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October
2019

Imprisoned Cree mother prevented from attending 23 yearold sons funeral

first_img(Joseph Carry speaks about upcoming wedding and wanting to see his mother before his death. APTN/video)Connie spoke to her family Wednesday morning and wept on the telephone from the Edmonton Women’s Institution which is about 700 kilometres northwest of Nekaneet, located  in Cypress Hills of southern Saskatchewan.“She called me this morning crying and told me to say goodbye to Joe for her and to tell him that his mom loves him so much,” said Linda Oakes, who is Connie Oakes’ aunt.“It is just a travesty that Connie has been denied this opportunity to see her son before he died and then to bid him farewell,” said Kim Pate, executive director of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies, who has known Oakes for several years.Pate said prison staff was supportive of Oakes’ application. She said she knows of no instance where an imprisoned mother has ever attempted to escape while seeing a dying child or attending their funeral.“No mother that I know of has ever attempted to escape in those instances,” said Pate, who filed a sealed affidavit in support of Oakes’ appeal application. “It think it is an absolutely unjust and unfair decision.”Oakes is appealing her second degree murder conviction partly on a fresh evidence submission. The Crown’s main witness in Oakes’ murder trial now says she doesn’t believe Oakes was at the trailer where Medicine Hat, Alta., resident Casey Armstrong was found dead in his bathtub in May 2011.Scott says in a sealed affidavit filed as part of Oakes’ appeal that Medicine Hat police fed her information about the case while she was stoned during interrogation sessions that lasted six months longer than disclosed to the defence before trial, according to a summary of the affidavit contained in the appeal application.With no DNA, murder weapon or fingerprints, the police and Crown relied on Scott to build their case against Oakes. Scott, a self-described small time crack dealer with an IQ of 50, accused three other people of Armstrong’s murder before pointing the finger at Oakes.Medicine Hat police could also never determine the source of a man’s size 11 bloody boot print found on the bathroom floor.Oakes’ appeal hearing is scheduled for Nov. 12.Oakes oldest son Jameson John was killed on Halloween in 2002, two weeks after Oakes stepped out of federal prison in Edmonton after serving a sentence for drug possession and trafficking.She still has one son, Jared, who is 13.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarrera (Connie Oakes in an undated photo supplied by the family) Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsA Cree woman imprisoned for a murder she says she didn’t commit was denied a chance to attend the funeral of her 23 year-old son who was buried Wednesday in Nekaneet Cree Nation territory.Connie Oakes managed to send a beaded hawk feather and a starblanket she crafted for her son Joseph Carry who was buried with the items, according to family members.Oakes was prevented from attending Carry’s funeral by the National Parole Board who rejected her second compassionate leave application this week. The National Parole Board last week denied Oakes’ first compassionate leave application to see her son before he died.Oakes’ physical fitness regime inside prison worked against her release, said one of her appeal lawyers Alexandra Simic.“The National Parole Board claimed that because she was in such good shape, that they considered her to be a flight risk because she could run,” said Simic.Carry died early Saturday morning from cancer, days after a Calgary judge issued a separate ruling against Oakes’ application for appeal bail.Carry was given three weeks to live by his doctor in mid-April. He married his long-time sweet-heart on May 16. They have a two year-old son.last_img read more

12
October
2019

Energy agency predicts lower gasoline prices this summer

It looks like motorists will pay less to fill the tank this summer.The U.S. Energy Information Administration predicted Tuesday that the national average price from April through September will be $2.76 a gallon, down from $2.85 last summer.For the entire year, the agency says the average household will spend about $100 less on fuel than last year, a savings of 4 per cent.Oil prices are up since December but still down from a year ago.The Energy agency says the U.S. produced 12.1 million barrels of oil per day in March.It forecasts that production will hit 12.4 million barrels a day this year and 13.1 million next year mostly due to higher output in Texas and New Mexico.The Associated Press read more

12
October
2019

Poorest nations face large financing shortfall due to credit crisis – World

9 March 2009With many in the private sector eschewing emerging markets, developing countries – only one quarter of which have the resources needed to prevent a spike in poverty – face a financing shortfall of up to $700 billion this year, according to the World Bank. With many in the private sector eschewing emerging markets, developing countries – only one quarter of which have the resources needed to prevent a spike in poverty – face a financing shortfall of up to $700 billion this year, according to the World Bank.International financial institutions alone cannot cover the gap, including both public and private debt and trade deficits for these 129 nations, the body said in a new paper ahead of the upcoming meeting of the so-called Group of 20 nations in London, calling for support from governments, multilateral institutions and the private sector.“We need to react in real time to a growing crisis that is hurting people in developing countries,” said World Bank Group President Robert B. Zoellick. “This global crisis needs a global solution and preventing an economic catastrophe in developing countries is important for global efforts to overcome this crisis.”He stressed the need for investments in safety nets, infrastructure and small- and medium-size companies to spur job creation and avert social and political unrest.For the first time since World War II, the global economy is set to shrink this year, and the World Bank forecasts that global industrial production in mid-2009 could be 15 per cent lower than the same time last year.Meanwhile, world trade will likely experience its largest drop in 80 years, most noticeably in East Asia.The poorest are “innocent bystanders,” forced to bear the brunt of the financial crisis, said Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, World Bank Managing Director.“We must look at poor people as assets and not liabilities,” she said. “The new globalization should mean we adopt new ways of caring for our infants, educating our youth, empowering our women and protecting the vulnerable.”Many of the poorest nations are becoming increasingly dependent on development aid as their exports and fiscal revenues dwindle due to the crisis, and donors are already behind by nearly $40 billion on their commitment made in Gleneagles in 2005 to double aid to Africa by 2010. read more

08
October
2019

Globe and Mail to scrap print edition in Atlantic Canada later this

TORONTO — The Globe and Mail is putting a stop to its daily print edition across Atlantic Canada later this year.Publisher Phillip Crawley said the national newspaper plans to halt production for the East Coast on Nov. 30.Costs of printing and distribution in the region are “unaffordable” because more readers are going online for news, he said. The money saved will be redirected to its journalism efforts.It’s not the first time the Globe has pulled back in Atlantic Canada. The company stopped distribution of the newspaper in Newfoundland five years ago, Crawley said.“We’ve watched the number of copies being printed declining,” Crawley said in an interview.“It reaches a point where effectively we’re subsidizing the print delivery by a million dollars a year. My priority is to invest in high-quality journalism.”As part of the decision, the Globe is bringing on journalist Jessica Leeder in Atlantic Canada next month. The company also recently hired a reporter in California to cover primarily U.S. politics from a West Coast perspective.While the changes won’t lead to layoffs at the Globe, Crawley noted the company’s newspapers are printed through an agreement with publisher Transcontinental.He also rebuffed suggestions that ending the Atlantic print edition is a sign the Globe doesn’t see a future for physical newspapers.“This is not in any way saying print is dying, we believe print’s got a lot of value for us for years to come,” he added.“There’s print advertising, there’s print subscriptions. It’s still a big chunk of our revenue base.”The latest move comes as Canada’s large media outlets respond to changing reader habits, which have moved away from newsprint.In July, the National Post permanently scrapped its Monday print edition.At the Toronto Star, a high-profile launch of the Star Touch tablet app, which it hoped would attract younger audiences, fizzled less than two years after its launch. The Star plans to unveil a new app instead.The Globe is making its own digital changes this year. Crawley said the company will debut new apps in the fall it hopes will improve the digital user experience.——A subsidiary of the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star’s owner Torstar hold investments in The Canadian Press as part of a joint agreement with the parent company of Montreal’s La Presse.— Follow @dfriend on Twitter. read more

08
October
2019

India summons Lankan envoy on fishermen issue

Navy spokesman Kosala Warnakulasuriya said that the Indians were arrested at two separate locations within hours of the first arrest. The navy had arrested 53 Indian fishermen who had entered Sri Lankan waters illegally both yesterday and today. India summoned the Sri Lankan Deputy High Commissioner in New Delhi Mahishini Colonne today to discuss the arrest of a group of Indian fishermen, Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin told the Colombo Gazette.The Indian government has urged the Sri Lankan authorities to treat the fishermen humanely and free them as soon as possible. Late last evening the navy arrested 19 Indian fishermen off the seas of Mannar while on this morning another 34 Indians were arrested off the Delft islands.Warnakulasuriya said that the boats used by the fishermen were also seized and they are to be handed over to the police for further investigations. Indian fishermen often accuse the Sri Lankan navy of attacking them when they stray into Sri Lankan waters, an allegation that Sri Lanka denies. (Colombo Gazette) Earlier this week sixteen fishermen, arrested by the Sri Lankan navy for fishing in Sri Lankan waters, were released and sent back to India.Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen often stray into each other’s territory as both countries are divided by a small strip of sea.Indian Defence Minister AK Antony said in a statement this week that the Indian government has been consistently taking up the issue of Indians crossing into Sri Lankan waters with Sri Lanka to ensure that the Sri Lankan navy acts with restraint and Indian fishermen found near the International Maritime Boundary Line ( IMBL) are treated in a humane manner. “In order to avoid recurrence of incidents involving our fishermen and keeping in mind the humanitarian and livelihood dimensions of fishermen issues, the government has reached an understanding with the government of Sri Lanka in October, 2008, to put in place practical arrangements to deal with Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen crossing the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL),” he said. read more

04
October
2019

Idol finale not even the biggest TV event of the week

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ‘Idol’ finale not even the biggest TV event of the week by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted May 21, 2013 4:48 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – For the past decade, the “American Idol” season finale has been one of television’s biggest events of the year. Now it’s not even TV’s biggest event of the week.The Nielsen company estimated that 14.3 million people watched Candice Glover’s victory over Kree Harrison in last week’s final episode of the season. Both the CBS drama “NCIS” and comedy “The Big Bang Theory” had more viewers.The viewership was a startling half of the 29.3 million people who watched in 2011, and also down from the 21.5 million who watched last year. The judge’s feud between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey clearly turned viewers off. Original judge Randy Jackson has already announced he is leaving and more changes are expected soon.Ten years ago, “American Idol” hit a high-water mark with 38.1 million people watching the show’s season finale.ABC couldn’t quite topple CBS last week, but saw some encouraging numbers: The season finale of “Scandal” had the largest audience ever for that show, while the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday had the highest viewership for that show in 10 years, Nielsen said.In an ominous sign for the summer, Fox’s season premiere of “So You Think You Can Dance” reached only 5.1 million viewers last week.CBS won the week in prime time, averaging 7.9 million viewers. ABC had 7.5 million, and won among the 18-to-49-year-old demographic craved by advertisers. Fox had 5.8 million, NBC had 5.5 million, Univision had 3.4 million, Telemundo had 1.6 million, the CW had 1.3 million and ION Television had 1.2 million.TNT was the most popular cable network for the week, averaging 3.6 million viewers in prime time. USA had 2.5 million, Fox News Channel had 2.04 million, the Disney Channel had 2.03 million and TBS had 1.6 million.NBC’s “Nightly News” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 7.5 million viewers. ABC’s “World News” was second with 6.7 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 5.8 million viewers.For the week of May 13-19, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: “NCIS,” CBS, 18.79 million; “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 15.48 million; “American Idol” (Thursday), Fox, 14.31 million; “NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS, 13.52 million; “Dancing With the Stars,” ABC, 13.33 million; “American Idol” (Wednesday), Fox, 12.11 million; “Dancing With the Stars Results,” ABC, 11.87 million; “The Big Bang Theory” (Thursday, 8:30 p.m.), CBS, 11.84 million; “The Voice” (Monday), NBC, 11.29 million; “Castle,” ABC, 11.16 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is a unit of News Corp. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.___Online:http://www.nielsen.com read more

04
October
2019

Average US rate on 30year mortgage rises to 412 per cent 15year

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Average US rate on 30-year mortgage rises to 4.12 per cent; 15-year loan at 3.26 per cent by The Associated Press Posted Sep 11, 2014 11:36 am MDT WASHINGTON – Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose slightly this week but remained near their lows for the year.Mortgage company Freddie Mac said Thursday the nationwide average for a 30-year loan edged up to 4.12 per cent from 4.10 per cent last week, where it had stayed for three straight weeks.The average for a 15-year mortgage, a popular choice for people who are refinancing, rose to 3.26 per cent from 3.24 per cent.At 4.12 per cent, the rate on a 30-year mortgage is down from 4.53 per cent at the start of the year. Rates have fallen even though the Federal Reserve has been trimming its monthly bond purchases, which are intended to keep long-term borrowing rates low. The purchases are set to end next month.Mortgage rates often follow the yield on the 10-year Treasury note. The 10-year note traded at 2.54 per cent Wednesday, up from 2.41 per cent a week earlier. It was trading at 2.53 per cent Thursday morning. Bond yields rise when bond prices fall.To calculate average mortgage rates, Freddie Mac surveys lenders across the country between Monday and Wednesday each week. The average doesn’t include extra fees, known as points, which most borrowers must pay to get the lowest rates. One point equals 1 per cent of the loan amount.The average fee for a 30-year mortgage was unchanged from last week at 0.5 point. The fee for a 15-year mortgage also remained at 0.5 point.The average rate on a five-year adjustable-rate mortgage rose to 2.99 per cent from 2.97 per cent. The fee was stable at 0.5 point.For a one-year ARM, the average rate increased to 2.45 per cent from 2.40 per cent. The fee held at 0.4 point. read more

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September
2019

Wrestling No 6 Ohio State faces rival in undefeated No 1 Penn

Ohio State No. 3 senior Micah Jordan, looks for the single-leg takedown against Malik Amine of Michigan in the 149-pound bout. Jordan wins by decision, 17-4. Credit: Sal Marandino | For The LanternOhio State and Penn State is a duel, a clash of the titans pitting 17 ranked wrestlers against each other. The No. 6 Ohio State wrestling team (9-1, 5-1 Big Ten) will take on No. 1 Penn State at home on Friday. The Nittany Lions (10-0, 6-0 Big Ten) won their last match against then No. 4 Michigan 25-11, which kept them undefeated on the season.Ohio State head coach Tom Ryan said both teams are “loaded,” and that it will be a must-watch duel.“This is kind of what you would dream of as a wrestler to be in an event like this,” Ryan said.The Buckeyes are coming off a 27-15 victory against Northwestern on Sunday while winning six of 10 bouts.  Ohio State redshirt junior Kollin Moore, the No. 2 wrestler in the country at 197 pounds, will try and remain undefeated, but will enter as an underdog for the first time all season, taking on Penn State undefeated first-ranked redshirt senior Bo Nickal.Nickal has won two straight NCAA titles and has a 90-3 career record. But Moore said being an underdog does not faze him.“I have been in a lot of big matches and I can wrestle really well,” Moore said. “I think I have proven that I’m one of the top wrestlers in the country.”Ohio State senior Myles Martin, the No. 1 wrestler in the country at 184 pounds and undefeated on the season, will be tested against Penn State sixth-ranked redshirt senior Shakur Rasheed, who has not lost in 15 bouts.Ohio State senior Joey McKenna, the No. 2 wrestler in the country at 141 pounds, will return after missing the past two duels due to an undisclosed injury. He will square off against Penn State sixth-ranked sophomore Nick Lee, who has only lost once this season. “Joey is at another level, there is a handful of college wrestlers that are really elite and [McKenna] is one of them,” Ryan said. “We need to hold our ground and get bonus points when we can.”Ohio State redshirt freshman Ethan Smith, the No. 17 wrestler in the country at 174 pounds, will face Penn State first-ranked junior Mark Hall, who is undefeated in 19 matches.Hall won the NCAA title at 174 pounds in 2017, and has lost only four of his  67 career matches. Despite being in his second year at Ohio State, Smith said he is confident heading into his match against such a prominent opponent.“I can’t put [the match] on a pedestal too much, and let it get inside my head so I’m just going to go out there like it is any other match,” Smith said. “I don’t think I’m afraid to shoot or get in on anyone in the country.”No. 6 Ohio State will take on No. 1 Penn State at St. John Arena at 8:30 p.m. on Friday. read more

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September
2019

Mens Volleyball Ohio State shows improvement but falls to No 10 Lewis

Ohio State freshman Jack Stevens (19) hits the ball over the net at the game against George Mason on Jan. 18 at St. John Arena in Columbus. Credit: Ethan Clewell | Senior ReporterOhio State accomplished something Thursday that no other team in the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association has done so far this season: force a fourth and fifth set on No. 10 Lewis. The Buckeyes (5-10, 1-4 MIVA) stretched Lewis (12-4, 5-0 MIVA) to five sets, but could not complete the upset, losing 25-21, 18-25, 24-26, 25-17 and 15-11. With the third set tied at 23, a long volley ended as junior outside hitter Reese Devilbiss killed a ball over the net giving the Buckeyes set point. Lewis forced overtime after a kill by junior outside hitter Kyle Bugee, but a kill by redshirt senior middle blocker Blake Leeson and an error by the Flyers awarded the Buckeyes a third set victory and a two sets-to-one edge over the Flyers, ensuring a five-set match. Leeson hit for .769 with 10 kills on 13 attacks, also providing an ace and six block assists. He said he saw steadiness in his teammates, keeping the Buckeyes focused. “Everyone played more relaxed and didn’t freak out as much over errors,” Leeson said. “I was honestly pretty proud of sets and aspects of the game across the board, but [we’ve] got to push a little harder in spots and not make errors in others to flip that switch to a W.” In the first set, Ohio State used kills by Leeson and redshirt sophomore outside hitter Tyler Alter to cut the Flyer lead to one. But Lewis rode kills by redshirt junior outside hitter Ryan Coenen and redshirt senior Julian Moses, as well as senior setter Matt Yoshimoto’s second ace of the night to put the set away for Lewis, 25-21. Coenen led the Flyers with 14 kills and two aces, adding seven digs and two block assists. Alter served as the offensive engine for the Buckeyes, leading the team with 19 kills, while bolstering the defense with nine digs and three block assists. He recorded 16 of his 19 kills in the first three sets. Head coach Pete Hanson was impressed to see Alter flourish with little collegiate volleyball experience. “I thought in the first three-and-a-half sets, Tyler Alter was awesome. He had a great night,” Hanson said. “At one point in time he was hitting close to .500, which for a kid that’s only played literally in — that was his second match in three years, that’s really really good stuff.” But where Ohio State seemed to have momentum in the first three sets, Lewis started to take over as the match wore on. Midway through the fourth set, Lewis used a kill by Coenen and two Buckeye errors to take an 11-7 advantage. A kill by sophomore middle blocker Austin Gerwig helped Ohio State trim the lead to two. But the Flyers capitalized on a kill by Coenen and two Buckeye errors to stretch their lead to five, 18-13. The Flyers finished the set on a 5-1 run, taking the fourth set 25-17 and forcing a fifth set. “The longer it went on the more we just kind of got into bad spots with our serving and passing and that affected our setting and that affected our hitting and just dominoes started to go the other direction,” Hanson said. After the Buckeyes exploded in the fifth set for four quick points courtesy of two kills by sophomore outside hitter Martin Lallemand, a Buckeye block and a Flyer error, Lewis responded with a six-point run of its own, building a 7-4 lead. Each comeback the Buckeyes mounted, the Flyers cut short, using five blocks and 10 digs to defend their lead and finish off the set, 15-11, and the match, 3-2. Despite the loss, Leeson is keeping things optimistic. “This is the best I’ve seen us play in awhile,” Leeson said. “I’m excited to see where we’re at.” Ohio State will try again for a league win against Loyola Chicago at 2 p.m. on Sunday at St. John Arena. read more

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September
2019

These are the 25 most common Xbox Live achievements

first_imgRounding out our trip through Xbox data, it’s time to prowl through the list of the 25 most common Xbox Live achievements. These are the most popular achievement earned on the Xbox 360 in a relative sense — basically, the number of unlocks versus number of people that played each game.This data comes courtesy of the folks over at Giant Bomb and their massive list of users with linked Xbox Live accounts. That means the data is representative of the complete Xbox 360 achievement list, but it’s not based on the full data set. Maybe one day Microsoft will open up the books, but this is the best we have for now.The most popular Xbox Live achievements, in order:ilomilo — the student — Complete the tutorial — unlocks: 525Glow Artisan — Color Theory 101 — Complete the Tutorial — unlocks: 192Zuma’s Revenge! — Spiritual Awakening — Discover the Spirit Monkey — unlocks: 187COLLAPSE! —Fast Sweep — Remove blocks 5 times within 4 seconds. — unlocks: 183COLLAPSE! — Rainbow Sweep — Remove blocks of every color currently in the game in rapid succession. — unlocks: 183Parachute Panic — Promotion — Beat your own best score. — unlocks: 170Parachute Panic — Pioneer — First parachutist landed safely. — unlocks: 170Forza Horizon — Welcome to Horizon — Arrive at the Horizon Festival. — unlocks: 712Fable Coin Golf — Ace! — Complete a level with a Hole-in-One — unlocks: 265Flight Control — Fundamentals — Land a cumulative total of 10 planes. — unlocks: 247geoDefense Swarm — Easy Start — Beat any Easy Level — unlocks: 123Flowerz — First Bloom — Complete the first level in a game of Flowerz. — unlocks: 974Doodle God — Good Start — Create 6 elements — unlocks: 357The Harvest — Survivor — No prison can hold you. — unlocks: 226UNO — Skip Card — Make your opponent skipped for the 1st time — unlocks: 109geoDefense — Easy Start — Beat any of the easy levels — unlocks: 319Forza Horizon — …and across the line! — Finish your first race in Single Player. — unlocks: 710Revolution — Beginners Luck — Complete all tutorial levels (1 to 5). — unlocks: 101NeverDead — De-Cyphered — Take a trip down memory lane. — unlocks: 301Megamind — Assistant Collector — Collect 1000 B.I.N.K.E.Y. in any single level as Megamind — unlocks: 195Megamind — Museum Master — Complete “The Museum” Level as Megamind — unlocks: 195Megamind — Collector Collect — 2000 B.I.N.K.E.Y. in any single level as Megamind — unlocks: 195Mark of the Ninja — Hisomu’s Heir — Kill one guard. — unlocks: 2789Glow Artisan — A First Time for Everything — Earn the first Trophy Piece in Apprentice difficulty. — unlocks: 191Butterfly — Basket Full Of Poppies — Make more than 200 poppies bloom. — unlocks: 95 The most striking thing about this list is that it’s absolutely dominated by Windows Phone games. In the entire top 25, only five titles are from Microsoft’s popular Xbox 360 console. All of the rest are from the company’s far less popular phone OS. One likely contributing factor to this phenomenon is that the Windows Phone App+Game store isn’t as dense as its Android/iOS counterparts, so Windows Phone users likely don’t have as many games to choose from. With the exception of Flowerz, most of the Windows Phone achievements have only a few hundred unlocks; so what makes them common is that total number of players is also quite small.The Xbox 360 games on the list are Zuma’s Revenge!, Forza Horizon, NeverDead, Megamind (a tie-in to the animated feature film), and Mark of the Ninja. Although Forza is the most recognizable name in that group, the recently-released, entirely-awesome Mark of the Ninja manages to quietly sneak in and take the award for most unlocks with 2,789. Clearly the buzz around this downloadable stealth title has gotten a lot of users to give it a spin — at least long enough to take down a single guard.Perhaps the most curious entry in the top 25 is Fable Coin Golf, a Windows Phone 7 exclusive game that generates gold in Fable III. So how did a trophy from the tie-in game land in the top 25, while Fable III did not? The most likely answer is that the Fable Coin Golf players were split between the Xbox 360 and PC versions of Fable III. and the rarest PlayStation trophiesThanks to Giant Bomb for helping us with the data!last_img read more

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September
2019

More bleak days likely as major IT firms trim workforce by over

first_img IT majors to lay off at least 56,000 employees this year Close The Indian IT sector has made quite some headlines this year with the reported mass layoffs. And the industry is now back in the news as six IT giants have reportedly reduced their employee strength in a big way in the first six months of this fiscal year.Brands like Infosys, Cognizant, Wipro and Tech Mahindra have seen quite a decline in their headcount in the last six months. Among them, Cognizant is reportedly the most affected as the number of its employees had declined by more than 5,000.While it has been said that TCS and HCL Technologies have added some employees to their workforce, this addition is not that big, reported the Times of India. In total, the number of employees in these six firms has dropped by 4,157. Even though the number may not seem that big, it comes in stark contrast to the 60,000 workers that these firms had hired in the same period last year.”The industry is standing at a crossroads. The journey toward digitisation and automation provides a plethora of opportunities, but with the same token also a myriad of challenges. Hiring for some of the Indian majors has not only decelerated, but for the first time we have seen a decrease of headcount,” Tom Reuner, SVP of intelligent automation and IT services at IT consulting firm HfS Research, told TOI.Meanwhile, Peter Bendor Samuel of outsourcing research firm Everest Group explained that these companies have also not been too keen on campus recruitments of late and the situation is unlikely to improve soon. The same was earlier explained by Nasscom president R Chandrashekhar as well. Employees of Infosys Technologies Limited walk in the campus of the company’s headquarters in Bangalore on April 13, 2017. Indian software giant Infosys has pledged to return USD2 billion to shareholders this year as it reported subdued growth in profits for the fourth quarter.MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP/Getty ImagesThe IT industry had created 1.8 lakh jobs last fiscal, but it is likely to create only about 1.3-1.5 lakh jobs in FY 2018. This number includes lateral as well as campus jobs. IT giants are known to be some of the biggest campus recruiters, but this year the number is expected to go down. The sector added about 2.40 lakh jobs a year during the boom.”Companies are trying multiple avenues, including campus selection, lateral hires, etc. But campus will be on the lower side as compared to earlier years,” Chandrashekhar had said.The trend has mostly been attributed to automation in the IT industry. With numerous companies embracing digital services these days, it is said to be one of the reasons that firms are hiring lesser manpower.”With automation, the number of people we are hiring in the past will not be the same. It will slow down a little bit. We are also looking at hiring very differential kind of people,” Indian Express had earlier quoted Krishnamurthy Shankar, executive vice-president, group head, human resource development, Infosys, as saying. Wipro KDC Campus, KolkataWikimedia CommonsPankaj Bansal, co-founder and chief executive officer of PeopleStrong, noted that the job cuts due to automation may not show a drastic impact right away, but it will be visible by around 2020.However, it has often been said that automation is not all bad for the IT sector as it also opens new avenues to employees if they make an effort to reskill. While Nasscom has already said that workers, if they want to keep their jobs, will need to re-skill, Samuel too noted that employees with modern tech skills will be in demand.”The industry will continue to be a great place for engineers with the right skills in AI, automation, and other digital skills that are in high demand. However, for those individuals who have traditional IT skills, the picture changes dramatically,” he added.last_img read more

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September
2019

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Tuesday December 1

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uIn wake of the shootings at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado, insight into the very real threat of domestic terrorism presented by White men with guns, from Heidi Beirich of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Also, questioning the legality and some inherent concerns with Harford County heroin checkpoints. We’ll talk to Neil Franklin, executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. These stories and more coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img read more

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August
2019

Dogs personalities also change like humans

first_imgNot only humans, but their canine friend too have moods and personality traits that shape how they react in certain situations, says a new study. The study revealed that, like humans, dogs’ personalities are likely to change overtime. Dogs’ personalities can also predict many important life outcomes suggesting that canines’ personalities influence how close they feel to their owners, biting behaviour and even chronic illness. “When humans go through big changes in life, their personality traits can change. We found that this also happens with dogs and to a surprisingly large degree,” said lead author William Chopik Professor from Michigan State University in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”We expected the dogs’ personalities to be fairly stable because they don’t have wild lifestyle changes humans do, but they actually change a lot. We uncovered similarities to their owners, the optimal time for training and even a time in their lives that they can get more aggressive toward other animals,” said Chopik. While older dogs are much harder to train, the right time to teach a dog obedience is around the age of six when it has crossed the puppy stage, but before it is too set in its ways, Chopik noted. Exposure to obedience classes to dogs and training were associated with more positive personality traits across the dog’s lifespan, Chopik suggested. The study, published in the Journal of Research in Personality, surveyed owners of more than 1,600 dogs, including 50 different breeds. The findings showed that dogs and owners share specific personality traits indicating that extroverted humans rated their dogs as more excitable and active. Owners high in negative emotions rated their dogs as more fearful, active and less responsive to training.last_img read more

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August
2019

IBA Launches Online Collaboration Platform for Adaptive Proton Therapy

first_img News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Related Content News | Proton Therapy | September 23, 2016 IBA Launches Online Collaboration Platform for Adaptive Proton Therapy Leading the PATh will gather leading experts in adaptive proton therapy and create a community to develop research open source software. News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more September 23, 2016 — IBA unveiled its new platform, ‘Leading the PATh’, which gathers the leading experts in the field of proton therapy all in one place. It is anticipated that ‘Leading the PATh’ will enable the worldwide medical community to shape the most efficient proton adaptive therapy (PATh), a proton therapy process which improves the accuracy of what is considered to be the most precise cancer treatment available today.The platform www.leadingthepath.org will enable physicians, physicists, academics, researchers, industry experts, patient association advocates and policymakers from all over the world to exchange experiences, discuss best practices and enhance knowledge, to improve the next generation of proton therapy treatment.This platform also includes access to a research software platform. This software will be distributed under an open-source license to foster creativity and innovation within the proton therapy community. In addition, users will be invited to access and test a software application that proposes a new example of proton adaptive workflow.For more information: www.iba-worldwide.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July. last_img read more

10
August
2019

Related Tunisia and Morocco will be big winners

first_img RelatedTunisia and Morocco will be ‘big winners’ in short breaks marketMore Brits are expected to book flights to Tunisia and Morocco this year thanks to the restructuring of air passenger duty.Is it safe to travel to Tunisia?Since the terrorist attacks in Tunisia in 2015, the UK Foreign Office has advised against travelling to most parts of the country, and holidays and flights to Tunisia have been cancelled. In May this year the FCO extended its travel warning for another month. So is it safe to go…Thomas Cook to introduce Tunisian flights from Leeds Bradford AirportLeeds Bradford Airport has announced that tour operator Thomas Cook will be introducing flights to Tunisia Holidaymakers are still booking flights to Tunisia despite the ongoing economic uncertainty.This is according to the Tunisian National Tourist Office, which said that the north African country offers a mix of “sun, sand, spa, spice and shopping”.Anissa Ramoundi, TNTO’s UK and Ireland director, said that flights to Tunisia typically last for two-and-a-half hours.”Despite the recession, visitor numbers to Tunisia are continuing to grow, with many Brits looking for holidays that offer a wide range of activities at a price they can afford,” she commented.Tunisia is suitable both as a holiday and city break destination, with the country boasting an impressive blend of history, culture and adventure.It also serves as a gateway to the Sahara, with many holidaymakers embarking on a camel trekking expedition, paragliding experience or having a go at quad biking or hot air ballooning.Earlier this month, Tunisia was named as one of Thomson and First Choice’s top 2010 destinations, with the nation praised for its good standard of accommodation and “pristine” sandy beaches.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

12
January
2019

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September
2018

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04
September
2018

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