5 Essential Apps for Your Small Business

first_imgRunning a business can feel like playing every part in an orchestra … as one person. Small business owners frequently have to play strings, horns, and percussion all at the same time. With so much pressure to hit every note just right, wouldn’t it be nice to have some support?While your small business is growing, it can be hard to keep up with all the moving pieces. Thankfully, we live in an age of automation that can help streamline some of your business processes. Here are five apps to help you maximize your time and increase productivity. MailboxEven though it can quickly feel overwhelming, your inbox doesn’t have to be your nemesis. The Mailbox app is a great tool for keeping your inbox nice and neat. The app has a unique “list” system that allows you to quickly sort through your messages. Not quite ready to read that long email from a difficult client? Mailbox lets you “snooze” an email that you need to read later so it won’t get buried.TodoistAs a small business owner, your to-do list can quickly turn into a to-do novel. Todoist is a to-do list app that lets you segment your tasks, add reminders, and even collaborate on tasks. The app also allows you to see your lists anywhere, on any device.EvernoteScrawling notes and names on the back of a napkin just doesn’t cut it for keeping notes anymore. Thankfully, even those hand-drawn tidbits can be categorized and organized with Evernote. Evernote lets you keep track of just about anything. Traveling for business? Just snap photos of your receipts, upload them, and tag them accordingly. No more pockets and purses full of receipts!SquareThis dead-simple service turns your mobile device into a point of sale on the fly. Think of it as a storefront you can carry in your pocket.SlackSlack is quickly becoming one of the easiest ways to keep in touch with your team. It’s like a chat app on steroids. Slack integrates with tons of existing apps businesses are already using to create one of the most robust communication tools around.These are several apps that can help you organize your small business and free yourself up to focus on the important stuff. Tell us about your favorite business-focused apps in the comments, and follow us on Twitter at @IntelSmallBiz for more about how tech can fuel your small business.last_img read more

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Accelerating the Development and Optimization of AI Solutions

first_imgWhen it comes to advancing artificial intelligence, we’ve come a long way in a short period of time. Deep Learning and other uses of big data have really taken off in the last few years, yielding break through results for consumers and businesses alike.Software plays a significant role in these breakthroughs, and there are challenges to solve. Software needs to be designed and optimized to take advantage of the features of the underlying hardware, or performance will lag. We also need frameworks, libraries and other tools to streamline and accelerate the development process.At Intel, we recognize these challenges, and are working actively to help data scientists and software developers overcome them. We do this by delivering a broad range of software that builds on the compute foundation provided by Intel® architecture, as well as increasing training to broaden the AI talent pool. These contributions include open, high-performance library building blocks that harness the power of Intel hardware, and high-productivity tools and platforms that simplify and streamline workflows.Let’s look at some examples of these freely available software offerings, ecosystem contributions, and related resources:AI for All: Deep Learning Compute Building BlocksIntel® Math Kernel Library for Deep Neural Networks (Intel® MKL-DNNOpens in a new window) is an open source performance library for Deep Learning (DL) applications that is designed to accelerate DL frameworks on Intel architecture. Intel MKL-DNN includes highly optimized building blocks to implement convolutional neural networks (CNN) with C and C++ interfaces. We created this project to help the DL community innovate on Intel processors.In addition, Intel has its own framework, NervanaTM Neon. This framework allows us to innovate in both hardware and software to bring blazing performance to deep learning. Our Neon team works closely with our customers on solutions in multiple domains, which yields insights to improve our own implementations as well as those in the industry.Another building block for driving innovation in DL performance is the Intel® NervanaTM Graph. Graph compilation brings advanced capabilities to Nervana Neon and other DL frameworks. In concept, it builds a directed graph of operations and then optimizes that graph. It can combine or compound operations and partition graphs for efficiency and distribution across multiple nodes.We have also worked to optimize a number of the most popular deep learning frameworks for Intel® architecture including: neon, CaffeOpens in a new window*, TheanoOpens in a new window*, Torch* and TensorFlowOpens in a new window*, enabling Intel to deliver increased value and performance for data scientists on our platform.AI for All: Data Center SolutionsAt a broader level, Intel is a major contributor to several open source projects that are accelerating the availability of solutions. Our work with Apache Spark*, for example, has been particularly useful in scaling machine learning and deep learning solutions to very large data sets. Intel is one of the top contributors to this open source project, which provides a software foundation for processing the huge amounts of data that are at the heart of AI solutions.Intel is also a major contributor to the Trusted Analytics PlatformOpens in a new window (TAP), an open-source software project designed to accelerate the creation of advanced analytics and machine learning solutions. TAP simplifies solution development with a collaborative, flexible integrated environment. It makes all tools, components and services accessible in one place for data scientists, application developers, and system operators.Intel® Data Analytics Acceleration Library (Intel® DAALOpens in a new window) helps speed big data analytics by providing highly optimized algorithmic building blocks for all data analysis stages for offline, streaming and distributed analytics usages. It’s designed for use with popular data platforms, including Hadoop*, Spark*, R, and Matlab* for highly efficient data access. Intel DAAL helps applications make better predictions faster and analyze larger data sets with the available compute resources.There’s also a full reasoning system in this mix. Saffron TechnologyTMOpens in a new window, from an Intel company, provides a full software stack for a reasoning system built to drive insights and decisions. The platform’s associative learning techniques can learn faster with less data, while providing transparent insights into trends, anomalies, and other characteristics of datasets. Saffron learns dynamically and continuously.AI for All: End-to-End SolutionsTo empower the ecosystem and further drive the democratization of AI, we offer the Intel® Deep Learning SDKOpens in a new window, a free set of tools for data scientists and software developers who want to develop, train, and deploy deep learning solutions. The SDK encompasses a training tool and a deployment tool that can be used separately or together in a complete deep learning workflow. With the SDK, developers can simplify the installation of popular deep learning frameworks; visually set up, tune, and run deep learning training in the data center, and deploy high performance inference solutions on the endpoint using the trained models from any source.You can access most of these resources via links on the new Intel® Nervana™ AI AcademyOpens in a new window. This portal extends the reach of the vibrant Intel Developer Program by providing a one-stop shop for access to frameworks, libraries, and tools as well as tutorials and training that help developers and data scientists accelerate the development of solutions optimized for top performance on Intel architecture.As these examples show, Intel is serious about enabling the AI ecosystem and arming data scientists and software developers with the tools and information they need to bring solutions to market in less time. And we’re serious about this for a reason: We want to help unleash the next wave of artificial intelligence and an ever-broader spectrum of AI use cases.For a closer look at the projects and resources highlighted here, visit the Intel Artificial Intelligence siteOpens in a new window.last_img read more

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The other Murthy makes a comeback

first_imgHe is a flamboyant CEO, always approachable, a darling of the media, almost always obliging journalists with quotable quotes. Lean and tall, the 48-year-old CEO of iGate Patni, Phaneesh Murthy, always sported a pencil moustache. Two months ago, he grew a petite goatee.His firm has grown too. In January last year, Murthy announced the acquisition of Patni Computer Systems for $1.22 billion. The merger created yet another biggie in the Indian IT sector-iGate Patni now has a revenue run rate of over a billion dollars.On April 9, iGate accepted the offer of Patni’s minority shareholders to delist the firm from Indian stock exchanges for a price of Rs 520 a share. That would give iGate 93 per cent stake in Patni. This completes the year-long acquisition story. The purchase has proved expensive for Murthy and he has been saddled with debt. But the CEO remains at his combative best arguing that he would be able to repay it.This is Murthy’s second coming and he has risen like a Phoenix-the executive was the original architect of $6 billion Infosys’ US growth story. He was seen as a potential CEO candidate, a favourite with N.R. Narayana Murthy.last_img read more

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Arizona’s 50 Largest Employers Rated By Employees; Southwest Airlines Flies To The Top

first_imgAre you based in Arizona and are currently employed or have been employed in the past 3 years? Share a company review on Glassdoor and tell us what you like about your employer and what could be improved.Looking for jobs in Arizona?Phoenix JobsTucson JobsMesa JobsChandler JobsGlendale JobsScottsdale JobsGilbert JobsTempe JobsPeoria JobsSurprise Jobs While Arizona is widely known for its red hot temperatures, its economy has not been sizzling as of late.In fact, the state’s unemployment rate stands at 9.4% (higher than the national average which sits at 9.1% according to the latest BLS report). If you’re in the job market in this area, not only do you want to know about  Arizona job openings, but you probably also want to know what it’s like to work at companies hiring so that you can get a leg up in the job search process.Glassdoor, a jobs and career community, looked at 50 of Arizona’s largest employers (based on the number of people they employ within the state) to find out what it’s like to work at these companies from those on the inside – the employees.Highlights Among Arizona’s Biggest Companies:Highest Rated Employers: Southwest Airlines (4.3), Intel (3.5), American Express (3.5), Costco Inc. (3.5), FedEx Corp. (3.5), Starbucks Coffee (3.5) (Ratings based on a 5-point scale; 5.0=very satisfied, 1.0=very dissatisfied)Companies Headquartered in AZ: Though no companies headquartered in Arizona crack the top 10, Go Daddy, based in Scottsdale, ranks highest (#11 overall) with a 3.3 rating (Go Daddy is not ranked in the top 10, due to higher CEO approval ratings at other companies sharing a 3.3 rating.)Think Bigger Is Better? Not always true. While Wal-Mart is Arizona’s largest employer with approximately 30,000 employees statewide, the retail giant receives a 2.7 rating. Plus, Phoenix-based Banner Health, Arizona’s second largest employer with more than 28,000 employees, only receives a 2.8 rating. Interestingly, Southwest Airlines is Arizona’s 35th largest employer, but it rates highest among employees, with its 4.3 rating.Curious what makes these companies standout among employees? Here’s what several Arizona-based employees had to say:“Good people at our level with willingness to step in and help you, good pay after you`ve been there awhile. Great benefits and diversity of job. Never know what you will be doing or where.” – Southwest Airlines Ramp Agent (Phoenix, AZ)“Nice paychecks, sweet perks, fun colleagues, and jobs ready to be filled.” – Intel Employee (Chandler, AZ)“The work life benefits are very good. There is nice flexibility to be able to have a decent balance. The onsite cafeteria is a nice touch.” – American Express Employee (Phoenix, AZ) “Working at Go Daddy makes the days go very fast. On-call is mandatory and calls are usually handled before they get to second or third level.” – Go Daddy Linux Systems Administrator (Tempe, AZ)Full Report:last_img

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I’ll wait for my Man Utd chance – Lingard

first_imgManchester United I’ll wait for my chance to help Man Utd’s hot streak – Lingard Kris Voakes Man Utd Correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 05:30 14/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Jesse Lingard Manchester United Basel Champions League Getty Manchester United Premier League Manchester United v Basel Manchester United v Everton Everton Basel UEFA Champions League The England attacker has been on the periphery during the Red Devils’s positive start to the season but he’s happy to bide his time for now Jesse Lingard is confident Manchester United can continue their excellent start to the new season, with the form of his close friend Marcus Rashford one of the keys to them keeping their run going.United currently sit top of the Premier League and returned to the Champions League on Tuesday with a convincing 3-0 win over Swiss outfit Basel, with Lingard and Rashford both coming off the bench late on.And the England wide-man is happy to wait it out as a substitute so long as the team are winning. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing “For now it’s about taking each game as it comes and we’re on a hot streak at the moment. If we can continue our form in the cups and in the league it should go fine this season,” Lingard told reporters.Marcus Rashford Manchester United 2017“There’s a lot of games, especially this month, so you’re always going to get your chance. I’ve just got to be patient and when you come on the field you want to make a difference.“Of course it’s always going to be difficult if you’re not in the team but as long as you train hard there’s a lot of games coming up and you know you’ll get a chance. You learn a lot and you want to keep training hard and like I said you will get your chance, it’s all about taking it.”In the meantime he is happy for Rashford to grab the glory, with the striker having bagged his third goal in successive games against Basel.“[His form] it’s excellent,” added Lingard. “If he can carry this form on now the rest of the season it will help us a lot. He’s going to stay grounded because he’s a grounded kid.“He’s got a lot bigger, a lot quicker, and he’s focusing on goals and assists which is the main aim.”Wayne Rooney Jesse Lingard Manchester UnitedUp next United welcome Everton to Old Trafford in the Premier League on Sunday, with former skipper Wayne Rooney making his first return to the stadium since his summer move back to Goodison Park.Lingard says he learned so much alongside Rooney and he is sure that the 31-year-old will get a tremendous reception from the home fans.“His experience in games [was key], especially when you’re young and if it’s only 1-0 it’s always hard to manage a game, and he knew what to do at times especially towards the end of games. You learn every day off him.“He’s always going to be recognised as a legend at the club and he’ll get a great reception when he comes back.”Marcus Rashford Romelu Lukaku Jesse Lingard Manchester United ICCRomelu Lukaku’s goal in the win over Basel was his sixth in six games for United since his £75 million summer switch from the Toffees, and Lingard says his style gives the side a new edge in attack.“He holds the ball up well, he runs in behind which gives the guy on the ball another option… He’s very strong in the box, he’s very good with his head, so he gives a lot of options for the man on the ball.“I think Rom’s a really nice guy, he’s got his feet on the ground and he doesn’t let anything faze him. As long as he keeps scoring the goals he’s going to make the headlines.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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David Luiz makes rusty return as Norwich take Chelsea to FA Cup replay

first_imgShare on Pinterest Coventry’s Jack Grimmer lets fly to finish off Mark Hughes’s Stoke reign Share on Messenger FA Cup Share on Twitter Chelsea could hardly have been less incisive and emerged for the second half with more vigour and Zimmermann was forced to clear ahead of the poised Willian almost instantly. Bakayoko and Danny Drinkwater missed the target and Willian finally forced Angus Gunn into a sharp save down to his left. He followed that with a driving run into the area and an effort that was gathered rather more comfortably.There was less rhythm to Norwich now although a clumsy foul by Cahill on Pritchard, again penalised with a yellow card by Stuart Attwell, was a reminder of their variation in the opposing half. Pritchard, seemingly re-energised, watched a shot loop over off Drinkwater as the half’s midway point loomed but the game had yet to stretch out in the manner that both managers – neither enamoured with the prospect of a replay – might have preferred.If Murphy had kept his cool rather than volleying wide after a fluffed punch by Willy Caballero, Norwich might have had their victory. Their lack of a centre-forward had brought a lack of authority at the sharp end. Michy Batshuayi had, damningly, had a similar effect for Chelsea and was replaced for the final 15 minutes by Morata. But there was no late charge; a winner rarely looked likely. On this evidence Antonio Conte will have multiple subjects at which to direct his anger this weekend. The buildup to this largely sterile, listless affair had been dominated by the Italian’s mutual antipathy with José Mourinho, a long-brewing feud now unfolding at a rate of knots. If only events here had moved at anything like that kind of speed: Chelsea barely created a clear chance to speak of against a brighter Norwich side that, although toothless, fully merited its replay. The fixtures continue to mount up and so, surely, will Conte’s frustration that his squad lacks the depth to compete capably on all fronts.David Luiz’s return from a six-week injury absence was the most notable of nine changes made by Conte from the rollercoaster ride at Arsenal. Essentially, the Chelsea manager brought in a number of his less-used senior squad members; the bench, though, was a different matter and alongside Álvaro Morata sat six players with barely 10 appearances between them. Norwich City Topics Norwich City 0-0 Chelsea: FA Cup – as it happened match reports Chelsea The Observer Reuse this content Read more Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Read more Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp If the away side could be forgiven for other priorities, the same could hardly be said for Norwich, who lie nine points and seven places shy of the Championship play-off spots. Their coach, Daniel Farke, had pronounced himself a “deep believer in cup competitions” and kept alterations to a relative minimum, the main interest being the lack of an out-and-out striker in a fluid front three.One of them, James Maddison, had a shot blocked within four minutes and it was Norwich who fizzed with intent. Josh Murphy had a go at Antonio Rüdiger down the left and Alex Pritchard, a playmaker of similarly deft touch to the vaunted Maddison, served notice that he would not be limited to a perch on the opposite flank.Under Farke, Norwich have had few problems retaining possession; that was proved amply in an opening quarter when Chelsea, struggling for both shape and initiative, failed to produce a move of note.They were almost punished when David Luiz, dithering in his own area, was caught on the ball by Pritchard and fortunate to see it rebound out for a goal-kick. Murphy then cut inside and curled over; in between, the response had been an attempted through ball by Tiémoué Bakayoko that ran harmlessly out of play.A shot from Kenedy that deflected two yards wide off Christoph Zimmermann was notable mainly because it was Chelsea’s first real moment of threat. That was after 31 minutes and shortly afterwards the Brazilian lost a battle of strength with the diminutive Pritchard in an episode that said plenty for the teams’ respective appetites.Norwich were keen to set Murphy against Rüdiger, although it was a fair match for pace. When Murphy appeared to have burst beyond him, the defender’s recovery pulled him wide enough to drag a cross-shot out for a throw-in. It was the cue for Murphy to swap flanks in search of a more profitable dig at Gary Cahill; it was the rusty David Luiz, though, who erred again with a foul on Maddison that brought a deserved booking.last_img read more

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Requests for Proposals Issued

first_imgCommunity Services issued two requests for proposals today, Oct. 28, for help with the second stage of change to the Employment Support and Income Assistance and Child, Youth, and Family Supports programs. The proposals are looking for companies with expertise in project management and delivery, change management and social services redesign and transformation. “These are substantial changes that we hope will improve the lives of our clients,” said Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard. “That’s why we are seeking the best expertise possible to guide the transformation process and to ensure that we get it right.” Transformation will take place over the next few years and is intended to improve the delivery of government programs and services to better help the people who use them: children and families, youth, those receiving income assistance and employment supports, and people with disabilities. The goal is to have a system that is easier to navigate, that gives people the help they need when they need it, allows them to reach their full potential and ensures that services are available to people for years to come. The procurement process will be open for 30 calendar days following the publication of the proposals. Throughout the transformation process, the department will continue to engage with interested groups and staff, but specific expertise is required in order to move forward. For more information on the request for proposals process, and documents, visit novascotia.ca/tenders/policies-processes/terms-and-conditions/request-for-proposals.aspx.last_img read more

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Clash of the titans Kohlis RCB takes on Bumrahs MI

first_imgBengaluru: With Jasprit Bumrah “ready and roaring” after an injury scare, Mumbai Indians would fancy their chances against an erratic Royal Challengers Bangalore when the two star-studded teams square off in the IPL here on Thursday. The big sub-plot of the contest would be the world’s best ODI batsman — Virat Kohli — taking guard against the world’s best ODI bowler — Bumrah — in a format notorious for its unpredictability. Bumrah’s shoulder injury was a cause of concern for the Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai but India’s premier pacer seems to have recovered in time to be back in the fold. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Both teams will be eager to register their first win of the IPL and the onus will be on Kohli and Rohit, both of who failed with the bat in their respective opening matches. Mumbai will also be boosted by the availability of Sri Lankan Lasith Malinga. Malinga was Tuesday released by Sri Lanka Cricket from the domestic Super Provincial One-Day domestic tournament, slated from April 4 to 11. The SLC had made the tournament a trial for the World Cup squad selection, prompting Malinga to pull out of the IPL’s first leg initially. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later However, the SLC softened its stance, reasoning that the fast bowler will be bowling to better batsmen in the IPL. Mumbai will also heave a sigh of relief as Bumrah joined practice Wednesday during which he ran for 20 minutes and participated in catching drills. He also took to social media to state that he was “ready and roaring.” Bumrah suffered the shoulder injury after landing awkwardly while fielding during Sunday’s contest against Delhi Capitals. Yuvraj Singh will also be in focus after the 37-year-old started the season on a classy note hitting a sublime half-century against Delhi Capitals. While Mitchell McClenaghan will be eager to face the challenge of bowling to Kohli, AB De Villers and Shimron Hetmyer. RCB will expect its batsmen to put up a formidable total after they were bundled out for a paltry 70 in 17.1 overs against the Chennai Super Kings in the opening match of the season. With power-hitters like Kohli, AB de Villiers and Shimron Heymeyer in the team, that should not be an uphill task. Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal will again be the key man in the RCB bowling attack and will need the support of the other bowlers. Squads Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma, Jason Behrendorff, Jasprit Bumrah, Rahul Chahar, Ben Cutting, Pankaj Jaiswal, Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Siddhesh Lad, Evin Lewis, Lasith Malinga, Mayank Markande, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Anukul Roy, Rasikh Salam, Yuvraj Singh, Anmolpreet Singh, Barinder Sran, Aditya Tare, Suryakumar Yadav, Jayant Yadav and Quinton de Kock (wicket-keeper). Royal Challenegers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (captain), A. B. de Villiers, Colin de Grandhomme, Kulwant Khejroliya, Moeen Ali, Md. Siraj, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Parthiv Patel, Navdeep Saini, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Washington Sundar, Pawan Negi, Yuzvendra Chahal, Marcus Stoinis, Shivam Dube, Prayas Ray Barman, Shimron Hetmyer, Akshdeep Nath, Himmat Singh, Milind Kumar, Heinrich Klaasen, Gurkeerat Singh Mann and Devdutt Padikkal. Match starts at 8pm.last_img read more

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Maradona to Visit Morocco to Celebrate Anniversary of Green March

Rabat – Former Argentine football icon, Diego Armando Maradona will participate in the “gala match,” celebrating the 41st Anniversary of Morocco’s Green March on November 6th, according to Moroccan news outlet H24.The match will take place at Sheikh Mohamed Laghdaf Stadium in Morocco’s Saharan Capital, Laayoune.The stadium is being reconstructed in preparation to host the gala match and the Throne Cup on November 18, according to Hesport. Last year, Maradona participated in the first gala match organized on the 40th anniversary of Morocco’s Green March, accompanied by Egyptian footballer Mohamed Aboutrika and Morocco’s World Kickboxing Champion, Badr Hari.Upon his arrival in Morocco, Maradona said, “This is my first visit to Morocco, but hopefully it will not be the last.”He received an unprecedented greeting by thousands of fans who were awaiting his arrival in the Saharan City“I loved the warm hospitality I received and this is what I cherish most,” he said.The worldwide legend drew  theattention of the Moroccan press by showing his admiration for the Moroccan traditional dance and by wearing the regional Saharan outfit. He also took the opportunity to visit Marrakech during his four-day trip. read more

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President telephones Abbott

President Rajapaksa had meanwhile said he was looking forward to meeting Abbott at the Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka in November, the President’s spokesman said. (Colombo Gazette)Report by Easwaran Rutnam The new Australian Prime Minister is expected to take a tough stand on the issue of illegal asylum seekers from Sri Lanka and other countries going to Australia by boat. President Mahinda Rajapaksa today telephoned the new Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and congratulated him on his election as Prime Minister, President’s spokesman Mohan Samaranayake told the Colombo Gazette.Abbott, Australia’s conservative leader swept into office last week in a landslide election defeating Labour leader Kevin Rudd. Samaranayake said that during today’s telephone conversation, Abbott had appreciated the efforts taken by President Rajapaksa to address the illegal asylum seeker issue. read more

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Unauthorised constructions near canals to be demolished

Unauthorised constructions near canals are to be demolished, the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development said.The Ministry said that the Urban Development Authority had been instructed to demolish unauthorised constructions near canals, particularly in Kaduwela, Kollonawa and Biyagama and adjoining areas. The Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development said that it was found that unauthorised constructions around canals were causing floods even when there is light rain in some areas as water does not flow into the canals. The Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development noted that with heavy rain now being experienced in the country resulting in floods in some areas, it was necessary to demolish unauthorised constructions near canals to clear the path for flood waters to recede. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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DR of Congo UN mission receives security guarantees for relief workers in

The guarantee by Thomas Lubanga, leader of the Union of the Congolese Patriots (UPC), came at the end of talks yesterday in Bunia with MONUC chief Amos Namanga Ngongi, a spokesman for the Mission said at a press briefing. Mr. Ngongi had stressed the need for the humanitarian community to be allowed access to at-risk populations in order to bring them assistance.”Mr. Lubanga reacted positively and promised to provide security guarantees for the [non-governmental organizations (NGOs)] working in the region,” Hamadoun Touré said, adding that in order to defuse tensions in the region, a decision was also made to appoint a UN humanitarian coordinator in Bunia.Meanwhile at UN Headquarters in New York, the Security Council voted unanimously to expand MONUC to a total of 8,700 military personnel, nearly double the current strength of 4,250 in all services and ranks.The resolution also expressed deep concern over both the humanitarian situation and the intensification of ethnically targeted violence in the Ituri region. The text called on all parties to cooperate in the establishment of the Ituri Pacification Commission and requested Secretary-General Kofi Annan to increase the presence of MONUC stationed in the area as security conditions permit. read more

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Fox News anchor sues Hasbro over toy hamster that shares her name

by Michelle R. Smith, The Associated Press Posted Sep 2, 2015 10:14 am MDT Last Updated Sep 2, 2015 at 1:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PROVIDENCE, R.I. – An anchor for Fox News is suing Hasbro for more than $5 million over a toy hamster that shares her name — and possibly even her resemblance.Harris Faulkner sued Hasbro this week over its plastic Harris Faulkner hamster, sold as part of the Pawtucket, Rhode Island-based company’s popular “Littlest Pet Shop” line. She says the toy wrongfully appropriates her name and persona, harms her professional credibility as a journalist and is an insult.“Hasbro’s portrayal of Faulkner as a rodent is demeaning and insulting,” says the lawsuit, which was filed Monday in U.S. District Court in New Jersey.Faulkner has been at Fox News for a decade. She hosts the daytime show “Outnumbered” and anchors a Sunday evening newscast.Her lawsuit says that in addition to sharing her name, the toy bears a physical resemblance to Faulkner’s traditional professional appearance, including its complexion, eye shape and eye makeup design.The Harris Faulkner toy was introduced in 2014, according to the lawsuit, and was sold in a package as the pet hamster of a terrier named Benson Detwyler. Other toys in the popular line include animals named Pancakes Watkins, Puffball Petrovsky and Pepper Clark.The lawsuit says Faulkner never gave permission for Hasbro to use her name or likeness and that she even demanded in January that Hasbro stop using it. More than three weeks later, it was still for sale on Hasbro’s website, the lawsuit contends. It says that as of July, Faulkner’s name was still being used on a website to sell “Littlest Pet Shop” products, and the plastic hamster that bears her name can still be bought at other online retail stores.Julie Duffy, a Hasbro spokeswoman, said the company doesn’t comment on litigation, but she took issue with the lawsuit’s contention that the doll is a “known choking hazard that risks harming small children.”“The Littlest Pet Shop product identified, and all products in the Littlest Pet Shop line, meet and exceed all safety standards,” Duffy said.Faulkner is seeking $5 million in damages and attorney fees, plus any profits the company made on the toy. Fox News anchor sues Hasbro over toy hamster that shares her name, says it even resembles her FILE – In this April 28, 2015, file photo, Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner poses for a photo on the set in New York. Harris sued toymaker Hasbro Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, in federal court in New Jersey for more than $5 million over a toy that shares her name. Harris’ suit claims Hasbro wrongfully appropriated her name and persona with its plastic “Harris Faulkner” hamster. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) read more

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Ban appoints veteran British political peacebuilding adviser to head UN assistance mission

Mr. Keating will succeed Nicholas Kay of the United Kingdom who will complete his assignment at the end of the year. According to the Secretary-General’s spokesperson, Mr. Ban is grateful for Mr. Kay’s dedication, courage and excellent leadership of UNSOM over the past two and a half years, a critical period for Somalia’s political transformation.According to a biographical note, Mr. Keating brings to this position extensive experience in supporting political and peacebuilding transitions, as well as leading complex humanitarian and recovery programmes in Afghanistan, the Middle East and Africa. While Associate Director of Chatham House since 2012, he concurrently served as Senior Adviser to the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy to Syria. He was Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Afghanistan from 2010 until 2012.Having served as Executive Director of the Africa Progress Panel, a policy group chaired by former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, his earlier career was divided between assignments with the United Nations, serving in Malawi, Gaza/Jerusalem, New York, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the private sector, working with companies and public sector bodies engaged in environmental, human rights and development issues. read more

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Opinion Cincinnati Bengals meltdown shows character ultimately trumps talent

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron (5) passes against the San Francisco 49ers in the second quarter at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, on Dec. 20. Credit: Courtesy of TNSWith a little under two minutes to play in the fourth quarter, leading the Pittsburgh Steelers 16-15, it seemed that after so long, the Cincinnati Bengals were finally going to end their playoff winless streak that dates back to January 1991. Putting the length of that abysmal streak into greater perspective, in 1991 the price of gas was $1.14 a gallon, the president was George H.W. Bush, and “Home Alone” was No. 1 at the box office. Nonetheless, in embarrassing fashion, the Bengals’ streak was further extended yet another year. The deflating loss left Cincinnati’s fans with an all-too-familiar feeling, as they watched their team go out like the hapless “Bungals” rather than the proud Bengals who looked destined for a deep playoff run during much of the season.There was no love lost between the two teams Saturday night as the fierce rivalry rose to new, unprecedented heights. Dominating defenses, devastating hits, near-brawls and a combined 18 penalty flags were thrown, many of which were personal fouls. Although it was an ugly contest on both sides, it is the Bengals that will be remembered for choking away a sure-victory in such historically disgraceful fashion.After a rough-and-tumble first three quarters, with Cincinnati down 15-0 heading into the final period, quarterback A.J. McCarron quickly began an orange-and-black charge that had Paul Brown Stadium, widely known as “The Jungle,” in a frenzy. McCarron and Co. soon took back the lead when the second-year signal caller tossed a 25-yard touchdown pass to wideout A.J. Green late in the game. The comeback seemed all but complete when linebacker Vontaze Burfict, who injured Steelers starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger earlier in the night on a sack, intercepted backup Landry Jones deep in Pittsburgh territory. Just as the Bengals looked to have finally broken the sixth-longest postseason drought in NFL history, the meltdown ensued.Almost as quickly as Cincinnati had the ball, it gave it right back to its hated rivals when running back Jeremy Hill was stripped on the opening play of the drive by former Ohio State standout Ryan Shazier. The Steelers indeed recovered the fumble when a first down would have effectively ended the game. Despite being carted off the field and taken to the locker room earlier, Roethlisberger came back out for a final chance at victory and led the Pittsburgh offense from its own 9-yard line to just past midfield. It would need to go further, but it didn’t have to do it on its own. The Bengals did it for them.Roethlisberger overthrew receiver Antonio Brown over the middle on the very next play, where Brown’s head would violently meet Burfict’s shoulder, concussing the Steelers’ star wideout. A 15-yard penalty was handed out, with a possible suspension now pending. The hit was as dirty as any, something that has become Burfict’s calling card. He argued the call for some minutes after and, like all game long, couldn’t keep his emotions together, especially when it mattered most. Neither could cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones, who received a personal foul after getting into it with Pittsburgh assistant coach Joey Porter. Thirty penalty yards later, kicker Chris Boswell drilled a 35-yard field goal to give Pittsburgh an improbable wild-card round victory.It was an embarrassing display of sportsmanship — or lack thereof. It was, in fact, disgusting, mainly on the Bengals’ part. All game long, coach Marvin Lewis, now the owner of a winless 0-7 record in the playoffs, failed to keep his players in check, specifically Burfict, who played on the edge most of the night. The lack of emotional restraint and composure boiled over to the point of implosion, costing Cincinnati a spot in the divisional round of the playoffs. Fans in “The Jungle” were almost as disgraceful, as they were seen pelting the turf, as well as Roethlisberger during his cart ride to the locker room, with plastic bottles and other debris.When it comes down to it, sure, Burfict racked up six tackles, a clutch sack of Roethlisberger and had what should have been a game-ending interception. Even Jones had a 24-yard punt return to set the Bengals offense up with good field position in the closing stages. And yet, Saturday night’s meltdown in Cincinnati proved that the content of your character always overcomes talent, something that might end up costing Lewis his job as coach of the Bengals. read more

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Surgeons are retiring early due to back problems brought on by modern

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. It is the latest in a series of threats to the number of experienced doctors working in NHS. Earlier this year, three quarters of hospital consultants revealed they had cut or would cut their hours to avoid being hit with large tax bills due to problems with their NHS pensions. Others have left the NHS because of working pressures and young doctors’ reluctance to stay in the health service means one in 10 specialty postgraduate medical training posts are unfilled.Now experts have said action needs to be taken to prevent injuries affecting surgeons’ ability to operate on patients.Mark Slack, chief medical officer at CMR Surgical said patients could be put at risk by surgeons who continued to work with injuries, while waiting lists could be affected in both the short and long term when surgeons had to take time off.He said: “If a surgeon gets a [repetitive strain] injury and they have to take five or six weeks off work to recover, that has an immediate impact on patients and waiting lists. Then if they have to retire early, or give up surgery and move to another area of medicine, that has even more of an impact.“We should be doing everything we can to support surgeons to extend their surgical lives.”Mr Slack said rates of pain and discomfort among surgeons could be reduced from 30 per cent to 5 per cent if they performed robot-assisted surgery instead. Richard Kerr, Royal College of Surgeons Council Member, said: “Carrying out operations can be physically straining for surgeons, often requiring them to stand for long periods of time in awkward positions. It’s not surprising many surgeons report pain or discomfort as a consequence of their work.”Mr Kerr, chairman of the Commission on the Future of Surgery, which has examined techniques to improve performance, said the use of robots could reduce injury levels among doctors, boost patient outcomes. “The introduction of ergonomically designed surgical robots may go some way to alleviating this strain, and could even allow surgeons to extend their careers,” he said. Professor Adrian Park, of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, in Maryland, United States, said: “Surgeons of all stripes are reporting musculoskeletal pain and injuries as a result of going to work every day. It is hard to imagine that those responsible for any other workplace, let alone one where the stakes are so high, such as in surgery, would tolerate rates of ‘worker injury’ such as are now being reported by surgeons. “Surgeons need to be supported… to protect the future of the surgical workforce, for the benefit of surgeons, hospitals and most importantly, patients.”  Surgeons are retiring early because of back problems caused by modern surgical techniques, experts have warned. Keyhole surgery, where an operation is carried out through a small hole in the patient’s body, has become increasingly common because it helps patients recover more quickly and has less pain, complications and scarring than conventional operations.But in order to carry out the procedures through a tiny opening, surgeons often have to contort themselves into awkward positions for hours at a time.Now a new report says one in five surgeons say they will have to retire early because they have developed back injuries from carrying out modern surgical techniques.This could mean patients face even longer waits for operations, thanks to the loss of 4,500 senior doctors, the research suggests. Three quarters of surgeons who regularly carry out the procedures have experienced back pain while doing their job and one in six have had to seek medical help for musculoskeletal injuries caused by their work, a survey of doctors by robo-surgery firm CMR Surgical found.The survey questioned 462 surgeons who regularly performed keyhole surgery procedures in the United States and Europe, including more than 150 from the UK.It found surgeons were most likely to suffer back, neck and shoulder injuries. Women were more likely to be affected, thought to be because instruments tended to be designed for men and did not fit them properly. Men who were taller than 6’1” were also more likely to suffer.A fifth of those polled said they will have to retire early as a result of the physical impact of operating on their health – equivalent to the NHS losing around 4,500 surgeons across England. Consultant colorectal surgeon Jonathan Morton, of Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, suffers back and neck pain when he spends hours carrying out intricate keyhole surgeries. The strain means he has previously needed physiotherapy to treat a work-induced neck injury.While Mr Morton, 42, is determined to work for as long as possible, he fears a serious injury in future could potentially curtail his career. He said: “Over the last 20 years the operations have got longer because we’re now doing far more complex operations through keyhole surgery than ever before. So you’re more likely to be in an awkward position for greater lengths of time.“On top of that, quite frequently we are having to operate in one direction while turning our head to the other direction to have a look at the screen. From an ergonomic point of view that’s difficult.“At the time, it’s mainly musculoskeletal pain, but the concerning thing is what effect that has over decades. I know colleagues who had to retire early or needed surgery for slipped discs – that has been a wake-up call that it could happen to me at any time.” read more

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First look at Vale S11D IPCC design

first_imgBrazil’s Vale recently posted some design images of its long awaited S11D iron ore project in Para state, which will be based on an In-Pit Crushing and Conveying system (IPCC). Featured in the IM May IPCC report,construction of the huge S11D project by Vale is already well underway. Vale’s multi-billion dollar S11D project is a world-class 90 Mt/y iron ore processing facility located approximately 1,940 km north of Sao Paulo, part of the Carajas mining complex.Both SKM and Snowden are involved in the delivery. Snowden recently announced that Vale has awarded a contract to Snowden Brazil for the implementation of the long term planning and implementation of the IPCC solution. Snowden services will include, in a first phase, the support of Vale in the development of the long term mine plan adopting an IPCC solution. Snowden has already facilitated a workshop with the Vale’s Long Term Planning and Operational Readiness teams. SKM has a $76 million implementation contract for the truckless component and will provide engineering for the truckless system, procurement support, project execution planning and project management services.The IPCC system will be implemented in the Serra Sul (S11D) block, a ridge of land 30 km long and around 1.8 km wide. The core equipment is the Sandvik PF200-9500 fully mobile IPCC system, of which it is thought four will be employed at the mine. This design is a variant of the PF300 and has the same fundamental four crawler design as shown in the image. In addition to Sandvik, ThyssenKrupp has also secured an IPCC order for the S11D project in January 2012 from Vale for three crushing plants, each with a design capacity of 2,500 t/h; each plant will working in combination with two mobile conveyor modules mounted on wheels. These are fully mobile crushing rigs equipped with a large jaw crusher of type EB 20 x15.last_img read more

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Romania upset Spain

← Previous Story VIDEO: Kristina Kristiansen as playmaker and goalie…. Next Story → EHF EURO 2014 Zagreb: Four teams still dream about Budapest! Romanian girls were all smiles after the buzzer declared the end of the match in Debrecen, they had defeated favorite Spain for 22-20 (9:14) and obtained their first victory in main round. On the other side of the court, disappointment filled the Spaniards, who missed to take a victory they had so thoroughly started to build on the first half.It was undoubtedly a battle of goalkeepers, all four had a great performance in crucial moments of the match. Both Paula Ungureanu and Silvia Navarro started off with outstanding saves and stopped everything their defences didn’t. Despite her great performance, the Spanish goalkeeper had to leave the court after only 4:33 of play, when a ball hit her in the head. Ana Temprano jumped in to replace her and finished the first half with an impressive 57 percent of saves.Meanwhile, Elizabeth Pinedo caused damage through the Romanian defence and lifted the Spanish team on the scoreboard (4 goals on this half), as well as the always dangerous Marta Mangue and Nerea Pena, who’s playing a great tournament so far. The conducted by Jorge Galarza were still displaying their usual strong defence and went into the half time leading 9-14.Things were very different on the second half as the Romanians started with the right foot and the Spaniards faced an even better Ungureanu. A very inspired Aurelia Bradeanu and Cristina Neagu were key to the comeback on one end of the court, while Baia Mare’s goalkeeper guaranteed a safe goal at the other end. The Romanian goalie, who had closed the first half with a superb 46 percent, kept on saving shots to finish with an outstanding 51 percent (20/39 saves) at the end of the 60 minutes. Among other actions, she denied Carmen Martin from the 7 meter line for the first time in the tournament; the CSM Bucuresti wing had scored 21 out of 21 penalty shots until today.It took Spain 10:34 minutes to score on the second half, and unlike in the first part of the match, they were only able to score five goals on the last 30 minutes of the game. Ungureanu’s unforgettable performance was probably a frustrating fact for the Olympic bronze medalists who now see their possibilities to reach the semifinals jeopardized after Denmark’s victory over Hungary later today.Neagu, who was top scorer of the game with 7 goals and now leads the top scorer table of the tournament (40 goals in five games), was awarded as MVP; (well deserved, but Ungureanu’s 51% performance was even more deserving), while Temprano, who also finished with an incredible percentage (46%, 16/35) 46 was MVP for Spain. Pinedo was top scorer for Spain with 5 goals in total.Spain will now have to beat Denmark on Wednesday in order to advance to the semifinals, while Romania will close their European participation against Poland.TEXT: LAURA AGENA read more

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