion for aviation and innovation.The recreational pilot, who is working on a second degree after completing his bachelor of medical science degree at Brock, has combined his love for flying with his talents as a web and graphic designer to bring to life an idea that will connect private pilots in general aviation.Damen hopes Hundred Dollar Burger, a ridesharing company for pilots and passengers, will encourage more Canadians to learn to fly and take to the skies.The business aims to make aviation — described by Damen as an “incredibly expensive” hobby — more affordable.“The cheapest plane rental you will likely find is around $90 an hour. It’s definitely something I can’t afford with the student lifestyle, which is why I came up with this idea to cost share,” Damen said.The business has nothing to do with burgers but “everything to do with ridesharing,” he said.“What a hundred dollar burger means to the aviation world is flying for the sake of flying. You get in your plane, you fly to another city, you get out, get a hamburger and you fly back.”Currently in the early development phase, Hundred Dollar Burger is a web-based and mobile app that connects pilots so they can rideshare. The app also connects pilots with passengers looking to ride along and share costs. “It’s very niche,” Damen said. “Even within the niche, it’s niche, but it’s definitely a communication tool that doesn’t exist in the industry right now.”Redirecting time once spent watching movies to coding instead, Damen took the knowledge he learned from being part of BioLinc’s Kick-Starting Entrepreneurship program this year and put it to good use.The young entrepreneur development program offers workshops, seminars and networking opportunities for local entrepreneurs aged 18 to 29.Damen will be pitching his business idea for the chance to win startup funding and services next week at Monster Pitch.While Damen has done some public speaking in his life, the thought of pitching his ideas to a large group of people has been nerve-racking.“I always like to do things that scare me,” he said, while expressing his excitement.“The opportunity to grow my business at Monster Pitch is huge, but the opportunity to learn to improve my pitch and develop new skills is even greater. I’m taking it as a learning opportunity first and foremost.”Already a sold out event, Monster Pitch is taking place Monday, April 3 at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. Four shortlisted student entrepreneurs will pitch their business ideas before a panel of judges for a chance to win a funding and startup services package worth $15,000.Monster Pitch is hosted by the Brock Innovation Group in partnership with the Goodman School of Business and BioLinc and is sponsored by Spark Power Corp.Last year’s judging panel is returning and includes: Jim Treliving, one of five judges on CBC’s Dragons’ Den and chairman and owner of Boston Pizza International Inc.; Bruce Croxon, co-host of BNN’s The Disruptors and CEO of Round 13; Deborah Rosati, corporate director and co-founder of Women Get On Board; and Jason Sparaga, co-founder and co-CEO of Spark Power Corp. and founder of Spara Capital Partners. read more

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March Madness Crib Notes For Saturdays Games

Midwest RegionalNo. 8 Cincinnati vs. No. 1 Kentucky at 2:40 p.m. on CBSGodspeed, Cincinnati. Take your 6 percent win probability and make the best of it.No. 6 Butler vs. No. 3 Notre Dame at 9:40 p.m. on TBSButler’s already pulled off one upset this tournament, even though it beat a team with a worse seed. No. 11 Texas was slightly favored to beat the Bulldogs, but Texas flamed out as it did for most of the season. Butler has a bigger challenge ahead of it in playing Notre Dame, though. The Irish are favored to win 62 percent of the time, perhaps because of their offense, which was third in the country, according to Ken Pomeroy. Butler’s defense is also in the top-10, though, making this a matchup of contrasting strengths. South RegionalNo. 5 Utah vs. No. 4 Georgetown at 7:45 p.m. on CBSBoth teams were heavy favorites in their opening games, but Utah struggled to put Stephen F. Austin away. The FiveThirtyEight model says not to worry about that — the advanced metrics love Utah because of its great defense and efficient offense. The model says Utah should win this matchup 71 percent of the time.No. 14 UAB vs. No. 11 UCLA at 12:10 p.m. on CBSThis isn’t a basketball game, it’s a glass-slipper competition. Who will become Cinderella? The UCLA Bruins, which most talking heads said didn’t belong in the tournament, or the UAB Blazers, which put together the third-most surprising upset since 2011, according to FiveThirtyEight’s past models. This year’s model likes UCLA to win (67 percent favorite), thanks to UCLA’s strength of schedule during the regular season, and its higher offensive and defensive ratings. West RegionalNo. 10 Ohio State vs. No. 2 Arizona at 5:15 p.m. on CBSAs D’Angelo Russell goes, so go the Buckeyes. Bloodied but still breaking ankles, Russell led a furious charge as Ohio State came back against VCU to stage the upset. It won’t be so easy against Arizona, which has the third best defense in the country, according to Ken Pomeroy. That Arizona has the ninth-best offense probably won’t help the Buckeyes either; the Wildcats have an 81 percent chance of moving on to the Sweet 16.No. 14 Georgia State vs. No. 6 Xavier at 6:10 p.m. on TNTSomebody get Georgia State’s coach, Ron Hunter, a stool with some armrests. After his son, R.J. Hunter, hit the game-winning shot in Georgia State’s game against Baylor, Hunter tumbled out of his stool and right into a thousand highlight reels. The good news for Georgia State: Our model likes them in this game more than it did in the last (and our model gave them a decent shot on Thursday). The problem: The Panthers still only have a 30 percent chance of beating Xavier.No. 5 Arkansas vs. No. 4 North Carolina at 8:40 p.m. on TNTThis No. 5 vs. No. 4 matchups looks like it should be a taut contest based on the seeds. But the FiveThirtyEight model thinks North Carolina is twice as likely to win as Arkansas. The Razorbacks come from a worse conference, have a poor defense and struggled against No. 12 Wofford. Then again, North Carolina didn’t have a great game against Harvard, either. But the model takes the longer view — the fundamentals favor UNC. The teams that play on Saturday are the survivors of the wild opening day1Not counting the play-in games. of this year’s NCAA men’s tournament. No matter how many harmonic means, linear regressions and bootstrapped standard errors we applied to the data, we couldn’t find a way to make it say Saturday’s games would be as thrilling as Thursday’s were. But the data didn’t say that for Thursday either! It’s March Madness — there’s always a chance of chaos.Read on for more of what to look for in the NCAA tournament Saturday. East RegionalNo. 1 Villanova vs. No. 8 N.C. State at 7:10 p.m. on TBSNo team on Thursday looked better than the Wildcats, who devoured the sacrificial lambs of Lafayette. That victory — by 41 points — helped raise Villanova’s chances to win it all by 4.3 percentage points. They looked that good. N.C. State did not look great, needing a last-second shot to overcome a middling LSU squad. The model expects Villanova to run away with this one — the Wildcats are an 88 percent favorite. read more

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Paper alloy could replace plastic in laptops gadgets

first_imgEver since Greenpeace started releasing its Greener Electronics Guide, a number of high profile manufacturers have removed many of the harmful chemicals from their products. But one material that’s tough to replace is plastic. It’s cheap, very hard-wearing, and easily molded into complex shapes. The problem is, it isn’t very environmentally-friendly as it doesn’t degrade very quickly.A solution is on the horizon, however, and you may be surprised to find a replacement has been found for plastic made of paper. That’s right, in the future the laptop you buy may not be encased in plastic (or metal). Instead, it will use an environmentally friendly paper alloy.The new material is actually called Paper PP Alloy. It is made using a combination of recycled paper and polypropylene–a thermoplastic that is widely recycled while remaining hard-wearing. Because it uses only materials that can be easily recycled it is a desirable replacement for plastic. The Paper PP Alloy can also easily be molded, even using injection molding, meaning if you can form a shape in plastic you can probably do the same with paper alloy.The alloy has been developed by PEGA, who say that even the manufacturing process is similar to that used for plastic. All we need now is for tech manufacturers to jump on board and start using Paper PP Alloy in their products. And it doesn’t just have to be laptops. Think of anything that needs a casing, or ships with plastic parts, and paper alloy forms an alternative.If a well-known manufacturer does embrace paper alloy, they will certainly benefit from the eco-value it offers in terms of marketing. Who knows, maybe a future iPad will ship with a paper alloy back.Read more at PEGA, via Co.Existlast_img read more

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Paths to Victorian economic growth mapped out

first_img300 of the nation’s most influential economic leaders and policy thinkers came together last month to brainstorm how Victoria can best realise its economic future at the Victoria at the Crossroads conference. The symposium – organised by Victoria University in association with the Committee for Melbourne and The Age – which took place on August 23 and 24, stressed the need to build an adaptable services-based economy in the state, combining investment in infrastructure with education. George Pappas, the influential chair of the Committee for Melbourne and chancellor of Victoria University, told delegates that “there are huge opportunities in the professional services areas – technical, engineering, design skills, accounting and legal skills.” “To make it all work we need the best educational investment we can afford and also infrastructure – [and] we need to stop arguing about who funds infrastructure.” Peter Rohan, head of Performance Improvement at Ernst and Young said that a significant conclusion to come out of the conference, was the need for “a non-political way of prioritising infrastructure.”. The conference’s star turn came from Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard. In her keynote speech, the PM called on Victoria to invest in its human capital. “Victoria has done so much to position itself as a smart economy that builds on its most precious resource – its people,” she said. “Low-skill roles will only make up seven per cent of new jobs over the next five years. The future belongs to well-trained workers in well-managed firms, using the latest technology and supported by high-quality enterprise agreements.” The Prime Minister gave the example of a person with a Certificate III level qualification or higher, earning on average, at least 10 per cent above the weekly wage of people without such qualifications. “In some cases, they could earn up to double. University graduates earn 70 per cent more over their lifetimes than someone who only finished Year 12. “Educational disadvantage is a human failure and an economic failure,” added the PM. George Pappas told Neos Kosmos that the conference had concluded four action points for the state to realise its full potential: 1. To establish a holistic vision for the future – encompassing the social, physical and economic character of the community we aspire to be. 2. To create a non-political way of prioritising infrastructure choices. 3. To integrate future planning on land-use and physical connectivity, and 4, to grow specific sectors which have a competitive advantage such as education, professional services, health, bio-medical and other technology intensive industries. The Committee for Melbourne is due to publish its latest research on infrastructure funding entitled Moving Melbourne shortly. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Education Minister touts new ICT platform for Public Schools

first_img Recommended for you This week, the Minister will talk more about the long touted, National Curriculum Review when she meets the press on Thursday. Deputy Premier out of bounds at Electors’ Court There is an upgrade in the ICT area, new computers were announced and by the end of the year, all public schools, will be part of the new Education Information System which makes it easier to track absenteeism and general performance of students. Ministry of Education introduces pilot program Education Minister tours schools this week Related Items:akierra missick, ICT platform for public schools Minister Akierra Missick would have begun some government school tours today and reported that when it comes to faculty and staff, all principals, vice principals and education officers met with the Director of Education and Permanent Secretary since Friday. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 5, 2016 – Day one of school for hundreds of children around the country and the Education Minister issued a statement and in it exclaims, “Let the Learning Begin!”  That meeting, she explains, updated school officials about pending projects and gave an outline of the Ministry’s expectations.” last_img read more

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Thompson Sirignano Added to Satterfields Support Staff

first_imgStory Links In September of 2014, Thompson was promoted to assistant athletics director for football and equipment operations, where he oversaw the day-to-day operations of Appalachian State football and served as the program’s primary administrator and department liaison with official shoe and apparel supplier, Nike. Josh Thompson will join the Cardinals as the director of football operations, while Mike Sirignano will take over as the strength and conditioning coach. Both join the UofL after working with Satterfield at Appalachian State. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville head football coach Scott Satterfield continues to assemble his first staff as he has announced the hiring of two members of the support staff. Sirignano and his wife, Karolina, have a son, Dominic. Print Friendly Version Sirignano was in his fifth year at Appalachian State, where he started as the director of strength and conditioning in 2014 and was later promoted to assistant athletics director for athletic performance. Sirignano is a 2007 graduate of Bridgewater (Mass.) State, where he was a two-time NCAA Division III All-American, three-time All-New England honoree and three-time Eastern College Athletic Conference all-star.center_img Outside of the college ranks, Sirignano served as the president and director of his own company, Next Level ELITE Training Center, from 2007-09 and the defensive coordinator and strength and conditioning coach at Woonsocket (R.I.) High School in 2008-09. Thompson spent the last 10 years working at Appalachian State, his alma mater. A 2002 graduate, Thompson returned to Boone, N.C. in 2009 as the director of team services, overseeing the equipment operations for all 20 varsity sports programs. Prior to returning to Appalachian State, Thompson served two years as the athletic equipment manager at Texas State and two years on the football equipment staff while earning a master’s degree in sport and fitness management at Troy. Thompson also spent time at Northwestern High School in his hometown of Rock Hill, S.C. working as equipment manager, assistant athletics administrator and junior-varsity girls basketball coach. Thompson and his wife, Lindsey, have a son, Jacob. Sirignano has previously worked on the strength and conditioning staffs at South Carolina (2012-14), Elon (2012), Rhode Island (2010-12), Northeastern (2009-10) and Bryant (2009). The list of notable student-athletes he has trained includes more than 20 football players that have gone on to play in the National Football League and four track and field Olympians.last_img read more

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Devil May Cry 5 Gets a Release Date and a Wild Gamescom

first_imgStay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. PlayStation 4 Becomes Fastest Console to Sell 100 Million‘Death Stranding’ Is Your PlayStation 4 Holiday Exclusive center_img Devil May Cry 5 was first unveiled at this year’s E3. At the time, we received very little information about the game. Specifically, when it would be released. Yesterday at Gamescom, Capcom announced Devil May Cry 5 will land on PC, PS4, and Xbox One on March 8, 2019. We were also treated to a brand-new trailer which shows just how insane this title is going to be.Capcom-Unity posted the new trailer along with a few things they wanted fans to take note of. Firstly, every Devil Break arm has its own set of attacks which vary according to where Nero is standing or which direction he’s moving in. His Gerbera arm can deflect projectiles or can be used to make Nero evade attacks. It should come as no surprise that Devil Breakers can break. Players can do this on purpose in order to give themselves some breathing room from foes or to use a Breaker’s ultimate move. The last part of the trailer has long-time series star, Dante, using his bicycle as a weapon… because why the hell not?Those in Germany attending Gamescom can try a demo of Devil May Cry 5 for themselves. Located at the Xbox booth, the demo is playable from August 22 to 27. American gamers attending PAX West in Seattle can play the demo in booth #2019 from August 31 to September 4. That isn’t the only Devil May Cry 5 fun happening at PAX West, however.A panel called “The SSStylish gameplay of Devil May Cry 5” will be held on August 31, from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm PST, at the Wyvern theater. Attendees can expect to see director Hideaki Itsuno, along with producers Michiteru Okabe and Matt Walker talking about the game. Those not attending PAX West can catch the panel on Twitch. There will even be a Devil May Cry 5 “SSStylish Pizza Party” on August 31 at SPiN Seattle hosted by cosplayer, Linda Le (VampyBitMe). Attendees are encouraged (but not obligated) to come dressed as their favorite Devil May Cry character. Director Itsuno and producers Okabe and Walker will be at the party to sign autographs and take pictures with fans.Gamescom has had some pretty great news so far. We can’t recommend the Plantronics’ RIG 300 and RIG 400 Pro Gaming Headsets that debuted there enough. And we are huge fans of Devil May Cry, especially now that you can play on PC.  And there’s plenty of PS4 news breaking at Gamescom this year too.last_img read more

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What does only supported on Windows 10 mean for chips

first_imgWhat does “only supported on Windows 10” mean for chips? by Martin Brinkmann on August 31, 2016 in Windows – Last Update: May 22, 2018 – 56 commentsWhose idea was it to limit support for future generations of Intel and AMD chips to Windows 10? We don’t know the answer to that, but the finger seems to point to Microsoft.Microsoft revealed in January of this year that the next generation of silicon chips would only by supported by Windows 10, the company’s new operating system.The only exception to the rule was Intel’s Skylake chip, which the company planned to support for a selection of (mostly business) devices.Microsoft changed its course on Skylake support on Windows 7 and Windows 8 later on, but remained firm in regards to next gen processor support.The change affects consumers and businesses alike. Consumers are limited by it, as they no longer have the choice to build a Windows PC running Windows 7 or 8.1 using one of the newer chips.Businesses are even more affected by it than consumers, as most would not want to run unsupported hardware on previous versions of Windows.Actually, it is unclear right now what would happen if one would try to run a Windows 7 or 8.1 computer with one of the new chips. The reason for this is simple: availability. The chips are not available yet which means that no one tried to install previous versions of Windows on a computer running these new chips.Update: YouTube user JayzTwoCents published a video that showed him installing Windows 8.1 on a system with a Kaby Lake processor. He experienced some blue-screens, but was not sure whether those came from the unsupported processor, or the overclocked machine.Windows 8.1 did install on the system however, so that’s possible even if the processor is not supported officially by Microsoft. EndMicrosoft failed to reveal what would happen if users would try to run new unsupported chips on old versions of Windows. Guesses range from “it would work” to “it would likely crash” or “not even install”.Third-party drivers could be created to fill the gap, but that would take time and it would only benefit home users but not businesses, as they are unlikely to run third-party drivers that are not official and not supported.We will know more once AMD and Intel release their first Zen and Kaby Lake chips, but before then, it is unknown territory.Did Microsoft push the chip manufacturers into a corner? We don’t know that either. What we know is that AMD and Intel are supporting Microsoft’s strategy.It makes little sense from a business perspective for chip manufacturers to limit their customer base artificially though. Additionally, both Intel and AMD would have to come up with the idea on their own, and approach Microsoft about it independently, which seems unlikely as well.Microsoft’s strategy could drive some users and even businesses towards Linux, especially if they have no intention of installing Windows 10 any time soon or at all on their devices.Now You: What is your take on this?SummaryArticle NameWhat does DescriptionMicrosoft announced that next gen chips would only be supported by Windows 10. But what does that actually mean?Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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Tight Inventory Steep Price Gains Begin to Wane

first_img Last year’s housing market was defined by two distinguishing factors: low inventory and rising prices; but both trends began to ease at the end of the year, according to the latest “”RE/MAX””:http://www.remax.com/ National Housing Report, which tracks Multiple Listing Services (MLS) data in 53 metros across the country. [IMAGE]””Although the national inventory situation remains tight, it appears to be trending in the right direction,”” RE/MAX reported. December marked the ninth month in a row in which the year-over-year inventory decline was smaller than the previous month. Inventory dripped 12 percent in December year-over-year, bringing national inventory to 5.9 months of supply, which “”nearly equal to the 6.0 supply that defines a market balanced equally between buyers and sellers,”” according to RE/MAX. However, a few markets remain largely unbalanced with significantly tighter inventories. San Francisco, California, holds 1.4 months of supply, followed by Denver, Colorado (2.7 months), Boston, [COLUMN_BREAK]Massachusetts (2.9 months), Los Angeles, California, (3.0 months), and San Diego, California 93.4 months). Tight inventory has contributed to the other major trend of 2013: rising home prices. December marked the 23rd straight month of home price gains on a yearly basis, according to RE/MAX. Home prices rose 11.9 percent nationally year-over-year in December. However, on a monthly basis, home prices declined 0.9 percent in December, according to RE/MAX data. Home price gains are widespread with 45 of the 52 metros RE/MAX tracks posting yearly increases in December and 17 reporting double-digit gains. The national median sales price in December was $185,400, according to RE/MAX. Home sales also increased steadily over the year last year, and homes spent less time on the market than the year before. Home prices have increased on a yearly basis for 29 of the past 30 months, according to RE/MAX, and in December 37 of the 52 metros observed experienced rising home sales. Home sales were up 0.7 percent over the year in December and 4.5 percent over the month. Home sales rose notably year-over-year in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (30.3 percent), Trenton, New Jersey (20.9 percent), and Little Rock, Arkansas (20.6 percent). The average length of time a home sold in December spent on the market was 73 days, according to RE/MAX, up five days from November but down 11 days from December 2012. Time on market has remained below 90 days for 19 months as of December. Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Home Prices Home Sales Housing Supply Investors Lenders & Servicers RE/MAX Service Providers 2014-01-24 Krista Franks Brock in Data January 24, 2014 417 Views center_img Tight Inventory, Steep Price Gains Begin to Wane Sharelast_img read more

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