sarah perez Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Facebook#mobile#news#NYT#web New rumors about a Facebook-branded phone resurfaced this week. Again, Facebook has shot them down. According to multiplepublications, mobile manufacturer HTC was readying either one or two so-called Facebook phones for launch at next month’s Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona. The smartphones would be the first to display Facebook’s branding and colors, and would offer deep integration with Facebook services.What Was the Rumor?Both BGR and City A.M. published rumors about the upcoming phones, with some hazy details on what the devices would offer. In BGR’s case, the source was a tipster who served on a recent focus group for what he or she believed was a “Facebook phone.” Based on the questions asked during the focus group session, BGR believed the new phone would offer always-on GPS and possibly automatic check-ins, location-aware coupons for Facebook Deals, a ticker-style message notification system on the device’s homescreen and more.City A.M. offered a similar report, noting that the tweaked version of Android on the phones will prominently display Facebook News Feed messages on the homescreen. It would also have integration with Facebook contacts, letting you call or email friends using the contact information they’ve stored on Facebook. City A.M. also identified the manufacturer as HTC.But a Reuters news report from today has squashed these Facebook phone rumors…. yet again. (This isn’t the first time we’ve heard reports of a Facebook-branded device, actually. But last time, the manufacturer was unknown). According to a statement made by Dan Rose, head of business development at Facebook, at a company event in London, “the rumors around there being something more to this HTC device are overblown,” he said. He also flatly denied the phones would support Facebook branding.But HTC is Doing Its Own Facebook Phone?So, wait. Rewind. HTC is launching a phone (or phones) featuring deep Facebook integration?Apparently so. “This is really just another example of a manufacturer who has taken our public APIs (application programing interfaces) and integrated them into their device in an interesting way,” Rose said, which essentially confirms that this device (or devices) do exist and that HTC is behind them.But you just can’t call it a “Facebook phone” because Facebook didn’t make the phone itself. And it’s not blue. And there’s no Facebook logo on it.The phones, the earlier reports say, will be unveiled next month. And both the older and newer reports say that two top-level Facebook engineers, Joe Hewitt and Matthew Papakipos, are involved. We’ll have to wait until next month to find out what the truth is, it seems. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
Serena may lack intimidation factor when she returns on tour, says Evert ADVT Above everything else, she aims to touch the youth with her talents. Valdez believes that children can learn more than being physically healthy from sports. With the ups and downs and constant learning from mistakes that comes with being involved in a team, kids can learn and put to heart being humble and respectful to the people around them.“More than being physically healthy, which everyone needs, it is important to be mentally and socially healthy as well by interacting and playing with other kids,” Valdez says, “They will learn a lot of the little things — saying thank you and sorry and a lot more.”Despite the very hectic schedule of a phenomenal athlete that goes around the world to compete and around the country to share her passion with children, Alyssa Valdez manages to stay healthy by making sure she eats right and takes FERN-C, the #1 Sodium Ascorbate non-acidic vitamin C in the Philippines, daily to get the daily vitamin boost she needs so that, in confidence, she can say “Tiwala Ako Na Kaya Ko!”Visit https://www.facebook.com/fernconline for more!ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next MOST READ Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games And true enough, she is doing just that.What with the daily grind of an athlete in training for an international competition, you’d think that during her downtime she’d choose to get the relaxation she very well deserves.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutOn the contrary, she spends her spare time going around the country to give back to her fans who have supported her career.“During my off season I make sure to go around the country to meet all the aspiring volleyball players,” Valdez says, “It’s one way of giving back all the blessings and the learnings I’ve got and one way of reminding myself where I came from.” Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients LATEST STORIES Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments When on the go Alyssa believes this: “I can do more than what I’m doing right now.”ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire What ‘missteps’? Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ The national team stalwart amassed 35 points to dominate the match as the Tornadoes plucked their second straight win in as many games and hand the Lifesavers their first loss in two starts.Santiago had 30 attack points, two blocks and three aces for Foton, which was still trying to adjust to one another after a major offseason revamp.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Lifesavers snatched the third set on a spike by former Foton gunner Angeli Araneta.“We relaxed in the third set and lost our service receives,” said Santiago. “But in the fourth, we brought our service game back.” WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ravena relishes chance to join SEAG-bound Gilas roster LATEST STORIES Jaja Santiago. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOThere’s no stopping Jaja Santiago Saturday night.The talented, 6-foot-5 utility hitter led Foton to a 25-20, 25-23, 23-25, 25-15 victory over Generika-Ayala in the Philippine Superliga All Filipino Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
From Gurdip SinghSingapore, May 28 (PTI) An Indian-American scientist has received the prestigious Springer Theses Award for his outstanding research on developing transgenic mice to study a critical tumor-suppressor.Arnab De, who has also developed peptide-based prodrugs as therapeutics for diabetes, was nominated by New Yorks Columbia University for his PhD thesis which he dedicated to legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and his alma mater Kolkatas Presidency University.”Two things that have influenced me the most is sports and education. This thesis is dedicated to Sachin Tendulkar not only for the cricketing joy he provided me, but also for being a constant source of inspiration to all Indian youth,” De said.De, who has also received the Young Investigator Award at the American Peptide Symposium, was awarded for developing transgenic mice to study a critical tumor-suppressor A20.The Springer Theses Award is awarded by Springer, a leading global publisher of renowned scientific journals and books, to recognise outstanding PhD research.Internationally top-ranked research institutes select their best thesis annually for publication in the book series: “Springer Theses: Recognising Outstanding PhD research”.The winners also get a cash prize of 500 euros (USD 555). The research work was highlighted by the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) Reports.Only research considered to be of fundamental relevance to a general readership is chosen to be highlighted by EMBO.Ole John Nielsen (University of Copenhagen), who shared the 2007 Nobel peace Prize as a member of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change along with US vice president Al Gore, had in 2012 described the Springer award as an “insanely great honour”. PTI GS AJR MRJadvertisement
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame is facing the possibility of losing three starters before the football season has even begun after another embarrassing hit for a university that prides itself on high academic standards.The university barred KeiVarae Russell, the team’s best cornerback, leading returning receiver DaVaris Daniels, defensive end Ishaq Williams, and backup linebacker Kendall Moore from practice and games while it investigates “suspected academic dishonesty.”The Rev. John Jenkins, Notre Dame’s President, said the school is looking into allegations the players had course work done for them.The news comes a season after quarterback Everett Golson was suspended for the 2013 season for academic impropriety and after Daniels was suspended for the spring semester.The Irish finished 9-4 behind Tommy Rees last season, but coming off an appearance in the BCS title game in 2012 it was a step back.Golson has returned, but now coach Brian Kelly could be scrambling to fill holes before opening his fifth season in South Bend at home against Rice on Aug. 30. Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick said Kelly was “devastated” by the news.Jenkins and Swarbrick expressed support for Kelly. “We have great confidence in Brian and his staff,” Jenkins said. “They have been nothing but supportive.”Jenkins said the investigation shows Notre Dame’s honor system works, saying it was started when someone on the university staff became suspicious of papers and homework turned in by the players.“At any university you’re dealing with young people. The vast majority of them make good decisions. But young people sometimes make bad decisions,” he said. “Our job is to hold them accountable and to use those incidents as ways to educate them. That’s what we’re doing.”Jenkins said Notre Dame has notified the NCAA about the inquiry. Because of potential violations, the four players can’t compete until the conclusion of the investigation and the university honor code process.Jenkins said during a news conference that no student has been judged responsible for “academic dishonesty.”“Nobody has been dismissed,” Jenkins said. Jenkins said there is no timetable regarding how long the investigation will take.“We will take as long as it takes to have a thorough and fair investigation and proceed through our academic honor code process,” Jenkins said.He added that such investigations at Notre Dame aren’t common “but it happens.” The university also is investigating if other students are involved. Jenkins said it was too early to say if the four players acted together.Jenkins said if it is found they violated the school’s honor code the penalties could range from an F on an assignment, to an F in the course, to dismissal from school. The penalty would be decided by an honor committee.Swarbrick said the players haven’t been suspended. He said they remain grant-in-aid students and have access to athletic facilities and resources.Jenkins said he didn’t want to speculate on possible NCAA punishment, while Swarbrick said the NCAA usually defers to a university when it comes to academic integrity.“There are a few narrow instances where that triggers an NCAA concern, but I must stress we have no evidence of most of those here. No involvement by a member of the coaching staff, no transcript impropriety, those sorts of things,” he said. “If it has NCAA consequences, we’ll let them know.”Jenkins said the school would vacate victories if it is determined players have been ineligible during past competition. All four were members of the 2012 team that played for the BCS national championship.The investigation is the latest in a series for the Irish in the past 15 months involving academics, starting with Golson.Jerian Grant, the leading scorer on the basketball team at the time, was suspended in December for the spring semester because of an academic violation. Daniels was suspended two weeks later for the spring semester and was recently reinstated.Swarbrick said the previous cases were different. “Let’s not confuse academic probation, where you don’t make grades in a semester, with academic dishonesty. They are very different things,” he said.Jenkins said he doesn’t believe it’s a sign Notre Dame has to make changes in the student-athletes it admits. “We’re confident that the students we admit have the capacity to be successful,” he said.(TOM COYNE)TweetPinShare0 Shares
An unbelievable 1,098 pages thick – the new, expanded catalog of electromechanical components from Würth Elektronik eiSos. The new edition of the directory, available in English, lists information on 12 standard product groups, including many innovations. All components featured in the catalog can be ordered from stock anytime and no minimum order quantity is needed.The board-to-board connectors boast additions to the WR-BTB and WR-PHD product families, both of which are specially designed for SMT assembly and to withstand the heat of the reflow soldering oven. Also released are connectors for data connections that can be used between the cable and circuit board: the REDFIT IDC SKEDD connector. The patented connection technology of this plug is ingenious: It enables space-saving, solder-free and reversible signal connections. The plugs get by without jacks – contacted drilled holes in the board are sufficient.The product range of USB plugs has been expanded with a series of THR/SMT variants, so now there are products for both assembly processes. Low profile modular jack variants with and without LED have been supplemented, too. The product group of terminal blocks has grown and a series of particularly compact solutions has been added to the switches and keys. In the field of connection technology, the portfolio is enhanced with another SMD spacer with additional dimensions.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Panasonic: stand-alone Wi-Fi module in fully shielded caseNext Timing-Architects becomes a part of Vector Informatik
Ben Stokes has not been picked in the squad for the third Test as England have named an unchanged 13-man squad for the match against India at Nottingham.Stokes was set to miss the Test starting on August 18 at Trent Bridge, regardless of the outcome of the trial for affray at Bristol Crown Court.However, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has said the board will make an assessment of Stokes’s availability after the outcome of the court proceedings.”The ECB will make an assessment of Ben Stokes’s availability after the trial in Bristol has concluded,” said ECB in a press-release.Stokes is also facing a cricket discipline case which has currently been put on hold and will proceed after the end of the proceedings for criminal charges. This could force the all-rounder from missing the remaining two Test matches at The Rose Bowl (August 30) and The Oval (September 7) as well.Stokes played a key role in England’s 31-run victory in the series opener at Birmingham, taking four wickets in the second innings including that of skipper Virat Kohli.Also read – Ben Stokes had at least 7 vodka drinks and 3 beers before Bristol pub brawlHowever, he had to be left out of the squad for the second Test because of his ongoing trial and was replaced by Chris Woakes in the playing eleven. Woakes had a dream Test match at Lord’s as he scored his maiden Test ton and took two wickets to star in England’s crushing innings and 159-run win over England.advertisementIn Stokes’s absence, Woakes is likely to play on as England look to seal the series at Trent Bridge.Also read – Ben Stokes, amid legal battle, sends out emotional message for EnglandTHE TRIAL SO FAR Ben Stokes missed the Lord’s Test because of his hearing in Bristol (AP Photo)Stokes had earlier taken the witness stands for the first time in his trial on Thursday where he admitted to have had at least seven vodka and mixer drinks and two-three beers before the brawl outside the Bristol pub in September last year.Prosecutors have maintained that Stokes was the “main aggressor” in a fight that broke out outside the nightclub. Stokes had gone out with teammate Alex Hales after England’s win over West Indies in an ODI in Bristol.Also read – Ben Stokes ‘mocked gay men’ before Bristol pub brawl: ProsecutorBut in a statement provided to police and heard in court Wednesday, Stokes said he only stepped in after hearing two men being homophobic toward two other men.Stokes said “matters had become too serious to ignore and that I had to intervene.”Stokes himself is accused of earlier mocking the gay men outside the club and flicking a cigarette butt at them. Stokes denies taunting them, telling police they “thanked me for preventing them from being beaten up.”Stokes had been partying with Hales at the Mbargo nightclub but left the club at 12:46 am but the pair returned at 2:08 am and was refused entry because the club was closed. Stokes allegedly hurled insulting comments at the door supervisor.Stokes then spoke to two men – Kai Barry and William O’Connor – who were described by the prosecutor as “flamboyant, extrovert and openly gay.” Security camera footage, which had no audio recording, showed Stokes flicking the end of a cigarette toward one of the men.Citing testimony from the doorman, Corsellis said Stokes was “mimicking their voices and mannerisms…making fun of their camp behavior” before leaving the area in an “angry state of mind.””As the group came to my attention, I heard some of what was being said. Although I can’t remember anything specific now, I do recall that the language being used was homophobic in nature and was being directed at Kai and William by Ryan Hale and Ryan Ali,” ESPNCricinfo quotes Stokes as saying in a written statement.”What Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale were saying was far from harmless banter, it was nasty homophobic abuse.”I decided to intervene and asked Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale to stop abusing Kai and William. I said something like ‘leave it out – you shouldn’t be taking the piss because they’re gay.'”In response one of the guys said ‘Shut the f*** up and f**** off or I’ll bottle you.’ At the time he was holding a bottle in his right hand.”I decided at this point matters had become too serious to ignore and that I had to intervene to stop Ryan Ali. I struck Ryan Ali with my right hand just after he had delivered the blow on Kai and as he came at me with the bottle and had it raised.advertisement”At this point, I felt vulnerable and frightened. I was concerned for myself and others. We knew that they were prepared to use weapons that could do serious injury and I feared they could have other weapons with them.”The force I used in defending us was reasonable and entirely justified when the circumstances are viewed objectively. Amongst other things, Ryan Ali attacked Alex and Kai, with a weapon, when asked simply to stop using the homophobic abuse he was giving to Kai and William. This was an extreme act of aggression in the circumstances and informed my assessment of the situation,” Stokes’s statement further added.England squad for third Test: Joe Root (C), Moeen Ali, Jimmy Anderson, Jonny Bairstow (WK), Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Alastair Cook, Sam Curran, Keaton Jennings, Ollie Pope, Jamie Porter, Adil Rashid, Chris Woakes
India Today Web Desk New DelhiMay 15, 2019UPDATED: May 15, 2019 20:14 IST Kate Middleton and Prince William met Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s son ArchieEarlier last week, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcomed their baby boy, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.And now, according to multiple reports the royal baby’s uncle and aunt, Prince William and Kate Middleton have visited their nephew finally.The Duke and Duchess met Archie for the very first time this afternoon at the Forgmore Cottage.However, they did not take their three children – Prince George, Princes Charlotte and Prince Louis to meet their newborn cousin.According to multiple reports, the couple arrived at Meghan and Harry’s residence after the Duke of Sussex arrived from his trip to Oxford.A Royal correspondent tweeted, confirming the news that, “I understand that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited their new nephew Archie at Frogmore Cottage. The visit took place after Harry returned from a day of engagements in Oxford.”Another source added, “Just to confirm that William & Kate visited their new nephew, Archie Harrison, at Frogmore Cottage after Prince Harry returned from Oxford.”They added, “Their children weren’t with them, however, so it will be a little while yet before George, Charlotte and Louis meet their new cousin.”Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcomed their son, Archie-Harrison Mountbatten Windsor during early hours of the morning on May 6.ALSO SEE | Meghan Markle celebrates her first Mother’s Day with Baby Archie. See new picALSO WATCH | Meghan Markle-Prince Harry expecting their first childGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byKrishna Priya Pallavi Tags :Follow Meghan MarkleFollow Prince HarryFollow Prince WilliamFollow Kate Middleton Kate Middleton visits Meghan Markle and Harry’s son Archie at Frogmore Cottage with WilliamPrince William and Kate Middleton visited their nephew, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, today, after Meghan Markle gave birth to her son on May 6, 2019. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Archie at Meghan and Harry’s home, Frogmore Cottage.advertisement Next
zoom Deepwater drilling contractor Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. has revealed plans to retire and scrap six of its mid-water semisubmersible rigs.The plans are expected to result in a non-cash impairment charge in the third quarter of USD 109 million before tax, or USD 0.84 per share after tax, the company said.The retired units include the Ocean Epoch, Ocean New Era and Ocean Whittington, which are currently cold-stacked, and the Ocean Concord and Ocean Yatzy, which are currently idle in Brazil.The sixth unit, the Ocean Winner, will be retired and scrapped upon completion of its current contract term in Brazil.According to Marc Edwards, President and Chief Executive Officer, the company’s newest units—four drillships and a harsh environment semisubmersible—are contracted into 2019 or beyond.“By operating all of our new-build drillships in the U.S. Gulf, we are positioned to enjoy meaningfully lower operating costs than in other ultra-deepwater markets,” added Mr. Edwards.Press Release
zoom UK ferry operator Wightlink has revealed that the steel cutting ceremony for its new ship took place at the Cemre shipyard in Yalova, Turkey, on October 4, 2016.To be deployed on the Fishbourne-Portsmouth route, the new ferry is expected to come into service in summer 2018, according to Wightlink.The ship is part of Wightlink’s GBP 45 million (USD 55.6 million) Investing for the Future program and will be able to carry more than 1,000 passengers and up to 178 cars, the ferry operator said.The ferry will use diesel electric hybrid batteries (with marine gas oil) for propulsion and waste heat from the generator engines for heating. The eco-efficient lifts will put power back into the ship’s electrical supply harnessing excess energy generated by the elevators. Together with motion-activated LED lighting, these initiatives are said to lead to a significant reduction in the ferry’s carbon footprint.The project also includes new two tier boarding ramps at Fishbourne and Portsmouth Gunwharf to enable more efficient loading and unloading at both terminals.Wightlink’s vessels operate on the three routes connecting the Isle of Wight and the mainland, including Lymington-Yarmouth, Portsmouth-Fishbourne and Portsmouth-Ryde.
From applying for a mortgage to leasing a new car, credit has become a tool that most of us rely on in our daily lives. Part of using credit wisely includes not only paying your bills on time but reviewing your consumer report to detect possible fraudulent activity. Nova Scotians can learn how to prevent fraud during March, which is Fraud Awareness Month in Canada. One of the best ways to protect against credit fraud, say officials at Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, is to review your consumer report file at least once every year. This will help detect any irregular credit activity and identify any errors. When most of us apply for credit, our lender checks our consumer report. These reports describe our credit history including: outstanding debts, payment history, credit limits, bankruptcies, who has accessed your report most recently and debts that have been sent to collection agencies. “With so many people having access to such detailed information on our financial history, it’s important for Nova Scotians to review their consumer report on a regular basis,” said Richard Hurlburt, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “Reviewing your consumer report will help you to make sure that your information is accurate and it’s a good way to find out if someone else may be using your identity to gain credit or loans.” Nova Scotians may access their consumer report for free by contacting one of the two main consumer reporting agencies in Canada: Equifax or Trans Union. Any inaccuracies should be corrected immediately, as it may affect access to future credit. Anyone who feels that their identification may have been compromised, or that they may be the victim of fraud can place an alert on their consumer report. Such an alert can either simply caution any business considering extending credit that it may wish to take extra precautions to verify identification, or it can advise any credit provider to contact the individual at a specific phone number to verify that they are indeed applying for that type of credit. People who have been the victim of fraud should contact police. Incidences of fraud should also be reported to PhoneBusters, the Canadian anti-fraud call centre at 1-888-495-8501. Information about PhoneBusters is available on the website at www.phonebusters.com . For tips on how to prevent fraud, see the special features section of the Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations website at www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/consumer/ or contact the department at 424-5200 in Halifax or call toll-free at 1-800-670-4357.
OTTAWA – Requiring a person to behave contrary to their sexual identity is “degrading and disrespectful,” the Supreme Court of Canada said Friday in ruling that law societies have the right to deny accreditation to a proposed law school at a Christian university.In a pair of landmark decisions, the high court said law societies in Ontario and British Columbia were entitled to ensure equal access to the bar, support diversity and prevent harm to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer students.The cases pitted two significant societal values — freedom of religion and promotion of equality — against one another.Trinity Western University, a private post-secondary institution in Langley, B.C., was founded on evangelical Christian principles and requires students to adhere to a covenant allowing sexual intimacy only between a married man and woman.Law societies overseeing the profession in Ontario and British Columbia said they would not license graduates from Trinity Western because the covenant amounts to discrimination against LGBTQ people.The Court of Appeal for Ontario had upheld the rejection, while B.C.’s top court sided with the university.In each case, the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in favour of the respective law society. Among the seven, several different sets of reason were provided.A majority found that the decisions to deny accreditation were reasonable because they appropriately balanced the interference with the charter right of freedom of religion and the public-interest objectives of the law societies.In the decision concerning Ontario, five Supreme Court justices said the province’s law society interfered only with the university’s ability to operate a law school governed by the mandatory covenant.“This limitation is of minor significance because a mandatory covenant is not absolutely required to study law in a Christian environment in which people follow certain religious rules of conduct, and attending a Christian law school is preferred, not necessary, for prospective TWU law students.”On the other side of the scale, “it is inimical to the integrity of the legal profession to limit access on the basis of personal characteristics,” the judges wrote. “This is especially so in light of the societal trust enjoyed by the legal profession.“The reality is that most LGBTQ individuals will be deterred from attending TWU’s proposed law school, and those who do attend will be at the risk of significant harm.”In the decision concerning B.C., the same five justices said being required by someone else’s religious beliefs to behave contrary to one’s sexual identity is “degrading and disrespectful” and “offends the public perception that freedom of religion includes freedom from religion.”Janet Epp Buckingham, a Trinity Western professor who helped develop the law school proposal, expressed disappointment.“This is something that has been a dream of mine for 25 years,” she told reporters in the foyer of the Supreme Court building.“We will not be starting a law school in the near future, and we will have to consider our options to determine how we’re going to go forward with this.”Earl Phillips, executive director of the proposed school, added in a statement: “All Canadians should be troubled by today’s decision that sets a precedent for how the courts will interpret and apply charter rights and equality rights going forward.”Trinity Western proposed the law school in 2012 and received approval to open from the Federation of Law Societies of Canada and the province’s Ministry of Advanced Education. However, the ministry later withdrew approval.The university wanted to ensure its graduates would be eligible to be called to the bar throughout Canada, and therefore applied to the provincial law societies for accreditation of the planned school.Six law societies — Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador — have granted accreditation. Nova Scotia’s law society refused accreditation, but the decision was overturned in the courts.In Ontario, the benchers of the Law Society of Upper Canada — since renamed the Law Society of Ontario — denied accreditation to the school in a 28-21 vote.In reviewing the decision, an Ontario court found the society had undertaken a reasonable balancing of the protections at issue. The ruling was upheld on appeal.British Columbia’s law society denied recognition to the school on the basis of a binding referendum of its members. The reviewing court ruled that the process ignored an obligation to consider the competing rights at play, and set aside the law society’s decision. An appeal court upheld the ruling.The Ontario and B.C. law societies each issued statements welcoming the Supreme Court decision.Said Paul Schabas, treasurer of the Ontario society: “It is an affirmation of the critical work we have done and continue to do to promote equality, diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.”— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitter
TORONTO — Ontario’s top court has thrown out parts of laws requiring lifelong sex-offender registration as unconstitutional.The ruling applies when a person has been found not criminally responsible because of a mental disorder and given an absolute discharge.The court found both provincial and federal legislation to discriminate against the mentally ill.It noted that in those cases, the mentally ill have committed no crime but have no way to get off the registries.It gave the governments 12 months to fix the legislation.However, it also ordered immediate removal from the registries of the man who brought the case.The Canadian Press
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry have released ten films as part of the Heads Together mental health campaign.The films feature people from all walks of life talking, often with the person that they first opened up to, about the life changing conversation that helped them cope with their mental health problems – from anxiety, alcoholism and depression through to loneliness, trauma and bereavement.Video: Freddie + Stephen | Heads Together | #oktosayThe first series of films, published on the Heads Together YouTube page and website, includes: two mums of young children; musician Stephen Manderson (Professor Green) and Cricketer Freddie Flintoff; a journalist and her friend; comedian Ruby Wax and her husband Ed; two paramedics based in Blackpool; model Adwoa Aboah with her mum; a blogger and her mum; and writer Alastair Campbell talking with his partner, Fiona.The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry said: “Since we launched Heads Together last May, we have seen time and time again that shattering stigma on mental health starts with simple conversations.“When you realise that mental health problems affect your friends, neighbours, children and spouses, the walls of judgement and prejudice around these issues begin to fall. And we all know that you cannot resolve a mental health issue by staying silent.”On the release of the films, Their Royal Highnesses said: “We hope these films show people how simple conversations can change the direction of an entire life. Please share them with your friends and families and join us in a national conversation on mental health in the weeks ahead.”Alongside the film series, Heads Together published the most comprehensive survey of how people in Britain talk about their mental health carried out by YouGov. It shows that almost half of us (46%) have talked recently about mental health, with a quarter of us talking about our own mental health.“Attitudes to mental health are at a tipping point,” said The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.Eight out of ten people who have talked about their own mental health found these conversations helpful. The findings show Britain is ‘opening up’ about its mental health but equally highlight some of the challenges that still remain. Men are less likely to talk than women and people aged 18- 24 are almost twice as likely to discuss mental health than those over 65. Also, fewer than one in five people who have had a conversation have talked to their GP and fewer than one in ten spoke either to a supervisor at work or a counsellor.Source:Royal.UK
Tom FennarioAPTN NewsThe Atikamekw Nation filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Quebec Superior Court to settle a land claim that has been under negotiation for decades.“40 years! 40 years of negotiations that have lead to no satisfactory social projects,” said Chief Christian Awashish. “So starting today, we will cease all territory negotiations, and we will commence with a demand for title.”Joined by elders and community members, Awashish kicked off the lawsuit that demands recognition of their ancestral land.The suit names both Canada and Quebec who Awashish said have benefitted greatly from Atikamekw lands.“100 years of development on our territory, starting with the building of the Gouin dam created in 1918 until 1920,” he said. “No compensation for our community regarding forestry development that has been so prosperous for Quebec, no benefits to our community.”There’s a large discrepancy between how much land Opitciwan First Nation currently has versus what they say is their ancestral land.Indigenous Affairs currently lists the reserve as having 947 hectares.Opitciwan says their entire territory encompasses 2.6 million hectares.Located at the end of a 150 kilometre logging road in the Mauricie region of Quebec, Opitciwan’s remoteness means they still depend on their land for much of their sustenance and one of the reasons why they have been butting heads with Quebec over logging on their ancestral land for years.“That’s where we live, from the time we’re little, we’re always in the forest,” community member Simeon Chachai told APTN News after playing a traditional song asking his ancestors for strengthNadir André is an Innu lawyer who is representing Opitciwan First Nation in the case.He says that the lawsuit is a calculated risk, one that he’s confident he’ll win after the supreme court ruled in favour the T’exelcemc people in British Columba last year,“The situation with T’exelcemc is very similar with Opitciwan, it’s a semi remote community, semi nomad community, and they still use the land, they still have elders, their language, their way of life so they have what it takes to actually go and prove their title,” explainedAndré, who expects the case to take years to settle.Awashish said a few more years of waiting will be worth settling the matter once and for all.“I’m convinced that we will win our cause, the affirmation of our existence,” he firstname.lastname@example.org@tfennario
GANGNEUNG, South Korea – South Korean officials have ruled out turning a state-of-the-art Olympic skating arena into a giant seafood freezer. Other than that, not much is certain about the country’s post-Winter Games plans for a host of expensive venues.As officials prepare for the games in and around the small mountain town of Pyeongchang, there are lingering worries over the huge financial burden facing one of the nation’s poorest regions. Local officials hope that the Games will provide a badly needed economic boost by marking the area as a world-class tourist destination.But past experience shows that hosts who justified their Olympics with expectations of financial windfalls were often left deeply disappointed when the fanfare ended.This isn’t lost on Gangwon province, which governs Pyeongchang and nearby Gangneung, a seaside city that will host Olympic skating and hockey events. Officials there are trying hard to persuade the national government to pay to maintain new stadiums that will have little use once the athletes leave. Seoul, however, is so far balking at the idea.The Olympics, which begin Feb. 9, will cost South Korea about 14 trillion won ($12.9 billion), much more than the 8 to 9 trillion won ($7 to 8 billion) the country projected as the overall cost when Pyeongchang won the bid in 2011.Worries over costs have cast a shadow over the games among residents long frustrated with what they say were decades of neglect in a region that doesn’t have much going on other than domestic tourism and fisheries.“What good will a nicely managed global event really do for residents when we are struggling so much to make ends meet?” said Lee Do-sung, a Gangneung restaurant owner. “What will the games even leave? Maybe only debt.”___TEARING THINGS DOWNThe atmosphere was starkly different three decades ago when grand preparations for the 1988 Seoul Summer Games essentially shaped the capital into the modern metropolis it is today.A massive sports complex and huge public parks emerged alongside the city’s Han River. Next came new highways, bridges and subway lines. Forests of high-rise buildings rose above the bulldozed ruins of old commercial districts and slums.The legacy of the country’s second Olympics will be less clear. In a country that cares much less now about the recognition that large sporting events bring, it will potentially be remembered more for things dismantled than built.Pyeongchang’s picturesque Olympic Stadium — a pentagonal 35,000-seat arena that sits in a county of 40,000 people — will only be used for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics and Paralympics before workers tear it down.A scenic downhill course in nearby Jeongseon will also be demolished after the games to restore the area to its natural state. Fierce criticism by environmentalists over the venue being built on a pristine forest sacred to locals caused construction delays that nearly forced pre-Olympic test events to be postponed.Gangwon officials want the national government to share costs for rebuilding the forest, which could be as much as 102 billion won ($95 million).___NO FISHDespite more than a decade of planning, Gangwon remains unsure what to do with the Olympic facilities it will keep.Winter sports facilities are often harder to maintain than summer ones because of the higher costs for maintaining ice and snow and the usually smaller number of people they attract. That’s especially true in South Korea, which doesn’t have a strong winter sports culture.Not all ideas are welcome.Gangwon officials say they never seriously considered a proposal to convert the 8,000-seat Gangneung Oval, the Olympic speed skating venue, into a refrigerated warehouse for seafood. Officials were unwilling to have frozen fish as part of their Olympic legacy.Gangwon officials also dismissed a theme park developer’s suggestion to make the stadium a gambling venue where people place bets on skating races, citing the country’s strict laws and largely negative view of gambling.A plan to have the 10,000-capacity Gangneung Hockey Center host a corporate league hockey team fell apart.Even worse off are Pyeongchang’s bobsleigh track, ski jump hill and the biathlon and cross-country skiing venues, which were built for sports South Koreans are largely uninterested in.After its final inspection visit in August, the International Olympic Committee warned Pyeongchang’s organizers that they risked creating white elephants from Olympic venues, though it didn’t offer specific suggestions for what to do differently.Cautionary tales come from Athens, which was left with a slew of abandoned stadiums after the 2004 Summer Games that some say contributed to Greece’s financial meltdown and Nagano, the Japanese town that never got the tourism bump it expected after spending an estimated $10.5 billion for the 1998 Winter Games.Some Olympic venues have proved to be too costly to maintain. The $100 million luge and bobsled track built in Turin for the 2006 games was later dismantled because of high operating costs. Pyeongchang will be only the second Olympic host to dismantle its ceremonial Olympic Stadium immediately after the games — the 1992 Winter Olympics host Albertville did so as well.___‘MONEY-DRINKING HIPPOS’Gangwon has demanded that the national government in Seoul pay for maintaining at least four Olympic facilities after the Games — the speed skating arena, hockey centre, bobsleigh track and ski jump hill. This would save the province about 6 billion won ($5.5 million) a year, according to Park Cheol-sin, a Gangwon official.But the national government says doing so would be unfair to other South Korean cities that struggled financially after hosting large sports events. Incheon, the indebted 2014 Asian Games host, has a slew of unused stadiums now mocked as “money-drinking hippos.” It would also be a hard sell to taxpayers outside of Gangwon, said Lee Jae-soon, an official from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.Unlike the 1988 Olympics and the 2002 World Cup, which were brought to South Korea after bids driven by the national government, the provincial government led the bid for the Pyeongchang games and it did so without any commitment from Seoul over footing the bill.Under current plans, Gangwon will be managing at least six Olympic facilities after the games.These facilities will create a 9.2 billion won ($8.5 million) deficit for the province every year, a sizable burden for a quickly-aging region that had the lowest income level among South Korean provinces in 2013, according to the Korea Industrial Strategy Institute, which was commissioned by Gangwon to analyze costs.Hong Jin-won, a Gangneung resident and activist who has been monitoring Olympic preparations for years, said the real deficit could be even bigger. The institute’s calculation is based on assumptions that each facility would generate at least moderate levels of income, which Hong says is no sure thing.He said that could mean welfare spending gets slashed to help make up the lack of money.South Korea, a rapidly-aging country with a worsening job market and widening rich-poor gap, has by far the highest elderly poverty rate among rich nations, according to Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development figures.If Seoul doesn’t pay for the Olympic facilities, and Gangwon can’t turn them into cultural or leisure facilities, it might make more sense for Gangwon to just tear them down.Park said the national government must step up because the “Olympics are a national event, not a Gangwon event.”
“The survivors told our colleagues on the beach that the smuggler pushed them into the sea when he saw some ‘authority types’ near the coast,” said Laurent de Boeck, the Yemen Chief of Mission of the International Organization for Migration (IOM). “They also told us that the smuggler has already returned to Somalia to continue his business and pick up more migrants to bring to Yemen on the same route. This is shocking and inhumane. The suffering of migrants on this migration route is enormous. Too many young people pay smugglers with the false hope of a better future,” Mr. de Boeck added. According to IOM, up to 160 migrants were reportedly thrown into the sea from a boat today by the smugglers. Five bodies have been recovered so far, and around 50 are reported missing. This latest incident comes barely 24 hours after smugglers forced more than 120 Somali and Ethiopian migrants into the sea as they approached the coast of Shabwa, a Yemeni Governorate along the Arabian Sea, resulting in the drowning of around 50 migrants. The migrants had been hoping to reach countries in the Gulf via war-torn Yemen. Shortly after yesterday’s tragedy, IOM staff found the shallow graves of 29 migrants on a beach in Shabwa, during a routine patrol. The dead had been quickly buried by those who survived the smuggler’s deadly actions. The approximate average age of the passengers on the boat was 16. AUDIO: IOM spokesperson Olivia Headon sys that people traffickers often dupe their predominantly teenage victims into making the perilous sea crossing. Credit: UN News“The Secretary-General is heart-broken by this continuing tragedy,” his Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric told reporters at the daily briefing in New York. “This is why he continues to stress that the international community must give priority to preventing and resolving a variety of situations which both generate mass movement and expose those already on the move to significant danger,” he added, underscoring the need to increase legal pathways for regular migration and offer credible alternatives to these dangerous crossings for people in need of international protection. Since January of this year, IOM estimates that around 55,000 migrants left the Horn of Africa to come to Yemen, most with the aim of trying to find better opportunities in the Gulf countries. More than 30,000 of those migrants are under the age of 18 from Somalia and Ethiopia, while a third are estimated to be female. This journey is especially hazardous during the current windy season in the Indian Ocean. Smugglers are active in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, offering fake promises to vulnerable migrants. IOM and its partners operate across the region to support these migrants and provide lifesaving assistance to those who find themselves abused or stranded along the route.
OMAHA, Neb. — Zach Norvell Jr. scored 23 of his career-high 28 points in the second half, and top-ranked Gonzaga wiped out an early double-digit deficit and beat Creighton 103-92 on Saturday.The Bulldogs (8-0), who took over the No. 1 ranking this week after beating Duke in the Maui Invitational, overcame a boisterous crowd of more than 18,000 at the CHI Health Center to win in their first true road game.Norvell was held in check the first 20 minutes but came out strong after halftime as he did in last year’s win over Creighton in Spokane, Washington. The Zags, down 48-41 at half, got eight quick points from Norvell to pull close, and Corey Kispert’s 3-pointer put them up 66-65, their first lead since early in the game.The Bulldogs held Creighton (6-2) scoreless for nearly four minutes in the middle of the second half while going on a 12-0 run to go up 84-73. Norvell hit two 3-pointers and a layup during the spurt while Creighton missed five shots and turned over the ball three times.Last year Zach Norvell Jr. scored all 21 of his points in the second half in Gonzaga’s 91-74 win over the Bluejays.This game matched two of the nation’s top offensive teams. The Zags came to Omaha second in scoring and first in field-goal percentage. Creighton came in scoring 83.6 points per game and third in overall and 3-point shooting.Brandon Clarke added 27 points and 10 rebounds and Rui Hachimura added 22 and 11 boards for the Bulldogs.Ty-Shon Alexander led the Bluejays with 27 points. Damien Jefferson had 15 and Martin Krampelj 10.The Bluejays started with a flurry. Krampelj bulled past Clarke from the top of the key to the basket and finished with a dunk. Krampelj then put back a Davion Mintz miss and pumped his right fist to get the crowd going again before Marcus Zegarowski fed Alexander underneath for an easy basket as the Bluejays built their lead to as many as 11 points.THE BIG PICTUREGonzaga: With Geno Crandall (hand) and Killian Tillie (ankle) out because of injuries, this was a major test. The Zags had trailed for only 23 of a possible 280 minutes coming into the game, and they had to play from behind most of the afternoon until they took control the last 10 minutes.Creighton: The Bluejays fell short of knocking off a No. 1 opponent for the first time in three tries. But they are much further ahead of where most expected them to be after getting picked ninth in the 10-team Big East.UP NEXTGonzaga hosts Washington on Wednesday.Creighton visits Nebraska on Dec. 8.___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Eric Olson, The Associated Press
OSU then-sophomore guard Asia Doss (20) defends during a game against Northwestern on Jan. 28 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Lantern file photoOn Nov. 13, 2015, the OSU women’s basketball team opened its 2015-16 season with an 88-80 road loss to the South Carolina Gamecocks. Just over a year later, the Buckeyes will get a chance at revenge.OSU will host the Gamecocks on Monday in a battle between two of college basketball’s best. South Carolina currently sits at No. 4 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll with the Buckeyes close behind at No. 7.“We know we’re going to be in for a real battle,” OSU coach Kevin McGuff said.Tipoff in Columbus will serve as the season opener for the Gamecocks. In its only exhibition match on Nov. 6, South Carolina downed Benedict College by a score of 120-49.A season ago, the Gamecocks went 33-2 with an 11-0 record on the road. The team’s only loss in the regular season came to the eventual-champion UConn Huskies at home, snapping South Carolina’s perfect 22-0 record. The Gamecocks also fell 80-72 to Syracuse in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament to end its season.South Carolina has lost seven players from last year’s team. Guards Khadijah Sessions, Tina Roy and Tiffany Mitchell, and forwards Sarah Imovbioh and Asia Dozier have graduated, and forwards Jatarie White and India Farmer have departed from the program as well.With the losses, South Carolina lost 37.7 points per game on offense, good for 47.9 percent of the team’s scoring a season ago.Despite the roster turnover, the Gamecocks still possess plenty of talent. Two of South Carolina’s top-three scorers from a season ago have returned. Junior forward A’ja Wilson led the team in scoring at 16.1 points per game and senior center Alaina Coates contributed 12.1 points and a team-high 10.3 rebounds per game.Three ESPN top-100 prospects have joined as true freshman. 5-foot-10 point guard Tyasha Harris (No. 28), 5-foot-6 point guard Araion Bradshaw (No. 33) and 6-foot-2 forward Mikiah Harrigan (No. 72) will join 5-foot-8 guard Victoria Patrick to form the Gamecocks’ talented new class.Former Kentucky forward Alexis Jennings, who put up 10 points and 7.1 rebounds per game for the Wildcats in 2015-16, has transferred into the program and will sit out the entirety of the 2016-17 season.“They have an absolutely loaded roster with talent,” McGuff said. “I have great respect for them.”The Buckeyes have no shortage of talent on its roster, either, and this year’s team figures to be in a more favorable position than a year ago.“We’ve got a little more depth,” McGuff said. “We’ve got a little more size and physicality around the basket.”In last season’s matchup between the two teams, the Buckeyes got 36 points from then-sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell and 23 from then-senior guard Ameryst Alston. The rest of the team combined for just 21 points.The main difference in the contest was the play of the bigs. Wilson led the Gamecocks with 20 points and 14 rebounds and Coates added 17 points and 13 boards. OSU got just eight points out of its forwards and center, but the group did grab 33 rebounds.The Buckeyes will now be able to balance the Gamecocks’ post play with the addition of redshirt junior forward Stephanie Mavunga, who put up 15 points and 14 rebounds in OSU’s season opener against Duquesne.OSU looked like a much better all-around team against Duquesne than they did in its exhibition win over Ashland, but Mavunga knows the team must be even better to compete with South Carolina.“We need to still get better defensively and get better with rebounding,” Mavunga said. “We need to communicate a little bit more, but I think we’re headed towards the right direction.”The matchup itself is something that McGuff believes is a positive for women’s college basketball.“It’s a great opportunity and it’s great for our game,” McGuff said. “There needs to be more games like this in women’s basketball in November just to create some excitement.”Tipoff is set for 6:00 p.m. on Monday at Value City Arena.
Auditing and reviewing a Mineral Resource Estimate either internally or publicly is a multifaceted process for which no software can pretend it will provide all the required tools to tick all the boxes. But some solutions will provide better adapted platforms than others. Geovariances says that its Minestis falls into that category. Minestis is used for audit and desktop review of Mineral Resource Estimation projects.“By providing a secure and robust workflow which takes users through every step of the resource estimation projects – from data loading and domain definition to variography and resource evaluation – Minestis offers unparalleled performance to allow rapid and efficient analysis of key aspects pertaining to the review of an Mineral Resource Estimation.”These include:QAQC and validation of the database (through histograms, swath plots, cross-plots, exploratory data analysis, etc)Benchmarking of the actual geological interpretation and subsequent construction of geological volumes by offering fast access to alternative geological interpretations (using automatic data clustering techniques, implicit modeling based on a geostatistical engine which enables the characterisation of the uncertainty attached to the envelopes)Assessing the level of confidence that can be placed in the validity of the estimates produced focusing on the risk for radical errors or fatal flaws and appraising the materiality and risk attached to the decisions taken to perform the estimation of your deposits, in particular in the way they impact the economic evaluation of the project.“With Minestis workflow, you can quickly test the materiality of any suggested improvements/changes in the Mineral Resource Estimation parameters. In particular, the characterisation of the stationarity of the main ore domains, and relevance of histogram declustering, variogram, kriging neighbourhood, and top-cut parameters can be safely appraised. By letting you rapidly test improvements through running check estimates, Minestis will enable you to comment on the materiality of the differences between the Mineral Resource Estimation results and your benchmark estimates. You may also in the process rapidly assess”:the sensitivity of global and local estimates to compositing strategy;the sensitivity of global and local estimates to neighborhood definitions through superior Kriging Neighbourhood Analysis;the sensitivity of global and local estimates to top-cutting strategy;the sensitivity of global and local estimates to change of support models.“By offering eventually automated reporting functionalities, you will satisfy the criteria of transparency required in the reporting of your benchmarking and review strategies, to clearly assess and demonstrate the impact of the estimation parameters on the subsequent Mineral Resource Estimation that support the economic valuation of the project.”