Premier examen provincial de mathématiques pour les élèves du premier cycle du

first_imgTous les élèves de la 3e année en Nouvelle-Écosse doivent se soumettre à leur premier examen provincial de connaissances en mathématiques cette semaine. Près de 10 000 élèves de la 3e année des écoles publiques devront démontrer leurs connaissances relatives à différents sujets mathématiques, selon le programme d’études de la 3e année, à compter d’aujourd’hui 5 juin. « Nous voulons voir nos élèves réussir en mathématiques, » a dit la ministre de l’Éducation, Karen Casey. « Nous devons connaître le rendement des élèves au cours des premières années du primaire afin de nous assurer de leur offrir les bases solides dont ils ont besoin pour réussir au cours des années subséquentes. » L’examen aura lieu au cours des 90 premières minutes de classe les 5, 6 et 7 juin. L’examen permet d’évaluer le niveau de mathématiques mentales, d’arithmétique et de résolution de problème que les élèves devraient connaître en 3e année. Il permet également d’identifier les élèves individuels qui ont besoin d’un plus grand soutien. Les résultats individuels de chaque élève seront partagés avec les écoles et avec les parents des élèves à l’automne. « De tels examens nous permettent d’obtenir des renseignements importants sur les forces et les besoins de chacun des élèves, » a souligné Mme Casey. « Les leçons tirées de ces examens nous permettent également de déterminer si notre méthode d’enseignement des mathématiques au cours du premier cycle du primaire est efficace. » Les renseignements obtenus aideront les enseignants en ce qui a trait à l’évaluation et à l’enseignement continu de leurs élèves. Les résultats ne seront pas inclus dans les bulletins scolaires des élèves. L’examen fait partie du Programme d’évaluation de l’apprentissage pour la Nouvelle-Écosse. Pour plus d’information, consultez le site http://PLANS.EDnet.ns.ca .last_img read more

Province Celebrates Volunteers

first_imgVolunteers from across Nova Scotia, including representatives from Mi’kmaw communities, were honoured at the province’s 44th annual Provincial Volunteer Award Ceremony today, April 9, at the Westin Nova Scotian in Halifax. This is the first time the award program includes volunteers from First Nations. Lt.-Gov. Arthur J. LeBlanc, Premier Stephen McNeil and Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leo Glavine attended the ceremony to celebrate the selfless contributions made by nominated volunteers. “On behalf of Her Majesty the Queen and all Nova Scotians, I offer my sincere congratulations and gratitude to today’s award recipients” said Lt.-Gov. LeBlanc. “Please continue to give, the work by all volunteers makes our province a richer and caring place in which to live.” The ceremony, which is part of National Volunteer Week, celebrated more than 75 volunteers nominated by municipalities and First Nations Bands. Fifteen-year old Nina Davey of Pictou, was the recipient of the 2018 Youth Volunteer award. She formed Jeana’s Girls, a group of young women from Pictou County who have come together to support and fundraise for the Pictou County Chapter of the Children’s Wish Foundation and the Canadian Cancer Society in honour and in memory of her friend. “Volunteering for my community means so much to me since I know that I am changing lives of people around me by just helping out in some way,” said Ms. Davey. “Volunteering is also changing my life for the better. I’ve learned that we all value the same thing and that having and making time to help each other is appreciated no matter what the job is.” “We are fortunate to live in a province where so many people are willing to give their time to benefit their fellow citizens,” said Premier McNeil. “Today’s recipients are shining examples of that spirit, helping strengthen our communities and enriching the lives of so many.” The 2018 family volunteer award recipients, the seven-member Johnson family of Eskasoni, have contributed to the culture and well-being of their community for many years. Their contributions include the interact school program, the Mi’kmaq Legal Support Network talking circles, Meals on Wheels community program for elders, as well as being key fundraisers for many causes. “The value of volunteering in our community is priceless as it is a means of paying it forward,’ said Carole Anne Johnson.“We were shown the same example of decency and humanity from our community members when we lost our daughter twenty-four years ago which has always been our family’s motivation since.” The Johnson family also believe in the importance of preserving the Mi’kmaw language. “We appreciate the support of the chiefs and the Mi’kmaq Physical Activity Leaders, who worked hard to bring forward nominations of volunteers from their community,” said Mr. Glavine. “Nova Scotia’s Culture Action Plan is helping to shape and design the way government recognizes and appreciates the contributions of communities and people from across the province.” For details about award winners around the province, visit: https://novascotia.ca/NonProfitSector/ .last_img read more

Trev Talks – The Municipal Election in Fort St John

first_imgThis week on Trev Talks, we discuss the upcoming municipal election with Janet Prestley. Janet has been with The City of Fort St. John since the days of Pat Walsh as Mayor.The Municipal Election will be held across B.C. on October 20, 2018.  If you’d like more information running for Council in Fort St. John, click here.  For the District of Tayor, click here and for the Regional District, click here.You can watch the Youtube version of the show above or watch it on Facebook below. Listen for Trev Talks every Friday at 10 a.m. on Moose FM and shared live on Facebook and Youtube.last_img

Assembly President underscores necessity of cooperation in countering terrorism

GA President Srgjan Kerim convened an informal meeting – also attended by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon – at UN Headquarters in New York.Participants gathered to review the implementation of the historic UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, adopted last September, which includes practical steps at the local, national and international level – ranging from strengthening the capacity of individual States to prevent and combat terrorism to ensuring that human rights and the rule of law are always respected in the fight against terrorism.“Countering terrorism is a daunting challenge that we can only overcome by working together in partnership,” Mr. Kerim said in remarks at the meeting’s start. “If we do not act now, the magnitude of the threat could grow and affect many more innocent people.”To honour the memory of the victims of terrorism, the international community must join forces and respond to the scourge in unity, he added.The President also underscored the importance of education and dialogue among religions and cultures in countering terrorism.“We must put a stop to the misuse of religion in contemporary society, and reject extremist ideologies that threaten peace and understanding among nations and peoples,” he said, adding that the UN has a major role to play.At the adoption of the Strategy – the first global and common approach to tackle terrorism – last year, Member States called for a formal assessment of its implementation in two years, and today’s meeting served as an informal mid-term review. 4 December 2007The United Nations General Assembly President said today that global cooperation is crucial in tackling terrorism, which he characterized as “one of the most serious threats to international peace and security.” read more

CID grills Mohamed Muzammil over plot to kill President

The Indian had met the NFF before his arrest. The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) grilled National Freedom Front (NFF) spokesman Mohamed Muzammil today over an alleged plot to kill President Maithripala Sirisena and other VIPs.The CID had issued notice on Muzammil based on a statement made by an Indian national who was arrested over the alleged plot.

Facebook whistleblower Social media giant should face new laws for failing to

The Telegraph is campaigning for a statutory duty of care on social media and gaming firms to give children better protection from online harms.Facebook says it will continue to ­invest heavily in safeguarding users and their privacy, even though it would “significantly impact our profit­ability”.  He said there needed to be a duty of care imposed on tech firms to protect people’s well-being as the companies would not self-regulate effectively.“Businesses have a duty to do certain kinds of things. While any law might not regulate at a hyper-specific feature level, you can say that companies have a duty not to addict their users,” he said.  “Where a company takes explicit steps that violate that duty, there should be some punishment.”  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. Facebook needs to be reined in with new laws because of its deliberate failure to protect children’s personal data, safety and mental health, a whistleblower has told The Telegraph.Sandy Parakilas, who was responsible for privacy and compliance at Facebook for two years, said the company flagrantly disregarded his warnings over other companies’ misuse of children’s data.He said content content was selected by algorithms in a way that maximised time on the site, and product design was driven by a need to maximise the number of users, irrespective of the harm to people’s well-being through addiction or the promotion of inflammatory disturbing or threatening material.Mr Parakilas claimed Facebook was run like a “personality cult” centred on Mark Zuckerberg, its founder, who held 50 per cent of the stock, and where, unlike other companies such as Google, there was no dissent or constructive internal criticism of policies.Mr Parakilas is now chief strategy officer at a US-based group of former Silicon Valley insiders seeking to rethink our relationship with technology. read more

Hold on to your brolly Met Eireann says gusts of up to

first_imgMet Eireann to help in emergencies where hazardous material is put into the atmosphere>Batten down the hatches, there’s a storm a comin’> IT IS CERTAINLY not the day for an umbrella despite there being heavy showers.Met Eireann has issued a level orange weather warning, telling people to be prepared for widespread heavy showers this afternoon. There is also a possibility of  thundery showers and hail.Strong windsHowever, today it will be very windy with west to northwest winds increasing strong and gusty. Winds will be extremely strong near west and south coasts with damaging gusts of up to 130 km/hr (80 mph) possible.It will be particularly windy in coastal areas of Connacht, Munster and Leinster today, but especially in the southwest.Today’s highest temperatures of 9 to 12 Celsius.Heavy showersIf you’re heading out tonight, be prepared for heavy showers, some possibly thundery. It will continue to be windy for much of the night with strong, gusty west to northwest winds.However, Met Eireann says winds will gradually ease overnight. Tonight’s temperatures will drop to 2 to 6 Celsius.Got any good photos of mother nature flexing her muscles today, why not send them into us at tips@thejournal.ie.last_img read more

Thoughts Call of Duty Black Ops

first_imgNothing stops the gaming world in its tracks like a Call of Duty release. Other franchises don’t even try to compete head-on, they either release games weeks beforehand or push them back, to when some of the excitement has died down. But at that point the excitement probably hasn’t died down all that much–COD‘s single-player campaigns might only be popular for a few weeks after the release, but the multiplayer stays strong until the sequel comes out.No matter how the game came out Black Ops was going to be an interesting release. After all the craziness with Activision and Infinity Ward and the fact that the franchise was back in the hands of Treyarch, there was much more to this release than just another FPS game. But let’s face it, the vast majority of gamers don’t care about those things and it was the last thing on their minds when millions of them went out to by the game the first week it was out.[Note: There will be some light spoilers ahead. They will be thematic though, not about specific events in the game.]CampaignLet’s get this out of the way from the very start–Black Ops has the best story of any Call of Duty game. It’s a complex tale, but it’s not too hard to follow if you are paying attention, and it won’t leave you filled with questions like some previous games. Through flashbacks, the game takes place all over the world. It’s sort of a “Best of the Cold War” so you are fighting in Cuba, Laos, Russia, and so on.The story is a bit trippy, bordering on sci-fi at times, but it’s in keeping with the times. The story is set in 1968, back when things like MKULTRA were quite serious and seen as important to national security (or they would have been if they weren’t highly classified). Seen in this light the story, which prominently features mind control, seems much more related to its times than just a clever take on the Cold War.One thing you’ll notice about BlOps is the that game is always running at 100%. There are no calm sections or moments when your team is fully in control on the situation. Just about every moment has you running for your life, completely overwhelmed by your enemies. No one is looking for boring segments in a first-person shooter, but the game is always set to 11 so there is rarely any build up. You jump right into a crazy fight, shoot your way through impossible odds, and then wake up from your flashback.Because the game take places in flashbacks, this is almost excusable (you wouldn’t be flashing back to what you had for lunch the day you blew up half of Vietnam with a stolen helicopter), but it means the best action sequences don’t have the impact they should have. After all, if you’ve been an inch from death for the last 5 hours, another big firefight isn’t going to be enough to get your adrenaline pumping. During some fights the music will change and you’ll know you should be pumped up, and maybe you will be, but then you’ll probably die a few times and the moment will be lost. As always, the Call of Duty formula works, but I didn’t always feel I was getting the full impact.So while the story is strong, the pacing is poor. Black Ops is a surprisingly varied game, with a few vehicle segments of varying lengths. Some of the gun battles seem to go on forever, with you running from place to place down corridors that give you no path options whatsoever. Then there is a really cool section that places you in an SR-71 BlackBird, that is way too short. The result is the feeling a jumping around a lot, never quite knowing how close you are to your final objective.Overall the campaign is really good, but there are some painful moments. At times you’ll be faced with a never-ending legion of enemies, which means you have to run forward in order to make any progress. This can be a problem if you like to be more tactical and not just sprint into extreme danger. Some of these sections can be brutal, with you dying without knowing why, until you learn the enemies patterns and can run through with little difficulty.MultiplayerIf you liked previous Call of Duty games’ multiplayer then you’ll enjoy Black Ops. In fact you’ll probably like it more because BlOps fixes a lot of what went wrong with Modern Warfare 2. The big changes are that there are now COD points which are used to acquire, well, anything and that killstreaks don’t stack, so kills you get in a killstreak don’t count towards that streak. Overall this means killstreaks, while still important, have much less of an impact on the game. Past that it’s pretty much business as usual.The mutliplayer is very good, as you’d expected from COD, but there are problems. In fact, things almost seem crazier than ever. Maybe I’m just not used to the maps yet, but the level design doesn’t seem as good as that of Modern Warfare or MW2. On the whole things seem less organized than before, complete with exploding RC cars racing about and problems with spawn killing, so strategy players are in for a bit of a shock.The Treyarch team doesn’t seem as technically proficient as Infinity Ward. The level designs aren’t my favorite and the guns tended to feel similar to each other, which takes some of the fun out of the COD points system and leveling. Of course some of this has to do with the entry-level weapons being poor performers, so stick things out until you get the AK47u and FAMAS. The game also has had some performance issues and lag on the PC, but those largely have been resolved at this point.The introduction of COD points is big for a few reasons. This change is about depth. So not only are you fighting it out with 15 or so other people, but during each match you create wagers to earn extra cash. This means you aren’t just trying to rack up kills, you might want to get them with the ASP pistol in order to complete a contract. It doesn’t exactly promote teamwork or optimum player performance, but it keeps things interesting for the individual. My problem with COD points is that they artificially limit the guns/upgrades you have available. In previous COD games you were level-limited, now you have to use points to make a purchase, but you are level-limited as well. Why not just fine-tune the pricing and only use that? Let me skip the Enfield and other guns I don’t plan on using in order to save up for the AK47. I also have to wait until level 22 to unlock weapon camo and 25 for the custom reticule. Why have money except to unlock nonfunctional things like these when I can afford them?As for those guns, one thing I can’t abide by is that the M16 was completely nerfed. What was arguably the best gun MW2 (and my armament of choice) is a shadow of its former self. Some people have attributed this feel not to the M16 being any worse, but to one of the biggest changes in multiplayer–the lack of Stopping Power. This perk, which made your shots more powerful, was mandatory for most builds but is gone now. Without that the M16 lacks the punch it had and the day of the burst-fire weapon might be over.With the entry-level assault rifles being rather bad, players are pushed towards the SMGs, which are quite good relative to past games. They work especially well on small maps and are very effective with the high-speed load-outs many people have been using. Quick load-outs work well with the shotguns too, which are now primary weapons as opposed to secondary ones. There are no broken dual-shotguns as in MW2, but a properly used shotgun with a player who likes to hide can create major havoc.As far as problems, right now the big ones have to do with spawn killing (there is a lot) and match-making problems. The match-making can be really bad at times, and I’ve run into some seriously horrendous matches. These can result in one team just being completely rolled over and the other team essentially kill-farming to pass the time. After a few minutes some people will leave from the losing team and things will get even worse. It can take the fun out of the game for any of the players that do stick around (on the losing team that is).Overall multiplayer is very good, and there seems to be little chance that people will be reverting to MW2. I’d like to see some new maps, especially some MW/MW2 maps, but I’m sure those will come with time. And I’d love some larger maps, where the pace of play can slow down and the snipers can have some room to operate. There is almost no role for snipers in Black Ops right now. Despite this, the game seems surprisingly balanced given some of the problems we’ve seen in the past, and while some tweaks to spawning would be nice to see there aren’t really any glaring problems (like javelin hacks).PC vs ConsoleI played through the campaign on the PC and have been playing multiplayer mainly on the Xbox 360. While the PC game has the ability to hop on specific servers, which has its advantages, Black Ops seems best played on the consoles where the UI is better, load times are quick, and lag is minimal. As a dedicated fan of playing FPS games on the PC, I’ve been surprised to find how much I preferred MW2, and now prefer BlOps, on the console. It’s the way the game was designed to be played.jfk_castro_blackopsjfk_castro_blackopscodblackops_wallpaper_14_1280x1024codblackops_wallpaper_02_1280x1024blops5blops4blops3blops2blops11280x1024_sittingbullThis article is based on a retail copy of Black Ops provided by Activision.last_img read more

Helicopter physics lesson explains how to flip and fly inverted

first_imgIf you were fascinated by the last instalment of Helicopter Physics from SmarterEveryDay on YouTube, get ready to jump for joy. The next episode is out, and it seeks to bring the concepts discussed last time into focus with some awesome camera work.The video uses the example of flipping an RC helicopter upside-down to illustrate how cyclic and collective pitch can be used to help a chopper fly. In case you forgot, collective pitch changes the pitch of both blades at the same time to alter the altitude. Cyclic pitch tilts the blades in an alternating fashion depending on where in the rotation they are. Switching up the cyclic pitch lets a pilot control the overall pitch and roll of the vehicle.The key to all this is the swashplate, and that’s what you get to see in action in this video. By mounting a small video camera on the RC chopper, you can actually watch the swashplate tipping, and riding up and down on the rotor assembly. Essentially, where the swashplate goes, the helicopter follows.You may be wondering if a full-size helicopter can do the same insane stunts this RC vehicle does, and the answer is yes — sort of. It all has to do with similitude, or how a small item scales to a larger one. Of course, the human pilot is also a limiting factor. If this intrigues you, stay tuned to SmarterEveryDay for the next installment for more interesting real life physics.last_img read more

Compulsory HIV testing may be reintroduced

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The decision by the Greek health minister to reintroduce a measure that allows police to detain anyone for the purposes of compulsory HIV tests has been branded a “shocking development” by the London-based Greece Solidarity Campaign. The group says the decision targets many of those who have already been marginalised by the austerity policies championed by the government. “The news that the health ministry of Greece is reintroducing the ministerial decree that led to the mandatory HIV tests is a shocking development. Clearly this decision is based on targeting many of those already marginalised and suffering from the results of the disastrous austerity policies, championed by the Greek government,” the group said in a statement on Wednesday. Introduced last year by the then Pasok health minister Andreas Loverdos, the health decree GY/39A resulted in the round-up and subsequent forced testing of hundreds of women. The 17 found to be HIV positive had their names, personal details and photographs published in the media, on the grounds of protecting public health. The decree was overturned in May by deputy health minister Fotini Skopouli, who subsequently resigned following Democratic Left’s withdrawal from government. But in one of his first acts as minister, Adonis Georgiadis restored the decree, in an order signed on June 26 and published on the government’s electronic website Diavgeia on July 1. The decree will formally come back into force upon publication in the government gazette (FEK). “Those targeted will include migrants, people who inject drugs and sex workers. It is also a gross infringement of human rights and is contrary to all EU human rights policies as well as all established public health policies across the EU,” the Greek Solidarity Campaign said. “In its attempts to deflect the anger and frustration of the Greek people over the poverty and humanitarian disaster inflicted on them by the policies of austerity, the Greek government is now seeking scapegoats and HIV+ people will be the latest addition.” The campaign, which visited Athens most recently in April, calls on the health ministry to end “this appalling and degrading policy and also calls upon the human rights and public health organisations to intervene, in order to prevent this attack on HIV+ people”. Source: EnetEnglishlast_img read more

Greeces new MEPs

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The names of Greece’s new 21 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) emerged as the voting of preferences neared completion. Although the distribution of seats among the parties and the identity of most of the new MEPs was known the day after the European Parliament election on May 25, it was far from clear who would finally represent PASOK/Elia. SYRIZA managed to elect six MEPs, one more than New Democracy. Golden Dawn took three; PASOK/Elia, Potami and the Communist Party (KKE) two each; and Independent Greeks one.Eight of the MEPs (from SYRIZA and the KKE) will sit with the European United Left-Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) group in the parliament. New Democracy’s three will join the European Peoples Party. Last week, it was announced that Potami would join the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats (S&D) group, which also includes Pasok. It’s still unclear where the three Golden Dawn MEPs or the Independent Greeks’ one will sit in the new parliament. With almost 445,000 preferences, Syriza’s Manolis Glezos topped the poll. His party colleague Sofia Sakorafa came second, on 285,000 votes. The new MEPs are as follows, ranked in order of the number of votes they each received (based on 96.4 per cent of preferences counted). SYRIZAManolis Glezos: A veteran leftist activist and leader, in May 1941 Glezos and a comrade tore down the Nazi swastika from the Acropolis weeks after the country was occupied by the Germans. Glezos, who turns 92 in September, was elected MEP in 1985, but resigned his seat after six months. Sofia Sakorafa: A former record-holding javelin thrower, she served three terms as a PASOK MP, was expelled after voting against austerity measures, and was returned to parliament on a SYRIZA ticket in 2012. Dimitris Papadimoulis: One of SYRIZA’s senior MPs until he stepped down to fight this election, he served as an MEP for the party from 2004 to 2009. Konstantina Kuneva: A Bulgarian migrant worker and trade union leader, she was severely wounded in December 2008 after a man threw sulphuric acid in her face as she was returning home from work. She lost her sight in one eye and has limited vision in the other, and her vocal chords and trachea were seriously damaged in the attack, which was connected with her trade union activities and followed an escalation of tension between Kuneva and her employers.George Katrougalos. Born in Athens in 1963, he is a constitutionalist and international lawyer, and professor of public law at the Demokritos University of Thrace. Kostas Chrysogonos: A professor of constitutional law at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, he has written over 20 books and over 80 scientific studies in law journals or collective works in Greek, English and German. A member of Syriza’s central committee, he is a regular contributor to the daily press and pursues an active law practice. New DemocracyMaria Spyraki: Until recently a chief reporter with private Mega TV, she covered the government and New Democracy. Some weeks ago, she said she and other journalists were aware that a bank run was underway in June 2012, with emergency cash being flown into the country, but chose to withhold the information from the public, even after the danger had passed. Manolis Kefaloyannis: A New Democracy MP since 1990, he was shipping minister from 2004-2007. More recently he was party secretary of New Democracy. His cousin Olga Kefalogiannis is tourism minister. Eliza Vozemberg: A lawyer, she was involved in the prosecution of members of November 17 group. Elected a New Democracy MP in 2009, she was expelled in 2012 for voting against the second memorandum. She did not contest the 2012 election and last year was given a party position by leader Antonis Samaras. Giorgos Kyrtsos: Journalist and publisher of the City Press and Free Sunday newspapers, he was the far-right Popular Orthodox Rally’s leading candidate in the May 2012 elections. Kyrtsos in his youth was a member of the Greek Communist party. During his journalistic career he also edited Eleftheros Typos at a period when the newspaper was the circulating conservative daily in Greece.Thodoris Zagorakis: A retired footballer, he captained the Greek national football team that won the 2004 Uefa European football championship, and is former president of Paok FC. This is his first foray into the political stadium. Golden DawnEleftherios Synadinos: Retired lieutenant-general, former commander of the army’s special forces.Lampros Fountoulis: The father of Yiorgos Foundoulis, one of two Golden Dawn members shot dead in an attack by unidentified assailants in November 2013. He said he will fight for the “victims of terrorism”. Georgios Epitideios: Retired lieutenant-general, former director at the European Union Military StaffElia/PASOKEva Kaili: A former television news presenter, she was first elected MP for Pasok in 2007 but make it to parliament in 2012 after party leader chose to take a seat in the Thessaloniki constituency, where she had topped the poll. Nikos Androulakis: At 35, the youngest of the new MEPs. A civil engineer, he is now Pasok’s secretary. He joined the party’s student wing in 1997 and was elected its head ten years later. In 2008, he was elected to Pasok’s ruling political council with the second highest number of votes. Potami (River)George Grammatikakis: Professor emeritus of physics of the University of Crete. His scientific interests include the structure of matter and cosmology. He also worked at the National Centre for Scientific Research and later at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva.Miltos (Miltiadis) Kyrkos: The son of Leonidas Kyrkos, one of the leading postwar leaders of the Greek left, he is involved in the importing and manufacture of board games. In the past, he has been a scientifiic advisor in the European Parliament, was involved in developing the Greek-language programme for children from the Muslim minority in northern Greece and in developing educational software. He is active in the Democratic Left party (DIMAR). Communist Party (KKE)Kostas Papadakis: A member of KKE’s central committee and its international relations department.Sotiris Zarianopoulos: A member of the executive secretariat of the Communist Party-aligned PAME trade union and former city councillor in Thessaloniki.Independent GreeksNotis Marias: Professor of European Union Institutions at the University of Crete. Elected with Independent Greeks in 2012, he resigned his seat to contest the European election.Source: enet.grlast_img read more

Call of Duty Modern Warfare Remastered 2 Rumored for Release in Late

first_imgStay on target A couple of weeks ago, rumors began circulating around the ol’ internet about a possible remake of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. The rumor originally said the game would release in 2019 to coincide with its tenth anniversary. Now, sources say it will actually come out in April of this year. If this turns out to be true, fans will get to play what is arguably the best entry in the franchise a lot sooner than expected. Albeit, without the game’s much beloved multiplayer mode.The rumor comes from Charlie Intel (via LAD Bible), which is knowledgeable about all things related to Call of Duty. Eurogamer has also confirmed the authenticity of the rumors. The game also popped up on a listing for Amazon Italy (via IGN Italia). There, it is slated for a April 30th release on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 for €19.99 (£17.45 / $24.58). Since $24.95 isn’t a typical price for a game in North America, the price will probably be $29.99.Charlie Intel suggests Raven Software will not develop this remaster. If you recall, it is the studio behind Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered from 2016. It is unclear who is developing the remaster of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.Aside from the actual remaster, the biggest news to come out of this rumor is that it apparently won’t have multiplayer. This is strange considering how important multiplayer is for modern day Call of Duty titles. If this part of the rumor turns out to be true, it’s safe to say fans will be upset. After all, many in the Call of Duty community believe Modern Warfare 2 has the very best multiplayer in the franchise.April 30 is only a few weeks away so we’ll find out if this rumor is true or not fairly soon. Stay tuned for more updates as they become available. ‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’ Trailer Steps Out of the ShadowsNext ‘Call of Duty’ Is Probably ‘Modern Warfare’ center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Flickr Will Start Deleting Photos From OverLimit Accounts on March 12

first_imgStay on target Have a Flickr account? You might want to save your photos on a storage device ASAP: On March 12, the image hosting service will start deleting photos from free accounts that are over its new limit.Starting on March 12, accounts with more than 1,000 photos will have images removed, unless users purchase a Flickr Pro account for $50 a year, Flickr told CNET in a press statement on Wednesday. Last year, Flickr announced this change after it purchased SmugMug, a paid image sharing company, and said free accounts would have limited storage from now on.We’re happy to introduce access to your photo stats on our mobile app for our Flickr Pros. Get insight into your reach no matter where you are! #flickrpro https://t.co/fxP9r07z4z— Flickr (@Flickr) December 6, 2018Flickr doesn’t have a one-click option to download all your photos, however, you can still save images in bulk with two methods, according to Gizmodo: You can download photos from the Camera Roll, where all your photos are placed, in batches of 500, or you can download photos from Albums, which stores grouped photos, in groups of 5,000.We’ve added new navigation on photos in your feed to make adding them to galleries, albums, and groups as easy and simple as possible. Your organization ease is now at an all time high. Learn more: https://t.co/5bUKjI8vm3— Flickr (@Flickr) February 1, 2019You can download Flickr pictures from the Camera Roll in six easy steps: First, log into Flickr, click on “You,” and select your Camera Roll. Click on “Select All” until you’ve hit your batch of 500 photos. Then, click “Download” at the bottom right corner of the screen. Once this is done, click on “Create Zip File.” When files are ready for downloading, they’ll be located in the “FlickrMail” section and you can see them by clicking the bell icon in the top right area of your screen. Finally, hit “Download Zip File” to download them on your hard drive.Downloading Flickr photos from your Albums is also seamless: Log into Flickr, hover over “You,” and select “Albums.” Go to the album you want to download and select the “Download” button and click “Create ZIP File.” Then, when your files are ready to be dowloaded, they’ll be under the “FlickrMail” section and you can also click the bell icon to access them. Once all this is done, click on “Download Zip File” and the photos will be dowloaded to your hard drive in a few minutes.For more assistance on Flickr storage options, you can visit the Flickr Help Twitter account.More on Geek.com:Warby Parker’s AR App Lets You Virtually Try on GlassesChinese Electric Car Sets Altitude Record By Reaching GlacierStudy: Social Media Sites Can Predict Behavior Even If You Don’t Use Them SteelSeries Arctis 1 Is World’s First USB-C Wireless Gaming HeadsetGeek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone Kit last_img read more

Former WWE Diva signs a deal to write autobiography

first_img Videos Articles Twitter Facebook Google+ Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next CM Punk & AJ Lee Join Horror Movie The Miz Now Playing Up Next Kane Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Glenn “Kane” Jacobs’ autobiography “Mayor Kane” to be released on November 26 center_img Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Laura Vandervoort Leon “Vader” White’s autobiography “Vader Time: The Story of a Modern Day Gladiator” is out now Former WWE Diva AJ Lee (AJ Brooks) has signed a deal with Penguin Random House to write an autobiography about her WWE career. Brooks, who retired from WWE back in April shortly after WrestleMania, will publish the book in the spring of 2017.Source: The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four OnlineRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipCM Punk & AJ Lee Join Horror MovieVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:27/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:25 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 Here’s Who CM Punk Might Fight At UFC 225 ECW Press announces Al Snow Autobiography to be released this Wednesday Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Roman Reigns is in Remission Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasionslast_img read more

The top 10 most read stories 713 March 2019

first_imgThe top 10 most read stories on www.employeebenefits.co.uk between 7 and 13 March 2019 were:John Lewis Partnership to award a 3% bonusWincanton launches engagement app for 17,500 employeesGovernment announces plans to protect workers’ rights post-BrexitVirgin Atlantic scraps strict make-up rules for female crewRobert Walters Group to launch global wellbeing initiative for 4,000 staffAshurst launches global platform to support parentsPhilip Morris International awarded equal pay certificationHalf of UK employers offer gamified rewards to staffSpotify’s MAP team participates in eight-week wellbeing challengeLess than three in 10 employers run flexible working schemes for all employeeslast_img

EXCLUSIVE Seven in 10 multinationals have effective global benefits strategies

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: Seven in 10 (70%) employers have effective global benefits strategies and structures, according to research by professional services firm Aon.Its Global benefits governance and operations study 2018-2019, which surveyed more than 200 multinational organisations with workforces of between 10,000 and 100,000, also found that 60% want to create a financial wellbeing or health and wellbeing strategy, while 40% wish to get information on opportunities from multi-country pooling and global underwriting.Other evolving areas of focus for global employers include collecting information on employee value and projected pensions (50%), looking to adapt benefits to suit millennials and other sub-groups (55%) and implementing a global benefits management system (60%).Jim Tindale, partner at Aon, said: “What is clear from the latest study is that there is a strong desire to implement best practice global governance, with 90% of [organisations] wanting to make further progress and 74% of them aiming to achieve best practice global governance by 2021. Encouragingly, [employers] achieving a better state of affairs are also signalling that they are increasingly able to demonstrate the value from having done so.”Three-quarters (75%) of respondents indicated that they now have defined contribution (DC) pension policies that are at least generally effective, while 64% are monitoring DC risks and opportunities. Around 50% of worldwide employers state that they operate best practice for DB retirement; 45% stated that they do this for DC retirement plans and 40% do so regarding health benefits. Approximately a third (32%) believe they operate best practice for other types of benefits.Among those employers defined as operating ‘best practice’, 90% describe themselves as at least somewhat centralised in their operations, and 81% have a common corporate benefits strategy. A further 74% have a common corporate talent strategy, and 60% have a benefits delivery centre of excellence. Across all respondents, 81% cite that a single corporate brand is largely in place and 57% have a common corporate benefits strategy.Around half (52%) of all respondents state that a lack of central resources provides a challenge to benefits governance and operations. Other challenges include a lack of expertise in smaller countries (69%), a lack of direct budget (50%) and a lack of suitable technology (50%). Also, 40% identify that being unable to demonstrate clear value is a barrier to implementing best practice, while 46% blame a decentralised HR structure.Approximately three-quarters (73%) of respondents operating best practice stated that they are confident they have aligned their benefits plan with global policies, and 70% are confident that their benefits provide a fair level of coverage for all. This compares to 42% and 34%, respectively, in organisations that are not conducting best practice.Tindale added: “Irrespective of their individual progress, nearly all respondents to our study want to continue to broaden and deepen their involvement in the design, financing and operations of their benefits arrangements around the world.“However, fewer have attained best practice levels than had hoped to do so; 31% compared to 80% [that] aimed to do so by 2018 in our previous study.”last_img read more

Four Ways to Avoid Paid Content Suicide

first_imgOnline, search engine optimization (SEO) will eventually trump the advantage of having print in a market. Local newspapers lost the battle for online advertising between 2005 and 2006. That is the year, as documented by the Borrell Associates study on local advertising, when local newspaper’s share of the local online advertising dropped from 43 percent to 36 percent, while being surpassed by local “pure play” media (local online-only media), whose share rose to 38 percent. The online “pure plays” beat the newspapers by loving search more. Without a print vehicle to connect with readers, “pure plays” had to do maximize their search engine optimization (SEO) efforts. Instead of blaming search (Google) for their demise, newspapers should embrace it. A media organization that has a print property AND embraces SEO would crush all competitors!2. Stop Thinking of Content as a Destination, it is an InstigatorMany newspaper Web sites present content with a “If they build it they will come” mentality. Advertisers want a reaction to their ads; a click, a registration, a social media interaction etc. Good content can instigate all of these reactions but will do it much more effectively if is structured into a Web site. I saw a local newspaper Web site present the weather. Good content. But in the same market, a local TV station took the same content and built an e-mail alert that notified commuters of weather conditions during drive times. The alert attracted a desirable demographic audience and sold lots of ads. 3. Research Beyond BlurbismAn insightful piece on CNET by Greg Sandoval quotes Forbes publisher Jim Spanfeller arguing that Google harms publishers when the descriptive blurbs Google publishes satisfy the information need of the people. But one thing that has not changed is that advertisers ultimately want the attention of engaged readers/visitors, not tire kickers. The case could be made that the Google skimmers, who do not click deeper on a story, do not represent “engaged” readers. The ones who click for more information and go to the publisher’s Web sites probably do. This could be easily researched and brought into sales calls. 4. Rethink Digital DeliveryEvery print publisher needs to rethink their digital delivery options. When content competes for online audiences, the volume and quality of content wins. The Silicon Alley Insider reports that the New York Times could cut its circulation costs in half by buying all of their 830,000 long term print subscribers a $359 Kindle. Digital magazines can dramatically reduce the cost of magazine digital delivery and there are business models emerging where ads will sell well into them.     Digital-only magazines, like Monkey in the U.K. and VIV in the U.S. are profitable and ad supported. They are not digital replicas of print magazines, designed largely for the convenience of print readers to store and search their print editions digitally. They are designed to compete online for an audience and fight for ad dollars.The sorry state of newspapers is the story of opportunity lost. Why can’t newspapers play the SEO game and use their content to instigate response? Newspapers can. They can embrace SEO, they can rethink digital delivery, they can redesign their Web sites to provoke reaction.But they can’t do that if they embrace paid content. That’s suicide. Rupert Murdoch recently announced a plan where his newspaper Web sites would start charging for access to content. In the same week, at the FIPP World Magazine conference in London, Conde Nast International Chairman, and Jonathan Newhouse echoed the call for paid content. Lunacy. What is putting magazines and especially newspapers out of business is not a failure to charge for content but a failure to sell advertising.The day a local newspaper starts charging for local news is the day the media they compete with—local TV stations, radio stations, and local Web sites—jump in and steal what ad revenue they have left.  Here are four suggestions for changing this:1. Embrace Search, Don’t Blame it for Your Problems Josh Gordon is president of SmarterMediaSales.com, a training and consulting company that helps publishers grow their online business. Gordon also publishes a blog at AdSalesBlog.com.last_img read more

Bangladesh to build roads along IndiaMyanmar border

first_imgThe Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) holds meeting on Tuesday. Photo: UNBBangladesh is going to construct ‘border roads’ in hilly areas along the India-Myanmar border with a view to ensuring better security through improved road communications.The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) on Tuesday approved a project titled ‘Construction of Border Roads’ involving over Tk 16.99 billion to this end, reports UNB.ECNEC chairperson and prime minister Sheikh Hasina chaired the meeting held at the NEC conference room in Dhaka.While briefing reporters after the meeting, planning minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said the road and highways department and the special works organisation of Bangladesh army have been given the responsibility to implement the project.The project will be completed in six upazilas of Khagrachhari, Bandarban, Rangamati and Cox’s Bazar districts by June 2021.The project will be implemented at Naikhongchhari upazila in Bandarban, Juraichhari, Borkol and Rajstali upazilas of Rangamati, Ukhiaupazila of Cox’s Bazar and Baghaichhari upazila of Khagrachhari.Out of the proposed 317-kilometre roads, some 40 kilometres will be constructed on the Ukhia-Ashartoli-Fooltuli route, 52 kilometres on the Sajek-Shildah-Betling, 95 kilometres on Sajek-Dokanghat-Thegamukh, and 130 kilometres on Thegamukh-Loitongpara-Thachhi-Dumdumia-Rajsthali route.Bangladesh has around 540 kilometres borders — 330 kilometres with India and 210 kilometres with Myanmar.On implementation of the project, border guards are expected to be able to ensure strict measures in hilly border areas, curb illegal drugs and arms smuggling through improved road communications.This project will also help expand trade and commerce, develop tourism facilities in hilly areas, facilitate marketing of agricultural products to boost economic activities and generate employment opportunities.The planning minister said 16 projects were approved today with an overall estimated cost of more than Tk 96.80 billion.Of the approved 16 projects, 12 are new while four are revised ones.last_img read more

US ponders changes after insider attack in Afghanistan

first_imgIn this 1 July photo, police and firemen work at the site of a deadly suicide attack in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. Photo: APIt’s too early to tell if training or other changes must be made in light of an insider attack in Afghanistan that killed one American soldier and wounded two others, because there’s some uncertainty about whether the assailant was a disgruntled Afghan soldier or an insurgent infiltrator, says a top officer of US army.Mark Milley, army chief of staff, said Friday that the three soldiers who were shot last weekend were protecting members of the new US advisory brigade that deployed to Afghanistan for the first time just five months ago. He said the Army is moving ahead with plans to create more of the training brigades and use them primarily in Afghanistan, although other locations could be considered in the future.According to officials, the attacker fired on the soldiers at the airfield on the base at Tarin Kowt, in southern Uruzgan Province, a hotbed of Taliban activity. He was taken into custody on the day of the attack on 7 July.It was the first death involving the advisory brigade, and the first insider attack in about a year. Joseph Maciel of South Gate, California, was shot by small arms fire and killed. The other two soldiers are in stable condition.In a message to the media last Saturday, Taliban spokesman Qari Yosuf Ahmadi said the shooting was carried out by a member of the Afghan security forces who acted alone, but the militant group “appreciated” his attack.The military, said Milley, is still trying to determine if the shooter was from the Taliban or another insurgency or just an angry Afghan soldier. Either way, he said, it doesn’t change the mission of the new advisory teams, working closely with their Afghan partners. Those jobs carry risk.”Those guys are out there, and they’re in exposed positons and it is a high-risk situation,” Milley said in an interview Friday with The Associated Press. “So casualties are going to occur.”That’s a reminder of the challenges facing US forces in Afghanistan in the 17th year of America’s military involvement there. The Trump administration is trying to boost the capabilities of Afghan security forces and increase military pressure on the Taliban in the hope of forcing them to negotiate a peace.During a surge in the US military presence in Afghanistan under the Obama administration, when American forces had a greater combat role, there were dozens of so-called insider attacks.Despite additional precautionary steps since then, the threat has continued. Last June, there were two insider attacks – in which a soldier in an Afghan uniform turns his weapon on US or other coalition troops – within a two-week period, killing three US soldiers and wounding another seven.Speaking to reporters last month, Scott Jackson, commander of the new security force assistance brigade, acknowledged the possible threat of a friendly fire attack.”I will tell you honestly, we have had our Afghan partners come to us with intelligence that pre-empted potential attacks, and they have been proactively taking care of their own problems,” Jackson said during a 13 June briefing.Jackson said that when the assistance brigade arrived in Afghanistan, they began vetting the higher-level Afghan forces and steadily worked their way down to the smaller units. That vetting, said Jackson, goes on continually as soldiers rotate in and out of the units, and has not delayed operations.Just six months ago, Jackson was at Fort Benning, Georgia, pulling together the new training brigade, working to make real the vision of senior Army leaders.The idea was formed early last year, as officials recognized the need for permanent military training teams that could be deployed worldwide to help local forces learn how to fight better. The plan was a reflection of the new reality of America at war: Army soldiers advising and building indigenous security forces, not doing the fighting for them on foreign soil.Under the plan, the Army will build six brigades over the next several years. And Milley said Friday that the second brigade is currently doing pre-mission training to replace Jackson’s unit when it’s time for them to come home.last_img read more

Make way for Indigo prints pastel shades this Summer

first_imgSummer means a clear blue sky, brighter days and sunshine that are perfect ingredients for happy mind and indeed a happy home. And just like your wardrobe, your home also needs seasonal change, which not only reflects your personality and style but also latest trend. So how about opting indigo print and pastel shades. Experts list some ideas on how one can add indo and pastel to their abode. Walls: Painting your walls in soothing pastel shades like mint, dusty pink or beige is the coolest (pun intended) way to welcome summer. A well-done, accent wall in summer shades for the living room or bedroom can be a head turner and experimenting with wallpapers/murals or a contrasting shade can do the trick! In places of extreme heat, soothing pastel blues, lilacs and greens will bring a cooling effect in the home. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBed-sheet: Breathable materials like cotton and linen keep the room cool and you, comfortable. And no one can go wrong with floral and light colour sheets. Instead of heavy quilts and comforter, light weight colourful dohars are popular in summers. Curtains: For your living room, go sheer with the curtains to let in some cool breeze and natural light into your home, whereas for your bedroom take a break from traditional patterns and simple blinds by investing in chic looking textured drapes in a variety of opaque hues to match your décor scheme. With an extra-wide curtain, you can sweep it to the side during the day to embrace the asymmetry. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveCushions: Nothing adds charm to a room faster than cushions. To add an effect to pastel wall décor, lace or crochet cushions will be a perfect match. You can also opt for bold colour cushions with geometric or abstract patterns. Some plain cushions enhanced with bobbles and tassles also add an element of fun to a room. A mix and match of colored patterns also create a personality for the bedroom giving it a bohemian feel.Apparel: Women’s and Men’s: Unleash your inner diva and the perfect statement with the apparels that marries the ease of billowy shapes in cotton and silk fabrics with a crisp and strong palette of indigo, crafting the perfect pieces for the summer shopper. A Dabu printed sari with a soft gold border, an Indigo cotton shirt, and a Indigo-white striped long kurta are a must have for your summer wardrobe. Jewellery: Command power this summer with Indigo jewellery with sleek simplicity and strong designs. Jewellery made in silver with the hues of Indigo add to the overall elegance and signature statement that’s speaks of its own! One can always go for ornate rings, geometric necklaces, and an eclectic range of earrings. Stack them, swap them, or style them solo for a look that’s all your own.last_img read more