first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Advertisement His hope for a better Canada is one of the reasons editors and broadcasters say they selected him as Canada’s Newsmaker of the Year for the second straight time.Downie collected 47 votes (53 per cent) in the annual Canadian Press survey of newsrooms across the country. The musician remains the only entertainer to receive the title in its 71-year history.He’s also now among a select group of Canadians to be voted top newsmaker more than once. Others include former prime ministers Lester Pearson and Pierre Trudeau and activist athletes Terry Fox and Rick Hansen.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was second in this year’s poll with 11 votes (13 per cent), while new NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh finished third with 10 votes (11 per cent).“Most Canadians don’t really care about politicians — but Gord Downie seems to have touched so many hearts,” wrote Christina Spencer, editor of the Ottawa Citizen’s editorial pages.“Rarely have we mixed our tears of sadness and gratitude as we did for Gord Downie,” added Danny Kingsbury, national rock format director at Rogers Radio in Ottawa.“His music and legacy and work with Indigenous communities will live on.”Even though Canadians knew it was coming, news that Downie had succumb to an incurable form of brain cancer on Oct. 17 left many stunned.It almost seemed at times like he could do the impossible — somehow defy science to overcome his terminal diagnosis.He surprised doctors and fans alike with his boundless determination during the 2016 Hip tour. At the rousing last concert in Kingston, Ont., Downie offered hints of his next vision. Speaking to the audience, he expressed the urgency of drawing more attention to the inequities faced by Indigenous people. He called on the prime minister to lead by example.Downie’s “Secret Path” multimedia project, which was completed before his cancer diagnosis, became the guidebook in his last year as he delicately recounted the tragic final hours of Chanie Wenjack.For many Canadians, it was the first time hearing the story of the 12-year-old Ojibway boy who died of starvation and exposure after escaping a residential school in 1966.“His spirit touched Chanie Wenjack’s spirit,” said Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde.“Even though they never physically met each other, I think in a spiritual way they knew and really bonded together.”Alvin Fiddler, the Grand Chief of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation, worked closely with the Downie family over the past year and a half. He said it was impossible to predict how “Secret Path” would affect the wider conversation.“None of us really could envision the impact,” he said. “To see it spread across the country was something … pretty meaningful.”Fiddler credits Downie for shining a spotlight on some Indigenous issues, which he said led to progress in certain areas.“We have more and more communities coming off the boiled water advisory list next month in Slate Falls,” he offered as one example.“I would like to believe that Gord had a hand in those things.”Exploring the injustices inflicted upon Indigenous people in Canadian history led the singer on a personal journey of reflection, said his brother Mike Downie.“Gord said several times that the only thing that mattered to him was getting Canadians to become aware of Indigenous lives, start to right the wrongs and move in the direction of reconciliation,” he said.“It was what he wanted to get done before his time was up.”As the year stretched on, the reality of Downie’s mortality was harder to ignore. His appearances became increasingly rare.He surprised Blue Rodeo concertgoers in February by walking on stage to sing “Lost Together” alongside Jim Cuddy and other close friends. The emotional moment would be Downie’s final public stage performance.In June, he was appointed a member of the Order of Canada for his work in raising awareness of Indigenous issues.On Canada Day weekend, Downie stood on a stage at Parliament Hill and encouraged a young crowd of We Day participants to ask questions about the history of residential schools. He emphasized that Indigenous children in some parts of Canada continue to travel great distances each day for school, likening it to “the pain, the torture and the death” in residential schools.His comments stood to elevate concerns Indigenous leaders have expressed over the lack of education and health resources for young people in remote communities.“It is still happening even though the residential school has gone away,” the ailing performer said.“It’s time to listen to the stories of the Indigenous. To hear stories about now.”He left the audience with an optimistic final thought as he looked to the next 150 years for the country.“Yours is the first generation in the new and real Canada. I love you,” he said to applause.“You and yours, the Indigenous, together will make this a true country now, one true to your word. The new 150 years, not the old one. The new one. Exciting and true.”A few months later, he was gone.Rest easy legend. Thank you Gord. You will be missed.— Max Domi (@max_domi) October 18, 2017On the streets of Kingston that sombre October day, the hometown boy’s voice was everywhere. Restaurants cranked up playlists of only Hip songs, while some fans blared their car stereos to drown out the pain of the loss.Many talked about how Downie offered solace amid their family’s own cancer fights. Others reflected on how their perspectives of Canadian history were reshaped by his ardent support of Indigenous rights.Those sentiments stretched across the country as local musicians covered Hip favourites and viewers watched a broadcast of “Long Time Running,” a documentary recounting the band’s final tour.More Downie tributes are still in the works. A public memorial is being considered by the Hip’s members and their management, though no official date has been set.And in Ontario, an opposition NDP member recently introduced a bill to create a poet laureate program in the province and name the legislation after Downie.Carrying Downie’s message into the future now lies with his friends and the millions of Canadians he called on to make a difference.The late singer established the Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund to serve as a catalyst in the movement towards reconciliation. Next year, the organization plans to escalate its approval of small grants that would unite Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities and promote education in schools.It’s a project Downie considered essential for the longer term. He’d witnessed slivers of progress while he was still alive, his brother Mike said, and he considered each of them a reason for hope.“He could see that he had some impact,” Mike Downie said.“I know Gord felt really good that he had maybe managed to move the needle a little bit.”BY DAVID FRIEND / THE CANADIAN PRESS Gord Downie only appeared in public a handful of times in 2017, but his calls for a more inclusive Canada resonated even in his absence.Whether it was the poignant lyrics flowing through his recent albums or the heartfelt words he delivered in public, the Tragically Hip singer used every opportunity in his final months to speak out in support of Indigenous people in Canada.Even after he died of brain cancer in October at age 53, Downie’s push for reconciliation continued to reverberate across the country. Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

NTI holding presidential election

first_imgAPTN National NewsNunavut Tunngavik Incorporated is holding a presidential election.They’re the group that handles the Nunavut land claim.APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll takes a further look at NTI and explains how important they are to Nunavut and Nunavut’s Inuit.last_img

Asian stocks mostly higher after Trump tariff extension

BEIJING — Most Asian stock markets rose Monday after President Donald Trump said he would postpone a March 1 deadline for a U.S. tariff hike on imports from China following talks on a dispute over Beijing’s technology ambitions.The Shanghai Composite Index gained 4.0 per cent to 2,916.53, its highest level in six months, after Trump said weekend negotiations in Washington made “substantial progress.”Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 advanced 0.5 per cent to 21,527.36 while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng added 0.3 per cent in choppy trading to 28,899.44. Seoul’s Kospi was flat at 2,230.90. India’s Sensex advanced 0.2 per cent to 35,950.50 and Sydney’s S&P-ASX 200 rose 0.2 per cent to 6,176.40.New Zealand, Taiwan and most of Southeast Asia advanced while Singapore declined.Trump said Sunday he would postpone a deadline for 10 per cent punitive tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese imports to rise to 25 per cent but set no new date.The fight threatens to disrupt global trade and weigh on economic growth that shows signs of slowing.Trump’s announcement should reassure financial markets, but stock gains might be limited because prices already had risen in expectation of such a move, analysts said.“The latest news may not offer a significant boost to start the week,” Tai Hui of J.P. Morgan Asset Management said in a report. “Nonetheless, it helps to underpin positive investor sentiment.”The greatest enthusiasm was seen in mainland China’s biggest market, Shanghai.“This is the real thing,” said Francis Lun, a stock analyst in Hong Kong. He said the Shanghai composite “could reach 2900 very soon. So all the signs are pointing to a bull run.”The world’s two biggest economies have raised tariffs on billions of dollars of each other’s goods in the fight over U.S. complaints Beijing steals or pressures companies to hand over technology.Washington wants China to roll back plans for government-led creation of global competitors in robotics and other technologies. Europe, Japan and other trading partners echo U.S. complaints those violate Beijing’s free-trade obligations.Investors are watching February manufacturing indicators due out this week for signs of further deceleration in global activity.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude lost 10 cents to $57.16 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract gained 30 cents to $57.26 on Friday. Brent crude, used to price international oils, lost 20 cents to $66.92 per barrel in London. It added 5 cents the previous session to $67.12.CURRENCY: The dollar declined to 110.67 yen from Friday’s 110.68 yen. The euro advanced to $1.1342 from $1.1333.Joe McDonald, The Associated Press read more

Knowledge crucial for African development – UN officials

2 July 2009With knowledge being an essential element in Africa’s development process, a United Nations librarian has called on African governments to help narrow the digital divide. Citing the example of the United States, where people can access the Internet in public libraries for free, Abraham Azubuike, Chief Librarian of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), said that even with limited resources, African countries can still afford to help people go online.“Development plans without an emphasis on access to, and utilization of, knowledge are bound to fail as development itself is a learning process,” he said, speaking at the First International Conference on African Digital Libraries and Archives which began at ECA headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.The three-day event has drawn some 250 people – representatives from international and inter-governmental organizations, universities and libraries – and is exploring how to disseminate knowledge to promote development, from the grassroots to upper political levels.“The most successful route to building knowledge societies is through building strong knowledge institutions and spreading awareness of new technical and cultural possibilities for sharing of information and resources,” Lalla Ben Barka, Deputy Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), said yesterday at the start of the Conference. read more

March Madness Crib Notes for Thursdays Sweet 16 Games

Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions. No. 3 Notre Dame (53 percent win probability) vs. No. 7 Wichita StateLocation: ClevelandWhen to watch: At 7:15 p.m. EDT on CBSPower ratings: Wichita State 88.1, Notre Dame 87.2Upset probability: 47 percentPlayer to watch: Fred VanVleet, Wichita StateAfter prevailing in what was arguably the round of 32’s most exciting game, Notre Dame’s next hurdle will be a terrific all-around Wichita State team that is coming off one of the biggest victories in program history. These two teams are very evenly matched; the Fighting Irish are better offensively (according to’s ratings), but the Shockers have the better defense. There are a few peculiarities that could decide the matchup — Wichita State’s defense is good at gathering rebounds and stopping 2-point field goals, which should mitigate two of the Irish’s offensive strengths. Notre Dame, meanwhile, has the superior long-distance shooters. But this is such a tossup that it might come down to something as obscure as travel distance. Notre Dame is favored to win in part because South Bend is almost four times closer to Cleveland than Wichita is. Wichita State has the better power rating in the FiveThirtyEight model, but the travel is what makes the prediction tilt Notre Dame’s way. File it under “every little edge counts,” I suppose. After a three-day break, the Madness continues Thursday with the commencement of the Sweet 16. And according to the FiveThirtyEight power ratings of the teams involved, Thursday’s games are pretty clearly better than Friday’s slate of matchups. Headlining the action, as always: undefeated Kentucky, who’ll take the court against West Virginia in their sternest test yet (granted, the Wildcats still have an 87 percent chance of advancing). But the most intriguing game of the night might just be North Carolina versus Wisconsin in a battle of contrasting styles.Read on for more about Thursday’s NCAA tournament action …No. 1 Kentucky (87 percent win probability) vs. No. 5 West VirginiaLocation: ClevelandWhen to watch: At 9:45 p.m. EDT on CBSPower ratings: Kentucky 97.9, West Virginia 85.5Upset probability: 13 percentPlayer to watch: Karl-Anthony Towns, KentuckyWest Virginia is a deep, balanced squad with a great swarming defense, but its run likely ends Thursday night against the nation’s most talented team. While the Mountaineers do employ some high-variance strategies that could help their upset chances — particularly a pressing defense that specializes in forcing turnovers — there are plenty of weaknesses for Kentucky to exploit if it can adequately protect the ball. Kentucky had the third-best shooting efficiency differential in the country during the season, while West Virginia had the nation’s 30th-worst; the Mountaineers also allowed the highest free throw rate in the country on defense. (For its part, Kentucky’s offense ranked 30th-best in forcing fouls and 74th in free throw accuracy.) So if this game is decided by conventional means, West Virginia probably won’t win; the Mountaineers will need takeaways and a lot of good fortune to hand Kentucky its first loss of the season. No. 2 Arizona (87 percent win probability) vs. No. 6 XavierLocation: Los AngelesWhen to watch: At 10:17 p.m. EDT on TBSPower ratings: Arizona 94.8, Xavier 85.5Upset probability: 13 percentPlayer to watch: T.J. McConnell, ArizonaBy navigating past a tough Ohio State team with relative ease in the round of 32, Arizona earned the right to face Xavier in one of the Sweet 16’s easier matchups. The Musketeers aren’t a bad team, but they are among the weaker remaining squads in the field. And that’s not good when facing the second-highest-rated team in the FiveThirtyEight power ratings. There are stylistic reasons to think Xavier is overmatched here. The key to the Musketeers’ success has been their offense, particularly on 2-pointers (big men Matt Stainbrook and Jalen Reynolds both shot in excess of 62 percent on twos this season), but the Wildcats excel at short-circuiting opponents’ 2-point efficiency. And in the absence of its bread-and-butter, Xavier might have trouble knocking down enough threes or forcing enough turnovers to make life difficult for Arizona. The Musketeers shouldn’t feel too bad, though: Despite being the No. 2 seed, Arizona is a 58 percent favorite to emerge as the West’s representative in the Final Four. No. 1 Wisconsin (73 percent win probability) vs. No. 4 North CarolinaLocation: Los AngelesWhen to watch: At 7:47 p.m. EDT on TBSPower ratings: Wisconsin 93.6, North Carolina 88.0Upset probability: 27 percentPlayer to watch: Frank Kaminsky, WisconsinWorlds are colliding in Thursday’s most interesting pairing. The Badgers, known for slowing the pace of the game down to a veritable crawl, will meet the Tar Heels, one of the nation’s fastest-paced teams. During the season, Wisconsin’s average possession lasted nearly six seconds longer than North Carolina’s, while the proportion of UNC’s plays on which they had a transition opportunity was more than double that of Wisconsin. (The Badgers were at the bottom of Division I with a 7.5 percent rate of transition chances per play, according to Synergy.) The tempo of this game will be worth watching. Beyond that, the possibility of an upset might come down to whether UNC can get the 2-point shots upon which they thrive against a tough interior Wisconsin defense and — relatedly — whether the Heels can do any damage on the offensive glass versus the Badgers’ great defensive rebounders. read more

Blazenko Lackovic stays in HSV until 2014

Left back who won almost everything in system of Handball with his National Team, Blazenko Lackovic (32) will play in HSV Handball for two more seasons. One of the best Croatian player came to Hamburg in 2008 from SG Flensburg. Before that he was a key player of C.O Zagreb, Metkovic and Varteks.He will share time on left back position with German NT player, Pascal Hens. ← Previous Story Denmark Play Off Final: Randers HK waiting Viborg for the title! Next Story → Richard Stochl goes to Russia – Chekhov Blazenko LackovicHamburgHSV Handball read more

Pentagon planning massive cyber security expansion

first_imgIf you have heard any of President Obama’s alarming rhetoric about the threats of devastating cyber attacks on America, it might have surprised you to know that the Pentagon’s cyber security force is only 900 people, making it significantly less represented than many other departments, especially those related to on-the-ground combat. But that is about to change in a big way.According to numbers reportedly obtained by the Washington Post, the Pentagon plans to expand the number of personnel in the cyber security “Cyber Command” force to 4900, including both military personnel and civilians. That would give it the same kind of manpower as commands that oversee major combat operations.When asked about the validity of the Post’s claims, a US official confirmed that the Cyber Command unit is preparing for a huge expansion but would not verify the specific 4900 number. Nevertheless, it appears to be solidified that the Pentagon is looking for thousands of tech-savvy people.That is not exactly a small recruiting effort, so it will no doubt take a substantial amount of time before the new Cyber Command team is put in place. As for how the government plans to fund this colossal outreach, the Pentagon will make cutbacks in many of its other areas of operation, including those within the conventional armed forces. Cyber warfare is where the growing threat is. While the cutbacks will pave the way for some of this, the Cyber Command expansion is likely to also come from taxpayer dollars.The Obama administration has made cyber security a strong part of its policy agenda, from his first few months in office and beyond. Obama has come up with unique ideas, like a unique Internet ID that would be given to US citizens.The Department of Homeland Security reported that there were 198 cyber assaults against the US in 2012 — compared to just nine incidents in 2009. Among the most serious threats to the country are attacks against the US’s energy sector.last_img read more

Weve had enough of blood red lines Hundreds gather in Belfast to

first_img“We’ve had enough of blood red lines in Northern Ireland,” Hanna said today. Grieve, who had the Tory whip withdrawn for voting against the government on Brexit, told the audience that the DUP were making a mistake by tying themselves to the Conservatives. The People’s Vote campaign will organise another rally on London on 19 October, days before the UK is currently scheduled to leave the EU.  Short URL By Dominic McGrath Share12 Tweet Email1 25,970 Views Image: Liam McBurney/PA Wire/PA Images As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Sat 5:15 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Alastair Campbell chaired the event in the Ulster Hall. center_img Hundreds gathered in Belfast today to oppose Brexit and Boris Johnson’s decision to prorogue parliament. Organised by the People’s Vote campaign, which has been calling for a second referendum on EU membership, the meeting in the Ulster Hall heard from various speakers the damaging consequences of Brexit. Northern Ireland, set to be worst-hit by Brexit, has been at the centre of negotiations as the UK and the EU have clashed over the border and the backstop. Hundreds of people turned out at the end of a dramatic week in the UK, where the highest civil court in Scotland had found that Johnson had misled the queen over his reasons for suspending parliament and the prime minister failed – for the second time – to persuade parliament to back an early election. Speakers at the event today include Tory rebel Dominic Grieve and former Labour communications chief Alastair Campbell, who has been an ardent campaigner against Brexit. The SDLP’s Claire Hanna and Green Party leader Claire Bailey also addressed the Ulster Hall.Alliance Party leader and MEP Naomi Long, who also spoke today, warned that Brexit would be “catatstrophic” for Northern Ireland.  The SDLP’s Claire Hanna spoke today. Source: Liam McBurney/PA Wire/PA Images“My message as MEP has been that the UK is now in serious political crisis. That Johnson’s objective is to blame the UK parliament and the EU. Don’t be part of his plan. Give us the extension. Hold the prime minister’s feet to the fire and make him negotiate,” she told the crowd.Speaking ahead of the meeting, Hanna, whose party has opposed Brexit, said that it is “profoundly undemocratic to attempt to force a wretched no deal on the people without their democratic consent”.  Related Reads 11.09.19 British government warns of Channel delays and electricity price hikes in no-deal planning document 11.09.19 A Scottish court declared prorogation unlawful – so what happens next? Alastair Campbell chaired the event in the Ulster Hall. Image: Liam McBurney/PA Wire/PA Images ‘We’ve had enough of blood red lines’: Hundreds gather in Belfast to demand second Brexit vote A meeting in the Ulster Hall was attended by a range of anti-Brexit politicians. Saturday 14 Sep 2019, 5:15 PM 17 Comments last_img read more

Greek stocks are worlds best

first_imgGreek stocks are beating almost every market in the world as a six-year recession eases and new investors consider cheap purchases with good returns if the economy turns to health. Once shunned by investors concerned that a default would force the nation out of the euro, the country’s ASE Index (ASE) has surged 146 per cent, trimming the decline from its 2007 peak to 79 per cent. Paulson & Co. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. have bought shares as emerging-market funds including Renaissance Capital Holdings Ltd. and Templeton Emerging Markets Group expressed interest. “I find very, very good opportunities, very well-run companies and very cheap valuations,” JPMorgan’s Francesco Conte said to Bloomberg. “Greece is only just emerging from the crisis. Because they’ve cut their cost bases so low, the profitability growth is going to be enormous if we get positive GDP growth.” Flows into equity funds investing in Greece rose 129 per cent from the beginning of the year through October 28, compared with a 15 per cent gain for Europe as a whole, data from EPFR Global Inc. show. Investors have poured $179 million into Greek stocks this year, according to the data. MSCI confirmed it would switch Greece to an emerging market in June this year, having classified it as developed since 2001. As an emerging market, Greece will be grouped with Europe’s other developing economies, such as the Czech Republic and Hungary. MSCI already classifies euro-area members Estonia and Slovenia as emerging. The reclassification may allow Greek stocks that couldn’t meet the size or liquidity requirements to join MSCI’s measure for developed equities and benefit from inclusion in the MSCI universe. Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd., a conglomerate with investments from Canadian cattle feed to Irish banks, bought shares in two Greek companies this year. “We continue to support Greece,” Fairfax Chief Executive Officer Prem Watsa said in the statement. “The country continues to make great strides towards addressing the key areas of its economy, thus encouraging foreign investment and creating a positive momentum that will foster increased employment and infrastructure development.” The nation faces political disputes that may derail its recovery, with debt forecast to peak at 176 per cent of GDP this year. The Greek recession has destroyed almost a quarter of its economic output and sent unemployment surging to a record 27.6 per cent. The ASE lost 91 per cent from October 2007 through the 22-year low reached in June 2012. Source: Bloomberg Businessweek Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Greek stock market off to a strong start

first_imgThere’s been talk circulating about Greece’s economy strengthening, and now the figures are able to speak for themselves.According to the Athens Exchange (ATHEX) general index, the Greek stock market has reached a new four month high in what is expected to be a strong 2018. In its first session for the year on Tuesday, the market’s benchmark added 2 per cent to its closing figures for 2017. On Friday the index stood at 802.37 points, and ended at 818.51 points. The large-cap FTSE-25 index expanded 1.69 per cent to 2,118.45 points.Meanwhile, the banks’ index rose 4.37 per cent; Piraeus Bank performed best with a rise of 12.38 per cent, followed by Alpha Bank with 3.97 per cent, Eurobank 3.53 per cent and National 1.57 per cent. PPC advanced 6.67 per cent and Terna Energy 5.22 per cent.After a decade-long financial crisis, it was also optimistic to see a total of 87 stocks demonstrated gains, while just 16 saw losses and 24 remained the same.The total turnover for the year came to €51 million, improving on Friday’s €49.7 million.Meanwhile Cyprus’s Stock Exchange didn’t perform so well with a general index decline of 0.62 per cent to 69.07 points. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Matthaus Kimmich can become the captain of Bayern Germany

first_imgBayern Munich legend Lothar Matthaus reckons Joshua Kimmich can follow in the footsteps of Philipp Lahm by becoming the captain of both the club and GermanyLahm captained Bayern between 2011 to 2017 and led the club to five straight Bundesliga titles along with the Champions League in 2013.The former full-back also famously skippered Germany to the 2014 World Cup title.Now Matthaus, who himself was a captain in West Germany’s 1990 World Cup triumph, is backing the 23-year-old Kimmich to become the new Lahm.rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…“For me, Kimmich is the face of FC Bayern’s future,” Matthaus told Bild.“He can become captain within five years. Maybe even in the national team – like a second Philipp Lahm.”Currently, it’s goalkeeper Manuel Neuer who skippers both Bayern and Germany.The former world champions drew 2-2 with the Netherlands on Monday night in their final UEFA Nations League game.last_img read more

Selfexams a significant tool in breast cancer battle

first_imgWhile breast self-exams are no longer considered an essential early cancer detection method, health care providers say they still have value.The goal of self-exams is to increase familiarity with the breast tissue, which will make it easier to notice changes, said Joan Wendel, a nurse at The Vancouver Clinic’s Breast Care Center.“The women familiar with their tissue will be the ones that pick up the abnormality most quickly,” Wendel said.Those abnormalities can then be reported to a health care provider for further examination and, if necessary, testing, she said.A study of women undergoing breast cancer surgery found that despite frequent screening mammograms, about 40 percent of breast cancers were discovered as the result of lumps or suspicious changes found during breast self-exams, according to the Mayo Clinic.Breast exams don’t, however, appear to affect breast cancer death rates.An analysis of results from the two largest trials on breast self-exams found no difference in rates of breast cancer death after 15 years between women who did routine self-exams and those who did not, according to the Susan G. Komen organization.Still, health care providers recommend women conduct monthly exams beginning at age 20. The best time of the month to perform the exam is during the week after menstruation, when the breast tissue is softest and easiest to examine, Wendel said.Women who don’t have monthly periods should pick a date and perform the exam on the same date each month, she said.The self-exam has two parts: visual and physical.Women should begin by examining their breasts in a mirror. They should inspect their breasts for bulges, dimpling in the skin and changes in skin color, Wendel said.last_img read more

Donaco shareholders take action to remove Joey and Ben Lim as company

first_imgNotably, the Spenceley in question is James Spenceley, Chairman of fellow Southeast Asian casino operator Silver Heritage Group which runs Tiger Palace Resort in Nepal.Under Australian Securities Exchange listing rules, companies must call a meeting to vote on any resolution requested by shareholders representing 5% or more of a company. The meeting must also be called within 21 days of the request being issued and held within two months.In a Monday announcement, Donaco said it will arrange for the EGM within the prescribed timelines.The shareholders’ move against the Lim brothers comes after the Australian Takeovers Panel was forced to strike down the on-market acquisition of a 9.71% stake in Donaco by Asian investment firm Orchard Capital Partners (OCP) because the company had already seized control over a 27.25% stake previously held by Joey Lim. Lim defaulted on a loan from OCP late last year.Lim was terminated as Donaco’s Managing Director and CEO in March following a leave of absence to deal with “health and personal matters.” RelatedPosts Donaco ready to reset after horror year sees losses widen in FY19 on Cambodia impairment charge Load More Donaco reveals addition of two new board members as makeover continues A group of shareholders in Donaco International Limited have filed a formal request for an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) to consider the removal of company founder Joey Lim Keong Yew and his brother Benjamin Lim Keong Hoe from the board of directors.The request is from three shareholders, named as Spenceley Management Pty Ltd as trustee for Spenceley Family Trust; Spenceley Management Pty Ltd as trustee for Spenceley Family Superannuation; and Antonia Caroline Collopy, who together hold more than 5% of issued Donaco shares. Ainsworth launches review of product development after Asia-Pacific struggles see FY19 declinelast_img read more

Like AirPods but with noise canceling The surprising Ausounds headphones

first_img Mobile Accessories Headphones 11 Photos See It Share your voice 2 Sony $159 $144 See It Review • AirPods 2019 review: King of truly wireless earphones crowned with small enhancements Tags Best Buy Amazon See It Apple $144 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Mentioned Above Apple AirPods 2019 (Charging Case) Enlarge ImageThe Ausounds AU-Stream ANC. Sarah Tew/CNET Remember all those rumors last year about next-generation AirPods that might feature active noise canceling? Well, those AirPods haven’t materialized yet but now Ausounds, a startup, has launched a new set of true wireless earbuds — the AU-Stream ANC — that have the same “stick” design as the AirPods and feature active noise-canceling. They’re on sale now for $150 (£123, $AU 222) and they’re surprisingly good if you get the right fit.I’ve been using an early review sample for a few days and they’re similar in style to a lot of the so-called AirPods knock-offs, but have a little more of a premium look and feel. They feature 13mm drivers, Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, 5 hours of battery life with an additional 15 hours from the case and water-resistance (IPX5 certified). They also offer USB-C charging — that’s somewhat rare to find at this price point.Read: Best true wireless earbuds of 201911-ausounds-au-stream-anc-earbudsEnlarge ImageSimilar look to the AirPods but they come in black. Sarah Tew/CNET Until now, the only true wireless earphones to offer active noise cancellation have come from Sony — the latest and greatest being the recently released WF-1000XM3, which cost $230. The AU-Stream ANC — no, that isn’t the greatest name for a product — is slightly bigger than such models as the Anker Soundcore Liberty Air. They won’t fit everybody’s ears equally well (and they might not fit some ears at all). None of the company’s ear tips allowed me to get a super-tight seal, but a set of XL tips I had from another pair of headphones worked and the earphones stayed in my ears comfortably and securely (I could run with them).That tight seal is crucial not only for sound quality but the active noise-canceling doesn’t work effectively without it. Sound-wise the AU-Stream ANC is on par with the Sony WF-1000XM3. It doesn’t sound quite as detailed or as open — and the bass isn’t quite as well-defined. But it’s a very decent-sounding true wireless headphone with some good kick in the low end. And it does sound better than the AirPods. Comments Ausounds AU-Stream ANC Earbuds See it The noise-canceling is pretty decent, too. Unlike the AirPods, which have an open design that lets a lot ambient sound in, these have a noise-isolating design that passively seals out a decent amount of sound. However, the noise canceling definitely helped when I was in the New York City subway to tamp down the noise levels. It doesn’t completely eliminate sounds and voices around you, but it does muffle them to a significant degree. There’s is no app for customizing the noise canceling or sound settings, but you can turn noise canceling on and off with a long press on either earbud (yes, they have touch controls).Read: Best cheap true wireless earphones of 2019 These aren’t as good as the AirPods for making calls. People said they could hear me OK — and I could hear them — but they do pick up a fair amount of ambient noise. In other words, they’re decent for making calls in quieter environments but not great outdoors in noisier spots. It’s also worth noting that when it’s windy, you can hear the wind hitting them (they’re not aerodynamic) and the noise canceling can’t do anything about reducing that sound.The case looks a little like the AirPods’ case but is probably about 30% bigger. Still, it’ll fit in most pockets without showing too much of a bulge. I also liked how the earphones automatically turned on and resumed playing my music when I pulled them out of their case. I only encountered the occasional Bluetooth hiccup — generally, the connection was solid.I’m going to play around with them for a couple of more weeks to make sure they keep working reliably before posting my final review, but my initial impressions are good. The AU-Stream ANC seems like an auspicious start for Ausounds, which has other headphones in the pipeline. Apple AirPods 2019 $144last_img read more

TikTok IIMC to train media professionals

first_imgNew Delhi: TikTok on Monday announced its partnership with Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) to train budding media professionals on the existing industry-wide challenges arising from the evolving social media landscape in India. Under this partnership, TikTok and IIMC would organise a series of workshops with the students and professors of IIMC across its six regional campuses starting on August 26. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us “We believe in building relationships that would help further develop and support this industry-wide mission to actively train young professionals to help them become more informed digital citizens and promote online safety,” said Nitin Saluja, Director of Public Policy (India), TikTok. The workshops would feature a curriculum that incorporates insights and learnings shared by thought leaders from new media, internet-based companies and the educational institutional community, the company said in a statement. The subsidiary of a Beijing-based start-up named ByteDance, TikTok has offices in Beijing, Berlin, Jakarta, London, Los Angeles, Moscow, Mumbai, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, and Tokyo.last_img read more

Car catches fire on Dhaka flyover

first_imgfireA private car caught fire on a flyover in Malibagh in the capital city on Tuesday night following an alleged gas cylinder explosion, reports UNB.However, no casualty was reported in the incident.Duty officer of the fire service and civil defence central control room Ershad said the car went up in flames around 7:47pm after its gas cylinder exploded on the Mouchak-Chowdhurypara section of the Moghbazar-Mouchak Flyover.Two firefighting units from Khilagaon rushed in and doused the flame, he said.last_img read more

Houston Food Bank Serving Record Number Of Childrens Meals Over 10000 Daily

first_img 00:00 /00:51 Listen Houston Food BankCollege students, of the ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program, volunteer for the Houston Food Bank on June 19, 2018. Sharecenter_img X The summer months bring more than just heat.Food insecurity can become even more prevalent for school children who depend on free (or low-cost) food programs that are not available during the summer. And now, the Houston Food Bank said it has reached a new peak for serving daily meals to underserved children in Greater Houston: more than 10,000 per day. Last summer, the daily meals peaked at 9,000.“This summer, we should be serving more than 12,000 meals, at our peak, sometime in July,” said Stephanie Berno, Director of Outreach Services for the Houston Food Bank.She said it’s hard to determine exactly why there are more meals.“So, it’s not about more funding or more need, specifically. We don’t exactly know,” Berno said. “But, we do have more sites that are wanting to work with us. So, that could be an indication there’s more need in the community.” The Houston Food Bank will nearly double its usual number of feeding sites during the summer months, and the organization anticipates reaching nearly 300 feeding sites for children by the end of the summer. Houston Food BankHouston children receive food at the Houston Food Bank’s summer feeding awareness kick-off event on June 5, 2018.Berno also said it’s possible Hurricane Harvey has also added an additional, continuing burden on low-income families.“We don’t know how many of the kids receiving meals’ families are struggling because of Harvey; or from being out of their home, or their job being interrupted,” said Berno.She said even though the free meals stop during the summer months, child hunger does not.Click here to locate the closest site near you.To learn how to help, click here.  To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Thursday December 17

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: continue our ongoing conversation with candidates for Baltimore City Council. Tonight we’ll talk with individuals vying for seats in the 5th, 7th, 9th and 13th districts. Plus, we’ll talk to social activist Kwame Rose, who was arrested yesterday during protests over the mistrial of William Porter.These stories and more coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img

No 25ranked Cardinals Fall to No 10 Florida

first_imgThe Cards will be back in action tomorrow August 31 at 7:00 pm. where they will take on Texas A&M in L&N Federal Credit Union Arena.  The Aggies beat Dayton 25-23, 22-25, 25-18, 25-27, 15-13 in the first match of the Classic.  The Gators will play Dayton at 4:30 before the feature match.  Print Friendly Version Box Score Senior outside hitter Melanie McHenry led the No. 25-ranked University of Louisville volleyball team with 11 kills and seven digs but it was not enough as the No. 10-ranked University of Florida Gators won 25-17, 25-21, 25-21 on Friday at the Cardinal Classic inside L&N Federal Credit Union Arena.  The Cards hit .107 with five service aces and three blocks in their regular season opener. Cardinals Claire Chaussee and Anna Stevenson  tallied 7 and 6 kills respectively with libero Alexis Hamilton leading the team with 11 digs. Florida hit .304 with Thayer Hall leading the team with 12 kills. The Cardinals bounced back in the second set, taking an early 11-6 lead. The Gators tied the game at 11 and then retook the lead and extended it to 21-16  before the Cardinals were able to bring it to within one point at 22-21 on a kill by McHenry. However, Louisville would not score again as the Gators closed out the set 25-21 with two straight kills by Holly Carlton. McHenry led the Cards offensively with 3 kills. Shannon Shields led the Cards defensively with 5 digs and offensively with 2 assists. Florida jumped out to an early lead in the first set, grabbing a 14-4 advantage. The Cardinals could get no closer than seven points at 17-10 when McHenry unleashed a service ace. Powered by .464 hitting in the set, the Gators proved too much for the Cards and secured the first set 25-17. The Cardinals were led by Claire Chaussee and Melanie McHenry with 3 kills each. The Cardinals jumped out to an early 3-0 lead to start the third set, however the Gators fought back and took the lead at 5-4 on a Cardinal service errors and never relinquished it. Louisville kept the set within arm’s length but the Gators pulled away to win the set 25-21. Melanie McHenry led the Cardinals with 5 kills, followed by Anna Stevenson with 4 kills respectively in the set. UL vs UF Box Score Story Linkslast_img read more

The best gear of 2014

first_imgA lot of new products come out every year, and while we care about almost everyone of them the simple fact is that only the smallest percentage of them are worth your hard-earned cash. What’s worth the money — your money in particular — is going to vary based on your needs and the amount of that money that is available, but we should all be able to agree that some products are undeniably good. These are the products from 2014 that’s staffers use and love. They were the right product for us and we highly recommend them for you.Amazon Fire TV – SalIt’s hard to believe, but one of my favorite pieces of hardware of 2014 came from Amazon. The Fire TV is the over-priced, pleasant to use, feature-packed set-top box that I’ve been waiting for. It’s a bit more expensive than the competition, but it’s got everything I need (aside from HBO Go, painfully enough) and it’s super fast. Sure, the Roku is great, the ChromeCast gets the job done, and the Fire TV Stick is cheap (and almost as good), but I’m happy to have a Fire TV. (If you are still trying to figure out the difference between the Fire TV and the Fire TV Stick, we’ve got you covered.)Dyson DC59 Motorhead – SalVacuuming is an unpleasant task, as well as something that’s easy to put off for another day. That’s why you need a vacuum that takes the excuses away. For years I thought that was a robotic vacuum, and I am still a fan of those useful little bots, but someones you need to vacuum a couch or an air filter, or you simply need to do one room really quick before your parents come over. There is nothing better available today for that than the supercharged DC59 Motorhead wireless vacuum. For years I doubted the power and capability of these vacs, but now that I’ve used one I fully appreciate why the cannister vacuum is a thing of the past for so many people.Bose QuietComfort 25 – SalThe QC25 replaces a classic tech product — the QC15 —  so there was incredible pressure on the company to come up with something great. And, as any QC25 review will tell you, Bose didn’t disappoint. The QC25 is the active noise cancelling headset to own today. It’s stylish, lightweight, foldable, and the noise cancellation is the best in the business. At $299 the headset isn’t cheap, but this is a product that will vastly improve your flights, makes your commuting considerably less painful, and last for years.Nintendo’s new 3DS – MatthewFinally! This is the 3DS Nintendo should have launched in the first place. It’s got a second stick — albeit in the form of a a nub called a C-Stick — and more shoulder buttons to cater for any complicated control scheme a game cares to use. The 3D is improved which means a larger sweet spot and, most importantly, a new CPU means much faster loading times and in some cases enhanced games that won’t play on older versions of the handheld.Nexus 6 – RyanThe Nexus 6 is everything I’ve ever wanted in a Nexus phone. It has amazing hardware and excellent build quality, and the camera finally performs on par with other flagships. It does, however, come with a price tag significantly higher than the last few Nexus phones. I’m willing to pay the price for an Android flagship that doesn’t make compromises. Asus ZenWatch – RyanI’ve become quite enamored with Android Wear this year, and some of the first-generation watches are actually worth checking out. We’re still in the early days, but the Asus ZenWatch has demonstrated a great value compared to other wearables. For $199 you get a 320×320 AMOLED screen, and nice band, and attractive design. It’s second only to the Moto 360 in looks, and it’s cheaper with better battery life.Tylt Energi backpack – RussellThis is a backpack without equal, as long as what you need in a ridiculous amount of space to hold you gear and a huge battery to power multiple devices. The included 10,000mAh battery has three USB cables that snake through to the various compartments in the bag, and the rear compartment includes a trolley slip and a zip-off section for your laptop. It’s the best gadget bag for flying that I’ve ever used, and it’s only $200.Seagate shingled hard drives – LeeJust a couple weeks ago, Seagate announced an 8TB SATA hard drive with a retail price of $260. Packing that much storage into a 3.5-inch drive is an impressive feat, and keeping the price at about 3 cents per gig is, too. They’re still hard to come by, though. Amazon has a 20-pack for sale for $5300, but you should have some other non-bulk options soon enough.Sony PlayStation TV – WillThis is a really useful device for a very specific type of gamer. It’s a $100 microconsole that lets you play PSOne Classics, PSP games, and some Vita games on your HDTV. That’s it. It’s a Vita with no screen that you plug into your HDTV. Boom. Many gamers would get nothing out of this. However, if you want a tiny box for playing the best classic PlayStation games, some excellent PSP titles, and a handful of really worthwhile Vita titles (Persona 4 Golden is worth the price alone), it’s an amazing box.Microsoft Xbox One – WillYeah, the Xbox One came out last year, but it got a very important downgrade in 2014: now you can buy it without the Kinect for $400. I personally like the Kinect’s voice commands, but the gesture controls are still garbage and it’s not worth the premium for most gamers. Now it’s the same price as the PS4 (less during the holiday season), and simply gives you a solid game system with a ton of entertainment options, without a camera.last_img read more