November Recipients – TFA Volunteer Medal

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) congratulations the following members who are the deserving recipients of the TFA Volunteer Medal for November.Ashley Pedley (QLD)Rohan Greaves (VIC)Jo Cianter (QLD)Ashley, Rohan and Jo continue to dedicate countless hours of time and effort towards growing our game via their local associations. A critical contribution that does not go unnoticed. To view their impressive list of allocates click here.TFA sincerely thanks Ashley, Rohan and Jo for their contributions.The TFA volunteer medal is an initiative created to recognise those within our sport who provide ongoing support, and demonstrate a positive example as a member of their local Touch Football community.Affiliates across the country can nominate deserving applicants through an online survey providing an opportunity to recognise the ongoing support that drives the sport and makes a significant difference to our participants experience.To nominate your volunteer, click here. To read the criteria and nomination process, click here.last_img read more

10 months agoNewcastle supporters pen open letter to Ashley for transfer funds

first_imgNewcastle supporters pen open letter to Ashley for transfer fundsby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveA group of Newcastle supporters’ organisations have written an open letter to owner Mike Ashley, urging him to invest in players this month.Toon are 15th on the Premier League table, and fans are fearful the club will be relegated should Ashley chose not to allocate money for transfers during the current transfer window.The letter read in part: “Dear Mike Ashley. We are writing to urge you to do what is right for Newcastle United this month and we hope, for a change, you are willing to listen to us and act accordingly.”This is a critical month for the football club, both in terms of your stated desire to sell and the need to strengthen the squad, as repeatedly requested by the manager Rafa Benitez.”We are hoping you see the sense in striving to do both, but if you cannot find a suitable buyer, then it is imperative that you still release the funds needed to improve the squad.”To fail to do so, would seem both reckless and foolish given the damage you know relegation will do. The ongoing takeover cannot be used an excuse not to spend money in the January transfer window.”If you refuse to spend money this month, the risk of relegation not only increases, it will also mean the manager will not sign the new contract you have offered to him.”You have repeatedly said that you want Benitez to stay, so do the things needed to make sure that happens. In short, back him and give him what he needs in this window.”I know we have had a difficult relationship in the past, but at this point, we want to look forward, not backwards. Please do what is right this month.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Tied on goals: Thorgan Hazard stepping out of Eden’s shadow

first_imgBefore Belgium’s run to the World Cup semi-final, Roberto Martinez’s side had to navigate a difficult qualifying group including Greece and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Having won their first four games comfortably, with Eden Hazard in three of them, the Red Devils were forced to do without their star man for the home game against Greece.Eden’s younger brother Thorgan Hazard was drafted into the squad to replace him but failed to get off the bench as Belgium could only draw 1-1. By the end of the campaign, they had won the rest of their games, with the younger Hazard starting and scoring against Cyprus, while the older Hazard netted twice.Belgium brought both Hazards to the World Cup, but Thorgan was still a fringe member of the panel, starting just the dead-rubber against England after Belgium had ensured qualification from their group. However, thanks to a stunning season at club level, he was finally handed a chance to shine in November, helping Belgium defeat Iceland 2-0 before scoring twice against Switzerland three days later. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The Red Devils lost 5-2 to Switzerland, but Hazard came away with his head held high after proving his worth in a dynamic attacking trio that included brother Eden and Dries Mertens. Hazard’s performance was not a surprise as it was merely a continuation of the brilliant form he has shown at club level for Borussia Monchengladbach this season.While Eden Hazard has been setting the Premier League alight with Chelsea, scoring ten goals and assisting nine more for Maurizio Sarri’s side, Thorgan has been putting in equally impressive displays in the Bundesliga. The 25-year-old is battling the likes of Paco Alcacer and Robert Lewandowski for the top scorer prize thanks to his nine goals in the first half of the season, while he has also assisted six more in the league.Both Hazards have also impressed in their respective cups, with Eden scoring twice in two Carabao Cup games, while Thorgan has three goals and an assist in two DFB Pokal outings. At their current rates, the pair will be neck-and-neck at the end of the season for their annual family wager.”There has been a kind of competition between us for years. If you score the fewest goals, you have to invite the other to dinner at the end of the season,” the Gladbach attacker told Sportbuzzer.When people say @hazardeden10 is better than @HazardThorgan8 … 😉 #fohlenelf #UCL #BMGCEL pic.twitter.com/GyhyqUDItl — Gladbach (@borussia_en) November 1, 2016 At two years older, Eden had a head start on Thorgan, and was even involved in goals before he was born. Both parents were footballers in Belgium, with mother Carine still lining out in the women’s league when she was pregnant with her first son. “I was in her stomach when she was playing. She was three months pregnant,” the Chelsea star told the Independent.”I take after my mum as a player. My dad played at the back, chilled out, calm on the ball. My mum was a striker. I never watched mum play but I can remember going to see my dad play. Actually, I like to think that I am a mix of the best of them.”Due to that early start, Eden believes that he may have had it easier than the rest of his siblings – brothers Kylian and Ethan are also footballers.“[Thorgan] deserves more praise than me because I think it’s harder for him. Everything has come to me quickly, I played some good matches early in my career. He has always had to contend with, ‘He’s the brother of Eden…’”GFX Eden on Thorgan HazardThorgan doesn’t see things the same way as Eden, hailing his older brother as one of the world’s best: “I just have less talent than him,” Thorgan admitted to Sport1. “I have to work things out that he might learn faster if I am being completely honest.”Eden also worked a lot on himself last year. Right now, my brother is in great shape and wants to win the title with Chelsea. I’m a different type of player than my brother. Eden is one of the best players in the world.”The younger Hazard’s fantastic Bundesliga performances have seen him earn the attention of bigger clubs across Europe, including one admirer that’s currently closer to home. Borussia Dortmund are interested in a January move for the winger, which could see a league trophy end up at a Hazard household this season.But instead of Eden, this time it will be Thorgan receiving the plaudits.last_img read more

Clemson Fans Are Already Calling For Freshman QB Trevor Lawrence

first_imgclemson freshman quarterback trevor lawrence poses for a team photoCollege football’s game of the week is underway in College Station, Texas. The Aggies are hosting No. 2 Clemson in the first big game of the Jimbo Fisher era.Texas A&M is looking pretty good early. The Aggies’ defense is getting stops, now they just need the offense to put some points on the board.It hasn’t taken very long for some Clemson fans to start calling for a change at the quarterback position.Some want true freshman Trevor Lawrence to be put into the game. The first-year QB was a five-star recruit coming out of high school.Please sit Kelly Bryant and give me Trevor Lawrence!— Andrew Lanier (@A_Lanier32) September 8, 2018Trevor Lawrence steals the QB job tonight.— Steveñ Glañsberg (@Washed_nignog) September 8, 2018Trevor Lawrence is the answer. pic.twitter.com/DsEgeWwCIy— Jasoñ Marks??✍ (@OnTheMarksRadio) September 8, 2018Yahoo! Sports’ Pete Thamel thinks Dabo Swinney won’t wait too long to go to Lawrence tonight if he thinks it’s necessary.“I get the feeling from being down on the Clemson sideline that Dabo won’t wait until things get dire to use Trevor Lawrence. He’s comfortable using him early and won’t hesitate to do so,” he tweets.I get the feeling from being down on the Clemson sideline that Dabo won’t wait until things get dire to use Trevor Lawrence. He’s comfortable using him early and won’t hesitate to do so.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) September 8, 2018Dabo has already said that he’s likely going to play both Kelly Bryant and Trevor Lawrence.“We definitely will play both quarterbacks,” Swinney told reporters this week. “There’s no doubt about that. Nothing happened [against Furman] to warrant not playing both those guys.”Swinney didn’t give more details than that, though.“We’ll see as the week [of practice] goes,” Swinney told ESPN. “I won’t lay out what our plan is before the game. You like to have a little secrecy as to your plan. But I’ll tell you both of them are going to play.”Lawrence threw for 137 yards and 3 touchdowns in the season-opening win. Clemson and Texas A&M are on ESPN.last_img read more

Danaos Delivers Major Loss due to Impairments

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Greek containership owner Danaos Corporation ended the fourth quarter of 2018 with a major loss due to recorded impairment charges.The company’s net loss for the quarter ended December 31, 2018 reached USD 180.9 million, compared to a net income of USD 22.8 million seen a year before. Danaos recognized an impairment loss of USD 210.7 million in relation to 10 of its Panamax vessels as of December 31, 2018 compared to nil in the comparable period.For the full year 2018, the company delivered a net loss of USD 32.9 million, against a net income of USD 83.9 million reported in 2017.Operating revenues were at USD 115.6 million for the fourth quarter, compared to USD 114.2 million for the three months ended December 31, 2017. On a yearly level, operating revenues were slightly up by 1.5% to USD 458.7 million in 2018 from USD 451.7 million in 2017.“The 4th quarter of 2018 was the first full quarter following the completion of our recent debt refinancing which reduced indebtedness by USD 551 million, reset financial covenants and extended maturities through the end of 2023. As mentioned before, the refinancing has strengthened the company’s balance sheet and growth prospects by removing all balloon payments and maturities of existing debt over the next five years,” Dr. John Coustas, Danaos’ CEO, said.The charter market for vessels larger than 5,000 TEU has recently shown encouraging signs of recovery, and the market for smaller vessels remains stable albeit at relatively low levels, according to Danaos.“Anticipated slow steaming and re-designing of liner networks ahead of the implementation of new restrictions on sulphur emissions in 2020 together with vessels exiting service to be fitted with scrubbers are all positive supply side developments that may lead to improved charter rates,” Coustas concluded.last_img read more

UN deminers in southern Lebanon to be honoured with top award

15 September 2008The United Nations refugee agency announced today that its top honour will go to the world body’s bomb disposal experts for their work in clearing explosives from southern Lebanon, which have been threatening the lives of civilians since the 2006 conflict with Israel. The Nansen Refugee Award will be given to the UN Mine Action Coordination Centre of South Lebanon for its efforts to rid the region of cluster munitions and other dangerous remnants of war to allow the safe return of civilians uprooted by the fighting two years ago.“Through their painstaking work and devotion, the team has created the conditions for a safe and dignified return home for almost one million displaced Lebanese,” said António Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.Christopher Clark, who heads the mine clearing operation in Lebanon, will receive the award on behalf of the Centre’s staff and 1,000 deminers, along with a cheque for $100,000 to donate to a cause of their choice, at a ceremony in Geneva on 6 October.“I congratulate my colleagues in southern Lebanon for their impressive achievement,” said Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Alain LeRoy, whose department oversees the work of the Centre.“Their actions have benefited so many people – not only the returning refugees and internally displace persons (IDPs), but also the humanitarian relief workers and our peacekeepers,” he added.The award is named after Nobel Peace Laureate Fridtjof Nansen, who served as the first High Commissioner for Refugees. Previous recipients of the honour include Eleanor Roosevelt, King Juan Carlos I of Spain and Queen Juliana of the Netherlands. read more

Security Council demands end to conflictrelated sexual violence

30 September 2009The Security Council today demanded that all parties to armed conflict take immediate action to protect civilians, including women and children, from all forms of sexual violence, and urged greater measures by States and the United Nations to combat this scourge. In a unanimously adopted resolution, the Council also requested that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appoint a Special Representative to provide coherent and strategic leadership to address sexual violence in armed conflict. In addition, the 15-member body called on the UN chief to identify and take appropriate measures to deploy rapidly a team of experts to situations of particular concern with respect to sexual violence in armed conflict.Mr. Ban told the meeting – chaired by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of the United States, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency for this month – that despite some progress in responding to the problem, the deliberate targeting of civilians continues unabated. “The international community must do more to prevent violence, protect individuals, punish perpetrators and provide redress to victims,” he stated.In a report issued on the issue in July, Mr. Ban called for States to strengthen prevention and protection measures against the systematic use of sexual violence as a weapon, a practice that is rife in armed conflicts in Africa, Asia and Europe. He has also called on the Council to set up an independent commission of inquiry into sexual violence in the conflicts in Chad, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). In the eastern DRC alone, at least 200,000 cases of sexual violence have been recorded since 1996. Mr. Ban welcomed today’s resolution, saying it sends “an unequivocal message – a call to action,” and builds on resolution 1820 of 2008, which itself set an important precedent by recognizing the links between sexual violence and sustainable peace and security.He reiterated, in a statement issued by his spokesperson after the meeting, his full commitment to ensuring that the provisions of both 1820 and 1888 – adopted today – are implemented in partnership with all relevant stakeholders, and called for the Council’s continued engagement to eradicate sexual violence. Among the world body’s efforts to address the problem is an inter-agency network, UN Action Against Sexual Violence in Conflict, which unites 12 UN entities in the goal of ending sexual violence in armed conflict.“Sexual violence – in armed conflict or, indeed, at any time – should have no place and find no haven in our world,” he stated. “We must all do our part to fight and end discrimination against women and girls.”The resolution adopted today also urges States to undertake a number of measures, including to bring perpetrators of sexual violence in armed conflict to justice and to ensure that survivors have access to justice. The Council also decided to include specific provisions for the protection of women and children from rape and other sexual violence in the mandates of UN peacekeeping operations, including, on a case-by-case basis, the identification of women’s protection advisers. The Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) welcomed the resolution adopted today which she said complements resolution 1820 and sets in place mechanisms that should contribute to ending impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence.“Resolution 1888 is an important next step, adding additional impetus to international efforts to stamp out sexual violence, ensuring that sexual violence is taken into account in United Nations-sponsored peace negotiations, and strengthening accountability for violations through the new reporting mechanism it establishes,” Ann M. Veneman said in a statement. UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark added her voice to those welcoming the text, saying its adoption shows there is now significant international support and momentum behind finding solutions to the scourge of sexual violence during and in the aftermath of armed conflict.“It is important to provide women and children traumatised by these crimes access to justice, and to end the impunity afforded to perpetrators,” she said. “It is also important to work with grassroots organizations, both in the prevention of and response to sexual violence.” read more

UN assisting Iraqi leaders trying to resolve election law deadlock

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative Ad Melkert “has responded positively to multiple suggestions to assist in finding solutions for the few outstanding questions concerning the election law,” the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) said in a news release. “He has been using his good offices during his various consultations with all political leaders in order to assist in reaching an agreement.“UNAMI strongly supports the efforts undertaken to clarify voting for Iraqis abroad, as well as the inclusion in the law of the distribution of seats among the governorates, and the announcement of a final election date, with 27 February 2010 as a feasible option for practical and constitutional reasons.”The electoral law providing for January’s poll was vetoed by the Sunni member of Iraq’s three-member Presidency Council last month, sending it back to the Council of Representatives. At the time Mr. Ban voiced the hope that the Council of Representatives would move swiftly to ensure that a law was adopted and elections could go forward.“The Secretary-General also reaffirms the United Nations commitment to support and assist the Independent High Electoral Commission in preparation for the forthcoming national elections,” Mr. Ban spokesperson said then. 2 December 2009The United Nations mission in Iraq is trying to help the country’s leaders resolve differences over national elections that have delayed holding the poll by its constitutional deadline of January. read more

Porter Airlines sues union for 4million over comments made on Twitter

TORONTO — Porter Airlines has launched a lawsuit against the union representing 22 striking fuel workers for comments made on Twitter.[np_storybar title=”‘Time to spread our wings’: Porter Airlines unveils ambitious plan to buy CSeries jets, fly farther” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2013/04/10/time-to-spread-our-wings-porter-airlines-unveils-ambitious-plan-to-buy-cseries-jets-fly-farther/”%5DJust when Toronto thought it had made some peace with that pesky raccoon on Toronto Island — Mr. Porter, the eponymous mascot of Porter Airlines — the upstart carrier has announced plans to once again expand its roost at Billy Bishop Toronto City airport. Read more. [/np_storybar]The statement of claim, which was filed in Ontario Superior Court earlier this month, seeks $3 million for general and special damages for defamation and $1 million in punitive, aggravated and exemplary damages.The lawsuit names the Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union Local 343 and its strike co-ordinator, Mary Stalteri, as defendants.According to court documents, Porter alleges libellous comments against the airline were made by Stalteri on behalf of the union through a Twitter account under the username @PorterStrike, which had more than 200 followers as of Wednesday afternoon.The airline alleges that it was defamed by a video depicting a fake crash with a Porter plane, a fake advertisement and “numerous” comments it says were broadcast from the Twitter account between Jan. 17 through to April 8.Porter says the tweets used false and misleading information about safety protocols and training practices for the airline and its workers.“The defamatory statements have caused Porter to suffer significant and unjustifiable damages to its reputation and business, for which the defendants are liable,” the airline wrote in the statement of claim.“The defamatory statements were malicious. The defendants repeatedly, publicly and for no legitimate purpose chose to make statements they knew or should have known to be false. In doing so, the defendants were motivated by a desire to improperly gain leverage in the labour dispute.”The statement of claim contains allegations that have not been proven in courtGlenn Wheeler, a lawyer for COPE, said it plans on filing a response to the claim in court in the upcoming days.“Generally, we say that the comments were made in fair comment, in the context of a labour dispute and we will be defending the comments on that basis,” he said Wednesday.Meanwhile, 22 employees who refuel planes for Porter Airlines are still off the job after walking out on Jan. 10.Talks regarding a first contract for the workers who organized last August were held last week, but broke down over the issues of wages, benefits and safety.Porter Aviation Holdings Inc., who employs the workers, has previously said negotiations stalled when the union turned down a 6.1% wage increase for this year.In the interim, Porter has trained replacement workers to fill in during the labour disruption.Porter flies to about a dozen cities in Eastern Canada and the United States and carried 2.45 million passengers last year.Last week, the airline announced plans to seek permission to fly jets out its main base on Toronto’s waterfront after placing a conditional order for 12 Bombardier CS100 aircraft, with options for 18 more.A spokesman for the airline was not immediately available for comment Wednesday. read more

Cops arrest 29 in Mount

The police arrested 29 people who were gambling in Mount Lavinia last night, the police media unit said today.According to the police the suspects were gambling at a restaurant located at the Golumadama junction in Mount Lavinia. The suspects are to be produced in court today. The police said that an illegal betting center was operating at the bottom floor of the restaurant.Following the arrest of the 29 people the police also seized Rs. 93,930 in cash.

Another UNP MP jumps ship and joins Sirisena

He took oaths before President Maithripala Sirisena today. (Colombo Gazette) Another United National Party (UNP) Parliamentarian today joined the Government of President Maithripala Sirisena.UNP MP, D. Ashoka Priyantha was appointed as the Deputy Minister of Cultural and Internal Affairs and Regional (Wayamba) Development.

The Latest Trump Boris Johnson the right man for Brexit

BIARRITZ, France — The Latest on the Group of Seven summit (all times local):9:20 a.m.U.S. President Donald Trump has offered British Prime Minister Boris Johnson a boost, saying he’s the “right man” to deliver Brexit.Speaking on the sidelines of the Group of Seven summit in France, Trump was asked what his advice was for Britain’s departure from the European Union.Trump responded: “He needs no advice. He is the right man for the job.”Johnson replied that the president was “on message there.”The much-anticipated meeting was the first since Johnson took Britain’s top job last month. The pair met for a working breakfast on Sunday after being photographed on Saturday night walking and talking on the margins of the summit.Johnson desperately needs a U.S. trade deal post-Brexit, as Britain will lose its easy access to the EU’s single market.___9:15 a.m.Leaders of major world economies are meeting to discuss the shaky world economy amid trade disputes and uncertainty over U.S. President Donald Trump’s policies.Trump tried to play down tensions among Group of Seven leaders after they had dinner Saturday in the southwest French resort of Biarritz. He is worried that the global economic slowdown is spreading to the U.S. before next year’s elections.The G-7 leaders are meeting Sunday morning to focus on what they can do together to boost the economy. They include the heads of Britain, France, Germany, Japan, Canada and Italy.Disputes on trade have unsettled the global economy because businesses don’t know where tariffs will be imposed.Anti-capitalist protesters also plan demonstrations Sunday after clashing with police near Biarritz on the summit’s opening day Saturday.The Associated Press read more

UN fan proposes to girlfriend on General Assembly podium

Just four days before Christmas, a Southern Californian Catholic professor popped the marriage question to his German Jewish girlfriend as their private tour of UN headquarters in New York City artfully ended in the expansive hall of the General Assembly. For the past several months, Alan Daly had his heart set on the UN as the place where he wanted to ask Bettina Hausmann, his girlfriend of three years, to marry him. So at the podium where global affairs are usually debated, Mr. Daly kneeled down and asked Ms. Hausmann to marry him. She said “Yes.”“The UN is a giant symbol of peace and hope and love and understanding,” said the 39-year-old Mr. Daly, who is originally from Boston. “And those are qualities that make a foundation for a good relationship.”The couple, who met three years ago on a flight from San Francisco to Santa Barbara, Calif. while Ms. Hausmann was visiting from her native Germany, have always supported the Organization’s efforts to resolve conflicts – especially its extensive role in the volatile Middle East. And the Mideast region has long been a passion of Ms. Hausmann, who has a master’s degree in international management from a German university and will return to school in southern California this fall to secure a degree in global studies.While a student at the City College of Santa Barbara this past spring, the 35-year-old German participated in a Model UN program and represented Saudi Arabia. She speaks five languages, German, English, Russian, French, Greek, as well as a bit of Yiddish. Mr. Daly speaks English and a bit of German – which he says he mangled badly to repeat his marriage proposal to Ms. Hausmann in her native language.The couple arrived in New York City from Santa Barbara, where they live together, on Tuesday night and made their first visit to the UN Wednesday morning. Unfazed by the New York City transit strike that had snarled traffic around town, the couple caught a cab to make their 11:30 a.m. private tour, which Mr. Daly had already booked.Their German-Iranian UN tour guide, Ahmad Azadi, made the arrangements with UN security to let the couple enter the General Assembly’s floor, which is generally off- limit to visitors. Mr. Azadi also helped the couple celebrate their engagement with a lunch in the UN Delegate’s Dining Room. The couple’s luggage was lost during the previous day’s flight from California and they were wearing jeans, a violation of the dining room’s dress code. So Mr. Azadi, who had chosen to wear his traditional Iranian dress that day, lent Mr. Daly his UN tour guide garb – a light blue shirt, navy pants and a tie with the UN logo printed in red. Ms. Hausmann received his olive green, Iranian woolen wrap to literally wrap around her jeans.“The UN symbolizes human relationships,” said Mr. Daly, “I wish more people would realize that human relationships are what is most important.”Helene Hoedl, chief of the Guided Tours Unit at the UN, said this was the first marriage proposal that had taken place at headquarters during her five years with the Organization. About 400,000 visitors are expected to pass through UN headquarters this year, an increase of 14 per cent over 2004. read more

Decentralization talks on the UNrun province of Kosovo held in Vienna

Yesterday the two delegations, hosted by the Special Envoy for the Kosovo Future Status Process Martti Ahtisaari, met for discussions on the protection of the religious and cultural heritage of Kosovo, UN spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters.Next Monday’s status talks, also to be hosted by Mr. Ahtisaari, will be a chance to move the twice monthly dialogue from the technical to a political level.Last week, Serbia’s Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica and Kosovo President Fatmir Sejdiu briefed the Security Council members in separate sessions regarding the province’s future status. Kosovo, an Albanian-majority Serbian province, has been run by the UN since Western forces drove out Yugoslav troops in 1999 amid ethnic fighting.

Canadian dollar slides on weak job creation data tumbling oil prices

Canadian dollar slides on weak job creation data, tumbling oil prices AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed lower Friday amid weak American jobs data and sliding oil prices.The loonie was down 0.41 of a cent at 98.17 cents US as traders also took in tepid domestic job creation figures from Statistics Canada. The agency said just 7,300 jobs were created in June, although that was a bit better than expectations.The U.S. Labour Department reported that the American economy only managed to crank out 80,000 jobs last month, below already modest expectations for 90,000 positions.The currency was also depressed by crude oil prices which fell sharply despite interest rate cuts announced Thursday by the European and Chinese central banks.Commodity prices were also pressured as traders flocked to the perceived safe haven of U.S. Treasuries following the release of the data.A stronger greenback usually helps depress commodities prices, which are denominated in dollars, as it makes oil and metals more expensive for holders of other currencies.The August crude contract fell $2.77 to US$84.45 a barrel after International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde said Friday that the IMF will cut its forecast for global economic growth in a quarterly assessment to be released later this month.She did not say which countries or regions were contributing to the lowered assessment for 2012 and declined to give more details.Growth in most major economies has showed signs of slowing in recent months, partly due to Europe’s chronic debt crisis and economic malaise.Diminishing demand prospects also pushed metal prices lower with the September copper contract on the Nymex off eight cents at US$3.41 a pound. Gold bullion backed off $30.50 to US$1,578.90 an ounce. by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 6, 2012 4:23 pm MDT read more

The General is coming home

Artist Danek Mozdzenski perches on his subject’s arm to apply finishing touches to The General.In a foundry in Joseph, Oregon, the final coatings of protectant are being applied to an expressive bronze sculpture of Maj.-Gen Sir Isaac Brock.During the week of March 9, when the finish has set and The General is fit to travel, he will be wrapped for protection, put into a shipping “cradle” and carefully loaded onto a flatbed truck for the 4,000-kilometre drive across the USA, into Canada and, ultimately, to his permanent home at Brock University.The General is expected to arrive at the campus sometime during the week of March 16, and will be installed on a plinth in front of the Schmon Tower.Dates and times will be announced as they become determined, and will be affected by factors such as weather conditions along the route.Created by renowned Canadian artist Danek Mozdzenski, the sculpture was totally underwritten by a generous gift of more than $1 million by the late David S. Howes, a longtime supporter of Brock and former chair of its board of trustees.The community is encouraged to watch this website for regular progress updates on The General’s Journey Home. read more

PODCAST Distinguished Graduate award recipient announced on Good Morning Goodman

Good Morning Goodman continues this week with co-hosts Susan LeBlanc and Amanda Malkiewich announcing that Goodman graduate Martin Philp (BAdmin ’80, MA ’86) is the recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Graduate award for the Goodman School of Business.Martin PhilpThe Goodman School of Business community is invited to join a reception honouring Philp Thursday, Nov. 17 at 5 p.m. in the Scotiabank Atrium.The podcast duo congratulate the 26 Niagara Parks Commission employees who graduated last week from their Professional Leadership Certificate program. Led by Goodman’s Centre for Innovation, Management and Enterprise Education, the executive education program was customized for the Niagara Parks Commission.BioLinc, Brock’s business incubator run by the Goodman School of Business, held its Student Entrepreneur Kick-Off Weekend last weekend in partnership with Niagara College’s Takeoff program. Brock sport management student Robert Babiak and Niagara College student Daniel Read teamed up on their business, Niagara Sports Network, and won the overall prize package of $5,500 in-kind startup services.Students, staff and faculty are invited to attend the PepsiCo Apprentice Challenge on Nov. 22 at 9 a.m. in Isaac’s Bar and Grill. Hosted by the Brock Marketing Association in partnership with Brock University Students’ Union and Goodman School of Business, the challenge will see student teams pitch their recommendations and business solutions to a real business case provided to them by PepsiCo. Staff from PepsiCo will join the judging panel.Students currently taking ACTG 1P11 are invited to compete in the CPA Case Presentation Day on Nov. 26. An opportunity to develop decision-making processes and presentation skills, the on-campus business case simulation has been developed for students looking to gain experience in these areas.There are several events being held over the next two weeks for student entrepreneurs including a networking event hosted by Owners Wanted on Nov. 16, two workshops hosted by Innovate Niagara next week and three workshops hosted at the new MakerSpace in the Library. Students can find information on all events on the BioLinc website.Produced by the Goodman Marketing, Communications and Alumni Relations team, this is the latest in the Good Morning Goodman series which updates the Goodman School of Business community weekly on important news and events.0:22 – Distinguished Graduate Martin Philp1:36 – Congratulations to Professional Leadership Certificate graduates from Niagara Parks Commission2:04 – Congratulations to Robert Babiak & Daniel Read of Niagara Sport Network2:39 – Employers on campus – Stryker & TD Bank3:07 – PepsiCo Apprentice Challenge4:08 – CPA Case Presentation Day (ACTG 1P11 students)4:30 – KPMG Ace the Case5:06 – Owners Wanted Networking event5:18 – Innovate Niagara Sessions (Intellectual Property and the Business Canvas)5:30 – MakerSpace Workshops6:02 – Advanced Excel Workshop6:10 – How to Get a Job in Human Resources6:14 – Professional Headshot Photography6:28 – Construction Update read more

Beta BlackHole RAT trojan targets Mac OS X

first_imgMac users have enjoyed some anonymity when it comes to concerns over viruses and trojans due to the small market share Mac computers have traditionally had compared to Windows-based PCs. That may be changing though. As our sister site PCMag.com points out, the Windows PC market share is on the verge of falling below 90% this year indicating there are some weak points in the armor of Microsoft’s dominant operating system.The market share held by Macs may only be around 5%, but it has gained some momentum thanks in part to the crossover appeal of iPod, iPhone and iPad owners. Unfortunately, popularity isn’t always a good thing when it comes to security. As Mac computers make themselves increasingly known on the radar, hackers are beginning to take an interest as demonstrated by a new, not yet finished Mac OS X backdoor trojan reported by Sophos.Sophos highlighted the new trojan in its Naked Security blog, stating that after analyzing a sample of the trojan they have determined it to be a variant of the Remote Access Trojan (RAT) for Windows known as darkComet. Sophos calls the trojan OSX/MusMinim-A, or MusMinim for short, though the trojan calls itself BlackHole RAT.A hacker able to take control of a Mac using the trojan will be able to:Place text files on the desktopSend restart, shutdown and sleep commandsRun arbitrary shell commandsPop-up a fake administrator password window to phish the targetSend URLs to the client to open a websitePlace a full screen window with a message that only allows a user to click reboot. The current default message states:I am a Trojan Horse, so i have infected your Mac Computer. I know, most people think Macs can’t be infected, but look, you ARE Infected!I have full controll over your Computer and i can do everything I want, and you can do nothing to prevent it.So, Im a very new Virus, under Development, so there will be much more functions when im finished.Read more at the Naked Security blogBrian’s OpinionBeing a Mac user, I have to admit I think Windows gets a bad rap. While the Windows operating system has indeed been found to have security vulnerabilities at times, those vulnerabilities rise to the surface quicker than any other operating system. After all, if you are a hacker and want to do some serious damage are you going to spend your time and energy on an operating system with less than 90% market share? Of course not, that’s why most trojans and viruses target Windows because there is the potential for more collateral damage.Up until now, I think Mac OS X has benefited greatly from Windows’ popularity, but the tide may be turning. While 5% market share is nothing to crow about, few would argue that Apple has made quite a name for itself due to the popularity of its iPod, iPhone and iPad devices. Consumers who own these devices are typically the ones helping to drive up Mac market share as they extend their Apple experience to a computer. It’s the popularity of these devices and the increasing market share of Macs that may be forcing hackers to take a second look at Mac OS X due to the media coverage a successful virus or trojan on the OS would generate.The simple answer for Mac users now is to begin to take security threats more serious. They can begin by installing a free anti-virus for Mac like the one offered by Sophos. Think of it like insurance: hopefully you won’t need it, but if you do it will be there.last_img read more

Next payment to IMF due on 6 May

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece’s next payment to the International Monetary Fund, totaling some 200 million euros in interest payments, is due May 6 because of the May Day holiday in Greece, an IMF spokesman said on Thursday.He said the Fund did not have a “detailed” assessment of Greece’s liquidity situation and hopes to get more information in the course of talks with Athens and its IMF and European creditors, which began in Brussels on Thursday.Financial markets have doubted whether Greece has the money to pay back the IMF over the next month, while still paying wages and pensions.Greece’s following payment to the IMF, of 750 million euros, is due May 12, and Greece has suggested it will struggle to make the installment.Greece’s government on Thursday signaled the biggest concessions so far as crunch talks with lenders on a cash-for-reforms package started in earnest. Greek officials face growing pressure at home and abroad to reach an agreement with European and IMF lenders to avert a national bankruptcy.A new poll showed over three-quarters of Greeks feel Athens must strike a deal at any cost to stay in the eurozone.When asked about the risk of Greece leaving the currency bloc, the IMF said it did not believe this would happen, although it always considers different scenarios.“The Greek government has been clear that it wants to stay in the eurozone, and will take the necessary actions to prevent exit,” IMF spokesman Gerry Rice told reporters.Source: Reuterslast_img read more

Review Etherborn Is 2019s Trippiest Puzzle Game

first_img Etherborn is one of the most unique puzzles games I’ve had the pleasure of playing in recent years. It presents players with puzzles that force them to think outside of the proverbial box. The surreal environments not only function as puzzles, but they’re stunning to behold. Though brief, it leaves one feeling wholly satisfied. That’s a great accomplishment considering this is developer Altered Matter’s first title.Gravity is at the core of each of Etherborn’s five levels. To get to a stage’s end, players must walk (or run) along floors and walls. Transitioning to and from different surfaces requires an incline connecting that connects them. Doing so shifts the camera’s orientation, giving players a different perspective of the terrain. The goal is simply to make it to the end of a level. The challenge comes from the journey. Oftentimes, solutions are right in players’ faces. It’s a matter of observing the environment and remembering how the rules work. Etherborn is deceptively challenging, which makes completing stages all the more rewarding.Falling off ledges results in a swift death. Yet, you must sometimes drop from ledges in order to progress. Pink vines show where you can safely drop down, but not every stage or section has them. This forces you to make leaps of faith, especially when you’re unsure of what to do next. As long as you don’t drop from a great height, you’ll land safely. I’m emphasizing this specific mechanic because it is likely one most players will forget, even though it’s extremely crucial.There is a central hub called the Endless Tree. Completing levels opens up paths along the tree which you can use to access the new worlds. Between levels, a disembodied voice speaks about the origins of mankind and of the human condition. If there is a deeper meaning to the narrative, it went over my head. I had an easier time deciphering the mind-bending puzzles than I did the nebulous story. But I can’t hold that against Etherborn. We’re all here for the puzzles, not the story. Confusing or not, the narrative lends the game a dreamlike atmosphere that is in line with the otherworldly aesthetic. The story isn’t intrusive, which is a plus.Etherborn is the graphical equivalent of an expressionist painting. The player character is little more than a walking nervous system housed in a vaguely humanoid shell. It is somewhat disturbing playing as a clump of veins and arteries, but it somehow works. Each world has a distinctive color scheme that helps separate each visually. The soundtrack isn’t in your face but it helps draw you into the world with its subtle orchestrations. Presentation-wise, Etherborn delivers a relaxing experience.Depending on how fast you solve puzzles, you can complete Etherborn in a single sitting. After completion, you can try out New Game Plus. This is essentially the same experience as before since the levels remain unchanged. The main difference is the crystals used to complete certain puzzles are now located in harder to reach areas. Though I appreciate giving players this added content, I didn’t feel the need to revisit the same worlds.Etherborn is an excellent debut title. It delivers a solid puzzle game experience coupled with a pleasing visual style. The levels are challenging but never frustrating. The gravity-based gameplay forces players to truly think of every possible solution. Though relatively short, it lasts long enough to feel fulfilling without overstaying its welcome. If you’re looking for a cool and unique puzzle game, then you should give Etherborn a shot.Get Etherborn at Humble StoreMore on Geek.com:Review: ‘Dragon Quest Builders 2’ Is Two Great Tastes in OneThese Are The Games You Should Check Out in July 2019Review: ‘Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night’ Is Bloody Awesome Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Stay on targetlast_img read more