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Ontario will move ahead with council cut despite court challengeOntario will move ahead with council cut despite court challenge

first_imgTORONTO – The Ontario government is standing by its controversial decision to cut the size of Toronto’s council despite a looming legal challenge from the city, saying it will be implementing the reduction in time for the fall municipal election.A day after Toronto councillors voted to take the province to court over the issue, the Progressive Conservatives maintained that their decision will “streamline” governance in Canada’s most populous city.“For too long the dysfunction and political gridlock at city hall has held Toronto back on issues like transit, infrastructure and housing,” a spokesman for Premier Doug Ford said in a statement Tuesday.“The Better Local Government Act will help streamline Toronto City Council and make sure they can more effectively deliver on the priorities that matter to the people of Toronto, while saving taxpayers at least $25 million.”The provincial legislation — which passed last week — will cut the number of Toronto council seats from 47 to 25, aligning Toronto’s ward map with federal ridings ahead of the Oct. 22 municipal election. It also cancels planned elections for the head of council position in the regional municipalities of Muskoka, Peel, York and Niagara, turning them into appointed roles.Toronto will take part in a Superior Court hearing challenging the legislation on Aug. 31, as well as any other legal proceedings related to the provincial legislation, the city said.Mayor John Tory said Tuesday that he believes the legal action will be heard quickly, noting that local politicians should soon know if the upcoming election will involve 47 or 25 seats.“I think what you’ll find is the case will be heard with a degree of dispatch,” he said, noting that the city is fighting against how the province decided to act on its council-cutting plan.“I understand the fact that the law was passed,” he said. “That is the very thing that we’re challenging in court, mostly on the basis of a totally unacceptable process that did not involve any consultation and I think sets a very bad precedent.”One observer said Toronto councillors who were against the province’s move had limited ways in which they could oppose the government’s plan.“What council did is a political act,” said Ryerson University politics and public administration professor Wayne Petrozzi, noting that there’s little chance a court will find the province exceeded its constitutional authority.“For the city of Toronto politicians to have meekly taken a pass on this and just allowed it to go ahead I think might have encouraged Mr. Ford to indulge in this kind of behaviour some future time as well.”The city’s planned court challenge is just the latest legal proceeding the newly-minted Ford government is dealing with since it took office in late June.The Tories are facing a planned human rights complaint over the repeal and replacement of the province’s sex education curriculum and legal action launched by Tesla over the cancellation of electric car subsidies.When asked if the government’s aggressive approach to its legislative agenda could have led to the proceedings, Ford’s spokesman Simon Jefferies said the government is simply keeping its promises.“Premier Doug Ford and the government for the people are going to continue implementing our plan for the people, and delivering real relief to families,” he said.last_img read more

Sheryl Crow Donates 21000 To SchoolSheryl Crow Donates 21000 To School

first_imgNine-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow recently returned to her hometown of Kennett, Missouri, to surprise the teachers at her alma mater, Kennett High School, with a $21,600 donation for classroom supplies.During an all school assembly that was featured on The TODAY Show’s “Show Heart Today” series on Feb. 8, Crow announced that she was “adopting” all of the school’s teachers through Adopt-A-Classroom with a $600 donation each. Farmers Insurance provided the financial backing as part of its Thank America’s Teacher program, which has donated more than $2 million to teachers across the country since 2014.“I know first-hand how much hard work goes into being a teacher, but I also know how big of an impact teachers have on the lives and futures of their students,” said Crow, a former teacher in St. Louis, Missouri. “Thanks to AdoptAClassroom.org and the financial support of Farmers Insurance, we were able to make a meaningful difference for the amazing teachers at Kennett High School while also showing viewers of The TODAY Show just how easy it can be to do the same for teachers in their own communities.”Representatives from AdoptAClassroom.org and Farmers Insurance joined Crow and Jenna Bush Hager, a correspondent for The TODAY Show and a former teacher, to present each teacher with an AdoptAClassroom.org gift card for $600, which is equal to the amount that, on average, teachers spend out of their own pockets each year to ensure they have the materials needed to teach their students. AdoptAClassroom.org is a national nonprofit that offers individual donors the ability to search, select and “adopt” an individual teacher, or donate to a general fund that supports teachers from higher-need schools.“Most people are shocked to hear teachers spend so much of their own money each year to equip their classrooms and students,” said Bob Thacker, executive vice president with AdoptAClassroom.org. “Thanks to the commitment of people like Sheryl, and the generosity of our corporate partners like Farmers Insurance, we adopted every teacher at Kennett High School. Our hope is to help all teachers throughout the country who still lack the resources for their students to learn and succeed.”Farmers Insurance has a long history of supporting education and partners with AdoptAClassroom.org to facilitate donations to teachers from its Thank America’s Teachers program, which launched in 2014 to rally the country to show its gratitude for America’s educators who make a difference in their classrooms, schools and communities.“We were thrilled to join Sheryl and AdoptAClassroom.org in recognizing the tremendous work of all the teachers and faculty at Kennett High School,” said Kelly LaMar, managing lead of Thank America’s Teachers for Farmers Insurance. “Any of us can think of a teacher who made a difference in our lives, but today we’re able to make a difference in the lives of 36 special teachers and inspire everyone who watched at home to do the same for teachers across the country.”To make a donation to AdoptAClassroom.org or find classrooms to adopt in your community, click AdoptAClassroom. Individuals are also invited to visit www.ThankAmericasTeachers.com to share their thank yous and to vote for their favorite teacher proposals throughout the year.last_img read more

Toronto and US stock markets down for the week despite strong jobsToronto and US stock markets down for the week despite strong jobs

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index and U.S. markets ended down for the week despite strong jobs reports on both sides of the border on mounting concerns that a run of good corporate earnings may end.The fast pace of the rise in U.S. government bond yields is pressuring the most expensive stocks signalling that prices matter once again, says Cavan Yie, a portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management.“While we are seeing ongoing healthy macroeconomic indicators, there’s pressure on the stocks because of lofty valuations, coupled with potentially weaker than expected margin profiles,” he said in an interview.The jobs reports issued Friday showed good topline numbers. Canada’s job market gained 63,000 positions in September, pushing the unemployment rate lower to 5.9 per cent. And the U.S. unemployment rate fell in September to 3.7 per cent, the lowest since 1969.Yet investors are troubled by rising U.S. wages that could spark inflationary pressure.Average hourly pay in September rose 2.8 per cent from a year earlier. And Amazon this week raised its minimum wage to $15 an hour.That “will put pressure on all retailers to push up their wages to remain competitive. So all of this is inflationary which is driving the higher long-term yields,” Yie added.He expects equity markets could remain volatile if wages continue to rise and the Federal Reserve remains hawkish.The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 60.50 points to 15,946.17, after hitting a low of 15,895.50 on 208.2 million shares traded.All but three subindexes traded lower, led by energy, base metals and information technology. Canadian energy stocks haven’t been helped by the run-up in the price of oil because of the ongoing pipeline construction problems that is contributing to a wider-than-usual discount being paid for Western Canadian Select crude compared with New York-benchmark West Texas Intermediate oil.Health care, industrials and utilities closed higher.Canada’s two large railways primarily drove the industrials sector, in part, because they are more insulated to wage pressures, said Yie.“Companies like that are able to pass through a lot of commodity price increases as well as operating cost increases and these are the business that we like, those that are able to pass through so ones that have pricing power.”In New York, the decline was steeper. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 180.43 points to 26,447.05. The S&P 500 index was down 16.04 points to 2,885.57, while the Nasdaq composite was off 91.06 points at 7,788.45.The Canadian dollar traded at an average of 77.30 cents US, down from an average of 77.52 cents US on Thursday but up five cents on the week.The November crude contract was up one cent at US$74.34 per barrel and the November natural gas contract was down 2.2 cents at US$3.14 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up $4 at US$1,205.60 an ounce and the December copper contract was down 1.45 cents at US$2.76 a pound.last_img read more

Ottawa racks up 118 billion deficit for the year — thats betterOttawa racks up 118 billion deficit for the year — thats better

OTTAWA — A preliminary estimate by the Finance Department says the federal government posted a deficit of $11.8 billion for its 2018-19 fiscal year.The shortfall compared with a deficit of $16.7 billion for 2017-18.The Liberals’ spring budget had forecast a deficit of $14.9 billion for the 2018-19 fiscal year which ended on March 31. Canada posts weakest back-to-back quarters of growth since 2015 — but that’s not the whole story Stephen Poloz’s dashboard: Why Canada’s economy is not in as bad shape as it looks Wilkins sets the record straight on Bank of Canada’s thinking on its rate hold The shortfall came as the monthly fiscal monitor report said revenue rose $24.7 billion, or 8.1 per cent, due to increases in tax revenues and other revenues.Program expenses gained $18.5 billion, or 6.2 per cent, as major transfers to persons, major transfers to other levels of government and direct program expenses moved higher.Public debt charges increased $1.4 billion, or 6.3 per cent, due to a higher average effective interest rate on the stock of interest-bearing debt. read more

UN starts integration plan for refugees in Russias North Caucasus republicsUN starts integration plan for refugees in Russias North Caucasus republics

The initiative is the work of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the Governments of North Ossetia and Ingushetia, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and humanitarian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating in the North Caucasus.Co-funded by UNDP and the Governments of Sweden and the United Kingdom, it has an initial budget of $1,500,000 for 2005.The programme opened its office in Vladikavkaz, capital of North Ossetia, last month and began executing seven projects to rehabilitate public areas and infrastructure in key communities, including repairs or improvements to roads, drainage, schools, community centres, parks, and play areas.During its first months of operations it will also concentrate on establishing partnerships, carrying out area research assessments, and planning with governments in each republic to develop agreed frameworks for economic recovery and integration. Some 250 temporary jobs have been created.Information and experiences gained through these efforts are expected to result in a three-year recovery programme that will increase communities’ resilience and enhance employment generation through agricultural, small business and micro-lending activities.North Ossetia was the scene of a massacre at a school in the town of Beslan in September, when 338 people were killed and 747 injured, many of them children, in a hostage taking linked to separatists in the nearby republic of Chechnya, where Russia has been fighting a war against separatists for the past several years.In Ingushetia, the UN withdrew international staff in June following deadly fighting between rebels and government forces in which a local UN staffer was killed. The republic hosts some 50,000 internally displaced people from Ingushetia and neighbouring Chechnya living in temporary settlements or private accommodation. read more

Wisconsin Governor Tells NFL Players to Stop Anthem ProtestsWisconsin Governor Tells NFL Players to Stop Anthem Protests

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker/WikipediaMADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he thinks NFL players should stop protesting during the national anthem and instead speak out against domestic violence.The Republican former presidential hopeful sent a letter Monday to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith saying he believes players are showing disrespect for the flag and veterans. Players should drop the “divisive political sideshow” and speak out against domestic violence instead, the governor wrote.NFL league meetings Tuesday offer an opportunity to strongly condemn domestic violence, Walker added.“My request is simple: stand for the American flag and the national anthem out of respect for those who risk their lives for our freedoms, and then take a stand against domestic violence to keep American families safe,” Walker wrote. “That’s something we can all agree on, and that just might help the NFL reunite with many of its devoted fans.”Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the protests last season when he refused to stand during the anthem to protest racial inequality and police brutality. With Kaepernick out of the league this year, other players have taken up his cause.President Donald Trump has been pressuring owners to discipline players who don’t stand for the anthem. Asked why Walker decided to inject himself into the debate, the governor’s spokesman, Tom Evenson, said October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the governor was moved by survivors’ stories he heard at the annual Governor’s Council on Domestic Abuse awards ceremony last week.The letter comes a day after the Green Bay Packers lost star quarterback Aaron Rodgers to a broken collarbone during a game against the Minnesota Vikings. Rodgers may be out for the season.Packers coach Mike McCarthy has said backup Brett Hundley will replace Rodgers. Still, questions are swirling about whether the Packers might try to sign Kaepernick, who was born in Milwaukee and lived in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, until he was four years old.Evenson said the letter wasn’t meant to signal the Packers shouldn’t consider Kaepernick as a replacement for Rodgers. read more

Former Ohio State quarterback Kenny Guiton signs with AFLs LA KISSFormer Ohio State quarterback Kenny Guiton signs with AFLs LA KISS

Former quarterback Kenny Guiton throws the ball during Ohio State’s Pro Day March 7 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.Credit: Ryan Robey / For The LanternAfter serving as a backup quarterback at Ohio State for four seasons, Kenny Guiton has found a new football home.The 6-foot-3, 208-pound passer has been assigned to the LA KISS — named after the iconic rock group of the same title — of the Arena Football League, according to a press release Tuesday evening.The start of an AFL career for Guiton comes after a short stint with the Buffalo Bills of the NFL, who invited Guiton to their rookie mini-camp in Buffalo in May before signing rookie wideout Caleb Holley of East Central University, leaving no room for Guiton on the roster.At OSU, Guiton completed 89 of his 134 career pass attempts for 893 yards and 16 touchdowns. In his final season, Guiton was named a team captain and started in two games for the Buckeyes, leading OSU to a 52-34 win over California in his first ever start and compiling a school-record six touchdown passes against Florida A&M in his second start.Guiton graduated from OSU in December 2013 with a degree in family resource management and family studies.Following the 2014 Orange Bowl, his final game in an OSU uniform, Guiton played in the NFL Players Association Collegiate Bowl, a showcase for college seniors looking to enter the NFL ranks, but threw just four passes in the contest, completing only one of those throws for nine yards.There has been no announcement as to when Guiton is set to don an LA KISS uniform, as the team is currently in the middle of the 2014 AFL season with its next game set for June 9 against the San Jose Sabercats.The KISS currently stand at 2-8 on the season and are riding a seven-game losing streak following a 2-1 start. read more

Ohio State golfer misses cut at US Womens OpenOhio State golfer misses cut at US Womens Open

Then-freshman golfer Jessica Porvasnik watches her shot at the Lady Buckeye Invitational April 19 in Columbus.Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsAfter starting the day at nine over par, Ohio State golfer Jessica Porvasnik shot a 12-over 82 to miss the cut by 12 strokes at the 2014 United States Women’s Open.She finished the tournament 149th out of the original field of 156.Porvasnik’s Friday round at Pinehurst No. 2 in Pinehurst, N.C., included eight pars and no birdies. She finished the front side with a seven-over 42 before heading to the club house with a 40 on the back nine.The men’s U.S. Open was held at the same course last weekend.The Hinckley, Ohio, native qualified for the open after shooting consecutive rounds of 73 at a qualification tournament at the Butler Country Club in Butler, Pa., May 12.Her first go around at the U.S. Open came after she won two events for the Buckeyes in 2014, which was her freshman season. Along with winning the Big Ten Championship and the Westbrook Spring Invitational, Porvasnik came in the top five at four other tournaments and the top 10 at two other tournaments.Porvasnik is at least the third Buckeye to have taken part in the U.S. Women’s Open. OSU’s coach, Therese Hession, played in the event seven times, and former Buckeye golfer Meg Mallon won the U.S. Open in both 1991 and 2004.Out of the 25 amateurs playing in the tournament, Porvasnik finished third to last ahead of Emily Pentilla and Hannah Pietila. Six amateurs made the cut with Australian Minjee Lee carding the best scores — she is in a tie for third at even par heading into the weekend.Porvasnik is scheduled to begin her sophomore season with the Buckeyes when OSU travels to Lincoln, Neb., for the Chip-N-Club Invitational Sept. 8. read more

Astra advancing clean coal technologyAstra advancing clean coal technology

first_imgAstra Energy Technologies (AET), a subsidiary of international diversified resource company Astra Resources, has completed the acquisition of Interecotech’s innovative clean coal conversion technology. The acquisition, which resulted in the formation of Astra Interecotech (AI) to oversee the commercialisation of the technology, follows the successful completion of due diligence into the project.Included in the acquisition is the scientific process required for the manufacture of Activated Coal Water Fuel (ACWF), and Integrated Coal Slurry Gasification Combined Cycle (ICSGCC) technology, with the latter expected by the company to “revolutionise the production of synthetic gas and electricity.” Astra’s CEO, Dr Jaydeep Biswas says that the technology is based on ultrasonic chemistry activating the coal water mixtures so brown coal behaves as a liquid, which provides cleaner and higher efficiency combustion in existing coal-fired power stations.“AI’s ACWF technology has been subject to significant scientific and technical improvements from the current thermal dynamic activation (TDA) technology, a process which has taken approximately 23 years,” Biswas stated. “The technology is a bolt-on device for existing power stations to process low quality coal as an alternative to diesel, fuel oil and black coal, meaning expensive upgrades are not required. This means pulverised coal combustion plants can be converted to ACWF plants, utilising AI’s coal preparation and combustion technology with very low capital costs. Low ranking brown coal is the ideal feedstock for the preparation of ACWF, which is then fed into a specially designed and manufactured combustion unit. Using the milling and homogenisation technologies, ACWF is produced by causing high energy and high pressure cavitation in the coal-water mixture.”The thermal and chemical properties of the ACWF means higher rates of reactivity when fed into combustion reactors. As the input energy required to produce ACWF as a feedstock to other processes is much lower, a reduction in CO2 emissions can be achieved over the processes lifecycle. Additional environmental benefits are gained by the presence of water in ACWF which works to reduce harmful emissions into the atmosphere and makes the product explosion-proof. AI’s ACWF technology also provides users with significant cost savings, requiring 10 to 15% less coal as feedstock for the same MW output in comparison to a power plant that does not utilise the technology.“As any type of coal can be used as feedstock, developing countries with low quality thermal coal reserves will be able to gain greater energy independence by utilising locally mined reserves rather than importing black coal or diesel for their power generation requirements, which is unsustainable in the long term. By replacing oil or gas with ACWF, and dependent on the geographical area, AI can achieve a 30 to 70% lower price per unit of energy.”While the production of ACWF is a relatively simplistic process, AI’s ICSGCC technology is a more complex process, converting coal into electricity in up to three cycles. Including the preparation of Uniform Activated Coal Water Fuel (UACWF) as a feedstock for the gasifier, gasification of UACWF and combined cycle (gas, steam and organic turbines) to generate electricity this process can successfully produce low cost hydrogen-enriched syngas by implementing either a two or three cycle process.Astra Managing Director Silvana De Cianni says the patented and environmentally friendly technology outlines the scientific process required for utilising all types of coal for the production of low cost hydrogen enriched Syngas, however lignite and brown coal is most suited. “The technology produces high yielding, low emission syngas, the basis of a revolutionary new type of Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) process. The resulting product is a long-term, and cheaper, alternative to oil, gas, pulverized coal and coal water slurry, and can be used for direct combustion in converted coal or oil-fired boilers, coal-to-liquid fuel production, electricity generation and can replace natural gas to produce heat.”AI’s method of ICSGCC technology is unique in part due to the new type of feedstock (UACWF) that has been developed, which is prepared by special milling and hydro-shock disintegration methods and equipment. The technology for the preparation of UACWF focuses on the use of any type and grade of coal, including low-grade coal, waste of coal processing plants, slag containing unburned carbon and coal fines.The initial focus for AI’s ACWF technology will be SE Asia, followed by Latin America, with prospective growth markets identified in the Central European region due to the vast resources brown coal and a high demand for low emission production of electricity. AI is currently in the process of manufacturing an ACWF and combustion demonstration unit in Russia for the purpose of demonstrating its efficiency and integrity for prospective clients. The company plans to construct a commercial ACWF and combustion plant within the next 12 months and an ICSGCC demonstration module within the next 36 months. AI has also entered into discussion with interested parties that span the globe concerning prospective commercial arrangements.Astra Resources’ global portfolio includes gold interests in SE Asia, coal mine in Africa, iron ore in India, Norway and the Philippines, carbon efficient and commodity businesses, the production of the high-strength T-Steel technology in Hungary, clean coal technology and the provision of mining services housing in Rockhampton, Queensland.last_img read more

Man dies after staying up too long to watch the World CupMan dies after staying up too long to watch the World Cup

first_imgThe issue is not a new one in China, where football fans are often hours ahead of major tournaments.During Euro 2012, one man stayed awake for 11 days to watch games and died.Similar problems were reported for both the 2006 and 2010 World Cup tournaments.Read: Yes, in case you’re wondering that is Moy Park chicken advertising at the World Cup A CHINESE MAN was found dead after apparently staying up all night to watch a World Cup match.The 25-year-old had stayed up all night on Friday to watch the Netherlands’ comprehensive victory over Spain.He was found early on Saturday morning, his television set still airing football, the Xinhua News Agency reports.Doctors at Xiangcheng People’s Hospital say that they believe his death could be linked to staying up to watch the game, which aired in the middle of the night in China.Although doctors did not specify what exactly may have caused the death, exhaustion or a heart attack have been given as possible factors.Doctors warned football fans to be cautious about their health.The news agency says that there may be more deaths. At least three Chinese football fans have reportedly died after staying up to watch the 2014 FIFA World Cup— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) June 17, 2014center_img Source: China Xinhua News/Twitterlast_img read more

Orange investit davantage dans les widgetsOrange investit davantage dans les widgets

first_imgOrange investit davantage dans les widgetsFrance – Orange a signé un partenariat avec la start-up Netvibes afin d’accroître son développement dans le secteur des widgets. L’accord pourrait aller au-delà du marché des mobiles.Les widgets sont des applications accessibles depuis l’écran d’accueil d’un mobile ou d’un ordinateur. Netvibes, plutôt spécialisé dans les PC, entre ainsi sur le marché du mobile grâce à un partenariat avec Orange. L’opérateur français choisit pour sa part de renforcer ce secteur après les lancements de son propre service widgets en 2009 et de l’Application Shop début 2010. Ce nouveau service sera disponible partout dans le monde grâce à l’outil Djinngo Mobile. Mais l’accord a pour ambition de dépasser la dimension mobile. Les deux partenaires envisagent en effet de passer sur la télévision IP. Start-up qui vient de fêter ses cinq années d’existence, Netvibes compte 200.000 widgets en réserve.Le 5 mars 2010 à 11:14 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Alicia Vikander Brings Lara Croft to Life in New Tomb Raider ImagesAlicia Vikander Brings Lara Croft to Life in New Tomb Raider Images

first_imgMuch like the video game series, the Tomb Raider movie franchise will soon be rebooted. Director Roar Uthaug has shared the first images of Oscar-winning actress, Alicia Vikander, as Lara Croft. Donning a pick axe along with a bow and quiver, Vikander is the splitting image of the iconic video game heroine.This new Tomb Raider movie will be heavily influenced by the rebooted game. As you can tell from the images, Vikander is playing the younger, less-experienced Lara Croft from 2013’s Tomb Raider. Just like in the game, Lara becomes stranded on a mysterious island near Japan. Instead of traveling for adventure, Lara’s trip was motivated by a need to find her father, who she believes is on this previously uncharted island.“Suddenly, the stakes couldn’t be higher for Lara, who—against the odds and armed with only her sharp mind, blind faith and inherently stubborn spirit—must learn to push herself beyond her limits as she journeys into the unknown,” reads the movie’s official synopsis. “If she survives this perilous adventure, it could be the making of her, earning her the name tomb raider.”As for what will make Tomb Raider stand out from other (failed) video game movies, director Uthaug told GQ that his team “drew a lot of inspiration and reference from the game and the entire Tomb Raider canon to develop our world, and I believe fans will recognize that. At the same time, this is a completely different theatrical approach to Lara Croft that will offer something new in the origin and development of the character. It’s a story that not only highlights her incredible physical accomplishments but delves deeper into her humanity.”Speaking to Vanity Fair via e-mail, Vakinder talked about what it means to play Lara Croft. “When I was asked to take on this role I got really excited—Lara Croft is a truly iconic character. I think people can identify with her for lots of different reasons, but for me, I very much see her as a model for many young women. She’s trying to carve out her place in the world and connect her future with her past. She also has a fantastic mix of traits — tough, smart, vulnerable, plus she’s kick ass! She is also uniquely different to other characters I have taken on previously. It’s a lot of fun trying to get into Lara’s head, and the challenge of getting to grips with such a physical role is an element of this project that I find an absolute thrill.”As for how closely the movie will follow the 2013 game, Uthaug told GQ that the “game was certainly part of what inspired our film. I think fans will be delighted to discover many touchstones from the game throughout the story. At the same time, this is not the kind of video game adaptation you often see, with a lot of CGI and effects. Our movie takes a more realistic, grounded approach. Lara Croft is a hero and a champion, but she is not a superhero. She is very much human, and we see her deal with that humanity in many ways.”Video game movies don’t exactly have a great track record. Hopefully, this new Tomb Raider movie will finally break the curse. If the film manages to capture the spirit of the latest games, then we could be in for something special.Tomb Raider will be released in movie theaters on March 16, 2018.last_img read more

Facebook Proposes New IsInputHandling API for Faster Input Event ProcessingFacebook Proposes New IsInputHandling API for Faster Input Event Processing

first_imgWith the proposed API, the script only yields execution to the browser when it has a good reason to. A common alternative to running long scripts on the main thread while mitigating the impact on interactivity involves yielding back to the browser at arbitrarily defined intervals. However, yielding execution to the browser when there are no inputs to process implies some inefficiency, in particular for frameworks which need to load large scripts on a page. Facebook explains: Developers may register and share feedback on the origin trial. If we yield too often, the page loads too slowly. If we yield less often, it takes longer for the browser to respond to user events, and people get frustrated. In that context, the new API seeks to provide a cooperative scheduling solution which allows task to complete as fast as possible while letting the browsers process input events in a way that users do not notice a lag between an input and its perceived effects (generally changes to the DOM).The new isInputPending API is included in Chrome 74, as an origin trial. Facebook mentions: In the example of registering behavior for a variety of UI components, we can’t wait for an idle period before continuing to register additional UI components. Another alternative is to use the Background Tasks API, in particular the requestIdleCallback() API, to run scripts when the browser is idle. However, this API is designed for tasks which do not have a high priority. As the proposal explains, this approach is also fraught with difficulties:center_img The origin trial will allow us to get a sense of how important the API is to developers, which is important information for all browser vendors on the web and is will shape our future conversations about this API. The new API has been divulgated through the W3C’s Web Platform Incubator Community Group (WICG), a platform supported by major browser vendors such as Microsoft, Apple, Google, and Mozilla, to have a dialog about new features. The corresponding WICG proposal details the rationale behind the API together with the constraints it has to meet and the privacy and security issues it creates.If feedback is positive, the new API could become fully available in Chrome and other browsers. Facebook hints that additional APIs could be contributed down the line: Facebook recently announced its first major browser API contribution. The new isInputPending API aims to shorten the time between a user input and its processing by the browser, and to increase the user experience of highly interactive applications.The new navigator.scheduling.isInputPending browser API proposal exposes a function isInputPending which will return true if the browser has an input event scheduled for dispatching. API consumers may specify specific event types (like touch or key events) to be checked by calling the function with the appropriate parameters.In the announcing blog post, Facebook’s Nate Schloss and Andrew Comminos give the following example of usage, where a script includes a logic by which it interrupts its computation to let the browser handle inputs:while (workQueue.length > 0) { if (navigator.scheduling.isInputPending([‘mousedown’, ‘mouseup’, ‘keydown’, ‘keyup’])) { // Stop doing work if we think we’ll start receiving a mouse or key event. break; } let job = workQueue.shift(); job.execute();} isInputPending is now part of a larger effort to build scheduling primitives into the web. Eventually, we hope to see browser tools that allow developers to integrate deeper into the browser’s task queue and even let developers give the browser insight into the priorities of various network requests and tasks.last_img read more

Just Retirement and Partnership Assurance to mergeJust Retirement and Partnership Assurance to merge

first_imgJust Retirement Group and Partnership Assurance Group are to merge to create JRP Group.The boards of the two annuity providers have agreed on the terms of a recommended all-share merger. Just Retirement shareholders would own a 60% stake in JRP Group, with Partnership Assurance owning the remaining 40%.In addition to financial synergies and enhanced prospects for growth in international markets, the merger aims to increase the combined group’s ability to develop and accelerate new product launches in the retirement income market in line with the increased demand generated by the pension freedoms.The newly created company will be led by Rodney Cook (pictured) as group chief executive officer, David Richardson as deputy group chief executive officer and Simon Thomas as group finance director. Chris Gibson-Smith, current chairman of Partnership Assurance, will be chairman of the combined group, while Tom Cross Brown, current chairman of Just Retirement, will take up the role of deputy chairman of JRP Group.Just Retirement’s Cross Brown said: “This transaction represents a unique opportunity to accelerate the existing strategy of both businesses. Our two businesses will be bigger, stronger and more efficient together, which we believe will allow us to deliver better returns to both policyholders and shareholders.”Partnership Assurance’s Gibson-Smith added: “Both businesses have at their core a focus on using outstanding intellectual property and underwriting expertise to deliver better-value products and improved customer outcomes within defined benefit, UK retail retirement income and international markets.”Tom McPhail, head of pensions research at Hargreaves Lansdown, said: “The retirement income market has changed fundamentally since the Budget of 2014.“The majority of smaller pension pots are simply being cashed in, drawdown demand has increased significantly and, at the same time, the proportion of customers shopping around the market for the best annuity deals still isn’t increasing.“Given these factors and the similarity of their business models and strategies, it is hardly surprising to see these two companies merging.”John Baines, principal consultant in the risk settlement group at Aon Hewitt, added: “The medically underwritten bulk annuity market has become mainstream with close to £1 billion of business written in the past 18 months. With one of the main reasons for the proposed merger between Just Retirement and Partnership being a focus on growing in the defined benefit pension market, we don’t expect that this growth trend is likely to change.“As with any merger, there is a risk of reduced competition driving up prices. However, in this case, that risk is likely to be mitigated by the new entrants that are poised to enter the market imminently, by the increased interest of traditional insurers in using medical data to sharpen their pricing, and also by the need to retain a competitive pricing basis relative to traditional insurers.”last_img read more

Canada rallies around Trudeau after Trump attackCanada rallies around Trudeau after Trump attack

first_imgCanada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau meets with US president Donald Trump during the G7 Summit in the Charlevoix town of La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada on 8 June. Photo: ReutersCanadian politicians of all stripes rallied round their prime minister on Monday after his cautious and polite defence of free trade rules drew an extraordinary personal rebuke from US president Donald Trump.The United States is Canada’s single biggest trade partner, with two-way exchanges of goods and services totalling $673.9 billion in 2017, and Washington enjoys a $8.4 billion surplus.Nevertheless, Trump appears determined to up-end the trade relationship, insisting that the US is the loser, and has demanded that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) be renegotiated or abandoned.Prime minister Justin Trudeau’s government is in talks to save the deal and, in concert with the other major trading powers in the G7 group of nations that met in Quebec over the weekend, pushed back against Trump.And in Ottawa on Monday, International trade minister Francois-Philippe Champagne urged lawmakers to speed ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership that might offset losses in US trade by binding Canada closer to Asia, Australia and Latin America.In particular, Canada, Japan and the European G7 powers are outraged by Trump’s unilateral-or illegal, in their eyes-imposition of tariffs on imported steel and aluminium in the name of preserving US industry on national security grounds.‘Circus thug’Trump skipped the end of the G7 summit on Saturday and was in the air en route to his historic nuclear summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un when Trudeau dubbed the national security justification “insulting.”And the young Canadian leader, who has attempted to maintain a public facade of friendship with the US leader, confirmed that he would regretfully impose retaliatory tariffs on US goods from next month to offset the steel levy.Trump was infuriated by the news conference and abruptly withdrew US support for the summit’s relatively anodyne closing statement, a boilerplate invocation of the importance of multilateral trade rules.He also insulted Trudeau personally, dubbing him “very dishonest and weak” and excoriated Canada’s managed dairy market, which is a tiny part of total exchanges but is protected by a huge 270 per cent tariff.He also suggested he is again studying possible tariffs on automobiles imported from Canada, a move which would have a much more substantial hit on both economies.The venom of the exchange sent shockwaves through foreign policy circles and rattled markets, as another sign of the weakness of the Western alliance and of the threat NAFTA will collapse.As might be expected, Trudeau’s foreign minister Chrystia Freeland took his side.“Canada does not conduct its diplomacy through ad hominem attacks, we don’t think that it’s a useful or productive way to do business and perhaps we refrain particularly from ad hominem attacks when it comes to our relationship with our allies,” she declared.And the Canadian left, no friend of the American right, was quick to attack Trump’s outburst.“This is a small-minded man not fit for public office. Canada will not be pushed around by his circus thug bluster,” said Charlie Angus of the New Democratic Party.But even conservative and populist figures on the right of Canadian politics, some of them admirers of Trump’s brand of politics when it stays south of the border, rallied to their liberal premier.“We will stand shoulder to shoulder with the prime minister and the people of Canada,” said Doug Ford, the newly-elected anti-tax premier of Ontario and brother to the late crack-smoking mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford.Trade ‘obsession’Trump’s favourite US network Fox News invited Canada’s outspoken former conservative prime minister Stephen Harper, usually a reliable Trudeau critic, to discuss the crisis.But even he was nonplussed by Trump’s line of attack. “I don’t understand the obsession with trade relations with Canada,” he sighed.Despite his own US Trade Representative’s office confirming the trade surplus falls more than $8 billion in Washington’s favour Trump has repeatedly insisted that US workers are getting ripped off by NAFTA.Behind his claim lies a difference in how the countries’ calculate the trade figures.According to the USTR, America counts Canadian goods that are shipped to regional trading hubs within the United States and then re-exported back to Canada or Mexico as US exports.If these goods that originate in Canada and are eventually sold there without have been substantially worked upon in the United States are taken into account then Ottawa comes out the winner.Using this metric, the USTR reports, Canada can claim a $90 billion annual surplus in goods trade, although the US still has a large advantage in services.This seems to have been what Trump was referring to when he tweeted: “Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal.“According to a Canada release, they make almost 100 Billion Dollars in Trade with US (guess they were bragging and got caught!). Minimum is 17B.”‘Divisive and personal’Wherever Trump is getting his figures from, his aggressive personal attacks and determination to torpedo a prestigious world summit on Canadian soil have done nothing to head of the threat of trade war.“I’m in complete agreement with the prime minister’s statement,” said Jason Kenney, leader of the Conservative Party in oil-exporting Alberta Province and a Harper ally.“A reasonable, balanced and firm assertion that Canada will not be bullied, and that we will retaliate if the US Administration does not end its attack on our steel exports.”In Ontario, home to many car plants that would be hit by US tariffs, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer warned that NAFTA and the cause of free trade itself is now at stake.“Divisive rhetoric and personal attacks from the US administration are clearly unhelpful,” he added.last_img read more

Famed Vegas Casinos Could Be Hobbled As Thousands Of Workers Authorize StrikeFamed Vegas Casinos Could Be Hobbled As Thousands Of Workers Authorize Strike

first_imgBloomberg via Getty ImagesSome 50,000 hospitality workers could walk off the job as early as next month, potentially jeopardizing the Las Vegas tourist industry.Tourism helps keep the wheel of Las Vegas’ economy spinning, but a hitch could slow the spokes as tens of thousands of hospitality workers are preparing to strike as early as next month.The Culinary Workers Union, Nevada’s largest labor organization, voted Tuesday to authorize a citywide strike for 50,000 members once their contracts expire June 1 — if their demands are not met.About 25,000 members weighed in on the measure, with 99 percent approving a walkout, according to the union.The contracts cover some of the biggest players on the Las Vegas Strip — nearly three dozen casino resorts including Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood and MGM Resorts International.The union says it is seeking guarantees “to provide (a) greater measure of security for members including workplace safety, sexual harassment, subcontracting, technology, and immigration.”Higher wages are also on the table, with the union arguing casinos are not adequately spreading profits among those who keep their facilities running.The union represents many of those who work in the front of the house as well as many of those who work behind the scenes including cooks, servers, porters and guest room attendants.Jose Licea, an on-call kitchen worker at Planet Hollywood Resort, has worked on the Strip for 25 years. He tells The Las Vegas Review-Journal that workers need to make more money to cover the rising cost of living.“Everything is going up: gas, food, supplies,” he says. “We need to raise salaries.”And in a city where a majority of the workforce works in the service sector, a growing reliance on automation has some worrying about their jobs being outsourced. The Review-Journal notes that employers on the Strip have already begun to use delivery robots and self check-ins — even drone-delivered-drinks are becoming a thing.Lewis Thomas, who works as a utility porter at the Tropicana Las Vegas, voted in favor of the strike. He tells the Review-Journal that he wants company-sponsored training to ensure that workers are not made redundant by the technological advances.“We are ready to walk if we don’t get the contract,” Thomas says. “Even if it means striking one month, two months or a year.”In 1984, thousands of casino and hotel workers launched a major strike lasting for more than two months and dealing a blow to the local economy, before new contracts were settled. Union members lost some $75 million in wages and benefits, reports The Associated Press, while Las Vegas lost a similar amount in tourism dollars.In the days ahead of the June 1 deadline, union negotiators and employers are working to avoid a similar outcome as they seek to solidify new five-year contracts.“A strike is a last resort,” Geoconda Argüello-Kline, secretary-treasurer for the union, said in a statement. “We want to come to an agreement.”MGM Resorts International told NPR in a statement that it has scheduled talks with the union this week and into next.The company says it is confident it can resolve the outstanding contract issues, “and will come to an agreement that works for all sides.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

QA With Whisper CEO Michael Heyward We Are Your Stranger on aQA With Whisper CEO Michael Heyward We Are Your Stranger on a

first_img Entrepreneur: How much sharing on Whisper do you think is real and how much is fake? Heyward: It’s all real. There’s no social capital being exchanged on Whisper, so you don’t have followers. There’s no links. There’s no persistent identity, so you’re not gaining anything. So, generally there’s very little to be gained by not not telling the truth. Sometimes people post things as they wish they were. For example, there was a post very early on and the user was a girl who was talking about how she thought girls in wheelchairs are really attractive. I was like, “This is some creep. We have to him off of here.” Then I was looking at other users’ posts and actually that was just a girl in a wheelchair who was trying to make herself feel like the object of affection. When an 18-year-old girl who is paralyzed and will never walk posts something like that, it is the truth and it’s a projection of her truth.Related: Tinder Co-Founder Sean Rad on the Hot Dating App’s Viral SuccessEntrepreneur: Before launching Whisper, did you consult with legal counsel about potential legal pitfalls? What if a user admits to something illegal or says they’re going to do something dangerous? Are you compelled to report shares of that nature to authorities? Heyward: We obviously comply with all legal requests and we have a whole team of people that exclusively focus on community safety. Some instances we proactively report to law enforcement, like anything involving a minor or any form of child abuse. We always proactively report that and it goes to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, as well as local law enforcement.[Writer’s note: If a Whisper sharer posts suicidal thoughts or seems otherwise at-risk, the app’s nonprofit mental health awareness initiative Your Voice steps in to help.]  Entrepreneur: What’s next for Whisper? Are there any new features or partnerships or other news you’d like to share?Heyward: What’s next for us is what’s always next, which is providing a great, awesome experience for our users. There are always new things coming, though nothing specific to talk about right now, but there’s always new stuff. We’re just trying to make the world suck less.Entrepreneur: Do you personally use Whisper on a regular basis, outside of a professional capacity, with your work hat off, so to speak?Heyward: Every day. Yes, all day, every day.Entrepreneur: What advice do you have for entrepreneurs who are just starting out in the tech industry, who are entering the crowded app market and hoping to standout?  Heyward: Stay focused on your goals and what you’re trying to do, right then in that moment, always…. literally incredibly laser-focused. You’ll have so many ideas, but what makes a good entrepreneur is someone who knows how to say no to most of their ideas and just focus on the ones that are going to have the highest impact.Related: The 25 Best Cities for Tech StartupsToo many people spend too much time thinking about their ideas and plans and not actually enough time doing. Instead of writing up all these plans …. business plans and PowerPoint presentations and lists, just focus on what your actual goal is and just do it. May 2, 2014 Heyward on hiring and copycats 13 min read Entrepreneur: You also said at the recent TechCrunch Los Angeles Meetup that “Nobody moves to L.A. to start a tech company.” Why did you choose L.A. over Silicon Valley?Heyward: It wasn’t a conscious choice. It was more of a natural evolution. I live in L.A. I’m from L.A. Great companies are built everywhere, though. There are great companies literally coming out of everywhere — Colorado, Ohio, Iowa, Idaho, Florida, Texas. Yes, tech companies are forming in L.A., but I think that generally people don’t relocate to L.A. with the intent of starting a tech company.Entrepreneur: Whisper now has 30-plus employees, including talent from some heavy hitter tech companies, like Google, Hulu, Gawker and AOL. What’s your talent recruitment strategy?  Heyward: If you have a good product that people enjoy and that people like, you’re going to be able to get good talent to want to work there. Ultimately you’re going to get people that want to be there, which is the most important thing in identifying the caliber of that talent. We place a really big emphasis on recruiting. Also, a lot of the people who work here are people that sought us out. I’d much rather have someone who has less raw intelligence, but has more determination and passion. That beats the rocket scientist every single time.Related: 10 Questions to Ask When Recruiting New Employees OnlineEntrepreneur: What do you think of Xiaosheng, a Chinese copycat of your app, and other Whisper knockoff apps? Do you see them as a compliment or are they just annoying?Heyward: Imitation is the highest form of flattery. Frankly I’d be more concerned if there were no copycats because that would mean that we weren’t doing something right.Entrepreneur: What’s the secret viral sauce to Whisper? Why is it so popular?Heyward: I think it’s because it’s solving an innately human need and desire. The idea of confessionals has been around for thousands of years. It’s not some new utility that’s just been invented. It feels good to connect with other people and with Whisper we’re facilitating these really amazing interactions in a way that’s very simple and lightweight.Entrepreneur: Do you think Whisper users will ever hit a wall and get burned out or maybe even age out of the app as they get older? How will you keep them coming back?Heyward: I think this is a product that a large part of the world’s population is going to use. Anonymity’s going to be a really big deal. It’s here to stay and I think we’re really well positioned to own anonymity. A lot of this anonymity movement is a reaction to a lot of oversharing and being so interconnected.Related: The Year Ahead: 5 Social Media Trends Every Entrepreneur Needs to KnowEntrepreneur: Do you think identity-based social media has peaked, that people are burned out on having everyone know everything about them on the internet, which never forgets?This idea of constantly knowing what’s going on with other people’s lives, but not actually really getting the full picture, just getting a highlight reel, is something that’s created an environment where people probably feel that other people’s lives are a lot better than they actually are. That could be creating a lack of empathy in the world or making people feel more disconnected or making people feel more isolated, and that’s creating a movement where people desire interacting with anonymity.Entrepreneur: Whisper is free. Without ads, how are you generating revenue? You’ve said that ads are “definitely” coming soon. How soon?Heyward: We continue to test different things. We don’t have any monetization tests going on this minute, as in this week, but we test things regularly. We’ve tested things in the past around user-generated payments. We’ve tested things with ads, native units. So far every time we’ve done a test the results have exceeded our expectations by at least 100 times.Related: 9 Online Ad Campaign Stats You Must TrackAs far as actual dollars generated as well as the value to the consumer as well as value to any prospective third party. These are things that have been reported on, like stuff we’ve done with Hulu and Universal Pictures. We’re always testing, but it’s not focused. There are no specific concrete plans to roll out ads in the future, though. Whisper is like bathroom graffiti without the germs. Secrets and rumors spilled on the anonymous confessional app are all degrees of dirty, hilarious, hostile, heart wrenching, and they might be true. Or not.Whether you lie or tell the truth on Whisper doesn’t matter anyway, according to Michael Heyward, the app’s 26-year-old co-founder and CEO. The whole point, he says, is to get whatever you want off your chest without the fear of being identified, tagged, checked-in or @-mentioned.Whisper was built to be the opposite of identity-driven social platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, LinkedIn, Instagram and Pinterest. That means no names, no profiles, no followers, no embarrassing online trail for lovers or bosses to trip over.Related: 5 Sizzling Silicon Beach Startups to WatchIt’s a brilliantly simple formula — one that reels in 3.5 million page views per month and has most users coming back for a Whisper fix up to 10 times a day, including Heyward himself.     The West Los Angeles native launched the free Android and iOS app in 2012 with his childhood friend and former TigerText colleague Brad Brooks. Whisper has since raised $54 million in venture capital with no clear source of revenue as yet.We picked Heyward’s brain this week about what’s driving Whisper’s viral success, how the Venice, Calif.-based startup handles seriously scary confessions, what he thinks of copycat apps and a lot more.Note: Answers have been edited for clarity and length.Entrepreneur: What inspired you and Brooks to develop Whisper? What’s the story behind it? Heyward: I was working for Brad at TigerText [an instant messaging app designed for coworkers]. While I was there, Whisper evolved out of a series of conversations and discussions and ideas and we ended up realizing that that product didn’t fit inside of the TigerText organization, so we spun it out as a separate company and as a separate product. The idea was to return to a Web 1.0 interaction.Whisper isn’t actually about concealing identity. It’s about a complete absence of identity. There are no names. If you think back to the first AOL-style internet interactions, you would read an article or a piece of content and that was it. It would just be read, right? It wouldn’t publish into your Facebook stream or be listened to on Spotify and all of your friends would know.Related: Total Reversal: Mark Zuckerberg Embraces Web Anonymity in Facebook F8 KeynoteThey wouldn’t know that you read this article, or liked that or listened to this or watched that. There was no social layer because it wasn’t yet the default. The initial idea with Whisper was to a return to that time.  Entrepreneur: At the April 10 TechCrunch Los Angeles Meetup you mentioned feeling “pressure” when composing a tweet. You’ve also said that sharing on Whisper offers relief, that it releases pressure and can even be cathartic. Why are people attracted to sharing anonymously? Heyward: Anytime you have a much larger set of eyeballs on you, you’re going to feel pressure. Imagine that you’re in a room with all of your Facebook friends and Twitter followers in it. You’re going to feel stress and pressure as to what to say, and essentially that’s what you’re dealing with every time you compose a status update or a tweet. And you’re more intimate and direct in your one-on-one communication on SMS [text messaging].The concept around Whisper is removing the concept of identity altogether, so you’re not as guarded. Whisper’s like a stranger on a train. You’ll tell strangers things because you don’t know them and it’s not really going to impact anything, like your future job search, where I told my girlfriend I was going to dinner, or that I told my mom I can’t have plans with her.Entrepreneur: What are some of your favorite Whisper shares so far? Can you share some stories of confessions or admissions that really struck a chord with you?Heyward: Yeah, I think the amazing thing about Whisper is that it touches on the entire range of human emotion. There are things that are really funny, like this one share that says, “I’m scared that my headphones are gonna fall out at the gym and everyone’s going to hear that I’m listening to One Direction and I’m a guy.” That’s something that everyone can relate to — not necessarily the One Direction part of it — but this idea of being embarrassed by our choices.Sometimes it’s the shares where people ask really interesting questions, like “If you had access to a time machine for a day, what would you do with it?” Some people will come back and say, “Save my grandmother from the Holocaust” and others might say, “Not lose my virginity to that so-and-so” or “Never marry my wife” or “I wish I waited 10 years to have kids so I could have had more time to myself.”Related: 3 Emerging Social Networks to Keep an Eye OnI also see really serious interesting things on Whisper from soldiers all the time, like reports coming out of Afghanistan with people there saying, “This is my fifth tour to Afghanistan and sometimes I hope I don’t make it back.” We’re constantly able to flip the narrative on its head of you think something is one way, but, in reality, sometimes it’s very different.We just did a really interesting piece with Buzzfeed looking at what PTSD [post-traumatic stress disorder] is really like for soldiers. There were zero combat-related deaths for the month of March [2014] in Afghanistan, and that was the first month since we’ve been there that there were zero. But there were 660 suicides of U.S. war vets in that same month. That’s about 22 suicides per day. It makes you stop and think, “Where’s the real war?”That’s the power of Whisper, that we’re able to flip the narrative on its head. There’s not a single military base in the entire world that you could go to that doesn’t have Whisperers [Whisper users] on them, from Ft. Hood to very remote places in Africa.center_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Heyward on handling scary posts Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Pale Moon 2810 Release InformationPale Moon 2810 Release Information

first_imgPale Moon 28.1.0 Release Information by Martin Brinkmann on September 20, 2018 in Internet – 63 commentsPale Moon 28.1.0 was released on September 20, 2018 to the release channel. The new version of the web browser is a performance and security update. It replaces Pale Moon 28.0 which the developers released in August 2018 and other older versions of the browser.Pale Moon 28.0 was a major release for the browser as it was the first version of the web browser build on the Unified XUL Platform. The Unified XUL Platform is based on a fork of Mozilla code before Mozilla started to integrate Rust and Quantum components in the browser.Pale Moon users can download the new version of the web browser from the official project website or use built-in updating functionality by selecting Pale Moon > Help > About Pale Moon to run checks for updates.Installation of Pale Moon 28.1.0 was intercepted by Windows SmartScreen. The most likely explanation for this is that the release is brand new; it is likely that SmartScreen prompts will go away in the coming hours or days. Select “More Info” and then “run anyway” to install Pale Moon 28.1.0 or upgrade an existing copy of the browser on the system.Pale Moon 28.1.0The development team ported all security fixes that Mozilla released for Firefox 62 to Pale Moon 28.1.0. Other security improvements/changes include an update of NSS (Network Security Services) to 3.38, reinstatement of the weak RC4 encryption cipher, support for TLS session caches in TLSServerSocket, and the removal of Telemetry accumulation calls.The reinstatement of the weak cipher requires some explanation. Pale Moon won’t use it during the first handshake and will only use it as a fallback option when enabled explicitly. The reasoning behind the reinstatement is that local devices that are very old may only support RC4 and not newer encryption ciphers that are not considered weak.Pale Moon users may notice that session restore is faster in the new version; the developers improved the performance of the process.The browser’s local search option changes as well in the release. Pale Moon 27.x displayed the find bar on all tabs open in the browser window when it was launched by the user (using Ctrl-F or by tapping on Alt and selecting Edit > Find). Pale Moon 28.0 changed that to a tab-only display of the find bar and the update to Pale Moon 28.1.0 reverts the change so that the find bar is displayed in all tabs of the browser window when it is open.Pale Moon users who like the per-tab find bar approach better can restore it in the following way:Load about:config in the browser’s address bar.Confirm that you are careful.Search for findbar.termPerTab.Double-click on the preference.A value of TRUE restricts the find bar to the tab it was invoked on. FALSE is the default value; it means that the find bar is displayed in all tabs.Another new preference, ui.menu.allow_content_scroll, determines whether pages can be scrolled when a menu is open. Set the preference to TRUE to allow it or to FALSE to disallow it. The default value is false.Pale Moon 28.1.0 include a number of regression and bug fixes next to all that:Viewing the source of the selection.Toolbar styling in toolkit themes.Handling of content language if locale changes.Re-added horizontal scroll action option for the mouse wheel.Fixed tab previews on Windows for devices it is enabled on.You can check out the entire change log on the Pale Moon website.Now You: Did you update to Pale Moon 28.1.0? What’s your experience?SummaryArticle NamePale Moon 28.1.0 Release InformationDescriptionPale Moon 28.1.0 was released on September 20, 2018 to the release channel. The new version of the web browser is a performance and security update.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

EBRD scheme to help small businessesEBRD scheme to help small businesses

first_imgThe European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the ministry of energy on Tuesday launched an Advice for Small Businesses Facility in Cyprus.According to an EBRD press release, over the next three years, the ASB Facility in Cyprus will provide over 160 local enterprises with access to professional expertise to grow their businesses through advisory projects with local consultants and international advisers, alongside mentoring, coaching and training courses.The facility is supported by €2.15m in funding from the European Regional Development Fund.“Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can help diversify the economy and put Cyprus back on a path of solid growth,” the bank said. “The island has a large number of vibrant SMEs that would benefit from better availability of long-term funding and working capital as well also from assistance in strengthening their efforts in marketing and product innovation.”Energy Minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis said “this is the first time Cypriot authorities are helping SMEs in the country access advisory services benefiting from the EBRD’s know-how”.The minister urged local SMEs to apply and “take advantage of this know-how in order for them to open up new markets, introduce new production lines, save energy and meet their overall targets”.Libor Krkoska, head of the EBRD resident office, said that the bank is very pleased to be launching this programme with the government, adding that the facility will build on the successful experience so far in Cyprus, serving to strengthen the competitiveness of SMEs, enhance their export capacity, increase the use of – and improve the quality of – local business advisory services and promote inclusion.“The SME sector in Cyprus has considerable potential and this is a significant step in introducing the right know-how to take those businesses further,” he said.The EBRD has been helping SMEs access advisory services for more than 20 years, committing over €400m of donor funds to assist nearly 20,000 enterprises across all of its countries of operations.Over 77 per cent of the companies that benefited have experienced an increase in their turnover and productivity; results for job creation and access to external finance have also been very positive, the press release concludes.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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