Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Aside from the vibrant alternates, players donned a new hoodie design as warm-ups—another first for the league. From NCAA to UAAP, Ayo and Jarin have each other’s respect Representatives of the teams proudly wore their nifty new threads for the upcoming season. View comments Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim In July, Nike confirmed that it will do away with the traditional “Home and Away” uniforms and replace them with the “Association” and “Icon” editions.READ: Nike to junk ‘home’ and ’away’ designations for jerseys next seasonNike also described the colorful designs as “inspired by the team’s desire to make a bold statement every time they step on the court.”The “Statement” uniform will be available for purchase on all NBA Stores starting Nov. 20. /ra New year, new look. 🔥#NIKExNBA(Via @NBA) pic.twitter.com/K4xVbunOAN— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) September 16, 2017Most teams boasted significant and modernized changes to their uniforms, while some opted to keep their signature style from previous seasons.ADVERTISEMENT Nike took over the reigns from Adidas as the official jersey manufacturer of the NBA and it didn’t take long for the sporting giant to leave its mark.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingIn a star-studded event in Los Angeles on Friday (Saturday in Manila), both Nike and the NBA officially unveiled their innovative “Statement Jerseys” from all 30 NBA franchises.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters
Congress-led Opposition on Thursday created ruckus in Rajya Sabha over a discussion on violence in Gaza not being listed in the day’s agenda, leading to two adjournments during the Question Hour.As soon as the House met for the day, Chairman Hamid Ansari said though the matter was included in Wednesday’s agenda, it has not been done so on Thursday following a request from Leader of the House Arun Jaitley that the issue “may not be taken up on July 17 and that the Government will communicate an appropriate date for the same soon.”This infuriated members of Congress and other parties in the Opposition. Quoting rules, senior Congress leader Anand Sharma insisted that once a matter has been included in the list of business, it becomes the property of the House and must be listed the very next day.Sitaram Yechury (CPI-M) also supported Sharma saying dropping the issue from the agenda would amount to violation of the Constitution.Sharad Yadav (JD-U) said many Indians earn their livelihood in West Asia and thus, the matter concerned many people here. Members also wanted to know why the discussion on the issue was being delayed, particularly after the violence was condemned by BRICS leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi.The issue was raised as External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday sent a letter to the Chairman requesting him to withdraw the issue from the day’s agenda.In his ruling, Ansari said he was “unable to accede to the request” of Swaraj that the demand for discussion is inadmissible as he did not find any “infirmity in the notice given by” Leader of the Opposition and others. Amid din, Ansari adjourned the House for 15 minutes.advertisementWhen the House reassembled, Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad urged the Chair to suspend the Question Hour and take up a discussion on the issue.V. Maitreyan (AIADMK) stood up and demanded that the Question Hour be taken up, much to the anger of Congress and other parties. Amid uproar, Ansari adjourned the House till noon.
Gionee on Monday launched the Elife S8 at Mobile World Congress. The phone would come to India in a month or two but we checked it out at its launch event. The Elife S8 is the first phone Gionee is launching after re-branding itself. It is a phone, according to Gionee, not just focused on hardware but more on experience.While we will take a better look at the device when it launches in India, there are two bits that stand out when you take a look at the Elife S8 – the screen and the design. The phone sports a 5.5-inch screen with FullHD (1080p) resolution. At a time when the phones are coming with 1440p resolution, the 1080p on a 5.5-inch screen looks a little on the lower side. But what the S8 lacks in the resolution department, it more than makes up through the quality of its display. The S8 uses an AMOLED panel, which is extremely bright and superbly vibrant. Colours pop out on this screen.The design of the S8 is impressive, not in terms of looks but the way it all fits together. The S8, with its aluminium frame, chamfered edges and curved glass panel on top of the screen, looks like any other high-end phone with a metal body. It is slick but then not exactly special;. The special part is its weight. The phone, despite its metal body, feels incredibly light for a device with 5.5-inch screen. The weight has also been balanced very well across the frame, making the device fit and feel nicely in hands.In a way, with S8 Gionee is mostly focussing on utilitarian aspect of the phone. So, it comes with a rather dated Helios P10 processor. But at the same time it has 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. We suspect that the P10 may not hold up all that well compared to Snapdragon 820, or for that matter even the Snapdragon 808, but during the short time we spent with the S8 we didn’t notice any perceptible lag. The phone was running Android Marshmallow, although it was customised with Gionee’s Amigo 3.2 user interface. The customisation, as common for Chinese phone makers, means no app drawer on this phone. Also the quick settings are at the lower part of the screen, similar to how they are on the iPhone.advertisementWhile the customisation of Android seems rather extreme on the S8, Gionee says that it is necessary for optimisation and the some of the features in the phone. The optimisation part does ring true. Animations on the S8 are smooth and user interface lag-free. Scrolling and quickly switching between open apps is also smooth. Features like the dual WhatsApp and inbuilt video editor are interesting, although the dual WhatsApp is more of a nifty implementation of WhatsApp instead of something that would have required re-writing WhatsApp. A Gionee executive explained that when a user installs WhatsApp on S8, the phone also creates a clone of the app. The two WhatsApp then can be validated with two different numbers.The feature sounds very useful, particularly to people who love to use two SIM cards. Though we will have more to say about it once we get a chance to try it.Gionee president William Lu says that when the Elife S8 launches in India, it will have a lower price compared to the global price announced at the MWC. The phone has a 16-megapixel camera, a 8megapixel front camera and 3000 mAh battery. The phone looks fairly good although how well it stands up to competitors will depend a lot on its India price. Disclaimer: Gionee sponsored the writer’s travel and hotel expenses for the launch event in Barcelona, Spain.
The SIT Vice Chairman said India has a robust judicialThe SIT Vice Chairman said India has a robust judicial system but at the same time “we must not allow the criminals to outsmart us”.”We have to tackle their intelligence with a right way to their wrong ways. For that you need innovation. I expect all of you to be innovative,” he told the officers of the ED and those drawn from sister agencies.He said the work of investigative agencies should be such that it “blacken the faces of black money holders”.”Thats the only way we can show to the world that India lacks nothing. Not certainly the courage to deal with these criminals and whether they call it money laundering or whether they call it black money. We will blacken their faces,” he said.He added most of the foreign jurisdictions who were previously non-cooperating in black money probe cases, have now started cooperating with India.”Now, we are getting a lot of information,” he said.Pasayat added that the mandate of the SIT, notified by the central government in 2014 on the directions of the Supreme Court, is to probe not only foreign but also domestic black money cases.”In fact, most of our recommendations are for domestic…that is a misnomer (calling it SIT to probe illegal assets of Indians abroad),” he said the source and matrix of all such crime is within the country in many cases. PTI NES RT
Real Madrid beat Manchester United 2-1 on Tuesday to lift the European Super Cup for the fourth time as they became the first team to retain the trophy since AC Milan in 1990.Brazilian midfielder Casemiro struck the opener with a left-foot strike midway through the first half while Spain midfielder Isco consolidated Real’s advantage with a slick finish in the 52nd minute at the National Arena in Skopje, Macedonia.United’s new striker Romelu Lukaku got his first competitive goal for the club to reduce the deficit just past the hour with a simple finish on the rebound in the annual showdown between the European champions and Europa League holders.That sparked a brief period of pressure from Jose Mourinho’s United side and they could have drawn level when Marcus Rashford burst through but he was denied by Keylor Navas’ save, ensuring Real won their fifth international trophy under Zinedine Zidane.”We were superior for almost all of the game and it’s important that we’ve started the season by winning a trophy against a team that did everything they could to win,” said Real captain Sergio Ramos.”Towards the end they had more chances and tried direct play with physical players but we stayed calm in the tense moments and kept the ball. Aside from the final minutes, we had a great game.”Mourinho added: “We were playing a team full of fantastic players but we discussed (contested) the result until almost the end. We gave them a fight but have reasons to leave optimistic and proud.”advertisementMORE QUALITYThe United coach’s admission before the game that Real had much more quality than his side was confirmed as the Champions League winners monopolised possession and nearly took an early lead when Gareth Bale sent an instinctive shot narrowly over the bar.Defensive midfielder Casemiro then crashed a diving header against the bar before meeting Dani Carvajal’s perfectly weighted cross on the half-volley to add to his goal in the Champions League final win over Juventus.Photo Credit: Reuters Europa League holders United barely mustered an effort at Navas in the first period, the club’s record signing Paul Pogba wasting their only chance with a shot that was easily blocked when Henrik Mkhitaryan was unmarked screaming for the ball.Real continued to dominate after the break as United struggled to press their opponents in the heat and humidity that was so intense the teams took a water break in each half.A fine save by United keeper David de Gea prevented Toni Kroos from scoring moments after the restart while their defender Chris Smalling did well to block a goal-bound effort from Marcelo and send it into the side netting.Madrid did not relent, however, and standout performer Isco deservedly doubled their advantage with an arrowed finish beyond his Spain team mate De Gea after bursting into the area and exchanging a pass with Welshman Bale, who later rattled the bar.Real’s dominance waned towards the end as United forced their way back into the game but there was little question the all-conquering Spanish giants were worthy winners when Ramos hoisted the trophy into the Skopje air.
Panathinaikos will be making a return to the Europa League Group Stage! The Trifylli will take a comfortable 3 goal lead to Denmark after their 3-0 victory in Athens over Brondby in the first leg of the Playoff Qualifying Round. Berg led the way with a brilliant opener right before the halftime whistle before adding his second (Panathinaikos’ 3rd) in the 82nd minute. Ledesma scored his first goal with the club after Brondby were left with NINE men early in the second half.Brondby were the better side early on and came close to opener at the 5 minute mark, but the crossbar kept Mesto’s header from going into his own net. Midway through the first half, Panathinaikos balanced out the game and the turning point came in the 33rd minute, when Brondby’s left-back, Crone, was sent off with second yellow card (tackle on Mesto). Despite the man disadvanatge, Brondby created a chance with Pukki in the 39th minute forcing Steele to make a good save. In stoppage time, Panathinaikos’ star Marcus Berg opened the score with a brilliant chipped shot to give the home side the 1-0 lead at a critical point in the match. A wrongful offside decision by the referee denied Berg another goal before the break.The goal gave Panathinaikos confidence in the second half and five minute in, the hosts were awarded a penalty and Brondby was left with NINE men. A fantastic back-heel pass from Berg led to Ibarbo in on goal, before being brought down by the keeper. Ledesma made no mistake from the spot, giving Panathinaikos a 2-0 lead. With the two-man advantage, Panathinaikos wasted numerous chances to put the game (and qualification) away as Brondby’s backup goalkeeper came away with great saves. The MVP of the night, Marcus Berg, showed his class once again putting the match to bed with his second goal (assist from Ledesma) in the 83rd minute. A fourth goal did not come in the final minutes for the Trifylli with the match ending 3-0.With today’s result, Panathinaikos can expect their return to the Europa League Group Stage after a shocking elimination to Qabala (from Azerbaijan) in last year’s qualifying. The Prasini will travel to Denmark in one week for the second leg.Source: AGONAsport.com (Facebook – Instagram)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Twitter/@thetournamentLast year, The Basketball Tournament really took off, with teams from across the country playing for a $1 million cash prize. Many of the top teams in the field are primarily comprised of alumni of some of college basketball’s most proud programs. This year, Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky, Syracuse, and Villanova are all teams well represented in the 60-team field.#TBT2016 $2M. Winner takes all. What team do you play for? pic.twitter.com/HZQNDIFHmM— TBT (@thetournament) February 23, 2016Some teams are true alumni squads, like Syracuse’s “Boeheim Army,” while others, the Kansas Morris Twins-sponsored FOE, are just heavy on a particular school. Here are some of the alumni team rosters, as well as the other notable former college stars from across the country.Next: ACC Alumni >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7
STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 21: James Franklin head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions congratulates Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines after the game at Beaver Stadium on November 21, 2015 in State College, Pennsylvania. The Wolverines won 28-16. (Photo by Evan Habeeb/Getty Images)The Big Ten Conference has gone two straight years without a representative in the College Football Playoff. But given that the Big Ten representative has been beaten by over 30 points, it seems that the bar is being set a little higher for the conference.Ahead of the 2019 season, CBS Sports did a breakdown of the upcoming regular season for all Big Ten teams, and ranked them in terms of schedule difficulty.The biggest cupcake conference schedule belongs to the Indiana Hoosiers. But Penn State isn’t too far off with the 12th-ranked non-conference schedule.Ohio State’s schedule has middle-of-the-road difficulty, while Michigan State is ranked fourth.The toughest non-conference schedule belongs to Michigan.Here is the full Big Ten schedule ranking from CBS Sports:14. Indiana13. Minnesota12. Penn State11. Illinois10. Rutgers9. Purdue8. Northwestern7. Ohio State6. Iowa5. Maryland4. Nebraska3. Michigan State2. Wisconsin1. MichiganThe Wolverines have not won the Big Ten title since 2004, and have gone through several head coaches in that span. But their arch-rival, the Ohio State Buckeyes, are going into next season with a new head coach.If there was ever a year for Michigan to take advantage of a brutal schedule and brute-force their way into the College Football Playoff, it would be this one.[CBS Sports]
Jakarta: Indonesia’s disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho — who shot to international fame for keeping up a 24/7 schedule while battling terminal cancer — has died at the age of 49. Affectionately known as Pak Topo (Mr Topo), Nugroho was the face of government efforts to get word out on the latest developments in a string of natural disasters, including a quake-tsunami that killed thousands on Sulawesi island in 2018. He died early Sunday at a hospital in Guangzhou, China, where he was undergoing treatment for cancer which had spread to his bones and several vital organs, Indonesia’s disaster agency said. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping”We all feel we have lost Pak Sutopo. (He was) the foremost and indomitable figure in delivering disaster information in Indonesia,” the agency said in a statement on Instagram. The disaster in the city of Palu highlighted Nugroho’s refusal to pass the torch as he dragged himself to daily press briefings, taking reporters’ calls and communicating on social media at a frantic pace even as the non-smoker got treatment for Stage IV lung cancer. Pale and visibly thinner than in the past, Nugroho got the grim news in January 2018 that he was dying and might have as little as a year to live. Nugroho — who is survived by his wife and two children — held a PhD in natural resources and the environment, with an expertise in hydrology and cloud-seeding. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangHe spent years as a researcher and dreamed of becoming a professor, rejecting offers to take up the government spokesman job three times until his then boss convinced him that his background would earn him the public’s trust. He took the position in 2010. Widely recognised in Indonesia, Nugroho regularly updated his nearly 200,000 followers on Twitter and 70,000 followers on Instagram. He reportedly promised his wife to slow down his work schedule but still managed to get out a 200-word update on a deadly landslide back in February 2018 from his hospital bed, local media reported.
OTTAWA — The Liberals will publish the draft text of their long-promised air passenger bill of rights by Saturday, launching a 60-day public consultation for any final changes. Here are six things to know about the regulations.1) For larger airlines, compensation for delays and cancellations is based on how many hours late you arrive at your destination — so long as the reasons for the delay were within the airline’s control and not related to safety issues. All the figures, once finalized, will increase with inflation.For delays between three and six hours, compensation is $400. Between six and nine hours, $700. And over nine hours is $1,000.Compensation rules are different for smaller or low-cost airlines, particularly for airlines that service the North. Passengers can receive $150 for delays of three to six hours. The payments go to $250 for delays between six and nine hours, and $500 for delays of nine-plus hours.2) If you’re denied boarding, a similar sliding scale of payments apply. If you’re bumped from a flight and the ensuing delay hits six hours, you can receive $900. Delays between six and nine hours equal a $1,800 payment. And over nine hours is $2,400. But unlike delays or cancellations, an airline would have to pay up in cash, for instance, on the spot.3) Bag lost or damaged? The Liberals want to require airlines to pay up to $2,100 in compensation — rules that are already enshrined in an international travel convention. The proposed regulations would also require airlines to refund any baggage fees.4) The regulations would require airlines to provide food, water, air conditioning and use of bathrooms during tarmac delays, but not require a flight unload passengers until a delay hits three hours — or 90 minutes more than a Senate committee recommended. However, the three hour limit can get one 45 minute extension if the flight is likely to take off during that period.5) Airlines will also be required to seat children near their parents, eliminating the need for parents to pay an additional seat-selection fee. The rules give the airlines some leeway based on age. Children under five must be seated right beside their parents. Children five to 11 must be in the same row, separated by no more than one seat. Children 12 and 13 years old cannot be separated by more than one row.6) Violations of the rules could cost airlines up to $25,000 in fines. If, for example, airlines don’t communicate quickly and simply what is going on with your flight, or don’t rebook you onto a flight promptly, they will be penalized.The Canadian Press
Cyclone Nargis, which made landfall in the Irrawaddy delta region on Friday, left tens of thousands of people dead in its wake and hundreds of thousands without shelter. The storm, which also hit Myanmar’s largest city Yangon later that same night, tore down trees and power lines and caused widespread flooding. “There’s a real danger that an even worse tragedy may unfold if we cannot get the aid that’s desperately needed in quickly,” John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, told journalists. He said that while there had been a little bit of progress in gaining access to the country since he last briefed the press yesterday, much more was needed in terms of the granting of visas and easing of regulations, given the “increasingly desperate situation” on the ground.“Frustrations have been growing that this humanitarian response is being held back because of difficulties of access in different ways,” he said, noting that many visas are still pending. Mr. Holmes reported that two members of the UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team that is supposed to travel to Myanmar to coordinate relief efforts together with the national authorities are now in Yangon. However, two other members were not allowed in when they arrived “for reasons which we are still trying to establish.” Since yesterday, the authorities have agreed that customs charges and clearances should be waived for aid delivery, he said, adding that it is not clear whether that has been made fully operational on the ground. “I do appeal very strongly indeed to the Government of Myanmar both to step up their own relief efforts to help people on the ground and to change their attitude completely to the efforts that we are making to get these relief supplies in.”Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is attempting to talk to Senior General Than Swe to urge him to facilitate access. Speaking to reporters in the United States city of Atlanta, where he is on an official visit, Mr. Ban said he has been “urging the authorities of Myanmar to be flexible in opening their boundaries” so that aid workers can enter. “I am concerned that if we lose time at this very critical time, then many more people will die because of this crisis,” he stated.In a related development, Mr. Ban has noted the Government’s decision to proceed with the constitutional referendum scheduled for 10 May, while postponing it in some of the areas most affected by the cyclone. “Due to the scope of the disaster facing Myanmar today, however, the Secretary-General believes that it may be prudent to focus instead on mobilizing all available resources and capacity for the emergency response efforts,” his spokesperson said in a statement.In terms of humanitarian aid getting through, Mr. Holmes reported that the UN World Food Programme (WFP) was able to get four flights containing relief supplies into Yangon today. There are now more than 40 tons of high energy biscuits available on the ground in Yangon which will be distributed as soon as possible to those that need them.In addition, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is in the process of sending 3 million water purification tablets – enough to provide clean water to 200,000 people for a week – and have pre-positioned emergency supplies, including enough family health kits for 155,000 people.Meanwhile, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) – the only UN agency located in the Irrawaddy Delta – has sent rotating teams of national staff to four affected townships to make disaster assessments, deliver small relief items and provide support to the population UNDP serves. 8 May 2008The United Nations humanitarian chief today voiced disappointment at the limited progress made in gaining access to Myanmar, where some 1.5 million people are believed to be severely affected by the recent cyclone and the situation is becoming “increasingly desperate.”
Some 350 experts began discussing Europe’s help for poorer countries working to implement greater access to reproductive care, such as family planning and HIV/AIDS prevention.Addressing the opening session, the head of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), which jointly organized the event, drew a link between her agency’s work and global anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). “Enabling people to choose their family size will slow the rapid population growth that undermines poverty reduction efforts in the world’s poorest countries,” Thoraya Ahmed Obaid said. “Better reproductive health information and services are critical to reducing maternal and child mortality and halting HIV/AIDS.”She also pointed out that awareness and family planning can raise education standards and spur development. “Preventing unwanted pregnancies helps keep girls in school, advancing women’s empowerment,” she said.Low fertility rates especially in Southern, Central and Eastern Europe were also examined, along with policies that allow people to better address work and family concerns.Brigita Schmögnerová, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) – also a sponsor of the gathering – called attention to demographic changes affecting the continent, including a drop in working-age populations and greater proportions of elderly people due to low fertility and declining mortality. “Europe is currently in a unique epoch in its population history,” she observed.Professionals from across the population field, including specialists in health, economics and social demography, are taking part in the three-day event.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Buying small items with smartphones takes another step forward, not reality yet by LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press Posted May 14, 2012 5:04 pm MDT MONTREAL – Using smartphones to pay for small purchases took another step forward Monday with Canada’s financial institutions announcing guidelines for mobile payments that work with technology already in place.The guidelines were developed by the major banks and credit unions, although observers say that consumers routinely using smartphones to tap and pay for items like sandwiches, bread, milk and gas is still a few years off.“We are not throwing our wallets away in the next 36 months,” said telecom analyst Duncan Stewart of Deloitte Canada.“But you have to line up all of the ducks now,” Stewart said from Toronto.The Canadian Bankers Association said the voluntary guidelines are designed to work with the same security standards used by chip-enabled credit and debit cards and existing wireless point-of-sale terminals at retailers.“This benefits merchants and consumers by building on an existing system, and leveraging the same high security standards used by today’s chip-enabled credit and debit cards,” the association said in a statement.Deloitte’s Stewart said only about 10 per cent of new smartphones have the ability to make mobile payments and three to four per cent of North American merchants have terminals that are able to read the financial information on the enabled phones.Telecom analyst Iain Grant of the SeaBoard Group says smartphones first need to be equipped with what’s called Near Field Communication, a technology that allows consumers to tap or swipe their phones against terminals to pay for goods.Grant said that in five years all smartphones are expected to be equipped with this chip technology.“The only question is how do you manage the transition until (then),” said Grant, SeaBoard’s managing director.Grant said he isn’t convinced that merchants will be enthusiastic about mobile payments if it costs them more money.“If there’s no compelling need to invest any additional money then you will have your brand new spanking phone with its new capability and nowhere to use it.”Visa Canada said merchants who use its Visa payWave contactless payment service won’t pay additional fees for mobile payments.“We think it’s a fantastic step forward to have these common standards within a specific geography and it’s really going to help,” said Derek Colfer, business leader of global mobile product innovation at Visa Canada.It will accelerate smartphone use, Colfer said, adding that over time making mobile payments on enabled smartphones will become as common as using the devices to take pictures.About 45 per cent of Canada’s wireless subscribers use smartphones and that’s expected to go up to 56 per cent by the end of this year, the Convergence Consulting Group has said.Colfer said mobile payments will be for “everyday” items.“We’re not going to be tomorrow, or any year from now, using a mobile device to buy a car,” Colfer said from Toronto. “They’re for price points under $50 for most merchants and at gas stations, it’s for $100 or more.”EnStream, a joint venture between Rogers (TSX:RCI.B), Bell (TSX:BCE) and Telus (TSX:T) to further the use of mobile transactions, expects Canadians to start tapping and paying for purchases in 2013.“As the handsets grow and the traffic grows, we’ll deploy the infrastructure,” said Almis Ledas, Enstream’s chief operating officer.“The (contactless) readers will get out there, the apps will get out there and it will spread.”Ledas said Rogers and Bell have already done trials testing Near Field Communication technology on smartphones.Last fall BMO announced its PayPass Mobile Tag for its MasterCard users, which allows them to make purchases that are $50 and under by placing a Near Field Communication enabled sticker on the back of their smartphone.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted May 20, 2014 6:45 am MDT Wholesale sales dropped 0.4 per cent to $50.5B in March: StatsCan OTTAWA – Statistics Canada says wholesale sales decreased 0.4 per cent to $50.5 billion in March after two consecutive monthly gains.The agency says lower sales were recorded in three of the seven subsectors, which together accounted for 51 per cent of wholesale sales.The motor vehicle and parts subsector recorded the largest decline in March, falling 3.0 per cent to $8.1 billion, the lowest level since September 2012.The motor vehicle industry, where sales were down 4.4 per cent, accounted for the decrease.The food, beverage and tobacco subsector rose 1.2 per cent to $10.1 billion, the fifth increase in six months.Lower sales were recorded in five provinces, which together accounted for 60 per cent of wholesale sales.
1.Flensburg-H.330087:686 SG Flensburg extended winning run at DKB Bundesliga at the place which many teams will leave with empty hands – Berlin. Max Schmelling hall has seen powerful champions who beat domestic Fuchse Berlin 30:25 (14:16) to make a perfect start of the season – with 100% after three matches.THW Kiel – TBV Lemgo Lippe 28 : 24 (14:9) Füchse Berlin – SG Flensburg-Handewitt 25 : 30 (16:14) Füchse Berlin: Heinevetter (8 saves), Semisch (1 Parade, ab 51.) – Elisson (1), Struck, Gojun (3), Simak (6/5), Schmidt (1), Drux (3), Holm (4), Jallouz, Zachrisson (3), Koch (1), Marsenic (2), Reissky (1)SG Flensburg-Handewitt: Buric (8/1 saves), Bergerud (1 Parade) – Karlsson, Golla (2), Hald, Glandorf (6), Svan (7), Wanne (2), Jeppsson (2), Jøndal (3/3), Steinhauser (1), Zachariassen (1), Gottfridsson (2), Lauge (4), RødHSG Wetzlar – SC Magdeburg 26 : 31 (15:17)SC DHfK Leipzig – SG BBM Bietigheim 31 : 24 (14:14) STANDINGS: 6.Erlangen110030:222 dkb bundesligaGerman handballhandballSC MagdeburgSG Flensburg Handewitt 4.Kiel220054:434 5.Hannover-Burgdorf220055:514 18.Bietigheim-Metterzimmern300369:880 ← Previous Story TOP 30 TRANSFERS 2018/2019 IN WOMEN’S HANDBALL: Leynaud No.1, Gyor, Brest, Bucharest and Rostov pick the best! Next Story → “ZEBRAS” SECURE “LINE”: Patrik Wiencek extends until 2023 9.Leipzig310277:792 17.Ludwigshafen200242:530 15.Minden200255:600 7.MT Melsungen210156:522 14.Lemgo310270:802 8.Bergischer210153:522 2.SC Magdeburg330087:696 16.Gummersbach200247:560 12.Fuchse Berlin310272:782 13.Goppingen210136:442 10.HSG Wetzlar310274:772 3.Rhein-Neckar220054:414 11.Stuttgart210147:522
France Telecom : la TNT payante intégrée au bouquet OrangeFrance – France Telecom est en discussion avec les chaînes de télévision et le CSA afin de devenir distributeur de TNT payante.Le secteur de la TNT (télévision numérique terrestre) payante est actuellement dominé par CanalSat et TV Numeric. Orange voudrait investir ce marché : l’idée est de proposer une offre grâce à laquelle les abonnés se verraient proposer cinq nouvelles chaînes en plus du bouquet TV d’Orange. À lire aussiCette incroyable carte de notre galaxie est la plus détaillée jamais produiteL’opérateur France Telecom a effectué une demande au Comité supérieur de l’audiovisuel (CSA) dans l’objectif de devenir distributeur de ces chaînes. Il pourrait ainsi les diffuser à plus grande échelle, et toucher davantage de téléspectateurs. L’offre proposerait les chaînes suivantes, via Internet (ADSL) ou par satellite : LCI, Eurosport, Planète, Paris Première ainsi que TF6. Orange espère pouvoir la rendre accessible d’ici six mois.Le 9 février 2010 à 13:13 • Emmanuel Perrin
France : l’IRSN confirme le passage du nuage radioactif Hier, l’IRSN a dévoilé de nouveaux relevés qui confirment que le panache radioactif provenant du Japon a bien survolé le territoire français.Si les niveaux de radioactivité mesurés restent très faibles, l’Institut de radioprotection et de sûreté nucléaire (IRSN) a affirmé hier qu’ils avaient de nouvelles preuves du passage du panache radioactif provenant de la centrale japonaise de Fukushima. En plus de leur réseau de balises de télésurveillance, les chercheurs de l’Institut ont réalisé des prélèvements d’air afin de mesurer la composition atmosphérique et de détecter la présence de particules radioactives. Des analyses qui ont confirmé que le nuage a bien survolé l’Hexagone.À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéAinsi, deux stations de l’IRSN basées à Cherbourg-Octeville dans la Manche et à Orsay dans l’Essonne ont trouvé des traces d’iode 131 dans des prélèvements de particules atmosphériques réalisés entre le 24 et le 26 mars. Néanmoins, l’Institut a tenu à souligner dans un communiqué que ces traces étaient “plus faibles que celles observées le 23 mars en Europe du Nord” et “ne représentaient aucun danger environnemental ou sanitaire”. Samedi, la même conclusion avait été établie suite à la détection d’iode dans des échantillons relevés dans le Puy-de-Dome. Pour l’instant, les autres stations n’ont pas obtenu de mesures significatives et les particules radioactives telles que le césium 137 n’ont pas été détectées car “leur concentration dans l’air reste encore inférieure aux limites de détection”. Pourtant, la Commission de recherche et d’information indépendantes sur la radioactivité (CRIIRAD) a émis des doutes quant aux résultats publiés par l’IRSN et par d’autres laboratoires européens. Selon ces spécialistes, le niveau réel de la contamination pourrait être sous-évalué. “L’air a été échantillonné à partir d’un filtre à aérosols qui ne permet pas de piéger l’iode présent dans l’air sous forme gazeuse”, ont-ils écrit dans un communiqué, précisant que l’iode gazeux “pourrait constituer une part importante, probablement majoritaire, de l’iode radioactif présent”. Des mesures complémentaires seront donc nécessaires pour confirmer ou non les niveaux de radioactivité.Le 28 mars 2011 à 10:13 • Emmanuel Perrin
Google arrête ses services Health et PowerMeterLa société américaine a décidé de stopper l’activité de deux de ses services, faute d’utilisateurs.Google a décider d’arrêter deux de ses services dans les prochains mois. Il s’agit de Google Health, le portail personnalisé de gestion et de stockage des données médicales, et Google PowerMeter, une solution Web de suivi de sa consommation électrique. C’est Aaron Brown, responsable produit chez Google, qui l’a annoncé sur le blog officiel de la firme américaine, explique Le Nouvel Obs. La raison de ces arrêts ? Le faible taux de fréquentation des internautes, qui n’ont pas adopté ces services comme Google l’espérait. Health est par exemple resté cantonné à des usages limités, notamment parmi les adeptes des technologies, et plus récemment ceux du fitness, explique la société. Quant à PowerMeter, le moteur de recherches estime que son service a rempli son rôle de sensibilisation et d’aide à la réduction de la facture énergétique mais n’a pas connu assez d’audience pour rester en ligne. Le 28 juin 2011 à 13:24 • Emmanuel Perrin
Le cerveau des femmes serait plus efficace que celui des hommesCertes, le cerveau des femmes est plus petit que celui des hommes ; mais il serait également plus efficace ! C’est du moins ce que révèle une étude menée par les universités de Californie et de Madrid. Malgré un cerveau plus petit de 8%, les femmes sont tout aussi intelligentes que les hommes. Une constatation qui a longtemps laissé les scientifiques perplexes : comment un cerveau plus petit peut-il montrer les mêmes capacités ? Des chercheurs viennent tout juste de trouver l’explication et on aurait aisément pu la deviner ! Selon leur étude publiée dans le journal Intelligence, les femmes utilisent tout simplement leur cerveau, et plus particulièrement leur cortex préfrontal, plus efficacement que les hommes. Ceci leur permet alors de compenser la différence de taille. Pour arriver à cette conclusion, les neuroscientifiques de l’Université de Californie, en collaboration avec des confrères espagnols ont mené des tests sur 59 femmes et 45 hommes, âgés de 18 à 27 ans. Ils se sont plus précisément concentrés sur l’hippocampe, la partie du cerveau qui gère les fonctions liées à l’émotion et à la mémoire. Conclusion : si les hommes ont une meilleure logique spatiale que les femmes, ces dernières possèdent une meilleure capacité à analyser et à raisonner, ainsi que certaines compétences supérieures en informatique et en chiffres, rapporte le Telegraph. Une concentration plus dense de cellules nerveusesÀ lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?Pour autant, le cerveau féminin utilise moins de matière grise que le cerveau masculin pour arriver aux mêmes résultats. En effet, comme l’expliquent les chercheurs, les hommes possèdent plus de cellules cérébrales mais les femmes, elles possèdent davantage de connections entre leurs moins nombreuses cellules. Ceci permet une transmission plus rapide des informations à travers le cerveau.Ainsi, si un hippocampe plus grand (et donc une plus grande quantité de neurones) résulte à une intelligence supérieure chez les hommes, plus un hippocampe est petit chez les femmes, plus elles l’utilisent efficacement. “À ce niveau structurel, les femmes montreraient une plus grande efficacité nécessitant moins de neurones pour parvenir à des résultats comportementaux au même niveau que ceux des hommes”, ont conclu les chercheurs. Le 8 mars 2013 à 11:40 • Maxime Lambert
Diarmuid Russell (pictured), head of international at Glassdoor, will deliver the opening keynote address at Employee Benefits Live 2016, alongside Con Marney, manager, talent acquisition at Expedia.In the opening keynote session, Revealed: the secrets behind becoming the best place to work, Russell will discuss the trends that unite organisations named best places to work by Glassdoor.Vicky Williams, director of people at the Lawn Tennis Association, Nicky Moffat, former HR director at the British Army, and Steve Varley, UK chairman and managing partner at EY, will also present keynote addresses during the event.Employee Benefits Live 2016 will take place on Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 October at Olympia National, London. Register to attend here.