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Are You a Caregiver?

first_imgThe term ‘caregiver’ can be defined as an individual that provides care, whether it is paid or unpaid, to someone with an impairment. However, when we hear the term ‘caregiver’ our thoughts are immediately drawn to the idea of caring for an aging adult. The term may be hard to accept, especially if you are caring for a younger adult…say from the military perhaps.As a military spouse or family member caring for your wounded service member, the term ‘caregiver’ may not even cross your mind. You assume as spouse or family member that it is just part of caring for the individual you love. In reality, we are all caregivers at some point in our life – caring for our children, parent, spouse or friend.In the video below Michael Roos, Military Family Life Counselor at Joint Base Lewis McChord, explains his thoughts on the term ‘caregiver.’ Listen to the video below and how his comments may relate to your personal experience.How do you define ‘caregiving?’ Do you consider yourself a caregiver?For military spouses, families or friends caring for wounded, ill and injured service members, it is important to understand that you are now taking on a new role as ‘Military Caregiver.’ While you may not see yourself as a caregiver, it is important to identify yourself in this role in order to understand specific education and information related to your service member’s injury or condition and how it may affect you.So I ask the question again – How do you define ‘caregiving?’ Do you consider yourself a caregiver?This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network blog on October 28, 2014.last_img read more

ISL 2019-20: Controversy Heats Up Over Kerala Blasters vs ATK After Kerala Coach, Soosairaj Get Involved

first_img atkeelco schattoriefootballindian football First Published: October 21, 2019, 7:18 PM IST New Delhi: The Indian Super League 2019-20 began with much pomp and show at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi and the home team Kerala Blasters registered a fighting 2-1 win over ATK to get their campaign off to winning start.Both the teams put up a pacy display in the first half but as the match went on their intensity dropped, the toll of just the first match of the season showing clearly on the players. While Kerala registered their second straight win over ATK, it did not come without controversies. Even as ATK missed a flurry of chances and had themselves to blame for the loss, the refereeing decisions didn’t help either.An offside call, a penalty shout waive-off and and a penalty given – all went against ATK on Sunday.However, the controversy has intensified after Michael Soosairaj – the player’s whose penalty shoutout was waived off by the referee – posted a video of the incident on his social media handle. Even though he posted the video without any comment, it proves he disagrees with the call.pic.twitter.com/uaVeXnli3N— Soosairajmichael (@soosairajmichal) October 21, 2019 On top of that, Kerala Blasters coach Eelco Schattorie took to Twitter to post the statistics from the match and said, “Some said there was only one team that deserved to win and that was ATK. Don’t know what game they where watching.”The ATK fans were unrelenting as they posted screenshots of the incidents to prove their point. One user @abhilash_M even jotted down the three points of contention and added, “Don’t know what game you were watching.”1. It was not offside in the early minutes2. Penalty not given3. Clear handball by Gning in the second halfDon’t know what game you were watching.#IndianFootball #KERKOL— Abhilash M (@abhilash__M) October 21, 2019 Here are the three moments of controversy in the match:1. In the 24th minute of the match, ATK forward Roy Krishna had made a splitting pass towards David Williams on his left in an attempt to find their second goal but the Australian was flagged offside. Williams waved his finger to show his disagreement with the call and the replays showed that he was indeed onside.2. In the 27th minute, ATK’s Michael Soosairaj was brought down in the box by Jairo Rodrigues as he burst into Kerala’s penalty area in search of a goal. However, his shout for penalty was waived off by the referee.3. In the second half, Mouhamadou Gning looked like he had handled the ball in the penalty box with Roy Krishna on his right but ATK were not awarded any penalty.Some even argued that the penalty awarded to Kerala Blasters, where Jairo went down after a slight tuck in the shirt by Pranoy Halder and that helped Kerala equalise just moments after Soosairaj’s penalty shout was turned out, was not contact enough. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Basel 1 CSKA Moscow 2

first_imgBasel 1 CSKA Moscow 2: Substitute Dzagoev inspires comeback win Jamie Smith 05:47 11/1/17 Alan Dzagoev Getty Images Basel and CSKA Moscow are level with six points each in Group A after the Russian side came from behind to win 2-1 in the Champions League. Alan Dzagoev came off the bench to help keep CSKA Moscow’s Champions League qualification hopes alive by inspiring the Russian side to a 2-1 comeback win at Basel on Tuesday.The Swiss champions knew they would be guaranteed a place in the knockout stages with two games to spare if they beat CSKA at St Jakob-Park and Manchester United avoided defeat at home to Benfica.Basel they looked on track to make it three Champions League wins in a row when Luca Zuffi opened the scoring following a tight 32 minutes by neatly lobbing a prone Igor Akinfeev, after the Russia goalkeeper had denied Mohamed Elyounoussi. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player CSKA were heading out but half-time substitute Dzagoev, not deemed fit enough to start the match, equalised after 64 minutes, beating goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik with a sumptuous finish to level the scores.And the visitors went on to complete a stunning turnaround and win the game, Pontus Wernbloom lashing in a fine drive shortly after he wasted a glorious chance by heading Dzagoev’s cross wide.CSKA and Basel are now level on six points with two games to play in Group A, but the Swiss side remain in second spot on ahead of their home game against United on matchday five – a 2-0 win in Russia giving them a superior head-to-head record.Dimitri Oberlin went into the match with three goals in as many Champions League appearances for Basel and the 20-year-old had the first opening after nine minutes, firing off-target at the end of a powerful 40-yard run.Basel continued to patiently probe and Renato Steffen cut inside off the right flank, only to fire straight at Akinfeev with attacking colleagues in better positions.A clever corner routine saw Taulant Xhaka thump a volley into the chest of defender Viktor Vasin after 29 minutes but CSKA conceded from the hosts’ next attack.The best move of the game at that stage saw Oberlin tee up Elyounoussi and, when Akinfeev saved from close range, the ball looped up kindly for Zuffi to lift a 20-yard finish into the empty net.Basel’s goal woke up CSKA and Vitinho immediately rifled wide, but the striker then should have done better when he shot straight at Vaclik from Georgy Schennikov’s left-wing cross.HT | FCB 1-0 @PFCCSKA_enBasel take a deserved lead into the half time break. #FCBCSKA #FCBasel1893 #UCL pic.twitter.com/GFC7piedcF— FC Basel 1893 EN (@FC_Basel_en) October 31, 2017Viktor Goncharenko sent on Dzagoev for Vitinho at the interval and he was instrumental in a move that led to Konstantin Kuchaev slamming over from 10 yards two minutes after the restart.Akinfeev plunged to his right to push away Zuffi’s low free-kick and the goalkeeper had to parry away a firm Elyounoussi drive as Basel tried to wrap the match up.Those saves proved key as the impressive Dzagoev then made a decisive impact.When the ball broke to Dzagoev in the area via a kind deflection he sold Vaclik a superb dummy and cutely chipped the helpless Vaclik to equalise with 65 minutes played.Dzagoev was now running the game and Wernbloom headed his terrific cross just wide but the Sweden international made amends with 12 minutes to go by netting the winner.A deflection was again crucial as Wernbloom’s pass rebounded straight back to him, the midfielder thumping a superb first-time finish into the bottom corner.ГООООООООООЛ!!! #БазельЦСКА pic.twitter.com/XhXEiEUKQC— ПФК ЦСКА Москва (@pfc_cska) October 31, 2017Basel felt they should have had a penalty when Schennikov appeared to drag Steffen down in the box, but referee Milorad Mazic was unmoved and the hosts could not force an equaliser, leaving Group A finely poised with two games left. read morelast_img read more

Vulnerable channels and 20 zones: the tactics behind Guardiola’s title win

first_imgManchester City Because they were so terrified of leaving Henry or Eto’o free, defences did not push up and full-backs did not move into midfield. The effect was to create more space in midfield for Lionel Messi dropping off as a false nine and for Xavi and Andrés Iniesta advancing from midfield (not to mention the complication of Dani Alves’s surges from a notional right-back position).City have exploited the same basic idea slightly differently but the importance of those channels between the centre-back and full-back is seen in the way Guardiola, as he did at Bayern, has the City training pitches marked out in 20 zones. In principle no more than three zones in the same horizontal line and no more than two zones in the same vertical line should ever be occupied.If a player moves into a zone that means four in the same horizontal line are occupied, one of the other three should move, ensuring the man on the ball always has two or three passing options. But what is also significant is that dividing the pitch in such a way emphasises the importance of those channels between full-back and centre-back.Last season one of the great strengths of Chelsea was the way their structure controlled those channels, their 3-4-2-1 system providing both two holding midfielders (N’Golo Kanté and Nemanja Matic) and two players who were in effect inside-forwards (Eden Hazard and Pedro or Willian), who operated in awkward pockets in which they fell outside the natural zone of the opposing centre-back, full-back and holding midfielder. Topics Manchester United in the 60s weren’t as good as this City side The system brought two wins and a draw but perhaps because the attacking six frequently found themselves strung out in a line as the forwards tried to drop off to create space for Silva and De Bruyne to burst into, it never resurfaced after a switch to 4-3-3 brought a 6-0 win over Watford and a 5-0 win over Crystal Palace in quick succession.The role of Fernandinho in protecting the back four is crucial, particularly on those occasions when both full-backs have been given licence to attack. But there have also been times when the full-backs, Fabian Delph in particular (and most notably away against Chelsea), have tucked inside, with the corresponding centre-back moving wider, occupying precisely those channels De Bruyne and David Silva try to attack at the other end of the pitch.That is useful as a way out from the back – and Ederson’s calmness in possession has been a major feature, notably at home against Tottenham when he bypassed the press with a string of accurate long passes. It also gives City protection against the counterattack; although, as the Champions League games against Liverpool suggested, perhaps not enough.City’s domination of the channels at one end of the pitch has been their triumph; their failure to do the same at the other end has been their undoing. Reuse this content It is a simple enough idea but, as Thierry Henry explained on Sky, it remains potent at the highest level. The idea of disruption, of existing in the pockets that elude the marking structure, was at the heart of Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona.“If you stand between the right-back and the right centre-back and [Samuel Eto’o] or me does the same on the other side, suddenly you hold four players alone,” Henry said. “Just from you being high and wide, and then coming back in, you are actually freezing four players because we are threatening to go in behind.” Share on LinkedIn Ottmar Hitzfeld, the former Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich manager, used to speak of the red zone, a central area of the pitch just outside the penalty box. Control that, he believed, and you controlled the game. If in your half you denied the opposition the ball in that space, they were forced wide and while crosses can be dangerous they are a low percentage route to goal.At the other end a player with time on the ball in that zone was a major threat, able to shoot or slide balls through the defence. As teams have become increasingly adept at plugging the red zone – often with the use of two holding midfielders – the danger area has shifted. Manchester City, notably, target the area on the edge of the Hitzfeld red zone, the space between the central defender and the full-back.An awareness of the vulnerability of that area is not something particularly new. In a 4-4-2 a forward with any level of tactical awareness would try to exploit it. Perhaps the centre-back and the full-back both think the other is covering and the forward is left unmarked. Or perhaps both mark the one player, leaving space elsewhere. Or if one marks the forward he can move into the other defender’s zone, disrupting the defensive structure. Read more What Pep Guardiola must do to make Manchester City even better Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Read more Pep Guardiola has the Manchester City training pitches marked out in 20 zones. Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Pep Guardiola features Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Share via Email Share on Messenger Guardiola had Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva operating in “free eight” roles from the start of last season, to all intents roving inside-forwards whose forward runs would exploit those channels. The big difference with Chelsea, though, was that City maintained out-and-out wingers (in the modern sense of the term) rather than wing-backs.Guardiola did toy with a back three at the start of this season, although that seemed to be a way of getting Sergio Agüero and Gabriel Jesus into the side in a 3-3-2-2 (or perhaps even 3-1-4-2) rather than Chelsea’s 3-4-2-1.last_img read more

Changes To Graduated Driving Licensing Program

first_imgChanges to Nova Scotia’s Graduated Driver Licensing Program are in the works, after a review by the province’s road safety advisory committee. Acting Transportation and Public Works Minister Jamie Muir announced today, Jan. 8, that the program will get an overhaul in the next few months. “Finishing touches are being placed on amendments to the Motor Vehicle Act which will, among other things, strengthen the blood alcohol content restriction on new drivers and extend the term of the learners stage of the program,” said Mr. Muir. “We want new drivers to gain experience in all seasons before they head out on their own.” The road safety advisory committee adopted recommendations of the Traffic Injury Research Foundation report, Best Practices for Graduated Driver Licensing in Canada and MADD Canada to enhance the province’s program. Graduated licensing rules and regulations apply to all novice drivers in the province, regardless of age. It currently spans two-and-a-half years in two stages — a six-month learner phase, followed by a 24-month newly licensed driver phase. Several restrictions apply, notably adult supervision in the learner phase, a 0.00 per cent blood alcohol level requirement and a night driving restriction in the newly licensed driver phase. Nova Scotia was one of the first jurisdictions in North America to implement graduated licensing for new drivers and the amendments will keep the province on the leading edge of the movement. Independent research has shown the program has been effective in reducing crashes and casualties since its inception in October 1994. The road safety advisory committee was established by the province in 1997 to assist in development, implementation and evaluation of government safety strategies relating to drivers, vehicles and roadways. The committee includes representatives from Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, Department of Transportation and Public Works, Department of Justice, Department of Health Promotion and Protection, Nova Scotia Safety Council, RCMP, Police Chiefs Association of Nova Scotia and Insurance Bureau of Canada.last_img read more

Centre scolaire de la RiveSud Officially Opens

first_imgSouth Shore students and the Acadian and francophone community came together to celebrate a new, state-of-the-art school and community centre today, March 4. Education Minister Ramona Jennex, students and school staff were joined by representatives from the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial, Canadian Heritage, and the area’s municipalities, for the official opening of Centre scolaire de la Rive-Sud in Cookville, Lunenburg Co. “It makes me very proud to live in a province where students can receive a French-language education in such an impressive learning environment,” said Ms. Jennex. “Centre scolaire de la Rive-Sud is an excellent place for Acadian and francophone families of the South Shore to meet and celebrate their culture.” The school has been open since September, and has 160 students in grades Primary to 12. The school also offers a program Grandir en Français for four-year-olds. Kenneth Gaudet, president of le Conseil scolaire acadien provincial, said the community demonstrated patience and tenacity to help make the school and community centre a reality. “This is a jewel that we find here after spending over 10 years at the old Blockhouse school,” said Mr. Gaudet. “That’s promising for the people of the South Shore who have a growing Acadian and francophone population.” Along with classrooms, a music room and gymnasium, the building has community spaces, a reception area and a multipurpose room. “The region’s francophones finally have a building where it will be possible to share their common language and culture.” said Diane Racette, the school’s principal. “This magnificent building will welcome the young and not-so-young people who aim for the development of the French language.”last_img read more

Ministerial Assistants Named

first_imgEight members of the legislative assembly will take on the role of ministerial assistants as the government gets to work on its ambitious agenda, Premier Stephen McNeil announced today, June 29. “We have a lot of work ahead of us as we implement our plan to move Nova Scotia forward with a stronger economy and improved public services,” said Premier McNeil. “We are fortunate to have so many talented people to support this journey.” Ministerial assistants will focus on priority files in their respective departments, supporting the minister and policy development. More details on the scope of their roles will be provided in mandate letters they will receive. Those letters will also be made public. The ministerial assistants are: Ministerial assistants do not receive additional salary. -30- Rafah DiCostanzo – Immigration, Advisory Council on the Status of Women Act Bill Horne – Natural Resources, with a focus on forestry Keith Irving – Treasury and Policy Board Ben Jessome – Youth Suzanne Lohnes-Croft – Education and Early Childhood Development, with a focus on early years Hugh MacKay – Business Brendan Maguire – Housing Nova Scotia Chuck Porter – Finance and Treasury Board, with a focus on tangible capital assets and infrastructure last_img read more

PM Liberals vote against public inquiry into SNCLavalin affair

first_imgWilson-Raybould showed up for the weekly Liberal caucus meeting today but wouldn’t say if she will provide any explanations to her fellow MPs.“I’m going to attend caucus, as I always do. We’ll see how the conversations go.”She says she is still getting legal advice ahead of her much-anticipated testimony, which is expected to take place on Monday.WATCH – ‘I respect the committee process’: former attorney general Wilson-Raybould “I want to be able to ensure that I am confident in what I can and can’t say.”Wilson-Raybould adds she can’t say why she decided to resign as minister last week. OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – The Trudeau government has shot down opposition efforts to launch a public inquiry into the SNC-Lavalin affair with the Prime Minister and the Liberals suggesting there’s no need for an inquiry into the scandal.Following the vote, the person at the centre of this, Jody Wilson-Raybould, said she abstained from voting because the motion was about her. The Vancouver-Granville MP took advantage of the moment to speak about the solicitor-client privilege which is preventing her from speaking out.“Canadians want to know the truth and want transparency, privilege and confidentiality are not mine to waive and I hope that I have the opportunity to speak my truth,” she added.Former Justice Minister @Puglaas makes a point of order after the vote saying she abstained from voting since the motion is about her. She however notes that privilege and confidentiality are not hers to waive and “I hope that I have the opportunity to speak my truth” #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) February 20, 2019Wilson-Raybould will be testifying about the SNC-Lavalin affair at a justice committee early next week but Trudeau won’t say if he will be waiving solicitor-client privilege before her appearance so she can speak freely during her testimony.“Quite frankly, we are getting advice from the current Attorney General and she’s getting advice from her counsel on what can be talked about that’s not covered by privilege,” Trudeau added.The NDP has said nothing short of an independent inquiry into the controversy will satisfy the Canadian people.The opposition raised multiple points of order claiming Trudeau was in a conflict of interest in voting on the NDP motion because he is the client in this situation.WATCH – Important there is an “airing” of facts in SNC-Lavalin case: Justin Trudeaulast_img read more

Scars and colour Showbiz brings alive shades of beauty

first_imgNew Delhi: Decades before Deepika Padukone chose to play a girl with an acid-scarred face on the big screen, Zeenat Aman and Rekha essayed strong women with disfigured faces in films, a medium where the heroine has typically lent glamour. The instances may be few and far between, but are welcome at a time when creating an inclusive society is the buzzword. With Chhapaak, director Meghna Gulzar – known for her deft handling of sensitive subjects – has given Deepika a chance to raise the bar for her already versatile filmography by playing an acid attack survivor who looks beyond her scars with “immense courage and strength in the face of crippling adversity”. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaFor Laxmi Agarwal, whose heart-wrenching story has inspired the film, the fact that a star like Deepika not just chose to act in, but also produce such a story, was overwhelming. “I felt, ‘See, they are finding beauty in an acid-burnt face’,” Laxmi said. Interestingly, last year, the British Film Institute (BFI) had announced it would no longer fund movies featuring villains with facial scars. This was in support of an #IAmNotYourVillain campaign by a charity group on a mission to de-stigmatise facial scars in film and television, since scarring has often been used on villains like The Joker and Darth Vader. Beauty has been a big deal in the world of showbiz. But perceptions are changing – or so it seems.last_img read more

Opentalk 2018 Talkdesk Growing Up

GrowUp_3.png Cisco did its first fifteen years ago, when Barry O’Sullivan moved from Nortel to Cisco to run the contact center business unit. Genesys had its first the same year, 2003. inContact will be hosting its fourth in 2019, now under the NICE umbrella, and Five9 took its first plunge in March 2018. Yesterday, Talkdesk joined this little-known club, holding its first-ever contact center industry analyst meeting.In conjunction with its customer/partner event, Opentalk, the Talkdesk leadership team spent time with the 10-15 analysts — myself and fellow No Jitter blogger Blair Pleasant included — that study and report on the contact center vendor and user landscape. We are a tough crowd, and an event of its kind is not for the faint of heart. But Talkdesk was ready for us.For the past two years, Talkdesk has had former Siemens/Unify director of analyst relations, Tricia Cooper, leading its analyst relations efforts. Having hosted similar events all over the globe, Cooper knows what “right” looks like, including not just senior leadership, product management, sales and channel management speakers, but a customer panel as well (more on that later).Cooper is not the only industry-savvy asset Talkdesk has added in the past couple of years. In his opening comments yesterday, CEO Tiago Paiva admitted that when he began the company seven years ago, there was a lot he didn’t know about the industry. He addressed the issue by surrounding himself with contact-center-as-a-service veterans. As seen in the below graphic, nearly 80% of Talkdesk’s key industry hires in 2018 came from Genesys, NICE inContact, and Five9. What’s Trending in CX Today Blair Pleasant September 17, 2019 Organizations that truly care about customer service start with a understanding of what digital consumers really want. In a series of presentations, analysts heard from not only Paiva, but five members of his executive team. While all are clearly accomplished professionals, I’d like to highlight two here.Charanya Kannan, vice president, head of product, gave a concise overview of her vision for the Talkdesk portfolio, and how each of the announcements being made during OpenTalk this week fit with that vision. Six months on the job, CK (as she is known) has packaged a complex set of features and capabilities into a coherent, forward-looking story.Shep Maher, senior vice president of global sales, both presented and moderated a customer panel at the analyst event. Hired from outside the contact center space, and with Talkdesk a little over a year, Maher is a seasoned global sales executive. His international experience fits well into Talkdesk’s strategy to expand into EMEA aggressively, with plans to have 50 employees in a soon-to-be-established United Kingdom office by the end of 2019. The customer panel participants were drawn from companies that will be participating in sessions during Opentalk this week. They represented the types of companies with which Talkdesk is having success. Not surprisingly, a large proportion of new customers are migrating from legacy hardware solutions. Others are moving from what Maher called “First Gen Cloud.” These companies are moving to Talkdesk because their first cloud solution didn’t live up to the elastic promise of the cloud, were not resilient, or were downright unreliable.Stay tuned to No Jitter for more live Opentalk coverage – No Jitter Editor Beth Schultz is not only attending but will be moderating the closing session Thursday afternoon.Tags:News & ViewsTalkdeskcontact centerNICE inContactGenesysCiscoFive9Contact Center & Customer ExperienceAnalyst InsightVendor Strategy Articles You Might Like McGeeSmith_TalkdeskAnalysts_2_400.png Why You Need to Care About CX of Connected Consumers Blair Pleasant September 30, 2019 Today, enterprises are distinguishing themselves with personal, robust customer experiences. But can it be too much? McGeeSmith_TalkdeskAnalysts_1.png See All in Contact Center & Customer Experience » Cisco Touts Webex Contact Center-Calling Integration Beth Schultz September 23, 2019 Company talks up other enhancements to cloud platform, as contact center partners make service news of their own. Decoding Dialogflow: Enabling Voice Brent Kelly September 16, 2019 The seventh in a multi-article series focusing on building intelligent bots using Google Dialogflow and Contact Center AI How to Plan a Smooth Contact Center Cloud Migration Elizabeth Magill September 24, 2019 A strategic migration plan must answer three important questions. read more

Former Suncor CEO says BC pipelines a matter of Canadian sovereignty

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Oct 13, 2012 5:05 am MDT Former Suncor CEO says B.C. pipelines a matter of Canadian sovereignty CALGARY – Building pipelines to connect Alberta crude to West Coast ports is a matter of Canadian sovereignty, says the former CEO of Canada’s biggest oil company.Rick George, who retired from the top job at Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU) in May following a two-decade tenure, makes the argument in his newly released book “Sun Rise: Suncor, the Oil Sands and the Future of Energy.”George was born and raised in Brush, Colo. — “population around 5,000 people with maybe an equal number of cattle and horses” — but he has long called Calgary home and considers himself a “Canadian nationalist.”Currently, the United States buys virtually all of Canada’s energy exports — and that gives our southern neighbour too much power, writes George.“It’s not inconceivable to imagine the United States insisting that Canada alter various standards to match its own,” he writes.“Why would we let another country dictate environmental policy and commercial terms to us? That’s what happens where energy is concerned, and it’s a breach of Canada’s sovereignty when it occurs.”Two proposals are in the works to ship oilsands crude to lucrative Pacific Rim markets via the B.C. coast: Enbridge Inc.’s (TSX:ENB) $6-billion Northern Gateway project, which would end up at the northern port of Kitimat, B.C., and Kinder Morgan’s $4.1-billion Trans Mountain line expansion, which heads to the Vancouver area.Both have been controversial.There are concerns a spill from a pipeline, or from enormous tankers moving along the coast, could have dire environmental consequences. B.C. Premier Christy Clark has said her province will block the proposals if conditions related to the environment, First Nations and — most contentiously — economic benefits aren’t met.George acknowledges no project is risk free, but notes oil tankers have long sailed from Scotland, Norway and Canada’s East Coast safely.While it’s important to ensure the environment is protected, George argues the implications for Canada-U.S. relations should be a big part of the discussion, too.“We won’t have to be nearly as concerned about American criticism of our policies. The Canadian prime minister and every Canadian official visiting Washington will be treated with new respect, and the country’s voice will be heard more loudly and more clearly.”In an interview with The Canadian Press from his office just outside of Calgary’s downtown core, George said his book is not a springboard into politics or some other move into public life.“What I’m hoping is the book actually kind of would provoke a better dialogue across Canada, where the dialogue is richer than people just taking sides without thinking about what’s best for this country,” he said.George, who holds both Canadian and U.S. citizenship, is eligible to vote in the upcoming presidential election, but says “I don’t exercise that right.”Though George says he tends to lean Republican, he expressed no strong preference for either Mitt Romney or Barack Obama.No matter who wins, George said he wants to see more predictability in U.S. policies so that businesses big and small are more comfortable spending their money.“The most important thing I think is that somehow Washington D.C. changes out of this acrimonious kind of rhetoric. I don’t think it’s doing anyone any good.”A proposal by Calgary-based pipeline giant TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) to ship Canadian crude to U.S. refiners has been one of the bigger U.S. political flashpoints. After a string of delays, the U.S. State Department is expected to make a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline early next year.In the book, George said he considers Keystone XL to be a “double-edged sword” for Canada.“While it will boost this country’s crude oil sales to the United States, it also will bind Canada more tightly to the U.S. market. This prospect brings some inherent dangers with it, yet I rarely heard that discussed in the exchanges between the two sides.”The book traces Suncor’s rise from a small company struggling to profitably squeeze oil from the crude-soaked sands of northern Alberta to Canada’s dominant oilsands name.A big step in that journey was Suncor’s 2009 takeover of former Crown corporation Petro-Canada — a deal that was years in the making.A decade earlier, the two companies were on the verge of announcing a deal, but the Petro-Canada board’s 11th-hour demand to own a bigger share of the combined company scuttled the transaction.When the idea was resurrected, a handful of top executives hammered out the deal during secret meetings at Calgary’s Fairmont Palliser hotel.While George says completing the largest transaction in Canadian history was a big personal achievement, it was also a “period of intense sadness” for him. During the negotiations, his father was diagnosed with brain cancer. He died four months later.“He was a very small town business guy,” said George in the interview.George said his dad would be proud of his accomplishments — “but also kind of surprised, I guess.”“My dad had a high school education, no university. I think it was a long ways from his world. But the basic values of hard work, of optimism, of how to get through challenges — lots of that I learned from him.”Aside from writing the book and vacationing with his family in Turkey, George has been spending much of his post-Suncor life setting up a new fund to invest in small oilpatch companies.“I’m not retiring to the farm or the ranch. You’ll see me around town a lot. I’m going to stay very active in the industry.” read more

The EFF is reverse engineering Carrier IQ heres how you can help

first_imgIn the weeks following Trevor Eckhart’s discovery that there was software on his phone that was recording what looked like a significant amount of information, the situation has boiled down to finger pointing and blame shifting. Carrier IQ claims they give the software out and it is modified to suit their customers, and they had no idea it was being used incorrectly in some cases. Unfortunately it’s difficult to really dig down deep and discover the truth of the matter. Unless, of course, you are the Electronic Frontier Foundation. In a recent post on the EFF blog by Peter Eckersley, we learned about the efforts that are going into discovering what each piece of software on each device is capable of. Whats more, there’s a simple way you can help if you know how.Every phone that has the Carrier IQ software on it has a slightly different version of the software. These “profiles” make it hard to issue a blanket statement about what information is being collected on the devices. Each profile for each device needs to be collected and reverse engineered so we know what each profile for each device is capable of. This is where we come in. The EFF has asked that anyone who is willing and able offer their assistance in gathering these profiles. If you have a rooted or jailbroken phone, you have access to your Carrier IQ profile. So, if you can find your Carrier IQ profile, the EFF asks that you email a copy of the profile as well as what device you found it on and where you found it on the device.Trevor Eckhart has opened a forum thread on XDA Developers with some basic instructions on how to locate a Carrier IQ profile. If you already have a Carrier IQ profile located, and would like to see for yourself what is going on, EFF volunteer Jared Wierzbicki has written a program for parsing the Carrier IQ profiles. His program, IQIQ, translates the carrier IQ profile into human-readable XML. The source to this program can be found here.The search for these profiles has already gained some insight into some information that was “accidentally” collected. A possible bug in the default T-Mobile profile could have given information on devices that weren’t even on the T-Mobile network. The code that determines when Carrier IQ is active on that profile apparently didn’t shut off (like it was supposed to) when a SIM from a service that was not T-Mobile US was used on the phone. This could mean that T-Mobile network information was contaminated with information from another network, or it could reveal a larger software issue that may benefit from the EFF researchers helping resolve the issue.It’s important to point out that, under the right circumstances, services like Carrier IQ can benefit everyone involved. What they need, and what it looks like they are getting, is some third party oversight so the service doesn’t appear so malicious.  Combine the EFF’s efforts to discover and report how much of what information is being recorded, and an opt-out policy from Carrier IQ for those who don’t want that information recorded, and I could be alright with Carrier IQ.via EFFlast_img read more

Comment les couleurs et les motifs apparaissentils sur les animaux

first_imgComment les couleurs et les motifs apparaissent-ils sur les animaux ?Une équipe de chercheurs du CNRS propose un modèle génétique qui permettrait d’expliquer l’émergence évolutive de nouveaux motifs pigmentaires chez les animaux et leur diversification entre espèces.Les animaux possèdent des couleurs et des motifs très divers. Certains sont de couleurs vives, d’autres sombres, certains ont un aspect quand d’autres sont tout unis. La diversité de ces motifs et couleurs est un sujet qui fascine les chercheurs depuis de nombreuses années et qui recèlent encore une part de mystère. D’autant plus que ceux-ci sont le plus souvent essentiels à la survie de l’espèce et à leur reproduction. Pour en savoir un peu plus, une équipe de chercheurs de l’Institut de biologie du développement de Marseille-Luminy (CNRS / Aix-Marseille Université) se sont intéressés à la façon dont ces motifs colorés faisaient leur apparition et comment ils se modifiaient au fil du temps. Ce qu’on savait déjà, c’est que la morphologie des animaux, de leur forme générale à leur couleur, est codée par des gènes qui s’activent au cours du développement embryonnaire. Au cours de leurs recherches, les scientifiques se sont donc penchés sur plusieurs espèces de drosophiles chez qui les ailes des mâles présentent une tache noire. Une mutation responsable de changements génétiquesCette pigmentation remonte à il y a 15 millions d’années, chez un ancêtre des drosophiles actuels. Mais grâce à leurs travaux, les chercheurs ont découvert qu’une mutation génétique a rendu les gènes responsables de la pigmentation (“peintres”) sensible à un autre gène (“architecte”) actif au bout de l’aile, dans la région de la tache. Les premiers étaient déjà à l’œuvre dans d’autres régions que les ailes mais avec l’apparition de nouvelles interactions, la coloration est apparue sur une toute autre partie, en l’occurrence l’aile. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Cette nouvelle tache n’a donc pas été créée suite à l’évolution d’un gène mais grâce à de nouvelles relations entre les gènes préexistants. Puis une fois la tache apparue, sa forme s’est modifiée au gré de la formation de nouvelles espèces de drosophiles, rapporte un communiqué du CNRS. Ainsi, la coloration des ailes de drosophiles s’est plus ou moins intensifiée, étalée, ou séparée en plusieurs petites taches. C’est la seconde étape du processus qui a conduit à l’apparition d’une telle diversité dans l’aspect des drosophiles. Comme le soulignent les chercheurs, cette variation s’explique par une modification de la répartition du gène “peintre” responsable de la pigmentation. Un type de fonctionnement qui serait valable chez tous les êtres vivants et bien au-delà simplement des couleurs et de motifs qu’ils arborent. D’autres caractères pourraient ainsi être également concernés.(crédits photo : N. Gompel & B. Prud’homme)Le 1 avril 2013 à 15:44 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

SAVE THE DATE Wilmington Youth Hockey To Hold 80s 90s Pop Culture

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — An 80’s and 90’s Pop Culture Trivia Night to benefit Wilmington Youth Hockey will take place on Friday, February 1, 2019, from 7pm to 11pm, at Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue).Enjoy trivia, music, games and raffles. Tickets and tables will be on sale soon. Follow Wilmington Youth Hockey on Facebook for future updates. Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedRegistration Open For Wilmington Youth Hockey’s 80’s & 90’s Pop Culture Trivia Night On Feb. 1In “Sports”Tickets Still Available For Wilmington Youth Hockey’s 80’s & 90’s Pop Culture Trivia Night On Feb. 1In “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Friday, February 1, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Suryapet SFI stages sitin seeking midday meals in junior

first_imgSuryapet: With the demand to address the issues pertaining to education sector, the activists of Students Federation of India tried to lay siege to the District Collectorate in Suryapet on Friday. A large number of students staged a sit-in in front of the Collectorate for over two hours and raised slogans against the government for neglecting students and their issues. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us Addressing the gathering, Federation’s State deputy secretary D Srikanth Varma alleged that the State government has been giving step-motherly treatment to the education sector. He expressed concern over the lack of facilities in government schools and hostels and demanded permanent buildings with all necessary facilities. He demanded the government to fulfil the poll promise of providing midday meals in government junior colleges, enchancing cosmetic charges to Rs 500 to hostel students and fill all vacant teaching and non-teaching staff posts in government educational institutions. Also Read – GHMC distributes saplings to KV students Advertise With Us Meanwhile, a scuffle took place between students and the police when the students tried to enter the Collectorate to meet the district officials to submit a memorandum of demands. Later, the students withdrew their attempt after getting assurance from the police. Later, Joint Collector Sanjeeva Reddy came out and assured them to send their memorandum to government for necessary action. Federation leaders S Upender, J Sai, M Vijay, Uttej, B Srikanth, Mahesh, Swathi, Bhavani, Manasa, Bhargavi and scores of students participated in the protest.last_img read more

LittleBigPlanet becomes real with some helping hands

first_imgWith the recent release of LittleBigPlanet 2, the continuing adventures of Sackboy and friends had some creative minds wondering what the Craftworld would look like if it were created in real life.So with a little blood, sweat, and a lot of crafting material – the sketch comedy folks from the Show About Games Show put together a handcrafted LittleBigPlanet level and filmed a walk-thru complete with sackpeople characters and charming vocal music.Sure this real life interpretation may not live up to the visually stunning platform puzzle game on the PS3, but you have to give these folks credit where credit is due. At least while playing LittleBigPlanet or LittleBigPlanet 2 you don’t have to worry about paper cuts or getting burned with a hot glue gun.Read more at YouTube, found via UberFriendship.last_img read more

Bioshock Infinite gets 1998 Mode with Burial at Sea Episode Two

first_imgBack in March last year Irrational Games announced that Bioshock Infinite would allow access to its brutally hard 1999 Mode with the Konami code (rather than having to complete the game to unlock it). 1999 Mode went down well with players because it changed the game and created a new experience, mainly due to the fact you were making decisions that couldn’t be reversed, and in some cases might even render some sections unbeatable.We’re now getting close to a year on from that Konami code unlock news, and Irrational Games is doing it again, only this time Bioshock Infinite is getting a 1998 Mode.1998 Mode arguably makes the experience even harder because it insists on your completing the game using only non-lethal tools. The reason for this mode existing is because it is being unlocked alongside Burial at Sea Episode Two. That DLC puts an emphasis on stealth and balance, so it’s fitting the same focus can be applied to the rest of the game. It’s also a response to some players attempting a non-lethal playthrough of the game before now, which Irrational picked up on.Burial at Sea Episode Two arrives on March 25 and sees you take on the role of Elizabeth. If you have yet to pick up any of the DLC for the game, of which there are three packs, it might be worth considering purchasing the Season Pass. For $19.99 you get Clash in the Clouds as well as Burial at Sea Episodes One & Two. Irrational also gifts you four lots of exclusive gear including a machine gun damage upgrade, pistol damage upgrade, gold skins for both weapons, and five infusion bottles for upgrading abilities.[Image courtesy of All Games Beta]last_img read more

Werner Herzog doesnt understand Pokemon Go

first_imgWerner Herzog is a special kind of filmmaker. His style so traditional and specialized and dry for most that he’s almost become a joke unto himself. And that’s not a bad thing. He’s a great director, and his cameo in Rick and Morty was amazing, but he’s always presented himself as a bit… disconnected.In an interview with tech site, The Verge, Herzog said that he didn’t “know what Pokemon Go is and what all these things are.” Adding that he made his first phone call at 17 and that he refuses to have a cell phone “for cultural reasons.” Emily Yoshida, the interviewer, explains the augmented reality game to Herzog and the results are positively fantastic.Beloved Werner Herzog film Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New OrleansAt first, she says that the game overlays a digital world on top of the real world, to which Herzog asks, “When two persons in search of a Pokemon clash at the corner of Sunset and San Vicente is there violence? Is there murder?”“They do fight virtually,” Yoshida responds.“Do they bite each other’s hands? Do they punch each other?” Herzog asks.It’s all very strange, to see someone who has had such a strong impact on culture, particularly geek-ephemera, not really comprehend how Pokemon works or what it is. Later in the interview, he says that these things come and go, implying that the whole thing isn’t terribly important.Herzog closes the line of Pokemon-themed questions plainly stating that Yoshida would “have to give [him] a cell phone, which [he’s] not going to use anyway.”Personally, I can’t fathom a creatively-driven person shutting off an entire realm of experiences without giving it a lot of thought, but there you go. Guarantee 1000+ CP1/17For Pokemon that can evolve, their starting CP will dictate whether or not their final evolution will hit the coveted 1000+ mark. While each Pokemon grow at different rates, you can use PoGoToolKit to estimate their final CP.Photo Credit: @iBlali on Twitter.<><>last_img read more