The Meghan Markle effect helps Aritzia profit to climb in its 17th

Peter J. Thompson/National Post files Excluding one-time items, adjusted earnings equalled 31 cents per share, two cents per share above analyst forecasts, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters Eikon.Meanwhile, its net revenue climbed 18.8 per cent to $242.9 million, from $204.4 million in the third quarter the year before.It attributed about 40 per cent of its revenue growth to its U.S. business, which evolved over the last two quarters to include two pop-up boutiques in San Jose, Calif., and Chicago.Aritzia predicted its 2020 fiscal year will be its biggest yet for U.S. expansion with plans to open six boutiques.“Our business in the U.S. is so good right now that we feel we can open up in any premier shopping destination in the U.S. right now and do extremely well and we are seeing lots of deals and opportunities in these locations,” said Hill.The brand said the months ahead would bring some challenges from currency fluctuations and continued raw materials cost pressures.To mitigate both, Hill said Aritzia is already continually reviewing its pricing and new product opportunities, but has also looked to its outerwear offerings and Black Friday sales. TORONTO — Aritzia Inc. says its first outlet boutique has been “incredibly profitable” in its first two months open, but don’t expect the womenswear retailer to push heavily into the discount space.Brian Hill, the Vancouver-based company’s chief executive officer, told analysts on a Wednesday call that the outlet Aritzia opened at the Toronto Premium Outlets mall in November has already made back its original capital investment, but “to be clear, this is not the start of an outlet rollout.”Hill’s remarks came as Aritzia — also the owner of Wilfred, Babaton and TNA stores — announced its third quarter had delivered the company’s 17th consecutive quarter of growth in comparable-store sales. Aritzia net income triples to $15.1 million as U.S. revenue climbs Canadian designers get boost from Meghan Markle’s love of their clothing ‘Great time to be expanding’: Old-school retailer Simons keeps faith in beautiful stores in Age of Amazon The key retail metric for sales from stores open at least a year jumped by 12.9 per cent for the period ended Nov. 29, up from 6.3 per cent a year ago. That’s due, in part, to celebrities Hailey Bieber, Bella Hadid and the Duchess of Sussex, formerly Meghan Markle, wearing pieces from the company in the quarter and from Kendall Jenner, who Aritzia launched a marketing campaign with, executives said.“There are lots of potential opportunities in front of us and a lot of brand awareness that we can continue to increase,” said Hill. “I think we really just got the tip of the iceberg, but we have a long way to go.”The company also revealed that its net income increased by more than 16 per cent, reaching $32.6 million, or 28 cents per diluted share, up from $28.1 million or 24 cents per share the year before.Aritzia predicted its 2020 fiscal year will be its biggest yet for U.S. expansion with plans to open six boutiques. read more

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Paris accord faces first test at meeting on climate adaptation funding –

“The first test of States’ commitment to the principles of the Paris Agreement will be next week,” said John H. Knox, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and environment.“This is no time for complacency,” he said, adding: “The fact that 177 States have signed the Paris Agreement in less than a month is very welcome news, but the hard work of safeguarding the environment and human rights is just now beginning.”Mr. Knox recalled that the Paris Agreement is the first environmental treaty to include a strong commitment to protect human rights in addressing climate change.“The Paris Agreement recognizes that States do not check their human rights obligations at the door when they enter a climate negotiation,” he said. However in the agreement, States committed to safeguard human rights in taking actions to address climate change, he added.In the Bonn meeting, convened by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) from 16-26 May, government representatives will negotiate the terms of a new international climate mechanism to transfer funds from developed to developing countries for projects that contribute to the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions and support sustainable development.If the Clean Development Mechanism was too often a human rights scofflaw, this is the moment for the new Sustainable Development Mechanism to become a human rights championThe new fund is expected to be the successor to the Clean Development Mechanism, which was highly criticized for contributing to some hydroelectric and other projects that were linked to human rights abuses, including displacement of indigenous and other communities without transparency or adequate consultation.Ahead of the meeting, Mr. Knox had made a number of recommendations to the Paris Convention’s Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA). He called for the adoption of specific safeguards, such as prior assessments, provisions for public participation, and effective grievance procedures that would help to ensure that proposed projects do not run rough-shod over the human rights of indigenous peoples and other communities that are most directly affected by them.“The main problem with the Clean Development Mechanism has always been that it lacks effective safeguards to ensure that human rights are taken into account,” he said. “The urgency of addressing climate change does not justify violating the rights of those who live and work near the projects.”“If the Clean Development Mechanism was too often a human rights scofflaw, this is the moment for the new Sustainable Development Mechanism to become a human rights champion,” the Special Rapporteur concluded.Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

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Brock to help lead charge in improving online education

Brock University is one of seven Ontario universities to join forces in order to expand access, improve quality and share resources for online learning in the province.The consortium, called Ontario Universities Online (OUO), is sponsored by the Council of Ontario Universities. The initiative is designed to respond to increased demand for online courses and improve student access to them, including introducing a new pathway to university education through open access to a range of courses.In addition, the group will encourage collaboration in the development of online and technology-enabled learning, improve credit transfer for such courses, and make it easier for universities to share online education resources.“We want to be a lead institution,” said Anna Lathrop, Vice-Provost Teaching and Learning, and Brock’s representative with OUO. “This will enable our faculty to have access to cutting-edge technology-enabled learning materials, and allow our students to have access to a broad array of online courses and programs.”Currently, students wishing to take an online course at another university need a letter of permission to do so. Working together, OUO would streamline this process, Lathrop explained, eliminating the need for time-consuming paper work and enabling a student at another Ontario university to take an online course offered by Brock, and vice versa.“Students want access to various forms of teaching and flexible course delivery,” Lathrop said. “Really this is about universities using their resources effectively and efficiently, and co-ordinating their efforts rather than functioning independently of one another.” Brock will join the University of Waterloo, Guelph, McMaster, Ryerson, Wilfrid Laurier and York in the development of a plan that will lead to the establishment of the consortium by this fall.Once formed, all Ontario Universities will be invited to be a part of the consortium.“I am delighted that Brock counts among the first to have a seat on the OUO Steering Committee,” Lathrop said.“As our success grows, so will our institutional membership.” read more

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Registration open for 2015 3MT® contest

Master’s and doctoral students at Brock have until Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 to register for the 2015 Three Minute Thesis® (3MT®) contest.A registration form is available on the 3MT® website along with contest information, important dates and links to videos from Brock’s previous competitions.The contest challenges graduate students to talk about their research and why it matters in a way that will inform and captivate people outside of their disciplines. It is held each year in conjunction with Brock’s annual Mapping the New Knowledges Graduate Student Research Conference. A preliminary round will take place in February and the top finishers will advance to compete at the finals that will be held at the conference on Thursday, April 9.Julian Petrachenko, an master’s student in Applied Health Sciences, was one of last year’s finalists. The title of his presentation was “C.H.A.R.M. – Blending TPSR and arts-based education with underserved youth.”Videos of all the 2014 finalists can be found online.“I would strongly recommend that other students pursue this rare opportunity as passionately as possible,” says Petrachenko who is supervised by Professor Maureen Connolly. “Being able to engage in meaningful discourse with a variety of Brock faculty members and students enabled me to bolster my own research efforts and graduate experience.”With the clock running and one static slide at his disposal, Petrachenko described the design and objectives of CHARM (Confident Healthy Active Role Models), a program that serves at-risk youth in Niagara. This service-based learning initiative gives Brock students the experience of delivering community programming in which they serve as mentors to youth.The program is unique for its arts-based approach to teaching personal and social responsibility to youth who, in Petrachenko’s words, “are under served in traditional and educational environments and deemed at risk for future maladaptive and destructive behaviours.”With less than 30 seconds left on the clock, Petrachenko looked at the crowd of 80-plus people facing him and posed a pointed question – “But, why should you care?”Like a skilled advocate, he paused slightly before replying: “See, risk is a moving target. Today, it is our youth caught in the cycle of poverty and mental illness. But five years from now, it may be our retirees or business owners or, people who are just like you.”Before the time wound down, Petrachenko issued a call to action for practitioners to find ways of responding to needs in society with “respect, responsibility and meaningful engagement.”“I feel the opportunity of participating in the 3MT® contest allowed me to showcase the value that Brock University identifies in service learning,” he said recently about the contest experience. “My presentation allowed me to share our approach to learning that has led to strong, successful and growing community partnerships involving Brock University and the Niagara region.”The Brock 3MT® contest offers prize money of $500 for the winner and $250 for the runner-up. Also, the winner will advance to the provincial finals being held at Western University on Thursday, April 23, 2015. Last year, Brock’s Leslie Nash, a master’s student in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, placed second in the province and advanced to compete in the first Canadian 3MT® competition.This year participants in the 3MT® and MNK conference events will earn credit toward a Vitae Essential Skills certificate awarded by the Dean of Graduate Studies. To find out more about this certificate, please visit Vitae Essential Skills.Continue to watch Brock’s 3MT® website for updates about the contest. read more

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Duchess of Sussex chooses songbird and sunshine to represent Californian roots in

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. Prince Harry's coat of arms A coronet has also been assigned, composed of two crosses patée, four fleurs-de-lys and two strawberry leaves.The design of the Duchess’ arms was agreed and approved by the Queen and Thomas Woodcock, Garter King of Arms and Senior Herald in England, who is based at the College of Arms in London. The Duchess of Sussex has been granted her own coat of arms by the Queen, as she chooses the blue skies of California and a songbird emblem of communication to represent her in married life.The Duchess, who helped to design the image, holds the coat of arms in her own right with no input from her father, who as an American does not have his own coat of arms.Instead, she has chosen her own symbols, with a white songbird as her “supporter” to stand opposite the lion representing her husband and his family.Just as her presence brought American emblems to the vellum of the Instrument of Consent before her marriage, the coat of arms is infused with transatlantic symbols.The Duke is represented with his own coat of arms on the left-hand side, granted on his 18th birthday, which includes both his Royal family lineage and the small, red escallops of his mother’s family.  The decision to grant the Duchess a coat of arms in her own right follows a model set by the Duchess of Gloucester when she married into the Royal Family in 1972 after being born in Denmark.More usually, the coat of arms belonging to a Royal bride impale the emblem of her own family with that of her husband to form a new image. A spokesman for Kensington Palace said the Duchess of Sussex’s coat of arms was “both personal and representative”, and had involved the newlywed working closely with experts at the College of Arms over its design.The choice of symbols suggests both the Duchess’s pride in her American roots and her hope to continue to speak freely within the parameters of her new royal life. ​“The blue background of the shield represents the Pacific Ocean off the California coast, while the two golden rays across the shield are symbolic of the sunshine of The Duchess’s home state,” the spokesman said.“The three quills represent communication and the power of words. “Beneath the shield on the grass sits a collection of golden poppies, California’s state flower, and wintersweet, which grows at Kensington Palace.”While most royal brides have two “supporters of the shield” represented on their coats of arms, one from their husband and one relating to themselves, the Duchess has a “songbird with wings elevated as if flying and an open beak, which with the quill represents the power of communication”. Mr Woodcock said: “The Duchess of Sussex took a great interest in the design. Good heraldic design is nearly always simple and the Arms of The Duchess of Sussex stand well beside the historic beauty of the quartered British Royal Arms.“Heraldry as a means of identification has flourished in Europe for almost nine hundred years and is associated with both individual people and great corporate bodies such as Cities, Universities and for instance the Livery Companies in the City of London. ” Prince Harry’s coat of armsCredit:Kensington Palace In 2011, the Middleton family was granted its own coat of arms before Catherine Middleton married Prince William, incorporating the three acorns of the Middleton children with a golden chevron representing her mother’s maiden name of Goldsmith. The Markle family has previously complained bitterly of a “snub” after Thomas Markle, the Duchess’s father who was unable to attend her wedding, was not given his own coat of arms. Samantha Grant, the Duchess’s estranged half sister, declared it “really stripping him of an honor”, delivering a “huge insult”.In fact, Mr Markle’s American citizenship meant that he could only be granted an honorary coat of arms, had he applied for one and been able to prove descent from a subject of the British Crown.Even then, a source suggested, it could not have been used by the Duchess by virtue of being honorary.  read more

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EYEWITNESS Mouth finally open…

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: The law…June 15, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Just a gyaff…September 20, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Affirmative action…October 26, 2017In “EYEWITNESS” …on land giveawayOn Sept 19th, Prezzie spoke to the regional press corps on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, and made an intervention on Hurricane relief for the just battered Caribbean islands. GINA reported the Ministry of the Presidency’s press release the same day on its website: “Guyana stands in solidarity with Dominica, ready to offer support”. There was not a word about what form the “support” would take.However, CARICOM followed up the next day (9/20) with some more details on their website, which, for some reason, indicated the Government’s news agency was rather modest in its announcement: “Guyana’s land space can serve as ‘gift’ to the Caribbean battered by hurricanes – President Granger”. The following day, TT’s Newsday cut to the quick about Prezzie’s offer: “Guyana offers land for hurricane victims”. In the meantime, the state-owned Chronic, whose local reporter had featured prominently in the photograph of Prezzie briefing the press, remained mum.It took this newspaper, on Sept 24, to break the news of the Government’s generosity of offering land to the hurricane-hit ‘small islands’. Now, this subject of “giving away lands” was a very touchy issue in Guyana. ACDA, for instance, had made quite a stink about Indigenous Peoples getting lands in the interior – even though some pointed out it was ALL their lands to begin with!! Your Eyewitness figured the Chronic didn’t report Prezzie’s extraordinary offer because they feared ACDA might take to the streets if they found out about it!If they’d objected to Indigenous Peoples getting land, imagine how they would object to these FOREIGNERS getting land!! The plight of the hurricane-hit islanders wouldn’t cut any ice with ACDA, since surveys from Independence to last month showed the Indigenous Peoples had never recovered from the hurricane called the “European Invasion”, which had hit since 1500!! But ACDA, for some reasons that escape your Eyewitness, didn’t utter a word of protest, and it took the ex-AG from the PPP days to take an ACDA-like line and complain that Prezzie had no legal authority to give away Guyana’s patrimony.Well, the Minister of Information’s water boy finally had the Chronic give the OFFICIAL version of the land giveaway. They quoted the Foreign Minister, who made such a ridiculous statement that it bears full repetition: “If West Indians are interested, and if those who are providing relief, need a place in the short term, at which people can be resettled while (their) land is being rebuilt and made habitable, Guyana is prepared to assist in that regard.”So the islanders would leave the land they own (but where their houses were destroyed); move to Guyanese undeveloped land; develop those and erect TEMPORARY housing, and then MOVE BACK to their islands to rebuild their PERMANENT houses?Something na regulah!!…on reason for land giveawayThe unanswered questions set your Eyewitness thinking as to what is really going on. He found a clue in the Chronic’s paraphrase of Minister Greenidge’s explanation: “…making lands available to islanders is nothing new…lands were made available to St. Lucians and other Caribbean nationals along the Linden/Soesdyke Highway in the past.” The “past” of course, was during the first PNC regime under Burnham, whose reason for bringing in Caribbean nationals weren’t on humanitarian grounds.According to declassified US 1965 files, the Dep CIA Director wrote: “In a conversation…on 20 November, Forbes Burnham stated that his immediate objective is to launch his economic development plan so that he will be able to induce large numbers of West Indians of African descent to settle in Guyana prior to the December 1968 elections. His purpose is radically to alter the racial balance now existing in the electorate in sufficient time to enable him to win a plurality in the 1968 elections.”Is the latest offer déjà vu for 2020?…on Amaila Falls HydroAfter playing ducks and drakes for two and a half years, the APNU/AFC government’s finally admitted what’s been clear from the beginning: they’ve abandoned AMFHP.Cutting Guyana’s nose to spite Jagdeo’s LCDS face? Pitiful… read more

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Australian alumina company recognised as national leader in safety and health

first_imgWorsley Alumina has won the Australian minerals industry’s highest accolade – the 2007 MINEX Award – the National Minerals Industry Safety and Health Excellence Award. Worsley Alumina is a joint venture company operated by BHP Billiton, with three sites located in southwest Western Australia. The sites are separated by hundreds of kilometres, with the bauxite mine at Boddington, the alumina refinery at Collie and the port facilities at the Port of Bunbury.At the 15th Annual Awards dinner, Charlie Lenegan, Chairman of the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA), said: “the MINEX Awards are designed to demonstrate this industry’s commitment to its number one value of zero harm in the workplace and the communities in which we operate. We consider there is no greater stewardship responsibility than the safety and health of our people.”Worsley Alumina impressed the evaluators and judges with its leadership and safety culture applied through its consistent use of systems and procedures across three complex and discrete sites. “Worsley exhibits a well structured, well resourced commitment to safety and health with a high degree of employee participation,” Lenegan said. “The level of management commitment is outstanding, with health and safety fully integrated into all operations with a high degree of participation by all. The company has clear measures of competency and continuous improvement goals with management committed to long term objectives. The business integrated approach with active and continuous improvement represents industry leading practice.”Health and safety systems are embedded in Worsley Alumina’s overall business planning cycle whereby strategic considerations are applied to risk profiling, interventions and initiatives, appropriate resourcing and a commitment to both capital and operational funding.The judges also awarded a Highly Commended Award to Mt Whaleback iron ore mine in Western Australia’s iron rich Pilbara region, operated by BHP Billiton. Mt Whaleback has considerable strengths in safety and health management, made more remarkable by the enormous scale of the operation and the large number of employees. The judges were extremely impressed with the strong leadership, commitment and the substantial amount of resources made available across the site to achieve continuous safety and health improvement. Mt Whaleback’s risk management systems are strongly embedded in the company’s operation and the focus on employee health and wellbeing is exemplary – translating to both families of employees and the wider community through significant complementary programs.Loy Yang Power’s coal mine in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley was awarded an Encouragement Award by the judges. The Minex judges considered that if the site follows through on the significant commitments it has made on the road to continuous improvement it will reach a level of maturity in its safety and health management that next year and the following years is likely to be outstanding.last_img read more

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South African gold mines get Firetrace fire protection

first_imgA sophisticated Firetrace® automatic fire detection and suppression system has been installed to provide around-the-clock protection for a large transformer at the Kusasalethu mine in Gauteng, South Africa.  Among the latest mine-related orders to be announced by Firetrace International, this brings the tally of Firetrace systems installed in the past year or so at the Kusasalethu and Evander mines to in excess of 50. Both mines are owned by Harmony Gold, one of the world’s largest gold mining companies with operations in South Africa that are located primarily on the Witwatersrand Basin.  While Firetrace systems are increasingly being used to protect the engine compartments of mining vehicles, the systems installed at Kusasalethu and Evander are beingused to protect MCCs (Motor Control Centres) and essential electrical and machinery control enclosures in the sites’ substations.  The installation protecting the transformer at the Kusasalethu mine is acombination of a Firetrace ILP (Indirect Low Pressure) ABC dry powder installation with a watermist system.   The installation was carried out by Telesto Fire Solutions, Firetrace’s South African trading partner, which also supplied the watermist element of the contract. The majority of the other Firetrace systems installed have used both the Firetrace ILP system and the Firetrace DLP (Direct Low Pressure) system with 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Suppression Fluid as the extinguishing agent.The difference between the ILP and DLP systems is, essentially, in the way in which the suppression agent is discharged.  Both systems comprise a cylinder containing the suppression agent that is attached to specially developed leak-resistant polymer tubing. This proprietary Firetrace Detection Tubing is a flexible, linear pneumatic heat and flame detector that is routed throughout the enclosures being protected.  Immediately a fire is detected the tubing ruptures at the point where the heat is detected, automatically triggering the release of the suppression agent, suppressing the fire in less than ten seconds.In the case of the DLP system, when the tubing detects a fire anywhere along its length it ruptures, forming an effective spray nozzle that automatically releases the entire contents of the cylinder.  The ILP system uses the Firetrace tube as a detection and system activation device, but not for agent discharge; the rupturing of the tube results in a drop of pressure causing the indirect valve to activate.  This diverts flow from the detection tube, and the agent is discharged immediately from the cylinder through diffuser nozzles, flooding the entire cabinet.last_img read more

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Operational effectiveness refined the key to maximising NPV

first_imgSteve Burks, an Associate Director of Johannesburg-based MAC Consulting, notes that “most enterprises strive to maximise net present value (NPV) – the sum of discounted cash flows – over the entire value chain through the whole of the planned life of the operation. Unfortunately most optimisation study techniques do not include implementation of the recommendations – recommendations that take into account genuine operational limitations and opportunities after a detailed assessment of the conceptual EO recommendations by technical consultants and the client’s teams.“It is for this reason that MAC Consulting has developed an enhanced offering, Operational Effectiveness in which its own experience and expertise of short to medium term business improvement plans is applied at the same client’s operations or projects to improve the strategic optimisation recommendations. The business improvement investigation process sometimes reveals flaws in the initial strategic identification of potential NPV uplifts but can also identify opportunities to increase production or recovery, or perhaps to reduce costs or consumption of critical items in various elements of the production value chain. Changing limits in the system bottleneck will result in a better potential long term outcome.”The strategic component of Operational Effectiveness frequently identifies potential NPV improvements in the range 5-35%. The tactical or business improvement element confirms which of these improvements may be realised in practice, reduces the risk that the Enterprise Optimisation (EO) recommendations may not be operable and sometimes also identifies potential to improve the EO results even further.Both of the planning elements of Operational Effectiveness require the owner’s team to initiate and maintain some fairly radical changes in operating philosophies in order to achieve the benefits. It is essential that people at all levels in the operation or project team understand the reasons for the proposed changes, agree that they make sense, and can  use them to develop and implement a plan to deliver the potential improvements. “The third and possibly most important element of MAC Consulting’s program,” Burks says, “is therefore to provide fundamental transition support to the client to achieve organisational change and leadership in operating practices.”MAC Consulting generally suggests a phased approach to Operational Effectiveness contracts. An initial detailed assessment of the business may identify that a full Enterprise Optimisation exercise is needed, or that a less sophisticated approach using selected elements of EO may be more appropriate, or that only the business improvement elements are required. This initial review will therefore determine the logical approach for Phase 2, the planning or ‘design’ phase of the contract.Once the design phase of the work is completed it is possible to determine which elements of the plan should be implemented and how this can best be done. In some case the client may have all of the necessary skills and expertise to implement the plans itself, in other cases differing degrees of support, coaching or even leadership may be required from the MAC Consulting team.In all phases, change management support will be essential and there are likely to be feedback loops to enable earlier portions of the intervention to be improved as the team learns more during the process. MAC Consulting sees this as being an integrated effort that requires close collaboration with the client’s management and project teams and the operations groups at each site. The insights of the client’s personnel and their buy-in to implement the recommendations are critical to the success of the Operational Effectiveness concept.Phases 2 and 3 of the approach outlined in the diagram may sometimes be of short duration but in other instances could require several years of sustained effort by the client with external consulting support. This is completely aligned with MAC Consulting’s preferred collaborative approach with clients, which has been tested over many years with success for leading blue chip mining companies in South Africa.Burks has prepared a series of articles discussing typical practices relating to long and short term business planning and the implementation of the agreed plans in the Sub-Saharan African mining industry. MAC Consulting has created a suite of focused capabilities that facilitate an approach aimed at assisting minerals companies to upgrade their strategic and business planning processes both for operations and projects. This can be done for individual sites or for complete regional portfolios.Since Burks joined MAC Consulting in May 2014, several consulting assignments for international mining companies have enabled portions of this Operational Effectiveness concept to be tested with very positive results.  The overall process has been discussed and upgraded with input from representatives of a number of MAC Consulting’s key clients. The diagram indicates the main principles to be applied. MAC Consulting works closely in support of Whittle Consulting of Melbourne Australia and its affiliates such as Inani Mining Optimisation (a joint venture between Whittle Consulting and VBKom) in this region to prepare strategic EO studies for clients.last_img read more

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Supaboy is a working SNES that will fit in your pocket

first_imgAt this point, there’s scarcely a console out there that some deft modder won’t gut of its insides, tape them to a spare LCD and a couple of D cell batteries and transform as if by magic into a handheld device. Heck, there’s even a dude who has gone pro making just such handheld consoles.Of course, in real world terms, these “handheld” Xboxes and PlayStations and vintage NESes may be portable, but they aren’t very pocketable. They tend to suffer from bulky designs necessitated by the sheer size of the games they need to be able to read. They also tend to be one-off affairs, sold on eBay or designed for the personal use of the mod’s creator. And since the original hardware isn’t optimized for batteries, they tend to go through juice like there’s no tomorrow.Given the usual pedigree of such handheld console mod jobs, then, it’s hard not to get excited about Hyperkin’s upcoming Supaboy handheld. This is a handheld console that is actually a functional Super Nintendo, right down to the requirement to plug in original vintage cartridges.Unlike the usual home-baked console mods, though, the Supaboy is pretty pocketable and — with five hours of battery life per charge — it’s got plenty of juice. Even cooler, the Supaboy supports multiplayer. Just hook the Supaboy up to a television, plug in some vintage SNES controllers and boot up your favorite game. Sure, it’s not WiFi, but it’s something.As a guy with more than a few vintage SNES cartridges knocking about, I love the look of the Supaboy, especially at the projected price of between $60 and $70.Read more at Kotakulast_img read more

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Kurt Angle QA Favorite match and opponent addiction battle and more

first_img Videos Articles Twitter Yes but it wouldn’t last long. Triple Ass & Stephanie McEgoManiac wouldn’t keep themselves off TV to save their childrens’ lives. Pinterest Videos Articles Kurt Angle candid Q&AIn promotion of his upcoming return to WWE as part of the 2017 Hall of Fame as well as his Anglestrong app which which aims to aid those battling addiction, Kurt Angle took to Reddit to take part in an AMA (ask me anything) session. Here are some highlights.Favorite matchMy match with Chris Benoit… the only reason why that’s not my favorite match of all time is because it always has an asterisk next to it. Most of my best matches were with Chris Benoit! So, you’re taking away all that history I had with him. I get it, but gosh dang! How are you ever going to place Kurt Angle in the history books as one of the best of all times but you can’t really count Chris Benoit’s matches?Favorite opponentOh, man, you know, it all depends. There’s so many styles, so many variations.You know, an Austin. He was such a ring general, really intense. Him and Chris Benoit were the most intense wrestlers I ever wrestled.As far as athletes, Brock Lesnar and AJ Styles. Those two guys were super athletes and completely different. Their athleticism is unreal. It’s one of those things where they are really rare individuals.I look around, Triple H, one of the best workers from the business I have ever been in the ring with. Brilliant ideas, knows how to do it all.But I would have to say, Shawn Michaels. He just had it all, from an entertainment standpoint and from a wrestling standpoint, he was so easy to work with. I always thought after I wrestled Shawn, I thought I’d never wrestle another individual like him until AJ. Shawn had everythingBattles with addictionI think an addict will be in denial until they realize their rock bottom. They’ll make excuses for why they continue to use, for instance, “their life’s gone badly or getting worse.”Me personally, my rock bottom wasn’t as bad as most addicts because most addicts, their rock bottoms are when they have nothing left – no family, no money. They’re doing things they shouldn’t be doing. I’ve met many addicts who sold their bodies for sex. With me, the money never got bad. I always had money. If I ran out of money, I would have resorted to heroinFor me, the rock bottom was when my second wife Giovanna said to me, “Listen, I love you, but you have had 4 DUI’s already. I love you but I can’t stay with you. I can’t live like this. You pass out every night at 7 o’clock and you don’t spend any time with the kids.” Then she said, “If you can’t turn this around, we’re leaving.”Undertaker considering Kurt to end the WrestleMania steak in 2006Undertaker did go to me in January of that year and said, “Listen, I think we should talk to Vince. I know you’re champion. I know they don’t want to go with me as champion, so I’m willing to lose if we have to. I never had that Wrestlemania match that I wanted and I know that I can have it with you.”He encouraged me to talk with Vince. It was never thought of. Vince never thought of it. As a matter of fact, Vince shot it down right away! But it was an idea Undertaker had. It wasn’t an idea I had. It wasn’t an idea Vince was thinking of doing. Vince McMahon didn’t want it and it was an idea that got shot down.Fortunately, Undertaker did have those Wrestlemania Moment matches afterward, so I was really happy for him that he had that.The entire Q&A session with Angle can be found on Reddit.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipKurt Angle Shares Message In Support Of Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:43/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:39 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 Kurt Angle Shares Message In Support Of Roman Reigns Kurt Angle: John Cena Is The GOAT WhatsApp March 9, 2017 at 2:02 am Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rouseys Controversial Tweets Sponsored By WWE 3 COMMENTS March 9, 2017 at 1:56 am Now Playing Up Next Anonymous Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WWE celebrates Smackdown’s 20th anniversary on the first episode on FOX on October 4 Mentioning Chris Benoit & indirectly mentioning his time in TNA by bringing up his rivalry with AJ Styles. Good for you, Kurt! Great to hear the WWE censorship & revisionist history machine hasn’t corrupted you.Integrity!! Kurt Angle’s wife Giovanna announces on social media they have adopted a son TheCyberZon WWE pulls Kurt Angle from scheduled WrestleCade appearance in Winston-Salem Kurt Angle Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Google+ Wouldn’t it be something if he became the next GM of RAW? Andrew Fisher RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook March 7, 2017 at 1:58 am TheCyberZon Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey To Make WWE Debut At WrestleMania Comments are closed.last_img read more

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Rape trial of Labour court judge goes to trial enough evidence

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#ArthurForbesrapetrialbegins, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, November 24, 2017 – Providenciales – It is onto trial at the Supreme Court in Grand Turk for Arthur Forbes, the Labour Tribunal president who is charged with sexual assault.   A sufficiency hearing held earlier this month in Grand Turk is over and it was determined that there is strong enough evidence to take the matter to trial.Forbes is accused by a housekeeper, who is originally from Haiti, of sexual assault.#MagneticMediaNews#ArthurForbesrapetrialbeginslast_img read more

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McGregor geared up for tough December fixtures

first_imgCeltic midfielder Callum McGregor is expecting a tough fixture list in December and has urged his teammates to “put the foot to the floor”.Celtic have five more Scottish Premiership games before the end of the year and McGregor says they must battle through the fixture schedule if they want to remain top spot in the new year.“The fixtures have been pretty grueling and the boys have been playing games every couple of days at high intensity,” McGregor told Sky Sports.“Another positive is we went through on Thursday night [in the Europa League]. We have to pick ourselves up again and Easter Road is a tough place to go.Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“We have had tough games against them as well there so we need to be fully ready for that. We need to recover and be flying for Sunday.“November and December are a big couple of months in the fixtures and if you get through them and come out the other side well you are in a pretty good place.“We have the cup in the bag, we have five games left so we have to put the foot to the floor and get as many points as we can.”last_img read more

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ED attaches Rotomac properties worth Rs 177 cr

first_imgRotomac owner Vikram Kothari accused of fleeing with loans of more than Rs 800 crore from various state-run banks.Vikram Kothari’s Facebook profileThe  (ED) on Tuesday said it has attached Vikram Kothari owned Kanpur-based Rotomac Global’s properties worth Rs 177 crore in connection with a money laundering case involving an alleged bank fraud amounting to Rs 3,695 crore.The attached properties of the company and those of its directors are located in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur, Gujarat’s Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar, Uttarakhand’s Dehradun and Maharashtra’s Mumbai, an official of the financial probe agency said.The ED’s action comes under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002, on the basis of a Central Bureau of Investigation’s First Information Report.The probe had revealed that the accused persons in the guise of merchants, without having any genuine business transactions, defaulted in meeting its payments obligation to the bank by diverting and siphoning off the funds.”The investigations have revealed that Rotomac Global Pvt. Ltd. has indulged in merchanting trade with limited number of buyers and seller, wherein it used to receive back the discounted LC (letters of credit) amount from the overseas beneficiary after deduction of 1.5 to two per cent commission by them either directly into the accounts of Rotomac group companies or into the accounts of overseas companies controlled by Vikram Kothari,” the agency said in a statement.”Their discounted LC amount thereafter have been used by Rotomac Global Pvt. Ltd. for other business activities such as FDR, iron ore purchase and investment in real estate,” it said.The ED and the CBI had filed a case in February after the Bank of Baroda filed a complaint against Kothari, his wife Sadhana, his son Rahul and some unidentified bank officials and private persons.Kothari is the Chairman and Managing Director of the Rotomac group while his wife and son are directors.According to the CBI FIR, Kothari had obtained Rs 2,919 crore from various banks, including from the Bank of India (Rs 754.77 crore), Bank of Baroda (Rs 456.63 crore), Indian Overseas Bank (Rs 771.07 crore), Union Bank of India (Rs 458.95 crore), Allahabad Bank (Rs 330.68 crore), Bank of Maharashtra (Rs 49.82 crore), and Oriental Bank of Commerce (Rs 97.47 crore).[ Source- IANS]last_img read more

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OpEd The ReBirth of Shake and Bake Falls Short

first_imgBy G.D. Baker, Special to the AFRORecently, Mayor Catherine Pugh resigned, but she did keep one promise. She reopened the legendary Shake & Bake Family Fun Center. But, hold your applause; it seems more like a political ploy than anything else. Especially now that one year after opening the skating rink, the bowling facility has opened. It’s apparent that again having the Department of Recreation & Parks in charge of this facility is a sham at best.The Department of Recreation & Parks has overseen the rehab of the center starting in December of 2017, and when you look at what was done in the skating rink it really shows their lack of experience. From a low rent sound system, to allowing a company that knew nothing about the standard maintenance of a skating floor. Time after time complaints have been made about the floor’s condition prior to the reopening of the Bake, yet again this same company was contacted to do the floor again. The rink needed new lights. Again, a lack of experience was evident in the installation of gym lights. Do you know how much heat is created when these are on?Shake &What programs have been put in place for the kids? On any given day, the skating rink snack bar might not have pizza, hotdogs or even cotton candy. There are no games, lockers half work, inadequate seating, no one there that knows how to fix skates or how to purchase skates.The bowling center, of the Shake and Bake Family Fun Center; it’s a beautiful renovation, but what about it says “family fun” or “kid friendly?” Is it the bar height tables and chairs? The area with a pool table and dance floor? Some lanes do have the bumpers that can be raised, but a five-year-old still has to try and lift an eight-pound ball. Where are the duck pins? The gaming area is equipped with state-of-the-art gaming chairs to play X-Box or PlayStation games. But, how many kids in the 21227 can say,  “Hey mom can I have $5.00 for a half hour or $10.00 for one hour to play?” Again, more bar height tables and chairs. Have you heard the club sound system, or seen the show-stealing light display? Are there any plans for kid’s leagues, summer camps, or is this strictly an adult recreation center? Looks more like a glorified man cave. The bowling center was designed by experts in the bowling industry, so why wasn’t the skating rink? It was the DMV skaters that held the Mayor of Baltimore accountable for reopening Shake & Bake and this was, and has been, a total injustice to them, as well as the residents of Sandtown-Winchester.Security is, and has been, always a major concern, and here we have another questionable call by this department. This security company was hired for the grand opening last year, they did not offer a service that was really needed for this facility. They would only cover from the front steps to the back door, refused to allow the back door of the facility to be used by patrons. Shake & Bake has a parking lot in the back of building and they required patrons to walk through the alley around to the front of the building to enter the building. They were not monitoring the backlot for safety, so you were parking at your own risk. They were at the center for maybe four months then no security. But here we are one year later and with the bowling center now open and they were again awarded the contract. Maybe another area of this past mayor’s administration to be investigated.Now the DMV Skate community is not without fault as to how this center is being ran. For all those that were up in arms about the rink closing, where are you now? Oh that’s right, you are there every Thursday  adult night and the special late skates that feature your favorite DJ’s like Stormin’ Norman and K.W. Griff. All true skaters watched the HBO documentary about the plight of urban skating rinks. So where are you on let’s say, Monday Gospel Night, Tuesday Night (Ladies Night), created just for the 18 and over – after the age was being enforced on 30 and over Thursday Adult Night. Where are your kids skating? Why are you not now questioning the condition of your skating rink, the management of your skating rink? What services should be offered?This is the Third time the City of Baltimore has put Shake & Bake under the direction of Recreation & Parks and every time, the leadership shows either they don’t have foundational knowledge of industry best practices or they just don’t care. It was announced that the center would be renamed for Mr. Glenn Doughty, but this is not the center that Mr. Doughty presented to the citizens of Baltimore City in 1982.G.D. Baker has been a DMV skater since 1982.The opinions on this page are those of the writers and not necessarily those of the AFRO.Send letters to The Afro-American • 1531 S. Edgewood St. Baltimore, MD 21227 or fax to 1-877-570-9297 or e-mail to editor@afro.comlast_img read more

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Level 5 RPG Ni no Kuni shown off in 13 minute gameplay

first_imgFor the average gamer there’s little excitement around the release of a new Japanese RPG, that is unless you are a fan of the genre, or just someone who loves Dragon Quest or Pokemon. But if you own a PS3 then there is a new RPG that you have to take notice of, and the Tokyo Game Show has presented us with 13 minutes of gameplay footage to show you why this could be a standout title for Sony’s console.The game is called Ni no Kuni, although a renaming for Western markets is likely. It has been developed by Level 5 who have a game pedigree second to none including titles released in the following series: Dark Cloud, Dragon Quest, Rogue Galaxy, White Knight Chronicles, and Professor Layton.That alone should get RPG fan’s pulses racing, but there’s more. Ni no Kuni is a collaborative effort with none other than celebrated anime company Studio Ghibli, the studio that brought us Ponyo, Howl’s Moving Castle, Spirited Away, and Princess Mononoke to name but a few.The imagination fo Ghibli coupled with the reputation and experience of Level 5 promises to produce something a bit special, and the video below points to a very beautiful game. The gameplay action doesn’t start until the 3m10 mark, at which point you are presented with a world that clearly has the Ghibli mark all over it. The most unfortunate thing about this video is the fact there’s no HD option for watching it.In terms of gameplay, if you’ve played Dragon Quest VIII on the PS2 it looks like you’ll instantly be at home as the gameplay mechanics look to be very similar. World exploration, regular battles as you travel, and an overarching story to tie it all together promise to make this instantly popular with JRPG fans, but hopefully accessible to a wider audience too due to the Ghibli involvement and influence.There’s actually two Ni no Kuni games, one for the DS and the other for the PS3. Both have been treated completely separately with different teams working on each game. The DS version has already seen a release in Japan, but the PS3 version is due out later this year in its home territory followed by an early 2012 release for the U.S. Just on this video evidence alone, I think I’ll be picking it up on release.Here’s a smaller section of the gameplay in HD to show you just how detailed and beautiful this game looks:via Kotakulast_img read more

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macOS Update 1015 2019 News Rumors Features We Want

first_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoCNN International for ANAThe Secret Of What It Takes To Be Naomi OsakaCNN International for ANAUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoMayo ClinicManaging psoriatic arthritis painMayo ClinicUndoAdvertisement Henry T. Casey, on Henry T. Casey, It’s about that time of the year when Apple reveals the next steps that its platforms are taking into the future. For the next edition of macOS (likely version 10.15), we’re starting to see a lot of speculation about the cross-platform apps introduced in macOS 10.14 — one of which could mark a long-expected change in how the platform handles media files.We’ve also got a relatively reliable schedule for when you should expect Apple to release this new version. And as far as what we hope to see in the new macOS, we’re hoping that Music gets at least one iTunes feature that power users depend on.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/macos-update-1015-release-date-rumors?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 News & Rumors (May 2019)Apple’s Aperture photo editing software won’t work in macOS 10.15, and the company is providing details for migrating your library to Photos and Lightroom.macOS 10.15 Release Date: What We ExpectThe Reveal: June 3, 2019. Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) has long been the show where Apple previews its next major software updates. This year’s keynote is set for June 3, so we expect to hear about the major features of the new macOS — and the update’s code name (likely an area in California, if precedent is continued). We also expect to see iOS 13 for iPads and iPhones at the show.Betas: Same day (developer) and late June (public). You’ll be able to install the first developer beta of macOS 10.15 on your system, provided that you have a $99 developer account and the courage to place your device on the cutting edge. Apple typically announces this availability at the keynote.MORE: Best Apple LaptopsThose looking to risk less can wait for a public beta: Apple has been offering those for free, since 2016. And since these are typically available three weeks after the keynote, we’d expect it to arrive around June 24.Final Release: September 2019. Apple typically announces the macOS release date at the media event where it shows off its new iPhones and other hardware. We’d expect this new version to be available for free download later in September.macOS 10.15 Rumored FeaturesiTunes finally gets split up: iTunes — the giant, sluggish app that manages everything from music to podcasts to ring tones — may finally be on its way out, or at least its replacements are coming. According to a report, macOS 10.15 will feature stand-alone apps for Music, Podcasts and Books.These new apps will likely bear a lot of resemblance to their iOS counterparts — the Mac apps are expected to be ported over using the process commonly known as Marzipan, which brought over Stocks, News, Voice Memos and Home in macOS Mojave.Et tu, Siri? In a report published in mid-April, we learned a bit more about this upcoming macOS revamp, including that Siri Shortcuts — the app that lets you create voice commands for performing actions — is coming in macOS 10.15. That report notes that the Shortcuts app is also likely coming to the Mac, as a possible optional download.MORE: Apple Channels Announced with HBO, Showtime and MoreSources claim that only apps coming over to the Mac from iOS, via the Marzipan conversion, will support Siri Shortcuts. This would provide an incentive for developers to make macOS versions of their iOS apps.All of the screens need Screen Time: In this age of measuring our digital addictions, the Mac’s lack of Apple’s Screen Time tracking has felt like an accident ready to be fixed. So, in very expected news, macOS 10.15 is rumored to bring Screen Time to Apple’s laptops and desktops.If you’ve used the feature on iOS, you won’t be surprised with its macOS implementation. Screen Time options will live in System Preferences and allow you to see the time you spend in apps. To try and curb Junior’s Fortnite addiction, you can also set limits for your account and devices in your family’s account.What else? Expect Apple ID management to improve, since a panel for this series of options is coming to System Preferences.Also, Apple’s Messages app will catch up to its iOS counterpart with actual visual effects, such as confetti, fireworks and lasers that are often spelled out “sent with lasers” on the Mac.The Features We Want in macOS 10.15A better Music app: A straight conversion of the iOS music app will not be enough for this die-hard iTunes user. At the very least, I want to shoutout my fellow iTunes Match users; we upload our own files because no streaming music service’s database can be truly complete for collectors such as myself.Just give me an upload button, Apple, and I’ll consider moving away from iTunes. Until then, I’ll be resolute in using iTunes, for the ability it gives me to keep using iCloud Music Library.Credit: Apple/Tom’s GuideTeen Suing Apple for $1 Billion Over False Arrest Linked to Facial …Apple Customer Service Rating: Undercover Tech Support …Apple vs. Spotify: Who’s Really Right?center_img Henry is a senior writer at Laptop Mag, covering security, Apple and operating systems. Prior to joining Laptop Mag — where he’s the self-described Rare Oreo Expert — he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. You can find him at your local pro wrestling events, and wondering why Apple decided to ditch its MagSafe power adapters. Author Biolast_img read more

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You can steal Chrome data if you have local access

first_imgYou can steal Chrome data (if you have local access) by Martin Brinkmann on December 14, 2017 in Google Chrome – Last Update: February 21, 2019 – 4 commentsWhenever someone reports a vulnerability that requires local access to a system, a discussion erupts about whether that is really a vulnerability that needs fixing.One side argues that it is, considering that there are numerous ways that someone could gain local access to a device. The other side argues that it is not, as an attacker can do anything on the machine anyway with local access (at the user’s level).A issue in Chrome was revealed recently by Lior Margalit on Medium that allows anyone with local access to a system running Chrome to steal saved data from the user account.A prerequisite to that is that the actual user needs to be signed in to a Google account. If that is the case, an attacker can use the method to steal any sync data from the account including passwords, form field data, bookmarks, or the browsing history.The problematic thing about this is that this requires no authorization whatsoever. Basically, what the attacker needs to do is sign out the actual user, and sign in using a different Chrome account. Chrome displays a prompt then to add the user’s bookmarks, history, passwords and other settings to the new account.Since the data is synced to the new account, it is now possible to access all stored data, e.g. passwords on chrome://settings/?search=password on any device you sign in with that new account. The process itself takes less than a minute to completeLior reported the issue to Google and received a “won’t fix” response by the company according to the article.The process in its entirety:Go to chrome://settings/manageProfile.Click on “edit person”.Select “sign out”.Click on “sign in”.Sign in using a different Google account.Select “this was me” when asked about the previous Google user who used Chrome on the machine.The data is synced to the selected account.Go to chrome://settings/?search=password to browse passwords on any machine running Chrome provided that you are signed in with the new account.The whole process won’t take longer than a minute to complete.Closing WordsThe best protection against the issue is to never leave your device without shutting it down or locking it. Another option that you have is to not sign in using a Google account. This reduces functionality however and some users may not want to do this.There are other means to steal data from a device if local access is available.  Nothing’s stopping a user from opening the password listing in Chrome directly for instanceI think that Google should add a fail safe to the process, for instance by asking the user to enter the password of the other account to proceed with the merging of data.Now You: What’s your take on this?SummaryArticle NameYou can steal Chrome data (if you have local access)DescriptionA issue in Chrome was revealed recently that allows anyone with local access to a system running Chrome to steal saved data from the user account.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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Sheraton Grand tier comes to London with renod Park Lane hotel

first_imgSheraton Grand tier comes to London with reno’d Park Lane hotel << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Share Travelweek Group Tags: London, Sheraton More details are at sheratonparklane.com. Tuesday, July 26, 2016 LONDON — The Sheraton Grand London Park Lane will relaunch in October following a multimillion dollar renovation, with rates starting at £249 (about $432) for a classic room.The designation of the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane brings the property into Sheraton Hotels & Resorts’ premier tier of hotels. There are currently 32 other Sheraton Grand properties worldwide.“Following a stunning renovation on this Art Deco hotel in the heart of Mayfair, we are very proud to welcome the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane into this premier tier of hotels as it represents the Sheraton brand’s new elevated and customized approach to design.” said Elena Mendez, Vice President, Sheraton, Westin and SSB brands in Europe, Africa and Middle East.First opened in 1927, the 303-room property will undergo a top-to-bottom transformation of its guest rooms and public spaces, “combining the modern touches of a luxury hotel with careful restoration to retain the original elegance and Art Deco glamour of this historic property”.More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionThe renovation features the addition of 43 Sheraton Club rooms and suites. In addition to the Club rooms, the hotel’s 21 suites will be reconfigured to maximize space, with select rooms offering the option to connect adjoining suites, allowing for larger family travel.In the hotel’s famous Palm Court Lounge, in keeping with the tradition of the grand hotel lounges of the 1920s and 1930s, breakfast, Afternoon Tea, dinner and cocktails are served, as well as menu additions through Paired, matching small plates and eclectic bar snacks with suggested premium wines and local craft beers. The Sheraton Grand London Park Lane also boasts a new Italian restaurant, Mercante, for hotel guests and visitors alike, as well as the Smith & Whistle bar, opened last year.last_img read more

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Moín Port could attract foreign investment

first_imgAPM Terminals’ Paul Gallie, right, says Costa Rica’s Caribbean ports urgently need renovation to meet the demand of 21st century ships. Last year, a World Economic Forum report ranked the country’s port infrastructure 137th of 142 countries. Courtesy of Paul Gallie No related posts. From the print editionPaul Gallie knew the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica long before he directed the largest private concession project in the country’s history. The North Wales native joined his first ship at 16, and sailed the oceans for two decades. The last company Gallie went out to sea with was food producer Chiquita. With Chiquita, Gallie spent time becoming familiar with the Caribbean port city of Limón, located in the poorest province in Costa Rica.Now Gallie, 48, works as the managing director of APM Terminals Moín, where he is in charge of a $1 billion project to update Costa Rica’s failing Caribbean port system. He knows all about Limón’s doleful history, and Gallie believes the dock can transform the Caribbean quarter into a prosperous port city by attracting multinational companies and creating tens of thousands of jobs.In 2011, the World Economic Forum’s global competiveness report ranked Costa Rica’s port infrastructure 137th of 142 countries. That number is part of the reason Costa Rica dropped five spots to 61st in the overall global competitive rankings. The country also placed 111th in transport infrastructure competitiveness, the worst in Central America.The Moín Container Terminal could give Costa Rica a modern port in 2016. The terminal would be in prime position to benefit from the Panama Canal’s own expansion project, with the Atlantic end of the canal only 10 hours away by boat. While the project remains on track, the venture is facing legal battles in Costa Rica’s court system (TT, July 13). Judges will rule in coming days on a lawsuit filed by unions and banana producers that calls into question the legality of the government’s contract with Dutch company APM Terminals. The courts threw out an injunction by the unions to halt the concession in October.Gallie talked with The Tico Times about the project’s contentious relationship with the unions, improving Costa Rica’s troublesome transportation system and why a new port can change a city’s future. Excerpts follow:center_img TT: Why did APM Terminals bid and choose to invest in the Costa Rica port project?PG: Certainly there’s the volume of travel that makes the project viable. Puerto Limón last year handled well over 900,000 TEUs [20-foot Equivalent Units, a number used to describe a ship’s cargo capacity equal to 20-feet-long by 8-feet-wide]. … That’s Costa Rican imports and exports. That certainly makes the project viable. There’s sufficient cargo there.Secondly it’s a place where we can make a difference. We’ve got the experience of 60 terminals around the world, 14 projects under construction and 24,000 employees, so we are at the top of the ladder when it comes to container terminals development and management. We see in Puerto Limón [and] Moín the severe problems they have in their port infrastructure. We thought we could make a difference. The project was viable. Yes, it’s a good business. That’s the business we’re in. But also the legal framework of Costa Rica is very strong, which obviously for our board of directors was a key point to receiving authorization to make a bid.Is a modern port able to take advantage of the Panama Canal expansion?Yes it is. I’d say that was part of the focus, but it’s not the [only] focus. Let’s say, for example, the Panama Canal expansion was not going ahead; that wouldn’t have made a difference with our interests in Moín. The fact that the Panamanians did try to expand the Panama Canal, which will be open for use in 2015, you could say that’s a bonus. … One hundred years ago, when the canal was first opened, Costa Rica never took advantage of that port. And now they have a second chance, and it’s not often you get a second chance like that in life. Were you expecting all these court battles with the unions?It’s not unusual. All around the world, whether we’re in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Europe [or] the United States, we always respect the laws of where we’re operating. People have the right to their opinion. And if we have to go to court to resolve some legal issues, then that’s fine. And we do that here in Costa Rica. The good thing is we already signed the contract … at the end of August. And it was [approved] by the Comptroller General in March of this year. So from that side, the project is fully legal and it’s continuing. We’re not wasting one day. I’ve got my whole project team working on it as we speak. We’re very much on track with the contract. And at the same time, on the side, we defend very rigorously any legal challenges. What is APM Terminals’ vision for Limón?I know Limón very well. I used to sail there as captain. I’ve known Limón for many, many years, … and Limón has been forgotten from Costa Rica in history. Of course, the population of Limón, the Afro-Caribbean population, [was] not even allowed outside of Limón until after 1948. …People have to remember this piece of history. People say, “We’re poor, what does that have to do with building a new container terminal?” It’s that Limón has been promised things by the central government for 100 years, and it’s never materialized. It’s only actually private money that’s ever done anything in the province of Limón. One of [which] was the first private concession in Limón [and] the first private concession in Costa Rica, which was the railroad between Limón and San José. And the subsequent development of banana plantations was all basically private   money. Other projects have never materialized. And I think we are the catalyst to turn that around once and for all. I think now Limón’s time has come.A lot of other things are going on as well, not just our project. If you look at the expansion of [the National Oil Refinery], you look at the expansion of the country’s own oil terminals. If you look at the expansion of Route 32 [a highway connecting the capital to Limón] to four lanes from two, it’s huge potential. There’s an airport that could be revamped. You look at general tourism increases in the area. So, I think when you put all these projects together, especially the port project, then there’s sufficient volumes of people coming into the town, and money and everything, until you can’t stop [the growth] anymore.One of the major advantages of having a modern port is it acts as a magnet to other foreign investors. We foresee other multinational companies that are maybe new to Costa Rica or maybe have factories already in the Central Valley putting their production facilities and distribution centers close to the port so they save logistics costs. And that could be a major multinational building [or] a factory there. This could provide obviously thousands of jobs. And we have a lot of experience of this in ports around the world.How would you describe your relationship with the unions currently?We’re absolutely open to talking with everybody. And I can’t count the number of presentations [APM Terminals General Manager Rogelio Douglas] and I have done in the community of Limón. …I think [the Atlantic Port Workers’ union] has a very strong history, and they are trying from their perspective to protect their number of interests. But if they really saw the long-term view, the best way they could protect their jobs is to work with us and not against us. … I’d like to very much be talking to you now and saying we have an excellent relationship with the union, and we’re all moving together with a common name, but as you know, that’s not the case. I think as time goes on I sincerely hope the union and its leaders will look at what’s happening in the world, that ships are getting much bigger, [and] that Limón doesn’t have the protection against the elements that it needs to keep the port open. And that if we work together, we’ll have a much stronger future.Can you give other examples of port projects helping improve the infrastructure of a community? We don’t have a business there. But one example locally is Cartagena in Colombia. Colombia privatized their ports in 1993, and Cartagena has the best of both worlds, not only the tourism, but they’ve generated tens of thousands of industrial jobs because they have a modern deep-water port now. Whereas before the port was very inefficient. …In Oman, in the Middle East, basically we built a port in the desert, and now there’s a whole industrial area around that port. …We’re very active in West Africa, as well. I think we have 10 terminals in West Africa, and those terminals are providing in different countries such as Nigeria, Ghana and Angola. In these countries all our terminals have attracted business. …The World Bank estimates that for each job in the port, it generates about 10 indirect jobs around the port. How can Costa Rican improve its infrastructure to compete internationally?The first part I think they did it, [with] San José and its airport. … It needed to be expanded to meet modern air traffic and future air traffic demand. With the ports, they’ve made the right decision with the concession of the Moín terminal because that will allow us to receive larger ships on a more frequent basis. …Internally, the infrastructure definitely needs some help. The best way to do that, the recommended way by the World Bank and by the Inter-American Development Bank, is the concession model. If Costa Rica doesn’t have sufficient funds itself, it has to reach out. There are a lot of companies out there. We are experts in ports and terminals. There are companies out there that are experts in roads, bridges, and these types of things. …Railroads need to be reactivated. Rail is a very environmentally friendly way of moving cargo. Take all these trucks off the road and Costa Rica can show the world how it can be a model for this.I saw last week that President [Laura] Chinchilla, together with President [Ricardo] Martinelli of Panama, just opened a temporary bridge over the Sixaola River to Panama on the Caribbean side. That’s good news. There needs to be a proper four-lane bridge over that river. It’s a route I use regularly to Bocas del Toro that needs to be opened up to promote trade between Costa Rica and Panama. Better road connections with Nicaragua; those are some of the things that need to be done.It took almost 30 years to complete the Caldera Highway to the Pacific coast. Do you think we’ll have to wait long before Costa Rica completes the expansion of Route 32? It’s truly incredible. I’ve worked and lived in a lot of countries around the world. Decisions definitely need to be speeded up in Costa Rica for the benefit of the country. The decision-making process is too cumbersome, and people need to make decisions rapidly, and that would definitely help competitiveness.There’s no way Costa Rica can wait 30 years for Route 32, on which 80 percent of the country’s trade passes. That is the key highway. That’s a more important highway than the Caldera Highway. The Caldera Highway is good for connections from Puerto Caldera to San José, but Puerto Caldera is much smaller. It’s nice for people in the Central Valley to get to the beach in an hour, but if you really want to improve the lives of all Costa Ricans, than the first key way to do it is to improve Route 32. Then all your goods and services and everything that comes into the country will become much cheaper. Plus that road is dangerous to drive on.I don’t even allow my staff to travel it in hours of darkness. It’s dangerous during the day, and at night it’s just an accident waiting to happen. …The interesting thing about Route 32, the problems only started when they closed down the railroad, because most of the traffic of bananas and pineapples coming from the plantations around Guapiles was all on rails, and that road was much quieter and safer. We need to get that traffic back on rails, and double the size of the road. And then things will get better. Why should Costa Rica bring the railroads back? … Everybody’s investing in rails. In Costa Rica, it shouldn’t be that expensive to invest in rails, and it’s in keeping with the country’s environmental, ecology image. It’s something we definitely would support. We’d love to put containers on the train. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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