In an effort to secure a future for the company, BlackBerry announced on Monday that it will open an autonomous driving research center in Canada.The QNX team, responsible for infotainment and telematics systems, will run the autonomous center from its Ottawa facility. In the announcement, it said it will embed software into sensors, cameras, and other self-driving car components.See Also: Apple self-driving effort shifts from hardware to software“What QNX is doing is providing the infrastructure that allows [customers] to build higher-level algorithms and to also acquire data from the sensors in a reliable manner,” said Sebastian Fischmeister, an associate professor and employee at QNX, to Reuters.BlackBerry does not want to work on artificial intelligence and other highly complex problems in the self-driving industry, at least not yet. Instead, it will work as a “sidekick”, according to Reuters, to automakers and tech firms.QNX already popular in connected carsQNX is already a popular operating system in the automotive world, so bringing its services to the self-driving market is not a massive change in operations. BlackBerry recently partnered with Ford to become its primary software supplier for future cars.That said, it does show that BlackBerry is willing to invest its capital into software and services, rather than hardware, where it has been lowering operational budgets and cutting staff.BlackBerry does suffer from a lack of capital and lacks a cash cow, like Intel’s processors or Google’s search engine, so it may not be able to spend billions on research and development. It may also be forced to sell its self-driving software and services at a cost, or at least with a license fee, instead of bundling them for free with hardware. Tags:#autonomous cars#BlackBerry#driverless cars#mobile#QNX#Self-Driving David Curry Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Related Posts IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…
Opening batsman Nasir Jamshed has been handed a one-year ban by the Pakistan Cricket Board for not cooperating with the board in the ongoing Pakistan Super League spot-fixing probe.The PCB had provisionally suspended Jamshed in February this year after he was arrested by UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) for allegedly violating its anti-corruption code. He was later released on bail.PCB said Jamshed had played a central role in the spot-fixing scandal that hit PSL in its second edition and that the board’s Anti-Corruption Tribunal had found the batsman guilty of breaching its code of conduct.The 28-year-old was charged with violating Article 2.4.6 and Article 2.4.7 of PCB’s Anti-Corruption code, one of which was “obstruction and non-cooperation” in the scandal, Geo TV reported.The spot-fixing allegations relate to a match between Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi in Dubai in this February during the second edition of the PSL.On March 6, a three-member tribunal was formed by PCB to investigate the spot-fixing case allegedly involving Islamabad United batsmen Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif.The ACU had, in August, handed a five-year suspension to Sharjeel for his involvement in spot-fixing case whereas Latif, too, was also granted ban for five years in the same matter.Meanwhile, fast bowler Mohammad Irfan and all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz were also handed suspension for six and two months, respectively, after the duo failed to report the board regarding the corrupt approach to the board on time.Other players involved in the spot-fixing case were Shahzaib Hasan and Mohammad Sami.advertisement(With ANI inputs)
Continue Reading Previous ST: one-board discovery kit contains three 8-pin STM8 MCUsNext Avnet Silica demos AI and IoT technologies at embedded world 2019 Kontron announced the TRACe-RM404-TR fanless 19-Inch 1,5U railway computer. EN50155-certified, it is specifically designed for train control and communication applications. Designed as a robust and compact 19-Inch 1.5U box computer, the Kontron TRACe-RM404-TR provides a perfect balance between processing performance, I/Os, power consumption, and reliability in demanding railway environments.Thanks to its 19-inch mechanical design (compliant to EN60297-3- 100), the TRACe-RM404-TR can easily fit any existing railway equipment. The box computer has already been chosen for a train retrofit by a large rail system solutions provider in Asia, supporting the train control in an automated metro.Kontron TRACe platforms are designed to make customization faster, system integration easier, and to reduce time to market while shrinking maintenance and support costs over the entire life cycle of the program. Kontron’s TRACe-RM404-TR 10 year’s product lifetime combined with the long term support services ensure long service life, up to 25 years and more.The first TRACe-RM404-TR variant features the Intel Atom x5-E3940 quad-core @ 1.6 GHz high performance per watt processor, with 2GB DDR3L memory up to 1866 MHz (optional up to 8GB DDR3L) and 64 GB Industrial MLC SSD memory. The Kontron TRACe-RM404-TR offers multiple communication ports, making it ideal for train control applications. The TRACe-RM404-TR features three independent Gigabit Ethernet network ports (on M12 connectors), 2x RS232/422/485 isolated ports with galvanic isolation, 8 isolated digital inputs and 8 isolated digital outputs for operation plus 2x USB, 1x GbE RJ45, 1x RS232, and display port interfaces for maintenance purposes. It comes with an EN50155 class S2-C1 ultra wide range power supply (from 24 VDC to 110 VDC nominal input voltage range) adapted to all types of railway vehicles from light rail vehicles to high-speed trains. Its rugged EN50155 fanless and low-power design ensures high performance and high reliability, operating within a temperature range of -25 to +70°C.Thanks to its modularity, the TRACe-RM404-TR product can accommodate several optional wireless (4G LTE, Wi-Fi) interfaces, field busses (CAN2.0, MVB) and/or additional optional I/Os (Audio, USB) to match any other railway applications such as onboard CCTV, entertainment/infotainment PIS or train-to-ground communications.Like all Kontron’s TRACe transportation computing platforms, the TRACe-RM404-TR integrates advanced health management tools. Equipped with a dedicated microcontroller to monitor all functions, TRACe-RM404-TR enables operators to permanently, continuously, and independently monitor and report the status of the application executed in parallel with normal operations. This health management unit is fully integrated in the Kontron CMON-Line monitoring firmware module, which enables operators to monitor the entire fleet, better anticipate maintenance, reduce turn-around times and increase the overall availability of the units.Moreover, the unit supports the Kontron Security Solution APPROTECT, which offers comprehensive security mechanisms such as IP and copy protection while avoiding reverse engineering.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules
Press Trust of India KolkataApril 13, 2019UPDATED: April 13, 2019 21:23 IST Mike Hussey said that CSK has moved on from the controversy created due to an outburst from MS Dhoni and will have no bearing during the encounter against KKR.( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSMike Hussey said that CSK has moved on from the MS Dhoni controversyDuring the match against RR, Dhoni lost his cool and rushed into the field of play to confront umpire for backtracking on a no-ball signalHussey said they’ve dealt with the issue and moved onChennai Super Kings team has ‘moved on’ from the controversy created due to an uncharacteristic outburst from Mahendra Singh Dhoni and will have no bearing during Sunday’s IPL encounter against KKR, batting coach Mike Hussey said Saturday.During an IPL encounter against Rajasthan Royals, Dhoni lost his cool as he rushed into the field of play to confront umpire Ulhas Gandhe for backtracking on a no-ball signal. The former India captain was docked 50 percent of his match fees.”It’s (incident) like having a loss. And again, you move on to the next match as quickly as you possibly can. So to be honest, we haven’t spoken about it. It’s been dealt with and we’ve moved on,” Hussey said on the eve of their return leg match in Kolkata.”Yeah, it’s all happened and it’s been dealt with pretty much right after the game. And the game is finished and and that’s the thing about the IPL. You get to move on to the next match very quickly. There’s no point us dwelling on it. Worrying about and stressing about it, we’ve got to move on.”Hussey went on to say that Dhoni is a huge asset to any team, a brilliant player who can play to any situation of the game well.”So if he comes into the team’s in trouble, quite often you see him play slowly and just resurrect the innings, build a partnership, we’ve seen how dominant and how powerful that can be at the death as well.advertisement”So that that’s probably his value is that he can play a variety of roles. And he plays it very well with a calm head. So, so he’s a huge asset to any team that he plays for.”Asked whether he could be the answer to the No 4 riddle in the upcoming World Cup, Hussey said: “I’m sure the Indian selectors will think about lots of different combinations along the way. But at the end of the day, I don’t think it really matters whether you bet 4, 5 or 6, I think he’s going to be a great asset to the team.”Table leaders CSK are the team to beat this season with six wins out of seven matches, the latest coming against Rajasthan Royals when Santer sealed the game in the final ball with a six amind all the drama and controversy.”The lucky thing about the CSK batting order is that they are very experienced players. They know their own games very well. Quite a few of them have played here at the Eden Gardens on many occasions so they will know hat to expect and lets hope they can make the adjustments as quickly as possible. I’m expecting them to adjust pretty quickly,” he said.Andre Russell in ominous form with the bat, Chennai Super Kings will have their strategies clear to stop the Jamaican.”He is obviously in great touch at the moment. I just think every team is going to have some some clear plans against him. But I think you need to be really calm in the moment with him, very clear on where you want to try and ball and then execute that skill as best you can.”If he still is good enough to get it away, that’s okay then try and execute it again the next ball. not to complicate things too much keep things very simple but but the execution is probably the key.”With 10 wickets from seven matches, seamer Deepak Chahar has been in exceptionally good form doing a fine job in the Powerplay overs.Hussey said the 26-year-old’s ability to to swing the new ball with good control makes him a bankable bowler.”You watch the slow motions, the seam position coming down, it’s in beautiful position so yeah, he’s been very accurate and can swing the new ball and that’s why he’s used in the in the in the first few over and he’s ability to pick up wickets in that power plays very important as well,” he hailed.”In the last few matches, we have actually started using them at the death as well. And and I do see that continuing, maybe just one over towards the end. And it’s something that I know he really looks forward to.”Giving a team update, Hussey said Dwayne Bravo is not fit yet.”I am not hundred percent sure but he is well on his way to getting back from the hamstring injury, hoping he is back as soon as he can but I don’t think he is ready quite as yet.advertisementAlso Read | MS Dhoni should have been banned for 2 matches over umpiring outburst: Virender SehwagAlso Read | IPL 2019: MS Dhoni reveals reason behind post-match interactions with young cricketersFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bykarishma Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow Chennai Super KingsFollow IPL 2019Follow Mike Hussey CSK has moved on from MS Dhoni controversy: Mike HusseyBatting coach Mike Hussey said that Chennai Super Kings has moved on from the controversy created due to an uncharacteristic outburst from MS Dhoni and will have no bearing during Sunday’s IPL encounter against KKR.advertisement
World Cup 2019: Ricky Ponting warns Australia of bouncers against India at OvalAustralia were rattled by pace and bounce in their last match of the World Cup 2019 by the West Indies, which they eventually managed to win by 15 runs in Nottingham.advertisement Reuters LondonJune 8, 2019UPDATED: June 8, 2019 08:51 IST Australia were rattled by pace and bounce in their last game against West Indies (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia will face India at The Oval in London on June 9Australia have won both their games in World Cup 2019Australia had knocked out India in the semi-finals of the 2015 World CupAustralia assistant coach Ricky Ponting expects India to select an extra fast bowler on Sunday to exploit the holders’ vulnerability to short-pitched deliveries seen in their scrappy win over the West Indies in the World Cup.The Caribbean pace battery terrorised Australia’s top order at Trent Bridge, reducing them to 38-4 in the eighth over, with Oshane Thomas hitting Usman Khawaja on the helmet in an illustration of the top order’s obvious discomfort.Steve Smith added 72 and Nathan Coulter-Nile hit 92 to help Australia build a respectable score, though the side still collapsed for 288 with one over left of their full quota.India preferred Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s swing to Mohammed Shami’s pace against South Africa, but they might sacrifice one of their two frontline spinners to accommodate a paceman at the Oval, Ponting suggested.”(Jasprit) Bumrah we know is a very good new ball bowler and I’m sure he’ll mix it up and bowl some short stuff and some full stuff,” Ponting told cricket.com.au referring to the currently top-ranked ODI bowler.”Bhuvneshwar will probably not worry you too much with his pace or his bouncers. Hardik (Pandya) can maybe rush you a little bit, so maybe they have a decision to make on the overall make up of their side.”Do they maybe go with only the one spinner and use (all-rounder) Kedar Jadhav as a second spinner and play another fast bowler?”We’ll worry about that in the next couple of days and make sure all the boys are prepared.”advertisementA three-time World Cup winner himself, Ponting said he would discuss the matter with Khawaja and Glenn Maxwell, who responded to one short delivery with an unusual attempt to pull the ball, only to lose his wicket.”Usman got hit again … so he’s had a few hits in the last few weeks. I haven’t spoken to him (to see) if he’s rattled, but that’s part and parcel of top order batting against brand new balls…”You’ve got to find a way to cope and a way to get through hostile spells knowing that it’s not going to last forever,” Ponting said.”It’s a bit of an uncharacteristic shot from (Maxwell) as well. He’s not a natural hooker and puller of the ball anyway,” said Ponting.”It’s just a little bit of a blip on the radar that we’ll have a chat about and make sure we’re prepared for the next game.”For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow India vs AustraliaFollow World Cup 2019 Next
Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday held a telephonic conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the Kashmir issue. During the talks, the prime minister “emphasised that India scrapping the special status to Jammu and Kashmir has serious implications for peace and security in the region and the international community has the responsibility to act urgently”, the Foreign Office said. Merkel said Germany was closely observing the situation and underlined the importance of de-escalation of tensions and resolution of the issue peacefully, it stated. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USIndia has categorically told the international community that removing the special status to Jammu and Kashmir was an internal matter and has also advised Pakistan to accept the reality. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi also “briefed” his Maldivian counterpart Abdulla Shahid on the Kashmir issue, the Foreign Office said. Qureshi urged Maldives to play a constructive role for peace and stability in the region and peaceful settlement of disputes, it said.
Companies in this story: (TSX:SU)The Canadian Press CALGARY — Suncor Energy Inc. is planning to grow production by about 10 per cent, even after Alberta’s mandatory production curtailments.The company says it expects average upstream production of 780,000 to 820,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, up from about 730,000 boepd this year.Suncor says its guidance assumes the curtailments are in place for three months before falling to 30 per cent of initial levels for the remainder of 2019, in line with the provincial announcement.The production guidance came as Suncor says it is planning between $4.9 billion and $5.6 billion in capital spending next year, roughly in line with this year.The Alberta government has announced a mandatory cut to oil production which amounts to 8.7 per cent of overall output in a bid to reduce a glut of oil and help boost low prices.Western Canadian crude had been trading at a steep discount to the North American benchmark prices, however that gap has narrowed since the Alberta announcement.
IRVING, Texas — Exxon Mobil Corp. shares slipped in premarket trading Friday after the company posted disappointing results.The company reported first-quarter profit of $2.35 billion, or 55 cents per share.The results fell short of Wall Street expectations, but Exxon does not adjust its reported results based on one-time events such as asset sales. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 72 cents per share.The Irving, Texas-based oil and natural gas company posted revenue of $63.63 billion in the period, also falling short of Street forecasts. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $67.93 billion.Exxon shares were down 2 per cent in early trading._____Elements of this story were generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on XOM at https://www.zacks.com/ap/XOMThe Associated Press
The couple braced for battle after seeing lots of friends miss out on homes because they failed to go all-in.“We knew that we were going to have to be able to react quickly if we knew the house was for us and that’s what we did,” she said.Sellers, Megan Mallette-Di Liello and Patrick Vena reaped the benefits of being on the flip side, receiving an extra $20,000 when they sold their home listed at $735,000 in nearby Beaconsfield.The parents of two young children knew from friends that there was a possibility of multiple offers but didn’t want to get their hopes up.“We were definitely satisfied. We didn’t expect that,” she said.Di Liello had heard of sellers who deliberately listed at a low price to create a bidding war.“That wasn’t our intention. We thought what we listed it at was fair, and so to get over that, we were surprised.”While Montreal’s real estate market is strong, the degree of over-bidding pales in comparison with Toronto and Vancouver, where some homes attracted scores of bids in their heydays and sold for $100,000 over asking.That dynamic added to buyers’ frenzy and encouraged losing bidders to pay more in subsequent sales, said Brad Henderson, CEO of Sotheby’s International.“The next bidding war that they got into they would be that much more determined and that was one of the things that caused the laddering up of prices,” he said in an interview.Henderson also believes there’s more runway for bidding wars for homes priced under $1 million because of the lower prices of homes in Montreal.“Montreal has suffered for a long period of time under sort of a cloud of political uncertainty, but given its stability over the last number of years and the fact that the existing government is not expected to do anything radical, I think that is what has allowed Montreal now to play a bit of catch-up.”Montreal realtors say the inflow of foreign buyers that followed the introduction of taxes on them in Toronto and Vancouver have made a difference even if their numbers are relatively small.Another factor on the West Island is the lack of housing options for seniors. That has convinced baby boomers to hang onto their large homes, said Jay Deakin, owner of Deakin Realty.The volatility has made it hard to price homes and know what to expect in the coming months, he said.“I’d like to say that we all saw this coming, but most of the brokers I talk to we didn’t see the last 18 months coming. We weren’t expecting that type of increase.” Montreal’s sizzling real estate market has spawned bidding wars, a common occurrence in recent years in the frenzied Toronto and Vancouver markets, but a rare phenomenon in Canada’s second-largest city.A mix of very low inventory, a solid Quebec economy and influx of foreign buyers has caused home prices in Greater Montreal to appreciate above the national average for the first time in seven years.In contrast to mixed performances in the Toronto and Vancouver markets that tend to dominate headlines, Montreal’s market is on a solid upward trajectory.‘The whip cream on top of the sundae’: Homebuyers writing heartfelt letters to sway sellers in hot housing marketsLocation, location, location: Why our national housing market is a mythMontreal home sales mark 40 months of growth, but only thanks to surge in condosThe Greater Montreal Real Estate Board reported home sales increased in July for their 41st consecutive month, hitting an eight year high for the month. The median single-family home price rose six per cent compared to the same month a year ago to $336,250 — still much lower than in Canada’s biggest market of Toronto, where the average home price stood at $782,129 in July.The bidding war situation — in which interest in a property is so strong that sellers can solicit quotes above the asking price from multiple buyers and choose the best offer — is especially strong in Montreal’s West Island, where nearly one quarter of houses sold above the asking price in the second quarter, according to Royal LePage.The Greater Montreal Real Estate Board reported home sales increased in July for their 41st consecutive month, hitting an eight year high for the month. Sellers on the island of Montreal received bids about $15,000 or 3.5 per cent above asking price, said Dominic St-Pierre, senior director for Royal LePage in Quebec.“It’s probably going to get worse before it gets better,” he said.“Demand is still strong and the inventory is still going down and it’s probably going to continue to go down for another six to nine months before it will stabilize.”The threat of further interest rate hikes, new listings and rising new home construction will eventually bring the market more into balance and relieve some pressure on buyers, he said.Montreal’s last sellers’ market that prompted bidding wars occurred a decade ago, before the financial crisis.For buyers, bidding wars can be an extremely stressful and expensive process, but for sellers, they are huge money-making opportunities.Elena Trigiani and her husband, Thomas Poirier, were recently forced to pay 15 per cent above asking to come out on top in a war with six other bidders.“The house in all fairness was priced for a bidding war,” said the 29-year-old soon-to-be first-time mother.The two-storey house in Pointe-Claire, an island suburb, sold $60,000 over the $400,000 asking price.Elena Trigiani and her husband, Thomas Poirier, stand in front of their new home Wednesday, July 18, 2018 in Montreal. 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“The Secretary-General has instructed his Special Envoy for the implementation of Security Council resolution 1559, Mr. Terje Roed-Larsen, to travel as soon as possible to Syria to meet with President Bashar Al-Assad,” Stephane Dujarric told journalists at UN Headquarters daily briefing. “The Secretary-General expects that the United Nations and the Government of Syria will continue to work closely together to ensure the full implementation of Security Council resolution 1559,” Mr. Dujarric said.Resolution 1559 calls for the withdrawal of all foreign forces from Lebanon, the disarmament of militia, the extension of Government control over all Lebanese territory and the holding of free elections.The Government of Syria notified Mr. Annan and the Council on 26 April that it had repatriated its troops, military assets and intelligence apparatus after 30 years in Lebanon. A UN verification mission confirmed this, except for the Syrian intelligence apparatus, which they said was, by its clandestine nature, not verifiable.
by Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 9, 2012 4:53 pm MDT Canada’s future is bright, to lead G7 in growth in next 50 years: OECD AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – The 21st century may not exactly belong to Canada, but according to a major world economic body the country is going to do pretty well.In fact, the Paris-based Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development sees Canada among the world’s leading economic lights over the next 50 years.In issuing its long-term view of how it expects world economies to unfold, the OECD says Canada will continue to lead the Group of Seven industrialized economies in average annual growth over the next half century.And it will also be near the top on a per-capita basis — possibly a truer measure of success — with only Japan sneaking ahead.The economic research organization, which represents most of the world’s biggest industrialized economies, predicts Canada’s real gross domestic product will average 2.2 per cent growth in the next half century.Of the other G7 nations, only the United States and the United Kingdom with 2.1 per cent average advances come close.That doesn’t mean Canada will beat all industrialized nations, however. Australia, New Zealand, Israel and Norway — whose economies are too small for admittance to the G7 club — are projected to experience even stronger average growth rates.In part, Canada’s superior growth rates are based on expectations that its labour force will continue to grow, although more slowly in the age of retiring baby boomers. Some countries, like Japan and Germany, are likely to experience outright contraction, which is why they do well on the per capita measure.“For Canada, it’s a fairly young population, fairly well-educated workforce and you have all these natural resources that give you higher growth than other countries,” said Matthias Rumpf, a spokesman with the organization.The OECD cautions that the projections should be taken with a grain of salt, given the extended timeline horizon, but Bank of Montreal economist Doug Porter says in some ways long-term forecasts are more reliable. Time tends to smooth out short-term shocks, he explains.Porter said nothing in the OECD overviews strikes him as being unrealistic.“I don’t have a huge quarrel with the conclusion, I think we can or will likely lead the G7, but it’ll be a horse race with the U.S. in particular,” he said.“I’m not sure I would be as positive on a per-capita basis. Canada hasn’t seen that kind of per capita gain in the past 30 years and I’m not sure we can really ramp it up in the next 30 to 50 years,” he added.The OECD per capita income expansion implies strong productivity improvements, Porter said, not just for Canada, but many other nations as well.Overall, the OECD believes the world will unfold pretty much as it has during the past decade with the emerging nations, particularly China and India, continuing their march to dominance as economic superpowers.China, currently representing 17 per cent of global output, will by 2030 be the unchallenged economic leader with 28 per cent of global gross domestic product. The U.S. drops to number two at 18 per cent and by 2060 will drop to number three at 16 per cent. In 50 years, India will have surpassed it with 18 per cent of global GDP.That doesn’t mean Chinese and Indians will be wealthier than Americans or Canadians — the size of their economy is largely a product of there just being more of them.The current gap in relative living standards will have closed considerably, but not all the way given how far behind those nations are today.“China will see more than a seven-fold increase in per capita income over the coming half century, but living standards will still only be 60 per cent of that in the leading countries in 2060,” the report estimates.“India will experience similar growth, but its per capita income will only be about 25 per cent of that in advanced countries.”The OECD says emerging nations and even some industrialized countries like Greece, Korea and Italy can markedly improve their growth prospects by making structural changes, such as increasing the flexibility of their labour markets and adopting other market liberalizing policies. Canada won’t gain as much, the organization says, because it is already at or near “best practices” in terms of economic efficiency.
SASKATOON – Saskatchewan Finance Minister Kevin Doherty is taking umbrage with accusations that the government is hiding the truth about the province’s finances.“Nobody’s lying about anything here,” he said Monday at the legislature.“We are gathering the information (and) the information’s going to be presented on March 22 along with the budget, three weeks from this Wednesday.”The third quarter ended in December and Opposition finance critic Cathy Sproule said the government should have released a budget update by now.Sproule said fresh numbers would provide a clear picture instead of speculation about an estimated $1.2-billion deficit.“For Saskatchewan families and workers, times are tough, but, instead of providing honesty and stability, the Sask. Party keeps lying about the facts and throwing around phrases like ‘transformational change’ and ‘everything is on the table,’ ” Sproule said in Saskatoon.“The people of the province deserve to know the truth.”The NDP said third-quarter updates have been released in February since 2012, with the exception of 2015, when the government didn’t release one because it was changing the way finances are reported.The government used to report the budget on its general revenue fund, which was just the government’s operating expenses and revenues.It switched to what is called a summary basis, which includes all parts of government and Crown corporations, and was recommended by the provincial auditor.Doherty said that’s one reason why it takes more time to pull the numbers together.“It’s just not ready yet. Nobody’s hiding anything. If the numbers were ready to be released, we would release it tomorrow.”The NDP raised similar concerns last summer when the government did not release a first-quarter budget update.Doherty said last September that the fiscal year was unusual because of the provincial election last April and the timing of the budget. The government tabled the budget in June instead of March.That meant the budget passed and the first quarter ended on the same day, so the numbers that the public saw June 1 were essentially first-quarter numbers, he said.The government projected a deficit of $434 million when it introduced the budget last June. That climbed to about $1 billion when the mid-year update was released last fall.Premier Brad Wall told the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association earlier this month that the provincial deficit is up to about $1.2 billion. The premier said tax revenue is lower than forecast and crop insurance claims are up $250 million because of a late harvest.The government is also trying to save money because of a big drop in revenue from oil and gas, potash and uranium.“We don’t have all the different revenue figures in. We don’t have all the different expenditure numbers in to say assuredly, ‘Here’s the actual number that we’re forecasting for the end of the year’ until they consolidate all of that,” said Doherty.The government has publicly mused that public servants could be forced to take unpaid days off as it wrestles with the deficit.Wage rollbacks, layoffs in health care and education and tax increases are also being considered. Saskatchewan not hiding state of province’s pocketbook: finance minister by Jennifer Graham, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 27, 2017 10:59 am MDT Last Updated Feb 27, 2017 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Guy been sitting on top of escalators at Victoria station since 4am…Lot of police tape for a long time. pic.twitter.com/mHd2p6YfyC— Richard Osley (@RichardOsley) September 12, 2016 Our members are continuing to engage with a vulnerable person at Victoria station https://t.co/FBfRxC6f26 pic.twitter.com/U2rNYbKky7— BTPolFed (@BTPolFed) September 12, 2016 Samuel Trida, who works at a Vodafone store facing the part of the station that had been cordoned off, added: “When I came in this morning the area taped-off was smaller and they made it bigger a few hours later but it is quite intimidating to walk into work and see.”A lot of people were saying that they had found a suspect package in the toilets but, (what is actually going on) is pretty shocking.”Anyone wishing to seek information and / or support can call the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90 or visit www.samaritans.org. Sad to hear things didn’t end well at Victoria station tonight. Hope that the vulnerable man who jumped is alright 😥— Greg Lee (@greglee91) September 12, 2016 A man has been taken to hospital after jumping from an escalator at Victoria Station following a 15-hour stand-off with police.Police were first called to the London station at 4am on Monday morning to reports of a “vulnerable man” in a precarious position at the top of an escalator.A section of the station – one of London’s busiest – was closed to the public throughout the day as a large scale police operation was launched in attempts to negotiate with the man. Sad to hear things didn’t end well at Victoria station today #mentalhealthmatters— Charmian Alvares (@curlycharms) September 12, 2016 Services from the station still continued as normal, but many of the shops were closed throughout the day.A cordon was put in place around the escalator beside a number of shops in the station, which has direct services to Gatwick Airport and is served by the strike-ridden train provider, Southern Rail.A spokesman from Network Rail said the concourse was “partially closed” and is expected to be “very busy this evening”.”Passengers are advised that usual entrances to the station and platforms may be closed,” they added.”Services are expected to run as normal, with extra staff around the station to help with directions.”Passengers may wish to consider travelling earlier or later or by an alternative route.” Seeings lots of criticism over wasted police time and money at Victoria Station. When a man is suicidal can you really put a price on life?— Si (@tunnelrat82) September 12, 2016 After hours of negotiations an air cushion was put in place, but British Transport Police (BTP) said he was able to jump “from a lower height”. The man suffered head injuries but was immediately treated by officers and paramedics at the scene, said Superintendent Chris Horton. Police said that the man’s injuries were not life-threatening.“The man has been taken to hospital in a stable condition,” he said. “The incident will be referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.” Anyone moaning about the incident at Victoria station needs to have a bit of compassion. Mental health isn’t a joke #victoriastation— ems (@ems_sweats) September 12, 2016 It is 14:23 and #victoriastation #standoff #london still happening! pic.twitter.com/shVkPWjag3— Richie Santosdiaz (@santosdiazr2) September 12, 2016 Shaun Lewis, who works as a railway host for Southern Rail, told the Evening Standard: “A lot of people have been asking what’s going on but are mainly just very curious.“A couple of people have been shocked and a few were quite annoyed but not too many, mainly just curiosity.”I don’t think we’ve had anything like this here before, we’ve had fights where people have been injured. People have been shot and stabbed but nothing like this.” 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.
(Image: schumachergirl1956/Flickr/Creative Commons)He wants Eddie Murphy to join himself and Arnold Schwarzenegger in a sequel to the 1988 comedy.4. Kathleen Turner had to threaten DeVito to give her the role in The War of the Roses(AP Photo/Alan Greth)“I sent the script to Michael (Douglas), and he called me right away and told me he wanted to do it. About a day, maybe two days later, I got a phone call from Kathleen. She said ‘I’m going to kick your ass if you don’t cast me in this movie’.”3. DeVito spent the last few days in Ireland scouting locations for his new children’s film Danny DeVito’s photo of his Trollfoot in Dublin (Danny DeVito/Twitter)DeVito plans to return to Ireland in summer 2014 to direct an adaptation of The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, a children’s novel about a 13-year-old girl who is found guilty of murder during a voyage across the Atlantic.He arrived in Ireland a couple of days early to begin looking at possible locations for the film.2. DeVito’s children are the reason Matilda was adapted into a feature film“I have three children, and we were reading little picture books at night, and then the girls, my two oldest kids, they were ten or eleven at the time. They brought this book to me.”“We all sat around and we read it in instalments. I thought it would be so great to do.”1. The writers of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia are talented pranksters (Gage Skidmore/Flickr/Creative Commons)DeVito has played Frank Reynolds in sitcom It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia since its second season. One day he got a script, and didn’t realise it was an April Fools’ prank.“I got the script in the morning and they said I had to read it right then.”“Frank [his character] is the in bar, and all of a sudden he’s gonna go get a hooker. But when he gets her in the car he immediately gets busted. A cop comes and takes him to the jailhouse. The next thing that happens is, he’s in a shower. He’s naked. A guy puts a hand on his shoulder and takes him down right there. Butt-f**ks him right there.”“They wrote this entire 33 page script, but they had no intention of ever filming it. They were just breaking my balls.”Read: The Dredge: Which celebrity foot made an appearance in Dublin last night? DANNY DEVITO ACCEPTED the VOLTA lifetime achievement award at a screening of 1989 black comedy The War of The Roses at Savoy Cinema in Dublin last night .The screening was part of the 2013 Jameson International Film Festival, which wraps up this Sunday.Here are 5 things we learned from the Q&A with the big star with a small stature. 5. DeVito recently had dinner with Arnie to discuss Triplets, a possible sequel to Twins
58 Comments Image: Syrian Civil Defence Oct 23rd 2016, 8:00 AM ‘It will not be tolerated’: Syrian army blamed for third chemical weapons attack on own people Investigators say the substance may have been chlorine gas, based on the symptoms the victims displayed. Image: Syrian Civil Defence Sunday 23 Oct 2016, 8:00 AM Share145 Tweet Email By AFP Short URL 11,844 Views THE WHITE HOUSE has today condemned the Assad regime’s “defiance” of international norms after United Nations experts found the Syrian army had conducted three chemical weapons attacks against its own people in 2014 and 2015.As part of its ongoing probe, the UN-led joint investigative mechanism found the Syrian army attacked the village of Qmenas with chemical weapons in March last year.In its fourth report, investigators concluded that there is now “sufficient information” that the attack on Qmenas “was caused by a Syrian Arab Armed Forces helicopter dropping a device from a high altitude which hit the ground and released the toxic substance that affected the population.”Investigators say the substance may have been chlorine gas, based on the symptoms the victims displayed.In Kafr Zita, however, the JIM could not confirm that the Syrian army had used barrel bombs to dump toxic substances because “the remnants of the device allegedly used had been removed,” the report said.Condemnation Of the nine alleged chemical attacks it is considering, the investigation has now attributed three to the Syrian government and one to the Islamic State group.“We condemn in the strongest possible terms the Assad regime’s defiance of the longstanding global norm against chemical weapons use and Syria’s abrogation of its responsibilities under the Chemical Weapons Convention, which it joined in 2013,” National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said in a statement.“The Syrian regime has violated the Chemical Weapons Convention and UN Security Council Resolution 2118 by using industrial chlorine as a weapon against its own people.”He warned the United States was continuing to work with its allies to hold those responsible to account.“We strongly urge all UN member states and parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention, including Russia and Iran, which continue to conduct military operations on behalf of the Assad regime, to unequivocally support these efforts and sustain our shared commitment to the international standard against chemical weapons use.”Weapons of mass destructionWashington and Moscow are in the midst of a major diplomatic spat over Russian support for the Assad regime, with relations reaching a new low not seen since the Cold War.“Russian military and economic support to Syria enables the Assad regime to continue its military campaign against its own people, which it has done in violation of international law as demonstrated by the findings of this report,” Price said.“Together, we must send a strong signal that the use of weapons of mass destruction will not be tolerated by the international community.”- © AFP 2016.Read: US fears ISIS will use chemical weapons in battle for Iraq’s second city>Read: Actress Carey Mulligan joins London protest seeking end to Aleppo bombing> Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3041611
Maladie du charbon : huit décès liés à de l’héroïne contaminéeFrance – La Direction générale de la santé (DGS) a décidé de lancer une alerte à la maladie du charbon. En Écosse et en Allemagne, quinze cas d’intoxication liés à la consommation d’héroïne contaminée ont été signalés, huit personnes en sont décédées.La DGS précise que, depuis le 6 décembre, quinze cas groupés et confirmés de maladie du charbon ont été signalés chez des consommateurs d’héroïne : quatorze en Écosse et un en Allemagne. Cette intoxication a provoqué la mort de huit personnes. Si la plupart des toxicomanes s’était injecté l’héroïne, certains l’avaient inhalée ou fumée.À lire aussiEn donnant de l’ecstasy à des pieuvres, des scientifiques découvrent un lien évolutif avec l’HommeLa DGS pense que cette héroïne a été contaminée par des spores de charbon. Elle incite donc à la prudence car cette drogue circulerait dans plusieurs pays européens dont la France. “Aucune caractéristique particulière ne permet de déterminer si l’héroïne est contaminée par les spores du charbon. De plus, elle se dissout ou se consume de la même manière qu’une héroïne non contaminée”, avertit-t-elle.Confondue à tort avec la maladie appelée anthrax (infection au staphylocoque provoquant des furoncles), la maladie du charbon (appelée “anthrax” en anglais, d’où la confusion) est liée à une exposition par voie cutanée ou respiratoire à des spores de charbon. Les premiers signes de l’infection sont des rougeurs et gonflements, accompagnés d’une forte fièvre. Cette maladie se soigne bien par antibiotiques si ces derniers sont administrés tôt. Le 20 janvier 2010 à 10:09 • Emmanuel Perrin
Georginio Wijnaldum has praised Liverpool’s 4-0 win at Bournemouth but affirmed there is still room for improvement in their games away from home.Jürgen Klopp’s side clearly dominated and managed the game at the Vitality Stadium as they pummelled the Cherries with three second-half goals.Mohamed Salah bagged a hat-trick – with the other a Steve Cook own goal – to secure a result that lifted the Reds a point ahead of Manchester City at the top of the table.However, Dutch midfielder Wijnaldum insisted Liverpool, who are now top of the Premier League table could have done better in the game.Top 5 Premier League players to watch for next weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Premier League’s Top 5 players to watch this weekend.After…“It would have been complete if we’d done the first half much better,” the midfielder told Liverpoolfc.com after the final whistle.“But in the second half we did what we usually do with the counter-press; that’s how we scored the second goal, when Mo scored. That’s the game we want to play – a high press when we lose the ball, counter-press to create chances, and also play to create chances. That went well in the second half.“It was a good game but if you want the perfect game, we had to play a better first half.”
New Delhi, Nov 15 (ANI): Baking at her home based bakery is Sonal Khurana, who had passion for baking cakes and turned it into profession after concluding that the bakery sector is booming in India. With innovative products and modern technology entering the Indian market, customized cakes are a hit this season. According to a report by Research and Markets, the bakery industry has achieved third position in generating revenue among the processed food sector. Daizy, a Delhi based cake designer, takes orders for her kitchen bakery and her business is roaring. New flavours are coming in the market l, which has provided the consumer with wide options, rather than restricting themselves to regular flavours.
India’s surging sugar production is turning out to be bitter news for sugar producers and governments in sugar-producing states.The nation is set to overtake Brazil as the biggest producer of the sweet commodity with the production pegged at more than 35.5 million tonnes in 2019 financial year. Brazil’s production is estimated at 32.5 million tonnes.Farmers in general and sugar farmers, in particular, are up in arms demanding relief measures in many states including Karnataka, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh, media reports say.A meeting on Thursday between sugar factory owners and Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, who was looking for a solution to farmers’ agitation demanding a higher price for sugarcane and release of the arrears for the sugarcane already supplied, failed to reach a resolution. The farmer leaders have said they will continue the agitation until the millers meet their demands.The sugar factory owners took the stand that they would pay the government-announced Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP) for this year, but many were unwilling to fulfil their ex-field commitment (agreement made with farmers promising rates above FRP), which they claim add up to Rs 450 crore. Mill owners have now sought more time to settle the matter.There were indications that the talks remained inconclusive and the millers wanted to talk directly to the farmers.Export ordersIndia has sought to get back to the export market for the first time in three years to bolster the prices. The country is exploring exports to China as a new market.Sugar millers in Mumbai have signed contracts to supply sugar to New York dealers, which have threatened the margins of Brazilian and Australian traders, a news report said. In March, India wanted the mills to export 2 million tonnes of sugar in order the reduce the inventory buildup. Though the authorities fixed mandatory export targets for each mill, the mills together managed to export only around 450,000 tonnes in the 2017-18 market year that ended on September 30 due to the uncompetitive prices, according to the millers’ trade body Indian Sugar Mills Association. The current year target is 5 million tonnes, which looks difficult to achieve, given the current price situation and bumper harvest in most producing nations. Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/0:34Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:34?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Mumbai protests: Over 30,000 farmers on the streets of Mumbai, demanding government to fulfill their demands
Democrat Doug Jones’ historic victory over Republican Roy Moore was declared official Thursday as Alabama election officials certified him the winner of the special Senate election earlier this month, despite claims of voter irregularities from his opponent.Jones defeated Moore on Dec. 12 by about 22,000 votes in a stunning victory in a deeply red state. It was the first Democratic Senate victory in a quarter-century in Alabama. Moore was dogged by accusations of sexual misconduct involving teenage girls that occurred decades ago.The state’s former chief justice refused to concede and even filed a last-ditch lawsuit hours before the certification, but a judge rejected his claims. Alabama election officials also found no evidence of voting irregularities.Photo via Twitter @EduSamaniA spokesman for Jones earlier called Moore’s lawsuit a “desperate attempt … to subvert the will of the people.”“The election is over. It’s time to move on,” Sam Coleman wrote in an email.Jones will be sworn in on Jan. 3, narrowing the GOP’s advantage in the U.S. Senate to 51-49. He takes over the seat previously held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The term expires in January 2021.Jones is a former U.S. attorney best known for prosecuting two Ku Klux Klansmen responsible for Birmingham’s infamous 1963 church bombing.Moore’s campaign was deeply wounded by the sexual misconduct accusations. Moore denied the accusations and said in the lawsuit that he had passed a polygraph test to prove they are false.Moore’s attorney wrote in the wide-ranging complaint that he believed there were irregularities during the election, including that voters may have been brought in from other states. He attached a statement from a poll worker that she had noticed licenses from Georgia and North Carolina as people signed in to vote.The complaint also noted the higher-than-expected turnout in the race, particularly in Jefferson County, and said Moore’s numbers were suspiciously lower than straight-ticket Republican voting in about 20 Jefferson County precincts. The complaint asked for a fraud investigation and eventually a new election.“This is not a Republican or Democrat issue as election integrity should matter to everyone,” Moore said in a statement Wednesday.Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill said he had not found any evidence of voter fraud, but that his office will investigate any complaint Moore submits.Rick Hasen, an election law expert and professor at the University of California, Irvine, said Moore’s complaint did not raise the sort of issues that lead courts to overturn an election. He said Moore’s complaint might just be a way for him to fundraise and throw “red meat to his loyal supporters.”Moore has sent several fundraising emails to supporters asking for donations to investigate claims of voter fraud. Share