Imagine learning to fly a new aircraft without leaving the ground. Or practicing state-of-the-art shipbuilding techniques years before construction begins. Nova Scotia’s aerospace and defence sector will soon have access to these cutting-edge and cost-effective training techniques. Bluedrop Performance Learning Inc. is building a $2.3-million defence training and simulation centre that will be the first of its kind in Canada. The province will invest $1.7 million in the project, which will create more than 30 jobs. “Some of the best innovation is taking place in businesses across Nova Scotia, and often all these companies need to get to the next level is access to capital,” said Economic and Rural Development Minister Percy Paris. “Making smart, strategic investments that help our companies become more internationally competitive is an important part of jobsHere, the plan to grow our economy.” The facility will have a simulations lab, a classroom/theatre and an area to develop advanced course software. The project will enhance Nova Scotia’s position as a leader in the aerospace and defence sector. “The increasing cluster of defence businesses in Nova Scotia gives us the opportunity to collaborate globally, making this expansion a strategic part of our growth plans,” said Bluedrop vice-president Allen Dillon. “This facility will leverage the best technologies, researchers and higher learning institutions, and marry these assets with aviation and defence expertise to provide the very best training solutions in the industry.” “Provincial support for the cluster of defence and aerospace companies continues to attract exciting new businesses to Nova Scotia and the region,” said Steve Elder, president of the Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Nova Scotia. “The province’s commitment to the sector and, in this instance, Bluedrop’s strategic growth initiative in Halifax, is another example of success that will provide for recognition of our industry around the globe.” Bluedrop plans to work with university and college students to fill highly skilled defence and aerospace jobs. The province’s investment is a 10-year, interest-bearing repayable loan from the Nova Scotia Jobs Fund.
San Francisco: Google is rolling out new AI features to its Lens platform that would let users search their Google Photos library for text that appears within photos. The Artificial Intelligence (AI) feature would start rolling out from this month itself, Google said in a tweet. With this, users would be able to copy text from the images and paste them in a word document or notes. This works on both the Android and iOS apps, as well as the web client, 9to5Google reported. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year As per reports, the feature is currently available on some Android devices, although it does not appear to be active on iOS yet. “Starting this month, we are rolling out the ability to search your photos by the text in them. Once you find the photo you are looking for, click the Lens button to easily copy and paste text,” Google wrote in response to venture capitalist Hunter Walk, who noticed earlier this week that the Lens feature had been turned on for his account.
Shimla: BJP President Amit Shah Sunday said Article 370 that gives special powers to Kashmir will be scrapped if Narendra Modi is elected as prime minister again. Addressing his first rally at Chogan Maidan in Chamba district, Shah said former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah said there should be another prime minister for the state whereas Congress in its manifesto declared it will review AFSPA in Kashmir and amend provisions of sedition law. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework All this indicated their mindset but if the BJP comes to power again and Modi becomes prime minister, Article 370 will be removed for sure, he added. The BJP chief is campaigning in support of Kangra BJP candidate Kishan Kapoor. Targeting the Congress on the issue of national security, he said the Manmohan Singh led previous Congress government did nothing when Pakistan beheaded five India soldiers but under Modi rule airstrikes were carried out in Balakot. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen Shah pointed out that Congress leader Sam Pitroda said instead of airstrikes, “we should talk to militants”. Targeting Pitroda further, the BJP chief said, “If you ask a question regarding the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, the Congress says ‘hua to hua’. If you ask a question regarding the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai and migration of Kashmiri Pandits, Congress says ‘hua to hua.’ Shah also noted that it was for the first time that the opposition has not made corruption an issue as it has been “wiped out” during the Modi government. Counting various development works done in HP under the Modi government, Shah said, “Process is on to set up an international airport at Mandi. It will be done after Modi government comes to power again at the Centre.” HP CM Jai Ram Thakur and veteran BJP leader Shanta Kumar were present in the rally. Congress has pitted sitting MLA Pawan Kajal against HP minister Kishan Kapoor from Kangra. The BJP chief is scheduled to address two more rallies later in the day in HP’s Bilaspur and Nahan in support of BJP candidates Anurag Thakur and Suresh Kashyap from Hamirpur and Shimla Lok Sabha seats respectively.
Rabat – The Republic of Guinea-Bissau reiterates its support for Morocco’s territorial integrity and for its autonomy proposal in the Western Sahara, said, on Friday in Rabat, Guinea-Bissau’s minister of foreign affairs, international cooperation and communities Artur Silva.“We are on Morocco’s side in its international efforts and we support it concerning its territorial integrity,” he said at a joint press briefing with minister delegate for foreign affairs Mbarka Bouaida after their talks.This working and friendship visit is meant to review agreements signed last year during the visit by King Mohammed VI in Guinea-Bissau and prepare for the upcoming Morocco-Guinea-Bissau joint committee scheduled in May in Bissau, he said. The two parties also discussed fields of bilateral cooperation. In this regard, Silva thanked the Moroccan government for vocational training offered to Guinea-Bissau’s executives.With MAP
“It is time for action, not words,” UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) Programme Manager in the occupied Palestinian territory Alia El Yassir told the festival in Ramallah on the West Bank. “UN agencies are working as one on this issue and supporting civil societies in their efforts to end violence against women.”The main message of the festival was threefold:Killing a woman has nothing to do with honour. It is a violation of fundamental human rights and freedoms.Break the conspiracy of silence surrounding domestic violence. Silence protects the perpetrators, and is the greatest obstacle encountered by women and girls in protecting themselves and their children.Youth, especially young men, can play a positive and driving role. Male and female Palestinian youth have the right, duty and responsibility to play a key role in building a Palestinian society free of domestic violence against women and girls.The emphasis on youth groups at the festival reflected the vital role the young can play, since they account for 48 per cent of the population in the occupied Palestinian territory.Beside UNIFEM, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), UN Population Fund (UNFPA), World Health Organization (WHO), High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) joined three Palestinian Authority ministries and 15 local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in sponsoring the event. The festival, with a similar event taking place in Gaza, was part of the global 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence, an annual international campaign from 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, International Human Rights Day. 5 December 2008Eight United Nations agencies have co-sponsored the first Palestinian ‘festival’ to combat violence against women, driving home the message that so-called “honour killings” have nothing to do with honour and seeking to break the conspiracy of silence surrounding domestic abuse.
“Mobile operators have been investing billions to upgrade and improve the capacity and performance of their networks, but in some high-usage cities, such as San Francisco, New York and London, we are still seeing users frustrated by chronic problems of network unavailability,” UN International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré said.“Robust national broadband plans that promote extra spectrum and the faster roll-out of the fibre networks which are essential to mobile backhaul are vital to support the growing number of data-intensive applications.”Mobile broadband is increasingly the technology of choice for hundreds of millions in the developing world, where fixed line infrastructure is often sparse and expensive to deploy. ITU estimates that the number of mobile broadband subscriptions will reach 1 billion in the first quarter of 2011.With 90 per cent of the world now covered by a mobile signal, it is clear that mobile is a key tool to bridging the digital divide, the agency said in a news release, noting that by 2010, 73 per cent of total mobile cellular subscriptions were from the developing world. With network congestion set to worsen, an international broadband commitment is crucial now to prevent an even graver situation, it added.ITU analysis shows 98 countries have national broadband plans in place, with this number set to increase over the next year. In 2010, Mr. Touré helped create the Broadband Commission for Digital Development to highlight the need for governments worldwide to promote broadband as a key development tool and to push broadband network roll-out more proactively.The Commission’s report, delivered to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last September, recommended that world leaders focus on building a “virtuous broadband development dynamic,” urging Governments not to limit market entry nor tax broadband and related services too heavily, and to ensure ample availability of spectrum to support mobile broadband growth.In anticipation of ITU’s next World Radiocommunication Conference in January 2012, operators in Europe and the United States have already begun campaigning for increased spectrum for mobile communications, and for harmonized spectrum allocations in contiguous blocks for latest-generation technologies. Operators from other regions seem certain to follow suit, as new high-revenue-generating mobile broadband services like mobile TV take off worldwide.The conference, held every three to four years, is the global body which negotiates and manages the binding international treaty governing spectrum allocation. Coming at a critical juncture in the future growth of the sector, the 2012 event is expected to welcome over 2,500 senior delegates from around the world. 11 February 2011With smartphones already consuming five times more data capacity than ordinary mobile phones and their number set to soar from 500 million today to nearly 2 billion by 2015, broadband growth is vital not just for developing countries but for the world’s most advanced nations too, a senior United Nations communication official warned today.
The fishermen were brought from the Puzhal Central Prison in Chennai to Nagapattinam for the joint interrogation and later taken back after conclusion of the detailed inquiry to ascertain the facts of the case, police sources said. The Sri Lankan fishermen had set sail in a fibre boat bearing the number OFRP – A 2672 NNR from Parithithurai near Jaffna when their boat’s engine developed technical snag in the mid-sea. Owing to rough sea condition at that time, their boat strayed into Indian waters about eight nautical miles off Arcot Thurai sea shore. Fishermen of Arcot Thurai who ventured into the sea rescued the two Lankan fishermen in the Indian waters and handed them over to the Indian Navy on October 11. They were handed over to the Vedaranyam Marine police station where the two were inquired and arrested on the charge of entering into Indian water without any documents.A case was registered against them under The Maritime Zones of India (Regulation of Fishing by Foreign Vessels Act), 1981. They were lodged in the Puzhal Central Prison thereafter. (Colombo Gazette) Two Sri Lankan fishermen who were arrested recently after they strayed into Indian waters near Vedaranyam were interrogated by a team of top officials at the Nagapattinam Collectorate on Tuesday, The Hindu newspaper reported.The duo K. Roobadoss (21) and D. Nishanth (23) were interrogated for over an hour by the joint team comprising District Collector S. Palanisamy, Superintendent of Police Abhinav Kumar, a senior officer of the Indian Navy, personnel of State police intelligence units, officials of the Fisheries Department, and the Coastal Security Group.
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) met President Maithripala Sirisena today and discussed the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.The TNA led by R. Sampanthan is to take a final decision on the no-confidence motion later tonight. The TNA had supported forming the unity Government led by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesighe. (Colombo Gazette)
MONTREAL – Osisko Mining Corp. (TSX:OSK) is calling a hostile takeover bid for the company by Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) “very low” and opportunistic.The company said Wednesday its board is committed “to delivering superior value for shareholders and all stakeholders” and will pursue all initiatives to that end.“Osisko’s board of directors noted that the 15 per cent premium to Osisko’s unaffected share price implied by Goldcorp’s offer is very low and the price opportunistic in light of Osisko’s proven high quality asset base,” the company said in a statement.Osisko urged shareholders to hold off from accepting the $2.6-billion bid until the board, which has formed a special committee including five independent members to review the offer, makes a recommendation on the proposal.Osisko shares have traded well above the $5.95 implied value of the Goldcorp offer since the stock-and-cash proposal was first announced on Monday.Analysts have suggested that Goldcorp will have to raise its offer if it wants to close the deal.Osisko shares closed up two cents at $6.25 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Wednesday, while Goldcorp was down six cents at $24.28.Osisko’s main asset is the Canadian Malartic gold mine in northern Quebec where it has been ramping up operations since its first commercial production in May 2011.In addition, Osisko owns the Hammond Reef gold project near Thunder Bay, Ont., and land holdings near Kirkland Lake, Ont.Goldcorp was once one of the largest shareholders in Osisko, but sold its 10.1 per cent stake in the company in 2011 for $13.75 per share for a total of about $530 million.Since then, the big gold producer said it had been in regular discussions with Osisko until late last year.The acquisition of Osisko would give Goldcorp a key asset in Quebec where the company is building the Eleonore gold mine.Goldcorp chief executive Chuck Jeannes has said Canadian Malartic would rank among his companies’ best operations if the takeover is successful. by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 15, 2014 6:46 am MDT Gold is poured at Osisko’s Canadian Malartic mine, in a handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Osisko – Mathieu Dupuis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Osisko says Goldcorp takeover offer is very low, directors will seek better deal
This Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016, photo, shows the entrance for a Target store, in North Miami Beach, Fla. Target Corp. reports earnings, Wednesday, May 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) NEW YORK, N.Y. – Target, Wal-Mart and Amazon are engaged in a game of shipping tag, each trying to adjust their free threshold and other shipping strategies to a level that can lure shoppers away from one of the other.Minneapolis-based Target has the furthest to go as it tries to put itself in better competition with Amazon, the undisputed online leader, and Wal-Mart, which has been buying online startups to beef up its own operations.Target has announced plans to put more money into both its online operations and its stores, and saw it online sales rise 22 per cent for the first quarter. That was a slowdown from 34 per cent in the fourth quarter, though.With shoppers overall less and less willing to wait for their items to arrive, figuring out a shipping strategy that will encourage people to buy more and also drive shoppers to its stores will be a key element for Target.Amazon “has a model of getting shoppers to order and having it show up in two days and is working to make it less than two days,” said Tim Laseter, a partner at PwC. “There is no doubt that the general expectation is faster and cheaper.”But he noted that Target and Wal-Mart can take advantage of their stores in this game as they increasingly cater to customers.Target has been pushing on a lot of fronts, from readjusting free shipping thresholds to planning to test a new same-day service at a store in Manhattan.“We believe that the future of retail is both digital and physical, and successful retailers will need to provide an outstanding experience in both,” Chief Operating Officer John Mulligan told investors on Wednesday.Target had quietly raised its free shipping threshold to $35 from $25 this month, going in the opposite direction of Wal-Mart and Amazon. Asked about that move Wednesday, Chief Financial Officer Kathy R. Smith said that very few online orders are below $35.But she said, “We will always evaluate.”Wal-Mart had lowered its bar to $35 from $50 earlier this year and scrapped its program called SavingsPass that offered free shipping but had an annual fee. It also cut its shipping time to two days on 2 million of its most popular items, including essentials like diapers and pet food as well as some toys and electronics. Wal-Mart’s average shipping time has been three to five days. For Amazon’s non-Prime members, the shipping time is five to eight days. Typical Target deliveries arrive in three to six days.The strategy shift was one of the first big moves by Walmart.com’s CEO Mark Lore, who joined the company when the Bentonville, Arkansas-based chain bought online retailer Jet.com last year. In April, Wal-Mart also began offering discounts on thousands of online-only items when customers elect to have them shipped to one of the company’s stores for pickup — cheaper for the company than delivering to people’s homes. Wal-Mart plans to expand the price cuts to more than a million items by the end of June.The company will be reporting its first-quarter results on Thursday. In the fourth quarter, Wal-Mart had a 29 per cent increase in online sales, but the growth was on a bigger base of sales.Amazon.com, which had reduced the free shipping threshold for its non-Prime members to $35 from $49 following Wal-Mart’s move, has lowered it again to $25. Greg Melich, an analyst at research firm Evercore, estimates that on average Amazon customers indicated they spend $800 annually on the site and members of its $99-a-year Prime program spend on average 2.7 times more than non-Prime members and receive 2.5 times more shipments per year.If Amazon’s relationship with Prime members continues to grow, Melich said in a recent report, then Amazon’s path toward Wal-Mart’s 9 per cent of the total U.S. retail market compared to Amazon’s 3 per cent is “reasonable.”Target is also testing a program called Restock that would let its REDcard customers order household essentials like laundry detergent, paper towels and peanut butter and have them delivered to their homes the next day.The service, being tested with employees for now, is similar to Amazon Pantry, which charges $5.99 — but the Amazon delivery is not expedited. Target plans to expand the test to its loyalty card members in Minneapolis this summer.“Target Restock is a great start for Target to regain customers lost to Amazon, but Target may look to expand its efforts within Restock to the category of apparel” because of how important clothing is to Target’s focus on style, said Matt Sargent, senior vice-president of retail at the Magid consulting firm.He says it’s “a next logical step for an initiative desperately needed at Target.”Target is also preparing to launch a same-day delivery service at a store in the Tribeca neighbourhood of Manhattan. Customers can choose a delivery window to have their orders delivered to their homes later that day.Amazon says Prime members in more than 5,000 cities and towns can receive their orders the same day or the next with same-day delivery or one-day shipping, depending on the item and location. Through Prime Now, members in more than 30 major cities can get tens of thousands of items for superfast, one-hour and free two-hour delivery.More than a year ago, Wal-Mart partnered with ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft to test same-day grocery deliveries in Phoenix and Denver. It’s also testing same-day delivery service with Deliv at Sam’s Club in Miami.Given the competition, CEO Brian Cornell said Wednesday that Target will be thinking about new ways to offer different services.Cornell said the company is “working right now to think about the next phase of loyalty and how we continue to leverage the REDcard to build even a stronger relationship with our guests.”___Follow Anne D’Innocenzio: http://twitter.com/ADInnocenzio by Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press Posted May 17, 2017 5:06 am MDT Last Updated May 17, 2017 at 4:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Target locked in game of shipping tag with Wal-Mart, Amazon
“The Secretary-General is dismayed by the deadly overnight attack against a military checkpoint in eastern Ukraine,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson in New York. According to media reports, renewed clashes between anti-Government groups and Ukrainian security forces near the eastern city of Donetsk left at least a dozen soldiers dead overnight.With only three days before presidential elections, the Secretary-General, in the statement, appealed to all parties to redouble their efforts and help create the necessary conditions so that all eligible voters throughout the country could cast their ballots in a free and fair environment and without fear for their safety. “Voters across Ukraine should see the elections as an opportunity to help move the country on to a more inclusive and stable trajectory while also determining the country’s leadership at a pivotal moment,” the statement concludes.
“What really moved and, even, saddened me was the anger. Many people expressed their anger –people who for more than forty years have lived in the harshest conditions and who feel their plight and their cause have been forgotten by the world,” Mr. Ban told the press after meeting with refugees and youth representatives at Smara camp, and later with the Polisario Front’s Secretary-General Mohamed Abdelaziz.Fighting broke out between Morocco and the Polisario Front following the end of Spain’s colonial administration of Western Sahara in 1976. A ceasefire was reached in September 1991, and a UN mission—known as MINURSO—has been tasked with monitoring this ceasefire and organizing a referendum on self-determination in Western Sahara, which the Security Council has been requesting since 2004. Meanwhile, Morocco has presented a plan for autonomy, while the Polisario Front’s position is that the Territory’s final status should be decided in a referendum on self-determination that includes independence as an option. “My first objective in visiting the region is to make my own assessment and contribution to the search for a settlement,” said the UN chief. “My second objective was to visit the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara. I will visit the team site in Bir Lahlou, as well as personnel performing vital demining activities.” Mr. Ban added that he saw the “remarkable and demanding” work the Mission is doing in harsh conditions of the Hammada. He is also expected to visit the headquarters of MINURSO in Laayoune, Western Sahara. “Third, I wanted to bear witness to one of the forgotten humanitarian tragedies of our times. The Sahrawi refugee camps near Tindouf are some of the oldest in the world. It is heartbreaking to see these families separated for so long,” he stressed, adding that the situation is “unacceptable” and must be addressed independently from the political process. The UN chief further noted that his fourth objective is “to finalize the security situation,” as the UN is concerned about increasing criminality, drug trafficking and the possibility of extremists and terrorists coming to the region. “At the same time, I am calling on the donor countries to increase their assistance to this overlooked population to provide life-saving humanitarian aid,” he added. “We must show that the world remembers the Sahrawi people. To that end, I will soon convene a meeting of donors and assistance providers in Geneva.”Finally, the Secretary-General noted that the World Humanitarian Summit this May in Istanbul will be another opportunity to mobilize global solidarity. “I have been heartened by the faith Sahrawis put in the UN, its principles, and international law. Let us match this with determination to alleviate their plight and resolve this longstanding conflict for the future of all Sahrawis,” he concluded.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Russell Wilson threw for 339 yards and two touchdowns and Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 31-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Seattle Seahawks to a 30-27 come-from-behind victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.After Graham Gano missed a 52-yard field goal with 1:40 left in the game that would have given the Panthers the lead, Wilson moved around in the pocket until finding Tyler Lockett downfield for a 43-yard completion, setting up the winning kick.The victory puts Seattle (6-5) firmly in the hunt for a wild-card spot in the NFC, while the Panthers (6-5) are reeling after losing three straight and having their 10-game home winning streak snapped.Lockett finished with five catches for 107 yards and a touchdown, while David Moore had four receptions for 103 yards and a score.The Panthers spoiled a record-setting performance from Christian McCaffrey, who had a franchise-record 239 yards from scrimmage. He had 17 carries for 125 yards and 11 catches for 114 yards, becoming the first Carolina player to surpass 100 yards in both receiving and rushing in the same game.Cam Newton finished 25 of 30 for 256 yards with two touchdown passes and one interception in the end zone. He ran for 63 yards on eight carries.Wilson tied the game with 3:26 remaining when he gambled on a fourth-and-3, lofting a 35-yard touchdown pass to David Moore, who beat Corn Elder in the corner of the end zone. Panthers starting cornerback Donte Jackson injured his quad on the first play from scrimmage, which proved to be an issue for Carolina.Newton completed all 14 pass attempts in the first half for 159 yards, including a 7-yard touchdown pass to Curtis Samuel to give the Panthers a 13-10 lead at halftime. Eight of those passes went to McCaffrey, mostly on check-downs.Chris Carson got the bulk of the carries for the Seahawks’ No. 1-ranked rushing offence, carrying 16 times for 55 yards and a 1-yard touchdown . He had a remarkable 15-yard run on which he nailed the landing — and kept running — after getting flipped on a low tackle by Panthers safety Eric Reid.NATIONAL ANTHEMReid continued his protest of racial and social injustice by kneeling during the national anthem. Seattle defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson and offensive tackle Duane Brown remained in the tunnel for the anthem as they have in previous weeks.INJURIESSeahawks: Doug Baldwin (groin) was a game-time decision, but played for Seattle and had five catches for 39 yards. … Fullback Tre Madden left in the second half with a shoulder injury.Panthers: Jackson did not return after his quadriceps injury. … Punt returner Damiere Byrd left the game with an arm injury in the first half and did not return. … Wide receiver Devin Funchess (back) did not play.UP NEXTSeahawks: Host the 49ers next Sunday.Panthers: At the Buccaneers next Sunday.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLSteve Reed, The Associated Press
Share Tweet Email Image: Francois Mori AP/PA Images Marine Le Pen plagiarised one of her rivals in a campaign speech last night Le Pen’s supporters brushed off claims she copied parts of a speech given two weeks ago by Francois Fillon verbatim. 9,600 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 38 Comments Image: Francois Mori AP/PA Images http://jrnl.ie/3368836 FRENCH PRESIDENTIAL FAR-right candidate Marine Le Pen fought off accusations of plagiarism today as supporters of her rival Emmanuel Macron warned that a high abstention rate could hurt his chances of victory.It emerged that Le Pen had copied parts of a fiery speech she made yesterday from one made about two weeks earlier by one-time conservative candidate Francois Fillon, the former frontrunner who was eliminated in the first round of the election.In an address on 15 April, Fillon made specific mention of the geography of France’s borders, paid tribute to the French language and spoke of a third “French way” for the 21st century.Analysis by the Ridicule TV YouTube channel showed Le Pen repeated these passages almost verbatim from Fillon’s speech.Florian Philippot, the vice president of Le Pen’s National Front (FN) party, said it was “not plagiarism”, but “a nod to a short passage in a speech about France”.Le Pen’s spokesman David Rachline said the copied passages in the speech were “appreciated by Fillon’s voters”.Just days ahead of Sunday’s run-off, 39-year-old Macron remains the frontrunner in the race with polls predicting a 19-point lead, putting him on track to become France’s youngest president.Amid concerns in his camp that a high abstention rate could help Le Pen’s chances, company bosses, celebrities and scientific researchers called in newspaper editorials for people to vote for Macron, a former investment banker who styles himself as “neither of the left nor the right”.Call to left-wing votersMacron’s economically liberal approach worries many voters on the left. While they will not back Le Pen, many say they will stay at home rather than vote for him.Opinion polls say abstention could be as high as 30 percent, higher than in recent presidential elections, as the “Neither-nor” camp gains strength.Cedric Villani, a high-profile mathematician and commentator wrote in the left-wing Liberation newspaper today that abstaining “is the equivalent of giving half of one’s vote to Marine Le Pen in the most important election that France has had for several decades”.Daniel Cohn-Bendit, a veteran rebel of French politics, called on supporters of hard-left firebrand Jean-Luc Melenchon, who scored 19.6 percent in the first round, to put aside their “hate” of Macron.“Think rationally and vote for Emmanuel Macron and defend democracy and freedom,” the former ecologist Euro MP told Europe 1 radio.Le Pen and Macron will face off tomorrow in a what promises to be a fiery TV debate when the far-right candidate is likely to sharpen her attacks on a candidate she says embodies “the world of finance, of arrogance, of money as king”.Macron fought off accusations from Le Pen that he was controlled by banks.“I am not under the thumb of the banks. If I were, I would have continued to work for them,” he told BFMTV news channel today.Macron said he had received similar insults from the far-left and far-right for months, “but I’ll look them straight in the eyes and say I don’t have any lessons to learn from them”.In a feisty speech on Sunday, Macron told thousands of his supporters he would defend “free democracy” if voters choose him.He said he was aware that “many people will vote for me to avoid having the National Front”.“I say to them that I am completely aware that on 7 May, I will be doing more than defending a political programme — I will be leading the fight for the republic and for a free democracy,” he said.- © AFP, 2017Read: ‘If Le Pen wins, you’ll be buying bread with francs this time next year’Read: If Marine Le Pen wins election, her prime minister will be a far-right eurosceptic May 2nd 2017, 1:01 PM Tuesday 2 May 2017, 1:01 PM Short URL By AFP
Family-owned Adelaide business Karidis Corporation Limited has unveiled a near $60 million retirement village complex, accommodating more than 250 residents.Launching the project midweek, chairman Gerry Karidis said the venture would boost local development in Adelaide’s west. “This is good news for South Australia’s ageing population and good news for the local economy,” Mr Karidis said. “Acacia Park, and our other exciting developments currently underway, represent a total investment commitment of more than $127.5 million, will generate $165 million of economic flow on to the South Australian economy, and create 300 direct jobs as well as an estimated additional 600 indirect jobs.”Karidis said the development is aiming to attract skilled migrants into South Australia, benefitting the state’s future economic prospects.“It stands to reason that more people will create greater wealth for South Australia, because they will buy homes, spend money on everyday costs, and in turn they will pay taxes and bring added skills to our economy.”Works on the project have already commenced, with the first stage set to be completed by Christmas. Additional stages are due to be completed by mid-to-late 2015.Karidis Corporation Limited continues to be one of South Australia’s most vibrant property development companies with over 5,000 residential, commercial and retirement projects across the state and in neighbouring Victoria. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Crédit Mutuel-CIC : des données confidentielles divulguées ?Depuis déjà plusieurs mois, les journalistes du groupe Ebra ont accès à des données bancaires confidentielles. C’est ce qu’a révélé le quotidien Le Canard Enchaîné, le 28 décembre dernier. Courant 2011, de nouveaux serveurs “CIC banques”, “CIC International” ou “Cofidis France” sont apparues sur les ordinateurs du groupe Ebra, détenu par le Crédit Mutuel-CIC et auquel appartient également le journal le Républicain lorrain. Une étrange découverte autorisant l’accès aux renseignements bancaires de milliers de clients aux journalistes, qui ont pu consulter notamment mails privés, coordonnées bancaires ou encore achats de titres. Un problème qui aurait également permis la divulgation des données des patrons de la BNP et de la Société Générale.Le principal accusé ? Le logiciel interne commun à toutes les rédactions et à la banque. Les employés de la banque et les journalistes sont reliés sur le même réseau, pour lequel le partage des fichiers n’aurait pas été restreint. Une mauvaise configuration des droits d’accès et des raccourcis de l’intranet aurait entraîné la mise en commun des informations, permettant aux entreprises de presse d’accéder aux dossiers de la banque. En effet, plusieurs journalistes ont noté des “erreurs d’aiguillage dans la réception des mails”. Ce genre de système est notamment mis en place dans les grands groupes par souci d’économie: il est moins coûteux d’installer un seul système en commun plutôt qu’un pour chaque entreprise du groupe. La Commission nationale de l’information et des libertés (CNIL) s’est rapidement saisie du dossier et s’est empressée de contrôler le groupe à deux niveaux. Jeudi dernier, Euro Information, le siège de la filiale informatique du Crédit Mutuel à Strasbourg et la rédaction du Républicain Lorrain dans la banlieue de Metz ont été passés au crible. La Cnil peut décider d’entamer une procédure de sanction, puisque depuis 2004, la loi Informatique et Liberté impose une obligation de sécurisation des données bancaires personnelles. Un responsable du Crédit Mutuel a confirmé que la banque n’avait “aucun problème sur cette affaire” et qu’elle avait “répondu à toutes les questions de la Cnil”. Le 4 janvier 2012 à 12:45 • Maxime Lambert
Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Becomes Universal Halloween Horror MazeLife-Sized Jabba the Hutt For Sale on Craigslist for $100 Stay on target It’s finally Halloween, but candy isn’t the only treat you can indulge in this evening. Take a break from your holiday festivities, head outside, and observe the night sky, because there are some great celestial views to enjoy tonight.According to Space.com, Mars, Saturn, and the Taurid meteors will be visible throughout the evening. If you have a telescope, you’ll be able to see close-up views of both planets and the shooting stars. Read on below for a quick guide on what’s happening from space on Halloween night.“The Ringed Planet”Saturn (Photo Credit: NASA/JPL)Saturn, also known as “The Ringed Planet,” will be the first object to see tonight. While it descends in the west-southwest section of the sky, it will be visible during twilight. Its rings will be wide-open and its north face will be tilted roughly 26 degrees in our direction. If you want to catch Saturn with a telescope, make sure to do it ASAP, because it will set around 3.5 hours following Earth’s sunset.“God of War”Mars (Photo Credit: NASA/JPL)“God of War,” also known as Mars, will be bright and colorful in the night sky. You’ll see this fiery-red planet on the right side of Saturn, where it will be located south-southeast when twilight concludes. Tonight, Mars will be 73 million miles away from us, so make sure to catch a glimpse of it before midnight. Even though telescope views of this planet aren’t the best, you’ll still be able to see its small disk for a bit in the evening.“Halloween Fireballs”Taurid meteors (Photo Credit:NASA/MSFC)One more celestial sight will be visible to our eyes, and surprisingly, it’s not another planet. The Taurid meteors, also dubbed “Halloween fireballs,” should be on your space radar tonight. These shooting stars start appearing in the sky from mid-October to mid-November, and hit their peak visibility from Nov. 5 to Nov. 12. Because the moon won’t block your view, you might be able to catch the Taurid meteors at nightfall. Fun fact: The Taurid meteors are leftover debris left by Enecke’s Comet, or another big comet, which is why they twinkle a lot.More on Geek.com:Photos: NASA’s Pumpkin Contest Creations Are Out of This WorldAI Generates Last-Minute Halloween Costume InspirationBest Spooky Comics for Halloween
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Hillary Clinton lashed out Saturday at the FBI’s handling of a new email review, leading a chorus of Democratic leaders who declared the bureau’s actions just days before the election “unprecedented” and “deeply troubling.” Emboldened Republican rival Donald Trump seized on the reignited email controversy, hoping to raise new doubts about Clinton’s trustworthiness.Rallying supporters in Florida, Clinton pressed FBI Director James Comey to put out the “full and complete facts” about the review into a cache of recently discovered emails. Clinton backers panned Comey’s letter to Congress about the new emails as severely lacking crucial details.“It is pretty strange to put something like that out with such little information right before an election,” Clinton said. She accused Trump of using the issue to confuse and mislead voters in the final leg of the campaign for the Nov. 8 election.The controversy over Clinton’s email practices at the State Department has dogged her for more than a year. The former secretary of state has often been reluctant to weigh in on the matter — and defensive when she’s been pushed to do so.But Clinton’s approach to this latest flare-up is markedly different, underscoring worries that the matter could damage her standing with voters in the election’s final days. Clinton advisers have been rallying Democratic lawmakers and other supporters to her defense, including members of the Congressional Black Caucus.
Global professional services firm Aon has signed a definitive agreement to sell certain businesses within its talent portfolio to executive search and leadership advisory organisation Spencer Stuart.The agreement primarily covers Aon’s culture and engagement practice and its leadership development and advisory practice, as well as related products and services.The pending sale, announced on 17 April 2019, has been designed to help Aon accelerate its growth across core business areas, as well as improve the return on invested capital for its shareholders. The definitive agreement also aims to demonstrate how Aon is evolving its portfolio to serve clients’ emerging needs and deliver profitable growth.Cary Grace, chief executive officer, retirement and investment solutions at Aon, said: “Aon’s investment strategy is centred on growth areas that support its vision to be a pre-eminent professional services firm. Selling the culture, engagement and leadership development and advisory businesses provides an opportunity for Spencer Stuart to create greater value for clients, given [its] focus on talent and leadership. In return, Aon has additional opportunities now to further focus its investments on new and enhanced solutions on behalf of clients.”Aon, which has 50,000 staff across 120 countries, will continue to operate its talent practices within the rewards, assessment and performance capabilities.Michael Burke, chief executive officer, talent, rewards and performance at Aon, added: “As a prominent player in the talent and human capital space, Aon will continue to focus on [its] clients’ needs through solutions that have both strategic and growth alignment. Rewards, assessment and performance solutions also strategically align with other high-growth business areas across Aon.“We have invested in market-leading capabilities and solutions and will continue to aggressively expand our capabilities in these areas to meet the evolving demands of our clients.”