Professor suggests profound culture shift needed at Canada Post

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – With rolling strikes continuing to put mail carriers on the picket line around Canada, citizens may be concerned about the future of mail.Canada Post is still negotiating with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, after a strike stopped deliveries on Thursday in Calgary before moving to British Columbia on Friday.Earlier in the week, massive delays were caused by strikes in Ontario which closed off the crown corporation’s main distribution centre.CUPW says Canada Post is not listening to their concerns over health and safety, payment to rural mail carriers and other issues.But it’s possible this latest dispute is another symptom of the times we live in.“Canada Post is going to have to undergo a profound culture shift,” said Ian Lee, Associate Professor at the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University.Lee has written several papers on Canada Post, and says one problem is they continue to treat their service as if it were the same as it was 200 years ago.“Canada Post has to be reinvented as a valuable part of e-commerce companies.”Lettermail continues to decline sharply — to the tune of a $123 million loss in revenue in 2017 — but parcel deliveries are rising.CUPW contends staff are overworked as they balance traditional lettermail delivery with increased parcel drop-offs. Lee said parcels are easier to deliver, because you don’t need to service every address every day.“An e-commerce shipper only goes to an address when they have something to take. They don’t walk to that address five days a week.”Canada Post has an advantage, with access to over 16 million addresses around the country. However, the fact is the majority of those addresses do not need any more traditional letter mail. Along with that, most of the ones who do need it are older customers.“So how do I put this delicately,” said Lee. “These people are going to depart from this Earth in the relatively near future, and that issue will go away.”It’s a symptom of our digital age, Lee believes, as companies tell us to stop getting bills delivered on paper because it’s much quicker to get information sent through the internet at the speed of light.Speaking of age, returning to employee concerns with Canada Post, the average age of employees is also going up. In 2014, CUPW reported the average age of benefit plan participants had gone up to 48.7 and the amount of incident reports are going up with them.Right now, there are over 60,000 employees at Canada Post, with numbers dwindling. Their 2017 annual report says over 15,000 employees will leave in the following five years, and Lee said more cuts will be needed if the organization and the CUPW union can survive.“I think that the future for CUPW is pretty bleak. Because it’s going to be a much smaller union. If Canada Post survives at all, it will be a much smaller union because you need a smaller head count to deliver e-commerce parcels. So its best days are behind it.”Then, there are the pensions. There’s $6 billion in unfunded liability, and Lee said there could be a scenario where the government of the time rolls that pension into the much larger public service pension, which funds MP and other government pensions.Simply put, the business of mail is changing and Canada Post could be left in the dust as people go online for more products, and continue to move away from the traditional deliveries. That would mean CUPW members lose out on benefits and market access.“Millennial’s aren’t going to suddenly start writing gazillions of letters to mom and dad and grandpa. We’re so deep into the digital age — people with their smartphones, and social media and texting and so forth — it’s not coming back,” said Lee.Without any sort of shift, a strange scenario would be presented.“Where you pay 60,000 people to show up to work and drive down the streets with imaginary letters and envelopes that do not exist because nobody’s writing them anymore, and then pretend to deliver them all over the country.”Lee said no government would support that sort of situation.At the end of the day, it’s an uncomfortable prospect to face, but Canada Post and CUPW are working against their own customers if they stay the course and make only small adjustments.“So Canada Post is being incrementally privatized as we speak. By whom? By all of us.”last_img read more

Ban calls on Central African countries to ratify treaty curbing small arms

15 March 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on Central African nations to ratify as soon as possible a regional convention curbing light arms and small calibre weapons, pledging United Nations support for the measure in the furtherance of peace and stability. “I urge you bring an end to armed violence, to close down the trans-border trade in illicit weapons, and to fight against the looting and trafficking of raw materials,” he told the 32nd Ministerial Meeting of the UN Standing Advisory Committee on Security Questions in Central Africa, taking place in Sao Tomé. In a message read out by the acting chef of staff of the UN Office for Central Africa, Bruno Mpondo-Epo, Mr. Ban hailed the holding of presidential and legislative elections in the Central African Republic (CAR) in January and legislative elections in Chad in February, calling on other regional countries where polls are due to this year to ensure that they take place in a climate of peace and security.But he regretted that despite progress in recent months, armed violence continued to prolong a climate of insecurity in certain parts of the region.“In this respect I condemn once more the rapes and murder of civilians – women, men and children – in particular in the Kivu region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the eastern region of CAR,” he said.Mr. Ban also expressed concern at acts of piracy off the coasts of Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea. read more

NHL Alumni team up with Canopy Growth to study effect of CBD

With files from the Canadian Press The NHL Alumni Association has teamed up with Canopy Growth and NEEKA Healthcare Canada to take a closer look at the health of retired NHL players and how cannabis could potentially help them.The partnership will create a new clinical research initiative that will investigate the effectiveness of cannabinoids (CBD) as treatment for post-concussion neurological diseases in former NHL players.It will also be aimed at limiting a former NHL player’s reliance on opioids to deal with pain.Painkillers, which can be highly addictive, are often prescribed for nagging injuries that might stretch into retirement and it’s no secret that some former players have suffered from neurological problems or mental health issues after their careers.CBD is a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis plants and has been called a viable treatment for pain, depression, and anxiety.Glenn Healy, former NHL player and executive director of the NHLAA, said they are excited to participate in the study that offers alumni “promise of help and hope.”“NHL alumni gave everything they had during their careers, but the physical consequences after they hang up their skates can be devastating for both players and their loved ones for the rest of their lives,” said Healy.Around 100 former NHL players have already enrolled in the study, which will be lead by NEEKA Healthcare Canada and neurosurgeon Dr. Amin Kassam.The study hopes to establish the medicinal value of cannabis when combined with other treatments for elite athletes and “potentially improve their ability to interact with family, friends and their communities.”NEEKA has defined the impairments caused by past concussions that leads to debilitating limitations in the ability to cope with one’s environment as function disintegration. Some of the symptoms range from depression, PTSD and even progressive dementia.“What you are going to do with your science to make a difference for every player who has played the game, everyone that plays the game today…that has functional disintegration, you are going to make a difference,” said Healy.Healy added he hopes to finally be able to provide some answers for the families of players suffering from functional disintegration.“It’s never the player, it’s always the wife. ‘Somethings not right’.” It’s the kid, ‘I want Dad back. Dad’s not right’,” said Healy. “I don’t have answer. As of today, we are going to have the science to back up the answers.”Canopy Growth’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Mark Ware thanked the members of the NHLAA for their willingness to join their research partnership, saying it spoke “to the need for alternative medical treatments to treat the long-term and often devastating effects of concussion.”The research project will begin this summer and is expected to take a year to complete.“In 2020, at the Stanley Cup final in front of hundreds of reporters. we will have science to back this. We will have answers. We will have hope,” said Healy.A statement from Canopy Growth said the results could also catalyze new research initiatives to further investigate the potential of CBD as a treatment for brain injuries. read more

Despite Ohio States AllBig Ten offense Northwestern exudes confidence against Buckeyes

Quarterback Kain Colter (2) of Northwestern throws to Tony Jones (6) for a 27-yard touchdown in the first quarter against Maine at Ryan Field Sept. 21. Northwestern won, 35-21.Credit: Courtesy of MCTFor the past three weeks, opponents of Ohio State football have had to prepare to play two different quarterbacks given the uncertainty of whether junior quarterback Braxton Miller would return from his MCL sprain to play, or whether redshirt-senior quarterback Kenny Guiton would start in his place.Miller is back healthy and atop OSU’s quarterback depth chart, after playing every snap at the position in the Buckeyes’ 31-24 win against Wisconsin Saturday. This week, OSU (5-0, 1-0) is the team preparing to play two quarterbacks as the Buckeyes head to Evanston, Ill., to play Northwestern (4-0) in the Buckeyes’ second road game of the season.Unlike OSU, who played Guiton because of the injury to Miller, Northwestern has used both of its top quarterbacks, senior Kain Colter and redshirt-junior Trevor Siemian, in each of their four games this season.Colter, the starter, is a dual-threat quarterback who has more rushing attempts (39) than passing attempts (35) so far in 2013. He has completed 27 of his 35 passing attempts for 264 yards and three touchdowns, with two interceptions, and has rushed for 237 yards and three touchdowns.Siemian’s profile is closer to that of a traditional pocket passer. He has completed 47 of 70 passes for 671 yards and four touchdowns this season, with two interceptions, while he has only rushed the ball 10 times for 35 yards.Preparing for two quarterbacks is not going to affect OSU’s game plan, Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer said Tuesday.“(Colter) is a very good thrower as well and the thrower (Siemian) … he’s an athletic guy that can get out of trouble and also run their base plays,” Meyer said. “One’s a little more run-heavy, and you have to be aware of that, and the other one’s more pass-heavy, but it’s not drastically different as far as their (abilities).”Nothwestern’s senior running back Venric Mark, who ran for 1,366 yards and 12 touchdowns on 226 carries in his junior season, is expected to be back for Saturday’s game after sitting out since the opener against California with a foot injury.Meyer said he is most concerned with how Mark could impact the game on special teams.“He’s one of the best punt returners, kick returners in America,” Meyer said.Redshirt-senior safety C.J. Barnett said Wednesday stopping the Wildcats offense on third down will be key to OSU’s success Saturday.“I think we get good pressure, guys up front do a great job getting pressure, forcing the ball out quick and we’re able to make a few plays,” Barnett said of OSU’s success at defending third-down conversion attempts.Colter said OSU’s defense has “athletes all over the board” who are well-coached, but said Northwestern has the athletes to match up successfully.“They’re a great team and a great defense, but I feel like we’re a great team and a great offense,” Colter said Monday. “It’s going to be a good challenge and something that I’m looking forward to.”On the other side of the equation, Northwestern will host an OSU offense that ranks sixth in the FBS with 48.2 points per game.“There’s an all-Big Ten player at every position on their offense,” Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said Tuesday.That offense includes the 2012 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year in Miller, who accounted for 281 total yards against Wisconsin in his first game back from injury.“He’s just a dynamic athlete and he can score from anywhere on the field,” said Northwestern redshirt-senior defensive end Tyler Scott. “We just got to be really gap-disciplined … how we’re going to get him down is if we have everybody flying to the ball and really getting after him.”Northwestern’s defense ranks 88th nationally with 426.5 yards allowed per game, but redshirt-junior safety Ibraheim Campbell thinks his defense will match up “just fine.”“They’ve got athletes all over the field, but that’s something you see all throughout the Big Ten,” Campbell said. “It’s just another obstacle that we’re going to have to overcome.”Making big plays on defense and preventing big plays by OSU’s offense will be key to overcoming that obstacle, Campbell said.“Ohio State thrives on the big play,” Campbell said. “That’s something that we just need to take away from them and turn those into big plays for the defense that will bolster the offense.”No. 16 Northwestern won its first four games by an average of 17 points, and it not only has home-field advantage Saturday, but also the advantage of coming off a bye week.“That’s usually when, it’s a little bit like a bowl game, you see something new,” Meyer said of facing an opponent coming off a bye week.Campbell, however, said the bye week advantage has less to do with extra preparation time and more to do with extra rest for injured players, such as Mark, to get healthy.“We’re going to be prepared either way, whether we have a week to prepare or we have two weeks,” Campbell said. “It was more beneficial for the fact that we got to rest a little, get off the feet and just come back fresher in preparation for this week.”As for the home-field advantage, Fitzgerald said he expects a “very solid home-field advantage,” but acknowledged that OSU fans travel well.“You’ve always got to tip your hat to the Buckeyes fans,” Fitzgerald said. “They’ve been some of the best in the country.”Saturday’s game is coming with no shortage of national attention — ESPN’s College GameDay will be present in Evanston, and the game will be nationally televised on ABC with an 8 p.m. kickoff. Even so, Campbell said the Wildcats are not feeling additional pressure as a result of the national spotlight.“The fact is the big game is something that’s created by the media and people outside the program,” Campbell said. “It’s just another game for us, and we got to come out and do what we do because we can’t control the hype or whatever else goes into it.”Colter, however, said this game has been circled on his calendar all year.“You dream about this when you’re young, playing big-time games like this but at the same time, we don’t want to over-hype it,” Colter said. “We don’t need to play out of this world. I feel like we just need to play our game in each phase of the game to be able to win.” read more

Gemcom Whittle 44 significantly increases NPV with latest advancements in strategic mine

first_imgNew Simultaneous Optimisation module incorporates techniques shown to increase NPV by as much as 25%, says Gemcom Software International. It has just released Gemcom WhittleTM 4.4, the latest version of its strategic mine planning software for open-pit mines. “When exploration and mining companies need to evaluate the financial viability and the optimal mine strategy for a deposit, they turn to Whittle because it enables them to determine their investment strategy and to deliver robust mine plans that maximise profitability,” the company says. This release incorporates the new Simultaneous Optimisation module which allows mining companies to unlock additional Net Present Value (NPV) from their mining operations by handling optimisation mechanisms  concurrently rather than sequentially.The Simultaneous Optimisation module marks a continuation of the relationship between Gemcom and the Whittle family. Since Gemcom purchased Whittle Programming in 2001, Jeff and Gerald Whittle have remained at the forefront in the field of strategic mine planning, providing consulting services to clients around the world through their company Whittle Consulting. During that time, they developed the simultaneous optimisation methodologies that have now been incorporated into Whittle 4.4 via an exclusive agreement with Gemcom. “We are delighted to be able to build upon the relationship between Gemcom and the visionary family that defined the field of strategic mine planning,” said Cameron Reed, Gemcom’s VP, Corporate Development. “The mining industry is in search of new ways to maximise the economic value of their businesses and the Simultaneous Optimisation module will play an important role in enabling this goal to be realised. With the Whittle software in use all over the world, mining companies can quickly begin benefiting from the additional value the new module will deliver.”The agreement between Gemcom and Whittle Consulting also provides the foundation of a business alliance between the two companies. Together, they will offer the industry a comprehensive combination of product and services for addressing the full spectrum of optimisation opportunities from mining operations to the entire enterprise.   “Our history with Gemcom and its leading market position make it a natural partner for bringing the latest advancements in strategic mine planning further into the marketplace,” said Gerald Whittle, Managing Director of Whittle Consulting. “The incorporation of some of our proprietary algorithms into the Simultaneous Optimisation module will provide many mining companies with a powerful new solution that reflects the fact that all mines are money mines, whose planners are tasked with maximising economic return. Simultaneous optimisation techniques have been found to significantly increase NPV because they allow for the consideration of the interaction between several optimisation mechanisms.”Through the facilitation of optimisation over mine schedules, stockpiles, cut-off grades, and blending in a single step, the Gemcom Whittle Simultaneous Optimisation module reduces the complexity of configuring each of these optimisation mechanisms independently. This ensures that all optimisation mechanisms are used and that maximum value from the product is derived.Since operational constraints and bottlenecks limit the ability to generate cash flow, NPV must be optimised on multiple factors in the value chain simultaneously. Decisions made in one part of the business will impact the others. For example, a change in cut-off grade will affect the schedule, and a change in the schedule will affect the selection of mining phases.“By taking a step beyond traditional sequential optimisation techniques, the Simultaneous Optimisation module unlocks hidden NPV in mining projects to bring forward positive cash flows,” said Robin Sweeny, Gemcom’s Product Manager for Whittle. “With the module, mining companies have new, sophisticated, powerful algorithms to optimise mine schedules, stockpiles, cut-off grades, and blending concurrently. Using the module will provide mine planners a better understanding of where to mine, the quantities involved, blends, and the cut-offs required in each period. Further, this module will make it far easier for users to take advantage of all optimisation mechanisms, such as cut-off grade, available within Whittle.” In addition to the Simultaneous Optimisation module, Whittle 4.4 includes numerous new features and system enhancements designed to improve personal productivity and add new economic value to projects. Incorporated into the software are new and refined capabilities, including more controls for modelling mining constraints, and the ability to optimise larger block models.last_img read more

Chema Rodriguez to stay in Veszprem until 2016

← Previous Story Nandor Fazekas third time in DKB Bundesliga – HBW Balingen Next Story → Kiril Lazarov dreams about EHF CL trophy with Barca until 2017 One of the best world’s playmakers José María Rodríguez Vaquero “CHEMA” extended his contract with Hungarian TOP team MKB MVM Veszprem for one more year which means that Spaniard will in red t-shirt until June 2016.Former player of BM Valladolid and Ciudad Real came to Hungary in 2012 together with the coach Antonio Carlos Ortega and some other Spanish guys establishing himself as one of the most important part of the team.He will try to help his team to win the EHF Champions League trophy, the one which Veszprem desperately need in their collection.PHOTO: ZSOLT MELCZER chema rodriguezhandball transfersveszprem read more

8 things we learned from Revenues annual report

first_imgREVENUE HAS PUBLISHED its annual report today showing an increase in revenue on last year with a total of €36.7 billion in net tax and duty receipts in 2012.This was a 7 per cent increase on 2011 and contributed to what Revenue said was a “successful year” with it being the second successive increase in returns to the Exchequer since 2007.The drop in debt available for collection by €137 million to €1.2 billion over all is a drop of 10.4 per cent and Revenue said: “The continuing trend in decreasing levels of debt available for collection in the last couple of years is very encouraging.”Here are 8 other things we learned from Revenue’s 2012 annual report: 2. Audit and compliance checks yielded nearly half-a-billion euro last yearRevenue said that last year just over 9,000 audits were settled yielding a total of €359 million. It also for the first time reported PAYE (Pay As You Earn) compliance checks where 30,000 of these yielded a total of €23 million. Overall, compliance and audit checks yielded just under €500 million. 3. Revenue is writing to a lot of pensionersTaking data from the Department of Social Protection, the Revenue wrote to 150,000 pensioners last year and collected an additional €65 million in tax based on the processing of P35 information. Over €1 million was refunded to cases where too much tax was being paid while work in relation to arrears has yielded €11 million.4. A lot of illegally laundered fuel was seized last yearAs well as targeting the evasion of excise duties on items like cigarettes and alcohol 2012 was a year in which Revenue focussed on fuel laundering and it managed to, in their words, detect and dismantle 11 oil laundries  and seize a total of 1,113,142 litres of fuel.In the last two years a total of 89 retail outlets trading in unlicensed fuel have been closed down.5. Nearly 100 million cigarettes were seized last yearJust over 8,100 seizures last year yielded 95.6 million cigarettes or 5,277 kilogrammes of tobacco with Revenue saying that “penetration of the cigarette market by illicit products is being contained”.6. Revenue got less than €20 million from targeting offshore accounts.Revenue described its offshore project as “still very active” and it yielded over €18 million from its investigation into the use of offshore accounts and structures.7. Nearly €50 million of drugs were seized last yearDrugs with a street value of €49.3 million were seized last year along with €1.2 million of cash which was suspected as representing the proceeds of crime or was intended for use by criminals.8. More people are doing their taxes onlineThere was a 36 per cent increase in payments made via Revenue’s Online Service (ROS) last year with the value of these payments going up by 12 per cent.Over 578,000 transactions were processed through the PAYE Anytime service while Revenue introduced its Relevant Contracts Tax system at the beginning of last year, saving about 12 trees or one million sheets of paper in the process.Read: Retailers fuming over illegal cigarette tradePIC: Soldier receives property tax bill for his entire barracks 1. A lot of cash businesses were audited last yearIn a bid to tackle so-called cash in hand or shadow economy, Revenue carried out checks on what it termed ‘cash businesses’ last year including:Construction: 1,306 audits yielding €39.3 millionRetailers: 848 audits yielding €22.4 millionLandlords/Rental properties: 733 audits yielding €42 millionBars and restaurants:563 audits yielding €14 millionProfessionals, including accountants, dentists, doctors, solicitors, vets: 466 audits yielding €13.4 millionWholesalers: 387 audits yielding €18.4 millionlast_img read more

The Weirdest And Worst Sonic The Hedgehog Fan Art

first_img Hands-On: ‘Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020’ Seems FineLive-Action ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Delayed to 2020 Of all the video game mascot characters, none inspires the fanatical devotion that Sega’s quick-footed blue hedgehog does. Nobody ever maced a Gamestop employee because they changed the color of Mario’s arms, nobody ever started a petition because they changed Crash Bandicoot’s voice actor, nobody ever bombed a Wal-Mart because there was never a fourth Gex game. But Sonic fans are deeply into their character.And when you have love, you have fan art. The Internet is home to literally millions of drawings of video game characters in all kinds of situations, and probably half of them involve Sonic in some way. If you tried to download every hedgehog on DeviantArt, you’d need a hard drive the size of a Sega Saturn to hold them all. Sonic fan art is a very big deal, and a lot of it is pretty freaking weird.We went on a deep dive through the worlds of Twitter, Tumblr, and DeviantArt to dredge up some Sonic art that gave us all kinds of dark feelings. Page through the slideshow below if you dare and feel free to paste your own favorite examples into the comments, which we will never read because we value our sanity. Gotta go fast!View as: One Page Slides1. Sonic The FeedeeOne of the things you’ll notice right away is that Sonic fans love to blend the blue hedgehog with all kinds of other fetishes. In this example, Tails is the “feeder” working diligently to help Sonic get big with the aid of chili dogs.2. Shadow StrippingShadow the Hedgehog, Sonic’s genetically engineered dark mirror, is the subject of a fair amount of fan art. He’s often positioned as a more sexually adventurous figure, the top to Sonic’s bottom. I wonder if using a stripper pole charges up your Spin Dash?3. Cyborg SonicA big genre of Sonic fan art is “OC”s, or “original characters” – new anthropomorphic animals that fit into the video game universe. Most of these OCs are just clumsily re-colored versions of Sonic, Tails and the like, but some go flat-out nutty with the cyborg parts and such,4. Sonic Lion KingRecoloring existing art is a big deal in the fan art community, as is blending two media properties together. Case in point: this deeply weird and clumsy Sonic / Lion King mash-up, which hurts the eyes to look at.5. Shadow PrayingReligious Sonic fan art is another rich vein of weirdness. This one depicts Shadow and a Chao, both ludicrously muscled and packing some serious heat in their Speedos, taking a prayer break.6. Chili DogsIt’s probably fair to say that at least some bad Sonic fan art is made ironically, as a joke. But think about this: we started this gallery with Tails feeding an obese Sonic chili dogs, and now we have another chili dog related image. There’s obviously something deeper going on here that we don’t have enough Chaos Emeralds to understand.7. Sonic Shoes MealAs you’d expect from a character who runs a lot, there is a disturbingly huge amount of Sonic foot fetish material out there. This odd piece of art mixes in a little humiliation and food into the mix, with the poor tan OC forced to eat dinner out of Sonic’s toe cracks.8. Sonic Gap StyleDrawing Sonic characters as more traditional anime protagonists is a pretty popular thing, especially if you’re a horny teenager. One of the best things about this drawing is the Transformers-style power bars for their stats, revealing that neither hedgehog could make a saving throw vs. Sadness.9. Take My BloodWhat do you do after you’ve created your Sonic OCs? Why, tell melodramatic adventures with them in MS Paint, of course. This panel from what I’m sure is a thousand-page epic is notable for lots of things: hedgehog boobs, pants but no shirt, exposed belly button. But my favorite is the smear of turquoise used to represent tears.10. Realistic SonicSome of the most upsetting Sonic fan art is where people take the low-detail cartoony style of the franchise and try to render things in a more realistic way. This here is a nightmare straight from the Upsidedown, with Sonic’s rippling muscles only outdone by Tails’ slavering face.11. Tails DigestingIf you haven’t been keeping up on your fetishes, you might not have heard of “vore.” In brief, it’s when you get off from the idea of being swallowed up and digested by another living thing. Needless to say, Sonic fandom is chock full of vore art, like this pic of Sonic and (presumably) the artist.12. Weird 3D VoreSticking with the vore tip, we have an ineptly rendered 3D tableau featuring Amy Rose choking down some sort of cat with big titties as Sonic holds her belly admiringly. The blue guy looks a little off-model to me.13. Sonic CrucifiedHere’s another religious tableau featuring Sonic nailed to a cross like Jesus in front of an approving audience of Link and Pikachu. The delicate black and white shading really lends an air of seriousness to it.14. Bloody PageviewsThe sexual relationship between Sonic and Shadow is one that is explored across myriad pieces of art. I’m not 100% sure what’s happening here: Sonic appears to be pregnant, and also feeding Shadow from her wrists with blood because Shadow is a vampire as well as a hedgehog. Cool stuff.15. Real SonicWhat If Sonic And Eggman Were In Real World? We think it’d look a little something like this, and also the police would probably be called.16. Sonic NipplesFor a lot of these fan artists, playing Sonic video games isn’t enough. They want to hang out with the speedy hedgehog and his pals in the real world. That’s how you get masterpieces like this, where a poor dude with three nipples has a very awkward pool party with Sonic and a buxom (and possibly bloody?) Amy Rose.17. Sonic SimpsonsWhy exactly somebody felt the need to recast the Simpsons as Sonic characters (or is it the other way around) is completely beyond me. I think Maggie probably comes out of this one the worst.18. Mike The Hedgehog 9-11There is a lot of Sonic 9-11 art. Like an insane amount. We could have done an entire gallery of Sonic 9-11 tributes but I didn’t want to get too morbid. Special appearance here by OC “Mike The Hedgehog,” who is basically Sonic but green.19. Buff SonicBuff SonicWe typically think of Sonic as a lean, mean running machine, but some people like to draw him rippling with muscle. We can’t see this dude being able to pull loop-de-loops with this build.20. Sonic UrinalsOkay, we’re stepping into the dark world now. Abandon all hope, ye who would enter here. Sonic, Tails and Knuckles have been transformed into urinals and they can’t wait for you to fill their gaping mouths with hot piss.21. Sonic CondomsSure, let’s draw Knuckles, Sonic and Tails as condoms. Why not. What possible downside would there be to doing this?22. Sonic SuicideThe idea of a suicide pact between Amy Rose and Sonic is something that we’d never even thought to consider. What really makes this difficult to deal with is the contrast between their expressions – Amy’s cheerful acceptance of death juxtaposed with Sonic’s creeping fear.23. Sonic ToiletThat’s it. I’m done. Peace out. I’ll see you in the bleach tank. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Brazil confident Marcelo will return for Mexico game

first_imgMarcelo should be able to make a full recovery in time for Brazil’s last of 16 clash against Mexico in the World Cup, says team doctor Rodrigo LasmarThe Real Madrid full-back limped out of Brazil’s 2-0 win over Serbia in their final group game on Wednesday after just eight minutes into the game.Head coach Tite confirmed that Marcelo was suffering from a violent back spasm and requested to be taken off with Filipe Luis being bought on in his place.But Lasmar has revealed that Marcelo has made good progress in his recovery and should be available for Monday’s game against Group F runners-up Mexico.Neymar, BrazilNeymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.“Marcelo had a back spasm but is already better. Now we have to wait for, 48 hours or so, to see how he responds. It is possible [he can play against Mexico], there is not much time but we are optimistic,” said the doctor, according to Samba Foot.“The injury happened during a play in the game, he made a rotation in his back and the muscles got caught.”The Seleção have already lost duo Danilo and Douglas Costa at the World Cup.last_img read more

World Aids Days walkathon TCI

first_img Related Items: #MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 3 – WORLD AIDS DAY walk in Provo ended in solemn memory of loved ones we’ve lost, or for those who are living with HIV/AIDS.Candles were lit and according to Permanent Secretary, Wesley Clerveaux,  TCI is being validated by PAHO as among the only countries where mother to child transmission has not been recorded for years.TCI has not had cases of HIV/AIDS passing to newborns since 2007.last_img read more

Domestic growth pushes Star Entertainment Group forward despite reduced spend by International

first_img Load More Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August Star noted that, “Private gaming room performance in both slots and tables continued to outpace main gaming floor growth.”However, International VIP continued to slow despite a 10% increase in unique visitors in the segment. Star said that front money for the year decreased 7.1% to AU$4.4 billion while turnover fell 30.7% to AU$42.4 billion, aided by an improved win rate of 1.38% compared with 1.16% in 2018. Gross revenue from International VIP was AU$364.5 million, down 36.2% from AU$571.4 million 12 months earlier.“Over FY19, the Group completed a further year executing its growth strategy, with major projects at Queen’s Wharf Brisbane, The Star Gold Coast and The Star Sydney proceeding to plan,” said Chairman John O’Neill. “Record domestic revenues and earnings, reflecting continued positive reception by existing customers to recently delivered assets, have not offset declines in our International VIP Rebate business, which was impacted by weaker market conditions.”Managing Director and CEO Matt Bekier added that Star “remains focused on executing our long-standing strategy of investing to drive visitation and earnings to our network of properties located in sought-after destinations. The expansion and upgrades of our properties are being executed to plan through a partnership approach that enables capital-efficient and de-risked growth.”The Star Entertainment Group board has declared a final dividend of 10.0 cents per share for the second half of FY19. RelatedPosts Australia’s Star Entertainment Group has booked a 3.4% year-on-year increase in net revenue to AU$2.16 billion in the year ended 30 June 2019, with strong domestic growth helping overcome a downturn in spend by International VIP visitors.Gross domestic gaming revenue grew 3.6% for the period to AU$1.64 billion, pushing group-wide EBITDA to a 14.1% increase at AU$552.8 million on the back of solid increases at The Star Sydney as well as the company’s Queensland operations on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane. They included a 4.0% increase in table games revenue and 3.4% increase in slots revenue in Sydney, while Queensland gained market share. Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive teamlast_img read more

The best robot vacuums of 2019 iRobot Roomba vs Neato vs the

first_imgA home that cleans itself has been a dream for ages. Thanks to today’s robot vacuums though, that fantasy sounds less and less far-fetched. Current robot vacuums are packed with loads of sensors, electronic eyes — even lasers — and they pack enhanced computing power to match. Their prices have ballooned, too. A few models will even set you back a staggering four figures. Spending that much is extravagant, but it does net you next-level features. Those include dustbins that empty themselves, multiple room and floor mapping, plus elegantly designed hardware.To zero in on the best robot vacuum cleaners, I spent over 120 hours torture-testing a group of 10 robot vacuums. Among them are brand-new models that have recently launched, flagship products, as well as compelling options offered across numerous online retailers. I excluded older models that likely won’t be sold for long.Note that CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site.  22 • Tyler Lizenby/CNET Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo 950 18 26 71 36 39 3:43 Now playing: Watch this: Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $220 at Amazon Percent soil removed Tyler Lizenby/CNET Here’s a machine that proves you don’t need to blow your budget to purchase a solid robot vacuum cleaner. Even though the Robovac 11s Max costs just $219, it cleans floors effectively. That’s especially the case when tackling hardwood floors. It managed to remove an average of 71 percent of our test sand from this type of surface. The robot didn’t do as well handling carpets, earning sand pickup averages of 21 and 27 percent on low pile and midpile, respectively. And due to this vacuum’s basic navigation system, it took well over an hour to negotiate our test room. Still, the Eufy used its runtime wisely. The vacuum covered the space well, leaving almost no spots untouched.      Electrolux iRobot Neato Amazon Robots Read our first impressions of the Roomba S9 Plus Neato Botvac D7 Connected 83 25 Smart Home Neato Botvac D4 Connected 54 92 Tyler Lizenby/CNET Electrolux Pure i9 Eufy RoboVac 11s Max 38 For half the price of the Roomba S9 Plus, the $647 Neato’s Botvac D7 Connected vacuums up messes almost as well. On average it picked up a greater amount of sand (36 percent) across low-pile carpet than the Roomba did. It narrowly beat the S9 Plus on hardwood floors, too, collecting an average of 95 percent of the sand we put down. The vacuum cleaned sand from midpile less effectively though, notching a pickup average of 47 percent. While it can’t match the Roomba’s prowess at removing pet hair or empty its own dustbin, it navigates more efficiently, yet covers more ground, thanks to built-in lidar laser mapping. You can also control the robot through the Neato app, as well as link it to Alexa and Google Assistant. The app allows you to designate areas of your home as off-limits, too. Legend: Sand from low-pile Sand from hardwood Sand from medium-pile Lasers, sensors and robots, oh my: Some robot vacuums… 87 37 How we test robot vacuumsOur method for evaluating robot vacuums is straightforward, yet grueling. There are two types of tests we run. The first trial is to figure out how well a robot covers the floor. We built an industry-standard testing room, as specified by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), just for this purpose. The IEC is an international standards body responsible for managing robot vacuum testing procedures, among other things, for vacuum manufacturers. Enlarge ImageObstacles in out test room mimic what robot vacuums run into in the real world. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Inside this room are objects designed to simulate typical obstacles a robot encounters as it cleans. These include table and chair legs, couches, etc., plus floorings of tile, hardwood, and carpet. s9-c-useEnlarge ImageHere’s a coverage photo of the iRobot Roomba S9 Plus as it moved through our test room. You can see it covered the floor well, except for one slight section in the center (left, bottom). Gianmarco Chumbe/CNET We mount LED lights to the top of each vacuum. The dimensions of the lights correspond to the measured nozzle width of each particular robot vacuum we test.  47 Neato Botvac D6 Connected Eufy Robovac 11s Max iRobot Roomba i7 Plus Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected 71 31 Ecovacs Deebot 500center_img 21 The best if you’re loaded 45 iRobot Roomba S9 Plus iRobot Roomba S9 Plus $647 at Amazon Aug 30 • iRobot Roomba S9 Plus vs. Neato Botvac D7 Connected Share your voice The best midrange robot vacuum 5 27 The best value 28 CNET Smart Home Want more robot vacuum options? Here’s a list of the other robot vacuums we tested besides the models listed above.iRobot Roomba i7 Plus Neato Botvac D6 ConnectedNeato Botvac D4 ConnectedElectrolux Pure i9Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 950Ecovacs Deebot 600Ecovacs Deebot 500 Ecovacs Deebot 600 $1,399 at Amazon Neato Botvac D7 Connected Comments 15 Photos 80 Tags 20 19 Note: Results listed are the average percent of total material removed from test surface 88 93 If someone were to give you a blank check and told you to buy a robot vacuum, this is the machine to get. The iRobot Roomba S9 Plus costs a whopping $1,399. For that staggeringly steep sticker price though, this robot delivers superb dirt removal. On hardwood flooring it picked up an average of 93 percent of our test sand, the highest amount in our test group. The Roomba struggled a bit cleaning sand from low-pile carpeting, earning a low average sand pickup of 28 percent. That said, the vacuum removed an average 71 percent of sand from our midpile carpet. Again, this is the best result that we saw on this specific test. It also cleaned up more pet hair than any vacuum in this test group, and it navigates and maps multiple rooms and floors. The robot zipped through our test room in a short average time of 25 minutes, too. You can link the S9 Plus to the Roomba app and your home Wi-Fi as well. Best of all is the Roomba S9 Plus’ CleanBase dock. It both charges the robot’s battery and empties its dustbin automatically. Now that’s convenient. Read Neato Botvac D7 Connected preview Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) 71 95 The second type of test reveals exactly how much physical debris a vacuum is able to pick up off of the floor. To mimic dirt of small particle size, we use a mixture of play-sand and landscaping sand. For bigger particle soil, we use grains of uncooked black rice. Robots then run in a straight line across three types of flooring (low-pile carpet, medium-pile carpet, and hardwood).robot-vac-testing-photos-1Enlarge ImageWe test robot vacuums on three types of floor surfaces. Tyler Lizenby/CNET We control for the specific nozzle width of each vacuum, too. We constructed an ajustable tool to soil our test floors. It lets us lay down a strip of precise area of soil to match the nozzle dimensions for every robot. The mass of soil isn’t chosen at random either. We measure a proportional amount that’s related to the flooring material, type of debris, plus each vacuum’s nozzle width.robot-vac-testing-photos-4Enlarge ImageOur custom-built tool lets us match soil area to a robot vacuum’s nozzle width. Tyler Lizenby/CNET We conduct three runs (at minimum) on each floor type. We also test with sand and rice separately. That comes to at least 18 tests per vacuum. We weigh the robot’s dustbin both before and after each run. From there we can calculate the percent of debris pickup for every run, and the average amount of soil a machine manages to remove. Additionally we run anecdotal (visual) pet hair tests for each robot, on all three floor types. robot-vac-testing-photos-8Enlarge ImageWe run robot vacuums in a straight line during the debris pickup tests. Tyler Lizenby/CNET The chart below shows the fine particle cleaning performance data for all of the robot vacuums we tested. It should give you a pretty good idea about their performance on different kinds of flooring. Our rice-based, medium-size particle test didn’t show enough differentiation between units, which says they can all handle larger particles without trouble. For pet hair removal we judged anecdotally. As robots move through the room, a camera overhead captures a long-exposure image of the entire room in low-light. That photo will then have a light trail, created by the LEDs, that shows exactly where the robot traveled (and its nozzle position) during its runtime. We can also see areas of the floor the vacuum may have missed.d7-c-useThis is the coverage pattern created by the Neato Botvac D7 Connected. Its movement through our test room was very orderly, logical, and effective. Gianmarco Chumbe/CNET You can see the navigation results of all the robot vacuums in our test group in the gallery below. reading • The best robot vacuums of 2019: iRobot Roomba vs. Neato vs. the rest 38 See All 39 64 CNET Smart Home Some robot vacuums have a better sense of direction than otherslast_img read more

Benefits of sesame seeds for skin health

first_imgSesame seeds have health benefits – while the antioxidant properties present in the seeds help in anti-ageing, the rich omega fatty acids content triggers hair growth, say experts. Nutritionists have shared a few inputs surrounding the benefits of sesamae seeds:4It promotes glowing skin and helps in healing skin. Sesame seeds help the skin remain warm and moist. They are rich in anti-inflammatory properties that are vital in healing redness and other facial skin issues by getting rid of pathogens and other agents causing skin infections. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfMix one tablespoon olive oil and two tablespoons of powdered sesame seeds. Apply this mixture on your face after dampening it. Follow the same exercise once or twice a week.4Benefits of sesame are not only for skin, but also for hair. It is said to trigger hair growth by nourishing the roots with its rich omega fatty acids content. It also helps in moisturising the scalp and improves blood circulation to rejuvenate hair follicles.Add two teaspoons of sesame oil to 2-3 drops of rosemary essential oil and one tablespoon of aloe vera gel. Apply this mixture on your scalp and massage gently with circular motions for twice or thrice a week and rinse your hair with a chemical-free shampoo and conditioner. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive4They contain the highest amount of oil contents as compared to any other seed which is healthy to consume. It helps in removing the dental plaque and boosts our oral health. 4Sesame seeds enhance our digestive health by relieving constipation.4It is also beneficial for people who are under radiation treatments for cancer.4The components of sesame seeds, like magnesium, helps in maintaining the level of insulin and glucose and reduces the chances of diabetes. The rich magnesium content is also ideal to reduce hypertension. 4Sesame seeds also contain anti-aging properties which nourish the hair and avoid the hair greying.4It also reduces the inflammation in joints, bones and muscles. But remember not to consume the excessive amount of sesame seeds because too much of anything is not good for our health.4With the presence of natural antioxidants and natural SPF, sesame keeps the skin protected from the sun’s UV rays as well as protects it from free radicals. Sesame has been traditionally used in several therapies worldwide for these properties.last_img read more

Do not vote for fascist BJP

first_imgDebra/Hura/Kotshila: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee urged the people not to vote for the ‘fascist’ BJP government that divides people, incites one against the other and believes that elections can be won by buying voters.Reacting sharply against the BJP that fared well in some Gram Panchayats and Panchayat Samities in three blocks in Purulia, she said: “He is coming to Bengal only to divide people. They are inciting the Mahatos against the Kurmis, people from Scheduled Caste against the Scheduled Tribes and the Hindus against the Muslims. He is trying to consolidate his position by engineering riots and dividing communities. He did not come to Purulia when there were floods or drought and now he is coming to seek votes.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAddressing a poll meeting at Hura on Wednesday afternoon, she said: “Do not cast your vote in favour of the BJP because it divides people and uses money to buy votes.” She said leaders of some communities had gone to Delhi to take money from the BJP. “I plan to develop the area and want that the leaders should work for the development of their communities. But some leaders are taking money from the BJP,” she said. Banerjee also alleged that as a political party, the BJP has developed hatred and jealousy for Bengal. “They did not clear our proposal to change the name of the state from West Bengal to Bangla. They have stopped the funds meant for the Left Wing Extremism districts,” she said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateBanerjee further added that the BJP was trying to control the life of every individual. “They want to control our food habits and tell us which God we should worship. This is wrong. Who are they to intervene in our personal life,” she questioned. The Chief Minister further stated that the BJP is forcing newspaper editors to publish their stories. “You will see only Modi’s face on the TV as if nothing is happening in our country.last_img read more

VIDEO Irate Teddy Atlas calls boxing a corrupt sport after controversial PacquiaoHorn

first_imgIn a postfight interview, Atlas told Horn to his face that he lost the fight, just to be clear. Unknown Australian boxer Jeff Horn became an instant national hero after winning the WBO welterweight title in a controversial unanimous decision against past-his-prime Manny Pacquiao, in front of his hometown Brisbane fans.Horn’s unanimous decision was puzzling because – by most scorecards – he landed around a 100 fewer punches than Pacquiao.Boooooy Stooooop !— Big Boi (@BigBoi) July 2, 2017 Advertisement Teddy Atlas is none too pleased with the decision— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) July 2, 2017 The decision not only sent social media into a meltdown, it also pissed off longtime boxing trainer and commentator Teddy Atlas, who called the fight ringside. He accused boxing of being a corrupt sport and implied the hometown decision was fixed.Teddy Atlas comes right out and says we just saw a fixed fight.#PacquiaoHorn— Sports Funhouse (@SportsFunhouse) July 2, 2017“It’s a corrupt sport.” – Teddy Atlaslast_img read more

Terminals at JFK airport resuming operations after scare

first_img Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Monday, August 15, 2016 The Canadian Press Terminals at JFK airport resuming operations after scare NEW YORK — Two terminals at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport are resuming normal operations Monday morning after reports of shots fired prompted evacuations and grounded and diverted flights.The reports, which led to some frightening moments for fliers Sunday night, were later determined to be unfounded and the airport was given the all-clear.“At this time, no firearm, rounds or shell casings or other evidence of shots fired has been found,” said Joe Pentangelo, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department.Police evacuated Terminal 8 around 9:30 p.m. Sunday as a precaution after receiving 911 calls about shots fired near the departures area.Port Authority police called in officers from the New York Police Department to assist with the investigation.A short time later, police closed Terminal 1 after they said they received additional reports of shots fired in that terminal. A highway approaching the airport also was shut down.More news:  GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programsPassengers posted pictures and videos on Twitter that showed crowds of people gathered outside of the terminals.Demetrius Pipkin told WPIX-TV that he was in Terminal 1 waiting for his Norwegian Airlines flight when the reports of shots fired came in.“We were previously told to get on the floor and take cover behind any and everything we could find,” said Pipkin, who described the terminal as a “madhouse” with panicky passengers eventually bolting for the nearest exists.According to the flight tracking company, FlightAware, all inbound flights were held at their origin until 11:30 p.m. “due to security.” Port Authority police said travellers should contact their carriers. They also warned of a “substantial PAPD and NYPD presence” at JFK and LaGuardia due to the investigation.There were no injuries reported. It was not immediately clear what led to the airport scare.last_img read more

Virgin Australias financial results for second half 2014

first_imgVirgin Australia Holdings Limited today reported its financial results for the second half of 2014, and the airline also has posted an Underlying Profit Before Tax of AUD$10.2 million for 2015 so far.Virgin Australia Group chief executive officer John Borghetti, said that Virgin Australia Group’s results for the first half of the 2015 financial year reflect a significant improvement in financial performance spawning from the second half of 2014.“This has been driven primarily by the Group’s continued progress in driving yield growth in the domestic market and the disciplined execution of our five-year $1 billion cost reduction program, both of which are central parts of the Virgin Vision strategy. The Group has succeeded in driving domestic yield growth despite ongoing subdued consumer sentiment which continues to impact overall demand,” Mr Borghetti said.Virgin Australia Group saw a benefit of approximately AUS$3 million from the decline in oil prices in comparison to the first half of the 2014 financial year, which reflects an adverse variance of approximately $4 million in the first quarter of the 2015.Virgin Australia Velocity Frequent Flyer program also saw growth in the second half of 2014 reaching 4.8 million members.Tigerair Australia delivered an improvement in financial performance, recording a AUD$6.7 million reduction in Loss Before Tax on the prior corresponding period and achieving profitability in the second quarter of the 2015 financial year.“Strengthening our balance sheet is a key priority and the business achieved a strong total cash position of $1.1 billion in the first half of the 2015 financial year, up from $783.8 million at 30 June 2014.”“Our people and their willingness to go above and beyond for our customers remains central to our ability to differentiate the Virgin Australia Group in the market. I would like to thank each and every one of our team members for their dedication to our business and to the successful execution of the Virgin Vision strategy”, Mr Borghetti said.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more

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