I3 Technology StartUp Winners Announced

first_imgFive Nova Scotia start-ups have each won $100,000 in cash and in-kind services as zone winners of a competition to find and support high potential early stage Nova Scotia knowledge-based companies. The I-3 Technology Start-Up Competition winners announced today, Jan. 27, by Innovacorp boast innovations that kill oral bacteria that leads to tooth damage, turn woody biomass into renewable diesel fuel, help work groups communicate and collaborate better, protect organizations against network and website attacks, and improve the strength of leg muscles of people with knee trouble. “The I-3 competition showcases the great entrepreneurial spirit that exists across our province, and provides many start-up companies an important kick-start to their success,” said Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Michel Samson. “I congratulate all companies in this competition for coming forward with some very exciting business plans. Nova Scotians should be proud.” Each zone winner gets $100,000 in cash and in-kind business-building services to help further develop their start-ups. The second-place winners each get $40,000 in cash and services. “The quality of entrepreneurial activity happening throughout the province is the highest it’s ever been,” said Stephen Duff, president and CEO of Innovacorp. “The 25 companies that were shortlisted from the initial 228 submissions in November left the judging panels with a very challenging task. The zone winners we’re announcing today represent high-potential, knowledge-based companies that will be capable to compete and win in global markets.” Winners in each zone are:Zone 1 (Cumberland, Colchester, Pictou, Antigonish and Guysborough counties): — 1st Place: Extrify – Jim Fitt, Peter Bennett (New Glasgow)– 2nd Place: Pearl and Daisy Natural Soap Company Inc. -Rebecca Taylor (Debert)Zone 2 (Lunenburg, Queens, Shelburne and Yarmouth counties)– 1st Place: CelluFuel Inc. – Chris Hooper, Tor Suther, Ed McKay, Veselin Milosevic (Brooklyn)2nd Place: QNova Precision Battery Evaluation Inc. – Chris Burns, David Stevens, Tim Hatchard (Hebbville)Zone 3 (Digby, Annapolis, Kings and Hants counties)– 1st Place: Fenol Farm Inc. – Sherri McFarland (Mount Uniacke)– 2nd Place: Delicious Brains Inc. – Brad Touesnard (Milford Station)Zone 4 (Halifax Regional Municipality)– 1st Place: Spring Loaded Technology – Chris Cowper-Smith, Shea Kewin, Bob Garrish (Halifax)– 2nd Place: Atlantic Motor Labs Inc. – Braden Murphy (Halifax)Zone 5 (Victoria, Cape Breton, Inverness and Richmond counties)– 1st Place: Heimdall Networks – Jim DeLeskie (Sydney)– 2nd Place: Breton SmarTek – Ian McVicar, Ken Grisham, Stephanie Timmer (Sydney) First-place winners move on to the provincial round to compete for a $100,000 seed investment from Innovacorp. The provincial winner will be announced at an event in Halifax on Feb. 12. For more information, visit http://innovacorp.ca/news/news/i-3-zone-winners-2013-2014 . Four cash awards of $25,000 will also be presented at the event for the best overall submission in information and communications technology, life sciences, clean technology, and oceans technology. The zone winners were selected through two rounds of competition. In the second round, finalists submitted business overviews and gave presentations to the judges. Finalists were evaluated by a six-person judging panel on industry knowledge and management experience, barriers to competitive entry, market size and credibility of plans to reach key milestones. This is the fourth provincial I-3 competition. It attracted 228 formal submissions, far exceeding Innovacorp’s 150-submission goal, reflecting the high level of entrepreneurship across Nova Scotia. For additional more information on the I-3 competition, visit www.innovacorp.ca .last_img read more

Kolkata IT employees plan to form trade union body

first_imgKolkata: IT employees in the metropolis have drawn up plans for forming a trade union body to protest against alleged unfair labour practices in the industry. The IT professionals have formed a platform — Kolkata Forum for IT Employees (FITE) — and has already applied for registration as the proposed trade union body for the IT, ITeS, BPO and KPO industries operating in West Bengal. “The decision to create this platform had been triggered and accelerated by the sheer number of incidents of unfair labour practices, which cannot be resisted by the IT employees individually,” a spokesman of FITE told PTI. Citing examples, he said that when recession hits the market, the IT sector faces the heat and thousands of employees lose jobs, besides “forceful resignations and illegal terminations”. The FITE is in the process of getting legally registered, the spokesman added.last_img read more

Most irresponsible politics ever Govt on Rahuls Kashmir remark

first_imgNew Delhi: The Centre on Wednesday dismissed Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s tweet on Kashmir, saying that the “sudden U-turn has insulted the country by his irrespective utterances many times.”Union minister and senior BJP leader Prakash Javadekar emphasised the fact while addressing a press conference here that even Pakistan used Gandhi’s statements on alleged violence in Jammu and Kashmir in its letter to United Nations, mentioning “much backlash from across the country.” Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”The Islamabad said and I quote “the acts of violence in Kashmir have been acknowledged by main stream politicians like Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, ” Javadekar mentioned. The ruling party left no stones unturned by claiming Congress of doing the “most irresponsible politics ever.” “Things are not wrong in Kashmir but in Congress. This statement shows the bankruptcy of the party that ruled the nation for 70 years. Never in the past statements of a political party were used against the country,” the minister further asserted after showing the press people a short video clipping of Rahul Gandhi’s statement. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe saffron quarter further rejected any reports of violence in the valley. The political crossover emerges after the Congress leader tweeted “Kashmir is India’s internal issue and there is no room for Pakistan or any other foreign country to interfere in it.” The statement, however, came after media reports claimed that Pakistan had moved a petition in UN on Jammu and Kashmir mentioning his previous quote on the situation. A delegation of opposition leaders was also not allowed to leave Srinagar airport over the weekend and sent back by the state administration.last_img read more

Canadian government delegation marking 75th anniversary of Dieppe raid

first_imgDIEPPE, France – Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr is leading a Canadian government delegation to France to mark the 75th anniversary of the Dieppe raid during the Second World War.At the unveiling of the monument in honour of the @KingsOwnYYC in Dieppe, France. They put together a magnificent ceremony #Dieppe75 pic.twitter.com/C4dEvQghwi— Kent Hehr (@kenthehr) August 19, 2017The raid, launched on Aug. 19, 1942, would prove to be the bloodiest single day for Canada’s military in the entire war.The Prime Minister released a statement Saturday to honour the hundreds of Canadians who lost their lives in the battle.Justin Trudeau said the loss at Dieppe taught Allied forces valuable lessons, which he said helped “to turn the tide of the war on D-Day” less than two years later.“As we commemorate the Dieppe Raid at events in Canada and France, I ask all Canadians to honour the people who gave so much at Dieppe, as well as their families at home who suffered the loss of their loved ones,” Trudeau says.Of the nearly 5,000 Canadian soldiers who took part in the ill-fated mission, more than half became casualties, and 916 would die on the rocky shore of Puys Beach on the northern coast of occupied France.The beach landing was supposed to happen under the cover of darkness, but the Canadians, along with 1,000 British and 50 American soldiers, were late arriving on shore, and as the sun rose they were left exposed to withering fire from German troops on the cliffs above.The raid was especially important to the King’s Own Calgary Regiment, which deployed Canada’s first tanks into battle. Tank Commander Cpt. Brent Peters spoke about the crews that came before him. “They spent the day on the beach there believing that they were going to crack the German stronghold,” Peters said. Sandee Baker says her dad Tommy, who is a veteran of the Dieppe raid, wouldn’t open up about his experiences until he was much older.They’ve been on 10 Second World War tours together, and he’s shared stories about his service from Italy, to Holland and France. “He’s not a prideful man he just as he said, he signed up he knew he had to do something in his family there was nine of them and five of them all signed up.” Baker said. Governor General David Johnston noted that this year marks the centennial anniversary of two great victories for Canada — the battles at Vimy Ridge and Passchendaele in the First World War — but it’s equally important to remember the losses, like the one at Dieppe.“We must never forget the terrible cost of armed conflict and ensure that future generations remember, lest we repeat the mistakes of the past,” Johnston said in a statement.A memorial to the King’s own Calgary regiment was unveiled in Dieppe to honour the regiment’s contributions to the mission.last_img read more

Union federal government under pressure to reach a deal before election

first_imgOTTAWA — The country’s biggest public-sector union says it’s prepared to stay at the bargaining table with the federal government to reach a new contract for more than 70,000 of its members as the clock ticks toward a general election campaign.The Public Service Alliance of Canada, which represents about 140,000 federal employees, returned to negotiations Sept. 1 after it said the Trudeau government gave indications that it was prepared to do better than the terms already agreed to with other civil service unions.PSAC was the lone holdout earlier this year when it rejected Ottawa’s offer of wage increases and compensation for the stress caused to public servants by the Phoenix pay-system debacle.Several other unions reached tentative agreements that included a cumulative, one-time extra week off over four years for federal employees who were left struggling with the pay system, which has overpaid, underpaid, and in some cases not paid employees at all since its launch in 2016.Signatories included the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, the Association of Canadian Financial Officers and the Canadian Association of Professional Employees.Wage provisions added up to minimum increases of two per cent each year in 2018 and 2019, and 1.5 per cent in 2020 and 2021, plus adjustments to wage grids that could increase wages by another one per cent.PSAC spokesman Riccardo Filippone would not say Friday exactly what convinced his union to return to the bargaining table.But it had earlier placed two conditions on resuming bargaining. First, it wanted an indication that the government was prepared to talk about a better wage deal than the other unions had accepted. The other was that the government would have to be prepared to talk about Phoenix compensation that involved more than just time off.“(Treasury Board) very recently communicated that those two contextual demands would be something they could head back to the table to consider,” Filippone said.The current talks affect about 71,000 program and administrative employees, but it is widely expected that similar contract conditions would apply to other categories of government workers should a deal be struck.It was not clear Friday whether bargaining would continue through the weekend, although Filippone acknowledged the expectation of an election call coming any day added an element of pressure to the talks.In May, the government said it had reached tentative agreements with unions representing more than 146,000 of its employees to compensate workers affected by the problems with Phoenix. Those agreements included clauses that would provide workers with compensation in line with whatever improvements PSAC could wrestle from the government.Under the terms of the deal struck in the spring, the Phoenix compensation included a one-time provision of additional annual leave for employees and a cash pay-out equivalent to the five days of leave for former employees or the estates of deceased employees.PSAC president Chris Aylward called the deal “meagre” and argued the arrangement treated lower-paid employees unfairly because they would receive less money than higher-paid workers if they decided to cash out their vacation time.A spokesman for the Treasury Board Secretariat, which is responsible for contract negotiations, declined to comment on the current round of bargaining.The government’s pay centre continues to grapple with a backlog of roughly 230,000 unresolved pay complaints, a number which has slowly declined since peaking near 300,000 at the beginning of the year.Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,618.93, up 11.05 points)Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Up 16 cents, or one per cent, to $16.15 on 6.74 million shares. Chief executive Doug Suttles says the company will ramp up output from its U.S. and Canadian oil and gas fields this year after it reported first-quarter operating earnings and production that missed analyst expectations.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Oil and gas. Up six cents, or 1.04 per cent, to $5.81 on 6.71 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down 11 cents, or 2.77 per cent, to $3.86 on 5.7 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Down 21 cents, or 2.60 per cent, to $7.88 on 5.3 million shares.Neovasc Inc. (TSX:NVC). Medical devices. Unchanged at five cents on 3.8 million shares.Precision Drilling Corp. (TSX:PD). Oil and gas. Down 21 cents, or 4.59 per cent, to $4.37 on 3.4 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Calfrac Well Services Ltd. (TSX:CFW). Oil and gas. Up 10 cents, or 1.49 per cent, to $6.80 on 1.9 million shares. Calfrac, one of Canada’s biggest oilfield well-fracking companies, reported first-quarter revenue of $583 million, up 117 per cent from the $269 million it brought in a year earlier.Roots Corp. (TSX:ROOT). Retailer. Down 13 cents, or 0.98 per cent, to $13.07 on 27,962 shares. The clothing retailer will open two new stores in the Washington, D.C., area in August as part of its U.S. and international expansion plans.last_img read more

UN jobs forum hears call to unlock potential of young people

In an address in New York to a partnership event organized by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Ms. Migiro said the lack of decent jobs for young people had become a “key source of social and political upheaval” around the world recently.“From Brooklyn to Cairo, Barcelona to Belfast, Tunis to Tripoli, too many young people are jobless and disaffected,” she said. “Some are poor, some are school drop-outs, some are highly educated but with no immediate prospects.“But as we have seen all over the world, they are demanding their rights and a greater voice in economic and political life. I urge all of us to come together as never before to support a new social contract of job-rich economic growth. Here at the United Nations, we believe that we should start with young people.”Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has made the empowerment of youth one of his priorities for his second term in office. He is expected to soon appoint a UN special representative on youth issues who will be tasked with leading a UN youth volunteers’ programme and implementing a youth agenda.Today’s partnership event, which brought together representatives of government, civil society and the business community is a preparatory exercise for the 2012 ECOSOC Annual Ministerial Review (AMR) to be held in early July.In their remarks, delegates focused on more and better jobs for young people worldwide. The event included not only debates about youth employment challenges, but practical discussions on how collaboration among governments, social partners, the private sector and young people themselves can be maximized to increase employment. Young entrepreneurs also offered their views on what is required to create new and high-growth businesses that will employ young people.Ms. Migiro warned that the diagnosis is grim, with research showing that youth joblessness leaves behind a “wage scar” that persists into middle age and serves as a predictor of future unemployment.“Yet there are reasons for hope. Green jobs, new technologies and entrepreneurship all provide reasons for hope. Our challenge is to realize this potential. It is time for policy-makers to become more focused on the structures that perpetuate unemployment.“Governments must open up labour markets that lock out younger workers. They should also strengthen human capital, in particular through education. Yet rigid labour markets are only part of the problem, and education only part of the solution. We must also redesign our monetary and fiscal policies to promote youth unemployment. Above all, getting young people into work demands economic growth.”ECOSOC President Miloš Koterec told the event that there is a jobs crisis worldwide, including in affluent countries such as member States of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).He said today’s event was a unique gathering of countries, private businesses, foundations, employer organizations, labour unions, young entrepreneurs and youth advocates with the aim of devising new ways to tackle youth unemployment.Mr. Koterec said proposals from the partnership event will serve as an input to the AMR.For his part, Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, stressed that partnerships remain the way forward for dealing with complex challenges such as youth unemployment and for producing innovative ideas or solutions to long-standing problems. 27 February 2012Governments, corporations and policy-makers must do more to realize the potential of young people worldwide, Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro said today, calling for action to overcome the structures and problems that are keeping youth unemployment rates high around the worldwide. read more

5 things to watch for between Ohio State and Penn State

Then-redshirt freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) runs with the ball against Penn State during the Buckeyes’ 31-24 victory over the Nittany Lions on Oct. 25. Credit: Lantern file photoNo. 1 Ohio State looks to continue its winning ways on Saturday at 8 p.m., as the Buckeyes are set to face off against Penn State at Ohio Stadium. The Lantern’s sports editors Ryan Cooper and Kevin Stankiewicz sling out five things they will be watching for throughout the game.Bosa vs. NassibOffensive lines will have their hands full on Saturday, as two of college football’s premier defensive ends will be suiting up opposite them: OSU’s Joey Bosa and Penn State’s Carl Nassib. Although his numbers might not jump off the page, Bosa is returning to the dominance he displayed in 2014. Last week against Maryland, the junior was constantly in the backfield, as he recorded four quarterback hurries and his first solo sack of the year.Bosa, who recorded a sack on the game’s final play against Penn State in 2014, said he sees a player on film that is “night and day” different than as a sophomore.For Nassib, his name is less familiar with the fans, but opposing quarterbacks know it well. The true senior, and former walk-on, has a nation-leading 10 sacks — all solo — and five forced fumbles through six games.The 6-foot-7 West Chester, Pennsylvania, native, saw the field in a reserve capacity last season, but he has solidified himself as a force to be reckoned with in his first six starts.Expect both Bosa and Nassib to be in the opposing backfields often and put pressure on the offensive lines all game long.Repeat performance in the red zone?Last week, the Buckeyes appeared to have located the cure for their woes in the red zone by inserting J.T. Barrett at quarterback when the team got near the 20-yard line. The redshirt sophomore guided OSU across the goal line on all five of the possessions he was used as a red zone quarterback.OSU coach Urban Meyer said during the week that he thinks Barrett will continue to be used in this capacity — as long as it proceeds to produce points.Fortunately for the Buckeyes, the stat sheet indicates they should be able to have similar success against Penn State as they did versus Maryland.The Nittany Lions have impeded opposing offenses with much success in 2015, as they rank 10th in the nation for total defense.However, when the opposition is able make its way into the red zone against Penn State, the Nittany Lions have struggled to stop it from scoring. Through six games, Penn State’s opponents are scoring 91 percent of the time it gets in the red zone, which is 106th in the nation.Meyer made it sound like as long as Barrett engineers trips into the end zone, he will continue to use the red zone package. Saturday’s matchup appears to be another good chance for Barrett to build off last week’s success with finding the end zone.Does Braxton solidify himself as a playmaker?Redshirt senior H-back Braxton Miller had a huge day in the season opener, with 140 all-purpose yards and two scores. But after that, he was seemingly absent for the next four games. Against Maryland last week, however, Miller reemerged. The quarterback-turner-receiver had five catches for 79 yards— along with three rushes for 11 yards — and one touchdown. It was his first trip to the end zone since the opener.Meyer said this week that Miller got the targeted amount of touches against the Terrapins and that he continues to deserve the football.But after disappearing for a few weeks following the Virginia Tech game, there is reason to wonder if Miller can routinely have explosive performances or if they will come and go.Against the stout Nittany Lions defense, the Buckeyes will need all of their playmakers to get separation and make guys miss once they get the football.Whether Miller, who said this week he fully feels like a receiver now, makes his presence felt could have a big impact on if the Buckeyes’ offense builds its momentum from last week.OSU’s secondary vs. a pocket passerOSU’s secondary has been one of the best in the nation this season, allowing just 147.5 passing yards per game, which is the ninth fewest in the country.Big passing plays have been few and far in between, quarterbacks have been uncomfortable in the pocket and have had little time to work before the pass rush closes in.Yet the Buckeyes have not done as good of a job of stopping opposing quarterbacks as they could have this season because of the damage the mobile quarterbacks opposite them have done on the ground.In the last two weeks, OSU gave up runs of 75 and 79 yards to Maryland’s Perry Hills and Indiana’s Zander Diamont, respectively, as each of the fleet-footed quarterbacks picked up more yards running than throwing.Against Penn State, it is not likely OSU will deal with the same problem. Penn State junior quarterback Christian Hackenberg, as his positive runs through six games have only picked up 74 yards, including a long run of 22 yards.In OSU’s six games, it has only faced one quarterback characterized as a pocket passer: Hawaii’s Max Wittek.Wittek had one of the worst games of his life without the threat of running the ball, completing just seven of 24 passes for 67 yards and two interceptions. He did rattle off a 17-yard run, but still finished with a negative rushing total thanks to four sacks.OSU’s secondary can be death on pocket quarterbacks, and Hackenberg is just that. It could be a long night for the junior trying to find openings downfield.Offensive line penaltiesA recurring theme that Meyer has been displeased with this season has been the number of penalties the team has committed.Against Maryland, that area improved with just six penalties overall — but four were on the offensive line.Three false starts and a holding penalty did no favors to the offense. Though the offensive line has improved immensely throughout the season with regards to creating holes for running back Ezekiel Elliott to burst through and creating protection for the quarterbacks, discipline might still be an area of concern.Given how rapidly Meyer has attacked previous areas of concern — such as turnovers and red zone struggles — it would be surprising to see him allow a deficiency like that continue for another week, especially when the number of major issues on the team to be preoccupied with is dwindling by the week. read more

For Ohio State mens tennis all roads run through Illinois

The Ohio State men’s tennis team will look to avenge its most recent Big Ten loss as it prepares to take on rival Illinois later this week. The No. 5 Buckeyes (24-2, 7-0) have not lost a conference match since April 29, 2012, when the team came up short against Illinois (12-8, 5-2), 4-3, in the 2012 Big Ten Tournament championship match in Evanston, Ill. Having secured a 7-0 shutout victory against the Illini earlier in the regular season, many felt the regular season conference champion Buckeyes were robbed of their seventh-consecutive tournament crown. Reflecting on the loss, OSU coach Ty Tucker said that he remembers players’ attitudes to have been the major contributing factor. “I remember the attitudes not being there. It (was) a windy, cold day, the ball’s not going through the air fast, we’d beat (Illinois) pretty badly earlier on (in Columbus) in the regular season … then we got (to Evanston), and it’s probably a 48, 49 degree day … and we got outfought. When they were fighting us hard and standing up to us, we looked to not have a good attitude,” Tucker said. Tucker said many of his top performers, such as junior Blaz Rola and senior Connor Smith, lost close matches against Illinois and exhibited “frustrated” behaviors and “deer in the headlights” looks. Rola said the tournament loss to the Illini was one of the program’s hardest losses during his time at OSU. “For the last three years I’ve been here, the final against Illinois was not only the toughest match to lose, but we weren’t even close to our standards. I think that hurt us the most,” he said. The opportunity to avenge last season’s upset loss is what has fueled the Scarlet and Gray squad for much of the 2013 campaign. “We are really, really motivated. I heard guys (on the team) talking about it through the whole year, and we are really excited to play (Illinois),” Rola said. Redshirt junior Peter Kobelt said he is certain OSU will not underestimate its conference rival when they face off this Friday. “After what happened last year, there will be no (underestimating) happening. We’re going to take them just as seriously as we would take any other Big Ten team,” Kobelt said. “(Illinois) plays well at home, they bring out great crowds, and they really rally off each other, so we’ll be ready to go.” Even with the Buckeyes’ increased focus and motivation toward the Illinois rematch, Tucker and his squad still anticipate a close, hard-fought match. OSU sits atop the Big Ten standings, with the Illini slotted in third place. “In the 16 years I’ve been here as an assistant coach and head coach, Illinois has set the standard. Illinois won a national title, Illinois was the last one to beat us at home, Illinois was the last one to beat us in the Big Ten. All roads always go through Illinois, and it doesn’t matter – it’s like an Ohio State-Michigan football game,” he said. Tucker also mentioned that Illinois’ coach, Brad Dancer, is someone he played tennis against growing up and has known for about 30 years. Tucker said if Friday’s match at Illinois is played outside, the weather could play a factor into the outcome and flow of play. The weather is expected to be cloudy in Champaign, Ill., with a high temperature of 48 degrees and 20 mph winds, according to weather.com. “If you play tennis in the Big Ten and you play outside, the ball is going to blow around and the conditions are going to be tough to beat, and it’s not going to be clean tennis,” Tucker said. All else set aside, players’ mentality will be the deciding factor as to who comes out on top, Tucker said. “We just hope that (for) these guys, the motivation will be there from what happened in the Big Ten finals last year, and they’ll understand that Illinois is going to fight. No matter what happens – playing great or playing bad – that you can’t lose the level of intensity or fight.” OSU’s match against Illinois is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. on Friday in Champaign, Ill. read more

Ohio State mens basketball to host Marquette after brutal 2013 win

OSU redshirt-freshman guard Kam Williams (15) shoots the ball during a game against UMass-Lowell on Nov. 14 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 92-55.Credit: Chelsea Spears / Multimedia editorThe last time Ohio State and Marquette faced off on the hardwood, it was “brutal.”At least that’s what OSU coach Thad Matta said Monday of the Buckeyes’ 52-35 win against the Golden Eagles last season.Now a year and two days later, the No. 20 Buckeyes (1-0) are set to take on Marquette (1-0) once again, and a similar offensive output might not get it done for OSU this time around.“We’re gonna have to score a lot more this year if we want to win,” senior guard Shannon Scott said Monday.Matta said he hopes the game will involve more scoring, and said he expects the pace to be faster than last year’s matchup in Milwaukee.“I think this will be an up-and-down, high-octane type game,” he said.If last year’s matchup was a sign of things to come — both teams finished the season with double-digit losses and OSU lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament while the Golden Eagles failed to make it to the postseason — the Buckeyes and Marquette might both have some confidence heading into Tuesday’s matchup.OSU won its first game of the season, 92-55, against the University of Massachusetts-Lowell on Friday, while the Golden Eagles topped Tennessee-Martin by 16 points the same day.After not getting a chance to watch tape on UMass-Lowell, Scott said the Buckeyes have a better idea of what to expect from Marquette.“Now we just know for Marquette who the shooters are, who’s gonna be able to drive the ball, who their big men are,” Scott said. “So it’s gonna be different now.”While watching film has helped the Buckeyes identify some keys to the Golden Eagles’ game, some things were already clear before turning on the TV.Among the 11 players listed on Marquette’s roster, just one stands taller than 6-foot-7. But that one player — sophomore center Luke Fischer, who is a transfer from Indiana — won’t be eligible to play until Dec. 14, per NCAA transfer regulations. On the other bench, the Buckeyes had three players who measure at least 6-feet, 8-inches contribute in their season opener.Scott acknowledged that his team has a size advantage, but added the Golden Eagles make up for it by ramping up the defensive pressure.“Height-wise they might be smaller, but they’ve got a lot of pressure defenses that we’re gonna have to be ready for,” he said. “They have a lot of players that can press us and really pressure the ball, so it’s gonna be tough for us.”He added that Marquette is a “great team,” and stressed that the Buckeyes have to be ready for a gritty matchup.“They got a lot of talent, they’re gonna be really physical and play tough against us,” Scott said. “So we know that if we don’t come ready to play, they can beat us.”Matta agreed that defensive pressure will be a focal point for the Golden Eagles, and noted that Marquette forced 19 turnovers in its opener. The Buckeyes turned the ball over just nine times against UMass-Lowell, and their coach added he expects his team to keep playing aggressively against an aggressive defense.“We’re gonna take risks,” he said. “We’re gonna turn the ball over, hopefully not very much.”Matta added that rebounding and communication will play big roles in the game if the Buckeyes want to come away with a win.With just one game to evaluate his new roster — three true freshmen, a redshirt-freshman and a fifth-year senior transfer all made their OSU debuts last Friday — Matta said he wants to see his players figure out exactly how they fit into the team dynamic.“This is definitely a role type of basketball team, and the quicker they come to the realization of who they are and what they need to do, that ties up a lot of our loose ends,” he said.While there are rebounders, shutdown defenders and passers mixed in, the Buckeyes’ season opener revealed a plethora of players who have the ability to score. Five OSU players — led by freshman guard D’Angelo Russell with 16 points — scored in double figures in the game. Sophomore forward Marc Loving and senior forward Sam Thompson both added 14 while redshirt-senior forward Anthony Lee had 13 and redshirt-freshman guard Kam Williams chipped in with 12 points in just 13 minutes.Scott pitched in with 11 assists as the Buckeyes shot 37-of-60 from the field and connected on nine three-pointers.With an aggressive defensive team up next on the schedule, Williams said the Golden Eagles will be hard-pressed to slow down the plethora of talent on OSU’s offense.“We’ve got so many different weapons that it’s gonna be hard to stop all of us at the same time,” Williams said Monday. “No matter what.”Tipoff is set for Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Police helicopter used in hunt for man who sexually assaulted cow

first_imgPolice were called to Denham Way, in Maple CrossCredit:Google Street View A Hertfordshire Constabulary spokesman said: “Police were called at 7.18am to Denham Way in Maple Cross, to reports that a man was committing a sexual act on a cow.”Officers attended and a search was conducted, which included the police helicopter however, no one was located.”Enquires are on-going and anyone with information that could assist the investigation is asked to contact Hertfordshire Constabulary via the non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference C2/17/1357.”Police said the suspect is described as an Asian man in his mid-20s, around 6ft tall and of slim build.He is reported to have short short hair and was wearing a shell type jacket, which looked old, in a faded green colour and dark coloured trousers. Police were called to Denham Way, in Maple Cross A police helicopter was scrambled in the hunt for a man believed to have carried out a sex attack on a cow.Officers launched a hunt for the suspect, who was reportedly seen “committing a sexual act” on the farm animal in Hertfordshire.The man, in his mid-20s, had been spotted interfering with a cow near Denham Way, in Maple Cross, early on Saturday morning.But despite the ground search and help of the police helicopter, the suspect was not found.Police are continuing to search for the man, who is believed to have carried out the attack at about 7am.  Inquiries are ongoing and witnesses are being sought. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Charities are too obsessed with chasing celebrity patrons rather than helping people

first_imgBig charities should stop worrying about signing up celebrity patrons, and instead focus “on the people they were set up to help”, the outgoing head of the charity regulator says today.In one of his final public interventions before he stands down as longstanding chairman of the Charity Commission, William Shawcross urged charities to drop their obsessions with the next large public service contract and consider their beneficiaries.Writing for the Telegraph, he said: “I worry that too many large charities are too focused on chasing the next public service contract, or a bigger fundraising return, or a celebrity patron. Measuring their success simply in terms of growth. “That is not good enough. Charities, small and large, should be lean and agile, focusing on the people they were set up to help – as well as respecting their donors. “They should question their very existence as often as practically possible: are we making a big enough difference, are others doing what we do more effectively? “It would be wrong – and unlawful – for the Commission as regulator to force ineffective charities to wind up or merge. It is for trustees, not civil servants, constantly to ask difficult questions about their charities’ effectiveness, and to draw brave conclusions.” In the wake of the scandal about the behaviour of City businessmen towards young women at the Presidents’ Club dinner, Mr Shawcross also made clear that “the ends do not always justify the means”.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Mr Shawcross, 71, steps down as chairman of the charity commission next month after five years. Baroness Stowell of Beeston, the former Conservative Leader of the House of Lords, was chosen to replace him in the part-time job last Friday.Mr Shawcross said charities had to realise that after the fund raising scandals that hit the sector, they had to work harder to win the support of older donors.He said: “Charities should not be complacent. Public attitudes are shifting. People once trusted charities just because. But the exposure of indefensible fundraising methods by some large charities in 2014 was an awful shock.”Especially, perhaps, to older people who placed absolute trust in household names. Scrutiny of charities and their activities has increased. The spotlight is on them like never before. “Recent research suggests that younger people place less automatic faith in charities than their forebears. They ask more questions of institutions and what they actually achieve. They are driven by the cause and the impact.”Charities should welcome this new spirit of inquiry. I believe it may foster deeper, more resilient public trust in charities. But only if charities learn to accept more scrutiny.” Mr Shawcross said the Commission was planning to introduce fees to force large charities to pay for advice for trustees of smaller charities.center_img Baroness Stowell of Beeston  Baroness Stowell of Beeston  He said: “‘It’s for charity’ is not an excuse for poor fundraising practice, or bad behaviour, quite the reverse. Charities are rightly held to the highest standards. “The recent revelation of unacceptable behaviour at a men-only fundraising gala organised by a charity have been met with opprobrium. The Commission is now investigating the charity.”last_img read more

Maptek PETRA Data Science combine mine schedule optimisation and digital twin expertise

first_imgIn what is claimed to be an industry first, Maptek and PETRA Data Science have established a partnership to enable “seamless value chain optimisation and simulation” from resource models through to metal produced.This development will allow mining companies, for the first time, to use millions of tonnes of their historical performance and resource metadata for dynamic optimisation, according to the two companies.PETRA Managing Director, Penny Stewart (pictured, left), said: “I see Maptek as the go-to company for spatial data in mining. Whether you are looking at their 3D virtual environments for geological modelling and mine optimisation, or long-range laser scanners for 3D mapping and monitoring, every aspect is custom built for mining. Any true digital twin in mining needs to consider geology.”She continued: “Our partnership with Maptek provides PETRA with easy access to upstream geological data for value chain optimisation, and enables Maptek to extend schedule optimisation downstream of the mine. For the first time, miners will be able to play forward the mine schedule into the processing plant.”Stewart recently visited the Maptek R&D facility in Adelaide, South Australia, where she listened as the Manufacturing Manager explained how in response to customer requests, they have shed 4 kg off the weight of their scanners, she said.“The custom-built innovations incorporating aerospace technology and military grade specs are really impressive. I mention this example because it illustrates Maptek’s laser focus on their mining customers, and this is strongly aligned with PETRA’s reason for being.”She concluded: “As a mining engineer, I know that Maptek’s reputation for maintaining substantial investment in software and hardware for spatial data is second to none. I feel honoured that Maptek has chosen to partner with PETRA, and the whole PETRA team is excited by what this partnership will achieve for the mining industry!”The integrated technology offerings of PETRA and Maptek cover solutions from geological modelling to plant and process optimisation and simulation. The partnership combines deep domain expertise from across the whole value chain and, together, PETRA and Maptek offer the industry a practical alternative to the common practice of siloed optimisation, according to the two companies.Under the partnership, Maptek Evolution mine schedule optimisation will be dynamically linked to PETRA’s latest digital twin performance models including; metal produced, grade, quality, recovery and throughput. “Dynamic mine scheduling is made possible by bringing together Maptek optimisation engines and PETRA’s prediction and simulation algorithms,” they said.The agreement will see Maptek BlastLogic blast design optimisation also benefit from dynamic links to PETRA digital twin models for loading, crushing and grinding. In addition, PETRA MAXTA digital twin blast design simulation will benefit from connection to BlastLogic historical drill and blast design data.Stewart will continue to drive the growth and development of PETRA solutions, with Maptek Managing Director, Peter Johnson (pictured, right), appointed to the PETRA Advisory Board. “PETRA will continue to operate a platform-agnostic business model, with investment funds channelled into further development of PETRA’s open format integrations, including APIs and architecture,” the companies said.Peter Johnson said Maptek’s goal to enable customers to realise greater value from the available mine data requires consideration of a context far beyond the orebody model and mine plan.“We need to empower our customers to relate the performance and characteristics of processes and equipment far downstream from geology or planning assumptions and understand the relationships better,” he said.“PETRA has a proven capability to create prediction and optimisation algorithms for miners through the innovative application of their data science expertise and experience in the real world,” he added.He concluded: “Our investment and ongoing partnership is all about building business improvement into the mining cycle by leveraging the technology of both companies.”PETRA’s algorithms are deployed by mining companies around the world, while its MAXTA digital twins for value chain optimisation ingest 10s of millions of tonnes of ore data to predict and simulate plant performance using machine learning. The latter have been successfully used for geometallurgical prediction, drill and blast simulation, and process control simulation and optimisation.The company recently applied its big data and AI capabilities to an iron ore mine in Western Australia, which, according to PETRA Technical Director, Zeljka Pokrajcic, was able to demonstrate the link between the mineral resource and comminution.last_img read more

Nintendo Announces Every Pokemon Game Except the One You Want

first_img Finally, Ash Ketchum Is A Pokemon MasterMint-Condition Set of Pokemon Cards Sold For $107K A mainline Pokemon RPG on the Nintendo Switch is still, in my mind, an inevitability. Just consider the rumors, developer statements, and the fact that what other portable platform will exist in the future for Nintendo to put its games on? In the meantime, though, no matter how frustrating it is for fans on Nintendo’s latest platform, the system of choice when it comes to Pokemon is still the Nintendo 2/3DS. In a brief Pokemon Direct, Nintendo announced pretty much every Pokemon game except a true Pokemon for Nintendo Switch.If you set that big disappointment aside, this is a nice little suite of games. A Pokemon game is coming to Switch this year. Pokken Tournament DX is another Wii U game set to be saved by the new system. The updated 2D/3D fighting game features new characters added after the fact to the arcade version, and also stylish grass owl Decidueye. The game launches this September and you can see more of it in action at an E3 invitational tournament next week.This year, Nintendo will be putting out a follow-up to last year’s smash hits Pokemon Sun and Moon. However, it isn’t the rumored Switch remake “Pokemon Stars.” Instead, Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon are sequels set to make a whole bunch of money on Nintendo 3DS this November. Like previous Pokemon sequels, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon are set in the same location as their predecessors, the tropical Alola Region, but feature new stories and Pokemon (hopefully with more fabulous new forms).Finally, two of the finest Pokemon games are also coming… to 3DS. When Pokken Switch launches 3DS owners will be able to purchase Pokemon Gold and Silver off of the Virtual Console, because that platform currently has a Virtual Console.So there you go, Pokemaniacs. Barring a surprise additional announcement at E3 or later, that’s the Pocket Monster content you can expect to play this year. But as for me, I’ll keep waiting. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Industry networking social event Macau After Dark returns this Friday

first_imgIf you missed the debut of MAD at Duffy’s Irish Bar in February, make sure you don’t miss out this time around as the IAG team introduces you to one of Macau’s hidden gem nightlife spots. Kidult, covering an expansive 8,000 square feet, boasts a variety of fun features including a giant screen measuring 6.5 meters wide by 1.5 meters high, three karaoke rooms, an eSports center, electronic darts, electronic beer pong and more.Guests will be treated to free flow beer, wine and snacks while letting their hair down with industry peers.Attendees of MAD must work for an operator (land-based or online), a supplier to an operator, a VIP promoter or be connected to the industry in some way. The door price is MOP$500 and attendees must supply their business cards upon entrance. There is also a select list of VIPs invited to each event.To find out more, please contact Jadeson Ho on +853 2875 2959 or at jh@asgam.com.You’d be MAD not to be there. Marriage proposal provides unexpected highlight at third Macau After Dark Inside Asian Gaming will host the second instalment of Macau After Dark (MAD) this Friday 10 May 2019 at Kidult Club on the Macau peninsula.This must-attend quarterly series of industry networking social events, held in Asia’s gaming hub of Macau, brings together key industry decision-makers with the people they want to meet in a relaxed and friendly environment. JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Inside Asian Gaming named Lead Media Partner of G2E Asia @ the Philippines Load More RelatedPostslast_img read more

Pension deficits hit £139bn for FTSE 350 organisations

first_imgThe accounting deficit of defined benefit (DB) pension schemes for the UK’s 350 largest listed organisations stood at £139 billion at the end of July 2016, compared to £119 billion at the end of June, according to research by Mercer.Its Pensions risk survey, which is based on analysis and projections of FTSE 350 organisations’ financial statements adjusted from their financial year-end reports, also found that asset values were £717 billion as of 29 July 2016. This is a £23 billion increase on the £694 billion recorded on 30 June 2016.Pension liabilities have also increased, rising by £43 billion from £813 billion in June 2016 to £856 billion in July 2016. This is the highest figure recorded since Mercer began monitoring deficits on a monthly basis.Le Roy van Zyl, senior consultant, financial strategy group at Mercer, said: “The vote for Brexit is clearly having a significant impact. Furthermore, the aggregate size of the pension scheme deficits glosses over the fact that some schemes and sponsors will have been much more affected than others, depending on their investment strategy and the nature of the sponsor’s business. In talking to trustees and sponsors over the past month it is clear that the continued uncertainty following the EU referendum makes it a challenging environment to operate a pensions scheme in.“However, it is recognised that working through scenarios of what might happen is a very useful way of identifying key threats and opportunities. This will enable a revised set of priorities to be adopted, or at least ensure in other cases that ‘no action’ is a deliberate decision. Indeed, some risk management opportunities are now much more attractive than before.“What has become very clear is that because different schemes have different stress points, careful assessment and planning is needed to ensure the right approach is adopted from here on.”last_img read more

Summer is here

first_imgKAIRI-2015 is an exhibition of textiles for summer. It is an initiative of Delhi Crafts Council to provide marketing assistance to skilled weaver and printers from across the country to exhibit their textiles to a discerning audience. Sarees, dupattas, stoles and fabrics available at the Exhibition include a range of  Khadi, Ajrakh, Bandhani, Kalamkari, Banaras weaves, Laheriya, Ikat, Kota, Maheshwari, Chanderi, Bagh prints, Tribal weaves from Bastar, South India weaves and Prints from Jaipur amongst a huge variety of traditional techniques. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The exhibition will be held from March 12 to 14 at the Aga Khan Hall, 6 Bhagwaan Daas Road in the Capital. Delhi Craft Council seeks to showcase the excellence and creativity of the traditional Indian artisan, both in handicrafts and textiles. It is an Initiative of the Crafts Council of India, a NGO working with handlooms and handicrafts for over four decades.When:  March 12-14Where: Aga Khan Hall, 6 Bhagwaan Daas Roadlast_img read more

Maritime Museum to offer Chinese language tours

first_imgMaritime Museum to offer Chinese language toursTo celebrate Chinese New Year 2018, the Australian National Maritime Museum is launching a new, specially-designed product to welcome its Chinese visitors, the Endeavour Highlights Tour. From 1 February – 28 February 2018, the museum will offer Chinese language guided tours of the museum’s main galleries, exhibitions and attractions. To be delivered in Mandarin, the tours will run three times per day, seven days per week and will feature a visit to Captain Cook’s Endeavour replica, moored at the museum on iconic Darling Harbour. They will also include guided tours of a range of compelling exhibitions including Passengers (Australia’s immigration story by sea), Navigators (a showcase of Australia’s relationship with Asia and Europe, featuring maritime navigation instruments, charts and maps) and Gapu-Monuk Saltwater (the museum’s recently opened Indigenous exhibition exploring the landmark sea rights case of North-East Arnhem land).Visitors on these tours will also have a photo opportunity on board the Endeavour with a 18th Century Captain’s hat, ideal for sharing on WeChat. And, in keeping with this year’s Chinese zodiac Year of the Dog, they will also have the chance to meet the museum’s resident canine, Bailey Haggarty, famous for chasing the seagulls from the museum’s ships and wharves.Following the extraordinary growth in the Chinese market, the Australian National Maritime Museum has been leading the charge in catering to its Chinese speaking visitors and is fast becoming one of the most attractive and exciting places to visit in the Darling Harbour tourism precinct.One of the initiatives in response to this surge in Chinese visitation includes the translation of its permanent high-tech, interactive attraction Action Stations, into Simplified Chinese. Beyond this, the museum has also been recruiting additional Chinese-speaking staff and volunteers, who are now available at the museum seven days per week.“We are delighted to announce the launch of this new product for our Chinese visitors. It is important for us as a cultural institution to deliver engaging programs and initiatives that cater to the growing demand from this market and allow our visitors to be fully immersed in the experiences on offer,” said Kevin Sumption PSM, Director and CEO of the Australian National Maritime Museum.The tours are available for small groups of a minimum of 15 and a maximum of 35 people, and will run for approximately an hour. Tickets are available for purchase on-site at the museum and are priced at $79 (Family), $32 (Adult), $20 (Child) and $20 (Concession) and will allow visitors the chance to explore the museum’s other exhibitions and attractions at their leisure either pre or post tour.The tours will include a 10% discount voucher to the museum’s gift shop, which features souvenirs, books and authentic Indigenous artefacts. Visitors can also wander through the museum’s waterfront precinct and take in Sydney’s picturesque Darling Harbour with a coffee or light meal at Yots Café.Tour times are: 11:00am, 12:30pm and 2:00pm dailyBooking enquiries: tourism@anmm.gov.auTo make a booking: http://www.anmm.gov.au/chinesetourSource = Australian National Maritime Museumlast_img read more