Target hits on all cylinders in the fourth quarter

MINNEAPOLIS — Strong online sales, traffic growth in newly remodeled stores and expanded delivery options pushed target beyond most expectations in the crucial fourth quarter, when retailers ring up holiday sales.The Minneapolis retailer reported a 31 per cent spike in comparable digital sales Tuesday, and a same-store sales increase of 5.3 per cent. That topped the 5 per cent analysts polled by FactSet expected.Traffic grew 4.5 per cent in the quarter.For the three months ended Feb 2, Target Corp. reported $23 billion in revenue, beating the $22.92 billion forecast. It earned $799 million, or $1.52 per share. Its adjusted earnings were $1.53 per share, a penny better than Wall Street expected.Shares are up almost 6 per cent before the opening bell.The Associated Press

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UNESCO chief speaks out against murder of Mexican photographer

27 February 2009The head of the United Nations agency tasked with upholding press freedom today condemned the murder of a Mexican news photographer in an attack that also seriously injured another journalist, calling for the those behind the act of violence to be brought to justice. On 13 February, photographer Jean Paul Ibarra Ramírez of El Correo newspaper and Yenni Yuliana Marchán Arroyo of Diario 21 were riding a motorcycle to cover a car accident in Iguala, in the southern state of Guerrero, when they were shot.When both fell to the ground, one of the assailants shot Mr. Ibarra Ramírez again and killed him, bringing the number of Mexican journalists killed since January 2008 to four, according to the non-governmental organization (NGO) Reporters Without Borders.“I trust that the authorities will do all they can to bring to justice the perpetrators of this crime against democracy and the rule of law,” said Koïchiro Matsuura, UNESCO Director-General. read more

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MR to sack Shirani

President Mahinda Rajapaksa will remove Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake within the next few days, a presidential spokesman said.Presidential spokesman Mohan Samaranayake told the Colombo Gazette that under the constitution once parliament decides under a 2/3rds majority to impeach the Chief Justice then the President must act accordingly. Report by Easwaran Rutnam “There is no other option than to remove her,” Samaranayake said. Parliament yesterday voted by a majority to impeach Bandaranayake, with 155 in favour and 49 against it.Meanwhile there is speculation that former Attorney General Mohan Peiris may be appointed as the new Chief Justice.  (Colombo Gazette) Asked when she is likely to be removed, he said there is no specific date but it will happen within the next couple of days. read more

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Sri Lankan Navy detains eight Indian fishermen

The fishermen have been lodged at a camp in Karainagar in Sri Lanka, Yuvaraj said. In recent months, fishermen from Tamil Nadu have been being chased away for fishing in the island nation’s waters and this is the first arrest in some months.On December 11, over 3,000 fishermen from the state were allegedly chased away by the Sri Lankan navy personnel when they were fishing near Katchatheevu islet. Eight Tamil Nadu fishermen were arrested by the Sri Lankan navy near Neduntheevu for allegedly fishing in the island nation’s waters, an Indian official said Monday, according to the Press Trust of India.The fishermen from Mandapam in Ramanathapuram district were fishing near Neduntheevu late Sunday when they were arrested by Lankan Navy personnel, Tamil Nadu Fisheries Department, Assistant Director, Yuvaraj, said. The Sri Lankan navy also seized their boat, he said, adding that the fishermen had allegedly gone to sea despite an advisory issued by the authorities in view of rough weather conditions. read more

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Scotiabank hikes dividend but profit slips 4 amid significant market volatility

TORONTO — The Bank of Nova Scotia hiked its dividend as it reported its first-quarter profit slipped to $2.25 billion from $2.34 billion a year earlier, missing market expectations.Canada’s third-largest bank raised its quarterly payment to common shareholders by two cents to 87 cents per share. The Toronto-based lender’s earnings for the three-month period ended Jan. 31 amounted to $1.71 per diluted share, compared with $1.86 a year ago.On an adjusted basis, the bank reported first-quarter net income of $1.75 per diluted share, down from $1.87 per diluted share a year ago. BMO profit beats expectations despite ‘challenging revenue environment’ Royal Bank of Canada keeps its powder dry in pricey U.S. market RBC hikes dividend as profit rises in challenging market conditions That was below the adjusted earnings of $1.82 per share expected by analysts, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon. “We had a solid start to the year with strong earnings growth in international banking and wealth management. This quarter also saw good progress related to the integration of recent acquisitions which is proceeding as expected,” said Brian Porter, Scotiabank’s chief executive in a statement.“While significant market volatility impacted some of our business lines, we still experienced strong growth. In addition, credit quality remains strong and in line with recent quarters.”The Toronto-based lender’s Canadian banking arm saw net income attributable to equity holders slip by three per cent to $1.07 billion but its international banking division reported a 17 per cent increase in earnings to $782 million.Scotiabank’s global banking and markets business however saw a 26 per cent drop in net income attributable to equity holders to $335 million.Provisions for credit losses, or money set aside for bad loans, was $688 million, up from $544 million a year earlier.The bank’s common equity tier 1 ratio, a key measure of the its financial health, was 11.1 per cent, down from 11.2 per cent a year earlier but unchanged from the previous quarter.Scotiabank also announced Tuesday that it has entered into a non-binding memorandum of understanding regarding its interest in Thailand-based Thanachart Bank Public Co. Ltd, also known as TBank. TBank and TMB Bank Public Co. Ltd., also based in Thailand, have been planning to merge, subject to approval.“It is currently expected that the merger and related transactions would result, if concluded, in Scotiabank significantly reducing its investment in Thailand and holding a significantly smaller stake in the combined bank and receiving proceeds which is expected to result in a gain on sale,” the bank said in a statement. read more

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US factory production posts biggest fall in 19 months as auto output

by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Sep 15, 2015 7:33 am MDT Last Updated Sep 15, 2015 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Automakers cut back sharply on production in August, lowering overall factory output and highlighting one of the economy’s weak spots a day before a key Federal Reserve meeting.Manufacturing production dropped 0.5 per cent, the biggest decline since January 2014, the Federal Reserve said Tuesday. The drop in auto output accounted for most of the decline. Production of computers, airplanes and furniture also fell.Fed policymakers will begin a two-day meeting Wednesday to consider whether to raise short-term interest rates for the first time in nine years. Slowing overseas growth and the strong dollar, which are holding back factory output, could cause them to delay a rate hike.“Looking through the swings in auto assemblies, the ongoing weakness in manufacturing is evident,” Michelle Girard, an economist at RBS Securities, said in a note to clients. “Manufacturing is now the weakest sector of the US economy, faced with headwinds of a stronger dollar and weaker global growth.”Overall industrial production, which includes mining and utilities, dropped 0.4 per cent in August, after a 0.9 per cent rise in July.Auto production plunged 6.4 per cent, its steepest fall in more than three years, after an outsized gain of 10.6 per cent in July.Those swings partly reflect difficulties in seasonally adjusting the data and are likely temporary. U.S. carmakers in the past have temporarily closed their plants in July to retool them for new models. Those shutdowns were much shorter this year, boosting production in July and leading to a corresponding drop in August.Auto sales are strong and on track to top 17 million this year for the first time since 2001.Utility output rose 0.6 per cent last month, likely because Americans used more air conditioning. Mining production, which includes oil and gas drilling, fell 0.6 per cent.Factory output has been flat this year, largely because of global headwinds that have cut into exports. The dollar has risen about 14 per cent in value against other currencies in the past year. That makes U.S. products more expensive and therefore less attractive to overseas buyers.China’s economy is also faltering after decades of breakneck growth. It has been a critical source of demand for American-made industrial machinery, such as mining trucks, construction equipment and agricultural machines. Its slowdown has hit sales and profits for companies like Caterpillar and United Technologies.Falling oil prices have also dragged down factory output. Crude oil prices, which were around $60 per barrel in the spring, have fallen to about $44. The decline has forced energy firms to curtail drilling, eliminating much of the need for new pipelines and equipment that had boosted factory orders in previous years.There are signs that some companies are stepping up their investment in machinery and equipment, which is boosting demand for factory goods. Orders received by U.S. factories rose 0.4 per cent in July, after a 2.2 per cent gain in June.A key category that tracks business investment plans climbed 2.1 per cent in July, the strongest gain in 13 months. US factory production posts biggest fall in 19 months as auto output drops sharply read more

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Plans for new WindsorDetroit bridge held up by delays in buying properties

DETROIT – An official says plans for a bridge linking Windsor, Ont., and Detroit are being held up by delays in buying properties in both cities.Dwight Duncan, interim chair of the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority, tells the Detroit Free Press (http://on.freep.com/29NWHEQ) that about 30 of the roughly 900 parcels needed in the Delray district of Detroit could pose potential problems if owners resist selling.In Windsor, meanwhile, the newspaper says negotiations are taking longer than originally anticipated with Hydro One, which has facilities and transmission lines in the zone for the bridge.The delays have held up release of the bridge authority’s formal Request for Proposals, the detailed bid document initially expected by the end of 2015.The Gordie Howe International Bridge is scheduled to open in 2020.___Information from: Detroit Free Press, http://www.freep.com Plans for new Windsor-Detroit bridge held up by delays in buying properties by The Associated Press Posted Jul 18, 2016 5:13 am MDT Last Updated Jul 18, 2016 at 6:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A photo of hockey great Gordie Howe was unveiled at the announcement that the Detroit River International Crossing will be named the Gordie Howe International Bridge, on the waterfront, in Windsor, Ont., Thursday May 14, 2015. An official says plans for a bridge linking Windsor, Ont., and Detroit are being held up by delays in buying properties in both cities. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dave Chidley read more

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UN human rights chief deplores Egypts outrageous mass death sentences

“It is outrageous that for the second time in two months, the Sixth Chamber of the Criminal Court in Al-Minya has imposed the death sentence on huge groups of defendants after perfunctory trials,” High Commissioner Navi Pillay said in remarks read out by her spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani in Geneva.According to information received, some of the 683 defendants sentenced yesterday were charged with killing a policeman and breaking into the Edwa police station in Al-Minya on 14 August 2013. This legal decision follows the 24 March conviction of 529 defendants on charges that include membership in an unlawful organization (the Muslim Brotherhood), incitement to violence, vandalism, unlawful gathering and the killing of one police officer. All the charges relate to events in August 2013 after the Government of President Mohamed Morsi was ousted.As in the previous cases, the exact charges against each defendant are not clear, given that they were not individually read out in court.Ms. Pillay lashed out at the verdicts made “at the hands of a judicial system where international fair trial guarantees appear to be increasingly trampled upon.”She noted that Egypt has ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and said that “it is high time that Egypt takes its human rights commitments seriously.”In a news release from her Office (OHCHR), Ms. Pillay stressed that the death penalty can only be applied for the most serious crimes and after the most stringent trial safeguards.“This has clearly not been the case in these two trials before the Al-Minya criminal court. A mass trial of hundreds of people, rife with procedural irregularities is simply not good enough for imposition of the death penalty,” she reiterated. read more

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Syria UN envoy travels to Turkey for talks on freeze of conflict

In Istanbul, Mr. de Mistura met yesterday with a delegation of the Syria National Coalition, headed by Hadi Al-Bahra, the president of the Coalition. According to a UN spokesperson, the two exchanged views on his proposal to “freeze” the conflict in Aleppo and on ways to make that plan operational on the ground. The Special Envoy’s plan, first presented to the UN Security Council on 30 October, would initially seek to halt the fighting and create an environment whereby humanitarian aid could reach the beleaguered population in Aleppo. It would also provide visible proof that the on-the-ground narrative can be shifted from a military one to a political one.Mr. de Mistura met separately with the Under Secretary at the Turkish Foreign Ministry and today he travels to Gaziantep, in southern Turkey, to discuss his plan with key rebel groups from Aleppo.The conflict in Syria, which began in March 2011, has led to well over 150,000 deaths, and more than 680,000 people have been injured. At least 10.8 million people are in need of assistance inside Syria, including at least 6.5 million who are internally displaced.The violence has also spawned a refugee crisis flooding neighbouring countries with some 2.5 million people. read more

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Ohio State baseball stumbles into Big Ten Tournament

It wasn’t pretty, but the Ohio State baseball team earned its spot in the Big Ten tournament over the weekend. Indiana swept OSU in its three-game series, but the Buckeyes still earned the sixth and final spot in the tournament because of a tiebreaker against common opponents in the conference. OSU falls to an 11-13 record against Big Ten opponents after losing the series. The Buckeyes received some assistance from Minnesota defeating Illinois in their series finale Saturday to secure OSU’s spot in the tournament. OSU coach Greg Beals said he wants his players to come with more energy for the tournament since they weren’t able to build momentum against Indiana over the weekend. “We did not play loose and relaxed in our final conference series this weekend and we need to change that heading into this week,” Beals said. “We’re very fortunate that we have been given another opportunity and we need to come out re-energized on Wednesday.” One advantage OSU will have heading into the tournament is home field. Columbus’ Huntington Park will host the Big Ten tournament again this year and some players think it can help them get some wins. Tim Wetzel, sophomore center fielder, said the team can have success in the tournament playing at home. “No team’s going to want to play us (in Columbus),” Wetzel said. “We can make some noise in the tournament.” Beals, on the other hand, said playing for a Big Ten championship is the main priority and that playing in Columbus isn’t a big deal. “Our guys have an expectation to play for a championship and it doesn’t matter where it’s at,” Beals said. Kirby Pellant, junior shortstop, said winning the tournament is at the top of the team’s goals. “One of our main goals all year has been to win the Big Ten Championship,” Pellant said. Despite the losing effort over the weekend, the team can still reach its goal starting at 3:35 p.m. on Wednesday against No. 3 seed Penn State. Beals said people shouldn’t count OSU out even though the team is stumbling into the tournament after a rough weekend. “Ohio State should be in the discussion when you’re talking about Big Ten Championships,” Beals said. read more

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Sierra to Pick Szeged – Mikler to Veszprem

Jose Manuel SierraManolo CadenasPick SzegedPSG Handball Spanish goalkeeper Jose Manuel Sierra (36) will leave PSG next summer and join Hungarian vice-champion Pick Szeged! Experienced goalie who was the first option of Manolo Cadenas during Men’s EHF EURO 2014 in Denmark, will join the squad of another Spanish coach – Juan Pastor. PICK Szeged has contracted experienced Swedish left wing Jonas Kallman.Arrival of Sierra means that the “number 1” between the posts in Szeged, Roland Mikler will leave the team. Unofficial information speaks about his transfer to the biggest rival – MVM MKB Veszprem! ← Previous Story ASOBAL lowers limit of number of non-domestic players Next Story → Women’s EHF CL TOP 8 begins: Buducnost in Gyor, Larvik in Ljubljana!

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CompuLab create tiny fanless Corei7 Intense PC

first_imgI’m no stranger to building very small PCs, which usually rely on the use of a mini-ITX board. However, to build such a tiny machine you ultimately end up making a compromise on the processor used due to a lack of space for cooling.CompuLab seem to have overcome that issue and managed to squeeze a Core-i7 PC into a case no bigger than your router.It’s called the Intense PC and measures just 7.5 x 6.3 x 1.57-inches. Inside you will find anything from a Celeron 827E 1.4GHz processor right up to a second-generation Sandy Bridge Core-i7 1.5GHz chip. Coupled with that you can have up to 16GB of RAM, and an internal 2.5-inch HDD or SSD. The only limiting factor seems to be the on-board graphics as there’s no Nvidia or AMD options, just Intel HD Graphics 2000 or 3000.On the back of the Intense PC there’s access to 2 eSATA ports, HDMI, mSATA, 2 Gigabit Ethernet ports, 2 USB 3.0 and 2 USB 2.0 ports, Wireless-n with 2 antennas, and 7.1 channel sound. In other words, this is a very capable machine in a very small package.CompuLab boasts that the Intense PC uses just 8 watts when idle, yet the Core-i7 chip can use Turbo Boost to reach 2.4GHz for when you need some serious processing power.As for pricing and availability, CompuLab are only saying that the Intense PC will be available in the second quarter of this year. Prices will start at $399, which I assume will get you a 1.4GHz Celeron-based system carrying 1 or 2GB of RAM.The Intense PC will be offered through fit-PC, who aren’t new to the tiny PC market. In 2008 they released the fit-PC Slim, which measured just 4.3 x 3.9 x 1.2 inches and ran a 500MHz AMD Geode LX800. Then in 2009 we got the fit-PC2, which upped the processor to an Intel Atom Z5xx running at 1.2GHz. The Intense PC is yet another step forward in terms of the processing power on offer.Read more at fit-PC, via FanlessTechlast_img read more

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World Cup guide to portfolio management

first_img*Sam Fimis is a stockbroker with Patersons Securities and author of Premiership Portfolio: 6 Step Guide to Succeeding in the Stock Market. www.premiershipportfolio.com | sfimis@psl.com.au How lucky am I? The FIFA World Cup is on and our two-and-a-half-month-old, Jack, hates sleeping. No prizes for guessing who has volunteered to help out with the overnight shifts. Whilst watching Portugal’s Pepe do his best to trump Zinedine Zidane as the world’s best head butter, I challenged myself to come up with four different share portfolio formations. Your formation, or the way your portfolio is set up (weighted), is normally correlated to your investment philosophy and risk tolerance. Each formation has its rewards and risks, as well as degree of diversification. No country has won the World Cup with 9 strikers …well, perhaps Brazil. Keep in mind there are 11 players on the field at any given time, one of which is a goalkeeper. Your goalkeeper (equates to a 9 per cent weighting: 1/11=9) remains constant. Each portfolio needs one gatekeeper, or more specifically, exposure to a preference share. Preference shares differ to ordinary shares, they’re supposed to be less risky and rank ahead of ordinary shares if the company is round up. They don’t appreciate in value rapidly but all things being equal, they don’t fall in value either. Low volatility stuff with a higher than average dividend. Put simply … low risk, low return holding that makes sure you don’t go behind on the scoreboard. Defensive Formation: 5-4-1 Invest 46 per cent of your capital in five defensive companies (5/11=46), 37 per cent in 4 blue chip/cyclical companies (4/11=37) and 9 per cent in one attacking/growth company up front (9/11=9). Such a formation is best employed during a bear market, as your portfolio is more likely to outperform and your capital will be protected somewhat when the market is falling. The potential risk is your portfolio underperforming in the event of the market appreciating in value. The more defensively minded, or risk averse, you are, the more likely your portfolio will be weighted towards defenders and blue chip midfielders. Your defensive line of five stocks should include companies from defensive sectors such as healthcare, telecom, real estate and utilities. Every team requires experience at the back. Telstra, Westfield Group, CSL Ltd, Woolworths and Wesfarmers spring to mind, companies capable of producing reliable and predictable earnings, irrespective of what the opposition throws at them. The midfield group needs to maintain a similar defensive mindset but also take on the opposition (which is the overall market) when the opportunity arises. The banks are an ideal choice as a midfield group, they can track back and provide some protection to the defensive stocks but also accelerate earnings when momentum is with them. Up front, you need a young up-and-coming company capable of capitalising on opportunities, such as Carsales.com, which can find an opening on the field (market place) and score. Counter Attack: 5-4-1 Counter attacking football can work quite well, just ask the Greeks in Euro 2004. Keep the same formation but with more attacking midfielders. Such a formation is best employed in a down trending market with potential for rallies. Continue to invest 46 per cent of your capital in five defensive companies, the midfield group should be split into two in order to set up the counter attack. Two attacking/growth stocks on the flanks (or 18.5 per cent of your capital) that are young up-and-coming companies capable of growing earnings quickly and can provide that acceleration in returns. Companies such as online real estate classifier REA Group or veterinary services company Greencross Ltd (GXL) – whose share prices have more than doubled in the past year. The other two midfielders (18.5 per cent) should remain as two blue chip defensively minded stocks, preferably with one play maker or market leader. Both must have a solid presence in their respective fields as a Macquarie Group (MQG) and AMP Ltd (AMP). Your lone striker up front continues to represent 9 per cent of your capital, and will only get minimal opportunities. In other words, when the market is running hot, it needs to convert that into good returns on the scoreboard. The opportunistic type, such as Seek (SEK) or JB Hi-Fi (JBH) that can pounce when its competitors are vulnerable, is ideal. Balanced Formation: 4-4-2 If you like managed risk and the ability to chase gains, then a 4-4-2 formation is for you. This type of formation allows you to participate in market rallies, as well as close up shop at the back. Allocate 37 per cent of your capital to defensive companies, 37 per cent to midfielders (two blue chips and two growth stocks) and 19 per cent of your capital to two strikers. You can afford one of your strikers to be speculative in nature, meaning companies with great future prospects but who haven’t produced any results thus far. Don’t be afraid to introduce youth – companies that are young, growing aggressively and have their best years ahead of them. Childcare provider Affinity Education Group (AFJ) springs to mind. Your portfolio might become a little more volatile, but your long term performance will benefit from giving them game time. However, two of your back four, preferable the left and right back, need to push up and provide opportunities to your midfield and striking pair. Basically, your defenders need to do their role at the back and then push up. Your strikers need to convert but also help in the midfield. Your stocks have to work twice as hard for your portfolio to generate appropriate returns with this formation. For example, Ramsay Healthcare is a quality defensive company that produces reliable earnings. However, via acquisitions, it also grows earnings in percentage terms, by double digits. You get defence and attack all in one. One defensive/holding midfielder is needed, however you need a creative force, a company that can generate momentum such as Amcor (AMC). All-Out Attack: 3-4-3 High risk, high return approach. You have an attacking high risk philosophy and you’re sticking with it. However, it’s worth remembering, in the world of finance, you don’t get remunerated for entertaining. All-out attack might get the adrenalin going, but it leaves you wide open at the back if the market starts coming at you. By allocating 28 per cent to the defensive half, it means your cyclical type midfielders (37 per cent of your capital) need to work hard both ways. Don’t be afraid to choose growth and speculative companies up front (28 per cent of your capital). In a bull market, you’ll be bringing home the cup and finishing on top of the league. If the market turns negative though, you’ll be managing from the dugout without any pants on. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Xenophon reignites gambling reform agenda

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The new Coalition government is facing a head-on clash with independent senator Nick Xenophon and other crossbench MPs and senators over a proposal for poker machine bets to be limited to a maximum of $1 and sweeping bans on gambling advertising.Xenophon and Tasmanian independent MP Andrew Wilkie have pledged to re-introduce legislation to tackle problem gambling; legislation that failed to materialise in the 2010 hung parliament despite a promise by then prime minister Julia Gillard.Joined by anti-gambling campaigner Tim Costello, the independent MPs announced their intentions at a press conference in Melbourne last Thursday.“This is an issue that will not go away,” said Xenophon. “There are 400,000 people with a severe gambling addiction or well on the way to getting one. We are here to say that we will be planning a whole series of measures, both in the parliament and outside the parliament to deal with the issue of gambling reform.”The South Australian senator added that the proliferation of sports betting advertising on TV would also be a target.“So many parents have approached all of us to say they are appalled their seven and eight and ten-year-old children are talking about the odds of a game rather than the game itself.“There is a specific exemption that applies to gambling ads during sports broadcasts, which is an anomaly, and that loophole needs to be shut down in accordance with overwhelming community sentiment in relation to this.”Andrew Wilkie told reporters that the new parliament presented “the perfect opportunity to put gambling reform back on the national agenda and to finally achieve meaningful action”. “We will be introducing legislation to rein in the harm caused by poker machines, including by implementing the Productivity Commission’s recommendations of $1 maximum bets.”Mr Wilkie withdrew his support in 2012 for Julia Gillard’s minority Labor government after he said she had breached an agreement signed after the 2010 election to introduce measures to deal with problem gambling.The Productivity Commission has estimated that gambling losses in Australia totalled more than $19 billion − an average of $1,500 per gambler. About 600,000 Australians, or four per cent of the adult population, are reported to gamble at least weekly and about 15 per cent of those were problem gamblers. The commission has put the social cost of problem gambling − and particularly gambling on ‘pokies’ − as at least $4.7 billion a year and has said evidence showed “strong grounds” to lower the poker machine bet limit.last_img read more

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Wagner blames red card for Huddersfields loss

first_imgHuddersfield Town manager David Wagner insists the red card picked up by Christopher Schindler played a significant role in his team’s loss to Burnley.The Terriers hosted fellow strugglers Burnley at the John Smith Stadium on Wednesday night looking for their first Premier League victory in 10 games.Steve Mounie gave the home side the lead just past the half-hour mark with his first league goal of the season, but Sean Dyche’s men leveled just before the break from a Chris Wood strike.Things went from bad to worse for Huddersfield when Schindler was giving his marching orders four minutes before halftime, leaving Wagner’s men to play the entire second half with 10 men.Ashley Barnes 74th minute goal ensured Burnley took home all three points leaving Huddersfield rooted to the bottom of the league table.Danny CowleyCowley explains why he changed his mind about Huddersfield Manuel R. Medina – September 9, 2019 Last week Danny Cowley rejected the chance to coach Huddersfield Town in the English Championship, but today he accepted saying it was a good opportunity.“The commitment, effort and attitude which the players have shown was absolute”, Wagner said, according to Sky Sports.“They fought but unfortunately playing more than one half [with 10 men] is very difficult to deal with.”“We took the lead and scored our first goal from a striker. I have seen a lot of good things today but obviously we weren’t able to keep the tempo and speed as high as when we played 11 v 11.”last_img read more

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Take this crowdfunded Cookie Monster home just hide your cookies

first_imgThis Haslab crowdfunding campaign will move into production when it reaches its minimum goal of 3,000 backers. Hasbro will stop accepting backers on Aug. 25.Crowdfunding is an easy way to do market research for high-end, expensive items. Companies like Hasbro are using this method more and more to determine whether should make these limited collectibles. If this crowdfunding campaign is successful, orders are estimated to ship in 2020. The HASLAB Cookie Monster replica is posable but not full of cookies.  HASLAB For 50 years, Cookie Monster has entertained kids and adults one cookie at a time on Sesame Street. Now fans have the chance to bring home a full size, fully posable, photorealistic Cookie Monster replica. Om nom nom! Hasbro product designers studied the real Cookie Monster puppet armature, took measurements and photographs, and observed the puppet’s movements to create this Haslab Cookie Monster Replica. Hasbro designed the replica to scale — with posable arms, hands, fingers, mouth and legs. He’s the largest Sesame Street item ever created by Hasbro.The Cookie Monster replica measures 38 inches (965 millimeters) tall and 20 inches (508 millimeters) wide. He weighs 10 pounds (4.5 kilograms), and can be yours for $300 (roughly £241, AU$433). That’s a lot of cookies.  Sesame Street Muppets want you to put away your phones during dinner Bert and Ernie, gay or not? Either way, you’re right ‘Sesame Street’ cooked up a tasty ‘Stranger Things’ parody 0 Tags More Sesame Streetcenter_img Post a comment Share your voice Toys and Tabletop Games TV and Movies Crowdfundinglast_img read more

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Fight there not here Speaker tells BJP MP on Cauvery water

first_imgNew Delhi : “Fight there, not here,” was the cryptic remark of Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla when a ruling BJP member from Karnataka spoke in Lok Sabha on Thursday about the state’s long standing dispute with Tamil Nadu over Cauvery water. When Karnataka MP Shobha Karandlaje spoke during Question Hour about the scarcity of drinking water in different parts of her state, she also mentioned about Karnataka’s disputes with Tamil Nadu over Cauvery water, pointing towards members from her neighbouring state sitting in opposition benches, and with Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us The Speaker remarked, “fight there, not here”, leading to a peal of laughter from members. Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat said most of the river water disputes among states were either in courts or in tribunals. Shekhawat also sought cooperation from states to resolve such issues. The minister said under the Jal Shakti Abhiyan, a total of 1,592 blocks have been selected in 256 ground water stressed districts. Also Read – Ratul Puri’s ED custody extended by 4 more days Advertise With Us “Out of 1,592 blocks, 312 are critical blocks, 1,186 are over-exploited blocks and 94 blocks are with low groundwater availability. It is a time-bound, mission-mode water conservation campaign,” he said. Shekhawat said as reported by states on Integrated Management Information System (IMIS), out of total 17.87 crore rural households in the country, about 3.27 crore (about 18.33 per cent) rural households are getting drinking water from tap connection. Advertise With Us “As announced in the Union Budget Speech 2019-20, it has been envisaged to ensure piped water supply to all rural households by 2024 under the Jal Jeevan Mission,” he said. The minister said the Jal Shakti Abhiyan, a water conservation campaign is a collaborative effort of various ministries, departments of the government of India and state governments, being coordinated by the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation (DDWS), Ministry of Jal Shakti.last_img read more

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One judge for probing fictitious cases but the other dismisses writ

first_imgSupreme Court. File PhotoThe High Court on Tuesday delivered a split order on a writ petition filed seeking its directive to constitute an independent probe panel to look into ‘fictitious’ cases filed against the leaders and activists of opposition parties.While the senior member of the two-member HC bench, justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury, passed an interim order and issued a rule over the matter, junior member justice Md Ashraful Kamal rejected the writ, reports UNB.Following the split order, the matter will be sent to chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain who will assign a new bench to dispose of it.In the rule, justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury wanted to know why the filing of ‘fictitious’ cases intentionally against the petitioners and leaders and activists of different political parties should not be declared ultra vires and why directives should not be given to take action against those involved in filing such cases.At the same time, the Inspector General of Police was asked to take steps to monitor and investigate the cases and submit a report before the court in affidavit within 60 days.Kamal Hossain, Khandaker Mahbub Hossain and Zainul Abedin stood for the petitioners while attorney general Mahbubey Alam represented the state.On 23 September, former Supreme Court Bar Association president Khandaker Mahbub Hossain, advocate Nitai Roy Chowdhury and Sanaullah Mia filed the writ petition.According to the writ petition, law enforcers filed 3,736 cases against 313,130 BNP and other political party leaders and activists between 1 and 20 September.last_img read more

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5 Ways Teachers Are Fighting Fake News

first_img Share Courtesy of Scott BedleyStudents in Scott Bedley’s fifth-grade class at Plaza Vista School in Irvine, Calif., play a version of “Simon Says” with fake news.As the national attention to fake news and the debate over what to do about it continue, one place many are looking for solutions is in the classroom.Since a recent Stanford study showed that students at practically all grade levels can’t determine fake news from the real stuff, the push to teach media literacy has gained new momentum. The study showed that while students absorb media constantly, they often lack the critical thinking skills needed to tell fake news from the real stuff.Teachers are taking up the challenge to change that. NPR Ed put out a social media call asking how educators are teaching fake news and media literacy, and we got a lot of responses. Here’s a sampling from around the country:Fake news “Simon Says”In Scott Bedley’s version of Simon Says, it’s not those two magic words that keep you in the game, but deciding correctly whether a news story is real or not.To start off the game, Bedley sends his fifth-graders at Plaza Vista School in Irvine, Calif., an article to read on their laptops. He gives them about three minutes to make their decision — they have to read the story carefully, examine its source and use their judgment. Those who think the article is false, stand up. The “true” believers stay in their seats.Bedley says he’s been trying to teach his students for a while to look carefully at what they’re reading and where it comes from. He’s got a seven-point checklist his students can follow:1. Do you know who the source is, or was it created by a common or well-known source? Example National Geographic, Discovery, etc. 2. How does it compare to what you already know? 3. Does the information make sense? Do you understand the information? 4. Can you verify that the information agrees with three or more other sources that are also reliable? 5. Have experts in the field been connected to it or authored the information? 6. How current is the information? 7. Does it have a copyright?Subtle changesBedley also teamed up recently with Todd Flory at Wheatland Elementary School in Wichita, Kan., to do a fake news challenge via Skype. Flory’s fourth-graders chose two real articles and wrote a fake article of their own. Then, they presented them to Bedley’s class in California.The fifth-graders had four minutes to do some extra research based on the presentations, and then they decided which article out of the three were fake. Most importantly, they had to explain why they thought it was fake. Otherwise, no points.Flory says writing the fake news article was more difficult for his students than they expected because they had to make it believable.“It really hammered home the idea to them that fake news doesn’t have to be too sensational,” he says. “It can be a very subtle change, but that subtle change can have big consequences.”Every Friday, Flory’s class participates in what he calls Genius Hour. His students propose a question to answer through online research. But before they took to the Internet, Flory had to walk his students through the steps: What are reliable and trusted websites? How do you effectively search on the Internet and verify information?He uses Skype to connect his students with researchers and scientists from all over the world. He calls this “authentic research.”“It’s so much more powerful for them to do some of this authentic research when they’re able to hear from a scientist who’s seeing firsthand the effects of climate change,” Flory says. This year’s class got to talk to a penguin scientist.Flory says he’s not only teaching his students effective media literacy skills; he is also helping them to be better citizens through global engagement and interaction.Let them eat fake (news)Remember Marie Antoinette and “Let them eat cake” — her famous line about the poor that got her in all that trouble?Thing is, it never happened. Fake news!For Diane Morey and her ninth-graders at Danvers High School in Danvers, Mass., that’s a teachable moment.“The media of the day didn’t have Facebook, Twitter or partisan websites,” Morey says. “But they did have pamphlets.”She shows her class cartoons and pamphlets from the French Revolutionary period that criticized Antoinette, and then discusses the conclusions that were made from those sources. She also includes a primary source: a letter written by Antoinette.Morey says history is rich with examples of fake news, and since source analysis is the core of her lesson plans, she doesn’t need a textbook.“We don’t study [history] to memorize Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI,” she explains. “We’re studying this because we can see this happening in the current-day political climate.”Morey encourages students to bring in examples of articles from today’s news that don’t ring true.“Once you expose it to them,” she says, “it’s like a game for them, seeing, ‘Hey, I’m not sure I can trust this.’ “Extra layers For 13 years, Larry Ferlazzo has been teaching kids who are learning English how to read and write. Now, he’s adding another layer: helping them figure out if what they’re reading is true.Ferlazzo teaches at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, Calif. He’s also a blogger and journalist.Last month, he wrote a lesson plan on addressing fake news to English language learners (ELLs), which was published in The New York Times.He says media literacy is especially important for ELLs for two reasons. First, they’re not fluent in the language they’re reading, adding an extra level of difficulty in deciding what to believe. On top of that, false or exaggerated news about immigration could have a major impact on their lives.His lesson starts off with a few examples of reliable and fake news. Then, some basic journalism stuff: Students identify the different parts of the news, from the “lede” to quotations. They enter all that into a diagram on paper so they have a visual representation of what they’re reading.That diagram eventually becomes a guide for students to write their own fake news lede that they can share with other classmates or post on a class blog.Media consumers and contributorsIn 2015, Spencer Brayton and his colleague Natasha Casey revamped a media literacy course for students at Blackburn College in Carlinville, Ill. Brayton says the key is the critical approach.“Students come in expecting that we’re going to lecture,” Brayton explains. “But we have them think about certain power structures in how information is produced and how it reaches them. If they’re going to understand how they’re going to take it in, then they have to know how the news is going to be produced.”To take the class, students need a Twitter account. From the very first week, they are asked to follow five to 10 accounts on Twitter that promote media and information literacy, like Media Literacy Now or Renee Hobbs.As they follow these posts and add additional ones, the goal is that they’ll start to recognize fake news and other biases or viewpoints in media.By the end of the course, Brayton says students begin to see themselves not only as creators of information, but as credible sources of information too.The Twitter assignments encourage his students to engage with social media – retweeting, following and commenting — which Brayton says helps his students see how they play a role in spreading information to other media consumers. That means they have to take what they share more seriously.“In looking at this issue, people seem to want a quick solution to fake news, but I’m not sure there is a solution (at least an easy one),” Brayton writes in an email. “Students need to recognize that these skills and ideas need to stay with them through adulthood, but that’s easier said than done — we all fall into this trap.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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Legends of Tomorrow debuts JSA and Legion of Doom members teaser for

first_imgBesides Flashpoint being confirmed as the impetus for the third season of The Flash, there was some other big DC Comics television news that broke this weekend at San Diego Comic-Con. This upcoming fall season, the DC roster on the channel will expand to include the second season of previously CBS Supergirl, joining Arrow, The Flash, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. The latter show was devised as a superhero team-up that also used elements of time travel, but the announcement that Legends is going to make a television Legion of Doom and reveal some Justice Society of America characters is still damn exciting.The news came during DC’s Legends of Tomorrow panel with Executive Producers Marc Guggenheim and Phil Klemmer introducing returning cast members Arthur Darvill (Rip Hunter, Time Master), Brandon Routh (Ray Palmer, The Atom), Caity Lotz (Sara Lance, The White Canary), Victor Garber (Martin Stein, half of Firestorm), Franz Drameh (Jax Jackson, the other half of Firestorm), and Dominic Purcell (Mick Rory, Heat Wave).Joining the Legends cast this year on the JSA side is Nick Zano playing Dr. Nate Heywood (Citizen Steel). The CW Flarrowverse (Flash/Arrow shared universe) also recast Vixen, a character who made her first live-action appearance in the Flash/Arrow crossover last season. On season two of Legends, she’ll be portrayed by Maisie Richardson-Sellers.Given the cliffhanger that ended season one, Guggenheim didn’t waste any time on revealing what everyone wanted to know: What JSA members we’d be meeting in season two. The Legends of Tomorrow season two line-up will be Dr. Midnight, Stargirl, Obsidian, Commander Steel, and Vixen.But that’s not all! “If you’re gonna have a team of superheroes, you’ve gotta fight a team of supervillains,” Guggenheim added before announcing that Legends of Tomorrow wouldn’t have a single villain this year, but will form a DC television version of the Legion of Doom. Instead of introducing several new characters, Legends will pull from the other corners of the Flarrowverse: Matt Letscher’s Eobard Thawne is coming from The Flash, Neal McDonough’s Damien Darhk and John Barrowman’s Malcolm Merlyn will port from Arrow, and Wentworth Miller will return (from death?) as Captain Cold.Darhk, Reverse Flash, The Magician, Captain ColdThis represents a significant step up in the show’s crossover-palooza and the world building in the Flarrowverse. Imagine, we’re going to be doing JSA, Legion of Doom, and Flashpoint all at the same time this fall. It looks like Darhk will be the first of the Legion to show their face… with Nazis!… this October.It’s gonna be sweet.last_img read more

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