Office 2013: Where Are All The Apps?

first_imgRelated Posts Last week, Microsoft shipped five Bing apps for its new Office suite, offering everything from maps integration to image search. That’s great, as far as it goes. But the bigger issue is the lack of apps for Office 2013, period.The question that Microsoft’s latest version of Office seeks to answer is a profound one: There’s still no real difference between the Word document you see on your screen and the one you print out – they’re both static pagesIf Office 2013 had taken off the way Microsoft had expected it to, the five Bing apps it added – Bing Finance for Excel, Bing Maps for Excel, Bing Image Search for Word, Bing News Search for Word and Bing Dictionary for Excel and Word – would be some handy helper tools contributed by the Bing team. But as it stands, they are pretty much the flagship Office apps within the Office Store – and that is a real problem.What Office 2013 PromisedSure, recent versions of Office allow authors to hyperlink other locations on the Web, add clip art and even Excel spreadsheets. But the basic functionality is preserved no matter what format you view it in.Office 2013 promised a lot more. Within Office 2013, which began rolling out last week, users and developers can swap out Microsoft’s now-discarded Visual Basic for Windows with modern markup including HTML, CSS and JavaScript. One of the promises of Office 2013 was to invigorate static documents with live data pulled from a number of sources: a paper on the near-term economic prospects of Appalachia, for example, could theoretically include real-time data of coal futures and farm forecasts.The end goal, you might say, was to provide so compelling an online experience as to make users feel cheated if they were forced to print the document out. But we ain’t there yet.What Office (Hasn’t) DeliveredIn fact, it’s difficult to find any apps, period, inside the Office Store, let alone those that promise to deliver live data. What’s truly surprising isn’t the relative dearth of apps (I counted 48 for Word, for example) but that the one Office component I would have expected to have been flooded with helper apps – Excel – wasn’t. There were just 14 apps for Excel in the Store at press time, and many of those are cross-category (Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, for example, straddles both Word and Excel). There are just two for Microsoft Project, and three for Outlook (with several more for the Outlook Web app). Clearly, the largest problem Microsoft faces here is simply attracting new apps to the Office Store.Microsoft needs some killer third-party apps, and, so far, the company hasn’t received them. In fact, most Office apps are simply applications that are launched in the right-hand pane, with information that can be cut and pasted into the text. Apps like Gliffy, which lets users to create embeddable flowcharts and other tools that are then dynamically updated on target Office documents if they change, provide a hint of what Office 2013 should be able to do.What About The Enterprise Apps?To be fair, the gateway to live data has traditionally been the enterprise database, which has then served as a data source for Excel spreadsheets, which can then be embedded inside other documents. It’s reasonable to believe that some of the corporations that have standardized on Office 2013 are creating their own Office apps for internal use, and simply not publishing them to the Store. Still, there has been a general lack of enterprise-focused tools, period, within the Office Store. (Some, like Salesforce, haven’t used the store to deploy their Office integration tools; Omni’s Riva syncs Salesforce to Office 365, for example.)There’s nothing particularly wrong with the Bing apps Microsoft released – Bing Dictionary searches words, and the Bing Image Search does the same for images. One of the more dynamic apps is Bing Maps for Excel, which lets users embed live maps data within Excel. That’s a start. I’ve asked Microsoft for examples of these powerful, dynamic apps that tap into the power of Office 2013, but so far I haven’t received a response. And there are so few that I can conduct the hunt myself.Is it fair to ask for these killer apps when Office has just launched? Yes, I think so. We in the tech press call them “launch partners,” and their number and quality are early indicators of the value of the platform.I would like to know more about the use of live data within Office to enhance both personal productivity and business analytics. But what I see so far is the same company that once forged a powerful ecosystem around Office now reduced to asking: “Is anyone out there?”Image source: flickr/_e.t. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#Microsoft Office markhachmancenter_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo statue: Everything you need to know

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo statue: Who sculpted it, where is it & all you need to know about the bizarre bust Goal Last updated 1 year ago 01:12 3/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Cristiano Ronaldo statue Madeira Airport Getty Images Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Portugal UEFA Champions League Friendlies A year after the Portuguese’s statue was revealed, Goal takes a look at everything you need to know about the bizarre bust It was supposed to be a moment of celebration.Cristiano Ronaldo captained the Portugal national side to their first ever European Championship in the summer of 2016 and would be commemorated with his very own statue to mark the renaming of Funchal Airport in his honour.The event didn’t quite go to plan, however, as the bust that was eventually unveiled by president of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, bore little resemblance to the Real Madrid star. 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 A year on, Goal takes a look at everything you need to know about the controversial statue.Who made the Ronaldo statue?The man behind the design was Madeiran artist Emanuel Santos, who previously worked at the airport in which the statue was revealed. After widespread criticism of his work, Santos noted that not even Jesus pleased everyone, and has since made another attempt at recreating Ronaldo.“It is impossible to please the Greeks and Trojans,” he said. “Neither did Jesus please everyone.“This is a matter of taste, so it is not as simple as it seems. What matters is the impact that this work generated. There is always the possibility of making a difference, I was prepared for all this. I used as a base some photos of Cristiano Ronaldo that I found on the internet, nothing specific. I put the photos next to me and started working on the bust.”Santos also stressed that his efforts were appreciated by the man himself.”I was with the brother at Cristiano’s museum in Madeira and from the messages he sent, I could tell that he liked what he saw.”He only asked for some wrinkles to be changed, that give him a certain expression in his face when he’s about to laugh.”He said it made him look older and asked for it to be thinned out a bit to make it smoother and more jovial. But they gave it the go-ahead before they liked what they saw.”Santos was also sanctioned to sculpt a bust of Gareth Bale in Cardiff ahead of the 2017 Champions League final, though the final piece sparked a far more appreciated response.Gareth Bale Statue/Bale BustWhere is the Ronaldo statue?Following Ronaldo’s success with Portugal in the 2016 European Championships, Madeira’s regional government mandated the name-change of the island’s airport to Cristiano Ronaldo International Airport and revealed the statue as a tribute.The decision to dedicate the airport to Ronaldo was met with much conflict, however, and a petition was started against the change soon after.Ronaldo holds icon status in Madeira and also has hotels and a museum named after him following his romantic rise from the streets to five-time Ballon d’Or winner.Reaction to the statueCristiano Ronaldo statue Madeira AirportImmediately after the unveiling of the sculpture there was a mixed response, with Ronaldo himself seemingly happy with the result of Santos’ work.Social media reaction was not as positive, however, with members of the media, supporters and trolls aiming jokes at both the sculptor and the player himself. I don’t know what you’re talking about guys, I think the Ronaldo statue looks pretty good— keewa (@keewa) 29 March 2017Worst football statuesMadeira Cristiano Ronaldo statue in FunchalSantos’ effort isn’t the only Ronaldo tribute which has been criticised – the sculpture which stands outside the CR7 museum is regularly compared to former first-choice England goalkeeper Joe Hart.Another statue of the Real Madrid star, unveiled by Nike in the Spanish capital in 2010, was also deprecated as a result of its blandness.Diego Maradona’s statue inside the Boca Juniors museum in Buenos Aires holds a fair likeness of the Argentina icon, though the accuracy of the12-foot effort which was erected in his honour in India at the back end of 2017 was fairly ridiculed.David Beckham’s silver statue in London was also targeted by critics, as was Alexis Sanchez’s statue in his hometown of Tocopilla, Chile.Luis Suarez, Michael Essien and Alexis Sanchez have all had pieces dedicated to them and all have suffered similar reaction to that of Ronaldo’s airport bust, as has Newcastle legend Alan Shearer for the £250,000 statue of him outside St James’ Park.The title of the worst football-related statue, however, goes to Fulham’s bizarre tribute to Michael Jackson outside Craven Cottage.last_img read more

Crystal Named Best Luxury Cruise Line By Fodor’s Experts

first_imgFirst-ever Fodor’s Travel Awards highlights the line’s service and amenities MIAMI, June 19, 2019 – Noting the acclaimed personalized service found aboard all of its ships, Fodor’s Travel has named Crystal as the “Best Luxury Cruise” in its inaugural Fodor’s Travel Awards. The publication launched the awards this year with an aim to be “more inclusive, more honest” in regard to the nuances of travel that vary for every individual traveler. Crystal’s private butler service and high crew-to-guest ratio, along with all-inclusive champagne and fine wines and master sommeliers, Michelin-style dining experiences, and elegant guest suites across the Crystal fleet are among the many distinctions that set it apart from the competition. “We are delighted to be recognized as the best in Fodor’s new travel awards,” said Carmen Roig, Crystal’s senior vice president of marketing and sales. “The awards underscore the facets of our voyages that have long made Crystal the best in the world, and also acknowledge travelers’ individuality and personal style, which is a central tenet of the Crystal Experience.” Crystal Cruises’ Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity have been earning top acclaim from world’s travelers and experts for decades. In the past two years, both ships – each built with the tonnage of larger category ships, but accommodating just 848 and 970 guests, respectively – have undergone dramatic redesigns that further elevated the standard of luxury and anticipatory service offered on board. More Penthouse accommodations with private butler service, new globally-inspired dining experiences and choices and enhanced high-tech amenities throughout the ships have reaffirmed the line’s commitment to meeting and exceeding travelers’ individual wishes. Likewise, Crystal Yacht Cruises’ boutique yacht Crystal Esprit is suited perfectly to travelers seeking more active and carefree experiences, with itineraries including marquee destinations as well as less explored harbors not accessible by larger ships. Crystal River Cruises’ all-suite, all-balcony ships sail the rivers of Europe, offering a Crystal Collection of more than 200 experiences ashore that are tailored to guests’ specific interests. Launching in August 2020, Crystal Expedition Cruises’ Crystal Endeavor will sail bold expeditions and cultural discoveries in the farthest corners of the world, while offering onboard delights commensurate with Crystal’s famed standard of luxury. Across the Crystal fleet, travelers enjoy genuine, personal service from an international crew; inclusive Michelin-inspired cuisine in an array of dining venues; unlimited pours of fine wines, spirits and beers; and onboard enrichment designed to enhance the experience.  About Crystal Only the world-renowned Crystal Experience offers an unwavering, unparalleled standard of excellence and luxury across four distinct cruising options: Crystal Cruises, the World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line; Crystal River Cruises, the World’s Most Luxurious River Cruise Line; Crystal Yacht Cruises, offering boutique luxury and bold adventure in the world’s most elite harbors; and Crystal Expedition Cruises, taking Crystal’s acclaimed elegance to the farthest reaches of the world. Crystal has been recognized with top honors in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards for a record 25 years; voted “World’s Best” by the readers of Travel + Leisure for 20 years; and won the “Best Luxury Cruise Line” by Virtuoso for four years (2014, 2015, 2016 & 2018). Crystal is proud to be a platinum partner of the advisors of ASTA.  For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel advisor, call 888.799.2437, or Join the hundreds of thousands who subscribe to the Crystal Insider blog, follow Crystal Cruises’ Facebook page and @crystalcruises on Twitter and Instagram, and engage in the conversation with #crystalcruises and #WhereLuxuryisPersonal.last_img read more

Microsoft to pay hackers for Bug Bounty Programme

first_imgSan Francisco: Microsoft has launched a Bug Bounty Programme for Chromium Edge where the company is inviting cybersecurity experts across the world to identify vulnerabilities in the Chromium Edge browser, with rewards ranging from $1,000 to $30,000. The company is offering rewards in various tiers. Spoofing and tampering reports would earn anywhere between $1,000 and $6,000. Information disclosure and remote code execution will be awarded between $1,000 and $10,000 and elevation of privilege will rake in between $5,000 to $15,000, Digital Trends reported on Sunday. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year As per the report, $30,000 will be given in exchange for finding a combination of an Elevation of Privilege flaw and a Windows Defender Application Guard container escape. “We are excited to expand our bounty programmes today to include the next version of Microsoft Edge and continue to grow and strengthen our partnership with the security research community. “We welcome researchers to seek out and disclose any high-impact vulnerabilities they may find in the next version of Microsoft Edge, based on Chromium, and offer rewards up to the US $30,000 for eligible vulnerabilities in Dev and Beta channels,” Jarek Stanley, senior program manager at Microsoft, said in a post. Microsoft recently launched Chromium-based Edge beta for Windows 10, 7, 8/8.1 and macOS.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Starting October 24, q will feature a prominent line up of actors, authors, filmmakers, comedians, artists and musicians. Confirmed guests include Canadian electronic music sensation A Tribe Called Red; comedians Mike Myers and Norm Macdonald; actors Gael Garcia Bernal and Tippi Hedren; Tracey Deer, creator of Mohawk Girls; 80s pop icon and digital music trailblazer Thomas Dolby; novelist Colson Whitehead; hip hop pioneer and archivist Michael Holman; and musician Adam Cohen on his collaboration with his father, music legend Leonard Cohen. q will also showcase musical performances from Canadian and international acts such as Tegan and Sara, Sam Roberts, July Talk, Shovels & Rope, Billy Bragg and Blue Rodeo.“Getting ready to host q has been an incredible experience. This is an unbelievable team that I’m so proud to be a part of,” said Power. “As a musician and someone who loves music, I’m excited about the styles of music and thoughtful treatment they will get on this show. I can’t wait for you to hear what we’ve been working on.”Listeners can tune in to hear Tom Power host q weekdays on CBC Radio One at 10 a.m. and 10 p.m., three times daily on Sirius XM 169, and distributed by PRI (Public Radio International ) to 122 public radio stations across the United States, starting Monday, October 24, 2016. q’s weekly television show airs twice weekly on CBC (Sundays at 3 p.m., Thursday nights at 1:00 a.m.). q also offers audio and video podcasts and live and on-demand streaming via q video content is also available on the qTV Youtube channel.About CBC/Radio-CanadaCBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada’s trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective. Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment CBC Radio One today announced that q with Tom Power will launch on Monday, October 24, with a notable line up of guests and a fresh format that will include both long and shorter form interviews, new story treatments, a new roster of contributors and more music, including musical performances.“We’re putting a tighter focus on arts, entertainment and music from Canada and around the world,” said Jennifer Moroz, executive producer, q. “At the same time, we’re refreshing the format and mixing it up a bit, all with the goal of creating a show that is smart, entertaining and engaging for the audience — whether you’re an arts and music buff or simply want to be more in the know. And whether you’re listening to us on radio, following us online or watching us on TV.”“With the vision and energy of a new team led by Jennifer and Tom, and a mandate to entertain audiences — first and foremost — as CBC Radio’s flagship music, arts and entertainment show, we are moving forward to the next phase for q,” said Susan Marjetti, executive director, CBC Radio English Services. Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

Bell Media Wins 11 Awards at the 33rd Gémeaux Awards Gala

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment MONTRÉAL – Bell Media congratulates its French-language production partners, team members, and on-screen talent on an amazing performance at the 33rd Gémeaux Awards Gala last night. With 11 awards Bell Media continues to demonstrate its commitment to producing exceptional original content.Canal D leads the way with six awards for EXPO 67, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE, CLAUDE N’EST PAS MORT and FUGITIFS which conquered the heart of many viewers. VRAK followed with two awards for LE CHALET and MED, and Canal Vie received an award for MAIGRIR POUR GAGNER : LE DÉFI DU QUÉBEC. Finally, RDS won a statuette for 25 ANS D’ÉMOTIONS and also Super Écran for MARCHE À L’OMBRE.“These awards are the result of our teams’ ongoing efforts in working closely with local producers, artists and artisans, who are dedicated, creative and enjoy producing entertaining and varied content for our viewers,” said Gerry Frappier, President, French-language TV and RDS, Bell Media. “Thank you for your hard work and your exceptional content and congratulations to all our partners on your well-deserved recognition.” Winners of the 33rd Gémeaux Awards for Bell Media:Canal D: Six AwardsBEST DOCUMENTARY PROGRAM OR SERIES: HISTORY AND POLITICSEXPO 67 MISSION IMPOSSIBLE – Guylaine Maroist, Éric Ruel (Productions de la ruelle)BEST DOCUMENTARY PROGRAM OR SERIES: BIOGRAPHY OR PROFILECLAUDE N’EST PAS MORT – Catherine Drolet, Daniela Mujica (Films de l’Œil)BEST PROGRAM OR SERIES: DOCUFICTIONFUGITIFS – SEASON 3 – Marleen Beaulieu, Joceline Genest, Ivan Lamontagne, Louise Lantagne (Attraction Images)BEST DIRECTION: DOCUFICTIONGeneviève Poulette – FUGITIFS – SEASON 3 “Épisode 307 – Le Houdini de Kingston” (Attraction Images)BEST SCREENPLAY DOCUMENTARY – PROGRAMMichel Barbeau, Sylvain Cormier, Guylaine Maroist, Éric Ruel – EXPO 67 MISSION IMPOSSIBLE (Productions de la ruelle)BEST SOUND: MAGAZINE, PUBLIC AFFAIRS, DOCUMENTARY – ALL CATEGORIESStéphane Barsalou, Benoît Dame, Marco Fania, Mélanie Gauthier, Jérémie Jones – CLAUDE N’EST PAS MORT (Films de l’Oeil)VRAK: Two AwardsBEST YOUTH PROGRAM OR SERIES – FICTION: 13 TO 17 YEARS OLDLE CHALET – SEASON 4 – Marie-Claude Blouin, Vicky Bounadère, Félix Tétreault (Les productions Passez Go II)BEST YOUTH DIRECTION: FICTIONFrançois St-Amant – MED “Épisode 80” (KOTV)Canal Vie: One AwardBEST HOSTING: REALITY PROGRAMChantal Lacroix – MAIGRIR POUR GAGNER : LE DÉFI DU QUÉBEC – SEASON 3 “Épisode 22 – L’ascension” (Productions Kenya)RDS: One AwardBEST SPORTS/LEISURE PROGRAM OR SERIES25 ANS D’ÉMOTIONS – SEASON 4 – Lucien Gallant, Tony Morello, Sylvain Rancourt, Domenic Vannelli, Marc Veilleux (RDS)Super Écran: One awardBEST ORIGINAL SCORE: FICTIONMartin Roy, Luc Sicard – MARCHE À L’OMBRE – SEASON 3 “Épisode 21 – Héroïne” (Avenue productions) Twitter Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP Seek Assistance in Locating Missing Person Update

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Grande Prairie RCMP would like to advise that Paul Beaudry has been located. He is safe and unharmed.52-year-old Beaudry was reported missing on January 21, 2019.RCMP would like to thank the public and the media for their assistance.last_img

DR Congo Ban takes note of provisional results of presidential poll calls

9 December 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today took note of the release of the provisional results of the presidential elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which indicate that incumbent Joseph Kabila garnered the most votes, and stressed that any differences over the polls be resolved peacefully. The Independent National Electoral Commission announced the results earlier today, showing that Mr. Kabila obtained 49 per cent of the vote, while opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi got 32 per cent, according to press reports.“The Secretary-General calls for any differences regarding the provisional results of the polls to be resolved peacefully through available legal and mediation mechanisms, including the National Mediation Committee,” said a statement issued by his spokesperson.Mr. Ban continues to follow the situation closely and strongly condemns any acts of violence in connection with the electoral process, the statement added. He reiterates his call for calm and urges all candidates and their supporters to exercise restraint and refrain from any acts of violence, provocation and incitement.Millions of Congolese went to the polls on 28 November to cast their votes in presidential and parliamentary elections – the second time since independence from Belgium in 1960 that the country has held multi-party elections.Last week, the Security Council congratulated the people of DRC for turning up in large numbers to cast their ballots, saying it was a demonstration of their commitment to democracy. read more

CMHC explores cutting red tape to make it easier for selfemployed to

OTTAWA — The national housing agency is exploring ways to make it easier for entrepreneurs and new immigrants to buy a home by cutting some of the red tape required to prove they can afford to pay the mortgage.“Right now, under our mortgage insurance policies, you have to be able to document income to get mortgage insurance, to a level of specificity that discriminates against new Canadians, because they can’t do that,” Evan Siddall, the CEO of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., said in a wide-ranging interview with The Canadian Press.“It discriminates against entrepreneurs, as well, because they can’t prove their income as well, so we’re looking at our own policies to try and make sure that there is more equity in our mortgage insurance programs,” he said.Anyone who wants to buy a home in Canada without a down payment of at least 20 per cent of the purchase price is usually required to get mortgage loan insurance from the CMHC, which requires a smaller down payment of five per cent on a home worth up to $500,000.A 10-per-cent down payment is required for the portion of the price over $500,000, with $1 million being the maximum property value allowed.The mortgage insurance comes with a premium, which the lender will then pass on to the person buying the home.Borrowers need to satisfy lenders they will be able to make their mortgage payments, which usually means providing proof of employment and a few pay stubs. But that can be tricky for people who just started their own business.It can also be a barrier to those whose employment history has gaps for other reasons, such as having recently immigrated to Canada.People who are self-employed, for example, usually need to provide notices of assessment for the previous two years. Their income is determined by averaging those two years, although the most recent year can be used if it has increased annually for at least four years.They also need to have been doing the same type of work for at least two years.Dan Kelly, president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, said more flexibility would be welcome, especially for startups.“If one starts a business or is self-employed, the lines between their personal and business finances are often quite blurry,” said Kelly.“Often, their personal assets are required to get financing for the business. But then they also have a challenge getting financing on the personal side, because they don’t have the nice, clean letter of offer from an employer that is often quite convincing in these situations,” he said.Any relaxation of the rules would naturally increase the risk. So Siddall said the agency is looking at how to manage that, including different ways to document income, and higher premiums.“Can we charge for that risk? Better to charge that risk than not to make it available,” he said.Jack Fiorillo, a broker with TMG The Mortgage Group in Woodbridge, Ont., said he expects the CMHC to be fairly conservative on this front.“It will be a very small sandbox that CMHC will play in, probably at the beginning, and then maybe if once their risk appetite increases, maybe they can expand that box,” said Fiorillo.He said he expects the potential change to make it easier for a relatively small number of self-employed people to get a mortgage, and they will likely have to pay higher interest rates.The CMHC said it has been compiling data on how many would-be homeowners have their mortgage applications rejected for these reasons, but cannot disclose those numbers right now because it is based on conversations with commercial lenders.“We are still doing research and development to move this forward,” CMHC spokesman Jonathan Rotondo said in an email.Siddall said the Crown corporation has raised the idea with its board and expects to announce something within the next six months. read more

Two Saudi nationals arrested in Hikka

Two Saudi Arabian nationals have been arrested in Hikkaduwa for operating a brothel, the police said today.According to the police a Sri Lankan woman, a resident of Maradana, was also arrested with the two Saudi nationals. All three suspects who were arrested are to be produced before the Galle magistrate today. The police also said that a 17 year old girl had been sexually abused by the foreigners.They had also supplied other women top their clients.

International Year of Microcredit spotlights financial services to help poor UN

With more than one billion people living on less than one dollar a day, microcredit could prove to be a “powerful tool” for achieving the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of cutting in half extreme poverty by 2015, Mark Malloch-Brown, head of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), said at a press briefing on the eve of the launch of the International Year of Microcredit.”The year is an effort to bring sustained public attention to one of the great success stories of development,” he stressed. “In South Asia and Latin America a dramatic expansion of credit to the poor is taking place. It is creating a revolution at the bottom of society.” José Ocampo Joining Mr. Malloch Brown at the briefing was Jose Antonio Ocampo, Under-Secretary-General of Economic and Social Affairs, who said: “By viewing poor people as vital contributors to their local and national economies the Year has the potential to unleash a new wave of microentrepreneurship, giving poor and low-income people a chance to build better lives.”The Year observance will begin tomorrow with the ringing of opening bells at stock exchanges around the world. Participants will include recipients of the Global Microentrepreneur Awards coordinated by Harvard Business School and other graduate institutions.In addition, the International Year will promote innovative partnerships among governments, donors, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the private sector.Over the past five years the microfinance sector has grown at an average rate of 25 per cent to 30 percent, with 63 of the world’s top microfinance institutions having an average rate of return of about 2.5 per cent of total assets. In countries as diverse as Bangladesh, Benin and the Dominican Republic repayment rates are as high as 97 per cent.Both Mr. Malloch Brown and Mr. Ocampo said the further expansion in microfinancing would result in cheaper interest rates for the poor, especially women who constitute a vast majority of microcredit clients.Commercial financial institutions such as Citibank in the United States, Triodos Bank of the Netherlands and Germany’s Deutsche Bank are now moving into microfinance, attracted by the “double bottom line” of making a profit and reducing global poverty, according to the Rome-based International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).”Poor people are becoming part of the global financial markets and want to access a greater range of financial services and products. To meet their needs, we have to help microfinance move closer towards the formal financial system,” IFAD President Lennart Båge said in a statement. read more

Telecoms take TSX higher HBC up 58 buys US retailer Saks for

by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 29, 2013 8:25 am MDT Telecoms take TSX higher, HBC up 5.8%, buys U.S. retailer Saks for $2.9 billion TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed slightly higher Monday as telecom stocks recovered a chunk of recent losses, but the market still felt the weight of mining stocks ahead of a slate of earnings reports.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 21.14 points to 12,669.04.The market also found some support after Hudson’s Bay Co. (TSX:HBC), Canada’s oldest retailer, announced that it was buying U.S. luxury retailer Saks Inc. for US$2.9 billion, paying US$16 per Saks share plus assumed debt.HBC plans to keep Saks as a separate unit headquartered in New York and open seven Saks department stores in Canada. HBC’s other holdings include The Bay and Lord & Taylor in the U.S. Investors liked the deal, sending HBC stock up 96 cents or 5.82 per cent to $17.45.“You look at this story where Hudson’s Bay is trying to figure out ways to expand growth and one of the areas we’re seeing growth is within the consumer aside south of the border,” said Craig Fehr, a Canadian markets specialist at Edward Jones in St. Louis, Mo. “We’re seeing them capitalize on that.”The Canadian dollar edged 0.13 of a cent higher to 97.47 cents US while traders wait for the latest reading on Canadian economic health. Economists expect Statistics Canada to report Wednesday that gross domestic product grew by 0.3 per cent during May.Meanwhile, U.S. indexes were lower as traders awaited a heavy slate of economic data this week. The Dow Jones industrials fell 36.86 points to 15,521.97, the Nasdaq lost 14.02 points to 3,599.14 and the S&P 500 index was 6.32 points lower at 1,685.33.On Monday, the National Association of Realtors said the number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes dipped in June from a six-year high in May. It said its seasonally-adjusted index for pending home sales ticked down 0.4 per cent to 110.9 in June. The May reading was revised lower by a percentage point to 111.3, but it was still the highest since December 2006.Other reports out this week include second quarter U.S. GDP data being released Wednesday, the non-farm payrolls report for July on Friday and a scheduled announcement on interest rates Wednesday by the U.S. Federal Reserve.Markets are particularly interested in any indication from the Fed on tapering its monthly bond purchases, which have kept long term rates low and fuelled a rally on equity markets.Expectations for the U.S. growth data are muted, largely due to the effects of the sequestration, a series of across the board U.S. government spending cuts worth US$85 billion that took effect March 1.On Friday, the U.S. Labor Department is expected to report the economy cranked out about 190,000 jobs during July.Canadian labour data for July won’t released until August 9.The telecom sector led TSX gainers, up 0.9 per cent with Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B) up 56 cents to $41.92 and Telus rose 55 cents to $31.95.The sector lost ground last week as investors mull the effects of a possible entry into the sector by U.S. telco Verizon Communications.Bell (TSX:BCE), Telus (TSX:T) and Rogers are calling for Ottawa to change its policy on foreign ownership of small Canadian wireless companies. The three Canadian rivals say they have been put at an unfair disadvantage that allows foreign carriers like Verizon to buy small Canadian wireless carriers while denying them the same opportunity.Commodity prices were mixed and the metals and mining component was the lead decliner, down three per cent as September copper closed unchanged at US$3.11 a pound. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) fell 41 cents to C$24.70.Turquoise Hill Resources (TSX:TRQ) fell $1.07 or 19.63 per cent to $4.38 after hitting a new 52-week low of $4.37 as it said it’s expecting a delay in developing its Oyu Tolgoi copper project in Mongolia due to the government’s financing process. Turquoise Hill’s primary operation is its 66 per cent interest in the Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold-silver mine.The base metals sector has had a positive month, up about three per cent during July as investors bought into a sector badly beaten down amid weak commodities and a slow global economic rebound. The component is still down about 28 per cent year to date and investors have been selling off miners over the last couple of sessions ahead of a slew of earnings reports coming down from the resource sector.Expectations are low since these companies have suffered from low prices for oil and metals.“I think the earnings are unlikely to be a saving grace here,” added Fehr.“They’re dealing with subdued prices. They’re dealing with subdued global demand for resources and that is a pretty tough combination to operate in.”Miners reporting this week include Lundin Mining (TSX:LUN) and uranium miner Cameco (TSX:CCO).It’s a very heavy week for energy company earnings with Canadian Oil Sands (TSX:COS), Talisman Energy (TSX:TLM), Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) and Imperial Oil (TSX:IMO) posting results.The September crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange dipped 15 cents to US$104.55 a barrel and the energy sector drifted 0.51 per cent lower. Tourmaline Oil (TSX:TOU) dropped $1.72 to $38.36.The gold sector was off about 0.75 per cent while August bullion rose $6.90 to US$1,328.40 an ounce. Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) faded 19 cents to C$18.09. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Information on Senate meeting held May 29 2019

Amendments to the Faculty Handbook were approved during the 671st meeting of the University Senate on Wednesday, May 29. They can be viewed at meeting’s summary report, which includes information on the amendments, is available online.

Common infections raise risk of heart attacks in same way as obesity

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Common infections could double the risk of stroke and significantly increase the chance of a heart attack, new research suggests.Researchers said the dangers could be greater than those posed by obesity and on a par with high blood pressure or diabetes, in increasing risks to the heart.The British study involving hospital patients admitted to hospital with infections found they had a 40 per cent greater chance of a heart attack while stroke risk was increased by 150 per cent.Those suffering such infections were three times as likely to die, if they suffered heart disease, the study found.The research used records from 1.2 million patients to track 34,000 patients admitted to hospital over 14 years suffering from urinary or respiratory tract infections.They were then compared with a control group of patients the same age and gender without such diagnoses. The research from Aston Medical School in Birmingham found such patients were three times more likely to die if they developed heart disease and almost twice as likely to die they had a stroke compared with patients who had not suffered infections.Researchers suggested that the infections may cause inflammation, which has recently been found to be linked to heart disease.Lead author Dr Paul Carter said: “‘The data illustrate a clear association between infections and life-threatening heart conditions and strokes, and the figures are too huge to ignore.“Serious infections are amongst the biggest causes of death in the UK directly, but our research shows infections that are severe enough to lead to hospitalisation may present a delayed risk in the form of these atherosclerotic diseases.“The sheer number of people who could be affected presents a challenge that needs further investigation,” said Dr Carter, a researcher at Aston’s ACALM unit and academic clinical fellow at Cambridge University.The findings are due to be presented at the he American College of Cardiology conference in Orlando.center_img ACALM founder and cardiologist Dr Rahul Potluri, said: “Our figures suggest that those who are admitted to hospital with a respiratory or urinary tract infection are 40 per cent more likely to suffer a subsequent heart attack, and 2.5 times more likely to have a stroke, than patients who have had no such infection – and are considerably less likely to survive from these conditions.”The team was studying whether patients who had been admitted for respiratory and urinary tract infections were at increased risk of events such as heart attacks and strokes caused by atherosclerosis – the build-up of plaque in artery walls.The role of inflammation in this process has recently received a great deal of scientific attention, since research last year showed that anti-inflammatory therapies can reduce the risk of having a heart attack.However, very little is known about the role of infection in the process.Dr Potluri said: “It is notable that infection appears to confer as much, if not more, of a risk for future heart disease and stroke as very well established risk factors such as high blood pressure and diabetes.“Although inflammation has been linked to atherosclerosis, this is the largest study to show that common infection is such a significant risk factor.”last_img read more

Ministers back campaign to put Noor Inayat Khan on £50 note

A statue of Noor Inayat Khan, a British spy captured and killed by the Nazis during World War II, is unveiled by Britain’s Princess Anne in central LondonCredit:OLIVIA HARRIS/Reuters Many have supported the campaign “The more you learn about her, the more you learn how brave and bold she was.”I believe she was also involved in rescuing some British and American pilots. Being able to do what she did with the limited resources they had would be remarkable.”These are the things you don’t ascribe to women especially not women in the WWII – it’s important to recognise the achievements of women, this is really the year of the women.”It’s also interesting and important to note her faith, which drove her to make this ultimate sacrifice and serve her country.” Transport Minister Nusrat Ghani told The Telegraph: “It’s a phenomenal story, you don’t think about the money in your purse, when you think about young girls taking a minute to think about the fantastic work that she did and the ultimate sacrifice she made… A statue of Noor Inayat Khan, a British spy captured and killed by the Nazis during World War II, is unveiled by Britain's Princess Anne in central London Many have supported the campaign Foreign Office Minister of State Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon also joined the campaign.He said: “Honour to lend support to a great campaign…to recognise a brave British Muslim woman-Noor Inayat Khan as the face of £50 note – she served our nation with courage against Nazi tyranny.”The idea also appeared to be gathering popularity in the Treasury; Robert Jenrick, the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, ‘liked’ a tweet asking the public to sign a petition in favour of the campaign. The campaign has begun to pick up momentum after being spearheaded by activist Zehra Zaidi, Tom Tugendhat MP and Baroness Warsi, and there are now 1,500 signatures on a petition urging the Bank of England to choose the spy. Ministers have thrown their support behind a campaign to put World War II hero Noor Inayat Khan on the new £50 note.After the Bank of England announced there would be an open submissions process for the new note, which will be reissued in plastic in 2020, ministers and historians said it was the perfect opportunity to raise awareness about the brave Muslim spy. Ms Inayat Khan was the first Muslim heroine of the conflict, running Winston Churchill’s network of resistance communication in Paris, before being captured and tortured by the Gestapo, then murdered by the SS at Dachau concentration camp.Despite being born to a wealthy family and having the option of a comfortable life, the heroine decided to serve Britain after fleeing from her home in Paris following the fall of France.She trained for the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force and was later recruited as an agent for the Special Operations Executive (SOE), becoming the first female radio operator sent into Nazi-occupied France in 1943, aged just 29.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

RCR awarded Fortescue contract for relocatable conveyor system

first_imgDiversified engineering and infrastructure company RCR Tomlinson Ltd has been awarded a contract valued at approximately A$33 million to design, manufacture and construct a 5 km relocatable conveyor system for Fortescue Metals Group. This project is the first to emerge under an innovation and development Memorandum of Understanding ‘MOU’ between RCR and Fortescue, targeted at identifying improved productivity and efficiency initiatives across Fortescue’s iron ore operations.The relocatable conveyor system has been identified as a key productivity initiative for future ore deposits and will be trialled at Fortescue’s Cloudbreak mine. RCR will lead the design, manufacture and construction of the relocatable conveyor system for Fortescue, to be delivered as part of a joint venture with an Indigenous business partner. RCR Managing Director & CEO, Dr Paul Dalgleish said “RCR has a long history in materials handling and has focused on the concepts of In-Pit Crushing and Conveying, IP2C, which has culminated in this relationship withFortescue.”“RCR and Fortescue have each developed unique positions in the industry as innovators and first movers on smart technology. RCR, working with Fortescue, is excited about the opportunity to use Engineering Intelligence to provide a solution which will ultimately lead to ongoing reductions in the cost of production for iron ore. We look forward to working with Fortescue and supporting our partner to develop this innovative solution at Fortescue’s operationsin the Pilbara,” he added.last_img read more

Steamed Hams But Its A Visual Novel Made Entirely From Stock Art

first_imgSteamed Hams has become a hilarious and mind-bogglingly varied meme. There’s Steamed Hams as Metal Gear Solid, Steams Hams as Nier: Automata (WARNING: this one has spoilers), Steamed Hams as a Guitar Hero song, Steamed Hams played at ten different speeds synced to the point where Chalmers says “aurora borealis,” the list goes on. And they’re all great.One evening I found myself with some free time, some game-making software from Humble Bundle, and no art skills whatsoever. After a few hours, I created what might be my opus. I give to you… Steamed Hams as a Visual Novel Made Entirely With Stock Art (hosted on, it’s terrible. That’s partly by design, because memes and irony ha ha ha detachment. It’s also because it was the first time I worked with TyrannoBuilder, a visual novel builder. I’m also not good at art and didn’t want to deal with cleaning up the terrible quality SD clips of Steamed Hams on YouTube, because like all good things Simpsons it comes from the era before HD. So I grabbed a bunch of Shutterstock anime and cartoon pictures, keeping their watermarks and labels, and I let the line between ironic nomedy and my own lack of skill and effort blur. And, while I’m dunking on myself, I went with a visual novel because I first wanted to do something with RPG Maker but that takes even more effort.Oh, and after all that, I replaced the Shutterstock preview pictures with actual stock art we legitimately have, because while the watermarks make it funnier I don’t want to turn this into a whole legally dubious thing. And yes, the opening screen and song are taken from That Simpsons Bit, but that’s fair use as a transformative work of satire.I really wanted to put some Simpsonswave in the project, but again credit needs to go where it’s due and I don’t want to take someone else’s music without their permission. So I made my own terrible vaporwave loop in Magix Music Maker (again, thanks, Humble Bundle!*). So that’s what that noise is.Yeah, this is really dumb. Hope you find it funny in a triple-detached ironic sort of way! It’s bad, but that’s the joke. And also the result of me being lazy and not good at using TyranoBuilder or Music Maker or really any creative design outside of shitpost construction. But I steam a good ham.*Humble Bundle is now owned by IGN, which along with is a Ziff Davis Media property. has no direct relation to Humble Bundle or benefits from any marketing or sales relationship that I’m aware of. I just really like the stuff they offer. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

NXT Highlights NXT Breakout Tournament finals Jordan Myles comments Breezango

first_img The Binge: Googleboxer Isabelle shares what TV shows she hates How Carcinogens Got Into the Generic U.S. Drug Supply Videos Articles Pinterest WhatsApp Hailee Steinfeld Facebook Videos Articles Trade hopes lift Wall Street HBO to pilot Game of Thrones Targaryen prequel Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Twitter Now Playing Up Next Leigh Sales and Lisa Wilkinson deserve gold Logies. Videos Articles Oprah Winfrey Now Playing Up Next Jason Momoa Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WWE posted the following highlights from last night’s NXT. Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipTrade hopes lift Wall StreetVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:09/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -1:04 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Google+ Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton)last_img read more

Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall search for senior HR adviser

first_imgSomething for the weekend: Seasoned HR professionals are being given the opportunity to become reward royalty with the latest job posting from St James’s Palace.The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall are on the hunt for a senior HR adviser to join their household on a fixed term contract as maternity cover. The next in line to the throne is looking for an HR expert with a passion for management coaching and staff development, who also has strong experience in employee relations and communications.The chosen candidate will be responsible for the entire employment lifecycle of palace staff, taking on benefits provision, recruitment processes and HR reporting; expertise in HR systems will be required.HR professionals wishing to apply need to hold a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) qualification or equivalent, and will need to be confident communicators who can easily build relationships and engage with palace employees.The Prince of Wales also requests that the new senior HR advisor is proactive, self-motivated, organised, a keen multi-tasker and can use initiative to complete tasks. Crucially, the appointed staff member must also be the soul of discretion to handle confidential situations and information.HR experts have until 15 August 2019 to send in their CV for this exciting interim position.Here at Employee Benefits, we think this could be a fantastic role for a monarchy-loving HR generalist who is ready to throw themselves into life at the palace. We wonder if the chosen candidate will even have the opportunity to talk employee benefits and reward with the Queen…last_img read more

MatSu wish list on hold

first_imgWith the next state legislative session in view, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough is coping with honing its capital improvements wish list to be in line with expected downturns in state funding.Borough manager John Moosey told the Borough Assembly at its December 15 meeting that getting a share of state funding will be a challenge, but the Borough needs to push its issues.“We’re going to have to be part of this solution or this pain. But my message has always been, we want to be a partner but we want to be an equal partner. If everyone else gets a trim, we don’t want to get a haircut. We don’t want to see Anchorage skate by while we take it in the shorts. ”The six-year Capital Improvement Plan [CIP] is revised year to year as projects are completed. The Borough Assembly got dire funding news from lobbyist John Harris at it’s most recent meeting. Harris said capital improvements money is in the governor’s budget, but most of it is federal match money for road and sewer projects.“Other selected projects that we have done in the past for municipalities and other things are not in there, and I don’t know if they will be. It will all depend on how the legislature wants to view and election year, capital projects, funding the budget and all that stuff. It ‘ll all be in the wash, as they say, but who knows when the wash is gonna come out this year.”Moosey says the Borough is required by code to put together a six-year CIP program. He says the Assembly can revise the list, but cautions that removing items could backfire.“Our history has been that we get money from the state of Alaska to move forward on these projects. We use very little taxpayer dollars, especially on the larger ones, on these projects but only as a match. If you want to remove stuff that’s not going to be funded, we are going to be left witb not even a plan.”But some on the Assembly, like Assemblymember George McKee, said that any wish list under the current state fiscal scenario amounts to wishful thinking. McKee said the list was developed when oil was $106 a barrel.“…and that money simply isn’t going to be there. Right now, the state is projecting that oil will stablize in two to three years at fifty dollars a barrel. This list was developed on $106 a barrel. It’s totally unrealistic.”The Assembly was not able to agree on moving the CIP list forward without trimming it, and the item was tabled until January.last_img read more