The Canadian Press Mounties in Manitoba are asking that anyone who may have unwittingly helped two teen homicide suspects leave the area where they were last seen to come forward.Cpl. Julie Courchaine says police aren’t saying that’s what happened, but aren’t ruling out any possibilities.Courchaine says Bryer Schmegelsky, who is 18, and his 19-year-old friend Kam McLeod may have changed their appearance.She urges the public across the country to keep a careful watch out for the pair, who are wanted in the deaths of three people in northern British Columbia.Courchaine stresses that there have been no confirmed sightings since one in the Gillam area in northern Manitoba on Monday, so the search for the two is still focused there.Schmegelsky and McLeod are charged with second-degree murder in the death of a Vancouver man and are suspects in the fatal shootings of an Australian man and his American girlfriend.A burned-out car the teens were travelling in was found near Gillam this week.Courchaine says police are going door to door in Gillam and on the Fox Lake First Nation looking for leads as to where the suspects may be.“It is possible that someone may not have been aware of who they were providing assistance to, and may now be hesitant to come forward,” she said at an RCMP update in Winnipeg on Friday. “I want to reiterate the importance of contacting police immediately.“It is critical that all Canadians remain vigilant for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky. If they are spotted, do not approach, call 911 or your local police immediately.”
Korean-American actor Daniel Henney has taken time out of his filming schedule to support a campaign in South Korea close to his heart – protecting dogs from the dog meat trade.Daniel Henney with ClintThe ‘Criminal Minds’ actor stars alongside Clint, a dog rescued from a dog meat farm, in a new advertising poster hitting the Seoul subway this week calling for all dogs to be treated with compassion. The campaign for Humane Society International will also see a PSA video of Henney and Clint launch across social media, as well as a revealing interview in which the star talks fondly of his love for canine ‘best friend’ Mango. The campaign is timed to hit during the hottest days of summer in July and August, known as the Bok Nal days, when the majority of dog meat is eaten in South Korea.In his video interview with HSI, Henney talks about his dog Mango, a 14-year old golden retriever. Mango is originally from South Korea where more than 2.5 million dogs a year are bred and killed on thousands of dog meat farms for human consumption. Henney said: “Mango is from Korea and I only speak Korean with her and although she’s been very fortunate, she didn’t have to live a difficult life, she just as easily could have. So I think in my personal opinion every dog out there in Korea is my Mango and they deserve to live a life like she has, they all deserve to be a companion, to be loved because they all have that potential to be amazing like she is.”Henney also reflects on when he was first confronted by the dog meat trade, whilst filming in Korea in 2007. He said: “I looked down this road and it’s a row of restaurants, and each restaurant in front they all have these bins or cages. And they had dogs inside of them, probably 20 dogs in each cage just piled on top of each other. The restaurant owners come out one by one, open the top of the bin, rip out a dog and take them into the restaurant clearly to be butchered, killed, slaughtered. I didn’t know what I’d seen and it was very affecting to me.”Humane Society International has rescued more than 800 dogs, including golden retrievers just like Mango, as part of its ongoing campaign to see an end to the industry. Working in co-operation with dog farmers keen to get out of the trade, HSI has so far permanently closed down eight dog farms where dogs are confined their whole lives in barren metal cages with little food or protection from the harsh climate. The charity plans its ninth dog farm closure in mid July.Henney’s campaign co-star, Clint, is a Tosa rescued by the HSI team in 2015. He was languishing on a dog meat farm in Chungcheongnamdo along with 119 other dogs. If not for HSI, Clint would have ended up at one of South Korea’s live dog markets or slaughterhouses where his grim fate would have been to be killed by electrocution for meat. HSI hopes that seeing Henney with Clint and hearing him talk about his love of all dogs, will prompt South Koreans to rethink the common misconception of ‘dog meat’ dogs as stupid and soulless.Nara Kim for HSI said: “Daniel and Clint are the perfect partnership for our efforts to end the cruel dog meat trade. Clint’s photo will be seen by millions of people across Seoul, representing the millions of dogs not as lucky as him to have escaped the cruelty. Every dog on a dog meat farm is as special as Clint, capable of being loving and loyal friends if only given the chance. Daniel is helping us spread that message of compassion to change hearts and minds.”Henny’s posters are the first of a raft of public awareness raising initiatives that HSI will be rolling out in South Korea across the summer. You can support their campaign by signing their global petition.HSI believes that no culture in any country, East or West, must ever be used as an excuse for cruelty. More and more South Koreans want a new culture of compassion and are challenging the so-called tradition of dog meat. Whilst dog meat consumption remains contentious, a growing animal protection movement within the country is rightly opposing traditional practices that cause animal suffering. Change is coming from within South Korea and HSI supports that change, actively partnering with South Korean animal protection groups.Facts: * Most people in South Korea don’t regularly eat dogs, and the practice is increasingly out of favour with the younger generation who is rejecting dog meat. * During the Bok Nal days, 70-80 percent of dog meat is eaten in South Korea, mainly as a peppery soup called bosintang that is believed to improve stamina and virility. * Most people in South Korea never visit a dog meat farm and are unaware of the suffering experienced by the dogs. HSI is keen to dispel the widespread misconception that farmed dogs are somehow different in nature to companion dogs. * There are an estimated 17,000 dog meat farms in South Korea, breeding more than 2.5 million dogs annually. * In addition to their life of suffering on the farm, the method used to kill the dogs is brutal – death by electrocution is most common, with dogs usually taking up to five minutes to die, although there have been instances of dogs taking up to 20 minutes to die. Hanging is also common. Dogs are killed in full view of the other dogs, and their final moments will be terrifying and extremely painful. * The dog meat industry is in legal limbo in South Korea, neither legal nor illegal. Many provisions of the Animal Protection Act are routinely breached, such as the ban on killing animals in a brutal way including hanging by the neck, killing in public areas or in front of other animals of the same species.For more information on our campaign visit hsi.org/dogmeat
NPSS was closed on Tuesday and Wednesday due to a burst pipe that had caused damage to an electrical unit in the building.For more updates and information, you can visit the School District’s website at prn.bc.ca FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – School District 60 has announced that North Peace Secondary School will be open again on Thursday, February 14.Dave Sloan, School District 60 Superintendent, says they have a contingency plan to resume instruction at the School, which includes running a generator.“We have a contingency plan to resume instruction. The building is being powered by a diesel generator. We still have on-going repairs to the building’s main transformer to be completed.”
Yangon: A Myanmar pilot saved the day after his aircraft’s landing gear failed, forcing the jet into an emergency landing with no front wheels on Sunday morning, an official said. The nailbiting touchdown — in which nobody was injured — was the second instance of a malfunctioning flight in less than a week within the country. The Myanmar Airlines flight UB-103 — an Embraer-190 model — was grounded at around 9 am in Mandalay (0230 GMT), a city popular among foreign tourists, with all 89 people on board including seven crew members, safe. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportAn unverified video circulated on social media showing a graceful landing before the nose of the jet tipped over and ground to a halt. Ye Htut Aung, deputy director general of Myanmar’s Civil Aviation Department, told AFP the pilot tried repeatedly to drop the landing gear at the front of the plane — first through its computer system, then manually. “They tried hard twice by flying around twice and asked to check whether the nose wheel dropped or not,” Ye Htut Aung said, calling it a “technical fault”. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests”So they had to land with the back wheels… The pilot could land it skillfully,” he said. “There were no casualties.” Myanmar National Airlines are now sending engineers to Mandalay to check on the aircraft, Ye Htut Aung said, adding that all jets get a daily flight check. Passenger Soe Moe told AFP: “Smoke came out a little when we landed… All passengers are okay.” Sunday’s incident comes just days after a Biman Bangladesh Airlines plane crash-landed and slid off a runway while landing in Yangon airport during a storm on Wednesday, leaving 11 passengers injured. Myanmar’s monsoon season has caused problems for commercial and military flights in the past. A military plane crashed into the Andaman sea in 2017 with 122 people on board — one of the deadliest aviation accidents in the country’s history — which authorities attributed to bad weather. And in 2015, a passenger plane by Air Bagan veered off the runway due to bad weather and heavy rain.
New York – A man who goes by the name Miguel and claims he had sexual relationship with Omar Meteen, perpetrator of the Orlando mass shooting, said the gunman acted out of revenge against Puerto Ricans.The man, who spoke to Univision, said he had sexual relationships with Omar for two months. In 12-minute-long interview, Omar’s alleged gay lover said the mass shooter went made after he learned that the man with whom he had a sexual relationship was HIV-positive.“He hates gay Puerto Ricans for all the stuff [the HIV-positive man] did to him,” Miguel said. “I believe this crazy, horrible thing he did was for revenge. “This sounds bad and I lot of people to get a lot of pain for what I am to say, but this crazy horrible thing it was revenge. It was not terrorism, he said.Miguel went to add that he spoke on several occasions with Omar about religion and heard good things about Islam.“He said the Muslim religion is a beautiful, beautiful religion, where everything is about love.”Miguel added that he met the first time with Omar in lounge called the“parliament”, adding that on their second encounter they went to a hotel called the Ambassador, in west Orlando.“We went to the hotel between at least 15 and 20 times, and we slept 20 nights together in the same room,” he told the journalist.Miguel added that there are several security videos from the hotel where they used to spend their time together that can corroborate his claims.
The surveys conducted by UNICEF and the CDC in four provinces found an average of 1,600 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births – a figure that suggests that Afghanistan may well be the worst place in the world for a woman to become pregnant. UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said the surveys – the largest of their kind ever conducted in Afghanistan – reveal an “ongoing humanitarian tragedy for Afghan women and children, one that needs to be publicized and overcome.”Ms. Bellamy noted that Taliban restrictions on women, coupled with 20 years of war, had dramatically set back women’s health status. “With new leadership and ongoing assistance from the international community, Afghanistan has a prime opportunity to reverse this record, starting now,” she said. “But investment in basic health care will only be beneficial to women if they are supported in accessing that care.”US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson, who recently visited Afghanistan, said his country “is committed to reversing these heartbreaking conditions and to helping restore health to the women and children in Afghanistan.””It is terrible that women are dying in the act of giving birth,” said UNICEF Representative Eric Laroche. “UNICEF is deeply committed to helping Afghanistan improve the health of women and children, and a key to progress is lowering maternal deaths.”In some remote regions, surveyors travelled house-to-house for several days on horseback to interview families about the deaths of women in their communities. The report examines data from 13,000 households, where family members provided information on an estimated 85,000 women. Families were asked about causes of death among women of reproductive age who died during the years 1999 to 2002.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 15, 2015 4:30 am MDT Vancouver transit vote ‘case study’ in national transportation funding crisis A sky train moves between stations in downtown Vancouver, Saturday, March 14, 2015. A unprecedented plebiscite will be asking Metro Vancouver residents if they will be willing to foot the bill for a mega public transportation overhaul. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward VANCOUVER – Ballots for an unprecedented plebiscite begin arriving in mailboxes on Monday asking Vancouver-area residents whether they’re willing to foot the bill for a massive public transportation overhaul.The vote gives citizens the option of paying a 0.5 per cent sales tax in exchange for a vastly upgraded rapid transit system, hundreds more buses, additional ferries and a new bridge — a mammoth package projected to cost $7.5 billion over a decade.Experts say the transportation problems faced by the region’s mayors are emblematic of a dilemma for many big Canadian cities: crumbling infrastructure threatening to buckle under growing populations and no money to fix it.“It’s a huge problem everywhere,” said Prof. Patrick Condon, chair of the urban design program at the University of British Columbia.“At the same time, the costs of maintaining the infrastructure are increasing proportionately, the taxpayers’ ability and their willingness to pay for that increase is decreasing. The current plebiscite is very good case study of that problem.”The Vancouver area faces the same conundrum as Toronto and Calgary, which are both plugging away at expensive transit improvements, and several U.S. cities such such as Portland, Seattle and Los Angeles.On its face, the Vancouver plebiscite appears to be a stop-or-go decision between tax and transit.But proponents — ranging from mayors to big business to police chiefs — argue the vote is actually a pivotal choice.A Yes vote, they say, will allow them to transform deteriorating infrastructure into their vision for economic and environmental prosperity; a No vote would mean an unsustainable crush of cars on roads.“This is about the future of the region — how it’s going to be shaped,” said transportation expert Gordon Price, director of the city program at Simon Fraser University.The transit champions say upgrades are crucial for accommodating an estimated influx of one million more residents into the Vancouver region over the next 30 years.Opponents have vilified TransLink, the agency that operates the region’s transit system, as wasteful.Residents must mail in their vote by May 29, with the result expected in June.Funding infrastructure projects in Canada, and elsewhere in North America, is a perennial challenge that’s been most commonly answered by taxpayers, said Fiona Crofton, a sustainability professional and former University of British Columbia professor.“There are various ways, and people will fall in various camps about what we should do, and how we should do it,” she said. “That’s where the big crux comes of course, in terms of the diversity of perception and access and power.”Big city mayors congregate regularly to brainstorm about tackling their funding issues, and Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robinson specifically raised the transportation concern at their meeting in Toronto last month. Mayors have also rallied to coax more funding from the provincial and federal governments, where the standard formula has traditionally divided the cost into thirds.“Municipalities don’t have that many options for funding, unfortunately, under our system,” said Brent Toderian, a global city planning consultant and former chief planner for Vancouver.B.C. municipalities have nonetheless offered several solutions to the transit crisis since the early 2000s, but the province repeatedly rejected proposals from vehicle levies to parking taxes, to carbon taxes.The current plebiscite is considered a last-ditch effort. Rather than using the only formal fundraising tool at the mayors’ disposal — the politically unsavoury option of hiking property taxes — they asked the premier to green-light a new sales tax.Legislation governing TransLink specifically allows for taxes to generate the projected $250 million funding per year the new plan would require. But in 2013, Premier Christy Clark promised a vote as the path to securing any new funding.The mayors seized the chance to break the impasse. But several observers contend a plebiscite is no way to set policy in Canada.“It definitely frightens me when I hear other parts of the country speak positively about the fact we’re having a referendum,” said Toderian.“That perception doesn’t understand the politics of what’s been going on here.”Price, the Simon Fraser University professor, said that if the plebiscite fails, it will deliver a “devastating” blow to the made-in-B.C. vision of “cities in a sea of green” that’s shaped the region for the past 40 years.“If we’re not going to tax ourselves anymore for these collective goods that deliver services broadly across the community? That’s a different kind of Canada.”Follow @TamsynBurgmann on Twitter
SAN FRANCISCO – The latest on a natural gas leak in a Los Angeles neighbourhood (all times local):1:35 p.m.California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency over a massive natural-gas leak that has been spewing fumes into a Los Angeles neighbourhood for months.Brown said Wednesday that he acted based on the requests of local residents in the community of Porter Ranch and the “prolonged and continuing” nature of the gas blowout at the underground storage facility.The leak is gushing huge amounts of methane daily, leading thousands of families to request relocation and two nearby schools to send away their students.A well at the Aliso Canyon gas field owned by Southern California Gas Co. blew out in October. by The Associated Press Posted Jan 6, 2016 2:34 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 6, 2016 at 3:28 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Latest: California declares state of emergency over gas leak in Los Angeles neighbourhood
Sugar Bowl MVP Terrelle Pryor had surgery Friday to “stabilize a ligament” in his right foot, an Ohio State spokesman confirmed to The Lantern. Pryor tweeted about 4:30 p.m., “Surgery successful.” At noon on Saturday, Pryor posted, “I’m doing good. Resting. Foot up. Can’t do much but lay around. And write in my journal.” Pryor injured his foot during the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s 31-26 win over Arkansas. He sat out a play on OSU’s penultimate drive, replaced by backup Joe Bauserman. Pryor was limping considerably following the game and said he was in a lot of pain. The junior quarterback threw for 221 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 115 yards against the Razorbacks. Pryor is one of five OSU players suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season after the NCAA learned those players sold memorabilia to the owner of a Columbus tattoo parlor in 2009. NCAA rules prohibit student-athletes from receiving benefits based on their personae. Pryor said repeatedly that he will return to OSU for his senior season. Coach Jim Tressel made the five suspended players pledge to return before granting them permission to travel with the team to New Orleans for the bowl game.
Last week was the start of something new for American fans of the English Premier League; it was also the start of something great. For years now, Fox Soccer Channel has dictated how we watched a sport loved across the world, but after the debut of NBC Sports Group coverage of the EPL on Aug. 17, I believe we can now breathe a sigh of relief.Back in October 2012, NBC Sports Network bought the rights to show EPL matches when it outbid Fox and ESPN, although Fox will still carry the UEFA Champions League and ESPN, the Fifa World Cup, who had been airing the matches together for nearly two decades, with a bid of roughly $250 million. I never had anything against the way Fox broadcasted the matches at the time, but after experiencing NBCSN, I can tell you without a doubt in my mind that I don’t want it to go back to the way it was.When Fox Soccer aired the matches, you were required to have a Fox Soccer 2 Go subscription if you wanted to watch any matches that were not aired live on TV. This subscription could be purchased in two separate ways. A monthly subscription would have cost you $19.99 per month, or you could opt to pay for the subscription annually, paying $169.99, saving you roughly $70 a year. With this subscription, you gained access to watch thousands of matches from the EPL to the Champions League on your computer and mobile devices, but it cost you a pretty penny.This brings me to the best part of NBCSN coverage of the EPL. Not only will NBCSN air all 380 EPL matches, but they also offer both Premier League Extra Time and NBC Sports Live Extra at no extra cost to everyone who has NBC Sports. Premier League Extra Time is a collection of extra channels that air any match not shown on an NBCUniversal designated channel and NBC Sports Live Extra offers EPL viewers the capability to stream every match live using a desktop or a mobile device for no extra charge. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is supported by both Apple iOS and Android.This may sound too good to be true for EPL fans, but currently the only downside to NBCSN airing the matches is that not every cable provider is currently carrying NBCSN. However, NBCSN claims on its website that it is working hard on adding other providers to a list that already contains WOW!, AT&T U-Verse, DISH and DirecTV.NBCSN is receiving positive feedback from fans too, as last weekend’s EPL debut earned an average of 792,000 viewers and the best rating for an EPL opening weekend in the U.S. with a 0.8. These numbers show a 43 percent increase from last year when the matches were still shown on Fox Soccer. This significant increase is due partly to the sport gaining more fans across the U.S. but also because of the coverage offered by NBCSN.
Developed by Australia’s national science agency CSIRO and brought to market by Chrysos Corporation, photon gold analysis is a faster, safer and more environmentally-friendly alternative to the conventional fire assay technique for gold analysis.Fully automated, it dramatically reduces the turnaround time on assays from days to minutes, providing critical data to miners on gold grades in near real-time to support operational decisions.After recognising the technology’s potential, CSIRO research program director Nick Cutmore said they partnered with investors to create new Australian company Chrysos Corporation in late 2016 to bring it to market.“We developed photon assay recognising the market need for innovative data solutions to drive better and faster decision making across the minerals value chain,” Dr Cutmore said.“The result is a technology export opportunity for Australia worth $1 billion in gold mining alone, and a competitive edge for Australia’s mining industry on the global stage.”As the world’s second largest gold producer, Australian industry will benefit from the opportunity to capture more value from mined resources, as well as increased operational efficiencies, revenue and productivity.The first photon assay system is now operational at Ausdrill’s MinAnalytical facility in Perth, with two more systems to be established in the Kalgoorlie goldfields in the coming months.Ausdrill has longer term plans to take the innovation to Africa.Chrysos CEO Dirk Treasure said that the company had a rapid growth plan and were well placed to disrupt the global gold analysis services market, offering near-real time, accurate analysis for the first time.“With the first system now up and running at Ausdrill, we have successfully progressed the photon assay technology from concept through to a deployed product in just 16 months,” Treasure said.“Our lease model has been well received by the industry, with photon assay technology benefits being delivered without any increase in operating or capital costs.”The photon assay system will analyse at least 50,000 gold samples a month, at a similar cost to conventional methods. It can be applied to a range of other minerals, including silver and copper.CSIRO is a world leader in developing advanced sensor technologies for the global mining industry, other innovations include bulk ore sorting solutions for copper and gold ores.
PGE Vive Kielce ← Previous Story Golden Russian girls at U18 WCh 2018! Next Story → VIDEO: Take a look on 60 seconds of Slovenian “wunderkind” Domen Makuc Despite hot summer in which financial troubles became media story, PGE Vive Kielce had a good intro of the season by winning Szczypiorno Cup. The team of Talant Dujshebaev beat Motor Zaporozhye 36:33 after win over the biggest national rival Orlen Wisla Plock 36:30 to secure the trophy.PGE VIVE Kielce – HC Motor 36:33 (20:17)PGE VIVE: Ivić, Cupara – Dujsebaev 7, Cindrić 4, Mamić 4, Moryto 4, Aguinagalde 3, Karalek 5, Janc 3, Jurecki 1, Jachlewski 2, Lijewski 1, Kulesz.Newcomer Luka Cindric was TOP scorer of the tournament, while Alex Dujshebaev is elected for the best player.Final placement:1. PGE VIVE Kielce2. HC Motor Zaporoże3. Orlen Wisła Płock4. NMC Górnik Zabrze5. MMTS Kwidzyn6. KS Azoty Puławy7. Energa MKS Kalisz8. Zagłębie Lubin
If Robert Noyce had been alive today, he’d be celebrating his 84th birthday. The fact he is the focus of today’s Google Doodle suggests Noyce is rather an important figure too, and everyone is indebted to him, unless of course you hate computers.Robert Noyce was the co-founder of Intel and half of the pairing that invented the integrated circuit. Unfortunately his life was cut short in 1990 at the age of 62 after suffering a heart attack and later dying in hospital.When Noyce founded Intel in 1968 he was seen as the visionary alongside the technical expertise of Gordon E. Moore. Before then he had studied at MIT, been a research engineer, and co-founded the transistor and integrated circuit manufacturer Fairchild Semiconductor. But it wasn’t just his vision and technical skill that helped make Intel the company it is today, it was his management style.We see it as a standard practice today in the large tech companies, but Noyce was one of the first to treat employees as equals, offering rewards, promoting open team work, and rejecting the extras that were typical of his management position (private jets, expensive cars, and extravagant office furnishings). It’s a style that allowed talented individuals to create while remaining committed to the company. Intel’s success and the status it enjoys today is tribute to how well it worked and continues to work.As well as helping to establish Intel as a leading chip company and overseeing the design of the microprocessor, he has a number of awards to his name. U.S. Patent 2,981,877 entitled Semiconductor Device and Lead Structure carries his name (one of 15 awarded to him), and he holds the National Medal of Technology, the Franklin Institute’s Stuart Ballantine Medal, the IEEE medal of Honor, the National Medal of Science, and was inducted into the U.S. Business Hall of Fame.Without Robert Noyce, the so-called “Mayor of Silicon Valley,” the chip industry would probably be a very different place today. But even with him gone, he continues to have an influence through The Noyce Foundation, which helps to improve the teaching of math, science, and literacy to young people.More at Wikipedia
Une voix de basse : un atout face aux électeursPubliant leurs travaux dans Evolution and Human Behavior, des chercheurs canadiens ont montré expérimentalement qu’une voix grave est intuitivement associée à un plus grand pouvoir de commandement : peut-être un héritage de notre lointaine organisation en clans préhistoriques. L’équipe de Cara Tigue, de l’Université McMaster, au Canada, a utilisé des archives d’enregistrements des voix de différents présidents américains, les rendant tour à tour plus graves ou plus aiguës grâce à des artifices techniques. À lire aussiPourquoi le son de notre voix nous paraît-il si étrange sur un enregistrement ?Les chercheurs ont alors diffusé ces différents échantillons sonores à des sujets, à qui ils ont demandé d’évaluer leur propre perception de ces voix en termes de leadership, d’honnêteté, d’intelligence et de dominance. Pour finir, ils ont demandé aux ‘cobayes’ pour quelle ‘voix’ ils voteraient, en temps de paix ou en temps de guerre. Résultats unanimes : dans tous les cas, les voix graves ont emporté l’adhésion.Des études antérieures avaient déjà lié une voix grave à de hauts niveaux de testostérone. “Nous recherchons [instinctivement] les voix d’hommes plutôt basses, comme si c’était un indice de dominance, elle-même liée au commandement. Tout au long de notre histoire évolutive, il devait être important pour nos ancêtres de faire attention aux indices d’un bon leadership, parce que des chefs du groupe dépendent les chances de chacun de survivre et se reproduire au sein du groupe. Nous recherchons encore cela de nos jours, au 21e siècle !”, a expliqué Cara Tigue.La scientifique conclut ainsi : “une des implications de notre recherche est le fait que les électeurs tiennent probablement compte de cela inconsciemment lorsqu’ils prennent des décisions à l’occasion d’un vote”.Le 20 novembre 2011 à 13:50 • Maxime Lambert
As a whole, media M&A saw a significant uptick during the third quarter, which might be an indication that deal transactions are on the rebound, according to the quarterly report released today by investment banker the Jordan, Edmiston Group. Deal values spiked during the quarter, with 168 transactions announced and valued at $11.1 billion. Comparatively, there were 300 deal announcements during the entire first half of the year, valued at $5.3 billion. Average deal size grew from $18 million during the first half to $66 million in the third quarter, JEGI said.Through the first nine months, media deal announcements totaled 466, down 30 percent compared to the same period in 2008. Deal value dropped 42 percent to a combined $16.4 billion. JEGI said strategic buyers accounted for roughly 80 percent of total deal value through the third quarter. Private equity firms, meanwhile, have played on a minor role as many have “been focused on improving profitability and restructuring debt in overleveraged portfolios.” “Eighty percent of private equity firms are spending 80 percent of their time focused on portfolio companies,” JEGI managing director Tolman Geffs told FOLIO:. “That means there’s a good opportunity for the remaining 20 percent to focus on growth areas, but we think that portion will stay subdued in to 2010.”Of the 12 market sectors tracked by JEGI (see chart below), only two grew through the third quarter. Mobile Media & Technology saw the number of deals increase 56.3 percent to 25 and deal value jump 75.7 percent to $396 million, compared to the same period last year. Education Information, Technology & Training—which JEGI said has benefited from innovation, government spending and “some shelter” from the distressed economy—saw the number of deals (62) grow 14.8 percent and value ($3.16 billion) increase 41.4 percent. “So far this year, education and mobile have increased against a backdrop for which M&A hasn’t grown,” said Geffs. “We expect to see a lot of activity also in digital technology; in video and data. Sectors like Database Information Services and Marketing & Interactive will continue to contribute to commercial growth.”The B-to-B Media sector saw only 11 deals announced through the first nine months, a decrease of 45 percent compared to the same period last year, as deal activity was made up primarily of distressed assets. Deal value plummeted 87.1 percent to $51 million. The Consumer Magazines sector was active with 31 announced deals, a decline of 6.1 percent, and deal value mostly flat at $163 million, a decrease of 1.1 percent.“Groups that have the capacity will look for new growth channels but we’re still going to see continued retrading of assets to resolve distress situations,” Geffs said.Although down significantly from the same period last year, the Online Media & Technology sector reported the largest number of transactions (141, down 31.2 percent) and the greatest deal value ($7.57 billion, down 25.6 percent).Some of the more notable media deals during the third quarter included Silver Lake Investment Group’s acquisition of Skype for $1.9 billion and Adobe’s $1.8 billion acquisition of Omniture—both announced September 9. Source: JEGI Transaction Database
Share your voice reading • Microsoft Office lands on the Mac App Store Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors See All Apple Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? • Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Computers Tech Industry Comments Microsoft Office Microsoft Apple 5 Tags Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it The next time you open up a new Apple computer, go to the App Store to start downloading apps, and type in “Microsoft Office,” you’ll actually get something.Until now, anyone who wanted to use Microsoft Office and its popular Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote apps had to do so by going to Microsoft’s website and downloading it all from there. Now, they’re available on the Mac App Store as well, making it even easier for people to download and use.”We love the idea of the App Store being the specific place for Mac apps,” Jared Spataro, the corporate vice president of Microsoft 365, said in an interview.CNET’s Dan Ackerman probably can’t wait to download Microsoft Office as soon as he reads this. Sarah Tew/CNET The move is the latest example of Microsoft expanding beyond its once-obsession with Windows, its monopoly-making software that powers nine out of 10 PCs on the planet. Over the past five years since Satya Nadella was named its new CEO, the company has increasingly become more friendly with its rivals. That includes Microsoft releasing a version of Microsoft Office for iPhones and iPads, and bringing more apps like the Visual Studio coding tools to the Mac.With Office for Mac, Microsoft is doing more than merely bringing its popular apps to the Mac App Store. The Mac App Store will also update the downloaded apps automatically, and you’ll be able to buy a subscription to the Office software using your Apple ID and Mac App Store account instead of paying Microsoft directly, if you prefer. (Existing Office for Mac users can merely download the software and log in to their Office accounts to use them).The companies declined to discuss any specifics of the financial relationship between them, nor whether Microsoft was paying Apple the typical 30 percent fee paid Mac Apps typically charge. Shaan Pruden, Apple’s Senior Director of Partnership Management, did say Office for Mac will benefit from the Mac App Store’s new “bundles” feature, which will allow people to download the entire suite with one purchase.Not your father’s Microsoft: How the world’s largest software maker is trying to reboot itself.Batteries Not Included: The CNET team reminds us why tech is cool.
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Go back to the enewsletterThis week LATTE chats with Neil Rodgers, Managing Director at Adventure World Travel, The Travel Corporations’ soft adventure travel brand. Earlier this year, Adventure World Travel picked up the AFTA National Travel Industry Award for ‘Best International Wholesaler’.Neil, according to your LinkedIn profile you’ve been with Adventure World Travel for 11.5 years, working your way up through the ranks. Can you tell LATTE readers where your travel industry career began and some of the other roles you’ve held?Truth be told, I’ve actually been with Adventure World for over 15 years, as I started my tenure with the company in New Zealand as their marketing manager. You’re correct in that I have experienced different divisions within the company, having headed up marketing, sales and product before becoming MD three years ago. It’s quite funny that Adventure World is turning 40 in 2019, as I’ll welcome my fourth decade too!Prior to my time at Adventure World I was based in Boston where I ran the product & marketing departments of a large Celtic specialist tour operator. Falling in love with a Kiwi saw me venturing down to this part of the world …You’re a native Irishman, if I’m not mistaken. (The accent is a bit of a giveaway!) How long have you been living in Australia and how often do you get ‘home’ to your roots, and what is it that you miss about Ireland?Yes, I was born in Northern Ireland and I am very lucky to usually find myself travelling somewhere in Europe for a conference, so I get to visit the family homestead most years. I became an Australian citizen five years ago and I’m finding my concept of ‘home’ is changing away from my Irish roots. My parents have joined me on numerous Adventure World trips, most recently on a soft-adventure journey in coastal Oregon. So, I really do have the best of both worlds.Did you know from a young age that you wanted to work in the travel industry, or did you fall into it? If not travel, what industry where you bound for?Growing up in Belfast during the period of the Troubles made me yearn to escape and travel, it was a very bleak place with limited opportunities at that time. I would immerse myself in copies of National Geographic with its articles on the mysteries of Easter Island and African wildlife adventures. I can’t think of another industry I would want to work in, but it would have to be something I could be passionate and creative about.In your role as Managing Director at Adventure World, are you hands-on with sales and product development?One hundred per cent. Product development is what I enjoy involving myself with the most, and with the unique and diverse array of what we procure, you couldn’t help but be excited. I’m constantly working alongside our Product Managers on what trends we are seeing in the local market and what emerging products in destination will resonate with Australian travellers.Regarding sales, you will usually find me working the expo booth whenever I have the chance. I learned from my previous CEO Keith Stanley that you need to be at the “Shop-Front” of your business to be successful.What does a typical day for you look like?‘Typical’ isn’t a word that springs to my mind when I look across my work weeks. Looking at today’s agenda I have a call with our new Small Group Journey provider “Explore Worldwide” on plans to launch a family-based adventure product line, I have a working lunch with our partner the Australian Museum on potential travel exhibits for 2020, and this evening we have an Alaska roadshow. I wouldn’t have it any other way, though …What and/or who motivates you?That’s an easy one: it is the team I work with. Each of them has such an infectious passion for their destination and product that is contagious.What has been your proudest achievement at Adventure World, and why?In 2018 Adventure World took home the National Travel Industry Award for ‘Best International Wholesaler’ which was truly the icing on the cake. To be recognised by the industry is very humbling, especially in a category which is dominated by major mainstream players. I was on a train to Budapest at the time it was announced as I had just left the Flight Centre Global Achievers celebration, but I was delighted our full leadership team was in attendance to celebrate. Rest assured I toasted our success from afar.What have been three of the most unique travel experiences that you’ve had in your time at Adventure World Travel and what made them so special and memorable?Witnessing the construction of the elephant rehabilitation shelter we funded in India with Wildlife SOS and the TreadRight FoundationWitnessing a bear invade our picnic luncheon in the Canadian Rocky MountainsGetting to see the ancient Moai of Easter Island, as they had been my first inspirations to travelAdventure World Travel continues to push the boundaries as far as unique and bespoke product in the countries it brochures. How does your team find these exotic and far-flung products and destinations?The product teams spend the vast amount of their time in destination. That is truly the best way to become abreast of new developments and to always ensure your portfolio is of the highest standard.What other regions of the world is Adventure World Travel looking to expand and offer a more diverse program in the years to come?Not so much in the way of new destinations, but rather establishing Adventure World Travel as a global brand. The Travel Corporation has plans to take us into the North American Market, and I am delighted to be working on how that will look for a potential launch in 2020.And LATTE’s signature question. Where is your favourite coffee shop, and what is your ‘go to’ order?I am a resident of Elizabeth Bay in Sydney, so early mornings after my run you will find me at The Lookout in Beare Park Marina enjoying a skinny flat white.Go back to the enewsletter
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