Wasting your talents. You were born with some talent. You may not recognize your gift. Or you may have recognized your gift and set it aside because you didn’t believe your talent was enough. Your talent is a gift for you to use. If you believe it is a gift, then not using it would be to be ungrateful for what you have been given. It would also deprive the world of your talent and deprive it of a gift that only you can give. You don’t want to regret wasting your talents.Not making a contribution. You are here for a reason. You are here to make a difference, to make a contribution. You may not know what your purpose is right now. That just means your job is to figure that out. If you do know what your purpose is and what your contribution is supposed to be, that’s what you should be doing. Even if it’s not how you make a living. Don’t regret not doing what you were here to do.Not spending time with the people you love. Our work keeps us away from home and away from the ones we love. It’s tough to find the time to spend with the most important people in your hectic life. But ultimately, a lack of investment of time and emotional energy here is what you are likely to regret most of all. You can’t put a hold on time with the people whom you care about most. Your time is short, and no matter how much time you spend here, you will later wish it had been more. Double down and don’t regret not spending time with your people.Not forgiving or accepting forgiveness. Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself. At some point, you will understand that most of the times you believed that someone had wronged you, the other person was suffering far more than you suffered. They were also suffering a much deeper pain. Most of all, you will realize that you need forgiveness as much as anyone else, and you’ll hope that no one deprives you of that forgiveness. When they offer forgiveness, accept it.Living someone else’s life. There are plenty of people who are willing to tell you what your life should be based on what they believe their perfect life should be like. But their life belongs to them, and your life belongs to you alone. You will never be truly happy allowing someone else’s ideas, opinions, or expectations determine for you what your life should be. You will never regret living your own life, and making it 100% your own adventure.Not living fully. Life is made up of experiences. You get to decide what those experiences are. Living fully means using your talents and gifts, making your contribution, spending time with the people you love, forgiving and accepting forgiveness, and blazing your trail. Your life is yours to live fully. Do everything you want to do, and don’t regret a minute of it.
The Supreme Court on Friday stayed a Bombay High Court order directing registration of a First Information Report against Maharashtra MLC and NCP leader Dhananjay Munde in an alleged illegal purchase of government land case.A Vacation Bench of Justices Ajay Rastogi and Surya Kant also issued notices to the Maharashtra government and the complainant in the case, Rajabhau Phad.During the hearing, the Bench queried, “what was the exceptional feature in the case” that led the High Court to order the registration of the FIR.In his petition, Mr. Munde, sought stay of the High Court order that directed the police to file a case against him for allegedly grabbing land at Pus village, Ambajogai taluk, Beed district belonging to government.The top court, however, declined to go into the merits of the case as of now.Earlier in the morning, the Beed police lodged a case of cheating and forgery against Mr. Dhananjay Munde and 14 others in the case.An FIR under Sections 420 (cheating), 465 (forgery), 468 (forgery for the purpose of cheating), 464 (false document) and 471 (using as genuine a forged document) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was lodged against Mr. Munde and the others at the Bardapur police station.The police action follows a June 11 order of the Aurangabad Bench of the Bombay High Court, directing an FIR to be registered against Mr. Munde, who is Leader of Opposition (LoP) in the Maharashtra Legislative Council (MLC), within four days of the court order.The court had passed the directive on a petition filed by Mr. Phad, who had accused the NCP leader of illegally purchasing land for his Jagmitra sugar factory in Beed district.According to Mr. Phad’s petition, the disputed plot of land at Pus village in Beed’s Ambejogai tehsil belonged to the State government and was given to the Belkhandi Math in Beed as a ‘gift’ to its chief priest or mahant, Ranit Giri.In 2012, Mr. Munde had purchased the 17-acre plot from Mr. Giri’s heirs by applying for non-agricultural status of the land.The petitioner had challenged the purchase, stating that as the land originally belonged to the government, it could not be sold to anybody.Stressing that the land for the Jagmitra Sugar Mills was purchased “in strict accordance to rules,” Mr. Munde has refuted the allegations against him, stating that “misleading information” was presented against him in the court.He has alleged that Mr. Phad’s complaint against him smacked of “political vendetta.”The NCP leader said that Mr. Phad, who is the son-in-law of scam-tainted businessman Ratnakar Gutte, was attempting to frame him as he had exposed the farm loan fraud allegedly committed by Mr. Gutte, a prominent sugar baron from the Marathwada region considered to be close to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.Mr. Munde’s lawyers have said that there was no mention of the land belonging to the government at the time of the purchase in 2012.This is not the first time the NCP leader has found himself in a soup over shadowy dealings.In October 2013, the Beed District Central Co-operative Bank had lodged a complaint pertaining to fraudulent behaviour against Mr. Munde and 15 others at the Parli police station in Beed.The BDCC had alleged Mr. Munde, as chairman and director of the Parli-based Jagmitra Co-operative Cotton Ginning and Pressing Mill, had taken loans from the bank amounting to ₹11.79 crore between 2003 and 2011 and had failed to repay them. Despite the lodging of an FIR and the filing of a charge sheet against the NCP leader, a local court had stayed Mr. Munde’s arrest.
Datsun India has commenced pre-launch bookings for the much-awaited Datsun redi-GO 1.0L Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) from January 10, 2018. Customers can now pre-book their Datsun redi-GO 1.0L AMT with a payment Rs 10,000 at all Nissan and Datsun dealerships. Deliveries of these vehicles will commence from January 23, 2018. Jerome Saigot, Managing Director, Nissan Motor India Pvt. Ltd, said, “We keep customers at the heart of everything we do. During the last 20 months, we have launched four variants of Datsun redi-GO to address the changing needs of our customers. With the new redi-GO AMT, we aim to provide consumers with the convenience of city drive at an accessible price and best in class ground clearance, mileage, headroom space, high seating position and attractive design.” The Datsun redi-GO1.0L AMT is powered by Intelligent Spark Automated Technology (iSAT) 1.0L three-cylinder fuel-efficient engine, paired with a five-speed automated transmission. Launched in India in June 2016, the redi-GO is a versatile car that combines the roominess (is this a word we use in product brochure?), agility and efficiency of an urban hatchback with best-in-class ground clearance (185mm) and high seating position. The redi-GO AMT will join the popular line-up that includes redi-GO 0.8L, redi-GO Sport, redi-GO 1.0L and redi-GO GOLD.
Continue Reading Previous Advantech, AMD, and Mentor: accelerating AI in EmbeddedNext Candera premiers at embedded world 2019 SECO has showcased the latest additions to its product range at embedded world. Among the main innovations, there is a strong focus on NXP-based solutions. SECO is investing much effort in the partnership with NXP with both Layerscape LX2160A Multicore Communications Processor and the i.MX 8 Family.Known for its asymmetric multi-core processing, industrial machine vision, 4K video processing and dedicated real-time cores – the I.MX 8 Family offers a broad range of standard form factors and SBCs.First and foremost, the Qseven standard is well covered by the Q7-C25 and Q7-C26 Qseven Rel. 2.1 compliant modules. For the former, Q7-C26 exploits the broad scalability granted by the combination of the Qseven form factor with the i.MX 8 Applications Processors. This solution comes in three versions: i.MX 8QuadMax, i.MX 8QuadPlus and i.MX 8Quad. It features an integrated GPU that supports 2 independent displays and is equipped with 1x USB 3.0, CSI camera connector, boot select signal and PCI-e x1 Gen3. The memory consists of a soldered-down LPDDR4-3200. The Q7-C26 is a great solution for biomedical and medical devices as well as for digital signage & infotainment, industrial automation and control, vending, and smart vision.The Q7-C25, instead, is a Qseven Rel. 2.1 compliant module based on NXP i.MX 8M Applications Processors designed for next-generation embedded systems. This COM mounts an integrated GPU, with support for 2 independent displays. It is well-equipped, with 2x USB 3.0, CSI camera connector, 8x GPIOs, 1x CAN BUS and, the cherry on the top, 2x I2C bus. Finally, the memory consists of a soldered-down DDR4-2400, with 32-bit interface, up to a maximum of 8GB. The fields of application are several, including digital signage & infotainment, home automation, multimedia devices, transportation, and vending.SECO has also developed a standard solution for next-generation multimedia applications in the SMARC versatile and small form factor, based on NXP i.MX 8M Applications Processors: the SM-C12. Featuring an integrated GPU, with support for 2 independent displays, it comes with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth LE, CSI camera, QuadSPI interface, and 12x GPIOs. What’s more, it also features an I2C bus, an SM bus, boot select and power management signals. When it comes to memory, the product mounts a soldered-down LPDDR4-3200, with 32-bit interface, up to 4GB. All things considered, the SM-C12 is suited for scenarios such as digital signage & infotainment, home automation, vending, multimedia devices, and transportation.The SBC-C43 is an SBC with NXP i.MX 8 Applications Processors in 3.5” form factor, designed to be an industrial Arm solution for IoT edge computing applications. The board features 2x graphics accelerators Vivante GC7000 / XVSX or GC7000Lite / XVSX (QuadPlus and Quad), and in terms of connectivity, not only 2x Gigabit Ethernet interfaces, but also multiple USB ports. When it comes to memory, it mounts a soldered-down LPDDR4. All in all, the SBC-C43 is ideal for biomedical and medical devices, digital signage & infotainment, edge computing, industrial automation, IoT, smart vision, and vending.Speaking of the 3.5” form factor, SECO also offers the SBC-C20, an SBC with NXP i.MX 8M Applications Processors. It is a new-generation device designed for cost-effective solutions in the multimedia field as well as for IIoT applications. The board mounts a Vivante GC7000Lite GPU and, in terms of connectivity, comes equipped with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth LE 4.2. It also features an M.2 WWAN slot and a microSIM slot for M.2 modem. The memory consists of a soldered-down DDR3L, up to 2GB. The SBC-C20 is appropriate for a vast array of applications, such as edge computing, e-health telecare, digital signage & infotainment, HMI, industrial automation and control, info kiosks, IIoT and portable devices.But SECO’s jewel in the crown is the SBC-C61, which is based on NXP i.MX 8M Mini Applications Processors. Most notably, SECO has early access to the very same processor – a processor that, by the way, NXP is launching this year at embedded world 2019. It is based on a Heterogeneous Multi-core Processing Architecture for edge node computing and multimedia. GPU-wise, the product mounts a GC320 2D accelerator and a GCNanoUltra 3D accelerator. Another relevant aspect is connectivity. In this regard, the board features opt fast eth, opt Wi-Fi, up to 2x RS-232 or RS-485 or CAN, and opt modems with SIM slot or eSIM. The memory is a soldered on-board LPDDR4-3000 (up to 4GB). Ultimately, the SBC-C61 is ideal for edge computing, Internet of Things applications, multimedia devices and visual computing.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules
Six members of an internationally renowned parkour group were deported out of India by Mumbai Police on Wednesday (November 28). The group was questioned at Dadar police station on Tuesday after a complaint from a residential society in Prabhadevi, Mumbai was filed.According to the complaint, the free-runners performed stunts on the society residents’ terraces without a prior permission. The case with the police left the parkour practitioners confused. Cyrus Khan, who is a parkour trainer, was with the group at the police station. According to Khan the group thought they were doing something which according to them was normal and was also normal to do in other cities.”Parkour is a discipline and the group was creating physical fitness awareness,” Khan said.The group held by the police is called Storrer. They were in Mumbai, Maharashtra as they were speakers at TEDx Gateway 2018 taking place on December 2 at National Sports Club of India (NSCI), Worli, Mumbai. TEDx is an event where people speak to an audience and share ideas, inspire and inform.The listings of this group were removed from the TEDx event page after the incident. A mail sent to TEDx Gateway on their press query mail ID remained unanswered.Jayant Nate, president, Babasaheb Ambedkar Housing society said, “We were scared that our children might also perform these dangerous stunts. A resident of the building was looking out of his window for mobile network spotted these people on the terrace. As they were foreigners he asked them what they were doing. They didn’t reply and kept performing the stunts. The resident then recorded their videos.”advertisement”Once the matter was brought to our notice in a society meeting, it was reported to the police. When we met this group at the police station on Tuesday night, they told us that they found out about our building through Google Maps. They had not taken permission to enter the building. The terrace doors are closed but they used the duct, on top floor, which leads to the terrace for entry and exit. It was 10th anniversary of 26/11 Mumbai attacks and these guys were foreigners so we panicked,” Nate added.Also Read | Young foreigners jump from one high rise to another in Mumbai, cops start probe after video goes viralAlso Watch | Young foreigners jump from one high rise to another in Mumbai
Sameer Verma suffered a shocking straight-game loss in men’s singles on Tuesday as India were stunned 2-3 by a young Malaysian in a group 1D match to jeopardise their hopes of reaching the knockout stage of the Sudirman Cup mixed team championship here.Mixed doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa produced a brilliant performance to outdo Malaysia’s Goh Soon Huat and Lai Shevon Jemie 16-21 21-17 24-22 in an hour and 10-minute opening match to give India a 1-0 lead.But India’s decision to field world no 13 Sameer instead of Kidambi Srikanth in men’s singles backfired as the former couldn’t get going against Lee Zii Jia, losing 13-21 15-21 in 48 minutes to allow Malaysia level the scores 1-1.Olympic and world championship silver medallist PV Sindhu then steamrolled Goh Jin Wei 21-12 21-8 in 35 minutes to bring India back on track but doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy lost narrowly 20-22 19-21 to Aaron Chia and Teo Ee Yi.With India and Malaysia level at 2-2, Ashwini once again took the court — two hours after her mixed doubles match — along with N Sikki Reddy but the women’s doubles pair couldn’t get across the world no 13 pair of Chow Mei Kuan and Lee Meng Yean, losing 11-21 19-21.Eighth seeded India’s hopes will now rest on their next match when they take on the mighty China Wednesday.China boosts of All England champion Chen Yufei and world no 2 Shi Yuqi besides three formidable doubles pairs — all figuring the world’s top 10 and it will take a miraculous effort from India to overcome the 10-time champions.advertisementIndia had reached the quarterfinals in the 2011 and 2017 editions of the Sudirman Cup.Also Read | Sudirman Cup: India shuttlers take on Malaysia, eye knockout stageAlso Read | Sudirman Cup: Japan comeback from behind to defeat Russia 3-2Also See
zoom New York-listed cruise line company Royal Caribbean Cruises reported adjusted first quarter earnings worth USD 124 million or USD 0.57 per share –nearly tripling last year’s results that stood at USD 45.2 million and almost doubling previously provided guidance, the company said.US GAAP net income was USD 99.1 million or USD 0.46 per share, versus USD 45.2 million or USD 0.20 per share in 2015, beating projected earnings of 32 cents per share from the Wall Street.Strong close-in demand on Caribbean sailings and better onboard revenue are said to have driven the improvement in net yields which were up 7% on a constant-currency basis, 300 basis points better than guidance.As a result, the company increased its outlook for the full year raising its full year earnings guidance by USD 0.25 per share to USD 6.15 to USD 6.35, with net yields expected to increase 2.5% to 4.0%.“What an exciting quarter in an exciting year,” said Richard D. Fain, chairman and chief executive officer. “Our brands continue to excel and produce gratifying results. This year’s performance further solidifies our base for the Double-Double.”The company continues to implement its USD 500 million share repurchase program and has repurchased USD 450 million worth of shares.In terms of demand, overall, RCL said that its booked position remains strong, similar to last year’s record high levels.However, China is a closer-in booking environment making it harder to compare positions. Excluding China bookings, the company’s booked position is well ahead of last year’s, RCL added.In addition, the cruise liner explained that strong first quarter revenue results, combined with strong demand trends for North American products is more than offsetting weaker demand for Mediterranean sailings from the North American consumer.“The first quarter has given our year momentum, which is more than offsetting some headwinds from the Mediterranean,” said Jason T. Liberty, chief financial officer. “This performance is positioning us for the highest earnings in company history.”
zoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Kyklades Maritime Greek owner Kyklades Maritime has reportedly placed an order for two very large crude carriers with South Korean Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI).The 319,000 dwt ships are slated for delivery in 2019 and 2020, data from VesselsValue shows. The price details of the order were not disclosed.Kyklades Maritime is a return customer to HHI as it already has two VLCCs of the same size on order at the yard, slated for delivery next year.The Greek owner also has five 115,000 dwt Aframax tankers under construction at South Korean Sungdong Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering. The first two ships from the batch, priced at USD 44 million each, are set to join the Greek owner’s fleet in 2018 with the remaining three following suit in 2019.In addition, this year is reserved for the delivery of two Suezmax tankers to the company from Japanese shipbuilder Japan Marine United (JMU).World Maritime News Staff
Nicolas Macrozonaris’s first car was a fluorescent green 1993 Ford Tempo that he bought for $800 and four pairs of Oakley sunglasses.It was 2002, and the beginning of a rags-to-riches couple of years that saw the 22-year-old become one of the world’s top sprinters.Macrozonaris had spotted the car with a “For Sale” sign in the window at a Montreal corner store. The owner was asking $2,200. Macrozonaris didn’t have it. In need of wheels to get to and from training, he offered to sweeten the deal with a few pairs of sunglasses from Oakley, one of his first sponsors.“We met, and he starts trying on these glasses. Some are super extreme, you know the skater, crazy, fluorescent glasses. And he’s like 65, and he put them on and he looks crazy. And he looked at me and asked ‘How do I look?’ I said ‘You look great, man,’” Macrozonaris said, laughing.Macrozonaris is 37 now and still running — figuratively, if not literally. The two-time Olympian and five-time national champion is vying for a seat on city council in Laval, Que., as part of Jean-Claude Gobe’s Action Laval party. Representing the opposition party, he’s working with a shoestring budget. But he’s well-versed in getting by on little.This past weekend, Macrozonaris enlisted his athletes — he runs his own track club Final Push in Montreal — to help him hand out pamphlets to the 7,000 constituents in his Sainte-Dorothee riding. Among his concerns is the lack of decent sport facilities in the riding.He canvases door-to-door, dressed in his white and red Canada jacket from the 2004 Olympic closing ceremonies. He poses for photos with his constituents, and then sends them a copy.“It’s so interesting because it’s just like a competition, you find yourself being super motivated,” he said. “Literally I’m working hard going door-to-door, talking to people, in the middle of the night putting up my signs, the next day doing grocery stores, and I’m just trying to catch up for all the time I lost.”He officially entered the race in late September. The election is Nov. 5.“A reporter told me ‘Politics is tough,’ but I said ‘When you’re doing stuff for the right reasons, it is easy,’” he said. “People might say ‘Nic, aren’t you tired?’ but you find this energy because when you’re passionate, or you find something really intriguing, or you’re really excited about something, it’s almost an unlimited amount of energy. I’m in that stage in my life where I have an enormous amount of energy.”Macrozonaris was touted as the future of Canadian sprinting when he earned a spot on the Sydney Olympic team at 19. Behind the scenes, he was just scraping by. His parents had recently divorced and he was sharing a bed with his brother in a small Montreal apartment. He was exchanging gas station reward points for sandwiches.And then he beat American Tim Montgomery, the world record-holder at the time, in a 100-metre race in Mexico City, crossing in 10.03 seconds. Off the track, his life was changing at a breakneck pace. He threw out the first pitch at a Montreal Expos game. He upgraded to a Lexus, which he would later sell to buy his mom Doris a condo less than 100 metres from his own. He rubbed shoulders with people like Prince Albert II of Monaco.“Literally my life completely changed from eating sandwiches with Petro Points to hanging out at nice restaurants where the Prince eats. Any 22-year-old that goes through that process, I don’t care how well-structured you are, it’s going to mess you up,” Macrozonaris said. “I was living with my brother, so no structure, no guidance. And it’s easy to kind of lose track, and be a little bit of a wrecking ball, and thinking you know everything.”Macrozonaris butted heads with coach Glenroy Gilbert, and lost his spot on the 4×100 relay team at the 2003 world championships.His 10.03 — he missed dipping under sub-10 by barely the beat of a hummingbird’s wings — would go down as his career best when he retired in 2010. Regrets? He recalled a heart-to-heart he had with a friend at the height of his career.“He said to me ‘Nic, the No. 1 thing you don’t want to do is know that you didn’t give your 100 per cent, because after you retire it’s going to haunt you for a long time,’” he said. “So I said to myself ‘There’s no way I’m going to start slacking off, and then at 35 say to myself ‘I could have, I should have, but I didn’t.’“I gave my 100 per cent, I did it cleanly, and that was the best I was able to do. I’m satisfied with everything I was able to accomplish in the circumstances, and have no regrets, there’s no chip on my shoulder. I’m very content with everything I’ve done.”Soon after retirement, Macrozonaris began volunteering at a community centre in his neighbourhood, and then joined its board of directors. It was through that work that he met Gobe.He started his track club in 2015, and boasts several top young sprinters, including Praise Omogbai, the Canadian 100-metre champion in the 14-15 age category.He’s a big fan of the sport, particularly Canada’s sprint star Andre De Grasse.“I think Andre is a phenomenal athlete. I struggled all my life to try to run personal bests where it counts. And it’s extremely difficult to be able to pull that off. And he’s able to be an executioner at the highest level, and that is something that is remarkable,” Macrozonaris said. “And I think the stigma that you have to be six foot five to be a superstar is all of a sudden doubted, because here we have a guy who’s relatively short, he’s relatively small, and he’s doing things that are incredible.“Beyond that, just track and field in Canada, the bronze that they got (in the 4×100 relay) in the last Olympics,” he said. “I wish I had that generation of sprinting, because they are so strong and so powerful.”
A map of the Tommy Lakes Fire perimeter. Photo by BC Wildfire ServiceMacAuley explained crews did notice some increased fire activity yesterday that was caused by the high winds meaning that the fire is likely larger than currently reported, though officials won’t have an updated number until after surveys are conducted later today. She said that air tankers were able to complete part of their mission in limiting the fire’s growth along the southeast flank, but had to be grounded as a precautionary measure after just a few hours because of heavy smoke. A Conair Aerial Firefighting Avro RJ85 air tanker at the North Peace Airport. Photo by Chris NewtonAn area restriction remains in effect for the area surrounding the fire. The area restriction has been put in place to address public-safety concerns arising from the wildfire’s rate of spread and to avoid interference with fire control. The restriction will remain in place until noon on July 31st, or until the order is rescinded.Under this order and Section 11(2) of the Wildfire Act, a person must not remain in or enter the Tommy Lakes wildfire restricted area without prior written authorization of an official, designated for the purposes of the Wildfire Act, unless the person enters the area under the following circumstances only: FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The BC Wildfire Service says that the Tommy Lakes Fire continues to burn north of Fort St. John and has now grown to over 19,000 hectares, forcing 78 area residents from their homes.Fire Information Officer Rosalie MacAuley said that after conducting an aerial survey yesterday, the Wildfire Service now estimates the size of the conflagration at 19,540 hectares, and the fire is zero percent contained. She said that the personnel battling the blaze had their ranks bolstered since Monday, bringing the total of firefighters at the scene to 133, with two additional helicopters and pieces of heavy equipment. The total of both helicopters and heavy machinery pieces is now nine each.“On the east side of the Beatton Road, crews are working to build and reinforce guard along the fire perimeter to prevent the fire from crossing the Beatton road,” said an update on the Wildfire Service website. “Crews are also working on a fireline south on the Tommy Lakes Road. Additional crews are continuing with blackline and mop-up operations along the South Nig connector. Sprinklers are installed on the bridge at the 56km mark on the Tommy Lakes Road.” travelling to or from his or her principal residence that is not under an evacuation order;using a highway as defined in the Transportation Act;travelling to or from an industrial activity or business location;travelling through or entering the area as a person acting in an official capacity; orthrough or entering the area for an approved purpose of supporting wildfire suppression activities. A map of the evacuation order near the Tommy Lakes Fire. Photo by BC Wildfire Service. An evacuation order has also been issued by the Peace River Regional District due to the immediate danger posed by the fire. The PRRD’s Deputy CAO Shawn Dahlen said that in total, 78 evacuees have registered at the Emergency Evacuation Centre at the North Peace Arena.
TORONTO — Canadian Tire Corporation, Ltd. (TSX:CTC.A) says its second quarter results benefited from a pickup in sales growth in June after a slow start to the spring and summer season.The Toronto-based company’s overall revenue was $3.41 billion during the quarter ended July 1, up 1.8 per cent from the comparable period last year.Excluding petroleum sales, Canadian Tire’s revenue was up $34 million or 1.2 per cent — mostly from retail sales at banners that include Canadian Tire, Mark’s and Sport Chek.Net income was up nine per cent at $217.0 million and diluted earnings per share was up 14.1 per cent at $2.81.Canadian Tire said it was able to control expenses during the quarter, resulting in higher gross margins driven by higher revenue at Mark’s, FGL Sports and the financial services segment and better margins at Canadian Tire.
In a statement to the press, the Council President, Ambassador Wang Yingfan of China, said the plan for the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) force should reflect recently changed circumstances.The members also called on the international community to provide the necessary logistic and financial support for the force, the President said, and reaffirmed their support for the peace effort by the UN and CEMAC.Members of the Council appealed to the CAR and Chad to show mutual restraint and to refrain from “any action or statement that could further destabilize the situation,” Ambassador Wang said. The two States were encouraged to reactivate the bilateral cooperation structures existing between them.Both sides were also called on to ensure respect for human rights and the principles of international humanitarian law, according to the President.Members of the Council also welcomed CAR President Ange-Felix Patassé’s recent offer to enter into dialogue with the country’s various political parties “and encouraged him to do so as soon as possible with a view to promoting national reconciliation,” Ambassador Wang said.During their closed-door meeting on the CAR, Council members were briefed by the Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Tuliameni Kalomoh, on the latest developments.
Special Rapporteur Rodolfo Stavenhagen, who will remain in the country until 11 December, will meet with senior government officials, indigenous peoples, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society groups and academics. He is travelling at the Government’s invitation. Voicing particular interest in the practical implementation of the country’s 1997 Indigenous Rights Act, he said, “I look forward to talking with the Government on the good progress they have made” since it was adopted. “I also value the opportunity for constructive consultations with indigenous peoples themselves about the enjoyment of their rights,” he added. While in the Philippines, the UN expert will examine the impact of major development projects on the enjoyment of indigenous peoples’ rights. He will also undertake field trips to two different regions to meet and hear directly from indigenous peoples about their situation. The visit to the Philippines marks Mr. Stavenhagen’s second since being appointed to the post in 2001. His first mission took him to Guatemala from 2 to 12 September of this year.
Canadian dollar advances, commodities mixed, traders look to Bernanke comments Canadian dollars, or loonies, sits on their American counterparts on Sept. 20, 2007 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 3, 2014 6:49 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed higher Friday but were off the highs of the day as the greenback strengthened late in the afternoon amid bullish comments on the U.S. economy from outgoing Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke.The loonie rose 0.3 of a cent to 93.99 cents US as Bernanke said that 2014 could be a better year for the U.S. economy.Bernanke told the annual meeting of the American Economic Association that Americans’ finances have improved and the outlook for home sales is brighter. He also expects less drag from federal spending cuts and tax increases. Combined, those factors bode well for U.S. economic growth in coming quarters.The Fed ended months of speculation last month when it announced it would reduce monthly purchases of bonds and other securities to US$75 billion, down from US$85 billion, starting in January. Those purchases are credited with supporting a strong rally on stock markets during 2013, including a 30 per cent surge in the S&P 500 to a record high.Meanwhile, base metal prices backed off as China’s official non-manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index fell to a four month low, coming in at 54.6 in December from 56 in November. A reading above 50 indicates expansion.The non-manufacturing PMI covers services including retail, aviation and software as well as the real-estate and construction sectors.Other data released Thursday showed manufacturing sectors in China, the U.S. and Canada still expanding but at a slower pace.March copper on the New York Mercantile Exchange lost three cents to US$3.35 a pound.February crude on the Nymex slipped $1.48 to US$93.96 a barrel on top of a $3 slide from Thursday. Crude fell six per cent this past week due to growing inventories in the U.S. and an expected recovery in Libyan production.February bullion gained $13.40 to US$1,238.60 an ounce.
Despite a drop in numbers towards the end of 2017 – from 40,743 individuals in October to just over 38,100 in December – latest figures show an additional 8,164 displaced persons have registered in the regions of Mopti, Menaka, Timbuktu and Gao.IOM said the increase has put “significant pressure” on humanitarian operations, given the fragile security situation in the region.“Northern Mali still holds the largest number of IDPs especially due to the deterioration of the security situation,” according to a press release by the agency.Mali, located in West Africa, was rocked by a political crisis in 2012, including a military coup and rebellion its northern region.A United Nations peacekeeping mission, known by the French acronym, MINUSMA, has been supporting the political process and stabilization efforts since 2013.The UN migration agency had expected an end to internal displacement in Mali by the end of last year, “provided there was no resurgence of armed conflict or communal violence to complement the provision of adequate humanitarian assistance to IDPs and host communities.”However, IOM said that in addition to the tensions in the north, the international community “has struggled to mobilize” funding to support vulnerable communities and IDPs.IOM and its partners plan to respond to the new wave of displacement, funds permitting.
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HSG WetzlarSG Flensburg 6.Fuchse Berlin4301127:1056 17.Eisenach6105154:2002 13.Lemgo5113130:1523 8.Goppingen5302127:1136 16.Bergischer5104120:1392 5.HSG Wetzlar6312157:1617 Photo: HSG Wetzlar 7.Hamburg5302146:1296 9.SC Magdeburg5302133:1306 15.HBW Balingen-Weilstetten5104136:1462 3.Kiel5401153:1318 11.Hannover-Burgdorf5203130:1414 14.TVB Stuttgart4103108:1152 12.Leipzig5203131:1464 10.Gummersbach4202107:1114 SG Flensburg suffered the second defeat in a row at DKB Bundesliga! After great home win against THW Kiel in the biggest German handball derby, Ljubomir Vranješ team overtook the role of the first favorite of the Championship, but than, suddenly, form began to drop. The home defeat against MT Melsungen was surprise, but nightmare for the Flensburg’ fans extended in Wetzlar, where the home team won 24:21 inspired by outstanding night of their goalkeeeper Wolff.HSG Wetzlar – SG Flensburg-Handewitt 24:21 (10:10)HSG Wetzlar: Wolff (19/1 saves) – Prieto, Rompf (2), Ferraz (4), Weber (1), Laudt (1), Holst (1/1), Fäth (5), Hahn, Bliznac (2), Joli (2), Klesniks, Kohlbacher (6)SG Flensburg-Handewitt: Andersson (12 saves) – Karlsson, Eggert (3/2), Glandorf (3), Mogensen (3), Svan (3), Djordjic, Zachariassen (4), Gottfridsson (2), Lauge (3)STANDINGS: 2.MT Melsungen5500148:12610 18.N-Lübbecke5005128:1530 4.Flensburg-H.6402166:1478 ← Previous Story EHF CL HANGOUT: Kim Andersson and Experts for warm-up Next Story → Odorhei and CSM Bucuresti race leaders in Romania 1.Rhein-Neckar5500150:10610
With Intel finally adding support for USB 3.0 as part of Ivy Bridge, there’s really no excuse now for storage manufacturers to embrace the faster standard across their entire portable storage ranges.Verbatim is one such vendor responding to that call with news of a new flash stick carrying the Store ‘n’ Go name. The Store ‘n’ Go V3 offers up a typical USB stick form factor, but with a USB 3.0 interface and therefore significantly faster transfer speeds than its USB 2.0 predecessors.Whether you like the V3 depends on your preference for caps or not. Verbatim has decided to replace the cap with a retractable design instead. So while the USB connector is hidden from view, it isn’t completely protected. However, on the plus side there’s no cap to lose and those connectors are pretty tough to damage.Prices for the Store ‘n’ Go V3 start at a pretty reasonable $19.99 for the 8GB version, and there’s a range of 7 colors to choose from. Storage options go up to 64GB, but I’m hoping 128GB and even 256GB start becoming more common soon. Both sizes are already possible in a stick form as Kingston demonstrated as far back as 2009. Only now, they should be a lot cheaper.At $20 for 8GB of storage, the V3 looks to be on par with what’s already available. But with more cloud storage services such as Google Drive coming online and offering free storage, flash drives need to start offering more to convince consumers to spend money. More storage for less moneyre the two real areas where they can out perform the cloud, and for an offline backup solution a flash drive offers a relatively cheap, resilient solution.More at Max Borges agency
Image: PA Archive/PA Images http://jrnl.ie/3274752 Share159 Tweet Email1 Mar 7th 2017, 11:48 AM 52,075 Views Well-known journalist pleads guilty to sexual offences involving child The 53-year-old man was remanded on bail until July when he will be sentenced. Image: PA Archive/PA Images Short URL Tuesday 7 Mar 2017, 11:48 AM A PROMINENT JOURNALIST and author has pleaded guilty to six sexual offences against a girl under the age of 17.The 53-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted engaging in sexual acts with the girl and exploiting her by inviting her to participate in sexual acts. Judge Patricia Ryan remanded him on continuing bail until July 3, 2017 when he will be sentenced.He pleaded guilty on the morning of his trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to two counts of defilement of a child in Dublin between December 5, 2010 and February 19, 2011 and to four counts of inviting a child to participate in a sexually explicit, obscene or indecent act between January 2010 and March 2011.Prosecuting counsel, Shane Costelloe SC, said the DPP is not proceeding with a further three charges relating to the victim. The full facts of the offending will be heard on the sentence date. By Conor Gallagher No Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article