PM says Public and Private Sectors Must Partner to Lift Customer Service

first_img She noted that the Jamaican economy needs a new customer service culture at all levels within the public and private sectors. Story Highlights The Prime Minister was addressing the opening ceremony for National Productivity Awareness Week on Monday, October 7, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel. The Prime Minister is advocating a strong partnership between the public and private sectors to lift the quality of customer service across the country to world class level. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, is advocating a strong partnership between the public and private sectors to lift the quality of customer service across the country to world class level.Mrs. Simpson Miller said the collaboration will achieve critical outcomes such as a more desirable positioning for Jamaica in the global competitiveness rankings, which is a major priority for the government.She noted that the Jamaican economy needs a new customer service culture at all levels within the public and private sectors, which must be premised on “quality, speedy responses and innovative practices.” This, she said, will empower workers to exercise greater discretion and appropriate attitudes in delivering excellence at all times.The Prime Minister was addressing the opening ceremony for National Productivity Awareness Week on Monday, October 7, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston, which is being observed under the theme: ‘Productivity – Pathway to Competitiveness and Growth: Getting From 2013-2030’.Mrs. Simpson Miller also said that local productivity must be benchmarked against world standards.  She pointed out that being the best and most productive entity in Jamaica is no longer adequate.  “We must identify and quantify best practices in the world and aspire to match or better yet, to surpass them,” she said, while noting that the country’s athletes have already demonstrated that it is not impossible.Pushing for a programme of public awareness as a means of educating Jamaicans on what it means to be productive, the Prime Minister noted that it is about, “working smarter, managing smarter, organizing better and being more nimble and agile of mind. It is about convincing ourselves that ‘I did better today than yesterday and that tomorrow will be better than today’.”National Productivity Awareness Week is being staged by the National Productivity Awareness Centre, a unit of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, which is responsible for promoting and facilitating productivity enhancement at the national, sectoral, industry, and enterprise levels. It functions as a tripartite entity comprising the Government, Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions (JCTU), and the Jamaica Employers’ Federation (JEF).Recalling the launch of the centre in 2003 under her portfolio, Mrs. Simpson Miller, said that in a relatively short time, the centre has substantially impacted the national efforts to inculcate a strong productivity culture in Jamaica.In the meantime, Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, said his Ministry will be working through the Jamaica Productivity Centre (JPC), to maintain a “laser-beam focus” on the issue of productivity- improvement in Jamaica.He noted that this year’s ceremony is historic, as it signifies the first real beginning at an attempt in post-independence Jamaica to establish the framework for a genuine “productivity revolution”.“It is my hope that our presence here this evening will be interpreted to the wider society to mean that we in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, along with our tri-partite partners, are determined to fulfill the requirements of the growth agenda to which the Administration is committed.  There is no turning back from this mission, because productivity is the key for growth,” Mr. Kellier said.Also addressing the event were President of the JCTU, Lloyd Goodleigh; President, JEF, David Wan; Executive Director HEART Trust/NTA, Dr. Wayne Wesley; Managing Director, Development Bank of Jamaica, Milverton Reynolds; and Senior Director, Policy, Planning and Research, Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Douglas Webster.last_img read more

Export Achievement Awards Celebrate Nova Scotia Companies

first_imgNova Scotia is celebrating excellence in exporting at the 30th annual Export Achievement Awards, Thursday, May 29, in Halifax. The awards highlight nine companies that are leading by example.One will receive Exporter of the Year. This year’s nominees have already been recognized in their communities by regional chambers of commerce. “Congratulations to all the companies for their excellence in exporting,” said Michel Samson, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. “Government understands the importance exporting has to our province. Exporting drives growth in revenues for businesses and increases competitiveness both domestically and internationally.” According to Export Development Canada’s Global Export Forecast, an improving U.S. economy and a lower Canadian dollar will help spur Nova Scotia’s exports ahead by eight per cent in 2014, and an additional three per cent in 2015. “Exports are a major engine of economic growth and critical to Canada’s long-term prosperity. Nova Scotia’s exporters are fuelling that growth through the accomplishments being celebrated at the 2014 Nova Scotia Export Achievement Awards,” said Rob Moore, Minister of State, (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency). “The government shares that commitment and has made opening new markets a priority through initiatives such as the Canada and European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement and the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement, so that our leading exporters can continue to grow and fuel our region’s prosperity for many years to come.” This year’s Exporter of the Year will join a group of past winners which include Velsoft in 2013, Clearwater in 2012 and in 2011, TeamSpace. The 2014 regional award recipients are: The keynote speaker is James Surrette, president of Surrette Battery in Springhill. It is Canada’s only independent battery manufacturer and one of the industry leaders in North America. The worldwide demand for renewable energy makes their eco-friendly batteries more viable than ever for trade in international markets. “Nova Scotia businesses are gaining momentum in the global market. Since 2007, NSBI has worked with close to 600 businesses through trade missions, programs and services,” said Ron Smith, interim CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. “We are proud of the great businesses across this province and are excited to highlight their success.” The awards ceremony is presented by Nova Scotia Business Inc. and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, and will be at the World Trade and Convention Centre, 1800 Argyle St., from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information on the awards and to purchase tickets, visit . Scothorn Farms Ltd., Hardwood Lands, Hants Co. OTS Ltd., Sydney Dalton Industries, Truro RPS Composites Inc., Lunenburg Ocean Leader Fisheries, Lower Wedgeport, Yarmouth Co. Nova-Agri, Canning, Kings Co. Guys Frenchys, Digby Stright-MacKay, New Glasgow Clearwater Seafoods, Halifaxlast_img read more

ONGC Q1 net dips 39 on lower oil price production

first_imgNew Delhi: State-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) on Tuesday reported a 3.9 per cent decline in net profit for June quarter as it faced a double whammy of falling oil prices and declining production. Net profit during April-June stood at Rs 5,904 crore, 3.9 per cent lower than Rs 6,144 crore in the year-ago period, the company said in a statement. Revenue fell 2.4 per cent to Rs 26,555 crore. ONGC got $66.30 for every barrel of crude oil produced and sold, down 7.3 per cent from $71.49 a barrel net realisation in April-June 2018. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalHowever, natural gas price realisation was up by a fifth to $3.69 per million British thermal unit. ONGC said oil production dropped 4.7 per cent to 4.8 million tonnes as its ageing fields faced natural decline. Natural gas production, however, rose nearly 4 per cent to 6.15 billion cubic metres. The nation’s top oil and gas producer said it made four discoveries during the first quarter of the current fiscal. These include a gas discovery in Tripura.last_img read more

Xavier Dolan brings Cannes prize winner Its Only the End of the

first_imgXavier Dolan is just settling in for a Riviera beachfront interview with several Toronto movie critics at the Cannes Film Festival when he’s suddenly interrupted by noisy laughter from another group.“They’re having a lot of fun,” the Montreal filmmaker says without skipping a beat. “Should we laugh?”That’s a good question, not only regarding the nearby chortlers but also for the oft-combative director/actor/screenwriter himself, who at this very moment is unsure about whether he should even smile. This group interview in Cannes last May is happening the day after the world premiere of It’s Only the End of the World, a dysfunctional family drama Dolan calls “my best film” — his others include Mommy and I Killed My Mother — but which many critics called the worst among the 21 competing for the Palme d’Or. Advertisement Facebook Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

Diamond dreams in Drybones Bay create worries for Yellowknives Dene

first_imgAPTN National NewsA well know northern reality star could be trading in his 18-wheeler for a pickaxe and shovel.Ice road trucker Alex Debogorski recently got permission to explore for diamonds at Drybones Bay, which sits 50 kilometres southeast of Yellowknife.The review board said that the project “will have no significant adverse impacts on the environment or be a cause for public concern.”But First Nations in the area are still opposed to the idea.Drybones Bay holds great spiritual significance to the Yellowknives Dene and is home to traditional hunting and burial grounds.last_img

Young First Nations woman found dead on trail in Whitehorse

first_imgAPTN National NewsA First Nation suburb in Whitehorse is in shock after a young woman was found dead on a local trail.Brandy Vittrekwa was found Monday night and police are calling her death a homicide.APTN’s Shirley McLean reports her death comes just days after a vigil was held in Whitehorse in the memory of murdered and missing Indigenous women.last_img

Algerian women remember their civil war dead

first_imgAlgiers – Several dozen Algerians marked International Women’s Day Saturday with a demonstration in Algiers to remember hundreds of women killed by Islamists in the 1990s.The families of people who disappeared during the civil war that rocked the North African country held a separate protest to demand the truth about what had happened to their loved ones.“No to forgetting all the women killed” during the 1992-2002 civil war, rights activist Dr Fadhela Chitour told AFP. “The eighth of March is not a holiday when we send flowers — historically, it’s a day of combat,” she added.Under the watchful eye of police, demonstrators held portraits of women who had been killed in the decade of deadly violence.Suspending processesThe Algerian civil war killed 200,000 people, according to official figures.It erupted after the army suspended an electoral process when the Islamic Salvation Front (FIS) won the first round of a parliamentary vote in 1991.Also on Saturday, relatives of people missing since the civil war protested to demand the truth about the disappearances.They also said they opposed a fourth term for Abdelaziz Bouteflika who is standing in the presidential election on April 17.“No to a fourth term” and “No to Algeria with an old man as president!” they shouted before being dispersed by police, an AFP journalist said.last_img read more

Canadians pay most often in cash but for small purchases Bank of

VANCOUVER — In an increasingly digital world, most Canadians still carry physical money in their wallets and favour cash payments, especially for smaller sums, according to a new report by Canada’s central bank.However, the report cautions cash could eventually be replaced by continued innovations in payment methods.“As merchant acceptance of contactless payments increases, consumers may use their debit and credit cards more frequently, accelerating the decline in the use of cash,” read the Bank of Canada report, which is based on two surveys conducted in 2015 and 2013.Bank of Canada remains cautious on future rate hikes due to low inflation riskDon’t make these money mistakes with your kidsIn 2015, cash payments made up the majority of transactions at 51 per cent, it said.Debit cards held the second greatest share of transactions at 31 per cent with credit cards falling last at 19 per cent.Nearly all small businesses (94 per cent) and large ones (98 per cent) accept cash, according to the report.However, consumers seem to rely on physical money for the smallest purchases, with the median amount of a cash transaction valued at $8.04. Debit and credit card transactions are higher at $28.33 and $43.85 respectively.Most merchants seem to prefer cash and debit card payments, the report found, as they are less costly to accept than credit cards. Only two-thirds of small- and medium-sized businesses accept debit and credit cards, it said, while nearly all large businesses do.For some of the smaller and medium companies, transaction costs may be higher than benefits, the report pointed out, so they may decide to not accept cards or only do so for larger purchases.In 2014, it cost Canadian merchants $10 billion to accept payments with $6.2 billion of that incurred for credit card payments.The Retail Council of Canada has been lobbying for lower credit card fees for merchants. The industry association says interchange fees in Canada are much higher than what the same companies charge in other markets.But while cash remains a top choice for Canadians for now, the report notes current innovations in retail payments, like contactless cards, and future ones are likely to compete with cash and even replace it.Some Canadian businesses, like Ottawa restaurant Mad Radish, already choose not to accept cash payments arguing digital-only transactions speed up service and free up staff.During the third quarter of 2017, payment processor Moneris Solutions Corp. data showed contactless payments continued to rise in Canada with a 48.35 per cent increase in contactless transaction from the same time last year.The company has predicted cash payments will make up only one-tenth of all money spent in the country by 2030. read more

Parents concerned with four relocatable classrooms coming to Connaught

Four new relocatable classrooms coming to École Connaught Community School has some parents concerned about overcrowding and playground size, but the Ministry of Education says the movable structures are the best way to provide flexible space.Sarah Cummings Truszkowski, whose three children are in Grades 8, 5 and 2 at Connaught, has a mixed reaction to the new relocatable classrooms (also known as portables) being used. While she thinks this is a better option than using multipurpose rooms as additional classrooms, she is worried the extra space won’t be ready by the first day of school.“I would rather my kid be in a portable than taking out the library or the music room, which is what is happening right now,” she said.“What’s going to happen now this fall? Because the portables aren’t even ready… the library is now gone in the school and there’s some classrooms in there and all those lovely spaces that the kids used to be able to use are going to be used for classrooms, which is disappointing.”Truszkowski says she’s also worried about how the relocatables are cutting into playground space. Starting this fall, she said recess time will be split into two groups to accommodate more kids playing in a smaller area.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.“All the kids and friends and siblings won’t be able to play with each other and there’s half the space in the playground because of all this construction too, so that’s no fun,” she said.Keith Tramer, whose daughter is in Grade 3 at Connaught, is also concerned about the playground downsize.“If you’ve got this many more students coming in and you’re taking a third of the playground away, how does that sound proper?” he said. “(I’m) not happy about the containers coming in.”And with more new students coming into the school this year, Tramer doesn’t think even four new classrooms will be enough to return the multipurpose rooms back to their original uses.Related Regina teacher fundraising to clear teachers’ classroom supply wish lists Parents concerned about education quality with schools in overcapacity ‘We cannot continue to tighten:’ Regina school divisions face another tough budget Regina Public Schools spokesperson Terry Lazarou said the division plans to have the four portables in use by November, and three temporary classrooms have been set up in the school in the meantime. He acknowledged the portables will cut into the playground, but said “our priority is always students in the classroom.”Connaught isn’t the only school in Regina receiving portable classrooms.More classrooms are needed across Regina’s school divisions as they see an increasing number of students. Regina Public Schools is projecting a total of 24,493 students this fall, said Lazarou, an increase of more than 2,000 students since 2015. Regina Catholic Schools are anticipating 12,206 students this fall, up more than 1,300 students from 2015.École Wascana Plains School is getting one new relocatable. According to the province’s Ministry of Education, St. Gregory School and St. Joan of Arc School are also each receiving one relocatable, although these are being shuffled from other Catholic schools.While some parents might not be pleased with relocatable classrooms, the Ministry of Education’s executive director of infrastructure Sheldon Ramstead said these movable structures are the best option to address “fluctuating enrolment.” Instead of building a larger traditional school, constructing a slightly smaller building and then using portables gives divisions more flexibility in allocating space.When the Ministry of Education builds a school, Ramstead said it designs the building for “stable enrolment” — the number of students a neighbourhood will have once it is fully developed and there is little population growth. Relocatable classrooms are often a part of that design. Ramstead said Connaught and École Harbour Landing Elementary School were both built with the intention of using portable classrooms within the first few years.“As the community ages out and kids move on, then they’re able to move those relocatables — like Regina Catholic is — to other schools that need it as those communities grow with younger children,” said Ramstead.“All of a sudden you’ve got a school that has capacity but there’s no way for you to right-size it. With the relocatables, it provides us with the opportunity to move those to a school that needs the space and we can lower the operating costs of that school without having empty classrooms.”The cost difference between using portable classrooms versus building a larger school up front is “negligible,” said Ramstead, and the main draw to relocatables is the flexibility they offer without compromising on building quality.“They are built as well as any school construction in the province now and they are designed to move multiple times, and they’ve got the same lifespan as your school construction,” he read more

Sudanese Government agrees to deal to take steps to disarm Darfur militias

A statement issued by a spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan welcomed the accord – reached Wednesday between Foreign Minister Mustafa Osman Ismail and Jan Pronk, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative – and said Mr. Annan attached great importance to “substantive and verifiable progress” being made during the next 30 days towards restoring full security for the Darfur region. “He looks forward to swift and sustained action by the Government of Sudan to implement the commitments that have been entered into in the action plan and the joint communiqué of 3 July,” the statement added. A formal copy of the agreement will be signed by the two officials and issued Monday, spokesman Fred Eckhard told reporters in New York. Mr. Pronk has voiced hope that if the agreement is implemented, the Security Council would see Khartoum was making “substantial progress” towards meeting previously expressed commitments to disarm the notorious Janjaweed and restore security.In a resolution adopted last Friday, the Council said it would consider steps under Article 41 of the UN Charter, which range from imposing economic penalties to severing diplomatic relations, if the Sudanese Government did not make progress on those commitments.Meanwhile, Mr. Eckhard said the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights hopes to deploy all eight of its observers to Darfur’s three regions, as well as in Khartoum, over the next few days.In neighbouring Chad, where about 200,000 refugees have fled to escape the Janjaweed attacks and fighting between Government forces and two Darfur rebel groups, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has started work on constructing a camp at Treguine in the Adre region.About 17,000 refugees are expected to be transferred to the Treguine camp, which is being established to relieve overcrowding in a UNHCR camp at Breidjing. read more

Australian call for more clean coal development

first_imgCougar Energy is calling on the Queensland Government to actively encourage a diversity policy in the development of clean coal technologies. Dr Len Walker, Managing Director Cougar Energy, said there is a real risk the Queensland Government could bow to pressure from large mining companies which could see the delay in or, in a worst case scenario, a curtailment of legitimate clean coal technologies in the state.“We’ve already had one clean coal technology company pull out of Queensland,” said Dr Walker. “It would be unconscionable if certain petroleum interests were favoured by the government over local companies which have been developing cleaner coal technologies in Queensland since the 1990s.“Cougar is fully committed to Queensland and has the right underground coal gasification (UCG) technology available right now to deliver enormous energy benefits from coal with a reduced CO2 impact on the earth’s atmosphere,” Walker said.Cougar’s first commercial UCG energy project at Kingaroy will supply sufficient energy to power 400,000 Queensland homes for the next 30 years, plus create 50 new local jobs. A second project at Wandoan has ten times the energy potential of Kingaroy and is expected to play a crucial power generation role in Queensland for the next 30 years.“Cleaner coal technologies will be critical for Australia as we move towards a carbon-constrained future,” Walker said. “UCG is proven technology – Cougar Energy management has more than 25 years experience in UCG and completed a successful trial in Chinchilla in Queensland 8 years ago.“Some suggest UCG cannot exist with other technologies – in Cougar Energy’s opinion, this is categorically incorrect. UCG can easily co-exist with other forms of mining because it produces 25% less CO2 emissions than other forms of conventional coal-fired power generation and requires less than 5% of the surface area required for the extraction of coal seam gas or CSG.“Any moves to delay UCG technology development will be detrimental to Queensland. The future energy needs of Queensland must be the priority with competing commercial and technology interests co-existing for the broader benefit of Queensland businesses and households,” Walker said.last_img read more

Simandou speeding up Olympic Dam open pit going ahead massive copper find

first_imgInternational Mining’s fortnightly project watch is a great way of keeping up to date with your peers – other mining companies, other consultants or other engineering companies. The fortnightly issue build into a global mine project overview. If you are a supplier – it is full of potential sales leads. Highlights of today’s issue – the usual important and comprehensive fortnightly report on global projects, with some 50 pages of updates – also including a 15 Mt/y Coal Handling Plant (CHP) at the Pakri Barwadih project, NewGold’s consolidation at the Blackwater gold project in British Columbia ….. read onRio Tinto is accelerating the development of the Simandou iron ore project in Guinea with the approval of a further $211 million for continued studies and $1.117 billion of funding for commitments for early works and procurement of long-lead items. This funding will allow the project to move forward towards first shipment of ore by mid-2015.BHP Billiton has noted the announcement by the South Australian and Commonwealth Governments to formally approve the Environmental Impact Statement for the Olympic Dam project. The project aims to develop a new open pit copper, uranium and gold mine and creates the potential to increase copper production from around 180,000 to 750,000 t/y for decades to come.New Gold is consolidating the Blackwater gold project in British Columbia. In June it closed a C$550 million all-share takeover of Richfield Ventures, the majority owner of the project, and now it is trying  to acquire Silver Quest Resources in a proposed C$131 million all-share takeover. It is also expanding its land position around Blackwater through the acquisition of Geo Minerals.In Bolivia, Korea Resources (KORES) has confirmed the discovery of a deposit believed to contain 100 Mt of copper near the town of Coro Coro, located 110 km southwest of La Paz, in the province of Pacajes.Blackthorn Resources Managing Director Scott Lowe: “The final positive assay results from Perkoa are consistent with the assumptions used in the enhanced business case proposed by Glencore. The discovery of high-grade silver adjacent to the Perkoa zinc ore reserve provides further confidence that the business case for Perkoa can be improved to provide increased value to stakeholders. The company is now thoroughly reviewing the technical and financial details to consider these improvements going forward.”Arafura Resources has confirmed the new discovery of rare earths mineralisation located during shallow RC exploration drilling near its 100% owned Nolans Bore rare earths deposit in Australia’s Northern Territory. The project is underpinned by a worldclass rare earths deposit which has sufficient resources to support mining and chemical processing operations for at least 20 years. Annual production will be 20,000 t of rare earth oxides from the Whyalla Rare Earths Complex, equivalent to about 10% of the world’s supply.Ausenco has been awarded a $30 million Create phase engineering services contract for the $1.5 billion Aktogay copper project owned by Kazakhmys. Kazakhmys is the world’s 11th largest copper producer managing over 20% of Kazakhstan’s copper supply. Ausenco’s role involves the engineering and design of the open-pit mine and once operational it is estimated that the concentrator  will  produce  around  100,000 t/y of copper concentrate.Bateman Engineering (India), wholly-owned subsidiary of Bateman Engineering has won a contract worth $2 million from Kolkata-based Thiess India. Bangalore-based Bateman will be providing EPM services for the proposed 15 Mt/y Coal Handling Plant (CHP) at the Pakri Barwadih coal project in Jharkand, which has been awarded to Thiess India by the NTPC.Carpathian Gold is proceeding to obtain funding for the construction and development of the corporation’s Riacho dos Machados gold project in Brazil.Curis Resources has announced its intent to advance project operations in early 2012 for its Florence Copper property in Arizona.Banro has had the first gold production at its wholly-owned Twangiza gold mine in South Kivu province, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Twangiza is Banro’s first gold mine along the 210 km Twangiza-Namoya gold belt where the company has to date delineated five projects within the 13 fully licensed mining concessions.Kagara will proceed to complete the proposed acquisition of the Einasleigh copper project in North Queensland from Copper Strike after the transaction was approved by Copper Strike shareholders.Eurasian Natural Resources’ Directors have unanimously approved the exercise of ENRC’s rights under a Call Option to acquire the outstanding shares in Shubarkol.B2Gold and Auryx Gold have signed a binding agreement to combine the two companies and : Western Copper and Gold has announced the spin-out of Copper North Mining and NorthIsle Copper and Gold and the re-naming of Western Copper to Western Copper and Gold has been completed.Full details on all these projects and information on and contacts for many, many more are to be found in the October 23 issue of International Mining Project News….To receive the full report, subscriptions to this service can be registered and paid for on-line (SUBSCRIBE TO IM PROJECT NEWS BUTTTON), or contact for a free trial copy.last_img read more

Watch Kids tell us what they think is happening today and what

first_imgUpdated 11pmWITH THE COUNTRY set to go to the polls today, we thought we would catch up with an oft-forgotten constituency – children.The boys of St Laurence O’Toole’s CBS shared their opinions on what is happening today, with Taoiseach Enda Kenny a remarkably popular figure.Although, with Love/Hate filming nearby, the Taoiseach is not the most pressing thing on their minds.Here, they tell us that they believe politicians do good, work hard, make a lot of money, but don’t attract girls. Source: Video school keep an excellent blog here.With thanks to the teachers and parents of St Laurence O’Toole’s. Questions by Sinead O’Carroll, camera: Paul Hosford.- First published 2pmRead: ‘I’m here to see if reform is actually achievable’ (videos)last_img read more

213 WWE Results Magdeburg Germany Reigns vs Del Rio

first_img Pinterest Roman Reigns Is Back, But Not Fighting For Belts Now Playing Up Next 2/13 WWE Results: Magdeburg, Germany* WWE Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose def. Rusev w/ Lana.* Cesaro made an appearance to announce the main event.* Jack Swagger def. Bo Dallas.* Goldust def. Tyler Breeze.* R-Truth def. Tyler Breeze.* Big Show & The Usos def. The New Day.* WWE Divas Champion Charlotte def. Paige with Summer Rae as special guest referee.* Dolph Ziggler def. Kevin Owens.* Roman Reigns def. Alberto Del Rio in a street fight match.Source: Prowrestling.netRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis 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.Replay the list Shawn Michaels Videos Articles WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns Has Leukemia Facebook Videos Articles Videos Articles WWE kicks off their semiannual week and a half long European Tour today center_img Google+ Ronda Rousey Now Playing Up Next WWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi Arabia Roman Reigns Is Back After Absence For Leukemia WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Now Playing Up Next Wrestleview Weekly: Elimination Chamber Picks featuring guest host Victoria Tedesco Twitter Seth Rollins NXT Highlights: Kassius Ohno leaving NXT, Ricochet vs. Adam Cole, Tag Match Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Esquires Granger Magazine Medium So Compelling We All Should Do More with

first_imgSince the report last week about Esquire’s flashy e-paper October anniversary cover—and our follow-up on the technology behind it—I’ve been hearing/reading a lot of negative opinions about it. One Web site called it obnoxious. Rex Hammock said it was “the worst use of technology by a magazine.” Fast Company, in a blog post, estimated that the manufacturing process increases the issue’s carbon footprint by 16 percent over other typical print publications. But, if you ask Esquire editor-in-chief David Granger, the technology could help revolutionize the way we read magazines, beyond the printed page and online.”When I talk to groups I sometimes speak about the days I had when I’d get the new issue of Esquire and go through it and think to myself, ‘Fuck, it’s still a magazine,’” Granger said in a recent interview with FOLIO:. “What I mean is that the medium is so compelling that I and we should all be able to do more with it. The magazine experience is one of the last remaining opportunities to enter a hermetically-sealed world, an edited experience of our culture created by someone else. And, more importantly, it’s an experience that encourages you to stay in it rather than constantly bounce in and out of it. “We have an amazing medium, print, and if we can enhance the experience of it by putting new technology to use, then all the better,” he said.Bob Sacks, an industry consultant and frequent proponent of technology, says that Esquire’s flashy cover may be a small step overall but offers a glimpse of what’s to come in the next few years.”It’s not a representation of what e-paper was designed for, but doing the cover is the right thing to do,” Sacks says. “It will be a demonstration of what it can be used for. In the near future we all will have flexible e-paper readers in our pocket and will be able to access all the magazine and books you want.”Right now, the technology is expensive and, if you believe Fast Company, not very green. Granger says that, with time, he hopes the technology will become cheaper. Maybe, after some refining, the application will become more realistic and environmentally-friendly, too.last_img read more

Rebuild noncommunal society with Nazruls ideology President

first_imgPresident Abdul Hamid is addressing the inaugural ceremony of the three-day national level programme at Trishal marking the 119th birth anniversary of national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam on Friday. Photo: PIDPresident M Abdul Hamid on Friday said the new generation will contribute to rebuild an exploitation-free and non-communal society being imbued with the patriotism and ideology of national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam.”Nazrul was not merely a national poet of Bengal, he was a poet of reawakening and equality . . . He was strongly vocal against exploitation, deprivation, repression, superstition and subjection,” the president said while inaugurating the three-day national level programme at Trishal marking the 119th birth anniversary of Nazrul.The president expressed hope that the new generation would get inspiration to be enlightened themselves from the quenchless flame lit by poet Nazrul for changing the society and contribute to rebuild a “Sonar Bangla”Paying rich tribute to the memories of the national poet, president Hamid said Nazrul was born at Churulia village in West Bengal, but he spent most important time of his life at Darirampur village of Trishal since 1914.As poet of equality, the president said, Nazrul played immense role in reawakening Bengalis, raising voice for Independence, speaking against fanaticism and communalism through his talents, rich and valuable literary works, lectures, philosophy of his life and spreading human values. Nazrul visited different areas of east, north and south parts of Bangladesh several times and exchanged views with people of the then backward remote areas and created awareness of equity and patriotism.”His literary works also inspired our Bengali people against the exploitation and deprivation of the then Pakistani ruler. Nazrul’s patriotic and enthusiastic songs, poems helped gear up our movement during the Liberation War,” Abdul Hamid, a war veteran, observed.Calling Nazrul a poet of inspiration for the Bengali nation, the president said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman brought the poet along with his family members to the soil of Bangladesh showing due respect to him in 1972.Information minister Hasanul Haq Inu, additional secretary of the ministry M Mosiur Rahman and deputy commissioner of Mymensingh district Suvash Chandra Biswas, also spoke.Simeen Hussain (Rimi), MP, chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on the cultural affairs ministry, presided over the programme, followed by a cultural function.last_img read more

Tunisia minister resigns over 11 babies death

first_imgTunisia’s health minister Abdel-Raouf El-Sherif resigned on Saturday after 11 babies mysteriously died within 24 hours in a hospital in the capital, state news agency TAP said.The health ministry and state prosecutors have launched investigations into the cause of the babies’ death which was likely due to a blood infection, it said.Tunisians have complained about a decline of state services since the overthrow of Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011 which has brought a democratic transition but also thrown the country into an economic crisis.Government critics say the public sector is rife with corruption.last_img

Dota 2 vs League of Legends An action RTS showdown

first_img 1 2 I don’t think I will ever forget the hours of my life that I willfully handed to Blizzard when Warcraft 3 came out. In many ways, the game stands out as the pinnacle of PC gaming, even today, because of the legacy that was spawned by its reign. Here we sit, a full decade after the release of Reign of Chaos, and many elements of that game are being used today. The most significant thing to come from that game was Defense of the Ancients, more popularly called Dota.The time has come for the franchise to be reborn, and to consume a whole new generation of PC gamers. This time around, however, Dota 2 isn’t the only kid on the block. Several clones have come and gone, but the one that has gained significant traction recently has been League of Legends. Which is the better game, though? Will the impressive Valve breathe new life into Dota, or has Riot Games taken the crown as the best Dota-like out there?GameplayBecause League of Legends is a Dota clone, core gameplay between Dota 2 and LoL is extremely similar. You start off with a blank slate character with a defined set of stats and abilities that you upgrade throughout the game by killing everything you encouter. When you kill something, you earn cash that can be spent on stat-boosting items that personalize your character. The game is played as a team vs team RTS, so it is critical that you are a team player and actually understand how to use your character.The basics are as follows: The first team to destroy the other teams base wins the match. The more you play the games, the more you develop really intricate strategies, character builds, and really get a feel for your opponents’ characters. A single match lasts about 30 minutes, but can last much longer, and leaving a match in the middle is frowned upon, so if you play the game make sure you have a block of time to kill.The biggest thing that sets Dota 2 and LoL apart in my opinion is in graphics and fluid gameplay. League of Legends is a ton of fun, but the overall feel to the game is significantly more animated and brighter than Dota 2. It is clear that League of Legends is designed to cater to a younger audience, while Dota 2 seems to have been built from the ground up for the hardcore Dota fan. This is really more personal preference than anything, but the darker tones and the more violent animation scheme for Dota 2 was much more appealing to me.The biggest difference in playing the game comes down to the in-game camera. Because this is a team-focused game, it is critical that you be able to quickly check in on your teammates, and just be generally aware of your surroundings. League of Legends binds the camera by default so your character is in the center of the screen at all times, and allows you to drag the camera box around on the map to see the rest of the world. While this works in theory, this method doesn’t mesh well with the pace of the game and often becomes useless when larger fights are going on. It’s not difficult to release this camera binding, however, and LoL does also include a quick return-to-player function with the space bar. In both of these games, major clashes between the teams start and end in seconds, and Dota 2 is much better at allowing the player to see how the battle went down.This is all well and good for a user who is familiar with Dota, but believe it or not there are people out there who have never heard of this kind of game, much less sacrificed entire summers to creating the perfect strategy. League of Legends offers a flawless introduction to the game, walking new users though the entire battle system, even going as far as setting up multiple matches against the PC before new players are thrown into matchmaking. With Dota, if you are really lucky you have a friend who has been playing and that is willing to apologize for you as you figure out how to play the game. If you’re unlucky, you are likely to be laughed out of even wanting to play the game ever again.last_img read more

A high sense of purpose in life lowers death risk

first_imgPeople who have a higher sense of purpose in life are at lower risk of death and cardiovascular diseases, says a study.“Possessing a high sense of purpose in life is associated with a reduced risk for mortality and cardiovascular events,” said one of the researchers, Randy Cohen from Mt. Sinai St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, New York. The findings suggest that approaches to strengthening a sense of purpose might lead to improved health outcomes. The researchers pooled data from previous studies evaluating the relationship between purpose in life and the risk of death or cardiovascular diseases.  The analysis included data on more than 136,000 participants from ten studies—mainly from the US or Japan. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The US studies evaluated a sense of purpose or meaning in life, or “usefulness to others”. The Japanese studies assessed the concept of ikigai, translated as “a life worth living”. The study participants, average age 67 years, were followed up for an average of seven years.  During this time, more than 14,500 participants died from any cause while more than 4,000 suffered cardiovascular events such as heart attack or stroke.The analysis showed a lower risk of death for participants with a high sense of purpose in life. A high sense of purpose in life was also related to a lower risk of cardiovascular events. “Together, these findings indicate a robust relationship between purpose in life and mortality and/or adverse cardiovascular outcomes,” the researchers wrote. The study appeared in Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Bio-behavioral Medicine.last_img read more

Costa Rica sues El Salvador in CAFTA quarrel

first_imgRelated posts:The real communist threat in Costa Rica More than 85 percent of Limón residents support new port terminal, poll claims From ‘America’s Mayor’ to international security guru: Rudy Giuliani sends experts to El Salvador US, Latin American leaders push hard for proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Costa Rica announced on Monday it wouldsue El Salvador over a trade spat in the U.S.-Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR), according to a statement from the Foreign Trade Ministry (COMEX).COMEX alleges that El Salvador misinterprets the CAFTA agreement by not applying preferential tariff terms to goods produced in and exported from Costa Rica. El Salvador, meanwhile, maintains that it only needs to wave tariffs on goods imported from the United States and not necessarily goods imported from other CAFTA nations.“Costa Rica reaffirms its position to defend its national commercial interests, ensuring proper utilization and commitment to the fair administration of free trade agreements,” the statement read.COMEX said the move has generated “legal uncertainty” in trade between the two Central American economies.CAFTA members have been feuding over the tariffs since 2013. Costa Rica and El Salvador failed to come to an agreement last year, and an arbitration panel formed in April to resolve the dispute.Costa Rica exported $309.5 million worth of goods to El Salvador in 2013, according to figures from COMEX. El Salvador is Costa Rica’s smallest Central American trading partner, making up just over 14 percent of the country’s exports to its Central American neighbors.Costa Rica ratified CAFTA-DR, a free trade agreement with the United States, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic, in 2007. A national referendum at the time passed with 51 percent voting “yes” after a protracted national debate.Costa Rica exports more than any other country besides the United States in the regional free trade agreement, according to a November 2013 World Bank report. Facebook Commentslast_img read more